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58 Review.-Two Reports of the Drapers' Company. [Jan,

“ It was a rule with Sir W. Rowley not to tion of the condition of the tenants, let to middle men; the actual occupiers were without the least regard to the pecuthe immediate tenants of Sir William, who niary benefit of the Company: appears to have managed the estate with the

By the Second Report we have the same liberality as if the inheritance belonged gratification to learn, that many

of the to him.” “ The fences between the different in the First Report, have been actually

useful recommendations contained in closures serve rather to mark their divisions

carried into effect. than to keep cattle in or out of any given

A Market-house, a Dispensary, an place; generally speaking, they are quite insufficient for this purpose. Gates are not Inn, and Schools have been built. the fashion of the country; with a very

How necessary they were will appear few exceptions, none are to be seen.'

from the following statement:“ The town (of Moneymore) is built in “ The population in the Company's progeneral of rough stone whitewashed; it is perty is as follows :-There are 1791 famipaved for the greatest part, and has a neat lies, consisting of 10,740 individuals, resiappearance: it is not wholly free from a dent upon the Company's estates, and of great nuisance, prevailing in most towns and those individuals there are reputed to betong, villages in Ireland, namely, a dung heap in To the Church of England front of every house ; by the vigilance, To the Presbyterian Church 4,347 however, of Mr. Miller, the agent of Sir To the Romish Church 5,859 William Rowley, there are fewer in proportion than in other places in that country.

Making a total of 10,740 There are two or three public houses, but no inn whatever in the place, nor any pub Of that number of individuals, 5,523 are relic stable or accommodation, where persons puted not to be in a condition to pay for resorting to. it may put up their horses ; medical or surgical aid if they should need this is an inconvenience on the monthly fair it, and it is estimated that there are 2,419 days, as not only a considerable quantity of children under about 12 years of age, whose cattle is carried there for sale, but it is a

parents are not in circumstances to enable considerable market for linen: and it ap- them to pay for any instruction for them.” pears, by publications of the Linen Board,

Nor have public amusements been that it is generally attended by about 1,000

neglected. The Deputation recomweavers, who bring their goods for sale, and about 100 Liuen Prapers and Commission- mend, that the Company offer a plate ers, who are buyers. The average number for the Londonderry Races ; and that of webs of linen sold in the market monthly, the Game (without oppression or ty. is about 1,000, and their value about 2,5001. ranny), be preserved on the estate. Irish, so that it is probable, that in the They also recommend the introduction course of a year, linen to the value of of ihe Scotch spinning-wheel used about 30,0001. Irish, is bought and sold in with both hands; and also, that the the place. The market is held in the open tenants be permitted to grind their street: and as the linen drapers, particu corn at whatever mill they please, larly in winter time, are often obliged to thereby foregoing a considerable item remain the whole night in the town, they of revenue. The dilapidated state of have no resource (for want of an inn) but to crowd into the private houses of the shop- Chapels is pointed out, and they are

the Dissenting and Roman Catholic keepers, and others, and put their horses into

recommended for general repair. any

hovels which can be found.” • The clergy as well as the laity of the “The appearance of the people, all of different persuasions, seem to be entirely whom use spirits in a greater or less quandevoid of any religious animosity or jealousy, tity, does not indicate that they are of the and to live in the same charity with each deleterious quality which the emaciated miother, as if their tenets were the same.' serable appearance of the dram-drinkers in

“ There is no school upon the estate for London denotes the spirits they use to be of.” the gratuitous instruction of the children of Yet drunkenness does not seem a the poor, excepting a Sunday School at vice in the North of Ireland ; and Moneymore, and another at Desart Martin.” herein they imitate their ancestors the

“ The poor are equally destitute of medi- Scotch. cal aid and assistance, except in cases in which the County Infirmary at Londonderry, these Reports than was our original

We have gone much farther into would be useful to them.”

intention, led on by our admiration The First Report then enters into of the liberal and wise measures of the considerable length, with very many Drapers' Coinpany. We understand excellent suggestions for the ameliora- that another respectable Company (the


