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P. S. In a work published several years ago by governor Pownall, an explanation is given of the opinions and experiments of general Melvill on the external form and internal distribution of the ancient Roman war-galley: but this is dcne in a way too succinét for the information of the generality of readers. It is a pity therefore that the world is not savoured with a more ample and accurate account of the sentiments entertained on this subječt by a gentleman so eminently qualified to decide the questiou ful judice, as general Melville must be aflowed to be: for, not withitanding the present highly improved state of naval architecture and tactics, as well as of the art of navigation itself, yet

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