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have wished; and this neat descrip are constantly covered with snow. It tion of it, embellished with thirty. sometimes happens that a portion of this two Plates, will diffuse its celebrity frozen snow becomes loosened, and from through every portion of the United a great height comes rolling down. It Empire.
gathers in its course; and becomes at
last so large, as to cover and destroy 58. Scenes in Europe, for the Amusement houses, or even a whole village.
“ Some of the valleys are full of ice; and Instruction of little Tarry-at-home Travellers. By the Rev. Isaac Taylor.
which is never wholly melted. These 12mo, pp. 93. Harris.
are called glaciers ; and have the ap
pearance of solid waves, as if a stormy IN LXXXIV pretty delineations, sea had been suddenly frozen," accompanied by short and appropriate descriptions, the scenery and the cus 59. Frankenstein; or the Modern Protoms of Europe are exhibited to the metheus. In Three Vols. 12mo, pp. Tarry-at-homeTravellers. The“Swiss 540. Lackington and Co. Peasants" shall be a specimen.
THIS Tale is evidently the produc- : “ Switzerland consists of a cluster of tion of no ordinary Writer ; and, mountains, called the Alps; some of though we are shocked at the idea of them very high, covering the North of the event on which the fiction is foundItaly, towards Germany and France. 'ed, many parts of it are strikingly Mountains of course bave vallies between good, and the description of the scenethem. These vallies afford rich produce
ry is excellent. to cultivation; and these mountains
In the pride of Science, the Hero of give pasture to cattle in time of peace, and, what is perhaps more important; self the structure of a buman being :
the Tale presumes to take upon hiinafford to the inhabitants shelter and fastnesses for defence, in time of war :
in which, though he in some degree is which bas made it impossible to subdue supposed to have succeeded, he forthem. All people inhabiting mountains feits every comfort of life, and fipally are more or less free, on this account. even life itself. Less liable to be disturbed, they have a “ The event," we are told, “ has been noble simplicity of character. Peace, supposed, by Dr. Darwin, and some of and rural competence, with the frank
the physiological writers of Germany, as ness which liberty and independence not of impossible occurrence. I shall give, mark the Swiss; and form a charm
not be supposed as according the remowhich greatly interests the strangers test degree of serious faith to such an who visit them.
imagination ; yet, in assuming it as the “ Rural scenery, and natural plea- basis of a work of fancy, I have not consures, usually have powerful and lasting sidered myself as merely weaving a series influence on the heart. The Swiss are
of supernatural terrors. The event on so much attached to their native coun which the interest of the story depends try, that a certain song, called Ranz des
is exempt from the disadvantages of a Vaches, sung by the cowherds, affects
mere tale of spectres or enchantment. them so when in a foreign land, that It was recommended by the novelty of they must return home, or they pine the situations wbich it developes ; and, away and die. It is thus:
however impossible as a physical fact, af“ Oh when shall I return one day, fords a point of view to the imagination To all I love, though far away,
for the delineating of human passions Our brooks so clear,
more comprehensive and commanding Our bamlets dear,
than any which the ordinary relations of Our cots so nigh,
existing events can yield.-The story was Our mountains bigh;
begun in the majestic region where the And sweeter still than mount or dell,
scene is principally laid, and in society The ever gentle Isabel.
which cannot cease to be regretted. I Beneath the elm, in verdant mead,
passed the summer of 1816 in the enviDance to the shepberd's rural reed. rons of Geneva. The season was cold Oh when shall I return one day,
and rainy, and in the evenings we crowd To all I love, though far away.
ed around a blazing wood fire, and occaMy father, mother, I'll caress; sionally amused ourselves with some My sister, brother, fondly press : German stories of ghosts, which_hapWhile lambkins play,
pened to fall into our hands. These And cattle stray ;
tales excited in us a playsul desire of imiAnd smiles my lovely shepherdess." tation. Two other friends (a tåle from
“ The Avalanche, or Mountain Snow the pen of one of whom would be far ball. --The tops of the Alpine mountains more acceptable to the publick than any
thing I can ever hope to produce) and The list of books printed, at the myself agreed to write each a story, Clarendon Press from 1759 to 1817, founded on some supernatural occur is an article of considerable interest.
