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Art. 36.-Bemerküngen au feiner, &c. Observations on a Journey from the Turkish Borders over the Bw.

kozena, through East and West Gallicia, Silesia, and Moravia, to Vienna. By J. Rohrer. Svo. Vienna.

MANY of these obervations are interesting, and particularly those which relate to some Caraite Jews at Halicz on the Niester, which still adhere to their ancient principles, and reject the additions to the law made by the Talmudists. A farther inquiry into the extent of this sect might be recommended to every traveller into Poland and Turkey; for from the intercourse we have with the Jews of the opposite persuasion, and the well known theological hatred that prevails between the two sects, we scarcely know arry thing of that which, of the two, deserves by far the greatest portion of our attention,

SWEDEN.

ART. 37.--Utkast til föreläsningar öfver Swenska historier. A Sketch of a Course of Lectures on the Swedish History. By

Eric Michach Faut. 800. Upsal. 1805. THE labours of this author on Swedish history, are greatly esé teemed in his own country; and if they are sometimes faulty in points of deep criticism, and might be greatly improved by a more careful and judicious selection, vet much praise is due for indefati gable industry, and the rescuing of various facts from the deepest obscurity. The present work is intended for those who wish to take A cursory view of Swedish history, and are unwilling to travel through the pages of Dalin and Lagerbring; yet it is not written with suffi, çient precision to be put into the hands of youth. The first part contains the history from the earliest times to those of Gustavus the First, in which the rhapsodical remarks on Pytheas of Marseilles, Tacitus, Jordanes, and others might well have been spared. The renarks on the Edda, are chiefly derived from Thre; the later Edda, as it is called, is ascribed to Snorre Sturleson ; who, however, could have at any rate but a small share in this production. All the idle tales of the loelanders are repeated without any attempt to explain them; and the sketch of life and manners in this period is very inperfect. The second period contains the age of popery, in which are enumerated numerous acts of the regents, with out selection, or view to any judicious insight into the manners of the times. The second part brings us down to the time of Gusta“, vus Adolphus ; the third relates the history of Sweden under Gusta vus Adolphus and Christina ; and the fourth, the history of Charles the Tenth and Eleventh. In the two last parts are many interesting materials; but the want of arrangement, the insertion of trilling APP. Vol. 5.

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remarks, and the deficiency of research into the history of the people, their civilization, manners, and industry, must prevent the work from rising bigh in the class of literary productions.

ART. 38.-Qiratuor Monumenta non in Suecia cruta, Tabulis aneis et brevi commentatione illustrata ab J. Ilullenberg. Aco'

ces.scre nonnulla de literatura Cufica, Four brazen Monuments dug up in Sweden, illustrated by Plates,

und a short Commentary; to which ure udded some Remarks on Cufic Literature. 8vo. 6s. Stockholin. 1801.

THIS pamphlet principally relates to a bracelet and three celts of brass, which appear to have been found at.'I'ullinge, about two miles from Stockholm, in 1800. An English Antiquary, however, would hardly base thought them sufficiently important to form a separate work.

The use of the bracelet, both as a military honour and a female ornament among the nations of antiquity, is proved from different authorities: and it is said to have been found very frequently in Sweden.

The colts differ from those which have been usually discovered in having tops or covers to them. Their uses, however, have been very differently explained." And M. Hallenberg, for the first time we believe, deems them Lachrymals. Though we think the culter, or knite for sacrifice, which appears to have been discovered with them, inplies a different purpose. · At p. 57, follows the explanation of the cufic coins ; which appear io be of little consequence. One, engraved in the title-page, is ascribed to Almustanser, a Mahommedan prince, between 1226 and 12+2. Two more given in D: 57, were found in Finland. One, being mutilated, seems an uncertain coin; but the perfect vne is refered by M. Hallenberg to the year 915.

It is altogether a learned pamphlet; but it treats on sutjects which have very little citber of novelty or curiosity.

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DENMARK.

AX. 39 --Theologisk Muunedskrift for Faedrelandets religions i laerere. Udgivet af L. Nikolas. Fallesen förste resider.com pellan, &c. 1803, 180h.

A Theological Monthly Publication. Copenhagen: DENMARK was distinguished for the freedom of its press, which scemeit inconsistent with the clesporical for:of its guverament." Ite decree of the 27ih. September. 1799, destroyed that freedom," and with is the hopes, of farver progress in religion or science,'t By

degrees the country is emerging from the terror into which it had been thrown, and it is much indebted to the compiler of this work, pho, by his theological magazine, and now by this publication, gives an opportunity to persons engaged in religious speculations, to communicate the fruit of their labours to the public. In the numbers already published, are many interesting articles. Among them, the publisher, though a minister of the established church, gives four ex. cellent reasons for satisfaction under the existing differences of opinion on religious subjects. For he contends, that this difference: is grounded on our nature ; that it is compatible with the truth that it is not prejudicial to the chief points of religion, virtue and the fear of God; and that it is connected with the hope of 'clearer light in the future state. From one article we find that Norway is not free from the troubles arising from fanaticism ; and a peasant of Sonnenfiels has established a community, similar to those of some of our metho

sts in Wales. Education, it appears, in another article, is not sufficiently attended to, in either Denmark or Norway; and, if we are to trust to the representation of an old clergyman, it is better to be a subaltern officer or a journeyman mechanic, than a preacher or teacher in Denmark. The papists have still several churches in Denmark; and their number ai Copenhagen amount to nearly 5000. The work promises to be very useful; and if it concinues to be conducted in the same liberal manner, will gradually introduce much information both to the state and people.

