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matter, and the numerous and well-executed It must not, however, be understood that plates and maps with which they are orna. the preceding remarks are intended to opemented, will happily give decoration to rate as an apology for any extravagances utility, and render the whole a work of con- which these volumes contain. Independsiderable interest and value.
ently of local peculiarities, we find nothing startling to credibility; nothing that puts
credulity on the rack. In some measure REVIEW.- American Stories for Little their general character may be inferred
Boys and Girls. Selected by Miss from the following titles which they bear, Mitford. Three Volumes, 12mo. pp. “ Sketches of a Sea Voyage--the Talisman 284, 278, 298. Whittaker. London. - Life and Poems of Lucretia-Maria Da1832.
vidson-Robert Woodard - Traditions of There is an art, if such it may be termed, the Mammoth—and Self Conquest,” fill the in the telling of a story, which many first volume. The second contains “ The persons of great learning and superior Canadian Travellers—the Blind Boy-Life talents never can attain. Every one, on of Wilson, the American Ornithologist, hearing it well told, perceives its excel- the New England Farm House - Grape lence, and feels an interest in the issue; Island - the Storm—and Adventures of a yet it is difficult to point out what con- Nine-pence.” The third presents to the stitutes its superiority. Narrative is a reader “ Evenings at Boston — the New species of composition, for which both England Parsonage -- the Young Provina young and old feel a strong partiality. All cial—the Way to have Friends--the Logare in love with the marvellous, provided bridge-the Valley of the Furnace--and it keep within the bounds of truth; and the Garden of Roses." when places, names, and dates, can be In the first story, “Sketches of a Sea ascertained, they impart a freshness to the Voyage,” a description is given of the ship, incidents, which cannot be derived from its tackling, capacity, arrangement, and acany other source.
commodations. Her weighing anchor, Due allowance, however, must be made spreading her sails, encountering storms, for the authenticity of tales which are calms, exposure to enemy, escape founded on foreign habits, and arise in from disasters, and safe arrival in port, are distant portions of the globe. A tale of the all incorporated in the tale. The condition arctic regions can hardly be expected to of the passengers on board, the unavoidbear any resemblance to one that dates its able inconveniencies of their situation, the nativity from the torrid zone. Both may variety of character among them, and the be true, although they bear no similitude numerous objects which attract the attento each other; and each may seem incre. tion in a voyage from America to England, dible, when related or perused in that are all interwoven with much ingenuity. climate which is the reverse of its own. The tale will teach a sailor his duty; and a Similar remarks will apply to ourselves. passenger, what may reasonably be expected In an English tale, we expect to find in crossing the Atlantic. English features; but when we draw from The tale which relates to the Mammoth foreign climates, though manners and cus- is as prodigious as that unwieldy animal. toms essentially vary, we have no more Not having ever been seen alive, no accureason on this account to deem the narrative rate estimate can be formed of its real dilegendary or fictitious, than other nations mensions. From the bones that have been have to call those fabulous which are im- found, it appears to have far exceeded in ported from our shores.
magnitude any of the animal tribes now in Of these tales, in three volumes, the existence; but, beyond this, nothing with scene is laid in America, where nature absolute certainty can be affirmed. The appears in gigantic forms. Her lakes are story is founded upon Indian traditions, seas, in the eyes of Europeans. Sea-ser- which surpass all bounds of probability. pents are said to visit her oceans; remnants The authority, however, is given, on which of the Mammoth are still found in various the exaggerated statement rests; and the recesses; and her continent is an inhabitant author does not vouch for its authenticity. of every zone. Under such circumstances, In one page, we are informed, that “the we ought not to be astonished at an occa- Megalonyx was precisely sixty feet in sional expression that may seem to partake length, and twenty-five feet in height. On of the marvellous. No traveller should set this subject, we beg to add the following boundaries to the magnitude of a waterfall, passage, from a celebrated commentator un'il he has seen the phenomenon of Nia- still living. “ The Mammoth; or, Megagara.
lonyx, is a carnivorous animal, as the struc
REVIEW.-ANNUAL BIOGRAPHY--CABINET ANNUAL REGISTER.
