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A Second Journey through Persia to Constantinople, between the Years 1810 and 1816: with a Journal of the Voyage by the Brazils and Bombay to the Persian Gulph; together with an account of the proceedings of his Majesty's Embassy under his excellency Sir Gore Ousley, bart. K.S.L. 4to. with maps, coloured costumes, and other engravings from the designs of the author; by Jas. Morier, esq. Sl. 13s.6d.
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VARIETIES, LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL,
Including Notices of Works in Hand, Domestic and Foreign.
T has been our rare fortune, in the
progress of this miscellany, to be the harbingers of the various important discoveries which, during the last twenty-five years, have done honour to the genius of man. Notwithstanding the lofty pretensions of learned bodies and societies, we have, with few exceptions, been the first to draw these discoveries from obscurity, and exhibit to the world their claims in a clear and popular manner; and it is our glory, in regard to several of them, that, in recommending them, we have often stood alone, and have generally been opposed by contemporary journalists, and not unfrequently by professors of science. We have now to announce another application of philosophy to the arts of life, so pregnant with advantages, and so extensive in its purposes, as to threaten an entire revolution in the cconomy and formation of our domestic establishments. In the Number for April last, we introduced the details of a system of warming houses, by means of the Steam generated in a small boiler, worked in any out-building, and conveyed by pipes to hollow-sided cylinders placed in the rooms of a house; and we stated in such clear terms the advantages of this clogant mode of propagating heat, that the work-shops en; gaged in the manufactories have had more orders than they can execute.
The experiments made in the course of .
these erections have, however, determined a fact which cannot fail to lead to a great extension of the system. . It appears that steam, conveyed in pipes nearly half a mile in length, has suffered at
the extremity no sensible diminution of its heat; consequently, hot steam may be diffused for purposes of heating houses, in a radius from the boiler of at least half a mile ; and perhaps even of two, three, or more miles. Here then is a principle by which heat may be conveyed from a public boiler or magazine, where it is generated, to any desirable distance; and thence may be conveyed into houses for the purpose of keeping the rooms at any temperature, just as gas for light, or water for culinary purposes, is now conveyed into them. We thus divest ourselves at once of coal or wood fires, of all their smoke, filth, and dangers; and also of chimneys, grates, and their accessories. In cost, the ratio is very high in favour of the heat of steam, as ten to one, and twenty to one, according to circumstances. In effective heat, in wholesomeness, in enjoyment, and in luxury, there can be no comparison. Thus a bushel of refuse coal and cinders, costing eight-pence or a shilling, will boil a copper for fifteen hours, and generate steam enough to keep ten or twelve rooms at a uniform and equally-diffused temperature of sixty or seventy degrees. Of course it is the same whether these rooms are in one house, six houses, or twelve houses;” and hence the incalculable advantages of this application of steam. Houses, * It is proved, by experiment, that every superficial foot of a metallic hollow
A cylinder, four feet high, and sixteen inches
Houses, manufactories, schools, churches, hamlets, villages, cities, and cven the great metropolis itself, may thus be heated from one or many boilers, or from one or many stations, as may be most convenicut. Smoke, the nuisance of towns, will thus at once be exterminated; because that which is generated at the public boilers may easily be consumed, or condensed. We thus also clear society of the stigma and the crimes of chimney-sweeping; and diminish the hazards and the horrors of those conflagrations which are as dangerous to our property as our lives. In fine, we expect that these observations will, in due time, have the effect of rendering steamHEATING societies as general, as popular, and as lucrative, as GAS-LIGHTING soci ET1 Es; and we hope, in consequence, to witness, in the universal success of both, a greater triumph of philosophy than philosophers themselves have ever contemplated. *...* Being anxious to render the Monthly Magazine a focus of intelligence relative to the so new and important applications of aqueous and inflammable gas for heating and lighting, we shall give every encouragement to communications on those subjects till their advantages are understood, and their introduction has become general. We regard them as the greatest practical improvements of this age; and, therefore, shall devote a column or two every month to the subject. Dr. CLARKE Abel will soon publish, Personal Observations made during the Progress of the British Embassy through China, and on its Voyage to and from that Country, in a quarto volume, illustrated by engravings. Dr. A. B. GRANville has in the press, Memoirs on the Present State of Science and Scientific Institutions in France; interspersed with anecdotes, and illustrated by plates and tables. An Account of the Small-Pox, as it appeared after Vaccination, will shortly appear, by Alex ANDER Monro, M.D. professor of Anatomy in the University of Edinburgh; including, among many cases, three which occurred in the author's own family.
