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Quarterly Review
VOLUME 26 , NUMBER 51 (October 1821)


NOTES

  • This Number was published 21 Dec. 1821 [Courier advertisement, 22 Dec. 1821; Murray MS., Francis Cohen to JM, 21 Dec. 1821: Cohen received his copy on Dec. 21st]

  • The Number sold about 12,000 [Croker to JM, 22 Dec. 1821, quoted in Smiles II 54]

  • John Wilson Croker thought this Number 'abominably bad ... what the shipowners call dunnage. In short, my dear Murray, bless your stars you have now sounded the bass string of humility, and you may rest assured that your next number will be better than the last ....' [Croker to JM, 22 Dec. 1821, quoted in Smiles II 54]

  • Important or otherwise interesting articles in this Number include: #602, #605, #606, #607, #608, #610

  • Number of definite attributions for this issue: 12

CONTENTS, IDENTIFICATION OF CONTRIBUTORS, AND HISTORICAL NOTES


600 Article 1. Dupin, Voyages dans La Grande Bretagne, Entrepris relativement aux Services Publics de la Guerre, de la Marine, et des Ponts et Chaussées, en 1816—17—18—19, et 1820. Deuxième Partie, Force Navale, 1-37. Author: John Barrow.

Running Title: Dupin—The Navy of England and France.

Notes: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites JM III's Register and Smiles II 54, 54n. 

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 1, 3, and 10 in this Number. John Wilson Croker to JM, 22 Dec. 1821 (quoted in Smiles II 54): 'All that ridiculous importance given to Dupin, a wretched écrivasseur, and that affectation of naval statistics, I think very unsuitable.' BL MS. 34613 (ff.1-2), John Barrow to Macvey Napier, 5 Jan. 1822, will not say if he was author of the article, but supports its defence of Admiral Rodney's breaking of the enemy line. 'Why should you take for granted that I have been writing to descry Clark?' Clark's Naval Tactics is discussed on page 27. The article's author refers to #81 (specific reference), 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.


601 Article 2. Tableaux Pittoresques des Mæurs, &c. des Russes, Tartares, Mongols et autres Nations de l'Empire Russe, en quarante Planches enluminées d'après des Dessins faits sur lieux. Par J. G. G. Geissler: avec un texte servant d'explication, par Frederic Hempel et J. Richter, 37-51. Author: Henry Downing Whittington.

Running Title: Russian Church Architecture.

Notes: In attributing the article to Whittington, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, 26 Aug. 1821: 'Mr. Whittington's (who is he?) is a clever and sprightfully paper, & I have written to thank him, & promise its insertion in our succeeding No.' Shine identifies Whittington by his last name only. 

The following evidence was first published in VPR  28. Murray MS., H. D. Whittington to JM, Brighton [1 Oct. 1821 postmark]: 'As you were kind enough to say that you would send me the sheet of the Quarterly containing my article on Russian Architecture ....' Whittington is the author as well of #679.

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


602 Article 3. McQueen, A Geographical and Commercial View of Northern Central Africa; containing a particular Account of the Course and Termination of the great River Niger in the Atlantic Ocean; Papers relating to the Suppression of the Slave Trade. Printed by Order of the House of Commons, 51-82. Author: John Barrow.

Running Title: Fernando Po—State of the Slave Trade.

Notes: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [28 Dec. 1821; notation on letter in JM II's hand: 'QR 51 ER 71']: '... I have seen that ['Foreign Slave Trade,' Edinburgh Review 36 (Oct. 1821): 34-52] on the Slave Trade. A more perfect contrast between the two Revws cannot be found than those two furnish & surely never was [our] triumph more complete ... as for Barrow! comparison is a jest. One is all & the other nothing ....'

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Cash Book 1821-24: the same person was paid for articles 1, 3, and 10 in this Number. The article is referred to in #609, which is also 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.


603 Article 4. An Enquiry into the Doctrines and Necessity of Predestination. By Edward Copleston, D.D. Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, and Prebendary of Rochester; Whately, Archbishop King's Discourse on Predestination. With Notes by the Rev. Richard Whatley, M.A. Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, 82-102.  Author: Charles James Blomfield.

Running Title: Copleston—Inquiry into the Doctrines of Predestination.

Notes: In attributing the article to Blomfield, Shine cites JM III's Register and Blomfield I 82.

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Charles James Blomfield to JM, 27 Sept. 1821, asks to borrow a copy of Copleston's Predestination. Murray MS., Blomfield to JM, 6 Nov. 1821: 'I sent some time since, a parcel to Mr. Gifford, under cover to you, which I hope he received.' NLW MS. 21743C (17/4), WG to Edward Copleston, Friday, 4 Jan. 1822: 'I have just ... seen the writer of the Art. After the warmest expressions of his respect and esteem for your writings and conduct ... he cheerfully gave up his name—perhaps you already guess it to be Dr. Blomfield.' The authors of the two volumes under review are important contributors to the QR. That Copleston alone is named in the running title is minor additional evidence in favour of Blomfield's authorship.

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


604 Article 5. Hazlitt, Table Talk, or Original Essays, 103-8. Author: John Matthews.

Running Title: Hazlitt's Table Talk.

Notes: In attributing the article to Matthews, Shine cites JM III's Register and Smiles II 54, 54n; Graham 41; Graham in SP XXII 507; and Clark 218.

