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worship, and such tenets of party, as shall be most conducive to his peace and advantage.
But we must desist from prosecuting these remarks, in order to present our readers a further specimen of the volume from which we have wandered, in the very sensible remarks which occur on the importance of general knowledge.
* Next in importance to religious instruction, is that general knowledge, that mental cultivation, which is to be obtained (and only to be obtained) by babits of reading, and which must assuredly rank amongst the most indispensable qualifications of a female ; not only to render her a suitable companion for an intelligent partner, but as it is eminently calculated to enable her to fulfil every duty of her station. We are aware that this assertion would surprise many mothers among the middling classes, who being destitute of these advantages themselves, ignorantly conclude that such pursuits must be inimical to domestic proficiency. It is granted, that in common with any other desirable object, they may be suffered to engross an undue share of time and attention : but the possibility of abusing a thing, is no argument against it; and we are well persuaded that there is far less danger of this being the case with regard to mental improvement, than with some other things at which these same persons are not always so ready to take the alarm. Frivolities, (which, if not encouraged in their daughters, are but too seldom discouraged by the mothers to whom we allude) are far more frequently found to interfere with, and to give a distaste to, the more important domestic concerns, than a love of reading. So far from estranging a woman from the discharge of her appropriate duties, the direct tendency of knowledge, and of that enlarged view of things which it affords, is to shew her what they are, to convince her of their propriety and impor. tance, and to qualify her to fulfil them in a rational and systematic manner : hence it is that the kitchen, no less than the parlour and the nursery, partake the happy effects of the superintendance of an intelligent mistress.
It is true that instances might be produced of women, who, although they have not enjoyed the advantages of mental cultivation, are yet seen to perform the duties of their station with singular propriety and address, and to whom the honourable titles of good wives and mothers justly belong; for good sense, united with sound principle, will go far towards qualifying a person for any station. In such cases, the intelligent observer is ready to exclaim, “ What women would these have been, with minds well stored and cultivated by reading !" But notwithstanding these instances, a very slight observation is sufficient to show, that the majority of uninformed women suffer greatly in themselves and in their families from the deficiency. Their houses, indeed, may be neat and orderly; their dinners may be well served; and such mothers may so far possess the gift of management, as to scold, or bribe, or drill their progeny into something like order and obedience; but we must not expect to see these persons act upon system, nor can the permanent effects of a rational system follow; that system, which especially makes it the grand interest, and bappiness, and amusement, of the intelligent mother to educate her Vol. XI. N.S.
children. She leaves her pleasures when she leaves her home, and returns to it as from a banishment.
• The duties, of whatever description, which emanate from a mind enlightened and expanded by knowledge, will maintain an evident superiority over such as result from mere habit, or even from an uninformed sense of duty; for a narrow mode of thinking and acting is the inseparable companion of ignorance. Will she who has acquired some general knowledge of the world in whieh she lives, conduct the affairs of her own province with less skill than she whose ideas are circumscribed to the narrow spot on which she vegetates, incapable of extending them be. yond the visible objects around her? Will not she who has taken eren a transient survey of men and things in distant ages and countries, be better qualified to encounter her own personal emergencies and vicissitudes, than she who has no other guide to direct her than the impulse of the moment, or the customs and notions prevalent among her neighbours, who are probably no better informed than herself? The contemplation of virtue and of vice, of wisdom and of folly, as exhibited in characters public or private, which history and biography display, stimulate to worihy actions; while a moderate acquaintance with works of taste, would prove of what human intellect is capable, and awaken a salutary admiration of things that are truly excellent, instead of its being wasted on the trifles that amuse vulgar minds
"A cultivated taste, independent of present gratification, is one of the most valuable of human resources under the trials and daily vexations of life: it is even a useful hand-maid to religion, although some narrowminded people may feel offended at the assertion.–Offended, because they never availed themselves of her services. Especially is it an antidote against that insipidity of character—that trifling insignificance, which tends to bring our sex into disesteem and contempt; which incapacitates them froin sustaining a part in rational or instructive conversation, and which renders old age worse than uninteresting.
• Would those who have the superintendance of youth, endeavour to give them a just estimate of the autantages resulting from those things they attempt to teach, instead of enforcing them as tasks, their labours would more frequently be crowned with success, and the most scrupu. lous mother might banish all apprehensions as to the domestic habits of a daughter so instructed. If a young woman has once been rendered domestic upon principle, there is little reason to fear, that when pursuits of a more elevated nature solicit a portion of her attention, they should destroy those habits which are so congenial to the female character, and which form, as it were, a part of her nature. The mind that is trained to an accurate estimate of the importance of objects, will duly apportion the time requisite to the pursuit of each. This is a most essential lesson in education, and should be sedulously instilled by parental erample as well as by precept. It should enforce this important truth, that even duty is no longer such, than while it occupies its appropriate time and place. The moment that one duty encroaches on another, it degenerates into a fault.' pp. 96--102.
The other volume is interesting, as being the joint production
of one who has so well sustained, and one who has so richly repaid, that maternal solicitude which attends the discharge of a parent's duties. As the work has been so long before the public, we shall refrain from making any extracts, and content ourselves therefore with cordially recoinmending it to those of our readers who have not anticipated our critical sentence. The letters of Laura will not be considered as intruders.'
Art. XIII. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION
Johu Adamson, Esq. F.S.A. is preparing In the press, the Life of the late night for publication, Memoirs of the Life How. John Philpot Curran, Master of and Writings of Luis de Camoens, in the Rolls in Ireland. By his Son Wil. 2 vols. 8vo. illustrated with pine engrav- liam Henry Curran, Esq. Barrister at ings.
