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inconsistent with the possession of good health, s observed, new teeth put forth in our older years, or the attainment of longevity.
betoken long life. “ But the singular circumstance is this, that “One of the first instances of this circumafter an individual has got grey hairs, hel stance, at all authentically recorded, is the suddenly or accidently loses them : and, in their case of the old Countess of Desmond, which 'slead, hair of a different colour makes its
was accounted to be so remarkable, that many appearance. Of this, the following Examples
considered it to be a fable. Lord Bacon himself
seems to consider it as doubtful. He says may be cited.
ll. They tell a tale of the old Countess of Des. • It is recorded, in the Transactions of thell,
mond, that she did twice or thrice cast her Royal Society, on the evidence of Dr. Slare,ll.
old teeth, and that others came in their room. that his grandfather, whose hair, about the
thell But the fact is sufficiently authenticated, for eightieth year of his age, had becoine white, one of such great antiquity, and is corroborated grew much darker afterwards. '
by many other instances. “ It is also reported of one Mazarella, whol!« In the Philosophical Transactions, it is died at Vienna, in the 105th year of his age, affirmed by Dr. Slare, that his grandfather, that, a few months before his death, he had who was a native of Bedfordshire, had all his not only several new teeth, but that his hair, | teeth strong and firm at the age of 80, and grown grey by age, became black, its original that, within five years afterwards, he had a neno colour.
set. He adds, that he remained in good health " a similar circumstance is mentioned of and strength to the 100th year of his age, and Susan Edmonds, of Winterbourn, Hants, who even then died in consequence of fullness of died at the age of 104; and who, five years| blood. These singular events, the Doctor atbefore her death, had new hair, of a fine brown tributes to the frequent use of sugar, of which colour, which began to turn grey a few months || his relation was a great eater. before her death.
“ It is singular that the teeth should, in this " It is also said, that John Weeks, of New particular instance, be preserved so long, notLondon, in Connecticut, who died at the age of withstanding the use of sugar, since the ruin of 114 years, lost his grey hairs, which were the teeth is so often attributed to that article. renewed by hair of a dark colour.
“ In the Philosophical Transactions also, two
other instances are mentioned, one of Joseph “ The Teeth.
Shute a clergyman, who got a new tooth when ' “ There is no particular, in respect of which
he was 81 years of age; and another, Mariah former generations seein to have enjoyed a
Start, who got two new teeth at 75 years of age.
“ In the return I have receired of the old greater superiority over the present, than with
people from Greenwich Hospital, mention is regard to the duration of theić teeth. A place
made of one, (John Moore, a native of Ireland, 'of interınent was lately opened at Scone, near
the oldest man in the house,) who said, that he Perth, in Scotland, which had remained un
had four new fore-teeth, within tive years precedtonched for above 200 years, and yet, to the
ing the return, one of which he bad accideutally astonishinent of every one, among a great
lost. number of skeletons, which were there dis
“ I myself have seen one James Donald, an covered, there was hardly any of them whose
whose old man now living, who had got new teeth, teeth were not entire and sound. This must be which I had an opportunity personally of ascribed to greater simplicity of diet, to the
examining. They appeared to be of a much teeth being less injured by fumes from a disso
softer consistence t' an teeth usually are, and ordered stomach, to the custom of drinking hot | not fit to do tie ame service; and, on the liquor's being then unusual, and perhaps to the whole, they can only be considered as an imabsence of scorbutic complaints.
perfect substitute. s. The means of preserving the teeth will be " It is said by anatomists, that the foundation the subject of future discussion. On the present of three sets of teeth may frequently be traced occasion it is only necessary to observe, that in the jaw of mail. But, if that is often the many examples may be quoted, where persons, case, it is surprising that instances are not more having lost their teeth a second time, have got frequent of such teeth being obtained. a third set of teeth, in some cases partly, in others wholly, supplying the places of those
“ The Sight.
