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and laughs at the notion of ideal beauty and scientific covered by Mr David Douglas among the Rocky Mounpainting. But, from what we know of Mr Duncan's tains. The specimens were exhibited on the table. Mr studies, and from what we see in his paintings, we shrewd Wilson observed in general, that birds of this genus are of ly suspect that he is working under the influence of prin- occur in northern or temperate countries, and have not yet
a hardy constitution, and patient of extreme cold. They only ciples, which are not yet sufficiently developed within him been discovered in Africa, in the eastern parts of Asia, or to have become subject to his consciousness. The ideal in South America. The special localities which they affect forms of antique sculpture which he bas been so assidu- vary according to the different kinds ; and even the haunts ously studying, have imprest a feeling of the beautiful in of the same species admit of variation according to circumhis fancy, which he has unconsciously communicated to
stances, The Wood Grouse—such as the Capercailzie the creatures of his own pencil. We cannot better illus
(Tetrao Urogallus)-prefers forests of pine; the Red Grouse ? trate what we mean, than by instituting a comparison be?. Scoticus) restricts itself to the sides of sloping moun tween Duncan's “ Braw Woner," and Harvey's highly the heath, or other alpine plants of yet more lowly growth,
tains and moors, careless of more shelter than is afforded by meritorious picture, “ The Cameronians.” This last or even by the natural roughness of the ground. The ba
mentioned work is evidently the fruit of severe and con bits of the Black-cock are intermediate between those of the · tinued study. There is much variety and power in the species just alluded to. Ptarmigans seem to prefer com
expressions of the different countenances, and great ener- paratively temperate climates. The restriction of the comgy in the whole picture ; but there is a want of know
mon Grouse (T. Scoticus) to the two islands of Great Bri. - ledge of the human figure, and a want of harmony—the tain and Ireland, is a familiar though a singular fact in the
geographical distribution of birds. The first and most rerugged asperity of nature being unsubdued by the feeling markable of the specimens to which it was Mr Wilson's of art. The subject of Duncan's picture is neither so ele. more immediate object to direct the attention of the Society, rating, nor does it admit of such varied interest—and yet was the Tetrao Urophasianus, or Pheasant-tailed Grouse, the effect it produces is infinitely higher, and more last- the largest of the American species of this genus, and, exa ing. To what is this to be attributed ?—to Duncan's cepting the Capercailzie, the largest to be met with in any preliminary studies, which have at once taught him more
country. This bird seems to have been first observed by
Lewis and Clarke, by whom it is mentioned under the correct drawing, and cultivated his feeling of the beauti
pame of Cock of the Plains; and a notice of it was pubful. Duncan's greatest merit at present lies in his co
lished, some time ago, in the Zoological Journal, by Chas. louring. His carnations are occasionally too pinky or Lucien Bonaparte, who obtained an imperfect specimen of chalky (as witness the face of his Wooer); but all his other the male in London. The length of this bird (when full colours are good. There is a pleasure in looking at his grown) is 32 inches; its girth, 22; its weight from 6 to “ Portrait of a Lady,” were it but for the colour alone. lbs. The female is considerably less than the male. ller There is a great deal of richness in his " Jeanie Deans ; " plumage closely resembles his, except that she
wants the and an exquisite beauty in the look of the child's eyes in and differs slightly in the colour of chin, cheeks, throat, and
lengthened filamentous feathers on each side of the neck, No. 114, glancing out from the shadow of its ringlets. breast. The flight of these birds is slow and unsteady. Where Mr D. most requires improvement, is in his car. Their wings are feeble and proportionably small; their nations and chiaroscuro.
progress through the air is effected by a fluttering motion, We have to regret that the absence of any works of rather than a direct continuous flight. When raised, their THOMSON of Duddingstone, and of WILLIAM Simpson, ren-voice resembles that of the common pheasant. They build
on the ground, beneath the shade of Purshia and Artemisia, ders it impossible for us to show how their department is
or near streams among Phalaris Arundinacea. The nest susceptible of being cultivated in an elevated spirit. The
is carelessly constructed of grass and twigs; the eggs (from former stands high, from bis solid and scientific painting, 13 to 17 in number) are about the size of those of a comhis poetry, and his power of impressing a moral feeling mon fowl, of a wood-brown colour, irregularly blotched into his landscapes. The latter is unrivalled for his skill with chocolate-brown at the larger end. The period of inin representing the beautiful, and managing picturesque cubation is about three weeks, and the young leave the nest effects. Wanting them, the landscape department is this a few hours after they are hatched. In the summer and
autumn months, these birds are to be found in small troops ; year comparatively poor.
