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see it, but there are seven here who will see the end of it, things up in thy heart, and ponder on them, and when and then they shall know that there has been a prophet they are fulfilled, then shalt thou believe that the Lord among them,"
sent me.” It having been in a private family where this prophe- From the tenor of this prophecy, it would appear that cy was delivered, they looked always forward with fear he has borrowed largely from some of the most sublime for some contention breaking out among them. But af- passages of Scripture, which could not fail of giving a ter the American war and its consequences, the whole of tincture of sublimity to many of his sayings, so much adWat’s parable was attributed thereto, and the good people mired by the country people. · It strikes me there are relieved from the horrors of their impending and ruinous some of these expressions literally from the Book of Job; lawsuit.
but, notwithstanding, it must be acknowledged that some One day he was prophesying about the judgment, parts of it are peculiarly applicable to the after fate of wben a young gentleman said to him, “ 0, sir, I wish Charles Edward. you could tell us when the judgment will be ?”—“ Alas! When old age began to steal on him, and his beloved my man,” returned he," that is what I cannot do; for friends to drop out of the world, one after another, he of that day and of that hour knoweth no man; no, not became extremely heavy-hearted at being obliged to conthe angels which are in heaven, but the Almighty Father tinue for ever in the flesh. He never had any trouble ; alone. But there will be many judgments before the but he felt a great change take place in his constitution, great and general one. In seven years there will be a which he did not expect, and it was then he became judgment on Scotland. In seven times seven there will greatly concerned at being obliged to bear a body of fabe a great and heavy judgment on all the nations of Eu- ding flesh about until the end of time, often saying, that rope ; and in other seven times seven there will be a the flesh of man was never made to be immortal. In greater one on all the nations of the world ; but whether this dejected state he continued about two years, often or not that is to be the last judgment, God only know- entreating the Lord to resume that which he had given eth.”
him, and leave him to the mercy of his Redeemer, like These are dangerous and difficult sayings of our pro other men. Accordingly, his heavenly monitor appear
. phet. I wonder what the Rev. Edward Irving would ed to him once more, and demanded the scroll of the spisay about them, or if they approach in any degree to his rit of prophecy, which was delivered up to him at the calculations. Not knowing the year when this prophecy well in the wilderness; and then with a holy admonition was delivered, it is impossible to reason on its fulfilment, he left him for ever on earth. Wat lived three years afbut it is evident that both the first eras must be over- ter this, cheerful and happy, and died in peace, old, and past. He always predicted ruin on the cause of Prince full of days, leaving a good worldly substance behind Charles Stuart, even when the whole country was ring- him. * ing with applauses of his bravery and conquests. Our prophet detested the politics of that house, and announced
LETTERS FROM THE WEST. ruin and desolation not only on the whole house, but on
No. V. all who supported it. The only prophecy which I have yet seen in writing relates to that brave but unfortunate We have had two field-days in Glasgow since my last ; adventurer, and is contained in a letter to a Mrs John- in other words, two occasions of great public festivity and ston, Moffat, dated October 1st, 1745, which must have importance. The one was the laying of the spring stone been very shortly after the battle of Prestonpans. After of the first arch—not the foundation stone, though so some religious consolation, he says, “ As for that man called—of a new bridge ; the other was the opening of Charles Stewart, let no spirit be cast down because of him, that magnificent structure, which unquestionably, in for he is only a meteor predicting a sudden storm, which point of architectural grandeur, does no discredit to its is destined to quench the baleful light for ever. He is a name— The Royal Exchange. I shall give you some broken pot ; a vessel wherein God hath no pleasure. His slight pen-and-ink sketches of the proceedings at both soboasting shall be turned into dread, and his pride of heart lemnities, or rejoicings, as they are alternately designated, into astonishment. Terror shall make him afraid on in the various programmes and descriptions of them which every side; he shall look on his right hand, and there shall have been or are to be published. be none to know him; and on his left hand, and lo! de- I have seldom seen any thing finer or more picturesque struction shall be ready at his side-even the first-born than the aspect of the Old Cathedral of St Mungo, after of death shall open his jaws to devour him. His conti- all the public bodies of Glasgow, together with the liadence shall pass away for ever, even until the king of sonic brethren—many of them from a great distance terrors arrive and scatter brimstone upon his habitation. had assembled within it. There we did not see that the His roots shall be dried up beneath, and the foliage of tawdry finery of some of the Lodges was of the Barthohis boughs stripped off above, until bis remembrance shall lomew Fair order, and their banners wonderfully resemperish from the face of the earth. He shall be thrown bling old rags or gaudy calico. Every thing was melinto the deep waters, and the billows of God's wrath shall lowed down and harmonized in the dim religious light of pass over him. He shall Ay to the mountains, but they the fretted aisles ; and the sonorous and noble voice of shall not hide him; and to the islands, but they shall cast Principal M Farlane, who, with admirable dignity and him out. Then shall he be driven from light into dark-tact, conducted the devotional services of the day, led us ness, and chased out of the land.
