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We should have ranked as Crimes not a few of the Errors here displayed : but, as their punishment is shewn to be heavy, and their consequences deplorable, we are the less inclined to dispute about terms. The work is also for the most part sensibly written, and exhibits more vigour of thought and language than we usually find in books of this class. Art. 22. Campbell ; or the Scottish Probationer.
1l. is. Boards. Whittaker. 1819. The pinings of dependence are here well depicted, and a good lesson is afforded in the history of a swindler, who, though reformed and affluent, is still haunted by remorse. The book may be ranked somewhat above the common standard: but the author's style of writing is occasionally unpolished, and several Scoticisms occur, such as, vol. i. p. 172., * As soon as Miss Burton was astir." Vol. iii. p. 236., timeous and prudent efforts,' &c. Art. 23. Decision. By the Author of “ Correction," &c.
Vols. jl. is. Boards. Longman and Co. 1819. As this novel has a religious tendency, and excites a certain degree of interest, it is to be regretted that its pages are so frequently disfigured and disgraced by affected, inelegant, and ungrammatical language. Vol.i. p. 84., . The operations of Nature will
go on just as regular,' • what then means all those feelings.' Vol.ii.p.243., 'I don't know, were the pill well gilded, but what Matilda would make Benedict of me. I never saw a girl I thought it would be so pleasant to swallow it for:'-p.242., Are you going to turn Methodist, or what has taken you ?' In vol. iii. p. 226., the heroine thus expresses herself; . It is soothing to a wounded mind to be con vinced change of circumstance have not produced contempt ; though, had that been the case, I should have strove to take it as another draining potion from my good physician.' In vol. ii. p. 256., Lord John is said to have left an empty title to his son: but he could not have made even this bequest, except by courtesy of the writer, because a Lord John leaves no title. We must add that the dialogues are copiously interlarded with very inaccurate French sentences ; such as, vol. i. p. 155., • Telle est la monde ;' vol. iji p. 194., • Tenez vous tranquille, ma belle ange !" la maison est assez large pour les tout deux,' &c. Art. 24. Gogmagog Hall; or, The Philosophical Lord and the
Governess. By the Author of “ Prodigious ! or, Childe Paddie in London.” 12mo.
Boards. Whittaker. 1819.
In this tale the character of Ephraim Capper is ably drawn, and the scene of the young Quaker's death, as depicted in vol. ii. p. 212., is affecting and well imagined : but the slang of Lord Famble and the ungrammatical language of Lady Charlevoix are carried beyond all probability ; while the author himself commits some errors which are nearly akin to those of her Ladyship; e.g. vol. i. p.73., The gratification must have fell short ;' vol.ii. p.30., • I have partook ;' and p. 77., 'Let there be none here while we stop.' In vol. i. p.44., a native Indian chief is represented as talking familiarly of being judge and jury too. The designation
of Lady Julia Wilhelmina Augusta Charlevoix' is also incorrect, because á Viscount's daughter has not the title of lady by courtesy. Art. 25. Felix Alvarez; or, Manners in Spain : containing de
scriptive Accounts of some of the prominent Events of the late Peninsular War, and authentic Anecdotes illustrative of the Spanish Character ; interspersed with Poetry, Original, and from the Spanish. By Alexander R. C. Dallas, Esq. izmo. 3 Vols. 18s. Boards. Baldwin and Co.
The journal of an observant English officer, written during the late peninsular war, is here interwoven with the fictitious history of a Spanish patriot; and though, in this union of new cloth with an old garment, the sutures are frequently discernible, we must pronounce Don Felix Alvarez to be an interesting personage. The whole work, indeed, is well deserving of attention, as sketching the events of an important period, giving a clear view of the Spanish character, and preserving many curious and authentic anecdotes. Mr. Dallas evinces talent in his poetical efforts ; and, while he narrates the atrocities committed by the French soldiery in Spain, and contrasts them with the moderation shewn by the English army, in a tone of high wrought indignation, we, perhaps, like him the better for this display of national and natural feeling on such a subject. Art. 26. The Authoress, a Tale. By the Author of “ Rachel." *
12mo. pp. 168. 58. Boards. Taylor and Hessey. 1819.
