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TO SYLVANUS URBAN, GENT.
ON COMPLETING HIS NINETY-FIRST VOLUME.
AS choicest flowers of variegated die,
Around the air their fragrant sweets supply,
But now what Plates superb attract the sight !
Where the wi is world of waters” fiercely roars,
That memorable hard-contested field,
And when arriv'd in HANOVER's domain,
Now safe return'd to England's happy State,
THE most important feature of the present Volume is the Account of the Coronation of his Majesty George IV. This may be considered an interesting record to the future Historian. Every particular relative to that memorable occasion is circumstantially detailed. To render this document still more valuable, for future reference, several illustrative Embellishments have been introduced. This Volume will, therefore, we flatter ourselves, retain its value, when the Publication has passed the centenary of its existence. Our object has not been to promote temporary gratification alone-a system generally pursued by many ephemerals of the day—but to give perpetuity to the memorable ann als of that grand and National Ceremony.
It is a singular coincidence that we should also record, in the same Volume, and even in the same Month, the final dissolution of an Indivi. dual who was once the most powerful Ruler in Europe. This is subject worthy of reflection. It introduces to the consideration of the Historian the conduct and the actions of two of the most potent and determined Rivals that ever appeared on the face of Europe. From the few historical facts we may adduce, some opinion may be formed.
The most prejudiced minds cannot but admit the energy of those Councils, which, under the auspices of our present most gracious Sovereign, brought the desolating struggle of twenty-two years to so glorious a termination. If we only revert to the distance of ten years, what a contrast is presented. Napoleon then stood on the towering summit of his great
With the exception of England all Europe crouched at his feet ;Thrones and Empires trembled at his nod. The Russians and Prussians had been degraded by the treaty of Tilsit; the Portuguese Court had emigrated to the Brazils ; the Spanish Throne had been abdicated, and the Royal Family being enveigled into France, by the treachery of her Ruler, Joseph Buonaparte usurped the Sovereignty of the Realm. The Trade and Commerce of Great Britain with the Continent, at this period, were almost annihilated, owing to the odious decrees of Berlin and Milan.
The Attila of France, and the Scourge of Europe, was in the plenitude of his power. At this alarming crisis, 1811, his present most gracious Majesty was appointed Regent of the United Kingdom. The National hopes revived. The energy of his Councils afforded the most sanguine expectations. From this era may be dated the subversion of the Tyrant's throne. The French were shortly after defeated at Talavera, Albuera, and Barrossa. The victory of Salamanca soon followed. In 1812 the French were expelled from Moscow, and signally routed at Borodino, Bautzen, and Lutzen. The distinguished victories of Vittoria, Saragossa, St. Sebastian, Pampeluna, &c. under the illustrious Wellington, are within the recollection of all. After the important affairs of Leipsic and Dresden the fall of Napoleon was rapid indeed. He became a Captive; effected his escape, and was again subdued by British valour on the ever memorable field of Waterloo. Exiled from Europe, his days were terminated in solitude, with scarcely an individual to regret his miserable dissolution; whilst his powerful and persevering Rival ascended the Throne of his illustrious Ancestors, surrounded by the blessings of universal Peace, and the admiration of the whole World.
We express our grateful acknowledgments for the liberal support we continue to, receive ; and return our sincerest thanks to the numerous Contributors who honour us with their kind assistance; and by whose talents our pages continue to be enriched.
