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-in so sweet and touching a manner, that aye when she dote of a ludicrous nature, and that respected the presercame to the last line o' the verge, • I'll lay my banes far vation of her present supporter, who was a nephew of the frae the Tweed,' the hale company shed tears; and indeed last lord, and now enjoyed part of his estates. Lady naebody could bear to hear her sing it, for they were sae was very averse to her 'husband's design of joining the sure of making fools of themselves before it was done, Rebels, and when his nephew came to Edinburgh to aeShe was certainly a sweet creature, Lady Murray, and company him away, ordered her maid to put boilio; could write fine sangs hersell ; we were always on good water into his lordship's boots, $o, that, when he came to terms, and used to criticise each other's verses with great draw them on, he might ineapacitate at least one foot for good-humour. She was ill-set wi Sir Alexander, who the expedition. By inistake, the maid bestowed the was quite mad. She once told me, that the first of their boiling water upon the nephew's boots, which stood in the unhappy quarrels took place three or four days after they kitchen beside her master's; and the consequence was, were married—it was if the year ten, and that maks me that, while his lordship went away laughing at his nean auld woman. They came to live in the Parliament phew's misfortune, the young gentleman remained at Square, which was not then altogether rebuilt, after the home, escaped the perils of the rebellion, and afterwards great fire of the year nåething; and upon Lady Murray inheritesh some of the possessions which his brave uncle expressing some uneasiness at the disturbance oceasioned forfeited. Many other anecdotes we heard; but my greatby the sound of the mason's hammers i’ the morning be- grandmother at last took her leave, promising that I fore rising, Sir Alexander told her that it was a very should call 'some future day, with a token' of her regard, pleasant sound, and that she must just endeavour to think and in order that I might hear out the rest of her inte it so, else there would be nae peace between them. Was resting stories. na that fine treatment for a young wife. i' the hinneymoon? But I'm wanderinly, as usual, frae the point.wy, ay, I

LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES OF was deseribing the entertainments gienat balls in thae days. 11

MEDINBUROHIO 9413 However,''I see we're just disturbing this good-woman,

WEBNERIAN SOCIETY:6, and it is time we were hame at Terist Row, to prepare for the ladies. I expect to-night to tea and cards."

ind Saturday, 9th January. She rose, and moved into the centre of the apartment,

Professor Jameson in the Chair. when, as she stood a few moments in conversation with the Present, Professors D. Ritchie and Graham; Drs Seat, old woman of the house, I could not help contrasting in Adam, and Greville; Henry Witham, James Wilson, idea her tall, antiqne, faded figure, half stooping over her

Thomas Seyright, Esyrs., &c. black square-headed cane, and surrounded by the humble The first paper read at this meeting was a communication furniture of a poor dwelling, with the bewitching 'loveli- from Dr GrevilleOn the various economical uses of Seaness and stately graces which were ascribed to her person sayist; though they hold a low place in the vegetable king.

plants." The Marine Algue, it was remarked by the es in youth, when she moved bere, the centre of a whole dom, are entitled to the attention of the naturalist on account system of animated beauties, now long forgotten in the of their beauty, their ndaptation to the place they occupy m dust, and giving additional charms to a scene of magni- creation, and their economical use. Viewed merely in a ficent festivity.

picturesque light, there is something charming in the con

teroplation of the submarine groves and meadows which She seem'd like one who treads alone.mung his

they foun, diversified and enlivened by countless hosts of Somne banquet hall deserted,

animated creatures, to whom they, afford nourishment and Whose lights are fled, whose garlands dead, shelter, Some of the algæ are not to be recognised by the And all but she departed.

naked eye, except from the appearance they give to larger

species, on which they are parasitical ; others attain an The old woman soon getting into the full tide of gog- enormous size. The more gigantie algw are enabled to buoy sip with any venerable relation, we were detained a few themselves up in the waves by means of various peculiarities ininutes, duriug which it turned out, that this aged per- of structure; thus some of them are furnished with hollow son had been head-servant to the noble family who for- stems, others have vesicles filled with air imbedded or atmerly possessed this mansion, and now lived retired in one tached to their leaves. The larger alya, at least such as are of its garrets, upon a small pension allowed to her by one the rocks by means of tough and thick tibres; others, which

destined to buffet with stormy seas, bave roots which grapple of its members, who had survived with life and fortune are, by the nature of their abodes or of their figure, less exthe wrecking period of the Forty-five. She seemed a posed, are attached by a simple shield-like base. It was, complete specimen of the old Scottish domestic attached, however, chiefly upon the economical uses of the algæ that garrulous, and polite. She had a formality in her man- the remarks of the essayist turned. Some of them are usener, which went far beyond the utmost limits of modern ful as articles of food or medicine, others are of importance good-breeding, and, though miserably infirm, was not in the arts. As food, several kinds are greedily sought after without a certain degree of stateliness in her personal ap- the fucus serralus and the chorda fil uim are stored up for

