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Sate on his rock and gave groan for groan. He listed the tones of Saint Dunstan's clock, phia Literaria; as, in his going abroad, his
Rob Warren glow'red over this warld wi' dismay, Of the mastiff bitch, and the crowing cock; intense, and, for a time, exclusive study of
Till far frae the distance in gallant array,
But louder, far louder, he listed a roar,

German Metaphysics, his love of Greek
A merchantman's bark shot along the blue sea, Loud as the billow that booms on the shore ;
Like a wean in the height of its innocent glee. Bang, bang, with a pause between,

and his thorough acquaintance with that Oh! brawly she danced o'er the billows sae bright, Rung the weird sound at his door, I ween. tongue while a boy; moreover this book And flashed on the eye like a thing o' delight; Up from his couch he leaped in affright,

bears, in its most inimitable peculiarities While the natives rushed doon frae their hills to Oped his grey lattice and looked on the night, a very exact resemblance to those, which the shore, Then put on his coat, and with harlequin hop

are acknowledged by Mr Coleridge. PerTo buy the rich freightage that brave vessel bore. Stood like a phantom in midst of the shop;

haps a stronger argument yet remains. 'Twas 'Warren's jet blacking the merchantmen In midst of his shop he stood like a sprite. brought, Till, peering to left and peering to right,

There is a verisimilitude, an air of absolute 'Twas Warren's jet blacking they puffed (as they Beside his counter, with tail in hand,

reality about the work, that will not let us ought); He saw a spirit of darkness stand :

doubt, that he who wrote it, had used opiIlk Esquimaux rubbed it o'er sandal and shoon, I guess 'twas frightful there to see

um so very intemperately as to have sufWhilk it polished as bright as the braw harvest A lady so scantily clad as she,

fered its most obvious consequences. But Ugly and old exceedingly.”

no man could have written as this book is And roared, as he rubbed it, wi' barbarous glee, · Hey, Sirs, a douce chiel this Roh Warren maun And here mote I tell how they rode on the wind, written, who had not already written

The witch before and the Warren behind; much; and no one could be possessed of Barry Cornwall is very good, but contains How they passed in a twinkling the haunts of man, this author's command of language and more fun than poetry; we cannot make an How they peeped at the planets like Allan-a-room, power of writing in the most diverse styles, And the proud pagodas of Kubla Khan;

exquisite taste in the use of words,- of his extract long enough to show the wit of this And supped on green cheese with the man in the and of writing in them all so very well – caricature, as it depends mainly on the moon;

without being an established lion, a very story, but the poetry is visible enough in Or listed the dulcimer's tremulous notes, the two last stanzas.

Or the voice of the wind through the azure that noticeable man” indeed. Thus the author floats,

is proved to be at once very notorious as a "She died, and lovely in her sleep she lay, Till pillar and palace and arching sky

man of letters and of genius, and as an As lies Apollo in his golden hour

Rung to the mingled melody.
Of rest ; no slow disease, no dull decay,
The eye of night is veiled in cloud,

opium-eater; and as this character befits With mildewy, withering finger, passed her o'er; Like a nun apparelled in sable shroud;

nobody that we know of, excepting Mr But swift and sudden as a summer flower But the twain have past her starry dome,

Coleridge, we are well nigh compelled to (Cut for some beautiful breast), or mountain rill, And are bound to the realms of eternal gloom ; regard him as the true author of these conLife's spirit ebbed—then lay for ever still. They have past the regions of upper air,

fessions. At least we hold it to be certain, Where zephyr is born amid music rare, Thus perished Israel's pride, but o'er her waves

that, if he did not write them, whoever did, And the shadows of twilight featly fall Spring's first-born daisy; the lone bird is there,

On starry temple and cloudy hall

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laboured hard to attach to him the preThe bird who loves to mourn at eve o'er graves Whose floors by spirits are paced, and ring

sumption of autobiography. And now we Where beauty sleeps, the gentle and the fair ; With the harp's seraphic murmuring."

leave the question of authorship, and go to And whispering as it goes, the tremulous air,

voice of girlish fondness, , BUY WARREN'S BLACKING!' to each passer New Monthly's wit, Blackwood's stinging with the argumentative part of my speech, Southey's hexameters, the best of the the merits of the book; “ baving," as Mr

of New York said to a jury,“ done buffoonery, and the quarrel in debate beLeigh Hunt's affectation of folly is pretty tween Brougham and Canning, are all I come to the pathetic.” well hit off. pretty well done; but the rest of the vol

It cannot be required that the confesume is rather common-place. We suppose, of the eater's life than so much as may

sions of an opium-eater should contain more “ Your father, too, my own John, We'll not let him alone, John,

and not from its inequalities alone, that But, with prophetic glee, “Warreniana” is the work of several writ- have respect to his opium or be necessary

to the full understanding of this part. Declare how time will be When nations shall proclaim

Now as much as this we have; consequently The triumphs of his fame,

there is no fault to be found with the book And story pile on story

Confessions of an English Opium-eater. on the score of deficiency. The confessing In honour of his glory.

