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be qualified to do : but it is also provided On the Management of Caulifower that the moisture may be increased at will, Plants, to secure good produce during the by letting out the water from the trough, Winter, by Mr. G.Cockburn.--I sow the seeds into the cavity, by means of apertures at of the early cauliflower in a south border, the ends, where the trough turns, and in the beginning of July, and as soon as where, for this purpose, a small inclina- the plants come up, I thin them out w tion has been contrived to cause the water twelve or fourteen inches apart, where I to fall. But since these beds are too long suffer them to remain, keeping them clean, to be irrigated sufficiently from one point, and watering them occasionally, till about an aperture is again made balf 'way in the middle of November, by which time each side of the troughs ; by these means they all produce heads from ten to thirty the beds are watered from two distinct inches in circumference. As they are not points. After the water has flowed hardy enough to bear more than three or through all the troughs, the residue is four degrees of frost,' I remove them at taken off by a drain of sufficient depth to that time into a shed which will keep out keep the surrounding ground from be- ten degrees of frost, taķing care to retain coming too damp; which is easily ac- as much mould about their roots as poscomplished, as it runs into a bottom of sible, and to remove all their decayed coarse sand, which is of immense depth leaves. In tlie shed they are planted in all around Munich. As in a botanic gar- mould, keeping a space of about an inch den, the stronger kinds of plants must of between each head. In this state they are necessity be taken up, from time to time, frequently looked over with care, their to be cleansed, to have their roots pruned, dead leaves removed, and those tieads eut and to be set in better order, an apparatus for present use wbich shew any disposition of this description facilitates the labour to decay. When severe frost occors, the greatly ; you not only get at the plants, plants are covered with dry short hay. altogether, more conveniently than when By this management I have been able to they are in ponds, but you may also treat send three dishes of cauliflowers to the the plants in any given division, as you table every week during the Autumn and like, without interfering, in the least, with Winter until February-Trans. Hort, Soc. the other divisions.
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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN,
BIOGRAPHY, MEMOIRS, &c.
more rational conclusion. The whole style of The Life of Sbakspeare : Enquiries into Burke's character proves him to have been a man the originality of his Dramatic Plots and of high imagioation and powerful feeling; but Characters; and Essays on the ancient
there is little in it of that calm and useful good Theatres and Theatrical Usages. By A. sense which is often, and we believe correctly, Skottowe. In 2 vols. Pro.
considered incompatible with more brilliant qua. So much has already been done in illustrating
lities. Surely the conduct of Burke, with respect Shakspeare's Life and Works, that there really
to the French Revolution, is suficient to demon. seemed little room for a publication like the pre
strate the folly of regarding him as a man of a sent. The labours of M. Douce, in elucidating zeal which he displayed upon this subject must
cool and considerate judgment. The frenzied our ancient drama, are well known and properly for ever discredit him as a statesman in the mind appreciated; and (later still) Dr. Drake bas swept into his ponderous quartos all the information
of every sensible person. In the horrors expresswhich could be collected on the subject of Revolution, every one can sympatbize ; but no
ed by him at the atrocities committed during the * Shakspeare and his Times." Mr. Dunlop, also, in' his excellent *** History of Fiction," has
man, of a clear and unclouded intellect, will perfraced most of our great dramatist's plots to
mit that feeling, as Burke did, 10 blind him to
the evils of the dreadful systein which produced to their original sources ; so that, in fact, Mr. Skottowe has had little more to do than make a
so awful a consummation, Nor can the conduct .. selection from the copious materials which lay rence of foreign powers to regulate the internal
of Burke in promoting and approving the interfe. before him. This he has accounplished in an agreeable manner; and to those who do not
affairs of France, be justified by any sound prin.
ciple of international policy. We have seen, in possess the works of his predecessors, bis labours will be found useful and amusing. The biogra.
the fatal termination of the Spanisl conflict, the phere of Shakspeare have all of them experienced
necessary result of recognizing so dangerous a the difficulty of writing the Life of a man of
power. But upon these aud similar topics, in whom nothing is known, and his memoirs, there
which the character of Burke is involved, the fore, contain rather a listory of the stage at the
reader must not expect much information from
Mr. Prior, who can discover in the life of his hero period when he lived, than a personal narrative of his life. We may imagine the dearth of ma
nothing but the most harmonious consistency, terials for a work like this, when we find the bio.
