motions of Saturn are fully accounted for without im- | most ingenious artifices the several unknown quanti were the density of the latter known, we could easily plying any other than the attractions of known bod | ties were succesively eliminated either directly or find its volume, and then knowing as we do its disies. Secondly, it could not be between Saturn and by repeated approximations. Moreover, in science ance, its apparent diameter would be easily deterUranus; for if so, it must be very near Uranus, other- || as in morals, the pathway of truth is easy and simple, mined. Now it is a known fact, that the densities of wise it would at the same time disturb the motions of and grows continually plainer and plainer, while that the planets decrease as we recede from the sun, and Saturn. But being very near to Uranus, it must be il of error is thorny, and, as we advance, becomes at therefore the density of the body in question is provery small, otherwise it wouli disturb Uranus more every step more and more complicated. All who bably less than that of Uranus,--a circumstance which than it does. But a small planet, nearly at the same have attempted difficult solutions of mathematical or would contribute to increase the comparative volume, distance from the sun as Uranus, would be very un physical problems, must have been aware what unex and of course the apparent diameter. But even al. equal in its action on the latter planet, its disturbing pected facilities often suddenly appear in the resolu lowing the density to be as great as that of Uranus, force being great when in conjunction with it, but tion of complex expressions, which contain the hid the apparent diameter will be over three seconds, and very small, or quite inseusible when at a great angu- || den truth; they must have been most agreeably sur consequently, the planet ought to be visible in good lar distance from it. No such changes in the actual || prised, to see involved and apparently unmanageable telescopes, and with a perceptible disk. If amon: perturbations occasioned by the body occur.* Hence, members of equations cancelling each other, and sud the small stars situated in that part of the heavens thirdly, the body must be beyond Uranus. Is its or denly vanishing, and difficult expressions falling off where the planet is at present, a faint body be disbit near that of the latter planet, or remote from it? at the right and left, and constantly simplifying their cerned having a perceptible disk, it will at once be It can not be very near, for then the same inquality work as they approach nearer and nearer to the final recognized as the planet itself ; but if no such apof action would be observed, as though it were on expression, which contains the naked truth.

pearance should distinguish it from the small stars surthe other side of Uranus and near to it, which in

rounding it, then a map of these must be carefully

Hence the maxim, that Nature is very kind to equality does not exist. Nor can it be very remote

inspected ; and if any one of the luminous points inclufor then it must of course be very large in order to those who faithfully study her laws.

ded in the map shifts its place, indicating a movement produce the perturbations it does, and being very

more rapid than belongs to any of the fixed stars, large, its effects would be visible on Saturn as well Such encouraging facilities seem to have inspired then that luminous point will be recognized as the as on Uranus, as would be the case were its distance our young astronomer, in his difficult and laborious body sought. It happened, fortunately, that charts .89 great that the distance between these two planets undertaking, until he arrived at expressions for the of that region of the heavens were in the course of is small in the comparison. Thus, were it ten times elements of the unknown planet, which gave its ex publication at Berlin, containing a perfect representaas far from the sun as Uranus is, then the distance be act place among the stars, its quantity of matter, the tion of all stars to the tenth magnitude ; and the very tween Saturn and Uranus would bear so small a ratio shape of its orbit, its distance from the sun, and the folio containing the constellation Capricornus, in to the whole distance, that a body powerful enough to

period of its revolution. At the sitting of the Academy which the hidden body was supposed to be, was then affect the latter so sensibly, would exert at least an

on the 31st of August, these latest results were pre just issuing from the press. Le Verrier, therefore, appreciable attraction on the former. Now the other sented :

wrote to M. Galle of Berlin, communicating his latest planets, as we recede from the sun, have their orbits Longitude of the planet, Jan 1, 1847. : 326° 32'

results, and requesting him to reconnoitre for the placed at distances continually approximating to the

Mass, that of the sun being 1, · ·


stranger, directing his telescope to a point about five ratio expressed by 2, the distances of each planet in || Eccentricity,

degrees eastward of a well known star called Delta ·


· succession growing nearer aad nearer to double that

Time of revolution, . .

. 217,387 yrs.

Capricorni.. So precise and complete were these of its predecessor. Thus Saturn is nearly twice as Longitude of the perihelion, . . 284045

directions, that the Prussian astronomer no sooner far from the sun as Jupiter, and Uranus more nearly

pointed his telescope to the region assigned, than he Major axis of the orbit, that of the earth twice as far as Saturn. Hence it was most reasonable

at once recognized the wondrous body. Its place

being 1, · · · · · 36.154 to expect, that the orbit of the planet sought, would

was only 52 minutes of a degree distant from the be situated at twice the distance of Uranus ; that is,

He was therefore enabled to say, that the planet

position marked out for it by Le Verrier, and its apat about three thousand six hundred millions of miles

parent diameter was almost the same that he had aswas then just passing its oppo:ition, and consequently from the sun. On trial, Le Verrier found that a planwas most favorably situated for observation, and, on

signed. et whose orbit was thus situated, would fulfil the con

account of the slowness of its motions, would remain M. Galle's letter to Le Verrier announcing his dis. ditions rendered necessary by the changes which the

in a very favorable position for three months after covery, reached the latter while an article of his on perturbations themselves undergo, and that no other

wards. In order to test the correctness of these ele the latitude of the planet, was in the course of predistance would do it. Hence it was inferred, that the

menis, the effect of a planet, having these conditions, paration for the sitting of the Academy on the 5th of unknown planet revolves around the sun at double the

was investigated in relation to the motions of Uranus, October. This confirmation of all his hopes, is added distance of Uranus. The distance from the sun be

in order to see how well the places of that planet, to his paper in a modest postscript, in terms less ing determined, and the orbit, like those of the other

determined by the aid of these corrections for many evincive of exultation than might have been antici. planets, being supposed nearly circular, its period or

different periods, would correspond to the places ao pated. But the very phraseology of Galle indicates time of revolution might be found by Kepler's law,

tually observed at those times. We must bear in that, previous to the actual discovery, he had himself that the squares of the periodic times are proportioned

mind, that the discrepancies between the calculated but feebly embraced the idea of its existence. “The to the cubes of the distances.t By this law its period

and observed places, without these corrections, was planet (says he) which you have described, really would appear to be aflout 237 years. This was to be

enormous, sometimes amounting to 125 seconds of exists !" The congratulatory letters which now regarded as only a first step approximation. We

an arc. The comparison was made in respect to flowed in from the most celebrated astronomers of shall find that the actual period is somewhat less than

thirty-three sets of observations, of which twenty-six Europe, occupy a conspicuous place in the Comptes this.