ture of the teeth proves, and of an immense undisturbed repose, in the house appointed size. From a considerable part of the ske- for all living. leton which I have seen, it is computed that A work that has been so long before the the animal to which it belonged must have world as the Annual Biography, of which been nearly twenty-five feet high, and sixty this is the sixteenth volume, must be too in length. The bones of one toe are entire; well known to require any particular deand the toe upwards of three feet in length.” scription. The memoirs are written with
Dr. Adam Clarke's Commentary on much spirited simplicity ; and several Genesis i. 24.
among them furnish narratives of remarkThe history of “ Robert Woodard ; or, able events, that are particularly interesting. the Heedless Boy,” teaches an important The life of Mrs. Siddons, the biographical lesson, which all should learn. The life of sketch of Mr. Roscoe, and the shipwreck “Wilson” is rendered particularly interesting of Sir Murray Maxwell, may be adduced, by unquestionable facts. “Grape Island” among many others, as specimens of the is truly American in all its parts. “ The able ma:ner in which this work is exeNew England Farm House is also quite cuted. transatlantic in every feature. “ Evenings
To the impartiality which distinguishes in Boston” contain many very amusing these memoirs, justice directs us to bear an narratives and incidents ; but they would unequivocal testimony. No doubtful exhave been equally as entertaining, if Boston pressions are suffered to interweave themhad given place to any town, city, or selves with the general tenor of the narracountry on the European continent, or in tive, to neutralize its effects, and place the the islands of the sea.
individual in a questionable light. What We have neither time nor room to cha. is intended is expressed without duplicity, racterize each individual tale. The prin- and nothing appears in the character of artciple upon which all are founded, is de- ful concealment. cidedly excellent; and practical utility is Of literary men, some account is given uniformly kept in view. These volumes in reference to their works, but this relates happily blend instruction and entertain- more to the list of their publications than ment with so much ingenuity, that, while to their particular character, or the merits the reader pursues nothing but amusement, which they possess. Yet, even in this he insensibly falls in with fragments of his respect, as a book of consultation its records tory, and accidental delineations, which will will be found exceedingly valuable. probably be remembered when the tale With a degree of candour highly credititself is half obliterated from the memory. able to the compiler, the sources whence We have perused these tales with much his information has been derived are very gratification; and think that the handsome generally acknowledged. This tribute of volumes which contain them, will be a valua- respect was due, both to himself and to the ble acquisition to the juvenile library, on works which have afforded the supplies : to each side of the Atlantic.
himself, that he may not be accountable for the errors of others, nor reap laurels to
which they have an exclusive claim; and Review.— The Annual Biography and Obituary.
to others, that they may not have occasion to 1832. Vol. XVI. 8vo.
complain that their compositions have been pp. 476. Longman. London.
pirated without being honoured with a This volume contains memoirs of cele. suitable acknowledgment. brated persons who have died within the The Annual Biography and Obituary is years 1830 and 1831. These are thirty- a national work, in the welfare of which one in number, and are variously extended, all the respectable classes of the commuas the career of the individual has been
nity are deeply interested; and we doubt more or less diversified with incidents, not that it is supported by the patronage while pursuing his journey through life. which it so justly merits.
This annual biography has no connexion with sect or party. Statesmen, judges, counsellors, divines, philosophers, and Review.-- The Cabinet Annual Register, heroes, are alike eligible to its pages; and and Historical, Political, Biographical. it is pleasing to observe, that, how much and Miscellaneous Chronicle, for the soever they might have differed in senti- Year 1831. To be continued annually. inent from each other, when living, their 12mo. pp. 464. Washbourne. London. names and distinguishing characteristics 1832. now associate in these pages, in as much This book bears a comprehensive title, peace as their mortal remains moulder with which is calculated to excite very“ sanguine expectations. We do not, however, think cided testimony. To every lover of his that they are greater than its contents are country, and to all who have the welfare of adapted to gratify, as the subjects are both their neighbours and families at heart, numerous and interesting, and the author's whether of patrician or plebeian blood, acquaintance with them is at once intimate these tables and documents must be highly and extensive.
interesting and valuable. They may be In glancing over the contents, we find considered as a map, on which is delineated that the compiler pays his visits to nearly all the income and disbursements of the British the countries in Europe; and, crossing the nation, with all its leading characters sitting Atlantic, traverses the United States, and at the helm of public affairs. These are carries his researches into the regions of tables and documents, which, in some form South America. From each of these he or other, no person should be without; and collects materials for this “ historical, poli- we scarcely know one in which, on a suctical, biographical, and miscellaneous chro- cinct, yet moderately extended scale, they nicle,” which, richly freighted with foreign may be inspected to greater advantage. and domestic intelligence, he now presents to the public in the character of the Cabinet Annual Register.”