to forget, if not to forgive, the outrages which the Sten“ Knowest thou not this of old time, that the triumph torian voice of the precentor perpetrated on Luther's Old of the wicked is of short duration, and the joy of the hy- Hundredth Psalm. It must have been a difficult thing pocrite but for a moment? Though his excellency mount to preach a discourse appropriate to the building of a up unto the heavens, and his pride reach the stars, yet shall bridge ; but, fortunately, the funds of an hospital for the he perish for ever, like a shadow that passeth away and is education of boys were to be greatly benefited by the said no more. They who have seen him in the pride of his bridge ; and this circumstance the venerable Principal might shall say, Where is he? Where now is the man seized upon, to the effect of bringing into his excellent that made the nations to tremble ? Is he indeed passed discourse remarks on the progress of education, and the away as a dream, and chased away as a vision of the night? appropriation of charities, that did equal honour to Yea, the Lord, who sent him as a scourge on the wicked the philosopher, the divine, and the man. of the land, shall ordain the hand of the wicked to scourge service, a chapter was once more held in the chapterhim till his flesh and his soul shall depart, and his name be blotted out of the world. Therefore, my friend in the prophen's surname as Laidlaw," being on a race that has producent
Since receiving the above, we have been informed that this old Lord, let none despond because of this man, but lay these more singular characters than any of our country. .
house of the Cathedral ; but it was not of stoled prebends, not lie in your way to record the issue of those importbut of apron'd masons—the representatives of the Grand ant events which annually draw together in that fair Lodge—though without " tiled” door, or other precau- town a great assemblage of the nobility, gentry, and yeo tions usual in such cases. I did not see the procession - men of the land, I shall not trouble you with “ for I was in it—but I am assured it was very fine. At and particular account” of the sport-the curious may all events, the tout ensemble, taken in connexion with the find it in the racing calendar. Indeed, I feel so little architecture of the fine streets we passed through, must pleasure in seeing one animal spurred past another, that I have been as superb as glorious weather and a well-dress- should not have made one of the multitude which crowded array of a rather considerable fraction of a million of ed the place, if horse-racing had been the only amusement bodies could make it. Thanks to our Captain of Police, which Ayr afforded ; but it possesses at all times many Mr Graham--who was born to command, but always as attractions to visitors, and, on this occasion, to these was a gentleman, and who is amazingly popular here, even added a very powerful auxiliary, in the person of the most with the mob, whose excesses he has to keep under, be celebrated actor of the day, on the boards of its neat litcause he does it good-humouredly-we at last got to the tle theatre. The recent illness of Mr Kean has led to water-side, through all the perils of Lancers' horses cara- much speculation on the comparative merits of his actcolling, and ladies' eyes sparkling. Certainly, I never saw ing before and since. Some will have him sadly fallen any thing like the display of beauty in Glasgow which I off, while others maintain that he never acted better in witnessed that day. It won't do to sneer at the Glasgow his life. That he has not yet regained his full compleladies any longer; nor will I be cruel enough to hint that ment of bodily vigour is pretty obvious, and that his voice all the best of the sisterhood of beauty came-like the pro- is a full tone lower in the more arduous passages of the vincial lodges—from the country! The greatest quantity parts he enacts than it was wont to be, I think will only of love and smiles was lavished on the Grand Lodge, in be disputed by those who would tell him he “ had white which there were certainly some handsome, as they were bairs in his beard ere the black ones were there ;" but he all tall men. Buckingham was among the best-looking ;. is far from being deficient in energy, or inarticulate. His but he is unfortunately married. The