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June, and be continued annually. Mr. Cramer is, perhaps, most successful The performances will begin precisely in this species of composition, and in this at 10 o'clock, and a suite of apart instance he has been more than usually forments on the ground floor will be tunate. The title brings bis Midsummer appropriated for refreshment rooms. Day to our recollection, and when we say, No less than 30 principal singers are
it will bear a comparison with that elegant enumerated, and the list indeed in- lesson,
we can hardly give it a better re
commendation. We have seldom seen a cludes every name of eminence, both more beautiful subject than the theme of foreign and English. Sir George the second movement, and the rest of the Smart is to have the direction, and to piece has almost equal claim to our admipreside at the pianoforte..
ration. If graceful melody, united to It is to be questioned whether an smooth and elegant passages, be the right academy upon so extensive a scale attributes of the divertimento (and surely will find supporters ; but perhaps this we may translate this word diversion), then very circumstance, and the novelty of has Mr. Cramer fulfilled the promise of a Sunday evening performance, may
amusement his title page holds out. give a new stimulus to our already air, with variations for the harp, by Nader
Le Départ du Grenadier, a favourite over-stimulated aristocracy. “ To close with an innocent and moral as vacity. It is well adapted to the instru
man, is recommended by its spirit and vie well as delightful entertainment the ment, while the observance of regular harp day set apart for religious exercises passages is by no means strict: it is too (says Mr. Robinson, the projector) is limited as to difficulty. the chief object,” and he moreover. Nos. 5 and 6 of Les Petits Amusements, avows that “the project has received by Calkin, evince the same judgment as the highest eulogiums of many indi- the preceding numbers. viduals, as deservedly esteemed for Mr. Bruguier is continuing his pubtheir private virtues, as they are lications, the Dramatic Divertimentos, and eminently distinguished by their ele- the Popular Melodies, the former containvated rank in life !” Nous verrons.
ing Crudele Sospetto, and Oh Quanto La. We foolishly thought that nothing airs of Storace, Shield, Reeve, &c.
grime ; and the latter, the most favourite more extravagant could well be con
The arrangements are Weber's overture trived than these enterprises, which to Der Freischütz, arranged as a duet, by have ruined their conductors, but Mr. Latour ; and also the airs for the pianoforte Robinson has shown us our mistake. and flute; a selection from Ricciardo e,
Zoraide, for the harp and pianoforte, with Un Jour de l'Automne, a divertimento for accompaniments, and the same for the harp the pianoforte, by J. B. Craner.
SKETCH OF FOREIGN LITERATURE.
and that his book has all the charm History, Memoirs, and Biography.- of aromance ; but others pretend that A work lately published is said to this style is not suited to history:give some curious information, rela- The Memoirs of the notorious Fouche, tive to the families of the Greek Duke of Otranto, in one volume, 8vo. princes. It is an Essay on the Pha- have given rise to some controversy, nariots, with some reflections on the the family of the author disclaiming present state of Greece, by M. P. them, and declaring that he never Zallony; but we have not been able wrote any memoirs. The publisher, to see it.-M. Barante's third and however, positively affirms that they fourth volumes of the History of the are authentic, though the family, for Dukes of Burgundy have now ap- very intelligible reasons, disavows. peared. The success of the work them; the public, in general, are in-. appears to increase; but the critics clined to give him credit. The mein the journals are divided in their moirs are certainly very curious and opinions on its merit; the greater interesting. They end with the number are in raptures with the au- marriage of Napoleon : the second thor's style, and say he has the same part, to 1815, is not to be published kind of talent as Sir Walter Scott, till a later period.—The Biographie des
