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Comprising i. THE FLOWERS OF LITERATURB. II. THE SPIRIT OF THE MAGAZINES,
III. THE WONDERS OF NATURE AND ART,
VI. THE MECHANICS ORACLE.
that the name of the beloved Jane Grey, may be observed, as traced by the
hand of the illustrious but uofortunate ANTIQUITIES OF LONDON. Dadley, while confined previous to his NO. 2.-THE TOWER,
execution, which, our readers may re
collect, took place a few moments beWAAT a variety of emotions agitates fore that of his young and beautiful the breast of a Briton when bę beholds
spouse, and by order of the cruel Mary, this venerable relic of the feudal times,
the persecutor of the hapless Protestfor such it is, although some would
ants of that period. No doubt the noble have it an erection of the mighty Stafford too, that victim to the worst Cæsar, when it was in reality built by feelings of a horde of wretches, who a later conqueror of England-the envied him that geoius of wbich their Norman William. What scenes of pigmy minds could not catch a single blood and horror, of happiness and spark-that Stafford, who williogly wretchedness, have passed within its laid his head on the block to save, if ancient walls!
How many great possible, his sovereign's life and throne, statesmen, queens, and other exalted how fruitlessly we know, alas! too personages, have respired their last well-may have oft pined in gloomy breath in the gloomy dungeons of this
meditation on the fickleness of fortune, well-guarded fortress ! How many though he would soon rise superior to times has the black panoply of death the petty vexations of this poor world. been seen upon its hill, sure harbinger We cannot help heaving a sigh at the of the execution either of some appro- thought of Sir Thomas More, the genved trajtor, or some innocent victim to
tle, placid, chadcellor, being conducta political intrigue and lofty ambition !
ed to tbis dull mansion by the Traitor's But to desceod to particulars :-we
Gate; surely of all others he could not here see the very White Tower which
deserve the name of traitor ; but so it was the origin of the whole pile, and was, that, under the reign of a fagi. which was erected eight hundred years tious prince (tlenry VIII.) this great. ago by the bastard of Falaise, for the and good man felt the edge of the headsgreater security of his metropolitan man's axe-horrid thought! But still possessions. *
The rude architecture the mild forbearance and jocose careof the other parts frequently betrays lessness of Sir Thomas, during his mistheir extreme antiquity, and carries fortunes, cast, as it were, a ray of back ibe surveyor to the remote periods liglit over the otherwise dark scene," of baronjal barbarity. of this we and the filial piety of his daughter, might produce many instances; we
Miss Roper, who preserved his honor. will, however, merely mention one : ed head from disgraceful exposure, and The Tower chapel is partly built of pined over it in secret, forces the flint stones, and partly of oister shells. pleasing tear of sympathy, while we
To a reflective mind much more in caonot but execrate the cause of her terest is afforded by the contemplation grief. of the Bloody Tower, so called from
Then again we think of the crook. the many scenes of death which its backed tyrant Richard, who ordered walls have witnessed. It is in this the murder of his innocent nephews in Tower, to the best of our recollection,
this very turret. - After Shakespeare
has touched upon the subject, it would • An interesting and well written tale be ridiculous to dwell upon this horrid called the White Tower is contained in a con:
theme ; but we must be allowed to rutemporary publication, entitled “ The Tell. Tale."
minale a wbile on the courageous loyalVOL. IV.
