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Review.--The Amulet, or Christian Remembrancer.
Bat when the storm subsides, and silent eve onward with time in the page of Comes on, then o'er the depth of heaven are history.
seen Myriads of sapphires, while night's guardian
The volume on Asia was published queen
in 1822, and such was its success, Comes smiling forth; who then can not perceive that during the same year another Th' Almighty band? it is the self-same power appeared on Africa. This, in 1823, Form'd these, that bids the storms of winter
was followed by a volume on Amelower.
rica, and, in 1825, a fourth on Europe Old Lane, near Halifax.
closed the series. From a quarter of
the globe being assigned to each, these Review.-The Select Museum of the volumes bave no other immediate con
World, &c. By Charles Hulbert. 4 nexion with one another, than what vols. 12mo. pp. 396, 294, 344, 473. analogy and similitude supply. They London, Baynes, Whittaker, Dar- all, indeed, partake of the same comton, Kershaw.
mon spirit, and, combined together, It is not often that the author of a they may not improperly be denomiwork, and the printer of it, appears in nated “The Museum of the World." the same person. This, however, is The materials wbich they contain, sometimes the case. Dr. Franklin though partly original, are chiefly mentions one of this description, to selected from the works of travellers, whom, in his early days, he applied voyagers, and historians, of known for employment, who was actually celebrity, and accredited fame. The setting up in type some work, which original portions have their share of his bead composed as his fingers merit, being chiefly introductory to gathered up the letters.
the narratives, facts, and incidents In the volumes now under inspec- which follow, and the observations tion, we have also an author and a are illustrative of the various subjects printer in the person of Mr. Hulbert submitted to the reader's attention. of Shrewsbury, and it is with plea- The descriptions in these volumes sure, as well as justice, we add, that are upwards of one thousand in numhe has bappily succeeded in both ber, varying in length according to characters. As an author, bis volumes the nature of each subject, and the partake of spirit and variety; and as a interest which it is calculated to exprinter, the work is executed in a cite. We are not aware that any one manner honourable to himself, and has been drawn out to an immoderate creditable to the typography of Great extent, so as to be rendered tedious Britain.
to the reader. Mr. Hulbert has had The first volume is confined to the happy art to terminate his deresearches in Asia, as its title im- scription as soon as his materials beports, the substance of which, the came exhausted. author thus characterizes in his pre- To such persons as have not time face:-“ The volume will be found to 1 and opportunity to examine larger contain two hundred different articles, works, these volumes will be found to comprising as many descriptions and contain a valuable fund of informainteresting facts in Asiatic History, tion. We have not discovered any Geography, Biography, Topography, thing, either in point of morals, ethiReligion, Natural History, Mecha- cal principles, or bistorical facts, calnical Science, &c.; including also calated to mislead the reader; and it many pleasing narratives, interesting is not improbable, that the interesting and amusing anecdotes, illustrative | topics to which he is here introduced, of the principal rarities, beauties, and will awaken in his mind a solicitude peculiarities, of the Eastern world.” to prosecute his researches on a still
In this volume we find an account, | more extended scale. historical and descriptive, of nearly every place of pote, mentioned either in the sacred writings or by profane Review.-The Amulet, or Christian authors, that lies within the confines and Literary Remembrancer. 12mo. of Asia. The author also adverts to pp. 412. London. Baynes and Son. the memorials of departed ages that
1826. still remain, and introduces as to an There seems, at present, to be a acquaintance with those extraordinary vigorous competition among the bookcharacters, whose shadows still march sellers in London, for throwing into
certain works, a portion of taste and the giver or the receiver. Its price is elegance that shall crown the success- not mentioned, but we should supful candidate for typographical ho- pose it will amount to about twelve nours, with enviable superiority. In shillings, and by any one who estithis character, the work before us mates his friendship for anotber at makes its appearance, and it must be this sum, the money will not be injudiacknowledged, that it contains no ciously bestowed. small share of chastened splendoor.
The paper is excellent, the letterpress is remarkably fair, it is neatly | Review.-The Saints'Everlasting Rest. done up in boards, the edges of the By the Rev. Richard Baxter. Ableaves are gilt, and the wrapper is ridged by B. Fawcett, A.M. With peculiarly delicate. It contains twelve. an Introductory Essay by Thomas copper-plates, finished in the first style Erskine, Esq. 8vo. pp. 435. Lonof engraving, all bearing allusions to
or all bearing allusions to l don. Whittaker. some subjects that appear in the vo- The name of Richard Baxter conlume. These display great ingenuity nected with any of his publications, in the design, and furnish fine speci- always informs the critic that he is mens of the graphic art in the execu- not wanted ; and this is more supertion. The whole must have been got latively the case in all the editions of up at a considerable expense, and we his Saints' Everlasting Rest. It is a shall be glad to learn that the specu- work that is too secure of immortality, lation has been crowned with much to have any thing either to hope or success.
fear from the pen of animadversion. The subjects are seventy-two in It runs a race with Banyan's Pilgrim, number; they are highly miscellane- and nothing will be able to obstruct ous, and are the production of various the Progress of either, so long as piety authors, many of whom are still liv- shall retain its value in the estimation ing, and well known in the literary | of mankind. . and theological world. All the topics The Introductory Essay occupies are of a moral and religious nature, thirty-seven pages. Its sentiments but they partake of vivacity without are judicious and appropriate, calcu-: levity, and are sedate without being lated to lead the seeking soul to the morose. In general, the compositions Saviour of mankind, in order that it are prose, but the effusions of poetry may find, through the efficacy of his are occasionally intermingled. The merit, that Rest which remaineth to author's name, of nearly every piece, the people of God. is either fully inserted, or pointed out by some mark of discrimination. The tales, sketches, essays, and also the Review.--The Mourner's Companion, communications of the muse, are at
ne of the muse are atl with an Introductory Essay bu once entertaining and instructive;
Robert Gordon, D.D. 8vo. pp. 378. and several articles will be found to
London. Whittaker. be particularly interesting.
