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ing the foul charge ; or even the maintained against Buonaparte, on knowledge of their accuser.
the 16th, and on the 17th ; that on We have stated the dangerous ten- the evening of this day, general Aldency of admitting anonymous publi- vinzi ordered a retrograde motion, at cations to the privileges of authenti- which murmurs ran so high in the cated documents or bistorical facts, army, that on the 19th, he resumed principally from our regret on seeing his former position at Arcole ; but accounts of important transactions, quitted it again on the 20th for Vindestitute of the signature of a writer, cenza, instead of pushing forwards to who professes to have been an eye Verona, which he could then have witness, and whose work is not with taken easily. out internal proofs of veracity. We But,"
.” continues the author, “ what shall now proceed to make a few ex- was the surprise of the whole army, and tracts, mostly from this officer's rela- the rage of many, when, being arrived on tion of events on which we have had the middle of the road, we met general
Alvinzi, on horseback, who ordered us to some previous information. All the fall back on Vincenza! I then saw an world has heard of Buonaparte's pro- Austrian colonel, frantick with rage, digious feat in planting the standard break his sword in three pieces, and deof liberty on the famous bridge of clare that he would no longer serve in an Arcole, in spite of a tremendous fire army, which its commander in chief was
covering with shame. Similar sentiments of artillery and musketry. Let us
were openly manifested by several others." hear our historian, who speaks deci. dedly on that affair.
At the end of the chapter on the Augereau, seeing that those fierce re. battle of Arcole, the author relates publicans were completely dismayed by the known anecdote of Buonaparte's the enemy's fire, took the standard of li- fall into a marsh with his horse, in a berty, and carried it to the extremity of flight, after an unsuccessful attack on the bridge ; but without producing the Arcole. He adds that a negro alone desired effect. This fact is certified, by the historian of the campaigns of Italy, ventured to come to his assistance, and by a letter from general Berthier. and was, in consequence, made capThey both add, that this very courageous tain of cavalry, and presented as such action, proving useless, Buonaparte him.
to the army. This we have heard self had recourse to the same stratagem, repeatedly in France, in the years which, in his hands, was completely suc.
1798 and 1799, from officers of the cessful.. “ What would he say, however, were
army of Italy, and from Augereai we to deny this act of bravery of which he himself. We have heard the same boasts? We were present at that battle; Augereau, in a large dinner party, at we saw very distinctly a French officer,
Thoulonse, before several of his browith a flag in his hand, advancing alone ther officers, claim the sole merit of on the bridge. We saw general Alvinzia having planted the standard of liberconvinced that it was a flag of truce, give orders to suspend firing; but we have no
ty, both on the bridge of Arcole, and recollection whatever, of having seen a on that of Lodi; with many bitter second officer tread in the footsteps of the sarcasms on Buonaparte's vain boastfirst. Yet such a fact would have been ing. Indeed, we never heard it detoo publick, not to be remarked. Neither nied by any officer of the army of is it credible; because the Austrian artillery, which had respected the first, who Italy; and we have conversed with was supposed to be the bearer of a flag of several. But, that army knew too truce, would not, in all probability, have much of its general; after the eva. respected the second, whose temerity cuation of Egypt, these troops were would have cost him his life.” pp. 183, not allowed to enter France; but were 184.
sent to Italy, and from thence to Saint The author then maintains, that this Domingo ; those who have contrived bridge was not carried on that day to revisit France have been intimidated, [Nov. 15) but that the position was or seduced-or-have disappeared.
