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be turned out of any decent house, on dre, and a very clumsy and disingenuous this side of the water, for his impertinence, commentary on the whole affair by, the is virtually made the hero of the piece! compiler. He is, to be sure, endowed with many E. commendable qualities of the heart, by History of the late war in the Westthe bounty of the author, but we cannot - ern Country, comprising a full account of get over the absurdity of obtruding such all the transactions in that quarter from a spectator upon the privacy of fashiona- the commencement of hostilities at Tipble ladies, and placing him upon the fami- pecanoe, to the termination of the conliar footing of confidential adviser to his test at New Orleans on the return of master, in the delicate scrupulosities of peace. Lexington (Ky.) Worsley and love. If this were possible, we could Smith, 8vo. pp. 534. never forgive his listening and peeping. Those qualities which make the best As for the picture of persons of quality, patriot are the worst ingredients that can Miss Edgeworth may exhibit her coun- enter into the composition of a historian. trymen and countrywomen as she pleases, An ardent and exclusive attachment to but we must be excused for thinking bet- one's country, and to one's own section ter of civilization than to believe that it of it, a determined faith in the moral and can produce effects so widely different on physical pre-eminence of its citizens to all the opposite shores of the Atlantic. other people and kindred, an utter incre
The last of these dramas is called the dulity to whatever might militate in any. Rose, Thistle and Shamrock. The scene point with this hypothesis, and an unis here changed again to Ireland. This bounded capacity of belief for every thing play has more of a story to it than either that favours it, are excellent traits in a parof the others. Some superficial national tisan, but unpromising indications in an traits are displayed with considerable annalist. We give full credit to the sinstrength of expression. We may add, cerity of the author of this history, and . too, that the denouement, though discerni- however his partialities may have led him ble afar off, is not in this drama so mi- to view facts, do not suspect him of volnutely anticipated as in the first, nor is it untarily warping them. Our limits will so improbable as in the second.
not allow us to enter into a particular exTo judge from this specimen of her amination of the military details of the dramatic talent, we think Miss Edge work, nor have we materials at hand for worth was wise in so long resisting soli- the purpose. It is rather too summary citation to write for the stage--weak in a way of judging of the merits of entervolunteering in its service.
prises, to decide on them solely by the E.
event. In this book every failure is imVindication of the captors of Major puted to inefficience, and every success Andre. New-York, Kirk and Mercein, to extraordinary skill and prowess. We 12mo. pp. 100.
hardly know which is most prejudicial, The object of this publication, as its such praise or such condemnation. title purports, is to clear the captors of Mr. M‘Affee, for such we find is the Major Andre from some imputations cast name of the writer of this history, has upon them in the course of a debate in evinced too great an inclination to attrix Congress, during its last session, on an ap- bute all meritorious services to the Kenplication of John Paulding for an increase tuckians. They undoubtedly are entitled of pension. It contains an abstract of to great praise for their readiness in meetthat debate ; the affidavit of Isaac Van ing the consequences of a war which they Wart and his neighbours, with some crude had advocated. But they were not the remarks of Mr. Gardenier, the editor of only portion of our citizens who exhibitthe New York Courier, on the subject ; ed consistency or courage. We do not the affidavit of Paulding ; a communica- however so much reproach him for astion published in the Gleaner; extracts of cribing honourable actions to the Kenletters from Gen. Washington to the Pre- tuckians as for detracting from the claims sident of Congress in relation to the cir- of the militia of other states, and of the U. cumstances of Andre's capture ; the trial, S. troops. It was perhaps impossible for and condemnation of Andre and the cor- one who had taken an active interest in respondence growing out of it; the do- a contest of so peculiar a character, to diings of Congress in regard to Paulding, vest himself on a sudden of the feelings Williams, and Van Wart ; the very elo- which he had thought it laudable to cherquent letter of Gen. Hamilton, written ish. With proper allowances for recent immediately after the execution of An- irritation and local preefileetiens, we may VOL. I. vo. v.
recommend this as an interesting volume, No sunk Druid columns, and on them unstrung and as affording valuable materials for the
The harp that in darkness full often had rung; future compiler.
