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in throwing fresh splendour from the torch of science on the cause of religion, which in its purity and truth, never fears but courts the light. Every friend to sound divinity here regrets that the lessons of this professor should meet with the interruptions which they unhappily do from the effects of a pulmonary complaint. It is impossible to bear that this estimable man has of late made a practice to abstain from speaking during the day, in order to be enabled to accumulate sufficient strength of lungs to lecture for one hour a day; one cannot hear of such an example of devotedness to the advancement of science, without one's highest respect being excited by it, nor without taking the liveliest pleasure in recording a trait of meritorious conduct so worthy of being known, but which his characteristic modesty prompts him studiously to conceal from the knowledge of bis admiring fellow citizens. ... . .. * Doctrinal Theology is taught by the same Reverend Clergyman, Chenevière, to whom allusion bas already been made as a preacher. And Pulpit Eloquence has an able interpreter in Professor Duby. The Faculty of Law offers in its Professors an union of distinguished talents. Civil Law is taught by M, Rossi, who, compelled to quit Bo. logna, in whose university he was professor, bas lately taken refuge in Geneva, where not an instant was lost in conferring upon him the privileges of civism, and thus retaining within her walls a person of the eminent merit, which be has manifested, both as an elegant scholar by his translations into Italian verse of several of Lord Byron's poems, and as an erudite author by the fruits of his profound researches in Roman History. The two other Professors, MM. Betot and Rigaud join, each in their department, the qualities which constitute tbe able jurisconsult and the independent citizen.

It is however the Faculty of Sciences which is indisputably the most brilliant one of the Academy. Mathematics and Natural Philosophy are there taught by two young professors, the first of whom, M. Pascalis, without having yet published any of his lectures, is regarded as having admirably achieved the object at wbich such a professor should aim, viz. that of facilitating the comprehension of abstract truths. The other gentleman, M. DeJarive, the younger, is known as the writer of several treatises on Electro-magnetism and on Optics. His father, Dr. Delarive, is an able chemist, and holds the situation of Physician to the Hospital for Lunatics (Hospice-desAliénés).- Natural History is taught by M. Decandolle, who ranks as one of the first Botanists in Europe. The Flora Gallica (Flore Française); La Botanique Univer. selle, wbich he continues to edit at this moment, and of which four volumes have already appeared, together with numerous treatises separately published, are his best claims to celebrity. He is a correspondent of the Institute of France, of the Linnean Society of London, &c. &c. The Chair of Rational Philosophy is filled by M. Choisy, who is also greatly devoted to the science of Botany. Doctor Maurice lectures on Analytical Mechanics : he has made himself known by several treatises, and in particular by one on the Mechanism of Vision.'

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doisObservations on its consequences to Switzerland.

August 5th.

HAVING, according to the custom of Switzerland (where there is no post-travelling) engaged a voiturier to drive our calèche all the way to Berne, we left Geneva at two o'clock in the afternoon. Passing through the villages of Secheron and Genthod, the latter noticeable as the country seat of the late naturalist Charles Bonnet, we arrived again at Versoix, which was in 1780 intended to become a port, and the then Government of France had even caused the plan of it to be traced out. But to the great joy of the alarmed Genevans, the project was abandoned ; and the little town having been ceded to Switzerland in 1815, will in all probability remain for ever in its present state of insignificance. One cannot however avoid being struck with surprise at the extreme paucity of sailing and other vessels on this Mediterranean of Helvetia ; and in thus journeying along its fertile and populous borders, the thought frequently recurs to the mind of an English tra

veller, that the advantages of navigation are not sufficiently known, or, being known, not pursued with the requisite degree of enterprise by the inhabitants in general, and those of the city we have just quitted in particular. Perhaps from the recent introduction of steain-vessels may be dated the commencement of a new era of nautical and commercial affairs on the vast crescent of Leinanus.

The approach to Nyon, at all times and in every direction highly picturesque, was on this occasion rendered additionally striking, by the contrast which a back-ground of atmospheric darkness presented to the white walls of its ancient castle and neatly built houses, and to the lively verdure of its charming walks and esplanades, rising in theatric pride above the waters. Tempestuous clouds overbung the Jura, whose undulating line appeared more gloomy than ever. But for some time, after all had become black and threatening on that side, the prospect on the other, across the lake, was animated by gleams of sun-shine, producing on the stupendous assemblage of mountains an inconceivably fine effect. It was not long however before the elemental war began; and the remainder of our journey from Rolle to Morges was performed amidst the pitiless peltings, the electric flashings, and the awful explosions of a storm, that answered closely, in every respect but its not occurring late at night, to Lord Byron's emphatic description :

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-“ Far along
“ From peak to peak, the rattling crags among,
“ Leaps the live thunder! Not from one lone cloud,
“ But every mountain now hath found a tongue,

“And Jura answers, through her misty sbroud, -
.." Back to the joyous Alps, who call to her aloud.”.

: August 6th.Soon after sun rise, the morning being remarkably fine, we left the very handsome town of Morges and immediately turned off to the left, thus quito ting the bigh road to Lausanne. In ascending a gently rising ground, we cast a final, lingering look towards “clear placid Leman.” And, whatever the good people of Geneva may, in a natural and not ill-founded pride, be accustomed to say in preference of their own situation, it is on this side that the scenery of the mountains displays itself in the boldest manner, on the most extensive scale, and in the greatest variety of conformation, colouring and altitude. Here for example Morges, with its vine-covered slopes and spacious bay, forms an admirable foreground to the broad and spreading sheet of the lake, whose emerald waves were sparkling in the sun-beyond it lies a bright and verdant shore, where the town of Evian is just discernible to the naked eye; and what constitutes a peculiar charm in the prospect to which I am alluding, is that the Alpine cliffs do not there, as in other parts of the Savoy coast, abruptly rise in barren sublimity from the water's edge, but they allow the eye to repose on a wavy margin of cultivated uplands; behind which indeed their cloud-streaked sides and snowy tops invite us, as it were, in more elevated contemplation, to adore the Almighty Author of Universal Nature, in whose frame we view

“Goodness untainted, wisdom unconfined, --.
“Grace, grandeur, and utility combined." '

Pursuing our way in the direction of Yverdun, we pass through a very agreeable country-a land productive of corn, and wine, and oil-of milk and honey. Yet the villages,

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