ty of Brackenbury, the sneaking coa: the “ days gone by ;" for very near it ardice of Tyrrel, and the remorseless is the residence formerly occupied by villainy of the hired assassins. But the celebrated Gilbert Burnet, bishop enough of the Bloody Tower, though of Sarum, and author of the famous we could enumerate many scenes which « History of bis own Times," and nos would " harrow ap the soul" and“ pake tenanted by Mr. Penry, a respectable the blood run cold,” which have hapo undertaker and clerk of the parish. A pened within its dreary precincts. view of this building, which preserves
The curious observer will find inäny much of its ancient aspect, may be antique curiosities in other parts of the found in one of the volumes of the Gen• building, particularly some highly in teman's Magazine, which work was teresting relics of the Augastan age of first planned and pablished by Edward England--the days of good Queen Cave, at the Gate. Next to Si. John's Bess."-lo other words, there are here Church, and, in a very retired situation, preserved inany articles of torture, &c. stands a modern-looking house, which taken from the invincible Spanish Ar tradition relates was once in the pose mada, which awaken the best feelings session of Oliver Cromwell, who resi. of a Briton's heart, and jouse him to ded in it. That far-fained man night deeds like those of Drake. Figures of have resided on the ste, but, no doubt, most of our monarchs, ancient armour, the present erection is of much later the Regalia of England, and many date than the time of Charles ; but, be other specimens of art, &c. may also that as it may, it is still regarded as a be viewed, at a triding expense. sacred spot. A view has been given,
A. N. A. in a contemporary publication, of ano.
ther residence of this celebrated reput
fican. We should like to see a lule No. 3.-ST. JOHN'Y GATE. information on the subject. Most of our readers have, without
But let us return to the gate itself. doubt, gazed on the wood-cut which
Its foriner glories are faded : it is ons decorates the front of the magazine of regarded as a mere useless pile, and the worihy and venerable Sylvanus will probabiy be somn destroyed by Urban, (who must be an antiquity him.
some modern Vandal. One side of it self, as he bas edited the Gentleman's' is, we believe, occupied by a brick ninety-four years!) which, Geoffrey layer, the other (On profanum vulgus) is Crayon says, inspired him with a long
in the possession of a publican, who ing desire to visit it, and see the queer vends genuine London porter on the old men who are there represented as
very spot where, in gone-by ages, the lounging about it, who, by the bye, brave knighıs of St. Jolin quatred the have disappeared from the new plate. blood-red wine from silver gokiets. Be that as it inay, we shall now give
The slow march of tiine has delapidated some historical particulars of it.
the ancient structure, and most proba. This ancient pile was erected by the bly in about twenty years a view of Knights Hospitallers, or knights of Sr.
St. John's Gate will be regarded as a Jolin of Jeruzalem, who also founded curiosity, as the original will, perhaps, near it a priory and hospital, which,
be hy that time levelled wild the dust, were burnt by Wal. Tyler's mob, who March 10, 18 25. A. N. A. entered Sinithfeld ihriogh this gate. This lawless act was doubiy bar barons, SKETCHES OF MANNERS. for, besides destroying a fine specimen
PROFESSED PEOPLE. of architecture, they massacred many inoffensive priests and poor sick per. sons, but such will ever be the acts of
HAVE you ever narrowly, ay, or a wretched rabbir, who, under the
even cursorily observed the external specious plea of reform, and led by
arrangement of a painter? factious a'd discontented villains, rise
have, you will find something outre in up in arms to destroy all that is good
his mise. His hair is to bed so as in and noble.
produce a picturesque effect; his eyes. St. John's gate prossesses a prcnliar have a keep and penetræning express interest, as being ihe last remnant of
sion; he makes a great ur of his eye. the ancient portils of the cirv, (with
bross; and it is out locuminou to see the exception of Temple Bir,ni which
hiyo sientating with his hods. It is au account will be givro in an early
all for effect. number.) and as having in its immedia
Some are, of course, much too sens ale neighbourhood many vesuges of
sible for Ibese things; but I know of
Å FEW QUERIÉS.
Gore, bigb or low, who in painting his exactly as you are, while I make a own picture has not depicted himself in sketch of you. I shall call it the dissome strange posture or dress. One uppointed toper." This was no joke decks hiipself out as a Circassian ; - he was perfectly serious--and angry, another mounts a fur cap ; a third or sather surprised, as the gentleman sports a base peck and Raphael-parted was, he could not help laughing at the ringlets; a fourth looks over his shoul. grotesqueness of the actioo aod the pro: der, and so on, Turn up Horace Wal- posal. pole's book of painters, and you can. He would look up and tell you quite not fail to be struck with this peculiar, gravely, ibat it was a very ill-executed ity. If you did not know the charac sky; and, io a thunder storm, would ters of the persons you were examining, pray heartily that the lightning would you would take them for a set of mer strike through a steeple, or set fire to a ry-andrews.
