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other: he had just the air, the manner, discourse more in the matter than the the appearance, I had prepared myself to manner; all, therefore, that is related look for in him, and there was an evident, from him loses half its effect in not being a striking superiority in his demeanor, his related by him.” eye, his motions, that announced him no common man. “ I could not get at Miss Palmer, to sa
And the following letter among Matisfy my doubts, and we were soon called dame d’Arblay's papers must be an down stairs to dinner. Sir Joshua and the autograph worth preserving to her unknown stopped to speak with one another family: upon the stairs; and, when they followed us, Sir Joshua, in taking his place at the “ From the Right Hon. Edmund Burke to table, asked me to sit next to him; I will
Miss F. Burney. ingly complied. " And then,' he added,
Mr. Burke shall sit on the other side of “ Madam,- I should feel exceedingly to you.'
blame if I could refuse to myself the na«« Oh, no, indeed!' cried Miss Geor- tural satisfaction, and to you the just but giana, who had also placed herself next Sir poor return, of my best thanks for the very Joshua; ' I won't consent to that; Mr. great instruction and entertainment I have Burke must sit next me; I won't agree to received from the new present you have part with him. Pray, come and sit down bestowed on the public. There are few quiet, Mr. Burke.”
-I believe I may say fairly there are none “ Mr. Burke,-for him it was,-smiled at all that will not find themselves betand obeyed.
ter informed concerning human nature, “ I only meant,” said Sir Joshua, “to and their stock of observation enriched, have made my peace with Mr. Burke, by by reading your · Cecilia.' They certainly giving him that place, because he has will, let their experience in life and manbeen scolding me for not introducing him ners be what it may. The arrogance of to Miss Burney. However, I must do it age must submit to be taught by youth. now; Mr. Burke !-Miss Burney!' You have crowded into a few small vol
“ We both half rose, and Mr. Burke umes an incredible variety of characters; said,
most of them well planned,well supported, “ “ I have been complaining to Sir Joshua and well contrasted with each other. If that he left me wholly to my own saga- there be any fault in this respect, it is one city; however, it did not here deceive me.' in which you are in no great danger of
“Oh dear, then,' said Miss Georgiana, being imitated. Justly as your characters looking a little consternated, - perhaps you are drawn, perhaps they are too numerwon't thank me for calling you to this ous. But I beg pardon; I fear it is quite place ?
in vain to preach economy to those who “ Nothing was said, and so we all began are come young to excessive and sudden dinner, young Burke making himself my opulence. next neighbor.
“I might trespass on your delicacy if I “ Captain Phillips knows Mr. Burke. should fill my letter to you with what I fill Has he or has he not told you how delight- my conversation to others. I should be ful a creature he is? If he has not, pray, troublesome to you alone if I should tell in my name, abuse him without mercy; if you all I feel and think on the natural he has, pray ask if he will subscribe to my vein of humor, the tender pathetic, the account of him, which herewith shall comprehensive and noble moral, and the follow.
sagacious observation that appear quite “He is tall, his figure is noble, his air throughout that extraordinary performcommanding, his address graceful; his ance. voice is clear, penetrating, sonorous, and “In an age distinguished by producing powerful; his language is copious,various, extraordinary women, I hardly dare to and eloquent; his manners are attractive, tell you where my opinion would place his conversation is delightful.
you amongst them. I respect your mo“ What says Captain Phillips ? Havel desty, that will not endure the commendachanced to see him in his happiest hour? tions which your merit forces from everyor is he all this in common? Since we body. lost Garrick, I have seen nobody so en
“ I have the honor to be, with great chanting,
gratitude, respect, and esteem, Madam, “ I can give you, however, very little of “ Your most obedient and most humble what was said, for the conversation was
Servant, not suivie, Mr. Burke darting from subject
66 EDM. BURKE. to subject with as much rapidity as enter “ Whitehall, July 29, 1782. tainment. Neither is the charm of his
My best compliments and congratula.
