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Art. XXIII. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION.
Works of Dryden, will very soon appear; and also his poem of" Marmion."
John Weyland, Jim. Esq author of a Short Enquiry int6 the Poor Laws, will shortly publish a Letter to a Country Gentleman on the Education of the Lower Orders of Society. i
Mr. Bigland, the author of Letters on> History, and other Works, is about to publish a History of the World, to bo comprised in four closely priuted octavo volumes. It will include also a geographical description of the different countries of the globe, and an accouut of whatever is most interesting in relation to their natural productions, inhabitants, &C.
The M<dical and Chirurgical Society will shortly publish a small selection of the most interesting Papers on Subjects relating to Medicine and Surgery,which have been read at the meetings of the society durin'j* thelast two years,
The second vdome of the New London Medical Dictionary, completing that work,illustrated by a great number of plates, will be published in March next.
Mr. Hill of Hinckley, is preparing a work on those diseases of the Bone* which produce Distortions of the Spine and Limbs, in which the medical, surgical, and mechanical modes of treatment will be considered.and thelattermude illustrated byplntes.
Nearly ready for the press, in one vomme octavo, An Inquiry into the Changes of the Human Body at the different Ages: contain
*#*. Gentlemen and Publishers who have works in the press, will oblige the Conductors of */;<; Eclectic Review, by sending information (portpaid,) of the subject, extent, and probable price of such worts; which they may depend on being communicated to the public, if consistent with its plan.
The Rev. J. W. Cunningham has in the press an Essay on the Duty, Means, and Consequences of introducing the Christian-Religion into Asia.
The third and fourth volume of Sermons^by the late Rev. George Walkerj President of the Manchester Society, with a new edition of the first arid second volumes, will appear shortly. His two volumes of Essays, Philosophical, Lterary, and Moral, arc also in a state of forwardness; to which will be prefixed, Memoirs of (lis Life.
A volume of Sarmons, by the late Archdeacon Paley, will shortly be published.
Mr. Bihgley has nearly ready for publication, in two small volumes, the Economy of a Christian Life; consisting of maxims and rules of religious and moral conduct, taken from the Sacred Writings.
The Rev. Josiah Pratt, editor of the Works of Bishop Hall, just completed, in ten octavo volumes, will shortly publish, in three octavo volumes, the Works of Bishop. Hopkins, with a, Life of the author, and; a copious Index.
The. Rev. W. Davy, of Lasfleigh, has now completed his System of Divinity,4he first volume of which, printed by himself appeared about twelve years ago. The wurk extends to twenty-six volumes, octavo; and tie proposes to publish the whore in a uniform manner, rfa sufficient number of friends shall be found to authorize so. extensive an undertaking.
er. Malcolm is employed in etching fifty a concise History of the Natural and Morbid'
plates from drawings made by himself, State of the Organs, and the Causes of the
which 4TC to be accompanied by expluna- General Mortality in each Period of Life: to
tory and historical pages. The idea of this which are prefixed General Observations on
work hus occurred to him from observing the Changes of Organization in the Animal
that most topographical publications have an.l Vegetable Kingdoms, written in a stila
originated almost exclusively from the same intelligible to general readers, by Thomas
jet of antique buildings. Mr. M. intensd to Jamesjn, M. D. Member of the Colleges of Seek such new and interesting subjects, as
phut! not only give the architectural, but the natural characteristics of the place; selected with such a portion of circumjacent landscape, as will be useful in a geographical point of view.
©r. Jnmieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language,, in two quarto volumes, will appear, in a few. weeks.
Mr. Walter Sfots'8 sdititm (if the ««tin»
Physicians of London and Edinburgh, and Carleton Honse.
A new work has just been put to press entitled the Medical Mentor, or Refletions on the History, Importance, Objects, and Difficulties of the Healing Art; consisting of a series of letters from an old physician fo his son, during his collegiate and other studies,preparatory tohis engagements in the active ■ntif««f^ht nrafatdian. It is te t^mprise a
8istory of Physio^ a View of the Present State of Medical Practitioners; an Account of the Qualification necessary for , the Profession; with a General View of the Education and Preparatory Studies best adapted to qualify the Pupil for the Discharge of its Duties; together with o Variety of Miscellaneous Remarks on Subjects connected with the Practice of Physic and Science in general.
