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Dans ces temps malheureux, Sire, Parishes. We flatter ourselves that disiez-vous, on scrute avec des yeux sé the result may be favourable, and vères et jaloux la conduite des Princes. that future Historians of undescribed Personne n'est, plus que moi, attentif Counties in England will not circuà ces dispositions.'

late their inquiries in vain. Que l'histoire et la postérité, qui Mr. Masou must feel an uncomscrutent si bien tous les Princes, disent du fils ainé de GEORGES III. tout ce

mon degree of satisfaction in offers qu'ambitionne. Votre Altesse Royale, ing his Statistical Account of Ireland tout ce que je desire, non seulement

to the United Kingdom, as he is ex: pour Votre Astesse Royale, mais aussi empt from the charges which might pour tous mes compatriotes et mes sem

be applied to his work, had he comblables ! c'est là le veu le plus sincère piled it from such information as he et la prière la plus constante,

could collect in hurried visits; and as « Mon Prince,

he may confidently assert that those « De votre très fidèle et très best qualified to correct any errors he reconnaissant serviteur might have been led into in this way,

« HERBERT CROFT. have themselves pledged their names “ Paris, 30 Septembre 1814."

to its accuracy. Besides, the official

situation he holds gave hiin an op3. A Statistical Account, or Parochial portunity of bringing forward num.

Survey of Ireland, drawn up from the berless curious facts, which would be
Communications of the Clergy. By procured with difficulty and much
William Shaw Mason, Esq. M. Ř. expence by persons less fortunately
1. A. Remembrancer and Receiver circumstanced: and to these advan-
of First Fruits, and Secretary to the tages we may add his own abilities,
Board of Public Records. Vol. I. 8vo. in making use of his materials, and
J. Cumming, and N. Mahon, Dublin; giving the whole a connexion highly
Longman & Co. and Nichols, Son, & worthy of imitation.
Bentley, London. pp. 684.

As the dedication to the Right Hon. A MORE excellent or decidedly Robert Peel, is in some degree exsatisfactory species of Topogra- planatory, we insert it at length: phy cannot be devised than has been

“ On laying before you the First Vo. accomplished in the volume before lume of the Statistical Account of Ireus; but it requires many powerful land, permit me to take the opportuand concurring circumstances to en- nity of expressing my grateful acknowable an Author to avail himself of ledgements for the liberal and zealous such assistance as the Clergy and encouragement with which you have other residents in particular Parishes honoured me in the prosecution of this are capable of affording. It is not work. However sensible I might have enough that a Topographer shall ob- been of the great advantages to be detain strong general recommendations,

rived from a compilation containing acor that he shall circulate queries

curate and authentic details of the prewhich may almost be aoswered in the

sent state of Ireland, I could not but study, and without research : he must

be equally impressed with a conscious

ness that such an undertaking was a conquer indolence, overcome indif- task too weighty for the exertions, howference, and wait with years of pa. ever well intended, of an unassisted in tience for the labour of a day; and dividual.-From this difficulty I have when he would arrange his materials been relieved by your kindness ;---you in the sequel, there are fifty chasms saw the utility of such a developement to be supplied, and a personal exa of the interior of the Country; and you mination is as necessary as when he approved of the mode I had adopted for began. We should consider ourselves its attainment. To find that my views, happy were it in our power to pre

on a subject of such importance to the vail on the Amateurs of County those of one who bad surveyed it with

future welfare of Ireland, coincided with History to examine the work before us, and reflect how readily they

a Statesman's eye, encouraged me to might supply the most authentic in proceed with energy. Your continued formation, by imitating the example the work at its present state, and af

patronage has facilitated the arrival of of the Irish Clergy, who have thus fords a prospect of its final accomplishconvinced their countryinen of their

If my ardent wishes for this liberality, and their general know. desirable 'end be crowned with success, ledge of the state of their respeetive my gratification will be considerably

heightened

ment.

some

heightened by the reflection, that the - essential characters of accuracy and stock of materials thus collected may truth, it was necessary to analyse the be serviceable in any future arrange country, and by separating it into its ments, which you may deem necessary smallest divisions, to place each comfor the prosperity and bappiness of this pletely within the scope of a single inpart of the British Empire.”

dividual, so that noihing material could

escape the eye, excited by common abiTaking the work in the point of lity and exerted by common industry. view noticed in the conclusion of the

It was also necessary that, in each of these dedication, we cannot omil vur meed sub-divisions, there should be of praise to this enlightened States. person qualified, to a certain degree at man, who, in wielding the mighty least, by education, literary babits, and arın of Government, directs part of continued residence, to collect, methoits energy to discover the actual si- dize, and report whatever was worthy tuation of the Country and that of of notice in such district.” its inhabitants ;-hus enabling him. The parochial divisions, and the self and bis colleagues to judge in clergy attached to them, naturally what way

it

may be ameliorated, suggested themselves as the best and how the necessary burdens of

means of attaining the ends of the the State may be imposed with the Author: accordingly, letters were adleast injary to the general prospe- dressed to the latte" throughout Irerity.

