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while his views have been invariably directed to Travels through the United States and the improvement of the extraordinary race of men Canada in 1818 and 1819. By J. M. amongst whom his youth has been passed,

Duncan, A.B. In 2 vols. Sro. 16s. Travels in the Interior of Southern Travels into Chile over the Andes, in Africa. By W.J. Burchell, esq. Vol. II. the years 1820 and 1821, &c. By Peter 41, 14s. 6d.

Schmidtmeyer. 4to. 21. 2s.

FOREIGN PUBLICATIONS. L'Exalté ; ou l'Histoire de Desodry sous foreign, is attacked with the reigning malady, Ibe l'ancien Régime, pendant la Révolution, Anglomania, goes with his wife to London, and et sous l'Empire. Par L. B. Picard.

after a short sojourn comes back cured; for, ac4 vols. (The Exalté ; or Adventures of cording to M. Picard, he found “that the Eng. Desodry under the Old Regime, during the

lish, like the ancient Romans, love liberty, but

are desirous that no one should be free but them. Revolution, and under the Imperial Go

selves; that they look upon all other men as barvernment. By L. B. Picard.)

barians or slaves ; that they do much for their M. Picard, who towards the close of the last country, but little for bumanity; that they esteem year gave to the world, in conjunction with M. only themselves ; that they despise the weak, aud Droz, a novel called Jaques Fauvel, has now ven. hate those who are too powerful to be despised. tured to brave alone, the award of gods and men, "Is this,” M. P. exclaims, “ an enlightened paand come forward with a new novel under the triotisin? Is it not rather that national egotism title of Desodry, or l’Exalté. The plan of this that me still more hatelul when collective than last work is similar to that of his former one : he when it is individual ?" This is one of those vitakes up his hero in his boyish days, and accom- tuperative parentheses so frequently to be met panies him through the various and many-coloured with in the self-styled liberal French writers of the scenes of his life, till he deposits him in his grave. present day, but in which there is more of envy Desodry, the hero of the tale, is the nephew of a than truth or conviction. After Desodry's return M. Lecoq, an honest, jovial, semi-philosopher of from England, the revolution bursis forth, he a cloth-merchant; he enters the college of Louis adopts its principles, and, to prove his sincerity, le Grand at the same time with his friend Aubin, burns his lately purchased titles of nobility. His and, from the influence of an enthusiastic imagi. wife, on the contrary, turns aristocrat, and yet nation, worked upon by an intriguing and hypo. takes immediate advantage of the revolutionary critical ecclesiastic—the young Abbé Falcol, he law of divorce, to abandon her husband. De takes a religious turn, and in a short time declares sodry being too humane to be a favourite with his vocation for the priesthood, in which he per. the reigning demons of the day, is marked out for sists contrary to the wishes and entreaties of his persecution, and obliged to fly into Germany. family and friends. This gives occasion to M. There he turns romance writer, and takes lessons Picard to exhibit a sketch of modern ecclesiasti.

