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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 : Ist, That Mr Jones's indisposition has preeyed Susan” and her “sweet William” are very clever- vented his appearance; and, 2d, 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 manager 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 he 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 Ducat,” 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, his 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 home for the holidays of 1830-31. In addition to which, they bring together a company that pleases the judicious Madame 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 verbatim 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 Nawillamply 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 gentleinan 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 cu. daughter preserving her 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, polished, 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 the 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 has 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.

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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; the press. 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 corered with new publications

Byron. which solicit our notice. Among these are The Reminiscences and

Come, out of charity! Miss Inverarity! Correspondence of the Right Hon. Sir John Sinclair, Bart., a work 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 Tulba, 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 Divines 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

There's Vestris—there's Waylett too-Miss Inverarity! of the works of Tacitus, translated by Murphy:--The Shamrock, a collection of Irish Songs edited by our friend Weekes, now of Drury

Each, like Brunel, for her own arch-way begs;

But dearer is thy modest merit ! In charity,
Lane; – The High- Mettled Racer, a poem by the late Charles
Dibdin, with designs by Robert Crui ckshank, 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! cuts :--and the Opera of Massaniello, by James Kenney, which,

Scare all the flaxen, the fair, and the carroty

Tresses like thine marry music to thee, though one of the finest spectacles on the stage, is poor enough as a 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 pos

Witching to me, as to Byron his Harrow tree ! sesses a museum, and an extensive library, containing upwards of

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 Marischal College, has been appointed to act as interim Professor of Di.

Miss Inverarity! vinity, during the present session, in that University, the vacancy in the office, occasioned by the death of his father, the late celebrated

Sad am I-mad am I-Miss Inverarity!

Madness and sadness are mingled in me!,Principal William Lawrence Brown, not being yet filled up. We have had some frost and snow; but as the rivers Dee and Don are

But thou, gentle spirit !-so silver-toned Barry-ty, rarely frozen sufficiently for skating, that winter amusement is not

Singing, will bring back contentment with thee,

Miss Inverarity! extensively practised bere, and, what is more lamentable still, curling and bonspiels are little known.

Inverary. CAIT-CHAT FROM BANFF.--A society, similar to the Northern In.

-Ducrow has opened an amphitheatre in Liverpool, and divideg 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 resident members, in the counties of Banff. Moray, and Aberdeen, Frimbley has opened a theatre in Dumfries. Miss Nicol is his

prima donna.--Peake's comedy of “ The Chancery Suit” is in reand a museum is in progress of formation. Few parts of Bricain af.

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 Macduff 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, & Mother Bunch. To the botanist, the extensive grounds of Duff House, the woods of

MON. Guy Mannering, $ Do. Gelley.Mill, Mont Coffer, and Alva, the Tore of Troup, the banks of 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.


Der Freischutz, f 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, and the meeting was also attended by many of the same respectable

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. class, not as guests. The feeling, ability, and eloquence of the ope- REVIEWS of " 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 typ's, 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 Nairne, 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 jeu d'esprit which enraged his Signor SLIPPERS.--The lines entitled " Beauty's Light" will not suit w.

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sisting of 600 men, the first of that description of force levied for the service of Great Britain, fencible corps ba

ving been formerly restricted to the defence of Scotland. The Corr-spondence of the Right Honourable Sir John

He afterwards raised another battalion of 1000 men for Sinclair, Baronet ; with Reminiscences of the most dis the defence of Ireland. In the promotion of all useful tinguished Characters who have appeared in Great public institutions he has ever exerted bimself unweaBritain, and in Foreign Countries, during the last fifty riedly; and was the founder and first president of the years. 2 vols. 8vo. London. Colburn and Bent- Board of Agriculture. His literary labours have been ley. 1831.

multifarious and important; among these, the “ Sta(Unpublished )

tistical Account of Scotland," extending to twenty-one The Bishop of Blois characterised Sir John Sinclair as volumes octavo, the “ Code of Health and Longevity," * the most indefatigable man in Britain, and the man in in four volumes octavo, and the “ Code of Agriculture,” Europe of the greatest acquaintance.” The work now in one, stand pre-eminent. before us seems of itself to make good this praise, even From the mass of materials which the “ Correspondence without taking into consideration all the previous labours, and Reminiscences” present, it is impossible that we can voluminous as they have been, of the venerable Baronet. do more than select a few detached extracts, as specimens The mass of correspondence and reminiscences, both do- of the general contents of a work which abounds in enmestic and foreign, which these two volumes contain, is tertainment, interest, and instruction, and which we have almost, if not entirely, without a parallel in any similar no doubt will be read with pleasure, not only by Sir publication. Nor are any of the letters from persons of John Sinclair's numerous friends and acquaintances, but inferior note and consideration; but, on the contrary, by all who like to see additional sources of information are nearly all from those who have held the most pro- opened up concerning the illustrious persons of the last minent station among their fellow-men in every depart-half century. We commence our quotations with the ment into which society is divided, from the monarch on following account of a sovereign who possessed the mind his throne to the man of letters in his closet, Classed of a man in the body of a female : under different heads, we have Imperial and Royal Cor

