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SEVEN years have elapsed since the first Number of the ATHENEUM was presented for public patronage. During this time a large mass of odd numbers has accumulated, and left us in possession of about forty complete sets only, notwithstanding the republication of several volumes. thought adviseable to commence a New Series, as there are many persons who vish a complete set of any work, but perhaps are deterred from subscribing, on account of the number and expense of previous volumes. To those, who have already perused the work, we can only say, that the same spirit which has animated the former volumes will be diffused through the future series ; and that a number of new articles from new magazine will be begun and carried on in short lectures, adapted to the capacities of young readers, and amusing to those already conversant with the subjects, which are, Chemistry and Scientific Miscellany. Other useful and entertaining matter will be inserted, especially Extracts from Modern Travels illustrative of the Manners and Customs of Scripture History.
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DVISERS, how heeded
166 Chemical Essays, No. 1, 41. No.2, 94.
285 No.3, 188. No. 5, 351.
243 Chili, Peru and Mexico, Hall's Journal 237
361 Chimney-sweeper's friend
57 Cowper, his private correspondence 44, 81
207 Copper bottoms, prevention of corrosion 126
Combustion, simple supporters of 188
246 Cochrane's pedestrian journey, noticed 208
60 Dew, its copiousness in the eastern coun-
401 Detection of guilt
56 Decision, by Mrs. Hoffland, notice of 1 26
297 Dudley, Rev. H. Bates, deceased 207
487 Duke Christian of Luneburg, notice of '247
Cataract of the Ganges, a play 167 Eastern bottles of leather