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Quarterly Review
VOLUME 28 , NUMBER 56 (January 1823)


NOTES

  • This Number was published 8 July 1823 [Murray MS.: Bills; Courier advertisement, 9 July 1823; the date on the QR's original front wrapper reads 'July 1823']

  • This Number was co-edited by John Wilson Croker and William Gifford. Iowa MS., f. 100, JM to Croker, [28 March 1823]: 'For this Number you are in Gifford[']s Whig and spectacles....' Clements Library MS., Croker Papers, Letters Index entry: '1823 ... 30 Mar WG unable to superintend the QR'

  • Iowa MS., f. 280, JM to John Wilson Croker, Saturday Spring [March] 1823: 'I have been ashamed to see you for our invaluable friend [Gifford] has been using us all very ill—and I am still portentously irresolute [double underlined in MS.] —but I will call & be entirely directed by you, on Monday—In the meantime will you have the kindness to convey to Mr Gifford the articles / —on Pindar [#668] / & Southey[']s own on Grégoire [#673].'

  • John Wilson Croker to John Murray, Brighton, 29 March 1823 (quoted in Smiles II 57-58): ' ... remember the necessity of absolute secrecy on this point, and indeed on all others. If you were to publish such names as Cohen and Croker and Collinson and Coleridge, the magical WE would have little effect, and your Review would be absolutely despised—omne ignotum pro mirifico.' 

  • Murray MS., WG to JM, [July 1823]: 'I desired the Bishop of Calcutta [Reginald Heber] to leave his fragments with you—has he done it? I fear not, as you do not mention it.'

  • Important or otherwise interesting articles in this Number include: #665, #667

  • Number of definite attributions for this issue: 11

  • Number of probable or possible attributions: 2

CONTENTS, IDENTIFICATION OF CONTRIBUTORS, AND HISTORICAL NOTES


662 Article 1. Lacretelle, Histoire de l'Assemblée Constituante de France, 271-314. Author: Richard Chenevix.

Running Title: Lacretelle—The Constituent Assembly.

Notes: In attributing the article to Chenevix, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also cites a quotation at #676 from Murray MS., WG to JM, Ramsgate, [July 1823], asks if the 'Dramatic papers' (#676) have been sent to Chenevix and says he hears great praise of Chenevix's last article (therefore, #662). 

The following information is published here for the first time. The article's author refers to #599 (twice, including, in a note on page 277, a specific reference), which is also by Chenevix. On page 273, the author refers to the volume under review as a continuation of Lacretelle's Histoire de France, pendant le Dix-huitième Siècle, which was reviewed, possibly by Chenevix, at #293. Note the author's use of the form Lewis XIV. and Lewis XV., Chenevix's practice elsewhere, including at #293. 

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


663 Article 2. Burton, A Description of the Antiquities and other Curiosities of Rome, 315-32. Author: John James Blunt.

Running Title: Antiquities and other Curiosities of Rome.

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

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., John James Blunt to JM, 23 July 1823, speaks of JM's generous payment for his article in the last Number. Cf. #696, on a similar topic. 

[Booksellers' notes: 'Edward Burton (1794-1836), Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, and canon of Christ Church, was responsible for replacing the pews in his church with open seating, a rare arrangement in that day. He was the author of several works, mainly upon early Church doctrine and Greek texts, and wrote this work following an extended post-M.A. trip to the continent.' 'Edward Burton's description of the antiquities of Rome based on his own research in Roman Libraries. Acts as both a fine travel guide and a readable history of the principle sites of Rome, as well as its art, architecture, and culture.']

JM III's Register: attribution to 'Rev. T. J. Blunt' (sic), but without evidence.


664 Article 3. Arago, Narrative of a Voyage round the World in the Uranie and Physicienne Corvettes, commanded by Captain Freycinet, during the Years 1817, 18, 19, and 20; on a scientific Expedition undertaken by order of the French Government. In a Series of Letters to a Friend, 332-49. Author: John Barrow.

