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books that has fallen under our notice, since the com but in the efforts of genius, and which, if it has seemed for mencement of our critical career. Every one is ac a season, indeed, to be under a heavy eclipse, is again hapquainted with the Dialogues on Natural Religion, writ- pily breaking forth into its genuine station, although it may ten by the acute, but cold-hearted Hume; the effect of that can be collected on this highest of all enquiries, and to
still be travelling through clouds. To throw all the light which was to excite in the mind of his readers the most point out its bearings on every other branch of knowledge, painful doubts in regard to the moral attributes, and and on all human improvement,-is surely an honourable hence, in regard to the existence, of the Divine Mind. attempt, at least, and bids fair to be useful; nor are you to Dr Morehead has resumed the subject, with the more suppose that it is one entirely forestalled, or on which new pious view of reducing the religion of nature to the prin- observations may not every day be produced. Here, in ciples of revelation, and of establishing the important truth, is the fountain of all meditation. It is only when fact, that all true philosophy must be founded on the be- Man, that we find them prolific of truly ennobling
we look with the eye of Religion upon Nature or upon lief and confidence which result from an enlightened tions; when we permit ourselves to be fettered under matheism. With this intention, he has replaced on the stage terial chains, we are then within limits which are for ever the dramatis persone of his predecessor; and we are ac- baffling and depressing us, and throwing a chill upon our cordingly once more delighted with the ingenuity of Philo, most vigorous exertions. no longer a reckless sceptic; with the calm philosophical
“ There is not, either, any great difficulty in this enqui. temper of Cleanthes ; and with the conclusive reasoning rx, nor does it presuppose any high gifts or endowments, of Pamphilus, whose knowledge and reflection have been although none can be exercised well, it deprived of its in
fluence. much improved by a long residence in foreign countries.
It presupposes only simplicity of thought and
great good faith-a mind that opens to the impressions of The subjects upon which Dr Morehead has employed truth, when they rise before it, and that uses no ingenuity the heroes of his Dialogues are sufficiently profound; re to stifle them. This is all which is required ; and, even in lating to the very elements and basis of human know- fallen man, this may, in a certain degree, be found, although, ledge; to the origin of all belief as it respects this world
no doubt, the consciousness of the illusions which are, in his and the next; and to the ultimate authority for those present state, so constantly perverting bim, ought to make perceptions and reasonings upon which mankind have tion by which alone his spirit may be restored to a perva
him cling eagerly to that high source of light and purificaagreed to rest all the practical maxims of life. In the
ding sense of the Divine presence. discussions which ensue, we frequently meet with the « Simple, however, and sublime as this glorious theme eloquence of Hume, combined with his ingenuity; while must be confessed to be, are you not aware, my friend, that we enjoy throughout the purer satisfaction which arises there is none less steadily present to the soul of man?—and from the exposure of sophistry, and from the develope- do you not think that, in whatever way the sentiments of ment of the most important truths. We think the au. religion can be rendered profitable and lovely, it is certainly thor is particularly happy in the application of a princi- the current of the world, and, in the weak apprehension of
not the part of her friends timidly to resign themselves to ple which has been too much overlooked by mere aspiring seeming obtrusive or austere, to suffer opportunities to pass philosophers; namely, the conviction under which all which might awaken the careless to reflection, or might men begin to examine the material world, that it is a moderate the passions of worldly minds? system bearing the marks of design, and consequently the “ There are views of Christianity, too, which might be work of an intelligent Being who continues to superin- inculrated without offence to any one. Its happy influence tend its movements. On this ground, he explains most
on society, the beautiful simplicity of its origin, the pure satisfactorily the confidence which the human being feels in character of its author and of its first preachers, are topics reference to the constitution of nature, and the unbroken which might be rendered very delightful and interesting,
even in the social hour; at least I can conceive this, and regularity of its procedure. There is not, he justly main- have sometimes regretted that there is no such character, tains, a nation so savage, as not to form a conception of now and then, in the world, as a Christian Socrates-a man the world as being one thing, and constructed upon one who, with a full persuasion of religion in his own mind, great and infinite scheme ; nor even a child that has made should lay himself out to make it agreeable in society, by any observations upon the scene of nature, who has not got showing its connexion with every virtue and every praise.' the habit of tying together in his mind the scattered ap- misapprehensions, even a playful and good-bumoured irony,
There is surely a method of softening prejudices, removing pearances of the universe, and of contemplating them as
which might be brought to play upon this fine subject, in one connected whole. The principles then, which con- the Socratic method, amidst the familiarity of conversation ; duct to the most perfect conclusions of religion, are not and, till something of this kind be done, I doubt whether recondite truths which it requires meditation and study to religion will ever make a suitable progress among the freer discover, but are such that it is impossible for a rational order of spirits. At present, it comes before men under the being to miss them.
