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It will be recollected by many of Historical Society. In 1801, anothe readers of the Anthology, that ther impression of the proposals, the Rev. Arthur Homer, D.D. and &c. was published ; in which the Fellow of St. Mary Magdalen •compiler pledges himself to give College, Oxford, in 1799 dispersed up all the emoluments to the benea folio sheet of .proposals for print- fit of two distinct funds in England ing by subscription a new work, and the United States of North intituled Bibliotheca Universalis America; the subscriptions in Americana; or, an universal A- England to be applied to the use merican library : containing a gen- of the incorporated society for the eral catalogue of publications, re- propagation of the gospel in forlating to America and the West eign parts; those in the United Indies, from the first discovery States to the purchase of books for thereof by Columbus in 1492, to the benefit of a publick library in the end of the present century.” the new Federal City, or unii erThe work was to consist of two sity intended to be established with. quarto volumes: the price to sub- in the limits of the district of Coscribers two guineas, in boards, to lumbia, if such an university should be paid when the whole is com- receive the sanction of the legispleted; and to be dedicated to Gen. lature ; if not, for the use of any Washington. Several improved other publick library which the impressions of the proposals and subscribers themselves shall please prospectus were circulated in 1799, to dominate. To this alteration in to which was annexed a numerous the terms of the original proposals, and respectable list of subscribers. so agreeable to the principles of Upon the death of Washington, “a common equity, it is presumed that necessary change in the intended no objection can reasonably be dedication' took place; and, in made, especially as it has already 1800, a new impression of the pro- received the sanction of that sôposals, &c. was published, in which ciety, to which the editor had bewas the following paragraph : fore intentionally dedicated the ex• The dedication will be addressed, clusive profits.'A postscript intiby particular permission, to the mates that as the number of subright reverend Dr. Watson, bishop scriptions already received to this of Landaff, the learned and pious work are more than sufficient to author of the Apology for the Bible, defray the expenses of the press, as a sincere token of the editor's it affords the editor the greatest esteem for his lordship's defence satisfaction to observe, that every of every thing most dear and valu- additional subscription will be a , able to man, in answer to the im- considerable benefit to the institupious and heretical opinions of a tions which it is meant to serve.' person, whose works he shall ne- The “subscriptions already receive cessarily have occasion to record.' ed' are then particularized, and From this new impression it ap- are closed with the following adpears, that the liberal and inde- vertisement to the reader : . The fatigable author, who had in con- editor of this work having hitherto templation a scheme of personally been prevented by very important, visiting the continent of America, though private, reasons from putfor the sake of obtaining more full ting into execution his intended exand effectual information on the cursion to the continent of Amersubject, was become a correspond- ica, begs leave to inform his subing member of the Massachusetts scribers, that he has by no means abandoned that.scheme altogether, ed, were taken at an advanced period but has only postponed it to a more of his life, when his sight was very favourable opportunity, when those much impaited : a picture of this great reasons shall no longer exist. In man, painted by the late Mr. Barry, is the interim, he trusts that they will now engraving by Mr. Anker Smith, readily excuse the necessary de-- and will be published by Mr. Manson lay, which this will occasion in This, being painted when he was much the publication of his undertaking, younger, may be fairly presumed to be from the hopes which he enter

a more characteristic resemblance than tains, of rendering it more perfect any of those which have preceded it. 'by a personal visit to that country, Mr. Bowyer, of Pall Mall, has especially with respect to its pro- issued proposals for a very splenvincial productions, and conse- did work, which cannot fail to be quently more worthy of the gene- highly interesting to all the friends rous patronage which it has re- of mankind at large, as it is intendceived.'. In 1803, however, he ad- ed to commemorate the final tridressed a printed letter to his sub- umph of humanity in the cause of scribers, dated “Magd. Coll. Ox- the much injured natives of Africa. ford, Feb. 5,' announcing his having It will be entitled, A Tribute of

entirely given up, or at least sus- the Fine Arts in Honour of the pended for a considerable time, Abolition of the Slave Trade, and the further prosecution of the will contain three original poems work. His premature decease is by three gentlemen who have alon many accounts deeply to be re- ready given distinguished proofs of gretted, and may probably have their poètical talents, beside exprevented any testementary di- tracts relative to the subject from rection relative to it. In the afore- some of our most eminent authors. mentioned letter he considers his These will be embellished by near subscribers as fully released from twenty plates, including vignettes, the terms of their subscription, by the very first engravers; and and with many thanks for their the historical subjects will be from intended support of the undertak- original cabinet pictures by the ing, concludes thus : The mate first painters in this country. It rials, however, which have been will form one handsome volume in collected at much expence to my large quarto, printed by Bensley, self, and infinite pains for several in his best manner, on superfine years past, shall not be wholly lost, wove paper, and will be dedicated but, when revised and duly ar- by permission to his royal highness ranged; published at my own risk, the duke of Gloucester, patron, and or deposited in some publick libra- the directors and governors of the ry, where free access may be had Society for bettering the Condition to them for the information of any of the Natives of Africa. A corfuture writers'upon American his. rect and animated likeness of w. tory and literature.' It is surely Wilberforce, F.sq. will be intromuch to be wished that his repre- duced into the work.