AUDIENCE OF THE EMPRESS CATHERINE, AND REMINISCENCES respondence and Reminiscences,-Correspondence with British Cabinet Ministers, and Reminiscences of them,

“On the 25th August, 1786, I had the honour of being -Female Correspondence,- Naval,-Military-Cleri

presented to this great sovereign. The court commenced cal,- Agricultural,—Statistical,--Medical, Political, — about half past eleven. The rooms were filled with about Literary,-and Miscellaneous Correspondence and Re- 400 courtiers. At twelve, the empress came from her priminiscences. Then, in the second volume, we have an vate apartments to go to mass. A lane was made for her abstract of the author's travels over the continent of and her suite. She was preceded by the Princess Dashkow, Europe, with the correspondence and reminiscences of the and six or seven other ladies. The reason why there were most distinguished natives of every country through which no more present; was, that the ladies only came when the he passed, together with some very interesting correspond- court was held in the evening, unless when they attended

officially. Count Czernichew, vice-president of the admience with the first men of America.

ralty, took me to the chapel to hear mass.

It was a very Prefixed to the whole is an Introduction, containing a poor building for such a ceremony; but the priests, with short account of the author and his writings. Sir John their long beards and rich vestments, made a striking and Sinclair was born at Thurso Castle on the 10th of May, imposing appearance. The empress stood by herself, and 1754. The foundation of his classical knowledge was

went through all the ceremonies with great decorum. When laid at the High School of Edinburgh, and he afterwards the service was over, I went to the hall where strangers attended the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and He was tall, (about six feet two,) and distinguished, not

were introduced, and was presented to Prince Potemkin. Oxford. In 1775, he became a member of the Faculty only by his height, but by the strength and manliness of of Advocates, and was afterwards called to the English his appearance. His countenance was not unpleasant, when bar, not with any view to practice, but that he might he was disposed to be agreeable. He entered with great become acquainted with the laws of his country. In affability into conversation with me, which was uncommon 1780, he was unanimously elected the representative of at a first introduction. He spoke with much contempt of his native county of Caithness, where he had introduced the King of Sweden. He afterwards talked of my intended many of the most important agricultural and other im- journey to Poland, where he had great estates; and exprovements . He continued an active member of the pressed a wish that I should give him some advice bow to

improve them. The return of the empress being announced, House of Commons, with the exception of a short inter- the foreign ministers, and those strangers who had been val, till July 181), a period of nearly thirty years. His already presented, kissed her hand. I was then introduced eldest son, George Sinclair, Esq., succeeded to the seat by Count Osterman. She asked me how I came to Peterswhich he then resigned. In 1786, Sir John took a very burgb?—if

I had had a pleasant voyage ?--and added, that extensive journey through the northern parts of Europe, Swedish officer, and some of her own subjects, were after

she hoped I would find my stay in Russia agreeable. A in the course of which he visited Gottenburg, Copen-wards introduced; but she spoke to none of them. In short, hagen, Stockholm, Riga, Petersburg, Moscow, Kiew, I found that I had met with what was considered to be a Warsaw, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, and most gracious reception, as she hardly spoke to any but Paris. In 1794 he raised a regiment of fencibles, con persons of considerable distinction. The court had fallen off much from its ancient splendour. To check the spirit distinguished statesmen which France the possessed ; and of luxury and expense, provincial, and even official uniforms to dedicate the evening to the society of the gay. Being a had been introduced, and none but foreigners were richly Member of the British Parliament, and known, from my habited.