Contemporains has reached the 15th Gingis Khan to Tamerlane, has been volume. The 14th contains the ar- published, and the second and last is ticle Napoleon, by M. Norvins, who to appear shortly. The materials for has treated his subject with ability, this work are chiefly taken from and with as much impartiality Arabic and Persian manuscripts in the perhaps, as can yet be expected in King's Library. A M. Fabre d'Olivet speaking of this remarkable man. has written what he pleases to call a The different editions of M. Michaud's Philosophical History of the Human History of the Crusades being out of Race. This philosophical history cerprint, the author has spent two years tainly never existed but in the ravings in rendering the work still more of the author's imagination. It is a worthy of the favour of the public. rhapsody, equally at variance with Though M. Michaud has spent fifteen common sense and revelation. Thus, years of his life on this work, he was according to him, Orpheus, Moses, fully sensible that it was susceptible and Fo, were all equally inspired; and of great improvement; he was not the various religions they preached, deterred by the difficulty of the task; however different from each other, the second volume, which contains were perfectly adapted by Provithe History of the Kingdom of Jeru- dence to the several nations to which salem, the crusades of Louis VII. they were given. As M. F. d’Olivet and Conrad, that of Richard @ur is a man of learning who has pubde Lion and Philip Augustus, is lished many books, we have judged entirely re-written; and the first vo- it worth while to notice this new lume, unfolding the grand drama to production, which however is not the Crusade of Godefroy, has been likely to do any harm, as very few enriched with important additions ; people will have courage even to read the same care will be bestowed by more than a few pages; and those the author on the remaining volumes. who do will be bewildered by its abBesides the six volumes of the his- surdity, or disgusted by its blastory, M. Michaud has undertaken to phemy.–Of the historical collections compose a Library of the Crusades, which we formerly noticed, that of consisting of extracts from the con the Memoirs (of the Revolution) has temporary Latin and French chro- reached the 17th livraison, containing nicles, the diplomatic documents, the those of Rivarol, and the Political Greek, Arab, and other historians. and Military Memoirs of Carnot: This new work, consisting of two the Memoirs relative to the History very large volumes (900 pages each), of France, the 10th volume, and the may be had detached from the his- works of Froissart, the 7th volume. tory. These volumes, and the first The success of the numerous collectwo volumes of the history, will be tions already commenced has induced published in January, and the re the eminent bookseller, Panckoucke, maining volumes in two livraisons, at to undertake a new one of still greater intervals of three months.
extent, viz. Translations of all the Some liberal writers have lately Greek, Latin, Italian, English, Spataken upon themselves to write mi- nish, German, &c. Classics. niature histories of various countries, Voyages and Travels.--Some numsuch as the history of the United bers of the Natural History belongStates, by C. O. Barberoux ; of Eng- ing to Freycinet's Voyage round the land by Felix Bodin ; and of Portugal World have been published, but no by Alphonse Rabbe. The object of part of the Narrative of the Expethese writers seems to be, to advocate dition. per fas et nefas the principles of their Fine Arts.-M. Duchesne, sen. is party. The collection is to make 40 going to publish an Essay on the or 50 little volumes, under the general Nielles, or engravings of the Goldtitle of Resumé de l'Histoire de tous les smiths of Florence in the fifteenth Peuples, anciens et modernes, par une century. The author came to Eng« Société de Publicistes Litterateurs. land last year for the purpose of seeAmong these authors we find, besides ing the unique specimens in the col. the above-mentioned, Cauchois--Le lections of the late Sir M. Sykes, of maire, Chatelain, and other well- the Duke of Buckingham, and other known names.— The first volume of amateurs. His work will form a the History of the Mongols, from volume in 8vo. of 300 pages. M.
Hittorff, the King's Architect, who mention a small pamphlet by Vishas made a considerable stay in count Chateaubriant on the death Sicily, has been uncommonly suc of the King. Though only what the cessful in his researches into anti- French call a Pièce de Circonstance, quities, and made a great number it is deserving of some `notice, both as of valuable drawings; he is expect- coming from the pen of so eminent a ed to publish the contents of his rich writer, and as speaking the sentiportfolio.
