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anatomy and physiology of the brain yards, to be formed of ground glass, and form of the skull, is in the press. that more of the oblique rays may be

Mr. Boteler, of Lincoln's-Inn, is refracted through them. employed on a Treatise on the Law of A method of pruning has been pracTithes.

tised in the garden of the Margravine A new edition of Mr. Newman's of Anspach, which has much improved Spanish Dictionary, much improved, the fruit produced. It consists in may shortly be expected.

leaving the interval between the shoots Mr. J. Sympson Jessop, of Lincoln's on each branch as short as possible, Iun, has, in the press, a new Treatise cutting every branch off beyond its on the Law of Ejectment.

first shoot, and leaving a very short The Society of Antiquaries will stem; by which means the sap will publish, in the course of the spring, a have the least possible distance to run Collection of Views and Plans of the to the fruit, and consequently the viCathedral of Gloucester.

gour of the tree be spent in producing The Rev. Mr. Cobbold will shortly fruit, instead of wood and leaves. publish a Chart of English History, Mr. Taylor, of Morton, has discoon the same plan as his Chart of vered that hawthorn hedges may be Scripture History, recently published. formed more expeditiously than usual,

Mr. Comyn, of the Middie Temple, by cutting the roots of this shrub into will publish in a short time the Law small pieces, and planting them with of Contracts and Agreements, as set- the top one-fourth of an inch above tled by the Determinations of the the ground; the upper-end of each Courts of Common Law, in the Ac- piece may be marked when cutting tion of Assumpsit.

by giving it two cuts and the lower Dr. A. P. Wilson, of Worcester, end but one. The spring is the best will shortly publish an Essay on the time to plant the sets, and of these Nature of Fever.

planted by Mr. Taylor not five in one

hundred were lost. Professor Davy has discovered that Mr. Reynolds of the Ketley ironthe epidermis of the cane, and many works, Cornwall, lias so much improvother vegetable substances, consists ed the quality of the iron manufacturchiefly of silex. He was led to the ed under bis direction, that it is fully subject by seeing two canes in the equal to the best Swedish or Russian. hands of boys at play in the dark It is stated, that the chief cause of this strike sparks of fire.

improvement is, his letting the iron The same gentleman lately asserted out of each of the blast furnaces four in one of his lectures at the Royal In- times in twenty-four hours; but this stitution, on the authority of a friend, is mentioned as very inadequate to that the cells of the bee are formed of the effect produced. a circular shape; and that, by pressure, It has been lately recommended, they are reduced to the hexagonal that, excepting the lancet employed form. It may be proper to observe, in vaccination, all the instruments of that this assertion should be received surgery should be dipped into oil at with some degree of doubt.

the moment when they are going to Count Rumford has discovered, by be used; by which meihod the pain accurate experiment, that light, trans- of the subject operated upon will almitted through ground glass, loses ways be dimivished. It' is recoinvery litile more, if any, of its intensity, mended to make all instruments of a than when it passes through plain glass. blood heat a little before the opeThis he applies to prevent the hurtful ration. and painful effect which the intense The Annual Report of the Society light of Argand's lamps produces on for promoting Christian Knowledge, the eye, by surrounding them with which has been recently published, cylinders of ground glass, which he states the number of children taught has made of a large diameter, in pro- in the charity schools in and about portion as he wishes the light to fall London and Westminster to be 710$; less strongly on any particular spot. viz. 4180 boys, and 2028 girls; the Ile also recommends the windows of number of books which have been rooms, lighted from uarrow courts or distributed by them during the pre

FINE ARTS.

ceding year were $490 bibles, 11,466 cob walls in Devonshire; they are afNew Testaments and Psalters, 16,096 terwards, when dry, surrounded with Common Pra ::,460 other bound a frame work, at a proper distance to books, and i small tracts.

support fire-wood in contact with The Briti: hi and Foreign Bible So- every part of them in different stages, ciety has commenced a correspondence so that the quantity in the lowest stage with the Archbishop of Moscow, with is the greatest; this, as it burns down, a view to the printing of the Holy bakes the walls like bricks, to the Scriptures in the Russian language. thickness of ten inches. These walls At present, it is said, that Bibles are are so strong, that they resist the at. so scarce that there is only about one tacks of floods, and last for centuries. Bible to 16,000 Russians.