dogmatical form of doctrine, because they seldom hear of it The same sound views enable Dr Morehead to throw but from the pulpit; and, of course, it becomes a part of much valuable light upon what are called the fundamen- because people do not like to be reminded of their catechism.
good breeding to keep it in the background in conversation, tal laws of human belief. It has been usual among phi- In the meantime, how
many are there, of good and virtulosophers to ascribe such impressions to instinct, to cus ous men too, at least as man may be judged of by man, who tom, or to an experience of which the commencement are really almost unprovided with any ideas or sentiments cannot be traced in the history of the human mind. But of a religious nature, and who go through life amidst, perDr Morehead, with much less pretension of research, ac- baps, much external decency, and not without many good counts for the trust or belief in question, by a reference qualities and feelings, with yet scarcely a thought beyond to that perception of design in the works of creation which thing to be done for these men ? are they to be left unen
the pursuits or enjoyments of the passing hour; and is noevery sane mind necessarily forms: “ If the term in- lightened on that noblest of all subjects, which, in many stinct,” says he, “ is to be applied to this belief, I may cases, too, may be precluded from entering their minds by not much object to the expression, if it is admitted to be some slight prejudice of no very difficult removal ?" an instinct of reason, but I see no necessity for having re The reader will find in the Dialogues, much learned course to the term instinct at all : it is simpler to suppose discussion on the Being of God; on the existence of the that the conception of a plan or design in nature, is fol- Material World ; on the Relation of Cause and Effect ; lowed by an instantaneous belief that the plan will con
on the Principles of Morality; and on the source and autinde."
thority of Natural Religion, as distinguished from the The object of this instructive and captivating work is doctrines of revelation. Such colloquies admit not of well explained by the author in his dedication to Mr Jef- abridgement or extract. On the contrary, they must be frey, his distinguished friend and relative :
read with the utmost care, as the chain of reasoning is " The subject matter of it is, in one word, Religion—that so closely and ingeniously constructed, that no link can be inspiring theme, which, in happier times, was at the foun- left out without destroying the connexion between the dation of all that was elevated and pure, not only in morals, premises and the conclusion. The ninth and tenth Dia
logues which turn on the history and spirit of the two hundred pages, containing ten excellent Sermons, Christian religion, are interesting in a very high degree ; illustrative of the subjects handled in the former part of in proof of which we beg attention to the following fine the volume. These discourses were well worthy of a passage :
separate publication, and hence we regret to see them oc“ I will own to you, then, that my faith in the divine cupying a place comparatively so subordinate and secondorigin of the gospel is never so strong as when I happen to ary. That, however, is a consideration which does not look at a map of the world, and recollect very casually the properly belong to the critic, whose strictures do not exhistory of the human race. I put my finger upon the small tend to the sacred mysteries which regulate the interdistrict of Judea ; I recollect that eighteen hundred years ago, in that little region, there inhabited a singular, retired, course between author and bookseller. We, therefore
, morose sort of a people if you will, but still a nation which, conclude our remarks, by reminding the reader that, in by some means or other, were not idolaters. I cast my eye perusing these Dialogues, he must not ascribe to the writer, round upon every other corner of the earth; I see super as his own sentiments, the opinions and reasoning which stitions of the most hateful and degrading kind darkening he puts into the mouth of his sceptical collocutors. Both all the prospects of man, and corrupting his moral nature Philo and Cleanthes, though moderate men upon the in its source; I see some of these nations far advanced in whole, support certain doctrines, and advance various many accomplishments of understanding, and many virtues of character, yet unable to shake off the tremendous load of hypotheses which Dr Morehead must not be supposed to error by which they were pressed down, and irregular ac
