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ART. III. Townsend's Edipus Romanus. P. 59-69. Edipus Judaicus characterized, and its author castigated—a recent coincidence in favour of their notoriety Mr. Townsend's production commended comparative difficulties of original and parody-how overcome in both wonderful power and consequences of assumed rules analysis declineda specimen_author's management of argument vindicated_reason for present notice.
ART. IV. Rennel on Scepticism. P. 69-SS. General merit of work-undertaking of it applauded-Reviewer's essay-modern sceptics inferior to predecessors-character and causes of their system stated-David Hume appreciated-proved to be specially ignorant, and therefore sceptical-stupidity of his disciples' faith in him-Gibbon's life sketched-his scepticism originated in defect of judgment-mutability of Bayle's opinions defeats his opposition to revelation-evidences for religion quite sufficient for hearty conviction, and level to plain understandings-Mr. Rennell's mode of treating subject narrower than reviewer's, but his views essentially the same-supposed relation between physical sciences and scepticism considered and explained-danger of resting in secondary causes overcome by great philosophers-imputation against medical men relieved-gross blunders of some of them exposed, as Bichat, Morgan, Lawrence-specimen of author's powers-revolutions of scepticism somewhat singular-its metaphysical disciples succeeded by a much feebler sect-the materialists-comfort to be derived from their discordancy-contemned faith of a Christian surpassed by that of an ultra-sceptic-dissentions of the two classes of sceptics interesting-tranquil situation of a Christian amid their mutual hostilities.
ART. V. Miss Thurtle's History of France. P. 89-91. History, as well as works on science, rarely written by females-this little work affords some evidence of their power-such a history needed-general character of work and specimen.
ART. VI. State of the Country. P. 91-110.
Crisis demands unappalled avowal of patriotic opinions-parliamentary documents confirmed the previous suspicions of a malignant disaffection-have accordingly roused good men to defence of constitution, as Lord Grenville-scoffers of the danger reprobated— schemes of radical reformers admitted to be impracticable, and on that very account to be resisted-neutrality of leading men highly injurious-enumeration of bad symptoms-relative situation of Opposition and Ministers as to threatening aspect of reformers-greater credit due for information and patriotism to the latter they may be necessitated to measures alike unfriendly to their own interests and the free nature of the constitution-their supposed selfishness, then, a pledge of their moderation-measures actually proposed by them examined and approved-advised conciliation of disaffected questioned-affair at Manchester to be candidly and tenderly discussed.
POSTSCRIPT. Irish Roman Catholic Priests. P. 111-116. Willingness of Journal to receive and admit corrective communication-Letter to Editor-defence of Irish Roman Catholic Priests against mis-statements on the part of Mr. Curwen.
NUMBER FOR FEBRUARY.
ART. I. Essays on Phrenology. P. 123-145.
History of controversy-Edinburgh Review and Dr. Gordon versus Drs. Gall and Spurzheim-article Cranioscopy sides with formerMr. Combe's Essay a defence of the latter-characterized-general statement of Dr. Spurzheim's system-opinion of it-proposal for deciding its merits-objection to part of system-Essays particularly considered-qualified commendation.
ART. II. Samouelle's Entomologist's Compendium. P. 146-153. Merits of Messrs. Kirby and Spence's work on Entomology-present vork of a different character-its defects and inaccuracies-Dr. Leach censured-return to Mr. Samouelle-explanatory discovery.
ART. III. Hints for Early Education. P. 154-163. Works on education characterized-object of these hints-prevalent erors exposed-work quoted and commended.
ART. IV. Ivanhoe. P. 163-199.
Encomium on author, and his new effort-analysis of story with extracts-its high and novel character appreciated-its personages described-sundry faults.
ART. V. M'Crie's Life of Andrew Melville. P. 199–225. Encreased respectability of national literary history-importance of work-sketch of Melville's life-his character-conciliatory spirit of Journal-particular and general merits of work-incidental transition to Principal Hill, lately deceased.
ART. VI. Heathfield on the Liquidation of the National Debl.
Merit of author-admitted advantage of relieving national debt-difficulty of the task-author's plan analysed-sanctioned by Ricardo objections to it urged conclusion as to its impracticability— thoughts as to what may and ought to be done.
NUMBER FOR MARCH.
ART. I. Macculloch on the Western Islands of Scotland.
Geology, what-its progress-how best cultivated-work considered in relation to it-mineralogical survey of Hebrides, with quotations from work-Dr. M's Huttonian bias commented on-qualified encomium.
ART. II. Cornwall's Sicilian Story, and other Poetical Pieces.
His former poems well received-commendatory notice with extracts -advice.
ART. III. Accum on Culinary Poisons. P. 276-297. Introductory remarks in favour of author and subject-analysis and quotations-thanks to author.
ART. IV. Hazlitt on Public Characters. P. 297-309. Origin and strange nature of work-author thoroughly castigatedprostitution of his powers regretted.