This work is so closely connected It is intimated in the preface, that with the preceding, that it belongs to this work is thus got up in a splendid the same series, the whole consisting manner, against the approaching sea- of eighteen volumes, printed for Chalson of Christmas, when tokens of re- mers and Collins, Glasgow, under the spect are transmitted from one indi- general title of “ Select Christian Auvidual to another, as memorials of thors, with Introductory Essays." All undissembled friendship. Many such the above works having passed under presents are made to young ladies our inspection, we feel no hesitation and gentlemen at all times, but more in the avowal of our opinion, that the particularly so, on their returning publishers of this valuable series from school, daring the vacations, and have made the Christian world their on their again quitting the paternal debtor. mansion, to repair to their respective Independently of the Introductory seminaries of learning. For such a | Essay, this volume contains five artimark of esteem, this work is admi-cles, of which the first is from Flavel, rably adapted, being at once valuable the second from Cecil, and the rein its contents, elegant in its appear- maining three from Shaw. The names ance, and no way unworthy either of of these authors are so well known,
Brief Memoir of Thomas Nuttall, F.L. S.
that to animadvert on their works, this wild and uncultivated, though would be little better than a waste of picturesque country, he no doubt contime. Indeed, the whole series is tracted that ardent love for nature and from writings of celebrated charac- her productions, which has “grown ters, several of whom had passed the with bis growth, and strengthened with ordeal of criticism, before the present his strength," and also that robustness generation was born. Their works, of constitution which has enabled him thus collected, must be considered as to traverse the pathless wilds of Amea valuable acquisition to every chris rica, and to subsist where most men tian library.
would have sunk under the combined The Introductory Essay to this effects of climate and fatigue. volume is well written. It enters into In the year 1799, Mr. Nuttall, an the nature, causes, and advantages of eminent printer in Liverpool, requested affliction, and, on rational and scrip- his nephew to reside with him, with a tural grounds, inculcates a steady view to his acquiring a knowledge of resignation to the Divine will.
the printing and bookselling business. He accordingly left his mother, to
whose habitation he had previously BRIEF MEMOIR
returned ; and, after a few months' OF THOMAS NUTTALL, B. L. S. abode with his uncle, was bound Professor of Natural History in the Unirersity
apprentice in the commencement of of Cambridge, U.S. Honorary Member of 1800. In this new sphere of action, the American Philosophical Society, and of however, his former propensities conibe Academy of Natural Sciences, &c. &c. tinued to influence bim, and he was ( With a Portrait. )
never so happy as when he could steal An attempt to portray the character, from what he considered the uninteor to analyze the merits of a living resting employment in which he was author, is a task of a most delicate engaged, to raible into the country, description. Encomium, however mo- and, amid the solitudes of nature, derate, and however merited, is apt to gratify that relish for her beauties be construed into flattery, or at any rate which had now become the leading into the overflowing of an interested passion of his mind. In his present partiality; whilst, on the other band, situation too, he had that ready access censure, however just, and however to books treating upon his favourite limited, is at once attributed to envy science, which must have been invaluof just desert, or, it may be, to per able to him, and from which he was sonal animosity. Conscious, however, able to collect those first principles, in the present instance, of the absence without the possession of which, the of prepossession either way, we shall prosecution of any study must prove a plain “unvarnish'd tale deliver," comparatively futile. which, although brief and imperfect, It was the practice of the gentleman may nevertheless be relied upon as to whom he was apprenticed, to allow authentic.
his young men to earn for themselves, MR. THOMAS NUTTALL was born at weekly, as much as they were able, Long Preston, in the North Riding of above a certain amount, and several Yorkshire, Jan. 5th, 1786. He re of them availed themselves of this inceived the rudiments of his education dulgence so much, as, by a little indusat the endowed school of that place. try, to accumulate considerable sums. His father died in 1795, and his mother, So far, however, was Mr. Nuttall from in consequence of that event, re- following this (in some respects) laudmoved to Colne; but he still remained able example, that, by his exertions, at the same seminary. During his he rarely realized the expectations of residence in his native town, and his employers. Indeed, a complete whilst yet a child, a strong bias to-disregard of wealth, except as it enwards the pursuits, in the prosecution | abled him to prosecute bis scientific of which he has since so much distin researches, formed, even at that time, guished himself, became evident; and a leading feature in bis character. he was frequently absent whole days, He now also made considerable progathering flowers and plants, which he gress in the accomplishment of drawused carefully to preserve and assorting, and soon acquired a tolerable as well as he was able, though totally proficiency, especially in sketching ignorant of any botanical system. In with pob and ink. 84.-VOL. VII.