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Art. XIX. Les Voyageurs en Perse, &c.; i. e. The Travellers in
Persia. By Mad. Gacon-DUFOUR. 12m0. 3 Vols Paris. 1809. NOTWITHSTANDING some palpable absurdities which occur
in the narrative, this production possesses considerable merit; and though we apprehend that it is altogether a work of fiction, the author has given such an air of probability to the recitals of her travellers, and has collected so many amusing and interesting documents relative to the country which they explore, that she not only preserves the illusion of their journey, but conveys a portion of general information with regard to the customs and antiquities of Persia.
Whether the maxims which are cited in Vol. III. p. 158. be taken from Persian originals, or have owed their birth to the ingenuity of the present author, we think that their merit will apologize for our inserting a few of them :
• The discourse of the wise may be distinguished from that of the foolish, because the former tends to peace, and the latter to altercation.
• A man deserves to be considered as wise as long as he seeks after wisdom, but when he thinks that he has attained it he is a fool.
• A Sage being asked who had taught him wisdom, he answered, “ I learnt it from the Blind, who never set down their feet till they have tried the ground."
• An Arab, who was asked how he knew that there was a God, replied, “ In the same manner that I know from the traces in the sand, whether a man or a beast has passed over it.”
The story which is interwoven with these Travels has little to recommend it. The episodes are numerous, because every Frenchman in the book chuses on his first introduction to relate the history of his life; and these specimens make us rejoice that this communicative disposition does not extend to the Persians, though in other respects they resemble each other very closely. No difference of national character is perceptible ; the dramatis personæ are all French ; a Persian fair one acts and writes like a French coquette ; the modern French terms are deemed so preferable to any other, that the servant of the antient Persian Sage Lokman is called his “ valet de chambre;” and whithersoever the « Travellers in Persia' direct their steps, they profess to find an affection and respect for the French nation. ostensible narrator, Mons. de Longueil, also displays an excess of complaisance in the disposal of his heart, which is difficult for an English reader to imagine.
Madame Gacon-Dufour was not long since introduced to our readers, (Vol. 53, p. 542.) as the author of several works on rural and domestic economy, and on preserving the health of country-people; and from the evidence also of the present volumes, we may conclude that she is not merely a good housewife, a Lady Bountiful, but that she possesses a cultivated mind. 6
To the REMARKABLE PASSAGES in this Volume.
N. B. To find any particular Book, or Pamphlet, see the
Table of Contents, prefixed to the Volume.
vations on his fate supposed to
presented by a French wri- possibility of his being placed
in similar circumstances, 232.
lative to, 28.
count of shipwrecks on, and of Atlas mountains, in Barbary, ac-
the fate of the crews, 198. count of, 189.
duction of the potatoe, and on
climate, 269. Un managing
monk of the eighth century, crawberry, 272. Onthe Spanish
Barthélény. St. or Kænigssée,
description of that lake, 480.
aimable, the French, material dern, observations on, 281-
Bell, Dr., comparison of his
of Mr Lancaster, 333.
ciently appreciated by French
Blair, Dr., his illiberal reflections
Blood, circulation of, in insects,
observations on. 117.
Boa Constrictor; account of that
formidable snake, 19.
kulingbroke, Lord, specimens of
his writings and character, 450 Christ, comparison of, with Mo-
of the truth of, 376.
among the Saxons, observations
Churchill, bon-mot of, respecting
ler, biographical account of, Clergyman, important qualifica-
Climate. See Plants.
scriptive particulars of, 87 -- Conversion, doctrine of, Dr. Pa.
ley's remarks on, 57.
Copenhagen, attack of, by Lord
off the army of Sir John 213.
Corn-laws, historical particulars
lars of, and of his writings, Cotton.plant, account of experi-
ments to introduce the culture
of, in France, 495.
Cranberry, American, successfully
Creditor. See Debtor.
and of the entire destruction of Crusades to the Holy Land, in-
one by thirst in 1805, 200. teresting view of their benefi-
Sir John Moore, 72, 75, 78.
Cuvier, M., his oration on the
marks on their dress, 317. 523•
Dahlia, observations on that beau.
D'Alembert, letter to, from Mon-
great zeal for the connection with Mademoiselle
kalies, phosphorus, &c. 356.
by Madame du Deffand, 490.
laws relative to, 204, 205.
Deffand, Marquise du, her cha- Forcing-Houses, observations on,
racter, and specimens of her 272. Account of those of the
been the author of Robinson Forms, religious, remarks on, by
Dr. Paley, 56.
cal particulars of, 42-52.
from different sources, 226–
tory, by Dr. Parr, 231, 232.
Friendship, Roman, recipe for
tions on producing, 270. Cul-
scribed, 14.' Customs of the Fruit-trees, on training, 272.
students at the university, 16.
Galvanic apparatus, on the con-
on, by a modern Frenchman,
curious account of the Duke
laneous observations by, 294.
His Biographical History con-
Grapes, forcing-house for, 272.
a preservative of wool, 383.
gardens recommended, 271. compared with the antient lan-
supposed particulars of his
Nn 2 aliena.
alienation from and reconcilia- Hurd, Bishop, particulars of his
tion with his Queen, 218. friendship with Warburton, and
Hyena, anecdotes relative to
that animal, 189.
I and J
Insanity, remarks on the defini.
Management of, 280.
in, remarks on, 117.
dividing them, 363.
Iron and Steel, account of the pro-
ment as second in command in Juries, Special, remarks on, 22.
French savans on the progress
of science, 522.
in one of Lord B.'s letters, 455. on Horticulture, 267. On pro-
270. On varieties of the Po-
nut and other trees, ib. On
forcing-houses, ib. On hot-bed
On the Down-
On the prach, ib.
Lancaster, Mr., his scheme of
of Dr. Bell, 333. Patronized
respecting chance, 420. Sup- Lichfield in 1296, account ef,