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which every person is deeply interested, fate, therefore, being wholly unknown, is we beg to introduce his observations.
It calculated to awaken the sympathy and sois “Spring colds in the month of March.” licitude of all his countrymen.
“There cannot be mucb_fear of the person, The summary of the whale-fishery of who, like Spenser's March (Faerie Queen, vii. 7.) 1831, will be perused with much lively shall bend his brow to the blast, and dig his rood
emotion by all who feel an interest in the of land, and sow his bushel of seed, whether the bleak north or the biting east wind scatter con- commercial prosperity of England; but the parlour, or the half-famished tenants of the hut when, in looking over the list of ships em. or the garret. Free exposure to every wind that ployed in this hazardous undertaking, we blows, provided always that requisite clothing
find against so many names,
“ Lost in the to banish coughs and consumptions, than"all the ice,” so repeatedly written, we cannot but fox-glove or Iceland moss that ever grew, all the
conclude that it was a disastrous year. bleeding, blistering, or Long rubbing that were Other topics of original matter enrich the erer tried. Contine yourself to a warm parlour, and you will shudder at every blast, and probably pages of this edition, and increase that incatch a bad cough, or a cold fever, at every slight tensity of interest, which this first volume change of weather, and will tind it dangerous to
of the Edinburgh Cabinet Library, was on venture out of doors during the cold and chilly days of Winter and Spring but by free exposure its first appearance so calculated to excite, and brisk exercise, you may learn to set the wea. and in which it has been so eminently sucther at defiance, and put on the vigorous and
cessful. healthy look of the young Spring, instead of the church-yard cough, and undermining fever, of age and debility.”
Several beautiful copper - plates, and Review.–Bible Illustrations, or a Dewell-executed wood engravings adorn this
scription of Manners and Customs pevolume. Those which belong to the astro
culiar to the East. By the Rev. nomical department are particularly inte
Bourne Hall Draper. 12mo. pp. 264. resting.
Harris. London. 1831.
The author of this little volume has very REVIEW.- Edinburgh Cabinet Library, Vol. I. Polar Seas and Regions. 12mo. justly observed in the preface, that " it is
not possible for a book of this size to inpp. 488. Simpkin. London. 1832.
clude the whole of those customs to which In a former volume of the Imperial Maga- there are manifold allusions in the sacred zine, we reviewed the first edition of this writings. It, however, comprehends many admirable treatise on the polar seas and of the most interesting and instructive, and regions; and we now feel more gratified such as are amply sufficient' to prove that than surprised, to find that it has reached the scriptures are accurate in their repreto a third impression.
sentations, and worthy of respect, even Including all that the preceding editions where, at first sight, the sense does not imembraced, some important additions, which mediately appear.' cannot fail to enhance the interest, that in This remark is fully borne out by an every form it has been calculated to excite, appeal to the varied articles comprised in have been introduced into this, that is now these pages. Between the facts which all before us. One of these is, a singular mo- travellers notice, and the statements of holy numental inscription, found on a stone in writ, there is a most striking coincidence, an erect position in Greenland in 1824. although they bear no resemblance to The engraving is in Runic characters, and European manners, and modes of life. bears the date of 1135.
Where these facts appear, there can be no The fate of a ship named the “ John of room for doubt, and from these we are led Greenock," the severe sufferings and pre- to infer truth, 'where, between the record servation of part of her crew, and their and existing realities, we can trace no wintering in 1830, on a bleak and solitary relation. shore of Baffin's Bay, is another subject of The fragments of history, and results of thrilling interest, belonging to the additional modern observation, with which this book matter of this volume.
abounds, will render it very pleasing to the The departure of Captain Ro in 1829, youthful mind, and this pleasure will be is distinctly noticed ; but we regret to add, considerably, heightened by the several that although nearly three years have elapsed neat engravings which are introduced to since he ventured into those dangerous re- illustrate the subjects described. To the gions, no account is given of his subse. juvenile library it will be a valuable acquiquent movements. From this silence, we sition, as it is neither dull nor tedious, no cannot but infer, that no tidings of this in- subject being continued beyond the interest trepid adventurer have been received ; his which keeps attention always alive.
in the service of superstition; is engaged in founded upon Incidents of real occur- dishonourable employment.
