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of the kind of adventures encountered by the heroes of Wherewith thou gloriously wert robed and crown'd, this singular republic :

Thus sadly reft? Has sorrow reach'd to Heaven?' “ On the 31st of March, 1686, they sailed westward from the American coast, and they seem to have commenced

« • Eve, think it not,' he said, but to thy vision their voyage across the Pacific with a short allowance of Refer the loss. Looking upon the stream, provisions. The kettle,' Dampier tells us, was boiled

Came there not sadness in the sight—the sound, but once a day, and there was no occasion to call the men

Came it not also heavy on the wind ? to victuals. All hands came to see the quarter- master sbare If in the radiant circle of a flower, it, and be had need to be exact. We had two dogs and two

Aught dark thou seest, the shade is from thine eyes. cats on board, and they likewise had a small allowance

Art thou not now the centre of all grief, given them; and they waited with as much eagerness to

The fountain whence must flow all bitter waves ?' see it shared as we did.' The first land they made was the Ladrones, where they anchored on the west side of Guaban, Is from us cast; and the world's cheerful face,

« « Alas!' sign’d Eve, then paleness on the stars about a mile from the shore. The Acapulco ship arrived here shortly after ; and it was with difficulty that Swan Is faint, and yieldeth not its wonted smiles,

As froin a heart inly but ill at ease, could dissuade his heroes from attacking her. At Mindanao, Its flowers profuse, and fruits.”” the buccaneers were well received. Being frank in manners, and regardless of money, they became great favourites

The verses entitled “ December Stanzas,” are among with the natives, wbo were surprised to see Europeans so

the best in the book. free from pride and griping avarice. Each of them had a native comrade, who exchanged names with him, according to the usage of the South Sea ; and they were allowed also to have pagallies, or friends of the fair sex, with whom they “ Sad hang along the sky the heavy clouds, might share the tender happiness of Platonic attachment. Obscuring every tint that seemeih glad; But these were dangerous familiarities among a people

And through the wouds forlorn the breezes sigb, deadly in their resentinents. While the Cygnet lay at Min Melodiously sad. danao, sixteen of her crew died, in consequence, it was supposed, of poison : many more suffered tedious illness from

“ Fit season were it for the dying swan, the same cause."

Moving upon the waters in his pain, We are dolts, and unfit to be credited, if any man read

To mingle with the sorrow of the year, the part of the book from which we have culled these

His melancholy strain. passages, without wishing to dip into the tomes of War

“ The nightingale singeth in summer woods, ren and Dampier. And rich will be his reward, if he When warm and pleasant is the summer's night, yield to the impulse. The style of these old mariners is For the ssveet easing of his own full heart, buoyant as the waves over which they bounded, and not

And for his mate's delight: unlike in its sound to their hoarse melody. We anchor

* The lark, a speck high up in heaven's clear dome, in imagination with the unforgotten dead, beneath the

Carols, scarce heard upon the flowery earth; shade of tropical forests, and feel the sea-breeze die away As he would fain bear to the gates of heaven upon one cheek, as the land-breeze begins to come fondly That seasonable mirth : and caressingly over the other. The buccaneers were

“ But meeter for this sad season is the cry not entirely useless in their day and generation. « The association of the buccaneers gave rise to a greater

Of wild-fowl on the azure-misted main;

Or nightly clamour of the wakeful owl, number of bold navigations than had ever yet proceeded

From some hoar ruin'd fane : in an equal space of time from the rival states of Europe. Those who commanded in the South Sea were alınost all

“ More meet the music of wild ocean-waves, Englishmen; and many of them were evidently able seamen,

Or winds that pipe through caves, and broken rocks, and in other respects men of ability. In the narratives of

Heard by some shepherd of the northern isles, Dampier and Cowley, the toils and dangers of a maritime

Tending his mountain flocks. life were shown, combined with much to exhilarate and deligbt ; and a voyage round the world was no longer looked “ Ceased bas the Robin his soft-warbled strain, upon as a wonderful achievement. Mariners grew more Heard whilst the sere leaves flutter'd to the ground; daring, and ceased to associate the ideas of danger and And brooks which wail'd among the dying flowers distance."