in spring and winter, in tlocks of several hundreds. They We have now gone over those of our artists whom we
never perch ; indeed, within their range, not a bush larger regard, from the insight they have attained into their pro- than a broom or common whin is to be found. Their food fession, and from their practical skill, as men to whom it consists chiefly of the buds, leaves, and fruit of Purshia has been intrusted to raise yet higher the state of art tridentata, Ariemisia, the seeds of Cactus, brown and black among us. There are many meritorious artists,—many, | ants, and sand-bugs. Their flesh is dark-coloured, and not perhaps, whom we may ere long be entitled to class along particularly well favoured. They are plentiful throughout with those we have just mentioned, although, from their the plains of the Columbia River, and in the interior of
North Carolina; but have never been seen east of the Rocky restricting themselves to a subordinate style of art, we
Mountains. The next species, in size and importance, is inust as yet hold them as belonging to a lower rank. We Richardson's Grouse (T. 'Richardsonii,) so called in honour shall always be ready to do justice to their merits; but of the distinguished traveller of that name. There is a rewe must look to the gentlemen we have enumerated as markable difference, in this species, between the plumage of those who are to fix the character of the Edinburgh school the male and female. The weight of these birds varies of painting. We conceive them all, though differing in from 2 to 3 lbs. Their voice is a continuation of distinct their styles and opinions, capable of working in conform- hollow sounds, like the cooing of a dove. They build their
nests of small twigs, leaves, or grass, amid coppices of birch ity to the same high principles.
or hazel, in the vicinity of springs or mountain rills. They (Our Third Notice of the Ancient Paintings is unavoidably post- lay from 13 to 19 eggs, nearly as large as those of the do poned. In the last Notice, for " Mantigna,” read Mantegna, pas-mestic fowl, marked with red specks. Their flight is swift, sim.)
steady, and peculiarly graceful. When startled, they drop from the branches of the pine-trees, their usual roosting-place, to
within a few feet of the ground, before they commence flyLITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES OF
ing--a circumstance which often deceives the hunter. This EDINBURGH.
trait seems peculiar to the species. In spring, they are seen
in great numbers, basking in the sun, on the southern deSaturday, 20th February.
clivities of low bills; and in winter, in flocks of sixty or David FALCONER, Esq. in the Chair.
eighty, in the vicinity of springs, lakes, or large streams.
They are easily destroyed, continuing to sit with apparent Preseni, Professors Jameson, Ritchie, Graham; Drs tranquillity after several shots have been fired. Their flesh Scot, Greville, Gillies; Walker Arnot, James Wilson, is white and excellent. They feed on the buds of the pine,
Bald, - Deuchar, Torrie, Patrick Neill, the catkins of birch, alder, and hazel, and the fruit of the Esqrs.
Fragaria and Vaccinium. They are very abundant in the A COMMUNICATION from James Wilson, Esq. was read, sub-alpine regions of the Rocky Mountains, in lat. 52 deg. containing an account of several new species of Grouse, dis- | N., long, 115 deg. W., and still more numerous in the
THE WERXERIAN SOCIETY.
rocky districts of the Columbia, in lat. 48 deg. N., long. in the Gospels," was next read by the Rev. Dr Scot; and 118 deg. W. They are rare on the mountains of the N.W. afterwards a letter from Dr John Scouler, of the Andercoast. The third species exhibited was named the smaller sonian Institution in Glasgow, containing an “ Account of Pheasant-tailed Grouse ( T. Urophasianellus.) The sexes some Fossil Remains found near Kilmarnock." resemble each other closely in colour, but the male is rather larger than the female, and his tail inore fully developed. Their prevailing colour is pale brown, richly blotched and barred with black. The wing coverts, and the outer webs
ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY. of the primary wing feathers, are marked with many round.