tomfoolery of such eye is quick and clear as ever, and the elastic muscles of affairs—the wine, oil, corn, (or rather oats, as if the Scot- his handsome face are still under his complete command. ticism of reckoning nothing but oats corn had Solomon's He played several nights in Ayr to crowded and fashionsanction,) were poured forth. But there was also given able audiences. I never liked him better in Shylock, one of the most beautiful and impressive prayers I have Richard, and Sir Giles, nor so well in Lear, at any period ever heard, by Dr M‘Leod of Campsie. It was full of of his histrionic career. The corps dramatique is Mr unction. Mr Dalgleish, the governor of the hospital, Seymour's regular party, with Miss I. Paton as a minor whose funds chiefly build the bridge, then proceeded to prove how well a fine, benevolent old man may touch Every body who goes to Ayr, goes to Burns's monuyour feelings, without one of the usual graces of practi- ment; and, during the race-week, the road thither was consed oratory. Our Provost replied in a most feeling, as stantly crowded with pilgrims. I went also, and while it was an elegant, speech. Then there were cheers to the there, admiring the surrounding scenery, I was agreeably welkin-and really the cheers of many thousands is a no- surprised by the approach of a band of music playing the ble kind of music. Then every man made off for his beautiful air, “ Of a'the airts the wind can blaw.” After dinner. All the public bodies had regular feasts that day; giving some favourite tunes in the monument, the perand it was quite a harvest to the hotel-keepers in general. formers proceeded to the “ keystane" of the bridge of
I fear Mr Mylne, who furnished the dinner at the Doon, followed by a crowd of people, and played, “ Ye opening of the New Exchange, was not so lucky, and banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,” with much simplicity would reap little but praise for his profits. Five hun- and good taste. I was greatly pleased with the unexdred gentlemen sat down, on this occasion, to eat, in a pected treat, and turning to the keeper of the monument, hall worthy of an emperor, a dinner which might have I remarked that it was well judged in the directors to satisfied an Apicius. It is needless to describe the noble have music there at a time when there were so many visibuilding in which we met, as I could not do it techni-tors. “ Oh, sir,” said my cicerone, “ the musikers are cally ; and, to speak in terms of general admiration, would no employed by the directors ; they are the Kilmaurs baun, convey few ideas to such as have not seen an edifice and just come to the monument out o' their ain heads.” The an apartment as yet unrivalled in Scotland. I am ac- honours that are now daily heaped on the memory of quainted with no one room like it, Westminster Hall Burns, and the enthusiasm thus displayed by these rustic and the Parliament House apart—for these admit not of sons of Apollo, and other visitors whom I met at the place comparison with the classical style of this building. All of his nativity, are in striking contrast with the unmeritthe partisans of the two local parties into which Glasgow ed neglect which the poet experienced while living. is at present split—and between which I stand mid-way The studio of Mr Thom is also a place of great resort allow this; and so, I think, will even your emigrants in the West. Since your last notice of his works he has from the East, when they see it. It was planned by nearly finished another Landlady, in which he has careHamilton, the architect of Hamilton Palace, another fully avoided the faults, at which you hinted, of his first splendid edifice nearly completed. Next to a good dinner, attempt
. The present is a jolly, bouncing, good-natured a good chairman was most to be desired ; and there is looking woman, with ample drapery, executed with Mr but one man in Glasgow who has at once the eloquence Thom's characteristic softness and truth. The bust of a and the tact to conduct a meeting of the kind in proper gentleman by Mr Thom, which you formerly pronounced a style, and with anabating spirit. Other very able, and good likeness, and creditable to the artist, has been placed even excellent speakers, we have ; but Mr Ewing is by by the gentleman in the exhibition of paintings, &c. prefar the most skilful.
