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“ Heaven bless thee, mother of a babe so fair!
ST ANDREWS, Versus THE MESSRS CHAMBERS'
NEW GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE LITERARY JOURNAL.
$IR,—The high, and, upon the whole, merited reputation Could wish, like Satan on the tree of life,
which the Messrs Chambers have acquired, as illustrators The Eden of thy happiness to blast !"
of the spirit and localities of Scotland, has directed the To this we shall add a song, of which there are a great
public eye with some eagerness towards the first number number. The following is lively and natural :
of the above work. And as the starting note in music
regulates and characterises the tune, so the starting HOW PLEASANT TO THINK THAT MY BRIDAL IS NIGH.
number may safely be considered not only as a first, but “ How pleasant to think that my bridal is nigh, And the visions of bliss I've been dreaming on,
as a fair specimen of the whole. It is not the brick of Increase still in brightness the nearer my eye,
the “ scholasticus,” but the pedestal of the column. In Like clouds that the sun is gleaming on !
accuracy or in error, in excellence or in imperfection, it Oh! who could behold him-the wooer I prize, may be presumed to present an average of the fare which Nor love the pure spirit that speaks in his eyes ! is yet to be set before us. It is on this account that I have How happy we'll be in these dearest of ties,
perused the present number with more than ordinary That the light of our hope is beaming on! : interest, and that, in recording my disappointment, I feel “ When join'd to my lover, no ill can betide,
that I am discharging a duty not only to the public, and To sadden the path we are moving in;
in particular to the city and university of St Andrews, The world shall ever, with him by my side,
which forms one of the principal articles of the number Appear but a scene for loving in.
but even to the authors themselves, who, being thus The keener the tempest, the nearer I'll grow
firmly, but timeously admonished, may be more accurate To him, who will ward off, or lighten the blow; in their future statements and inferences. A Gazetteer, And find in the sunshine, again when we go, That 'twas but a scene for improving in."
to be useful, must be correct, otherwise it loses its very
character. We would caution Mr Bennet against the sin of being It will scarcely, I dare say, be credited, that a person at times too natural and simple, somewhat after the of Mr Robert Chambers's opportunities and pretensions fashion of our friend Wordsworth. Thus, we bave a
can express himself in the following loose and inaccurate “ Sonnet to Mrs M— of R- at her piano,” beginning,
manner respecting an event of comparatively recent and “ Wife of my friend, at thy piano sitting !"
well-ascertained notoriety in Scottish history. Speaking In one of the songs, too, love is compared to a pigeon, of Magus Muir, and of the death of Archbishop Sharp, after the following fashion :
Five Covenanters, who had been concerned in “ True love's like a doo at the gloamin',
the assassination, were executed four months after on the That dwalls in the wud her lane."
spot.” Now, it is a matter of notoriety not only un, Nor can we approve of the colloquial style of the fol- doubted but unquestioned, that not one of these five unlowing:
fortunate individuals with the exception of Gullan, who “ On yesterday's eve,
merely held their horses, and was executed elsewhereI chanced to perceive
were ever even suspected, much less convicted, of being My friend with a fair maiden straying;"
accessary to the Bishop's death; nay, has not this very nor of the concluding stanza of the same song, which fact, the almost miraculous escape, namely, of all immeruns thus :
diately concerned in the murder, been referred to by the “He was lost by that look!
friends of the Covenanters again and again, as an evidence The flower when he took,
of the finger of God in the matter ? He vow'd he should part with it never ;
Again, our author, speaking of the united College classAnd this evening at tea,
rooms of St Andrews, observes, “ In the lower part of I'd the pleasure to see
the building, on the west side, is a loog, damp cellar, till It fresh in his window as ever."
lately the chief lecturing room; at one end of which is These are little peculiarities of style which it would exhibited a gaunt spectral pulpit, said to have been on one be well to amend. Nevertheless, we like the author of or more occasions used by the reformer Knox." Now the “ Songs of Solitude."
this " long damp cellar” is nothing more nor less than the public hall of the College, in which principal, masters,
and students, have been accustomed, till of late, to conThe Burning Bush; or, Simple Stories illustrative of vene, on one or two public occasions, during the session,
God's Providential Care of the Church. By the Author and has never been made use of as a lecturing room. The of " Early Recollections,” &c. Edinburgh. William gaunt spectral pulpit, which seems to have affected Me Oliphant. 1831. 18mo. Pp. 180.