The first part of the third volume of Mr. John Bell's Surgery, containing Consultations and Operations, is now ready for publication .
Mr. Bell has been long occupied in preparing two works, of which the following is i slight account.
1. The Elements of Surgery, deduced from Anatomy, in short aphoristical rules, of the conduct of the Surgeon in every ordinary accident of praotice, as well as in every greater operation. On one plate will be represented the various forms of the disease; on the opposite p'ate, plans of the parts or dissections, and the instruments with which the operation is performed, and in the accompanying text, short rules for distinguishing the nature of the disease, and for its general treatment.
II. A collection of the most interesting and useful Cases, adapted to illustrate the .Aphorisms of Surgery, and the Practice of Medicine, in all organic diseases, selected from the works'of thelearned societies of London Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin, Sec. and from the greatest masters of the profession iu England; as Hunter, Monro, Baillie, Aberaethy. The whole will make five octavo volumes- These volumes will be accompanied by short prefaces, introductory of each subject, and marginal notes explaining each individual ca>e, commenting upon the nature and tendency of the disease, and pointing out the ingenuity, the mistakes, the success, or the disappointments of the original author.
A new edition of Mr. Bell's popular work on the Cow-pox will shortly be published.
Dr. Carpenter, of Exeter, is preparing for publication, an Account of the Structure and Function of the Eye, principally intended to illustrate the arguments contained in the first and second chapters of Paley's Natural Theology. It will be printed to eorresponed in size and type with that work, so as to bind up with it, if wished by the purchasers.
A new edition of Miss Edgeworth's Irish Bulls, altered, and very much improved, "will be ready hi a few days.
Dr. Shaw will publish his Lectures on Natural Hfetory, delivered last year at the Eoyal Institution; and tbey are now in the *ress. They will be illustrated with plates.
The Rev. Richard Cecil, Minister of St. John's, Chapel,"Bedford Row, is preparing a Memoir of the late eminent Rev. John Newton, Rector of St. Mary Woolnoth, who died on the 21st of December, aged 8'2 years. Mr. Cox will shortly put to press anew and improved edition, in octavo, of his Life of Lord Walpole. _ _ _ .,
The Rev. Thomas Rees has nearly ready for publication a Familiar Introduction to the Arts and Sciences. It will form one volume, and will comprise the fundamental principles of scientific knowledge; simplified, and adapted to the capacities of cbildren'anrl young persons; illustrated by a considerable number of appropriate engravings. Questions and practical exercises will be appended to each department of consequence.
Early this month will be published tn« third edit'on of the " Complete Grazier," (the second edition of which we noticed in our number for September, 180T) rerised, corrected, and materially enlarged. Among the additions will be found three new plates, describing the most useful grasses, together with various additional particulars introduced respecting sheep, grasses, and wool, beside new sections on the subjects of asses, mules, poultry, rabbits, bees, &c. A copious pnd enlarged Index, together with ■ / new Table of Contents, accompanying this impression.
Proposals are issued In Philadelphia for a new edition of Dr. Gill's Exposition, wbichj. is'about to be published, 10 vols. 4to. at sis dolars each.' •
Dr. Hawker is about to publish -a reply to the virulent " Hints,'' of" a Barrister" on Evangelical Preaehing.
Mr. Styles, Author of the Essay, on 'the Stage has in the press Memoirs of the: Life of David Brainerd, Missionary, with extracts from his Diary, and Journal, illustrative of his character and usefulness.
Mr. Boner has in great forwardness, A full and circumstantial Account of the Life of Luther, and of the Reformation; of which lie was the instrument.
Mr. XJraham has issued proposals for a Volume of Sermons, to be published by Subscription.
Mr. Jay is engaged in prepapingt Memoirs of the late Rev. Cornelius Winter, Written by himself.
An Apology for the late Christian Missions to India. By A. Fuller.
Obstacles to Success in Religious Educatioe: a Sermon, by. the -Rev. R. Winter, a* the Monthly Meeting, Jan. 7, 1808. ■•''
Art. XXX. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.
