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8. A Bill for the Protection and Encouragement of Provident Insti-
tutions, or Banks for Savings, ordered by the House of Commons
to be printed, 15th May, 1816.
VII. 1. Poems by William Cowper, of the Inner Temple, Esq. in Three
Volumes. Vol. III. containing his Posthumous Poetry, and a
Sketch of his Life. By his Kinsman, John Johnson, LL.D.
Rector of Faxham with Welborne, Norfolk.
2. Memoir of the Early Life of William Cowper, Esq. Written
by Himself, and never before published. With an Appendix,
containing some of Cowper's Religious Letters, and other inte-
3. Memoirs of the most Remarkable and Interesting Parts of the
Life of William Cowper, Esq. of the Inner Temple. Detailing par-
ticularly the Exercises of his Mind in regard to Religion. Writ-
ten by Himself, and never before published. To which are ap-
pended, an Original and Singular Poem, and a Fragment. 116
VIII. 1. A Sketch of the British Fur Trade in North America; with
Observations Relative to the North-west Company of Montreal.
2. Voyage de la Mer Atlantique à l'Océan Pacifique par le Nord-
ouest dans la Mer Glaciale; par le Capitaine Laurent Ferrer Mal-
donado, l'an 1588. Nouvellement traduit d'un Manuscrit Espa-
gnol, et suivi d'un Discours qui en démontre l'Autenticité et la
Véracité; par Charles Amoretti.
IX. 1. Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto III.
2. The Prisoner of Chillon, a Dream; and other Poems. By Lord
X. Letters written on Board His Majesty's Ship the Northumber-
land, and at Saint Helena; in which the Conduct and Conversa-
tions of Napoleon Buonaparte, and his Suite, during the Voyage,
and the first Months of his Residence in that Island, are faith-
fully described and related. By William Warden, Surgeon on
XF. 1. An Inquiry into the Causes of the General Poverty and De-
pendance of Mankind; including a full Investigation of the Corn
2. A Plan for the Reform of Parliament on Constitutional Princi-
3. Observations on the Scarcity of Money, and its Effects upon the
Public. By Edw. Tatham, D.D. Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford.
4. On the State of the Country, in December, 1816. By the Right
5. Christian Policy, the Salvation of the Empire. Being a clear
and concise Examination into the Causes that have produced the
impending, unavoidable National Bankruptcy; and the Effects
that must ensue, unless averted by the Adoption of this only
real and desirable Remedy, which would elevate these Realms
to a pitch of Greatness hitherto unattained by any Nation that
ever existed. By Thomas Evans, Librarian to the Society of
ART. I. An Authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American brig
Commerce, wrecked on the Western Coast of Africa, in
the month of August, 1815; with an Account of the
Sufferings of her surviving Officers and Crew, who were
enslaved by the wandering Arabs on the Great African
Desert, or Zahahrah, &c. By James Riley, late Master
II. 1. M. Tullii Ciceronis Sex Orationum Fragmenta inedita,
cum Commentariis antiquis etiam ineditis. Invenit,
recensuit, notisque illustravit Angelus Maius, Biblio-
2. Q. Aurelii Symmachi octo Orationum ineditarum
partes. Invenit, notisque declaravit A. Maius.
3. M. Cornelii Frontonis Opera inedita, cum Epistulis
item ineditis Antonini Pii, M. Aurelii, L. Veri, et
4. M. Acci Plauti Fragmenta inedita: item ad P. Teren-
tium Commentationes et Picturæ ineditæ. Inventore
5. Themistii Philosophi Oratio de Præfectura suscepta.
Inventore et interprete A. Maio.
6. Dionysii Halicarnassei Romanarum Antiquitatum pars
hactenus desiderata-Nunc denique ope Codicum
Ambrosianorum ab Angelo Maio, quantum licuit, re-
III. Narrative of a Residence in Ireland during the Summer
of 1814, and that of 1815. By Anne Plumptre, Author
of Narrative of a Three Years' Residence in France, &c.
illustrated with numerous Engravings of Remarkable
IV. Travels in Brazil. By Henry Koster
V. The Veils, or the Triumph of Constancy. A Poem, in
VI. Laou-sing-urh, or "An Heir in his Old Age," a Chinese
Drama. Translated from the Original Chinese. By
J. F. Davis, Esq. of Canton. To which is prefixed a
Brief View of the Chinese Drama and of their Theatri-
VII. Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape
Gardening, including some remarks on Grecian and
Gothic Architecture, collected from various MSS. in
the possession of the different Noblemen and Gentlemen
for whose use they were originally designed. The
whole tending to establish fixed principles in the re-
spective Arts. By H. Repton, Esq. assisted by his Son,
IX. 1. An Appeal to the British Nation, on the Treatment
experienced by Napoleon Buonaparte in the Island of
St. Helena. By M. Santini, Porter of the Emperor's
3. A Tour through the Island of St. Helena; with Notices
of its Geology, Mineralogy, Botany, &c. &c. collected
during a Residence of Twelve Years; with some parti-
culars respecting the Arrival and Detention of Napo-
leon Buonaparte. By Captain John Barnes, Town
Major, and Civil and Military Surveyor in the Hon.
