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Of Mr. Neil's genuine piety, no, it is not among its least recommendadoubt can be entertained, without im- tions, that, though written by a surpeaching the fidelity of his biographer; geon, it is better adapted to keep its who, so far as circumstances would readers from the doctor than to put allow, has traced his history through them into his hands. the vicissitudes of his life. The concluding parts contain moral and religious reflections, which have only a
Review.-The Lady at the Farmremote connexion with the narrative.
House; or Religion the Best Friend Piety, in modern days, is not such a
in Trouble. A Story of Instruction. stranger to the ocean as it was in Mr.
18mo, pp. 144. London. Seeley | Neil's early years. His was, then, a half solitary incident, on which ac- | The heroine of this story is a young count it became remarkable ; and of lady who was left a widow at the age this fact the biographer has availed of twenty-five, with an infant son, and himself, to give publicity to his expe but scanty means of subsistence. In rience, his character, and his name.
early life she had married a splendid vagabond, who, having spent both his own fortune and her's, was killed
wbile out on a fox-hunting party. In Review.-The Natural and Medical consequence of these disasters, the
Dieteticon, or Practical Rules for widow was compelled to quit her Eating, and Drinking, and Preserving elegant mansion, and, on a slender Health, fc. &c. By J. S. Forsyth, pittance, take lodgings at a farm· Surgeon. 12mo. pp. 384. London. house, to which this book introduces Sherwood & Co. 1824.
|us. During the calamities which We do not profess to have any pro
afflicted her, she had been visited by found acquaintance either with epi
a pious clergyman, whose seasonable curism or the medical profession, but
observations had made a deep imwe understand plain common sense,
pression on her heart, and led her and of this wholesome article, the
| to seek happiness in God. work before us contains a fair pro
Arriving at the farm-house, she portion. The design of this treatise
endeavours to be useful to the poor, may be gathered from a well-written
with whom she is surrounded. Among preface that occupies about twenty
these are two girls, Martha and pages, in which the author strongly
Rebecka, whom she instructs in the
duties of religion. Martha going to recommends a rigid attention to temperance, exercise, wholesome diet,
| work in a factory, falls into bad com
pany, apostatizes, and dies in misery, cleanliness, clothing, and a salubrious air. To a negligence of these, or
the wife of a brutal soldier ; wbile some of these, he conceives that the
Rebecka marries a gardener, and lives
in comfort, and comparative affluence. origin of very many disorders may be
The design of the book is to recomtraced. The articles above enumerated,
mend religion, by shewing, in the may be said to lay the foundation of
examples selected, the effects of its the author's work, a considerable
influence, contrasted with the condi
tion of those who know not God. The portion of wbich is devoted to an
tale has very little incident; but analysis of what may be rendered
wholesome instruction is blended proper for use, and most beneficial under the various circumstances in
| with the amusement that it imparts. wbich mankind may be placed. With an eye to this, he descants in a clear
Review.-Morning Meditations, Sc. and perspicuous manner on the nutritive properties of various animal
12mo. pp. 208. London. Nisbet. and vegetable substances, on all To the varieties of character and form occasions directing the choice, by which books assume, there is scarcely communicating information to the any end. This before us consists of understanding.
short meditations on numerous pasIn families that wish to be guided sages of scripture, interspersed with by maxims of prudence, and to secure verses of hymns, and other scraps of the health of their inmates, this book poetry. Each meditation is contained will be found highly instructive; and I on a single page, and between the 83.-VOL. VII.
subjects there is no other connexion | Why bow and cringe submissive to obtain than that which uniform piety sup
Her transient favour-fall of anxious pain?
Why not shake off th' unmanly yoke, and prove plies. These meditations are an hun
How blest he were without ber doubtful love! dred in number, to one half of which is -Because she's woman and atoning now prefixed a text of scripture, and to For having been at first bis hapless foe.” the other some suitable poetical |
p. 56. effusion. They present nothing to
THE WORLD'S END. tickle the fancy, or to entice specula- «For surely there is an end.” Solonion. tion to mount the wing. But what is " There is a Being thron'd above the clouds, of much more importance, they offer | To whose extended thought, a thousand years consolation to the distressed, and Are bat as yesterday. Beneath his sway pour the balm of Gilead into the Worlds beyond worlds, in truest order bung, wounded heart.
By bis creative arm in chaos launch’d,
Inhabited by everlasting souls,
In mortal frames encased; and soon as Death lequin Proteus, Esq. 18mo. pp. 120. Hath freed the spirit from its shell of clay, London. · Whittaker.
