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that are now before us may be considered condition of the slaves, the following fact a fair criteria of the orthodoxy of the sect, will serve to illustrate. It is given on the the cry of heresy will soon grow too hoarse authority of Mr. Hodgson, who vouches for with croaking, to be heard.
" At a dining party of five or six gentlemen, I heard one of the guests, who is reputed a respectable planter, say, in the course of conversation, that
he shot at one of his own slaves last year, with intent Review.— The History and Topography of to kill him for running away; that on another occa
the United States of North America, sion, finding that two runaway slaves had taken refrom the earliest Period to the present fiuge of this plantation, he invited some of his friends Time. By John Howard Hinton, A.M. they went to hunt the slaves, and hearing a rustling Parts 31–40. Hinton, London, 1832.
in the reeds, or canes, in which they believed them
to be concealed, they all fired at their game, but In the course of its publication, we have
unfortunately missed. He did not appear to be
sensible that he was telling any thing extraordinoticed most of the preceding parts of this nary, nor to understand the silence of astonishment elegant work, to the conclusion of which and horror.”-p. 451. the portions now under inspection con
Slavery is, however, the same in principle duct us.
throughout the world. Circumstances may The number and excellence of its plates conspire to mitigate its severity ; but while cannot fail to have attracted the notice of the life of a black man is subject to the every observer; and those which appear in capricious brutality of one that is white, the parts before us, will furnish convincing power any way acquired will be abused. proof that an approximation, towards the Perhaps, a greater inconsistency can scarcely conclusion, has not been accoinpanied with be found in the human character, than to any deterioration.
see an American with one hand signing the The maps, also, of every state in the act of independence, and with the other inUnion participate in the common excellence. flicting torture on his unprotected slave. In They appear to have been drawn with ac- reference to this melancholy subject we cancuracy, and to have been executed with not wonder at the following sentiments peculiar care. They include every thing of delivered by Mr. Jefferson. importance which time imposes on the face “I tremble for my country, when I reflect that of nature; and arrest in their progress, the
God is just; that this justice cannot sleep for
ever; that considering numbers, nature, and natural gigantic works of human labour and inge- means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, nuity, which distinguish this growing portion
an exchange of situation, is among possible events;
that it may become probable by superior interfeof the western world.
The Almighty has no attribute which can The portrait of George Washington, take side with us in such a contest."-p. 452. which appears in the thirty-fourth part, de- Although several publications respecting mands especial notice. Of the personal America, have appeared at different periods likeness, we can say nothing; but we can in various forms, we are not aware of any trace, or fancy that we can do so, the great one besides Mr. Hinton's that combines in and prominent features of his character in one consecutive series, the political, comthe lineaments of his countenance. It ex- mercial, and natural history of this Hercuhibits a happy mixture of courage and pla- lean republic, which already awes with its cidity, and seeins, in its exterior, to display sublimity, and dazzles with its splendour, the patriotism that glows within the soul. the nations, which a few years since treated It is a strong specimen of line engraving, the infant giant with contempt. which seems destined to preserve the trust With ample sources of information, a committed to the plate, as though emble- suitable degree of intellectual energy and matical of the man on whom all nations commendable industry, Mr. Hinton has exhave conferred the honour of immortality. plored the origin, and traced the progress, of
It is not in our power to follow Mr. Hin- this western emporium of industry, enterton through the numerous details of progres- prise, and internal resources. In pursuing sive art, produce, consumption, imports, its march, he has noticed in a dispassionate exports, trade, manufacture, and enterprise, manner the convulsive struggles which with which he has enriched this work. To marked her career, and in his passage commercial men, his tables will be found of pointed out those secret springs, that, on essential service. Similar observations will being touched, called the mighty phenoapply to the maritime power and increasing mena into operation. We have only to add navigation of this large and flourishing sec- in conclusion, that it is an intelligent and tion of the globe.
luminous history of an important country, Of the Indian tribes, the account given is that seems destined by its movements, to deeply interesting; and that of the negroes affect the general commerce, and perhaps in a state of slavery is equally horrible. The the universal character, of mankind.
