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Mr. Wood has now completed his thor to possess a confiderable portion of " Collection of Decrees by the Court of classical taste and knowledge, as well as Exchequer in Tythe Causes, from the information as to the present state of Usurpation to the Present Time;" a com Greece and the Grecian isles. In endeapilation which will be consulted by the vouring to avoid any poverty or tamenefs lawyer and historian with equal advantage. of expression, the poet, however, is occa

Mr. Kyd has published a very useful fonally bombastic and obscure. If at any “* Arrangement, under Distinct Titles, of future time Mr. P. will submit his Gre. all the Provisions of the several Acts cian Prospects to a careful and laborinus of Parliament relating to the Assessed revision, it will hold a respectable station Taxes."

amidst contemporary productions " The Solicitor's Instructor in Parlia * “ Miscellanies, by Jas. H. BEATTIE, ment, concerning Estates and Inclosure A. M. with an Account of his Life and Bills,” by Mr. ELLIS, is an useful work, Character, by James Beattie, LL.D. with containing the standing orders of both a second Title, giving it as Volume II. of Houses of Parliament relative to such Beattie's Poems.” We consider the au. Bills, with plain and methodical directions thor of the Minstrel as one of the moft for passing them.

chaste and elegant poets of the present Mr. Espinasse has published a second day; and from the specimens given in the volume of “ Reports," &c. from Easter present volume, it might have been hoped term 1796, to Hilary term 1799.

that Mr. J. Beattie, with the advantage Mr. DONNISON Roper's “ Treatise of such an instructor, would in time hare upon the Law of Legacies," is a book of emulated his father's celebrity. This necessary reference; the same may be said amiable young man, however, was sumof Mr. Tidd's“ Practical Forms,” which moned away at the age of twenty-two, is to be considered as an appendix to the leaving behind him, uncorrected, those author's Book of Practice of the Courts miscellancous marks of genius, which the of Great Britain.

afflicted father, with a partiality not to be New editions have appeared of several censured, has thought worthy to be pube law works: “ The Crown Circuit Com- lished in connection with his own elegant panion;" the “ Reports of Sir Edmund effufions. The volume now presented to Saunders;" Mr. POWELL'S “ Treatise the public confifts of various pieces, Latin on the Law of Mortgages;" Mr. Kyn's and English, some in verfe, some in prose, Trcatise on the Law of Awards," some humorous, and some grave.

They &c. &c. &c.

certainly show considerable abilities, POETRY,

though we cannot consider thein as enIn this department of literature we titled to so high a rank on our shelves as might notice a large number of publica- Dr. Beattie has raised them, by uniting rions; but we are forry to say that the far them with his own compositions. greater part of them are too poor and in. Mrs. MONTOLIEU's " Enchanted hgnificant to merit enumeration.

Plants,” are a collection of fables in verse, Mr. CAMPBELL has given us, in two by the means of which this lady has ex. pompous and expensive quartos, “ An In- hibited with much effect the various paf. troduction to the History of Poetry in fions, jealoufy, love, envy, ambition, &c. Scotland, from the beginning of the Thir- which agitate the human heart. Her enteenth Century down to the Present chanted plants are endued with reason, Time, together with a Conversation on sensibility, and the power of speech; and Scotish Songs." The title-page to this through them are these moral lessons with publication prepares us for much curious much delicacy and elegance imparted. and amusing matter ; the author, how. A very elegant tranllation has appeared ever, does not long keep us in suspense, of “ Fables by the Duke of Nivernois;' for dulness, want of taste, and gross igno- the originals of which have long been very rance of his subject, soon become evi. juftly celebrated for their delicacy and point dent: the style is mean and ungrammati. “'The Farmer's Boy,”a rural poem, by cal, often unintelligible. Mr. Campbell has Rob. BLOOMFIELD, is a most rare insollected a number of Scotish songs, with stance of uncultivated genius. Robert was most of which we have long been ac himself the Farmer's Boy, whose labors he quainted, and has contrived by Tome means has described with fuch poetical embellishut other to fill the pages of two tiresomne ment and correctness. His father, it volumes.

seems, died when he was an infant, learMr. PoLwHELE'S “ Grecian Pro- ing a widow and fix children : Robert fpecks," is a poem which proves the 'au; ivas two or three months only at school to


