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the cause , I request you will apply to it the inclosed note of five pounds , and acknowledge the receipt of it in the next Number of your Monthly Repository . * C . B .
P . S . Perhaps I can the more readily yield my assent to the contents of the modest letters of William Roberts , because I happen to know that his master , Mr . William Harrington , was that excellent man he describes him .
12 " Hefon ? s Pilgrimage to Jerusalem f * by M . Strauss .
" Helon s Pilgrimage to Jerusalem /* by M * Strauss . f THE success of the Travels of JL Anacharsis has led many persons to adopt a similar method of interweaving information respecting the history and antiquities of ancient nations with the adventures of some
fictitious personage . Hardly one of them , however , lias obtained any permanent place in literature , and Barthelemy , we believe , owes his success chiefly to the valuable matter contained in those parts of his book in
which his Scythian traveller disappears 5 and the learned member of the academy presents us with the fruit of his own antiquarian researches . Indeed , in adopting such a form for the communication of this kind of
knowledge , it is scarcely possible to avoid either sacrificing the grace of the fiction to the didactic object , or the didactic object to the fiction . Sisinondi ' s Julia Severa , perhaps , combines these two points in the highest degree of all the antiquarian novels
which have hitherto appeared ; and yet we doubt whether even his readers have not often felt that the attempt to attain two dissimilar purposes had prevented the author from accomplishing either in perfection . The Holy Land has not , as far as we know , been chosen as the scene of
such a fiction by any author before M . Strauss , of whose work , \ as being connected with biblical criticism and history , we propose to lay some
ac-* We publish this excellent letter as the best form of acknowledgment of the contribution . En . - \ r Helou ' s Wallfahrt nach Jerusalem ^ 4 vols . \ 2 mo . Blberfeld . 1820 *
count before the readers of the Monthly Repository . He was previously known in Germany by a work distin * gruished for piety and warmth of
feeling , entitled " Glockentone ; or , The Church Bells , " series of pictures of the principal calls of duty of a clergyman . . His present work is entitled , " Helon ' Pilgrimage to Jerusalem 109 Years before the Birth of Christ "
and its object is to present a view of the political condition , the sacred usages and domestic manners , and the opinions of the Jews , in the century preceding the Christian era . It is offered to the world as a substitute for
a much more elaborate undertaking which the author had projected early in life , but has been prevented from accomplishing by the increase of official duties . The plan of it is the following . Helon is a pious Jew of Alexandria , whose parents had migrated from the Holy Land . He had early lost his father , and b y association with the Greeks of Alexandria ,
especially a young man of the name of Mvron , he had been for some time seduced to prefer the wisdom of the Greek philosophers to the Law and the Prophets ; and , without renouncing his Judaism , had wandered in the
labyrinths of that system of mystical allegory with which the Jews of Alexandria endeavoured to improve upon the simplicity of the literal sense of Scripture . He had , however , been awakened from this delusion , chiefly by the influence of his uncle Elisama , a venerable man , full of zeal for the
law and its literal interpretation > hoping for the consolation of Israel , and detesting the degeneracy of many of his Alexandrian brethren , who had so far forsaken their ordinances as to
worship at the Temple of Leontopolis , in JEgypt , erected for them through the influence which they had obtained at the court of the Ptolemies . Helon , in
short , from a hellenizing becomes an Aramean Jew , and is impatient to keep the sacred festivals at Jerusalem and visit the land which had been the 3 cene of the past glories of his nation , and was soon to witness more
illustrious displays of Divine power \ n the appearance of the Messiah . It is on this journey that the reader is called to attend him . We think the groundwork of the fiction has been very happily chosfen . The motive is in tstrkt
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1823, page 12, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1780/page/12/