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able to judge, to steer perfectly two Norman doors, which, for rich clear of all religious prejudices in ness and beauty, are not excelled treating the sacred portion of his by any thing of the kind in Great subjects. We cannot, therefore, Britain. Mr. George Smith, the conceive a more useful, or a more architect, remarks with great truth, engaging work than this, for the that 'the west end of the nave has instruction of
young persons, before been fitted up in a most barbarou's the Bible is put into their hands. style as the parish church, which We feel assured, that even many has completely destroyed the chawho have arrived at maturity, will racter of this part of the edifice.' read that Great Repository of the It has not, he adds, even the merit faith and the hope of all Christians of being a comfortable place of with increased delight, after they worship, and he shews the justness shall have made themselves of his taste by recommending its quainted with the valuable facts, restoration, as far as the ruins will and local descriptions, which are admit, to its original state. Mr. collected in the work before us. It Morton has acquitted himself very is accompanied by a very good map creditably as the annalist of this of Palestine, and eight engravings once noble abbey ; his labours in representing Jerusalem and other this department demand a great places distinguished in Holy Writ. deal of research, to which he ap
pears to have applied himself with
an assiduity that proves him zealous ART. XIV. - The Monastic Annals
in the cause.
We observe that the of Teviotdale. By the Rev.
work is to be completed in six James Morton, F. S. A. E., in
monthly parts, of which we have medium 4to. London: Long
here the first, containing, besides man and Co. Edinburgh : Bli
nearly fifty pages of letter-press, zars, and also Hamilton. 1831.
three engravings, one a view of We hail the appearance of this Jedburgh Abbey from the southpublication with the most sincere west, the second a drawing of one satisfaction; the only regret we of the fine Norman doors to which feel with respect to it, is that it was we have alluded, the third a ground not commenced a century or two plan of the original building. We ago, as most of the edifices whose cordially wish every success to the history it will have to tell, and undertaking, and hope that the whose beauties it will have to de author's solicitation of assistance scribe, have been so long in ruins, from all who may take an interest or disguised by additions, that it in the subject will not have been has become difficult either to relate made in vain. the one or to delineate the other with the requisite degree of accuracy. For instance, the Abbey of Art. XV.-The Principles of EngJedburgh, which, before the Refor lish Composition : illustrated by mation, was one of the finest build Examples, with Critical Remarks. in Scotland, has long since been By David Booth. 12mo. pp. 351. deprived of almost every trace of its
London: Cochrane & Pickersgill. once magnificent altar, a part of the
1831. choir, and of the whole of its clois We look upon this as the best work ters and chapter house. Its archi of its kind which has yet appeared tectural grandeur is still attested by in our language. It combines the
precepts of grammar, with examples said to have arrived at the age of which not only elucidate them, but compression, when art is taxed to impress them on the memory; and its utmost efforts in order to comto these are added a series of critical bine copious information with the observations upon every department most frugal economy. Here is a of composition, which are marked specimen of the latter kind, which by a correct taste,a sound judgment, is quite a curiosity in its way; a and an extensive acquaintance with little manual, comprising a calendar the best models of which our lite for the next twenty years, a comrature affords. The varying ca plete calculate, tables of interest, prices of modern innovations upon and of commission brokerage, a the true idiomatic style of our dia list of the principal commercial lect, the corruptions of the “ well of cities in the world, an alphabetical English undefiled,” are skilfully de list of the cities and towns of Great tected and uniformly reprobated Britain, with the counties, market with becoming indignation : while days, population, and distance from the accurate course of attaining a London; a similar list of the prinpure and elegant diction, free from cipal cities and towns of Ireland, with all pedantry, is pointed out in a their counties and distance from manner that is intelligible to the Dublin; the days of the fixed fairs most ordinary capacity. But the throughout England, Wales and great merit of the work is that it Scotland; the principal travelling is not merely didactic; it has none routes throughout the three kingof the frowns of the schoolmaster. doms, and tables of weights and Mr. Booth is at once the tutor and measures ; all compressed in a vothe companion ; his work, besides lume, that would hardly be more being valuable for its rules, is ren obvious than a silver snuff-box in dered entertaining by its extracts the waistcoat pocket.