Running Title: Arago—Voyage round the World.

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 3 and 6 in this Number. The article is one in a series of debunking articles by Barrow. 'This very extensive group is yet to be visited and described, and would, no doubt, afford an interesting field to the geographer, the moralist, and the natural historian' (pp.345-46). The passage perfectly describes Barrow's own work. Once again Barrow records his scepticism about cannibalism (pp.342-43). 

[Booksellers' notes: 'The principal object of Freycinet's expedition was the investigation of the shape of the earth, and of the elements of terrestrial magnetism. After having visited the Cape of Good Hope, the expedition sailed to Western Australia, to New South Wales, and on to Hawaii.' 'Jacques Arago was artist to the scientific expedition ….']

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


665 Article 4. Report from the Select Committee on Poor-Rate Returns. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 15th July, 1822; A Bill to amend the Laws regarding the Maintenance of the Poor. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed July 24, 1822; The Speech of Michael Nolan, Esq. delivered in the House of Commons, Wednesday, July 10, 1822, on moving Leave to bring in a Bill to alter and amend the Laws for the Relief of the Poor; Chalmers, A Speech delivered on the 24th of May, 1822, before the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, explanatory of the Measures which have been successfully pursued in St. John's Parish, Glasgow, for the Extinction of its compulsory Pauperism: with an Appendix, 349-65. Author: George Gleig, with John Wilson Croker.

Running Title: Poor-Laws.

Notes: In attributing the article to Gleig, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also quotes from the following two letters. Murray MS., WG to JM, [1823]: 'I found here a Rev of Chalmers by Dr Gleig ....' Murray MS., John Wilson Croker to JM, 29 Mar. 1823 [notation on letter in JM II's hand: 'Gleig's in no.56']: 'I return the Poor article with its additions. Let the author's amendments be attended to, and let his termination be inserted between his former conclusion and that which I have written.' 

The following information is published here for the first time. Croker's additions cannot have been very extensive, for Croker does not claim a part-contribution in any of his Clements Library MS. lists, nor is the article included in the Cambridge University bound volumes of Croker's articles. 

The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #1087, Oct. 1824, by Henry Cockburn.

JM III's Register: '? Mr Gleig,' but without evidence.


666 Article 5. The Travels of Theodore Ducas, in various Countries in Europe, at the Revival of Letters and Art. Edited by Charles Mills. Part the First, 365-72. Author: George Procter, possibly.

Running Title: Ducas—Travels.

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

The following information and discussion is published here for the first time. This is an odd topic for Procter, and it does not seem to be in his style. The author is knowledgeable about Italian literature. 

[Bookseller's note: 'A fictitious account by Mills himself of a journey purporting to start in 1514 to Rome, Naples, Florence, and Northern Italy.']

The subject of this article is disparaged in Westminster Review #53, Jan. 1825, by William Stevenson, and by the same writer in Westminster Review #95, Jan. 1826.

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


667 Article 6. Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819, 20, 21, and 22. By John Franklin, Captain R.N., F.R.S., and Commander of the Expedition. With an Appendix on various Subjects relating to Science and Natural History. Illustrated by numerous Plates and Maps. Published by Authority of the Right Honourable the Earl Bathurst, 372-409. Author: John Barrow.

Running Title: Franklin's Journey to the Polar Sea.

Notes: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites JM III's Register and Gentleman's Magazine XXI 579. 

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 3 and 6 in this Number. Murray MS., John Barrow to JM, 7 Apr. 1823, refers to the Franklin article as his. Barrow's series of articles in the QR on polar exploration includes #451, #474, #503, #585, #667, #705, #97WI, and #163WI. There is a specific reference on page 391 to #406 (the compositor made an error, mistaking No. XXXI for No. XXXII); and on page 406 there is a reference to #614. Both of these articles are by Barrow. It was Barrow's signature practice in his QR articles to refer to his own works. On page 292 reference is made to Cape Barrow. In his articles, Barrow was prone to self-promotion. John Murray published the volume under review.

