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ples of favor and condescension to the artists, that the “Evening,'' painted by Richard Wilson, R.A. and enarts increase in public estimation. The countenance | graved by S. W. Reynolds, from a picture in the possession
Il of Frederick Perkins, Esq... of the great alone was wanting, to raise the British
“A Magdalene," painted by Correggio, and engraved school to its present high and improving state.
by S. W. Reynolds. The original picture in the Dresden GEMS OF ART:
Gallery. Consisting of a choice collection, from pictures of acknow
" The Cottage," a moonlight scene, painted by T. ledged excellence, beauty, and variety, painted by esteemed
| Gainsborough, R.A. and engraved by S.' W. Reynolds,
from the original picture in the possession of Dr. Monro. finisbed mezzotinto, on steel, by W. Ward, A.R.A., S. W.
This extraordinary production of Gainsborough is exhibited Reynolds, Charles Turner, Thomas Lupton, and other
by artificial light in the Exhibition of Drawings, 9, Sohoeminent engravers.
square, 1824. Each part contains five plates--six parts will form the
* Landscape and Cows,” painted by Thomas Gainsvolume. Price of each part, 20s.-proofs, 11. 10s.- India
borough, R.A. and engraved by S. W. Reynolds, from the paper proofs, 11. 18s.
original picture in the possession of Dr. Monro, exhibited Any single plate of “ Gems of Art,” may also be had
in tbe year 1824, by artificial light, at the Exhibition of sepririitely, at the following prices :
Drawings, 9, Soho-square. The Landscapes at 43.-Proofs, 6s.-India Paper Proofs, | Others by Michael Angelo, Raphael, Parmegiano, Do78. 6d. each. The Fancy Subjects, at js.- Proofs, 7s.-
minichino, Claude, Rubens, Rembrandt, Vandyke, Teniers, India Paper Proofs, 8s. 6d. cach.
Cuyp, Hobbima, Vandervelde, Ruysdael, Canalletti, VanSeveral valuable pictures having been lent to this public
derneer, Murillo, J. Jackson, R.A., Richard Wilson, R..., cation, in the most liberal manner, by nobleinen and
Thomas Gainsborough, R.A., W. Howard, R.A., T. Sto. gen:lemen possessing splendid collections, subscribers will
thard, R.A., W'. Hamilton, R.A. &c. &c. have the benefit of this generous gist, as the price atrixed to the work is determined merely by a calculation of the expence of engraring the plates only, and not upon the pur
THE RIVERS OF ENGLAND, chase or loan of pictures; consequently, the public will
From drawings by J. M. W. Turner, R.A., W. Collins, have the advantage of possessing a most beautiful collection
R.A., and the late Thomas Girtin. Engraved on highlyof engravings, from some of the finest pictures and draw
finished mezzotinto, on steel, by eminent enyravers, and ings dispersed throughout the country, on terms decidedly
printed uniform with Cooke's - Southern Coast of Engin their favour. The volume will be complete in itself;
land,” to which “ The Rivers of England” forms a cointhe subjects introduced will be only such as possess a first
panion. rate talent and character, and of that class whicli inay
The work is published in numbers, cach containing three meet the most delicate eye and retined taste.
views. Royal quarto, 10s. each number. Proofs, imperial CONTENTS OF PART 1.
quarto, 14s. India paper proofs, 163, “ Rembrandt's Mill," painted by Rembrandt, and en | Twelve numbers will form a volume, which will be comgraved by Charles Turner, from a picture in the possession plete in itself, containing thirty-six views of English river of the most noble the Marquess of Lansdowne.
scenery, displaying a series of picturesque delineations of “ The Traveller,” a landscape, painted by Cuyp, and the interior landscape beauties of the country, with the engraved by Thomas Lupton, from a picture in the pos characteristic features of the cities and towns through session of the Right Honourable the "Earl of Carlisle, which the rivers flow, and presenting unbounded variety in K.G. &c. &c.
others of a marine and open character, towards their con" Angels," painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds; engraved flux with the sea. by W. Ward. A.R.A.
NUMBER 1. * A Rainbow,' scene on the river Eve, Devonshire; drawn by Thomas Girtin, and engraved by Charles Turner,
View of Shields," a moonlight scene on the River from a drawing in the possession of James Vine, E49.
