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SOLD BY J. JOHNSON, No. 72, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD.

1798

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WE

E should charge ourselves with ingratitude to the Public, did we

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INDEX TO THE FIFTH VOLUME.

206
348
367

a Tour in

480

211
of Books on

498 Boulton, Mr. his Patent for raising Water 294
Agricultural Report, for January
8 Brewing, Query on

25
February 158 Brothers, the Prophet, to the Lord Chancellor
March
228

363
April
307 Budgets, Account of, for 1798

383
May
398 Burke, Mr. on the Learning of

87
June
484
Anecdote of

23
Abernathy, Mr. his Mode of ventilating Ships Bute, Anecdote of

197
176 Cappe, Mrs. on Charity Schools for Girls

319
Albergari Capacelli, Anecdotes of 206

on Female Benefit Societies

240
America, Literary Intelligence from 371 Caporelli, Anecdotes of

329

Car tids, on the Compression of
American States, Account of

23 Cai holicism, Verses on the Abolition of
Amsterdam, House of Correction at, described Catulus, an Imitation of an Ode of 209
422 Chairs, a Patent for making

294
Ancients, imitated by Milton
84 Charity-schools, Books proper for

871
Anecdotes, relative to Spain

96 Charlemont house, in Dublin an Account of 431
original - See the several Names Chemistry, on the new Theory of 159
43, 124, 197, 359 Chemical Intelligence

293
Anjou Cabbage, Account of
470 Chinese Government, on the

165
Annales de Cimie, No 71
134 Circulating Medium, on

419
An.iquity, on the Fables of

9
Classical Literature, Review of Books on

294
Aramie Language, two Dialects of 245 Coins, Observations on by Mr. Dyer. 26, 542
Araneology, Account of
53 College of France, Proceedings of

58
Aristotle. Wakefield on a Passage in 239

“ Communion of Saints,” what is meant by
Emendation in
180 that Expression

166
Alby-de-la. Zouch, Description of J07 Commerce, Manufactures, &c. Report on the
Afpest, on the Accent of that Word 327

Siate of
Atmospherical Phenomenon at Edinburgh 194 Cottager, an Account of an industrious one 151
Banbury described
- 37 Coventry described

38
Bankruptcies, Lift of for April, 1798 308 Coxe, Mr. a Mistake of his corrected

424
May,
389 Cromwell, Anecdote of

359
June,
465 Culture of Waite Lands, on the

90
Bank Notes, on forged ones
413 Cultivation of Waste Lands, on the

269
-, Queries on forged ones 10 Cyveilioc, his Welch Poetry

105
Directors, on their Conduct 104 Debt, National, reply to Bilbop Watson on 265
Bankruptcies, Table of, from 1748 to 1797 Deity, Names of the

179
Defence of R. M. C.

98
Bards, Welih, a Proclamation for a Meeting of “ Derry Down," Derivation of

333
157 Dialogue between Louis 16th and Charles mit
Bark, on Substitutes for
272

351
Barber, Captain Discoveries by 373 Dialogue-writing, on the Disuse of
Beddoes, Dr. on Nitrous Acid

Diseases in London, Account of, in January 63
Bell's Anatony, Dr. Parry on

February 140
Benefit Societies, on

4

March 222
Beneval Colliery, an ingenious Mode of convey-

April 299
ing the Waggons there
390

May

381
Bernardino de Rerolledo, Anecdotes of

June
Biblical Fragment, a
129 Difenitis, on Subscriptions among

30
Biondi, an Account of
328 Draining, on

259
Biography, Review of Books on 493, 515

-of marshy Grounds, Plan for

7
Birmingham, described
39 Drama, the Review of Books of

507
Defence of
404 Dramatic Composition, on

436
Bleaching Liquor, a Patent for making 217 Dress, Highland. Origin of

401
of Paper, Patent for
49 Dublin, an Account of

430
Liquor, Observations on 324 Dyer, Mr. on English Versification
Bohan Upas, whether there be such a Plant 430

to Mt. Aikin

I21
Books, proper for Charity Schools

- on Coins

542
, on English Verre

83 Earthen-ware, Patent for plating of 50
--, proper for Charity Schools
87 Education, Review of Books on

509
Botany-bay Eclogue
41 Education, on

167
Education

402

255

55

343

196

456

114, 260

320

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