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an inducement towards learning to read, by being given as a reward for this attainment.
The institution was formed, and still continues; and schools, we understand, are re-opened, with such limitations and provisions only, as to number and local situation, as the experience of two years may be supposed to have suggested.
We heartily wish this laudable undertaking success, and that the subscriptions may be in some proportion to the utility of the establishment.
MISCELLANEOUS. Art. 13.—The Blind Man and his Son, a Tale fôr Young
People ; the Four Friends, a Fable; and a Word for the Gipsies. London, for Miller-Taylor, and Hessey, 1816.
12mo. pp. 129. It has been seen by the title, that this little book is divided into four parts: the Blind Man and his Son, is a serious tale, inculcating no peculiar tenets, but enforcing, as the primary objects of christianity, unbounded love to God, and universal charity to man. The Four Friends, is a fable, in verse, of which the moral may be explained in the author's own words :
" To what do men of parts aspire,
Whether in politics or fire,
each one's powers, in his own eyes,
What was it ? That inay soon be shewn,
Is--to do only what he can.": The Swan and the Rabbit, is a short fabulous composi, tion, in prose: intended to shew the advantages of mutual dependance, and the misery of an insulated condition. A Word to the Gipsies, is an apology for a people despised and persecuted by christians; although they have resided for four centuries, in countries which are called civilized. These little pieces are embellished with a plate from a drawing, by Hilton, of the Blind Man and his Son, which would be very ornamental to the work ; but, we must remark, that according to the order of nature, the father is much too old, to be the parent of the infant here described.
Art. 14. -Time's Telescope for 1817, or a Complete Guide to s; the Almanack : containing an explanation of Saint's Days
und Holidays"; Wilh illustrations of British History and
Antiquities, notices of obsolete Rites and Customs, and * Skeléhes of Comparative Chronology, Astronomical Oecurs 1 rences in every month ; the Naturalist's: Diary; &c. &c
To which is prefixed an Introduction, containing the print ciples of Zoology. Published annually. London, 1817, Sherwood, Neely and Jones, Nyo. pp. 366... 11
Golius says, that throughout the east, it is the custom for subjects at the beginning of the year to make presents to their princes, and that the astrologers in adopting this practice, present them with their Ephemerides for the year ensuing: whence, says he, those' Ephemerides came to be called Almanhay that is Handsels, or new year's gifts. Verstegan attributes the word Almanack to a Saxon original, but whatever may be its derivation, it is now understood to be a calendar or table, wherein are set down the days or feasts of the year, the course of the moon, with the other phenomena of each month. This little manual, in order to be reduced to a cheap and convenient form, has become so enigmatical; that norë enlarged' explanation of its contents
and references is very desirable, and such is the purpose of the Time's Telescope, which appears to us to be executed in a very amousing ways and the astronomical portion of it is prepared evidently by a person of science.
NOVELS. Art. 15.-Purity of Heart, or the Ancient Costume, a
Tale, in one volume, addressed to the Author of Glenuroon, by an Old Wife of Twenty Years. London, Simpkin and Marshall, 1816. 8vo. pp. 273. :
ALTHOUGH there is no novelty in the story here related, it is well told, if the form were not too contracted to admit of its complete developement. It seems that the novel of Glenarvon fell into the hands of the author, who was strongly impressed with its pernicious tendency; and in order to countervail its effect in the public mind, the shafts of ridicule are here directed against it. We ourselves, perhaps, are not so strongly persuaded of the mischievous operation of that eеcentric and unequal work entitled Glenarvon, and should rather consider the heroine as presented, not as an example to be followed, but to be avoided.
In the preface it is mentioned, that the work has been finished among the various occupations of domestic life, by the mother of a growing family, actually engaged in the duties of her station. Notwithstanding the difficulty to wbieli she is exposed from such causes of interruption, we discover enough of merit in her efforts, to wish she would again appear before the public.
WORKS IN THE PRESS.
Literary Intelligence, &c.
. Mr. A. J. Valpy has in the The second number of Ste. press, a new edition of the Greek phen's Greek Thesaurus, which Septuagint, in one large volnme, has been delayed on account of 8vo. The text is taken from the the Treaty for Professor Schæfer's Oxford edition of Boss: without MSS. will appear in January, contractions.
We mentioned in our last, the Also, a new edition of Homer's sale of the late Duke of Norfolk's Iliad, from the text of Heyne; library few of the books were with English notes, including of great rarity or value; the sinmany from Heyne and Clark; gle work which sold at the highone volume, 8vo.
est price, was Cardinal Mezeray's Academic Errors, or Recollec- History of France, 3 vol. folio; tions of Youth, one volume, not long since, a copy of this 12mo.
