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Literary and Philosophical Intelligence.

UNITED STATES.

The Rev. Dr. Dwight, Presidentries in the United States. They will of Yale College, is preparing for the gratefully accept any contributions to press, “ Observations on a series of aid their purpose. journies through the States of New England and New York, intended to

ANOTHER THEOLOGICAL LIBRARS. illustrate the topography, agriculture,

We are happy to learn that another commerce, government, literature,

THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY, on a still manners, morals and religion, of those countries.” This work, we under larger scale, is now collecting in Phil. stand, is considerably advanced. As lips Academy, at Andover, for the its plan is new, its subjects various, Theological Seminary, lately estabDr. Griesbach's accuracy, fidelity, by the alterations, which just criti. and industry are well known to the cism demands in the present received learned in every part of Europe. He text ; and by very few of the various is a Lutheran by profession, and or- readings is the sense of passages at thodox it is said in his religious opin. all affected. It is the glory of this ions ; but he has no where discovered branch of theological study, that it in his few alterations of the received has engaged learned men of the most text the slightest bias, or want of im. opposite persuasions in laborious conpartiality. Marsh, the learned com- tributions to its success. Among the mentator on Michaelis, and now Mar- collectors of various readings and the garet professor of divinity at Cam- ' editors of the New Testament, we bridge, loses no opportunity of prais. find the names of the Romish divines ing his unwearied labours of more of Complutum, the catholic Erasmus, than thirty years in this kind of criti. Beza the disciple of Calvin, Walton, cism, his scrupulous exactness, and Mill, and Bentley of the Church of above all the fairness with which he England, the mystical Bengel, Wethas quoted authorities, and the un- stein suspected of heresy, Matthai of biassed judgment he has discovered the Greek church, and the Lutheran in his decisions on the relative value Griesbach. With such examples, of readings. But Dr. Griesbach's every Christian who feels a proper reedition derives a value superior to spect for the scriptures must wish to every other, from the more accurate have the words of everlasting life, as collation, which has been made in late nearly as they came from the lips of years of some of the most important our Saviour, and the pens of the apos. manuscripts, from the discovery and tles, as it is now possible to obtain examination of many others unknown them. to Mill and Wetstein, from the aids This Dr. Griesbach has effected in which biblical criticism has received the opinion of competent judges, far from the various labours of the learn- beyond any other editor of the Greek ed in the last half century.

accommodation and benefit of the useful and interesting, and its author

lished and attached to that respectawell known in the literary world, as

ble literary institution. Orders have competent to his undertaking, the

been sent to Europe for the purchase, public may justly expect much entertainment and instruction from this

to a considerable amount, of a selec

tion of the best classical and other work.

works, for such an institution. We have confidence that a Christian pub.

lic will cheerfully give their liberal THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY.

patronage to an institution, which has An institution with this name has for its object the education of young lately been established in Boston, men for the sacred and most imporwhich we are happy to learn has re- tant work of the gospel ministry. ceived respectable patronage. One Contributions to this Library will be of its principal objects is “to collect gratefully received by the preceptor, critical, controversial, and scarce pub. or any of the Trustees of Phillips lications in divinity, many of which Academy, or by Caleb Bingham and are difficult to be found, and too ex- Lincoln and Edmands at their book. pensive for an individual to possess." stores, Nos. 44 and 53, Cornhill, By the subscriptions of proprietors, Boston. and several liberal donations, a con. siderable and very valuable collection of books is already made. Among GRIESBACH'S GREEK TESTAMENT. their benefactors, the Hon. JONATHAN Mason is entitled to particu. We are extremely glad to find lar acknowledgments, for a present that proposals are issued for printing of more than one hundred volumes.

