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"EEKLY REGISTER OF CRITICISM AND BELLES LETTRES.
** REGISTER OF CRITICISM AND BELLES LITT
's, however, well known that the cock This discrepancy may easily be accounted for from the difto Greece as early as the time offerent habits of the birds. Mr Wilson argued, from the Old Testament history does not analogy of the anatomy of birds, that our domestic poultry, years after the death of that if abandoned in the woods to their own resources, would vinter, that the silence of the acquire, along with greater strength of wing, a depression
poultry must have had of tail calculated to promote a swift progress through the their existence ; for, if atmosphere. In corroboration of this opinion, he mentioned r to that period from a case which had come under his own notice, of an indivi
countries of Asia, dual cock, which, having dwelt for the greater part of the wn to theinterme summer in the woods upon his own resources, became so shy
the exception of and wary, that he could neither be caught nor reclaimed, tralasian Con- but generally rose with a harsh cry at the distance of 30 or
, considerable 40 yards, with his tail extended horizontally, and was at by the human last shot, like any other wild game, as a legitimate object wn and cherished for the exercise of sportsman-like skill. Mr Wilson con
nations, too, we find cluded by stating, that he conceived the remarks he had subs propensities, in which mitted to the Society sufficient to establish two points:Domalous source of amuse- First, that the Jungle cock is not the parent of our domes
our poultry are so remarkable tic poultry, from all the known varieties of which it differs .ch respect to size, colour, and pro- materially, both in the form and structure of its plumage; decting naturalist with difficulty con- and second, that, as far as it is possible to judge, in the preweir descent from one common stock. It sent state of our knowledge, this honour belongs to two che varieties produce with each other a fertile species inbabiting the Asiatic islands, which possess, in a ut while we remember the fertile hybrid between greater or less degree, all the characters of our domestic care and pole-cat, and that between the dog and the wolf, kinds, and are not contradistinguished by any marked pewe may be allowed to doubt the sufficiency of this generally culiarity of structure. The objection to our domestic poulreceived criterion of identity of species. T'he first plausible try being derived from a multiplied source, which
SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES.
Monday, 22d March. thers of the supposed original are distinguished. On the
Sir Henry JARDINE in the Chair. contrary, however, among the numerous varieties of our dementie poultry, not one has been found, the plumage of Present, —- Professor Brunton ; Drs Hibbert and Carson ; which is characterised by the horny laminæ or expansions
James Skene, Donald Gregory, James Maidment, David of the quill, which form so marked a feature in the plu
Laing, Gabriel Surenne, &c. &c., Esquires. mage of the Jungle cock. It is chiefly upon this difference THERE was read “ A brief account of an ancient piece of ef structure of the cervical feathers, and of some other parts furniture in the choir of the Parish Church, Terregles, in of the plumage, that the necessity
of seeking elsewhere the the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright;" accompanied with a relaparent stock of our common poultry has been rested. Mrtive drawing, communicated by R. L. Milligan, Esq., M.D. Wilson mentioned, however, another fact, which we do not The assistant Secretary (Donald Gregory, Esq.) next remember to have seen previously insisted upon, and which read his “ Enquiry into the causes which led to the proleads irresistibly to the same conclusion. The natives of scription (in 1603) of the Clan Gregor."* the district where the Jungle cock abounds, rear a breed of The Clan Gregor is one of the very few families in the poultry differing as much from the supposed original as our Highlands supposed to be of pure Celtic origin. An early, own, and which never intermingles with the forest brood. if not the original, seat of the head of the family, was the Similar objections apply with still greater force to the fork- valley of Glenurchy, in the district of Lorn. There is pretailed cock (2. fureatus) of Java, and to the Macartney served, in Rymer's Federa, a mandate issued in 1293 by ock (z
