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METEOROLOGICAL DIARY, BY W. CARY, STRAND.
From November 26, to December 25, 1840, both inclusive.

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J. J. ARNULL, English and Foreign Stock and Share Broker,

1, Bank Buildings, Lowon. 3. B. NICHOLS AND SON, PRINTERS, 25, PARLIAMENT-STREET,

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HOLLAND
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE,

FEBRUARY, 1841.
BY SYLVANUS URBAN, GENT.

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CONTENTS.

PAGE MINOR CORRESPONDENCE.—Derivation of the word Gas-Magical MedalAntiquarian and Genealogical Queries

114 MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF SIR SAMUEL ROMILLY, by his Sons

115 Roman Altars, Coins, &c. found at Risingham, Northumberland, (with a Plate) 133 Anecdotes of French Ambassadors to England

137 Meaning of Manredde---Character of the Vulgate..

144 Great Men natives of the South, in France and America

145 Memorandum on the text of Thomson's Seasons, by Mr. Bolton Corney

145 Mr. Hallam on the Literary History of the Turkish Spy...

149 Fielding's House at East Stower, Dorset--Judges' House at Dorchester

152 Niche found in St. Bartholomew's Church, near the Exchange

153 Bells of St. Nicholas, Newcastle-Arms borne by King Richard J.

154 PRIMITIÆ ET RELIQUIÆ, by the Marquess Wellesley, 1840.

155 RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW.-Kellett's Tricænium Christi, 1641

158 REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS. Memorials of the Rebellion, in 1569, 161 ; Tyler's Primitive Christian Wor.

ship, 165 ; Hofland's British Angler's Manual, 169; Hawkins's Lost Angel,
ib.; Brayley's Topographical History of Surrey, 172 ; Chronica Jocelini de
Brakelond, 175; Miscellaneous Reviews-Murray's Ely Chapel, Loudon's
Derby Arboretum, Marryatt's Poor Jack, 177 ; Jebb's Divine Economy of
the Church, 178; Postans' Western India, Polack's New Zealanders,
&c. &c.

179 FINE ARTS.-Shaw's Dresses and Decorations from the Seventh to the Seven.

teenth Centuries, 183.-Spreat’s Devonshire Churches, ib. --Baily's Statue
of Sir Richard Bourke, ib.--Embellishments of the Library of the Chamber
of Peers, 184.-Painting in France........

: 184 LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE.—List of New Publi

cations, 185.--Cambridge University, 186.-Durham University, ib.—The
late Baron Bolland's Library, ib.--Bohn's Catalogue, 187.–Foreign Lite.
rary Intelligence

187 ANTIQUARIAN RESEARCHES.-Society of Antiquaries, 188.--Numisma.

tic Society, 189.-Romsey Abbey, ib.-Runic Ring, Roman Antiquities of
Algiers, 190.--Foreign Antiquarian Intelligence, 191.-Cannon of the Mary
Rose

192 HISTORICAL CHRONICLE.-Parliamentary Proceedings, 193. · Foreign News, 194:- Domestic Occurrences..

196 Promotions and Preferments, 197.—Births, 198.-Marriages

199 OBITUARY; with Memoirs of Sir Charles Throckmorton, Bart. ; Sir F. L.

Blosse, Bart. ; Sir B. W. Burdett, Bart. ; Sir H. D. St. Paul, Bart. ; Sir
George Pocock, Bart. ; Major-Gen. Hull; Col. Oglander ; Rear-Adm. Tin-
ling ; Capt. Horrie, R.N.; the Chevalier de Lawrence; John Whishaw,
Esq. F.R.S.; S. W. Sweet, Esq. ; Henry Brandreth, Esq. F.S.A.; Mr.
Collingwood; the Baronne de Feucheres

201-215 Deaths arranged in Counties

215 Bill of Mortality-Markets-Prices of Shares, 223; Meteorological Diary-Stocks 224 Embellished with Representations of four ROMAN ALTARS found at RISINGHAM,

Northumberland ; a View of FIELDING's House at East Stower; and an ancient Niche found in St. BARTHOLOMEW's Church, London.

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MINOR CORRESPONDENCE.

