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Eustace's Classical Tour through Italy.—2 vols. 8vo. with plates.
The Paradise of Coquettes; a poem.
The Ward of Delamere; a Novel in 2 vols.

The Paris Spectator; or, L'Hermite de la Chaussee d'Antin.-By W. Jerdan. In 3 vols. 18mo.

Varieties of Life; or, Conduct and Consequences. A Novel, in 2 vols.By the author of " Sketches of Character.”

Life of General Moreau. By John Philippart, Esq.

Patience and Perseverance; a novel in 2 vols.-By Mrs. Hofland, author of “ Maid of Moscow." &c.

The Heart and the Fancy; or, Valsinore. A Tale.-By Miss Benger.

Father as he Should Be; a Novel, in 2 vols.-By Mrs Hofland, author of ?« Maid of Moscow," " Son of a Genius," &c. &c.

“Most of the characters are well imagined; the moral is good, and the tale a lesson for married men in their grand climacteric, who are not absolutely incorrigible.” Critical Review, July, 1815.

Young's Works. 2 vols. 24mo.
Young's Night Thoughts. 24mo.
The first number of the Portico has been published.

FINE ARTS. Arrangements have been made by the proprietor of this Magazine, for obtaining, through the politeness of colonel Sergeant of Boston, his cele. brated painting-THE LANDING OF our FOREFATHERS ON THE Rock at PuyMOUTH. It will be put into the hands of one of our best artists, and will, we trust, be engraved in a manner worthy of the subject. The print will appear in our work within the present year, and probably in this volume.

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The writers of biography in legitimate monarchies possess great advantages over those of a simpie republic, where a man must depend on his own merits rather than those of his ancestors, for public admiration. In writing, for instance, the life of a noble lord, who never in his life did any thing worth recording, the true legitimate biographer slily resorts



to the noble lord's ancestors, their exploits, intermarriages, and other important events in the family history. By these means, aided by the legends of the herald's office, he compiles a very interesting memoir, at least of the noble lord's ancestors, to whose exploits he is fully entitled by the theory as well as the practice of hereditary succession. For if it should happen (as certainly it may possibly happen) that folly or knavery should succeed to the distinctions originally bestowed on genius and virtue, it can only be justified by means of some mysterious extension of birthright, by which the great-great-grandson becomes a party in exploits that happened long before he was born.

By this theory the true legitimate biographer obtains an undoubted right to decorate his titled hero with as many of those achievements as he can conveniently carry; and thus happens in legitimate governments, that family honours are accumulating by a sort of compound interest, notwithstanding the degeneracy of the means, somewhat in the same way that the riches of some countries are said to increase with the amount of their debts and expenditures. This accumulation of family honours, which, like the rust on an old coin, increases with ycars, and furnishes unequivocal proof of antiquity, makes it worth a man's while to perform great actions, since he thereby not only ennobles himself and his wife, but all the rogues and blockheads of his posterity forever and

The temptation to perform great actions is thus inconceivably heightened, and it is without doubt owing to this accelerating motive, that the achievements of men in legitimate governments are so much more prodigious than in simple republics, where all that a man can expect for his highest exertions in the cause of his country, is honours that are exclusively paid to his own merit, together with the admiration of his cotemporaries, and the veneration of their posterity. The highest reward the Roman republic ever paid to her most illustrious warriors, was a ride through the streets of Rome in a chariot drawn by four white horses, together with a laurel


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