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gate of heaven, where St. Peter is pleasing to learn, that public .virtue represented dangling his rusty keys, has already stamped on it the seal of having of late had little other employ- contempt. Its principal circulation ment, while the angels are recording may be expected, among unfledged the crimes and miseries of man- witlings, and the dregs of exalted kind.
life. In this state of things, the death of In this work there are several artis his late Majesty, George III. is no: cles, which, if not worthy of strong ticed with a contemptuous sneer, and recommendation, are at least amus. kis funeral obsequies are made the ing; and although some may appear subject of vulgar ribaldry. In his in questionable shapes, there is no character he is represented as balf one that merits, with the preceding, an mad and half blind, and ridiculed equal degree of reprehension. But for being constant to “s.
a bad and ugly what excellencies soever any of these woman. St. Peter, on his death, is compositions may include, their destiawakened by an angel ; but on being ny must be combined with that of the informed of the event, and hearing · Vision of Judgment,” with whichi of his name, he does not know him. they stand connected. To be preserva The angels at length arrive, and bring- ed, they must be transplanted into ing with them an old man with an another soil. For the pernicious prin-i old soul, and both extremely blind,” ciples which are scattered throughout they " halted before the gate, and in this piece, and the consequences to his shroud, seated their fellow travel which they inevitably tend, no palliatler on a cloud.” A variety of circum- ing associations can make any atonestances are then introduced, all of ment. The weight of vice contained which tend to render the name and in this work, is too ponderous for its memory of the late king either despi- demi-virtues to counteract. cable or odious; and these, connected Irreligion, and a contempt of what with historical allusions, are accom
has been revered as sacred or venepanied with insinuations, that his rable among the virtuous and loyal, crimes ought in justice to have exclu- constitute the more prominent articles ded him from the celestial regions. of the cargo which the Liberal has The work, however, being liberal, in imported from a foreign shore, and the midst of the confusion at the gate this is too heavy, for anything on of Paradise, occasioned by a contest board to render buoyant. It has inbetween Satan and Michael for the deed escaped the dangers of the sea, royal prize, the soul of George III. but we conceive that it is only to be slips into heaven by a kind of acci- wrecked on the coast of oblivion. dent, where the liberal poet leaves him "practising the hundredth psalm.”
Review.-The Teacher, a Tale. By From a composition, the prominent the Author of " Memoir of Mary features of which are ribaldry, pro- Ann P- ," “ Orphan Sisters, faneness, impiety, and impudence, &c. &c. Westley, Stationers'-Court. we hope our readers will excuse us 1822. for not furnishing them with any direct quotations. The Liberal has now This little volume introduces us to been on sale nearly the full quantum the interesting character of a teacher of time which catch-pennies require to in a Sunday-school, in the person of gull the credulous multitude; and we Mary Mitchel, a young lady of rerejoico to hear, though the remark spectable connections, and of pious may appear illiberal, that its circula- education and habits, who, not contion has been less extensive than some tenting herself with the mere disothers, which, though similar in their charge of duty in a sabbath-school, tendency, are less gross in their at- visited the humble abodes of the tack upon the virtuous feelings of children entrusted to her care, and mankind. A regard for the memory administered to the temporal and of our late revered sovereign, con- eternal interests of the family; for, nected with that respect which is due though “ Mary beheld them as creato the principles of morality and reli- tures of the same race as herself-as gion, dictates, that such compositions beings destined for immortality, she should be discountenanced; and it is contemplated in each, that bright celestial jewel placed within. She she, they are calculated to do a great saw its brilliancy obscured by igno deal of mischief, by raising the poor rance and vice; but she knew that its from that station in which Providence value was beyond “ the worth of has wisely placed them. Mary knew worlds, and its duration eternal.” that all the delights of a present An instructive dialogue is kept up world could never add one grain to between Mary, a child named Ca- that immortal bliss which she was in therine, (one of her pupils, who the anticipation of realizing; but, on was confined to her bed through the contrary, would plunge her, in all severe indisposition,) and her mo- probability, into everlasting woe. She ther, the latter of whom, foolishly ima- remonstrated with Charlotte upon the gining, that, because her child had course she was pursuing, and called never played truant, or had been dis- to her mind the retrospect of the lahonest, if God should please to re- mentable dissolution of Louisa-who move her by death, she would neces- had been a companion of Charlotte's sarily be admitted into heaven; but in the noisy buz of giddy levity and Mary cautions her against trusting in amusement, till she was about to. her own sufficiency for salvation, and descend to
“ the place of graves, enforces the necessity of relying upon and “I ask you,” said pious Mary, the righteousness of Christ alone, as “ how she was prepared to endure. the Saviour and Mediator of the affliction? What consolation did the world. The most unequivocal pas- gloomy picture present to her view in sages from Scripture are referred to her last hour? and what preparation in support of the doctrine which she bad she made for death? Remember, endeavours to impress upon the if you would not die the death of minds of the poor woman and child; poor Louisa, you must not lead her and it is subsequently shewn, that life.” These impressive lessons went they both seem to have profited by to the very soul of Charlotte, and she Mary's pious interviews and exhorta- exclaimed in all the intensity of tions; for when Catherine was re- emotion, stored to health, Mary had the
“Oh, Mary, my feelings will scarcely bear pleasure of seeing the good woman the dreadful retrospection! The appalling always neat and clean on the Sab- hour came with all its terrors; yet was no one bath, constant in her attendance at suffered to hint to poor Louisa her approachchurch, and giving evidence, by her ing fate. However thoughtless you may imlife and conversation, that her cha: agine me to be, believe me, I never did, nor
ever can, forget what I then witnessed! Oh, racter and views were in reality no ! not for worlds would I die such a death." changed.” Nor was this all, for “ Catherine won over her father to
A Miss Brooks and Mrs. Harvey accompany her mother to a place of were afterwards introduced, who enworship on the sabbath, instead of tered upon the general conversation wasting and profaning its sacred of the public entertainments of the hours, as he had too often done, in day, Mary had no taste for this sort idleness and vice."
