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will be a pleasing and valuable acquisition; citadel of life, and finally terminating in and some time may elapse before the reader dissolution. will feel the incumbent weight.
In every page of this volume, we find
something either to stimulate excitement, Review.- Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopedia, Movement follows movement in rapid suc
or to prevent it from growing languid. Vol. XXII. Silk Manufacture. 12mo.
cession, and event presses on event, eager pp. 354. Longman, London. 1831.
to obtain a hearing, and to command the The contents of this volume are, in a va attention of the reader. This closely comriety of respects, of considerable interest pacted manner of narrative diffuses a thrilland value. "No person who contemplates ing interest through every paragraph. A the beauty of silk, can be indifferent to the single page sometimes comprises materials history and manufacturing process of this which, with a little dexterity and care, might important article, nor can the worm itself, easily be expanded into a volume. The auby whose labour the raw material is pro- thor is a spirited writer, and appears to have duced, be deemed too insignificant for the an intimate acquaintance with the causes, ocmost profound philosophical investigation. currences, and incidents which he describes. Into the natural history of silk, and of the insects to whose industry we are indebted for this elegant commodity, the author fully Review.- The Christmas Bor, a Juvenile enters; and the process of the manufacture
Annual, for 1832. pp. 215. Marshall, is detailed with much ability, in all its
Holborn-bars, London. branches. The whole volume is replete The annuals have been occasionally cenwith details and observations, in which sured by sundry antiquaries, and readers of both science and commerce are equally the old school, for their alleged want of utility. interested.
In the short space allotted to this review, we The anecdotes interspersed throughout cannot take up the question; or we would the pages of this volume are both nume- speedily prove the assumption to be fallarous and amusing. Some very singular cious; first, as regards the annuals intended calculations and experiments at times ap- for “children of a larger growth;" and, sepear, and estimates founded on unques- condly, as to those designed for the express tionable data are formed, which seem amusement and instruction of such as are astonishing in their results. The following of tender years. In former times, the juveparagraph will furnish a pleasing specimen. nile portion of society was overlooked and
“ Consumption of Silk.-The quantity of this neglected, in that mental feast which art material used in England alone amounts in each and literature had been yearly providing ; year to more than four millions of pounds weight, for the production of which, myriads upon myriads
but now, viands are placed before them, of insects are required. Fourteen thousand mil seasoned to their infantile taste. lions of animated creatures annually live and die
“The Christmas Box," the editor remarks, to supply this little corner of the world with an article of luxury! If astonishment be excited at in his admirable preface, is again presented this fact, let us extend our view into China, and surrey the dense population of its widely-spread tion blended with amusement, well calcu
to his young friends, “ as a fund of instrucregion, whose inhabitants, from the emperor on bis throne to the peasant in the lowly hut, are lated to neutralize the contagion of lowering indebted for their clothing to the labours of the silkworm. The imagination, fatigued with the fight skies, and convert the long hours of a winis lost and bewildered in contemplating the count ter's evening into a midsummer night's less numbers, which every successive year spin their
Even a cursory examination of slender threads for the service of man."
this annual will prove the justness of this
sentiment. Its title, being remarkably apReview.-Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopedia, propriate and familiar, will fix itself in the
Vol. XXIII. France, Vol. III. 12mo. memories of the thousands of little masters pp. 390. Longman, London. 1331.
and misses for whom the volume is intend. This volume includes the eventful period ed. Its list of literary contributors and artin the history of France which extends ists would grace an annual of much higher from 1792 to the dissolution of the empire, pretensions. Bernard Barton, Miss Agnes than which few eras can be found more Strickland, Mrs. Moodie, and Miss Isabel astonishing in the annals of the world. Hill, have not thought it unworthy of their Throughout these twenty-two years, we talents to contribute to the edification of the perceive little less than one continued young. The following specimen of the poepolitical and military fever, sometimes try_is illustrative of an engraving entitled bursting forth with terrible but unnatural « The Farmer's Boy.” The young rustic is energy, and at all times preying upon the seated on a sack of grain, eating his dinner, vitals of the constitution, undermining the with his horse on one side of him, and his
faithful dog on the other. Altogether, the of the Atlantic, and also among the natives scene is a snatch of true nature.
of the islands scattered over the vast exTHE FARMER'S BOY.
panse of the Pacific. About two hundred By Bernard Barton, Esq.
years since, the man who circumnavigated Oh! who would pipe to be a lord, And dine each day off plate;
the globe was viewed as a prodigy, on his And see, around a sumptuous board,
return, and regarded with astonishment by A troop of medials wait ? How many share a lot like this,
his countrymen and associates during the With far less real joy, If health, content, and peace are his,
remaining part of his life. Of late years, Than this blithe Farmer's Boy.
however, adventure and enterprise have What dining-room is half so grand,
become so familar, that hazard appears At Blenheim, Stowe, or Kew, As Nature for his use hath planned,
without novelty, and novelty in a great Or boasts so fine a view ? Compared with his, each proud saloon
degree without its charms.
