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Review. On the Rise and Progress of Mortal Diseases.
to respect; but, excepting in names, we truths of Christianity are assumed on the find no bridge over which we can walk into basis of its authority, and from its doctrines the region of phrenology. In the beams and precepts the author's more powerful of this “sun, human nature being the world appeals are drawn. From this source he it illuminates," there can be no doubt that has derived numerous topics of reasoning many intelligent persons delight to bask. which, with commendable ingenuity, he For our parts, we view it as a respectable uniformly enforces with a considerable successor to animal magnetism; but not degree of energy. The language is plain being favoured with a prophetic spirit, we but nervous, upadorned with metaphor, dare not predict its fate.
but never languishing through the went of vigour. It is perspicuous without being
tedious, and the ideas intended to be Review.-- Miscellaneous Sermons preach- communicated are rarely interrupted by a
ed in the Parish Church of Chelten- superfluity of epithets.
to sinners, the reasons he assigns why they The author of these discourses is not un- do not come to Christ for the blessings so known in the theological world. Within essential to their eternal happiness, and the the sphere of his ministerial labours, his secrecy which lies' concealed in his creed, talents, his piety, and his zeal, are duly there is a strange inconsistency. No inviappreciated, both by his congregation and tation can cause a dead man to start into his neighbours; and, through the medium life; and if he who urges the solicitation of the press, the public have long since | possess, and yet withhold the principle of been made acquainted with his name, and vitality, which he calls on the dead man to the productions of his pên..
exercise, his pretensions are as hypocritical, The sermons which compose this vosas his injustice would be flagrant, should lume are avowedly miscellaneous. This he afterward restore him to animation, and circumstance, however, is not likely either then punish him for not complying with to diminish their importance, or to obstruct the previously impossible mandate. These their usefulness ; for among the great mass incongruities, however, belong less to the of sermon readers, there are but few who author, than to the hypothesis whích holds have either leisure or inclination to range him in fetters. . through a system of divinity in a connected But, notwithstanding this anomaly, these series, and fewer still who can retain in discourses, having their principal bearing consecutive order a recollection of the upon experimental and practicals godlie numerous branches and dependencies into ness, may be perused with much advan which such an arrangement would diverge. tage, by all communities of Christians,
These discourses, however, though ex- though divided from each other by their empt from the preceding observation, be- habits of reflection, and the dogmas of the cause wholly detached from each other, schools in which they have received their stand connected in another point of union, religious education. Love to God, an by an affinity more indissoluble, and á acceptance of his offers of salvation relation more interesting. Assuming the through Christ, and a conformity to the same dress, and supporting each its re principles of the gospel, are inculcated and spective branch of one common character, enforced by very powerful motives; and keepthey harmoniously enter the region of vitating these in view, we strongly recommend Christianity, and bring before the reader this volume to the attention of our readers. many of the great and momentous truths of revelation. In some particular phrases and expressions, the peculiar features of Review.-On the Rise and Decline of the author's creed make their appearance,
Particular Mortal Diseases. By Edbut his local views are rarely delivered in
ward Blackmore, M, D., one of the language at which any candid person can
Physicians of the Plymouth Dispenfind just occasion to take offence. Through
sury.' Plymouth. Rowe. Wimple out the whole he seems rather to aim at
Street. 1829. ing alarming the consciences, affecting the This pamphlet contains a selection from hearts, and reforming the lives of his the Transactions of the Plymouth Instituhearers, thap to proselyte either them, or his tion, founded on observations made during readers, to the technicalities of a party in the last twenty-five years. It is an attempt
To profound argument these discourses to ascertain the law of mortality, in respect make no pretensions. The fundamental I of its distribution on various ages and in 127.-VOL. XI.
both sexes. In his introductory remarks, | : To medical men, in their respective Mr. Blackmore informs his readers, that spheres of active operation, this pamphleti the subject of this paper is contained in will furnish much data for professional the following passage of Malthus's Essay | inquiry and observation, and supply other on the Principle of Population.
