Page images
PDF
EPUB
[blocks in formation]
[merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]

CONTENTS

Page.

Art. I. Memoirs of John Duke of Marlborough, with his Original

Correspondence; collected from the Family Records

at Blenheim, and other authentic sources : illustrated

with Portraits, Maps, and Military Plans. By William

Coxe, M.A. F.R.S. F.S.A. Archdeacon of Wilts.

1

II. Michael Howe, the last and worst of the Bush Rangers

of Van Diemen's Land. Narrative of the Chief Atro-

cities committed by this Great Murderer and his Asso-

ciates, during a period of Six Years, in Van Diemen's

Land. From authentic sources of information.

73

III. Voyage dans le Levant en 1817 et 1818. Tome I.

Par le Comte de Forbin.

83

IV. 1. Report from the Select Committee on the Highways

of the Kingdom, together with the Minutes of Evi-

dence taken before them.

2. A Practical Essay on the scientific Repair and Pre-

servation of Public Roads,-presented to the Board of

Agriculture by John Loudon M'Adam, Esq.

3. Remarks on the present System of Road Making, with

Observations deduced from Practice and Experience,

&c. By John Loudon M'Adam, Esq. General Sur-

veyor of the Roads in the Bristol District.

4. An Essay on the Construction of Roads and Carriages.

By Richard Lovell Edgeworth, Esq. F.R.S. M.R.I.A.

5. A Practical Treatise on the making and upholding of

Public Roads, with a few Remarks on forming Ap-

proaches to Gentlemen's Houses; and a Dissertation

on the Utility of Broad Wheels and other Improve-

inents. By James Paterson, Road Surveyor, Montrose. 96

V. 1. Proceedings in Parga, and the Ionian Islands, with a

Series of Correspondence and other justificatory Do-

cuments. By Lieut. Colonel C. P. de Bosset.

2. Exposé

THE

QUARTERLY REVIEW.

MAY, 1820.

Art. I.- Memoirs of John Duke of Marlborough, with his Ori

ginal Correspondence; collected from the Family Records at Blenheim, and other authentic sources: illustrated with Portraits, Maps, and Military Plans. By Williain Coxe, M. A. F. R.S. F. S. A. Archdeacon of Wilts. Second Edition. Six

Volumes. 8vo. IT is related of Sir Robert Walpole, that when his son Horace

one day took up an historical work to read aloud to him, he exclaimed, ' Oh, do not read history, for that I know must be false.' • He,' says his biographer Mr. Coxe,' who had fathomed the secrets of all the cabinets of Europe, must have considered history as a tissue of fables, and have smiled at the folly of those writers who affect to penetrate into state-affairs, and trace all the motives of action. This is somewhat too serious a comment upon a peevish speech. Walpole himself would have acknowledged after dinner, or in a sunshiny morning, that the remark was more splenetic than just. He was too good a statesman not to perceive that it is only by the study of history statesmen can be formed, and that though the secrets of cabinets can be known to few, and are not always worth knowing,—the causes of the rise and progress and decline of nations, the virtues by which they have flourished the vices by which they have fallen—the spirit by which revolutions are brought about, and the march of human events in which what has been is perpetually recurring, are within the reach of the historian, and form the lessons by which alone the science of politics can be attained. Least of all men should Mr. Coxe have given his sanction to the remark, who, in his Memoirs of the two Walpoles, of the House of Austria, of the Spanish Bourbons, and more especially in the present work, has brought before the public so large a mass of authentic and original information.

The present work is chiefly derived from the most unquestionable documents—the papers at Blenheim. They consist of Marlborough's own letters, private, official, and diplomatic-a correspondence almost unparalleled for value, interest, and extent -of Godolphin's letters, which are equal in point of number and of interest-of numerous letters from the different sovereigns of Europe, and their chief ministers—of the papers which that extraordinary woman, Sarah Duchess of Marlborough, left behind VOL. XXIII. NO. XLV..

А

her,

« PreviousContinue »