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our estimation. In addition to splendour of Or, nearer home, the red-breast's mellow note,

Piping to eve his eloquent farewell;
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Or voice of infant mirth, while young hands float The Wanderer's Legacy ; a Collection of variety of imagery, and rare facility and har, Down the clear stream their fairy acorn-boat."

Poems, on various Subjects. By Catharine mony of versification, the volume is imbued To this romantic scene, the home of his Grace Godwin, late Catharine Grace Garnett. with a depth of thought, and a strength of youthful days, “ a gray-haired wanderer,”. Post 8vo. pp. 277. London, 1828. Maun- feeling, which indicate a mind of a very supe

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With meditative brow, and visage wan, The readers of the Literary Gazette must well the world will not willingly let die.”

In whose deep eye immortal thoughts were seen," recollect the elegant little productions of Mrs. The volume opens with an Invocation."

returns, His reflections, as he gazes at the Godwin's pen, which have occasionally graced It is a noble and enthusiastic little composition; our “ Poet's Corner.” This lady is, we un- and as it affords a fair specimen of Mrs. God well-known objects around him, are full of derstand, the younger daughter of the late Dr. win's powers, we will give nearly the whole beauty, and of patriotic feeling. -Garnett, the anthor of “ Zoonomia,' ,” “ Obser- of it.

" Land of my sires! oh, with what chasten'd love

My soul, unwarp'd, dispassionate, and free, vations on a Tour through the Highlands of " Beautiful Spirit! that didst guard of eld

Guided by some kind angel from above,
Scotland,” &c. At the period of the foundation
The song inspiring fount of Castalie-

Returns with filial gratitude to thee!
Thou, unto whom supremacy is given

Here would I wait my Maker's great decrceof the Royal Institution, Dr. Garnett, who had And sway o'er realms of boundless intellect;

Walk these wild hills whereon my fathers trod, been educated first under the celebrated Daw. Light of the lonely, solace of the sage,

And, as the leaf beside the parent tree son of Sedbergh, and afterwards at the Uni.

Beneath whose influence e'en the dungeon smilcs, Lays its pale form, so nigh yon house of God
And earth's worst desert fair as Eden blooms;-

Would I repose beneath the hallow'd sod. : versity of Edinburgh, was professor of physics To whom are cffered pure the unchained thoughts,

And well may life moor here her shatter'd bark, and philosophy at Anderson's Institution, in Warm aspirations, and the rare first-fruits

From hence she sail'd when youth was at the prow; Glasgow. Such were his scientific attainments,

Born of young Genius, when her spring-tide teems

The dove sought shelter in the sacred Ark,
With rich imaginings - To whom belongs

Scared by the perils she had view'd below. - and such was his reputation, that, without the The glorious harvest of naturer years;

Within these glens the citron's golden glow. slightest solicitation on his part, the governors

Enchantress! at whose magic touch the mines

Crests not the grove by southern breezes 1

Where Mem'ry keeps her deathless stores, fling wide of the Royal Institution selected him to be the

Yet would I challenge earth's wide reahi show Their golden gates, and all their wealth disclose

A spot that bears the stamp of Beauty's hata - sole lecturer on those various and complicated Call, from the depths of ocean and of earth,

More deep than thine, my own, my native

land!) And from the blue ethereal element, ;subjects, the task of elucidating which has

Enchantress Queen ! call up thy mighty spells !

And thou art free-the gilded orient wave, since been divided among several able and If on some silver-crested wave thou float'st,

Albeit perfumed by India's spicy gales, accomplished persons. For two or three years List'ning the genii secrets murmured low

Floats round the country of the crouching slave, Dr. Garnett acquitted himself in this arduous Beneath the surges ;-or if yet thou hold'st

Where rapine prowls, and tyranny prevails :

But here, in Albion's green and peaceful vales, Thy moonlight vigils midst the laurel groves situation highly to the satisfaction, of his

Man with his fellow mortal proudly copes;.