were selected from observations made since 1781, Rendus of Oct. 5th, being communicated to the AcaIt was easy to show that its orbit must be nearly

when the planetary character of the body was first demy by M. Arago, accompanied by very interesting coincident with the ecliptie, since the perturbations

made known, and seven from the records of previous remarks on the history and importance of the discooccasioned by it were nearly all in the direction of the

observers, who had marked its place supposing it to very. “ Other astronomers (said M. Arago) have ecliptic, and not at right angles to it; that is, they

be a fixed star, from that of Flamsteed in 1690, to that sometimes found, accidentally, a movable point, in the were perturbations of longitude and not of latitude. of Lemonier in 1771. The places of Uranus, deter

field of their telescopes, which proved to be a planet; To these extraordinary but apparently satisfactory mined with the new elements, agreed with the but M. Le Verrier descried the new body withont results, the paper of Le Verrier presented to the

places actually observed at these later periods, gene having occasion to take a single look towards the French Academy at their sitting on the first of June,

rally within one or two seconds, and often within the heavens-he saw it at the point of his pen. He deconducts is. Being now fully convinced himself of

fraction of a second ; and with the earlier periods, termined, by the power of the calculus alone, the the existence of the planet sought, and intent on find

with one exception, to within about seven seconds. place and the magnitude of a body situated far ing its true place, this able astronomer still continued

These elements of the unknown body, were varied beyond the known limits of our planetary system ; his laborious researches, until he was able to deduce,

and the limits ascertained to which such changes of a body whose distance from the sun excseds 1200 mathematically, those conclusions which had before

could be carried, without involving a greater disa millions of leagues, and which in our most powerful rested chiefly on analogical evidence, or at least upon

greement between the calculated and observed places, telescopes offers a disk scarcely perceptible. In fine. general inferences derived from the doctrine of uni

and these limits were found to be included within a the discovery of Le Verrier is one of the most brilversal gravitation. Equations were formed between

very narrow compass. On every side the existence liant manifestations of the exactness of modern asthe irregularities of Uranus to be accounted for, and

of an unknown planet, having these elements, forced tronomical systems; and it will encourage the ablest the elements of the body in question, both known

itself on the belief of Le Verrier, and he probably geometers to search, with new ardor, for the eternal and unknown. These equations involved nine un

felt as confident of its existence before it was seen in truths, which, according to an expression of Pliny, known quantities, and their resolutions presented

the heavens, as he has done since. Still it became an lie hidden in the majesty of theories.” M. Arago difficulties apparently insurmountable; but by the

important inquiry at last, whether there was any hope adds, that he had received from M. Le Verrier a

of ever seeing the interesting stranger, or whether most flattering commission--the right of naming the * This reasoning does not appear to be entirely

after so much toil, the indefatigable student must new planet, and therefore he proposes to call it Le conclusive, since if the two bodies in quest on both

rest his belief in its existence, solely upon his faith in || Verrier. When Sir William Herschel first discovered revolve in its orbits nearly circular, and at nearly

the immutable laws of truth, whose leadings he had the planet Uranus, he named it after his royal patron, equal distances from the sun, they might remain in

followed into depths of space so profound, and must The Georgian ; but this being an unpopular appel. the immediate vicinity of each other for many years.

| take his dubious chance for fame in the weak belief of lation in France, La Lande proposed to call it Hers† Hence, the distance being double that of

the few, and the total incredulity of the many. In chel, and this name has continued in our own country Urauu the periodic time of the latter being 84 estimating the probability that the planet would be to the present time. But, as the other planets have years, we have 13:23 : : 842 : 23x842=8x842=square visible to the telescope, he reasoned thus. Uranus names derived from the ancient mythology, as Mer.

has an apparent diameter of four seconds, and since cury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, it seemed to of the periodic time of the body sought. Therefore,

the mass, or quantity of matter, of this planet is two to the leading astronomers of the day, most accordant the time itseli = J8x84=237•468 years.

and a half times less than that of the planet sought, with sound analogy and good taste, to give it a cor

responding appellation ; and they, therefore, after | in proportion to the quantity of matter, and inversely || resolve the Calculus itself into the elementary princi

ical names, fixed as the square of the distance, that the invisible cords

as the square of the distance, that the invisible cords proposing a number of mythological names, fixed

ples of mathematics which it employs, in one or other which bound the stranger to the planet Uranus were upon that of Uranus, (the most ancient of the gods,)

of its processes, we shall find that the whole of this followed back through the depths of space, until they and this name has generally prevailed. But Arago,

science is inwoven in its fabric; and it follows, that revealed in the wide expanse of heaven, the very spot for the sake of securing the desired honor to Lo Ver

a confirmation of the truth of the method of Fluxions, where it lay concealed. The law of gravitation, there is, at the same time, a confirmation of the exact, eterrier, proposes to restore the same to Herschel, and that the planet Pallas also shall be named from its fore, answers completely to the test proposed by Lord nal truth of the entire science of mathematics.

