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by the king: the revival of an ancient branch of with the original of Aristophanes than of the Pen. the prerogative, which enables the Sovereign to tateuch. Under these circumstances we are bappy create boroughs at pleasure ; and, finally, the vo to welcome any endeavour to facilitate the acqui.
heir charters by the several sition of the Oriental languages and dialects conclose corporations. Of these, men will of course nected with the scred writings. The present jodge according to their various opinions and tem. work seems well adapted to the purpose, and peraments; but of the two latter expedients, one contains, in addition to an interesting miscella. appears at least an unnecessary exercise of a peous collection of facts relative to tbe Scriptures power which has long been properly soffered to and the Talmudic Commentaries, the Hebrew, fall into disnse, and the other a measure which Syriac, and Arabic articles, nonns, adjectives, and can only be partially relied upon. Sach are the pronouns, together with the Samaritan alphabet. outlines of an essay, in which a rbetoric at times a It is not the author's intention to sa persede the little too prone to exhibit its "dazzling fence," study of the grammars commonly in ose. His but upon the whole lucid and convincing, is design is merely to show, by means of his new united with an ardent zeal for the interests of jus. arrangement, the points of affinity between the tice, and a strict regard to trnth. Every posi- languages above mentioned, in order to render tion is proved by the bighest legal opinions, and their attainment more easy and expeditions. In Coke, Prynne, and Selden, enlisted as advocates, this undertaking, as it appears to us, he has fully bear witness to the accuracy of the writer's succeeded, and we wish bim the success his learnstatements.
ing and abilities warrant him to expect. His His treatise is undoubtedly well written, but work may be considered a necessary adjunct to this is not its chief merit. Elegant diction and the library of every Orientalist. subtle pleading are equally the characteristics of his opponents; but the facts and authorities he
An Introductory Lecture to the Study of brings forward are unanswerable ; and these in the present, as well as in every case where mere the Civil Law. Intended to have been read oratory is brought into competition with truth, at the London University. By Thomas resemble the spear of Britomartis in the legend, Jefferson Hogg, Barrister-at-Law. against which the strongest arm and most elaborate panoply proved of pecessity equally futile and
Judging from the lecture before us, we have usavaihing.
little hesitation in stating, that both the London
University and the public in general have great The Geographical Annual; or Family
reason to regret the circumstances, which preventCabinet Aulas.
ed the author froin occupying the Professor's
chair, his real and talents would so well have of all the annuals, this is unquestionably the qualified bim to fill. How much such a Profesmost useful, perhaps the most agreeable, and, in sorship is required, need not now be stated, nor in many cases, it will doubtless prove the inost wel what profound ignorance of one of the most eleeome. A well-written preface states that it is to gant branches of literature, by far the greater be republished from year to year, “ for the pur. proportion of even the lettered part of the compose of including the latest discoveries and the munitu are contented to remain indeed hut changes that are continually taking place in va. its use within the precincts of Trinity Hall, or
s quarters of the globe.” We have sofre. Doctors' Commons, we believe the whole Roman quently noticed the numbers of the “ Family Ca. Code might as well be still slumbering quietly at binet Atlas," as they ar peared, that we trust our Amalfi. The consequence is, that throughout Eu. readers are already acquainted with the nature rope an English jurist is alniost considered as a of its claims upon their attention. It is, there. production yet witbin the womb of nature, and fore, unnecessary for us to say more than that in that our magistrates at home, men, who from the its present complete and attractive form, it is one
nature of their office, and the leisure they gene of the most delightful and valuable books that can rally enjoy, might be supposed eminently skili be given or received, at a season of the year in jurisprudence, are universally acknowledged when to make a present becomes a sort of duty. to be as ignorant of every point connected with
the subject, beyond the mere common anil pracThe Gate to the Hebrew, Arabic, and tical parts of the criminal law, as an equal num. Syriac Unlocked by a new and easy Method ber of individuals selected fro:n any class in the of acquiring the Accidence.
