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grovel out here below : live as a son of tion will probably find the present Guditive thy conversation in heaven. work as satisfactory as any which has Noting carthly can fill thy vast de been published upon it with the same sites: only the minite God can till them; view. It shexvs good sense, and uniy he who is blessed for ever, can bless

pretty ikee with lite and joy everlasting:

extensive views; and though it does Lie! joy everlasting: The mere jope of not enter quite so much inio detail as this, while man is here,—while lie is no- might be wished, contains, on the thing more than man,--the mere hope whole, a good deal of information.--or this, is his dearest portion. It in- The style is simple and perspicuous, spires and solaces the heaven-boro piland noi devoid of elegance. As a spegrin: It gives health to the frame, and címen of the work, we shall give some {agei viguur to the mid--Like the tair summer evening, il beams sweet

of our author's observations on a subDess and serenity. li is man's must es. ject ishich of late has been much agi. bimable joy: it is his paradise below. tated, that of the attempts recently

P. 265. made to introduce Christianity into

India by means of missions. In this

view, he considers preaching as likely II. Indian Recreations ; consisting of to be altogether ineffectual. He says,

Thoughts on the Efects of the Ainong the Hindoos, no collision of British Government on the State of Opinion has awakened the curiosity of India: accompanied with Hints the people, or roused the human intelconcerning the Means of Impro- lect: no books have ever reached their ving the condition of the natives of hands to convey information, nor has that country. By the Rev. Wm. native language. Of all abstract ideas,

even a newspaper been printed in the Tennant A.M. L. L. D. &c. Vol. the multitude in India is almost entireIII. 8vo. 9s. Longman & Co.Lon- ly destitute. To a people in this state, don; Anderson, Edinburgh. 1808. it is in vain that you propose any sys

tem of doctrines for their discussion: THE "He two first volumes of this there can hardly be any sufficiently sim

work appeared some years ago, ple for their understanding; and perand have been well received by the haps none too gross for their belief. public, as containing a variety of use- Unfortunately for the Ilindoos, their ful information respecting the situa- Brahmins will not permit them to exertion and character of the natives of cise the small portion of intellect which

they are known to possess; since every India. The present is upon a subject departure from the custoinary rites is still more immediately interesting, and held up by them as of all things the which has 'of late attracted a large most sinful, and not to be expiated but share of public attention. The au- by the severest penalties. Thus the atthor is a zealous advocate for the tachment of an Hindoo to his faith and

system which has, for some time past, worship, is guarded equally by his ig. been pursued by the British govern- priesthoud, who among them are the

It is the care of the ment in India.' He conceives it to sale guides of opinion, to keep him conbe not only strictly conformable to stantly under the dominion of both. justice, but eminently conducive to They watch and labour to preserve iga the interests both of the mother coun- norance, not to disseminate knowledge, try and of the natives. We shall every inlet to which is guarded as closenot enter at present into the discus- ly as the avenues of death *.

These sion of a question to determine which with certainty would require

* Their conduct seems to resemble an extent of study which few are able that of those persons who are blamed to bestow upon it. Those, however, for detaining the truth in unrighteous, who wish to hear this side of the

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These causes alone, without any vio, sure, the natives have no aversion to Lent opposition on the part of the Hin- commit their children to the tuition of doos, have hitherto prevented any con- Europeans; they are rather ambitious siderable degree of success from ever that their offspring should acquire the signalising the labours of our mission. accomplishment of reading and writing aries in India. At different times, as the English, though a foreign language, well as the present, the fervor of zeal, as the means of enabling them to proseor the efforts of humanity, have produ- cute successfully some lucrative branch ced various exertions in favour of the of trade, and of introducing them as natives; but as all these plans have clerks and agents into the employment borne the same aspect, and have em. of the British. An Hindoo of rank braced similar means, the causes of dis. will not, it is confessed, allow his chila appointinent have remained strong and dren either to eat or sleep in the same permanent; their efforts have proved al. apartment with Europeans, but he is most uniformly fruitless. In the pro- known to permit them freely to remain vince of Madura, and afterwards in the at a day school, which for the aboveMysore, some of the lower classes have named branches of education is suflici. attended the discourses of missionaries, ent. and yielding a kind of assent to their It is asserted by persons practically doctrines, if assent can be given to what acquainted with this subject, that the is not understood, they have been en- desire of the people after education is rolled in their catalogue of believers, so strong, that several have at present, although more than a nominal Christi with much expence, placed their chil. anity has never yet been found in these dren under the tuition of Europeans : parts : a church and teachers have been and that there are many more taught established in Delhi for near two hund by such of the natives themselves as unred years *, and still subsists there; it derstand the English language. Where has, however, received no increase of neither of these means of instruction converts to afford any hope of final suc. can be akorded, there have been many eess. The missionaries of the Propa- instances of spelling books, and copies ganda have lately been depressed, and for learning to write, being purehased by either seem weary of so fruitless a task, such as have supposed that they might or carry it on with a feebleness which acquire these branches of knowledge by gives little countenance to the hopes of their own private application *. their employers.