sentatives may fulfil his truly libe- In the course of the summer will be * ral intentions, and deposit these published, Memoirs of the voyages,

valuable materials in some publick adventures, and extraordinary long life library accordingly.

of David Salmon, now living in LiverA manuscript copy of Dr. Ram- pool, the only survivor of the crew of say's Life of Washington, with sev- the Centurion, Commodore Anson, with : eral alterations by the author, de

whom he sailed round the world. signed chiefly for the benefit of the Proposals have been issued for British reader, has been forwarded publishing by subscription a Series to England, and will shortly be pub- of Lectures on Painting, delivered lished.

at the Royal Academy of Arts, The portraits of Dr. Samuel John. and at the Royal Institution, in the gon, which have been hitherto publish- years 1806 and 1807; by the late

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John Opie, Esq. They will be by the Hoziourable Francis Henry printed in quarto, accompanied Egerton ; with a preface, an " la with a Mezzotinto engraving, by Lectorem," and criticisms upon Reynolds, from a portrait of the the Mask. author painted by himself.

Dr. Lloyd, regius professor of Dr. Gregory's Bible,

Hebrew in the university of Campanied by the illustrative notes of bridge, has undertaken to superinvarious commentators, and with tend the edition of eminent wriplates from the designs of the ters on the scriptures of the prophgreat masters in all the schools of ets, which will be enriched with painting, will be put in course of much valuable additional matter, publication at the beginning of the from writers whose works are lit. next year. It will be so printed tle known in this country. The as to form two large volumes quar- books intended to be included in to, embellished with about one this edition, are Lowth on Isaiah; hundred engravings by all our best Gregory's translation of Lowth on artists.

the sacred poetry of the Hebrews, A new edition, in six volumes oc- with valuable additions from Mitavo, of the Works of Jacob Bry- chaelis, &c.; Blayney on Jeremiant, is nearly ready for publication. ah; Newcombe on Ezekiel; Whit

Mr. Williams, a merchant of by on Daniel ; and Newcombe on London, who was detained with the minor prophets. It is intended other English in France at the coin- to publish this edition in monthly mencement of the present war, and parts. who lately obtained his liberty by Dr. William Hales, formerly the intervention of Dr. Jenner, is professor of oriental languages in preparing an account of his deten- the university of Dublin, proposes tion, and of the present state of the shortly to publish a learned work, interior of France. Such a work, under the title of, An Analysis of by a gentleman on whose testimony ancient chronology, sacred and prothe publick may depend, cannot

fane. fail to be generally interesting at a An institution for the deaf and crisis like the present.

duinb has for several years been Mr. Belshau's History of Great established at Kiel, with good sucBritain, from the revolution of 1688

Another institution of this to the ratification of the peace of nature is now establishing at Co Amiens, is about to be given to the penhagen, at the expence of govpublick in monthly volumes, ein- ernment. It will consist of three bellished with a portrait to each teachers, besides one female teachvolume, engraved from original er, and forty pupils. Seventy rixpaintings, by Heath and Fittier. dollars (141.) are to be paid annuThis work will then correspond, ally for every pupil, which will be in all respects, with the besi edi- defrayed by the pupils themselves, tions of Hume, of whose history or their parents, when they can this revised and enlarged edition of afford it, otherwise by the poorBelsham is worthy of being re- chest of the district to which they ceived as a continuation.

belong. Dr. Castberg, who has A new edition of Sir William travelled two years to inspect the Jones's works, with a life of the best institutions of this kind in Euauthor, by Lord Teignmouth, in rope, and who has laid down the 13 volumes octavo, is in prepara- plan for this establishment, is aption.

pointed the head teacher of this A fine edition of the Comus of institution. Milton, translated literally, and A recent statistical account of line by line, into French and Italian Holland, states the population of prose, was printed at Paris, in 1806, that country to amount to two milin quarto, at the press of Monsieur lions, a much greater proportion to Charles Crapelet, Rue de la Harpe, the soil than is found in any other

cess.

country. The national revenues Holland at the time of the terrible are stated at 150 millions of florins, explosion, in which his wife also The foreign fisheries are very much perished. decayed, and the whale-fishery, Wieland is at present at work on which is mentioned as a losing con- a complete translation of Cicero's cern, is stated to support 15,000 Epistles. individuals. The herring and cod- The king of Naples (Joseph fisheries are still of much impor- Bonaparte), by a decree dated 17th tance to the prosperity of Holland, March, has instituted a new acadthough other nations have obtained emy of history and antiquities, so large a share in this species of which is to consist of forty memindustry.

