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NEW PERIODICAL WORK,
DEDICATED, BY PERMISSION, TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
THE NAVAL CHRONICLE.
" In native Vigour bold, by Freedom led,
Lo the Public. We are at length enabled to present our Plan at your Tribunal :-as it professes to occupy a space, hitherto greatly neglected, to contain the principles of a Work, new both in its tendency and design ; we request that Patronage, which it shall be our pride to merit by our exertions, and to secure by the liberal mode in which our Work will be conducted.
In common with the rest of our Countrymen, we have long beheld, with exultation, the progress of our NavAL Power. It has grown up with the dignity of the British Name, and has attained a Colossal Stature, that appals our Enemies, and awes the surrounding Nations. What the venerable CAMDEN, in the year 1605, faid concerning Brilaine, is ftill, and we trust ever will be, descriptive of its character :
It is walled and guarded with the Ocean, most commodious for trafficke
to all parts of the World, and watered with pleasant fishful and navi. gable rivers, which yeild safe havens and roads, and furnished with shipping and sailers, that it may rightly be termed The Lady of the Sea.
A Work, therefore, comprehending all the Naval Circumstances of Great Britain, must be interesting to its inhabitants. We have la id an extensive bafis : and can allure our Readers, that the structure we
shall raise upon it, will, at leaft, be such as every true and loyal subject shall approve.
Mr. N. Pocock, of Great George-Street, Westminster, having engaged in the undertaking, Engravings by able Artifs, from his Designs, will be given in each Number, which will always contain Two Plates, or One and a Map, or Chart. These designs of MIr. Pocock will present to our Readers correct Views of NAVAL ENGAGEMENTS-DRAWINGS, W'th Shipping, of different Coasts and Harbours-PORTRAITS of celebrated Ships-Different Parts of the Ship in detail--&c. To give fufficient scope for the Drawings of this Gentleman, we have determined to print the Work on a Royal Odavo Paper; and we trust that the Price of Half a Crown for each Number will not be thought unrcasonable.
Our LIURARY Department embraces every subject connected with THE NAVY; and, we presume, will often be enriched by the Communicatio:s of Naval Friends.
Our BIORG3Pyy shall be executed with delicacy, and correctness, and poll is all the variety which a periodical Work will allow. PORTRAITS of Naval OFFICERS will occasionally be introduced, when we have an opportunity of making Engravings from original Pictures. To feer clear of error will be our anxious with and con. Itant endeavour ; but as we may sometimes be deluded by wellintended but inaccurate Information, we will immediately and thankfully correct any faults that may be pointed out, or add any improve. ments that
be communicated, to us. The difficulty which a Naval Officer experiences, when confined to the limits of his station, of becoming acquainted with what is going on amid the Literary and Philosophical World, will induce us to give a Review, with Extracts, of the principal Works that are published, interesting to the Naval Profession. We truft that the Leisure of the Mariner will be cheered, and improved by that variety of Information which we shall be enabled to furnish. Whatever tends to elucidate THE HISTORY OF THE Navy, will be constantly brought forward; and we hope, by this means, to preserve and make known
many papers, that would otherwise be irre coveraly loft. The Proprietors have it in contemplation, as opportunity offers, and fucecfs encourages then, to give, in the course of the Work, a
.correct HISTORY OF VOYAGES. We intend also to trace the Progress of our Maritime Power from its origin, to the splendid Achicvements of the present day.
Whatever notice is sent us of New Publications relating to the Navy, will be immediately inserted; by which means the Authors of them will be enabled to make their Works geuerally known.
NAUTICAL POEMS, and other Poetry, cn Naval subjets, which have long formed a peculiar feature in our National Character, and come home to every British Heart, will be carefully collected.
The Commerce of GREAT BRITAIN is intimately connected with our present Subject, and will occasionally come under our consideration.
To call the attention of the Mariner to such objects of NATURAL HISTORY, as may often present themselves to him, will also be a part of our Duty.
