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An Address to Time, with ciher Poems. By John Jackson, of Har
rop Wood, near Macclesfield, Cheshire. To this Second Editioji is added an Appendix, containing various Letters of the Author to bis Friends. 8vo. pp. 84.
Wilson, Macclesfield. Longman and Co. London. 1808.
ALTHOUGH we are no friends to precocity of genius, which rarely attains naturity, yet we have no hesitation in bestowing the "need of approbation” on the volume before us. It is published, we are told, as a means of procuring, for a virtuous and deserving young man, that pecuniary assistance which may enable him, in some measure, to co-operate with the wishes and liberality of his patrons and friends, in acquiring the very important advantage of a classical education." The publication, indeed, is one of the neatest, and certainly the cheapest, which we have seen in modern times — a strong proof of the modesty and good sense of the author and bis friends. The poet is now in his nineteenth year; and most of his verses and letters are equal to those of many modern authors. The 66 Poet's Dream" we greatly prefer to the " Address to Time." In the former we noticed only one improper expression nest,” in the fourteenth stanza, used for bed, in order to rhyme with rest. Such a low word is beneath the plaintive elegance of the piece. As a specimen, we select the “ Stanzas addressed to the deserted House of a Friend,” Mr. Nightingale, the reformed methodist.
“Oh! let me, lone mansion, with thee sympathise;
Thou hast lost but thy tenant, but I've lost my friend.” Mr. Jackson's prose letters are neat and lively effusions, indicative of a virtuous mind.
j 1 The Adventures of Ulysses. By Charles Lamb. 24mo.
4s. Printed for the Juvenile Library, Snow-hill. 1808. THIS work, we are told, is designed as a supplement to the Ad-ventures of Telemachus. But Mr. Charles Lamb is noi a Fénélon; and these do ventures possess no portion of the merit which belongs to the inable production of the archbishop of Cambray. They are full of incidents, unnatural and impossible, and although “ the
fictions contained in it will," in the author's opinion, “be found to comprehend some of the most admired inventions of Grecian mytholugy," we are not aware of the advantage to be derived by children froin such fictions. As 10 a moral lesson, if the book contain any such, it has certainly escaped our observation. The language is grossly incorrect, and even the rules of orthography are not always strictly observed. We are told that Penelope, during the absence of her husband, " kept much in private, spinning, and doing her excellent housewiveries among her naids," &c. But such a production is almost too low for criticism.
An Introduction to Arithmetic, in which the four principal Rules are
illustrated by a Variety of Questions, geographical, biographical, und miscellaneous. By Richard Chambers. 18mo. pp. 72. Is. 6d. bound. Bone and Hone. 1809. MR. CHAMBERS, we understand from his Preface, is the master of an academy in Cecil-court, St. Martin's lane; and his object, in this short Introduction to Arithmetic, was “to blend the dulce with the utile," which he has happily attained. We have, indeed, never seen a greater variety of curious and useful information contained in such a narrow compass, and reduced to the form of arithmetical questions. The diversity of facts and subjects, which the author has associated in prose and verse, cannot fail to stimulate curiosity, expand the minds of youth, and inculcate habits of observation and reflexion. We shall take the first question that occurs, as a specimen of a work which we think deserves our recommenda
Christopher Columbus, a Genoese, the discoverer of America, died in 1506, at Valladolid, and was buried at Seville in Spain. The oranges commonly (though vulgarly) called civil oranges, came originally from Seville. - If 326 Seville oranges cost 17. Os. 4 d. what is the price of one? . . Answer, id."
A Letter to William Roscoe, Esquire, containing Strictures on his late Publication, entitled, “ Considerations on the Causes, Objects, and Consequences of the present War." 8vo. Pp. 120. 2s. 8d. Kaye, Liverpool. Longman and Co. London. 1808, THIS is one of the best-written and most argumentative pamphlets which we have seen for a long time. Facts are here opposed to assertions ; argument to declamation; and proofs to presumptions. Mr. Roscoe's ignorance, perversions, misrepresentations, and prejudices, are exposed in a manner which, if such political partisans were susceptible of shame, could not fail to raise a blush on his cheek. To those, if any such there be, who have been imposed upon by the confidence of Mr. Roscoe's language, and to all who No. 127. Vol. 32. Jan. 1809.
wish for information on the grand questions connected with the war, we recommend the attentive perusal of this Letter, which is manifestly the production of a man of sense and information, who perfectly understands the subject on which he writes.
Professional Characteristics, consisting of Naval Squalls, Military
Broils, Physical Disasters, Legal Flaws, und Clerical Lamentations, uttered by an Admiral, a Colonel, a Laryer, a Doctor, and a Parson, in the Coffee-room ut Bath. 24mo.
pp. 178. 3s. Allen. 1808.
THESE characteristics are displayed in a dialogue between the different personages mentioned in the title-page, who meet in a coflee-room at Bath, on a rainy day, and amuse themselves by a detail of their respective miseries. The conversation is enlivened by appropriate sallies of humour, and no small portion of wit; and the whole forins a very pleasant amusement for a leisure hour. We shall extract a short passage, in which the curate details some of his miseries, as a specimen of the work.
“ Peace! Peace! thou unhallowed bachelor, whilst I relate some of my new comforts with my teeming wife and twins every year. Writing a commentary on the Book of Job, within hearing of the nursery.
