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tive of the same countries. Now, we in our simplicity MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE.
By Robert Chambers. could be rendered more important by the auditor's being Victims, as those who read my last lucubration upon already in possession of the whole truth. These, how the subject must be aware, are a set of mortals standing ever, are mere matters of opinion, and we propound them in the same relation to ordinary men, as fallen angels to with becoming diffidence.
their celestial brethren. The race may be known by the depleation of their clothes, their lank cheeks, and peaked
chins; or by their haunts, which are ever obscure and The English School; a Series of the most approved Pro- little frequented, such as the Low Calton, or the South
ductions in Painting and Sculpture, executed by British Back of the Canongate. Lastly, they may be known by Artists, from the Days of Hogarth to the Present their vespertilious habit of appearing only when they Time ; Selected, Arranged, and Accompanied with De- cannot be seen-in the thickening of the twilight. No scriptive and Explanatory Notices in English and one, however, whether he has read my former essay or French. By G. Hamilton. Engraved in outline not, needs to have the race described to him : he has only upon steel. London. 1830. Nos. 7, 8, 9.
to call up the memory of a set of old poor-devil acquaintLandscape Illustrations of the Waverley Novels. Engraved ances, who come to him every now and then in quest of
by William and Edward Finden. London : Charles small change, in order to be completely aware of the
Tilt. Edinburgh: Thomas Ireland. 1830. No. VIII. people whose natural history is now in the course of being National Portrait Gallery of Illustrious and Eminent detailed. Personages of the Nineteenth Century. With Memoirs,
I had occasion in my last paper to remark the assistby William Jerdan, Esq. No. XXI. London. ance and succour which the necessitous afford to the Fisher, Son, & Co. 1830.
necessitous, and to show that, instead of being chiefly
benefited by the rich, as might be supposed, victims are The first of these works is a neat, cheap, and unpre- in reality indebted for the chief part of their precarious tending book. Each number contains six outline engra- means of livelihood to the poor, or to each other. Victims vings of a painting by some British master. The selec
are frequently known to have fag-victims, who serve them tion is in general good, and the execution spirited. We for friendship's sake. Take the following example : are thus put in possession of something to remind us of
in Lanarkshire, originally a the graces of composition, and the sentiment of the ori- landed gentleman and an advocate at the Scottish bar, ginal--not unfrequently of a good deal of its expression.
was a blood of the first water in the dissolute decade The numbers now before us contain, among others,— 1780-90, when, if we are to believe Provost Creech, it Stephanoff*s “ Visit to Rich Relations;" West's “ Lear in the Storm,” and “Regulus;" Wilkie's “ Jew's Harp ;” and manner of walking, to give an exact personation of
was a gentleman's highest ambition, in his street dress Opie's “ Death of Rizzio;" a “ Landscape,” by Wilson; the character of Filch in the Beggar's Opera. Hamilton and “ Cottage Children,” by Gainsborough. We like at that period dressed a good deal above Filch, however to have such a book beside us, into which we can occa- he might resemble him in gait. He bad a coat edged all sionally take a peep, in order to refresh our memory, round with gold lace, wore a gold watch on each side, We wish its deserving publisher success, and better ex
(an extravagant fashion then prevalent,) and, with his planatory notices. We have, on a former occasion, expressed our appro- figure of the pre-revolutionary cast.
cane, bag-wig, and gold-buckled shoes, was really a fine
His house was in bation of the “ Landscape Illustrations of the Waverley the Canongate-a good flat in Chessels's Court-garrisonNovels.” Part VIII. contains a most beautiful and ed only by a female servant called Nanny. Hamilton at poetically-conceived view of Conisborough Castle, by De length squandered away the whole of his estate, and beWint. This work ought to have a place in every bou
came a victim. All the world fell away from him; but doir.