All Treatises, or Essays, which relate to NAVAL ARCHITECTURE, and the IMPROVEMENT of NAVIGATION, will be particularly cone fidered. Nor will any subject that may render
The Daval Chronicle an USBFUL, INSTRUCTIVE, and INTERESTING WORK, be omitted,
Such are the Outlines of our Plan; and we shall leave the Public to judge by what we perform, and not by what we promise. Much of our success will necessarily depend on the Patronage and Afiftance of Professional Men : yet, as our WORK comprises what is so calculated to invite a general attention, we trust its pages wiil prove acceptable to all ranks.--Our designs of Sea Views and NAVAL ENGAGEMENTS will, from their accuracy, prove an excellent source of instruction to all who wish to perfect themselves in NAVAL PERSPECTIVE.' They will also enable others, whose avocations have not allowed them to contemplate the Grandeur of The Ocean and the Wooden WALLS OF OLD ENGLAND, to form a more juft idea of these sublime objects.
In the present critical situation of Great Britain, it behovas every one to afford whatever aslistance is in his power to promote the
general welfare, that the evil Designs of turbulent and restless Spirits may be defeated. Our principles are from THE OLD SCHOOL: they are decided and firm :--and we trust, that the Patrons of our Work will have no reason, in its progress, to disclaim them; or to withdraw the encouragement which they have promised.
Our First Number will be published on the FIRST OF JANUARY 1799 ; and tbe succeeding Numbers on the First of every Month.
ORDERS are requested to be sent, as early as possible, to Messrs. BUNNEY,
THOMPSON, and Co. CRANE-COURT, FLEET STREET; by whom all Communications directed to the EDITOR (Poft paid) will be re
ceived. Orders for the above Work are also received at the following Booksel
krs: Messrs. ROBINSONS, Paternoster-Row; Messrs. CADELL and DAVIES, Strand ; Mr. DEBRETT, Piccadilly ; Mr. WHITE, Fleetftreets Mellis. BYFIELD and Co. Charing.crofs ; Mr. CLARKE, Bond-Street ; Mr. Bell, Oxford Street ; and at the principal Book. fellers in all the Sea-ports and large Towns throughout Great Britaia and Ireland.
For NOVEMBER, 1798.
TRANSACTIONS OF SOCIETIES,
ART. 1. Transactions of the Society instituted at London, for the Ex
couragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce; with the Premiums offered in the Year 1798. Vol. xvi. 8vo. 464 pages. 4 plates. Price 5s. in boards. Robson. 1798.
The last time we noticed the transactions of this valuable society, we stated ourselves to be particularly pleased with one of the general conditions which it established, respecting the distribution of premiums, namely, that no person shall receive any bounty or encouragement for any matter, for which he has ohtained, or purposes to obtain, a patent. A very disgraceful circumstance occurred during the laft session of the society, which ought to be made as public as possible: P. XIV. pref.
• In the year 1797, a bounty of thirty guineas was given to Mr. Adam Scott, (see vol. xv, P. 226), for his invention of an instrument, called by him a Mole-Plough, on condition of the plough being left with the society, for the use of the public; and it was stated, that these ploughs could be sold in London at the price of two guineas and a half each. Many months had not elapsed, before an inftrument, very similar in its construction to that of Mr. Scott, was of. fered for sale at the enormous price of ten guineas, under the idea of a patent having been granted for the role making and vending such instrument; and it appeared, by a letter received from Mr. Scott, that he had himself acted as an agent in the sale thereof. This induced the society to resolve, that Mr. Scott cannot, henceforward, be admitted a claimant for any reward from them.'
We proceed, as usual, to itate the particulars contained in the present volume.
AGRICULTURE.-John Sneyd, esq., of Belmont, in Staffordshire, received the gold medal, which the society offered for planting larch, in the years 1794 and 1795. Mr. S. planted out fix thousand, that were four years old, and five thousand that were three years old: no particulars are stated concerning them, except that they had been wansplanted from the seed-bed, and afterwards from the nursery; VOL. XXVIII. NO.Y.