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NOTICES. Art. XI.-The Tour of the Holy propounded in this anonymous vo
Land, &c. By the Rev. Robert lume, by the manner in which its Morehead, D.D., &c., 12mo. nature and details are explained, we Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. should be inclined to decide very 1831.
favourably indeed from the perIn this brief but spirited compila- spicuity and ease that mark the extion, the reverend editor, who does position of a very complicated and not pretend to be a traveller, has metaphysical subject. By the term collected together some of the most
Sematology, our author understands touching descriptions that can be the signs, which, 'for the most part, found in our literature, of all those consist of words, and which become scenes and places in the Holy Land, the media of our acquiring kvowwhich are endeared to our memo
ledge from one another. These ries by associations of the deepest signs, or-more plainly, the artificial and most durable interest. The ac language which they unite to form, count of this sacred region is car
is peculiar to man ; it is a creation ried on by means of a dialogue in
of his own; it is a distinct thing wbich three characters take part-a
from, or rather it is an improvement plan, of the value and convenience
on, that instinct to utter sounds, of which we have here a very happy
which we derive from nature. illustration, since it gives the author
Words then are not, strictly speakan opportunity of indulging in a ing, the signs of knowledge, but variety of reflections, and views, they are the ineans or instruments which would scarcely be consistent
which the mind seeks to assist its with, and certainly not very pleas own operations, and by which it is ing if found embodied in, a formal
excited to think and to obtain narrative. Much novelty, we should
knowledge. Upon this foundation say, is thrown on the description of
the author proceeds to develop his those well-known scenes from a system in three divisions or branches, MS. journal of a gentleman who
and headed respectively, Gramınar, had written it as he passed over
Logic, and Rhetoric. The first them. An Appendix is added, con chapter, that on Grammar, is marked taining extracts from another Jour by the strongest evidences of an nal kept by a friend of the author, acute and profound mind : the whole and containing notes of a Journey subject of the functions of words made through Syria in 1828. Taken
and the modifications they undergo altogether, we regard this little in adapting themselves to sentences, work as a curiosity not less valua
is treated in a most curious and ble than it is engaging.
The second chapter is devoted to Logic, or that
part of Sematology which means Art. XII.-An Outline of Semato
the proper application of words as
instruments in the investigation of logy: or an Essay towards establishing a new Theory of Gram
truth. It would be impossible for
any reasonable person to read the mar, Logic, and Rhetoric. 8vo. London : 1831.
arguments of the author, in support
of his restricted definition of the If we were to judge of the theory word Logic, without feeling that they
were unanswerable. The conclu- prise, from a careful examination ding chapter—that on Rhetoric of this large specimen, we do not presents the Rhetorical art as for hesitate to declare our conviction merly it was considered,-an art that a more important or a more showing the right application of interesting accession than this Liwords, with a view to convince or brary to our national literature, has persuade, but which still is insepa not taken place in modern times. rably connected with the fundamen If we only consider, for a moment, tal theory here laid down, namely, how few the number is of those that he who exercises the art of persons amongst us whose good Rhetoric, rightly understood, does fortune it is to be so thoroughly no more than skilfully avail him- acquainted with the languages of self of the knowledge and experi
Greece and Rome, as that they can ence acquired by his audience, in understand them with the same faorder to lead them by signs or cility as their mother tongue : if we words to obtain fresh information. remember that it is but a few even Considered as a mere display of
of those who have learned and have philosophical reasoning, we think devoted time to the acquisition of this book every way worthy of the Greek and Latin, that can be said attention of the learned world ; but to enjoy this happy familiarity with we are sure that even general read those ancient languages:- if we only ers will be induced to turn to its consider these facts, for an instant, pages, when we state that the esta we sball, then, have some adequate blishment of the principles which notion of the vast proportion of our it contains, and an universal ac community which is shut outknowledgment of their truth, must utterly banned, as if by a decree of bring about a very decided practi fate-from all knowledge of the cal improvement in our existing
classics — that sacred repository, systems of education.
which, from the dawn of civilization, has furnished its models to
every country where mind has Art. XIII.—The Family Classical
raised its imperishable tropbies, or Library, or English Translations
fancy elaborated its most beautiful of the most valuable Greek and
creations. The evil which is here Latin Classics, with highly fi
alluded to has never been, in our nished Engravings of the Authors. judgment, sufficiently estimated ; Nos. I. to XVI. London. A.
