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Miss Jane Traill, daughter of James Traill, Esq. 14. At Edinburgh, Samuel Richard Block, Esq. of Ratter. of Kentish Town, near London, to Agnes, eldest - At Linlithgow, Jessie, only daughter of John daughter of Adam Wilson, Esq. depute-clerk of Loyd, Esq. of Woodside, provost of Linlithgow. Session, Forth Street.

- Margaret, aged seven, youngest daughter of 16. At Northampton, the Reverend James Rid- Mr James Allison, vinegar maker, Leith Walk. del, M. A. to Dorothy, younger daughter of the 2. At Ferguslie House, Lorrain Wilson, Esq. late John Foster, of Leicester-Grange, in the 4. At Heavitree, near Exeter, Janet, eldest county of Leicester, Esq.

daughter of the late James Allardice, Esq. col19. At St Heleu's Church, John Capper, Esq. lector of his Majesty's customs at Aberdeen. of Crosby Square, to Elizabeth, only daughter of - At Tranent, Mr Thomas Cunningham, son the late Thomas Turnbull, Esq.

of Mr Cunningham, surgeon. 21. At Dundee, Mr John Home Scott, to Miss - At Edinburgh, Elizabeth Diana, the fourth Mary Jobson, only daughter of Mr David Jobson. daughter of John Gordon of Swiney, Esq.

At Mrs Anstruther's house, Heriot Row, 5. In Hunter Street, Brunswick Square, Miss John Dalyell, Esq. of Lingo, to Jane, eldest Martha Oliphant, daughter of the late James Olidaughter of the late Brigadier-General Anstruther phant, of Cockspur Street, London. of Balcaskie.

6. At Bow, near London, Alexander Richard 24. At Leith, Mr. John Arthur, Glasgow, to son, Esq. late of Kingston, St Vincents. Christina, daughter of Mr Thomas Henry, Leith. - At Edinburgh, Elizabeth Anne, second daugh

25. At Edinburgh, Mr Donald Sinclair, book ter of William L. White, Esq. advocate. binder, Edinburgh, to Catherine, youngest daugh - At Dalkeith, Alexander, second son of Mr ter of the late Mr T. Gourlay, baker, London. William Robertson, writer there.

- At Edinburgh, Charles Dundas, Esq. of Bar 7. At No. 2, Gayfield Place, Mrs Grizel Hay, ton Court, M. P. for Berkshire, to Margaret, relict of William Bertram, Esq. merchant, Edinyoungest daughter of the late Honourable Charles burgh, in the 90th year of her age. Barclay Maitland, and widow of Major Erskine of - At Mertoun Manse, James Duncan, preacher Venlaw.

of the gospel, eldest son of the Reverend James - At Edinburgh, Mr Charles Sidey, surgeon, Duncan. Hanover Street, to Miss Elizabeth Neilans, New 8. At Perth, in his 80th year, Denham Skeete, mgton, Edinburgh.

LL.D. formerly of Blaize Castle, in the county of 26. At Fort George Cottage, Mr John Clark, Gloucester, and of Lailbrooke Lodge, in the counof the Inverness Academy, to Eneasina, third ty of Somerset. daughter of the late A. Wilson, Esq. merchant, - At her house, in Everton Crescent, LiverInverness.

pool, Mrs Keay, widow of the late John Keay, 29. At Abden, Fifeshire, William Thomson of

Esg. Prior-Letham, Esq. M.D. to Jessie, third daugh- 9. At Dunans, Argyllshire, after a few hours ter of the late James Campbell of Finmouth. illness, John Fletcher, Esq. of Dunans.

- At Nunraw, Charles Alexander Moir, Esq. - At Ayr, Mary Gillespie, aged 73, and on the of Leckie, to Miss Henrietta Hay, second daughter 10th, Agnes Gillespie, aged 75 ; they were sisters of the late Robert Hay, Esq. of Drummelzier. . and natives of Ayr, and lived together under the

- At Edinburgh, the Marquis de Riario Sforza, same roof for the greater part of their long lives. to Miss Lockhart, daughter of the Rear-Admiral Mary, a little before her departure, took an affecLockhart

tionate farewell of Agnes, and on the 11th both were interred in the same grave.