kingdom. It is much to be regreted that the
principal features of the Pandects are not present. Although, at first sight, it might appear su per ed to notice in an abridged and popnlar form, focus to urge upon the notice of the Christian with the necessary annotations. Such a work scholar the expediency, and indeed the absolute would prove a general benefit, and if Mr. Hogg necessity of attaining an accurate knowledge of himself, with his ardour for the advancement of the Hebrew tongue, yet all who are acquainted his favourite study, should find leisure to underwith the real state of theological learning in this take it, we might confidently predict, that the country, will allow that no argument can be con- great work of Justinian would no longer remain sidered too strong, nor any inducement superoga. an authority, much more frequently quoted than tory to canse this acknowledged truth to be prac. perused. With many of the propositions in his tically acknowledged. Or profane learning we pamphlet we readily agree, and would especially have enough and to spare, but it can scarcely be speak in terins of commendation of the gentle. reckoned to the credit of a Church, which has maulike spirit, in which the introductory letter to gained so high a reputation for erudition as our the Lord Chancellor is written, and the total own, that many of its members distinguished for absence of acrimony, in speaking of a body by talent and attainments are mucb more conversant whom he certainly cannot be considered to have
Jan. VOL. XXXVI. NO. CXXXIII,
been well treated. We cordially recommend this matic phrases with the corresponding forms in eloquent lecture to the notice of students and the French, several useful Dialogues, an interesting enlightened public in general.
Memoir of the Author's Father, and a selection of
letters, partly original, and partly from the corThe Catechism of Health, to which are respondence of Algarotti, Metastasio, Ganganelli, added Facts respecting the Cholera. By &c. As an accompaniment to the grammars most A. B. Granville, M.D.
in use, we think it likely to prove of essential
service in schools as well as to private students. As a treatise, in which a great deal of necessary
The writer has turned his principal attention to admonition is presented to the unprofessional
the illustration of the colloquial and epistolary reader, undisguised by the parade of technicalities,
peculiarities of the tongue, which must be acwe can safely recommend the Catechism of Health
knowledged the most difficult of acquisition, and to the notice of every family. The most useful
of the most practical utility when attained. Sig. rules with respect to diet, clothing, exercise, &c. nor Albites will be found an intelligent guide and are clearly communicated, and the author stops
preceptor. His lessons are calculated to remove exactly where a writer upon this subject should the usual obstacles gradually and effectually, and lay down his pen, giving his attention solely to
those who avail themselves of his compass to the preservation of bealth, where enjoyed, and
carry them through many difficulties of phraseleaving the whole science of therapeutics to those ology and construction, will have no reason to who are best qualified by long study and practice
repent their confidence. for the application of its precepts. The present volume is, therefore, wholly free from the objec. tion usually urged against books of Domestic Me Hood's Comic Annual for 1832. dicine, which, in nine cases out of ten, are pro
We shall endeavour to write a notice of Mr. ductive of infinitely more harm than good. It
Hood's “ Comic Annual” without committing a appears to us rather singular that the catechetical
pun; and thus, at all events, lay claim to the style should have been preferred in a work of this
merit of being original. Some two or three rivals natnre, but where so much valuable advice is be.
have appeared upon the stage since the Author of stowed, we should not be too fastidious as to the
the Comic first made his bow to the public : they medium through which it is presented. The re.
have passed in review before us, but the real marks upon Cholera are distinguished by the same
Simon Pure is not the less welcome because we plain sense wbich characterises the other part of
have yawned somewhat under the deleterious inthe work. The diagnosis and proper treatment of
fluence of bis competitors. They remind us of this formidable epidemic in its first stages are
the story of the great mimic, who, at a private concisely laid down, as well as the most efficacious
party, was thus addressed by a little lisping precautions against its attacks; and we must say
maiden:"Mr. Matthews, mamma sends her that the remedies Dr. Granville proposes appear
compliments, and bopes you are going to be much more consistent with common sense, than
funny !” Mr. Matthews laughed a hollow laugh the thousand heterogeneous specifics usually pre.
-“ha! ha!”-but, during the rest of the night, scribed. Caje put oil, pure stimulants, the oils of
there was nothing merry about bim but his naine. peppermint and cloves, portable va pour baths,
Now, it is doubtless a sad case to be introduced, &c. he utterly discards, and places his chief re
through the medium of a Humourist, to liance upon alkaline stimulanta administered in. ternally, laudanum, hot brandy and water, and
“ Tired nature's sweet restorer.” the application of boiled bran to the chest and
To pay for a laugh, and to find you have bonglit belly of the patient. In addition to these, he re.
