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history of British art. This task he has now shown green that incrustations of paint and dirt had not covered. himself well capable of executing, having entirely suc

His wig was one which you might suppose he had burrowceeded in conveying a distinct, condensed, and spirited ed from a scarecrow; all round it there projected a fringe view of the personal and intellectual character of those of his own grey hair. He lived alone in a house which was of whom he has had occasion to speak. Nor is this all : furniture than a blanket nailed on the one side. I wanted

never cleaned ; and he slept on a bedstead with no other his narrative, which is written in an easy, straight-for- him to visit me-No, he said; he could not go ont by day, ward, and unaffected style, is thickly interspersed with because he could not spare time from his great picture; and remarks indicative of a biographer who enters con amore he went out in the evening, the Academicians would wayinto his subject, and abounding in much sound sense and lay bim, and murder him. In this solitary, sullen life, he torrect feeling.

continued, till he felt ill, very probably from want of food The present volume commences with the Life of West, under his blanket, he had just strength enough left to crawl

sufficiently nourishing; and after laying two or three days -an amiable and upright man, deeply imbued with a

to his own door, open it, and lay hiinself down, with a papure and abstract love of his profession, which early dis- per in his hand, on which he had written his wish to be advantages could not overcome, and which subsequent carried to the house of Mr Carlyle (Sir Anthony), in Soho success could not taint. His misfortune was, that his Square. There he was taken care of; and the danger from ambition exceeded his powers, and only in one or two in which he had thus escaped seems to have cured his mental stances was he able to achieve what he so ardently wished hallucinations. He cast his slough afterwards; appeared to do. To the Life of West succeeds that of James decently

drest in his own grey hair, and mixed in such so

ciety as he liked. Barry—a man of wild, wayward, and impassioned genius,

•* I should have told you, that a little before his illness, he characteristic of the country of his birth, and too often had, with much persuasion, been induced to pass a night at dooming the sons of Erin to a series of misfortunes and some person's house in the country. When he came down misery which a cooler judgment could easily have avoided. to breakfast the next morning, and one asked how he had Even in his best days, Barry lived in comparative poverty, rested, he said, remarkably well: he had not slept in sheets and the following passage presents a melancholy picture for many years, and really he thought it was a very comof the privations which the unconquerable love of art has fortable thing. He interlarded his conversation with oathis

as expletives, but it was pleasant to converse with him :rendered many of its ablest votaries willing to endure :

there was a frankness and animation about him which won BARRY'S MODE OF LIFE.

good-will, as much as his vigorous intellect commanded re· Barry's residence in Castle Street, though wearing a traits, and saying, in answer to applications, that there was

spect. There is a story of his having refused to paint por. decent exterior when he took possession, soon corresponded a man in Leicester Square who did it. But this, he said, in look with the outward man of its master. The worst

was false ; for that he would at any time have painted porEinn's worst room, in which the poet places the expiring traits, and have been glad to paint them.' 3. Villiers, was equalled, if not surpassed, by that in which

Barty slept, ate, and meditated in perfect satisfaction and A passage which we meet with a few pages farther on, security. His own character and whole system of in-door we consider too severe; and as it is the only instance of economy, were exhibited in a dinner he gave Mr Burke. the kind to be met with in the volume, we quote it, with No one was better acquainted with the singular manners of the view of expressing our dissent : this very singular man than the great statesman; he wish

THE LATE EARL OF BUCHAN'S TREATMENT OF BARRY. To ed, however, to have ocular demonstration how he managed his household concerns, in the absence of wife or servant, chan, among others, stood forward in Barry's behalf. This

“ It was at this time of distress that the late Earl of Buand requested to be asked to dinner.. Sir,' said Barry, nobleman desired to be thought public director in all matwith much cheerfulness, you know I live alone—but if you ters of poetry and paiuting in Scotland. He spent his long will come and help me to eat a steak, I shall have it tender life in speaking kind words, writing encouraging letters, and of Oxford.' The day and the hour

came, and Burke arri- dispensing patronising looks, to all who had visited the Vaving at No. 36, Castle Street, found Barry ready to receive tican, or were found loitering about the nether regions of