by cattle, especially in the north of Europe. In Norway, pearance,

She was dressed with remarkable neatness, winter fodder. Man, too, makes extensive use of the algæ and wore a necklace of lammer beads, to which a small in this way. The lower classes inhabiting the coasts of our crucifix of gold was attached. What rendered her at

own country, the poor on the coast of South America, and once interesting in my romantic eyes, she had been the inhabitants of the Sandwich Islands, employ various wounded, in the year 1745, by a shot from the Castle, species of sen-weeds as esculents; and the richer dasses directed at the coach of her rebellious master, in which throughout the world seek after some of them to heighten the she was, when it entered the city, in broad day, by the attractions of their luxurious tubles. The gracilaria comWest Port, then in possession of a Highland guard ; and pressa of our own shores has been discovered, by a lady of

the author's acquaintance, to form an excellent pickle ; the she could tell many anecdotes of that year, so remark- chondrus crispus entered, on the southern and western coasts able for having beard the last faint trumpet-note of as of Ireland, into the composition of blanc-mange ; and an unr. piring chivalry. She had entered the service of the determined species of gelidium furnished the materials of family when she was a girl ; had lived many happy years the celebrated edible swallows' nests. In a medical point with them in this then splendid house, previous to that of view, the algæ are important chietly as the source whence unhappy occasion ; after which, she accompanied them iodine is derived. This gas is known to be a powerful re abroad, saw them all die out, one by one, with broken nistered as a remedy for this disease ; and in South Ame

medy in cases of goitre, Burnt sponge used to be admihearts and ruined fortunes, and then returned to end her rica the stems of a sea-weed are chewed by the inhabitants own days amidst the ruins of their former abode. My whenever goitre is prevalent. Probably both plants owed great-grandmother asked many questions respecting the family, which the old woman could not answer, except at

* The paper, of which we present an abstract, is intended to form

a part of the introduction to Dr Greville's forthcoming work on the great length and with tears. There was only one anec- | Algæ.

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the quantity made in these islands, ding to to1900, selt upon wies to the north."

their efficacy to the presence of iodine. It was worthy of of old English, and a few Grecian and Roman coins; a hreinark, that French kelp yielded more iodine than British ; great number of books, among which were the Transactions

and that manufactured at the Cape of Goud Hope more of several Parisian Societies. A letter was likewise read than the French. It is, bowever, in the arts that the uti- from General Ainslie, giving an account of his exertions to lity of the marine algæ is most conspicuous. The gracilaria extend the Society's correspondence among the French Antenar furuishes the Chinese with an invaluable glue and tiquaries. The thanks of the Society were unanimously varnish. It is also probable that this platit is the principal voted to General Ainslie. "There was also exhibited a bendingredient in the guiny matter called chin-chort or hai-tsai tiful intaglio of Hercules strangling the Nemean Lion, worn

in China and Japall, the transparent glaten of which isused as a seal by Johny Dukkeof Lauderdalea * by the natives to fill the lozenge-shaped intersticis of their Dr Brunton resumed the reading of Colonel Millar's i bamboo window-frames. About 27,000 pounds of the gra- Essay “On the site of the battle of Mons Grampius," an 2. cilaria tenar is imported annually from the province of For abstract of the furst part of which is contained in our 58th

kien and Tchekian, at Canton, where it sells for 6d, or Number: From Dungarn Hin, which Colonel Millar asBd. per pound. The chondroiterie pere tale hulse-paint of Agricola, he supposes him to have marched at the coperta ers. An immeuse variety of algæ are employetle in making ing of the seventh campaign to Markineh, then due north kelp, and it is in this manufacture that their utility is most towards Falkland anlittle beyond which he took up his

conspicuous. The ninnbers of people employed by it, din station at the base of the Lamond hill, which the author : rectly or indirectly, in the Orkney Islands, amounts, acassunes to haxe been the Mons. Grampius of Tacitus. Subcording to Mr Peterkin, to 20,000

