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At the age of seventeen, however, we the parties met for the first time at find him in possession of a handsome tea, and we believe no novellist on person, little learning, and but few ac- the Continent would omit such a chacomplishments," with an ardent mind, racteristic feature of our country. and a head full of vivacity.”

The usual assiduities of a young man, On leaving college, he decides in fa- rich, handsome, and debauched, are revour of the profession of arms, and is curred to, against a young creature, igtaught to ride and to fence. He be- norant of the world, and of course cregins with one youthful indiscretion, which dulous and incautious. The colonel leads to many more, after which he soon forgets all his vows and deserts the joins his regiment, gives an account of woman he has seduced. On his death

his amours, and his follies, and gets into bed, however, he beholds her with emoa thousand scrapes. A passion for play tions of a very different kind, marries produces losses, and these induce him to the mother, recognizes her daughter, and borrow. He then fights a duel, flies to dies happily! Savoy, and engages in new intrigues ; In another moral tale, we are made but is at times afflicted at the idea of acquainted with a nobleman, who thinks his own conduct, and attributes his re- he is a misanthrope, and yet proves the . morse to the principles of a good edaca- most amiable, humane, and honourable

tion, and the early lessons of morality of mankind; he declares against marinstilled into his mind.

riage, and hates widows, and yet he At length, after a variety of adven- concludes by being united with a widow! tures, Dormenil returns to France, Several of the stories are written in such enjoys an unexpected interview with a manner, as to produce considerable the lady to whom he had first paid his effect. addresses, and solicits the hand of the Espagne, par M. A. de Laborde, &c." fair Julia in marriage.

An Account of Spain, by M. Alexander “ My happiness,” says he,

de Laborde. passes the limits prescribed to human M. de Laborde, the celebrated banker felicity, and if the uncertainty of its du- in Paris, had conceived the idea of comration, now and then obscures it with a posing a Voyage Pittoresque de l'Es cloud, this is dissipated by a single pagne," with a variety of fine plates, and smile from my wife, whose virtues con- executed after the manner of the Count stitute the happiness and consolation of de Choiseul's work of the same kind. · my father. I entertain no other fear, That revolution, however, which has than what arises from the possibility of elevated Joseph Bonaparte to the throne being snatched from so much bliss, and of Spain, prevented the completion of his even then, religion withdrawing the veil labours, and he has now contented himthat separates this world from the next, self with a publication inferior to the points out an eternal abode without former in every point of view. fears for the future, or recollection St A large portion of the first volume, the past."

is chiefly occupied with short directions Histoires Nouvelles et Contes Mo for the use of a traveller; together with reaur, 8c." New Stories and Moral an account of the climate, and geograT.les, containing Bettina; Clara, or phy of the respective provinces. An a Convenient Marriage; Lucy, or the itinerary fills more than two other voError of a Moment producing the Vir- lumes, and this is followed by a dissertues of a whole Life; Gustavus, or the tation on the population, manufactures, Anniversary of a Birth-day; Poor Sarah, government, &c. &c.; by M. L. de Sevelinges, 12mo. 1810. It is the opinion of this author, that

These little tales appeared in succession Spain was never in a more prosperous in the Mercure de France, during the yearstate than at the period anterior to the 1809, and were read with great satisfac- present unhappy contest. In confirmation; in consequence of which, they now tion of this, he asserts that it was not make their appearance in the forın of a only more populous, but better cultilittle volume. Some of these are formed vated than ever; facts which have been on the English model, and in “ Lucy," contradicted by a variety of native hiswe are introduced to a “ Lady Anne torians, and are indeed, in direct opRosehill," « Colonel Westbury,” and a position to popular and received opi“ Miss Dolmers," the heroine, who is nions. He also thinks, that the disthe daughter of a clergyman, &c. In covery of America, instead of being strict couformity to our daily practice, prejudicial, as hitherto supposed to the mother country, has, on the contrary, of wine, which is to be swallowed by the proved highly advantageous. lle con- patient, while the refuse of the plant is tends that Spain was never depopulated applied as a cataplasm to the wound. by emigration to her colonies, and that, A whole letter is occupied with the instead of being impoverished by them, description of a ley, for seed-cora, she has derived very extraordinary ad- and a recommendation to be careful of vantages within the last hundred years. diminishing the quantity usually sown Hle describes the inhabitants as uniting one half. Another is occupied with an great vivacity of character, with asto- eulogy on the potatoe, which appears nishing slowness in point of action. still to be a rarity in some parts of They awaken, we are told, from their France. The author boasts of being constitutional apathy, the moment that able to dress it in a hundred ditterent their pride is irritated, their anger pro- modes, and even preters this root to voked, or their generosity stimulated. butcher's meat, fowls, and game! The