in philosophy from two professors-one a partical manners, and of the interior of the semi. san of Kant, the other a disciple of Leibnitz ; naries or nurseries of young priests. Desodry is he is inystified and deceived by them both—sends on the point of taking the irrevocable vows, when them and their systems to the devil, and returns he meets at the convent, where his sister Pauline to France through the interest of his friend is, a Madame Derblay, who is living apart from her Aubin. In Paris he meets with a former acquainhusband, and suing for a separate maintenance. tance, the advocate Duclair, who is high in the This lady is possessed of great beauty, considerable confidence of Bonaparte. He is prevailed upon talent for intrigue, and is besides a most accom. by Duclair, to second the views of the aspiring plished coquette. Desodry's religious zeal de general, and is rewarded by being made prefect creases, in the same proportion as his admiration of the palace to the King of Holland. After the for her ripens into passion. There is here a well. prince's abdication, Desodry returns to Paris, and described struggle for empire over Desodry, be- is named one of the legislative body; he is aftertween the hypocritical Abbé and the coquettisla wards made a baron and master of requests—inarDerblay ; but the lady carries the day, for she ries lois daughter to a general, and sends his son to succeeds in unmasking the Abbé, who had at. the army. Shortly after he hears of the death of tempted to pervert the mind of Desodry's sister his son in battle, but is consoled on being told and get his bigoted maiden aunt to make a will that the Emperor said “The son has died like a brare in his favour, Madame Derblay has him de. man-what can I do for the father ?" The battle in nounced to the Archbishop, and he is sent to a which the son fell, has been glorious for France, provincial seminary to do penance for two years. and there are fêtes given to celebrate it at St. As the moment for Desodry's ordination ap- Cloud. Desodry thinks it his duty to be present, proaches, his horror of it increases, and he at and while attending on the Emperor in the Park length flies from the seminary, and abandons all during a heavy shower of rain, he gets wet idea of becoming a priest. Shortly after, Madame through, and remains in his damp clothes so long Derblay's husband fortunately dies, and Desodry that he returns home with a burning fever, and marries her; he purchases a place at court, be. few days gives up the ghost. Such are the comes a literary character, and keeps open house outlines of the principal character in this novel of for all the bearti esprits of the day, both native and M. Picard. There are of course numberless minor

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details, and some episodes--the love and marriage persuading a peasant to burn the works of Vol. of Desodry's sister and his friend Aubin-the cha- laire, whom she describes in the following terms. racter of the gallant Abbé de Prevannes-the his. “ He was a frightful, wicked, flattering, lying, tory of the unfortunate priest, Charles Dubourg, hypocritical, persecuting man; all which is in. &c. together with a great deal of what may be contestably proved by his writings.” But even called serious ar.d solemn bavardage, relieved from still, when Mde. de G., veteran as she is, lays aside time to time by some judicious observations and her prejudices, real or pretended, she can still be piquant remarks. But the crying sin of this pro- both amusing and attractive. The tale called duction, like that of the former one, Jaques “ La Providence” is pathetic, and interesting; and Fauvel, is the unvarying character of common. there are several comic and amusing traits in the place and matter-of-fact that përrades it. The story called “ La Cuisiniere Romanesque,” in incidents are all probable-they are sagely com- which a romantic and tender-souled cook majd bined—che characters are gradually drawn out se. delivers her melting effusions in a most ludicrous cantaa artem,—there is a beginning, a middle, jargon of culinary phrases, and bombastic and and an end-the style is not objectionable; and ultra-pathetic epithets, caught up from meloyet the reader continually feels the absence of drames and bad romances, that certain something that gives a charm to this

Tableau de l'Intérieur des Prisons. species of composition, and which absence proves Par M. Genouvrier. I vol. 8vo. (Picthat M. Picard is writing romances in spite of his stars, and that his vocation is decidedly not in this

ture of the Interior of the Prisons.

Ву walk of literature.

M. Genouvrier.)

The author of this work seems to be a well. Les Veillées de la Chanmière. Par la meaning and pains-taking person. The informaComtesse de Genlis. I vol. 8vo. (Cottage tion contained in it, much of which is curious Evenings. By the Countess de Genlis.) and interesting, was collected by him in person,

Madame de Genlis wrote several years ago a during visits to several prisons both in the capibook entitled "Les Veillées du Chateau," which tal and the provinces ; but unfortunately its effect had in its day considerable success the present is greatly diminished by the medium througla publication seems meant as a pendant to the for. which it is couveyed, for the author is most une ner work. The chief aim of Mde. de G, in this fortunately profuse in his display of lachrymose book is to prove, that before the Revolution the eloquence, puling sensibility, and threadbare and loser classes were much more remarkable for the worn-out rhetorical flourishes. However, those morality of their manners and the probity of their who may have perseverance enough to help them principles, than they have been since that cpoch. over this ill-constructed style, will not go unreAccording to Mde. de G. before that period all the warded for their pains. There are many curious serrants in France were polite, faithful, and secrets of the “prison-houses" of France brought attached to their masters; but at present they are to light. M. Genouvrier goes very methodically insolent, lying, ungrateful, and even something to work ; and according to Mrs. Glasse's approved Forse. In fine, Mde. de Genlis bewails, or affects direction, he first catches his prisoner and then to bewail, the departed glories and benefits of the incarcerates him in the first chapter—the second encies regime, and is determined to see nothing in treats of prisons in general-the third is devoted a favourable point of view until its return. She to the concierges, or gaolers, a species of monster, exemplifies the words of the poet-as being for whom M. G, seeing to have a most lively and * An ill-natured censor of the present age, unconquerable antipathy: in pourtraying them, LITERARY REPORT. Mr. WM. HAYGARTH, A. M. is prepar- Protestant Family, at the period of the ing for publication the History of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, written Roman Empire, from the Accession of by John MIGAULT, the Father. TransAugustus to the Death of the younger lated and now first published from the Antoninus.

