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P. S.-Sir Geo. Mackenzie, Bart. of Coul, with Mr Holland, and Mr Bright, have sailed from Leith for Stromness in Orkney; there to join a vessel from London, which has been sent out with an English consul to Iceland. The liberality of the British government to this inoffensive and suffering country, is calculated to reflect credit on the national character, and to wipe away some part of the stigma imposed by the attack on Co

Monthly Memoranda in Natural His- penhagen, and by the paltry warfare which has of late been carried on against Norway and the Feroes.Though subject to a power with which we are at war, Iccland is henceforth to be protected in its trade, and its natives are to have free intercourse with this country. The Feroe islands, and the Danish settlements in Greenland, are also favoured in the Order in Council. The principal object of Sir George Mackenzie and his friends is, we understand, to examine some districts of Iceland, which have not hitherto been visited by Englishmen. We trust we may look forward to the publication of some interesting descriptive sketches of the manners and habits of the Icelanders; together with an account of their husbandry, which is confined to the care of sheep and black cattle. Agriculture is not practised in the country, the summer being too short and cold to ripen any sort of grain. We know, from books, enough only of the mineralogy of Iceland, to enable us to perceive that it must be highly interesting; and it is certainly agreeable to understand, that this philosophic party carries with it a great share of mineralogical knowledge and zeal. The party is accompanied by Mr Loptson, a native of Iceland, who has been following his studies at Edinburgh, under the kind patronage of Sir George Mackenzie, for some time past. He has already travelled through several dis

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liquid, resisted the action of the hottest fire, to which they were exposed for several hours. The inventor affirms, that a few applications of this composition to wood-work would preserve it from all danger of fire. He has not thought fit to publish the manner in which this composition is prepared; but it is probable that a solution of alum, pot-ash, and vitriol, is one of the ingredients.

tory.

1810, April 3. THE Wheat-ear, or stanechacker, (Motacilla Oenanthe) appeared in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh.

6. The Wheat-ear seems to have retired; none are now to be seen. 12. The weather, this month, has hitherto been cold, wet, and ungenial. Although a medal was offered by the Caledonian Horticultural Society for the earliest radishes, raised on the open border, and brought to market, none appeared till this day, when 300 were exposed to sale by Mr James Thomson, gardener at Abercorn House, near Duddingston. The meThe medal was accordingly awarded to him.

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20. Wheat-ears have re-appeared in this neighbourhood.

- 23. The Swallow (Hirundo rustica) was remarked for the first time this season, at Canonmills, near Edinburgh. Only two were observed skimming the mill pond. Last year it was the 9th of May before any were visible. The Redstart (Motacilla phoenicurus) was noticed the same day at Drinasheugh, near Edinburgh. The Bat has just left its winter re.

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tricts of his native country, and he possesses the eminent advantage of speaking with fluency the Icelandic, Danish, and English languages.

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New IVorks published in Edinburgh. THE HE Chronicle of Fife, being the Diary of John Lamont of Newton, from 1649 to 1672. 4to. 31. 3s. Mineralogical Description of the Environs of Landeck, in the county of Glatz, with a Mineralogical Map. By Leopold Von Buch. Translated from the French. By Charles Anderson, M. D. 8vo. 6s. 6d. A System of Geography, Ancient and Modern. By James Playfair, D. D. Vol. III. 4to. 31. 3s. The life of Torquato Tasso; comprising an historical and critical account of his writings. By John Black.

2 vols. 4to. 31. 3s.

The Family Legend, a tragedy. By Joanna Baillie.

The Cottagers of Glenburnie, a Tale for the Farmer's Ingle Nook.— By Elizabeth Hamilton. Fourth Edition. 12mo. 3s. 6d.

The Edinburgh New Dispensatory, containing, 1. The Elements of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. 2 The Materia Medica. 3. The Pharmaceutical preparations and compositions.By Andrew Duncan, jun. M. D. Fifth edition, 8vo. 14s.

Scottish Literary Intelligence. IN the Press, and speedily will be published, The Minstrel of the Forest; a selection of new Scottish songs, adapted to the most favourite national airs, and divided into the following classes: pathetic, love, national, and comic songs; furnished by the celebrated Ettrick Shepherd, and a few others whose manner and diction seemed most contrasted. This,

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Literary Intelligence, ENGLISH and

FOREIGN.

