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By Victor Schoelcher

Victor Schoelcher (1804-93) used to be a French author mainly remembered for his half within the struggle for the abolition of slavery. In the United States on company in 1829-30, he was once so appalled by way of the stipulations he came across that he turned an abolitionist campaigner, concentrating his writings on stipulations within the French Caribbean islands. He turned President of the French fee for abolition and completed his aim while in 1848 the French govt abolished slavery in all its colonies. Schoelcher went into political exile for almost 20 years after the coup d'etat of Louis Napoleon, and through this time he pursued his different nice curiosity, tune. His lifetime of Handel, translated into English through James Lowe, used to be released in 1857. It was once considered as one of many best biographies ever written, and it was once prior to its time within the quantity of analysis into basic resources which the writer had undertaken.

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This is a most interesting discovery. The other three are unfortunately lost, and nothing is known ahout them. We have also to regret the cantatas, the sonatas, and a great quantity of vocal and instrumental music, which the author of Almira composed at Hamburg. " If, perchance, this book should fall into the hands of some amateur at Hamburg, I should recommend him to search the vast municipal library and the ancient archives of that city, and perhaps he may discover the whole or a part of these works.

If the author of Susannah and of Jephtha had been born in 1684, he would have been sixty-four years old in 1748 and sixty-seven in 1751. As Handel has himself declared his age upon several occasions, it is difficult, to explain the obstinacy with which, for more than a century, this blunder has been persisted in, otherwise than by the blind readiness with which writers copy certain assertions from each other when once they have become current. The truth, however, did not escape all his contemporaries.

This also is the date which is carved upon his tomb in Westminster Abbey; but, nevertheless, it is erroneous. M. Forstemann thus refers to the subject:—" Dreyhaupt, in his 'Description of the Province of the Saale,' has alone given the correct date of Handel's birth; which is the 23rd of February, 1685. (Vol. , p. ) In fact, it may be seen by the books of the Church of Notre Dame de St. Laurent, at Halle, that Handel was baptized there on the 24th of February, 1685, and it is known that at that time the baptism always took place on the day after the birth.

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