countenance for a single moment. In fact, he mentions cordingly, and capricious, both in the management of their these only for the purpose of confuting them, and of re. reason, and in the direction of their affections. I see this commending in their place the adoption of a sounder little spot of Palestine, despised and scorned by those proud faith, built upon the foundation of Christian principles ; nations who could not for a moment have conjectured that and yet, such is the stupidity of some folk, and the ma any thing which it could offer them, would have had the lignity of others, that we should not be greatly surprised slightest influence on their condition. I now see, in that despised country, a teacher arise from the lower orders of to see our valued correspondent held up as a scorner mori the people, who was himself no less disregarded by his bitter than Voltaire, and as an unbeliever more insidiou countrymen, than his country was contemned by the rest
than Hume. Let such readers have recourse to the of the world. No matter ; bis instructions made their way, Minute Philosophy of the celebrated Bishop Berkeley, i and though he himself perished in the cause, yet his fol- publication universally regarded as one of the ablest de lowers, men, too, of no remarkable powers of inind, carried fences of Christianity, and they will see at once a mod his doctrines into other nations; and in no long period and a warrant for the eloquent work which we now re all the splendid apparatus of superstition fell before them. What do I see now? The little pin-point of Judea swell
commend to their attention. ing out to embrace one half-of the globe—by what means? not by force of arms, but by the progress of opinion. All the nations of Europe, one after the other, Greek; Ro Legendary Ballads, by Thomas Moore, Esq., arrange man, Barbarian, glory in the name of this humble Gali
with Symphonies and Accompaniments, by Henry R lean,-armies greater than those which Xerxes led to the Bishop. London. J. Power. subjugation of Greece, swarming into Asia only to get
We have been favoured with one of the earliest copie possession of his sepulchre,-a new world added to his dominion; and at this hour, the east and the west, the north of this elegant work which has yet reached Scotland." ] and the south, throwing down their treasures before his contains twelve new songs by the best song-writer thi manger ! How is all this?-are the whole human race country has ever produced. The airs, all of which ar gone mad?-or is it only a few philosophers, who will not good, and some extremely beautiful, are selected from vi see with the eyes of other men, to whom that epithet is rious sources, with the exception of one by Bishop, an more justly due? At least, Cleanthes, (for if I gain this, I another by Mrs Robert Arkwright. The volume is fa gain almost all that I am concerned about.) is there not ther enriched by a set of very spirited drawings in illu something in this representation to make the philosophers be a little modest in their criticisms, and to exercise a little tration of the ballads. The work has reached us too la of that suspense of judgment which they are so much given in the week to permit of our entering into a very minu in other cases to recommend? Is it fit that they should account of its contents; but we have much pleasure i treat with contempt those whose minds are swayed with extracting several of the songs, which, like every thil this remarkable and unprecedented view of things, sup- that comes from Moore's pen, must be highly interestii posing Christianity had no other proof in its support? If to our readers. the opinions of Socrates had made so great a progress, and ballad, entitled,
We begin with the following beautif had so lasting an effect, would not you have been ready to contend that there was some kind of Divinity about So · crates ?
