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438 Review.- Three Nights in Perthshire. -Paramythia. (May,

Some amusing instances of names 79. Paramythia ; or, Mental Pastimes : in common use among the English, being Original Anecdotes, Historical, Deare adduced, as being expressive of the scriptive, Humorous, and Wilty: collected very reverse of the character or quali- chiefly during a long Residence at the Court ties of those whom they are intended

of Russia, by the Author. 12mo. Pp. 175. to designate:

THIS little Volume contains many “We have a Mr. Light, whose weight is amusing anecdotes of the higher orders only one stone less than that of the memo- in Russia, which the author modestly rable Lambert; a Miss Ewe, who is the calls “ Scraps," each of which has an tenderest and most innocent lamb in the appropriate “ Introduction ;” and it is universe; a Mr. Plot, who never thought in stated that his life ; and a Madame L'Estrange, who is the commonest woman upon town; one of

“ Few professional men have travelled the fairest ladies in the world is Mrs. Black- more, and consequently few have had greater more; and one of the fattest men Mr. Lean. opportunities of observation : and it has Mr. Wiseman is, without exception, the been, besides, my peculiar good fortune to greatest fool in the neighbourhood in which have passed many years of my life in the he resides ; and Price is notoriously the

very bosom of a splendid court, almost daily name of a man of no price or value what- honoured by the confidence and conversaever."

tion of a truly great and amiable Sovereign." We shall conclude by giving his The author's name does not actually bill of fare, and recommend the work appear; but we find by some of the to general perusal:

Scraps," that he is a “ Mr. James 1. On the origin and use of Names ; with W[atson], a member of the Imgeneral remarks upon those of the Normans, perial Academy, and domesticated in English, Scotch, Irish, &c.

the Court of the Empress Catharine as 2. On the Names of the Hebrews, Engraver to her Imperial Majesty." Greeks, and Romans.

He is also the Publisher of Views in 3. On the derivation of common Eng Russia. lish Surnames, the occasions of giving The “Scraps" are in general good, them, with observations on the gross im- and the “Introduction" better, though propriety of many of the modern world.

now and then an expression somewhat 4. Names in common use among the

too homely occurs. But we must English, expressive of the very reverse of the character or qualities of those whom

not be severe, as the author requests they are intended to designate; with a few,

his reviewers “not to put their rods in characteristic of the real qualities of others. pickle to flog him for taking up so

5. Names from several parts of the body; much of their precious time in the peand the mischievous consequences of com

rusal of this trifie, but treat him in the pounding them exemplified.

very handsome way they did some 6. A few observations on the absurd years past, when the Russian Costumes appropriation of many Christian Naines were published. They then compliamong the English.

mented Mr. A. on the truth, freedom,

and spirit, of the etched prints; and 78. Three Nights in Perthshire; with a

were kind enough to select a few of Description of the Festival of a Scotch

the author of these Scraps' best deHairst Kirn:comprising Legendary Bal- scriptions, which they recommended lads, &c. In a Letter from Percy Yorke, particularly to the public attention." jun. io J. Twiss, Esq. 12mo. pp. 66. We shall extract a specimen : Printed at Glasgow.

Introduction.-It falls to the lot of but WE have been much entertained by few to have the opportunity of knowing the this evidently-correct description of secret springs of men's actions : it is, inscenes of the manners and usages of deed, wise, benevolent, and politic, to look the inhabitants of a beautiful district rather at effects than causes. How much of Scotland; and have enjoyed in ima- employment is given to the artist and lagination the prospect of the rising and

bourer by the vanity, caprice, and wealth of

individuals." declining Sun, and the sublime luxų. ries of a Highland farmer's supper and his mental powers and acquirements, raised

Scrap.-Count Besborodke, who, by breakfast. Several pleasing poems are himself to the situation of prime Minister introduced ; a specimen of which (as

to the Empress Catherine, hed (as worst only 100 copies of this book are print- prime Ministers have) a splendid established) we shall transplant into our Poeti- ment, services of plate, jewels in profusion, cal Parterre.

an extensive library, a gallery of pictures,

&c.

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1922.] Review.- Paramythia ; or Mental Pastimes.