There are at present residing in Cal. But a method, he conceives, by cutta two gentlemen, who have not on, which the same object might be gra- who have themselves been engaged in

ly witnessed these several facts, but dually but effectually accomplished, the tuition of some natives of distincwould be the establishment of schools, tion, and who have been able to com- and it would appear that the avidity municate to them much useful instrucof the natives for this species of in- tion. The parsimonious habits of an struction is equal to the aversion which

Hin. they entertain for the other. Our au

* From Volume I. of this work, it Happily for the execution of this mea. appears that schools for the instruction

of the natives are already pretty gene. * First planted by Portuguese Jesuits, ral in many parts of India : it is pro. according to Thevenot. The labours bable too, that such institutions are of of this Order were spread through al- very old standing in that country. Their most every country in the Eastern method of teaching to read, write, and world. Vide Lettres edifiantes et curi. spell, by a single process, is at once exeuses. They boast of having performed peditious and unexpensive. It is ac. miracles, and to have made numerous complished by forming the letters on converts : but these narratives were not sand, spread either upon the ground or believed, even by the natives, and have on a table; and one lesson is no sooner thrown discredit on the whole of their finished, than the characters are effaced exertions,

to make room for another,

P. 275.

thor says,

kfindoo, almost of every rank, render- tion of the works of Thomson, in ng him averse to part with money on three volumes octavo.

It will be acany occasion, unless to his Brahmin, companied by a life of the author, of the institution of schools here proposed which little seems hitherto to have ought to be attended with an establish. ed salary, as a provision for the teach. been discovered, and which Mr Scott's ETS: this provision might be occasion. local connections may be supposed to aily increased, by the contribution of render him well qualified for illussuch wealthy natives as are able to af- trating. In particular, it will conford a liberal assistance to the instruc- tain a number of original letters hithtion of their children. In other cases, erto unknown to the public, which we the benefit of knowledge would be more

understand he has been fortunate eacceptable to the natives by being con. ferred gratuitously:

nough to procure. P. 280.

Mr Scott is also about to publish a. In reply to the obvious question as new edition of the works of the cele to the difficulty of procuring teachers, brated Lord Somers, accompanied by Đr T. replies, that there is now in In- a life of the author, and historical dia a very numerous mixed race, pro- notes. duced by the intercourse of European The University of Edinburgh has settlers with Indian women, who would lately received a splendid acquisition be willing and even happy to under- in the maguificent Collection of Mintake the employment for a moderate erals bequeathed to it by the late Dr salary. Being excluded from othces Thomson, of Naples. That celebrated in the service of the East India com- mineralogist, during a long residence pany, they are frequently brought to in a country extremely fertile in the poverty, arising from the absolute want most interesting products of the miof employment.

neral kingdom, lost no opportunity of forming a most splendid collection,

which, iraving fortunately escaped eveNew Works published in Edinburgh. ry danger, has arrived at Edinburgh

uninjured. This bequest Dr ThomACCOUNT of the Life and Wri: son accompanied with the endowment

tings of James Bruce of Kimaird, of One thousand five hundred pounds, Esqr. Author of Travels to discover the interest of which he has destined the Source of the Nile. By Alexan- for the payment of a lecturer on mi. der Murray, F.A.S.E. and Secretary neralogy and the support of the cafor Foreign Correspondence. Large binet. The latter is contained in for 4to. 21. 12s. 6d.

ty very large boxes, which are depoA complete system of Merchants sited in the museum of the University, Accounts, containmg the Principles and proper cases are making for the and Modern Improvements of Book- reception of the specimens. The inkeeping; in various sets of books, teresting and valuable collection of by single and double entry. Adap- the late ingenious Dr Hutton, of Eled to schools as well as to counting. dinburgh, has also been deposited in houses. By Jaines Morison, Accomp- the museum. tant, Master of the Mercantile Academy, Glasgow. Imperial Svo. 1l. 1s.