“ They told her, that he to whose sweet voice she listend “ In vain will you tell me that the history of the Maho Through night's fleeting hours, was a spirit unblest; metan religion is equally wonderful! Mahomet was a con- Unholy the eyes that beside her had glistend, queror, and in that particular is not more remarkable than And evil the lips she in darkness had prest. Alexander. The means by which his influence was extended were, therefore, sufficiently obvious. The influence “When next in thy chamber the bridegroom reclineth, of his religion itself I cannot but impute, chietly, to the Bring near him thy lamp when in slumber he lies, previous influence of Christianity. The great blow had And there, as the light o'er bis dark features shineth, been already struck against idolatry and superstition,-men Thou'lt see what å demon hath won all thy sighs.' were prepared to believe that there might be a teacher from heaven,--and it was not, therefore, a great stretch of belief,
“ Too fond to believe them, yet doubting, yet fearing, to suppose there might be a second as well as a first, -or to When calm lay the sleeper, she stole with her light; suppose him the minister of God, who came with the venge- | And saw-such a vision ! no image appearing ance of an invincible arm. The marvel in Christianity is,
To bards in their day-dreams was ever so bright. that it went on step by step without much effort of human ability, and without any previous attempt of the same kind. “ A youth but just passing from childhood's sweet mornit Moses gave a religion to a single nation. What a new idea Whose innocent bloom had not yet fled away; to give a religion to the whole world! How unaccountable While gleams from beneath his shut eyelids gave warnir that this plan should bave been carried into effect, without Of summer noon lightnings that under them lay. almost any thing being done for it except declaring that it should be done! God said, • Let there be light, and there “ His brow had a grace more than mortal around it, was light.' The author of Christianity said, “Let my re While, glossy as gold from a fairy land mine, ligion be spread over the world, and it was spread.'"- His sunny hair hung, and the flowers that crown'd it P. 242-6.
Seem'd fresh from the breeze of some garden divine. Besides the Preliminary Enquiry and the Dialogues'on Entranced stood the bride, on that miracle gazingNatural and Revealed Religion, there is an Appendix of What late was but love, is idolatry now;
CUPID AND PSYCHE.
THE MAGIC MIRROR.
But, ah-in her tremor that fatal lamp raising
“ The maiden she smiled, and in jewels array'd her, A sparkle flew from it, aud dropp'd on his brow.
Of thrones and tiaras already dreamt she;
And proud was the step, as her bridegroom convey'd her “ All's lost-with a start from his rosy sleep waking, In pomp to his home, of that high-born Ladye.
The spirit flash'd o'er her his glances of fire ;
Here's nought but a tomb and a dark cypress tree :
Is this the bright palace in which thou wouldst wed me?' ** Farewell—what a dream thy suspicion hath broken! With scorn in her glances, said the high-born Ladye.
Thus ever affection's fond vision is crost;
Then lifted his helm for the fair one to see;
But she sunk on the ground-'twas a skeleton's features, More playful, but not less delightful, is
And Death was the Bridegroom of the high-born Ladye!"
The last song in the volume is perhaps, upon the whole, " • Come, if thy magic glass have power To call up forms we sigh to see;
our favourite of all. There is a melancholy tenderness Show me my love in that rosy bower,
in it, reminding us of its gifted author's happiest efforts : Where last she pledged her truth to me.'
“ Come, list while I tell of the heart-wounded stranger, “ The wizard show'd his lady bright,
Who sleeps her last slumber in this haunted ground, Where love and pale in her bower she lay;
Where often at midnight the lonely wood-ranger •True-hearted maid,' said the happy knight,
Hear's soft fairy music re-echo around. • She's thinking of one who is far away.'
“ None e'er knew the home of that heart-stricken lady, “ But lo! a page, with looks of joy,
Her language, though sweet, none could e'er understand; Brings tidings to the laddy's ear;
But her features so sunn'd, and ber eye-lash so shady, ''Tis,' said the knight, the same bright boy
Bespoke her a child of some far Eastern land.
« 'Twas one summer night, when the village lay sleeping, « The lady now, from her favourite tree,
A soft strain ot' melody came o'er our ears ;
So sweet, but so mournful, half-song and half-weeping; • Such,' he exclaimed, ' was the gift that she
Like music that sorrow had steep'd in her tears.
“ We thought 'twas an anthem some angel had sung us“She gives her page that blooming rose,
But soon as the day-beams had gush'd from on high, With looks that say, “Like lightning fly!
