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Art. XXX. Melanges de Physiologie, de Physique, et de Chimie, &c.&.

Miscellanies of Physiology, Physics, Chemistry, &c. By Claude
Roucher de Ratte. 2 vols. 8vo. Paris. 1806.
THIS is one of the most absurd books that even the French press ever

emitied. The philosophical and chemical part of it, we shall throw aside with contempt, because it is old as well as ridiculous; but the discoveries in physiology and the faculties of human nature, may be amusing and novel enough to atone for their folly.

M. Roucher, then, has discovered that any person capable of exerting intensity of thought, and sufficient faith, may sympathetically possess the sensations of another person, at any distance from 30 to 300 feet, and enjoy all the satisfactions of sceing, hearing, smelling, tasting, &c. by proxy.

But this is not all, M. Roucher is not satisfied with sensual gratisica. tions ; he has also announced an intellectual sympathy, by which he can enter into the thoughts of another, infuse all manner of ideas, ask all mane per of questions, &c. &c. A secret so important to statesmen, lovers, nay, to the whole world, and which must render M. Roucher the most formidable of human beings, is thus developed :

“ I have discovered that we may know the thoughts of another person, and transmit our own, without the assistance of words, without any motion of the lips, withrut any signs, and without seeing one another.

When we want to know a truth, which we suspect is carefully concealed from us, we have only to press with our fingers the cartilaginous part of the first false ribs, near the heart, towards the sternum, and then, put a categorical question to the

person from whom we expect information, at the distance requisite in all sympathetic phenomena (from 30 to 300 feet). It is not necessary that the question should be expressed by word of mouth; the thought alone nientally uttered is sufficient. Nor is it necessary that the two persons should see each other. If the requisite conditions have been fulfilled, the person who is thus interpelled, will

, if the conjecture be right, experience in the region of the heart, a kind of pricking, like the stinging of ants, which, by a sympathetic affection, will be transmitted to the other. In the contrary case neither will feel any thing !"

The only defence against this marvellous inquisition, which realizes the suggestion of Momus, and renders “ a naked human heart” open to all spectators within the distance of 300 feet, is the application of the hand upon the occipul!

We do not pretend to doubt that M. Roucher can do all this ; we should like exceedingly to subject such an animal to a course of experiments, as a most extraordinary help in solving many physiological questions of extreme difficulty in regard to matter and mind. We should probably begin by trying whether he could “ hold a fire in his hand, by thinking on the frosty Caucasus," but the theory has wisely guarded against such experiments by a limitation of the distance. Yet there are many other unexceptionable ordeals to which he might with great propriety be submitted ; and after we had gained all the information which the living fibre could furnish, we might take him to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, and trace the course of his nerves, and investigate the nature of his brain. However, like his illustrious master, Napoleon, as long as he preserves his due distance on the other side of the channel, he is safe ; and we warn both the one and the other that if they come within the sympathetic distance of Englishmen, “they will experience in the region of the heart, a kind of pricking," from which no application on the occiput, will avail to protect them.


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in Parliament by the Right Hon, Charles The late Mr. Russell, celebrated amongst James Fox, and the Right Hon. William men of science for the production of the Pitt, in the order in which they were de lunar globe, left, at his death, two Lunar livered, from the cominencement of the Planispheric Drawings, the result of num+ public life to the decease of these orators. berless telescopic observations scrupulous- The object of this work is to display, in dy measured by a micrometer: one of their true colours, the splendid talents of which Drawings exhibits the lunar disk in these great men; with this view their a state of direct opposition to the sun, Speeches will be printed as they were acwhen the eminences and depressions are tually delivered in the House of Commons, undetermined, and every intricate part, aris- and opposed to cach other in regular or. ing from colour, form, or inexplicable der.---Prefixed to the first volume will be causes, is surprizingiy developed and ex- given, Memoirs, drawn from authentic quisitely delineated; the other, of pre- sources, of the Gentlemen whose characcisely the same proportion, represents the ters the work is intended to illustrate; and eininences and depressions of the moon, the whole will be accompanied with such determined, as to their form, with the ut- notes and introductory observations as most accuracy, producing their shadows shall render it a brief history of the times when the sun is only a few degrees above in which these celebrated statesmeu flouthe horizon of each part. The former of rished. these was beautifully and most correctly J. Gifford and H. R. Yorke, Esqrs. have engraved by Mr. Pussell, who had likewise in great forwardness the History of the very considerably advanced in the engrav- Administration of the late William Pitt, ing of the latter, when death terminated which will be comprized in four octavo bis labours: it is, however, left in such a

