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Quarterly Review
VOLUME 24 , NUMBER 47 (October 1820)


NOTES

  • This Number was published 19 Dec. 1820 [Courier advertisement, 19 Dec. 1820]

  • The Number sold about 13,000

  • Murray MS., WG to Octavius Gilchrist, 27 Nov. 1820: 'your proofs reached me.'

  • Number of definite attributions for this issue: 7

  • Number of probable or possible attributions for this issue: 1

CONTENTS, IDENTIFICATION OF CONTRIBUTORS, AND HISTORICAL NOTES


558 Article 1. Southey, The Life of Wesley; and the Rise and Progress of Methodism, 1-55. Author: Reginald Heber.

Running Title: Southey's Life of Wesley.

Notes: In attributing the article to Heber, Shine cites JM III's Register; Heber II 39; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 578; and Graham 4. Shine says to see also Heber II 5. Shine quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [1820]: 'Wesley was finished last night and I sent the whole with the exception of the 1st sheet which had gone before to Hodnet .... [Heber's residence, Hodnet Hall] Wesley is very long, but it is written with great care—I shall be able to do something to it after I get it back. I suppose we may begin with it.' 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the book reviewed was sent to 'Revd. R. Heber' on 22 Apr. 1820. 

The subject of this article was reviewed in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, #23, Feb. 1824, by John Gibson Lockhart.

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


559 Article 2. Wentworth, A Statistical, historical and political Description of the Colony of New South Wales, and its dependent Settlements in Van Diemen's Land, with a particular enumeration of the Advantages which these Colonies offer for Emigration, and their superiority in many respects over those possessed by the United States of America; Oxley, Journals of two Expeditions into the interior of New South Wales, undertaken by order of the British Government, in the years 1817-18, 55-72. Author: Barron Field.

Running Title: Wentworth.—Oxley.—New South Wales.

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

Mr. Ronald Solomon in correspondence with the present writer supplies evidence in favour of an attribution to Barron Field for #559: 'The author [of #559] attacked W. C. Wentworth subjectively, which was kept up in the review of Wentworth's third edition in [#51WI]. Field wrote to his friend in New South Wales, the Rev. Samuel Marsden, on 21 Nov. 1824, that he was reviewing Wentworth and the Bigge report for the QR. In it he continued the attacks on Wentworth. Also, in #559 Oxley's journals are reviewed and in Field's letter to JM, 13 Dec. 1817 he refers to a review of either Oxley or Vaux.' [Quarterly Review Archive editor's note: however, the present writer has definitive evidence that John Barrow was author of #51WI. It appears, therefore, that in the case of #51WI Field was usurped by Barrow. The following evidence, in any case, demonstrates Field's authorship of #559.] Murray MS., Barron Field to JM, 13 Dec. 1817, Field offers to review Oxley. Murray MS., Field to JM, 24 Aug. 1819, Field states that if JM will not publish his submission on New South Wales he should return it. Most uncharacteristic of Barrow, in #559 there are no references to previous articles by Barrow, a significant observation as it was Barrow's signature practice in his QR articles to refer to his own works. See also the evidence at #535. 

Oxley on Botany Bay was reviewed in ER #938, Nov. 1820, by Sydney Smith.

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


560 Article 3. Manzoni, Il Conte de Carmagnola: Tragedia; Foscolo, Ricciarda: Tragedia; Pellico, Francesca da Rimini: Tragedia, 72-102. Author: Henry Hart Milman.

Running Title:  Italian Tragedy.

Notes: In attributing the article to Milman, Shine cites JM III's Register and Milman 75. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [1820]: 'Milman is now drying at my fire. I shall not read it till Friday. ... I will send the proof to Reading.'

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Book Loans: the books reviewed were sent to 'H. H. Milman' in Sept. 1816. Murray MS., Henry Hart Milman's autograph list of his articles in the QR

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


561 Article 4. Fraser, Journal of a Tour through part of the Snow Range of the Himala Mountains and to the Sources of the Rivers Jumna and Ganges, 102-30. Author: John Barrow, probably.

