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is unquestionably capable of being greatly improved; and to estates of a certain value, are unjustifiable restrictions those individuals who would employ talents and industry upon one or other of the two classes into which the comfor this purpose, would entitle themselves to the gratitude munity is thus arbitrarily distinguished. Less hardship of their country and of their species. Such efforts shall will result from a sudden change, after which affairs will ever command our praise. But those schemes which proceed in their usual course, than by a lingering transwould rashly overturn our existing valuable institutions, mutation. To prefer the latter, is to seek with desire without offering us in exchange any thing better than ill- the prolongation of a fever paroxysm. Our old proverb digested, impracticable, and therefore useless systems, we holds good eren here—“ Better a finger off, than are must always discountenance; and among such, notwith- wagging." standing the eloquence and wit of the ingenious author, we fear we must class the scheme recommended by Dr Biber in these Lectures on Christian Education.

The Excilement ; or, a Book to induce Boys to Read.

Edinburgh. Waugh and Innes. 1830. 12mo. Pp.

413. Considerations on Remedial Measures for removing or mitigating the Erils arising from the Law of Èntail in As Dandie Dinmont enticed his terriers with the fouScotland; in a Letter to Thomas F. Kennedy, Esq. marts, so the editor of this work proposes to entice boys M. P. By Patrick Irvine, Esq. W'.S. 8vo. Pp. 90. with accounts of lion and tiger hunts, boa-constrictors, Edinburgh : Thomas Clark.

whales, elephants, shipwrecks, and sharks. “ The object

of this volume,” says Mr Innes, in his preface, " is to furThis pamphlet contains many valuable suggestions re- nish the youthful reader with an account of those striking specting the difficult question of which it treats. Any

appearances of nature, and signal preservations, the descripdoubt as to the necessity of an alteration in the system of tion of which is generally listened to, by boys particularly, Scotch entails, was silenced by the result of the examina- with the greatest attention; and also with narratives of tions before the Committee of the House of Commons. such striking incidents as are fitted to rouse the most It had been previously acknowledged that entails were slothful mind.” The idea is a happy one ; and, as was introduced into Scotland at an alarming period, in order

to be expected from the amiable editor's sound judgment to secure the independence of the Scottish aristocracy, and excellent feeling of the proper mode of communicathreatened as it was by the measures of an arbitrary and ting instruction to youth, it is no less happily executed. profligate government. It was likewise acknowledged, The articles introduced are all such as boys will devour that the time had long passed when any such fence was greedily, and we have no doubt that they will amply jusnecessary. In addition to this, the investigations of the tify the name given to the volume, by the preference they committee to which we have alluded established, that the will be inclined to bestow upon it above many others existence of entails was most detrimental to the commer- usually put into their hands. The contents are, for the cial stability, and to the economical interests, of the coun

most part, selected from different voyages and travels ; try. It was further established, that in England a much but a few original communications have been also added, milder system of entails had been found adequate to the and from these, by way of specimen, we select the followpreservation of the high spirit of the aristocracy; to ing anecdotes, illustrative of which beneficial operation the defenders of entails have latterly limited their assertions of their efficacy. It was

TIE VORACITY OF THE SIIARK. even broadly declared by many gentlemen who had en “ During the late war in 1800 or 1801, I was on the Ja. joyed ample opportunities of observation, that our entail-maica station. A Danish vessel was detained, and sent in ing laws threatened rather to exert a demoralizing influ- for adjudication to Kingston, by one of his Majesty's cruience on our Scottish gentry, from the difficulties in which sers, under suspicion of her cargo being enemy's property, they involved them. Finally, these laws were admitted to the island of St Thomas, the latter island belonging to Den

as she was laden with coffee from St Domingo, bound to be a fertile and vexatious source of litigation. There could mark, with whom Great Britain was not at war, the forbe only one way of dealing with an institution, denounced mer at that time belonging to the French. On examining by the concurrent voice of the country as anomalous and her papers, Danish bills of lading were produced, to show dangerous—its abrogation. The only question that re the cargo was neutral property, and there was no demur remained, was the best method of setting about it. - Various specting the vessel being a Dane; however, the doubts being plans have been suggested, the merits of which are discussed strong as to the cargo, she was detained.' I beg leave here