And fond of all the follies of the past." he lays on his deep tints with a most unsparing The Veillées de la Chaumiere contains a series of hand. The fourth contains an interesting de takes, the first of which is devoted to proving the scription of the internal police of the prison; of above-mentioned opinions. The most signal and solitary confinement, and of the employment of uperring evidence she brings forward of the de. spies, who, under the guise of fellow-sufferers, engeneracy of the times and the misery of the deavour to win the confidence of the prisoners, people, are the costly and well-made dresses and for the purpose of betraying it. The ofth and elegant manners of the milliners' apprentices and sixth chapters treat of the police de Bienveillance, shopboys, who are seen daucing in the Champs or charitable societies for the relief of prisoners. Elysees, and other environs of Paris, on Sundays The seventh and eighth relate to the morals, and festivals. She feels an aristocratic shudder at manners, and religion of the prisoners, in which Keing merchants' clerks dressed and behaving there are some most revolting facts disclosed. themselves like gentlemen ; and is quite scan- The ninth describes the departure for trial, the dalized at perceiving that the pretty and piquant manacling, and the return to prison after condemParisian grisettes have the presumption to dance nation. The tenth is a disquisition upon justice like ladies, and wear gold ear.rings and bosom. and criminal law. The eleventh relates to the exepins-Quelle horreur ! But the venerable Coun. cution of the judgement; and the twelfth and tess is fast approaching her second childhood last treats of the acquittal and leaving the prison. the book was written for the dowagers of the Such are the principal dishes served up by M. Fauxbourg St. Gerinain, and is dedicated to a Genouvrier, many of which deserve to be tasted young Seigneur of ten years of age, Monsieur and discussed, notwithstanding the mawkish Leon de Montesquiou. In another passage,

sauce which M. G. has unfortunately thought Mde. de G. represents another young Seigneur proper to lay over them.

original manuscript, in the possession of In the press, Memoirs of the Life and a descendant of the family, resident near Writings of Mrs. FRANCES SHERIDAN, Spitalfields. Published at the request of mother of the late Right Hon. R. B. She- Members of the Spitalfields Benevolent ridan, and author of ' Sidney Biddulph,“ Society. “ Nourjahad,” and “ The Discovery;" In the course of the first month of the with Remarks upon a late Life of the new year will be published, Tales and Right Hon. R. B. Sheridan ; Criticism and Sketches of the West of Scotland, by a Selections from the works of Mrs. Sheri- Gentleman of Glasgow; to include a View dan; and Biographical Anecdotes of her of the Changes which have occurred in Family and Contemporaries. By her Society and Manners in that part of ScotGrand-daughter, ALICIA LEFANU. In land during the last balf century. Svo.

Mr. De La Beche will shortly pubRameses, an Egyptian Tale, with His- lish a Selection of the Geological Metorical Notes of the Era of the Pharaohs, moirs contained in the Annales des will shortly appear.

Mines ; together with a Synoptical Table A Sketch of the System of Education at of Equivalent Forinations, and M. BrongNew Lanark, by Robert Dale Owen, is niart's Table of the Classification of in the press, and will be published in & Mixed Rocks. In 1 vol. 8vo. few days.

