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Quarterly Review
VOLUME 11 , NUMBER 22 (July 1814)


NOTES

  • This Number was published between 8 Nov. 1814 and 28 Nov. 1814 [Courier advertisement, 7 Nov. 1814; 11 Nov. 1814; 28 Nov. 1814]

  • This Number initially sold about 6000

  • On 24 Aug. British troops burnt the President's mansion, the White House, in Washington. Later in the year the British met serious reverses.  The Treaty of Ghent was signed 24 Dec. ending the war

  • In Nov. the British invaded Nepal

  • Important or otherwise interesting articles in this Number include: #298, #299, #302, #304, #308

  • Number of definite attributions for this issue: 10

  • Number of probable or possible attributions for this issue: 3

CONTENTS, IDENTIFICATION OF CONTRIBUTORS, AND HISTORICAL NOTES


298 Article 1. Brand, Observations on Popular Antiquities, chiefly illustrating the Origin of our Vulgar Customs, Ceremonies, and Superstitions Arranged and revised, with Additions by Henry Ellis, 259-85. Author: Francis Cohen

Running Title: Brand's Popular Antiquities.

Notes: In attributing the article to Cohen, Shine cites JM III's Register; Smiles I 284-85, 285n; Palgrave; Merivale 214; and Young 246. 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Peter Elmsley to JM, 16 Jan. 1815, says he thinks the author of #318 (Cohen, later known as Francis Palgrave) is also the author of #298. 

JM II's marked QR: 'Sir F Palgrave'. 

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


299 Article 2. A Voyage round the World in the Years 1803, 4, 5 and 6, performed by Order of his Imperial Majesty Alexander the First, Emperor of Russia, in the Ship Neva, by Urey Lisiansky, Captain in the Russian Navy, and Knight of the Orders of St. George and St. Vladimir; Voyages and Travels in various Parts of the World, during the Years 1803-7, by G. H. Von Langsdorff, Aulic Counsellor to his Majesty the Emperor of Russia, Consul General at the Brazils, Knight of the Order of St. Anne, &c. &c. Part II, 285-304.  Author: John Barrow

Running Title: Russian Voyages round the World.

Notes: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites only Young 246, which is not definitive.

The following evidence was first published in VPR 28. The author of article asserts that this article is a continuation of #170 and #255, both of which are by Barrow. It was Barrow's signature practice in his QR articles to refer to his own works.

Lisiansky's volume was the subject of a review in ER #685, Sept. 1814, by an unidentified author, possibly Thomas Moore.


300 Article 3. Mason, The Works of Thomas Gray, with the Memoirs of his Life and Writings, by William Mason; to which are subjoined, Extracts Philological, Poetical, and Critical, from the Author's Original MSS. selected and arranged by Thomas James Mathias, 304-18.  Author: Thomas Dunham Whitaker

Running Title: Mathias—Mason's Life and Writings of Gray.

Notes: In attributing the article to Whitaker, Shine cites Nichols xxix, xxxiv and says to see also Young 246. 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the book reviewed was returned by 'Revd. Dr Whitaker' on 15 Nov. 1820. Note the author's anti-Calvinism, characteristic of Whitaker.


301 Article 4. Davy, Elements of Agricultural Chemistry, in a Course of Lectures for the Board of Agriculture. Second Edition, 318-31.  Author: Thomas Young.  

Running Title: Davy's Agricultural Chemistry.

Notes: In attributing the article to Young, Shine cites JM III's Register; Brande XXVIII 157; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 139; and Pettigrew IV 21. Shine says to see also Young 247. 

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

The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #657, Jan. 1814, by John Gordon.

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


302 Article 5. Marshman, The Works of Confucius, containing the Original Text, with a Translation. Vol. 1; Morrison, Horœ Sinicœ: Translations from the Popular Literature of the Chinese, 332-346.  Author: John Barrow

Running Title: Progress of Chinese Literature in Europe.

Notes: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites only Young 246, which is not definitive. 

The following evidence was first published in VPR 28. The article's author refers back to #84, #119, and #147, all of which are by Barrow, and claims that the present article continues from these. Article #302 is referred to at #389, an article by Barrow.  In his QR articles, it was Barrow's signature practice to refer to his own works. China is Barrow's preserve in the QR.


