British Fiction, 18001829

LATHOM, Francis. Mystery (1800)

Contemporary Reviews

Critical Review, 2nd ser. 30 (Sept 1800): 116.

This romance, for so it should be called, is not destitute of all interest. Margaretta, the supposed rustic, exhibits a pleasing picture of the progress of mental cultivation; and the workings of a diabolical revenge are displayed with ingenious subtlety in the character of Antonia; there are, however, some passages reprehensible for their indelicacy. For, though profligacy of intention many not be in the least imputable, the writer of a novel is surely responsible for the lascivious impressions which may arise from the colouring of the scenes presented to the youthful reader.

Notes: Listed under ‘Monthly Catalogue: Novels’. Format: 2 vols 12mo; no price. Publisher: Symonds.

Monthly Review, 2nd ser. 33 (Oct 1800): 207.

The story in this novel, as in most other mysterious productions of the kind, is not limited to sober probabilities. It awakens interest, however, and the incidents are not of the hackneyed kind. Some parts are scarcely within the line of decorum: but the whole is well calculated to exemplify the truth of the reflection contained in the motto to the work: “How narrow is the path of rectitude, and how much may be lost by the slightest deviation.” (Dr. Johnson.)

Notes: Listed under ‘Monthly Catalogue: Novels’. Format: 2 vols 12mo; price 7s. Sewed. Publisher: Symonds.

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