REVIEW.— Fisher's Drawing-room ScrapOf this work, about one half is devoted
book, with Poetical Illustrations, by to the occurrences which, during the past
L. E. L. 4to. Fisher & Co. London. year, have taken place in Great Britain and From the number and variety of splendid Ireland. Among these, the proceedings of annuals which of late years have presented parliament, popular tumults, and the state themselves to our notice, we were inclined of the public mind, form the more promi. to think that the resources of ingenuity were nent features. The nations on the continent so impoverished, that no powerful attracfollow in succession ; so that a few glances tion in any rival publication could be reawill introduce us to the principal trans- sonably expected. We had also imagined, actions of the European and American that public taste, satiated with literary and world.
graphic splendour, would pause for a seaIn several respects, the year has been pro
son, until the cravings of returning hunger ductive of many remarkable events. The should demand a fresh supply. In both of commotions in France, the affairs of Bel- these respects we have, however, found gium and Holland, the efforts of Poland to ourselves greatly mistaken. shake off the Russian yoke, and the state of The Drawing-room Scrap-book is a Portugal, still remaining in suspense, arrest splendid quarto, elegantly bound, and orour attention when we look abroad; while namented with thirty-six beautiful engravthe Reform bill, at home, swallows almost ings, so that it exceeds, both in dimensions every other consideration. Into each of and in the number of its embellishments, these, the work before us enters; and, al. all its predecessors and contemporaries, and though the author's observations are com- thus holds out a new attraction to the adpendious, they appear luminous, and com- mirers of art, in the number, diversity, and mand our respect by their impartiality. concentration of its charms.
Of the Annual Biography we do not think Nor have these attractive influences been so highly. The memoirs are very brief, permitted to operate in vain. The sale of and consist chiefly of common-place ob- this superb production has, we understand, servations, unenriched by original matter, been very considerable. To this, perhaps, unenlivened by incident and anecdote, and the time of its appearance greatly contriunadorned by those nice discriminations of buted. It was reserved until the conclusion character that might be expected. It is an of the year, when the novelty of others, annual obituary, a little more extended prematurely sent into the market, had subthan that which bears this name; and no sided; and, as a Christmas and New Year's one would, perhaps, have detected an Gift among annuals unseen before, it found error, if both had been covered by the latter no competitor. title.
But, in addition to the splendid exterior The “ Chronicle of Events," on the con- and graphic elegance of this volume, the trary, we consider as a highly valuable poetic pen of L. E. L. lent a portion of its article. It includes nearly every incident of well-known fame, to augment its lustre and importance that has occurred in the British enhance its value. The productions of this empire, throughout the year. This portion lady are well known to all who have any alone is worth the price of the whole book. regard for the muses, or have ever visited
In favour of the public documents, lists, the Aonian mount. Nearly all the descriptables, &c., we readily bear our most de- tions are her own; and, in conjunction 2D. SERIES, NO. 16.–VOL. II.
with her other compositions, they will bear chair of infallibility, and to assume the their part in transmitting her name to pos- censorship over the poetical genius of the terity.
era and country in which he lives. We By special permission, this Drawing- cannot, therefore, but think, that Mr. room Scrap-book is dedicated to Her Royal Michell has taken a hasty and premature Highness the Duchess of Kent, and the first step, and that, in a few years, he will regret plate is a lovely portrait of her daughter the he had not acted with more prudence, Princess Victoria. In this portrait, youth, caution, and deliberate circumspection, beauty, innocence, and simplicity, are Within the narrow compass of one huuhappily combined. It was engraved by dred pages, throughout which many notes Woolnoth from a painting by Anthony are scattered, Mr. Mitchell has cited before Stewart. Her illustrious mother, the Duchess his tribunal, arraigned, tried, acquitted, or of Kent, engraved by the same artist, condemned, fifty-four votaries of the muse. also appears in the volume, and likewise Many of these are her particular favourites, His Highness Prince George-Frederick, and have long since had their names inAlexander - Charles-Earnest - Augustus of scribed on a conspicuous tablet in the Cumberland.