Chambers like a ghost,--had he given himself time to Though perhaps a little too much tinged with Method- enquire, would have turned out to be the old ante-reism, this is nevertheless a book which may safely be put formation pulpit of the Town Church, and of course that into the hands of the young, with the view of giving them from which our arch-reformer probably addressed the some notion of the rise and progress of Christianity, and people on several occasions. But, proceeds our topograof the trials which many persons have endured for its pher, “ the chapel of the institution, which bounds the sake.
square next the street, is that of St Salvador, and was founded by the pious Bishop Kennedy. This structure
has not a parallel in Scotland. It is built in an exquisite Maternal Duty; or, the History of the Armstrong Family. Gothic style, and is of a light, elegant construction ; un
Interspersed with interesting Tales, related by a Mother fortunately, it has been allowed to go into the most disto her Children. By a Lady. Glasgow. Atkinson and Co. 1831, 12mo. Pp. 301.
• In our character of independent journalists, we do not conceive
ourselves entitled to refuse a place to the above communication, The authoress of this little volume deprecates criti- although we have always looked with a friendly eye on the literary cism. It contains many praiseworthy lessons of religion exertions of the Messrs Chambers. Should they think a reply nem
cessary to the letter we now publish, we shall be happy to make room and morality.
for it in our pages. ED. LIT. JOUR.
ACADEMY - MARTIN'S
graceful decay, so as to seem, at the present time, as if to have submitted to conviction, or to have instituted a dropping to pieces.” Now, this unqualified statement is refutation ; but at present there is nothing tangible; cen. totally unfounded. Within little more tban half a cen sure is heaped from misapprehension, in so general and tury, the roof of this elegant—but certainly by no means indefinite a form, as to do injury without affording any light—building has been wholly renewed ; and within less opportunity of preventing it. Thus situated, the College than half that time, it has been repaired and new-mo- will probably be content to appeal to the forthcoming delled in the interior-in what may safely be denomi- report of the royal commission ; from which, I have good nated a comfortable and even handsome style—for the grounds to know, it will appear, that in no college in accommodation of the students and congregation of the Scotland is there more enlightened, laborious, and sucparish of St Leonard's. But this is not all,-in for a cessful tuition than in that of St Andrews. penny, in for a pound! Our journalist proceeds :-“ It Thus then we have made it appear, that this fraternal is nevertheless used as the chapel of the College, and as copartnery is not exempted from those errors, the parish church of St Leonard's—of which the principal
“ Quos aut incuria fudet, of the College is ministerial incumbent.” And this aver
Aut humana parum cavet natura;" ment is made by a person who has seen the new buildings, erected this last summer, and not yet completed—and and that the readers, but especially the purchasers, of their who has, at the same time, not taken steps to inform lucubrations, would do well to verify the accuracy of their himself, that the Principal of the united College has statements from less questionable sources. For my own ceased to be ministerial incumbent for these five years part, I have done my duty on this occasion not only to past! But the head and front of the Messrs Chambers in the public, but even to the authors themselves ; and I accuracy is yet to come. “ The bursars," continues our
take my leave of the subject at present, under the deterhistorian, are entertained at the expense of the Uni- mination to resume the task, which I have imposed upon versity, and eat together. A table is kept for ordinary myself, whenever I see occasion. I am, sir, &c.
A FRIEND TO ST ANDREWS. students, for which a board of about twelve guineas asession is paid." This is the very sublime of misrepresentation,—not one word or clause of it being true. In the first place, no students ever dined at the expense of THE FINE ARTS IN EDINBURGH.-THE SCOTTISH the College-the bursars happening, by the foundation charter, to have as good a right to their dinner, as the
GREENSHIELDS' STATUE OF ROBERT BURNS. masters and principals have to theirs; and, in the second We willingly give a place to the following Report of place, for many years past this table bas ceased to be the Scottish Academy for the past year. It is a businessspread, and a sum of money, equivalent to this privilege, like and sensible document : and satisfactory to the barsars, has been substituted. The THE FOURTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COUNCIL OF system of boarding at the College, and dining at its table, THE SCOTTISH ACADEMY OF PAINTING, SCULPTURE, has likewise long ceased.