No helmets and shields rustle on the dark walls,
And well may it happen for wo or for weal, The Home in the West, a Poem, de We boast of no Branksome, no merry Carlisle. livered at Dartmouth College, July 4, 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. 84mo. 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, tic measure, with the proximate lines Where the sounds from the woods, and the warhyming. There are four feet in the ters that spring, Terse. This measure is ill calculated for Are as soft and as soothing as wild bird may a piece of any length, and only tolerable fling, when the rhymes alternate There is 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 seclusion, 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 land, with a lustre as bright, But as the production of an infant muse,
Shine ihe 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 nobler 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 germ of poetry own mind. To some passages we can both in its sentiment and its expression. attach no meaning. Besides this, we have E. to reprehend his awkward and unautho- A sermon delivered in the city of Rarized transpositions, his unemphatic redu- leigh, at the administration of the Lord's plications, and the introduction of familiar- Supper, Nov. 10, 1816. By Joseph Caldly colloquial and most unpoetic phrases. well, D. d. Professor of Mathematics in Were we to descend to particulars, we the University of
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, here
E. after, 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 H. 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 arches of triumph frown lofty and proud,
Steel has given a good account of SaraNo iry-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 Troubadour swell'd its Analysis of the mineral waters on just loud Weath,
h due circumspection.
His remarks on the inedicinal 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 form. 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 nearer and James Eastburn & Co. 12mo. 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 storm Tise, 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 constitution, 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, to ahe 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 A fter 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 storin 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 drift- little. His invention seems to have been ed, in this forlorn condition, at the mer- exhausted in contriving his fiction and ey 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, riess 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 cnrrent, which was produced by com- most fault with the corn lass, 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 sur
two days, such was the rapidity of the rounded during the late momentous con· current, and on the 18th of June, our au- flicts, and by Armata itself, the condition
into which that nation has been brought and its laws to its present elevated and by her preternatural efforts. 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 L.
the author it will not be necessary to say A Dissertation, exhibiting a general that he has executed his task with adview 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 tiines, 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.
QUESTION 9, OR PRIZE QUESTION. *v* 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 as 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 commence: may be the greatest.
ART. 16. REPORT OF DISEASES TREATED AT THE PUBLIC DIS
PENSARY, NEW-YORK, DURING THE MONTH OF JULY, 18 17.
ver,) 8; Ephemera, (Ephemeral Fever,) 1 ; LVEBRIS Intermittens, (Intermittent Febris Infantum Remittens,(Infantile Re1 Fever,) 3; Febris Remittens, (Remit- mittent Fever,) 19; Phlegmone, (Inflamtent Fever,) 2; Synocha, (Inflammatory Fe- mation,) 1; Inflammatio testium, 2 ; Ophver,) 1; Febris Continua, (Continued Fe- thalmia acuta, (Acute Infianimation of the
Eyes,) 7; Pharyngitis Acuta, (Acute In- ry'in Fahrenheit's Thermometer once famnation of the Pharynx,) 1; Cynanche marked 87° at noon, in different shaded Parotidæa, (Mumps,) 1; Catarrhus, (Ca- situations; and on twelve different days tarrh,)1 ; Pneumonia, (Inflammation 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 Stoniach,)1 ; Hepatitis, (Inflam- and obscured by louds 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 eases,) 3.
30th. Quantity of rain three inches 7-100. CHRONIC AND LOCAL DISEASES. Highest, temperature, 87°; lowest 58° ; Asthenia, (Debility,) 3; Vertigo, 7; Ce- greatest diurnal variation 21° 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 Manâs, (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 chice,) 8 ; Asthma et Dyspnoea, (Asthma character of diseases. The recurrence of and Difficult Breathing, 2; Phthisis Pul- certain trains of morbid action, as connectmonalis, (Consumption of the Lungs,) 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; Amenorrhæa, nearly the same kind of diseases year af4; Plethora, 13; Anasarca, (Dropsy,) 1; ter year; and simultaneous with the de
dema 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 sic, (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,) rhea. 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 warm, and occa- racterized the constitution of the season. sionally hot and oppressive. The mercu- Bilious vomiting has been an attending