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and ftuation, is not the least imemorable. We regret that we can. not extract the author's details on this interesting subject.
HOLLAND. Simson in agt boeken, or Samson, a poem in eight books, Dort, 8vo. is a poetical account of the life of Samion.
Of Groot's Hedendaagse Historie, or History of our own Times, the first volume is printed; but too prolix to meet with much attention.
Ockerle's Uitverp, &c. Sketch of the Knowledge of Characters, or project to reduce that science to general principles, Utrecht, 2 vols. 8vo. promises more than it performs.
S WE DE N. The Voyages of Mr. Thunberg, knight of the order of Wala, and royal professor of botany in the university of Upsal, have appeared at Upsal in three vols. 8vo. These voyages, which occu. pied nine years, chiefly regard Africa and the Asiatic islands. Mr. Thunberg's remarks extend to every object deserving of notice: government, religion, manners, oeconomy, commerce, all enter into the plan of his work: but natural history attracts his chief attention, and the reputation of the author in this branch gives the work great value. It is to be regretted that this work, which is publihed at the author's expence, should be deficient in plaies worthy of the text. The two first volumes chiefly contain the excurfiuns which the author made from the Cape of Good Hope into the in:erior parts of Africa. Mr. Thunberg observes that several kinds of trees transplanted from Europe to the Cape, such as the oak, the white poplar, &c. lose their leaves in winter, a phenomenon unknown to the African trees. This circumstance, says he, is so much the more singular, as the cold of winter in these climates is far from having that intensity necessary in Europe to cause the leaves to fall. This appearance in Africa happens at the time that the trees in Europe begin to resume their verdure, and only continues for a few days, the new leaves foon bursting forth. An account of a large species of bupleurum is given, that bears leaves resembling velvet, which are split by the women and made into gloves, bonnets, &c. according to the form of the leaf. Hence a fable of the natives, that this plant bears cloaths ready made. Mr. Thunberg fails to Java, and illustrates that island with some curious information. His reflections on the influence of climate on mankind are very unfavourable to the torrid regions, He does not hesitate to advance that the difference between the brutes and the Indians, with respect to judgment and imagination, is not so great as that between the Indians and Europeans : and
he observes, that even the most intelligent and active European loses his nature in those hot climes.
The account of the Japanese is extremely curious and intereft. ing. Mi. Thunberg regards them as the most singular people on the globe, and not contented with giving them the first rank among the nations of Africa, America, and India, he even grants them in some respects a preference over the Europeans. The Chinese and the Dutch are the only nations allowed to visit Japan. The author arrived in a Dutch vessel at Nagasaki, the only port in the country which foreign ships are allowed to enter. The Dutch company has a factory on an isle called Dezima, only 600 feet long, and about 280 broad. Mr. Thunberg accompanied a Dutch embassy to the two capitals of this empire, Jedo and Miaco, and availed himself of such other opportunities of observation as presented themselves. It is false that the Dutch are obliged to trample on the cross, as many writers have asserted. We must close this brief notice, after giving an extract on the persons of the Japanese. • Their ftature is graceful, their limbs Itrong; they have much ease and agility. The colour yellowih, sometimes inclining to the white, sometimes to the black. The women, who are not exposed to the sun, are commonly rather fair. The eyes in the Chinese form, that is very long and narrow, which gives an appear. ance of cunning, certainly not common to all. The colour of the eyes generally black, as is that of the hair and eye-brows, which last seen placed higher than in Europeans. The head ge. nerally large; the neck very short. The hair black, thick, shin. ing with oil. The nose not flat, yet short and broad.' The dress of both sexes consists in long robes. Add that the learned use the Chinese language, because the sciences proceeded from China to Japan; but the yulgar do not understand the Chinese, which may yet be a branch of the same ļanguage.
Mr. Regner's Minne af Jonas Alstroemer, or Eulogium of Jonas Alstroemer, deserves attention as a tribute of applause to one of those valuable men who seldom appear. The butt of Mr. Alftroemer has been placed in the Exchange at Stockholm ; but this work will spread his fame more widely. It is sufficient here to ob. ferve, that this excellent citizen was the first who introduced manufactures of cloth, filk, &c. &c. ix., his country, and many were the dangers which he encountered in accomplishing this grand design, particularly from the Dutch government. In 1761 these establishments occupied more than 18,000 Swedish workmen, and caused the balance of trade to incline in favour of Sweden, with a clear annual profit of about 150,000l. sterling.
MONTHL X MONTHLY CATALOGUE.
POLITICAL AND CONTROVERSIAL. High Church Politics; being a seafonable Appeal to the Friends of
the British Conftitution, against the Practices and Principles of
High Churchmer. 8vo. 35. Johnson. 1792. W e can neither commend the temper with which this bitter Phi.
lippic against the church of England is written, nor praise the accuracy of the accounts. The historical facts, by omissions and alterations, are wholly misrepresented, and the arguments are the hackneyed illiberal ones, which, where they admit of a reply, have been often fatisfactorily confuted. We can reprobate the riots at Birmingham as warmly as our author, nor do we believe that the churchmen in every part of their conduct were blameless. In fact, goaded as they had been for a series of years; having been so long called interested hypocrites, hearing continual boasts of the increase of the parıy, reiterated prophecies of the downfal of the church, perhaps of the state, it was difficult to be ' temperate, loyal, and neutral in a moment;' in the moment when the voice of the people decided against those who at that time expected to triumph. But, that the riots were a concerted scheme of churchmen requires either a head or heart amiss to believe : after exa. mining the whole of the evidence that we can procure, and we have not been inattentive to the subject, we are convinced that there is not the smallest reason for the imputation.
