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CONTENTS OF No. XXXIX.
VI. Elements of Geometry, Geometrical Analysis, and
Esq And a Letter to W. Roscoe Esq., occasion-
XII. Considerations on the Causes, Objects, and Conse-
p. 132,1. 13; for prowling read trottling.
: . J¥°. XXXIX.
Art. t. The Life of John Knox, containing Illustrations of the History of the Reformation in Scotland; 'with Biographical Notices of the Principal Reftrrmers, and Sketches of the Progress of Literature in Scotland, during a great part of the Sixteenth Century. To 'which is subjoined an Appendix, con-' sisting of Letters and other Papers, never before published. By Thomas M'Crie, Minister of the Gospel, Edinburgh. Svo. pp.580. Edinburgh and London, 1812.
'"tnere is a kind of luck, we think, in the inheritance of fame, as well as of more substantial possessions. In the history of great transactions, there are always some fortunate names that come instantly to the lips of all the world, and stick close to the slightest and most popular recollections of the event;— while others, at least as well entitled to that distinction, are left without honour or notoriety. But this is by no means the worst of Fortune's caprices in the distribution of historical glory. It is a case at least as common, that where some great benefit has been conferred on society by the joint efforts of many, some, who have had but a light share of the labour, run away with all the praise; while the chief agents, by whose spirit and zeal the victory was hardly won, get little more than the blame which human infirmity has made inseparable from all human exertions,—and are left to answer for whatever excesses and imperfections an ungrateful posterity may discover or imagine in their proceedings.
Among the many who have suffered by $his partiality of fortune, we scarcely know any one to whom harder measure has been dealt, than the eminent person who is the subject of 'the work before us. In the reformed island of Great Britain, nw
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