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tion in the French rulers to the happiness of mankind. We are always furry to peruse such accounts, for they inust be painful to every mind of sensibllity.
MAURICE's Hipory of Indoftan ; its Arts and Sciences, as conne&ted with the other great Empires of Afia, during the most early Periods of the World, is pregnant with curious information. We recommend its perusal; for it throws light on various articles of the East, which were before involved in profound darkness.
Wood's View of the History of Switzerland, with a particular Accouni of the Origin and Accomplishment of the Swiss Revolution, lays open a scene of iniquity with respect to the French, at which every well constituted mind must revolt with abhorrence. Injustice and oppression always raise our detestation; and our detestation is heightened, when we perceive such enor. mities committed under the sacred name of liberty ! The French had no right to meddle with Switzerland.
Here we shall introduce only a very few works, and those only whose contents are adapted to promote the best interests of the human race. Our Miscellany is not of a theological cast, and yet the important subject ought, by no means, to be wholly excluded from it.
KETT's History, the Interpreter of Prophecy, or a View of Scriptural Prophecies, and their Accomplishment, in the past ană prefent Occurrences of the Worid, with Conje&ures respecting their future Completion, in three volumes, is a production of considerable merit. Every rational work upon this curious and profound subject meets our approbation. The topic has been miferably abused by enthusiasts of every defcription. It gives us, therefore, pleasure to perceive it handled in a way that imparts Satisfaction to the more judicious friends of revelation.
A Picture of Christian Philosophy, by Mr. FELLOWES, a curate of the church of England, is a charming volume, in which the character of the great and venerable founder of our religion is ably drawndivested of every trait that has the most diftant alliance with fanaticism or superstition. The candid deilt must admire, and will surely acquiesce in, the superior beauty of the delineation.
Sermons, by the Rev. EDMUND BUTCHER, are a valuable accession to Discourses for Families. The cafe of the language, the juítness of the sentiments, and the rational fervour by which the whole volume stands characterised, must recommend it to the cordial approbation of every pious and liberal mind.
The re publication of Winchester's Dialogues, by MR. VIDLER, will be esteemed by all who are at. fached to those truly enlarged views of revelation, which are included in the grand doctrine of Universal Restoration !
MEDICINÉ. The Medical and Physical Journal, under the fuperintendance of DRS. BRADLEY and Willich, is a valuable periodical publication of its kind, and contains a very curious account of the cow-pox, which may, in time, become an admirable substitute for the smallpox. Experiments are now making for the purpose, and should they succeed, the fact will prove highly ser, .viceable to the human species.
Medical Admonitions for Families, by JAMES PARKINSON, in two volumes, is a work which cannot be too much commended for the perspicuity of its information, and the benevolence of its tendency, Heads of families should have it lying by them; it describes, with accuracy, the nature and symptoms of the diseases to which we are most subject, and points out the period of indifpofition when medical aid becomes of indispenfible necessity. The common faults of such performances are, to induce valetudinarians to tamper too much with their own constitutions ; but here all such danger is precluded.
TOWNSEND's Vade Mecum, is a manual in which ingenuity and utility are combined. Other works might be mentioned, but our limits forbid an enlarge
POLITICS Next demand our attention ; but, alas! this portion of our department ftill continues a turbulent region, in which nothing very pleasing can be contemplated.
PENN's Timely Appeal to the Common Sense of Great Britain, presents us with some fingular speculations. Among other articles of reformation, he recommends, in our police, a system of rewards, instead of punishment. 'How far this would turn out for an improvement we cannot say, but the plan is benevolent, and deserving, from our rulers, of attentive consideration ; certain it is, that many of our present laws are exceffively severe, nor do we find the offenders, on that account, diminished. Every possible scheme should be at least tried, which promises the amelioration of mankind.
Observations on the Political Conduct of the Protef. tant Disenters, by D. Rivers, is a pamphlet replete with falihoods, and only calculated to infame the worst paflions of the heart. The virulence of the language defeats the ends it was intended to accomplish, and the difsenters themselves, we understand, have not thought the piece worthy of animadversion. It is, indeed, already sunk into its merited oblivion.
JOHNSON'S Serious Address to the People of England, on the Subjeet of Reformation, and the Necesity of Zeal and Unanimity in. Defence of their Country, well repaid our perusal of it. It is evidently dictated by an enlarged and liberal spirit, and breathes throughout a warm attachment to his native land. His ideas
of reform are temperate, and appear to have been sug. gested by the persuasion that he was contributing to the welfare and prosperity of his country: When we read fuch productions, we are reminded of Cowper's beau. tiful lines :
“ England l with all thy faults I love thee ftill,
Shall be constrain's to love thee." But we haften from the noisy region of politics, to the far more pleasing department of
VOYAGES AND TRAVELS. Voyages to the East Indies, by the late SPLINTER STAUVRINUS, ESQ. Rear Admiral in the Service of the States General, abound with information respecting that distant part of the globe. The Dutch settlements are well destribed, and much light thrown on their condition, with which we were before little acquainted.
The Misionary Voyage is a strange compound of enthusiasm and persevering industry. Its Appendix contains some curious facts respeting the Otaheitans; whilft we reprobate the indecent anecdotes by which the work is debased.
COLnett's Voyage to the South Atlantic, and round Cape Horn, into the Pacific Ocean, for the Purpose of extending the Spermaceti Whale Fishery, and other objects of Commerce, is adapted to answer the ends for which it was intended. Many fingular accounts are given of the whales, who, on account of their bulk and strength, may be pronounced the monarchs of the ocean! TAYLOR's Travels from England into India, afford an insight into the difficulties peculiarly attendant on such an undertaking.
We close this article by the mention of Mr. WARNER's Second Walk through Wales ; a work in which
elegance elegance and sentiment are at once agreeably united. He leads us over the barren and craggy mountains of the principality, in the most pleasing manner, entertaining his readers with speculations which both instruct and amuse them. His Second is, in every respect, equal to his First Walk through Wales, and, together, these voluines form an interesting body of information respecting that ancient and renowned part of our kingdom.
The first volume of a New Biographical Diktionary, by DR. AIKIn, and the late DR. ENFIELD, promises so well, that upon its completion it will be the best work of the kind in our language. The details are proportioned to the importance of the characters, and a due eftimare made of their respective works.
HICKMAN'S Memoirs of the Life of Charles Mack. lin, Esq. furnish us with a competent idea of that celebrated actor, whose years were extended beyond a century. The narrative, however, might have been more compact ; and we could have dispensed with that immoderate strain of panegyric which always injures the subject on which it is lavished.
British Public Characters contain much information, but we could have wished that its authority was not anonymous; for in such a case the opinion of its authenticity is always lefsened.
The Life of the Empress of Rufia, ascribed to Mr. Tooke, is a masterly performance, and lets us into an acquaintance with many traits in the conduct of that extraordinary woman.
Memoirs of the Life and Iritings of Dr. Comber, by his great grandson, hare the merit of accuracy ; and his learning and piety are subjects of just commendation.
Biographical Memoirs of the French Revolution are interesting, as they lay open to our view a va