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ATLAS." We are decidedly of opinion that it is on a par with the best of its contemporaries. It presents the same judicious mixture of science, politics, history, poetry, travels, and light literature. The first article on Cuvier and his Works, rumour assigns to the distinguished pen of Sir David Brewster. It is most excellent, and deserving the attention of the whole scientific world, to which we beg most heartily to recommend it. The next paper is a very interesting review of Harris' Highlands of Ethiopia.' An elaborate article on the Corn-laws, said to be from the pen of the celebrated Dr. Chalmers, comes next; and, although we do not think it quite comes up to the mark, or equals the current doctrine of the day on that all-important subject, it cannot be passed by unnoticed. The Memoir and Correspondence of that clever woman, Mrs. Grant of Laggan, furnish the theme of another very readable article. 'Michaud's History of the Crusades,' is a learned paper in the Hallam strain. We were much pleased with a very able and judicious analysis of Tractarian Poetry and Poets,' including Faber and Lord John Manners, which exposes admirably well the absurdities of that school. We were scarcely aware, before we perused this excellent paper, of the downright nonsense and insults against common sense of which these writers have been guilty. Sewell's Christian Morals' likewise come in for a good share of the pounding. We should think the poor authors would be glad to escape from a battle where such hard knocks are going. The Policy of Party' is the subject of a good declamatory article ; and Lord Jeffrey's Contributions to the Edinburgh Review,' afford a theme for a delicate panegyric, which is said to proceed from the pen of a rising young northern advocate, who is imbued with no small portion of the learning, talents, and accomplishments which he knows so well how to appreciate. The writer of this elegant essay may say with the Shepherd in Virgil,

'Me quoque dicunt Vatem pastores, et non ego credulus illis!'" ABERDEEN BANNER." We express the high gratification the perusal of the present Number has afforded us."

BATH HERALD." There are ten papers in the present Number. The most important are the Corn Laws,' and 'Policy of Party.' These subjects are treated on liberal principles,' but, at the same time, it must be confessed that they have been treated with a calmness of reasoning, a depth of argument, and a total freedom from bluster or vituperation, very different from what many of both parties indulge in when expressing their opinions upon the like harassing topics. From the talent displayed in the articles of the present Number, the North British will prove a formidable rival to more than one of its contemporaries."

BATH JOURNAL." Equal in magnitude, and we think in talent, to the other Quarterlies."


BEDFORD MERCURY.-" Talent of the first order sheds its steady and brilliant lustre on almost every page. The most recondite subjects are discoursed upon in a masterly, cogent, and erudite manner."

BIRMINGHAM JOURNAL.-" An able Edinburgh Quarterly. It will prove a valuable auxiliary in the cause of sound and rational reform, rising, as it does, above the ordinary level, and the trammels of party."

BLACKBURN STANDARD.-" The papers in the present Number are of a high order of merit."

CAMBRIDGE ADVERTISER." In conclusion, let us say that this work is true to its text, in meeting the age's increasing combination of strong religious feeling with intellectual competition; and in mingling the lighter graces of literary criticism with the graver lucubrations and discoveries of mental and physical science."

CHRISTIAN EXAMINER." If the present Number may be taken as a sample, we venture to predict success. The articles are worthy of the distinguished men said to be contributors to this work."

CHRISTIAN WITNESS, (June.)-" The very work required by our times. In point of literature, it admits of advantageous comparison with any number of the Edinburgh Review,' in its best days."

CONGREGATIONAL MAGAZINE, (June.)-" It more than realizes our expectations, and clearly shows that it will take its stand in the first rank of the first journals of the empire. We sincerely hope that the friends of evangelical truth will bear in mind, that as the advocates of error are seeking to dress it in the attractive attire of popular literature, so it is the solemn duty of all who can afford it, to sustain journals like this, which are set up for the defence of the truth as it is in Jesus. We cordially wish it abundant success."

COURT GAZETTE." We consider the subject of the articles in this Number to be well-selected, which is an important point, several of them being of great and general interest. It is throughout well written."

DERBY REPORTER." The work, on the whole, is one of undoubted talent, and will take its proper place in the leading ranks of the periodical literature of the country.”

DOVER CHRONICLE." After a careful examination we are bound to admit, that the promise with which the work is issued, is fully redeemed as far as the first Number is concerned; and if it be a fair specimen of what is to follow, we have no hesitation in saying, the North British will occupy one of the first ranks in the critical department of our literature. There is none of that harshness and acerbity which too often taints the pages of its elder brethren, who often endeavour to hide beneath a mass of petulant and sharp sayings the little spring of humble merit which may, in reality, be welling forth from the pages where they profess to discover nothing but rubbish and stones. This we regard as a high qualification; and we trust that the future numbers of the North British will maintain it."

