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information, though he will half quar-, characters we refer to the communirel with him for having altered its ori. cation descriptive of Grove House ginal orthography
Woodford, and illustrative print, in our Under the head of Lord Mayors' Magazine for November last, p. 393), Shows, Pageants, and Triumphs of the we have the following corresponding Companies, we have some exceedingly notice by Mr. Herbert : amusing details. The Maiden Chariot,
“ The most curious part of the land profor instance, formed part of the pageant
cession at the Lord Mayor's show near this of the Mercers' Company.
time, was the sort of character called fires. This splendid piece of machinery, men, or green men, and in the coronation Elkanah Settle tells us, was twenty-two pageant of Anna Boleyn, .monstrous and feet high, entirely covered with silver em-' horrible wild men.' These were fellows bossed work, carried upwards of twenty habited like savages, in having dresses superbly dressed characters, and was drawn partly covered with green leaves, who by nine white Flanders horses, three a- marched before the procession flourishing breast, in rich trappings of silver and white large clubs, to keep off the mob, and who feathers, each mounted by an allegorical were assisted by others, whimsically atpersonage, and the whole accompanied by tired, and disguised with droll masks, havmore than a hundred attendants.”—p.196. ing large staves or clubs headed with cases It should be observed, that a virgin
of crackers." is the armorial distinction of the Mer- A vignette, representing these 'Wodecers' Company.
houses’, or savage men, composed from Of the sylvan giants, or savage green
Bates's Book of Fireworks, 1635, and men, (for notices of which masking Strutt's Sports and Pastimes, heightens
the interest of the description.
When effigies, representing gigantic under such restrictions as he thought beings, had performed their parts in a fit, assuming a power of approval equal city pageant, they took up their quar- to appointment of their chief officers, ters, trophy-like, in the Companies' Chief Justice Sir George Jeffreys, the Halls. Numerous instances are cited notorious judge, on the renewal of the by the author. Such, no doubt, was surrendered charter of the Merchant the origin of Gog and Magog, in Guild- Tailors, received a present of plate, by hall.
subscription from the Company, value The arbitrary proceedings of Charles 1001. Injustice and shame have no the Second, by writs of quo warranto, voluntary connexion with each other. directed to the City Companies, are
The Revolution of 1688 reversed all detailed. The Companies surrendered these proceedings, and emancipated their ancient charters, and the King the City. was pleased to grant them new ones, Mr. Herbert, having closed his preliminary and introductory remarks, of of the Companies themselves, and thus the solid and valuable nature of which brought many hidden things of great we have endeavoured briefly to convey interest to light. The book will be some idea, proceeds to the particular referred to with satisfaction by the history of each respective company, student in general or particular hiscommencing with the Mercers ; that of tory. The style is plain, and genethe Grocers follows, and completes rally speaking unaffected, though here this, his first half volume. Of the and there a quaint or new-coined exquality of the succeeding portion this pression may have crept in, such as is a most promising specimen. The “ ancientry” and “ monopolous.” praise of Mr. Herbert is, that while We feel, in conclusion, fully justified he has concentrated into one focus, in declaring that Mr. Herbert has by and well digested, all that printed au- this publication proved himself worthy thorities contain of value on the sub- of the office of Archivist and Historioject on which he writes, he has also grapher to the City of London. consulted the inedited records and MSS.
Mr. D'ISRAELI'S Curiosities of Litera- Account of Van Dieman's Land, 12mo. ture, in their ninth edition, which is to
-A very useful little compendium of inbe completed in six monthly volumes, formation for all who are interested in have assumed the convenient form which
Emigration to that healthy and fine setis exactly suited to that amusing, but de. tlement. It seems most impartially writsultory compilation. The author is one ten, and contains much useful and enwho too often draws general conclusions tertaining information on all subjects confrom particular examples, who is too fond nected with the Colony, of a secret history not to make that of his own compilations as secret as pos- The Latter Days. By Mrs. SHERsible, by ever studiously concealing his wood.—The object of this work is to authorities; but his style is light and bring forward some of the leading proagreeable, and his information, though phecies of Scripture, which have been disnot uniformly full on the various topics
cussed in a grave manner in the abstruse he discusses, nor sufficiently solid for the
and learned treatises of professed biblical serious inquirer, is uniformly served up in scholars, and which the Authoress conan entertaining form, which is attractive
siders are hastening to a fulfilment under to the general reader.
the form of an allegory sanctioned by
Scripture. She has endeavoured to shew, Mental Culture. By G. L. LEVESON.