Are cold in fetters bound. We can conscientiously recommend this work,

- Gone is the green, the delicate summer green,

Gone is the lily pale, gone the crimson rose;

And the dead beauty of the pass'd year Antediluvian Sketches ; and other Poems. By Richard Lies shrouded in the snows.

Howitt. Post 8vo. Pp. 148. London. L. B. Seeley and Sons. 1830.

“ Now thoughts which wander'd through the blooming

world, THERE is a great deal of sweetness in many of these Back to the heart, from whence they issued, throng, -poems, and a placid and amiable mind speaks out in all And by the winter's fire, when winds are loud, of them; they are, however, deficient in strength. The Are poured forth in song. author, too, has attempted to drag into the confines of

“ And pleasant is it in the time of gloom, poesy some subjects which seem rather out of place in

Amidst the wintry tein pest and the blight, that region. Wordsworth has done an infinite deal of

Gathering from all the glory of the past harın to our minor poets. In his Idiot Boy, and his To fill our homes with light.” Peter Bell, and some others of his poems, he has confounded the vocations of the poet and the metaphysician; but his imagination has cast such a splendid veil over his The Life of Major-General Sir Thomas Munro, Bart, ungninly subjects, that it is not easy to detect the mis

K.G.B., late Governor of Madras. With Extracts take. His imitators think they bave only to choose similar subjects to meet with similar success; but they

from his Correspondence and Private Papers. By the

Rev. G. R. Gleig, M. A. Volume Third. 8vo. Pp. are mistaken.

437. London. Colburn and Bentley. 1830. There is much gentle pathos in the conception of the * following passage. Eve, encountered by the fallen angel, No offence to Mr Gleig, we think this volume the mistakes him for a messenger of Heaven, but is startled most interesting of the three. It consists of Sir Thomas by his faded splendour :

Munro's correspondence with Lord Wellington, Sir John * Comes dimness then over celestial forms,'

Malcolm, Mr Elphinstone, and others, the most disSaid Eve, that thou art faded--of the brightness

tinguished soldiers and civilians in India. Sir Thomas's

go out

letters are full of that racy humour, plain good sense, “ A WIFE cannot be gifted with a more dangerous talent. and comprehensive views, which were the principal fea- Such women be never at rest when their husbands sleep tures of his character. Taken in conjunction with those well a-nights; they are never at ease, except when the poor of bis Indian friends, they afford us an interesting picture again ; it gratifies both their medical vanity and their love

man is ailing, that they have the pleasure of recovering him of the men who were at that time the leading spirits of that of power, by making him more dependent on them; and it great empire. Sir John Malcolm proses and lectures, just gratifies all the finer feelings of romance. What a treasure, as he does in his books, orin conversation. We entertain the what a rich subject I shall be about ten years hence, when most profound respect for that brave and intelligent com- shivering at every breeze, for the laboratory of such a wife! inander, but cannot get over the feeling that he likes to when my withered carcass would be made to undergo an display his learning. Colonel Wellesley, on the other endless succession of experiments for the benefit of the hand-we beg pardon—his Grace the Duke of Welling- medical world! I should be forced, in order to escape her ton is plainness itself. He suggests to Munro the pro- sick, and to go out and take medicine by stealth, as a man

prescriptions, to conceal my complaiuts when I was really priety of freeing a country from marauding insurgents, goes to the club to drink, when he is unhappily linked to a in language less elevated than Sir Richard Birnie would sober wife. Were Heaven, for some wise purpose, to de employ in giving orders for the apprehension of a com- liver me into the hands of a nostrum-skilled wife, it would mon thief, speaks of giving a sovereign prince “a good in an instant dissipate all my dreams of retiring to spend run,"and tells his correspondent that he is ready primed,” my latter days in indolence and quiet. I would see with and likely to " go off with a dreadful explosion.” It is grief that I was doomed to enter into a more active career this utter want of pretence, the sure characteristic of than that in which I had been so long engaged ; for I would

consider her and myself as two hostile powers commencing true genius, that has always conciliated us to the Duke