10. The Duchess of Bourbon, in her 720 year. DEATHS.

She was seized with a fit from the extreme cold of

the new church of St Genevieve, where she had July 19, 1821. At Surat, John Morrison, Esq. been to prayers. The Duchess of Bourbon was of collector of the Honourable East India's Com the Orleans family, and the aunt of the present pany's revenues at that place.

Duke ; she was born in the year 1750, and was 29. At Calcutta, Peter Davidson, Esq. son of married to the Duke of Bourbon Conde in 1770. Robert Davidson, Esg. merchant, Findhorn. She has been for some years separated from her

Aug. 4. At Broach, Charles Hay, infant son of husband. The only issue of this marriage was the Captain A. Campbell, Bombay Artillery.

unfortunate Duke D'Enghien, who was assassinOct. At Tobago, Alexander Macgregor, Esq. of ated at Vincennes in 1804. Ralheldies. His infant child died near the same - At Lochmaddy, James, eldest son of Allan time.

Cameron, Esq. chamberlain of North Uist. - At Williamsfield estate, Jamaica, of the yel - At Aberdeen, Lieutenant James Bryce, R.N. low fever, John Boyd, Esq. second son of the late - At his house, No. 25, Potterrow, Alexander Spencer Boyd, Esq. of Penhill, Ayrshire.

Ketchen, baker. 5. At Virginia, in the 32d year of his age, James 11. At Edinburgh, Mr William Ritchie, late of F. Wilson, Esq. of New Orleans, eldest son of the the High School. late Mr Alexander Wilson, merchant, Inverness.

A Edinburgh. James Gordon, Esq. second Nov, 1. At Surinam, W. A. Carstairs, Esq. son of Sir James Gordon of Gordonstoun and member of the Supreme Court there.

Letterfoury, Baronet. - At Antigua, William Cathcart, Esq. fourth - At 51, York Place, Marjory, eldest daughter son of the late James Cathcart of Carbiston, Esq. of David Pearson, Esq. Northumberland Street.

9. At Marley, Grenada, Mr George Roberts, - At Newport, Thomas Foley, Esq. M. P. for surgeon.

Droitwitch, and for several years one of the reDec. 12. At Barbadoes, after an illness of three presentatives in Parliament for the county of days, Lieutenant-Colonel John Piper. C. B. of the Hereford. 1th or King's own regiment.

12. At Coldstream, Mr William Cupples, sur26. At Limerick, Mr Alexander Oliphant, ship geon R. N. aged 13 years. master, son of the late Mr Henry Oliphant, ship 13. At Inverkeithing, Mrs Erskine Gray, spouse owner, Kirkaldy.

of the Reverend Ebenezer Brown. - At Sanquhar, Jean, infant daughter, and on - At 23, Duke Street, Mr James Tweedie, 20th January, Marion, aged three years, both merchant. children of the deceased Mr George Ballantine, - At Raeburn Place, Mrs Callender, widow of merchant.

the late William Callender, Esq. writer in Edin28. At his house, at Tobago Street, Mr James burgh. Dewar, builder, aged 70.

- At Edinburgh, Alexander, elder son of David - At Allanquoich, near Mar Lodge, James Tod. Esq. Woodend Cottage, late of Blebo, Fife. Harden, Esg, of Knock Inch.

14. At Edinburgh, Miss Marjoribanks, daughter - At Kelso, Margaret, wife of Mr Alexander of John Marjoribanks, Esq. of Hallyards, and Mein, upholsterer.

sister of the late Edward Marjoribanks, Esq. of 29. Ai Cambeltown, Mrs Helen Maxwell, wife Lees. of Alexander Marshall, supervisor of Excise there. - At Edinburgh, aged 34, Mr Robert Robert

31. At his house, Bonnington Brae, John son, spirit-denler, Howe Street. Cheyne, Esq. surgeon in Leith.

- At Musselburgh, Margaret Ailson, widow of At Myothill, Mary, daughter of John Graham the late Mr Thornas Thomson, town-clerk of Esq. of Myothill.

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Duncan Campbell, Esq. sheriff-substitute of Kin- At her house, Frederick Street, Glasgow, tyre, who held that situation for the last thirtyMrs Janet Fleming, widow of George Lothian, five years of his life. Esq. of Kirklands, merchant in Glasgow

25. Mrs Janet Brodie, wife of Mr James Tait, 15. At Berwick, Alice, wife of Mr William bookseller, No. 4, Nicolson's Street. Cunningham, merchant.