1923.) Review.-Epistle to Solomon Logwood. The Harmonicon. -59 Fishmongers) is about to follow their but the novelty and attractive form of bright example; and most sincerely the present work induce us to deviate hope, it will lead all * the other Com- from our usual course ; and we hope panies who have Irish estates to do the our antiquarian readers will pardon the

We trust it will also act as a innovation, if we allot a portion of stimulus to the great Irish Landed our columns to a lighter species of liteProprietors to ameliorate the condition rature. For why should not Music, as a of a country, whose capacity for im delightful recreation, occupy the attenprovement is so self-evident.

tion of the scholar and the gentleman?

It is no less a matter of surprise than 12. An Epistle to Solomon Logwood. of regret that its interests should reIN consequence of some animadver

main destitute of those powerful auxisions on “Mr. Hughes's Itinerary of liaries by which the love of Literature the Rhone,” in our Review depart-is so nobly upheld, and its views are ment (vol. xcii. ii. p. 343), in which so extensively promoted. While there we have charged the Author “with are periodical works in profusion, being devoid of facetious pleasantry,

which communicate the thoughts of a quality necessary to give zest to fa the ingenious, and record the result of miliar subjects," we have been favour- industrious research, in every other de

fragment of the Epistle, partment of the Arts, Sciences, and named in the title. It is intended to

Belles Lettres, the stores of music are vindicate the Author's pretensions to

either unlocked at an extravagant and humour, and consists in a string of almost prohibitory price, or frozen up doggrels, which now and then sparkle,

by the contracted means, or still more addressed to a certain popular Alder

contracted views, of their accidental man, concerning the part which he possessors, so as to remain, in effect,

is a fountain sealed” to thousands of took in regard to the late Queen. With personal and (as it proved in the end)

amateurs, who in vain look for that party questions, we shall not interfere. which taste and reason require, but But with regard to a certain result,

which circumstances deny. which has grown out of them, a most “ Influenced,” says the Editor, “ by these unjustifiable censure of the Establish- considerations, and in order to fill up the ed Clergy, we refer our readers to the

chasm which appears to be left, this JourReview of Dr. Philpotts'

“ Letter to

nal is now offered to the public. It will be Mr. Jeffrey," p. 56.

continued monthly, and will generally con

tain six or seven entire pieces of music, one 13. The Harmonicon ; an Assemblage of and exclusively for the work, by some really

of which, at least, will be written purposely Vocal and Instrumental Music, consisting

eminent composer, and the remainder will of Original Pieces by eminent British and

be selected from the best productions of the Foreign Composers of the present day,

great masters; but such music as the taste and Selections from the best Works of all the

of the passing day shall decidedly approve, great Masters ; together with a Critical Review of New Musical Works; notices of deficient in merit than, when sanctioned


will not be rejected, unless indeed it is more Operas, Concerts, and other Musical Performances, and a new Encyclopedia of whole will be adapted to the voice, the

the public voice, is likely to happen. The Music. No. I. Jan. 1823. Pinnock.

piano-forte, the harp, or the organ, and IT is not within the plan of our Re- will form a varied collection of novelty and view to notice musical publications ; excellence, calculated no less to gratify the

accomplished amateur, than to furnish the * The loyalty of the Merchant Taylors' student with the most perfect models by Company in King Charles I. time, compelled which correctness of taste, and a knowledge them to part with their Irish estates; and of the style and peculiarities of the different so far did they carry their zeal, that they schools may be attained." sold their silver " and irons" in their vene

The main objects of the publication rable hearth in their livery parlour. King James dining in what is called the King's

are to combine Literature and Music ; Chamber, the Master petitioned him to

to 'mark, as occasion requires, the ome a Liveryman of the Merchant Tay- defects of Composers in setting words lors' Company,

"I cannot,"

said the to Music, resulting from their neglect Monarch, '" being one. But Chawley of sense and ignorance of Prosody ;shall;" upon which the Prince and several to review good works ;--to give naNoblemen present were admitted.

tional and German airs, &c. &c.