History of the Revenue, as an author, I everywhere met « The mode of living adopted by the empress was ex- with a most friendly reception. Having received an invitremely regular. She rose between six and seven, and tation to a family dinner with Monsieur Necker, I went dedicated the morning entirely to business. She dined about early, and had the pleasure of finding the ladies occupied in one, and after dinner retired to her cabinet. The evening a manner peculiarly gratifying to the national feelings of a was devoted to amusements of a general nature, either at Scotchman; for Madame Necker was reading Blair's Serthe theatre, or in the palace, with a select company of her mons, and Mademoiselle Necker playing Lochaber no private friends.

more,' on the piano. Monsieur Necker, overwhelmed by “ Her information, particularly in regard to political the pressure of public business, did not appear till immesubjects, was very general and extensive. The instructions, diately before dinner; and even before the cloth was rezoritten by her own hand, for drawing up a code of laws, is inoved, he received two or three letters, which he seemed a most extraordinary performance for a woman; being, I to peruse with considerable interest. Madame Necker said, believe, the only instance extant of female judicial legisla- that they probably related to the great political contest, tion.* I have seen her correspondence with the famous which he was then carrying on with Monsieur de Calonne, Buffon, which proves how well she was acquainted with and which ultimately terminated in the removal of that philosophical subjects. She knew the French belles lettres minister from the helm. perfectly, and, in 1786, was reading Shakspeare in the “ When preparing for my return to London, I sent a German translation. She also wrote comedies herself; and note to Madame Necker, containing many grateful acin any part of the world would have been accounted, in knowledgments for the attention paid me by her family, private life, a most accomplished woman.

and a promise, at the same time, to send her daughter “Her skill in government was great. In any progress (afterwards so celebrated as M. de Stael) some Scotch music, through her dominions, she suffered the meanest peasant to the beauties of which, I hoped, would induce her to honour address her; and they universally called her by the friendly Scotland with a visit. Though young, the answer she and emphatic name of matonskin, or mother. To the army, sent is expressed with that vivacity and elegance which and to the guards in particular, she was very attentive; distinguished her future writings. t and on certain fixed days dined at a table with the officer's of the different corps.

Mademoiselle Necker to Sir John Sinclair. Neither was the church neglected ; for besides much attention to individuals of character and

« Je suis bien reconnoissante de l'aimable attention de respect in that order, and a strict performance of all the Monsieur Sinclair, et je suis chargée de l'en remercier au outward forms of religion, she proved her zeal and devotion, nom de Maman et au mien. Je chanterai ces airs avec un by working, with her own hands, as the priests believed or

intérêt nouveau. La patrie de Monsieur Sinclair me sera asserted, the most magnificent vestments, for the use of the moins étrangère. Nous serons charmé de le voir. Mon principal ecclesiastics of her empire, when they celebrated père et ma mère n'ont aucune commission qu'ils puissent le public worship on any important festival.

prier d'executer ; mais ils lui renouvelleront, avec plaisir, “She had a number of personal favourites, to whom she l'assurance des sentimens distingués qu'il leur a inspiré.” was very liberal. She was particularly attached to Land- Among the Correspondence with the British Cabinet skoi, and attended him personally during his sickness, like Ministers, and Reminiscences of them, we find a number a wife. She was, for some time, as inconsolable for him as of highly interesting names, such as those of North, Pitt, Elizabeth of England was for Essex. It is said, that he Fox, Melville, Perceval, Castlereagh, Canning, Thurlow, was the handsomest man that could be seen; but naturally of so weak a constitution, that he was unable to support the Erskine, Lansdowne. Hastings, Bathurst, Windham, and life of a courtier. Potemkin made the quickest of all pos- others. The following passage cannot fail to attract sible journeys from the Crimea, in order to console her. attention : He came in a kibicki, or common cart, the whole way. Rushing into her apartment, he said, “What is the matter with my empress ?' and wben she answered that she was into the affairs of the East India Company, to whom he

“ Lord Melville began his political labours by enquiries weeping for the death of Landskoi, he replied, Why, he performed the most important services. In 1784, he prewas a fool!'_Ah!' said the empress, but he had an

vented the extinction of the Company as an independent honest heart.'

Corporation. In the space of eighteen years he raised the To her ministers she was very liberal, and in general value of the stock from 1184 to 214, or 93), of additional followed their advice, except when she chose to let them price per L. 100 stock; and by his means some of the ablest feel, that there were times when she preferred being both

and most distinguished characters in the kingdom were her own, and their mistress. When left entirely to herself,

sent to India, under whose auspices the territorial possesand compelled to determine on matters of importance, it is sions of the Company became an immense empire, prosaid that she was apt to betray some versatility and weak- ducing a great revenue, and containing above sixty million s

of inhabitants. He also brought the affairs of the Company “When I visited her court, she was puffed up, beyond all into so high a degree of order, that he was enabled, for the bounds, by the success of her reign, and the consideration in first time, to lay before Parliament, 'An Indian Budget.' which she was held by every power in Europe. She certainly in her heart preferred the English to the French, and

