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ture, in bole, branch, spray, and leaf; interests of art as of science, that all the flowering-shrubs and the ground the great public bodies, and all perflowers, the weeds and the very grass, sons of wealth who love to enrich all American—so too the atmosphere their libraries with works of splenand the skies-all Transatlantic. dour, should provide themselves with 'Twas a wild and poetical vision of that of Audubon.” “It will depend,” the heart of the New World, inha- says Swainson, in the same spirit, bited as yet almost wholly by the “ on the powerful and the wealthy, lovely or noble creatures that “own whether Britain shall have the honour not man's dominion.” There we of fostering such a magnificent unbeheld them all; there was a pic- dertaking. It will be a lasting moture of their various life. How dif- nument, not only to the memory of ferent from stuffed feathers in glass its author, but to those who employ cases-though they too “ shine well their wealth in patronising genius, where they stand” in our College and in supporting the national creMuseum! There many a fantastic dit. If any publication deserves such tumbler played his strange vagaries a distinction, it is surely this ; inasin the air-there many a cloud- much as it exbibits a perfection in cleaver swept the skies—there living the higher attributes of zoological gleams glanced through the forest painting, never before attempted. To glades- there meteor-like plumage represent the passions and the feelshone in the wood-gloom—there ings of birds, might, until now, have strange shapes stalked stately along been well deemed chimerical. Rarethe shell-bright shores--and there, - ly, indeed, do we see their outward halcyons all, fair floaters hung in the forms represented with any thing sunshine on waveless seas. That all like nature. In my estimation, not this wonderful creation should have more than three painters ever lived been the unassisted work of one who could draw a bird. Of these, the man-in his own country almost un- lamented Barrabaud, of whom France known, and by his own country may be justly proud, was the chief. wholly unbefriended, was a thought He has long passed away ; but his that awoke towards “ the American mantle has, at length, been recovered woodsman" feelings of more than in the forests of America.” admiration, of the deepest personal Generous and eloquent—but, in the interest; and the hearts of all warm- line printed in italics, obscure as an ed towards Audubon, who were ca- oracle. Barrabaud and Audubon are pable of conceiving the difficulties, two-why not have told us who is and dangers, and sacrifices, that must the third? Can Mr Swainson mean have been encountered, endured, himself. We have heard as much and overcome, before genius had hinted; if so we cannot but admire thus embodied these the glory of its his modesty in thus remaining the innumerable triumphs.
anonymous hero of his own paneThe impression produced on all gyric. If not so, then has he done minds, learned and unlearned, by himself great injustice, for he is a this exhibition, was such as to en- beautiful bird-painter and drawer, as courage Audubon to venture on the all the world knows, though assureddangerous design of having the whole ly in genius far inferior to Audubon. engraved. Dangerous it might well is the third Bewick ? If so, why be called, seeing that the work was shun to name “ the genius that dwelt to contain Four Hundred Plates and on the banks of the Tyne ?" If not so, Two Thousand Figures. “A work,” MrSwainson may live and die assured, says Cuvier, “conceived and execu- in spite of this sentence of exclusion ted on so vast a plan has but one fault, from the trio, that Bewick will in that its expense must render it inace sæcula sæculorum sit on the top of the cessible to the greatest number of tree of fame, on the same branch those to whom it will be the most with the most illustrious, nor is there necessary. Yet is the price far from any fear of its breaking, for it is being exorbitant. One livraison of strong, and the company destined to five plates costs two guineas; and bestride it, select. thus the five livraisons can be bad at Audubon speaks modestly of his no very great annual expense. Most great work, but with the enthusiasm desirable at least it is, as well for the and confidence, natural and becoming, in a man of such extraordinary them on paper, all the characteristic genius. We cannot do better than em- but evanescent varieties of their moploy, when they come to us, his own tion and their repose. His ingenuity words. Not only, then, is every ob- is equal to his genius. ject, as a whole, of the natural size, It may be useful to mention here but also every portion of each object. the particulars of the plan of his The compass aided him in its delinea- work. The size is double-elephant tion, regulated and corrected each folio-as Cuvier says, “ qui appart, even to the very fore-shortening. proche