The language of the Diffenters is now greatly changed ; and, except from a few eager zealots, whose conduct the more moderate of their own party disapprove, we hear little of persecution. They well know that, in their attempts to disseminate this idea among their own fiocks, it has been relifted by the most judicious and respectable. We trust the time will soon return, when the former candour and harmony will be restored between the parties at present so warmly contending. A Letter from the Right Hon. Edmund Burke, M. P. in the King
dom of Great Britain, to Sir Hercules Langrijhe, Bart, M. P. on The Subjet of Roman Catholics of Ireland, and the Propriety of ad. mitting ibem to the elective Franchise, confiftently with tbe Prinriples of the Conftitution as established at the Revolution. 8vo. 25. Debrett. 3792. Mr. Burke's arguments are a little too flowery, and he seems rather to evade meeting the question fully and fairly.. On the whole, he appears to be of opinion that the Catholics ought to be admitted to their elective franchises. What he says on the subject of the expedience of the measure may be adduced, inftar omnium, as a specimen.
Reduced to a question of discretion, and that discretion exercised solely upon what will appear best for the conservation of the state on its present basis, I should recommend it to your serious thoughts, whether the narrowing of the foundation is always the best way to secure the building ? The body of disfranchised men will not be perfectly satisfied to remain always in that state. If they are not satisfied, you have two millions of subje&ts in our bosom, full of uneasiness ; not that they cannot overturn the act of seulement, and put themselves and you onder an arbitrary maf. ter ; or, that they are not permitted to spawn an hydra of wild republics, on principles of a pretended natural equality in man ; but, because you will not fuffer them to enjoy the ancient, fundamental, tried advantages of a British constitution : that you will not permit them to profit of the protection of a common father, or the freedom of common citizens : and that the only reason which can be assigned for this disfranchisement, has a tendency more deeply to alcerate their minds than the act of exclusion it. self. What the consequence of such feelings muft be, it is for you to look to. To warn, is not to menace.' A Letter to the Societies of United Irishmen, of the Town of Belfast,
upon the Subj: 7 of certain apprehensions which have arisen from a · proposed Restoration of Catholic Rights, by William Todd Jones, - Efg. With the Declaration of the Catholic Society of Dublin, and • fome Thoughts on the prejent Polirics of Ireland. By Theobald -- M*Kenna, 11. D. Ivo. 25. Robinsons. 1792.
When the bill for the relief of the Irish Catholics was in agiia. tion, it was apprehended that their future in Auence in parliament might lead them to propose and carry a bill in favour of ancient claims, to resume forfeited estates. It is the object of this author to obviate such suspicions; but he does it with so much zeal and carnestnefs, as almost to countenance them. There is, however, little reason to dread either the political principles, or the future conduct of Catholics. We believe them to be good subjects and good men ; and, with the majority of the kingdom, we rejoice at their late emancipations. A Letler 10 the Right Hon. W. Pitt, Chancellor of his Majesty's Exo
chequer ; considering his Plan for discharging the Natiunal Dett. 480. 3d. Bell. 1792.
Our author is not a very correct financier. He calculates the difference of the price at which the stock was originally lent, and that at which it is redeemed; confidering the difference as adding to the burthens of the public. The difference has already operated by the disadvantageous fate of the loan, and it is not now felt, except that by increasing the price of locks it makes the re
demption more Now. If he had put the subject in another view, and enquired whether it might not have been more advantageous to suffer the debt to remain, and lower the more oppreffive taxes, till the revenue had only a little exceeded the ordinary expences, we should have thought the subje& deferved a discussion. Perhaps this might appear the preferable plan... A Letter to Mr. Paine on his late Publication. 8vo. Is. Stock
: dale. 1792. This antagonist of Mr. Paine érrs a little in his constitutional doctrines, when he declares ' the king, lords, and commons perpetual and hereditary guardians of our civil and religious liberty;" and the democrats will receive the information with suspicion and diftruft. In other respects, the author expoftulates with the American secretary, not without some mingled marks of indignation, and declares that he aims at supporting the new constitution of France, by raising revolutions in every neighbouring country. It is, indeed, surprising, that the apostle of liberty, who by his own modest account saved America, is not now, by what appears from this pamphlet, in a more respectable station. America is ungrate. ful, or Thomas Paine has not been quite so serviceable as he de.. fcribes. In fact, his talents lie in raising storms and confusions, and America is willing to be quiet. Constitutional Letters, in Answer to Mr. Paine's Rights of Man.
8vo. 15. Riley. 1792. We have already followed the author of these Letters, who re, plied to · Cassandra,' author of the ' Alarm,' under the signature of · Corrector.' The chief object of the present Letters is the af. sertion of Paine, that we have no constitution, because we have no formal written instrument of this nature. He replies with much mildness, moderation, and good sense, Rights of Citizens ; being an Inquiry into some of the Consequences of
Social Union, and an Examination of Mr. Paine's Principles toucb. ing Government. 8vo. 25. 6d, Debrett. 1792.
We deem this work as the best reply to the futile absurdities of • the Rights of Man,' the most clear détection of its author's nu. merous contradictions and inconfiftencies that we have seen. But, as bis arguments are not, at present, before our readers, we can. not with propriety adduce the answers. On the whole, the Rights of Citizens is a work of singular ability, and displays much acute. ness, judgment, and learning. The following isolated apologue we may be allowed to transcribe.
! In I know not what century, (the reader can look into Blair's Chronology) but it was after the food, a spirit of tumult and