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Warner's (Rev. R.) Literary Recollections
(Dr) Dictionary of the English Language
Wellesley's (Hon. W. Long) View of the Court of Chancery
Tales of Our Counties
Tam o' Shanter and Souter Johnny, a Poem
(James) Letter to the Duke of Wellington
Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry
Trebor's (E.) Hoyle made Familiar
Vane's (Lt.-Gen.) Narrative of the War in Germany and France 151
Wade's (T.) Phrenologists
Macdonald's new work-Thetis arming Achilles
Milton and his Christmas Ode
Academy, Scottish, Fourth Exhibition of
Greenshields's (Mr) Jolly Beggars
Moore's Life of Byron, Thoughts suggested by a perusal of
Portfolio of a Traveller, Sketches from the
Psalms, Remarks on the Scottish Version of the
Psalms of David
36 Institution, Fourth Exhibition of Ancient Paintings in the Royal
Ninth Exhibition of Modern Pictures in the Royal 296
215, 228, 259
36, 143, 315
129, 189, 214, 231, 288, 298
186, 197 BRYDSON, (THOS.) The Earthquake
9 Pages 12, 25, 54, 105, 147, 181, 207, 247, 318, 333, 360, 373.
AINSLIE, (Dr) Inscription for a Tomb
ANDERSON, (WM.) To Zera
ATKINSON, (THOS.) O! this Love! this Love!
Balfour, (ALEX.) Sonnet
BELL, (HENRY G.) Sonnet to
Royal Institute of France
Spring-hours in Pere la Chaise
Stephen Kemble and the Son of Neptune
Wallace, (Sir W.) and the Torwood Oak
The Ascent of Elijah
SILLERY, (CHARLES DOYNE) Oh! the Little World within
STODDART, (THOMAS TODD) Stanzas
TWEEDIE, (DAVID) Lines for the Eye of Mr James Hogg
Robert the Bruce
EDINBURGH LITERARY JOURNAL;
WEEKLY REGISTER OF CRITICISM AND BELLES LETTRES,
SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 1830.
in 1768. The captain and mate of the vessel in which he took his passage, however, both died during the voyage of a fever, upon which he assumed the command, and brought the vessel safely into port. The owners apper-pointed him, for this piece of service, master and supercargo, in which situation he continued till the ship was sold in the year 1771. His course of life for the next four years cannot be so accurately traced. At one time he was in command of a West India ship sailing from the port of London. He seems also to have carried on commercial speculations on his own account in Grenada and Tobago. In 1773 we find him in Virginia, arranging the affairs of his brother, who had died intestate. In 1775 he was living inactively in America. His habits of bu
which will at once evince the increased nature of our resources, and
magnanimously absolve them from all obligations to continue to
subscribe for the Fourth.
afford a perpetually fresh fund of amusement, and, we hope, infor-siness must have been good, for though he began the world mation, to the reading public. We had at one time intended to spe- with nothing, we find him possessed, at the time he emetfy a few of these improvements; but, on second thoughts, we think barked in the American service, of nearly £1200 in Engbetter to show, than to say, what we can do. We therefore refer land, besides considerable property in the island of Tobago. our readers to the contents of the LITERARY JOURNAL for the next The fair profits of the West India trade at that period are six months, and if they do not find our Third Volume still more ensufficient to account for this wealth, without the suspititled to their favour than either of its predecessors, we shall most cion of any more lax undertakings than intercourse with the Spanish main. His nautical skill must, in like manner, have been increased by his experience in commanding a ship of considerable burden. Paul's, too, was a well cultivated mind; besides his merely professional studies, which subsequent events showed him to have pursued to good purpose, his letters evince a mastery of expression On the whole, his ardent and persevering disposition, tawhich could only be acquired by considerable practice. ken in conjunction with the school of active life through which he had passed, justify the confidence reposed in him by the leaders of the American Revolution.
The second period of his history commences in his 29th year. He had his choice to be made first-lieutenant of a frigate, or captain of a sloop of war, and preferred the former. In this post he had for a while no other opportunity of showing his zeal and energy, than what was afforded by the necessity of keeping a strict look-out to prevent desertion while the fleet was frozen in during John Paul Jones was born in July 1747, near Arbig- the winter. The American arms were first tried at sen land, in the stewartry of Kirkcudbright. His father was in the affair of the Glasgow, off Block Island. For their the son of a mail-gardener in Leith; and was himself em- behaviour on this occasion, two of the American captains ployed by Mr Craik of Arbigland, one of the earliest and were immediately after brought to a court-martial; but most judicious improvers of agriculture in the south of the inferior officers were declared to have done their duty. Scotland. Arbigland is situated at the embouchure of In 1777, Jones was appointed by Congress to the comthe Nith into the Solway, and a great proportion of the mand of a squadron of five vessels, destined for the attack surrounding inhabitants are engaged either in the fishery of Pensacola. This projected expedition came to nought, of the coasting trade. Young Paul showed early a de- through the jealousy of the commander-in-chief; and cided predilection for the sea, and was bound apprentice, shortly after, Jones was dispatched to France on board in his twelfth year, to a respectable Whitehaven mer- the Ranger, with instructions to the American Commischant trading to Virginia, where he had a brother in sioners at Paris to procure him a good vessel, and emthriving circumstances, in whose house he resided as long ploy him in Europe, should any thing offer there likely the vessel remained in port. His master's affairs be- to prove conducive to the interests of the republic. After coming embarrassed, his indentures were given up to him, magnificent promises, with tardy and petty performance, and at a very early age he was appointed third mate of Jones was sent with the Ranger to cruise off the coasts the King George, a Whitehaven vessel employed in the of Britain. In this expedition he took several merchant dave trade. In his nineteenth year, he went as chief vessels, effected a landing at Whitehaven and St Mary's mate into the Two Friends, a Jamaica vessel engaged Isle, encountered and took the Drake ship of war, and in the same traffic. He quitted it, according to the returned to Brest, in May, 1778, after exciting the apprestatement of his relations, from disgust at its enormities,hensions of the whole British coast, and obtaining a num
TO OUR READERS.
Ly commencing the Third Volume of the EDINBURGH LITERARY JOURNAL, we feel ourselves called upon to acknowledge the extraordinary success which has all along rewarded our labours. The hopes which we entertained at the outset, arising partly from ceiving the evident desideratum in this country of a purely literary weekly periodical, and partly from the very extensive literary conBexions which we enjoyed, have been much more than fulfilled. So steady and extensive is the patronage we have received, that we now feel entitled to consider ourselves the weekly literary periodical of Scotland, the more especially as any opposition which may have been attempted has proved so entirely abortive.
for the future, we have to promise that we shall not only go on as we have begun, but that, vires acquirens cundo, we shall introduce into our Third Volume many improvements and novelties,
Memoirs of Rear-Admiral Paul Jones, Chevalier of the Military Order of Merit, and of the Russian Order of St Anne, &c. &c. Now first compiled from his original journals and correspondence; including an account of his services under Prince Potemkin, prepared for publication by himself. Two vols. post 8vo. Pp. 331, 341. Edinburgh. Oliver and Boyd. 1830.
THE history of Paul Jones is now, for the first time, presented to the public in an authentic and satisfactory form. The book is written in a candid and generous spirit, and we are inclined to look upon it as a valuable addition to biography.