that it behoves the members of the visi. 1833.-Mr. Leveson has founded his plans ble Church to consider, whether they are of best developing the human faculties prepared for that house in which the mas. on the system of Phrenology, the prac- ter of the family will return as a thief tical part of which he has condensed in a
in the night.” concise and convenient manner; but beauty of theory, neatness of arrangement, and elegant classification of sub
Tales of the Manse. By a Gentleman ject, may exist in what is false or doubt
gone to the Indies. First Series.-St. ful as well as in truth ; and we still feel Kentegion, a Romance of Stratelyde.that the theories of Phrenologists are not
The manuscript of this romance was said
to have been discovered in a mysterious supported by experience.
manner by a piper in subterraneous chamThe Classical Atlas, engraved by Mr.
bers which he entered in the choir of WILLIAM MURPHY, of Edinburgh, con
Glasgow Cathedral. The piper has long sists of twenty-one plates, very neatly
ceased to play, but the romance which engraved in a square pocket size, with
he rescued from oblivion, still exists; and copious index of places, mountains, rivers,
to those readers who may like stories of &c. and an introductory Memoir of An.
Merlin, and Cora, and Dalriad, and cient Geography.
Drumseek, and father Kentegion, we re
commend the perusal. The Rhetorical Speaker, and Poetical Class Book, by R. T. Linnington, appea
Europe, a Political Sketch; and other to us a useful little work. The poetical Poems. By CHARLES OWEN APPERselection is good, and the rules for recita
LEY. 1833.–Our author is a patriot as tion are clear and comprehensive. We
well as poet, and is a defender of the recommend it to heads of schools, and to liberties of Europe as well as those of his all engaged in the education of youth.
own country. One of his Poems con.
sists of, “ Lines on the Withdrawal of the throughout, that the narrative is the infe. Hundred and Forty-ninth Clause of the rior part, a slight superficial coating, and Irish Church Bill." The author and his that the lesson of political economy is the friends being much disappointed that the sole object. Thus, the illusion of a work Bishops were not banished, the churches of fiction is destroyed. We ascertain desecrated, the clergy exiled, and the all through the purpose of the writer, we religion of the country overthrown ; or, anticipate her designs, and are always as he expresses it more particularly, a page or two before hand with her. Her
“ Stern power will uphold style is too didactic and unyielding, and In a nation's def ce the priest's gol
nferior in ease to that of Mynheer den dome;
[done of old, Zschokke. And thus Discord will reign, as it hath Until in some hour the avenger may Abridgment of German Grammar. By come."
J. RowBOTHAM. 12mo.- A clever and
useful abridgment of Mr. Rowbotham's Memorials of Two Sisters. This little larger grammar, intended in a compendiwork is formed of the diaries and letters
cous compass to bring before the student's of two amiable and religious young wo- mind the main and prominent parts of the men who were sisters, and who both died
grammatical structure of the language. in the opening promise of their lives ; but the flower of piety and Christian Introduction to Hebrew. By G. F. love leaves behind it a fragrance that is WALKER. 8vo.-A tract small in size, immortal, while the earthly flower, how- but containing much information ; espeever beautiful its birth, and however ra. cially that part which treats of the Spadiant its glories, soon shews, like the nish and Portuguese pronunciation of the bloom of the cistus, that it was formed Sacred Languages, meaning that portion but for an hour, and then fadeth away. of the Spanish and Portuguese commuWe only wish that the pure bosoms of nity resident in England. these two angelic sisters had not been so filled with sorrow and self-reproach, and The Baboo, and other tales, descriptive that they had not found sin, where no one of Society in India. 2 vols.—The contexelse would have discerned any thing but ture of these Tales is very slight; the a fearfully-anxious desire of fulfilling characters not finished ; nor the incidents their duty and spiritualizing their hearts. well disposed ; and unfortunately the
story is so cast as not to admit of a satisThe Trinity in Unity Deduced. By a factory developement. A little novelty is Member of the Church of England.-A introduced in the person of Baboo Brigvery pious, learned, and satisfactory mohun Bonaigee, a native Calcutta mer. work, and such as the Unitarian would chant and usurer ; and by a few touches find it difficult to meet. The author has of Eastern manners and character ; and traced his course of argument from the we have no doubt but that the novel will book of Genesis to the last of the Epis- carry interest to those who peruse it in tles; and we think he has concluded his the marble saloons and latticed verandahs argument triumphantly. We recommend of Garden-Reach ; to whom it will be the perusal of this work to every Chris- more entertaining than in the boudoirs tian who is anxious to know on what of Arlington-street or Grosvenor-square. solid and satisfactory proofs the doctrine of the Trinity is founded and professed, The Conchologist's Companion. By and how deeply wrought it is into the MARY ROBERTS.-As we were travelling the whole texture of Scripture.