to remark, I have understood that no other vessel was in by Mr Irvine, in a manner displaying at once much natural company, or in sight, but the two individual vessels at the sagacity, and an extensive acquaintance with the subject. time the capture occurred. If we had any voice in the matter, it should be given for “ Some short time after this, a tender, belonging to his that mode of procedure which is most brief and speedy in Majesty's ship Abergavenny, which ship was stationary in its operation. All innovations ought to be carefully Port Royal, was cruising off St Domingo, and caught a weighed, deliberated upon, resolved and re-resolved before shark. The general practice, from the known voracity of hand; but once they have been decreed, then the shortest the animal, is to examine the maw, or contents of the sto

mach. Mr Haycock, afterwards Lieut. Haycock, R. N., way of giving them effect is always the best. They are

was master's mate in the tender, and opened the stomach, attended with pain and inconvenience, in whatever way when, to his astonishment, a pocket-book, with other subwe set about them; and every thing that tends to pro- stances, appeared. From the short period it had reisained, long the transition from one state to another, but adds to but little injury was done to the papers contained in the the annoyance.

This holds true more especially in legal book; with care and drying them, they became perfectly enactments; all kinds of compromise between principle intelligible, and proved to be a set of French bills of lading, and expediency, all half measures and temporary arrange. appertaining to a cargo shipped to St Thomas's, on account ments, serve but to increase the uncertainty which is in and risk of French subjects in St Domingo. The tender some degree inseparable from every extensive system of tents to the admiral, when it was found the bills of lading

returned to port, and delivered the pocket-book and its conlaw. In one word, if entails are to be abrogated, away were the identical papers relative to the cargo of the Danish with them at once. The arrangements between existing vessel detained some days previous; and on the trial for heirs of entail may be made with comparative ease : to the condemnation of her cargo in the Admiralty Court at speak of the claims of those who are yet unborn-of the Kingston, these bills taken out of the shark were produced vested rights of possible contingencies, is a solemn farce. to prove that the cargo was enemy's property; and the ves.

sel was condemned accordingly, and made prize to the capAll arrangements for gradually disentailing estates are only of use to produce lawsuits ;-all arrangements for

“ I have only to observe, in relating this singular cvent, maintaining existing entails, while no new ones are allow- which led to the condemnation of a valuable cargo, that the od to be made, or for restricting the power of entailing officer ahore-mentioned, who cut the pocket-book out of the

tors.

ment.

shark, is I believe still alive, residing in Cork, and that Admiral Sir D. M., I think, was on the station at the The Last of the Plantagenets ; an Historical Narrative; time, in command of the La Seine frigate, and that he may illustrating some of the Public Events, and Dome' stic and have seen the jaws of the shark, which were preserved, and Ecclesiastical Manners, of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth put up at the Admiral's peon, with the circumstances nar Centuries. Second Edition. London. Smith, Elder, rated.

and Co. 1829. 8vo. Pp. 408. “ I avail myself of this opportunity of mentioning another instance of voracity of the shark, which came under This is a work addressing itself fully mor á to the lover my own observation in 1814, when in command of the ship of antiquarian research than the mere hunt er after exciteLucy and Maria, engaged by the Hon. East India Com

The story advances with a tranquill and leisurely pany to convey his Majesty's 72d regiment from Calcutta pace-delighting to linger upon minute portraits of the io the Cape of Good Hope. On the passage, during a calın, one of the privates was sitting in a port of the lower tiresides of Old England, its solemn festivals of church gun-deck, eating peas-soup out ot" an English quart tin and state, the gorgeous panoply and aring deeds of its pot; and, by carelessness, let the pot, with a portion of the warriors. It is not meant for the pe rusal of such as are soap, fall from his hand overboard; almost immediately after excited only by strong passion and marvellous incident. this, it was intimated to me a large shark was caught by the And yet there is an interest in the tale of no common order. hook; a rope was got over his body, and he was hauled on deck. As he was considered a very large one, most of the the retirement of a monastery, wr s bronght to his father's

