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recommend this as an interesting volume, No sunk Druid columns, and on them unstrong and as affording valuable materials for thé The harp that in darkness full often had rung: future compiler.
No helmets and shields rustle on the dark walls, E.
No tides of brave music sound high in the halls,
And well may it happen for wo op for weal, livered at Dartmouth College, July 4,
We boast of no Branksome, no merry Carlisle.
This, this is the land of the uprising hill, 1817. By a Member of the Junior Class. Of the far-climbing cliff and the musical rill. 24mo. pp. 19.
The land, where the rocks with the clouds love This poem
to vie, is written in the anapæs
And hold a contention to touch the blue sky, measure, with the proximate lines Where the sounds from the woods, and the warhyming. There are four feet in the ters that spring, verse. This measure is ill calculated for Are as soft and as soothing as wild bird may à piece of any length, and only tolerable
fling, when the rhymes alternate. There is a
Where innumerous rills the proud mountain for
sake, monotony in the anapæstic movement
And bound like the Chamois to meet the broad that soon tires. It should be confined to lake, songs. To have selected it for a per. The eremite seas, in scclusion, that pour formance of this nature is an evidence of The sound of their waves on the tenantless shore. juvenility. Nor is it a solitary indication.
And say in what lund, with a lustre as bright, But as the production of an infant muse,
Shine the emerald trees, bath'd in dewdrops of
light, and written with involuntary precipitan- Oh! say in what land shall the fruits and the cy, we are not inclined to treat it with flowers harshness. It will, however, be of service Be nodier in tint or in relish, than ours? to the author to point out some of his 'Tis Freedom that scatters a smile and a glow faults. The first of these is his obscurity,
On our valleys of verdure and mountains of snow. which has arisen, manifestly, in a great Though there are blemishes even in this degree from want of distinctness in his passage, we discover the gerin of poetry Own mind. To some passages we can both in its sentiment and its expression. attach no meaning. Besides this, we have to reprehend his awkward and unautho. A sermon delivered in the city of Rarized transpositions, his unemphatic redu- leigh, at the adıninistration of the Lord's plications, and the introduction of familiar. Supper, Nov. 10, 1816. By Joseph Caldly colloquial and most unpoetic phrases. well, p. D. Professor of Mathematics in Were we to descend to particulars, we the University of North Carolina, Chapel might point out many other defects, which Hill. Raleigh. A. Lucas. 12mo. pp. 33. we attribute rather to want of practice This is an extremely well written practhan to want of talent. Had we not tical discourse. The author does not discerned something of the latter in this conceal his own tenets, which are rigidly poem, we should not have thought orthodox, whilst he inculcates a spirit of it worth while to make it the subject charity by which true religion always of remark. We trust that the writer, commends itself, but which is too often who has shown his discretion in not affix- forgotten in fanatical zeal. ing his name to a work of which, hereafter, as a whole, he will not be vain, will Harrington, a Tale, and Ormond, a improve upon our hints.
Tale, by Maria Edgeworth. Van WinTo atone for our seeming severity, we kle & Wiley. 2 vols. 12mo. pp. 600. will make an extract which may counter- An Analysis of the Mineral Waters of act any unfavourable impression. The Saratoga and Ballston, containing some poet contrasts his own country with those general remarks on their use in various which have been fam'd in history,
diseases, together with observations on True! here are no remnants of greatness that's the Geology and Mineralogy of the surfled.
rounding country. By Doctor John II. No atoms of grandeur gone down to the dead,
Steel, Resident at the Springs. Albany. No murmurs of glory, that fill the wild blast, No relics of splendour, that shone on the past,
E. & E. Hosford. 12mo. pp. 94. No Parthenons, Statues, Colossi are gleaming,
This is a book from which all who viNo fields dy'd with crimson, no ensigus are sit the watering places will derive both streaming,
instruction and entertainment. Doctor No arcbes of triumph frown lofty and proud, Steel has given a good account of SaraNo ivy-crown'd castles with emprise are loud of fair ladies and knights, as in times dark in
toga, Ballston, and the vicinity, and apdeath,
pears to have conducted his Chemical When the shell of the Toubadour swell'd its Analysis of the mineral waters on just loud breath,
principles, and with due circumspection.
