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not bring the dealer under the denoinination of regular traders and shop-keepers; and we know not how to proceed against them in case of misbehaviour, unless we can swear to them as a nuisance, or indite them under the Vagrant act. Some of these parties write great names over their stalls, as if in defiance of the beadle or magistrate. Thus, one penny magazine puts up the popular name of Mrs. Sherwoud ; another, that of a much esteemed clergyman ; a third, that of John Campbell, whose book about Africa every one has read; and a fourth, that of the Religious Tract Society. Why, who would enter the lists with the whole Tract Society?" And then, just in front of their stall, here is Dr. Hawker opening an opposition • Gospel Tract Society,'-a sly intimation that the Tract Society do not deserve that appellation, do not favour, by their publications, the gospel according to Dr. Hawker. It begins, surely, to be time that these matters were looked into, and that neither hawkers, nor pedlars, nor tract companies, should be suffered to trade without a licence.

One word with regard to the Tract Society, whose apparent invasion of the province of the Trade has subjected them, it seems, to some severe animadversions. It may be thought high presumption in us, to offer any objection to plans • re

peatedly discussed and fully considered; but, without casting the slightest imputation on the motives of the Committee, we must express our regret that a measure, not unanimously approved by their own body, and involving the Society in all the responsibilities of authorship; -a measure, too, which has so invidious and trading a character,-should have been engaged in. The very tone of apology which the Committee have found it needful to adopt, proves that the step was an unwise one. The apology for the Tract Magazine, is, that nearly all the religious societies of any magnitude publish some periodical account of their proceedings. But out of twelve pages in each of the last three numbers, three only relate to the proceedings of the Tract Society, and many of the extracts are not of very high importance. We should have imagined that if quarterly extracts were thought necessary, it would have been better to lay the charge of a penny upon them. Other religious so

cieties publish reports of their proceedings and extracts from **correspondence; but, with the exception of the Home Mis

sionary Society, we recollect no other that has had the indiscretion to commit itself by a miscellaneous magazine. The Missionary Register, connected with the Church, Missionary Society, is strictly confined to articles of intelligence. The London Missionary Society is by no means responsible for the Evangelical Magazine. But, in the preséut instance, We have

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the Tract Society-one of the most useful and efficient of our popular religious institutions--identifying itself with a “ Christian Miscellany,", conducted by an anonymous Editor, unsanctioned by the names of its proper Officers, who ought to be responsible for its contents, and, in the style and character of its composition, far below some of the rival penny. worths. In the last Number, we open upon the following remarks on the heart.'

.......... The difficulty' (of reconciling the phrase pure in heart with the doctrine of human depravity) • perhaps consists in our misapprehension of the word heart : it is not unusual to confound it with the affections or feelings, desires or wishes, which indeed more or less influence, but are distinct from, the heart itself. The heart in man is his will or purpose.

Is this a style of writing adapted to the readers of tracts ? Is an Institution like the Tract Society to lend its sanction to the publication of crudities like this? The statement is as incorrect as it is muddy : the heart does mean the affections, both in Scripture and out of it, and to affirm the contrary can serve ouly to perplex a simple reader. Then for poetry, in the same Number, we have the dying Christian,' to the metrewe hope not the tune-of “ Poor Mary Anne.” • When the spark of life is waning,

Weep not for me ;
When the languid eye is straining,

Weep not for me,' &c. . . : The “ Child's Companion” appears to be conducted in much better taste. With less of an official air about it, it is more worthy of the Society. But still we doubt the expediency of a general society like the one in question, entering the lists of authorship, and deviating so widely from its original plan, in order to cater to the passion for novelty. The character of the Society must greatly depend on the respectability of its publications. We have long regretted that these are not uniformly the best of their kind, either in style or matter. It is not a tract's being issued from No. 56, Paternoster Row, that will give it currency, if proper measures are not taken to secure the Institution against being outvied by private speculators in the quality of their articles. - We find that we have not room to notice Dr. Hawker. but he deserves an article for himself.

Art. XII. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION.

A New Romance, by the Author of Waverley, is expected in the course of the Spring.

in the press, Appendix to Captain Parry's Second Voyage of Discovery' containing the natural history, &c. 4to.

The Private Journal of Captain G. P. Lyon, of H.M.S. Hecla, during the recent voyage of Discovery under Captain Parry. 8vo. * Narrative of the Proceedings of the Expedition to explore the Northern Coast of Africa, in 1521 and 1822. By Captain P. W. Beechey, R. N. and H. W. Beechey, Esq. 4to.