at the university press, (Cambridge, About 250 volumes have been depos. Mass.) Griesbach's edition of the ited in the care and for the use of the Greek' Testament, with a selection of company, by the corporation of the most important various readings. “ King's Chapel.” Among these, The edition from which the Ameriare a respectable number of the

can is to be exactly copied, was pub. Christian Fathers, and other ancient lished at Leipsick in the year 1805, divines. There is also a fine copy of under the inspection, we understand, Walton's Polyglott Bible, and Cas- of Dr. Griesbach himself, and by its tell's Lexicon. The Society ask the size is intended for common use. We public attention and patronage to this consider the publishers of this small institution. An increase of subscri. edition as rendering a great service bers is desired to aid in the accom- to the studious and pious portion of plishment of the wishes of the Trus. the community, by placing within the tees, which are, that their room in reach of every student and especially Devonshire street, may contain one of of ministers, a pure text and select the most complete Theological Libra- reading of the Greek Testament.

Testament. His edition has been It is also proposed, if this commo- long received as a standard in all the dious edition should meet with the universities of Germany, and it is apexpected encouragement, to publish pealed to with confidence by theoloa supplementary volume, which shall gians in England and every part of contain an English translation of Europe. The present edition is ad. Griesbach's Prolegomena to his large mirably adapted to common use. We critical edition, and the authorities have no doubt, from what we have extracted from this, for every de: learnt, that this American impresparture which he has made from the sion will be superintended with the received text, and for every reading, utmost care, and we hope, as it is to which, though he has not ventured to be printed page for page with the Le. insert it in the text, he considers of ipsick edition (in the text of which no equal authority to the received. erratum, bas, we believe, yet been Perhaps also some other treatise or found) that it will rival it in typoextracts may be added, calculated to graphical accuracy. The subscribe awaken a curiosity, diffuse a taste, ers' price (which is two dollars in or promote a knowledge in biblical boards) for a book of 600 pages, is criticism.

we think extremely moderate. There can be no doubt, that every That the nature of this edition man who feels a due respect for the may be completely understood, we sacred oracles, and especially every have translated the following passage clergyman who must take them for from the short preface which Gries. the ground of his public instructions, bach has prefixed. will be solicitous to have them in the “Wherever I have altered the purest form, in which they can be ob. common text, as it was edited by El. tained by the aid of sober and accu.. sevir in the year 1624, I have given rate criticism. Nothing is more gen- the coinmon reading in the margin, erally acknowledged, than that the that every one may have an opportu. essential facts and doctrines of Chris. nity of using his own judgment and tianity are in no degree endangered choice; for I am not so presumptu.. ous as to wish to obtrude my deci- paper, and to have it executed with sion upon the reader. Those varia- great care and accuracy. tions of my text from the received, The whole will be comprised in two which relate only to the order of large quarto volumes ; and to those words without affecting the sense, or

who subscribe before the printing of which are only differences of spelling, it commences, it will be delivered at I have thought it unnecessary to note ten dollars for each copy in boards, in the margin ; but every other varia. to be paid when the first volume is tion, however trifling, I have pointed finished. The second volume will out with the most religious scrupu- be put to press when the first is fin. losity. I have also collected in the mar. ished, and will be completed as soon gin the most select and valuable, vari. as the nature of the work, and careful ous readings, which differ both from attention to accuracy, will admit. my own and the common text. In se- The printing of the work will be lecting them, I have endeavoured to begun as soon as five hundred copies, consult the advantage of students in or nearly that number, are subscribed theology; who will find here almost any for; but few additional copies will be reading, which may happen to be printed ; and should these be submentioned in the usual lectures of scribed for during the printing of the professors

upon

the books of the New first volume, the price of such copies Testament." But this edition will not will be twelve dollars for each set in be a useless manual to other readers ; boards, payable when the first volume for it will enable them to discover is completed ; at which time the subwhether the immense collections of scription will be closed. readings which have been made by thie unwearied labours of the learned, ing for nine copies, shall be entitled

Any person subscribing, and pay. contain any thing of sufficient import to receive a tenth copy gratis. ance to the criticism or interpretation of particular passages, to invite to a more careful examination, or consultation of copious critical commentaries. Nay, more, I have not left un

DARK DAY. noticed the conjectures of learned men, and the different punctuations of

Huntingdon, ( Penn. ) Nov. 12, 1807. passages, that I may thus open a Thursday last was the most re. wider field to students for the eser- markable dark day that has ever been cise of their judgments on subjects of witnessed by the citizens of this place. criticism. For the authorities upon The darkness occasioned by the which I have determined any reading eclipse of the sun in June, 1806, was to be genuine, more or less probable, nothing in comparison to that of or utterly inadmissible, I must refe: Thursday. The court, which was to my large critical edition printed then sitting, tavern keepers, and maat Halle."