land,

soliciting their assistance in We now turn our attention to the

an undertaking which, if well conPreface, which we shall analyse, to

ducted, would heighten the characrender the account of Ireland as fa ter of themselves and of their promiliar to our readers as this portion fession, by umiling both with the boof the book is intended to make it. neficent objects of the present inMr. Mason begins by defining the quiry.” A series of queries, systeword Statistics (a terin of recent in

matically arranged, was attached to vention) to be of that department each leiter ; and the accounts of the of science whicb exbibits the state

parishes of Thurso in Scotland, and a country as it actually, exists Aghaboe in Ireland, were inclosed, as within itself and not, according to directions or models how to proceed the German definition, as applying to with their labours. It gives us pleaany relation with its neighbours: and

sure to add, in Mr. Mason's words, it is in the former sense he wishes it " that the trouble and expences inito be applied in his own case. This

curred by a correspondence so extenscience he considers as unattainable sive and voluminous, have been fully

other

way than by an accurate repaid by the result;" and our pleainvestigation of every part of a coun

sure is equal in transcribing the handtry, to ascertain its resources physi- some compliment paid by the Author cal and moral.

to his fellow labourers : « Statistics become, therefore, the

“ The Clergy in every part of Ireland basis of Political Economy, as they fur have stepped forward with alacrity and nish the facts on which that science

spirit; they have felt that, in promoting is raised: and hence their study be a scheme for the general improvement comes an object of primary importance of the country, they were but fulfilling to the Philosopher and Statesman.”

an essential part of the duties of their A note in this part of the preface

own profession; they felt, that it placed

them on high ground, and they deterexpresses high respect 'for Sir J. Sin

mined to rest upon it; they were actuated clair, and quotes a passage froin his address to the literary characters of by the same spirit of enlightened philan

thropy which guided the conduct of the the Continent, inviting them to illus

Scotch Clergy, respecting whose labours trate their native places as he had

an able political Author (Malthus) bas. done in Scotland : and in proceeding recently declared, that the very valuable with his text, Mr. Mason again adverts accounts collected in it will ever reto the above gentleman, gratefully main an extraordinary monument of the acknowledging the obligations of the learning, good sense, and genuine inforpublick at large, and his own, formation, of the Clergy of Scotland.” assistance on this occasion,

A note at p. xii. contains a letter “ To bestow upon this undertaking, from Sir John Newport, bart. wbich and the information it contains, the truly characterises Mr. Mason's work,

though

jo apy

though offered by way of advice be- present volume having beeu delayed fore the compilation was arranged.- some time beyond the intended 'peThe advice is extremely judicious and riod of publication. As to those io proper; and it is much to the honour progress, he trusts that the improveof the Compiler, that it has been ment io the practical part of his arscrupulously followed.

rangements will secure him from reI am obliged (says Sir John) by

petition of error.” your communication of the re-print of

“ The Statistical Account of Ireland the Statistical Account of Thurso, to will, it is hoped, convey much usegether with Dr. Ledwich's interesting ful knowledge respecting the intersketch of the parish of Agbaboe; as nal state of the country; and such well as for the information that you knowledge, where there is wisdom to have undertaken the bigbły useful task apply it, must necessarily lead to of becoming the Parochial Historian of national improvement. To the real Ireland. It is a duty which I consider friends of Ireland, therefore – to as calculated to produce the most be- those who wish to establish her prosneficial consequences to the country, more especially if it be conducted (as *i perity upon the only solid basis, ob

servation and experience - the Auhave no doubt it will be by you) with candour and impartial exactness, ex

thor vow in trusts this volume. Their cluding from its pages every thing ex

candour will give him full credit for traneous to its avowed and most valu. what has succeeded ; the same can. able object, the collection of regular dour will throw a veil of benevolence statistical information, pointing the in over its unintentional, he might alquiry of public men, intent on public most say, its unavoidable, defects.” objects, to the great and permanent im An historical and useful account of provement which may be expected in a

the various attempts which have country where, as Mr. Grattan has truly been made to accomplish what Mr. said, God has done so much, and man so little."