a war, in which both would be continually exerting all the of Wellington. He performs the most beroic actions resources of their genius: she to circumvent me, and throw with an ease and nonchalance which show that they are to me into the hospital, and I to escape captivity and elixirs. him mere matters of course. If any thing could have No modern war could be more inveterate, for it could terraised him in our estimation, it is the frankness with minate only with the death of one or other of the combatwhich he has placed in Mr Gleig's hands, for publication, affection,' the natural principle of self-preservation should

ants. If, 'notwithstanding the strength of my conjugal letters from Sir Thomas Munro, criticising in no un

be still stronger, and make me lament to survive her, I friendly, but certainly in no ceremonious manner, the imagine my eating heartily and sleeping soundly would conduct of the battle of Assaye.

very soon bring about her dissolution." When the first two volumes of this work appeared, we In a letter to Mr Kirkman Finlay, he thus expresses spoke of its contents and execution at some length; at pre- himself in regard to a celebrated townsman : sent we merely offer our readers a few extracts, which “ Bailie Jarvie is a credit to our town, and I could almost show the playful sagacity of the gallant deceased. Our swear that I have seen both him and his father, the deacon, first is from a letter dated London, wrote while the young afore hiin, in the Saltmarket; and, I trust, that if I am cadet was on his way to the land of promise :

spared, and get back there again, I shall see some of his “I live very happily, except sometimes when I am ter- worthy descendants walking in his steps. Had the Bailie mented by a tailor's wife, a neighbour of ours. These four been here, we could have shown him many greater thieves or five days past, about four o'clock, a little before I

but none so respectable as Rob Roy. The difference beto dinner, she opened the door, looked in, and went down

tween the Mabratta and the Highland Robs is, that the stairs. I could not understand her meaning till Tuesday,

one does from choice, what the other did from necessity; when she came in at her ordinary time with a large bowl for a Mahratta would rather get ten pounds by plunder, of soup and a penny roll boiled in it

. The soup will do than a hundred by an honest calling, whether in the Saltyou good,' says she; you don't look well, and I am afraid market or the Gallowgate. you eat sparingly.' I endeavoured to convince her that I

“I am thinking, as the boys in Scotland say-I am thinkwas well enough, but

to no purpose ; I was obliged to take ing, provost, that I am wasting my time very idly in this the soup. I might as well have swallowed melied tallow. country; and that it would be, or at least would look, wiser, I thought to have avoided the soup yesterday, I did not instead of running about the country with camps here, I

to be living quietly and doosely at home. Were I now there, come home till night; but I had the same bowlful to supper last night that I had to dinner the day before. She had might, at this moment, be both pleasa:: tly and profitably been telling the

people below, that the young gentleman in employed in gathering black boyds with you among the the garret is either in a consumption, or starving himself." braes near the Largs. There is no enjoyment in this country The following remarks we earnestly recommend to the equal to it, and I heartily wish that I were once more fairly

ainong the bushes with you, even at the risk of being sticket attention of certain weak brethren who are apt to mis- by yon drove of wild knowt that looked so sharply after take sentimental excitement for true piety :

Had they found us asleep in the dyke, they would “ If James did not find in the study of anatomy, in the have made us repent breaking the Sabbath ; although I wonderful construction of the human frame, a wide field thought there was no great harm in doing such a thing in for indulging the contemplations of a religious mind, I your company." should be afraid of his abandoning the hospital for the pul The following short passage seems to us beautifully pit. He is so very spiritual, that he seems to follow lite- illustrative of the mingled feelings with which, after a rally the text of "Thank God for all things,'. When I long and active service in the East, our veterans contemopened his first letter, I thought I had got hold of a new litany. In every sentence there was, 'thank God," _ if it plate a return to their native land : please God,'— God willing,' and many ejaculations of this