ments of a large party. An anonyNovels.--La Mère Frivole, four mous writer has published “ Revols. 12mo. by Madame Dejoüye flections on the present State of Desroches, is spoken of by all the South America, and on the Arrival of journals in the highest terms; the M. Hurtado, the Agent of Colombia, first edition was sold in ten days. at Paris." The author is decidedly The second volume of the Hermits hostile to any recognition of the inat Liberty, by Messrs. Jouy and dependence of the Spanish colonies. Jay, is published ; though this is a The question is of such great imwork of fiction, it should properly portance, that all parties interested be placed under the head of Politics, will find it worth their while to lisbeing written entirely with a politi- ten to the arguments of those whose cal view. In truth, but for the kind opinions are different from their own. of reputation which M. Jouy has Divinity.-" A friendly Discussion acquired, we should hardly have no on the Anglican Church, and in geticed this publication at all. It seems neral on the Reformation, dedicated to us that the adversaries of M. Jouy to the Clergy of all the Protestant and his principles may be well communions, drawn up in the form pleased if they are never assailed by of letters, 2' vols. 8vo. by the more powerful arms. The extrava- Bishop of Aire," was printed in gant encomiums on the prosperity London, when the writer, with and liberty enjoyed under Buonaa thousands of his brethren, were enparte, and the lamentations on the ty, joying in England an asylum from ranny of the present government, are persecution. We do not understand ridiculous. “ This youth of 20 whether a new edition has been pube years of age recollects that, when lished in France, but it appears to he was a child, he heard only of be now first noticed by the French victories, patriotism, national great- journals, and for that reason ness, acquired knowledge, philoso- mention it here. The object of the phical virtues ; but he looks round author is to show that the Reformahim, and the objects he beholds offertion was not necessary, that it did only images of defeat, corruption, not remedy the abuses and corrupfanaticism, and ignorance. What a tions which were the alleged motives contrast. Voltaire and the Abbé de for it, and that the re-union of the La Mennais ! Ships of the line, churches is not only desirable, but and the Auxerre coach! Pretty wo would be possible. men and the Jesuits ! Light and darkness! Philosophy and supersti Our German correspondence aftion! Liberty and the Gendarmes !” fords us hardly any thing worth noWas the French marine then so flou- tice this month. The third and rishing under Buonaparte, that the fourth volumes of Raumer's History sea was covered with ships of the of the House of Hohenstaufen are line, and is it now so wretched as to published, and the remaining two be comparable only to the Auxerre promised by the end of the year. Diligence? Was there liberty un The second volume of the Travels in der Buonaparte and no Gendarmes ; Brazil, by Drs. Spix and Martius, is, and under Louis XVIII, nothing but we fear, delayed, as we see no adverGendarmes and no liberty? There tisement respecting it. The authors may be more Jesuits than formerly, seem to be much occupied with the but surely there are not fewer pretty publication of the Natural History of women? From M. Jouy the tran- Brazil, and this is probably the reasition to Politics is natural; but son of the delay of the narrative. We we might have almost spared our do not mean to say that the German selves the introduction of this arti- press is idle. Numerous botanical cle, did we not think it necessary to works, new editions of the Latin and
Greek Classics, translations from the important. They relate part of the ancient and modern languages, are wars between France and England; now as abundant as ever.
the flight of the Dauphin, son of
Charles VII, into the Belgic proThe attention of the public in the vinces; the ambitious views of PhiNetherlands has been attracted to lip, the good Duke of Burgundy; the the Ancient Chronicles ; and a Cola violence of the Count de Charolais; lection of Memoirs, relative to the the seditions of the Flemings; the History of the Low Countries, is an- beginning of the reign of Louis XI. ; nounced for publication, by M. de and the dreadful catastrophe of the Reiffenberg, who has commenced Liegeois. M. de Reiffenberg, who his useful undertaking by giving to has bestowed laudable pains on his the world the Memoirs of Jacques author, intends, we understand, to Du Clercq, from the hitherto inedited publish Molinet, Dinterus, Antoine manuscripts of the King's Library. de Lalain, and several other ChroniThough much inferior to Comines, clers, whose works have never get these volumes are interesting and been printed.