Monday, 22 February. ed or oblong spots of a pale colour. Their flight is swift. noiseless, and steady. “They are shy, and not easily ap
Professor Russell in the Chair. proached by the sportsman. 'They are found in the same
Present,-Drs Hibbert, Maclagan, Carson ; James Skene, range of country with the larger species first described, with
Donald Gregory, - Gordon, &c. &c. Esqrs. which they associate, and which they resemble much in their habits. The number of their eggs varies from 12 to A number of donations were exhibited, after which there lö, in size not much exceeding those of a pigeon, and in co was read “ An Essay on the Remarkable Coincidences belour, of a light ash.— The fourth species has been named, in tween the Traditions of the Ancient Britons and certain honour of Mr Sabine, Tetrao Sabini. The pluinage is rich Passages in the Hebrew Prophets; also a subsequent letter and varied, and presents those singular appendages or shoul- on the same subject, addressed to the Curator, by the Rer. der knots, so conspicuous in the wood-partridge of the Uni- W.J. D. Waddelove of Bacon Grange.” No remarks were ted States and Canada (Tetrao Umbellus.). The colours in offered on this communication by any member, and the Sothe plumage of the female are greyer, and less richly toned ciety adjourned. -in other respects, the sexes do not much differ. The weight of an individual bird is two pounds. Their voice is a continuation of measured sounds, not unlike the ticking of a large clock. Their flight is rapid, and consists of a
ORIGINAL POETRY. quick clapping of the wings, and then of a sudden shooting forwards, without any perceptible motion of the individual parts. They feed on the buds of Pinus, Fragaria, Rubus,
STANZAS. Corylus, Alnus, and the berries of Vaccinium. They pair in March, and build upon the ground, in coppices of Cory
By Thomas Tod Stoddart. lus, Amelanchier, and Pteris, and on the outskirts of Pine forests. Their nests are composed of the slender fronds of I LOVE thee, ladye, as the wind Pteris, dry leaves, and grass. Their eggs are of a dingy
Loves whispering to the sea ; white, with red spots, and vary in number from 9 to il.
As the bright earth loves her sister-moon, They are remarkable for attachment to their young. The
So, ladye, I love thee ! Tetrao Sabini is a rare bird. During spring, it is found in small flocks, rarely exceeding eight or twelve; at other seasons, it seldom happens that more than three or four are
A holier light than gathers o'er seen together. Like the Tetrao Umbellus, which it resem
The solitary shrine, bles in the prevailing character of its plumage, it is in the
When rise the golden stars, is on habit of perching upon the stumps of decayed trees, in the
That snowy brow of thine. darkest parts of the forests, and there performing the singular operation called drumming; which is effected by giving
And there are images of love two or three loud distinct claps with its wings, followed by
Under those eyelids met, many others, which become quicker and quicker, until the
Like the dew-drops that are sparkling in noise appears to die away in the distance, like the sound of a muffled drum. This beautiful species was discovered by
A summer violet. Mr Douglas, in the woody parts of the N.W. coast of America, between the parallels of lat. 40 deg. and 49 deg.–
The I know full well the twin of mirth fifth and last species exhibited, called, in honour the
Is melancholy ever; distinguished commander of the over-land Arctic Expedi That joy will blend with sorrow, like tion, Tetrao Franklinii. Mr Wilson has as yet seen only the male. The general plumage is dark and glossy, composed
A river with a river ! of alternate bars of black and greyish brown. The head, neck, and breast, are almost black; the tail is entirely black.
