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We concede toleration freely and fully: prevent you benceforward from becoming we claim only to be equally unmolested in the agent of so much mischief as must reour own privileges, and thus to preserve sult from the wide dissemination of works the relations of peace and amity. What like · Cain, a Mystery. You have been, more does Christian Charity require? Or as I am informed, successful in business in what further advances can be made to a very uncommon degree; now I would wards an interchange of good offices, with ask, can you answer it to the society which ont a compromise on one side or, the has thus aided your advance to wealth, and ether, or perhaps on both, of sincerity and protects you in the possession of it; if truth?" P. 21.
Buch be the use you make of the influence you have acquired; and your ample dealings as a tradesman, are thus to be made
available for the worst purposes. You may A Remonstrance addressed to Mr.
urge, perhaps, generally, that as a pub
lisher, you do not hold yourself responsible John Murray, respecting a re- for an author's peculiar opinions; or you cent Publication. Rivingtons. may plead as an extenuation in this parti1822.
cnlar instance, your feelings of gratitude to
Lord Byron for favours forinerly received. This is a well-timed and excellent Be assured, neither excuse will serve; you pamphlet, and states and answeis
have cut them both from under your feet the question between Mr. Murray
by your conduct on a recent occasion,
when you proved your conviction that a and the public in the shortest
publisher bad, and could exercise, a discreand most satisfactory manner. A
tionary power; and in consequence your full and free expression of our name did not appear in the title page of opinion respecting Lord Byron's 'Don JUAN;' whether you were deterred Poems would carry us beyond by conscientious feelings, or only by the the limits of the present number,
salatary fear of a Middlesex Grand Jury,
I do not stop to inquire; nor shall I do We said, two years ago, that the
more than advert to the report that this author and the publisher of Don
piece of mischief was loaded under your Juan deserved to be treated pre own eye, though you left it to your Printer cisely as the author and the pub to poll the trigger. It is enough for my lisher of The Deist : and our readers purpose, that you have distinctly recoghave been put in possession of Mr. nised this discretionary power in a book. Southey's admirable remarks upon
seller on some occasion; and was not the
publication of Cain' one of these occathe Satanic School of Poetry. It
sions? I trust, Sir, you will yet feel, or
be made to feel, that it was. It is not for present occasion, to let the Remon- an anonymous writer to point out to the strant speak for himself: but as it Attorney-General the line of conduct he would be difficult to say more in a should pursue; but I am persuaded noshorter compass, it is not easy to
thing but an over cautious deference to the omit a part without doing injustice
peculiar temper of the times would allow
the prosecutor of Hone to permit the pubto the whole,
lisher of Cain' to escape with impunity. The reason which the writer as
In the mean time, there is another method sigus for addressing Mr. Murray, by which I anticipate in the ordinary rather than the nobleman by whom course of things, you must be made to feel he is employed, is, that he recog. severely. You are supported by the great nizes in the latter no principle of
and powerful; and they in turn are sup
ported by religion, morality, and law: can conduct, but an arrogant and all
we suppose that they will continue their mastering self-love, and does not
countenance to one who lends bimself to think that an appeal to his lord. be the instrument, by which this triple ship's reason or pity would be pillar is shaken and undermined? There likely to prove effectual. He pro is a method of producing conviction, not ceeds thusa
to be found in any of the treatises on logic,
but which I am persuaded you could be « But in addressing you, Sir, I am quickly made to understand; it is the persuaded I shall have much better chance argumentum ad crumenam; and this I of success; as my object simply is, to trust will be brought home to you in a
REMEMBRANCER, No. 38.
variety of ways; not least I expect in the malevolent, an epithet which, if profit you hope to make by the offending he had never thought or written publication, As a bookseller, I conclude harshly of any other, he would still you have but one standard of poetic excel
richly deserve, for his upgentleman
inhle lence;- the extent of your sale. Without
of like unmanly allusions to the lady assuming any thing beyond the bounds of ordinary foresight. I venture to foretel, that who has the misfortune to be his in this case you will be mistaken; the wife. His character and performbook will disappoint your cupidity, as ances as a poet are summed up by much as it discredits your feeling and dis- the hand of a master. cretion. Your noble employer has de
«In stating what I have myselffelt, I have ceived you, Mr. Murray; he has profited by the celebrity of his name to palm upon
no donbt that I speak the sentiments of a you obsolete trash, the very offscourings of
large class of his readers. We hailed his early Bayle and Voltaire, which he has made
(though not perhaps bis earliest efforts) with you pay for, as though it were first rate
great delight; and thongh we did not join
in the general exclamation,' Behold a firstpoetry and sound metaphysics. But I tell you (and if you doubt it, you may consult
rate poet,' we persuaded ourselves that we any of the literary gentlemen who frequent
could perceive in him all the qualifications
which would enable him to become one. your reading room) that this poem, this
Here was the error both of Lord Byron Mystery witb which you have insulted us,
and his more zealons admirers. They is nothing more than a cento from Vol.
