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Eheu quantum mutatus ab illo ! Is the “ Subaltern” really transormed into a ' Country Curate'? Has the well-disciplined soldier -currendered all his military propensities, and exchanged the tent
or the pulpit? And the slayer of men, has he become a teacher of peace ? has he-the roving bachelor—at last settled down in some hill-encircled village, married a rural maid, and taken a greenlatticed cottage, by the side of a murmuring stream, with little pebbles shining in it, and ducks and geese gabbling upon its fair bosom? Alas! great are the changes indeed, to which a soldier's
life is subject. The “ Şubaltern ” is not the same man whom we - knew some three or four years ago. These two volumes bear no - more resemblance to his former graphic sketches, than an old shovel - hat bears to a smart foraging cap, or a half-washed surplice to a
red jacket sparkling with a pair of epaulets. . There are here about nine or ten different tales, after the fashion
of Miss Mitford, but possessing just as much of her inimitable - spirit as cider has of champagne. They are called The Pastor,'
“The. Poacher,' The Schoolmistress, The Shipwreck,' The
Fatalist,' The Smugglers,' " The Suicide,' • The Miser,' “The Rose 5. of East Kent,' and "The Parish Apprentice. The reader can easily . imagine the sort of stories which are told under these very novel 1. titles; the pastor all benevolence and attention to his duties; the
poacher an innocent rustic, who lays down with great force the law of nature against the laws of game; the schoolmistress a type
of misfortune, and a pattern of patience; the horrors of a shipe: wreck, and a romance thereunto appended ; a fatalist who is going
as fast as he can to the devil, and smugglers who are running after 2 him in the same delightful road. We would fain help the gentle É reader's imagination to a further acquaintance with the lucubrations E of the worthy curate, were we not afraid of the yawns which we Di fancy we already see crying out to us for mercy.
If the volumes which contain the tales of a “ Briefless Barrister,” Å have really emanated from a professional ”man, then do we join B inost cordially in the hostility of the Attornies to his precious
person, and almost wish, unless he give up writing novels, that he may remain with that comfortable epithet attached to his gown during the remainder of his life. His three volumes are filled with two stories called “Secret Thoughts are Best' and New Neighbours.' In the former he gives a new edition of " Wild Oats,"
shewing as how a young foolish fellow runs away from his home, i gets into all the vices of London, becomes acquainted with a gång
of gypsies, is taken up for a burglary, and then repents and be comes a philosopher and a gentleman. From · New Neighbours,' we learn the art of becoming acquainted with those who live next
door to us, an art, by-the-bye, very little known in London, where Sen we lived for years between a Mahomedan and a Jew, without ever This knowing of our happy lot until a Police report brought the matter
within our cognizance. The “ Briefless” author is a regular special pleader, using for the expression of a single idea the greatest inum
ination to a 4 road. Wegglers who are rwho is ready see, were weer acquaintanld fain he
ber of words. His inventive faculty does not appear at all to be .. allied with imagination ; it is a sort of volition, which being disposed to produce a tale, runs on with every kind of stuff which can help to fill up a page, such as, 'he then sat down and wrote a letter:' he knocked at the door and asked if Mr. B. was at home, and being answered in the negative, he turned his face towards the street again and walked away ;' he took off his hat, which having held in his hand for some time, he put on again, and wished Mr. C. a good morning.' But here is at hand a literal specimen:
Conjecture after conjecture endeavoured to solve the difficulty, but no solution of a satisfactory nature could be found.'—vol. iii. p. 101.
* Although in the baronet's manners and feelings there was something of littleness and circuitousness, in spite of his great politeness and high descept, yet in his son there was a remarkable up-and-down-rightness, and a hearty, wholesome straightforwardness. When his father, therefore, began in a roundabout way to interrogate him concerning the long visit which Lord Summerfield had made at Mr. Franklin's, the young man presently and promptly replied, “ I have heard nothing about it, and I know nothing of it; but if you wish to know, I will ask Maria; I have no doubt that she will tell me.” '- vol. iii. pp. 101, 102.
We feel a pang of remorse for having put at the tail of these precious productions one, which in point of energy and of dramatic interest, is worth them all. We do really think, that there is more of that description of talent, which may be called the story-telling faculty, in The Lost Heir,' than in all the novels put together, which have been published this season. The scene shifts from America to France at the time of the Revolution, and the action is full of the bustle and interest of that dreadful period. “The Prediction' is also a finely wrought tale, and, like its companion, is clothed in bold, and often very beautiful diction. They are both, we understand, from the pen of Mr. Power, the actor, whose representations of Irish character have made him a great favourite on the stage. It is with infeigned gratification that we see a person in his profession devoting his leisure hours to the muses. We wish him all imaginable success.
