Sidebilder
PDF
ePub

WE beg leave to return our most sincere acknowledgments to the Gentlemen who have favoured us m 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 Chronicle now printed, we are compelled to get the early part to press as soon as possible. We hope to be enabled to present in our next Number a most superb Engraving of the Prince Regent.

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

[graphic]

MILITARY CLASSICS,

Being a republication, in monthly numbers, price 2*. 6 J. each, of alt those valuable Military Books, of which every Officer ought tobei* possession, but which, either from their scarcity or high price, are accessible to few.

Nos. I. and II. contain Xenophon's Expedition of Cyrus.

No. III. contains the first part of the General History of Palyhinsi one of Ike most valuable 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 aad Conquest of Persia, &c.

The whole series of ancient and modern military and historical writers, of »»j name and authority, v. ill be printed in the same manner.

[ocr errors][ocr errors]
[graphic][ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors]

THE

JUNE, 1812.

[graphic]

GENERAL MACKINNON.

AS the life of General Mackinaon 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 softtened 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 <|ii: % milii pervitins aula

I ml. u , Ent-as, qui te tantum ore referrct,
Nou on.uino mistTa

The Lady of General Mackiniiou, 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 him and herself, is gone. We feel persuaded that we need say no more. The Parliament is now sitting, and would doubtless, upon the slightest mention, add one 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 fully and duly represented, not merely the wisdom and wishes, but the virtue, high honour, and 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 con

T»L. Jr. NO. 20. N

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.

PLUTARCH'S 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 number 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 ornamental 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 Presidium 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 military instruction of the officer which either the ancient or modern world has-produced? It is at the same 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 yon propose to comprehend your several authors, lean easily n 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 shows you are above it.

J. H—. ANSWER.

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

« ForrigeFortsett »