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FOREIGN LITERATURE, SCIENCE, AND ART.
SEPT. TO DEC., 1854.
W. H. BIDWELL, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR.
PUBLISHED AT 120 NASSAU STREET.
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Lockhart, John Gibson-Ner Monthly Maga-
Russian Life, Photographs from—Fraser's
If it be a misfortune to be overpraised, tenderness; the actors are held to have been neither the men nor the women who played sufficiently rewarded with success, and at our prominent parts in English history during hands deserve only to be restored to their the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, will proper place by a judicious scrutiny of their have reason to complain of the manner in faults. We are not lenient to Henry the which their reputations have been dealt with Eighth, or to Mary Tudor, or to Elizabeth. by their countrymen. To have accomplished Oliver Cromwell's reputation has the taint any thing remarkable, throughout this period, still of the Tyburn gallows upon it. Wolsey, appears to be a ground rather for suspicion Thomas Cromwell, Gardiner, the Seymours,
a than for admiration; and a certain uniformity the Dudleys, the Cecils, Sir Francis Walsingof failure, like that which marks the career ham, or Francis Bacon-these names, once of Mary Queen of Scots, alone commands a illustrious, are now tarnished over with every general interest. It is not enough to have most unworthy imputation; and Sir Thomas died tragically; the wise and the unwise More is, perhaps, the only really remarkable came too often to a common end at the stake man who still remains a favorite with us; or on the scaffold: we have to run over rather, probably, because he was the greatest in our own minds the most conspicuous names of the victims of a falling side, than because of those centuries, and to consider the posi- we essentially value either his character or tion which they occupy in the popular esti- his actions. mation, to be at once aware, that only those This unprosperous condition of public among them who have effected nothing, who 'opinion, however, is not maintained without have been sufferers merely, are regarded with partial remonstrance; people who have cared
to examine the authentic accounts of the * Life of Cardinal Wolsey. By John Galt. times, having perceived very clearly on how Third Edition, with additional Nlustrations from slight a foundation the popular judgments of Cavendish's Life of Wolsey, and other sources.
them are based, and raising their voices with London: David Bogue. 1846.
more effect or less, in behalf of this person VOL. XXXIII. NO. I.