and even the occasional translations J. Valpy. 1830.
of Greek or Latin authors, which
would seem to spring out of someWe have abstained from offering thing like an acknowledginent of any opinion on the merits of the thegrievance, can, in most instances, Classical Library, until the course be traced to a mere desire of faciliof publication should have supplied tating the labours of the schoolboy. us with a sufficient quantity of ma Indeed, no serious or well-arranged terials to authorise us in pronounc plan has been proposed, before this ing an impartial judgment both on time, for placing the treasures of the the plan and the execution of the classic writers in the hands of readwork. The sixteen volumes, which ers who were unacquainted with are now before the public, appear to the original language in which they us to constitute a reasonable amount wrote. How easily such a plan of such materials; and, drawing our could be accomplished-bow admiconclusions as to the whole enter rably it could be executed--with
what a well-founded assurance it this matter, we think we might say, might be undertaken, of producing that neither Cicero nor Demosthenes good of every kind--solid instruc can be very considerably injured by tion with the most ennobling de addressing us in the language of light—the volumes before us are Fox, Sheridan, and Burke. Surely at once the example and the proof. the fame of Xenophon and Livy
For the indifference of the un can be sustained by a medium learned community at large to clas whereon the memory of a Hume sic literature we may partly account and a Gibbon floats gallantly from by a traditional conceit which has generation to generation. For our been, from the earliest times, che parts we think that Catiline speaks rished by all pedants. These mono as orthodox sedition in English as polists would always have it that a Sallust ever put into his mouth. It Greek or Roman author afforded is time indeed that we give up these no pleasure in any other language childish prejudices. than his own; and that to enjoy bis With the opinions and feelings peculiar excellencies, or even to thus expressed, we shall be readily comprehend his meaning, we must believed when we say that we attach pass through a twenty years' purga the very highest value to the untory of Greek or Latin grammar! dertaking which is now partly exeAmongst the parties who would be cuted before us ; we think that in personally interested in maintaining the selection of the translations, such a doctrine, we confess that we and in the notes of verbal explanaought to be numbered; for, as we tion and historical and antiquarian have undergone the severe proba illustration, the proofs of good tion, we should be naturally inclined taste, discretion, and extensive to overvalue the fruits of it. But knowledge, are every where appaevery man of sense and candour in rent. The biographical sketches our situation will agree with us of each author, an engraving of his when we declare it to be our deli bust, with the maps and cuts which berate opinion, that any possible are added to these volumes, respecimprovement of gratification which tively combine to give to the work can be derived from a perusal, by a that character of completeness competent person, of an original which constitutes one of its best classic, as compared with the plea recommendations. We might, too, sure afforded to him by a good En praise the elegance and accuracy of glish translation, is but as a grain the printing, and the neatness of of worthless dust in the balance, the appearance of the volumes; but when brought in contrast with the a feature of greater importance than obligation of acquiring the neces is connected with external merits, sary knowledge of the dead lan
demands our warmest approbation, guage. We can only say, that we - we mean the exclusion of every wish now we had the choice of the thing offensive to virgin innocence. two modes of reading the classics. Thus, then, for the first time in the Let no one then, who has it in his course of ages, all the intellectual power to obtain this series of the splendours of Greece and Rome are Classical Library, imagine that he opened to the modest contemplation is defrauded of an iota of the plea of the gentler sex; and for the first sure wbich the most consummate time can a lady acknowledge an scholars enjoy from a perusal of the acquaintance with the treasures of originals. Speaking reasonably on ancient poetry without the smallest
compromise of her delicacy. One society. Landlords and tenants, word of advice before we conclude masters and servants, of every is extorted from us by the interest shade of connection or dependence, we feel in this admirable work. will find in these humble books a Neither in note nor preface let there source of counsel and instruction be Greek or Latin quoted, at least which will—if they be not fools or unless accompanied by a version in knaves-effectually secure them English ; for is it not an example against the horrors of litigation; and of the most ludicrous inconsistency moreover will teach them what to offer information in untranslated
every man should desire to knowGreek and Latin to a reader whom the value of exercising a little foreit is the avowed principle of this thought in the management of his whole enterprise to consider as ut- most material concerns. terly ignorant of both? We refer particularly to No. X.
ART. XV.- The Life of Jolin
Walker, M.D. By John Epps, ART. XIV.-l. Plain Advice to M.D., &c. &c. 8vo, London:
Landlords and Tenants, Lodging Whittaker and Co. 1831.
