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THE

EDiNBURGH REVIEW,

OR

CRITICAL JOURNAL:

FOR

JULY 1812 NOV. 1812..

TO RE CONTINUED QUARTERLY.

JUDEX DAMNATUR CUM NOCENS ABSOLVITUR.

PUILID9 SYRU3.

VOL. XX.

EDINBURGH:

Printed by David Wulison,
FOR ARCHIBALD CONSTABLE AND COMPANY, EDINBURGH,
AND wHITE, COCHRANE & CO. FLEET-STREET,
LONDON.

CONTENTS OF No. XXXIX.

Aat. I. The Life of John Knox, containing Illustrations of

the History of the Reformation in Scotland; with

Biographical Notices of the Principal Reformers,

and Sketches of the Progress of Literature in

Scotland, during a great part of the Sixteenth

Century - - - - - . - p. 1

IL Authentic Correspondence, and Documents, relating

. to the Proceedings of the Marquis Wellesley, and

of tire Earl Moira, in the Recent Negotiations

for the Formation of an Administration - - 29

III. Sketch of the Political History of India, from the In-

troduction of Mr Pitt's Bill in 1784, By John

Malcolm, Lt.-Col. in the Hon. East India Com-

pany's Madras Army, &c.^5ic. * - 39

lV. The SpeechVof his Royal Highness the Duke of Sus-

sex, m the House of Lords, on the Catholic Ques-

tion, on Tuesday, April 21st, 1812 - -54

V. Sixth Report of the Directors of the African Institu-

tion -------- 5!J

VI. Elements of Geometry, Geometrical Analysis, and
Plane Trigonometry. By John Leslie, Professor
y of Mathematics in the University of Edinburgh 79'
VII. Tales of Fashionable Life. By Miss Edgeworth, Au-
thor of Practical Education, &c. &c. - IOC*

Till. A Letter to H. Brougham Ek;. M. P., on the Subject

of Parliamentary Reform. By William Roscoe

Esq And a Letter to W. Roscoe Esq., occasion-
ed by his Letter to Mr Brougham. upon Parlia-
mentary Reform. By J. Merritt - - - I'Jt

IX. Reeherches sur les Moeurs des Fourmis Indigenes.

Par P. Huber, Membre des Societcs d'Histoirc

Naturclle et de Physique a Geneve, &c. - - l\%

X. Tables Barometriques Portatives, donnant les differen-

ces de Niveau par un simple soustraction, &c.

Par M. Biot - 160

THE

EDINBURGH REViEW,

JULY, 1812.

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: . 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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