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Rein Deer, 141
Religion, Bishop Jebb, 183
not sellish, Feltham, 34
Religionis belief, Sir Humphrey Dary,
; on happiness, 211 ; religious Religious man, South, 159
Remarkable facts, 96
Remembrance, lines on, by Southey, 67
Remora, the, 237
Rivers, the principal, 202
Roberts, Departure of the Israelites, 33
Rock samphire, 5
Roses, two, Flavel, 136
Rose-tree, the, Burton, 40
Rushes, lise of, 229
Sadler, M. T. Esq., lines by, 223
Sailor's funeral, 146
Sandwich Islands, Sunday at, 233
Scott, Sir Walter, on the Bible, 75
Scripture difficulties, Hales, 214
Selden's will, 214
Seneca, remark by, 6
Shaftesbury on truth, 118
Sherlock, on intemperance, 218
Shooting swallows, cruelty of, 154
Sidney, Sir Philip. 148
Sin not weakened by age, South, 187
Sister's love, 70
Sleeper, the, !19
Snow, preservation of life under, 239
Social Worship, 179
Solitude, lines on, by the Rev. W. True knowledge, 11
answer to by G. H. True Story, 42
Truth, Shaftesbury, 118
tude, 120; ingratitude, 213; in- Turner, Bishop, Sunday at Sea, 46
Value, on, Parts I. and II, 186
by, 71; lines by Remembrance, 67 Van Diemen's land, 33
Vegetable fly-trape, 199
Vegetable Titan, 91
Village church. 230
Virtuous habits, 111
Waes of war, Mc Neill, 51
Wager of battle 68
hymn, by G. Wither, 119; remarks Waterloo-bridge, musings on, 112
Water Spider. 223
Weeds, lines on, 143
What is Time ? Rev. J. Marsden, 89
Wheat and other grain, consunption
Whichcote, Dr., on opinions. 232
White's Selborne, extract, 56
nightly prayer, 118; on prayer, 14 Widow to her child, 237
Wild Sports of the East, Captain
Mundy, extract, 12
Williams, Archbishop, on conversion,
Wisdom, remark on, 7
Woman in White, 166
Wotton, Sir H., lines by, 152
Yew-trcos, in church-yarls, 74
INDEX TO THE ENGRAVINGS.
Agami heron, 149
Rocking stone, 32
Bamborough Castle, 216
Elizabeth Woodcock, 240
the Tees, 256
section of, 26
Locke, birth place of, 64
Salt mine, 152
David, King. 20
Paper nautilus, 236
Papa 3. fur Sir Wm. Jones, read the Rev. Wm. Joncs.
Loudon Bridge, that its smallest arches exceed
Page 104. In the account of the Middlesex Luna.
tic Asylum, after the statement that it was
Horne from George Herbert.
famed, read favoured.
requested to state, on the authority of a
this poem, is not only exaggerated, but in several
the truth upon record.
Hall, read Bishop Horno,
INTRODUCTION. It was a favourite saying with a crabbed old Greek, past times, so common in the mouths of men who set that—a Great Book is a Great Evil. He said this up their own age as the only one deserving of any before the grand invention of printing, when the regard, and their particular selves as the only persons making and reading of books, if not a great evil, was worthy of being consulted in it. We are not of those certainly a great trouble. The only mode in which a who despise the wisdom of their forefathers; but we book could then be published, was by hiring persons shall also show that we are alive to all the improveto write out copy after copy, upon long rolls of parch- ments of modern times, and ready to take every ment, or the coarse sort of paper which they called advantage of them. To every thing there is a season, papyrus: and those who wished to read them, had to says the Preacher, and a time to every purpose under unrol the volume till they came to the place which the heaven ; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up they wanted. No wonder then that in those days that which is planted. Time was to plant : and books were but few, and knowledge was scarce. there never was a people whose forefathers planted There were not many who could afford to buy books, more deeply and judiciously in Church and in Stateand fewer still, perhaps, who could read them. Even for Literature and for Arms—than ours have done. the mighty and the noble were ignorant and unlet- It is now time to pluck up, not the stately tree of tered, and the mass of the people were sunk in dark- their wisdom-long may it flourish, the glory of all ness and superstition. Nor did it seem possible, till true Englishmen !—but the thousands of suckers and the discovery of printing letters by means of moveable saplings around it ; not to destroy, but to transplant, metal types, to bring the learning of the learned, and to graft, to disperse and to multiply the virtues of the the wisdom of the wise, within reach and possession ancient stock. Many a skilful hand is already emof all classes of the community.