Dr Barry, sequently, he thinks the Roinan General inyenched him

Pitfour hill, the eastern termination of the Ochill amounted, in more than one year; to 300 tons, and as the range, price was then from £9 to £io

per ton, the manufacture between the hins of Pitfour and Lomund; ärid its valley, sometimes brought nearly £30,000 into the place in one sea Colonel Millar undertakes to demonstrate, was the scene of son. Dr E. Glarko obseryes, in 17970's kelp form the chief objects of comigerce. Canna, the He tests his opinion upon, various grounds. Firstly, the Doctor was informed, that if kelp kept its price, one pro- tradition of the country, that a great battle was fought

prietor would clear £6000, and another £10,000, by that there ; secondly, the accordance of the terrain with the de- article of produce alone. Kelp has sunk in value since the scription of Tacitus; thirdly close of the last war,

boiling

and glass-na- found all over the fielti , fourthly, the strong intrenchments king. It is, however, still an important object of domestic upon the "Pitfour and Lomond hills; Jastly, the isolated commerce. The importance of sea, weed as a manure for character of the latter eminerice more constant than a

land has long been recognised. The produce of the algæ range of mountains with the singular, word Mons. E is far less exposed to the casualties arising from our préca The conclusion of the Essay was deferred till the next * rious climate than the erops of the ugricakurist. . Iul some meeting of the Society.,

parts, the sea-weed is cut only everythird year-where zu there are strong currents, an annuali harvest may be obrtained without injury Attempts have been made, not

METROPOLITAN

TAN THEATRICALS. without success, to cultivate sea- teext where it did not grow naturally. By corering sandy bays with large stones, ads, & odd 913.02. Do ? 11 London, January 11, 1830. crops of fuci have been obtained in about three years the

In accordance with all those laws for this season “made ii sea appearing to abound everywhere with their sveds, The in rapidity of developement in the larger algte ris striking Mr and provided," the Genius of Pantomime now rules lord • Stevenson, the engineer, while engaged in erecting a stone of the ascendant over the dramatic dynasty of London ;

beacon on a low rook, caller the Curry situated wear the en for, with the exception of one house, whose treasury and trance into the Brith of Fortb, found a povtion of its sur whose stage are both much too limited in their resources face thickly covered with large. sea-vreeits in May 1814, for such an exhibition, we have a Harlequinade at every ber, the sea-weeds having been ent raway and their bastas joices 'in Cock Robin,"lana Drury Lane' is exultant trampled down by the workmun, and part of the rock even with " Jack-in-the-Box;" the Cobourg atrracts with the chiselled. The coininen tangle, fucus digitatus, was already Enchanted Tarp" the Surrey is eloqnent'with " Har

the small appendages which, at maturity, contain the seeds lequin's Alphabét," and the Adelphi exhibits the + Dwarf Ĉ of the plants, were already visibles de ride and the Magic Needle. * ? "Sadler's Wells boasts of the

The Rev. Dr Scot, of Corstorphine, next read a learned Ilag of the Forest Raven;" the Olympic shines reand interesting paper on the rams and budgers, with the splendent with the'" Polar Star;" and the Pavilionskins of which the Israelites covered the outside of their ca- which the Tinies,' in its fervour for early intelligence, bernacles."

Pitores de tot! (119" 4's Specimens (bred in Europe, from imported eggs, by mi thrée'adjoining houses! —the ill-used Pavilion glories in

burried Gowul in a mistake," about a fortnight ngo," with sommer, of Alcona) of the Saturnia lana a rare born < Mother Carey's Chickens." Not having met with any mal, were exhibited. Some notes or its natural history, by praise worthy individual

, who has deserved well of his Mr James Wilson, were read by the Secretary. b Mr Wilson country by seeing them all, I cannót, like some critics,

intimated an intention of submitting sound remarks on the describe that of which I know nothing, and must, there- geographical distribation of animals to the Suciety at an early 'fore,"liinit my observations to those few to which my

opportunity.
The Secretary reported to the Society the reception of a

'observation has been limited, Mr Farley's authorship at new volume of Transctions from the Royal Scientific So Covent Garden is this year

' a comparative fáilure ; for, ciety of Berlin ; and the business of the meeting being con- though'Cock Robin's Funeral-procession,' the Star of duded, the Society adjourned. it no.0701, ter Venus, the gigantic Watch-house Spider, and one or two

other points, are excellent, yet in whim, splendour, scene

ry, and general effect, it'is decidedly inferior to Mr BarShare the SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF SCOTLAND. !

rymore's rival exhibition at Drury Lane ; which, allowMonday, 11th January.it ing for the general absence of the ancient wit and humour

from all modern Pantomimes, is very good indeed; while Sir HENRY JARDINE in the Chair

.. it if" Present,- Professor Brunton; Drs Carson, "Hibbert,

Stanfiela's ' moving Dioraina of the Royal Domains of Borthwick; James Skene, Thomas Allan, Donald Gre- be exceeded by the reality only, and must draw crowds, in