tions to Dr. Burney on the great honor Walpole, to whom she evidently did acquired to his family."
not " cotton " very closely :
At a party at a Miss Monckton's, the “ I went to Mrs. Vesey's in the evening, whole of which is sketched off with for I had promised to meet at her house great vivacity, Mrs. Siddons is intro- Mrs. Garrick, who came to town that day duced :
from Hampton. I found her and Miss More, and Lady Claremont, and Horace
Walpole, Mr. Pepys and Miss G.; no one “I was extremely happy to have my else. dear father with me at Miss Monckton's. “ Mrs. Garrick was very kind to me, We found Mrs. Siddons, the actress, there. and invited me much to Hampton. Mrs. She is a woman of excellent character, Vesey would make me sit by Horace Waland, therefore, I am very glad she is thus pole: he was very entertaining. I never patronised, since Mrs. Abington, and so heard him talk much before; but I was many frail fair ones, have been thus no- seized with a panic upon finding he had an ticed by the great. She behaved with inclination to talk with me, and as soon as great propriety; very calm, modest, quiet, I could I changed my place. He was too and unaffected. She has a very fine coun well-bred to force himself upon me, and tenance, and her eyes look both intelligent finding I shied, he left me alone. I was and soft. She has, however, a steadiness very sociable, however, with Mrs. Garin her manner and deportment by no rick." means engaging. Mrs. Thrale, who was there, said, “Why, this is a leaden goddess
And on another occasion she thus we are all worshipping! however, we
hits him off with fine and just point:shall soon gild it.'»
“ In the evening, indeed, came in Mr. She does not seem to have been a Walpole, gay, though caustic; polite, great favorite with Dr. Johnson, who though sneering; and entertainingly epithus makes, however, a very pretty grammatical. I like and admire, but I speech to Miss Burney herself :
could not love, nor trust him.”
6 Mr. Burke then went to some other Miss Burney gives a great deal of party, and Mr. Swinerton took his place, detail of the life and talk of the King with whom I had a dawdling conversation and Queen-a very kind, good-natured, upon dawdling subjects; and I was not a and worthy old couple, no doubt. The little enlivened, upon his quitting the former's opinion about Shakspeare is chair, to have it filled by Mr. Metcalf, who, with much satire, but much enter
as much, however, as our readers will
care to see: tainment, kept chattering with me till Dr. Johnson found me out, and brought a chair opposite to me.
"Was there ever,' cried he, such stuff “Do you laugh, my Susan, or cry at
as great part of Shakspeare ? only one your F. B.'s honors ?
must not say so! But what think you ?“So,' said he to Mr. Metcalf, it is What ?—Is there not sad stuff ?-'What ? you, is it, that are engrossing her thus ? —what ?' 666 He's jealous,' said Mr. Metcalf,
«« « Yes, indeed, I think so, sir, though drily.
mixed with such excellences, that « «How these people talk of Mrs. Sid
660!' cried he, laughing good-humordons !' said the Doctor. "I came hither edly, I know it is not to be said ! but it's in full expectation of hearing no name but true. Only it's Shakspeare, and nobody the name I love and pant to hear,—when dare abuse him.' from one corner to another they are talk
“ Then he enumerated many of the ing of that jade Mrs. Siddons ! till, at last characters and parts of plays that he obwearied out, I went yonder into a corner, jected to ; and when he had run them over, and repeated to myself, Burney ! Burney? finished with again laughing, and exBurney ! Burney !'
claiming, " • Ay, sir,' said Mr. Metcalf, you
sBut one should be stoned for saying should have carved it upon the trees.'
“Sir, had there been any trees, so I should; but being none, I was content to We will make but one more extract carve it upon my heart.'"
