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Review.- The Juvenile Forget-Me-Not, astonishing, and all evincing, by their sagafor 1832. Edited by Mrs. S. C. Hall. city and peculiar instincts, the wisdom and 12mo. p. 221. W'estley and Davis, guidance of an over-ruling Providence. London.
In this collection, Mrs Hall has incorpo
rated the natives of various countries and Though not altogether inattentive to the climates, furnished an outline of the natural flight of time, we were somewhat surprised bistory of each species, and, in the aggreon fuding, while glancing over the pre- gate, presented the youthful reader with a face, that the fifth volume of this neat little pleasing compendium of foreign and doannual was then open before us. Time, mestic ornithology, however, has not yet exhausted the resources whence the materials of this series are supplied; for we perceive, on inspection, that the engraver still retains his art undiminished by exercise, and that the 1. Enthusiasm, and other Poems, by talents of the authors are in healthful vigour. Susanna Strickland, now Mrs. Moodie,
Among the engravings, the Dead Robin (Smith, London,) are entitled to a more is our favourite. The sorrowful counte- extended review than our room will allow, nance of one child, and the half-concealed
,” “Fame," and “ The Child's face of the other, with the lifeless bird ly. First Grief,” we have perused with much ing on its back before them, display some interest and satisfaction. The language is fine touches of natural sympathy and feel- elegant, flowing, and perspicuous, and the ing; and the deserted cage with its open sentiments are worthy of the diction in door, is calculated to heighten the effect. which they are embodied. They uniformly The poem connected with the death of the inculcate virtuous principles, and in their bird, from the pen of L. E. L., is exquisitely results terminate with some pointed expres. wrought, and every way worthy the talents sion calculated to leave a valuable impresof this Parnassian lady. The whole of its sion on the mind. embellishments consists of eight copper- 2. West Indian Slavery delineated, plates, and sixteen wood engravings, by and the British Christian's Ďuty enforced, various authors.
&c. By Thomas Jackson, (Bourne, BeThe prose articles are written with such mersley,) is a brief digest of this horrid chastened sprightliness, that their authors system, which none but bad men wish to have contrived to secure the attention of see perpetuated. It is the misfortune of the reader, without assailing his morals, the human mind to grow callous, as it or administering to a vitiated taste.
becomes familiar with scenes of injustice Spider, contains some curious and philo- and cruelty. Soldiers accustomed to fields sophical observations on this insect and its of carnage, lose the proper estimate of human web. The “Not” family is an allegory life; and in the West Indies, the sound of both humorous and instructive. In this the whip, and the cries of the tortured tale, Will Not,”
,” “Can Not,” “ Did Not," negro, are heard with stupid indifference. “Said Not,” and “May Not,” make their Even in England, we have heard so much appearance in turn, and invite the reader of outrage on human nature practised in the personally to apply the moral which they colonies, that in every new publication on teach. In the history of Mabel Dacre's negro slavery, we expect to find unheard-of first lesson, many a young lady may per. · atrocities, exhibiting mutilation, blood, and ceive her own picture, though she may murder in every page. We grieve to say, not be altogether pleased with the likeness. that in this publication, such expectations Boyish Threats, is an interesting tale. Se- will be fearfully gratified. Mr. Jackson, veral other stories are well conceived, and in the first place, adverts to the slave-trade executed with ability. The Young Tra- which has been abolished; and, in the veller, in particular, entertains and instructs second, conducts us to slavery in its us with an account of his adventures, and various branches, as it now exists in the with what he had hoth seen and heard West Indies. This is a valuable pubwhile visiting foreign countries.
lication, communicating within a narrow ngst these tales, narratives, dia- compass, and at a low price, a general and logues, delineations, and adventures, our luminous view of this diabolical system. highest tribute of respect must be awarded We regret that the author has not appointed to Mrs. S. C. Hall, for her very amusing any agent in London. anecdotes of birds. Of these, the fair 3. An Awakening Call to the Unconauthoress has furnished a goodly variety, verted, by the Rev. Samuel Corbyn, and some of which are whimsical, others truly The Bible its Own Witness, (Religious
Tract Society London,) are two very in
motion of the earth," &c. Such are the lamentable
effects of ignorance, superstition, intolerance, and teresting little publications. The former is persecution ! Messrs. Le Seur and Jacquier, coma reprint from 1677, but the latter is
mentators on Sir I. Newton's Principia, were placed
in a most awkward situation. Being unable openly of modern date ; the former is
to profess the Newtonian doctrine, and being as
unable to proceed in their great work without the mentative, and replete with vigorous im- assumption of those principles; to screen themselves,
they felt obliged to make this strange declaration : pulse, the latter exemplifies the sacred
“ Newton, in this third book, assumed the hypothesis infuence of divine grace.
