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be either covetous of our possessions, or jealous of our power. Ambition, fear, avarice, would be daily watching to destroy us; a victory would be but a temporary relief to us; for the dethroning of the first nabob would be followed by the setting up another, who, from the same principles, would, when his treasure admitted of keeping up an army, pursue the very path of his predecessor. We must, indeed, become nabobs ourselves, in fact, if not in name; perhaps totally so without disguise: but on this subject I cannot be certain till my arrival in Bengal.” P. 97.
We refer our readers to the closing remarks of this clever biographer, for an able and very correct outline of the components of the character of Lord Clive. We feel these to be identified with the result of our own reading and reflection, and feel undesirous of leaving a subject upon which we have been so greatly interested; we generally receive so much pleasure in the perusal of Mr. Glegg's biographies that we purpose selecting, at a future period, whatever we think adapted to the nature of our work as well as of interest to our readers; we have some little fault to find with the arrangment of the dates, having had frequently to turn over many pages in order to ascertain the chronology, and we see no reason why the margin of each column should not be so usefully appropriated; we merely mention this because we have ourselves been occasionally inconvenienced and we are quite sure that no trouble is usually spared in rendering Dr. Lardner's an instructive and interesting publication.
The Juror's Guide, or the Spirit of the Jury Laws; point
ing out, briefly and intelligibly, the Qualifications, Duties, Powers, and Liabilities, of jurors in general, whether on Grand Juries, Special Juries, Petty Juries, or Particular Inquests. By a Barrister. 18mo. pp. 140. London ; Hurst. The Act which was passed in the sixth year of his late Majesty, to consolidate and simplify the laws relative to Jurors and Juries, having, among other alterations, increased the number of persons justified to serve throughout England and Wales, the class of individuals now liable to be called on by the sheriff to act in the capacity of juror, is so much more numerous than ever before, that it seems extraordinary a little work like the present, which must have been daily wanted for some years, should now make its first
appearance. The Act itself, it may be thought, is so intelligible as to supersede the necessity of further elucidation. Such, however, is very far from the fact; for though, when compared with other statutes, its simplicity must be admitted, yet it is lengthy and involved, full of professional technicalities, and quite unadapted for the general reader ; added to which, the whole of the Jury Law is of course not comprised within it.
It is the peculiar merit of the unpretending little volume before us which has led to these remarks, that it is at once comprehensive and familiar, bringing into a single focus all the scattered laws bearing on the different kinds of Juries, whether Grand, Petty, Special, or Inquest; and presenting to the uninitiated reader a lucid digest for his use and guidance, the authenticity of which appears unquestionable. Unusual pains have been taken to explain all technical terms, by notes, and an elaborate Index is appended, which cannot fail to be highly acceptable to the generality of those who may consult the work. As this pocket companion is cheaper than the Act itself, we need scarcely hesitate to recommend it to all Jurymen throughout the United Kingdom.
Jones's Views IN WALES. Nos. 27 to 29. Since October, three numbers of this elegant little work have appeared, each containing, as usual, four plates. The first is
Aber-Aeron, Cardiganshire, possessing no picturesque features of a high order; but it is not altogether destitute of attraction. The dashing of the sea is drawn in Mr. Gastineau's usual spirited manner, the shipping, if the vessels entering the Aber may be so designated, are exactly what one usually sees in Cardigan bay. The grouping of the figures is also good; and the white gulls sailing in the air reminds us of the land of Davydd ab Gwilym, and of his beautiful lines addressed to that aerial tenant of the ocean. Mr. Gastineau invariably excels in the minutia of a drawing.
New Castle, in Emlyn, Cardiganshire, Totally distinct in character from Aber Aeron, and a much more impressive subject. Beautiful objects sometimes arise from the desolation of war, and here we are at least indebted
to Cromwell for a very interesting ruin; in contraposition to thoughts dwelling upon him and his operations, there is a soft and (if we may use the expression) a peaceful shadowing thrown over the rest of the engraving; the smooth pellucid river is very happily done, the foliage and the softening of the distance are also finely engraved. Mr. J. Hinchliffe is the engraver.
Llamphey Palace, Pembrokeshire. We find much to commend also here; that very rural object, the cow, is introduced with effect. We have seen cows portrayed more like donkeys than the supplyer of “the meads sweet nectar;" but Bloomfield himself would admire these, so naturally are they engraved. The ruinous ivymantled palace is, of course, the chief object, and it is well done, carrying the contemplative beholder back to ages of darkness; but the elegant modern mansion of Mr. Mathias in the distance, brings the mind's-eye to light again. The n tire plate is well executed.
Pille Priory, Pembrokeshire, Is rather a fine relict of ecclesiastical architecture; but we think the plate possesses more of the sublime than exists in the ruin itself. The plate, at least, conveys a moral. What a change: where the chant of the benedict echoing along the ceiling, and the abundance of the refectory existed, nought is seen or heard now save the cawing of the daw, or the rustic operation of the peasantry! Engraved by Mr. W. H. Bond.
St. Gowan's Chapel, Pembrokeshire. This is really beautiful; but what a sad gloomy-minded being the saint must have been, to incarcerate himself among such huge grotesque-shapen rocks, and nothing to look upon except them and the wide-wide sea! Yet is there comfort in the little chapel below. Old Boreas might blow to eternity, and not displace from its humble roof a single tile. The cliffs, the sea, the ships, the chapel, and the birds are very well engraved.