“ It is nearly twenty years since I thought that I had I have been obliged to quote his favourite book, to taken a final leave of this country; but I am now, after a show him the impropriety of such expressions, except in bis tour nearly of a thousand miles, sitting in my tent, at the closet. He is much attached to botany, which, he tells me, head of one of the passes leading down from Mysore to the gives to a reflecting mind the most exalted ideas of the Carnatic, at the distance of about a hundred and thirty power of the Divinity. This doctrine, though it is always miles from Madras., I am anxious to leave India, yet i introduced as an exordium to all botanical treatises, has shall leave it with a heavy heart. I have spent so much of never made much impression on me, for I never could con

my life in it-I am so well acquainted with the people-its ceive why a man ought to admire the omnipotence of the climate is so fine, and its mountain scenery so wild and Creator in the minute, rather than in the grand, objects of beautiful, that I almost regret that it is not my own counthe creation; or why he should be less struck by rivers and try: but it is not my home, and it is time I should go there, mountains, the ocean and the firmainent, than by the sexual whether it is to be in Scotland or in England." system of plants. I shall say no more of this till I see Our last quotation is from another letter to Mr Finlay, James, and bear his reasons for worshipping a rose rather towards whom he seems to bave entertained a most siothan the sun; and if he has not already made a convert of cere friendship. We wish he were still at that gentleyou, I shall then endeavour to bring you over to my more man's elbow; he might give him some useful hints in the sublime religion." In another letter, Sir Thomas sketches, with great fe

present crisis.

“ What castle is this you have got into ? I read it Castle licity, one of the worst curses of existence :

Howard at first, but thinking that could not be right, I

us.

sort.

The “

have been trying again, and can make nothing of it unless There is something inexpressibly attractive in the mere it be Toward or Foward. I believe I must go to the spot outside of Mr Wilson's books. We should at any time in order to ascertain the true name. I hope you have got recognise one of them among a thousand. plenty of knowl, and stane dykes, and black boyds. The dise of dainty devices” impressed upon the cover of each,

paradykes are useful for more things than one; they keep us in the practice of louping, they help to ripen the black boyds, in which a thousand little emblems, all full of covert and i hey enable us to parley with the knowt without danger. meaning, blend and mingle in the most intricate harmony

“ You are perfectly correct in your orthography of the of outline and colouring, render what was said of his black boyds, at least we spelt them your way, when I be books by a great philosopher of the day—that their outlonged to the grammar-school between tifty and sixty years sides had more meaning than the insides of many works ago. I must not do so un-Glasgow-like a thing as not to reply to your recommendation of Lieutenant Campbell of of more pretence—nothing more than a simple truth. Ormodale. He is a promising young man, but he is out

His title-pages, too, are admirably calculated to further of my hands at present, as he has lately been appointed by the intentions of the propagator of a new faith, containthe commander-in-chief to a staff office with our troops at ing, in general, fully as much matter as the work to Penang, and I have no doubt that he will push his way in which they are prefixed. The reader may form some the service. I am afraid, from what I have read some idea of their copiousness, by consulting the two which we where lately, of there being twenty-tive thousand Irish have transcribed above. This idea of throwing the most weavers and labourers about Glasgow, that there can be important part of a work into the title, is not, we convery few of what you call right proper Glasgow-men

left: fess, strictly new. We have seen something of the kind I suspect that you have not now many of the breed of right proper Glasgow weavers, whom I remember in “ broadsides,” as well in those of ancient, as in those about the Grammar-school wynd and the back of the Re- of modern date. Nevertheless, Mr Wilson has shown lief kirk. They are probably now like a Highland regi- in this bold adoption of a system, against which associament, of which I once heard an old sergeant say, that'what tion was ready to enrol so many prejudices, because he with Irish and what with English, they were now no saw how palatable it would be to the community upon better than other men.'"

whose minds he wished to work-a talent for making the

most trifling circumstances contribute to further his ends, The Whole Art of Dress! Or the Road to Elegance and that stand second only to original genius.