Property or Wealth. By Samuel Read. 8vo. Edinburgh. 1829. Dr. Johnson, in one of his conversational paradoxes, asserted that no professed cook could write a good book on cookery, and no practical merchant a good book on trade ; for this plain reason, that a cook seldom thinks of any thing besides his culinary processes, or a merchant of any thing besides his own trade. But, to write a good book, it is necessary to have extensive and philosophical views; to look beyond the narrow details of practical affairs; and to make comparisons, and draw inferences from things which fall not within the confined sphere of practical men. This, though it sounds paradoxical, appears to apply not unjustly to the subject
of political economy, not so much as it regards the writing of a book, as to the study of the science, if we may call by that name the vague and inconclusive reasonings usually thus designated. The merchant, or the agriculturist, who studies political economy, must not confine his views, therefore, to what belongs to his own avocations. He must escape as far as he can beyond the little circle of his personal affairs, and extend his reasoning to the multifarious pursuiis of other men, and the influence which these have over the general wealth and happiness of the community, and of the world.
Mr. Read seems to us to have acted in conformity with these views. We recollect that his first pamphlet on the subject, called forth not a little of the sneering wit of Ricardo's disciples: who deemed it impossible that a Scotch bleacher could discover flaws in their favourite systems; but Mr. Read's pamphlets have now grown into a goodly volume; and, so far as we understand the matters discussed, (Political Economy being, at best, rather incomprehensible,) he seems to have brought forward arguments which are likely to puzzle the Ricardoists to find replies. Mr. Read, indeed, has evidently investigated the subject with a great deal of originality and independent thinking. Political economy has, hitherto, been confined to the production and distribution of wealth, whereas Mr. Read carries it a step further, and begins by investigating the right to wealth or property. This innovation evidently gives a more definite and important object to the science, and causes it to assume a form altogether novel. We capnot, at present,spare room to detail any of Mr.Read's views or reasonings; but those who are desirous of seeing the principles of Ricardo, Macculloch, and Malthus, dissected with no sparing hand, will find this book well worth perusing. It is not, indeed, well written, and is encumbered with notes which ought to have been worked into the text, but it is plain and generally intelligible, and that is a great deal more than can be said of most books on Political Economy.
Art. XIV.-History of France and Normandy, from the Accession of
Clovis to the Battle of Waterloo. By W.C. Taylor, A.B. Whittaker, Treacher, and Co. London ; 1830. It is impossible not to feel that a vast and important improvement has lately taken place in the means of instructing the rising generation. Science is rendered intelligible to the infant capacity, and history is literally turned into a Reading Made Easy. We think Mr. Taylor is entitled to the praise of having assisted in bringing about this useful change ; and, if we wanted any proof of his ability to succeed in an object of such vast moment, we should find that proof in the very agreeable work before us. Like a man of sense, he professes to offer the attractions neither of novelty of subject, nor of elegance of style; all he is anxious to accomplish, is an accurate history, and simple and comprehensible narrative. We congratulate Mr. Taylor on his success. No child who has almost learned his letters that can misunderstand the text of this history, and yet in vain do we look for a single sentence which can be called tame or vulgar. ART. XV.–Stories of Travels in Turkey. 12mo. Hurst and Chance.
London : 1830.
wo of the most beautiful engravings that we have any where seen, except in an expensive Annual, meet the spectator at the threshold of this pretty VOL XIII.
little work, to sooth him, and to turn his critical bile, if he have any, into the sweetest milk of human kindness. The object of the author of this work, is to form a plain and popular narrative of those facts which modern travellers have established, respecting the history and the present condition of European Turkey. Personal prejudices, feelings, and predilections on the part of authors, very often distort those statements which would otherwise be soluble. The author of this work has produced a castigated version, as we may call it, of the principal results of their labours, and has, in this manner, furnished the precedent of an exceedingly valuable system, of making the treasures collected by enterprising travellers serviceable to the ordinary occasions of education.
