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side of the dark pit, which the priests were sanctifying with | however, is contained in the fourth essay, which consists prayer and incense and holy water, the rosy glow of the of an “Enlightened Heathen's supposed reflections in setting sun flushed over her face; it was so like the glow of Judea in the time of Christ.” It has afforded him an infantile health when in repose, that again I could not understand she was sleeping for ever; but they lowered her opportunity of putting the question of the Truth of
The arguments on both into the grave, laid the pillow under her head, placed the Christianity fairly at issue. cross on her breast, and hid my child from my sight. Even sides are suggested with the utmost candour, and with then, so near did my state of mind approach to madness, great force and spirit; and the conclusion to which he that, had I not been restrained, I would have torn up the brings the mind, is legitimate and irresistible. The cold earth and the hated boards that concealed her, to at
essay, which will, perhaps, be read with most interest, is tempt, if yet the warmth of a father's embrace—a father's the last, on the "Improvement of Mankind through heart-could not recall her to light and life!"
Christianity.” It displays great learning, anxious reAs is jocularly said in the preface to these volumes, search, and consummate skill in the application of extenmany a more unsatisfactory “ Budget" than this may be sive knowledge. It is a direct appeal to facts, and disa opened, and we therefore recommend it to the attention plays a just neglect of more abstract theory. It is pecuof all literary diplomatists.
liarly entertaining, as well as deeply instructive. The appendix of Scripture readings is judiciously selected, and highly useful. They give an excellent systematic and
condensed view of the Scriptures. We are sorry that Reasons for the Hope that is in Us. A Series of Essays want of room forbids us to give extracts, and yet, in one on the Evidences of Natural and Revealed Religion, the view, this is perhaps fortunate for the author. He has Immortality of the Soul, and other Important Subjects, treated his subject so logically, and given it in a view so adapted to the Understanding of Young Persons. By connected, that an extract would hardly be intelligible Robert Ainslie, W.S. Edinburgh: Henry Constable. without making it of an entire essay. We need not, London : Hurst, Chance, and Co. 1831.
however, say how earnestly we recommend the work to This is a good book in every sense of the word. Its all those (and we hope they are not a few) who repeat design is excellent-its spirit is amiable—its subject is the injunction of the Apostle, to“ be ready to give to any important-its execution is successful,--the reasons are that shall ask, a reason for the hope that is in them.” sutticing—they change the hope into certainty. The author has convinced us that there is a contagion of good, as well as an epidemic of evil. The collision into which Fitz-Raymond; or, The Rambler on the Rhine: A his enquiries have brought him witb the mighty theme Metrico-Political Sketch of Past and Present Times, of his work, has made him imbibe the spirit of those written during an Excursion in 1830. By Caledonniimportant truths which it is the object of his labours to
8vo. Pp. 200. Edinburgh : Adam Black. illustrate and establish. His treatise emulates that sim
London : Longman and Co. 1831. plicity which is the great exponent of truth, and which forms so prominent a feature in the aspect of the sacred kept during a summer excursion up the Rhine in 1830
This is the metrical diary of a gentleman and scholar, volume, of whose divine inspiration he is so able an assertor. The work is a popular exposition of the evi- The author starts from Rotterdam, on board the steamdences of religion; and we have no doubt that the de- boat, moralizes in an amiable strain on the affairs of mand for a second edition will show that it is popular Dusseldorf, to Cologne. He conducts us through the
Europe, as he sails past Dordrecht, Nimuegen, and in another sense. It makes no pretensions to oracular wisdom-no assumption of metaphysical profundity-no
magnificent architectural relics of that city; then, at the arrogation of extraordinary originality ; but it is learned, of the Rhine, and here breaks off abruptly. The patriot
request of a fair companion, weaves into song some legends without being pedantic-solid, without being tediousdiscursive, without being impertinent-various, without
