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otherwise we should have been in- gence in works of fiction as is preclined to have dropped a few sug- sented, to the more conscientious gestions respecting another very reader, by the literary attractions important class of semi-novels, and somewhat guarded character of professing to be written for good many of our modern tales and noand useful purposes; we mean, the vels. With regard to the third modern race of tales for children, class, there is still a strict necessity both of the moral and the religious for great caution in the selection, cast. To the utility and excel- and not less so for habits of selflence of some of these, we should control and a strong sense of duty have given our willing testimony; in determining the degree in which an while, perhaps, we should have felt indulgence in such a line of reading it right to inquire whether an over shall be admitted. But after all that indulgence even in works of this may be said or written on these quesdescription, in childhood and youth, tions abstractedly, their practical may not be productive of some of application must depend in a great the evil effects which we have men. degree upon the age, the habits, the tioned as applying to novel-reading temperament, the duties, the occuin general, particularly on the score pations, and the besetting sins of of their stimulating effect, and of each individual. their tendency to create a distate Were we to wind up our review, for more thoughtful reading. like a sermon, with a familiar ap
Our general estimate on the whole plication, we should say; Fill up subject is, that it is primarily a your time so fully with useful emquestion of kind, and then of de ployments as to leave little leisure gree.
Works of the first of our for pursuits of a doubtful character. three general classes are wholly in- Endeavour further to acquire such admissible; those of the second are, a strong sense of duty, such a taste wethink, generally inexpedient, and for contemplations of a higher order, often positively, however unde- and such well-arranged habits of signedly, injurious. There may be sacred study and devotion, as may and are partial exceptions ; for ex- supersede the temptation to devote ample, some of the bistorical and to idle, if not injurious, amusement graphical sketches in the Waverley moments which may be so much Tales, and many single characters more profitably given to the great and descriptions in these and other concern of "making your calling novels, well calculated to foster vir- and election sure." Keep in mind tuous, disinterested, and magnaui- the claims which your family, your mous feelings. But the composition friends, and society bave upon your of such works as a whole, and when hours of retirement; and the importjudged of by scriptural principles, ance of so employing those hours, is in almost every instance found to be they few or mavy, ibat both your be liable to just objection. Where, mind and your body may be rehowever, specific objections do not freshed for the returning duties of apply, it is a habit of trifling read- each successive day. And lastly, ing, rather than the perusal of an guard against habits of idle curiooccasional volume, that is chiefly to sity; and be not ashamed to own be dreaded and deprecated: the that there are many things with rein is a more necessary implement which neither your time nor your than the spur in the management of taste permits you to be acquainted, the imagination at all times, but and least of all with every new tale especially in this age of light and that happens to be the subject of desultory reading, and with so pow- popular conversation. erful an inducement to an indul
LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL INTELLIGENCE,
IRELAND. PREPARING for publication :- The Life The late population returns in Ire. and Correspondence of Bishop Horsley; land present a large increase in the by his Son ;-Provence and the Rhone; number of the inhabitants. The follow." by J. Hughes ;-One Thousand Fac- ing are the totals :Similes of the Hand-writing of Eminent
1,785,702 Englishmen;-Sermons and Miscella.
2,005,363 neons Pieces; by the Rev. R. W. Ulster ..
........ 2,001,966 Mayow ;-In two vols. octavo, with Connaught 1,053,918 plates of the Egyptian Deities, Sections
6,846,949 and Plans of the Egyptian Temples, and When the deficiencies in this table Tombs,ichnographical Plans of Thebes, shall have been supplied, the total numJerusalem, &c., Travels along the ber may probably exceed seven millions. Mediterranean, and Parts adjacent, ex
POLAND. tending as far as the Second Cataract A decree has been published, aboof the Nile, Jerusalem, Damascus, lishing all the heads of the Jewish comBalbec, Constantinople, Athens, Ioan- munities (called Kahal) in the kingdom nina, the Ionjan Isles, &c. &c., in the of Poland. This measure is expected years 1816, 17, 18, in company with to be of great importance towards prothe Earl of Belmore; by R. Richard. moting the civilization and welfare of son, M.D.
