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property of matter or not, it is certainly, adopt the Cartesian doctrines of rotatory by the actual constitution of nature, ori. atoms in the formation of expansive gases, ginally and indefeasibly impressed upon it; -a doctrine which explains all the phenoand as rest does not exist in nature, but mena without the absiird agency of attracmay be considered, in a vulgar sense, as a tion and repulsion. In truth, though fallary of the senses, and, in a philosophi- every page of this work proves the author cal sense, as an abstraction of the mind, it to be a most able experimental practifollows that what is called the vis inertia tioner, yet he is the sorriest philosopher of matter is not a resistance to a change we ever met with, and his doctrines can from rest to motion, or from motion to have no credit out of the Royal Societies, rest, but a resistance to acceleration or of which, we have no doubt, he is a very retardation, or to change of direction." distinguished member. He rises into the sublimity of philosophical John GAGE, esq. F.S.A. of Lincoln'ssuperstition when he treats about attrac- Inn, bas recently published the History tion and repulsion. “The active nature and Antiquities of Hengrave, in Suffolk, a of matter (says he) is farther proved by work containing many curious particulars those attractions and repulsions which relating to various periods of our historiuniversally take place among its parts, cal annals, and to the characters and poshowever pear or remote; and every in sessions of its owners. In this very cirstance of motion within the cognizance of cumstantial account of the foundation, oor senses, in the bodies around is, is refer- progress, and changes incident to many of rible, either in itself or its cause, to some our old English halls,-of which few acmode of attraction or repulsion.' Mecha- counts have escaped the wreck of time,nical impulse being the most familiar we think we are to look for the chief cause of motion in the ordinary events of attractions and interest of Mr. G.'s very life, is apt to be considered as the most able and interesting researches. He is ensimple and original cause of it; but it is ob- titled to all praise for the accuracy and vions, upon reflection, that it cannot origi- extent of bis historical and antiquarian nate in itself, and that all collisions are labours, discovering every existing inforproduced either by the efficiency of living mation applicable to the subject in which animals, that is, by muscular action, or by he was engaged. We have a singular cameans of some operation of nature, de talogue of the goods and chattels of Sir pending on attraction or repulsion.--At. Thomas Kytson, taken after his death, by traction and repulsion may be considered regular appraisers, in 1603, with a rare as one principle, inasmuch as they are inventory of "Instrewments and Bookes both expressive of that active state origi- of Musicke preserved in the Chamber nally inherent in matter, and becanse any where ye Musicyons playe,” giving us a two particles acting upon each other high opinion of the knight's elegant and either attract or repel, according to their luxurious taste and establishment at the distance, their temperature and affinities; period in which he flourished. We are and this is so universal an agent in nature, sorry we cannot give even a specimen of that some modern philosophers have made them here ; as well as the list of original it absorb, as it were, every other power portraits, old books, and “ tyrants in taand property of matter. The late Father pestry," with which the walls of many of Boscovich, of Milan, about forty years our old mansions used to abound. There ago, advanced a very bold doctrine to this follows a lively description of the beauties effect, alleging with great strength of of Hengrave, of the hall, and of the ancient ugument, illustrated by geometrical rea. church, whose antiquity, from its circular soning, that there does not exist in nature towers, is judged to be very remote, being any soch thing as impenetrable extended no longer appropriated to religious purparticles; and he deduces all the pheno- poses, and serving only as a family reposimena of the material world from one prin- tory of mortal remains, mouldering together ciple, which supposes it constituted of with the last vestiges of its architectural points having several spheres of attraction form. From the monument, however, and repulsion, which, being variously ar- which he discovered, Mr. G. las contrived ranged and combined, produce the
differ. to give us several beautiful plates; and the ent forms and properties of matter, and tombs of Margaret countess of Bath, and its several powers of attraction, whether of Sir Thomas Kytson the younger, are of chemical afinity, cohesion, or gravitation. a splendid and magnificent kind. We Whether this hypothesis is founded in have also a very amusing history of the old truth or not, it would appear, from the lords of the manor; Hengrave, in the time reasonings made use of, that all the rela- of the Confessor Edward, being part of tive properties of matter may be acconnt- the territory of St. Edmond, which we ed for, though we abstract from every learn from Vagdale arose from a very unother consideration but attraction and usual stretch of the sacred prerogative, sepulsion." --We wonder, as the learned belonging to the abbot of blessed memory. doctor is so fond of quoting authorities, It appears that in the twelfth century the that he did not rather, with Sir H. Davay, manor was granted by the monks of that