--for the sake of this saucy Mr. Tur
bulent, who certainly wrote no misShe does not say much of Horace nomer when he signed his name, and
who was one of the King's cquerries. “ He conquered at last, and thus forced Occurring as it does in the midst of her to speak, she turned round to us and said, life at court, where all is usually a
"Well-if I must then, I will appeal to most tiresome monotony of homage these ladies, who understand such things and reverence toward all the mem
far better than I do, and ask them if it is bers of the royal family, it is quite re
not true about these French plays, that freshing. It was certainly, under the they are all so like one to another, that to circumstances, a flight of impudence enough to tire one ?'
hear them in this manner every night is approaching the sublime :
Pray, then, madam,' cried he, if “With all the various humors in which French plays have the misfortune to disI had already seen Mr. Turbulent, he gave please you, what National plays have the me this evening a surprise, by his behavior honor of your preference ? to one of the princesses, nearly the same
“I saw he meant something that she that I hari experienced from him myself. understood better than me, for she blushed The Princess Augusta came, during coffee, again, and called out · Pray, open the door for a knotting shuttle of the Queen's. at once! I can stay no longer ; do let me While she was speaking to me, he stood go, Mr. Turbulent.' behind and exclaimed, à demi voix, as if to
“Not till you have answered that himsell, Comme elle est jolie ce so
question, ma'am! what Country has plays Altesse Royale!' And then, seeing her to your Royal Highness's taste ? blush extremely, he clasped his hands, in
66 • Miss Burney,' cried she impatiently, high pretended confusion, and hiding his yet laughing, “pray do you take him away! head, called out, "Que ferai-je ? The Pull him ! Princess has heard me!'
“ He bowed to me very invitingly for “« Pray, Mr. Turbulent,' cried she the office; but I frankly answered her, hastily, 'what play are you to read to- Indeed, ma’am, I dare not undertake him? night ?
I cannot manage him at all !! « « You shall choose, ma'am; either La
«« « The Country! the Country! PrinCoquette Corrigée or--' [he named another
cess Augusta! name the happy Country!' I have forgotten.)
was all she could gain. “O no!' cried she, that last is shock
«« Order him away, Miss Burney,' ing! don't let me hear that!'
cried she : «'tis your room : order him “I understand you, ma'am. You fix, away from the door.' then, upon La Coquette ? La Coquette is
“Name it, ma'am, name it!' exclaimed your Royal Highness's taste ?'
name but the chosen nation! “«No, indeed, I am sure I did not say provoking eyes, « Est-ce la Danemarc ?'
“ And then, fixing her with the most that.' « « Yes, ma'am, by implication. And,
he cried. certainly, therefore, I will read it, to please with him, called out, Mr.Turbulent, how
“ She colored violently, and quite angry your Royal Highness !!
“No, pray don't ; for I like none of can you be such a fool ?' them !
“And now I found .... the Prince «None of them, ma'am ?
Royal of Denmark was in his meaning, “No, none ;-no French plays at
and in her understanding ! all !
“He bowed to the ground in gratitude “And away she was running, with a
for the term fool, but added with pretended droll air, that acknowledged she had said submission to her will, “Very well, ma'am, something to provoke him.
s'il ne faut lire que les comédies Danoises.' 66 * This is a declaration, ma'am, I must
66. Do let me go !' cried she, seriously ;beg you to explain ! cried he, gliding and then he made way, with a profound adroitly between the Princess and the bow as she passed, saying, “Very well, door, and shutting it with his back.
ma'am, La Coquette, then ? your Royal ". No, no, I can't explain it; so pray, Highness chooses La Coquette Corrigée ? Mr. Turbulent, do open the door.'
«• Corrigée ? That never was done!' “Not for the world, ma'am, with such cried she, with all her sweet good-humor, a stain uncleared upon your Royal High- the moment she got out, and off she ran, ness's taste and feeling !
like lightning, to the Queen's apartments. “She told him she positively could not
“What say you to Mr. Turbulent now? stay, and begged him to let her pass in
“For my part I was greatly surprised. stantly.