splendid and scarce work sold for Catullus; with English notes, one hundred guineas, but the by T; Forster, Jun. 12mo. copy of his Grace only produced about one third of that sum, Mr. Tabart, of the Juvenile partly in consequence of recent Library, Piccadilly, is preparing importations, and partly from a Monthly Miscellany for the the absence of a duplicate leaf, use of Schools, and for the gedeemed of value by connoisseurs neral purposes of Education, unof old English literature: the der the title of Tabart's School Duke was no extensive purcha- Magazine, or Journal of Educaser, but some curiosities were tion. It is intended to be comamong his books. Stanihurst's posed chiefly of modern mateVirgil sold for £9. 158. it is as rials, for the purpose of conour readers are perhaps aware, in necting as much as possible the English Hexameters, and is business of the Scbool-room with chiefly valuable for its singularity; that of the active World. The several family MSS. brought va- first Number will appear on the rious prices; among them was first of March. an original, by Dr. Lodge, the Ponsonby, the publication of author of "A Fig for Momus," which has unavoidably been and many other poems and pam- delayed, will, we are informed, phlets. It is merely medical and certainly appear in the course of was presented to the then Count. the ensuing month. ess of Arundel.
A French Grammar, is in the We are happy to learn that pres for Preparatory Schools and there is in the press, a new edi- Beginners, on a plan entirely new; tion of Tasso's Jerusalem Deli- and so easy that the dullest capa vered, by Edward Fairfax. It is city may comprehend and learn it a most admirable translation, with facility. The lessons, diathe first edition was published in logues, and vocabulary, each being 1600, folio; the second in 1624, on the most familiar and useful folio; and a third in 1687, 8vo, subjects, cannot fail to ensure the A fourth edition was printed, if progress of the learner. we mistake not, about twenty In a few days will appear, in years ago, but all but the first 1 vol. 8vo, A View of the Agrihave many inaccuracies.
cultural, Commercial, and FinanSoon will be published, in 8vo.cial Interests of Ceylon, with an a Narrative of a Residence in Appendix containing some of the Belgium during the Campaign of principal Laws and Usages of the 1815, and of a Visit to the Field Candians; also a Table of Imof Waterloo, by an English Wo-ports and Exports, Port Regula
tions, Statements of Public ReMr: White, Author of “ The venue and Expenditure, &c. By System of Farriery,” is about to Anthony Bertolacci, Esq. late publish a compendious Dictionary Comptroller-General of Cusof the Veterinary Art, containing toms, and Acting Auditor-Gean explanation of the terms used neral of Civil Accounts in that by Writers on Veterinary Medi- colony. cine and Farriery; with a con- We are daily expecting, in 1 cise description of the diseases of vol. 8vo. Narratives of the Lives horses and other domestic animals; of the More Emment Fathers of as well as of medicine, operations, the Three First Centuries, inters&c. proper for their diseases. persed with copious quotations
from their Writings, familiar Ob-, mon prosperity. The writers who servations on their Characters and have concurred in a design so beOpinions, and occasional Re- neficial to both nations, are no ferences to the most remarkable less eminent in rank and character Events and Persons of the Times than in literary attainment. Each in which they lived.-By the will write in his own language, Rev. Robert Cox, A.M. perpetual and principally on the affairs of curate of St. Leonard's Bridg- bis own country; but the French north.
letters wil' be translated into EngSermons on Important Subjects, lish, and the English letters into by tlie Rev. Charles Coleman, French; and the whole will apA.M. M. R. L. A. lately Curate pear, at the same periods, in Eng. of Grange, in the Parish of Ar- lish at London, and in French at magh, Diocese of Armagh, are to Paris. The work will thus emappear in one volume, 8vo. brace the utmost possible variety:
The Rev. Dr. Chalmers, of in the authors, in the subjects, Glasgow, is printing a volume of and in the style and manner of Discourses in which he combats treatment. It may also be looked at some length, the argument de to as the most correct and authenrived from astronomy, against the tic source of information, in retruth of the Christian Revela- spect to the state of education, tion; and, in the prosecution of laws, manners, political instituhis reasoning, he attempts to tions, literature, arts, remarkable elucidate the harmony that sub- events, and important personages sists between the doctrines of in both countries; and may thus scripture and the discoveries of serve to correct that common igmodern science.
norance, and common distrust of Early in January will be pub- each other, which has been too lished, No. XLIX. (being the first successfully fostered by the policy part of the ninth volume) of An- of the revolutionary goveruments, nals of Philosophy, or Magazine by the prejudices of many persons of Chemistry, Mineralogy, Me in England, and, above all, by the chanics, Natural History, Agri- absolute slavery of the continenculture, and the Arts. By Tho- tal press. mas Thomson, M.D. F. R. S. &c. Sermons by the Rev. John
On the 1st of January, 1817, Martin, who was for more than will be published, (to be continued 40 years Pastor of the Baptist monthly) No. I. of The Corre- Church in Keppel Street, were spondent; consisting of Letters, taken in short hand by Mr. J. Moral, Political, and Literary, be- Palmer, and will soon make their tween eminent Writers in France appearance in 2 vols. 8vo. emand England. This work is de bellished with a portrait. signed, by presenting to each na- The Rev. F. A. Cox, A. M. has tion a faithful picture of the other, nearly completed his work on to enlighten both to their true in- Female Scripture Biography, with terests, promote a mutual good an essay shewing whai Christiunderstar.ding between them, and anity has done for woman. render peace the source of a com