LGD The following derivation of Gas, occurs Iris, as a boy, with a bow and arrow, both in Gorton's Biographical Dictionary, art. seated on the ground; and on the reverse J. B. van Helmont (who died in 1644). a magical square of seven figures ; but “ His first literary production was a either the medal or his drawing is errotreatise on the Spa waters, printed at neous in one place, viz. the third square Liege in 1624. This piece is remarkable in the second row, which he has delineated on account of the author having used the to be 43, whereas, to make the number German term gheist, answering to the correct, it ought to be 48. Then this English Ghost, or spirit, to denote the square will be what is called a magical air on which the properties of the Spa square of seven, making 175 perpendicuwater depend. From this term is derived larly, horizontally, and diagonally. Of the modern gas, now so extensively em. the history or purpose of this medal we ployed.” Mr. Gorton says of this per- know nothing. son's son, F. M. van Helmont, that is he W.B. D. D. T. asks for information joined a caravan of Bohemians." He

respecting Thomas Greenhill,M.D.author should have said Gipsies, who are so de. of a History of Embalming, published at nominated in some parts of the Continent. London in 1705. Noble, in his continua.

G. E.'s sword, which he considers to be tion of Granger, gives no further particu. of foreign manufacture, and not a very lars than could be gathered from the titleancient or handsome one, is probably of page of the volume itself. the age of the Empress Catharine, whose W. D. would feel obliged if any of our name, in the characters of her country, it correspondents could inform him, 1st, what bears.

family, if any, had Sir Chas. Denton, There are several inaccuracies in the

M.P., who, with Col. Smith, M.P., was loosely-worded passage sent us by VIA- taken prisoner, by Cromwell, at the capTOR, from Mackay's “ Thames and its ture of Hilsdon House. 2d, What issue, Tributaries ;'' but these votaries of the if

any, had Geo. Denton, Esq. born 1650, write-with-ease school are scarcely worth son of Col. Geo. Denton, in arms for criticism. We believe that the scaffold Chas. 1st. 3d, The issue, if any, of Sir for the execution of Charles the First was Alex. Denton, M.P. who, together with erected in the public street before White- John Hambden, represented Wendover in hall.

the first Parliament of King Charles I. The Proclamation of the Pretender, Also if any armorial bearings and monuoffered by T. M. K. we should be happy mental effigies are to be found of this anto ipsert, if unnoticed by any modern cient family, and what and where? writer, and not very long.

EBORACENSIS is informed that the song EBORACENSIS requests information as commencing “ Tobacco is an Indian to the origin of the dedication of the Weed," alluded to in Censura Literaria, Church at Frodingham, in the East Riding VI. p. 43, note, and of which two lines of Yorkshire, which is the only one he are quoted in one of the Waverley Nohas ever heard or read of being dedicated vels, will be found in Playford's Wit and to St. Elgin. Is he sure that the name Mirth, or Pills to purge Melancholy, is not Elgiva, a frequent female name 1707, vol. i. p. 315, in D'Urfey's Pills, among the Anglo-Saxons ?

&c. 1719, vol. iji. 292, and in Sedley' The Rev. RICHARD WALKER, B.D. New Academy of Compliments. The same Fellow of Magd. Coll. Oxford, intend. Correspondent asks, who was Thomas ing to publish an enlarged edition, with Maude, who wrote and published some amended text, of Budden's Life of Wil; poetical trifles, towards the conclusion of liam Waynflete, would be glad to be in- the last century: where was he born? formed where the metallic copper plates What profession, if any, did he follow? of Chandler's Life of Waynflete are to be When did he die ?Is it known for a cerfound, as he wishes to reproduce the en- tainty where Robert Baston, a poet, gravings, as an illustration to his work, temp. Edw. I. and Edw. II. was born ?

H. of York has sent a drawing of a What writings of his have come down to copper medal in his possession, having on the present time? and are any of them to one side figures of Venus with a harp, and be met with in print ?

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Memoirs of the Life of Sir Samuel Romilly, written by himself, and