Nanny still remained. From the entailed family flat in The “ National Portrait Gallery of Illustrious and Chessels's Court, he had to remove to a den somewhere Eminent Personages”—such a title is enough to damn about the Netherbow; Nanny went with him. Then any work-grows worse and worse. The engravings are either bad in themselves, or from plates which have stuck fast. The unfortunate gentleman could not him
came the period of wretchedness. Nanny, however, still once been good, but worn out and vamped up anew. No. self appear in his woe-begone attire upon those streets XXI. contains three portraits :—the Marquis Anglesey, where he had formerly shone a resplendent sun ; neither a libel on the painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence, from could he bring his well-born face to solicit his former which it is taken ; Sir John Franklin--a libel upon that friends for subsidies. Nanny did all that was necessary. daring seaman himself; and the Earl of Carlisle, upon Foul day and fair day, she was to be seen gliding about which we decline offering any remarks. If the editor, the streets, either petitioning tradesmen for goods to her or editors, of the work wish it to succeed, they must give master on credit, or collecting food and money from the us such engravings as that of Dr Thomas Young, in No. houses of his acquaintance. If a liquid alms was offered, XV., and Abernethy, in No. XVIII. There is no she had a white tankard, streaked with smoky-looking great barm in any of Mr Jerdan's “ Illustrative Memoirs" cracks, for its reception, if the proffered article was a -as indeed we had anticipated.
mass of flesh, she had a plate or a towel. There never
was such a forager. Hamilton himself used to call her, American Stories for little Boys and Girls : intended for lective powers ; and he finally found so much reason to
“TRUE AND TRUSTY," by way of a compliment to her colChildren under ten years of age. Edited by Mary Russell Mitford. Three volumes, 12mo. London. Whit- the usual fatal period of fifty, he made her his wife!
appreciate her disinterested attachment, that, on reaching taker, Treacher, & Co. 1831.
Such is the history of one fag-victim. A COLLECTION very creditable to the nursery literature ANOTHER.—Some years ago, there flourished in the ou our Transatlantic brethren. There are, however, High Street of Edinburgh a Mr who dealt very plenty of amiable ladies quite competent to the selection extensively in the spirit trade. In his prosperous days, and arrangement of the tales contained in the present he had secured the services of a lad from Gilmerton as a work. Miss Mitford should reserve herself for more porter. By and by, he was unfortunate, as it is called, important tasks.
in business. The ląd, who had become a clever and use
ful servant, did not then seek another place. Habit bad every thing about the shop; the handles of all things so fixed him in the employment of his first master, that were fitted to his hand; every thing came to him, to use be felt as if it would tear his heart-strings, to go else- a proverbial expression of Scotland, like the bowl of a where. The master, who was one of the most unde- pint-stoup. In fact, like a piece of wood placed in a structible victims that ever fell under our observation, petrifying spring, this man might be said to have been soon contrived to turn this attachment to some account. transfigured out of his original flesh and blood altogether, Unable to appear again in business under his own name, and changed into a creature participating in the existence he set up, in a smaller way than formerly, under that of and qualities of certain essences, perfumes, wigs, pomades, his servant. It is needless to particularize the subsequent drawers, wig-blocks, glass-cases, and counters, forming history of the pair. Suffice it to say, that for a dozen the materiel of Mr
's establishment. Such a years they have subsisted together, with a constant appear- being was, as may be supposed, a useful servant. ance of business, and yet, perhaps, scarcely ever paying knew all the customers; he knew his master's whole either the king, the landlord, or the merchant. At one form of practice, all his habits, and every peculiarity of time, you will find the little modest sign projected from his temper. And then the fidelity of the creature,—but the cheek of a door at the bottom of the Canongate. By that was chiefly shown in the latter evil days of the shop, and by, you will detect it, amidst a host of others, over a and during the victimhood of his master. As misfortune close-bead in the Cowgate. Next, perbaps, you find it came on, the friendship of master and man became more somewhere about the head of Leith Walk. Soon after, intensely familiar and intimate than it had ever been taking a short walk in a Saturday afternoon, you find it before. As the proudest man, met by a lion in the deshooting up above the thatch of a red-and-yellow cottage sert, makes no scruple to coalesce with his servant in at Libberton Dams, or Muttonhole. Then, again, you resisting it, so was -- induced by the devouring monare astonished, some months after, to find it has got back ster Poverty to descend to the level, and make a compato town, and reared itself over the door of some laigh nion, of his faithful “boy." They would at last go to shop in one of the new streets of the suburbs. We have the same tavern together, take the same Sunday walks often mentally compared the migrations of this strange were, in reality, boon companions. In all -'s distresses copartnery to a certain scene in “ Rob Roy,” where that the boy partook ; if any thing “occurred about a bill,” Highland hero is represented as making his escape from as Crabbe says, it was the “boy” who had the chief dolour a party of soldiers, by swimming under the surface of a of its accommodation; he would scour the North and deep river, and only now and then coming up for breath. South Bridges, with his hat off, borrowing small silver In like manner, they seem to duck and dive under and à l'improviste, as if to make up change to a customer, till throughout the town, coming up every now and then at he had the necessary sum amassed. The “boy" at length remote and unthought-of corners, and then sinking again. became very much demoralized; he grew vicious toIn all conditions and kinds of shop, the servant is the wards the world, to be the more splendidly virtuous to his front-rank man, the active partner, the forager. The master : the grand redeeming quality, after the manner master sits in some obscure den behind, like a buttery- of Moses's serpent, had eaten up all the rest. It were spirit, enjoying the fruits of his servant's industry, and needless to pursue the history of the shop through all its plotting new schemes for raising the wind, in the execu- stages of declension. Through them all the “boy" surtion of which schemes “ the lad” is constantly engaged. vived, unshaken in his attachment. The shop might The firm has now subsisted for a considerable time, in fade, grow dim, and die, but the “ boy” never. The defiance of all moving accidents by jail and caption. And goods might be diminished, the Duke of Wellington how much longer it may survive, depends, we suppose, might be sold for whisky, and his lady companions pawn upon the pleasure of death alone; for no other power their wigs for mutton-pies, but the “ boy" was a fixture. in the world seems to have strength enough to break it. There was no pledging away his devoted, inextinguishable
THE THIRD, and only other instance of the fag-victim friendship. The master at length went to the Canongate which can be given here, is of a much more touching jail-we say went to, in order to inform the sentimental. character than either of the above, and seems to make it part of mankind that imprisonment is seldom done in necessary for the writer of these trifling essays to protest, the active voice, people generally incarcerating themselves beforehand, against being thought a scoffer at the misery with the most philosophical deliberation, and not the of his fellow-creatures. He begs it to be understood least air of compulsion in the matter. The shop was that, however light the language in which he speaks, he still kept open, and the “boy" attended it. But every hopes that he can look with no other than respectful feel- evening did he repair to the dreary mansion, to solace his ings upon human nature, in a suffering, and, more espe- master with the news of the day, see after his comforts, cially, a self-denying form.
and yield up the prey which, jackall-like, he had collected Some years ago, there flourished, in one of the prin- during the preceding four-and-twenty hours. This prey, eipal thoroughfares of Edinburgh, a fashionable perfumer, be it remarked, was not raised from the sale of any thing the inheritor of an old business, and a man of respectable the shop. Every saleable article had by this time connexions; who, finally falling into dissolute habits, been sold. The only furniture was now a pair of becarne, of course, very much embarrassed, and finally scissors and a comb, together with the announcement, “ unfortunate.” In his shop,
“ Hair-cutting rooms,” in the window. By means of “ From youth to age a reverend 'prentice grew;"
these three things, however, the boy contrived generally
to fleece the public of a few sixpences in the day; and all a man, at the time of his master's failure, advanced to these sixpences, with the exception of a small commission nearly middle life, but who, having never been any for his own meagre subsistence, went to his master at where else since he was ten or twelve years of age, than the Canongate jail. Often, in the hour between eight behind -'s counter-Sundays and meal-hours alone and nine in the evening, have they sat in that small excepted—was still looked upon by his master as “ the dingy back-room behind the large hall, enjoying a bottle boy of the shop,” and so styled accordingly. This worthy of strong ale, drunk out of stoneware tumblers—talking creature had, in the course of time, become as a mere over all their embarrassments, and speculating how to piece of furniture in the shop: his soul had fraternized get clear of them. Other prisoners had their wives or (to use a modern French phrase) with his situation. their brothers to see after them; but we question if any The drawers and shuttles, the combs, brushes, and botone had, even in these relations of kindred, a friend so tles, had entered into and become part of his own exist- attached as the “ boy." At length, after a certain period, ence; he took them all under the wide-spreading boughs this unfortunate tradesman was one evening permitted to of his affections ; they were to him, as the infant to the walk away, arm-in-arm with his faithful " young man," mother, part of himself. He was on the best terms with and the world was all before them where to choose. We
are unable to trace their further history for a consider-quisite harmony of their relative positions, the mastery able period. But we doubt not it led them through many shown in the management of the light and shade, and the changes of misery; for at the only part of their career exquisite colouring, render it a work upon which we love upon which we have happened to obtain any light, the to dwell, the memory of which pleases, and wbich we “ boy" was wandering through the streets of a town in are anxious to see again. Part of this charm no doubt the north of England - we think Carlisle in the dress is owing to the expression of the different faces, but and appearance of a very old beggar, and singing the more to the harmony of all the parts giving a tone of songs wherewith he had formerly delighted the citizens sentiment to what is only one degree removed from a of Edinburgh in Mrs Manson's and Johnnie Dowie's, picture of still life. This work is worthy the intense for the subsistence of his master ; who, as ascertained by and continuous study of our most advanced artists. my informant, was deposited, in a state of sickness and; "A Portrait in Armour," (No. 2,) by the same maswretchedness transcending all description, in a low ter, strikes perhaps more at first than the picture of which lodging-house in a back street! It is needless to moralize we have been speaking, and possesses many of its excelupon this tale. It is true.