Mr. C. CHATFIELD has in the press, a Mr. A. G. A. SCHLEGEL's Prospectus of Compendious View of the History of the Ramayana, by the ancient Sanscrit poet Darker Ages, with Genealogical Tables. Valmike, has made a strong impression in To form I vol. in 8vo. our literary cireles, and excited high ex- Shortly will be published, the First pectations. In a conversation with the Part (to be continued Quarterly, in Parts) learned author, he mentioned to us his of The Animal Kingdom, as arranged opinion that the Sanscrit would be found conformably with its Organization, by the the root of all languages, except the Ara- Baron Cuvier, with additional Descripbic and its derivatives, The Arabic is tions of all the Species hitherto named, entirely different.

and of many not before noticed.--The Dr. Cox will shortly publish Remarks whole of the “ Règne Animal” of the on Acute Rheumatism and the Importance above celebrated Zoologist will be transof Early Bloodletting in that disease, as lated in this undertaking; but the adpreventing Metastasis to the Heart, &c. ditions will be so considerable, as to give

In a few days will be published in 18mo. it the character of an Original Work. A Narrative of the Sufferings of a French

WORKS IN THE PRESS. Milburn's Oriental Commerce, or the the Probate or Letters of Administration, East India Trader's complete Guide; if too little duty shall have been paid abridged, improved, and brought down to thereon, by mistake or otherwise ; and of the present time, by Thos, THORNTON. obtaining a return of duty on the ground

A new edition of PRYNNE's “ Brevia of Debts ; of dividing the Residue, &c. Parliamentaria Rediviva ; or a complete The Miscellaneous Works of Gilbert Register of Parliamentary Writs ;" with Burnet, Bishop of Salisbury; with Meadditions and alterations, and copious moirs his Life and Writings, including Notes, historical, legal, aud explanatory. some original Documents not hitherto

Plain Instructions to Executors and Ad- published. ministrators, shewing the Duties and Re- The Plenary Inspiration of the Holy sponsibilities incident to the due perform Scriptures asserted, and Infidel Objections ance of their Trusts; with Directions shewn to be unfounded, by new and con. respecting the Probate of Wills, and clusive Evidence. In Six Lectures now taking out Letters of Administration ; the deliveriog at Albion Hall, London Wall, method of recovering Probate and Admi- by the Rev. S. Noble. nistration Duly, if overpaid; of amending

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A short time since, at one o'clock, a sponding eastern margin of the halo indiparbelion or false sun, was observed at cated another but imperfect parbelion ; Koaresbro', at the western edge of a balo and a large segment of a brightly iride44° in diameter, of the same altitude, and scent circle was seen like an inverted nearly of the same magnitude as the real rainbow around the zenith. Some light sun. The parhelion had not a very accu- flocculent clouds passing over the sun, rately defined disk, but was finely tinted put an end to this curious phenomenon, with the primary colours, the red and after it had lasted about a quarter of an orange predominating, and displaying a hour; and the day, which had been fine, long and colourless train, like that of a but cold and slightly hazy, became dark comet, streaming 15° towards the west, and lowering, and the barometer sank conwhile a luminous spot upon the corre- siderably.

AGRICULTURAL REPORT, In the customary routine of the farm- As a large portion of the agricultural ing operations of the season we perceive embarrassments are now happily removed, nothing which requires especial observa- it is highly gratifying to observe that the tion at the present moment. The farmer spirit of improvement, so far from being can scarcely have failed to profit by the extinguished by the late depression, is profacilities which fine open weather has ceeding with vigour, and has already afforded him for expediting the labour of made rapid advances towards the perfecthis fields, or the growing crops to partici- ing of one of the greatest sources of our pate in the genial influence of the time; national prosperity-a superior, liberal, consequently, the plants of wheat and and, we should be glad to add, profitable winter tares are vigorous and luxuriant system of agriculture. It is safficiently without exception the layers remark- evident that one cannot be long supported ably strong and healthy. The turnips are without the other ; yet we fear the latter greatly improved, though partial, and in is still only hoped for in the distant promany places deficient of plant.

spect. The husbandman bas returned to Cattle food is expected to be short to- bis “never-ceasing round of annual toil" wards the spring of the year, not only in with a hearty and indefatigable perscverconsequence of the failure in the turnip ance, which deserves more ample remucrop, but from the inferiority and pro- neration, and which the community is bable scarcity of hay also; consequently, scarcely able fully to appreciate He artificial food (such as oil-cake and corn- proceeds in his peaceful avocations, unmeal) is already in considerable request, conscious of the gathering storm—he hails and rising in value.

with joy the rising markets, by which he VOL. XII. NO, XXXVII.

