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REVIEW.-Sir E. Seager's Narrative. (vol, CI, were attached to a Chariot. Constantine, without any supernatural aid. It furin the end, transferred them to his new ther teaches us, that in almost any Capital. It may be added to their story, situation there may be happiness where that when reconveyed to Venice by the there is reason and virtue, not passion Austrian Government, in 1815, the Captain and vice; and that civilization under of the vessel selected for this honourable

the former circumstance may be of service claimed descent from the great Dandolo; and it is satisfactory to be told, speedy growth. The book is also an that of all the works of Art restored at that

excellent study for missionaries, inastime to their rightful owners, these horses

much as it teaches them their trade, suffered least injury from travelling, because

and the uses of their tools, as well as they had been taken down and packed by inculcates a piety and philanthropy, the English. The Lion of St. Mark was so productive of reason, happiness, and less fortunate, but he has been carefully re- good conduct, as to exhibit in a most paired."

attractive view the real blessedness of

sound religious principles. The work Sir Edward Seager's Narrative of his Ship- being, however, composed wholly of

wreck, and consequent Discovery of cer- practical details, we shall not make tain Islands in the Caribbean Sea; with a any extracts; only, in conclusion, obDetail of many extraordinary and highly serve that it is one of the best books interesting Events in his Life, from the which we ever saw for instruction in year 1733 to 1749, as written in his own the establishment of colonies; and one Diary. Edited by Miss Jane Porter.

that with particular singularity shows 3 vols. post 8vo.

how pleasantly_ Adam and Eve may WE have heard that two men, the have lived in Paradise, at least till a only inhabitants of the Eddystone Doctor was wanted—but, where there Lighthouse, quarrelled, and are children, old people, accidents, spoke to each other for months. The and epidemics, physic is an indispensanecdote is mentioned as the most able necessity. 'Nevertheless animals perfect known instance of sulkiness, do without doctors, but they fare inas they could converse with no others. stinctively good herbalists, and have In the book before us, we have a spe- their own pharmacopæia. cimen which better suits the human character before the Fall. We have a sort of a Mr. (and also a Mrs.) Robin

Wedded Life in the Upper Ranks. The Wife son Crusoe, in reality though not in

and Friend, and the Married Man. name, who live like Adam and Eve

vols. post 8vo. in Paradise, loving and beloved, with perfect happiness, though only by

THE first story relates to a married themselves, and we solemnly believe

man, who neglects his wife, which that two amiable people, however wife in consequence bestows her affecennuyès, may live together in honey- tions upon another, but commits no

criminal act. moon style, through having no re

In the end the married sources but in themselves.

It is cer

couple are reconciled, and, like a pair tain too, that persons who have the

of shoes, go on wearing out together stores of a whole vessel at command,

afterwards. shipwrecked upon a fine uninhabited

The second refers to an opulent per, island in a tropical climate, and who

son, who, for fear of making a bad are also young and healthy, may lead

match, takes a woman into keeping, a very patriarchal and agreeable life, and subsequently marries her. for such a circumstance attaches to

It is evident that a good moral atthe History of Pitcairn's Island, and

taches to both these stories. They are as Necessity is the mother of Inven- also excellently told. tion, so that son may turn out a very

A chief object of the writer is to

show that what we account evils handy, bustling, and useful fellow. Such a narrative is now before us, and eventually produce good, which posiconsidering it either as a romance or a

tion, though common

on-place, is proved history, it does great credit to Miss in unsuspected states of things, e.g.: Porter. * We find in it all the re- « Lord Delamore was one of those persources of Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp, sons who convert whatever is meant for

their good into a source of misery and * The phraseology, however, is not in trouble. Such dispositions are advantageous keeping with that of the year 1734.

to mankind in one respect, the teaching




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PART 1.) REVIEW.-Galt's Bogle Corbet.-Morrisoniana. 621 resignation in their more untoward fortunes ment of settlers, by appointing persons to those oppressed by poverty, or any of on the spot, who can advise and guide the various ills flesh is heir to.”-i. 163. them. For settlers themselves in Ca.

