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ARTICLES CONTAINED IN THE THIRD VOLUME,
Extending from January to June, 1820.
NUMBER FOR JANUARY.
ART. I. Dr. Busby's History of Music. P. 1–29. A desideratum-qualifications of knowledge, temper, and talent required-Dr. Busby's indiscretion and faulty ambition-his prudence in restricting research-origin and early state of music-improvements by Greeks-bear no comparison with excellencies of moderns -dispute as to counterpoint of ancients-author's opinion maintained-effects of ancient music probably exaggerated-early connection of poetry and music-Grecian games promoted music-kinds and instruments of music among Greeks-Roman music appreciated-music of early Christians far from excellent-inventions and improvements of Guido, Franco, and others-music of minstrels and troubadours-figurative counterpoint cultivated in Italy-effect of printing on the art-early counterpoint in England-state of music in 16th century-author begins to give biographical sketches and characters illustrative of history-some of these quoted, as of Bird, Salinas, Purcel, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Boyce enumeration of eminent living composers, and estimate of modern labours on the art-general character and liberal commendation of work.
ART. II. Wentworth on New South Wales. P. 29-59. Author and work generally characterized history of colony painfully disgusting-former and recent state compared local government disgraceful to mother country-author's proposed remedy unsuitable some of his opinions concurred in-what is and may be cultivated advantageously in colony-taxes and expences generally mentioned-views of government in founding colony no way realized hitherto-measures proposed for benefit and reformation of colony and convicts what may be expected from proper educationNew South Wales'considered in reference to emigration its superior advantages stated-recent discoveries promising-chief objection no way insuperable-particular value of work in relation to 'criminal jurisprudence and emigration.
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 declined a specimen_author's management of argument vindicated-reason for present notice.
ART. IV. Rennel on Scepticism. P. 69-88.
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 singularits 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 Stale of the Country. P. 91–110.
Crisis demands unappalled avowal of patriotic opinions-parliamentary documents confirmed the previous suspicions of a malignant dis affection-have accordingly roused good men to defence of constitution, as Lord Grenville scoffers of the danger reprobatedschemes 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 former Mr. 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. 146-158. Merits of Messrs. Kirby and Spence's work on Entomology-present work 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 errors 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 Debt. P. 226-249.
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.