the natives for indigo, silk, cotton, pieces of muslin, and shawls : but he is charged with utter ignorance of the constitution and laws of this country. The indecency of holding out an untried person as a malefactor, in a public advertisement, is very much censured by the writer; and it is assigned as a proof of the ignorance of the candi. date respecting the first principles of our law.

Concerning Sir Samuel Hood, the author says, . If you (the Elec. tors,) have not some good reason to deny him your suffrages, I should think he ought to be one of your two representatives. You will give him your votes as a tribute to his sufferings, as a reward for the battles he has successfully fought, and as an example to others, that those who fight for the country will reap their reward.'—We respect the feelings from which this effusion proceeds: but the writer will be told that the situation of a Member of Parliament is a trust attended with anxious and laborious duties, and not a thing merely remunerative and honorary. This objection is not without weight, though it be not so decisive as those would have us believe who hold that all matters in politics are to be decided by a few hacknied maxims, which they apply on all occasions. He gives a better reason when he says that it is proper to have persons of all professions as Members of the House ; and that not many navy men have seats in it, whereas there are sufficient numbers who are conversant in East India affairs.

Of the third personage who acted his part on the late Westminster theatre, the author is a high panegyrist, as a political character ; and, with reference to his private conduct, he traces several of the anec. dotes told in the “ Impostor unmasked," to the Highland Jester, a book which was published by Campbell, a relation of Mr. Paul's, in Edinburgh in the year 1747 ;' he also names the persons of whom the others have been reported. Art. 35. Three Letters to that greatest of Political Apostates, the Right

Hon. George Tierney, one of the late Representatives for the Borough of Southwark; along with a correct state of the imper. fect Representation of the Commons of the United Kingdom. 8vo. 18. 60. Crosby. 1866.

We do not recollect the professions formerly made by this Right Hon. Gentleman to his constituents : but he is here charged with having in the most shameless manner abandoned them. The title. page furnishes a fair specimen of the outrageous spirit displayed in this pamphlet, the author of which is Samuel Ferrand Wad. dington.- If the fortunate placeman be the object of the most virulent abuse in these pages, he may console himself on sharing it in a large and mixed society. Here all public characters are bad, and every publie measure is wrong. Nothing is as it should be. Mr. Waddington is evidently not picased with the world, and inveighs against it most bitterly; but whether the world or Mr. Waddington be principally in fault, it has never occurred to him to examine, since he has always taken it for granted that he has been right.

The most violent reformers have in general spared our Courts of Justice, but they are severely arraigned by Mr. Waddington. He complains of them in his own person ; and we own that we never less

approved approved them than in the case of this unfortunate man. His oi. fence had been made statutable, but the statute had been repealed from a conviction that the offence was ideal :- but then it is said that the authority of the common law revived, and the offence was to be regarded as it stood before the statute. Thus the rules of the four. teenth and fifteenth centuries became applicable to the transactions of the eighteenth and nineteenth. The situation of things was odd and whimsical. The repeal of the statutes, if it had not superseded the decisions of a barbarous age, had at least stigmatized them, and stripped them of credit : yet they were put in action by the late Chief justice, and by most of the Judges, not as being compulsory on them, but were represented as wise and salutary, and characterized in terms of the warmest approbation. If sound policy and good sense suffered on this occasion, and if at this time absurdity which was not wholly innocent was freely dealt out, we confess that we felt little pity for the suffering knight crrant in the cause of the freedom of trade. Though we hold it to be the right of every man to speculate in any article, to the utmost extent of his credit and capital, we do pot vindicate the indecency of toasting the rise of necessaries, and the propriety of haranguing the sellers to increase the price of their articles; and though we admit that this conduct did not call for legal visitation, we do not deny that it must excite contempt and disgust in the mind of every sober man. Our law courts need not have been degraded, nor should the variance between the law and the sound maxims of political economy have been exposed. If the bill which went through the House of Commons, and which was stopped by the Lords, had passed into a law, permitting the importation of hop, the miscalled monopolizer would have been sufficiently punished. The courts might even then have been solicited to rescind the contracts, but the application would not have come from the sellers. The prin. ciples of Adam Smith cannot be shsken; and the experience of the late unfortunate years prodigiously strengthens and confirms them: but let not Mr. W. consider himself as a martyr in their cause, since he did all in his power to disgrace them, and to render them odious. We would not trample on the unfortunate, but greater modesty and reserve became Mr. W. It is with no good grace that men, who are incapable of managing their own affairs, set up as state reformers. Art. 36. Five Letters to the Right Honourable G. Tierney, Esq. in

cluding Reflections on his Political Character and Conduct. By John Gale Jones. 8vo. IS. Jordan.

