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Travels into North America, are affecting by the de. scription of the sufferings occasioned by shipwreck, and Southey's Letters; written during a short Residence in Spain and Portugal, are stored with curious and interesting matter. Several tranflations of the Spanish and Portuguese poetry are interspersed, apparently fraught with the spirit of the originals. Such pieces must be acceptable to every lover of poetry.
next claims our attention, and no individual is insensible to irs charms. Here we have to enumerate Malone's Life of Sir Joshua Reynolds, prefixed to the edition of his works published by that Gentleman, which affords some interesting information; Holiday's Life of the great Earl of Mansfield; Memoirs of Lord Lovat, bebeaded on Tower-hill, written by himself; Tissot's Life of Zimmerman; Memoirs of Charette ; Biogra. phical Anecdotes of the Founders of the French Republic, and M.Cormick's Memoirs of Burke. The last work is curious, and contains articles of information which elucidate the political history of the present reign. Whence they were obtained we know not, but their
authenticity will no doubt be scrutinized by the friends of Mr. Burké. The eye glancing over the preceding list, will be dea tained by the names of Reynolds, Mansfield, aná Burke, three luminaries which shone in their several professions with a resplendent lustre. Every thing concerning such characters will excite curiosity. We are anxious to learn by what means they attained to that eminence from which they attracted the notice and admiration of mankind!
Under this branch of literature we shall only notice Nicholson's Journal of Natural Philosophy, which from the known talents of its author, bids fair for extensive usefulness. It promises to be a repository for a species of knowledge particularly serviceable to the interests of mankind. An acquaintance with the powers of Nature has been already appropriated to the extension of trade and coinmerce, whose connection with the pros. perity of Britain need not be here delineated.
The splendid edition of Milton, by Boydell, is ace complished. This is worthy of the highest praise. The writer of this article is now perusing afresh that great poet's immortal work, and is more than ever convinced that its descriptions afford exquisite materials for the pencil. It is pleasing to observe, that though Paradise Loft was neglected during the author's life-time, yet posterity has rendered it ample justice. Mr. Charnock has given to the Public his Prospectus of a History of Marine Architetture, which we trust will meet with every encouragement. The British nation, elevated above other countries by her naval consequence, will surely countenance a work destined to record her naval yictories,
Here we with pleasure mention the English Lyricsį Charlotte Smith's Elegiac Sonnets; Jackson's Reign of Liberty; Bidlake's Country Parfon ; Hurdis's Lectures on Poetry, and Poems by Mr. Fawcett, the celebrated orator of the Old Jewry. Of Mrs. Smith's Sonnets, we have to remark, that however beautiful, they are melancholy in the extreme. It is painful to observe that perfons of such genius should drink so deep of the cup of adversity. But we trust the will sustain her distress with a becoming dignity. To the above lift we add, The Invincible Island, by Mr. Stockdale, and The Warning Voice, both intended to serve the fame cause, and possessed of merit. We are therefore sorry to observe that on this account any differences should fubfift between their respective authors. Peter Pindar's Ode so the Livery of London, is distinguished by considerable Ihrewdness and wit. We must at the same time confess that we think it inferior to his other productions. This incomparable writer is often unequal to himself. Of the Pursuits of Literature, the opinions are very various. With some pretensions to elegance and learning, its satire is too indiscriminate to produce any considerable effect. We with his censures on many characters had been authenticated by facts.
affords a variety of productions. Mr. Lewis, the author of that pernicious novel the Monk, has produced a spirited translation of Schiller's tragedy of Cabal and Love, under the title of The Minister. Mr. Boaden also has brought forward the Italian Monk, supposed to be an imitation of Mrs. Radcliff's last production. There are other dramatical pieces--though none particularly de. serving of distinct enuineration. Mrs. Inchbald's Wives as they were, is a judicious performance, and does credit to the fair writer's talents. The stage, regulated by the rules of good sense and decorum, might serve to correct the manners of a licentious age. Much was done at the commencement of this century for its amendment by Jeremy Collier. Much, however, yet remains to be done, and will, we trust, be ever lung accomplished. Mr. Holcroft's performances posseis no small merit. We are sorry to see them borne down by the rancorous spirit of party. Before the respectable audience of a British theaire, merit alone ihould be adjudged.
Țhis is a species of composition variouslv estimated by mankind. Some persons flee them as deadliest poitin-whilst others devote days and nights to their peruiai. We are of opinion, that the truth lits between use
A good novel is not without its utility. Fictitious characters should always recommend vurue
and expose vice. Mrs. Gunning's Love at first sight, from the French, is tedious, extending to five volumes Golp's story-Henry Somerville-Church of St. Siffird and a few others, are entitled to commendation, Holcroft's conclusion of Hugh Trevor is a production worth perusal--though it requires caution to be exercised against some strange and eccentric principles. His antipathy to religion is highly reprehensible. But with persons well founded in their religious principles no injury can be apprehended. We must not close this article without mentioning The Castle of the Rock, or Memoirs of the Elderland Family, by the author of Derwent Priory. This is a work of merit. We wish that every novel was equally calculated to advance the interests of morality.
EDUCATION. We conclude with this article, for we are perfuaded every parent will join with us in thinking that it is of the utmost importance to the rising generation. Mental Amusements-Murray's English Exercises New Clasfcal Dictionary, and Dr. Darwin's Plan for the Conduet of Females in Boarding Schools, are books of confiderable utility. The latter gentleman, from his acknowledged abilities, is well qualified to write on the interesting subject. We are glad to see so much attention paid to the education of the youth of both sexes. This is the only folid foundation of future reputation and usefulness. The expenditure of money in their education is far preferable to the leaving them hand. some fortunes, which oftentimes prove inducements to vice, and are therefore fources of misery,
Thus have we briefly descanted on some of the principal publications in each of the most entertaining de. partments of literature. It affords pleafing matter of ipeculation. We are glad to remark, that amidst the din of war, and amidst an almost endless succession of revolutions in every part of Europe--the interests of
learning, learning, particularly in Great Britain, are not neglected. The fabric of our domestic literature is, indeed, rearing with an assiduous hand. We congratulate the fons of science on their inceffant exertion. Though they should not be rewarded with riches and titular honours, yet theirs is the satisfaction of the heart :
CHARACTER OF DR. SMOLLETT.
BY DR. MOORE.
“ The person of Smollett was stout and well proportioned, his countenance engaging, his manner reserved, with a certain air of dignity that seemed to indicate that he was not unconscious of his own powers. He was of a disposition so humane and generous, that he was ever ready to serve the unfortunate, and on some occasions, to allist them beyond what his circumstances could justify.-Though few could penetrate with more acuteness into character, yet none was more apt to overlook misconduct when attended with misfortune. He lived in an hofpitable manner, but he despised that hofpitality which is founded on ostentation, which entertains only those, whose fituation in life flatters the vanity of the entertainer, or such as can make returns of the same kind; that hospitality which keeps a debtor and creditor account of dinners. 'Smollett invited to his plain but plentiful table, the persons whose characters he esteemed, in whole conversation he delighted, and many for no other reason, than because they stood in need of his counLenance and protection. As nothing was more abhor