ism of the author is as fervent as his fine moral sense. being irrelative. It will not lay the grim and perturbed spirit of unbelief, but it will convince the impartial, satisfy the rational, and fortify the humble Christian in cherishing Courtship A-la-Mode. A Comedy. In Three Acts. the “ hope that is in him.” It is particularly addressed Translated from the French by Gilbert Bethune, Esq. to the young ; but it is not unworthy the attention of
Edinburgh. Printed for the Author. 1831. the old. It is, indeed, that “gift of a father to his children," which forms the best and dearest token of
Tuis comedy, we learn, had a run in Paris of upwards genuine affection. It displays an anxiety for their eternal of sixty nights. This will scarcely be believed by the welfare, and points their attention to those objects by
mere English reader, so little of wit, spirit, or stage effect whose contemplation they will not only be prepared for appears in the translation. This, however, is owing to another world, but become better adapted for being orna
no fault in the translator. The interest of the piece ments to this. It is strictly a book of evidence - sifted hinges upon those sentiments of repulsion between the by a lawyer who cross-examines his whole subject with old noblesse and the roturiers, which still continue to a degree of severity which is alike distant from profes- agitate the Parisians, if no longer in political, yet in sional bigotry, and blind intolerance of opposite opinions. social arrangements. Every person runs (even with He tries the cause of Infidelity versus Christianity, like ourselves) to see the portraits of himself and friends in an upright and impartial judge-anxious only for justice
an exhibition, although the counterfeits should be as dull ---solicitous to afford the litigants a fair hearing and and homely as the amiable originals. charging the public to return their verdict, not according to their mere feelings, but to the evidence laid before them.
Juris Quiritium Vetustissimi Reliquias concinnabat Eb. The arrangement of his subject does the highest credit
Thomson. Comitatur interpres, scilicet, Isidori, de us to the author. It is natural, judicious, and logical. By
quae ad Jus pertinent, Libellus utilissimus. Edinburgh : A treatise on the theory of natural religion, he irresistibly
Oliver and Boyd. Ayr : M‘Cormick and Carnie. leads the mind to the reasonableness of revelation. After This is a carefully collated edition of the laws of the demonstrating the evidences of that faith which brought | Twelve Tables, by an elegant and accomplished scholar. immortality to light, he most felicitously illustrates the Mr Thomson has compared no less than nine editions of corroboration which this sublime doctrine receives from these venerable fragments of the first stammerings of an examination of the nature of the soul itself. Perhaps Roman Jurisprudence of this small mustard-seed, from the most original and happy idea which adorns his work, which sprung the immense tree of legislation, which bas indeed overshadowed the institutions of empires for ages. | she followed; at last he laid hold of her by her long We know him to be every way qualified for the task, and streaming hair, held her fast, pulled her to the shore, and owe him this ready acknowledgment of his abilities, as asked her who she was, and whence she came. As she some small reparation for the anxiety our thoughtless made no answer, be covered her with his cloak, and conboyhood often occasioned him, in the careful and conducted her to his house. Here the nobleman made every scientious discharge of his magisterial functions. Mr effort to induce her to speak, but in vain ;-suppressed "Thomson is one of the many excellent scholars scattered sighs, tender imploring glances, and a pressure of the through the land, whose merits are unknown, merely hands, were the only answers she made to his questions. because they were never fortunate enough to find a pro- He took her to wife, and lived with her a long time happer field for their display.
pily, till one of his servants unfortunately suggested to
him that his wife was an evil spirit, a mermaid, who inMISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE.
tended to destroy him. Irritated by this thought, he went to her, taking with him her little child, and swore,
that if she did not immediately declare her name and her TRADITIONS OF ITALY.
descent, he would put the child to death before her eyes. No. II.