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We are astonished at the mild man- potatoes are sometimes roasted whole in ner in which the author treats of the In- the ashes; sometimes peeled and served quisition; and his justification of the with a rich gravy; at other times stewed, punishment of the poor Moors and Jews, introduced into ragouts, baulettes, beiby committing them to the fames, is gnets, and what is still more extraordicalculated to excite indignation in every nary, into salads! His tarts, which are generous bosom.

more healthy, light, and pleasant, than Recueil de lettres et Dissertations those made of almonds, are always sur l'Agriculture, &c." A Collection of formed out of this vegetable, and in time letters, and Dissertations, relative to of scarcity, by the help of rye or barleyAgriculture, the advantages derived from meal, it is converted into bread. the folding of sheep, the best means of Perhaps the proposition to obtain oil increasing the production of corn, and from the acorn, may contain a good hint; fruits ot every kind. Here also are to it is recommended for the use of paintbe found, remedies for the most dan- ers, the preparation of varnish, &c. We gerous disorders, together with a va- are next presented with a letter on the riety of other interesting matters; to method of feeding bees during the winwhich are added a few specimens of ter; and a composition of water and poetry; by D. L. J. R. De Scevole, a wine, mixed in equal parts with honey, learned proprietor, and cultivator at is recommended. Argenton, in the department of Indre. The following passage, although, like the 2 vols. 12mo.*

greater part of the work, it has nothing -Pater ipse colendi to do with agriculture, yet contains Haud facilem esse viam voluit, primusque much good sense. By way of introducper artem

tion to a very simple receipt, for preMovit agros, curis acuens, mortalia corda. venting the bad effects of verdigrease,

Virg. Georg: lib. ii. litharge, and white lead, the author obThe title-page of this work is given at serves: “ That our ancestors were genefull length, and we shall notice several rally stronger, more vigorous, and more of the subjects, by way of exhibiting the healthy, than ourselves, and exhibited humble efforts of a French practical fewer pale faces and consumptive lungs, agriculturist. In one chapter we have than we do.” “ The reason is," adds be, a dissertation on the means of raising “ because they did not inhabit little, silk-worms in the open air, and on the narrow, close chambers, finely painted, mulberry tree. We are told, however, and varnished; they did not sleep in after the experiment had been fairly dark alcoves, with double curtains tried, that the silk-breeding insects were to their beds, and double glasses to all devoured by birds, lizards, and large their windows. The whole of a family " Nies," the last of which is a tribe of in- assembled in one large apartment, where sects incapable of similar depredations, they warmed themselves, not by means at least in England. We are next pre of the suffocating heat of a stove, but at -sented with a remedy for the cure of a chimney, large in proportion to the the effects produced by the bite of room in which they assembled. The vipers; he prescribes the expressed air, which is the principle of life, circujuice of the craisette (cruciata hir- lated freely around onr fathers and mosuta), mingled with an equal quantity thers seated in this manner. If they

Imported by Mr. De Boffe, Nassau- went out, they either rode or walked; street, Soho-square.

they were never enclosed like so many

veastern deities, in little gilded boxes, tions of the French peasantry unhealthy. closely shut, and rolling along on wheels. We find that they are obliged from ne In fine, being destined by nature to cessity to reside under the same roof as breathe a pure and healthy air, they their cattle, with only a thin separation did so, and were men." The mode between, and after they (theinselves and pointed out for preventing newly-painted their cows) have repaired to the fields, rooms from being deleterious, is to keep their huts are generally shut up, while a fire constantly lighted in them, and their windows are constantly fastened. for a ,cleset that is not provided with In addition to this, they lie on uncured a chimney, it is recommended to burn feather-beds, and use straw mattfasses a fire in an adjoining apartment. This (puillase), which are emptied but ouce is a very simple, and it efficacious, a very in four years. It is difficult, we are told, important communication; but the suc- to remove the prejudices of the cottager ceeding letter, which denounces the by argument; and it becomes necessary practice of blueing linen, as trouble to recur to indirect ineans. The author some, may be thought too trifling. once demonstrated to a person of this