of idle chit-chat, but she sat revolving In a subsequent part of this book, in her mind what method to take to we find that Mary received a visit turn the current of conversation to from her cousin, Miss Charlotte Mur- something, that, while it amused the rey, a young lady who had been fancy, should likewise have a tenbrought up in the closest intimacy dency to amend the heart; and she, with her; but who, being exceedingly therefore, took a favourable opporproud and high-spirited, deemed the tunity of observing, that of all the pursuits of Mary unfit for her station amusements she had witnessed in the in life, and degrading to her conse- metropolis, the Orrery had most dequence in society; but Mary heeded lighted her. her not, feeling an inward satisfaction,
“ How was 1 astonished," she continued, that her occupations communicated a “ to hear the surprising phenomena of the greater degree of pleasure than all the universe so clearly and so sweetly explainimaginary gratifications of an unre- ed, and, to have those ponderous worlds stricted round of gay frivolity and which surround us, and which seem at sach mirth. Charlotte endeavoured to per view, so that I could comprehend their va
an incalculable distance, represented to my suade Mary to relinquish her engage- rious revolutions, and understand something ments in a Sunday-school, for, said of their natare. My previous reading had
been very limited, and all I saw, and almost real state by nature and practice; and all I heard, possessed the charm of novelty; through divine grace was enabled to but when the lecturer shewed the situation of
“ lay hold on the hope set before her the globe wbich we inhabit, descanted upon its relative importance, and compared it with
in the gospel.” The bond of friendsome of those vast planets which the poet ship between Mary and Charlotte beautifully calls moving worlds of light," became still stronger, and, like the how insignificant did it become! it appeared disciples in their walk to Emmaus, little more than a speck in creation. I thought their hearts glowed with seraphic fire, with reverence formed these wonders of the sky, and in the while they talked “by the way.” contemplation I seemed to shrink, as it were,
Such is a summary view of the into nothing. I could scarcely consider my.
volume before us. With the most self more than an atom, and never before felt unfeigned pleasure we recommend it so much of the force and beauty of those
to the frequent perusal of teachers as words of tbe Psalmist, When I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon
well as scholars, belonging to our and the stars which thou hast ordained, what various Sunday-schools. It contains is wan that thou art mindful of him, and the pious instructions, with interesting son of man that thou visitest bim?' How edification. It is calculated to amuse astonishing did the condescension appear! as well as to profit. The more imAnd when the lecturer concluded his highly portant doctrines of the gospel aré interesting discourse in the emphatic language of Job, Lo, these are only parts of his ways, forcibly inculcated, in a style simple, but the thunder of kis power who can under though not inelegant. In fact, it may stand?' my soal was filled with sacred awe. be considered, as comprising so many When I remembered also that he who formed short sermons, impressing upon every all worlds was the Redeemer of ours, I could individual the indispensable necessity not restrain my tears. They were tears of gratitude.”
of practical holiness.--[We would not
wish to confine the reading of this Such interesting observations had book to the juvenile branches of the effect of producing reflection in society alone, for we are satisfied that Mr. Harvey's mind; and impelled the hoary headed saint may be taught the following ingenuous confession:
by it reverence and bumility; and the “ It is true,” replied he, “ I am fond of profligate debauchee prudence and regaiety, and though I am aware of its evils, yet flection.]—Each chapter is interspersam I continually drawn into its vortex. I ad-ed with quotations of the choicest and mire the calm serenity of that life which, from Miss Mitchel's candid history of her religious the writings of our most eminent
most appropriate description, from feelings, I suppose to be her choice. I know bards; and many similes are it to be rational-I feel that it is right-but still there is a sort of entanglement from sionally introduced, which not only which I cannot extricate myself. I acknow- are essentially useful, as they convey ledge the world is like the fabled sirens ; it truth in "pleasing strains" to the charms but to destroy."
