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The Scots Magazine.
Remarks on Mr Dugald Stewart's LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC Dissertation, exhibiting a General
INTELLIGENCE. View of the Progress of Philoso
Africa - Aerostatics - Italy - Nephy, &c. &c.
therlands - Apograph - Modern Superstition, or, the Devil and the
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gions-Effects of Cold upon Ice The Chance Dinner.
Weights and Measures-Gelatin. Mary Scott of Edenknowocamano 335
ous Meteor in Massachussets Letter to Lady Morgan. By the
Gum Trec-Altitude of MounReviewer of her “ Italy”.
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365 Pauper Marriages, and Mr Scarlett's
Works Preparing for Publication.ma 368 Billennarar
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356 Fairy Legends, from Popular Tradi Foreign Intelligencemaran
373 tions of the Danesco.com wam 361 British Chronicle.amena
377 Local Associations of Poetry--Cow. Appointments, Promotions, &c.omano 386
per-Lord Byroncarnamamanmarar 364 Meteorological Table.....cocome 388 Curious Experiments * 363 | Agricultural Report woman.com
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To shew herself in tears :
Specimens of Mr Y's MS. Tragedy of “ Wallace,” and also a notice of his “ Antonia," will appear in our next. This Tragedy only requires to be known, in order to place its author in a more conspicuous literary station than he has hitherto occupied. He is unquestionably a man of real genius.
The Author of the paper on “ Italian Sonnets" will soon have reason to be satisfied with us.
We thank “L.” very cordially for his obliging communication ; and still more so for his offers of future contributions. With due care and attention, on his part, we have no doubt that he will be able to contribute many choice flowers to the adornment of our poetical parterre. At the same time let him never forget the maxim of Horace -“ Tantum series, juncturaque pollet.” We quote the following stanza as a favourable specimen of his powers":
“ Then blame not, though I do not weep
O'er thoughts of vanish'd years,
Will seldom touch the soul;
And tears that never roll.” Some apology is due to the public for a little incidental coarseness in the “ Devil and the Pigs." Our more fastidious readers will have the kindness to recollect, how. ever, that the poem is entirely descriptive of the superstitious fears of seamen, whose notions and habits are not of the most delicate or refined order, and who seldom use periphrastic phraseology in the expression of their feelings. Besides, we were very unwilling to try our hands at refinement, lest we should impair the broad and original humour of the piece.
The fair Author of “ Fair Adelaide” has a great deal both of taste and poetical ex. pression. We shall take an early opportunity to notice her sweet little poem.
We hope the Author of the " Chance Dinner" will find it convenient to send us, as early as may be, the continuation of his paper. In this age of scribbling, when so many commence teaching others before they have instructed themselves, and when every third boy in the gown classes, instead attending to his Euclid and his Homer, is busied in writing wretched prose, and worse poetry, for some magazine or newspaper, it does one's heart good to encounter a writer like the Author of the “ Chance Dinner," who thinks closely and profoundly, and who clothes his ideas in a drapery at once chaste, elegant, and pure.
The Reviewer of “Italy," in our July number, has again come forth from his den, or his garret, if you will, to take up the glove of defiance, thrown down by the offended literary Amazon of Colburn's. The fellow, who, at the best, is only a sort of respectable savage, is so restive and ungovernable under restraint, or even advice, that the “fortius utere loris," which might do very well for an Editor in ordinary cases, is here altogether inapplicable. He has, however, spoken for himself, and the public must therefore take him on his own showing.
The elaborate “ Critique on Dr Brown's Lectures" has been received. A notice of this valuable work, by an able hand, having already appeared in the Edinburgh Magazine, we are precluded from resuming the subject. Our correspondent alludes, with some degree of pungency, to the attempt some time ago made to fasten a charge of Plagiarism against the late lamented and highly ingenious Author of these Lectures. In some men the imagination possesses a wonderful power of delusive representation. The Reverend Philip Rosenhagen, a weak, hair-brained, and self-conceited country parson, never before heard of beyond the precincts of his village, or known as the author of a single sentence of passable English, declared, on his deathbed, that he was the Author of the Letters of Junius !
We are still without the mighty promised aid of “ John the Ponderer.” Quid dignum tanto feret hic promissor hiatu ?
Master Crito should have sent his lucubrations on a Defunct Newspaper to Darid Webster. David, however, is a wight of some penetration, and would probably have found out that the lucubrations of Master Crilo are as shallow as the Newspaper in question was worthless and profligate.
The learned paper of “ Onkelos" is under consideration.
We are compelled to postpone ad Græcas Kalendas, the paper entitled “ Contents of an Editor's Pocket."
“ Viator" seems to think there is no wit in wisdom, and sometimes as little wisdom in wit. He is right. Why is he so personal ?
“ Cassius” is a surly dog, and very probably has a “ lean and hungry look," that bespeaks his acquaintance with Spartan broth. Were his subjects as judiciously chosen as they are ably and spiritedly handled, we should not be so often compelled to refuse him a place in our pages. Let him by all means become a little more moderate, and we shall be proud of his aid.
The “ Queer Story” is as stupid as it is personal. Did the Author ever hear of a Bear dancing a minuet? Such is a blockhead's attempt at wit.
