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that City to the Capital of Austria, by the Dardanelles,

Tenedos, the Plains of Troy, Smyrna, Napoli de Romania,

Athens, Egina, Poros, Cyprus, Syria, Alexandria, Malta,

Sicily, Italy, Istria, Carniolia, and Styria. By Captain

Charles Colville Frankland, R.N.

4. Révolutions de Constantinople en 1807 et 1808, précédées

d'Observations générales sur l'Etat actuel de l'Empire

Ottoman. Par A. de Juchereau de Saint-Denys.

VIII. 1. Fourth Report of the Select Committee of the Public

Income and Expenditure of the United Kingdom. Re-

venue, Expenditure, Debt.

2. Histoire Financière de la France depuis l'Origine de la

Monarchie jusqu'à l'Année 1828. Par Jacques Brisson.

3. Essay on the Sinking Fund. By Lord Grenville.

4. The Nature and Tendency of a Sinking Fund; in three

Letters to the Duke of Wellington. By the Earl of


5. Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into

and to state the Mode of keeping the Official Accounts

in the principal Departments connected with the Receipts

and the Expenditure for the Public Service

IX.-1. The Anti Pauper System. By the Rev. J. T. Becher,


2. Home Colonies. By William Allen.

3. Sur l'Organisation des Colonies de Bienfaisance de Fre-

dericks-Oord et de Wortel. Par M. le Chevalier de


4 Rapport fait par une Commission spéciale à la Commis-

sion générale de Surveillance sur la situation physique et

morale de la Colonie de Fredericks-Oord.

5. Plan pour l'Admission dans la Colonie de Fredericks-

Oord de Familles indigentes ainsi que l'Enfans Pauvres

et d'Orphelins agés de six ans au moins -



ART. I.-Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society. By Robert Southey. 2 vols. 8vo. With Engravings. THIS is a beautiful book, full of wisdom and devotion—of

poetry and feeling; conceived altogether in the spirit of other times, such as the wise men of our own day may scoff at, but such as Evelyn, or Izaak Walton, or Herbert,' would have delighted to honour. Mr. Southey, or Montesinos, (for so he is here called,) is sitting alone in his library, on a November evening, musing upon the death of the Princess Charlotte, then a recent event, and suffering his mind to stray to the national prospects which this national calamity opened before him. It had just occurred to him that, on two former occasions, when the heir-apparent of England was cut off in the prime of life, the nation was on the eve of a religious revolution in the first instance, and of a political one in the second. Prince Arthur and Prince Henry being thus in his mind, an elderly personage, of grave and dignified aspect, of a countenance indicating high intellectual rank, entered, and announced himself, in a voice of uncommon sweetness, to be a stranger from a distant country. It was the ghost of Sir Thomas More; and a very judicious ghost (as might be expected) he proved himself, coping with his host in a melancholy fit, and finding him, as the Duke used to find Jaques at such moments, full of matter.'

Accordingly, the progress and prospects of society are then developed, in a series of dialogues between Montesinos and his disembodied visiter-the basis of all being a comparison of the present times with those in which Sir T. More lived and lost his head. It may be imagined, from the mere announcement of this introduction, that there is something of the dismal character of the scroll of Ezekiel impressed upon these volumes; and that, as the two friends, the living and the dead, enter upon the dark paths of futurity, (dark in every sense,) they seem the beings of whom Dante and Virgil were the prototypes when they descended to explore those hidden regions which the superscription over the gate proclaimed to be so full of woe. In many of the apprehensions here entertained, we confess that we ourselves participate; nor can we see how any man who watches the signs of these times can prophesy smooth things only. Hope, however, comes, which comes to all; and




our grounds both of hope and apprehension will be gathered from the observations we shall offer on the structure of society as it existed before the Reformation, and as it exists now. We must premise, however, that it is not our intention to follow Mr. Southey through all the details of a subject so vast, nor yet to make him accountable for all the positions we advance; but, freely availing ourselves of his excellent materials, and dismissing the dialogue, (a mechanism which generally impedes the easy flow of thought,) we shall devote ourselves rather to the ecclesiastical, than to the political part of the question; and, by thus restricting ourselves, endeavour to keep within compass.

The ceremonial of the Roman Catholic religion, like that of the Levitical law, had its use. It was ever coram populo: its numerous saints'-days-its gorgeous processions-its crucifixesits stations-its rosaries-its places of pilgrimage-its monasteries, both in the city and the wilderness;-all these brought religion home to men, backed such as were religiously disposed by public opinion, served as visible acknowledgments of an invisible world-the substantial confessions of a nation's faith in things unseen. There was much in this liable to abuse, but there was much, too, that was holy and good; and they who have travelled in foreign lands, and listened to the vesper-bell -the

'squilla di lontano

Che paia 'l giorno pianger che si muore,'

will regret that tasteless fanaticism which swept away many sensible, yet innocent incentives to devotion, as abominations, and guarded effectually against religious excess by substituting for it religious indifference.

This, however, was brought about by degrees. There was a time, since the worship of images, (and happy would it have been if the religious habits of the country had thenceforth stood fixed,) when the men of England were not ashamed of their faith-when appropriate texts adorned the walls of their dwellingrooms, and children received at night a father's blessing;-and 'let us worship God was said with solemn air,' by the head of the household; and churches were resorted to daily; and the parson in journey' gave notice for prayers in the hall of the inn for prayers and provender,' quoth he, hinder no man;' and the cheerful angler, as he sat under the willow-tree, watching his quill, trolled out a Christian catch, Here we may sit and pray, before death stops our breath;' and the merchant (like the excellent Sutton, of the Charter-house) thought how he could make his merchandise subservient to the good of his fellow-citizens and the glory of his God, and accordingly endowed some charitable,

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