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SPECTATOR, No. 379.
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INDEX TO VOL. VI.
.. 1140 .... 542
COL. 218 Aerostation, fatal, 589 Devil, on the existence of the,
353 Algebra, answer to a query on,. 776 Disguised courtship,
341 Amarsal, the story of,...... 913 Drunkenness,
322 Anarchy illustrated,..... 29 Duty on paper,
208 Arbitrary import of words,
........... 442 Arminianism,
E. Art and science, answer to query on,.. 1145 ECLIPSES,
580 Atheists, objections of, replied to, ..... 659 Education, Milton on,.. Avarice, an Arabian anecdote, .. 800 | Effects of indulging sinful passions,
Elucidation of Joshua x. 12.,
Embalming, and Egyptian catacombs,... 76 BEAR-CHASE, disasters of a,
1028 | English law,...48, 148, 256, 322, 435, 536, Belief of Anaxagoras,
618, 726, 814, 915, 1011, 1111 Belzoni, Giov. B., memoir of,.. 497, 609 Entrance-money at schools,..
451 Benevolent man, 63 ; institution, 582
F. Blasphemy, English law of,..
726 Female education,...... ....,339, 341 against the Holy Ghost,.560, 869
talents and influenco,
242 Blind traveller,
105 Flattery, 334. . Foreknowledge of angels, 578 Boxing, English law of, 256 Forest trees, advantage of planting, ...
248 Brownrigg, Gen., memoir of, .881, 1000 Freedom of inquiry,.
547 Bugs, to destroy, .. 1070 Friendsbip, 340 ; essay on,
925 Byron, Lord, death of,
Gleanings,....104, 201, 301, 395, 493, 581 CALAMITY, thoughts on, ....
673, 776, 875, 971, 1067, 1150 Camera Obscura, ...30, 139, 231, 334, 439, God, observations ou the being of a, 801, 897 542, 623, 720, 812, 914, 1009, 1095
993 Campbell, Thomas, memoir of,.
593 proofs of the existence of a,. . 136, 225 Catacombs, Egyptian,
318, 417, 513, 604, 875 Catholic emancipation considered, 527 Good humour, affectation of,
.. 1009 Cave of Kirkdale, account of the,... 371 Grammar, observations on, .... Character, on the formation of,........ 632 Gravity, letter from M. de Luo, on, .... 796
-8 of servants, law respecting, 1111 Cheating, law of,
H. Christmas visit,'a tale,. 175 HAMITI, anecdote of,....
703 China, great wall of, . 105 Happiness, the search for,..
812 Church music, observations on, ......
1017 Hard-hearted man, confessions of a,.... 720 Civilization, on the progress of, in nations, 1098 Haynes, Richard, a ferocious thief, 468 Climbing boys,......
389 Heathen, on the state of the,.... 1121 Commercial retrospect for 1823,
110 Helen Herbert, history of,..... 170 Contemplations on creation,..
634 Heroic virtue, bright example of, 452 on time and eternity, 223 Hints to social parties,
62 Corns and warts, to remove,.
874 Holy Land, calendar of the weather, &c. 903 Cruelty to animals, law of,... 435, 626, 724 Human influence, on the extent of,..... 42 Carsing and swearing, law of,.. 618 Hydrophobia,
....778, 878 Custom, commendable,...
I and J.
361 Death-BED, from Erasmus,.. 421, 518 Jerusalem, Whichelo's picture of,. 586 Defamation, 915 Jewish calendar,
903 Deluge, proofs of an universal, 465 | Idolatry, 901....