British Fiction, 18001829

MURRAY, Hugh. Swiss Emigrants, The (1804)

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Morning Chronicle

Tue, 21 Feb 1804. (1.4.2).
‘This Day is published’. 1v 12mo. 4s. Boards.
Notes: ‘With regard to the following little Narrative, it is not necessary to give any account of the manner in which it came into the Editor’s possession, or of the circumstances which have delayed its publication so long after the time when it appears to have been written. In offering it to the world, he has been actuated chiefly by an opinion of its useful and instructive tendency. If virtue be promoted by the view of characters which rise above the ordinary standard, those exhibited in the following pages seem well calculated to produce that effect. In the first part we discover the principle of active benevolence operating in somewhat of a new direction. There may not be many who could, with propriety, adopt the precise manner of life which is there described; yet there are perhaps few whose characters would not be improved by imbibing some portion of the spirit which it breaths./ At the present moment also when our independence, and our very existence as a nation, are threatened by the same restless and domineering potentate, the examples here exhibited of love for our country, and courage in defending it, may not be without their use’. Extract from the Preface. [also: History of the Invasion of Switzerland by the French]

Wed, 25 Dec 1805. (2.1.6).
‘This Day are published’. 1v 12mo. 4s. Boards.
Notes: ‘The object of this well told Tale, is at once to set forth the happiness which may be derived from the practice of beneficence in an humble and obscure sphere, and to exhibit a moving picture of the misery of which war is productive’. Monthly Review, July 1804. ‘This is an interesting, affecting, and instructive Tale, replete with good sense, and good morals. The narrative is ably written, the language is good, and the sentiments are unexeptionable’. Antijacobin Review, Feb 1804. [also: lately published by the same author: The Morality of Fiction]

 

Star

Mon, 19 Mar 1804. (1.4.6).
‘This day was published’. 1v 12mo. 4s. Boards.
Notes: ‘This is an interesting, affecting, and instructive tale, replete with good sense and good morals. The narrative is ably written, the language good, and the sentiments are unexceptionable’. Antijacobin Review, Feb 1804. [also: The History of the Invasion of Switzerland, by Zschokke, trans. Aikin]

 

Edinburgh Evening Courant

Mon, 21 May 1804. (1.4.2).
‘This Day is Published’. 1v 12mo. 4s. Boards.
Notes: ‘Sold by Constable and J. Anderson, Edinburgh’.‘This is an interesting, affecting, and instructive tale, replete with good sense and good morals. The narrative is ably written, the language is good, and the sentiments are unexceptionable’. Antijacobin Review, Feb 1804. ‘A pleasing and entertaining narrative. The whole is apparently from the heart; and it will beguile the feeling mind of pity’s softest drops’. Critical Review, Mar 1804. [also: The History of the Invasion of Switzerland by the French by Henry Zschokke]

Mon, 28 May 1804. (1.5.5).
‘This Day is Published’. 1v 12mo. 4s. Boards.
Notes: ‘Sold by Constable and J. Anderson, Edinburgh’. ‘This is an interesting, affecting, and instructive tale, replete with good sense and good morals. The narrative is ably written, the language is good, and the sentiments are unexceptionable’. Anti-Jacobin Review, Feb 1804. ‘A pleasing and entertaining narrative. The whole is apparently from the heart; and it will beguile the feeling mind of pity’s softest drops’. Critical Review, Mar 1804. [also: The History of the Invasion of Switzerland by the French by Henry Zschokke]

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