Windsor, 'and Virginia Waters, with a real cascade, can gory, Esquires, &c. Such donations received during the recess, as had not houses are, doubtless, áll admirable in their way, though

dependent of any auxiliary. The exhibitions of the minor heen exhibited at the previous meeting, were presented by the Curator of the Museum. The most interesting were not in mine ; and if only half of their play-bill announce

the original letter of the Edinburgh Volunteers offering ments of " overflowing audiences," " tumultuous aptheir services against Prince Charles Edward; a collection plause,” and “ every evening till farther notice," may

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Her simple songs of other years
Can bless the heart they balm in tears,
And kindle Jong-forgotten smiles
In desert lands, and distant isles-
Recalling unto them that roam,
The quenchless longing for their home,
And wafting vernal sweetness o'er
The waters, from their native shore.

be believed correct, both the managers and the public are completely satisfied. Under the misnomer of the “ Husband's Mistake, or the Corporal's Wedding”-for the Corporal does not get married-Covent Garden has produced a new petit-comedy,“ done into English" from the same French original of Scribe's “ Fiancée,” as that which Plauché has re-manufactured into an opera, with Auber's music, for Drury Lane, and in which Madame Vestris, who is engaged there, and to appear for the first time to-morrow evening, is to play the prineipal character. The Covent Garden version is full of bustle, and has some excellent situations, to which Keeley, as Fritz, the Corporal, and Mrs. Gibbs, Ellen Tree, and Bartley, in the other leading parts, did ample justice; though from Planché's tact at these things, I very contidently anticipate that his will far surpass it. "The appearance of the Drury Lane Elephant is adjourned' sine die; and the new tragedy, so long'underlined in the bills, is not yet quite finished ! The Adelphi Dwarf, aged 40, and actually, 24 inches high only, with a name much longer than himself, is a truly surprising little man, and Messieurs Mathews and Yates may, therefore, now boast of possessing the largest and smallest performers in the world! The Cobourg Elephant is, compared with its rival sister in the Strand, a very diminutive animal, being little more than 6 feet high; but as Ramkondra is but rising 5, and Miss D'jeck is 25, her present girth and docility give every promise of both size and science some years hence. She appears in'a very clever burlesque parody of Beazeley's Adelphi drama ; both have a rightful prince and a wrongful prince, and in both there is a rebellion, which, like crows' nests, ought to be pulled down, because, as the author says, both are high trees on !--Such is the present condition of our London drama ; and the only additional announcements I have now to trouble you with, are, that Mr Wade's new farce of the “ Phrenologists” is to be produced at Covent Garden to-morrow ; and the real Siamese Twins are to visit Drury Lane, and sit in the Earl of Chesterfield's private proscenium box, on the same evening; for which piece of truly valuable information, Mr Charles Wright, of Champagne notoriety, is my most excellent authority. Can it be necessary for me to say, that every word respecting Quick and Munden's reappearance is entirely fiction?

Oh! beautiful at fall of day
Such music floats from far away,
When sighs, at summer's lingering close,
The parting spirit of the rose.
And lovelier still, when soft it breaks

The silence of the moonlight lakes ir Or, dying on the midnight airs,

A dear and dreamy beauty wears, Like that of pensive songs, that plain Beneath the latticed bowers of Spain, And gently woo the dark-eyed maid To list the lonely serenade, ich has That o'er the summer night afar, Seems melting from a distant star

And sweet, around the winter's hearth,
The strains, at which the mood of mirth
Gives way to feelings more profound
As I have heard them breathed around
The circle of the young and fair,
That bloom'd in silent beauty there,
When music's mystic joys and woes
In thy heart-thrilling tones arose,
Thou of the Siren-sister band,
The first fair minstrels of the land.

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THE LAST SONG. Why should I linger here,

When tlowers are faded ? ;
Quench'd is thy light, my heart,

Thy skies are shaded ;
Gone are thy friends ! like leaves

Upon the river;
They stemm'd life's tide awhile,

Then pass'd forever!
Cease, captive spirit! cease

Thy restless beating ! The welcome hour is nigh

For thy glad fleeting! Why should I linger here,

With strangers round'me ? Loosed is affection's chain

To life that bound me; Nor pleasure now nor pain

The world can bring me ; Earth has no joys to charm,

Nor griefs to sting me! Cease, captive spirit ! cease

Thy restless beating! The welcome hour is nigh

For thy glad fleeting ! Why should I linger here?

The spell is broken ! Look on my wasted cheek,

The heart's true token! Look on my faint dim eyes,

Their lone watch keeping, i Sad silent types of woe,

Too full for weeping!
Cease, captive spirit ! cease

Thy last wild beating !
Hush ! the wish'd hour is come
For thy glad fleeting!

