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English Experience, and opposed to tution,
233 Proceedings in Parliament relative to
man Reason considered, 85 the present flourish ng State of the
New Plain Dealer, the, No. I. 233
on Cruelty towards the
OCCASIONAL Retrospect of Foreign Representation and Petition from the
Nabob of the Carnatic to the House
of the principal Proceedings
Palmer's (Charlotte) It is, and It is
Rights of Citizens,
Robinson's (Mrs.) Vancenza; or, the
Stockdale's Letter to Sharp,
Priestley's (Dr.) Discourse at the Gras Storia della Pittura, &c. See Hickey.
vel-Pit Meeting in Hackney, 109 Stridtures on a Pamphlet, intitted
Discourse intended to Thoughts on the late Riots at Bir-
be delivered foon after the Riots at mingham,
ibid. Sturni's Wonders of the Creation, 237
Letters to the Mem. Substance of the Report of the Court
bers of the New Jerusalena Church, of Directors of the Sierra Leone
226 Compauy to the General Court, 239
TATIAM's (Dr.) Chart and Scale of Voyage sur le Rhin depuis Mayence Truth,
516 Terentia, a Novel,
352 Thoughts on the Origin and Excel. lence of Regal Goverument,
WANLEY Penson ; or, the Melancholy on the Propriety of fixing Watson's (bifhop) Charge to the ClerMan,
114 Easter Term,
gy of the Diocese of Llandaff, 81 - on Civilization, Tindall's Juvenile Excursions in Lite
Webler's Sermon on Public Worlip and Instruction,
286 rature and Critic sm,
INS Toulmin's History of Taunton, 66
Weft's (M s.) Poems,
203 Sermou on the Meaning
Whitaker's Review of Gibbon's Roa of the word Myflery,
145 Tracts (varivus) concerning the Peer- White's Tr nation of the Speeches of
M di Mirabeau the Elder. With age of Scotland, Tranfa&ions of the Linnaan Society,
a Sketch of his Life and Character, Vol. I
434 Tranfa&ions of the Royal Irish Aca: Whitehead's Anecdotes of the late demy, 1789,
Duke of Kingston and Miss Chud.'
13 Tria. between Martin and Petrie for
239 Crim. Con.
Wilson's Defence of Public Worship,
119 Triuniphs of Reason,
230 357 Turner's Account of the System of
(Dr.) Commentaries on the Education used at a Seminary for
Constitution of the United States of the Admission of Pupils,
473. Two Poems, or Songs,
Wollstonecraft's (Miss) Vindication of 235 the Rights of Women,
389 Vindication of the Use of sugar; Worthington's Thughts of the Ma
Works of John Whitchurst, Esq. ist
238 of the Revnlution So
nifesto of the French to all States ciety against the Calumnies of Mr.
For 'JANUARY, 1792.
Transaétions of the Linnean Society. Vol. Í. 46o. 18s. Boards.
White and Son. 1791. THE HE poffeffors of the Linnean collection consider, very pro
perly, that with it the task of cherishing the author's fame and defending his system has devolved. They do not decline it; and, while as natural historians, in general, they confess his merits, they seem to feel the more intimate connection, which excites their zeal and adds to their ardour. Though botanical investigations are scarcely adapted to the discussion of a Journal, and we are obliged to confine ourselves to general accounts; yet we fhiall endeavour to give our philosophical readers some adequate idea of the contents of this first volume of the Linnean Transactions. , · The Introduction of the President explains more particularly the objects of the Society, and the designs of its institutors; nor must we be blamed for hastening to the conclusion, since it forms the most proper introduction to the volume before usi
• It now only remains fot me to point out what I conceive to he the peculiar objects of our present inftitution. I need not enforce the propriety of each of us endeavouring to promote as much as poffible the main ends of our undertaking, and to contribute all in our power to the general stock of knowledge. These are indispensable obligations upon all who affociare themselves with any lite tary fociety. - Thofe who do not comply with them incur disgrace instead of honour, for a title is but a reproach to those who do not deserve it; nor can they have a share in the reputation of a society, who never in any manner contributed to its advancement.
• Besides an attention to natural history in general, a peculiar tegard to the productions of our own country may be expected from us. We have yet much to learn concerning many plants, which authors copy from one another as the produce of Great Britain, but which few have seen; and our animal productions are still lefs anderstood. Whatever relates to the history of thefe, their æcó: nomy in the general plan of nature, or their use to man in partia Ckit. Rev. N. AR. (IV). Jan, 1792.
cular, is a proper object for our enquiries. Of the productions of our own country we ought to make ourselves perfe&tly matters, as no narural object can any where be studied half so well as in its native foil. This however not being always practicable, botanic gardens and cabinets of natural history have been invented, in which the productions of the most distant climes are brought at once before us. No country that I know of can bear a comparison with England in this respect. The royal garden at Kew is undoubtedly the first in the world, and we have a number of others, both public and private, each of which may vie with the most celebrated gardens of other countries. Nor have we a less decided fuperiority in cabinets. That of the British Museum, which contains among other things the original herbariums of Sloane, Plukenet, Periver, Kæmpfer, Boerhaave, of many of the disciples of Ray, and several others, besides innumerable treasures of zoology, claims the firit place. That of the late fir Athron Lever stands I believe unrivalled in birds and quadrupeds; not to mention many others. But is it not a reproach to the naturalists of Great Britain that so many rarities Tould remain in their hands undefcribed ? that foreigners should eagerly catch at one or two plants ob:ained from our gardens, which we for years have been trampling under fpoi unnoticed? Yet how, till now, could such nondescripts have been made public! Large works in natural history are expensive and of hazardous sale ; few private people can undertake them; nor has there hitherto been any society to which detached descriptions could be communicated. It is altogether incompatible with the plan of the Royal Society, engaged as it is in all the branches of philosophy, to enter into the minutiæ of natural hiltori; luch an inliitation therefore as ours is absolutely neceffary, to prevent all the pains and expence of collectors, all the experience of cultivators, all the remarks of real observers, from being loit to the world. The lightest piece of information which may tend to the advancement of the science we should thankfully receive. Howevir triling in itself, yet combined with other facts, it may become important."
• But nothing will be with more reason expected from the members of this society than a strict attention to the laws ard principles of Linnæus, so far as they have been found to be good. No where have his works been more studied and applied to practice than in tiis country, nor can any other be so competent to estimate his merits or correct his defects. I am perfuaded nothing can be done more uieful to the science of natural history than, working on the publications of this illustrious man as a foundation, to endeavour to give them that perfection of which they are capable, and to in. corporate with them all new discoveries. We who have it in our 3