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thunderings, and an earthquake and great hali." Those who have attended the Lodge in the higher degrees of Masonry will easily know the affinity between the earthly lodge and this text: and a complete Mason will trace Masonry through almost every book of Holy Scripture, but especially the beok of Revelation, in which Saint 7ohn the Evangelit, by the spirit of prophesy, has disclosed fuch scenes in heaven, as muit altorith and delight every one who is well skilled in the higher degrees of Masonry.'
Were it an easy talk to reduce pious bombaft into intelligible lanquage, the fubitance of all masonical sermons whatever might be refolved into one simple proposition ; which is, that Christianity is not a complete moral syfiein, withou: che aid of malonical principles to fupply its deficiences, and give it luftre! II. The Love of Christ the Portion and Principle of the Children of
God-at sr. Giies, Reading, December 4, 1785, upon the Death of Mrs. Talbot, Reliet of the Rev. Wm. Talbot, late Vicar of the said Church. By Wm. Bromley Cadogan, M. A. Rector of St. Luke's, Chelsea, &c. 8vo. 60. Rivington,
Rom. viii. 35. Who shall separate, &c. When Mr. Cadogan visited Mrs. Talbot in her laft illness, the complained, that he could neither speak, think, nor pray; and what, says she, muft I do in this case? I told her she must leave it to Jesus, to speak, think, and pray for her : fhe clapped her hands and said, “This Jesus is all in all."
If deficiencies, especially in the faculty of thinking, can be fup. plied at fo ealy a race, why had not Mr. Cadogan availed himself, this privilege ?
Dk. III. Duty to God and the King. Preached at St. Alphage, London
Wail, August 13, 1786. By James Illingworth, D. Ď. Lecturer, occasioned by the late Attempt on the Life of his Majesty. 8vo. 6d. Matthews.
It should seem that Dr. I. differs in opinion from the Privy Couns. cil, who deemed Margaret Nicholson insane ; for he speaks of her attack on the King as 'that very awful attempt upon the life of his Majetty, which cannot but ftrike every faithful subject with the deepeft horror and deteftation at so daring, so impious an assault!'It was happy for the poor maniac that she was not accountable for her conduct to the reverend lecturer of St. Alphage! .
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VOLUME the SeveNÀY-FIFTH.
the Royal Academy of Sciences and Belles Lettres of Berlin, for
HISTORY OF THE ACADEMY.
the correspondence of M. Bernouilli, contains fragments of letters from several learned men. The first gives an account of an essay on the elements of the orbit of the new planet (Her. schel's), by the R. F. Fixlmillner, a Benedictin, and professor of astronomy in the Abbey of Cremsmunster in Austria. It is well known that M. Bode, in bis historical essay on the new planet, has concluded, from two observations, one by Flamflead, the other by Mayer, that the 34th star of Taurus, which he no longer found in the place where it was observed by the former, in 1690, must be the planet observed by Herschel. It is also well known, that this conclusion has been called in question by some of our astronomers, who think they have recovered the fugitive star of Flamstead. M. Bernouilli is, nevertheless, of opinion, that the supposition of M. Bode has acquired a new degree of evidence by the researches of F. Fiximillner ; and he perlists in his notion that Flamitead and Mayer observed (the one in 1690, and the other in 1756) the planet in question, but took it for a fixed star *. He gives here a particular account of there researches. After all, Mr. Herschel's discovery is still meritorious, as he has rectified an error with respect to the na. iure of che star in question..
The article of Meteorology contains extracts of three letters
received by M. Bernouilli from Professor Van Swinden. There letters relate to the marine-compasses of the late M. Brander, (which the learned Professor considers as extremely defective, though he acknowledges the eminent merit of that excellent artif), and to a masterly discourse on the aeroftatic balloons, composed in the Dutch language by the ingenious M. Damen, fince promoted to the chair of natural philosophy and aftronomy in the Univerfity of Leyden.
In the article of Medicine, the Privy Counsellor, Cothenius, first phyfician to the late King of Pruflia, gives an account of three publications for which that science is indebted to Dr. Samoilowitz, surgeon-major to the Senate of Moscow. The first is a Letter concerning the falutary effects of frictions with Ice in the cure of the plague and other putrid disorders. The second is a Memoir concerning the Inoculation of the Plague; together with a defcription of three antipeftilential fumigatory powders; and the third is an Account of the Plague that made such havoc in the Russian empire, especially in the capital of Moscow, in 1771.
EXPERIMENTAL PHILOSOPHY. Mem. I. Experiments made with a View to determine the Quertion, Whether there is a real Production of Air, when different Fluids, reduced to elastic Vapours, pass through Tubes made red hot? By M. ACHARD.
Mem. II. Experiments designed to ascertain the Circumstances in which Air is produced, when Water, either in its fluid State, or in that of elastic Vapour, comes into Contact with Bodies of a different Nature, made red hot. By the Same. The result of these experimental researches of M. ACHARD is not favourable to the new hypothesis concerning the composition of water, firft proposed by Mr. Cavendish, and which M. Lavoisier, and other emi. nent philosophers, have adopted and endeavoured to confirm by a variety of experiments. M. ACHARD publishes his objections under the modeft form of doubts. He thinks that the phenomena which have been employed to prove that water is a combination of depblogisticated air and inflammable air, proves rather that air results from the combination of water with the igneous principle. Therefore, according to him, the decomposition of air must produce water, and, consequently, the experiment on which the new theory of the composition of water is founded, cannot be considered as a proof that water is composed of the two kinds of air, from whose combustion it is obtained ; as the water obtained is not the production, but merely one of the conftituent parts of the mixed air which has undergone combuftion. Long and laborious are the researches and experiments which our aca: demician has exhibited in these two memoirs to justify his doubts. Hear him! hear him! and learn, curious reader, how am. biguous experiments and experimental researches are likely to become, when applied to such subtile entities as aeriform substances.