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of the Prussian government, and succeeds in undertaking the survey country. Stathat part or volume which was published tistical calculations require authentic facts ; in 1821.

without these, writers and reporters, in In no country has the science of Sta- their approximations, will be liable to tistics been more successfully or diligently make numberless' mistakes : but, as such cultivated than in Germany. It had its results are continually varying from year professors in the universities, before it had to year, a supply of fresh materials, by even acquired a name in other states. enquiries made on the spot, becomes indisThis name has been since naturalized by pensible. This is provided for by the them, but it is originally of German con- Prussian government, which has ordered a struction,

census to take place, and be in force, every To enrich this department of human ten years ; and has a board established for knowledge, a large portion of useful in the purpose at Berlin, under the direction formation had been collected by those of M. Hoffman. All the various materials indefatigable purveyors, Meussel, Hoeck, collected by the administrators in the difHassel, Lichtenstern, Crome, and others. ferent provinces, and their subdivisions, What enhances the merit of their re- are forwarded to, and concentrated by, this searches is, that those intelligent and sa- board, where they are brought together, gacious observers, in going over their connected, and arranged, in general tables, ground of enquiry, in devoting themselves for publication. and directing their labours to this object, had no other help than what their own productive industry could create. The Reflea ions sur les Lois Pénales de science which forms an instructive picture France et d'Angleterre. Par A. of the physical powers in a state, of col- H. Taillandier, avocat aux Conseils lecting the results of its distant parts from du Roi et a la cour de Cassation.a mingled mass of people, united into one

Paris, 1824. body, and of exhibiting them in a general Reflections on the Penal Laws of scale, had been entirely overlooked. It was by translations from some of

France and England. By A. H. the German authors, here noticed, that an

Taillandier. interesting curiosity was excited for prose- Every thing which relates to the legal incuting enquiries of this nature. Hoeck stitutions of great nations, must be intehad published statistical tables of Ger- resting to the eye of the philosophic reader. many; Lucien Bonaparte, then minister Some vears ago, a work, by M. Cottu, of the interior, about twenty years ago, counsellor to the royal court of Paris, upon gave orders for a translation of it into the Administration of Criminal Justice in French ; the principle was gradually deve- England, met with great success. The loped and illustrated; it was observed, book which M. Tailandier has just pubthat, by such means, governments would lished, seems worthy of serving as a supattain accurate and connected views of plement to it. In effect, M. Cottu only occutheir civil and domestic means, and tracé pied himself with the criminal proceedings, the progress of culture, through the combi- whereas M. Taillandier seldom speaks of this nations which compose the community, &c. portion of judiciary institution, but gives Directions were immediately given to the some important details of the punishments prefects to furnish complete lists, on the which at present exist in France and EngGerman plan, summing up a general ac- land. His work is divided into two parts ; the count of the nation at large ; of the inha- one historical, the other theoretical. In the bitants, their various occupations, those first, we see the criminal legislation of employed in agriculture, commerce, manu- France, which moved so slow through the factures, and trade. Such reports, drawn times of feudalism and absolute power, arfrom all the respective departments, pre- rive suddenly at a high state of perfection, sent a spectacle highly interesting to the re- in the penal code of the Constituent Asflecting observer, and display the resources sembly ; but what a different spectacle does of states in their great and striking diver- the legislation of England present. Among sities, and in a way that no insulated in- ourselves the punishments were more just, dividual could ever have accomplished. and less atrocious, before the Norman Con The lively and striking example set by quest, than they are now ; since that period France was not lost upon other govern- the most absurd and arbitrary laws have ments. It is only from such official docu- been introduced, and they at present conments that an author can expect fully to stitute a great part of the criminal code of describe and explain the circumstances Great Britain. "In vain have our most ilwhich it is his proper object to set forth, lustrious orators endeavoured to ameliorate

them: prejudice has carried the day, al- deavours to point out the affinity which exthough opposed by the admirable eloquence ists between the languages just mentioned of Romilly, Erskine, and of Mackintosh. and the Coptic, which is nothing more than M. Taillandier has terminated his work the ancient Egyptian language, written in very happily, by translations of the prin- Greek characters. In order to effect this, he cipal speeches of these celebrated men, has assembled and compared a certain in the various discussions which havė number of Coptic, Sclavonian, Chinese, taken place in parliament, for the reforma- Turkish, Ichouwachish, Persian, Caucation of the criminal laws.

sian, and even Latin words, whose ortho

graphy he finds very analogous to the same Lettre à M. Champollion le jeune, re- number of Egyptian words having the lative a l’Affinité du Coptique avec clude from this, that the Egyptian lan

same meaning. The author wishes to conles Langues du Nord de l'Asie, et du Nord-est de l'Europe. Par M. that a question like this cannot be resolved

guage is not of African origin; but we feel, Klaproth.-Paris, 1823.

by the analogy, more or less direct, of 125 Letter to M. Champollion, the younger, Egyptian words, with the same number of

relative to the Affinity of the Coptic words extracted from the idioms of different with the Language of the North of countries ; but these comparisons are not

Asia, and the North-east of Europe. the less useful to philology, which, when By M. Klaproth.

applied to the discovery of the origin of The author of this letter, who is versed in

languages, is a highly philosophic study. all the languages of Furope and Asia, en


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A Reader of the Monthly Critical Gazette begs us to correct a little inaccuracy that occurs in No. 2, page 178.