Tyne, drawn by J. M. W. Turner, R.A. and engraved by " The Cottage Girl," painted by Gainsborouch, and || Charles Turner. engraved by Charles Turner, from a picture in the pos- | . " Newcastle-on-Tyne," drawn by J. M. W. Turner, session of the Right Honourable Lord de Dunstanville.
| R.A. and engraved by Thomas Lupton.
“Eton College," on the Thames, drawn by W. Collins, CONTENTS OF PART II. - Meditation," painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, and
R.A. and engraved by Thomas Lupton. engraved by W. Ward, A.R.A. in the possession of M. M.
NUMBER 11. Zachary, Esq. This beautiful picture has never yet been “ More Park,'' near Watford, on the River Colne, drawn engraved.
by J. M. W. Turner, R.A. and engraved by Charles - Chelsea R-ach, looking towards Battersea,” drawn by /
| Turner. Thomas Girtin, and engraved by T. Lupton, from an ad-114 Rochester
1 " Rochester," on the Medway, drawn by J. M. W.
on the Maduras drown mirable specimen of the artist, in the possession of B. G. ll Turner, R.A. and engraved by Thomas Lupton. Windus, Esq.
66 Norham Castle,'' on the Tweed, drawn by J. M. W. - The Holy Family," painted by Proccacini, and on
Turner, R.A. and engraved by Charles Turner. graved by S. W. Reynolds, from a picture in the possession of Frederick Perkins, Esq.
NUMBER III. 6 A distant View of Rome, from Tivoli,” painted by Dartinouth Castle," Devonshire, on the River Dart, Gasper Poussin, and engraved by S. W. Reynolds, from a drawn by J. M. W. Turner, R.A. and engraved by Thosplendid picture in the possession of Frederick Perkins, || mas Lupton. Esq. This valuable picture has never yet bern engraved. ] " Kirkstall Abbey,” Yorkshire, on the River Aire,
"A Moonlight River Scene," painted by Cuyp, and en- | Trawn by the late Thomas Girtin, and engraved by W. graved by S. W. Reynolds.
Say. From the original drawing in the possession of B. G. CONTENTS OF PART III.
Windus, Esq. “ The Trooper,” painted by Cuyp, and engraved by | " Dartmouth," Devonshire, on the River Dart, drawn S. W. Reynolds, from a most beautiful specimen of the || by J. M. W. Turner, R.A, and engraved by S. W. Reymaster, in the possession of his Niajesty.
THE EDDYSTONE LIGHT-HOUSE,
“I am alone in the world; my only guardian writes to Represented in a storm at night, by J. M. W. Turner, | me of a large fortune, which will be mine when I reach the Esq. R.A. and engraved in mezzotinto, on steel, by Tho- || age of twenty-five complete; my present income is, thou ma. Lupton.
knowest, more than sufficient for all my wants ; and yet This sublime subject is published as a single print, and thou-traitor as thou art to the cause of friendship-doest forms Plate I. of a Series of Marine Views, by Mr. Turner,
deprive me of the pleasure of thy society, and submittest, each of which will be published separately. “ A Sun-rise
besides, to self-denial on thine own part, rather than my -Whiting-fishing at Margate,' is in preparation, as a com- | wanderings should cost me a few guineas more! Is this repanion print.
gard for my purse, or for thine own pride ? Is it not equally Prints, 10s. cach. Proofs, 158. India paper proofs, 18s.
absurd and unreasonable, wbichever source it springs from? For myself, I tell thee, I have and shall have, more than
enough for both. This same methodical Samuel Griffiths, THE THREE MARIES,
of Ironmonger-Lane Guild-hall, London, whose letter A print from the celebrated picture by Annibal Carracci, arrives as duly as quarter-day, has sent me, as I told thee, in the possession of the Right Honourable the Earl of double allowance for this my twenty-first birth-day, and an Carlisle, K. G. &c. &c. engraved in mezzotinto on steel, assurance, in his brief fashion, that it will be again doubled by W. Say, engraver to their Royal Highnesses the Duke
for the succeeding years, until I enter into possession of and Duchess of Gloucester.
my own property. Still I am to reirain from visiting Prints, 129. each. Proofs, 11. ls. India paper proofs, England until my twenty-fifth year expires; and it is re11. 10s.
commended that I shall forbear all inquiries concerning my The admirable picture of the “ Three Maries,” by Car family and so forth, for the present. racci, which is in the grand gallery at Castle Howard,
"Were it not that I recollect my poor mother in ber forms the principal feature of that noble collection. The deep widow's weeds, with a countenance that never smiled plate is dedicated to the Earl of Carlisle.