Agitated beyond measure, after attempting in every way
to calm her husband's rage, but in vain, she spoke thus, Our last specimen of Italian tradition was rather of with a melancholy voice :- :-" Alas! now that I must the Raw-head and Bloody Bones order; because we wished speak, our happiness is at an end. I am of the race of to show our readers that spectral terrors formed pretty the water nymphs, who love the depths of the sea ; but much the same important element in the popular fictions now I can love you no longer, and live with you no more, of that country, as of all others. In a future number we but must leave you even this hour.” She threw her arms shall make some extracts from the only two collections about his neck, kissed him, and vanished, never again to of Italian tales which can be considered as of any importo return. And when the child was grown up, and was ance in the history of popular fiction : The Notte Piace- walking one day on the sea-shore, his mother suddenly vole of Straparala, and the Pentamerone of Giambattista rose from the waves, pulled him in with a strong arm, Basili; to which, unconscious as we may be of the obli- and sunk with him to the bottom. gation, we are indebted for the interesting histories of Fortunio, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, and many others of
POPE SYLVESTER THE MAGICIAN. our nursery acquaintances. It is true, they reach us only through the medium of Perrault, Madame D'Aulnoy, When Pope Gregory V. died in 998, the Romans and the other laborious and deserving redacteurs of the announced his death to the Emperor Otho, and desired Cabinet de Fées ; but these were the sources from which him to elect another pope. Gerhard, Archbishop of that miscellany was principally compiled; and both wri- Ravenna, was chosen to that dignity, and took the name ters, Straparala and Basili, assert, and apparently with of Sylvester II. truth, that their tales were written down from the verbal Sylvester had been a monk in the Abbey of Orleans, narration of the peasantry. Before proceeding, however, in France, from which he had removed to a Spanish to these collections, we may throw together a few of the university, where he became a proficient in magic, and scattered traditions connected with particular districts or entered into a compact with the devil, that he would be scenes in Italy. The reader who has dabbled a little in his property, provided he would raise him to high honours popular lore, will at once perceive their resemblance to on earth. He laboured hard to get hold of his master's those fictions with which we are familiar in our own magic book, (from which his lessons in the black art had country.
been delivered,) and succeeded by ineans of his daughter, whose affections he had contrived to engage.
No sooner had he got hold of the volume, than he determined to
make off with it; and accordingly he told the devil, that An avaricious priest of Milan used to overcharge the if he would carry him safe and sound to France, he people very much for burying their dead. The Duke of would be his, body and soul, some years sooner.
The Milan happened, in riding by, to observe a woman stand-devil carried him thither immediately; and there, by ing before her door, wringing her hands, and in tears ; means of his arts, he succeeded in ingratiating himself and enquired what was the cause of her distress. The wo- with the Emperor Otho and King Rupert, and at last man said her husband was dead, and the priest would in being appointed to the popedom. This pope had a not bury him without a large sum of money; and al- small copper head concealed in his chamber ; one day, he though she had offered her house for sale, in order to addressed the head, and asked it how long he should live raise the sum, nobody would buy it, and, in the mean- and enjoy the popedom. The devil answered through time, the dead body was mouldering before her eyes. the head, that he should not die till he had read mass in
The duke immediately dispatched a message to the Jerusalem. Thereat the pope was rejoiced, thinking priest, ordering bim to bury the body, and assuring him that he would take very good care not to go near Jeruhe should have his proper reward ; and, at the same time, salem. There happened, however, to be a church in he gave instructions to the grave-digger, to make the Rome, where the pope was required to perform mass at grave wide and deep. The priest immediately made pre- certain periods. While he was one day in that church, parations for a sumptuous funeral, set the bells a-ringing, and performing mass, he was seized with a violent fever. and expected to be most handsomely rewarded for his He immediately recollected the name of the church, sent zeal. No sooner, however, was the coffin lowered, than for the chief priests, complained bitterly of the devil for the duke, who was present, ordered the greedy priest to having deceived him, and directed them, since he must be thrown after it into the grave and covered with earth, die, to have his tongue, hands, and feet, cut off, and his and presented the poor widow with his fortune. body placed upon a car, then to leave the horses who
drew it to go where they would, and to bury him where they should stop. Shortly after he died in great agony,
and the horses carried his body to the church of St John, During the time of King Roger of Sicily, a nobleman where he was buried, in 1003. of Sicily went to bathe in the sea, by moonlight, near Messina. While bathing, he observed near him a water maiden, of a beautiful appearance, who was singing and This ruse of the devil as to Jerusalem, resembles the floating over the waves. Wherever he attempted to turn, concluding incident of Shakspeare's Henry IV. (Part I.
THE PRIEST BURIED ALIVE.