mind; but also, because they throw Miss Brooks did not remain in- over the pages a rich relief." Wellsensible to the religious admonitions constructed metaphors at all times of Miss Mary Mitchel; for she readily excite the interest of the reader, and, admitted that she had found no solid while they play around the fancy, satisfaction in dissipation and folly.
arouse the slumbering energies of
man to a conviction of his important " I have returned home,” she continued, and responsible situation as an ac“ night after night, fatigued and exhausted, countable and an intelligent being. and sought my pillow without one reflection
We know that where solid reason worthy of a reasonable being; The next day fails to make a due impression upon some new whim has dispersed the feelings of satiety wbich the pursuits of the preceding the understanding, Fancy may freday had caused, and I still continued in chase quently exercise her magic spell, unbar of fancied happiness.' Late hours impaired | the iron avenues to the human heart, my bealth, and I came here by the persuasion and obtain a passport for that celesof my friends, in hopes of gaining fresh vigour tial truth in all its radiant glory, for the ensuing winter.”
which was before denied admission Mr. Harvey and Miss Brooks set there. We rejoice at every attempt off for London; and Miss Charlotte that is made by teachers in SundayMurray visited the sabbath-school schools to extend education among with lively interest. She renounced the poor; and it is only by their her former course of thoughtless persevering energies, that we may gaiety; she became convinced of her expect a corresponding good to be No. 47,- VOL. IV.
effected in the children under their shielded by this noble fortress, as his tuition. We cannot duly appreciate invaluable friend, his guardian, and the inestimable advantages of edu- his protector. cation, till we abstract ourselves from the possession of it, and contemplate MEMOIR OF SIR HUMPHREY DAVY, Bt. its absence. Remove education, and
LL.D. F.R.S. AND PRESIDENT OF THE all those finer feelings of tender sympathy and emotion would be swept away from the sensibilities of man,
( IVith a Portrait.) and give place to the devouring sway of ignorance, barbarism, and crime; Society is not often adorned with an for it will be readily admitted, that individual, whose career, like Sir reading produces reflection; which ne- Humphrey Davy's, proves at once so cessarily contributes very materially honourable to himself, and so benefito soften down into pity and humanity, cial to the interests of mankind in all those harsher feelings of our na- general. Chemistry, the science to ture, in which less civilized nations in which the noble energies of his mind the world are involved. It is edu- have, in an especial manner, been cation which has been the means of directed, is rapidly adapting itself to diffusing so widely the principles of almost every purpose of civilized life; Christianity in this our favoured land; and, as its valuable properties become and obtained a reception for them in more generally understood, the debt every considerate mind. It was edu- which is owing to those who developed cation which kindled the flame of them, will be more readily perceived purest benevolence in the human and acknowledged. bosom, and that devised and execut- Sir Humphrey Davy, whose pored the plan of raising those numerous trait appeared in the March number of and diversified institutions which are our Magazine, was born Dec. 17, erected in this country for the ame- 1779, at Penzance, in Cornwall. His lioration of human misery, and which family was of ancient and honourable stand as a signal trophy of British origin. He received the rudiments of philanthropy, and the unrivalled his education at the grammar schools glory of the world. Long may we of Penzance and Truro; and at fifteen enjoy the liberal spirit of education became the pupil of an eminent mediwhich pervades this Christian empire! cal gentleman in the former place; and equally long may we guard and intending to prepare himself for grafoster it with the tenderest solicitude duating at the University of Edinand care!
burgh. A passionate love of poetry To the inconsiderate, profligate, distinguished this portion of his life; and profane, we solicit a deliberate but so judiciously did he restrain its and candid perusal of the book under influence, that at the age of eighteen review; and if there be one spark of he had acquired the rudiments of reflection to be found glimmering botany, anatomy, and physiology, the within the precincts of the soul, we simpler mathematics, metaphysics, despair not of the result. Let such natural philosophy and chemistry; an individual sacrifice no longer The latter, however, soon engrossed beauty and virtue at the shrine of his whole attention; and having made unhallowed passions. Let him pause, some experiments upon sea-weeds, and think with serious solemnity, be- wbich convinced him that these profore he turns adrift, to float down the ductions purify the ocean, as land rapid current of human misery, into vegetables do the atmosphere, he the vortex of irremediable destruc-communicated the same to Dr. Bedtion, the victim of his own thought- does, then about to commence a philess folly and depravity; but let him losophical publication. A corresponcling to the rock of Christianity, dence ensued; and Sir Humphrey, in which brings peace and lasting joy. his nineteenth year, relinquishing the This is the invulnerable barrier against design of visiting Edinburgh, underall the wiles of artful deception; and took the uncontrolled superintenhe who ventures upon its ponderous dence of a series of chemical experiedifice, may lay his head upon his ments at Bristol. His work, entitled pillow in sweet repose, free from all “Researches, Chemical and Philosothe imaginary troubles of this world, I phical,” suggested by the above pur