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In a Writer who lays bold upon our sympathies as Mr . Johos does . And there are , moreover , in harmony with that pervading tone of piety and goodness which is the vitality of a sermon , other qualities of a higher value than those which we have just specified . There is a courage and a pathos in these discourses which we feel to he creditahle to the
head and heart of the writer . He excels in the delicate , soothing , and useful management of the appropriate topics of a funeral sermon ; it is by such hands " that the stones of all our human graves may be piled into a tower whose top shall reach unto heaven" ( vide 2 nd Sermon , p . 22 ) ; and while his character of Mr . Madge , the late patriarch of the Grediton congregation , is a touching
portrait of one who * being dead yet fcpeaketh '/ by the remembrance of an old age of piety and worth , that of Mr . Hazlltt is the production of a poetical , a patriotic , and a Christian spirit ; it is the manly discharge of a debt of justice aud gratitude to the memoiy Qf ene who was out of grace with the world and the church ; it is marked by justice , discrimination , and feeling ; it is beautiful and brave . "
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GENERAL LITERATURE . Art IX . — -The Present State of Australia ; a Description of the Country , its Advantages and Prospects with reference to Emigration , and a particular Account of the Manners , Customs , and Condition of its Aboriginal Inhabitants . By Robert Dawson , Esq ., late Chief Agent to the Australian Agricultural
Company . The next thing to the personal enjoyment of the cloudless skies and sunny prospects of a southern climate , is to read of them in such a book as thin of Mr . Dawson ' s , where , without being convicts , we may enjoy in fancy all the charms of that paradise of evil-doers , New South Wales .
The * author's pursuits led him repeatedly in , to the wildest paths of this uufrequeuted region . The whole country presents the . appearance of a vast forest , occasionally broken into glades and vistas of great beauty . M hills are every where clothed with wpod to their summits , with eternal verdure buueath them , in their natural
« tate , unaccompanied by brush or tinder * wood , so that we are often reminded of gentlemen ' s pleasure grounds seen from a distance . "— ' * I could discern , to a considerable distance , the bendings of the stream , which was marked by a fringe of casuriuo and mimosa plants . The sun was just receding behind the western ranges , which on that side
bounded this comparatively extensive plain . The beautiful effect of its departing rays , as reflected from the opposite hills and broken ranges in the distance , formed a magnificent picture . The stillness of the scene was only interrupted by the chirping of grasshoppers , and the grazing of the horses upon
the luxuriant herbage at a short distance from the tent . "—Pp . 52 , 190 . Alone , with the exception of a few attendants , he met the native savages , of whom we have heard so formidable a description ; and here we have , perhaps , the most interesting portion of the work , an impartial and picturesque account of the aborigines of the country :
* ' The natives are a mild and harmless race of savages ; and when any mischief has been done by them , the cause has geuerally arisen , I believe , in bad treatment by their white neighbours . They have usually been treated in distant parts of the colony as if they had been dogs , and shot by convict servants , at a distance from society , for the most trifling
causes . The natives complained to me frequently that * white pellow * shot their relations and friends , and shewed me many orphans whose parents had fallen by the hands of white men near this spot . They pointed out one white man , who they said had killed ten ; and the wretch did not deny it , but said he would kill them whenever he could .
*'—" Their painted bodies , white teeth , shock heads of hair ; their wild and savage appearance , with the reflection of the fire in a dark night , would have formed a terrific spectacle to any person coming suddenly and unexpectedly upon them . They are , however , one of the best-natured people in the world , and would never hurt a white man if treated with civility and kindness . "—Pp . 57 , 68 .
Most of this gentleman's attention appears to have been given to the observation of the capabilities of the climate aud soil of the colony for rearing sheep for the production of wool ; and the result , in his opinion , is , that the fleeces of New South Wales might , under good management , compete with the finest productions of Europe .
56 Critical Notices . —Miscellaneous .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1831, page 58, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2593/page/58/