ployed in this good work. We come to help all those After this most important discovery, which we owe who may like our manner of helping. Our recomto John Gutenberg, of Mayence, the reading as well mendation is the name of that venerable Society from as the making of books became so much more pleasant, the bosom of which we proceed, and our little Magathat readers and authors increased to a degree unknown zine will go forth every Saturday morning, like a in former ages. A vast number of books, upon all skilful gardener, to plant in every corner of the land, subjects, were written by men of masterly genius and within sight of every man's door, and within reach profound learning. There was no branch of knowledge of every man's arm, a tree of true knowledge, which which they did not cultivate and adorn ; and their growing out of the fear of God, will, under God's works, full of immense learning and deep research,- blessing, we doubt not, bring forth in due season the upon the knowledge and practice of our holy religion, fruits of honour and of power to the nation, and of upon history and philosophy, upon medicine and plenty and peace and truth to all our loving countrychemistry, upon geography and astronomy; in short, men. upon every thing connected with the advancement An old Latin poet, a very fashionable man in his and refinement of mankind,-have come down to us day, said that the most popular book would be that for our improvement and instruction.
which mixed up the useful with the agreeable. We Now all these great books are very curious, many shall make such a mixture in this Magazine. By the of them very useful, and some of them invaluable; yet side of the truly useful we shall place that which they are very seldom opened by any man now-a-days, ought alone to be truly agreeable, and we will do except to be dusted, although their names are from our best to make one reflect light upon the other. time to time to be found presiding over a modern Whether the information which we convey to our readwork, to the spirit of which they may perhaps be ers be given in the form of an essay or a tale, we shall altogether opposed. This neglect is partly owing to keep in mind our great object of combining innocent the circumstance that these books can rarely be met amusement with sound instruction. We shall not with out of public libraries, where a man cannot sit relate ghost stories, except to explain the delusions down comfortably to read them; partly to their oc- from which impressions of the reality of such things casional perplexity of thought and uncouth manner have proceeded, and will often proceed ; we shall tell of speech; and partly also to their size—to their no Newgate legends of murder and robbery, except being such very great books—which makes it a work sometimes to point out the horrible excesses and dismal of months, sometimes of years, to get quite through end to which a man may come, step by step, downsome of them. Nevertheless, they were not without wards, from the first dram he drank, the first oath he their effect on the world: many of the important sworė, and the first Lord's day he profaned. But truths which they contain, have been preserved and then, on the other hand, we shall show forth some of illustrated in later writings, more portable in furm the wonderful things of Natural History; we shall and easy of digestion. And this improvement of recount the origin and progress of some of the greattheir labours we hope to extend to a greater degree est of human inventions, such as Navigation, Printing, than has ever yet been done.
the Telescope, Steam-Engines, and so on; we shall But this by the way—lest in offering to our readers remind our readers of remarkable events in the annals a very little book indeed, we should be taken to join of our own dear country, and of other great kingdoms in the abuse of the authors of sundry great books in on the continent; and we shall sometimes, as occasion Vol. I.
may serve, indulge ourselves with proving how | take and fall; I thought it good and necessary, in sweetly the poets of England used to sing, and how the first place, to make a strong and sound head, or sweetly some of them yet live to sing. One way or bank, to rule and guide the course of the waters ; by another we hope to be popular in this Magazine, setting down this position, or firmament, namely, which comes out on the Saturday, when most men That all knowledge is to be limited by Religion, and to be have a pause from labor. We are not for interfering referred to use and action.” This is a very natural and with the family talk, or the friendly walk, much less striking similitude. Religion is the strong mound with the duties of the Sabbath, or the study of the and embankment, which confines the stream of hu Bible—and we trust every one of our readers has man knowledge within its proper channel, and guides one. All these good things may be done and served, it along its intended course ; so as to fertilize and and yet there will be plenty of time for perusing | beautify the country which it would otherwise inunthese few pages; the reader shall never find in any date and lay waste. one of them a line which shall be contrary in its ten- With this guard, or firmament, as Bacon terms it, dency to the improvement and the happiness of any we may admit, that knowledge is not only power, but member of his family.
