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ANTIQUARIAN RESEARCH. A Work of great merit and value has recently appeared on the Continent, under the title of “ Archæologie Pyrénéene, ou Antiquités Religieuses, Historiques, Domestiques et Sépulcrales, des Volcæ-Tectosages, des Sardones, Consuarani, Consorani, Garumni, Convenæ, Onobusates, Bigeronnes, Sibillates, Sibutzates, Osquiditates, Datii, Tarbelli, Sotiates, Elusates, Ausci, Garites, Tasconi, Albienses, et autres peuples Celtes et Aquitains.”
It is by M. Alex-Louis C. A. de Mége, a member of many learned societies, and a man evidently of very great abilities, as well as most persevering industry; and consists of four octavo volumes, with a small folio Atlas of a hundred lithographic plates. The early history of the Gauls is replete with interest ; and it is gratifying to see so clever an investigation of their customs, religion, &c. previous to the Roman conquest; a period which has been too slightly touched upon by writers previous to M. de Mége. Many monuments of this remarkable people yet remain in the South of France; and these our author appears to have traced with much fidelity, and to have thrown great light npon his subject. His work is, we think, highly deserving of notice in this country.
AFRICAN EXPEDITION. “We have (says the Cornwall Gazette, and repeats every other newspaper) seen a letter written from a native of this town, who. accompanies Major Clapperton on his perilous expedition to Africa. It states that the Brazen reached Teneriffe on the 14th of September, and was to sail on the 18th for erra Leone, and not, as has been erroneously stated, to proceed direct for the Bight of Benin. At that period Major Clapperton and his adventurous companions were all in good health and spirits, in the full hope that they should be able to accomplish the important object committed to their charge, and solve the geographical problem in which the source and course of the river Niger has been for ages involved.”
The Cornish Native seems to possess no very precise information respecting his companions ; having promoted Captain Clapperton at once to be a Major. His intelligence respecting the destination of the Expedition is, we fancy, about equally correct. Captain Clapperton's original instructions certainly were for the Bight of Benin ; and however they may have been altered since, in consequence of Arabic inscriptions on maps becoming (through translation intelligible to the higher authorities, certain it is that the Cornwall Gazette could not be informed of any change from a correspondent at Teneriffe. The mistake which led to Captain C.'s being sent on a sleeveless errand is a very droll one; but, as it was discovered soon after his departure, and the earliest opportunity would, of course, be taken to forward other directions to him, it is now of the less consequence, except as showing that the severest critics are not themselves infallible.
Letters giving the latest intelligence have been received from Sierra Leone. They mention, that Captain Clapperton and Dr. Dickson, with their party, had visited Sierra Leone in passing. They started thence in excellent health and spirits, for the Benin River, at the nearest point on the coast to Succattoo. It was considered very questionable, whether the route which the expedition has now pursued from Sierra Leone by the Benin River, or that through the Foulah country was the best. By the latter, from the recent rapid increase of British influence, a safe conduct could now be obtained to within a short distance of Timbuctoo. But, by the Benin River, though there is no British influence on that part of the coast, or near it, the length of the journey is greatly diminished. The officers and men who composed the expedition, anticipated nothing but a prosperous termination of their labours.
tory, in which shall be placed the bust
AFRICA. Tusculum to be carried on with assi- The Expedition now in progress for duity, and some very interesting re- discoveries in Central Africa does not mains are being gradually discovered. contemplate any separation until all Roads, walls, columns, a theatre, its members reach Timbuctoo togemosaics, inscriptions, sculpture, and ther. Then, if found practicable, paintings, will thus be added to the Captain Pearce and Dr. Morrison antiquarian stores with which this will endeavour to proceed in an eastportion of the world is already en- ern direction towards Abyssinia; Capriched.
tain Clapperton and Mr. Dixon proDREAMS.
