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Books of this Author relating to the Public and Pri-
vate Edifices of the Ancients. Translated by William
Wilkins, A. M. late fellow of Caius College, Cam-
III. The Testimony of Natural Theology to Christianity.
By Thomas Gisborne, A. M.
IV. Narrative of a Journey in the Interior of China, and of
a Voyage to and from that Country, in the Years
1816 and 1817; containing an Account of the most
interesting Transactions of Lord Amherst's Embassy
to the Court of Pekin, and Observations on the Coun-
tries which it visited. By Clarke Abel, F. L. S. 67
V. Fairy Tales, or the Lilliputian Cabinet, containing
Twenty-four choice pieces of Fancy and Fiction, col-
lected by Benjamin Tabart,
VI. Select Pieces in Prose and Verse, by the late John
Bowdler, Junior, Esq. of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister at
VII. Sketches of America. A Narrative of a Journey
of Five Thousand Miles through the Eastern and
Western States of America ; contained in Eight
Reports, addressed to the Thirty-nine Families by
whom the Author was deputed, in June 1817, to
ascertain whether any, and what part of the United
States would be suitable for their Residence : with
Remarks on Mr. Birkbeck's Notes,' and Letters.'
By Henry Bradshaw Fearon.
VIII. Church-of-Englandism and its Catechism examined :
preceded by Strictures on the Exclusionary System,
as pursued in the National Society's Schools : inter-
spersed with parallel views of the English and Scottish
Art. I.-The Resources of the United States of America; or, a
View of the Agricultural, Commercial, Financial, Political, Literary, Moral, und Religious Character of the American People. By John Bristed, Counsellor at Law, Author of • The. Resources of the British Empire.' New York, March, 1818.
8vo. pp. 505. MORE CORE than half a century has elapsed since the commence
ment of those disputes between England and her North American colonies which finally terminated in their disunion. The events which followed the separation have contradicted the expectations of the enlightened statesmen of England and the shrewd and calculating politicians of America; who alike supposed that the prosperity of Great Britain was dependent upon the increase and the continued submission of her transatlantic dominions.
It now appears to those who are not so intimately acquainted with the views and feelings commonly entertained in England from the passing of the Stamp Act in 1765 to the beginning of the revolutionary war in 1775 as to make allowance for them, that a kind of infatuation must have possessed their countrymen and their governors; they would not otherwise have expected, that a country like North America, at such a distance from the seat of powerwith habits and prejudices averse from any but corporation governments without an ecclesiastical establishment, or an order of nobility-could, when its population and wealth should be considerably increased, continue in subjection to the country that peopled it. Thinking men had, indeed, looked forward to a time when a separation would of necessity take place, but that period was considered so distant, and the means by which it might be brought about so doubtful, that scarcely any one had viewed it as an event likely to happen within his own time, and had therefore never turned his attention to its practical effects. It is useless now to speculate on what might have been the consequence, if the English government had voluntarily renounced its controul over North America, and left the people to construct the edifice of a civil constitution for themselves. Fortunately, perhaps, for the United States, the bustle of military employment, which allowed no leisure for political speculation, induced them to continue their civil institutions as they found them; hence few deviations were made from · VOL. XXI. NO. XLI.