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Quarterly Review
VOLUME 11 , NUMBER 21 (April 1814)


NOTES

  • This Number was published 19 July 1814 [Courier advertisement, 19 July 1814]

  • This Number initially sold about 6000

  • Important or interesting articles in this Number include: #285, #287, #294

  • Number of definite attributions for this issue: 10

  • Number of probable or possible attributions for this issue: 4

  • Number of articles for which no suggestion of authorship is made: 1

CONTENTS, IDENTIFICATION OF CONTRIBUTORS, AND HISTORICAL NOTES


283 Article 1. Ginguené, Histoire Littéraire d'Italie; Sismondi, De la Littérature du Midi de l'Europe, 1-32. Author: Robert Bland, possibly. 

Running Title: Ginguené and Sismondi's Literary History of Italy, &c.

Notes: In attributing the article to Bland, Shine cites Marshall 382. In suggesting Robert Southey as a queried alternative, Shine quotes from Murray MS., Thomas Young to [WG], 29 Aug. 1814: 'I have long had the review [QR Number 21]. The Italian article has given me much pleasure. I conclude it is Southey's.' 

The following information is published here for the first time. On p.26 of article #283, article #200 is referred to as 'our Review'; #200 is probably by Merivale. Murray MS., WG to JM, 15 July 1814: 'I am quite sorry that I did not give you Mr Merivale's draft—he probably wants it .... His little art. I had not the leisure to revise.' Merivale, however, characteristically adopts the form 'Henry the Seventh,' 'Louis the Fourteenth' etc.; the author of this article writes, 'Alonso VI,' 'William IX' etc. The length of the article also does not match WG's description of Merivale's article. See #289 below. The article closes with a promise to continue the discussion of Italian epic poetry, but no such article appeared. 

Sismondi's Literature of the South was reviewed in ER #723, June 1815, by William Hazlitt.


284 Article 2. Galt, The Tragedies of Maddelen, Agamemnon, Lady Macbeth, Antonia, and Clytemnestra, 33-41. Author: John Wilson Croker

Running Title: Galt's Tragedies.

Notes: In attributing the article to Croker, Shine cites JM III's Register and Brightfield 454. 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Claimed by Croker in four of his Clements Library MS. lists and included in the Cambridge Library bound volumes of Croker's articles.

JM III's Register: attribution to Croker, citing unspecified letters. 


285 Article 3. Malus, Théorie de la double Réfraction de la Lumière; Biot, Mémorie sur de nouveaux Rapports entre la Réflexion et la Polarisation de la Lumière; Seebeck, Verusche über Spiegelung und Brechung. Experiments on the Reflection and Refraction of Light; Brewster, A Treatise on new Philosophical Instruments, with Experiments on Light and Colours, 42-56. Author: Thomas Young.  

Running Title: Malus, Biot and Brewster on Light.

Notes: In attributing the article to Young, Shine cites JM III's Register; Brande XXVIII 157; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 139; Young 380, 380n; the DNB article on Young; and Pettigrew IV 21. 

The article is in Young's definitive MS. list of his QR articles published in Gurney. 

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


286 Article 4. Letters on the Nicobar Islands, 57-72. Author: Robert Southey.  

Running Title: Missionaries' Letters on the Nicobar Islands.

Notes: In attributing the article to Southey, Shine cites Cottle 242-43; Southey 303, 577; and Smiles I 239. Shine also notes the queried attribution to John Barrow in JM III's Register.

The following evidence is published here for the first time. The article appears in Southey's definitive MS. list of his QR articles. Ramos: 132, 134. Murray MS., WG to JM, Wed., n.d. [1812 watermark], says Southey writes in his best manner. 'Have you any more of the Letters?'  

JM III's Register: [in pencil] '? Barrow'.


287 Article 5. The Letters of Lord Nelson to Lady Hamilton; with a Supplement of Interesting Letters, by distinguished Personages, 73-77. Author: John Wilson Croker.  

Running Title: Letters of Lord Nelson to Lady Hamilton, &c.

Notes: In attributing the article to Croker, Shine cites JM III's Register and Brightfield 454. 

The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. Claimed by Croker in four of his Clements Library MS. lists and included in the Cambridge University Library bound volumes of Croker's articles. 

The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #688, Sept. 1814, by Henry Brougham.

JM II's marked QR: 'Croker'. 

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


288 Article 6. Montgomery, The World Before the Flood, a Poem, in ten Cantos; with other occasional Pieces, 78-87. Author: Robert Southey.  

Running Title: Montgomery's World Before the Flood.