Mr. Stewart, a native of America, re-
sided for many years as a missionary What liveried menial half so true
among the inhabitants of the South Sea As his companion there,
Islands, and, having noticed their manners,
character, and customs, together with the
vegetable and geological phenomena of the His horse stands near, whose looks express regions he visited, concentrated his obserHe serves the Farmer's Boy.
vations in an interesting volume, which, Further afield the eye may mark The harrow dragged along,
after obtaining an extensive circulation in And, high in air, the mounting lark Outpours his merry song;
own country, was republished in Around, bees hum o'er many a flower, England, where it has acquired imperish
Till sweets that cannot cloy
The ill health of Mrs. Stewart compelling The prose is very attractive, and its style her to leave their missionary station in the well adapted to the juvenile class which it islands of the Pacific, she, with her husis intended to amuse and edify. Adverting band, repaired to America, in 1825. Here to the plates, we think they are much too they remained until 1829, when Mr. Stewgood for the little folks whose Christmas art embarked as a chaplain on board the tasks and testimonials render them candi- Guerriere, an American frigate, bound for dates for the paternal gift of “The Christ- the South Seas, where he was transferred mas Box.” “Alfred and his Dog,” painted to the Vincennes, another ship, returning to by Cooper, engraved by Davenport, is de America by the way of the Cape of Good lightful; the dog is quite a chef d'æuvre. Hope. During this voyage, which occu“ The Fisherman ” has considerable me- pied about two years, Mr. Stewart colrit. “The Portrait” is a scene of boyish lected additional materials, that were humour. “ The Young Shepherdess," an published in America, in two volumes, engraving replete with simplicity and ru. which, in the work before us, are now conrality. “ Little Red Riding Hood” will be centrated into one. a favourite, we opine, with the possessors From the numerous accounts which have of this tasty little gift. “Disturbed by the been published of late years, respecting Nightmare,” is from the painting of the those distant regions, we seem to have befacetious Theodore Lane.
come familiar with their inhabitants and For the laudable exertions which the productions; but, whoever reads this voeditor of this juvenile annual has made, to lume with the attention it deserves, will soon form a simple yet elegant and varied bouquet be convinced, that something new is to be for the young, he is entitled to the gratitude gleaned by every voyager, and that even of every parent who wishes to blend, with the the stores of originality are far from being asperities of instruction, the sweets contained exhausted. The circumnavigation of the in these minor tomes of tale and song. globe is, indeed, an extensive range, and
that man must be very inattentive to passReview.—A Visit to the South Seas, in of nature and art, who cannot, on his re
ing occurrences, and the varied productions the United States' Ship Vincennes, during
turn, furnish out an entertaining volume. the years 1829-30, with Notices of Brazil,
To all the praise which amusement can Peru, Manilla, Cape of Good Hope, and confer, Mr. Stewart is fully entitled, but St. Helena. By C.S. Stewart, M.A.12mo.
this forms only a small portion of his merit. pp. 456. Fisher & Co., London. 1832.
His observations on the diversified subjects IF Mr. Stewart is not a citizen of the world which present themselves, have always an in its common acceptation, it cannot be eye to the moral condition of the world, denied, that he is well known on each side Subservient to this, the extension of com
merce, and the facilities of intercourse be bis tribe. Besides his parents, and an only sister, a
strongly attached wife was left to lament his absence, tween tribes and nations, appear among
and to deplore an unknown fate.”-p. 226. the great objects of his solicitude, to pro
If time and limits would grant permission, mote peace, extend civilization, and elevate many additional extracts might be selected the general character of man.