And I have seen when, dream-like, came The upper and under tail coverts are blaek, terminated by
Over a blaze of gladness, a large white spot; and the lateral parts of the abdomen are
Into those beautiful bright eyes, likewise spotted with white. It runs with great speed over
A solitary sadness! shattered rocks and among brushwood, and only uses its wings as a last effort to escape. When raised, its flight is
But flowers, they look the fairer, in similar to that of the last-mentioned species. Its alarm note is composed of two or three hollow sounds, ending in
The pearly dew-drop steeping; a disagreeable grating noise, like the latter part of the cry
And the purest of our smiles are bathed of the Guinea fowl. Like other birds of the same genus,
Under a shower of weeping. it builds on the ground, not unfrequently at the foot of decayed stumps, or by the side of fallen timber, in the moun Than all the smiles and flattery tain woods. Its nest is composed of dead leaves and grass,
Of the adoring knee, and contains from five to seven eggs, of a dingy white co
A welcome from thy loveliness lour, pot larger than those of our wood pigeon. It is said to be one of the most common birds in the valleys of the
Is dearer far to me. Rocky Mountains, from lat. 50 deg. to 54 deg. N., near the sources of the Columbia. It probably inhabits still higher Yet breathe not what thou know'st alone, latitudes.- Mr Wilson remarked, in conclusion: “ I have
The deep love that is cast little doubt that some of these birds might be imported into On the altar of this heart, which will this country, of which the soil, climate, and natural pro
Be faithful to the last. ductions, are not so dissimilar to those of their native regions, as to preclude the hope of a successful issue to an ex
Even as the solitary wind periment of a very interesting nature, which the wealth and Zeal for field sports, inherited by many of our aristocracy,
Loves whispering to the sea, would render easy, and which might eventually prove of As the bright earth loves her sister-moont, more permanent and substantial advantage. Their inn
So, ladye, I love thee ! portation would certainly form a fine addition to the featherer game of Great Britain,"
A communication, “ On the Mustard Plant mentioned
A shriek was heard at midnight, such as broke On every ear, like the first pealing stroke Of the alarum bell, and the sleepers woke !
In the old hall where fitful moonlight shone,
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
INSCRIPTION FOR A TOMB.
By W. Ainslie, M.D.
« Sub hoc marmore." BENEATH this humble stone he lies,
Who now nor sees the tears which flow, Nor hears nor heeds those rending cries,
Nor can relieve thy widow'd woe. Cold is the hand, you vainly thought,
While lock'd in thine, could never die ; And blank those orbs, which fondly sought
New life and light from Mary's eye.
A last farewell in Mary's ear;
And left us to the gelid year.
Whose chief delight was love of thee, Whose latest pang was grief to part,
Whose hope was immortality! No!-not forever cold the hand,
Nor mute the tongue, nor blank the ray; Again, at Heaven's supreme command,
He'll wake to everlasting day!
Sustain'd by a Redeemer's care,
And love, where love knows no despair !
THE DARK KNIGHT.-A BALLAD.
By Henry G. Bell. THERE came a dark knight from a far countrie, And no one ever saw his fuce, for he Wore his black vizor down continuallie.
He came to a gay bridal, where the bride Stood, in rich robes, her destined lord beside, Who gazed upon her with a joyful pride.
And there was music in the sunny sky,
In a late muumber we announced that a work was in progress among the students at Glasgow, to be called the Athenæum ; and we are now 'informed that, early in April, a rival publication will appear, edited by students of the same University, to be entitled, The College Al. bum for 1830.
We learn that there will shortly appear in Glasgow, a work entitled Memoirs of the Rev. William Wilson, A.M. Minister of the Gospel at Perth, one of the four brethren, the founders of the Secession Church, and Professor of Theology to the Associate Presbytery, with Brief Sketches of the State of Religion in Scotland for fifty years immediately posterior to the Revolution, including a circumstantial account of the origin of the Secession. The work is from the pen of a Divine in the west country.
We understand that the forthcoming Number of the New Monthly Magazine will contain, amongst other articles, an interesting and graphic narrative of an attack, by banditti, on Messrs Dickson and Neville, on the Plains of Puebla, in November, 1828, when the latter gentleman was killed. Though Mr Dickson received no fewer than nineteen wounds, he has survived to write the account of his extraordinary escape.
It has been stated in the newspapers, that Captain Dillon, whose recent voyage threw light on the fate of La Pérouse, has been enga. ged by the French Government to make another voyage of discovery, connected with the same event. This not the case, the object of the intended voyage being of quite a different nature.
At a trade sale, a few days ago, in London, Lord Byron's execu. tors sold the copyright of sixty-five of his Lordship's minor poems. A keen competition took place between Mr Murray and Mr Colburn, but the lot was at last knocked down to the former at the enormous sum of 3700 guineas. The copyright of Don Juan was next sold, and was bought by the executors of Lord Byron at the very morte. rate price of 310 guineas-not, we hope, with any view of suppress sion.
