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Quarterly Review
VOLUME 21 , NUMBER 42 (April 1819)


NOTES

  • This Number was published 10 Sept. 1819 [Courier advertisement, 10 Sept. 1819] The date on the original wrappers is 'September 1819' [Bookseller's online booklist: Barrow's Books, Country Carlow, Ireland, Nov. 2003]

  • The so-called Peterloo Massacre occurred on 16 August 1819

  • Important or otherwise interesting articles in this Number include: #504, #505, #507, #510, #512

  • Number of definite attributions for this issue: 9 out of  9 articles

CONTENTS, IDENTIFICATION OF CONTRIBUTORS, AND HISTORICAL NOTES


504 Article 1. Lectures on the History of Literature, Ancient and Modern, from the German of Frederick Schlegel, 271-320.  Author: Thomas Mitchell, possibly with William Richard Hamilton and John Hookham Frere.

Running Title: View of Grecian Philosophy.—The Clouds, &c.

Notes: In attributing the article to Mitchell, Shine cites JM III's Register and the DNB article on Mitchell. 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Thomas Mitchell to JM, 1 Dec. 1818 and Murray MS., Mitchell to JM, 21 Jan. 1819, Mitchell says he does not mind if Hamilton and Frere look at his manuscript article on Schlegel. On the article's first page, the review's author refers back to #316, an article by Hare-Naylor. (Though the reviewer mistakenly cites Number XVII instead of Number XXIII.) 

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


505 Article 2. Humboldt and Bonpland, Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent, during the years 1799-1804. vol. iv, 320-52. Author: John Barrow.

Running Title: De Humboldt's Travels.

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. The article's author refers back to Barrow's other reviews of Humboldt, #368, #394, #446. This article, #505, is alluded to in #590, an article by Barrow. 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.


506 Article 3. Hawkins, Dissertation on the Use and Importance of Unauthoritative Tradition, 352-59. Author: Richard Whately.

Running Title: Hawkins's Dissertation on Tradition.

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

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Newcastle Society of Antiquaries, Northumberland Record Office MS., ZAN M12 /D5 pg. 138, WG to Edward Copleston, n.d. [but between 2 Feb. and 4 June 1819], WG will gladly receive Whately's article. 

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


507 Article 4. St. A., Promenade aux Cimetières de Paris, aux Sépultures Royales de Saint Denis, et aux Catacombes, &c; Thury, Description des Catacombes de Paris, précédée d'un Précis Historique sur les Catacombes de tous les Peuples de l'ancien et du nouveau Continent, 359-98. Author: Robert Southey.

Running Title: Cemeteries and Catacombs of Paris.

Notes: In attributing the article to Southey, Shine cites JM III's Register; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 578; Cottle 242-43; Warter III 145-46; and Surtees 291n. Shine says to see also Warter III 96 and Southey 368. Shine also quotes from the following letters. Murray MS., WG to JM, postmarked Ramsgate, 6 Aug. [1818]: 'I expect most from his [Southey's] Churches & Catacombs—This is just the subject for his peculiar powers.' Murray MS., WG to JM, [1819]: 'Hayti [#509] I will set about immediately.—I like Southey very well; as I read him from end to end in the Revise. I could not make it shorter.'

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


508 Article 5. The Statutes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 58 Geo. III. Vol. VII. Part II; Analytical Digest of the Reports of Cases decided in the Courts of Common Law and Equity, of Appeal and Nisi Prius, in the Year 1817. To be continued Annually. By a Barrister, 398-430. Author: John Miller, with George Canning and John Backhouse, and with materials from Sir Charles Stuart and Henry Addington, Lord Sidmouth.

Running Title: State of the Laws of Great Britain.

Notes: In attributing the article to Miller alone, Shine cites JM III's Register and quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, 6 July 1819:  'I think ... we agreed that Miller should follow [Southey and Humboldt]—if so let him be set up from the revise which he has sent, & which I will correct in the proper paging—though I corrected the ms.' 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Duke MS. (Backhouse collection), WG to John Backhouse, 28 Jan. [1819]:  'I return the Report which you were so good as to leave with me yesterday. I could not find the quotation .... by dint of stripping the machinery &c managed to bring in all the material part. Bowles [courier?] was gone too far, & could not be caught by any means. I am in hopes that Mr Canning will have a copy before he goes to the House today.' Duke MS. (Backhouse collection), WG to Backhouse, Thursday morn., 11 Mar. 1819 [which cannot be right, the 11th is a Tuesday, so if the letter was not written on Tuesday, then Thursday the 8th or 15th]: 'I thank you for the remr of the Note—Mr Canning spoke to me of adding a transcript of the Bill to a former Note,—will you have the goodness to get a copy of it for me?—Would it not be best to refer to this Note (which you have now sent) at the bottom of the proper page, & then to print it in the best type at the end of the Article? It would thus be easier to read.' (Cf. p. 425). Murray MS., John Miller to JM, 21 Aug. 1819, he sends the review [he speaks in the letter of a Mr Collins, 227 Strand]. Harewood MS., WG to George Canning, 25 Sept. 1822, passes on a request from John Miller, who is contacting not only Canning, but Lord Sidmouth and Sir Charles Stuart also, for documents on criminal law. 

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


509 Article 6. De Lacroix, Mémoires pour servir à Histoire de la Révolution de Saint Dominque; History of the Island of St. Domingo, from its first Discovery by Columbus to the present period; De Vastey, Réflexions sur les Noirs et les Blancs, la Civilization de l'Afrique, la Royaume d'Hayti, &c. Relation de la Fête de S. M. la Reine d'Hayti, &c.; Almanach Royal d'Hayti, 430-60. Author: John Barrow, probably with William Gifford.

