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Thoughts on the Times, but chiefly on the Profligacy of our Women, and its Caufes. Addreffed to every Parent, Hufband, and modeft Woman in the three Kingdoms. In two Parts; fhewing First, the Danger of public Incontinence; the Abfurdity of our Female Education; the Folly and bad Tendency of a fashionable Life, and the Evils that arife from French Refinement; and Secondly, bow feldom Man-midwives are neceffary; that their Practice is dangerous-that it is repugnant to Modefty, tends to destroy the Peace of Families, and endanger Virtue, 12mo. 2s. 6d. Bew.
Had our author given himfelf time to have thought at all, this publication would never have made its appearance.
THE arts and fciences are the great links of fociety. They level all diftinction which a mean prejudice has eftablifhed between men and country. Every learned man is a true cofmopolite, and if actuated by the pureft spirit of civifm, it is not to defpife or depreciate the merit of any difcovery; but to endeavour to make it peculiar to his own country, by concurring with foreigners in adding to the ftore of human knowledge. This opinion, which we hope will ineet with no contradiction, has engaged us to lay before our learned readers an account of 'the premiums proposed by foréign academies, and the fubjects to be treated on. The French being a rival nation in more than one fenfe, we shall begin with the royal academy of fciences at Paris, and continue our academical journal from time to time.
ROYAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES.
Premium in natural history proposed by the faid academy.
The royal accademy, ever difpofed to contribute to the progrefs of sciences, being enabled to give every two years an extra-premium, had come to a refolution in 1777 that the fubject fhould be natural history; in confequence the following question was proposed to the investigation of the learned,
An effay on the fyftem of the lymphatic veins.
None of the memorials that have come to hand having folved the question in a fatisfactory manner, the academicians have refolved to have the fame fubject further difcuffed, and propofe the following queries:
Are there feveral fpecies of lymphatic veins, as it has been main
tained bitherto ?
Which is their origin and which their termination?
Are all the parts of the body provided with thofe veins or ves-fels ?
What is their manner of acting in the conglobate glands ? What is the course of thofe veffels whofe trunks may be made ponsible?
Such are the principal heads of which the academy requires a full elucidation. The members declare previously that they will attend to nothing but facts. Comparative anatomy may be called to the affiftance of the natural one, but the greatest regard must be payed to the latter in ftatu fanitatis and not in ftatu morbido, because in this cafe the organization of the parts is not always exactly conformable to nature.
That the learned may be allowed a fufficient time to make the neceffary inquiries into fo important and difficult a matter, the premium will not be adjudged till the Eafter-meeting of the academy in the year 1782; but the effays must be forwarded before the 1st of January in the faid year. As the intention of the members is to verify by experiments fuck obfervations as may appear novel, they require that the can didates will give a clear account of their proceedings, the inftruments they shall have made ufe of, and the matters, they fhall employ in performing the injections; they alfo defire that their effays may be accompanied with drawings, or at leaft Tketches, when it may appear neceffary for a clear explanation,
The premium will be of the value of 1500 livres.
The learned of every country, even the foreign affociates, are invited to concur in this matter, as none will be excluded but the forii regnicola.
The effays must be written in French or Latin, and the authors are requested to do it in a legible hand.
They need not put their names but only a motto. They may if they chufe inclofe with the effay a paper, fealed up, with the said motto inscribed therein, together with their names, country, and places of abode. This will not bet opened, unless the memorial or effay that bears it should deferve the premium. They are to direct, poft paid, or caufe their effays to be delivered to the secretary of the academy, tvho, in the latter cafe, will give a proper receipt, which, when produced, will entitle the bearer, or his agent, duly and legally authorised, to receive the propofed premium, in cafe fuch effay fhould become intitled to it, at the above appointed meeting of Eafter, 1782
QEuvres de N. P. Colardeau de l'Académie Françoife.-The Works of NP. Colardeau, Fellow of the French Academy 2 vols. in 8vo. Paris apud Le Jay.
Mr. Colardeau, whether, we confider him as a man of the world, or an author, is intitled to general esteem and approbation, as he did no less an honour to humanity by his moral character, than to the learned fociety of which he was a member by his learning and writings, which place him nearly upon a level with the, moft celebrated of his cotemporaries. His lofs must be feverely felt by the academy, who, miftaking the froth of genius for real literary merit, have chofen to fucceed him, a Mr. De la Harpe, as great a pedant as ever difgraced literature, and as complete an Ariftarchus as at any period infefted the republic of letters. Virgil, defcribing the tree which carrried the golden bough, fays: :** Uno a vulfo non deficit atter "Aureus?
This does not feem to be the cafe with the French academy, where the authority of the fovereign, the cabal and interest of the great, have often more influence than genuine, but unfupported merit.
The collection now before us, published by a near relation of the deceafed, contains nothing new but a comedy in five acts, which only ferves to prove, that a man may be anexcellent poet, have a thorough knowledge of the world, and be but an indifferent dramatic writer. This play, which, according to the predominant tafte of the French ftage, tho' reprobated by reafon and nature, is wrote in verfe; abounds with feveral lucky ftrokes, and fhews the eafy pleafing poet throughout; but the fable is improbable, the incidents uninteresting, and the fituations by no means defcriptive of that vis comica which alone is the ftamp that fets a proper value. on thofe kind of productions.
The fecond voluine confifts of mifcellaneous pieces of poetry, never publifhed before, out of which we beg leave to lay before our readers the two following, as a specimen of Mr. Colardeau's poetry, much admired amongst his countrymen for his peculiar eafe and elegance.
The firft was intended as an infcription to a ftatue of Voluptuoufnels, represented in the feducing attitude of a woman fupinely reclined and to all appearance faft afleep. Comme un écliar, nait & meurt le plaifir," Son feu.follet à peine nous enflamme Qu'il s'évapore & détruit le defir
Je ne fçais quoi lui furvit dans notre ame ;
Confidérez cette jeune beauté,
L'art du cifeau, dans ce marbre, en expofe
Moi, j'ai vu plus: dire où... comment ?... je n'ofe;
The fecond is one out of eleven letters intitled Epitres tai (Epiftles to thee) the one which follows is also called L'Amour trabi (Love betrayed)
"Je l'ai dit à l'écho, l'êcho l'a répété;
Je n'eus point l'art cruel de la tyrannifer;
Des fermens qu'elle a faits ces lieux furent témoins ;
Malheureux! de quel coup me fuis-je .vu frapper?
Zelmire, ce rival vengera ton amant,