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their spirits to submission by austerity of Dr. Mavor's Britis Nepos, or Youth's principle, may be a very useful task. We Biographical Mirror : being seleEt Lives of hope, however, there are many other fe. illustrious Britons who bave been diftin. males who may be entrusted to form their guished by their Virtues, Talents, Sc. is a characters by reason and knowledge with well planned work, purposely written for out the use of so tight a curb. It is pro- the use of schools, where it cannot fail to per to observe, that the foundation and es. become popular. sence of Miss H. M.'s ideas of female ex, Mrs. PILKINGTON, whose indefaticellence, and the test by which she tries gable pen has produced many useful works every practice adopted in modern educa- for children, has published iwo tales, caltion, is the Christian religion as laid down culated to improve the mind and morals of in the articles of the church of England, youth, Henry, or tbe Foundling, and The out of the pale of which the seeins to think prejudiced Parent, or the virtuous Daugbthat no genuine' virtue can possibly sub

A second edition has appeared, revised Mr. Gillet's Pleasures of Reason, or' and considerably enlarged,' of A Di&tion. the hundred Thoughts of a sensible young ary of Quotations in most frequent Ule, &c. Lady, in French and English, is a collec The Sparrow is an amusing little book, tion of aphorisms, containing many truths by the author of Keeper's Travels; the obimportant to be impressed on the young ject is to discourage children from teasing mind.

and ill-treating animals. A new Introduction to Geogrupby, in a Mr. COLLARD's Praxis of Logic is a Series of Lessons for Youth, is just publish- very useful work, and displays a great deal ed, which is one of the best elementary of acuteness and discrimination : it ought treatises that we remember to have seen. not, indeed, by any means to superlede

Mrs. ANN MURRAY has written A the study of Watts or Duncan; but it is Sequel to Mentoria, &c. In this work are well worth being placed on the same shelf introduced lectures on astronomy and with them. natural philofophy. When the author Mr. ARMSTRONG's Elements of the rells us, that her volume is principally in. Latin Tongue may be usefully put into the tended to enlarge the ideas, and inspire just hands of young students : all the 'rules are conceptions of the Deity from contempla in English. ti

the general lystem of the universe, We are now come to the last division of we are afraid that it is not in our power our Retrospect; and we cannot more proto applaud the execution as we do the in- perly arrange, than under the head of tention : indeed there is so much obscurity,

MISCELLANIES, inaccuracy, and affected language in this The Works of the late Jobn Muclaurin, work, that it is far from being calculated Esquire, of Dreg born. Lord Dreghorn was

for the instruction and improvement of the eldest fon of Colin Maclaurin, the cechildren.

lebrated mathematician: he was left by The Reader or Reciter, is a little work, his father in very moderate circumstances, by the assistance of which a person may, in and betook himself to the law, in which fome measure, teach himself what tones profession he rose, till in 1788 he took his and pauses are proper in the reading or seat as senator of the college of justice. A recitation of English profe: a few instruc- considerable portion of these volumes, as tions are added for reading plays, “ on a would naturally be expected, is occupied plan never before attempted."

in juridical subjects: it may perhaps ex. Mr. BRIDEL's Introduction to English cité surprise, that a grave senator ihould Grammar is a very useful and judicious amufe himself with writing verses : his publication; it is intended, and seems well Lordship, however, found a procedent in adapted to answer the intention, to assist chief justice Blackstone ; and such an auyoung persons in the study of other lan- thority may be followed without danger. guages, and to remove many of the diffi- In what degree of eminence Lord Dregculties which impede their progress in horn stands as a lawyer, we acknowledge learning

our incompetence to judge; as a poet, we Mrs. LOVECHILD's Infant's Friend is may venture to hope that his reputation a little work in two volumes, which the will not be lafting : poetry, however, was joftructor may use with advantage : ber bis amusement, and does not seem to have Parsing Lefluns for young Children allo will been his study: his pretensions are humble, be found particularly uleful in facilitating and we have no right to claim from a man the acquisition of a knowledge of the prin- more than he professes. In one very imciples of grammar.