readers with an ample field for serious "Nature will not be defeated in her purposes ;
reflections; while in its grand result it the necessary mortality must come in some form teaches all, the necessity and importance or other; and the extirpation of one disease, will
of preparing to meet an evil which threaonly be the signal for the birth of another, perhaps more fatal. We cannot lower the waters of tens us at every step we take in life, and misery by pressing them down in diferent places,
yn in diferent places, which no human art or power can enable which must necessarily make them rise somewhere else,--the only way in which we can hope to effect us either to annihilate or, elude. our purpose, is by drawing them off. In a country which keeps its population at a certain standard, if the average number of marriages and births be given, it is evident that the average number of
Review.--Moral and Sacred Poetry, deaths will be also given : and the channel selected and arranged by the Rev. T. through which the great stream of mortality is con
Wilcocks and Rev. T. Horton. 12mo. tantly flowing,will always carryoff a given quantity. Now, if we stop up any of the given channels, it pp. 310. Byers, Devonport. 1829. is most perfectly clear, that the stream must run with greater force through some of the other
SEVERAL selections of poetry, bearing in channels ; that is, if we eradicate some diseases, | many respects a strong resemblance to this others will become more fatal. In this case, the
volume, have lately passed under our inonly distinguishable cause is the damming up a necessary outlet of mortality. The way in which spection. In character indeed they have it operates, is probably by increasing poverty, in not been uniform, much depending upon consequence of a supply of labour too rapid for the demand. If the cow-pox should extirpate the
the taste, the judgment, and the moral feelsmall-pox, and yet the number of marriages con ings of the selector, together with the spirit tinue the same, we shall find a very perceptible
by which he is actuated, and the predomić difference in the increased mortality of some other disease. Nothing could prevent this, but a nant principles which govern his mind. start in agriculture.”- vol. ij. b. iv. c, 5.
These will generally appear in the objects The theory laid down by Malthus in of his choice, and leave scattered throughthe preceding extract, Dr. Blackmore has out his pages some visible traces of his illustrated by a variety of tables, founded mental levity or seriousness of disposition. upon the increase and decrease of various Few, however, have fallen into our hands, in diseases, taken at distinct periods, in re which we have not found more to admire ference to their mortal effects on each sex, than to condemn, though candour compels in their varied stages of life. In the result the acknowledgment, that while the articles of these tables the author seems to have contained in some, have justly earned their demonstrated the accuracy of the data on meed of praise, - by the elegance of their which Malthus had founded his observa diction, the harmony of their versification, tions; and on the whole they present us and the purity of the sentiments they conwith a gloomy picture of the stern con vey, others have found, in splendid inoffenditions on which human life is held. siveness, their principal, if not their only
In the construction of his tables, and in recommendation. the calculations and facts on which they In the volume now before our tribunal, are established, Dr. Blackmore has evinced we have discovered much to command our much diligence in research, and much | approbation, and, with the exception of a precision in detail ; but we regret that he few inaccuracies in transcribing, nothing to has not extended his physiological obser- demand any reprehension. , It is an elegant vations beyond the mere facts and theory bouquet, gathered from the highly cultithey were intended to illustrate. So far vated gardens of our most illustrious bards, as they proceed, we peruse them with an and so arranged as to attract the eye by its intensity of interest, from a conviction that variegated and brilliant colours; and which, all mankind are involved in their issues ; after each flower has regaled our senses with but no gleam of hope is afforded us, that its own peculiar hue and fragrance, imparts any real panacea has ever yet been found, fresh delight by the delicious aroma which or that it lies within the range of human results from the combination of the whole.: discovery. It is admitted, that the healing Of the articles themselves there can be art may in many cases mitigate the causes but one opinion. In the works of our most of mortality, and, in some departments of celebrated poets, they have long since passed affliction, arrest the progress of death; but the ordeal of criticism, and receiving in their while it presents a shield against his shafts indigenous soil the awards which their in one place, it leaves another more vul. respective merits had a right to claim, they nerable, and of this the king of terrors cannot be supposed to have suffered any never fails to take all due advantage. I deterioration from being transplanted into a
parterre, where their formerly half-concealed of literary ambition." Laying aside their beauties, will appear in all the glory of their genealogies and their boast of primoge. native colouring and perfume. .