It is not a long time since an elderH. Washbourne. 1831.
ly gentleman, dressed in the severest 2. A Fumiliar Survey of the Laws
costume of the meek quakers, was respecting Masters and Servants,
seen almost daily parading the most &c. H. Washbourne. 1831.
public of our streets, and many a The size of each of these treatises thoughtless ejaculation of contempt is about that of a child's primer, or ridicule might he have encounand indeed they are altogether so tered on his way from persons, who, unpretending and cheap that we if they were but conscious of the can scarcely believe that legal ad- nature of bis errand, would have vice could ever assuine so reason- turned their scorn into respect and able and agreeable a shape. But affection. The individual here pointit is only necessary to open the ed at was the late Dr. Walker, a pages of either of the small volumes man that redeemed some follies, to be satisfied that a sound mind, and many eccentricities, by the and great practical experience have purest benevolence of heart.' The guided the execution of both. Freed metropolitan journies which were entirely from technicalities, and so long and so indefatigably perevery sort of impediment to per- formed by the Doctor, were made spicuity, with which Acts of Parlia
in pursuance of a plan which he ment notoriously abound, the trea- had himself laid down for ensuring tises explain the provisions of the the diffusion of the blessings of various laws, now in force, relating vaccination. He visited stations, to the two subjects mentioned in the at intervals, through the interior of title pages; and this exposition is the city, and thus evinced his zeal so clear, so comprehensive, so easily for the comfort and happiness of understood, as that there are few his fellow creatures, in a manner even of that extensive class to whom that cannot be too much applauded. these works apply, who will not The history of his adventures, as find something new and important told in the animated pages of his to him, whatever relation he fills in surviving friend, Dr. Epps, em
braces much that is exceedingly towns or rivers, lest he should viocurious and instructive. He joined late one of the rules of prosody, the army in Egypt as an amateur could not do better than peruse this vaccinator ; he cultivated, in Paris, volume twice or thrice. An excelduring the revolution, the acquain- lent Map of the World (notus retetance of all the most famous revo ribus) is prefixed, and affords the lutionists of that day; he was a opportunity for the learner to carry schoolmaster in Ireland ; be wrote on a most instructive exercise. a gazetteer and a geographical atlas, both of which works reflect the greatest credit on his ability, inge
Art. XVII. - The Extraordinary nuity, and industry. We must refer the reader to the very amusing
Black Book, comprising an Exand various narrative itself, which
position of the United Church, Dr. Epps has so ably given, as we
&c. &c., Civil List, &c. By the should in vain endeavour to present
Original Editor. 8vo, pp. 576. an adequate notion of its agreeable
London: Effingham Wilson.
1831. contents, by any extracts which it would be in our power to make. The great political changes which
have taken place since this very
elaborate book was published, have ART. XVI. — Guy's Geographia it treats so curiously, and with such
deprived many of the topics which Antiqua; or School Treatise on
abundance of information, of that Ancient Geography, upon a new pressing interest which, but a few plan. By Joseph Guy, junior.
months ago, was connected with London: W. Joy. 1830. them. Highly important as are the We know of no work on ancient tables and lists contained in this geography better suited than this volume, yet, when we consider that judicious volume for the young another week may happily render classical student. The arrangement some of them obsolete, or may alter observed is admirably calculated to them generally or individually, we facilitate the recollection of proper think it would not be prudent at names—an object of the greatest present to enter upon its details. consequence in studying Greek and
But we have no hesitation in sayRoman authors. The attention of ing that, as a picture of the fiscal the pupil is first directed to the condition of the country for the first grand divisions of a country, after thirty years of the present century which the details are presented to -as a summary of the practical him on a fixed rule of order which calamities which long continued will serve, by an easy association, to misrule may inflict on an industripreserve those details in bis memory. ous people—as a register of the deThe information is abundant-in gree to which human patience may deed sufficient, on most occasions, be forced in enduring oppression, to be a good substitute for Lem this book deserves to have a place prieremeren any of the improved in even the poorest man's library. Lemprieres of modern days. The The author devotes a considerable quantities of the syllables of every space to the churches of England name are accurately marked; and and Ireland. We do not agree, we any one who is timid of pronounc confess, in the general spirit of his ing the names of noted classical remarks upon this part of his sub