Having exerted his inventive faculties on the exterior and materiel of the united College, our author comes at
Edinburgh, 10th November, 1830. last to the main point—the “cui bono” of all this ap- to the union which had taken place between the original
e In the conclusion of their last Report, the Council alluded paratus ; and on this head he makes use of the following members of the Scotrish Academy and twenty-four other expressions :-—" Notwithstanding its transcendent quali- artists, agreeably to an award of John Hope, Esquire, His fications as a university town,-its delightful, retired Majesty's Solicitor-General for Scotland, and Henry Cocksituation,--the excellence of its society, and the cheapness burn, Ésquire, Advocate. of provisions, it is a matter of deep regret that the num
" The first meeting of the United Academy took place on ber of students seldom averages more than 200. Such a
the 11th November last, when certain alterations were prostriking fact leads to the conclusion, that there must be posed to be made on the Laws of the Academy, in a manner something radically bad in the system of education, worthy with the terms of the award. The Council, however, are
which appeared to a part of the members to be inconsistent of instantaneous revisal. The present extensive improve happy to state, that at a subsequent general meeting, held ments now going forward, will be of noavail in restoring the on the 14th March last, these differences were amicably and character of the place, unless followed by an unscrupulous finally adjusted. revision of that antiquated process of tuition, under which
“ The Council, in compliance with the iostructions of the Scottish universities have long laboured, as under an
the General Meeting, have had frequently under their consi incubus." Truly the enlightened but uncolleged duumvi- deration, the most proper steps to be adopted in order to rate who have made this statement, might have shown a
obtain more suitable Exhibition Rooms; but they are unable
as yet to point out any specific plan by which this desirable little more anxiety to state facts than they here do. Were object may be attained ; they have therefore rented the there no means of information within the walls of the Col- present rooms for another year, lege itself— no respectable and official persons at whom en
“ The Council have the pleasure of stating, that Mr quiries could have been made—to prevent this blotched and Etty's second picture has arrived, and is, in every respect, deformed mass of misrepresentation and mistake? The a companion worthy of the first
. character of the College-if we are to judge from the any new subscribers during the last year, and would earnestly
“ The Council regret that they are unable to announce average of students for these last ten years—has already urge on the Academy the necessity of using every effort to been restored, as the average of students attending this procure a continuance of the support of the Patrons of Art. antiquated university during this latter period, greatly 6 The receipts of last Exhibition amount to £670, 7s. 6d. outnumbers (amounting, as it does, not to 200, but to 260 Subscriptions from Ordinary Members, £12, 12s. ; from or upwards) that of any period whatever in the history of the year £735, 9s. 6d., while those of 1829 amounted to
Extraordinary Members, £52, 2s., making the gross receipts of the College; and if the system of education now pur- about £1000. This diminution, the Council hope, is to be sued be antiquated, it is somewhat extraordinary, that regarded as only temporary, but it demonstrates the necesunder an enlightened age, its inefficiency has not, latterly sity of leaving nothing undone within the power of the in particular, been manifested by an average decline rather Academy to bring forward such Exhibitions as may secure than an average increase of students! To answer one the approbation and support of the Public. assertion by another, though a common, is by no means a
“ There is one subject to which the Council cannot refrain convincing, method of conducting an argument; but had from adverting, as it is intimately connected with the best our authors taken the trouble to inform themselves of the must, in a great measure, depend on its Exhibitions for pe
interests of the Academy. It is obvious, that the Academy method of tuition pursued in the various classes of the cuniary support, and that it will require the united efforts of College, and, after this investigation, brought forward and the academicians to render these permanently attractive and stated distinctly their objections, then it had been possible profitable: the Council, therefore, trust that the members
will uniformly adhere to the wise resolution of a former ge- it is intended to represent, it is creditable to Mr Greenneral meeting, and confine their contributions in this city to shields' mastery over the chisel. the Academy alone, during the time that its exhibitions are open.
" The great object of the establishment of the Academy being the advancement and encouragement of Scotish art;
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES OF and, as a necessary consequence, the benefit of its professors,
EDINBURGH. the Council feel it to be their duty to press on the attention of the menibers at large, the propriety of adopting such plans, and commencing such operations, as may be calcula.