There are 600 sugar-mills in the A magnificent design is in progress island of Cuba; from these, including under the title of The British Gallery, what is consumed in the country, of Pictures, to be published in nummore than 500,000 cwt. of sugar was bers, in two series; the first series exported to Europe. In this island will contain a description of the cathere is not one navigable river, only binets and galleries of pictures in small rivulets and streams; there are Great Britain, embellished with en148 lakes which contain fish; there is gravings, on a small scale, from all abundance of turtle on the coast. the best and most interesting paintings

There were fifty sail of American in the different collections. The second ships in China last year, who took series will contain a History of Paintfrom thence to America from eight to ing and its Professors; embellished ten thousand tons of tea, a great part with highly finished specimens from of which finds its way to Europe. - the works of the most celebrated masCanton is full of American adven- ters, selected from the finest examples turers, many of whom retire with large in Great Britain; together with a de. fortunes in a few years; there are at scriptive elucidation of the peculiar least a dozen who have been resident excellence of each painting, and anecfor a year or two, and have already dotes of the pictures. The historical realized a considerable sum.

and descriptive part of this work will The Colony at Botany Bay is ad- be undertaken by Mr. Ottley, and the vancing graciually into a great mart engravings will be executed by Mr. P. for both British and East India pro- W. Tomkins, historical engraver to duce. It is expected that the colon- her Majesty, Mr. L. Schiavonetti, ists of that settlement may be shortly Mr. A. Cardon, and other eminent able to furnish from hides and wool, artists: the whole will be superinhemp and fax, their share in the tended by Mr. Tresham. Each numsouthern whale fishery, and from the ber of the first series will contain four part they may take in the fur trade, plates, each including several picbetween India and the northwest coast tures; and of the second series, three of America, exports sufficient to repay highly finished prints. A number of for all the imports which the progress each will be published once a quarter, of the colony demands.

till a more rapid delivery can be acThe trade for furs to the north-west complished, and the whole, it is excoast of America is entirely, or almost pected, will not exceed fifty numbers. entirely in the lands of the subjects The principal object which occuof the United States. India and pies at present the attention of the China are the places of sale for the trustees of the British Museum, is the furs, and it proves a lucrative branch arrangement of the celebrated Townof commerce. It is thought that this ley Collection of Statues, Busts, intrade might be shared by British sub- scriptions, &c. which are under the jects. Our Canada fur trade is profit- superintendence of Mr.TaylorCombe.' able, as is also that of the Hudson's It is in the recollection of

every per

son, that parliament not only voted a The following method of forming considerable sum of money for these walls in India has long been in use in ancient and valuable marbles, but also that country, though only lately made an additional building to be excluknown here. The walls are first built sively appropriated to them. These with moistened earth, like those called statues, busts, &c. are intended to be

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grouped in separate compartments, first number, besides eight lives and according to their classification of portraits, contains the following enEgyptian, Grecian, Roman, &c. so gravings, Death of the Virgin Mary, that the whole coup-d'ail will present afier Caravaggio; Descent from the an effect at once magnificent and cor. Cross, after Rubens; the finding of rect, and cannot fail of affording com- Moses, after Poussin; and the Death plete gratification to the lovers of an- of Soerates, after David. cient art.

An engraved portrait of the late In our number for August last, we celebrated Dr. Currie, from a minianoticed, that the east window in ture picture in the possession of the Guildhall was undergoing an entire doctor's sister, will be published early repair; this we find is now completely in the Spring. finished, and amongst the many im- The designs of Mr. Flaxman, from provements and embellishments in the Italian poet Darte, which were this great city, none has given us originally composed in Italy, for Mr more entire satisfaction, or, in our Thomas Hope, are preparing for pubopinion, reflects greater credit on the lication; they consist of one hundred artists concerned. The whole of the and nine subjects, of a smaller size frame work is of copper, executed by than his compositions from Homer. Cruickshanks; the glass is painted, as Mr. Flaxman has also thoughts of we learn, at the manufactorvof Messrs. publishing his compositions from the Anness and Co. patentees for the art Lord's Prayer, and Acts of Mercy, the of enamelling on vessels of glass, Red result of many years study. He is Lion place, Giltspur-street, (although also employed on compositions from it bears the inscription of Collins, the Greek poet Hesiod. This celeStrand, fecit); the painting represents brated artist has at this time the folin the most beautiful colours imagin- lowing pieces of sculpture in hand; a able the City Arms encircled with ap- monument of Earl Howe, ordered by propriate embellishments. It is with parliament, to be erected in St. Paul's pleasure we notice this performance, Cathedral; a statue of Sir Joshua as it proves to us the complete resto- Reynolds for the same place; a statue ration of an art so highly esteemed, of Mr. Pitt, for the city of Glasgow; a and which has been for so long a series public monument to the late Josiah lost to the world, as to be thought ir- Webb, Esq. for India, with several recoverable. It will readily be al- others of less importance, both public lowed that, in a subject like this, there and private. He has just finished a was not room for that display of pic- magnificent statue of the Rajah of turesque beauty and effect, which Tanjore, for that prince; and a monu might have been produced in an his- ment to the Rev. F. Swartz, a missiontirical painting, where variety in the ary who died in the Rajah's domidesign and brilliancy of colours might nions. have been united to much greater ad- M. Labensky,superintendant of the vantage. This, we understand, has palace of the hermitage at St. Petersbeen accomplished in a su:erior style, burg, intends to publish by subscrip, in some of the artists' tinest speci- tion a Description of the Gallery of mens, and that a small and elegant Paintings in that palace. Each numwindow purchased from them by Lady ber will contain fitteen engravings in Essex for her house in Berkeley, quarto, with explanations in Russian square,is considered as a chef d'oeuvre and French, to be published