lencies. Being a simpler subject, it does not give scope for such varied beauty ; and yet, but for something de
fective in the upper part of the figure, we should scarcely FIFTH EXHIBITION OF ANCIENT PICTURES, venture to call it inferior.
"" The Martyrdom of $t Sebastian,” (No. 3,) also by
Vandyke, is in a bolder style than those we have just GALLERY OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTION
noticed; it reminds us more of Rubens. The saint stands THE' materials for our former-exhibitions of ancient rather to one side of the centre of the picture; a sturdy pictures were derived from the contributions of private embrowned figure, with his back to the spectator, is bowed collectors-a circumstance which gave occasion to the down in one corner to bind his feet to a tree. Another utterance of an immense quantity of nonsense. If a attendant on the same side reaches out a hand from beharsh word was uttered regarding the merits of a pic- bind to lay hold of bis shoulder. A negro, holding a bow ture, or a doubt hinted of its authenticity, a clamour was in one hand and some arrows in the other, bends himself immediately raised about the liberalioy of the proprietór backward so as to thrust his head between the stooping in exhibiting it,-shameful want of delicacy in hurting and the upright attendant, casting a glare of malignant the reputation of pritate property_public ingtatitade, ecstasy towards the saint. The other side of the picture &c. &c. It is needless now to lonter into any largument is occupied by two soldiers on borseback ; along the back upon this subject, to show that individuals of a sound of one of them depends a red banner. The naked body judgment, who collect' to gratify their lovh taste, will of the martyr is most exquisitely painted, and its brightnot be shaken by unjust abuse--that-the vainglorious, nėss looks, among the soberer tints by which he is surignorant, and tasteless, who only ape the fashion, and rounded, like a pure spirit contrasted with earthly grossbring their pictures before the publio to gratify their own ness; his eyes are melting and upcast, as though it were vanity, have no claim to mercy'avy. We have now got a joy to die.” The stooping executioner conveys merely pictures before us, of which, as public property, it is our the idea of remorseless physical strength: in the counduty, as much as our inclination, to speak freely. To tenance of him who stands erect we can trace an expresan honest man, there can be no more painful feeling than sion of ruth and commiseration. The soldiers are akin that of being obliged by his own conviction to praise, to their horses-bold, powerful, and with the one ques. when he knows that an outcry would be raised against tionable virtue of devotion to their master, let him be him if he dared to blame.