but when she looked on me—and then in such a wan and woeful sort, as the sun when he glances through an April
cloud, - were it not, I say, that her mild and matron-like TWENTY-FOUR LANDSCAPES,
form and countenance forbid such a suspicion, I might By Claude Lorraine; engraved on steel, by eminent think myself the son of some Indian director, or rich engravers.
citizen, who had more wealth than grace, and a handful of These beautiful landscapes are selected as the most hypocrisy to hout, and wbo was breeding up privately, and choice platea in the “Liber Veritatis” of Claude, (which obscurely enriching, one of whose existence he had some consists of 300 designs) and are engraved in exact imitation reason to be ashamed. But, as I said before, I think on of the original proofs, in a brilliant copy of that work in the my mother, and am convinced as much as of the existence possession of his Grace the Duke of Bedford. The plates of my own soul, that no touch of shame could arise being engraved on steel, insure to the purchasers such im from aught in which she was implicated. Meantime I am pressions as possess peculiar depth and brilliancy,-the wealthy, and I am alone, and why does my only friend lighter tones retaining all their original purity and clear scruple to share my wealth ?”. ness.
The two youths had been brought up together at A portrait of Claude Lorraine will accompany the work. To be completed in four parts, each containing six plates.
school and college, and were connected by a friendship Price of each part, 11. ls. Proofs, ll. lls. 6d.
of more than ordinary warmth. Alan, however, is a severe student, and Darsie a wild and extravagant, but
warm-hearted, honest youth. He is ignorant of his REVIEWS.
parents, and the thought of his loneliness in the world Aings, at times, a shade of melancholy over his charac
ter, which constitutes his principal claim to the symRedgauntlet, a Tale of the Eighteenth Century. By the pathy of the reader. Darsie, at the beginning of the
Author of “ Waverley.” London: Hurst, Robinson, story, is on a fishing excursion on the Solway coast; and and Co. 3 vols. 1824.
here he becomes acquainted with one who is to play a We are sadly disappointed with this novel. It has principal part in the remaining drama of his life. none of the fine qualities which belong to its prede. "I mentioned in my last, that having abandoned my cessors, and is a mere fourth or fifth-rate production, fishing-rod, as an unprofitable implement, I crossed over Take away a few pages, and it would do no credit to
the open downs which divided me from the margin of the
Solway. When I reached the banks of the great estuary, the Minerva Press. The story is intricate, without being
which are here very bare and exposed, the waters had interesting-the personages numerous, without anything receded from the large and level space of sand, through characteristic, the dialogue diffuse, undramatic, and which a streym now fecble and fordable, found its way to tedious- and the whole thing is very slovenly got up.
the ocean. The whole was illuminated by the beams of the
low and setting fun, who shewed his ruddy front, like a The late period of the publication prevents us from
warrior prepared for defence, over a huge battlemented and minutely criticising it; but in the next number we will turretted wall of crimson and black clouds, which appeared do ample justice to Redgauntlet.
like an immense Gothic fortress, into which the Lord of day The first volume consists entirely of a correspondence
was descending. His getting rays glimmered bright upon between the two younger heroes of the tale-Darsie
the wet surface of the sands, and the numberless pools of
water by which it was covered, where the inequality of the Latimer and Alan Fairford. The latter is the son of ground had occasioned their being left by the tide. Sanders Fairford, a Scotch lawyer, the guardian of " The scene was animated by the exertions of a number Darsie. The former describes himself thus, in the
of horsemen, who were actually employed in hunting
salmon. Ay, Alan, lift up your hands and eyes as you will, opening letter :
I can give their mode of fishing no name so appropriate; for they chased the fish at full gallop, and struck them || water. I began to have odd thoughts concerning the with their barbec
ou see hunters spearing boars I snugness of your father's parlour, and the secure footing in the old tapestry. The salmon, to be sure, take the thing || afforded by the pavement of Brown's Square and Scot's more quietly than the boars; but they are so swist in their Close, when my better genius the tall fisherman appeared own element, that to pursue and strike them is the task of once more close to my side, he and his sable horse looming a good horseman, with a quick eye, a determined hand, and gigantic in the now darkening twilight. full command both of his horse and weapon. The shouts " • Are you mad ?' he said, in the same deep tone which of the fellows as they gallopped up and down in the ani. || had before thrilled on my ear, • or are you weary of your mating exercise-their loud bursts of laughter when any of life ?-You will be presently amongst the quicksands.'-I their number caught a fall--and still louder acclamations professed my ignorance of the way, to which be only when any of the party made a capital stroke with his lance replied, “There is no time for prating--get up behind me.'
