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most substantial portion of these characters. Sir Samuel Sarcasm is only a very ill bred old man. Dr. Dactyl, so great a fool that even a workhouse would not give him an appointment, much less a University. Wildfire is an apprentice broke loose, as indeed may be said of all the gentlemen commoners, as here represented. Major O‘Gorman is an Irishman who talks against duelling; and Gradus is a Wrangler at Oxford (!!) who obtains high honours, although he cannot utter two words of common sense. The ladies are to match. The Widow Venture is one of those stage widows ibat Mrs. Glover has, very kindly to young authors, for years performed, varying the words a little. Miss Lilly Venture, her daughter, in the exuberance of her gaiety, mingles with a flock of young drunkards in a manner that Foote, in his comedies, only attributed to ladies of a peculiar profession.
The piece pleased the audience, and for this simple reason, they were ignorant of the life and manners intended to be represented ; and, therefore, seeing trencher hats and gowns, they concluded they were faithful. There were some of what are called “ capital jokes," about having and not having money. There was a great deal of going in and out, of shaking hands and slapping on the back, and a glorious supper with sham champagne, and a song with a jovial chorus. There was really some very good facsimile scenery, and altogether an appearance of every-day life that is sure to delude those who go into the theatre after a pleasant dinner, and don't much care what is placed before them, so that it is not very long and prosy.
It is not desirable that the theatre or the audience should be contented with such a piece ; but, as they are, we can only hope that a higher aim may present itself to the Author; and that, instead of wishing to be ranked with the Authors of Tom and Jerry, et cetera, he may discover that the Drama can afford laurels of a fresher hue and better kind. The ambition must be low that stoops to such means of notoriety. To be ranked with Terence, Molière, and Fletcher, may be, and is, a laudable desire ; but to be classed with the former is to be gibbeted, not embalmed.
Critical Register of Books.
cients, singularly full of exact and A Dictionary of Greek and Roman An. critical information, for the most
tiquities, Illustrated by numerous En. part new to the public. This dicgravings. Medium 8vo.pp. 1134. Lon- tionary, which we can conscientiously don : Taylor and Walton.
recommend to our readers, is particuThis excellent work, which has been
larly rich in illustrations derived from already favourably noticed in this
German and Continental authors, who periodical, as proceeding prosper
have been hitherto strangely negously, is now completed. It does its
lected in this country, though uneditor, contributors, and publishers rivalled as critical expositors of the great credit, and its articles are far
classics. The illustrations are numesuperior to any thing of the kind we rous and beautifully designed. have yet noticed in English. Among Educational Umorks, &c. them we would especially praise an A Key to German, for Beginners; or article on the Painting of the An- Progressive Exercises on the German
Language. By William Wittich, ham, Esq. 2 vols. 8vo pp. 626. Lon-
master-pieces of Cicero, and all Latin This is a key to the same author's eloquence. On their recovery by work-“ German for Beginners, or Cardinal Mai, from Palimpsest MSS. Progressive Exercises on the German in the Vatican, their extraordinary Language.” It merely consists of merit was confessed by all European the original German, which having scholars. Mr. Barham's translation been translated in the Progressive is so faithful, that all the lovers of Exercises, the pupil will have an Cicero who are less familiar with opportunity of seeing how he has Latin than English will find it a succeeded in his translation. This delightful addition to their libraries. is a mode that has always been found admirably adapted to acquire a knowledge of the construction of a language.
