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7. Observations on Banks for Savings. By the Rt. Hon. George Rose.
%. A Bill for the Protection and Encouragement of Provident Insti
tutions, or Banks for Savings, ordered by the House of Commons to be printed, 15th May, 1816.
89 VII. 1. Poems by William Cowper, of the Inner Temple, Esq. in Three
Volumes. Vol. III. containing his Posthumous Poetry, and a
Rector of Faxham with Welborne, Norfolk. 2. Memoir of the Early Life of William Cowper, Esq. Written
by Himself, and never before published. With an Appendix, containing some of Cowper's Religious Letters, and other inte
resting Documents, illustrative of the Memoir. 3. Memoirs of the most Remarkable and Interesting Parts of the
Life of William Cowper, Esq. of the Inner Temple. Detailing particularly the Exercises of his Mind in regard to Religion. Written by Himself, and never before published. To which are ap
pended, an Original and Singular Poem, and a Fragment. 116 VIII. 1. A Sketch of the British Fur Trade in North America; with
Observations Relative to the North-west Company of Montreal.
By the Earl of Selkirk. 2. Voyage de la Mer Atlantique à l'Océan Pacifique par le Nord
ouest dans la Mer Glaciale; par le Capitaine Laurent Ferrer Maldonado, l'an 1588. Nouvellement traduit d'un Manuscrit Espagnol, et suivi d'un Discours qui en démontre l’Autenticité et la Véracité; par Charles Amoretti.
129 IX. 1. Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto III. 2. The Prisoner of Chillon, a Dream; and other Poems. By Lord Byron.
172 X. Letters written on Board His Majesty's Ship the Northumber
land, and at Saint Helena; in which the Conduct and Conversations of Napoleon Buonaparte, and bis Suite, during the Voyage, and the first Months of his Residence in tbat Island, are faithfully described and related. By William Warden, Surgeon on Board the Northumberland.
208 XI. 1. An Inquiry into the Causes of the General Poverty and De
pendance of Mankind; including a full Investigation of the Corn
Laws. By Williara Dawson. 2. A Plan for the Reform of Parliament on Constitutional Princi
ples. Pamphleteer. No. 14. 3. Observations on the Scarcity of Money, and its Effects upon the
Public. By Edw. Tatham,D.D. Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford. 4. On the State of the Country, in December, 1816. By the Right
Hon. Sir John Sinclair, Bart. 5. Christian Policy, the Salvation of the Empire. Being a clear
and concise Examination into the Causes that have produced the impending, unavoidable National Bankruptcy; and the Effects that must ensue, unless averted by the Adoption of this only real and desirable Remedy, which would elevate these Realms to a pitch of Greatness hitherto unattained by any Nation that ever existed. By Thomas Evans, Librarián to the Society of
Spencean Philanthropists. 6. The Monthly Magazine. 7. Cobbett's Political Register.
Art. I. Narrative of a Journey in Egypt and the Country beyond the Cataructs
. By Thomas Legh, Esq. M.P. pp. 143. London. 1816. IT is rather a phenomenon, in these days of bookish luxury, to
encounter a volume, and more particularly a volume of Travels, destitute of the usual garniture of fine prints or aquatinta sketches, without a single head or tail-piece, vignette or even portrait of the author, but sent naked into the world with us other embellishment or illustration than a fair type, excellent paper, and a style as plain and free from tawdriness as the sheets on which it is written. Nor is this total disregard of all ornament the only point in which Mr. Legh has shewn his utter deficiency in the notable art of bookmaking: it will scarcely be credited, especially by some of our more celebrated tourists, that a three months cruise in the Egean sea, a visit to Mitylene, Scio, Delos, Mycone, and Athens-a voyage down the gulf of Lepanto to Zante, from Zante to Malta, from Malta to Alexandria, and a journey from Alexandria to Ibrîm in Nubia, 120 miles beyond the first Cataract of the Nile, should have produced only 143 pages of moderate-sized letter-press. Such, however, is the fact. Perhaps we have found a suitable companion for this unpretending volume in Norden's modest account of his travels, through Egypt and Nubia. This honest Dane, when on his sick bed, anxious for his reputation, and fearful that he should not live to arrange his observations, but still more fearful lest the. mistaken zeal of others should add to his notes and observations, thus writes to bis friend: It is my desire that all wandering prolisities be curtailed, in order to avoid the sarcastic imputation of the French against the learned of the North, that they never know when to have done with a subject; " ils ont tant la rage de bavarder.” But Mr. Norden was no bavard; nor, in truth, is Mr. Legh.
A few good plates, indeed, of the Nubian temples, and some account of the natural history of this upper region of the Nile, 80 very little known, would have greatly enhanced the value of the work; but-non omnia possumus omnes--and when we find Englishmen of rank, of family and of fortune, foregoing all the pleasures within their reach, for a voluntary exile; exposing themselves, with
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their eyes open, to all the inconveniencies and hardships of painful and perilous journies, to the effects of bad climates and pestilential diseases, not merely out of idle curiosity, but for the sake of seeing with their own eyes, hearing with their own ears, and of obtaining that information and receiving those impressions which books alone can never give, we ought to be proud of this national trait, peculiarly characteristic, we believe, of British youth ; and so far from visiting their literary omissions with critical severity, we should consider their communications as entitled to every indulgence. On the present occasion we have nothing to find fault with but the omissions. We could have wished to know something more of the ancient country of the Ethiopians, in which Mr. Legh has gone beyond any former traveller, (that is to say, along the banks of the Nile,) except two, whom we shall have occasion to mention hereafter, and whose labours are not yet before the public.
The plague, which, in 1812, raged at Constantinople and throughout Asia Minor, compelled our author, and his fellow traveller the Rev. Mr. Smelt, to abandon their original plan of travelling by Smyrna to the capital of the Eastern empire, and to turn their faces towards Egypt. For though the communication between Constantinople and Alexandria had been uninterrupted, the latter remained perfectly free from the contagion; and so inexa plicable and capricious is the way in which this most dreadful of all diseases spreads from country to country, that a Greek, who acted as British consul at Scio, observed to our travellers he had no fear of its infection being communicated from Smyrna, where numbers were daily dying, and from whence persons were daily arriving at the island, though within a few hours sail ; ' but," he added, should the plague declare itself at Alexandria, distant some hundred miles, we shall certainly have it at Scio.' It did reach Alexandria while they were in Upper Egypt and carried off one half of its inhabitants, who, before this dreadful visitation, had dwindled down to about 12,000 souls. · New Alexandria,' says Norden, may justly be looked on as a poor orphan who has no other inheritance but the respectable name of its father.' Most travellers agree in the melancholy feelings excited by the present forlorn and neglected state of this once magnificent city ; 'which abounded in temples, palaces, baths and theatres; and which reckoned 300,000 freemen among its population at the time when it fell under the dominion of the Romans. The inhabited part is confined to the narrow neck of land which joins the Pharos to the continent; the circuit of nearly five miles, inclosed by the wall of a hundred towers 'built by the Saracens in the thir'teenth century, 'is now, for the most part, a deserted space,