Review.-Richard of York; or, “ The prise, and either move our pity or awaken
our indignation. White Rose of England,” in three
The dialogues partake of equal variety, Volumes. Fisher, Son, and Jackson.
at times displaying exalted sentiment, London. 1832.
pointed sallies of humour, and provincial
small Tuese volumes direct our views to one of expression, corresponding in the most eventful periods in English history; the characters they are called to sustain.
degree with the station of the speakers, and The fierce contentions which long subsisted between the houses of York and Lancaster look for a strict adherence to historical fact.
In a work of this description we do not will always maintain a conspicuous rank in It is sufficient that the basis is stated, but the annals of Great Britain ; and perhaps: beyond this we follow the excursions of the ravages which were
committed, by the fancy, watch the ebullitions of passion, and contending parties, may hereafter be pleaded, to sanction the brutal outrages of pass from the finer feelings of human naambitious rivals for a throne.
ture, to the vengeance of tyranny, and the The character which this work assumes
sufferings of unsubdued and exalted virtue.
Viewed in this light, “Richard of York” is is, that of an historical novel, from which
a work of considerable merit, which will we are to understand, that it has truth for its basis, while fiction has lent its aid, to
be perused with intense interest by a large embellish the superstructure.
class of readers, and will hold an elevated There can be no doubt that the events to
station among the historical novels of the
day. which these volumes refer, are involved in much obscurity, and perhaps the cloud is at present too dense for any inquiry to
Review. pierce, or any ingenuity wholly to remove.
Manual for Emigrants to On the controverted subject of Perkin War
America. By Calvin Cotton, A. M. beck being an impostor, or the real Duke
of America. 12mo. pp. 212. Westley of York, the sentiments of the author are
& Davis. London. 1832. thus explicitly avowed.
There are few places in the world where “The writer makes no apology for adopting that
the aspect of things undergo more rapid view of the subject, so ably defended by the learned and ingenious Walpole ; and to the very conclusive, changes than in America. This arises from and as yet uncontroverted arguments contained in the natural increase of population, the conhis "Historic Doubts,” the reader is referred for
tinual influx of emigrants from Europe, the ground of the supposition, not only that the youth, styled Perkin Warbeck was the real Duke and the enterprising spirit of all: On this of York, but that, in all probability, his brother, account statements that were correct twenty Edward the Fifth, was alive long after the period assigned for his death, and fell a victim to the fears years since, can furnish no criterion for of Henry the Seventh, rather than of Richard the action at the present time, and such as are Third."—vol. i. p. 15.
correct now, will perhaps be found unworIt would be in vain for us to attempt thy of confidence, when another quarter of following the author through the various a century shall have passed away. reasons assigned for the belief thus ex- The manual which is now before us depressed. We can only say, that the tide of lineates America as it actually is at the historical opinion is decidedly against the present time, and, being written by an inhawriter, but that the real facts appear to be bitant of the United States, it cannot be involved in mystery that is inexplicable. doubted that the author possessed all the
In furnishing out these volumes from the requisite means of information. The strain data thus given, a great variety of incidents, also of his publication pleads much in characters, and occurrences arrest the favour of his fidelity. He does not launch reader's attention. In some of these, the out into any extravagant praises, nor evidence of manufacture is apparent ; but attempt to excite hopes which are not likely after making all due allowance for effort to be realized. He points out many causes and exaggeration, much will be found to of disappointment, which prudential conamuse and interest the reader.
duct, industrious habits, and moderate exThe scenes throughout are so greatly pectations, teach their possessors to avoid, varied, as to bear a much less resemblance and furnishes replies to most questions of to each other than might be expected. importance, that an intended emigrant Occasionally, they conduct us to the metro
wishes to propose. polis, and its subterranean dungeons, and Mr. Colton readily admits that the then transport us to remote parts of the United States of America hold out stronger kingdom, where new objects and unex- inducements to agriculturists than to any pected events come forth to excite our sur- other class. But it is not to these that
encouragement is exclusively confined.