The caution and sagacity, too, with which he has deFashion, at the enormous Saving of Thirty per Cent !!! Being a Treatise upon that Essential and much Culti-veloped his system,—the tact with which he insinuated vated Requisite of the present Day, Gentlemen's Cos- those whom he meant to make his converts—is above all

at first only such doctrines as were least likely to startle tume ; Explaining, and clearly Defining, by a Series of praise. The first number of his series—of his truly Beautifully-Engraved Illustrations, the most becoming

“National Library”—was Hortator's Simplicity of Health. Assortment of Colours and Styles of Dress and Un. dress, in all their Varieties ; suited to different Ages and the community he was addressing, that even we were

In this he adopted so happily the tone prevalent among
Complexions, so as to render the Hunian Figure most
Symmetrical and Imposing to the Eye. Also, Direc- deceived, and thought we had got under our hands as rank
tions in the Purchase of Kinds of Wearing Apparel : under the influence of dyspepsia. Having, by this pub.

an old wife of the male sex as ever trembled through life Accompanied by Hints for the Toilette, containing a few lic sacrifice

at the shrine of nonsense, conciliated the conValuable and Original Recipes ; likewise some Advice fidence of the inhabitants of the hyperborean regions in to the Improvement of Defecis in the Person and Car- which he had settled,

his next step was to call to his asriage ; together with a Dissertation on Uniform in Ge- sistance an old army surgeon, whom he set to preach to neral, and the Selection of Fancy Dress. By a Cavalry the natives the expediency of the culture of the hands and Officer. London. Effingham Wilson. 1830.

feet. The Economy of the Teeth and Gums, and the Interior of believing a fine band to be the inseparable concomitant

Wilson is a disciple of Lord Byron's school; and the Mouth ; including the Medical, Mechanical, and of noble sentiment, resolved to try whether, by improving Moral Treatment of the most Frequent Diseases and the paws of his neighbours, he might not be able to eleAccidents incidental to the Structure and Function of vate their minds. In this undertaking he was, we are those most Delicate Parts :. With the Means of Cor- happy to say, so successful, that the " Economy of the recting and Purifying a Tainted or Unpleasant Breath, Hands and Feet"-to'which, our readers will recollect, and other Personal or Atmospherical Effluvia, arising from Local or Constitutional Causes, or Injuries. By reached its third edition.

we not long ago awarded the meed of praise—has already the Author of the Economy of the Feet and Hands.

Emboldened by success, he endeavoured, with the asLondon. Effingham Wilson. 1830.

sistance of the same indefatigable ally, to recommend that EFFINGHAM Wilson, bookseller to the Emperor of all some attention should be paid to the beautifying of the the Russias, one of the most benevolent and disinterested teeth and gums. This work was addressed more partiof mankind, has devoted himself to the high and honour-cularly to the fair sex; but as, in the course of its precepts, able task of preaching the doctrines of Chesterfield in the the practice of smoking fell to be discussed, some murmost benighted recesses of the city of London. There is murs were excited in the ward of Billingsgate. Our doubtless something much more imposing in the idea of zealous and conscientious missionary could not refrain braving distant seas, and unhealthy climates, to convert from expressing his detestation of that habit, which had and civilize nations who are little raised above the beasts ; unluckily become a second nature to by far the most and yet, to our minds, the privations and discomforts to athletic and eloquent portion of his fair flock. A timely which a man of a naturally susceptible and highly culti-concession to their prejudices restored tranquillity; and vated taste for the elegancies and refinements of life ex now our daring innovator found that he had advanced poses himself, by taking up his abode midway between so far as to leave himself no power either of retreating or the districts of St Giles and Wapping, are infinitely more standing still. The spirit of enquiry was roused, and overwhelming. We ourselves have actually penetrated, loudly called for a comprehensive and rational treatise on on a voyage of discovery, as far as Billingsgate, and must external deportment. be allowed to know something of the matter. Then, as Now it was, although not without some misgivings, for the dignity and importance of his vocation, we wish that our hero produced his “ Whole Art of Dress.” The to disparage nobody; but the teaching the shrivelled and compiler of this new “ Augsburg Confession,” is a casmoke-dried plebeians and greasy aristocrats of that dis- valry officer ; for the Missionary establishment of the tant land to dress and live cleanly, may, to say the least, Royal Exchange, like that of Herrnhuth, contains larank on an equality with the labours of Brougham or bourers who have been selected from almost every worldLeonard Horner.

