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1805. Literary Intelligence....Germany....Portugal... Great Britain. 131

GERMANY.

THE collection of bibles in the library of the Elector of Wurtemberg, amounted in 1804, to more than 4000 disferent editions, among which are the following, viz.

8 of modern Greek

28 Arabick

13 Ethiopick

7 Perfian

6 Turkish

I Coptick

5 Armenian

The translation into the Croatian language was printed, partly in the univerfity of Tubingen, partly in the town of Urach, both of which are in the duchy of Wurtemberg; peculiar types were caft there for this purpose. The imperial general Tilly, feized these types, (during the religious war between the papifts and proteftants, called the 3 years war,) and made a prefent of them to Rome; where they came into the poffeflion of the Propaganda. From thence they were taken, during

14 Malay
1 Cingalefe

35 Upper German (Julea Ger- the French Revolution, and carried to Paris, where they are now depofited. Eclectic Rev.

13 Tamulick

6 Hindoostanee

manica) 18 Portuguese 15 Spanin 43 Ita ian

290 French I Rhotian

Literary Intelligence.

115 Saxon 215 Eng ish

274 Dutch

116 Danish

14 Icelandick

3 Greenlandick

2 Creole

1 Fanteick (or Acraick) 45 Swedish

6 Finnish

3 Lapponick
3 Ruflian

3 Croatian

21 Bohemian
10 Wendish

20 Polish

6 Lithuanian

7 Lettonian

4 Efthonian

do not all contain an edition of a whole bible; for inftance, that of the modern Greek, contains only the new testa

ment.

7 Hungarian

5 Welth

1 Irish

1 Cantabrian (or Bafc) 2 North American Indian. Since the purchafe of this library, the collection of bibles has been confiderably augmented; not however with new tranflations in modern languages, but only with fearce editions in well known weftern languages, or in the oginal text. The number above stated

PORTUGAL.

THE number of volumes in the Royal Library, is faid to amount to 70,000.

Our readers may form an idea of practical books in theology, lately pub lifhed in Portugal, from the titles of a few which follow. A diadem of five Stars, or religious exercifes for five days: The Myftical Mount of Lebanon: The of flance of the Faithful, at the cries of the boly Souls, (N. B. in purgatory.) Nov na Myftica, or a treatise on the afcenfion to heaven of God's most immaculate mother; extracted from the Revelations of t. Brita and other important works; The infructed Virgin, or the prayers of young Ladies to thir Guardian Angels: Special prayers to boly Barbara; The Proteftant fummoned before the tribunal of God, &c. &c.

GREAT BRITAIN.

THE most important and extensive work in theology, which now engages the British prefs, is the edition of the feptuagint tranflation of the bible, conducted by Dr. Holmes. This laborious undertaking has been many years in preparation, and is indeed a natural confequence of the Hebrew collations of Dr. Kennicott, who like Origen well In deferved the title of Adamantius the progrefs of his edition, Dr. Holmes has collated, and caufed to be collated a great number of MSS. of various ages and authorities; and the refult of the whole is fubmitted to the publick with

as much speed as is confiftent with correctness and integrity. Biblical fcholars may expect much aflistance from this, and other works of a like nature; and it is truly honourable to the British nation, that a portion of its wealth is directed into a channel, fo laudable, and fo beneficial. We commend alfo the care taken of the MS copy of this edition, which, after it has answered its purposes at the prefs, is carefully lodged in the Bodleian library, and referved for future inspection, whenever circumftances may require it. A complete volume containing the pentateuch, is publifhed, and a second is advancing with fteady perfeverance.

The late improvements, which have been made, in the invention of Stereotype, have rendered that mode of printing of fufficient confequence to engage the attention of the delegates of the prefs, at the university of Cambridge.

The fame occurrence has furnished an opportunity to that highly honourable inftitution, The Bible Society, to extend its benevolence to diftant regions; and they, no less than this country, may eventually rejoice, in the pious exertions of the prefent age. We believe this fociety has various foreign editions in contemplation; nor is even China forgotten.

The Rev. J. Pratt is publishing the whole of Bp. Hall's works, with his life, in ten vols. 8vo.

NEWSPAPERS.

ON an average, not less than 30,000 newspapers per day, or 80,000 weekly, are printed and publifhed in London. For thefe the public pay about 750l. fterling per day, and for advertisements about 2000l. fterling. Thus newspaper intelligence alone costs the united kingdom about 800,000l. fterling annually. The tax levied upon this favourite article of luxury, fwallows up one half of the net amount here ftated; and the remaining 400,000l. is paid for the literary information of the newspapers.