DONCASTER CHRONICLE.-" A work which, we cannot doubt, will be found an able advocate of its party, and one which, from time to time, will contribute largely to the better kind of our country's literature."

DUMFRIES COURIER." The first article is said to be from the pen of Sir David Brewster. It is, upon the whole, the most interesting in the Number. It contains many passages of pure eloquence. The review of Harris' Ethiopia is executed in a manner worthy of the subject. Dr. Chalmers is universally put down as the reviewer on the Corn Laws; the article will be found one of the best upon the subject, inasmuch as the merits of the question are discussed, independently of the passions of both parties, for both are here castigated. Two articles appear on the subject of Puseyism, one of them written with great power and eloquence, and displaying an extensive acquaintance with the whole learning of moral philosophy. This is an article which deserves, both from the original ideas it propounds, and the admirable resumé it gives of other systems of moral science, not merely to be perused, but studied. The Policy of Party' is an admirable review of the whole political history of the country since the passing of the Reform Bill, written with a temper at which no one can take offence, and breathing the purest spirit of philanthropy. The critique on Lord Jeffrey is a well-written and pleasing article."

DUNDEE WARDER.-" We do not remember to have read any number of the Edinburgh, or Quarterly, or Westminster, which was, in the mere point of talent, superior to that which is now before us."

EDINBURGH ADVERTISER." We have no hesitation in saying, that its claims are of a most respectable kind, and entitle it to take a place beside Periodicals of longer standing."

EDINBURGH COURANT.—“ It discusses various subjects of literature and science with


a proper knowledge of the subject, as well as with spirit and good taste. If we do not always agree with the writer's reflections, yet we have nothing to complain of in the style and manner of discussion. The sentiments expressed are always accompanied by a fair exhibition of reason and argument."

EDINBURGH WITNESS.-" The first Number of a periodical of great talent, destined, we trust, to exert an extensive and wholesome influence on the opinions of the age. We recognize in its interesting pages contributions from some of the ablest writers and most distinguished men our country has ever produced.”

EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE, (June.)—" We hail the appearance of this powerful Review, which promises good service to the cause of religion, literature, and science."

FIFE SENTINEL.-" It is richly freighted with profound articles on science, political economy, ethical philosophy, and several elegant contributions of a strictly literary character, each and all of them bearing the impress of genius of the highest order."

GLASGOW NATIONAL.-"We have not for a long period read any periodical with more interest than this Review."

GLOUCESTER JOURNAL.-" This new member of the corps of quarterly reviews enters the field with a vigour and confidence that augur well of success.”

LEEDS TIMES." We bid it hail, and wish it all success.'

LIVERPOOL ALBION." A new high class periodical."

LIVERPOOL JOURNAL.-" The first Number of this new quarterly advocate of civil and religious liberty, equals the expectations that were formed of it in all literary circles, when the names of the principal contributors became known."

LIVERPOOL MERCURY.-" If we may judge of its merits from what we see in No. I., we will venture to predict that it will soon become one of the favourite periodicals of its kind."

LIVERPOOL COURIER." On scientific, literary, and general subjects, there is a depth of thought, and a precision of tone, which spring from the fulness of information on the subjects treated of, and which are not less calculated to delight than to instruct."

LITERARY GAZETTE." We are bound to say that the whole seems to us to be a solid, able, and temperate publication."

LONDON PATRIOT.-" The First Number of the North British Review, which is lying before us, is a most remarkable indication of the re-action which has taken place in Scotland, and of the zeal, energy, talent, and piety which are there enlistened on the side of Evangelical Religion and Religious Freedom. There is an article on Lord Jeffrey's Contributions to the Edinburgh Review, written in a strain of generous and fervid admiration; a memoir of Cuvier, from the pen of Sir D. Brewster; an article on the Corn Laws (ascribed to Dr. Chalmers) advocating their abolition as a moral nuisance. The Policy of Party, as the Political Manifesto of the Editors, is the most important. It comprises a elear, temperate, but forcible exposure of the false policy which has been pursued by both the two great parties in the state-the Whigs and the Conservatives-since the passing of the Reform Act, and presents to us the leading features of our present political position with equal truth and vividness."

NEWCASTLE COURANT.-" The first Number is certainly calculated to produce a very favourable impression, whether viewed in relation to its literary merits, to the deep moral tone which is visible throughout, or to the liberality and scope of its general principles." OXFORD HERALD." The articles we have commended are first-rate."

PERTHSHIRE ADVERTISER." A splendid work. Here, already, in the compass of three hundred pages, are we presented with a series of most interesting and instructive themes in history, biography, and travel; in letter-writing, novel-writing, poetry; in criticism; in philosophy; in economics and politics; in morals and religion; all treated in a masterly style, with a view to the elucidation not only of the subjects themselves, but specially of the very solemn and important bearings which most of them have upon the condition and duty of the times."