ly profession. In all ages of the world it has been found

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no easy task to unite the agreeable and the useful, the power of condensation, managed to concentrate, within beautiful with the strictly moral. This has at last been its narrow limits, a greater quantity of twaddle than accomplished by the author of the “ Whole Art of Dress.” much larger works can boast of. Its material bulk is a We demonstrated last week, no doubt to the entire satis- happy type of its intellectual pretensions. A considerfaction of our readers, that the fundamental, and indeed, able portion of its little length is occupied with the details the only virtue, is avarice. Now, observe how beauti- of some uninteresting squabbles in the Divinity Hall of fully our cavalry officer, instructed, no doubt, in the Edinburgh during the incumbency of Drs Hunter and practical school of half-pay, dovetails his ornamental, or Ritchie. If it was the author's intention to pourtray the (as the Germans would term it) his aesthetical, into our spirit which animated the teachers and taught at that moral theory_" The road to elegance and fashion, at period, he has, with a singular felicity, managed to omit the enormous saving of thirty per cent.” “ Saveall set every characteristic feature. There was occasionally his mark.”

something excessively piquant in the criticisms of the We have not time at present to enter into all the merits first-mentioned professor upon the exercises of his pupils. of this admirable treatise; but the following recipe for a For example, we remember to have heard of one thea beautifier of the hair will serve to convince our readers logian whose exegesis elicited from the old gentleman that a refined spirit has presided at its compilation : soine such remarks as these :-“I canna say that I am

sae fameeliar wi' the Latin tongue as I ance was, and as “ Of tine beef marrow take "Alb., of burnt brandy, two I ought to be. But if I remember right, some o' the table-spoonfuls, with the same quantity of the best flask verbs used to be irregular. Now, it strikes me, sir, that oil."

a’ your verbs are regular.” This same exemplary pattern There is something most exquisitely aboriginal in this of regularity, we have been further informed, subsequently receipt. We are uncertain whether it be most redolent distinguished himself by attainments equally wonderful of Pudding-lane and Pye-corner, or of the back woods in the Gaelic language. Mr Nelson must have been one of America. It leads the imagination back to the first of his contemporaries—could he favour us with his name? struggles of nascent refinement. In about a month we hope to receive Mr Wilson's First Report of the Society for the Dissemination of Ornamental Knowledge in the Wilds of London, when our readers may expect a full

Ravenstonedale; or, the Triumph of Innocence. A Tale.

12mo. account of the success which has attended his arduous

Pp. 273. Edinburgh. 1830. labours.

This is a tale of domestic life, simply and sensibly ?

told. We feel an interest in the author, who has found Woman : a Satire ; and other Poems. By Wadham time to compose it, without declining the laborious du- ***

Pembroke. Post 8vo. Pp. 148. London. Hurst, ties which acerue to the mother of a large family, whose Chance, and Co. 1830.

rank is above the lower, although scarcely belonging Mr PEMBROKE tells us

to what are called the middle classes. Had we found “ I'm too attach'd to Venere et vino,

nothing in the book to praise, we should, under these I mean a beauty, and a glass of wine 0;"

circumstances, have passed it over without remark, but speaks of

we are happy to find that we can conscientiously recom

mend it. “ Those harlots who notorious were

The fetid colleagues of Aspasia-r ;" describes ladies, who move along like waves when gently fill'd

Full Annals of the French Revolution of 1830. By WilWith tepid warmth, from Thetis' breast distillid;"

liam Hone, Author of "The Everyday Book," &c. &c. announces the important fact, that

8vo. Pp. 128. Third Edition. London. Thomas “ 'Tis not ordain'd by nature or by fate,

Tegg. 1830. That eagles from the dove should generate;"

It is no proof of the cleverness of this work that it has discovers,

reached a third edition. It is sold for half-a-crown, and, " that Russell made a blunder,

at the present moment, the most insufficient narrative of In saying that in Dryden's Sigismunda-r,

the Parisian Revolution would fetch that sum. But Mr The feelings of her heart were too excessive;"

Hone's work has really deserved its rapid sale. It is describes critics as

neatly and intelligently got up, ornamented with spirited “ Those salty gew-gaws, who so much of late woodcuts, and almost exhausting the subject. The best Infused their poison into Gallia’s state:”

praise we can give it is to say, that it is in every way and this he calls writing a satire.

worthy of the established reputation of the elever author His idea of comfort must be rather peculiar, for he of “ The Everyday Book.” pillows his god of love certainly not on a bed of roses :

They, who that pretty boy,
In their bosoms to enjoy,
Stole away, and laid his head

Scripture the Test of Character: An Address to the
In their diamond-studded bed."

