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and extent of these changes are altogether dependent upon previous education, using that word in its most extended meaning. Even the earlier lessons of childhood, forgotten during the tumult of youthful passions, or voluntarily neglected for the gaieties of dissipation, strike forcibly upon the memory of the more sedate man, and impress his harder heart. Too often the impression is painful; to weaken and obliterate it, he rushes anew into levity and crime, and is lost-or his better angel prevails, and this becomes the season of remorse, repentance and reformation.
Old age takes its colouring, for the most part, from the circumstances of the previous life. If this has been comfortable and prosperous, the old man is mild, courteous and liberal, easily satisfied with the ordinary deference and respect so seldoin denied his silvery locks and wrinkled front. His memory abounds in anecdotes of days that are past; he is a living record of a former age. He is talkative because he is urged with frequent inquiries, and the habit grows upon him because his chronicles always find pleased and ready listeners. No longer entangled in the active concerns of a busy life, be cons over and reflects upon the scenes in which he was an actor. If he has been engaged in matters of moment, in public affairs of consequence, or private business of responsibility, and has emerged with character and credit from these occupations, the retrospect is grateful and exhilarating, and serves to support bis decaying spirits, and revive, in some degree, his exhausted energies. If, on the other hand, his path through the world has been rugged, if he has had to maintain a stern conflict with poverty or neglect, his temper and disposition will be found to be soured and rude. The transient delights of youth are forgotten; he has long since ceased to feel the sunshine of hope and the stimulus of sanguine anticipation. He is benumbed by the coldness of the wintry season of decay; he looks around for the faces with which he was once familiar, but in vain, and cannot now be pleased even with the sound of his enemy's knell, for it warns him of the loss of an acquaintance, a cotemporary. Has he been poor, and by privations made to realize keenly the value of wealih? Avarice now freezes up his soul, and all around him are regarded as plunderers in will, if not in act. Has he been sick aud afilicted ? He is peevish and fretful, and becomes more and more so, as he sees a steady and gradual abatement of the sympathy which his sufferings once excited, but which is easily and surely worn out by the incessant friction of a complaining disposition. Such is old age-withering and decaying old age; still sensible to the promptings of avarice, but yielding to the love of ease-garrulous, querulous old age, looking down upon all that is youthful and new as inferior, imperfect and unstable, and dwelling with pardonable self-delusion upon the morning of its own being, as the only bright and cheering period of human existence-reverend and venerated old age, smiling sarcastically but kindly upon the transitory amusements of the surrounding young, and sedately enjoying the calm quiet of a good conscience, and the devout, humble, yet confident anticipation of unchanging and interminable happiness beyond the grave.
We will not for a moment stop to pourtray the sad, remaining stages of decrepitude and dotage-to filter the cold dregs of life and exhibit the vapid contents of the vase, when all its more etherial essences have exhaled.* Let us draw the curtain over this last and lowest condition of the rational and intellectual spirit-this worse than second childhood, in which the bad passions and darker feelings of our evil nature, though weakened by the decay of the organs with which they are developed and by which they act, still survive the energy of those organs, and rage and rule uncontrolled by reason and prudence, or sink into a sullen and stupid apathy.
Yet the contemplation of this dreary and gloomy picture, is not without its uses. The shortness of life and the liability to disease, have been the subject of incessant lamentation and repining, though without just cause; for if decay be, necessarily, the ultimate tendency of the construction of our frame and the constitution of its materials, surely death is rather to be considered as a relief from the sufferings of extreme old age. Indeed, it would seem a matter of melancholy consolation that the outlets of life are so numerous, and the gates of death so widely open, that we are likely to reach our common goal, the grave, by some nearer and less lingering route, and thus escape this hopeless, helpless, and dependent state of wearisome existence.
* Thus fares it still in our decay,
And yet the wiser mind Mourns less for what Time takes away,
Than what he leaves behind.
ART. I].-1. Outlines of Geology. By W. THOMAS BRANDE,
F.R.S. London. 8vo. 1829.
2. An Introduction to Geology, comprising the elements of that
science in its present advanced state, &c. By ROBERT BAKEWELL. 3d edition. 8vo. London. 1828.
3. A New System of Geology, in which the great revolutions of
the earth and animated nuture are reconciled at once to modern science and sacred history. By ANDREW URE, M. D. 8vo. London. 1829.
4. Outline of the Course of Geological Lectures given in Yale
College. By Professor SILLIMAN. Svo. New Haven. 1829.
This last work is appended to the American edition of Bakeweil's Geology; and is, like Dr. Ure's, an attempt to reconcile modern science on this subject, to what is called sacred history. Of these four works, the most clear, the most satisfactory, the freest from disputable theory, and the most trust-worthy collection vi tacts, is, beyond all comparison, that of Mr. Bakewell; a gentleman, whose opportunities of information from extensive observations and surveys of geological districts, both at home and abroad, have rendered him peculiarly fitted for drawing up an introduction to Geology, consisting of well-established and well-ascertained facts, in a modest and unpretending style, unmingled with suspicious theories or fanciful hypotheses, which, we regret to say, occupy a very large portion of the two last works under review. .