We feel obliged to Franciscus, for the still continued under the new creation) are, drawing of Axminster Church; but it has Or, on a chevron Gules, between three grifalready appeared in vol. LXII. 881. We fins heads erased Azure, two lions countersubjoin however his account of the edifice : passant, of the field. Crest, & Saracen's
“Some part of Axminster Church was built Head, couped at the shoulders, proper." in the fourteenth century; the West end and We are obliged to N. Y. W. G. for his intower are of inore recent date. There is a formation relative to the Gardiner Family; very fine specimen of Norman Architecture but it is superseded by Kimber's and other in a door at the East end, and a window in Baronetages. the chancel contains something of Norman, Philip says, “If the Commissioners for probably at the decline. The altar window building additional Churches should be at a is very large, and the glass has lately been loss for a name to designate a holy edifice, I stained to very great perfection. There are beg permission to suggest the propriety of three doors to this Church, North, East, mentioning a martyr much more worthy of and West. The North appears to have notice than the greater part of those who are been built in the seventeenth century. The in the Calendar ; I mean St. Antipas, the West, which is the principal entrance, and only person whom our Lord Jesus Christ has a very insignificant appearance, was pro- mentions by name as having suffered death bably built at the same time as the whole of for his sake. “ Antipas," (says he, in the the 'West end. The tower is particularly Epistle to the Church at Pergamos), “ my low, and contains three but very indifferent faithful Martyr, who was slain among you bells. The battlements are very antient. where Satan dwelleth." Rev. ii. 13. The Church is 70 feet long and 35 broad at specting this Martyr," says Dean Wodethe widest part. The pulpit is very antient house, “no account whatever has been precarved work. The aisles are composed of served to these times." four plain arches of Norman, which support B. desires information on the following a slanting roof; the roof of the chancel is passage: March 17, 1747, (no date of flat, and the parapet very high which sur- place,) Mr. Th. Kemp writes to Mr. Wyatt rounds it. There have been many recent at Cheam, “ a new very High Church Book improvements in this Church, viz. the organ is lately come hither from the good town of and gallery, the pews and seats for charity Manchester, said to be written by Dr. Deachildren ; the pulpit is seated at the West con of that place, Physician of Soul and end and in the middle of the Church. There Body; it is called, "A View of Christianity, are a variety of monuments.”
without regard to any party,' as the book E. informs QuestOR (Pt. I. 482.) that the says ; but rather with intent of approaching Unicorn superseded the Dragon, as sinister nearer Popery, and reconciling us all the supporter of the Royal Arms, in 1603, when sooner thereto, and consequently to reconcile James the First came to the throne, who, us to somewhat else, as bad or worse; so being King of Scotland as well as England, you must expect to hear of wars by pen and changed the Dragon to the Unicorn (two ink, which, though mixed with gall, as there Unicorns being the supporters of Scot- will be no gunpowder used, will not produce land.)
bloodshed. What a restless crew they are!”. W. H. T. states, in reference to the ac- -Query. Who was Dr. Deacon, and what count of St. Donat's Castle (Pt. I. 489) that was his Book ? “ Sir Thomas Stradling (the last of the fa- A BIOGRAPHER requests the name of the mily) who died in 1738, left his property by author of “A Dissertation on the Egyptian will to an ancestor of T. Drake Tyrwhit, Language.' He was living in 1779, as in Esq. M. P. and the castle and domain around that year he appears to have patronized the still belongs to Mr. Tyrwhit. Some years (future) learned Professor White. after the death of Sir T. Stradling a part of LATHBURIENSIS wishes for some particuthe St. Donat's Estate went to the family of lars concerning the Lucy Family; " In the the Mansels of Margam, by compromise, Sketch Book (he says), is an interesting acowing to the will of the deceased Baronet count of the author's visit to Charlecot, but being disputed."
containing no real information ; little is now “ A CONSTANT Reader" is apprehensive known of this family, and for that they are that in his paper relative to the Gardiner indebted to the malice of Shakspeare." Family (see p. 395), he ought to have stated Query, Did he introduce the honourable chathe lady, whose monumental inscription X. racter of Sir William Lucy into the First Part has recorded, to have been the niece, and of Henry VI. by way of conciliating them? not the sister, to the heiress of the Smythe During the Civil Wars it appears that they family, whom Dr. Bernard Gardiner married. embraced the royal cause ; as Spencer Lucy, He omitted also to mention that the arms Esq. of Charlecot, compounded for his esborne by the first Baronets, Gardiner (and tate with the Usurping Powers at 35131.