Page images
PDF
EPUB

sion, who think consistency of any importance, may do well to reflect upon his suggestions.

Art. XXI. The Obligation and Utility of Public Worship: a Discourse delivered at the opening of the Old Jewry Chapel, Jewin Street, December 10, 1809; and published at the Request of the Society. By Abraham Rees, D. D. F. R. S. 8vo. pp. 27. Price Is. Longman and Co. J809i

A PLAIN unimpassioned discourse, less chargeable with faults of commission than of omission, is just what our readers would expect on a subject of this nature from Dr. Rees. His text is Neh. x. 32. We •will not for sale the house of our God. The grounds of the determination, iri this particular instance, are stated to be, a becoming deference to the judgment and practice of wise and good men, a sense of duty (on which topic the preacher is remarkably concise,) a desire of personal improvement, a regard to the honour of God and the influence of religion, and A principle of benevolence toward our fellow creatures. To those who inquire what other reason, than the peculiar occasion on which this discourse was preached, could have suggested the request to publish it, we fare afraid we should not find it easy to give a satisfactory answer.

Art-XXII. The Examiner examined, or Logic vindicated; addressed to the Junior Students of the University of Oxford, By a Graduate. 8vo. pp. 57. price 2». Oxford, Cooke; Mackinlay. 1809,

ADDISON has happily compared t!$ blemishes of Paradise Lost,to "^ spots in the sun. The allusion is not perhaps quite so applicable to Mr. Rett's 'Logic made easy ;' bu£ we think yet that the graduate has pored upon its 'errors' through a somewhat magnifying medium —that he has discovered too determined a solicitude to detect, and too vindictive an anxiety to expose them. The'examiuation, besides a good deal of temporary wit, contains some judicious observations on the subject in general; and while we acquit the writer of intentional malevolence, we cannot but regret that one who wields with equal dexterity the weapons of serious argument and sportive satire should have so seldom allied his wit with good humour, or enjoyed his victories with moderation. The complete flagellation he has bestowed on the indefatigable Mr. Kett, must be allowed to protect that pains-taking gentleman from the discipline we had intended for him our•elves.

Art. XXIII. England the Cause of Eurofie's Subjugation, addressed to the British Parliament. 8vo. pp. 28. price Is. Johnson. 1810.

"pOR the strange purpose of proving to the satisfaction of the British Parliament, that the obstinate rejection of pacific overtures on the part of England, rather than the ambition or rapacity of France, is the real cause of «Europe's subjugation,' the writer of this pamphlet discusses with great earnestness the policy of the several coalitions since the year 1799 ; and while he accuses the friends of Mr. Fox of having by timi4 jcompliauces deserted the principles of their leader, upbraids with sufficient harshness of invective the war system of Mr. Pitt and his successors. In attempting to administer his unpalatable doctrines, the anonymous prescribe!- evinces" a laudable zeal for the recovery of the patient; but without doubt he has greatly miscalculated his influence

with the patient's executors.

i ■ ... i i - i ■ i i -1.1

Art XXIV. An Oration delivered on Monday, October 16, 1809, on> laying the first Stone of the New Gravel-Pit Meeting House, in Paradise Field, Hackney. By Robert Aspland, Minister of the Gravel-Pit Congregation. Published by Request. 8vo. pp. 18. price Is. Longman and Co. 1809.

IF any of our readers give Mr. Aspland credit for extraordinary talent, or even for ordinary modesty, the announcement of this 'Oration' may excite expectations which it is our duty to remove. Its pretensions to a high rank among literary performances, induced us to hurry through its flimsy and affected paragraphs with the hope of finding at length some symptoms of genius and originality. An erption, we naturally thought, must be distinguished by novelty or force of sentiment, by splendor of imagery, or appeals to the heart. We now find, to our mortification, that this idea of an oration is exceedingly incorrect; and that we must admit, with becoming deference to Mr. Aspland's authority, that a common place harangue, terminating with a most aukward, laboured, and puerile sally of rhetoric, (which a plain orthodox dissenting minister, if he had ventured to publish at all, would have called an Address,) may with great propriety, if it come from one of a more rational order, be classed with the productions of Cicero and Bossuet.