Mason has so bappily succeeded in,

appears in a note, p. xv; and at the The consequence of the circular conclusion of the Preface the Aus letters was an ample supply of mate. thor introduces a Synopsis of Political rials, the selection and arrangement Economy addressed to him by Walter of which seemed the only difficulty; Thom, esq. late of Aberdeen, “whose in discharging this part of his duty, talents,” Mr. Mason says, the Compiler was chiefly influenced they not already known in the literary by priority of communications. As he world, could not be exhibited in a conceived the work would be used more favourable point of view, than as a book for reference, a facility by a reference to the following anaof developing the information it con- lýsis.” tained should be considered as a pri The sections, according to which mary object; and he therefore deter- the account of every parish in the mined on a division of the subject- volume is arranged, are thus dis matter of each return, into a uniform tinguished: series of heads or chapters. Those

The name of the parish, antient and accounts which first arrived, after modern ; its situation, extent, and dibaving been thus modified, are now vision, climate and topographical de presented to the publick in alpha- scription. Mines, minerals, and all betical order; the remainder are other natural productions. Modern ready for successive publication, ac- buildings, both public and private, incording to a similar plan. “In an un- cluding towns, villages, gentlemen's dertaking hitherto attempted with seats, inns, &c. the roads, scenery, out success, extensive in its commu. and superficial appearance of the parish, pications, and often complicated in Antient buildings, monastic and casits details, the Author is conscious tellated ruins, monuments and inscripthat defects and inaccuracies have tions, or other remains of antiquity. occurred :-for those which appear the food, fuel, and general appearance :

Present and former state of population; in the present volume, he appeals for mode of living, and wealth of the inhis excuse to the liberality of the habitants; diseases, and instances of gentlemen to whose spirited exer- longevity.—The genius and dispositions tions he is indebted for its comple- of the poorer classes ; their language, tion. The same cause will form an

manners, and customs, &c.--The eduapology for the appearance of the cation and employment of their children,

schools,

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schools, state of learning, public libra The following " explanation of ries, &c. Collection of Irish MSS. or the map No. 30, intended to facilihistorical documents relating to Ireland. tate the use of this Atlas," will give -State of the religious establishment,

a good idea of the whole work. mode of tithes, parochial funds and recards, &c.—Modes of agriculture, crops, As a specimen of the utility of the Stocks of cattle, rural implements, chief Maps now presented to the publick, we proprietors' names, and average value

insert the following explanation of the of land, prices of labour, fairs, and

manner in which they should be used. markets, &c.—Trade and manufactures, The Blup No. 30, has been selected, as commerce, navigation and shipping, affording a greater variety of subjects freight, &c. Natural curiosities, re

than many others, and as leading to markable occurrences,

and eminent

the history of the reigning House of men. - Suggestions for improvement, Brunswick. The first part of this map and means for ameliorating the situation

presents the reader with the Family of of the people.- Appendix, consisting of Tudor; from which it appears, first, statistical tables, containing the value that Henry VII. was the head of that of the stock, annual produce of the family; (ivhose two-fold right to the parish, &c. &c.

crown-in himself as a descendant of The twenty-nine Parishes noticed Henry III. and by his marriage with in this volume occupy 646 pages, and Elizabeth, the danghter of Edward IV. it is illustrated by plates of moni - is clearly described in the preceding mental inscriptions and antient coips, map, No. 29.) Secondly, That the faseveral maps and plans, and views of mily of Tudor gave five sovereigns to the Abbey of Aghaboe, the gable of England, and then became extinct in the chancel of Dungiven, the Church

the elder branch. Thirdly, That Mary

of Scotland was next heiress to the of the same place, and Castle of Lea. [To be continued.]

crown after Elizabeth. Fourthly, Thas

Lady Jane Grey, proclaimed Queen in 4. Lavoisne's Complete Genealogical, 1553, was only the fifth in order of suc

Historical, Chronological, and Geo cession after the death of Edward VI., graphical Atlas; being a general and that consequently her title to the Guide to History, both antient and

crown, was very remote. Fifthly, That modern, exhibiting an accurate Ac. the existing families of Somerset, Hertcount of the Origin, Descent, and ford, Seymour, Bridgewater, Moira, Murriages of all the Royal Families, Cobham, and Derby, are descended from the beginning of the World to the from the family of Tudor through the present Time ; according to the Plan Female line. The second part of this of Le Sage, greatly improved. A new map presents the family of Stuart; and Edition, enlarged with Eleven new shews, First, That James VI. of Scots Historical, and Twenty-five Geogra- land was on the death of Elizabeth phical Maps; the whole forming a first in order of succession, through his complete System of History and Geo- great-grandınother Margaret, daughter graphy. By C. Gros, of the Univer of Henry VII. Secondly, That the fasity of Paris, and J. Aspin, Professor mily of Stuart gave six sovereigns to of History, &c. Dedicated with Per- England, besides William III. who mission to Her Royal Highness the reigned jointly with Mary. Thirdly, Princess Charlotte of Wales. Printed That William was the first in order of by and for J. Barfield. Imperial folio. succession after the children of James II.

