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VOLUME 10 , NUMBER 19 (October 1813)


NOTES

  • This Number was published on 18 December 1813 [Courier advertisement, 16 Dec. 1813; Murray MS. accounts book gives Dec. 17; Murray MS., WG to Robert William Hay, 17 Dec. 1813: states that the QR is now published.]

  • Murray printed 5500 of this Number [Murray MS. accounts book]

  • Editorial note on page 192: 'We have no means of communication with Cincinnatus.'

  • Peter Elmsley promised to review Porson's Adversaria, but no such article appeared [Murray MS., James Henry Monk to JM, 7 Nov. 1813]

  • Important or otherwise interesting articles in this Number include: #264, #266, #271

  • Number of definite attributions for this issue: 7

  • Number of probable or possible attributions for this issue: 5

CONTENTS, IDENTIFICATION OF CONTRIBUTORS, AND HISTORICAL NOTES


260 Article 1. Reports and Papers on the Impolicy of employing Indian-built Ships in the Trade of the East India Company, and of admitting them to the British Registry; The First Report of the Commissioners of His Majesty's Woods, Forests, and Land Revenues. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed, 13th June, 1812, 1-30. Author: John Barrow, possibly with Sylvester Douglas. 

Running Title: Papers—On India-built Ships and Naval Timber.

Notes: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites JM III's Register and Smiles I 284.

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Public Record Office (Kew), ADM 1/4368 (miscellaneous papers of the Secretaries of the Admiralty [Croker and Barrow]), f. 198: Exposition of Facts In support of an adequate duty to be imposed on India-Built Shipping, for the protection of the British Manufacturers of Ships [pamphlet dated London 10 June 1813]. Murray MS., Sylvester Douglas to JM, 30 Nov. 1813, refers to 'Mr Barrow's article on ship-building' in a former Number [the reference is to #208]. Murray MS., Douglas to JM, 12 Dec. 1813, asks when the QR will appear and says that 'Mr B's supplementary article' is important to him [the reference is to  #280]. Douglas was commissioner of the forests department. The author of #260 makes use of forests department records (p.7). The author of article #260 mentions #219, which is also by Barrow, and article #260 is referred to in articles #297, #328, #514 (specific reference), and #704, all of which are by Barrow. It was Barrow's signature practice in his QR articles to refer to his own works. On p.25 Seppings is praised as having 'established a new era in naval architecture.' Seppings is the subject of #328, which is also by Barrow. The passage on pp.21-26 on dry-rot repeats the discussion in an article by Barrow, #208 pp.32ff. Twice that article is specifically referred to. Article #260 is one in a series of articles by Barrow in which the problem of dry rot is addressed. The series includes #208, #245, #260, #280, #297, #320, #328, #514, #704, and #341WI. This article and #280 were attacked in Remarks on the Calumnies Published in the Quarterly Review on the English Shipbuilders (1814). The article was the occasion for Richard Pering, A Reply to some Strictures in the Quarterly Review, (no. XIX.) on Indian-Built Ships; to which are annexed, economical recommendations for effectually preserving the British Navy, on the return of peace, whereby Millions of Money may be saved to the Country! (1814).

[Bookseller's note: 'A document that treats two chief controversies: first, that of the relative advantages of treenails and copper fasteners for naval shipbuilding (a discussion engendered by the Royal William disaster), in which the author argues the superiority of copper bolts; second, that of the best method of maintaining warships in times of peace, with the author arguing for a massive system of protected slips.']

JM II's marked QR: 'Barrow'.

JM III's Register: attribution to Barrow, citing JM II's marked QR, but without further evidence.


261. Article 2. The Letters of Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu. Part the Second. Volumes III. & IV., 31-41. Author: Walter Scott, possibly.  

Running Title: Mrs. E. Montagu's Letters

Notes: In querying its attribution to Croker, Shine cites JM III's Register and Grierson II 225, 236-37.

The following evidence was first published in VPR 29. The article is possibly by Walter Scott, but it is certainly not by John Wilson Croker. The article is not claimed by Croker in any of his Clements Library MS. lists, nor is it included in the Cambridge University Library bound volumes of Croker's articles. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the first volume of Montagu was sent to 'W. Scott' on 13 May 1809. NLS MS., 853 (ff.7-8), Walter Scott to J. B. S. Morritt, 17 Aug. 1809 (copy), says he will review Montagu's letters. NLS MS., 853 (ff.114-15), Scott to Morritt, 10 Sept. [1809] (copy), says he will review the Montagu letters for the next Number of the QR. Scott therefore had an interest in reviewing Montagu's letters, but no evidence has emerged that specifically connects him with #261. Note the author's use of the form 'Lewis XIV,' the practice adopted elsewhere in the early QR by Reginald Heber and Richard Chenevix. 

