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When, the vain partner of thy joy3 alone,
I glitter'd in thy sunshine.

* Alfon. Heaven reward thee

* /tgnes. Heaven hath rewarded me.—Once more we meet. Oh, give me all thy grief, and I will steal

Each pang away, and lull thee to repose.
These arms amid the wilderness shall stretch
Soft shelter o'er thee: here thy brow be pillow'd;
And, ever as thou wak'st, the eye of Agnes
Shall gladden thine ; till, in the gradual peace
That gains upon thee, I shall taste once more
All bliss that earth can give,

* Alfon. (falling on her neck, then start: back in horror'). Peace! never, Agnes,

'Tie virtue's heritage. Guilt, guilt is on me.'

This picture of a guilty husband, oppressed with remorse and contrition, is dedicated to the Earl of Hardwicke, not because he resembles but because he forms a strikingcontrast to this tragical portiait. y;

Art. 28. Opuscules Lyriquet; i.e. Short Lyric Poems, or Songs,
presented to Lady Nelson. By M. Ceby, Naval Officer in the
Service of his Britannic Majesty. Crown 8vo. 10s. 6d. Boards.
Booker. 1801.

These Songs appear to be the productions of a juvenile poet, and relate to tender, encomiastic, and innocent subjects. If they be not stamped with any great originality or force, they may at least rank among harmless effusions of admiration and affection, dictated by a muse of considerable grace and delicacy. The poetry comes under the class of what the French term vers de Societe.

The volume is elegantly printed ; and the airs to each of the songa, which are superior in taste and style to the old French vaudevilles, are well engraved on separate leaves. As most of these several stanzas are addressed to ladies of rank and fashion, the impression of them in this neat and pleasing form will render them an agreeable present to the author's friends, and save him the trouble of transcrip

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Art. 29. The Deaf and Dumb; or, The Abbe" de l'Epee. An
Historical Play. In Five Acts. Translated from the Freneh
Edition, authenticated by the Author, J. N. Bouilly. To
which is prefixed, some Account of the Abbe de l'Epee, and of
the Institution for the Relief and Instruction of the Deaf and
Dumb. 8vo. 2s. Longman and Rees. 1801.
The dramatic Muse has been happily employed, in this piece, to
spread the fame of a man whose memory will be dear to humanity.—
.As the story of the play has become familiar to the frequenters of
our theatre, on which an altered translation, by a different hand, has
. been already represented, we shall not repeat it here: but the follow-
ing scene will give the reader an idea of the manner in which this
version is executed; at the same time that it illustrates the me-
thod of communicating ideas to the deaf and dumb.

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

(Making signs to Theodore. Hefrst *7tf£.r Th Eodore on the shoulder to command attention, then touches his forehead with two Jingers of his right hand during a short lime, points to Clementina with his forefinger, and pretends to write several lines on his left hand.)

(theodore, after shewing that he understands De L'epee's signs, seats himself at the table, tales a pen, and prepares to write.) 'De I'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.

'Clsnt. {with timidity.) I know not what question—

* De I'Epee. 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 I'Epee. That is a delicate question.—Have the goodness t» repeat it slowly, as if you were dictating.

(theodore shews tha: he understands De L'epee's signs, and writes after each of than.)

* Clem. Who is, in your opinion—("first signs by Di: L'epee to Theodore: Touches his forehead wi'h the Jingers of his right hand during a short time, points to Theodore with his forefinger, raises loth hands above his head, then 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 can, after which he brings them down en each shoulder, and then passes them aver his br-cast^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 Jingers extended and his nails towards the earth, mid then with his forefinger describes a semi circle

from left right.) N.B. These signs must be very distinct, but ss

quick as not to retard the scene.

* De I'Epee. {taking the paper from Theodork, and presenting it to Franval.) You see, Sir, he has written the question with fidelity.

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

'Clem. He seems embarrassed.

* De PEpec. 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 ofTheodore.) What intelligence in his looks! what animation in his gestures! what an union of motion and satisfaction! I am much deceived, or his answer will bear the stamp of a feeling heart and an enlightened mind.


(theodore rises, and delivers the paper to ClfKek T In A, mating a sign for her to read it. Franval and his mother eagerly approach her; meanwhile Theodore stands near, Dt 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 mating 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 with the forefinger of the same, throws himself into Da L'epee's arms, who presses him to his bosom.)

'De l'Epee. [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 my eyes.

'Mad. Fran. This miracle would be absolutely incredible if we had not'seen it.

* Clem. 'Tis impossible to witness it without an emotion that is most affecting.'

It would be unjust not to add that this translation excites considerable interest in the closet, and we conceive that it would have ap$£lpeared to advantage on the stage. \

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

Printed at Edinburgh. 4to. 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 » .^°Sgrem tne ballad of " Sally Green," or he would have spared » ;the public an additional demonstration of the facility with which thi'9 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 whiah 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," &c. &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-athrift.

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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 such a wight, the apparition of a fresh ghost-story 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;
'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;

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 6leet on his head,
And now those, whom his dark cruel soul doom'd to bleed,

He endcavour'd to fly, but in vain.

1 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. "J


Art. 31. The Proceedings 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 Herron, 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 fgr a rule to shew cause why a criminal information should not be granted against Thomas Am, 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 rides were read, on the motion to make the rule absolute, Lord Kenyon gave his opinion that, * Not only was there no case made out to grant the information, but there was no case of criminality, not one single article made out against him' (Aris) ; and that it was * a shameful prosecution in all its parts and members.' The rule was therefore discharged with costs. Gt,Z.

Art. 32. Remarks, critical and miscellaneous, on the Commentaries of Sir William Blacistone. By James Sedgwick of Pembroke College, Oxford; Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. 4to. pp. 320. izs. Boards. Robinsons, &c. 1800. fhis 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.—As the reflections are 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. <>.R,

Art. 3^. 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. 1S01.

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; 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 Erisvuell, 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 of 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 j 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 j though he has omitted to mtro

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