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bably think that the specimens, which Lord Byron has already collected, are more than sufficient for any purpose of instruction or amusement: they 'will, however, be but barely sofficient to awaken the curiosity of the grammarian and the scholar.', .,? .
i Of the minor poems in this collection, and of the notes which are attached to it, we shall say nothing; for we know not how, upon that subject, any thing could be said, with truth, which would not qualify the praise we bave felt ourselves compelled to bestow upon the other parts: iof Lord Byron's
Art. XII.' Political and Historical Arguments, proving the necessity
of a Parliamentary Reform, and pointing out the means of effecting that important measure without injuring Individuals, or convulsing the Nation. To which is prefixed, a candid view of the present state of the National affairs, addressed to the Electors of the United King. doms. By Walter Honeywood Yate, Esq. Two Yohames. pp. 312,
340. price 18s. Jones. 1812... THE appearance of this work is in every respect prepossessing. It is
well printed and on a good paper, and is published under the respectable name of a gentleman who styles himself “ a late Member of Ste John's College, Oxford, one of his Majesty's Justices of Peace, and deputy Lieutenants for the county of Gloucester," and who claims relationship to the member for Kent. The volumes are, by a singular process, dedicated to three ir dividuals—William Honeywood Esq.-Sir William Berkely Guise—and « by permission” to Sir Francis Burdett. And yet with all these specious sanctions, we can scarcely persuade ourselves, that the name of the author is not fictitious, and the respectable names connected with the work introduced merely for the purpose of masking one of the grossest attempts at literary imposition that we have been yet called upon to expose.
We shall, however, take it for granted that Mr. Yate is a real perso. Aage, thus respectably connected, and presenting himself before the public as the avowed author of the work before us; and under this impression, we accuse him of a direct and most unjustifiable appropriation of the production of another writer.
With the exception of the dedication, and of about 20 pages at the close, the whole of the second volume, and more than one third of the first, are copied (a very few alterations and interpolations excepted) verbatim from the admirable Political Disquisitions of James - Burgh. We have collated the two works, chapter by chapter, sufficiently to convince ourselves of the accuracy of this statement ; and have turned over the republication, page by 'page, for the express purpose of finding the name of Mr. Burgh: but we have not, in any shape either of reference or acknowledgement, been able to meet with it, and if it is any where to be found, it has most strangely escaped us. Indeed the matter of plagi. arism is put beyond all doubt by Mr. Yate's own phrases. He expressly claims the work as his own-he asks pardon for the deficiency of intellect
and the want of ability in the author' he talks of diffidence' in inscribing these sheets with all their imperfections'--he speaks of arro gance in conjecturing the effect of the work'-he apprehends that the = doctrine' he has adopted' may be found novel and the arguments new (Mr. Burgh's Disquisitions were published nearly forty years back) - I am not,' Mr. °Y. observes, actuated by literary fame, still less have I the presumption to lay claim to any uncommon share of abilities or superior discernment,' he sets merciless and malevolent critics' at defiance, and finishes by tendering his obligations to some of the most enlightened and patriotic Members of both Houses of Parliament, for their candid and valu zble communications, and for their approbation and support of the work.'
In the few alterations which he has ventured to make, he has gene. rally blundered. At page 202. Vol. I. Mr. Burgh quotes from a ju. dicious writer in the London Magazine, for January 1760. Mr. Yate, we suppose to give greater consequence to the quotation, ascribes it to Sydney. At page 182, Mr. B. attributes a remarkable speech to the electors of Westminster to their then Member, Lord Percival. Mr. Yate without any hesitation gives it to Mr. Fox, although we believe Mr. Fox did not sit for Westminster till after 1774, and though it asserts a doctrine adverse to the general tenor of his sentiments. In a particular instance (p. 344.) Mr. Burgh omits his authority, stating that he had neglected to note it in his memoranda, a neglect for which he occasionally apologizes as accidental. Mr. Yate, ignorant, as he well might be, of the original source, and unwilling to lose the opportunity of a flourish most graciously and oracularly informs his readers, that he has omitted adding his authority, for purticular reasons. Even where he servilely copies Mr. B. he cannot help tripping: Mr. Burgh publishing in 1774, mentions a fact as happening a few years ago.' Mr. Yate, writing 38 years after, uses, in reference to the same fact, precisely the same phrase.
Burgh's work is uncommonly scarce; and the fact seems to be, that Mr. Yate finding it unknown to his friends thought it practicable to pass it, in a new garb, and with a few variations for his own. We soon, however, detected an old favourite ; and on making a little further progress, ascertained his complete identity. Still, however, there is something most unaccountable in the transaction ;-and it is utterly inconceivable how any man could expect so gross a deception to pass undiscovered.