JM II's marked QR: [in pencil] 'Q[UER]Y Croker.' 

JM III's Register: queries its attribution to Croker, citing JM II's marked QR, but without further evidence.


262. Article 3. Substance of a Speech of the Earl of Harrowby, on moving for the Recommitment of a Bill for the better Support and Maintenance of Stipendiary Curates, 41-57. Author: Edward Copleston.  

Running Title: The Earl of Harrowby's Speech on the Curacy Bill.

Notes: In attributing the article to Copleston, Shine cites JM III's Register and Copleston 46, 347. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [30 Aug. 1813]: 'Mr Coplestone has sent his Art. which is important, but which must stand over, I believe.' 


263. Article 4. Baron de Grimm et Diderot, Correspondance Littéraire, Philosophique et Critique, addressée à un Souverain d'Allemagne pendant une partie des Années 1775—1776, et pendant les Années 1782 à 1790 inclusivement. Troisième et dernière Partie. 5tom., 57-90. Author: John Herman Merivale.  

Running Title: Baron de Grimm's Correspondance.—3d SERIES.

Notes: In attributing the article to Merivale, Shine cites JM III's Register; Broughton I 93, 93n; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 139; and Merivale 293. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [21 Sept. 1813]: 'I send Mr Merivale quantum ....'

The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. The first sentence of the article refers back to #238, an article by Merivale. The work reviewed at #222, also by Merivale, is quoted on pg.65 of article #263.

The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #634, July 1813, by Francis Jeffrey.

JM II's marked QR: [in pencil] 'Merivale'; [in ink] 'Merivale'.

 JM III's Register:  attribution to 'H Merivale (senr)', but without evidence.


264. Article 5. Bogue and Bennet, The History of Dissenters, from the Revolution in 1688—to the Year 1808; Wilson's History and Antiquities of Dissenting Churches; Neal's History of the Puritans. Abridged in Two Volumes by Edward Parsons, 90-139. Author: Robert Southey.  

Running Title: History of Dissenters, &c.

Notes: In attributing the article to Southey, Shine cites JM III's Register; Robinson I 139-40; Cottle 242-43; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 139; and Southey 302, 577. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [21 Sept. 1813]: '... Southey ... the Art must be curtailed in some parts.' 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. The article is in Southey's definitive MS. list of his QR articles.

JM II's marked QR: [in pencil] 'Southey'. 

JM III's Register: attribution to Southey, but without evidence.


265. Article 6. Bland, Collections from the Greek Anthology, and from the Pastoral, Elegiac, and Dramatic Poets of Greece, 139-57. Author: John Herman Merivale, possibly. 

Running Title: Bland's Greek Anthology.

Notes: In attributing the article to John Bird Sumner, Shine cites only JM III's Register. 

The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. There is no emphasis here on Christianity, which is uncharacteristic of Sumner, an Evangelical Christian. It is possible that the letter cited in JM III's Register (see below; the present writer has been unable to locate that letter) points to Sumner as author of article #268. That article treats a subject, the Spanish Inquisition, more along Sumner's line. On p.155 of #265 two works are discussed that were the subject of reviews by Merivale in three articles in the QR (#222, 238, and 263). The translation of Hodgson on p.151 is referred to in #289, which is also possibly by Merivale. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: an edition of the book reviewed was sent to 'Thos Williams' on 15 Apr. 1809. The book reviewed was published by John Murray.

JM III's Register: attribution to Sumner, and note: 'See WG May 14/12' [the number 12 overwrites the number 8], but without additional evidence.


266. Article 7. Comber, An Inquiry into the State of National Subsistence, as connected with the Progress of Wealth and Population, 157-75. Author: George Ellis.  

Running Title: Comber on National Subsistence.

Notes: In querying its attribution to Ellis, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also quotes Murray MS., WG to JM, [<3> July 1813]: 'I have desired him [Ellis] to proceed—only giving a modern date & tone to his criticism; because the subject is really important and interesting, on account of the new Corn Bill etc.' Shine also cites p.157 of #266, 'where the reviewer apologises for reviewing a five-year-old book; however, he believes the article justified by the new House of Commons Inquiry into the Corn Laws.' 

The following evidence was first published in VPR 24. Murray MS., George Ellis to JM, 4 Apr. 1810, says he will not attempt 'Comber.' BL MS. 28099 (f. 115), WG to Ellis, 30 June 1813: 'I think that you might say something upon the state of the Corn-Laws.... I am very anxious for your article. It is but omitting the date of Mr Comber's book, and all will then be well.' BL MS. 28099 (ff.105-6), WG to Ellis, [Dec. 1813]: 'I do not send you the revise of Comber, as I will take care to see your corrections &c duly made.' 

The first edition of this work (1808) was reviewed in ER #438, Oct. 1808, by an unidentified author.