On this occasion, he stirred himself more than =*s him; he was conducted into the painting-room, which had er undergone no change since it was a carpenter's shop. On ten pounds; he also interceded with the Society of Arts,

was his wont, and astonished many by publicly subscribing one of the walls hung bis large picture of Pandora, and and applied to many who thought favourably of Barry's round it were placed the studies of the Six Pictures of the talents. I wish he had done no more. He praised the set Adelphi

. There were likewise old straining framesmold of proof engravings which Barry sent in a present to Drysketchiesa printing press, in which he printed his plates borough,-fell in love with others which were in London, with his own band the labours, too, of the spider abound-longed to possess an easel picture' as a memorial of friended, and rivalled, in extent and colour, pieces of old tapestry: ship, --condescended to name the picture he particularly “Barke saw all this yet wisely seeined to see it not. He affected, The Interview of Milton with Elwood the Quaobserved, too, that most of the windows were broken or tracked, that the roof, which had no ceiling, admitted the from the Birth of Pandora. The painter, pleased with all

ker, and,

finally, requested, in addition, a proof engraving light through many crevices in the tiling, and that two old this condescension, sent a sketch of his Milton to the noble chairs and a deal table composed the whole of the furniture speculator in subscriptions; and the casel picture? would The fire was burning brightly; the steaks were put on to have followed, but that that hand was soon to be laid upon broil

, and Barry, having sprean a clean cloth on the table, Barry which has recently fallen on his disinterested patron, put a pair of tongs in the hands of Burke, saying, "Be ful, my dear friend, and look to the steaks till I'fetch the

That a degree of almost pardonable vanity and fondporter.' Burke did as he was desired : the painter soon re

ness for dispensing patronage were among the failings of turned with the porter in his band, exclaiming, "What a the late Earl of Buchan, we are not disposed to deny; but misfortune! the wind carried away the tine foaming top as that he was capable of the heartless meanness of preying I crossed Titchfield Street.' They sat down together--the upon the exigencies of an unfriended artist, we cannot steak was tender, and done to a moment—the artist was believe. Though somewhat penurlous in his personal full of anecdote, and Burke often declared, that he pever habits, the Earl was a man of a warm heart, and frespent a happier evening in his life.

" Such is the story which has been often written and often quently did generous things of which the world knew repeated, and always with variations. Something like the nothing. scene thus disclosed to Mr Barke was exhibited, sotne time To Barry succeeds Blake-a poet-painter, whose enafterwards, to another eminent person, whose friendship

has thusiastic imagination taught him to believe that he bela enabled me to enrich my narrative with the following converse with the world of spirits, and who painted not graphic account: "I wish,' says Mr Southey, “I could tell you any thing were continually presenting themselves to him in his day

so much from existing nature, as from the shapes which I knew Barry, and høve been admitted into his den in his dreams. He was nevertheless one of the happiest of his warst (that is to say, his maddest) days, when he was em- race ; and, whether it be singular or not, this happiness played upon the Pandora. He wore at that time an old is mainly to be attributed to his wife, conceruing

whuin oszt of green baize; but from which time had taken all the we have the following interesting particulars :



ving and despondency, which are not unknown to the “When he was six-and-twenty years old, he married strongest intellects. She still lives to lament the loss of Katherine Boutcher, a young woman of humble connexions, Blake, and feel it." --the dark-eyed Kate of several of his lyric poems. She