Girding the Delphian mount;-or if on wing,
numerous and fashionably-attended classes ;
All redolent of heaven's immortal breeze,

No despot's will the peasant's home assails,
And radiant as the Iris' hues, thou glidest

Nor stalks th' oppressor o'er its pastoral slopes, but, being a man of very independent spirit,

Among the stars, winning new splendour thence,

Nor reaps the stranger's hand the harvest of his hopes." the unjust and presuming conduct of one of Or heaven ward, earth ward bent, my vows receive. Finding that the lapse of years has deprived the leading governors of the institution (now

Spirit! that deign'st to hover o'er my path,

him of all his kindred and friends, he res to

When in the twilight gleam of some deep dell, no more), at length induced him to resign a Or Naiad-haunted spring, I wander forth

a peaceful hermitage, where he passes - post, which, advantageous as it was in a To hold communion with the peering stars;

“ the quiet autumn of his age worldly point of view, he could not retain Or on the voiceful shore I pause, to view

In such pursuits as whiled the hours away:
The round moon fling her bright reflection fer

From Wanderer grown to Anchorite and Sage; without a compromise of self-esteem. He Upon the crystal waves; or clambering thence

A moonlight eve closed manhood's chequer'd day." then commenced practice in London as a phy

Along the rock-goat's steep and dangerous way, sician; and his kuowledge and skill, united

Where toppling crags hang o'er the billowy main

In his cell, after his death, are discovered his Their fortress rude, I mark the sun descend

tablets, on which are inscribed “ The Wan. with the amiableness of his character, and the From his cloud-canopied Olympian throne, singular frankness and simplicity of his man

His regal brow all filleted with fire;

derer's early Recollections ;" forming the third Spirit presiding then--pervading all

and longest poem of the volume. The earlier ners, were rapidly introducing him into an Seen in the sunset-breathed in all the airs

portion of these Recollections, is the admirably extensive and lucrative connexion ; when, in the That wanton through the summer-tinted groves; primo of life, he fell a victim to his benevolence,

Felt in the balmy influence of those tears

detailed history of an ardent but uninformed

Wept by the heavens o'er Day's deserted fancs ; mind, conscious of the existence of unattained in attending a poor family attacked by typhus Spirit of Poesie ! on thee I call."

knowledge, and panting for its acquisition. fever. Dr. Garnett left two orphan children, If this is not very exquisite poetry, we ac- We can quote only a few short and detached for Mrs. Garnett had died a few years before. knowledge that we do not know what is. passages. They were intrusted to the care of a kind and I" The Wanderer's Legacy” thus sweetly com- “ My youth hath been in quiet musings spent, Attached female friend, who retired with them mences :

My very childhood garbà itself in thoughts to their father's native place, Barbon, a

That were of riper years. My whole life since
“ The sun was setting o'er the mountain range
secluded little village, near Kirby-Lonsdale, in

Hath been a maze of marvel, and delight
That guards thy glens, romantic Borrodale;

In all the gifts wherewith the hand divine
Westmoreland. In this village they both con. O'er day's deep azure came a wondrous change

Hath deck'd this mortal dwelling-place of man. tinued to reside until they had attained to

Wherein all hues of splendour did prevail,

I well remember me, ere language flow'd
From the rich ruby to the topaz pale;

In unison with the mind's eloquence, womanhood, and it is still the home of Mrs. And one cloud floating on the eastern air,

How my heart, labouring with its feelings deep, Godwin. It is not surprising that in so beau.

With golden prow and amethystine sail,

Seeking in words some utterance of its joy, tiful and romantic a country, and surrounded

Shew'd like a ship of heaven bound onward, where Rejected alway with a vexed disdain
Flamed the broad west bencath the sunset glare.

The guise uncouth in which the precious ore by every circumstance calculated to operate

Twilight fell o'er the deep autumnal woods,

Was issued from the mine; for harmony, powerfully upon the youthful fancy, the germ Veiling their tints in eve's mysterious gray,

Though unattained, was in my heart instinct: of poetical genius, which disclosed itself early Twilight was on wild crags and mountain floods,

I felt her presence in the haunts I loved in the life of the fair anthor of the poems

Save where some torrent flung its silver spray

She floated round me in the summer's gales ;
Bright in the beam of the retiring day.

I saw her impress on the mountain peaks; now under our notice, should have gradually The pastoral hamlet slept in calm repose,

The groves, the glades, with her voice resonant, expanded, until it arrived at a rich and luxuri.

With cottage, byre, and farm-yards' neat array,

Whispered her accents to the murmuring brooks. And neighbouring kirk, whose vesper chime arose

The poetry of Nature then was felt, ant matnrity. Of her first publication, “ The Soft on the breath of evening's quiet close.