Literary Intelligence, ENGLISH and

FOREIGN Scoutish Literary Intelligence. MR Walter Scott will soon pre. The inte damented Dr Gregory left sent the public with a new edi- world, and to the rising generation, in a work which he had finished but the only the senior scholar, but also the masweek previous to his death, and part of tes, with a usctui bouk of occasional rethe manuscripts of which was in the ference. hands of the printer. It consists of a Dr Willianis's long-promised Essay Series of Letters to his Son, on Taste, on the Equity or Divine Governaneni, Literature, and Criticism. Perhaps a and the Sovereignty of Divine Grace, more cusrect idea cannot be given of it, is expected to make its appearance in than in the words of the author con July or August. tained in a Letter to his publisher on its Several republications are announced, completion ; le ibere itinurked, “that a5, 1. Shechforu's Sacred and Profane this work contained the result of the History of the World, revised and cor. observations of his whole life, on every rected by James Creighton, A. B. with subject of taste and literature, and thai, notes, by Adam Clarke, L.L.D). 2. Na. whatever might be the ultimate opinion ture of Imposture, fully displayed.—: of its merits, his reputation in the re- 3. Prideaux's Life of Mahumet. 4. Baxpublic of letters wouid in a great de- fer's Reformed Pastor, abridged and im. grer depend on it.” The work is print proved, by the Rev. Samuel Palmer.ing in two volumes, corresponding with 5. Dr Dodd's Comiort tur the ailiicted. the Lectures of the same author, oa 6. Gambado's Academy for Growo Experimental Philosophy, and it will be Horsemen. And, 7. Ludiam's Introduc. published early in July.


tion to the Mathematics, with an apA volume of recent Travels, through pendix, by Mr W. Fryer. Spain and Portugal, is announced for Dr Glasse is about to publish another immediate publication, and such a work edition of the New Testament, with cannot fail to be generally interesting at Burkitt's Observations, to be comprised the present monent.

in a large volume octavo. This edition In the course of next winter, will be will contain such parts of the commen, published, (to be continued quarterly,) tary as are most necessary for the exthe first Number of a Classical Journal, planation of the text, with short useful consisting of Ciassical and Piblical Cric and practical annoiations thereon. By ticisms, and of Academical Frize Poems this farther abridgment, the editor hopes and Dissertations. The work will be to bring this valuable work into more conducted by members of the Univer- general circulation. sities of Oxford and Cambridge, and Mr Parkes has for some time been will admit analagous communications engaged in revising the Chemical Catefrom every part of the world, in Latin, chism," in order to accommodate every French, and English.

part of that work to the new facts lately Dr Watkins is printing two nes edic developed by the lignly interesting and tions of his Scripture Biography, with truly important discoveries of Mc Davy. considerable improvements and addis A new edition (being the third) thus Ins; one of them is in duodecimo, for 'amended, and with other very consider. schools, as before, and the other a hand. abie additions, is in the press, and will be some octapo volume, printed in a large ready for publication in the course of the type for the use of families.

uext week. Mr Grant, ot Crouch-End, will pui- Mr Jones las in the press, a work illish, in a few days, a work, entitled "In. lustrative of the four Gospels. stitutes of Latin Grammar.” Tuis work A supplementary volume is about to is intended chiety for the bigher classes appear of Birds to Barr's Edition of of an academy, or a grammar school, Luifun. The proprietors of that work With this view, the author has not only have engaged a literary gentleman to endeavoured to supply the deliciencies, collect all that hias been discovered in and currect the errors of our common ornithology of an interesting nature, grammars, but has likewise introduced a since the death of the illustrious Buf: variety of critical and explanatory obser, fon; and, for that purpose, have provations. By exhibiting an ample and cured the splendid edition of his works, accurate digest of the rules and princi- lately published by Sonnini, in 114 voples of the Latin language, and by a cos lumes, and selected from it every artipious enuineration of anomalies and ex. ate of importance. ceptions, he has laboured to furnish not Mr Southey is engaged upon a Hig.