DR William Muller, Lieutenant of
German Engineers, and

late First Public Teacher of the Military Sciences at the University of Got. Military and Mathematical Sciences, tingen, and author of several works on published in Germany and France, has in the press a work entitled, the Ele. ments of the Art of War; containing the established and approved modern principles of the theory and practice of rangement, organization, maintenance, the military sciences, relating to the arand expences of an army; theoretical and practical field, and permanent fortifications, and theoretical and practical tactics; together with logistics and cas. trametation, the strategie, or the dialectics of war, and the conduct and management of armies, and military politics: 1battles, the most remarkable sieges, and lustrated by notices of the most famous other celebrated and memorable operations; and about One Hundred Maps and Plans. In three volumes. Dedicated by special permission to his Majesty.This work will be particularly distinguished, by being a complete Cyclopedia to it; as well as by numerous abstracts of the Art of War, and all sciences relating from foreign and English works on

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these sciences, by the Plans of about Seventy of the most famous Battles fought since the year 1672, and by short but correct notices and criticisms on those battles, and all other celebrated operations since that year.

Previous to the appearance of this Jarge work, there will be published a Grammar of the Art of War, on the same plan as the Grammars of Geography, Commerce, History, Law, Geometry, and Philosophy, which have already met with so favourable a reception.

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On the 24th of February, at an auction in the capital, there was sold a Greek manuscupt, collected by one of his majesty's foreign ministers, at the island of Patmos, in the Archipelago. It is a folio volume, in appropriate classical binding, vellum, with rich gold Ionic border, and gilt edges, and contains upwards of seven hundred and eighty pages, on cotton paper; with ge nerally twenty-nine lines of text, in a two inch margin on each page ; illustrated by about sixty illuminated figures. The principal title is, ΑΘΗΝΑΙΟΥ HEPI MHXANHMATON, which is followed by several treatises on similar subjects, by other writers. Concerning the first author, Lempriere, in his Classical Dictionary, says, " Athenæus was a Roman general, in age of Gallienus, who is supposed to have written a book on military engines." In Fabricii Bibliotheca Græca, vcl. v. the title of this book stands No. 143 in the catalogue of Greek manuscripts belonging to the royal Neapolitan library. This manuscript is written in three different hands, but all fair, and thus dated at the end: "Finished on 7 May, 1545." But the characters at the beginning evidently denote an antiquity of at least a century anterior to that date; and it will doubt. less occur to the recollection of the learned, that the late Porson pronounced Greek manuscripts of that age to be equal to Latin works of the ninth century. On the first page is written, in more modern Greek," This present book belongs to the God-trodden mountain Sinai." The sum for which it was sold was sixty-one guineas.

dern names of places adapted as far as possible to those in the record. An index will be given to each county, and a glossary with the last volume. Any one volume may be subscribed for se. parately.

Mr Jesse Foot is preparing for pub. lication, the Lives of the late Andrew Robinson Bowes, Esq. and his wife the countess of Strathmore.

A new edition of Dr Russell's History of Modern Europe, continued to the Treaty of Amiens, by Dr Coote, will be published in a few days.

Mr Charles A. Elton has in the press, in a foolscap 8vo volume, Tales of Romance, with other poems.

Mr Samuel Prout will shortly publish the first number of the Relics of Antiquity, or Remains of Ancient Structures, with other vestiges of early times in Great Britain, etched from drawings by himself, and accompanied with descriptive sketches,

The Rev. William Bowdwen proposes pablishing by subscription, in ten volumes quarto, a literal translation of the whole of Domesday Book, with the mo

The king of Sweden has not only repealed the prohibition to import French and Danish books, but also restored the liberty of the press, on condition that the publisher shall give up the name and address of any obnoxious work; in which case the former is released from all responsibility.

The catalogue of books which appeared at the last Easter fair at Leipsic, includes in the whole two thousand articles, among which are one hundred and twenty eight novels, fifty theatrical pieces, and between three and four hundred translations.

By an imperial decree, the museum of sculpture, of Turin, is to be restored. M. Spalla has been appointed director and sculptor to the Emperor, with a pension of 6000 francs.