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Retrospect of Domestic Literature... Misidlanies. 545 Dreghorn Aands high in our estimation, know not the author, but he enforces his Ramely, as a lover of liberty, as a man argument with great acụteness and ingewho acted on independent principles him.. nuity. felf, and was zealous for the independence Miss RANDALL's Letter to the Women of others. We have already extended this of England on the Injut.ce of mental Subo article to an unusual length, or we should ordination, displays a strong understanding, kave stated somewhat more at large the but displays allo too much the spirit of an contents of these volumes; we must satisfy Amazon to pleale us. ourselves with saying, that the topics which An author who figns himself « A Friend are discussed are various, and most of them of Truth,' has published An Inve}tigation interesting,

into our present received Chronology, wherea : The name of Dr. Ferriak is well in it is proposed clearly to point out and prova known: in the Manchester Philosophical several effential Errors, of very confiderable Transactions Dr. F. wrote a few Remarks Magnitude, contained in the Period of time on Sterne, which, since the publication of comprehendeit between the Birth of Abram those volumes, he has so much enlarged and the Birth of Chrift; tbe wbóle indisputably as, with the affistance of a few other el. proved from Scripture. We are not comfays, to have formed sufficient materials petent to give an opinion of this work; but for a volume. We cannot but acknow. it is curious to remark, how the author ledge that we have been so much delight- rises in his demands of confidence: his ed with the beauties and whiinsicalicies of title-page begins with telling us, that in Sterne, that, when we first read Dr. Fer- the investigation which follows, it is proriar's Remarks, we scarcely felt disposed posed to point out several essential errors, to thank him for lowering in our estima. &c. : it ends with telling us, that the tion a writer whom we regarded with the whole is indisputably proved from scrippartiality of an old and familiar friend. It cure. was time, however, that the daw should An eye-witness, who has lived many be stripped of his borrowed plumes; and years in the chief kingdoms of the AbysDr. Ferriar is unquestionably encitled to fine empire, has given us A short Relation much praise for the pains he has taken in of the River Nile : of its Source and Care restoring the feathers to their several own. rent : of its overflowing the Champagnies of

Dr. F. conceives, that the ludicrous Egypt till it runs into the Mediterranean : writings of Sterne may be traced to his and of other Curiosities. This relation was early acquaintance with the French writers first published by the royal society in the who flourished under the last princes of year 1688, having been translated from the the race of Valois, and the first of Bour- Portuguese language by Sir Peter Wyche:

“it may even be suspected, that by nothing can be more reasonable than the the influence of these writers, he was drawn present republication of this very interest. aside,” says Dr. F.“ from his natural bias ing little work. to the pathetic; for in the serious parts of An «utbentic Narrative of the Proceed. his work, he seems to have depended on ings of bis Majesty's Squadron under the his own force, and to have found in his Command of Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nels own mind whatever he wished to pro- fon, from its sailing from Gibraltar to the duce: but in the ludicrous he is generally Conclusion of ibe glorious Battle of the Nile, a copyist, and sometiines follows his origi- has been drawn up from the minutes of inal so closely, that he forgets the changes an officer of rank in the squadron, and preof manners which gave an appearance of sented to the public. extravagance to what was once correct ri. Mr. John Wilson has publithed a dicule. Those who have not read Dr. very useful and comprehensive work, enFerriar's very ingenious work, will be titled, Tables for accuraitly aftertaining, ty surprited to hear that he has detected Weight and Measure,lbe Sirength of fpirituous Sterne in pilfering from the following, Liquors, from 30° to 85° of Temperature : among otber authors : Bersalde, D’Aubigné, with an Introduction, describing ibe Prize Bouchet, Bruscambille, Scarron, Rabciais, ciples of the Tables, by a variety of ExBurton, Bacon, Blount, Montaigne, Bi- amples. The author has raken for the Thop Hall, Donne, Swift, Burnet, &c. foundation of his work the tables contain&c.

ed in the 82d volume of the Philosophical In our last Retrospect we noticed with Transactions, to which he has made masatisfaction a work in vindication of the terial improvements : he has also given rights of woman : two publications have large extracts from Sir Charles Blagden 8 lately come before us on the same subject: Reports, which accompany those tables in it!cuin is a transatlantic production; we

the 80:h and 8 2d volume of that work.