303 Article 6. Practical Observations on Ectropium, Artificial Pupil, and Cataract; Official Papers relating to Operations performed by order of the Directors of the Royal Hospital at Greenwich, for the Purpose of ascertaining the general Efficacy of the New Modes of Treatment practised by Mr. Adams, 347-54.  Author: Thomas Young.

Running Title: Adams on Diseases of the Eye.

Notes: In attributing the article to Young, Shine cites Brande XXVIII 157; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 139; Pettigrew IV 21; and Young 228n. Shine says to see also Young 247. 

The article appears in Young's definitive MS. list his QR articles published in Gurney. The article is republished in Young's Works. 'In the article's head note, 'practiced' is spelled 'practised,' as above.


304 Article 7. [Scott,] Waverley; or, 'tis Sixty Years since, 354-77.  Author: John Wilson Croker.  

Running Title: Waverley; or, 'tis Sixty Years since.

Notes: In attributing the article to Croker, Shine cites JM III's Register; Jennings I 84, 84n; QR CCX 741; Graham 41; Brightfield 454; and Hillhouse 47. In suggesting William Gifford as an alternative attribution, Shine cites Lockhart V 150 and Gentleman's Magazine XXI 139.

The following evidence was first published in VPR 28. BL MS. 28099 (f.125), WG to George Ellis, 2 Dec. 1814: 'Waverly is Croker's.' Claimed by Croker in three of his Clements Library MS. lists and included in the Cambridge University Library bound volumes of Croker's articles. 

The following information is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Cash Day Book 1810-1814, p. 86, dated 15 November 1814, 'Quarterly Review Dr [i.e., debit] / Waverly sent to Mr. Heber.' 

The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #706, Nov. 1814, by Francis Jeffrey. 

For a useful note on Scott's Waverly, including comment on its critical reception in the Quarterly Review and other contemporary journals, see the Walter Scott Digital Archive, an excellent online resource from the Division of Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library. 

JM III's Register: attribution to Croker, with the following note: 'not mentioned in Mr Croker's own list.' 


305 Article 8. Badham, Satires of Juvenal, 377-98.  Author: William Gifford.  

Running Title: Badham's Translation of Juvenal.

Notes: In attributing the article to Gifford, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [postmark 27 July 1814]: '. . . as you must make up a parcel, pray put up that No of the Revw which contains the revise of the specimen of a Translation of Juvenal, as I should like to take the translation in hand here. It is I believe, the 18th.' [Quarterly Review editor's note: this letter supplies no proof of authorship.] 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. BL MS. 28099 (f.125), WG to George Ellis, 2 Dec. 1814: 'Badham, as you perhaps guessed, is mine.' 

JM II's marked QR: 'Gifford'.

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


306 Article 9. Baron De Grimm, Correspondance Littéraire, &c. depuis 1753 jusqu'en 1760, 399-423.  Author: John Herman Merivale, probably. 

Running Title: Baron De Grimm's Correspondance Littéraire.

Notes: In querying its attribution to Merivale, Shine cites JM III's Register (that attributes the article to Robert Southey and states that Merivale had an article in this Number) and Gentleman's Magazine XXI 139. Shine also quotes from 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.' [Quarterly Review Archive editor's note: the previous issue of the QR, Number 21, having been published four days after Gifford wrote this letter is reason to believe that the reference may be instead to #289. In any case, Shine more plausibly uses this letter as evidence for Merivale's authorship of  #307.] In suggesting Southey as an alternative attribution, Shine cites JM III's Register.

The following evidence was first published in VPR 28. Despite the weakness of the evidence presented in Shine, there is good internal evidence for Merivale's authorship of #306. A specific reference to #263, an article that is also by Merivale, appears on pp.414-15. The author of the article states that the present article continues the discussion in #238 and 263, both of which are by Merivale. 

The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #683, Sept. 1814, by Francis Jeffrey.