The Lives of the Bishops of Bath and Wells, from the earliest to the present period, by the Rev. S. Hyde Cassan, are announced.
The First Book of the Iliad, containing the parting of Hector and Andromache, and the description of the Shield of Achilles, being a specimen of a new translation of Homer, in heroic verse, by William Sotheby, is in the press.
Derwentwater, or the fate of Ratcliffe, a Tale of 1715, will shorte ly be published.
A work, entitled an Enquiry into the Production and Consumption of the precious metals, and on the influence of their augmentation or diminution on the commerce of the world, by Mr Jacob, is announced.
Mr Thomas Moore is preparing a Life of Petrarch, for Dr Lard. ner's Cyclopædia. It is not unlikely that the analogies pointed out in the Life of Byron between that poet and Petrarch suggested the present work.
Miss A. M. Porter, the well-known novelist, has in the press the Barony, a Romance.
Travels in Russia, and a Residence in St Petersburg and Odessa, in the years 1827, 8, and 9, by Edward Morton, M.B., are preparing.
Moore's Loves of the Angels have been translated into French versé by M. Eugene Ernoux, and are much relished by la grande nation.
The genuine Memoirs of Sanson, the public executioner, are shortly to appear, in four octavo volumes, at Paris. Sanson was an extraordinary individual; ho possessed a magnificent library, was much attached to study and the sciences, and regularly attended the courses of natural history at the Jardin des Plantes. He states the following among other reasons for retaining his situation as executioner during the Reign of Terror : “ A wretch chosen in my place by the tyrants would have added to their outrages. I was sure to preserve the respect which was due, and not to add insults to the anguish of mortal throes." -This is the march of intellect with a vengeance ! The literature and philosophy of a hangman !
GORTON'S TOPOGRAPHICAL DicTIONARY.- In the first number of this new work, which the southern critics have been praising at a great rate for accuracy and all other excellences, we meet with the
Yet ever and anon her look would fall
The words were spoken, and the bridal o'er, And now the mirth grew louder than before ; Why stands the dark knight silent at the door?
The hour grows late, and one by one depart
Yone in her father's hall are left but she
Yes,—there is still a third—the vizor'd knight,
He moves on slowly through the lofty room, And as he moves there falls a deeper gloom, That heavy tread, why sounds it of the tomb ?
And through the castle there was stillness deep, A drearier stillness than the calm of sleep, Closer, in silent awe, the lovers creep.
following piece of information : Achary Loch, a small lake in French Company have also sustained some heavy losses. M. Cloup's Scotland, formed by the river Taith." We have heard of Loch Ach- wardrobe, valued at L.1600, has been totally consumed. The Theatre ray, and the river Teith, but of the Loch and River mentioned by was uninsured, owing to the high premium demanded for buildings Mr Gorton we are entirely ignorant.
of this description. Neither Corent Garden nor Drury Lane are io. New Music. We have been favoured with a copy of a new Song, sured. A free benefit is tɔ be given at the Italian Opera House to -the music composed by Mrs Orme, and the words by Mr Robert the unfortunate French actors. The English Opera House will be re. Chambers, from the Literary Journal,"0, maid, unloving but be built with all convenient speed, and the site of it partly changed, it loved." The melody is exceedingly spirited and beautiful, and finely having been for some time wished to open a new street where it for. adapted to the words. Mrs Orme is likewise about to publish an. merly stood.-A new piece, called " The Heart of London, or the other song, the words also taken from the Literary Journal—" I've Sharper's Progress," has been brought out with success at the Adelloved thee, Mary Jamieson"--of which we are in like manner able to phi. It contains a number of disgusting scenes of the lowest life in speak highly. We conceive that this lady's musical talents have London.-Donzelli and Blasis are, as yet, the only attractions at the only to be known in order to be appreciated.