of the earth's motion; the author's propositions can
not be otherwise explained than by making the same 4. The Magnet, and Periodical Re
hypothesis. Hence we are compelled to proceed view for October, 1831, (Groombridge,
under a feigned character: in other respects, we pro
fess ourselves to be obsequious to the decrees of the London,) is a respectable commencement pope made against the motion of the earth.”- Note to
Limington's Compendium of Astronomy. of a small periodical, but time will be
Composition to destroy Slugs, Caterpillars, and other necessary to give it a permanent cha- Insects.-Put in an iron pot a pound of quick lime, racter.
and a pound of sulphur. Stir them about quickly ;
and, whilst doing so, put in six pounds of water, 5. The Teacher's Manual, by W. F. which is to boil. Snails will immediately leave any
place watered with this composition; and, if trees are Lloyd, (Sunday School Union, London,) watered with it, any caterpillars upon them will die we have already noticed, while passing instantly.- Journal des Connaissunces Usuelles.
The National Debt.-Taking the national debt at through two preceding editions. The third
eight hundred and fifty millions sterling, which is is now before us, revised and enlarged. between six and seven thousand tons weight of
sovereigns; this enormous sum would take a person This book contains much useful matter, thirty-two years to count it over, allowing him to and is worthy the attention of every Sunday- work' twelve
count one hundred sovereigns in a minute, and to
urs a day; it would also load as many school teacher.
waggons as would extend forty miles in a direct line, allowing each waggon to carry two tons of sovereigns each, and to occupy a distance of twenty
yards; and the interest to be paid annually, allowing GLEANINGS.
five per cent; which must be exacted, either by direct
or indirect taxation, from the parsimonious savings Street Smoking.-We never see a person indulging of the people of Great Britain, would consequently in this very unpolite practice in the public street, but load as many waggons with two tons of sovereigns our bowels yearn within as for the lamentable state each, and twenty yards to each waggon, as would of his intellect. There are only two classes amongst extend one mile and a half in a direct line, Well street smokers--namely, puppies and blackguards. may John Bull groan under this ponderous load;. Yon will know the former by their bushy hair, goggle but under it he most inevitably groan, without the eyes, and emaciated jaws; they generally appear in most rigid economy in the public expenditure, and a crowded thoroughfares, with a cigar in iheir teeth, complete abolition of all sinecures and useless places. through which smoke and impiety issue without in. At this eventful crisis, England expects her sons to termission. The second class wear very light slip- do their duty to arouse from that stupor and apathy pers, smoke fearfully black cutties, and keep the one in which they have so long been dosing, ard keep as eye on your fob, while the other is reclining on your far as possible from the great machine of state all breast-pocket. There is no doubt, however
useless lumber that would impede its progress; and some respectable persons may be found who take a to seek the salvation of their country, while that sal. cigar in the street, but these, being so few in number, vation is practicable. This appears now to be the compared with the classes we have described, they only alternative by which we can be saved from irreshould really show their deference to public opinion, trievable ruin ; and to promote which, it is the duty, and that they have a sense of their cwn honour and as well as the interest, of both Whig and Tory most character, by desisting from a practice in which so cordially to upite,- Westminster Review. many of the opposite character indulge. Bakers and
The Climar.-A caricature of the 16th century thus sweeps-greatly superior men to most of the street smokers--are obliged, by the police regulations, to
satirized the superlative iniquity of priests in the keep at a distance from thronged pavements; and we
midst of apostolic Rome. The reigning pope and the think the police would do well to mitigate the public
German emperor are thus accosted :--A husbandman nuisance complained of, by compelling every person
declares to them, “I serve you two ;" a merchant, with a cigar in his mouth to take his place among
“I cheat you three;" a lawyer, "1 fleece you four;" the bestial on the canseway.--Scotsman.
a physician, “I poison you five;" a priest, “ I pardon
you sir!"--- Dent's Plain Pathway to Heaven. Slave Population --By the official returns from our colonies, it appears that the decrease in our slave
Remarkable Conduct of a Horse - The Centreville population, for the last ten years, amounted to up
(Indiana) Times contains the following anecdote :--wards of 45,000.
