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VOLUME 21 , NUMBER 41 (January 1819)


NOTES

  • This Number was published 4 June 1819 [Courier advertisement 4 June 1819] The date on the original wrappers is 'May 1819' [Bookseller’s online booklist: Barrow's Books, Country Carlow, Ireland, Nov. 2003]

  • This Number sold about 13,000 [Barrow, Autobiography 506]

  • Murray MS., Cash Day Book, 1818-20, p.107: 'Cancelled [pages]: ... 'Lamb 9 1/2 / Louis XIV 5/2 Lawrence 12.'

  • Murray MS., John Taylor Coleridge to WG, 25 May 1819, says he has taken Smedley's two letters (probably written to JM on the subject of an article by him or about which Smedley had some interest); has written Smedley 'for the Religio Christiana also: which perhaps ought to come into the article too as a foil to the Churchman's neat & pointed lines.' Edward Smedley (1788-1836), a recent graduate of Cambridge and a preacher, was awarded prizes for his undergraduate poetry and published Religio Clerici (1821). Coleridge may be referring to #498

  • In March 1819 John Barrow suffered the loss of one of his children

  • Important or otherwise interesting articles in this Number include: #502, #503

  • Number of definite attributions for this issue: 8

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

CONTENTS, IDENTIFICATION OF CONTRIBUTORS, AND HISTORICAL NOTES


493 Article 1. Bristed, The Resources of the United States of America; or, a View of the Agricultural, Commercial, Financial, Political, Literary, Moral, and Religious Character of the American People, 1-25. Author: John Barrow, probably.

Running Title: Bristed—Statistical View of America.

Notes: In attributing the article to William Jacob, Shine cites JM III's Register and says to see also Southey 402. 

The following evidence and discussion was first published in VPR 28. It appears that a review of this work by William Jacob was received and even set up, but cancelled at the last moment in favour of John Barrow's. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: 'W[illiam]. Jacob' was sent a number of books on America, including 'North America by a North American', on 10 Feb. 1818 and 5 Dec. 1818. Murray MS., Cash Book, 1818-20, p.107: 'Quarterly Review No. 41 ... Cancelled [pages]: Bristed 16 1/4.' Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the book reviewed was sent to 'John Barrow' on 16 Jan. 1818. The article's author quotes a passage from #282 (p.536), which is by Barrow. In his QR articles, it was Barrow's signature practice to refer to his own works. The virulent characterization of  'Jacobinism' is typical of Barrow: e.g., 'polluted trash of our Jacobinical press' and (p.19) 'irreligious and levelling principles of the Jacobins.' Cf. #482 (p.356n), an article by Barrow: 'the scum and feculence of the worst Jacobinical journals ....' As a matter of interest, cf. the characterization of Edinburgh Review writers as 'Northern philosophers' (p.13) with #539 (p.123n).

JM III's Register: attribution to 'W. Jacob Senr.,' but without evidence.


494 Article 2. The Civil Architecture of Vitruvius, containing those Books of this Author relating to the Public and Private Edifices of the Ancients. Translated by William Wilkins. A.M. late fellow of Caius College, Cambridge, 25-40. Author: Edward Copleston, possibly.

Running Title: Wilkins's Translation of Vitruvius.

Notes: In querying its attribution to William Wilkins, Shine cites JM III's Register and notes: 'Though Murray Reg. suggests that Wilkins is here reviewing his own book, passages in the article furnish grounds for doubt: see especially [p.40].'

The following evidence was first published in VPR 28. Murray MS., Edward Copleston to JM, 26 Mar. 1819, encloses an article for the next number of the QR. The only unattributed article in Number 41 (published 4 June 1819) is #494. Note, however, that the evidence suggests only that Copleston forwarded an article to WG; it does not demonstrate that he was the author of the article in question.

JM III's Register: '—Wilkins'. 


495 Article 3. Gisborne, The Testimony of Natural Theology to Christianity, 41-66. Author: Thomas Dunham Whitaker.

Running Title: Gisborne's Natural Theology.

Notes: In attributing the article to Whitaker, Shine cites JM III's Register and Nichols xxix, but as Nichols is sometimes unreliable further evidence is required for a definite attribution.  

The following evidence was published in VPR 24. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the book reviewed was sent to 'Revd. Dr Whitaker' on 8 Oct. [1818?]. Murray MS., Thomas Dunham Whitaker to JM, 15 Nov. 1818, says he has an elaborate review of Gisborne's work nearly ready. 