Company's Service on the Island.
X. 1. Report of the Secret Committee.
2. On the present State of Public Affairs.
3. A Proposal for putting Reform to the Vote throughout
the Kingdom. By the Hermit of Marlow -
ART. I. Narrative of a Journey in Egypt and the Country beyond the Cataracts. By Thomas Legh, Esq. M.P. pp. 143. London. 1816.
IT is rather a phenomenon, in these days of bookish luxury, to
encounter a volume, and more particularly a volume of Travels, destitute of the usual garniture of fine prints or aquatinta sketches, without a single head or tail-piece, vignette or even portrait of the author, but sent naked into the world with no other embellishment or illustration than a fair type, excellent paper, and a style as plain and free from tawdriness as the sheets on which it is written. Nor is this total disregard of all ornament the only point in which Mr. Legh has shewn his utter deficiency in the notable art of bookmaking: it will scarcely be credited, especially by some of our more celebrated tourists, that a three months cruise in the Egean sea, a visit to Mitylene, Scio, Delos, Mycone, and Athens-a voyage down the gulf of Lepanto to Zante, from Zante to Malta, from Malta to Alexandria, and a journey from Alexandria to Ihrîm in Nubia, 120 miles beyond the first Cataract of the Nile, should have produced only 143 pages of moderate-sized letter-press. Such, however, is the fact. Perhaps we have found a suitable companion for this unpretending volume in Norden's modest account of his travels, through Egypt and Nubia. This honest Dane, when on his sick bed, anxious for his reputation, and fearful that he should not live to arrange his observations, but still more fearful lest the mistaken zeal of others should add to his notes and observations, thus writes to his friend: It is my desire that all wandering prolixities be curtailed, in order to avoid the sarcastic imputation of the French against the learned of the North, that they never know when to have done with a subject; "ils ont tant la rage de bavarder." But Mr. Norden was no bavard; nor, in truth, is Mr. Legh. A few good plates, indeed, of the Nubian temples, and some account of the natural history of this upper region of the Nile, so very little known, would have greatly enhanced the value of the work; but-non omnia possumus omnes-and when we find Englishmen of rank, of family and of fortune, foregoing all the pleasures within their reach, for a voluntary exile; exposing themselves, with
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their eyes open, to all the inconveniencies and hardships of painful and perilous journies, to the effects of bad climates and pestilential diseases, not merely out of idle curiosity, but for the sake of seeing with their own eyes, hearing with their own ears, and of obtaining that information and receiving those impressions which books alone can never give, we ought to be proud of this national trait, peculiarly characteristic, we believe, of British youth; and so far from visiting their literary omissions with critical severity, we should consider their communications as entitled to every indulgence. On the present occasion we have nothing to find fault with but the omissions. We could have wished to know something more of the ancient country of the Ethiopians, in which Mr. Legh has gone beyond any former traveller, (that is to say, along the banks of the Nile,) except two, whom we shall have occasion to mention hereafter, and whose labours are not yet before the public.
The plague, which, in 1812, raged at Constantinople and throughout Asia Minor, compelled our author, and his fellow traveller the Rev. Mr. Smelt, to abandon their original plan of travelling by Smyrna to the capital of the Eastern empire, and to turn their faces towards Egypt. For though the communication between Constantinople and Alexandria had been uninterrupted, the latter remained perfectly free from the contagion; and so inexplicable and capricious is the way in which this most dreadful of all diseases spreads from country to country, that a Greek, who acted as British cousul at Scio, observed to our travellers he had no fear of its infection being communicated from Smyrna, where numbers were daily dying, and from whence persons were daily arriving at the island, though within a few hours sail; but,' he added, should the plague declare itself at Alexandria, distant some hundred miles, we shall certainly have it at Scio.' It did reach Alexandria while they were in Upper Egypt and carried off one half of its inhabitants, who, before this dreadful visitation, had dwindled down to about 12,000 souls. New Alexandria,' says Norden, may justly be looked on as a poor orphan who has no other inheritance but the respectable name of its father.' Most travellers agree in the melancholy feelings excited by the present forlorn and neglected state of this once magnificent city; which abounded in temples, palaces, baths and theatres; and which reckoned 300,000 freemen among its population at the time when it fell under the dominion of the Romans. The inhabited part is confined to the narrow neck of land which joins the Pharos to the continent; the circuit of nearly five miles, inclosed by the wall of a hundred towers built by the Saracens in the thirteenth century, is now, for the most part, a deserted space,