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ried my complaisances to you farther than I oughi. , an opinion of your merit, which, if it is a mistake, You make new scruples : you have a great deal of I would not be undeceived. It is my interest 10 fancy! and your distrusts, being all of your own believe (as I do) that you deserve every thing, and making, are more immovable ihan if there were are capable of every thing; but nobody else will some real ground for them. Our aunts and grand believe it, if they see you get nothing."--Vol. i. mothers always tell us, that men are a sort of ani. pp. 250–252. mals, that if ever they are constant, 'uis only where they are ill-used. "I'was a kind of paradox I could
The second volume, and a part of the third, never believe; but experience has taught me the are occupied with those charming letters, truth of it. You are the first I ever had a corres. written during Mr. Wortley's embassy to pondence with; and I thank God, I have done with Constantinople, upon which the literary repuit for all my life
. You needed not to have told me tation of Lady Mary has hitherto been exclustupid not to find a difference in your letters. You sively founded. It would not become us to seem, in one part of your last, 10 excuse yourself say any thing of productions which have so from having done me any injury in point of fortune. long engaged the admiration of the public. Do I accuse you of any ?
The grace and vivacity, the ease and concise“I have not spirits to dispute any longer with you. You say you are not yet determined "Ler ness
, of the narrative and the description which me determine for you, and save you the trouble of they contain, still remain unrivalled, we think, writing again. Adieu for ever; make no answer. by any epistolary compositions in our lanI wish, among the variety of acquaintance, you may guage; and are but slightly shaded by a find some one to please you : and can't help the sprinkling of obsolete tiule-tattle, or womanvanity of thinking, should you try them all
, you ish vanity and affectation. The authenticity wont find one that will be so sincere in their treat of these letters, though at one time disputed, ment, though, a thousand more deserving, and every has not lately been called in question; but one happier.''--Vol. i. pp. 219--221.
the secret history of their first publication has These are certainly very uncommon pro- never, we believe, been laid before the public. ductions for a young lady of twenty; and in- The editor of this collection, from the original dicate a strength and elevation of character, papers, gives the following account of it. that does not always appear in her gayer and “In the later periods of Lady Mary's life, she more ostentatious performances. Mr. Wort- employed her leisure in collecting copies of the let. ley was convinced and ge-assured by them; ters she had written during Mr. Wortley's embassy, and they were married in 1712. The con- and had transcribed them herself, in iwo small cluding part of the first volume contains her volumes in quarto. They were, without doubt, letters to him for the two following years. return to England for the last time, in 1761, she
sometimes shown to her literary friends. Upon her There is not much tenderness in these letters; gave these books 10 a Mr. Snowden, a clergyman nor very much interest indeed of any kind. of Rotterdam, and wrote the subjoined memoranMr. Wortley appears to have been raiher in- dum on the cover of them: These two volumes dolent and unambitious; and Lady Mary are given to the Reverend Benjamin Snowden, takes it upon her, with all delicacy and ju- thinks proper. This is ihe will and design of M. dicious management however, to stir him Worley Montagu, December 11, 1761.' up to some degree of activity and exertion. “ After her death, the late Earl of Bute commis. There is a good deal of election-news and sioned a gentleman to procure them, and to offer small politics in these epistles. The best of Mr. Snowden a considerable remuneration, which them, we think, is the following exhortation he accepted. Much to the surprise of that nobleto impudence.
