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constitutional attachments, the hereditary feelings of Britons, and say to their priests, Our swords are the king's, our consciences are our own.

Art. IX. Cottage Comforts, with Hints for promoting them, gleaned from Experience; enlivened with authentic Anecdotes. By Esther Hewlett. 12mo. pp. 236. Price 2s. 6d. London. 1825.

THE HE Author of this domestic cyclopedia (for such it might be denominated) is extensively known as the Writer of a number of popular religious tracts and other smaller works of considerable merit. But no work, if we mistake not, that she has hitherto published, will be so generally acceptable and become so deservedly popular as this comprehensive little volume. It comprises no fewer than 742 articles, arranged under the following capital heads :-Moral Character. Choosing, Taking, and Entering upon a Cottage. Income and Expenditure. Cottage Economy; including Brewing, Bread-making, Curing Bacon, Cookery, Wine-making, Washing, &c. Keeping Animals, Poultry, and Bees. Gardener's Calendar. Management of Infants. Hints on Sickness and Accidents, including Domestic Medicine and Cookery for the Sick. Education of Children. Recreations. Cottage Library. Good Neighbourhood, and Concluding Advice.

Mrs. Hewlett speaks with great diffidence of her inability to satisfy herself in the execution of her present performance, and she candidly invites any friendly suggestions which may tend to its improvement. So far as we have examined its multifarious contents, they appear to us uniformly characterised by the economical knowledge and sound practical sense which are the fruit of experience grafted on a vigorous understanding. The remarks on the management of Infants are, in particular, highly useful and judicious; and the pharmacopeia is kept within the proper limits of cottage practice. A few paragraphs will sufficiently shew the popular and lively style in which these hints and observations are conveyed.

• 84. Needle-work is reckoned a very dead penny. I do suppose it is-but it is at any rate better than being idle, and it should be remembered that it does not wear out or dirt the clothes like more laborious work.

85. Lace-making I do call a dead penny indeed; the poor women who live by it, look like walking spectres. I have been assured by a family who were all brought up to lace-making, that the whole of their diet consisted of potatoes and tea-that they never rose from their pillow even to take a meal-but that the first thing in the

morning, their mother put on the tea-kettle, and the 'tatoe pot, and brought them some whenever they were a hungered,' filling up the tea-pot as often as it became empty, throughout the day; and that by this close and ruinous application, they earned barely enough for this wretched supply of food, and just a Sunday's gown once in two years or so. The appearance and wardrobe of that family, and of lace-makers in general, confirm the statement. No wonder they are a miserable, pale-faced, puny set, the prey of hysterics, vapours, and spasms-quite helpless and notionless in common things, and utterly unfit to bear, rear, or manage a family. I do not, of course, recommend lace-making to eke out the income of the cottager's wife.

86. Of knitting I think very differently. It is work that may be taken up and laid down in a moment. A set of needles may be bought for a penny, and a ball of worsted for another. It may be done at any light, or with a child in the arms; and when you are tired of stirring work, knitting serves very well for a rest. In summer time, you can take a walk in your garden, and knit as you goand a pair of knit stockings, when they are done (at little odds and ends of time) are worth at least three pair of the best wove ones that you can buy. A thrifty cottager's wife has no stockings for her husband or herself but what she knits, at least until she has children old enough to do them for her. A good knitter, too, may generally get employment if she chooses to take it in. And if the scraps of time so employed add but sixpence to her weekly income, it is not to be despised. She may sit and blow the fire long enough before she finds sixpence in the ashes, or loll over her hatch long enough before she sees one roll down the street.

87. Binding of shoes is generally performed by women, and one who acquires the habit of doing it neatly, and expeditiously, may generally get good employment at the best shops.

'88. If a young wife has an opportunity of going out for a day's work in a respectable family, I think it is a pity she should neglect it, or fancy herself above it. She is well fed through the day, has her shilling or fifteen pence clear to bring home at night, and often a supper for herself and her husband; besides, there is an advantage in keeping up a connexion with such families-you have a friend in case of sickness or difficulty.' pp. 41, 2.

The following paragraph, cautioning the good woman to let this mode of employment interfere as little as possible with the husband's comforts, contains advice not less needful than salutary. No. 720 may be referred to as another specimen, shewing an experimental acquaintance with the habits of cottagers, and great good sense. On the whole, we would strongly recommend that this little volume should be added to every vestry library and every cottage library in the country: the purchase money will soon be saved, if the Author's hints are attended to.

Art. X. Old Friends in a new Dress; or Select Fables of Esop, in Verse. Third Edition: to which is now added a Second Part. 12mo. London. 1826.

THE first eight and forty Fables in this pleasing little collection, were published many years ago in three small books, price one shilling each; a circumstance which will account for their not having caught our notice. Mrs. Trimmer is stated to have recommmended them strongly in her 'Guardian of Education,' and Mr. Lindley Murray speaks of the volume as the best publication he had seen of the kind. It has been the Author's object, to present the fables selected, in a simple and unadorned style, and in easy verse, with a view to their being committed to memory. For this purpose, we think them very well adapted, in proof of which our readers shall be favoured with two specimens taken at random

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• The goddess replied to the bird,
"You are very ungrateful, I take it:
Your petition is highly absurd,

And I wonder you ventured to make it.
Though the Nightingale's song is so fine,
Yet gratitude still is your duty;
For greatly superior you shine
In majesty, elegance, beauty."

