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" The examination of the western coast was performed during an almost continued gale of wind, so that we had no opportunity of making any very careful observation upon its shores. There can, however, be very little more worth knowing of them, as I apprehend the difficulty of landing is too great ever to expect to gain much information ; for it is only in Shark's Bay that a vessel can anchor with safety
" With respect to the subjects of natural history that have been procured upon thé
voyage, it is much to be lamented that the small size of the vessel, and our constant professional duties, prevented my extending them. Of quadrupeds we saw but few. Birds were very numerous, but the operation of skinning and preserving them would have taken up more time than could be afforded. A few insects, some shells, and a small series of specimens of the geology of the parts we landed at, were among the only things obtained, excepting the extensive and valuable collection of plants formed by Mr. Cunningham, which are now in the possession of Mr. Aiton of the Royal Gardens at Kew; for which establishment it would seem that they were solely procured. It was in fact the only department of natural history in which any pains were taken, and for which every assistance was rendered. A small herbarium was, however, collected by me, containing nearly five hundred species: they are in the possession of my respected friend, Aylmer B. Lambert, Esq. whose scientific attainments in the field of botany are well and widely known. It is to be hoped, however, that the few subjects offered to the scientific world in the appendix through the kindness of my friends, will not be thought uninteresting or unimportant ; and that they will serve to shew how very desirable it is to increase the comparatively slender knowledge that we possess of this extensive country, which in this respect might still with propriety retain its ancient name of Terra Australis Incognita.
If our readers have felt any sympathy for Mr. Roe, they will be glad to learn that he was promoted to the Lieutenancy of the Tamar, and was employed in the foundation of the settlement of Fort Dundas on the newly discovered coast. The details will be found in pages 234 to 242, and they are accompanied by a little jewel of a chart, from a survey made by the same intelligent and deserving officer, whom we are happy thus to commemorate, as we know him to be as fine a specimen of the real honest friendly British seaman as ever squeezed a landsman's hand to jelly in his hearty grasp.
National Tales. By Thomas flood, Author of Whims and Oddities.
2 vols. Mr. Hood is the very best punster that ever existed, and his vein of humour is frequently accompanied by a further and poetical feeling, which are the more delightful for the being more unexpected. Having this opinion of him, we were not prepared for the disappointment we have experienced in the perusal of his National Tales, which are very different indeed in merit from what we should have expected from the writer, who, two months ago, had diffused " one universal “ grin" over England, by the circulation of his Whims and Oddities. Few of these tales are interesting ; many of them simply dull; many unnecessarily tragical; and not a few absolutely disgusting; while in all of them there is an absurd affectation of the style and language of the old writer, which is any thing but ornamental. Most sincerely do we pity the unfortunate individual, whom the pre
vious reputation of Mr. Hood has seduced into the purchase of these two very worthless volumes, in which the author is most wofully
“ chang'd from him,
A Reply to the Accusations of Piracy and Plagiarism, exhibited by
the Christian Remembrancer, the British Critic, and other Pud. lications, (in their Reviews of Carpenter's popular Introduction to the Study of Scriptures,) in a Letter to the Rev. Thomas Hartwell Horne, A. M. By Willian Carpenter. Wightman and Cramp. 1827.
The limits of our Review forbid our entering so widely into an analysis of this polemical controversy, as we might otherwise have done. We will endeavour, however, in few words, to give an adequate abstract. Mr. Carpenter, a gentleman of ingenuity and talent, produced a short time since, “ A popular Introduction to the Study “ of the Holy Scriptures,” which met with a welcome reception, and seems likely to fulfil its epithetical title. The Rev. Hartwell Horne, who is the author of a CRITICAL Introduction in the same cause, became tremulous for the success of his book, on seeing Mr. Carpenter's; and, as the only resort for his rivalship, attacked Mr. C. on the score of piracy in the pages of the Evangelical Magazine, the Critical Review, and the Christian Remembrancer; all which notable machinery plied very obediently beneath the directing hand of the Rev. Hartwell Horne, A. M. Thus attacked, both on the side of his moral and literary character, Mr. Carpenter has come forward, and, to our minds, completely exculpated himself from every charge of plagiarism and piracy. We could wish, for the sake of the previous character of Mr. Horne, that he had done notHING MORE.