particularly attended to, for, as Bacon has well the sight bas been lost, seemingly by a decay of
nature, it has again returned, not perhaps in l; or the effects of old age. It is to be observed, its former perfection, but so as to be of great | however, that the human race are not so apt to use. ,
lose their hearing as their sight. In the return « One of the most singular instances of the Il from Greenwich Hospital of 96 old men beyond sight being renewed, is in the case of Machell | 80, the organ of vision was impaired in about Vivan, a native of Scotland, but who was one-half, whereas the organ of hearing only to settled as a clergyman in Northumberland, and the extent of about a fifth. But this circumlived beyond 110 years of age. A particular
stance can easily be accounted for, as the eye account of him is given by a person entitled to
is certainly a more delicate organ than the ear, credit, who saw him personally, in the year
and more liable to a variety of accidents. 1657, and who declares, that his hair had
« CONCLUSION. become like a child's, rather flaxen; that he || " Dr. Rush conjectures, that the antehad three new teeth, which he, however, got | deluvian age was attained, by the frequent with difficulty ; and though, about forty years || renovation of different parts of the body; and preceding that period, he could not read the l it evidently appears, from the facts above largest print without spectacles, yet, that his
narrated, that such a circumstance was not sight was renewed, so that no print or writing
impossible. At the same time, other reasons was so small that he could not read it without
may be assigned, (which will afterwards be them. He had five children after he was eighty
stated,) for the great age of the patriarchs. , years of age. “ I am assured, from respectable authority,
“ Friar Bacon, in his work entitled, “ De that the following circumstance may also be
retardandis senectutis malis," has given us a depended upon. A lady in the county of Fife,
number of observations regarding what he calls North Britain, who died at the age of 89, after
the accidents of old age, as greyness of hair, having been under the necessity of using spec
wrinkles, &c.; nay, he proceeds so far, as to tacles for several years, recovered ber sight, so
point out medicines which will preserve youth, that for some time before she died, she could
and cause grey hairs to fall, and black or youthful read very small print, and sew liven without
ones to come in their room. This work, though glasses.
curious, and therefore meriting to be preserved, “ Dr. Rush also mentions an old man, (Adam
is unfortunately mingled with much of that Rime of Pensylvania), who, about the 68th myster
ainll mystery, so usual in medical works at the year of his age, gradually lost his sight, and|| per
ondll period when it was written." continued entirely blind for the space of twelve
" Lord Bacon has paid particular attention to years, at the end of which period, his sight the subject of the teeth, and the repewal of them. returned, without making use of any means
The points to be considered regarding them, le for the purpose, and without any visible change observes, are,-). The preserving of them. in the appearance of the eyes. It is singular, 12. The keeping of them wbite.-3. The drawing that after recovering his sight, he saw as well as of them with least paiu.-4. The staying and ever he did. During both the gradual loss, and |casing of the tooth-ach.-5. The binding in of recovery of his sight, he was noways affected artificial teeth ;-and, 6. That great one, of by sickness, but, on the contrary, enjoyed his restoring teeth in ago, which, he says, may be usual health,
thought of, and would be, indeed, magnute “ Several other instances of a similar nature nature. But though nature occasionally inmight be quoted, but these are sufficient to dulges itself in such renovations, it is hardly establish the general principle, that aged people possible to believe, that it could be compelled may have this distinction of youth renewed. to it, by any means in the power of man to
“ It is singular, that no particular instance apply; and, indeed, if proper care were paid has occurred, of the sense of hearing being to the preservation of the teeth, commencing renewed, after being lost by a decay of naturc,l at an early age, it would rarely he necessary."
* TO THE SECOND VOLUME.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUS. || Robber, the, a tale, 6
Sabina, or morning scenes in the dressing room
of a Roman lady, 16, 84, 126, 197
Tame Pigeon, story of the, 26
Tombs of the modern Greeks, account of, 19
Voltaire, estimate of the genius and literary cha-
racter of, 256
FAMILIAR LECTURES ON USEFUL
Botany, 35, 146
British Synonomy, 204, 261
Culinary researches, S4
Culture of the sunflower, 263
Drawing, 99, 148, 203
Heraldry, 33, 92, 141, 206
Humming-bird, or hawk-moth, 25
Hydrostatics, 264, 318
Music 94, 142, 321
Pneumatics, 31, 96, 142
Vegetable Chemistry, 139
Gallery of Dusseldorff, description of, 40
All the Talents! 207
Elijah's Mantle, 42
Farewell to London, 153
Inscription for a summer-house, 210
Lines by the Rev. Ger). Richards, 156
written on the lake of Grasinere, 267
works of fiction not to be considered as having the bosom of its mother, 208
any existence in nature, 22, 69, 131, 192 Love's learning, 267
Morning dream, 326
Mr. Grizzle and Miss Wrinkle, 323
My arm-chair, 43
in Eliza, ib.
to Anna, 323
to the Primrose, 268
(le written on the banks of the Thaines, 268 False Alarms; or, My Cousin, 48
| Maids to be Married, 211, 269, 327
Ogre and Little Thumb, 216
On the structure of our Theatres, 272
Peter the Great; or, Wooden Walls, 271
The Assignation, 104
The Curfew, 158
Town and Country, 160
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sities of Costume, 165, 222, 277
Advertisenient for a Wife, 109
Birth-day splendour delineated, 53, 930
French, 49, 105, 161, 217, 273, 329
Essay on Rivalry, 275
General observations on the Fashions, 50, 106,
161, 218, 274, SSO
King's Birth-day dresses, 330
Letters on dress, 107, 163, 219, 275
London Shoemaker, 55
Letter of the Duke of Rochefoucault, 116
On the Fine Arts, 116 .
Paris Spectacles, 223
State of the French Stage, 221
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