man and Lady Bute, the manuscripts were scarcely
safe in England, when three volumes of Lady Mary “I am glad you think of serving your friends. I Worley Montagu's Letters were published by hope it will put you in mind of serving yourself. i Beckell; and it has since appeared, that a Mr. Cleneed no enlarge upon the advantages of money; I had negotiated before, was again despatched to
land was the editor. The same gentleman, who every thing we see, and every thing we hear, puls Holland; and could gain no further imelligence us in remembrance of it. If it were possible to re- from Mr. Snowden, than that a short time before store liberty to your country, or limit the encroach: he parted with the MSS. two English gentlemen menis of the prerogative, by reducing yourself to a garret, I should be pleased to share so glorious a
called on him to see the Letters, and obtained their poverty with you: But as the world is, and will request. They had previously contrived that Mr. be, 'tis a sort of Jury to be rich, that it may be in Snowden should be called away during their pe. one's power to do good; riches being another word rusal; and he found on his return that they had disfor power ; towards the obtaining of which, the first appeared with ihe books. Their residence was necessary qualification is Impudence, and (as De unknown to him; but on the next day they brought mosthenes said of pronunciation in oratory) the back the precious deposit, with many apologies. It second is impudence, and the third, still, impu. may be fairly presumed, that the intervening night dence! No modest man ever did, or ever will
was consumed in copying these letters by several make his fortune. Your friend Lord Halifax, R. amanuenses."-Vol. i. pp. 29—32. • Walpole, and all other remarkable instances of A fourth volume of Lady Mary's Letters,
quick advancement, have been remarkably impu: published in the same form in 1767, appears dent. The ministry, in short, is like a play at court: There's a lilile door to get in, and a great
now to have been a fabrication of Cleland's; crowd without, shoving and thrusting who shall be
as no corresponding MSS. have been found foremost ; people who knock others with their el. among her Ladyship's papers, or in the hands bows, disregard a little kick of the shins, and still of her correspondents. thrust heartily forwards, are sure of a good place. Your modest man stands behind in the crowd, is and the justness of her representations of ori.
To the accuracy of her local descriptions, shoved about by every body, his clothes torn, almost equeezed to death, and sees a thousand get in before ental manners, Mr. Dallaway, who followed him, that don't make so good a figure as himself.
her footsteps at the distance of eighty years, “If this letter is impertinent, it is founded upon and resided for several months in the very 90
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palace which she had occupied at Pera, bears, Majesty, no bloodshed ensued. However, things a decided and respectable testimony; and, in are now tolerably accommodated; and the fair lady vindication of her veracity in describing the rides thrrough the town in the shining berlin of her interior of the seraglio, into which no Christian 1001. a month, which 'ris said, he allows her. I 18 now permitted to enter, he observes, that will send you a letter by the Count Caylus, whom, the reigning Sultan of the day, Achmed the if you do not know already, you will thank me for Third, was notoriously very regardless of the introducing to you. He is a Frenchman, and no injunctions of the Koran, and ihat her Lady- fop; which, besides the curiosity of it, is one of the ship's visits were paid while the court was in
preliest things in the world.”-Vol. n. pp. 120_122. a retirement that enabled him to dispense birth-night; my brain warmed with all the agreeable
“I write to you at this time piping-hot from the with many ceremonies. We do not observe ideas that fine clothes, fine gentlemen, brisk tunes, any difference between these letters in the and lively dances can raise there. It is to be hoped present edition, and in the common copies, that my letter will entertain you; at least you will except that the names of Lady Mary's corres- ceriainly have the freshest account of all passages pondents are now given at full length, and on that glorious day. First, you must know that I short notices of their families subjoined, upon more, I believe in my conscience I made one of
the ball, which you'll stare al; but what is their first introduction. At page eighty-nine the best figures there: For, to say truth, people are of the third volume, there are also two short grown so extravagantly ugly, that we old beauties letters, or rather notes, from the Countess of are forced to come oui on show-days, to keep the Pembroke, that have not hitherto been made court in countenance. I saw Mrs. Murray there, public; and Mr. Pope's letter, describing the through whose hands this epistle will be conveyed;
I do not know whether she will make the same death of the two rural lovers by lightning, is compliment to you that I do. Mrs. West was with here given at full length; while the former her, who is a great prude, having but two lovers at editions only contained her Ladyship's an- a time; I think those are Lord Haddington and Mr. swer, -in which we have always thought that Lindsay ; the one for use, the other for show. her desire to be smart and witty, has intruded “The world improves in one virtue to a violent itself a little ungracefully into the place of a degree -I mean plain dealing. Hypocrisy being, more amiable feeling:
as the Scripture declares, a damnable sin, I hope The next series of letters consists of those profession of the contrary virtue. I was told by a
our publicans and sinners will be saved by the open written to her sister the Countess of Mar, from very good author, who is deep in the secret, that at 1723 to 1727. These letters have at least as this very minute there is a bill cooking up at a hunt. much vivacity, wit, and sarcasm, as any that ing seat at Norfolk, to have not taken out of the have been already published; and though they commandments, and clapped into the creed, the contain little but ihe anecdotes and scandal ensuing session of Parliament. To speak plainly,
I am very sorry for the forlorn state of matrimony; of the time, will long continue to be read and which is now as much ridiculed by our young ladies admired for the brilliancy and facility of the as it used to be by young fellows: In short, both composition. Though Lady Mary is exces- sexes have found ihe inconveniences of it; and the sively entertaining in this correspondence, we appellation of rake is as genteel in a woman as a cannot say, however, that she is either very the maid of honour, looks very well now she is oui amiable, or very interesting. There is rather again ; and poor Biddy Noel has never been quite a negation of good affection, we think, through- well since her last confinement. You may imagine out, and a certain cold-hearted levity, that we married women look very silly : We have noborders sometimes upon misanthropy, and thing to excuse ourselves, but that it was done a sometimes on indecency. The style of the great while ago, and we were very young when we following extracts, however, we are afraid, did it." - Vol. iji. pp. 142–145. has been for some time a dead language.
Sixpenny worth of common sense, divided
among a whole nation, would make our lives roll "I made a sort of resolution, at the beginning away glibly enough: But then we make laws, of my lerier, not to trouble you with the mention and we follow customs. By the first we cut off of what passes here, since you receive it with so our own pleasures, and by the second we are anmuch coldness. But I find it is impossible to forbear swerable for the faults and extravagances of others. telling you the metamorphoses of some of your ac- All these things, and five hundred more, convince quaintance, which appear as wondrous to me as me that I have been one of the condemned ever any in Ovid. Would any one believe that Lady since I was born ; and in submission to the Divine H*****ss is a beauty, and in love ? and that Mrs. Justice, I have no doubt but I deserved ii, in some Anastasia Robinson is at the same time a prude and pre-existent state. I will still hope, however, that a kept mistress? The first of these ladies is len. I a am only in purgatory ; and that after whining and derly attached to the polite Mr. M***, ard sunk in pining a ceriain number of years, I shall be trans, all ihe joys of happy love, notwithstanding she lated 10 some more happy sphere, where virtue will wants the use of her two hands by a rheumatism, be natural, and custom reasonable; that is, in short, and he has an arm that he cannot move. I wish I where common sense will reign. I grow very could tell you the particulars of this amour; which devout, as you see, and place all my hopes in the seems to me as curious as that between two oysters, next life-being 10tally persuaded of the nothing. and as well worlh the serious attention of naturalisis. ness of ihis. Don't you remember how miserable The second heroine has engaged half the town in we were in the little parlour, ai Thoreshy? we then arms, from the nicely of her virtue, which was not thought marrying would pui us at once into posses. able to bear the too near approach of Senesino in the sion of all we wanted. Then came — - though, after opera; and her condescension in accepting of Lord all, I am still of opinion, that it is extremely silly Peterborough for her champion, who has signalized to submit to ill-fortune. One should pluck up a both his love and courage upon this occasion in as spirit, and live upon cordials; when one can have many instances as ever Don Quixote did for Dul. no other nourishment. These are my present en. cinea. Innumerable have been the disorders he. deavours; and I run about, though I have five !ween the iwo sexes on so great an account, besides ihousand pins and needles in my heart. I try to half the House of Peers being put under arrest. By console myself with a small damsel, who is at prethe Providence of Heaven, and the wise care of his I sent every thing I like-but, alas ! she is yet in a white frock. At fourteen she may run away with The last series of letters, which extends to the ine butler."-Vol. iii. pp. 178–180.