. Macarinei) of Surnatra. Mr Wilson next directed John Baliol, ordaining the Lord of Lorn to summon two the attention of the Society to the better-founded claims of individuals of the name of MacGregor to appear on a certain wme of the species of wild poultry inhabiting the great day in the royal presence, for the purpose of rendering hoAsatie islands. According to M. Temminck, the species mage ; from which the natural inference is, that these perto which our domestic races are most nearly allied, are,- sons were free barons. Among the prisoners taken by Edthe Jago cock of Sumatra (g. giganteus), a wild species of ward I. at the battle of Dunbar in 1296, mention is made great size, and the Bankira cock of Java, another primitive of John of Glenurchy., It appears that his lands and posprecies which occurs in the forest of the last named island. sessions were afterwards restored to him on condition of his There are several circumstavces which render the claims of going to serve Edward in his wars in France. He is dethese two birds much stronger than those of the Jungle signated one of the Magnates Scotiæ, a proof that his posde Istly, Their females bear a strong resemblance to sessions holden of the crown must have been very consier domestic hens. 2dly, The common village cock, in its derable. It is also extremely probable, from the great numBást ordinary condition, is intermediate in respect to size bers of the clan found in later times in the western districts between these two species. 3dly,
The nature of the plu- of Perthshire, and particularly in Glendochurt, Glen Lyon, mange, which in its form, consistence, and distribution, is and Rannoch, that previous to the reign of Robert, some solutely the same as in the common cock, strengthens the of them held lands there under the crown as free barons. apposition. Athly, It is in these species alone, that we find the fernales as well as the males provided with a fleshy crest We regret that it is only in our power to present the reader with a and small wattles,-characters which likewise distinguish brief summary of this interesting and ably executed paper; we hope, both sexes of our common poultry, although they are for however, to be able to return to the enquiry respecting the true origin the roast part but slightly developed in the female. The the Clan Gregor, when the next
number of Mr Pitcairn's Criminal tanding on the floor of a room, according to Marsden, its sheets of Mr Gregory's account of the trials of the M Gregors; and we W attained the level of a dining table of ordinary height. Gregory in the opinions he has expressed. We take the oppor. The Bankira cock is of dimensions much more nearly
ap- tunity of this note, to express our opinion, that Mr Gregory's notice praching to several of our
domestic varieties, with which of the Clan Gregor is the best, and indeed the only authentic history also agrees in some other characteristics. It is in the of a Highland Clan that we have seen. He has not hazarded a single Sen and direction of the tail, which, in this wild species, contemporary evidence. Even our meagre abstract will serve to show de almost horizontal, that it differs most from our poultry. I the important conclusion to which his investigations have led him. 1
Malcolm de Glendochart and Patrick de Glendochart ap to his father; and, after the execution of Gregor in 1581, pear in the Ragman Roll in 1298; and both names are com- | by withholding the investiture from his son Allaster, who mon in the Clan Gregor.
was legally ejected from Glenstray in 1590, under the preThe MacGregors were, from their local situation, it may text that he was merely a tenant of the lands against the be also from consanguinity, the followers of the Lord of will of his superior, Sir Duncan Campbell. In 1587, a Lorn, and shared in the fate of his family upon the acces very voluminous act of Parliament was passed, vuigarly sion of Bruce, to whoin he was bitterly opposed. Glen- | called the General Bond, which denounced severe penalties, dochart and Fortingal were bestowed upon connexions and not only against the broken clans, but also against all their followers of the new monarch. The Lord of Glenurchy favourers and resetters. Early in 1593, Archibald Earl of had died in France, and the estate, being the property of an Argyll received a commission of similar import, against heiress and a minor, could not be forfeited. Her wardship “all and sundry persons of the wicked Clan Gregor." and marriage, however, were bestowed upon Campbell of About this time, the landlords of the Clan Gregor, forced Lochawe, the king's brother-in-law, who bestowed her by the severe enactments of the General Bond, which upon his son John, afterwards Earl of Athole. Upon his made them answerable for the misdemeanours of their decease, without children, in 1333, the estate seems to have tenants, began to take measures for a universal ejection reverted to the MacGregors; for there is undoubted evi. of the clan from their possessions; and, as far as the forms dence of the death of “ John MacGregor of Glenurchy" of law could go, numerous ejectments took place. It may in 1390. In 1442, we find the estate in possession of a safely be affirmed, in consequence of these rigorous meayounger son of the first Lord Campbell, from whom the sures, that, in July, 1596, not a single farm was occuhouse of Breadalbane are descended. According to the re- | pied by a MacGregor, unless by force, and in defiance of cords of that house, he received it from his father. This the landlord. At that time, the Laird of MacGregor made was the last freehold possession of any consequence held by his appearance before the King in council, became bound the name of MacGregor.
