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Design for an Altar-screen in Salisbury Cathedral.......
..........FRONTISPIECE. Roman Remains found on Lancing Down, Sussex......
..........PAGE 17 British Urn found at Storrington, Sussex (vignette).....
..203, 4, 272
..297 Portrait of William Bulmer, esq...............
.305 Oldland Chapel, co. Gloucester ..
......393 North Aile of St. Mary's Church, Beverley........
..401 Christ Church, Doncaster.........
489 Representations of some aucient Paintings in Baston House, Kent
..497 Manor House and Ruins of the Priory at Hinton Charterhouse, Somerset............577 Plan of the Norman Church at Langford, Essex (vignette)..
In the preface to the First Part of the HUNDREDTH VOLUME of our labours, a review was taken of the long line of its predecessors; and such observations were made upon their contents as were consistent with modesty and truth. On attaining a goal which few periodical works have ever reached, it was impossi. ble not to feel--and feeling, it would have been affectation to conceal-sensa. tions of exultation at the almost unprecedented success which has attended our humble, but zealous, efforts for the promotion of Historical, Antiquarian, and Biographical Literature.
Success has not, however, induced us to relax our exertions. Though we had the vanity to think that much was done, we were sensible that reputation is more difficult to preserve than to acquire; and that it is impossible to maintain the position in which we stand, without calling into action all our resources, and allowing the same zeal, the same moderation, and the same political principles, to influence our future conduct, which have procured for us the co-operation of our friends, and the favour of the public, in our long, inobtrusive, and, we trust, useful career.
For the first time in the annals of the Gentleman's Magazine, a charge of libel has been preferred against it; and the proprietors have during the last six months been subjected to the expense and vexation of appearing in a Court of Justice, to vindicate themselves from the accusation. Upon this subject, however, we shall say little : silence best becomes the successful party, and it is ungenerous to taunt a feeble and vanquished enemy; but we may advert to the circumstance, as evidence that old age has not impaired our energies, and that, though scrupulously careful to avoid wounding the feelings of others, we are as ready as the most vigorous of our contemporaries to speak the truth, and to repress empirical arrogance.
One circumstance peculiarly characterises this volume, in the new feature given to the work by the introduction of CLASSICAL COMMUNICATIONS. For this idea we were indebted to a gentleman of profound learning; who, unlike many projectors, has materially assisted in carrying his own design into execution, since many valuable papers on that subject are from his pen; and he has thus stimulated other correspondents to enter an arena which affords room for the display of one of the highest branches of intellectual attainments.
In the political world changes have recently taken place of too important a nature to be passed over in silence. To Ministers who governed the country upon principles which, though acceptable to the wealthy and the powerful, became gradually more and more obnoxious to less favoured classes, has succeeded a Cabinet which may be considered the representatives of liberal opinions,
Their accession to office has as yet been too recent to be productive of more than an abundance of flattering promises, from which we augur the happiest results. Without ascribing to those personages all the qualities which their adherents claim for them, the uniform consistency and high character of the Premier, and the extraordinary talents of many of his colleagues, justify a reliance upon their capacity to remedy existing evils. For their disposition to do so there is this security, that as a Cabinet they owe their creation to public opi. nion, and the moment they fail in realizing the just expectations they have raised, by seeking support from the aristocracy instead of the people by which expression we mean the middle class—that moment will be the last of their ministerial existence. Possessed, therefore, of the confidence of the country, and powerful in the strength of their own talents, we feel justified in anticipating from their measures those improvements which the effects of time, and the progress of knowledge imperatively require. If those changes have not the immediate result of producing all that could be desired, they will at least tend to tranquillize the present agitated state of things, by imparting a unanimity of feeling, and by causing the advocates of amendment to direct their hopes to the legitimate quarter, instead of looking for the attainment of their wishes to political meetings, which have too often produced that which they ostensibly seek to prevent.
But the present Ministers excite hopes upon another and to us extremely interesting subject. It has long been a disgrace to England, that Science and Literature receive slight encouragement from the Government, compared with the fostering care which they meet with in other countries ; and for the want of which, in the present deteriorated state of the public taste, standard Literature has almost disappeared, whilst in Science we are far behind our continental neighbours. At no former period were there so many persons in office who are known to the world by their literary productions ; and under the auspices of a Brougham and a Mackintosh, aided by such of their colleagues as have sought that permanent fame which letters, and letters only, confer, we are sanguine in believing that something worthy of so literary an Administration will be done to remove this stigma from the national character.
