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collect plans of towns and small tion to this part, and more explicita districts, and to make a patch-work ly marked the post-roads and towns, whole of these discordant mate- which are certainly of great conrials. Sometimes it would be ne- sequence, and perhaps coloured cessary to bend or straighten a them, he would have turned some river, to protract or shorten its of his industry to better account. course ; but this was not consid- The meridians and parallels ered of much importance, and, to might have been more accurately give the whole a pretty appear- and truly drawn, and the graver ance, a range of mountains might guided by a more skilful hand. be easily added for a boundary line. The execution should have been Nor can we blame the compiler under the superintendance of an for not going to an expense, that experienced engraver, rather than, our economical governments will as would seem from its aspect, not incur. A society in this town have been put into the stiff and was offered the privilege of mak- unpractised hands of an apprene ing and publishing the maps of Mas- tice. It is a pity the valuable lasi.chusetts and Maine, and they bour of two years, spent by the would have had the volunteer as- compiler in collecting and arrangsistance of many scientifick gen- ing so much useful information, tlemen ; but government, by striv- should be dressed out with so little ing to drive too hard a bargain, lost taste and skill. The work would the opportunity of obtaining accu, have found a more welcome receprate maps. But we must not ex- tion, if, in addition to the science pect the encouragement of govern- of the proprietor, the map had prement to maps, when every sea- sented a better specimen of the inman complains, that there is not a genuity and proficiency of Amerchart of the extensive shores of ican engravers. New-England, upon which he can. The colouring is neat and judirest the safety of his ship.

cious, and affords at one glance a To give a plain delineation of better knowledge of the boundathe several states, as a kind of ries of the several states, than chart, by which we may study the could be gained by months devotpolitical ties and interests that u. ed to study. In some parts omisnite, or ought to unite us, under a sions and inaccuracies occur, which general government, must be the are not, however, unpardonable. greatest advantage resulting from Mountains are laid down in differthis map. Accuracy in this re- ent places, with precision and a spect is required, and not a partic. good relief; but Monadnock, in. ular location of small and inconsid. New Hampshire, and Wachusett, erable towns. This, as it is not in Massachusetts, two great landexpected, only endangers the cred- marks in New-England, are quite it of the work ; and here Mr. Sul. forgotten ; they are not noticed on livan has hazarded much. In Vir- the map. As longitude is someginia, for instance, and in Massa- times reckoned from London or chusetts and other New England Greenwich, and sometimes from states, the map appears crowded, Paris, notice ought always to be and the centres of towns are not given, from what meridian we are noted definitively by small circles, to count ; but, as the degrees are as is usually done in good maps. marked on this' map without a Had he, therefore, paid less atten- reference to the first meridian, we

hope a new edition will be suppli- proclaim the value and richness of ed, at top or bottom, with “ Longi- countries yet untrodden beyond tude West from London.". the Appalachian mountains, coun

When many sheets are to be tries unequalled for agricultural joined to form a large map, much and inland commercial advanta. care and practice are requisite to ges. That section, comprizing make the various lines meet,& unite Louisiana, is almost a blank ; and them correctly. The “ New Map such for many years will proba. of the United States" furnishes bly be every accurate representaevidence, either of the difficulty of tion of that country. this part of the work, or the care. Two very valuable tables are lessness of the workmen.

placed upon the map. The first We have examined the longi. shews the number and names of tude and latitude of many places, ports of entry in the United States ; and, from the inquiries we have those being particularly designa. made, the map is as accurate as ted, which are such for vessels can be expected. It would be from and beyond the Cape of Good ungrateful to demand a minute at Hope. The second contains the tention to towns and small dis- length and breadth of all the tricts, when the whole Union States, with their chief towns, their on so small a sheet is pendent distance from the city of Washon the walls of our counting ington, and an estimate of the poprooms and studies. The post- ulation of the Union roads are laid out with exactness, Notwithstanding its imperfecthough indistinctly, and the great tions, the new map claims the atrivers of North-America pursue tention of the publick. It furtheir sinuous courses and empty nishes all the knowledge, which a their mighty waters, where nature work of the kind is intended to has commanded. The Mississip- convey, and perhaps is as accurate pi, Mobile, Missouri, Illinois, and as any map of the United States Ohio, all have their proper range, yet published, and may be procurand, with Mr. Sullivan's efforts, ed at comparatively small expense.