The weather, however, suddenly became serene; and my two friends left
“ The Clarendon Printing-House was
built in 1712, out of the profits arising me on a journey among the Alps, and lost, in the magnificent scenes which
from the sale of the History of the Rebelthey present, all memory of their ghostly lion, the copy-right of which was given visions. The following tale is the only
to the University by Edward Hyde, Earl one which has been completed."
of Clarendon, the Chancellor. Since the
year 1758 it has been under the manageIf we mistake not, this friend was a
ment of Delegates, who are nominated Noble Poet.
by the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors,
and approved by Convocation."
61. Treatise on the Science of Shipsm. 8vo, pp. 304. Rivingtons.
building ; with Observations on the Bri
tish Navy; the extraordinary Decay THIS useful Publication, though it of the Men of War; and on the Causes, has not the pame of an Editor, is evi Effects, and Prevention, of the Dry dently the work of no ordinary Com Rot : also, on the Growth and Managepiler; and cannot fail of being ac ment of T'imber Trees; the whole, with ceptable not only to every one in any a View to improve the Construction and degree connected with the University Durability of Ships, By Isaac Blackof Oxford, but also to all who are in
burn, Ship-builder, Plymouth. 4to, pp. terested in the History of those who
184. Asperne, have adorned their country by lite THIS is an excellent practical com
panion to Mr. Derrick's “ Memoirs The dates bere furnished to the
of the Rise and Progress of the Royal Biographer are eninently useful; and Navy,” noticed in our vol. LXXVI. the lists of all that could be wished for
pp. 650, 894, 1145. are copious and accurate. To those who may occasionally much surprise, how greatly the ships of
“ It has been long observed, and with wish to visit the Bodleian Library, ei
our enemies have excelled our own in ther from curiosity or to obtain in
point of sailing. A review of the wars formation, the following article may
since the French revolution of 1789, will be important :
strongly confirm this observation. Great “ The Library is open, between Lady- Britain, exalted by her commerce and Day and Michaelmas, from nine in the the prowess of her Navy, to the sovemorning till four in the afternoon : be- reignty of the seas, endures the mortifytween Michaelmas and Lady-Day, from ing disgrace of being tebind most of the ten in the morning till three in the af maritime Powers in Europe, and tbat of
America, in the science of ship building, “ It is closed on all Sundays, Fast or the theory of the formation of the Days, and State Holidays; also, from
bodies of ships. This is, indeed, so noChristmas Eve to the first of January, torious, that, in a debate on the subjeet inclusively; on the Feast of Epiphany;
in the House of Lords, on the 21st of from Good Friday to Easter Tuesday, in- Feb. 1815, it was, on all hands, admitted clusively; on the Ascension-Day; Whit. to be the fact ; and even the First Lord Monday and Whit-Tuesday; on the days of the Admiralty did not scruple to deof Encenia and Commemoration; seven
clare, that the French, and even the days immediately following the first of Russian and Danish Ship-builders, were September; and eight days preceding found more capable of uniting the theory the Visitation of the Library, which
of naval architecture with the practice takes place on the 8th of November. than the English Ship-builder. « On all other Holidays the Library is
“ This is a disgrace, in which our opened immediately after the University Theorists and our practical Ship builders Sermon."
are alike involved. One of its causes is,
that the theoretical works on the subject We have made this extract, as we are written in terms so abstruse, as not koow that persons have frequently to be intelligible to the simple practigone from London and otber distant tioner; – he cannot obtain from those places, at the time when the Library works that knowledge of the Laws of the has been closed, and consequently resistance and restitution of water, which have been grievously disappointed. is indispensably necessary to qualify him
for his profession. The Art labours un Towns. By John C. Yeatman, Memder another disadvantage : there are no ber of the Royal College of Surgeons, fixed principles laid down ; theory, ex &c. &c. 8vo. pp. 33, Longman and Co. periment, and practice, being all at vari.
