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Dr. Wilson on Young's Farmer's Kalendar. [Feb. T
'N the fifth volume of the Monthly
I “ 1• Petri, cap. 2d, ve. 17." Captain Bragge, an armed hand and Dalzell; it will be doing me a very great
Latin Poetry is announced, by Professor arm with a sword, below a book, and, favour,'if, through the channel of your under all, the words,
valuable miscellany, you can inform me * Ora et pngna,
where this book is to be met with. Javit et juvabit Jehovah."
I have also to request information, Captain George Withers, the poet, where the last volumes of Willdenow's bore a red banner, with a sword and a Species Plantarum, are to be purchased, pen crossed :---"Pro Lege, Rege, Grege,” baving in vain attempted to get the On a label over them.
work completed here. INDAGATOR.
To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine.
SIR, Misson, in " Memoirs and Observa. « Let us consider of the means of making two tions in his Travels over England," blades of grass, or two grains of corn, translated by Mr. Ozell, 8vo. Lond. grow where but one grew before."-LORD 1719, says:--" They give this name in Bacon. England to a sort of pleasure-boat, at THE national importance of the obone end of which is a little room, handsomely painted and covered, with a table crisis when the adjustment of the most in the middle, and benches round it; delicate interests depends on the increase and, at the other end, seats for 8, 10, 12, of the prorluce of the soil, will, I trust, be 20, 30, or 40 rowers. There are very considered as a sufficient apology for imfew persons of great quality but what posing on your readers the trouble of pehave their barges, though they do not rusing it. frequently make use of them. Their It is too well known that, in spite of watermen wear a jacket of the same every exertion of the Board, and of the colour they give for their livery, with a various local societies for promoting agripretty large silver badge upon their cultural improvements, the force of cus. arm, with the nobleman's coat of arms
tom and prejudice has hitherto counter-
English farmers who have adopted the.
best modern practices, find it as easy to
rend lectures on agriculture? No! If
1815.] Mr. Grant on English Grammar.
15 lecturers were to preach with religious sense is effected by circulating the holy fervour in every village in the empire, records of religion. I wish, however, as they would be treated as theorists and vi- a British patriot and a Christian, to see sionaries, and be neglected and despised! these two works stand side-by-side, an Will they read the Reports of the Board? every farm-house in the empire. No-seventy volumes of detailed facts Easton, Dec. 20. R. Wilson, M.D. are beyond the patience of most men, and wholly repulsive to those whose lite- To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. rature seldom extends beyond their pro- SIR, vincial Paper, or their Bible and Prayer A part of my communication, was
PRINCIPAL object in the preceding Book! Wbat then the by which this great purpose is to be ai. to animadvert on some gross misrepre. chieved ?
sentations, lately inserted in the Monthly I conceive success would be rendered Review, with respect to Dr. Wallis's certain by the general introduction to English Grammar. I now mean, as every farmer's fire-side, of that practical briefly as possible, to expose a few of volome, Young's Farmer's KALENDAR- the erroneous notions on the subject of a book above all praise—which teaches English gramınar, recently promulgated whatever ought to be knowil, while it by the same grave authority. neither proses nor dilates so as to pere The reviewer observes, that both plex or weary its readers. Following the Murray and Grant “ omit to treat of succession of business, month by month, those words which are differently spelled and describing the operations of each by different authors: for instance, words period, according to the best practical derived from Latin supines, are sotme systems, it does not offend the unlettered times spelled by scholars with an s, but reader by its systematic arrangements or more generally with a c; such as offense, logical subdivisions, hut treats on every expense, defense ; offence, expence, dething that is to be done on every kind of fence. Why do not the professed lawfarm and soil, plainly, intelligibly, and yers of language tell us the rule of court? practically.