For ourselves we have little to add. It is our earnest intention to continue in the path which we have trod, with firm but quiet steps, for an entire century. We purpose, with the assistance of the proud list of patrons and friends to whom we are so eminently indebted, to adhere to those principles, to promote those valuable departments of knowledge, and to display that moderation and consistency which have procured us the highest objects of human ambition—the approbation of the good, and the applause of the wise.
Dec. 31, 1830.
CLERICUS says, “ An able charge has J. H. Mapleton, Sir J. W. Lubbock, Barto been recently delivered to the Clergy of the G. M. Hoare, esq. and W. Simpson, esq.; Diocese of Hereford by Mr. Archdeacon but Miss Tate has reserved the appointment Wetherell on the subject of Church repairs. of the women during her own life. With one item I was particularly struck, and Mr. MAUDEN informs us, “ By the libethink that it has so important a tearing upon rality of Mr. Hamper, the trustees of the a very common act of barbarism in the re- British Museum are now in possession of pairs of our Churches, that it ought to be another impression of the Evesham seal, generally known. Every man of taste feels, which supplies the deficiencies of the one that to deprive a Gothic window of its mul- noticed by me
your Magazine, The words lions and tracery, is to spoil it, by making a
“ANT WAS SWON,” (see Part 1. pp. 310, mere pigeon hole of the orifice. The Arch- 392.) are here so clear, as to leave no deacon observed, that under decay of the doubt as to the propriety of the legend, mullions it was very common for a carpenter which, I think, may now be consigned to to substitute mere oaken uprights ; whereas futurity, without apprehension of attracting by obtaining only some free-stone, a monu- any further commeutaries on it." mental sculptor could easily supply new mul. In answer to the inquiry of Eclecticus, lions in fac simile. He accordingly recom- we beg to state, that the passage quoted by mends the Clergy to use their utmost ex- the Reviewer of Moore's Life of Byron, ertions to prevent disfigurement of the . 150, is taken from a volume of posthuChurches, in the particular alluded to, and mous Sermons by the Rev. Dr. James Lindall others (as far as circumstances permit) say, of Bow, a volume distinguished for the which imply upseemly and irrelevant innoé elegance of its style and for the elevated vations. In my own case, I can attest that tone of its piety. We believe it was printed I stopped the insertion of a common wooden by subscription. frame in a wiudoi of my own Church, and A YORKSHIRE COLLECTOR states, “It caused a suitable ope of Gothic mullions, must gratify every collector of Topography sccordant with the other windows in pattern, to be informed, that two plates were pubto be put up; and that it was well executed lished of the Scaffolding employed to reby a tomb-sto carver for the humble sum store Beverley Minister to its perpendicular of two guideas.”
(see part 1. p. 520) : they are folio size, Various paragraphs having appeared in some Thornton inv. Geldart del. Fourdrinier daily Journals relative to the Articles of En- sculp. May 17, 1739. One is a · View of quiry sent by direction of the Bishop of the north front of the great Cross Isle, London to the Churchwardens of each parish which overhung four feet beyond its base, within the Diocese, previous to the Visiti- and was brought back into its place by tion which he has lately holden; we think means of the timber frame here described." it but justice to his Lordship to state, that The other is a Section of the Trusses and we are informed upon good authority that Building. When the trusses were fixed ou such Articles are invariably, şent to Church- both sides, the wall was cut to the centre, wardens previous to every Visitation, in con- level with the base of the said trusses, that formity with the 119th Canon, and that those it might give way upon the raising the now used are (with the exception of some whole machinery, and so come into its place; few omissions) the same as the Articles and was in the mean time supported by se. issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury, veral wedges, which were gradually taken and which were draws up by two most emi- ont as the building came back into its nent civilians.
place. The prints very satisfactorily exMiss Tate's ALMs-HQUSES AT MITCHAM plain the nature of the machinery used, (of which we gave a view in part i. p. 201) which has always been much admired as a were endowed by Miss Tate, for widows or most ingenious contrivance." unquarried women of respectable character, and members of the Church of England. ERRATA-Part i, p. 493, for " ap only It is necessary that the women shall have a daughter," read “ an only daughter Mary; legal settlement at Mitcham, and they for “she afterwards perished in the cause should bave resided there, five years; be which he had espoused," read “he was the fifty years old or upwards ; and not have “King's General in the West,” fell afterreceived parochial relief within five years of wards into disgrace, and died at Ghent, an their admission. There is no allowance for, exile from the Court;"- for “ the often fuel, por any beyond three 'shillings a week. contracted Lady Gertrude," read “ the often The present trustees are the Vicar, the Rev. contracted Mary Fytz.”