The body changes to its pristine dust.
At last, when all are dead, that world itself, There can be no doubt that the name
Of nothing form'd, shall into nothing fall! adopted by the author is fictitious, This is no dream-or, if it be a dream, and all who read his compositions It is prophetical. The pow'r which rais’d must admit that it has been well | Can change; and can, and will annihilate
His mighty work. Himself baih spoke its chosen; his pieces being about seventy
p. 85. in number, and accommodated to
| In p. 101, “ An Indian Chief's Dying whatever happened to come to hand.
Address to his Sons," breathes the In his more serious articles, we some
true spirit of these untutored children times find an Harlequin mixture, corresponding with the divinity of the
of nature; and “the Three Ghosts," following lines,
in p. 108, contains much sarcastic
humour, and a proportionable degree Few were ber sips, and they shall be forgiven, of merit, but we have no room for more Many the virtues, which her soul shall save;"
quotations or remarks. while the wit, in his húmorous scraps, frequently degenerate into puerility, as in the following couplet,
Review.--The Bible Dictionary. 18mo.
pp. 155. London. Davis. “ My comprehensive role is simply this, Act right,' and then you cannot act amiss.” This little work explains 'many It is but fair, however, to observe,
words that wanted no explanation,
and passes over multitudes, that are that several pieces in this little volume hi
but partially understood. Those that are not only exempt from the above
| it contains, are arranged under the censures, but in some measure make an atonement for the rest; and, in belong. 'and divided into syllables.
| various parts of speech to which they confirmation of this opinion, we give
but without being accepted. It is the two following:
published by the Sunday School WOMAN.
Union, for the use of children, and to " To man, when first he trod the earth, were this class of the community it is likely
given The choicest blessings of the wealth of heaven;
to be useful. A soul eternal, free from earthly stain, To rale a world which had not known a pain- Reviews.-“The Christian's InheriA smiling world, the seat of endless spring, Itance." (Booth, London.) is a placeWhere, blest and blessing, man might reign sole king.
book of Scripture Promises, methodiBat he was not content, he look'd above cally arranged, and ronning through For yet one blessing more for woman's love! | about one hundred and sixty pages. 'Twas given; alas ! the fatal, fatal hoor
To the sick, and such as are troubled That gendered venom in so sweet a flow'r! Tben shudder'd Virtue with propbetic dread,
with dejection of spirits, and given And Sin in thought began to heap her dead;
to despondency, this will prove a Then Death emerg'd from bell's prolific, wave, valuable companion. And plann'd the chambers of bis icy grave; «Reading no longer a Task.” (LongHis infant wing then Time began to plameWoman's creation was creation's doom !
man and Co.) is a book for children Why does not man tben with abhorrence fly just beginning to know the use of From her who lost his immortality ? l letters. It commences with their 1057
simple sounds, and then proceeds to | Portnguese galleon was attacked by lessons in words of two letters and several of our small barks, and Leva upwards. The wood-cuts which it and Enriquet coming out to its aid, contains will please the infant mind. with three galleasses, were so battered “ Agnes Hall; or The Adopted Child,”
by lord Thomas Howard in the Golden (Seeley London) is a respectable Lion, that it was with some difficulty tale, containing pleasing narrative
they sheered off, and the galleasses and wholesome advice. It is well | have never since offered to fight. adapted for a reward-book in Sunday
“On the following day, incredible and other schools.
numbers of English youth, in ships of “The Cottager's Friendly Guide,"
their own, came to join the fleet, but
it was agreed not to assault the enemy (Sherwood and Co.) will prove in
till they came to the Straits of Calais, structive to those in the common
where they cast anchor on the sevenwalks of life, who need advice in the
and-twentieth day. The enemy were management of their domestic con
continually sending messages to the cerps, but of the very poor it takes
duke of Parma to come to their assistlittle notice, except in the introduc
ance, but all in vain. tion. Most of the calculations are on
“I am rather dry and historical in too large a scale for the poor, and
the detail of these facts, but you must many among them will scarcely know
expect nothing less, my dear Mary, how to reduce the proportions. It,
from one who purposes to send to the however, contains many valuable
press all this account, as I will, with articles.
the exception of my personal adventures, in my history of queen Eliza
beth. Tell Moll Dawkins that her THE MANUSCRIPTOMANIAC.
son is alive and well, and that he has (Concluded from col. 911.)
not, as she anticipated, shewed any No. V.-The Spanish Armada. marks of cowardice. And now fareI shall now resume Everett's letters, / well, my dearest Mary, from your after extracting them from my book
“RICHARD Everert." case, in which they cut a most splendid figure, elegantly bound in green and
LETTER v. gold, and forming a strange contrast
“My deAR MARY, to Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations."
