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cles of important intelligence. Without a competent knowledge of the topography of the kingdoms, and republics, which have come within the vortex of the powers, which have convulsed the eastern hemisphere, and shaken the civilized world to its centre, the best written accounts of the efforts of the contending nations will be involved in obscu rity, and afford the reader but little instruction.

Of such consequence was this science esteemed by the literati and politicians of France, that soon after the revolution they founded topographical schools, in which the knowledge of geography was carried to a pitch of almost incredible accuracy. Aided by the labours and intelligence of the pupils of these schools, the French are enabled to explore every part of the habitable globe for the purpose of business, pleasure or conquest, without the necessity of recurring to guides, or the casual and precarious information, which may be gleaned from the inhabitants of the countries they visit. It is hoped that Americans will not suffer themselves to be surpassed by any nation in a science of such utility and importance.

Impressed with these sentiments, we are happy in announcing to the public that Messrs. Kimber and Conrad, and Johnson and Warner have now in the hands of the best engravers in this city, Arrowsmith's Maps of America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. These will be executed in a style equal to the London engravings, and on the same scale, and it is believed that the prices will be considerably lower than they can be imported for. They have likewise engaged to have made under their directions, Geographical Globes. First, those of twelve inches diameter, and afterwards the other sizes as the scales may require.

THE SENTENTIOUS, OR SERIOUS WORLD,

SOME men love to speak in parables, and some men

dearly love to listen to them. The Lacedemonian, the Englishman, the Spaniard, the Chinese, all have indulged occasionally in the pithy style. Americans are not without this passion, and while many of Dr. Franklin's experiments and neat imitations of Addison are nearly forgotten, most of his old saws are still remembered. One leading argument in favour of your apothegm is, that it is short, epigrammatical, and

easily remembered. We will, therefore, occasionally, string together Proverbs, terse remarks, and wise sayings, which, though they may not possess the poignancy of Solomon, may have something like a smack of Sancho Panza! A slirewd Physician in England, who appears to be a very successful prescriber for moral maladies, has furnished us with the following Formula, which he very aptly calls concentrated wisdom. EDITOR.

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Leave your purse and watch at home, when you go to the Playhouse, or an auction room.

Early rising will add many years to your life.
Dine late; it makes the day longer, and saves a supper.
Take your Tradesman's receipt, though you pay ready money.
Never pay a Tradesman's bill till you have cast it up.

Paint the steps of your door and staircase, a stone colour: it will save scouring and soap.

Much may be done in a short time: your barber bestows 150 strokes daily on your beard.

Pay all your bills at Christmas.
Be not a collector of books without determining to read them.

If you mean to buy a house, which you intend to alter and improve, be sure to double the Tradesman's estimate.

When you take a journey in winter, put on two shirts; you will find them much warmer than an additional waistcoat.

A little spittle takes out grease spots from woolen cloth.
Idleness travels very leisurely, and Poverty soon overtakes her.
It is a merciless act to confine in a jail an unfortunate and industrious

Ask yourself if it be not revenge?
Whatever your miseries may be, there are others more miserable than

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yourself.

Never write a letter when in a passion.

If you keep a drunken servant, insure your house against fire, and your. self against the censures of your neighbours.

Allow a man to have wit, and he will allow you to have judgment.

When Religion is made a science there is nothing more intricate ; when made a duty there is nothing more easy. Do not brave the opinion of the world. You may as well say that

yoni care not for the light of the sun, because you can find a candle.

In the morning, think on what you are to do in the day, and at night think on what you have done.

If you incline to corpulency, keep your cyes open and your mouth shut.

If you have lost your love, and think that there is not such another in the world, consider that there is as good fish in the sca as ever was taken out of it.

To brood over a misfortune is the way to make it longer.

A reserved temper checks conviviality, and if you cannot laugh, you had better stay at home.

A real gentleman or lady is known at first sight.

A civil man, with Dr. Johnson's learning, would make an envied book. seller,

A modern fine Lady in winter lives all the morning in Lapland, and spends her evenings on the banks of the Ganges. If you

be an author, keep a lamp and a slate and pencil by your bedside to note a good thought, that it may not fly away before you rise. Whatever your

situation in life may be, lay down your plan of conduct for the day. The half hours will then glide smoothly on, without crossing or jostling each other..

We are all indebted for much of our consequence to the tailor, the shoemaker, the hosier, the jeweller, the milliner, the mantua maker, and the hair dresser.

Unless your pretensions be very good, avoid being the principal speaker in a large company.

Envy is like a sore eye that cannot bear a bright object.

Anger may continue with you for an hour, but it ought not to remain with you for a night.