24. At Edinburgh, Agnes Donaldson, wife of - In Argyll Street, London, Miss Georgiana Dr Colin Lauder. Harriet Colebrooke, younger daughter of the de- 25. At Edinburgh, K. W. Burnett, Esg. of ceased George Colebrooke, Esq. of Crawford- Monboddo. Douglas.

26. At Paris, William Leod M'Leod, the infant 16. At Wallingford, in the 65th year of his age, son of Alexander Norman M.Leod, Esq. of Harris. the Reverend Edward Barry, D.D. rector of St - At her house, Young Street, Charlotte Square, Mary's and St Leonard's, in that town.

Mrs Grace Waugh, relict of Lieutenant-Colonel - At Gorgie Mill, Mrs Cox, relict of Mr John Gilbert Waugh. Cox, Bell's Mills.

27. At Edinburgh, Mrs Pitcairn of Pitcairn. - At Edinburgh, George Cooper, Esq. St Croix. - At Warriston Crescent, Mrs Hamilton Dun

- Miss Catherine Mercer, daughter of the late das, sen. of Duddingstone. Col. Wm. Mercer of Aldie.

- At Edinburgh, Janet, eldest daughter of Mr. - At London, Captain Thomas Robertson, of Bogle, secretary of the Royal Bank of Scotland. 99, George Street, Edinburgh.

-Mr Alexander Gillies, writer in Edinburgh. 17. At his Grace's mansion, in StJames's Square, At Edinburgh, Mrs Margaret Wishart, daughLondon, her Grace the Duchess of St Albans. ter of the late Reverend Dr George Wishart, some

- At Whitehall Place, Elizabeth Penelope, time minister of the Tron Church, Edinburgh, the eldest child of Lord and Lady James Stuart and one of the Deans of the Chapel Royal.

18. At Maryfield, John, youngest son of Mr 30. At Clermiston, Mr Andrew Hay Robinson, Richard Alexander, merchant, Edinburgh.

youngest son of George Robinson of Clermiston, - At his house in Prince's Street, Mr David Esq. writer to the signet. Findlay, in the 80th year of his age.

Latdy.-At Sir John Hay's House, Pitt Street, 19. At London, Charles Knyvett, Esq. aged 70. Miss Arthur Whethem Hay, third daughter of the He was long and highly respected in the musical late Colonel Hay, of the Engineers. world.

- At her house, 41, Hanover Street, Mrs - At Banff, Sarah, eldest daughter of the late Wren, in the 91st year of her age. David Young, Esq. of Craighead, merchant in - At Beaufort, South Caroline, Mr Andrew Glasgow, and grand-daughter of the deceased Drysdale, late farmer in Middleton, Mid-Lothian, Reverend John Carse, D.D. minister of St Mary's

At Tewkesbury, in the 96th year of his age, Church in that city.

Mr John Dick, formerly a respectable linendraper 20. At Edinburgh, Miss Agnes Lowis.

of that borough. Mr Dick was a native of Scot, At his house, No. 4, Greenside Street, An- land, and perfectly recollected seeing the march drew Johnston, farrier, aged 35.

of the rebel army to the fatal plains of Preston21. At Fountainbridge, Charles Durie of Craig- pans, in 1745, while he was pursuing the more luscar, Esq. aged 84.

peaceful occupation of following the plough.

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Printed by James Ballantyne & Co. Edinburgh.

BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

No. LXII.

MARCH, 1822.

Vol. XI.

MILMAN'S MARTYR OF ANTIOCH.*

The author of this poem has been from of feeling was uniformly that of a genthe commencement of his career the tleman, and nobody could read his enfant gate of the critics. It was by slow verses without being persuaded that degrees that the professional dispensers they were written by a man of virtuof literary honour consented to do full ous principles. And withal, there was justice to the merits of Scott and By, diffused over the whole surface of his ron; and up to this hour, Wordsworth, composition a something of opulent a poet of genius quite equal to either and luxurious and stately, which was of these, has never been able to obtain well calculated to inspire lofty hopes, any thing like justice at their hands. and to lend even to visible defects the Coleridge and Southey have been infi- appearance of so many pledges of funitely more quizzed than applauded— ture excellence. The critics, propitiaand are likely to be so in future, notted by all this, were willing to trust withstanding the contempt which men that time and reflection would do for of real knowledge and feeling have ex- him the work of reprehension, and so pressed for the manner in which they they passed over all his faults with a have been treated. But Mr Milman leniency not very customary in these has been, from the beginning and all days. After a time, he himself became along, lauded to the skies in journals one of the Quarterly Reviewers; and of the most opposite sentiments; and, since then he has enjoyed all the supin short, he is almost the only literary port which that journal's extensive acman now living, who has never had ceptance and merited authority could the slightest reason to complain of any give him. There may be some minds so one of his literary contemporaries. constituted as to thrive better under