a sigh, is abont as bad as to “ ask for bread and commends the use of a lotion, which he asserts will
to receive a stone." But Mr. Thomas Hood is of have the infallible effect of raising a blister on
another stamp. If he does now and then write a the skin in a few minutes, and prove a powerful
dall thing, turn over a page or two, and he is counter irritative. This method of treatment, it
sure to make amends. The chances are, at least, must be confessed, is simple enough, and much
that three-fourths of his book will at any time more easily carried into effect than the numerous
create a cheerful countenance; and this is, at all remedies of the Board of Health, which are
events, an untaxed luxury, for which men and enough to perplex any ordinary brain by their
women willingly pay a reasonable price. Christvariety. We consider that the author of this able
mas will be come and gone before our recomand perspicuous volume has a strong claim upon
mendation has been sent forth- but not so the public gratitude, and, in concluding our notice,
cold and cheerless weather that ushers in the new we may observe that we cannot express a wish
year. In solitude or in society Mr. Hood will be for the health of our readers more effectually, than
found a pleasant and a profitable guest; and by recommending his directions to be carefully
erurly under his influence a time of gloom may easily perused, and widely circulated. We may add,
be converted into a season of mirth. His volume that, as the contagions nature of Cholera is ably
aury for 1832 abounds in matters that may put care disproved in the work, it will bave a great ten
and the doctor, and those devils that are even dency to alleviate the general panic, a consequence
worse than printers' devils the blue devils-to almost as desirable as an effectual cure for the
flight. As a Christmas present for the present disease itself.
Christmas, (this is Mr. Hood's,) we shall fiud Bassola per lo Studio Pratico della Lin.
nothing like it until the Comic Annual for 1833
has been placed in our hands. gua Italiana, per ordine di difficoltà, da
It may not be amiss to notice here another F.C. Albites.
work of Mr. Hood's-" The Dream of Eugene The principal contents of this valuable Intro. Aram," a poem of the most powerful and effecduction to Italian Literature are a Table of Idio. tive character. It has been republished from one of the appoals, accompanied by a series of wood- of natural excitement. Both books are full of onts, by Messrs. Bradston and Wright, from the wisdom-that best of all wisdom, that teacheth designs of Harvey. They are of extraordinary the beart. Sonthey has told us, and it is a pleamerit, and scarcely inferior to any engravings on sant record to read of any man, that his life has copper we have ever seen. Indeed, “The Comicbeen a singularly happy one, and that it bas owed Annual” is also mucb indebted to these accom- its happiness first to religion, and next to that, to plished artists, by wbom the greater number of Mr. literature. “ In omnibus requiem quæsivi," said Hood's designs have been executed.
Thomas à Kempis, “ sed non inveni nisi in
angulis et libellis." The Laureate, too, bas found Chaunt of the Cholera.
repose, where alone, bowever, be ever songht it, Songs for Ireland. By the Author of in books and retirement. From the pent bouse " The O'Hara Tales.”
of his study be bas indeed sometimes shot forth If this had been Mr. Banim's first work, it
bis arrows, even bitter words, and thereby has
brought enemies enough upon his house-top; but wonld have obtained him no inconsiderable re.
we believe tbeir paper pellets of the brain rarely potation. The critic might have found abundant
bave dashed his tranquillity one jot. Tbis volume proofs that the Author's mind was of no common
of Selections contains tolerably copious extracts order, and have foreseen the successful career he
from all Mr. Southey's poems, down to “The has pursued in a more profitable, though not less
Tale of Paraguay," inclusive, arranged in the honourable path of literature. Mr. Banim has many
order in which the poems have been published. of the better qualities that constitute a true poet;
We could have forgiven the omission of the but be lacks one, without which all the others are
Shufflebottom Sonnets. Now that the originals comparatively valuelessgood taste. The little
bave been consigned to the vile dust from which volume he has recently published will now add
they sprang, the satire of the imitations loses its nothing to his fame. " The Chaunt of the Cholera," although manifesting great strength of
point, and it ought, at all times, to have been un.
intelligible to those for wbose especial use the thought and facility of versification, is an un. pleasant poem to read, and tbe " Songs for Ire.
present volume professes to be designed.
