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structions on this vastly important subject should prove the favored means of emancipating her sex from a bondage more cruel and more destructive - a thousand times more so than that worse than Egyptian bondage to wbich in this professedly free country, two and a half millions of men inade of the same blood with ourselves, are subjected.
Male instructors never can perform the service to which we refer, in a proper manner, at least till christianity — pure and undefiled — becomes more common among us; but as this can never happen till mothers and daughters are instructed in anatomy, physiology and hygiene, the world has been long involved in a dilemma from which nothing but female instruction and female philanthropy could extricate it. In this state of things, forth steps Mrs Gove, a lady possessed of the very qualifications demanded, and proposes, not without great diffidence, a course of lectures. She is sustained and encouraged by the physicians both of Lynn and Boston. She is, moreover, sustained by four to five hundred exclusively female hearers; and in one instance, when her lecture on tight lacing was repeated gratuitiously in the Marlboro' Chapel, by no less, it is said, than two thousand. But this is not all. A new spirit is roused. Her hearers, especially the friends of physiological science, begin to take courage.
Such results - 80 unexpected to the friends of the cause, and even to Mrs Gove herself — are full of promise, not only to Bostou and its vicinity, but to the world. For although little permanent reliance should be placed on mere lectures, yet the instruction of classes of female pupils in anatomy and physiology, is no longer problematical. Let our young ladies devote years of patient attention to these hitherto neglected subjects as Mrs G, has, and then let them enter - not of necessity into Marlboro' Chapel, or any other fashionable or costly edifice — but into those minor chapels with which our land is studded - the school houses and academies. Nor is this all. Let them enter the sanctuary of their own household, and there reveal, as circumstances and opening years may render it practicable, the laws of the Creator established in the human frame; and the relations of that frame and its wonderful machinery to the rest of the world within and without it. Then will improvement go on — then will the desert of the human heart be cultivated.'
PhysicAL Man. Our readers will have seen, ere this, a notice on the cover of our last number, of Robert Mudie's new work, entitled, “Man, in bis Physical Structure and Adaptations. It is the first of a regular series, of four volumes, the three remaining of which are to be published hereafter.
We are glad to see a demand, in our community, for works of the character of that before us. For although about 30,000 copies of Combe's
Constitution of Man, have been scattered in the community, either this side of the Atlantic or the other, there remains yet a great work to do. Multitudes are prejudiced against Combe's works, because the author happens to be a phrenologist, although little of his favorite science is to be found in his Constitution of Man. With such persons, Mudie will be a favorite, as he is rather opposed to phrenology. In any event his work is highly instructive, were it only on account of its numerous facts. We hope it will be extensively read; and that the whole class of books which have a bearing upon the physical improvement of man will find more and more of public favor.
Delicate Health. Weeks, Jordan & Co., of this city, have published a little work, entitled Flora Blanchard, or Delicate Health, with the following paragraph for a motto, 'A little for the stomach's sake. It is an excellent thing, and if widely circulated will have a most favorable bearing on the great cause of physical education, and physical man.-In the language of another writer respectivg it, we may add; · It illustrates, in a touching manner, the evil effects which often arise from a custom too prevalent in society, of endeavoring to remedy a weak constitution and delicate health, by stimulating potations, which, instead of benefiting the system, invariably prove highly injurious, both in a moral and physical point of view;- to the infant and the adult; to the robust man, or the most delicate woman.'
We are fully prepared to show, did the nature of our journal permit it, that more of life and health are sacrificed at the threshold, by mismanagement, especially by unnecessary dosing, than by any other single cause whatever. From the cradle to the grave, in fashionable society, mankind are, as a general fact, subjected to daily dosing with something which we call medicinal — liquid or solid. This perpetual but needless dosing lowers the standard of physical vigor in those who are called healthy ; it predisposes to actual disease ; it has a tendency to render diseases when they come, more severe than otherwise they would be ; and lastly, it renders medicine less efficient in its operation when it is actually demanded.
INDEX TO VOLUME VIII.
Abbott Festival, 478.
Common School System of Tennessee, 216.
in, 268, 289.
134, 154, 418.
138, 140, 142, 240, 523, 567.
Cheever's Latin Accidence, 570.
Early Associations, 404.
at Geneva, 45-in Pennsylvania 91, 186,
-in Ohio, 136- in Russia, 158-of Fe-
bama, 186-in New Jersey, 189 - in
Housekeepers, instruction by, 272.
Houses for Schoolmasters, 248.
How to secure Universal Education, 224.
Human Circulation, 127.
Ignorance and Crime, 190.
Illinois, Education in, 184.
Importance of Defining in Common
Schools, 112, 500, 542.
Improvement of Education, Society for,
Importance of Teachers' Seminaries, 164.
Improvements in Elementary Education,
Improvement of Towns and Villages, 337.
Improved Writing Desk, 43, 457.
Infantile Education, 377.
Influence of Colleges on Schools, 132.
Influence of Fictitious Writings, 57.
Instruction in Anatomy and Physiology,
Instruction in Factories, 255, 444.
Instruction by Housekeepers, 272.
Instruction by Physicians, 27.
Irish method of Education, 241.
Island of Cuba, Education in, 238.
Jews, Ancient Schools of, 529.
Journal of Education, 528.
Julius, Dr, on Prussian Schools, 206.
Juvenile Selfishness, 409.
-Kentucky, Education in, 185.
Keys to School Books, 321.
Lectures on Education, 192.
Libraries for Schools, 188.
Literary Plagiarisms, 563.
Luther's Writing Desk, 43, 457.
Male and Female Teachers, 142.
Popular Education in Tennessee, 95.
Portland, Schools in, 237.
Premium Offered, 240.
Preparation of Schoolmasters in Ireland,
Preparatory Study of History, 103.
Preparatory or Family Instruction, 274.
Prevention of Youthful Crime, 21.
Preaching to Schools, 428.
Reading Books, 34.
Recent Visit to Hofwyl, 163.
Recollections of the Deaf and Dumb, 3.
Religious Instruction in Common Schools,
Religious Instruction in France, 429.
Report on School Houses, 238.
Review of Sullivan's Historical Causes
and Effects, 75.
Sandwich Islands, Education at, 45.
School Examiners, 363.
School Registers, 362.
Schools in Massachusetts, 94.
Schoolmaster, Confessions of, 35, 86, 134,
School under a Tree, 478.
Scotland, Movements in, 237.
Selfishness Illustrated, 409.
Sisters, Influence of, 444.
Singular Schoolmaster, 474.
Society for the Improvement of Educa-
Sowing the Seeds of Character, 11, 107.
St. Pierre, on Education, 537.
State Lunatic Hospital, 192.
Stowe, on Education in Europe, 112, 158,
Study of History, 75.
Subjects for Educational Discussion, 378.
Summer District Schools, 228.
Sunday School Union, 187.
Supervision of Teachers and Schools, 232.