Albeit not yet distinctly understood. Night before the Bridal, Sappho, and other

I only knew that my aspirings soar'd

And other sounds were heard commingling sweet; Far, far above this earth's corporeal things: Poems," we spoke, soon after its appearance, Wild brook that tinkled down the mossy dell,

That my conceptions were beyond the scope with the praise which it deserved. Her Call of returning kine, or fitful bleat

Of my untaught and wild philosophy,

Of flocks that browsed on highland heath, and fell, All, all was mystery,-mine own sense of being present work raises Mrs. Godwin still more in

Or bark of guardian dog who watch'd then well: The restless, the resistless tide of thought

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lover,—deserves the talent bestowed upon it. supplies. He was a short distance in advance Of lore was long withheld. At length 'twas oped ; Materiem superabat opus.

of the party, and forcing his way through a The tide rolld freely o'er my thirsty soul, The ban of ignorance was ta'en away,

The next poem,

“ The Seal Hunters," cre- thicket, when a white bear, that had imbedded A veil was lifted from any darken'd eyes.

ates a striking and delightful diversity. Mrs. berself in the sand, arose within three yards

Godwin paints the rigours of the polar regions him; and before he could set his triggers, Athwart my path a ray of sunlight fell. Imagination, that in guise untrick'd

with a masterly pencil. One would think she or turn to retreat, he was seized by the throat By cunning arts of the world's fashioning,

had accompanied Captain Parry in his north- and raised from the ground : casting him again Had been the mistress of my constant love,

ern expeditions, Hark! the very verse rattles upon the earth, his grim adversary tore out a E'en from those boyish days when first I wood With rustic boldness her capricious smiles away like a shower of hail.

mouthful of the cannibal food which bad ex. Upon the summer hills,-came to me now,

" Loud howl'd the wind on Finland's shore; cited her appetite, and retired to submit the Decked in the gorgeous thoughts and stately rhymes

High rose the hoarse and sullen roar

sample to her yearling cubs, which were near of England's gifted bards; to whose sweet songs

Of forests, whose continuous line My mind, affrighted at severer lore,

at hand. The sufferer now made an effort to

Of gnarled oak and giant pine, Had haply then almost unwitting turn'd.

Clothed mountain, valley, plain.

escape, but the bear immediately returned with A spell came o'er me when those tomes I oped ;

Dark cliffs that beetled o'er the deep, Mine own wild visions, all depicted clear,

a re-inforcement, and seized him by the shoul.

Guarding the ocean's spell-bound sleep, I recognised through every line dispread,

Rear'd up their dusk, mysterious forms,

der : she also lacerated his arm very much, Clad in the measure of harmonious verse,

And look'd the genii of the storms,

and inflicted a severe wound on the back of And flowing on in cadence musical, Adapted skilfully in frequent change,

Ruling the drear domain.

his head. In this second attack the cubs were Yet with strict unity symphonious still

And, bursting from its icy thrall,

Down dash'd the cataract's thundering fall, prevented from participating, by one of the To each new-born emotion of the soul.

Midst cavern'd rocks, whose depths are known These, for the first time, opening on my sense,

party who had rushed forward to the relief of

But to the eddying waves alone, Seem'd the soft language of a lovelier world.

his comrade. One of the cubs, however, forced In their remotest bound. No gleam illumed the sunless air;

the new-comer to retreat into the river, where, When spake from out the brown autumnal woods

Huge clouds, that sail'd stupendous there, standing to the middle in the water, he gave The solemn voice of the expiring year,

Successively gaunt sladows threw Calling on man his spirit to attune

On ocean's cold and rigid blue;

his foe a mortal shot, or, to use his own lanTo the calm cadence of her parting hymn;

Deep twilight reign'd around.

guage, “I burst the varment.' Meantime the When the sere-leaf by equinoctial gales

Further than human eye could reach,

main body of trappers having arrived, ad. Was wafted with a sound scarce audible

Came floating tow'rds that storiny beach To the lone harbour of some sheltering nook;

Ice-shoals, and islets rude,

vanced to the relief of Glass, and delivered When summer brooks, swollen by the latter rains,

Whose frost-built valleys image forth

seven or eight shots, so well directed as to ter. Did gush forth with a fuller melody:

The gloomy horrors of the North When all day long upon the mountain peaks

minate hostilities, by despatching the bear as

In all their amplitude. The fleecy clouds in denser wreaths reposed,

Tall towering peaks, that wore the dyes

she stood over her bleeding victim. Glass was And all around, tinctur'd with graver hues,

Of those severe but glorious skies,

thus providentially snatched from the grasp of The sober livery of the season shew'd;

Like infant Alps or Andes rose Then would my heart its deepest sense confess

Serene though stern in their repose ;

the ferocious animal ; yet his condition was Of thy immortal verse, O bard inspired !

Till from the ice of ages rent,

far from being enviable : he had received seWhose holy harpings waked the wondrous song

By ocean's unchain'd element,

veral dangerous wounds, his whole body was Of Eden's fair, but sin-polluted, bowers.

Chaotic on their course they're hurl'a, The majesty of Nature, veiled in gloom,

Like monsters of an earlier world."

bruised and’ mangled, and he lay weltering in The melancholy light of her last smiles All emblematic of departed joy,

This fine commencement is as finely followed his blood, in exquisite torment. To procure My mind with kindred pensiveness imbued. up. The adventures of two young and gallant and to remove the sufferer was equally so : the

surgical aid, now so desirable, was impossible; In the first blush of renovated bloom Worn by awakening spring, when bees of flowers

Finlanders, their voyage through the stormy Grow amorous, and insect myriads sport

Arctic Sea, their disembarkation (we had nearly safety of the whole party, being now in the All the long day on the elastic air; When birds pour forth their choral songs, and scarce

said landing) on an iceberg, the drifting and country of hostile Indians, depended on the destruction of their frail boat, their suffering lacerated and searcely breathing Glass seemed

celerity of their movements. To remove the Relax from their sweet toil through the brief hours Of night's diminish'd sway; when from the depths and despair, and their ultimate deliverance, certain death to him—to the rest of the party Of heaven's clear azure, the young moon of May are told with a truth, a pathos, and an energy, such a measure would have been fraughs Through the green glades a glancing love-light sends, Undimm'd, save that some gauzy cloud may float

which will greatly surprise as well as gratify with danger Under these circumstances, Like sail of fairy bark athwart her track;

the reader. When o'er the earth a great enchanter rules,

Major Henry, by offering an extravagant re.

We must postpone any further description ward, induced two of his party to remain Joying in nature's metamorphosis, The visible working of his viewless wand,

of this highly interesting volume ; but if we with the wounded man antil he should es. That well in times of eld might be ascribed To power of fay benign or genius good

can (having borrowed from it a space for the pire, or recover sufficient strength to bear In that sweet time, the blythest of the year,

recollection of Dr. Garnett), we will, perhaps, removal to some of the trading establishments The heart of man, attemper'd to glad thoughts, allow it a sequel notice. Feels all its pulses beat in unison

in that country. They remained with their With life's reviving call: then would my mind,

patient five days, when, supposing his recovery Abandon'd to the passionate romance

Letlers from the West: containing Sketches of to be no longer possible, they cruelly abandoned Of the soft season, yield its senses up To the illusions of the poet's dream;

Scenery, Manners, and Customs; and Anec- him, taking with them his rifle, shot-pouch, Wander with fair Titania o'er the meads,

dotes connected with the first Settlements of and all appliances, leaving him no means of And through the moon-lit forests resonant

the Western Sections of the United States. making fire or procuring food. These unprin. With laugh of mischief-loving elves; no maze, Howe'er fantastic, by thy spells conjur'd,

By the Hon. Judge Hall. 8vo. pp. 385. cipled wretches proceeded on the trail of their Magician great of Avon's gentle shores !

London, 1828. Colburn. Faila to ensnare the homage of my heart

employer; and when they overtook him, reThe humblest mite of all the grateful praise

Another American overflow of conceit. We ported that Glass had died of his wounds, and Admiring ages shall to thee accord

have no doubt the Americans are what they that they had interred him in the best mander For a rich banquet stored with rarest cates Which thy unrivall'd genius hath dispread.

proclaim—a new-world people, of a superior possible. They produced his effects in con. Nor let me here withhold thy due award,

order, and all that ; but we quarrel with their firmation of their assertions, and readily obO courtly minstrel! whose kind Fairy Queen

taste for so loudly and so eternally proclaiming tained credence. But poor Glass was not a Led my entranced steps through many a bower And sylvan haunt so wondrously bedight,

their own merits. It is young! Little boys slovenly, unbandsome corpse;' nor was he wil. None but a poet's eye might image it;

and girls do the same; not grown-up, and stout ling to yield without a struggle to the grim Nor could the splendid hues wherein all things Weré steep'd thy fertile fancy did create,

bodily and mental people. Perhaps, however, king of terrors. Retaining a slight hold upon Have flow'd from aught but an inspired source.