Being an Extract from the Life of a subject begins his work with certain preSo now good night, my Johnny;

Scholar. First published in the London liminary confessions, which are given, that Put your night-cap on ye;

Magazine. 18mo. Philadelphia, 1823. pp. it may be understood why and how he beAnd mind, you little jewel,

183. Mind you drink your gruel,

gan to eat opium, and whence he afterwards Or else, despite your tears, John,

Did Coleridge write this book? We hope derived the people of his dreams; and also Papa will box your ears, John."

not; because it is pleasant to have among that he might create something of a perThe imitation of Coleridge's Christabel the caterers for the luxuries and comforts sonal interest. His father died when he is long and well sustained ; in some parts of the reading public," not only S, T. was young; he was put to school, and studialmost rivalling the fine poetry and exqui- Coleridge, but such an “alter et idem” as ed so hard and so well, that at thirteen he site melody of its prototype, and in others must have written this work if he did not. wrote Greek easily, and two years afterridiculing its absurdities with great success. To settle this question in the first place, wards could converse in Greek so much to We have hardly room for more extracts, as well as we can, we state in favour of the the purpose, that his master once said of but will quote some lines from the begin- alter, that Coleridge, by his own proper him to a stranger That boy could haning.

appellation, given at full length, is repeat- rangue an Athenian mob better than you · Warren the manufacturer rich

edly brought forward and vehemently prais- or I could address an English one.” He Hath a spectral mastiff bitch;

ed; and also, that Coleridge is mentioned, went from this school to one he did not To saint Dunstan's clock, tho' silent enow,

p. 162, as conversing with the author about like, and therefore ran away from. The She barketh her chorus of bow, wow, wow :

certain matters. Here the argument on story of the elopement begins with a beauBow for the quarters, and wow for the hour; this side of the question must rest; for the tiful passage. Nought cares she for the sun or the shower; But when, like a ghost all arrayed in its shroud, idem it may be urged, that Mr Coleridge

"The morning came, which was to launch me The wheels of the thunder are muffled in cloud,

is known to have used opium intemperately, into the world, and from which my whole succeedWhen the moon, sole chandelier of night,

and the report goes, that he has lately ing life has, in many important points, taken its Bathes the blessed earth in light,

shaken off this thraldom and is about pur colouring. I lodged in the head master's house, As wizard to wizard, or witch to witch,

suing his literary labours with renewed and had been allowed, from my first entrance, the Howleth to heaven this mastiff bitch. vigour. Next, the facts stated agree very, a sleeping room and as a study. At half after three

indulgence of a private room, which I used both as “ Buried in thought O'Warren lay,

well with many of the circumstances of i rose, and gazed with deep emotion at the ancient Like a village queen on the birth of May; Mr Coleridge's life, narrated in his Biogra- 1 towers of drest in earliest light,' and be

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ginning to crimson with the radiant lustre of a cloud.cine, writing er cathedra ; I have but one emphatic | everlasting but gentle agitation, and brooded over less July morning. I was firm and immoveable in my criticism to pronounce-Lies! lies ! lies! I re- by, dove-like calm, might not unfitly typify the purpose, but yet agitated by anticipation of un- member once, in passing a book-stall, to have mind and the mood which then swayed it. For it certain danger and troubles; and if I could have caught these words from a page of some satiric seemed to me as if then first I stood at a distance, foreseen the hurricane and perfect hail-storm of author : By this time I became convinced that and aloof from the uproar of life; as if the tumult, affliction which soon fell upon me, well might I the London newspapers spoke truth at least twice the fever, and the strife, were suspended; a rehave been agitated. To this agitation the deep a week, viz. on Tuesday and Saturday, and might spite granted from the secret burdens of the heart; peace of the morning presented an affecting con- safely, be depended upon for the list of bank. a sabbath of repose ; a resting from human labours. trast, and in some degree a medicine. The silence rupts.' In like manner, I do by no means deny Here were the hopes which blossom in the paths was more profound than that of midnight; and to that some truths have been delivered to the world of life, reconciled with the peace which is in the me the silence of a summer morning is more touch in regard to opium; thus it has been repeatedly grave; motions of the intellect as unwearied as ing than all other silence, because the light being affirmed by the learned, that opium is a dusky the heavens, yet for all anxieties a halcyon calm; broad and strong, as that of noon-day at other sea- brown in colour; and this, take notice, I grant: a tranquillity that seemed no product of inertia, sons of the the year, it seems to differ from perfect secondly, that it is rather dear; which also I but as if resulting from mighty and equal antagonday, chiefly because man is not yet abroad; and grant; for in my time, East India opium has been isms; infinite activities, infinite repose.” thus, the peace of nature, and of the innocent three guineas a pound, and Turkey eight: and, creatures of God, seems to be secure and deep, thirdly, that if you eat a good deal of it, most These are the pleasures of opium ; after only so long as the presence of man, and his rest- probably you must —do what is particularly dis- a while its pains take their turn, and claim less and unquiet spirit, are not there to trouble its agreeable to any man of regular habits, viz. die.* the offender as wholly theirs. The habit sanctity."