Mr. Israel Abrahams, in the vicinity of this town,
has a horse that will, of its own accord, pumpa Emancipation.-Upwards of four hundred slaves
snfficiency of water for all the other horses on the were emancipated by the government of Martinique,
farm. We have witnessed him, when turned loose in upon the anniversary of the king's fete, St. Philip's
the farm-yard, go directly to the pump, take the day.
handle between his teeth, and throw the water with Slavery.-The late Rev. Matthew Tate, of Beaufort, as much regularity as a man would, until he would in South Carolina, made his will a short time ago, and pump enoush for his companions and himself, when three days previous to his death he added to it av he would drink, and deliberately retire.
No pains exceedingly long codicil, in his own hand writing, in were ever taken, or means used, to teach him a which there is the following paragraph :-“I enjoin it business which proves a great accommodation to upon my executors to publish it in all the newspapers himself, and relieves his owners of considerable in Charlestown, that I d-parted this life under the trouble full persuasion, that if I died in possession of a slave, Curious Document.- Ministers have at this moment, I should not conceive myself admissible into the it is said, in their possession a list of 1.500 individuals, kingdom of heaven.'
in or near London, whose private fortunes would pay Abernethy Biscuit.-The public are deceived, by off the pational debt. Of course the list is only insupposing that a certain hiscuit was the favourite teresting, or of value, as indicating the mass of wealth breakfast and luncheon of Mr. Abernethy, whose in the country, as one could not have imagined, at name it bears; because the baker who invented it was first sight, that the private fortunes of any 1,500 innamed Abernethy. We ventire to affirm that no dividuals in the empire could be to such an extent, such article ever entered the worthy professor's sto- A White Rook.-Miss Elsley, of Mount St. John, mach; and we know, that what are called tops and near Thirsk, has now a white rook in her possession, bottoms were his choice, soaked in tea, or eaten dry. which was taken in the rookery there, this season. - Metropolitan Magazine.
Effects of Travelling through the Desert -- At the Triumph of Ignorance.-The form of Galileo's ab- instance of Mr. Willshire, Riley was weighed, and juration is as follows “I, Galileo, in the seventieth fell short of ninety, pounds, though his usual weight year of my age, brought personally to justice, being had been two hundred and forty. The light weight on my knees, and having before my eyes the fear of of his companions was scarcely credible : and it the holy evangelists, which I touch with my own would hardly be thought possible, that the bodies of hands; with a sincere heart and faith, I abjure, curse, men, retaining the vital spark, should not weigh forty and detest the absurdity, error, and heresy of the pounds each.- Modern Voyager & Traveller, vol. i. p. 191.
Plagiarism.-Stop thief! stop thief! stop thief! rs a cry lately raised by Mrs. Esther Copley, (formerly Hewlett,) author of a valuable little work entitled “ Cottage Comforts," against some one who had cla. destinely purloined the production of her pen. The reviewers and critics took the alarm, pursued the delinquent, and overtook him at a Bookseller's shop in Fleet-street, with the stolen property in his possession, concealed in a volume entitled “ The Cot. tager's Own Book."
Railroads superseded, Canals abolished, and Horses rendered useless.--The following is an extract of a letter, dated July 9, from a gentlernan in Ireland to a friend in this town:.--"I have fortunately hit upon an invention for propelling carriages, so simple in its structure, yet so vast in its power, that it must supersede the use of locomotive engines, and of horses too, in a great measure. Capable of having its power increased to an unlimited extent; adapted for propelling vessels on rivers and canals, as well as carriages on common roads, however hilly; the expense of construction small; without liability of the machine getting out of order, and the working of it inconsiderable ; it will very materially reduce the price of travelling and carriage, and cannot fail of coming into general use. I have already made such experiments as convince me of its powers; and I intend to make application for a patent as soon as possible.”Macclesfield Courier.
Solar Phenomena.-Genoa has recently been the scene of some extraordinary appearances connected with the suu. From the 4th to the 13th of August, the heavens were illuminated with a : odiacal light, which added a full hour of light to each day; and on the 9th of that month, about five o'clock in the afternoon, a light stratum of vapour suddenly spread over the horizon, and veiled the sun, which presented at first the appearance of an immense globe of crystal : soon afterwards it assumed a soft, rosy tint, and ultimately a clear 'and delicate violet hue, which it retained till it disappeared. Five or six spots of a deep black colour were discernible on its surface with the naked eye.
Manufacture of Cheese from Potatoes.---Cheese, as it is said, of extremely fine quality, is manufactured from potatoes in Thuringia, and part of Saxony, in the following manner. After having collected a quantity of potatoes of good quality, giving the preference to the large white kind, they are boiled in a caldron, and, after becoming cool, they are peeled and reduced to a pulp, either by means of a grate or a mortar.
