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compound, hy which we double our ful statistical document. This inpopulation in about 23 years. We shall ventory amounts, in round numdo this in less, if we become more com. mercial, and encourage, by all means,
bers, to $2,505,000,000 ; but as further useful emigration; this we ought articles of so great value seldom ta do, to place outr country immediately appear at market, we shall omit in a state invulnerable to foreign inva- examining it. ders. The easiest' means are, first, an Much credit, however, is due to increase of foreign loans ; and the rest
the author for his labour in collectwill then follow of course, as we trust we shall fully evince in other parts of ing materials and forming tables, our book,
relative to receipts and expendi
tures,' imports and exports, and Whenever the circulating me- various other subjects, which come dium of a country is sufficient to naturally within the course of staanswer all demands, for the com- tistical inquiries, and political econmercial and ordinary transactions omy. In the table, containing the of its inhabitants, a further increase list of banks in the United States, is not only unnecessary but inju- we noticed a difference we little rious. Money was invented rather expected. In Massachusetts alone as a substitute for credit, than as a there were twenty-two banks in subject of trade, and whenever it 1805, while all the other states afshall not supply the common pur- forded but forty-six. The same poses of domestick use, the money disproportion in publick schools price of all articles, and land, will exists, much to its honour. be lessened. When the circulat- The style, in which the manual is ing medium is multiplied, the con- written, will not bear a close examinsequence is reversed, and the nomi- ation. Like some pieces of painting, nal value of things seldom bought, examine it closely, and its roughwill be increased. This is the only ness offends; viewed at a distance, difference, But our author would its disproportions are monstrous. increase it by foreign loans, that There are too many repetitions, we may enhance the value of pub- and weak and trifling expressions, lick lands, and introduce a multi- which are altogether unfit for a tude of foreigners, to cultivate and work of this kind, where clearness improve them. If such an absurd and simplicity are peculiarly retheory can be sustained, the prac- quisite. tice is impossible.
Although the Manual of Mr. Many other erroneous principles Blodget cannot with impunity pass will be discovered on perusing the the ordeal of just criticism, bis
Manual,' which we shall not par- work will certainly claim attention ticularise. His ideas of a publick for its novelty and importance. debt, and the process of paying it The inquiry into the causes of naby an advantageous change of pub- tional prosperity, wealth, and haplick stock, are very questionable, piness, can be looked upon with and result from a false notion of indifference only by those, in whom the value of the 'vital fluid' of the pecuniary or political aggrandizestate. Many of his tables are trif- ment has stiñed all feelings of ling, and claim little credit ; and humanity. his full and perfect inventory of Statistical inquiries originated all the real and personal estate of and were first adopted in Germathe union, is rather a whimsical ny, the publication of which gave Peverie, tban an accurate and'use- rise to Sir John Sinclair's very valuable and extensive statistical ments, as will most promote their account of Scotland. The object usefulness. To extend the system of these was to acquire a knowl- of agriculture, it should ascertain edge of the strength of govern- , the amount of produce annually. ment on such subjects, as particu- raised, the number of labourers larly relate to · Matters of State.' employed in the various departBut Sir John Sinclair extended the ments of husbandry, and collect sphere, and affixed to the term Sta- information relative to the soils tisticks' the idea of “ an inquiry best adapted to different vegetainto the state of a country, for the bles. To lessen the quantum of purpose of ascertaining the quan- unproductive labour, inquiries contum of happiness, enjoyed by its cerning the present state of inland inhabitants, and the means of its navigation and tuinpikes should futurxo improvement." Thus de- be instituted, and the utility and fined, this science is certainly com- practicability of any proposed adprehensive enough for all purpo- ditions or alterations designated. ses of political economy and sta- Tois is peculiarly important to a tisticai philosophy. It has bith country, where so much land reerto been little considered ; nor mains unoccupied, and where new can very extensive investigations settiements are continually formbe made, without prompt and ef- ing, the prosperity of which must ficient aid from government. The depend upon easy and convenient want of scientitick men, capable of communications with distant and conducting such inquiries ; tl.e older settlements. In the banking great responsibility, to which any system, inquiries should be made individual must subject himself ; relative to the number, capitals, the difficulty of persuading others operation, and effect of banks, and to co-operate, and of establishing the influence they have upon the a regular and enlightened corres- internal traffick of the country. pondence ; and the immense la- Under this head, the subject of bour of collecting, arranging, and money, in all its relations, will natucondensing the information, when rally be investigated. The subobtained, relative to so extended ject of education also merits great and diversified a territory as the attention. The number of univerUnited States of America, are ob- sities, colleges, academies, and stacles, which nothing but a liberal other seminaries of learning,should assistance from adıninistration can be obtained, and the modes of inremove.