-gave so much animation to the whole scene, that I caught ** He probably expected me to spring from the ground the enthusiasm of the sport, and ventured forward a con with the activity which these Borderers bave, by con siderable space on the sands. The feats of one horseman, | stant prac
ds. The feats of one horseman, stant practice, acquired in all relating to horsemanship; in particular, called forth so repeatedly the clamourous ap | but as I stood irresolute, he extended his hand, and graspplause of his companions, that the very banks rang again ing mine, bid me place my foot on the toe of his boot, and with their shouts. He was a tall man, well mounted on a thus raised me in a trice to the croupe of his horse. I was strong black horse, which he caused to turn and wind like scarce securely seated, ere he shook the reigns of his horse, a bird in the air, carried a longer spear than the others, who instantly sprung forward; but annoyed, doubtless, by and wore a sort of fur cap or bonnet, with a short feather in the unusual burthen, treated us to two or three bounds. it, which gave him on the whole rather a superior appear accompanied by as many flourishes of his hind heels. The ance to the other fishermen. He seemed to hold some sort
seemed to hold some sort Il rider sat like a tower, notwithstanding that the unexpected of authority among them, and occasionally directed their | plunging of the animal threw me forward upon him. The motions both by voice and hand; at which times I thought horse was soon compelled to submit to the discipline of the his gestures were striking, and his voice uncommonly | spur and bridle, and went off at a steady hand gallop; thus sonorous and commanding.
shortening the devious, for it was by no means a direct " The riders began to make for the shore, and the in path, by which the rider, avoiding the loose quicksands. terest of the scene was almost over, while I lingered on the made for the northern bank.' sands, with my looks turned to the shores of England, still
The stranger is thus described, as to personal appearKulded by the sun's last rave, and, as it seemed. scarce d tant a mile from me. The anxious thoughts which haunt ance: me began to muster in my bosom, and my feet slowly and || “ He had now thrown off his rough riding-cap, and his insensibly approached the river which divided me from coarse jockey-coat, and stood betore me in a grey jerkin the forbidden precincts, though without any formed inten. |
| trimmed with black, which sat close to, and set off his large tion, when my steps were arrested by the sound of a horse gallopping; and as I turned, the rider (the same tisherman
and sinewy frame, and a pair of trowser of a lighter colour,
| cut as close to the body as they are used by Highlandmen whom I had formerly distinguished) called out to me, in an
His whole dress was of finer cloth than that of the old man ; ipt manner, 'Soho, brother! you are too late for
and his linen, so minute was my observation, clean and Bowness to-night-the tide will make presently.
unsullied. His shirt was without ruffles, and tied at the “I turned my head and looked at him without answering;
tanswering; || collar with a black ribband, which shewed bis strong and for, to my thinking, his sudden appearance (or rather I
muscular neck rising from it, like that of an ancient should say his unexpected approach) had, amidst the
Hercules. His head was small, with a large forehead and gathering shadows and lingering light, something which
well-lormed ears. He wore neither peruke nor hairwas wild and ominous. • Are you deaf?' he added
powder; and his chesnut locks, curling close to his head, or are you mad ?-or have
like those of an antique statue, showed not the least touch you a mind for the next world ?' 66 I am a stranger,'I answered, and had no other pur
of time, though the owner must have been at least filty.
His features were high and prominent in such a degree, pose than looking on at the fishing-I am about to return I that one knew not whether to term them harsh or handto the side I came from. "• Best make haste then,' said be.
some. In either case the sparkling grey eye, acquiline He that dreams on
nose, and well formed mouth, combined to render his the bed of the Solway, may wake in the next world. The sky threatens a blast that will bring in the waves three foot
physiognomy noble and expressive. An air of sadness, or a-breast.'
severity, or of both, seemed to indicate a melancholy, and, " So saying he turned his horse and rode off, while I
at the same time, a haughty temper. I could not help
running mentally over the ancient heroes, to whom I began to walk back towards the Scottish shore, a little
might assimilate the noble form and countenance before alarmed at what I had heard; for the tide advances with
me. He was too young, and evinced too little resignation such rapidity upon these fatal sands, that well-mounted
to his fate, to resemble Bellisarius. Coriolanus, standing horsemen lay aside hopes of safety, if they see its white
by the hearth of Tullus Autidius, came nearer the mark; surge advancing while they are yet at a distance from the bank.
