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cal knowledge in the fifteenth have been concealed. For this century.

purpose, time must be employed To be continued.

in careful and faithful observations by those whose situation permits.

Tous opportunities for such obART. 22,

servations are rare, and we pray Facts and observations relative to

Heaven they may continue so. the nature and origin of the res.

It is well known, that the Coltilentiel fever, which prevailed in lege of Physicians of Philadelphia this city, in 1793, 1797, and

have from the year 1793 profess1798. By the College of Physied their belief, that the yellow fever cians of Philadelphia. Philadel

was an imported and contagious

disease. Deference should be phia. Thomas Dobson. 1798.

paid to the opinion of so respecta8vo. pp. 52. Additional facts and observations

ble a body ; but it is the motto of relative to the nature and origin

modern days “ nullius in verta of the pestilential fever. By the magistri ;” and those who seek College of Physicians of Philadel for truth will investigate facts, phia. Philadelphia. T.Dobson. rather than ask for opinions.

In the first part of this work we 1806. 8vo. pp. 99.

have an account of the introducThe first part of this work was tion of the pestilential fever into published in 1798 ;-the second Philadelphia in 1798 by the ship within the present year. The two Deborah. From the details given are now included under one cover, in the notes, and particularly in a and we shall briefly notice the con- letter from Dr. Daniel De Bennetents of each. It is the design of ville, it appears very clearly, that these públications to prove, that in many instances the disease could the yellow fever is a contagious be traced to a connection with the disease, and that it is introduced ship Deborah ; and likewise that in into our country by importation. other instances the persons, who In our last number we gave a re- had such connection, appeared to view of an account of the yellow communicate the disease to their fever at New York the last season; friends and attendants. It is how. and we then said, that this account ever to be remarked, that this ves, rendered the opinion of its do- sel emitted a " disagreeable and mestick origin, in that instance, the very offensive stench" to a consid, most probable. We purposely erable distance ; and that several avoided giving a general opinion among the persons who were sup: on this subjeci, and we shall not posed to derive their diseases from think ourselves inconsistent, if we this ship, of whom Dr. De Bennedeclare that other accounts of the ville himself was one, did not go same disease at other times, or in even upon the wharf at which she other places, support an opinion laid, but were only opposite the which may appear contradictory. wharf, &c. On the other side, We presume not to deterniine the however, it would seem by the accharacter of witnesses, but we can count that the disease, with which declare the result of the evidence those persons were seized, was inwhich is offered. Time may re- fectious. concile apparent inconsistencies, In the second part of this work or may bring to light truths which the College declare their adher

ence to their former opinions ; known any thing which tended to which, they say, have been con- invalidate it, that would have refirmed by events and researches ceived equal publicity. subsequent to the former declara. In this account it appears, that tion of those opinions. In this the first instances of the disease part we have some letters from were in S. Crisman's family. respectable physicians and others, Three of this family visited the which deserve consideration.- quarantine ground on July 21st ; There are also some “ minutes of at which time unclean veasels were the sitting managers of the Penn. lying there. One of these vessels sylvania Hospital,” tending to had put two persons on shore shew, by events in that hospital, there nine days before, both of that the yellow-fever is an infec. whom were dangerously ill of the tious, if not a contagious disease. yellow fever. On the 27th of

There follow letters from Dr.C. July one of these persons in CrisWistar, and Dr. G. Bensell. They man's family, and on the 28th the relate “ facts tending to prove the

othertwo were attacked with yellow contagious nature of the yellow

fever. The one, first seized, died fever at Germantown in the year

on the 3d of August ; the others 1798." These are such as must recovered. From these three permake the incredulous hesitate. sons the disease seems to have

“ The history of the origin and been communicated, by intercourse progress of the yellow fever în more or less direct, to others in New Haven, 1794,” is extracted succession. If nothing is omitted from the N. York Evening Post, in this account, we must conclude and is corroborated by private let- that the disease originated from ters. In fact, almost the whole the imprudent exposure of certain was originally derived from Drs. persons to infection at the quaranEneas and Elijah Munson. This tine ground. history traces that disease to in- We recommend this work both fection from a chest of clothes im- to physicians and to all persons, ported from the W. Indies in the who have any concern in making sloop Iris. On this subject there or in executing quarantine laws. has been a strange contradiction If our commaerce is subjected to of evidence. From the whole to- embarrassments from quarantine, gether, which this volume contains for God's sake let us have this on the subject, it is fair to con process so perfect as to secure us clude, that the chest of clothes from foreign disease. It is a was the source of disease.

