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Her most Gracious Majesty the Empress.
THE ST. PETERSBURG
OF LITERATURE, THE ARTS, AND SCIENCES.
Knight of the Orders of St. Anne, St. Stanislaus, and St. Vladimir,
THOMAS B. SHAW,
VOLUME IV.- FIRST YEAR.
PERMITTED TO BE PRINTED;
On condition of furnishing the necessary number of copies to the committee of Censorship.
St. Petersburg, December 15th, 1842.
Edited by her Niece. Vols. I., II., III. London. 1842.
When we reviewed, ten years ago, that strange display of egotism which Madame D'Arblay was pleased to call Memoirs of her father,' we expressed a wish that she would condense and simplify into a couple of interesting (and interesting they would be) volumes her own story and her contemporaneous notes and boná fide recollections of that brilliant society in which she moved from 1777 to 1794. We lay some stress on the words bond fide--not as imputing to Madame D'Arblay the sligtest intention to deceive, but because we think that we see in almost every page abundant proof that the habit of novel-writing has led her to colour, and, as she may suppose, embellish, her anecdotes with sonorous epithets and factitious details, which however, we venture to assure her, not only blunt their effect, but discredit their authority.'Quart. Rev. vol. xlix. p. 125.
We were not then in the secret of Madame D'Arblay's having from her earliest youth kept the diary now presented to us ; but we guessed, from many passages in the · Memoirs of Dr. Burney,
that she was in possession of copious contemporaneous materials for her own, and we candidly forewarned