This resource provides a detailed chronology of Mary Shelley's life and work, as well as several contemporary reviews of her novels and of a play inspired by Frankenstein.
VOLUME 25 , NUMBER 49 (April 1821)
- This Number was published 28
June 1821 [Courier advertisement, 28 June
- Anne Cleaver, an original
subscriber, entered on the Contents page for this Number
'June 29 - 1821.' [Present writer's collection.]
- JM III's Register note for this
Number: 'A W. Wesley appears to have written an article in
this No. ? which (see W Gifford's letter headed James St.
- Rejected articles Murray MS., Cash
Book, 1821-24, p. 62: 'Quarterly Review 49 ... Russell
- JM II suffered the loss of his
second son in May 1821
- Important or otherwise interesting
articles in this Number include: #582, #585
- Number of definite attributions for
this issue: 8
- Number of probable or possible
attributions for this issue: 2
- Number of articles for which no suggestion of authorship is made: 1
577 Article 1. El Teatro Español; ó Coleccion de Dramas escogidos de Lope de Vega, Calderon de la Barca, Moreto, Roxas, Solis, Moratin, y otros célebres Escritores; precedida de una breve Noticia de la Escena Española y de los Autores que la han ilustrato. Nums. I.-XX., 1-24. Author: Henry Hart Milman.
Running Title: The Spanish Drama.
Note: In attributing the article to Milman, Shine cites only JM III's Register. In suggesting Robert Southey as an alternative attribution, Shine cites only Gentleman's Magazine XXI 578.
The following evidence was first published in VPR 28. Murray MS., Henry Hart Milman to JM, 15 Jan. 1821, says he sends his paper on the Spanish drama. Murray MS., Henry Hart Milman's autograph list of his articles in the QR. The article is not in Southey's definitive MS. list of his QR articles.
JM III's Register: attribution to Milman, but without evidence.
578 Article 2. A Narrative of Travels in Northern Africa, in the years 1818, 19, and 20; accompanied by Geographical Notices of Soudan, and of the Course of the Niger. With a Chart of the Route, and a variety of Coloured Plates illustrative of the Costumes of the several Natives of North Africa. By Captain G. F. Lyon, R. N. companion of the late Mr. Ritchie; Dudley, A Dissertation showing the Identity of the Rivers Niger and Nile; chiefly from the Authority of the Ancients.—By John Dudley, M. A. Vicar of Humberston and Sileby, in the Country of Leicester; and sometime Fellow and Tutor of Clare Hall, Cambridge, 25-50. Author: John Barrow.
Running Title: Lyon.—Northern Africa, and the Niger.
Note: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites only JM III's Register and Gentleman's Magazine XXI 578.
The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Cash Book 1821-24: the same person was paid for articles 2 and 9 in this Number. The article's author refers to #457 (specific reference), an article by Barrow. Article #578 is referred to in #692, which is also by Barrow. In his QR articles, it was Barrow's signature practice to refer to his own works. In the article's head note Sudan is spelled as above. Lyon's Narrative was published by John Murray.
[Bookseller's note on Lyon: 'The author was a navy man and a traveller. He took part in the battle of Algiers in August of 1816 and in 1818 decided to accompany Charles Ritchie, who had been requested by the British government to undertake the exploration of the Sudan by way of Tripoli and Fezzan. Lyon knew some Arabic, but the expedition nonetheless turned out to be disastrous. Inadequately funded, their stores exhausted, and the weather impossibly hot, Ritchie died at Murzuk in the south of Fezzan in November, 1819. Lyon, suffering badly from dysentery, made his way back to Tripoli and thence to England, arriving in July, 1820. Despite his illness and his disappointment with this abortive venture, Lyon's literary abilities, excellent perceptions, and artistic talents made this one of the most entertaining and popular works on North Africa.']
JM III's Register: attribution to Barrow, but without evidence.
Running Title: The Sketch Book.
Note: In attributing the article to Matthews, Shine cites JM III's Register; Graham 41; and Clark 139. Shine also quotes from the following letters. Murray MS., WG to JM, : 'If our friend Matthews does not give us a much better review of the Sketchbook than theirs [Edinburgh Review 34 (Aug. 1820): 160-76], I will, without ceremony, fling it into the fire.' Murray MS., WG to JM, [n.d.]: 'I enclose to you the letter for our friend Matthews as I know not whether he lives with his father, or where to find him. ... Belmont ... is all my direction.'
The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Henry Matthews to JM, 9 Aug. 1820, says he sends a review of this book to be forwarded to WG.
John Murray published the volume under review.
The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #927, Aug. 1820, by Francis Jeffrey.
JM III's Register: attribution to Matthews, but without evidence.
580 Article 4. Dupin, Voyages dans La Grande Bretagne, entrepris relativement aux Services Publics de la Guerre, de la Marine, et des Ponts et Chaussées, en 1816—1819, 67-95. Author: George Procter, with Sir George Murray.
Running Title: Dupin—Military Force of Great Britain.
Note: In attributing the article to Procter, Shine cites only JM III's Register.
The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., WG to Robert William Hay, 2 Oct. , thanks Hay for writing to General Murray and says 'Sir George speaks well of Procter ....' Murray MS., WG to Robert William Hay, 11 Oct. 1820, says that if Procter remolds his article he will print it. Murray MS., WG to Hay, 11 Oct. 1820, thanks Hay for contacting Sir George Murray and expresses surprise at the length and detail of Murray's letter. Murray MS., George Procter to JM, 11 Apr. 1821: 'Mr Gifford has before him an Article, which I wrote for insertion in the Quarterly Review.'
[Bookseller’s note, modified and silently corrected: ‘Dupin's [book is a] study of technical installations [and] public works. [It includes] information on [the] transport system and its maintenance and [has] substantial chapters on Scottish canals. [The book presents a] detailed study of army and navy and installations, training, and weaponry. [It also provides a] … detailed description of all the mayor routes through towns and cities, particularly bridges in London, and brief descriptions of the English, Scottish, and Welsh ports.’]
JM III's Register: attribution to 'Capt Procter,' but without evidence.
Running Title: The Etonian.
Note: In attributing the article to Walker, Shine cites only JM III's Register.
JM III's Register: attribution to 'Rev—Walker,' but without evidence.
582 Article 6. Turner, Account of a Tour in Normandy, undertaken chiefly for the purpose of investigating the Architectural Antiquities of the Duchy; with Observations on its History, on the Country, and on its Inhabitants; illustrated with numerous Engravings ; Cotman, The Architectural Antiquities of Normandy, in a Series of one Hundred Etchings, with Historical and Descriptive Notices. Parts I. and II.; Stothard, Letters written during a Tour in Normandy, Brittany, and other Parts of France, in 1818; Abbé de la Rue, Essai Historique sur la Ville de Caen, et ses Arrondissemens; Gunn, An Inquiry into the Origin and Influence of Gothic Architecture; Rickman, An Attempt to discriminate the Styles of English Architecture, from the Conquest to the Reformation, preceded by a Sketch of the Grecian and Roman Orders; with Notices of nearly Five Hundred English Buildings; Britton, Chronological and Historical Illustrations of the Ancient Architecture of Great Britain; Pugin, Specimens of Gothic Architecture, selected from various ancient Edifices in England; consisting of Parts, Elevations, Sections, and Parts at large, calculated to exemplify the various Styles of this Class of Architecture. The Drawings by A. Pugin, and the Engravings by E. Thuill. Parts I. and II., 112-47. Author: Francis Cohen.
Running Title: Normandy—Architecture of the Middle Ages.
Note: In attributing the article to Cohen, Shine cites JM III's Register and Palgrave [Collected Historical Works (1922)].
The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Cash Book, 1821-24, p.62: 'Quarterly Review 49 ... Cancelled [pages]: Architecture 28 1/2.' The article is referred to in #639, which is also by Cohen.
[Bookseller's note on Turner: 'The engraved plates are by Mrs. Turner, mostly after drawings by John Sell Cotman. Dawson Turner was Cotman's chief patron and took him to Normandy with him on three tours in 1815, 1818 and 1819.']
[Bookseller's note on Stothard: 'One of the few books written on northern France at this time, undertaken just after the end of the war against Napoleon. There is much on Paris.']
[Bookseller's note on Rickman: 'An important study of Grecian and Gothic architecture, including an enumeration of buildings illustrating the styles in the counties of Great Britain.']
JM III's Register: attribution to Cohen, but without evidence.
583 Article 7. [Galt,] Annals of the Parish, or the Chronicle of Dalmailing, during the Ministry of the Rev. Micah Balwhidder, written by himself; arranged and edited by the Author of the Ayrshire Legatees, 147-53. Author: John Wilson Croker.
Running Title: Balwhidder—Annals of the Parish.
Note: In attributing the article to Croker, Shine cites JM III's Register; Brightfield 455; and Graham 41. Shine also quotes from Iowa MS., JM to Croker, n.d., 'I hope you will send the Annals of the Parish ....' This review is available online as a scanned image, not as a searchable OCR text. Follow this link.