Opie, the vivid painter of individual nature, Morland, lived near his father's house, and was noticed by Blake for the whiteness of her hand, the brightness of her eyes, and a wonderful for his skill of hand, and power of extracting slim and handsome shape, corresponding with his own no

the picturesque from the most familiar scenes,—Bird, tions of sylphs and naiads. As he was an original in all best known by bis productions entitled “Good News," things, it would have been out of character to fall in love The Choristers Rehearsing,” and “ The Will," and like an ordinary mortal. He was describing one evening in | Fuseli, the “ noblest Roman of them all," who had a company the pains he had suffered from some capricious reach of thought, and a poetic feeling, “ a comprehension lady or another, when Katherine Boutcher said, 1 pity for all that is great, and an imagination for all that is you from my heart.'-'Do you pity me?' said Blake; then I love you for that.' _And love you," said the lofty,” beyond any other painter whom this country ever frank-hearted lass; and so the courtship began. He tried possessed,—fill up the remainder of the volume, which how well she looked in a drawing, then how her charms

we heartily recommend to our readers, and for the great became verse ; and finding, moreover, that she had good entertainment derived from which we feel ourselves debt.* domestic qualities, he married her. They lived together ors to Mr Cunningham. long and happily.

. She seemed to have been created on purpose for Blake: she believed him to be the finest genius on earth; she be- Eldred of Erin. A Poem. By Charles Doyne Sillery lieved in his verse,- she believed in his designs; and to the Author of “ Vallery; or the Citadel of the Lake." wildest fight of his imagination she bowed the knee, and

Edinburgh. Constable & Co. 1830. 12mo. Pp. 97 was a worshipper. She set his house in good order, prepared his frugal meal, learned to think as he thought, and, This poem, which is in the Spenserian stanza, and ir indulging bim in his harmless absurdities, became, as it two Books, we have just read. We have not at presen were, bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh. She learned time to make any comments upon it, but shall presen -what a young and handsome woman is seldom apt to

our readers with an extract or two as specimens of th learn—to despise gaudy dresses, costly meals, pleasant companies, and agreeable invitations. She found out the way work. The following is Eldred's address to his harp: of being happy at home, living on the simplest of food, and contented in the homeliest of clothing. It was no ordinary

Thou, too, my Harp!-my purest joy on earth!

When the cold world weighs heavy on my heart, mind which could do all this, and she whom Blake emphatically called his beloved,' was no ordinary woman.

That ill can brook its melancholy mirth,

Thou my sweet solace, thou my comfort art; She wrought off in the press the impressions of his plates,

And canst such secret happiness impart, she coloured them with a light and neat hand,-made draw, ings much in the spirit of her husband's compositions, and

That I forget the cold world's scorn in thee; almost rivalled him in all things, save in the power which

Albeit my bosom keenly feels the smart

There is a balm in thy wild melody, he possessed of seeing visions of any individual, living or dead, wheneyer he chose to see them."

Which may be rude to man, but, ah ! is sweet to me! This excellent woman whose character partly reminds “ Yes, I have loved thee better than the worldus of Klopstock's Meeta—was true to him to the last, Such love brings sorrow even in her kissand, after a long life of mutual affection, we find her The crowd, whose souls in grovelling dust are furld, • soothing him on his death-bed :

Have blamed me-blamed me, Oh! unkind, for this

For loving thee, my infant spring of bliss !

My treasured harp !--Oh! if mankind but knew “ He had now reached his seventy-first year, and the What love thou wakest in my soul's abyss strength of nature was fast yielding. Yet he was to the For him-for all; he then might be more true · last cheerful and contented. ** I glory,' he said, ' in dying, To one whose pulse must throb, and cease to throb, wi and have no grief but in leaving you, Katherine; we have

you ! lived happy, and we have lived long; we have been ever together, but we shall be divided soon. Why should I fear " Thus, as he spoke with tear-brimm'd eyes, he raised death? nor do I fear it. I have endeavoured to live as Christ • His treasured harp'-the charmer of his youth; commands, and have sought to worship God truly in my That harp on which he fervently had praised own house, when I was not seen of men.' He grew weaker His dear Redeemer, with a heart, in sooth, and weaker-he could no longer sit upright; and was laid All love, all hope, all ecstasy, all ruth ! in his bed, with no one to watch over him save his wife, For aye he loved his Bible and his lyre; who, feeble and old herself, required help in such a touching That blessed book of poesy and truth; duty.

