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* But this is not all; the accumulations mentioned above “ the grants from this fand must receive the warrant of had necessarily thrown into the hands of the Trustees considerable funds, which were partly laid out in purchasing posed of.” He does not, indeed, tell us that Sir Robert
the Lords of the Treasury before one shilling can be disthe ground and forming an establishment for a set of weavers, who were driven out of France by religious persecu
was thus generous in consequence of a suggestion from tion, and were located in a lane which some of us can re
a member of the Board of Trustees, or of the Institution, merr ber, now occupied by Picardy Place. This proved an or of both ; but, as little is got in this world without askimmense accession to the funds of the Board, as did also a ing, we do not risk much in assuming that this was the fortunate investment in the public funds, when they hap Our friend's story is, therefore, essentially the pened to be at a very low ebb. It is not our business, nor is it necessary for us, to enquire into the management of tails. The justice of our inference he has not called in
same as our own, only a little more particular in the dethis Board. Suffice it to say, that its accounts must be rade up and passed annually, and the grants from its funds question; and the correctness of our data he has not sucmust receive the warrant of the Lords of the Treasury, beceeded in disproving. fore one shilling can be disposed of; and we have no hesi But there was another ground, besides the fact, that tation in saying, that were any part of a sum, so religiously the Institution was intrusted with the expenditure of a the property of Scotland, which has had no great reason to portion of the public money, for advising the public to boast of the liberality of government, while compared with request from the Directors some account of their plans the other two portions of the empire, to be diverted to any and resources. In the preface to their Catalogue of Picother purpose than the improvement of this country, we conceive a manifest injustice would be done.
tures, they speak of their present collection as the founNow, with regard to the Royal Institution, one wonld dation of a National Gallery of Paintings, and anticipate think, from the language of the Literary Journal, that it that their efforts “ will be favourably received by the was public property, over which every commissioner of public, as well as substantially seconded by those having police had a control, and who was answerable to his ward the power to advance its completion.” If this last clause for the due performance of all its functions. But what is be not lugging out the begging-box, to all intents and the fact ? The success of the British Institution in London, and the delight which the annual exhibition of old purposes, there is no meaning in plain English. And do paintings, belonging exclusively to the members of the In
the Directors think that the public is likely to contribute stitution, afforded to the public, suggested to the late Mr
one farthing, while those details of their previous proOswald, that something of the same kind, though certainly ceedings are withheld, which would enable it to judge of en a much humbler scale, might be got up in Edinburgh. their competency for the task they have undertaken ? A meeting was in consequence held on the 1st February, Besides, “a national collection” is surely a public con1819, which was attended by most of the influential people cern,
the establishment conducting it can scarcely prein Edinburgh, and subsequently joined by many of the no
tend to be “more independent of the public than any bility of Scotland. Mr Andrew Wilson was appointed to take charge of the details; Sir John Hay was appointed
of the chartered banks of this city.” In their public treasurer; Mr Oswald, secretary; and such was their capacity they implore assistance; in their private they alacrity, that on the 11th of March in the same year, their refuse to account: like the German who, in his characfirst exhibition of ancient pictures was opened in Mr Rae- ter of landlord, overcharged his guest, and in his characburn's room in York Place. In March 1820, there was a ter of magistrate of the district, adjudged him to pay it. second similar exhibition. So far the Institution strictly By the way, our friend says, “ The Royal Institution is adhered to its original object, that of forming an exhibition similar in all respects to that of the British Institution in
a private establishment to all but its own members, and Pall-Mall, London, which is quite distinct and unconnected
to none but them are the Directors responsible.” We with the Royal Academy, whose annual exhibitions take
have heard it whispered that even to them they are rather place in Somerset Houses
chary of their information. We trust, now that our friend has ventured to reveal some
The next point which the writer of this paper labours of the secrets of his prison-house, he will continue; and in to establish is,-“ The Literary Journal has the hardihis next rescript, favour us with the subsequent history of hood to assert, that this fund-the surplus receipts of the the Institution. In regard to his statement, we have only exhibitions of modern artists-forms the principal source two comments to offer. Firstly, it is true, regarding the
