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National, &c." “ Me- of the heated body, instead of by moirs of the French National In- the access of a positive matter of stitute for the year 1806." The heat, hitherto known by the name of events of war, which in a consi- caloric. In the department of hisderable degree cut off our com- tory the reporter has but little munication with the continent, to offer of high distinction; the prove in no small measure, un- name of M. Mongez is mentioned, friendly to the actual productions of however, with respect in the subdivicontinental writers whether single sion of paleology: and in the departor in the aggregate. The transac- ment of mineralogy we are chiefly tions of this celebrated society, are informed, from the observations of on this account considerably in ar- M. Dupont de Hemouss, that almost rear in point of publication; while all attempts to predict the phænoof those actually published we have mena of changes of weather, from not hitherto received any regular the state of the atmosphere, must be series later than to the year 1807, futile, since nothing can exceed the containing the memoirs of the year variability of the action of heat upon 1806. These transactions are intro- the atmospheric regions. The report duced by an admirable report of M. upon the general state of mathemaCuvier, on the general state and tics for the period included, is progress of science for the year to drawn up by M. Delambre, M. which they refer. In medicine' it Cuvier's colleague in the Secretarychiefly notices the advance of vac. ship to the Institute. It relates cination; in arts and manufactures, chiefly to experiments for ascertain. M. Vauquelin's valuable observa- ing the declination and inclination tions on the use and application of of the compass, together with the metals as colouring substances; in intensity of the magnetic power ; mineralogy other remarks of the and to the best modes of construct same excellent naturalist, as well as ing thermometers and barometers. observations of other excellent oryc- We prefer giving a sketch of this tologists on the best modes of general summary to a mere catarendering the native iron of France logue (which is all we could give) malleable and of general use. In of the papers actually read and prints the division of chemistry the names ed. We shall only further observe, of Seguin, Menard, and Count that amongst these M. La Place's Rumford, are mentioned with high Memoir on the apparent attraction approbation, yet various experi. and repulsion of small bodies swimments are adverted to in disproof ming on the surface of fluids, ap. of the theory of this last philosopher pears to be one of the most valuable relative to the production of heat in the collection.

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decide whether Virgil described set examples of this method of rofrom actual survey, he took him in modelling scanty antique ballads into his hand, and had the good fortune romantic histories; and of celebratto perceive that, with an allowance ing the northern champions in a for a few differences naturally and manner consistent with the costame necessarily resulting from local of the ancient, and the amusement changes, the chart of Virgil is the of the modern world. Grater excels exact face of the country in its pre- his predecessor Biorner, in the pia sent state: he pretends to point out turesque character of his descripthe very spot in which the Trojan tions, and the mythologic erudition chief must have fixed his encamp- of his allusions. ment, and which he determines to Leontine de Blondheiin, &c." have been near the present town of “ Leontine de Blondheim : by Ad. Ostian, distant about three miles gustus Von Kotzebue : translated from the ancient port of the same into French) from the German, name, constituting an angle formed with notes, by H. L. C. 3 vols. by the confluence of the Tiber and 12mo." The usual extravagance an adjoining lake.

and deviation from good taste to be At Berlin, the Abbé Depina has found in the antecedent writings of published, under the title of “ La M. Kotzebue, tincture and define Clef des Langues," an extensive the present production. Yet, in spite work of considerable importance to of these defects it is highly interestthe philosophy of languages. It ez- ing and attractive. The fable is tends to three volumes octavo; and clearly founded on the well knowa includes not only a disquisition on novel of Claire d' Albe of Madame the elementary sounds and other de Cotin, but is better condacted, principles of universal grammar, and terminates happily. but a copious explanation of the dif- From Italy we have received little ferences and correspondences exist- in the department to which we are ing in the modern European tongues, . now limited, that is entitled to attenwith a theory to account for them, tion. In a volume of anonymous and to ascertain the stocks whence Anacreontics, entitled, “ L'Irenide, they originated.

Odi Anacreontiche di Silvio Ireneo, Whilst our lucubrations are ex- we have met with several happy and tending themselves to this part of classic effusions. It exhibits, in rethe European continent, we will gular order, an allegorical picture make an excursion somewhat more of the progress of the passions, espenortherly still, to notice that that cially that of love. The first interexcellent northern archæologist M. view, the advice, the departure, the Frederic David Grater finds suffi- return, spring, summer, autumn, cient inducement to persevere in his remonstrance, jealously, revenge, “ Bragur," or Periodical Disquisi- despair, &c. furnish so many titles tions on Scandinavian Paleosophy, of to the respective pieces, which at which the 8th volume is now pub- the same time form a whole: the lished at Leipsic. It is a valuable measure is that of Savioli in his and a various repository of original Amori, and of Imperiali in his researches, glossologic explanations, Faonide; and the plan is conducted bibliographic notices, and agreeable with felicity and effect. Whilst poems and tales. The Swedish upon this subject, we will just noMacpherson, Biørner, had already tice that M. Matthias, to whom Italy

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and England are equally indebted for the audience consists of all the heroes
his labours in the pleasant vineyard and damsels who have acquired cele-
of polite criticism, has just publish- brity, and of all the poets of inferior
ed in three volumes 12mo. a very fame.
neat and well selected supplement The tales and novels of the year
to his late collection of the most proceed chiefly from the pens of
eminent lyric poets of Italy, under Madame de Genlis, Madame de
the title of “ Agguinta ai Componi- Cotin, Madame de Charrière, and
menti Lirici de piu illustri Poeti d' Madame de Montolieu. The first
Italia."

is the largest contributor, and has In the lighter department of furnished not less than five distinct French literature, we perceive that novels in the course of the year. M. P. Daru, under the title of The two best are, the “ Claire d' “Oeuvres d'Horace, &c.” has given Albe” of Madame de Cotin, to a general translation of this poet into which we have already alluded, and French verse, in 4 vols. 8vo." He “ La Princesse de Wolfenbuttle" of has admirably succeeded; and pro- Madaine de Montolieu, well known duced a work of which his country as the author of Caroline of Litchmay well boast.