the most lofty integrity, and the most unbounded
wisdom. graphers diligently scarching the town records of
Even the strong political bias with
which Mr. Prior has evidently approached his Stratford for an insight into the family affairs of
lask, has not prevented him from eulogising the the poet, and extracting from those documents the important information, that " in the year part taken by Ms. Burke with regard to the 1576, John Shakspeare (our dramatist's father)
American Revolution, though, at the sametime, we was indebted five pounds to a baker at Stratford,
meet with some very equivocal passages relative to
the merits of that question. The hesitation of and compelled to obtain collateral securities for its payment !" vol. i. p. 6. The Essays in these
Congress in acceding to the Declaration of Inde.
pendence, is styled " a proof that the passions Folames do not display much research, and be.
of moderate men, excited by the arts of the more come very insipid when we remeinber the Criti. cisms of William A. Schlegel,
designing, shrunk from the ultimate consequences
of their own violence;" and the author appears Memoirs of the Life and Character of
to regret that “scales so nicely poised," were not the Right Hon. Edmund Burke, witli spe- by the English ministry " turned in favour of cimens of his Poetry and Letters, and an their country." estimate of his genius and talents com- The style of the present volume is not alto. pared with those of his great contempora- gether free from exceptions ; but the errors which ries. By James Prior, Esq. 8vo. 16s. we have remarked lave arisen probably from in.
It has always been the rate of statesmen to attention. The memoir is a very copious one, meet in their biographers with either panegyrisis and from the subject of it necessarily interesting. or defainers. The political life of Burkc, espe. The Life of the Right Rev. J. Taylor, cially, was such as to render an impartial account D.D. with a Critical Examination of his of it as improbable as it was desirable.
Writings. By Reginald Heber, D.D. 2 gard to his public conduct every one can form
vols. post 8vo. 158. bis own conclusions, and a volume of 600 pages
BOTANY. was scarcely required to illustrate a subject so well understood; but the character of the poli. A Key, or Familiar Introduction to the tician is a matter of much more difficult specula. Science of Botany. By A. Selwyn. 12mo. tion. The course pursued by Burke was so ex- This is a useful little work as an introduction traordinary as certainly to render either the to one of the most pleasing of the sciences. It purity of his motives, or the soundness of his is designed for the female student, and seems par judgment, exceedingly questionable; but, upon a ticularly well adapted to familiarise the mind to fair review of his life, the latter seems to be the the first principles of botany, a study as licealthful
VOL. XII. NO, XLIII.
as it is elegant ; and leading to a love of nature, results of his personal observations and local and an admiration of beauties in other depart. inquiries. mepts of ber wide-extended domain.
The History of London ; or interesting
Memorials of its Risc, Progress, and preFINE ARTS. in Illustrations of the Public Buildings of sent State. By Sholto and Reuben Percy, London. By J. Britton and A. Pugin. 3 vols. 18mo.' 16s. Nos. 6 and 7.
JURISPRUDENCE. The plates in the later numbers of this interest. A Discourse on the Study of the Laws, ing work, as well as the sections and plans, ate By the Hon. Roger North. Now first excented with the same spirit that characterized printed from the original MS. in the Har: the first. The Exchange, St. Bride's Church grave Collection. With Notes and Illus: Corent .. Garden by Jones, Mary-le.Bone, the
trations by a Member of the Inner Temple, Russel and London Institutions, Henry VIIth's
Tlie legal antiquarian is well acquainted with Chapel, Somerset House, &c. are among the later
the name of Roger North, who has preserved in engravings, The text, as before, is concise, but
his Life of the Lord Keeper Guilford, and ia his contains all the information necessary. Specimens of Gothic Architecture and “Examen," a mass of curious information rela.
tive to the lawyers of his day--the worst period Ancient Buildings in England, &c. By of our legal history. Roger North himself alJohn Carter, F.S.A. 4 vols. 16mo. 21. 2s.
tained considerable honours in his profession, #* Views in Australia, or New South Wales being appointed Attorney-General to James II. and Van Diemen's Land, delineated. 4to. and, owing to the kind instructions of his brother To be completed in 12 numbers, at 7s. the Lord Keeper, was, it may be presumed,' a HISTORY.
lawyer of no inean learning. The present treatise, The Greek Revolution, its Origin and
which may, perhaps, be considered as much the
work of the Lord Keeper as of his younger Progress. Together with some Remarks brother, (so frequently is the authority of the on the Religion, National Character, &c. former cited,) displays an intimate acquaintance in Greece. By Edward Blaquiere, Esq. with the theory and practice of the old law, and Author of an Historical Review of the may, upon the whole, be regarded as a curious Spanish Revolution, &c. 8vo. 12s. and valuable accession to our stores of legal lite.