Mr Stephen Pasquier has issued pro. posals for publishing in a quarto volume, with copper-plates, engraved by means of the author's newly-invented machines and tools, a new system, called Neography, in which he has attempted to simplify and bring to one common standard, all the various modes of writing and printing, used among the several nations of the earth, with a view to assist commerce, facilitate correspondence, and open an easier intercourse to the diffusion of knowledge, the ûne arts, and civilization.

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HERE lieth Marmaduke Cunstable, of which is placed over a large stone coffin: beside it is the upper part of a Skeleton in stone; the ribs project greatly, and the breast is laid open, in the inside of which appears what by tradition is held to be a Toad at the heart (of which he was supposed to die) but it bears little resemblance to a toad.

Flaymborght knyght, Who made advents into France for the right of the same; Passsed over with King Edward the fourith, that noble kayght,

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Proceedings of Parliament.

HOUSE OF COMMONS.
Monday, Feb. 5.

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the committee on public expenditure; he should therefore move, "That instructious be given to the committee on public expenditure, to report a list of such sinecure offices, as, in their opinion, ought to be abolished, after the expiration of the interests of the persons in whom they are at present vested."

The Chancellor of the Exchequer trusted that the house would not delegate to the committee the task of pointing out which places were proper to be abolished.

An address to his Majesty, for the production of certain papers from Mr Canning to Mr Erskine, &c. was moved for by Mr Whitbread, and agreed to.

Wednesday, Feb. 7.

The house having resolved itself into a committee of supply, voted the following soms:-L. 10,500,000, to be raised by Exchequer bills, and L. 1, 500,000 to pay off Outstanding Exchequer bills.

Thursday, Feb. 8.

Mr Manning presented a petition from tertain merchants and ship-owners of the eity of London, praying for leave to esta blish a marine insurance company. Ordered to lie on the table.

Sir J. Shaw presented a petition, signed by the Lord Mayor of London, Joshua Jonathan Smith, Esq. and seven others, praying for leave to raise the sum of L. 200,000, by issuing transferable shares in, and for the purpose of erecting, a new Theatre in the city of London. Ordered to lie on the table.

Mr Byng presented a petition from the electors of Middlesex, dated August 1809, praying for a reform in the representation of the House of Commons, by the abolition of bargage tenures, and shortening the duration of parliament.-Ordered to lie on the table.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer presented a message from his Majesty, requiring that an annuity of L. 2000 should be grant ed to Lord Wellington, and his two suc ceeding heirs.

Lard Castlereagh moved an humble address to his Majesty, for copies of all such representations as government had received from the Austrian government in 1809, reApril 181

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Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The Hon. General Mathew presented the petition of the Roman Catholics of Ire land.

Lord Cochrane adverted to the irregular and variable manner in which the oaths administered to the members, Judge-advocates, and witnesses, at naval courts-mar

tial, were interpreted; and insisted that this was a proper object of legislative interference. He therefore moved, that copies these oaths be laid before the house. before the house. Lord Cochrane intimaMr Croker asserted that they were already ted his intention of moving for leave to bring in a bill to amend these oaths.

Mr Sheridan said, he rose to submit proposition to the house. There was novoured of party motive or political bias; it thing in what he should propose which sanecessity of meriting, by its conduct, at was to impress upon that house the vital this critical period more than ever, the confidence of the people. That being his view of the question, he could not lend himself to the apprehensions of those who, from most honourable motives, he was convinced, had felt it to be their duty to call into action that mistakenly supposed standing order for the exclusion of strangers. Unwilling as he was to create any irritation in the discussion of this subject, he still must ask, What was there in the present investigation, in which the house was engaged, that called for concealment and secrecy, which was disclaimed and refused in a recent inquiry, which from its nature might have pleaded for that delicacy-in that inquiry, where the house was compelled to tear aside the veil which the imperfections of humanity had thrown over the frailties of domestic life? Shall then the house grant to an accused ministry that protection which concealment can afford, upon a great question of political importance, involving the honour, the interest, and the character of the country, after having refused it to the son of their sovereign, in a case where the very transactions would have naturally prompted to the temporary suspension of reporting daily its proceedings? After an animated appeal to the house, to consider the state of the public feeling,

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