We have many doubts whether this this sort of general favour than under universal kindness has been favourable any other treatment; but we think to the true interests of this gentleman, the event has shewn that it is not so or will in the end be found to have in the case of Mr Milman. His Ox. promoted his true poetical fame. There ford Prize poem and his Fazio per was a great deal in his first efforts to formances in all respects juvenile please every body, and there was no- are still the best things he has done : thing to displease any one. His lan- and, if we are to judge of the progress guage spoke him a scholar, his tone of his intellect from the last poem he

· The Martyr of Antioch: A Dramatic Poem. By the Rev. H. H. Milman, Pro. fessor of Poetry in the University of Oxford. 8vo. London. Murray, 1822. VOL. XI.

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has published, we must be compelled books which has passed from lip to to say, not only that he has acquired lip, and from heart to heart; there is no additional strength of imagination, no one line of his that any man quotes ; but that even in the minor arts of lan- there is no phrase, no epithet of his guage and versification he has abso- that has become common property. lutely retrograded. And these are the Heis very probably surrounded, when things which convince us that he has he delivers his lectures on the poetical really been a spoiled child; for, in art at Oxford, by a troop of young genspite of defects more serious than we tlemen, who consider him as the very choose at this moment to dwell upon, Magnus Apollo of the time, who rethere is that about Mr Milman which echo his opinions, or rather the opileaves us no doubt that, had he given nions which he himself echoes, and himself fair play, he might have been with whom the autos ema of Mr Milby this time a very different sort of man is enough. In like manner bis person from what he now is.

books are beautifully printed by Mr We shall for the present say nothing Davison, and bountifully puffed by about what we think Mr Milman Mr Murray, and they find a place for might have been, nor about what we several weeks on the table of every fathink he may perhaps yet be ; but shionable drawing-room in town. But shall speak our mind very plainly, and here the matter stops. Take the nathat in a spirit of great kindness, as to tion at large, and who knows or rewhat we think he has done and is members any thing now about Sadoing. He has written four octavos, mor, Lord of the Bright City, or The containing more verses than many poets Fall of Jerusalem? Take the nation of the greatest eminence have write at large this day six months, and by ten in the whole course of their lives. that time the Martyr of Antioch will, In these volumes he has exhibited no we are sorry to say, be quite as much ordinary command over the resources forgotten as the Newspaper or Magaof the poetical language of England, zine in which it has been extolled on --they contain many passages of rich the morning of its publication. The description-many more of vigorous fact is, that Mr Milman appears to declamation, and some of much lyri. have entirely neglected those habits of cal beauty ; and taken altogether, sincere self-examination, by means of they cannot fail to leave the imprese which alone the power of intellect can sion that their author is a very elegant be built up higher and higher. He has and accomplished man. But with the listened to flattery, and been enervated four volumes lying on our table bee by it—not stimulated. He has gone fore us, we cannot but ask ourselves, our on writing, but not studying,-descrireaders, and Mr Milinan himself, this bing, but not searching, elaborating simple question-What have these four declamations, but not opening his volumes added to the literature of Ëng- heart to the inspirations of individual land? Would our literature have been a feeling. His works, therefore, appear whit less complete than it is had Mr one after another, without conveying Milman never published one line of all any notion of their being poured out he has written? We are afraid there from the fulness of a strengthening is but one answer which any candid mind. They are not progressive, but man can make to this trying question, successive exertions. Mr Milman has opened no new sources When one reads a new poem, howof poetical interest; he has delineated ever imperfect and defective, from no new working of human passion; the pen of Lord Byron, one never he has sounded no unexplored depth fails to meet every now and then in the moral or intellectual nature of some noble thought, some beautiful man; he has neither adorned nor em- expression, which takes its place imbalmed any faded or forgotten portion mediately in the memory, and never of our national recollections; he has passes away again : and if any one touched no unvibrating silent chord of thinks of comparing the Lord Byron sympathy; he has removed the dust of this day with “George Gordon Lord from no noble monument; no youth. Byron, a Minor," every single thought ful imagination has beep kindled by and expression of this sort is a new his torch; no solitary unconscious mark of the immense stride that inpoet has been roused by his appeal; tellect has taken. In the same way, there is not one passage in all his when the author of Waverley sends out

