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Lectures on the Gospel of

St. Matthew, by the

Rev. W. M. Harte .. 79 Letters from the Caucasus and Georgia...

50 Letters to and from Hen

rietta, Countess of Suf-
folk, and her second Hus-
band, the Hon. George
Berkeley, from 1712 to
1767....

360 Lingard, Rev. John, a His.

tory of England, by the 561 Lloyd, Bartholomew, D.D.

Discourses, chiefly doc-
trinal.

61 London, Philosophical

Transactions of the Royal
Society of, for 1823.
Part I.

27 Ditto, Part II. 244 Lyon, Captain, R. N. the

Private Journal of, during the recent Voyage of Discovery under Captain Parry

463

Memoir of the Life, Wri

tings, &c. of John Owen,
D.D. Vice Chancellor of
Oxford during the Com-

monwealth, by W. Orme 128 Memoir, descriptive of the

Resources, &c. &c. of
Sicily and its Islands, by
Captain W. H. Smyth,
R.N....

163 Memoirs of Captain Rock,

the celebratedIrish chief-
tain, with some account
of his Ancestors, written
by himself

421 Memoirs of His Serene

Highness Antony-Phi-
lip D'Orleans, Duke of
Montpensier, Prince of
the Blood, written by
himself

602 Migault, J. Narrative of the

sufferings of a French
Protestant family at the
Period of the Revocation

of the Edict of Nantes.. 70 Miscellaneous Observations

on J: K. L.'s Letter to the
Marquess Wellesley, &c.

by S. N...
Mitford, William, Esq. Ob-

servations on the History
and Doctrine of Christi.
anity.

638 Morning Thoughts, in prose and verse, on single ver

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Memoir of Central India May you like it, by a

Country Curate

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establishment of a, by the

late David Ricardo, Esq. 619 New Lanark, Outline of the

System of Education at,
by Robert Dale Owen. 657

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Swan

159 Slavery, Substance of a

Debate in the House of
Commons, May 15, 1823,
on a motion for the miti.
gation and gradual abo.
lition of

79 Smith, Gamaliel, Esq. Not

Paul, but Jesus
Smyth, Captain W. H. Me-

moir descriptive of the
Resources, Inhabitants,
&c. &c. of Sicily and its
Islands,

163 Society for the Propagation

of the Gospel in Foreign
parts, Report of the Pro-
ceedings of in the Year
1822...

79 Society for the Conversion

and Religious Instruction
of the Negro Slaves in
the West India Islands,

some account of the ... 79 Southey, R., Esq. LL.D.

The Book of the Church 449 Spaewife, The, a Tale of

the Scottish Chronicles 233 St. Ronan's Well, by the Author of Waverley ... 16

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the Climate,&c. of Mexico 544 Tour through the Upper lo

Provinces of Hindostan,
between the years 1804,

and 1814, by A. D..... 37 Turner, S. H. Notes on

the Epistle to the Ro.
mans..

524 Voice of Facts, The, from the Convent of St. Jo-sado seph, Ranelagh, Dublin,

30 by the Rev. Joseph Finlayson Ultra Crepidarius ; a Satire edo

on William Gifford, by
Leigh Hunt

647 Wardens and Vestry of

Christ Church, a Letter
to the, by a Presbyter
of the Diocese of New
York

524 Warreniana; with Notes,

Critical and Explana-
tory, by the Editor of a
Quarterly Review :.... 260
Waterland, Rev. Daniel,

D.D. Works of the, to
which is prefixed a Re-
view of his Life" and :
Writings, by W. Van 194
Mildert, D.D. Lord Bi-F)

shop of Llandaff ...... 624 Zoology, the Philosophy of,

by John Fleming, D.D. 148

THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR JANUARY, 1894.

ART. I. A Memoir of Central India, including Malwa,

and adjoining Provinces. With the History and copious Illustrations, of the past and present Condition of that Country. By Major-General Sir John Malcolm, G.C.B. K.L.S. In Two Volumes. 8vo. 11. 12s. Kingsbury

and Co. 1823. We are informed in the preface of this work, that

“In January, 1818, the Author was placed by the Marquis of Hastings in the military and political charge of Central India; and during the four years he filled that station, his own attention, and that of the able public officers under his authority, was directed to the object of collecting materials for the illustration of its past and present condition. These he formed into a report, which was transmitted to Calcutta, where it was printed by order of Government. Several copies were sent to England, from which copious extracts found their way into periodical publications. This report having been drawn up amid the hurry of other duties, and when the Author was in a bad state of health, had many imperfections that required to be corrected : he therefore solicited permission from the Honourable Court of Directors to make it the groundwork of this memoir, which in consequence contains the substance of that official document.” Vol. I. Preface, p. 3.

This passage conveys not only a history of the volumes before us, but a very accurate account of its character. In the liveliness and spirit of the composition wherever the author enters into details, concerning the manners of the people, the character of individuals, the state of the country, and other particulars of a similar hature, an experienced reader at once traces the language and feeling of one who relates what be has seen.

While in the desultoriness of the narrative, the confused arrangement of the parts, and the constant recurrence of the same topics and names, apd times and things, we recognize all the defects which a work newly remodelled from notes and documents, not originally intended to meet the public eye, might naturally be expected to exbibit. To

suppose that this Memoir, as its author modestly calls it, should

B VOL. XXI. JAN. 1824.

ever become, or at least continue to be, a classical authority among the students of Oriental History, would be, we think, to take a desponding view of the probable success of future labourers in this department; but we certainly cannot point out any single work, at present existing, from which the reader will derive so much, and such valuable information concerning the actual state of manners and society, both domestic and political, among that vast portion of the human race to whom it relates, as will be found in these volumes now before us. The work of the Abbé Dubois might seem at first deserving of being excepted from this remark, so far at least, as regards the domestic institutions of the Hindå. And, to a certain degree, perhaps, we should admit this to be true. But still, taking the Indian character as a whole, a more lively and we believe a more faithful conception of its general physiognomy will be learned from the Memoirs be fore us, than is to be acquired even in the work of that laborious and enlightened missionary. In Sir John Malcolm, the subject is presented to the eye, as if by a picture; in Dubois, it is represented to us in a more regular and systematic way; but the effect, by this very circumstance, is broken and interrupted, and conveys to the mind ratber a series of facts than a general and well understood conclusion.

Sir John Malcom has divided the subject of his work into two parts. The first is occupied with an account of the origin and history of the different branches of the Mahratta confederacy, concluding with a narrative of those recent transactions which terminated in the dissolution of their power. This part of the work employs the whole of the first volume. In the second volume we are presented with several chapters, in succession, which are devoted exclusively to some general discussions concerning the administration of revenue in India, and the population of that part of India which is the immediate subject of the book ; the whole concluding with an Appendix, containing reports relating to the geology of the country, copies of the treaties lately entered into with the several powers by whom it is possessed, meteorological tables, and other matters of subsidiary importance.

Of these two volumes the last is decidedly the most valuable and entertaining, as containing the greatest variety of authentic facts and anecdotes, and as throwing most light upon the state of society among the people. In the professedly historical part of the work there is indeed much curious and instructive matter; for the author's situation gave him access to documents and means of information, such as no writer upon Indian history has perhaps ever before possessed. But

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