That harp which fillid his soul with heavenly fire« The Ancient of Days was such a favourite with Blake, But now in mournful strain he touched each trembly that three days before his death, he sat bolstered up in bed, wire;and tinted it with his choicest colours, and in his happiest style. He touched and retouched it-held it out at arm's length, and then threw it from him, exclaiming, “There !

« Where are the flowers of the wild-wood? that will do! I cannot mend it.' He saw his wife in tears

Faded and wither'd away! -she felt this was to be the last of his works— Stay, Kate,'

Where are the friends of my childhood ?cried Blake, keep just as you are-I will draw your por

Gone to their sleep in the clay! trait--for you have ever been an angel to me.'

She obeyed,

Ah! well may the sweet tear of sorrow and the dying artist made a fine likeness.

Flow forth from the depths of my heart;

I shall meet them no more on the morrow; “ The very joyfulness with which this singular man welcomed the coming of death, made his dying moments in

We lived and we loved, but to part tensely mournful. He lay chanting songs, and the verses

For ever! - Oh, Heaven ! for ever! and the music were both the offspring of the moment. He lamented that he could no longer commit these inspirations,

“ The pale moon may silver the fountain ; as he called them, to paper. Kate,' he said, I am a

The birds may come back to the lea; changing man-I always rose and wrote down my thoughts,

The sun still rise over the mountain ;

But they shall return to me whether it rained, snowed, or shone, and you arose too, and sat beside me- this can be no longer. He died on the 12th

Never -Oh, never ! of August 1828, without any visible pain; his wife, who


Oh! never !” sat watching him, did not perceive when he ceased breathing."

We are pleased with the following stanzas : The affection and fortitude of Mrs Blake, entitle her to

“ When silence slept upon the moonlit sea, much respect. “ She shared her husband's lot,” says Mr

And nature's breath and ocean's pulse stood still : Cunningham, “ without a murmur,set her heart solely When our lone vessel floated, tranquilly, upon his fame, and soothed him in those hours of misgi On the glass'd mirror of the waters chill ;



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And not a tree, nor vale, nor house, nor hill,

the cheap and popular form of monthly numbers. The All round the horizon met the straining view

portraits are all executed in the first style of art; and the The blank and bleak monotony to fillSave the far fields of boundless ocean blue,

accompanying memoirs are judiciously condensed from the Paved with the stars of heaven, that tremblingly shone best authorities. As a specimen, we have pleasure in through,

presenting our readers with the account that is given of

Drake, a name closely interwoven with many a feeling * Then would fond Fancy wing her fairy flight

that is dear to Englishmen:
Away! away! far o'er the sleeping foam,
Over those crystal buried worlds of light,
Back to her native mountains and her home

" Drake, who, it is said, was born in Tavistock in 1545, Ah me! thought I, how painful 'tis to roam

was a seaman from his cradle, and applied to his profession From all on earth we valued and held dear;

talents which might have rendered him eminent in any chaFrom the lov'd land where laughing eyes would come racter, with such undeviating perseverance that we never To charm us with their virtue-then the tear

find him for an instant in any other. In his early manGushd from my labouring heart, and fell-as it falls here. hood he became purser of a merchant ship trading to Spain, * Oh! it were bliss to be but in that land

and afterwards accompanied Sir John Hawkins to South

America, eminently distinguishing himself in the more gloWhere they are sleeping in the cold, cold clay; rious than fortunate exploits of that expedition. Drake Where once I wander'd, gaily, hand in hand,

lost in it the whole of that little which he had saved in his With those who lov'd me dearly many a day :

more humble employments, but he returned with a reputaThe friend of this frail throbbing bosom-yea,

tion which presently atıracted public attention, and with a The more than friend,- the faithful and the fair ; The parent too-Oh! all-all snatch'd away;

knowledge of the wealth, and an experience of the naval

warfare and resources of Spain in those parts, which enaWell may I weep my earnest, only prayer,

bled him to form the most promising plans for his future Is, that this heart were hush din slumber with them there."