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


605 Article 6. [Scott,] Rob Roy; Tales of my Landlord, 2d Series (Heart of Mid Lothian), Tales of my Landlord, 3d Series, (Bride of Lammermoor, Montrose), Ivanhoe; Monastery; Abbot; Kenilworth, 109-48. Author: Nassau William Senior.

Running Title: Novels, by the Author of Waverley.

Notes: In attributing the article to Senior, Shine cites JM III's Register; Smiles II 54, 54n; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 578; Seymour 242-43; Brightfield 343; Hillhouse 50; and Levy 83, 363. Shine also quotes from Iowa MS., JM to Croker, Thursday, 30 July [1818]: ' I have sent for the "Trials" and I will be glad if you are so obliging as to give us an article on the new Tales, will you venture your thoughts upon the genius and the Art of their author—by which he creates fiction out of reality without injury to historical facts—You may rely with certainty upon S's being the author of at least these and the former Tales and of Rob Roy—for his publisher as I told you taking for granted, that, as I published the former Tales, I must be in the secret, told me many conversations about them, with Scott—perhaps out of your ingenuity you can manage to pay him some gratifying compliment—A work which is the subject of universal admiration merits the expenditure of some talent in a review of it.' 

John Wilson Croker thought the article 'excellent' (Croker to JM, 22 Dec. 1821, quoted in Smiles II 54). Rob Roy was reviewed by Francis Jeffrey in ER #824, Feb. 1818; Ivanhoe by Jeffrey in ER #899, Jan. 1820; Kenilworth by T. N. Talfourd in New Monthly Magazine #27, Feb. 1821. For a brief overview of Scott's works and their critical reception (including mention of reviews not covered in the Wellesley Index) see Edinburgh University Library's excellent Walter Scott Digital Archive.

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


606 Article 7. Godwin, Of Population. An Inquiry concerning the Power of Increase in the Numbers of Mankind, being an Answer to Mr. Malthus's Essay on that subject, 148-68. Author: George Taylor.

Running Title: Godwin and Malthus on Population.

Notes: In attributing the article to Taylor, Shine cites only Surtees xiv. [Quarterly Review Archive editor's note: Surtees xiv is a list of Taylor's articles drawn up by Taylor himself.]

The following information is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: 'Malthus on Economy' was sent to 'Mr. Nassau' [i.e., Nassau Senior] on 20 Nov. 1820. 

The subject of this article was reviewed in New Monthly Magazine #22, Feb. 1821, by Francis Place.


607 Article 8. Shelley, Prometheus Unbound, a Lyrical Drama, in Four Acts; with other Poems, 168-80. Author: William Sidney Walker.

Running Title: Shelley—Prometheus Unbound, &c.

Notes: In attributing the article to Walker, Shine cites JM III's Register; QR CCX 756: 'Mr Walker of Cambridge; Graham 41; Graham in SP XXII, 504; and White 240, 310, 369, 393. Shine says to see also White 310.

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


608 Article 9. Moore, Vox Stellarum, a Loyal Almanac for the Year of our Lord 1821; Brande, History of Chemistry, prefixed to a Manual of Chemistry, 180-209. Author: Francis Cohen.

Running Title: Astrology and Alchemy.

Notes: In attributing the article to Cohen, Shine cites JM III's Register; Smiles II 53, 54, 54n; Brightfield 455; and Palgrave [Collected Historical Works (1922)]. 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., WG to JM, 26 Aug. 1821, speaking of matter for future Numbers, says that Cohen has sent a strange thing. Murray MS., Francis Cohen to JM, 21 Dec. 1821, says he has received the QR and is delighted with his own article. Cohen later took the name Palgrave.

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


609 Article 10. Viaggio da Tripoli di Barberia alle Frontiere dell'Egitto, fatto nel 1817, dal Dottore P. Della-Cella, 209-29. Author: John Barrow.

Running Title: Della-Cella—Route from Tripoli to Egypt.

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

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Cash Book 1821-24: the same person was paid for articles 1, 3, and 10 in this Number. On the first page of the article, the author refers to #602, which is also by Barrow. Article #607 is referred to in #614, which is 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.


610 Article 11. Lémontey, Mémoires de l'Abbé Morellet, de l'Académie Française, sur le 18me Siècle, et sur la Révolution, précédés de l'Eloge de l'Abbé Morellet, 229-42. Author: John Wilson Croker.

Running Title: Morellet—Memoirs of the French Revolution.

Notes: In attributing the article to Croker, Shine cites JM III's Register; Smiles II 54 [asserts that the article is Croker's]; and Brightfield 455. 

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.


611 Article 12. Dalzel, Lectures on the Ancient Greeks, 243-71. Author: Thomas Mitchell.

Running Title: Dalzel—Lectures on the Ancient Greeks.

Notes: In attributing the article to Mitchell, Shine cites JM III's Register and Smiles II 54, 54n. Shine says to see also Smiles II 20. Shine quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, [28 Dec. 1821]: [notation on the letter in JM II's hand: 'QR 51 ER 71'] 'I have toiled thru the Greek art in the Edin ['Greek Orators,' Edinburgh Review 36 (Oct. 1821): 82-110] and a perfect toil it was .... By way of recovering myself, I have read again 3 or 4 beautiful pages of Mitchell.' Murray MS., WG to JM, [1821]: 'It was my design to give Mitchell whose paper has much beautiful writing in it.'

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

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