niture, we behold them now entering the 15 The very numerous pieces inserted in this arena of English competition. Hitherto selection, are arranged under the following they have lain bound, like their own Owen general heads :--God; Creation ; Provi- Lawgoch, by the spells of prejudice; but dence; Rural and Descriptive; Word of God we sincerely hope that having once broken in Redemption; Religion ; Paraphrase of their fetters, they will not suffer themselves Scripture ; Sentimental and Pathetic; Time to be again enslaved. and Eternity; Miscellaneous. Under these That there are clever men in the Pringeneral topics their various branches are cipality is evident from the work now respectively introduced, but all are in strict under notice; its contents are of that misconformity with the leading title
cellaneous kind, which usually characterize The pages are neatly and closely printed, periodical publications; but several of the and the book itself is put out of hand with articles exhibit the workings of minds not much elegance. It has an engraved title- altogether unaccustomed to think. A few page, ornamented with a beautiful vignette, of the shorter papers are light as legendary which confers an equal honour on the lore can make them, while others are genius which gave birth to the design, and marked by all the gravity of antiquarian to the artist which transferred it to the plate. speculation and research; most of these These however, are but minor considerations, are, however, upon subjects of importance, when compared with what the volume con. and cannot but prove highly interesting to tains.
all who take pleasure in an acquaintance Including about four hundred articles, no with the early history of mankind, and of deficiency in variety can be apprehended; their own primitive institutions, and in proportion as these are combined. The work also contains some pretty with accompanying excellencies, entertain- pieces of poetry, as well original, as ment and instruction will go hand in hand. translations from the Welsh. Of the latter On looking through the whole, the reader kind is the following, contributed, we bewill find many coruscations of thought, and lieve, by Dr. Owen Pugh. It is curious associations of terms and ideas, which will as a specimen of the style of sacred poetry, charm by their novelty, and by their innate about five hundred years ago. The origivigour leave a deep and lasting impression nal stanzas, we are informed, « are ex-' on his mind.
tracted from a manuscript at Hengwrt, the The sentiments every where inculcated, contents of which are miscellaneous, and are either decidedly religious, or of a highly which was written about the commenceexalted moral character. Having examined ment of the fifteenth century. The origithem with due attention, we now add with nal verses never have been printed, and much pleasure, that we do not recollect a they are a fair specimen of the religious single stanza of which the reverend com-compositions of the bards of the fourteenth pilers need be ashamed. Equally free from century. the dogmas of sectarianism, and the in
| Teach me, 0 God! the one mysterious, stay of the tolerance of bigotry, a vigorous pulsation of realm of heaven, religious feeling may be found in several
Creator of a holy people, and the guardian,
Of unfailing name, thou unerring judge, articles,
The awful mystery of thy grace divine! "Twined with the wreaths Parnassian' laurels | Teach me, O God! the one mysterious, the sure yield,”
stay of active talent, while in others, to which these exalted epi. To attain, before my death,
A prudent disposition, thou support of virtues ! thets can only be partially applied, it will in 'a sulendid course of fair :
In a splendid course of fair reward, by thy good be difficult to find in any line a thought
will. " Which aogels might not hear, or virgins tell." | of the white sacred wafer has been made, with
The body of the Son of Mary, the great king'! fenntart . i . i
Most agonizing gore did bathe the tender siden Review - The Cambrian Quarterly And perforated feet: and his blood was wine, yo Magazine and Celtic Repertory. 8vo. If some did but consider well of Jesu's merits,
And bis bruised breast, his gore! No. 1. Hughes. London. . How dreadful thus to pierce with spikes! Y Y TE
The sacred body of my mighty Father!!! so I Tue spirit of intellectual enterprise has,
Be mine to praise the Three that enter through we perceive, reached at length the fast
the form of bread, nesses of Snowden and Penmaen Mawr, To be the essential Son of God himself. pr startw
And they the three supremely wise, in purity como and the descendants of the Llewelyns and
bined, * omg Cadwaladers of old, have felt the kindlings Through heaven, We transforms the three to be in
Review.-Roman History-Brief Survey of Books.