for tbe good behaviour of his clan, and promised to remain About the middle of the fifteenth century, therefore, the in attendance on his Majesty, as a hostage for their oleClan Gregor was in a situation totally different from that dience. He appears, however, soon to have tired of his of any other clan in the Highlands—it had not one acre of thraldom, and to have made his escape to the Highlands. land held free of the crown. But it had not yet become After this event, various attempts were made by the distinguished over the neighbouring families for a predatory Council to reduce the Clan Gregor without undue severity; disposition. The crown still possessed extensive lands in but all its good intentions were frustrated by the interested Perthshire, on which the chieftains of the tribe were seated, policy of Argyll. He stirred them up to acts of violence nominally, as crown tenants, but, in reality, from the un against those proprietors who had the misfortune to be at settled state of the country, as absolute proprietors. During feud with him; and afterwards took advantage of these the reigns of James II., III., and IV., however, numerous very
acts of insubordination to get himself appointed his grants of these crown lands were made to powerful barons Majesty's Lieutenant and Justice, with most ample powers, in that part of the country. Many of these, having been in the whole bounds inhabited by the Clan Gregor. The granted during minorities, were afterwards revoked; and last important outrage committed by this sept, previous to the uncertainty hence arising in the new titles, encouraged its proscription, and the immediate cause of that act of sethe MacGregors, the actual occupants of the lands, to de verity, was the invasion of the Lennox in 1603, during spise and resist the authority of charters, by which over which the celebrated conflict of Glenfrune took place belords were imposed upon them, in many instances from tween them and the Colquhouns. The declaration of the families with which they had long been at mortal feud. Laird of MacGregor, produced as evidence against him at bis The struggle was unequal; and in proportion as the Clan trial, charges Argyll with having been the instigator of this Gregor became, from kindly tenants of the crown, subjects irruption; and the simplicity and unconscious pathos of the of oppression and suspicion to their wealthier and more document are strong warrants of its veracity. Its assertions powerful neighbours, they grew remarkable for their op are, moreover, corroborated by many adminicles of evidence position to all law and order. Mr Gregory completely adduced on the trials of the MacGregors. The magnitude established this position, by entering into a detailed narra of this foray was sufficient to strike a panic into the governtive of the management of the crown lands in Perthshire, ment, which vented itself in the celebrated act of Council (and particularly in Rannoch, the head seat of the Clan prohibiting any person, under pain of death, from bearing the Gregor,) from the year 1473 till the end of the 16th cen name of Gregor or MacGregor. The chief himself was tury.
shortly afterwards apprehended through the machinations Those who have once burst the bonds of law, are ex. of Argyll, and executed at Edinburgh. At this period, the posed to greater temptations than those who live within Clan Gregor was to all human appearance extinguished. them; and thus it happened with the Clan Gregor. There Mr Gregory concluded by remarking, that he had “ endeais strong ground for believing, that in many cases, and par voured to show that the causes of the proscription of the ticularly after the death of the Regent Murray, they acted Clan Gregor were closely connected with the system on in their predatory excursions merely as the tools of some of which the ancient Crown Lands were managed ; and that their more powerful neighbours. The peculiar circum the system took more effect upon this clan from their ha. stances in which they had so long been placed, in regard to ving lost most of their freehold possessions so early as the their ancient possessions, must have disposed them to enter reign of Robert Bruce. with alacrity into any plans of violence and rapine, by which they might have a chance of bettering their condition. Their forays, too, were the more felt and complained
ANDERSON'S UNIVERSITY, GLASGOW. of, that the wealthy district around Perth, as the nearest On the evening of Monday, the 22d March, the first of to their haunts, was that which generally suffered from the meetings purposed to be held on the plan of those that their inroads. 'The bad reputation acquired by this unfor- have proved so delightful at the Royal Institution, Albe tunate clan, is testified by the numerous government com marle-street, took place in the University Rooms, George, missions issued at different times against them, breathing street. It was nunerously and brilliantly attended,,Lord the most vindictive and relentless spirit, and consequently John Campbell, who rightly thinks that a love of science only fitted to make bad worse.