The story is of a son of Richard III. who, educated in officers (sixteen in number) of the regiment, with myself, attended to examine the contents of the stomach, and, to

tent the night before the battle of Bosworth-field. Had our surprise, the tin pot entire, which the man had dropt the fortune of the fight been gr nd, he was to have been overboard, was taken from the shark. Major-General acknowledged the heir of the kingdom ; but all his proMonckton, who commanded the regiment, was present; spects were stricken down wit ;h the king his father. The Captain Moses Campbell, now on the retired list, and young Plantagenet was foun' I on the field, senseless, but Lieut. Gowan, on the recruiting-service, at present at Glas still alive, by a Jew, who cárried him to his home, with gow, were likewise witnesses to the circumstance. “ I have to remark, on this event, from the greasy ap

an intention of glutting his vengeance by the slaughter of pearance of the tin pot by soup being in it, the shark must

a child of his persecutor , but was brought to better

Richard Planhave taken it for animal substance, (beef or pork,) as pork thoughts by the interpositi on of his wife. was boiled in the soup. I met Captain Moses Campbell in tagenet abode with this couple till he was discovered the Highlands last summer, when he brought to my recol- weeping at his father?; grave by an old servant of that lection the tin pot and shark story, adding, he had narrated monarch. He was drio med to be scared from this retreat the circumstance, but was afraid it was often doubted."— likewise by the wake fu I care of Henry, who summoned P. 381-7.

his new guardian to court, on suspicion that some inWe consider parents as lying under an obligation to Mr trigues were carrying on among the Yorkists.

He was Innes, for putting in their way so useful and handsome a then transferred to the charge of his father's king-at-arms, rolume at this present-giving season of the year. who lived in retiremei it, exercising the profession of an

illuminator of missals. On the rising of the friends of the

house of York under Perkin Warbeck, he was intrusted Sacred History, in the Form of Letters, addressed to the to the care of Lord Lo- vel, one of their leaders. The party Pupils of the Edinburgh Sessional School.

were routed before he could join them. After undergoluthor of the Account of that Institution, &c. Parting various adventures he escaped into France, where he 1. Comprising the Period from the Creation to the took military service, and passed afterwards into the Death of Moses. Edinburgh. John Wardlaw. 12mo. troops of Burgundy, 1 shere he won the notice and favour

of the Duchess. She nominated him on her death-bed her

messenger to carry soi ne bequests to her relations in EngThe well-known talents of Mr Wood, as an instructor land. While engaged in discharging this mission, he saw of youth, cannot fail to secure the success of any educa- and loved his fair cov sin, the youngest daughter of Edo tional work which emanates from him. In the task ward IV. His ungi warded pursuit of her exposed him to which he has now undertaken, we think he has made a discovery; he fell into ) the hands of Henry, who doomed most happy selection of a subject, and is likely to produce him to perpetual imprisonment. He escaped, and sailed, a book which will ultimately be found on the shelves of as England could aff ord him no shelter, on a voyage of every youthful library, beside the “ Tales of a Grandfa- discovery; on his ret arn from which, he retired, induced ther."' “ Notwithstanding the vast number of 'Libra- by the eloquent serm on of a monk, into a monastery. He' ries,'” says Mr Wood, “ with which the present age was called, in the dis charge of his ecclesiastical duties, to abounds, a Sunday Library for Youth' seems still to administer the last consolations of religion to the head of be a desideratur. There is, indeed, no lack of books, a religious house, in whom he discovered the beloved of nor of religious books, that have been written expressly his youth, and received from her dying words the first for the young ; but many of these, including a very large impressions of the reformed faith. On the destruction proportion of religious Tales or Romances, the judicious of the religious houses by Henry VIII., he supported parent and guardian feel themselves under the necessity himself by his skill as an architect, until discovered by of rejecting. If the present humble attempt shall be Sir Thomas Moyle, wlose benevolence enabled bim to more successful in this quarter, it will be indebted for spend his old age in rerpose. In the retirement thus afthat success to the deeply interesting nature of its sub forded him he composed his history, for the amusement ject.” It is not, however, to the subject alone, that Mr and editication of the family of his benefactor. Wood will be indebted for his success. He will owe it Many of the characters introduced are drawn with still more to the beautifully simple and lucid manner in great truth and felicity; in particular, the gentle ladywhich he has brought before the youthful mind the events bride, the stout King Richard, the vacillating De Mountof Sacred History. Mr Wood's style is clear, manly, ford, the fierce and dissolute Bernard Schalken. There impressive, solemn, and unmethodistical.

