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human passion, or the phenomena of the natural world. To the observant mind, this improvement needs not illustration. Authentic narratives that explain, in a fimple and perfpicuous language, the dispositions and pursuits of man; that apply to every circumstance and nation, universal as nature herself, are objects deserving of our attention.
The DRAMA, in every sense important, shall continue to receive from us that serious investigation which it demands. Our judgment may err; but it shall err through mental fallibility.
Six months have but evinced to us the propriety of the manner in which our LITERARY REVIEW has been conducted. Unincumbered with a fuperfluous leaf, we never designed to notice each noteless production of the hour, nor, on the other hand, to insult our readers, by giving them a catalogue of books instead of a review.
Poetry, as generally given in periodical works, had long been the subject of derision, when we pro, mised that THE PARNASSIAN GARLAND should claim even a critical respect. Our readers will know whether we are presumptuous when we say, that we do not blush for our promise.
England is unrivalled in the typographic-and not lefsso in the graphic arts. It might be expected that we should avail ourselves of these advantages; and we have, to the utmost of our power.
Among the numbers who have addressed us as CORRESPONDENTS, we have a few to thank; and we thank them most sincerely. " A Student of Lincoln's-Inn" was an early contributor, and a real ornament to our miscellany. Why have we not heard from him of late ?
Mr. Huband, of the Middle-Temple, will accept this acknowledgment of his favour; and we are furprized that a rejection of one piece, lhould have induced him to discontinue his friendihip.
Mr. Walker is well-entitled to our thanks; for there are few who can distinguifh between reproof and ill-nature.
To the Reverend Mr. Evans we hold ourselves highly indebted for the Memoirs of Edward Gibbon.
We do not forget Mr. Jackson, and we hope that he will not forget us.
If custom had been our guide, we should first have thanked our fair and elegant correspondents.' But nature is paramount to cultom with ngs uncouth as authors; and this might excuse us to those who think, that man was made before woman. Ladies, however, ditpute the fact : at leaft, they practically difpute it. Such being the cafe, we shall give them a better reason for our conduct; and, what is imore, a true one withal. So highly do we estimate their favours, that, had we acknowledged the fulness of our fentiments to them, anterior to what we felt from the goodness of our male friends, nothing but words, molt nerveless words, might have fallen to the share of the latter. To be serious
We have heard much of the “ St. Leger” family; and we efteen ourselves honoured in the communication of a “ Moral Sketch,” which appeared under the name of St. Leger. We grant that the style was manly, but we know that the hand-writing was feminine.
Already have we endeavoured to express the politeness of Miss Anna Maria Porter. We may not fay what we think, without incurring the imputation of i}attery. Will she take then the insertion of her poems, as a proof of our esteemn for her talents ? Delicate indeed is our 'situation: and while we are thus awarding to those who have deserved them, the honeit effusions of gratitude, there are many who will deemn themselves either flighted or
abused. The duties which our station imposes on those who wish to support it, should mitigate this enmil v to us. If it fail of that happy effect, it must leave us this folitary, but lasting confolation that we have acted up, in some instances, to those princi. ples from which we ought never to deviate.
In a day when protestations are used, till oaths become a mark of insincerity; and at a time when no one will be heard, who does not speak without reason or meaning, it is difficult to speak of any thing. How nations can away with such a taste, is to us astonishing. The analogies of common experience should teach them to discountenance this turpitude. Who does not know, that the warmest protestations of a lover are no security for the constancy of a husband? The complexion of the age is against us; for we cannot consent to promise what we never intend to perform. Alas!-this frivolity, this insincerity; this lightness of head, and this giddiness of heart, have violated our purest scenes. We refuse to believe each other, because no one believes himself!
Prefaces are, fometimes, thought tiresome; and we have no ambition to be tedious. The properties of The MONTHLY VISITOR are not now to be explained. Here, it will suffice to say, that the men who have combined those properties, are refolved to continue their exertions with unyielding affiduity. They know the inequality of the times, they are not infenfible to the difficulties of the way; but they rely on a discriminating public.
RIGHT HONOURABLE EDMUND BURKE. THERE is a time when the dissensions of party
must give place to an impartial posterity, and when the merits or the defects of eminent men, will be judged by another criterion than the short-fighted views of their cotemporaries. Death, who respects no character or station, however useful or important, and who has been described as the grand enemy of man, is yet the best friend of genius. When the veil of mortality is removed from the perfections of illustrious minds, we often learn to respect that virtne which we once neglected. This is an amiable defect, for a defect it frequently is; and we are in fome danger from the judgment which such a temper might induce us to form. But time, which either removes or reconciles us to evil, has provided a remedy for this. If the common part of society, even when they have lived viciously, are sometimes remembered with a kind of oblivious tenderness, it is not thus with characters more diftinguished. The historian who treads on their ashes, is, indeed, liable to stumble; but he who shall range the same path, when locality is no longer felt, will survey them with an even eye. It is the business of him who has witnessed the
departure departure of a great man, to hand, to distant days, fome traces of the greatness he has seen ; and although like one who has enjoyed the best hours of the summer, and contemplated their closing fun, he may speak with interest and rapture; it is for those who live in other tiines, and who read his descriptions; to know whether their fun is not equally brilliant, and their summer as pregnant with delight,
Characters are best illustrated by their actions; and . the character of Burke is big with importance to mankind. He rose with uncommon brilliance his career was the theme of Englishmen--and he has set to the astonishment of Europe.
The town of Limerick, in Ireland, was the birthplace of Burke. His father was a proteftant, a man of considerable ability, good character, and in extensive practice as an attorney. His son received the first part of his education under Mr. Sheckleton, a quaker, who kept an academy at Ballytore, near Carlow. This quaker was a very skilful and successful teacher, at whose school many eminent men have been educated, Under the tuition of this master, young Burke laid the foundation of a classical erudition which would, alone, have entitled ordinary men to the character of great scholars. Mr. Burke ever regarded his reaster with a respect and gratitude honourable to both : and for near forty years that he annually went to Ireland, he travelled many miles to pay his preceptor a visit.
From school, Mr. Burke was sent to Dublin Cul. lege.
Those who have not forgotten the offence which he gave to most parties, by his liberal espousal of the op-. preffed Catholics, in their applications for parliamentary relief, will remember the story, then fo anxiously propagated, of his having been educated at St. Omer's. A story, now known to be as unfounded in fact, as it was absurd, when alledged as a lubject of detraction.