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LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC
(Nos. 5 & 6)
WILEY AND HALSTED, AND C. S. VAN WINKLE.
ART. I. [The Whale Fisheries.] Account of the Arctic
Regions, with a history and description of the
Northern Whale Fishery. By W. Scoresby,
2. A right pithy, pleasant, and merie Comedy,
entytuled Gammer Gurton's Nedle; &c. 1575.
3. A Woman Kilde with Kindnesse ; &c,.
4. Andromana, or the Merchant's.wife; &c.
5. The Duchesse of Mally, a Tragedy &c.
ART. II. Specimens of Irish Eloquence, now first arrranged
and collected ; &c. By Charles Phillips, Esq. 23.
ART. III. [Old Plays.] 1. The Playe called the Foure
P. P., a newe and a very merie interlude, of
a Palmer, a Pardoner, a Poticary, and a Ped-
ART. IV. Remains of Sir Walter Ralegh
ART. V. Biographical Sketch of the late Robert R. Liy-
ART. VI. [Ship Timber.] Report of the Navy Commis-
sioners, to the Secretary of the Navy-9th
ART. VIII. Answer to the Queries of D. F. in our third
Number, addressed to the Reviewer of Wil-
present state of Currency, Trade, Commerce
and National Industry; &c. By Oliver Wol-
2. Review of the Trade and Commerce of
3. Thoughts on Political Economy; &c. By
ART. I. King Coal's Levee, or Geological Etiquette ; &c.
with the Council of Metals; and Baron Ba-
2. Geological Primer in Verse; &c.
3. Court News, or the Peers of King Coal, &c.
ART. II. Anastasius; or Memoirs of a Greek, written in
the 18th century. (From the Edinb. Rev.)
ART. III. On Dancing. (From the New Monthly Mag.)
2. "Le Cavalier Seul." (From the same.)
ART. IV. The Poetry of the Troubadours. (From the
ART. V. Sunday. (From the same.)
ART. VI. [National: Education.] 1. Foster on Popular
Ignorance (From the Edinburgh Review.)
2. Observations..on Mr. Brougham's Educa-
4. Defence of the British and Foreign School
Society, against the remarks (in the preceding
ART. VIII. Messrs. Perkins and Fairman's inventions.
(From the Journal of Science, &c. London.)
5. Plain Thoughts on Mr. B.'s Education Bill.
6. An Appeal to the Legislature and the pub-
lic, more especially to Dissenters, against Mr.
7. Christian Remembrancer, &c.
The same subject. (From the Monthly Rev.) 209
8. Inquiry into the Operation of Mr. B.'s Edu-
cation Bill, by a Non-conformist, &c. &c.
ART. I.-An Account of the Arctic Regions, description of the northern whale fishery. Jun. F. R. S. E. 2 vols. 8vo. pp. 1207.
with a history and By W. SCORESBY, Edinburgh, 1820.
The appearance of these volumes has certainly been well timed. Since the restoration of peace to Europe, the attention of her scientific world has been strongly attracted towards the long forgotten questions of a north-west passage, and the probability of reaching the Arctic Pole. All national attempts at discovery, in those high northern latitudes, are entitled to the most unqualified thanks from the lovers of knowledge, for they are obviously undertaken without any expectation of benefiting commerce, could there exist hopes of complete success. The chimerical idea of shortening the passage to India, by making a thoroughfare of the polar basin, has long since been abandoned, and it is questionable whether the whaling vessels do not already penetrate farther through the ice than prudence will at all times justify. It is a pleasant spectacle to see the spirits of the men who direct the energies of great nations, infusing themselves in this manner into the public measures they control, and it is some consolation to know that, in this age of selfish policy, when all the barriers that were raised against political wrongs, in days that are gone by, have fallen before the arm of the strongest, the very men who might be supposed to feel themselves beyed the reach of public opinion, are anxious to distinguish the period of their power by measures that may add something to the credit of their minds, as well as to that of their policy. It is to this great corrective, which has grown.