des doubles planches de la The bill, feet, legs, and claws, the Description (Denon's) de L’Egypte.” very feathers as they project one be. The paper being of the finest quality yond another, have been accurately - the engravings are, in every inmeasured. The birds, almost all of stance, of the exact dimensions of them, were killed by himself, and the drawings, which, without any exwere regularly drawn on or near the 'ception, represent the birds, and spot. The positions, he observes, may other objects, of their natural sizeperhaps, in some instances, appear the plates are coloured in the most outré; but such supposed exaggera- careful manner from the original tions can afford subjects of criticism drawings—the work appears in numonly to persons unacquainted with the bers, of which five are published feathered tribes, for nothing can be annually, cach number consisting of more transient or varied than the at- five plates, and the price of each numtitudes of birds. For example, the ber is two guineas, payable on deheron, when warming itself in the livery. The first volume, consisting sun, will sometimes drop its wings of one hundred plates, and representseveral inches, as if they were dislo- ing ninety-nine species of birds, of cated; the swan may often be seen many of which there are several floating with one foot extended from figures, is now published, accomthe body; and some pigeons turn panied by the volume from which quite over when playing in the air. we have given the above interesting The flowers, plants, or portions of extracts; but which is also sold by the trees which are attached to the itself, and cannot fail of finding a principal objects, have always been ready market. It is expected that chosen from amongst those in the other three volumes of equal size, vicinity of which the birds were will complete the work; and each found, and are not, as some persons volume of plates will, in like manner have thought, the trees or plants on with the first, be accompanied with which they always feed or perch. a volume of letterpress. These four We may mention, too, that Audun volumes of letterpress will be most bon invented ways of placing birds, delightful reading to every body; dead or alive, before him while he and fit companions for those of Wilwas drawing them, so that he saw son, which we are happy to see are them still in the very attitudes he now in course of publication, in a had admired when they were free in cheap form, in Constable's Miscelthe air, or on the bough; and, indeed, lany, under the superintendence of without such most ingenious appa- that eminent naturalist, Professor ratus of wires and threads as he em Jameson. In our next article on ploys, it was not in mortal man to Audubon we shall speak of Wilson, have caught as he has done, and fixed
We have frequently had occasion which is the object of ambition. That to impress upon our readers the eterthe removal of disabilities, the repeal nal, and, in days such as the present, of obnoxious duties, the diminution vital importance of the observation, of burdens, being measures of relief that all popular movements are ne- producing immediate benefit, may be cessarily progressive: that those who relied on as producing beneficial concommence the agitation can maintain sequences; while the sudden contheir ascendency only by advancing cession of power may as certainly be with the stream, and that the moment expected to produce the most disasthey attempt to coerce it, they are trous effects. buried in the waves. This truth, 3. That in France, at the comwhich the dear bought experience of mencement of the first revolution, a revolution has rendered perfectly both causes were in operation ; but familiar to the French, is only begin that such were the ruinous results of ning to be understood in this coun- the sudden concession of power to try. It was for this reason, that in the people, that it overwhelmed all the begioning of this year we com- the beneficial consequences of the menced a series of papers “ On Par redress of grievances, and rendered liamentary Reform and the French Louis XVI.--a reforming monarch, Revolution;" foreseeing, before “the whose life was one uninterrupted bill” was either broached or pre- series of concessions to the people pared, that these two subjects were the immediate cause of the revoluinseparably connected; that the cry tion, and the most fatal sovereign to for Reform was nothing but the form the happiness of his country who which the revolutionary spirit had ever sat on the French throne. here assumed ; that those who pre- 4. That in Great Britain real grietended to guide would speedily be vances do not exist; or, if they do, mastered by it; and that the only les- they admit, through the medium of sons as to the mode of avoiding its Parliament, or of the freedom of the fury, were to be drawn from the ex- press, of open discussion and ultiperience of its effects in the neigh- mate remedy.. That the ferment, bouring kingdom.