These weighty' propositions are, all and singular, of using this stimulus had grown upon him, He wandered about the country, spent true : I cannot gainsay them: and truth ever was, until he took every day some ounces of

and will be, commendable. But in these three all his money, went to London, and there theorems, I believe we have exhausted the stock laudanum. His dreams and reveries began starved within sight of death, and fixed of knowledge as yet accumulated by man on the to be compounded of every vile or fearful upon himself perpetual disease. In Lon- subject of opium. And therefore, worthy doctors, thing, which he had ever seen, read or don he had no lodging but on the floors of as there seems to be room for further discoveries, thought of. His poisoned imagination aca house of which a sort of lawyer occupied stand aside, and allow me to come forward and quired a power of making the most terrific

." a room or two, and no food but the relics of this man's table, whom he thus describes :

His one word upon the bodily effects of ful and tender fancies.

and distressing combinations out of beauti“ But who, and what, meantime, was the master opium is a very entertaining disquisition of the house himself? Reader, he was one of those upon the condition of mind, which it

pro

"To my architecture succeeded dreams of lakes anomalous practitioners in the lower departments of duces

. He quotes Athenæus to prove that and silvery expanses of water:-these haunted tial reasons, or from necessity, deny themselves all surd, inasmuch as most men are disguised dropsical state or tendency of the brain might thus the law, who-what shall I say:-who on pruden: the phrase "disguised with liquor" is ab- me so much, that I feared (though possibly it will

appear ludicrous to a medical man) that some indulgence in the luxury of too delicate a con; by sobriety, and he strenuously asserts that be making itself (to use a metaphysical word) science (a periphrasis which might be abridged considerably, but that I leave to the reader's taste); opium never did

and never can intoxicate; objective ; and the sentient organ project itself as pensive incumbrance, than a wife or a carriage; has subsided is not unpleasant, as the day, had hitherto been so clear from all touch or taint of in many walks of life, a conscience is a more ex- that the reaction after its direct stimulus its own object.–For two months 1 suffered greatly

in my head,-a part of my bodily structure

which and just as people talk of " laying down their car, after he had indulged was always a day of weakness (physically, I mean), that I used to say riages, so I suppose my friend, Mr had 'laid

uncommon happiness; and finally that it of it, as the last Lord Oxford said of his stomach, down' his conscience for a time; meaning, doubtless, to resume it as soon as he could afford it. The stirs up and clarifies the intellect, sweep that it seemed likely to survive the

rest of my per: present a most strange picture, if I could allow my- it power, beauty, and calmness; in a word, caused by my own folly. However

, I got over

this inner economy of such a man's daily life would ing away its dust and cobwebs, and giving son. Till now I had never felt a headach even, of

any the slightest pain except rheumatic pains self to amuse the reader at his expense. Even restoring that lost condition, which we are attack, though it must have been verging on somewith my limited opportunities for observing. what accustomed to believe, disappeared when thing very dangerous. went on, I saw many scenes of London intrigues, Sin alighted amid the gardens of Paradise. " The waters now changed their character,and complex chicanery, 'cycle and epicycle, orb in orb,' at which I sometimes smile to this day—and He ends the contrast between opium and from translucent lakes, shining like mirrors, they

now became seas and oceans. And now came a at which I smiled then in spite of my misery. My wine, thus : situation, however, at that time, gave me little ex

tremendous change, which unfolding itself slowly

" In short, to sum up all in one word, a man who like a scroll, through many months, promised an perience, in my own person, of any qualities in is inebriated, or tending to inebriation, is, and feels abiding torment; and, in fact, it never left me unMr -'s character but such as did him honor; that he is, in a condition which calls up into supre- til the winding up of my case. Hitherto the human and of his whole strange composition, I must forget macy the merely human, too often the brutal, part face had mixed often in my dreams, but not despotevery thing but that towards me he was obliging, of his nature : but the opium-eater (I speak of him ically, nor with any special power of tormenting, and, to the extent of his power, generous."

who is not suffering from any disease, or other But now that which I have called the tyranny of After a while he is rescued and goes to remote effects of opium) feels that the diviner part the human face began to unfold itself.' Perhaps college, where he again studies hard. As of his nature is paramount ; that is, the moral some part of my London life might be answerable

was that upon yet he was guiltless of opium, but being in affections are in a state of cloudless serenity; and for this. Be that

as it may, now over all is the great light of the majestic intellect.” the rocking waters of the ocean the human face London some time after he entered college, he was violently seized with toothach and

We can quote a strange passage to illus- began to appear : the sea appeared paved with trate this opium-calm.

innumerable faces, upturned to the heavens : faces, sought relief from laudanum; the result was

imploring, wrathful, despairing, surged upwards by rapture, extacy, &c. &c.

