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LXXI. Memorable events of the sixteenth

century
LXXII. Remarkable events of the seventeenth

century LXXIII. Memorable events of the eighteenth

century LXXIV. Memorable events of the eighteenth

century continued
Lxxy. Memorable events of the eighteenth

century continued
LXXVI. Memorable events continued
LXXVII. Events chiefly relating to France
LXXVIII. Remarkable political events
LXXIX. Last will of Louis xvi.
LXXX. The fate of Louis decided
LXXXI. Execution of Louis xvi.
LXXXII. Further particulars relating to Louis

and his family
LXXXIII. An assassination
LXXXIV. A declaration of war
LXXXV. On rhetoric
LXXXVI. Of invention and disposition
LXXXVII. On elocution and the seven tropes
LXXXVIII. Of rhetorical figures
LXXXIX. Of quantity, accent, and emphasis
xc. On reading verse

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224 XCI.

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Page. XC). Of action

227 xcii. Of style

228 xcii. Of the plain style

229 xciv. Of the sublime style

230 xcv. Of the mediate style

234 xcvi. Of the Asiatic and laconic style 235 XCVII. On the faults of style

237 XCVIII. Of Cicero and Demosthenes

239 xcix. Of metals, with a short account of gold and silver

241 copper and iron

242 ci. Of lead, tin, and mercury

244 cii. Of precious stones

245 cuk. Of the magnet or loadstone

247 Civ. Of meteors, and the different regions í of air

248 cv. Some of the properties of air

250 CVI. Of the wind

254 cvn. Of the tropical winds

256 CVIII. Of mists, clouds, rain, dew, snow, and hail

257 cix. Of the feven colours, and the rainbow 260 cx. Of the king, and British conftitution 263 cxi. On the power of the British monarch 269 CXI. Of the parliament

271 CXIII. Of the house of lords

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Page. CXIV. Of the house of commons

274 cxv. Of the power of parliament

277 cxyi. On the privilege of the members 279 cxvii. Peculiar rights of the house of com

281 cxviii. Of parliamentary bills cxix. Of the royal afsent to bills

287 cxx. Of the privy-council

289 cxxi. Of the great officers of the crown 292 CXXII. On the courts of law

296 CXXIII. Of the sheriffs and other officers cxxiv. Of cities and boroughs cxxy. Of juries

301 cxxvi. On the trial of malefactors

304 CXXVII. Of punishments CXXVIII. Of earthquakes and volcanos

· 310 cxxix. Of the aurora borealis

312 cxxx. Of the tides

313 Cxxxi. On the saltness of the sea cxxxit. On electricity, and thunder and lightning

320 CXXXIII. On the sound of thunder, and thunder-bolts

325 cxxxiv. Of water-spouts, whirlwinds and

hurricanes cxxxv. Of the stocks or public funds CXXXVI. On different miles,

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HE science which treats of the planets, and

other heavenly bodies, is called Astronomy. The most conspicuous of the celestial bodies is that glorious luminary the Sun, the fountain of light and heat to the several planets, or habitable worlds, which revolve round it. These planets, together with the sun, compose what astronomers have called the Solar System. They are fix in number; and their names are Mercury, Venus, the Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. With respect to their nearness to the centre, or middle point of the sun, they are exactly in the order in wbich they are here

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