yet the gloomy and haughty look of the stranger had, per
haps, still more of Marius, seated among the ruins of " These recollections grew more agitating, and instead
Carthage.' of walking deliberately, I began a race as fast as I could, feeling, or thinking I felt, each pool of salt water through But this stranger is no common man, and does not which I splashed, grow deeper and deeper. At length the surface of the sand did seem considerably more intersected
confine bimself to a single character. We will extract with pools and channels full of water--either that the tide
another portrait of him, as drawn about the same was really beginning to influence the bed of the estuary, period by Darsie's correspondent :or, as I must own is equally probable, that I had, in the hurry and confusion of my retreat, involved myself in
" As I stood beside them, too much vexed at the difficulties which I had ayoided in my deliberate advance.
childish part I was made to play to derive much inforEither way, it was rather an unproniising state of affairs, mation from the valuable arguments of Mr. Crossbite, I for the sands at the same time turned softer, and my foot observed a rather elderly man, who stood with his eyes steps, so soon as I had passed, icre instantly filled with | firmly bent on my father, as if he only waited an end of the business in which he was engaged, to address him. There || during that period he writes his journal. From an was something, I thought, in the gentleman's appearance which commanded attention-Yet his dress was not in the la
| examination before a silly magistrate, it appears that present taste, and though it had once been magnificent,
nificent. I the stranger is the Herries of Birvenswork, mentioned
the stranger is the Herries of was now antiquated and unfashionable. His coit was of || in Young Fairford's letter, and from subsequent conbranched velvet, with a satin lining, a waistcoat of violet- || versations, it is made equally clear that he is one of the coloured silk, much embroidered; his breeches the same || lairds of Redgauntlet, and a relative of Darsie. Fairstutt' as the coat. He wore square-toed shoes, with foretops, as they are called; and his silk stockings were rolled || ford's researches after his friend approximate to some !!p over his knee, as you may have seen in pictures, and thing like success, and he catches some occasional here and there on some of those originals who se
ose originals who seem to | gleams of information respecting Redgauntlet. He is pique themselves on dressing after the mode of Methu- || selah. A chapeau bras and sword necessarily completed
il introduced to smugglers and jacobites, and visits Cumhis equipment, which, though out of date, shewed that it || berland in search of Darsie; who is mixed up in the belonged to a man of distinction.
schemes of Redgauntlet. He finds that the Green“My father, whose politeness, you know, is exact and || mantled Lady is his only sister Lilias, and that he formal, bowed, and hemmed, and was conlused, and at length professed that the distance since they had met was
himself is the heir to the title and estates of the family. so great, that though he remembered the face perfectly,
We must interrupt our analysis to give a passage from the name, he was sorry to say, had-really-somehow=|| the narrative of Lilias, respecting her conduct at the escaped his memory. hillave you forgot Herries of Birrenswork?' said the
| coronation of George II. gentleman, and my father bowed even more profoundly 666 Unquestioned and unchallenged by any one, we than before; though I think his reception of his old friend || crossed among the guards, and Nixon tapped
| crossed among the guards, and Nixon tapped thrice at a seemed to lose some of the respectful civility which he ll small postern door in a huge ancient building, which was bestowed on him while his name was yet unknown. It | straight before us. It opened, and we entered without my now seemed to be something like the lip courtesy which | perceiving by whom we were admitted. A few dark and the heart would have denied had ceremony permitted.” narrow passages at length conveyed us into an immense
Il Gothic hall, the magnificence of which balles my powers of On the shores of the Solway, he passes by the title of description. the Laird of the Lochs, and is supposed by the neigh
" . It was illuminated by ten thousand wax lights, whose
splendour at first dazzled my eyes, coming as we did from bours to be the leader of a powerful gang of smuggling | these dark and secret avenues. But when my sight beyan fishermen ; but a dim cloud of mystery hangs over him to become steady, how shall I describe what i beheld ? and his pursuits.
Beneath were huge ranges of tables, occupied by princes
and nobles in their robes of state-high othcers of the crown, Every thing, however, is mystery that relates to Darsie.
wearing their dresses and badyes of authority-reverend A young, fair, elegant lady, calling herself “ Green
prelates and judges, the sages of the church and law, in Mantle," visits Fairford, to interest him in behalf of their more sombre, yet not less awful robes-with others his friend Darsie, who is in some peril, from his prox
whose antique and striking costume announced their imimity to Englaud, (at Solway) he having been cautioned
portance, though I could not even guess who they might be.