volumes. 1 forward state, that it will be finished with It may gratify the curious in oriental the greatest exactress, and all possible dis- literature, to be informed, that a number patch. Mr. William Russell, son of the of publications, principally in the Bengalee late Mr. Russell, proposes to publish by language, sent by the Bapt st Missionaries subscription these Lunar Plates, which in Bengal, are now on sale at Mr. J. Burhave been long promised to the scientitic ditt's, Paternoster row. world: the whole will be incomparably the The first part of Dr. Clutterbuck's " Inmost complete Lunar Work ever offered quiry into the Seat and Nature of Fever," to any age, effected indeed by extreme la- is expected to make its appearance in the bour during twenty-one years. The price course of the ensuing month.. of subscription will be five guineas, part Mr. Samuel Young is preparing for the to be paid at the time of subscribing: an press a Dissertation on the Advantages of advance will be made to non-subscribers. the Adhesive Strap, shewing the Abuses of The diameter of each planisphere will be the Ligature in the Stitching of Wounds. fifteen inehes: the description of both Mr. Bolingbroke, of Norwich, who has Plates will be given when the second is recently returned from Demerara, after a paid for and delivered.

residence of five years in that and the adMr: Fortescue, of Gray's-Inn, is said to joining colonies, intends to publish an Acbe engaged in a Topographical Diction count of his Voyage, including new and ary.

interesting particulars of the present conMr. Blore has made considerable pro- dition of the various European settlements gress in a Topographical Account of Rut- on that coast of South America. landshire.

The publication of a new and improved Mr. Thomas Burnet will publish by sub- edition of the Encyclopædia Perthensis scription, in one small octavo volume, commences with this year: it will be coma illustrated with an elegant frontispiece, prized in 45 parts of half a volume each, the Sweets of Solitude, and other Poems. containing 360 pages, super-royal octavo;

In a few days will be published, in six they will be published monthly. harge volumes octavo, the Speeches made The fifth edition of Parkinson's Medical

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Admonitions to families is now in the The Rev. Edward Patteson, M. A. aupress. To this edition has been added, thor of a General and Classical Atlas, will several important instructions respecting speedily publish an Introduction to Anthe treatment of diseases, by an early at- cient and Modern Geography, in one small tention to which the progress of diseases octavo volume, in the preface to which may be stopped, and further aid rendered Mr. P. will particularly describe a method unnecessary. Such observations are also of applying the Atlas to purposes of geointroduced as will mark the degrees of dan- graphical instruction. ger in the sick, shew the difference between A new edition of Clavigero's History of one disease and another, point ont the du. Mexico is in preparation. ties of those who attend on the sick, and The Rev. Rogers Ruding, B. D. vicar of teach the propermanagement of complaints Maldon, in Surrey, proposes to publish, by incident to children.

subscription, an Historical Account of the Dr. Herdman has in the press his Se- Coinage of Britain and its Dependencies, cond Discourse on the interesting subject from the earliest Periods of authentic Hisof the Management of Infants, and the tory to the present Time. A large IntroTreatment of their Diseases. It is writ- tuctory Discourse will contain various ten in a plain and familiar style, to render matters relative to the subject, which are it intelligible and useful to mothers, and necessary to be previously known. In the all those who have the management of in- body of the work will be found all the facts fants.

relating to the subject, which the author Dr. Davis is preparing for the press an has been able to collect, from Cæsar's disAbridgement of that part of Professor covery of Britain to this time, in chronoPiuel's celebrated Work on Philosophical logical order. These facts have been gaNosography, which treats of Febrile Dis- thered from Records in the Tower, Roll's orders.

Chapel, Exchequer, and other public of In the course of this year, M. C. Ma- fices; from the Rolls and Journals of Pars lorti de Martemont, Master of Fortifica- Jiament; from Statutes, Proclamations, tion and Artillery at the Royal Military Chronicles, and Histories. A considerable Academy at Woolwich, will publish by Appendix of curious original Documents subscription, (to be paid on delivery,) an will be added. The work will be printed Essay on Military Reconnoitring; with the in quarto, and will be comprized in two Method of Surveying in the Field, either volumes. A few copies will be printed on with or without Instruments, by Pacing, large paper. The work will be put to press on Horseback, and by the Eye.

as soon as a sufficient sum shall have been The same author intends to publish in subscribed to defray the expence. succession,

In the course of next month will be 1. An Essay on Permanent Fortifica- commenced, the Political Review, and tion.

Monthly Register, by B. Flower, of Har2. An Essay on the Attack and Defence low, containing Remarks on the State) of Places.

