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introduce graphic illustrations of any curious subjects or picturesque
views that are likely to attract notice.

With respect to the general interests of the Magazine, we experi-
ence considerable pleasure in stating, that, notwithstanding the power-
ful and extensive Rivalry that has recently existed, we still continue
to receive the warmest encouragement from our Friends in particular,
and the most liberal support from the Publick in general. We find our
literary resources daily augmenting, not only from every department of
the United Empire, but from the remotest portions of the Civilized
World; and we conceive it a duty to express our grateful acknowledge-
ments for the kind support thus extensively given.

From the progressive increase of Contributors, we sanguinely flatter
ourselves that we shall still be enabled, not only to preserve the decided
superiority in points which this Miscellany has so long sustained, but
still further to extend its reputation as a Standard Repository of more
useful and general information than any Periodical Publication extant.

On reverting to the political affairs of Great Britain, and observing
the amelioration of the times, we cannot but experience the highest
gratification. The Revenue, which had alarmingly decreased two or
three years ago, has this year exceeded the most sanguine expectations.
Government has also been enabled to issue Cash Payments, owing to
the abundance of moneyed capital ; and the Funds, those infallible
barometers of national prosperity, have been daily rising, and now
maintain a price almost unparalleled.

None can respect fair and rational discussion on public affairs
more than ourselves. We admire the motives of many worthy Oppo-
sitionists, sincerely believing they have the good of their country at
heart; but we detest and abhor those unprincipled Railers, who exult
over the inisfortunes of their Country, and repine at her prosperity.
Such men can have no other object than that of effecting a Revolution
under the specious name of Patriotism, and aggrandizing themselves
on the ruins of the State. Were even their own mad theories adopted,
and they themselves excluded from power, they would only be ex-
asperated that no clamour could be raised.

For our parts, we shall always, in unison with every virtuous indi-
vidual, condole over the miserics of our native land, from whatever
cause they may arise ; and sincerely rejoice at her happiness.

We close our Preface, by hailing the bright harbingers of Peace
and Plenty; fondly hoping that Britain's Isle may ever continue to be
the land of Prosperity and of Freedom, clothed with the gorgeous
mantle of Agriculture, and studded with the gems of Arts and Manu-

June 30, 1821.

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W. R.'s interesting account of Girgenti a Monk, a younger son of the Edgeworths and Agrigentum will appear in our next, ac- of Edgeworth (now Edgeware), in Middlecompanied by a Lithographic Chart, repre- sex; which property was carried to the fasenting the present state of that city and its mily of Brydges (query Lord Chandos ?) by environs, according to a survey taken in 1817. a female. This Roger Edgeworth wrote a

The Runic Inscription in Yorkshire will sermon against the Reformers, whose docbe engraved for our next.

trine he afterwards embraced, married, and S. R. is informed, that Lydiate Abbey is had two sons, who went to Ireland ; viz. in the hands of the engraver.

Edward Edgeworth, Bishop of Down and J. P.'s Medal is not uncommon, and has Connor in 1593; and Francis Edgeworth, been frequently engraved.

Clerk of the Hanaper, in 1619. In turning Honoria Libertas (we are sorry to say) over Wood's Athen. Oxon. vol. I. p. 133, is not to our purpose..

I find an account of Roger Edgeworth, who The Bishop of Salisbury, inquired after I presume must be the person to whom Mr. by Philo-Silvanus, was Martin Fotherhy. Edgeworth alludes, as his supposed ancestor.

In answer to “ A Constant Subscriber,' Wood makes no mention of this Roger's the Fourth Volume of “ Illustrations of Li- having conformed, or married. He gives a terature" is in considerable progress; but list of his writings, and states that he died “ heavy bodies move slow.” The Lives of Sir in 1560. According to the same author John Pratt and his illustrious Son, are still (Wood) Roger Edgeworth was a native of in abeyance; but it is hoped that the Noble Holt Castle, in Wales. Marquis, by giving them to the Publick, church preferments : viz. Chancellor of will add one more laurel to those he has so Wells, Canon of Salisbury, &c. Wood says, deservedly gained. The long-promised con- “ When Henry VIII. had extirpated the tributions of the Colossus of Literature, are Pope's power, he (R. E.) seemed to be very still in their hieroglyphic state, and must so moderate, and also in the reign of Edw. VI. ; continue, till some adequate amanuensis can but when Queen Mary succeeded, he shewed be obtained.

