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* Clem. How is it possible that this interesting young man should, without the faculties of speech and hearing, understand and express every thing?

'De PEpee. Not only so, but he instantly replies to every question.—I will give you an example. —

(Mating signs /otheodore. He first claps Theodore on the shoulder to command attention, then touches his forehead •with two fingers of his right hand during a short time, points to Clementina with his forfinger, and pretends to write several lines on his left hand.) (theodore, after shewing that he understands De L'ErEE's signs, seals himself at the table, takes a pen, and prepares to write.) 'De l'Epee. (to Clementina.)' Now ask him any question you please: he will write it from the signs I shall make, and immediately subjoin his answer.—He waits for you to begin.

* Clem, [with timidity.) 1 know not what question—

* De PEpee. The first that occurs to your mind.

* Clem, (after considering for a moment.) Who, is, in your opinion, the greatest man now alive in France.

'De PEpee. That is a delicate question.—Have the goodness t» repeat it slowly, as if you were dictating. (T He Odor E shtws thai he understands De L'epee'S signs, and writes

after each of them.)

* Clem. Who is, in your opinion—{first signs by Di: L'epee Theodore: Touches his forehead with the fingers of his right hand during a short time, points to Theodore with his forefinger, raises loth hands above his head, th'n points to all the objects around him.) the greatest man—(Second signs: Raises his hand higher and higher three times, then both hands as high as he fan, after which he brings them down en eath shoulder, and then passes them over his br.eas{to his waist.) now alive— ( Third signs: Expresses life, by breathing once with great force, and alternately closing each hand near his heart.) in France?—[Fourth signs: Throws both hands forward with his fingers extended and his nails towards the earth, and wen with his forefinger describes a semi circle from left to right.)—— Jv. B. These signs must be very distinct, but quick as not to retard the scene.

1 De l'Epee. (taking the paper from Theodork, and presenting it to Fran vAt.) You see, Sir, he has written the question with fidelity.

'Fran, (examining it.) And perfectly correct. (de L'epee again places it before Theodori, who sits motionless, and lost in contemplation.)

* Clem. He seems embarrassed.

* De PEpee. Any one would be embarrassed to answer such a question.

(theodore recovers from hit reverie, becomes gradually more animated, and then writes.)

* Fran, (watching the motions e/" Theodore.) What intelligence in his looks! what animation in his gestures! what an union of emotion and satisfaction! I am much deceived, or his answer will bear tiic stamp of a feeling heart and an enlightened mind.

(theodore

(theodore rises, anddelivers the paper to ClementIn A, making a sign for her to read it. Franval and his mother eagerly approach her; meanwhile Theodore stands near, De L'epee looking at him 'with steadfastness and enquiry-)

* Clem, (reading.) "Question. Who is, in your opinion, the greatest man now alive in France ?—Answer. Nature would name Buffon; science, d'Alembert; sentiment and truth, Rousseau ; Intellect and talents, Voltaire—but humanity, genius, and virtue, proclaim de l'Epee."

(theodore, after making several signs, representing a balance, by alternately raising and lowering each hand, then raising his right hand as high as possible, amd pointing to De L'epee luiih the forefinger of the same, throws himself into D & L'e P E E's arms, who presses him to his bosom.)

'De PJLpec. (with emotion, which he endeavours to repress.) Thia error must be forgiven—'tis the effect of his too enthusiastic gratitude. (Again embracing him)

'Fran, (taking the paper from Clementina, and still examining it.) I can scarcely believe tnv eves.

* Mad. Fran. This miracle would be absolutely incredible if we had noTseen it.

■* Clem. 'Tis impossible to witness it without an emotion that i» most affecting.'

-It would be ur.just not to add that this translation excites considerable interest in the closet, and we conceive that it would have apfjC" _^ peared to advantage on the stage. *^ J*fcl\

Art. 30. Rodolpho; a Poetical Romance. By James Atkinson.

Printed.at Edinburgh. 4*0. Phillips, London. 1801.

This satire consists chiefly of an imitation of Mr. Lewis's popular

verses, intitled " Alonzo the Brave and the Fair Imogene," and of

some German books of horror: but, probably, the Northern Baid was

not aware that Mr. Lewis had already burlesqued his own ingenious

, , doggrel, in the ballad of " iSally Green," or he would have spared

» :the public an additional demonstration of the facility with which this

sort of composition may be parodied. In truth, the oiiginal verses

could boast of little merit, exclusive of their measure! and even

that was probably borrowed from Dr. Watts's Poems for Children,

some of which run very nearly in the same stanza, though stuffed

with fewer words; such as,

"Abroad in the meadows, to see the young lambs

Run sporting about by the side of their dams," Arc. &c.