The fuct is, that they correct their very Mr. Young, as is well known, bas de grammars by the printer's dictionary." voted a long and very active life to the I am not aware that at present, there perfection of this volume; and his oppora exists any appropriate “rule of court;' tunities in travel, as secretary of the and, I apprehend, that such subjects fall Board, and as the personal acquaintance within the province of the lexicographer, of every improving farmer in the ein. rather than of the grampınarian. Some pire, have never been exceeded, and few words, as suspense, are, I believe, perhaps never can be equalled by any always written with an s; others, as eve man. His book is therefore all that can pense, expence, with either letter. But be desired as a manual of improved prac. where, I would ask, did the reviewer tice, while, as a composition, it is of all ever find defence, and offence, spelled others, in its form and manner, the best with an si It must have been among adapted to the purpose of spreading very poor "scholars;" or such as, like thai information which affords the only the Monthly Reviewers, assign two ls to chance of enabling the farmer, and the solicit, solicitude, and the like,ma mode country at large, co triumph over the of spelling certainly not warranted either difficulties of the times.
by usage, or the usual forins of the Farmers, who value their own inter. words whence these are derived. The est, will of course not fail to possess latter part of the quotation is mere moon. themselves of so desirable a treasure ; shine. " In English, (the reviewer boldly but it is incumbent on all great landa asks,) why should we class under difa owners, and their stewards, to give every ferent heads the words this, the, that ? possible currency to the volume, by a If we call them articles, or particles, gratuitous distribution on rent-days, she pronouns, or adnouns, they are still returns to which it would be the most words of the same class; the indicating a certain means of augmenting, with ille middle situation between this and that ; creased profit and facility lo the te. this indicating a more contiguous, and Dantry. I have heard it called, the that a more remoie, situation than the." Agriculturalist's Bible, a title which, in a Any person reading this question, would worldly sense, it inerits; and in that naturally infer, that I have “classed kense, as much good would be effected these words under different heads." tw the community by the formation of Now, the truth is, that they are all keitties to circulate it, as in a spiritual classed under one and the same head ;
36 Mr. Clernell.on Sulphuric and Muriatic Acid. [Feb. 1, namely, definitives; and I will venture ges, the term preposition is applied to a to assert, that this very circumstance, certain class of words, because they are which is contrary to the cominon prac- generally prefired to certain other words, rice, suggested to the ingenuous critic either appositione, as "over the house,” the propriety of putting a question, or compositione, as overlook $ It never whichi
, how applicable soever it may be was asserted by any grammarian, that to the classification wopted by other they always precede; in English, they writers, involves, with respect to mine, frequently follow the relative, when it is a palpable misrepresentation. There their regimen ; and, in Latin, lenus is, however, in the preceding extract, always, and cum sometimes, are post. one important and novel piece of infor- poned. But even in the critic's own mation, to which, certainly, I pretend exampies, it is evident, that the words to lay no claim. It is, I may truly say, are not attixes, but prepositions, used in wholly and solely the property of the re- the common way, being prefired to their viewer. I allude to "the indicating a regimen; lo look over-what? Cer. sniddle situation between this and that, tainly something. Occasionally, 110 &c." The language of nonsense is ge- doubt, they may, like transitive verbs, nerally diffuse ; but here it is admirably be used absolutely, or without having condense. Referring to two objects at any regimen affired to them; but even different distances from us, we correctly then they do not lose their distinctive enough characterise the nearest, as “this character. “ Under the head preposiohject,” and the farthest, as "that ob. tions, Mr. Grant (observes the critic,) ject;" and now comes a Daniel to takes no notice of our peculiar, and to judgment," who seriously informs us, foreigners difficult, management of the that any intermediate ohject is in be preposition. To see through you, is to described as "the object!" Is it ne- penetrate your intentions; to see you cessary to inform any person, endowed through (a business), is to help you out with a sane mind, that the possesses no of a difficulty. To forego, is to go besuch character, but, with suitable terins fore; to forgo, is to go without. To do of definition, either expressed or im- over, is to obtain an advantage; to over. plied, according to circumstances, is do, is to work excessively. To run out, eqnally applicable to this, thut, and the is (a very strange definition!) to quit the ocher object, whatever may be their re. house, fc." lative situations? It verily seems to be
On this head, it is only necessary to this man's “nature's plague, to spy observe, that several of these terms are Into abuses, and oft his jealousy shapes used idiopatically, or figuratively; that, faults that are not." For, in the very even were it expedient, it would be imsrext paragraph, we find him, with his possible to comprise all such distinctions usual blundering and gravity, asserting, within the ordinary compass of a gram. that “ another case of impropriety is the mar; and that, in the explanations of calling in an English graininar by the the separable and the inseparable prename preposition, wbich means, put positions, every attention has been paid before, those separable inflective sylla. to the subject, that it seemed to deserve. bies, with which our verbs are frequently Many such things are often onnitted in combined. To stand by, to look over, granımars, or treated only cursorily ; and to set on, are instances of verbal com- this, probably, not without good reason, position, in which not a preposition, but non enim optimi artificis est, omnia an affix, is employed; yet, as we can say persequi. a by.stander, un over-looker, and onset, Crouch End.