Act IV.) as to wbose death a similar prophecy appears he had frequent opportunities of meeting with her. He to have been in circulation.
gazed and sighed incessantly-a very Dumbiedikes, but
that he had a larger allowance of brain; he followed “ K. Henry. Does any name particular belong
everywhere; he felt jealous, uncomfortable, savage, if she Unto the lodging where I first did swoon?
looked even civilly at another; and yet, notwithstanding Warwick. 'Tis call’d Jerusalem, mny noble lord. K. Henry. Laud be to God ! Even there my life bis stoutest resolutions-notwithstanding the encourage
ment afforded him by the lady, a woman of sense, wbo shall end.
saw what his lordship would be at, esteemed his cha- | It bath been prophesied to me many years,
racter, was superior to girlish affectation, and made every I should not die but in Jerusalem ;
advance consistent with womanly delicacy—the winter Which vainly I supposed the Holy Land :
was fast fading into spring, and he had not yet got his But bear me to that chamber, there I'll lie,
mouth opened. Mainma at last lost all patience; and one In that Jerusalem shall Harry die.”
day, when his lordship was taking his usual lounge in the drawingroom, silent, or uttering an occasional mo
nosyllable, the good lady abruptly left the room, and THE BYSTANDER.
Jocked the pair in alone. When his Jordship, on assaying No. II,
to take his leave, discovered the predicament in which he
stood, a desperate fit of resolution seized him. Miss POPPING THE QUESTION.
sat bending most assiduously over her needle, a deep There is no more delicate step in life than the opera- blush on her cheek. His lordship advanced towards her, tion designated by the elegant phrase I have selected for but, losing heart by the way, passed on in silence to the the title of my present lucubration. Much winding and other end of the room. He returned to the charge, but caution, and previous sounding, is necessary when you again without effect. At last, nerving himself like one have got a favour to ask of a great man. It is ten about to spring a powder-mine, he stopped short before chances to one that he takes it into his head to consider her—“ Miss – -, will you marry me?"_" With the your request exorbitant, and to make this the pretext for greatest pleasure, my lord,” was the answer, given in a shaking off what he naturally considers a cumbersome low, somewhat timid, but unfaltering voice, while a appendage to his state—a man who has a claim upon his deeper crimson suffused the face of the speaker. And a good offices. But this hazard is nothing in comparison right good wife she made to him. with the risk you run in laying yourself at the mercy of Some gentlemen, equally nervous, and unaided by such a a young gipsy, fonder of fun and frolic than any thing discriminating and ingenious mamma, have recourse to the in life. Even though she love you with the whole of plan of wooing by proxy. This is a system which I can her little heart, she possesses a flow of spirits, and wo- by no means recommend. If a male agent be employed, man's ready knack of preserving appearances; and though there is great danger, that, before he is aware, he begins her bosom may beave responsive to your stammering tale, to plead for himself. Talking of love, even in the abstract, she will lure you on with kind complacent looks, until with a woman, is a ticklish matter. Emotions are awayou bave told your pitiful story," and then laugh in your kened, which we thought were lulled to sleep for ever, 1 face for your pains.
and wc grow desirous to appropriate to ourselves the It is not this either that I meant to express. Men are pretty sentiments which she so well expresses. A female not cowards because they see distinctly the danger that lies go-between is less dangerous ; but I cannot conceive with before them. When a person has cooloess sufficient to ap- what face a man can ever address a woman as his wife preciate its full extent, he has in general either self-posses- whom he had not courage to woo for himself. sion enough to back out of the scrape, or, if it is inevitable, Day, the philosopher, had a freak of educating a wife to march with due resignation to meet his fate. In like for himself. He got two orphan girls intrusted to his manner, it is not that poor Pillgarlick, the lover, has a clear care, on entering into recognizances to educate and pronotion (persons in his condition are rarely troubled with vide for them. One proved too mulish to make any clear notions) of what awaits him, but he feels a kind of thing of. The other grew up every thing he could have choking about the neck of his heart, a hang-dog inclination wished. And yet he gave up the idea of marrying her, to go backwards instead of forwards, a check, a sudden because she one day purchased a handkerchief more gaudy stop in all his functions. He knows not how to look, or than accorded with his philosophical notions. Of course, what to say. His fine plan, arranged with so much happy it never came to a declaration. I wish it had, that ope enthusiasm, when sitting alone in his arm-chair, after a might have seen with what degree of grace a man could good dinner, and two or three glasses of wine, in the uncer- divest himself of the grave and commanding characters tain glimmering of twilight, with his feet upon the fender, of papa and pedagogue, to assume the supple, insinuating proves quite impracticable. Either it has escaped his me- deportment of the lover. mory altogether, or the conversation perversely takes a turn There are a set of men, whose success in wooing-and totally different from that by which he hoped to lead the it is unfailing-I cannot comprehend. Grave, emafair one from indifferent topics to thoughts of a tenderer ciated, sallow divines, who never look the person in the complexion, and thus, by fine degrees, (he watching, all face whom they address—who never speak above their the time, how she was affected, in order to be sure of his breath-whosit on the uttermost edge of their chairs, a full bottom, before he makes the plunge,) to insinuate his con- yard distant from the dinner-table. I have never known fession, just at the moment that he knows it will be well one of these scarecrows fail in getting a good and a rich received.