THIS is a new and much cularged Fourthly, That from the four natural edition of a valuable work which children of Charles II. are descended first appeared in 1807; and of which the eight illustrious families, Buccleugh, both the editions are particularly Delorraine, Richmond, St. Albans, Grafcreditable to Mr. Barfield, who is

tun, Southampton, Harrington, and the proprietor, printer, and publisher. Newcastle. Fifthly, That the 'direct It would be difficult to name a sin.

line of James II. is now extinct. The gle volume in which so great a va

uncoloured part of the mar, between the

families of Stuart and Brunswick, preriety of information can be found, in

sents the several families in the female matters relative to Geograpliy, Chro- line which could claim the crown of nology, History, and Biography.

England; whence it appears, First, That The volume contaios no less than

the Houses of Savoy, France, and Spain, LXIV Maps, all neatly coloured; the

were next in order of succession after whole illustrated by a copious de- the exclusion of the male line of James scription very beautifully printed on II., as descendants from that Prince's the sides of the several maps. sister Henrietta, Duchess of Orleans.

Secondly,

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Secondly, That those three branches be nimous exertions of the Allied Sove ing excluded as Catholics, the issue of reigns, have recently taken place in Elizabeth, sister of Charles I., was next Europe, and which so immediately proin order. Thirdly, That of eight duced the emancipation of Holland, and branches which issued from Eliza the recal of the illustrious House of beth Stuart, the seven elder were ex Orange to the government of that coure cluded on account of their religion, by try, have induced Mr. Barfield, the pubs the law of succession. Fourthly, That lisher of · Lavoisne's Atlas,' at a very the House of Brunswick, though last in considerable expence, to print an adorder, was the only one, which, being ditional genealogical map of that faProtestant, could lawfully ascend the mily, in order to render complete the throne of England. Filihly, That the genealogy of all the reigning Sovereigns family of Brunswick has given three of the world, and wbich he presents Sovereigns to Great Britain.-Fron a gratuitously to those who have so early single inspection of this map (and in- and liberally patronized the Work.deed of any of the others) it will be Contents of the additional Map.-Nasseen that several important questions sau and Orange-Genealogical, Histomay be readily answered by the student, rical, and Chronological Map of the as Who was head of ihe family of Houses of Nassau and Orange, fron; Tudor? What were the rights of Henry the beginning of the Fifth Century to VU, to the crown? How many Sove- the present time, including an Historeigns were there of the fainily of Tu rical Account of the Stadt bolders from dor? Who was heir apparent after 1559 to the Restoration of William FreQueen Elizabeth ? What claim bad derick, Sovereign Prince of the Uniteil Lady Jane Grey on the crown? What Netherlands, and the appointment of existing families derive their origin from his son, the Prince of Orange, to be the House of Tudor? What was the Commander in Chief of the Armics, right of James J, to the crown? How 1814.” many Sovereigns were there of the fa

Messrs. Gros and Aspin, the Edimily of Stuart? What right liad Wil. liam Ill. to the crown after the abdi

tors of this magnificent volume, as cation of James !1.? What existing inent, teach History according to the

we are informed by an advertisefamilies are descended from the natural children of Charles II.? What is the plan of the Work. present state of the family of James 11.? What houses were next in order of suc

5. L'Angleterre au Commencement du ression after the posterity of James II. ?

XIX siècle. Par M. de Levis. What families were next after the issue AT the conclusion of a sanguinary of the daughter of Charles I. ? What

war, which, in duration, has twice branches of the posterity of Elizabeth exceeded that of Troy, we are naStuart were excluded from the succes

turally anxious to learn in what desion to the throne of England? Why gree of estimation we are held on were they so excluded ? What right the Continent; but more especially bad the family of Brunswick to the crown? How many Sovereigns have by our neighbours and rivals the

French. there been of that family!-- Many other questions might also be put, and an “ Puisse la paix unir les rives de la swered upon the same principle: as, for

France instance, the length of each reign; the Aux rives d'Albion fille altière des Mers, number of children of each Sovereign; Rappellons par nos væux cette heureuse and others very easy to be discerned by

alliance an intelligent teacher; anů, to repeat Qui peut seule calmer les maux de l'uniwhat we have already observed, as facts

vers." presenteư to the eye make a

much

Charlemagne, ou l'Eglise delivrée, deeper impression on the mind than

Canto II. when committed to memory by reading In the work now before us, M. de or report only, it is most 'ceriain, that Levis has given a copious account of this mode of learning History, by the the present state of the Metropolis, inspection of Maps; will save much including its Scientific and Literary time and labour both to the tutor and

Institutions, with its Architectural the scholar.”

Beauties, Ecclesiastical and Civil. la Mr. Barfield, the industrious and his Preface, the Author informs us, intelligent printer to the Prince Re that he visited this country in his gent, thus proceeds:

early youth, and gained a complete " The great and glorious events knowledge of our language; that which, in posequence of the magna- early connexions introduced him into

families

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