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learn writing before he was seven years Mr. HARLEY's “ Ballads, Stories old, and this was all his education ' He Sonnets, &c." are many of them pleasing is at present a ladies Shoemaker, and and fimple. works for Mr. Davies, Lombard-street. ANDREW MERRY, Esq. has given Mr. CAPEL Lorrt has drawn up from us “ The Last Dying Words of the Eighthe letters of Bloomfield's brother, a short teenth Century, a Pindaric Ode,” giving biographical sketch of the poet's early a humorous and chronological detail of years: the same gentleman corrected the all the remarkable events, fashions, chafalse spelling of the M.S. and the false raeters, &c. This idea is a good one, but grammar; but he has done nothing the execution is certainly not much to be more. Of the present poem we may boasted of. truly say, that it abounds with accurate

The knell of the eighteenth century. and minute description ; the perusal of it however, has been rung in a tone truly will gratify those who have a taste for fad and funereal by the Poet Laureat, ia poetry, and are not insensible of the charms his “ Carmen Seculare" for the Year of nature.

1800,” which Mr. Pyt, in an absurd Mr. MAURICE has published his and school-boy calculation, endeavours to " Poems, Epistolary, Lyric, and Elegia- prove is the beginning of the new cencal.” Some of these we noticed as they tury. Where a man is obliged to comseparately made their appearance. Mr. posc an annual ode on a barren subject, te M. has a lively fancy and a copiousness is to be cominiserated; but as the Poet of expression : we are pleased to see col- Laurcat has here volunteered his services, lected in one volume these scattered effu. there is nothing unmerciful in giving añ fions of his genius.

opinion on the merits of his performance. Mr. PyBUs_one of the Lords Com- Obscurity, metaphysical confusion, hypermissioners of the Treasury-has addressed bole, frequent and tiresome personificato his Imperial Majesty Paul Emperor of tion and affected phraseology, are the chaof all the Russias, a magnificent folio vo racteristics of this adulatory ode. lume full of verses, called the “ Sove Mr. Du Bois'" Wreath," confifts of reign." Whether this rhyming Com “ Selections from Sappho, Theocritus, missioner intends to offer his services as a Bion, and Moschus, accompanied by a poet-laureat to the Emperor of all the Prose Translation with Notes ; to which Rullias, we know not; but really the are added, Remarks on Shakespeare, and fpeculation would not be a bad one, as the a Comparison between Horace and Lu. present specimen of his abilities would cian." Mr. Du Bois, according with speak very highly in his favor. If such Mr. Cowper in opinion, that a just tranfa scheme should be in contemplation, we lation of any ancient poem in rhyme is would advise our author, however, to re- impossible, has given us a version, almost print a few copies, and omit the dedica- literal, of the beautiful remains of those tion, which at present is addressed to the minor poets. It must be acknowledged King of Great Britain ; because, it seems that the language of the present tránila“ the author would probably have been tion is remarkably smooth and polished; less captivated with the character of a fo- but in the transfusion of such exquisite reign prince, if his sentiments had not poetry into profe-into plain prose-the been habitually formed under the influ. Ipirit of the original is considerably evaence of that example, which is the pride · porated. We Have read poetical translaand ornament of the British throne.” tions of the minor poets, both of Greece This is a clumsy compliment to his Iin- and Rome, which, though less correct perial Majesty, and we should certainly than the present, have far more attractive have expected something better from a charms for us. Lord of the Treasury!

We have perused the fourth edition of Dr. BOOKER, whose “Malvern Hills" Mr. GIS BORNE'S “ Walks in a Forest," we mentioned with respect on a former with much delight. The author has occasion, has published “ The Hop-gar- made a variety of corrections, occasionally dens, a Didactic Poem," which will not expanding his descriptions, occasionally derogate from his reputation. The Doc. compreiling them,” and almost in every tor's poetry is tolerably smooth and me!- instance improving the effect. The addi. lifluent, but certainly deficient in spirit tions are numerous and beautiful, and the and pathos ; nor is his language always whole poem has now received a polith perfectly correct. Subjoined to the Hop, which must enhance its value. gardens is a poem on Ale, which, of the Mr. DONOGGHREE'S “ Essay on the swo, is far more poetical and descrip. Pallions, and other Poems," display taste ye


does no

and talents, which if chastised and culti- of holding up to ridicule the jacobins and vated might produce works of stperior modern philosophers; it will be acknowmerit.