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


496 Article 4. Abel, Narrative of a Journey in the Interior of China, and of a Voyage to and from that Country, in the Years 1816 and 1817; containing an Account of the most interesting Transactions of Lord Amherst's Embassy to the Court of Pekin, and Observations on the Countries which it visited, 67-91.  Author: John Barrow.

Running Title: Abel's Journey in China.

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

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Gentleman's Magazine (Mar. 1844), 246-47. The article's author refers to #415 and #438 (including a specific reference), both of which are on the same topic and are by Barrow. Cf. also the discussion of infanticide (p.76) and Raffles's account of Java reviewed by Barrow in #422. In his QR articles, it was Barrow's signature practice to refer to his own works.  

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


497 Article 5. Fairy Tales, or the Lilliputian Cabinet, containing Twenty-four choice pieces of Fancy and Fiction, collected by Benjamin Tabart, 91-112. Author: Francis Cohen.

Running Title: Antiquities of Nursery Literature. 

Notes: In attributing the article to Cohen (Francis Palgrave), Shine cites JM III's Register and Palgrave [that is, reprinted in Francis Palgrave, Collected Historical Works (1922)].

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


498 Article 6. Select Pieces in Prose and Verse, by the late John Bowdler, Junior, Esq. of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister at Law, 112-24. Author: John Impey, possibly.

Running Title: Bowdler.—Select Pieces in Prose and Verse. 

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

The following discussion is published here for the first time. Shine and JM III supply no evidence in favour of Impey. John Impey (d.1829), a legal writer who flourished in the 1780s, seems an unlikely person to write on this topic. Murray MS., John Taylor Coleridge to WG, 25 May 1819, says he has taken Smedley's two letters (probably written to JM on the subject of an article by him or about which Smedley had some interest); has written Smedley 'for the Religio Christiana also: which perhaps ought to come into the article too as a foil to the Churchman's neat & pointed lines.' Edward Smedley (1788-1836), a recent graduate and fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, a Church of England clergyman. He was awarded prizes for his undergraduate poetry, and between 1810 and the publication of this article, #498, he published four additional volumes of poems on religious themes. In 1821 he published Religio Clerici. He later became an editor of the British Critic. See Poems, by the late Rev. Edward Smedley, A.M., with a Selection from his Correspondence, and a Memoir of his Life (1837). Coleridge sent his letter to WG a few weeks before the publication of #498 and there is no other article in this period that Coleridge could plausibly be referring to, unless #500. More evidence is needed to demonstrate that Smedley and Coleridge had a role in this article. Smedley was perhaps its author; Coleridge may have mediated the article into the QR. In any case, the same evidence can be used to support an attribution of #500 to Smedley.

Bowdler's Remains was reviewed in ER #798, Aug. 1817, possibly by Francis Jeffrey; Bowdler's Family Shakespeare was reviewed by Jeffrey in ER #970, Oct. 1821.

JM III's Register: : '—Impey', but without evidence. 


499 Article 7. Fearon, Sketches of America. A Narrative of a Journey of Five Thousand Miles through the Eastern and Western States of America; containing Eight Reports, addressed to the Thirty-nine Families, by whom the Author was deputed, in June 1817, to ascertain whether any, and what part of the United States would be suitable for their Residence: with Remarks on Mr. Birkbeck's 'Notes, and Letters', 124-67. Author: John Barrow.

Running Title: Fearon's Sketches of America.

Notes: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites JM III's Register and says to see also Southey 402. 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Gentleman's Magazine (Mar. 1844), 246-47. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the book reviewed was sent to 'John Barrow' on 7 Oct. 1818. The article's author refers back to #493 (twice), which is also by Barrow, and alludes to it as a companion piece. The article is quoted in Barrow's #629. In his QR articles, it was Barrow's signature practice to refer to his own works. See Fetter.

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


500 Article 8. Bentham, Church-of-Englandism and its Catechism examined: preceded by Strictures on the Exclusionary System, as pursued in the National Society's Schools: interspersed with parallel views of the English and Scottish Established and Non-Established Churches: and concluding with Remedies Proposed for Abuses Indicated: and an Examination of the Parliamentary System of Church Reform lately pursued, and still pursuing: including the proposed New Churches, 167-77. Author: Edward Smedley, possibly, and William Gifford.

Running Title: Jeremy Bentham's Church-of-Englandism.

