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in Two Ass.' By John Murdoch,

joyed, for above twenty years, all 2 vols. 12mo. 6s. Bew.

' the blessings which could now from

an almoft- uninterrupted peace. HOUGH there is much fingu. • Beloved by his fubje&ts, dreaded by

larity in the style of these pro- “his foes, respected by his neighductions, they are by no means defti- • bours beyond all the other princes tute of merit.

' of Asia, did Nourgehan enjoy the For the hints which gave

birth to

god-like praise of being at once a the Danger of the Pallions, as well as to great and an upright monarch. the Adventures of a Friend of Truth, • His favourite diversion was the Mr. Murdoch, confesses himself in- chace, particularly that of the beasts debted to two fugitive French mor: • of prey; and in this he indulged, ceaux; the Embarrafiments of Love, not merely because it afforded a and the little drama of the Double scope to his courage, but because it Disguise, (the latter of which was tended also to destroy the most danmerely written for the purpose of a dos gerous enemies to the flocks of his mestic exhibition) are to be considered • subjects. as in every respect our author's own. • Often would he quit the palace

As we have mentioned what may • of Mouab, and climb the mounbe fuppofed to amount to an objec- ' tains of Masfa, in dauntlefs detion to this gentleman's style; it will fiance of the fierce tyger, and of the be proper to obferve, that though we mighty lion.-Those mountains I notice a peculiarity in his language, " then inhabited, in the humble, we ftialnot charge him with want I though happy, condition of a hepof sense: he has, to be sure, in some - herd. I had numbered my fiveplaces made what we think


vio. ''and-twentieth year; had received lent tranfpofitions; but perhaps this ' an education sáperior to what geityle, if not carried quite so high, nerally falls to the lot of my station; would be less improper for most of " and was, at all the feats of heroiç his present fabjects, than at first fight exertion, accounted the most expert may appear; and, as it evidently par- youth in the whole country: takes of the genius of the French One day, the king having out. language, it may on that account stripped his attendants in the pur. have it's admirers. For our own ? suit of a furious wolf, arrived at parts, we are willing to acknowledge, • the very place where I was employed that many of this gentleman's periods in watching my flock, are to as not unpleasing.

6 der I beheld him affail the beast The following extracts from the alone; and as I had never seen Adventures of a Friend of Truth, Nourgehan-in whose garb there will furnish specimens of our author's was nothing now by which he manner, and probably afford enter- might be diftinguished from one of tainment to most readers.

the emirs in his retinue. I flew to By leaving out some of the less im- his assistance, unconscious that he portant parts of the narrative, but was my sovereign. without altering a single fyllable of · Armed both for annoyance and the language, we shall endeavour to defence, with my trusty javelin I comprize in these extracts, a con- happily flew the wolf; at the very nected account of · The History of a moment too, in which the prince, Courtier, virtuous though disgraced, unequal to the conteft, becaufe al and though disgraced, yet happy;'as're- ready overcome with fatigue, must lated to Candidas, the Friend of Truth. otherwise have fallen a victim to

• Under the sceptēr'--resumed Al- the rage of his merciless antagonist, faleh after a short pause-under the -Nourgehan expressed to me, all.

scepter of the magnanimous Nour. *. the gratitude of a generous, an ex. gehan, the kingdom of Yemen en. alted soul; and at length-pleased

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with my answers-he aked, if I which vainly he frove to conceal, had never thought of presenting

he said to me, " Adieu, thou myself at court.

“ brave, thou virtuous youth!- Too "Atcourt!” exclaimed I-'alas! " much love halt thou for thy king,

what thould I do at court? -A « not to experience his friendship; “ ftranger to ambition, a stranger " and ere long wilt thou hear from to avarice, in the culture of this

" him."spot of ground, and in the care of • Having thought nothing farther " that little Hock, I find an ample .s of whét had passed at this inter

gratification of all my wishes, an • view-for, ignorant as I was of “ ample provision for all my wants.- · Courts, I knew too much of them, “ The king, great as he is in power, • however, to pay a moment's atten“ can add nothing to the felicity of ition to what a Courtier might tell

2 man, whole fole object is, to me--I was not a little astonished, “ live in a state of peaceful obscurity; the next morning, to receive a

to render himself in that state use. ' mellage from the king, command“ ful; and-as the occupation dear- ing my immodiare attendance at the " eft to his heart-to cheris, in the foot of the throne.

evening of life, a helpless Father. On being u hered into the royal “ -All these blessings here do I pos- presence, I threw myself proftrate is fess on my native mountains; and before my sovereign; and thus I were I not facisfied with them, in ' remained, till, with his own hands, “ vain should I search for happiness he raised me from the ground. «6 elsewhere."