Notes: In co-attributing the article to Southey and Gifford, Shine cites JM III's Register; Cottle 242-43; Southey 294, 303, 577;  Gentleman's Magazine XXI 139; and Graham 41. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [3 June 1814]: 'After Lord Nelson I propose Montgomery, which I will make a very readable article ....' In suggesting John Taylor Coleridge as an alternative attribution, Shine cites Coleridge 210. 

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

Montgomery was the subject of a notorious review in ER #332, Jan. 1807, by Francis Jeffrey. The article was a primary motivation to Robert Southey to support a new review to rival the ER

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


289 Article 7. Busby, The Nature of Things, a Didascalic Poem, translated from the Latin of Titus Lucretius Carus, accompanied with Commentaries, comparative, illustrative, and scientific, and the Life of Epicurus, 88-103. Author: Rev. ___ Drury, possibly, and possibly with John Herman Merivale.

Running Title: Busby's Lucretius.

Notes: In attributing the article to [Benjamin Heath?] Drury, Shine cites only JM III's Register. 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., WG to JM, 15 July 1814: 'I am quite sorry that I did not give you Mr Merivale's draft—he probably wants it .... His little art. I had not the leisure to revise.' [But see #283 and #306.] The article's author refers back to a translation of Hodgson quoted in #265 (specific reference to p.151), which is also possibly by Merivale. The reference may be to #306. Henry Joseph Thomas Drury (1778-1841) an educator, divine, and classicist, son of the famous Harrow School headmaster, Joseph Drury, was schoolmaster to Lord Byron at Harrow. His sister married John Herman Merivale. His brother, Benjamin Heath Drury, also a divine, was assistant master at Eton. The evidence may suggest that Merivale was mediating his brother-in-law's (Henry's or Benjamin's) article into the Review. JM II's 'Rev R Drury' (repeated by JM III in his so-called Register) may be a mistake for one of these two brothers.

JM II's marked QR: [pencil] 'Rev R Drury'.

JM III's Register: attribution to 'Rev R Drury,' but without evidence.


290 Article 8. Skioldebrand, A Picturesque Journey to the North Cape; Von Buch, Travels through Norway and Lapland during the years 1806, 1807, and 1808; Lamotte, Voyage dans le Nord de l'Europe consistant principalement de Promenades en Norwège, et de quelques Courses en Suède dans l'année 1807. Suivi d'un Appendice contenant des Remarques historiques et physiques, &c. &c. &c., 103-23. Author: Robert William Hay.

Running Title: Travels through Norway, Lapland, &c.

Notes: In querying its attribution to Hay, Shine follows JM III's Register. 

The following evidence was first published in VPR 27. Murray MS., WG to Robert William Hay, 17 Dec. [1814], speaks of Hay's 'Norwegian & Swedish Art.' Murray MS., WG to Hay, 14 Mar. 1814, speaks of his article on Lapland. Murray MS., WG to Robert Hay, 15 July 1814, says that 'Norway' reads well. 

The volume by Von Buch was reviewed in ER #653, Oct. 1813, by John Leslie.

JM III's Register: queries its attribution to Hay and with the following note: 'one of Gifford's letters to him.'


291 Article 9. D'Arblay [Fanny Burney], The Wanderer; or Female Difficulties, 123-30. Author: John Wilson Croker.  

Running Title: D'Arblay's Wanderer.

Notes: In attributing the article to Croker, Shine cites JM III's Register; Graham 41; and Brightfield 454. 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Claimed in four of Croker's Clements Library MS. lists and included in the Cambridge Library bound volumes of Croker's articles.

JM III's Register: attribution to Croker, citing unspecified letters. 


292 Article 10. Sermons, by the late Rev. Walter Blake Kirwan, Dean of Killala. With a Sketch of his Life, 130-38. Author not identified. 

Running Title: Kirwan's Sermons.

Notes: In the absence of clear guidance from JM III's Register, Shine does not suggest an attribution for this article. Shine quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [3 June 1814]: 'A friend of Mr Hebers has sent me a short article on Dean Kirwan's Sermons ... the Art is good.'

JM III's Register: 'A friend of Mr Hebers' W.G.' 


293 Article 11. Lacretelle, Histoire de France, pendant le Dix-huitième Siècle, 138-77. Author: Richard Chenevix, possibly. 

Running Title: Lacretelle's Histoire de France.