An Act to amend the Acts for the ComEssays, &c.
mutation of Tithes in England and Selected Letters. Edited by the Rev. Wales; and to continue the Officers
T. Chamberlain. Fcap. 8vo. pp. 272. appointed under the said Acts for a London: James Burns.
Time to be limited. With Notes by “ The primary object of this selec John Meadows White, Esq., Solicitor tion has been to bring together a to the Tithe Commissioners for Engmass of sound christian advice, and land and Wales. 12mo. pp. 52. Lonopinions bearing upon the daily con don: B. Fellowes. cerns of human life.” This inten- The notes to this edition of the Act tion is fulfilled by making a selection are various, and very much to the from our most celebrated characters, purpose. It is impossible for any and classifying them in the following one unused to legal works to intermanner :-1. On education, and en- pret correctly the force of their lantering on life; 2. On difficulties in guage. Mr. White is quite aware of religion ; 3. On character and con this fact, and has been careful to eluci. duct in private life; 4 On public date the true meaning of the law in duties : chiefly historical.
his notes, thus rendering a service to The selection, though containing the non-professional who may have the letters of some celebrated men, to consult the Act itself. does not seem to us, on the whole,
The Parish Constables Act (5 & 6 Vic. very inviting or interesting. Perhaps
cap. 109), with Notes, Forms, and from its adhering too closely to its
Index. By William Golden Lumley, purpose, and thus becoming too
Esq., of the Middle Temple, Barristerdidactic. One of the most interest
at-Law, and one of the Assistant ing letters is that from “St. Jerome
Secretaries of the Poor Law Comto Læta, on the education of her missioners. Fcp. 8vo. pp. 80. Londaughter," and this because it con don : Shaw and Sons. tains, besides mere precepts, a graphic The Introduction contains a clear reflection of ancient manners, and is
epitome of the Act, and the notes written in a lively and suggestive
illustrate various points of the law
bearing on the subject. A copious Like the rest of the works pub- Index is also appended, which will be lished by Mr. Burns, it always creates found specially useful. a pleasant feeling towards the fathers and regimen of the Romish Church. The Political Works of Marcus Tullius
Medical Cicero: comprising his Treatise on The Preservation of Health, with an the Commonwealth, and his Treatise Account of the principal British and on the Laws, translated from the Continental Spas, and Watering Original, with Dissertations and Notes, Places. By John Harrison Curtis, Esq.,
in two volumes. By Francis Bar Author of " A Treatise on the Diseases VOL. XCVI.
of the Ear.” 4th edition, Fcp. 8vo. respect to these from the olden wri
pp. 382. London: Churchill. ters, and has also made personal Many persons have long desired a researches as to their qualities and work, which in a small compass uses, with which he is so satisfied should supply them with the infor- that he strongly advises that they mation they need respecting the
should be given a fair trial by the medicinal virtues and chemical con- invalid previous to a trip to the prostituents of the various spas to be
vincial or continental springs. The found in Great Britain and on the
work altogether forms an excellent Continent. This want is supplied guide to the British and Continental by the work under notice, of which Spas and Watering Places, and the inabout two hundred pages are devoted valid will find it to be indispensable. to a careful examination of the quali. On the Different forms of Insanity, in ties of these springs, and contain relation to Jurisprudence; designed also ample directions for their use; for the Use of Persons concerned in in addition to which, the circum Legal Questions regarding Unsound. stances in which they respectively
ness of Mind. By James Cowles would prove injurious, are clearly Prichard, M.D., F.R.S., &c. 12mo. pointed out, thus making this portion pp. 244. London: H. Baillière. of the work valuable to the invalid. The celebrity of the author is a
The improvement of the metropolis, sufficient guarantee for the accuracy by attention to the drainage and of the knowledge and soundness of sewerage, opening the squares and the sense displayed in the present treaparks, and laying out new parks in tise. The introduction tells us that the more crowded districts, and by “it is not offered, as it may be judged the erection of public fountains and from its small extent, as a complete pumps, deservedly occupies a large treatise on Jurisprudence connected portion of the book. No one who with Insanity, or designed to take the reasons rightly, and entertains any ground which has been occupied with regard for the welfare of large com- more or less of success by the writmunities, can fail to be struck with ings of Pyl, Metzger, Heinroth, and the vast importance of these points. Hoffbauer, in Germany; by the comThe alterations recommended would pilation of Chambeyron, or the works materially improve the sanatory con- of Esquirol, Marc and Georget, in dition of London, and might be car- France; and by the treatises of Colried out with advantage in every large linson, Dr. Conolly, Ray, and others, town throughout the kingdom. Pas- published in the English language. sing from the consideration of the Its design is to convey to persons health of the community to that of who either regularly or accidentally the individual, we find very valuable are engaged in affairs referring to advice with respect to exercise, lunatics, or in trials in which there is clothing, diet, bathing, the causes question of the sanity or insanity of and prevention of disease, and, individuals, such information respectfinally, the injurious influence of ing the different kinds and modificathe hours of business being too tions of mental unsoundness as it protracted. This, which is a crying may be required for them to possess, evil, is one of the most dangerous to in order that they may be enabled to individual health, and at the same determine -on verdicts, or to direct time one of the most neglected. and instruct juries to that effect."