The next agricultural epistle consists description, the folly of sleeping in an of an eulogium on the purity of the air alcove or niche, with the curtains closely of Paris, notwithstanding the immense drawn, by inerely placing a bird above nunber of inhabitants, the numerous his head, and exhibiting the little aniinal' burial-places, and the infected state of nearly expiring in the morning. the atmosphere. This is generally attri- Madame G. next treats of air in buted to the waters of the Seine, into neral; the necessity of repose after lawhich every species of fiica is emptied; bour; and the propriety of eating proper' but this river on the other hand traverse aliments. She distinguishes potatoes ing the whole of the immense capital, among “the solid and substantial foods;" according to some, compensates for every is a great advocate for rye bread, and thing, and purifies the atmospheric air, recommends four meals a day! We are so as to render a crowded city salubrious. next presented with a chapter on the adM. de Scevole, however, supposes, that vantages and disadvantages of labour; the agitation occasioned by carriages, : the danger of suppressing perspiration by passengers, and the ringing of bells, ope- a sudden chill, &c. Most diseases, we rates as so many secondary causes.

are told, inay be cured by a due proporWe now come to a dissertation on the tion of exercise; and in some of the existence of the soul, occasioned by the southern provinces of France, the mafour following lines, composed by Fre- gistrates offer prizes annually to promote deriek the Great:

running, jumping, &c. Mothers are warn« Dès que nous finissons, notre ame est ed against the use of bandages for their eclipsée,

children; the danger of sleeping in the u Elle est en tout semblable à la flamme fields is pointed out; the use of lead and élanécé

copper vessels is prohibited, as are also * Qui part d'un bois ardent dont elle se nourrit,

pewter mugs for cider and wine. Great “ Et dès qu'elle tombe en cendre elle baise pains are taken to demonstrate that new et perir."

houses are unhealthy: the Romans, we Our author meets this passage with the are told, prohibited any from being infollowing couplet :

habited until after the expiration of three Ignis ubique latet; naturam amplictitu- years. rum Dem;

In order to render the thatch of cot· Cuncta parit renovat, dividit, unit, alit.” tages more durable, it is recommended

Moyens de conserver la sante des Hus to cover them with a moss called la fonbitans des Campagnes, &c.” On the Means tinale in combustible (fontinalis unti-pyof preserving the Health of the Inhabi- retica), a plant that grows in great plenty tants of the Country, both in their Cot- in pools of water, &c. Another, the tortages and Fields, by Madame Gaçon, tula barbulururalis, Hdw. 5,' and the brie Dufour, author of many works on rural yum rurale, Dillers, is produced on trees. economy, and Member of several Agri- These, we are told, will not only enable cultural Societies.

them to last half a century, but prevent This lady, who exhibits much good them at the same tiine from being desense, and appears to have had no com- stroyed by fire. The receipt is taken mon share of experience, begins by stat- from Sonnini, who observes, that the ing the causes that render the babita. Laplanders always guard their wooden blonthLY Mag. No. 201.

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chimnies

ehimnies with the fontinale incombus- The author has added some remarks tibule.

on the king's mode of thinking on reli** Frederick der Zweite, &c. Frederick gion, a repetition of which we have II. Roi de Prusse.Frederic II. King some reason to believe, would not be of Prussia, or Notices respecting his Pri- extremely edifying. He also quotes vate Life, by Schøning. 63 pages, 8vo. many instances of his contempt of GerBerlin, 1808.

man literature, and his predilection for These observations are the production nobility. of the late V. Schoning, formerly first Charles James Fox, &c. “ Sir Charles valet de chambre to the celebrated king, James Fox, Secretary of State, &c. ou mentioned in the title-page. They are Memoires, sur sa vie politique, literaire intended to rectity several erroneous as- et privée, traduits d'apres la quatrieme sertions respecting his majesty, which edition de l'original Anglais, 1 vol. 800. have appeared in diuerent biographical Leipsic, 1 rxd. 1808." The above titleworks. The author begins by giving a page, in which the late Right Hon. description of the person of Frederic; Charles James Fox is knighted, has been he then meations the inanner in which copied literally. he spent his time, which was strictly re- * Description de la Ville de Dresden, gulated for every day in the year. The &c.” A Description of the City of Dress whole is terminated by a few charac- den, with an account of its most beauteristic anecdotes, many of which are tiful edifices. deserving of record.

