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THE

AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE

AND

CRITICAL REVIEW.

VOL. III.

NEW-YORK:

PUBLISHED FOR H. BIGLOW AND O. L. HOLLEY,

AT No. 19 WALL-STREET.

PRINTED BY BENJAMIN G. JANSEN,

No. 8 Warren-street.

1818.

THE

AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE

AND

CRITICAL REVIEW.

No. I...... VOL. III.

MAY, 1818.

ART. 1. ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS.

ance.

MESSRS. EDITORS,

1. “ The possession of the goods was TH THERE has lately crept into our lan- altered, by the owner taking them into

guage a very uncouth and inaccu- bis own custody.” [Marshall on Insurrate form of speech, which ought, before this time, to have been made the subject 2. “ In consequence of the king of of some authoritative critical censure. Prussia invading Saxony and Bohemia, Thus far, however, it has escaped, I be- the Aulic council voted his conduct to be lieve, all public animadversion; and it is a breach of the public peace.” (Edinb. a matter of no little surprise, that some Encylop. of the professed literati, both in Great 3. “ The secretary wearing a sword Britain and this country, are contributing and uniform, was a circumstance which to its currency by their own example. added greatly to his natural awkwards Indeed, from an inherent propensity, in ness. [Notices of Mr. Hume. our language, to that particular combina- 4. “ Many valuable lives are lost, by tion of words, or mode of expression, in reason of studious men indulging too mucả which the fault in question always ori- in sedentary habits.' [Anon. ginates, it is now becoming a character- 5. “ I rise in consequence of the hon. istic blemish in many of the most respect- gentleman having alluded to a remark of able written compositions and public mine.” [Congr. Debates. speeches of the day. There is certainly 6. “ The fact of an appointment having no extravagance in saying, that it dis- been made, would not prevent its being graces a great proportion of both. recalled.” (Lord Castlereagh.

The inaccuracy to which I refer, con- 7. “ How will this idea consist with the sists in improperly using a noun in the Sabbath baving been a ritual appointment nominative or objective case, instead of to Israel?” (Christ. Observ. the possessive, where the clause itself, in 8. “ Instead of Asia Minor having rewhich the noun is used, or some other ceived them from Greece, a directly connoun, stands, in sense, and ought to stand, trary process took place.” (Quart. Rev. in grammatical construction, as the no- 9. “ The gentleman having advanced minative or objective. To illustrate my a doctrine, which I regard as unconstitumeaning, I subjoin a list of examples, tional, is my apology for troubling the selected at random, from a few hours' house,” &c. [Congr. Debates. miscellaneous reading, and generally from 10. “ In New England, there is no a class of compositions in which one might test to preventchurchmen holding offices.', reasonably expect to find, at least, “pro- [Edinb. Rev. per words in proper places.” The exam- 11. “ Observers—who reject all idea ples are numbered, for the purpose of fac of their elevation being owing to volcanic çilitating particular refereaces to them. eruptions," [Quart. Rev.

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