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LITERARY CHRONICLE.

No. 63.
LONDON, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1829.

Price 8d.
THE FOREIGN REVIEWS.

of the Foreign Quarterly Review,' however, Among the numerous adınirable articles that no pardon is needed.

have appeared in this Review, which has been Tur establishment of an English Foreign Review

The mixture of subjects is admirable. Not steadily improving since its commencement, our marked, as it seems to us, the commencement of only is there no preference shown for one country special favourite is the Life of Wieland, in the a new era in our literature. The expediency of above another, -no French, Italian, German, or third Number. In spite of some opinions which, such a publication does not depend upon the Spanish ascendancy visible anywhere—but what is perhaps, from our want of experience to undersolution of the question, whether periodicals are or much more difficult, the books selected from cach stand their truth, seem to us somewhat inconare not the best media for transmitting thoughts of these languages are those, which are best cal- sistent with the general spirit of the writer, we from one part of the world to another. They have culated to illustrate the spirit of the different na- should feel little hesitation in saying that there been long the media through which all our home tions from which they have issued. This end never has appeared in any Review a more striking trade has been carried on; and as the laws of this seems never to be lost sight of, and it is very

and beautiful article. If the highest metaphysics trade regulate our notions of trade generally, our skilfully coinbined with the other, less considered are those which are concerned not in the compaforeign commerce could scarcely be considered as

by a philosophical reader, but highly important with rison or consolidation of systems, but which assist placed on a safe and permanent footing till the a view to the pleasure of the 'general, giving of the study and minister to the growth of the insame principle was adopted in our intercourse the work an English and a present interest. Our dividual, this admirable biography possesses all with our neighbours as in that with each other. readers will not be able to form a judgment of the value of a metaphysical treatise; and if the And, in fact, it was obvious that we did not study the extent to which these remarks are true, except best novels are not those which illustrate the shifta French, a German, or an Italian book, with feels by consulting the work, and even then they must ing varieties of manners, but the essential varieties ings at all similar to those which we experienced have some experience in periodicals fully to per- of character, it has all the attraction of an exon taking up an English one. We regarded the ceive their force, for it is generally the case that cellent novel

. And in this age of slovenly writing, literature of other countries as a subject of far-off those merits in the compiler of a journal, which it is no slight addition to thëse praises to add that contemplation, and scarcely realized the idea of make the most difference in the reader's enjoy the composition of this paper combines those its being the expression of the thoughts of exist

ment of it, are so worked into the tissue of the good qualities which one looks for, and scarcely ing men, or that anything was required in the composition as entirely to escape his observation. expects to find, in long and elaborate works. study of it besides a tolerable acquaintance with The contributors to The Foreign Quarterly,' Next to this paper, we should be inclined to rank the words of the language. These false notions appear to be, in general, men of strong and ma- the article at the beginning of the second Numwe expect to see entirely eradicated by the works ture minds, who have outlived the first love-feel-ber, and the one (apparently by the same hand of which we are speaking; and the mere establishings which a new literature inspires in persons just

on the French Philosophers of the Nineteenth ment of them has done so much to introduce a

entering upon the study of it, but who have Century in the first. The latter article especially, more living communion between England and gained in exchange a power and a habit of sur- though it does not profess to give a complete other countries, that we regret the press of Eng veying its productions with as much sobriety of view of the system of M. Cousin and his disciples, land has not exerted itself more vigorously to feeling as any volume in their own language. They and though it would probably be denounced, and promate their circulation. We include ourselves have come into such close acquaintauce with the even ridiculed, by those gentlemen, because it in this censure, and we propose to do something treasures of other countries, that all the enchant- does not put their cause in the light in which it in the present article towards atoning for our past ment which distance lends to the view has vanished. looks to most advantage, exhibits, it seems to us, negligence.