Public Affairs, a Record of the most Im3. An Essay on Castrametation.

portant Events, foreign and domestic, Mr. Pratt has in preparation a long State Papers, Parliamentary Proceedings, promised work of the novel kind, called a Review of the principal Publications reGreat and Little Folks, which will make lating to General Politics and Civil and its appearance in the course of the present Religious Liberty, Origiñal Correspondwinter.

ence, &c. &c. An Abridgement of Search's Light of In conducting this publication, the edia Nature pursued is in the press.

tor invites the assistance of the liberal and The fifth edition of Curiosities of Lite- enlightened of all parties. A supplement rature is now in the press: the work is en- will be published every six months, which, tirely recast : the most interesting topics with the preceding numbers, will make are more completely and curiously inves- one large volume in ootavo. tigated, and it has been the study of the The late Mrs. Charlotte Smith having writer to class and to compress as many drawn up Memoirs of part of her Literary events of Literary History as the limits of Life, they will shortly be published by one the work allowed.

of the members of her family, accompanied Mr. William 'Ticken, of the Royal Mili- by a Collection of her Letters. ? tary College, will shortly publish a Trea- Mr. Reid, of Berwick-upon-Tweed, deLise on the Principles of Geography, sta- signs immediately to print a new edition fistical, political, astronomical, historical, (the 4th) of The Select Remains of the Rev, and mathematical, in a quartovolume,with J. Brown, late of Haddington. They conplates,

tain Memoirs of his Life, Letters to his


Priends, Religious Tracts, Addresses to his ous in his endeavours to obtain some booke Children, an Account of his Dying Say- of this description from Pekin, but without ings; and bis Dying Advice to his Congre- effect, for the government, whose suspigation.

cions are excited on the slightest occasion, Considerably advanced at the press, and has prohibited their exportation under the soon' will be published, Anti-Miseria, the severest penalties. Pleasures of Human Life investigated, elucidated, and promulgated, philosophically, satyrically, and luminously, consisting On account of the late changes in fo. of a dozen dissertations on male, female, reign relations, as well as the internal afand neuter pleasurés, by Hilaris Benevo- fairs of various countries, many alterations, Jus and Co. members of the Literarium both with regard to authorized codes of Lusorium Londinense.

law and national catechisms, which den New editions in octavo and duodecimo serve notice, will soon take place. Among of the Works of the Rev. John Newton, these, the New French Civil Codex will be rector of St. Mary Woolnoth, London, are introduced without exception into the in preparation.

kingdom of Italy, as soon as the Italian The Rev. John Brown, of Whitburn, is translation thereof shall bave been comabout to publish a second edition of the pleted, and will also probably be extended Memoirs of the Rev. James Hervey. He to the kingdom of Naples. Some adviços would feel himself particularly obliged to seem to lead to a supposition that this any person who could communicate un- Code will also be introduced into the States published letters, or authentic anecdotes of the Rhenish Confederacy. Whether the of Mr. Hervey.

New French Catechism will be introdaced Mr. Weber has in the press the second into the other Catholic Confederate States volume of his interesting Memoirs of the is not yet so certain. So great a demand late Queen of France; it will appear in for the Catechism was expected, that it is the course of January.

printed in stereotype. A bookseller has Dr. Callcott announces, in the preface to given 25,000 dollars for the copy right. his Musical Grammar lately published,

At Strasbourg, M. J. P. Graffenauer, that he has not abandoned the design form- has published an Economico-technical ace ed some years sinceof compiling a Musical count of the Mineralogy of ci-devant Al. Dictionary. His original plan merely pro- sace; his plan is, 1. To notice the esfessed to comprehend an abridgement of sential, natural and chemical characters Walther, Rousseau, &c.; but when the of each substance, 2. To present an acfriendship of Mr. Kollman (organist of the

count of the veins and strata of the minechapel at St. James's) had assisted bim rals. 3. To detail the labours of the with some valuable treatises, he found it workmen, the mode of operation, and necessary to relinquish the idea of imme- prodnce. 4. To specify the different diate publication : but unwilling that many uses to which those articles are applied. more years should elapse without shewing (Essai d'une minéralogie alsacienne économicothe world in what manner his researches technique des departmens du Haut et Bas-Rhin, had been conducted, he has published his formant la ci-devant Alsace. 1 Vol. 8vo. Musical Grammar.

with a mineralogical map of Alsace, 6 fr.)