bers. The first twenty are nomiEfforts are making to revive the nated by the king; and these Dutch school of painting and the twenty are to present to him, for fine arts. The king of Holland has his choice, three names, for each created a director-general of the of those wanted to complete the fine arts, who is to superintend the above number. The king appoints roval museum and those of the de- a perpetual secretary, and the partments. He is also to be presi- academy has the power to elect a dent of the academy of arts, to di- president for three months. The rect a monthly journal, and to use directors of the museum, of the all his efforts to attract celebrated fowller excavations, and of the artists to the Hague. Every year royal press, are always to be memthe academy is to give a prize of bers. The minister of the royal 3000 florins for the best picture of household will annually allot to the national history, another of the academy 8000 ducats, to be for cursame value for the best sculpture, rent expenses, &c. and 2000 for a prize of 2000 florins for the best prizes to the authors of four works, fancy picture, and the same for the which, according to the judgment best landscape and the best en- of the academy, shall be most degraving. Eight students are to be serving of such a reward. There maintained at Paris and at Rome, will be a grand meeting every year, who are to reside two years at each when the prizes are to be distriof these capitals.

buted, and analyses of the works The catastrophe at Leyden was read. The academy may nominate fatal to one of its first men of let- a correspondent in each of the ters, Adrian Kluit, professor of fourteen provinces of the kingdom. antiquities, diplomatick history, The members will enjoy the priviand statisticks in its university. lege of being admitted to court. He had displayed his profound The first meeting was held on the knowledge of those subjects by va- 25th of April. The king, after rious publications. His works on having received the oaths of the the Rights of Man in France, and members, pronounced an oration on the Sovereignty of the United replete with expressions of the Provinces, did him great honour ;' lively interest he takes in the labut it was from his History of bours of the learned men thus the Government of the United brought together. M. Francesco Provinces to the year 1795," that Daniele, the perpetual secretary, he derived the highest reputation. in his reply, gave a sketch of the The academical disputations held glorious epoch, when Naples was under his presidency, and which the cradle of the arts and the sciwere all extracted from his different courses, are in part collected Printing presses are ordered to and translated into Dutch. They be established in all the great towns are memoirs on the most important of the kingdom of Naples, and the topicks on the history and law of bishops have been invited to see that country. He was engaged on that they are in activity througha general statistical account of out every province,

ences.

Don Pedro de Escala has recent- other convenient place, in a room ly completed his Universal Trav- which shall be accessible to the eller in 43 volumes. It comprises subscribers. the best voyages and travels in all “Quarterly meetings to be held countries, either at large or in ab- of the subscribers at the place stract. The same author is en- where the books are kept, when gaged on Travels in Spain.

new books are to be ordered, acBasil, a Greek physician, has counts stated, and regulations printed, at the patriarchal press of formed. Constantinople, a collection of let- “ No book to be kept for reading ters, as a model for the epistolary more than a month, under the focstyle in modern Greek." In this feiture of one penny per day aftercollection are several letters of wards; and no magazine, review, Alexander Mainacordato, the cele- or pamphlet, to be kept more than brated minister of the Porte, and five days under a similar penalty. also of his son Nicholas, prince of “ The first object of such a soWallachia and Moldavia. It like- ciety, should be to possess itself of wise contains notices of several the County Reports, and other learned Greeks.

books published by the Board of

Agriculture, of Gregory's CycloThe following useful plan for pædia, some of Arrowsmith's maps. village or parish libraries has been Dickson's Agriculture, a system of circulated by some publick-spirited geography, Mavor's Universal Hisindividuals in England, and as

tory, Johnson's Dictionary, and many of our country readers may Hume and Belsham's (the last rehave opportunities to promote such vised edition) History of England. establishments, we hope that its It should also begin to take in for republication in the Anthology will periodical circulation, the Monthly not be useless.

Magazine, the Annals of Agricul. “ It is proposed to establish in ture, the Oxford Review, and the every village or parish in the king- Journal of Modern Voyages and dom a small library, consisting Travels. chiefly of books of agriculture, his- “ The library to be considered tory, modern voyages and travels, as the property of the subscribers, and other subjects of rational in- and of their resident heirs or sucstruction and general utility. cessors, as long as they shall con

“ The funds for commencing and tinue to pay their quarterly contrimaintaining such a library, to be butions within twelve months after raised by a subscription of five they fall due ; but any parishioner shillings per quarter for three may, at any time, be at liberty to years, and of a half crown per become a reader of the library on quarter afterwards.

paying three shillings for a single “ The resident clergyman, for quarter. the time being, to be president of “ N. B. To establish such a lithe society, and a treasurer to be brary, it seems only to be requisite appointed annually from among that a fair copy of this plan should the subscribers.

be affixed to the church door, that “ The subscriptions to be re- the clergy man, or parish-clerk ceived, the accounts to be kept, should solicit the names of the and the books to be circulated and chief parishioners; and as soon as registered by the parish clerk, or a dozen have paid their first subby the parish schoolmaster, who, scription, the society must be conbesides having the use of the books sidered as formed. Should any for his own reading, is to be entitled nobleman or gentleman lend his to the fines.

countenance to the plan, and con“ The books to be kept in the tribute a donation of ten or twenty vestry room, at the house of the pounds, its establishment could officiating clergyman, or at any scarcely fail to be permanent."

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