mistook the demonstrations of poetic tataire's novels and the most objectionable articles in Bayle's Dictionary, served up
lent for the real fruits of poetry; and were
willing to give bim the prize, not because in clumsy cuttings of ten syllables, for the
he had won it, but because he had conpurpose of giving it the guise of poetry.
vinced them he could win it if he chose, That this assertion is entirely borne out by
Now we do not call a man a first-rate the fact, any one may convince himself, who will take the trouble to wade through
painter, unless he has produced a first-rate
picture, por will the admirers of Raphael the authorities enumerated in the margin.
and Titian be satisfied to refer to their Now it happens very curiously, that Lord
outlines and drawings only, however viByron las lately taken to pique himself on his claims to originality, and to repel, with
gorous and masterly they may be, but they no small indignation, certain criticisms,
will send you to the Transfiguration, and in which those claims have been impugned.
the Peter Martyr. So it should be in P.6.
poetry; those who can really estimate the
peculiar excellencies of the masters of the The Remonstrant then comments art should be careful to oppose the introupon Lord Byron's whinsical boast, duction of that new standard which has that he has not read Milton since lately been set up; by which vigour of he was twenty-and we hope that conception is regarded as all in all, even his lordship will favour us, in some
when taste and judgment are wholly want
ing. It has been said of La Rochefoncault future puff, with a list of the books,
s, that though he was an adinirable writer of saving and excepting his own, which
maxiins, he could not have composed a he has perused during the subse- regular treatise on morals, and that the quent period. His object in the form of detached reflections was adopted present publication is justly pro. for the sake of sparing himself the labour nounced to be three.foid financial of transition and arrangement, to which for his lordship is neither rich nor
o his powers were in fact unequal, so also it
might have been with the author of Childe economical; - blasphemous, which Harold and the Giaour ; the desultory seems at present to be the pre- style in which they were composed, enavailing habit of his mind t;- bled him to make a display of the strength
of his fancy, and to conceal his want of *" In Bayle: Cain, Adam, Eve, Abel, taste in the selection of incidents and of Manichicus, Paulicius, Marcionites. All judgment in the conduct of a story. This the novels of Voltaire have been put under might bave been the case; there was not, contribution, especially Micromegus, Ba. however, any disposition manifested to bouc, &c.”
withhold from the noble candidate for poe+ We know that there is at this moment tical renowo bis full share of praise. We a Manuscript of Lord Byron's in London, were all eager to do honour to this display which even bis lordship's publishers are of early talent, and not the less so, as the not bold enough to print.
bonour was paid to one who was placed
by the circumstances of his birth in the nate all the moral poisons he may think fit foremost ranks of society. But there was to prepare? Deliberate, Sir, before you a cloud on the horizon; a moral gloom decide this question in the affirmative, for hung over the most brilliant effusions of be assured, that you challenge a heavy the imagination which every one was ready responsibility: I speak not of the responto lament, though most of us were san- sibility to which the actions of every one guine enough to hope that it would be of us shall be liable; on the deeds done dispersed by the improving influence of in the body, whether they be good or reason and religion. How deplorably have bad, let no mortal be so presumptuous as their hopes been disappointed, this por. to pronounce a jedgment, or so deceived tentous cloud has spread itself on all sides as to hope to escape ope. But you are and involved his whole intellect in its fatal responsible to that society whose institugloom. Nothing can pierce it, the flashes tions you contribute to destroy; and to of wit and the bright blaze of imagination those individuals whose dearest hopes you are alike ineffectual; and the name of insult, and would apnihilate. Hone, it is Lord Byron, who might, (it would be a true, escaped with legal impunity; but cruel effort of the imagination even to sug- Carlile and his miserable associates are in gest what he might have been) serves now gaol. I trust you will not persevere; but only to point a moral.
if you do, neither your courtly locality “ He seems to have been possessed of and connections, nor the demi-official chaall the gifts of nature and fortune, only racter with which you are invested, will that he might prove how vain such posses. avail to protect you.” P. 19. sions are to those who know not how to use them rightly.