He was, of course, our President, sently open in Glasgow, and some would-be critic has atand navigated the vessel of hilarity in a first-rate man- tempted, in one of the newspapers of that city, to rob it of ner. But we had other good speakers ; the Principal, all merit. He admits that the bust is sufficiently like to
was eloquent, dignified, and impressive; indicate its subject at first sight, but the head, it is alleMr May, at once elegant and witty; and Mr Wright ex- ged, “ is indifferently drawn, the hair ill massed, and stiff ceedingly neat, though rather elaborate. The evening al- in its lines, and the neck somewhat out of proportion, and together was a delightful one.
the whole indicative of incorrect notions of anatomy.”
Now, if we are to suppose the gentleman whom it repre" Auld Ayr, wham ne'er a town surpasses, sents a perfect Adonis, these remarks may possibly be For honest men and bonnie lasses,"
true ; if not, they are unjust. If the gentleman's head was last week the scene of unusual gaiety; but as it does unfortunately happens to be an imperfect model -- if
he habitually wears his hair ill-massed and stiff in its | This odour comes to soche as thence ane daye's journeye lines—if his neck be thicker in proportion to the size of
remayne, his head, than that of the Apollo, there would have been An' the faces of the people all are comelye and amene. no truth in the bust if it had not been so also. The principal object, in portrait sculpture, is surely to make a faith- Thorowe the citye there outsprange fulle manie fountaynes ful and striking likeness; and those who are sufficiently pure, acquainted with Mr Thom's subject to judge of the bust, Cule at noontyde an' als lukewarme at the morninge's will admit that he has not been unsuccessful. We“
chillye houre; of the west” are proud of our sculptor, and partial to his Nevir mot frogge or creepand thinge to breede therein works; but we are willing to refer the merits of this bust to the respectable arbitrement of the Editor of the Lite- Bot clere an' swete they gushet oute in ane evirlastynge rary Journal; and if, in the course of your rambles, you
shoure. happen to visit the falls of Clyde, which are now in all their glory, it may be worth your while to follow the In ane champayne, richt smooth an' wide, it wals fulle stream as far as Glasgow, and settle the point. About dichtlye plast, five miles below Lanark, you will find the inodest Mr Quhar deer wer plentyfulle, an'eke all kynde of huntynge Forrest in a quarry by the road side, hammering away at beast; a gigantic equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington ; The mountaynes also round about with flokkis wer well and a mile farther on, in a beautiful loop of the Clyde, ydrest, you will be readily introduced to that singular genius, Quham nowther springe nor summer mot in aney waye John Greenshields, who is now engaged heart and soul moleste. in sculpturing a spirited group from the graphic cantata of the Jolly Beggars. Mr Greenshields had just finished The palaces they reirit weren by ane maister richt grete, a statue of his gracious Majesty, when he began this mot- All conyngely bye squarre an' rule they weren situate ; ley crew of “ randie gangrel bodies”—but, vast as the Feste in the livynge rocke, I wot, wer thair foundacions stride undoubtedly is, he has not forgotten the old song,
That fyre nor water nevir mot thaim laye all desolate. There's a difference to be seen 'Twixt a beggar and a king
The portalles off the samyn were off natyve ivorye,
Pure whyte, an’als fyne chrystele they glancit gloriouslye; for the patches" and wallets" with which he has co
Most conynge the devyces--quhyle highe an' roiallye vered his tatterdemalions, are executed with as much Soarit the kinges aun chamberis, quhilk, in suthe, most precision and accuracy as the trappings of royalty that kinglye be. adorn his figure of our Sovereign.
Should you be induced to take the short excursion I Four hundred ar the pillares this buildynge that upholdde, have pointed out, the palace will be an agreeable lounge Bothe capytale an' base theroffe of verray fynest golde; while your horse baits at Hamilton, and then a short ride Not the live coale it halde not bene mor dazzlande to be will bring you to the exhibition of paintings in Glasgow,
holdde, which I hope will be found to deserve the notice of the So burnishet an' bricht wer they as mot na all be tolde. far-famed periodical over which you preside, upon the There alsua musicke chauntit wals, with arte bot seenil Editor's next appearance in his magic slippers.