439 &c. When seeing in his library several tain had tapped his last case-bottle, conbooks of prints entitled, as usual, “Gal taining at least six quarts, advised me to beg lerie d'Orleans, Stafford," and so on, he de- a drop of it, and, taking advantage of the termined to have his pictures engraved. I motion of the ship, to let it fall and break was pitched upon to conduct the work; the it. I did so; and I must to his credit say, prints were to be engraved by Russian, Eng- that, when he got sober, he thanked me for fish, French, and Italian artists, which he what I had done, and begged on our arrival, proposed, because he was truly a good-na- four days afterwards, that I would say notured considerate man, and wished well to thing of his weakness at the post-office. every body. I was several times closeted We then had to travel by land, in an open with him on this important subject, and at post-waggon, without springs, and over bad last, talking on the mode of publication, roads, in a rainy November, to Hambro'. and the languages in which the descriptions Here we again had to wait a week for the should be given, he, looking at me signifi- packet sailing; had a tedious passage to cantly, and observing that he believed the Harwich; and arrived in London, after all very walls of prime ministers had ears, said our expense and unnecessary fatigue, time he thought I might be trusted. And that, enough to see the ship we had left at Elsitherefore, after paying all the expenses of nore ready to sail on a new voyage. She engraving, printing, paper, management, had, on our leaving her, sailed with a fair &c. if I would give him a hundred copies to wind, had reached the Thames in four days, distribute to the different courts in Europe, delivered her cargo, and taken in another. the work should be mine; not doubting but We saw the Captain on 'Change, who laughthat my interest would urge me to make it ed heartily at our expense, and who, havgenerally known and inquired for; freely ing, as most sailors have done, dipped occaowning, at the same time, that it was the sionally into Shakspeare's volumes, treated title, Gallerie de Beslorodke, that had in- us with its being better to endure the ills duced him to have it done. His death put we have, than fly to others that we know an end to the project and the little fortune not of;' and added, after his poetic flight, it would have rendered me, and licensed the “It is a long lane that has no turning.' insertion of this anecdote in my collection.” “I went to Holland immediately after its Two other “Scraps”: shall be given and, as usual, furnished myself with a letter

emancipation from the yoke of Buonaparte, without their prefaces:

of introduction to each of the principal “On one of my journeys from Russia towns. To Rotterdam I had a very strong with a friend of miue, many years past, one, to one of the richest and first-rate when we were young and impetuous, we merchants, and as naturally expected it took our passage in a ship at Cronstadt, would have had the usual effect; but I was which, though a good one, and commanded a spoiled child, agd deserved to be punished: by a most excellent and obliging sailor, did I presented it boldly, as I had obtained it not prevent us from having what they tech- from a good source, and was received with nically call a beating passage; in fact, we every mark of external politeness : I expecthad nothing but contrary winds and heavy ed at least to have tasted a Dutch disli, and gales to contend with, so that we were a a glass of good Hollands ; but point de tout. month in reaching Elsinore. Our patience The worthy gentleman, finding out I was was exhausted, and, thinking we should not a merchant, and had no consignments never see England, we left the ship, and to make him, on the re-opening of the trade went back to Copenhagen, intending to go with this country, when he next saw me, by the packet to Keil, a short distance, and contented himself with telling me he was from thence to Hamburgh; take our pas- every day to be found on the Exchange, at sage to Harwich, and so insure our certain his stand, close to the pillar No. 5; and arrival in England. We had to wait a week that if I wanted to remit, he would procure at Copenhagen for a fair wind to Keil; and me unexceptionable bills; or if to draw (uphere I must take occasion to thank and on good credits), I should find his commispraise the hospitality of the Danes; for sion very moderate. I heard elsewhere that though we were without letters of introduc- this hero, though rich, was very miserly, tion, we were admitted to their excellent which I readily believed, as his ears were club, and were entertained very handsomely much powdered, and his hair dressed with at several of the respectable merchants' great care, which, I have more than once houses. At last the packet sailed full of observed, is the custom with misers, taxpassengers ; the weather so desperate that gatherers, excisemen, and schoolmasters. we lost one washed overboard; split our I presume they find it the most economic main-sail, and the vessel became so unma- way of appearing inposing, well dressed, nageable, that the master became confused, and above their neighbours. took to the bottle, and got drunk; in short we expected to be lost every minute. A A Letter from the Right Hon. Denis very intelligent gentleman, a Dane, who Browne, M. P. for Kilkenny, to the most spoke English, finding that our worthy Cap- noble the Marquis Wellesley, on the pre