Letters and Papers on Agriculture, Planting, See. selected from the correspondence of the Bath and West of England Society, for the encouragement of Agriculture, Arts, &cy Vol. II. 8vo. 7s. 6d.
An Introduction to the Tcnowledge of rare and valuable editions of the Greek and Latin Classics, including the account of Polyglot .Bibles, the best Greek, and Greek and Latin editions of the Septuagint and New Testament; the Scriptores de lie llmlka; Greek Romances, and Lexicons, and Grammars. By the Rev. Frognal Dibdin, F. S.A. # vols, crown 8vo. 18s. boards.
Memoirs of Sir Thomas More, with a new translation of his Utopia, his History of king Richard III. and his Latin Poems, by Arthur Cay ley, the younger, .Esq. 2 vols. 4to. 21. 2s.
Memoirs of the Life of David Garrick, Esq. interspersed with Characters and Anecdotes of his Theatrical Contemporaries. The whole forming a History of the Stage, including a period uf thirty-six years, by Thomas Davis, 2 vols, small 8vo. "new edition, with additions and illustrative notes 14s.
Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Ceoige Buchanan. By David Twiue. 8vo. 9a. boards.
An Essay on the Theory of Money, and •f Exchange. 1'y Thomas" Suiith. 7s.
Amusing Observations, made by Children jn farly Life, which will enab.'e them to it urn to read and converse v ith propriety; with twelve engravings, Is. 6<i. plain, oris, fid. coloured.
A newMitftod of learning with facility the Greek Tongue; from the French of the Messieurs de Port Royal. By Thomas LL. D-. A new edition 8vo. ItK fid. boards.
Abre;.e de L'Histoire d'Atigleterrr-; t;aduHe de la tieizieme edition du Dr. Goldsmith. 12rno. 6s. fid. sheep.
Annals of Great Britain, from the Accession of George II. to the Peace of Amiens. 3 Vojb. 8vo. II. 7s.
The'Trial of J. Ratford, one of- the British Seamen who were taken out of the •Amtrican, Frigate Chesapeake when searched
by the Leopard; in which the Grounds of» the present Dispute between Great Britain and America are shewn in the Clearest and most Authentic Manner. Is.'
Statutes at large, 47 George 3d 4to. 16s. boards.
Zoography; or the Beauties of Nature, displayed" in select Descriptions from the Animal and Vegetable, with additions from the Mineral Kingdom,' systematically arranged. By W. Wood, F. L. S. 3 vols. 8m. with plates. By M*. W. Daniel, demy 3U I3s. 6d. royal 61. 6s.
A Sermon on the duty and expediency of translating the Scriptures into the current Languages of the East, for the use and benefit of the Natives: preached, by special appointment, before the University of Oxford, Nov. 29, 1 807, by the Rev. Edward Nates*. M. A. late Fellow of Merton College, ana Rector of Biddenden, Kent. 3s. 6d.
The expediency of translating otlr Scriptures into several of the oriental languages, and the means of rendering those Translations useful, in an attempt to convert the Nations of India to the Christian Faith; a Sermon preached by special appointment, before the university of Oxford, Nov. 8,1807, by the Rev. W. Barrow, of Queen's College, LL. D. and F. S. A. Author of an Essay on Education, and the Bampton Lecture Sermonsfor' 1799, Is. 6d.
Perfect Union with the established church of England, recommended in a sermon preached before the Archdeacon of Wilts, in the parish church of St. Peter's Marlborough, August 11,1807, by Charles Francis, Is.
A Sermon, preached in the parish church of St. George, Hanover square, on its being re-opened for divine service on Sunday, November, 2 2,1807, by the Rev. Robert Hodg* son, Is. 6d.
D sse'rt'itions on the principal Prophecies: .representing the divine and human character of our Lord Jesus Christ, by William Hales, D. D. Rector of Killesaridra, formerly Professor of oriental languages in the Uni-. versity of Dublin. The second edition corrected, iu 8vo. price 2s in boards.
Strictures on Subjects chiefly relating *8 the established religion and the Clergy ;'" two letters to his patron, from a countr* Clergyman, 3s. tjd.
