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rencounter between a bear and one of the best chasseurs The proceedings, after the cordon had been completed, are of Dalecarlia-Jans Svensson :

thus narrated : “ Svensson had been twice wounded by bears; once under

" At about one o'clock, three shots, the one from the catthe following circumstances :

tre, and the other from the wings of the opposite division, « On a certain occasion, himself and five or six other pea- (the usual signals on these occasions,) together with the sants had ringed a very large bear, which had previously jarro hear which had previonely cries of the people, which might now be indistinctly heard

cri been much hunted and shot at: when. placing his compa in the distance, announced that it was advancing towarda nions in ambush around the ring, he advanced alone upon the us. Two hours or more, however, must have elapsed, dutrack of the animal, for the purpose of rousing him. Svens- ring which, from the quicksilver being little above zero, and son bad a capital dog, which, the moment it was slipped from my only being provided with my common shooting from its couplings, dashed towards the bear, and soon had jacket, I was almost perished with cold, before we heard him on foot.' As Svensson had anticipated, the beast made another discharge, or saw any thing of the bears; for, nor towards his companions, one of whom got a shot at and des- |

| that these animals found themselves environed on eveIT perately wounded him in the side: the ball, indeed. only side, they kept the closest and most tangled brakes; and the missed his heart by a few inches.

people, as is usual on these occasions, proceeded at a very “ This injury the bear quickly revenged ; for, dashing at slow pace. his assailant, whose efforts to escape were fruitless, he laid him

“ Beginning to tire at last with remaining so long idle is prostrate, and wounded him severely in the arms and back. the same position, I advanced alone about 50 paces farthe Indeed, the peor fellow would probably have been minus of within the cordon, when I stationed myself in such a situahis scalp, had it not been for his bat, which the animal per

tion, that I could command a tolerable view of the surforated with his teeth in seven different places.

rounding forest. This, however, for the reasons already “ Here the mischief, as regarded this man, ended, for the

given when speaking of the skall in Dalecarlia, was alteattacks of the dog at last caused the bear to leave his fallen | gether contrary to rule. foe.

« Here I had not remained a very long while, when a « The beast now retraced his steps into the ring, and soon shot to my left gave me to understand that the bears were came in contact with Svensson, who happened to be follow

not far off; and the next minute, at about one hundred and ing upon the animal's tracks. He was in a gallop, and came

fifty paces from where I stood, I caught a glimpse of them as end over, to use the man's own expression, like a horse.

they were crossing a small opening among the trees. The When, however, he was at about thirty paces' distance,

old bear was in advance, and the cubs, wbich were of a very Svensson discharged his rifle, and with so good an aim, that | large size, were following in succession upon her track. I the bear directly fell.

might now, by possibility, have done execution ; but think« Svensson might now have got out of the way with every ing, from the direction they were taking, that they would facility; but, thinking that the bear was either dead or des come nearer to me, I refrained from firing. In this, hos. perately wounded, he commenced reloading his rifle; he had ever, I acted wrong; for, instead of facing towards me, as only placed the powder in the barrel, however, when the

I had a

osite side of the animal got on his legs again, and, fixing his eyes upon him, ring ; presently afterwards, indeed, the shouts of the people, made right at him.

together with several shots, plainly indicated that they had “ Svensson now endeavoured to elude the attack, by

made their appearance in that direction. springing on one side-a manquvre which is often attended

« Some little while subsequent to this, I was joined by with success on like occasions; but the bear still kept pur

Lieutenant Oldenburg, of the Swedish army, who resided suing him, and two or three doubles that he made were in the vicinity of my quarters at Stjern, and from whom, equally unsuccessful. Finding escape was impossible, Svens

on various occasions, I have received much civility and afson therefore stood still, and when the bear came up to him. I tention. This gentleman and myself were conversing towhich he did on all-fours like a bull, he attempted to drive

gether in an under tone of voice, and I had my double-gun, the muzzle of his gun down the throat of the enraged brute. which was on the full cock, in my hand, when two of the The bear, however, laying hold of the gun, instantly wrested

young bears, either of them nearly as large as 'animals of it out of Svensson's hand, when, seizing him by the arm, he

that species we are accustomed to see in England, suddenly bit him severely.