Art. XIII. Scripture History: Or, A brief Account of the Old and
New Testament. 12mo, Williams. 1812. t u tte THIS little work contains a plain and unaffected detail of the Historical
parts of the Scriptures, with references to the books whence they are taken, interspersed with a few observations in illustration of the customs of the oriental countries, or directing to practical instructions which may, be drawn from the narration. It is divided into twelve parts, each of which seems to have been published in succession.
juan daromad Bin Art. XIV. Village Sermons ; or, short and plain Discourses, for the · use of Families, Schools, and Religious Societies. By George Burder. Vol. VI. 12mo. pp. 160. price 25. sewed. Black, Parry, and
Kingsbury., 1812.“ TF we are not misinformed, the preceding volumes of Village Sermons
with which the world has been favoured by Mr. Burder, lave not Only obtained the cordial approbation of almost all religious and intelligent Persons among the Dissenters, and many in the establishment, but have been honoured with very high praise by a pious and learned prelate of the English Church. In fact, we acquainted with no collection of Sermons, so happily adapted to awaken and instruct the lower classes. Trivial improprieties of expression are but insignificant specks even in the style of these performances, which is plain, simple, and unaffected. The 'explicit statements of cvangelical truth, the forcible exposure of nien's hearts, with which they abound, and the alarming, yet affection. ate manner which distinguishes them, leave us at no loss to account for their eminent popularity and usefulness.
We are told in the preface, that in the choice of subjects for this volume, the author determined on the divine perfections, apprehending that no branch of religious knowledge can be of greater importance, on account of its inseparable connection with every branch of practical religion : and he was the rather inclined to this decision. because he knew of no work whatever, in which the Attributes of God are treated plainly and briefly, in a manner adapted to the im. provement of that class of people for whom he professedly writes. Many authors have indeed discoursed admirably on the perfections of Deity, and none more admirably than the learned and judicious Charnock'; but their writings are too profound, as well as too voluminous, for ordinary Families and Village Readers. The author has, however, not scrupled to avail himself of the aid of several excellent writers, especially of Charnock, to whom he frankly owns that he is indebted for many of the best thoughts in the following pages.'
The Sermons are thirteen in Number ; and treat on the following subjects, and texts.
• The Importance of the Knowledge of God. John' xvii. 3. The Power of God. Genesis xvii. 1. The Wisdom of God. Romans xvi. 27. The Holiness of God, Isaiah vi. 3. The Justice of God. Deut. xxxii. 4. The Omnipresence of God. Ps. cxxxix. 7. The Patience of God. Romans ii. 4. The Sovereignty of God. Ps. cxv. 3. The Goodness of God. Ps. xxxii. 5. The Mercy of God. Ps, Ixii. 13. The Love of God. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The Faithfulness of God. 1 Cor. i. 9. God, with all his Perfections, the Christian's God. Psalm. xlviii. 14.
We think this volume a valuable addition to the five which precede it. Though of a higher character, it may be presumed to be sufficiently interesting and intelligible, wherever the former sermons have been employed. It is in some respects still more suitable than many of those for the purposes of family worship.
Art, XVIII. Sketches of the present Manners, Customs, and Scenery of Scot
land, with incidental Remarks on the Scottish Character. By Eliza'beth Isabella Spence. In two volumes: 12mo. pp. 500. Longman
and Co. 1811. THESE volunies are not very attractive, nor remarkably well written; + but they contain a tolerable itinerary of part of Scotland some respectable indications of Scottish scenery--and a few miscellaneans anecdotes, which are not altogether without interest. We are not prepared, however, to extol Mrs. Spence's sketches' of the wild and magnificent landscapes of the North, as affording any very adequate intimations of the originals;- nor can we greatly admire her talent for criticism. She is willing to allow that the mountains of Loch Catherine do really, as Mr. Scott expresses,
--like giants stand.
To centinel enchanted land.!,.. but then, the metaphor, she thinks, is a very unfortunate one ; 6 as the compärison of giants with such elevated ridges of mountains is worthy of Martinús Scriblerius!"
Art. XIX. Four Sermons, addressed to Young People : tô which are added Two Meditations on important subjects. By James Small. 12mo.
pp. 144. Conder, 1812. W E have been very much pleased with these sermons, considered as
familiar addresses to young people not unaccustomed to religious instruction. They abound with useful hints and admonitions, breathe a most affectionate and pious spirit, and are written in a lively, yet simple and perspicuous style. The titles are, the Evidences of Real Piety, 2 Chron. xxxiv. 3; the Advantages of early Piety, ib.; the Friendly Question ad. dressed to Youth " Is it well with thee 2 -2 Kings iv, 26 ; the Invitation of Christ, John vii, 37. The third of these discourses consists, in a great degree of momentous questions, which will be a valuable guide in the important exercise of self-examination. As most families consist partly of the young, and of domestics who require nearly the same sort of in. struction, we apprehend these discourses may be advantageously emplayed by those who conduct a religious exercise in their own houses on Sunday evenings. It is obvious that the nature of the publication stand's in no need of being explained or recommended by means of extracts, which we should otherwise find no difficulty in selecting
The meditations subjoined are adapted to nourish devotional feelings, though in some degree chargeable with quaintness:
Art. XX. Letters addressed to the Editor of the Tyne Mercury, on the
Annuud Şubscription for the Sons of the Clergy. By W. Burdop. 8yo. pp. 47. price. Is. Longman and Co. *1811.' .in.: : THESE letters contain 'Mr. Burdon's part of a coptroversy in a provin
cial newspaper, commenced by him with an endeayqur to shew that