himself a most zealous person for the Roman Eu. Hood doubts his having “ fallen Catholic religion, and a great enemy to into error" (see p. 487) in respect to the Luther and the Reformers." epitaph upon Joe Miller. It was given C. T. would be obliged by from a transcript made many years since,

List of the Authors of our daily prayers in and E. H. inquires whether the stone was use, and of the Collects ; in order to inform not transferred from the East side of St. general readers of those instructors in piety Clement's Danes church-yard, to the upper

and true devotion, to be more attracted, if yard in Portugal-street, at the time of pulling possible, by the praise due to the names, as down the antient almshouses, and making well as to their prayers and thanksgivings.” the late improvements round the church.

The following statement presents the The circumstance of the inscription being “ preserved and transferred”, by order of Insurance Companies of London, from Mid

amount of Duty paid by the different Fire Mr. Jarvis Buck, Churchwarden, is highly

summer to Michaelmas 1820 : creditable to that gentleman. It is but few


Duty paid by of the neglected but honourable memorials

each Office. of departed worth, when not wanted to patch

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15,841 escape the shivering blow of the mattock. 8 Royal Exchange 13,422 11 H. C. B. observes, a musical reviewer of 4 Imperial

8,630 14 celebrity always spells the name of Händel 5 County

6,896 15 with the German diphthong ä; if this be

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4,505 19 his memory must wish, that in future, his 8 Atlas

3,812 14 name may appear with a diæresis ä, as almost 9 Albion

3,757 every fount can furnish the type.

10 Westminster

3,594 G. H. W. states, that “Lord Henley (vol.

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3,511 13 XC. i. 396) does not derive his barony

12 Hand in Hand

3,429 7 from Henley in Oxfordshire. His Lordship 13 Eagle

3,158 married the Lady Elizabeth Henley, sister

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2,830 4 7 and co-heiress of the last Earl of Northing

15 London

2,412 10 ton, and was raised to the peerage of Ireland by the title of Baron Henley of Chardstock,

£ 108,655 adopting for his baronial dignity the surname ERRATUM.–Vol. XC. ii. p. 561, b. l. 51, of the noble family whose heiress he had omit the preferment of Rev. Peter Elers, espoused. Mr. Edgeworth, in his Memoirs, whose death, on Nov. 7, is recorded in a derives his pedigree from Roger Edgeworth, previous Number, p. 476.


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For JANUARY, 1821.


Overland Northern Expedition. Whave been favoured with the

E have been favoured with the “ You can easily imagine the plea

perusal of a Letter from a sure which a traveller feels at arriving Gentleman connected with the Over

at his encampment under such cir.

cumstances. This you will probably land Northern Expedition (noticed in

suppose to be a sheltered place, Vol. XC. ii. 548), from which we whereas its preparation simply conselect some interesting passages, rela- sists in clearing away the snow on the tive to the se ity of a North Ame- ground, and placing thereon branches rican Winter. It is dated “ Fort Chi- their blankets, coats, &c., and sleep

of pine, on which the party spread pewyau, Athabasca Lake*, June 6, in comfort, with a large fire at their 1820.”

feet, though the thermometer be 40

degrees below Zero, and with nothing “ My last informed you of my but the canopy of Heaven to cover being on the point of departure for them. Here the Voyageur soon forthis place: the journey, a distance gels his fatigues and cares, and having of eight hundred miles, was performed. supped, lolls, stretched at his ease, in two months. I need not describe to listening with pleasure to the various you, who are such a general reader, narratives of his experienced compathe mode of travelling, with dogs and nions, who usually expatiate at length sledges; nor mention the inconve- on tbe never-failing subject of past niences produced by the severity of a adventures. North American winter ; but I will “ The Canadians, who compose the bear my testimony to the painful ini- principal body of these Voyageurs, tiation into the daily practice of are particularly happy at this kind of walkiog on snow shoes, the misery of amusement, and they possess all the pained ancles and galled feet, which life and vivacity of the French chaa novice invariably has to contend racter, with as great a share of against, and wbich patience and per- thoughtlessness. No men are better severance alone will enable bim to adapted for this service; they are surmount; they were my companions active, and quite equal to any fatigue, for seven or eight days ; afterwards and though' fond of eating to an exI felt no inconvenience.