Running Title: Fraser—Tour through the Snow Range of the Himala.

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

Some of the following evidence was first published in VPR 28; some is published here for the first time. Gentleman's Magazine (Mar. 1844), 246-47. The topic is Barrow's preserve. Barrow wrote on the Himalayas for Encyclopaedia Britannica. Most uncharacteristic of Barrow, the review contains no reference to other articles by Barrow, nor is the article referred to in later articles by Barrow. (In his QR articles, it was Barrow's signature practice to refer to his own works.) In the light of these observations, and in the absence of any primary source confirmation of  Barrow's authorship, it is not possible to state definitively that the article is by Barrow.

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


562 Article 5. Hemans, The Restoration of the Works of Art to Italy; Hemans, Tales and Historic Scenes in Verse; Hemans, Translations from Camoens and other Poets, with Original Poems; Hemans, The Sceptic, a Poem; Hemans, Stanzas to the Memory of the late King, 130-39. Author: John Taylor Coleridge.

Running Title: Mrs. Hemans's Poems.

For an electronic text of this article click here

Notes: In attributing the article to Coleridge, Shine cites JM III's Register and the following letters. Murray MS., WG to JM, [1820]: 'I shall set up that part of Mr Coleridge which relates to Mrs Hemans ....' National Library of Wales MS., Robert Southey to William Watkins Wynn, 24 Dec. 1820: from personal knowledge, attributes the article to Coleridge. 

The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. Murray MS., WG to John Taylor Coleridge, 25 Oct. 1820: 'Mrs Hemans makes a pleasing little article.' Murray MS., WG to Coleridge, 21 Dec. 1820, explicitly and unambiguously refers to the article as Coleridge's. Since the publication of Marlon Ross's Contours of Masculine Desire (1981), this article has consistently been misattributed to William Gifford. The evidence quoted in this entry should put the attribution to Coleridge beyond doubt. 

Felicia Hemans was subject of ER #1261, Oct. 1829, an article by Francis Jeffrey.

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


563 Article 6. Belzoni, Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs, and Excavations in Egypt and Nubia, and of a Journey to the Coast of the Red Sea, in search of the Ancient Bernice; and another to the Oasis of Jupiter Ammon. With a Portrait; Belzoni, Forty-four Coloured Plates, illustrative of the Researches and Operations of G. Belzoni, in Egypt and Nubia, 139-69. Author: John Barrow, with Henry Salt.

Running Title: Belzoni's Operations and Discoveries in Egypt, &c.

Notes: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites JM III's Register and says to see also Gentleman's Magazine XXI 578 'which says this article was compiled by documents sent by Mr Salt.' 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Gentleman's Magazine (Mar. 1844), 246-47. The article's author refers to #472 and #486 (twice), both of which are articles by Barrow. Credit is taken by the author for having introduced Belzoni to an English audience in #472 and 486. In his QR articles, it was Barrow's signature practice to refer to his own works. John Murray published the volumes under review.

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


564 Article 7. Burrow, An Inquiry into certain Errors relative to Insanity; and their Consequences, physical, moral and civil, 169-94. Author: David Uwins, probably.

Running Title: Inquiries relative to Insanity.

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

The following discussion is published here for the first time. The Shine volume's positive attribution to Uwins is not adequately proved. As the Gentleman's Magazine article is often unreliable and no source is given, it is not best evidence. Two other articles are claimed for Uwins in Shine, #391 and #483. The author of this article, #564, twice refers back to #391, which is by Uwins.

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


565 Article 8. Report from the Select Committee on Criminal Laws, &c.; ordered by the House of Commons to be printed, 8th July, 1819, 195-270. Author: John Miller.

Running Title:  Report from the Select Committee on Criminal Laws.

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

The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. Murray MS., John Miller to JM, 19 Dec. 1820, unambiguously states that this article is his and outlines a number of minor corrections he would make to this article. Duke MS. (Backhouse collection), WG to George Canning, 3 Oct. [1820], speaks of this as 'a most important paper.' 

Miller's The Statue and Criminal Law was reviewed in the Eclectic Review, June 1824, probably by John James Park.

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

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