Three enemies to man, thou triune God, there are undertaking must be aware, that to dilate
Mr. Rose has, however, undertaken the How strait the adverse bondage blended with our
more arduous part, and in its execution flesh!
has displayed bis ingenuity and judgment It is meet for ine to pray, thou Lord! the sacred gaide of free desire !
to considerable advantage. On every day and every night tbe same;
The work is designed for the use of In private thou art the director, the recorder of the wealth
| young persons, and for schools, and to of grace; thon, my true Father, my unerring both of these it will prove an important light.-p. 60.
acquisition. It contains two well-executed
maps of the Roman dominions; and the Review.-Roman History for Youth,
last number embodies, in an Appendix, illustrated by Şeventy-six "Engravings,
' two hundred and forty questions, relating
IS W W to the leading transactions recorded in the from original Drawings by W. H. Brooke, Esq., engraved by H. White,
preceding history, all referring to the pages Esq., with a series of Questions, and
in which they occur. These, while serving References for their Solution, by Thos.
to exercise and refresh the memory of the Rose. Fisher & Co. London. 1829.
reader, will add essentially to the value of
the book. WugNol Rome, anxious to know its destiny, employed augurs to consult the flight of birds, no conception was enter
BRIEF SURVEY OF BOOKS. tained, that a period would arrive, when 1. Stories from the History of Scotthe essentials of its voluminous history land, by the Rev. Alexander Stewart, would be comprised within the parrow (Simpkin, London,) now come before us compass of twelve sixpenny numbers; yet in a second edition, by no means infesuch is the fate that has overtaken it, in rior, either in appearance or contents, to the volume now before us. The empire of its elder brother, which we reviewed some Rome, however, sustained from the sword months since. The history of Scotland is of Mahomet, an injury of which its history full of incidents, rendered in many recannot complain from the pen of Mr. spects remarkably interesting, by the preRose. The former led to the dismember- vailing manners of the age in which they ment of its provinces, and an extinction of occurred, and the peculiar character of the the Roman name, while the latter has com- people to whom they refer. Hence, these pressed the leading features of its history stories are generally tinged with gloom, into an essence, and given a consolidation and too frequently stained with blood. to its ancient glory.
Yet such is the prominence of their disIn this epitome of Roman history, its tinguishing features, that they impart to more prominent characteristics are pre- the reader a melancholy gratification, which served, and its leading events are con- can hardly be defined; but which will live nected together in a brief, but regular in his recollection, when the fictions of series. Many important branches, as we romance shall be consigned to oblivion. might naturally expect in this compendium, 2. Illustrations of Natural History, are either passed over in silence, or only embracing a series of Engravings, and slightly touched; but he who makes him. descriptive Accounts of the most interest. self fully acquainted with the facts, the ing and popular Genera and Species of incidents, and the narrations embodied in the Animal World, (Longman, London,) this abridgment, as they rose, and gave appear before us in numbers, of which we place to others, while descending in chro- have three. Each contains three neatly nological order on the stream of time, executed plates, and the descriptive acwill prove himself a greater proficient in counts are in every respect appropriate. the knowledge of its revolutionary transac- When complete, we have no doubt that it tions, the turbulence of its power, and the will be an ornamental, useful, and enterintrigues of its factions, than many who taining work. have spent seven years at school in col- ' 3. Practical Information by the Society lecting materials to write its epitaph. for superseding the necessity of Climbing
The numerous engravings are intimately Boys, with a description of Glass's im. connected with the events recorded, and proved Machinery for cleansing Chimneys, in their united co-operation they mutually (Bagster, London, is a pamphlet which illustrate each other. To the author this evinces much humanity in behalf of that must have been a work of no small diffi- degraded class of our fellow-creatures, the culty, as every one acquainted with the climbing boys, many of whom are stolen,
