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prejudices of lier sons, than at the present formed us so that even our errors may be pro' moment; in thus addressing her fajrest daugh. | ductive of virtue. ters, I look to them not ouly as the pride and It bas indeed been too much the practice ornament of the present day, I view them not with modern sceptics, to consider eveu naonly as the comfort and sulace of the present tional attachment as puerile and contracted; generation, but as the mothers of the succeed. || their bosoms, they boasted, were glowing with ing one; it is their task “ to teach the young an universal philanthropy, wbilst their ac. idea how to shoot,” to prompt to virtue, and tions in many instances have proved that they even make the passions and prejudices of their were solely guided by principles of selfish little ones subservient to vational glory, hap- || aggrandisement, by envy towards superior piness, and security. The love of home, the talent or superior furtune; or by an insane pride of noble, nay of honest ancestry, must vanity, which in its consequences has con. always lead to true patriotism; these passions, Jucted so many of them to the scaffo!d and to if cultivated in early youth, will remain despairing suicide! through existence; be it therefore the design If it be allowed on all sides, and proved in. of the following lectures not only to prompt, | deed it is by general custom, that the feeling but to enable the fair sex of all ranks in life, to of virtuous importance derived from illustrie instil this principle into their little ones; we ous or ancient descent, is laudable in i self shall consequently consider the subject in the and beneficial to society, it will be more emimost familiar manuer, divested as far as pos. | nentiy so when the individual can separate sible of the mere terms of art, and explained | bimself from the general mass, when his fa. by practical illustratious of its uses and cus inily anvals are ascertained by authentic re. toms at the present day.
cords, not only proving their antiquity, but Eveu in the earliest ages, the pride of an. also tracing a long line of illustrious projeçestry, though a general principle, soon be- nitors; this he feels as a perpetuity of suc. came a particular one; as particular families | cession, which it behoves bim to continue, from superior virtue, or superior prowess, be as a trust which he must transmit uuim paired came separated from the great mass of the to his posterity; and this sensation is not conpeople, the same spirit becaine more peculiarly fiued to high titled lineaye alone, for the ac. theirs; they caught the national enthusiasm, curate observer of mankind will find it pervade and with an ardent desire to render an illus- | the boson of the simple cottager, who cuntrious line, yet more illustrious, they gallantly templates with honest satisfaction the memory braved the sword of tyranny in the field, or set of a respected grandsire, his predecessor, per• bounds to domestic oppression by their energy | haps, in his straw-built cot. and prudence in the council; in their turos This appears, indeed, to be the genuine mean. resisting the encroachments of an ainbitious ing, the patural interpretation of tbat par. oligarchy, or the wild theories of the unprio- tiality for national and family ancestry, so cipled leaders of a turbulent democracy. Such universally felt, which forms the great prin. was, such has been the progress both of states | ciple of the social compact, which in our and of individuals; and such is the general regard for our family biuds us more strongly sentiment of all nations at the present day, | to our country, and which in the gratification with the exception of a neighbouring state, of our patriotic pride renders that family even during the short lived reign of a visionary | dearer to us. philosophy.
It is true we must feel the warmest affecIu tracing the descent of particular families, tion for our more immediate progenitors; yet from a general ancestor, it has been urged that when we contemplate the actions of those little reliance could be placed on the catalogue who lived in earlier times, even the obscurity of his virtues, whether banded down to us by ) which surrounds them imparts a portion of tradition, or preserved in the legends of sublimity to the most unimportant; the glow monkish credulity and prejudice ; but even of our tenderest passions is kindled; the allowing that to be the case, yet if his de. memory of the days that are gone becomes scendants are indeed stimulated to virtue by more interesting, and the instructions which their high fancied notions of family importance, may be drawn froin them is rendered more or even by a general spirit of national pride, persuasive. This general feeling makes the surely the prudent statesman and the true history of our own country more particularly philosopher will hail the generoas sensation, || interesting, and gives peculiar force to those and admire the goodness of that Being, who | periods of it wbich mark the origią or the in our imperfect and probationary state has progress of public economy and of domestic
detail; for in these we trace the different iu- || liar love for the Church, however we may
whom we are not only indebted for many of
the judicious observer is nou offended should cease ; or rather, here must it cominence; fur, the daring painter, by one bright ray of sun on his arrival, about half a century before the sline, break in upou these softened tints, if Christianæra, the inliabitants were merely a few this one ray should barmonize with the re wandering tribes, possessing little beyond their neral effect.
