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here briefly but clearly stated ; the operations are performed , and the theorems deduced , with admirable neatness and simplicity ; and several of the most useful applications of the science are pointed out to the stodeut . There is one feature of the present work in which it deserves especial approbation ; the number of wellselected examples , which are given as exercises for the learner to perform , by means of the formulas derived and the
principles developed in the text The notes and appendix contain a quantity of useful information ; and , on the whole , we can say with confidence , that pupils who shall diligently study this Introduction , will have attained much valuable and important knowledge , by a method than which we know of none more simple and satisfactory . Another recommendation of Dr . Thomson ' s performance is its price . The expense of some
Mohammedan Devotion . To the Editor . Sir , London , Jan . 8 , 1831 . When in your Number for November I quoted the authority of Touruefort in favour of " the charitable disposition , the steady patriotism , and religions sincerity , ' * of % he Turks , I was aware that multitudes of passages might be cited
from travellers of deserved reputation , which give a darker picture of their character , and I was far from supposing that they are either free from the common defects of human nature , or in all respects superior to their neighbours of different religious sentiments . Nevertheless , all the opportunities which I have enjoyed of obtaining information on this interesting subject , have tended
to convince me that , if we compare the followers of Mohammed with those who have been called Christians iii contra distinction from them , we shall find the latter little , if at all , superior to the former , either in intellect or in morals ; and I am not sorry that your Correspondent S . has replied to my letter , because I am persuaded that the examination of this question must tend to abate the . unjust prejudice entertained against
Treatises on the Calculus at present m use is a guiuea ; few can be obtained for less than twelve shillings ; to which must be added as many more for a book of examples for exercise . Yet Dr . Thornsoti , by choosing a wide page and a type which , though small , is distinct , has been enabled to communicate the same
quantity of information , in a manner much superior to that employed in most of the common works , in a volume which costs nine shillings . The same attention to ecouomy characterizes the Elements of Plane aud Spherical Trigonometry , and i he Treatise on Arithmetic iu Theory and Practice , by this writer ; a » d must powerfully recommend them to those students to whom it is more
convenient to obtain the information which they require for a small sum than for a large one .
so large a portion of our fellow-creatures , or at least to confute the opinion that the alleged inferiority of the Turks affords a sufficient plea for their extermination . To enter fully into the discussion would far exceed my own competency , as well as the limits which I must prescribe to myself in requesting again to occupy your pages I shall , therefore , offer such remarks as occur to me without further research .
Iu making the proposed comparison , it would evidently be most unreasonable to place side by side those of the Mohammedans and those of the so-called Christians who live iu completely different social and physical circumstances . Thus it would be ridiculous 10 expect in
the gentry of Constantinople all the science and accomplishments of the philosophers of London , Paris , and Berlin : and it would be no less unreasonable to make the moral and religious state of the poor of Scotland , Saxouy , and Geneva , a standard for estimating that of the lower classes in Mohammedan
countries . Except so far a « the form of government is influenced by the different religious systems , we must view their adherents under the same form of government , and we must adhere to this
124 Miscellaneous Correspondence .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1831, page 124, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2594/page/52/