JM III's Register: attribution to Ellis, but without evidence.


267. Article 8. Hobhouse, A Journey through Albania, and other Provinces of Turkey, in Europe and Asia, to Constantinople, during the years 1809 and 1810, 175-203. Author: John Barrow, probably.

Running Title: Hobhouse's Journey through Albania, &c.

Notes: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites Broughton I 81, 81n. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [5 Dec. 1813]: 'I send you the Hobhouse freed from everything that hung in the least....' 

The following information is published here for the first time. Devon MS. 1149M (f.106), WG to Edward Copleston, 3 Mar. 1812, suggests this topic for Mr. Vaux. Uncharacteristically for an article by Barrow, there are no references in this article to other works by Barrow.


268. Article 9. The Speech of Doctor D. Antonio Joseph Ruiz de Padron, Deputy to the Cortes, from the Canary Islands, spoken in the Sitting of January 18, 1813, relative to the Inquisition; Jovellanos, Bread and Bulls, an Apologetical Oration in the Reign of Charles IV. Delivered in the Plaza de Toros, Madrid, 203-11. Author: John Bird Sumner, possibly. 

Running Title: Bread and Bulls, and the Inquisition.

Notes: In the absence of guidance from JM III's Register, Shine does not suggest an author for this article. 

A suggestion is John Bird Sumner. Perhaps JM III misunderstood WG's letter mentioned at #265. See the discussion at #265.


269. Article 10. Letter on the Conduct and Situation of Denmark, from a Dane to an Englishman; written 30th May, 1813, 211-21. Author: Robert William Hay, with William Gifford. 

Running Title: Letter on the Conduct of Denmark.

Notes: Shine does not suggest a primary author for this article. Shine, however, in suggesting Gifford as the article's co-author, quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [5 Dec. 1813] [Quarterly Review editor's note: the letter is quoted below. The letter gives no evidence of primary authorship and instead establishes Gifford as contributing a page and a half to the article.] 

The following evidence was first published in VPR 27. Murray MS., WG to Robert William Hay, 20 Oct. 1813, says that Hay has made a good proposal for an article. Murray MS., WG to Hay, 17 Dec. [1813], refers to Hay's treatment of the 'Danish pamphlet.' (See the first sentence of this article.) Murray MS., WG to JM, [5 Dec. 1813], referring to this article, says he added as much as a page and a half of material on the Swedish treaty 'to complete it, & to make all safe.'

JM III's Register: queries its attribution to Gifford and cites unspecified letters. 


270. Article 11. Eustace, Tour through Italy, exhibiting a View of its Scenery, its Antiquities, and its Monuments, particularly as they are objects of Classical Interest and Elucidation, 222-50. Author: Reginald Heber, possibly. 

Running Title: Eustace's Tour through Italy.

Notes: In querying its attribution to Heber, Shine quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [10 Nov. 1813]: 'The writer of Eustace who is well acquainted with Germany wishes to have Mad. de S[taël] if not preengaged.' Shine notes that 'The article on Madame de Stael's Germany, in the next No. of QR, was by Heber; see Entry 275.' 

The following evidence was first published in VPR 28. Robert Bland, Herman Merivale, and William Stewart Rose are more likely candidates. The author of #270 lived for an extended period in Italy (see. p.244), which Heber never did. Compare the author's spelling of 'Joseph II,' 'Pius VI,' 'Nicolas III' etc., with Heber's use in #223 of the form 'Charles the XIIth,' 'Gustavas the IIId' etc.  

The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #640, July 1813, by Edward Daniel Clarke and Henry Brougham.


271. Article 12. Adelung, Mithridates, oder Allgemeine Sparchenkunde. Mithridates, or a General History of Languages, with the Lord's Prayer as a Specimen, in nearly five hundred Languages and Dialects, 250-92. Author: Thomas Young.  

Running Title: Adelung's General History of Languages.

Notes: In attributing the article to Young, Shine cites JM III's Register; Brande XXVIII 157; Young 241; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 139; and Pettigrew IV 21. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [21 Sept. 1813]: 'I can hint to Dr Yng & will. I have altered his Art. since you saw it & put a little out of the old track.... Dr Y thought his Art. good—but he evidently had not seen the Eclectic.' 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. The article appears in Young's definitive MS. list of his QR articles. BL Add. MS. 28099 (f.105), WG to George Ellis, Thursday night, <1>6 Dec. 1813: 'Our friend Young, who brings you this—will also shew you what I look upon as a very extraordinary article. It is, I am quite sure you will think, a surprising effort of industry, precision, and curious learning. I do not send you the revise of Comber .... [#266].' Article #271 is referred to in #356, which is also by Young. 

JM II's marked QR: 'Dr Young'.

JM III's Register: attribution to Young, but without evidence. 

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