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England, and that every county might grow, on sites now useless, wax enough for all the candles which it consumes!
Is not this then an object worthy of the Society of Arts and Board of Agriculture? Is there any pursuit in which, by possibility, they can be more advantageously engaged? It is certainly worth as much attention as an improvement in a pair of snuffers, or as plans for raising rents by consolidating farms!
The Monthly Magazine at least will, I hope, bestow some attention upon it: will encourage communications from Nova Scotia, and other parts of America, where this tree flourishes; will record experiments made upon it in England; and give these wax candles a fair chance of naturalization in the native country of arts, sciences, and improvements!
P. S. The writer is perfectly aware, that Myrica Gale grows in great abundance in North Britain, and has been occasionally applied to the purpose of candle making; he has heard also of experiments in Devonshire of the same nature; but these facts serve only to support his hypothesis in favour of the general introductor of this vegetable wax. A gentleman who has made them in Devonshire assures him their fragrance is delightful, their light brilliant, and their economy great.*
We learn, by a public advertisement, that Messrs. Robert Bell, and Co. of Hull, have actually begun to make and vend such candles on very moderate terms. It seems too, that these berries are known in Africa, and that a few years since Colonel Edwards presented some wax lights to the late Lord Melville, made from the vegetable wax of Africa.
HORACE IN LONDON.
BOOK I. ODE XXXVII.
The Poet rejoiceth on the Return of Tranquillity, after the Imprisonment of Sir Francis Burdett in the Tower.
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FROM THE MONTHLY REVIEW.
Exposé statistique du Tunkin, &c. i. e. A Statistical Account of Tonquin, Cochin-China, Cambodia, Tsiampa, Laos, and Lac-tho. By M. M-n; composed from the Report of M. de la Bissachere, Missionary in Tonquin. 2 vols. 8vo. pp. 520. Dulau. London. 1811.
AMID the contradictory opinions which still divide the republic of letters, on the subject of Hindoo civilization, it is no small satisfaction to obtain a statistical report of one of the most populous and interesting countries in the neighbourhood of the great peninsula. The present work, if it does not profess to settle with philosophic precision, the particular stage in the progress in society, at which the nations whom it describes have arrived, supplies in abundance the data which are requisite to the decision, and affords ample materials for exercising the discriminating powers of future inquirers. The author, we understand, is a man of eminence both in the political and the literary world; and M. de la Bissachere, from whose report the work is chiefly composed, was not a transitory traveller, but a resident for the space of eighteen years in the empire of Tonquin; and he is probably the only person at present in Europe who has been an inhabitant of that empire. In the course of his long peregrination, he not only acquired the language of the country, but was enabled to view society in all its aspects. Admitted, by his profession, into the intimate confidence of his Christian brethren, whose numbers in Tonquin are not inconsiderable, he became connected with many eminent officers of state, and bore ät