There is no is also much graphic power in the narrative of some of mawkish whining in his book, but a great deal of good the incidents. We could have wished that the author sense, valuable inforination, and sound religion. We sin- had omitted the few antiquated words with which he cerely wish it the most extensive circulation possible, to has occasionally interspersed his pages, as they only conthe utter exclusion and oblivion of that baleful quantity trast disagreeably with the otherwise entirely modern of maudlin trash so frequently introduced into religious structure of his sentences. circles with good intentions, but calculated only to produce the most emasculating effects on the intellect of man, woman, and child.

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A P, -actical Formulary of the Parisian Hospitals, exhi- ving sung of the Nativity in a strain which the most or

bitir. g the Prescriptions employed by the Physicians and thodox high-churchman (Laud himself, or, higher still, Surg, sons of those Establishments, gre. g c. By F. S.

his amiable historian, John Parker Lawson,) might envy. Ratier, M.D. Translated from the Third Edition of Jesting apart, however, Milton's Ode “ on the Mornthe Fre uch, with Notes and Illustrations. By R. D. ing of Christ's Nativity," and some other of his minor MʻLellai \, M.D. Edinburgh. R. Buchanan. 1830. pieces, composed about the same period, are worthy of 12mo. l’p. 280.

more attention than has hitherto been paid to them, as

affording an interesting picture of the earliest attempts of THE young

er part of the medical profession in this his mighty miud to embody its workings in distinct country are in debted to Dr M‘Lellan for putting into imagery, and clothe them in words--a process not un. their hands a ca refully executed translation of this very aptly shadowed out under the picture he afterwards drew useful and practical work, exhibiting a correct view of of the lion at the moment of his creation,the state of media al practice in Paris. The volume is also calculated to make the youthful members of the pro

now half appear' fession acquainted u ith many new modes of combining The tawny lion, pawing to get free and applying remedi es, and with the results to which

His binder parts." these modes have in ge peral led. To those students who have the prospect of atter uding the medical schools of Paris

We find, in these earlier productions of Milton, the we would especially reco) vinend the work ; for they will same felicity and copiousness of classical allusion that aefind the information it ati jards regarding the hospitals and companied him to the last ; only it is not here husbanded clinical courses of the greatest utility. Dr M'Lellan has and skilfully applied, but poured out with the profusion added a considerable number of Notes of his own, which of one who has far more than he can tell how to make indicate an extensive and highly creditable acquaintance

use of. The majestic phantoms of old times crowd so with his profession.

upon his fancy, that he can scarcely name the first, before a second has already stepped into its place. He runs over

a catalogue of their names, as if every reader could, from Stories of Popular Voyages a wall Travels, with Illustra- his own stores, hang clusters of associations around them,

tions. Travels in Turkey. i London. Hurst, Chance, as full and rich as his own. We can often trace in them and Co. 1830. Pp. 279.

anticipations of sublimity, to the full conception of which We had occasion, some time ago, to speak very favour

his mind was not yet adequate, giving to his verses a con

strained and laboured character. Thusably of a previous volume of this work, containing Stories taken from Popular Travels in South America. We can “ My sorrows are too dark for day to know : speak equally well of that now before us. It confines itself The leaves should all be black whereon I write, to the consideration of European Turkey, and contains, And letters, where my tears have wash'd, a wannish among many other things, a sket ch of the History and

white." Geography of the Empire, togeth ter with an account of the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants of Constan