Of matrimonial quarrels it is said, nada it supplies the most useful sug. “ The very worst state for married peo

gestions. One of these shall be our ple is one of restraint and mutual indiffer- specimen :

If Lord Delamore had been always “ Having investigated the different vocafinding fault with his wife, he would have tions of the Glasgow emigrants, I arranged had no time to nourish his own selfish that Sam should attend a blacksmith, a gloomy temper; and had his lady been con- carpenter, and a tailor, alternately twice in stantly disputing with his lordship, odious each week during the winter, to acquire as she might have thought him, she would some knowledge of their respective trades. never have had time to discover that every When the labour in the spring recombody else in the world was not equally de- menced on my farm, he was employed on it. testable."

Sunday was regularly set apart for intellecParadoxical as these reflections

tual instruction. may

" Were a course of instruction similar to appear, it is proverbial that there is

this instituted for intending emigrants beno poison without its antidote, but nevertheless it is best to be in a state

fore leaving England, the benefits would

materially mitigate their situation afterwards of having nothing to do with either

in the forest. It may be observed on this poison or antidote.

plan, that it differs little from teaching an apprentice at home, but I conceive the dis

tinction is widely different. ApprenticeBogle Corbet ; or the Emigrants. By John Galt, Esq. 3 vols. post 8vo.

ship in England instructs the novice to ac

quire a trade for a livelihood, but this sysROMANCES and Novels have tem only furnishes aids to other pursuits ; been heretofore adapted to young peo

dexterity or refinement is not the main obple with young heads on their shoul. ject of the study, so much as a competency ders. We rejoice to see these books so of practical knowledge, which may be improved, as to be fitted for changing the settler in the woods, what the art of the

brought into use when requisite. It is to the said heads, without affecting the juvenility of the shoulders, into old

accountant is to the borough artisan, auxiones. Asop, who makes this use of liary to his business.”-iii. 138. fiction, deserves the patronage of the friends of Reason. In truth, books of Morrisoniana, or Family Adviser of the this character unite both flower and

British College of Health. fruit; and as lo authorship, substitute THIS is a thick 8vo volume, confor the mere dancing-master the pro- sisting of a farrago in the bill-stickers’, fessor of callisthenics; not the mere

wall-chalkers' style, of the grossest teacher of show but of health. The humbug and rankest quackery ever writer before us has vigorous intellect, seen in print, and calculated to imand if the novel shape of his work has pose only upon the lowest and most the name and appearance of a lady's ignorant of the people. The whole reticule, it is such a one as Hercules composition, in which the aberrations may be supposed to have made for of the human mind are as strongly Omphale. But to the texture of the marked as in any, case of lunacy, of work. It steps out of the usual track “Bethlehem's poble college free,” has of my Lord A- and my Lady B~, to

for its sole end and meaning, to sell a furnish useful knowledge about gen. quack medicine called " the Vegetable tlemen, mercantile people, and emigra- Universal Medicine," upon the force tion. It is one of those books of of a quantity of nonsense, ascribing all which the possibility of benefit,-if diseases to peccant humours,--the carput into the hands of young people in- case of the old exploded doctrine of the tended for the condition alluded to-is humoralists raised again from the dead. incalculable. In regard to trade, it shows us that the great secret consists Remarks on the History and Authenticity of in knowing how to buy cheaply and the Autograph Originals of the Annals of wisely, as to the prospective market; the Four Masters, now deposited in the in other words, in reasonable specula- Library of the Royal Irish Academy. By tion : and as to emigration, it charges Geo. Petrie, Esq. R.H.A.M.R.I.A. &c. Government with negligence, in not MR. PETRIE here announces the preventing the misery or disappoint- recovery of certain annals relative to

622 Miscellaneous Reviews.

[vol. cs. the ancient history of Ireland. The which threw them into disgrace, if MS. was purchased at a sale of the they attempted to degrade the whole books of Colonel Burton Conyngham, man into a mere fattening hog (for and the object of the memoir is to porcus is too soft a term) de grege Epishow chiefly that the first volume now curi; or diabolized him into a seducer. at Stowe, and the second at Trinity An exemplar how to form a nobleCollege, Dublin, are not, as presumed, minded young man, is delineated in this originals, but only apographs of the novel, which has been too generally work bought by Mr. Peirie.

read for years to need any extract.