The following evidence is published here for the first time. Claimed by Croker in six of his Clements Library MS. lists and included in the Cambridge University bound volumes of Croker's articles.
JM III's Register: attribution to Croker, but without evidence.
Running Title: Mitford's The History of Greece.
Note: In attributing the article to Haygarth, Shine cites only JM III's Register.
JM III's Register: attribution to Haygarth, but without evidence.
585 Article 9. Parry, Journal of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, performed in the Years 1819-20, in his Majesty's Ships Hecla and Griper, under the Orders of William Edward Parry, R.N. F.R.S. Commander of the Expedition. With an Appendix, containing the Scientific and other Observations. Published by Authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, 175-216. Author: John Barrow.
Running Title: Parry's Voyage of Discovery.
Note: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites JM III's Register; Warter III 261; and Gentleman's Magazine XXI 578. Shine says to see also Warter III 261.
The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Cash Book 1821-24: the same person was paid for articles 2 and 9 in this Number. Murray MS., John Barrow to JM, 28 May 1821, refers to the article as his. Barrow's series of articles in the QR on polar exploration includes #451, #461, #474, #503, #585, #667, #705, #97WI, and #163WI. The author of article #585 refers to #406 and #451, both of which are by Barrow. This article and the other QR articles on Parry (#705 and #97WI) are claimed by Barrow in #163WI. In his QR articles, it was Barrow's signature practice to refer to his own works. The book reviewed was published by John Murray.
The subject of this article was reviewed in New Monthly Magazine #89, June 1821, by an unidentified writer.
[Bookseller's note: 'Parry had served as second-in-command on John Ross's expedition in 1818 in search of the North-West passage, and disagreed with Ross's contention that Lancaster Sound was landlocked. The Admiralty, aware of his views, gave him command of the H. M. S. Helca and H. M. S. Griper for this expedition of 1819-20. Parry sailed up Baffin Bay, through Lancaster Sound and Barrow Straight to the south side of Melville Island, where he spent the winter. On this voyage, Parry found and named twenty islands, including Banks and Somerset Islands, penetrated a short distance into Prince Regent's Inlet, and surveyed the south shores of Barrow Strait. Parry and his crew also earned the 5,000 pound reward offered for the first ship to cross the meridian, longitude 110 west.']
JM III's Register: attribution to Barrow, but without evidence.
586 Article 10. Scudamore, A Chemical and Medical Report of the Properties of Mineral Waters of Buxton, Matlock, Tunbridge Wells, Harrogate, Bath, Cheltenham, Leamington, Malvern, and the Isle of Wight, 216-28. Author: David Uwins, possibly.
Running Title: Scudamore on Mineral Waters.
Note: In the absence of guidance from JM III's Register, Shine does not suggest an author for this article.
The following information is published here for the first time. Reference on p.217 indicates that a professor or student of medicine wrote the article. At about this time, Uwins was an occasional contributor to the QR on medical topics. This sympathetic article may be seen to be in keeping with Uwin's later advocacy of homeopathic medicine. The article's last sentence is, in that light, of interest: 'If in former days men were too ready believers in the specific virtues of various medicines, the fault of modern times is to run into the opposite extreme, of believing in nothing but what can be satisfactorily explained, and pursuing a system of simplification, beyond what the existing state of science will warrant.'
[Bookseller's note: 'Treatise in which the author gives brief geological sketches of each area, followed by a chemical analysis of the mineral waters themselves. Also included is a discussion on the medical benefits of bathing in the waters.']
587 Article 11. Fergusson, Reports of some recent Decisions by the Constitutional Court of Scotland, in Actions of Divorce, concluding for Dissolution of Marriages celebrated under the English Law, 229-72. Author: James Glassford.
Running Title: Fergusson—Reports of Decisions in Actions of Divorce.
Note: In attributing the article to Glassford, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [Sept. 1820]: 'Do not forget Southey, nor our Edinbg correspondent—for we must not lose any friends. His address is James Glassford, 52 Castle Str. Edinburgh ....'
The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Macvey Napier to JM, n.d: says William Erskine proposed Glassford's article to WG who approved it, it was forwarded by Macvey Napier to the Admiralty [to John Barrow, probably for the sake of saving postage], and was edited by WG, but the article did not appear until Glassford complained. Murray MS., James Glassford to JM, 19 Apr. 1820, says that in 1817 at the request of Erskine he (Glassford) wrote the article and conveyed it to WG via Napier, WG approved it in his letter of 3 Dec. 1817.
JM III's Register: attribution to Glassford, but without evidence.