These letters were written as early as the year 1801, and were then sent to the public prints, which rejected them. Why they now see the light, we are at a loss to guess; unless it were for electioneering purposes, on occasion of the late Southwark contest. The Right Hon. Gentleman is reproached for having given his vote in favour of the suspension of the Habeas Corpus act ; a measure which, we learn, induced the writer to commit all his papers to the flames; and this, we presume, is stated as one of the calamities which arose out of that legislative enactment. The writer says that he would not change situation with the then Treasurer of the Navy; who is here charged

with being a Sabbath breaker and a duellist; and who, indeed, is very roughly treated throughout.-The abilities of Mr. Tierney are considerable, and may materially aid administration : but we believe that, in the higher departments of the state, no one can be found who is less a favourite with the public. We respect his taļents, and we shall be glad to see him retrieve his credit by his able and laudable conduct in office.

RELIGIOUS. Art. 37. Sacred History, in familiar Dialogues for the Instruction

of Children and Youth, by the late Miss H. Neale ; with a Recommendatory Preface, by the Rev. John Ryland, D.D. Second Edition. 8vo. 2 Vols. 75. Boards. Gardiner.

Some years have passed since these volumes were noticed in our Review. We have now looked into them again with rather increased approbation and satisfaction. If we do not always concur with the writer in sentiment, we must acknowlege ourselves much pleased with the manner in which she converses with her young friends; and which is easy and natural, adapted to engage their attention, cal. culated to strengthen the understanding, and to improve the heart. A third volume, containing the History of the Jews from the time of Nehemiah to the destruction of Jerusalem, may be had, separate, of the Booksellers mentioned in the title-page.' Art. 38. Simplicity recommended to Ministers of the Gospel, with re

spect to their Doctrine, Method, Style, and Delivery in Preaching; with Hints on other Branches of the Ministerial Office. With an Appendix. 12mo. 28. 6d. sewed. Williams & Smith. These concise Lectures on preaching are intended for Dissenting Ministers, and especially for those who have not enjoyed the advan. tages of a liberal education. Some denominations of Dissenters will be disappointed at finding the doctrines of the Trinity, Original Sin, Satisfaction, Imputed Righteousness, Predestination, and the Eter. nity of Hell, recommended as simplicities : but, if they will pardon the writer's creed, and proceed to the advice which he gives respecting the composition and delivery of a sermon, &c, they will find some hints not unworthy of notice. Estemporaneous preaching, or preach. ing from a few notes, is the mode which the author advises . It would be a degree of courtesy,' he says, ' to call reading a sermon, preaching '- Dr. Foster has observed that it is not necessary to the true preaching of Christ, to use his name as a charm, by which enthusiasm and not true religion is promoted : but ihis lecturer seems to be of a different opinion, for hie insists on the importance of preserving in every discourse the savour of the name of Jesus and free grace.'

The Appendix contains examples of Exordiums ; Skeletons of Sermons; Extracts from Claude, Doddridge, Mather, and Newton ; Garrick's Sentiments of Pulpit Eloquence; and Dr. Watts's Advice to Students.

Much is here compressed into a narrow compass, and offered at a

low price.


MATHEMATICS, &c. Art. 39. Naltes's Practical Geomeiry, or Introduction to Perspective.

Translated from the French of Le Clerc, with Additions and Al. terations.---The Explanations rendered so simple, that very young People, by Attention, may soon be enabled to go through the different Problems with perfect Ease. A Work not only useful to those who cultivate the elegant Art of Drawing, but also recommended to the Student in various Branches of the Arts and Sciences. To which is added, an easy Method of making an Oval, of any given Proportions : also the Rule for forming a Geometri. cal Plan and Elevation ; being the last Problem previous to the Commencement of the Study of Perspective. With Forty Vig: nettes, etched from Designs analogous to the different Geometrical Figures, by W. H. Pyne. The Problems engraved by T. King. Svo. PP: 98. 1os. Od. Boards. Miller.