With wonder we saw this bright stranger among us, *Thus,' thought the knight, she soothes her woes,
All lovely and lone as if stray'd from the sky.
“ Nor long did her life for this sphere seem intended, “But the page returns, and-oh! what a sight
For pale was her cheek with that spirit-like hue,
Which comes when the day of this world is nigh ended, Leads to that bower another knight,
Aud light from another already shines through.
“ Then her eyes when she sung,-oh! but once to have seen "• Such,' quoth the youth, “is woman's love !'
them, Theu darting forth with furious bound,
Left thoughts in the soul that can never depart; Dash'd at the warrior his iron glove,
While her looks, and ber voice, made a language between And strew'd it all in fragments round.
That spoke more than holiest words to the heart. “ Such ill would never have come to pass,
“ But she pass'd like a day-dream-no skill could restore Hlad he ne'er sought that fatal view;
Whate'er was her sorrow, its ruin was fast;
She died with the same spell of mystery o'er her, There is something particularly chivalric and wild in That song of past days on her lips to the last. the following ballad :
“ Nor even in the grave is her sad heart reposing, THE HIGH-BORN LADYE.
Still hovers her spirit of grief round her tomb; “ In rain all the knights of the Underwald woo'd her,
For oft when the shadows of midnight are closing,
The same strain of music is heard through the gloom.” sued her,
We feel confident that this delightful volume will, ere But none was found worthy of the high-born Ladye. long, be found in every drawing-room where the combined
charms of music and poetry are duly appreciated. « • Whomsoever I wed,' said this maid so excelling,
That knight must the conqueror of conquerors be; He must place me in halls fit for monarchs to dwell in,
The Manners of the Day. In 3 vols. 8vo. London, None else shall be bridegroom of the high-Lorn Ladye!'
Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. 1830. “ Thus spoke the proud damsel, with scorn looking round This is a work by an author of considerable power, her,
but stained with all the worst affectations of the class to On knights and on nobles of highest degree;
which it belongs. It is scarcely worth our while to be Who humbly and hopelessly left as they found her,
angry with these books now; for their career is nearly And sigh'd, at a distance, for the high-born Ladye.
Instead, therefore, of immolating “ The Manners * At length came a knight, from a far land to woo her,
of the Day," as we at one time intended, we content ourWith plumes on his helm, like the foam of the sea; selves by remarking, that its author is a clever workman, His vizor was down-but with voice that thrill'd through in a vein that has been opened up by another,—one who, her,
though not endowed with much wit of his own, can catch He whisper'd his greeting to the high-born Ladye.
up what is flying, and retail it in his own way, for the Proud maiden ! I come with high spousals to grace thee, benefit of those who have not already heard it. In me the great conqueror of conquerors see;
Towards the end of the first volume, the author inEnthroped in a hall fit for monarchs I'll place thee,
dulges in a sneer at the “ gentlemen of the press.” Of And mine thou'rt for ever, thou high-born Ladye! this, from him, we cannot approve. If the word be taken
in its widest acceptation, he is himself one of the class he all those merry who are sad : very delightful to read, for attacks,-a person who tries to amuse the public, through to make laughter in long winters' nights, but more pleasant the medium of the press, in hopes of obtaining some re on summer dayes.” Not having, at this moment, however, muneration. If it be restricted, as it sometimes is, to access to the University of Cambridge, we cannot enjoy the designate the furnishers of newspaper intelligence, he full benefit of Mr Hartshorne's labours ; but we can easily adds the sin of ingratitude to that of bad taste, seeing that see that he has produced a work which, to the Cambridge he has derived from them the whole materials of his work, student, must be of the highest utility, as well as to all