also virtue and happiness; a help, that is to say, to Thus much to explain the character and object of virtue, and an instrument of happiness, as far as hapthis Magazine! We hope to give good proofs that piness is to be found in any of the pursuits or acquireour intentions are as honest as our means of perform- ments of our present imperfect state. Knowledge, ance are great, and we trust that after a fair trial our for instance, was a source of happiness to Newton and readers will not think our wood-cuts or our engrav- to Locke, far more abundant than pleasure or ambiings the best part of our work. For the present we
tion ; and it was auxiliary to virtue, because it withsay Farewell !—and put an end to this somewhat drew their attention from objects of sensual enjoylengthy introduction.
ment. But then Newton and Locke were Christians, and referred their extraordinary powers of mind, as
well as the results of those powers, to the first ON THE RIGHT USE OF KNOWLEDGE.
Source of Light and Truth, under a deep sense of KNOWLEDGE is power. This saying, which has been their own insufficiency, and of the limits which are so strikingly illustrated by the history of the last fifty set to the researches of the human mind. Newton, years, will no doubt be exemplified, in a still more the most original and patient and sagacious of inremarkable manner, by the changes which the next quirers into natural and mathematical truth, spoke ten or twenty years will produce in the state of so- of himself, with reference to the secrets of God's ciety. Whether these changes will be for good or nature and designs, as a child playing with pebbles evil, must obviously depend upon the kind of know- on the sea-shore. ledge which will be diffused through the mass of the We have said, that in the case of these eminent community, and the direction which shall be given to philosophers, knowledge was not only power, but it, in its application to the great purposes of life. virtue and happiness, because they were Christians. If it be true that knowledge is power, this necessa- With Voltaire, and Hume, and Gibbon, it was rily follows: for that power, whatever it is, may be power; but it was not happiness, nor virtue; because for good or evil. It is a giant's strength, which it is it was not sanctified nor directed by Christian belief excellent to have, if it be used for the ends of virtue and principle. For surely that is not happiness, nor and happiness; but which may be employed to the the source of happiness, which is no preservative purposes of a tyrannous malice.
against the most miserable ambition, the most restIt is impossible that the cultivation of our natural | less uneasiness under the world's opinion, and the faculties, even to the utmost pitch of advancement, most disquieting views of futurity. Consider the folcan be in itself wrong: for it is plain, from the very lowing argument; it is of a very plain and practical constitution of our nature, that they are given us to kind. If our religion be true, nó kind of knowledge be improved; and their improvement, when it is can be really beneficial which causes us to neglect really improvement, may be made equally conducive the study of God's word, or to undervalue and disreto our comfort and happiness, as inhabitants of this gard his laws. On the 'other hand, there is no kind material world, and to our preparation for a spiritual of knowledge, deserving of the name, with which state of being. If we are to enter hereafter into such religion interferes, either in its acquisition or right a state, it is so plain that no reasoning can make it employment. On the contrary, religion tends to preplainer, that to prepare for it is the main business of serve the mind in that tranquil and contented state our existence here; and therefore, such a cultivation which is necessary to the successful pursuit of every or employment of our faculties as thwarts and im- branch of useful knowledge ; it teaches us to set a pedes, instead of seconding and advancing the work right value upon it when acquired, and to employ it of preparation, does not deserve the name of improve to the benefit of mankind. . Moreover, it has an obment. Whereas nothing can be more worthy of man, vious tendency to secure to us even the present and as a thinking and moral creature, destined to advance temporal rewards of knowledge : for who, that is through successive steps to a higher and purer order looking out for an able instructor for his children, a of being, than the diligent' exercise and quickening of trusty steward for his estate, or a skilful workman to his mind, and the enlargement of his knowledge, be employed about his premises, would not rather with reference and in subordination to the chief pur- have a religious man, upon whose prmciples he could pose of his existence.
rely, than an unbeliever, à scofler, and a drunkard? We hold therefore, that knowledge is really valuable, so that religion, which cannot in any case impede when it is made directly or indirectly serviceable to the acquirement of knowledge, nor interfere with its the ends of virtue; when it is sanctified in its posses- right application, enhances the value of it to its sion, and guided in its application, by religious prin possessor, with respect both to the inward complaciple and feeling. Seeing,” says Lord Bacon," that cency which it affords him, and the present recomknowledge is of the number of those things which pense to which it leads. are to be accepted of with caution and distinction, While laying up in the storehouse of his memory being now to open a fountain, such as it is not easy the materials of useful knowledge, which it will be to discern where the issues and streams thereof will our object to provide for him, let our reader bear in