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440 Review.--Browne on Ireland.-Jacques' Visit to Goodwood. (May,

sent State of Ireland. 8vo. Pp. 23. Chap- cause ; but we must ingenuously conple.

fess, that so many difficulties present POOR miserable Ireland ! every themselves, that we apprehend they plan that may offer a remedy for her never could be carried into effect. At existing ills deserves our serious consi- all events, they are worthy of immederation. She now drinks the very diate consideration; and the author te dregs of wretchedness and woe. Fa- marks, that if he shall only draw addimine and disease stalk with pestilen- tional attention to the subject, his latial influence through the land, with- bour and anxiety will not have been out the least hope of amelioration, ex

in vain. cept through the timely interference, The calamities of Ireland have lately or decisive measures of the British Go- excited the humanity of the British vernment. In addition to want and people; and very large sums hare been misery, rebellion and assassination rear already contributed. their horrid heads. Insurrections may Let us, therefore, hope that Mr. be temporarily suppressed; but the Browne's little pamphlet may be the spirit of revolt will remain the same, means of arousing the attention of Goand, urged by despair, will ever and vernment to this momentous subject. anon be manifested in renewed scenes of violence and excess. It is there

81. A Visit to Goodwood, near Chichester, fore time that something should be the Seat of his Grace the Duke of Richdone, ere it is too late, to avert the mond, with an Appendix, descriptive of an impending storm. Nay, it is the im- antient Painting. By D. Jacques, Liperative duty, not only of the Legisla- brarian of Goodwood. 8vo. pp. 187. ture, but of every individual who feels Lackington. the least interest in that unfortunate A DESCRIPTION of this princely country, to take the subject into im- residence has long been a desideratum mediate consideration.

to the Antiquary and the Tourist; and Under this impression it affords us Mr. Jacques's « Visit” will consepleasure to observe the time and ta- quently be gratifying to many. lents of so enlightened a statesman as It is pleasing to observe, on the outMr. Browne, devoted to the subject. set, that the first idea of the publicaNo individual has had more opportu- tion originated with an illustrious lady, nities of observing the national charac. whose taste for the polite arts is only ter of Ireland. None can be better exceeded by her natural benevolence. acquainted with her internal state and

“In the summer of 1818, I received the domestic relations. In this short commands of her Grace the Duchess of pamphlet he has ably treated the sub- Richmond, to be in attendance at Goodject." He has attributed the distresses wood House, and, as librarian, assist in the and continual disturbances of Ireland absence of the noble family, in receiving to six canses. 1. A population and a their Royal and Serene Highnesses the church discordant in their views. 2. Princess Elizabeth, Prince of Hesse HomA population infinitely beyond the bourg, and suite, who had signified their means of employment. 3. The mode wish to visit that mansion, during their tour of paying the clergy of the Established in this part of England. In the course of Church. 4. Absentees, who take half the perambulation through the house, her the rental of the country, agents, bai- Fine Arts is well known) observed en passen

Royal Highness (whose proficiency in the liffs, and middlemen. 5. The want that it would be highly interesting as well of circulating medium. 6. The epis- as serviceable to the Arts, if noblemen and copal and corporation lands, forming proprietors of large mansions coutaining one-ninth part of the whole surface of fuable paintings and other curiosities, were Ireland.

to preserve an accurate description of the Mr. Browne draws a dreadful pic. same, in manuscript or print, for the infosture of the miseries resulting from mation of posterity. This observation first these existing evils; and we believe excited the ambition of compiling the folhe has not overcharged it. “In this lowing pages." discordant state that country remains Through the indulgence of the nodangerous to itself, ruinous to its credit ble family of Lenox, the author's laeven in times of ordinary tranquillity, bours were rendered apparently easy; and forbidding all settlement of capi- and the result is a copious and accurate tal or industry among us.” The wri- description of this elegant mansion, ier has proposed remedies for each and its numerous fine pictures, and a