out of which the Institution has been enabled to purchase Board of Trustees, that“ its accounts are made up and passed the magnificent pictures now exhibiting in its hall.” annually;" and it appears from a Report lately published We beg the gentleman's pardon ; but we had not the by order of Parliament, that considerably more than one
hardihood to assert any such thing. Our words were, half of the funds at its disposal were expended in the
“ Part of the funds of the Institution was collected by management of the remainder. Secondly, we did not expect exhibiting the works of Edinburgh artists, and these at this time of day to hear any person gravely affirm that gentlemen are entitled to demand an account of its disthe Board of Trustees had ever been of any advantage to posal.” This the writer himself admits. It is true, we oar manufactures; or that any man in Scotland, not a
may have said that the Institution did at no time derive pensioned officer of the Board, would feel his pecuniary its funds solely from the contributions of its members. interests in any way affected by its being to-morrow struck The expenses of the modern exhibitions at least, and the out of existence. If we were as ready as our critic to outlay rendered necessary for the tear and wear of the shoot poisoned arrows in the dark, we might say:__“this rooms, were disbursed out of the proceeds of these exhi. is our opinion at present; to be sure, if we had an eye bitions. We asserted in general, that its expenditure, in to the reversion of the secretaryship, we might see things the cause of art, was not met exclusively by the contribuin a different light."
tions of members. We are answered, that a particular We now turn to the argumentative part of this essay.
item of expense was disbursed from that source alone. * The writer attempts to make out that the Royal Institution“ is a private establishment, just as independent of • In the printed report for 1827, the Directors say,--" Notwiththe public, and perhaps a great deal more so than any of standing the large sums drawn from the Exhibitions, the expenses of the chartered banks of this city.” What we said was, that traordinary expenditure in painting, decorating, and furnishing the the L.500 per annum paid by the Board of Trustees to
Rooms; but this has been done so substantially and effectively, that
no farther outlay to any great extent will, it is hoped, be required the Institution was public money, and that an incorpora- for many years to come." Here, be it remarked, we find the receipts tion receiving such a sum was in duty bound to account of the exhibition of modern (as well as of ancient) paintings, applier
not to defray its own expenses, which might be fair, but to defray the to the public for its expenditure. Now, what is the
permanent expenses of the Institution. The receipts of the two Exstory told by the writer himself ? -“ Government, hibitions of 1827 amount to L.1286, 18s. What was the amount of throagh the influence of Sir Robert Peel, bestowed upon sides, the Directors made a little money in the same year, by letting
members' annual subscriptions, when such an eke was wanted ? Bethis Institution the sum in question, for the express pur their Rooms to Mr Galli as a sale-room, such an object being as they pose of encouraging the Fine Arts in Scotland.” And phrase it)," within the scope and original intention respecting the
building." We have also in our hands a MS. Account, furnished in in the passage we have quoted above, he tells us that I 1828 by the Directors to the Artists, entitled " Charges against the
This Brown, R. N.
tice of keeping precious ointment on to mention the prac- at length been amply compensated by the activity of the
These are the only statements or arguments in our Fellows of the Society :-Hon. James Abercrombie, Chiefarticle which our reviewer has ventured to impugn : we
Baron; Dr Abercrombie; Donald Smith, Esq. ; Captain leave to our readers to judge with what success. is a tacit admission that the remainder of our remarks
Three communications were read,--the first on the pro
per construction of Tide Harbours, by Mr Matheson, civil They are of some importance ; and, thus engineer, in which it was proposed to obviate the obstrucsanctioned, we recommend them with double confidence tion and injury arising from the accumulation of silt or to the attention of our readers. We write in no cap- sand, þy artificial openings, afforded by the walls being tious” spirit, and totally free from any personal ill-will built on under water arches. to any member of the Institution. But having succeeded
Mr Robison, the secretary, read a short notice, illus in bringing the Board of Trustees to act more rationally, I in the construction of the clock in the ball of the Royal
trated by real and distinct drawings, of some peculiarities we were encouraged to try the same office to its brother. Society, recently made by Mr Whitelaw, an ingenious
clock and watch maker of this city. These mainly conLITERARY AND SCIENTIFIQ SOCIETIES OF sist in the form of escapement requiring no oiliug; a EDINBURGH..“
pendulum entirely formed of marble, or carbonate of time
--a substance which, from the mode of expansion and WERNERIAN SOCTETY. itit
costraction undex the influence of temperature it has Saturday, February 5, 1831. been found experimentally to possess, promises in itself to HENRY WIT#a's, Esq. in the Chair.