Review. The Annual Historian, a He tells us that
Sketch of the Chief Historical Events " All the various arts of manufacture, which are
of the World for the Year 1831. By too numerous to specify, are annually, and daily Ingram Cobbin, A. M. 12mo. pp. 338. coming into greater importance in the United
Westley und Davis, London, 1832. States. And it is scarcely possible to mention any species of those arts, for which there is not a
In this volume Mr. Cobbin makes a tour very ample and generous encouragement. Mechanics of every description, and all persons
of the world, and seizes upon the most skilled in the useful arts, have a reasonable share prominent occurrences that have appeared of encouragement in the cities, towns, and over the
in its various countries throughout the year wide country of the United States."-p. 158, 159.
1831. England, however, claims his first For persons intending to emigrate, this will be found a valuable book, and as the
attention; and whoever views in retrospecprice is only two shillings and sixpence, and the events which have taken place, will
tion the questions that have been agitated, in cloth, the sum is not an object of im
easily conceive that materials are by no portance.
means scanty. Review.- Lessons on Arithmetic, in Prin
Independently of all foreign matter, this ciple and Practice, for the Instruction of book may be considered as a compendium Youth, 8c. By Thomas Smith. 12mo. of English history for the year; for, although Longman, London.
its notices are brief, they embody every When science is made subservient to prac
thing of moment which the generality of young
readers can be solicitous to know. A tice, it acquires from the association a
brief chronology of events at the close, will sterling value which mere theory never can confer. Many books are excellent in prin- ing incidents of this eventful period. Some
serve to impress upon the memory the leadciple, and beautiful in detail, but, when reduced to practical application, 'defects general observations register what is most
remarkable in the discoveries of science, appear, that had previously been concealed. Others again may be found in abundance,
the ravages of war, natural phenomena, the that seem adapted for those only whó empire of legislation, theatres of amusement,
or institutions of general utility. scarcely need instruction, while the novice,
The Annual Historian is a work of fair who seeks after elementary principles, finds promise, which we doubt not will receive disappointment in almost every page. Aware of these defects, Mr. Smith has
the patronage it so justly deserves. This adapted his “ lessons on arithmetic in prin. reputation ; and presuming that the volumes
precursor will establish for itself no mean ciple and practice, for the instruction of which may be expected to follow, will supyouth of both sexes, and more especially for that of young merchants, tradesmen, seamen, titled, each may be considered as an epito
port the same character to which this is en. mechanics, and farmers." This is precisely mized annual history of the world. such a book as was wanted; a book whence intelligible learning may be derived, and
Review.— Edinburgh Cabinet Library. which, by a moderate share of attention,
Vol. VI, British India, Vol. I. 12mo, may be rendered subservient to the purposes of fundamental utility.
pp. 416. Simpkin London, 1832. This book is not numbered in its pages,
The portion of this interesting publication, but each paragraph is distinguished by suc
devoted to an historical and descriptive cessive numerals, so that immediate refe account of British India, will consist of rence is attended with no difficulty. The three volumes, of which this is the complainness and simplicity of the author's mencement, while the others are intended style are evinced from paragraph 202 to
to follow in regular succession. 212, and its application in the development “Of all the countries on the Asiatic continent, of principle, in subsequent parts, will fur.
(the author justly observes,) India, from the earliest
ages, has excited the greatest interest, and enjoyed ther tend to shew the utility of his book. th: highest celebrity. The exploits of the conOn fractions and decimals, we have some querors, who made it the object of their warlike
expeditions, and also the splendid productions of commanding specimens in paragraph 160 nature and art which were thence imported, proand 174, while other branches follow in cured for it a great name, even in the remotest regular succession. In all these, the au
eras of classical antiquity. It has all along ap
peared to the imagination of the western world, as thor's statements are luminous, and his adorned with whatever is most splendid and gorreasonings are strong and convincing. On geous; glittering as it were with gold and gems,
and redolent of fragrant and delicious odours. many obscure portions of arithmetic, he has
Though there may be in these magnificent conthrown a steady but undazzling light, and ceptions something romantic and illusory, still in various departments rendered essential
India forms, unquestionably, one of the most re
markable regions that exist on the surface of the service to the science of figures.