King's Theatre, which continues to be poorly attended.Malibran ELOCUTION—MR Roberts.-We think it right again to remind has become the mania in Paris.-Dowton, Horne, Caleraft, Misso our readers that this gentleman, who labours hard to diffuse a taste Smithson, and Miss Byfield,lare the principal attractions in Dublin at for a branch of education too much neglected among us, is to deliver, present.—Mademoiselle Rosier, “ from the Royal Academy of muto-day, his rhetorical Lecture and Readings. We understand that sic and dancing,” (!) is at present performing in Ducrow's Amphitheae
. Mr Roberts, having found it impossible to obtain, as a mere teacher tre at Liverpool.-Vandenhoff had a well-attended benefit here on of elocution, that independence for himself and family which is the Monday last; but the performances, which consisted principally of great object of all honourable industry, proposes returning to the acts from different plays, were rather hotch-potchy. On Tuesday evenstage, though, of course, he will still continue his classes. We are ing. Miss Jarman made her first appearance in the part of Jeanie not aware that he has as yet entered into any engagement with Mr Deans, which she played with fine effect and great truth to nature. Murray: but we certainly think that he would form a useful and re On Wednesday, Young commenced an engagement of twelve nights spectable addition to the company; and, considering the footing he in the character of lago, which is one of his best, and to which he has acquired in Edinburgh, we should be sorry to see him obliged never did more justice. OLD CERBERUS informs us that he will to join any other establishment than the Theatre Royal.
have something to say concerning Young next Saturday. Miss MitHINTS FOR THE DISCOURAGEMENT OF FAMILIARITY.–Never ford's new Tragedy of “Rienzi” is in rehearsal. Mr Murray is ma. accept a pinch of snuff, nor the share of an umbrella, from a stranger king extensive preparations for the production of Masaniello, which Never allow a looker-on to hold your partner's shawl, scarf, or fan, will be brought out on the termination of Mr Young's engagement, while you are dancing a quadrille. Never, on any account, permit New scenery and dresses are getting ready, and the assistance of : one you do not know to save you from drowning when you are sink.
corps de ballet will probably be obtained. Mr Wilson is to play Ma ing in deep water for the third and last time. If you are knocked saniello. We observe that Braham gives a morning concert here of down at night by a brace of blackguards, never acknowledge the Tuesday, at which Miss Eliza Paton, Miss Phillips, and Mr Wilsou ofhciousness of a passer-by who interferes in your behalf. Should
are to sing. Mr Braham proceeds afterwards to Liverpool, where he your house take fire, and any one, at great personal hazard, rescue is to sing at the subscription concerts along with Mr and Madam your wife and child, inform him that such freedom.s will not be per Stockhausen, He gave a concert upon Tuesday last at Aberdeen, ni mitted in future.
the conclusion of his theatrical engagement there, which was wel News PROM GLASGOW.- Alexander's Theatre is thriving, and the
attended.—Talking of Aberdeen, we observe it is announced in th manager is supposed to be clearing about a hundred pound weekly.
newspapers of that city, that on the 4th of March “the Theatre wil During Mathews's visit, he must have made much more. His com.
be honoured with the patronage of the gentlemen composing th pany, however, still continues indifferent; but Vandenhoff and Miss
Little Club.” Who the “ gentlemen composing the Little Club" are Jarman are to visit him in a few weeks. It is a pity that Seymour's
we are sorry we do not know. Is it Thomas Little, or Little in con rival house, which is now much improved in appearance, is not in a tradistinction to Six Feet ?-We understand that Miss Isabella Pato more central situation. Seymour has a pretty fair company, of which
will probably appear on the stage here for a few nights, about th the chief attraction at present is Fanny Ayton, who is at once an ac.
end of April or beginning of May. complished singer, a clever actress, and a young lady of engaging manners. By the way, if Murray is about to bring out Masaniello,
WEEKLY List of PERFORMANCES, would he not find her of service? The Patent question between the two Glasgow Theatres is still open. There was a good Concert a few
Feb. 20-26. evenings ago, at which thel native talent of Miss Thomson and Mr Nicol was aided by Miss Inverarity and Mr Murray.--The Glasgow
SAT. artists are glad to see that their Brown, Gibson, Henderson, and,
As You Like it, & William Shakspeare. above all, Graham, who, though resident in Edinburgh, belongs to Mox. A Shakspearian Olio, of William Shakspeare. Glasgow, make so respectable a figure in the Edinburgh Exhibition.