arms and a strong spirit of independence; por Such then is the object of our présent lec was it until after a long series of warfare that tures, slightly to sketch the origin of Eng. the Romans were enabled to call themselves lish ancestry, to examine into the nature of masters of the Island. This possession, how. personal Heraldry, to develope the origin of ever, merely extended to the soil, as the Brisirnames, and to analyse the reasons for their tons disilaining slavery, fed into the fortresses adoption; tually, tu gratily a laudable curio uf Wales and Corowall, and it is likely were sity in those wbose time and opportunities also the progenitors of the Picls and of some will not permit a more elaborate rescarch, lu tribes of the Scots, by some of the inore facilitate, or rather to prompt to genealogical worthern aborigines flying beyond Cheriut and heraldic inquiry, and to blend some por and the Twecl, preferring liberty among the tion of amusement with some novelty of in barren muuntains of Caledonia, lu the fertility sruction.
of their native plains, under the lash of a cou. As far as regards' family and sirname, in the
queror. progress of men and manners in Britain pre. It is natural to suppose that the long posvious to the Norman settlement, little is session of Britain by the Roman legions, known; tben, indeed, families became more mixed a great portion of Roman with the distinct, because property, by the introduction British blood; this connexion however ceased of the feudal for the allodial system, hecame in the latter days of the Roman empire, and more regular in its descent, and because at the legions being withdrawn), the country was that time, or very soon after, the general i left to the aboriginal inhabitants, and to ibe adoption of bereditary Heraldry gave addi-mixed descendants of the two nations. A new tional accuracy to the annals of the Genea
source of ancestry however louk place in tlie logist.
days of Vortigern by the arrival of the Saxou Amongst the ancient inbabitants of this auxiliaries under Hengist and Horsa; these country, and indeed in all others in a simple adventurers were from Sallaud, and baving state of civilization, names were used singly, il secured a fuoting in England, they settled in and confined to one individual; and though we Keut, where they founded the first kingdom are ignorant of their etyinology, we inay in- of the Saxon Heptarchy, and where, of course, fer that they were descriptive of sone parti- it is natural to suppose that much of their cular qualities in the bearer, as is the case in blood remains at the present day. ali savage nations known at the present day: The success of these invaders induced a some of these names are preserved by Cæsar number of their countrymen to sail for the and the succeeding historians, and may yet be northern part of Britain ; after plundering the found in the pedigrees of Wales and Coro- eastern coast of Scotland, they arrived off wall; the want of a family sirname, however, Northumberland, landed and soon occupied would render accuracy impossible, even if the the country as far as the Frith of Forth, where intermediate descents had been detailed in they firmly established themselves, their pos. written evidence.
terity remaining to tlie present day. It is That the original germ of British ancestry || supposed indeed, from the facility with whicha was from Gayl and Belgium, is now considered || they made this settlement, that this part of as beyond a doubt. Previous to the coming the country was at that period totally depo. of Cæsar, Britain was unknown to the world of pulated between the two walls of Severus and Jetters; not totally so indeed, as there are some | Antoninus, in consequence of the contests beslight notices of it in works written previous tween the Piets and Britoos; and we thus see 'to Cæsar's time ; but though the Phænicians, it inhabited by a new race, whose languge aud or at least the Carthaginians had visited the whose posterity may be considered as totally south-western parts of the Island in search of distinct from their neighbours for many cenJead and tin, yet no extensive accounts of its turies afterwards. state or even of its situation, were committed Saxoo settlements were shortly after formed to writing, as we find that Cæsar's informa-in Sussex, Hampshire, Dorsetshire, and part tiot respecting it was received from the bar. of Devon, and the Britons having retired to barous and ignorant inhabitants of the shores the western provincer, succeeding adventurers opposite to the Kentish coast.