We readily rence, In Three Volumes, 12mo. pp. allow that, in language, all belief in her 364, 357, 345. Smith and Elder. predictions is decidedly disavowed, but London. 1832.
this disavowal is generally made when an
event appears to confirm what she had We learn from a brief preface, that the foretold, and the reader is left to decide foundation of this tale was laid in a western
between fact and declaration. county of England, but that when the
The true light in which the author wishes manuscript was nearly ready for the press, these volumes to be considered, may be the author's business called him to Van gathered from the following passages. Diemen's land, where these volumes were
" First, theu,, as to the tale itself. Although it actually printed, and whence copies have may appear, under this shape, or, as some, perbaps,
may call it a novel, it is no fiction, or the work of been sent to the British metropolis for sale. imagination, either in its characters or incidents. Respecting the tale itself, an introductory Not hy this, however, is it pretended to be said, that
all the occurrences' it details happened precisely chapter furnishes the following information. in their order of narration, nor that it is the mere
recital of the events of a man's life, but it is a bioThe author, making an excursion into
graphy, true in its general features, and in its porDevonshire, happened to spring from a
traiture of individuals ; and all the documents,
letters, and other papers contained in its pages, are hedge, by which means he dislocated his
transcripts, or nearly so, of originals, copied from the ankle. In this condition he was found by
manuscript, which came into the author's hands in
the manner described in the introductory chapter."an intelligent lad, who procured assistance, Preface, p. ii. and had him carried to the house of Quin- We have no right to question the truth tus Servinton, which was near where the of the statement thus made, although the accident happened. Here he resided about work is anonymous. Without all doubt, a fortnight; and having been treated with the names given to the individuals who more than common hospitality, the parties appear, are manufactured for the purpose ; soon became familiar, and interested in nevertheless, we need not travel far, to find each other's welfare.
characters to which they will most accuPrior to the author's departure, Mr. rately apply. In style and expression, Servinton put into his hands a manuscript, we find many things objectionable. Procontaining the history and vicissitudes of fane language is a blot on any work his life, and ultimately gave permission to which makes moral improvement its obhave it printed. This presumed manu- ject and aim. script furnishes the materials of the present The tale contains many vicissitudes and tale, the purport of which is to warn youth incidents, some of which are accompanied against indiscretion, to fortify the mind with salutary reflections. Yet there is, on under the most gloomy appearances, and, the whole, hanging about it, and diffused finally, to guard against despondency un- through its events, a certain looseness of der the most adverse circumstances. language, which renders it better calculated
The history of Quintus Servinton may to amuse than to instruct its readers. be gathered from the predictions of a female gipsy, who thus delineated the prin- Review.- The Familiar Astrologer, &c. cipal events of his life, when telling the fortune of his father,
8c. By Raphael. 8vo. pp. 716. Bennet.
London. 1832. * Your children will be a score less two. He who is now entering the world (Quintus) will give you as In olden times, full credence was given to much pleasure and as much pain as any of them ; thrice will he be in danger of sudden or violent the powers of the necromancer and the death; thrice will he undergo great reverse of fortune; his thrice tenth year will be the commencing magician; and the existence of fairies, he will have passed through all dangers, and tihi genii, and a long et-cetera of diablerie attain a happy and peaceful old age: but warn him, was universally admitted. from his cradle, of from thirty to forty."-p.7.
nerally appear now, however, to renounce In following this tale through its various all faith in witchery, and other demoniacal windings and evolutions, we discover that powers, and view the mystical traditions the presages of the gipsy received an of other years, and the occult sciences con. almost literal fulfilment; and, thus com- nected with them, as appendages and chapressed within a narrow compass, her racteristics only of an unenlightened and prognostics may be said to embody the barbarous age. We concur most cordially essence of the whole story. As a piece of in the dismissal from popular belief of all machinery, the appearance of the gipsy those supernatural powers, and monstrous may do exceedingly well ; but whenever legends, cherished by our forefathers ; yet fiction lends its aid to encourage confidence are we free to confess, that, as relics of the in such divinations, its influence, enlisted past, as the opinions once entertaiued by
BRIEF SURVEY OF BOOKS.