The Remainder of this Lki iipostponed to the next Number.
For MARCH, 1808;
Art. I. The Remains of Henri/ K'trhe White, of Nottingham, late of St. John's College, Cambridge; with an Account of his Life, by Robert Southey. 2 vols. 8vo. pp. 822, 300. Price Hs. bds. Vernor and Co. Longman and Co. 1807.
TV"OT long ago we were called upon, in the course of ortr duty, to examine the Memoirs of an unfortunate son of the Muses *, who in infancy excited the admiration of the public by the prematurity of his powers, but abandoning himself to indolence and sensuality, outlived, ere his youth was gone by, the liberality of his numerous patrons, and the kindness of his few friends (one only excepted, who has dis-' honoured his memory by becoming his biographer) and perished miserably, at the age of twenty-seven years ;—affording in his life, and by his death, a melancholy proof, that as the body is debilitated, diseased, and destroyed, so is genius degraded, emasculated, and extinguished, by habits of vice; and that sin is not less the enemy of those noble endowment* that command " the praise of men," than of the lowlyrmindei graces that ensure " the praise of God." It will now be our pleasing yet mournful employment, to review the Life and Remains of a more amiable youth, of genius more than equal, but of fortune far less extravagantly exalted and cast down; who, i« the course of twenty-one years, the span of his brief but illustrious career, by indefatigable perseverance in study, unquenchable ardour of genius, sincere and progressive piety, distinguished himself as a scholar, a poet, and a Christian. In almost every point, except talents, Henry Kirke White and ■ Thomas Dermody were the antipodes of each other. Few, perhaps, of the relipjues of either will continue to astonish and delight th,e public, beyond the present generation; but th« stories of both will most probably be held in everlasting remembrance, the one as a cheering example, the other as a
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* See Eel. Rev. Sept. 1806. Life of Thomas Dermody, Vol.11, p. 70L.
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terrible warning to youthful poets, when struggling with poverty, or assailed by temptation.
The contents of these volumes are so very miscellaneous, that our remarks upon them must be rather desultory. We shall follow the arrangement of matter as we find it, beginning with the " Account of the Life" of this lamented youth, by Mr. South'ey, who has done honour both to himself and to his friend, by the candour and kindness which fie has displayed in the functions of his biographer and editor. We shall offer a sketch of the Life, including some passages from Mr. Southey's narratife, as examples of his manner.
Henry Kirke White was bom at Nottingham, on the 21 st of March, 1785. His father, still living, is a butcher. His mother, during the latter years of her son's life, kept a respectable boarding-school for young ladies. Henry was taught, to read by a Mrs Grassington, one of those notable matrons, by whom children, in the country, are generally instructed in the mysteries of A, B, C. In one of his earliest poems, intitled "Childhood,'" he pleasantly describes his progress in learning under this ancient Sybil, who foresaw and foretold his future glories. It would be difficult to ascertain at how early a period the human mind may receive those effectual influences, that decide and developeits character, and determine one man a poet, another a painter, and a third a politician; or, in a word, that make every man the man that he shall be through life. Biography and History are, in general, equally deficient of accurate information concerning the infancy of individuals and of nations, though the annals of that age in each, consisting of minute and apparently worthless circumstances, form perhaps the most interesting portion of the history of the human mind; since trivial circumstances, at that time, are of greater and more abiding influence, than mightier and more imposing events at a later period of their existence. Romulus was the founder not only of the city, but of the empire of Home; not only the leader of a band of Brigands, but the rather of the Conquerors of the world. He stamped the image of his soul upon all succeeding generations. The fratricide of Remus, and the rape of the Sabine women, were the first scenes of that tragedy of violence, which continued to be acted throughout the earth during more than ten centuries. Had Remus, in their quarrel, slain,Romulus, it is probable, according to human calculation, that Rome would never ba\e risen in distinction above the neighbouring cities, and the Caesars might have been shepherds on the plains of Campania. But tiic spirit of Romulus breathed through all his posterity, and never quitted the capital, till the seat of empire was translated from Rome to Constantinople, As the