Monday, January 3, 1831. ted to lead to the gradual attainment of their ultimate views.
Dr Hope in the Chair. They would therefore suggest, that every effort should be made in order to procure permanent rooms in a central situ- Present,- Professors Russel, Hope, Christison, and ation, as without these their exhibitions must be conducted Graham ; Drs Gregory, Campbell, Gordon, Lee Macunder great disadvantages, and the works of art which they Lagan, Borthwick, Knox, Ainslie, Bougou ; Captain may gradually accumulate, be in a great measure lost to Hunter; Messrs Skene, Robinson, Neill, Jardine, those for whose benefit they are principally intended.
Stevenson, &c. 6 The Council conceive that the success of the Academy must ultimately depend upon rallying around it the rising
Dr Christisox read a communication from Dr Duncan, talent and genius of the country, in the different depart. of a series of experiments made by a gentleman to relieve a ments of art. In order to accomplish this, some advantages supposed aneurism of the pulmonary artery, particularly by must be held out by the Academy to those who are entering the injection into the chest of a quantity of air, with comon their career as artists. The Council are of opinion that ments on the documents, by Dr Duncan. The tube and arrangements should be made, with as little delay as pof- bladder by which the air was injected were exbibited to the sible, to afford instruction in the rudiments of art within the Society. walls of the Academy, on such terms as may tend to foster
A paper was read from Dr Berry, containing a detailed and encourage rising merit.
account of the monsoons of the Indian peninsula. The “ The Council consider it unnecessary to enter further reading of the latter part of this paper was delayed till a into detail at present; it is sufficient that they have directed future meeting. the attention of the Academy to subjects of the utmost importance, on which its usefulness and stability must mainly depend. It cannot be too deeply impressed on the minds of all,
THE LONDON DRAMA. that the great work which has been undertaken and successfully commenced, will require the unremitted exertions
Regent's Park, London, of many years to bring it to a successful issue.
Jan. 3, 1831.. “If, however, the Academy keep steadily in view the purposes contemplared in its formation, thé Council feel
Most deeply do we regret, and as deeply will the ten perfectly assured that it will, at no distant period, occupy thousand readers of the Edinburgh LITERARY JOURNAL an honourable station among similar establishments, and sympathise in our disappointment, that we have not will contribute not less to the credit and interest of its mem now leisure to enter upon a disquisition into the causes bers, than to the advancement and reputation of the Fine of the decline and fall of modern Pantomime ; and thus, Arts in Scotland. GEORGE Watson, President."
having ascertained the real grounds of the evil, at once We are glad to understand that the Exhibition to be prescribe a remedy. Whether the march of intellect opened in February, is likely to be one of the best we have not yet marched in that direction ; or whether, to have yet had in Edinburgh, and that no pains have been preserve Philosopher Square's “ moral fitness of things," spared to render it in all respects worthy of public patron- the avowed degeneracy of the age have extended itself to age.
the concocters of Pantomimes, we cannot (alas! the more's Martin's picture of the Fall of Nineveh is at present the pity) now pause to enquire. We can assert only, exhibiting in the Calton Convening Room. It strikes that these things are so; that “the days which made. us as one of the very worst of all Martin's pictures, and our annals bright" with the by-gone glories of “ Mother this is saying a good deal. It is little better than a great Goose” and “ Harlequin's Almanack," seem fled for ever; blotch, in which there is neither meaning, art, nor beauty and recollecting this, The first principle upon which all paintings ought to be “ We cannot but remember such things were, founded that of concentration, or of making the indi
And were most dear to us !” vidual parts subservient to the grand design of the whole -is in general entirely lost sight of by Martin, and in The Pantomimes of the present season are not only a the present instance most especially. The work is all a step lower in the scale of excellence to those of last year, piece of huddle. The black and red skies look like a but the Drury Lane exhibition is positively a very trifle, mixture of Warren's blacking and brick-dust; the build- the introduction at least, better than that of Covent ings and pillars are heaped together in most unearthly Garden, though bad is the best, and those of some of the shapes and magnitudes; and the great dense masses of minor houses are far preferable to either.