Satires, and the Beggar's Coin, a Poem. By Selections from the Works of the learned

John Richard Best, Esq. Author of Tran- and judicious Richard Hooker. By the salpine Memoirs, &c. Post Bvo. pp. 174. Rev. Henry Clissold, M.A. Minister of POETRY, like music and land

Stockwell Chapel, Lambeth, and Rector of

Chelmondiston, Suffolk. Post 8vo. pp. 117. scape gardening, is not a show thing, unless it has strong effect; and certain

HOOKER is the Paley of Churchit is, that it is nevertheless written of-Englandism; and no publication without any forethought about imagi- could be more seasonable than this nation, soul, or passion, or the power selection, because it tends to circulate of excitement. The best poets' have that wisdom which would never have acted otherwise ; for they were paint been sought in the lengthy original. ers, sculptors, and musicians in words. To show how seasonable it is in these They never made soul and feeling in- weathercock times, we shall extract sipid. Byron knew this, and to his the following passages : ideas alone he owes his fame. The 21. Caution in the Alteration of versification was mere apparel. Under Human Laws. these fastidious notions we consider

As for arbitrary alterations, when laws Mr. Best's poems to be drawing-room in themselves not simply bad or upmeet, trifles, denoting an elegant mind, and are changed for better or more expedient, if containing passages, which deserve the the benefit of that which is newly better sincere respect that he has acquired by devised be but small, since the custom of his Travels, but not things written for easiness to alter and change is so evil, no immortality, as Poetry, though indi- doubt, but to bear a tolerable sore, is better cative of a gentleman and man of ex

than to venture on a dangerous remedy. cellent taste.

“We do not deny alteration of laws to be sometimes a thing necessary; as when

they are unnatural or impious, or otherwise Thaddeus of Warsaw. By Miss Jane Porter. hurtful unto the public community of men, [Colburn's Standard Novels, No. IV.] and against that good for which human

societies were instituted.”—p. 13. THE influence of Novels in effecting the formation of character, upon miligated or endured.

23. Evils not curable by law to be such abstract principles of morality, wisdom, and heroism as overpower

" In evils that cannot be removed withthe sordid and mean motives of inte- out the manifest danger of greater to sucrest or fear, is a subject far too refined

ceed in their rooms ; wisdom (of necessity) for common apprehension, and too

must give way to necessity. All it can do pure for designing worldliness.

in those cases is to devise how that which

It exercises nevertheless a most season

must be endured may be mitigated, and the

inconveniences thereof countervailed, as able control in those countries where

near as may be; that when the best things luxury and riches lord it; although

are not possible, the best may be made of such countries would be utterly ruin- those things that are.”-p. 14. ed, if there was not a high feeling,

The Sunday Library, or the Protestant's that a very bad taste has been introduced Manual for the Sabbath-day; a selection into pulpit eloquence, viz. that discourses from eminent Divines of the Church of Eng. should be composed of unintelligible mystiland, chiefly within the last half-century, cism or insipid declamation. Works of the by the Rev. T. F. DIBDIN, D.D.-There is kind before us, by the introduction of beauno more reason why Sermons should be tiful writing, act correctively, and also inwithout sense, than that men should be fluentially, hy making it pleasant to read without heads. Nevertheless, it is certain them. Dr. Dibdia's is, generally speaking,


PART 1.]
Miscellaneous Reviews.

623 a good selection; and we are particularly nunciation of the language of the Principapleased with the excerpts from Messrs. lity; and if a person can read, the correAlison aud Sidney Smith, and Bishop sponding article in English and Welch may Heber. We wish Dr. Dibdin that success be handed to the natives without the anwhich his worthy efforts and literary repu- noyance of studying a language, which to tation justly merit.

any man not resident can be of no use.