" Shepherd,” said he, with an air “ But,” resumed Nourgehan," if of grac ous affability, which never you were to go to Mouab, the • forsook Nourgehan, and which king, perhaps, whose benevolence s seemed to diffufe around his throne is not unkrown, might"

• an additional lustre-“Shepherd, Unknown!eagerly, but rudely " I am he, of whose life, at the peril

interrupted - No: even in " of thy own, thou wait yesterday " these desarts the benevolence of " the preserver. Wert thou a man

Nourgehan is our constant theme. “ of vulgar mould, with riches, and

-Are we to be told, that it is to “ with empty titles, would I acquit " him-that it is to the love he bears my obligations to thee; but from

to his people we are indebted, " the dignity of thy mind, from the " under Heaven, for all the comforts contempt with which thou lookeft " we enjoy !-Is not Nourgehan the “ down on opulence and grandeur, « friend, the benefactor, the father, I pronounce thee worthy-more " of his people!-As such, at every " than worthy-to be my chief coun“ setting fun, do we not, with one 56 sellour.-In the character of Vizir, “ accord, fervently offer up prayers, " then, henceforth fhalt thou coso that the days of our sovereign may operate with me in the prosecution “ be long !-that still his reign may

" of such measures as may yet more s he prosperous !--that he may leave “ promote the happiness of my peo“ behind him, to rule over our most ple, yet more conciliate to me their

remote posterity, children who shall 16 perpetuate his virtues!''

• In a country like Yemen-where I spoke with all the ardour of a one glance of royalty is fufficient to • loyal enthusiasm; nor could the .. elevate a subject to the summit of • prince suppress the transports with • honour, or to plunge him into an .. which through that enthusiasm he • abyss of infamy-a choice fo preci

was agitated. - Never, it is evident, pitate, and, apparently, fo preposte. r could he have received a stronger rous also, is hardly producive of

assurance of the fincerity with which • wonder. shę was praised'; and with tears, Raised as I now was to a situaVOL. III.


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• tion in which so much good, and patriotism, and courage, that I • fo much evil, might be done, never • found myself subjrcted to the hea• did I court the favour of my royal vy charge of having set at defiance

master, but by endeavours to merit, the royal authority.

at the same time, the affections of • Displeased at my firmnessor ra* his people.--Between their interests • ther, as he had been taught to be• and his-conceiving them to be ef- • lieve it, my contumary—the king too

sentially the fame-I ftrove not to readily listened to this foul afper« make the smallest distinction; nor •fion; and many days had not elapsed • did I ever dare to substitute my ca

6 when I received orders to accomprice, or my will, in the place of 'pany Bostam in his exile. « the established laws of the realm

of the spot to which we should • laws, however, of which I scrupled retire, happily, the choice was left

not, on all occasions, to moderate ' to ourselves; and here I according• the severity, when it might be done ly fixed my residence with all it • without an absolute perversion of was left me to hold dear on earth « the ends of justice,

'ma wife, a daughter, and a friend! • For a long series of years, such

In their arms,


for the lost were my principles, such was my protection of á monarch, whom I conduct; and for both I received now pitied yet more than I had ever an adequate reward—the only one, • loved; but if aught I knew of for

indeed, worthy of an exalted mind row, that I was no longer suffered .--the smiles of my king, and the • to enjoy the rank to which, against

blessings of my fellow-subjects. my will, he had' exalted me, it was • Bostam, who enjoyed the chief • because I was also no longer suffercommand of the troops, had loft an ed to enjoy the power, connected

important battle; and loud was the with that rank, of contributing to • clamour excited against him for an « the welfare of a grateful people, • event, of which, as having been • Bostam bore not his fall with the • fatally unfortunate, it was barely like equanimity.--Neither could < endeavoured to stamp him the guil. " the confolations of friendfhip, nor ty authour.