can add lustre to even the name of Argyll, Mr Smith a Amid all this adversity, there was one branch of the fa- Jordan-hill, Professor Dr Hooker, Professor Mylne, Mi mily of MacGregor which continued for some time to en May, besides Mr Anderson, President of the Institution joy a state of comparative prosperity. Soon after the ap Mr Douglas, the Secretary, and all the learned body o parent extinction of the house of Glenurchy, a branch of Professors, being present. “After tea and coffee in the ap the Clan Gregor may be traced, holding the small property paratus room, the Museum was thrown open. It is a hand of Glenstray, which lies contiguous to Glenurchy, as vas some apartment, but the collection will speedily outgrow it sals of the Earl of Argyll. It was connected by marriage It is particularly rich in mineral and geological specimens with most of the principal families of the name of Camp Among the latter, a splendid suite of primitive and other bell, and as long as it continued to hold of the Earl, it ap- rocks, arranged by the hand of Werner, and presented by: pears to have flourished. During the reign of Queen Mary, Mr Edington, was much admired. At eight o'clock, i however, Argyll conveyed the superiority of Glenstray to the Great Hall of the University, Dr Ure delivered an adCampbell of Glenurchy, and from that time its possessors mirable, though, from its nature, desultory lecture, on a sbared the fate of the rest of the clan. The great object of review of the most recent and striking discoveries in che the Glenurchy family was to get rid of the MacGregors as mical science, of which he is himself so distinguished an Vassals altogether. This object they attempted to accom ornament. Among these, we were chietly struck with that plish, by refusing Gregor MacGregor of Glenstray as heir of a Germau chemist, WAELLER, who, by passing clay it
a state of combustion, united with animal charcoal, through My creed's not the Catholic's Purer
Desire it, he'll prove so to you!
My life on his loyalty! Try him! ndamant of poetry, and the substance used in the East for
When his faith was the faith of your foes, polishing the diamond itself.
In the charge did he let you rush by him? Another new substance was also shown, which has been Or shrink from your side in the close ? recently added to our catalogue. It is termed GLUCINUM,
Then, boys, &c. and is found in the emerald. This and the preceding examination, the learned Doctor remarked, threw some light Come-a bumper! Fill up!-to the brim! in the nature of meteoric stones, which he conceived to be Heating bodies, containing the earths in a metallic state,
Though already we've drunk him to-day
Here's the King-Four-times-four, boys, for him ! which fused on coming into contact with our atmosphere. The most interesting portion of the discourse was, how Come! a hearty—a Royal-Huzza! ever, that which detailed Dr Ure's present investigations
To the Duke-and the Commoner next, en tests for detecting the presence of opium. In prosecu
Long together and strong may they draw, ting these, he has clearly established, that in our saliva there While they stick to the national textIs a large portion of sulpho-cyanic acid, akin to prussic
One King! with One PEOPLE-One Law ! atid, and the most deadly poison! Thus we every moment
Then, boys, &c. * swallow a portion of it! In a state of Ptyalism, however, the mercurial action seems to banish it. The tincture of rua colours the saliva, where it is present, a bright red, and from this circumstance some light may be thrown upon
SONG. the curious question as to the colouring matter of the blood. OH! could we away where the cliff and the cave In the course of the Doctor's experiments, he has demonstrated, that in some of the London porter of the most fa- Might yield us a shelter, and grant us a grave ! meis brewers
, a serious quantity of opium is discoverable. The gayest, the proudest, would find on my brow well-executed head of Berzelius, in selenium, was No shade of the envy which darkens it now. banded round as a specimen of that rare metal. Mr Smith | Thy bosom my pillow, thy heart all my own, of Jordan-hill, Mr Douglas, Professor Mylne, Dr Hannah, | The desert my kingdom, the mountain my throne; and the President, each delivered their remarks. The ve
Oh ! there, where no sail ever darken'd the sea,— berable father of the College of Glasgow was received with How blest, without one hope, save heaven and thee! enthusiasm, as was also the mention by Mr Anderson, that w the unwearied zeal and influence of Mr Smith we were indebted for the organization of a series of meetings
so de: There morn would not wake me to gaze upon woe, lightful as these promise to be.
