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' The style is also inappropriate . 'There are affectations and prettinesses in it , which will never suit those for whom it is written ; and in every page we find long words and philosophical terms which cannot possibly
be familiar to the working--man , and which have no necessary connexion with the subject . We would fain send the author back to the catechism of the Corn Laws , to learn perspicuity and simplicity . If he proved an apt pupil , we should have no more going backwards and forwards over the surface of a subject , lighting here and there , only for the sake of flying * away again ; we should have no laboured embellishments , where plain truth is the best eloquence the topic admits . We wish that everybody who agrees with us in our opinion of this book would speak out . More numbers are coming , and their quality might be improved by timely criticism . Amply and rapidly may they come , for the people can scarcely hear too much of this class of subjects . But let what is taught , be well taught ;— -boldly , clearly , and simply . Such teaching we have a right to demand of the Diffusion Society on behalf of the people ; and by issuing anything inferior , it
forfeits its pledges and its character .
On Lavements in Indigestion , By Edward Jukes , Surgeon . Second Edition . Wilson , 1831 .
A very sensible and useful little book , by the ingenious inventor of the stomach-pump , which has saved so many lives . We recommend it to all families . There is no quackery in it ; no affectation of enabling people to do without medical assistance ; but much salutary suggestion , a timely attention to which may greatly conduce to the preservation of health .
The author is , however , only to be trusted on his own ground . He understands medicine , not theology , and is a better judge of indigestion than of inspiration . c Scriptural Diet * ( p . 143 ) may , or may not , be the most wholesome diet for an Englishman in the reign of King William the Fourth . In referring to the 14 th chapter of Deuteronomy , Mr . Jukes forgets that we are now not under the law of
carnal ordinances . His argument is bad logic , where he says , * that the Bible being true , we are as much bound to adopt these precepts as the other commandments of Scripture which have been written for our guidance . ' These were not written for our guidance . They are history , not morality . Were it otherwise , we might still be allowed to wish that our obligation to pbey the precepts of Moses should apply to them as expounded by the comments of Abernethy .
Pompeii , vol . J . ( Library of Entertaining Knowledge . ) Charles Knight . No one can deny that the Diffusion Society is very useful while it brings out such publications as this . There is in it abundance of knowledge , which is abundantly entertaining . It is beautifully got up ,
CriticalNotices *—Historyand Scimce . 59
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1832, page 59, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1804/page/59/