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Art. XVIII, The Outcast Delivered, a Sermon, preached at the South ,Wales District Meeting, of the Ministers in the Connection of the
late Rev. John Wesley, held at Swansea, June 12, 1811. By Tho.. mas Roberts, Svo! pp. 40. Harris, Caermarthen. 1811. AS this sermon was preached a few days after the rejection of Lord Sid.
mouth's unfortunate bill, the preacher made several allusions to that event; and toward the close of it, read a letter from Lord Erskine, " to the Swansea and Glamorgan committee for protecting liberty of conscience," acknowledging the vote of thanks they addressed to his lordship." These circumstances gave the discourse an interest which, though warm, devout, and not injudicious, it would not otherwise have possessed ; and led those who heard it, to request the publication of it.
The discourse itself is a kind of paraphrase on the following words: “ Hear the word of the Lord ye that tremble at his word. Your breth ren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's-sake said, let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.” . . . . . .
Art. XIX. Poems in the English and Scottish Dialects. By William In
gram, 12mo: pp. 130. Brown, Aberdeen. 1812 THE poetry of this volume though certainly not of a very towering cha- racter is far from unpleasing. Most of the pieces have something useful in their tendency : and as the author seldom aims at more than he is adequate to accomplish, and is by no means extravagant in his expectations of applause, there are few readers, we conceive, who will be likely to throw down his book in ill humour..i :: :
Art. XX. Scripture Geography; In two parts. Containing a dese.
cription of the most distinguished countries and places noticed in the Holy Scriptures. With a brief account of the remarkable events. connected with the subject. latended to facilitate the study of the Holy Bible to young persons. For the use of schools and families, and illustrated with maps. By John Toy, private teacher of Writing, Arithmetic, and Geography, Price 68. Scatcherd and
Co. 1810. THIS is a respectable compilation, and illustrated by intelligible, and
well executed maps. The principal objection to the volume is,' that it is published on an extremely ill-advised scale of expence. The inform, ation might have been contained verbatim in a manual of balf the cost, and we are much mistaken if Mr. Toy do not find this error materially interfere with the sale of his book.
Art, XXI. Jonah's Deliverance and Gratitude, a Sermon preached at the
Rev. J. Leifchield's Chapel, Kennington, on Sabbath Evening, Noy. 10th, 1811, being the Anniversary of the Author's Shipwreck. By
John Clunie, M. A. 8vo. pp. 43. Hamilton, Williams. '1811. IN this sermon, founded, on Jonah, II, 7, and 9. Mr. Clunie takes no
tice of the circumstances connected with Jonah's deliverance ; his distress, his devotion, and the result of it;--and the return the prophet made in offering sacrifice, performing his vows, and ascribing his rescue to God. It is a judicious discourse, full of pious sentiments, and well adapted to the occasion. Though it is peculiarly appropriate to those, who like the author, have escaped from shipwreck, every one who has met with
perilous adventures may read it with advantage; its scope being to make us thankful for such interpositions of Providence.
Art. XXII. Religionism : 'a Satire. 12mo. Price 46.
"' of the smallest notice, had it not possessed an imposing front, and been liable from the seeming attraction of its subject to obtain a share of circulation, which neither its design, nor execution would merit. It is intended to hold forth to contempt, certain clergymen in the establishment, 'in the dioceses of London and Chester, who have attained an extent of fashionable popularity, at which our reverend author, (for he also is a clergyman) feels mightily envious. It is further intended to exhibic a caricature of “ evangelical extemporisers,"&c.; in which he discovers about as much knowledge of the principles and character of “ the evangelical clergy," as appeared in a late “primary visitation charge;" from which our Satirist quates a long extract, in confirmation of his own libellous insinuations. There can be no one, however, possessing the least sepsibility, who would not blush to appear only for a moment in contact with the scribbler before us; and if the book should chance to fall in the hands of any of the more respectable part of the anti-evangelical faction, we are not without hopes it may lead them to suspect the justice of their cause. They will here find their laboured attempts, for once identified with obscene ribaldry, and malignant accusation; and it will be well, if they are led to imagine, that probably their more decorous opposition has been a work of superfluity.