GERTRUDE.

By John Malcolm.
The feelings stirr’d by Music's breath,

Half joy-half sorrow all divine Blend, like the wreath of love and death,

Where roses with the cypress twine,
When, melting into grief, appears
The joy that seeks relief in tears,
And sorrow sweetens into joy-
As each of each required alloy.
And evanescent gleams of thought,
With wild unearthly beauty fraught-
And memories dim, that seem to date
Their sources from a former state,
Awaked by Music's hymned spell,
Float round us---faint, as the farewell
Of long-lost love-o'er slumber's bed,
In angel-visits from the dead,
That in the dreary distance seems
To swoon upon our nightly dreams.

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ON THE STATUES OF THE MUSES IN THE the London house of Whittaker & Co., and is expected to be issued GALLERY AT PARIS.

about the end of the present, or beginning of the next month. From the German of Schiller.

New PERIODICALS.-We have received the first two numbers of

the Dublin Literary Gazette, and are happy to perceive that they proAy! let the Frank with

mise well. Number 11. is a decided improvement upon No. I., and we in hand, arms

hope the succeeding numbers will continue to increase in excellence. Bear home from every plunder'a land

The articles we-like most are." Kate Connor,'' á Tale by Mrs S. C. The prized remains of Grecian skill,

Hall,
-* One of us in London, "-":

Personal Sketches--No. I. The
And in his gaudy gallery,

Duke of Wellington,”-and Dublin versus London.” The reviews Give to the gazing vulgar eye

of books are also judicious, though we think a little deficient in what Trophy to trophy added still.

we Scotch call spurk. On the whole, under the able editorship of Mr

Johnstone, we have fittle doubt of the success of the Dublin LiteHow much in vain! In silence all 1910 raty Gazette. We have received the first number of the Perth Mis

cellany of Literature, Agriculture, Gardening, and Local Intellis They stand around the gloomy hall, Nor start to life where soul is none 17.! gence. In external appearance, it a good deal resembles the Literary

Journal, but it is to be published only once a-month, and contains With him alone the Muses dwell,

half a sheet of additional matter. Judging from the first number, Who bears them in his heart's warm cell ; welaugur, well of this publication ;--the contents are highly respecto Still to the Vandal they are stone! R. M.

able and well varied ; and it appears to be an addition of some consequence to the literature of Perthshire.Mr Jerdan, of the London

Literary Gazette, with the assistance of his son-in-law, Don Crueba SONNET TO

y, Cosio, author of the Life of Hernan Cortes, has set on foot a FoWERE I to fold thee, lady, to my heart. Ik

reign Literary Gazette, of which two numbers have appeared. It is

respectably cuntlucted, and will interfere, we should think, not a And press one burning kiss upon thy brow, - 1

little with the profits of the Foreign Quarterly Reviews. We have Perchance the restless fever might depart,* soul received from Glasgow several numbers of a periódical work going

That shoots so wildly through my hot reins now ; on there called The Thistle. They have been sent to us as a token I long to tell thee that thou art beloved,

of the satisfaction felt by the conductor 1at the vjew which the I long to mingle my whole soul with thine,

Literary Journal took of Miss Smithson, and particularly at the

featless and honest manner in which the opinion was expressed;"I long to know my passion unreproved,

and also that we “ might not be misled regarding the estimation in And hear thee trembling whisper thou art mine! which Miss 'Smithson is there held, from the dishonest puffs that --Away! away! that bliss can never be !

have appeared of her in some of the Glasgow newspapers.". In reTwo different paths through this dull life are ours; turn for these compliments, we are glad to be able to state, that we I shall be tossed on fortune's stormy sea, *** :

have read with great satisfaction the article on Miss Smithson in The

Thistle. It is one of the best pieces of dramatic criticism we have Thou wilt roam on through summer's brightest flowers!

seen for a long while, and has our entire concurrence, And, like the cloud-born shadow in the wind,

SIR THON AS LAWRENCE.The sudden death of this great artist, All thought of me will pass from thy glad mind."

in the 59th year of his age, cannot be too deeply regretted by the H. G. B. friends of art in this country. One consolation remains, that he has

left a name immortalized by his works, and that though, he had

lived to the age of a hundred, it would have been difficult for him to LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.

have increased his fame. Wilkie is talked of as his successor in the Presidency of the Royal Academy.