Influential Classes of Society, on the Influence of their We shall no longer detain his “ Fugitive Pieces" on Example. 8vo. Pp. 123. Edinburgh. Waugh and their way to oblivion.

Inpes. 1830.
The Extent of Scriptural Inspiration Examined, in a

Letter to the Rev. M. Russell, LL.D. By C. H. The Life of the late William Ritchie, D.D., one of the

Terrot, A.M. 8vo. Pp. 23. Edinburgh. John Ministers of the High Church of Edinburgh, and Pro

Wardlaw. 1830. fessor of Divinity in the University of that City. By the Rev. Thomas Nelson, M.W.S., author of a Trea

The first of these pamphlets is a piece of sentimental, tise on Religion in the Encyclopædia Edinensis, &c.

The second discusses one of the

pious declamation. &c. 12mo.

Pp. 108.

Edinburgh. Waugh and Innes.

questions agitated in Dr Russell's Discourses on the Mil

lennium, in a manner that almost justifies an ill-.natured Tuis is one of the smallest books that it has fallen to sobriquet once attached by a popular periodical to its duour lot to review ; and yet the author has, by a happy thor.

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The Sonnets of Shakspeare and Milton. Post 8vo. Pp. some admissions made by the writer in the earlier part of 186. London. Edward Moxon. 1830. his essay. He speaks at one place of a “power of continuous

attention" capable of being strengthened by exercise. But We are happy to possess these, our favourite sonnets, when he comes to lay down his metaphysical creed, he tells In such an elegant form. We trust that the taste which us, that “ sensation, association, and naming, are the tbree the publisher has shown in getting up this little volume, elements which are to the constitution of inind, what the and also Charles Lamb's Album Verses, may soon ac- four elements, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and azote, are to quire for him such a run of business, as shall leave him the composition of the body.” Which being interpreted, no time to gratify us with such elegant nicknacks. We means, that upon a careful analysis, all the mental phenoare of those who love books elegant in their form, as mena will be found resolvable into these tbree. What well as valuable in their contents, and we therefore wela then becomes of his "power of continuous attention ?" It , come such an enterprising and tasteful publisher as Mr is not a sensation, it is not association, it is not naming. Moxon.

It is something admitted by the writer to exist, and recognised by common consciousness as distinct from,

and independent of, the other three. It is a manifestation The French Revolution in 1830. A Comic Poem. By of the class of mental phenomena, recognised by Descartes

F. W. N. Bayley, Esq. With Portraits of Louis and Stewart as that in which the difference between Philippe I., General la Fayette, and Prince Polignac. mind and matter is most apparent, to which belongs the London. Alfred Miller. 1830.

power of self-examination--a power which developes Monsieur Nontongpaw. Illustrated by R. Cruikshank. itself late in all, never in many. This power does not London. Alfred Miller. 1830.

seem to have yet developed itself in any one Westminster The Devil's Visit. A Poem, from the Original Manu- metaphysician, and consequently, these gentlemen canuot

script. Illustrated by eight Engravings on Wood, be listened to in discussions respecting that science. Their after Designs by Robert Cruikshank. London. Wil talents entitle them to attention upon almost every other liam Kidd. 1830.