what he will. The whole of this picture is executed in As yet, only seventeen of the pictures parchased by a bold and dashing style. If it were allowable to borrow the Institution have arrived.l
. Of thesd the most valuable a figure from a sister art, we would say, that its excelare, without a doubt, the three andykes-pictures cal- leucies stood in the same relation to those of “ The Loculated to excite admiration in any collection, and worthy mellini Family," as one of Mozart's exquisite dramatic to be the nucleus round which a National Gallery is to passages to the solemn passionless music of a mass by gather. The large picture of “ The Lomellini Family," Beethoven. (No. 1,) is one of the most perfect works of art we have Next in our affections to these masterpieces, is a Cupid ever beheld. The principal figure is a young, elastic by Procaccino, (No. 14;) an exquisite piece of colouring, figure-a model of manly grace, clad in rich armour, and with a fine drowsy warmth about it. The little rascal holding in his hand the shaft of a broken dance. Behind is reclining, and stretching up his hand to a quiver that him appears the head of another male figure, less regu- hangs overhead. The smile that plays upon his lips means larly beautiful in its formand also less apparently mischief. On a par with this picture in point of execuconscious of being handsomewhose ideep, impassioned, tion, and not unlike it in the effect of its light and shade, and somewhat gloomy expression, sympathizes with the is one of a more lofty, subject, by Guercino_" The Mahalf shade in which he standss", iLooking dasvnwards on govna, Infant, and St John,” (No. 13.) There is much the other side of this figure, cand returning to the fore grandeur of style in The Portrait of a Sepator," by ground, the eye rests upon a sedate macronly figures in Giacomo Bassano (No. 12.) “A Portrait of Alessandro the stiff but imposing dress of Nandykea time. Follow Famnese,” by Wootermans, is also good, though inferior to ing the same outline, our view glides along her arm, and the former, The Head, fNo. 29,) assumed by the author is led to a delicate tapering hand, to which clings a chubby of the catalogue to be a portrait of Giorgione, on the boy, whose infantile countevance has already caught the strength of a G. A. in one corner, (Giorgione the Artist, trick of his uncle, (we presume,) and frowns most pre- we suppose this learned Theban explains these initials,) cociously. · A girl, rather elder and bigger, with all the is a pleasing little piece of colour, well fitted to catch the amusing primness of a child when it tries to look sedate many. The effect of the bright eyes glancing out through because those around it are so, completes the group. the shadow upon his brow cannot fail. Overhead of the party hangs a piece of gorgeously sub A Landscape, by Gaspar Poussin, (No. 11,) with a dued drapery, emulating in the rich intermixture of its rencontre between Bacchus and Silepus in the foreground, tints, the blending of colours on the peacock's neck. On is a valuable picture. Of the landscape attributed to one side, the view is terminated by a marble statue in an Titian, (No. 5,) it is with considerable diffidence that we antechamber ; on the other, it opens upon a landscape. give our opinion, knowing that it differs widely from the This picture is simply a portrait. The figures are not judgment of some to whom we are in general inclined to forced into the representation of any action ; their atti- defer. With the exception of the two large trees in the tudes and arrangement tell no story. And yet the ex- | foreground, and of the near bend of the river with the boat
upon it, we aduire the painting much. We admire the to that event been living in terms of open enmity with his receding hills, the expanse of water that loses itself among brother ; but during all that period he had maintained them, and the bold sky above. We admire, above all, the habits of the closest intimacy with Auchindrayne, and fine sunny effect of the whole picture.
actually joined him in various hostile enterprises against the There is some rich colour in Paris Bordone's “ Lady Earl. Theoccurrence of the Laird of Culzean's murder was at her Toilet;" but it is any thing but a good picture. embraced by their mutual friends as a fitting opportunity The unfeminine coarseness of the principal figure, and to effect a permanent reconciliation between the brothers; the decided ugliness of her companion, almost incline us “ bot (as the Historie' quaintly informs us) the cuntry to be sceptical as to the worth of the documents sub- thocht' that he wald not be eirnist in that cause, for the seribed by certain "persons of honour" in Piedmont, and auld luiff betuix him and Aucbindrayne."* The unnow in the hands of the Directors, bearing testimony to principled Earl, (whose sobriquel, and that of some of the authenticity of this, and some of the other pictures. his ancestors, was King of Carrick, to denote the boundWe apply the same remark to that brick-dust coloured, in- less sway he exercised over his own vassals in that disanimale-looking gentleman, who has been christened " A trict,) relying on his brother's necessities, held out the Portrait, by Titian," (No. 6.)