The writer signs himself Oxonien. “ He was gifted with the highest intel. sis, and his secret hitherto has been lectual talents, but he has profaned this so well kept, that we shall not even God-given strength,' to the worst purposes:
pretend to know bim under any other he was born a Briton, and inherited the honours and privileges of a class to which
name. But of this we are certain the proudest might have been proud to
that the proudest name of which belong, yet when does he allude to his Oxford can boast need not be country or her institutions; without an ex- ashamed of acknowledging the Repression of scorn or hatred? He did not monstrance to Mr. John Murray, scraple to contract the most solemn obli.
We conclude our remarks by trangations which society can impose, and which usually call into exercise the ten
scribing a passage from Mr. Sou. derest feelings of our nature; those feel
they's Letter, which has recently ings he has wilfully thrown from him; and
appeared in the Newspapers, and trampled on the ties from which they which merits something more than sprung: and now at last he quarrels with a Newspaper existence. The attack the very conditions of humanity, rebels upon that gentleman is coupled with against that Providence which guides and
praises of Lady Morgan, and while governs all things, and dares to adopt the
the one is reviled on account of his language which had never before been attributed to any being but one, Evil be
religion and loyalty, the other, and thou my good.' Such as far as we can
that a female, is extolled to the judge is Lord Byron." P. 14.
skies for the fearlessness with which
she scoffs at Christianity. “ Lord The concluding address to Mr.
Byron,” says Mr. Southey, “ has Murray is calculated to make an
thought it not unbecoming in him to impression upon that gentleman's
call me a scribbler of all work. Let nerves, which we trust that he will
the word scribbler pass; it is not an be unable to shake off.
appellation which will stick, like “ In conclusion, Mr. Murray, I would that of the Satanic School. But, if bid you ask yourself, are you prepared to a scribbler, how am I one of all
go all lengths with him? It is not to be work ? I will tell Lord Byron what * supposed that the author of Cain will stop I have not scribbled_what kind of there ; he already resembles the wretched Carlile in so many points, that we reason
work I have not done. I have never ably expect be will imitate him in his per
published libels upon my friends and tinacity also: will he find in you a willing acquaintance, expressed my sorrow instrument, a publisher ready to dissemi- for those libels, and called them in
during a mood of better mindmand ton, Hunts, and formerly Fellow then re-issue them, when the evil and Tutor of Trinity Hall, in spirit, which for a time has been the University of Cambridge. 8vo. cast out, had returned and taken 32 pp. Rivingtons. 1821. possession, with seven others more wicked than himself. I have never
We ventured a few months ago to abused the power, of which every
make some general observations author is in some degree possessed,
upon funeral sermons, and to conto wound the character of a man,
demn tbe discourse of a well-known or the heart of a woman. I have preacher, on account of the party. never sent into the world a book to spirit which it unequivocally diswhich I did not dare affis my name: played. The little work before us or which I feared to claim in a court is written in a very different straiu, of justice, if it were pirated by a and the account which it gives of knavish bookseller. I have never a
e never a deceased clergyman, is so jumanufactured furniture for the dicious and satisfactory, that we brothel. None of these things have cannot refrain from laying it before I done; none of the foul work by our which literature is perverted to the The subject of the sermon is the injury of mankind." My hands are sudden death of the Rev. T. Wil. clean : there is no damned spot' son, who lost his life in conseupon them-90 taint, which i all quence of being thrown from a gig. the perfumes of Arabia will not after having passed the afternoon, sweeten.'
in company with some other cler“Of the work which I have done,
gymen, at a friend's house. The it becomes me not here to speak,
discourse, therefore, naturally turns save only as relates to the Satanic
upon the necessity of, preparation
upon the School, and its Coryphæus, the au. for death; and after having enthor of Don Juan. “I have bield un forced this pecessity, in a plain that school to public detestation, as
but convincing manner, especially enemies to the religion, the institu
by shewing the certainty of eternal tions, and the domestic morals of punishments, the preacher gives the their conntry. I have given them a
following sketch of the character
to designation to which their founder of bis departed friend. and leader answers. I have sent a « To render his example conducive to stone from my sling which has smite your spiritual good, I will proceed, as I ten their Goliah in the forehead. 1 purposed, to set some features of his have fastened his name upon the character before you : that you may be gibbet, for reproach and ignaminy,
led to consider how far you resemble it, as long as it shall endure. Take it
and what bope you liave, should your
days be cut short by any such unexpected down who can !"
accident, of closing your eyes in the same peace, and of becoming partakers of
that happiness which we trust he is now The Necessity of being in a State of inheriting,. . Preparation for Death ; a Ser.