inches diameter, that is, having sixteen feet on the outside, and sixteen feet on the inside, will therefore heat 8000 cubic feet of air, or a room thirty feet square and nine feet high. It appears, also, that one small boiler will keep four such cylinders at 70° of heat; and, therefore, will heat twelve rooms, that are eighteen feet square and eight feet high,
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A Geographical and Statistical Description of Scotland is in the press; by JAMES PLAYFAiR, D.D. F.R.S. and F.A.S.E. principal of the United College of St. Andrew, and Historiographer to the Prince Regent. John GALt, esq. is preparing the second part of the Life of Benjamin West, esq. Captain KATER has undertaken a journey to the North, with a view of ascertaining the length of the seconds pendulum at the principal stations of Colonel Mudge's Trigonometrical Survey, and the government has afforded liberal assistance towards this important investigation. At the last meeting of the Caledonian Horticultural Society, a report was read from Messrs. HAY, MAcDoNALD, and Neill, who, at the desire of the society, had paid a horticultural visit to some parts of the continent. They stated, that grafts of nearly fifty new pears, and
about forty new apples, of the most ap
proved kinds, raised by M. Van Mons at Brussels, had been received last spring; that they had been grafted on suitable stocks. It also mentioned that a collection of cones of some of the new species of pine-tree, originally brought from South America, had been received, and were now under trial. The Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, by Thomas HARtwell HoRNE, A.M. illustrated with maps and sac-similes of biblical manuscripts, in three volumes, octavo, is nearly ready for publication. The statue of Memnon, sent from Egypt by Mr. SALTE as a present to the British Museum, now lies in the Museum yard, and consists of one solid block of granite, weighing about nine tons. The face is in high prescrvation, and remarkably expressive. The same ship also brought presents of antiquity from the Bey of Tripoli to the Prince Regent, consisting of columns, cornices, chapiters, &c. found at Lebida. The columns are mostly of one solid piece, one weighing near fifteen tons, and being twenty-two feet in length. They were selected by Capt. W. H. Smyth, of the royal navy, in which he was assisted by the British consul at Tripoli. SiR HUMPHRY DAvy's experiment of the glowing platinum wire can thus be made when the combustible used is camphor:-if a piece of camphor, or a few small fragments in a heap, be placed in any convenient situation, as on a shilling, the bottom of a glass, &c, and a piece of platinum
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platinum wire, either coiled or pressed up together, be heated and laid upon it, the platina will glow brilliantly as long as any camphor remains, and will frequently light it up into a flame. Mr.TrioMAs Scott, paymaster of the 70th regiment, stationed at Kingston, in Upper Canada, is reported in the United States to be the author of Waverley, the Antiquary, &c. &c. An acknowHedgment of the fact was made (says the Port-Folio,) by one of the family of Mr. Scott to an American gentleman during the last autumn. In addition to this, an individual of Philadelphia has seen the manuscript of one of these works. Mrs. Scott, the lady of Mr. Thomas Scott, lately passed through New York, on her way to Great Britain, and the time of her arrival was distinguished by an advertisement of a new tale in three volumes, entitled “Rob Roy,” as having been put to press in England, by the author of Waverley and other novels. The intimate connexion which Mr. Walter Scott is known to have had with these publications is fully accounted for upon the supposition that the author is his brother, and lives in Upper Canada. A river of the first magnitude has been found in the interior of New Holland, running through a most beautiful country, rich in soil, limestone, slate, and good timber, by Mr. Oxley, the surveyorgeneral. Its course was northerly, in latitude 32 deg. 45 min. S. and 148 deg. 58 min. E. longitude. To ascertain the course and direction of this river is to be the object of an early oxpedition. There has long been a great and increasing population in India—the descendants of Europeans from Indian mothers and their progeny. Many of them are well educated, and people of considerable property; and, latterly, they have been studiously investigating their civil rights as free-born British subjects. They have commenced a newspaper to facilitate the objects of their inquiries, and all public measures in India will now be openly canvassed, and Europe will no longer be abused respecting the condition of the Eastern hemisphere. An Historical Account of Discoveries and Travels in Asia, by HUGH MURRAY, F.R.S.E. will speedily be published. Mr. John NiCHols is preparing for publication, in three octavo volumes, the Miscellaneous Works of the late George Hardinge, esq. Dr. SpikeR's Travels through England have been published at Berlin, and
[Aug. 1, an English Translation is preparing for the press. Capt. Golow NIN, the Narrative of whose Captivity has been recently published, is printing Recollections of Japan, comprising an account of the
people and of the country.