I had not imagined any man, but the King 6 But he would hear her no more than
or Prince of Wales, had ever ventured at he has heard me, protesting he was too
a badinage of this sort with any of the much shocked for her to suffer her to de- Princesses ; nor do I suppose any other part without clearing her own credit!
man ever did. Mr. Turbulent is so great
a favorite with all the Royal Family, that the promised continuation of her Diary. he safely ventures upon whatever he Few of her readers will wonder that pleases, and doubtless they find, in his old Johnson could not bear to let her go courage and his rhodomontading, a novelty a moment out of his sight when in her extremely amusing to them, or they would vicinity, and none, we think, refuse to not fail to bring about a change."
ratify and adopt his favorite mode of We must here take our leave of the speaking of her, as “dear little Burvery entertaining gossip who has led ney." In one of his admirable letters us into the midst of so much distin- to her, her old friend Mr. Crisp, before guished and agreeable company. She mentioned, -after reproaching her for a herself appears throughout in a very long lapse of time without the receipt amiable light-exhibiting so much of one of her journalizing letters—thus ingenuousness, modesty, playfulness, prophesies, what no doubt proved true delicacy, and dignity--so much free- to herself, as we fully vouch for the dom from vanity and egotism at the truth of the concluding words as applivery time when diarizing about her own cable to us :—"If you answer me you adventures and in the first person sin- have not continued it, you are unpargular-and so much warmth of feeling donable, and I advise you to set about and sweet familiar fondness toward her it immediately, as well as you can, own family and friends, combined while any traces of it rest in your with rectitude of principle, and pru- memory. It will one day be the dedence and propriety of conduct--the light of your old age-it will call back whole exhibited on the face of these your youth, your spirits, your friends, records of herself with the most inno- whom you formerly loved, and who cent unconsciousness, and absence of loved you, (at that time, also, probably, all desire or thought of effect—that you long gone off the stage,) and lastly, cannot help liking herself best of all when your own scene is closed, remain the persons on her pages, and feeling a valuable treasure to those that come anxious to welcome the appearance of after you."
THE POETS AND POETRY OF AMERICA,*
MR. Griswold has “done the state sessed of so rich an accumulation of some service” in the preparation of this materials, and well qualified in point elegant volume; and there is probably of cultivated literary taste to digest no other man who could have done the and use them, should have performed same. In no other repository, we be- this task,—for it may well be queslieve, than on his shelves, is to be tioned whether any other individual found so complete a collection of all than our insatiate helluo would ever the printed records of American verse, have dared to venture upon, would ever from its earliest quaint rhymings to its have been able to persevere through latest strains whose echoes may be yet it. Let the reader expand his imaginlingering on the ear. In no other re- ation to a full conception of its extent pository than in the faithful memory and nature. In the body of the book where an enthusiastic industry has there are between ninety and a hunstored it, is to be found such a fund dred of the “Poets of America " from of knowledge, at once extensive and whose writings he has made selections, minute, respecting its authors, great in some cases pretty copious, and upon and small
, their histories, works, and whom he passes successively his senpersonal and poetical characters. It is tence of critical judgment, implying a well, too, thai Mr. Griswold, thus pos- careful familiarity with all they have
• The Poets and Poetry of America. By Rufus Wilmot Griswold. Philadelphia : Royal 8vo. pp. 468. Carey & Hart : 1842.