"I shall be charged with mysticism, Behmenism, thousands, by myriads, by generations, by centu

quietism, &c. but that shall not alarm me. Sir ries:—my agitation was infinite, --my mind tossed “ Arrived at my lodgings, it may be supposed H. Vane, the younger, was one of our wisest men; and surged with the ocean." * that I lost not a moment in taking the quantity pre- and let my readers see if he, in his philosophical “As a final specimen, I cite one of a different scribed. I was necessarily ignorant of the whole works, be half as unmystical as I am. I say, then, character, from 1820. art and mystery of opium-taking; and, what I that it has often struck me that the scene itself was “ The dream commenced with a music which took, I took under every disadvantage. But I took somewhat typical of what took place in such a now I often heard in dreams-a music of preparait;-and in an hour, oh Heavens? what a revul reverie. The town of L—represented the earth, tion and of awakening suspense; a music like the sion! what an upheaving, from its lowest depths, with its sorrows and its graves left bebind, yet not opening of the Coronation Anthem, and which of the inner spirit! what an apocalypse of the out of sight, nor wholly forgotten. The ocean, in like that gave the feeling of a vast march-of infiworld within me! That my pains had vanished,

nite cavalcades filing off-and the tread of innuwas now a trifle in my eyes : this negative effect Of this, however, the learned appear latterly merable armies. The morning was come of a was swallowd up in the inmensity of those posi- to have doubted; for in a pirated edition of Bu- mighty day-a day of crisis and of final hope for tive effects which had opened before me—in the chan's DOMESTIC MEDICINE, which I once saw human nature, then suffering some mysterious abyss of divine enjoyment thus suddenly revealed.” | in the hands of a farmer's wife who was studying it eclipse, and labouring in some dread extremity.

for the benefit of her health, the Doctor was made to Somewhere, I knew not where—somehow, I knew “And first, one word with respect to its bodily say— Be particularly careful never to take above not how—by some beings, I knew not whom-a effects; for upon all that has been hitherto written five and twenty ounces of laudanum at once ;' the battle, a strife, an agony, was conducting,-was on the subject of opium, whether by travellers in true reading being probably five and twenty drops, evolving like a great drama, or piece of music ; Turkey (who may plead their privilege of lying as which are held equal to about one grain of crude with which my sympathy was the more insupportan old immemorial right), or by professors of medi-l opium.

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its nature, and its possible issue. I, as is usual in ceeding ages? In the present general dif- taste. Of his numerous works none fall dreams (where, of necessity, we make ourselves fusion of knowledge almost every man is a below mediocrity, and a few rise above it. central to every movement), had the power, and yet had not the power, to decide it. "I had the reader, and of course more or less a man of As a poet he was of the class, the inevita

literature. power, if I could raise myself, to will it, and yet

Next to autobiography, the ble doom of which was long ago pronounced again bad not the power, for the weight of twenty best method of making the life of an author by Horace. Atlantics was upon me, or the oppression of inex- interesting to the admirers of his works, is

“ Mediocribus esse poetis, piable guilt. Deeper than ever plummet sound that which has been adopted by Hayley in Non dî, non homines, non concessêre columnæ." ed," I lay inactive. Then, like a chorus, the pas. his life of Cowper; that is, publishing such ' His volume of poems was never reprinted sion deepened. Some greater interest was at stake; some mightier cause than ever yet the sword had a selection of his letters to his intimate and is now forgotten. His fine taste made pleaded, or trumpet had proclaimed. Then came friends as may in some sort compel him to him an excellent critic, and his style justly sudden alarms : hurryings to and fro: trepidations be his own biographer. As Dr Aikin had deserves the encomium of his daughter. it of innumerable fugitives, I knew not whether from a very extensive circle of friends, we is what may be called a transparent style; the good cause or the bad: darkness and light : hoped, nay, indeed expected, that bis the reader is never at loss about his meantempest and human faces; and at last, with the sense that all was lost, 'female forms, and the daughter would have adopted this method. ing, nor ever tempted from his subject to features that were worth all the world to me, and on reading the memoir, however, we the admire a fine phrase or a beautiful figure. but a moment allowed, —and clasped hands, and less regret her determination, as from the all his ornaments are appropriate, and heart-breaking partings, and then—everlasting extracts which she has given from her never ambitious. A man so learned and so farewells !"