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1822.) Review.-Clerical Guide.--Rennell on Scepticism. 441 not less pleasing account of the various the former Edition, the date of the inexterior beauties, amongst which the stitution of each incumbent is now Dog.kennel" is not the least famous. given ; which is a great improvement,

The pictures, which form the sub- and will prove highly useful to the fuject of the Appendix, (the cenotaph of ture Biographer and Topographer. AfLord Darnley, and the Battle of Car- ter the List of Benefices, follows an berry Hill), are familiar to the Anti- Alphabetical List of Rectors, Vicars, quary in the masterly engravings of &c.

We conceive this Work will be geThe casual Tourist will not be dis. nerally useful, but more especially so pleased with the following extract: to the Clergy.

“Adjoining the Gardens, at Waterbeach, The Appendix, containing Lists of is a very respectable inn, where visitors may Benefices in the Crown, the Bishops, be accommodated, and parties entertained at and public Bodies, cannot fail to be moderate charges. In the stable-yard of highly serviceable to all who are anxithis jnn, on a pedestal, stands the lion, ously looking out for preferment. carved in wood, that once adorned the head of the Centurion, the ship in which Anson

83. Remarks on Scepticism, especially as it circumnavigated the globe, beneath which

is connected with the suljects of Organizais inscribed the following lines :

tion and Life. By the Rev. Thos. RenStay, traveller, awhile, and view,

nell, M. A. Vicar of Kensington, and One who has travell'd more than you ;

Christian Advocate in the University of Quite round the globe thro' each degree Cambridge. Sth edit. Rivingtons, 1821. Anson and I have plough'd the sea, THE physiological Lectures deliTorrid and Frigid Zones have past, vered by Mr. Lawrence to the pupils And safe ashore arriv'd at last;

of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, and In ease with dignity appear, He in the House of Lords, I here."

lately published for the benefit of the rising generation, have excited so much

notice, partly from the late decision in The Cterical Guide ; or, Ecclesiastical the Court of Chancery, that we owe it Directory: containing a complete Register equally to the cause of Religion and of the present Prelates and other Dignita- Virtue, as well as to the intrinsic meries of the Church of England ; of the rits of the work before us, to give it as Heads of Houses

, Professors, &c. Of the much publicity as possible, in the hope lic Schools; a List of all the Benefices it may prove, at least in some instances, and Chapelries in England and Wales, ar

an antidote to the poison of this moranged alphabetically in their several Coun- dern scepticism. Our anxiety and reties, Dioceses, Archdeaconries, &c. The prehension are the more strongly exNames of their respectice Incumbents, with cited, as the Lectures of Mr. Law. the Date of their Institution ; the Names of rence are addressed to, and we underthe Patrons, &c. &c. And an Appendir, stand are eagerly perused by, the young containing Alphabetical Lists of those Be- students of our different hospitals; who, nefices which are in the Patronage of the at an age but too readily attracted by Crown, the Bishops, Deans and Chaplers, any doctrine that is novel perhaps to and other public Bodies. Large 8vo. PP. them, adopt, without due examination, 300. 1822. Rivingtons.

the delusive theory, and become enTHE first Edition of this Work

tangled in the mazes of infidelity and was noticed in our vol. LXXXVIII. scepticism before they are aware of i. p. 330; and we are glad to see so their danger. We would intreat those useful an undertaking brought forward who have perused them, candidly and in a new and much improved edition; attentively to consider the present in which it is evident that no pains Work, and we are bold to say, that if have been spared to render the im- they came to it with a mind open to mense mass of minute information as conviction, the cause Mr. Rennell adcorrect as possible. It seems, indeed, yocates would prevail; and the steady to supersede all former books of refer- beam of truth disperse the inist of erence on the value and patronage of be- ror and infidelity nefices. The copious title opens the “Shall little haughty Ignorance pronounce contents of the volume.