- for all he knows of fashionable life, is gathered from those who have ever an opportunity of visiting that Unithe fragmentary pieces of knowledge, picked up by that versity. He treats, first, of the Public Library,—of the industrious part of the community, as they stand hud- early copies of the Classics it contains, of the books dled up among chairs and coaches, to catch a glimpse of printed by the Alduses, by Asulanus, by Manutius, by the beau monde leaving a route. The truth is, that the William Caxton, by Wynkyn de Worde, and by various term “ gentlemen of the press,” is used with a degree of other printers. He then takes, in succession, the King's undue latitude; but this fate is common to it, with the Library, the Pepysian, Trinity Library, St John's Liuncompounded word “gentleman,” which is now-a-days brary, and concludes with a catalogue of the paintings and applied with scarcely less liberality. It is indeed difficult drawings bequeathed to the University, in 1818, by the to determine what line of conduct, and what kind of exter- late Lord Viscount Fitzwilliam. The work contains nal appearance, incapacitate a person from being termed much curious and important antiquarian information, “a gentleman.” The race course is proverbially privileged. We once heard“ a gentleman" of good birth and breeding, and a clergyman to the bargain, coolly exclaim,—“Oh! in Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country. No. II
. a horse, you know, a man would cheat his own father.” It
March, 1830. London. James Fraser. has also recently been established by the most satisfactory The London University Magazine, from October, 1829 to experiments, that one gentleman" may cheat at cards,
January, 1830. Volume I. London. Hurst, Chance, and that another may commence an expensive establish
and Co. Pp. 384. ment, purchase houses and lands, and lead the fashion with Had we been subscribers to Fraser's Magazine, we an empty pocket, and when he finds the bubble about to should have stopped our subscription as soon as we re burst, borrow a few thousands, and march off with them. ceived No. II. It contains several articles most vulgar If such persons are gentlemen, we should like to know and despicable, written apparently by the toad-eaters and who is not a “gentleman.” We were one night return- underlings of Leigh Hunt, if it be possible for Leigt ing along Prince's Street, to our bachelor domicile, and Hunt to have any underlings. In particular, the first seeing a crowd collected at a crossing, our innate thirst for article, upon Moore's Life of Byron, inspires us with knowledge prompted us to stop and enquire the cause. unqualified disgust. It is composed in the very worsi “ Och,” replied a figure, with something on his head spirit of Cockney malevolence and low-bred envy. Neis which had once been a hat, and a coat which, though it ther is the review of Bowring's Poetry of the Magyar might have been black in days long past, exhibited now a much better; and all the other articles, which are not predominant hue of reddish brown, probably from the ope- positively objectionable in point of sentiment, are insuf ration of the hod—“ Och ! sir, it's only the police carry- ferably dull in point of execution. We spoke leniently ing off a fellow, that attacked me and another gentleman!" | of this new periodical on its first appearance; but we We invite our contemporaries, and also Mr Stone, the ce now see that it has a taint of vulgarity, and, we fear, lebrated anti-phrenologist, to join in the curious enquiry, something worse, which inevitably dooms it to perpetual to whom this appellation is or is not applicable. A large obscurity. induction alone can settle what class precisely is compre The London University Magazine is conducted by some hended under it.