Bacon, that before a new discovery can be considered In the third place, the discovery of Le Verrier's discoverer Olbers. The names Janus, Neptune and Oceanus, have also been proposed by others; and good, nature should respond to it through all her works. planet, proves that the other planets of our system are time only can decide which of the names will finally Non canimus surdis, respondent omnia silve It is correctly weighed. It is only on the supposition that

the quantity of matter in Jupiter and Saturn is exactly prevail.

said that Newton, when engaged in his first computaFor a time the contest for the honor of this achieve.

determined, that it could be inferred that their united tion on the motions of the moon instituted for the actions upon Uranus, to disturb his motions, was inment, seemed likely to awaken the ancient national rivalries of France and Great Britain. The English | purpose of verifying his theory of gravitation, seeing, sufficient to account for his irregularities ; nor, had

there been any essential error in the estimates of the Astronomers claimed that a young mathematician of

as he approached the end of the solution, that all was Cambridge. Mr. Adams, had, without the least know

masses of those planets, could it have been determined coming out in exact numerical conformity to the docledge of what M. Le Verrier was doing, arrived at

what amount of error remained to be accounted for the same great result. But having failed to publish trine, was so overwhelmed with the great consequeu by the hidden body. his paper until the world was made acquainted with ces of the discovery, that he grew nervous and was

In the fourth place, we derive from this discovery the facts through the other medium, he has lost much

new confidence in the uniformity of the laws of nalure. unable to complete the computation, but was obliged This doctrine, now so generally taken as an axiom, of the honor which priority of discovery would have

to hand it over to a friend to finish it. gained for him, although great admiration may ever

is by no means self-evident, nor has it always been

These consequences were, indeed, well fitted to overpower even

actually believed. The ancient schools of philosophy be felt for his genius and capacity. In the history the mind of Newton, since the simple truth which was

taught just the opposite doctrine, averring that we | beginning to shine out with perfect clearness in his of great discoveries and of great inventions, it is a

could never know from what takes place in our world, Liathematical expressions, unveiled nothing less than

what laws prevail in distant worlds; that motion itself remarkable fact, that the same idea has frequently the hidden mechanism of the Universe, and would

was one thing on earth, and perhaps quite another thing give to the astronomer the power, almost divine, of

in the skies. Such a beliet was the natural fruit of occurred to two individuals nearly at the same time. looking through all time, present, past and future.

their mythology—a religion which distributed the sev. Thus it is still a question, whether Newton or Leih- || But probably, Newton himself did not at once com

eral parts of the natural world to different divinities, prehend in his mighty grasp all the great consequences

Jupiter being lord of the air, Neptune of the sea, and nitz first devised the method of Fluxions ; and the of the truth he was approaching. The astouishing

Pluto of the realms below; while various subordinato reach of the principle of universal gravitation can

deities controlled particular kingdoms in the great greatest single discovery in Chemistry, that of oxyscarcely now, after the lapse of one hundred and fifty

empire of nature, Eolus presiding over the winds, gen gas, was made almost simultaneously by Priestly years, be fully comprehended, since almost daily, and Urania over the starry sphere. In these distant

like a sounding line sent out into the depths of creain England, Scheele in Sweden, and Lavoisier in

and independent realms, therefore, it was natural to tion, it is disclosing to us new wonders respecting the France. The explanation is easy. The secret rests worlds hidden in the abyss of space. How vast and

believe that different laws prevail as different monarchs unexpected are the resulis it has afforded in our knowl.

rule ; but the religion of the Bible, teaching as it does in the Eternal Mind, and is withheld from the view edge of the grand machinery of nature! It accounts the doctrine of one God, leads us to anticipate the of man, until, in the progress of society, all things are

for all the celestial motions, whether of planeis, com-
ets, or stars ; it teaches how to weigh the sun and

grand result, proclaimed by all the discoveries of ready; then the curtain is withdrawn, and truth planets as in a balance; it assigns the exact tiyure of

astronomy, of a perfect uniformity in the laws of naihe earth, and of every body in the solar system, indarts her heavenly rays upon the few, who are at the

ture, throughout her boundless realıns, in earth, in air, dependently of any measurement or observation it

in ocean, and in tho remotest planets and stars. moment gazing towards her with the clearest vision. explains not only the ordinary motions of the heavenly bodies, but all their irregularities, of which the moon

Finally, the harmonies of truth, and the attribute Would we give the dne meed of praise to all who alone has no less than sixty, and assigns the exact nu.

by which she remains forever one and indivisible, are have contributed to bring about this grand triumph merical value of each; it accounts for the tides, and,

strikingly illustrated in the example before us. The of the human mind, our honors must be widely dis with the aid of a few observations, computes the height

astronomer in his closet constructs a series of mathetributed. In the noble array of intellects which for every time and place; it teaches how, by means of

matical formulae, complicated perhaps, but all arising would stand before us, Newton, who furnished the the pendulum, to fix an invariable standard of weights

upon the immutable basis of mathematical demonstrakey that turns the secret wards of creation, and measures ; it suggests new fields to the eye of ob

tion. These he transforms, in a thousand ways, spreadmust undoubtedly occupy the highest place. But servation, directing attention to objects which have elu

ing them over reams of paper. All the while the Kepler; who first traced the existence of laws in the ded the keenest vision, aided by the highest powers of

truth, for which he is seeking, lies concealed deeply planetary system ; Flamsteed, Lemonier and Bradley, ! the telescope, and corrects the last refinements of instru

hidden beneath massive piles, with which it is encumwho noted the places of the planet Uranus, at differ mental measurement; it has led to the grand result of

bered. These one by one, often to the surprise of the ent periods, mistaking it for a fixed star ; Herschel, il the stability of the Universe, amid all the apparent

operator himself, melt away, until at length, the truth. who brought it to light and established its planetary | causes of disorder and ruin ; it follows the comet

so long and so laboriously sought, divested of every character; Leibnitz, La Grange, and La Place, who il through all the planetary realms, almost to the region of

disguise and incumbrance, shines out in its own native invented and perfected that wonderful intrument of the stars, and bringsit back again on the day which itself i simplicity and beauty. But if it is true in theory, it research into the arcana of nature, the fluxionary cal. appoints for its return; and, finally, it tells us of new is true also in fact ; and the astronomer now sallies culus : these all, and many more, are entitled to planets still lurking in the solar system. neinte share with Le Verrier the glory of this discovery. their hiding places, assigns their exact weight and the

forth from his closet, and looks upward with his telesIt is characteristic of great truths, that have been period of their revolution, and directs the practical

cope, and there sees the confirmation of all his labors a:tained by long and laborious process, to draw after

astronomer precisely where to point his telescope, to written on the skies. Not only do we find here new

bring them down to earth. If any thing more cause to admire the harmonies of truth, but its fertility, them many other great truths, which they serve to could be wanting to establish the truth of the doctrine 1 or the power of truth to beget truth, urges itself upon establish. If their discovery has brought into requi of universal gravitation, we surely have it in this last

our consideration with new force, when we think and most wonderful of all its revelations. sition the profoundest principles of science, it follows