Mr Farley people, crammed into the middle distance, are nearly must surely be in his dotage ; his opening story is nei. as preposterous as the figures which fill up the fore-ther well chosen, nor well made out, and Power's talents ground, the drawing and colouring of which would in Rhadamisthus O'Mullingar (for the naine has been disgrace the veriest tyro. We speak strongly; but we changed since we wrote last) are completely thrown do so because we are conscientiously of opinion that Mar- away. Rubbing Pantaloon's back à la singeing Long, tin’s genius is a humbug ; or, at best, that he is a man of whose real name, we may take this opportunity of in. one idea, with little or no knowledge of art, save in so forming our friends, is O'Driscoll—“ Heaven save the far as regards perspective, and with no appreciation what- mark !”—and the loss of that most “splendid annual” ever of the calm and beautiful sublimity of nature, unex- the Lord Mayor's show in a dense fog, are the most palaggerated and unbedaubed.
pable hits in the piece. In fact, we can praise nothing Greenshields' statue of Robert Burns is clever enough. unreservedly but the scenery, and most of that, partiHe does not give quite so much life to his figures as cularly the Giant's Causeway, O’Roork's Castle, the Thom does, but he has fully more delicate perceptions of Menai Bridge, and the intended Guildhall Festival, by form. The statue is after the portrait recently published Grieve; and the Lakes of Killarney, and two other Irish by Messrs Constable and Co. As a piece of sculpture, Lakes by Roberts, are sufficiently excellent to atone for it is not to be spoken of at all, for it does not in the all the defects of the authorship; and higher praise it is slightest degree come within the high and severe rules of impossible to give them. that art; but as a likeness in stone of the person whom On Saturday night last, however, Mr Power made
his last appearance in Pantomime, to be succeeded this phors are such as we scarcely ever met afore, yet when evening by Mr. Keeley, as “ Geoffrey Chitterlings, after- eloquence like this is unattractive, where shall unassuwards Harlequin fat,” which we feel assured must be an ming merit look for recompense ? improvement, and will, with the consequent alterations,
Peregrine Somerset. very probably turn the scale in favour of Covent Garden.
The Drury Lane drollery we have already stated to be a direct plagiarism. Its opening scenes are, or, perhaps
THE EDINBURGH DRAMA. we should say, were, certainly a little better, because they are rather less unintelligible, and far more humorous, than We have nothing to record this week but two disapthose of its rival. The loves of the immortal “ Black- pointments: 1st, That Mr Jones's indisposition has preeyed Susan" and her “sweet William” are very clever- vented bis appearance; and, 20, That Miss Jarman's ly and laughably burlesqued; though, for the soul of us, leave of absence was extended till Monday next. The we cannot understand the joke of having two Columbines, performances in consequence have been dull enough. . and are decidedly of opinion that Harlequin in the Deprived of Miss Jarman and Jones, the manager has to person of Mr Howell is liable to an indictment for trust principally to opera, and opera can scarcely be exbigamy ! The tricks are not only stupid, but they are pected to succeed with a first male singer who sings also very antique, as well as “few and far between,” and about as feelingly as a wooden clock. the scenery only can we eulogise, and even this not should never have trusted to opera at all, and if he did, without some drawback. Stanfield's Diorama of the he should never have chosen his company from the Ca“ Military Pass of the Simplon,” is the perfection of ledonian Theatre. He thought, no doubt, to be supthe scenic art, and can be duly appreciated by visual ported by those who puffed that establishment to the demonstration only. The “ Boromean Islands" are, skies ; but their support has turned out not to be worth however, a most “ lame and impotent conclusion," utter- much, simply because their judgment had been in fault ly ineffective and inadequate as a finale to so unrivalled a all along, and the moment their favourites were brought display; and, with an earnest recommendation to all our before a more enlightened audience, they sunk into friends to verify these conscientious criticisms, by visit- their proper place. The consequence is, that the present ing both Theatres for themselves, here terminate our company is destined to fall to pieces before a season elapse. remarks upon them.