father's letters, we have no very high gifted might, we think, have attained a After a while he finds he must die pretty notion of his talents for epistolary cor- much higher station in the republic of letsoon if he continues this habit, and being respondence. Miss Aikin says, in her pre- ters, had he not frittered away his powers particularly averse to such a consumma- face, that “nothing could be farther from

upon too many objects. He was never tion, he goes to work resolutely, and at the her design than to intrude upon the atten: without some literary project, and we susclose of the book assures his readers that tion of the public by the introduction of pect often began to write before he had he is almost cured. It is wonderful that anecdotes or observations not strictly con- even arranged the plan of his work. We the author has been able to preserve any nected with the subject of the memoir, and have been much pleased with his critical thing like a story amid the incoherence of by which its effect as a moral portraiture notices of different English poets appended a work so confused and desultory. He would be rather weakened than enforced.” to this book. We had never seen any of writes in the first or third person, in the We do not see how its effect as a moral them before, though we had read their past or present tense, to or of himself

, portraiture could have been weakened if titles as productions of Dr Aikin. They just as the whim takes him; still he has she had illustrated the subject of the me- are models for this class of writings, and made a very pleasant book ;-of no great moir by anecdotes of other literary and will bear a comparison with the best essays use as to opium-eating, because it will scientific men, and thus given the public a of Dr Johnson on similar subjects ; indeed entice as many as it will deter. The lan- bird's eye view of the society in which Dr we think that many of Dr Aikin's are to be guage is always exquisitely felicitous, often Aikin lived. Sure we are that had this preferred to some of those even of that most amusingly quaint, and sometimes pow- been done the work would not have been giant of literature. Our review of Percy's erful and magnificent in the extreme. The so dull.

Reliques was published before the “ Memoirs author must have wonderful variety and

Dr Aikin was the only son of the Rev. of Dr Aikin” was put into our hands; which versatility of talent; a passage decorated John Aikin, D.D., a dissenting clergyman, we mention on account of the striking simwith the very elements of poetry, is often whose health incapacitated him for useful- ilarity both of sentiment and expression preceded by one armed with stinging sar-ness, as a preacher, and who taught first a between a paragraph in that review, and casm and followed by another of pure wit. private school, and was afterwards the the following passage of the “ Essay on the On the whole, there are few books of this President of a sort of College established Poetry of Milton.” size, which bear so deeply and distinctly by the dissenters at Warrington in Lan.

• This originality of imitation in Milton bethe impress of genius ; very few, which cashire. He made great proficiency in his comes peculiarly conspicuous on a critical examhave so many faults redeemed by so much studies at an early age and acquired a ination of his similies. In most of these he may be excellence.

strong fondness for polite literature, from detected taking a hint from Homer or some other which his subsequent scientific pursuits ancient; but he has made it so much his own, both

never weaned him. He was apprenticed by adeed circumstances in the description, and by Memoir of John Aikin, M. DEBy Lucy studied physic in Edinburgh

and surgery in primarily of his own growth. In Milton's mind, all to a country apothecary, and afterwards tion is liule less than if the whole idea had been

novelty in the application, that his merit of invenAikin. With a Selection of his Miscellaneous Pieces, biographical, moral, and

London; sedulously cultivating literature images and impressions, whether received from crilical. Philadelphia, 8vo. pp. 487.

as his chief amusement during his studies. nature or art, from reading or observation, seem to He practised surgery awhile in the coun- have been so blended and amalgamated, so much

converted into the proper aliment of the intellect, We took up this work with some feeling of try, having, like a prudent man, married as

that their transcripts in his writings take a kind of interest arising from the rank which the soon as he had a fair prospect of being able hou ogeneous form, and what might appear study in subject of it and his family hold among the to maintain a family, and not till then. Dis- another man, in him is spontaneous effusion." “ignes minores" of English literature. We satisfied with his emoluments as a surgeon, It is curious to observe how far the taste had cxpected too much, and have now to he went to Leyden and obtained a degree of the age influenced even such a mind as be cautious that in the account which we as a physician. His own account of his that of Dr Aikin. In his “ Observations are about to give of it, we do not under- visit to the continent, his daughter has in-on Pope's Essay on Man,' he quotes the value the book, in consequence of our dis- serted in her narrative, and it is the most following jumble of metaphors as a proof appointment:

entertaining part of the memoirs. He That the life of a man devoted to liter- seems to have been not very successful in minates an intellectual truth by associat

of Pope's “splendour of diction, which illuature affords but a meagre subject for the his profession, and his weak state of health ing it with some kindred sensible object of biographer, has long ago been remarked ; at length compelled him to relinquish it the sublime or beautiful class.” We quote and we have often thought that an author altogether. He began to write when very the words as they are italicised by Dr is the best qualified of any one to give an young, and continued to publish a volume Aikin. interesting account of himself. None but or two, almost every year during his life.