J. GRANT. we ought not to include any idea of place, or position, in the definition of To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. this class of words.” This extract be. SIR,
VIIE ciples of grammar. As a grammarian, the critic appears to be laudably im- quiries and notices in the arts, induces pressed with the propriety of Quintilie me to send you the following, and to an's maxim, Expedire grammatico, etiam solicit further remarks from your corressi quædam nesciat ; or else, how could he pondents. utier such nonsense, about “ separable In some of the private recipes of the inftective syllables," " affixes," and "ver. calico-printers, from which they worked bal composition,'' as would provoke the with success forty or fifty years ago, oit derision of the stupidest school-boy? of vitriol is ordered in the composition Does he not knows that, in all languars of their fast greciis. The oil of vitriol
trays wonderful ignorance of the prin
: T'ways displayed in inserting in
17 of the present day, being used, has no of Toornay College, at Paris, and bears such effect; since fast greens, so com. date, 1669. I have also met with an mon formerly, are now a desideratum. English version of the Treatise on the The reason for this failure is not gene. Love of God, which was printed at sally known to the trade; I beg leave to Douay; in what year I forgot to notice, offer the following, as a solution of the but the title-paye announced it as being difficulty :-The oil of vitriol, as ils the twenty-fifth edition. name in some degree imports, was, at
NONUSQUAM ITERATURUS. that time, obtained from green copperas December 13, 1814. (sulphate of iron,) as it is even yet on ihe continent ; but the article manufac- To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. tured at present, is obtained from sul
SIR, phur, salt petre, (nitrate of potash,) &c. S and calied very properly sulphuric acid. A proper Magazine is open to every
me Thus, the printers of this country have make it the vehicle of some observations an article of the same name as formerly, upon the criticism of Sir H. Davy's Agribut not the same properties; and, since cultural Chemistry, in the Edinburgh the failure may be easily perceived, may Review, for January last. The wsilec there not be other products in siinilar there states as follows:circumstances ?
“ The process of malting is considerMuriatic acid, when of a yellow co- ed by our author, (S. H. D.) in common lour, is impure from the presence of with others, merely as one in which iron; its unpurity being in proportion germination is artifically produced. It to its colour. A piece of tin, immersed is true, that the germination of the seed in this impure spirit for about a minute, always accompanies that conversion of will, in the course of that time, deprive its feculæ, or starclı, into saccharine it apparently of the iron which was pre- matter, which it is the aim of the malte sent in it. The most accurate and the ster to effect. But we do not believe nicest test generally used for iron is such growth to be in any way necessary prussiat of potash; and with this test, to thut result ; and we have no doubt, after the immersion of the tin, the iron that if the minute germ, or embryo, of is not detected. How does the tin the seed, were previously removed, the operate ? By deposition? And are there great muss of inorganic matter, if placeda any other delicate tests by which minute in the same circumstunces, would undergo portions of iron could be detected in the the same change. Indeed this change acid?
J. CLEXNEL. can be wrought on this matter after it Brooksby House, Homerton.
is reduced to powder, or is separated in
the form of starch. The growth of the To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. further useful than as an indication of
germ, in the process of malting, is no SIR,
the due degree of change being effected to submit
in the organic matter; that is, when the translator of the “ Memoirs of St. Francis de Sales,” that his work would of development, then the inorganic
organized paris exbibit a certain degree have been more complete, if he had fur- matter is most completely changed. All nished a catalogue of that author's ductions. Till he may be possessed of growih beyond this is injurious, as leadone more full, the following, which is matter; all less than this is not other
ing to a consumption of the inorganic taken from Godfrey Arnold's Historia wise disadvantageous, than as an indicaTheologiæ Mysticæ, is at his service.
tion that the inorganic matter is not Introduction à la vie devote. 8vo. duly changed. It is provided by nature,
Les Epitres Spirituelles, 2 toms. 12mo. that the same agents which urge on the à Paris, 1676. Les vrays Entretiens Spirituelles.- should at the same time assist in pre
development of the organized parts, A Annessy, 1678. Missionarias Pastoralis.
paring food for their support; but, in De Amore Dei, ljbri xii. 8vo, 1697.
one case they act physiologically on a
living structure, in the other they exert In respect to the first of the above a chemical operation on the inorganic works, the Introduction to a Devout matter of the seed." Life, the translator inentions only one You will perceive I have given the English translation, that by Nicholls. I whole paragraplı, rather than a gaibled have met with another. liis called a New extract, though the principal objection Edition, set forth by the English Priests I have to make is to the passage in AOXTILY MAG. No. 265.