young men attending that seminary. It is respectable
but rather heavy. Though scholar-like, it is not quite The Book, Rarities in the University of Cambridge. n- so redolent of genius as we could have wished. Never lustrated by Original Letters and Notes, Biographical, destined, ere many years elapse, to distinguish themselve
theless, we doubt not that some of its contributors an Literary, and Antiquarian. By the Rev. C. H. Harts
in a wider arena. horne, M. A. London. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green. 1830. Royal 8vo. Pp. 559. The ink of the learned, says the Koran, is more pre
The Young Cook's Assistant ; or, Guide to inexperience cious than the blood of martyrs; and the mass of learning
Housewives and Servants ; upon an Economical Plan
containing Directions and Receipts, adapted for a Fe which reposes on the dusty shelves of the University of Cambridge, exceeds all computation. We have here, bow
mily in the Middle Rank of Life. Edinburgh. Waugl
and Innes. 1830. 18mo. Pp. 127. ever, a costly and elegant volume, illustrated by a number of finely-executed engravings, devoted exclusively to the “ The author of this small unpretending volume," say object of bringing to light biblical curiosities, which might the Preface, “ found a great want, at the beginning of he otherways never more have been heard of, but which both married life, of some simple directions to give to a youn; the scholar and the antiquarian will now delight to ex. inexperienced servant;-that want, as faras she knows, ha amine. Although we confess there is not to us the never been supplied. Although there are many excellen same charms in the hieroglyphical mark of three R's, de- books of cookery, they are all more adapted to those in th noting rarissime, tbat there was to Dominie Sampson, higher ranks of life, with servants that have some expe and still is to many worthy gentlemen now living,—yet rience in the art ; but, as far as her knowledge extende we are fully prepared to appreciate the important labours nothing has appeared that can be materially useful to th of those “ qui ante nos nostra dixerunt.” When, there young mistress of a family, who has had little opportuni fore, we light upon an old folio, such as “ The Prouffyta- ties of observation under the parental roof, and with ble Boke for Manes Soule, and right comfortable to the young inexperienced country servant, who has never seei Body, and specyally in adversite and tribulacyon, which any thing but the simplest fare, sent up in the most home Boke is called the Chastysing of Goddes Chylılren,” we ly manner. To the young wife, therefore, in the middl invariably peruse it with that veneration which its anti- rank of life, this book is respectfully dedicated by the au quity demands. Nor are we less pleased suddenly to pick thor.” There is something feasible and good in this idea up, in some unexpected corner, a racy and most Methu- and we have already received the assurances of several el salem-like duodecimo, such as, “ A Merry Dialogue be- derly ladies, that they have experienced much comfort is tween Andrew and his sweet heart Joan, written to make the perusal of this little volume.
Its instructions, the
say, are simple and judicious, and drawn up with a high- but to walk in and be introduced to Demosthenes, Xenoly praiseworthy attention to genteel economy. We can, phon, Sallust," and the rest. There are, besides, many Burselves, see that the receipts are numerous, and have a little boys, and not a few elderly gentlemen, to whom, very tempting appearance, embracing directions for mar- when they are poring over some crabbed old author, a keting, soups and broth, fish, meats, poultry, vegetables, translation is a perfect godsend. Much, therefore, will sauces, pastry and puddings, custards and creams, jellies, this part of the population of Great Britain and Ireland pickles, cakes, wines, sundry small dishes, how to salt delight in the labours of Mr Valpy. More seriously, this
meat, directions for carving, and various miscellaneous is a work which reflects great credit upon its talented and | receipts. We confess we are more conversant with the amiable editor.
art of eating than of cooking ; yet we have an impression that this small volume is well calculated to soften the as.
Letters to Dr Robert Hamilton, in refutation of the Erroperities of domestic life, and to give an additional attrac
neous and Heretical Doctrines, &c. &c. Edinburgh. tion to the dinner-table of the married man.
W. Oliphant. 1830. Pp. 150.
Here is another heresy-monger, yclept Dr Robert Conrersations upon Comparative Chronology and General Hamilton, who, from being a curer of bodies/having rụn History, from the Creation of the World to the Birth of aground for want of practice—has taken to curing souls Christ. London. Longman, Rees, Orme, and Co. in a new and original manner. His doctrines, in point 1830. 8vo. Pp. 480.
of extravagance and absurdity, beat the dogmas of the Row We have looked over this book with much satisfaction. people hollow. The writer of the pamphlet, the fifth We know of none better calculated both to interest the part of the title of which we have quoted above, is “a youthful reader, and, at the same time, to impart to him Baptist,” who has set himself seriously to the work of resubstantial knowledge of the sciences of which it treats.
