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No one has exerted himself so conceive, that our readers would zealously and indefatigably in the have reason to thank us, for giving counteraction of this reigning error, them an outline of the story. They as the author of the present work. will probably be much better pleased To expose it has been the grand to trace it themselves, as it is unaim of all his recent publications ; folded by the author in the course and as he never undertakes ạny, of his narrative. We shall only which has not some benefit to the mention, that the two young men public in view, his present underta- are hurried, by a disasastrous acciking relates to a question intimate- dent on board of a ship of war: and ly connected with the same object. the first part of the work is chiefIt is the established practice, in this ly employed in delineating the difcountry, for every one who can give ference of their feelings and conhis children any education at all, to duct in such a situation. Mr Macsend them for three or four years to neill was peculiarly qualified to exa grammar school; and this forms ecute this task, having, as he menoften nearly the whole of the instruc- tions in the preface, been himself tion conferred upon them. Mr enured during the course of several Macneill conceives, that, for those years, to the habits of a seafaring who are neither born to an inde- life. It is rarely that persons qualipendent fortune, nor destined for fied to delineate these manners, the learned professions, such an e- have had such good opportunities ducation must be worse than use- of observation. He shall therefore less, and can have no effect but that give a specimen of this part of the of giving them a distaste for the oc- performance. It relates to the incupations in which their life is to be cidents which occurred immediateemployed. He insists, that if the ly after our two heroes were placed time spent in learning mere words in the very unpleasant situation awere employed in acquiring a know- bove alluded to. ledge useful for the common affairs of life, young men of this rank “ The boatswain, who was natuwould be much better prepared for rally, a humane man, and, as far as the part which they were to act. was consistent with his duty, kind He illustrates this opinion by the and indulgent to the seamen, had history of two youths, one of whom the two lads birthed and messed ; has received a good education in and telling them to be of good the ordinary sense of the word; that cheer, and not cast down with their is, has been rendered master of all misfortune, assured them, that if that the grammar school can teach: they conducted themselves properthe other according to his plan, has ly, and minded their business, they been initiated only in useful and should be taken care of. " You practical branches. From the op- have had a hard brush I find, my posite recep:ion and success which lads.” said he, “ at the commencethese two young men experience, ment of your service, but that's nowhen thrown unassisted upon the thing at all against you, but rather world, he endeavours to prove the in your favour. We seamen must superiority of one system to the lay our account with meeting with other.

these things every day in our lives, In endeavouring to convey an and the sooner we meet with them idea of the manner in which this the better. All you have to do is, work has been executed, we do not to attend to your duty, obey your

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orders, and do every thing as well is.” said he, snatching the book out as you can, and there is no fear of of Andrew's hands, and opening ityour coming on. We have no ide “O! I'm blasted if I understand one lers, no skulkers here, every one word of it! What the hell is it?" must be active and alert !” So say, said he, turning to Toņ, who hael ing, he left them.

just come down. “ It was not long ere Tom found “ It is Horace," answered Tom. himself well enough to proceed on Horrors !exclaimed the boat. deck, and explore the general scene swain, “what the devil has he to do that was moving around him. He with them?-Why, it's no wonder was anxious to observe the nature why you are melancholy, my lad ! of a service to which he was a com- But we have horrors enough to plete stranger; but Andrew, 'whe grapple with heke, without looking ther from indifference, reluctance, into a book for them, so I wou'd or real illness, remained below in advise you to chuck it overboard, his birth, pleading his inability to and come upon deck, and look at move from the pain of the bruises something else. Here's your messwhich he had received in his New- mate, who has been bustling about haven battle. Amidst all the mis. from morn to night, overhauling fortunes that had lately befallen every thing he could set his eye on, him, he had preserved his Horace, and inquiring about every thing he which now not only served as a com did not understand. That's the way panion to him in his hours of me to make a good seaman, and, if I lancholy solitude, but acted as a am not hellishly out of my

reckonbalm to his wounded mind, and a ing, he'll make one very soon. balsam to his sores, superior to any Come, come! you must remain here which the surgeon's mate could ap- no longer—the surgeon's mate tells ply. As his prolonged confinement me that devil a thing's the matter rather surprised the boatswain, who with you; so remember, I expect was informed by his 'attendant that to see you tomorrow-morning on the wounds in his head were com the main deck-there's no sham. pletely healed, he paid him occa- ming Abraham here-every man sional visits to rouse him into ac must do his duty."zion, and had invariably found him