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. We have to record this month the sufferer was merely the creature death of a King and the execution of of medicine. That he endured an Emperor, events which in a less much pain is clear from the exmarvellous age than ours has been, pression in the dispatch of the would have been deemed remarkable English Ambassador who styles his enough; but Kings and Queens in complaint “ a protracted agony; this day have been created with as and that he endured it firmly and much facility and shuffled away with piously, it is only justice to him to as little concern as their motley re state that all accounts concur in representatives on a pack of cards. presenting. The first public declaLouis XVIII. has departed to the ration of his danger was contained same bourne with the exile of St. in the following notification from his Helena, and Iturbide has followed physicians dated at the Tuilleries, with remarkable similitude the fate September 12, “ six in the mornof the unfortunate Murat. Although ing.” « The old and permanent inLouis died a natural death on the firmities of the King having sensibly morning of Thursday the 16th of increased for some days past, his September, he was put out of the health has appeared extremely imworld on the preceding Monday very paired and has been the subject of circumstantially and unanimously by more frequent consultations. The our exclusive intelligencers of the constitution of his Majesty, and the London journals. The day after attention that is paid him, have they had formally announced his de- maintained for some ys the hope of cease, a bulletin arrived stating that seeing his health restored to its hahe had « taken broth” three times bitual state, but it cannot now be within a few hours—a fact, which, dissembled that his strength has conif our brethren of the daily press siderably declined, and that the hope can establish their account, will fur. that was entertained must be also nish a very striking proof of a person weakened.” This was signed by after death indulging vigorously in four physicians, and by the Comte the propensities of his life-time. de Damas, First Gentleman of The statement, however, certainly the Chamber, and was sufficiently does seem to require confirmation. expressive of the event which, we It is not our intention to give the have seen, took place in four days daily or rather hourly bulletins with after. On the 13th the danger bewhich the French physicians pre came so imminent that the King repared the people for this event; they ceived the holy viaticum and the exclearly show that nature had been treme unction, solemn rites of the for a long time almost exhausted, Catholic church which are never adand that for the last months of his ministered except when the patient existence at all events the royal is considered as just departing. At
five minutes after eight, say the perfectly rhapsodical at Louis's conFrench papers, the Grand Almoner duct, compare this expression to that entered the chamber of the King, used by Henry the Fourth to his accompanied by the Bishop of Her- confessor during the ceremony of the mopolis, First Almoner, and one of Queen's coronation, “I am thinking the clergy of the chapel. His Royal of the last judgment and of the Highness Monsieur, the Duke d’An- account which we must render to goulême, Madame and the Duchess God.” Really it does seem to us no of Berri, attended the sacramental very flattering compliment to crownceremony,carrying the lighted tapers. ed heads to consider such thoughts The Prince de Castelcicala, the Pre or expressions coming from them as sident of the Council, the Ministers, laudatory. We know of no king who the Grand Officers of the household, is not quite as much interested in the and generally all the persons in the “ last judgment,” as the very meanservice of his Majesty, and their est of his subjects. It cannot be Royal Highnesses, were present at denied, however, that the final conthis august and affecting service! duct of the late King of France Such a concourse around a death-bed eminently became him; were we might in our mind have just as well obliged to point out the passage in been spared, unless it was impera- his life which reflected on him most tively demanded by some state ne- credit, we should select the period cessity. Private details indeed con- subsequent to the belief in his apcur in stating that Louis, though proaching dissolution. Immediately eminently pious throughout, showed after the fatal event, the new King great aversion to this public reception Charles the Tenth, the Dauphin, the of the priesthood. After this service Dauphiness, and the Duchess of had ended, the Princes and Princesses Berri, set out for St. Cloud. The of the Royal Family heard a mass manner in which the French papers in the chapel on acts of mercy. They speak of the late King and the prethen returned to the King, and re sent one is highly amusing and chaceived on their knees his blessing— racteristic; they are peculiarly carehis Majesty said, “ Adieu, my chil- ful that their panegyrics on the dead dren, may God be with you." They shall show the survivor that they then heard mass for the sick, and have some still to spare. The folagain returned to the Royal cham- lowing is a fair specimen, or rather ber at the request of his Majesty, epitome of the entire: “How glowho raised his hand from the bed, rious, how holy is the agony of the saying, “ In bidding you adieu, Í most Christian King! Monarchs of wish to give you my blessing--may the earth come and learn how to die. God be with you."
Louis evinced Sorrow is spread among the people ; throughout this scene remarkable the father of the family is dyingcalmness. Subsequently to this, the weep all-weep. A new reign apKing's strength continued to decline, proaches; the noble son of Franceand at times the crisis became so the model of honour and loyalty is alarming, that all around thought called to the throne-Frenchmendeath inevitable at the moment; it let us console ourselves.” To say is said, however, that he himself the truth of them, the good peopredicted the day of his dissolution. ple of Paris are very facile of conOn the morning of the 15th he de- solation--they were consoled by the sired that the prayers for the dying Bourbons when Napoleon went to might be recited, and being unable Elba-consoled by Napoleon when verbally to deliver the responses, he Louis went to the Holy Allies--contold those around him that he would soled by Louis when Napoleon went do so mentally. He requested that to St. Helena, and no doubt, now a crucifix might be given him, which that Louis and Napoleon are gone on he kissed repeatedly. When the the same journey, they will be as Grand Almoner arrived to receive thoroughly, as tenderly, and as truly bis confession, the King, turning to consoled by the Count d'Artois. his successor, said, ' My Brother, About the personal character of the you have affairs which claim your late monarch, there was nothing presence- I have also duties to ful- at all conspicuous, except his great hil.” The French journals, which are appetite and proportionate digestion.