The “ Punch Drinker” is quite admirable, but, for reasons which the Author may easily divine, we cannot insert his jeu d'esprit. We hope, however, to be kindly remembered by “Quaff," and his hilarious compotators, at their next jollification. It is confidently alledged in the higher circles, that the decided improvement in this quar. ter's revenue is owing to the encreased consumption of rum, occasioned by the institution of this club. Can Mr Vansittart doubt that they are public benefactors ? The ghost of Dr Mandeville would swear to it!
Many good friends (whom we highly esteem, both for their moral and intellectual qualities) have taxed us with political inconsistency. There is some truth in the charge. It ought, however, to be recollected, that the injustice done to Mr Roscoe, by the Quarterly Review, in the account of the Sketch-Book, has been acknowledged by many of the warmest admirers of that ably-conducted Journal ; and we can declare, that, although politics made a part of the article in which our correspondent (with laudable warmth and zeal) endeavoured to vindicate the historian of the Medici, we in. serted his communication solely for the purpose of doing an act of literary justice. We presume it is to this paper that our worthy friends allude.
“ Clerical Anecdotes” are unavoidably postponed. They will probably appear in
“ The Complaint of the English Language" is very well founded ; but as “ Solon" has only stated a part of the case, we cannot indulge the complainant with the franchise of our pages at present. A humorous article might certainly be got up to the above tune.
We beg the Author of “ The Pythoncss" to favour us with more contributions.
We owe an apology to the Author of the “ Adventures of a Pebble.” We shall be anon into the very bowels of the stone.
“Winter, a Song," is received, and will come forth in due season, that is, in our next number.
We thank “ The Poetaster," not for the trouble of composing, but of transcribing verses for the Edinburgh Magazine. We have too many knowing-ones among us to be taken in by such a ninny as this. A whole legion of poetical marauders are incessantly poaching on Lord Byron's ample domain. The pity is, that it is no easy matter to set “ man-traps and spring-guns” on such a territory as his Lordship’s
“ On the Character and Writings of Tacitus, No. II.” will occupy a conspicuous place in our November Number.
The poetical mercury has been high during the whole of this month. Many of our correspondents, in this department, seem to have inhaled a new dose of inspiration. We have really received few pieces not above mediocrity. This is gratifying. Our Magazine, however, is not like Prince Esterhazy's wonderful jacket--we cannot hang out all our jewels at once; but must be content with a gradual display. None of our valued friends will be overlooked.
The Poem entitled “ The Curse of Glencoe” is under consideration.
ERRATUM in our last. In the Review of Mr Dibdin's Tour, page 202, for Bu'lXA, read Burix.
THE REVIVAL OF
DISSERTATION, EXHIBITING A GE
vey, to assign to each of the multiNERAL VIEW OF THE PROGRESS tudinous claimants his just and apOF METAPHYSICAL, ETHICAL, AND propriate situation, and to present POLJTICAL PHILOSOPHY,
the reader with a systematised and LETTERS
IN panoramic view of the state of Me
taphysical, Ethical, and Political STEWART, ESQ. F. R.SS. LOND. AND Philosophy, from the revival of EDIX. &c. &c. &c *.
learning till our own times. The
first compartment of this splendid “The Sciences," says Mr Stewart, outline has already been filled up in the Preface to Part First of this with a powerful and masterly hand; Dissertation, “the Sciences to which and, in proportion to the genius, abiI mean to confine my observations, lity, and taste, with which the first are Metaphysics, Ethics, and Politi- part of this very difficult threefold cal Philosophy; understanding by task has been performed, is now our Metaphysics, not the Ontology and regret to discover, that the accomPneumatology of the Schools, but plished author almost despairs, “ at the Inductive Philosophy of the Hu- his advanced years," of being able to man Mind; and limiting the phrase carry his original comprehensive dePolitical Philosophy almost exclu- sign into completion. “ The time sively to the modern science of Poli- unavoidably spent," says he, “ in tical Economy; or (to express my- consulting, with critical care, the self in terms at once more compre numerous authors referred to in this hensive and more precise) to that and in the former part of my disbranch of the theory of legislation course, has incroached so deeply, and which, according to Bacon's defini to myself so painfully, on the leisure tion, aims to ascertain those · Leges which I had destined for a different legum, ex quibus informatio peti purpose, that, at my advanced years, potest quid in singulis legibus bene I can entertain but a very faint exaut perperam positum, aut constitu- pectation (though I do not altogether tum sit.'” Such is the broad out abandon the hope) of finishing my line, and such are the most conspic intended Sketch of the Progress of cuous land-marks of that wide and Ethical and
Political Philosophy duinteresting region, which the profound ring the eighteenth century." and elegant author of this Disserta- all events,” he adds, “whatever may tion proposed to examine and explore; be wanting to complete my plan, it and, by a correct and impartial sur cannot be difficult for another hand
to supply. An outline is all that
should be attempted on such a subPrefixed to the Fifth Volume of the ject; and the field which it has to SUPPLEMENT TO THE ENCYCLOPEDIA embrace will be found incomparably BRITAXXica.
more interesting to most readers than