ledged, however, that he is not a very “Cecco's Complaint, translated from Il successful caricaturist. Lamento di Cecco da Varlungo of Fran “The Natural Daughter, with portraits cesco Beldovini, by John HUNTER, Esq. of the Leadenhead Family," by Mrs. Ro. The tranlator of this poem, fo juftly ad- BINSON, we cannot speak of in terms of mired in the original, feems completely to high commendation, it is interspersed have entered into the spirit of the author, however, with some pieces of truly eleand has related the story of poor Cecco gant poetry. with much fimplicity and effec.

Mr. Smith's “ Family Story,” though “The Links o' Forth ; or a Parting Peep · not very striking as a compofition, has a at the Carse o' Stirling : a Plaint, by HEC- moral tendency which does credit to the TOR MACKNEIL, ETq." This gentleman author, ard will ensure a reception for his is the author of the “ History o' Will and volumes into many families from which Jean," and the “ Waes o' War,” two works of higher genius are often very poems, which for fimplicity and pathos juftly excluded. have not been equalled since the days of The author of « A Piece of Pamils poor Burns. It is fufficient to say, that Biography,” has produced a novel which the present descriptive little poem

has a large share of excellence, and no discredit to the author's fame.

small one of defccts: he secins to have “ The Parish Priest” is a translation been an acute and fagacious observer of by the Rev. Dawson WARREN, with manners and characters, and some of those several alterations, of a Latin poem, en which he has introduced are remarkably titled Sacerdos Paræcialis Rufticus, writ. well drawn. The perpetual attempts at ten by the Rev. John BURTON : we have wit and humour, however, are tiresome, frequently seen the character and occupa- and the display which the author has lahotion of a parish priest exhibited in a more riously made of his classical acquirements lively, and interesting manner.

and extensive reading, exposes him to the Mr. Roscoe has published a second charge of vanity : the descriptive portion edition of his “ Nurse," to which is pre- of these volumes is masterly. We underfixed, an original “ Inscription" of much stand the author to be Mr. Du Bois, beauty.

whose Wreath formed with the unfading The readers of

flowers of Greece, we have noticed in the NOVELS AND ROMANCES present compendium. must excuse us if we content ourselves with Mr. LATHOM has written a norel in the fimple enumeration of fome of those two volumes, entitled “ The Myftery." which have lately been published: “Mor. This gentleman in his “ Men and Mán. daunt" is written by the author of Zeluco; ners" gave us reason to hope that he would and in almost every respect is worthy to become a reputable author, we cannot fay be the acknowledged production of Dr. that our expectations are ftrengthened by MOORE ; we say in almost every respect, the present production. because grammatical negligences and the Mr. William's “ Fitzmaurice,'' Mr. introduction of vulgarisms are wholly un GUNNING'S “Fashionable Involvements," worthy of such an author. The present “ The Witch," and the “ Maid of Ho. volumes exhibit sketches of life, charac- nour,” Mrs. Ker's “ Adeline St. Julian," ters, and manners, in various countries, in “ Harcourt," " The Man of the Mouna most lively way, and demonstrate that tain," “ The Legacy," Mr. Hencor's the author has studied the human character “ Contradictions," « Count di Novini," with no common success,

" Cordelia,' &c. &c. &c. almost ad inh. “The Abbess” is a high-pown romarice nitum, might be added to the lift of noby the avowed author of the Shakespeare vels; but we will have mercy on our reaPapers.

ders and proceed to * Douglas, or the Highlander," is the

The DRAMA. production of Dr. BISSET, the biographer Translation is yet the order of the day, of Burke : it is a very poor and a very and the fertile pen of KOTZEBUE feens fervile imitation of Tom Jones. As it has to furnith us with abundant employment : of late years become the fashion to expose “ The Writing Delk" has been literally the fancied tendency of any political opi- translated from the German, and Mrs. nions, by extravagantly caricaturing them INCHBALD has again taken the liberty of in the delineation of some prominent cha- altering the piece in accommodation to the factors, Dr. B. has taken this cpportunity English Itage. Decided enemies as we