struction, ind the nature of the esIt is certainly the duty of gor. tablishments, examined. These ernment to watch over the domese are subjects, upon which the betick economy of the state with the Deficent and philosophick mind same care and solicitude, that it dwells with delight; but from protects and fixes its foreign rela- which it turns with disappointment tions. In order to improve the and regret, if those, who have the commercial resources of the Union, means, or who, urged by duty to it should make critical inquiries the pursuit, view them with coldinto the present state of manufac- ness and indifference. tures, ship-building, and all the If to combine science with the branches of manual labour, con- useful arts ; if to convert idleness nected with them, and introduce to industry, and beggary & wietchsuch regulations and improve. edness to competence and enjoy
ment; if to substitute learning and mentioned incidentally in Mr. Carros inorals for ignorance and corrup- publication ; this is too ridiculous tion ; if to introduce improvements to need any comment in proof of in agriculture,commerce, and man- its absurdity : the booksellers can ufactures, and explode the present reason more pertinently on this slovenly, unproductive, and awk- matter. ward practices ; if, in short, to exert What may be said of Mr. Carr's ourselves in the cause of promoting book, must either be confined to the strength and happiness of the general opinions, or extended to a nation, are objects worthy the ate particular review, which, from the tention of enlightened statesmen, great variety of subjects, enumeran establishment, under the aid and ated in this volume, cannot be done, patronage of government, must consistently, with the space allotproduce the most salutary and ted to this department. beneficial effects. As such a de- Prefaces, in general, are replete sign would raise the moral and with vain ostentation or frivolous physical character of man, and as excuse, and we have seldom seen its foundations are laid deep in the any, so widely different from the interest and welfare of the commu- common herd, as that of the volume nity, it would certainly succeed, before us. Alter
a summary of the and it success would be attended author's design, and an acknowiwith publick confidence and grat- edgment of the assistance he hes itude.
received, he concludes by a declarution, that if he has failed in the
execution, the fault must be aloART. 13.
gether attributed to himself. The The Stranger in Ireland ; or a tour design of the work is to illustrate
in the 80:lthern and western parts the Irish character, and to give a of that country, in the year 1805. descriptive narrative of a tour into By John Carr, Esq. of the Hon. the south and south-west parts of ourable Society of the Middle Ireland, and also some account of Temple,authorofa Northern Sum
the state of society, in 1805 ; also mer, the Stranger in France, &c.
the political economy, national Anfmæ quales neque candidiores
manners, publick buildings, &c., of Terra tulit, ncque queis me sit devinctior alter.'
that country. Third American edition. To The design is calculated to prowhich is now first added, an Ap- duce important effects, since it propendix, containing an account of poses to develope the real characThomas Dermody, the Irish poet, ter of a nation, which has been a wonderful instance of prematur- bitherto very little known,or mereity of genius. N. York, printed ly as the land of whiskey and poby I. Riley & Co. 1807.
The author has illustrated this How Carr's Stranger in Ireland character in a manner which does and Dermody's life have been him very considerable honour ; brought together, in the volume and although his descriptions of under review, is a thing which can- Irish beneficence, &c. are somenot be accounted for, on any prin- times overloaded, yet a pretty corciple of attraction in nature. The rect idea of Ireland's national charreason assigned for this curious ar acter may be obtained from perus. rangement is, that Dermody is ing this publication. The other
Hor. Lib. I. Sat. S.
parts of his design are executed he undoubtedly was so, if to be with ability, and prove the depth unfortunate is to be surrounded with and extent of Mr. Carr's investi. friends and patrons, and to rush gation.
headlong into almost every species Co such, as read for their im- of vice, notwithstanding the repeatprovement, he has rendered his ed admonitions of the one and the book highly profitable, by an abun- assistance of the other. dance of useful matter; and those, We attribute the high reputawho take up a volume, and put it tion, in which Dermody has hitherdown again, merely to fill up an to appeared, not to his real abstract interstice between their other a- merit, but to his miseries ; and musements will be tickled with ma- this is more singular, since the miny parts of the Stranger in Ireland. series of Dermody were the ef
On the other hand, the dignity fects of his own brutish propenof this work is considerably lessen- sities. When we mourn over the ed by too great quantity of anec- follies or vices of any one, we are dote. “ Salt (says Kaime) in cer- inclined by pity and not by justice. tain quantities is seasonable at Pity begets partiality for the obmeals, but he must have a rare ject of our commisseration and palate, who can make a dinner on partiality endeavours to palliate salt.” The numerous extracts from every fault, while it exalts every Curran,Grattan, Kirwan, &c. how- thing in the shape of merit far ever profitable to the readers of this above its real desert. publication, are altogether extran- While we suppose Mr. Rayeous from the author's design. mond very partial to young DerWe have no objection to an au- mody, we trace a cause, although thor's performing more than he we find nothing like an excuse for promises, in the line of his sub- the many improbable stories in ject, but when he would illustrate these interesting' memoirs. a national character by extracts Did we believe in the Metempsyfrom sermons and orations, as the chosis, we should at once conclude method is somewhat singular, we the soul of some ancient mytholshould be glad to have a hint of it ogist had revived in Mr. Raybefore hand.