Prese land” onght to have been committed to the flames
Divines of the Church of England. By rather than to the press. The Author, indeed,
the Rev. T. S. Hughes, B.D.-Hall's Conconceives that some apology is necessary for their introduction to the public, and states that they
templations. Vol. II. “ were written before the passing of a great po. This volume of the well-known “ Contemplalitical measure"-Catholic Emancipation; and tions" of Bishop Hall extends from “ Dagon and concludes that “ now they can do no barm, and may the Ark" to the hanging of Haman. To those help to remind us of feelings that have been.” unacquainted with Bishop Hall's writings, the But Mr. Banim must be aware that feelings that following conclusion of the thoughts on the adul« bave been" bave not lost their influence in Ire tery and murder committed by David in the
pd; they are, in reality, feelings tbat are. Al matter of Uriah, the Hittite, may afford a favourthougb Mr. Banim, as an Irishman, may considerable specimen of his forcible style and manner: himself justified in exciting his fellow countrymen --" () God ! thou hadst never suffered so dear a to murmur under " a foreign yoke," he must not favonrite of thine to fall so fearfully, if tbou hadst expect that English readers will take exactly the not meant to make him a universal example to same view of the case, To us the “ Songs for Ire- mankind, of not presuming, of not despairing. land," and the “ Irish Peasants' Songs," appear How can we presume of not sinning, or despair dangerous to the best interests of that unhappy for singing, when we find so great a saint thus country; and we are tempted to quote the prayer fallen, thus risen ?" There is a famous sentence groaned forth some centuries ago, by one of her very like this in a sermon by Dr. Dodd about sons," God preserve me from my friends!
the two thieves on either side the cross :-“One Selections from the Poems of Robert
was saved, that none might despair, and but one,
that none might presume." Southey, Esq. LL.D. Chiefly for the use of Schools and Young Persons.
The Social System. A Treatise on the The very favourable reception which the Se.
e. Principle of Exchange. By John Gray. lections from Mr. Wordsworth's Poems, recently The title-page of this book prepared us to find mentioned in onr notices, so deservedly met with, the Author an Owenite, or, at best, a doctor bas led to the publication of the present volume, of the doubting science. But he cares for none similar, in plan and arrangement, to its prede- of these things : he has got a crotchet of his cessor. The world will not willingly allow any own into his head, about the reforination of man to be master in two arts, and as it has con. society, and be stands up for it in a bold, bluff, ceded to Robert Southey the palm of prose com straightforward sort of way, that pleases us position, be most needs be content with the extremely. The specific object of his book, as second rank in poetry. In truth, it is impossible he tells us, is to state, to prove, to exemplify, not to feel, in turning over the leaves of these and to force upon public attention, the importwo deligbtful little volumes, that the first is the tant fact, “ That it would be by no means diffipure emanation of the heart and soul of a poet of cult to place the commercial affairs of society Nature's own making, while the other, though upon such a footing, that production would be. abounding in poetry, and gentleness, and good come the uniform and never-failing cause of deDess, and gladness of heart, is still rather the pro. mand; or, in other words, that to sell for money duction of one who turns to cultivate the muse as may be rendered, at all times, precisely as easy as a relaxation from other studies, thau of one who it now is to buy with money." Assurning that bursts forth into song as the spontaneous language our whole system of exchange is at present
founded in the depth of ignorance and folly; that The present volume of the library recounts the a proper or raiional instrument for etfecting ex adventures of those who led the way in the great changes between man and man has never existed work of discovery; and independent of the gesince the world began, he undertakes to show neral interest attached to such subjects, affords how produce, in qualities without any known or us materials for studying the character of travel. conceivable limit, may be disposed of advan. lers, who, it has often struck us, have no slight tageously, at all times, in a single bour, and with affinity in their dispositions, and in some of the out the chance of the time ever arriving when habits of their minds, to poets. A sketch is also there can, by any possibility, be a market over given of the wild exploits of the Buccaneers, stocked, or demand be overtaken by production. which will considerably increase the interest of
England, he assures ns, has only to be niade the volume to youthful readers. acquainted with the immensity of her own strength, to spring, as it were, in an instant, from the very A Treatise on Geometry. By Robert depths of poverty and wretchedness, up to the Wallace, A.M. height of prosperity and commercial happiness.
This is the best and cheapest edition of the All she requires is to let loose her enormous pow. ers of production, which are now tied and bound
Elements of Euclid we have ever seen. The first down by the chain of commercial error. Free
six books, for plane geometry, the eleventh and dom, domestic freedom of exchange, he adds, is
twelfth for the doctrine of solids, and a series of what this nation chiefly wants to make its people
deducible questions for exercise, at the end, form prosperous and happy. No miracle on human
the contents of the book : but the arrangeinent is nature bas to be performed to bring this plan of
excellent, the demonstrations brief without being exchange into operation. Apply that principle of obscure, and every difficulty is fully and satisfac. unity of action to the whole, that has ever been torily explained.
torily explained. The mind of the student is also found indispensable to the right working of every
carried on beyond the limits of each separate pro.