the Jews; as these national magistrates, In the press : Discourses on the it is said, not only opposed an invincible Scripture Character of God; by the barrier of gross prejudices to the imRev. H. F. Burder ;– The Wonders of provement of their countrymen, but the Vegetable Kingdom; by the Author were themselves frequently guilty of of Select Female Biography ;- The Fog- oppressive partiality. sils of the South Dowus; by J. Mantell;
RUSSIA. -A Journey to the Oasis of Siwah, to A ukase was lately issued by the ascertain the Site of the Temple of Am- Emperor, commissioning the Governor. mon; by A. Linant;-Public Men of general of Siberia to inspect the goall Nations, living in 1822;-Two Poetivernments under his care,—to collect cal Works ; also, A Tour on the Conti- upon the spot detailed information renent; and Ecclesiastical Sketches; by specting their situation; to found upon Wm. Wordsworth ;-Essays on the Dis- this information the means for improving cipline of Children; by the Rev. W. their condition, and to lay them before Bamford.
the Emperor.- The plans proposed by
the Governor are approved; and, in The “ Society for promoting Christian consequence, this extensive region, comKnowledge in the Diocese of St. Da. prehending various climates and tribes vid's," has awarded a Premium of 501. to of inhabitants, instead of being any Mr.H.V.Tebbs, Proctor,ofDoctors'Com. longer an inhospitable desert, will, it mons, for the best Essay on “ the Scrip- is hoped, enjoy the advantages of a ture Doctrine of Adultery and Divorce, united, civilized, and, we trust, relia and on the Criminal Character and Pu: gious country. nishment of Adultery by the ancient
UNITED STATES. Laws of England and other countries.” The fourth census of the United States This Essay is in the press ; as also, an gives the population, including the New Essay on “ The Influence of a Moral States, at 9,625,734. The slaves amount Life in our Judgment in Matters of to about 1,531,436; and foreigners, not Faith” (John vii. 17); by the Rev. S. naturalized, to 53,646. The persons enC. Wilks, A.M.: to which the Society gaged in agriculture were 2,065,499; awarded its premium for the best com- in commerce, 72,397 ; in manufactures, position on that subject.
LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
the first Earl of Waldegrave who Contemplations on the last Discourses should attain his twenty-first year after of our Blessed Saviour; by the Rev. J. 1800. 2 vols. royal 4to, 51, 58. Brewster, M.A 8vo. 7s.6d.
Monarchy Revived; being the Per. A Sermon preached at the Consecra. sonal History of Charles II. with 14 tion of the King's Chapel, annexed to portraits. demy 8vo. 168. royal, 28s. the Pavilion at Brighton ; by the Rev. The Edinburgh Annual Register for Hugh Pearson, D.D. 1s. 6d.
1818. 11. 1s. MISCELLANEOUS,
An Account of the Abipones,, au Antiquiti and other Curiosities of Equ trian Peo in the Interior of Ancient Rome; by the Rev. E. Burton. South America; from the Original 8vo. 158.
Latin of Martin Dobrielioffer, twentyFrank : being the Sequel to Frank, in two years a Missionary in Paraguay. Easy Lessons; by Maria Edgeworth. 3 vols. 8vo. 11. 168. 3 vols. 9s.
A System of Mechanical Philosophy; Rosamond: being the Sequel to Ro by the late John Robson, LL.D.; edited sainond, in Early Lesscns; by the same by David Brewster, LL.D. 4 vols. author. 2 vols. 58.
8vo. 41. The Greek Grammar of Augustus Napoleon, and other Poems; by Ber. Matthiæ, translated into English; by nard Barton. 8vo. 128. the Rev. E. V. Blomfield. 2 vols. Bro. History and Actual State of the Mili. 11, 108.
tary Force of Great Britain ; hy Charles Moral Discipline; or, Elements of Dupin, Member of the French IvstiSelf - Improvement; by the Rev. T. tute, trapslated, with Notes; by an Finch. 1 vol. 12mo. 6s.
Officer. 2 vols. 11. 1s. Advice to Young Ladies on Conduct Europe ; or, a Geueral Survey of the and Improvement; by the Rev, T. Present Situatiou of the Principal PowBroadhorst. post 8vo, 6s.
ers; by a Citizen of the United Statos. No. I, of the Sunday School Biogra. 8vo. 12s.
Notices relating to China; by Sir G, Atlas of Ancient Geography, com- T. Staunton, Bart. 8vo. 10s. 6d. prising 20_coloured maps; by Samuel The Third Volume of the Statistical Butler, D.D. 12s.
Account, or Parochial Survey of IreThe History of France, from Clovis, land ; by W. S. Masov, Esq. 8vo. 11. to Louis XVI.; by the Rev. A. Ranken. Wakefield's Statistical and Political Vol. IX. 8vo. 98.