Even his language and versification is not what it aftertinople, with a description of that interesting City. The

wards became. In the poems of which we are now speakwhole is founded upon the narratives of Macfarlane, ing, he approaches more nearly than he subsequently did Madden, Walsh, Frankland, Andr eossy, and other recent to the poets of the Elizabethan age. There is sometimes travellers. The work is very ha ndsomely printed, and

a forced elevation of verse, contrasting strongly with a poembellished with several fine illust rations.

verty of language, that reminds us of Marlow. The melody of the following passage in the Ode on * The Pas

sion," is Spenser all over : The Edinburgh Memorandum-Boc vh; or General, Com “ For now to sorrow must I tune my song,

mercial, and Juridical Remembran cer and Scottish Diary And set my harp to notes of saddest woe, for 1830. Edinburgh. John Anderson, jun. ; and Which on our dearest Lord did seize ere long, William Hunter. 12ino. Pp. 156.

Dangers, and snares, and wrongs, and worse than so, This is as good a work of the ki hd as could be wished.

Which he for us did freely undergo." The lists are full and satisfactory, i ind the whole is got up He resembles these old poets, too, in the startling unconwith much neatness, and all due attention to the conve cern with which he passes from the loftiest to the most nience of the reader.

commonplace language and imagery. Thus

“ With such a horrid clang, MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE.

As on Mount Sinai rang,

While the red fire and smouldering clouds outbrake,

The aged earth aghast,
MILTON AND HIS CHRISTMAS ODE.

With horror of the blast,
If there is any favour of Providence for which a man

Shall from the surface to the centre shake ; ought to be supremely thankful, 'it is for being born in

When, at the world's last session, the winter time. Encountering storms and show from

The dreadful Judge, in middle air, shall spread his our birth, is like plunging into a cold bath the moment

throne." we get out of bed—it braces us for all that is to come.

And again, Fate owed some such strengthening medicine to Milton, “ That glorious form, that light insufferable, for the darkness and evil tongues which were to come And that far beaming blaze of majesty, down on his latter days. Accordingly, we find that he Wherewith he wont at Heaven's high council-table was born on the 21st of December, (the 9th O. S.)-as To sit," &c. &c. wintry a time as a reasonable man could well desire. It must have been some of those undefinable sympathies, Yet even in these poems, he bursts occasionally into that which so often direct the thoughts and actions of men,

lofty and sustained harmony of versification which be afsome yearning after that kind of weather to which he terwards carried to such perfection. Thus the opening was first inured, that led him to dwell so often upon win of the Ode on the Nativity, ter landscapes-dull, cheerless things, from which the “ This is the month, and this the bappy moral, herd of mankind turn away shivering. And nothing Wherein the Son of Heaven's eternal King, short of such a link can account for the stern puritan ha Of wedded maid and virgin mother born,” &c.

Occasionally, too, we find passages, which, for deep-felt liar an intercourse, he had become exceedingly like one and delicate beauty, are not surpassed in any of his works. of themselves. - His dress was that of a jockey, and Of this kind is the beautiful image of Peace

his language that of a stable-boy. If at any time he “ She, crown'd with olive green, came softly sliding

was compelled to listen to state matters, he invariably Down through the burning sphere,

interrupted his ministers with a Brr, brr," or, " Come With turtle wing the amorous clouds dividing.

up, my little man," or some such elegant phrase. The

courtiers under this king were exactly what they are The effect of the divine afflatus on the priest at Delphos everywhere else the imitators of their superiors; and is likewise finely conceived

the halls of the palace resounded, therefore, with the “No mighty trance, or breathed spell,

noise of their heavy boots and clanking spurs. Even the Inspired the pale-eyed priest.