temple of fame; while others are travelling Descending from royal lineage, some hard to gain the steep ascent, and catch, other portraits of celebrated individuals if but a transient, smile from the Parnasadorn this volume, but, in general, the sian goddess. In short, Mr. Michell has plates exhibit views of varied scenery and spread his net so widely, that in one genecharacter, taken from England, Ireland, ral sweep he has enclosed nearly all the India, and the antipodes of the globe. poetical talents of the country, and dragged
Amidst this magnificent assemblage, we them on shore, to undergo the rigours of scarcely know to which we should attach his own examination. our strongest marks of admiration. Those But while we thus most decidedly conthat are of foreign extraction being new, in demn Mr. Michell's presumption and tearchitecture and nature, to the English eye, merity, for the daring step he has taken, will most probably put forth an attractive we do not mean to insinuate that his propower, that will be felt with the greatest duction is destitute of merit. Many efficacy. Novelty, however, is an evanes- lines are admirably constructed, and his sencent charm, and when this has subsided, timents are nervously expressed. We perintrinsic worth will resume and retain its ceive, also, some nice discriminations of permanent character. On superlative ex- character, applied to the works which he cellence, where all has so strong a claim analyzes, both in his poem and in the to approbation, we presume not to decide; notes; but his muse not being fully fledged, this must be consigned to the taste and exposes many unseemly parts, which time judgment of every connoisseur.
might have covered with beautiful feathers, We have only to add, that the Drawing- He might then have given to his critical room Scrap-book is a work in which art awards a degree of symmetry of which they and genius have happily united their ener- now are destitute. gies; and we rejoice to find it honoured It is equally fair also to observe, that, on with that extensive patronage which the some occasions, Mr. Michell is nearly as publishers had successfully exerted them- lavish in his praises, as, on others, he is selves to deserve.
liberal in his censures; and even the same individual, whom, in some respects, he at times applauds, he condemns and ridicules
in others. Few, indeed, have been so forReview.- Living Poets and Poetesses, a
tunate as to merit approbation without any Biographical and Critical Poem. By
alloy; but several are brought forth with Nicholas Michell, Author of the Siege
“all their imperfections on their heads;" of Constantinople. 12mo. pp. 150, Kidd,
and, for their redeeming qualities, to mitiLondon, 1832.
gate the severity of censure, we are comThis is a bold title, and, when we consider pelled to search in vain. that the author is a very young man, who From the pen of Lord Byron, a survey has but just begun to make his appearance of English Bards and Scotch Reviewers before the public, we cannot but view his might be very acceptable to the public; undertaking as still bolder than the name but on the subject of satire, imitation is he has given to his book. Age, experi- rarely successful. None but Ulysses could ence, superiority of talent, and established bend his own bow, and Wallace alone reputation, should all concentrate, in the could properly manage his own sword. writer who presumes to take his seat in the In weak or unskilful hands, a ponderous
JUDAS RETURNING THE THIRTY PIECES.
do the same:
crime and care!
weapon will sometimes inflict a wound handsome present from one friend to ano-
As a specimen of the poetry, we give the
“The thirty pieces down he flung, for which his
Lord he sold,
And turned away his murderer's face from that
on his heart,
For which, nor earth nor heaven have hope, which
“A curse is on his memory, we shudder at his
At once we loathe and scorn his guilt, and yet we
We act the traitor's part again, and do betray our
“ We bend the knee, record the Vow,
and breathe poetical vigour, because, in youth, they
the fervent prayer:
How soon are prayer and vow forgot, amid life's
The Saviour's passion, cross, and blood, of what
avail are they,
If first that Saviour we forget, and next we disobey!
“ For pleasures, vanities, and hates, the compact
How for some moments' vain delight we will im-
turn to thee;
And from the devil and the world our guard and
And as the mariners at sea still watch some guiding
own they are.”—pp. 21, 22.
BRIEF SURVEY OF BOOKS.
1. The Child's Commentator on the
A. M., (Seeley, London,) derives a con-