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word, the senses which it bore in different ages, and in different authors, were distinctly noticed, with references and quotations wherever they appeared desirable. The sound description of his scholarship, led all persons to regard this undertaking with satisfaction and with confidence.

The progress of the Lexicon shortly experienced an interruption from another undertaking, tending to promote the same objects; a Translation of the Greek and German Grammar of Matthiæ: with this work Mr. Blomfield had become acquainted while in Germany, and being struck with its great superiority to all the Grammars which he had seen, he conceived the idea of introducing it to the knowledge of his countrymen. The obligation which he has hereby conferred upon English scholars, to whom the original work was inaccessible, is generally felt and acknowledged.

This work, which he left unpublished, has since been edited by his brother, with such improvements in point of index and references as were agreeable to the views of the translator. It was destined that this should be the only fruit which the world was to receive from the literary attainments of Mr. Edward Blomfield. He was now in the full bloom of reputation; there was scarcely a young man in the country, the promise of whose talents and character was more highly estimated; and he had the most flattering prospects of rising to worldly eminence; when his career was suddenly arrested by the hand of death. He had been passing the summer of 1816 in Switzerland, in company with an amiable young Nobleman, his pupil: at the end of September, as he was hastening back to Cambridge, where he was nominated Proctor for the ensuing year, he incurred too much fatigue from travelling; and on his landing at Dover, after a long passage, having been the whole night on deck, he felt the attacks of illness, but without any apprehension of its serious nature becoming now more anxious to reach his friends, he proceeded, though in a state of fever, to Cambridge: here the fatal malady rapidly gained ground upon his constitution, and after a few days illness, he was removed to another state of existence.

The anguish which this event caused to his numerous friends, it would be difficult to describe; those only can

conceive it who know how sincerely he was esteemed and beloved by all who had enjoyed the happiness of his acquaintance. His mortal remains were interred in the chapel of Emmanuel College, where the tears shed over his untimely grave, by a large assemblage of friends, testified in a remarkable degree how truly he was beloved, and how deeply he was regretted. A marble tablet in the cloister of that college commemorates him by the following inscription:

Juxta requiescit

In vicino Sacello conditus

Hujusce Collegii Socius.
In eo

Bonarum Artium ac Litterarum Disciplina
Egregium Ingenium
Alebant atque ornabant,

Summa autem vitæ innocentia
Equabili morum suavitate conjuncta
Vera Religionis Studium

Mire illustrabat.

Fato sibi non immaturo,
Suis acerbissimo ereptus

Obiit vir Id. Octob.


The leading features of Mr. Edward Blomfield's character may be described to have been a clear and discriminating judgment, a strict and undeviating attention to principle, and a constant habit of regarding the great objects of human conduct. Although his brilliant endowments were such, as would have enabled him to take the lead in whatever station his lot of life had been cast, and although he possessed from nature a high and manly spirit, yet his demeanour was unpretending and modest; and his opinion of himself was far below that which was universally entertained respecting him. He enjoyed society, in which his conversation was often lively and playful; his

powers of wit and humour were of no ordinary cast, but they were never exerted in a way which gave pain or uneasiness to others. His attachments were both warm and steady; and to this particular it is undoubtedly owing, that his loss was so acutely lamented, and that his memory still continues to be affectionately cherished by his surviving friends.

Such was the young man whose brief and promising career I have attempted to describe. It will not, I hope, be deemed superfluous to have thus recorded the merits and the virtues of one whose early fate prevented his being more generally known to the world. Had his life been spared, he would, according to all probability, have been considered a great character; but a more amiable or more deserving one, he could not possibly have been. Though an untimely grave has deprived society of his virtues and his excellences, yet to secure them from oblivion is an office due to the memory of a lamented friend, and it is due likewise to those, who may hereby learn that an unsullied and meritorious career, while it aspires to higher and imperishable rewards, will not fail to secure within its own sphere the posthumous meed of fame.

J. H. M.


CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS. Ricardi Porsoni Nota in Aristophanem, quibus Plutum Comadiam partim ex ejusdem recensione partim e manuscriptis emendatam et variis lectionibus instructam, præmisit, et collationum appendicem adjecit Petrus Paulus Dobree, A. M. Collegi SS. Trinitatis Socius. Cantabrigiæ, 1820. We must defer our account of this volume to the next number, as also of Mr. Kidd's learned and enlarged edition of Dawes's Miscellanea Critica, in the notes to which, the student will find a great mass of curious philological information.

Mr. Briggs, who is well known to scholars, by the emendations of Theocritus which are subjoined to Mr. Gaisford's edition of that poet, has just published the Greek Bucolic Poets at our University press. We hope to give some account

of this work in our next number.

A Third Edition of Professor Monk's Hippolytus of Euripides appeared at the beginning of the present year.

Dr. Blomfield is about to print a second edition of the Agamemnon, and an Abridgment of Matthiae's Greek Grammar, for the use of the younger students in Greek. The Choephori will be put to press shortly.

Professor Gaisford has published a complete collection of the Scholia on Hesiod and Theocritus, forming the 3d and 4th volumes of his edition of the Poeta Minores Græci. His Stobæus is in the press.


EURIPIDIS BACCHE in usum studiosa juventutis recensuit Petrus Elmsley, A. M. Oxon. 1821. Of this work we had prepared an account for the present number, but have been prevented from inserting it by want of room. It has not diminished any thing of the high reputation of the Editor, although it has not perhaps added greatly to it. We have reason to believe that he is now employed upon Sophocles.

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Mr. George Burges has written a new Greek play, which he entitles the SUPPLICES. As it does not fall within our plan to criticise the classical compositions of modern authors, we shall abstain from any remarks upon this ingenious production, and content ourselves with giving one specimen of his successful imitation of Eschylus.

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We rather think, however, that Æschylus would have preferred σὺ γενοῦ το σὺ γενέσθω: but perhaps Mr. Burges recollected the precept nec desilies imitator in arctum &c. The notes are equally remarkable for sound criticism, good feeling, and elegant Latinity.

We understand that Professor Hermann has at length put his Eschylus to press. The long time which he has bestowed upon the revision of that noble tragedian leads us to expect that he will produce a work not unworthy of his high reputation for sagacity and learning.

Aristophanis Nubes, fabula nobilissima, integrior edita auctore Carolo Reisigio Thuringio: accedit Syntagma Criticum cum additamentis et commentatio de vi et usu av particula. Lipsiæ, 1820. This is the Gentleman who is so severe upon Porso, as he calls him.

Aristophanis Pax. ex recensione Gulielmi Dindorfii. Lipsiæ,


A sixth volume of Matthiæ's Euripides has just appeared, containing his notes upon the first four plays.

Bekker's Thucydides is almost completed.

His edition of

the Greek Orators will be published by the University of Oxford.

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