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Ali Bey's Travels in Morocco, Tripoli, Cyprus, Egypt, &c. .

521

Ambrose's Opoleyta ; or a Tale of Ind; a Poem

158

Athaliah: a Sacred Drama. Translated from the French of Racine

88

Bakewell's Letter, addressed to the Chairman of the Select Committee of the

House of Commons appointed to Inquire into the State of Marl houses 293
Bellamy's Jonah. The Seatonian Prize Poem, for the Year 1815.

289
Bickersteth's Scripture Help, designed to assist in reading the Bible profitably 492
Biddulph's Baptism a Seal of the Christian Covenant

429
Bonar's Sermoos, chiefly on Devotional Subjects

278
Bone's Rales and Regulations of an Institution called Tranquillity

599
Britton's Cathedral Antiquities of England

450

Brown's History of the Propagation of Christianity amor

pong the Heathen 223

Bugg's Spiritual Regeneration not necessarily connected with Baptism 429

Bullar's Refutation of the False Assertions against Dissenters, as connected

with the British and Foreign Bible Society

53

Byron's, Lord, Poems

595

Carlyle's Examination of the Arguments for the Pre-eminency of the Roman

Catholic Episcopacy

313

Chalmers's State of the United Kingdom at the Peace of Paris

417

Chateaubriand's Recollections of Italy, England, and America

45

Christian s Plan for a County Provident Bank

599

Claude's Defence of the Reformation

313

Coleridge's Christabel, Kubla kban, a Vision : The Pains of Sleep

565

Correspondence

310, 613

Carran's Speeches

162

Davis's Friendly Advice to Industrious and Frugal Persons

599

Duncan's Essay on the Nature and Advantages of Parish Banks

ibid

Durant's Discourse on the best Method of Preaching Christ

174

Edgeworth's Memoirs of the Abbé Edgeworth

173

Elphinstone's Account of the Kingdom of Caubul, and its Dependencies 457, 556
Gibbon's, Edward, Esq. Miscellaneous Works, &c. Edited by Right Hon.
Lord Sheffield

1,180
Gisborne's Letter to the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Gloucester

52

Glover's Thoughts on the Character and Tendency of the Property Tax

Good's Translation of the Book of Job

Griffin's Memoirs of Capt. James Wilson

275

Gurney's, the Rev. W. Serious Address to the Clergy of the United Kingdom,

on the Duties of the Pastoral Office

84

Headlong Hall

373

Hill's, Rev. Rowland, Religious Freedom in Danger

493

History of Little Davy's New Hat

76

Hooper's Advantages of Early Piety

590

Horsley's, Bishop, Book of Psalms

20

Nine Sermons

151

Hunt's Story of Rimini. A Poem

380

Journal of Llewellyn Penrose ; a Seaman

395

Kidd's Sermons, designed chiefly for the Use of Villages and Families

369

Kirby and Spence's lotroduction to Entomology

572

Klaproth's Travels in the Caucasus and Georgia

329

Leaves

399

Letter to the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Lincoln, on the Subject of the

Attack made by his Lordship upon the British and Foreigu Bible Society 52
Letter by One of the Clergy to the Rev. Thomas Gisborne, M.A.

ibid
Letters from a Gentleman in the North of Scotland : containing an Account
of the Highlands. Printed in 1754

236

Lewis and Clarke's Travels to the source of the Missouri River, and across

the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean

105

List of Works recently published

102, 205, 308,413, 520, 623

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Mant's Two Tracts, intended to convey correct Notions of Regeneration

and Conversion

429,538

Memoirs of Larly Hamilton

284

More!l's Studies in History; containing the History of Rome

170

Morris's Memoirs of the Life and Writings of the Rev. Andrew Fuller

478

Notes intenil. das Materials for a Memoir on the Affairs of the Protestants of

the Department Du Gard

209

Observations on the Laws relating to Private Lunatic Asylums

293

Ode (Second) to Napoleon Buona parte, partly a Parody on that of Lord Byron

Parkes's Chemical Essay:

Parsey's Deserted Village restored : The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green 398

Paul's Letters to his Kinsfolk

346

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. For the Year
1814. Parts I. and II.

357, 504

Preston's Review of the present ruined condition of the Landed and Agri-

cultural Interests

417

Private Hours of Napoleon Buona parte

93

Resolutions and Statements relative to the Persecution of the French Pro-

testants

177

Rose's, Right Hon. Observations on Banks for Savings

599

Scott's, John, Paris Revisited, in 1815, by Way of Brussels

211

Rev.John, Enquiry into the Effect of Baptism .