" For him alone Hope leads from goal to goal, he can tell the origin and the progress of We think he would have better consulted

And opens still and opens on his soul; his works; and where is the literary man his fame had he written less and on fewer Till lengthened on to Faith, and unconfined, who would not feel an interest in the his- topics. The most prominent traits in his It pours the bliss that fills up all the mind." tory of those productions of the human character as an author, appear to be plain Let any man examine the sensible images mind which are to be the lights of the suc- common sense and an highly cultivated conveyed by the words in italics, and what

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are they? For our part we must say, that of strange adventure, and of lucky and sion to dissent from her judgment respect. to us at least they are not “ kindred images luckless casualty, than the biographer finds ing the moral character of any action. It of the sublime or beautiful class;" Hope is in the lives of thousands. It is impossible, must, however, be allowed, that in the hurry personified as a guide in the first line, and while thus ranging out of all bounds of reason and bustle of her descriptions, she someso far, well; but in the next line she is and probability, to make moral and religious times omits a proper distinction between described as opening, but what or whom remarks with any effect. They are either the good and the evil. puzzles our ingenuity; the metaphor in the regarded as dull and insipid, or they par- Our readers may be amused with a sketch third line, presented us with the image of take of the general inflation of the romance, of this history of “The Daughter of a our good grandmother amusing herself at and lose all fitness and adaptation to the Genius.” what is called the great spinning-wheel, sober duties of ordinary life. She never Mr and Mrs Henville had five children, and dexterously joining a new roll of wool entirely loses sight of the distinction be one of whom, named Maria, discovered at a to the one which was nearly spun out; in tween right and wrong, but she often ren- very early age such marks of genius, as the fourth line our same venerated relative ders it nearly nugatory by the wildness and caused them serious alarm. Like all who is recalled to our recollection, engaged in disorder, which she produces in the mind of are thus afflicted, she was too restless and the mystery of pouring out her evening the reader.

impatient to perform ordinary actions well, libation of tea. Notwithstanding this and The style of Mrs Holland's descriptions but often accomplished wonders in a wonsome few other errors of a similar kind, is so striking, that every deviation from the derful manner. Åt seventeen, having learnimputable to the same cause, we may con- simplicity of nature is rendered dangerous. ed a good deal , but without much study, and fidently recommend these critical notices But however much the reader may, for the withal having contracted the notion--very to the attention of our reader as examples, time, relish his entertainment, yet, if he approvable even in women of genius—that in the main, of sound, discriminating crit- possess any love of simplicity and truth, it would be well to get married, it happenicism.

his satisfaction will be greatly diminished ed that one Mr Albany, a friend of her faWe have said little of Dr Aikin's pri- by discovering that the principles which the ther, fell in love with her. He was a very vate life, considering that our business was story he has been reading was intended to respectable bachelor of about forty-five, a to notice him as an author; but we ought illustrate, are accommodated to such scenes, fit subject for the fascinations of a woman not to omit that he was an amiable man as seldom or never exist but in hopes, and of beauty and genius. She now turned her and exemplary in the performance of all fears, and dreams. We do not mean to attention to architecture, that she might asthe social duties. He was, in his political imply that the fault which we ascribe to sist Mr Albany in repairing his house; and sentiments, a republican, and suffered some some parts of these works, exists in them in being fascinated with the subject, continued petty persecution in consequence of incau- an uncommon degree. It is a proper sub- to pursue her studies in it, and to order altiously expressing his opinions; but he was ject for censure wherever it is found; and terations in the house corresponding to every neither attacked by a mob, like his friend its effects are exceedingly baneful in works new notion, till it was hard to say in what Priestley, por imprisoned by authority, like designed for children. There is less moral style it was executed, but very easy to ashis brother-in-law, Gilbert Wakefield. He difference than we are apt to suppose be- certain that it had cost too much. Having lived to a good old age, and died quietly in tween a falsehood in relating matters of ascended a ladder one day, she was standing the bosom of his family. His aim in his fact, and an unnatural description in a fic- on the end of a weak plank on the upper stolife and his writings seems to have been titious narrative. We have no sort of ob- ry, and her footman carried her a note, relatusefulness to his fellow-creatures, and jection to novels, if they are morally true, ing that her father was sick and deranged. doubtless his reward is inconceivably bet

--that is, if they give a natural and faithful Her husband saw her look pale and agitatter than that of many who have acquired display of such principles as we find in the ed, ran up to support her, stepped on the a more brilliant reputation.