Account of Ireland. 2 vols. 4to. Memoirs of his ()wn Times; by Ho- A Journey from India over land to race Walpole, Earl of Orford, from the London; by Lieut. Thos. Lumsden, 8vo. Original MSS. found in the chest left, 10s. 6d. by his lordship's will, to be opened by
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE influences of which men are allowed SOCIETY.
and encouraged to read the word of The following are a few passages from God. And in our day the Bible Society the “ Monthly Extracts,
» contiuned has sprung up, under the fostering care from our last Number.
of which Bibles are multiplying and cirFrom the First Report of the Lutter- culating in a manner that fills the world
worth Auxiliary Society. with wonder. The Auxiliary of Lulier. “ Towards the middle of the four- worth and the neighbourhood has, dur. teenth century, an instrument was rais- ing this first year, been enabled to vumed up of God, peculiarly fitted for the ber upon its lists, (including that esta. work he was appoiuted to execute; and blished in the town of Lutterworth,) a translation of the Bible into the Eng. thirteen Associations, embracing the lish tongue was made in 1380, by that supply of about sixteen villages." morning star of the reformation, the
From Mr. Charles Stokes Dudley, renowned John Wickliffe, Rector of
“ Nottingham, Ist Dec. 1821. Lutterworth. To him succeeded the “ It is with feelings of a truly satis. happy Reformation, under the benign factory nature that I announce the esta.
blishment of the Nottingham Ladies' rupted the morals of the people: but Branch Bible Society, and its seven the people have learned to read ; the connected Associations. As the districts tree of knowledge has become accesare so arranged as to include on an aver- sible to them, the evil of which has been age only about forty houses each, one continually before their eyes, whilst the pour in the week will be found sufficient good has been out of sight. The thirst for the discharge of the duties of a col- for know ledge has been fed by pernici. lector. The total number of ladies en- ous publications from the continent; by gaged exceeds three hundred, and the obscene songs and romances; and by extent of population included may be the writings of sceptical and infidel estimated at 50,000. Of the necessity false philosophers, who would have which existed for such an institution, trampled equally upon the laws of God and the inadequacy of all means of sup- and man." ply short of those which are furnished From the Annual Report of the Devon by Bible Associations,sufficient evidence and Exeter Auxiliary Society, will be found in the facts, that Notting- " The issues of books from the de. ham was the second town of Great Bri- pository in the past year have amounted tain in which an Auxiliary Society was to 1359 Bibles; 1098 Testaments ;-mak. established, and this institution has dis- ing a total, from the establishment of tributed within twelve years 20,000 the Society, of twenty-six thousand and, Bibles and Testaments; yet the ladies thirty-three Bibles and Testaments.” have already obtained more than two thousand subscribers for copies at cost From the Secretary of the Hudson's prices, although scarcely more than one
Bay Company. third of the town has been visited," “ I am directed by the Governor and From the Third Annual Report of the Committee of the Hudson's Bay Com
Jersey Female Auxiliary Society. pany to iuform you, that Mr. Garry, a “ Some respectable persons refuse to member of the Committee, having visitcontribute, because, they say, the peo- ed the territories of the Company in ple were better forty years ago, when North America, during the past summer, there existed no Bible Societies, than directed his attention, among the varithey are now. But those persons are
ous objects which came under his notice, requested to recollect, that forty years, to the consideration of the best mode of ago, education and learning were very promoting religious instruction, and the rare in this island; that scarcely a ser., consequent improvement of the moral vant or labourer of any description conduct of the servants of the Company could read; that many masters were
and of the other inhabitants of that nearly as illiterate as their servants; country. As one mode of promoting that ladies themselves were but little these objects, an Auxiliary Bible So. instructed; that, if vice has increased ciety was established.” “I beg to inclose with learning, it has not been with learn a draft for 1031. 113. the amount of the ing acquired from the Bible; for it is subscriptions. not an exaggeration to say, that three
“ The above Society comprehends the years ago not one family in ten of this whole of the Hudson's Bay Company's island possessed a Bible. With the ex- territory; and has appointed officers at ception of a very few of Ostervald's each of the following stations, viz. York, folio edition, which had passed from Red River Colony, Saschatchwan, Atha. hand to hapd, there were scarcely any
basca, Churcbill, and Moose." but the Bibles of John Calvin, in old
From the Rev. Dr. Pinkerton. Freych, printed in the 16th and 17th
“ The whole issues of Van Ess's Tescenturies, and hardly legible by the pre. tamen:, up to the present date, have sent generation. A woman of St. Ouen's been 431,163 copies. The whole stock parish, who has purchased seven Bibles on hand will be found to be about 51,000 from this Society, for different members copies. In his treasury he has 9,000 of ber family, all labourers or sailors, tloriðs, about 7507. sterling. The Conassured a member of this Committee mittee of the Russian Bible Society have that she had saved more than one pound, promised him a grant amounting to twelve years ago, to purchase a Bible: about 1401. and he expects to receive an that she had commissioned a friend go- equal sum from Amsterdam. These ing to Holland to buy her one, but he funds are intended to be employed in was not able to procure it. It has not binding, for such persons as are too poor been tlie Bible, then, wbich bas cor- even to pay for the binding; whose num;
bers, especially among the Catholic which we had opportunities of becoming peasantry, the Professor states to be thoroughly acquainted with its affairs, very great. The issues of copies from we had the pleasure, on the morning of the beginning of this year up to the pre- the 10th of June, of attending the meetsent date have been 27,096."