Aug. 1st, 1558. and Malthus's “Population, with
| “It has turned out as I thought. some dozen replies to the latter, The Invincible Armada is at length which are arranged on each side of it. vanquished, and flying. The particuThey were the legacy of an esteemed
lars shall follow. friend.
“The night after the Spaniards cast Letter iv.
anchor at Calais, the lord high admi
ral (by command, it is said, of the “My dear Mary, July 28th, 1588. | queen) daubed eight of the worst ships
“I am so overjoyed, that I can of all the fleet, with Greek pitch and scarcely hold my pen. Our arms have rosin, and then, having filled them met with complete success; the Spa- with combustible materials, sent them, piards have fled, and cast anchor near full sail, with a favouring breeze, down Calais. There are no shipmates lost upon the enemy. The sight was awful. but one Cocks, on the 23d, who died The wind augmented the angry glare gloriously fighting in the midst of his of the flame, which rose to the highest enemies. We levelled all our shot parts of the ships, and cast an intense with certain aim against the high and red light on the sea, like the sun sinklofty ships of the Spaniards, while ing after a storm. There was sometheir's flew harmlessly over our heads. thing sublime in seeing these mounWe are all confident of victory. tains of flame borne onward by the ." The 24th was a sort of truce. Our burning waves, while the moon, veiled fleet' was divided into four parts, one behind a cloud, withdrew all other commanded by Sir Francis Drake, light from the contending. navies. another by the lord high admiral, a The lofty Spanish ships might clearly third by Hawkins, and a fourth by my be discerned by the fierce light; each uncle, sir Martin Forbisher. But on man in them stood black and bigh the 25th there was another battle. A before us, in the glow of the fire.
They were smitten with panic, as the ability to read, it becomes, generally eight barks came sailing down towards speaking, of less value. It is owing, them; a wild scream from a hondred no doubt, to the great attention which thousand tongues burst at once to the is now paid to the instruction of the moonless sky; and the next moment rising generation, that, while we have the anchors were weighed, the cables no excess of operative mechanics, cut, the sails hoisted, and the Invin we do find a superabundance of percible Armada flying before us.
sons capable of filling the higher de“ Providence had surely deprived partments in the scale of servitude, our enemies of common reason, to en | and who are anxiously looking for sure their defeat; for in that confused situations of this description. flight no counsel was taken, and some It has been recently remarked in were carried to the North Sea, others one of our diurnal papers, that, sapto the coast of Flanders, whilst but a pose two advertisements were inserted, part rallied before Gravelines, under one for a person to write essays, and the command of the duke of Medina | another for a cook, it is probable that, Sidonia, of Leva, of Ricaldos, and of wbile there might be 100 applicants others of the number of their bravest for the former situation, there would captains. They were instantly attack not be one for the latter. ed, and with our usual success. They | We may also ascribe to this, that fasstrove with all the ardour and despera- tidiousness which is often manifested tion of men desirous to redeem them on the part of employers towards their selves from scorn and disgrace, but in more confidential or responsible servain ;-cool courage, and determined vants, and that sang froid with which patriotism, can do more than infuri the most respectable of servants, those ated madness. Some ships were sunk, who have most assiduously, and who some were shattered, and, on the last | most conscientiously endeavoured to day of the month, they resolved to promote the interests of their masters, return to Spain.
are dismissed from their situations. “I have other things to tell you, of This conduct must strike the reflecting less importance, but I am summoned, reader as the reverse of that philanand have only time to state, that a thropy of the day in which we live, in speedy return to his Mary is now which, perhaps, we are too much diseagerly expected, by
posed to exult, forgetting that all is “Her affectionate Husband,
| not gold that glitters, even though the
question of usefulness should remain “ RICHARD Everett.” | indisputable.