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are to these literary freedoms, we are ready Dr. CHAPMAN has published an useful to ack nowledge that Mrs. I. has been more Abridgement of Mr. Ruddiman's Rudisuccessful in the present than in any former ments and Grammar of the Latin tongue," occasion. The Writing Desk is not a first &c. to which he has prefixed a short vocarate comedy, but the variety of character bulary, English and Latin. and incident which is displayed renders it Mr. Lyon, teacher of Hebrew, to the interesting

University of Cambridge, has published on La Perouse” has been translated by one large sheet, " A compendious HeMiss PLUMPTRE and Mr. THOMPSON, brew grammar," exhibiting at one view from the German of Kotzebue: it possesses upwards of 200 of the most essential rules, but very little mcrit.

illustrated with accurate tables, in order We are obliged to give the same opinion to facilitate the Atudy of the facred lanof Kotzebue's ** Poverty and Nobleness of guage. Mind," which has been translated by Mrs. The Rev. RICHARD CADDICK has GESWEILER, and adapted to the English also endeavoured to exhibit “ Hebrew fage by PRINCE HOARE, with the title made ealy:" he has rendered his grammar altered to Sighs, or the Daughter."

conformable to the Latin by declining the Mr. CUMBERLAND has also adapted Hebrew nouns with six cases. to the English ftage, a noisy bustling Mr. CRABB's “Complete Introduction drama from the same untired author, en- to the Knowledge of the French Lantitled “ Joanna of Montfaucon,” a roman- guage," does not appear to have much tic tale of the fourteenth century. advantage over those which have preceded

“ The Siege of Cuzco” is a tragedy by it. Mr. SOTHEBY, the elegant tranflator of The Rev. Don Fel. FERNANDEZ has Oberon : the contest for the policflion of facilitated the acquisition of the Spanish Cuzco between Almagro and Pizarro forms language by the publication of “Exerciles" the subject of this drama, which, from its on the rules of its construction, contifting deficiency of incident, and its obseurity of of paffiges extracted from the best aulanguage, considerably disappoints our ex- thors, with references to the rules of the pectation.

Spanish grammar. « The Tournament," a tragedy, by “ An Experiment in Education made at MARIANA STARKE, is an elegant imita- the Male Asylum of Madras,' &c. by the tion from the celebrated drama " Agnes Rev. ANDREW BELL: this little book, Bernauer."

which gives us the account of an institution Mr. HOLMAN has founded on the Rob- which is likely to be bencficial to the bers of Schiller, a play which he has called Company, deserves to be circulated : the " The Red-crois Knights :" this is a most children are taught reading, writing, and merciless mutilation.

arithmetic, and the school is so conducted « The East Indian,” a comedy, was that the higher boys become the teachers written by Mr. Lewis before he was fix- of the lower. It is pleasing to notice the teen years of age : the public has had attention which is paid to the morals of all fense enough to despise it.

the young persons in the school. On the subject of

Mrs. HELENA WELLS has addrefled to EDUCATION

her pupils some “ Letters on Subjects of we have not many works to notice. Mrs. Importance to the Happiness of young FePILKINGTON'S " Spoiled Child," and her males” which do credit to her underitando “ New Tales of the Castle,” are little ing: they contain much sensible advice on volumes at once amusing and instructive : the cultivation of intellectual calents, and the same may be laid of Miss HOLMES'S on the regulation of the temper. Mrs. W. " James Manners, Little John, and their had added a few practical lessons on im-. dog Bluff.”

proprieties of language which had better Mr. NORTHMORE of Cleve, has pub- be expunged from any future édition : her lished, part 1:

“ Of Education founded , work indeed abounds with grammarical upon Principles :" Mr. N. is an advo- errors, and the most gross improprieties of cate for private education, and is attached exprellion are recommended in these practo the lystem of Mr. Godwin; this is a tical lessons ! truly respectable work.

