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serving, and his correctness in describing. It is honourable to bur age and country, that the first translation into our own tongue, should have been done at Middletown in Connecticut, by one of our own literati, and published in this city.

1810, I must, ho w ever, intreat their in dulgence, while I present to their attention a few publications more. The first no less than the History of the Forest Trees of North America, now publishing at Paris, by Andrew Michaux, the younger, son of the distinguished botanist already mentioned.

The work is beautifully printed, and embellished with figures copied from life and nature. The aulhor has had the benefit of his father's labours; and in addition thereto, has made repeated and extensive journies through the United States. Enjoying great opportunities, and possessed of the requisite qualifications, he may be considered capable of performing his task better than, perhaps, any other person. It comes out in livraisons, or numbers. To the first of these is prefixed a list of the species he intends to describe. He has begun with the pines and Jirs, which he has separated into distinct genera. The pines are those which have thread-like leaves connected at their base, to the number of two, three, or five, in the same sheath, and at the same point of attachment; Tviiiie the Jirs have short leaves, fixed one by one around the branches, or to their sides.

Next follow the hickories and oaks. These are succeeded by the Urches and magnolias: and so, proceeding through the beaches, cypresses, junipers, and others, the Avhole American forest is to be displayed.

feuclj a work, at this time, by so able a hand, may be pronounced a most seasonable and valuable addition to our knowledge; and worth a place in the library of every political economist1, botanist, at;d landed proprietor.

1813. The present year has witnessed a publication which may almost be reckoned a botanical phenomenon. This is, a Catalogue of the hitherto known native and naturalized plants of North America, by Henry Muhlenberg, n. D. published at Lancaster in Pennsylvania. It is a performance of uncommon labour and research. To his own observations on living plants, the author has added all the information he could procure from dried specimens forwarded to him from all quarters by his numerous correspondents. He has compressed, and, as it were, condensed, a grand mass of knowledge into the compass of one hundred and twelve octavo pages. He has profited by the light of modern improvement; and is, in reality, a guiding luminary himself. Eight hundred and sixtythree genera witness at once the profusion with which the Creator has decked the middle and northern latitudes of the western hemisphere, and the accuracy with which these productions of his power have been registered and named.

What shall be said of American plants after all this? Why, truly, that as, during the verdant period, they surpass those which grow in other quarters of the globe, so they excel in the peculiar beauty and variety of autumnal hues, whereby our forests exhibit, during the season in which the leaves are preparing to fall, a spectacle of richness and gayety that all persons of observation admire, and which our artists might pourtray for the purpose of giving a national style and character to their landscapes.

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Presented to the French King, and published by the Chevalier Tonti. Governour of Fort St. Louis, in the Province of the Illinois. Made English from the Paris Original. Reprinted from the London edition of 1698, published by J. Tonson, at the Judge's Head, and 8. Buckley,' at the Dolphin in Fleet-street, and II. Knaplock, at the Angel and Crown in St. Paul's Cburch-Tard.

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