middle of the fifth volume, and comes down "I cannot deny but that I was very well diverted 10 the year 1761, consists of those that were at my ease, in a house which I filled with my own addressed by Lady Mary, during her resicompany ; and then got into Westminster-hall dence abroad, to her daughter the Countess without trouble, where it was very entertaining to of Bute. These letters, though somewhat observe the variety of airs that all meant the same less brilliant than those to the Countess of thing. The business of every walker there was to Mar, have more heart and affection in them conceal vanity and gain admiration. For these pur: than any other of her Ladyship’s productions; poses some languished and others struited; but a visible satisfaction was diffused over every counte- and abound in lively and judicious reflections. nance, as soon as the coronet was clapped on the They indicate, at the same time, a very great head.' But she that drew the greatest number of share of vanity; and that kind of contempt eyes was indisputably Lady, Orkney. She exposed and indifference for the world, into which the behind, a mixture of fat and wrinkles; and before, veterans of fashion are most apt to sink.a considerable protuberance, which preceded her. Add to this, the inimitable roll of her eyes, and her with the exception of her daughter and her grey hairs, which by good fortune stood directly children, Lady Mary seems by this time to upright, and 'tis impossible to imagine a more de' have, indeed, 'attained to the happy state of lighiful spectacle She had embellished all this with really caring nothing for any human being; considerable magnificence, which made her look as and rather to have beguiled the days of her big again as usual; and I should have thought her declining life with every sort of amusement, one of the largest things of God's making, if my than to have soothed them with affection or Lady St. J***,, had not displayed all her charms in honour of the day. The poor Duchess of M***se friendship. After boasting of the intimacy crept along with a dozen of black snakes playing in which she lived with all the considerable round her face; and my Lady P**nd (who has fallen people in her neighbourhood, she adds, in one away since her dismission from Court) represented of her letters, "The people I see here make very finely an Egyptian mummy embroidered over with hieroglyphics. In general, I could not per
no more impression on my mind than the ceive but that the old were as well pleased as the figures on the tapestry, while they are before young; and I who dread growing wise more than my eyes. I know one is clothed in blue, and any thing in the world, was overjoyed to find that another in red: but out of sight they are so one can never outlive one's vanity. I have never entirely out of memory, that I hardly rememreceived the long letter you talk of, and am afruid ber whether they are tall or sho:t.” that you have only fancied that you wrote it.' · Vol. iii. pp. 1814-183.
The following reflections upon an Italian
story, exactly like that of Pamela, are very In spite of all this gaiety, Lady Mary does much in character. not appear to have been happy. Her discreet
“In my opinion, all these adventures proceed biographer is silent upon the subject of her
from artifice on one side, and weakness on the other. connubial felicity; and we have no desire to An honest, tender heart, is often betrayed to ruin revive forgotten scandals; but it is a fact, by the charms that make the fortune of a designing which cannot be omitted, that her Ladyship head; which, when joined with a beautiful face, went abroad, without her husband, on account
can never fail of advancement-except barred by a of bad health, in 1739, and did not return tol till nobody cares to look on them. My poor friend
wise mother, who locks up her daughiers from view England till she heard of his death in 1761. lihe Duchess of Bolion was educated in solitude, Whatever was the cause of their separation, with some choice of books, by a saint-like goverhowever, there was no open rupture; and she ness: Crammed with virtue and good qualities, seems to have corresponded with him very she thought it impossible not to find gratitude, regularly for the first ten years of her absence. though she failed to give passion; and upon this These letters, which occupy the latter part of plan threw away her estate, was despised by her the third volume, and the beginning of the in an alehouse, and produced on the stage, has ob. fourth, are by no means so captivating as most tained wealth and title, aud even found ihe way to of the preceding. They contain but little wit, be esteemed !"-Vol. iv. p. 119, 120. and no confidential or striking reflections.