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Athabasca Lake is situate in 590 N. lat.; and extends froni 110 to 115 W. long. It is surrounded by the dreary wilds of North America, which is solely inhabited by savage tribes of Indians. In these desolate and dreary regions, " universal stillness," as the writer of the annexed letter observes, “ reigns sovereign mistress for six successive months."

Athabasca Lake is bounded by the Ochipeway Indians and the Great Slave Lake on the North; by the Peace River, the Caribeuf Mountains, and the Strongbow Indians on the West; the Great Athabasca River on the South; and by the dismal and solitary wilds of America, on the East. Hudson's Bay is about 1000 miles East of Athabasca Lake, and that great extent of territory is almost uninhabited and unknown.

The mouth of Copper River is 12°N. of Athabasca Lake, at the termination of the Stony Mountains. If our traveller should reach there, he might travel over the ice two or three hundred miles, and arrive at Melville Island, where Capt. Parry wintered. Discoveries have also been effected by land in the parallel of long. 135°, W.


Letter from the Overland Northern Expedition. (Jan. much greater patience than the same man can tell, he instantly pulls up, class of Europeans, and to this melan- and pursues some other means of atcholy inconvenience the people here tack. When the herd are particuare frequently exposed. Instances larly on their guard, horses canoot have been relatead of their baving be used. The rider then dismounts, gone three or four days without food; and crawls towards the herd through and thrir supply is always uncertain al The snow, taking care to remain moposis where animals or fish are scarce, tioniess when any of them are looking when unfavourable weather prevents towards him. By this cautious manthe huoters and fishermen from ob. oer of proceeding, the hunter genetaining them.

rally succeeds io gelting very dear “ I had a great treat op nuy route them, and siogles out one or two of in seeing the huge and shapeless buf- the best. You will easily imagine falo (or bison of Buffon), and wit. this service cannot be very agreeable, nessing the different methods of ob- when Mercury will freeze, which is taining them.

The most dextrous often the case. way is, when å well.mounted rider “ The Indians have another method, dashes at a herd, singles out an ani. by constructiog a pound. The prinmal, which he contrives to separate cipal dexterity in this, consists in getfrom the rest, and by managing his ting the animals once to enter the horse keeps him apart, and whenever roadway ; fear then urges them on, he can get sufficiently near for the and many men are stationed at the ball to penetrate the hide, he fires, head to dispatch them. We visited though going at full speed, and sel. one of these places near an Indian dom fails in bringiog down his mark. encampment, and one of my compaThe principal dangers on this service pions took an accurate drawing of are, either that his horse will fall into

the whole scene.

lu the animals he some of the numerous holes which has been particularly fortunate, which the badgers make; or that the en- has been much wanted; for I never raged animal should turn furiously saw any thing bearing the least reround when wounded, and gall his semblance to a buffalo before. horse, or succeed in dismounting him. " To the countries where these aniWhenever the hunter perceives this mals chiefly resort (grassy plaios) the disposition, which the experienced natives are much more independent

as high North as 690, where the sea and fluctuations of the tide bave been observed; 80 that we may reasonably infer, that the Polar Sea, described in our last Volume, extends as far West as 165°, which has already been navigated by the way of Bhering's Straits. We sincerely hope, that the next expedition will remove all doubts on this interesting subject, and we entertain the most sanguine expectations of a successful result.

The following rough'sketch will perlaps more clearly clucidate our observations,

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+ We have made arrangements for receiving the earliest intelligence respecting the discoveries to be effected the ensuing year in these unknown parts of the Arctic regions; when we hope to have the pleasure of presenting another Chart to our Readers, as a sequel to our last, but on a more extended scale.


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