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The Pilgrims of Walsingham ; or Tales of the Middle | this country—that of a devotional pilgrimage. Her pil.
Ages. By Agnes Strickland. London: Saunders & grims have the additional recommendation that they are Otley. 1835.
historical characters of great celebrity. It is well known Were we to search for any one evidence, among the
that persons of the very highest rank undertook such various classes of publications, of the general advanced journeys, and sometimes in disguise. This is the style
in which the authoress places her personages, these being education and refinements of the present generation, the
no less than Henry VIII., his queen Catherine, the em. number and character of the novels that are month after month issuing from the press would probably be the peror Charles V., who visited this country twice, and on
one of those occasions his stay was about five weeks, most striking. The status which this class of books when, according to historians, he won the affections of maintain in our modern literature, the variety of authors the whole court. The other characters are Mary Queen which it has called into celebrity, are tokens of its value Dowager of France and Duchess of Suffolk, Charles and magnitude, which no common.place sneers regard. Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, Cardinal Wolsey, Sir Thomas ing its frivolity or unreal nature has been able to bear Wyat, Anne Boleyn, the Abbot of Glastonbury, and the down. It is not too much to say, that to our novels, the Abbess of Ely. established rules which refined society acknowledge and
The period selected by the authoress for description, study, has been greatly indebted; probably indeed, the
was one of great pageantry and also fanciful adventures. gallant bearing of our gentry, and the delicacy of our The visit of the accomplished, and at the time, young public morals, have been brought about more by these multiform codes of social morality, than by the school emperor, must have called forth all the devices that were room or the pulpit. In this good work our female likely to astonish and charm him; but as it had somewriters have been the most industriously engaged, and thing more important in it than a love of travel or tokens
of friendship, however ingenious might seem to be his to this very circumstance has the special effects of such purposes, it is here supposed that those pageants were ill a class of literature been principally owing. For just calculated to allow time and opportunity for him to com. as surely as the society of an accomplished woman pass his profound views, and that an unostentatious and smooths the natural asperities of the other sex, and ele disguised pilgrimage to the shrine at Walsingham was vates the tone of their sentiments, by, polishing their undertaken in consequence of the cunning suggestion of noblest exhibitions, so truly are the loftiest doctrines, or the young diplomatist, when he might hope to fathom the most ordinary ideas, gracefully set by female writers, the mind of the bluff king and his wily minister. The and made to tell on the conventional tastes and opinions adventures in the course of this supposed pilgrimage, of mankind with a potent charm.
and the tales that they relate to, enliven the journey, fill Novels have become so numerous as to be divisible these volumes, and are also to be extended to another into separate orders, according to well defined marks; series—for only some of the characters have here con. and the rules by which to judge of them have become tributed their share, nor is the pilgrimage closed. so generally known, that those which half a century ago
The plan admits and suggests variety in the tales, acwould have been called very superior, hardly now-a-days cording as the diversity of characters on the part of the obtain the character of mediocrity. We know not in. narrators would afford. All of them possess merit, and deed that of the scores that annually appear, one can be form as a whole a very entertaining work. There seems found of late years that gives not a flattering specimen to have been not a little care bestowed in its detail, and of literary composition, at least so that we cannot but ex- such is the interest excited, that every one who reads ultingly ejaculate-What a number of elegant writers the present series will be impatient to see the succeeding. does our country possess! Besides the beauty of the Upon the whole too, we are pleased with the manner in language, English novels also display an inmense variety which the characters deport themselves, that being in and extent of knowledge of the finest and richest descrip- sustained harmony with authentic history: Anne Boleyn tion. Human nature is the capital study of novelists— has ever been a favourite in our eyes : this partiality, no an exhaustless subject to be sure ; but yet through them doubt having been strengthened by the account of her it has become greatly developed. In cultivating this great misfortunes and cruel fate. The present picture study they have traversed every age and condition; and of her, however, is of a different style, and the levity as as the scope to such writers is unlimited, we have of late well as heartlessness of a coquette, are attributed to her years beheld a bright array of cultivators, whose espe without charity, and beyond historical support. Queen cial design and work has been to place before us the Catherine, however, who is also associated with our men of other days, and to exhibit them breathing and kindliest sentiments, is deservedly treated as the highacting, as if we had been of their age, and participators souled, confiding, and enduring wife ; nor can the reader of their feelings, at the time too that we can bring into but be earnest in the sympathy here kept alive towards comparison our own personal experience and limited era. her whose feelings the presence of Mistress Anne, and The lights of history and the intentions of our common the fickleness of the tyrant, must have so often distressnature become, under the management of a skilful artist, ingly excited. sure guides in this excursive employment; and orna.
