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we contemplate the performance as the productioti of a professional man, or a sagacious and entertaining traveller, it is highly estimable. In the parts avowedly amusive, it is written with ease, gaiety, good humour, and a talent for delineation; in those which go into subjects of greater pith and moment, the sobriety of the style rises in due proportion to the weight of the sentiments, and discovers a mind at once penetrating and diligent. In the letters, derotcd lo the consideration of the slave trade, although there will be many who may be disposed to contend against the doctor's arguments in favour of an abolition, yet there can be none who will hesitate to give him full credit for a feeling heart. And whatever dissonance of opinion there may be on this popular, and assuredly very important, question, it ought to gratify our author, that this division of his work has been honourably quoted in the parliamentry debates on the slave trade ; copious extracts having been given by way of illustration. Our author's " notes" bave, likewise, been referred to with high commendation by Mr. Wilberforce, in a work recently published. The medical parts of Dr. Pinckard's book have excited great attention among the most eininent of their profession both in this country and in Anierica, and a selection of various passages relating to yellow fever published in the Philadelphia Gazeties, liave been read with strong interest and high praise by the first medical characters.

A new edition of Bruce's Travels has appeared, with corrections and acdtions from the m

manuscripts of the author. The work has been very carefully revised, and is much improved. A new, and very compact abridgment of these Travels has also been published, on a small scale.

We mention Mc Calluun's Travels in Trinidad, merely to point them out as a pernicious party publication. The object of Mc Callum's hatred, and against whom his book is levelled, is General Picton, a man who has been most honourably acquitted of all the charges brought against him before the Privy Council. This officer, the mild and virtuous Mr. Mc Callum says, is “a mighty prater, whose knife was set in oil that it might cut the deeper, and never hesitated to engulf the reeking blade into the warm bowels of a fellow creature, nor to pour aquafortis into the bleeding wound, in order to provoke the innocent object to a state of madness.” The man who could use such language, whilst a council was enquiring into the conduct of its object, ought to be guarded against as a dangerous character.

A Tour through some of the Islands of Orkney and Shetland, by Mr. Neill, will be found to elucidate the natural history of those parts, with which the author appears to be extremely well acquainted. Some sketches are also given, as to the manners and customs of the inhabitants, and as to the improvements which might be made in their domestic economy ; but, had its language undergone a careful revision, the work would have been far more acceptable.

Our lively, agrecable, and instructive friend Carr, (now Sir John Carr) has followed up his Stranger in France, and Northern Summer, by the Stranger in Ireland. Comparatively speaking, so little was known of Ireland, that a work respecting that country, by such a writer as Carr, could not prove otherwise than acceptable. There is a liberality of sentiment in the work, which must prove particularly agreeable to the Irish ; and, if the author here trusted less to himself than on former occasions, we are willing to attribute that circumstance rather to an anxiety to afford the fullest information, than to any wish unnecessarily to increase the bulk of his book. The aquatinta plates to this work, as well as to his Northern Summer, are very pleasingly executed; and, by their subjects and management, excite considerable interest.

Some would-be-thought-witty wiglat, conceiving the manner and matter of Sir John Carr to be flippant and unimportant, has thought proper to publish a work entitled My Pocket Book ; or Hints for ' A

Rughte Merrie and Conceitede Tour in Quarto. This effort will have no effect on the reputation of Sir John; although we must confess that some of the hits are made with dexterity.

Of the more recent travels, we name, with much satisfaction, Janson's Stranger in America. Mr. Janson informs us, that seduced by the flattering picture which had been drawn of the new world, and the hospitality of our once trans-Atlantic brethren, he had, early in life, imbibed a strong desire to visit the distant shores of the United States. In the introductory part of this work, offered with diffidence and replete with judicious observations, he says, that his stay there was prolonged from time to time, for more than thirteen years, in the hope of again realizing a considerable sum of money, of which he had been defrauded, under a specious purchase of land, on the banks of the Mississipi, and which he eventually abandoned. In the former part of his residence in New England, Mr. Janson, who had been educated for the profession of the law, was called to the bar; by which means, he observes, he had an opportunity of examining the country and its inhabitants, in every point of view.