prosperity. In 1573 he sailed from Plymouth, in a ship A song, which we find near the conclusion, is simple named the Pascha, accompanied by another in which he had and poetical :

performed his two former voyages, called the Swan, in

which he placed one of his brothers, John Drake. On « She died in beauty !-like a rose

board these vessels, which were of very moderate burden, Blown from its parent stem;

he had no more than seventy-three men and boys; yet with

this slender force he stormed the town of Nombre de Dios, in She died in beauty!-like a pearl Dropp'd from some diadem. ,

the Isthinus of Darien, and soon after seized that of Venta She died in beauty !-like a lay

Cruz, where he obtained a considerable booty; but the most Along a moonlit lake;

important result of these acquisitions was the interception She died in beauty!-like the song

of a convoy of plate, as it was the custom then to call it, Of birds amid the brake.

of such enormous bulk, that he abandoned the silver from She died in beauty!-like the snow

mere inability to convey it, and brought only the gold to his On flowers dissolved away;

ships. It is needless to say that he returned with immense She died in beauty !-like a star

wealth, and enriched beyond all the occasions of even splenLost on the brow of day.

did domestic life. Drake, in his last American voyage, had She lives in glory!-like Night's gems

formed an imperfect outline of the enterprise which after, Set round the silver moon;

wards immortalized his name. • He had descried,' says She lives in glory-like the sun

Camden, from some mountains, the South Sea. Hereupon Amid the blue of June !"

the man being inflamed with ambition of glory and hopes

of wealth, was so vehemently transported with desire to naWe shall probably offer a few remarks upon “ Eldred vigate that sea, that, falling down upon his knees, he imof Erin" ere long.

plored the Divine assistance, that he might at some time or other sail thither, and make a perfect discovery of the same;

and hereunto he bound, himself with a vow. From that A Letter to his Grace the Duke of Wellington, &c. &c. &c. time forward, his mind was pricked continually to perform

On the Currency. By James Taylor, of Bakewell. that vow.' He now besought and obtained the aid and London. John-Taylor. 1830. 8vo. Pp. 79. countenance of Queen Elizabeth to his project for a voyage

thither; an undertaking to which no Englishman had ever, THERE are two classes of men who are always most yet aspired. In 1577 he sailed from Plymouth, carefully forward in speaking their minds on the economical ar-concealing from his comrades of all ranks the course that he rangements of the nation; and between whom, on ac- intended to take, and entering the Straits of Magellan, where, count of the mischief they do, by circulating partial and a terrible storm separating him from the other ships, he proincorrect views, it would be difficult to settle the point of ceeded alone. On quitting the Straits, he sailed, still moprecedency. The first consists of men who are deep read lested by tempest, to the coast of Chili and Peru, attacking in systematic works of political economy, but who have and, having obtained immense spoil, prepared to return to

the Spanish settlements, which were wholly defenceless; no practical experience of life, and are continually expo- England. Apprehensive, however, of the vengeance of the sing the most just and philosophical principles to ridicule, Spaniards, among whom the alarm was now fully spread, by insisting upon applying them to the regulation of cir- he determined to avoid the track by which he had entered cumstances with which they have not the most remote the Pacific Ocean; and, returning to England by the Cape connexion. The second consists of men, who, acute

of Good Hope, landed at Plymouth, on the 3d of Novemenough within the sphere of their own limited dealings, of circumnavigating the whole of the known world had ever

ber, 1580, the first of his countrymen by whom the honour conceive their narrow experience sufficient to enable them been enjoyed. His arrival in London was bailed by the to teach bow all the exigencies of a mighty nation should multitude with the utmost extravagance of approbation, and be met. Of this latter class is Mr James Taylor. Those Queen Elizabeth visited him on board his ship at Depttord, who undertake to guide and enlighten public opinion may partook of a splendid banquet which he had provided, and find his pamphlet of use, as an indication of the wishes of conferred on him the honour of knighthood, commanding, a considerable portion of the community, and as contain among many other compliments of the most flattering naing, in a tangible form, some of the most prevalent misap- ture, that the vessel in which he had achieved the voyage prehensions on the subjects it discusses. Beyond this, we merit, and of the glory of her realm. These testimonies of

should be carefully preserved, as a precious memorial of his cannot well see what purpose its publication can serve. approbation produced in Drake their usual effect ou gene

rous and active minds, an ardent desire to signalize himself Lodge's Portraits and Memoirs of the Most Illustrious by further exploits. The rank, however, to which his fame Personages of British History. London. Harding and his immense wealth had now raised him in society, for

bade the further prosecution of that order of enterprise from and Lepard. 1830.