His remarks on the medicinal use of the thor and his fellow-voyagers found themwaters are judicious. The work is print- selves“ suddenly emerging into a wide ed with good taste and in a convenient sea as smooth as glass, the heavens forin. Nothing is more awkward or un- above twinkling with stars,” some of comfortable than the thin octavos which which he remembered to have seen in the have become so fashionable among our world which he had lately left, while booksellers of late.
some were new to him, and the moon, E.
which was riding through the sky in Armata : A Fragment. New York, great splendour, seemed much rearer and James Eastburn & Co. 12ino. pp. 210. larger than he had ever seen it before,
This book is an attempt, in the way of The smoothness of the new sea did not a supposed case, to give an account of the continue long, however,-another storin rise, progress, and actual condition of the arose, and the vessel soon struck on a English constitution, together with a sunken rock and went to pieces,-the sketch of the character and manners of author jumped into the sea and seized a the people, and the present situation and plank; before he reached the shore he prospects of the British nation. For the became senseless, (some perhaps might sake of effect, the author has thought it think he was so from the beginning,) and expedient to suppose a nation, in some it seems when he recovered, he found remote and hitherto unknown part of the himself on a rock, over which the sea habitable creation, but in all respects of spray was dashing, and surrounded by an eonstitution, character, policy and condi- immense multitude of people, whose tion, exactly like the British, about which speech he could not understand. At he might speak freely, and from which, length an individual approached, to whom by means of the striking manner in which the multitude paid reverence, and who, te he would be able to present to his readers his great surprise and joy, addressed him the various crises in its history, and the in English, and with great kindness. This eventful character of its present situation, man's name is Morven, and from him he might draw impressive lessons, and the author receives his account of the forcibly inculcate what he conceives to be island of Armata. the principles and policy which alone can After Morven has given a history save the nation. To this end, the author of the people of Armata, by whom it represents that he sailed from New York, is at once perceived that the British are on the 6th of September, 1814, in the intended, and stated the difficulties under good ship Columbia ; that he was bound which they are labouring, he asks the to China, via. New South Wales ; that opinion and advice of the author upon the the voyage was very prosperous, until subject, and then it is that we come at the 10th of February, when an awful the object, for which the book seems to storm arose, and the ship, by the violence have been written. of the wind and the stroke of lightning, But the author after all teaches us but was left a sparless hulk. The ship drist. little. His invention seems to have been ed, in this fontorn condition, at the mer- exhausted in contriving his fiction and cy of the wind and waves, until the 16th running his parallel between Armata and of March, 1815, when on a sudden, in the Britain and nearly all he has done,by way of midst of a bright morning, she approach- instruction, is to state the grievances of ed a region of the sea, overhung by a the nation, and the embarassments into dark cloud, that shed a fearful dark- which every branch of industry is thrown, ness around, and where the waters were and then say they ought to be removed, “convulsed into whirlpools” as they were indicating generally the remedies, without borne against and among the rocks by a illustrating the manner in which they current of supernatural velocity. This should be applied. He seems to find current, which was produced by com- most fault with the corn laws, and the pression, seemed to lead directly from all importation of wool. known seas ; its entrance, between two In regard to the fictitious voyage, we frowning precipices, was very narrow, and do not perceive why the author should it continued on, between boundaries of set sail from New York, and in the good rocks about fifty yards apart, without any ship Columbia, when it is obvious he indimunition of its velocity, or one jot of tends to represent, by the current that deviation from a right line, for the dis- bore him to Armata, the vigour and entance of 70,000 miles. To perform this thusiasm of the British nation, produced passage, required only three months and by the dangers by which it has been surtwo days, such was the rapidity of the rounded during the late momentous concurrent, and on the 18th of June, our au- blicts, and by Armata itself, the condition
into which that nation has been brought and its laws to its present elevated and by her preternatural fforts. On the advanced state, but also discusses the whole, the book is quite a fragment, ex- principles on which the theories have hibiting but little ingenuity, and illustra- been founded, and explains the obstacles ting clearly no important political truths; which science has had to encounter from and we are unwilling to believe that re- the prejudices of ignorance and the jeaport is correct in ascribing it to the pen lousy of power. To those who have of Lord Erskine.