Leipsig is no more in the estimation of one of these in a masterly manner, those points of controversy The Foreign Quarterly Review' deserves the critics than London: the name of Morini has with which it is most important that Englishment first place in our uotice, because the idea of this prepossession for him which does not belong in a should be acquainted. The writer cheerfully acclass of works originated with its founders. It much greater degree to that of Murray~ knowledges the vast superiority of the new school seems to us the best edited periodical in this

A primrose on the Danube's brim,

in point of logical consistency, and (so far as the country; and we should think no review, monthly,

A yellow primrose to him,

acknowledgment of the existence of feelings imquarterly, or weekly, can cost so much labour to

And it is nothing more.

plies the possession of them) in feeling likewise, its conductor. In all journals, the task of making It may be thought that there are some dis- to the miserable one-sided sensationists of the last a good selection of subjects, is hard and onerous, advantages in this calm, unenthusiastic spirit. age; but he appears to think, and we wish every and one that perhaps, in the majority of cases, is | A little exaggeration, some would be inclined to searcher after truth in England thought with ifl enough discharged. But all the temptations say, of the merits and value of the treasures to him, that though it may be very necessary that a into which the editor of an ordinary journal is liable be dug out of these neglected mines, could do nation which has been perverted through the use to fall,--such as the temptation of allowing a no harm among a people the most of whose in- of reason, should pass through a process of reclever contributor to work some unprofitable clinations are generally the other way; while storation by the means of reason simply, we who mine of thought merely because he has conceived the least excess of coldness might operate as a have some life, however little that may be, and a liking for the labour,--the temptation of being cruel discouragement to those who are setting however at times crushed under the pressure of swayed by the turn of his own mind to string out upon a long and painful mission into the the cases that contain it, preserved for us in the together many articles in which there is a great unknown regions, in hopes of bringing back religious instructions of our infancy, in our instisameness of style--the temptation of fancying that riches which will repay them for their toil and tutions, and in the traditions of our fathers, should because the public taste is not to be consulted enterprise. In the main, however, we are in be very wrong to exchange that life for a philosoabout the sentiments expressed in an article, clined to think the principle of the Foreign Quar-phy from which, after all, the worst system that therefore it should not be consulted about the terly Reviewer is a right principle, and therefore ever prevailed in France only differs as the dry topics it treats of, all these must be trebled in one which must do good. It is calculated im- bones that lay scattered on the valley of Hinnom the case of the editor of a Foreign Review. The mediately to remove a great many apprehensions differed from the complete skeleton into which, tracks of study into which the men from whom which respectable and ignorant people are apt at the bidding of the prophet, they were amalgahe must obtain his contributions have wandered, to entertain with respect to the tendency of mated. But we are wandering from our purhave been often so much determined by accident Foreign Reviews as being likely to create a Fo- pose, which was merely to give an account of the or the knowledge needful for some special occa- reign taste,-it sets students upon inquiring whe- Foreign Reviews. From the instance which we have sion--the remedy of converse with other men ther is was the novelty of the strange costume or

mentioned, however, our readers may see how little against becoming wedded to one particular set of the beauty of the strange forms which have ground there is for suspecting that these reviewers writers in our own language is so utterly unavail- hitherto delighted them,-and if it stop one or two will make an insidious use of their talents and ing here--and the plausible sophism that as the adventurous youths from embarking for El Dorado, knowledge, for the purpose of weakening our English care little for the literature of other it is surely goodfor themselves that they should not English syin pathies, or of importing foreign countries at all it does not much signify to what start on a fool's errandmand good for society, that viands that are unsuitable to our climate and corner of that literature their attention is drawn, they should not come back with woe-begone faces, constitution. is so ready at hand to stifle any concern about complaining that all is barren only because they The ' Foreign Review' is a very powerful compleasing the public, that one would certainly have did not meet in every forest and glen with fairer petitor to the work we have been describing, but anticipated and pardoned many and glaring faults nymphs than our own Unas, and Amorets, and Ro- its articles are written in a style so very different, in the management of such a work." In the case salinds.

and the field is so immensely extensive, that we

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