question, but in this they have made too frequent appeals The French Revolution was no joke. We are the less to the argumentum ab ignorantia,” to be entitled to surprised to find that Mr Bayley has failed in his attempt any deference. The best articles after this, (for, with to make one out of it. We should have preferred the all its faults, it is the work of no common mind,) are the genuine old ballad of Nontongpaw to the stanzas that review of Jefferson's Memoirs, and that of Alexander's have been substituted for it. Robert Cruikshank has Travels, (which contains some capital hits.) The arfailed in his Frenchmen, but John Bull and his pug-dog ticles entitled, London Bridge, Hydrophobia, and Novels are genuine. If we were the Devil-as we are only his and Travels in Turkey, are also good. On the whole, master--we should feel devilishly annoyed at the d-d this number is well calculated to corroborate the estimate liberties which some rhymesters and caricaturists have we have all along formed of the Westminster Reviewa been taking of late, and exclaim, with a sister spirit, work of the very first-rate talent, from most of whose " Leave me, leave me to repose.”

opinions in morals, religion, politics, and criticism, we have the honour to dissert.

The New Monthly for October, is one of the best and PERIODICALS FOR OCTOBER.

most readable numbers we have seen for some time. We The Westminster Review, No. XXVI.-The New know not whether the conversation between Byron and Monthly and London Magazine, No. CXVII.- Shelley, on the character of Hamlet, be historical or ficBlackwood's Magazine, No. CLXXII.-The Monthly titious; but it is highly characteristic

, and contains many Magazine, No. LVIII.- The United Service Journal,

beautiful and just remarks. The “ Little Peddlington No. XXII. Parts I. and II.— The Asiatic Journal, Guide” is good ; so are “ A Tale of Bordeaux,” and “ The

Mr Galt has a manifesto in this and Monthly Register for British and Foreign India,

Prison Breaker." China, and Australia.

" It has been a rule New Series. No. X.-La

number-amiably characteristic. Belle Assemblée, No. LXX.

with me, not to notice publicly either favourable, igno

rant, or malicious criticism ;"—and these three are the ALTHOUGH we do not regularly notice the labours of only categories under which criticisms of Mr Gall's the periodical press, we keep a steady eye upon them, and works can be ranged ! Engaging modesty! muster them now and then, by way of calling their atten Blackwood contains one article, “ The Moors,” that tiou to the appalling fact. They are all getting con- would, “ cut out in little stars,” make the fortune of halffoundedly political, by which means they uniformly cheat a-dozen of the rest of the Magazines. The article on us, with whom it is matter of conscience to eschew all Bentley is also good, but we had enough of the old gensuch pestilent discussions, of at least one-half of the price tleman before. The rest of the Number is humdrum. we pay for them. If, indeed, they could say any thing to The Monthly Magazine goes on with unabated spirit. the purpose

But there's no use in grumbling. “ The Golden City" would have been excellent if it bad The Westminster Review is in great force this time. been a little curtailed. The “ Musing Musician" is a Metaphysics, biography, antiquities, criticism, travels, beautiful pendant to Milton's “ Penseroso;” “ The Irish medical disquisition, and politics, succeed each other with Priest and his Niece," and“ Father Murphy's Dream,”. abundant and pleasing variety. There is, too, a unity of are powerful, but we do not like to see imaginative litefeeling and principle running through all the articles, rature made polemical—this is to “clip an augel's wing." which, although little likely–from the exclusive creed of The minor articles are all good. the editors-to add to the popularity of the work, cer We regret that our first notice of so excellent a work tainly enbances its value. We like to see a constant re The United Service Journalmust necessarily be ference to first principles in writers of all kinds. The brief. We regard ourselves, however, as only leaving most laboured article is that which professes to discuss Mr our card at present-we will dine with the gentleman Mill's Analysis of the Human Mind. It is an able article, some of these days. The present number is double too, but rather manages to give the ostensible subject the charged, and consequently goes off with a devil of a crack. go-by. The first half discusses the importance of mental Part I. contains an interesting extract from an original and moral science; the last presents us with a view of the letter of General Burgoyne, descriptive of the battle of late physiological discoveries regarding the nervous system. Bunker's Hill. There is in Part II. an account of the One brief paragraph only is allotted to mental analysis burning of the colours of the second battalion of the in general, and Mr Mill's doctrines in particular ; and King's regiment, finely illustrative of the chivalrous even this short passage contains a glaring contradiction to spirit which animates our army.

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