A new and valuable work has lately appeared, defcriptive of the prefent ftate of the British metropolis, under the title of Modern London. This work is illuftrated with fo great a number of copperplates, exquifi ely drawn and engraved, that it becomes a fac fimile of the metropolis, and conveys to every part of the world the moft correct ideas of all those scenes which appertain in a

peculiar manner to the most popular and wealthy city in the world. In a word, this fplendid and curious work may be faid to transport London out of itself, and to convey to a distance, as correct and complete ideas of the Britih metropolis as could be obtained by an actual vifit. English Paper.

A new edition of the travels of Mr. Bruce into Abyffinia, with great additions is now publishing in London, containing many papers which it was fuppofed Mr. Bruce had deftroyed. We expect to find in it, among others the complete feries of observations made by that celebrated traveller in Syria, and the Holy Land. They refer as well to natural hiftory, as to topography, and we hope they will contribute greatly to explain various paffages of Scripture, which are best understood in the country to which they refer. We learn that the plates amount to about 70; but whether there be a correct map of Palestine among them, we have not heard. It is very ftrange that this interefting country fhould hitherto want a map, whofe authenticity may be depended on.

Lately published; an Effay on the Spirit and Influence of the Reformation of Luther; from the French of C. Villars; with copious notes by the transla tor. This is the performance which gained the prize, on the queftion propofed by the National inftitute of France.

"What has been the influence of the reformation of Luther on the political fituation of the different ftates of Europe, and on the progrefs of knowledge?" 1 vol. 8vo.

Some valuable manufcripts of Archbifhop Leighton have been lately dif covered, particularly a commentary upon the Acts of the Apostles. It is in contemplation to publish in Scotland a new, uniform and complete edition of the works of that bright ornament of religion and of the chriftian priesthood.

RUSSIA.

A Geographical Dictionary of the Ruffian Empire, begun at Moscow, is proceeding. Defcriptions and maps of the various climates and provinces of this vaft empire, cannot fail of being extremely interesting, not to the geographer only, but also to the philolo pher and the statesman.

The progrefs that has already been made in the establishment of feminaries for education throughout Ruffia, in the few years of the prefent Emperor's reign, may be judged of by the last report to the minifter of publick instruction. From this it appears that the schools amount to four hundred and ninety four, the teachers in these to one thoufand four hundred and twenty five, and the pupils to thirty three thousand four hundred and eighty four. The maintenance of these feminaries cofts annually about 1,727,732 rubles, or 215,9661. fterling. Thefe feminaries are exclusive of various civil and military academies, as well as all feminaries for the education of all females. A variety of inftitutions of a fimilar fort are at present establishing in the various provinces.

The fums disbursed in the year 1804, from the royal treafury of Ruffia, for the fupport of places of publick infraction amounted to 268,65ol. befide 8,3631. fterling, given by government to establish an univerfity at Charkow. Private individuals emulate the government in their benefactions for the promotion of publick inftruction. Counfellor Sudienkow has given 40,000 rubles for the erection of fchools in Little Ruffia. The nobility of Podalia have contributed 65,000 rubles to found a military school in that province. A number of fimiliar donations for the fame purpose have been made in various parts of the empire.

Sermons of John Baptist Maffillon, and Louis Bourdaloue, two celebrated French preachers. Also a spiritual paraphrafe of fome of the pfalms, in the form of devout meditations and prayers. By J. B. Maffillon. Tranflated by Rev. Abel Flint, Paftor of a church in Hartford. Published by Lincoln and Gleafon, Hartford, 1 vol. 8vo.

List of New Publications.

A Description of the Geneffee country in the State of New York, in which the fituation, dimenfions, civil divifions, foil, minerals, produce, lakes and rivers, curiofities, climate, navigation, trade and manufactures, population, and other interefting matters relative to that coun

ORDINATIONS.

In New York, on Friday, Aug. 2d. the Rev. ASA EATON, of Chrift's Church Bofton, was ordained priest, by the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Moore, Bishop of that State.