In the course of the narrative, we poring over a little book, which he read at the faint light of a small tal

are introduced to the family of the low candle, placed in a horn lan- Timbertones, in which Mr Macthorn. Wondering that a book of neill has exhibited two opposite erso diminutive a size could occupy force a taste for music, where it

rors; one, that of endeavouring to him so long, and suspecting that he was “shamming Abraham," he does not exist, the other, that of one evening accosted him, after his checking it where it has been natuusual salutation of Well, what cheer rally implanted. The following fachipmate ? in the following terms: mily, dialogue will afford a very good * What! have you not overhauled specimen of the manner in which that little book yet? Damn my eyes,

this subject has been illustrated. there can't be much stuff in it “ She (the daughter) loved her One, I think, might get through it book, her pencil, and her needle; but in an hour or two, and here you none of these were permitted to interhave been at it every night for near fere with her musical tasks, as her a fortnight--Let's see what like it mother, five or six timesa-day,bawled February 1812

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out, “Sit down to your piano, Ara- first month of instruction was over, bella!

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have been a great deal she could distinguish the smallest too long from it: Sit down to your discord: But Betsy has a natural piano, I tell you !"

genius for music, and I have not, “ The girl at last became so haras- another.” sed and worn out with this irksomę "Really, my dear,” said Mr. Tiin. and incessant toil, that, no longer bertone, (who all this time had able to endure it, she entreated her been listening to the argument); mother to release her from what “I cannot help thinking that what was so unpleasant; but to no effect. Arabella says is very jast. Neither • Would you give up a branch so you nor I, you know, have the least indispensibly necessary for every taste for music, 'nor ever had a mu. young woman who has the least pre- sical voice or ear in our lives ; how tensions to genteelity and fashion?” then can we expect such qualities exclaimed the sagacious mother. in our daughter? And since such "Do you see one exception among gifts are not the portion of all, why all your intimates or acquaintance should we strive agạinst nature, and and would it not be disgraceful to render the poor girl miserable for you, as well as to us, were you defi- nothing?”? cient in what is now considered as “ Hold your tongue, Mr. Timthe most important and the most bertone," said his wife, impatientelegant part of female educationly, “ you know nothing at all of the Impossible!"

matter.Will any body pretend to “ It may be important to those say that music is not to be acquired who receive pleasure from it, and by practice alone, when every pawho are qualified to give pleasure to rent in Edinburgh gives it to their others,” said Arabella ; « but that daughters without the least excepis not the case with me. I would tion-And pray, Mr Timbertone, not give one farthing for all the mu- what a pretty figure should we make, sic in the world, nor can I expect if our daughter was deficient in to arrive at any perfection in it, any branch of education, especially when I have neither a voice suffi- in one which is now universally adcient to reach one octave, nor an mired, and considered as the very tar to distinguish treble from con- first accomplishment a young lady inon time.”

can possess ? Suppose now, for in“ That's nothing," rejoined the stance, that we had an evening parjudicious mother all this will ty: could we possibly avoid giving come by 'practice. Your Master them an entertainment, which they tells meso, anal that a good Timeist all lay their account with-music, can be made without a musical ear; both vocal and instrumental? And and as for your voice, he says it is should we not look very foolish, and not yet nearly formed, but that very contemptible, Mr Timberyears and daily practice will ren- tone, if instead of our own daughter der it not only sweet but power contributing to this entertainment, ful!"

we should be under the necessity of *** Now what the Master says must applying to the daughters of others, be nonsense, mother, rejoined A- and consequently acknowledging to rabella ; " for there is Betay Night- the whole company, that we had ingale, who is much younger than neglected to give Arabella what no I am, and who can with ease reach mechanic's daughter in Edinburgh nearly three octaves, and has be- is ignorant of? - Impossible, Mi. sidas so nice an ear; that before her Timbertone! We should be the

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town talk-thé ridicule of all polite of novels, and does not seek to in society, and our daughter looked terest by surprizing events and nardown upon wherever she went !- ratives of love intrigues. It exhiNo, no, allow me to know these bits men acting in the plain and things better, if you please. I don't common business of life; points out, interfere in your business, Mr Tim-. the errors to which they are there bertone, and I beg you may not in- liable, and exhibits the means by terfere in any plans of mine for in-, which these may be avoided. structing Arabella, who must be educated as other young women of fashion are, without the exception New Works published in Edinburgh.