infamous bribe contained in the bond, to induce the MasThe “ Bacchus and Ariadne,” by Sebastian del Piombo, ter to murder his former friend, the Laird of Auchin(No. 7,) is not likely to find many admirers, and perhaps drayne. Though there ; be honour among thieves, it does not deserve them. But as we feel a sneaking kind would seem that there is none among assassins; for the its defence. The Bacchus is' a humpish commonplace assured to bý a written documentJudging by the mortal—the Cupid is a Dutchman the colours of the Earl's former and siibsequent history, he probably thought landscape are unnatural. But regard the deep slumbrous that, in either event, she would " kill two dogs with one look of the Ariadne; mark the fine feeling with which stone;" and it is but doing justice to the Master's acutethe painter bas brought a sleepy shadow over her head, ness, and the experience acquired under his preceptor while on the other side of the picture the small white Anchindrayne, to tonjecture, that, on his part, he would waves laugh in the sun. There is true poetry in this hold bis bond to be used as a check-mate against his brosentiment, and that makes amends for a world of faults. ther, shouldi he think fit afterwards to turn his heel upon
The only other picture deserving a particular notice is bima. The following is a correct copy of the bond granted “ Saint Jerome,” by Franceschini, (No. 16.). It is a by the Earl, as transcribed from the original : fine bold picture. The “ Architectural Subject," by 11"We,JOHNNLERLE of Cassillis, Lord Kennedy, &c., Delen, (No. 10,) is good of its kind, but too much of the bindis and oblisis is, that howsovne our broder, Hew porcelain style of painting for our taste.'' “ Christ driving KENNEDY of Brounstoun, with his complices, taikis the the sellers from the Temple," by Benvenuto Garafalo, LAIRD of AUCHINDRANEIS lyf, that we sall mak guid and (No. 9,) and “ The Adoration of the Shepherds,” by thankfull payment to him and thame of the sowme of Palmo Vecchio, (No. 15,) neither need nor deserve com Tuelff hundreth merkis yeirly, togidder with corne to
sex horsis ; ay and qubill we ressa w thame in houshald We shall resume this subject as soon as the remainder with our self: Beginning the first payment immediatlie of these pictures arrive. Judging by those which are efter thair committing of the sad deid. AtTour, howalready here, we should augur well of them as the com- sovne we ressaue, thame in houshald, we sall pay to the mencement of a National Gallery, were we only secure twa serwing gentillmen the feis yeirlie, as our awin housthat the undertaking was in the hands of adequate hald serwandis.' And heirto we obliss ws vpone our homanagers.
SUBSCRyvit with our hand, at Maybele, the ferd
day of Septembor, 1602.5 THE GOOD OLD TIMES.
(Signed) " JOHNE ERLE or Cassillis." We owe the following curious illustration of the moral sense of our ancestors to the kindness of the erudite editor of the "Criminal Trials." We believe it is the first time that any of our readers
LONDON GOSSIP ON LITERATURE AND ART. have seen a bill in which the value received was the life of a man. It is a curious question before what tribunal its payment could
London, 25th January. have been enforced.-Ed. Lit. Jour.]
SOUTHEY and Wordsworth have lately visited us. The In my Collection of Criminal Trials, and also in the latter staid a week, the former a month : their comHistorical and Genealogical Account of the principal pany was much in request. There was something of a Families of the Name of Kennedy, recently published, all jubilee among our London bards on the occasion ; neverthe incidents then discovered relative to the accumulated theless, the great - Lakers kept themselves much apart acts of villainy perpetrated by the LAIRD OF Auchin- from the thousand-and-one bards of the metropolis, and ERAFNE and his son have already been disclosed. As the appeared but 'to a few. Southey has a poem, the scene public are, moreover, already in possession of the leading of which is laid in Sherwood Forest, more than half features of this extraordinary case, from the graphic pen finished ; and Wordsworth, from a hint which I heard of Sir WALTER Scott, who has prefixed an introductory him drop, has been prevailed on by the persuasive Rogers notice to his dramatic poem, “ Auchindrain, or the Ayr to send a short piece to the press through the hands of shire Tragedy," it seems unnecessary to attempt a sketch Moxon. They were both in good health, and promise of their lives and crimes.