There is some acrimony, and some power They are filled up with accounts of her health and her journeys; with short and general no
of reviling, in the following extract: tices of any extraordinary customs she meets "I have only had time to read Lord Orrery's with, and little scraps of stale politics, picked work, which has extremely entertained, and not at up in the petty courts of Italy. They are all surprised me, having, ihe honour of being accold, in short, without being formal; and are those danglers after wit, who, like those after
quainted with him, and knowing him for one of gloomy and constrained, when compared with heauty. spend their whole time in humbly admiring. those which were spontaneously written to Dean Swift, by his Lordship's own account, was show her wit, or her affection to her corres- so intoxicated' wish the love of flattery, that he pondents. She seems extremely anxious to sought it amongst the lowest of people, and the impress her husband with an exalted idea of silliest of women; and was never so well pleased the honours and distinction with which she while he insulied them. Hie character seems to
with any companions as those that worshipped him, was everywhere received ; and really seems me a parallel with that of Caligula ; and had he more elated and surprised than we should had the same power, he would have made the same have expected the daughter of an English use of it. That Emperor erected a temple to him. Duke to be, with the attentions that were self, where he was his own high-priest, preferred shown her by the noblesse of Venice, in par- fessed enmity to the human race, and at last lost place. There can be no worse picture made of the , They place a merit in extravagant passions; and Doctor's morals than he has given us himself in the encourage young people to hope for impossible letters printed by Pope. We see him vain, trifling, events, io draw them out of the misery they choose ungratelul 10 the memory of his patron, making a to plunge themselves into; expecting legacies from servile court where he had any interested views, unknown relations, and generous benefactors 10 and meanly abusive when they were disappointed; distressed virtue,-as much out of nature as fairy and, as he says (in his own phrase), flying in the face treasures." - Vol. iv. pp. 259, 260. of mankind, in company with his adorer Pope. It is pleasant to consider, that had it not been for the
his horse 10 ihe highest honours in the state, pro. ticular. From this correspondence we are his life by a nasty jest on one of his inferiors, noi lempted to make any extract.
which I dare swear Swift would have made in his
The idea of the following image, we begood nature of these very mortals they contemn, lieve, is not quite new; but it is expressed in these two superior beings were entitled, by their a very lively and striking manner. birth and hereditary fortune, to be only a couple of link-boys. I am of opinion, however, that their
“ The world is past its infancy, and will no longer
A collective body friendship would have continued, though they had be contented with spoon-meat. remained in the same kingdom. It had a very like a single individual. When I reflect on the vast
men make a gradual progress in understanding, strong foundation-the love of fartery on one side, and the love of money on the other. 'Pope courted increase of useful as well as speculative knowledge, with the utmost assiduity all the old men from the last three hundred years has produced, and tha: whom he could hope a legacy, the Duke of Buck-he peasants of this age have more conveniences ingham, Lord Peterborough, Sir G. Kneller, Lord han the first emperors of Rome had any notion of Bolingbroke, Mr. Wycherly, Mr. Congreve, Lord I imagine we may now be arrived at that period Harcouri, &c., and I do not doubt projected to
which answers to fifteen. I cannot think we are sweep the Dean's whole inheritance, if he could older; when I recollect the many palpable follies have persuaded him to throw up his deanery, and which are still (almost) universally persisted in. come to die in his house ; and his general preach. Among these I place that of War—as senseless as ing against money was meant to induce people to the boxing of school-boys; and whenever we come throw it away, that he mighi pick it up.”
to man's estale (perhaps a thousand years hence), I Vol. iv. pp. 142–147.
do not doubt it will appear as ridiculous as the
pranks of unlucky lads. Several discoveries will Some of the following reflections will ap- ihen be made, and several truths made clear, of pear prophetic to some people; and we really which we have now no more idea than the ancients did not expećt to find them under the date of bad of the circulation of the blood, or the optics of
Sir Isaac Newton.''-Vol. v. pp. 15, 16. 1753.