TUES. As miniature painters, Paillou, Robertson, and M'Nee, are also fast
Waverley, & The Heart of Mid-Lothian. rising to celebrity. The Exhibition in Glasgow, next summer, pro
Othello, & Free and Easy. mises to be excellent. The Dilettanti Society, now under the zealous
THUBS. Venice Preserved, He Lies like Truth, of Charles Edud and able presidentship of Mr Smith of Jordanhill, is increasing in
Stuart. efficiency every day, and is preparing to establish a Life Academy and School of Drawing in Glasgow. A collection of casts from the antique, FRI. Julius Cæsar, f The Heart of Mid-Lothian. &c., is likewise about to be made.- Mr Smith, who is in the direction of the Andersonian University, has also organised a series of meetings, or soirees, to be held weekly, within the walls of that Institution, on the same plan as those which take place in the Royal Insti. tution in Albemarle Street. Tea and coffee will follow the reading of a paper or delivery of a lecture; and most of the Glasgow literati have promised their support.-The literary society of the town has
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. made a valuable acquisition in the person of Mr Motherwell, now editor of the Courier, formerly of the Paisley Advertiser.- Another
We shall positively have to publish half a dozen additional Nu alteration has taken place in the newspapers ;-the Scots Times ap
bers one of these Saturdays, else our extra matter will lock up all! pears twice a-week, without any diminution of the spirit and talent it
types of the Ballantyne Press. exhibited in its single hebdomadal appearance.--Mr Bennet of the
Reviews of Sir Thomas Munro's Memoirs, and of several inter Free Press is about to publish a goodly post octavo in three volumes.
ing works, though in types, are unavoidably postponed.-We hi - Besides the newspapers, there are no less than three weekly jour.
been obliged to curtail the Letter from Glasgow, which we w nals, the Thistle, the Camera Obscura, and the Opera Glass.
more willing to do than to allow it to stand over till its contents
In the latter, there has been some clever writing.
came stale.-Our Dublin Correspondent writes to us that the The Theatrical Gossip.—The destruction of the English Opera House by
there is quite neglected, and no exhibitions are yet open.-"P.' fire, has, for the last ten days, been the principal topic of conversation
mistaken in supposing that we are“ ill pleased at his long letter. in the theatrical circles of the metropolis. “At half-past twelve on Mon
The “ Sonnet" by Thomas Brydson shall have a place.-Wet day night," says the Court Journal of Saturday last, “we were wit
pot conscientiously say that we greatly admire the long Poem
which “ B." has favoured us.-The Verses “To my Sister Ell nessing the close of Potier's delightful performances, Le Beneficiere,
are in types.--"Norah O'Conner," and the Stanzas “ To Orynth and Le Cuisinier de Buffon, in presence of a brilliant audience, consist
do not strike us as their clever author's most successful effort ing of the elite of fashionable lise; and two hours afterwards, we were The “ Lines Inscribed to Alexander Maclaggan,” by “M." of witnessing the whole scene in question a volume of fire, blazing up to broath, are good, and shall be forwarded to him." The Eld the clouds, and speedily level with the ground !” The loss to Mr Ar Grave" does not quite come up to our standard. The “Ode to nold, the proprietor, is estimated at L. 10,000. The Managers of the sic," and the “Lines on seeing an Infant at Play," will not suit
still lieutenant; but, nevertheless, his talents and gallantry
must have been appreciated by his superiors, for he was The Life of Major-General Sir Thomas Munro, Bare. employed on many services of delicate import. Even and K. Č.B. late Governor of Madras. With Extracts all his extra allowances were regularly transmitted to
during his maiden campaign he lived upon his pay, and from his Correspondence and Private Papers. By the
Scotland. Rev. G. R. Gleig. In two volumes, 8vo. Pp. 520
His letters to his family breathe a spirit of and 454. London. Henry Colburn and Richard deep attachment, though generally expressed in a sportive, Bentley. 1830.