The Persian Adventurer; by J. B. Frazer, We have seen few pocket volumes so full Esq. Author of “ Travels in Persia,” &c.- of information, and so agreeable to the craft, Such as would be the feelings of a civilized as the Free Mason's Pocket Companion. European in elevated life, were he obliged to live among the thieves of St. Giles's, are Mr. LaTrobe, in his Music of the Church, those of many unfortunate persons who re- has written many things which do him side in various barbarous countries of the credit; but we regret that his remarks are East. Life and property are played with, intermixed with onction and unphilosophical as if they were men on a chess-board, and reasoning in the very worst taste; e. g. if there be honour among thieves, it is Satan, we are told, in p. 105, “ carries off rarely to be found among savages ; for victims with the pelble of tender affections !"! horrors like those of the slave-trade are or and the author gravely affirms, in p. 177, may be circumstances of every day occur- that little birds in the morning and evening

The use of works like this, is, that sing psalms from devotional motives. it may save many lives where travellers or armies are concerned, and it may teach The Rev. ANDREW Irvine's excellent others to think that the extension of our and elaborate Sermon preached at St. Botolph, Indian empire has had results of enormous Aldersgate, Aug. 29, 1830, does honour to value, as concerns the good of our species. his philanthropy, for with him (p. 25) do

we hope and believe, that “ a growing zeal Mr. Swinden, in his Attempt to prove in our duty towards God, is [when unfanathat Lord Chatham was Junius, has collated, tically directed] accompanied by an additional with infinite pains, numerous coincident pas- ardour in our benevolence towards man. sages and phrases in the works of both. That there is a bias of probability in pre

Mr. Heraud's Divine Humanity refers suming Lord Chatham to have been Junius, to a subject which has been discussed iterum every person will readily admit; but could atque iterum. not Lord Chatham have echoed Junius, or We thank the Rev. Mr. Raine, the HisJunius Lord C. How can it be possible to torian of North Durham, for his excellent prove the converse of this hypothesis ?- Sermon relative to the Connection between Mere internal evidence cannot therefore be National Virtue and National Prosperity. satisfactory. We warmly recommend, however, Mr. Swinden's pamphlet as a valuable Dr. Van Over's Appeal to the British addition to the aggregate of evidence al- Nation on behalf of the Jews, ably advocates ready collected upon this difficult subject. the cause; but there are very serious diffiThe usual mode of proving such dubious

culties. matters in Courts of Justice, is by exterval Sermons preached at the Temple Church. evidences, such as collation of band-writing, By the Rev. W. H. RowLATT, M.A. Reader and circumstances, which ultimately show at the Temple, &c.—Mr. Rowlatt is a Divine that the matter must have been the act of who confers credit upon the station which the suspected person, and of no other. he has the honour to fill. His congregaNothing short of this will detect Junius. tion, composed of persons professionally

students of high reason, will, we hope, The Treatise on the Internal Policy of Na- duly appreciate his scientific elucidations, tions, consists of positions which are not which often remove, from the divine law, sufficiently tangible for discussion.

that uncertainty which obtains in the human.

There are many passages indicative of excelMr. Walker's Interest and Discount Tables lent ratiocination. is a most useful manual for the countinghouse and shop.

Basil Barringlon and his Friends. The

intention of this novel is to oppose a mean We hope that Mr. Manley's Miscella- fellow to a fine one; and, by delineating the neous Pieces in Verse, will please his sub- consequences of their respective modes of scribers.

conduct, to teach us to shun the disgusting Mr. Roberts's Welch Interpreter consists

selfishness of the one, and the generous of a collection of the words and phrases in folly of the other. When novels have such English and Welshı, absolutely necessary for an object, recommendation of them is uonetravellers in that picturesque and fine part of cessary. When we say that this is a moral our island; and it is the more useful, be- instructive novel, we feel it also justice to cause it is most difficult to acquire the pro- the author to add, that there are many 624 Miscellaneous Reviews.

[VOL. CI. most interesting episodes, felicitously exhi- We


of M. Meller's Synopsis of biting the peculiar follies incident to elevated French Grammar. station in society.

