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Captain Castleton, major to Colonel To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. Mitton, gave a hand from Heaven, write SIR, ing these letters on a blue ground:
N 1. Petri, cap. 24, ve. 17."
Magazine, page 131, a Selection of Captain Bragge, an armed hand and Dalzell; it will be doing ine 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 pugna,
where this book is to be met with. Javit et juvabit Jelovah."
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 á Species Plantarum, are to be purchased, pen crossed :-"Pro Lege, Rege, Grege," having in vain attempted to get the on a label over them.
work completed here. INDAGATOR.
To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine.
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, in 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 Monlhly Magazine. rature seldom extends beyond their pro- SIR, vincial Paper, or their Bible and Prayer PRINCIPAL object in the preceding Book! Wbat then is the means by which this great purpose is to be at. 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 known, while it by the same grave authority. neither proses nor dilates so as to per- 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 sotne 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 law. farm and soil, plainly, intelligibly, and yers of language tell us the rule of court? practically.
The fuct is, that they correct their very Mr. Yoong, as is well known, has de grammars by the prinler's dictionary." voked 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;". inities 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 gramınarian. 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 era man. His book is therefore all that can pense, expence, with either letter. But be desired as a manual of improved prace 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 s? 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-a mode country, at large, to triumph over the of spelling certainly not warranted either difficulties of the times.
by usage, or the usual forms of the Parmers, 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 moonthemselves of so desirable a treasure ; shine. • In English, (the reviewer boldly but it is incumbent on all great land asks,) why should we class under difOwners, and their stewards, to give every ferenc heads the words this, the, that ? possible currency to the volume, by a If we call thein articles, or particles, gratuitous distribution on rent-days, che 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 in- middle situation between this and that: creased profit and facility to the tee this indicating a more contiguous, and Dantry. I have heard it called, the that a more remnie, 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 wense, as inuch good would be effected these words under different heads." tw the community by the formation of Now, the truth is, that they are all bueillies lo circulate it, as in a spiritual classed under one and the same head ; 3
siamely, 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 common 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 which, how applicable soever it may be was asserted by any grammarian, that to the classification adopted 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 postone 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 affixes, but prepositions, used in wholly and solely the property of the re- the common way, being prefired to their viewer. I aliude to "the indicating a regimen; lo look over-what ? --Cersniddle situation between this and that, tainly something. Occasionally, 00 &c." The language of nonsense is ge- doubt, they may, like transitive verbs, nerally diffisse ; but here it is admirably be used absolntely, or without having condense. Referring to two objects at any regimen affired to them; but eveni different distances from us, we correctly then they do not lose their distinctive enough characterise the nearest, as "this character. “Under the head preposic object," and the farthest, as "that ob. lions, Mr. Grant (observes the critic,) ject;" and now “comes a Daniel to takes no notice of our peculiar, and to jadgment," who seriously informs us, foreigners difficult, management of the that any intermediate object is in be preposition. To see through you, is to descrihed 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, cqnally applicable to this, that, and the iş (a very strange definition !) to quit the ocher object, whatever may be their re- house, &c." lative situations? It verily seems to be
On this bead, 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 imwext 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 inar; and that, in the explanations of calling in an English graminar by the the separable and the inseparable prename" preposition, which means, put positions, every attention has been paid before, those separable inflective sylla- to the subject, that it seemed to deserve. bles, with which our verbs are frequently Many such things are often onnitted in combined. To stand by, to look over, grammars, 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.
J. GRANT. a by.stander, un over-looker, and onset, Crouch End. we ought not to include any idea of place, or position, in the definition of To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. chis class of words." Tois extract be.
IE 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. utter 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, oil derision of the stupidest school-boy? of vitriol is ordered in the composition Does he not knows that, in all langua: of their fast grecie. The oil of vitriot
17 of the present day, being used, has no of Tournay College, at Paris, and bears such effect ; since fast greens, so com. date, 1669. I have also met with an mon formerly, are now desideratum. English version of the Treatise on the The reason for this failure is not gene. Love of God, which was printed at rally 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-page announced it as being difficulty :-The oil of vitriol, as jis the twenty-fifth edition. nane 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 the continent; but the article manufac. To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. tured at present, is obtained from sul.
SIR, phur, salı petre, (nitrate of pocash,) &c.
AS and called very properly sulphuric acid.
S your Magazine is open to every
proper discussion, permit me to 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 writer 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 !o its colour. A piece of sin, 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 starcli, into saccharine it apparently of the iron which was pre- matter, which it is the aim of the malta sent in it. The most accurate and the ster lo effect. But we do not believe nicest test generally used for iron is such growth to be in any way necessary prussiat of potasb; 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 sced, 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?
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
the due degree of change being effected to submit translator of the “ Memoirs of St. organized parts exhibit a certain degree
the in the organic matter; that is, when the Francis de Sales,” that bis work would of development, then the inorganic have been more complete, if he had furnished a catalogue of that author's pro- growih beyond this is injurious, as lead
matter is most completely changed. All ductions. Till he may be possessed of one more full, the following, which is ing to a consumption of the inorganic taken from Godfrey Arnold's Historia wise disadvantageous, than as an indica
matter; all less than this is not otherTheologiæ Mysticæ, is at his service.
tion that the inorganic matter is not Introduction à la vie devote. 890.
duly changed. It is provided by nature, Les Epitres Spirituelles, 2 toms. 12mo. that the same agents which urge on the à Paris, 1676.
development of the organized parts, Les vrays Entretiens Spirituelles.
should at the same time assist in preA Annessy, 1678. Missionarias Pastoralis.
paring food for their support; but, in De Amore Dei, libri 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 paragraph, rather than a garbled have met with another. It is called a New extract, though the principal objection Edition, set forth by the English Priests I have to make is to the passage in MOXTILY Mag, No. 265.
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 ex• healthy barley, very soon becomes mouldy periment, that all the oxygen which dis- und putrid; contaminating their healthy appears in germination is converled into, brethren, and ultimately, after undera and 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 sale 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, as 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 muss, 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 exumple 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 porbon, &c. Surely this shews something tion, a mouldy stinking flavour. like inconsistency, if not scepticism. Ipswich, If the terms are appropriate, and re- June 10, 1814. present different sorts of matter, surely ihey are admissible as well in one case To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine, as in another. It is to be lamented SIR, that
now opinien, should be attempted to The advantageoverflad biebts 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 any 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 faine of gas must be much unnecessary towards the conversion of greater than that from tallow or oil, to burley inlo mult;" and viere we must give the same light, because of the softenquire of the practical maltster, what mess or tenuity of the latter; and, alare 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 3001. 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 tar which it produces 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 it and find its way ultimalely into the may become inore. 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, lo his mortifi, works, it is, perhaps, as expensive