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The Quarterly Review, Vol. 5

The Quarterly Review, Vol. 5

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Excerpt from The Quarterly Review, Vol. 5: February and May, 1811

Yet this remark, as even our present number will su?iciently evince, is not without eace tions and certainly, a very res table one now lies before us. E classical acquirements of Cla vier have, it seems, procured for him the patronage of the French court: and, if we are not greatly misinformed, it is to ~these ac quirements that he owes the distinction which has annexed so ho nourable a title to his name. If such be the fact, however, we cannot but observe that the honour is rather to the merits of M. Clavier, and perhaps to the personal liberality of his imperial mas ter, than to the constitution of that government which it is at pre sent the fashion ia France to eulogize as a revival of the reign of Saturn. The citizens of a free state are accustomed to regard high political and judicial situations as the natural prizes of emi nent and robably laborious service in those respective lines; nor can p deeming such dignities to be very inappropriate reb wards or achievements of a purely academical character. It may be an auspicious sign for the science or literature of acountry, but is undoubtedly an evil omen for its liberties, when the great trusts of o?ice are placed in the hands of mandamus qf science, or when the administration of justice is confided to jurisconsults because they are learned in the law of Crete, and familiarly con versant M with the precedents of the judgment of Paris and the trial 0f am.

Our present concern, however, is not with the decisions of M. Clavier, but with his history of which yet we are constrained to observe that, in the qualities of gaiety and liveliness, a considerable portion of it nearly resembles what we expect to fall from the learned in his professional capacity. Let be noted, at the same time, that this misfortuiie was mmvoidable, or, at least, avoidable no otherwise than by an avoidance of the subject.

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