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*This idea seems to have occurred to the editors, and has given occasion to a very feeling note at the end of the work, part of which, for the sake of those whom it may interest, we are disposed to subjoin.

'It may excite some degree of regret, perhaps, that a writer, possessed of the qualifications which distinguished the author of the foregoing work, should have confined his talents to a discussion of so limited and partial an interest as the progress of Gothic Architecture.

'His friends, indeed, must greatly lament that one endowed with so many superior attainments, should have been snatched from life without leaving some more important memorial of himself to the world than the present volume, and even that in an imperfect and unfinished state. With respect to themselves, never will the remembrance be effaced of that lively and ardent mind, that most tenacious memory, that dispassionate judgment, that inexhaustible variety of conversation, that warm and affectionate heart, and, above all, to make use of a favourite expression of his own, that "flow of the soul," which seemed to be inherent in him, and which never failed to excite the kindness and complacency of all whom he approached; the recollection of these, and many other excellent qualities which distinguished him, will through life be cherished by his friends as the most dear to them perhaps of all memorials.

'By those, to whom he was less known, it should be remembered, that his death took place before he had completed his twenty-seventh year; that he was twice engaged in a tour upon the continent, during which every moment of his time was employed in ingenious and interesting, if not in deep and learned research; and that had his life been extended, it was his deliberate purpose to have devoted it to the acquisition of knowledge and science.'

 

 

*Bentham's Hist. of Ely.

 

 

*We know not whether we should apologize to Mr. Milner for so decisive a statement, when, in his History of Winchester, it is related, that Lucius, King of Britain, first founded Winchester cathedral in the 2d century, and constructed it in the form of a cross. As the first account of this building was compiled in the 15th century, from documents of unknown, or uncertain, or no authority, we conceive that it cannot be admitted as evidence for a fact so unsupported, and indeed so improbable.

 

 

*Begun in the reign of Wm. Rufus.

 

 

*See the prefatory remarks published by the Society of Antiquaries to their account of this cathedral.

 

 

*'It is much to be wished that the word Gothic should no longer be used in speaking of the architecture of England, from the 13th to 16th century: the term tends to give false ideas on the subject, and originates with the Italian writers of the 14th or 15th century, who contemptuously applied the expression, la Maniera Gotica, to all the works of art in the middle ages. From these writers it was borrowed by Sir Christopher Wren, the first English writer who applied the term to English Architecture.—Introductory Account of Durham, published by A. S.'

Thus far we entirely agree with the Society of Antiquaries, though we cannot be of opinion, for reasons that will hereafter appear, that they were justified in the substitution of the word ' English.'

 

 

*Parentalia, p. 305.

 

 

*Spect. No. 415.

 

 

*Sublime and Beautiful, p.2, s.10.

 

 

*No authorities are quoted.

 

 

*The term applied to the upper end of that Abbey.

 

 

*Hist, and Antiquities of Winchester, by Milner.

 

 

*This prelate filled the see from 1186 till 1200, and under his auspices the upper transept and chapter-house were probably erected during the last ten years of the 12th century; and if Sir Hugh, the Burgundian, has not been mistaken for Hugh de Wells, (1209) they are the first regular essays of Gothic architecture in this country. Vide Essex's paper in Archaeologia, vol. iv.

 

 

* 'Anno 1202 Wintoniensis Godfredus de Lucy constitutit confratriam pro reparatione ecclesæ Wintoniensis duraturam quinque annos completes. Annales Winton.'

 

 

*Mr. Milner's observations respecting the west window and door of St. Cross, is made upon no authority, and is so contradicted by the rest of the essays on Gothic architecture, and by the observation of every one skilled in these matters, that I need lay no stress upon it.'

 

 

*Netley Abbey was probably began 1239. Westminster Abbey in 1345. Slowe.

 

 

*'Parastatæ quibus a dextrâ fulciuntur fornices tot liliis et floribus scatent ut ad ornatum potius quam ad fulturæ opus dixeris positas.' Met. Rem. Hist. lib.iii. p.472.

 

 

*Both these buildings were begun in the same year 1220. Salisbury was finished in 1268—Amiens in 1288.

 

 

*Bentham's Hist of Ely, p. 39.

 

 

*Bentham speaking of Salisbury, p. 39. Sir Christopher Wren's Surrey, in Price.

 

 

*'Ob altitudinem omnia alia excellentem.' Topogr. Gall p. 14. 'On remarque la trop grande hauteur de la nef à proportion de sa largeur.' Felibien, p. 227. For the comparative measurements, see Appendix.

 

 

*The three west entrances are in the style of those at Rheims. That in the centre. has depth sufficient to contain eight rows of statues.'

 

 

*Bentham's Hist. of Ely, p. 39. Sir Christopher Wren's Survey of Salisbury.

 

 

*Bentham's Hist. of Ely, p. 39. Mr. Milner, in Essays on Gothic Architecture, 131, &c.

 

 

*'Aditus, Columnæ, Chori, Fenestræ, Altaria et Sacella in stuporem rapiunt Spectatores.' Topog. Gall. p. 14.

 

 

*This part of the subject is particularly treated of in Capt. Grose's preface to the Antiquities of England, and published in a collection of Essays on Gothic Architecture, which is in every body's hands.

 

 

*Sir Christopher Wren, in his Parentalia.

 

 

*Capt. Grose—ubi supra.

 

 

*It occurred likewise at the Abbey of St. Denys, at a still earlier period. V. p.108.

 

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September 2006