made their appearance on the outskirts of a thick brake, at “The dog was not an idle spectator of what was going about twenty paces from where we stood. On seeing os, forward; for, seeing the jeopardy in which his master was however, they squatted like rabbits; or at least this was the placed, he gallantly fixed on the bear's hind-quarters. To case with one of them, for of the other I got the merest

t rid of this assailant, however, and not caring to quit his ) glimpse possible. hold of Svensson, the bear threw himself on to his back, “We both now fired, the Lieutenant a little after myself, making with one paw a dash at the dog, and with the other and the foremost of the bears as instantly fell; but the other, holding Svensson, who was of course uppermost, in his em- at the same moment, disappearing in the brake, I had no braces. This he repeated three several times, handling the time to discharge my second barrel. As that which was poor man, to use his own expression, with as much ease as down, however, showed some disposition to get on his legs a cat would a mouse. In the intervals, however, between again, I ran close up to him, and sent a bullet through his these manæuvres, he was either occupied in biting Svensson skull. Besides the latter ball, the bear only received one in different parts of the body, or he was standing still, as if

other, which, on his body being opened at a subsequent pestupified with the desperate wound he had received.

riod, was recognised to be mine. Indeed, when Lieutenant In this dreadful situation, Svensson thinks he must have Oldenburg fired, the animal was in the act of falling; and remained for upwards of half an hour ; and, during all this of this he was himself fully aware. My first ball shattered time, his gallant dog never ceased his attacks on the bear for the bear's right shoulder (the point exposed to me) to pieces, a moment. At last the bear quitted him, and moving and after passing through his body and ribs, it lodged in slowly to a tree at a few paces distant, seized it with his the skin on the opposite side; in fact, it was within an act teeth ; but he was in his last agonies, and presently fell dead of going through him altogether : the ball was, however, on the ground." - Vol. ii. pp. 11-14.

quite flattened, and as large as a halfpenny.

For a while, all remained pretty quiet; but presently The bear is hunted both in summer and winter ; but afterwards, the tremendous shouts of the people opposite to most frequently in the latter season. Indeed he is rarely us, and these, probably, at little more than two hundred pursued in summer, unless he has carried his attacks upon

paces distance, together with the very hearty firing that was the cattle of the peasantry too far to make him any longer

kept up, plainly told us the remaining bears were endea

vouring to make their escape in that direction. The scene tolerable as a neighbour. In an event of this kind, the

had now become very animating, for at one period we countpeasantry of the district are summoned to form a skall

ed no less than ten shots in the space of about a minute. a rising en masse—for the purpose of surrounding and “ After a time, however, the firing ceased altogether; and driving the bears into a narrower space, where the hunts- | Lieutenant Oldenburg and myself were then almost led to men may have an opportunity of killing them—much conclude that the whole of the bears were slaughtered. In after the fashion of the Highland“ tinchal.” Our author

this supposition, nevertheless, we were mistaken ; for pregives detailed accounts both of a winter and summer skall

sently we viewed the old bear, which, from the manner of at which he was present.

dragging herself, was evidently much wounded, as she was In the former, a cordon of

slowly making her way across a small glade in the forest. men was drawn round a space, within which the bears

Though Jan Finne, who by this time had joined us, ealled were ascertained to have taken up their winter quarters. | out to me, it was useless, I nevertheless sent a ball after

get ri

19 her ; but as she quickly disappeared in a thick brake, we “A somewhat similar anecdote to the above was related

had no great reason to suppose it took the desired effect. to me by Lieutenant Oldenburg. Two of his friends, se “ In the space of two or three minutes, during which se- whose names I forget, when on a journey in the winter

veral shots were fired immediately opposite to us, we again time, were accompanied by a favourite dog, which was saw the old bear. Owing to an intervening brake, how following immediately in the rear of the sledge. All of a

ever, my view of her was much more indistinct than that sudden, two famished wolves dashed at the dog, who ran THE * obtained by my companions, who were a pace or two to the to the side of the vehicle, and jumped over the shafts, be

left of me. At this time she was standing motionless, with tween the horse and the body of the carriage. The wolves,

her front towards us, and at about 90 paces distant. Jan nothing deterred, had the andacity to take a similar leap; * Finne and Lieutenant Oldenburg now lost no time in dis when, as ill luck would have it, they got hold of the poor

charging the rifles with which both of them were provided. animal. The dog, however, was large and powerful, and his Jan Finne fired the first; and, though without a rest of neck, besides, was armed with one of those formidable spiked