wife. How it is, Heaven knows! Can it be that the The desperate struggles and Aounderings by which ladies ask them ? some endeavour to get out of their embarrassment are One thing is certain, that I myself have never been amusing enough. We remember to have been much de- able to “pop the question.” Like the inspired writer, lighted the first time we heard the history of the wooing among the things beyond the reach of my intellect, is of a noble lord, now no more, narrated. His lordship “the way of a man with a maid.” By what witchery was a man of talents and enterprise, of stainless pedigree, he should ever be able to induce her, “ her free unhoused and a fair rent-roll, but the veriest slave of bashfulness. condition” to “ bring into circumscription and confine," Like all timid and quiet men, he was very susceptible and is to me a mystery. Had it been otherwise, I should very constant, as long as he was in the habit of seeing the not have been at this time the lonely inmate of a dull object of his affections daily. He chanced, at the begin-house-one who can scarcely claim kindred with any ning of an Edinburgh winter, to lose his heart to Miss human being-in short, ; and as their farailies were in babits of intimacy,
An OLD BACHELOR.
by degrees gained her confidence; she soon not only reMAGGIE ROUAT.
ceived her visitors without fear or dislike, but became A Tragedy. IN THREE Parts.
familiar with all in the village, to which she regularly
repaired for such provisions as she required. Nor was Part III.
she altogether an encumbrance; for the herd-boy by whom
she was discovered, being soon after put to other employAmong some sand-hills on the coast of Bute, and be ment, Margaret creditably supplied his place. hind the same fishertown where John Rouat and his
Margaret, or as she was now called, “ Maggie Rouat," family once resided, stands a dingy hut, invisible till lived in this state of solitude many years. Through all closely approached. It is remote from any other dwell- seasons she was the same cheerful and simple creature ; as ing, and has an air of utter comfortlessness, being partly far as devotion could be exercised by an understanding so fallen to decay, without even a footpath to its entrance, frail, she was strictly observant of its duties. Her sinand girdled in by a low broken fence of ragged whinstone. gular mode of life attracted the notice of strangers resortOne-half is in ruins, the other consists of a single apart- ing to the village as a watering-place, and from them she ment, with one small shapeless aperture for a window.
usually received some small pecuniary gift, which, with The interior is as miserable as the outside denotes. anxious care, she put together in the old sea-chest. Ere A narrow passage leads to the door-way of the apartment long, she enjoyed a plurality of offices, being on the sud-a heap of ashes in the centre of the earthen floor show den demise of the former official, appointed to ring the where a fire has been, the smoke of which, long undis- parish-kirk bell on Sundays ; and this yielded her another turbed by any outlet, bas encrusted the clumsy rafters source of revenue. and thatch of the roof with soot and tar. A press and
Maggie hoarded up ber wealth with the most scrupusliding-door contained, at the time to which our tale now lous exactness, from some indistinct notion, perhaps, of adverts, a bed and bedclothes, in wretched condition; and providing against a day when she could no longer watch on one side lay a strong sea-chest, which, with a few upon the hills, or attend to ber duty at the kirk-door ; dishes and one or two other paltry articles, made up the or, probably, from a half-consciousness of that curious furniture. Here, fearless alike in the gloom of winter, pride, under the influence of which, many of the Scotand in the longest and brightest days, dwelt Maggie Rouat, tish poor will forego the comforts, the very necessaries of not wretched, though amid utter loneliness.