• the sweets of tranquillity and rei Could I witness such proceed- tirement, efface from his diseased

ings, and not spurn at them ?- • mind the charms of ambition.• No. In the midit, therefore, of a "To the consuming pangs of grief

persecution unmerited as it was un- • and disappointment he remained

precedented, I stood forth the advo- a ceaseless prey for the period of • cate of the gallant, though discom- • twelve revolving moons, when• fited chief; and this I did, not be- ftill bitterly fighing for a restora• cause I knew him to be my friend, rtion of the honours which had. • but because I knew him to be him- s been fo cruelly torn from him-he • felf, on the present occasion, friend

breathed his last upon my bosom. lefs-because I knew, alas! 'that it By the death of my friend, I

was determined to render him the « found myself infinitely more af• victim of a disaster, which it had fected than I had been by the loss of • been impoflible for him to foresee,

• rank-by the loss of even power • and which, at any rate, he had been

. but in the tenderness of


Naa « denied the means to prevent.

dina, and in the caresses of an « In vain was it to tell me, that · infant-prattler, the only remaining • Nourgehan had already doomed pledge of our loves, I still found « him, unheard, to a perpetual ba

a balm for all my woes. « nishment. This circumstance served • With them, for fifteen years, did

but to animate me the more in his • I lead a life of calm delight.-Du• defence; and with such zeal did I “ ring that period, the whole of my

aflert his lill-undhaken loyalty, time- unless what I devoted to

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the study of nature, and of nature's peruses this extract, will allow, that
God—was engrossed by the occu- Mr. Murdoch is at least a feeling and
pations, which our daily subfiitence a sensible writer.
rendered neceffiry, or, by thole,
yet-more pleasing, which were ef.
' sential to the plan of education I Art. VI. 'The Family Picture; or, Doom

had laid down for a beloved child mestic Dialogues on amiable and inte-
. a child, who concinued still to resting Subječts; illustrated by Hiftories,

cheer her father with the promise Allegories, Tales, Fabies, Anecdotes,
'-now beyond his own moit san- &c. Intended to strengthen and in-
guine expectations realized--that form the Mind. By Thomas Holcroft,
the world, one day, amply requite Author of Duplicity, a Comedy. 2 vols.
him for all the pains he took to 12mo. 6s. Lockyer Davis.
cultivate her genius, and to en-
rich her mind.



. domestic dialogues; in which vanient alloy, fleeting, at the belt, rious moral and entertaining stories all the enjoyments of man.

and anecdotes are introduced, some of
• Six months ago, Nadina left me, which are original, but much the great-

in order to obtain from Heaven er part are selected from other writers.
'the reward of those virtues, which, The family is that of a' Mr. Egerton,

to her husband, were, even on consisting of three fons and two daugh-
earth, a source of felicity; and ters, who, with himself and Mrs. Eger-
which, to her daughter, have proved' ton, and a neighbour and his daughter,
a model of what, otherwise, the compose the entire groupe of characters
' lessons of the fondeft parent could between whom the dialogues are sup-
have but feebly inculcated to her. posed to be carried on.

My Nadina, however, is happy; Though the work has very confidera-
and, if happy, mall an accent of ble merit, we cannot give our approba-
murmur drop from the lips of Al- tion to the strange medley of truth and,
saleh!--No: with a pious resigna fiction with which it ahounds. Young
tion—the fruit of a well-grounded minds will be incapable of sufficiently
affurance, that ere long, without discriminating, when they find circum-
the possibility of a second difunion, stances of invention blended in the same
blissful they shall meet again dialogue with historical facts, "and in-
cheerfully will he still adore the timately connected with each other.
'Power that inflicted even this, the This is, with us, a very important ob-
laft, and the feverest'stroke, he ever jection; persuaded, as we are, that more

than half the time of most youths is sa-
Thús spoke the venerable Alfa- crificed to the want of perspicuity in
leh, while down his furrowed cheek, books meant for their improvement.
in filent progression, trickled an un- The obscurity we complain of is the
resisted tear-a tear, which, to those more likely to be facal, as Mr. Hol-
who had themselves never known "croft has neither named the author's to
what it was to weep, or who from whom he is indebted for the respective
weeping had never known what it stories, nor distinguished the few which
was to enjoy a pléasure, would have

