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WE beg leave to returo our most siucere acknowledgments to the Gentlemen wbo bave favoured us in the present Number. We trust that they will be equally kind in the following one. We hope that J. P. and J. C. will be pleased to favour us as early as possible, as, from the number of the Military Cbronicle now printed, we are coin pelled to get the early part to press as soon as possible. We hope to be enabled tu present in onr next Number a most superb Engraving of the Prioce Regent.

The next Number of the Military Classics, which will be published on the first of July, will contain the First Part of Plutarch's Lives. It is unuecessary to say how valuable this work is to the Army.

* THE SUPPLEMENT to the Third Volume of the Military Chronicle is published this Day, Price 2s. 6d. It contains the Life of Prince Eugene of Savoy, by himself, 'complete, a book selling in London for 7s. 6d. It is here presented to the Army for Half a Crown, reprinted from the first English Edition.

The Tenth Number of the Military Classics is published this day, and

completes Arrian's History of Alerander the Great., The price of each Number of the Classics is Two Shillings and Sirpence.

The following Numbers are out.

MILITARY CLASSICS, Being a republication, in monthly numbers, price 2s. 6d. each, of all

those valuable Military Books, of which every Officer ought to be ir possession, but which, either from their scarcity or high price, are accessible to feu. Nos. I. and II. contain Xenophon's Expedition of Cyrus.

No. III. contains the first part of the General History of Polybius; one of the most valaable works which the antients have left us. "No. IV. V. and VI. are continuations of Polybius. No. VII. concludes Polybius.

Nos. VIII. IX. and X. contain (complete) Alexander's Expedition and Conquest of Persia, &c.

The whole series of antient and modern military and historical writers, of any game and authority, will be printed in the same manner.

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ROYAL MILITARY

MILITARY CHRONICLE.

JUNE, 1812.

MILITARY BIOGRAPHY.

GENERAL MACKINNON.

AS the life of General Mackinson has been already given, we have now only to call the attention of the public, and, we should hope, of the Government, to a recent incident in his family, which we cannot but think most peculiarly appeals to the nation's generosity. It appears that the Lady of this most lamented General has recently added to her preceding family a posthumous son; and is thus at once, within a very short interval, both a widow and a mother. There is something peculiarly affecting when the heaviest of female suffering is thus superadded to the heaviest of human calamities. The Almighty Author of our nature, who, throughout all the circumstances of our life, has sofa tened necessary evils by some infusion of good, has benevolently implanted in the human mother a principle which alleviates the bitterness of his own assigned penalty; and, whilst she presses her offspring to her bosom, and retraces in it the image of the father, she forgets almost, in the moment of its occurrence, the pains, and perils through which she has passed. The Roman poet has most beautifully alluded to this maternal feeling:

-Si quis mihi parvulus aulu
Luderet Eneas, qui te tantum ore referret,

Non omnino misera The Lady of General Mackinnon, however, is not merely denied this consolation, but its very circumstance aggravates her grief. Her sorrow is only refreshed with the memory of its object, and with the image that, recalls it. Every look of her orphan child reminds her how much his imbecility needs a protector, and that the natural protector, both of bim and herself, is gone. We feel persuaded that we need say no more. The Parliament is now sitting, and would doubtless, upon the slightest mentiou, add ove more to those acts of generosity, if not justice, which will long characterise the present Parliament as one of the most honourable of those which have ever sat, and as having most fuliy and duly represented, not merely the wisdom and wishes, but the virtue, high honour, und

generous feeling of the nation. Never, indeed has this country appeared at once greater, and more amiable, than during this period of war, and of the distress and calamities which it necessarily brings. There seems to have been a kind of' cuna TOL, Iv. No, 20.

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General Mackinnon.

test at home and abroad, whether we shall appear more valiant or more generous. This is our true national character. In the chivalrous ages we led the way in the wild but generous extravagance of the graces and accomplishments of knighthood: in the progress of religion, and the knowledge of arts and manners, we are now the first of Christian nations, as we were heretofore in the first rank of the middle times.

PLUTARCHS LIVES.

SIR,—THE army are infinitely indebted to you for your Historical and Military Classics, the cheapness of which is as much suited to their finances as the matter of them is highly useful. I copy the following paragraph from your address to your correspondents in the third uumber of the Military Chronicle.

“ The main object of the Military Chronicle is to inspire and cherish a military spirit in the army and country; forcibly to impress on the country what they owe to the army; and to excite in the

younger

officers of the army, through the medium of the biography of their illustrious fellow-soldiers, a professional zeal, a gentlemanly spirit, and those ornajnental manners, knowledge, and accomplishments, which are necessary to complete the character of a British officer, and to render him what he ought to be, at once the grace and defence, the Decus and Præsidiumn of his country."

Permit me to suggest, Sir, that you could not do better than to keep this perpetually in your mind; and you would do well if you were to suffer it to guide you in the choice of the books which you are printing for the use of the army. Why not, for example, give them immediately Plutarch's Lives, one of the most useful books for the inilitary instruction of the officer which either the ancient or modern world has .produced ? It is at the saine time a Military and Historial Classic; it is almost as common in the French army as the rules and regulations in our own. Permit me likewise to suggest, that you would do well to state the exact quantity of numbers in which yo! propose to comprehend your several authors. I can easily m..ke allowances for errors in this respect in your first numbers; but I think that as you can now easily make your calculations, I feel persuaded it will not occur again. I deem it but justice to you to add, that I most fully acquit you of having done this intentionally, as the whole spirit and manner of your Military Chronicle shews you are above it.

J. HANSWER. The first part of Plutarch will be given in the next number of the Classics. Our correspondent does us but justice in acquitting us of .

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