life, in order to save a sum sufficient for a “ dacent" It was the evening of a summer's day, and everything burial. But the plunderer spared not even the scanty looked calm and sweet. The children sported on the store of one so helpless ;—poor Maggie, on her return village road-old men sat or stood at their thresholds, from the kirk one day, found the bottom forced from her mending their nets and lines, while one read aloud some box, and her whole riches gone. She wept childlike for well-thumbed newspaper to greedy auditors; and house her loss, and did not long survive it. wives talked together of all but their own affairs. Mar
It was her custom to descend to the village on the garet moved past them; and years and suffering had evenings of stated days twice in the week. Shortly after wrought such a change, that she was unrecognised by the occurrence just mentioned, both these days passed those who had been her associates. With that extreme without her appearing. Her absence for so long a period timidity which the indistinct notion of her sorrows
was quite unprecedented, and on the evening of the next shed over a disordered imagination, she shrunk from con- day, iwo persons sauntered up to her dwelling to ascertact with any one. In her progress, a low-roofed build- tain its cause, No smoke issued from the roof, and the ing, having a stone bench near its entrance, and on either door was half open ; within, all was still, and apparently side a small window, arrested her glance ; she looked in- deserted. Near the bed-press stood a wooden tripod suptently on its tiled roof and whitened walls ; a crowd of porting one stale crust of bread, and on the ground lay strange thoughts crossed her brain. A young woman
the fragments of a jug, broken, perhaps, in the last effort stood in the door-way, fondling her infant. Poor Mar
to appease a burning thirst. They approached the rude garet still anxiously gazed, and repeatedly raised her hand pallet—there lay the poor solitary, stretched out and disto her brow, as if to clear the confusion there. In that torted, but now free from suffering and sorrow. moment, she half-remembered the scenes and happiness of former days, when the habitation now before her was hers—the children began idly to collect around her-she
ORIGINAL POETRY. burst into tears, and hastened on her way. The urchins followed and mocked at her, till night gradually coming on, her thoughtless persecutors dropped behind.
SONNET All that night she wandered among the hills,—when early day dawned, the miserable hut above noticed ap- TO H. G. BELL, ESQ. ON READING HIS peared within a short distance of where she stood. It
WINTER HOURS. was even then untenanted and ruinous. Cautiously venturing in, she lay down upon the earthen floor, athirst,
By the Rev. Hamilton Buchanan. hungry, and worn with fatigue. Nature was wearied, and she fell into profound sleep. Chance led a herd-boy
Not always in the poet's page we find to the hut, who, finding a human being motionless in
A faithful picture of the poet's heart: such a wretched place, and at such an hour, fled to com.
Sometimes he acts but the observer's part, municate his fears. The place was soon visited by seve
And draws not from himself, but from mankind. ral persons, who, perceiving that she only slept, gently
Not so with thee-Delighted, here I trace awoke her. Many questions were put; and, not with.
The Aash of wit-the starts of fancy wild, standing the incoherency of her replies, and her altered
With which, of yore, in sportive playfulness, appearance, they discovered in the unhappy being they
Summer and Winter hours thou hast beguiled. had found, their former afflicted neighbour and compa
Still more delighted, trace in every page nion.
The generous feelings of my early friend
Where stainless honour and reflection sage, the village, all hearts were moved with pity-the men With genius' dazzling light harmonious blend. willingly lent their aid to patch up the miserable horel,
Oft as I turn these faithful pages o'er, (from which no persuasion could induce her to remove) I love thee better still, and still admire thee more! and each family contributed something, till Margaret's new dwelling was rendered at least habitable. Kindness
LINES ON WINDERMERE.