His works unwise, of which the smallest past In the List of Benefices and Chapel- Exceeds the narrow vision of her mind ? ries, in addition to the information in As if upon a full proportion'd dome, Gext. Mag. May, 1822.

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REVIEW. - Rennell's Remarks on Scepticism, . (May, On swelling columns heard, the pride of ignorance and the insufficiency of all Art!

human knowledge. A critic Ay, whose feeble ray scarce spreads “Of those (he observes) who dispute the An inch around, with blind presuinption Divine Authority of the Scriptures, not one bold,

in a thousand have ever read through the Should dare to tax the structure of the Volume which they condemn.-Too uninwhole."

formed to supply the answers from within, Mr. Rennell, with a truly commend- -too careless to seek them from without, able zeal, considered it “ his duty, he deems the objection solid, and because from the office that he holds in the they are unanswered, he considers thems Uuiversity of Cambridge, to call the unanswerable." — "Let us but consider attention of the public to the mischie- Christianity as a medicine of which we know vous tendency of these sceptical opi- standing our zealous and repeated applica

not the composition. If we find, notwithnions ;" in doing which he examines, tion of the remedy, that the disease remains Ist, the character of modern scepti- the same, we may reasonably doubt whecism.

ther the remedy is such' as it has been re“ Christianity (he says) has had lit- presented. If, on the contrary, we find tle reason to lament either the variety or

that its effects are far beyond our expectsacuteness of its adversaries. The more able tion, we may fairly and practically infer that its opponents, the more decisive has been its the authority which recommended it to our victory. The writings of Bentley and Bryant, acceptance is good.” of Cudworth and Butler, of Warburton and The following remark is so comClarke, have not only survived by their own pletely in unison with our own opiintrinsic worth the memories of those whose nions, that we cannot forbear giving objections they were intended to refute, but it to our readers : will ever continue to shew to every rational Enough light is afforded us for every mind how impregnable in point both of evi- purpose which our situation on earth could dence and argument is the rock upon which require; we have knowledge enough, not the foundation of the Gospel is laid.” (P.3.) indeed to satisfy the intemperance of cu

“The great principle of the infidel school riosity, nor to convert faith into certainty, in France, and of their copyists in Great but we have enough to guide our feet in Britain, is to destroy the relation of the the paths of our duty here, and to discover creature to the Creator, and to establish the

to us the road which leads to happiness independence of man upon God.' But (he hereafter." justly adds) most important it is, that in

We have already trespassed so far on every department of philosophy the mind

our limits, that the rest of the work must should be led upward to discern the internal be noticed as cursorily as possible. In connection and absolute dependence of all his fifth Chapter, Mr. Rennell investithings upon God; that their beginning should be traced to the causation of his gates the views of M. Richal, Sir T.C. power, and their end to the fulfilment of his Morgan, and Mr. Lawrence; and, to will."-" It was this which added to the our apprehension, most satisfactorily researches of Newton, of Bacon, and of proves the fallacy of the opinions they Locke, an elevation, a clearness, and a con- have propagated. He traces with great sistency, to which otherwise, even with the ability and discrimination the properpowers of their mighty minds, they could ties of life in the vegetable, animal, never have attained. They drank deep of and humau creation, and proceeds to the fountain of all truth; they began and show the independence of the underthey ended in God."

standing on the bodily organs, in opThe causes of, a sceptical turn of position to the theory of the beforemind he divides into moral and intel- mentioned writers: but as we are anlectual Of the moral causes he con- xious to refer our readers to the work siders indulgence of licentious habits itself, we forbear from further exand pride, the principal. “Let a tracts, only availing ourselves of the man, he observes, “but obey the suggestions of a friend who is of opimorals of the Gospel (which are the nion that the circulation of this wellmorals of a purified and exalted rea- timed pamphlet amongst the students son), and he will never cavil against of all the hospitals in London, is a its doctrines. Let him that is inclined most desirable object, and to promote to be sceptical on the subject of the which, that a copy might be placed on soul's immortality, always act as if it the table of

every

lecture room. We really existed, and he will soon aban- sincerely concur in this recommendadon every objection to its existence." tion, and should be happy to see meaThe intellectual causes are ascribed to sures adopted to carry it into effect.

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