" After having exposed the dishonesty and malevolence of the Reviewer, in all the leading points of his accusation, I should think that I trifled with my readers, if I offered any serious reply to some of the other topics on which he vehemently attacks me; as that I have stolen your italics—your dashes--your punctuation, &c. Here it is quite sufficient to answer a fool according to his folly, and to admit that there is not a letter in my book which may not be found in yours.
“ When I first read the article in the Christian Remembrancer,' and the corresponding article in the · British Critic,' I confess that I felt at once some pain and some indignation at finding my moral character so directly impeached before the tribunal of the public: and while I felt conscious of innocence in the matters charged against me, I was not at once equally certain of making that innocence appear to others. But truth, however beclouded for a time, will ultimately dispel every mist which obscured it; and accordingly, the closer examination of the charges adduced against me has supplied anple evidence that they are utterly groundless. My mind is, therefore, relieved from all feel. ings of indignation against my accuser, as well as from all painful solicitude for myself about the verdict of the public. But there is a painful feeling of which I cannot altogether divest myself, when I reflect that in vindicating my own moral character, I have been unavoidably compelled to impeach another's. Great indeed would be my pain if I were compelled to recognize the Rev. Thomas Hartwell Horne in the anonymous assailant of my reputation; if I were compelled to conclude, that you, sir, either wrote the articles alluded to, or supplied the materials for them. But, sir, I must endeavour to banish that idea. No: it cannot be, that a gentleman-a clergyman-a theologian, who has devoted so many years to the study and elucidation of the Scriptures—the professed pastor of a fock, before whom he is called to exemplify in his own conduct the pure
practice which he inculcates in his doctrine it cannot surely be, that he should become at once a public false accuser, and should support his calumnies by a tissue of deliberate and gross misrepresentation. No, sir, I will struggle to repel the supposition, however it may be countenanced by concurring circumstances, or be sanctioned by the opinion of others. It is not possible, that you, sir, can have taken any part in those calumnious articles, or have lent to them any countenance.
“ And, indeed, I am glad to observe, that the folly, also, and ignorance betrayed in these articles, are such as forbid the supposition of their having come from your pen. You, sir, could not, for instance, have been so foolish as to represent it as a grand discovery of yours the result of much laborious and learned research'-that the prophets lived either before---or during -or after the Babylonish captivity: you could not be so shamelessly impudent and ridiculously vain, as to claim property in a chronological arrangement so obvious, and which had been explicitly laid down by a writer of eminence before you. Nor is it possible---excuse me for saying it—that you should have unblushingly described your own work as the most important of uninspired productions, with which the world has been blest. No, sir ; you could not thus make yourself the laughing-stock of every well-informed reader. Another must have done it; either some secret enemy of yours, under the mask of friendship, or some most ignorant and ill-advised admirer, to whom, perhaps, the information conveyed by your book was all new and marvellous. But you, sir, know full well, that your work, as well as mine, is a mere compilation, and does not contain a tittle of any importance, which had not been long before the public in other forms. However useful, also, either compilation may be--and there is room enough in the world for us both—the modesty which always accompanies merit such as yours, would certainly have restrained you from such ludicrously extravagant panegyric of your own production."
GAIETIES AND GRAVITIES OF THE MONTH.
Onir correspondent who discoursed in our last number upon the most efficacious and allowable methods of making proposals of marriage, altogether overlooked a method at present very common, and much on the increase—we mean by advertisement. We always considered, until very lately, that these applications were the mere repetition of a stale and threadbare jest ; but they now so frequently attract our attention, that we cannot any longer credit that blockheads pay for an advertisement for the sake of such a ragged joke. No; there are people who think gravely upon the subject of a matrimonial advertisement; and as curious specimens of the kind, take the following. Matrimony
young gentleman is desirous of meeting with a young lady "whose fortune will yield sufficient to enable them to move in the first circles of “good and fashionable society, and whose generous and free mind can overcome the "prudish form of family introduction.” Morning Heruli. Ingenui vultûs puer, ingenuique pudoris.