In the second place, the discovery under review

how the discovery of the planet Uranus has furnished that those pricniples, leading as they have done to a proclaims the unerring certainty of the method of

the key to the discovery of another planet nearly twice correct result, a result which nature owns, are them

Fluxions, or the Infinitesimal Calculus. The funda as far removed into the depths of space, which, again, selves true, and receive, in the discovery, a confirma mental principles of the Calculus are difficult to be tion the more signal as that result is the more hidden expressed in an elementary form.

in its turn, has perhaps an equal chance of guiding

So refined and almost spiritual are some of them, that it is only after

us on the way to still more distant worlds. from ordinary view. Seldom has this point received having made some proficiency in the use of this method

REMARKS. so beautiful an illustration as in the discovery of Le that the learner feels fully assured that it rests on a We have Icaded some of the above paragraphs. These paraVerrier's planet. Let us glance at the several great

i foundation as immutable as pure geometry itself. But graphs contain statements of mighty moment-statements that

tho discovery before us was obtained by the calculus, truths which this discovery confirms and illustrates.

are worthy of the source from whence they emavate ; we are applied in its most refined and subtle forms, to the In the first place it affords a triumphant proof of the

glad of the opportunity of presenting them to our readers law of universal gravitation. The hidden truth was truth of the laws of universal gravitation. It was ti. caught in its magic folds, but was so deeply involved

time, knowledge of this law, which first suggested the ex within them, that to develop and bring it, in its simple istence of such an undiscovered planet, since it was only unity, to the light of day, required a labor and a skill

The learned Professor has rendered te the world a good service on the supposition of the universal prevalence of this which may well be compared to the task of finding a

in boldly declaring the convictions of his own mind. It is oftlaw, that the unexplained irregularities in the motions grain of gold when hidden among the sands of the

times men of great minds feel satisfied of the existence of of Uranus, were referred to such a hidden body. It sea shore, and as exceeding all that the ancients con- || great principles which are enshrouded in mysteries and fear to was also by the applications of the law of universal ceived of the difficulty of treading one's way through declare them lest they may not be well received. It is not so gravitation, in its exact expression, namely, that it acts the mazes of the Cretan labyrinth. Moreover, if we li with Professor Olmsted.


glad to place thein on record to treasure them up, for all future


MEMENTO. Departed this mortal life at Brooklyn, Friday, January, 15, 1847, at 25 miuutes past 11 A. M., MARY S. M. SEAMAN, wife of David K. Seaman, and eldest daughter of Eben and Mary Strong Meriam, aged 25 years, 7 months, and 24 days. For upwards of three months she had been confined to a bed of sickness and oft during that time her friends fondly anticipated her recovery, but alas-the result was ordered otherwise. On the 29th of June, 1846, only four days more than 28 weeks before her decease she entered the bonds of wedlock, and on the second, Sabbath of the January following, her funeral services were performed in the same house of prayer in which her wedding had been celebrated, and very many of her young friends and others, were present on both occasions—thus made solemn witnesses of the brevity of earthly enjoyments.

It is a rich consolation to her surviving friends that they were able to watch around her sick bed during her illness to attend her in the last moments of mortal life and when the hour drew nigh in which her angel spirit took its flight-to behold a dearly beloved schoolmate, an affectionate and loving companion from childhood breathe, at her bed side in prayer to the God of Mercy thus offering up the sweet incense of humble and fervent aspirations in the hour of trial and of suffering. It was consoling to witness its sweet influences and to behold a smile on the pale cheek and to receive a parting kiss from the fading lips of the angel child :-Next came the Minister of Christ-him who had been a witness to the record of her marriage vows at the Bridal Altar—to be with her in prayer near the finishing scene of her mortal life.

On the pillow of her sick bed lay an ancient copy of the Holy Scriptures imprinted near a quarter of a thousand years ago which was her companion in a thrilling voyage across Niagara's broken watersma fit companion in this last scene, shedding a bright light on the new and living way which leads to the celestial courts of tho Paradise of God.

Before the remains of this Dear Daughter were removed from her Parents dwelling that loving and affectionato schoolmate who had prayed at her bed side knelt down in humblo prayer and poured out her soul in fervent supplication unto God.

That same dear young friend many years ere this mournful scene wrote in our dear daughters Album under the figure of a Blooming Rose, some sweet poetic lines, in the following words :

“ The flower in all its sweetness,
Must wither and decay,
And soon, my friend, times fleetness

Will bear thy frame away.” DEAR Mary in 1838, wrote in her Sisters Album, the following :

“O thon dear sister may thy bloom,
And blush be ever light,
That look which speaks the gentle heart,
That eye be still as bright,
And onward o'er thy coming years
May sunshine ever be;
And time who brings his thorns to all,
Bring only flowers to thee.--Selected.

“Mary.” 1838. Lines written in 1838 by Dear MARY, in ker Sister's Album.

“ Take then dear girl, this wish sincere,
Which in a sisters heart doth glow-
A heart which will thy worth revere
Till life's rich streams shall cease to flow;
On the fair morning of thy life
May love bear forth its brightest ray,
May friendship's joys, unvexed by strife,
Glad the meridian of thy day ;
And when lifes solemn eve shall come,
And time to you shall ever cease,
May then religion cheer the gloom
And light thy path to endless peace.-Selected.