The present volumes contain the tales of Cardinal mented as such work requires to be, its study becomes Wolsey, King Henry, the Abbot of Glastonbury, Queen not merely highly instructive but surpassingly delightful. Catherine, the Emperor Charles, and the Abbess of Ely. How many sound lessons have we met with in novels! We wish we had space to present a few extracts from but still more triumphantly would we ask, how much the king's tale—not that it is the best, but it affords a rcal enjoyment have we derived from them?. We think, fair specimen of how the writer elucidates the character to every sound and cultivated mind it would be a ground of the narrator in the style of the tale. It is entitled of decp concern, were it announced that never more was William Rufus and the Salmon-Pasty. The monarch it to be allowed to taste the elegant pleasure and instruc- commences with a quotation, that goes to show the light tion communicated by such works as the Pilgrims of esteem in which the second of the Norman line of sove. Walsingham. The authoress of these volumes has fallen upon a which may naturally enough have been familiar on the
reigns was held by his subjects. It contains reflections happy fancy as regards their plan. She has founded part of such a moralist. her fiction on a custom at one time not uncommon in The writer has talent in the construction of a story,
and also in the careful keeping that is maintained in re* Now republishing in Waldie's Select Circulating ference to the character of the narrator. The humour Library, part 2. 1835. Nos. 1, 2, 3.
and the satire of these volumes are also good, as well as
peared to him very beautiful, and a few kind and tender Water ; with some Account of the Rail Roads now in words from the lips of her he had called mother : but he progress in various parts of the World. By the Rev. had fancied her all that was good, and gentle, and virtuous; Dionysius Lardner, L. L. D. Fifth edition. One vol. and now that he was forced to look upon her as a fallen 12mo. illustrated with numerous Engravings and Woodbeing—as one that had not only forgotten virtue herself, Cuts. but in sin had brought him into the world, lo degrada. A Narrative of the Visit made by the Deputies to the tion and shame- what could be his feelings towards her? American Churches from the Congregational Union of - The Gipsy.
England and Wales. By Andrew Reed, D. D. and The publication of the letter of Marion Delorme, con James Matheson, D. D. cerning Salamon de Caus, has, it seems, stirred up other Miss Kemble's Journal of a Residence in the United candidates for the invention of mechanism by steam, States. and Vincent de Beauvois, an ancient historian, gives it Our readers will be gratified to learn that Mr. Bulwer to a learned pope, Sylvester II., who, in the tenth cen- has
in the press a new work entitled " The Student.” tury, constructed clocks and organs which were kept in The literary circles are now on the qui vide for the motion by steam.
appearance of the Hon. Mrs. Norton's new novel, “ The Wife." It is said to be a domestic story of deep interest.
The new work by the author of "The Collegians,”
recently announced, will appear forth with ; it is to be Literary Intelligence.
entitled “My Neighbourhood.".
Dr. Hogg has just committed to the press his interest.
ing Travels in the East. His opportunities for acquiring Miss Landon has just sent to the press a new Poem, a knowledge of the countries through which he has entitled “ The Vow of the Peacock,” the subject of passed have been very peculiar. which is illustrated by a beautiful painting, which is to Mr. N. P. Willis, the American poet, has just put appear in the ensuing exhibition at the Royal Academy, forth a volume, entitled “ Melanie and other Poems," it by M. Lire.
is edited by his friend Barry Cornwall. Mr. Montgomery is about to publish a new and revised A new, edition of the popular novel of " Anne Grey," edition of his “ Satan," a Poem.
edited by the author of " Granby," is in preparation. The third volume of the Rev. Mr. Grimshawe's Com. Also, a new edition of Captain Marryatl's “ Jacob Faith. plete Edition of Cowper, which is just ready, contains a ful.” beautiful View of Hunting dun, the scene of the poet's The first and second volumes of the “Rev. W. Grim. happy residence, during his first acquaintance with the shawe's complete edition of Cowper,” are now ready, Unwins; and a Vignette of the Picturesque Village of beautifully embellished by the Findens. They are printed Hertford, near Huntingdon, to which he so feelingly al. uniformly with the works of Byron, Crabbe, &c. ludes in one of his Letters to Lady Hesketh. It is Rainbow Sketches ; consisting of comic and serious pleasing to find that this valuable work is taking that Tales, Poems, &c., by John Francis, author of “Sun. high standing in the public estimation, to which it is so shine; or Lays for Ladies ;" &c. Embellished with justly entitled.
