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improvement of the inhabitants of the country iu which they live . Let the Church shew itself an every-day friend , and its Sabbath Libraries will have plenty of attentive readers . They may then be adorned , not with the insignia of wealth , grandeur , and servility , but with those of disinterestedness ,
humility , and independence . The Editor deprecates criticism till < c the whole scope of the work appear in a more intelligible form . " The sermons iu this volume are chiefly practical , and selected from those of Porteus , Home , Paley , Blomfield , Le Bas , Horsley , Mant , Shuttleworth , and C . lien > on .
GENERAL LITERATURE . Art . VII . —Lardner ' s Cabinet Library . Military Memoirs of the Duke of Wellington . By Captain Moyle Sherer . Vol . I . This publication , which is intended as a companion to the Cabinet Cyclopaedia , has some excellent promises in its list of
forthcoming works , and it opens with a very cheap and handsome volume . Our praise caunot be extended much further . Military authors have been a good deal in fashion of late , and we are indebted to them for many amusing books , and some instructive ones . liut Captain Sherer is not the man to win laurels in the fields of literature . For reflections
he gives us the common-places of a swordsman ' s politics ; and in the narrative he continually aims at fine writing , but is invariably doomed to miss the mark : e . g . •« Wellesley with rapid glance surveyed the ground . From beneath the
thick plumes of red horse-hair , which drooped over iheir bronzed cheeks , the manly eyes or the hold 19 th dragoons lookf d on severely . The general resolved for battle . That this was the calm decision of a consulted judgment is not probable ; but * there i « a tide in the
affairs of men ; ' he felt it swelling in his bosom , and took it at the happy ebb . " P . 58 . The volume is thickly studded with gems of this description .
Critical Notices *—Miscellaneous , 121
Art . VI . —7 % * Trial of the Unitarians for a Libel on the Christian Religion . 8 vo . 8 s . Catchpenny , on a large scale ; at least meant to be so . The compiler shews a most comfortably impudent
ignorance of the books , both witbuis > ide and without , whose authors he arraigns . We move for a new trial , and refer to the case of Will Whiston , in the " Cordial foj- Low Spirits . " Whether it be granted or not , the accuser in the preseut case will scarcely get his costs .
VOL . V . K
Art . VIII —A Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural Philosophy . By J . F . W . Herschel , A . M . ( Vol . XIV . of Lardner ' s Cabinet Cyclopaedia . )
This is an admirable composition . It is simple , dignified , eloquent , and in the highest sense of the term , philosophical . It deserves our warmest commendation and recommendation . We can only extract the followiug specimen : " Finally , the improvement effected in the condition of mankind by advances in physical science , as applied to the useful
purposes of life , is very far from being limited to their direct consequences in the more abundant supply of our physical wants , and the increase of our comforts . Great as these benefits are , they are yet but steps to others of a still higher kind . The successful results of our experiments and reasonings in natural philosophy ,
and the incalculable advantages which experience , systematically consulted and dispassionately reasoned on , has conferred in matters pureJy physical , tend , of necessity , to impress something of the well-weighed aud progressive character of science on the more complicated couduct of our social and moral relations .
It is thus that legislation and politics become gradually regarded as experimental sciences : and history , not as formerly , the mere record of tyrannies and slaughters , which , by immortalizing the execrable actions of oue age , perpetuates the ambition of committing them iu every succeeding one , but as the archive of experiments , successful and unsuccessful ,
gradually accumulating towards the solution of the grand problem—how the advantages of government are to be secured with the least possible i ; convenience to the governed . The celebrated apophthegm , that nations never profit by experience , becomes yearly more and more untrue . Political economy , at least , is found to have sound principles founded
in the moral and physical nature of man , which , however lost sight of iu particular measures , however even temporarily controverted and borne down by clamour , have yet a stronger aud stronger testimony borne to them in each succeeding generation , by which they must , sooner or later , prevail . The idea once conceived and verified , that great and good ends are to be achieved , by whick
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1831, page 121, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2594/page/49/