An historian of Revolutions, like Mr. Bla- rature. The style of the author in this, as in his quiere, has an arduous task to perform in these other works, is carelese, rugged, and sometimes times, when
almost unintelligible. Numerous notes and il" the strife
lustrations are added by the editor, who has given Between tyrants and freemen has spread through some directions for a more modern course of the world,"
study. A short memoir of the author, and on and the nations on every side are asserting their pleasing portrait of him, are prefixed to the work. claim to be considered as something more than
MEDICINE, SURGERY, &c, the mere property of their rulers, The Spanish
On Injuries of the Spine and Thigh Resolution' was watched by Mr. Blaquiere with an observant eye, and the account of it given by School of Great Windmill-street. By C.
Bone, in two' Lectures delivered in the him is the best which bas yet been presented to
Bell. I vol. 4to. 168. alie public. We would hope that the struggle of which he has now become the historian, may
A short Treatise on the Section of the have a more successful issue--a bope which we prostate Gland in Lithotomy. By €. are more readily inclined to indulge after a Aston Key. 4to. 9s. perusal of the narrative before us.
When we i consider what has been already accomplished by
MISCELLANEOUS. the Greeks, and under what circumstances of
The Periodical Press of Great Britain difficulty and depression, we cannot but antici. and Ireland, or an Inquiry into the State pate a successful termination of the great conflict
of the Public Journals, chiefly as regards in which they are engaged. It is a matter of their moral and political Influence. 12mo. * surprise and regret that the Greek cause should A much better book than this might be written * not have excited more interest in England than on a subject so important. The periodical press it appears to have done ; but the fact may per- has become so powerful an engine, that a full inhaps be accounted for, when we remember the quiry into its history, operation, and effects, would vast and numerous political changes which have be highly desirable. The present volume, which taken place, and are still taking place around us. was probably suggested by a late article in the The Neapolitan and Spanish Resolutions, and the Edinburgh Review, does not contain much real changes in South America, bave excited and en. information on the subject, but is chiefly filled grossed a degree of public interest which appears with the author's own speculations, which are to have left little room for sympathy in the affairs not always of the wisest character, or the most of Greece. We were, therefore, gratified to ob- impartial tendency. We may judge of the writer's
serve the publication of the present voluine, principles when we find him defending the system ? which is well calculated to throw much light of personal slander in which some of our news.
upon the subject to which it relates, and to im. papers indulge, and advocating the cause of the press the reader with a strong feeling of the im. Beacon and the Sentinel. Although thie news. portance and justice of the Greek cause.
paper press alone forms the subject of his pages, Blaquiere has spent a considerable time in yet he cannot refrain from stepping out of his Greece, and the narrative before us contains the way to vituperate the Edinburgh Review, " It
is hard," he observes, " to say, whether the wild
Ourika; a Tale from the French, dreams of the writers in this Northern Luminary, have had the greater tendency to infame the prejudices of the people, and to engender principles Wife and Mistress. "*13 vols. 12mo.
the 18th century. By author of The dangerous to the stability of the Britishempire 1 !17. 18. u 11: gile, 't ondt to anoiteti
?! The style of this volume is by no means good, What, for instance, will our readers think of
POETRY. Hunting the
effusions of the press like a part. ridge on the mountains 1"
Songs of Solyma, or a pew version of Historical Sketch of the Progress of the Psalms of David ; the long opes being Discovery, Navigation and Commerce, compressed in general into two parts or from the earliest records to the 19th cen
portions of Psalmody, comprising their tury. By William Stevenson, Esq. i prophetic evidences and principal beauties. vol. 8vo. 145.
By Baptist Noel Turner, M.A. &c. &c.
