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Art. I. The Resources of the United States of America; or,

a View of the Agricultural, Commercial, Financial,

Political, Literary, Moral, and Religious Character

of the American People. By John Bristed, Counsel-

lor at Law, Author of “The Resources of the British


II. The Civil Architecture of Vitruvius, containing those

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.

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


Established and Non-Established Churches : and cona

cluding with Remedies Proposed for Abuses Indi-

cated: and an Examination of the Parliamentary

System of Church Reform lately pursued, and still

pursuing: including the proposed New Churches.

By Jeremy Bentham, Esq. Bencher of Lincoln's-inn,

and late of Queen’s-college, Oxford, M. A.


IX. 1. The Travels of Marco Polo, a Venetian, in the Thir-

teenth Century ;-being a Description by that early

Traveller of remarkable places and things, in the East-

ern parts of the World. Translated from the Italian,

with Notes, by William Marsden, F. R. S. &c.

2. Di Marco Polo e degli alteri Viaggiatori Veneziani

più illustri Dissertazioni del P. Ab. D. Placido Zurla. 177

X. 1. The Case stated between the Public Libraries and

the Booksellers.

2. Address to the Parliament of Great Britain, on the

Claims of Authors to their own Copyright. By a

Member of the University of Cambridge (Richard

Duppa, Esq. LL. B.)

3. Reasons for a further Amendment of the Act 54

Geo. III. c. 156. being an Act to amend the Copy-

right Act of Queen Anne. By Sir Egerton Brydges,

Bart. M. P.

4. A summary Statement of the great Grievances im-

posed on Authors and Publishers, and the Injury done

to Literature by the late Copyright Act. By Sir Eger-

ton Brydges, Bart. M. P.

5. A Vindication of the pending Bill for the Amendment

of the Copyright Act, from the Misrepresentations

and unjust Comments of the Syndics of the University

Library at Cambridge. By Sir Egerton Bridges, Bart.

M. P.

6. A Vindication of the Right of the Universities of the

United Kingdom to a Copy of every new Publication.

By Edward Christian, of Gray's Inn, Esq. Barrister at

Law, Professor of the Laws of England in the Univer-

sity of Cambridge, and Chief Justice of the Isle of


7. Inquiries and Observations respecting the University

Library. By Basil Montagu, Esq. A.M.

8. Inquiries concerning the proposed Alteration of the

Law of Copyright, as it affects Authors and the Uni-

versities. By Basil Montagu, Esq.

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XI. A Voyage of Discovery, made under the order of the

Admiralty, in His Majesty's Ships Isabella and

Alexander, for the purpose of exploring Baffin's Bay,

and inquiring into the probability of a North-west Pas-

sage. By John Ross, K. S. Captain R. N.




JANUARY, 1819.

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 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 inade from




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