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Singers's Statement of the Number,
Livings, &c. of the Scotch Clergy 377

Smith's, James, Essays on the
Principles of Christianity 523

Smith s, Mary, Observations on Se-
duction - 276

Smith's, Thomas, Essay ou Money

and Exchange, - - 355

State o. Britain in 1808 - 185

Steadman 5 Charge at I engilly's Or--

dination - - 187

Stewart's Poem on the Resurrection 365

Stockdale's Lectures on English

Poets » - 220

Stone's Letter to the Bishop of Lon-
don on his Citation before the Spi-
ritual Court - 1- - - , - 84

Stiictures on Free Discussion 466

Struthers's Poems ----- 247

Stylts's Defence of lis Essay on the
stage against the Annual Review 185

Succi ssion of Sacred Literature,
Adam Claike's 17

System, Riddellian ----- 562


Tanner, Hawker's Life and Writings

of 329

Thomson's Four Sermons at Leeds 362

Thoughts on a General Union of In-
dependent Churches - - - 98
Topographical History of England 565
Travelling Recreations - - - 184
Trigonometry, Bonnyca.-tle's Treatise

on 58

Twining's Letter on Indian Missions 70
Two Letters to the Proprietors of

East India Stock ----- 80
Tuke's Duties of Religion and Mora-

lity 184

Vega Carpio, Lord Holland's Life of

Lope de ----- 41)6

Vindication of the Hindoos - - 253


Portraiture of Methodism, Night-
ingale's - . • w. . » « 172

Quarles's, Francis, Meditations, So-

liloques, and Pray rs - - - 550

Quaest ones Graecae, Simpson's - 87

Questii ns, Buliar's, on the Scrip-

tures - ----,-.. 467

Reign of Charlemagne, Card's - 542

Rc-maii s of Henry Krke White 193
Resurrection, a Poem - - - 365 of Chr.st, Cook's Illus-
tration o the Evidence for - 479

Rice's Collectanea Oiatoria - 87

Riddellian System - - - - - 562
Ritchie's Life of David Hume - 1
Robertson's Reply to a Monthly and

Critical Reviewer - - - - 423
Robinson's Juvenile Poems - - 563
Rowse's Outlines of English History
in Verse ---. .---84

JJadee's Gulistan, in Hindoostanee 280

Scott's, Walter, Marmion - - 407
Scott's Sermon at Hull on the Im-
portance of the Sabbath - - 89
Scott's Sermon at Wallingford for
Pentycross ------ 564

Sermon, A. Bennet's, on the Son of
Joseph --------8"5

, Bishop's, for C Winter 363
» , Bogue's, for Dissenters'

Grammar School ... - 462

———, Cartwrighl's, at Spring

Garden 567

, Cecil's, for Newton - - 276

, Cubbing Fast • - - 370

■ , Dickson's, on Education 376

— , Fletcher's Fast - - - 563

■ , Goltlina's, tor C. Winter - 561

■ . J islands, at C'Oydon lfc9
, Lawnnpe's, at Oxford 183

— , Moi vpenny's Visitaton 186

, Fli mptrei's, at Margate 87 , Scott's, at Hull - 89

■ , Scott's for Pin ycross - 564
— , Steaduian's Ordin.t on 187

'r Winters, on Education

— , Wranghani's Ass.ze





Seru.ons, Baytie.-'s Naval,

■ ■ —, Cia 's

——, F«l)iW(SS

— —, Hawkit.s'sTwoonWitcl-

craft' ... - 468

, Thomson's Four, at Leeds362

Ward's Orig'nal Poetry - - - 183
Wai tng's, Major Scott, Observations
on the State ot the East India Com-
pany - - - - ■ - - - 154