offer all the advantages of a compensation-pendulum, at a Present,– Professor Jameson ; Drs Scott, Hibbert, Adam; Society's clock appear also to be so fitted to the case, as to
. The works of the Royal Stuart Menteath, Hutton of Newcastle, Trevelyan, Adie, Esqs.
preserve them free from Just.
The third cominunication was an interesting report by The secretary read an account of'a' netv and very beauti- Professor Christison, on various articles sent to the Royal ful species of West Indian moth, called Attacus Witsonii, Society by Mr Swinton, Chief Secretary to Government at and exhibited a fine drawing of the perfect insect of both Calcutta. These were the black varnishes employed in sexes, with its larva and icoecont He mentioned that the India; the wood oil, a resinous exudation allied to turpendescription and drawing had been trapsmitted by the Rev. tine; the Persian naphtha ; and the petrolium, or ground Lansdown Guilding, a distinguished naturalist in St. Vin- oil, of Rangoon. This substance is obtained by digging a cent's; and that the species had been nained by Mr Guild- few feet into the soil in hot weather. Besides other puring, in honour of our eminent townsman Mr James Wilson. We believe this 'subject will soon appeat iw that gentleman's poses to which it is applied, it is used in India as a remedy
for rheumatism. Its specific grayity is $80, compared to Illustrations of Zoology!
water as 1000. It melts at 90° of Fahrenheit. By distillaProfessor Jameson madeixcommunication to the Society, tion, it affords a third of its volume of colourless uaphtha. regarding the fints founded in Banffshire, by My Christie of Professor Christison also found it to contain a peculiar the Banff Institutiona , Nodules were exhibited, imbedded in a kind of felspar clay. The fint has not yet been found principle
, differing in density, and in the
effects produced by in situ ; but the Professor seemed to think it not improbable temperature on its physical condition, as well as in other some of the hollows in that distinct of country." Hitherto fessor Christison proposed to call this matter, from analogy, this formation has not been observed fartker north than the chemical analysis of this substance, and was desirous, du
petroline. The Professor stated he was engaged in the East Riding of Yorkshire: 4
The Professor next rendra learned, essay, by a Fellow of ring his investigation, to obtain specimens of petrolium the Royal Societies of London and Edinburgh, on the form the result of these enquiries to the Society in a future
froin different quarters. The Professor will commuvicate of the ark of Noah, as described in the Pentateuch; showing that the word (zohar, rendered prindow in our transla- paper. tion, rather meant tapering upwards, and that, with this modification, the shape of the ark was admirably adapted,
THE LONDON DRAMA. not merely for floating, but für withstanding the shock of the waves, although this last quality bad generally been denied
Regent's Park, London, to it by unscientifio commentators. 'dy na bwa
Monday, February 7, 1831. The indefatigable Dr Scot, af Gorstorphine read an inte. resting paper on the
alabaster of the
"The dramatic dulness of the preceding fortnight bas his , the took
néhts in alabaster Boxes, and to past week, during which we have had three successful remark on a passage in the new Encyclopædia Britannica, new pieces, in addition to the revivification of Mr Kean; in the article Alabaster; where the writers in commenting to say nothing of minor novelties, and the opening of the on the box of precious ointment which a devout womanı poured on the head of the Saviour, obseryes, " Though the last restored to us " Richard himself again,” in the per
Italian Opera House, and the Queen's Theatre. Monday text says tbat the woman broke the box, yet the pieces seem to have been miraculously reunited, siuce we are told that
son of Mr Kean, who re-appeared at Drury Lane, after the entire box was afterwards purchased by the Emperor taking leave of England and the stage for ever, more than Constantine.” Dr Scot'showed that the lid of an alabaster six months ago! having apparently come back again with box was always fixed down with a sort of cement; and the the amiable intention to qualify himself for repeating the natural import of the text“is; that this vertient only was experimetton' Tokh' Ball's pocket and patience at the broken; the expression, "ibrake charbor,'being merely earliest possible' opportunity for the glory of his hisequivalent to saying that she opened italijo sd!