Art. XXIII. Christian Loyalty and Patriotism ; a Sermon preached in
Saint Andrews Chapel, Bolton le Moors. On Wednesday the 20th day of March, 1811. By George Lawson. 8vo. pp. 32. Price 1s. 6d. Gardner, Bolton. THE text chosen by Mr. Lawson is Psalm lxxii. I. “Give the King
thy judgements, O God, and thy righteousness unto the King's son.” After a short introduction he alludes to the occasion on which this psalm is supposed to have been penned, and then observes that the text teaches us that it is the duty of Kings to pray, and we may justly infer from it that it is the duty of others to pray for them.'. He goes on to remark, that Kings, like other men, are entirely dependent on Godmthat the most valuable quality of Kings is the spirit of piety and righteousness that it is our duty to implore this blessing for them by prayer and supplication-and that the conscientious discharge of this duty is a genuine evidence of Loyalty and Patriotism. Each of these observations he illustrates in a manner highly creditable to his judgement and piety. The following pagsage may serve for a specimen.
• The text,' says he, furnishes us with an example fitted to reprove the
greater part of the rich, the noble, and the high of this world. We behold a King' whose reign had been uncommonly splendid, whose arms had been attended with signal success, and whose renown was singularly 'extensive, employed-in what? In proclaiming his own greatness, in boasting of his warlike exploits, and thus displaying the vanity of his heart? In saying, Is not this great Jerusalem, which I govern by the might of my power and for the honour of my majesty? No: David was not only a great, but a good man; not only a King but a saint. Instead of vaunting the extent of his power, the glory of his victories, and the splendour of his character, he appears in all the humility of a dependent on the bounty, and a suppliant at the throne of God. He pours forth the language of one who felt his own insignificance, and the exclusive happiness of those (who can approach the throne of grace in the confidence that their prayers are accepted by God. “Give the king thy judgements," &c.'
Art. XXIV. Leisure Hours; or Morning Amusements, consisting of
Poems on a variety of interesting Subjects, Moral, Religious, and Miscellaneous : with Notes. By w. Steers. 12mo. Sherwood
and Co. 1811. FROM a short biographical preface, we collect 'that the author of the
present volume is a young man in an inferior station of life, the narrowness of whose circumstances have withheld from him those advantages which are usually deemed nearly essential to the accomplished poet. Though we regret that he has been led to a somewhat premature publication of his compositions, we are disposed on the whole to consider them as not remarkably discreditable to his talents and industry. His attainments in theology, we are sorry to say, are much too superficial to qualify him for a writer of “religious' poems.
· Art. XXV. 1. Specimens of Greek Penmanship, with Directions for forming
the Characters, according to the Methods adopted by the late Profes-
transcribing. By John Hodgkin. Darton and Harvey. 1811. SOME time ago, we recommended Mr. Hodgkin's Calligaphia w Græca, as likely to be of considerable use in assisting students to acquire an easy and elegant niethod of writing the Greek character. The first of these publications proposes the same object, but is of much smaller size. The nature of the others, which consist chiefly of copper-plate examples, will be sufficiently understood from the titles. The plan of storing the memory by the same process which improves the hand writing, has always appeared to us judicious; and Mr. Hodgkin's labours will probably facilitate its adoption in Schools. The style of writing is hardly equal to what we have seen in some other copper-plate examples.
Art. XXVI. The Widow and the Orphan Family. An Elegy. By Miss
Stockdale. 8vo. pp. 20. Price 1s. Stockdale. 1812. THE very benevolent purpose for which these verses are composed,
must be allowed to protect them from any severity of critical remark, The case which Miss Stockdale has undertaken to record is one of deep distress ; and her exertions in behalf of the sufferers (to whose relief the profits of this publication are appropriated,) merit the highest praise." .