any kind, with so good an aim, that his ball, as he subse collars so common in Sweden. From these causes, he was ** quently found, entered her breast near to the shoulder, and enabled to escape from the fangs of his assailants, when he *** ran the whole length of her body, when it lodged in her at once sprang into the sledge, as if to claim protection from

baunches. She did not, however, alter her position, and his masters. Here, however, the wolves were afraid to puronly noticed the wound she had received by a little shake sue him, though, for a considerable distance, they still con

of her head. Lieut. Oldenburg was, however, more for- | tinued to follow the vehicle. On this occasion, both of Lieu31. tunate: for, dropping on one knee, and though, like Jan tenant Oldenburg's friends were unarmed, and, in conse*. Finne, without a rest, he took so good a direction, that his quence, the beasts escaped with impunity."-Vol. ii. p.

* ball entered the heart of the animal, when she instantly | 170-2. 1* fell dead upon the spot. “ The firing in front of us was, at intervals, still kept up

It is from the knowledge of the wolf's predilection for for a minute or two longer, and then ceased altogether. On

the lower animals, that the huntsmen have taken the hint Tize this, Jan Finne, after we had advanced up to the bear,

of a lure for bringing him within shot. In one particular, 8 which Lieutenant Oldenburg and himself had just shot, he resembles a most respectable club in Edinburgh, (conte: hallooed to the people to halt: though at this time we were sisting chiefly of lawyers,) being very fond of a pig. The be hardly 50 paces from them, not one of whom could we dis wolf-hunters take one of these animals in their sledge, 1 tinguish in consequence of the closeness of the cover. Jan

and begin, as soon as they are in the forest, to pull his ears, 171* Finne now informed Mr Falk, who was along with his I division, and immediately opposite to us, that three of the

or prick him with a corking pin. Its screams attract bears were dead within the ring; for, independently of the

the wolves, who are dispatched as they approach, by the 1 two that we ourselves had killed, we observed a third lying

rifles of the huntsmen. This sport is not unaccompanied na hors de combat at some little distance. In reply, that gen. with danger. The horses are apt to get terrified by the 2 tleman told us a fourth was killed near to where he stood; approach of the wolves, and, in their agony, break the so that the whole of those of which he had come in pursuit

shafts, or overturn the sledge, in which event the wolves, -and we had not the good fortune to meet with others in

having once tasted blood, have been known to attack the do the same ring were now all slaughtered."-Vol. i. p. 187

hunters. The most striking feature of the wolf's charac92.

ter is, that, however ferocious in the free forest, he beuslo After the bear has been fairly ringed in, individual

comes timid as soon as he is enclosed within a narrow hunters sometimes venture to attack him. Sometimes he

space. We select the following for such of our readers is found so immersed in his winter sleep, that his enemy

as love to sup full of horrors : is able to dispatch without awaking him. At other times he is on the alert, and either shows fight or bolts. When

“ The following circumstance, showing the savage nature he has recourse to the latter alternative, the huntsman

of the wolf, and interesting in more than one point of view,

was related to me by a gentleman attached to the embassy occasionally manages to overtake him on his skider, or snow

at St Petersburg ; it occurred in Russia some few years ago. skates ; and some of the most interesting portions of the “ A woman, accompanied by three of her children, was narrative now before us, are those in which the author is one day in a sledge, when they were pursued by a number

represented as gliding up and down the abrupt steeps of of wolves. On this, she put the horse into a gallop, and ***

Wermeland and Dalecarlia, through their immense pine | drove towards her home, from which she was not far disforests, sometimes alone, sometimes with a single attend

tant, with all possible speed. All, however, would not

avail; for the ferocious animals gained upon her, and, at ant, encouraged to follow up the traces of the bear by the

last, were on the point of rushing on the sledge. For the occasional challenging of his dog in the distance. It is in

preservation of her own life and that of the remaining chilsuch situations that we feel the full romance and attrac dren, the poor frantic creature now took one of her babes, tion of the bear-hunt. We regret that we have not found and cast it a prey to her bloodthirsty pursuers. This stopone manageable extract that could give our readers an idea ped their career for a moment; but after devouring the litof its fascination, and must therefore refer them to the

tle innocent, they renewed the pursuit, and a second time book itself.