Ourika, (he wishes to state,) is not the production of the Duchess de Broghe, but of the Duchess de Duras. Another work, in quite as small a compass as Ourika, entitled Evelina, has just appeared in France, which public opinion altributes to the pen of the Duchess of Broglie, daughter of the celebrated Mas dame de Staal; and the more so, perhaps, as that lady has never contradicted

The Reader, at the same time, candidly submits it to the consideration of the learned Editor, whether it be not going too far backward, to review works publisher so long ago as the year 1822. Hoping this observation will be attrin buted to the interesi he tahes in the progress of so eminently useful a publication as the Monthly Critical Gazette.'

the report.




SEPTEMBER 1, 1824.-No. 4.


Letters illustrative of English History; with Notes and Illustrations.

By Henry Ellis, Esq. F. R.$.--3 vols. 8vo. pp. 310. Harding,

Triphook, and Lepard. This valuable collection of letters, drawn from the rich archives of the British Museum, is justly dedicated to the munificent Sovereign who has lately made, to its library, so noble an addition.

Such traits of the munificence of George IV. as a patron of the sciences and arts, are a glory at once to the monarch and his people. A royal crown of laurel of this description is verdant and deathless; but there is none of the poison-berry of false glory mingled with its leaves.

History, says Bolingbroke, borrowing his observation from the Greek, is philosophy-teaching by example. This is, perhaps, rather what history ought to be, than what it is.

History, in actual fact, partakes too much of romantic colouring, either because the author wishes to impart a graphic force to his style, or because he has a particular party bent; besides, as he intimates, the historian often draws characters of persons whom he does not know, and, in the necessity of assigning causes, traces them back to remote events, very often too when they spring from the most obvious and simple sources of action. How many follies and absurdities are there, of which the best and greatest of men have been sometimes guilty ! In men of a loose or trivial mind, these defects appear


remarkable, because in such persons, there is no mixture of worth to contrast with such imperfections; but when they sully the private character of some great man, who is esteemed in other respects for


virtue that ever ornaments the species, regret is certainly mingled with a wholesome moral, and sorrow with salutary knowledge. Who can refrain a sigh to think, that great learning and mean pride, virtuous practice and degrading ignorance, distinguished understanding and low-bred avarice, should be blended in the same character, --in the persons, for example, of a Bacon or a Marlborough; and that a man may be at once the greatest, wisest, meanest of mankind ? History looks at things too much in the gross,

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and is, therefore, too often incapacitated for discriminating between the nicer shades of character: opposite vices are often blended in the same person. Many of our virtues become the sources of mean and degrading results. Love of friends and family has often been the parent of woe and ruin; honourable desire of applause has often found its tomb in lawless ambition; piety has been converted into turbulent hypocrisy; and sensibility has often unstrúng the soul to the last degree of timidity and irresolution, when surrounding difficulties most required cool calculation and immoveable nerves.

Under these circumstances, we agree with the gifted editor of the collection, that original letters of eminent persons in the state, afford a closer and familiar view of characters, manners, and events, than the pen of the most accomplished compiler of history. They unravel causes by action, which, without their aid, would be impenetrable. At a time, when newspapers were not in existence, they furnished individuals with the only means of recording opinions, or knowing the progress of events; hence they were often regularly continued between parties, as the publications of a journal, and hence furnish a series of historical pictures of events, which Mr. Ellis thinks, if regularly collected, would form a useful supplement to our histories.

The following letters (and we are sorrow our room will not admit of larger extracts) are not among the least interesting of Mr. Ellis's collection : the one exhibiting a trait of ecclesiastical morals, suggested in Shakspeare's Henry the Eighth, but generally considered problematical; the other furnishing a picture of courtly manners, in the same period, equally unique and burlesque.

ORIGINAL LETTERS. LETTER 133.—John Clusey to Lord Cromwell, in favour of a Nun of Shaftesbury, the

natyral daughter of Cardinal Wolsey.

(MS. Donat. Brit. Mus. 4160. p. 11.) The name of this daughter of Cardinal Wolsey has not been handed down to us. Roy, in his “ Rede me and be not Wrothe,” ascribes more natural children to him ; and expressly names one Winter.

“ Ilath he children by his whoares also ?
Ye, and that full proudly they go ;.