The subject of this article was reviewed in New Monthly Magazine #428, May 1823, by an unidentified writer.

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


668 Article 7. Moore, The Odes of Pindar, translated from the Greek. With Notes, Critical and Explanatory. Part I, 410-30. Author: John Taylor Coleridge.

Running Title: Moore's Pindar.

Notes: In attributing the article to Coleridge, Shine cites JM III's Register and two letters, Iowa MS., JM to John Wilson Croker [March 1823] and Murray MS., WG to JM, [Mar. 1823], that refer to Coleridge's Pindar article. 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., WG to John Taylor Coleridge, 11 July 1823, says he read the article on Moore with much pleasure and that he omitted some quotations from Moore that were not flattering. Murray MS., WG to John Taylor Coleridge, 19 Dec. 1822, says he is glad that Coleridge has taken Moore. Murray MS., Coleridge to WG, 12 Feb. 1823, says Williams told him WG is making up the next QR. Williams is worried about Pindar. Coleridge assures WG that the article will be ready on time.

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


669 Article 8. An Act for the Encouragement of Navigation and Commerce, by regulating the Importation of Goods and Merchandise, so far as relates to the Countries or Places from whence, and the Ships in which such Importation shall be made. 3 Geo. IV. c.43, 24th June, 1822; An Abstract of the New Navigation Act, 3 Geo. IV. c.43, with a List of the Ancient Statutes and Modern Acts relating to Trade which have been repealed by the Acts 3 Geo. IV. cc.41, 42; to which is added an Abstract of a Bill for Consolidating the Laws relating to the Trade with the East Indies; Andrewes, An Abridgement of the Two Important Navigation and Commercial Acts of Parliament just passed, 430-49. Author: M. Fletcher, probably, and with John Barrow.

Running Title: Navigation Laws.

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

The following evidence in favour of Barrow's participation in the article was first published in VPR 28. Murray MS., John Barrow to JM, 7 Apr. 1823, says that John Wilson Croker left him the 'Navigation Laws' which he (Barrow) has revised. Cf. #566, #620, and #626. 

The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #1032, May 1823, by J. R. McCulloch.

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


670 Article 9. Campagn, Memoirs of the Private Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France and Navarre; to which are added, Recollections, Sketches, and Anecdotes, illustrative of the Reigns of Louis XIV. Louis XV. and Louis XVI., 449-63. Author: John Wilson Croker.

Running Title: Madame Campan—Memoirs of Marie Antoinette.

Notes: In attributing the article to Croker, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also cites Iowa MS., JM to John Wilson Croker, [pencil notation: June 1823]: is working on the two articles on 'Royal Memoirs' and will send them for insertion. (See the following article.) 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Cash Book 1821-24: the same person was paid for articles 9 and 10 in this Number. Claimed by Croker in six of his Clements Library MS. lists and included in the Cambridge University bound volumes of Croker's articles. In the first sentence of the article the author refers to #661, an article by Croker.

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


671 Article 10. ROYAL MEMOIRS,—containing 1. A Narrative of the Journey to Varennes. By H. R. H. the Duchess of Angoulême; printed uniformly with Mad. De Campan.—2. A Narrative of the Journey to Bruxelles and Coblentz in 1791. By Monsieur, now Louis XVIII. King of France.—And 3. Private Memoirs of what passed in the Temple, from the Imprisonment of the Royal Family to the Death of the Dauphin. By H. R. H. the Duchess d'Angulême, 464-74. Author: John Wilson Croker.

Running Title: Memoirs by the Royal Family of France.

Notes: In attributing the article to Croker, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine cites Iowa MS., JM to John Wilson Croker, [pencil notation: June 1823]: is working on the two articles on 'Royal Memoirs' and will send them for insertion. (See the previous article.) 