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
last year was twenty-four feet high ; this is some feet lower. The The Lives of Scottish Worthies will form the subject of No. Aowers, about the size of an orange lily, which they very much
umble is about two feet diameter, and carries nearly one hundred XXII. of the Family Library, Sir Henry Halford has prepared for the press the Essays, &c., Power is filled with a honied liquid. The anthers are covered
resemble, only the petals are of a pink colour, and the cell of each read by him to the College of Physicians; and has added thereto with a light green pollon—the plant is one of the most majestic an account of the opening of the townb of Charles I., at which he
of our exotic productions, and its successful treatment reflects assisted. Family Dramatists, No. IV., Æschylus
, with Flaxman's designe, great credit on Mr Henderson's talents as a horticulturist. carefully engraved by Finden, is just ready. Ford will follow.
THE UPHOLSTERER SCHOOL OF POETRY.
Here lies great Windermere, in princely state,
With mountain basis for its royal bed; FINE ARTS.--The Exhibition of the Royal Academy is now open.
Their variegated sides form curtains great; It is said to be unwontedly strong in sculpture.-The exhibition
And splendid sky's the canopy o'er head. of water-colour drawings opened on the same day. The paintings
Grand furniture, beyond the reach of man! are on a larger scale than was customary in former exhibitions ;
'T'is Nature's self-the workmanship Divine! and a greater number of artists have come forward. There is an The living landscapes, numberless and grand, excellent article on Turner in a late Number of the Athenaeum.
Peep out (as you advance) on every hand. In the exhibition of the works of foreign and Italian artists, at
Not Greece, nor Rome, these northern lakes outvie, Rome, the French and English schools have this year decidedly
For mountain prospects we them both defy; the ascendency. The native artists hold back most unaccountably.
And now invite the noble tourist down, Report speaks highly of “ The Judgment of Socrates," by a young To take this splendid walk, and feast thereon. English artist of the name of Salter. This work has gained for
CHIT-CHAT prou GLASGOW.–Our Dunlop Street Theatre is at its painter the distinguished honour of being elected a Professore present filled every night; the attractions are, Miss Jarman and della prima classe of the Academy at Florence.-At home here, * The Bailie.” The lady is becoming a great favourite here, Allan has made a masterly sketch of Hal of the Wynd sleeping, though the style and quality of her excellencies are of a kind that while Catherine advances to give him the Valentine kiss.—John win their way too slowly with us. She is too refined, elegant, Syme is painting the Solicitor-General—an excellent likeness; and chaste, to command vulgar applause by a coup-de-maia. and has painted Dr Inglis-a masterpiece of portrait painting.
Seymour and Young, too, make an appeal in the way of a benefit, PROJECTED SCIENTIFIC MEETING AT York.- Arrangements are which is likely to meet with a hearty response.We are pro. now making for holding a meeting of cultivators of science from digiously proud of the admirable way in which our congregated every part of the British islands, at York, in July or August next. mass of a qnarter of a million of human beings behaved themselves The sittings will continue for a week. The Lord Mayor and
on Monday, as well we may. Show me any other city in the authorities have offered to charge themselves with any preliminary world, where the same number of people would have assembled arrangements which may be necessary. Scientific individuals who
on any occasion, and not one case hare occurred which called for propose to attend, or to become members of the Association, are
the intervention of the police! The spectacle the assembled requested to communicate their intention to John Robison, Esq., throng presented on our Green was morally as well as physically Secretary to the Royal Society of Edinburgh,
sublime. Talk of the field of the Cloth of Gold, and the proudest Popular LECTURES.-On Saturday last, Dr David Boswell Reid | displays of chivalry forsooth: When had these four hundred flag delivered the last of his Popular Lectures on Chemistry, in the and banners of great beauty, flaunting in the sun, and fifty thou. George Street Assembly Rooms. The subject of the day's lecture sand bold and true-hearted men beneath them, to show as we had was Galvanisin. At the conclusion of it, the Rev. E. B. Ramsay, on Monday? But I must curb my pen and come to gentler themes, of St John's, in the name of the ladies and gentlemen attending the
A Society Volume of Melody and Poesy has appeared with us. lectures, presented Dr Reid with a handsome silver salver, bear.
I may whisper to you, that it is from the pen of Mr R. J. M‘George, ing a richly chased coffee service of the same metal, as a token of although it appears anonymously, and that it is already on the their estimation of the excellent manner in which the course of pianos of all the finest women of the West-rather an enviable lectures had been conducted. The rev. gentleman eulogized Dr distinction that: and it deserves it. Reid on his success, and the great delight which all had experi.
