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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 ar. gument 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 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 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 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. 199225. 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. 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.
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. P. 271-276.
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. High interest of the subject-features of age, and character of Charles II.-these favourable to the patriotism of Russell-prevalence of plots signalized the period-Russell not altogether free from blame
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 enhancedapathy of older critics as to her excellencies-what these are scarcely 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 Iush scenery and character.
ART. V. Horst on Demonology and Witchcraft. P. 429–433. Account of author-his inconsistency-slight history of subject, with anecdotes.
ART. VI. 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 -Fleury 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 exception→→→ its merits and defects-difficulty of treating of Highlands and people 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 considered— division 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; productions; 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.