trionic fare, however, no less than for the credit of his ROJAL SOCIETII, obrtari
consistency, he should certainly have been contented with
February 7. one farewell; *" more last words” having been most fatal Professor Hope in the Chair,
tổ his reputation in all ways; since he is no more like Present,—Sirs David Milne, H. Jardine; Professors Russell the actor he once was, " that we to Hercules.” He has J. G. Bell, Duncan, Graham, Chtistison Rev. E. B. already appeared thrice, with vel'y' inferior effect, as Ramsay ; Drs Hibbert, BortiWick, Maclagan; T. Gre- Richard, Shylock; and Sir Edward Mortimer, and, until gory; Messrs Monteath, Witham, Jardine, Newbigging, the close of his engagement, we defer all further criticism. Gordon, Walker, Bonar, Skene, Allan, &c. '!
Under the very elegant appellation of “The Devil's The following gentlemen were ballotted for, and admitted Brother,” Scribe's “ Fra Diavolo," translated by Messrs Receipts for Exhibitions at the Royal Institution." The only Exhi- Thackery and Shannon, with Auber's music, Anglicised bitions that year were one of Modern Pictures, and one of the copy by Mr A. Lee, was produced on Tuesday last, and though two sums are slumped together, and the current expenses are charged well acted, and in parts very effective, was too coldly
The servants at the Promenades—the contec-received to promise much longevity. The recent revival tioner's account—is charged against this sum, although the money of “ The Jealous Wife” here was so complete a failure, taken for Promenade tickets is not entered in the receipts. We that we are most happy to be enabled to contrast it with mention this as a speciinen.
Macready's re-appearance as William Tell, with all his circumstance which we believe to have been entirely original success. Kenney's translation of Victor Hugo's owing to a want of sufficient previous announcement. “ Hernance," and a new old English drama, with Mac- This is a piece of neglect rather unlooked-for in the Maready as the hero of each, are said to be the next novel nager, who lately took care to announce in his bills-ties.
“ SECOND NIGHT THESE TWO YEARS OF High LIFE BELOW Not to be distanced in the race of novelty, Covent Stairs !!!" The opera has, however, like all really good Garden produced two new dramas on two following things, forced its way into notice, by the attractions of evenings, the first of which, “ Married Lovers," by Mr good music well executed, and the pleasing and splendid Power, the performer, details the loves, jealousies, and character of the dramatic part of the entertainment. intrigues of three couples at Paris, in the olden time :" The opera, we believe, is the same that has been acted a certain Colonel O'Dillon and the Marchioness de Mene- at Covent Garden. It contains all the best and most ville, most admirably played by Power and Miss Taylor, striking parts of the music which belongs to Rossini's being particularly conspicuous in first entangling and then opera of the same name; and whatever has been superdisentangling the plot. As a first attempt, this petit added is, with the exception of one song from Cimarosa, comedy does infinite credit to its author's talents, and and another from Bellini, to neither of which we can was as completely successful, as it well deserved to be. have any objection, taken from the William Tell, ArThe next night's novelty was an operatic drama, called mida, and Mahometto of the same author. The music, “ The Romance of a Day,” by Mr Planche, with music therefore, although patched, is by no means unnatural or by Bishop, in which Bartley, Abbott, Blanchard, Keeley, disjointed, for it possesses the uniform character-manand Wilson, with Misses Ellen Tree, Harriet Cawse, nerism, we might say—which distinguishes this comand Taylor, all had prominent characters, which they poser's style. The story of the piece has been somewhat did ample justice to. Most of the songs were encored, altered, as well as the music, chietly by the introduction and one of the concerted pieces was sung three times of several individuals from our own early and dearlyover_so, of course, the composer was delighted ; and our loved nursery version of Cinderella. We have the friend Planche must be fastidious indeed, if he be not transformation of the rat into a coachman, (excellently satisfied with the complete success of the whole drama. executed Miss Inverarity still continues to fill the house to her effected by ordinary and allowable means)—we have the Cinderella twice a-week, and “ Inez de Castro" will be three, lizards, turned into running footmen, (with their produced in about ten days.