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Mr. CONDER has formed An Arrange. men; historical events and characteristics ment of Provincial Coins, Tokens, and Me. of political parties, and, lastly, represendalets issued in Great Britain, Ireland, and tations of animals, landscapes, &c. Mr.W. abe Colonies, witbin the last 20 Years, from fuggests the formation of a's Medallic the Fartbing to the Penny Size. This work, Society of Britain," and urges in its fawhich will undoubtedly, be useful to fue vour, that such a fociety may afford hoture historians, is introduced by a very nourable patronage to poor and induftrious sensible preface, written by the late James artists, who, by rendering permanent the Wright, Esq; of Dundee, who remarks, most important characteristics of the prethat if, from the two thousand varieties sent age, are preparing instruction and dewhich are described in it, a large deduc. light for the ages which succeed. eion be made of those which are contempo We cannot more properly conclude a tible in point of workmanship’or design, Retrospect of Literature, than with anor both, one third probably will remain, nouncing, that the 'Society for the Eftawhich the judicious medallitt will not think blishment of a Literary Fund has publishunworthy of his attention : these he ar- ed, “ An Account of the Institution ;'* ranges under fix heads ; namely, views of from which it appears that its refources are Bemarkable, buildings; representations of fourishing; that it is conducted with great great commercial and public works; judgment and impartiality; and that it Itriking emblems of the industry and ge- fully answers the benevolent purposes foc pius of the country i portraits of illustrious which it was established,

Retrospect of French Literature,

GER, vol. ij. 8vo. This volume contains

HISTORY.

History of the French Revolution, paigns of Dumourier and Custines, &c. from the Convocation of the Notables Elai sur l'Histoire, &C. de Sardaigne. to the Capitulation of Malta, the Cef- Essay on the geographical, political, and sation of the Conferences at Seltz, &c. natural History of the Kingdom of Sardi, by FRANCIS PAGÈS, three volumes. nia ; by DOMINIC ALBERT Azuni. 8vo. The third volume of this work. The author of this work, who is a native which has just appeared, contains, among of Sardinia, has furnished the public with orher interesting matter, a detail of the an interesting detail of the most remarkcampaigns of BUONAPARTE in Italy, able circumitances relative to this island, the campaigns -in Switzerland and Ger- which appeared to be almost forgotten in many, a geographical sketch of the the modern descriptions of Europe. Her French republic, including the cession of points out many defects in its administrathe left bank of the Rhine, the new de. tion, which have impeded the prosperity nomination of weights and measures, all to which its natural advantages might raise the treaties of peace concluded since the it, and shows himself equally a good parevolution, &c. &c.

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tions, Treaties, &c. &c. proper for the Campagnes, &c. Campaigns of the fundamental Knowledge of each Object; French during the Revolution; by A, Lin 6 large vols. 8yo. This work, when

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Retrospect of French Literature...Hiftory... Bizgraphy... Antiquities. 547 finished, is meant to be the most complete and annihilated pope was too tempting a and authentic repertory of facts extant, for subject for the compilers of anecdotes and the important period indicated; and is in- memoirs; "to be suffered to sink quietly in tended to serve in France the purpose of his grave, before his life was exhibited te the Annual Registers in England.

the public curiosity. The anonymous aúTableau Historique, &c. An historical, thor of these volumes feems to have perliterary, and political View of the sixth formed the task of show-master with toYear of the French Republic,. &c. &c. derable skill; -and, by the fielp of decilby A. M. Cecile; 8vo. This is ano ments, some known, some secret, has ther imitation of the English Annual Reo made out an interesting compilation of gifters.

matter, correspondent to his title-page. Correspondance Secrète de Charette, &c. Secret Correspondence of Charette, Stofa. Memoires d'Hyppolite Clairon, 50: Me. flet, Puisaye, Cormațin, d’Antichamp, moirs of Hippolyta Clairon, and Reflexions Bernier, Trotté, Scepeaux, Botherel, the, on the drainaric Art, published by herPretender, Artois, their Ministers and self; 8vo. The heroine of these memoirs, Agents, and other Vendéans, Chouans, one of the most celebrated actresses her and Emigrants, &c. &c.; 2 vols. 8vo. country has produced, has painted her with the portrait of Charette. This is own character, and the events of her life, an authentic' collection of pieces, relative with much frankness, and in a very inteto that interesting part of French revolu. resting manner; and the obfervations and tionary history, the war in La Vendée. instructions she has given relative to an