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

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., John Taylor Coleridge to WG, 25 May 1819, says he has taken Smedley's two letters (probably written to JM on the subject of an article by him or about which Smedley had some interest); has written Smedley 'for the Religio Christiana also: which perhaps ought to come into the article too as a foil to the Churchman's neat & pointed lines.' Edward Smedley (1788-1836), a recent graduate and fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, a Church of England clergyman. He was awarded prizes for his undergraduate poetry, and between 1810 and the publication of #498 he published four additional volumes of poems on religious themes. In 1821 he published Religio Clerici. He later became an editor of the British Critic. See Poems, by the late Rev. Edward Smedley, A.M., with a Selection from his Correspondence, and a Memoir of his Life (1837). Coleridge's letter was sent a few weeks before the publication of #500 and there is no other article in this period that Coleridge could plausibly be referring to, unless #498.

JM III's Register: 'Wm Gifford mainly,' but without evidence. 


501 Article 9. Marsden, The Travels of Marco Polo, a Venetian, in the Thirteenth Century; being a Description by that early Traveller of remarkable places and things, in the Eastern parts of the World. Translated from the Italian, with Notes, by William Marsden, F.R.S. &c. with a Map; Zurla, Di Marco Polo e degli alteri Viaggiatori Veneziani più illustri Dissertazioni, 177-95. Author: John Barrow, probably.

Running Title: Marsden's Marco Polo.

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

The following evidence and discussion is published here for the first time. Gentleman's Magazine (Mar. 1844), 246-47. China is Barrow's preserve. The article is referred to at #568, which is also by Barrow. In his QR articles, it was Barrow's signature practice to refer to his own works. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the book reviewed was sent to 'Revd R Heber' on 23 Feb. 1819, which therefore puts the attribution to Barrow in some doubt.

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


502 Article 10. The Case stated between the Public Libraries and the Booksellers; Address to the Parliament of Great Britain, on the Claims of Authors to their own Copyright. By a member of the University of Cambridge (Richard Duppa, Esq. LL.B); Reasons for a further Amendment of the Act 54 Geo. III. c. 156. being an Act to amend the Copyright Act of Queen Anne. By Sir Egerton Brydges, Bart. M.P.; A summary Statement of the great Grievances imposed on Authors and Publishers, and the Injury done to Literature, by the late Copyright Act. By Sir Egerton Brydges, Bart. M. P.; A Vindication of the pending Bill for the Amendment of the Copyright Act, from the Misrepresentations and unjust Comments of the Syndics of the University Library at Cambridge. By Sir Egerton Brydges, Bart. M.P.; A Vindication of the Right of the Universities of the United Kingdom to a Copy of every new Publication. By Edward Christian, of Gray's Inn, Esq. Barrister at Law, Professor of the Laws of England in the University of Cambridge, and Chief Justice of the Isle of Ely; Inquiries concerning the proposed Alteration of the Laws of Copyright, as it affects Authors and the Universities. By Basil Montagu, Esq., 196-213. Author: Robert Southey, with Sharon Turner and John Murray.

Running Title: Inquiry into the Copyright Act.

Notes: In attributing the article to Southey, Shine cites JM III's Register; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 578; Cottle 242-43; and Southey 577. Shine says to see also Smiles II 43; Warter III 90, 96, 99, 119-20; and Southey 368. 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. The article appears in Southey's definitive MS. list of his QR articles. Bodleian Western MSS. d.47. (f.155), Robert Southey to Grosvenor Bedford, 28 May 1819, Sharon Turner looked over the article and made suggestions that were adopted. John Murray also requested that more material be added on his own copyright case and Southey complied.

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


503 Article 11. Ross, A Voyage of Discovery, made under the order of the Admiralty, in His Majesty's Ships Isabella and Alexander, for the purpose of Exploring Baffin's Bay, and inquiring into the probability of a North-west Passage. Thirty-two coloured Plates, Maps, Charts, &c., 213-62. Author: John Barrow.

Running Title: Ross's Voyage of Discovery.

Notes: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites JM III's Register and Gentleman's Magazine XXI 578.  

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Gentleman's Magazine (Mar. 1844), 246-47. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the book reviewed was sent to 'John Barrow' on 28 Jan. 1818. Barrow famously advocated exploration of the North-West Passage in the QR and elsewhere. Barrow's series of articles in the QR on polar exploration includes #451, #461, #474, #503, #585, #667, #705, #97WI, and #163WI. Article #503 is alluded to in #667 and #705. Articles #406, #451, #461 (including a specific reference) and #474, all of which are by Barrow, are alluded to in the article. On p.261 of the article, Barrow refers to himself. At pages 233 and 265 of #705, the author of the article specifically alludes to his former articles in the QR on Captain Ross (#451 and 503). In his QR articles, it was Barrow's signature practice to refer to his own works. 

The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #866, Mar. 1819, possibly by Sydney Smith.

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

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