« ForrigeFortsett »
Printed by David Willison,
CONTENTS. OF No. LII.
Arr. I. Mémoires de MADAME LA MARQUISE DE LAROCHE
JAQUELEIN; avec Deux Cartes du Théatre de la Guerre de La Vendée. 2 tomes. 8vo. pp. 500. Paris, 1815.
This is a book to be placed by the side of Mrs Huchison's
1 delightful Memoirs of her heroic husband, and his chival-, rous Independents. Both are pictures, by a female hand, of tumultuary and almost private wars, carried on by conscientious individuals against the actual government of their country: and both bring to light, not only innumerable traits of the most romantic daring and devoted fidelity in particular persons, but a general character of domestic virtue and social gentleness among those who would otherwise have figured to our imaginations as adventurous desperadoes or ferocious bigots. There is less talent, perhaps, and less loftiness, either of style or of cha. racter, in the French than the English heroine. Yet she also has done and suffered enough to entitle her to that appellation; and, while her narrative acquires an additional interest and a truer tone of nature, from the occasional recurrence of female fears and anxieties, it is conversant with still more extraordia nary incidents and characters, and reveals still more of what had been previously malignantly misrepresented, or entirely unknown.
Our readers will understand, from the title-page which we have transcribed, that the work relates to the unhappy ảnd sanguinary wars which were waged against the insurgents in La Vendée during the first and maddest years of the French Re. public; but it is proper for us to add, that it is confined almost entirely to the transactions of two years, and that the detailed
VOL. XXVI. NO. 51.