But at length the truth burst on me at once-it was, and not to trust himself in that country. We cannot spare the murmurs around confirmed it, the Corunation Feast. time to note any of the little adventures of Darsie, in At a table above the rest, and extending across the upper Dumfriesshire, which after all are very uninteresting and
end of the hall, sat enthroned the youthful Sovereign him
self, surrounded by the princes of the blood, and other digprotracted. A blind fiddler tells him a story which
nitaries, and receiving the suit and homage of his subjects. turns upon the fortunes of the Redgauntlets, who were Heralds and pursuivants, blazing in their fantastic yet leading Jacobites during the wars of the Pretender. splendid armorial habits, and pages of honour, gorgeously Nothwithstanding the connection between the story
arrayed in the garb of other days, waited upon the princely and the Redgauntlet family, they are but slightly and
banquetters. In the galleries with which this spacious hall
was surrounded, shone all, and more than all, that my poor uninterestingly introduced. At Brokenburn--the re imagination could conceive of what was brilliant in riches, sidence of the stranger-Darsie sees the Green-mantled or captivating in beauty. Countless rows of ladies, whose Lady, and is taken with her beauty and youth. In the diamonds, jewels, and splendid attire were their least pow
erful charms, looked down from their lofty seats on the meantime old Sanders Fairford is desirous that his son
rich scene beneath, themselves forming a show as dazzling Alan, should become a great lawyer. In this all his ) and as beautiful as that of which they were spectators. hopes are centered. Alan makes his maiden speech, Under these galleries, and behind the banquetting tables, displays very considerable talents, and excites a strong
were a multitude of gentlemen, dressed as if to attend a interest in his favour. In the midst of his reply-he
court, but whose garb, although rich enough to have
adorned a royal drawing-room, could not distinguish them reads, by mistake-a letter which contains the news of in such a high scene as this. Amongst these we wandered Darsie's captivity, and possible murder by the Solway for a few minutes undistinguished and unregarded. I saw fishermen. Alan rushes suddenly out of court, and several young persons dressed as I was, so was under no
embarrassment from the singularity of my habit, and only leaves Edinburgh in search of his missing friend. We
rejoiced, as I hung on my uncle's arm, at the magical are now furnished with the journal of Darsie, contain splendour of such a scene, and at his goodness for procuring ing the details of an encounter with the fishermen, me the pleasure of beholding it. and his imprisonment. The leader of this band of
" By and by, I perceived that my uncle had acquain
tances among those who were under the galleries, and smugglers was the same mysterious stranger. In his
seemed like ourselves, to be mere spectators of the solemhouse, he is confined under the pretext of insanity, and nity. They recognised each other with a single word,
sometimes only with a gripe of the hand-exchanged some upon a former production, by Sir Walter Scott. Notprivate signs, doubtless-and gradually formed a little group, in the centre of which we were placed.""
withstanding the known liberality of that great writer,
which is always prompting him to kind and friendly Her uncle Redgauntlet obliges her to give defiance actions, yet we may fairly say that he has not overto the champion,
praised the talents of the author of “ The Inheritance." “Only be prompt to execute my bidding,' said he; ‘it | It does not, indeed, belong to the very highest order of is but to list a glove. Here, hold this in your hand-throw novels, but it possesses many excellent qualities, and the train of your dress over it, be firm, composed, and ready-or, at all events, I step forward myself.'
entitles the author to all the reputation he has gained. "If there is no violence designed,' I said, taking, me
It is a novel of manners, and rarely attempts any anachanically, the iron glove he put into my hand.
lysis of the human heart, its passions, and its virtues. “ I could not conceive his meaning; but, in the exalted || I'here is much acuteness in the observations, and great state of mind in which I beheld him, I was convinced that disobedience on my part would lead to some wild explosion.