A man has, to the present period, Here ends the Bradgate M33. (Brad- held a respectable rank in society, gate MSS.) on the defeat of the Spa- without having received much remu. nish Armada. The other manuscripts neration for his services, beyond what and books were of less interest and was barely sufficient to supply the conimportance, and perhaps my readers stantly recurring wants of himself and are already tired with Richard Eve his family. He has arrived at the rett and his “deare Marie.” They meridian of life, when his employer, will not consequently be surprised to beset, it is probable, with applicants, receive the intelligence, that with conceives the idea that a younger No. 5, closes the series of the “Manu man would more efficiently promote scriptomaniac.”
his interests, or, at least, that while
one was likely, in a short time, to reOct. 6th, 1825. Arthur HOWARD.
lax in his energies, the other, it is probable, would improve. Far is the
writer from sopposing that there are STRICTURES ON EDUCATION.
not many persons actuated, towards It would well deserve the appellation their servants, by principles of a much of Vandalism, not to express our cor- more generous and liberal description; dial approbation of those efforts for the but he knows too much of mankind extension of Education, wbich distin- not to be fully satisfied, that this pringuish the present age. We need not ciple, whether admitted or not, or disguise the fact, however, that in pro- whether there be any consciousness portion as education is extended much of its existence or not, is frequently in beyond the first elements, or the mere operation, entailing, unless a gracious
Slavery and the West Indies.
Providence sees fitto interpose, misery dissipation and low pleasures. I found amongst a very deserving, and it may this worthy female singing to a little be added, in many cases, a very sen- | infant in her lap, with whom she was sitive portion of society.
fondly playing, while, on a couch near This subject should teach an im the fire-side, lay three sick children. portant lesson to parents. Without The moment this distressed friend saw good connexions, a boy, brought up me, joy sparkled in her eye, and a to an operative trade, bas, in general, faint blush spread over her pale, emaa much fairer chance of passing com- ciated cheek. She arose and ran to me, fortably through life, than one who is How great is my happiness to see brought up with a view to a situa- you here! (she exclaimed.) You retion.
W. E. joice my heart by this kind visit! You
must, however, excuse my homely enON TEMPORAL FELICITY.
tertainment; for my maid has left me
this morning, and has carried off with TEMPORAL happiness depends, in a her, not only all my household linen, great measure, on trivial circum- but likewise all my little stock of stances; and it may, in no small de-plate:-can we dine (said she, laughgree, be acquired by our constant ing) without a table-cloth or spoons ? endeavour to look on the bright side You see I have only little Fanny to of the various incidents that occur. wait on me;-but for that very reason, Simple as these remarks may appear, we shall be more snug and happy by they are of more consequence than ourselves; we will be social, and may be at first imagined; and the fol- talk over old stories. These three lowing facts will illustrate their im- poor little children you see asleep portance:
here, have been ill; but as their dis“ I called one morning on Mrs. B. order now intermits, in a few days I who has every blessing this world can hope they will be well. Come, Fanny, bestow; but from her unhappy dispo- prepare our frugal meal;-it shall be sition, she turns all the incidents of a cheerful one, however.' I spent the life into so many sources of plague day with this excellent woman,-adand vexation. On entering the room, miring the noble resolution with which I was saluted with—“So you are come she supported herself under the real at last!-but I cannot ask you to stay calamities of life; whilst the silly Mrs. to dinner. Nobody living has my B. in the midst of all her affluence, explagues!--never was such a house of cited only my contempt." confusion as mine! My woman and the butler have left me this morning; my cook is ill;—and two of my chil
SLAVERY AND THE WEST INDIES. dren have got colds :-in short, I am the most miserable woman in the Mr. Editor, world;- and to add to my troubles, SIR,-Permit me to ask for a little my eldest daughter has gone, and en- further indulgence in your valuable gaged herself to the assembly at Imperial Magazine, by the insertion W- to-night; for which she shall of the following remarks: not go to another; but whenever any Mr. Bluster is just arrived from the persons can be of service to me, I island of Jamaica! He is big with always observe they get out of the astonishment; his soul overflows with way ;-for my part, I was born, I be- indignation, at the very idea of the lieve, under some evil destiny, so mali- emancipation of the slaves! “Emanciously do my stars-- Here I abruptly cipate the slaves !"_" then are the took my leave of this discontented / West Indian islands lost for ever to shrew; as I found, by staying longer, England !"-" The West Indian isI should only have increased her string lands can only be held by England, so of mishaps.
long as the slaves are held in slavery .“ In my way home I called on Mrs. by the planters.” This is the orthodox P. an amiable young woman, for whom doctrine of West India! Every adI have long had the utmost compas- vocate for abolition, in Mr. Bluster's sion; as she is in very distressing estimation, is either insane or an idiot. circumstances, with a large family of Mr. Bluster did not think it worth young children, and has an idle sot | while to pack up, or bring over, any for her husband, entirely given up to other arguments than this, to prove