429

Second Report of the Londou Society for the Improvement and Encourage-

ment of Female Servants

388

Select Literary Information

i01, 202, 307, 409, 518,622

Sharpe's Report from the Committee appointed to consider of Provision

being made for the better Pregulation of Madhouses in England

293

Siege of Corinth': a Poem. Parisina ; a Poem

269

Sismondi's Considerations sur Genève dans ses Rapports avec l'Angleterre, etc. 94

Smedley's Jonah. A Poem

289

Prescience, or the Secrets of Divination : a Poem

472

Smith's, Dr. Reasons of the Protestant Religion

313

Snelgar's Christian Triuinph

593

Styles's Temptations of a Watering Place

591

Taylor's (Mrs.) Present of a Mistress to a Young Servant

384

Summary Account of the London Savings Banks

599

The Majolo. A Tale

77

The New Covenant; translated into the Hebrew Language from the Origiuai

Greek

343

Thoughts on the Present Crisis, in a Letter from a Constituent to his Repre-

sentative

417

Tuke's Practical Hints on the Construction and Economy of Pauper Lunatic

Asylums

293

Valpy's 'H xcivan Asc9xă. Novum Testamentum, cum Notis Theologicis

et Philologicis

241

Vincent's Spirit of Prayer; or, a Discourse on the Nature of Prayer 94

Walker's Memoirs of Alessandro Tassoni

497

Watkin's, the Rev. H. G. Friendly Hints to Female Servants

384

Hints and Observations, serious, addressed to Heads of families 385

Weekly Monitor

174

Wilks's Essay on the Signs of Conversion and Unconversion in the Ministers of

the Church

538

Williams's, Miss H. M. Narrative of the Events which bave taken Place in
France, from the 1st of March, 1815, till the Restoration of Louis XVIII. 65

On the late Persecution of the Protestants in the
South of France

Williams's, Thos. Moral Tendency of Knowledge

594

Wilson's Inquiry in the Causes of the High Prices of Corn and Labour, &c. 417

-, Walter, History of Dissenting Churches and Meeting Houses in

London, Westminster, and Southwark

401, 585

Woodcock's Reply to a Letter from the Rev. Thomas Gisborne, to the Hon.

and Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Gloucester, &c.

52

Wordsworth's White Doe of Rylstone, or, the Fate of the Nortons: a Poem 33

Young's, Arthur, Baxteriana

86

391

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ECLECTIC REVIEW,

FOR JANUARY, 1816.

Art. I. The Miscellaneous Works of Edward Gibbon, Esq. with Me.

moirs of his Life and Writings ; composed by Himself illustrated from his Letters, with occasional Notes and Narrative. By the Right Hon. John Lord Sheffield. A new Edition, with considerable Additions, 5 vols, Svo. pp. xlviii, 2928. Price 31. 5s. London. Murray. 1815. THERE is something, at first sight, extremely embarrassing

to the critic, in such an appearance as that of the present Publication. It is not given to the world as a new work, but purports to be no more than a new edition of an old ope; of one which made its appearance many years ago, in a quarto form. That work, as is generally known, was so favourably received, that the public may well be supposed sufficiently acquainted with its contents, no longer to stand in need either of the critic's judgement, to influence or to deter from the purchase, or of the production of select passages, to serve as specimens of the style, or as substitutes for the work itself, to those readers who, from whatever motive, might choose to be satisfied with splendid portions instead of the whole.

But, though it is no more than a new edition of an old work, it is, however, one, improved, according to the title, with considerable additions, which additions are supposed to amount to about one third of the former publication. Of these additions, then, at least, the reader of a review might expect to meet with some more particular notice.

It would, however, be no easy matter, in many cases, to distinguish, in an extensive series of narrative composition, what has been added, from the information origivally given, incorporated as both are through a considerable portion of the work. And even to distinguish accurately the addition of several letters to and from Mr. Gibbon, from those formerly published, would require a more minute comparison of both editions, than is easily instituted, or would be likely to reward the time and pains necessary to be bestowed on it.

But, should even these difficulties be surmounted, and the Vol. V. N.S.