In this volume we find a vast fund of information. It comprises not only a tour through that great extent of country, from north to south, but observations and remai kö on the genius, manners, and customs of the inhabitants---their public characters--the practice of the learned professions, commerce, manufactures, and agricuiture-travelling--the price of land, and its quality ascertained from the different species of timber with which it is corered—the charges and mode of travelling, and the price of the articles of life-the rise and progress of the drama, &c.—Respecting the treatment of slaves in America, the author relates some instances of barbarity, which came within his own krowledge, and which degrade the American planters to a level with the Dutch boors at the Cape of Good Hope.

The whole of this valuable work, displaying the country in lively colours, is evidently written for the laudable purpose of arresting the rage of emigration. The author calls upon such as still retain the smallest infection of this kind of mania, to turn his observations in their minds, ere they quit their own fire sides. They will receive, particularly those valuable classes of people, agriculturists, mechanics, and labourers, much information respecting the country, on which their delusive hopes may have been fixed. The information respecting the gypsum, or plaister of Paris, found in Nova Scotia, and the bare-faced smuggling carried on by the Americans on the north coast of Ireland, are worthy the attention of the government of this country.—To those who may wish for an opportunity of comparing the progress of architecture in America, with its progress in other countries, or to contemplate the face of nature on the other side of the Atlantic, the elegant aqua tinta plates which embellish this work will be no slight acquisition. Mr. Janson, we understand, has a second volume in contemplation : some interesting extracts from the one now. before. us will be found in our su

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After Mr. Janson's work, should any of our readers sigh for the pleasures of emigration, we recommend to them a perusal of Boulton's Sketch of his Majesty's Province of Upper Canada ; the object of which is to prove, that that province is the most: favoured spot on earth; a spot, where English laws, and English habits exist in all their original purity. Why, says he, should we prefer the United States to one of our own colonies, where land is cheaper, and; the soil better? Why condescend to live as strangers in the former, when we may enjoy the rights of citizenship in the latter?-Mr. Boulton's work is not addressed to the factious politician; but he observes, that, if the object of an emigrant be, to find a country, where he maysturn his industry to most advantage on a small capital, or even on no capital at all,

Canada is, of all places in the world, the best suited to his purpose.

Three additional volumes of the modern and contemporary Voyages and Travels, announced in our last, as conducted by the editor of the Flowers of Literature, have made their appearance, and a fourth is in the course of publication. The three last volumes of this collection, which has experienced unprecedented success, contain the following original works and translations :-Pouqueville's Travels through the Morea, Albania, &c. to Constantinople ; Mangourit's Travels in Hanover; Fischer's Journey to Montpellier ; a Tour in Spain and Portugal; a Tour in Ireland; Durand's Voyage to Senegal, &c. Depon's Travels in South America; a Tour in Wales, &c.; Sarytschew's Voyage of Discovery to the North East of Siberia, fc.; Fischer's Travels to Hyeres ; Reuilly's Travels in the Crimea, &c.; a Tour through the Island of Rugen; Helme's Travels in South America ; and a Voyage to India, China, fc. also, analyses of the following :-Carr's Travels round the Baltic; Turnbull's Voyage round the World; Kotze. bue's Travels in Italy; and Carr's Stranger in Ireland.


less do arms than arts assist the plan,
Those may defend, but these embellish man ;
These softly draw bim nearer to his kind,
And mark distinct his seraph form of mind.”


It certainly is true, that" neither poetry, painting, nor statuary, presents us with any model of perfection. Nature herself is not perfect. Homer conceived his heroes in the fervour of a pure imagination; Phidias beheld no earthly form from which he could mould his image of Jupiter ; Zeuxis drew his Venus

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