AFTER many cogent arguments ance. Mathematicians themselves main- in favour of the benevolent plan retain opposite opinions, and even experi- commended by Mr. Yeatman, he obments are found not to coincide. Prac
serves that tice, having thus been guided almost ex- • clusively by experience, has made but
“ A list of towns having a population slaw advances towards improvement in
of from 5 to 12,000, surrounded by a poputhe art of ship-building. "There exists, lous neighbourhood, may be easily cited woreover, in this country, a want of
where those highly useful establishments cordiality between the Theorist and the would prove an honour and an ornament. practical Ship-builder; the former is too
Huddersfield,Doncaster, Salisbury, Taunlittle esteemed by the latter, from bis ton, Bridgwater, and many others, have baving no fixed principles; and the lat. at different periods seen and appreciated ter is treated with indifference by the their vast utility. And here, without former for his ignorance in science: and launching out into high-sounding praises both, groping in the dark, acquire no
of the good conferred on mankind by inconfidence in each other.
firmaries, and without harrowing up the “ The subject is much more difficult feelings of humanity by depicting the than it is generally considered. To be
wretched condition of thousands of poor, thoroughly acquainted with that which even in this bappy country, languishing is already known, it is necessary that an
under disease, and sometimes withered individual be at once a good Mathema- by the breath of contagion, I conclude tician, a practical Ship-builder, and an
this small pamphlet; sincerely hoping experienced Seaman; and until a know that, in a time of general peace, and in ledge of these several branches be united
this age of charity and of coming pros. in one person, and that he, moreover, perity, the sick pauper will not be suf. possess great parts and sound judgment, fered to remain without adequate assist. the science will hardly emerge from its
ance, either in the hovel of a country present obscurity.
hamlet, within the wretched walls of a “ What is submitted in this treatise poor-bouse, or amidst the crowded teneare practical inferences drawn by the ments of a manufacturing town.” writer, from experiments made in this and other countries on floating bodies ; 63. An Essay on the Disorders of Old from the opinions of different theorists;
Age, and of the Means of prolonging and from his own observations and expe
Life. By Anthony Carlisle, F.R.Š. rience. The writer is apprehensive, that
F. S.A. F.L.S. &c. &c. 8vo. pp. 103. inuch of what he advances may not be
Longman and Co. free from error. He considers the Sci EVERY man who is old enough ence to be yet extremely imperfect, and to be his own Physician will readily involved in much obscurity. His object
concur with this ingenious Author in is rather to render the subject familiar, the principal features of his learoed by giving a more general notion of it, than to exhibit a perfect treatise. If,
“ Essay ;" and the younger part of by his endeavours, any additional light bis Readers may receive from it both should be thrown upon the Science, and
amusement and instruction. the art of ship-building receive any degree of improvement, his object would
64. Personal Narrative of Travels to be attained. So much does the welfare
the Equinoctial Regions of the New of this country depend on the efficiency
Continent, during the years 1799 of its Navy, that the most humble at
1804. By Alexander de Humboldt, tempt towards that object needs no
and Aimé Bonpland. Written in other apology."
French by Alexander de Humboldt, The Author's motives are highly
and transluted into English by Helen
Maria Williams. Longman and Co. commendable. He appears to understand the subject ; and we doubt not
MR. HUMBOLDT is one of the but his suggestions will receive every few travellers imbued with the spirit proper degree of attention.