Whilst absorbed in deep meditation on a controversial point, to be suddenly enlivened with
• Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle!'With a large family grown up, the comforts of a general mourning The comforts of a notable wife -- always up to your knees in sand and scrubbing-brushes, for the sake of cleanliness. - The pleasure of convincing your wife, who is still of the same opinion. - The application of the morning's argument to the passing events of the day-."Aye, Aye; just as before,' &c. — With nice ideas of cleanliness yourself, to have your wife at breakfast in a dirty flannel nightcap. - Having a large party to dine, your wife insists on writing the cards of invitation; but scorning the dull rules of pedantry, by a fashionable uncertainty in the manufacture of her cards, the company mistake Friday for Thursday, and catch you unprepared: --- On a day when you expect great company, to be visited by ů poor relution who is too deaf to take a bint.-- Reading to your wife an extract from your best sermon, which you are certain must meet her admiration; in the middle of the best sentence she asks you, · Pray, my dear, have the pigs been fed?' --Spending the evening with a lady careless of her children, but careful of her china; one of the romps runs against you, the tea-cup drops, and the favourite set is spoiled!... apologies, &c. &c. &c. — After scolding your servant for a supposed offence, you discover your mistake, and recollect that it was done by your own orders.”
Men and Manners; or, Concentrated Wisdom. By A. Hunter, M.D
F.R.S. The Second Edition, much enlarged. 12mo. 38. Wilson, York. Mawman, London. 1808.
WE consider all collections of moral and political maxims useful to that numerous class of society which will neither reason nor think for itself. Dr. Hunter has rendered such persons a service, although a very inferior one to that of Lavater in his Aphorisms, or Zimmerman in his Reflexions : he is equally inferior to Shenstone, and many others. Among these 1146 maxims, however, some are excellent, others good, many indifferent and common, others contemptible, and not a few false, immoral, pernicious, and indelicate. Of those which are excellent, Nos. 28, 77, 80, 273, 316, 317, 320, 473, &c. may be enumerated. Of the good, Nos. 4, 5, 35, 38, 57, &c. are instances. Of the indifferent and common, Nos. 3, 10, 13, 26, 47, 75, &c. furnish examples. Nos. 78, 158, 184, 214, &c. are contemptible puns. Nos. 145, 146, 1091, &c. are false or erroneous. Nos. 9. 270, &c. are pernicious; and Nos. 940, 1112, 1127, &c. are immoral and indelicate. Many of the author's maxims, indeed, on the medical profession, do honour to his liberality; and his medical brethren will not thank him for the verdict of the coroner's jury, “ Died by the visitation of the doctor," where henbane, and other poisonous drugs, have been administered. The Spanish Post Guide, -as published at Madrid by Order of the Government, translated from the Original in order to be prefixed to the new Edition of Mr. Semple's Journey in Spain, &c. and illustrated by a Map on which the Post Roads are distinctly pointed out. Svo
Baldwins. 1808. IN No. 122, and the Appendix to Vol. 30, of the Antijacobin Review, we published an * Original Itinerary of Spain," which differs
very little from this official publication, translated by Mr. Semple. The obvious utility, if not necessity, of such a work at present, when there is not one good map of Spain to be had in London for any price, must render this service of Mr. Semple doubly valuable to the public, and we doubt not will be received with respect. In the map, we observe that Zaragosa is laid down as if on the north side of the Ebro; whereas, it is in fact on the south, just where that river is joined by the Huerva : these two rivers embrace nearly two thirds of the whole circumference of the city. A similar error occurs at Badajos, which is represented on the west side of the Guadiana instead of the east; and as Mr. Semple must have passed Cordova on his rout from Madrid to Cadiz, he should have made the Guadalquivir pass along its south side. Some of these trifling errors, we know, appear in the original, which is extremely negligently executed; but Mr. Semple certainly could have corrected them. Upon the whole, this map of the roads of Spain, and the distances of the chief places, are sufficiently correct for general reference, and will be found very convenient by those who have occasion to travel only the great roads.
REVIEWERS REVIEWED. TERGIVERSATIONS OF THE CRITICAL REVIEW.
To the Editor of the Antijacobin Review.
IN a former letter I have directed the attention of your readers to the principles and behaviour of the Critical Review; and, if I do not mistake exceedingly, that publication is there undeniably convicted of the most disgraceful inconsistency, and consummate impudence. It is the practice of this Review, it appears, both with regard to theology and politics, to extol the most diametrically opposite systems and characters, each of which, in their turn, it as zealously reprobates; to eulogise at one time what it anathematises at another, and again to anathematise what it has before eulogised; to condemn as the result of ignorance, absurdity, and the most obstinate folly, its own language and deportment and all this, under every species of its tergiversation, with such an air and tone of infallibility ; such an effrontery, a confidence, and a virulence; such a total disregard of truth, decorum, and the opinions or feelings of others, as is perhaps unequalled in any British publication whatever.
Now, clearly, such a procedure is an insult to the common sense of the public, and is a conduct wholly inexcusable. To render it in any degree tolerable, the conductor of this publication should, on every such radical and entire change of his views, publicly announce it, and recant his former opinions. In his own style of phraseology, he should publicly avow, that until that happy moment of illumination and reform he had been a bigoted fool, or an interested knave, or both; that all his former tenets and discussions on the important subjects of religion and government were so many downright falsehoods and absurdities, equally senseless and dangerous; and that it is the duty of every man possessed of common sense and common honesty to brand them, and all persons who still approve of them, with every epithet of ignominy. Or, should this enlightened critic be a new editor of the work, he should make a similar avowal respecting the opinions and character of his predecessors; he should openly declare, that although, for reasons which it is unnecessary to mention, his publication retained the name of the Critical Review, yet that it was his object to ridicule, to revile, and to overthrow every opinion by which that work had before been characterised.
It would, however, be comparatively well, if incorìsistency and impudence constituted the worst part of the character of this Review, and if its contradictory statements were always to destroy each other. Such circumstances, it inust be confessed, would be sufficiently disgusting. Yet, the case is worse when an attempt is made to employ a credit obtained by better principles and a better conduct to poison the public mind, and when there is an appearance of confirmed bad principles. And this is unquestionably at present