When round me came wreathing thy soft arm of snow;
But to kiss the fond tear which rewarded them all.
Oh! pleasure's fleet light, and the shadow of care,
Would mingle no twilight for happiness there;
Together our calm years of bliss would increase,
E. O. B.
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
MR MACFARLANE, who is already favourably known to the Well may creeds be the scoffer's derision !
public by his work on Turkey, is about to publish a tale, entitled They strengthen his infidel cause,
The Armenians, the scene of which is laid on the Bosphorus. When they teach men but strife and division,
The first volume of a Treatise on Optics, containing the theory of Who are one in their Countries and Laws. unpolarised light, by the Rev. Humphry Lloyd, is announced.
A Transcript from a curious Manuscript, discovered under the CHORUS
foundations of the ancient Manor-house at Abbot's Leigh, Somerset, Then, boys, doff the Lily for ever!
to be called the Royal Book, or Oracle of Dreams, is in the press. The Shamrock, Leek, Thistle, and Rose,
Mr Thomas Aird, the author of "Religious Characteristics," is
preparing for publication a poem, to be entitled The Captive of Fez, Are our national emblems,-then never
From what we know of Mr Aird's abilities, we are inclined to augur 0! never wear any but those.
highly of the success of this work. Mr Blackwood is to be the
publisher. Why rail against WELLINGTON-Peel
We understand that Mr John Parker Lawson has made consider. And the rest who have alter'd their plan ?
able progress with his Life of Bishop Horsley, which will be ready When men feel their errors—men feel
for press in the course of a few months.
The Stories from the History of Ireland, which we noticed some That to change is the act of a man.
time ago, are said to have been compiled by Lady Frances Leveson What's a party at most to a nation ?
Gower, for the use of her own sons. To a faction ought millions to bow?
There is at present in the course of publication at Paris, a beautiWas it fit, for your yearly procession,
ful edition of Buffon's works, in 18mo, with plates, the price of That the blood of a people should flow?
which is about sixpence halfpenny per volume. Then, boys, &c.
Among other interesting works which have very recently issued from the press, we may enumerate : 1st, The second volume of
Caillie's Travels to the long-sought Timbuctoo.-2d, Temple's TraThat to me is the creed of my neighbour ?
vels in that attractive portion of South America, Peru.-3d, Lloyd's To the Virgin and Saints let him pray ;
Northern Sports, descriptive of the field diversions in the north of For the same Constitution we labour,
Europe.--4th, Captain Moorsom's Letters from Nova Scotia, con. Let the laws be the same we obey.
taining a curious and vivid picture of the actual state of that colony. 0! spurn not his altar! forbear!
-And, 5th, Mr Dobell's Account of the present State of Siberia and
China, of which latter country new details were much wanted. In 'Tis an act Nature-God—will condemn;
a few days we are to have a translation of M. Bourrienne's Memoirs Four forefathers worshipp'd him there, Then respect it, and spare it for them!
* This song has been arranged with symphonies and accompani. Then, boys, &c.
ments, and will be published immediately.
PY JAMES SHERIDAN KNOWLES.
of Napoleon, which have excited so great a sensation in the French learned these facts while at Paris above three years ago, when I to capital; and a poetical work from the pen of the Hon. Mrs Nor came the instrument of an affiliation, which now exists between the ton, under the singular title of “ The Undying One."
French and this highly respectable Society-1 am, &c. The Early Christians, or the Aspect and Spirit of Primitive Chris 8, Nelson Street.