“A lady of respectable family, but no fortune, is desirous of being united to a gentleman of liberal independent property, who may wish for the comforts of a " home.” Sunday Paper.
The last is the most unequivocal specimen of disinterested greatness of mind on record. A lady of no fortune wishing to be married to a man of property! Ah! lovely woman, what sacrifices will you not make for love, free and generous love! But what we wish to recommend is this. Every body knows that advertisements are the most successful when the class of readers to whom they are addressed is peculiarly interested in the matter propounded. Now we wish to inform the ladies, that our roaders are known to be chiefly handsome, unmarried men ; all with good fortunes,
and better sense. Matrimonial advertisements in the Inspector, we honestly believe to be the best chance that desperate maidens can have on this side the grave. We wish to be liberal and gallant! we, therefore, beg to notify, that advertisements from ladies for husbands, shall be received for our wrappers at twenty-five per cent. discourat. Our publisher shall have orders not to be careful for five per cent. under that lover we cannot gu. T'he notices from gentlemen we will not abate a sixpence upon, if a thousand were offered at once!
We have, in our notice of the Periodical Literature of Germany, stated an opinion, that the politics of all the journals which we mentioned, were so tame, and 80 exemplary for their loyalty, that even the most apprehensive governments of the continent could not have any thing to dread from them. In fact, we had an idea, from what we had seen of them, that they were much as harmless as the opinions of a still-born babe. We now stand corrected by high authority. His Majesty, the Emperor of Russia, has lately issued an Order of Council, by which the importation in the Russian states of the Morgen Blatt, the Ahend Zeitung, and even of the Gazette for the Elegant World, is prohibited. What are the people of Petersburgh to read? They were in a great measure dependant on the German; and it is feared they will remain so, unless Mr. Bowring will undertake to point out to them the beauties of their own authors.
GRAMMAR OF CONTEXPORARIFS.---" Our reading has served to convince us, " that every one of those who railed at other systems, have always failed in establish“ ing their own."
We recommend the above specimen of the slip slop style in which one of our contemporaries (Ed. Lit. Gaz. 17th March, 1827) occasionally writes English, to the notice of our good friend, Mr. Balaam, of Clapham. Any of the tyros of his 8th class would be ashamed of writing a sentence so grammatically incorrect. The “John Bull” of the 18th March exhibits two almost equal atrocities.---" He inquired " whom the Orator was"---" asked whom that was." John never pretended to be correct or elegant in his style ; but the Editor of the “ LITERARY Gazette !!! to make such a lapsus! Fie ! Mr. Jerdan!
LITERARY NOTICES. - In the press, 1 vol. 8vo., THE LIFE, VOYAGES, AND - ADVENTURES OP.“ NAUFRAGUS:" being a faithful Narrative of the Author's real Life, and containing a series of remarkable Adventures of no ordinary kind. The scene of this work lies in Asia, of which interesting part of the globe this volume will contain many lively sketches : together with a variety of information connected with the state of Society, and the Manners, Customs, and Opinions of the Hindoos (particularly of the Brahmans). The whole related with precision, and such a strict regard to truth, as will, it is presumed, render the work one of utility, as well as of interest.
8vo. THE AGE REVIEWED. A Satire, in two part
Fungar vice cotis, acutum
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EXCEPTA FROM THE DIARY OF A P. M. 8. Heard a good thing of Colonel Berkeley at Long's. Lord Deerhurst was speaking to him about the late law affair, in which Scarlett very poetically compared him to Comus, and his castle to the enchanted palace. “ Its the opinion in town, colonel," said his lordship, " that Scarlett gave you and Hammond a severe dressing." replied the gallant gay Lothario, “ be certainly intended to Comb-us."
11. Stepped into Colburn's, and heard some literary chit-chat. Smith at his forge again, hammering out of brass and brass metal, another old thing called a novel. Heard Hood's tales mentioned---great change in his style: before, he was comically funny; and now, he is seriously funny. Rogers remarked, " That man has two faces under a “ Hood.” Elia observed, Tom Dibdin intended publishing some tales and facetiæ in
Hood's style, “ Yes," replied Rogers, “but this will be their distinctions-rone “ Thomas Hood, and the other will be Robbing Hood." 17.
