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of the French Language. 16mo. pp. 68. Dulau and Co. 1816. ' .

Of these lively and pleasing tales, the subjects are well calcu. lated for youthful readers : but M. Mejanel's explanations of English terms are rather curious ; for instance, he chuses as a motto the sentiment of Lord Chesterfield on the necessity of early attention to “ good breeding," and he then translates it thus, ' Une bonne éducation, &c.; and in page 5. he gives a note to inform the French reader that the name of Shakspeare makes but two syllables in pronouncing, thus, Cheks-pir. Art. 31. An Atlas for the Use of Schools. By Miss Wilkinson.

Two Parts. 8vo. 75. 6d. half-bound. Law and Whittaker. 1816.

One of these little volumes contains small but neat maps of the eastern and western hemispheres, of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, and of the principal countries in Europe; and the second, part gives the outlines of the same maps, which the learner is required to fill up by adding the cities, the names of rivers, &c. We think that the plan is useful, and the price of the work is so moderate as to facilitate the general adoption of it. . . . Art. 32. The Book of Versions, or Guide to French Translation.

For the Use of Schools. Accompanied with Notes to assist in the Construction, and to display a Comparison of the French and English Idioms. By J. Cherpilloud, late Master of CottageGreen Academy. 12mo. pp. 226. Souter. 1817.

These passages from various authors are particularly well selected, and a student of the French language can scarcely fail to be amused as well as improved by attempting the translation of them. We therefore wish to Mr. Cherpilloud's · Book of Vera sions' the success which it merits.' Art. 33. The Terra Incognita of Lincolnshire ; with Observations, moral, descriptive, and historical, in original Letters written. purposely for the Improvement of Youth. By Miss Hatfield, Author of “ Letters on the Importance of the Female Sex, &c. &c. 12mo. 48. Boards. Robinsons. 1816.

Persons who are unacquainted with Lincolnshire will read these
prose-descriptions of its scenery with no very lively interest ; yet
they seem to have been written from competent local knowlege, and
will therefore gratify those to whom the subject is a recommend
ation. In page 20. some words are incorrectly printed, as, ly-
bernum, clymatis, &c.; and in page 137. is the following pleonasm,
• some submerge themselves under water.'
Art. 34. Pelham, or the Twin-brothers; a Contrast between

Virtue and Vice, being an affectionate Lesson to Youth. By
William Chown, Schoolmaster of Moulton, near Northampton.
Izmo. 6d. Printed at Northampton. 1816.

A well-meant little tale, which may be useful in a certain sphere, though the style and language are not sufficiently correct for polished readers.


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other books for the solutions, and thereby greatly facilitates the work of the master.'.

As the plan is judicious, so also we think that the execution is very correct, and that the whole is well suited for a geographical class-book in schools. Art. 37. Geography for Youth, adapted to the different Classes

of Learners. By the Rev. John 2d Edition, izmo. 45. 6d. bound. Longman and Co.: 1816. LABO .

For young children, perhaps, the form of question and answer is preferable to that which is adopted by Mr. Hartley ;-in whose work a large type is selected for such passages as are to be learned by heart, and occasional questions without their answers are sug. gested to the teacher in notes at the bottom of the page. Still we may recommend this as a clear and useful compendium of geography. Pro 5 . ! . ;v dan Art. 38. The French Scholar's First Book; comprising a copious

Vocabulary, a Collection of familiar Phrases, &c. By Ph. Le Breton, A.M. Master of the Academy in Poland-Street. 12mo. pp. 92. Law and Whittaker. ' 1817. jis

We think that this little book is well calculated for beginners,
since it is not overloaded with explanations; and the author, who
is accustomed to the task of instruction, has introduced and ár-
ranged such rules as are most necessary, together with some
amusing and well written stories for children. "
Art. 39. Principles of Elacution ; containing numerous Rules,

Observations, and Exercises on Pronunciation, Pauses, Inflec-
tions, Accent, and Emphasis; also copious Extracts in Prose and
Poetry, calculated to assist the Teacher, and to improve the
Pupil in reading and recitation. Second Edition. By Thomas
Ewing. 12mo. pp. 436. Law and Whittaker. 1816. - porta

Both teachers and students of English elocution will find Mr. Ewing's performance serviceable ; since his rules are in general very good, and his extracts form an agreeable and judicious selection.

Art. 40. Collections relative to the Systematic Relief of the Poor, at

different Periods, and in different Countries; with Observations
on Charity, its proper Objects and Conduct, and its Influence on
the Welfare of Nations. 8vo. pp. 220. 78. Boards.' Murray.

We have seldom seen a greater variety of matter compressed within the compass of a thin octavo than we here find; the author, whoever he may be, having spared no pains to explore the his. torical records of the state of the poor in all ages and nations. He begins with a statement of the condition of the poor among the Jews from the days of Moses ; and, after having turned aside (p. 21.) somewhat capriciously to China, he proceeds to recapitulate a variety of circumstances connected with the provisions for them under the Grecian and Roman governments. This part of the inquiry leads him into classic ground, and affords him an


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opportunity, of which he makes somewhat too liberal an use, of indulging in quotations from Greek and Latin writers. At last he comes (p. 68.) to the institutions for the poor in modern times ; which induces him to make the tour of Europe, and to expatiate successively on the merits of the provisions in Italy, France, Holland, England, Scotland, and Ireland, not forgetting even the crude system of Russia, or the still less inviting method in Iceland. Among the most instructive passages, is the very

full abstract (p. 140. et seq.) of the various dispositions of the system of poorlaw in England ; and in fact the book, with all the disadvantages of want of method and arrangement, will be found a very convenient collection and object of reference to persons engaged in considering the state of the poor. The author has in a great measure contented himself with acting the part of a compiler ; introducing in comparatively few instances any original observations, though he is certainly not devoid of capacity for making them; and nothing can be more evident than the spirit of benevolence that actuates him throughout. Art. 41.' Of the Revolutionists, and of the present Ministry, by M.

Translated from the French. To which is prefixed an Historical Memoir of Fouché of Nantes, now styled Duke of Otranto. By the English Editor. Second Edition. 8vo. pp. 87. Allman. 1816.

One of those vehement publications which we have seldom known to do good in any country. The part that properly forms the pamphlet is anonymous, but bears evident marks of the pen

of a Frenchman, who would have no objection (p. 34.) to see his native land once more convulsed for the sake of restoring to the emigrants their lost estates; and being also one of those who have no doubt of the existence of an extensive conspiracy previously to the return of Bonaparte from Elba. By way of adding fuel to the flame, the English editor, in his historical notice of Fouché, enlarges with extraordinary vehemence on the former delinquencies of that versatile politician. Unluckily, neither of these gentlemen seems to have succeeded in operating a change on the views of the French court; the present system of policy at the Tuileries being to consult the feelings of the revolutionists, and to drown party-spirit in oblivion, as far as it may be possible to effect this desirable object. Art.

42. Conversations on Political Economy; in which the Elements of that Science are familiarly explained. By the Author of “ Conversations on Chemistry." 8vo. pp. 476. gs. Boards. Longman and Co. 1816.

This is an attempt to explain, in an easy and familiar form, a science which has not as yet been presented to young persons in any shape that deserves the name of an attractive publication. The author, a lady, sets out by admitting her doubts of success, and her apprehension that the present offspring of her pen is likely to be less generally circulated than her elementary work on Chemistry; owing partly to the novelty of the attempt, but more to


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