Histoire de Pierre III. &c. History of art in which the so greatly excelled, canPeter III. Emperor of Ruffia, printed from not but be thought highly valuable to all a Manuscript found among the Papers of engaged in the same profession: Some cuMontmorin, . &c. with important Addi- rious anecdotes of distinguished persons tions and Explanations; followed by a fe- are introduced; but it will be thought excret History of the Amours and principal traordinary at the present day, that a Lovers of Catharine II. by the Author of woman of great strength of mind, and futhe Life of Frederic II. King of Prussia; perior understanding, lould fancy herself 3 vols. 8vo. This work takes a much to have been baunted, for more than two larger scope than its title promises, and years, by the apparition of a foriner may be considered as the history, public 'lover, and private, of the Rufian court, from Eloge de Poissonier. Eulogy of Peterthe reign of Elizabeth to the close of Isaac Poiffonier, pronounced at the public that of Catherine Il.; indeed many Sitting of the Medical Society, by Citizen of the materials accumulated relate to SUE. This piece. contains several aneca much earlier period. The proper his. dotes of Poissonier during his residence at tory of Peter Ill. makes a small part Petersburg, and notices of fome of his of the three yolumes, and the chief per- works, which are not to be inet with in fonage of the whole is Catharine, whom Lalande's éloge. the author calls the “ Agrippina of An

ANTIQUITIES. halt." The pieces, of which ehiş miscel Antiquités Nationales, C. National Anlany is composed, are of various value and tiquities, or a Collection of Monuments authority: but the quantity of amusement relative to the general and particular Hisand information afforded is very confide. tory of the French Empire'; by AUBINrable; and the publication is an interesting Louis MILEIN, Conservator of the Mua addition to the memoirs which have als seum of Antiquities in the National Liready appeared, concerning the latter af- brary, &c. · This is the fifth volume of a fairs of Russia and its sovereigns.

great work, which, from various causes, Mémoires Historiques et Philosophiques fur has been suspended fmce the year 1792. Pie VI. &c. Historical and philosophical We may observe, that the resumption of Memoirs of Pius VI. and his Pontificate, these costly publications is a certain proof to his Retreat ipto Tuscany; in which are that security and prosperity begin to regiven curious Details concerning his pri-, vive in France, though the return of peace vate Life, his Quarrels with the different. alone can render them durable. Powers of Europe, the Causes which have Diplomata, Cbarie, Epiftolæ, &0. Diproduced the Overthrow of the papal ploinas, Charters, Letters, and other DoThrone, and the Revolution of Rome ; cuments relative to the Affairs of France, drawn from the most authentic Sources, with extracted from the Archives and Libraries a Portrait of Pius VI. and a Map of the of the Kingdom, and of foreign CounPontine Marthes; 2 vols. Svo. A depof«d tries, by the Labours of many learned

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DoMTHIBAUT ; 8vo. It is the pur. Perfia to India, and from Bengal to Per. 548 Retrospect of French Literaturt.... Antiquities....Gecgraphy, men, particularly the Congregation of St. liorating governments and political insti. Maur. Publithed, and illustrated with tutions. Notes, by L. G. O. FEUDRIX DE BRE L'Inde en rapport avec l'Europe, &c. QUINY, and P. J. G. LA PORTE DU India with relation to Europe ; by An. THEIL; 3 vols. folio. This great work QUETIL DUPERRON, of the laté Aca: was printed in 1791, but prevented from demy of Infcriptions and Belles Lettres ; publication by the circumstances of the 2 vols. 8vo. This well known author times. Its present appearance affords ano. writes from the experience of more than ther proof of the relumption of the usual tienty years' residence in India, whence 1tudies in France, of which national his- his observations on the manners, legilla. tory and antiquities always formed a di- tion, arts, manufactures, commerce, &c. ftinguished part.

of the natives well deserve attention. The Recherches sur les Origines Celtiques. In- great purpose of his work is to point out quiries concerning Celtic Antiquities, par- the means of restoring the influence of the ticularly those of Bugev, considered as French in India, and balancing that of the the Cradle of the Celtic Deita; by P. J. English. He is a decided friend to the J. Bacon,TACON ; 2 vols. 8vo. with re-establilhment of an exclusive French ten engravings. This work is the fruit of India-company with sovereign authoelaborate research, and supports the pa. rity. triarchal antiquity of the Celts of Bugey, Système Universel, &c. Universal Sy. by the strongest evidence, historical and stem of the Principles of Maritime Law in literary.

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