Mr. J. W. WHITAKER, of St. John's College, Cambridge, has in the press, a Critical Examination of Mr. Bellamy's Translation of Genesis. Dr. ANDREw DUNCAN will soon publish an Account of the Life, Writings, and Character, of the late Dr. Alex. Monro, delivered at the Harveian Oration at Edinburgh for 1818. e In a few days will be published, Family Worship considered, nond some hints suggested for its more effectual performance, with prayers. On the 17th of June the Russian brig Rurick, under the command of Lieut. Kotzebue, reachcd Portsmouth, last from the Cape of Good Hope, having
been out two years and eleven months.
on a voyage of discovery. The honour of the British nation is so deeply compromised by the base conduct of the ministry, which abuse its name, in the person of the Emperor Napoleon, that we feel it our duty to mention with applause some very eloquent Essays on this subject, which, within the month, have appeared in the Sunday paper called the Luminary. These Essays, if widely circulated, may tend to counteract the malignant and black-hearted doctrines maintained by the conductors of certain unprincipled Newspapers and Journals, whose hypocritical canting on other subjects obtains them credit with many worthy readers. Carthage, at the return of Regulus, was doubtless misled by wretches like these to commit a crime which brought on it the resentment of the whole world, and has since rendered that city and its fate a proverb to all posterity. Truth will finally prevail over the cffrontery of falsehood, and all experience proves that similar causes never fail to produce similar effects. Mr. CHALM ERs has in the press, an abridgment of Todd's edition of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary. Professors Wood, PLAYFAIR, and Pict ET, have certified that Dr. BREwsTER is the original discoverer of the kaleidoscope as at present made and used. It seems, however, that in Kircher's Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae, published at Rome in 1646, there is an account of the kaleidoscope. At p. so o
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of that work is a description of the appearance of the circle divided into its aliquot parts by means of two plane mirrors, which are set at the angles of 120°, 90°, 729, &c. &c. with one another. JHe afterwards goes on to describe the multiplication of images by reflections from mirrors, set in different situations with one another, and expressly mentions the variety of combinations which may be produced by changes in the objects which are reflected. Speedily will appear, Sermons, by the Rev. C. R. MATURIN, Curate of St. Peter's, Dublin, in octavo. The Rev. R. B.Rook is preparing for publication, the State and Progress of Religious Liberty, from the first propagation of Christianity in Britain to the present time. Mr. W.M. CAREY has in the press, a Biographical Sketch of B. R. Haydon, esq. with critical observations on his paintings, and some notice of his essays in the public journals. We have often maintained the opinion, that the increase of the population in 1811, compared with 1801, arose from the greater accuracy of the last census; but a periodical writer maintains, that the baptisms and burials of Hampstead, Hendon, and Edgeware, afford evidence of a proportionate increase between 1811 and 1818. Dr. JAcob, demonstrator of anatomy in the University of Dublin, has discovered and demonstrated in his lectures on the diseases of the eye, this spring, a membrane covering the cxternal surface of the retina in man and other animals. . Mr. W. A Ust, of Gray’s-Inn Road, has invented an instrument for freeing the shaft horse when salien with a loaded cart. The instrument consists of the simple addition to the common props of the cart, of an iron bar and hook, about half their length, attached to the top of each prop, and a bent iron prong at the bottom, to prevent their slipping; the props are strengthened with an iron ferule at each end. Dr. HALLARAN has in the press a second cdition, wish considerable additions, of his Practical Observations on the Causes and Cure of Insanity. No. VI. of Vir. DYER's Lives of Illustrious Men is nearly ready. The following letters throw some sight on the late expedition to the Niger. They were sent from Senegal to Wm. S. Shaw, esq. of Boston, by whose po
liteness they have been published in the
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Leone, concerning the 'unfortunate expe-
march, the expedition arrived at Kakundy,
the point from which it started. Capt.
Campbell's health had already begun te
decline by reason of fatigue, and the
chagrin he felt at the ill success of his
undertaking; these, together with the
unhealthiness of the climate, had worn
down his strength and exhausted his
spirits, and he died in two days after his arrival at the Rio Nunez.
The Oolite, or freestone, found at Bath,
is very soft and porous, is easily pene
trated by, and absorbs a considerable
quantity of, water. It has of late been
formed into wine-coolers and butter
jars in place of the common biscuit ware,
and, from the facility with which the
water passes through it, so as to admit
of evaporation at the surface, it succeeds
very well. But the most ingenious ap
plication of this stone is in the for:ation
of circular pyramids, having a number
of grooves cut one above the other on
its surface; these pyramids are soaked in
water, and a small hole made in the
centre filled; salad seed is then sprinkled
in the grooves, and, being supplied with
water from the stone, vegetates; and, in
the course of some days, produces a crop
of salad ready to be placed on the table,
The hole should be filled with water
daily, and, when one crop is plucked,
the seeds are brushed out and another gown.
Number of Persons executed for Forgery in
England yearly, from 1790 to 1818.
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