which he had derived them; and some years elapsed before Wx formerly took occasion to allude to this work in Elizabeth's determination to commence offensive

hostilities terms of much commendation. It is now publishing in against Spain enabled her to call his powers into action in

her immediate service. At length, in the ever-memorable stage representations immoral, but is strongly inclined to service which terminated in the destruction of the · Invin- believe, that every sober citizen whom one may see in the cible Armada,' Drake, whom Elizabeth bad appointed vicepit, or respectable mother of a family whom one may beadmiral under Lord Howard of Effingham, had the chief hold in the boxes, will be consigned to devouring flames share. His sagacity, his activity, and his undaunted courage, were equally conspicuous in the series of mighty ac

through the whole course of eternity. As for the pertions which composed it; and the terrible vengeance expe

formers themselves, they are irretrievably damnned ; and rienced by the dispersed and flying Armada was inflicted the backney-coachmen who convey parties to the theatre, principally by his division of the fleet. Don Pedro de Val have no more chance of salvation, than if they were so des, a Spanish admiral, by whom the enterprise had been many Beelzebubs. Dramatic critics have just as little planned, deemed it an honour to have surrendered to him, hope ; and a whole convocation of bishops could not and was long entertained by him with a generc is hospitality, which proved that Drake was as well vei ved in the keep writers of plays one hour out of the bottomless pit. chivalrous courtesies as in the essentials of war.

With a person who entertains such sentiments, it is hope “ In 1587, Drake undertook, at his own expense, to bring less to argue. Wrapped up in the hairy mantle of selfto the town of Plymouth, which he represented in Parlia- righteousness, he looks, half in pity and half in scorn, ment, a supply of spring water, of which necessary article the rest of the world ; and though he richly deserves as it suffered a great deficiency. This he accomplished, by hour or two of the gridiron for his presumption, we think means of a canal or aqueduct, above twenty miles in length. it better merely to acknowledge that we are aware of his It has been erroneously asserted, that Sir Francis Drake existenee, and then to pass him by with the calm supedied a bachelor. He inarried, probably in his middle age, Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Sir George Sydenham, of riority of silence. Combe Sydenham, in Devonshire, who survived him, and re-married to William Courtenay, of Powderham Castle, in the same county. He left, however, no issue; and his The Glasgow Medical urnal Conducted, by Andrer brother Thomas became his heir, and was succeeded by his Buchanan, M. D., &c., and William Weir M.D., & eldest son Francis, who was created a baronet in 1622, and February, 1830. Glasgow. R. Griffin and Co. is at present represented by his lineal descendant, Sir Fran. cis Henry Drake, of Buckland Monachorum, in the county

We are not particularly well acquainted with the hisof Devon.”

tory of this periodical. It is well known, that the phyWe can conceive few more valuable additions either to

sicians of our own city, proud of the well-merited repupublic or private libraries than this truly excellent and

tation for medical science which Edinburgh has long ennational work.

joyed, affect to consider themselves a sort of professional aristocracy. In particular, they profess no great respect

for the skill of their brethren in the Western metropolis; The Drama brought to the Test of Scripture, and found and this may be one reason why the Glasgow Medical

Wanting. Edinburgh. William Oliphant. 1830. Journal is so little known amongst us. Judging by wbat 12mo. Pp. 131.

we have seen of it, however, we have no hesitation in

saying that it deserves an extensive circulation. There In spite of all the odium which bigots have attempted is much useful information contained in the present Namto cast upon it, the stage is, in every civilized country, a ber. The best article is a very able paper by the Editor, great moral engine. It has, indeed, its defects and its