Mr. A. takes great credit to himself and his party for the simfilicity of their faith, holding, * professedly and as a body, no articles which are not, and have not been always, held, by the universal church.* It is probably the superior simplicity of the Deist's creed which ha* proved so irresistibly attractive to a large proportion of Unitarians. Mr. A. tells us that his 'communion is open to all that are sound in character;' not meaning, we hope, to be so puritanical as to inter, pret any thing unsound, but what is punishable by the laws of his country. It seems obvious that there is nothing in the constitution of an Unitarian church, which should prevent decent and sober Mussulmen from being its members, and (if there were any temptation to. it) from becoming the majority and appointing the minister. Mr. A. proceeds to inform us that in his opinion * the worst heresy is a wicked life;' and this, we believe, is rather, a popular notion among his party. Unfortunately, there is not much sense in it ; because a wicked life is no heresy at all. Error in practice and error in principle are both very bad, but they are very different things. Neither is it true that a wicked life is necessarily worse than a heresy, unless it be true that a particular evil effect is more baneful than fa general evil principle tending to produce a vast number of such effects. • If Mr, Aspland mean to insinuate that a wicked life is not held, by other denominations of Christians, to disqualify a person for communion as much as a reputed heresy, it becomes him to produce his proofs, or to reflect attentively on a very wholesome and necessary hint of his Own, with which, as the best passage in the * Oration/ we shall now dismiss it: * least of all persons,' says he, should ive be excusable, if by any uncharitable sentiment* ox deeds we brought upon gurselves the charge of ligotry.'

Art. XXV. "Sonnets, and other Poems. By Martha Hanson. 2 vols', fcp. 8vo. pp. 350 price 1-is. bds. Mawman. 1809. ■*

tOME of-our fraternity have insisted, we think too rigorously, tbateven

* a lady should not venture to publish till she ha6 made a tolerable proficiency in grammar and spelling. We will not be so unreasonably

* scnsorious,' but freely admit that the 'circumstances which now leads to print' a couple of volumes of sonnets and otjier poems, may be i so urgent as not to allow of the delay which in other cases we should earnestly, recommend, or that the poetical talent they exhibit may atone for any trivial inaccuracy. It does not appear, however, that Our fair author can take shelter under either of these apologies- But if any of' our readers are not sufficiently pestered with manuscript poetry of the same kind from the portfolios of their friends and acquaintance, we sincerely hope that nothing we have said or omitted to say of this neat publication, will dissuade them from adding it to their other needless and harmless luxuries. They may form some idea ■what a treat they will have, from reading a few of the titles;

* Stanzas supposed to be written among the ruins of an Abby in Scotland,' * Sonnet to the spirit of my infant years,' 'To a friend who came on the eve of the new year to pass a few days with us,' ' Stanzas to a grey Knnet which had been shot in the wing, and sung before it had been caged three weeks, the author having prevented its being thrown to the cat by a servant,' ' Stanzas supposed to be written by a lady, on being wished many happy returns of her birthday,' .

Art. XXVI. The Hospital, a Poem. 4to. pp. 28. price 2s. Longman and

Co. 1810.

"W/^E cannot speak of this preparation, in terms of unqualified praise. Of the author's professional capabilities we see no reason to doubt, and he displays occasional gleams of poetical talent; but he has got hold of a most unfortunate subject. It is impossible to read his invocation to the muse, and be serious.

* Come then my muse, together let us climb The spacious stairs, and walk the upper wards.'

If these lines, however, are laughable there, are others so miserably dislocated that it is quite shocking to look upon them.''

• You seek their miserable cot, when dire Misfortune chains them to their bed, and cheer

Their fainting souls'—

■ i — 'next after these in strict

Rotation pass the numerous poor who fill

The spacious hall'

«Tis hard, but still it might be worse. No dread

Convulsion shakes thy tortured frame. Reason

Maintains her power,' &c.

'r-—— 'ye aged towr's, I thank

You for the aid you lent the nymph when she,'&c.