The BIRTH-DAY OF BURNS.- Many Clubs all over Scotland are It is among the reports of the day, that Sir Walter Scott is again looking anxiously forward to Monday, the 25th instant. The Leith etigaged on a romance, of which the hero is Sir James Douglas, who

Burns' Club intend holding their fourth anniversary dinner on that bore the Bruce's heart to Spain, We have the best means of know

day, in the Exchange Hotel, and the meeting is expected to be more ing that there is no truth in it whatever.

numerously attended than on any former occasion., Allan Cunningham is busy with his second volume of the Lives of

BIRTH-PLACE OF THE POET HOME.-In that respectable work, the Painters. It will contain Memoirs of West, Opie, Barry, Blake,

the " Lives of Eminent Scotsmen," it is stated that " John Home Bird, Fuseli, Raeburn, and others.

was born in the parish of Ancrum, in Roxburghshire, in 1724; stuThe Rev. Mr Parry is preparing the Poetical Beauties of the 16th

died at Edinburgh, and was licensed to preach the Gospel in 1747." and 17th centuries, from Surrey to Dryden."

This is entirely incorrect. Henry Mackenzie, in his Life of Home, The Dominie's Legacy, by the author of the Sectarian, is an

he in day nounced.

tember, 1722, (0.S.) and that he was the son of Mr Alexander There has just appeared, at St Petersburg, a collection of the ori Home, town-clerk of Leith, and Mrs Christian Hay, daughter of Mr ginal letters of Peter the Great, in two volumes. Two additional John Hay, writer in Edinburgh; that he received the rudiments of volumes are to be published very shortly. Used

his education at the Grammar-school of Leith, and was licensed to A new volume of Dublin Hospital Reports is now in course of pub | preach by the Presbytery of Edinburgh, on the 4th August, 1745." lication, under the superintendence of Dr Graves.

In corroboration of this staternent, we are able to mention, that the Mr M'Gregor is engaged upon a third series of Stories from the author of “ Douglas" was born in a house which stood, but is now History of Ireland, comprising the period from the accession of taken down, at the corner of Quality-street, Leith, leading into BerJames I. to the Legislative Union in 1801.

nard-street. His remains are in the cemetery of South Leith, where, A volume of poems, entitled Leisure Hours, by James Moore

a few days ago, another member of the family of Home was buried. Shelley, is in the press.

Foreign LITERATURE.-In France, Cuvier and St Hilaire are The Portfolio of the Martyr Student, by a Country Curate, is on

busily prosecuting the study of Zoology: De Candolle continues his the eve of publication.

researches into the Vegetable Kingdom; and Malte Brun is still acThere is at present publishing in Paris an edition of Sir Walter tively engaged in extending the science of Geography. The three Scott's works, and Cooper's novels, uniform in 12mo. The tities of

most popular of the French poets, Beranger, Méry, and Barthélémy, several of Sir Walter's well-known productions sound rather oddly in

have all involved themselves in trouble, by the political tias they Freneh. Thus we have-Le Lai du Dernier Menestrel-Le Lord

have given to their writings. The heroes of the republican and imdes Isles—La Prison D'Edinbourg-Les Eaux de Saint Ronan-Les perial Governments are still pouring forth innumerable Memoirs ;Chroniques de la Canongatem.Lá Jolie Fille de Perth, &c. We also

those of Bourrienne and of the Duc de St Simon are among the observe a novel of Cooper's advertised, not generally known in this

most important. Translations into French have lately appeared of country ;-the French title is Precaution, ou le Choix d'un Mari.

the works of Macculloch and Jeremy Bentham.-In Germany, Among other new works, Mr Murray announces a Life of Sir

Goethe, whose eightieth birth-day has been celebrated by his enthuStamford Raffles, by his Widow, --Essay on Financial Reform, by siastic countrymen, has lately published a 'volume of Letters, adSir Henry Parnell,-Principles of Geology, by C. Lyell, Foreign

dressed to bim by Sehiller, during the years 1806, 7. Caroline PichSecretary of the Geological Society, -Travels in the Morea, by Wil

ler has written a new Romance on the subject of the retaking of liam Martin Leake,- The Life and Reign of George 111.,—The Life

Buda She and Tieck aro among the principal contributors to the of Sir Humphry Davy, by J. A. Paris, M.D.,--and a History of German Annuals, which are as numerous as ever. Niebuhr is still France, by Mrs Markham.

busy with his publication of the Byzantine Classics. Dietrich Hüll. We understand that a new work, in three volumes, entitled Pic man has published a work on the Statistical Condition of Cities in the tures of Scottish Scenes and Character, will shortly make its appear Middle Ages: in this department of literature he treads successfully auce, from the pen of Mr Bennet, Editor of the Glasgow Free Press. on the footsteps of Hallam and Sismondi.-In Italy, Manzoni seems The work is just now in course of publication, under the auspices of to rank among the first living authors, and, as a novel-writer, is con,

sidered by his countrymen very little inferior to Sir Walter Scott. Jamie's-son. - 16. Why is the Principal's chin like the chin of a mar.