mankind, they carry with them much to things, spread over a vast expanse of exinterest the mind.
cellent paper, and dedicated to Sir Charles To trace the rise and progress of the Wetherell. mystical sciences, and to develop the 5. Eternity realized, or a Guide to the various causes' which assisted the human Thoughtful, by Robert Philip, (Book Soimagination in adding absurdity to absur- ciety, London,) is a little volume, the condity, would be foreign to our purpose ; tents of which almost instinctively transport we may, however, advert to the great prin- us into another world. Its sections exhibit ciple on which the credulity of a long- eternity in many serious and commanding forgotten race of men was originally lights, in each of which every reader is founded, ,-an innate consciousness in the deeply interested. It is a practical view human mind, that there are modes of ex of this bottomless abyss, into which all istence differing widely from mortal life, generations must successively enter. and the consequent desire which men feel 6. Narratives of Two Families exposed to penetrate into the arcana of a future or to the Great Plague of London, 1665, unknown state of being.
with Conversations on Religious PrepuraThis large volume lays open the whole tion for Pestilence, by John Scott, M.A. secret of the occult sciences, adverts both (Seeley, London,) could hardly ever have to principles and facts, which, whether true more opportunely re-appeared than at the or false, are marvellous, though shrouded present time, when the metropolis is mein mystical darkness, and exhibits inci- naced, and even visited, with an alarming dents calculated to beget both astonish- epidemic, which of late years has ravaged ment and horror in timid and uncultivated the eastern world. The narratives are awminds.
fully interesting, and picture with gloomy vividness the state of London in 1665. The conversations arising from the subject, are well adapted to the occasion which gave
them birth, and to the time and circum1. Sacred Imagery; or Illustrations of stances of their being reprinted. the principal Figures of Speech from the 7. The Christiun Pattern, or a TreaBible, by Joseph Fincher, Esq. (Hatchard, tise on the Imitation of Christ, by ThoLondon,) is a little book that will be found mas à Kempis, (Longman, London,) is a exceedingly serviceable for children. In book which, in point of publicity, may pages seven and eight, we have an expla- rival John Bunyan's Pilgrim. Its name nation of Metaphor, Allegory, Compari. tells every thing, so that we have only to son, Personification, Apostrophe, Antithisis, add, that this is a very neat edition of “The Interrogation, Exclamation, Irony, and Christian Pattern.” Climax. The subsequent parts are com 8. A Practical Exposition of the Assemposed of passages of scripture belonging bly's Shorter Catechism, &c. by Henry to some one or other of the above branches Belfrage, D.D. (Nisbet, London,) will be of imagery, to which the reader is referred hailed as a charming book by all who are for an explanation. The plan is simple, in love with the good old doctrine of elecand the selections have been judiciously tion and reprobation. chosen.
9. The Rure Jewel of Christian Con. 2. Divine Breathings, or Spiritual tentment, by Jeremiah Burroughs, (ReMeditations suited to the Occasion of ligious Tract Society, London,) is a reprint Breaking Bread, by John Beart, (Wight- from 1645, containing sermons
on this man, London,) like many thousands of Christian virtue. It is a book of sterling other publications, is very excellent, but worth, and well deserving a place among it contains nothing new, and the market is the Society's publications. too much overstocked for every one to 10. A Practical Grammar of the French obtain a general reading.
Language, being a Concise System of 3. Thoughts in Affliction, by the Rev. French Accidence and Syntax, &c. by A. S. Thelwall, A.M. (Seeley, London,) L. Edward Peithman, L.L.D. (Douglas, is an excellent little book, deserving the Portman-street, London,) will be deemed reader's very serious attention. It incul- a valuable book by all who study this alcates lessons of importance, whence both most universally cultivated tongue. It now prosperity and adversity may derive much enters into the essence of a genteel educavaluable instruction.
tion, and every seminary is thought to be 4. Poems, chiefly Occasional, by Sa- radically defective, in which it is not taught. muel Frederick Green, (Author, London,) This work appears to have been composed are pretty, little, sighing, smelling-bottle with care ; the author's views are com. 20. SERIES, NO. 15.-VOL. II.