He was afterwards appointed Secretary of State for the the Danes to the Swedes. In regard to the Germans, it was spread over the whole country, and a military force accu

War Department; and by his means a martial spirit was more from personal attachment to the emperor, and their mulated, which secured the nation from any risk of being joint views upon Turkey, than from a full conviction of

His talents the policy of the measure, that she preferred the Austrian conquered, should an invasion be attempted.

were next directed, first as Treasurer of the Navy, and to the Prussian alliance."

afterwards as first Lord of the Admiralty, to the improveTo this amusing narrative we shall add a notice of ment of our naval resources; and impartial observers have another female hardly less distinguished, but whom Sir justly considered him as the best friend the navy ever had. John Sinclair knew before she stood forth in the blaze of If Lord Melville, however, had done nothing else but planher reputation :

ned and executed the expedition to Egypt, his fame would have been established as one of the greatest benefactors to

his country. Who can think of the battle of the Nile, or “In January 1786, I took an excursion to Paris, and, in the victory of Alexandria, without gratitude to that great the employment of my time there, endeavoured to combine Minister, by wbom those achievements were planned, and useful and agreeable occupations. With that view, I was without whose exertions and genius they could never have accustomed to spend my mornings with the learned ; to been successfully executed? These magnificent events first dine with the Count de Vergennes, M. Necker, and the other roused the different nations of Europe secretly to indulge



the hope of emancipation from the yoke of France. They *Upon examining the original MS., which is carefully preserved proved the immense resources of the British empire,-the in the repositories of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, I observed, that the whole of it was not published. The following paragraph, in * She was born at Paris, on April the 22d, 1766, and consequently particular, upon the subject of marriage, was omitted: " Les filles was then in the twentieth year of her age. sont assez portées au mariage. Ce sont les garçons qu'il faut encou. † Madame de Stael's Works, when collected, amount to 18 vols. rager,"




talents of those ho governed the country,- the valour of opinion as to the measures that ought to be pursued at such its sailors and soldiers, -and the superior skill and ability a crisis.' I suggested the idea of a Loyalty Loan, and that of those by whom they were commanded.

every individual should be called upon, in proportion to his “ Lord Melville, when he first became a member of the income, to lend a sum of money to Government, at a fair House of Commons, never thought of entering into the interest, according to the rate at the time. He entered at field of politics; he was considered merely as an able Scots once into the idea. It was subsequently carried into effect, Jawyer. It appears, indeed, from the subjoined letter, that and ultimately produced those taxes on income and prothe Ministers at the time had no idea of availing them. perty which enabled us to carry on the war, and to bring selves of the great talents he possessed, as an orator and it to so happy a conclusion.” champion in the House.

We do not recollect to have seen before the two amuLetter from the Lord Advocate Dundas to Sir John

sing anecdotes of the Lord Chancellor Erskine which we Sinclair.

subjoin :

ANECDOTES OF Lord ERSKINE._" Lord Erskine was Edinburgh, 20th November, 1781.

the youngest of three brothers, all of whom were remark« Dear Sir, I have received yours of the 11th. It is able for their wit and powers of conversation. The learned only your partiality which overvalues the importance of Lord was particularly addicted to punning, of which I remy presence in Parliament, for no person whatever has collect the following instance : -I happened accidentally to made any request to me to attend.

inform him, that a female relation of his was unwell. He “ Indeed, it would be most disagreeable and inconvenient asked me what was the nature of her complaint. My anfor me to come before Christmas; but I am so little accus- swer was, Water in her chest.'_ If that is the case,' he tomed to put my own convenience in competition with the replied,she is not much to be pitied. It is very lacky, in wishes, or the interests, of my friends, that I volunteered in these bard times, to have any thing in one's chest.' offering to come, if there was any anxiety about it; but “ Lord Erskine used frequently to compose short epithere is none, for I have never received any answer to my grams, which often contained much point and humour. letter.

As a specimen, may be mentioned four lines he wrote on “ As to the small stills, it is simply impossible that any hearing that the spurs of Napoleon had been found in the movement can be made in it, at least before the holydays. imperial carriage after the battle of Waterloo. Lord ErsHitherto I have found all my attempts to get at the truth kine said, they ought to be presented to the Prince Regent, very unsuccessful. I send you enclosed some observations with this inscription :made upon your calculations, the author of which is very

• These Napoleon left behind, positive as to the truth of the data upon which he proceeds. I am, with great regard, dear sir, yours sincerely,

Flying swifter than the wind;

Needless to him when buckled on, “ HENRY Dundas. “ John SINCLAIR, Esq.