HOLLAND. ART. 40.-- Aanlııngsel oph et Bigbelsch Huisbock. Appendix to the Family Bible of J. Scheicius. Leyden. TO the possessors of Scheidius's family bible, this will be a very welcome present, as it contains short remarks on those passages in which he swerves from the versions in common use; and the grounde of his version deserve the attention of critics. The passages on which the remarks are made, are generally very perplexed; but frequently new light is thrown on the subject, and they manifest on the part of the author both great industry, and great reading. nowy x73 he finds a difficulty to express clearly; and follows Schrödern in giving it the force of perficere,' to mark that the work was completed. The cominon versions do not give the meaning of this passage; and yet if the derivation of the Latin word "paro' from 872 is allowed, ihere seems no obscurity in it. God ceased from all the works which be had prepared to do. The meaning of w;a is thought to be improperly applied to shame' in ii. Gen. 25.' but sufficient reasons, are not given for changing it to merely embarrassment,' since the idea of shame is so frequently connected with the other word in other parts of scripture. On xv. 2, it is properly observed, that pron cannot mean a Damascene, since the name of the

country is never set before a proper name, and either the prefix > OF the suffix ought to be joined to pw27: and besides, how could the man be called a Damascene, when we are told, he was born in the house of Abraham? The difficulties attending the passage are by no menns surmounted. On K.1. 47, 31, it is properly observed, that every where the word Tinnen expresses the bowing of the head to another by way of respect or reverence, and the bowing both of Jacob and David, were bendings forward of their head as they were sitting upright at the bedstead expressive of reverence. Many simiJar remarks are made, and enough is said to ensure the attention of the reader, and either to explain the difficulty, or to instigate him te farther inquiry.

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ACADEMY, Royal Irish, Transactions Andrew, St., Festival of 435

of, 86. On Halley's Series for the Anecdotes of Frederic the Great, by
calculation of logarithms, by Murray. Thiebault, 337

Accommodation
Brindley's Solution of Kepler's probe of the author to the habits of Frederic,
lem. Direct solution of do 87. La 337. His zcal, 338. His garrulity,
Place's mode. Merit of Cassini's

339. Frederic's passion for the ridi.
method, 88. An essay on creduiity, Culous, exemplified in a ludicrous anec-
by Preston, 8g. Examination of do. dote, 340, 341. His grief on the
credulity defined, go. A theorem for death of Prince Henry, 342. His
finding the surface of an oblique cy- aversion to French mistresses, 344.
Jinder. Demonstration of do. 91. His remarks on the actor Le Kain,
Essay on the natural advantages of 345. The fate of Baron de Goerne, 347
Ireland, 93. Account of the Whynn Annals of the French empire, 537
dykes in the neighbourhood of the Anticorsican,

219
Giant's causeway, 175

Journal Appendix to the family bible of Schneia
of the thermometer keps at Windsor, dus,

543
Nova Scotia. loquiry into the con- Art of preserving health,

536
sistency of Dr. Hutton's theory of the Ashdowne's Supplenient to an inquiry
earth. Essay on the rise and progress into the scripture-meaning of the word
of rhyme, igo. Notices relative to Satan,

433
some of the native tribes of North Assalini's Observations on the plague,
America, 194
Considerations on

108
the history of ancient amatory Atonement, Jerram's letters ong 323
writers, 194. An inscription on an Attempt to explain the late conduci of
ancient scpulchral stone in the church.

Mr. Pitt,

98
yard of Kilcammin.

Augusteum, or ancient monuments at
Alexander, a dissertation on the tomb

Dresden, by Becker, 468. Remarks
of, by Dr. Clarke, 274. The apo- on the practice of embalming the
theosis of Alexander, 295. On the dead, 469. Sarcophagus of a mummy,
upright posture of burial among the 470.- Fragments of a sphinx's head,

Egyptians, The sarcophagus exa- 471. Difference between Egyptian
mined. Dr. Clarke's visit tu it, 281. and Grecian workmanship, 471.. The
Visits of the ancients to see it, 281, cortina at Delphi, 472. A Pallas,
283. Opinion of the work.

374
Alfred and Galba, by Campbell. 331
Alps, Description of the Greek, by

Ballads by Hayley,

439
Beaumont,

508

Bampton Lectures, by Farrer, 397.
Anacreon, Translation of, by Girdle- Comprehensiveness of the plan. The
stone,
219 subjects discussed

Ms. F. 399
Anatomy of the human body, by Bell, Bank's Account of the blight in culis,

231, 328 19. Agricultural researcket recte
App. Vol. 5.

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