The mere from different writers, most, if not enumeration which we have given all, of which he has selected accord of its contents, will be sufficient, asing to his own judgment, without suredly, to recommend this Vade depending upon that of authors who Mecum to every person who may have preceded him in this indispen- have occasion for ready information sable branch of education. In this upon all, or any of the subjects respect, his volume may either be which it embraces. It is printed in substituted for, or used as an intro a beautiful pearl type, and is really duction to, Blair's admirable Lec a bijou, which well deserves the patures. We need scarcely add that tronage of the commercial classes, Mr. Booth is already known to the for whose size it is chiefly designed. public as the author of the “ Ana We perceive by a specimen sent lytical Dictionary.”
us, that the same publishers have in preparation a Gazetteer upon
a similiar principle. ART. XVI.-The Commercial Vade
Mecum. pp. 280. Glasgow :
ART. XVII.-Standard Novels, Having survived the age of expan
No. VII. The Scottish Chiefs. sion, when poems of a few hundred By Miss Jane Porter. In two lines, and manuscripts of a few vols. 12mo. London: Colburn closely written pages, were diffused
and Co. 1831. by all the ingenuity of art over am The distinguished author of this ple quarto volumes, we may now be popular novel, has adopted the ori
ginal idea of dedicating this last ficiently faithful, is very frequently edition of it, not only to the living, defective in point of idiom and elebut also to the dead! Be it so. We gance as an English composition. see no reason why her voice should Very many sentences are put tonot be heard beyond the tomb : gether in a most slovenly way; and it is pleasant to flatter ourselves we are much surprised that Mr. with the hope that our little in Valpy has not taken the slightest terests in this world sometimes trouble in correcting them. Of the find their way to the thoughts of general series of these translations those dear friends who have long of the Classics we have often spoken departed from amongst us. In- favourably. deed, the author informs us, in a new introduction to the present volume, that it was under the im
Art. XIX. The Cabinet Cy
clopædia. pulse of a votive sorrow she con
British ceived the idea of writing,
Statesmen. Vol. I.
London : Scottish Chiefs." Criticism upon
Longman and Co. 1831. a production now so well esta SIR JAMES Mackintosh had alblished as this is, in the public ready anticipated, in his History of favour, would be ridiculous.' We England, much of the inatter which need only add, that it gratifies us
he has here reproduced as the Life to see it comprised in a class of of Sir Thomas More. This is followworks, among which it deserves, ed by a memoir of Cardinal Wolsey, and long we hope, will maintain a a very impartial and well-executed conspicuous place.
biography of Cranmer, and also of Lord Burleigh. As a collection,
this volume and those which are to ART. XVIII. - Family Classical Li- follow, will be eminently useful in
brary. Nos. XX. and XXI, Thu the way of ready reference; but to cydides. 12mo. London : Val criticism they can offer no field, as py. 1831.
they must, for the most part, be The translation here given is that little better than abridgments of of Dr. Smith, Dean of Chester, larger works already familiar to the which, though upon the whole suf public.
Intemperance. --Acccording to the last report of the American Temperance Society, there are in the United States 200,000 paupers, 150,000 of whom it could be clearly shown, were reduced to poverty by intemperance.
Consumption of Silk-It has been calculated that no less than fourteen thousand millions of silk worms annually live and die to produce the quantity of silk which is consumed every year in England alone !
A Candidate for a Seat in Parliament.-A Mr. Chadwick, who has offered himself for the representation of the West Riding of Yorkshire after the passing of the Reform, sums up bis qualifications in these words ; “I am no man of family : I am no man of business : I have never been used to it: but I can shout, laugh, hawk, and spit, and cough, stamp, hiss, hoot, and huzza, and what more can be wanted for an M. P. ?”
Meteorology.-It was lately men
tioned by a public lecturer at Ports
This sort of Wheat suffers mouth, that Jupiter's attraction of less from the changes of the atmosthe atmosphere of our earth was phere, it is more productive, and much greater than astronomers ge- yields a whiter meal, and a more nerally supposed. He says, that when savoury grain than the common the Moon is near Jupiter, he has Buck Wheat. so powerful an attraction for our Destruction of Weeds.--At the atmosphere as to draw it up into Mint of Paris, where the court-yard the form of a spheroid. This effect was overrun with weeds, the ground produces the further results of elec in which they grew was watered trical attraction and condensation, with the following mixture, and the the immediate cause of rain. It is process was attended with speedy not to be wondered at, that if we and complete success. Water admit the attraction of the heavenly 100lbs., lime 20lbs., flowers of sulbodies at all, that Jupiter should phur 2lbs., mix, and boil in an iron exercise it to a considerable extent vessel ; let the mixture stand for a on our earth, compared with which, short time, then pour off what is the former planet is 1312 tiines as clear, and mixing less than equal large.
parts of water with it, it is fit for The Tea Plant in Great Britain. use. It may be poured out of a wa---Mr. J. Roukey, of Bristol, has tering pot. found the Chinese Green Tea Plant Life Preserver. A simple and to be more bardy than some other very effective life preserver is now shrubs which endure the
in extensive use at Yarmouth, and He has tried it on the Welch Moun has been introduced at other ports. tains, and succeeded.