of discovery; a man of science, sin
gularly exact in bis observations, 62. Remarks on the Medical Care of yet eminently alive to the pleasures Parochial Poor, with a few Observa
of the imagination. A philosopher tions on the improvement of Poor. in the spirit of analysis pervading his Houses, and on the necessity of estab- reflexions; a poet in the energy of lishing Small Infirmaries in Populous his conceptions, and the intensity of
his feelings, when he surrenders him they first disembarked; a vague desire self to the emotions produced by to re-visit that spot roots itself, in their beauty or sublimity in the contem- minds, to the most advanced age. Cuplation of Nature. The present vo
mana and its dusty soil are still more lume is rich, not only in description, frequently present to my imagination
than all the wonders of the Cordilleras ; but in general and local information
beneath the fine sky of the South, the respecting the constitution of Coluuial light and the magic of the ethereal society, the religious establishments hues embellish a land almost destitute subsisting in the Indian villages, the
of vegetation. The sun does not merely relative condition of the mixed casts,
enlighten; it colours the objecis, and the principles and practice of Colonial
wraps them in a thin vapour, which, policy. Many little anecdotes are without changing the transparency of interspersed, which interest our sym the air, renders its tints more harmopathies in favour of the Writer. nious, softens the effects of the light, The following passage affords a spe
and diffuses over Nature that calm which cimen of his fine talent for that pe
is reflected in our souls. To explain this culiar kind of description in which the
vivid impression, which the aspect of dignity of intellect is combined with
the scenery in the two Indies produces,
on coasts where there is little tbe grace of fancy and the attraction
wood, it will be sufficient to recollect of sentiment:
that the beauty of the sky augments “ We quitted the borders of Cumana from Naples towards the Equator, alas if we had long been their inbabitants : most as much as from Provence towards this was the first land we had touch the South of Italy.' ed under a zone towards which my wishes had been turned from my earliest 65. Observations, Moral, Literary, and youth. There is something so great, so Antiquarian, made during a Tour powerful, in the impression made by Na
through the Pyrenees, South of France, ture in the climate of tbe Indies, that, Switzerland, the whole of Italy, and after an abode of a few months, we the Netherlands, in 1814 and 1816. seemed to have lived there during a By John Milford, jun. late of St. long succession of years. In Europe John's College, Cambridge. the inhabitant of the North and of the MR. Milford possesses the first rePlains feels an almost similar emotion quisite of a companionable traveller, when he quits, even after a short abode, that of being always alive to the imthe shores of the Bay of Naples-the de pressions of the moment: bis perlicious country between Tivoli and the Lake of Nemi, or the wild and solemn ceptions are quick, his observa. scenery of the higher Alps and the Py
tions commonly just, bis descriptions renees. Yet every where under the tem- lively, his reflections judicious, and
To an inperate zone the effects of the physio- sometimes impressive. gnomy of the vegetables afford little con teresting object be becomes all eye, trast ; the firs and the oaks that crown all ear, all soul. To justify this opithe Mountains of Sweden have a certain nion we give the following extract, family air with those which vegetate in in wbich he describes bis pilgrimage the fine climates of Greece and Italy. to the tomb of Virgil, a subject cerBetween the Tropics, on the contrary, tainly not new, but to which few Tra. the lower regions of both Indies every vellers have lent so much attraction. thing in nature appears new and mar “ I rose early one morning, and took vellous. In the open plains, and amid an agreeable long walk, passing over the gloom of forests, almost all remem
the country where the Antient Romans brances of Europe are effaced; for it is had their villas. The whole is well the vegetation that determines the cha- wooded. The vines grow to a great racter of a landscape, and acts upon our height, and are entwined round forest imagination by its mass, the contrast of trees, so that in summer there must be its forms, and the glow of its colours.
one continued arbour and delightful In proportion as impressions are power shade. The orange, fig, and other ful and new, they weaken antecedent
fruit trees, add much to the beauty of impressions, and their strength gives the scenery. Without meeting with them the appearance of duration. I ap- any direct path, I rambled about the peal to those who, more sensible of hills, and every now and then was fully the beauties of Nature than of the repaid for the difficulty of the ascent by charms of social life, have long resided one of the finest sea views in nature. I in the Torrid Zone ; how dear, how me passed through the Grotto of Pausilippo, morable during life, is the land where which is an astonishingly bold and won. Gent. MAG. April, 1818.