edited by his Sons. 3 vols. 1840. WE have been in some doubt in what manner to present such a view of the work before us to our readers, as would afford them some knowledge of the talents and character of the writer, without entering into the minuter details of his private history, or attempting an analysis of his public and political life. Had the book reached us with all the gloss of novelty fresh upon it, and did we possess the space which those works have, that appear at more distant intervals of time than ours, we should undoubtedly have attempted an abridged review of the interesting narrative of Sir S. Romilly's life, and given the autobiography, as far as we could, in his own language : but to attempt such a plan in our crowded and confined pages, would be vain, and instead of presenting the living and animated form, we should be able to exhibit but a meagre and lifeless skeleton. The Memoirs of Sir S. Romilly are divided into three several portions : the first is a narrative, in two parts, of the events of his earliest years, from 1757 to the close of 1789. The first part bears date 1796, two years previous to his marriage: this he has carefully revised and corrected. The latter part, dated in 1813, seems to have been more hastily written. This narrative is followed by a series of letters to his brother-in-law Mr. Roget, commencing in 1780, and ending in 1783. No original materials exist, from which it would be possible to continue Sir S. Romilly's life during the sixteen years which elapsed from 1789 to the beginning of 1806. This interval has been filled up with some letters to friends, a diary of a short visit to Paris in 1802, and an unfinished narrative belonging to the history of his life in 1805. The largest part of the work is a journal of his Parliamentary Life, extending from the beginning of 1806 to the close of it in 1818. The editors lament, that of one part of their father's life no account is to be found in this volume. Of his labours in the study of the Law, of his gradual rise and ultimate success in his profession, their pages contain scarcely any mention ; although abundant materials remain, which certify the intensity of his labours in his profession, he has left none which show the mode by which he rose, or the eminence which he reached. They further add, that they wish the portrait of their father to be entirely drawn by his own hand, and they add, in the warm and honourable language of filial affec

! tion and duty,

“ If they had departed from this took of their enjoyments, added by his course, it would have been, not to record gaiety to their mirth, and to each in a his triumphs in his profession, or to re- different way was scarcely less a comlate the influence of his eloquence ; but to panion than a father. This gratification, describe some few of those scenes which however, they have not ventured to allow live in the memories of them all, when, in themselves, and as they neither pretend the intervals of relaxation from his la- to write his life, nor affect to possess the bours, and in the midst of his children, impartiality which should belong to those he sympathised with their pursuits, par- who undertake that task, they have

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deemed it necessary, with whatever reluct- must, they are aware, be in many respects ac ance, to confine themselves strictly to the unfinished, and, in some, scarcely more course they have laid down for their con- than an outline ; but many considerations duct, and to which alone they felt them- have induced them to offer it, imperfecto selves equal. The portrait they present as it is, to the observation of the public."

Of the different divisions of the work which have been enumerated, there is not one that will fail in the perusal to bring both interest and instruction ; but to our mind, the chief beauty of the narrative, and if we may so express ourselves, the delightful bloom and freshness of its early pages which describe the opening life of the writer, is that on which we should longest wish to dwell. The later period of Sir S. Romilly's life, when he had risen to political and legal eminence, will appear under a different phase to different minds. Some are still alive, who were arrayed both with hiin and against him in the field of politics : some who were his rivals at the bar: some who as statesmen maintained opinions and belonged to parties at variance with his : and there are some, we believe, who, while they admit the general justice of his remarks, yet deprecate the severity of his judgments on certain of his competitors and rivals. But we have observed, in the acquaintance which we have had either personally or throngh books with those who have been distinguished in the walks of public life, and whom we have been accustomed to see engaged in the arduous struggle of political warfare ; that, however displeased we may have been with the distant sternness of their manner and the peculiarities of their temper, as exhibited to their opponents ; and the guarded jealousy and watchfulness with which they protected themselves; yet, when we were permitted to enter the doors of their private life, toi see them with the armour of warfare laid aside, and accompany theın into the bosom of domestic endearments, and the unrestrained intercourse of :: friendly society; we confess how imperfect, and often erroneous, is the view of character which is gained only in the exhibition of public life, and how worthy even our most implacable opponents are of our esteem. In his own beloved retirement, the proud repulsive laughtiness of Chatham broke out into the sunniest smiles, and was softened into the sweetest and most playful affection ; and the somewhat Roman virtue, * and cold, stoical character of Romilly (for such indeed, many who knew him have described him to us), was exclanged for that of a man grateful for the blessings with which his home was filled, and looking for his happiness and recreation in the tenderest endearments of conjugal and parental love. The whole picture indeed of his early situation, of his feelings during the opening morning of his life, of his young ambition, his maturer resolves, his virtuous self-denial throughout, his well-directed and assiduous studies, his warm affections to his family, his filial regard, are told with a plain and reserved simplicity, that win our confidence and esteem as coming with the weight and authority of truth, and holding out an useful lesson of instruction to those who may not have attained the conviction, that almost all the difficulties, however gigantic they may seem, that beset our steps, will gradually disappear before a well-grounded confidence in our exertions, and a determined perseverance in the path that is to lead to success. It was this rich and noble patrimony,--a firm reliance on him

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* This is the expression which Mr. Southey uses, when speaking of Sir S. Ro. milly in one of his letters printed in the Correspondence of Mr. Wilberforce.

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