powerfu community to Leo de Hemmer. ing the Adventures of the Gaoreo Para grave, and it continued in his hands, and martan, accompanied by a translation and in those of bis successors, for more than vocabulary, together with an analysis of 200 years. Henry, the unfortunate Duke the first story. The original appears to of Buckingham, succeeded long atter, but have been written by Father Besche, a had scarcely taken possession, when Jesuit missionary, about the year 1700. both lite and estates were torn from him The author possessed the advantage of a by Richard III. and conferred on some intimate acquaintance with the Tammi more pleasing favourite. As we have no dialects, as well as of the Sanscrit, the space to lay before our readers any por. Teloogoo, the Hindostanee, and the Pertion of the Hengrave papers contained in sian. Owing to these attainments, be was the work, we trust it will have the effect advanced to the office of Divan, under the only of inspiring a desire of reading and celebrated Chunda Laheb, nabob of consulting them in the original,
Trichinopoly. The tale of the Gooroo A publication, entitled Essays, by Father Paramartan seems to have been chosen Fitz-Eustace, is in our opinion of a rather for the information it afforded in very indifferent and equivocal sort of charegard to the Tamul language, than for any racter. Though we do not look for great inherent merits, wbich we are at a loss to depth of thought, extent of reasoning, or discover, There are occasional traces, profound learning, in a work modestly also, of the hand of a foreigner,-a Jesuit ushered in under the unpretending form of and an Italian. The adventures of Gooroo « Essays,” yet we have a right to expect a Paramartan, alias Noodle, together with degree of clearness and meaning, in etforls his five disciples, Blockhead, Simpleton, however trifling and amusing. These qua- Ideot, Dunce, and Fool, certainly farnislı lities we are here at a loss to discover, our Jesuit very fair game, on which to We canpot think the author has succeeded exercise his Christian talents; and, shonld in his professed object to amuse, much less the faith of the Tamul priesthood have reto inform the understanding.' How he ceived a fair interpretation at the Mis could suppose, indeed, he should amuse ussionary's hands, we are quite of opinion by treating important subjects in a style that it might fall to pieces even before the of obscurity and levity, is really beyond argumentative battery of a Catholic, our comprehension. Of this we have me merous examples in treating on “the For.
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: nically termed metastasis, nothing is visiting clergynan of future punishment more remarkable. When rheumatic in- and pain, produced the effect of positive tammation suddenly subsides in one joint, insanity. She raved furiously, but now and immediately takes up its residence in breathed freely! The functions of her another and distant onc, such change in lungs were restored, as reason was suslocality does not strike the observer as pended, and until her mind became again being mnel out of the course of common iranquil, all manifestation of pulmonary Enccession; since the newly affected part malady totally disappeared. would seem at least eqnally with the In the Reporter's own practice two former, susceptible of the same morbid instances have recently occurred, (one procesg; and the fresh attack is both of within the last month,) in which death like nature, and implicates like structure appeared to be irresistibly and fast ap. with the foregoing. But, when a disease proaching, in the shape of pulmonary bas actually proceeded to the extent of disease; when all at once, and without disorganizing and destroying, when such warning, especially in the latter instance, a disease is suspended, and, for a time, the mind, from being in a condition of positively cured, in order that vicarious rectitude and composure, awaiting with ravages may elsewliere be committed on calmuess bodily dissolution, has lost its the feeble frame, we are struck with tone and energy; the power of expressing astonishment at Nature's powers, and com- thoughts and feelings is gone; in a word, pelled to confess our complete ignorance cerebral disease, of some kind or other, respecting the modus operandi of hier is established, and all pnlinovic affection workings.
is suspended. In these cases what would If the writer be not mistaken, he has be the post mortem shewings of the longs formerly alluded to a remarkable case and the brain, supposing the individuals to which is to be met with in the Monila el die under present circumstances.
The Precepta, of Dr. Mead.* A young and in- most probable event however will be, teresting girl was apparently within a few tbat of death, from a return of the original days of death from coufirmed consump- sickness; but how astonishing appears the
power of vicarious disorder, in thus, as it ' A work which, for elegance of mo- were, reorganizing disorganized structure, dern latinity, stands altogether unrivalled. and restoring lost function! MONTHLY MAC. No. 375.