Speaking of the battle of Rivoli most ancient French families. This (pp. 190, et seq.) which completed language passed uncontradicted, and the conquest of Italy, the author af- unpunished, at least for the time. Ink firms that Buonaparte was entirely fact, Latour Foissac had done his surrounded (which, by the by, Ber- duty. We have heard a friend, an thier fairly owns in his report) that officer who commanded the gate the whole Austrian army were ex
Pradella, on the last day of the siege, claiming, we have them! when Buo- state, publickly that, in twenty-four naparte sent a flag of truce, to solicit hours, he lost seventy-one men out of an armistice of one hour, to settle the one hundred; that the garrison was terms of a capitulation. It was grant reduced to 3000 men; and, that the ed; and, a quarter of an hour before breach at Pradella was large enough its expiration, Buonaparte-attacked for a whole battalion to form in it. the Austrians, unawares, and not only That officer suddenly disappeared saved his army, but obtained a com- from Bourdeaux. plete victory. This we must believe; From what we have said, our readfor general Wedel attempted to play ers will see, that we had some grounds the same infamous trick, on the Spa- for stating, that this work contained pish generel, Castanos, at Baylen. internal proofs of veracity, and from
On the taking of Mantua, the last that circumstance we regret the transaction we shall examine, the au- more its not having the sanction of thor observes, that that city, which a respectable name. The author, Buonaparte had boasted to take in indeed, tells us, in his introduction, eight days, resisted his utmost efforts that “to speak ill of Buonaparte is a near eight months; that he lost be- crime which cannot be atoned for, but fore it an immense number of men; by the death of the guilty ;" and this and once, all his artillery ; yet this consideration has delayed his publisame town, with a French garrison, cation several years. A man is cerwas taken by the Austrians in the tainly not bound to publish truths, next campaign in less than a month. which he foresees will be fatal to This is undeniable ; and we add, that himself; though we should not have Buonaparte felt so keenly the shame expected this objection from a miliimplied in the comparison, that he tary man. Yet a moral obligation is
a exerted all his power (he was then certainly incumbent on him to aufirst consul) to fix the whole disho- thenticate by all possible means what nour on Latour Foissac, the French he publishes; especially on a quescommander of Mantua. He forbade tion to be decided by testimony. him to wear French regimentals ; the The French poet says, with much whole army murmured ; the order truth : Quand j'attaque quelqu'un, je was not obeyed; and Latour demand- le dois, et me nommer. ed a court martial, which was refu. From a note of the translator, this sed. His son, a youth of fifteen, pub- work does not appear to have been lickly vented the most bitter execra. originally written in French. The tions, in the military coffee house of style bears witness to this: yet, since Turin, before a numerous assembly it is intended to expose the errours of officers, against “ the Corsican of a French publication, its appearUpstart," who, to palliate his own ance in that language was indispenshame, endeavoured to disgrace the sable.
FROM THE LITERARY PANORAMA.
he had on,
The Wedding among the flowers. By one of the Authors of original Poems, Rhymes for the Nursery, &c. pp. 16. Price 18. London, 1808.
IT would be a thing unheard of, And his lordship declared he would rather that so gay an assembly as that of the Flowers at Court should have had no
So doubtful a person as young Bitter
Sweet. effect in disposing the hearts of the Sir Michaelmas Daisy was asked to apblooming belles, and youthful beaux,
pear, to reciprocal attachment; and we But was gone out of town for best part of find, on consulting the gazettes of the time, that many a heart was lost, And though he was sent for, Narcissue
declined many a gentle sigh was heaved, Out of pique, and preferred to keep sulk. many a vow was breathed, and many
ing behind; a glance was shot, by the conquerors For, having beheld his fine form in the as well as by the conquered, though water, some had the art to conceal their feel. He thought himself equal to any flower's ings more effectually than others. daughter;
And would not consent to increase a paSome, it appears, were withheld by
rade, family pride, others by party spirit, The hero of which he himself should have others by what they called prudential made. (misprinted, we believe, for prudish) Dr. Camomile was to have been one of the reasons : but,
But was summoned to town, to old alder"At length my lord Sunflower, whom man Hearty: publick opinion,
Old Aloe, a worthy, respectable don, Confessed as the pride of the blooming do. Could not go in the clothes that just then
minion, Avowed an affection he'd often betrayed, And his tailor was such a slow fellow, he For sweet lady Lily, the queen of the guessed shade;
That it might be a century ere he was And said, should her friends nor the pub
dressed. lick withstand,
Excuses were sent, too, from very near all He would dare to solicit her elegant hand. The ladies residing at Great Green House “Now April was dimpled with smiles, Who had been so confined, were so chilly
Hall, and the day Was fixed for the first of luxuriant May: It might cost them their lives to be out in Along the parterre in the shade or the sun,
the air. All was business, and bustle, and frolick, The Sensitive Plant hoped her friend would
and fun; For, as Flora had granted a full dispen. It thrilled every
nerve in her frame to re
excuse her, sation
fuse her, To every gay tribe in her blooming crea
But she did not believe she had courage tion, By which at the festival all might appear,
The solemn transaction she'd summoned Who else were on duty but parts of the
her to. year, There was now such a concourse of beau.
Widow Wail had a ticket, but would not
attend, As had not, since Eden, appeared in one
For fear her low spirits should sadden
her friend; place; And cards were dispersed, with consent And, too wild to regard either lady or of the fair,
lord, Toevery great family through the parterre.
Honeysuckle, as usual, gadding
abroad. “ There was one city lady, indeed, that Notwithstanding all which, preparations the bride
were made, Did not wish to attend, which was Miss In the very first style, for the splendid pa. London Pride :
rade. VOL. II.
ty and grace;
“One Cloth-Plant, a clothier, of settled And ere the damp weather of April exrepute,
pired, Undertook to provide every beau with a The whole blooming band was completely suit,
attired.” Trimmed with Bachelor's Buttons, but these, I presume,
For further particulars we must . Were rejected as out of the proper cos. refer to this authentick report. We tume.
should have been glad to have seen, Miss Satin Flower, fancy-dress maker had mortal eyes been permitted the from town,
sight, the hymeneal parade, the taHad silks of all colours and patterns come down;
bles, and the banquet. We perceive And long Lady's Riband could hardly pre. that, to the spectator, the knowledge pare
of the company, their rank, orders, Her trimmings so fast as bespoke by the and classes, was, as usual, indispenfair.
sable : but this must be acquired Two noted perfumers, from Shrubbery from the Court Kalendar, for no
doubt it has been settled by Garter, senced the train ;
Lyon, or Norroy, King at Arms.