Art. XXVII. An Account of the Ravages committed in Ceylon by( the ) Small
Pox; previously to the Introduction of Vaccination : with a Statement of the Circumstances attending the Introduction, Progress, and Success, of Vaccine Inoculation' in that Island. By Thomas Christie, M. D. Member of the Royal College of Physicians, London, and of the Royal Medical Sociсty, Edinburgh : and lately Medical Superintendant-Ge.
neral in Ceylon. 8vo. pp. 104. Price 2s. Cheltenham, Griffith, · Murray. 1811. THE substance of this pamphlet first appeared in the Ceylon Govern
ment Gazette, in the form of occasional reports on the state of vaccination in that island. The intention of these reports,' says Dr. C. • having been in a great degree fulfilled, by the expulsion of small-pox from Ceylon, the general adoption of vaccination by all classes of its inha. bitants, and the establishment of that practice on a broad and firm basis, by the liberal and decisive measures of Government, I had considered the question as at rest; and the more so, as in an extensive communication and correspondence with the medical men in different parts of India, I never heard of one who had the smallest doubts, as to the preservative effi. cacy of Cow-Pox, or the propriety of the general system of vaccination, there adopted. On my return to England last year, I was greatly sur. prised to find that some degree of scepticism and incredulity still existed about the efficacy of the practice; and several of my reports having found a place in different periodical publications, it has been suggested by some of my 'medical friends, and particularly by the great author of the disco, very, Doctor Jenner, that an essential service might be done to the com. munity, by a detail of the circumstances attending the introduction of vaccination into Ceylon, in August, 1802; its progress there, and success at the time of my quitting the island in February, 1810. Since this pamphlet was put to the press, I have received a copy of the report of the National Vaccine Estabiishment, for the year 1810, laid before Parliament, in which the Board have done me the honor to include my report of the State of Vaccination in Ceylon, for 1809; and at times, I confess, I am not without a hope, that the expulsion of Small-Pox from so large an island as Ceylon, may excitè considerable attention in Great-Britain, and that the measures pursued by the Government there, for prohibiting vario
lous inoculation, and encouraging vaccination, may be thought worthy the attention of the British Legislature,
+ Such is the nature of this publication which contains many interesting details, and may possibly contribute to decide the opinions of the very few persons who retain any doubt 'upon the subject. The ravages of the Small Pox in Ceylon, were most deplorable. Villages in which this pestilence appeared, were presently deserted by all but the sick and dying, who were lefta prey to wild beasts. Inoculation hospitals were established in 1799, and the prejudices of the natives were at length overcome. The disease was considerably checked; but the number of deaths, among the inoculated patients, was at least 1 in 40. By the substitution of the vaccine inoculation, the disease appears to have been almost totally extirpated. The number of persons vaccinated in 1809, was 25,697., . itle" Art. XXVII. A Treatise on the Art of dyeing Woollen Cloth Scarlet, with
Lac Lake. By William Martin. 8vo. pp. 27. Price 1s. Gale and Curtis. 1812, ,' ACCORDING to the representations of this pamphlet, the substance
called Lac Lake may be used with great advantage as a substitute for Cochineal, in dyeing scarlet. It is described to be “ the colouring matter of an insect called by the natives of India, Laćca, or Lácshă, precipitated from its solution in an alkaline lixivium by a solution of alum.” A very full account of the method of preparing and using it, and of the borax, tin, and alum, solutions of which are employed in the process, will be found in the pamphlet, to which we refer those who may be peculiarly interested in the subject. Aj few sentences may not be unacceptable to our readers in general.
The Sticklac, from which the colouring matter is extracted, is procured chiefly in the uncultivated mountainous parts of Hindostan that border on the Ganges, and it is found in the same situations on the other side of that celebrated river; it is also said, that a kind more abounding in colour is brought from the kingdom of Siam..,,. . . The insect 'that produces the substance from which the colour is obtained, is of the order 'Hemiptera in zoology, and genus Coccus, being a species of the same genus as the Cochineal : the species of the Lac insect is denominated Coccus Lacca; the cochineal species Coccus Cacti. The Lac insect is produced on the branches of several different kinds of trees and shrubs, among which may be 'enumerated the Indian fig or Banian tree, the Arabian Buckthorn, and a species of Mimosa, called by the Hindoos Conda Corinda.
It is not more than four or five years since Lac Lake was manufactured åt Calcutta, from which place we have received all that has come to this market.
· Lac Laké manufactured in the way described, when the squares are perfectly dry, assumes a dull brick colour on the outside, and after some time, a grey powder effloresces on the surface. When a square is broken, it appears of a dark chocolate colour in the inside, and the fracture is compact, smooth and shining; scraped with a knife, the powder is of a red colour, inclining to crimson. These are the characteristic marks of good Lac Lake?
The writer recommends the use of this substance, as affording dye equal