Narrative of Four Voyages of Survey in the Inter-Tropical and Western Coast of Australia, between the years 1817 and 1822. By Philip Parker King, R.N. Commander of the Expedition. 410.

Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery in the loterior of Africa, from the Wes. tern Coast to the River Niger, in 1818, 1819, 1820, and 1821. By Breret Major Gray. 8vo. · Lisbon, in the years 1821, 1822, 1823. A Sketch of the inanders and customs of Portugal, made during a residence in Lisbon. By Marianne Baillie. 2 vols. small 8vo. · Excerpta Aristophanica.' By Thos. Mitchell, A.M. 8vo.

Six Months' Residence and Travels in Mexico, containing remarks on the present state of New Spain, its natural productions, &c. &c. By W. Bullock. F.L.S. Sro, * Travels in South Arnerica, during the years 1819, 1820, and 1821. 'By Alexander Callcleugh, Esq. 4to.

Journal of a Twar in Asia Minor. By William Martin Leake, F.R.S. 8vo."

The Periodical Press of Great Britain and Ireland; or an loquiry into the state of ihe Public Journals, chiefly as respects their moral and political in.

fluence. I vol. 12mo. •, Scenes and lopressions in Egypt and in Italy. By the Author of " Recollections of the Peninsula." 8vo.

Conversations on Geography and As trouomy, illustrated with plates, wood cuts, &c. 1 vol. 12mo.

Memorials of the Public Life and Character of the Right Honourable James Oswald, of Dunnikier, M.P. &c. &c, contained in the correspondence

with some of the most eminent men of the last Century., Handsomely printed in 1 vol. 8vo. with portrait. This correspondence, commencing from the year 1740, embraces a period of nearly forty years of the most interesting portion of our national history, upon some parts of which it will be found to throw considerable light. Amoog the inany distinguished persons who corresponded with Mr. Oswald, were the Duke of Argyll, the Duke of Newcastle the Earl of Chatham, the Earl of Halifax, the Earl of Bute, 'Bubb Doddington (afterwards Lord Melcoinbe Regis), the Right Honourable W.G. Hamilton, the Right Honourable H. B. Legge, Lord Kames, Adam Smith, David Hume, &c.

Memoirs of Antonio Canova; with an Hisiorical Sketch of Modern Sculpture. By J. S. Memes, A.M. 1 vol. 8vo. with a portrait and other engravings,

** Through the kindness of an intimate friend of Canova, the Author has enjoyed the advantage of consulting original correspondence and other au. thentic sources of information.

A Memoir of the Life of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, containing au estimate of his genius and talents as compared with those of his great Cou: temporaries. By s. Prior, Esq. In Svo. with a portrait and autographs.

Mementoes, Italy, Historical and Classical, of a Tour through part of France, Switzerland, and lialy, in the years 182i and 1822. Including a suinmiry history of the principal cities and of the most memorable revolutions, a description of the înost famed edifices and works of art; with an account of the most striking classic fictions, cerer monies, &c. &c. lu 2 vols. 8vo. For

Elements of Physiology. By J. Bostock, M.1). In 8vo. The object of this elemeutary treatise, is to give an account of the present state of the Science, an abstract of the best established facts and observations, with a concise account of the prevailing theories.

Naval Battles, from 1744 to the Peace in 1814, critically revised and illustrated by Charles Ekins, Rear Admiral, CB. RWN. With numerous illustrative plates. In 4to.

ART. XIII. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.

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- THEOLOGY. Imaginary Conversations of Literary Observations on the Religious Pecu. Men and Statesmen. By Walter Savage tiarities of the Society of friends. By Landor, Esq. 2 rols. 8vo. 11. 45.

Joseph John Gurney. 8vo. 9s. Memoirs of Captain Rock, the eele

Of the Use of Miracles in Proving the brated Irish Chieftain, with some ac- Truth of Revelation. By the Rev. John count of his ancestors. Written by Penrose, Jun. M.A. forinerly of C. C. Ce himself. f.cap. 8vo, 9s.

Qxford. 12 mo. 2$. 60. . Critical Researches in Philology and

An Epitome of Paley's Evidences of

Christianity: containing the substance Jones's Persian Grammar, the eighth of the arguments comprised in that edition, with considerable additions and

and work, in the catechetical form. By a improvements, by the Rev. Samuel Lee, Member of the university of Cambridge. M.A. D.D. Professor of Arabic in the 12mo. 3s. University of Cambridge. Il. An Exami

. Tactica Sacra ; an attempt to exhibit nation of the various Opinions that in

to the eye, by tabular arrangements, Modero Times have been held respect. general rule of composition prevailing in ing the Sources of the Ganges, and the

the Holy Scriptures. By the Rev. 'Thos. correctness of the Lamas Map of Thibet.

