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ENGLISH REVIEW.

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PRINTED AT THE OFFICE OF THE JOURNAL DE ST. PETERSBOURG,, OF

her most Gracious Majesty the Empress.

THE ST. PETERSBURG

ENGLISH REVIEW,

OF LITERATURE, THE ARTS, AND SCIENCES.

rien o m * EDITED AYTI

S. WARRAND,
Teacher of the English Language and Literature to TaxiImpirul HGONESSES ;
Lecturer at the Imperial University and the Imperial Law College of St. Petersburg:

Knight of the Orders of St. Anne, St. Stanislaus, and St. Vladimir,

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ST. PETERSBURG,
Published by HAUER and C', Nevsky Perspective, N 3,

Petiliat's House.

1842.

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DIARY AND LETTERS OF Mme D’ARBLAY,

AUTHOR OF

EVELINA,' ' CECILIA,' &c.

Edited by her Niece. Vols. I., II., III. London. 1842.

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When we reviewed, ten years ago, that strange display of egotism which Madame D'Arblay was pleased to call Memoirs of her Father,' we expressed a wish that she would condense and simplify into a couple of interesting (and interesting they would be) volumes her own story and her contemporaneous notes and bond fide recollections of that brilliant society in wbich she moved from 1777 to 1794. We lay some stress on the words bona fide-not as imputing to Madame D'Arblay the sligtest intention to deceive, but because we think that we see in almost every page abundant proof that the habit of novel-writing has led her to colour, and, as she may suppose, embellish, her anecdotes with sonorous epi.. thets and factitious details, which however, we venture to assure her, not only blunt their effect, but discredit their authority,'Quart. Rev. vol. xlix. p. 125.

We were not then in the secret of Madame D'Arblay's having from her earliest youth kept the diary now presented to us ; but we guessed, from many passages in the Memoirs of Dr. Burney,' that she was in possession of copious contemporaneous materials for her own, and we candidly forewarned

VOL. IV.

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