car part of man's affairs, and the thing is done. But position by the theoretical and practical comhow is this momentons exchange to be effected?ments generally appended;
ments generally appended; and we can safely " Read the book" is the Author's answer, and
congratulate Mr. Wallace on having produced a
congrat we cannot conclude with a better.
most admirable school-book, on a most interest.
ing subject. We look forward with interest and The Seventeenth Century a Beacon to the pleasure to his promised Treatise on the Elements Nineteenth.
of Plane and Spherical Trigonometry. With the
same diligence and good sepse which are manifest This little tract is a second republication of a
cona republication of a in every page of the present work, it cannot fail letter on the character and conduct of Charles the of meriting and meeting the most complete sacFirst, originally printed in 1747, and reprinted cess. about ten years ago, under the title of " Charles the First pourtrayed.” The views of the writer The Cabal, a Tale of the Reign of Wilare strongly prejudiced against that erring and liam the Fourth. 2 vols. unhappy king. A better cause than that of the Parliament, at ils commencement, there could not very sad affair is “ The Cabal, a Tale of the be. Clear heads and stout hearts were on its side. Reign of William the Fourth.” We presume the Grievance after grievance, abuse after abuse, fell writer is aware of its intent and meaning, but we with a touch. The maxims of the Constitution assore him that such of bis readers as have labourwere vindicated from the absurd glosses of coured through his two volumes--if any such there tiers and sycophants, and liberticides in Church have indeed been-are about as learned upon the and State were detected and exposed. But the matter as if tbey had contented themselves with a sun of liberty that rose in so bright a morning, set simple glance at the title-page. It must assuredly in a storm of clouds, and tempest, and thick be a tale of the Reign of William the Fourthdarkness. Professing patriots deloged their coun- because “Reform" and the “ Age” newspaper are try with civil blood, and backed and mutilated now and then referred to, and bowever fashionable the Constitution till it fell prostrate and lifeless at they may both have become during the Reign of the tbe feet of a military usurper. Di meliora piis. Fourth William, the former at least was honoured Io history be philosophy teaching by examples with but small patronage during that of the Fourth we trust this memorable lesson will not now be George-but it passes, at all events, our under forgotten or disregarded.
standing to discover a single point, or a single in
cident, or a single character that belongs excluEdinburgh Cabinet Library. Vol. V. sively to the year of our Lord eighteen hundred Early English Navigation.
and thirty-one-if the Lord William, and the Lord
Mortimer, and the Lord Tewkesbury, of the novel, The plan of the Edinburgh Cabinet Library is are in reality portraits, the Lord only knows who admirably calculated to secure its popularity, and are the originals : we, at least, confess ourselves the manner in wbich the volumnes hitherto pub- utierly unable to trace the slightest resemblance lished have been executed, amply confirms our between them and any noble personages of whom original opinion of its excellence. Geographical we bave ever heard or read in this the nineteenth science increases in interest as a nation becomes century. Whether the book is meant to be politimore enlightened and inquisitive. We love to cal, historical, or romantic, we are equally at a compare the brightness of onr own torch with the loss to guesy--but we are compelled to state that dimness of that of others, and the present age is it is neither useful nor agreeable-and that we morcover expressly alive to wbatever concerns have just cause to be somewhat angry with the the condition or destiny of man, not only in his author for having wantonly wasted about two pulitical relations, but in his abstract character. hours of our valuable time.
The Usurer's Daughter. 3 vols.
are only blots upon a work in which will be found
much tbat is excellent and interesting. It is im. In terninaling the perusal of this very power
possible to conceive a more perfect, a more fal tale, (und we assure the Author that the fact
gentle, a more exalted, or more feminine creaof every page being severed is no small com
ture than “ The Usurer's Daughier:" yet in no pliment,) we felt that to review it honestly, would
one instance is the character overdrawn. We bebe both a pain and a pleasure : a pain to find
lieve there are thousands of our fair country. fault with any portion of so clever a book; and a
women who would suffer as patiently, and act as pleasure to award the praise so richly due to the
nobly, as she did under all her trials. As to formation and developement of, at least, the two
Erpingham, be is one who fixes himself upon principal characters. The time chosen is the com.