“ Mary.” The pieces below were copied by Dear Mary from the “ Token" of 1837, and placed underneath the figure of a weeping willow, which she worked with silk over a memento of the death of an infant brother. “DEATH OF AN INFANT IN ITS MOTHER'S


He slumbers long sweet mother,
Upon thy gentle breast,
Thou’rt wearied now with watching,
Sweet mother, go to rest;
There seems no pain to stir him,
The peril sure is past,
For seo-his soft hand clasped in thine,
He heeds nor storm nor blast.
Why dost thou gaze so wildly?
Why strain thy strong embrace ?
Unlock thy fearful clasping,
And let me see his face.
So down that mother laid hinn
In her agony of care,
And kissed that cold and marble brow
With calm and fixed despair.
Oh weep !-there's holy healing
In every gushing tear,
Nor question thus that beauteous clay,
The angel is not here, -
No shut of rose at oven-tido
Was with a peace so deep,
As thus, thy youngest, fairest one
Bunk down in dove-like sleep.
Where best he loved to hide him,
In that dear, sheltering spot,
Just there his tender spirit passed
Pass'd and she knew it not.
His fond lip never trembled,
Nor sigh'd the parting breath,
When strangely for his nectar'd drangut
He drank the cup of death.

JONATHAN THOMPSON. On the morning of Wednesday the 30th day of Dec., 1846, at a few minutes past one o'lock, he whose name heads this obituary notice departed this mortal life at the good old age of 74 years. At the age of 72 Mr. Thompson united with the Rev. Dr. Springs Church. We have seen inuch of Mr. Thompson for a few years past-he was thoughtful and seemed to possess an uncommon calinness of mind. He has, during a long period held several highly important public offices, the duties of all of which he discharged with fidelity and with an exactitude which done honor to human nature. Mr. Thompson was constant in friendship, wise and prudent in counsel, exemplary through life and peaceful at its close. He was a descendant of the Rev. W. Tomson, the first settled minister of Mount Wallaston, near Quincy, Massachusetts, who was ordained as the Minister of that town upwards of 200 years ago. Mr. Thompson, as we think, from tracing the bistory of the family, was & descendant of L. Toinson, who Englished the Edition of the Holy Bible, printed at London 1599.

Mr. Thompson has left an aged widow who had been the companion of his life for a long series of years, and also a family of worthy children who have been greatly blessed by the examples and counsels of a most excellent and kind Parent. Mr. Thompsou's family have been blessed and it is said that all of those who have gone before him for several generations were pious and exemplary, and if, as we think it is, that he descended from that individual who Englished the Holy Bible the blessing flowing from that labor of love has poured down through numerous generations and may it continue to flow until the last which bears his name shall be at rest with God in the Realms of Glory.

The following lines were written by John QUINCY Adams, Ex-President of the United States, and sung by the Choir of the First Congregational Church in Quincy, Mass., on the occasion of the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the settlement of the First Congregational Minister in that town, the Rev WILLIAM TOMSON, great ancester of Jonathan Thompson, of New-York.

" Alas ! how swist the moments fly!
How flash the years along!
Scarce here, yet gone already by!
The burden of a song.
See, childhood, youth and manhood pass;
And age with furrowed brow-
Time was--time shall be-drain the glass-
But where in time is now !
Time is the measure but of change!
No present hour is found.
The past, the future, fill the range
Of Time's unceasing round.
Where then is now ? In realms above,
With God's atoning LAMB,
In regions of eternal love,
Where sits enthroned I AM.
Then, Pilgrims, let thy joys and tears
On Time no longer lean;
But henceforth all thy hopes and fears
From Earth's affections wean.
To God! let votive accents rise ;
With truth--with virtue live;
So all the bliss which Time denies,
Eternity shall give.

Full was thy lot of blessing
To charm his cradle hours,
To touch his sparkling fount of thought,
And breathe his breath of flowers,
And take the daily lesson
From the smile that breathed so free.
Of what in holier, brighter realms,
The pure in heart must be.

No more thy twilight musing
May with his image shine,
When in that lonely hour of love,
He laid his cheek to thine.
So still and so confiding,
That cherished babe would be,
So like a sinless guest from heaven,
And yet a part of thee.

But now his blessed portion
Is o'er the cloud to soar,
And spread a never wearied wing
Where sorrows are no more.
With cherubim and seraphim
To tread the ethereal plain-
High honor hath it been to thee
To swell that gloring main.

The following is the copy of the title page of the New Testament portion of the Bible printed in 1599.

“The New TESTAMENT of our Lord IESVS CHRIST. Translated out of the Greeke by Theod.

Beza: with brief Summarie and expositions vpon * the hard places by the said authour. Isaac Camer

I. Loseler Villorins. Englished by L. Tomson. Toyether with the Annotations of Fr. Iunius ypon the Revelation of S. IOHN.

IMPRINTED AT London by the Deputies of Christoplier Barker. Printer to the Queene's most Gracious Majestie. 1599.

MEMENTO. The following Lines were written by a “ dearly beloved schoolmate, an affectionate and loving companion from childhood " of dear MARY, who attended at her bed side in the last hour of suffering and offered up to the God of Mercy a fervent prayer for her sick and dying friend.


Creative Power, how vast and inexhaustible are earths hidden mysteries! Happy are they who can understand those deep and sublime truths which the hand of infinite wisdom has written upon all his works—the seen and unseen-both glorious and beautiful, and equally indicative of the presence of Him, at whose command darkness was turned to light, and earth stood forth from chaos." .

"She came forth as a flower, and was cut down.”

As a delicate Flower, too fair for earth,

She bloomed in Life's early dawn; The bright cherished plant;-the idol gem,

of those who are left to mourn,

The soft kiss of Spring left a glow on her cheek,

Which deepened neath Summer's breath, As she stood in the pride of her youthful strength ;

A Blossom that knew not death.

Copy of a Letter from Thos, SPENCER, Esq.

January 24th, 1847. }

Your letter of the 16th instant, reached me yesterday, announcing the sad and painsul intelligence of the death of your lovely and interesting daughter.