ried man? In Russia, the rigid censorship is a severe drag upon literature ; yet,

Because it is that of a Husband Baird.-17. Why is the notwithstanding, both poets and political writers are on the increase Professor of Church History not the least like Sir Walter Scott's there.

grandson ? Because the one is Hugh Littlejohn, and the other is NEWS FROM Rome.-From peculiar sources of information, we Hugh Meiklejohn. are enabled to state some interesting facts regarding the recent pro Should I hear of any further proceedings on the part of the Royal gress of the fine arts in Rome. Thorwaldsen, who is now generally al. Commission, I shall be glad to let you know; and I am, sir, your lowed to be the first sculptor living, is going on with his great work obedient servant,

A. RIDDLE. of Christ and the twelve Apostles, for the Cathedral in Berlin. The

Theatrical Gossip—The letter from London, on a previous page, figure of Christ has seldom or never been equalled; the attitude is simple, but impressive, and the expression of the whole is full of contains a variety of information upon this subject. --Viss Paton and deity, and of beauty finely mixed with sublimity. The chief differ- Sapio have been attending the Manchester and Liverpool Concerts. ence between the mind of Canova and Thorwaldsen seems to be, Miss Paton is now at Bath, and in excellent voice. She will begin that the former was so deeply imbued with the feeling of beau'y, her engagement at Covent Garden early in February.- Pasta is said that he was apt to lose himself when he attempted to be sublime ; to be engaged at Copenhagen for the winter season. The performwhereas the latter is so devoted to sublimity, that his feelings of ance of Miss Mitford's new tragedy of " Otho" is postponed; the re beauty, especially of female beauty, are less intense. Thorwaldsen's

cent death of the amiable authoress's mother is assigned as a cause.mind is probably the higher of the two; and it may be mentioned, that Sontag is still performing at Paris; but her marriage with the Count de the chief fault found by the artists in Rome to Dr Memes's late History Rossi (who is he ?) is said to be noʻlonger a secret. She has lately of the Fine Arts—a book they hold in much esteem-is, that it scarcely been playing the part of Lucy Ashton, in an Italian version of " The bestows sufficient praise on Thorwaldsen. It should be recollected,

Bride of Lammermoor," called " Le Nozze di Lammermoor," the however, that Dr Memes visited Rome before this sculptor had risen

music by Caraffa.-One hundred and seventy-five new pieces have to the eminence he has now attained; and, besides, there can be no

been produced in Paris during the year 1829. of these not above doubt that Canova did more for art than Thorwaldsen has done, be

twenty can be said to have succeeded. The most successful bore the cause he was mainly instrumental in restoring it to its ancient purity, following titles :-William Tell-Henry III.-Christina at Fontainand redeeming it from the spurious style of Bernini.

In this respect,

bleau-An Election Day-Elizabeth of England - The Betrothed

The Two Nights—The Family of the Baron-Cricri-Marino Fa. Flaxman and Canova stand together unrivalled. A fine statue of the late Pope is among Thorwaldsen's latest works.- The English sculp- at Liverpool.--Braham and Fanny Ayton are still in Dublin, where

liero-and Nero's Festival.-Liston and Miss F. H. Kelly are playing tor, Mr Gibson, ranks next in reputation. A Narcissus, which he has

“ Masaniello" has been exceedingly successful. It is almost unbe just finished, is considered worthy of Canova. The figure is recum. bent, in the attitude of looking at his shadow, and is sweet, simple, evening, because we perceive by the box plan that the house is to be

cessary to remind our readers that Miss Jarman takes her benefit this and beautiful in a most surpassing degree. A Nymph sitting is Gib

as full as it can hold. This is as it should be. When we said that son's last work, and is scarcely, if at all, inferior to his Narcissus. This artist is only about two or three-and-thirty.-Wyeght, an Eng, have said Mathews and Braham. The former makes his appearane

Braham and Mathews were to succeed Miss Jarman, we ought to lish, and Scoular, a Scotch sculptor, are also much esteemed. Scou

on Monday. We are to lose Miss Jarman for little inore than three lar's chief work is the Deluge-a group of three figures. His Adam

weeks. and Eve are also considered excellent.— The Italian sculptor who has dee, Perth, Aberdeen, Glasgow, and elsewhere, and is then to retura

She has accepted of several provincial engagements in Dunsucceeded Canova in his studio is very favourably spoken of; and there to perform here with Young and Vandenhoff. This is also as it are some exceedingly clever German sculptors now studying in Roine.

should be.-We are informed that a melo-drama, entitled " A Legend -Among the English painters resident there, Geddes and Eastley of the Hartz, or the Magie Rifle," written by a youth of 15 years of may be mentioned as having particularly distinguished themselves, age, will be performed at the Caledonian Theatre, soon after the te the former chiefly as a portrait-painter.—A few weeks ago, upwards turn of the company in March. The two rival Theatres in Glasgos, of thirty young German sculptors, painters, architects, and poets, under Seymour and Alexander, seem to be scarving each other. came to Rome in a body, having, in the delightful enthusiasm of their nature, performed the whole of their pilgrimage on foot, from

WEEKLY List of PerforMANCES. their native country to the “ eternal city."