The text is in the German and French Frederic II. we are told was not a great languages, and the plates of this elegant eater, a fact in direct opposition to the work, which are 18 in number, have assertions of all who knew him. It is been designed by M. M. Haromer and allowed, however, that he was unfortu- Thormeyer, and engraved by Veith, nate in the choice of his meats, which Schuman, &c. The first “is a general frequently subjected bim to cholics and view of the city; indigestion, Ile did not love Buryundy, The 2d plate contains the Japonese and was still less fond of old hock, to palace; which he attributed the gout that he The 3d, the Japonese garden ; inherited from his father. The anecdotes The 4th, A view of the Abbey of relative to his familiarity with his coach- Neustadt, and of the bridge across the man, are absolutely controverted. This Elbe; fellow was insolent to all the world, and The 5th, 6th, and 7th, are different the king dismissed him from his service views of the same bridge; ten or a dozen years before his death. The 8th is a plate of the Catholic It was only at the reiterated request of church, taken from the palace of Bruhl. the count de Schwerin, his master of the The 9th, a view of Zwinger, taken horse, that his majesty at length con- from the Abbey of Ostra; sented to allow hin a very moderate The 10th, a view of the picture gallery; pension,

The 11th, a view of the church of It has been asserted, that the king Our Lady; was accustomed to turn his coats. This The 12th, view of the Church of the is denied, but it is at the same time Cross; allowed, that it was usual with him to The 13th, a view of the gate of Pirna, have thein mended. He was fond of And from the 14th to 18th, we have snuif boxes, and it has been said, that views of the Palace of Pillniz; of the he expended to the amount of four or Fort of Kænigstein; of the valley of five millions of crowns on them. This Plauen; of Tharand; and of Moria is deemed a gross exaggeration, but bourg. enough is here conceded to prove, that

DRAMA. he squandered immense sums on this Hector, Tragedie en cinq actes, suispecies of toys. The most common of vie de plusieurs fragmens imités de these is here valued at 2000 crowns, and l'Iliade, 8c." Hector, a Tragedy in the most valuable at 10,000: after his five acts, accompanied by several Fragdeath, 190 were found in his possession, ments imitated from the Iliad, and one and if cach oř these were to be estimated scene appertaining to Helen, suppressed eren at 10,000 crowns, the whole would by the author; by J. Ch. J. Luce de only amount to 1,300,000. This, how- Lancival; represented for the first time, ever, serves to prove nearly all that has on the Theatre Française, February 1, been asserted on this subject.

1809.

M. Loce M. Luce de Lancival has on this, as “ Mais je dois jusqu'au bout remplir ma nobn former occasions, both studied and

ble tâche; copied the ancients. He has borrowed « Mais Hector ne peut vivre avec le nom de their sentiments and their manners, and

lâche; st may accordingly be said of him: Et quand c'est au plus brave à subir le

trépas, « C'est avoir prðfitè que de savoir s'y " Le trépas est un bien qu'Hector ne céde plaire."

pas." In the character of Hector we be- The moral of the whole tragedy is, hold a paraphrase of the Iliad; and the

command your passions and obey the same submission to his father, the same gods.” M. Luce represents Priam as a respect for the gods, as inculcated, by ravisher, and Helena as the victim, ra. Homer, is every where inculcated and ther than the accomplice, of bis crime. enforced. He is depicted as geverous, It is thus she expresses herself on this and disinterested; ever ready to con- occasion : found himself with the croud, and never

Je hais Paris ; par lui je suis infortunée ; separating from them, unless when he is

« À mille affronts par lui je me vois conabout to immolate himself to the happi- damnée ; ness of all. Here follows a specimen of " A Pergame, à la Gréce objet trop odieux, the noble sentiments which are put into “ A peine devant coi j'ose lever les yeux. the mouth of a nero, whose constant cry Je le hais des malheurs qu'il cause à ma is, “ Ilion avant tout !"

patre;
“ Quand il a consenti qu'on ouvrît la bar.Je hais des soupçons dont ma gloire est

fétrie ;
rière,
“ Un guerrier ne peut plus regarder en are

« Et si je me rapelle un plus doux souvenir, rière ;

Je le hais de m'avoir forcée à le haïr." “ Saps balancer, il vole au cri de la valeur, Paris himself, is represented as gene“ Et mème avant les dieux il consulte l'hon

rous, noble, and brave, qualities which " Je n'affecterai point une vertu barbare :

neither correspond with his received "De tout ce que j'aimai, si la mort me se character, nor indeed with history. On

the other hand, the plot is unperplexed pare, “ Je seos tout mon malleur; fils, pére, époux with extraordinary and wonderful inciheureux,

dents, and the author makes it his boast, ** Mon cæur tient à la vie, hélas ! par trop to endeavour to restore to the stage all de neuds.

the original simplicity of Racine,

neur.

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