it is scarcely fair to form an opinion of a peo- life, when he found himself abandoned, he I love the graceful chivalry that hath garb'd Woman's fair form in attributes so bright,

ple from a work like that before us,-flippant, crawled with great difficulty to a spring, which She may be placed in man's adoring mind, full of quotations from songs

an Irish was within a few yards. Here he laid ten days Upon a pedestal, his baser thoughts

speech, and also evidently written but for one subsisting upon cherries that hung over the Dare not profane. Mine ear receives The stately measure of those antique rhymes

side of the Atlantic. Our only extract will spr and grains des beufs, or buffaloe-ber. With a most deep delight. Whenever I

be a short narrative--the wonderful escape of ries, which were within his reach. Acquiring Do syllable in memory's trance thy verse, a trapper,

by slow degrees a little strength, he now set It seems to me as if a thousand lutes Of fairy sweetness, touch'd by hands unseen,

“ As these adventurers usually draw their off for Fort Kiawa, a trading post, on the With melody filled all the air around;

food as well as their raiment from nature's Missouri river, about three hundred and fifty Or that I heard some river lapse away In liquid music o'er Arcadian plains.

spacious warehouse, it is customary for one or miles distant. It required no ordinary degree

two hunters to precede the party in search of of fortitude to crawl to the end of such a The latter part of the Recollections exhi- game, that the whole may not be forced at journey, through a hostile country, without bits equal poetical power ; but we own that night to lie down supperless. The rifle off fire-arms, with scarcely strength to drag me

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limb after another, and with almost no other buttery. King Henry the Seventh, who re-portions as towards the west ; and at the subsistence than wild berries. He had, how- sided much at Eltham, and, as appears by a distance of twenty feet there is another tower, ever, the good fortune one day to be in at record in the Office of Arms, most commonly of nearly equal size, between which and the the death of a buffaloe calf, which was over- dined in the great hall, rebuilt the front of the bridge, the wall is levelled to the foundation. taken and slain by a pack of wolves. He per- palace next the moat, that is, the west, or I have before observed, that the old plan de. mitted the assailants to carry on the war, until principal front, which extended full three hun. notes no buildings on the south side, but at no signs of life remained in their victim, and dred and eighty feet; and havoc rested from the extreme angle next the west it defines a then interfered and took possession of the its unworthy toils before it had exterminated cluster prominent enough to stretch nearly fatted calf ;' but as he had no means of all traces of the Tudor building therein referred across the moat. These are described as the striking fire, we may infer that he did not to. Eltham Palace exhibited the same partial, lodgings of the lord chancellor. There are make a very prodigal use of the veal thus though not inconsiderable, re-edification which no fragments of walls to determine the extent obtained. With indefatigable industry, he very few mansions of remote antiquity escaped. of the south front from the west angle, but continued to crawl until he reached Fort The spirit of improvement often, and not un. the vaults which still remain under-ground, if Kiawa.”

frequently the love of variety, influenced these not capacious drains, were used for cellars, Were we inclined to censure, censure would changes; and the taste with which they were and have had buildings over them. But these be of little moment to our author : we will sometimes made, may, without presumption, subterranean rooms are not now so easy of. conclude with his estimate of fame :-“ You be questioned, especially where we observe the aceess as they were formerly; one has been will remind me, I dare say, of posterity; but, mutilation of an elegant feature for the accom- partly, and several entirely, closed up. Two in the language of a merry neighbour of mine, modation of one destitute of merit as a special on the west side still remain open, and one I reply, Hang posterity! what did posterity men of architecture, and of propriety on the towards the south, originally sixty feet long, ever do for me! So I shall write when I score of convenience. How far Eltham Palace is now a convenient receptacle for garden implease, and court the girls when I can.” Vul- warranted these observations, must remain plements. All these vaults, excepting the last, garity can hardly go further.

doubtful; but, referring to the alterations are about three feet wide, and six feet high to

which in former times were made in ancient the crown of the arch. The principal one, An Historical and Descriptive Account of the buildings, I may remark, that the hall more facing the west, extends fifty feet under

Royal Palace of Eltham. By John Chessell commonly retained its original character than ground; but the one adjoining, and that Buckler. 8vo. pp. 108. London, 1828. any other part of the mansion. This might towards the south, merit description. The Nichols and Son.

have been on account of its dimensions, which former extends twenty-five feet from the enWe are much pleased with the manner in were always ample; and where no improvement trance, and consists of three members, alto. which Mr. Buokler has completed a task of no in convenience could be made, none was de-gether resembling the Roman I. The middle trifling difficulty. Not only bas he performed sired, if attainable, in the architecture. Cer-space measures ten feet four inches by four all he professed to do, but something more: tainly no improvement in this respect tvould feet. The outer division contains the stair. for his little volume contains an essay on En- have followed an alteration of the hall at El. case, which formerly communicated with the glish architecture, of considerable interest. The tham. Henry the Seventh could not have pro- apartments above ; and the inner, a deeply character of the work will be best exemplified duced in its stead a building with excellencies recessed arch, between which and the vault is by quoting the author's own words. Of Eltham of so high an order as were commanded by an aperture in the roof twenty-four inches by Mr. Buckler says ima