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

The following evidence was first published in VPR 28. Compare #662, a review by Richard Chenevix of Lacretelle, Histoire de l'Assemblée Constituante de France. On page 273 of #662, the author refers to Lacretelle's Histoire de France, pendant le Dix-huitième Siècle and states that the volume under review is a continuation of Lacretelle's earlier volume. Note the author's use in article #293 of the form Lewis XIV., Lewis XV., etc., characteristic of Chenevix's practice. Of the two other QR authors who adopt this form, Heber uses 'Lewis the XIVth.' (see #275, e.g.), and Croker, though he uses 'Lewis,' does not include this article in any of his Clements Library MS. lists.


294 Article 12. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Remorse. A Tragedy. Second Edition, 177-90. Author: John Taylor Coleridge.  

Running Title: Coleridge's Remorse.

Notes: In attributing the article to Coleridge, Shine cites JM III's Register; Graham in PMLA XXXVIII 286 n17; and Graham 41.  Shine also quotes from the following letter (though the letter, if anything, appears to suggest Croker, not Coleridge). Iowa MS., JM to [John Wilson Croker], n.d.: 'Seeing that your [Croker's] criticisms excite so much attention—I wish you would extend them—  . . . . Perhaps Remorse would not cost you much labor. You can depend upon secrecy.' 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., WG to John Taylor Coleridge, 13 Feb. 1814, speaks of this article as Coleridge's. Bodleian MS., John Keble to John Taylor Coleridge, [1 Feb. 1814], says he wants to know the fate of Coleridge's review. Bodleian MS., Keble to Coleridge, [22 Feb. 1814], offers congratulations for 'your prosperous introduction to Gifford.' 

JM II's marked QR: [pencil] 'Judge Coleridge'

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


295 Article 13. History of the Azores, or Western Islands; containing an Account of the Government, Laws, and Religion; the Manners, Ceremonies, and Character of the Inhabitants; and demonstrating the Importance of these valuable Islands to the British Empire, 191-203. Author: John Barrow, probably. 

Running Title: History of the Azores.

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

The following evidence was first published in VPR 28. Murray MS., WG to JM, 3 June 1814: 'I send ... a lively m.s. of Mr B to set up immediately.' (For some reason Shine elected not to cite this letter here but instead at #297, though the letter could apply to either article.) On page 199 of the article, Barrow is cited (in his articles Barrow was notoriously self-promoting). The author has visited Sete Cidades (p.200), a volcano in San Miguel Island, the Azores. Barrow had visited the Azores. The debunking strategy adopted by the author is similar to Barrow's approach in other articles. The author uses the form 'Alphonso V. of Portugal,' 'Henry VI.' etc., and '8th May, 1444,' '12th June, 1811' etc., as Barrow does in other articles. Note the author's objection to imperialist expropriation (p.109), similar to remarks by Barrow elsewhere.


296 Article 14. Bancroft, Experimental Researches concerning the Philosophy of permanent Colours, and the best Means of producing them by Dyeing, Calico Printing &c., 203-15. Author: Thomas Young

Running Title: Dr. Bancroft on permanent Colours.

Notes: In attributing the article to Young, Shine cites Brande XXVIII 157; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 139; Young 50-51; and Pettigrew IV 21. Shine also quotes from the following letters. Murray MS., WG to JM [2 July 1814]: 'The enclosed is for Dr Young ... If you happen to have a copy of his article, pray get it franked by this post to Worthing ....' Murray MS., Thomas Young to [WG], 29 Aug. 1814: 'Murray has miscalculated the pages of one of my articles, which makes only 12–not 14.'

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

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


297 Article 15. Remarks on the Calumnies published in the Quarterly Review on the English Ship-builders; Substance of a Speech of William Harrison, Esq. before the Select Committee of the House of Commons, on East India-built Shipping; Minutes of the Evidence taken before the Select Committee, to whom the Several Petitions of the Ship-builders and others interested in the Building and Equipment of Ships, built in the East Indies, were referred, &c; Substance of the Speech by John Adolphus, Esq. on summing up the Case of the English Ship-builders, 217-52. Author: John Barrow.  

Running Title: Papers—on the Thames Ship-builders, &c.

Note: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites JM III's Register and Murray MS., WG to JM, [3 June 1814]: 'I send ... a lively m.s. of Mr B to set up immediately.' [Quarterly Review Archive editor's note: For some reason Shine cites this letter here, but not at #295 where it could equally apply.]

The following evidence is published here for the first time. The article as a defence of #280, an article by Barrow, and expands upon its arguments. The article is one in a series of articles by Barrow in which the subject of dry rot is discussed. The series includes #208, #245, #260, #280, #297, #320, #328, #514, #704, and #341WI

JM III's Register: queries its attribution to Barrow. 

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