Page images

been published in Hamburg. The title is Reiseschreibung nach Arabien und andern Umliegenden Ländern. Von Carsten Niebuhr, 2d Bänd, 1837. 4to. [Carsten Niebuhr's Narrative of a journey to Arabia, and other contiguous countries.] About the middle of the last century, Frederick V. of Denmark, at the suggestion of Count Bernstorf, and aided by the celebrated Michaelis, who selected the individuals composing the expedition, sent four young men on a mission to Constantinople, Egypt and Arabia, for the purpose of obtaining accurate accounts of the geography, climate and productions of those countries, with their languages, and moral and physical condition of their inbabitants, with an especial view to the illustration of the Scriptures of the Old Testament. The travellers set sail January 7th, 1761. The association was composed of Niebuhr, a draughtsman, a physician, a linguist, and a naturalist, of whom all but the former sunk under the influence of the climate, soon after their arrival in Arabia. Niebuhr returned alone to Copenhagen in November, 1767. His description of Arabia was published in 1772, the first volume of his travels in 1774, an edition of the observations on the botany, &c. of Arabia, by Peter Forskal, was edited by him in 1775, and the second volume of his travels was given to the world in 1778. The present and third volume is divided into five chapters, containing the traveller's remarks on Aleppo; his voyage to Cyprus, and thence to Jerusalem; his observations on those places ; his return to Aleppo; his land journey thence to Constantinople ; and an abridged account of his journey thence to Denmark. No one of modern travellers has gained or merited a higher reputation for accuracy of observation then Carsten Niebuhr. He was father of the late excellent historian of Rome.

INTRODUCTION TO THE German Language : comprising a German grammar, with an Appendix of important tables and other matters; and a German reader, consisting of selections from the classic literature of Germany, accompanied by a vocabulary. By David Fosdick, Jr. Andover : Gould, Newman & Saxton. 1838.

pp. 271.

This Introduction satisfies a want which has long been felt, namely, a book fitted for beginners in the study of the German. Mr Fosdick has had his eye constantly on the needs of the tyro. The advanced student may satisfy himself elsewhere. He may resort to Noehden's Grammar, or if a profound student, to the productions of Adelung and Grimm. Many individuals in this country must commence German, if at all, without a teacher. For such

Mr Fosdick's book would be an excellent help. It is also recommended by combining a large amount of matter of indispensable importance with cheapness in the price. For one dollar and twentyfive cents, a respectable volume may be procured, embracing a grammar, a valuable appendix, a selection of very interesting reading lessons, and a vocabulary of the words found in the selections. We cordially recommend the volume to all our readers who are begin-. ning to study this interesting and very important language. The author is yet a young man, and he bids fair to do honor to himself and to his generation. A close examination of his volume, would doubtless, detect some deficiencies. , We have observed several words in the selections which are not in the vocabulary. The defibition of the fifth word on the left hand column of page 109 is a ludicrous one. The extract beginning on page 176 is too difficult for beginners, and it is besides, uninteresting. These maculæ can however, be easily removed in a subsequent edition.


Mr Robert M. Walsh has translated from the French, the Life of Cardinal Cheverus, Archbishop of Bordeaux, by the Rev. J. H. Dubourg, Ex-professor of Theology. M. Cheverus was many years bishop of Boston, Mass., and by the purity of his life and the holiness of his charity won the praises of all.

The Family Visiter And Silk CULTURIST, Is the title of a weekly quarto paper, published in New York, by Theodore Dwight, Jr. and W. H. Allen. Each number is to contain several engravings, with literary selections, lessons for use at home or in schools, songs, and hymns with music, &c. and a monthly extra sheet is to be devoted to the Silk Culture, with engravings.

One page,


The Trustees of Phillips Academy, some years since, projected the plan of a Seminary as a branch of the Academy under their charge, the object of which was to afford the means of a thorough scientific and practical education, preparatory to the profession of Teaching, and to the various departments of business. The Seminary was opened in September, 1830.

The repeated calls from the South and West and from the public generally, for well educated teachers, have induced the Trustees from time to time to make large appropriations for increasing the advantages and, at the same time, diminishing the expenses of the students in the Seminary. They have erected a commodious and substantial stone building, sufficient to accommodate two hundred students. The basement story embraces a chemical laboratory furnished with apparatus for an extensive series of illustrations. In the second story is a large and convenient room, wlrich is used as a chapel for morning and evening devotions, and for all the general and public exercises of the Institution. In the third story are three lecture rooms, a library, and a room for philosophical apparatus. This apparatus is sufficient for illustrating most of the inportant principles in Mechanics, Hydrostatics, Pneumatics, Electricity, Magnetism, Galvanism, Optics, and Astronomy. The institution is also provided with an extensive cabinet of Minerals, and numerous specimens and drawings for illustrations in the science of Geology, together with a complete field set for Practical Surveying and Civil Engineering, the cost of all which, including the Chemical and Philosophical apparatus above mentioned, has been about two thousand and two hundred dollars. There is also a Library, containing eight hundred and fifty volumes, which is open to all the members of the Institution.