Edward the Fourth. If talent had not greatly twenty, framed with stone, and doubtless once * In the design of this palace was observed diminished, the style of architecture on which concealed by a trap-door. The door of the the rule of limiting the elevation to two sto- it was exercised claimed merit rather for the latter, or south vault, appears between the ries; and there are not many examples of a profusion and delicacy of its ornaments, than towers before noticed, and its course is sin. third range of apartments below the roof. The for the boldness and beauty of its proportions.” gularly irregular, varying in width from four lower floor sometimes comprised the hall, Again : “ King Henry the Seventh's build to six feet, four feet three inches, and four which, in this case, admitted of no particular ing, which the record calls handsome,' doubt- feet nine inches. In the left or west wall is distinction ; for example: the halls of the an- less partook of the character which distin- an arched recess, five feet wide, and four deep; cient mansions at Congresbury in Somerset- guished the best designs of that and the and further on, a small recess or niche. But shire, and Aishbury in Berkshire. At Meth- succeeding reign, so celebrated for their ge- a square aperture in the roof near the outer ley, the seat of the Earl of Mexborough, in nerous encouragement of architecture. The doorway is the object of primary interest. It addition to the lofty hall, appears a story with same spirit which guided Edward the Fourth is neatly formed, and large enough to admit handsome bow-windows; but it is to be ob- in the building of his palace, seems to have the passage of an individual, and seems to served, that this singular arrangement has oc- descended without diminution to his royal justify the vulgar tales of adventures by means casioned an unusual height of building, and successor. Angular or circular bay-windows, of secret passages, which attach to this and that no part of the hall, excepting the porch variously elustered, are the predominant fea- many other celebrated old houses. and arches within, are prior to the age of Eli. tures. The specimen adjoining Queen Eli. “ The beauty of Henry the Seventh's build. zabeth. In buildings of great or small extent, zabeth's gallery in Windsor Castle, is of un- ing towards the west might occasion no regret this judicious rule was strictly followed, and rivalled magnificence, and the forms there at the change which that sovereign made in Lord Burlington has proved, in another style observable have been adopted on the sides of the architecture of his palace at Eltham; but of architecture, that grandeur of design is not Henry the Seventh's Chapel

. Wolsey has with wood and plaster it was not possible to incompatible with an elevation comprising only preserved the same rich and elegant character excel the general character here given, that of two ranges of apartments. The distance be in the great west gateway of his college in the commonest domestic style, though it aptween the hall and the wall washed by the Oxford; and the Duke of Buckingham also peared with the enrichments of older architecmoat on the west side, is sixty feet ; and it combined the forms alluded to in two superb tare. This fragment of the building, dividing will be observed, that though throughout the bay-windows, each comprehending two stories, the area from east to west, stands between the western boundary the very ancient stone base in the splendid south front of his castle at hall and the eastern boundary, twelve yards ment remains, yet, from the level of the en- Thornbury. That windows of the kind here apart from the former, and nearly the same closed ground, the superstructures of both ex- described, and of which I have enumerated distance from the latter, which space is now tremes have been rebuilt of brick ; but not so several of the grandest specimens now re- covered with sheds and outhouses, on the founthe middle space, consisting of about one third maining, once distinguished the western fa- dations of rooms connected with the kitchens, the whole extent: hence there is reason to gade of Eltham Palace, is more than probable. which occupied a large space on the eastern suppose that, with the great hall, the building The basement of a bay-window, consisting of boundary; the remainder of the side having joined to its western extremity, of stone, of the an oblong square, 124 feet wide, and 4, in had lodging-rooms, which, it appears, went to same age and the same architecture, retained bulk, with a wall of a triangular shape in decay in the next reign. without abatement, till the period of its de- front, is a very interesting relic among these