pose to take a northern course. Dr. A posting-bill in the streets of Paris, Morrison is represented as eminent gravely and pompously announces for his proficiency in geology, botany, the possession of a unique Manu- and minerology. script, containing, among other.mat
GOLD. ters, an explanation, by true and There are now in London a number possitive analogy, of all the Dreams of pieces of gold, found in Aruba, bewhich can occur to any body.” The longing to Curacoa, some of which proprietor of this “únique Manu- weigh from three to thirty-six ounces. script,” who has taken up his abode Tbe Government of the Netherlands at Neuilly, intimates, “that persons bas looked at this subject in a very who wish for the explanation of a serious point of view;
and the GoverDream may call on him, and that nor of Curacoa has published an order wbatever may be its nature, they forbidding any person to visit that shall receive complete satisfaction.” little desert island without his perThe price of a verbal explanation is mission. The gold in London is solid, twenty francs, of a written one forty. and exceedingly fine; but, as it was NATURAL HISTORY.
found on the surface, there are great Her Royal Highness the Princess doubts as to its origin; and it remains of Orange has presented to the City to be determined whether it is really of Brussels, for its cabinet of Natural a product of the soil, or whether it History, a splendid collection of spe. was left by piratos, whose favourite cimens of Russian minerals, estimated rendezvous the island of Aruba has by connoisseurs at 50,000 rubles. The always been. The ore is to be immeMunicipal Council has voted an ad- diately sent to the Netherlands. dress of tbanks to her Royal Highness; and resolved that this collection
THE FINE ARTS. shall be placed in a particular apart
MOSAIC GOLD. ment in the Museum of Natural His. Among the novelties of the ago, we
bear of the invention of a metallic tured. The materials too,are so abund. composition of considerable import- ant as to insure any supply which ance to the arts and manufactures, could be required. It is easily cleaned and which is designated by the at- by mere washing with soap and water. tractive title of Mosaic Gold. The The advertisement of the patentees story relative to the discovery of this gives such other information as curiGold is rather a curious one. An en- osity may desire; or those who think thusiastic person of the name of Ha- well enough of the matter, to wish to milton was, about twenty-one years speculate upon it, peed for their ago, struck by a passage in the Book guidance. On inquiry in what respect of Judges, which spoke of “a metal the new metal differed from, or surmore precious than gold.” Con- passed Egyptian ore and Petit-or, it vinced that notbing was stated in the was found that there was not only the Holy Scriptures which was not lite- extraordinary difference of price, (berally true, he devoted himself to find ing perhaps only a thirtieth of the out what this metal could be; and cheapest of these,) but in not requirthe result of his investigation, experi- ing the same constant cleaning or ments, and labours, at the end of nine- being liable to the same deteriorating teen years, is the composition in accidents. This metal, we understand, question. Having brought it to what has obtained the high patronage of he considered perfection, we observe His Majesty, who has not only order. him associated with an individual of ed a large quantity for the alterations the name of Parker, who, as “Resi. in Windsor Castle, but also for Buckdent Director,” is the manager of the ingham Palace, and the Waterloo concern, as it now shows itself to the Monument, which is intended to be public.