Lithographic Illustrations, by M. B. S. The Rev. A. Smith has a work in the press entitled Observations on the Natural History and Productions "An Essay towards a more exact Analysis of the Moral of British Guiana. With suggestions on Colonisation Perceptions ;" with a view to deterinine the ultimate and Emigration to the Interior of that Country. Found. Essence of Right and Wrong, and illustrate the princi. ed on a long residence. By John Hancock, M. D. ples of Theology, Jurisprudence, and general Politics. Corn Law Rhymes; the Third Volume of the Works
Plebeians and Patricians, an attractive novel in 3 vols., of Ebenezer Elliott will appear in the ensuing month. is now preparing for early publication.
Amongst its contents will be found some of the earliest Mr. G. I. Bennett, the author of “ The Albanians," is productions of this talented writer, without any political about to publish a novel in 2 vols., entitled “ The Em-allusions, which were almost unhecded at the time of press.”
their publication-Southey alone addressing him to this All those who are interested in emigration, will be effect: “ There is power in the least serious of these gratified to learn that Mr. John Murray, an intelligent tales, but the higher you pitch your tone the better you settler in Montreal, has sent home a little work for pub succeed. Thirty years ago they would have made your lication in this country, the contents of which will be of reputation ; thirty years hence the world will wonder the greatest utility to every person intending to visit Ca- that they did not do so." nada. It is entitled, The Emigrant and Traveller's The Mechanics of Law-Making, by Arthur Symonds, Guide to and through Canada, by way of the River St. Esq.; intended for the use of legislators, and all other Lawrence, as well as by way of the United States of persons concerned in the making and understanding of America : with some Friendly Advice on Embarkation; English Laws. the detailed Cost of Traveling on each Route, and much A new work, by the author of the “Usurer's Daughother Useful Information to the Settler."
ter," called Provincial Sketches. The Rev. R. Spence Hardy, having recently returned The author of " Makana” announces a novel, founded from the Missionary Station at Ceylon, by way of the on the fearful realities, in which Miss Blandy and the Red Sea, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, &c., has just produced Hon. Captain Cranstoun were so deeply involved. . a most interesting volume with plates, entitled, “ Notices The speedy publication of the travels of MM. de of the Holy Land, and other places mentioned in the Humboldt and Gustave Rose, in Siberia, has been an. Scriptures;" which from the well-known experience and nounced. M. Gustave Rose has undertaken the minera. talent of the writer, cannot fail to demand the public at logical and geognostic portion. tention.
The Dictionary of the French Academy will appear in Shortly will appear in 1 vol. crown 8vo., " The History July. It boasts of the illustrious contributors, Pastoret, of the Assassins," by the Chevalier Joseph Von Hammer, Dupin, Royer-Collare, Segur, Daru, De Jouy, Villemain, translated from the German, by Oswald Charles Wood, Arnault, Fourrier, Biot Thenard, and the great Cuvier, M. D. &c.
&c. The Steam Engine, explained and illustrated in a A translation of the third volume of Niebuhr's His. familiar style, with its application to the Arts and Manu, tory is just published in France. It appears to meet factures, more especially in transport by Land and I with great success both in France and Germany.
From Fraser's Magazine. Her sister, now three or four years dead, was a MISS JANE PORTER.
woman of talent; and her brother, Sir' Robert
Ker Porter, will be remembered as a man of Miss Jane Porter is depicted in the quiet and intellect and acquirements, and an artist of no ladylike occupation of taking a cup of coffee at a mean powers. soiree, given, we suppose, by Mrs. Skinner in If we say that she is the daughter of a cavalry Portland Place. The graceful and delicaté hand, officer-that she was born in the metropolis of to which we are indebted for Thaddeus, is stirring Mustard, viz. Durham, no matter in what yearup, not Poles to the bitterness of strife, but sugar that her first book was (we believe) the Spirit of to the sweetening of Mocha.