ing of the Committee, at which were From the Rev. Drs. Paterson and present, besides the Governor-General, Henderson.
the Governor, Vice-Governor, and Bi. “Kherson, 28th June 0. 8. 1821. shop, the Armenian Archbishop Gre“ From Khotiv we directed our course gorius, and Daniel, Metropolitan of through the Russian part of Moldavia Adrianople, who, together with several to Skoulani, in itself an inconsiderable other dignitaries of the Greek Church, village, but of importance on account have taken refuge in this quarter from of its Quarantine established on the the fury of the Turks. left bank of the Pruth. What rendered “ The attention of the Committee was it peculiarly interesting at this time, directed to the subject of the Bulgarian was, its being the great resort of the version of the New Testament. They emigrants from the northern parts of conceived it to be their duty to attempt European Tarkey, of whom not fewer something towards supplying the wants than 18,000 had passed the Quarantine of the 30,000 people of that nation, who before our arrival, How many thou. are settled as colonists in Bessarabia, sands might be in the place, and on the and accordingly resolved to recommend opposite bank of the river, anxiously it to the Committee in Petersburgh, to waiting for an opportunity of passing print 2000 copies of the Gospel of Luke in the boat, we could not determine; by way of experiment. but such a scene of confusion we never
“ The manner in which the business before witnessed. Rich and poor were
of this Committee was conducted af. encamped together under the open forded us the highest satisfaction. They heavens, surrounded by every thing are burning with impatience to recom. valuable that they had been able to
mence their exertions in the northern carry along with them; but, we fear, parts of Tarkey, and much may be exmost of them destitute of the most pre. pected from their zeal for the good cious of all treasures, the holy Scrip- cause, when peace shall be restored to tures. To adopt measures for putting those quarters. such of them as could read in possession
“ From Kisbinew we proceeded to of this invaluable book, we considered Bender, where we crossed the Dniesto be an object which imperiously de. ter, and were obliged to submit to a manded the attention of the Committee partial quarantine, and prosecuted our in Kishinew, and accordingly resolved journey across the Steppe to Odessa, to bring it before them immediately on where, by the Divine blessing, we arrivour arrival in that place.-It is, per
ed in peace and safety on the 12th io. haps, known to you, that his Eminence,
stant. the Exarch Gabriel, who was such a
* On account of the preparations that warm friend to the Bible Society, left
were making for the solemn interment this earthly scene in the course of last of the late Patriarch of Constantinople, spring; but in his Vicar, the worthy
we could not obtain a meeting of the Demetrius, Bishop of Ackermann and Committee before the evening of the Bender, we found one of the most zea. 15th; but this delay was amply reconilous and active promoters of the cause
pensed by its affording an opportunity that we have met with in the course of for the excellent Demetrius, and two of our journey. Having said thns much, his Archimandrites, who had arrived to (and less in justice we could not have assist in the performance of the funeral said), we almost feel onrselves at a loss rites, to favour the meeting with their for terms in which to express our high presence and counsel.
Besides going opinion of his valuable coadjutor, the through the routine of business which Archimandrite and Rector Ireneus, and
we usually had to transact with the Comhis excellency General Insov, who is mittee, and which it is unnecessary to not only the chief of this government, report here, we brought before the but has also the care of all the colonies meeting the importance of furnishing in the south of Russia. After having an adequate supply of the New Testabeen favoured with numerous conversa- ment to the numerons body of Greek tions with these and other active mem- refugees at present in the town, and bers of the Society, in the course of urged the measure by the consideration