He planted It is merely a double cotton shirt, it also in Brecanshire, not far from without sleevss, fitted tightly to the the Source of the Usk, about 1000 trunk. A reed or tube is inserted feet above the level of the sea, and between the coats, so as to enable higher than the limits of the native the wearer to blow out the external woods, consisting of Alder and Birch. shirt, and thus to render himself perIt endured the last winter, and was fectly buoyant. The shirt should not affected by the first of May. be made of close cotton, and should It has already sent forth vigorous not be blown into until it has been shoots.
immersed in the water, and then it Copper Slag.-A specimen of becomes completely impervious. this rich stone has lately been sub This is an admirable apparatus for jected to an experiment, from which bathers, as it may be worn with it appears to be, on account of its
ease, and may be inflated at the disextreme hardness, the best material cretion of the wearer. of which roads can be made. That Rus in Urbe.--As a proof of the which was hitherto deemed the important consequences which may most impenetrable of road mate result from experiments boldly and rials, called Mount Sorrel Sienite, perseveringly collected, we may Its number in the order of hard mention that in some of the thickest substances is 100—the Copper Slag parts of London, bee-hives are now is as high as 234.
productively managed. A shopWhput.-A new kind of Buck keeper in Holborn, who has a few Wheat has been lately introduced hives which thrive uncommonly into Germany. It was found in well, is now paying the greatest use amongst the Italian peasantry attention to the natural history of by the name of Le ble d Italie Sau these insects. After minute inyes.
tigation, he has just discovered that suppressed smile of satisfaction at his bees frequently visit no less the appearance of the suitor depicted distant a place than Sydenham Com in the countenances of the damsel's mon, about seven miles from Lon father and mother, which must be don. Having some reason to sus to be sufficiently admired. pect that the insects frequented this ‘Evening, near the Bavarian Alps,' place, the shopkeeper on a morning is another beautiful production. shook Aour on the bodies and wings Our proof of the Reply of the of the bees as they left the hives, Fountain,' looks as if the plate had and proceeding in the course of the not been finished; probably it is only day to the common above-men an imperfection in the printing. Artioned, he recognized numbers of chitectural engravings seldom sucthem revelling amongst the blos ceed in the narrow limits of these soms which it contains.
books; but the view of Abbeville The Winter's Wreath. This well is here an exception; the dark established annual is generally the
shade, and delicacy of the light, first in the field of competition. We
which falls with such harmonious have already been favoured by the effect
the towers of the catheeditor with proof copies of all the dral, render it the master-piece of engravings which are to illustrate the whole in our opinion. It conhis forthcoming volume, and we fers an equal measure of credit must do him the justice to say, that upon the painter, D. Roberts, as many of his subjects have been se upon
engraver, Freebairn. We lected with his wonted felicity of are no lovers of shipwrecks and taste. The · Visionary’strikes us as storms, either in reality or in reprea highly spiritual performance, whe sentation. In the latter way they ther we regard the design, or the are , seldom effective, though we delicate style of its execution. The must admit that Miller has done Vintage Feast' presents a gay
the best he could with such a subscene, well suited to a work of this ject. description. The Fortress of Less Lord Byron.-Murray is about ing Gray’ reminds us of the gems to publish a complete and uniform which are comprised in the land edition of Lord Byron's Works, scape illustrations of the Waverley his letters, journals, and life, in the Novels; and we do not know that size of the Waverley novels, with we could
illustrations. We have before us ard, a higher compliment, than by a specimen of the first volume, conadding, that it is worthy of being taining a most splendid engraving ranked with them. The foaming of Marathon, after the style that torrent, and the distant misty hills, has been so successfully adopted in indicate the touches of a master. Rogers's Italy. The whole is to From the burin of the same artist, be comprised in fourteen volumes, we have an engraving of the Lake the copyright alone of which, Nemi, near Rome, which is not Murray says, cost him more than near so good. The ladies, young 25,0001. and old, will, we apprehend, vote
TO CORRESPONDENTS. in favour of “The Village Suitor's
We have received a whole pile of announceWelcome, as the conosure of the
ments of new works, either ready for the new Winter's Wreath. It is from
press, or for publication. We beg leave, a charming painting by Stothard. once for all, to say, that no communications The only demure persons in the
of this description can be inserted in our
journal ; their proper place is in the sheet scene are the two lovers : there is a
dedicated exclusively to advertisements.