home the other day by the heavy Colches
ter coach, and thinking of our critical Golden Hall, a Tale. By ZschokKE. labours again commencing, an intelligent -A clever, yet unpretending little vo- young lady, who had left Bedford that lume, translated from the German. It morning, and who was going to be a gois written in the manner of Miss Mar- verness at St. Osyth, said to us, “ I think, tineau's productions; and we think in Sir, it is universally acknowledged, that some respects it excels them. The story female talent in England is totally eclipsis more entertaining, and more completely ing that belonging to the other sex.” We envelopes and adorns the moral, which in acknowledged the justness of the obsertales of that lady is too obtrusively dis- vation, and see fresh illustrations of the playing the naked truth below the orna- truth every day. The distaff is dropping mental robes of fiction which it wears : from every female hand, and the pen or in other words, her stories are too much compasses taking its place. Our fair like scaffoldings, ready to be taken away writers are now as numerous as our brown the moment the work is done. We feel and bearded authors; not a science escapes them, nor an art which they do not to be popular, and has our hearty good heighten and adorn. Here is an excel- wishes for its success. lent introduction to conchology, written At the present time, moreover, we are by a young lady, whose grandmother peculiarly disposed to give the right hand could not have pronounced the word, of fellowship to whatever has a tendency and whose knowledge of shells probably to withdraw attention from the present to did not extend beyond those that inclose the past. We are too exclusively possessthe oyster. When Miss Mary Roberts ed in this age of ours by present hopes takes a voyage, she ought to recline in and fears, and consequently disposed to the soft bosom of the Chamæ-gigas and overlook antiquity in our fevered interest be wafted over the blue waters by the for the reigning subject of the day. We fairy pinions of a hundred rosy-winged do not complain of this. The age is one nautili. As she recedes, we bid her re- of transition, and men are naturally and luctantly adieu, and hasten back to our reasonably anxious when every step is dim and murky labours.
powerful for good or evil. It is well that all of us should be to a certain degree
politicians. Still a balance is wanted, and Lays and Legends of various Nations.
what can better afford this, than a study By W. J. Thoms. Part 1st.–Lays and
which calls us away from the overwhelmLegends of Germany.—The appearance ing force of an immediate interest to the of this work we hail with considerable half-forgotten stores of legendary lore? satisfaction. It consists of a collection of those legends which are now merely The Cabinet Annual Register, 1833.objects of speculative curiosity to the This is the third year of this compilation, antiquary, or amusement to the general and we think we perceive in it a manifest reader, but which formerly formed a part improvement upon the former volumes. of the faith of our simpler and less scep- The editor himself claims the credit of tical forefathers. The present number is “ feeling now somewhat practised in the confined to Germany, but the complete compilation ;” and we may add that he has work will include, as it purports, “ lays profited by his experience. The book and legends of various nations." This
appears to embrace all the topics of its plan will enable the reader to compare at larger prototypes, as well as much statisa glance those tales which, whether we
tical information, which has only been consider them as evidences of the state of
elicited by the pertinacious scrutiny of mind which produced them, or trace modern politicians. For 117 pages of them in their effects as reacting on that “ Annual Biography," the editor acknowstate, are well worth consideration, from ledges himself to be as deeply indebted, the philosophical inquirer into human
as the publication issued under that disnature in its various phases. That many
tinct title, to the Obituary of the Gentleof these said Tales may be found in all, or
man's Magazine. nearly all, the known literature of East and West, is a most remarkable fact: the The edition of Hume's History of Engtask of investigating the cause, we leave
land, commenced by Mr. Valpy in monthly to those more deeply versed in such mat
volumes, is unexceptionable in the form and ters than we pretend to be.
execution of its typography. It includes “Non nostrum est tantas componere
very fair portraits of the kings, and of the
author; with historical frontispieces and lites."
vignettes, from the artists of the oyd It would, however, not be fair to quit the school. The work is therefore altogether subject without observing that the first a mere republication, in a neat, convenient, number of this series, augurs well for the and attractive form. We must own we following: The author evidently has should have hailed with far greater satisthrown his heart into the work, and pos- faction an edition of Hume's philosophical sesses that enthusiasm for whatever sa- text, illustrated by the facts which histovours of the olden time, which can hardly rians, either more penetrating or more fail to kindle a flame in the breast of fortunate in their inquiries, have since every reader who possesses a latent spark elicited, or which the publication of docuof the same feeling. The work deserves ments, latent to Hume, has subsequently
revealed. The History of England would
then advance a step. The present publi* What authority has Miss Roberts cation will, however, increase the number for saying, that the word “ CAMEO" of readers of history. The works of Hume comes from the antient engravings on the and Smollett are to be followed by a conshell of the Chama ? We believe the tinuation from the Rev. J. S. Hughes, but origin of the word to be totally different. this will not appear as yet.