came up with the vehicle. The mother, driven to despera

tion, resorted to the same horrible expedient, and threw her Next in importance are the wolves, which are generally

ferocious assailants another of her offspring. To cut short met in droves. They are more bloodthirsty, but weaker

this sad story, a third child was sacrificed in a similar manand more cowardly, than the bear. They sometimes ven ner. Soon after this, the wretched being, whose feelings may ture to attack him, but generally come off with the worst, more easily be conceived than described, reached her home notwithstanding their superior numbers. They seldom | in safety. Here she related what had happened, and enattack human beings if they can get any other food-a

deavoured to palliate her own conduct, by describing the fact of which the following anecdotes are strongly corro

dreadful alternative to which she had been reduced. A pen

sant, however, who was among the bystanders, and heard borative :

the recital, took up an axe, and, with one blow, cleft her “Some fifty years ago, and when quite a boy, Captain Eure skull in two; saying, at the same time, that a mother who nius was, one starlight and very cold night, returning from could thus sacrifice her children for the preservation of her a dance in the vicinity of Wenersborg. It was Christmas own life, was no longer fit to live. This man was committed time, and there were fifteen or sixteen sledges in company; to prison, but the Emperor subsequently gave him a pardon. most of the horses were provided with such bells as those of “This gentleman related to me another curious circumwhich I have made mention. In the middle of the caval- stance regarding wolves: it happened at no great distance cade, was a sledge occupied by a lady; at the back of the from St Petersburg, only two years previously. A peavehicle, as is frequently the case, sat the servant, who was sant, when one day in his sledge, was pursued by eleven driving ; whilst on a bear-skin, which covered her feet, a of these ferocious animals; at this time, he was only about favourite lap-dog was reposing. In passing through a wood, two miles from home, towards which he urged his horse however, and in spite of the jingling of the bells, &c., a large at the very top of his speed. At the entrance to his resiwolf suddenly sprang from the thicket, when, seizing the dence was a gate, wbich happened to be closed at the time; poor dog, he leaped over the sledge, and was out of sight, in but the horse dashed this open, and thus himself and his a thick brake on the opposite side of the wood, in the course master found refuge within the court-yard. They were of a few seconds.

followed, however, by nine out of the eleven wolves; but,

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very fortunately, at the instant these had entered the en-' such, especially, we would recommend this well-executed closure, the gate swung back on its hinges, and thus they work. In point of information, it falls little short of the were caught as in a trap. From being the most voracious more celebrated works upon the subject. With regard to of animals, the nature of these beasts, now that they found

clear and distinct arrangement, it is superior to most of escape impossible, became completely changed; so far, indeed, from offering molestation to any one, they slunk into

them ; while, in respect to condensation, cheapness, sitholes and corners, and allowed themselves to be slaughtered plicity, and, consequently, general usefulness, it possesses almost without making resistance."-Vol. ii. p. 173-5. a decided advantage over them all, with the exception e

The only kind of game of much consequence in these our own old favourite Gregory. northern regions is the elk, which, although only to be

Mr Paterson begins his history with the creation of the traced in its fossil relics in our latitude, still haunts the world, and brings it down to the commencement of the mountains of Norway. We are heartily sorry we have nineteenth century. His first volume concludes with th. not time to follow this gigantic stag in his rapid flight

establishment of our holy religion by our Saviour and his over the rocky wild, where he sometimes leads the peasant

disciples ; the second contains what is properly called a dance of many weeks. Our limits warn us to conclude,

Ecclesiastical History, viz. the history of the Christian recommending Mr Lloyd to the serious attention of all

church, with the persecutions, corruptions, and heresia. true descendants of Nimrod.

which retarded the progress of the true faith, or disturb ed the peace of the church. On so extensive and so dilo ficult a subject, it was not to be expected that the author

should have escaped committing some errors, especially e: The History of the Church, from the Creation of the World to the commencement of the Nineteenth Century, &c. By

judgment; accordingly, we find him occasionally makini the late Alexander Smith Paterson.

strictures, and delivering opinions, to which we can by

Edited by the Rev. James Brewster. 2 vols. Pp. 970. Edinburgh.

no means subscribe. This, however, is a venial fault, sa

long as he faithfully communicates the facts, that we may For G. Clark and Son, Aberdeen. 1830.