G. SUREXYE. tianity, 18mo, is preparing for publication.
P. S. Information connected with other French Literary Societies We understand that many of the Songs in the Musical Album have been published separately. Among the rest, Queen Mary's Song.
at Paris, will at times be transmitted to you, provided the present ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA. The first Part of the new edition may not be thought uninteresting. (the seventh) of this valuable work is now ready. It is very elegantly
Theatrical Gossip.-Kean has appeared again at Drury Lane, i printed; and, both from its cheapness and the established value of
his old favourite part of Richard III., and the audience made up by its contents, is well entitled to the most extensive circulation.
the warmth of their reception for their former ill treatment of hire. RUDIMENTS OF CORRECT READING.–This is a new school-book,
If the Londoners were to deprive themselves of Kean, we should list upon a simple and ingenious plan, by Mr Alexander Adam, teacher
to know whom they could find to supply his place ?-On Thursday in Edinburgh.
last, Miss Kemble played Portia, for her own benefit, to her father's James SHERIDAN KNOWLEB.--Our readers will perceive by the
Shylock. The house was, of course, a bumper.-Drury Lane Tbatre advertisement, that Mr Knowles is to deliver this day his first
is no longer in the hands of Mr Price; but is to remain under the Lecture on Dramatic Literature. We consess ourselves anxious that a man of genius, and a stranger among us, should meet with that en general direction of a committee till the end of the season, when
will be let to the highest bidder. Laporte and Charles Wright x couragement which Edinburgh knows so well how to bestow upon
named as candidates; but we doubt whether either is fitted for the genius when properly employed. New Music.--Mrs Orme, or whose musical talents we have already dons went lately to see Miss Kemble play Mrs Beverley, and that this
situation. Wallack is still stage-manager. It is stated that Mrs Soda had occasion to speak very favourably, has just published another
was the first time she had ever seen “ The Gamester performed song, entitled, Mary Jamieson,” the words from the Edinburgh Braham has returned to town, and is to appear at Drury Lane sheets, Literary Journal. The melody is exceedingly simple and expres
-Mathews has been performing at Manchester with great sucesso sive, and the accompaniment rich and full.-We have also received
Byron's “Werner" has been brought out by Macready at Dubén, this week three songs by Mrs Alexander Kerr, all of which we like
and has been favourably received. -Vandenhoff has been playzz a much, and particularly the canzonet entitled, “ This is the Hour."
Glasgow. Mrs Henry Siddons has appeared since our last in “ Thi We are glad to know that both these ladies are now resident in Edinburgh, and are likely to lend their best efforts to the
support of Rivals," "Wives as they were,and Maids as they are," and "The Wa
to Keep Him." The house, upon each oecasion, has been flied w musical taste among us. Mrs Kerr is preparing for publication, a volume of melodies, of which both the music and words will be her overflowing. To-night she performs “ All in the Wrong,"
her final leave of us on Monday, on which evening she will celice : own.
Farewell Address, written expressly for her by Sir Walter Scott LaMR YANIEWICZ's Concert. Mr Yaniewicz is to give his annual
ton is to be here in a few days, and is to be succeeded by T. P. Cooki, 1 Concert on Tuesday next, and is to have the assistance of his own
Then will come the benefits; and in June we are to have Miss Fue talented daughters, the Misses Paton, and Mr Boyle, who will, upon Kemble. Miss Jarman's engagement terminates on the third d this occasion, make his first appearance in Edinburgh. We have April. We think the Manager ought to have engaged her for the heard Mr Boyle sing in private, and can answer for the sweetness
whole season, because, without her, we have no prima dors. We and flexibility of his voice, and also for the chasteness of his style, shall not, however, complain, as we have no doubt he will not allon -what we fear is, that it may want power for a large assembly. We
her to go away without securing her return at no very distant peria.. have no doubt that the Concert will be well attended.