the memory with so ürm a bold, as never to be mencement of the year 1780, during the “ No
forgotten. The mind capable of conceiving two Popery' riots which disgraced London; and in
such characters as the Usgrer and his Daugbter is the second page of the first volume we are at once
evidently cast in no common mould. introduced to the Usurer," A man on whom all lovers of wealth looked enviously, and all lovers
Newton Forester ; or the Merchant Serof moral worth looked contemptuonsly.” Through. vice. By the Author of “ The King's out the two first volumes, even unto the last scene,
ols. wbere, grovelling amid his riches, and grasping in Captain Marryatt states, at the termination of his lean and attenuated fingers the gold accumu. this very interesting and amusing book, that he is lated by the basest means and watered with the anxious to keep on good terms with the world. fears of the unfortunate, the character of the He may rely upon it, that as long as he paints Usarer Erpingham is vigorously and powerfully the people of “the world” in such agreeable and drawn; so powerfully that the Author of " Caleb flattering colours, they will be anxious to keep on Williams" migbt have been proud to bave con good terms with him. He never seems at ease ceived or penned it. It stands forth in all the until he brightens his shadows into light : he hideous deforinity of avarice, and is rendered makes it a point to reform (with one exception) still more revolting by the contrast afforded by all his bad characters. And if the simple Nicholas the pure and elevated nature of his daughter Mar. Forester was astonished at the miraculous change
e Author relieved the darkness effected in his shrewish wife, wbat must we have of the one by the brightness of the other, the been at so extraordinary a metamorphosis! There book woold have been unreadable ; and we can is much good feeling, much kindliness of heart, only regret that subordinate portions of the vo- mingled with sbrewd habits of observation, and laines have not been managed with similar skill an entertaining, perhaps, more than a useful know. and good taste. We must especially object to edge of society in general, mingled throughout the introduction of a royal personage, lately de- this novel. The hero is exactly what a bero ceased, in the character of a gentleman seducer: ought to be-brave, generous, and enterprising : it was perfectly unnecessary in the formation of and nothing can be more naturally or charmingly the story, and not at all needed for developing sketched than the simple-minded Optician, New. the heroine's character. It must be evident to ton's fatber, who, when his business failed to the most ordinary observer of womankind, that prosper in Liverpool, believed that nobody there such a woman wonld have spurned the devotion of wore spectacles. The slave proprietor assuring kings and princes as the dust beneath ber feet, his company that "there was nothing they might ir proffered as a compensation for the loss of not do in the climate (Barbadoes) provided they honogr. All such scenes belong to the “ Pamela" were temperate, and did not check perspiration, school of adventures, and must be protested while at the very time he was indulging in reagainst in days like the present, when matters of iterated draughts of sangaree, is a most amusing real life only, or of high-wrought and enthusiastic person. But we know not what the Anti-Slavery romance, interest the reader. We also object to Society will say to the gallant Captain's portrai. the q-squint manner in which our Author some ture of slavery. He makes it appear a most times regards men and actions. If a person wishes sweet, rather than a bitter draught; one that to be ill at ease with himself and the world in thousands of our own poor would be delighted to general, let him, in the name of worm wood, sit swallow. Newton's character throughout all his dows and read Rochefoucault until he become one trials is admirably sustained. No young man boge mass of Tartaric acid; but let him not distill entering the merchant service can do better than its essence for us. In a work of fiction it is most take him for his model. The other dramatis per. unpalatable to be told, for instance,“ That there sonæ are, it is true, mere sketches, but sketcbes is not a blessing that God gives to his creatures by a master band-a sort of literary Wilkie, enwhich is not accompanied with a snare, a danger, dowed with a gentler spirit. We have lately a trial.” Is it rational, we would ask, to suppose been favoured with such disgusting details of the that the Almighty blesses us to destruction? This early portions of a seaman's life, that we were is bot one little ensample amongst many, of a tempted to avoid every " Middy" we encountered, caustic and bitter feeling breaking forth, even at as we would a mad dog, or a venomous serpent. the moment wben it is least expected, and taint. Captain Marryatt has restored our confidence in ing pages which otherwise would interest by the
interest by the the Blue jac
the Blue jackets; for, with the exception of a simplicity of their style and the purity of their youth who cut off “three inches of Ponto's tail,” diction. The character of Lord Singleton is pow. and then pleaded, as an excuse, that the dog did erful from its extreme weakness. The Author it himself, because “I was chopping at the block, bas either an antipathy to the Peerage, or a wish and Ponto put his tail under the chopper" -- with to render Peers unpopular; for a greater com- this one exception--there is not a single prank pound of meapness and imbecility never came played by the Middies in which we, in our youth, before the public. But the faults we have noted would not gladly have joined.