8vo. 58. A literal Translation of Drakenborch's Text of the 21st Book of Livy, with the
We are so accustomed to the prose version of
the Psalms in the fine language of the authorised Text, Ordo, Notes, and Variæ Lectiones, translation, that attempts to render them inte &c. 8vo. 8s, 6d.
English verse have not in general met with thát NATURAL 'UTISTORY.
success which might reasonably be expected, 'Iu The Naturalist's Repository of Exotic truth, the poets who have undertaken the task Natural History, consisting of clegantly their zeal and piety, than by, their poetical tr
have more frequently been qualificd for it by coloured Plates, &c. Vols. I, and Il. lents; and it still remains to be seen with what 41. 4s.
success the efforts of a poet of high genius The Conehologist's Companion, com- exerted in such a cause would be attended. The prising the lastinets and Constructions versions before us are evidently the production of of Testaceous Animals, &c.
a man of taste and ability; and wheu it is consi
dered that they were written after the author had NOVELS, TALES, &c. Trials; a Tale. By the author of the regarded as an extraordinary instance of mental
passed his eightieth year, they must certainly be “ Favourite of Nature,” &c. 3 vols. vigour at so advanced a period of life. The versi12mo.
fication is always easy and flowing, and many of “ The Favourite of Nature," a tale which is or the Psalms are rendered into very bold and spiought to be known to all novel readers, obtained rited metre. for its author a reputation which, if not increased, The Old English Drama; A Selection was at least sustained by the publication of Osmond." The most striking merit of both No. 1. The Second Maiden's Tragedy.
of Plays from the Old English Dramatists. these novels was an energy of feeling, a strength
crown 8vo. 28. 6d. of passion, which worked upon the heart of the reader, and commanded his sympathies in no
It is with pleasure that we notice the first common manner. The death of Eliza Rivers, in
number of a work which promises to be highly the former work, is one of the most affecting dramas of the time of Shakspeare, of great sanity,
creditable to our literature, Many excellent scenes with which we are acquainted. In the present volume the author bas abandoned her
are only to be met with in the cabinets of the most powerful weapons ; and in exemplifying the
curious ; and it is principally with the view of inmilder virtues of patience, resignation, and piety, troducing these plays to the notice of the public, bas lost much of the interest which attached to that the present collection has been projected. her ardent delineations of the stronger passions It is at the same time proposed to mingle with of the heart. The "Trials” of the heroine arise these more obscure dramas, the principal and most out of the miseries of an union with a weak
deserving part of the plays in Dodsley's Collec
tion, and thus to form a more complete body of minded and thoughtless inan, who involves himself and his wife in distress and ruin; and though English dramatic literature than has hitherto ap.
peared in print. The present number contains the sweet lemper and poble conduct of Matilda
a tragedy, now first printed from the MS. in the are painted with a clever pencil, yet the interest
Lansdown Collection, and is one of the plays of the reader is never excited in a very lively
which escaped the hands of Warburton's wok. : manner, We cannot but object, also, to the fre
Whoever may be the author, it is a drama of very quent introduction of much highly-wrought reli.
considerable merit. The Bibliomaniac will notice gious sentiment, which does not appear calculated
the work before us with approbation, as a speci. to produce a good impression. We are actually
men of very neat typography, faroured in the last volume with a considerable
The Silent River ; a dramatic Poem. portion of the sermon of a reverend divine.
Paithful and Forsaken ; a dramatic Poem. Castle Baynard, or the Days of John; By Robert Sulivan. 12mo. a Romance. 8vo. 88.
This little volume will not, we feel persuaded, The Inheritance. By the author of notwithstanding its unobtrusive slape, be over. "Marriage." 3 vols. post 8vo. 11. 11s. 6d. looked by any true lover of poetry, who willat
The Witch Finder; a Rómance. 3 the same time regard it as the earnest and pro. Yols, 11, 1s.
mise of future, and even higher excellence. Mr.