tasteful and elegant liveries, and last, and most wonderful The Adelphi is nightly overflowing to witness Yates's of all, we have the pumpkin and mice changed into a gorimitation of his partner Mathews, in a translation of geous car, with richly eaparisoned horses. It has always Raimund's “ Der Alpenkönig,” first done into English struck'us, that in Rossini's opera, which has none of these by Lord Stanhope, and then made actable by Mr Buck fairy changes, there is rather 'a want of incident; and stone. Mathews's performance of John Rappelkopf, the with all
' due deference to persons of more classical taste, Misanthrope, and Yates's personation of him are, indeed, we think our new version of it by Mr Rophino Lacy, both most excellent, and will, we doubt not, fill the house infinitely more lively and amusing, for the remainder of their season; and thus transfer all Miss Turpin makes a very pretty Cinderella-she looks the protracted popularity of the original German drama, the gentle, timid, and persecuted creature well. It is at the Leopoldstadt-Theatre, Vienna, to the Strand, Lon- delightful to listen to the sweet, liquid tones of her mellow don.—Madame Vestris and her Olympic are still quite and well-tuned voice." There is sentiment in her perfect as attractive as at the commencement of her dramatic intonation alone. To hear a note, neither flat nor sharp, reign ; and as she generally produces two novelties per but precisely what it, ought to be, is of itself a source of week, she must certaivly be admitted to exert herself. exquisite gratifications to a well-organised ear--the more The Queen's Theatre, with Messdames Glover and Humby appreciated, perhaps, from its extreme rarity. Miss amongst its stars, and some really superior singers from Turpin showed herself possessed, moreover, of the two the Royal Academy of Music, opened promisingly on qualities which her part most requires_delicacy and Thursday last. It has been so improved and re-decorated volubility of execution. We may, however, observe—not throughout, as certainly to merit the patronage its new by any means with a view to Jisparage her talents, but, manager so confidently expects, and, which we shall be on the contrary, as, & circumstance which serves to exceediogly happy to record he is rewarded with. Mrs heighten our estimate of them that the part of Cinderella Chatterley's resignation of the part of Aldabella, in was composed for a voice of a lower pitch-a contralto ; " Fazio,” now much better played by Miss Taylor, was and, as Miss Turpin's is a soprano, a want of brilliancy in consequence of a long previous arrangement with the in the general'effect was the inevitable consequence. We managers, and therefore, neither fine nor dispute have are aware of only two drawbacks attending this young ever been mentioned, excepting in those veracious chro- lady's vocal powers. The first is, that her style is too nicles, the newspapers. The pantomimes at both houses purely English-not merely for Italian songs, but for are now to be played but four times weekly, and Covent every species of melody. It possesses, no doubt, purity, Garden has underlined a new afterpiece for Friday next, accuracy, and expression, but it is too tame—too unimto be called “ Comrades and Friends, or Life for Life" passioned. The other is the delicacy' of her constitution, from the French, of course.- - The Italian Opera opened which prevents her from giving full scope to that deliwith Rossini's immortal “ Barbiere ” on Saturday last, cious organ with which nature has gifted her. in which a Madame Vespermann appeared for a first
Murray both dressed and looked the part of the worthy time in England as Rosina, with tolerable success, descendant and representative of Peter the Foolish and though, as she is neither young nor young-looking, a Barbara the Cruel, with great effect. He was one of more preferable part would not bave been very difficult those creatures who, without one thought in their head, of selection. Lablache and De Begnis were both in have pride and fierceness enough to make a bero. The “excellent fooling," as the Barber and his Master ; and, contrast between the intellect and the animal part of such for a first night, the house was tolerably well attended. a creature is sublime. We had also ample scope for ad
Peregrine Somerset, miring that tact with which Murray, in a part for which
his voice is not naturally suited, by executing in the most masterly manner every thing which fell within his
reach, contrived to render it both pleasing and effective. THE EDINBURGH DRAMA.