We speak a prophecy; let our readers recollect it when it The Adelphi has this season the universally admitted is fulfilled. Green has already given in his resignation, and merit of producing the best Pantomime of the year, under is about to enlist under the banners of Madame Vestris the taking title of " Grimalkin the Great, or Harlequin in London. Waldron's name has disappeared from the and the King of the Cats;" of which Mr Buckstone is bills; whether he be still on the establishment or not, the author, and much wit, fun, and drollery, has hie con we are ignorant. Neither Mrs nor Miss Turpin have trived to mingle with its catastrophe. “ The Devil's made a hit, and will not remain, or, at all events, will Dacat," a new diableri', by Jerrold, has also been at not return. When Horncastle sings, he is often rewarded tracting here for some weeks past; and Mathews is pre- with any thing rather than applause, so he will of course paring himself to appear in some new characters, which take bis departure. Though Edmunds has a voice that promise well, and will, we hope, perform so likewise. Of a good deal might have been made of, bis style is far too the other minor Harlequinades we can tell nothing but vulgar for our boards. Miss Horncastle will evanish the names, since their scenes are all unseen by us yet. without being missed ; and thus, of all our novelties, not The Surrey has “ The New-Year's Gift, or Harlequin one will be left but Mrs Pettingall, who, if she makes it Jack of Newbury;" and the Coburg boasts “Harlequin's a rule never to take the pet on the stage, as we saw her Silver Penny, or the Old Woman in the Bottle !" The do one night, is pretty sure of becoming a favourite. Pavilion delights with “ Harlequin and Tom Titler,” But the poor manager has all his work to do over again; and Sadler's Wells has revived “ Mother Goose.” Such are he has new people to engage, and new efforts to make. our metropolitan attractions for little misses and masters We cannot help it. Such is the lot of managers until bome for the holidays of 1830-31. In addition to which, they bring together a company that pleases the judicious Nadame Vestris opens her Olympic Theatre this evening, few who guide the public. aided by Miss Foote and Mrs Glover, for a few nights,
Old Cerberus. when, after an introductory address by Madame herself, we are to have “ Mary Queen of Scots,” Mary by Miss Foote, “ Olympic Revels,” and “ Clarissa Harlowe," all
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES. warranted new, and certain to be attractive.
The Provincial Drama is, we much fear, in most places, at a discount; though the following ucrbatim et lite
DESTINY, or the Chief's Daughter, a Tale, by the author of
“ Marriage,” and “ The Inheritance," will appear speedily. ratim extract from a Brighton play-bill of Monday last,
Fragments of Voyages and Travels, including Anecdotes of a Na. willamply prove that this is from no lack of effort on the val Life, chiefly for the use of young persons, by Captain Basil Hall, part of the managers. “ The first night of the Grecian R.N., are in the press. Daughter, now playing nightly in London, with unbound Count Robert of Paris, a romance of the Lower Empire, by the ed applause! This celebrated tragedy is remarkable for Author of Waverley, is nearly ready. being the only one from the pen of probably the unpublished pieces, from one hand, in prose and verse, comprising
The Cameleon, a Scrap Book or Album of original and hitherto greatest writer of comedy of his age. After having won
essays, tales, sketches, poems, &c., by a gentleman of the west of the palm from smiling Thalia, he wooed the sombre Scotland, is in the press. goddess Melpomene, and, dripping with tears, she grant Memoirs of Rob Roy, and the state of clanship of Scotland, ed him the splendid wreath. The remarkable fact of a abridged from the work of Dr M Lay, but with additional and cudaughter preserving ber starving father by the last act of rious matter, and numerous corrections, is announced. filial piety, is well known, occurred during the reign of
The Rose, a collection of the best English songs, is preparing for
publication. the elder Dionysius, remained unnoticed by dramatists
On the 1st of February will appear No. I. of a new periodical Misuntil the master mind of Murphy spatched the jewel cellany, to be entitled the Library of the Fine Arts. The title has from oblivion, polisbed, and gave it to the world. It is been adopted, not so much in accordance with the popular predilecnot extraordinary that a work should be at this day ex tion for the term, as on account of its peculiarly expressing ihe obtremely attractive and popular in London, which one of ject which the proprietor has in view, viz., to afford to the amateur the best writers bas left as the corner-stone of his monu- relating to the fine arts of the present, and also of former times.
and artist, in a cheap and easily accessible form, all the information ment!!!” There are trope, figure, and metaphor for you, A Popular Sketch of the History of Poland, by Mr W. J. Thoms, as plenty as noun-substantives ; and though the meta- editor of the Early Prose Romances, is announced.