[Anthology. ny private families were obliged to

light candles at 11 o'clock in the

forenoon, and keep them burning for THOMSON'S TRANSLATION

nearly two hours ; the fowls went to roost, and every thing had the ap

pearance of night: Indeed it was the Proposals are issued by Thomas opinion of some, that the court ought Dobson, of Philadelphia, for publish- to have suspended “the business of ing by subscription, A new Trapsla. the country," as there was erery ap. tion of the Sacred Scriptures. The pearance of a sudden termination of Old Testament, from the Greek of the earthly affairs, and that they, as well Septuagint; and the New Testament,

as others, would soon have to appear from the most correct Greck Textí before a higher tribunal. The mornwith occasional Notes. By Charles ing had been foggy and the atmosThomson, Esq. late Secretary to the phere extremely cloudy, but whether Congress of the United States. that could have occasioned the dark.

It is proposed to print the work ele. ness at noon, we cannot pretend to say. rantly, with a good type, on superfine

OF
THE SACRED SCRIPTURES.

VARIATION OF THE COMPASS.

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motion. The methods of teaching are FOREIGN.

also much simplified; for example, the children learn to read and write

the alphabet at the same time, by Mr. Robertson, in a late communi forming the letters in sand with their cation made to the Royal Society, fingers, as each letter is successively

called by the Monitor ; they afterhas related a remarkable circumstance in the history of the variation of wards learn to read and write mono

syllables in the same manner; and the the compass. Since 1660, the compass has not varied at Jamaica. It is precision and rapidity with which the

smallest children perform their opnow what it was in the times of Hal. ley, 6 1-2 degrees east. Of the

erations is very surprising, and highly

interesting grants, a map was given upon a mag

Aided by this plan, the children of netic meridian, and the direction of the magnetic meridian remains the the poor may, without exception, be

initiated in the first rudiments of same. Since the original grants, new maps, upon new scales, have been knowledge ; and we congratulate the constructed, and all of them are found country on the prospect of its speedy to agree with the first maps in the di- adoption by the legislature, on the rection of the magnetic meridian. If introduction of Mr. Whitbread. the boundary line passed through a

[Eng. M. Mag. forest of marked trees, such trees as are found are coincident with the present meridian. The districts were formerly by the cardinal points, and

NORWAY. examined by compass, the lines are

PHILANTHROPIC ESTABLISHMENTS. found the same. Such well attested facts discover to us how little is truly IN 1803, Mr. Tank, a merchant of known of the science of magnetism. Bergen, bequeathed to that city 60,000 And as very much depends upon a crowns for the foundation and supfull knowledge of the variation, the port of a primary school. In 1805, variation is recommended to every a glover of Odensee, named Kahn, friend of useful discovery.

bequeathed his own dwelling house

and 50,000 crowns for the establish. Lancaster's new Method of instructing other destitute children. 'Mr. Glar:

ment of an asylum for orphans, and the Children of the Poor.

up of Copenhagen, in the same year, MR. Lancaster announces for pub- left legacies for the relief of the poor, lication, by subscription, at twelve and for the support of the school mascopies for a pound, an abbreviated ters of the little island of Gioel. account of his newly invented method of instructing the children of the poor. Perhaps one of the most interesting spectacles to be seen at present in or near London, is the Free School of this benevolent man, situated about two hundred yards from the Obelisk,

The Indian Directors, some time in St. George's Fields.

since, sent orders to their supercarIn this school, nearly one thousand goes to procure, if possible, some ele. poor children are rapidly taught read. mentary books of the Chinese lan. ing, writing, and arithmetic, by the guage, for the use of their College at master, on the plan of Mr. Lancaster,

Hertford.