Each of the chapters of this tale contains an unfinished novelette, selected from the repository of an Authoress, on which one of her crabbed friends has exercised our office. Had he gaily carried as much canvass as he has stowed heavy ballast, we might have been inclined to invite him to join us in our cruizes: but, as it is, we can only say that the plan is better conceived thaíz executed.
EDUCATION. Art. 27. A Sequel to the French Exercises of Chambaud, Hamel,
Perrin, Wanostrocht, and other Grammars ; being a practical Guide to translate from English into good French, on a new Plan. With Gran ical Notes. By G. H. Poppleton. 12mo.
35. Bound. Longman and Co. Art. 28. A Key to Poppleton's French Exercises, being a Trans
lation of the various Exercises contained in that Book. 25. 6d. Bound. Longman and Co.
These works seem calculated to give facility in French translation and composition, although in some instances the English exercises appear to have been translated from the French in the Key by a writer more conversant with the French than with the English language.
We spoke of Mr. P.'s former work in Rev. vol. xliv. N.S. p. 98.
* See M. R. vol. Ixxxiii,
Art. 29. Hints on the Sources of Happiness ; addressed to her Children by a Mother, Author of " Always Happy," &c. 2 Vols.
Boards. Longman and Co. 1819. If these volumes contain much common-place and superfluous matter, and much that is evidently borrowed from other writers, still the observations, though not new, are sensible; and in the second volume we may recommend, as particularly deserving of notice, the list of books for a course of historical reading,' (page 72.) as also the advice respecting the treatment of servants and the arrangement of time.
In vol. i. p. 18., Syboris and Syborites should have been Sybaris and Sybarites, and in p. 248. increditable is erroneously substituted for incredible. Art: 30. A complete Parsing Grammar
; or a Practical Key to the Grammatical Construction of the English Language. By T. Whitworth. 12mo. 45. Bound. Longman and Co. 1819. Although these exercises exhibit considerable precision, and will certainly be useful to grammatical students, yet, in the list of irregular verbs, with their participles, Mr. Whitworth has included many which neither Johnson nor Sheridan would have acknowleged; such as, Gab, gabbing, gabbed. -- Fin, finning, finned. - Landam, landamming, landammed, &c. &c. Art. 31. The National Spelling-Book; or a sure Guide to English
Spelling and Pronunciation; the whole compiled from the Dictionaries of Walker, Sheridan, Jones, &c. &c. By Benjamin Tabart.
Bound. Tabart and Co. The spelling columns in this book appear to have been arranged and accented with much care and attention; so that children, who can be made to understand the marks here used to direct their pronunciation, will acquire an unusual degree of accuracy, and, avoid some future trouble. Art. 32. Geographical Questions and Exercises, blended with
Historical and Biographical Information. By Richard Chambers. Small 12mo. pp. 72. Sherwood and Co.
These questions will amply exercise the memory of young people : but the answers to some of them, we should imagine, would scarcely be considered as forming a necessary part of education. For example, in page 18., question 313, At what town in France were the two Montgolfiers, who invented air-balloons, born ?' Art. 33. Stories for Children; chiefly confined to Words of Two
Syllables. By the Author of " Aunt Mary's Tales." Small 12mo. 19. 68. Bound. Darton, jun. 1819.
We may recommend these stories as forming an amusing and harmless addition to the infantine library. Art. 34. Peggy and her Mammy. By Mary Elliot (lüte Belson), Author of " Industry and Idleness."
Izmo. 18. Darton, jun. 1819.
A pleasing and simple little story, containing a modern instance of the ancient saw”? that • Virtue is its own reward." Art. 35. A Synopsis of the History of England, from the earliest
to the present Times. By Thomas Kitchen. On a Canvass Sheet, in a Pocket-case. 28. 6d. Whittaker.
In this little historical chart, the principal dates and events of English history are given in a manner which may be found useful.
MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 36. An Essay on some Subjects connected with Taste. Ву
Sir George Steuart Mackenzie, Bart. F.R.S.; P.Ph.CI. R.S.E.; F.S.S.A.&c. 8vo. 8s. Boards. Longman and Co.
This work is stated in the prefixed advertisement to have been read before the Royal Society of Edinburgh, in the course of the years 1816 and 1817: but we cannot discover in it that novelty of view, or that precision of remark, which should necessarily invite a separate publication, or intitle it to a bigh station in the temple of fame. T'he choice of topic, however, is elegant; the arrangement of argument is methodical; the style of language is abundant, if not diffuse ; and the range of idea is appropriate, if not comprehensive.