How many books are to follow this • specimen,' or how many ward* remain to be sung, we are unable to conjecture: but we cannot, in common humanity, encourage the muse in her perambulations, till she ha« acquired some tolerable expertness jn. the use of her legs.

Art. XXVII. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION.

*#* Gtntlemen and Publishers who have works in the press, will oblige tin Conductors of the Eclectic Review, by sending information (host paid,) of the subject, extent, and probable pr'tce of such works ; which they may depend upon being communicated to the public, if consistent with its plan.

'The Rev, William Bawdwen proposes publishing by Subscription, in ten volumes, quarto, a literal Translation of the whole of Domesday Book ,• with the modern Names of Places, adapted as far as possible to those in the Record. An Index will be given to each County, •nd a Glossary with the last volume. Two Guineas to be paid oa the Delivery of each volume. Any one volume may be subscribed for soparately. The volume already published, contains the County of York, including Amounder•ess, Lonsdale, and Furnoss, in Lancashire, and such parts of Westmoreland and Cumberland as are contained in the Surrey; and also the Counties of Derby, Nottingham, Rutland and Lincoln.

Mr. Thomas Haynes has in the press, new and interesting Discoveries in Horticulture, as an improved system of propagating Fruit-trees, Ever-greens, and deciduous ornamental Trees and Shrubs.

Jesse Foot, Esq. Surgeon, is preparing for publication the Lives of Andrew Robinson Bowes and the Countess of Stratbmore his Wife.

; The Kev. W. Kirby, A. B. F.L.S^ Author of Monographia Apum Angl. and Mr. W. Spence, F. L. S. are engaged in preparing an introduction to Entomology, which is in a state of considerable forwardness. The plan of the work is popular, but without overlooking science, to the technical and anatomical departments of which, much new matter will be contributed. Itsobject, after obviating objections and removing prejudices, is to include every thing useful or interesting to the Entomological Student, except descriptions of Genera and Species, which are foreign to the nature of such a work.

A new edition of Dr. Russel's History of Modem Europe, continued to the Treaty of Amiens, by Dr. Coote, will be published in the course of next month.

Edward Scott Waring, Esq. will shortly publish a History of the Mah- _ rattas, prefaced by a historical sketch of the Decan, prior to the era of Mahratta independence.

Mr. 8. Travertj, Demonstrator of

Anatomy at Guy's Hospital, has in thepress an experimental Inquiry concern* ing Injuries to the Canal of the Intel* tines, illustrating the treatment of the Hernia.

Mr. R. Stacker, Apothecary to Guy!* Hospital, has in the press the new London Pharmacopoeia, enlarged from 4he last Edinburgh anc} Dublin PMrmacOr poeias, and reduced to one common nomenclature; with an appendix of the genera and species of the different ar- ■ tides of their Materia Medica.

Dr. Maclean will shortly publish an Inquiry into the Origin, early Signs, Nature, Causes, and Cure of llydrothorax, with a number of interesting ruses.

Mr. Ashford, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, has in the press an Epitome of Anatomy, comprised in a series of tables. It will form a thin quarto volume, and its object is to furn'ish a copious vocabulary for the students of anatomy.

To be published in the present month in 3 vols. 8vo. an Essay on National Governments. By George Ensor, Esq. Author of the Independent Man, and Principles of Morality.

Soon will be published, Tales of Romance, with other Poems. By Charles A. Elton, Author of a Translation of llesiod. Handsomely printed in foolscap 8vo. with four plates, after des'gns by Mr. Bird.'

Mr. Cooke, of Brentford, has in the press a practical Treatise on Tinea Capitis Contagiosa; together with Inquiries into the Nature and Cure of Fungus Hsmatodes and* Nsevi Materni.

Dr. Whitaker, the learned Historian of Whalley aud of Craven, will shortly publish an interesting quarto volume, formed principally from Letters of Sir George Radcliffe.

Mr. Hutton of Birmingham, has in the press a Trip toCoatham, a new and beautiful watering place on the coast of Yorkshire.