half-jesting manner--a characteristic of all truly nervous
and manly minds, who are uniformly averse to nursing Sir Thomas MUNRO was one of the few great men their feelings, and allowing an undue power to sentiment. whose history we peruse without once feeling our pride | His letters to his father are generally occupied with dein belonging to a class of beings capable of such excel- tails of the military and political events that were taking lence, dashed by the contemplation of weaknesses, the place around him, and display a reach of comprehension more depressing from the startling contrast they offer to and sagacity of inference far beyond his years and expethe virtues with which they are allied. He was prompt rience. The happy balance of his mind is admirably and decided in action, yet mindful of the feelings and in- shown in his power of expatiating with rapture on the terests of others; he possessed a clear judgment, a warm beauties of nature, conjoined with a delicate tact for the heart, and no inconsiderable degree of imagination. His discovery of spurious enthusiasm. turn of mind was essentially practical, and averse to all The cession of the Barramahl to the British by Tippoo empty show, yet far removed from being either prosaic or Saheb in 1792 induced, for a time, a considerable change commonplace. But his best eulogium will be the able in the avocations of young Munro. There was at that and judicious biography of Mr Gleig.
period a great deficiency of information among the civil Sir Thomas Munro was born at Glasgow on the 27th servants of the Company in regard to the state of India May, 1761. He was remarkable, while at school, for a and its inhabitants. The slovenly manner in which the peaceable and unoffending disposition, but likewise for the territorial government had been managed was a matter of most undaunted courage, and for a strength and activity comparative insignificance, as long as the Company's doof frame which enabled him to become an adept in every mains comprehended only a comparatively narrow dismanly exercise. He kept a high station in his classes, trict, in which long use had reconciled the natives to the though this was more owing to quickness of apprehen- British supremacy. But the settlement of a newly acsion than laborious study. Yet, however ardently attach- quired territory demanded men of nervous character and ed to active sports, he was by no means deficient in mental extensive practical knowledge of the country. Aware of industry; for, at an early age, he devoured, with indis- this necessity, Lord Cornwallis placed Capt. Read at the criminate and intense interest, Plutarch, the History head of the Revenue department in the Barramahl, and of England, Shakspeare and Spencer, Smith's Wealth of that gentleman, being well acquainted with Munro's taNations, and Don Quixote, in the original Spanish-of lents and acquirements, selected him for his assistant. which language he had made himself master by his own He continued to discharge the duties of this new office till unaided exertions. His father seems to have spared no the year 1799. During this period, he was employed in pains in cultivating a temper and talents so promising. keeping extensive and intricate revenue accounts, corre
His parents were anxious that he should pursue the sponding with the board, and travelling from place to mercantile profession in his native city, but the total em- place, for the purpose of ascertaining the condition of the barrassment caused in the affairs of his father, who was people, and the capabilities and produce of the soil. Amix & Virginia merchant, by the American war of indepen- all this multiplicity of business, he found time to maindence, sent his son into another line of life. A cadetship tain an extensive epistolary intercourse with his friends in the East India Company's service was procured for at home. His letters to his father arc, as formerly, chiefly him; and in January, 1780, he reached Madras, in the devoted to political and statistical details. Those adnineteenth year of his age, to fight his way, unaided, dressed to his mother, sister, and brothers, discuss, in a through the world. He had little time allowed him for cheerful and shrewd manner, questions of all kinds, from the undisturbed study of the native languages, or of the family concerns up to the most abstract questions of motheory of his own profession, to both of which, however, rals. The most striking feature of his mind, as displayed he devoted himself, for a few months, till the war with in these documents, is a spirit of manly independence, Hyder Ali broke out. Munro then commenced a career united with a rare power of cheerful acquiescence in the of active service, which was destined to terminate only situation assigned him. with his life. But, notwithstanding his constant em In 1799, Read, who had now attained the grade of coployment, he found time to make himself master of a lonel, gave in his resignation, and Munro entertained a great proportion of the languages spoken in the south of hope of being appointed to succeed him; nor, when we India. From the commencement of hostilities by Hyder consider how instrumental he had been in settling the in 1780, till the cession of Barramalıl by Tippoo in 1792, province, can this be regarded as an unreasonable expecbe was almost constantly in the field. His regular pro- tation. The government at Madras were, however, by motion went on as slowly as is usually the case in the this time too well aware of his talents to admit of his wish Indian army, for, at the end of twelve years, we find him being attended to. The province of Canara, on the west