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Art. VIII. The New Series of the Mathematical Repository: No. 9. By
Thomas Leybourn, of the Royal Military College. 8vo. pp. 96.2
folding plates. Price 48. sewed. Sherwood and Co. 1809. IT is not, we are aware, the custom of reviewers to notice
periodical publications ; but there is something so interesting in the plan, and so respectable in the execution of the work before is, that we do not hesitate to make a deviation from our usual practice in its favour. The Repository, of which the present number terminates the second voluine of the new series, is devoted exclusively to mathematics. . It is divided into three parts. The first contains solutions of questions (in every department of mathematical inquiry) proposed regularly in cach successive halfyearly number of the work; the second consists of origiDal essays ; and the third comprehends mathematical memoirs; extracted from works of eminence, and translated in general from other languages.
The only works now at all resembling the present, established in this country are, we believe, the Ladies' Diary, and the Gentleman's Diary—both Alınanacs published annu. ally by the Stationers' Company; of these little productions, the former has maintained its utility and its reputation for more than a century, the latter for 70 years ; each having been conducted from its commencement by a cession of mathematicians of considerable eminence. It was to these publications, together with some others long since defunct, (as the Palladium, the British Oracle, the Mathematician, Halliday's Miscellanea Curiosa Mathematica, Turner's Exercises, Hutton's Mathematical Miscellany, &c.) and ihe work on our table, that we alluded in a former article*, as having been manifestly beneficial in promoting and diffusing the pure mathematical spirit.
In the Ladies and the Gentleman's Diary, ihe portion devoted to mathematical investigation is so small, that their utility in this respect is of necessity much limited. On this account we are glad to observe the regular appearance of the Mathematical Repository, which, while its successive numbers are of such a size as to allow of extent and variety of discussion, is yet of a price that brings it sufficiently, within the purchase of every scientific man.
The original essays in the 2nd volume of this work amount to twenty one, some of which are highly curious and valuable. Among these we may specify Mr. Gough's application of properties of parallelograms to the moments of
* Vol. V. p. 1098.
forces; Mr. Cunliffe's theorems for finding the sums of in. finite series by means of circular arcs and hyperbolic los garithms; the application of a new dynamical principle by Mr. Bayley; and Mr. Barlow's demonstration of a theorem in the Diophantine analysis. In this theorem it is affirmed, that “every integral number whatever, is either a square, or the sum of two, three, or four squares”-a part.only, it may be observed, of a more general theorem originally given by Mr. Fermat. Mr. Barlow, however, has the honour of being the first who has furnished a complete and satisfactory . demonstration of the theorem which has engaged his atten tion.
The 'memoir' in the present volume extracted from a foreign work is an extremely interesting one on Elliptic Transcendentals, by M. Legendre. Our only complaint respecting it is, that the portions in which it is published are too minute.
We cannot here enter into a particular examination of the first volume of the new series of the Repository, vor of the three volumes in 12mo which constitute the first series. It is sufficient to say, that a large proportiou of their con. tents may be read with advantage by young mathemati cians, and with pleasure by the man of confirmed sci
We are happy, therefore, to commend this laudable attempt of the Editor to furnish amusement and instruction to his brother philomaths :' and we are conscious that when we warmly recommend the Mathematical Repository to those who delight in such speculations as it contains, we are at once discharging a duty to Mr. Leybourn and conferring a benefit upon the public. Art. IX. Remarks on Prisons. By Stevenson Macgill, D. D. Minis.