PLYMOUTH TIMES.-" Many of its papers are very able, and on subjects of the profoundest interest."

PLYMOUTH HERALD.-" The work will, as it becomes well known, receive its share of public patronage."

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SCOTTISH GUARDIAN.-" We have said that this Review will compel attention. The opening article on the Life and Discoveries of Cuvier is singularly beautiful in the biographical part, and abounds in passages of great eloquence and pathos. The article on the Highlands of Ethiopia breaks ground almost altogether new, and is full of interest. That on the Corn Trade is worthy of serious consideration. The Review of Mrs. Grant of Laggan is light, lively, and piquant. The History of the Crusades is from

the pen of an able writer. We have two articles on different phases of Puseyism,-the one exhibiting the poetry of the Tractarians, the other their ethics, both excellent, the latter profound. The review of the Swedish Novels is very effective. The Policy of Party is a luminous, philosophical, and comprehensive review of the proceedings of the Whig and Tory Governments since the passing of the Reform Bill. The concluding article is one of the ablest in the Number. It displays remarkable critical powers, and a keen and penetrating judgment."

SCOTTISH HERALD." It evidently bears the impress of genius, and, what is of equal, if not greater consequence, it possesses freedom and independence of sentiment."

SCOTSMAN." It embraces subjects of the highest interest, both literary and political, evidently treated with great ability."

SHERBORNE JOURNAL.-"The first Number is a very pleasing and a very promising one. Thoroughly liberal in its tone, and imbued with high religious feeling, this new claimant upon public support discusses current questions, popular literature, and theology with great force and ability."

SOMERSET COUNTY GAZETTE.-"The articles generally are written with a spirit of truthfulness and earnestness, as well as force, which cannot fail to gain for the work the respect, if not the support of men of all parties; it well deserves both."

SOMERSET COUNTY HERALD.-"The contents constitute a large quantity of matter, and of a quality, too, fully equal to its pretensions."

STOCKPORT ADVERTISER." This new and voluminous periodical is admirably adapted to the character and taste of the present times. It associates an attention to theological subjects, with a proper appreciation of literary, scientific, and political topics; and, as every contribution appears to consult more the happiness, virtue, and intelligence of the community than the views and interests of party, the cause of religion and humanity will find in the North British Review a liberal and effective champion.'

THE SUN." This is the first number of a new Quarterly periodical, which bids fair to cbtain no inconsiderable share of public favour. The articles have, in the first place, the merit of being selected with judgment; and, secondly, they are ably canvassed, and are just of a fitting length."

TAUNTON COURIER. "The sterling merit of this new aspirant to public favour, if continued in the same degree of commanding eminence of talent, must ensure it a permanent claim to adoption in every literary circle."

THE WATCHMAN.-" A Review qualified to rank with the leading Quarterlies in intellectual and literary power, and, at the same time, conducted on strictly religious principles, has long been a desideratum. Such a work the present promises to be. It is abundantly evident, that a corps of contributors has been secured, competent to the adequate treatment of the various classes of subjects that may demand attention in a periodical of the highest character. As a specimen Number, this is an excellent one, and we cordially wish that the undertaking may succeed."

WESTERN TIMES, EXETER." The topics discussed indicate a sturdy band of associated and liberal brothers."

Number II. will be published 1st August. ADVERTISEMENTS AND BILLS

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For fuller Notices of New Publications, Extracts from Prospectuses, and Opinions of the Press, see pages 16 to end of this List,

The History of the English Revolution.

By F. C. Dahlmann, late Professor of History at the University of
Göttingen. Translated from the German, by H. Evans Lloyd.

8vo. 10s. 6d. cloth.

The Modern Syrians;

Or, Native Society in Damascus, Aleppo, and the Mountains of the Druses. From Notes made during a Residence in those parts in 1841, 42, and 43. By an Oriental Student.

Post 8vo. 10s. 6d, cloth.

An Encyclopædia of Domestic Economy;

Comprising such subjects as are most immediately connected with
Housekeeping. By Thomas Webster, F.G.S. &c.; assisted by the late
Mrs. Parkes, Author of "Domestic Duties."

8vo. with nearly 1000 Woodcuts, uniform with Messrs. Longman and Co.'s Series of "One-volume Encyclopædias and Dictionaries," £2. 10s. cloth.

The History of Greece.

By the Rev. Connop Thirlwall. Forming Vol. 132 of "Lardner's
Cabinet Cyclopædia."

Vol. 8, fcp. 8vo. with vignette title, 6s. cloth.

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