His Majesty back from Brighton. Cobbett said he went there to Brighten, and he came back Wind-sore. An impudent vulgarian that. Cobbett ---pity he doesn't commit felony, to get hanged out of the way. Asked Tom what gave rise to libels--the liberty or the licentiousness of the press ? O the lie sense,” he replied.
17. Penetrated the Arcade at the Sir Jonah Barrington going to publish some reminiscent twaddle about dreams on the bench, and anti-laughable anecdotes. The major enquired if Sir Jonah was any relation to a certain man of ancient times,, who took a voyage tu Ninnyvey in the belly of a whale? I replied, that he might be, for I. had heard he mentioned, among other particulars in his book, the Prince of Whales. Wellington getting tired of farming at Strathfieldsay, and political economy. Told one of his tenants, that if he couldn't get a better return for his capital, he would rase his barns. “ Your Grace is mortal kind," replied the farmer, “ the roof of my barn has “ been lying on the ground this twelvemonth, and I should like to have it raised, very much."
20. Heard an anecdote of Mr. Humanity Martin at Brookes's. He was observing his name-sake's painting of Belshazzar's Feast, when some one asked him his opinion upon it. He replied, My dear crater, I've been looking this half hour at the hanging gardens, but for the soul of me I can't perceive the gibbetts.”
THE DRAMA. ITALIAN OPERA.-We are, it would appear, a very inconsistent people, with tastes as changeable as the climate, or as the shapes of the ladies' bonnets. Now nothing goes down with us but Mozart and the Germans ; soon we return to the soft blue sky of Italy, and Rossini acquires the ascendant. The weathercock of fashion changes, and Rossini is considered fade-it blows round to the same point, we again shake hands with him. But twelve months since it was a musical heresy to doubt that he excelled in the lighter or comic style of composition; now we declare that Rossini redivivus is only himself in serious opera. Fortunately we make amends for our recantations and backslidings in the long run; and seldom fail ultimately to hit the right point in the bull's eye of criticism, and in adjudging to each their just share of praise or censure. We now acknowledge Rossini to be an elegant composer, to have successfully cultivated a naturally good taste; and if not a Mozart, to have a musical genius of the highest order, whose defect is owing to a want of power, and a preference of refinement to energy. Two of his serious operas have been revived at this theatre, for the purpose of introducing the Signora Giacinta Toso (from the Conservatorio at Milan) to an English audience : namely, the “ Pietro l'Ene.. mita," and the “Ricciardo e Zoraidę,” in which the débutanté sustained the difficult parts of Agia and Zoraide. Signora Toso will never attain the rank of prima donna ; she will nevertheless be a first rate soprano voice in concert. She wants passion, she wants delicacy of perception, she wants feminineness of tone and feeling, and consequently, that power of throwing herself into her part, which would enable her to depict, as it were, involuntarily, the rapid transitions from hope to despair, from desperate woman's love to the more desperate woman's hatred, which render the characters of Agia and Zoraide so interesting, and at the same time so difficult. We now leave out of account the defects of her voice and science, because we are convinced they are not incurable by practice. Her intonation is excellent, a great point in a young singer; and her style, generally speaking, chaste. Her middle notes are particularly fine; and though her high notes are sharp and wiry even to harshness, and her low indistinct and muffled, yet the extent and volume of her voice are such as warrant us to declare that she has the voice of a prima donna. Would that she had the soul, the feeling, the Pasta gonius of conception. În duos and trios, in fact wherever she sung in concert, she was most successful; in passionate recitative, and in solo, paintings of emotion (so to speak) most deficient. Her person is Patagonian, but symmetrical, not wanting in ease, though perhaps in dignity and grace of gesture. We would recommend her two years study and subaltern practice before she again aspires to the prima donnaship. A Signor Giubelei debuted in Pietro on the first occasion with considerable success; and Madame Brizzi sustained Madame Vestris’s part of Zomera (also a first appearance) in the Recciardo e Zoraide with we fear but a hypothetical chance of fame. Curioni and the rest, as usual. We must still complain of the orchestral and ballet departments; they are lamentably imperfect.