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fic, dancirs, and archers, which the most elegant; tot 2 of the comprize the whvie art of war and contain mocb carissi Sul. T., architecture, ur. der which tre vitem and malet ise enrera. Trg of mechanical arts is ir.ciuded.” and firelivous dizeze or bei -* Iranite a ivan.iage may be de- anthor. rired by Europeais, fros: the vari Tre feud tanre cittele oss n.é cal touks in Sun.créet, tas cortains fere al valsave wich cc:tain ve rates and de- buanical eliavs, comprising cbiet scop::cus of Indian ortasid mi- vations on Indian pants, Egerber rera's, with their us, covered wiili a catague of them, vig by experiente, in curi: diorders.” thoir Sarktiei, ard as rany of of the Sarkitet larguüge he ob- their Lintzan james, as could with fcrres, “that its proudy contains any degree of precition be aceralmost all the treasures of the tained. Alter vele eilavs, icons Greek; and that it is remarkable, his celebrated grammar of the Pe:that the language of the Bia'umans fian largiage, the univerialis acJurs very natbraily into Sapplicks, knowledged merits of which render Alcaicks, and lambicks.” Aftro. it altogether useless to pra:te. The nemical works in this language are preface to the grammar is one of exceedingly numerous : leventy the moli master's, fpirited, andele rine of them are specified in one gast of all fir William Jones's philift; and if they contain the names lological compofitious. of the principal fars viable in Ir, To the Grammar, the editor of dia, with oblervations on their pos- these works has added, a history of tions in different ages, what diico- the Persian language, which it was veries may be made in science, and fir William's original intention to what certainty attained in ancient have annexed to it in the year chronology!"
1771, when the grammar was tirti The other tracis in the first vo- printed. In this realise, he takes lume confili of fonie remarks on the a comprehenfive view of his fubSecond Classical Book of the Chi- ject, traces the progress of the Pernele; of a Scientific Dtiertation on fian language through a period of the Lunar Year of the Hindus; of a two thoutand years, and relieves the Treatise on the Mufical Viodes of dryness of the narrative by interiperthe Hindus; of a Philological Ac-fing it with pleasing citations from count of the myftical Poetry of the the poetsand moral writers of Perlia. Persians and Hindüs; ofthe Isandof The last tract in this rolume is Hinzuah ; of a Conversation with a Commentary on Afiatic Poetry, an Abyfinian concerning the City written in the Latin language, and of Gwender and the Source of the it is no less distinguished for various Nile; and some Remarks on the and extensive learning, than for Course of the Nile, or a Treatise on pure taste, and correct and elegant the Indian Game of Chefs; and of compofition. Our only material fire or fix short Miscellaneous Efiays objection to this treatise, is, the on Oriental Subjects. Of these tracis, language in which it is written. that on the musical modes of the Hin- Surely the Englith tongue is fufdus, is the mof interesting, and by far ficiently copious to express our
leas on any subject whatever. light upon the Hindû system than 'ny then render a work of this na- all the publications that haye hereure repulsive to men of the world, tofore appeared on the subject; and by writing in a language in which, it proves beyond all dispute that t is well known, they are not con- the people of India bad made great versant? It has indeed been said, advances in civilization, at a period in defence of the practice of writing when the nations of Europe were on learned subjects in the Latin, in the rudest stage of social life. that, as it is a general language, it But it is peculiarly worthy of obferintroduces a performance at once vation, that in many parts of it into the great commonwealth of we find much of the wildom, lubletters. But as the French lan- limity, and eloquence of the sacred guage is univerfally known through- fcriptures; and though the text be ont Europe, and as most English deformed with innumerable absurworks of any importance, liave, for dities, it always breathes the spirit thele twenty years past, been trans- of legislation and the fervour of a lated into that tongue, we confefs pious morality. we can discover no pollible utility The last tracts in the third volume in composing interesting works in are, The Mahommedan Law of Latin, elpecially on Oriental lub Succellion to the Property of Injects, which it mould be our first testates, in Arabic, from an original endeavour to clothe in an agreea- manuscript, with a verbal tranllable and familiar attire.
tion, preface, and notes; and, The In the third volume of these Mahommedan Law of Inheritance works, we come 10 the most im- from the Arabic text of Sirajiyyah, portant and valuable of all sir W. with a preface and commentary. Jones's translation, namely, his Both these tracts are of the utmost Version of the Insitutes of Hindù importance towards the due admiLaw, or, the Ordinances of Menu, nistration of civil justice in India, according to the Gloss of Calluca, inasmuch as it regards upwards of literally translated from the Sant- three millions of British Mahommecreet original. This work is a dan subjects; and they ought therecompendium of that system of du- fore to be studied with the greatest ties, religious and civil, and of law attention, by all gentlemen intendin all its branches, which the Hinc ing to enter the civil service of the dus believe to have been promulga- hon. company. ted in the beginning of time by The three remaining volumes, Menu, the grandson of Brahmà, and confift of many elegant compositions The oldest and holiest of legislators, in Hindù literature, and some inteAccording to the calculation of the resting tranlations from the Sans. learned translator, it received its creet. present form about 880 years before the birth of our Saviour, and about 300 years fublequent to the promulgation of the Vedas, or Hindû Asiatic Researches; or, Transactions fcriptures. No production of the of the Society insituted in Bengal, prefent age contains so much new
for inquiring into the Ilijiory and and curious matter. It throws more Antiquities, the Arts, Sciences,
and Literature, of Afa. Vol.V. bave speculated on ethics and las Printed verbatim from the Calcutta and, to unbend, in the folter art Edilion. Svo.