Sulivan has sought for inspiration where alone it the delightful illustrations which he derives from is to be found in the bosom of Nature, and in them, he is always most happy. The facilities of the recesses of the human heart. His descrip- versification which Mr. Shelley possessed, have, tions of natural scenery are at once simple, rich, perhaps, led him to make too many experiments and vivid ; and his delineations of human feelings in metre, of which the present volume furnishes and passions are no less faithful and pleasing. In some instances. One of his longer poems is “The Silent River" he has succeeded in throwing written very successfully in the terza tima. The round a very few characters and a very simple story, following affecting lines were composed when an interest which a much more intricate machi- “ill-health and continual pain preyed upon his nery often fails to produce; it is, in fact, a highly powers, and the solitude in which he lived, pari affecting little tragedy. In “ Faithful and For. ticularly on his first arrival in Italy, although saken" there is a greater play of fancy, and per- congenial to his feelings, must frequently bave haps a greater richness of description than in the weighed upon his spirits." “Silent River," though, upon the whole, we feel
Stanzas written in Dejection, near Naples, inclined to prefer the latter poem. The character of Annabelle, the “ faithful and forsaken," is, in.
“ The sun is warm, the sky is clear, dreil, very beautifully drawn ; and the lender love The waves are dancing fast and bright, which she still bears towards her unfaithful
Blue isles and snowy mountains wear lover is most poetically described.
The purple noon's transparent light
Around its unexpanded buds ;
Like many a voice of otte delight,
The winds, the birds, the ocean floods, Remain your friend - This morn, while yet the sun The City's voice itself is soft, like Solitude's. Dwelt with a crimson mist upon our vineyard,
“ I see the Deep's untrampled floor And purple clouds, like happy lovers, stole With smiles and tears into each other's bosom,
With green and purple seaweeds etrown;
I see the waves upon the shore, I threw my lattice wide to drink the stream
Like light dissolved in star-showers, thrun : Of liquid odours rolling from the south; And then came mix'd with it a marriage song,
I sit upon the sands alone, Whose distant melody did seem to dance
The lightning of the noon-tide ocean
Is flashing round me, and a tone
Arises from its ineasured motion,
How sweet! did any heart now share in my emo-,
tion. 'Twas a strange thing 10 weep at, yet I weptI know not why.-Some weep for grief, and some " Alas ! I have nor hope nor health, For joy--but I for neither, or for both
Nor peace within nor calm around, Mix'd in a feeling more beloved than either,
Nor that content surpassing wealth Which weigli'd my heart down like a drooping The sage in meditation found, bough
And walked with inward glory crowned O'erloaded with its luxury of roses.
Nor fame, nor power, nor love, nor leisure, And then-and then the thoughts of silly maids Others I see whom these surrounde Run wilder than these roving vives I found
Smiling they live and call life pleasure ; My lands were clasp'd together, and my spirit To me that cup has been dealt in another measure. Stole from my eyes with a dim sense of prayer,
“Yet now despair itself is mild, Which had no words. I begg'd a gentle fortune
Even as the winds and waters are,
I could lie down like a tired child,
And weep away the life of care * *
Which I have borne and yet must bear, Shelley. Svo.
Till death like sleep might steal on me, Whatever may be the general impression as to And I might feel in the warm air the nature and effect of Mr. Shelley's speculative
My cheek grow cold, and hear the sea opinions, no one will, we think, deny his high Breathe o'er my dying brain its last monotony. and peculiar merits as a puet; and it is merely in that character that we shall notice the present
“ Some might lament that I were cold, collection of his writings, which is edited by his
As I, when this sweet day is gone, widow, who has added 10 it a preface, written in
Which my lost heart, too soon grown old, a very powerful and feeling manner.
Insults with this untimely moan; characteristics of Mr. Shelley's poetry are a very
They might lament--for I am one high and sometimes obscure imagination, a pas.
Whom men love not,--and yet regret, sionate attachment to the beauties of nature, and
Unlike this day, which, when the sun a wonderful grace and power of versification.
Shall on its stainless glory set, The faithful and glowing pictures which his
Will linger, though enjoy'd, like joy in memory poems present of beautiful scenery and natural
yet." objects, to us give them their greatest charm. We have not space to notice the longer poems “ His life,” says Mrs. S. “was spent in the con. contained in this voluine, some of which are tinc. templation of nature ;” and again, “Such was tured with the writer's peculiar views. In the his love of nature, that every page of his poetry first of them, “ Julian and Maddalo," we fancy is associated in the minds of his friends with the that an allusion is intended to the character and loveliest scenes of the countries which he inha. sentiments of the author and Lord Byron ; and bited." In his descriptions of Powers, and in in this, and in other respects, it is a most singular