prehensive, and his observations discrimi. (Baynes, London,) contains much to attract nating. An attentive perusal of this gram- attention, and much to gratify an inquiring mar will enable the reader to acquire all spirit. The author has surveyed the the principles which books can teach, and signs of the times” under various aspects, nearly all that can be expected from any some of which display friendly, and others written source of information.
frowning presages. He enters on his sub11. The Revivalist, (Simpkin, London,) ject like a man aware of its importance, is a new publication, which has for its ob- and draws from indisputable premises some ject the best interests of mankind. Its very interesting and momentous conclusions. arrangement is admirable, yet simple; and 17. Letters on Education, by J. P. if each succeeding number bear inspection Mursell, (Whittaker, London,) enter very equally with those we have before us, no fear copiously and luminously into this most need be entertained for its success.
important subject. The author includes 12. The Biblical Annual for 1832, in a sound education, the cultivation of the containing a Fourfold Translation of mind, the acquisition of select knowledge, the Book of Ecclesiastes, (Hamilton, Lon- and an aptitude to communicate it. In don,) embraces the common English ver- surveying its moral and political aspect, sion, a new translation from the original his remarks are forcible and appropriate ; Hebrew, from the Greek of the Septuagint, and, as the result of his argumentation and and from the Latin Vulgate. The trans- reasoning, this conclusion appears in promilation from the Hebrew, the author informs nent features-education is a blessing, us, is by one of his daughters ; that from which, under the influence of moral printhe Vulgate, by a younger sister; and that ciples, cannot be too extensively diffused. from the Septuagint, by himself. To the 18. The Voluntary Nature of Divine joint talents of this family, these transla- Institutions, and the Arbitrary Character tions are highly creditable. It is an honour of the Church of England, a Discourse, to young ladies, to be thus usefully and preached at Dudley, by J. Maurice, studiously employed. In some few in- (Holdsworth, London,) bears hard upon stances, the passages vary in their import, the establishment of our country, exposes though in general they are radically the its defects, and descants upon its abuses.
In other places, the translations Of what, however, may be advanced in its differ in words than in me favour, the author takes no notice. He It is a work that will afford much critical seems to consider it as anti-christian, and amusement by the nice discriminations would, therefore, rejoice at its overthrow. which the translations exhibit.
In the latter part, he appears to be a son of 13. Arithmetical Tables for the use of Nimshi," for he driveth furiously.” Schools, &c. by James Child, (Simpkin, 19. Balaam, by the Author of “ FanaLondon,) will be found exceedingly useful ticism Unveiled,” (Holdsworth, London,) to young persons, either at school or at is not exclusively confined to the individual home. It is a little book in which sim- whose name it bears, but makes excursions plicity and utility are happily combined, into the extensive territories of magic, and in which various rules are laid down soothsaying, and divination. The chawith correctness and perspicuity. What racter of Balaam is certainly one of the the author has advanced on weights and most extraordinary that is recorded in the measures, is at once comprehensive and in- sacred volume. Its remarkable peculiarities telligible to any ordinary capacity. the author has amply illustrated throughout
14. Part I. of the Complete Works of his volume, and the result of his investigaTobias Crisp, (Bennet, London,) under the tion he has thus summed up in his preface. specious title of “ Christ exalted,” will “ They who attend to the words which, prove a delicious morsel to the friends of "he being dead, yet speaketh,' will bear, at Antinomian principles.
least, an uncompromising testimony to the 15. Anti-Slavery Reporter, Numbers fact, that extraordinary gifts of the Spirit 92-93, continues, as usual, to set the atro- are not always accompanied by the genuine city of this nefarious traffic in its proper fruits of the SPIRIT, on the hearts and light. The iniquities" developed are almost lives of their possessors; and that, without too abominable to command belief. We charity, the rarest gifts and endowments are hope the day is near at hand, when slavery nothing worth,” p. ix. This is an entertainwill find its termination in the British ing and instructive book. colonies.