ments of literature, have dipas
the beauties of imagery and L2 W Hion to the progress of this CHILE we look with fatisface charms of invention.
Objects to interesting carmt ba useful society, we cannot avoid re-excite a desire for a farther a peating our concern for the loss of quaintance with them; four es the amiable and excellent institutor lumes * have been already at of so liberal a plan, which has been lished, and the fifth now male o productive of so much information. appearance; but the lucubrat osa The investigations of this society are the Asiatic fociety bare not been te bound only by the geographical widely diffused as their rerit limits of Asia.' The field of their served Nearly the whole of the researches is not only immense, but impression is distributed in the Ear fertile in every topic that can ex- Indies, therefore very few CEDIS cite curiofity or furnish entertain- reach Europe ; and this, ament ment. The members are not con- other reasons, has given rise to me fined to Hindoftan, but extend to present re-publication, which catChina, to Japan, to Tartary, to tains the whole of the tranlaitos Tibett, to the sterile deferts of Ara- of the fociety, without abridgement bia, and to the beautiful provinces or mutilation. of Persia.
We cannot dismiss this article A space fo unbounded has enga- without observing that in the fre ged the attention and care of the volumes of this work may be bord Asiatic society fince its first institu- nearly all the truly valuable artides tion, and the topics of their inquiry which compose the pompous and have been vast and without measure. expensive work we have juf reThey have examined whatever is viewed, that is to say, all tbole performed by men, or produced by publications of fir William Jones, nature, within the limits they have on subjects connected with Oriental prescribed to themselves. They Literature, Natural History, or have exhibited accounts of natural Antiquities, which received his lat productions; have examined the corrections, and were presented by records of empires and states; they him in a finished state to the fociety
, have disentangled the perplexities of which he was so diftinguished a of pure and mixed mathematics; member.
For an account of the third and fourth volumes of this work fee our Register
A general Vier of the Year 1799.-Hazardous Situation of Buonaparte,
in consequence of the Defruction of the French Fleet.-Present State of Egypt.- Mammalukes. --Beys.-Arabs.--Jews.-Greeks.-Cophts.-Force, Land and Marine, under the Command of Buonaparle.--Various Cares of Buonaparte.- Means of maintaining the Army. And of recruiting and preserving it.--Buonaparte respects himself, and gives Orders to his Officers to respect, the Prejudices of all the Egyptians.-His Proclamation to the People of Egypt. Al great Pains to propagate, in all Mahometan Countries, a Belief of his Veneration for Islanmism and the l’rophet.
- Treachery and Punishment of the principal Sheick, or Shereef, of Alexandria.-Endeavours of Buonaparte to blend and harmonize the French and the Egyptians.—Measures taken for the Accomplishment of that Design.Grand Feaf at Cairo, on the Anniversary of the French Republic.-Great Ceremony at the annual opening of the Grand Canal of Cairo.—Liberaliły of Buonaparte to the Egyptians.-Useful Inftitutions.—Government of Egypt attempted to be asimilated to the new Government in France. Notables.-Departments. And a gencral Afsembly, or Diran, in Egypt.
- Difficulty of operating and producing any permanent Change in the Minds of Barbarians.-- Jealouses of the French.--- Discontents.-Mur
And Infurreélions.-- Particularly at Cairo.--This, with the others, subdued.-A general Amnesty -- Murad Bey defeated, with great Loss. And forced to retreat to the Mountains, — The French, under the Command of Delaix, in Pofession of the best l'art of Upper Egypt [1
The French keep their Ground in Egypt.-Yct many Confes reingin of
Alarm.--Means used by Bivonaparte, for obviating or encountering thesc. in Alliance, offensive and defenfire, between the Turks and Raiffiuns.--E.1pedition of the French into Egypt.-Objets of this acorred. Or probable.
- Preparations for the Expedition. Disposition of the Troops. --- And March. ---Opposed by Mamma'thes, Arabi, Samaritans, and ot'er fzrian
Triles.—Bux!!le sf El-Arijih.-El-Arich taken by the French.-Proze
tion to juin the Fidors.--Circular Letter from Sir Sidney Smük to the
CHA P. III.
Object of the Frenor Espedition to Egypi.-Connection beturern Frunice and the
Sultaun of Viore, in India.-Later from Buonaparte to Tippo Silla".
- lloftilities against the Brityk, in India, concerted betereen the Frer.ch