Mis HELME haş translated from the We canrot lay fo much of “ Conver- German of ], H. Campe “ Columbus, of fations and amusing Tales," pompoully the Discovery of America:" this is an ex“ offered to the public for the youth of cellent book for children. Great Britain,” in a quarto volume, price The Hare : or Hunting incompatible fifteen luillings,


wich Humanity,” is laudably written as a quity ; but his insufficient acquaintance, ftimulus to youth towards a proper treat- however, with the Greek language, and mens of animals.

want of bibliographical knowledge, will ** Eugenio ; or the Precepts of Pruden- excite the regret of every learned reader. tio," is a moral tale by the Rev. I. BiD- It is generally known, and universally LAKE, consisting of a series of dialogues lamented by his tenantry and neighbour between a tutor and his pupil, which will hood, that LORD MONBODDO has paid convey much useful advice and religious the debt of nature: previously to that infruction to young persons.

event, however, appeared his sixth and Dr. Mavor's “ Natural History for last volume of “Ancient Metaphysics," the Use of Schools," is excellently adapted distinguished by all the whimsical eccento young capacities, and to the purposes tricities, the sense and nonsense, the wifof tuition. 'It is founded on the Lin. dom and folly of the former : it professes Dzan arrangement of animals, with po- to be a demonstration of the Being and pular descriptions in the manner of Gold. Attributes of Almighty God, as well as Imith and Buffon. The selection is made an explanation upon philosophical princiwith great judgment, the language and ples of the sacred mysteries of Christianity. ftyle are correct and elegant, and the plates It gives us great pleasure to remark, howac numerous and well executed.

ever we may smile at the wild metaphyMISCELLANIES.

fics and crazy philosophy of this excellent In this comprehensive division of our and truly venerable old man, that his Retrospect will be found inany valuable course of Audies afforded him comfort works.

and consolation in the declining days of Major Rennel has examined “The his life: “ I should think myself wanting," Geographical Systein of Herodotus," and fays he, “in the duty I owe to God, if explained it by a comparison with those of I did not acknowledge his goodness in ather ancient authors and with modern enabling me, old and infirm as I am, to geography. In his preface the author in- enjoy the greatest happiness that man can forms us that many years ago he had un- enjoy in this life; by which at the same dertaken the task of correcting the gco- time he is prepared for the enjoyment of graphy ancient and modern of that part that happiness in a much greater degree of Ada, which lies between India and in the life to come : che happiness I mean Europe ; that he has lince performed it is the contemplation of the wisdom and to the best of his abilities, so far as his goodness of God.' Although perhaps lock of materials admitted, but that it the volumes of Lord Monboddo may long would have been an act of imprudence in lie neglected in fome duft-covered corner an individual to venture on lo great an of our libraries, when accident leads us to expense as the execution of the work, in open them, we shall be amply rewarded all its parts, required. He has however by some solid remark, or foine moral reprepared the first diviGon of it, consisting fiection which may make us wiser or betof the geography of Herodotus. The ter men. remaining parts will consist of the ancient Practical Philosophy of Social Life, &c. geography, as it was improved by the after the German of Baron Knigge, by Grecian conquests and establishments; P. WIL, Minister of the Reformed together with such parts of military his- German Congregation in the Savoy. Few tory as appear to want explanation. In men had more opportunities of becoming the course of the presenz highly valuable acquainted with the human character in volumes are introduced Dificitations on various situations, or made better ufe of the Itinerary Stade of the Greeks, the them than Baron Knigge; the present Expedition of Darius Hyttafpes to Scy- work is the result of his observations, and thia, the Polition and Remains of Ancient may be read with amusement and instrucBabylon, the Alluvions of the Nile, and cion by most classes of men. Canals of Suez: The Oasis and Temple Mr. CHALMERS has published in one of Jupiter Ammon, the Ancient Circum- dull and heavy volume, "A Supplenavigation of Africa, and other subjects mental Apology for the Believers in the of History and Geography. The whole Shakespeare Papers, &c.” this work is explained by eleven Maps adapted to the evinces much bad taste, much credulity, different subjects, and accompanied with a 'and much ill-directed industry. correct Index. Major Rennel has hap- To the honour of Sir John SINCLAIR

AIR pily applied modern information to eluci. he has brought to a conclusion that laborious date many opinions and events of anti- wark “ The Statifical Account of Score


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