are the result of his own genius,
appeared a downright violation of his We shall extract the whole of Mr.
boasted serenity; but which Candi- Egerton's account of himself; which will
dus sympathetically felt to be a balmy at once give a good general idea of the
effufion of joy at his having thus had work, and serve to display. Mr. Hol-
an opportuniry of cordially unbo- croft's talents for original compofition,
foming himfelé to a foul congenial Though I was the youngest child of

a numerous family, and confequently, Surely, the fufceptible reader, who was poffeffed of but little wealth to be



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gin the world with, yet I had one ad. thority of the master, who ardered me
vantage to which I attribute all my to be severely punished; which was
subsequent success: I had the instruc- what I wished and expected. I sup-
tion, the experience, and the wisdom, ported the pain as if I had been infenfi-
of an affectionate father, to guide and ble to it, and then told the master that
direct ine till I was fourteen. At this he was mistaken, if he fupposed me
age, having lost my parents, though capable of fearing any punishment
I nad guardians, I became less cir- that he, or the worst of tyrants, could
cúm spect. Being of a warm and en- inflie; I had done my duty, by reliev-
te prizing temper, and feeling myself ing age and imbecillity from the wanton
superior to the generality of my young cruelty of two boys; and, if he had
companions, schemes of independence done justice, he would have punished.
began to revolve in my mind. I ob- them instead of me. The matter, who
served ihe filly actions of men, and was a sensible and discerning man, re-
drew inferences favourable to my own plied, " There is something peculiar in
prudence and capacity: those to whom your conduet, young gestleman, it
I was left in charge had weaknesses; “must be confeffed, but you do wrong
I law them, and became impatient of " in accusing me of tyranny. You have
controul. As I grew towards manhood, " behaved with audacity, and if I
my mind became restless, my imagi- “ fhould suffer such ill-manners to go.
nation was heated by reading the strong “ unpunished, it would be impossible
sentiments and great actions of the an- for me to preserve any order in this
cient heroes. The successful career of “place, If, as you now fay, you took
young Scipio charmed and fired my " the part of the oppressed, you should
fancy: I panted to be distinguilhed, and "have condescended to have said fo,
neglected no opportunity that could “ when I questioned you at first. Ispeak
render me remarkable, as the follow- “ thus to you, Sir, because you seem,
ing incident will convince you.

from what I have observed of your

I was educated at Eton School; and present and

your former behaviour, obserying, one day, two of my school- to think something deeper, and see fellows insulting a poor woman, that

" a little farther, than people of your was toitering under age, it excited my "age usually do, but you do not fee far indignation lo much, that I fell upon enough. I am no tyrant, young Sir; them both very heastily, and struck" you have been very rude, and though one of them an unlucky blow. They “ I have some hope it proceeded from conceiving I had injured them, by in- « 4 good, though miltaken motive, terfering in a business that did not con- yet, had I not resented it, I should cern me, and not being able to con- " have acted inconsistently, and have ceal their disgrace, complained to the “degraded my situation. Recollect. master, and made up a story, greatly. yourself; and if you have as much to their own advantage. I was ac

« fense as I believe you to have, you cordingly summoned to answer for my

"i' will see your error. self. It happened that I had just be • This cool address not only shewed fore been reading the tale of the Spar me: how wrong I had been, in not extan Boy that expired while the fox was plaining myself, but quite overcame biting him. In consequence of this, mę. I burit into tears; fell upon my having at that instant a thorough con- knees; and, as soon as I could speak, tempt for pain, and indeed wishing asked his pardon for having used such for an opportunity to shew how much an injurious epithet to him. I then I'despised it, I behaved fallenly, and related the itory of the old woman and refused to answer the matter, except my school-fellows, fimply as it hapby haughtily declaring, I had done pened, together with my heroic imi. what I thought was right, and would, tation of the Spartan Boy. The mawith theike provocation, do the same fter, who was evidently surprized and again. This, exclusive of the crime I affected by my manner and conduct in stood accused of, was braving the au- this affair, faid to me, “Mr. Egerton,

I am

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