Under his plastic hands, it became a new creation. He The opera of “ Cinderella” was performed for the first shone pre-eminently in the comic duet with Dandini. two or three evenings to comparatively thin houses; a Horncastle, as the Prince, was tolerable. The part is
too high for him: in consequence of which, he is obliged
The region of my birth to make the best shift he can with his falsetto, unhap.
Was 'mid those rocks of earth, pily none of the best. The confounded break between That, in convulsions of her central caves, that and the natural voice, was perpetually reminding us
Were from their parent shore of the two notes which issue from the tin horn of the
Rent off, in wild uproar, guard of the London mail. The best thing we can say
And left in desolation on the waves ; of him is, that he had studied his part, which is commendable. Reynoldson gave Cimarosa's song, and indeed
Within whose endless soundthe whole music belonging to his part, well. His loutish
(My walks an island's bound)figure and inexpressive motions are terribly against him. What marvel-since 'twas mine long years to be The overture was excellently performed; the different
That now, where'er I dwell, movements were given with great accuracy in regard to
My heart, like ocean-shell, time, and with more energy and force than we have been Is haunted by the sound of the deep sea ? accustomed to hear from that quarter. During the opera, however, we could have willingly dispensed with a little of this fire. It domineered occasionally over the performers. The whole power of Reynoldson's capacious
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES. lungs was put in requisition to obtain a hearing. As for Miss Turpin-to whom as a lady some deference might bave been shown-her case was past praying for. Mathews somewhere or other describes an unhappy wight, Missionaries, which is intended to form part of the Family Library,
MR CARNE has nearly ready, a volume,'entitled Lives of Eminent seated behind a giant too tall to be overlooked, and too
Mr James, author of Richelieu, is about to publish a new histori. athletic to be knocked down, and at last obliged humbly cal romance, which is to bear the name of Philip Augustus. to request the gentleman to inform him what was going Mr Galt is engaged on a new novel, to be called Bogle Corbet. on upon the stage. Now, if we had had the good fortune Mr Banim, author of Tales by the O'Hara Family, &c. &c., has to be seated immediately behind Mr Dewar this week, announced a new publication, under the name of the Smuggler.
Mr Dugald Moore, author of the Africans, has a volume ready who knows but we might have learned from him more than_was allowed to meet the ear? This gentleman's be published immediately.
for the press: it has been purchased by a house in Glasgow, and will taste and experience should, we think, by this time, have The third volume of the Cabinet Library of Messrs Oliver and taught him that more true honour is to be gained by Boyd treats of Egypt, We understand that the successive numbers teaching the orchestra tastefully to contribute its due pro- of this valuable work are to appear at convenient, but not at regular,
intervals. portion to the general effect, than by converting his whole band into one huge “first fiddle.” He must rule his
A new periodical has been started at Glasgow, under the title of
The Play-Goer. The title seems to have been suggested by that of subs with a rod of iron. The great potentate with whom the theatrical article in Hunt's Tatler, now publishing with emihe at present stands in alliance, is a splendid example of nent success in London. the beneficial tendency of a pure despotisin-in theatrical MAGAZINES AND PAMPHLETS.-The Pamphlet trade has been all matters,
but annihilated by the progress of periodicals. There are at present on our table only four pamphlets. Two on the subject of the Edinburgh Improvements ; one by the venerable Sir John Sinclair on Farliamentary Reform; and A Letter to the Lord Advocate.