20. Le Traducteur; or Historical, 16. The Substance of Four Discourses Dramatic, and Miscellaneous Selections on the Signs of the Times, practically from the best French Writers, &c., by considered, &c. &c., by Josiah Redford, P. F. Merlet, (Wilson, London,) is in
tended to facilitate the acquirement of the mounted, the path will be plain and lumiFrench language. For this the plan is ad On the continent, we apprehend mirably adapted; and the notes, idioms, that Jacotut's method of teaching languages and grammatical peculiarities, will be is in very high repute; and in this country found of great utility. The selections hav nothing more appears necessary, than that ing been made with care, taste, and judg the principles of his plan should be under. " ment, cannot fail to stimulate the pupil in stood, to ensure it an equal degree of cefully understanding, what a transient glance lebrity will convince him is at once amusing and 24. Indigestion and Costiveness ; with replete with interest.
Hints to both Sexes on the Use of Lavements, 21. A Treatise on Pulmonary Con 8c., by Edward Jukes, Surgeon, Inventor of sumption, its Prevention and Remedy, by the Stomach Pump, (Effingham, Wilson, John Murray, F.S.A. F.L.S. F.G.S. &c., London,) is a treatise which belongs to (Longman, London,) is professional, ra- gentlemen of the faculty, rather than to tional, and scientific. The dreadful ma common readers. It contains, however, lady to which Mr. Murray calls our atten many important observations, which all can tion, destroys annually, in Great Britain understand, and gives much wholesome alone, about 55,000, or 150 every day; directions, that might be followed with and, what adds greatly to the calamity is, great advantage. The author justly conthat no adequate remedy has ever yet been siders, that, to prevent disease, is always discovered for this awful disease. In this better than to apply remedies. With this treatise, the author directs our attention to view, he strongly recommends a strict atprevention and remedy. A neglected cold, tention to the state of the bowels, in which improper diet, confined air, sedentary ha most complaints primarily originate. Lavebits, overheated apartments, transition from ments, or clysters, he prefers to medicine heat to cold, damp feet, unequal clothing, taken in the usual way, and describes an and chilling currents of air, the author apparatus which may be safely used in places among the predisposing causes of cases of indigestion and costiveness. this fatal malady. These, every reader 25. Practical Remarks on the Inutility knows how to avoid ; but, when prevention of the Hydrostatic Test in the Detection has been neglected, the remedies, such as of Infanticide, by Henry William Dewmay be obtained, must be left to gentlemen hurst, Surgeon Accoucher, &c. &c. (Auof the faculty. This volume displays con- thor, London,) is a small treatise, which siderable research, and abounds with en- shews, that the commonly-received proofs lightened observations.
of an infant having been born alive, are 22. Writings of John Fox, Bale, and indecisive and unsatisfactory. His obserCoverdale, (Religious Tract Society, Lon vations appear reasonable ; but, while he don,) is a reprint of various works by the discards the generally supposed tests of above celebrated authors. In useful em- detection, he does not appear to have inployment of this nature, the Religious Tract troduced any thing more conclusive in Society have been actively engaged for their stead. some years, and their exertions have brought 26. Buchan's Domestic Medicine,(Wash. into extensive circulation many valuable bourne, London,) wants no recommendapublications, that time had half forgotten in tion beyond its name. Few medical books its march. Of these works, this is one, en are better known, more highly valued, or titled to more than common regard. more deserving of perpetual circulation.
23. Universal Instruction ; Epitome of 27. A Translation of the Statutes of Historiæ Sacræ, adapted, by a literal Trans the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order, lation, to Jacotots Method, &c., by Joseph 80.8c., by John Frost, F.S.C. Kcts. K.S.S. Payne, (Simpkin, London,) is worthy the (Gardiner, London,) will be chiefly inattention of all who profess to teach lan teresting to those who delight in being guages. His plan, which is universal in its “stuck o'er with titles, and hung round application, is illustrated by its adaptation with strings ;” and to adepts in the art and to the Latin tongue. Whatever tends to mystery of heraldry, it may be a very enterfacilitate the acquirement of any language, taining book; but beyond these localities, provided the knowledge obtained is neither we think that very few will ever celebrate defective nor superficial, is an important its birth-day. It displays, however, in the acquisition. This desirable object is pro translator, an intimate acquaintance with mised in the work before us, with the most his subject, and encircles the institution flattering indications of ultimate success. In with a glittering halo of evanescent glory, the early stages, the pupil may find some A list of the members, in their various disdifficulties to encounter, but, these sur tinctive honours, is given at the close.