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calculates on being enabled to reduce the the north may pour forth the accumulated incumbrances which unprofitable years produce of many harvests, and overhave saddled upon his finances; but he is whelm him once more with ruin apd not without his fears that the garners of dismay.

CORN RETURNS. Aggregate Average Prices of Corn, Nov. 15th, 49s 8d-220, 50s 50-29th, 5ls 4d-Dec. Gih, 51s 10d MEAT, by Carcase, per Stone of POTATOES.-Spitalfields Clover, Old, 110s to 120s-Inf. 8lb, at Newgate and Leaden

Market.-Per Ton.

90s to 100s-Straw, 35s to 42s. hall Markets.

Marsh Champ. 31 108 to 31 15$ St. James's.-Old Hay, 658 to 110s Beef

2s 4d to

3s 4d
Ware

2 10 to 3 0 -Clover, 84s to 110s-Straw, Mutton

2 4 to 3 4 York Kidneys 3 5 to 3 10 36s to 42s. Veal

2 8

4 8 HAY AND STRAW, per Load. Whitechapel, -Clover, 100s to 126s Pork

2 4

4 8 Smithfield,- Old Hay, 90s to -Hay, 845 to 105s--Straw, 36s La nb

0 0 to 0 0 1055-Inferior, 70s to 803— to 40s.

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PRICE OF STOCKS. Bank Stock was on the 24th ult. 2284; 845 ; Three and a Half per Cent. India Three per Cent. Reduced 854 $; Three Bonds, 81 pm.; 2d. per day Exchequer and a Half per Cent. Consols 98% *; Bills, 51 53 pm. ; Consols for the AcFour per Cent. Console 100$ *; Long count 864 3. Annuities 214; Imperial Three per Cent.

COMMERCIAL REPORT.

London, Dec. 22, 1823. trade. Good melting lumps have fallen The apprehensions entertained by the ls. per cwt. Foreign Sugars are without mercantile interest with respect to the in- alteration. Havannah yellow brought terference of the Holy Alliance with the from 40s. to 42s, 6d. Spanish colonies, have somewhat sub- In Coffee not much has been done, sided. Ministers have signified their but the prices have kept up generally belief, that there is not the smallest ground from 75s. 6d. to 80s. for imagining that the reconquest of these Tobacco is in future to be governed by independent States is in contemplation regular weekly sales. The prices of the by the Continental powers. It is there- liglit leaf for town trade have been well fore probable, that this field of enterprise supported, though the other kinds have will remain open to the industry of our pot met equal buyers. There has been a merchants, and continue to add, by the great demand at Liverpool for strong Virwealth of honest commerce, to the re- ginia for the Irish market. sources of the country.

In Tallow there have been large sales There has been little done in the Cotton at very reduced prices, and a considerable line in London since our last; but there depression. In Liverpool the sale has have been considerable sales at Liverpool, been very dull, affected by the state of the and the demand has been pretty good, London markets. though Brazils declined from Is. 8d. to In Silk there has been rather a slack1s. 4d. per lb. and Bowed a little, though ness of sale, in expectation of a fresh asAmerican was in general much as before. sortment of thrown and raw at approach

Rum has rather increased in price, and ing sales. This dulness will continue for may be quoted at 1d. to 2d. per gallon the present, and until after the Comdearer. Brandy remains much the same. pany's sale of China and Bengal, which

The sales of Plantation Sugar have been takes place on the 16th February. made rather at a depression, though so The demand for Oils is much as before, slight as scarcely to affect the prices. Re- The holders of Gallipoli generally demand fined Sugars have a heavy sale,and bad but higher prices. Little can be bought under few buyers either for the home or export 511. 10s, to 521.

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