The Rev. I. Williams, M. A. Curate of Stroud, Gloucestershire, will shortry publish a small volume of Poems, illustrative of Subjects Moral and Divine, to which will be added, an Ode on Vaccination, addressed to Dr. Jenner.

The Rev. 0. Davies, of Milford in Derbyshire, is preparing a Historical and Descriptive View of the Town and County of Derby, to be comprised in a large volume octavo.

In the press, Voyages and Travels to Pekin, Manilla, and the Isle of France, between 1184 and 1801. By M. De Guignes, French Resident at China, &c. &c. Handsomely printed in one volume 4to. with plates, similar to Mr. Barrow's Account of China. ,

Proposals arc issued for printing, by

Subscription, a Rational Demonstration of the Divine Authority of the Bible; to be printed with a large type, on thick paper. Price 10s. in boards, demy octavo. '.

The Rev. Dr. Baker, of Cawston in Norfolk.'has put to the press, the Psalms evangelized, in a continued Explanation, wherein is seen, the Unity of divine Truth, the Harmony of the old and new Testaments, and the peculiar Sentiment of Christianity in Accordance with the Experience of Believers in all Ages. It lis intended to be comprised, if possible, in one large octavo volume.

Art. XXVII. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.

AGRICULTURE.

A Review of thn Reports to the Board of Agriculture from the Western Department of England ; comprising Cheshire, Flintshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, North Wiltshire, North Somersetshire, &c. By Mr. •'Marshall, 8vo. 12s.

BIOGRAPHY,

The Life of Apollonius of Tyana, translated from the Greek of Philostratus, with notes and illustrations. By the Rev. Edward Berwick, Vicar of Lcixlip in Ireland. 8vo. 12s.

COMMERCE.

The Youth's Guide to Business; containing an easy and familiar introduction to Book-keeping by single entry; Bills of Parcels, &c. Tables of Money, Weights, and Measures, methodised and arranged on an improved plan; and a variety of arithmetical questions for occasional Exercise and Improvement. Designed for the Use of Schools. By Thomas Carpenter. 13mo. 2s. Gd.

FINK ARTS.

The Fine Arts of the English School; comprising a Series of highly finished Engravings, from Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, by the most eminent English ' Artists; each subject accompanied by appropriate historical, descriptive, critical, or biographical letter-press. Edited by John Brjtton, F. A. S. Contents of No. 1. A Portrait of John Dunning, Lord Ashbarton, from a Picture by Sir Joshua Reynolds. 2. A Historical Composition, representing Thetis bearing the Arms to Achilles; West, P. R. A. 3. A View of an Alto

Relievo, representing the Passage "from the Lord's Prayer, " Deliver us from Evil." Flaxrnan, R. A. 4. An Elevation of the West Front of St. Paul's Cathedral Church, London. 5, A Plaa of the Substructure of the same Building; Sir Christopher Wren; both drawn by James Elmes. No. 1. large ito. II. Is. Atlas4to. II. 16s.

MATHEMATICS.

The Doctrine of Life Annuities and Assurances, by Francis Baily. 8vo. 11. Is.

MEDICINI.

A genuine Guide to Health, or practical Essays on.the Preservation of Health, with the most effectual Means of preventing and curing Diseases; also Strictures on Regimen, and the Management of Invalids, with particular Advice to Women in Child-bed, and the Food best adapted for Infants. To which are added, Observations on Intemperance, and various Excesses; thei{ extraordinary Influence on the Hunan Frame; with. Suggestions to counteract their baneful Effects; written in a hrief, but clear and comprehensive Manner. By T. F. Churchill, M. D. Professor of Midwifery, in London, Author of the practical Family Physician, Medical Remembrancer, Sec. &c. 12iuo. 4s. sewed.

MISCELLANEOUS.

Journal of a Regimental Officer during the Recent Campaign in Portugal and Spain under Lord Viscount Welling, ton. With a correct plan of the Battle of Talavera. Svo. 4s. 6d.

Capt. Foote's Vindication of his Conduct when Captain of his Majesty's Ship Sea-Horse, and'Senior Officer in lha

« PreviousContinue »