futation, and brought forth a closely-printed brochure of In a modest and well-written Preface, the author, with
150 pages, which we would not read for the world. Dr whose name, we regret to say, we are unacquainted, thus Robert Hamilton declares, on the honour
of a gentleman describes the object he has had in view, and the plan he and the Sabbath are abrogated on this earth for ever! He
and the faith of a Christian, that the Ten Commandments bas pursued :
" In giving a conversational character to the fruits of re- has got, we believe, about forty converts ; some people searches so dry as those of History, and especially those of call them convicts—that is, they are convicted of the truth Chronology, are often considered, the aim, uniformly pur- of Dr Hamilton's luminous conceptions. To these forty sued, has been to recommend them to attention, by making disciples, and a host of idlers and others, the worthy Doc
the substance, as well as the shape, available for amusement tor holds forth, we are told, every Sabbath evening, in r and pleasure, and, at the same time, for solid information, some ball within the precincts of this city. The follow
and for the culture of moral and religious feelings. The means, as must be obvious, to be resorted to for such a pur- principally old women, cidevant governesses, and shoe
ers, or those who have embraced his unique ideas, are pose, consist, in the first place, in enlivening and adorning the thread of historical narrative, and list of chronological makers' wives; and, as far as their opinions go, there is epochs, by adverting, from moment to moment, to some of no such man upon earth as Dr Robert Hamilton, the more striking details, agreeably or otherwise impressive, of the various incidents recorded; and, as a second resource of a similar kind, and even as a distinguishing feature of A New and Comprehensive Topographical Dictionary. the work, the comparison or parallel of dates has been kept
By John Gorton, Editor of the General Biographical constantly in view, so as to tix the surer regard upon the Dictionary. Nos. I. and II. London. Chapman several eras of persons or events, living, or occurring simul and Hall. 1830. taneously, in different parts of the world; because nothing can more embellish either Chronology or History, or, by
This appears to be a tasteful, cheap, and useful work. aid of the imagination, can more contribute to enchain the It is to be comprised in forty-two monthly Numbers, memory, than the recalling of coincidences, often the least closely printed in octavo, double columns, in a clear and suspected, of the times of celebrated persons, or of great na- legible type. Each Number is to contain a quarto map, tional events, in regions of the earth the most removed from engraved by Sydney Hall. Judging by the specimens each other, and among nations the most estranged, and most now before us, it will be the fullest and most accurate Todissimilar."
pographical Dictionary yet published. We have no hesitation in saying, that the author has, in the work itself, amply redeemed the hopes held out in Select Orations of Demosthenes ; with Notes, Critical and the Preface. The volume, altogether, is an elementary work of a most judicious and valuable description.
Explanatory. To which are added (prefixed) Leland's
E. H. Barker, Esq. London. Baldwin & Co. 1830. The Family Classical Library. Nos. I. II. and III.
8vo. Pp. 276. Leland's Demosthenes—Rose's Sallust—and Spelman's The editor of this volume is a scholar who evidently Xenophon. Edited and printed by A. J. Valpy. Lon- searches deeply, examines carefully, and decides only on don. Colburn & Bentley. 1830.
conviction. The text has been very minutely collated We do not know why we have not noticed sooner this which are rather explanatory than critical, will be found
with the best editions of Demosthenes; and the notes,' cheap and elegant little work. Its intention is to present useful both by the student and instructor. The Orations us with the best translations of all the best classical authors. Its circulation will, of course, be much more li- selected are the first Philippic, the first, second, and third mited than Miscellanies which embrace a more varied Olynthiac, the Oration on the Peace, the Oration of range of subjects; but it will form a complete and valu
Æschines against, and that of Demosthenes for, Ctesiable work in itself, and will supply the desideratum of a
phon. uniform edition of all the most celebrated of the Greek and Roman writers in an English dress. For ourselves, Steamers v. Stages; or, Andrew and his Spouse; a we confess that, having acquired some knowledge of the
humorous Poem. By the Author of “ York and Lanoriginals, we are not much addicted to translations. But
caster.” Illustrated with six Engravings, after the
London. designs of Robert Cruikshank.
William there are many persons to whom Greek is nothing more nos less than Heathen Greek, and to whom Latin is no
Kidd. 1830. better than High Dutch ;-to them the door of informa This is an amusing enough jeu-d'esprit, containing a tion is now unlocked, and for the small and easy charge punning poem, and some clever caricatures by George of four-and-sixpence per month, they have nothing to do Cruikshank's brother.