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MONTHLY

MAGAZINE;

OR,

BRITISH\REGISTER;

Including

MISCELLANEOUS COMMUNICATI- ACCOUNT OF ALL NEW PATENTS.

ONS FROM CORRESPONDENTS,
ON ALL SUBJECTS OF LITERA-
TURE AND SCIENCE.

LIST OF NEW BOOKS AND IMPOR
TATIONS.

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REGISTER OF DISEASES IN LONDON.
RETROSPECT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
LIST OF BANKRUPTCIES AND DI
VIDENDS

DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES CLASSED
AND ARRANGED IN THE GEOGRA
PHICAL ORDER OF THE COUN
TIES.

MARRIAGES, DEATHS, BIOGRAPHI-
CAL MEMOIRS, &c.

REPORT OF THE STATE OF COM-
MERCE, &c.

REPORT OF AGRICULTURE, &c.
REPORT OF THE WEATHER.

VOL. XVII.

PART I. FOR 1804.

London:

PRINTED FOR RICHARD) PHILLIPS, No. 71, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD,
By whom Communications (Poft-paid) are thankfully received.

(Iice Twelve Shillings half-bound.)

Printed by J. ADLARD, Duke-street, West-Smithfield.

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To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine.

SIR,

be the author of Canta

brigiana, he has done me honour in having mentioned me in fuch a caufe, and with fuch men as those whom he has enumerated. But I was not of Trinity. What claim the University of CAMBRIDGE has in me, or I in that, is to be referred (and I fear it is but little) to Peter-houfe: to which college I was fent by my father, because it was a small one (a reafon which did not altogether answer his expectations and mine) and for two other reasons of more prevailing and fatisfactory inducement; that the learned and excellent Dr. LAW, father to the prefent CHIEF JUSTICE, who was also of Peter-house,

then prefided in it, and that Dr. JOHN JEBB, whofe name will always be repeated with respect and affection by every lover of liberty and peace, of litera. ture and fcience, of humanity and the welfare of mankind, had been a fellow of it, as the author of Cantabrigiana has remarked, and then refided near the college, in confequence of his marriage with Mifs TORKINGTON, a lady truly worthy of him. I am, your's fincerely, CAPEL LOFFT.

Trofton, near Bury, Suffolk, 4th Jan. 1804.

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To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine.

SIR,

IF.

F you think it worthy of public attention, you will pleafe to infert the account of the following difcovery in your valuable Magazine.

As the influx of company to Cheltenham, for two or three years paft, has been fo confiderable, that the faline wells have been drank dry every morning, in the height of the feafon, and the falts, prepared from them not fufficient for ordinary confumption, I have fuperintended boring the ground on the fouth fide of that town during the greatest part of laft fummer, for the difcovery of new fprings, and have fo far fucceeded, that a weli has been funk forty-one feet deep, and 1x feet wide, which at this time contains twenty

two feet of water, of the fame kind as the old fpas, and not three handied yards dittant from them.

It must be fatisfactory for the public at large, and for the proprietors of the New Theatre, and of other numerous buildings erecting at that place, to be informed, that a fufficient fupply of water, fo greatly dif tinguthed for the cure of bilious difeafes, can at all times be had at Cheltenham for any number of company.

Your obedient Servant, THOMAS JAMESON, M. D. London, Dec. 26th, 1803.

To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine.

SIR,

AMONG your numerous Readers, there muft undoubtedly be fome, who, with myfelf, labour under that inconvenience ariling from the peculiar ftructure of the vifual organ, called Myopia. I take leave therefore, Sir, to offer to the notice of my brother Myopes who may be your readers, the following obfervations; and to request alfo that fome one will make known through this medium, whether his experience will furnish additional proof of the facts which I have taken the liberty to ftate; or whether, on the contrary, he may have found reafon to allow the dicta of fome feientific men on this fubject; which, fo far only as my small experience has furnished me with proofs, feem to be not well founded.

This dileafe, arifing from a too great convexity of the cornea, whereby the rays of light converge too foon, and confequently unite before they reach the retina, is faid to be always in a progreffive state of amendment; the eye gradually flattening as we approach old age. In conformity to this doctrine, it is ufually recommended to perfons who require the aid of concave glaffes, to begin with the deepest which they can conveniently bear: as the neceffity for them will be continually decreafing, or, in other words, the eyes by their natural decay will be gradually adapting themselves to glaffes of a lower number..

Now, Sir, facts the very reverfe of this, have appeared to me to be established in each of the few cafes into which I have had an opportunity of inquiring. In thefe cafes, though few, I can fully rely upon the fidelity of the ftatements; for this defect of Myopifm prevails confiderably in my family, and it is from this fource that I draw my information; and in each inftance it has been found that with the advance of years, glaffes deeper than those formerly ufed, were neceffary; or, at least, advantageous; inafmuch as they defined diftant objects with greater accuracy.

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