"Oh! Madam!" the Peacock replied,
"My beauty is quite unavailing;
While I with no voice am supplied,
My fate I must still be bewailing.
My beauty I hold very cheap:

People stop, just to see my tail glisten,
One minute, content with a peep;
But to her they stay hours to listen."

The goddess, to end the debate,
Replied, "Be content, pretty creature!
Each bird is invested by fate

With one grand and distinguishing feature;

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• When Reynard first the Lion saw,
He trembled like an aspin;
Panted for breath, and, struck with awe,
Upon his back lay gasping.

• When next he met the royal beast,
So far from being scared at him,
He was not frightened in the least,
But really stood and stared at him.

• The third time that he came in view,
Assured, and rather bolder,

He ran and said, " Sir, how d'ye do?"
And slapped him on the shoulder.

"Said he, "friend Reynard, thrice you've erred,

You bashful, bold, and rude one!"

Now, though 'tis short, upon my word,

This fable is a good one.'

The volume contains 116 fables. The only fault we are disposed to find with them, is, an occasional diffuseness, owing to which, their average length somewhat exceeds the limits of an easy task. In point of humour, these fables must not be compared with Esop in Rhyme; still less will they admit of being ranked with Mrs. Wolferstan's admirable translations from La Fontaine; but the volume amply fulfils its modest pretensions, and will be a very acceptable present to young persons.


The Rev. H. F. Lyte, Author of The Savoyard and other poems, (an interesting volume which must be in the recollection, if not in the possession of our regular readers,) has in the press, "Tales in verse, illustrative of the Lord's Prayer."

In the press, and speedily will be published, A Practical Grammar of the French Language, illustrated by copious Examples and Exercises, selected from the most approved French Writers; designed for the use of Schools

and Private Students. By J. Rowbo tham, Author of a German Grammar, &c., and Master of the Classical, Mathematical, and Commercial Academy, Walworth.

In a few days will be published, Sophia de Lissau; or a Portraiture of the Jews of the Nineteenth Century: being a minute delineation of the Religious and Domestic Habits of this most interesting Nation; with Explanatory Notes. By the Author of Elizabeth Allen, or the Faithful Servant.



Memoirs and Poetical Remaius of the late Jane Taylor. By her Brother, Isaac Taylor. 2 vols. 12mo. Second Edition. 12s.

Memoirs of the Rev. Stephen Morell, late of Norwich. By T. Binney. 12mo. 6s.


The Portable Diorama; consisting of Romantic, Grand, and Picturesque Scenery, with the necessary apparatus for producing the various effects of Sunrise, Sunset, Moonlight, the appearance and disappearance of Clouds, the Rainbow, &c. on the principle of the Diorama in Regent's Park: accompanied with an entirely new work, illustrated with plates, entitled the Amateur's Assistant; or, a series of Instructions in Sketching from Nature, the Application of Perspective, Tinting of Sketches, Drawing in Water Colours, Transparent Painting, &c.

The whole intended as a stimulus to young persons in the pursuit of a delightful art, by enabling them to delineate various scenes for the Diorama, as their taste may direct; thus furnishing an inexhaustible source of rational enjoyment, by blending Instruction with Amusement. By John Clark. Fitted up in a handsome box. 31. 3s.


Is this Religion? or a Page from the Book of the World. By the Author of May you like it. f.cap 8vo. 7s.

Hebrew Tales; selected and translated from the Writings of the ancient Hebrew Sages. To which is prefixed, an Essay on the Uninspired Literature of the Hebrews. By Hyman Hurwitz. f.cap 8vo. 7s. 6d.

Thoughts on the Advancement of Academical Education in England. 5s.


Devotional Verses. By Bernard Bartou. 12mo. 6s. 6d.

The Prospect and other Poems. By Edward Moxon. f.cap 8vo. 4s. 6d.

Osric, a Missionary Tale: with the Garden and other Poems. By Charlotte Elizabeth. 12mo. 5s.


Letters to a Friend, on the State of Ireland, The Roman Catholic Question, and the Merits of Constitutional Religious Distinctions. By E. A. Kendall, Esq. F.S.A. 3 vols. 8vo. 11. 16s.

The Grievances of Ireland, their Causes and their Remedies; in a letter to Sir Francis Burdett, Bart. M.P. By William Sturch, Esq. 8vo.


The Christian Psalmist, or Hymus selected and original. By James Montgomery. 12mo. 5s.

Psalms and Hymns, principally for --
Public Worship.
Selected from Dr.
Watts and other Authors, by Henry
Forster Burder, M.A. 18mo. 4s.

Essays on the Evidences, Ductrines, and Practical Operation of Christianity. By Joseph John Gurney. 8vo. 10s. 6d.

A Charge delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Chester, at the primary Visitation in August and September, 1825. By Charles James Blomfield, D.D. Bishop of Chester. 4to.

The Memory of departed Worth: an obituary of the late Rev. John Hooper, A.M. By Jacob Snelgar. 6d.

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