" The hall was the master feature of the struction, its beauty and fair proportions. Two scanty ruins. But this is not a solitary fea- palace. With a suite of rooms at either exbold but imperfect buttresses distinguish the ture; it stands between four other solid tremity, it rose in the centre of the surrounding part of the wall here described ; and the care masses, the basements of towers, bay-windows, buildings, as superior in the grandeur of its with which these supports were constructed is or chimney shafts, and assumes the appearance architecture as in the magnificence of its proevident in the excellence of the workmanship of uniformity, though wanting in exactness of portions and the amplitude of its dimensions. and the soundness of the material. The ground dimensions. This range, measuring ninety This fair edifice has survived the shocks which, rooms of this building were occupied for the feet, joins the south angle ; on which aspect, at different periods, laid the palace low. Desopastry, the spicery, and my lord chancellor's the extreme cower appears in the same pro-l lation has reached its very walls, and the hand

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out again until Low Sunday, at which time it could not destroy ; but still

the hall of Eltham Time's Telescope, for 1829; or a complete comes in again, and goes not out until Rogation

Guide to the Almanacks, fc. fc. Published Sunday ; thence it is forbidden until Trinity palace has not, with the exception of the louver, been entirely deprived of its smallest consti

annually. Sherwood and Co.

Sunday, from whence it is unforbidden till tuent feature. Its north and south sides were Of this judicious and useful annual volume we Advent Sunday; but then it goes out, and both open to quadrangles. Their architecture have ever been called upon to speak in terms of comes not in again till the 13th day of January corresponded precisely, excepting that the south well-merited commendation ; nor does its pre- next following." parapet was plain, while that on the other side, sent appearance deteriorate from the high cha- As a variety to these antiquarian researches, facing the principal gate of entrance, was em-racter of the preceding years. It is indeed a we addbattled, and the cornice enriched with sculp- very pleasant miscellany, combining in an The Infuence of a Flower. “ There are tured corbels.

eminent degree the utile et dulce. The regular many brief incidents and apparently trivial “ Now that the building needs repair-after almanack intelligence is agreeably relieved by events in our lives, that, at the moment of ocserving its degraded purpose for more than a illustrations of antiquities and obsolete cus-currence, are almost unnoticed; but which, century, and standing by its original strength, toms, brief contemporary biographies are in- from some association, make an impression on for no substantial repairs have in modern times terspersed, and astronomy and natural history the memory at many periods of alter life, or been bestowed upon it, or any care taken to form conspicuous features; so that nothing can may be remembered through existence with protect its walls from violence, it is con- be more various and amusing than the objects undiminished freshness ; when others, of the demned as old and useless, and must no longer reflected in Time's Telescope.

most seeming interest at the time, fade from cumber the ground. This fate hangs over the The frontispiece, from Teniers, is a perfect our recollections, or become abraded from the last grand relic of Eltham palace; a fate which gem in its style of engraving; and there are mind by a constant collision with the passing might be averted by the application of one of numerous wood-cuts of birds, fishes, and rural transactions of our days. It is in early life the many thousands which are annually voted and fancy subjects, from drawings of eminent chiefly, perhaps entirely, that deep and indeli. for the monstrous inventions of modern archi. artists (including Clennell), some of which are ble sensations of regard and affection are made ; tects, called palaces. Millions are exhausted of the foremost order in this agreeable class of and impressions in those days are often recorded to rear monuments in proof of the bad taste art. Altogether, while the more showy Annu- upon an unsullied tablet, that admits in after. of the age, and the abundance it has yet to als are levying contributions over the land upon hours of no erasement or superscription. How learn before it attains a knowledge of the grand all persons of taste or intellect, this more un- deep are our school-boy reminiscences! and the and sublime in architecture, at the same time pretending work is truly entitled to a full kindnesses received, and the friendships formthat a few hundreds, judiciously applied, would share of encouragement, not only from the same ed, at such periods, commonly constitute more secure for the admiration of after-times a build- patrons, but from those who desire to unite in- enduring characters on our minds than all the ing that has been admired and neglected in our struction with literary recreation. We select after-occurrences, half-heartless transactions, own, and which posterity may have more taste two or three extracts as containing the greatest perhaps, of later hours; when darker passions or greater ability to consult as a model than novelty to us : but the component parts are too arise-ambition, avarice, self-interest, and cold ourselves.

much diversified to admit of our exhibiting spe- reality, banish for ever the elysian ideas of “ This building furnishes a strong proof of cimens of all the kinds - original poetry, me- youthful romance. There is a flower, the com. the scientific powers of former architects; it moirs, recollections, anecdotes, quotations, &c. mon cowslip of the fields, which, by reason of shews how accurately they calculated between &c. &c. The annexed are all we can readily associations, for thirty years of my life I never the support and the weight supported; and detach.

saw without emotion; and though I might though we look with some surprise at the thin. The following curious letter, extracted from sanctify this feeling, I confess my belief that it ness of the walls which have for so many cen- the Lansdowne MSS. in the British Museum, has not contributed to the general happiness of turies upheld the vast roof of timber, yet we was written by Edwin Sandys, Bishop of Wor- my life : from reverence at first, it gradually must be satisfied that it was an undertaking of cester, to Sir W.Cecill(afterwards Lord Burgh- became a disease, induced a morbid indiffer: no temerity, since the walls would still have ley), on the occasion of presenting him with a ence, and undermined and destroyed the health. stood as erect as when first built, if the ex- curious clock, which formerly belonged to King ful sources of enjoyment. ternal covering of the roof had not been wholly Edward VI...