be able to form our own judgment; for we care not An intimate acquaintance with Church History is in- greatly for the comment, provided we have always the dispensable to every Christian minister. It is one of the pure text. A more serious fault is his credulity, which qualifications which our church most scrupulously re- is the more to be regretted, because, in the second volume, quires in every candidate for her priesthood; and with he has neglected to refer to his authorities, and the reader good reason, since, without a competent knowledge of ec- is thus left entirely dependent on his author's judgment clesiastical history, the preacher would be unable to avail for facts, some of which stand on good, others on more himself of some of the most powerful evidences of the questionable authority, and others, again, upon scarcely canonical authority and integrity of those sacred writings any authority at all. The omission of references, e which are the foundation of his faith, and the rule of his think altogether unpardonable in a work of this kind; for, obedience, and of whose doctrines he has enlisted himself | except in contemporary annals, where the events related the champion. It is a mistake to suppose, however, that fall under the writer's own observation, no historian has this study belongs exclusively to the professional theolo

a right to expect that his work will be received as of gian. Ecclesiastical, like general history, conveys im

authority, unless he refers to those sources whence he has nstruction under a captivating form; and from 1 derived his information. Every candid and honest his. the variety of incident, the astonishing revolutions, the torian will be anxious to do so, for the sake of his on collision of parties, the opinions, actions, and character of reputation ; and we can ascribe such omission by our men distinguished by their faults, their virtues, and their author only to oversight, or perhaps to a reason which fortunes, which it subjects to our view, it possesses a disarms all criticism, the want of time, which a mortal powerful attraction even for the general reader, especially illness left him, for completing his labours. On the whole, if he has had courage fairly to cross the threshold of this we can recommend the work to the public in general, formidable study, and sufficient leisure to follow up its and particularly to the theological student, as a carefully minute details; for otherwise, church history presents, at executed and most useful Church History, the very outset, difficulties, which few save the professional student are willing to encounter. Of these, one of the most formidable is the dry, immethodical, and tedious The Lives of the most Eminent British Painters, Sculpmanner in which writers of church history have gene

tors, and Architects. By Allan Cunningham. Pol rally treated their subject. A clear, authentic, popular

III. (Family Library, No. XIII.) London. John ecclesiastical history, is still, notwithstanding the volumi

Murray. 1830. nous works published under that name, a desideratum in our literature.

Tuis volume contains the lives of our most eminent The work at present under our review is one of consi- British sculptors, is dedicated to Chantrey, and is, in our derable merit; and it derives a peculiar interest from opinion, superior to either of the two which have prevede being the posthumous publication of a very young man, a it. It places the heroes of the story before us in their studio, probationer of our own church. It indicates a degree of and in their hours of leisure, depicts their aspirations learning, and especially research, highly creditable to the after eminence in art, and their habits and manners, whea author, and leaves us reason to lament that his very pro- the mind was at rest, and the possessor of a souring spirit mising talents have been so soon lost to the community. had subsided for a while into the class of ordinary mc. Some readers will esteem it an advantage, others a disad. It is at the same time arranged in such a manner, an! vantage, that the history is written in the form of ques-contains such occasional disquisitions, as fit it to suppis! tion and answer. Unquestionably this form will render the place of a history of British sculpture, from the Re it more useful to public schools, and students whose object volution in 1688, down to the present time. It evineri is to prepare themselves for sustaining probationary trials in the author an extensive knowledge and just feeling of on Church history. To the general reader, however, who the art. It is at once popular and instructive. studies amusement as well as instruction, a continuity of To Roubiliac, who, with exquisite mechanical dexteri. narrative would be more pleasing ; and he must feel it ty and a lively fancy, is still apt to be frippery, succeeded rather an annoyance than a help, to have the flow of nar- Ñollekens, Banks, Bacon, and Flaxman, who, by the aid rative perpetually interrupted by the scholastic reciproca- of strong good sense and just feeling, and some of them tion of question and answer. For the student again, who by the superaddition of a higher ingredient, placed the wishes to impress on his own memory minute facts, and sculpture of Britain on an equal footing with that of the for the teacher, whose business it is to guide the studies continental nations. Townley and other amateur's worked of others, this form possesses a positive advantage ; and to by their side with zealous adniiration; but the event

portant ins

and this is which promises to exercise the best influence upon our | youth and beauty; the light spirit of expected triumph falls Laber sculptors is the acquisition of the Elgin marbles, upon

lighted up her lovely face. She was about to become the ju 17 which subject the feelings of the artists themselves are

bride of a conqueror, yet one whose laurels would droop is . strong and decided.