tory of Brazil, which will be immedi. Brydges. Many interesting remarks

ately put to press. It forms a part of will also be inserted from the commuthe History of Portugal, on which he nications of eminent modern bibliogra. has been employed during the last eight phers; and the public libraries of Oxyears. The best native historians of ford, Cambridge, and London, will be that kingdom have perceived the neces. carefully consulted. It is intended to sity of arranging their national history omit the prologues of Caxton, Wynkyn under three distinct heads; Portugal, de Worde, &c. in the first volume, and Portuguese Asia, and Brazil. These to throw them into the fifth by way of perts have no farther connection, than supplement. By this method, the acthat of relating to the same people, each count of the books will be less inter. forming in itself a complete whole. Ac- rupted, and the object specified by cording to chronological order, the His- Ames and Herbert equally attained's tory of Brazil would have been the last namely, that of supplying materials for in the series, but as public curiosity is filling up-imperfect copies of our early particularly directed towards that coun- printers. Almost all the plates of Ames, try, it luas been thought proper to lay it which Herbert has indiscriminately adbetore the world with as little delay as mitted, are not only destitute of taste possible. A critical catalogue of all the and skill, but are incorrect representaauthorities, printed or manuscript, in tions of the origipals. Fac-similes of the the possession of the author, or to which types and devices of printers, are crowhe has had access, will be annexed to the ded together in a minute and irregular work.

manner, and printers' portraits are giA new Translation of the Venerable ven with littie fidelity or elegance. In Bede's Ecclesiastical History is prepar. the present edition, 'it is proposed to ing for the press, by the Rev. J. Evans, remedy these defects, and to give acauthor of two Tours through North and curate and well-executed copies of orie Svath Wales. The work will be pre. ginals. As a number of curious wood ceded by an introductory Chapter on the cuts are intended to be engraved, it is State of Religion from the earliest Pe. presumed that this edition of British riod in Britain, anterior to the com- Typographical Antiquities will afford mencement of Bede's æra, and a conti- ar illustration of the progress of.engravnuation from authentic documents down ing, as well as of the History of Printto the Norman conquest, so as to com. ing in Great Britain and Ireland. The prise a complete view of the Anglo. fifth volume will comprehend :--1. An Saxon church.

Account of the Private Presses in EngProposals have been distributed for land, including a complete Catulogue pablishing by subscription, a new edi. Raisowne of the works printed at Strawtion of Ames's Typographical Antiqui- berry-hill. 2. A List of Books printed ries, by Herbert, greatly enlarged and at the Univeisity Presses of Oxford and corrected, in five quarto volumes, by the Cambridge. 3. A List of Books printed Rev. 'T. F. Dibdin. In this work, the by Ruddiman, Bower, and Baskerville, whole of Herbert will be reprinted, and with Biographical Memoranda and Porhis corrections and additions inserted in traits of those Printers. 4. The Protheir proper places. A great number logues of our early English Printers.of books will be mentioned which were 5. A Printer's Grammar upon a Pian unknown to him, and of those that he entirely new, with Fiates by way of ilhas briefly and imperfectly noticed, the lustrations. 6. Twó Indexes; the one description will, in general, be more am- an Analytical Index, comprehending all ple and accurate. The notes, biogra. the books enumerated in the body of the phical and bibliographical, are intended work, arranged according to their resto be copious. Anecdotes relative to pective classes; the other a complete the authors of books, as well as to the general index of persons and things. books themselves, will be occasionally We have already had occasion to nogiven. Information on these subjects tice the intended travels into the East, will be collected chiefly from the writof Captain Hogelmuller, under the ausings of Wood, Nicholson, Hearne, Tan. pices of the Archduke Charles of AusDer, Bagford, Warton, Ritson, Bishop tria, and his invitation of questions rePercy, Pinkerton, G. Ellis, Todd, and specting the countries to which his viJuly 1808.


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