(Feb. 1, italics, which appears to me completely cation and loss, that the portion of erroneous. I must also protest against which the germ is destroyed, so far. the previous unqualified assertion of the from undergoing the same change as the reviewer, of its being established by er: healthy barley, very soon becomes mouldy periment, that all the orygen which dis- and putrid; contaminating their healthy uppears in germination is converled into, brethren, and ultimately, after underand actually exists, exterior to the seed going the operation of drying upon the in the form of carbonic acid gas, so that kiln, become converted into
a hard of necessity none can be proved to be steelly substance, destructive of the sule absorbed by the seed. The experiments and reputation of the malt, and unfit for referred to have not demonstrated it, the mash-tun of the brewer. the subject is still to be disputed, at
Such appears to be the result in may be known by referring to Nichol. barley only partially injured; in what son's Journal, vol. xxv. page 231, where manner the whole mass, being in the the note of the editor clearly leaves the sume stute, could be changed for the matter undecided. And I am the more better, and even into good malt, I must surprized at so peremptory an assertion, leave to the reviewer or your readers to as the reviewer instantly observes, It is decide. The whole must go into immenot easy to understand the conversion of diate putrefaction, and, though this prostarch into sugar, but that the hypothesis cess may so far create a change as to affords a very proper example of the induce a partial solubility, it must be at changes sometimes rung on a string of a great waste, and upon the condition technical terms, such as oxygen, car. of having attached to the dissolved purbon, &c. Surely this shews something tion, a mouldy stinking flavour. like inconsistency, if not scepticism. Ipswich,
J. A, If the terms are appropriate, and re- June 10, 1814. present different sorts of matter, surely they are admissible as well in one case To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine, as in another. It is to be lamented
SIR, that any opinion should he attempted to THE advantages of gas-lights have submitted to the test of rigid investiga. sanguine projectors, who, when they tion and experiment.
have made experiments to compare the I shall not here enter into any che. gas with the light of candles or lamps, mical investigation of the process of have calculated from the size of the germination, it will be sufficient for iny body of the flame, rather than the purpose to bring forward substantial ob- quantity of light they produce. In jections to the statement of its “ being truth, the flane of gas must be much unnecessary towards the conversion of greater than that from tallow or oil, to burley inlo malt;" and were we must give the same light, because of the softenquire of the practical maltster, what ness or tenuity of the latter; and, al. are the motives which regulate his con- though incomparably more brilliant to duct in the management of his business, the eye, it does not send forth so many If we follow him to the corn-market, we rays to a distance, as the denser flame find him with a cautious and scrutinizing from oil or tallow. Still
, allowing amply eye, examining each sample of barley, for this difference, the saving of expence principally with a view to discover if will be very considerable, in a large the germ, or acrospire, have not been apparatus. destroyed by an undue heat in the stack, Where the expence of candles for a or what is technically called mow, or manufactory is equal to 300l. per annum goffeburnt. Should he perceive the least it may be better lighted by gas for 2001. indication of its having sustained such and this including all expences, interese injury, which is easily known by the of capital, wear and tear, and atten germ appearing black instead of yellow, dance; neither is any thing allowed for he instantly rejects it, as unfit for his the car which it products in considera purpose. It inay be, that, in the hurry ble quantities, because the use of this of business, a sample of this kind may, is not sufficiently established to bear a unobserved, be thrown upon his granary, price at present, in all situations, but i and find its way ultimately into the may become more. so in time; another cistern. He does not then discover thing is, that the attendance upon lamp the unlucky circumstance, till the ger- or candles, in snuffing, cleaning, filling mination of the sound bariey com. &c. is never thought of; though, in large mences, when he finds, to buis mortifi, works, it is, perhaps, as expensive to