without her propping ; she was to be Queen of her native

land, the pearly clasp to unite the silken band with which ita, ben Although our author does not in this volume enter in

peace now bound long discordant England. She was unmielies to any discussion respecting the merits of the Royal Aca- able to communicate this spirit of bope to her desponding sildim demy, he spares no opportunity of having a fling at it. friend; he gazed on her beauty with admiration and deep

We do not deny that his sneers have, in most instances, grief, asking, with tearful eyes, · Shall we ever meet again? ben a just foundation ; but we think that he, as well as some - Yes ! in London, in the Court of Henry, we shall again bet other talented and influential writers who have shown

be companions—friends.' e te themselves inimical to this institution, might do better

I go to the Tower, not to the Court,' replied Warwick;

"and when those gloomy gates close on me, I shall pray that Ten service to art by labouring for its reformation, than by

my head may soon repose on the cold stone that pillows my ng is vere attempting to run it down.

cousin Edward. I shall sleep uneasily till then.'

The prevailing characteristics of this work are taste, "Fie, cousin !' said Elizabeth ; such thoughts ill beU judgment, and energy.

seem the nearest kinsman of the future Queen of England. true but

You will remain but a short time in the Tower ; but if you

nurse thoughts like these, you will pine there as you did ter:

before I cheered your prison here, and the roses with which Tested try Introductions to the Study of the Grcek Classic Poets. De

my care bas painted your cheeks will again fade.' DE NTR signed principally for the use of Young Persons at | « • Wan and colourless will my cheek be ere your bright Illa School and College. By Henry Nelson Coleridge, Esq. eyes look on it again. Is it not sufficient grief that I part

M. A. Part I. Containing General Introduction, and from you, beloved friend?
Homer. London. John Murray. 1830. One vol. “ A gush at once of sorrow, of affection, of long-suppress

ed love, overpowered the youth. I shall think of you,' he bei post Svo. Pp. 237.

added, in my prison-house, and while I know that you Ent; This is a book which we are most anxious to see intro regret my fate, I cannot be wholly a wretch. Do you not 197 by duced into the senior classes of our schools, and the junior love me? And will you not, as a proof, give me one of bis classes of our universities. It is the work of one who is those golden bairs, to soothe poor Warwick's misery? One inter an enthusiastic admirer of Grecian literature ; not after

only,' he said, taking from her braided locks the small gift ortak the narrow and pedantic fashion of those who know no

he demanded. I will not diminish the rich beauty of as arabe other, but from a deep and just relish of the beauties of

your tresses, yet they will not look lovelier, pressed by the

jewelled diadem of England, than under the green chaplet steden poetry. He expresses himself warınly and forcibly re- l I crowned you with a few months past, my Queen of - 1921specting their merits, yet the opinions he utters must be May!' Sign of the approved of by the most fastidious taste. He has drunk “And thus, the eyes of each glistening with tears, they

y deep at that fountain of philosophical criticism, which parted. For a moment Warwick looked as if he wished to they has been set a-flowing in our days, yet he is free from press his cousin to his heart; and she, who loved him as a i s · the affectation and exaggeration of almost all who speak

sister, would have yielded to his embrace; but before his 11 by under the influence of its intoxicating draughts.

arms enfolded her, he started back, bent one knee, pressed We do

her hand to his lips, his eyes, his brow, and bending his Gui n ot know of any book so well qualified to inspire a young

head for an instant towards the ground, sprang up, and dal man with a just and generous feeling of the beauties of rushed down the avenue towards the gate at which his - the the classics.

guard awaited him. Elizabeth stood motionless, watching him till out of sight. The sun sparkled brightly on a tuft

of wild flowers at her feet. The glittering light caught her The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck ; a Romance, by the au eye. It is noon,' she thought; 'the morning dew is dry; thor of " Frankenstein,3 vols. London. Colburn

| it is Warwick's tears that gem these leaves.' She gathered

the flowers, and, first kissing them, placed them in her and Bentley. 1830.