At Gloucester, on Wednesday, Aug. 7th, the Rev. PEREZ LINCOLN, to the pastoral charge of the first parish in that town. The performances were affigned to the following gentlemen, viz. the introductory Prayer by the Rev. Jacob Flint, of Cohaffet; the Sermon by the Rev. Peter Whitney, of Quincy. Text Rev. ii. 10. "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." The Confecrating Prayer by the Rev. John Allyne of Duxbury: the Charge by the Rev. Dr. Cutler, of Hamilton; the Right Hand of Fellowship by the Rev. Abiel Abbot, of Beverly; and the conc'uding Prayer, by the Rev. N. B. Whitney, of Hingham.

The following was the order of performances at the ordination of the Rev. SAMUEL WALKER, at Danvers, Aug. 14. Introductory Prayer, by Rev. Dr. Morfe, of Charlestown; Sermon from Jer. xxiii. 28. The prophet that bath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that bath my word, let him speak my word faithfully; what is the chaff to the wheat? faith the Lord, by Rev. Mr. Spring, Newburyport; Ordaining Prayer by Rev. Dr. Cutler, Hami ton; Charge, by Rev. Mr. Hopkins, Salem; Fellowship of the Churches, by Rev. Mr. Wadiworth, Danvers; Concluding Prayer, by Rev. Mr. Worcester, Salem.

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fion of militia in the Commonwealth. Ey Elijah Parish, A. M. Joshua Cushing, Salem. 1805.

An Orat on pronounced July 4, 1805, at the request of the federal republicans

Obituary,

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Dr. B. was born at Laurencekirk, county of Kincardine, in Scot and, on the 5th of November, 1735. His father was a farmer, a man of good fenfe, and poileffing a ta ent for poetry. He died when Mr. B. was on y 7 years of age. Yet he found a fecond parent in an eder brother, who paid the utmost attention to his education. He had a good fchoolmaster in his native vi lage, whom he eft in his fifteenth year to go to Aberdeen. He entered as a burser in Marifcha co ege and after spending the ufua time of four years, took his degree of M A. He then fpent five years at the vil age of Jordoun, near his native place, as a teacher of a schoo'. He next became a teacher in the grammar fchool in Aberdeen for two years; and in the year 1760 was appointed profeffor of Marifchal co lege in that city. This fituation he njoyed til his death. In 1761, his first volume of poems appear

of Charlestown; by Aaron Hall Pute Charlestown. Etheridge.

nam.

No. II. of the Monthly Regifter, and Review of the United States. Charlef town, S. C. C. M. Bounetheau.

Extract from a Poem on the LAST DAY, by MICHAEL BRUCE. Omitted in his works. NOW, v do is greatness! as the morning clouds, That, rising, promis'd rain; condensed they stand;

Poctry.

Till, touch'd by winds, they vanish into air.
The farmer mourns; so mourns the hapless
w etch,
Who, cast by fortune from some envy'd height,
Tinds nought within him to support his fall.

ed. In 1766, he married a lady whe furvives him. By her he had two very amiable and promifing fons, whofe early deaths feemed to have haftened the fond parent to "the house appointed for all the living." In the year 1770, he received his degree of 1.L.D. from King's colege, Aberdeen. In 1771, he vifited London, and formed an acquaint ance with the most eminent iterary characters then in the metropo is. In 1773, he enjoyed the honour of pubick and private audiences with their majef ties, and obtained a penfion from the king Dr. B. ever after expreffed his admiration of the general knowledge, which their majefties difcovered of every topick upon which they converfed. And when Dr. B. was Letiring and thanking the king for the honour conferred upon him, he rep ied, "I think I could do po lefs for a man who has done fo much fervice to the nation in genera', and to the caufe of truth. I shall a ways be g ad of an opportunity to fhew the good opinion I have of you." The matter and the manner of this inftance of literary patronage were cer tainly a ike creditab e to the donor and the recipient. During the latter part of his life, Dr. B. withdrew from Socie ty, and funk gradual y into a flate of Languor and infenfibility til August 1803, when he expired.

At Gloucester, JOHN GIBAUT, Co ̈ector of that port, aged 38.

High as is hope Lal raised him, low he sinks
Below his fate, in comfortless despair.
Who would not laugh at an art mpt to build
A lasting structure on the rapid stren
Of foaining Tygris? the foundations Inil
Upon the glassy surface; such the hopes
Of him whose views are bounded by this world;
Immar'd in his own labour'd work, he dreams
Himself secere; when, on a sudden, down,
Torn from its sandy ground, the fabrick falls!

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