every in the art.

four months. The whole work will A new periodical work, entitled consist of sixteen volumes, and will The Historic Gallery of Portraits and be finished in five years. Paintings, or Biographical Review, The Academy of the Fine Arts at will speedily make its appearance. Ii Madrid, has lately published a com: contains a brief account of the lives plete Collection of the Antiquities of of the inost celebrated men in every Grenada and Cordova. age and country; and graphic imita

Ainerica. tions of the finest specimens of the There are eight periodical Miscel, arts, ancient and modern, with re- lanies published in America, cevoted marks, critical and explanatory. The to theological literature, the profits

lar.

arising from which are applied to the intendant of the observatory of the defraying, in part, of the expences at- celebrated senator of justice schroetending the different missions. ter at Lilienthal, has calculated the

Mr. Warren has in the press, a His- path of this comet:--lirom the calcutory of the Rise, Progress, and Termi- lation it follows that the new comet, nation of the American Revolutionary after appearing in superior brilliancy

in the southern parts of the globe, and A number of gentlemen in the city after passing very close to the South of New York have instituted an asso. Pole of the ecliptic, on the 31st of ciation, stiled “The New York His- December, will be again visible totorical Society," to promote the know- wards the middle of January, above ledge of the civil, literary, and eccle- the horizon of the observatories in the siastical history of their country. south of Europe, and about the 20th Denmark.

of the same month will be also visible Some well disposed persons in Den- in this neighbourhood. It will then mark have begun to print an edition be seen in the Milky Way, in the sign of 2000 copies of the Icelandic New of the Whale, included by the new Testament. The British and Foreign astronomers in the sign of the ElecBible Society has voted a sum of mo. trical Machine. With us the comet ney to enable them to add 3000 more will rise but a very little above the to the number, and intend to assist clearest part of the south and souththem hereafter in printing the whole west horizons, and on that account we bible in that language.

can only observe it if we are favoured Counsellor Giesieke of Copenhagen with warmer weather; but in the has obtained permission of the king to south of Germany, France, Italy, &c. make a Tour through Greenland, for it may be very distinctly observed, the purposes of geography and mine- and followed with the telescope, until ralogy.

very near the end of February. In France.

order to facilitate the finding again of M. Leroi, who has made many success- this comet, M. Bessel has calculated ful experiments in agriculture advises the following places of the same for persons by no means to procure grain the meridian of Paris :for sowing from a soil north of their

Degrees of As- South Decliown land, but from a country south

cension.

nation. of it; because, he says, it is a general Jan. 15, 25 14

39 18 rule, that the product of seed improves Jan. 25, 19 40

29 34 in going from south to north, and Feb. 4, 17 33

29 58 that it decreases in virtue in going Until the 16th of February this comet from north to south. He recommends will become clearer and more brilliant boiled carrots as an excellent and than it was on the 10th of November, cheap food for the fattening of pigs; the day of its first discovery." and he adds, that by steeping raw car- The Emperor of Austria has granted fots in water to deprive them of their to the Observatory at Ofen, in Hun. acrid principle, then by boiling them gary, the sum of 7000 forins for the and causing them to ferment, an ar- purchase of astronomical instruments. dent spirit may be drawn from them, He has also given permission to the more wholesome than brandy distilled following gentlemen to visit the mines from rye.

in the Hereditary States: to Mr. CheGermany.

nevix, English chemist; to Don GimDr. Olbers has communicated the bernat, director of the Roval Cabinet following information, relating to the at Madrid; to Mr. Beker, inspector of comet discovered by M. Pons, at Mar- the mines at Altenburgh; and to Mr. seilles, dated Bremen, Dec. 23:- Grellman, merchant, of Vienna.

