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is a degree of pathos in some parts of the narrative which will make its way to every healt. For a proof of this we need only refer to the passage which describes the parting of the Cid from his wife Donna Ximena, and his daughters, which we quoted in p. 16 of this volume. The character of the Cid présents altogether one of the most pleasing pic:ures of chival. rous virtue, with which we are acquainred The historical account of the Charter house, by Mr. Smythe, will probably be gratifying to Carthusians; but its value might have been increased if the author could have obtained permission to consult.the original records of this excellent institution ; and if it had at the same time been enriched with biographical notices of all ihe men of genius, of learning, and science, whom that seminary of education has produced. -The narrative which Dr. Vaughan of Oxford, has published, of the siege of Zara. goza, exhibits a simple and luminous detail-of that ever me. morable event. The instances of patriotic devorion, which it records, are sufficient to kindle emocions of enthusiasm in the coldest breast. This small performance is at this time, par. ticularly valuable, because it shows that the genius of liberty can create resources in the most adverse circumstances, and that if the same spirit, which inspired the citizens of Zaragoza, had been felt in the other towns in Spain,' every Frenchman would long since have been put to the sword or expelled from the peninsula.-Mr.Chatfield's Review of the State of Hindostan is a highly judicious and erudite performance. It bears ample testimony io the learning, the discrimination, and the philanthropy of the author ; and it exhibits an instructive and agreeable account of the politics, the commerce, and the manners of Hindostan from the earliest times. The history of Cleveland in the northriding of the conty of. York, which has been written by Mr. Graves, contains no large portion either of instruction or amusement,
Of the works which we have to notice in the biographical dea partment--the first is Lord Woodhouselee's Lifeof Lord Kames. This ample work is a mine which contains a great deal of pure ore, though it is sometimes mixed with matter of a less valu. able kind. It comprehends, in some measure, à literary history of Scotland during more than half a century. We have noticed a few of the defects in the copious account which we have given of the work itself, and we shall not enlarge on them here. We have always more pleasure in commending ex.', cellences, than in censuring detects; and the two well fur.. nished volumes of Lord Woodhouselee contain much more that deserves eulogy than blame.-The Memoirs of Robert "App, Vol. 16.
Cary, earl of Monmouth written by himself, and the history of Queen Elizabeth's favourites, by Sir Robert Naunton, con. taip striking and characteristic pictures of the times. -Bancroft's life of General Washington contains few particulars which were not previously known, but it is perhaps not inferior in execution to any of the accounts of that truly great and amiable man which have hitherto appeared.
VOYAGES AND TRAVELS.
The picture of Valentia, by Christian Augustus Fischer,is a lively description of this enchanting part of Spain.-M. Fischer is one of those travellers who seldom suffers the attention of his reader to become languid and inert; he makes him in general a spectator of the scene, and communicates a portion of the interest which he himself felt. His diction is rather too florid, and his colouring too warm ; but these defects are perhaps more excusable in this than in most other species of composition. The rich views of nature, or the varied works of art, when the sensation of novelty is added to the interest, will cause the spectator when he endeavours to invest his ideas in the drapery of words, to employ those which are perhapsmore gorgeous and resplendent than a correct taste would admit, or. than the subject required.-Sir John Carr's Caledonian Sketches, of which we have given a copious account, contain a variety of amusing particulars which will render his book a plea. sant lounge in an idle hour.-In Burgoing's Modern State of Spain, we find a large mass of information relative to a country which, till the recent revolution, excited but little inte. rest, and was but little known in the rest of Europe.
Comber's ' Enquiry into the State of national Subsistence,' is. a sensible and useful work. It throws considerable light on some very intricace questions in political economy, and it proves in opposition to the anti-commercial theory that the supply of food is most defective and irregular in those countries which are purely agricultural. The letter which Sir Richard Phillips has addressed to the livery of London, contains much useful instruction to those who are destined to execute the important office of sheriff. The author has developed various abuses in the prisons of the metropolis, and has recommended some useful reforms, of which we hope to see the accomplishment for the honour of the country and for the alleviation of the sufferings of those, whose misery is usually most destitute of solace, and whose distress is always attended with circum. stances of bitter aggravation. In our number for March we
paid a good deal of attention to Mr. Wyvill's pamphlet on in. tolerance ; and we embraced that opportunity of explaining the ecclesiastical reformation which was patronized by the court in the glorious reign of King William III. but of which the execution was frustrated by the bigotry, the selfishness and the malice of some narrow-minded priests Mr. Wyvill deserves no common praise fr the constancy which he has exhibited amid numerous mortifications, violent opposition, and heart-rending disaspointments, in defending the cause of that civil and ecclesiastical reform which would perpetuate the constitution both in church and state. PHILOSOPHY, MORAL, PHYSICAL, AND META
The Philosophical Transactions for-1808, Parts I. and II. will be found analyzed in this volume. Many of the papers are important, and do honour to that truly venerable society. We have given particular attention to those of Mr. Davy, because they contain facts which are the most important of any which modern chemistry has brought to light. They open new views in all the sciences connected with analy. tical researches ; and they will assuredly confer immortality on the author, who is equally modest, industrious, and acute.