placed on its front. The specimen submitted to the in- The New Company for the manuspection of several gentlemen was a facture of this Gold are about to erect Wreath, such as may be seen at the a magnificent warebouse near the end of bell-pulls; and certainly it has barracks in the Regent's Park; where a rich and brilliant appearance. For their establishment must rival tho harness, and balusters, and rails, (like wonders of Perkins's steam guns, or those of the Tuilerie gardens,) and the Panorama of Londou from St. all similar articles, it is likely to be Paul's. eminently useful and beautiful : for PORTRAIT OF THE REV. M. SIBLY. one of its advantageous qualities is A most striking and well executed said to be that of resisting the effects likeness of the Rev. M. Sibly, Minisof air and moisture, so that it does ter of the New Jerusalem Chapel, not tarnish on being exposed to the Friar Street, London, has been enweather. To prove this a piece of the graved on copper by Mr W. Wise of Mosaic Gold and two pieces of fine Somers Town. It is engraved from brass were submitted to the action of an original painting executed by Mr. the sea atmosphere, in the Isle of Joseph Clover, and now in the posWight, for several weeks; and the session of Mr. Sibly. A smaller porconsequence was, that the former re- trait of the same Rev. Gentleman, mained quite bright, while the latter, equally well executed, and exhibiting in sixty or seventy hours, were ren- a similar striking likeness, is also dered perfectly black and rusty. It finished by the same artist. We unis farther stated, that this metal is derstand that the price of the large susceptible of a higher polish than gold one on India paper, is 7s. 6d. and the itself; so that it may be employed for small, 28. 6d. splendid furniture in innumerable ways. Indeed, it is in weight alone LITERARY NOVELTIES. that the inventors confess it to be in- Mr. Walter, one of the Librarians of ferior to that precious metal; since the British Museum, is preparing for it can be drawn into the finest wire, publication, a Translation of B. G. or wrought to astonisbing thinness. Niebuhr's History of Rome. Yet it seems that being a compound
Italia in Pollonia.—The prospectus of the cheapest metallic substances, of a new work by M. Ciampi, under the price will be very low-less, it is this titlo, has been published at Floasserted, than twopence per ounce in rence. It is the result of the resi. the ingot, into which it is manufac- dence of the author at Warsaw, and of his particular occupations in Italy dy's Varieties of Literature, 8s. Midas a corresponding member of the dleton on Consumption, 4s. Poole's Royal Commission of Public Instruc- Essay on Education, 7s. 6d. Wiffen's tion in the kingdom of Poland; and Translation of Tasso, 3 vols. £2. 2s. it will contain a history of all the re- Twner's Arterial System, 8s. Warton's ligious, political, and scientific rela- Death-bed Scenes, 10s.6d. Whateley's tions existing between the two coun- Essays on Religion. 7s. Hurwitz' tries.
Hebrew Tales, 7s. 6d. Friendship's offering, for 1826.£1.4s. Marmontel's
Incas(Whittingham's French Classics) Jortin's Sermons, 3 vols. 14s. Bra- 18mo. 6s. bds.
“ The vernal flower, by early blight,
THE NEW YEAR.
FOUNTAIN OF LIFE! Eternal Source of good!
Thou Spring of purity and Truth divine !
On thee for ever may our souls recline.
But slowly we the path of wisdom tread:
And feed our hungry souls with heav'nly bread.
Still we thy richest mercies ever prove :
Still going onward to the realms above.
May we thy great and sacred name revere;
NEW JERUSALEM MAGAZINE,
FAITH IN THE SOLE DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SOLID BASIS OF RATIONAL, PURE, AND
EXALTED PIETY. WHEN our Lord was upon earth, we find, it was his constant practice to go about doing good, both to the souls and bodies of men: it was his meat and drink, as himself says, to do the will of his heavenly Father: but it is observable, that persons in general who suffered under any malady, and who applied to the benevolent Saviour for relief, were not immediately gratified, on many occasions, by having their desires granted. Thus we read, he frequently, in the first instance, addressed the petitioner in these remarkable . words, “ According to your faith be it done unto you." By an attentive examination we shall be enabled to discover many grand secrets of wisdom involved in this apparently simple expression ;-—According to your faith.” What faith? Our Lord we will suppose, had notlong before given sight to a man who was born blind; he had raised Lazarus from the dead, who had laid three days in the grave: he had fed many thousand people with five barley loaves and a few small fishes : now, a poor paralytic presents himself before him; and who, not unlikely, had both heard of his fame, and been an eye witness of some of the wonderful miracles he had performed. The trembling wretch makes known his request; the Lord replies in the following indirect manner : According to your faith, be it unto you.” Now we again repeat, What faith ? Are we to infer, that our Lord was unacquainted with the character and real state of mind of the many persons who sought his favour and relied on him for aid; and that before he complied with their requests, he was desirous of ascertaining in what light they viewed him; or, how they stood effected towards him? This
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