ter of the Tron Church of Glasgow. 8vo. pp. 80. price 28. Long
man & Co. Hamilton, Ogle, 1810. A VERY general attention will ere long, we hope, be excited, to the ·
established arrangements and practical administration of the national prisons. Dr. Macgiil, as an able co-operator in the important work of awakening and instructing the public mind on this subject, is intitled to our warmest thanks. He explains, in a concise but perspicuous manner, the true principles of incarceration ; and adverts successively to the objects which should be kept in view when that measure is adopted. These are, 1, the most effectual and least severe methods of securing the persons 2, the various precautions to be observed both in the construction and management of prisons, so as to promote the health of those who are confined ; 3. the protection of the moral character and interests of the
prisoners from further igjury ; 4. regulations for securing a vigilant superintendance of the actual management. On all these points, Dr. Macgill's good sense and benevolence have furnished many very important hiots ; and we hope a time will come, when much of the advice contained in his publication will be enabled, through the powerful interposition of the legislature, to assume the authoritative aspect of law, and enforce its Claims to obedience. On the first topic, that of Health, Dr. M. observes,
• Imprisonment, of itself, from its natural effect on the spirits, will, in many cases, injure the constitution. This circumstance should render the community more anxious to provide such means of health, as the na. ture of a place of confinement will permit; and still more to guard against practices and customs which must be directly pernicious It is no part of the punishment designed for prisoners of any description, that they should be given up to rheumatisms, scurvy, dropsies, fevers, and consumptions; that their strength should be wasted with sickness, their constitution undermined, and their lives embittered with excruciating pains, with debility of body and of mind, and their necessary consequences, poverty and wretchedness. Yet, in such an unfortunate manner have many of our prisons been constructed and managed, that often the unhappy prisoners have been punished, not only with confinement accord. ing to their sentence, but with sufferings, and even death, of the most direful kind; or, when death has been protracted, with a long train of diseases and afflictions, during the few years which they dragged out of their miserable existence. If justice and hunianity revolt at such treatment, even of the guilty'; with what feelings should we think that it may possibly be the fate of the innocent and unfortunate !!
7,8. The remarks on diet, separation of prisoners, modes of employing their time, and encouraging industry, the exclusion of intoxicating liquors, though not professing to be very new, are judicious and well arranged: and we are pleased to observe the stress which is laid on providing effectual means of religious instruction. We approve of the re. commendation, that a better order of persons be employed as governor's of prisons, that their office be rendered more respectable, and their salaries liberal : that all fees be abolished, (excepting, perhaps, such as are paid for extra conveniences,) and that the wages of inferior officers be ascertained. The plan recommended for securing an effectual superintendance, may be open to some objection, inasmuch as there may be no possibility of finding a due number of qualified persons to undertake it gratuitously: in many situations, however, it will andoubtedly be practicable. Every humane reader will; in our opinion, feel it his duty to promote the circulation of this pamphlet. Art X. Earnest Contention for the True Faith, a Sermon preached at Scarborough, at the Primary Visitation of the most
Reverend Edward, Lord Archbishop of York, July 28, 1810, by Francis Wrangham, M. A. F. R. S. of Trinity College Cambridge, published at the Re. quest of the Clergy, with the Approbation of his Grace. 4to. pp.
50. price 3s. 6d. Mawman. IN exhorting the clergy to strive for the faith, it was natural for
Mr. Wrangham to specify the object of contest, and the mode of car
rying it on. Accordingly he proposes to ascertain --- What is the cha-
We are sorry, however, that Mr. W. has evinced by his own example,
In point of style, this sermon is a good deal overlaboured. Mr. Wrangham appears to have adhered rather too stiffly to the maxim of Quintilian- Dicturus intueatur apud quem dicendum sit ; and to have imagined majesty and pomp so indispensable, in a discourse before an
archbishop and his clergy, that he has made no scruple of sacrificing not • 'merely amenity and grace, but perspicuity itself. In one place he talks
of the contingent infliction of penalties to be enforced by the vengeance of an irritated parishioner' ; in another, of a 'corollary in direct kostility to the dangerous deductions of the fiduciary sluggard ;' and in a third, of the obligation of catechising, not perfunctorily exacting a mecba. nical recital.' Pulpit discourses, of whatever kind, should certainly be quite free from every thing mean and vulgar, and in all circumstances retain an air of dignity. But the dignity should arise from the subject, not from the dress. It should be the simple majesty of truth, always the more commanding the less adorned.
To the sermon are appended a copious variety of notes, which may amuse and even instruct those, who will find, in the sermon itself, a recommendation of their own spirit and practice. Art. XI. The Pastoral Care, A Didactic Poem, in Three Parts. Ad.
dressed to the Junior Clergy. With three engravings. fcp. 8vo. Pr.
170. price 12s. bds. Hatchard. 1808. IN this performance, we have plenty of good advice, though of the
tritest kind. The standard, however, of theological sentiment and clerical deportment is not 80 exactly conformable, perhaps, to that of the scriptures, as to deserve unqualified approbation. To afford some notion of its poetical merit, we shall quote a favourable extract, regarde ing the visitation of condemned prisoners.
• Heaven hath for death-bed penitents a place,
• For many a daring culprit owes his loss
• Small hopes can hence be founded in a sigh
Be his, who in the few short hours he owns,