“ The comet discovered by M. A prostrate forest of palm-trees has Pons, at Marseilles, on the 10th of lately been discovered on the banks of November, has not been visible these the Necker, some of which are two feet few days past, on account of its too in diameter. Among the perislied wood great increase of southern declination. were mingled in confusion bones, supAccording to observations made here posed to have belonged to Huenas, and in Lilienthal, M. Bessel, super- Elephants, and Bears, of a large size.

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ENTERTAINMENTS AND EXHIBITIONS.

RURY - LANE, Dec. 26.--After Miss Lee, the successful author of the The Enchanters; or, Harlequin Sultaun, The high estimation in which this was brought out for the entertainment lady has been held by the public, and of the holiday frequenters of the all the exertions of the performers theatre. Had the Ghost of the cele- who embraced the whole comic brated Rich condescended to have strength of the house, could not, witnessed the representation of this however, save the piece from the spectacle, we can figure to ourselves most decided disapprobation of a the sensations it must have excited in crowded and elegant audience. The the soul of that Father of Pantomime. opposition commenced in the first For ourselves we can most safely as- act, in consequence of the length of sert, that we never witnessed any he- the scenes, and the total absence of terogeneous compound of this descrip- interest or humour. tion so totally bereft of all interest, The principal characters in this and of so unmeaning and unintel- unfortunate comedy, were as follows: ligible a description. Instead of its Lord Wellwyn Mr. WROUGHTON being an Harlequinade, fraught with Sir Harry

Mr. ELLISTON whim, trick, deception, and bustle, Somerville

Mr. H. SIDDONS we were not gratified with Harlequin's Admiral

Mr. BANNISTER activity in above two leaps, and with Bronze

Mr. DE CAMP his amorous attentions and civilities Lady Morelove Aliss POPE to Columbine, more than four times, Laura

Mrs. H, SIDDONS throughout the whole piece. The in. Emma

Miss RAY tervals were filled up with splendid Adelaide

Miss DUNCAN processions, into which were intro- Tiptoe

Miss MELLON duced camels and dromedaries in pro- Servant

Mrs. HARLOWE fusion :these sort of ercrescences As this piece will never appear beseem to have taken hold of both thea- fore the public again, it is not necestres, ever since the memorable ro- sary to enter much into detail conmance of Blue Beard. A new per- cerning it. In the fourth act the på. former (a Mr. Hartland) was 'the tience of the audience became exe Harlequin. He is possessed of the hausted, when some disgusting abrequisites for the character, agility surdities in Lady Morcloce's conduct and vivacity, but he has little of that in her dressing-room, and Mr. Ban, elegant display of whim and simple nister, as a drunken Admirul, roused playfulness for which we look to a pro- the indignation of the house to the fessor of the masque. The Clown highest pitch. Lady Morelore was a (Urchin) by Montgomery, from the female Lord Ogleby, without the Royal Circus, was given by that per- interest of the original. Mrs. H. Sidformer with all the effect of which'the dons, a lovely young heiress, was made part itself was rendered susceptible by contrary to the rules of all delicacy, to the author. We have to repeat our avow her love for Lord Wellwyil

, remarks upon nonsense of this kind the father of Somerville, who did her in general, that we deplore the splen- the honour of accepting her hand. dour in scenery and dresses, thrown Miss Duncan, the wife of Sir Harry, away upon so silly a trifle.

whom he had left in France, appears The music by Shaw, the leader of first in the disguise of a French the band, does that gentleman credit. abbé, and is imposed on the old lady Mr. Gibbon, as Hapuck, an enchanter, as a conjuror; and in the last scene, to sung a song in fine style, which display a very beautiful dress, when brought down the unanimous ap- she meets her husband by Assignation, plause of the audience. The House for the purpose of discovering herwas crowded in every part, and the self. It appeared as if the author piece was announced for repetition. thought that the number of charac

Jan. 28.—This evening was pro- ters introduced would compensate duced at this theatre, a new comedy, for the total absence of interest, pacalled Assignation, from the pen of thos, and humour. The prologue,

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