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only as admit of ambiguity are selected for explanation. The task is accomplished with great intelligence and learning-and the work should be bound
every octavo Testament in the country. We may observe in passing, that Mr. Holden's labours must contribute very much to strengthen the hands of those who oppose the principle of the Bible Societies.
ART. XVII.-The New Bath Guide ; or Memoirs of the B-N-R-D
Family: in a series of Poetical Epistles. By C. Anstey, Esq. A new edition, with a Biographical and Topographical Preface, and Anecdotal Annotations. By John Britton, F.S.A. ILLUSTRATED by the learning and research of a Britton, and embellished by the rare genius of a Cruikshank, the merry author of the Bath Guide may be said to have obtained a new and durable lease of popularity. Mr. Britton seems to have caught some portion of the spirit of his author, for his dedication and anecdotes are all lighted up with a gaiety so animated, that Comedy itself might envy the fascination of his cheerfulness. This book must certainly supersede all former editions of Anstey's excellent and original production; and what proprietor of a library pretending to taste and judgment will dispense with a Bath Guide ?
ART. XVIII.- Recherches Sur la Langue Nationale de la Majeure partie
des Pays Bas. Par le Baron Van Westreenen Van Tiellaudt. 8vo.
Hague. 1830. The government of the Netherlands, by an absurd attempt to regulate the statistics of languages in its provinces, has called forth a great deal of jealous and anxious feeling amongst the Flemish part of the population, for the perpetuation of what they consider to be the ancient dialect of the country. The object of the present publication is to prove that the Flemish has been, from the remotest times, the language of the government of Belgium, as also of polite literature in that country. The author contends, that the Flemish has always remained the language of the great body of the people, and that the French became the language of the court only in the time of the house of Burgundy.
ART. XIX.-On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening, with
Biographical Notices. By S. Felton. Second Edition, with consi
derable additions. 8vo. pp. 221. London: Effingham Wilson. 1830. No theme can offer more interesting and delightful materials for study, than that which forms the distinctive subject of this volume. The work is, indeed, neither more nor less than a succession of views of the best and most amiable parts of the characters of a great many men, some of whom have figured to less advantage in other respects on the great theatre of the world. This book, it must be observed, comes before us with a title that rather scantily describes it merits. It embraces a very excellent account of the early state and progress of horticulture in this and some other countries; and contains some very interesting and important biographical details, serving very essentially to modify our unfavourable opinions of human character, and to hold out instructive examples.
MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE, Connected with Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts. George the Fourth expired at half-past three o'clock in the morning of the 26th ult. His Majesty was born on the 12th of August, 1762, and consequently he lived for sixty-seven years, ten months, and sixteen days. He mounted the throne on the 29th of January, 1820, and his reign endured for ten years, four months, and twenty-six days. In the reign of his Majesty, in 1829, was completed the existence of the English monarchy for 1,000 years, from the union of the heptarchy under Egbert. The proximity of the month in which this king died to the month of May, reminds us of the singular fact, that whilst kings of England lave died in any other month of the year, the month of May stands distinguished in the calendar by the absence of any instance of royal mortality. George the Fourth was succeeded by Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence, who has assumed the title of William the Fourth. His present Majesty was born on the 21st of August, 1765, and was married on the 11th of July, 1818. On his accession to the throne he was sixty-four years, eleven months, and five days old.