derful work. Various are the conjeo. wild fowl of various kinds, and the weze tures respecting this immense vault, ther so delightful as to remind me of which is supposed to have been made the approach of spring. The sea was previously to the time of the Romans, most strikingly beautiful, the moun. and is excavated through the mountains tains which jut out into it occasionally for a distance of 2316 feet ; its' general forming, in appearance, a number of height is 40 feet, its breadth 20. In picturesque lakes, here is an island, the centre is a small chapel, dedicated and there a little village on the declivity to the Virgin ; and on the top are two of a hill. I experienced the most pleasopenings, which have been pierced ing sensations on beholding all these through the mountains to admit the lovely objects wbich sarfounded the Lake light from above: this, however, is of Agnano oro. After crossing the not sufficient, and even with the belp of mountains covered with romantic woods, lamps the vault is generally dark. On we arrived at an enchanting valley, in beholding the extent of this grand un which the fig-tree, the vine, and poplar dertaking, one would almost imagine it are most luxuriant. To complete the , to have been the work of ages.
landscape, by the side of the scattered “ On this mountain, which stands to
cottages you will observe the fragrant the West of the City, are a number of orange-tree. villas belonging to the Neapolitans, de “I had been treading on classic lightfully situated, and surrounded by ground during the whole of my walk. gardens, wherein vegetation appears This is the country celebrated in the more beautiful than elsewhere. I now verses of the immortal Virgil; aud in reacbed the small building called the these delightful spots dwelt the Ancient Tomb of Virgil,' situated in a quiet re Romans.' cess on the ridge of the same mountain of Pausilippo, and so perfectly hidden 66. Letters from the Albé Edgeworth from human view that you do not per to his Friends. Written between the ceive it till the very entrance., Little is Years 1777 and 1807 ; with Memoirs to be seen in the interior of the build
of his Life, by the Rev. Thomas. R. ing, which is of brick, and about 20 England. Longman and Co. feet in lengtb, and as many in height: you merely remark the niches in the
IT is consolatory to reflect that the wall, which formerly contained the urn
French Revolution, so fertise in borand vases. The tomb is covered with
rors and in crimes, offers many subturf, and on the top the trunk now alone lime memorials of virtue and of picts. remains of the famous laurel, which in that brief but eventful period we tradition said had sprung spontanevusly, have seen equalled and surpassed and would never wither. I cut off a whatever examples had been traosmorsel of the wood as a memento. This mitted from Antiquity of disinterested then is the tomb supposed to have con benevolence, heroic fortitude, or intained the ashes of the immortal Poet. flexible magnanimity. Madame Eli. What pleasing sensations every one zabeth has been ofteo compared to must feel on beholding it. The bra! Regulus; but ionumerable are the ches and leaves of the evergreens en• tirely cover this small pyramidal build- be instituted, and no parallel pro
instances in which no comparison can ing, and add much to its romantic
duced. beauty. On a tablet fixed in the rock,
Christianity and improved close to the entrance, you will read the civilization have called into existence following lines :
virtues unknown to Greece or Ronie: Qui cineres, tumuli hæc vestigia con and experience has proved that the ditur olim
exercise of fortitude, or the display of Ille hoc qui cecinit Pascua Rura Duces. heroism, is not necessarily irnpeded by
“ After continuing my walk for some the progress of elegance and refivemiles, I arrived at the Lake of Agnano, ment. The Abbé Edgeworth, so well about half a mile in diameter, and si- known as the Confessor who attuated in a valley entirely hemwed in tended Louis the Sixteenth in bis last by mountains: its situation is wildly moments, had resided many years at beautiful, and well adapted for minds Paris in the seminary of les Missions fond of contemplation. A French Au. Etrangers, where he was casually rethor concludes bis description of this Lake with the following sentence: 1
commended to Madame Elizabeth for will say to all melancholy and tender her Confessor, and from that period hearts who shall visit Naples, do not
was steadily attached to the Royal fail to go and sit down on the borders Family. His letters are highly in. of the Lake Agnano.'—The surface of teresting, and even instructive ; sioce the Lake is covered with innumerable ihey exbibit, in trying situations,