Dr A. Buchanan, on “ Erysipelas, and the Diseases refaults,—but ought the art of printing to be discouraged, sembling it,” in which our eminent townsman, Dr Jobs because the press may occasionally disseminate falsehood Thomson, is somewhat roughly handled; but though the and error ?-ought the pulpit to be pulled down, because

essay is pretty highly spiced with odium medicum, it init is sometimes taken possession of by the hypocritical and dicates a degree of talent and medical knowledge highly the depraved ? It is through the medium of our external creditable to the author, and auguring well for the Joursenses that the mind is, in general, most powerfully af- nal, of which he has, we believe, only recently become the fected ; and hence the


pomp and circumstance,” | Editor. the glitter and the show, of a theatre, are to the great majority of the audience a thousand times better concomitants to the lessons of fortitude, integrity, or patriotism, The History of Dunbar, from the Earliest Records to the which the poet may inculcate, than the bare walls and Present Period; with a Description of the Ancient Casuninterrupted solitude of one's own closet. It is upon lles and Picturesque Scenery on the Borders of East this principle that the more sensible portion of the Ro Lothian. By James Miller, Author of " St Baldred man Catholics countenance that multiplicity of ritual ob

of the Bass." Dunbar, William Miller, 1830. servances and empty ceremonies with which their reli 8vo. Pp. 292. gion is loaded. Abstract excellence pure and unadorned Though, of course, more of local than of general invirtue, is of too spiritual an essence to attract the regard, terest, this is a work indicative of considerable research and fix the attention, of the multitude. The wholesome and ability. It is divided into four Parts. Part fost draught must be crowned with flowers and seasoned with contains the “ Military Annals” of Dunbar, and its adsweets, else the goblet will be sent away untasted. joining castle, including the history of the twelve Earls

It is also worth observing, that the stage invariably of Dunbar, and a brief summary of Scottish affairs, in as follows, and never attempts to precede, public opinion. It far as they had any reference to Dunbar, from the earliest does not, therefore, so much guide, as it is guided by, the down to the present times. This summary is well writmoral character of the people at large. Before the Re- ten, and appears to be accurate in all respects, except in formation, the theatre varied little from the cathedral for the view it gives of the character of Queen Mary, which within the walls of each the rites and mysteries of Ca seems to us in the highest degree erroneous and unjust. tholicism almost equally prevailed. In the dissolute and Part second contains the Ecclesiastical Andals of Dunprofane days of Charles the Second, the stage, carried bar ;-Part third, its civil and domestic history; and Part away by the current, was obliged to admit the ascendancy fourth, an account of its ancient castles and picturesque of such men as Vanburgh and Congreve. In later times, scenery. Works of this kind often furnish materials for as the national manners improved, the stage bas assumed the more general historian, and, at all events, have a tena purer and a higher tone, for the authors who write dency to give to certain portions of their natiye land an must invariably adapt themselves to the audiences who additional value in the eyes of the inhabitants. judge. This being the case, he who attempts to convict | Miller has executed his task in a manner that reflects the stage of immorality, pronounces a libel against his credit upon himself, and which cannot fail to make his fellow-countrymen.

name respected and esteemed throughout all East LoThe author of the book before us not only declares all thian,


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MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. of verbs, for example, may be better understood, they are all fully conjugated; and the genitives, not only of nouns, SKETCHES FROM THE PORTFOLIO OF A but of all irregular adjectives, are given. The English

TRAVELLER. and Latin comes first, and then the Latin and English.