Jan. 9-15.
THE EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY AND ITS PROFESSORS.

SAT. The Honeymoon, $ The Twelfth Cake.
To the Editor of the Edinburgh Literary Journal.

Mon. The House of Aspen, & Do.

TUES. The Magnie and the Maid, William Thompson, & Do. Sir,-As all information upon this subject must be interesting to

The Bride of Lammermoor, & Do. your readers, I am happy to hare it in my power to inform you, that

THURS. The Belle's Stratagem, Do. in the prosecution of its arduous duties, the Royal Commission has

FBI. The Point of Honour, A Roland for an Oliver, Do. seen proper to propose the following important questions to the different Professors in this University, to which I understand the subjoined answers have been returned: 1. Why is the Professor of Moral Philosophy like a person who

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. sells scented soap ? Because he has a great deal to do with the oil of palms.—2. Why is the Professor of Logic like a legal document? " Account of a Grand Aerial Voyage,” by the Ettrick Shepherd, Because he is an awfu' David.-3. Why are the students who attend which reached us too late for this week, will appear next Saturthe lectures on Agriculture the most disreputable set in the Univer- day, sity? Because they have all been sent to Coventry.-4. Why is the On Saturday sc'ennight, The EDITOR IN HIS SLIPPERS, No. 6, Professor of Military Surgery like a dance in France ? Because he when we hope to make up our lee-way with many of our poetical is a Ball-in-Gall.-5. Why is Professor Hope like a locksmith ? Be- Correspondents and others. cause he is acquainted with every kind of key-mystery.--6. What is

Several reviews of new books are unavoidably postponed, and the difference between the former and the present Professor of

among these a notice of the last No. of the Westminster Review, Universal History? The one was Tytle-r, and the other is title-d.

with a particular reference to its article on the Provincial Periodical 7. Why is it much to be regretted that Dr Chalmers ever left Fife?

Press. Because he is now out of Kirk-a'-day.-8. Why ought Professor

It will give us pleasure to receive a notice of Flaxman's Lectures Leslie to keep a journal? Because it would be an excellent specimen from the able quarter from which it is promised), the more especialof a dye-hairy.-9. Why should the Professor of Civil Law never re

ly considering the feeble and erroneous manner in which the subject main long in the same place ? Because every body likes to see Cheap is treated in the last number of the Edinburgh Review.-We do not travelling.–10. Why does the Professor of Public Law, who never think "A Recollection of India" of sufficiently strong or general lectures, pay more attention to his pupils than any other? Because 1: terest to warrant its insertion.-We should like to see a copy of he has only two, and these are the pupils of his eye.-11. Why is the Mr Dunlop's Pamphlet ; can “ Proteus" favour us with it ? _* AB Professor of Mathematics like the Edinburgh Literary Journal? l-each Cogadh, or the War Horse,” is well written, but wants point, Because he is much read in numbers, and in all circles.-12. Why is and ends rather lamely.Our fair Correspondent in Duke Street Professor Pillans like the Member for Galway? Because he is much will find a note addressed to her as directed. interested in the cause of Hurranity -13. Why does Professor Bell The “Sonnet" by “ V. D." shall have a place. - We have not over. publish so many editions of his Commentaries? Because he is fond looked the “Stanzas to Miranda," and shall be glad to hear again of ringing the change, and of making the change ring.–14. Why from their author.-The following Poems will not suit us :-" The should Professor Napier's legs disqualify him for his Professorship? Pedestrian's Farewell to one of his compagnons de voyage,

"L" The Because they do not seem well adapted for Conveyancing, nor, as a Lament of De Lacy's Bride," by “ Alcinoe,"_“ Stanzas" by Cockney friend remarks, are they well adapted to Mac-vey.-15. Why ginus Shanks Filzwhisker, "-Lines by “ N. N." of Glasgow, and is the Professor of Natural llistory like Charles I.? Because he is “ Lines on the Bygone Year," by “ H. M. G." of Glasgow.

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