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torical Outline of their Merits and Wrongs as Colonies, and

Strictures on the Calumnies of British Writers. By ROBERT

WALSH, Esq.

309

Bracebridge Hall; or, the Humorists. By GEOFFREY CRAYON,

Gent. Author of “ The Sketch Book,” &c.

355

A Portraiture of Quakerism, as taken from a View of the Moral

Education, Discipline, Peculiar Customs, Religious Principles,

Political and Civil Economy, and Character of the Society of

Friends. By THOMAS CLARKSON, M.A., Author of several

Essays on the Subject of the Slave Trade

- 371

Memoirs of the Private and Public Life of William Penn. By

THOMAS CLARKSON, M.A.

394

A Selection

from the Public and Private Correspondence of Vice-

Admiral Lord Collingwood : interspersed with Memoirs of his

Life. By G. L. NEWNHAM COLLINGWOOD, Esq. F.R.S. · 415

Narrative of a Journey through the Upper Provinces of India

from Calcutta to Bombay, 1824, 1825 (with Notes upon Cey-

lon); an Account of a Journey to Madras and the Southern

Provinces, 1826; and Letters written in India. By the late

Right Reverend REGINALD HEBER, Lord Bishop of Calcutta - 436

Sketches of India. Written by an Officer, for Fire-Side Tra-

vellers at Home

457

Scenes and Impressions in Egypt and in Italy. By the Author

of “ Sketches of India,” and “ Recollections of the Peninsula "

ib.

Letters from a late eminent Prelate to one of his Friends

479

Memoirs of the Political and Private Life of James Caulfield,

Earl of Charlemont, Knight of St. Patrick, &c. &c. By

FRANCIS HARDY, Esq., Member of the House of Commons in

the three last Parliaments of Ireland -

- 506

An Inquiry whether Crime and Misery are produced or prevented

by our present System of Prison Discipline. Illustrated by

Descriptions of the Borough Compter, Tothill Fields Prison,

the Jail at St. Albans, the Jail at Guildford, the Jail at Bris-

tol, the Jails at Bury and Ilchester, the Maison de Force at

Ghent, the Philadelphia Prison, the Penitentiary at Millbank,

and the Proceedings of the Ladies' Committee at Newgate. By

THOMAS FOWELL BUXTON

526

Memoirs of Richard Cumberland: written by Himself. Con-

taining an Account of his Life and Writings, interspersed with

Anecdotes and Characters of the most distinguished Persons

of his Time with whom he had Intercourse or Connexion

544

The Works of the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Mon-

tagu. Including her Correspondence, Poems, and Essays 556

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V.

NOVELS, TALES, AND PROSE WORKS OF

FICTION.

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As I perceive I have, in some of the following papers, made a sort of apology for seeking to direct the attention of my readers to things so insignificant as Novels, it may be worth while to inform the present generation that, in my youth, writings of this sort were rated very low with us — scarcely allowed indeed to pass as part of a nation's permanent literature—and generally deemed altogether unworthy of any grave critical notice. Nor, in truth-in spite of Cervantes and Le Sage-and Marivaux, Rousseau, and Voltaire abroad — and even our own Richardson and Fielding at home — would it have been easy to controvert that opinion, in our England, at the time: For certainly a greater mass of trash and rubbish never disgraced the press of any country, than the ordinary Novels that filled and supported our circulating libraries, down nearly to the time of Miss Edgeworth's first appearance. There had been, the Vicar of Wakefield, to be sure, before; and Miss Burney's Evelina and Cecilia—and Mackenzie's Man of Feeling, and some bolder and more varied fictions of the Misses Lee. But the staple of our Novel market was, beyond imagination, despicable; and had consequently sunk and degraded the whole department of literature, of which it had usurped the name.

All this, however, has since been signally, and happily, changed; and that rabble rout of abominations driven from our confines for ever. The Novels of Sir Walter Scott are, beyond all question, the most remarkable productions of the present age; and have made a sensation, and produced an effect, all over Europe, to which nothing parallel can be mentioned since the days of Rousseau and Voltaire; while, in our own country, they have attained a place, inferior only to that which must be filled for ever by the unapproachable glory of Shakespeare. With the help, no doubt, of their political revolutions, they have produced, in France, Victor Hugo, Balsac, Paul de Cocq, &c. the promessi sposi in Italy - and Cooper, at least, in America. — In England, also, they have had imitators enough; in the persons of Mr. James, Mr. Lover, and others. But the works most akin to them in excellence have rather, I think, been related as collaterals than as descendants. Miss Edgeworth, indeed, stands more in the line of their ancestry; and I take Miss Austen and Sir E. L. Bulwer to be as intrinsically original; - as well as the great German writers, Goethe, , Tiek, Jean Paul, Richter, &c. Among them, however, the honour of this branch of literature has at any rate been splendidly redeemed; and now bids fair to maintain its place, at the head of all that is graceful and instructive in the productions of modern genius.

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