The country thus eulogized, these three we feel assured, that no parent will hesitate volumes of the Edinburgh Cabinet Library to see them peruse it with eagerness, and are undertaken to describe ; and from the even to commit various portions of its conable manner in which the preceding por- tents to memory. The compiler has contions of this work have been conducted, cealed his name; but whoever he may be, the reader can have no occasion to anti- he deserves well of his country. eipate a disappointment, even though his expectations should be exceedingly san
REVIEW. The Adventures of Barney guine.
Mahoney. The present volume takes a general sur
By T. Crofton Croker, vey of India, as exhibited in the face of
12mo. pp. 300. Fisher, Son, and Jacknature, and in its varied productions. It
son, London, 1832. then proceeds to trace the extent to which Mr. Crofton Croker, we presume, from his this country was known among the an- intimate acquaintance with Irish manners, cients, whose writings have survived the is a native of the emerald isle. But whether corrosions of time, to follow early disco- this conjecture be right or wrong, his book veries, conquests, dynasties, and revolutions, bears evidence of his ingenuity, and of his until British enterprise laid the founda- peculiar tact in painting the national chations of a dominion which has placed the racteristics of the people whose customs, destinies of a hundred million of human susceptibility of feeling, humorous expresbeings under her control.
sions, and native eloquence he happily desThis history of India has a very auspi- cribes. cious beginning, and promises not to dis- The hero of this tale, during his advencredit the preceding volumes, which con- tures, visits various grades of society, but ducted us among the icebergs of the north- wherever Mahoney comes before us, every ern regions, and then transported us to the thing about him is truly Irish. Generosity, burning sands, and arid wastes of the Afri. pride, obsequiousness, quaintness, and can desert. With this volume we have blunder are always prominent, so that whebeen much gratified, and, presuming it to ther he appears in Ireland or England, his be a fair specimen of the succeeding por- nationality is invariably kept in view. There tions, the historical and descriptive account
can be no doubt, that at times these advenof British India will be highly creditable to tures are embellished by the author, and the whole work.
that he has selected his scenes and circumstances to suit the purpose of his tale. The
delineations are, however, drawn with an Review.- Flowers of Fable, selected from able hand, and are true to the character
various Authors. 12mo. p. 352. Vize- of the ideal Mahoney family, with which telly. London. 1832.
Ireland abounds. This little book is both intended and From first to last, this is a work of huadapted to instruct and amuse children.
mour, and no one can deny that the occur. It has a delicate splendour in its exterior,
rences portrayed are in a high degree comic and within is ornamented with one hundred
A peculiar vein of merriand fifty engravings on wood. The fables ment runs through the whole volume, which, exceed the number of pictures, and in amidst its enlivening pleasantries, contains nearly equal proportions appear before the nothing offensive to genuine morals. Among public in the varied costume of prose and young readers, and others, who are attached
These fables have been selected to light compositions, we expect this book from the most approved writers in this de- will find many admirers. partment of literature, both in our own country and in foreign parts; and some
REVIEW.- - The Byron Gallery, being a few have been drawn from remote sources
Series of Historical Embellishments, to of antiquity. The name, however, of each illustrate the Poetical Works of Lord fable, and of its author, is preserved in the Byron. Smith, Elder, & Co. Loncontents which immediately refer to the
don. 1832. pages in the volume.
Every reader acquainted with the poetical In these fables we find nothing at which works of Lord Byron must be fully sensible modesty or delicacy can take offence. The that they contain admirable subjects for the little narrative is conducted with sprightly pencil and the graphic art. Many, indeed, familiarity, and at its conclusion a few lines have already appeared in a detached mangive the moral and its application. With ner, but we are not aware of any thing like children, we expect that this elegant little a regular series that has ever been atvolume will be a particular favourite ; and tempted, until the present time.