ART. V. Williams's Travels in Italy, Greece, &c. P. 310-331. Commendation of Mr. W. as artist and author-his qualifications stated-sundry extracts and notices-friendly strictures.
ART. VI. Spence's Anecdotes. P. 332-343. Inconsiderable value of the publications noticed, and why-biographical sketch of Spence-various anecdotes.
ART. VII. Life of Lord William Russell. P. 343–365.
and not well defended by his biographer-account of Rye-house plot-iniquitous condemnation of Russell-" last week" of his life noticed and admired-allusion to the excellent lady Russell.
NUMBER FOR APRIL.
ART. I. The Sceptic, a Poem; by Mrs. Hemans. P. 373-383. Former high opinion of Mrs. Hemans maintained and enhanced
apathy of older critics as to her excellencies--what these arescarcely used aright by the possessor-what required for their full development-hortatory suggestion-her style praised-subject
of the poem-how treated-extracts with remarks-wished for coincidence.
ART II. Dr. Hamilton's Account of Nepal. P. 384-402. High expectations-disappointed-and why-work notwithstanding very valuable-condensed description, and history of Nepal, with extracts-acknowledgment to author.
ART. III. Lamarck on Invertebrate Animals. P. 403-418. Subject long and ably studied by author-merits and defects of his works-some of his fundamental principles opposed-remarks on their illustration-general view of work-sketch of parts of it, with extracts-hopeless conclusion as to author's eye-sight.
ART. IV. Miss Roche's Munster Cottage Boy. P. 418–428. A Failure-analysis of story, with extracts and original remarks on lish scenery and character.
ART. V. Horst on Demonology and Witchcraft. P. 429-433. Account of author-his inconsistency-slight history of subject, with
Thomas Paine. P. 434-445. Whydragged into notice-real littleness of such beings-Paine the wothless model of a worthless sect-outline of his life-Lord Erskire's speech, touching "the Age of Reason," quoted with high apphuse-contrast between infidels and Christians-extensive and deplorable influence of former-life of Paine the proper comment on his principles.
ART. VII. Napoleon in 1815. P. 446-483.
Ironical congratulation-Fleury, how good and great and innocent a creature his devotion to Napoleon, how judicious-his Memoires, how justly severe against French ingratitude-Napoleon very ill used, abandoned by the nation-vile Bourbons-Napoleon an angel, and had no ambition!--how sweetly engaged in Elba, and yet waiting a crisis--Monsieur Z. a notable personage introduced--his advertures in behalf of Napoleon-identified with return to France -Flury liable to posthumous visitations of Z-interesting conversations and anecdotes of Napoleon after return from Elba-young Napoleon, a wonderful creature, and wonderfully resuscitatedNapoleon sorely lectured by his advisers-Fleury talks of Waterloo, and is very wise on the subject--anecdotes-a precious trio to suc ceed Napoleon !-irony gives place to serious considerations.
NUMBER FOR MAY.
ART. I. Tour in the Highlands. P. 487-510.
Worthlessness of most works on same topic-this a fair exceptionits merits and defects-difficulty of treating of Highlands and peo ple explained-route of author-judicious remarks on Gælic language-common error of works on the Highlands exposed-clanship candidly considered-former conduct of legislature scrutinized and censured-allowances to be made for Highlanders-characteristic story-affair of Glenco reprobated-cordial relation between chief and clan, and its probable benefits-Highlanders commended, and clanship vindicated a descriptive extract.
ART. II. Jacobite Relics. P. 510-525.
Previous expectations-nature and character of the relics considereddivision of them proposed-various specimens, with remarks-valedictory close.
ART. III. Burckhardt's Travels in Nubia. P. 525–551. Geography of Africa, how deserving of cultivation-and how fatalBurckhardt patronized by African Association-accepted-his preparatory discipline-general abstract of his travels-account of his death-value of his reports-details of his most important information, with extracts, relative to Syria; the Bedouins; country about the Nile; Nubia; the Shegya; the Ababde; the Semoum; Berber; Damer; Shendy; condition of slaves; Souakin-commendation of work.
ART. IV. Wilkinson's Account of Wallachia and Moldevia.
Historical sketch of Dacia-early and present state of the provin ces-various particulars noticed, as Hospodars: Boyars; population; character and moral state of inhabitants; frequency of divorce; condition of peasants; gypsies; climate; seasons; produc tions; towns; relative state of provinces-intercourse with foreigners-abstract of curious document.
ART. V. Memoir of Charles Louis Sand. P. 575-591.
Great interest and political import of Kotzebue's fate-virtues of the assassin show the malignity of the system which unhinged themprobable extension of that system-author of work reprehended and chastised-comparison of Congress of Vienna and Bonaparte -author too much countenanced in his absurdities and vicious sentiments-spirit of British people in 1815 vindicated-author well disposed to radicalism-his sophistical and base remarks on assassination exposed.