felicity in touching off the ridiculous and affected I felt, from the emergency of the occasion, a sudden pre
| habits of ordinary society. It is from a consciousness sence of mind, and resolved to do anything that might of power in this respect, that the author has indulged, avert violence and bloodshed. I was not long held in sus. I to a very liberal degree, in the portraiture of character. pense. A loud flourish of trumpets, and the voice of || Some of these are heralds, were mixed with the clattering of horses' hoofs,
|| Some of these are worth extracting as a specimen of while a champion, armed at all points, like those I read of ability. The following is the description of a solemn in romances, attended by squires, pages, and the whole coxcomb, who plays a stately and leading part in the retinue of chivalry, pranced forward, mounted upon a
story :barbed steed. His challenge, in defiance of all who dared impeach the title of the new sovereign, was cited aloud " Lord Rossville's character was one of those whose traits, once, and again.
though minute, are as strongly marked as though they had “ Rush in at the third sounding,' said my uncle to me; || been cast in a large mould. But, as not even the powers of • bring me the parader's gage, and leave mine in lieu of it.' || the microscope can impart strength and beauty to the
“I could not see how this was to be done, as we object it magnifies, so no biographer could have exaggerwere surrounded by people on all sides. But, at the third | ated into virtues the petty foibles of his mind. Yet the sounding of the trumpets, a lane opened, as if by word of predominating qualities were such as often cast a false command, betwixt me and the champion, and my uncle's glory around their possessor-for the love of power and voice said, Now, Lilias, now!'
the desire of human applause were the engrossing prin" With a swift, and yet steady step, and with a presence ciples of his soul. In strong capacious minds, and in great of mind for which I have never since been able so account, situations, these incentives often produce brilliant results ; I discharged the perilous commission. I was hardly seen, but in a weak contracted mind, moving in the narrow I believe, as I exchanged the pledges of battle, and in an sphere of domestic life, they could only circulate through instant retired. Nobly done, my girl!' said my uncle, the thousand little channels that tend to increase or impair at whose side I found myself, shrouded as I was before, by domestic happiness. As he was not addicted to any partithe interposition of the byestanders. Cover our retreat, I cular vice, he considered himself as a man of perfect virtue; gentlemen,' he whispered to those around him.
and having been, in some respects, very prosperous in his “ Room was made for us to approach the wall, which fortune, he was thoroughly satisfied that he was a person of seemed to open, and we were again involved in the dark the most consummate wisdom. With these ideas of himpassages through which we had formerly passed. In a sell, it is not surprising that he should have deemed it bis small anti-room, my uncle stopped, and hastily muffling bounden duty to direct and manage every man, woman, me in a mantle which was lying there, we passed the guards child, or animal, wbo came within his sphere, and that too -threaded the labyrinth of empty strcets and courts, in the most tedious and tormenting manner. Perhaps the and reached our retired lodgings without attracting the most tcazing point in his character was his ambition-the least attention."
fatal ambition of thousands-to be thought an eloquent and Redgauntlet endeavours to mix up Darsie (now Sir
impressive speaker; for this purpose, he always used ten
times as many words as were necessary to express his Arthur) in his projects of rebellion, though in vain.
meaning, and those too of the longest and strongest deHe is presented to Charles Edward, who had arrived in scription. Another of his tormenting peculiarites was his England on the invitation of some of his old partizans;
desire of explaining every thing, by which he always perbut the attempt to excite a new insurrection is abortive.
plexed and mystified the simplest subject. Yet he had his
good points, for he wished to see those around him happy, The Pretender quits England, and Redgauntlet goes I provided he was the dispenser of their happiness, and that with him. Sir Arthur attaches himself to the house of | they were happy precisely in the manner and degree he Hanover: his sister marries Alan Fairford: and with II thought proper. In short, Lord Rossville was a sort of this the story ends.
petty benevolent tyrant; and any attempt to enlarge his
soul, or open his understanding, would have been in vain. Our opinions have been freely and fully expressed in
Indeed, his mind was already full, as full as it could hold, the commencement of this notice; and it would be of little thoughts, little plans, little notions, little preuseless to add, that Redgauntlet is incomparably the
judices, little whims, and nothing short of regeneration worst of all the novels of Sir Walter Scott.
could have made him otherwise. He had a code of laws, a code of proprieties, a code of delicacies, all his own, and he
had lone languished for subjects to execute them upon. The Inheritance. By the Author of Marriage. London: || Mrs. St. Clair and her daughter were therefore no small T. Cadell, 3 vols. 1824.
acquisitions to his family-he looked upon them as two very
fine pieces of wax, ready to receive whatever impression he The author of this novel has obtained considerable chose to give them; and the humble confiding manner in celebrity, in consequence of certain praises heaped | which his niece had been committed to him, had at once