« Les Amours field. Epiques, &c." “ Epic Loves : a The polite literature of the poem in six cantos, containing a Americans is very meagre indeed. translation of the Episodes on Love, Mr. Noah Webster has published a composed by the best epic poets: by Compendious Dictionary of the F. A. Parceval Grandniaison.” Ho- English Language: several of our mer and Virgil, Tasso and Ariosto, own Cyclopædias are re-publishing Milton and Camoens,are here brought at Philadelphia and New York: together, to chaunt alternately, as and M. J. H. Smith has given a the Arcadian swains were formerly romantic account of the death of made to chaunt by Virgil; while Major André.

FINI S.

T. Gilet, Printer, Crown-Court, Fleet-street.

decide whether Virgil described set examples of this method of rsfrom actual survey, he took him in modelling scanty antique ballads into his hand, and had the good fortune romantic histories; and of celebratto perceive that, with an allowance ing the northern champions in a for a few differences naturally and manner consistent with the costame necessarily resulting from local of the ancient, and the amusement changes, the chart of Virgil is the of the modern world. Grater excels exact face of the country in its pre- his predecessor Biorner, in the pie sent state: he pretends to point out turesque character of his descripthe very spot in which the Trojan tions, and the mythologic erudition chief must have fixed his encamp- of his allusions. ment, and which he determines to “ Leontine de Blondheim, &c.” have been near the present town of “ Leontine de Blondheim : by AgOstian, distant about three miles gustus_Von Kotzebue : translated from the ancient port of the same into French) from the German, pame, constituting an angle formed with notes, by H. L. C. 3 vols. by the confluence of the Tiber and 12mo." The usual extravagance an adjoining lake.

and deviation from good taste to be At Berlin, the Abbé Denina has found in the antecedent writings of published, under the title of “ La M. Kotzebue, tincture and define Clef des Langues," an extensive the present production. Yet, in spite work of considerable importance to of these defects it is highly interestthe philosophy of languages. It ez. ing and attractive. The fable is tends to three volumes octavo; and clearly founded on the well known includes not only a disquisition on novel of Claire d’Albe of Madame the elementary sounds and other de Cotin, but is better conducted, principles of universal grammar, and terminates happily. but a copious explanation of the dif- From Italy we have received little ferences and correspondences exist- in the department to which we are ing in the modern European tongues, , now limited, that is entitled to attenwith a theory to account for them, tion. lo a volume of anonymous and to ascertain the stocks whence Anacreontics, entitled, “ L'Irenide, they originated.

Odi Anacreontiche di Silvio Ireneo," Whilst our lucubrations are ex- we bare met with several happy and tending themselves to this part of classic effusions. It exhibits, in rethe European continent, we will gular order, an allegorical picture make an excursion somewhat more of the progress of the passions, espenortherly still, to notice that that cially that of love. The first interexcellent northern archæologist M. view, the advice, the departure, the Frederic David Grater finds suffi- return, spring, summer, autumn, cient inducement to persevere in his remonstrance, jealously, revenge,

Bragur," or Periodical Disquisi- despair, &c. furnish so many titles tions on Scandinavian Paleosophy, of to the respective pieces, which at which the 8th volume is now pub- the same time form a whole: the lished at Leipsic. It is a valuable measure is that of Savioli in his and a various repository of original Amori, and of Imperiali in his researches, glossologic explanations, Faonide; and the plan is conducted bibliographic notices, and agreeable with felicity and effect. Whilst poems and tales. The Swedish upon this subject, we will just noMacpherson, Biurner, had already tice that M. Matthias, to whom Italy

and

and England are equally indebted for the audience consists of all the heroes
his labours in the pleasant vineyard and damsels who have acquired cele-
of polite criticism, has just publish- brity, and of all the poets of inferior
ed in three volumes 12mo. a very fame.
neat and well selected supplement The tales and novels of the year
to his late collection of the most proceed chiefly from the pens

of eminent lyric poets of Italy, under Madame de Genlis, Madame de the title of “ Agguinta ai Componic Cotin, Madame de Charrière, and menti Lirici de piu illustri Poeti d'Madame de Montolieu. The first Italia."

is the largest contributor, and has In the lighter department of furnished not less than five distinct French literature, we perceive that novels in the course of the year. M. P. Daru, under the title of The two best are, the “ Claire d' “Oeuvres d'Horace, &c." has given Albe" of Madame de Cotin, to a general translation of this poet into which we have already alluded, and French verse, in 4 vols. 8vo." He “La Princesse de Wolfenbuttle" of has admirably succeeded; and pro- Madame de Montolieu, well known duced a work of which his country as the author of Caroline of Litchmay well boast.

« Les Amours field. Epiques, &c." Epic Loves : a The polite literature of the poem in six cantos, containing a Americans is very meagre indeed. translation of the Episodes on Love, Mr. Noah Webster has published a composed by the best epic poets: by Compendious Dictionary of the F. A. Parceval Grandmaison." Ho- English Language: several of our mer and Virgil, Tasso and Ariosto, own Cyclopædias are re-publishing Milton and Camoens,are here brought at Philadelphia and New York: together, to chaunt alternately, as and M. J. H. Smith has given a the Arcadian swains were formerly romantic account of the death of made to chaunt by Virgil; while Major André.

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