In this hour of your deep affliction, my dear friend, I most sincerely and heartily sympathise with you. No event in our lives is so painful, and agonising, as when those we fondly love are torn from us by the ruthless hand of death. It is difficult for us to regard dispensations of Providence like these, otherwise than mysterious, especially when the loved one is so young, and possessed of a disposition so gentle-a spirit so pure, as was your affectionate child. When we stand by the death-bed of those who are thus endeared to us, and linger while the spirit quits its teneinent of clay, and we are left to gaze upon the countenance that was so lately beaming with intelligence and affection, but now locked in the icy em. brace of death ; it is then that we drink most deeply of lifes bitterest cup.-It is then that a strong fetter that binds our affections to this life, is broken, and we are led with more than ordinary seriousness, and less of dread, to contemplate that day, when we too shall be released from all that renders life unpleasant and unhappy. I do not my friend theorise upon this subject, for I have not only once, but again and again drank of this bitter cup, and my heart knows how to feel for yon and with you.

This however, is viewing the subject in one aspect only.-Thas far and no farther can we be conducted by natures brightest light, but thanks to our kind and Heavenly Father that light has dawned upon the darkness of the tomb-life and immortality has been brought to light by the gospel, or glad tidings, of His dear Son.-rhe time awaits us, when the reflections 80 vividly, and solemnly impressed upon your own mind, not many months since, during your lonely walk at “Greenwood," will be frealised.—True, " when the resurrection morning shall kindle up its light, a morning anthem will ascend from the City of the Dead, in a song of praise to him who made the world," and your lovely child, who has (since you penned those thoughts) become a tenant of “ Greenwood," will join in that morning anthem, with all the happy millions of the virtuous and the blessed, who have been, and who shall be, redeemed to God by the precious blood of His beloved Son.

Truly and sincerely yours,

THE STEAMER ATLANTIC. This costly steamer which was, by her owners, considered proof against the storm, on the 25th and 26th of November 1846, made awful shipwreck on Long Island Sound, and several persons on board of her perished. A part of the boat which supported the bell parted from the rest of the wreck and grounded in shallow water, was kept in motion by the waves of the sea which toll'd the bell incessantly, adding solemnity to the very atmosphere which rested upon the dismal shore.

This storm was the offspring of an earthquake which was felt throughout Scotland on the morning of the 25th of November last. From the Journal of Commerce of Dec. 16, 1846.

STATEN ISLAND, Dec. 11, 1846. A remarkable and pathetic fact has been published, that the Bell on the wreck of the Steamer Atlantic tolls unceasingly.

Hark! hark! that Funeral Bell ;
What a mournful tale does its tolling tell,
Of the dead, who have met a watery grave,
Of the living, whom God in his providence saved.
By night and by day the requiem's rung,
With each rolling wave the bell tolls on,
And in solemn tune two notes are given,
One for the dead, and one for the living.
Waves of the sea ! winds of the earth!
Needful the knell to which yo gave birth,
When ye hurried the loving, the cherished, and brave,
To slumber alike in a billowy grave.

And Autumn fled o'er, on its varying wings

of glorious, sunlit dyes; But, alas! that around its most gorgeous robe,

Such a chilling vapor tlies !

She drooped, as the chill, mystic breezo ewept o'er,

And the flush of Health fast gped ;And when winter ascended its snow. wreathed throne,

The Flower's spirit had fled.

It hath fled, on its viewless wings of light,

To the Maker who gave it breath ; But this lesson was breathed in its silent flight,

Set not your affections on earth!


January 30th, 1847.

Tho'each trace of thy havoc be swept from the shore,
And that funeral bell is heard no more,
For the hearts of the mourners 't will still toll on,
And a tear be shed for the spirits gone.
Tribute to Nature ! sacred thy gloom !
Since Jesus our Savior has wept at the tomb,
And oh! may the promise then graciously given,
Console the bereaved ones, and lead them to Heaven.

L. N.

Copy of a letter written to Dear MARY, while she was confined to a bed of sickness, by her dear Friend “ CORNELIA."

“ Tuesday Morning, Oct. 1846. “ DEAREST MARY,

“I had hoped to visit you to-day; having been Bent for to Margaret's I find I shall not be able to realize my cherished hopes. Last Saturday, I did not leave the house, till night-fall, so you may judge what opportunity then had. To-morrow, alas! I take my lesson, and it is doubtful, very doubtful, whether I shall see you before Thursday. My only hope of seeing you before Thursday depends upon its raining to-day. But, I assure you, Dear Mary, I ever reinember you ; and should your form even fade from my recollection during the day, be assured I ever remember you in my nightly petitions. Have we not journeyed joyfully together here below; have we not shared each others joys and sorrows ? Have we not loved with a sisters love ; and oh ! shall we not be united in the time to come ?

My cough has been so much worse this Fall than usual, that I have often, Dear Mary, contemplated the sudden blighting of my brightest earthly prospects, but it must be as a Merciful Father willeth, and not as we in our short visions see best, May, He enable us to say cheerfully, “ thy will, O GOD, be done!" And the sooner we are called away, the less we shall grieve a gracious God. Would that our lives left a better testimony of our gratitude ! But I must pause, Adieu, dearest Mary, till I see thee- may it be soon, very soon,

Our Earthly meetings will soon be o'er ;-
Shall we meet in Heaven to part no more?

The wish of your ever faithful friend is, that it may be thus.


Extract from a letter written by a Lady residing in a country village in New England on the 13th of January, 1847, and received on the evening of the 14th, a fow hours before the decease of our beloved daughter, and wbile the "meteoric electric and magnetic wires" were marking the existenco of a fearful equilibrium which was destitute of vitality, at the close of which, our beloved daughter passed to the realms of light-and that happy child " so feelingly addressed, was then wrapt in the mantle of grief.

“I very much wish to see those • Meteoric Elictric and Magnetic Wires,' which tell so truly of those aerial and earthly convulsions, which we all feel, and know to be going on around us, without, perhaps, sufficiently understanding how the process is carried on, and that study,' with its numerous curiosities, fossils, relics and precious stones, the writing desk before the window, and the tree outside, where the early spring bird salutes you with her sweetest, happiest notes, are all vividly glowing before me on fancies magic canvass, and in the distant back ground I almost behold that little daughter' looking thoughtfully along the garden walk, for some curious insect to add to her father's cabinet. Happy child, all things to your young perceptions are filled with beauty and with gladness. The rainbow tints of life, have thus far been the light of your path-way--but coming years will show you that there are clouds, darkness and storms, aye, and fierce lightnings too, co-mingled with the sunshine clear, and moon beams mild and gentle.-But to a calm and trusting heart, there is a still small voice in the loudest storm, which speaks of the goodness of God-and the darkest clouds of sorrow or disappointment, are never without a hopeful gleam to guild the future. Go on, then, dear one, in search of the curious and the new, for the world is full of wonders, and when the eye or the mind become filled, or satisfied with the outward beauties of

From the Journal of Commerce of Dec. 15, 1846.