FROM THE MONTHLY REVIEW.
An Essay on Light Reading, as it may be supposed to influence Moral Conduct and Literary Taste. "By the Rev. Edward Mangin, M. A. Crown 8vo. pp. 213. 1808.
THE clergy, as professional of the moralist, if these writers are eustodes morum, may endeavour to brought into comparison, the former preach or write down the circulating will be generally preferred to the latlibrary; but they will find it a “ diffi- ter. Must we, however, have recult corpse to bury;" and such an course to sir Charles Grandison and Essay on Light Reading as this be- Clarissa; if we discard Tom Jones fore us is not best calculated to effect and Joseph Andrews ? Novels less the purpose. Too much reason ex- exceptionable than either may ists for the apprehension that novels lected; though the impression left have an unfavourable influence both by the best of this kind of reading on the morals and the manners of so- may not be very favourable to the ciety; and that some operate to un- improvement of the mind ;--and it dermine the former, while all have is singular that a writer, who begins more or less a tendency, by the ro- an essay with declaiming against nomantick sentiments which they ex. vels, should terminate it with a high cite, to make real life appear tame flown eulogy on a legendary tale. and insipid. These evils, however, Though Dr. Goldsmith was not a are not to be counteracted by the very moral character, his writings are means which Mr. Mangin recom- justly extolled as favourable to virmends; and the preference which he tue; and Mr. M. has published a let. gives of the delineation of sir Charles ter from Dr. Strean concerning that Grandison to that of Tom Jones, if it favourite author, which contains, we manifests a solicitude for good mo- believe, some original information rals, is no proof of a correct taste. that will interest his admirers. Mr. Fielding has exhibited more of the M. however, might have found better vitious part of man than in prudence specimens of Goldsmith's muse than he ought to have displayed: but those which are presented in this Richardson's portraits are out of na- Essay. ture; and in spite of the objections
SPIRIT OF THE MAGAZINES.
ORIGIN OF TAMING THE SHREW.
[From an Italian Novelist.] THE commentators on Shak- lodged in one house, nor eat and slept speare seem puzzled to find the ori. together. gin, whence that poet has drawn the It happened that Silverio, the idea of his “ Taming the Shrew.” youngest, without saying a word to That other plays had been written any of his comrades, except his brobefore, with nearly the same plot, ther, married a tailor's daughter. their researches have proved. It is She was handsome and genteel, but now soine years since I pointed out full of levity, unsteady, and never at the following story from “ Le piace- rest; fond of holydaymaking, and exvole Notte di Giovano Francesco travagant to the highest degree, careStrapparola," an Italian novelist, less of economy, unwilling to miss which probably furnished the hint of either feast or procession. In short, one part of “ Taming the Shrew." she was always at the door, the win
The sage and experienced physi- dow, or in the street, cian, when he discovers a disease in When the wedding was over, Silthe human body, avails himself of verio carried his wife home, and bewhat seem to him the most proper came, anew, so enamoured of her remedies for its immediate cure; but . beauty and sprightliness, that he proif he wait till the disorder is grown nounced, that the world did not conold and inveterate, he will find it tain such another paragon of beauty; much more difficult, and indeed im- and, from the excess of his love, he practicable; for which reason, a wise was induced to comply with all her and prudent husband should, when, wishes, and at length nothing was he marries, check any inclination in done in his house that Espinela (so his wife to a love of dominion ; as she was called) did not command. such an evil propensity, if allowed Hence she became so absolute a misonce to take root, he will never be tress, and so shameless, at length able to eradicate, and it will make she began to slight her husband, and him miserable all the rest of his life, all his affairs; and the poor man was as was experienced by a soldier of reduced to such subjection, that when whom we have to speak.
he desired his servants to do any In Corneto, a castle and fortress thing, she commanded them to disof Tuscany, of the patrimony of St. obey him. And Silverio, who only Peter, there were two brothers, who, saw through Espinela's eyes, instead from their youth had entertained the of reproving, or endeavouring to restrongest regard for each other. One medy so obstinate an evil, humbly was named Pisardo, the other Silve- resigned the bridle to her, and al. rio.
But although their fraternal lowed her to act according to her own affection was mutual, they neither fancy.