The original of this work, by Le Clerc, we have never seen, bot we suspect that it is very unlike the present translation ; which, we apprehend, has been prepared chiefly in order that many beautiful vignettes, &c. might be engrafted on it :

6 Pars minima est

Ipsa puella sui." It is but justice, however, to state that the vignettes and embellishments are very neatly executed, and taken from subjects happily chosen. The work is also expensively printed, and is altogether adapted to those young persons who must be enticed into the study of Geometry : yet it is well worth half a guinea, though not for its Geometry, which may be learnt at a cheaper rate.

Some inaccuracies occur'; and the practical is better executed than the theore

tical part.

I 2mo.

POETRY. Art. 40. Cromer, a descriptive Poem.

Pp. 64. 28. 6d. Boards. Ridgway. 8c6. Cromer is a sequestered sea- bathing station on the nortii east part of the county of Norfolk, skreened from the blasts of the ocean by high cliffs, and celebrated for the sublimity of its maritime views and 'the beauty of its landscapes. To this place of fashionable resort, the author of this little poem is evidently partial ; and to readers who are familiar with the scenery, his smooth blank verse may afford some moments of pleasing recreation. The interest which he excites is, however, that which chiefly depends on local associations, and in which the public at large cannot very cordially participate. He is occasionally pathetic, though rarely sublime ; and if his pages pre. sent us with few defects, they are also very rarely graced by striking beauties. We do not rank that poetry very high, which we

would not gladly peruse a second time; and we fear that this anonymous effusion will hardly bear this ordinary test of original merit.

Many circumstances common to maritime situation in general, the author observes, and many scenes and incidents of a nature pecyculiar to Cromer, remain to be described; and the delineation of these,



should this little volume be favourably received by the public, may probably form the subject of a second part.' -- If the author enjoyed greater leisure than he seems to possess, he might, perhaps, apply his talents with success to some more ample and elevated theme. Art. 41. Poems 10 Thespia. By H. Downman, M.D. 8vo. 45.

Boards, Cadell and Davies. With some persons, the torch of Love burns longer than with others; and if it does not diffuse a radiance, it throws at least a gleam over the decline of life. Spirat adhuc amor is Dr. Downman's motto; whence we suppose that he ranks himself in this privileged class, and pleads the long duration of the tender passion as his inducement for continuing to woo the Muse. His doctrine is,

• If Love on tardy wing retires

To kindle new and stronger fires,
His homagers shall still survey
The traces of his earliest ray,
Still in their charmed souls shall last

The conscious sense of joys o’erpast.' Enraptured with his Thespia, Dr. D. professes to taste of happiness in a high degree, though he describes his situation in life to be close on the verge of want.'

• But shall I therefore pine, and not enjoy

Retirement's solid good and learned ease?
Will not philosophy her balm employ,
And give the deepest solitude to please?
• Revoke the word-what solitude is mine?
Am I not blest beyond a monarch's lot!
Possessing thee, what radiant sun-beams shine,

And gild with happiness our rural cot?' We have on former occasions spoken of Dr. D.'s poetry as easy and flowing, and it continues to display the same features. He tells us that these Elegies are not entirely unknown, and that the greater part bave been published before : but he has not sufficiently enabled us to distinguish the new from the old.

Our last notice of Dr. D. was in M. R. Vol. xlviii. N. S. p. 217; where, and in our General Index, other references will be found.

AGRICULTURE. Art. 42. Georgical Essays. By A.Hunter, M.D. F.R.S. L. and E.

Vols. V. and VI. Svo. pp. 584. cach Volume. il. is. Boards. Mawman.

Many years ago, (see M. R. vol. 47. p. 237.) we announced the plan of this work; which is for the most part a compilation from various authors, occasionally interspersed with original essays. Dr. Hunter has en leavonred to render the whole amusing, by not confining himself rigidly to inquiries and discussions strictly georgical ; and with agricultural papers he has mixed some which relate to natural history, natural theology, philosophy, political economy,



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