Messrs. Colburn and Blakiston.-We have to acknowledge the receipt of a printed copy of a correspondence, which it seems has taken place between Mr. Colburn the bookseller, and Mr. Blakiston the author of a work entitled “ Twelve Years' Military Adventure." If the parties who have favoured us with this communication were induced to do so from the persuasion that, because on public grounds we have found fault with the establishment of Mr. Colburn, we shall be ready also to co-operate in any vindictive plan of personal annoyance against its proprietors, they have most unwarrantably inisconceived the principles of the Monthly Review. We hold, as a general rule, that the transactions of business of any two men are private concerns, until by mutual consent they are exposed to the world. Public opinion is not the legitimate tribunal before which an allegation of breach of contract should be carried by either. The law settles all such matters; and he who makes his selection of any less regular jurisdiction, in our opinion, betrays some diffidence in the equity of his demand. It will not be inconsistent with what we have said, if we briefly state the impression which a perusal of this correspondence has left on our minds, in the hope that the expression of an honest opinion will have its weight with Mr. Blakiston, for whom, as a man of letters, we have some interest. We think that 2001. for the first edition of his work was a very handsome price indeed. We think that so liberal a sum fully entitled Mr. Colburn to the most extensive degeee of discretion in appointing the number of copies which were to compose the first edition : and we finally think that the number of fifteen hundred so appointed, was by no means inconsistent with a fair and honourable consideration of the rights of all parties. On the behalf, then, of the literary community, we protest against the course which Mr. Blakiston has, we are sure, thoughtlessly adopted, as tending to introduce a spirit of distrust, and a principle of litigious precision into literary dealings, which cannot fail to have pernicious consequences.
The Pope has thrown open the treasures of the Vatican Library to the Oriental Translation Fund, of London. A branch Committee has been formed in Rome.
University Intelligence. OXFORD, June 3d. The following prizes were adjudged :--The Latin Essay-Ultrum apud Græcos aud apud Romenos magis excultor fuerit civilis Scientia? to A. Grant of New. The English Essay .-" The character of Socrates as described by Xenophon and Plato," to H. Merivale, fellow of Baliol-Latin verse--Tyrus—to W. Palmer, Demy of Magdalen-The Newdigate --- The African Desert" to G. K. Rickards of Trinity. The prizes for the ensuing year are the Theological Prize, instituted in 1825.“ The evidence deduced from prophecy in support of the truth of Christianity”-subject for an English Essay. The Chancellor's prizes are Lalin Verse— Numantia"-English Essay—“ on the use and abuse of theory.”—Latin Essay-Quædam fuerit oratorum Atticorum apud populum auctoritas ?" The Newdigate English Verse-" The Suttees.”—CAMBRIDGE, May 31st.-The Chancellor's gold medal for the best English poem, was adjudged to W. C. Kirklake of Trinity; subject " Byzantium":--June 10. The following prizes were adjudged--Greek Ode, (Sir W. Browne's medal), “ Ilyssi Laus” to J. Hildyard, Christ's--Latin Ode (ditto) "Cumæ" to C. R. Kennedy, Trinity-Epigrams (ditto) Greek, “ Algrescit medendo”—Latin,“ Spatiis inclusus iniquis”-to W. Fitzherbert, Queen's.-12th. Bachelor's prizes, (thirty guineas to each)--to E. H. Fitzherbert and T. J. Phillips, both of Trinity - Fifteen Guineas to A. W. Chatfield, Trinity. The subjects are, Bachelors—" Quantum momenti ad Studium rei theologicæ promovendum, habeat literarum humaniorum cultus?”—Under graduates“Que sit forma Toditelas ad Græciæ renascentis Statum optimè accommodata? The Porson prize for the best Greek Translation of a passage from Shakespeare was adjudged to C. R. Kennedy, Trinity--Subject "He jests at Scars,” to “I'll no longer be a Capulet.”- Act 2nd, Scene 2nd. Romeo and Juliet.
The French troops engaged in the expedition to Algiers, are to be accommodated with a newspaper, which is expressly commenced for circulation amongst them. It is to be printed either on board one of the vessels of the squadron, or on shore, as circumstances will permit; and it is to be occupied with details of all the warlike proceedings which shall take place, and with scientific and literary information.
Mr. Wilson, a surgeon, who witnessed the ravages of the Fever at Gibraltar in 1828, states, from personal observation, that the sympathy exhibited by the Jews for one another during sickness, is greater than that shewn by the members of any other community towards patients of their own persuasion respectively.