Review.- The Harmonicon.

The contents of this Number afford after desert, in the words, “So should
an excellent specimen of the monthly desert in arms be crown'd,” Handel
treat to be offered to all amateurs and distorted the sense, and converted the
musical professors. The Memoir of whole into nonsense, by making desert
Haydn, and the Essay on the Origin be crowned with arms !-a precious
of Music are admirable. From these load indeed, would a suit of armour
we may infer that the Editor unites be on a man's head. The pause should
the necessary requisites of Literature rather follow “arms." But Handel
and Music. His classical taste is par- was a foreigner, and consequently ig-
ticularly displayed in the scientific norant of the beauties of English ver-
Review of Moore's National Airs, by sification. He was like the provincial
H. R. Bishop. He justly, condemns actor who exclaimed, “ My name is
the prosodical violations which appear Norval on the Grampian hills"—"and
in the compositions of many of our what's your name here?” exclaimed a
eminent Musicians; and Mr. Bishop wag.
is not exempt from accusation. We

We consider Mr. Bishop less par. hope the following remarks, extracted donable, as an Englishman presumed from the Review just noticed, will to be conversant with the beauties of serve as a seasonable hint.

his native tongue, than the German “ We feel bound to point out errors of professor; and we perfectly coincide no small moment, in the prosody of the with the following observations : adaptation ; that is, the manner in which the

“ If without remark we had passed by syllables are timed by the notes; the word these indefensible violations of the laws of time to be here understood in the sense of prosody, our duty would have been ill perquantity.

formed. It is indeed high time to interpose “ Take hence the bowl, tho' beaming in defence of poetry; the dangers of which, Brightly as bowl e'er shone ;

from the numerous host of soi-disans comOh! it but sets me dreaming

posers of vocal music, increase daily. How Of days, of nights now goue." the errors that we have pointed out could “ Each cup I drain," &c. &c.

have found their way into the work now “ Throughout these verses we have a

under review, we cannot imagine ; for Mr.

Bishop is, we have always understood, a line consisting of two iambuses and an am

man of superior attainments he is not to phibrachys, alternately with a line consist

be counted in with the mob.' And it is ing of three iambuses. The times therefore should have fallen thus :

also to be presumed, that Mr. Moore him

self-chan whom a better judge of music Eách cũp I drāin brings hither combined with poetry cannot be named,

Some friend, who once săt by revised the sheets before they were published. Bright līps, too bright tổ wīther, The truth is, that music and sense are too

Wărm hearts, too wārm to die. often separated, and the majority of those “Instead of which, we findeāch who could re-unite them, yield, 'more frecủp-some fričndbright lips, &c.; quently than they ought, their better judg

ment to vicious custom. and after the word “ hither,” a rest is placed, dislocating the sense.

The opening piece of the Number These observations remind us of Mr. Braham. 'It is 'a Canzonet adapi

is composed expressly for this work by some egregious errors committed even

ed to the beau tiful words, “Oh, very by that great prince of musicians, sweet was morning's dawn,” &c. by the celebrated Handel, in his sublime M. G. Lewis, Esq. The composition composition of “. Alexander's Feast.” is more distinguished for expression In the majestic line,

and taste, than originality; but the “With flying fingers touch'd the lyre," latter is not wanting. Handel injudiciously introduced a The annexed Canzonet, by Dr. much higher and more powerful note Haydn, is extracted from the miscelon fingers than on flying; from which laneous selections. This beautiful it might be inferred that Timotheus German air has all Haydn's peculiar was sometimes in the habit of playing style marked in every bar. The words with his toes, or his elbows! and con- adapted to it are the production of sequently a peculiar emphasis was ne- the celebrated Robert Earl of Essex, cessary to point out the singular custom written about 1599. We give the of playing with his fingers ! Flying music, and the head to it, exactly as is doubtless the most emphatic word in printed in the pages of the HARMOthe line. Again, by introducing a rest NICON.


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