Connected with the Institution is a convenient Boarding-House, and a farm under good cultivation, affording to such as may desire it, an opportunity for manual labor, either as a means of preserving health and defraying, in part, the expenses of board, or, in connection with an experimental and practical study of the science of Agriculture. To this important, but neglected part of education, special atteution will be given, accompanied with a course of lectures by one of the officers of the Institution.

All who board at the Boarding-House are provided with neat and convenient rooms, duly furnished for study and lodgings. For the use of rooms and furniture, each occupant is charged one dollar a term.

The students are divided into three classes, styled Junior, Middle, and Senior. The course of study occupies three years, and is designed to be substantially the sanie as that of a collegiate education, with the exception of the ancient languages. Those who wish to pursue any particular branches of study are permitted to attend any of the recitations in the regular classes for which they may be qualified. To such as wish to pursue a more extended course of study, opportunity is also afforded.

The following scheme gives a general view of the studies pursued in each term. Candidates for admission must pass a satisfactory examination in Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Grammar and Geography

JUNIOR CLASS. Fall Term.- Preparatory studies reviewed, Algebra, Rhetoric, Watts on the Mind.

Winter Term.To such as may be qualified, opportunity is afforded to engage in the business of teaching ; and such studies are pursued as may he best adapted to the attainments and circumstances of the students.

Spring Term.-Geometry, Trigonometry, Book-keeping by Double Entry, Political Class Book, Evidences of Christianity.

MIDDLE CLASS. Fall Term.-Smellie's Pbilosophy of Natural History, Paley's Natural Tbeology, Mensuration, Surveying, Civil Engineering.

Winter Term.-As above.

Spring Term.-Olmsted's Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, Botany.

SENIOR CLASS. Fall Term.- Mineralogy.-Geology.-Logic.- Intellectual Philosophy.

Winter Term.-As above.

Spring Term.--Astronomy.-Moral Philosophy.- Political Economy.

Courses of lectures, experimental and theoretical, are given on Chemistry, Mineralogy, Geology, Natural Philosophy and Astronomy.-Weekly exercises in Composition, Declamation, and the general principles of Elocution are continued through the whole course ; and particular instructions are given in Elocution, both in private exercises and public lectures by an experienced instructor employed for the purpose. During the Fall term, familiar lectures are given to those who are preparing for the important art of teaching. Instructions are also given in Sacred Music.

The object of this system of instruction is not to hurry the student through a superficial course of study, but to begin a thorough course, and to carry it as far as circumstances will allow. While therefore it is adapted to furnish suitable qualifications to those who propose to become occasional, or permanent and Professional TEACHERS, it is equally suited to the wants of all those young men, who, without entering upon either of the learned professions, would qualify themselves for honorable and useful employment in any department of business, whether as intelligent merchants, mechanics, seamen, or agriculturists.

This institutton has already sufficiently illustrated its practical utility and high importance. More than one thousand students have enjoyed, to a greater or less extent, its privileges. These students have come from more than twenty different states and provinces, and have returned to enter into every departmeut of business above mentioned. From fifty to one hundred students from this Seminary have, in a single winter, been employed as teachers of district schools. Many have become permanent instructors, and are now receiving a liberal compensation, and exerting an extensive influ- ir ence in almost every state in the Union.

Tuition is at the rate of fifty cents per week.

There are three vacations annually ;-the first, of four weeks from the Anniversary ; the second, of two weeks from the Wednes! day of the week preceding the annual Thanksgiving in Massachusetts ; the third, two weeks from the second Wednesday in March. The instructors are : Rev. LYMAN COLEMAN, Principal, and Teacher of Men

tal and Moral Philosophy. ALONZO GRAY, A. M. Teacher of Chemistry and Natu

ral History. T. D. P. STONE, A. M. Teacher of Elocution. MYRON N. MORRIS, A. B. Teacher of Mathematics, Natu

ral Philosophy, and Scientific and Practical Agriculture. MR. WILLIAM H. WELLS, Teacher in the Preparatory De

MR. G. F. B. LEIGHTON, Teacher of Sacred Music.

« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »