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INDEX TO THE ECLECTIC MAGAZINE.-VOL. XIII.
FROM JANUARY TO APRIL, 1848.
smith that he was in great distress, and begging Camp, Eloquence of._See Eloquence.
ready for the press, which he produced to me. 1
Boswell," was the Vicar of Wakefield.”
Emerson.- Blackwood's Magazine,
75 Gilfillan, Rev. George.—Hogg's Weekly In-
Astronomical Observation, Sir John Her-
Hobbes, Thomas, Life and writings of.-
British Quarterly Review,
Botany and Gardening, Pleasures of.—Eclec-
117 Italy in the Middle Ages.- North British
Battles, the Six Decisive.- Bentley's Miscel Kosmos.' See Humboldt.
202, 488 Instincts, Animals. See Animal.
Newspaper Press of Spain. See Spain.
Old Songs.- Tait's Magazine,
Oscar I. See Sweden.
Pleasure of Botany and Gardening. See
Paris to Cadiz. See Dumas.
Pastoral Cantons of Switzerland. See Swit-
Mendelssohn, Felix. -- Fraser's Magazine, : 173 Prison Discipline.—Quarterly Review.
Memoir of Marshal Turenne. See Turenne
Realization of a Dream; Judge Not, 138; The
Charm of Friendship; Memory; Infancy; Princi-
ple and Opinion, 139, Visions óí Past; The
Return Home, 281 ; A Voice from wuture; Mo-
therwell's Grave; Room for the Right, 282; The
Expedition, 109; The Birth-place of Canova, 140; Shore; The Angel Watch, 427; No Surrender;
Days that are no more; Common things; The
land, 257; Newspapers in Paris; Anecdote of
An Old Man's Recollections of the
Pastoral Cantons of.- Bentley's Mis.,
annuation ; Shelley and Byron, 285; The Bur-
, Sir Walter, . Visit to.—New Monthly
426; The Gold Mines of Russia ; Summit of the Thorwaldsen, the Sculptor.—Bentley's Mis. 110, 178
Lu- Tennyson, Alfred.—Hogg's Weekly Instructor,' 289
Sale of Landseer's Pictures, 493; The Glass of Bo-
1. The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, edited by Mrs. SHELLEY. 3 vols.
London, 1847. 2. Shelley at Oxford-Papers in the New Monthly Magazine, Vols. 36 and 37. 3. The Life of P. B. Shelley. By Thomas Medwin. 2 vols. London, 1847. 4. Gallery of Literary Portraits. By George GILFILLAN. Edinburgh, 1845. 5. An Address to the Irish People. By Percy Bysshe SHELLEY. Dublin, 1812. The poems of Shelley have been gradual- in the County of Sussex, and the family of ly assuming a high place in our literature. the poet is traced to the time of Richard The incidents of his life, unimportant ex- II. In 1611, Sir John Shelley of Marescept as they illustrate his writings, have field was created a baronet-and the family been told gracefully and well by Mrs. Shel- of Castle-Goring, now represented by the ley in the notes to her exceedingly beauti- son of the poet, is descended from a youngful edition of his poetical works. His own er son of Sir John Maresfield. Bysshe letters to Mr. Peacock and others have been Shelley, the grandfather of the poet, was published, and everywhere exhibit the born at Newark in North America, in 1731. habits of thinking of a man singular- He began life as a quaek doctor, and seems ly truthful, generous, and good. These to have early turned his attention to makletters and Mrs. Shelley's notes form a ing his way in the world by matrimonial perfect memoir of his life from his twenty- speculations. The widow of a miller is
His life at Oxford has been said to have been his first wife. However well described by his friend Mr. Hogg, in a this be—for Captain Medwin, who menseries of papers printed in the New Month- tions the fact, does not vouch for its truthly Magazine, some five-and-twenty years we find bim in England soon after, running ago, and Captain Medwin had contributed away with an heiress, through whom the some account of his earlier life to the Athe-| bunch of his descendants with whom we næum, which has, we believe, been reprinted are chiefly concerned are possessed of the in a separate volume. From these means of estate of Horsham. In some short time information, what is now called the “Life of Sir Bysshe finds himself an active widower, Shelley” is compiled by the last mentioned and lays siege to the heart of Miss Sidney writer. The book is hastily and carelessly Perry—the heiress of Penshurst, the estate put together, and adds nothing to what is of Sir Philip Sidney. The present Lord already known.
De Lisle and Dudley represents this branch The name of Shelley is an ancient one of Sir Bysshe's descendants. Through Vol. XIII. No. I.
some mistake the poet Shelley is repeatedly minds of the family was ancestral pride. represented-even by such writers as Mr. The one great and irreparable offence which Howitt,* as a descendant of Sir Philip Shelley could commit against the family Sidney. The sole connexion between them was to unite himself in marriage unsuitably. -if it can be called such--was that which In remote parts of the country, among the we have stated. It, however, gratified the less educated part of the higher gentry, imagination of the poet.
this feeling often strengthens itself into Bysshe Shelley was raised to the baronet- something little short of insanity, and the age in 1806. He died in 1815. Medwin fortunate adventures of Sir Bysshe Shelley,
and the mésalliances of his daughters, were
not unlikely to render the Shelleys most “ I remember Sir Bysshe in a very advanced incurably mad. age, a remarkably handsome man, fully six feet
The poet was born the 4th of August, in height, and with a noble and aristocratic bear. ing, Nil fuit unquam sic impar sibi. His manner
1792, and brought up at Field-Place (his of life was most eccentric, for he used to frequent
father's residence) till his tenth year with daily the tap-room of one of the low inns in Hors- his sisters, and taught the rudiments of ham, and there drank with some of the lowest Latin and Greek. He was then sent to citizens, a habit he had probably acquired in the Sion House, Brentford, where Medwin had New World. Though he had built a castle been already placed. (Goring-Castle) that cost bim upwards of £80, The school was a cheap bad school, penu000, he passed the last twenty or thirty years of his existence in a small coliage looking on the riously managed, and the boys for the most River Arun, at Horsham, in which all was mean part the sons of London shop-keepers. The and beggarly—the existence indeed of a miser- lady who was supposed to manage the enriching his legatees at the expense of one of his household details was too fine for her busisons, by buying up his postobits.”—MEDWIN's ness; but--as a part of her stock in trade Life of Shelley, vol. i., p. 8.
-had a pedigree at least as good as Shel
ley's. She was a cousin to the Duke of Medwin was related to one of Sir Bys- Argyle. We rather like the poor woman she's wives, and his account of a family the better for this, we own, and though the whom he must have known perfectly well is instincts of self-defence, and the sense of far from favourable to any of them. He de- what was due to her family, made her perscribes Timothy Shelley, the poet's father, haps treat the Sussex Squirearchy less deas watching with impatience for his father's ferentially than they expected, her sister, death, and he speaks of two of Sir Bysshe's who must have been as nearly related to daughters as marrying without his consent; the Duke as herself, was “an economist of of which he availed himself—for so we un- the first order." derstand the statement—to avoid giving
After all, if boys of whatever rank are them any fortune whatever.
sent to schools selected for their cheapness, “ He died at last, and in his room were found they ought not to remember and resent, as bank-notes to the amount of £10,000, some in the if it were the fault of their masters or misleaves of the few books he possessed others in tresses, the stinginess of their parents. the folds of his sofa, or sewed into the lining of The usual stories of the sufferings of boys, his dressing gown.”—MEDWIN, p. 9.
whose health is in any way infirm or whose
spirits are too weak for the kind of ordeal Shelley's father is described as a man to which their fellow students subject them, whose early education had been much neg- are tediously told by“ the wearisome Caplected. He had, however, taken a degree tain.” The incompetence of the master is at Oxford-made the grand tour, and sat proved by his punishing Shelley for some in Parliament for a family borough. Med- faults in an exercise written for him by win's recollections of hiin are unfavourable. Medwin, who had cribbed the bad Latin, it He tells us that he was a man who “
seems, frem Ovid. This ineident, and the duced all politeness to forms, and moral fact that Shelley disliked learning to dance, virtue to expediency.” In short he was a are the Captain's sole records of Brentford man very
like other men of whom there is school. It was scarce worth making a book little to be said that can furnish a page to for this and yet in one point of view the biographer. The one feeling which Medwin's testimony is not without some seems to have absorbed all others in the value. Shelley's detestation of school and
* "Visits to Remarkable Places,”. vol.; and the tyranny of the elder boys, has been in also “Homes and Haunts of the Poets."
general understood as exclusively to be re