After observing, that in a preceding letter, “The confounding of all ranks, and making a her Ladyship declares, that “it is eleven years jest of order, has long been growing in England; since she saw herself in a glass, being so little and I perceive, by the books you sent me, has made a very considerable progress. The heroes and pleased with the figure she was then beginheroines of the age, are cobblers and kitchen. ning to make in it," we shall close these exwenches. Perhaps you will say I should not take tracts with the following more favourable acmy ideas of the manners of the times from such count of her philosophy. trifling authors; but it is more truly to be found amo:g them, than from any historian: as they write
“I no more expect to arrive at the age of the merely to get money, they always fall into the no. Duchess of Marlborough, than 10 that of Methusations ihat are most acceptable to the present taste. lem ; neither do I desire it. I have long thought It has long been the endeavour of our English myself useless to the world. I have seen one gene. writers. to represent people of quality as the vilest ration pass away, and it is gone; for I think i here and silliest part of the nation, being (generally) very are very few of those left that flourished in my low-born themselves. I am not surprised at their youth. You will perhaps call these melancholy propagating ibis doctrine; but I am much mistaken reflections; but they are not so.
There is a quiet if this levelling principle does not, one day or other, after the abandoning of pursuits, something like the break out in fatal consequences to the public, as it rest that follows a laborious day. I tell you this has already done in many private families." for your comfort. It was formerly a terrifying view Vol. iv. pp. 223, 224.
to me, that I should one day be an old woman. I
now find that nalure has provided pleasures for She is not quite so fortunate in her remarks every state. Those only are unhappy who will on Dr. Johnson, though the conclusion of the not be contented with what she gives, but strive to extract is very judicious.
break through her laws, by affecting a perpetuity
of youth, --which appears to me as liule desirable “The Rambler is certainly a strong misnomer : at present as the babies do to you, that were the he always plods in the beaten road of his predeces delight of your infancy, I am at the end of my bors, following the Speciator (with the same pace a paper, which shortens the sermon.” pack-horse would do a hunter) in the style that is
Vol. iv. pp. 314, 315. proper to lengihen a paper. These wriiers may, perhaps, be of service to the public, which is saying Lady Mary returned to England, and died
Upon the death of Mr. Wortley in 1761, of both sexes who never read any thing but such there in October 1762, in the 734 year of her productions; and cannot spare time, from doing age. From the large extracts which we have nothing, to go through a sixpenny pamphlet. Such been tempted to make from her correspondgentle readers may be improved by a moral hint, ence, our readers will easily be enabled to which, though repeated over and over, from gener- judge of the character and genius of this exation to generation, they never heard in their lives. I should be glad to know the name of this laborious
traordinary woman. A little spoiled by flatauthor. H. Fielding has given a true picture of tery, and not altogether “undebauched by himself and his first wife, in the characters of Mr. the world,” she seems to have possessed a and Mrs. Booth, some compliments to his own masculine solidity of understanding, great figure exrepied; and I am persuaded, several of liveliness of fancy, and such powers of obthe incidenis he mentions are real matters of fact. I wonder, however, that he does not perceive Tom servation and discrimination of character, as Jones and Mr. Booth to be both sorry scoundrels, to give her opinions great authority on all the All this sort of books have the same fault, which ordinary subjects of practical manners and I cannot easily vardon, being very mischievous. I conduct. After her marriage, she seems to jave abandoned all idea of laborious or regu- | the polite and witty sort of poetry which Lady iar study, and to have been raised to the sta- Mary has attempted, is much more of an art tion of a literary character merely by her than prose-writing. We are trained to the vivacity and her love of amusement and anec- latter, by the conversation of good society; dote. "The great charm of her letters is cer- but the former seems always to require a good tainly the extreme ease and facility with deal of patient labour and application. This which every thing is expressed, the brevity her Ladyship appears to have