Mr. L'Amiah has been for a total expense not exceeding particularly zealous in his endeavours three hundred pounds per annum.

to obtain some books of this descripThe leading principle of this weft re. tion from Pekin, but without effect ; gulated and orderly establishment is, for the government, whose suspicions that the senior classes teach the jun

are excited on the slightest occasion, ior, and that emulation through every

has prohibited their exportation unclass is excited by rewards and pro

der the severest penalties. Vol. III. No, 9.

EXPORTATION OF BOOKS PROHIB.

ITED BY THE CHINESE.

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THE BLACK HOLE," AT CALCUT- supplied them with water, that they TA, IN INDIA.

might have the satisfaction of seeing

them fight for it, as they phrased it; The “ black hole,” at Calcutta, is and held up lights to the bars, that proverbial among English men for a they might lose no part of the inhu. place of insufferable torment, on ac- man diversion. count of the following tragical event. Before eleven o'clock, most of the When Surajah Dowlah, in 1756, re- gentlemen were dead, and one third duced Calcutta, the English prison of the whole. Thirst grew intoleraers to the number of 146, of whom ble : but Mr. Holwell kept his mouth Mr. Holwell was one, were confined moist by sucking the perspiration out in the black hole prison. It was of his shirt sleeves, and catching the about 8 o'clock when these 146 unhap- drops as they fell like heavy rain, py persons, exhausted by continual ac- from his head and face. By half an tion and fatigue, were thus crammed hour past eleven, most of the living together into a dungeon about eigh were in an outrageous delirium. teen feet square, in a close, sultry They found that water heightened night in Bengal; shut up to the east their uneasiness; and “air, air," and south, the only quarters from was the general cry. Every insult whence air could reach them, by that could be devised against the dead walls, and by a wall and door to guard, all the opprobrious names that the north ; open only to the west by the viceroy and his officers could be two windows, strongly barred with loaded with, were repeated, to proiron, from which they could receive voke the guard to fire upon them. scarce any circulation of fresh air. Every man had eager hopes of meet.

They had been but a few minutes ing the first shot. Then a general confined before every one fell into a prayer to Heaven, to hasten the apperspiration so profuse, that no idea proach of the flames to the right and can be formed of it. This brought left of them, and put a period to their on a raging thirst, which increased in misery. Some expired on others : proportion as the body was drained while a steam arose, as well from the of its moisture. Various expedients living as the dead, which was very were thought of to give more room oflensive. and air. Every man was stripped, About two in the morning, they and every hat put in motion: they crowded so much to the windows, several times sat down on their hams; that many died standing, unable to but at each time several of the poor fall by the throng and equal pressure creatures fell, and were instantly suf: around. When the day broke, the focated or trodden to death.

stench arising from the dead bodies Before nine o'clock, every man's was insufferable. At that juncture, thirst grew intolerable, and respira- the Soubah, who had received an action difficult. Efforts were again count of the havoc death bad made made to force the door ; but still in among them, sent one of his officers vain. Many insults were used to the to inquire if the chief survived. Mr. guards, to provoke them to fire in up. Holwell was shown to him ; and near on the prisoners, who grew outrage. sis an order came for their release. ous and many of them delirious. Thus they had remained in this in. “ Water, water,” became the gener fernal prison from eight at night until

Some water was brought: six in the morning, when the poor but these supplies, like sprinkling remains of 146 souls, being only 23, water on fire, only served to raise and came out alive ; but most of them in feed the flames. The confusion be a high putrid fever. The dead bodcame general, and horrid, from the ies were dragged out of the hole by cries and rarings for water; and the soldiers, and thrown promiscusome were trampled to death. This ously into the ditch of an unfinished scene of misery proved entertainment ravelin, which was afterwards filled to the brutal wretches without, who with earth.

al cry.

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