therefore, which has arisen since the The principles which we have last French revolution is owing enendeavoured to illustrate have been tirely to the passion for power. That these:
this passion, like every other passion, 1. That public discontent springs is insatiable, and increases with every from two different causes; and, ac- successive addition made to its gracording as it arises from the one or tification; and unless vigorously rethe other, requires to be met by a sisted in the outset, will acquire fresh totally different mode of treatment. strength with every victory it gains, That these causes are experienced until at length, as under the Reign suffering, and desired power. That of Terror, it becomes irresistible. the first can never be effectually re- 5. That the appetite for power once medied but by the removal of the fairly excited among a people, can grievances which occasion the irri- never, in the present state of society, tation; while the second can never be satisfied, if once it is permitted be successfully eradicated but by the to acquire its full strength by graremoval of the phantom which has tification, till universal suffrage is inflamed the passion.
obtained. That in Lafayette's words, 2. That it is impossible, therefore, “every government is to be deemed to be too rapid in removing the real an oligarchy where four millions of grievances which have excited the men give law to six millions," and discontent, while it is impossible to therefore, that it is impossible to stop be too slow in conceding the power short of universal suffrage, either in
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point of principle or expedience, Has not the cry for Reform inwhen once the precedent of yielding creased an hundred-fold since the to the popular outcry for power is executive took the lead in the proestablished. .
posal for conceding power to the .. 6. That universal suffrage is in people? Do not the Radicals triother words the destruction of pro- umphantly boast that the Tories perty, order, and civilisation ; im- might, three months ago, have frapracticable in an old and highly peo- meda plan of moderate Reform which pled state, and necessarily destruc would have satisfied the country; tive of capital, industry, life, and but that the time for half measures is property.
now gone by, and that they will have 7. That history convinces us, that “the Bill, the whole Bill, and nothe danger of adhering to the con- thing but the Bill?" —What does this stitution, and resisting innovation, is prove, but that the prospect of conincomparably less in every free state ceded power has inflamed the pasthan that of concession during a pe- sions, and that a total change in the riod of excitement. That the exer, constitution must be made to gratify cise of social rights necessarily begets their vehemently excited expectathe desire of perpetuating them; and tions? that this was in an especial manner It was long ago said by Lord Burthe case in England, distinguished as leigh, that the English constitution it has been in every age by attach- never could be ruined but by her ments to old institutions. That the Parliament; and the event has now resistance of the cry for Reform, often proyed the wisdom of the observaand vehemently raised, had never led tion. So long as the government reto any convulsion; while the great mained true to itself, it shook off all rebellion, and the revolution of 1688, the assaults of its enemies “like dew were owing to illegal invasion of the drops from the lion's mane.” But constitution, or the imprudent and that which neither the decay of a sudden concession of power.
thousand years, nor the force of em8. That the history of France and battled Europe, nor the genius of England in 1793 affords the most de Napoleon, could affect, is on the point cisive proof of the truth of these of being accomplished by the suicidal observations ; the former country hands of its own children. having, under the reforming sove. The prophecy of Montesquieu is reign Louis XVI., and the reforming likely to be inverted. England is administration of Neckar, tried the not in danger of perishing because system of concession, and in conse- the legislature has become more corquence brought on the revolution; rupt than the executive, but because the latter, under the non-reforming the executive has become more recksovereign George, and the non-re- less than the legislature. The poison forming administration of Pitt, re- which is now running through the sisted the demands of popular ambi- veins of the empire, has been inhaled tion, and in consequence saved the from the most elevated sources; it constitution.
has flowed down through the arteries 9. That the recent convulsion in of the state from its highest memFrance-originating in violent and bers. The “ corruption” which has illegal usurpations by the reigning proved fatal to the ancient and venesovereign, and terminating in such rable fabric, has not been the flatdisastrous consequences to the finan- tery of courts, the seductions of ces, the industry, and the happi- wealth, or the selfishness of prosness of the country-should prove a perity; it has been the tumult of lasting warning both of the ruinous popular applause, and the vanity of consequences of deviating from the plebeian adulation. Borne forward constitution, and giving any ascend on the gales of democratic ambition, ant to popular violence.