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a remark, of a fingular appearance in tions on this remarkable eclipse. We the shade of trec The bgures of na. were particularly delirous of ascertaiamennus little creicents were oblerved in ing the northern and southern limits many places. We first heard them men- of the Shadow, At Newport, Nantucket, tioned by tome gentlemen in the more and Martha's Vineyard, the eclipse, we eriment of the College, who afitted are informed, was not total : but it was Pretikot leblver in his observations at total at New-Bedford, at Rochester, at Cambridge. The fa-ne thing was ob- Wareham, and at Falmouth, on the northterved Dv leveral perion, in this town in ern fide of the Vineyard found. It was rards and garde'x, and in the mall. A not total at Portland, nor at Biddeford; gearle Daii at parocih, with who'e let. but it was so at Kennebunk, between ter we a:e taruured, remarks a limilar Biddeford and Portsmouth. If this inappearance there. They were called by formation be correct, the breadth of the ba, the fhadows of the leaves. This ihadow was about 120 miles, and envelBeto be incure. They appeared oped the entire territory of Massachu20 170:s cia 2, waitech, and fetts proper, ercepting Martha's Vineyard ther are baratgure varied with the and Nantucket. e kr: prades of the ecuple. It has Some persons, who were on the waberni k , that were the image ter in the harbour, noticed, during the 6. the in d uced be its rays, shining total obfcuration, particles of congealA i theatce of the leares, on ed mif, resembling snow, flitting through & p

n the Cazena Obicura the air. The same appearance is said T: *D a pjapperstal factory, to bave been noticed at Gloucester, on n°** 7*

b 7 we can procure Cape Ann, but we have no accurate in***S-2 , ha elib.was inrert- formation on the subject. At Plvmouth, Ci 225€ .1, siter should do if the filhermen in the bay observed the

pune ca the prior above mer. luminous appearance of the fpray of the i k beca akad indeed, if this sea, which is frequently apparent in the

to loon be correct, war does not the €0. night on the ocean. Dr. Halley intitire inne of thoja appear in nar mates some appearances of alarm among 6:1atioas to drivcbertanon Tbe fact the 54, during the eclipfe of 1715. We is, that it does the apnear, the act it have not heard any fimilar remark at may not have been obterred. of w.ch this time. any perfon marie Larisse, who w er No fpots were seen upon the face of aminethe thade of trees, on a faith the sun. 'The luminous drops, which are face, when the sun is dear the mend. anmentioned by many astronomers as very Faint light spots, of a circular form, are apparent in former eclipses when the very perceptible. They were invoger fun is reduced to a fmall thread of light, and more distinct during the eclipse, from were noticed by some obfervers; by the deep lurrounding thade. "Sereral others they were not seen. Some small perfons have remarked the dilinct and inequalities were observed, by some of well-defined Made of objects, when the our company, on the lower edge of the Tun was nearly obscured. It seemed to moon ; but they could not be perceived then that a proble might be taken as by others. Some persons have remarkHity as from a shade thrown on a ed, that the luminous ring round the

vil by means of a lamp. We do not moon, at the time of total obscuration

de bowever, that this appearance une of the fun, was smaller and of a fainter web deveres of trees has been before light on the upper fide, than on any w imilar occations.

other part of her circumference. W

Buscher obfervations on this Some further particulars, which we
Wadud mat ocher explanations may have not leisure at present to digeft, may
A Wiher is here luggested be be the subject of a future communication."

Boston, June 30th.
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