from the Elbe, and other rivers of Germany, Here then all genealogical research must of wbich all that part was then called Saxony,
found no difficulty in securing themselves on ed, that the great mass of the population was the eastern coast, and at last became so nu formed by the incorporation of the descend. merous that they were able to penetrate into ants of these different nations, in the same the interior, so that is a short time all the manner as the language became a general comeastern and iniddle parts of Britain, as well as pound from the different dialects. This inthe soutbern coast were peopled by a new deed seeins completely satisfactory for the inrace, who calling it the land of ingles, the vestigation of our general origin, and shews name of the first adventurers, have left to us that even at the present day, those of Saxon the general appellation of Engleland, or Eng. or even of Norman nomenclature may yet lavid. Such were the ancestry of a great part boast of the ancient British blood; and this of var modern population; nothing, however, il consideration will refer more particularly to is known of their genealogy, or of their dif the western parts of England, as well as to ferent families, with the exceptiou of those Wales and Cornwall. who sat on the different thrones; but even Tbe Saxons having parcelled out the lands there the descent was so little attended to, the upon that principle afterwards called allodial, succession being generally repudiated either affixed uew names to the different districts and by force or fraud, that liitle dependence can subdivisions, thus giving to the Britvns as well he placed on the genealogies which trace a as to their mixed posterity, a new nomencla. descent from these princes. As sirnames also, ture; it is also worthy of remark here, that or arms, which are the most accurate guides where the Saxovs found do peculiar properties in the investigation of genealogy, bad not yet in their lands to justify an allusive name, it come into use, we must be content to remain was customary for them to impose on them in ignorance of the particular facts, trusting the names of the proprietors; but in direct Bulely to general deductions from history, ge- opposition to this was the custom afterwards neral similarity in language and in person, introduced by the Normans, of giving the and the derivative etymology of our modern name of the lands to the proprietor ; it is also
a curious fact, that the ancient Britons of Tu the ninh century we find a nrw stock of Cornwall and Wales, iu assuming distinguishancestry arising from the incursions of the ing names, adopted modes entirely different Danes; it is vol our plan bere indeed to trace from each other; the former taking their thien through the various stages of history, appellatives from the places of their residence, nor can we confine their probable descendants the latter vever using more than the patroto any specific part of Britain, as their settle. nynuic sp, until the reign of James the First. ments were both in the southern and northern We have us seen that the south westera districts; but there is no doubt tbat this new parts, extending from Hampshire to Somerset race when first establisherl, formed a distinct and so ou to Cornwall, were tbe liabitations of part of the population, though their descend thie Saxons; Kent, Essex, and the eastern ants, by frequent intermarriages with the counties as far as Cambridgeshire were over. Sasons, bave lost many of their peculiarities run by tbe Augles, as was also that interior of accent and of person; the paines of these district called Mercia, comprehending sixteen original settlers may lonever still be traced of the most central counties; whilst all the in our modern sirnames, such as Henderson, eastern lands, north of the Humber were sel. Anderson, Jauson, &c. &c. It is worthy of tled by the Jutes with a proportion of Angles; remark, however, that some of the latter cu to the west of all these were the ancient lonies which settled on the castern coast, have Britons, and to the north, the Scots and descendants in the mountainous parts of York Picts, the latter of whom being entirely defeat. shire and Duslam, where the inhabitants may | ed, became incorporated with the Scots, be distinctly traced from the original stock. thenceforth forming one nation. Dua general view however of this new popula Such is the genealogical origin of the greater tion, we are not to suppose that the Britons part of our modern population, with the adwere entirely expatriated from the districts dition of some Danish and of much Norman occupied by ir; as few women were brought blood; it is true that in later times, a great from Saxony of Denmark, the new comers of change has taken place from the intimate concourse intermarried with the patives. We may vection with the sister kingdoms, and from also observe that a new language is now sprung the subsequent great influx of foreigners ; that up throughout the island, and as in this lan part of the question shall, however, be cog. guage we meet with a large proportion of the sidered iu future lectures in conjunction with ancient British, and even some remains of the the Heraldic Analysis Roman tougues, il inay be rationally conclud.