Theatrical Gossip.-Signor and Signora Rubini have made their enced from attending the course. Dr Reid is an excellent chemist, first appearance before an English audience at the King's Theatre, and a most successful experimenter, and delivers his lectures in
in " Il Pirata," The signor is esteemed one of the best tenora a very distinct and intelligible manner. We hope that he will
and purest singers of Italy. The signora is a French woman, of again gratify his townsmen by delivering another popular course,
scarcely more than mediocre talent. She is reckoned a tolerable - Welearn that Mr Cheek has found it impossible to carry out the
Rosina. Knowles'“Alfred," as the reader will see in our review of necessary arrangements for his proposed course of lectures before
that play, has been completely and deservedly successful. Some next winter. A slight inaccuracy has crept into our announce
of the London critics seek to insinuate that the author has con. ment of Mr C.'s projected course. It is his intention to read on
descended to clap-traps based on the popularity of the king. Cn. Comparative Anatomy. The error arose from some confusion on fortunately for these wiseacres, the passages in question were com. the part of our collaborateur who furnished the paragraph, arising posed long before his majesty's accession. Asfriends of Mr Knowles, from his having heard that Mr C. intended to open practical rooms however, we rejoice that the chapter of accidents has effected for for comparative anatomy, for the use of such gentlemen as might him what his proud spirit would never have stooped to solicit. The wish to master the science entirely.
success of “ Alfred” makes us regret more than ever that we are not PORTRAIT OF Sir David BAIRD.-Mr Alexander Hill, in Prince's
to have a visit from Macready this year.--Don T. de Trueba's coStreet, has obligingly sent us a sight of a proof print of Hod-medy has been brought out at Covent Garden. It is called “ The getts' engraving froin Raeburn's picture of Sir David Baird. We do not remember to have seen anywhere such a masterly piece of Exquisites." Its reception seems to have been of a dubious chamezzotint. It is Raeburn all over. The bold firm attitude of the both of the great theatres, on account of a resolve of the lessees
racter.—There has been a strike on the part of the performers at gallant warrior--the fire of his charger, are given in a manner
to perform only on alternate evenings, but the theatrical ministry that shows the engraver has entered with a kindred soul into the
have abandoned their system of policy as the Duke of Wellington feelings of the painter. Raeburn's broad, massive lights and sha
abandoned his opposition to Catholic Emancipation-because they dows are there as in his picture. The print is the painting itself
could not help it, and every thing is going on as smoothly as can in every thing but colour-and as we at present write with the
be expected in establishments that don't pay.-It appears from a work placed at a convenient distance, we rannot persuade our. selves that colour would be any addition Sir David positively list of the dramatic pieces played at Paris during the two last
years, that no less than 3558 have been performed. --From Glas. stands out in a round embodied form. We did not think it in the
gow we learn that Alexander's house, which was pretty before, power of any professor of the art to have produced such a power. ful work by unaided mezzotint,
has been made larger, and mightily improved. Seymour has made This engraving will place
his snug and neat.-There is at present an entire cessation from Hodgetts, in the eyes of the world, where he has long stood in ours
theatrical labours here at home, at the very head of his profession. Edinburgh has good reason to be proud of her engravers. Burnet, Stewart, Miller, Horsburgh, and Hodgetts, are her own. DORYANTHES EXCELSA.—This rare and majestic plant is at pre.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. sent in blossom at Woodhall Gardens, the property of W. F.
A NUMBER of books stand over for judgment till next weekCampbell, Esq., M.P. It is the third that Mr Henderson has guc- among others, Mr Moir's erudite work on Ancient Medicine, and ceeded in flowering --we know of no other successful attempt save
the whole host of periodicals. that of Mr Cunningham of Comely Bank, near Edinburgh. It is
Of the contributions received this week some shall hare a place, of the Hexandria monogynia order, and rises to an immense but want of room forbids is to particularize.--"J. B. T," and a height, vpon a stem of about eight inches diameter. The plant of | Correspondent from Oban, are in types.