· Job,' a Dramatic Poem. By Richard pleted in fifteen volumes : it is embelWhiffin.-Job's fate has been unlucky, lished with etchings from Westall and in modern times at least; but as the Stothard, and other artists of taste and longest lane has a turning at last, so the eminence; it is illustrated with short and worst persecutions must come to an end. suitable annotations, and every play has a We thought that Sir Richard Blackmore clear and satisfactory introduction, giving had terribly mauled him, but his blows were in a concise form the sources from which flea-bites to those of Mr. Richard Whiffen ; it was taken, and the date of its puband Job's patience is now indeed most se- lication. verely tried. We hope that the afflicted Patriarch will understand and attend to The edition of Adam's Roman Antiwhat Mr. Whiffin makes his friends say quities, by Dr. Boyd, of the High School, to him ; but we confess this advice is far Edinburgh, is convenient for its portable above our comprehension; and, for the form, and admirable alike for the multilife of us, after a third and fourth reading, plicity of its pictorial illustrations, and we have not the remotest idea what they for the copiousness of its index. mean to propose.
Bagshaw on Man, his Motives, &c.A Sketch of the Life of C. Eulenstein, This work is employed in endeavouring the celebrated Performer on the Jews' to ascertain the motives of our conduct, Harp, 1833.-We have seldom met with and to regulate our choice, according to a more interesting little piece of biogra- the means appointed by Divine Wisdom, phy, interesting both from the character to virtue, and to happiness. It is written and the peculiar talents of the subject of with very adequate knowledge, and with it. M. Eulenstein has the merit of hav. the truest feelings of piety, and it coning raised a most humble, and hitherto tains many valuable observations, and ignoble instrument, to celebrity, and having much solid instruction. It is not to be for the first time evoked the musical supposed that such a work would strike spirit that had so long dwelt within it. us by novelty of views, on subjects that The depressed situation of his early life, have so long and intensely engaged the the difficulties with which he had to strug- attention of the moralist and the philogle, the ardent and unconquerable spirit sopher : nor does the author appear to that met them, the privations he under- be a person very proficiently conversant went, the neglect he bore with, the coun- with the writings of his predecessors, or tries he visited, the means he took to ob- familiarly acquainted with the numerous tain an independent livelihood, his reli- and curious investigations which have gious resignation, when all but Provi- been formed by men of genius on subdence seemed to forsake him, are all told jects connected with his own; but he in a simple and affecting manner. To certainly is one who has deeply reflected the kindness of the Duke of Gordon be on the questions that relate to the puris much indebted for enabling him to show poses and duties of life, and on those to the public the real talents he possesses; means which best lead to their proper and he now calls on the musical world fulfilment. We have read his book with not to neglect one who has discovered a pleasure and improvement. very original genius in that attractive science, and which appears to give fresh History of Herodotus, with Notes by lustre to his talents, and the virtues that ALEXANDER Negris.—Mr. Negris is a adorn his life.
Greek ; a nephew, by the mother's side,
of Prince Ypsilanti, and by the father's The Teacher, by JACOB ABBOT, is a of Alexander de Negris, a Russian Counnew publication by the American author sellor of State, who conducted the celewhose former elementary works, particu- brated embassy to Bokhara in 1820. Mr. larly “ The Young Christian," have Negris, after receiving his education in already attained a very high degree of Greece, completed his studies in the Unipopularity in this country. It principally versities of Germany, and subsequently consists of advice to preceptors for the visited the different states of Europe and conduct and management of their charges, America. Since 1829 he has been resi. pointing out how they may best wield dent in Edinburgh, which he is now their sceptre to the advantage of their leaving to return to the land of his birth. pupils, and acquire that moral influence Mr. Negris is well known to scholars. which is so essential to the due instruc- He published an interesting collection of tion of youth. The English edition has been modern Greek Proverbs, and this edition revised by the Rev. Charles Mayo, LL.D. of the Father of History does credit to
his taste and erudition. Mr. Negris has Valpy's Shakspeare. This handsome, not collated any new manuscripts, but he cheap, and well-edited work has been com- has paid great attention to the readings GENT. MAG. VOL. I.