Great part of the occasional essays which used to be published in this ORIGINAL POETRY.
form, are now engrossed in Reviews, Magazines, and Newspapers, The second number of the New Monthly that has appeared under the auspices of its new editor, has just come to hand. It seems to us
both more spirited and readable than it used to be. There was THE SEA.
something imposing in the name of Campbell, but in all that regard
ed the efficient management of the Magazine, it was but a name By John Malcolm.
The contents of the present number arc-an able article in defence
of the Ballot, which we would call convincing, if we could fancy any Tue sea—the deep, deep sea
person entertaining a doubt upon the subject-an amusing article, That awful mystery !
entitled Vicissitudes in a Lawyer's Life-a sketch of Sir Edward Was there a time of old ere it was born ?
Sugden -a peppery notice of Moore's Life of Byron, &c. &c. A
finely engraved, but rather theatrical-looking portrait of Mrs Norton, Or ere the dawn of light,
accompanies the number. The Edinburgh University Magazine Coeval with the night,
continues to be carried on with spirit; we cannot but augur well of Say, slept it on, for ever and forlorn ?
the future distinction of those who are engaged in it. We have just received Nos. I. and II. of a new religious Magazine for youth,
entitled “ The Youth's Christian Guide," published at a low rate, Till the Great Spirit's word
and the contents apparently well selected. Its sullen waters heard,
MEETINGS OF LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES DURINO And their wild voices, through the void profound, THE WEEK COMBENCING SATURDAY, 1211 FEBRUARY.-Royal Gave deep responsive roar ;
Antiquarian Society, Monday 14th, at 8 P.M.-Phrenological Society, But silent never more
Thursday 17th, at 8 p.M.
MR MACDONALD'S DINNER.-Much though we rejoice at any triShall be their solemn, drear, and dirge-like sound !
bute to one whom we so admire as an artist, and love as a man, we
incline to hail the public dinner given to Mr Macdonald on Saturday Earth's echoes faint and die
last, as was well said by Mr Francis Grant during the course of the
evening, still more gladly, because we regard it as a tribute paid to Sunk down into a sigh
art. The meeting was a delightful one; animated by the eloquence Scamander's voice scarce whispers on its way,-- of Cockburn and Wilson, and delighted by the musical powers of And desert silence reigns
some of our best amateur singers. We trust that such a meeting Upon the mighty plains,
may impress upon our artists the dignity of their profession, and Where battle's thunders peal'd--and where are they? encourage them to aspire to eminence by the only sure method
reliance upon their own talents and industry. For our friend, who
was the hero of the evening, we have only to wish that his success But still from age to age
in the new field he is about to try may equal his merits. Upon its pilgrimage,
A public dinner was given at Paisley yesterday to Mr James When many a glorious strain the world hath flown;
Peddie, a worthy teacher in that town, upon his completing his And while her echoes sleep
fistieth year of dominieship. Professor Wilson, formerly one of the
old man's pupils, was in the chair. We almost envy the feelings In darkness—the great deep,
both of him who received such a homage, and of him who had it in Unwearied and unchanged, goes sounding on.
his power to pay it.
And traitors to her councils came, and rebels to the field;
pot wield. Sumner and Winter Hours. By Henry Glassford She thought of all her blighted hopes—the dreams of youth's Bell. 8vo. Pp. 174. London: Hurst, Chance, and
And summond Rizzio with his lute, and bade the minstrel Co. Edinburgh : Henry Constable. 1831.