any acquaintance with the reputation of
the author it will not be necessary to say A Dissertation, exhibiting a general that he has executed his task with ad. view of the progress of Mathematical and mirable skill. Physical Science, since the revival of L. Letters in Europe. By John Playfair, The Prophetic History of the Christian Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Religion Explained ; or a brief ExposiUniversity of Edinburgh, &c. &c. Bos- tion of the Revelation of St. John ; acton, Wells & Lilly. 1817. pp. 197. cording to a new discovery of propheti
Though the main object of this disser- cal times, by which the whole chain of tation be to give a history of the progress prophecies is arranged, and their certain of mathematical and physical Science completion proved from history, down to from the time of the revival of letters, the present period—with summary views yet it also contains a brief but compre- of those not accomplished. By J. George hensive view of the discoveries andinven- Schmucker, Pastor of the Evangelical tions of the ancients in these departments Lutheran Church, in York-Town, Pennof knowledge, and the condition in which sylvania. Vol. I. Tempora distingue, they descended to the moderns. In the et concordat Domini Verbum. Baltiprogress of the work, the learned author more. Schaeffer & Maund. 8vo. Pp. not only gives an account of the succes. 265. sive discoveries and theories, which have The second volume will make its apfinally brought the knowledge of nature pearance shortly.
Art. 15. MATHEMATICAL LUCUBRATIONS.
QUESTION 9, OR PRIZE QUESTION. *** For want of proper types, we are
By R. Adrain of New-York. obliged to omit the two remaining quesTT is required to determine the most tions for this month. We have every I advantageous position of the sail of a disposition to encourage domestic manuwindmill, when the ratio of the velocities factures, and shall be happy to learn that of the wind and sail is given; making use there is a type foundry in this country of the laws of resistance on oblique planes, that can furnish a complete font, of the , 23 determined by the latest modern ex- various kinds of letter, with the French periments: and to calculate the particu- accents and characters, and the mathelar angles of position in numbers, when matical signs. To such an establishment the velocity of the sail is twice or thrice we will lend all the patronage and influthe velocity of the wind.
ence that we possess. We have too maQUESTION 10.
ny half-way expedients in this country. By Analyticus of New York. We wish to see what is done, well done. To determine on what point or points The prize for the best solution of each of a horizontal plane a body should be prize question, will be a set of the Magaplaced, that its tendency along the plane zine for the year, from its commencemay be the greatest.
ART. 16. REPORT OF DISEASES TREATED AT THE PUBLIC DIS
PENSARY, NEW-YORK, DURING THE MONTH OF JULY, 1817.
ver,) 8; Ephemera, (Ephemeral Fever,) 1'; D EBRIS Intermittens, (Intermittent Febris Infantum Remittens, ( Infantile Re
f Fever,) 3; Febris Remittens, (Remit- mittent Fever,) 19; Phlegmone, (Inflamtent Fever,) 2; Synocha, (Inflammatory Fe- mation,)1; Inflammatio testium, 2; Ophper,)1; Febris Continua, (Continued Fe- thalmia acuta, (Acute Inflammation of the
Eyes,)7; Pharyngitis Acuta, (Acute In- ry in Fahrenheit's Thermometer once Aammation of the Pharynx,) 1; Cynanche marked 87° at noon, in different shaded Parotidæa, (Mumps,) i ; Catarrhus, (Ca- situations; and on twelve different days tarrh,)1 ; Pneumonia, (Inflummation of the ranged from 80 to 86o. On five days of Chest,) 6; Mastitis, (Inflammation of the the month only, it was below 76', at noon. Female Breast,) 1; Gastritis, (Inflamma- Theatmosphere, though sometimes moist, tion of the Stomach,)1 ; Hepatitis, (Inflam- and obscured by clouds or fogs, has been, mation of the Liver,) 1; Rheumatismus generally speaking, clear, often serene, Acutus, (Acute Rheumatism,) 3; Hæmop- and seldom fanned by gust or wind, or tysis, (Spitting of Blood,) 1; Cholera, agitated by thunder-showers. Southerly 43; Dysenteria, (Dysentery,) 12; Palpita- winds have greatly predominated. There tio, (Palpitation of the Heart,) 1; Convul- was a considerable fall of rain, accompasio, (Convulsions,) 2; Hydrocephalus, nied with thunder and lightning, on the (Dropsy of the Brain,) 2; Erysipelas, (St. night of the 7th; a heavy shower on the Anthony's Fire,) 2; Roseola, 1; Miliaria afternoon of the 20th ; and another on the Æstiva, 2; Uticaria, (Nettle Rash,) 2; 23d, with some thunder. Lesser showers Aphtha, (Thrush,) 1; Vaccinia, (Kine or gentle depositions of rain, occurred on Pock,)15; Morbi Infantiles, (Infantile Dis- the 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 21st, 25th, and cases,) 3.