mond-It is stated, that Dermody, The style of this volume is gen- " when most children are scarceerally well adapted to answer the ly instructed in the rudiments of design, although in some parts their mother tongue, was perfectcrowded with superfluous epithets. ly familiar with the Latin and
On the whole ; Carr's Stranger Greek languages, and could with in Ireland is the most correct and facility read and comprehend the useful publication, giving an ac- most difficult authors in those count of the Irish nation, that has languages.' ever appeared.
What shall we say to this ? that We shall now dispatch the "Ap- we do not believe the story, or pendix, (so called) or some ac- that it is impossible? A child, percount of that surprising young fectly acquainted with the Greek genius, Dermody; extracted from and Latin languages ! Mr. Raythe life of Dermody by J. G. Ray- mond is evidently distracted. mond, Esq.'
shall not therefore, remark any Dermody has been named the farther on these memoirs. unfortunate poet of Ireland,' and To such, as are desirous of Vol. IV. No. 3.
purchasing a correct edition of the hostilities of the skies? What is Stranger in Ireland, handsomely the country, but a sandy desert at printed, and on very tolerable pa- one season, or a swallowing quag. per, we would recommend that of mire at another? What the town, I. Riley & Co. New-York: 1807. but an upper Tartarus of smoke
and din? What are carriages, but ART. 14.
cages upon wheels ? What are
riding-horses, but purchased enThe Miseries of Human Life ; or emies, whom you pamper into
the groans of_Samuel Sensitive strength, as well as inclination, to and Timothy Testy, with a few kick your brains out ?' &c. &c. supplementary sighs from Mrs. It is not worth our time to men. 7-sty. In twelve dialogues. tion the divisions and subdivisions Boston : Greenough, Stebbins, of misery ; but we can assure the & Hunt, and Belcher & Arm- fidgety, that every topick of comstrong: 12 mo. mp. 220.
plaint is here largely discussed for
The moral, with which This is perhaps the best satire, it concludes, is excellent, and that ever appeared, on the folly of might be recommended from the such as magnify petty accidents and pulpit,as well as the novels of Picha trilling vexations into irresistible ardson. All nervous criminals misfortunes and intolerable griev- will be laughed into amendment, ances. To grumble, is one of the The author, who, we are informed most observable characteristicks of by a letter from London, is the Englisbmen, and we,their descend
Rev. Mr. Beresford, an Oxford ants,enjoy their rices, not less than scholar, eminently deserves the their virtues, by hereditary suc- praise, which Persius gives to his cession,
great master in satire. in this work, which may be read
Omne vafer vitium ridenti Flaccus amico by many with profit, and by all
Tangit. with pleasure, two persons meet to complain of every thing around,
This book is worthy of univerabove, and within them ; ''Twixt sal perusal, and may be read in upper, nether, and surrounding momentary snatches on the sofa. fires.' At the first conference, The puns of Dean Swift are rivalafter a warın, but amicable contest led here, so that no cynick is too · on the irritability of each, which is hard to be melted by them to laughclosed by a mutual concession, ter. The best are from the Latin, that the mind of one party and the which the author seems more conbody of the other is more exposed versant with, than our English "hv susceptibility of misery, Sen- poets. Groan No. 12, of the Mis
sitive opens, " What, my poor sir, eries of London, is a fine instance. are the senses, but five yawning iniets to hourly and momentary late, your carriage delayed by a jam of
In going out to dinner, already too molestations? What is your house, coaches. wnile you are in it, but a prison, • Ned Testy. Jam, jamque magis cunc. 'filed with nests of little reptiles, of tantein.' insect annoyances, which torment
A better example is Groan No. you tle more, because they cannot
34, in the chapter of the Miseries And what is the same
of the table, &c. house, when you are out of it, but a shelter, out of reach, from the
• As for myself, between the mis