the Elbe, published in 1800: that it was followed, Nun-like is she drawn in the picture given of in 1803, by Thaddeus of Warsaw, which went her in Fisher's Drawing-Room Scrap-Book ; through several editions, and in due course of and here we find that she chooses to exhibit with years by the Scotish Chiefs, the Pastor's Fireso much of monastic costume as the graceful side, and some other novels that we do not just hood, or something like it, cast over her head: happen to recollect—that as a philosophical or Do not let the protestant apprehensions of our ethical writer she is known as the collector of the readers be aroused, for Miss Porter is as high a aphorisms of Sir Philip Sydney, and a contributor protestant even as ourselyes; but in compliment to the pages of Fraser's Magazine,—we shall io her Polish novel (which was a great favourite have exhausted all the events of her placid and on the continent), she was appointed a lady of a useful life which are known to the public. In chivalric order by one of the German; and for private she is a quiet and good-humoured lady, that reason she appears as a religieuse. We rather pious and fond of going to evening parties, shall not say any thing about the suitableness of where she generally contrives to be seen patronsuch a headgear to a long and handsome face. ising some sucking lion or. lioness. In which
Handsome the face is still. We hope that occupation may she long continue, devoting her Miss Porter has sufficient philosophy to pardon mornings to the prayer-book, and her evenings to us for that fatal adverb. Time and tide wait for the conversazioneno man-nor woman neither; and there is the
And may no ill event cut shorter fact extant, that she published the Spirit of the
The easy course of Miss Jane Porter.
From the Edingurgh Review. age
of some seven-and-fifty, or, by 'r Lady! inclining to Selections from the American Poets. Svo. Dubthree score. She wears the years well; but, these
lin: 1834. publications are sad tell-tales. Many a lady of
We have the misfortune, we fear, in common Miss Porter's standing, if she had kept Miss Por- with most of our critical brethren in this country, ter's good looks, could well smuggle off ten or a
to stand in a somewhat unpleasing position in redozen years from the account, if she had not dab- gard to our transatlantic neighbours. We have bled in printer's work. Joe Miller informs us that more than once adverted to the literature of a coal porter having enquired what the crime was America, in terms, as it appeared to us, of warm for which he saw a man hanging at 'Tyburn-tree, praise; we have most cordially acknowledged and being told that it was for forgery, exclaimed, its present excellence in some departments, and " Ay, that comes of knowing how to read and anticipated with satisfaction its high destinies write, my good fellow !! We are tempted to for the future ;—but simply, it would seem, bemake a similar exclamation when we find a lady cause the praise was not unqualified—because rendering the foot-steps of time traceable, by we could not exactly admit that America had manifesting her powers of penmanship. yet conquered for herself that place in the
It is a matter of no great importance. Of her republic of letters which is now on all hands novels, we do not think that any won enduring conceded to her in the political world, -because fame but Thaddeus of Warsaw, published in we professed our ignorance of the literary pre1603. In her Scotish Chiefs, Wallace wight is tensions of some names which had attained an drawn as a sort of sentimental dandy, who, it we American celebrity; the compliment is thrown mistake not, faints upon occasion, is revived by back upon our hands with much indignation :lavender water, and throughout the book we are accused of damning with faint praise,' teoderly in love. There are some good passages of being actuated by feelings of national jealousy, in the Pastor's Fireside, though it was not very and the spirit of detraction. Conscious it seems successful. Thaddeus, however," which in our of the rapid strides which America is making in youth beguiled us of our tears," is the favourite literature, and fearful of the coming eclipse It is to her fame that she began the system of which is to darken the glories of Great Britain, historical novel-writing, which attained the we are all engaged in a comprehensive conspiracy climax of its renown in the hands of Sir Walter to deny all merit to the literature of the United Scoli; and no light praise it is that she has thus States; or where that is impracticable, to reduce pioneered the way for the greatest exhibition of its claims to the lowest possible amount. ihe greatest genius of our time. She may parody
If we had not seen these opinions gravely anBishop Hall, and tell Sir Walter
nounced and reiterated in American publications
of acknowledged ability and influence, we should " I first adventured-follow me who list, have had the greatest difficulty in believing that And be the second Scotish novelist."
such impressions could seriously exist as to the VOL. XXVU. AUGUST, 1835-15