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Art. I. Bishop Burnet's History of His Own Time : with the sup

pressed Passages of the First Volume, and Notes by the Earls of Dartmouth and Hardwicke, and Speaker Onslow, hitherto unpub. lished. To which are added, the cursory Remarks of Swift, and other Observations. 6 vols. 8vo. pp. xxxii. 2942. Price 21. 53. Oxford, at the Clarendon Press. B! ISHOP Burnet's History of his Own Time is not a work

which we can be expected to review; but, as the present edition of it is much enlarged by the additions described in the title, we have thought proper to give some account of them, that we may not be charged with overlooking a publication which has more important claims to our attention than many other works which come under our notice.

The delegates of the Clarendon Press, having signified their intention to reprint Burnet's History, received from the Bishop of Oxford, a copy of the work into which he had transcribed the marginal notes written by his ancestor the first Earl of Dartmouth. The offer of this copy was gratefully accepted, and the notes were ordered to be printed with the text. Soon after the acquisition of these notes, the delegates were favoured by the Earl of Onslow with a copy of Burnet's work which formerly belonged to Speaker Onslow, and in which he had written numerous observations on the history. Besides these remarks, the Onslow copy contains notes on Burnet's History by the second Earl of Hardwicke, Son of the Chancellor, written by himself in his copy of Burnet, and thence transcribed, with the Earl's permission, into the Onslow copy by George Earl of Onslow, the Son of the Speaker. The suppressed passages of the first volume were also communicated to the Earl of Onslow by Lord Hardwicke, and are inserted in the Onslow copy, as are also the notes in red ink of Dean Swift, taken from his own copy of the History, which had VOL. XXII. N. S.'

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come into the possession of the first Marquis of Lansdowne, and afterwards into that of Henry James Brooke, Esq. F.R.S. It has since perished by fire. Of these several sets of notes, only a few had been communicated to the public. Sir John Dalrymple, in his Memoirs, and Mr. Rose, in his Observations on Fox's History, have published seven or eight only of the Dartmouth notes; and twenty of the Onslow collection were inserted in the twenty-seventh Volume of the European Magazine, in wbich work more than the half of Swift's remarks have also been printed. These remarks, we may add, were inserted by Dr. Barrett in his Essay on the Life of Swift, and they have, we believe, appeared also in some other publications.

Bishop Burnet died in 1715, having finished his History of the reigns of Charles II. and James II. about the beginning of the eighteenth century, that of William and the former part of Queen Anne's reign in 1710, and the continuation of the work in 1713, only two years before his death. The first volume of the work was published, in folio, in 1723, and the second in 1734. In his preface, the Bishop states, that he had shewed his history to several of his friends; and in a note to this passage, Lord Dartmouth relates, that he was offered the perusal of it, which he declined, knowing that he had granted it to several others, and that he might avoid the imputation of unfair proceeding if any part of it had been surreptitiously published Soon after the publication of the history, suspicions were entertained, that many passages of the original work were omitted by the Editors; and even positive testimony was adduced, in confirmation of the exclusion. In 1795,' the person who communicated the Notes of Onslow and the remarks of Swift to the European Magazine, furnished twelve passages, which, among numerous others, had been omitted by the Editors of the first volume, and which he had probably copied from either the Onslow or the Hardwicke copy of Burnet.' The Editors of the History had promised to deposit the copy from which they printed in some public library; and in the preface to the second volume, a paragraph, to which the signature of the Bishop's youngest son appeared, announced, that the original manuscript of both volumes would be deposited in the Cotton library. "The Cotton library was transferred to the British Museum ; and as the fire which destroyed so many of the Cottonian MSS. happened in 1731, four years before the promise was publicly declared of depositing there the manuscript of Burnet, it could not be injured by that destructive accident. The Editors of the present edition had recourse to the British Museum for the purpose of


discovering the MS. of Burnet; but it did not appear, after the most accurate examination, that it had ever been deposited in the library. The Editors, therefore, very naturally infer, that the same reasons which induced the original Editors of Burnet to suppress passages of the work, determined them also to relinquish their purpose of placing the MS. in an accessible library. The omission of the passages was contrary to the Author's express injunctions in his last will, and was therefore wrong. The Oxford Editors impute this proceeding, not to the political prejudices of the former Editors, but to the desire which they felt of abating the displeasure which they knew must be excited against their father, in the friends or relations of those who suffered by the severity of his censure. On examining the suppressed passages as restored in the volumes before us, we are inclined, in some instances, to entertain an opinion different from that which the present Editors avow, as the reasons which they suggest do not seem to us sufficient to account for the omission of many passages. Not a few of the omissions, we should ascribe to Burnet himself. The original Editors are represented, in the preface to the present edition, as having consulted their own feelings in the omission of several traits in the character given by Burnet of his uncle Warristoun. In the History, (Vol. I. p. 48.) Warristoun is said to have looked on the covenant as the setting Christ on his 'throne, and so was out of measure zealous in it; (and he I had an unrelenting severity of temper against all that op• posed it.'] The latter part of this sentence included between brackets, is a restored passage ; but it would seem questionable whether the original Editors had omitted it from family feeling, since we find in Burnet’s life, written by his son, who was one of the Editors, the following passage, not more favourable to Warristoun than the preceding. • He (Lord War• ristoun) was so zealous in the interests of his party, that • neither friendship nor alliance could dispose him to shew • favour to those who refused the solemn league and covenant.' (Vol. VI. p. 235.) Now, if the original Editors had removed from the text which they were carrying through the press, the passage which describes Warristoun as unrelenting in his severity of temper against such persons as opposed the solemn league and covenant, it is not probable, that they would, in the life of the Bishop, have represented Warristeun as so determined and zealous in the interests of his party, as to have resisted all influence of friendship and connexion that might have disposed him to shew favour to the opponents of the solemn league and covenant. There are other instances, which might be adduced, wherein it appears to be equally question

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