from this volume. Men, who profess to be To the style in which this volume is gods; sorcerers; traditions respecting the written, no one, we presume, will find any origin of the islands, and of men; and the occasion to object. It is vivacious without rude funeral feast; are articles of considerlevity, and sedate without ceasing to be able interest. But, for these developments sprightly. Allurements to the reader are of the human character under a variety of scattered through every page; incidents
circumstances, and to numerous incidents keep attention constantly on the alert; and which alternately impart light and shade, much useful information is the reward of we must refer to the volume, in which its perseverance.
author will conduct the reader to the Ladrone On the character of the South Sea Islands, the Chinese seas and ports, the city islanders, many observations of Mr. Stewart of Manilla, and, in St. Helena, to Napoleon's tend to throw much light. We call them grave. savages, barbarians, heathens, and fre. It is painful to observe throughout this quently complain of their treachery towards work, that, while the missionaries have exforeigners who visit their shores. It would erted themselves to improve the natives in appear however, from the following state- civilization and morals, many voyagers, ment, that the civilized visitants are too fre- touching on their shores, have used every quently the first aggressors :
endeavour to re-establish their vices, and to
recall that licentiousness of manners for “Some time since, a French vessel came to anchor at that valley (at Nukuhiva.). The commander found which they were formerly distinguished, but some difficulty, from the existence, it appears, of a real scarcity, in procuriug as large a quantity of live
which, of late years, has been very generally stock as he desired, and applied to the Taua for the abandoned. One instance is that of an interposition of his authority, in obliging the islanders to furnish him with more than he had yet se American resident accusing two branches of cured. This he was either unable or nnwilling to do, or exerted his influence in vain : on which the French
the royal family with incest, and recomman ordered him to be seized when on board, and mending it, under the sanction of marriage. had him bound hand and foot to the main-mast, his arms and legs being passed round it, and tied in such The young princess involved in this charge a manner, that his whole weight hung upon the liga. ments; and told him that he should not be released
observed, “that Mr. - an American, until forty hogs were brought to the ship. This tcok and Mr. a British resident, had each, place early in the morcing. In the course of six or eight hours, by great exertion, the required number,
at two different times, advised and imporincluding animals of every size, was collected; when tuned her to marry her brother; saying, that the captain, in the place of releasing, the old man, demanded twenty more, before he would unbind him. such alliances were frequent both in AmeIt was not till night, that these also were gathered from the interior, by seizing them wherever they
rica and England, and that, not long since, could be found, and despoiling the whole valley of a British king had married his sister.” almost every animal of the kind. Thus, after being in torture the whole day, he was unbound, and permitted to go on shore, without any remuneration for the indigoity and misery he had suffered, or pay for
With men of such abandoned morals, and the hogs received.
who can make such infamous assertions, no "The next morning, a boat from the ship, with an armed crew, approached the shore for water-a volley calumny can be too foul for utterance. It is of musketry was poured upon them from the nearest to men like these that we are indebted for thicket; and one man fell dead in the surf, while two others were so severely wounded, that the boat barely
the falsehoods which have been propagated made an escape to the ship.”—P. 194, 195.
respecting the state of the natives, and the On the above detestable deed, Mr. Stew- influence of christianity upon their principles art remarks as follows:
and conduct. Against such calumniators, no "I fully believe this to be only one of ten thousand character is safe; and to such memorialists, instances of oppression, insult, and cruelty, of a similar or far more infamous character, which would
no credit is due. In England, as in America, form a part of the true history of the intercourse of
similar aspersions have been both circulated civilized map with the islanders of the Pacific, could it be laid before the world.”
and exposed. For a while, the misrepreAnother instance of similar atrocity, Mr.
sentations of Kotzebue were received in this Stewart records in the following words: country with avidity, by the enemies of mis
sions. "A. American whale-ship, approached the island,
Mr. Ellis, however, who was intiand hove-to, off one of its litile bays, as if desirous of mately acquainted with the supposed facts, communicating with the shore ; and a large canoe with seven men put off to her. Five of them were so effectually refuted the foreign navigator, received on board, when the vessel immediately
that the slander is no longer heard. made sail, and stood from the land. "Three of the stoutest were then selected from the five, while the We must now take our leave of this inte remaining two were driven into the sea, and obliged to swim for their lives, the canoe having fallen so
resting volume, strongly recommending it to far behind, as to have paddled for the shore, when the reader's notice, as a valuable treasury of the ship stood out to sea, under a belief that all on board had been carried away. One of the persons incidents and information collected during thus kidnapped, eighteen or twenty years of age, was the only son of a high chief, and a great favourite of
a circumnavigation of the globe. 2D. SERIES, NO. 13.-VOL. II.