There are many who are not aware These aims are admirably fulfilled ; of the existence of numerous spas the language being simple and clear, in and around London, which for and the illustrations apt and conmerly enjoyed a high reputation in vincing. The various kinds of in. the cure of disease, but which have sanity and propensities of the unsince, from a concurrence of fortui. sound in mind are all brought under tous circumstances, fallen into dis consideration, and reveal a weakness repute. Mr. Curtis has collected a and amount of intellectual degradalarge amount of information with tion that may well appal the strongest mind. The work is not only valuable sonal experience,-for, being belato the functionaries to whom it is boured by a most grievous attack of more particularly addressed, but also the malady of which he treats, he to that larger class of philosophic was cured by cold water in double readers, who will consider it as an quick time. Now, therefore, like a additional illustration of that history good philanthropist, he endeavours to and examination of Man, which Dr. impart the benefit he has himself rePrichard's other admirable treatises ceived. Whether the Doctor charges have done so much to develope. any fees for administering the pure The Diseases of the Bladder and Pro- element, does not appear, but from
state Gland, with Plates. By William analogical reasoning the affirmative Coulson. Third Edition, revised and may be presumed.
corrected, 8vo. London; Longman. We cannot do justice to our design
Natural Vistory, &c. of giving the public a monthly criti. cal register of all important works of
The Bible Garden ; containing a brief recent publication, without occasion. Description of all the Trees and Plants ally noticing those of a medical cha
mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. racter. Among these, one of the most
By Joseph Taylor. The Illustrations interesting to the medical profession
selected and etched on steel, by W. is Mr. Coulson's learned and inclusive
H. Brooke, F.S.A. 2nd Edition, rework on the diseases of the bladder.
vised and corrected. Sq. 16mo. pp. Written in the simplest and clearest
260. London: Dean and Munday. style, remarkable alike for scientific This very pretty and well printed precision and popular intelligibility,
book gives an account, in simple and it is no wonder that this treatise has
clear language, of the principal trees so rapidly reached its third edition. and plants so frequently referred to It possesses in a high degree that in
in the Scriptures. Of course the
chief plants can only be described, Every line bears on the actual matter
and all scientific descriptions are of fact with which a surgeon ought
avoided ; such a popular description to be intimately acquainted. Mr.
being given, as enables the general Coulson's book is the result of an ex reader to understand the nature and tensive experience, the reflection of ac properties of the plants. It is intual familiarity with the cases of which tended for an intelligent child; but he treats, -his literature springs
many adults will derive a great deal from his practice, as well as his prac
of information from it. The illus. tice from his literature. And when
trations are numerous, and for the we consider the alarming frequency of kind of book remarkably good. urinary complaints, and their difficult Statistics of Dissent in England and complexity,and theirintenseobstinacy, Wales, from Dissenting Authorities ; we cannot but rejoice that a surgeon proving the Inefficiency of the Volunof so much talent and reputation should tary Principle to meet the Spiritual be directing his most earnest attention Wants of the Nation. 24mo. pp. 156. to diseases that have so often baffled London: W. E. Painter. the faculty, and embittered or de. This little book is very full of stastroyed so many valuable lives. tistics, and if they may be depended The Hydropathic Cure of the Gout upon, must be very useful in forming
By G. H. Weatherhead,M.D. pp.100. a judgment on the various ecclesiLondon : Highley.