30th. Quantity of rain three inches 7-100. CHRONIC AND LOCAL DISEASES. Highest temperature, 87° ; lowest 58°; · Asthenia, (Debiity,)s; Vertigo, 7; Ce greatest diurnal variation 21o. Mean phalalgia, (Head-ach,) 7; Dyspepsia, (In- temperature at sunrise 66°, in the afterdigestion,) 18; Vomitus, (Vomiting,) 3; noon 78 1-2°, at sunset 75o. Greatest Gastrodynia, (Pain in the Stomach,) 6; elevation of the mercury in the BaromeEnterodynia, (Pain in the Intestines,) 5; ter, 30 inches 36-100, on the 10th, wind Colica,(Colic,)4; Obstipatio,(Costiveness,) N. moderate, clear: greatest depression, 20; Icterus, (Jaundice,) 1; Hypochondria- 29 inches 76-100, wind S. E. moderate, sis, 1 ; Hysteria, (Hysterics,) 1 ; Syncope, overcast. (Fainting,) 1; Paralysis Manûs, (Palsy of Considering the season, and the warmthe Hand,) 1 ; Paralysis, (Palsy,) 2; Tris- ness of the weather, the city during this mus, (Locked-Jaw,) 1 ; Epilepsia, (Epilep interval, may be pronounced to have been sy,) 2 ; Rheumatismus Chronicus, (Chro- remarkably healthy. The number of nic Rheumatism,) 8; Pleurodynia, 8; deaths, indeed, amount, according to the Lumbago, 3; Ophthalmia Chronica, New-York Bills of Mortality, to one-fifth (Chronic Inflammation of the Eyes,) 8; more than for June;but this numerical Pharyngitis Chronica, (Chronic Inflam- augmentation appears to have arisen not mation of the Throat,)4; Bronchitis Chro- so much from an increase in the quantum, nica, (Chronic Inflammation of the Bron- as from a change or transmutation of the chiæ,) 8; Asthma et Dyspnea, (Asthma character of diseases. The recurrence of and Difficult Breathing, 2; Phthisis Pul- certain trains of morbid action, as connectmonalis, (Consumption of the Laings,)7; ed with different seasons of the year, must Hæmoptysis, (Spitting of Blood,) 2; Hæ- be obvious to every observing physician. matemesis, (Vomiting of Blood,)1 ; Diar. We often see a renewal and succession of rhea, 25; Leucorrhea, 2; Amenorrhea, nearly the same kind of diseases year af4; Plethora, 13; Anasarca, (Dropsy,) 1; ter year; and simultaneous with the deEdema Cruris et Femoris, 1 ; Ascites, cline of some particular class of disorders, (Dropsy of the Abdomen,) 2; Scrophula, we may many times date the rise and (King's Evil,) 2 ; Tabes Mesenterica, 2; progress of another class of affections Verminatio, (Worms,) 21; Hernia, 2; Sy- equally,or, perhaps, more numerous. This philis, 7; Eruptio Veneria, 1; Urethritis, 5; principle has been strikingly exemplified Phymosis, 1; Paraphymosis, 1 ; Scirrhus in the two last months. While there has testium, 1; Tumor 2; Staphyloma, 1; been a gradual diminution of diseases of Dolor Facei, (Pain of the Face,) 1; Odon- the inflammatory diathesis, there has talgia, (Tooth-ach,)24 ; Paronychia,(Whit- taken place a proportional augmentation low,) 1 ; Abscessus, (Abscess) 1; Contu- of those disorders of the primæ viæ, that sio, (Bruise,) 8; Stremma, (Sprain,) 2; are mostly peculiar to the summer heats, Vulnus, (Wound,) 6; Ulcus, (Ulcer,) 17; particularly cholera, dysentery, and diarUlcera Faucium, (Ulcers of the Throat,) rhæa. These have constituted a promi2:!'stio, (Burn,) 4; Aphtha, (Thrush,)1; nent feature in the history of the comMorbi Cutanei,(Eruptions of the Skin,) 33. plaints of this month-and from their ge
The weather during the greater part of neral prevalence may be said to have chaJuly, has been unusually warın, and occa- racterized the constitution of the season. sionally hot and oppressive. The mercu- Bilious vomiting has been an attending
symptom of various complaints; and an occurrence is probably very rare. Uodiarrhea has not only been common, as less Peripneumony should happen to exa primary or idiopathic affection, but it ist at the same time with the infantile has also supervened on several other dis- remittent fever, the cough attending this orders, acute as well as chronic.