most gallant among the young nobles, in place of chapeaux

bras, carried long whips in their hands, which they crackAnd the attitude of kings awaiting Christ's advent

ed in the ladies' ears, instead of whispering soft nothings “ The kings sat still with awful eye,

into them. Rude and unpolished as they were, they never As if they surely knew their sovereign Lord was by.'s condescended to speak, as people of cultivated minds als

ways do, of plays, balls, love, dress, and such important What seems to us most peculiarly striking in these

matters; but, from morning to evening, their horses afpoems, and most prophetic of Milton's future character, forded an unchanging theme. is their unimpassioned tone. The only things that seem It is said that courts are the paradise of women, but to excite him are beauty, harmony, and moral enthusiasm. this certainly was not the case in the court to which we We can trace nowhere, that thrilling of the nerves and allude. The ladies enjoyed neither flattery nor amuserush of blood which makes, in most men, the time of ments of any kind; and the poor queen, in particular, life he had then attained, one delicious dream of passion. and her two beautiful daughters, were really to be pitied.

Torning from the contemplation of these untimely They had nothing better to do than to yawn away their blossoms, to the works upon which Milton's fame rests, time in their gilded chambers, or to sit at the windows, we are struck with the isolated character of his genius. and fret themselves to death at the eternal exercising the Ile stands in the line of our land's poets, among them, king held of his beloved quadrupeds right in front of the but not of them. His high tinish has nothing in com

palace. At length they represented the irksomeness of mon with the gorgeous rusticity of his predecessors, and

their case to the monarch, in terms so touching, that at as little sympathy is there between his rapt and lofty | their united and earnest entreaties, he consented to give musings, and the strong common sense and courtly polish

a ball, fixing, of course, upon one of the days usually set of the wits who came after him. There is nothing na

apart for the bleeding and doctoring of the horses. tional in his thoughts or feelings. He is more at home,

The night of the ball came, but what was the surprise of and finds more kindred souls, in Athens, Rome, and on

the ladies, who were all assembled in full dress, to see the the mountains of Judah, than in merry England. His courtiers enter the ball-room-not in dancing shoes and very language is foreign. His words are half Latin- gold-clocked silk stockings, as they ought—but in their comhis constructions have a classical denseness and compact mon riding apparel. Ilis Majesty, however, occasioned ness. There is a harmony in his blank verse, that we them still greater surprise, when he declared, in the most would seek in vain in any other English poet. His poetry condescending manner, that, booted and spurred as he was, has no human passion. Its tone is calm and equable. he intended to open the ball with a dance entirely of his own There is in it an exquisite feeling of the beauties of na

invention. The reader already anticipates, that the royal ture and art-a relish for harmony-a love of all that is breaker of horses could not have invented any other dance god—a power of sympathising with all that is great, but the Galopade, now so much renowned. Ilis Majesty but there is little or no sympathy with individual man.

led out the lady highest in rank, and, arranging the other The perusal of Milton is like the performance of an act couples in a large ring, he seized his partner round the of devotion. The world, its cares and joys, grow dim; waist, and then bounded forward with his astonished fair we feel our minds expanded, and a sublime harmony dif

one in a wild and thundering gallop round the circle. fused through all our thoughts. We are no longer at the The rest followed this obstreperous pair in the same manmercy of every chance emotion, but are become images of

ner, his Majesty directing with his whip the movements the sustained and majestic progress of the universe. of the bipeds, who were making themselves as like qua

drupeds as possible. A few matronly ladies, and some

elderly barons, who were not quite rapid enough in their THE TRUE ORIGIN OF THE GALOPADE.

motions to please this extraordinary director of the cereTranslated from the German of Langbein, by one of the monies, were honoured with some pretty sharp hints from Authoresses of the Odd Volume,”

" Tales and Le his rod of correction. His Majesty was in high spirits, gends," &c.