He who accustoms himself to buy superfluities, may ere long be obliged to sell his necessaries,

He who is always his own counseller will often bave a fool for his client.
He who goes to bed in anger has the devil for his bed-fellow.
The same thing lias often two different names.

A successful insurrection is called a revolution; an unsuccessful one is named a rebellion.

A quack robs with one hand and kills with the other.

If a young woman is worth having for a wife, some man that is worth having for a husband will find her out.

It is a proof of good breeding to be able to converse well.
The anatomical examination of the eye is a certain cure for atheism.
If you have a good law cause refer it; if a bad one, try it.

A man who is officious to serve you at first sight, should be regarded with caution.

Reading in bed is a strange mixture of indolence and activity.

A beau is like a cinnamon tree, whose bark is of more value than the trunk.

A mild tempered woman is the balsam that heals all human sorrows; but a perverse woman is a perpetual blister.

If you mean to be happy when old, be temperate when you are young.
If your wife be a sensible woman, make her your private secretary.
Try to be regular, and it will soon become a second nature,
Choose a wife as you choose a knife. Look to her temper.

There is something bewitching in hair-powder; it always makes a man look like a gentleman.

Keep company with learned men, and you will have less occasion for much reading.

Marrying a man you dislike, in hopes of loving him afterwards, is like going to sea in a storm in hopes of fair weather.

When you mean to write a book, first exhaust your own genius, then see what others have said on the subject.

If you drive a pair of horses, do not envy the man who drives six. He lives at six times the expense you do, and has six times the number of plagues that you have.

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE FOR THE PORT FOLIO.

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DURING the present year, the first three numbers of “ The American Law Journal, and Miscellaneous Repertory," have appeared. The plan of this work is, in some degree, adopted from a Law Journal which has been published for some time past in London. The chief objects of the editor, as far as they have been developed in the progress of his labours, appear to be, to collect a variety of information respecting the general laws which have been passed, and the decisions which liave been made in the different states. To-the trader, whose mercantile transactions extend to most of the states, and who is to be governed by different rules of action, from those with which he is familiar; and to the lawyer, who is consulted on them, it should seem, that such a Repertory as the present, is a collection which deserves encouragement. The laws of the different states, but more particularly of the commercial states, ought to form a part of the library of every professional gentleman, whose business is extensive. But it is exceedingly difficult to procure them, the volumes are expensive, and they are crammed with petty acts for restraining swine from running at large, or some such laws, which are only important within the particular district where they are intended to have effect. But selecting from this mass of tedious prolixity, brief digests of those acts which are interesting to every one, either as articles of liberal curiosity, or of useful information, the editor, to adopt the language of his prospectus, may“ produce 3 work, which will comprise the rudiments of a complete system of American jurisdiction.”

In addition to articles of this descriptio!), others of a lighter nature a re occasionally introduced, which the general reader need not shun

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with indifference. In the department of Biography, a subject which is at all times pleasing, we may expect to find “the wonders of their age,” who have adorned the seat of justice, the

· lean attorney, that his cheese Ne'er par’d, nor verses took for fees,

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or the statesman, who“ directs the storm” of empires.

We understand that it is intended to annex to each volume, an appendix, containing the most important public documents, which published during the year. This, if executed with industry, and a scrupulous regard to impartiality, will be an important addition, which will stamp the work with permanent value.

The known industry and talents of Mr. Hall, cannot fail to render his Journal a valuable acquisition to the best libraries. The works of men of genius are so few in this country, that those we have ought not to suffer for the want of patronage. We beg leave warmly to recommend The Miscellaneous Repertory, to the perusal of all classes of citizens. Its collections are well adapted to every palate, as imparting both amusement and instruction.

Messrs. C. & A. CONRAD & Co. booksellers, of this city, have published An Abridgment of Murray's English Grammar, with an Appendix containing Exercises in Orthography, in Parsing, in Syntax, and in Punctuation, designed for the younger class of learners, by Lindley Murray. From the eighteenth edition, corrected by the author. With Additions and Elucidations by James Abercrombie, D.D, Director of the Philadelphia Academy. Printed for the use of that Institution. The second edition improved.

Independently of the bias of our friendship for the Editor of this new American edition, we are deliberately of opinion that he has made useful additions to the work, and that Mr. Murray himself will be by no means dissatisfied with the conduct of Dr. Abercrombie in this behalf. Indeed it is ascertained that the celebrated Grammarian is decidedly and avowedly grateful for the zcal which the friends of Science on this side of the Atlantic have displayed to augment the value and popularity of his writings.

The introduction of this edition into the schools of America will facilitate the progress of the pupil, abridge the toil of the preceptor, and add to the reputation which Dr. A. has so honourably acquired by his persevering efforts to instruct the rising generation.

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