M. D has published a work on Hisa

tory, entitled Le Guide de l'Histoire, it is Messrs. Poyntell and Co. have just issu- adopted in the Libraries of the Lyceums,in od from their Classical Press in Philadel- France; it consists of a selection of trea. phia, in a neat and correct style, the first tises on this science, and on subjects conAmerican edition of Xenophon's Cyrope- nected with it, by authors of acknowledged dia in eight books. The American editors merit.. have copied from Hutchinson's London Mons. de Labouliniere, General Secre. edition, and announce, that under the cri. tary of the Prefecture of the department tical inspection of Mr. John Watts, they of the Upper Pyrenees, at Jarbes, has rehave corrected many errors of that edi- ceived from the Academy of Sciences and tion,

Arts at Lyons, a Prize for his answer to

the question, “What means can a governThe Directors of the East-India Com- ment employ to make the extension which pany, some time since, sent orders to their a great revolution gives to the ideas, and supercargoes to procure, if possible, some the strength which it infuses into the chaelementary books of the Chinese language, racter, useful for the improvement of agrifor the use of their college at Hertford. culture, commerce, and the arts?” Mr. L'Amiah - has been particularly zeal. Among the.questions relating to various



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scienčes, the following is proposed by the M. Vallkampf, Prothonetary of the InClass of Literature of the Society of perial Chamber of Wetzlar, bas commenSciences and Arts at Montauban: "To ced a periodical publication, entitled, Poliwhat degree is severe criticism hurtful to tical and Historical Views, occasioned by the progress of talents ?»

the Changes in the Constitution of the Extract from the 2651h Number of the Mer. German Empire. The first number has cure de France.

just appeared, consisting of five sheets, pr. The Holy Crown of Thorns, given by 36 kr. 1s. 4d. English. to. Baldwin, Emperor of Constantinople, to The Gazette of and for Hungary, edited St. Lewis, in 1238, and which was preservé by. Schedius, appears in the present state ed umtonched through the revolutionary of the commerce in books, not likely to be fury of 1793, will be solemnly transferred soon resumed. to the metropolitan church of Paris, on i Bredelyky's Contributions to the topograSunday, Aug. 10. This relic will be exhi- phy of Hungary, which contain many excelbited, for the adoration of the devout, in a lent things, is not relinquished, but will be gilt frame, representing the terrestrial concluded with the fourth volume. globe surmounted by a cross, at the foot of The industrious Kovachich continues which was seulptured the lion of the tribe very active in the history and literature of of Judah, with this inscription: Vicit leo his country; he is now occupied with the : de tribu Juda.'

idea of a new edition of the Corpus juris A colossal statue of General Dessaix will · Hungarici, much augmented by many hapbe erected in the course of this year in the pily discovered old imperial statutes. Place de Victoire.

The historian, Vou Evgel, appears to A historical column is to be erected in have relinquished his historical charac- , the Plage Vendôrne: it is to be one hun- ter. dred and twenty feet high, and entirely co- Schwartner is silent; and if the times vered with bronze: it will display the most do not soon 'improve, by-and-by every: memorable events of the campaign of 1805 thing will be silent, but it will be the siz! in basso relievo. The subjects intended to lence of the tomb. be represented will be distributed to dif. The patriotic journal of M. André, .. ferent artists, who will furnish designs. The counsellor of education, at Brunn, ceased pedestal of this column is already com- with the month of June 1805, M. André menced. It will be entitled, The Column having been invited into Bavaria. A comof Austerlitz.

petent successor to continue this usefuland

much read journal has not been found. M. Bernard Korner announces, that a' A Juarnal, which M. Von Hanke, in OLlearned academician, whose name will mutz, intended to have published, under stamp a value on bis work, is engaged by the title of Slawenka, and of which one num-" him to compose a Statistical Account of ber appeared in 4to. in 1804, from the the States of the Rhenish Confederacy, Univessity Press, at Buda, is interrupted which will be published as soon as the po- by his death. This number contained a litical relations are sufficiently arranged: critical account of a copy of an old Scla- , it will be accompanied by a neat and cor- vonian Bible, in possession of the editor's rect Map:


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piece of criticism ; and evinces no fundaof the literary journals published in mental knowledge of the Sclavonian lanGermany, that of Halle is the most read; guage. after this, that of Jena.

A Journal is published at Prague, enOf other periodical works, the Free- titled Slavin, “ a Message from Bohemia thinker 1 Das Freymuthige) is most in re- to all Sclavonian Nations," - by Joseph guest, and after that the Gazette for the Debrowski, member of the Royal Boheelegani world (Zeitüng für die elegant mian Society of Sciences at Prague, and we't.)

of the learned Society at Warsaw. In 8vo. The Minerva of the lively and industri- 2 numbers cost 1 forin. ous Archenholtz, which, since the break- Another Journal is likewise published at ing out of the last war, contains many per- Prague quarterly, under the title Hlasatel, tinent remarks and sentiments of serious Cesky, "the Bohemian Prophet,” by Mr. import relative to Austria, is read with John Negedly, Doctor of Laws, and Promuch approbation.

fessor of the Bohemian Language and LiThe Gazette of Neuwied retains its for- terature in the University there. The inmer estimation, and notwithstanding much tention of this publication is to combine superficial reasoning, enjoys a great repu- entertainment with information, but espea tation among the bigber ranks.

cially to promote and perfect the Boken


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