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Proceedings in Parliament relative to
QUESTION (the) considered, How far
Naval Force of Great Britain, &c. a
Nation is to be ascribed to the Con-
OCCASIONAL Retrospect of Foreign
Representation and Petition from the
Nabob of the Carnatic to the House
- 336, 537
Review of Public Affairs, from Janu-
of the principal Proceedings
of the Parliament, 1784, 226
nut, a Novel,
Robinson's (Mrs.) Vancenza; or, the
Parrin's (M.) Idéc generale de la Sibe-
Roemer (Joan.) Genera Infectorum
Linnæi & Fabricii iconibus, illus-
Roman History (the) continued from
the second Century of the Christian
Philofophical Transad'ons of the Roya
Romance (the) of the Forest, 458
School for Scandal, (the) or News-
90 Shrove Tuesday, a fatyric Rhapsody,
Pleasures of Memory, a Poem, 398 Sinclair's (fir John) Statistical Account
Priestley's (Dr.) Discourse at the Gra Storia della Pittura, &c. See Hickey.
- Discourse intended to Thoughts on the late Riots at Bir-
ibid. Sturni's Wonders of the Creation, 237
Origin and , 352
TATRAM's (Dr.) Chart and Scale of Voyage sur le Rhin depuis Mayence Truth,
29, 156 jusqu'a Duffeldorf, Terentia, a Novel, Thoughts on the Origin and Excel. lence of Regal Government, 358
WANLEY Penson ; or, the Melancholy on the Propriety of fixing Man,
114 Easter Term,
Watson's (bishop) Charge to the Cler- - on Civilization, 468
gy of the Diocese of Liandaff, 81 Tindall's Juvenile Excursions in Lite
Webner's Sermon on Public Worship rature and Critic sm,
286 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 1 r nflation of the Speeches of age of Scotland
M di Mirabeau the Elder. With
58 Tranfa&ions of the Linnaan Society, as
a Sketch of his Life and Character, Vol. I
434 Transactions of the Royal Irith Acai Whitehead's Anecdotes of the late demy, 1789,
Duke of Kinglton and Miss Chud.'
13 Tria between Martin and Petrie for
239 Crim, Con.
* Wilson's Defence of Public Worship, Triuniphs of Reason,
230 Turner's Account of the System of
- (Dr.) Commentaries on the Education used at a Seminary for
Constitution of the United States of the Admiflion of Pupils,
119 Two Poems, or Songs,
Wollstonecraft's (Miss) Vindication or 235
the Rights of Women, 389 VINDICATION of the Use of Sugar,
Works of John Whitchurst, Esq. ist
Worthington's Thoughts of the Ma.
238 of the Revn!ution Sóc
nifefto of the French to all States ciety against the Calumnies of Mr.
Transactions of the Linnean Society. Vol. I. 460. 18s. Boards.
White and Son. 1795. THE 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 feem to feel the more intimale 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 ge , neral accounts; yet we shall endeavour to give our philosophic cal readers some adequate idea of the contents of this first volume of the Linnean Transactions.. · The Introduction of the President explains more particular. ly the objects of the Society, and the designs of its inftitutors; nor must we be blamed for hastening to the conclusion, since it forms the most proper introduction to the volume before us.
• It now only remains fot me to point out what I conceive to he the peculiar objects of our present institution. I need not enforce the propriety of each of us endeavouring to promote as much as possible the main ends of our undertaking, and to contribute all inr our power to the general stock of knowledge. These are indispenfable obligations upon all who associate themselves with any litetary society. - 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 jegard 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 æcos , nomy in the general plan of nature, or their use to man in partia
CRIT. Rev. N. Ari (IV). Jan, 1792. B cular, i 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 a:e brought at once bafore us. No country that I know of can bear a compariion 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 firt place. That of the late fir Athlon 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 should remain in their hands undefcribed ? that foreigners Mould eagerly catch at one or two plants ob:ained from our gardens, which we for years have been trampling under fuos 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 inliitution 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 slightest piece of information which may tend to the advancement of the science we should thankfully receive. Howev: r trifling 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 bis merits or correct his defects. I am perfuaded nothing can be done more useful to the science of natural history than, working on the publications of this illuftrious 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