Running Title: Past and Present state of Hayti.

Notes: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, 6 July 1819: 'Mr B. has sent me his Hayti. It makes 20 pages I see—I have not yet opened, or looked at the contents.' (Shine's misquotation of the letter is hereby corrected.)  Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [1819]: 'Hayti I will set about immediately.'

JM III's Register: attribution to Barrow, and note: 'Wm. Gifford (mainly)'.


510 Article 7. Shelley, Laon and Cythna, or the Revolution of the Golden City. A Vision of the Nineteenth Century, in the Stanza of Spenser; Shelley, The Revolt of Islam. A Poem, in Twelve Cantos, 460-71. Author: John Taylor Coleridge.

Running Title: Shelley's Revolt of Islam.

Notes: In attributing the article to Coleridge, Shine cites JM III's Register; Byron II 178, 178n; Graham 22, 41; Graham in SP XXII 504; and White 125, 133, 364, 393. Shine says to see also Clark 232, 276n; Smiles II 324; Southey 390-91, 391n; Simmons 165-66; Bowles 356-66; and Milman 80-81. Shine quotes from the following letters. Iowa MS., JM to [Croker], n.d.: 'I send you a most extraordinary Poem by Godwin[']s now Son-in-law—pray keep it under Lock & Key—it is an avowed defence of Incest—the author is the vilest wretch in existence—living with Leigh Hunt—The Book was published & he is now endeavouring to suppress it.' Murray MS., WG to JM, Ramsgate, postmarked 4 Aug. 1818: 'By all means, let Mr Coleridge give us a few pages on Shelley.' Murray MS., WG to JM, Ryde, 6 July 1819: '... Coleridge's two mss which he has revised at my desire ... should be set up as Rowarth [the printer] has types ....' In suggesting Reginald Heber as an alternative attribution, Shine cites Clark 276 and says to see also Clark 232. 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., WG to John Taylor Coleridge, 7 June 1819, says that Shelley deserves the severe treatment Coleridge has given him in his article. Concerning the two manuscripts WG mentions in his letter to JM of 6 July quoted above, it is possible that two separate reviews, of Laon and Revolt of Islam, were combined into one.

[Bookseller's note: 'In 1817 Shelley visited London to find a publisher for Laon and Cythna. Ollier agreed to publish this work with Sherwood, Neely and Jones. Shelley's father in law, William Godwin, recommended B. M'Millan, a master printer, who altered some of the text, spelling, and punctuation. Shelley wrote to Ollier complaining about M'Millan, where upon Ollier read the work for the first time, and found it distasteful. In this original version, the lovers were brother and sister. Shelley was later forced to recast the lovers as childhood friends. Rumours had been circulating of an incestuous relationship between Shelley, Mary, and Claire, and the changes were intended to quash the stories (St. Clair: The Godwins and the Shelleys, p.432.) Shelley's alterations to the text resulted in 26 cancelled leaves when the work was eventually republished as The Revolt of Islam. Forman suggests that Laon and Cythna is rare because wherever possible the sheets were reused for The Revolt of Islam. The first issue, distinguished by the flyleaf with a quotation from Pindar is thought to have been of only 12 copies.']

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


511 Article 8. Parnell, Maurice and Berghetta; or the Priest of Rahery. A Tale, 471-86. Author: John Wilson Croker.

Running Title: Parnell's Maurice and Berghetta.

Notes: In attributing the article to Croker, Shine cites JM III's Register and Brightfield 455. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, 19 July 1819: 'Our friend Croker grows sick of L. Hunt. ... he will say something on Parnel.' In suggesting as an alternative attribution Croker and Gifford as co-authors, Shine cites Clark 199-200. 

The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. Claimed by Croker in five of his Clements Library MS. lists and included in the Cambridge University bound volumes of Croker's articles. The article was answered in William Parnell, A Letter to the Editor of the Quarterly Review (1820). That volume was in turn reviewed by Croker in #548.

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


512 Article 9. Prospectus and Specimen of an intended National Work, by William and Robert Whistlecraft, of Stowmarket, Suffolk, Harness and Collar Makers, intended to comprise the most interesting particulars relating to King Arthur and his Round Table; Rose, The Court of Beasts, freely translated from the Animali Parlanti of Giambattista Casti, a Poem, in seven Cantos, 486-556. Author: Ugo Foscolo, probably translated by Francis Cohen.

Running Title: Narrative and Romantic Poems of the Italian.

Notes: In attributing the article to Foscolo, Shine cites JM III's Register; Smiles II 52; Eichler 114, 114n, 164, 164n; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 578; and Graham 41. Shine says to see also Smiles II 8, 113; Grierson V 168, 168n; XII 433-34; and Lockhart V 100-101, 101n. Shine quotes from the following two letters. Murray  MS., WG to JM, 6 July 1819, '... the great question is what we shall do with Foscolo. He has written ... 90 pages—if I could even reduce it to 75 or 80 ....' Murray MS., WG to JM, [1819]: 'I send a little of Foscolo to break up into pages .... He must, I suppose, have a copy, which may then be given to Cohen ....' [Quarterly Review Archive editor's note: It is probable that Cohen (Palgrave) translated Foscolo's manuscript from the Italian.]

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Cash Day Book 1818-20, p. 113: '13 May 1819 To Cash Paid to U. Foscolo Esq as per cheque in Q.R. Book. £115'; Murray MS., Copies Ledger B, May 13 [1818], 'Cash to Mr. Foscolo Esq. 115.8 -'. John Murray published the Whistlecraft volume under review (Whistlecraft is a pseudonym of John Hookham Frere). 

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

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