to live long. Rogers is much pleased with the success The bistorical account and the collection above referred of his Italy, so splendidly illustrated by Stothard and to, contain a great variety of documents, which have been Turner, and thinks of doing the same kind turn to brought forward, alike to illustrate the Trials of the the rest of his poems. I hope he will do it; for you Lairds of Auchindrayne, and the extraordinary state of must know that in art he has the best taste of all our society and manners in the important district of Carrick. poets. He is a fine sample of the old gentlemanly But no papers hitherto discovered appear to afford so stri. English school—fall of fine wit and ready humour, and king a picture of the savage state of barbarism into which abounding in anecdotes. that country must have been sunk, as the following Bond The Annuals, like other flowers of the field, are now by the Earl of Cassillis to his brother and heir apparent, no more ; and the Libraries, some of which are beautiHew, Master of Cassillis. The uncle of these young men, fully embellished, are as plentiful as stars in the unclouded Sir Thomas Kennedy of Culzean, Tutor of Cassillis, &c., sky. Many men of first-rate fame are employed in these was murdered, Mayllth, 1602, by Auchindrayne's accomplices. The Master of Cassillis had for many years previous
• Hist. of the Kennedies, p. 59.
periodicals; and our best booksellers are all, more or less, interested in the success and sale. Some seek by skill and activity to advance; others cover their front, like Napoleon, with a cloud of puffing skirmishers, and endeavour to eke out with cunning what they want in strength. Lockhart, whose prudence is equal to his learning and genius, throws no work rashly upon the waters; and I may safely say, the Family Library has not yet sent forth a single indifferent book. It has fared otherwise with some of the other Libraries. I cannot, however, join in the sharp condemnation which some have passed on Galt's Byron, nor can I agree entirely in the censure passed on Sherer's Wellington. A change has come over one of our Magazines the name of Campbell is away from the New Monthly, and the proprietor has lifted up his voice, and uttered praise, loud and long, on the first number from the hand of the new editor. But puffing won't do alone ; indeed, it will not do at all, and cannot fail to annoy sensitive, or rather sensible, contributors, and make them withdraw. Campbell was too fastidious, was coy, and hard, and ill to please ; but his name was high, and no doubt beneficial; his absence will likely be felt. A new Magazine is to come into existence on the 31st of March. It has one proprietor and two editors. There is money and talent enough, I hear : but Success is a coy lady ; Genius sometimes cannot woo her, neither can money buy her. The editors are Wil. liam Kennedy and Leitch Ritchie, and the booksellers, Hurst and Chance.
Enough of pen and ink; there is, however, but little to be said about art. Wilkie has dipt his brush in Caledonian colours, and is dashing out John Knox preaching one of his fierce sermons to the backsliders of St Andrews. It will be a splendid work. The artist has recovered even more than his original health. I saw him lately engaged in a Scotch reel, and well did he acquit himself. A grand colossal statue of our late King, for your romantic town, is now to be seen in the studio of Chantrey ; it is no less than twelve feet high, carries the sceptre of old Caledonia in the right hand, and looks right royally. I saw a bust of Southey, by the same artist—a very fine performance ; the head has a kindly, and yet a proud look. Pickersgill has filled his studio with heads of " lords and ladies of high degree;" one unfinished of Sir George Murray--another of Lord Lyndhurst—both excellent; and, better still, the portrait of the Countess of Pembroke, of the renowned family of the Sydneys.
FROM THE FRENCH OF CHATEAUBRIAND,
« Combien j'ai douce souvenance," fc.
My sister, past.
Be thou my last.
0, sister! those were happy days, When, by the cheerful fagot's blaze, Our mother strain'd us to her breast
In joyful bliss, And we on those white locks impress'd
Our childish kiss.
Mind'st thou the castle by whose side The clear Adour's swift waters glide ; The lonely mouldering Moorish bower,
So worn and grey, From which the trumpet told the hour
Of dawning day;
Here's to the critic's ink,
Willie mine, Willie mine, Here's to the critic's ink,
Willie mine; Men wha rhyme and canna think, Of oblivion let them drink, Those wha canna swoom should sink,
MR Booth, author of the “ Analytical Dictionary," has in the press, a work on the principles of English Composition.
A work is about to appear, entitled " An Outline of Sematology," which, being interpreted, means, an Essay towards establishing a new Theory of Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.
A Series of eight Views in Kensington Gardens, including the Royal Palace, and other picturesque points, engraved from draw. ings by Mr J. Sargeant, with Historical Illustrations, is on the eve of publication.
We understand that Mr John Surenne has been appointed organist to St Mark's Chapel, Portobello.
Be gentle with your pen,
Willie mine, Willie mine,