Miss Jarman is to take a benefit on the 3d, we believe, and certainly CHIT-CHAT FROM LONDON.Mrs Charles Kemble gave a musical
the exertions she has made, and the talent she has displayed, eatiti soiree last Sunday. The concluding morceau was an air sung by Miss
her to expect that it will be crowdedly attended. We understast Fanny Kemble, in a manner which elicited the most unbounded applause of all present. Her style for depth and purity of expression re-appearance, and Miss Jarman's speedy departure, has thougtat i
that the authoress of “ Aloyse," in consequence of Mrs Siddossi was pronounced unrivalled, and the quality of her voice was com
best that the production of her new piece should be delayed uls the pared to that of Malibran. We hope Miss Fanny Kemble did not
commencement of next season. Our readers will be glad to lean tai swallow all this. Mr Washington Irving was of the party.-A grand
Mr Murray has obtained, upon liberal terms, the patent of De National Cemetery has been projected in London, on the plan of Theatre-Royal, and that Mrs Siddons having retired from alese Pere la Chaise, in the neighbourhood of Paris. It is to be establish
in the concern, he is now the sole patentee. We are informed that ed by a joint-stock company, and numerous drawings and plans have
it is Mr Murray's intention to proceed to London immediately a been already given in. The whole arrangements are under the di
the close of the present season, to make as extensive and spirited rection of the projector, Mr Goodwin, the architect of several well
rangements as possible for his next winter campaign ; and among known public buildings. The new Library at the British Museum, other things, to engage the first London scene-painters to assist a which is one of the most magnificent rooms in Europe, is 300 feet supplying him with an entire new stock of scenery. long, 12 wide, and 32 high. It contains about 80,000 volumes, in mahogany cases, and is open gratis to the public three days in the
WEEKLY List of PERFORMANCES. week.Some persons having begun to object to the indecorum of the dancing at the Opera-house, Laporte, the manager, has written
March 20_26. a letter to the Times, in which he maintains that nothing could be “ more orderly, moral, and decent than the dances."-On the whole,
SAT. The Rivals, f Rosina, there is little that is very new going on in London at present.
Mon, Wives as they Were and Maids as they Are, end Te.
Toes. Guy Mannering, The Sergeant's Wife.
THURS. Rob Roy, 4 the Banditti of Rosenwald. SIR,-The handsome manner in which you have allowed the pro
FRI. The Point of Honour, the Scape-Goat, The Noyzin. ceedings of the Antiquarian Society of this city to be entered in your valuable columns, calls for the thanks of every individual composing it; and thinking that any thing connected with the Society of French Antiquarians at Paris may not be unacceptable, I beg to
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. state the following circumstance attending the reading of a paper in that Society. Every paper, either from abroad, or any part of Several interesting articles still stand over in types. France, is referred to a committee, on the report of whom, it is The communication from Gainsborough in defence of Tate e either allowed to be read or not. In this manner, none but interesting Brady's version of the Psalms, is ingenious and sensible ; but as a papers are read before the Society. This custom, a wholesome one, is does not refer to the main point in discussion, which is the propriey necessary, from the multiplicity of matters laid on their table; and I of making any alterations on the Scottish version, we are afra si freely confess, that it is with some degree of pride I mention to you that shalljnot be able to make room for it. the paper read by me in our Society here last Monday se'nnight, was “ Spring hours in Père la Chaise,” which we have read with p' sent a year ago, in French, to the Société des Antiquaires de France, sure, shall have a place at our earliest convenience. "Stepba kesapproved of by their committee, and read before them. I may also ble and the son of Neptune," shall also be inserted.-We belir mention, in reference to the French Antiquarian Society, that no there is no truth whatever in the report alluded to by " HATIT, person is admitted upon the simple recommendation of members. cus;"—the lady he mentions has been in bad health, but has Do IG. The candidate must first give proofs of his abilities and aptitude mediate prospect of returning. in the labours with which the attention of the Society is occupied, “ An Autumnal Midnight Vision” in our next.-We shall enter and if thought a fit literary character, he is admitted. Some mem vour to find room for the verses on “ The Torwood Oak."-TE bers have written many essays before they had this honour. I effusion of "W.P.L." will not suit us.
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coachmen or grooms to take care of carriages and horses. rols. London. Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. The traveller alights at the door of the house, which he en8vo. Pp. 431 and 504.
ters, and accosts those he may chance to see, saying, “God
keep ye, gentlemen!' to which a similar reply is given. The Our reviews of new works are, in general, splendid, — traveller then says, : With your permission, senores, I shall impartial, comprehensive, spirited, minute, and complete. stop here for the night.'-- With the greatest pleasure,' is They are calculated not only to show the true merits of the reply; Here ends, nine times out of ten, the whole of
the trouble or interference between the parties. The trathe author, but to put in the clearest point of view the veller points to a spot either inside or outside the house, acabilities of the critic. We are aware, at the same time, cording to the state of the weather, where he wishes his that there is a set of dull rogues who do not think this muchacaho (servant) to spread his saddle-cloths; these belast advantage so very essential to a good review. These ing three or four fold, are sufficiently large to lie upon, and, people say,—“ We do not wish to have your own specu
with his saddle under his head, and poncho or cloak over lations on the subject in question ; we wish to know ra
him, complete the bed.
