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familiar with them j but the square root somewhat puzzled him . His next trial was to translate a paragragh from one of the pieces In Eufield ' s Speaker , into French ; which he did without much difficulty , and , as far as I was qualified to judge , with a great degree of accuracy . He was then requested to give , in writing , a translation of a page of
Bossuet ' s Htstoire UntverseUe into English , and was furnished with a dictionary for his assistance . About this part of his examination he employed considerable time ; he repeatedly corrected his translation , copied it several times before he appeared satisfied , and even then hesitated to hand it to me . But when
completed , it far exceeded my expectations : for though it contained one or two gallicisms , in point of sense and grammatical construction , it was remarkably correct . Finally , he pointed out , on a map , the boundaries of the four quarters of the globe , the situation of his own country , with its latitude and longitude , the limits of the European nations with their capitals , th ' e principal islands of both
hemispheres , and the most remarkable mountains , gulphs , and lakes , with a readiness as surprising as it was satisfactory : at tha same time , answering the questions proposed to him respecting the religious and peculiar manners and customs of different nations , with like facility and accuracy . During the whole time , his manners were perfectly unassuming ; and , I confess , that the result of this examination afforded me as much
gratification as any circumstance I witnessed during my stay on the island . " While the school at Cape Francois was in this flourishing condition , and presented such satisfactory proofs of the capacity and application of the Hay tie n youth ,-those established at Gonaives , St .
Marc ' s , Fort Royal , and at other places , were , I understood , ( for I had not an opportunity of visiting them , ) in a state equally encouraging and prosperous . The young negroes admitted into them were stated to ^ have exhibited similar proofs of their possessing a ready apprehension and a retentive memory . "
Art . VI . —The Keep-Sake for 1828 . pp . 324 . Hurst and Co . Art . VII .- ^ Friendship's Offering . A Literary Album , and Christmas and New Year ' s Present , for 1828 . ] 2 mo pp . 398 . Smith , Elder and Co . Art . VIII . — Time ' s Telescope ; or . The Astronomer ' s , Botanists , and
Naturalises Guide , for the Year 1828 . 12 mo . pp . 416 . Sherwood and Co . As a literary work , The Keep-sake is inferior to some of the Annuals of which we gave an account in our last ntimber ; but as a work of art it surpasses them alj . The contributions for the letter-press are all anonymous . This veil is worn , we suspect , for reasons not avowed : we have had little desire to see it lifted up ,
though , we thihk , we can perceive through it the features of a few well-known writers . There is a large proportion of prose in the volume , and some of the stories are interesting . The poetry calls for little remark : but for its length , we should have extracted « ' The Spirit ' s Mysteries , " in which we perceive the manner , and some of the power , of Mrs . Hemans's verses .
In its embellishments , the Keep-sake is unquestionably one of the most splendid volumes of its kind that has ever appeared in England , and , we may add , one of the cheapest . Altogether , the Plates are very elegantly engraved . The first , by Charles Heath , from a painting of Sir Thomas Lawrence ' s— " Selina "— .
is a perfect gem . If auy of the rest may be selected without invidiousness , we would point out the following : " Hylas , " by C . Heath , from Howard;—" The Lady ' s Dream , " by the same , from Stothard ;—• " The Rivals , " by W . Finden , from Smirke , a very clever performance ;— " The Persian Lovers , " by Portbury , a youug aud promising engravter ,
from Corbould ; the landscape in this print ( which , by the way , is overlooked in the " List of Plates" ) is accurate and tasteful;— . " Sadak , " by Roberts , wellrendered from the sublime picture by Martin , with perhaps some defect in the failing water j—* ' The Iuconstant , " by Heath , from Stephanoff ; a charming subject , and an exquisite engraving : can the art be carried higher than in these
faces ?— " Florence , by Goodall , from Turner , the academician , a fine plate , full of the expression of this great painter;—" The Convent of Chaillot / ' by Heath , from Chalon , ranks very high both as to design and execution ;— " The Enchanted . Stream , " by Heath , from
Stothard , displays much taste ; a little more Jlnish would have rendered this one of the finest plates in the collection ;— - " The Ghost Laid , " from Stephanoff , by Portbuiy , is another specimen of this young engraver ' s talents , which , emboldens us to predict that he will take his place bejide the first men in his profession .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1828, page 53, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2556/page/53/