bosom; with slow steps, and a sorrowing heart, she re-enNot ranking ourselves among those weekly purveyors oftered the Castle.”- Vol. i. p. 55-9. Liste literary criticism, who imagine that they furnish their Our judgment on this work shall be given in detail

readers with a review of a new book, if they write a do. | next week.
zen lines by way of introduction, and fill up the rest of
their columns with quotations, tacked together by a single
thread of narrative, we shall delay till next Saturday the A System of Geography, Popular and Scientific; or a
remarks we have prepared upon this interesting work of Physical, Political, and Statistical Account of the World
Mrs Shelley, finding our space too much pre-occupied to and its various Divisions. By James Bell. Illustrated
day. By way of foretaste, however, of the contents, we by a complete set of Maps, and other Engravings. Vol.

attach one short, but pleasing extract, descriptive of the Ill. Glasgow. Blackie, Fullarton, and Co. 1830. Ce parting between the Lady Elizabeth, the future queen of 8vo. Pp. 558. Henry VII., and the unfortunate Earl of Warwick :

We noticed, with much approbation, the first two vo“Two parties arrived on the same day at Sheriff-Hutton, on the different missions of conducting the Lady | lumes of this work, on their appearance some months ago. Elizabeth and the Earl of Warwick to London. On the We observe with pleasure that the able editor is proseinorning of their departure, they met in the garden of their cuting his arduous, but useful task, with diligence and abode to take leave of each other. Elizabeth was nineteen perseverance. The work, when finished, (it is to extend years old, Warwick was the exact age of her brother, Ed.

to six volumes,) will unquestionably be the completest yet de trward the Fifth; he was now sixteen. " We are about to travel the same road, with far different

published in this country upon the subject of which it Last expectations,' said Warwick, I go to be a prisoner ; you,

treats. The third volume is devoted to the British Emfair cousin, to ascend a throne.'

pire, and to that extensive, though least known, quarter There was a despondency in the youth's manner that of the globe, Africa. It contains upon these subjects all 2003 deeply affected this Princess.Dear Edward,' she replied, | the most important geographical and statistical details, read clasping his hand, ‘we have been fellow prisoners long, and and affords, likewise, a full and satisfactory view of the do' sympathy has lightened the burden of our chains. Can I

physical and political relations of these portions of the opt forget our walks in this beauteous park, and the love and confidence we have felt for each other? My dearest boy,

earth's surface. Eight well-executed maps, and two other · when I am Queen, Esther will claim a boon from Ahasue | engravings, the one of Grand Cairo, and the other of

rus, and Warwick shall be the chief noble in my train.' the Cape of Good Hope, illustrate and enhance the vos

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glowed with sisterly affection. She might well entertain
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A Treatise on the Law of Scotland respecting Tithes, and New System of Commercial Arithmetic; or, Guide to Be

the Slipends of the Parochial Clergy; with an Appendix, siness and Science ; for the Use of Schools ; in ackich de containing Illustrative Documents not before published. Principles of the Rules, and the Reasons of the Opere By Sir John Connell, Knt. Second Edition. 2 vols. tions, are fully explained. By Robert Murray, Jastr? 8vo. Edinburgh. Thomas Clark. 1830.

of the Commercial and Mathematical Academy, lé?

Nicolson Street. Edinburgh. John Boyd. 12m This work, which is the only available one on the branch of law it discusses, has received some important

Pp. 413. additions in the present edition. It is unnecessary to ARITHMETIC, which is unquestionably one of the mos enter into any detail concerning a book, which no law- important branches of education, has generally, we be yer or clergyman will go without, and which no other lieve, been taught in a most superficial and unscientits person will purchase. It is worth while, however, no- manner. Neither the principles on which, as a sciene ticing in reference to it, the retributive justice by which it is founded, nor the application of these principles to the the tithes of which our old barons despoiled the church, various departments of business, have been duly elucid have become the veriest plague to which their descend-ted and inculcated ; and young men, on leaving school ants are liable--a source of incessant, petty, teasing an commonly find that their acquirements on this head an noyance.

wofully deficient. This is to be attributed chiefly to the character of the class-books put into the hands of youth.