Wanting no spur but Wellington."" “ But be whose presence in Parliament was not request. Lord North's :

Not less entertaining is the following good saying of ed by the Minister, and for whose at endance no anxiety was felt by any one, soon afterwards burst forth a great political meteor, and became the chief prop of the party North's happiness of allusion, and playfulness of mind. He

“ The following anecdote will give some idea of Lord whose interests he had espoused.

“ I have often heard him, however, lament his having was often lulled into a profound sleep by the somniferous abandoned his original profession as a Scotch lawyer. · Had oratory of some of the parliamentary speakers. Sir Grey I remained,' he said, at the Scotch bar, I must soon have Cooper (one of the secretaries of the Treasury) meanwhile reached one of the highest judicial offices in Scotland, and

took notes of the principal arguments of his opponents, might bave spent a life of comfort and independence. In which, by glancing his eye over the paper, Lord North the important capacity of a judge, I might have been of use

was enabled immediately to answer. On a naval question, to my native country; whereas, by entering on the career

a member thought proper to give an historical detail of the of politics, I have been exposed to much obloquy, and have origin and progress of ship-building, which he deduced from latterly experienced the basest ingratitude.'

Noah's ark, and, in regular order, brought down to the “ My private intercourse with Lord Melville led to some Spanish Armada. Sir Grey inadvertently awoke his lordevents which it may be proper here to detail.

ship at this period; who asked, to what era the honourable “ In December 1805, I happened to meet with the noble gentleman had arrived? Being told, to the reign of Queen Lord at St James's, when he said to me, It is a long time, Elizabeth,' he instantly replied, “Dear Sir Grey, why did Sir John, since you have been at Wimbledon. Name any you not let me sleep a century or two more ?'” time when you can spend a day with us, and we shall be Among his female correspondents, Sir John Sinclair most happy to see you' By accident I fixed upon the last has the good fortune to rank, besides Madame de Stael, day of that year. Upon reaching Wimbledon to dinner, the Princess Daschkow, Madame de Genlis, the Duchess found Mr Pitt there. Lady Melville, and the beautiful of Gordon, Lady Craven, Miss Edgeworth, Mrs AbingMiss Duncan, (afterwards Larly Dalrymple Hamilton,) were the only ladies present. We spent the evening prin- | ton, Miss Joanna Baillie, and Mrs Hannah More. The cipally in conversation, but also played a short time at following account of the circumstances which led to the cards; and about eleveu we went to bed. As soon as I got production of Miss Baillie's play of “ The Family Leup next morning, I proceeded to Mr Dundas's library, gend" on the Edinburgh stage will be read with interest: where I found him reading a long paper on the importance of conquering the Cape of Good Hope, to add to the secu- « There is no dramatist of modern times more distinrity of our Indian possessions. I said to him, on entering, guished for splendour of genius, or poetic powers, than Miss * I come, Mr Dundas, to wish you a good new year, and Joanna Baillie. In her style of composition, she often remany happy returns of it.' His answer I shall never for- sembles Shakspeare. It was much to be lamented, there get; I hope that this year will be happier than the last, fore, that her plays, though fitted to make a powerful infor I scarcely recollect having spent one happy day in the pression in the closet, were less adapted for representation whole of it.” On this remark the following reflections na- on the stage; and that she had taken a particular prejudice tarally occurred: Here I am living in the same house against the London theatres, in consequence of a play writwith the two men the most looked up to, and the most ten by her, though possessed of great merit, not having sucen vied of any in this country. I have just heard the decla- ceeded. ration of the one, and I am convinced that the feelings of “ From respect to her great talents, and desire to see the other are not materially different. Can any thing more them successfully employed, I took the liberty of suggesting strongly prove the miseries attending political pursuits ?' to her the composition of a tragedy, more adapted for stage

“ After breakfast Mr Pitt asked me to return to London effect ; and, as an inducement to undertake the task, proin his carriage, when he immediately commenced a politi-posed that she should dedicate the protits of the play to a cal conversation. He said, that the tinances of the country specific charitable purpose. I had sket hed out the plan of were getting into a state of great disorder, from the enor- a tragedy, ' On the Fall of Darius,' which seemed to me an mous expenses of the war; and he was apprehensive that it excellent subject; and had sent the plan to Dr Baillie, to would be extremely difficult to raise the necessary supplies be communicated to his sister. The following is the reply for carrying it on much longer. He then added,'. As you which I received from the Doctor, enclosing Miss Baillie's have attended so much to those subjects, and have written answer to my proposal. As it does her much credit, I the history of our finances, I should be glad to have your think it right to preserve ker letter iu th's publication.


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