thatched roof. It was pure love of art ; Your painter, professed in society, for he was one of the best patured men is for a while amusing. It is impossie in ihe world, and would not hurt a fly. ble not to sympaibise with the naïveté Yet I heard him say. that the burning of Wilson, when he, in admiration of of Drury-lane was a fine splendid thing a cascade, burst out into the exclama - magnificent masses of light and sha. tion of " Well done, water, by G-!” dow--and all that it wanted was some or with the enthusiasm of-( who was
figures (he meant people) rising or full11: I forget, though I ought not, as it ing in the flames. Then, he said, it is a common story)-of the Italian, would bave been perfeci, and gralified who, upon seeing a sublime painting the heart of any artist of real feeling. by Michael Angelo, feeling his own I do not know how it is, ibat so many powers, instinctively utiered, “ Sonio
painters have taken up odd fancies. anche pittore !” Nothing can be more The only real astrologer I know, who delightful than when the Lawrence will believes devoutly in the art, is V favor us, by expatiating with energy (I do not like to give more of his name,) on the art which his productions honor, a very clever fellow: The most euthu. or the Northcote opens the stores of siastic believer in Richard Brothers, knowledge, eloquence, and informa ljon of the tribe of Judah, was Henry tion, which make him so captivating Sharpe. But the most amusing was to all who have the happiness to hear Cosway. He would tell you, with unhim.
altered face, that he was present at I am writing seriously, 1 perceive, every event from the creation—that he which is contrary to my genius. The bad seen the serpent in Paradise- had man whom I had in my eye, when I commanded io ine battle of Cavnæ-, undertook to write this, was poor Will beeo witness to Magna Charta, and so Varnish. If you walked in the coun
A group of painters were one day try with him, he would tell you to walk
discussing the merit of a picture (I forfast over the uninteresting fore-ground, get by whom) of the beheading of in order to get at the hill in the backo
Charles I. Some dispute arose as 10 ground, so well worked out of the sky.
the costume of Charles.
Cosway I never heard him make use of the
maintained that the artist was wrong, words man, woman, or child, in my adding, with great gravity, “ You lise, while speaking of people passing ; ought Aot to dispule will ine; I must they were always the figures. He got kuow better than any of you." himself into a thousand scrapes by his " And how, Mr. Cosway?" ardor. A clown in Rutlandshire was “ How, Sis !” said Cosway, with a going to knock him down, because he
compassionate smile, “ for the best congratulated him on a pair of black
reasun in the world. It was I who eyes he had got in a buxing march.
put on his clothes in the morning, and “My dear fellow," said he, “I never
blood by bim on the scaffold." witnessed so pretty an effeci---such fine,
There was no arguing again;t that, light and shade: you would be a study
and the point was ruled in his favor. for Sir Thomas himself.”
Musicians and actors remain for my I knew him to seize a gentlemau's series. I shall next take up'the Sous of arm in a coflee-house, just as he was Song. going to swallow a glass of wine.
A FEW QUERIES, Good Heaven, Sir !” he exclaiined, so what a fine expression of surprise you Whether the taste for music is not have in your countenance, indeed, in sufficiently spread to allow ofibe lialian your whole attitude. Try and keep Opera being ibrowa open to the public
et something like the pricer at whick by step) has been equalled by any thing it is enjoyed in orber capitals ; and, as since the siege of Troy? under the present system of exclusion, Whether the opening into Lincoln's all who have had any thing to do in its Ina Fields, commenced fourteen yean monagement for inany years bave been ago, by way of Pickett Place, shalt ruined by it, whether it might not ( just ever be completed i--and whether, it by way of experiment) be as well to that event should ever occar, it would try, io place of the patronage of the not be a great treat to mark the asto. great, what might be done by the ad. nishment of many of the neighbouring mission of the many?