strange sort of respect for the libWe pass over other things less erties of the people, which subjects important to notice 6 an account merchants and mariners to great of the rise and progress of the pecuniary and personal embarrassfever, which prevailed in South- ments, and at the same time perwark, during part of the summer mits any idle boy to take from us and autumn of the year 1805, by the benefit of such sacrifices. Dr. W. Currie.” As this account Well aware that the discussion is published by the College with of this subject will not interest a out comment, it has all the weight large portion of readers, we omit of their reputation in its favour. many remarks, which the occa For we ought to presume that if sion presents. any fellow of the College had

tune. To the romantick it offers

no gorgeous displays of sentiment, NOTICES.

and indeed nothing but fine de

scriptions of the wild and picture of Northern Summer, or travels esque. And a political theorist

round the Baltic, through Den- would probably be disappointed in mark, Sweden, Russia, Prussia, not finding the order and uniformand part of Germany, in the ity of the work interrupted and year 1804. By John Carr, Esq. disfigured by the introduction of author of the Stranger in France, dry and useless calculations. The c. c. 8vo. Philadelphia, only strange and unusual trait S. F. Bradford.

which distinguishes this work, is,

that we may glean from it more When an English traveller knowledge of individual and natells us that he went abroad for tional character, and more topohealth and spirits we very natur- graphical information than gazetally conclude, that a narrative of teers or geographical compilations his adventures will exhibit little generally afford. If there is any else than a severe caricature of fault sufficiently great to he noticthe various subjects of his obser- ed, it is, that his descriptions of vations. But the most invidious works of art are sometimes too inexamination will discover in this complete to gratify.a connoisseur, work very few of those misrepre- and not always clear to one who is sentations which would be expect- not. Here his periods are someed as the usual effect of strong na- times prolonged, till they become, tional prejudice operating on the what they generally are not, obimpatience of ill health. The au- scure and confused. thor travelled in the exercise of a singular indulgence for foreign peculiarities which earlier travels The Shade of Plato ; or, a defence had so matured, that his avowed of religion, morality, and governand honourable predilection for his ment. A poem in four parts, native land in no instante intrudes By David Hitchcock. To which itself to degrade the character of is prefixed, a sketch of the auany other. This work presents to thor's life. Hudson, H. Crosthe reader much of that kind of well. 12mo. price 25 cents. minute, local information, which is amusing to any one, and to an inex- The Muses, like most other laperienced tourist indispensibly ne- dies, have long had the reputation cessary, but which many travellers of being somewhat capricious in disdain to notice,and still more want the distribution of their favours, skill to manage. The lounger may and since their favourites join in find in it much to wile away an the accusation, we are compelled idle hour with, and, if his heart has to believe that it must be just. If, not been cankered and corroded, however, they were formerly caand his mind unnerved by sloth, pricious, they have of late become will feel himself quickened into lawless. The inspiration of poesomething like life, by some well try which was formerly reserved wrought scenes of woe, drawn for those minds, in which refine. from history, and several striking ment and feeling had been nour. instances of the mutability of for- ished by solitary thought and un

broken study, has of late been felt phrases on the thirty-ninth Psalm, the even at the work bench, and the latter part of the firft chapter of Luke, plough. What mysterious con

and others of a serious complexion

These he composed principally in the Rexion, what secret analogy there

night, while watching with his father in is between stitching shoes and his last fickness. making verses, we are at a loss to In the 26th year of his age he married; discover ; but certain it is, that the and though he may be ground more close cobler's stall has lately been re- by penury on this account, ftill he enmarkably fruitful of poets. Our joys peace and contentment, and has the

addition of three children to his family, own country is not without her upan which he doats almost as much as claims to a share in the honour the opulent do upon their riches. which England may assume from Such has been the origin and progress this fecundity in “ self-taught to the thirty-second year of his age) of bards;" and Mr. Hitchcock, the

a man, who struggling under all the dif

advantages of want of education, indiauthor of the book, whose title we

gence, obscurity, and the contumely of have just quoted, is to be the sup- the world, has produced, by the astonporter of our renown. Our bard, ifhing efforts of his genius, the following we must acknowledge, is yet un

Poem, besides a number of smaller pieces

of a fatirical caft. fledged, and indeed has scarcely broken his shell; but we doubt not It cannot be expected that we that if he should be warmed by the should undertake either a criticism incubation of some American Ca

or analysis of this production. It pel Loftt, he will hereafter rise on is an essay, in eight-syllable metre, as strong a wing, and sustain as on Religion, Politicks, and Morals, daring a flight as either of the which the author put into the Bloomfields.

mouth of Plato ; and, though his We have the following account style is hardly such as the Gods of Mr. Hitchcock prefixed to the would adopt, if they shonld visit the volume.