Geology, as a science, may well be considered as dating its modern origin from the commencement of the present century. However useful have been the labours of Werner and his followers, and very useful they bave been, they must, at present, be considered as relating to the very infancy of a branch of knowledge that bas increased, indeed, at a very rapid rate, but which is even yet far from its manhood. Of the geological introductions that preceded the works above noticed, by D’Aubuisson, Breislak, Maclure, Brande, and even the immortal work of Cuvier, none are competent to afford us even the elementary knowledige of the present day: the admirable survey of the geology of England by Conybeare and Philips, is partial and incomplete, the submedial formations being wanting: indeed, although the closet compilation of Dr. Ure, furnishes a collec
tion of very interesting facts, there is no elementary work that can be put into the hands of a student but Bakewell's, that is not too imperfect, or too theoretical to be trusted.
The books of Brande and of Ure, have been reviewed in the last American Quarterly, vol. vii. p. 361, by a writer well acquainted with his subject.
In this country, the knowledge of mineralogy is alınost exclusively owing to the scientific ardour of Colonel Gibbs; and of American geology, William Maclure is the parent: men, of whom we should delight to say more, if we did not consider their reputations too firmly established to need our eulogy. It is with no small pleasure, we take tbe present opportunity of acknowledging the obligations that fossil geology owes, and is likely to owe, to Mr. F'eatherstonhaugh.
The priinitive rocks, and the numerous and splendid minerals imbedded in them, and which abound in number and beauty as you go through the granite country from Baltimore to Maine, have greatly contributed to make mineralogy a very fashionable study every where through that part of the United States; in particular, the excellent use that Professor Silliman has made of the very fine collection of Colonel Gibbs, so long loaned by that gentleman to the College at New-Hlaven, has contributed to make that institution the best of all the schools of mineralogy in the United States. We wish we could add geology to these attainments; but on this branch of science, we regret to say, that the lectures of Professor Silliman, whose full prospectus is now under review, do not promise to contribute any thing that is new, or much that is accurate : the book before us is at least twenty years behind the knowledge of the day : theologically, it is quite unexceptionable to the most rigid interpreter: geologically, we could have wished to see more sound logic, and better use made of known facts, than the Professor appears to have furnished. We shall assign our reasons for this opinion before we close the present review,
The pursuits of mineralogy and geology, are almost unknown among the institutions of the South. The great interest these branches of knowledge have excited throughout Europe, and in the northern section of the United States, is almost unfelt in the South and West, unless the progress they may have made in Tennessee, under that able mineralogist, Dr. Troost, is far greater than has reached our knowledge. For this reason, and considering geology as comparatively unknown in our southern section of this country, we shall attempt to give an outline of the objects, the elementary principles, and a sketch of the present state of geology, with a view to extend a knowledge of what is comprehended in this most interesting study. Of its handmaid, mineralogy, we shall say nothing ; because we bave not room to say one-tenth of what we would willingly offer on the subject of geology alone. One observation, however, it is worth while to make in the outset. Of all exercise, exercise in the open air is the most delightful, the most interesting, the most healthful. With mineralogy, geology and botany, every mile of every road-every bill and dale, every mountain and valley—in every country, in every climate-cultivated, or waste and wild-affords reasonable expectation of something worthy the attention of a man devoted to these sciences. Where ignorance sees only a rough, mishapen mass of rocks and stones, or a plain overgrowu with weeds, knowledge finds food for contemplation, and additions to his store. No journey can be uninteresting to such a traveller; hardly any road can be bad; the enticement to pursue these studies out of doors, is constant and all-powerful; and the pleasure in the pursuit as well as the attainment, is peculiar to the objects that excite the attention of the votary of science. If no more could be said in their favour, surely this of itself is enough.
Our present business is with GEOLOGY.
This science comprises the present appearances of the strata that compose the crust of the globe, whereon man and all living creatures, animal and vegetable, live, move, and have their being. From present appearances, we deduce the history of these strata and their inbabitants, for many thousands of years anterior to the present. Geology also includes the order of succession and of time in which these strata have appeared, the phenomena that characterize them, and the uses to which this mass of knowledge may be applied. It is, in fact, the Palaiology of nature; memoria temporis acli.
The rocks and stones that constitute the strata of the earth's surface, or that visible and habitable crust that envelopes the interior of our globe, is not a confused mass of heterogeneous materials thrown together lawlessly and irregularly, but the various strata, and the groups and connected series of strata, called formations, have been placed where we find them, according to certain laws of composition and successive deposition, which enable us to reason and draw conclusions from these circumstances of common existence, and apply the conclusions drawn, for instance, from the granites of South-Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts and Maine, to the granites of Italy, of Sweden, of Canton, and of Canada. For even hand-specimens of granite in South-Carolina and New Hampshire, are so simiJar to the same rock at Auvergne, in central France, and Can