SKETCH OF THE CHARACTER OF MR. WINDHAM.
Ox Monday June 4th, at a quarter after The style of Mr. Windham's eloqnence partwelve, died, at his house in Pall-Mall, the took of his character; it was more colloquial, Right Hon. W. Windham, L. L. D. many years and therefore not so grand as Mr. Burke's. Member of Parliament for the City of Nor. It abounded in illustrations; and those illuswich, afterwards representative of the County tratious, from the propensity of observation of Norfolk, and latterly of St. Jawes'. on common life which we have above-men.
Amongst other lamentable events of the last tioned, had more the quality of humour than few years, the public have to enumerate the of ornament and elegance.-In the character loss of many enincut men, who have suc of his genius he had a very near resemblance cessively fallen, one after the other, not so tu Butler, the great author of Hudibras. He much by the decay of age, as by something bad a mind full of homespun and practical of accident, which has intercepted them in images, taken indiscriminately from the partheir full career, and brought them to the il lour, the kitchen, the strect, the country ground, when themselves and the spectator's church-yard, and the ale-house door. Almost have least apprehended it.--- Mr. Pitt died at a every thing he said was in metaphor; but as time when, whatever might have been his line the images were homely, they were striking, of politics, his talents were much wanted. Mr. | without being stiff and formal. Whatever noFox was cut off at a period when he was about iion was in his mind, if the common term did to terminate a long war. Of all the events of
not express the strength of his conception, le this kind, nothing is to be more regretted never liesitated to borrow the stronger name of than the loss of Mr. Windham; who was at any object which it resembled; and, in thus once a Statesman and a Scholar, and almost | borrowing, he was satistied with a very genethe only remaining one of those bulwarks ral resemblauce. Some of his illustrations, which, in a time of extreme peril, rose up be- || therefore, though they may instantaneously tweeu the example of France and this country, strike the mind at the first blow, have even thic and, more than ten Channels, saved us from
appearance of absurdity, after the heat of the conquest and contagion.
speaker and ilie reader have passed. This is Mr. Windham was a true disciple of Burke. no objection to that kind of cluquence, which He had much of his wisdon, and still more of both speaks from the feeling and to the feels his faucy, accompanied, as we think, by a ing greater knowledge of nature, arising from an It has been another objection to Mr. Winduncommon sagacity of mind. If we were called ham's speaking and arguing that he was too upon to exemplify this observation by adducing metaphysical. Those who use this word secm what we consider the happiest efforts of to apply it without any determinate meaning. DIr. Wiudham's Parliamentary eloquence, we If they apply it to his form of argumentation, should select thore speeches in which he ri they must mean that he was too logical-too diculed the Poor Bills of Mr. Pitt, aud the formal in his method of argument. This we Education Bill of Mr. Whitbread ;-the Train- | deny, and we think we have said enough ing and Volunteer Acts;-the Bull-baiting Bill, | above to answer it. Nothing could possibly be and finally Lord Erskine's Anjinal Cruelty Bill; inore easy and colloquial thau his whole course in which, confounding the objects of morals of reasoning; and it it were not inmediately and legislation, and conscience and law, the intelligible, it was only because it was the reapatrons endeavoured at a perfection which the soning of a more than common mind, and actual condition of life and character would ll therefore necessarily profound.-It was laid in pot admit. In all these cases Mr. Windham's principle, and always verging towards gene. 'conduct and speeches gave the death-blow m ralization; making exceptions as he went along, an instant. In ridiculing the Training Bills | speaking, as if he were writing, and carefully the shewed the spirit of a true cornic writer, || limiting himself from error. If by the term meand if Hogarth or Wilkie could have been pre- || taphysical, the peculiarity of his expressions - sent to hare embodied his ideas, nothing more be meant,—that is, a kind of technical pre. would have been wanting to the most perfect cision, and proposition of general principles, picture of the kind, uniting satire and life, he had this from Burko, and surely one of the than to have taken off a kind of vil-paper copy || supreme excellencies of Burke must not be obfrom bis imagination.
jected to Mr. Windbam.