Law, 2 vols. 8vo. with a portrait. In the press, and speedily will be In the press, a Gevgrapbical and publisbed, in 8vo. illustrated with five Statistical Description of Scotland. By plates, An Enquiry, illustrating the James Playfair, D. D. F. R. S. and Nature of Tuberculated Accrelions of F. A. S. E, Principal of the United Cola Serous Membranes; and the Origin of lege of St. Andrew, and HistoriograTubercles and Tumours in different pher to his Royal Highness the Prince Textures of the Body. By John Baron, Regent, 2 vols. 8vo. M.D. Physician to the General Infirm- In the press, a Journey in Carniola ary at Gloucester.
and Italy, in the Years 1817 and 1818. In the press, Letters of the Right By W. A. Cadell, Esq. F.R.S.L. and E. Hon. J. Philpot Curran to H. Weston, Svo. with engravings. Esq. 8vo. The above, which are few in In the press, an Account of the Arctic number, were written on Mr. Curran's Regions : including the Natural History first coming to London in 1773, at which of Spitzbergen and the adjacent Islands, time he was only 24 years of age. Mr. the Polar Ice, and the Greenland Seas, Weston was a college friend of Mr. with a History and Description of the Curran. These Letters, while they re- Northern Whale Fishery, illustrated by cord the most agreeable feeling of many Anecdotes of the Dangers of Curran's early years, are yet tinged that Occupation. Chiefly derived froin with that philosophic melancholy which Researches made during seventeen accompanied him through life.
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In April, will be published, the HisIn the press, and speedily will be pub- tory of Ancient Wiltshire: Northern lished, Thoughts on Baptism, as District. By Sir Richard Colt Hoare, Ordinanee of Proselytism; including Bart, F.R.S. and F.A.S. Observations on the Controversy re- In the press, Pastorals-Ruggiero, specting Terms of Communion.
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and Fanaticism, exemplifying the con.
sequences of Circumstantial Evidence, ly, of Mr. Campbell's Poetical Works, and recording remarkable and singular illustrated with engravings from designs instances of voluntary Haman Suffer- by Westall. ing, with various interesting occurren- The third volume of Mr, Sonthey's ces. By John Cecil. A handsome History of Brazil, is in a forward state, volume, in foolscap 8vo.
and may be expected during the present In the press, Speeches by the Right Hon. John Philpot Curran, late Master Mr. W. B. Taylor is preparing an of the Rolls in Ireland. An edition Historical Account of the University of greatly enlarged by ihe addition of his Dublin, illustrated by engravings, iu Speech on the Trial of the Shcareses, the same style as those of Oxford and and other Speeches never before col- Cambridge. lected. With a memoir and portrait. A Series of Letters by the Hon. Lady 'In one large volume 8vo.
Spenser to her Niece, the late Duchess Mr. J. G. Mansford is printing, in an of Devonshire, sbortly. after her mare octavo volume, Researches into the Na. riage, are preparing for publication. ture and Causes of Epilepsy, as con- Mr. Peter Nicholson will soon publish, nected with the physiology of animal a Course of the Mathematical Sciences, life and muscular motion,
adapted to succeed the study of arithA Collection of Dr. Zouch's Works, metic in public schools. with a Memoir by the Rev. Francis Captain James Burney, of the royal Wrangham, in 2 vols. 8vo. will soon navy, is printing an Historical Review appear.
of the Maritime Discoveries of the Rus. The Rev. Edmund Butcher, bas in sians, and of the attempts that have the press, a third volume of Sermons been made to discover a north-east pasfor the Use of Families.
sage to China. Captain Moritz de Kotzebue will soon Mr. Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, has publish, in 8vo. a Journey to Persia in in the press, the Jacobite Poetical the Suite of the Imperial Russian Em- Relics of Scotland, during the struggles bassy, in the year 1817.
in 1715 and 1745. Mr. Bucke, author of Amusements in The Rev. John Evans, of Islington, Retirement, is printing in 4 vols. 8vo. is printing a Memoir of the late Rev. Meditations and Reflections On the Dr. William Richards,' with some acBeauties, Harmonies, and Sublinities of count of the Rev. Roger Williams, Nature.
founder of the state of Rhode Island. Zeal and Experience, a Tale, in 2 Mr. $. Fleming proposes to publish, vols. 12mo. will soon appear.
in a quarto volume, the Life of Demos. A new edition of Bishop Lavington's thenes; with an account of the age of Eothusiasın of Methodists and Papists Philip of Macedon, and Alexander the Considered, with notes and an introduc. Great. tion by the Rev. R. Polwhele, will soon The Editor of the “ Devout Mediappear.
« tations from Watts and Howe,” the On the 20th of April, will be pub. “ Pocket Prayer-Book," and other cheap lished, Letters on the Revival of Popery, publications printed by the Philanthropic its Intolerant Character, its Political Society, is compelled to caution the Tendency, its Encroaching Demands public against spurious editions of these and Usurpations, addressed to William little works, which are now superseding Wilberforce, Esq. By William Blair, to some extent the genuine editions. The A. M.
object of the Editor in printing them, The third volume of Archdeacon was simply of a benevolent nature, and Coxe's Memoirs of John, Duke of Marl- from the low price put upon them, it is borough, will be published in a few days. only by means of large impressions that · Mr. Montgomery, Author of the World she can be secured against considerable before the Flood, &c. &c. is preparing loss. It is therefore hoped that the another volume for the press, entitled Public will not sanction the spurious Greenland, and other Poems.
editions, A new edition will be published short
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Facts and Observations relative to
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Memoirs of the late Rev. William
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