BRIEF SURVEY OF BOOKS.
Aware of this circumstance, and that Mr. Murray is now publishing an elegant 1. Letters to a Daughter on Practical and uniform edition of his lordship’s works, Subjects. By W. B. Sprague, D. D. the proprietors of these illustrations have (Tract Society, London,) are at once comcommenced their arduous and delicate prehensive in their range, and minute in labours, by laying before the public an ibeir detail. Being twenty-three in number, attractive specimen, which contains five they enter into the varied duties and feaengravings. The whole, it is presumed, will tures of association which in general give be comprised in six, or at the utmost in worth and dignity to the female character. eight, parts.
The author is evidently a man of observaAdequately to describe the delicate tion, and it would be well if the young beauty of these plates, does not appear to females, into whose hands this book may lie within the power of language. There fall, would profit by his advice. His is an exquisite something by which each is twelfth letter relates to marriage, on which characterized, that no word can fully subject we find the following wholesome express. They must be seen and contem- admonitions. Do not marry a fop, a spendplated at leisure by every one who would thrift, a miser, a man whose age is greatly wish to become acquainted with their disproportionate to your own, a man withbeauties; and unless we are greatly de out industry and some honourable vocation, ceived, every minute inspection will furnish a man of overbearing or irritable temper, fresh occasions for admiration.
one deficient in understanding, one of scep: An appropriate quotation from the noble tical principles, or one of questionable poet is inserted at the bottom of each plate; morality. We will only add-Young ladies, and when the whole shall be completed, take these friendly hints. ample directions, we are informed, will be 2. The Plain Man's Guide to Heaven, given to the binder, how to distribute these from Baxter's Family Book, (Tract Society, superb illustrations among his lordship’s London,) contains truths too firmly estabvarious works. The names also of the lished, and too highly valued, to require either celebrated artists by whom these plates elucidation or recommendation. The name of have been drawn and executed, appear in Richard Baxter is a passport of which most connexion with their respective produc- readers know the excellence. tions, which are admirably calculated to 3. Latin Delectus, with a copious Vocaextend their well-earned fame.
bulary, fc. (Simpkin, London,) brings with it all the claims which books of this descrip
tion have on public patronage: Its extended Review.— Map of Palestine in the Time vocabulary will be found highly serviceable of our Saviour, illustrative of the Books
to the pupil ; and, in conibination with its of the Evangelists. Sunday School Union. other excellencies, will recommend this London.
delectus to many seminaries, besides the This is a remarkably neat article, in which Edinburgh academy, for whose use it has all the portions of this very interesting country been compiled. are clearly defined, and arranged according 4. Analysis of the Seven Parts of to the historical delineations of scripture. Speech of the English Language, &c., by This map in it its extent is thirty-three the Rev. Charles J. Lyon, M. A. (Simpkin, inches by twenty-two; it is stretched on London,) enters with spirit and ability into canvass, bound with silk ribbon, attached this very useful, but much neglected branch to an elegant roller, and varnished ; so that of science. In most of our schools, the phiit is a useful ornament for the library, the losophy of language engrosses but a small por. study, or the parlour. In this superior tion of altention; the master disregards it, and state, the price is seven shillings; but the the pupils remain in ignorance. It is of little same map folded, and in a case, may be consequence whether we call the parts of procured for four shillings and six-pence. speech seven or nine, as the result will ultiIt is not to be supposed that, on a scale of mately be the same. It is, however, of esthese dimensions, any peculiar features of sential import that the nature, influence, towns or cities should appear. Their situ. and operation of words, are perfectly un. ations and relative positions are, however, derstood, for, without this, the learner will distinctly marked ; and if many places are acquire nothing but mere verbiage. This too diminutive to be rendered visible, the little volume will give him an admirable inspector may satisfy himself from their and extended insight into the principles of proximity to those that are set before him, his mother-tongue, and, from a careful peru. in what portion of the territory they should sal of its contents, he may derive considerbe found.