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Art. I. 1, 2. Reports from the Select Committee on the Poor

Laws. July, 1817. March, 1818.

3. Considerations on the Poor Laws. By John Davison,

M.A. Fellow of Oriel College.

4. Observations on the Impolicy, Abuses, and False Inter-

pretation of the Poor Laws; and on the Reports of the

two Houses of Parliament. By John, Earl of Shef-

field. - - - - - - - - 265

II. Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of

Corea and Great Loo Choo Islands ; with an Appendix

containing Charts and various Hydrographical and

Scientific Notices, by Basil Hall, Esq. Captain R.N.

F.R.S. L. & E. And a Vocabulary of the Loo Choo

Language, by H. I. Clifford, Esq. Lieutenant R. N. - 308

III. Foliage; or, Poems Original and Translated. By Leigh

Hunt. - - - - - - -

IV. Narrative of an Expedition to explore the River Zaire,

usually called the Congo, in South Africa, in 1816,

under the Direction of Capt. J. H. Tuckey, R. N.;-

to which is added the Journal of Professor Smith, some

General Observations on the Country and its Inhabi-

tants ; with an Appendix containing the Natural His-

tory of that Part of the Kingdom of Congo through

which the Zaire flows. Published by permission of the

Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty - - - 355 ;

V. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. - - - 379

VI. An Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of the

Bengal Native Infantry, from its first formation in

1757 to 1796, when the present Regulations took place:

together with a Detail of the Services on which the se-

veral Battalions have been employed during that period.

By the late Capt. Williams, of the Invalid Establish-

ment of the Bengal Army. - - - - 385

· VII. An Essay on the Principles and Construction of Military

Bridges, and the Passage of Rivers in Military Opera-

tions. By Colonel Sir Howard Douglas, Bt. F.R.S. .

Inspector General of the Royal Military College. - 423

VIII. A

eports from the March, 1818. By John

Art. I. 1, 2. Reports from the Select Committee on the Poor

Laws. July, 1817. March, 1818.

3. Considerations on the Poor Laws. By John Davison,

M.A. Fellow of Oriel College.

4. Observations on the Impolicy, Abuses, and False Inter-

pretation of the Poor Laws; and on the Reports of the

two Houses of Parliament. By John, Earl of Shef-

field.

- - - - - - - 265

II. Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of

Corea and Great Loo Choo Islands ; with an Appendix

containing Charts and various Hydrographical and

Scientific Notices, by Basil Hall, Esq. Captain R.N.

F.R.S. L. & E. And a Vocabulary of the Loo Choo

Language, by H. I. Clifford, Esq. Lieutenant R. N. - 308

III. Foliage; or, Poems Original and Translated. By Leigh

Hunt. - - - - - - - - 324

IV. Narrative of an Expedition to explore the River Zaire,

usually called the Congo, in South Africa, in 1816,

under the Direction of Capt. J. H. Tuckey, R. N.;-

to which is added the Journal of Professor Smith, some

General Observations on the Country and its Inhabi-

tants; with an Appendix containing the Natural His-

tory of that part of the Kingdom of Congo through

which the Zaire flows. Published by permission of the

Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty - - - 335 :

V. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. - - - 379

VI. An Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of the

Bengal Native Infantry, from its first formation in

1757 to 1796, when the present Regulations took place:

together with a Detail of the Services on which the se-

veral Battalions have been employed during that period.

By the late Capt. Williams, of the Invalid Establish-

ment of the Bengal Army. - - - - 385

VII. An Essay on the Principles and Construction of Military

Bridges, and the Passage of Rivers in Military Opera-

tions. By Colonel Sir Howard Douglas, Bt. F.R.S.

Inspector General of the Royal Military College. - 423

VIII. A

VIII. A Memoir on the Geography of the North-Eastern Part of

Asia, and on the Question whether Asia and America
are contiguous, or are separated by the Sea. By

Capt. James Burney, F.R.S. - - - - 431 IX. Characters of Shakespear's Plays. By William Hazlitt. 458 X. Origin of the Pindaries ; preceded by Historical Notices

on the Rise of the different Mahratta States. By an
Officer in the Service of the Honourable East India

Company. - - - - - - . • 466 XI. Brudstykker af en Dagbok holden i Grönland i Aarene

1770—1778 af Hans Egede Saabye, fordum ordineret
Missionær i Claushavns og Christianshaabs distrikter
nu Sognepræst til Udbye i Fyens stift. .

480 XII. Investigation of the Cause of Easter, 1818, being appointed

to be celebrated on a Wrong Day, &c. &c. By a

Member of the University of Oxford. - -. - 496 XIII. The Secret and True History of the Church of Scotland,

from the Restoration to the year 1678. By the Rev.
Mr. James Kirkton, &c. With an Account of the
Murder of Archbishop Sharp. By James Russell, an
actor therein. Edited from the MS. by Charles Kirk-

patrick Sharpe. - - - - - - - 502
Note, on Colonel Wilks's · Explanation. - - - 541
Quarterly List of New Publications. - - . - 542
Index - - - - - . .. - - 548

THE

QUARTERLY REVIEW:

OCTOBER, 1817.

Art. I. Some Account of the Lives and Writings of Lope

Felix de Vega Carpio, and Guillen de Castro. By Henry

Richard Lord Holland." 2 vols. London. 1817. N O name among the Spanish poets is so generally known out of N its own country as that of Lope de Vega, but it is only the name ; and perhaps no author whose reputation is so widely extended has been so little read. The good fortune, however, of this

phænix of Spain' has not wholly forsaken him, and he has been as happy now in a biographer, as he was during his life in obtaining the patronage of the great, and the favour of the public.

This celebrated man was born at Madrid on the 25th of November, 1562: both his parents were persons of good family in that city, and the father, according to the son's testimony, was deserving of praise as a poet : it may, indeed, frequently be noticed, that an aptitude for metre is hereditary, like that for drawing, or the more analogous art of music. At five years of age young Lope is said to have composed verses, and exchanged them with his school-fellows for prints and sweetmeats :-school-boys in Spain must be very different from those in other parts of the world, if such wares were saleable among them. It is said also, that at this early age he could read Latin; and that at eleven he was master of the Latin idion, with rhetoric, eloquence, and poetry :-but however complete his classical education may have been thought, the Latin verses which he ventured to publish in after-life would not have passed muster in the fourth form at Westminster. He was taught also to dance, to sing, and to fence. When he was about fourteen he ran away from school, being actuated, according to his frieud and eulogist, Montalvan, by a restless desire of seeing the world, another biographer, with more propriety, hints at this as one of the vagaries and scrapes of his youib. One of his school-fellows accompanied him in his elopement; they bought a mule at Segovia, and got as far as Astorga before they perceived that the state of their finances made it prudent for them to return home. This measure, which in itself was not very palatable, was accelerated by an unpleasant adventure at Segovia on their way back. Having offered some trinkets for sale, the tradesman to whom they applied took them before a magistrate upon a suspicion that they had stolen them, and the magistrate, with a moderation which, from the · VOL. XVIII. N(). XXXV.

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