astical questions now agitated. How“ Water is best," said Pindar in ever, as they have been compiled his first ode, 2000 years ago. Wise with the avowed intention of proving folks are now beginning to find the how small in point of numbers the truth of that old gentleman's adage. dissenters are, and thence deduces Dr. Weatherhead, in this amusing and the little claim their demands have piquant little pamphlet, states that on the legislature, they should be his faith in Priessnitz's hydropathic very carefully examined before they treatment is founded on his own per- are applied.
There is no appearance of exag- ments,-still there is wanting that geration or mis-statement on the face quality in the writer that can weave of the accounts, but they are in these materials into a powerful story terlarded with a vehement expression that shall enchain the attention, and of opinion that continually excites kindle the sympathies. the reader's fears, lest one that feels Massaniello is the most approachso warmly should be a false witness, ing to a strong delineation of characalmost unconsciously.
ter; though there are some traits in The numerous details, and facts the portraiture of his wife Ursula, got together, are well worth the atten- that seem to bespeak a greater power tion of all interested in the question, on the part of the author, if more and there is not any book that con- carefully exerted. tains so much in so small a space. As a graphic history of the events Children's Mission; or Great Works and times, it may be read with inte
wrought by Weak Hands. Illustrated rest, but it would have been more by Three Tales--The Lighthouse, the judicious, had the author thrown his Incendiary, and Margaret Seaton's information into a volume of the Victory. By George Waring, with Family Library or some such series, Sis Wood Engravings, from designs His capacities seem be more suitable by Gilbert. Fcap. 8vo. pp. 250. for biographical or semi-historical London: Harvey and Darton.
writing than for romance. These three tales are very pleas
Percival Keene. By Captain Marryat ingly written, and convey excellent
Author of “ Peter Simple," " Jacob impressions to young readers. They Faithful,”' &c. 3 vols. post 80. pp. are interesting, and prove the author 887. London: H. Colburn. to have a competent knowledge of
This novel is of that class that the life he pourtrays.
made Captain Marryat a popular wriThe illustrations are very prettily
ter. It is animated and interesting, designed and cleverly executed. Altogether it is a book that may be put
pourtraying with great liveliness and into the hands of children, not only
accuracy,nautical manners and characwith safety, but with the greatest ad
teristics. The principal interest cen
tres in the adventures of Percival vantage. It is no peculiar praise to
Keene, the hero, whose mischievous say that it is beautifully printed, and tastefully bound, for so is every book
frolics are related, with an enjoyment
on the part of the author equal to now that issues from a respectable
the great originator of this class of publisher.
The story is nothing, and indeed Nobels, &c.
is scarcely needed for the develope. Massaniello. An Historical Romance. ment of the author's peculiar abi
Edited by Horace Smith, Esq. 3 vols. lities, the sketching a succession of post 8vo. pp. 932. London: H. humorous scenes and circumstances Colburn.
being his forte. The great fault of This is a novel of a class that a few modern fiction is, that it seems manu. years since was exceedingly popu- factured for an immediate market ; lar; but, which now has but few read. to be read by the devourers of such ers, and consequently few writers. productions, and then to be sold off The present specimen is not likely to to the lower-priced readers, when it re-introduce the fashion, for although gradually drops out of circulation. it displays an accurate knowledge of To elaborate character, and conits subject, and occasional powers of dense the experience of a life into a writing ; yet it is deficient in that few volumes, can hardly be expected, continuous interest that can alone when so much easier a process will give a permanent value.
make a work much more popular. There is every thing that should in. This it is that gives to the present terest-popular tumults-individual work and others of the same class a achievements-perilous situations — Aimsiness, which is styled lightness, daring efforts-and terrible excite- Fielding was four years writing Tom