human mind, -and have on the whole a ten- weak plank, broke it, and both fell to the dency towards improvement; but it is a ground, accompanied by a mason's hod,

question of importance, whether even these which fell on Mr Albany's leg and broke The Daughter of a Genius, pp. 192. 18mo. are not better suited to riper age than to it. She was much uis

but a surgeon Boston, 1824

early youth. When the mind is matured, arriving bled her, and she hastened away

it matters little whether the external re- to her father, clasped him in her arms Those who are satistied with a book be- presentation be real or imaginary, provided while he was in the height of a delirium, cause it is sufficiently interesting to secure it be such as displays the true operation of loosened the bandage from her arm, delugtheir attention till it is completely read, will the principles described. But is it not prop- ed his bed in blood, and frightened him alnot hesitate to rank Mrs Hofland among the er, in forming the mind, to store it with most to death. She fainted, recovered, took best writers. Her talent for descriptive facts; and is not this most consistent with his fever, hurried back to her husband, gave moral composition is of a very high order. the inethod of analytical instruction? At him the fever, and he and her father both Her style is occasionally somewhat inflated, least there can be no question, that extra- died. for it does not accommodate itself to the vagant tales violate all natural relation be- She had borne a daughter some time bevarious subjects that are introduced. It has, tween cause and effect; and encourage fore, who had not attracted the attention of however, great strength and animation; children to hope, and undertake to perform Mrs Albany sufficiently to divert it from and she rarely omits to introduce any word, actions, from unnatural and incompetent amusement and architecture. Nor did she which can add to the spirit and force of a motives. But we must hasten to say some now; for her mother soon set about further sentence. better things of Mrs Hofland.

improvements on her house, though remindHer imagination is abundantly fruitful, A deep and lively sense of rectitude is ed that ber husband's estate was entailed, but her judgment does not always dispose, generally manifested ; and when her de- and she might be removed, and lose her lain a suitable manner, of the immense variety scriptions are not too highly wrought, no bour. This soon became true; and she was of facts and circumstances, which her im- one can follow het without finding strong left to fortune and her genius.

After agination supplies. This defect often gives incentives to virtue. There is an uncom- suffering much from these reverses, and her narratives an air of extravagance; and mon depth in her moral sentiments, and she fluttering about for a short time, she resolv, they are sometimes liable to this charge frequently expands and illustrates them in ed to pay her debts, and support herself and where so good an excuse cannot be conced- a manner beautiful and charming. You her daughter by turning school-mistress. ed. We notice her extravagance more in meet with nothing here, that teaches the But it was first 'necessary, that she should the Tales of the Manor, than in her smaller sufficiency of reason, and natural morality; cross the straits of Dover to learn French. works. In the first story, for example, she we are bidden to follow no light but that she placed her daughter, Maria, with an works up her imagination to its highest from heaven, and there is no other virtue aunt, a queer sort of a maiden lady of more pitch; it supplies her with wonder upon but love to our Father and charity towards than seventy years, who resided near wonder, and in one short life combines more our neighbour. We very seldom see occa- | Southampton. A war breaking out, Mrs

THOUGHTS UPON THE CHARACTER OF THE

AGE.

Albany was detained about ten years, dur- /ed the mansion on which so much skill inmitted. It is that sort of concession which ing which time she studied minerology and architecture had been displayed, chose first seems to justify the withholding of all furconchology in addition to her French. Her to pay her what her mother had expended ther admission; it is a sort of compromise, daughter was treated with little attention on the house, and afterwards to invite her which is precisely what we do not want. and no tenderness by her great aunt, Miss to live in it.

We believe that more than this is true, Margaret Albany; for nothing could be The reader has doubtless remarked that and further, that more than this is due to the less pleasing to this lady than the charac- in this abstract of the story, the mother, nations who are entitled to all the instructer of her mother. However, the young and not the daughter, appears the heroine. tion which the example of our endeavours Maria received by degrees more favor He would receive the same impression from and our success can teach. The only question through the influence of the excellent the original. The plan of the story is de- is, what and how much more it is proper for sisters of her mother, and Mrs. Margaret cidedly injudicious. It is frequently very us to reclaim; this question should be askpermitted her to learn many things, which extravagant, but still most of it is highly ed of our history, our condition and our chawere not known in her day. Still, every interesting. We doubt whether the young racter; and the answer which they must unite precaution was used that she should con- reader will learn from it how to apply the in giving, is the only answer which should tract nothing of her mother's genius. principles, which it inculcates, or to shun be heard. What is the answer? But she was a girl of fine talents, and the evils which it censures, in the ordinary Doubtless there can be no better theme uniformly appears just what her early occurrences of a common life.

for declamation, and no greater temptation education was not calculated to produce.

to exaggerate and “magniloquize.” But is When peace was at last proclaimed, she

this a good reason for giving up the inquiry? had knowledge enough to infer that her

MISCELLANY.