Where the wreck went down
In the midnight storm,
With mingl'd shout and shriek and prayer
And many a lor'd and noble form

Sank thro' the surge in wild despair,
A fragment of the river bark,

On which her bell suspended hung,
Lodged in the " shelves,"

Which deep and dark
Their rude arms thro' the water flung !

There night and day, unceasingly,
In answer to the billows' swell,
Gives out its cadence o'er the bes-
Thus sadly-thus mysteriously,
This wild, funeral bell.

The sailor coming from afar

Listens with superstitious dread-
Peopling the murky midnight air

With spectres of the ocean dead.
Or, huply, in a calmer mind,

He hears amid its music deep.
And mingling with the moaning wind,
The wail of those who watch and weep.

And still—and still, unceasingly,
In answer to the billows' swell,
Comes ever o'er the list'ning sea-
Thus sadly-thus mysteriously-

This wild, funeral bell.
BRATTLEBORO', Vt., Dec. 1846.

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two small branches, about a foot apart, were sent off; dispute. The ground being so long dry such quan-

tities of dust were blown about that in this open A friend has sent us two volumes entitled " Dar

This latter case is remarkable, as the electric fluid country the landmarks became obliterated, and peowin's VOYAGES OF A NATURALIST," published in

must have turned back at the acute angle of 26°, 10 ple could not tell the linits of their estates. 1846, by Messrs HARPER & BROTues. The title the line of its main course. Besides the four tubes I was informed by an eye witness, that the cattle

which I found vertical, and traced beneath the surface, page, “ Journal of Researches into the Natural Ilis

in herds of thousands rushed into the Parana, and, there were several other groups of fragments, the being exhausted by bunger, they were unable to tory and Knowledge of the Countries, visited during

original sites of which without doubt were near. All crawl up the muddy banks, and thus were drowned. the voyage of Her Majestys Ship, Beagle, round the occurred in a level area of shifting sand, sixty yards The arm of the river which runs by San Pedro was world, under the command of Captain Fitzroy, R. N. by twenty. situated among some high sand-hillocks,

so full of putrid carcasses, that the master of a vessel and at the distance of about half a mile from a chain told me that the smell rendered it quite impassable. By Charles Darwin, M. A., F. R. S." of hills four or five hundred feet in height. The inost Without doubt, several hundred thousand animals

thus pecished in the river. Their bodies when putrid We find that Mr. Darwin's observations, inany of remarkable circumstance. as it appears to me, in this

case as well as in that of Drigg, and in one described them, accord with our own ; we give the follow

were seen floating down the stream ; and many, in by M. Ribbentrop in Germany, is the number of tubes all probability, were deposited in the estuary of the ing extracts ;

found within such limited spaces. At Drigg, within Plata. All the small rivers became highly saline, and SILICIOUS LIGHTNING TUBES.

an area of fifteen yards, three were observed, and this caused the death of vast numbers in particular Ju a broad band of sand billocks which sepa the same number occurred in Germany. In the case spots ; for when an animal drinks of such water it rates the laguna del Potrera from the shores of the which I have described, certainly more than four ex does not recover. Azara, describes the fury of the Plata, at the distance of a few miles from Maldonada, isted within the space of the sixty by twenty yards. wild horses on a similar occasion, rushing into the I found a group of those vitri tied silicious tubes. As it does not appear probable that the tubes are marshes, those which arrived first being overwhelmed which are formed by the lightning entering loose produced by successive distinct shocks, we must be and crushed by those which followed. He adds, that sand. These tubes resemble in every particular

lieve that the lightning, shortly before entering the more than once he has seen the carcasses of upwards those from Drigg in Cumberland, described in the ground, divides itself into separate branches.

of a thousand wild horses thus destroyed, I noticed Geological Transactions. The sand Lillocks of Mal


that the smaller streams in the Pampas were paved donada, not being protected by vegetation, are con

with a brecia nf bones, but this probably is the effect

The neighborhood of the Rio Plata seems peculistantly changing their position. From this cause the

of a gradual increase rather than one of the destructubes projected above the surface; and numerous | arly subject to the electric phenomena. In the year |

tions at any one period. Subsequently, to the drought 1793, one of the most destructive thunder storms fragments lying near, showed that they had formerly |

of 1827 to '32, a very rainy season followed, which perhaps on record happened at Buenos Ayres : thirty been buried to a greater depth. Four sets entered

caused great floods. Hence it is almost certain that seven places within the city were struck by lightthe sand perpendicularly : by working with my

some thousands ot the skeletons were buried by the hands I traced one of them two feet deep; and some ning, and nineteen people killed. From facts stated

deposits of the very next year. What would be the in several books of travels, I am inclined to suspect fragments which evidently had belonged to the same

opinion of a Geologist viewing such an enormous colthat thunder storms are very common near the mouths tube, when added to the other part, measured five

lection of bones of all kinds of animals, and of all of great rivers. Is it not possible that the mixture of feet three inches. The diameter of the whole tube

ages, thus embedded in one thick earthy mass, would large bodies of fresh and salt water may disturb the was nearly equal, and therefore we must suppose that

he not attribute it to a flood having swept over the i electrical equilibrium ? Even during our occasional originally it extended to a much greater depth. These

surface of the land, rather than to the common order visits to this part of Sonth America, we heard of a dimensions are however, small, compared to those of

of things. ship, two churches and a house being struck. Both the tubes from Drigg, one of which was traced to a the church and the house I saw shortly afterwards :

CONNECTION OF EARTHQUAKES AND depth of not less than thirty feet. The internal surface is compleiely vitrified, glossy, the house belonged to Mr. Hood, the consul-general