disdained; and and rapid ty of her representations, and the accordingly, her poetry, though abounding in elegant simplicity of her diction. While they lively conceptions, is already consigned to unite almost all ihe qualities of a good style, that oblivion in which mediocrity is destined, there is nothing of ihe professed author in by an irrevocable sentence, to slumber till them : nothing that seems to have been com- the end of the world. The Essays are exposed, or to have engaged the admiration of tremely insignificant, and have no other merit, The writer. She appears to be quite uncon- that we can discover, but that they are very scious either of merit or of exertion in what few and very short. she is doing; and never stops to bring out a Of Lady Mary's friendship and subsequent thought, or 10 turn an expression, with the rupture with Pope, we have not thought it cunning of a practised rhetorician. The let- necessary to say any thing; both because we ters from Turkey will probably continue to be are of opinion that no new lights are thrown more universally read than any of those that upon it by this publication, and because we are now given for the first time to the public; have no desire to awaken forgotten scandals because ihe subject commands a wider and by so idle a controversy. Pope was undoubtmore permanent interest, than the personali- edly a flatterer, and was undoubtedly suffities and unconnected remarks with which the ciently irritable and vindictive; but whether rest of the correspondence is filled. At the his rancour was stimulated, upon this occasame time, the love of scandal and of private sion, by any thing but caprice or jealousy, history is so great, that these letters will be and whether he was the inventor or the echo highly relished, as long as the names they of the imputations to which he has given nocontain are remembered ;-and then they toriety, we do not pretend to determine. Lady will become curious and interesting, as ex- Mary's character was certainly deficient in hibiting a truer picture of the manners and that cautious delicacy which is the best guarfashions of the time, than is to be found in dian of female reputation; and there seems to most other publications.
have been in her conduct something of that The Fifth Volume contains also her Lady- intrepidity which naturally gives rise to misship's poems, and two or three trifling papers construction, by setting at detiance the maxims that are entitled her Essays. Poetry, at least lof ordinary discretion.
(May, 1820.) The Life of the Right Honourable John Philpot Curran, late Master of the Rolls in Ireland.
By his Son, William HENRY Curran, Barrister-at-law. 8vo. 2 vols. pp. 970. London: 1819.
This is really a very good book; and not existed under any other conditions. The disless instructive in its moral, and general scope, tracting periods of Irish story are still almost than curious and interesting in its details. "It too recent to be fairly delineated-and no is a mixture of Biography and History--and Irishman, old enough to have taken a part in avoids the besetting sins of both species of the transactions of 1780 or 1798, could wel' composition-neither exalting the hero of the be trusted as their historian-while no one biography into an idol, nor deforming the his- but a native, and of the blood of some of the tory of a most agitated period with any spirit chief actors, could be sufficiently acquainted of violence or exaggeration. It is written, on with their motives and characters, to commuthe contrary, as it appears to us, with singular nicate that life and interest to the details impartiality and temper-and the style is not which shine out in so many passages of the less remarkable than the sentiments: For volumes before us. The incidental light which though it is generally elegant and spirited, it they throw upon the national character and is without any of those peculiarities which the staie of society in Ireland, and the continual age, the parentage, and the country of the au- illustrations they aflord of their diversity from thor, would lead us to expect :- And we may out own, is perhaps of more value than the say, indeed, of the whole work, looking both particular facts from which it results; and to the matter and the manner, that it has no stamp upon the work the same peculiar aldefects from which it could be gathered that traction which we formerly ascribed to Mr. it was written either by a Young man-or an, Hardy's life of Lord Charlemont. Irishman-or by the Son of the person whose To qualify this extraordinary praise, we history it professes to record—though it has must add, that the limits of the private and attractions which probably could not have the public story are not very well observed,