earth, yet as every man possesses

some rank in intellectual dignity, David Hitchcock, the author of the whose mind is superiour to his cirfollowing poem, was born at Bethlem, cumstances,this writer's merit must county of Litchfield, state of Connectieut, in the year 1773. His father, who be admitted,and his poetry endured. was an honest and industrious shoemaker, The author has a right to one after being reduced by a series of misfor- extract. tunes, to the lowest state of poverty and wretchedness, died in the year 1790 ;

While Phæbus from the human race leaving fix children, of whom our author Hid the bright splendour of his face, was the eldest, and a weakly and bereav. And from the seat of darkness hurlid ed widow, dependent upon the world A sable mantle o'er the world : for protection and support. His inabili- While men from toil, repofe obtain'd, ty to educate his children will readily be And universal flence reign'd ; perceived; but as the eldest discovered The ghost of an immortal fage, an early disposition to learn, he spared Who flourish'd in the Grecian age, no pains to gratify it, both by instructing Sudden into my presence broke, him and sending him to school, (when And thus the radiant vifion spoke :want of money or cloathing did not pre- Stranger, forbear, be not dismay'd ; vent) from the fifth to the thirteenth year I'm Plato's once departed shade ; of his age. By these small materials our Who from celestial fpheres recede, author acquired enough of the rudiments The righteous cause of heaven to plead ; of learning to enable him to make fure And clear its justice, truth, and grace ther improvements by his own applica. From the aspersions of your race. tion, at subsequent periods of his life. . O’er earth, where'er á God is known, Some of his first productions were para. Mankind, their destiny bemoan ;

They all some specious pretext frame, A sketch of the geography and
To tax kind Providence with blame ;
Each think the Deity they serve,

present state of the united terria Chastises more than they deserve ;

tories of North America ; to And that their sufferings here below,

which is added, a list of the seve Are one despotick scene of woe.

eral nations and tribes of Indians In Christian land, where gospel light in Canada and the United States, Ilumes the intellectual light,

&c. &c. By B. Davies. Phi. Ost have I heard your race repine, That they're abus'd by power divine ;

ladelphia, A. Bartram. That they're deprived of happiness, Because their parents did amiss :

The object of this little work is 'That their existence here below to give a bird's-eye view of the geIs but a pilgrimage of woe.

ography,statisticks, &c. of the UniFor which the hapless race of men

ted States of America. In the folAre subject to disease, and pain ; And when their days on earth are past,

lowing extract we have the design Must feel the pangs of death at last : of the author. That since the first unrighteous deed, Mankind through every age must bleed;

This compend, in which nothing

more than a ketch can be given of the And be clandestinely devour'd. By famine, pestilence and sword :

geography, and existing state of the uni'That man, had it not been for this,

ted territories, is divided into two parts : Had revell'd in eternal bliss ;

the first contains a general account of the And free from fickness, death, or pain,

foils, climates, winds, mountains, lakes, Would now in paradise remain ;

rivers, bays, capes, mines, and minerals; That since their fire was thus derang d,

and the second, consisting of eighteen The laws of nature have been chang'd; geographical and statistical tables, comAnd counterwork their pristine plan,

prises a brief view of the extent and To scourge the feeble race of man;

population of the whole empire, as well

as of the individual states, their trade and Whence they're to every woe betray'd. For crimes which they could not evade: shipping, constitutions and military force, Oft they enquire the cause they've given,

revenues and expenditures. Thus to be made the sport of heaven ;

As far as we have examined, And why its vengeance should alsail A race so impotent and frail.

the work appears accurate, and will be found particularly useful to a traveller through the country.

MONTHLY CATALOGUE

OF New PubLICATIONS IN THE U. STATES, FOR MAY, 1806

Sunt bona, sunt quædamn mediocria, surt mala plura.-MART.

NEW WORKS.

subject of the proximate cause of conTrial of Samuel Chase, an associate juf- ception in the human female. By Datice of the fupreme court of the United niel Newcomb, A. B. of Keene, N. H. States, impeached by the house of repre. member of the Philadelphia Medical sentatives, for high crimes and misde- Society. 8vo. pp. 32.

Philadelphia, meanors, before the senate of the United John H. Oswald. States. Taken in short hand, by Sanu

Twelve Letters addressed to Rev. Sa. el H. Smith and Thomas Lloyd. In two muel Austin, A. M. in which his vindia large octavo volumes-Vol. 2, in boards, cation of partial washing for Christian price, to subscribers, 4 dols. and a half, Baptism, contained in Ten Letters, is reand to non-subscribers 5 dols. Waihe viewed and diíproved. By Daniel Mer. ington. S. H. Smith.

rill, A.M. pastor of the church of Chrift An inaugural Esay on the different in Sedgwick. 12mo. pp. 90. Boston, theories that have been advanced on the Manning & Loring.

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