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critic proceed in his review, to the numerous Essays of various kinds, with which this new edition has been enriched, he will soon find hinzself checked in his attempt to give any account of them, which he could at all consider as either useful or entertaining, by the very circunstance from which they derive their chief value, their prodigious number and variety. He will, indeed, soon find reason to express his gratitude to the Right Hon. Editor, for the good use he has made of the interval that passed between the two editions, in arranging them under the three heads of, I. Historical and Critical, 11. Classical and Critical, and III. Miscellaneous : by which arrangement, and by the additition of a copious index, their consultation and occasional perusal of the whole work have been greatly facilitated.

But still he will find them, the new as well as the old, so miscellaneous, that a bare catalogue raisonné of their titles, would go near to filling up the space usually allotted to one of our articles. He will, indeed, find himself dazzled by the splendour of learning, and enlivened by the brilliancy which they display; nor will his just astonishment fail to be much increased, when he considers the early period of life, at which the greater part of these pieces were written : yet he will presently discover, that to lay before his readers any thing like a satisfactory account of their contents, would be next to impossible ; and that to enter critically into the discussion of the several points maintained or denied by the author, even in a select portion of them only, besides the vast length to which it would draw out his remarks, would require him to have before his eges, and to read, or to have read, with close attention, hundreds or perhaps thousands of works in different languages : in a word, it would require bim to possess equal or superior genius and learning to those of the great author himself

. To any such measure either of the one or of the other of those endowments, we dare make no pretension : nor if we had it, would our leisure permit us to follow up, with the requisite precision all the important and often truly entertaining inquiries, that would come before us.

But we dare promise every lover of History, Criticism, or Classical Literature, a rich and varied intellectual feast from the perusal, or rather the study of the last three volumes of this new edition. The first two volumes will be read with greater ease, but no less pleasure. They contain the enlarged Memoirs of the life and writings of Mr. Gibbon, composed by Himself; and a collection of bigbly interesting letters from and to him, many of them indeed master-pieces of the epistolary style, and several vot to be found in the quarto-edition of his miscellaneous works.

Of those letters of the Author to the noble Editor, which were

written during the American war, it is not saying too much, and it is surely saying enough, to observe that, mutatis mutandis, they must frequently remind the reader of Cicero's celebrated epistles to Atticus. Not indeed that we would proceed, in regard to the letters of our Author, the length to which Cornelius Nepos ventures, in regard to those of the great Roman Orator. That biographer gives it as his opinion, that the reader of Cicero's letters to Atticus, will not often stand in need of any more laboured work on the history of those eventful times. Neither Gibbon nor his correspondent, was in any such degree connected with the American revolution, that he could be said to be the soul of it, as was undoubtedly the case of Cicero with respect to the last changes of republican Roone. The comparison must therefore be made with considerable latitude, and with many grains of allowance.

Among the Essays arranged under the head of Classical and Critical, we cannot refrain from specifying one article, on account of a very particular kind of disappointment which we experienced, and which is better calculated, perhaps, than any thing we could say on the subject, to shew how extremely engag. ing a writer Mr. Gibbon is. We allude to certain remarks writ. ten in French, on the characters and writings of Sallust, Cæsar, Cornelius Nepos, and Livy. We had gone through the former three, and had proceeded so far in what relates to Livy, that our Anthor had completely succeeded in exciting in our breasts, a most pungent regret for the irretrievable loss of the finest and best parts of the great Roman's History; and we were just beginning to console ourselves with the hope, that Mr. G. would make us some amends for the want of Livy's eloquence on those parts of the Roman story which are lost, by his own scarcely less eloquent remarks on that part of the work which has been spared : when, lo! we were suddenly stopped by an Hiatus nullis lachrymis satis deflendus, or rather by a complete Cætera desunt. Our disappointment was so great, so sudden, and so unexpected, that we were almost tempted to conjecture, that the Autbor bad broken off where he did with design, in order to give us a lively image of his own feelings, and of those of every competent reader of Livy, when, in the midst of a deeply interesting subject, the narrative suddenly stops short, leaving the disconsolate student involved in darkness, and penetrated with profound but hopeless and unavailing regret and sorrow.

What then? Shall a work in five large octavo volumes, by such a writer as Edward Gibbon, Esq. be passed over, or but slightly noticed, because it is not altogether new, or because the subjects treated of are too many for enumeration, and too intricate for minute criticism ? and must we be satisfied with inviting our readers to a perusal of the work itself, by assuring them,

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