springing forward at an amazing rate,-jumping, whirl

ing, and tossing his partner from his right to his left arm, A Few leaves of the Chronicles of a country, the situa- from his left to his right, till the dance became so wild, tion of which I do not choose to mention, and the name so hot, so hurried, that the ladies, with robes, petticoats, of which I am determined to keep secret, have fortunately laces, and flounces torn to pieces by the spurs of the acfallen into my hands. The Chronicle contains the prin complished cavaliers, sank breathless and exhausted upon vate memoirs of one of its kings, who, it appears, was

chairs and sofas. passionately fond of horses, and of every thing connected Such were the circumstances attending the first night's with them. Nearly the half of bis revenues was lavished performance of a dance, whose fame has now spread far upon the royal stud, which consisted of several hundred and wide, and in which the young and the lovely of the noble steeds. They fed from marble mangers, and drank land engage with keener delight than they ever glided out of silver buckets; and every thing relating to the through the quadrille, or died away in the waltz. Who manage was conducted in the same style of magnificence. shall deny, that the nameless king of this unmentioned

As was to be expected, this intellectual, high-minded country is more deserving of immortality, than many prince, spent the greatest part of his time among his whose sayings and doings bave been more frequently in four-legged favourites; and, by so constant and fami- the lips of mankind ?

It may not be generally known to our country readers, that the Gallopade is now the only dance much patronised in the fashionable cuclei of the metropolis,

faithful wife, the gentle expressive countenance of an af. A LETTER FROM DUBLIN.

fectionate mother, the joyous sympathy of an unmarried Dublin, 22d Dec. 1829. uncle,-place us where a sight like this is to be seen, and

we envy not a seat upon the bench, the woolsack, or the The first term of the year (as we always call the one throne. The play is over, and we have no doubt a very which closes it in Ireland) is generally a dull one, and excellent play too, though we cannot exactly take upon us this year it has been particularly so. Except the blow-up to say whether it was “ Hamlet” or “ The Jealous Wife." between the great counsellor and his friend Pierse Ma- The play is over, and the people have stood up in the pit, hony, which has now come before the world in the news

and put on their bats, and chatted, and looked round. papers, there has been little of public interest astir in the

And now the fiddlers, who have been away fully longer hall of the Four Courts. The Royal Irish Academy than the gentlemen in the upper gallery thought altogether meets as usual, to ballot for new members, and pass the

proper, have come back again, and Mr Pindar, after Jeanaccompts. The Dublin Society is in full correspondence ing over his music-stand to say something exceedingly with Lord Leveson Gower, who wants to withdraw or humorous to Mr Platt, which inakes Mr Platt laugh in diminish the Government grant; make them charge for evident delight, draws his bow across the bridge of his their lectures, which have hitherto been free to the pub- violin, and makes a sbrill squeaking noise, which is imilic; alter the mode of admitting the members ; and, in tated by the whole orchestra, until, harmony being obshort, remodel the whole institution. Nothing final, how- tained, they strike up one of the spirit-stirring airs of old ever, has yet been determined on. The Society has just Scotland, and a thousand heads, hearts, hands, and feet, granted their gold medal to Mr Hogan, a Cork artist, beat time to the strain. The pit sits down, the galleries who now exhibiting here a magnifice statue of a dead sit down, the boxes sit down. But expectation is on tipChrist, which he has recently executed at Rome. The toe. Hark! the bell rings! Up goes the curtain ! Now resolution entered into last Thursday by the committee of for “ The Twelfth Cake, or Harlequin Rainbow !" Well, Fine Arts was, that, “ Having viewed Mr Hogan's statue we declare, there they all are in the back parlour of Mr of the Redeemer after Death, together with a plaster cast Chocolate, the celebrated London grocer! Did you ever of a Fawn, from a model executed by him at Rome, we see a merrier party assembled on a Christmas night? Miss are unanimously of opinion, that in both these works Mr Rose, to be sure, seems a little afraid of the very polite Hogan has displayed a union of rare and high talent, attentions of Mr Alderman Guttlewell, who certainly has fally meriting the distinction proposed to be conferred on a head big enough to swallow Rose at one gulp; but the him.” This is, I believe, only the second gold medal young sailor, Harry Spritsail, soon comes to her assistgranted by the Society since its foundation. The former ance, and one may see with half an eye how the wind one was to Sir Charles Giesecke, their own professor of blows. Well, did you ever witness such a game at romps? mineralogy. The figure, which is recumbent, and of the Nobody could say where it would have ended, but whew! size of life, is really admirable for so young an artist, and in the twinkling of an eye, down tumbles one of the walls affords great promise of future excellence.