a new novel, it is very likely that we Aninfelix facilitar" of language all say to ourselves, this is very inferior has kept Mr Milman stationary in one to Waverley, this is inferior to Rob great department of his art, wherein Roy, this is nothing like Ivanhoe ; his early efforts gave much room for but who ever lays down the most care- hope of the greatest excellence. A faless and hasty of his volumes without cility of swallowing compliments still being sensible that he has made a cer- more unfortuuate, has prevented him tain number of substantial acquisitions from perceiving the necessity of intelwhile reading it? Will any body ever lectual labour; and thus going round forget the beautiful struggles between and round in the same circle ot' words the half-estranged sisters in The Pirate, and images, Mr Milman has suffered or the beautiful moral lesson their be- several of his finest years to pass over baviour and its consequences teach? his head without producing any thing -or doubt the immense superiority of which he might not have produced these things over any thing The great with equal case when he was writing Magician" could have done when he Fazio-without adding one leaf to the wrote the Lay of the Last Minstrel? wreath which he had won for his temWill any body ever forget those terri ples ere he ceased to be a stripling. ble words in Sardanapalus' description The Martyr of Antioch is in every of his vision of Semiramis,

respect an inferior performance to the

Fal of Jerusalem; and we are of this "- grey-hair’d, wither'd, bloody.

opinion much more decidedly at the eyed

close of a second perusal, than we were And bloody-handed ?"

at the close of a first. The best pasBut we put it to the good faith of any sages in it are lyrical ; but there is no intelligent reader who has followed us lyric in the whole of it in the least to thus far, to say, where is the concep- be compared even with those of the tion or the expression in all Mr Mil second order in the former poem ; and man's volumes, which one is likely to the most successful effort it contains is remember in this fashion. There is but an echo of the conclusion of the nothing like the “ cunctantem thala. Fall of Jerusalem. The story also is mo" of Virgil, or the axda ut ros de todos, much more meagre, and we think &c. of Homer.But this is try- there is by no means the same indicaing by severe standards; and without tion of dramatic tact in the managepushing the matter farther, we shall ment of the dialogue. Nevertheless, just conclude with asking, Who has ever, this is a poem on which, even had it ir this borrowing and lending age, appeared anonymously, some share of consciously or unconsciously, borrowed attention must have been tixed, and any thing from Mr Milman?

we shall not hesitate to examine its The truth and substance of the whole structure and materials with some matter is, that Mr Milman has never yet little accuracy, although, unless the produced any thing stamped with the author exerts himself more vigorously strong unquestionable impress of ori- than he has been doing, we shall proginality; and the best things he has bably not bestow the same compliment done, elegant as they are, have been on the next of his volumes. but so many exemplifications of the The story is that of a young girl sagacity of the old adage, fucile est in- dedicated to the service of Apollo at rentis addere. Mr Milman has many Antioch, converted to the Christian defects; we wish he had more, but faith, and sacrificed to the unrelenting of another kind; for his sins are, spirit of offended heathenism, in the almost without exception, sins of reign of the Emperor Probus. The omission, not of commission: and these author, in his preface, blames the old are, we think, the worst a young au- martyrologists for “ describing, with thor can make himself remarkable for almost anatomical precision, the variWe should have had, undoubtedly, ous methods of torture," while they much greater hopes as to Mr Milman's have, as he says, “ rarely and briefly future career, had we found him run- noticed the internal and mental agonies ning into fifty palpable errors of a to which the same circumstances inbold and thoughtless nature, for every evitably exposed the converts. In one fault of the negative order, which such a situation," he says, “ it has the most skilful eye can detect in been my object to represent the iniul

of a young and tender feinale; and I

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