The facts we would examine, and on which mother would be liberated. She danced

we would rest as an ample support to our about in extacy, and then fell on her knees

opinions, are simple and obvious. If it be and gave thanks to God. Mrs Margaret,

true that they may be misused by idle destruck with disappointment and astonish

clamation, or that ingenuity, active from the ment, clasped her hands and exclaimed,

[Continued from the last number.]

stimulus of vanity, may extort from them “Dear heart! after all I have done, the We approach our subject, almost with re- false conclusions,—it is no less true that girl has her mother's genius!"

luctance. We encounter difficulties and they may be made by fair reasoning, to Mrs Albany returned, established her discouragements, we did not anticipate and yield just and valuable inserences. school, received great patronage, managed almost shrink from; it is not that we find it We may as well begin, by saying what it badly, expected her scholars to learn in her a hard task, to vindicate our country's right is, that we hope to make manifest; what it odd way; and through a thousand difficul- to all that we have claimed; on the con- is, that we think and feel and would declare. ties which occurred in her school and her trary we challenged an appeal to fact, and We look back to the earliest struggles of family, was sustained by the ever patient, by it we are perfectly willing to abide. But our fathers; we follow their records down discreet, and faithful Maria. At length we are about to oppose, as we fear, a fixed to the establishment of our country, and Maria visits Mrs Margaret, and in the and habitual mode of thinking among our see them brought out from bondage, and led mean time, her mother meets with a worn most intelligent classes, upon a subject of through the desolations of famine, pestilence out Italian music-master, and becomes Mrs much interest. We feel that it demands a and war, to this, the promised land. We Brandini. She early, but too late, repented more discursive and ample exposition than look around and find the nation which they of this ; and finding that the patrons of her the character of our work will permit us to planted, multiplied with unprecedented raschool were little disposed to overlook her give. It would be difficult to impress even pidity, and now enjoying an accumulationmisconduct, it was resolved that both she upon the ignorant a just and adequate be- we had almost said an intensity, of blessing, and her husband should go to Italy, and tief respecting the condition and destinies of which no other nation has known. We find leave the school to Maria. It was hoped our country; but we write for those who are ourselves trying a prodigious experiment that Mr Brandini would gain health, and more than ignorant;—who are prejudiced; with perfect success; and the thoughts of be restored to the favour of a long offended and whose prejudices array themselves all nations beginning to be turned to us ;grandfather, and thereby obtain some mo- against us with a force which may not be to us, who but a few generations ago were ney. After accomplishing a tedious jour- subdued but by a full and powerful exposi- as little regarded as a sunset cloud in the ney, they found themselves most graciously tion of the truth. We are in no way dis- western horizon. These are the general received by his former friends; and it was posed to doubt the certain prevalence of facts; the general inference we draw, is, plain that they were to have money enough truth in the combat with error; but if error that it is, not our right, but our first naeven to pay old scores, when his grandfather be rooted and entrenched, truth must come tional duty, to feel that the ark of freedom should have done with it. Mr Brandini to the conflict, armed and ready for hard and of truth, is, and is to be, committed to soon died, but his wife remained, to attend battle. We shall go on with our work, in the our hands, for ourselves and for our children; and comfort the object of her golden hopes. belief that a few obvious and important facts for the ages which are, and the ages which These, however, were soon and sadly blast- may be presented so distinctly, even with are to be; for our own land, and for the ed; for when the will was read, a little our modicum of ability and opportunity, as whole earth. He, whose will is fate, hath priestcraft was discovered. She could not to awaken a new train of thought, a suspi- appointed unto us to lead the nations; and have a single ducat without embracing the cion of past opinions; and a willingness to there should be abroad in the land, a spirit catholic faith. Like a true martyr she de- welcome juster views, which may in the end speaking in the depths of each man's heart, clined this condition, and thus was left subdue established errors, and substitute for and telling him, that we are before the friendless and moneyless in a strange land. them, a correct apprehension of the state whole earth, for their guidance and instrucShe was sometime afterward found by one and prospects of our native land.

tion; to lead them whither we have come who had innocently promoted her second Our emancipation from the last links of and are going. marriage ; returned to England pretty well that chain of dependence which bound us We are perfectly aware that our lansobered, having lost her beauty, and become to Europe, is now so absolute and certain, guage and our opinions are far too decided disgusted with the excentricities of genit that every one, at home and abroad, is will. to accord with the established mode of and spent the rest of her days like a 1

admit that we are one among the thinking and talking upon these topics; but of common sense.

»; and that we have our share of the we stand ready to state the facts and the After the departure of her mother, 1:

arities which attach to every nation reasons, which have fixed upon our minds retrieved the character of the schoc

every individual, and constitute the the conviction we have above expressed. joyed great reputation and patrona

active difference between it and others. Gladly would we array these facts at length, long as she needed it,--and until on, š, however, is just nothing; we would and state with the utmost distinctness the erick Albany, her cousin, who had

eed prefer that nothing should be ad- I arguments we ground upon them; gladly

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