SOCIETY AT ALGIERS THE STORY OF THE SISTER JEWESSES. The whole is printed in a beautiful and distinct small type, and the form of the volume is unusually portable The society at Algiers was, at the time I am writing and convenient. We know of no Latin Dictionary of the of, a very pleasant one. We had the British, the Swedish, same useful dimensions, or more deserving of coming into the Danish, the Spanish, and the French Consuls, all of immediate and general use.

whom had their families and followers with them, so that we could very well muster a party of sixty or seventy persons; and I envy not him who would pant for a more

extended range. We lived together almost as one family, Memoirs of the Tower of London ; comprising Historical the younger branches of which called one another fami

and Descriptive Accounts of that National Fortress and liarly by their surnames ; and all were united in harmony Palace. By John Britton and E. M. Brayley, Fel- and good fellowship. But human nature is the same Jows of the Society of Antiquaries. Embellished with everywhere ; and although none of the evil passions exa series of Engravings on Wood, by Branston and isted (or, at least, did not discover themselves) in our lit. Wright. London. Hurst, Chance, and Co. 1830.

tle community, there was certainly some little rivalship Bro. Pp. 374.

among the Consuls, and some little jealousy between their

families ; but this never extended far, or lasted long. Tuis is an elegant and instructive volume. There is

There was a Jewish family at Algiers in my day of the no edifice in the kingdom whose antiquities are more de- name of Bensamnon, who, though they did not mingle in serving of attention than those of the Tower of London, our society, were yet well known, and in whose house I and in the able hands of Messrs Britton and Brayley they have frequently been. This family consisted of a very are invested with a powerful historical interest. The venerable old man, who had acted at one time as British woodcuts by Branston and Wright are of a very superior Vice-Consul with probity and honour, his wife, a son, kind, and the work altogether is a valuable addition to and two daughters-Luna and Haneena. The father and our literature.

the son had both been in England, spoke the language well, and dressed in the European fashion ; the females spoke nothing but Arabic and Hebrew.

Soon after my The Literary Blue Book ; or, Calendar of Literature, arrival, I was introduced to this family. I made my first

Science, and Art, for 1830. London. Marsh and visit in company with my cousin, Mrs E. Delville. Miller. 12mo. Pp. 200.

When we entered, we found the poor old man confined

to a sick bed, from which he never afterwards rose. H6 This little volume, which is very handsomely got up, made us very welcome, however, and ordered refresh. contains a number of lists connected with Literature, ments. They were brought in by his daughters, and two Science, and the Arts. Among these are lists of living beings of such dazzling beauty I have never beheld. They authors, artists, musical composers and teachers, teachers

were twins, and bore a strong resemblance to each other, of languages, public galleries of art, chronological list of their names signifying respectively the sun and the moon. eminent persons, periodical publications, principal per- Luna, however, had most of the sun in her disposition formers at the theatres, lists of the universities, public and temperament, and should have changed names with schools, literary and scientific institutions, &c. So far her sister. If I looked with breathless admiration upon as they go, these lists are interesting and accurate, but them, they seemed to look upon me also—a stranger and they are limited, for the most part, to London,

a Christian-with no little interest. Their father, how. ever, observing this, spoke a few words to them, which

set both them and himself a-laughing, and they presently The Duty of considering the Erample of departed Good busied themselves in serving the refreshments. These

Men: a Sermon, occasioned by the Death of the late consisted of the choicest fruits, conserves, and sweetmeats, Right Rev. Daniel Sandford, D.D., Bishop in the with the richest liqueurs, all on gold and silver plate, Scottish Episcopal Church. Preached in si John's which the old man had contrived still to retain, although Episcopal Chapel

, Edinburgh, January 24, 1830. By he had frequently shared the common fate ot' his brethren, the Rev. Edward B. Ramsay, B. A., &c. Edinburgh. in being plundered by the government. During the reWaugh and Innes. 1830.

past, at which Luna was more active in her attendance This is a tribute offered to the memory of a late highly than her sister, I had ample opportunity of admiring the

contour of her exquisitely rich and voluptuous person, esteemed pastor, and truly excellent man.

It is a me

which her occupation and her dress fully disclosed. morial of affection which was due to him, and wbich is worthy of the classical pen and refined taste of the Rev. Luna's countenance, which was different in expression

It was not for some time that I could comprehend Mr Ramsay

from any other I had before, or have ever since seen : it was beautiful, exquisitely beautiful-combining great sweetness with a soft and luxurious expression, which

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