the administration have inverted the Hare we, or have we not, been usual order of national decline.true prophets? Has not every step Symptoms of ruin have appeared, which has been taken demonstrated while yet the political body was in the justice of these principles ? Shall the vigour of youth ; and long before we go on in a course from which such its extremities had begun to feel the consequences have already been ex- decay of Time, the whole system perienced ?
has been thrown into convulsions
from the vehement passions of the are now more fearful, the progress heart. Like the American Indians, of democratic ambition more rapid, they have lighted a forest to dress a than in France in 1789. We have scanty meal—but the fire has proved got, by the effect of six months' contoo strong for those who kindled it; cession, farther on in the career of and, like them, they are now driven revolution and spoliation, than the before the flames, and dare not stop, French in many years. It was not lest they should be enveloped in the till 1798, nine years after the revoluconflagration.
tion commenced, that the funds in What can be expected from a that country were attacked, and an continuance of the system of conces. “ equitable adjustment carried, by sion? Where are we to stop ? Ob- the confiscation of two-thirds of the serve the astonishing progress which public debt of the country. How democratic ambition has made in the long will a reformed Parliament, the last six months. What a change of delegates of the L.10 tenants, conideas, of language, of expectations ! tinue to pay L.29,000,000 a-year to Already, what a host of republican the holders of the 3 per cents ? The writers have sprung up, and how ra- confiscation of ecclesiastical properpidly have the concessions which ne- ty was only adopted there under the cessity has wrung out of the conser- pressure of immediate and overbear. vative party augmented! The Times ing necessity; the annual excess of declares, that if the House of Lords the public expenditure over the nawill not pass the Bill, "means must tional income, which was L.9,000,000 be taken to make it part of the law yearly in 1789, was increased by the of the land, without giving their deficit of the revenue, consequent Lordships much trouble.” A new on the public convulsions in 1790, to paper, " the Republican," price one L.16,000,000, and no resource rehalfpenny, has already a circulation mained but to lay their hands on the of 20,000 copies; in every page of property of the most defenceless which, the cause of republican insti- parts of the community. Here the tutions is strenuously advocated. same measure is advocated without The leading Ministerial journals de- any necessity, when the late adminisa clare that the Cambridge election has tration left a clear excess of income opened the eyes of all men to the above expenditure of L.2,900,000; necessity of ecclesiastical reform ; in and even under the severe infliction other words, the confiscation of the of the Whig Budget, Lord Althorpe whole property of the church. A promises the nation a surplus revenew journal, “the Englishman," de- nue of L.300,000. Titles of dignity voted apparently to writing down were not assailed in France till 1791, the national debt, vehemently urges two years after the revolution was the adoption of that “ equitable ad established: the House of Peers is justment" with the public creditor, already threatened with destruction which has been seriously recom- the moment they exercise their conmended by a leading Member of Par. stitutional rights of rejecting or moliament, in his pamphlet on the cur- difying the Reform Bill, the first step rency. The adherents of administra- in the English changes. Utter ignotion make no secret of their deter- rance of history, or wilful blindness mination, early next session, to carry to undisputed facts, can alone conthe repeal of the corn laws through ceal the painful truth, that since the a reformed Parliament. Not a whis- prospect of power excited democratic per of all this was heard of six months ambition in this country, the march ago. It has all sprung up like the of revolution has been much more pestilence, that walks in darkness, rapid tban that which preceded the since democratic ambition was ex- Reign of Terror. cited by Reform; in other words, What arrested this fatal progress since the prospect of power was con- in Great Britain in 1793 ? Was it the ceded to the people.
system of concession, the doctrine Where, in the name of God, is all that mobs are irresistible—that the this to terminate ? By yielding to the good-will of the people must be cona demands of the people, we have ciliated by yielding to their demands brought them on, even faster than that public opinion, in other words, the fatal career of the Constituent the clamour of the newspapers, must Assembly, The doctrines broached finally prove triumphant ? Was it