“ Towards the close of a most lovely spring neglected, or only imperfectly repaired ; and so “ What way I may declare any part of my day-and such a lovely one, to my fancy, has far from exhibiting a fissure through decay, bounden Dentie towardes you, for the manifold never beamed from the heavens since I careit is difficult in some parts to trace the joints benefitte received, certainlie I wote not. For lessly plucked a cowslip from a copse side, and in the masonry; nor is the carved work less as ye haue bene the meane to bringe me into gave it to Constance. 'Twas on that beautiful perfect.

the place of honestie, from malice, whiche evening when she told me all her heart ! as, “King Edward the Fourth is the first sove- mynded to Impeache yt, which benefitt of all seated on a mossy bank, she dissected, with reign on record who is mentioned as having others I esteame the most, and can no other. downcast eyes, every part of the flower ; chives, built any part of Eltham palace. He, we are wise recompense, but onlie by bearing of good pointal, petal, all were displayed ; though I am informed, to his great cost, repaired his house will, which when seasonable tymes will make sure she never even thought of the class. My at Eltham.'•

And though no part of the bud forth and yelde fruyt, ye may of right destiny through life I considered as fixed from building is here particularly named, yet the clame the same as youre owne. Suche ys the that hour. Shortly afterwards I was called, by architecture of the hall bears the stamp of his barrennes of this contrie that yt bringith no- the death of a relative, to a distant part of age, namely, the last half of the fifteenth cen- thing forth fitt to remember you withall

, and England : upon my return, Constance was no tury; and further, one of the well - known therfor I am bold to present you with an olde more. The army was not my original desti. badges of this monarch is a conspicuous orna- clock, in the stead of a New Yeares Gift. nation ; but my mind began to be enfeebled by ment in the spandrils of the north entrance. Which I trust ye will the rather accept because hourly musing upon one subject alone, without I have before described it as a rose en soleil ; yt was yor olde Masters of happy memorie, cessation or available termination ; yet reason it is carved with the utmost delicacy, is shewn K. Edwards, and afterwards yor lovinge and enough remained to convince me, that, without in the title-page, and is precisely similar to one learned brothers Mr. Cheekes, and synes hys change and excitement, it would degenerate drawn on a contemporary manuscript in the who thinkith him self in many respectes most into fatuity. records of the British Museum."

bounden unto you; whois prayer ye shall euer “ The preparation and voyage to India, new In a postscript, Mr. Buckler informs us that have, whois seruice ye may euer vse: as companions, and ever-changing scenes, hushed parliament has not been appealed to in vain. knowith the Almightie'; who grant you many my feelings, and produced a calm that might The hall is now undergoing partial restitu- happie yeares with much increase in the know- be called a state of blessednessa condition in tion ; but that it is still to be used as a barn! ledge of Christ ynto whois mercifull governance which the ignoble and inferior ingredients of We are, however, grateful, and so will the pub. I commend you, from my house at Hartillbury, our nature were subdued by the divinity of lic be, to ministers for rescuing this splendid this 28 December, 1563.

mind. Years rolled on in almost constant sermonument of art from total destruction; and

Yor in Christ most bounde, vice; nor do I remember many of the events it is not too much to say that the Literary

ED. WIGORN." Gazette has been in no slight degree instru.

of that time, even with interest or regret. In ment to its preservation.

In Aubrey's Gentilism, another MS. in the one advance of the army to which I was at

Lansdowne Collection, is the following printed tached, we had some skirmishing with the irre. " Since this was written, the badge of Edward the almanack :

advertisement, apparently cut out of an old gulars of our foe; the pursuit was rapid, and Fourth has been noticed in the Literary Gasette, No. 600,

I fell behind my detachment, wounded and Marriage comes in on the 13th day of weary, in ascending a ghaut : resting in the January, and at Septuagesima Sunday it is jungle, with languid eyes fixed on the ground,

P. 460."

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