Twenty-four journals are published every week in Switzerland, of which nine are conducted by Catholics, and fifteen by Protestants. Within the last three months, seventeen new political papers have been set up in France. There is no daily paper in Scotland.
Lord Nugent is at present engaged in a work, which promises to throw a great deal of new light in the character of Hampden, and the era in which he lived.
Mr. William Herschell, Mr. John Dalton, of Manchester, and Professor Jacobi, of Konigsberg, have been elected Corresponding Members of the Academy of Science at Paris, in the room of Drs. Wollaston, Young, and Sir H. Davy.
At the University of Munich, during the ensuing summer season, no less than one hundred and seventy courses of lectures are announced. on various branches by seventy-six professors.
· A work on the Genealogy and History of the British Empire, giving a philosophic view of our Royal and noble families, is announced in France from the pen of Baron de Rede.
There is now in the press at Paris, a work to be published in 12 vols. and in an expensive form, entitled “A Scientific and Military History of the French Expedition to Egypt."
It is a fact which ought to call for the interference of the Legislature, that the South Sea whalers rarely, if ever, are provided with a surgeon on board. The crews of those vessels are exposed to all the malignant influences of bad climates, and have no resource in case of illness except what they can derive from the science that is to be found on savage islands. These whalers are out about three years in general, and their hazardous trade
exposes them to a number of accidents which demand, in most instances, immediate surgical aid.
The two principal exhibitions now in London are, a Musical Chin-chopper and a Canadian Giant.
Mr. Lawrence, in a recent lecture at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, speaking of hydrophobia, says—" I may observe, that hydrophobia is much less common than people suppose. During the last thirty years I question
I whether there have been more than six or eight cases of hydrophobia in this hospital: and I believe I may say, that, for the first fifteen years, not a single instance of it has appeared here. It is by no means so common an occurrence as it has been supposed to be. • There is now preparing for publication the Edinburgh Cabinet Library, comprising Geographical Discovery and Adventure, Biography, History, and Polite Literature.
IN THE Press.—Major Leith Hay's Narrative of the Peninsular War. -Day's Lithographic Manual.—The Anatomy of Society. Works of Robert Greene, the Dramatist.-- The Humorist, by W. H. Harrison.—The Elements of the Theory of Mechanics, by the Rev. Mr. Walker.- The Turf, a Novel.-Life of Lord Burghley, complete, by Dr. Nares.-Album Verses, by Charles Lamb, Esq.- British Zion's Watch-Tower in the Sardian Night; being Four Sermons on Psalm 1xxxii. 5. By the Rev. Henry Cole, A.M.- Part V. of the Rev. John Morrison's Exposition of the Book of Psalms. The British Natural Philosopher ; or, Sketches of the more important Principles of Mechanical and Chemical Science.
By the Author of the British Naturalist.--Melmoth's Great Importance of a Religious Life. A New Edition, with a Vignette. Royal 32mo Cloth. Price 1s. 6d.—The same, with Talbot's Reflections, Thoughts, Poems, &c., in extra cloth. Price 2s. 6d.-Lord Byron's Cain, with Notes Vindicatory and Illustrative, (in one vol. crown 8vo.) By Harding Grant, Author of Chancery Practice. Geographia Antiqua; or, School Treatise on Antient Geography. By Mr. Guy. Adapted to Schools, Private Families, and Undergraduates.-Martineau's Traditions of Palestine.—The First Volume of Sharpe's Library of the Belles Lettres.-The Journal of a Tour, made by Senor Juan de Vega, the Spanish Minstrel of 1828 and 1829, through Great Britain and Ireland : a Character performed by an English Gentleman. In two 8vo. vols., accompanied with a Portrait of the Author in the Dress he wore during the Undertaking.–General Sir Hew Dalrymple's Proceedings in Gibraltar and Portugal. - Burckhard's Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians.--Mansell on the Study of the Law-Travels to the Seat of War in the East.