REVIEW.-- Miscellanies, in two Parts : This volume of Miscellanies is a collec
I. Prose; II. Verse, 8c. By William tion of “ Blenheim, a descriptive poen,” Mavor, LL. D. Author of many po which had previously been published in a pular Works for the use of Schools, and separate form; and of a great number of
Young Persons. With a Portrait. 8vo. essays and poetical effusions, which either pp. 512. Oxford. Longman and Co. appear now for the first time, or which had London.
been before printed in some periodical Dr. Mavor has appeared before the world publication. A short extract from this with various productions, some of which pleasing and interesting volume is all that were published at first anonymously, and our limits allow us to give; but we strongly others with his name; but most of them recommend to the public, and to our have been well received, and have con readers in particular, the whole of these ferred such benefit on the public, and on Miscellanies, as they will be found not only the rising generation, that few writers, per- pleasing and interesting, but as inculcating haps, can view their exertions and labours sound principles of religion and virtue. with greater pleasure than the revered The following extract from the “Prologue" author of the work before us.
to “Blenheim” has been selected, chiefly When he observes the great and bene- because it portrays with great truth the ficial change which has taken place in the mind of the amiable author. system of education, and reflects that this
" If I may be allow'd my own bosom to know, change has been produced chiefly by him "Tis form'd for affection's most cordial glow; self, and those who have co-operated with
To friendship attach'd, to gratitude prone,
It melts at distress, and it feels all its own! him in the sacred task, he cannot but feel a
The keenest excess both of pleasure and pain, conscious exultation, that the days and Heaven taught ine to taste; ah! the former in nights which he has devoted to the service
Yet not all the ills that can press on the mind, of mankind, have been so usefully spent, Estrange it from social love of its kind ; and that he has not lived in vain. We are The passions malignant ne'er asylum found
therewriting no panegyric, but merely stating
Too soft are its tones their impression to bear. facts; which every man, of the least con “O perish the verse, may the wit be forgot, sideration, must see and acknowledge. En That fixes on charity's features a blot!
That sanctions the worthless, or flatters the base, viable, therefore, must be his feelings, when
Tho'e'er so exalted in fortune or place! he looks around, and perceives, that, by That sharpens the pangs sensibility shares, means to which he has been so ample a con
Or sports with misfortunes, or aggravates cares ;
That spatters the merit it cannot attain, tributor, the great body of British youth, as And plants in the generous bosom a pain ! they advance in years, are rapidly improv. “Yes! let my dull muse in good-nature delighting in the acquirement of useful knowledge!
I ask for no fame from libels and spite ;
No laugh would I raise at th’expense of a sigh, This is a satisfaction which the good alone No tear would I draw from the innocent eye ; can enjoy ; and which the world, if it were To friendship and virtue my verses are due ;
Aud the wreath that I twine, to their dictates is so inclined, cannot take away. It is the
true!" good man's best praise, that he has devoted his time and his talents to the service of piety and virtue, and laboured to promote the happiness of his fellow-mortals both here and hereafter.
1. Lael and Chilion, or Narratives ilDr. Mavor observes, in the advertise- lustrative of some leading Doctrines of the ment to the present work, that "few have Bible, (Hamilton, London,) is a sort of written more than he has done, for the in- conversational dialogue on topics which it is struction or amusement of young persons ;" the interest, as well as the duty, of all to and that “ he desires no other epitaph to know. The subjects are highly important, mark his grave, than .Here lies the child and the author's views of them appear to be dren's friend." This is a title, which was perfectly consonant with the analogy of faith. conferred on him many years since, by The language, however, is rather too florid some respectable critics; and it is a title for the occasion; and the bursts of rapturous which he so well deserves, that few, we ap exultation which sometimes appear, make prehend, would wish to withhold from him us regret that so grave a subject had not the praise which is so justly his due. We been uniformly accompanied with a correhope, however, although he is advanced spondent simplicity. in years, that the time is far distant, when 2. Scripture Illustrations for the Young, any memento that such a man once lived, (Tract Society, London,) the author seems will be necessary. We sincerely wish that to have adapted to the wood-cuts with which Dr. Mavor may long enjoy, in the bosom they are embellished. This method may ? his family, otium cum dignitate. captivate children, but we fear that it is cal.