of Mr Chocolate's back parlour, and in walks, from her Our Diorama has expired, and is to be succeeded by a magic chariot among the clouds, Iris, the Goddess of the Minor Theatre, for which Mr Jones, the former patentee Rainbow. She is in a thundering passion ; and, in one of the Theatre in Crow Street, obtained permission from moment, our worthy friend, Mr Chocolate, is changed the last Lord-Lieutenant; and then finding, as I under- from a celebrated London grocer into Pantaloon ; and, in stand, that he was unable to establish such a thing re like time, the polite Alderman Guttlewell is metamorspectably himself, sold his privilege to a showman of the phosed into Clown, Rose into Columbine, and Harry name of Scott, who promises great doings. At the Spritsail into Harlequin. Iris takes her departure, and Theatre-Royal, Auber's opera of Masaniello has had a off the merry quartett go on their perpetual race of fun great run, and Braham has been in excellent voice. He and frolic. It is now that the interest becomes intense, takes his benefit and farewell to-morrow night. Fanny and that the eyes of all the little rosy boys and girls Ayton, it is said, is come.

sparkle like diamonds, and their clear laughter rings Some of the booksellers of Dublin have had a meeting among all the crystals of the chandeliers. But the tricks to establish a trade company similar to that of London, that follow,—the “ quips, and pranks, and wanton wiles," for publishing reprints of standard works, &c. They have -wbat uninspired pen shall essay to describe? By Jove! eaten one dinner on the strength of it already, and have there is actually Duddingston Loch, or some place very referred to a committee to examine and report what fur- | like it, and there are several meinbers of the Skating ther should be done. The University press is at length Club gliding away upon skates, in a manner that would do actively engaged in putting forth a complete edition of honour to Messrs Cockburn, Torry, and Simpson ;-boys Archbishop Usher's works, under the inspection and re- sliding, too! just as we ourselves used to do on the Nor vision of Dr Elrington, son of the Bishop of Ferns, and Loch some fifty years ago, and tripping each other in gloKing's Professor of Divinity in Dublin. The only local rious style, and flinging snow-balls, and then quarrelling,literary news of much interest at present is the commence a regular fight "across the bonnets;"_but, good Heaven! ment of a new Literary Gazette, pretty much on the Mr Paul Pry has fallen in; see ! there is his head above the same plan as that of your Literary Journal, being devoted ice,-now, plump! he disappears altogether. For mercy's to literature, the fine arts, and local and personal sketches. sake, bring ropes and a ladder! The Clown goes to the edge There is much show of vigour and originality in the no. of the hole, when, lo! up rises Mr Paul Pry's gbost, at tices of its appearance which have already been made least ten feet tall! Never mind! the Clown is a bold man; public, and there is a sort of patriotic feeling enlisted in be ties a cracker to the tail of the ghost's coat, and blours its behalf, as a really powerful effort to raise Dublin and the gigantic phantom (into the air ! Presto! Pass ! — the Ireland from the very low position which they occupy at wintry landscape disappears, and behold! a lovely suinpresent as a literary place and nation.

mer garden, with flowers of all hues and odours; and there come that happy pair, Harlequin and Columbine,

with hearts too light and gay for any movement but that THE DRAMA.

of the dance-O! that we had been born a Harlequin !

Yet, that funny fellow, the Clown, has a part of our envy The highest happiness to be enjoyed on earth consists See! he has got into a haunted kitchen, the most in seeing a Christmas Pantomime. Place us in any box suspicious and mysterious-looking place we ever belield. not farther off than the fourth from the stage, surround! Only look at that huge Toni-cat sitting by the side of us with a whole bevy of merry juvenile faces, and among the fire, with his great red eyes and long black tail, Shese plant, at proper intervals, the graceful figure of a which he whisks about so fearfully! Hark' the clock

too.

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