After the preface and table of contents, occur introductory remarks on Taste, of which the object is to evolve a theory of beauty. On this subject we lately spoke at some length, in noticing Mrs. Schimmelpennink's Essay on Beauty and Deformity, (vol. Ixxx. p. 302.) Sir George Mackenzie retains the antiquated and unprecise division of emotions into sublime and beautiful, though these are not antithetic or inconsistent impressions. Many sublime objects are beautiful, as a calm moon-light ocean ; and many beautiful objects are sublime, as Apollo watching the shaft darted at the serpent Python. Yet they are separable qualities. So Milton's hell is sublime without being beautiful; and Shakspeare's Titania is beautiful without being sublime. After having patiently prosed over Mr. Dugald Stewart's opinions, Sir George proceeds to the sounder philosophy of Mr. Alison. Dr. Priestley's Lectures on Oratory and Criticism first applied the metaphysical doctrines of Hartley to the explanation of the phænomena of taste: Mr. Alison continued and completed this system of analysis ; and Dr. Sayers condensed into a short but elegant disquisition a similar theory of beauty. Nothing more was wanting on this exhausted subject : but instead of being content with that which ought to be satisfactory, Sir G. M. tries to add perfume to the violet, and thus attempts, in terms far less clear and precise tban his predecessors, a new definition of beauty.
• Should a definition of the words Beauty and Beautiful be required, I am inclined to consider them as the signs by which we express the consciousness of certain pleasurable effects, following, in a particular high degree, the perception of certain qualities of objects.
To say nothing of the ungrammatical use in the foregoing sentenge of the adjective particular, what is there in this cluster of
vague words which should forbid their being mistaken for a definition of the hilarity of a toper, or the giggle of a tickled child ?
The second part discusses the theory of association, and is branched into four subdivisions, which relate to the basis of the theory; to the theory as applied to form ; to the theory as applied to colour ; and to the theory as applied to sound.
A third part treats of the differences of taste, and has for its appendix various craniological drawings; which serve to prove that in different human skulls great differences are found, not only in the absolute bulk of brain, but in the proportions which the different parts bear to each other. The illustrations derived from this branch of observation constitute not the least original and valuable part of the volume. Art. 37. Journal of a Soldier of the 71st, or Glasgow Regiment, Highland Light Infantry, from 1806 to 1815. Second Edition.
pp. 232. ss. Boards. Whittaker. 1819. Without being able to vouch for the accuracy of this Journal, we see nothing in it that authorizes us wholly to discredit it. When we look 'on the eventful period between the years named in the title, and recollect the high character and perpetual presence of the 71st Regiment in the bloody scenes which it produced, there still seems no reason to doubt that one of the "rank and file” may have been fortunate enough to escape the deadly balls which have thinned the frequently renewed regimental ranks, and may be able to recount his adventures. The repetition of the story of a Frenchman being found at the bottom of a cask of wine at Alcobaca, (p.54.) and at Safrea, (p. 124.) may be considered, however, as rather suspicious: but it may also be an accidental oversight. Our hero commenced his military career in the battle of Monte Video, and was present at the inglorious attack on Buenos Ayres. He after. ward went to Portugal with Sir Arthur Wellesley, and had a share in the battles of Rolleia and Vimiera, as well as in the calamitous retreat to Corunna. It was his fortune, soon after his return to England, to be sent on the expedition to Walcheren, where he was a sufferer from the fever there which emulated the work of
On his recovery, he was drafted for service on the Peninsula, and was a witness and a partaker of most of the glorious actions there, and in France at the end of the war. Waterloo was the last scene of his “eventful history;" and there his regiment received the charge of the French cavalry with the Duke of Wellington in its centre. The following passage contains a natural account of his feelings after this tremendous battle:
Scarce was my body stretched upon the ground, when sleep closed my eyes. Next morning, when I awoke, I was quite stupid. The whole night my mind had been harassed with dreams: I was fighting, and charging, and re-acting the scenes of the day, which were strangely jumbled with the scenes I had been in before. I rose up and looked around, and began to recollect. The events of the 18th came before me one by one ; still they were confused, the whole appearing as an unpleasant dream. My comrades began