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Transactions of the Plymouth Institution

Plymouth: Printed and Published by Rowe. Sold by Baldwin and Cradock, London (1830). 360 pp.

Prepared by Michael Steer

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Plymouth Institution was founded in 1812, for the promotion of Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts, in the town and neighbourhood.

Among other means adopted in furtherance of the objects of the Institution, it has been deemed expedient in the 18th year of its existence, to publish a volume of essays, selected from the lectures read during the annual sittings of the Society,

But since the publication of their lectures is not obligatory upon the members, by the Society's laws, the present series consists exclusively of such as have been voluntarily tendered by the authors; although it has been found impracticable to include all the papers offered for that purpose, without enlarging the volume to an undesirable extent.

It has been the object of the society to confine the volume to those subjects for the discussion of which local facilities or other circumstances give to the members, advantages not within the reach of their fellow labourers in the field of knowledge. In this point of view, at least, the Society hopes that a volume of its Transactions might not be an unacceptable contribution to the general stock of literary and scientific information.

It may be necessary to add, that the Society does not hold itself amenable for the opinions or statements advanced in the several essays. That responsibility rests with the respective authors.

Athenaeum, Plymouth,
August, 1830


A DISCOURSE, delivered at the opening of the Plymouth Athenaeum, February 4th, 1819, by ROBERT LAMPEN, M. A. Member of the Society,     1

I.    Geological Survey of some part of the country near Plymouth, particularly between the Plym and Tamar ; by JOHN PRIDBAUX, Member of the Plymouth Institution,     19

II.    Experimental Inquiries concerning the laws of electrical accumulations; by Mr. W. S.HARRIS, Member of the Plymouth Institution,     45

III.     Particulars of the construction of a cast-iron bridge over the Lory, near Plymouth; by JAMES M. RENDEL, Civil Engineer, Member of the Royal Institution of Civil Engineers, and of the Plymouth Institution,     90

IV.    On the rise and decline of particular mortal diseases, during the last twenty-five years; with an attempt to ascertain the late of mortality, in respect of its distribution on various ages, and in both sexes; by EDWARD BLACKMORE, M. D. Member of the Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh, and of the Plymouth Institution, 117

V.    On the Characters of Abbotia, a new genus belonging to the family Histeridee, with descriptions of two species; by WILLIAM ELFORD LEACH, M. D. F. R, S. &c. Honorary Member of the Plymouth Institution,     155

On two new genera of crustaceous animals, discovered by Mr. JOHN CRANCH, in the expedition to Congo,     109
On Three new genera of the Malacoslraceous Crustacea, belonging to the family Squillada ; by WILLIAM ELFORD LEACH, M. D. F. R. S. &c. Honorary Member of the Plymouth Institution,     172
On the genus Megalophthalmus, a new and very interesting genus, completely proving the theory of JULES-CAESAR SAVIONY, to be correct; by WILLIAM ELFORD LEACH, M. D. F. R. S. &c. Honorary Member of the Plymouth Institution,     176

VI.    Antiquarian investigation in the forest of Dartmoor, Devon; by SAMUEL ROWE, B. A. Member of the Plymouth Institution,    180

VII.    On Persian Poetry; by Mr. NATHANIEL HOWARD, Honorary Member of the Plymouth Institution,     213

VIII.    An account of the collection of drawings of COL. V. HAMILTON SMITH, F. R. S. F. L. S. &c. &c. &c. and Member of the Plymouth Institution, in a letter to the president,     255

IX.    On the Ornithology of the South of Devon; by EDWARD MOORE, M.D.F. L. S. and Member of the Plymouth Institution, in a letter to the president,     289

Appendix,     353