Sainted Well, at Saint Gowan's. We must compliment the artists on their clever delineation of the very curious strata of the rocks in this part of Pembrokeshire, and extraordinary and uncommon as they appear in the engraving, they are quite true to nature.
We have read and heard so much of this well, that we are sure the Meddygon Myddvai themselves dare not have tarried here, for who could compete with St. Gowan in Æsculapian skill; the days of superstition have passed away, and we may look, uninfluenced by her mystic power, upon these broken-veined shattered lime rocks; but the beholder, aided by geological knowledge, cannot view them with wonder and gratification. The two plates are very creditable to Mr. H. Jorden.
Cardiff Town, Glamorganshire. From spray, gleaming lights, and sea-worn rocks, the eye here rests upon the smooth and still; not a ripple agitates the bosom of the river ; and the flat meadows and distant town give a tolerable idea of the rus in urba; and there stands the old castle, dark in shade, as if frowning at all that poets and historians have sung and said of its past celebrity. Engraved by Mr. S. Lacey.
Remains of Llandaff Castle, Glamorganshire. There is but little scope for pictorial effect from the spot selected for this drawing by the artist. If we remember rightly, the ruins of Llandaff Castle, beyond the gateway, are rather fine; and we do not understand why Mr. Gastineau has given us the present point of view, unless it be to introduce the old cross, now so mutilated as to convey no interest as part of a drawing. Mr. W. Wallis has done justice to the plate.
Entrance to Swansea Harbour. A neat engraving of a pretty town; the water, as usual, is exceedingly natural, dashing and foaming against the pier, and the little vessel, shooting inland on her canvass wings, very naturally shows that there is a brisk gale springing from the sea.
Swansea Castle, Or rather what has been once a castle, for the present half dozen modern appropriations of the old building are in bad keeping with its former baronial greatness. Our impression is not a good specimen, it is too dark and indistinct. Mr. J. Rogers is the engraver of Swansea Harbour and Castle.
Lawhaden Castle, Pembrokeshire, Is really fine; the lofty gateway and ivied towers are, though battered and ruinous, noble monuments of the pride
long teeth as any four year old wedder in Flint shire. The judges of stock were Mr. M‘Gregor, of Eaton, and Mr. Ormiston, of Wynnstay.
In the course of the forenoon, Mr. Robert Jenkins, of Mold, invited a dozen friends to lunch at his house, and placed before each of them a glittering silver cup, the proud trophies of his agricultural skill, and superiority as a breeder of stock, obtained as prizes from the society. His excellent cwrw da too, was poured out of a very handsome silver jug, presented to him by that best of landlords, P. D. Cooke, esq. Mr. Jenkins may well be proud of his sideboard.
At the meeting of the committee, before dinner, the propriety of fixing a particular day of the month for the annual meeting, from which there should be no deviation, was discussed, and the suggestion of Lord Mostyn was, we believe, adopted, that the annual meeting should always be held the week after the Holywell races. James Boydell, esq. then read a most gratifying account of the state of the funds, which, he was happy to say, would enable the society to offer additional premiums. He therefore suggested that a premium of 201. should be offered for the best managed farm of, say 150 acres, and a premium of 10l. for the second best managed farm of, say 100 acres. A resolution to this effect was adopted, the details, (size of the farms, nature of cultivation, &c.) to be a subject for the future deliberation of the committee.
A letter was read from Sir John Hanmer, bart., the president for this year, apologising for his absence, owing to the necessity of him being in Shrewsbury, for the representation of which borough he has just offered himself a candidate, on the retirement of Mr.Jenkins. The Right Hon. Lord Kenyon was appointed President, and Mr. James Kerfoot, Vice President, for the ensuing year. The name of Sir Richard Puleston, bart., was enrolled as an annual subscriber of 5l.; and the Hon. Lloyd Mostyn begged to band in the name of his brother, the Hon. Thomas Price Lloyd, as an annual subscriber for the same sum.
At five o'clock, upwards of fifty gentlemen sat down to dinner at the Black Lion. The chair (in the absence of Sir John Hanmer) was ably filled by the Right Hon. Lord Mostyn; and the urbanity for which the noble lord is distinguished was never more conspicuous than by the kindness and condescension he displayed during the evening. Mr. Thomas Whitley, of Broncoed, occupied the vice president's chair.
After dinner, Mr. Boydell, the indefatigable secretary, read the list of the successful competitors for the premiums, &c. among whom were the following:
To Sir S. R. Glynne, bart. a silver medal, for the best crop of turnips, of not less than seven acres, as owner and occupier. The Rev. Henry Jones was invested with the medal, as the representative of Sir Stephen. John Dawson, esq. Gronant, a piece of plate or £7 for the best crop of turnips, of not less than seven acres, as tenant and occupier.
There were no competitors for the silver medal for the best crop of turnips, of not less than five acres; nor for the £5 prize for the crop of turnips, of not less than five acres.
Mr. John Williams, Shamber Wen, Cilcen, £3 for the best crop of turnips, of not less than three acres, as tenant.
Mr. Thomas Williams, Celyn, £5 for the best field of grass, of not less than seven acres. There was no competitors for the £3 prize for the best field of grass of not less than five
Mr. James Kerfoot, Vaenol Bach, £5 tor the best summer fallow, of not less than five acres. Mr. Wm. Bloor, Marsh Farm, £5 for the best field of beans, of not less than five acres. Mr. Joseph Profit, Gwespyr, £3 for the best field of beans, of not less than three acres. John Dawson, esq. of