play The author says in his preface,-" This volume has The songs she loved in early years,—the songs of gay Nabeen entitled 'Summer and Winter Hours,' because its
varre, contents are, in truth, the fruits of such hours, snatched The songs, perchance, that erst were sung by gallantChatelar: at intervals from literary pursuits of a graver and more They half beguiled ber of ber cares, they soothed her into
smiles, Continuous, though not more congenial, kind. The author They won her thoughts from bigot zeal, aud fierce domestic was desirous of publishing a selection of his fugitive
broilspieces, more as an intimation of his poetical existence, But hark! the tramp of armed men! the Douglas' battlethan as any attempt to prove himself entitled to the
cry! highest honours of the Muse. If he live, he will put his They come, they come ! and lo! the scowl of Ruthven's holcapabilities as a poet to a more ambitious and arduous
low eye! test.” It seems to us that the best way of reviewing a
And swords are drawn, and daggers gleam, and tears and work like this, will be to present our readers with pretty The ruffian steel is in his heart-the faithful Rizzio 's slain !
words are vain, copious extracts, prefixing to each a brief statement of Then Mary Stuart brush'd aside the tears that trickling fell; the view with which it has been selected, and closing the • Now for my father's arm !' she said, ' my woman's heart, whole with a sketch of the peculiar character of mind farewell !' and talents which they evince.
Our first quotation shall consist of some passages from a poem entitled “ Mary, Queen of Scots,” in which the “ The scene was changed. Beside the block a sullen headsauthor has judiciously selected the most picturesque And gleam'd the broad axe in his hand that soon must drip
man stood, and characteristic events of the various stages of that
with blood. unhappy lady's history, and made them succeed each
With slow and steady step there came a lady through the other like a beautiful gallery of portraits. The first hall, fragment is highly graphic, and breathes at the same And breathless silence chain'd the lips, and touch'd the time a spirit of peace and happiness; the second is not
bearts of all; less picturesque, but more powerful and elevated; the Rich were the sable robes she wore, her white veil round third has all the melody and solemnity of a requiem.
And from her neck there hung the cross--that cross she “ It was a stately convent, with its old and lofty walls,
loved so well! And gardens with their broad green walks, where soft the I knew that queenly form again, though blighted was its footstep falls;
bloom And o'er the antique dial-stones the creeping shadow past, I saw that grief had deck'd it out, an offering for the And, all around, the noonday sun a drowsy radiance cast.
tomb! No sound of busy life was heard, save from the cloister dim, I knew the eye, though faint its light, that once so brightly The tinkling of the silver bell, or the sisters' holy hymn.
shone; And there tive noble maidens sat beneath the orchard trees, knew the voice, though feeble now, that thrill'd with la that first budding spring of youth, when all its prospects I knew the ringlets, almost grey, once threads of living gold; please;
I knew that bounding grace of step, that symme:ry of “ And little reck'd they, when they sang, or knelt at vesper Even now I see her far away, in that calm convent aisle,
mould. prayers, That Scotland knew no prouder names-held none more
I hear her chant ber vesper-hymn, I mark her holy smile, dear than theirs;
Even now I see her bursting forth, upon her bridal morn, And little even the loveliest thought, before the Virgin's A new star in the firmament, to light and glory born! shrine,
Alas, the change! she placed her foot upon a triple throne, Of royal blood, and high descent from the ancient Stuart And'on the scaffold now she stands-beside the block, alone! line:
The little dog that licks her hand, the last of all the crowd Calmly her happy days flew on, uncounted in their flight, Who sunn'd themselves beneath her glance, and round her And as they flew, they left behind a long continuing light.” footsteps bow'd !
Her neck is bared-the blow is struck-the soul has pass'd “ The scene was changed. It was an eve of raw and surly The bright the beautiful—is now a bleeding piece of clay!
; mood, And in a turret-chamber high of ancient Holyrood,
A solemn text! Go, think of it, in silence and alone, Sit Mary, listening to the rain, and sighing with the winds, Then weigh against a grain of sand the glories of a throne !" That seem'd to suit the stormy state of men's uncertain minds.
The following passage, from the ballad of “ The King's The touch of care had blanch'd her cheek, her smile was Daughter,” is a beautiful and unaffected picture. Rosalie's sadder now;
lover has just told her that he must forsake her for a royal The weight of royalty had press'd too heavy on her brow; bride.