BRIEF SURVEY OF BOOKS.
culated to give the scriptures an accommo- of Yorkshire for 1801, 1811, 1821, 1831, dating appearance.
by W. Parson, (Baines, Leeds,) is a large, 3. Brief Views of Sacred History, from neat, and closely printed map, laid out on the Creation of the World to the Destruction canvas. It has been a work of much laof Jerusalem, by Esther Copley, (Darton, bour, as each department, amounting in all London,) may be considered as a religious to 203, has its population distinctly marked school-book, filled with valuable materials, through the four decennial periods. The and divided into short chapters, on which aggregate of the whole West Riding is as questions are proposed, to exercise the me- follows :- In 1801, 563,758; in 1811, mory of the pupil. The whole is a con- 650,583 ; in 1821, 800,240; in 1831, densed history of bible transactions, through 974,500. the long period expressed in the title-page.
10. The National Preacher, or Original 4. Small Rain upon the Tender Herb, Monthly Sermons from Living Ministers, (Tract Society, London,) is a kind of Lili- edited by Austin Dickinson, Å. M. (New putian quarto, about an inch square, and a York, America,) originally appeared in four quarter of an inch thick. It contains short volumes. They are now incorporated in passages of scripture, is neatly bound and two, neatly half-bound, and present to the gilt, and will be a pretty present for children eye a pleasing exterior. The discourses just learning to read.
appear very excellent, but we find no pub5. Memoirs of Miss Elizabeth Spreckley, lisher's name on this side the Atlantic; and late of Melton Mowbray, by R. Woolerton, New York is too remote for most English (Simpkin, London,) is recommended to customers. public notice by the exemplary piety of the 11. United Efforts, a Collection of young female, whose life, christian experi- Poems, the mutual offspring of a Brother ence, and triumphant death, it records. and Sister, (Sherwood, London,) have little Though filling only a humble walk in life, beyond their moral tendency to recommend Miss Spreckley displayed talents, as well as them. “Form” and “thorn,” “alone" piety, which would have conferred an honour and “roam,” are bad rhymes, and the rules on a more exalted station. The narrative is of grammar are often violated. chiefly extracted from her diary. Her his- 12. Outlines of Fifty Sermons, by a tory is given with much simplicity, and is Minister of the Gospel in London, (Hardwell deserving the attention which it solicits. ing, London,) may be considered as skele
6. The Travels of True Godliness, by tons of discourses, which the reader may fill Rev. Benjamin Keach, (Wightman, Lon- up with corresponding matter. They are don,) wants no other recommendation than adapted for preachers who have little time what its well-earned reputation can supply. for study, but who address congregations, to
7. Memoir of William Fox, Esq., whom plain scriptural truths will be more Founder of the Sunday School Society, by useful than finished compositions. The Joseph Ivimey, (Wightman, London,) brings passages chosen as texts, are of a practical this genuine philanthropist before the world, nature, and the divisions point out the natunot as the rival of Mr. Raikes, but as a be- ral and leading topics which present them. nevolent individual actuated by the same selves for elucidation and development. principle, and co-operating in the same 13. An Appeal to the Clergy, &c. on the design. Mr. Raikes had the honour of State of Religion, Morals, and Manners, founding Sunday schools, and Mr. Fox that in the British Metropolis, (Holdsworth, of imbodying them into a society. The London,) is both spirited and powerful. memoir before us, places the character of The moral condition of the metropolis is Mr. Fox in an amiable light; but all who drawn in colours at once frightful and aphad the happiness of his acquaintance will palling. The bishops and dignitaries of the readily acknowledge that the picture is not church of England are addressed in a strain too highly coloured.
of masculine eloquence, and called upon, 8. Morning and Evening Prayers, by the duties which they owe to their God adapted for Family Worship, by W. Drans- and their country, to come forward in this field, (Simpkin, London,) we have exa. awful crisis, “to the help of the Lord, mined with some attention ; and, we may against the mighty." We ardently hope add, with a due degree of satisfaction that the author will not have to lament that Orthodox in their principles, and fervent in he has spent his strength in vain. their expression, they may be used in fami- 14. Scripture Prints, with Explanations lies of congenial spirits, with the ardour of in the Form of Familiar Dialogues, by genuine devotion, and the concurrence of Mrs. Sherwood, (Seeley, London,) come an enlightened understanding.
before us in a pleasing form. The dialogues 9. Population Census of the West Riding are twenty-three in number, and include