STORMS. at Montevideo. Some of the effects were curious: and smooth. A small fragment examined under the mi

On the second night the weather seemed to foretel the paper, for nearly a foot on each side of the line croscope, appeared, from the nunber of minute en

a storm of snow or rain, and whilst lying in our beds where the bell wires had run, was blackened. The tangled air or perhaps steam bubbles, like an assay

we felt a triling shock of an earthquake. metal had been fused, and although the room was fif. fused before the blow pipe. The sand is entirely, or

The counection between earthquakes and the weateen feet high, the globules dropping on the chairs in greater part, siliceous; but some points are of a

ther has been often disputed : it appears to me to be and furniture, had drilled in them a chain of minute black color, and from their glossy surface possess a holes. A part of the wall was shattered as if by gun

a point of great interest, which is little understood. metallic lustre. The thickness of the wall of the

Hunboldt has remarked, in one part of the Personal, tube varies from a thirtieth to a twentieth of an inch, powder, and the fragments had been blown off with

Narrative, that it would be ditlicult for any person force sufficient to dent the wall and the opposite side and occasionally even equals a tenth. On the thio

who had long resided in New Andalusia, or in Lower outside, of the grains of sand are rounded, and have

of the room. The frame of a looking glass was i blackened, and the gilding must have been volatile

Peru, to deny that there exists some connection bea slightly glazed appearance: I could not distinguish

tween these phenoinena : in another part, however, ized for a small smelling botile, which stood on the any signs of crystalization. In similar manter to that i

he seems to think the connection fanciful. At Guayadescribed in the Geological Transactions, the tubes chimney-piece was coated with bright metallic parti

quil, it is said that a heavy shower in the dry season are generally compressed, and have deep longitudinal cles, which adhered as firmly as if ihoy had been en

is invariably followed by an earthqeake. In northern furrows, so as closely to resemble a sbrivelled vegeamelled.

Chile. from the extreme infrequency of rain, or even table stalk, or the bark of the elm or cork tree.


of weather foreboding rain, the probability of accidenTheir circumference is abont two inches, but in some While travelling through the country, I received | tal coincidences becomes very small, yet the inhabi fragments, which are cylindrical and without any several vivid descriptions of the effects of a late great tants are here most firinly convinced of some con furrows, it must be as much as four inches. The drought, and the account of this may throw some nection between the state of the atmosphere and of compression from the surrounding loose sand, acting light on the cases where vast numbers of animals of 1 the trembling of the ground. I was much struck while the tube was still softened from the effects of all kinds have been embedded together. The period by this when mentioning to some people at Copiapo, the intense heat, has evidently canised the creases or included between the years 1827, and 1830, is called that there had been a sharper shock at Coquinlo ; furrows. Judging from the incompressed fragments, " the grand sico," or the great drought. During this they immediately cried out, “ How fortunate, there the measure or bore of the lightning, if such a term time so little rain fell, that the vegetation, even to the will be plenty of pasture there this year.” To their may be used, must have been about one inch and a li thistles, failed; the brooks were dried up, and the minds an earthquake, foretold rain as surely as rain quarter At Paris, M. Hachette and M. Beudant suc- | whole country assumed the appearance of a dusty foretold abundant pasture. Certainly it did so hapceeded in making tubes, in most respects similar to | high road. This was especially the case in the nor pen that on the very day of the earthquake, that these fulgurites, by passing very strong shocks of thern part of the province of Buenos Ayres, and the showers of rain fell which I have described as in ten galvanism through finely powdered glass : when salt southern part of St. Fe, very great numbers of birds, days time producing a thin sprinkling of grass. At was added, so as to increase its fusibility, the tubes wild animals, cattle, and horses, perished from the other times rain has followed earthquakes at a period were larger in every dimension. They failed both want of food and water. A man told me that the of the year when it is a far greater prodigy than the with powdered felspar and quartz. One tube, form- | deer used to come into his court yard to the well, earthquake itself. This happened after the shock of ed with pounded glass, was very nearly an inclı long, which he had been obliged to dig to supply his own || November, 1922, and again in 1829, at Valparaiso ; namely, 982, and had an internal diameter of .019 of family with water, and that partridges hud hardly also after that of Septeniber 1833 at Taena. A person an inch, when we hear that the strongest batiery in strength to fly away when pursued. The lowest es must be somewhat habituated to the climate of these Paris was used, and that its power on a subtance of 1 timation of the loss of cattle in the province of Buenos countries to perceive the extreme improbability of such easy fusibility as glass was to form tubes so di. Ayres alone, was taken at one million head. A pro rain falling at such season, except as a consequence minutive we must feel greatly astonished at the force 1 prietor at San Pedro had previously to these years of some law quite unconnected with the ordinary of a shock of lightning, which, striking the sand in 20.000 cattle, at the end not one remained. San cause of the weather. In the cases of great volcanic several places, has formed cylinders, in one instance Pedro, is situated in the middle of the finest country, eruptions, as that of Coseguina, where torrents of of at least thirty feet long, and liaving an internal and even now abounds again with animals. Yet, rain fell at a time of the year most unusual for it, bore, where not compressed, of full an inch and a during the latter part of the “gran sico," live cattlo and almost unprecedented in “ Central America," it balf; and this in a inaterial so extraordinarily refrac- ! were brought in vessels for the cousumption of the is not difficult to understand that the volumes of vatory as quartz !

inhabitants. The animals roamed from their estan pour and clouds of ashes might have disturbed the 'The tubes, as I have already remarked, enter the cias, and, wandering far southward, were mingled atmospheric equilibrium. Humboldt extends this sand nearly in a vertical direction. One however, together in such multitudes that a government com- view to the case of earthquakes unaccompanied by which was less regular than the others, deviated from mission was sent from Buenos Ayres, to settle the ll eruptions; but I can hardly conceive it possible that a right line, at the most considerable bend, to the I disputes of the owners. Sir Woodbine Parish in- | the small quantityof aeriform fluids which then escape amount of thirty-three degrees, from this saine tube, formed me of another and very curions source of from the fissured ground, can produce such remark

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