HE Isle of Palms; with other "Very well, my dear," answered T

poems, by John Wilson of very placidly,-“1 Magdalen College Oxford. 8vo. 12. shall not argue the point with you; A Series of Plays on the Pasbut allow me just to observe, that sions. Third volume ; by Miss Bailwhat with musical instruments, mu- lie. Svo. sical books, and musical masters at The Depreciation of the Paper half a guinea every three lessons, I Currency of Great Britain proved. am already out of pocket above By the Earl of Lauderdale. Svo. 6s. L.250, and Arabella, by her own Tales of the East, comprising confession, not one bit the better for the most popular romances of Ori

ental origin; with imitations and “ You are much mistaken, Mr translations. To which is prefixed Timbertone,” said his wife brisk- an Introductory Dissertation. By ly:---“ infinitely mistaken! Arabel- Henry Weber, Esq. 3 vols royal 8vo. la can play over a difficult concerta L.3. 18s. with considerable brilliance of finga The poctical and dramatic ering, her master tells me; and that works of Colin Maclaurin, Esq. nothing now is wanting but a little Advocate, and of the late George more time and experience to make Maclaurin, Esq. Writer, Edinburgh, her equal to any young lady in E- 2 vols. small 8vo. 10s. 6d. dinburgh."

Another character, Peter Placid,

Literary Intelligence. is subsequently introduced; one frequently met with in the world;

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RJOHN MAWE, the author easy, good natured, and a general of a Treatise on the Minerfavourite ; but possessing none of alogy of Derbyshire, is about to that firmness and energy, which is publish a Narrative of his Voyage to necessary for an efficient discharge the Rio de la Plata, and of bis Traof the various duties of life. The vels in Brazil, during a period of: bad effects of this disposition are six years, froin 1804 to 1810. The exbibited on a variety of occasions, principal part of this work relates particularly in the education of his to the interior of Brazil, where no children, who are ruined by thought- Englishman was ever permitted to less and indiscriminate indulgence. travel, and particularly to the gold

From this sketch, our readers and diamond districts, which the may be enabled to form an idea of author investigated by order of the the nature and object of Mr Mac- Prince Regent. From the high neill's performance. It cannot be sanction under which he began the confounded with the ordinary clases undertaking, and the length of time

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he devoted to it, his narrative may ry, Doctrines, Opinions, Discipbe expected to throw considerable line, and present state of Catholiclight on a rich and extensive colony ism. It will contain also a Summa. hitherto little explored, and, at pre- ry of the Laws now in force against sent, highly interesting, as it is Papists; and a Review of the Orilikely, through recent changes, to gin and Progress of the Catholie become the seat of the empire of our Question. The work is to consist oldest and most faithful ally.

of a thick octavo volume. A splendid original work, delin

M. de Guignes, author of a Voyeating the Boruer-Antiquities of age to Pekin (3 vols. Svo. wiih England and Scotland, is in great for- 1 vol. folio of designs and charts ), wardness. The first part will be pub- has just prepared an answer to the lished on the 31st of March, and a critics who have attacked his Hispart will be continued regularly e- tory of that empire. He has also very three months. It is intended read to the Institute an historical to exhibit specimens of the Archi- exposition of Chinese astronomy, tecture, Sculpture, and other vesti- from the earliest times, until the ges of former ages, from the ear- year 1776 ; and, to crown his laliest times to the union of the two bours, he is now about to publish a crowns, accompanied with descrip- Chinese Dictionary, under the sanctive sketches and biographical tion of the French Emperor Napotemarks, together with a brief his- leon. torical account of the principal e M. Charles Villiers, who has vents that have occurred in that part already obtained renown from the of Great Britain.

historical class of the French InstiMr. James Smyth, of the Cus- tute, lately published a work in tom-House, Huli, intends shortly which he greatly praises the system to publish, in one volume octavo, a of education pursued in the protesTreatise on the Practice of the Cus, tant schools in Germany, particutoms, in the entry, examination, larly those of Westphalia. and delivery, of goods and mer In the present age, when polichandize imported from foreign tical metamorphoses succeed each parts; with a copious illustration of other with such astonishing rapidithe warehousing system, intended ty, the deaths and births of Univerfor the use of merchants, officers, sities are likewise become common and others, concerned in this branch events in Germany---those veneraof the business of the customs. ble institutions which in former

Mr. Bransby, of Ipswich, au- times did not arrive at maturity in thor of some useful publications on less then a century, and were never astronomy and geography, who has extinguished, except by great pubbeen an attentive observer of the lic convulsions, or by the decay of comet of 1811, with the most ac- decrepitude.---The once-celebrated curate instruments, will, within a universities of Helmstadt, Altdorf, few days, publish a correct delinca- and Rinteln, have expired within tion of its path, and a full and dis- about two years, and many others tinct account of its elements, &c. are fast approaching towards their In the plate will also be exhibited dissolution! Ruehsz, one of the the path of the comet of 1807. most assiduous professors of the U.

The Rev. J. Nightingale pro- 'niversity of Greifswald, says, in the poses to publish a Portraiture of the preface to the fourth volume of his Roman Catholic Religion; or, an new History of Sweden: “ The unprejudiced Sketch of the Histo- school of learning, of which I have

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