Namely, one whom I do knowe :
Which hath of the Churches goodes clerly
More than two thousand pounde yerly,

And yett is not content I trowe.
His name is Master Winter,
To whom my lorde, his father

Hathe gotten of the Frenche Kynges Grace,
That when the bishop of Rone
Out of this lyfe is dedde and gone,

He shall succede hym in his place.” Of Thomas Wynter, the person here alluded to, who was dean of Wells, archdeacon of York, and provost of Beverly, a particular account will be found in Wood's Fasti Oxonienses. He had various other preferments, but appears to have resigned the greater part, upon the Cardinal's fall, in 1529. He kept the archdeaconry of York till 1540. Fiddes has printed the grant of a Coat of Arms to him by Sir Thomas Wriothesley, Garter, in 1526 ; the component parts of which are evidently taken from Wolsey's.

Reginald Pole, afterwards cardinal and archbishop of Canterbury, was sent at King Henry the Eighth's expense, to complete his studies at Padua, whither Wynter accompanied him as a fellow student and companion. Pole wrote to the King, and Wynter to Cromwell, to give an account of their arrival and first settlement there. The letters, both in Latin, are preserved in the Cottonian Collection.

The thirty-eighth of the articles exhibited in Parliament against Wolsey, speaks of two natural children, which the Cardinal had had by the daughter of one Lark":

“ 38. Also, the said Lord Cardinal did call before him Sir John Stanley, knight, which had taken a farm, by convent-seal, of the abbot and convent of Chester; and afterwards by his power and might, contrary to right, committed the said Sir John Stanley to the prison of Fleet, by the space of one year, unto such time as he compelled the said Sir John to release his convent-seal to one Leghe of Adlington, which married one Lark's daughter, which woman the said Lord Cardinal kept, and had with her two children: whereupon the said Sir John Stanley, upon displeasure taken in his heart, made himself monk in Westminster, and there died.”

Rygthe honorable, after most humyil comendacyons, 1 lykewyce beseeche you that the Contents of this my symple Letter may be secret; and that for asmyche as I have grete cause to goo home, I besuche your good Mastershipe to comand Mr. Herytag to give attendans upon your Mastershipe for the knowlege off youre plesure in the seyd secrete mater, whiche ys this, My Lord Cardinall causyd me to put a yong gentyll homan to the Monystery and Nunry off

' Shayfstysbyry, and there to be provessyd, and would hur to be namy: my doyther; and i he troythe ys she was his dowyther; and now by your Visitacyon she haythe commayndnient to departe, and knowythe not whether. Wherefore I humely beseeche your Mastershipe to dyrect your letter to the Abbas there, that she may there contynu at hur full age to be professed.

Withoute dowyte she ys other xxiiij. yere full, or shalbe at shuche tyme of the yere as she was boren, which was a bowyte Alycielmas. In this your doyng your Mastershipe shall do a very charitable ded, and also bynd hur and me to do you such servyçe as lyzthe in oure lytell powers; as knowythe ouie Lord God whome I Humely beseeche prosperyusly and longe to preserve you. To the right honorabull

Your orator, and his most especiall

John CLUSEY. good Master, Master Cromwell, Secretary to our good Lord the Kyng.

LETTER 92. King Henry the Eighth to the Lord Steward and other Officers of the Household, арь

pointing the Diet for the Lady Lucy. A.D. 1533.

(From the original in the Chapter-house at Westminster.) The particular post which the Lady Lucy held at Court has not occurred to the editor of the present volumes. She was probably one of the Ladies of the Bed-chamber. The allowance of diet, from its quantity, must have included provision for her ordinary servants. Henry R.

By the King We wol and commaunde you to alloue dailly from hensforth, unto our right dere and welbilovede the Lady Lucye, into hir Chambre, the dyat and fare herafter ensuyng. First, every morning at Brekefast oon Chyne of Beyf at our Kechyn ; oon chete loff and oon maunchet at our Pantry barr; and a galon of Ale at our Buttrye barr. Item, at Dyner a pese of Beyfe, a stroke of Roste, and a Rewarde at our said kechyn ; a cast of chete Bred at our Panatrye bar; and a Galone of Ale at our Buttrye barr. Item, at after none, a manchet at our Panatrye Bar; and half a Galon of Ale at our Buttrye Barr. Item, at Supper, a Messe of Porage, a pese of Mutton and a Rewarde at our said kechyn; a cast of chete brede at our Panatrye; and a Galon of Ale at our Buttrye. Item, at after Supper, a chete loff and a Maunchet at our Panatrye barr; a Gallon of Ale at our Buttrye barr; and half a Gallon of Wyne at our Seller Barr. Item, every mornyng at our Woodeyarde, four tall shyds and twoo fagotts. Item, at our Chaundrye barr, in Wynter, every night oon preket and foure Syses of Waxe, with eight Candells white lights, and oon Torche. Item, at our Picher house wekely six white cuppes. Item, at every tyme of our remoeving, oon hole Carte for the Cariage of hir stuff. And these our Lettres shalbe your sufficient warrant and discharge in this behalf at all tymes hereafter. Yeven under our Signet at our manour of Esthampstede the xvjth day of July the xiiij. yere of our Reigne.

To the Lord Steward of our Houshold, the Treasourer, Comptroller, Cofferer, Clerks of our Grene Clothe, Clerks of our hechyn, and to all other our hed Officers of our said Houshold, and to every of theym.

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