Art. XVI.-A new Supplement to the Pharmacopæias of London,
Edinburgh, Dublin, and Paris, forming a complete Dispensatory and Conspectus, &c. By J. Rennie, A.M., A.L.S. 8vo. Baldwin and
Co. London : 1829. We are happy to find that a work which, for its ingenuity, its comprehensiveness, and accuracy, deserves so well the patronage of the profession, has arrived at a second edition,-a goal, the attainment of which is a pretty fair criterion of the merits of any literary performance. Although tbis ‘Supplement,'a title which the modesty of the author has conferred on a very copious and substantial Pharmacopæia, is intended as a work essentially of reference for the mature professional man, yet it is so perspicuous, and so rudimental, that we only wonder how it should not become a familiar class book to the student. The author is evidently well acquainted with the world : he has written an elemental work, for so we may call it, in which he has not taken it for granted that the young reader is already well acquainted with the subjects of which he treats. For the country prac. titioner, we cannot imagine a production more indispensable. It is what no other work, that we are acquainted with, is,-a convenient medical cy: clopædia, embracing, in a brief and cheap compass, the best and soundest information on any subject which a miscellaneous practitioner is called on to consider in the course of his professional labours.
ART. XVII.-A Manual of the Economy of the Human Body on Health
and Disease. 8vo. pp. 417.-Edinburgh, Daniel Lizars, 1830. We only wish that we could always see attempts to popularise professional subjects placed in the hands of such sensible and judicious compilers as the author of this work. We have had from time to time no small number of dietetic publications poured in upon us, of various merit, and we own that we took up this Manual under a strong persuasion that very little novelty could be found in its pages. We were, however, very agreeably disappointed. The works of which we have had such an abundance, have been confined to mere injunctions as to the choice of food, and to some general reasons that ought to operate with the patient, why he should adopt a particular regimen in preference to any other. We own we were not fully alive to the deficiency which all these books were chargeable with, until we saw that deficiency supplied by the author of this Mapual. We have here then for the first time in a popular form, a very lucid and admirably correct ex. | planation of the structure and functions of the human body, and the
general economy of the human system. This exposition will have the effect in some measure of shewing the rationale of those prescriptions, which under other circumstances were adopted in perfect ignorance by the unprofessional public, and consequently it will tend to produce a more general and willing submission to the jurisdiction of medicine. We are strongly impressed with the opinion that nothing will more certainly contribute to extend the practice of the sound physician, than judicious works like the present, which is calculated in the first place to remove the prejudices against which too often the physician has to contend; and in the next place, the uninformed public is in a better condition of ascertaining those stages of illness, when the superior knowledge of a medical man ought to be appealed to. We think this a very sensible and most valuable work.
MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. Connected with Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts. Dr. Bowring and Mr. George Borrow are about to publish The Songs of Scandinavia, containing a selection of the most interesting of the HistoErical and Romantic Ballads of North-Western Europe, with specimens of - the Danish and Norwegian Poets down to the present day. Dr. Bowring is also about to publish the Bohemian Anthology.
The Family Cabinet Atlas is announced for immediate publication.- Constructed upon an original plan, it will furnish the information of the
farger and more expensive Atlases, in a clear and accurate manner, and yet be smaller than any one hitherto published.
The first Number of a New Quarterly Review, confined exclusively to the subject of Mining! was to make its appearance this month.
The Rev. George Croly is engaged in a History of the Jews.
The annual meeting of the Proprietors of the London University was held on the 24th ult. when a full exposition of the affairs of that institution was made. The total capital in shares and donations amounted to 163,4621, 10s.; the expenditure for the year ending 31st December, was 133,6071. 10s. The number of students enrolled for the present session amounts to 596, of whom 224 have entered for branches of general edu. cation, 106 for law only, and 256 for medical classes only. Several of the speakers who attended the meeting complained of the apathy manifested by the Dissenters in general towards the University.
The justly celebrated Mr. Sheldrake has in the press a Treatise on the Prevention and Cure of Spinal Curvature, and its Consequences; on the Cure of Malformations of the Hands and Feet, and on the Cure of other Defects of the Extremities that are occasioned by debility or discase,
The Hunterian Oration, in honour of the celebrated John Hunter, was pronounced at the College of Surgeons, on the 15th of February, by Mr. Guthrie. We are happy to learn that the difficulties which prevented the formation of a catalogue to the Hunterian Museum, now in the College, and which arose from the loss of the MSS. connected with the different articles, are on the eve of being overcome; and that the part of the catalogue, which relates to natural history, is almost ready for the press. The osteological part of it is in a similar state of forwardness; and all that relates to the morbid anatomy is almost completely printed.