The systems of arithmetic at present used in schools, The Wine Drinker's Manual. London. Marsh and I whatever be their merits in other respects, are so es. ! Miller. 1830. 12mo. Pp. 296.

tremely limited in point of size and information, that pe • This agreeable little work presents us with an account elucidation of principles, no analysis of rules, no “ pbilof the celebrated vineyards, and of the different processes sophy of arithmetic,” can be expected from them. The of wine-making in different countries. A value is given teacher, however able or zealous, has seldom time to sup to both the picturesque details and the practical instruc- ply the deficiences by which these treatises are characta. tions, by their being accompanied with a statement of the ised. Among the many improvements which education results of the most recent enquiries of men of experimental has recently undergone, and is still undergoing, we are science. Every body takes a greater or less interest in glad to see an attempt like that made in the work before wine, and every body, therefore, will find more or less us, to promote improvement in the department of arithamusement in the “ Wine Drinker's Manual."

metic, the most generally important branch of all. Nr Murray's treatise, which extends to no fewer than 43

densely printed 12mo pages, we regard as by far the most Remarks on the Actual State of the University of Cam

valuable work on the subject that has yet appeared, being bridge. London. Published by Charles Tilt. 1830.

not more useful for schools than for private students, 8vo. Pp. 47.

The Rules and Definitions are given with equal exact

ness and perspicuity, and the Examples are judicioas; They who are entirely ignorant of the arrangements while the illustrative Notes, which embrace 150 pages, at the University of Cambridge, may pick up some in-contain the most full and satisfactory analysis of the formation from this pamphlet; but we should grossly principles of the rules exemplified in the body of the flatter the work, did we say that there was much to be work. These Notes, indeed, form the distinguishing learned from it by persons previously versed to any characteristic of the book, and constitute that portion of extent in the subject. The style is ambitious, and not it, in wbich the greatest ability and originality are disa little puerile. Take, for example, the magnificent com played; and while they are abundantly plain to the mencement :-“ st must be admitted, for it cannot be pupil, are yet of such a nature as to be interesting both denied, by all who are acquainted with the higher and to the teacher and the man of science. The work, bemore intellectual orders of British society, that the ma- | sides, embraces various subjects, such as banking, stockjority of those members of the University of Cambridge jobbing, and insurance-office calculations, which we have who annually receive their primary degrees within its not seen treated so fully or in so business-like a manner precincts, are publicly accused of coming forth from in any other publication. There is also appended, a list thence into the world with a share of knowledge and in- of Questions, “ so extensive,” says the author, “ as not formation, much inferior to what they had justly been only to enable the pupil to elicit from the teacher all neconsidered as capable of acquiring.” The author thought, cessary information, and to furnish the teacher with the no doubt, that he was throwing a bomb into this learned means of exercising the judgment and reasoning faculties institution, but it is only an ill-made squib, better calcu- of his pupils; but to put it also in the power of those lated to fizz than to sparkle.

concerned in the examination of schools to ascertain minutely the various degrees of proficiency attained." In

short, though a rigid critic might probably discover some The Pocket French Grammatical and Critical Dictionary ; minor objections to some parts of this publication, we recontaining the Rules of Grammar and Pronunciation,

gard it not only, as we have already said, as the best with the popular errors committed in French conversation, work on arithmetic that has yet appeared, but as one of both in France and England ; also, the Peculiarities, the most judicious on any subject, according to the intelNiceties, and Difficulties attending French Composition, I lectual system of education; and we venture to predict &c. &c. By Gabriel Surrenne, F.A.S.E. Edinburgh: that its success and usefulness will correspond with the Printed for the Author, and sold by Oliver and Boyd. character we have given it. 1830. 18mo. Pp. 356.

We recommend this work to the attention of every one who wishes to perfect himself in the niceties of the Ireland and its Economy : being the Result of Obsertations French language. A people who laugh so unreservedly made in a Tour through the Country in the Autumn of as we do, at the mistakes of foreigners, when attempting 1829. By J. E. Bicheno, Esq., F.R.S., &c. Lonto speak our language, ought to be on their guard against retaliation. Mr Surrenne's little work is one of the best

don. John Murray. 1830. 12mo. Pp. 308. conceived and most completely executed for the purpose Anto the worse than Cretan labyrinth of Irish affairs, of advanced students that we have seen. It is the pro- past and present, we have no desire to enter. To such duction of one who is thoroughly master of bis own lan- of our readers, however, as feel interested in the subject, guage, and has a head for scientific arrangement.

and it is an important one, we can safely recommend the

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