Reply to Owen - - - 336

, Letter to - - - - - 336

———, ——, Answer to - - 440

Watson's Compendium of Natural

and Revealed Religion - - 279

Webster, Noah, Remarks on hisStrie

tares in the Boston Panoplist en the

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For JANUARY, 1808,

Art. I. Account of the Life and Writings of David Hume, Esq. By Thomas Edward Ritchie. 8vo. pp. 520. Price 10s. 6d, Cadell and Davies. 1807. '"THIS is by no means so ample a memoir as the number of pages would seem to indicate. The last 80 pages are occupied with Hume's publication in French, relative to the affair with Rousseau; a translation of this pamphlet is inserted in the narrative, accompanied by several additional letter* on the same business, and engrossing more than 100 pages; and about 130 pages are filled with criticism on Hume's writings, eight pages that were printed in the first edition of his Essays, but in the later ones omitted bv the author, and a critique en Wilkie's Epigoniad, sent by Hume to the Critical 'Review. Much less than half the book, therefore, is occupied with what is strictly biographical, even if we include a considerable number of his letters to some of liis distinguished friends, especially Dr. Robertson. In so much of the volume as we owe to the pen of Mr. Ritchie, we do not find occasion for any great measure of either praise or blame. It is written with perspicuity, in a style not clumsy, but not remarkable for elegance. The detail of the few events of Hume's life would be sufficiently orderly, if there appeared less eagerness to seize and dilate every circumstance that can be introduced as an episode. A character of sense and independence is visible throughout; and the present is one, of the very few biographers who are free from the weakness of enthusiastically admiring, or the hypocrisy, of affecting so to admire, the mixed and imperfect subject of their pages. If he *:ould have brought himself to the obsequiousness of promising to laud his subject up to the pitch of eulogy which would have gratified the delicate ears of Hume's living relations, he might have been enabled to supply a great deficiency of information respecting the early years and habits of the philosopher; but we Vol. IV. B

are compelled to approve the independent conduct described in the note at page 4.

* In the hope of being enabled to fill up any chasm in this narrative, I applied to a near relation cf Mr. Hume, and was told, that if the work was to advance his fame, and a copy of the manuscript furnished to the family, the information wanted would, perhaps, be supplied. With such conditions I refused compliance, choosing rather to remain satisfied with the little I had otherwise obtained, than to fetter my sentiments, and subject myself to so laborious a task, in return for what was probably of little importance.'

In the narrative part, great use is necessarily made of Hume's own memoir, called " My Own Life," with the addition of Dr. Smith's details of the circumstances which preceded the exit. This is followed by a general estimate of Hume, as a metaphysician, a moralist, a writer on general policy, and a historian. It is a brief review of ail ins writings, and evinces a good share of acuteness and knowledge. The last 13 pages of this review are filled with a curious collection of sentences from the History of England, as they stand corrected in the later editions, compared with the same sentences of the first edition, which are placed in an opposite column, with here and there a suggestion from Mr. R. of still further corrections, wanted in some of these sentences. It would not seem that Mr. Hume's composition can pretend to high merit on the ground of correctness.

It is not the biographer's fault that Hume's life furnished but a singularly meagre and uninteresting detail. It is curious to thiiik how many thousands of his contemporaries whose names are forgotten, would have supplied each a far more animated and entertaining narrative. The story of many a common soldier or sailor, main' a highwayman, many a gipsey, many a deserted child, and many a beggar, would have kept awake the attention which is much inclined to slumber over an account of this celebrated philosopher.—He was born at Edinburgh in nil. There was some undefined quantity of nobility in the blood of his ancestors on both sides, and therefore we suppose in his own, of which he is said to have been always extremely vain. We are told, " the juvenile years of Hume were not marked by any thing which can attract our notice. His father died while our historian was an infant, and left the care of him, his elder brother Joseph, and sister Catharine, to their mother, who, although in the hloom of life, devoted herself to the education of her children with laudable assiduity." He went to school and to college, was designed by his friends for the law, but was often guilty of slyly stealing from the lectures of his venerable tutors, V«et and Vinnius, into the much more dashing company of Cicero and

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