JM III's Register: queries its attribution to Southey and with the following note: 'Apparently Mr Merivale had an Art in this No.' [But see #307]


307 Article 10. The School for Wits, or the Cream of the Jests; selected by Ralph Wewitzer; Kett, The Flowers of Wit, or a Choice Collection of Bon Mots, both ancient and modern; with biographical and critical Remarks, 423-28. Author: John Herman Merivale, possibly, and William Gifford

Running Title: Wewitzer's School, Kett's Flowers, of Wit.

Notes: In querying its co-attribution of the article to John Herman Merivale and William Gifford, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also quotes from the following letters. 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.'  [Quarterly Review Archive editor's note: the previous issue of the QR, Number 21, having been published four days after Gifford wrote this letter is reason to believe that the reference may be instead to #289. Shine also introduces this letter as evidence of Merivale's probable authorship of #306.] Murray MS., WG to JM, [20 Oct. 1814 postmark]: 'Rowarth [the printer] has all the Articles except a little thing ... on Kett, from whom I could not keep my fingers. I had something sent me—but I have changed the tone & made it a high-panegyrick.' [sic]

The following evidence is published here for the first time. The evidence Shine supplies is not sufficient to attribute the article to Merivale, though WG's substantial role in this brief article is well attested to in Shine and in the evidence that follows. Shine used Murray MS., WG to JM, 15 July 1814 to buttress the attribution for #306. However, as #307 is a 'little art.', if that letter does not refer to #289, it could well refer to #307. The attribution in JM III's Register is unsubstantiated and appears to be based on a supposition. BL MS. 28,099 (f.125), WG to George Ellis, 2 Dec. 1814: 'I also had a hand in Kett—but was restrained from saying as much as I wished, on Heber's account ....' In the running title a comma appears after 'Flowers' as above.

JM III's Register: attribution to John Herman Merivale and William Gifford, but without evidence.


308 Article 11. Byron, The Corsair, a Tale and Lara, a Tale, 428-57. Author: George Ellis.  

Running Title: Lord Byron's Corsair, and Lara.

Notes: In attributing the article to Ellis, Shine cites JM III's Register; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 139; Smiles I 126; Young 246; QR CCX 747; Graham 41; Clark 238; and CBEL III 194. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [20 Oct. 1814 postmark]: 'G E is very eloquent and good.' 

The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. BL MS. 28099 (f.123), 14 May 1814, asks Ellis to send him a 'few pages of Corsair.' The volumes reviewed were published by John Murray. 

The Corsair was the subject of a review in ER, #679, Apr. 1814, by Francis Jeffrey. 

JM II's marked QR: 'G. Ellis'.

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


309 Article 12. Leake, Researches in Greece, 458-80.  Author: Charles James Blomfield, probably.

Running Title: Leake's Researches in Greece

Notes: In attributing the article to Blomfield, Shine cites JM III's Register and Young 246-47. 

The following information is published here for the first time. Compare the author's statement that 'National and moral debasement ever go hand in hand' with a similar sentiment on p.410 of #306, which is by John Herman Merivale: 'It is, further, a fixed and rooted article of our faith, that ... the degradation of manners tends irresistibly ... to the destruction of national glory and consequence ....' See also #278. 

The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #712, Feb. 1815, by J. C. Hobhouse.

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


310 Article 13. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper; including the Series edited, with Prefaces Biographical and Critical, by Dr. Samuel Johnson: and the most approved Translations. The additional lives by Alexander Chalmers, 480-504.  Author: Robert Southey, with William Gifford.

Running Title: Chalmers's English Poets.

Notes: In attributing the article to Southey, Shine cites JM III's Register; Cottle 242-43; Southey 577; Young 246; Spurgeon II 66; Graham 41; CBEL I 408; and Warter II 362. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [20 Oct. 1814 postmark]: 'We are delayed by Southey, whose continuation I much fear, is gone to Paris after Croker. This Art. I think excellent, I have softened matters a little.' [Quarterly Review Archive editor's note: the 'continuation' is article #313, a further review of Chalmers.]

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Cash Day Book 1810-1814, books sent to Southey regarding 'Quarterly Review No. 22'. The article appears in Southey's definitive MS. list of his QR articles.

JM II's marked QR: 'Southey'. 

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

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