inhabitants at the first sight of that terra Whether the time is ever to arrive incognita, many thousands (from its with us, when the graces of oratory having beeo always so carefully shut shall be accompanied by the appropri up) never having so much as dreamt of Ale gestures of ihe body! --and whether its existence ? the present systein of sprawling, plung Wheth.r the selecting ofthe figurantes ing, and thumping, does not coo-idera- for our national theatres is a question of bly less resemble the persuasive and heads or of heels ?-and, if of the lat• natural efforts of intellect, than the cvo- ter, whether in the lower proportions fortions of a galvanized corpse? of the figure, something less substaotial
Whether it is quite fair lo he always than the balustrades of Westminster reproaching our Continental neighbours Bridge might not do nearly as well, and for eommencing buildings which they look something better? ALPHA. oever finish, while we exbibit Somerset House (the finest and most centrical ob. Literary. Information. ject of our metropolis) with an entire wing yet unbuill, and thus left for the best part of a century?
EARLY in April ia promised, a Catae Why, in carrying on the process of logue of all those pictures by Sir Joxboa Macadamizing, our foest streets and Reynolds wbich have been engraved, thoroughfares are converted into inanu.' with the Names of the Engravers, &c. factories for roads, and blocked up for Annung forthcoming novelties, we no. entire months with that object ?-Why tice (from several publishers' lists) & some piece of waste ground elsewhere sequel volume to Evelyn's Memoirs : it might not do pretty nearly as well! - is by Mr. Upcott, and is expected in or, whether there is any thing in the about three weeks. mysteries of Macadamization resem Milton's discovered work, “ De hling those of a beef-steak, which, ac Doctrina Christiana," admirably trans. cording to the most approved recipes, is lared, and edited by the Rev. C. R. good for nothing unless cooked on the Sumner, sport
Lord Porchester's Poem of “The Whether, by the years consumed in Moor," io six cantos. building our courts of justice while our Another volume of Horace Valpole's vast ad splendid theatres are the work Letters; addressed to Lord Heriford, of but a few months, any thing else is
at Paris. jotended than a sly cominentary W. Mitford, on the Religions of “the law's delay;"
Ancicot Greece, 8vo, nearly ready. For how inany years it is to happen Pompeiana,” by Sir W. Gell and in “ this great nation," (as we delight J. P. Gandy, with more than a hundred to call ii,) that, while other capitals Engravings. boast of superb palaces for their national A second volume of Captain Brooks'' pictures, a foreigner shall be directed, Travels in Norway, &c. when enquiring for ours, to a paliry Caplain Blaquiere, another volume Dnile house in Pall Mall, wbere he will oo Greece, find them to the number of ten or a In Paris, the Album of the fainous dozen, in just suck rooms as many a fortune teller, Mademoiselle le Norretired cheesemonger would be far from mand, is announced. The prospectus being proud of ?
calls it a precious collection of secret Whether tbe tenacity with which our memoirs, literary miscellanies, and letbrave troops keep possession of the ters of celebrated persons, &c. It is to Mews, blocking up thereby all the coveist of five large quarto volumes, i avruwes to Leicester Square and the above eighty volumes in octavo!! and greatest part of Soho, southward, (and to appear in parts. this too when sappers and miners, in the shape of bricklayers and builders, bave beca for years pressing upon them alep
THE FOURTH VOLUME.
A BJENT man, the, 89.
Brandy from potatoes, 393.
Brazils the, 201.
his early poems, 148.
causes of his soparation,
lines on completing his
36th year, 159.
conversations of, 148.
the personal character of,
his stanzas to the Po, 160.
his aspiration to Sovereiga
Canterbury tale, 10.
Change of rings, a tale, 71.
Chapter on rails, 347.
Chartres calhedral, account of, 97.
Chronology of the year 1824, 285, 300,
Cibber, Charlotie, memoir of, 28.
Clearing shower, a, 32.
Clever thing, a
Columbus, the largest ship ever built,
Comforts of an inn, il.
Conception, a Quiz, 8.
Confessions of a rambler, 338.
CONVERSAZIONE of the Editor, 296,
Convict ship, a poem, by K. Harvey,
Cooking, history of, 286.
Country comforts, 267.
Crystal summer holise, 47.