To 51b. of this pulp, which ought to be as equal as possible, is added a pound of sour milk, and the necesand the mixture covered up, and allowed to lie for sary quantity of salt. The whole is kneaded together, three or four days, according to the season. At the end of this time it is kneaded over again, and the cheeses are placed separately in little baskets, whence the superfluous moisture is allowed to escape. They are then allowed to dry in the shade, and placed in layers in large pots or vessels, where they must remain for fifteen days. The older those cheeses are, the more their quality improves. Three kinds of them are made. The first, which is the most common, is made according to the proportions above indicated; the second, with four parts of potatoes and two parts of curdled milk; the third, with two parts of potatoes and four parts of cow or ewe milk. These cheeses have this advantage over every other kind, that they do not engender worms, and keep fresh for a great number of years, provided they are placed in a dry situation, and in well-closed vessels. -Bullet, de la Societ. d'Encourage.
A Lawyer's Story.-Tom strikes Dick over the shoulders with a rattan as big as your little finger. A lawyer would tell you the story something in this way.
And that, whereas the said Thomas, at the said Providence, in the year and day aforesaid, in and upon the body of the said Richard, in the peace of God and the state, then and there being, did make a most violent assault, and inflicted a great many and divers blows, kicks, cuffs, thumps, bumps, contusions, gashes, wounds, hurts, damages, and injuries, in and upon the head, neck, breast, stomach, lips, knees, ships, and heels of the said Richard, with divers sticks, staves, canes, poles clubs, logs of wood, stones, guns, dirks, swords, daggers, pistols, cutlasses, bludgeons, blunderbusses, and boarding-pikes, then and there held in the hands, fists, claws, and clutches of him, the said Thomas.-American Paper.
Extraordinary Attachment.-At Hulton Park, there is, at this time, a cat that is rearing a brood of young turkeys. They are ten in number, besides a chicken. The cat shows as much affection for them as she would to a litter of kittens; and they, in return, manifest the warmest attachment to her. She follows and watches them whilst they are feeding, and calls them to their nest when they have finished; when there, the cat is exceedingly anxious not to hurt
em, which is plainly seen by the care she takes not to step upon them. If she is absent for a few moments, which is seldom the case, the young birds instantly begin to chirp, and continue to do so until her return, when they nestle under her, in the same manner as they would do under a hen of their own speeies.
The New Game Laws, &c. By Lieut. Col.
The complete Works of the Rev. Andrew Fuller, 3 vols. 8vo.
Advice to a Young Christian. By a Village Pastor. History and Topography of the United States of North America, Parts 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. By John Hinton Howard,
Lardner's Pocket Cyclopedia, vol. XXIV. (Metal, Vol. I.)
Edinburgh Cabinet Library, vol. V.; early English Navigators, Buccaniers, &c.
Part X. of Baines's History of Lancashire is embellished with a beautiful view of Windermere Lake, and of Bold Hall,
Speech of Mr. W. Collins, at the British aod Foreign Temperance Society.
The Voice of Humanity, No. VII.
Eminent Piety essential to Eminent Usefulness. By
Part XXXII. of the National Portrait Gallery er. hibits Likenesses of Lord Northesk ; Mrs. Hanbali More; and Sir Astley Cooper.
An Almanack by William Rogerson, Greenwich.
The Child's Repository, or Infant Scholar's Magazine.
Family Classical Library, No. XXIII. Plutarch, Vol. I.
Part VII. of Devon and Cornwall Illustrated.
Part VII. of the Life and Times of William the
Remarks on the Cholera Morbus, &c. &c. By H.
Ilarmonicon, No. XLVII.
In the Press.
The Sixteenth Volume of the Annual Biography and
History of the Representation of England, drawn from Records; and of the Reform of its Abuses by the House of Commons itself, without the Aid of Sta. tute Law. By Robert Hannay, Esq.
Luther's Table Talk : consisting of Select Passages from the familiar conversations of that godly, learned man, and famous champion of divine truth, Dr. Mar. tin Luther. 1 vol. 12mo.
Select Essays on Various Topics, Religious and
At Christmas will appear " The Hive," a collection
A work for children, entitled “ Stories from Natural
Preparing for Publication.
A Mother's Love, with minor poems. By Eliza
LONDON : PRINTED AT THE CAXTON PRESS, BY H. FISHER, SON, AND CO.