It seems to have been the ambition of some late authors, to revive the terrors and superstitions of the nursery; and it has been the momentary weakness of the public to lend some degree of attention to tjieir efforts: but, in those circles which may be truly denominated literary, this vicious faste has never been admitted; and the works in question have not ranked higher among real Judges, than the History of Jack the Giant-killer, or Thomas Hick-a- .

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No source of horror and dismay has been left untouched by Novellists, excepting that which our woeful experience suggests; viz. the presentation of a romance, in five or six massy octavos, to a trembling Reviewer, whose distracted glance cannot find one new or interesting object in the work, or sees the only fair and copious one in the unoccupied margin. To 3uch a wight, the apparition of afresh ghost-6tory is indeed matter of dreadful apprehension ; and so much does the serious tale commonly approach to the burlesque, that we find it very difficult to make the distinction.

We shall now give a short extract fromthe dolorous ditty before us j

* The storm rav'd aloud, and Rodolpho, aghast,

Saw the fatal stream silently roll,
Where Elwina !—he heard hollow sounds on the blast,
As fearful his eyes to just Heaven he cast 5

Which struck dread and remorse on his soul.

'Dreadful phantoms arose in his agoniz'd mind;
And he shook with increasing dismay;—
They came, pale and bleeding, as roar'd the wild wind,
«' Hail Fratricide, hail! with fell demons combin'd."
And thus, shrieking, they glided away.

• Now his palfry he furiously spurr'd,— and, with speed,

He hurried the knight o'er the plain;
Still the storm drove its arrowy sleet on his head,
And now those, whom his dark cruel soul doom'd to bleed.

He endeavour'd to fly, but in vain.

'Still they haunt him, O God, can repentance or tears,

Atone for so horrid a crime?
"Hail Fratricide, hail," still resounds in his ears,
Still Elwina's shrill spirit before him appears;

Or whirls round his courser sublime.' ,

The best and shortest character that can be given, perhaps, of this work, is that it is almost equal to the nonsense which the author wishes to expose by it. tfef

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Art. 3 I. The Proceeding! in the Court of King's Bench, on a criminal Information against Thomas Aris, Keeper of Cold Bath Field's Prison, at the Suit of John Herron, for cruel, illegal, and inhuman Treatment. 8vo. is. Smith.

John Htrroiv, late a private in the first regiment of foot guards, was committed to the Cold Bath Fields' Prison on a charge of attempting to seduce a fellow soldier from his duty and allegiance; and the Court of King's Bench was subsequently moved fqr a rule to shew cause why a criminal information should not be granted against Thomas Aris, keeper of the said prison, for cruel and illegal treatment of the said John Herron. Leave was given: but, when the case was argued, and the affidavits on both sides were read, on the motion to make the rule absolute, Lord Kenyon gave his opiuion that, «Not only was there no case made out to grant the information, but there was no case of criminality, not one single article cle made out against him' (Axis) ; and that it was ' a shameful prosecution in all its parts and members.' The rule was therefore discharged with costs. Gt.2.

Art. 32. Remarks, critical and miscellaneous, on the Commentaries of Sir William Blackslone. By James Sedgwick of Pembroke College, Oxford; Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. 4to. pp. 320. 128. Boards. Robinsons, &c. 1800. This Volume has been neglected in consequence of unforeseen circumstances. It displays proofs of the author's reading and reflection, but it shews that his mind has in many instances been perplexed by the intricacies of metaphysical disquisitions, and that he is more inclined to censure than to admire the production of the celebrated commentator. The spirit of a caviller is indeed too frequently discoverable in Mr. Sedgwick's pages; and his style has not been sufficiently chastised and controuled by a correct taste.—A3 the reflections ate confined to the first volnme of the commentaries, which discusses topics of a political rather than of a legal nature, 'Mr. Sedgwick's task has not yielded him many opportunities of evidencing his knowlege as a lawyer: but, where it is called forth, he shews an acquaintance with the reporters. and other books of authority. <J.R,

Art. 33. The Law of Evidence. By Chief Baron Gilbert. Sixth ■ Edition. With Notes and additional References to contemporary

Writers and later Cases. By James Sedgwick, Esq. Barrister at

Law. 8vo. 7s. 6d. Boards. Clarke and Sons. 1801.

The Reputation of Chief Baron Gilbert, and of this particular production, is too well established to require any commendation at this period. The importance and difficulty, also, of the subject here discussed, are felt by every professional man j and the assistance which he has received from the contents of this volume has been frequently acknowleged with gratitude. Since the appearance of the last edition, many cases have occured in our courts, in which this topic has been discussed at considerable length, and with great ability. We allude more particularly to the two cases of Bent v. Baker, B. R. H. 29 Geo. 3. 3 T. R. 27., and The King v. The Inhabitants of ErisvteU, T. 30 Geo. 3. 3 T. R. 707. In the first, it was decided that a broker, who underwrites a policy of insurance after having had it underwritten by others, is a competent witness for the defendant in an action against any of those who underwrote before him. The situation in which he stood, the interest resulting from it, and the wishes which he might entertain, were considered by the Court as applying to his Credit and not his Competency. In the latter case, the Court entertained a doubt, and did not come to a determination, whether evidence of declarations ol a pauper who was dead, or insane, relative to his settlement, were admissible. Lord Kenyon and Mr. Justice Grose were of opinion that such evidence was inadmissible; Mr. Justice Ashhurst and Mr. Justice Buller were of a contrary sentiment; and therefore no order was made in the case.

Mr. Sedgwick has enriched this edition with many pertinent notes, and many appropriate references; though he has omitted to fntio

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duce the above case of The King v. Eriswell, probably on account of
there having been no decision. We think, however, that it should
have been noticed by him; as well as the following case of Reed 1,
Jackson, B. R. E. 41 Geo. 3. I East 355, in which the Court de>
cided that a verdict against a defendant in trespass, on an issue of
a justification of a public right of way, negativing such right, is
evidence in another action against another defendant who justified
under the same right;—and that the cases relative to the
inspection of corporation muniments and others might have been
introduced with advantage: more particularly since the law on this
subject appears to be settled by the case of Southampton v. Graves*
which we -noticed in a late article on the Term Reports *. We,
must, nevertheless, acknowlege that, if something be omitted in this
volume which might have been inserted with propriety, much bus.
been introduced that may be consulted with advantage. ff -f>

Art. 34. An accurate and impartial Narrative of the Apprehension,,
Trial, and Execution, on the $th June 1798, of Sir Edward William
Crosbie, Bart. Including a Copy of the Proceedings of the Court
Martial, which tried him; together with authentic Documents re-
lating to the whole of his Conduct, and the Proceedings against

him. Published, in justice to his Memory, by his Family. 8vo.

pp. 130. 3s. Hatchard. 1801.

Sir Edward Crosbie was apprehended, and tried by a court martial,

* for trailerous and rebellious conduct in aiding and abetting a most villainous conspiracy for the overthrow of his Majesty's crown, and the extinction of all loyal subjects, and for endeavouring to conceal persons, knowing them to be engaged in the above-mentioned project.* On these charges he was found guilty, and suffered the sentence of the law: but it ic the object of the present publication to shew that he was unjustly convicted, in consequence of improper testimony having been received, and admissible testimony having been rejected. It is impossible for us to give an opinion on this melancholy lubject. . « SJV.

Art. 35. An Analysis of the Law on the Abandonment of Ships arid Freight, as it relates to the Effects of the late Russian Embargo on British ships, and to the subsequent Liberation of the Ship* from the Embargo; wherein the Subject is also discussed on Principles of Policy and Equity. By Aistroppc Stovin. 8vo. pp.80. is. 6d. Buttcrworth. 1801.

Mr. Stovin here discusses the two following questions; first, « If one of the abandoned ships bring home any cargo, for which she was chartered, or for the carnage of which the former owner had made any contract, whether the freight or earnings to be made by the carriage of such cargo belongs to the underwriters to whom the ship has been abandoned, or to the underwriters who insured the freight to the former owner, and have paid him a total loss thereon I' Mr. Stovin argues with much knowlege and ingenuity in favour of the underwriters to whom the ship has been abandoned.— The second question proposed, and which the author answers in

• Vide M. R. voh xxxiv. N. S. p. 25.

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