Boys, A. M. of Trinity College, Camill. Review of an Arabic Vocabulary,

bridge, Curate of Widford, Herts. royal and Index to Richardson's Arabic Gram

4to. 10s.-60. war, by James Noble, Teacher of Lan

The Parables of our Blessed Saviour, guages in Edinburgh. IV. Appendix.

practically explained, selected from the Svo, 8s. · The Perennial Calendar, and Com

larger commentary of the pious and

eminent George Stanhope, D.D, late panion to the Almanac; illustrating the

Dean of Canterbury.' By the Rev, C. events of every day in the year, as con M. Mount, A.M. late Fellow of Corpus nected with History, Chronology, Botaný, Christi College, Oxford ; Rector of Natural History, Astronotny, Popular Helmdon. Minister of Christ Church, Customs, aud Antiqnisies; with useful

Batb; and Chaplain to the most noble rules of health, observations on the

rvations on the the Marquis of Ormood. 12mo. 49. 6d. weather, an explanation of the fasts

Sermons on the Principal Events and and festivals of the Church, and other Truths of Redemption. To which are miscellaneous useful information. By

annexed, an address and dissertation on Thomas Forster, F.L.S. M.B. &c. &c.

the state of the departed, and the deFellow of C. C. College, Cambridge, scent of Christ into hell. By John H. Bro, 18s.

Hobart, D.D.. Bishop of the Episcopal Fatal Errors and Fundamental Truths: Church in the state of New York. 2 vols, illustrated in a series of narratives and Sro. 11. ls. essays. Copy 8vo. 9.:. The Spanish Daughter, sketched by

TRAVELS AND TOPOGRAPHY, the Rev. George Bult, late chaplain in ordinary to his majesty, corrected and Travels in Brazil, in the years 1817, revised by his daughter, Mrs. Sherwood, 18, 19, and 20. Undertaken by the author of « Stories from the Church command of his majesty the King of Catechism.” 2 vols. post 8ro. 16s.

Bavaria, and published under his speciat · The Adventures and Sofferings of J. Patronage. By Dr. John Von Spix, R. Jewitt, only survivor of the ship and Dr. Charles Von Martias, members Boston, during a captivity of nearly of the Royal Bavarian Academy of three years among the savages of Nootka Sciences. Translated from the German. Surind : with an account of their man

Svo. Vols. I. and II. with plates 11. 45 ners, mode of living, and religious opi

Leaves from a Journal; or, Sketches nions of the natives. 12mo. 54.

of Rambles in North Britain and Ire · The History of Ancient and Modern land. By Andrew Bigelow, Medford, Wines. With embellishments from the Massachusetts. Small 8vo. 6s. antique. 4to. 21. 2s.

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Art. I." An Inquiry into the present State of the Statute and Criminal

Law of England. By John Miller, Esq. of Lincoln's Ion. 8vo. pp. 332. London. 1822. THIS work is the substance of two articles on the respective

subjects of the Statute and Criminal Law, which appeared a few years ago in the Quarterly Review. Either the Author's parental affection for his productions, or an earnest desire of disseminating his opinions, has led to the républication now before us. They evince, we admit, considerable professional reading and much labour ; but, as disquisitions, they are manifestly wanting in the liberal spirit of a sound philosophy, Upon the important subject of Criminal Law, we have many serious objections to urge against his argument and his inference; but we cordially agree with Mr. Miller on one point, The boundless accumulation of statutes and law reports, of which he complains, constitutes an evil of appalling magnitude, and renders law, which ought to be a clear and intelligible rule of action, a deceitful snare and a most impenetrable mystery. Too little notice has hitherto been taken of this alarming subject. Session after session, year after year, the Statute Book is swelled by new acts of parliament, made on the spur • of an occasion,' to use Lord Bacon's* words, not framed • with a provident circumspection for the future.' Every young senator tries his inexperienced hand on an act of parliament. Every grievance that happens in the circle of social life, is brought within the jurisdiction of parliament. Every body goes to parliament as to a parish pump, said the late Mr. Windham, when he was noticing this mania of legislation prevalent in the House of Commons. Hence, the discordant": jumping together in one enactment, as in the Black Act, of . different provisions, each having a different object. Herice, brutbet edd

* Hist. Hen. VIIth. VOL. XXI. N.S.

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