MEDICINE. Dr. Reece's "Medical Dictionary,' will be found a useful manual even by professional men for occasional reference and consultation ; but it is more particularly adapted for the use of the clergy and other benevolent persons who reside in the country, and are anxious to acquire a sufficient knowledge of pharmacy to enable them to minister relief to their sick and suffering fellow-creatures. Dr Uwins's • Modern Medicine,' does not contain any novelty of information ; but the author is an agreeable writer, and never provokes our contempt by his shallowness, though he does not excite our admiration by his profundity.--In his remarks on diseases and particularly consumption, Dr. Woolcombe has brought together a good deal of important information. He has displayed much industry and research, and has evinced a degree of candour and a love of truth, which are creditable to his understanding and his integrity.-Dr. Kentish deserves our praise for his Essay on warm and vapour Baths.
:: POETRY. The author of Fowling,'has produced a very pleasing poema
which is not only free from any infection of the prevail. ing bad taste, but is distinguished by many true and legitimate beauties. The author who is said to be a young man has fure nished an attractive specimen of poetical powers, which we hope that he will not suffer to wither in neglect, but cultivate with that constant care without which permanent excel. lence is seldom attained. - The poems of Miss Evance manifest sensibility, delicacy,and taste. -Mr. Cromek's Reliques of Robert Burns will undoubtedly grarify the numerous admirers of that enthusiastic son of song , though tiey will not make any addition to his stock of fame. We do not always approve the prevailing fashion of scraping together every line which ev'in genius wrote. The object is ofien not so much to do honour to the departed author as to make money by the impress of his name. We are far trom saying that this is the motive with Mr. Cromek, but the practice is too common not to deserve pointed reprobation.
In Amphlet's Ned Bently some of the characters are welldrawn, and the author, though he has lost sight of probability in many parts of his ficcion, has preserved a strict and scrupu. lous delicacy in his love scenes.-Geraldine Fauconberg is a correct and faithful picture of genteel life, and of what genteel life ought to be. The characters are easy, natural, and well-drawn; the lights and shades are properly varied, and the whole picture displays good keeping. We can with a safe conscience, recommend to our young female friends the imi. tation of the amiable Geraldine. Her winning gentleness, her retiring elegance, her steady judgment, exhibit an excellent example.- In her · Ida of Athens,' Miss Owenson has deli. neated the character of her heroine with a just and glowing pencil ; but we again request this ingenious lady in her future productions, to repress the luxuriance of her fancy and to guard against those vices of style which we have reluctantly noticed in her present performance. In a work entitled 'Co. lebs in search of a wife' we have noticed some trivial defects, but they are greatly out-numbered by the general merits of the performance. Some of the theological tenets are such as do not coincide with our own, but we cannot but highly commend any sincere attempt, such as this appears to be, to check the progress of fashionable dissipation and to promote the in. terest of virtue, and of piety.
.: The work entitled Juvenile Dramas' is a pleasing perform.
ance. The characters are delineated with delicacy and discri,
mination; and exhibit that refinement of manners and sobriety of thought, on what may be termed family matters, which it is of essential importance to impress on the minds of youth of the sof er sex - Hamilton's Parliamentary Logic proves that the aui hor was well acquainted with those qualifications which are requisire to con titute an accomplished and dexterous debater. In our account of this work we made an ample selec. tion of the rules which it contains. Many of the observations are as acute as they are just. - In his · Institutes of Latin Grammar,' Mr. Grant has evinced much thought, judgment, and experience.
In this Appendix we have omitted the Digest of Politics' in order to divote the space which it occupied, to what more immediately constitutes the office of a literary Review.