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To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. SIR, N the statement, in your last Number, I of the debt incurred during the present war, a considerable article seems to be omitted; notwithstanding which, the total is some millions greater than it would appear if the particulars were correót. I presume it will no longer be denied, that the imperial loans, the interest on which is now paid out of the produce of the consolidated fund, without any reimbursement, are to be considered in the same light as any other part of the national debt: these sums should therefore be included in the account of the money borrowed, which however will not then amount to 14.7 millions, but to 1383 millions. The total amount of the funded debt created during the war, was on the 5th of April, 1798, nearly 159 millions; to which, if 394 millions are added for the stock created by the two last loans, and 74 millions Imperial three per cents. the total capital of stock will be zoo millions, instead of 2243. The annual sum payable for the same, will be as follows: x 63 millions at 3 per cent. A 4,890, coo 12% — at 4 per cent. 5oo, ooo 30% - at 5 per cent. 1,525, ooo Long Annuities • - - 312,665 Imperial Annuities - - 230,000

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The English is very variable, with respe&t to the proportion of vowels and consonants : that of the consonants is much greater in the scripture style, than in elegant, writing, and more especially that which is scientific, from its containing more words derived from the learned languages. In the bible, the compass of the variation, in the number of vowels, is generally from about 68 to 50 ; but the medium may be settled at 56 to a loo consonants. In polished writing, the medium number of vowels may be fixed at 66; and the mean between the two styles will be 61, the number inserted in the foregoing table. The compass of variation in the Greek is confiderable. I have found 1.5o vowels to 1 oo consonants; and frequently as low as 86. The other languages are pretty close to the average number, given in the table : the Welsh seldom deviates three vowels from the mean number. Having brought forward the above calculation, in defence of the Welsh language; and as it completely falsifies the popular opinion, I may be excused, if I should, in the moment of triumph, recount some other excellencies, which are to be found in it. The following enumeration will give some idea of its copiousness, with respe&t to the composition of words: it has seven prefixes; it has eleven terminations of verbs in the infinitive mood; fifty-four terminations of nouns: nineteen of adjećtives; twenty-one plurais; and nine diminutive ternlinations. This gives a total of compositive particles, greater than that of all the other languages, in the above table, if they were put together. In the Welsh they are general in their application too, of which there is nothing similar in the others; but what is more than all, they are real words, either, nouns or verbs, in their unconnečted state; and such another example, I may

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