others sold by their unnatural parents, and ing missions to foreign parts. Could all not a few taken from workhouses. It the sects into which the Christian world is furnishes ample evidence, that by the divided, be induced thus to combine and machinery recommended, every object can concentrate their exertions, there can be no be obtained for which boys of tender age doubt that many advantages would result are employed. We are glad to find these from their harmonious concurrence; but machines daily getting more and more we must not forget that the land of Utopia into use and reputation, and hope the time has never yet been discovered, and until is not distant when the miserable victims that shall be effected, we may hope in of poverty and misfortune, will no longer vain for the establishment of an Universal be found to reproach, by their wretched- | Missionary Society. Into all the details ness, the regulations of civilized society of the author we can fully enter, and nearly
4. Dialogues on Purgatory and Indul- all his conclusions we readily admit. The gences, between Paul and Murphy, by great defect lies at the foundation. He Jacob Stanley, (Stephens, London,) have might with as much reason hope that the both argument and humour to recommend monarchs of the world will co-operate in them. The author appears to be well establishing a partnership concern in uniacquainted with the subject he undertakes versal empire, as that the religious factions to discuss, and knows how to manage the of Christendom will ever amalgamate their controversy between the contending parties. energies; and till this shall be done, the So far as the dialogues have proceeded, whole must be consigned to the dominions for they are to appear in numbers, he has of chimera. We, however, give the author stated the Roman Catholic arguments in credit for the purity of his intentions, and their full force, as well as introduced the should rejoice to think that the plan he Protestant champion to combat and repel recommends, lay within the range of protheir energy. Nothing short of this would bable practicability. entitle his observations to respect. He 7. The Young Christian's Pocket who cannot fairly meet his antagonist, Library of Religious Knowledge, (Fisher, should never dare him to the field. From London,) was noticed in our last, when its the specimen before us, we augur for Paul first number only had appeared. Since a successful issue of his conflict with that time, eighteen more have been pubMurphy.
lished, which, on close inspection, fully • 5. Refutation of the Heretical Doc- | justify our former anticipations. The trine promulgated by the Rev. Edward articles being chiefly of an experimental Irving, respecting the Person and Atone. and practical nature, are calculated to be ment of Christ, by J. A. Haldane, (Ham- useful to the reader; and, indeed, nothing ilton, London,) is a pamphlet which bears short of this was to be expected, when we hard on the wild freaks of the Scottish advert to the celebrated divines whose divine. Among his eccentric speculations, works have furnished the selections. Mr. Irving has of late been foundering about in the slough of unfulfilled prophecy, to the great amusement of his ene
ASTRONOMICAL OCCURRENCES FOR mies, and the sincere regret of the more
JULY, 1829. sober part of his genuine friends. In this The sun enters the sign Leo on the 23d, Serbonian region, this highly talented, and at 1 minute past 5 in the morning, his morally respectable individual, seems to declination on the 1st is 23 degrees 8 have lost nearly all his usefulness, and, minutes north, and on the 31st, 18 dewhile wandering in the fogs of his own grees 18 minutes north; his semi-diamecreating, to have come within hail of the ter on the 1st, is 15 minutes, 45 seconds, shores of Socinianism. Here Mr. Hal. and 5 tenths; and on the 25th, 15 minutes, dane discovers his situation, and lifts his 46 seconds, and 7 tenths; his semi-dia. voice to warn him of surrounding danger. meter occupies 1 minute, 8 seconds, and It is a spirited tract, containing many 5 tenths in passing the meridian on the serious charges, many pointed arguments, 1st, and on the 25th, 1 minute, 7 seconds, and many shrewd observations, which it is and 1 tenth; his hourly motion in space incumbent on Mr. Irving to repel.
on the 1st is 2 minutes and 23 seeconds; 6. New Model of Christian Missions and on the 25th, 2 minutes, 23 seconds, to Popish, Mahometan, and Pagan and 3 tenths. He rises on the 1st at 45 Nations, explained in four letters to a minutes past 3, and sets at 15 minutes friend, (Holdsworth, London,) proposes, past 8; and on the 31st he rises at 17 as its fundamental principle, the mutual minutes past 4, and sets at 43 minutes co-operation of all true Christians, in send. past 7: he is in perigee on the 2nd.