The following definitive evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Cash Book 1821-24: the same person was paid for articles 9 and 10 in this Number. Claimed by Croker in six of his Clements Library MS. lists and included in the Cambridge University bound volumes of Croker's articles. In the first sentence of the article the author suggests that this article is a continuation of #670.

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


672 Article 11. Annuaire Historique Universel; Raffenel, Histoire des Evènemens de la Grèce, 474-93. Author: William Haygarth.

Running Title: The Cause of the Greeks.

Notes: In attributing the article to Haygarth, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also quotes from the following two letters. Murray MS., WG to JM, 20 June 1823: '... I have ... looked over Greece, of which I must have a revise .... I wish the Greece had been half so soberly written [as #674 was].' Murray MS., WG to JM, [July 1823]: 'As for Greece, let it go as it is ... some allowance will be made for its enthusiastic tone—besides I have omitted a good deal that was objectionable.... Mr Haygarth is very anxious about its appearance: so pray indulge him.' 

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., William Haygarth to JM, says he has altered his article on 'the Greeks' to answer Gifford's objections. The author has visited Greece (see p.485). 

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


673 Article 12. Grégoire, Histoire de la Théophilantropie, depuis sa Naissance jusqu'à son Extinction, 493-36. Author: Robert Southey.

Running Title: Progress of Infidelity.

Notes: In attributing the article to Southey, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also quotes from the following letters. Iowa MS. (f.280), JM to John Wilson Croker, [Shine inaccurately transcribes the letter's date, corrected here] Saturday Spring [March] 1823 : 'I have been ashamed to see you for our invaluable friend [Gifford] has been using us all very ill—and I am still portentously irresolute [double underlined in MS.] —but I will call & be entirely directed by you, on Monday—In the meantime will you have the kindness to convey to Mr Gifford the articles / —on Pindar [#668]  / & Southeys own on Grégoire [#673].' Murray MS., WG to JM, Ramsgate, [July 1823]: 'Has Southey sent anything? His last is prolix—but I think better of it than Mr Murdock does, & it will do good ....' [Quarterly Review Archive editor's note: Murdock is possibly John Murdoch (1747-1824; DNB). Shine also cites numerous published letters and secondary sources.]

The following evidence is published here for the first time. The article appears in Southey's definitive MS. list of his QR articles.

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


674 Article 13. The Crisis of Spain. La Crise de l'Espagne; Constitucion Politica de la Monarqúia Española; Reflections on the State of Spanish South America; [A.L.B.] De l'Excellence de la Guerre avec l'Espagne; Count Pecchio, Anecdotes of Spanish and Portugueze Revolutions, 536-60. Author: Robert William Hay, with William Jacob.

Running Title: Affairs of Spain.

Notes: In attributing the article to Hay, Shine cites JM III's Register and says to see also Warter III 383. Shine also quotes from the following letters. Murray MS., WG to JM, [1823]: 'somebody should have an eye to Hay's Art. I suspect that you have been misled & have misled me for I see no trace of its having been revised by any government hand. However, it is safe, though far from elegant and tasty. Jacob called here and read it while I was out. He made one or two marginal marks which I shall attend to. He appears ... to like it.' Murray MS., WG to JM, [July 1823]: '... I shall send off Spain with the next parcel & not want to see it again ... I wish the Greece had been half so soberly written.' Murray MS., WG to JM, [July 1823]: 'I send the remr of Spain. It is not necessary that I should see it again; but Mr H or some one for him, should look at the revise. ... I have lightened the Art & it will not read amiss. The pencil m.s. at the end is by Mr Jacob, who read it as I believe I told you, in my absence. I have not seen him since.' 

The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. Murray MS., WG to Robert William Hay, 26 May 1823, promises to show Hay all revisions to the 'Spanish Art.' Portuguese is spelled in the article's head note as above.

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

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