Observations on the present defective state of English Timber, the ship. The French company are about to commence their season in causes which retard its growth, together with the means which ought | London.-Miss Inverarity's singing continues to be much liked. to be immediately adopted to prevent the farther premature decay of The following pleasant verses concerning her are from the last numthis valuable description of property, by P. Lauder of Cardiff, is in ber of the Athenæum;
Mr Peake's comedy of the “Chancery Suit," which has recently
STANZAS TO MISS INVERARITY. been performed with success at Covent Garden, is about to appear in print.
There be none of Beauty's daughters with a magic like to thee; OUR STUDY TABLE. -We have overtaken as many books as we
And like music o'er the waters, is thy sweet voice to me! could this week, but our table is still covered with new publications
Вутоп. . which solicit our notice. Among these are The Reminiscences and Correspondence of the Right Hon. Sir John Sinclair, Bart., a work
Come, out of charity! Miss Inverarity! full of curious matter, (not yet published,) but with a perusal of
Be unto me a new spirit of song! which we have been favoured in sheets, and from which we promise
'Tween thee and Miss Pearson there 's really no parity;
Russell and Bruce are a cymbal and gong some interesting extracts next Saturday:- The Orientalist, or Letters of a Rabbi, by James Noble, which has also been sent to us in sheets,
To Miss Inverarity ! and which shall have our best attention;- Travels and Researches of Eminent English Missionaries, a new work by Andrew Picken, the
Rivals !-Oh, thou hast none, Miss Inverarity! able author of the “ Dominie's Legacy;"-The Talba, or Moor of
Paton's unpurified--Povey is fledPortugal, a romance, by Mrs Bray, the popular authoress of “ The Stephens is bygone, and Byfeld's no rarityWhite Hoods," &c.;-The eighth volume of the Dirines of the
Wilson is married, and Cubitt is deadChurch of England, containing sermons by Dr Isaac Barrow;-The
Miss Inverarity! thirteenth Number of the Family Classical Library, containing part of the works of Tacitus, translated by Murphy; -The Shamrock, a
There's Vestris—there's Waylett too-Miss Inverarity! collection of Irish Songs edited by our friend Weekes, now of Drury
Each, like Brunel, for her own arch-way begs ; Lane;- The High-Mettled Racer, a poem by the late Charles
But dearer is thy modest merit ! In charity, Dibdin, with designs by Robert Cruickshank, and an appendix con
Thou art more profuse of thy voice than thy legs, taining a judicious selection of anecdotes from Captain Brown's
Miss Inverarity! “ Biographical Sketches of Horses ;"- Margate, a humorous poem, somewhat akin to the preceding ;-Satan in Search of a Wife, an
Come with thy rich locks, Miss Inverarity! other humorous poem of the same species, with some clever wood.
Come with thy rich locks, singing to me !
Scare all the flaxen, the fair, and the carrotycuts;—and the Opera of Massaniello, by James Kenney, which, though one of the finest spectacles on the stage, is poor enough as a
Tresses like thine marry music to thee, literary composition.
Miss Inverarity! Chit-CHAT FROM ABERDEEN.-The second annual dinner of the
Come, all in melody, Miss Inverarity! members of the Aberdeen Medical Society took place a few weeks
Pour out those liquid tones, melting with truth, ago. This society was established in the year 1789, and now possesses a museum, and an extensive library, containing upwards of
Witching to me, as to Byron his Harrow tree !
Come in thy wedding of song and of youth, 5000 volumes. Amongst the four original members, who are still
Miss Inverarity! alive, is Sir James M'Gregor, M.D., Director-General of the Army Medical Department.--Our townsman, Mr David Grant, author of “ The Beauties of Modern British Poetry," is preparing for publi.
Sing through thy soft smiles, Miss Inverarity! cation, “ Battles and War Pieces, in prose and verse, by the most
As through the moonlight the nightingale breathes
Airs of sweet sadness and hurried hilarity; eminent modern authors, now first collected, with an Essay on War."
