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It is rather in compliance with a custom long established, than for the purpose of imparting any particular information to our readers, that we continue our addresses to them, at this portion of the year, on the subject of the Magazine: more especially, as we have fully communicated to them in our previous prefaces, the system which we have laid down for its management, and which we believe to be most conducive to the purposes for which it was established, and which it continues to promote. We think that nothing has occurred in the last half year, either connected with our literary or antiquarian departments, which demands any peculiar notice. Many valuable books have passed in review before us; and some points of literature, neither incurious nor unimportant, have been discussed either by ourselves, or by our correspondents. That in all cases we have satisfied authors, whose works we have reviewed, of the justice of our decisions, it would be vain to expect; for what parent can look with impartial eyes on his own offspring ? but we venture to assert, that while not forgetting that the public has a right to expect from us an opinion formed with care, and delivered with impartiality; we have also endeavoured to take the more favourable side in our critical judgments; and not retard the exertions, or repress the hopes of those, who from various motives, and with various success, are honourably engaged in the field of literature. These observations may apply more peculiarly to the youthful aspirants after fame, whose numbers, particularly of the gentler sex, we observe are rapidly increasing, and whose compositions form no inconsiderable portion of the productions of the press. On

thern, who perhaps will listen to us more willingly than their elders, we wish earnestly to impress the great necessity, if they wish to be distinguished among their numerous competitors, of severely reviewing their own works, before they trust them to be reviewed by others. This plan, honestly pursued, will blunt the shafts of the severest criticism, and inspire them with a well-grounded confidence in the success of their publications. Let them recollect, that the character of a work is estimated not by its quantity, but quality; let them not be ambitious, juvenili levitate, of for ever filling the press with their name: the naturalists tell us, that the mouse, and other insignificant animals, produce a numerous progeny

at a litter-the lioness but two; but then those two are LIONS. June, 1841.

S. URBAN.

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GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE.

JANUARY, 1841.

BY SYLVANUS URBAN, Gent.

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CONTENTS.

Minor CORRESPONDENCE.—Etymology of atone, Hackney, cuckoo, and War.

wick-Families of Tonge and Barry-Household Inventories

2

Laing's TOUR IN SWEDEN AND NORWAY; and REPLY

Diary of a Lover of Literature ; by Thomas Green, Esq...

14

REPAIRS OF THE TEMPLE CHURCH, LONDON (with a Plate)

18

New Schoolhouse at Garsington, Oxfordshire (with a Vignette)

21

On Education in Words and in Things ......

22

ANECDOTES OP FRENCH AMBASSADORS TO THE ENGLISH COURT

25

Princess Mary of Orleans, 26.-Penelon's Eulogy on La Fontaine

28

Lord Herbert of Cherbury-Lord Dundonald-Count Pozzo di Borgo.

32

Cairn near Broadford, in the Isle of Skye (with a Cut)

33

Proclamation of the Regent Murray, attributed to the pen of Buchanan

37

Account of the Sojourn of Mary Queen of Scots in Coventry in 1569

42

Notices of the three Chiltern Hundreds, and a copy of the Appointment to

the office of Steward ...

43

Poetry :-Sonnet on Dr. Routh's entering his 50th year of office as President

of Magdalen College, Oxford

RETROSPECTIVE Review.-The Works of Christopher Marlowe

45

REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.

Aungier's History of Syon Monastery and Isleworth, 49; Napier's Montrose

and the Covenanters, 54; Memoirs of the Court of England, by J. H.

Jesse, 56; Brougham's Dissertations on subjects of Science, 58 ; Keight-

ley's History of the Roman Empire, 60 ; Poulson's History of Holderness,

62; Beesley's History of Banbury, 65 ; Miscellaneous Reviews ... 68-70

FINE ARTS. ---Panorama of Damascus.--Granger Society, &c.

73

LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE.–New Publications,

74.-Cambridge University, 76.-Westminster School Play, ib.-Royal

Society, 78.- Botanical Society, ib.-Institution of Civil Engineers, ib.

Royal Institute of British Architects, 79.Oxford Architectural Society,

ib. Cambridge Camden Society, &c.

ANTIQUARIAN RESEARCHES.- Society of Antiquaries, 80.-Romano.

British Discoveries, 81.- French Antiquarian Intelligence

82

HISTORICAL CHRONICLE.— Foreign News, 83.- Domestic Occurrences 86

Promotions and Preferments, 88.-Births, 89.-Marriages

90

OBITUARY ; with Memoirs of Lord Seafield; Lord Henry J. Churchill ;

Adm. Lord Mark Kerr ; Adm. Sir Sidney Smith, G.C.B. ; Adm. Sir Ross

Donnelly ; Lieut.-Gen. Gordon; Col. Henry Sullivan, C.B.; John Gardi-

ner, Esq.; Thomas Hill, Esq.; Francis Reynard, Esq.; William Hazle.

dine, Esq. ; Mr. T. B. Johnson

92-102

CLERGY Deceased, 103.-Deaths arranged in Counties

104

Bill of Mortality-Markets-Prices of Shares, 111; Meteorological Diary-Stocks 112

Embellished with Views of the Wheel Window of the Temple CHURCH; GARSING-

Tor School ; Cainn, in the Isle of SKYE; and a Plan of ROLLRICH STONES.

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