“ Some few, who like their luxuries, carry a small mattress, ther what the author says about it ;-give us fewer ori
and sometimes even a portable bedstead, but nothing of the ginal remarks, and more extracts.' We pity the blind
kind is given or expected, either at a public or private house, Dess, but we respect the prejudices, of such persons. -for the very best reason, because they have nothing of the Knowing, as we do, that there is no author now living kind to give. The traveller also carries with him his alwho can write upon every subject so well as we can, we forjas-a species of haversack-with provisions ; but if he must naturally feel for the ignorance of those who have happens to arrive at the tamily meal-time, he is'invited to the misfortune to think differently. But as we are the partake, which invitation is usually declined, because it is most amiable creatures in existence, and take a supremne usually complimentary and nothing more." delight in humouring and pleasing all our readers, we shall Upon the subject of South American and Spanish this week review a book or two according to the plan phraseology, we have the following entertaining passage: they suggest, and the melancholy absence of our own brilliant observations may awake them, perhaps, to a due
PHRASEOLOGY. appreciation of the value of what they have lost.
Mr Edmond Temple is a young Irishman, who went “ In South America, asin Spain, ceremonious compliments ont to South America in the year 1825, as secretary to are too frequently indulged in ; offers and promises of every the then newly-established joint-stock company, entitling thing, without meaning or intending any thing, are of daily itself “ The Potosi, La Paz, and Peruvian Mining As.
But this general rule bas, of course, its excepsociation.” Ile and the other commissioners had hardly tions; for it would be strange to say that there are not as truly reached Potosi when the bubble burst, and the affairs of generous friends in South America and in Spain as in any the company fell into irretrievable ruin. Mr Temple, to empty compliments, altogether unknown among English
other part of the world, yet even the very best are addicted however, was two years and a half out of England, and men. Should you, for instance, chance to admire a valu. haring kept a Journal of every thing he saw and did, he able necklace, à watch, a ring, or a handsome horse, the has now published a book written in that good-natured owner, although unacquainted with you, immediately makes lively style, which implies that the destruction of the an obeisance, and says, ' Está a la disposicion de V. - It is splendid prospects of “ The Potosi, La Paz, and Peru
at your service;' but never expects you to accept the prof. vian Mining Company," produced a very trilling effect well as to myselt, in both Spain and South America, when
fered gift. It must, no doubt, have occurred to others as on his spirits. Mr Temple is not a profound nor a scien- speaking in praise of a lady, be she wife or daughter, in the tific man, but he seems to be an acute sensible fellow, presence of the husband or father, to have received from the with a dash of the bold and eccentric spirit of green latter the same generous offer- Senor, està a la disposicion Erin in his constitution. We shall take such extracts de V.' trom liis two volumes, as may appear to us likely to ex
“ The compliments of Spanish society have been practised cite most attention when read separately. Some of them in ancient and modern times, and may be very adroitly reise
dered subservient to self-interest, sometimes to the confusion are amusing, and others instructive. Having landed at
of one party, and to the benefit of another, as the following Buenos Ayres, he travelled across the Pampas to Cor- instances will show. The learned Countess d’Aunoy, in dua, and thence by Tucuman and Salta to Potosi. On her travels through Spain, a hundred and tifty years ago, all this route he found that every body kept open house wrote to a friend at Paris in these terms:- I was sitting for travellers, but not exactly after the manner that open at table, when one of my women brought me my watch to house is kept in this country.
wind it up, as it was my custom at noon; it was a striking watch of Tompion's make, and cost me fifty louis d'or.
My banker, who was by me, expressed a desire to see it. " Proprietors of houses in England, judging from their own I gave it him with the customary civility. This was cases, may imagine that keeping open house for travellers is enough : my blade rises and makes me a profound reveattended with very great trouble and expense. According rence, telling me that he did not descrve so considerable a to the customs of England, it certainly would be so; but in present, but that such a lady as I could make no other, and South America it is neither troublesome nor expensive. he would engage his faith ihat he would never part with
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