“In taking this review of the charac
ter of our departed friend, I would obmon, preuched in the Parish
serve, in the first place, that lie was a per: Church of Somersham, in the son of npaffected humility. Though posCounty of Huntingdon, on Tues. sessed of a sound judgment, and with a day, October 16th, 1821, at the mind enriched by study of the best kind Funeral of the Rev. T. Wilson, the study of the Holy Scriptures, and M.A. Perpetual Curate of wil. of subjects connected with his ministerial burton, and Curate of Colne and
duties--yet was he lowly in his own eyes ; Pidley, in the same County.
firm in maintaining what he thought right,
By the Rev. T. Bourdillon, M.A. opinions of others, than forward to ad
he was more disposed to listen to the Viear of Fenstanton, cum Hil. vance his own.
"The like temper shewed itself in his gave not only his money but his trouble ; outward manners. This the poor of his he put himself not only to expence, but villages will be ready to testify. There to inconvenience. Two or three times a was nothing barsh, nothing overbearing, week did he go, in the evenings of the nothing arrogant in bis behaviour towards winter half-year, to the night-school at them, bat an engaging and affable ad Colne, a distance, you well know, of full dress, accommodated to their habits, and a mile, that he might afford help and snwhich, as it bore the marks, so did it pro. perintendance. His other labours in his ceed intrinsically from a spirit of love and parishes were of a corresponding nature. kindness,
Though he had no opportunity of residing * This leads me to notice, as another in either of his villages, yet, like a true Christian-like and amiable quality bé- pastor, he was much among his people, longing to bim-bis disinterested bene- visiting their cottages, learning their Folence—his ready and active charity.. wants, assisting them with his advice, His pecuniary means were not great, but composing their differences. be made a wise and liberal use of them. “ The mention of this last particular Not only was his house always open to leads me to notice another feature in his those who stood in need of such comforts character, of a truly Christian stamp, that as it afforded, but he was in the habit of of a peace-maker. How blessed this muraking advances of small sums of money quality is in the sight of God we have to poor persons, to enable them to pay our Saviour's own declaration to assure their rent, and for other beneficial pur. us; and for this he whose character we poses; advances which, from various are considering was particularly distincauses, we may suppose were in many guished; so much so, that he was concases never replaced, and in many others stantly referred to by those who had any terer required or expected to be só. It disputes to settle, or differences to heal; has been truly said of him, by those who such was the opinion entertained both of knew him well, that by the judicious ap. bis disposition to do good in this way, plication of his limited resources, con. and of the judgment and uprightness with Dected with his own frugal and inexpen- which he would discharge the trust resive habits, he had the art of making a posed in him. How much good he efhttle go a great way a happy art when fected in this respect, we may, in some to employed, and full of the most bene- measure, appreciate, if we consider the ficial consequences.
cabals and jealousies, the rancour and the "Not that his benevolence was ex- heart-burnings, the strife and divisions, erted only in acts of small assistance, which frequently prevail where there is no This some of his own more iminediate such benevolent person at hand to preconnections well know, who will be vent them. ready cheerfully to acknowledge the very “And now if we enquire what gave important and lasting services they de- rise to this humility, this benevolence, tived from him.
this desire and disposition to promote the "As he was thus charitable in the em- peace and happiness of those around him, ployment of his pecuniary means, so like to what, my brethren, shall we ascribe it, wise did his benevolence and sense of bat, under the influence of divine grace, duty manifest themselves in tire use which to a sincere belief in the Holy Scriptures, be made of another important talent-his and to a pious wish and endeavour, thence
arising, to frame his heart and life ac" It is well known that many persons cordingly, and to imitate, not in word are ready to give money towards the fur- only, but in deed, that divine pattern of therance of any useful or charitable insti. all virtue set before us in the person of tations, who would be loth to sacrifice Christ our Saviour.” P. 17. much time in their behalf. This, perlaps, « The next and last particular which I is in few things more strikingly exem: will mention as belonging in an eminent plified than in the care and superin- degree to our departed friend, and which tentance of schools; those, I mean, was among the most obvious as well as which are established for the benefit' of the most excellent parts of his character, the poor, Such was not the case with is his “ devotedness to his profession," ülm of whom I am now speaking. He the almost exclusive attention which he
paid to the business and duties of his " One act of benevolence of this ministry. kind he had performed on the morning of " He was, strictly speaking, a clergythe very day when the fatal accident befel man : the constant current of his thoughts
was towards religion. Those who en