latter is always to be regarded as sympaThe cases of cholera, inserted in the thetic, being occasioned by irritation ja foregoing catalogue, occurred chiefly in the bronchiæ, lungs, or pleura, and not by children, who, from their great irritabi- inflammation. Of consequence it seldom lity, which renders them more suscepti- requires particular attention, and will ble of excitement by the summer heats, naturally subside with the other sympare peculiarly the subjects of this com- toms of the complaint. Fomentations plaint. It is most abstinate and fatal to the chest, diluent or demulcent drinks, when joined with the additional irritation the cautious use of antimony or squills, of teething. This disease, though exten- and sometimes of opiates, comprehend sively diffused during this month, has not the whole of the treatinent necessary for been attended with extraordinary vio- the relief of this symptom. The use of lence or fatality. It has, however, in the lancet in the infantile fever, especially many cases, manifested much obstinacy; with symptoms of synochus, would be yielding with difficulty to the ordinary productive of almost certain death. modes of treatment; and sometimes run- Cases of Pneumonic inflammation, ning into a chronic stage, or rather tedious though greatly reduced in number, have diarrhea, notwithstanding the employ- in several instances shown great severity ment of the most active and approved of character; and as will be seen by inremedies :-an occurrence that may be specting the bills of mortality, have been accounted for, from the predisposition to productive of a fatality even greater than the disease being constantly kept up by that which took place in the preceding the foul air of the city, and more espe- month. It is not a very unusual occur'cially by the relaxing effects of a nearly rence, for cases of Pneumonia produced uniform and continued course of hot wea- in a high temperature of the atmosphere, ther. It is under such circumstances, to assume an acuteness or intensity, that that removal to the pure and cool atmos- is seldom surpassed, if equalled, during phere of the country or sea shore, proves the serere cold of winter. The stimuso efficacious in the cholera of infants; Jating quality of heated air, when applied often succeeding in effecting a recovery to an inflamed surface, may perhaps acfrom an apparent hopeless state.
count for this fact. Instances of spurious Fevers, generally, have rather declined. or bastard Pleurisy, which is only a rheuTyphus has decreased, both in frequency matic affection of the intercostal and and fatality: the deaths from this disease throracic muscles, were occasionally met having, according to the bills of mortality, with, assuming at times almost every diminished yearly one hall. The cases mark of genuine pleurisy. of continued fevers, noted in the list, were Dyspeptic and Asthenic diseases have all of the Synochal or Sub-inflammatory been rendered more obstinate; probakind. The Infantile Remittent, or Sy- bly from the relaxing effects of external nochus of children, appears to have dimi- heat. Complaints of the head, especially nished in frequency, though not in vio- manifested by Cephal ugia and Vertigo, lence. Some cases of this disease were and induced by determination or congesattended by bilious vomiting and diar- tion, but more commonly by a morbid shæa, bat without any evident ameliora- derangement of the digestive organs, tion of the fever. Another symptom that were of common occurence. Severe commonly attended the infantile fever, pain in the head has attended different was a cough, which from its great urgen- forms of fever, especially where there excy in some instances might easily have isted a torpor of the intestinal canal, the deceived the inexperienced, and led to removal of which symptom was generalthe suspicion, that the patient was actu- ly found to be the most certain way of ally labouring under a Peripneumony, or relieving the affection of the head. inflammation of the lungs. As an instance There were presented at the Dispenof this kind might be of the most serious sary, a few cases of chronic inflammation consequence, the greatest caution and of the topsils and fauces, or throat, attendcircumspection are always to be exercised cd with irregularity of surface, which,
the nature and treatment of the two from being covered with coagulable diseases being obviously different. It is lymph, had the appearance of ulceration. certainly possible that these two com- This affection is not infregnently misplaiyts may sometinres co-exist; but such taken for syphilitic ulcers. The patient