I'll crown thy white brow with honouring wreaths, -The Rev. Robert Brown, the talented Professor of Greek in Ma
Miss Inverarity! rischal College, has been appointed to act as interim Professor of Di. vinity, during the present session, in that University, the vacancy in
Sad am I-mad am I-Miss Inverarity! the office, occasioned by the death of his father, the late celebrated
Madness and sadness are mingled in me!Principal William Lawrence Brown, not being yet filled up. We
But thou, gentle spirit !--so silver-toned Barry-ty, have had some frost and snow; but as the rivers Dee and Don are rarely frozen sufficiently for skating, that winter amusement is not
Singing, will bring back contentment with thee,
Miss Inverarity! extensively practised here, and, what is more lamentable still, curl
Inverary. ing and bonspiels are little known. Chit-CHAT FROM BANFF.-A society, similar to the Northern In
-Ducrow has opened an amphitheatre in Liverpool, and divides stitution of Inverness, was established here in the year 1828, under
his company between that town and Edinburgh. The individual the name of “ The Banff Institution for Science, Literature, and
whom he called the “Grotesque" here, he designates in Liverpool the Arts, and for the encouragement of Native Genius and Talent.”
the “* Reptile, or man of many forms."-A person of the name of The institution continues to flourish; it now possesses a number of
Miss Nicol is his resident members, in the counties of Banff, Moray, and Aberdeen, Frimbley has opened a theatre in Dumfries. and a museum is in progress of formation. Few parts of Britain af: prima donna.-Peake's comedy of “ The Chancery Suit" is in re
hearsal here, as also “ Cinderella." ford better opportunities for cultivating the science of Natural History in all its branches than the eastern district of Banffshire, adjoin
WEEKLY LIST OF PERFORMANCES. ing the towns of Macduff and Banff. For geology, the rocky coast which extends from Macduft to the bold headlands of Gardenstown
JANUARY 1–7. and Troup, and the marble quarries of Portsoy, afford an ample field.
SAT. National Guard, Free and Easy, of Mother Bunch. To the botanist, the extensive grounds of Duff House, the woods of
Mon. Gelley-Mill, Mont Coffer, and Alva, the Tore of Troup, the banks of
Guy Mannering, $ Do. the Devron, and the romantic braes of Gamrie, produce almost daily
Tues. Cure for the Heart-Ach, The Scape Goat, & Raphael's plants in rich profusion. To the ornithologist and icththyologist, the
Dream. whole coast of the parish of Gamrie presents many attractions ; WED. Love in a Village, & Raphael's Dream. whilst the sandy beaches, which here and there present themselves, THURS. George Heriot, 4 Mother Bunch. yield many excellent specimens for the cabinet of the conchologist.
FRI, Der Freischutz, $ Raphael's Dream. CHIT-CHAT FROM GLASGOW.-We had a public dinner of a very extraordinary kind here this week-one given by our operative artisans, to celebrate the progress of Reform. To this they invited several gentlemen,-tried friends of liberty, not recent converts,
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. and the meeting was also attended by many of the same respectable class, not as guests. The feeling, ability, and eloquence of the ope REVIEWSof" An Only Son," “ Pitcairn's Criminal Trials," “ The ratives was astonishing, but still more so their prudence, tact, good Token, an American Annual," and other works, though in types, taste, and propriety. On all hands, it is agreed that it was the very are unavoidably postponed. Interesting communications from Dr best political dinner ever given here.-We have had no other amuse Memes, William Tennant, the Author of “ An Autumn in Italy," and ment, save a tea-and-turn-out meeting of a Temperance Society - others, are also unavoidably postponed. New-Year's-Day passed very quietly over.
“Jottings from an Essayist's Portfolio" are in types.-William Theatrical Gossip.—Sontag is not coming to London this season ; Mackay's papers shall be forwarded as he desires.-The paper on the but a rival of Sontag, from Munich, with the appropriate name of “ Economy of Nature" will not suit us. Vesperman, is to form the evening attraction at the Opera.-Signor One or two of the poetical contributions of “G. M. B." of Naime, de Begnis has committed an assault on the Editor of the Brighton lie over for insertion.-"J. L." of Langholm perhaps in our next Guardian, in consequence of a peu d'esprit which earaged his Signor- SLIPPERB.
-The lines entitled “ Beauty's Light” will not suit us