written! God forbid that we should be Waldo Emerson, Sumner Lincoln Faircompetent, as an appellate court of re- field, Rusus Dawes, Edmund D. Griffin, view, in all these cases to revise his J. H. Bright, George D. Prentice, Wildecrees and criticise his criticisms !- liam Croswell, Walter Colton, Charles since the possession of the proper de- Fenno Hoffman, Mrs. Seba Smith, N. gree of acquaintance with his subjects P. Willis, Edward Sanford, J. O. Rockwould imply the devotion of so large a well, Thomas Ward, John H. Bryant, part of the brief span of human life to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Wiltheir study, as must needs have left but liam Gilmore Simms, George Lunt, slender opportunity for the cultivation Jonathan Lawrence, Elizabeth Hall, of any other. We therefore make the Emma C. Embury, John Greenleaf confession without shame—nay, with Whittier, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Alsatisfaction—that, with respect to not bert Pike, Park Benjamin, Willis Gaya few of them, till we saw them here lord Clark, William D. Gallagher, arrayed in regimental line, we were James Freeman Clarke, Elizabeth F. innocent as the unborn child, not only Ellett, James Aldrich, Anna Peyre of their “ Poetry,” but of the fame, yea, Dinnies, Edgar A. Poe, Isaac M.Leleven of the very names, of the “Poets” lan, Jr., Jones Very, Alfred B. Street, now for the first time introduced to us. William H. Burleigh, William Jewett The more, then, the praise to Mr. Gris- Pabodie, Louis Legrand Noble, C. P. wold, whose antiquarian ardor, and Cranch, Henry Theodore Tuckerman, spirit of avaricious accumulation in the Epes Sargeant, Lucy Hooper, Arthur way of poetical treasure--disdaining not Cleveland Coxe, James Russell Lowell, to gather coppers to add to the store Amelia B. Welby, Lucretia and Maralready rich with ingots-have stimu- garet Davidson-ninety-two, all told ! lated and sustained him through so He then spreads a sort of second table tedious a toil—“Multa tulit, fecitque for the servants, as it were—bundling puer, sudavit et alsit !"
up together a considerable number of In justice to our indefatigable col- fugitive productions, under the general lector, we will give the muster-roll of title of « Poems by Various Authors," this regimental array he has thus re- luminaries of a lesser brilliancy, yet cruited, and which it is ours to review. not wholly unworthy of the privilege Omitting all the ante-revolutionary of giving a single modest twinkle or names which he enumerates in the two in an Appendix. We must conHistorical Introduction prefixed to the fess that in the descending scale of our work, we take from Mr. Griswold's measurement of poetic genius, as we table of contents the following list of behold it become.“ fine by degrees those whom he admits to rank under and beautifully less,” we do not find it the designation attached to the vol- easy to discern the rule or principle of
discrimination by which Mr. Griswold Philip Freneau, John Trumbull, has been guided, in distributing the Timothy Dwight, David Humphreys, several names on the one side or the Joel Barlow, Richard Alsop, St. John other of this broad line of distinction. Honeywood, William Cliffion, Robert There are certainly several among the Treat Paine, Washington Allston, more “common sort,” of the Appendix, James Kirke Paulding, Levi Frisbie, who would be justly entitled to contest John Pierpont, Andrews Norton, Rich- the right of some of the others to the ard H. Dana, Richard Henry Wilde, seats above the dais which Mr. GrisJames A. Hillhouse, Charles Sprague, wold, in the omnipotence of editorial Hannah F. Gould, Carlos Wilcox, discretion, has seen fit to assign them. Henry Ware, Jr., William Cullen Bry- Were we constituted the judges of such ant, John Neil, Joseph Rodman Drake, a new election case, we frankly confess Maria Brooks, James Gates Percival, that we should be sorely puzzled in Fitz-Greene Halleck, John G. C. Brai- some instances how to decide—though nard, Samuel Griswold Goodrich, Isaac we fear we should have to take resuge Clason, Lydia Huntley Sigourney, under the example of some of the late George Washington Doane, William election committees in Parliament, who B. O. Peabody, Robert C. Sands, Gren- were compelled to oust the sitting ville Mellen, George Hill, James G. members—but at the same time to deBrooks, Albert G. Greene, William clare the claimants equally unworthy Leggett, Edward C. Pinckney, Ralph of the seats. The following is the list