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think that too much praise can be given to Mr. Miller for his important and most interesting work. It exhibits a comprehensive and fearless mind, applying to his task the most liberal and enlightened principles, superior to every influence of party, and guided solely by a view to the public good. He does not shrink from censuring individuals, when they appear to him to deserve it: but he generally prefers the more useful course, of bearing with all his ability against those systems, which interfere with the administration of justice.
His attention is first directed to the chief courts of common law and equity, and to such particulars in each of these jurisdictions as appear to be most remarkable in their constitution, procedure, or doctrines. He next points out some important amendments of which the civil law of England appears to be susceptible; and, lastly, he adverts to the means by which the general improvement of the administration of justice may most effectually be facilitated.
The work is not, in general, remarkable for elegance of style. It wants compression, or, we should rather say, it has the positive faults of diffusiveness and loose arrangement, which mark the composition of lawyers in general. Mr. Miller's complaints are too much like those of a bill in Chancery.
The subjocts embraced in Mr. Miller's book are various, and all of very great importance. We trust that his suggestions will speedily receive the attention of the legislature, and that something like order, and utility, shall be restored to our laws and courts of justice, before their abuses call down upon them the detestation of the whole country.
SELECTED FOR THE MUSEUM.
(From a Notice of the British Institution.) The number 93 has brought us to Leslie and his Don Quixote; and, if we were to judge merely from the crowds which daily surround this picture, it ought to be a good one. It is a good sign of the improvement of the public taste, that it is so surrounded, for it does not appear to us to possess those qualities which generally attract and fix the public admiration. It is quiet and unpretending, and these are not generally attractive qualities. Be that as it may, this is a picture of a merit as high as is likely to be easily attained in this line of art. The story is perfectly well told, and nothing needs be desired superior to the characters, the unbending and unlistening gravity of the Duenna, the beauty and grace of the Duchess, the consequence and rusticity of Sancho, the
graceful fun of the damsels, and the downright honest delight of the negro girl.
of Junius, 473.
Critical Prefaces to the Novelist's
Library, 1, 104, 177, 273, 369.
Music; a Fragment, 60.
To my Melancholy, 511.
Tremaine, or the Man of Refinement,
Wild Animals, Domestication of, 515,
AUG 3 1921