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WE trust that we may infer the satisfaction of our readers in the conduct of the GentLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, from the continued patronage which they afford it. Having arranged, when we commenced the New Series, the plan which we considered most suitable for the undertaking, and subsequently having seen no reason to depart from it, our endeavour has been to render the execution as perfect as we could.
In the branch connected with Antiquities, many subjects of local and general interest will be found: and we speak with confidence of the satisfaction which the review of the works of the New Record Commission has given, and the interest it has excited.
In the department which includes the Review of New Publications, our endeavour has been to judge of the works submitted to us, carefully and impartially; we have recommended no one to public notice without mentioning the grounds of our approbation; nor have we ever censured any publication without declaring the circumstances that called for animadversion. Sometimes our Reviews are later than we could wish ; but authors must recollect, · animo cupienti nihil satis festinari. Sometimes we are obliged to present them in a very abridged form; but as long as the Press is as prolific as at present, we can only meet its demands, by affording less space to each writer. It requires very superior powers in the present day, for an author to rise at once above his competitors, and, in the general cultivation of intellect and diffusion of literature, to bear away the palm of undisputed excellence; when such superior works appear, they receive from us, as may be seen, an attention proportioned to their eminence.
On subjects connected with the Established Church, we have spoken openly, but we believe reasonably and temperately; and the same disposition shall continue to advocate her rights, défend her character, and promote all due amendment of her defects.
The latter part of our Magazine has always been appropriated to the Obituary; a part that has been much esteemed by the public, and much consulted by literary persons: we can assert that the materials are collected with labour and investigation, and that they are arranged after very careful examination.
But if in any department of our Magazine occasional mistakes or defects may be found, we are confident that a candid reader will attribute them not to the negligence of the contributors, but to the very nature of the publication, which cannot, like a common book, be laid aside and revised at leisure. Our appeal on this subject, shall be in the words of the Roman Poet:
‘Da veniam subitis ; et dum legis ista, memento
Me dare non librum, sed Schediasma tibi.'
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE. I
BY SYLVANUS URBAN, GENT.
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K.C.B.; Major-Gen. Sir J. Campbell, K.C.B. ; Capt. Sir C. M. Schom-
We cannot afford to insert, at the ex. Henry VI. the field of which is on one pense of more important matter, the reply. side divided by cross bars into four quar. of LANCASTRIENSIS to the strictures of ters, each of which contains a dolphin M. D. on Baines's History of Lancashire. embowed, and in the centre is this shield of We have read over his letter attentively; arms:-a bend, and on a canton a mullet; and do not find that he is able to deny the legend + JEHAN STANLAWE ESCVIER ; inaccuracies pointed out by M.D., stating on the reverse, two shields of the arms of only that this censure is trifling, that un. France and of France and England quar. fair; some passages are not fully quoted, terly, each under a crown, legend + TREand the deficiencies of others will be sup. SORIER DE NORMENDIE. The similarity plied in other parts of the work. The of the above coat of the bend, canton, only two points he notices of the least and mullet to others belonging to the public value, are, that “ Bredmed!" names of Stanlow and Stanley, shows that (Brightmet) occurs as a place of moor- the connection of the name of Strangeland in the Survey of the manor of Man ways with this medal has arisen entirely chester, 16 Edw. II. (MS. Harl. 2085) from a misreading or misapprehension. and that the MSS. of Mr. D. Rasbotham R. H. begs to ask if any of the readers furnish the authority for Mr. Baines's of your Magazine can inform him whether statement that the dissenters assembled there are in existence descendants of its at Winter Hill.–We are desired by M.D. original publisher, Mr. Cave, or in whose himself to make these corrections to his possession the papers of that worthy man letter. The sentence in p. 595 about and zealous friend of literature now are. Farnworth church should be withdrawn. He will feel exceedingly obliged for any In p. 599, a. 16, for Dr. Whitaker read information on this subject sent to him at Mr. Whitaker; and in line 41, after the the office of the Gentleman's Magazine. 28th read Sept. In p. 595, b. 10, for He wishes further to inquire of those who p. 66 read p. 46; b. 16, for p. 40 read possess information concerning the wor. p. 46; and b. 22, for p. 54 read p. 45. thies of this city in the last age, whether In p. 598, a. 16 from bottom, for p. 29 they can afford him any particulars conread p. 89.
cerning that ingenious and remarkable The Ode to Greece, and the poetry sent man Lewis Paul, the patentee of spinning by H. and M. B. S. are declined.
by rollers in 1738 and 1758, and of the We do not recollect the communication carding cylinder in 1748, in addition to of the CHURCHMAN who has fined us with that given in Mr. Edward Baines's “Hisa heavy postage.
tory of the Cotton Manufacture" lately The articles on Archery by F. O. and published. Paul appears, from the entry X. Y. in the course of the season. of his patents, to have lived at Birming
FEDERARIUS inquires if any collector ham in 1738 and 1748, and at Kensingof Literary Prospectuses can inforın him ton Gravel Pits in 1758; and he calls of a · Prospectus of Rymer's Fædera. himself “gentleman." He was a most The first volume of that work came out ingenious and enterprising man, but, like in 1704, but an ample announcement of it the greater number of inventors, he deappears at the end of the preface of the rived little benefit from his inventions. Mantissa Codicis Juris Gentium Diplo. Any particulars of his life, where he died, matici, published by G. G. Leibnitz in and whether he left descendants or papers, 1693, which leads to the supposition that would be exceedingly acceptable, and a Prospectus was printed and circulated would help to clear up a disputed point of abroad long before any part of the Federa much interest in the history of mechaniwas published. To that author's notice cal science and the useful arts. of the intended work is added a descrip- ANTIQUARIUS inquires for any notices tive title, which is prolix and very curious, relating to the pedigrees of Burton of and is said to be larger than what had Ingerthorpe, Ward of Newby, and Pigot been before made known to the world; of Clotherholme, all in the immediate qualis autoris missu ad nos pervenit. Any neighbourhood of Ripon ; they were, he new particulars respecting Rymer will be believes, all extinct or removed before the very acceptable.
first Visitation of Yorkshire was taken. j. s. is informed that the medal which W. H. inquires who was the Judge or Pinkerton attributed to “Jehan Strange Serjeant-at-Law who adopted the motto, wayes, Escuier," appears from the Me. “Vim TEMPERATAM" on his ring, about dallic History of England, 4to, 1802, the year 1779 or 80. Was it Thurlow, pl. III. to be the same with a silver coun. Wedderburne, or Jack Lee ? ter struck in Normandy in the reign of
SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE,
BY 8. BOSTOCK, M.D. 1835, 8vo.
* There is no mention of poisoned weapons in the Iliad ; but in the Odyssey, lib. i.
For thither also had Ulysses gone
Ilus refused, &c.