The Rev. J. Kenrick's Abridgment of The Domestic Gardener's Manual.-Scien- Zumpt's Latin Grammar, may advantageously tific rules for the conduct of a practical art, be studied, even by those who have arrived may be classed with Charts, Maps, Mathe- to puberty in the language. matical and Chemical indicia, &c. &c. The present work abounds with these, as well as Pinnock's Comprehensive Grammar of detailed instructions, and leaves us little to Ancient Geography and History, is an unacquire.

commonly elegant and useful school-book. The Family Cabinet Allas.—The desigu of this useful publication is the illustration Mr. Mair's Introduction to the Latin of the historical_portions of the Cabinet Syntar, is an improvement upon Clarke, Cyclopædia, the Family Library, &c. It is which is a sure guide to writing bad Latin ; of the same size, and is admirably adapted but we have no such fault to find with the to accompany those popular volumes. "For book before us. In

p. 126 we think that beauty of execution this Atlas has never there is an error, viz. the use of ut instead of been surpassed; it combines astonishing the accusative before the infinitive. The clearness and accuracy with a minuteness we distinction is this. Ut is used when in should have scarcely deemed practicable on order that, or on purpose that, may be applied such a scale. The price is not simply mo- to the phrase, but with very rare exceptions, derate but cheap, and the work is richly de- not otherwise. serving the highest praise and the most extensive patronage.

Dr. STOCKER's Persian Wars of Herodo

tus, is an excellent school and college book, There are many ideas, and a happy com- The Notes are erudite and instructive. mand of versification, in Mr. Michell's Siege of Constantinople, which we much re- The Harmonicon continues to merit the spect.

patronage of the musical world. The numThe Familiar Summary of the Law of bers before us contain some interesting comBills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, and munications, a copious review of New Music, The Laws relating to Benefit Societies and and each seven or eight pieces of Vocal or Savings Banks (numbers of the Familiar Instrumental Music. In the number for Law Adviser), have the character of all such June are a beautiful Chorus and Duet from books, namely, that they prevent scrapes.

Spohr's Oratorio of “ The Last Judgment,”

and a spirited song “The Pole's Adieu," by We recommend to the attention of all Miss S. Collier. We have also before us those whom it may concern, the Report on & supplementary number containing welltwo proposed lines of Railway between Perran, chosen selections from the favourite opera of Perth, and Truro, in the County of Corn- Azor and Zemiar, by Louis Spohr. wall, by Francis Whishaw and RICHARD Thomas, Civil Engineers.

The Arrow and the Rose, with other Poems.

By William Kennedy.—Good poetry and The Anti-Slavery Reporters (No. 77, 78) the gout are in this respect alike ; both give us a long topographical account of a make us feel them. “Thoughts that breathe, Golden Age which obtains in Hayti. Mr. and words that burn,' resenble in this Robert Owen, the apostle of gregariousness, respect, joints that swell, and toes that “ declares that he seeks in his theory of twinge. Mr. Kennedy is not an insipid human happiness and prosperity the attain- poet; and we can truly say, that if he can ment of no greater felicity for mankind, than make us dance for pleasure, he does not he found possessed by the inhabitants of make us jump for pain. Witness his spiritHayti" (see p. 192). "In p. 216 an opinion stirring song, entitled “ Lady Mary,” from is accordingly given in favour of entire which we extract the first strophe : emancipation of the slaves; “ for they would “ The fire of my bosom was flickering away,

Like the sun's latest beam on a chill winter day; immediately and peaceably settle down into free labourers!” Are such writers in their

When dawned on my vision a daughter of light,

A Queen of creation surpassingly brightseuses ?

The star of my soul-Lady Mary. The Practical Book-keeper has exposed, in There are precision and energy in Mr. his “ Examination of the English System of Deakin's Deliverance of Switzerland, a Balancing Books, by Edw. T. Jones,' Dramatic Poem. errors to which the system of the latter author is obnoxious, and which it will become Agrippa Posthumus, a Tragedy, and other all commercial persons to notice. We wish Poems, by the late MATTHEW Weaver, Esq. however that the Strictures had been couched denote a writer who has considerable and in more temperate language.

versatile fluency of diction.

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