The deepe bass chordes awakenande the sorrowes of dayes ORIGINAL POETRY.
gone, The gladsume trille o' the dansand layes, the waylinge e
Wele mot they erne the meid fra soche als no earthlye Translated from the Spanish of Don Juan Lorenzo di dwellinge owne.
Astorga. [Or this learned clerk ” of Astorga as little is known as of his Quha mot the daintye plesaunce shaw that in this place
No not in al this worlde is ane manne als wyse, I ween, poetical contemporary Gonzalo di Berceo, whom we formerly intro
hath bene; duced to our readers. (Lit. Jour. vol. i. p. 237 ) The poem of “ Alexander the Great" is all that remains to rescue his name from Mong soch delyte abydande the manne wals nevir seen, entire oblivion; and even that is regarded by some critics as only a That payne or sorrowe evir tholit, or thirst or hunger translation of a La'in poem, of which there also exists a French ver.
keea. sion. We feel inclined, however, to support Don Lorenzo's claim to originality upon the grounds of internal evidence. His resemblance, in thought and manner, to Di Berceo, is much closer than it
THE AULD MAN'S WIFE'S DEAD. could have been had the poem in question been only the translation
A PARODY. of a work composed in a different country and in a different age. The following specimen, from the “ Alexander," has the same poeti
By the Ettrick Shepherd. cal imagery and incident as the " Benedictine's Pilgrimage" we gave
The auld man's wife's dead, in a former number, and completely identifies itself with the same age and state of society in which that was composed-the early part
The poor body's wife's dead, of the 13th century.]
The auld man's wife's dead,
An' feint a mair has he. The dwellaris in that halesome londe na mortelle dollouris There was hay to won, an' lint to weed, dree,
An' deuks an' hens an' a' to feed, Thair be al maner spycerye, bothe the clove an' citrone An' peats an' turs an' a' to lead
What meant the wife to dee? Thair alsua the frankincense swete, the carnatioun fayre The auld man's wife's dead,
The poor body's wife's dead, Ginger, nuttemeg, and spikenarde, naost preshyous of the The auld man's wife's dead, three.
A mile aboon Dundee.
Now when her back is at the wa',
An' what a gouk was she !
The auld man's wife's dead,
WILT THOU THINK OF ME?
Wilt thou think of me when I am dead ?
Wilt thou one tear o'er my memory shed ?
Wilt thou visit my grave in yon lone green spot,
Or leave me to slamber unwept-forgot ?
There are faithless hearts in this world of ours,
That change into thorns youth's path of flowers;
That trifle with Love as the toy of a day,
And make bright eyes dim in their treacherous play.
Thou didst seek to gain this heart of mine,
Thou didst slight the gift when that heart was thine;'
And it still is thine, but how changed art thou-
My wan cheek may tell, and my pale-worn brow,
O! woman's love, like the mountain river,
Expands as it flows, and will flow for ever ;
Mid life's noisy pursuits, or her home's happy peace, By Charles Doyne Sillery.
The pure fount of affection will never decrease ! The morning breathed her mist of light into the crystal
I have but one prayer to ask of thee : sky, And the golden stars lay buried in the deep empurpled
Wilt thou visit my grave beneath yonder tree,
And one little tear o'er her memory shed dye ; Her orient pearls were shower'd among the green leaves
Whom thy falseness laid low 'mong the dreamless dead ?
GERTRUDE. of the woods, And she drew a veil of roselight o'er the gently heaving floods :
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES. Each little weeping floweret threw the dew-drop from its
eye, And, gemm'd with every hue of heaven, look'd laughingly statues collected in the splendid gallery of the Louvre, and executed
THE MUSEE FRANÇAIS.—The engravings from the paintings and on high;
at the command of Napoleon, are well-known to every artist and The clover waved its crimson crest, the fresh green grass inan of taste, under the designation of the Musce Français. The its blades,
principal engravers of the Continent were employed in its producAnd the clouds threw down a checker'd world of Aoating tion; and some idea may be formed of the magnitude of the underlights and shades.
taking. when it is stated that the collection consists of 343 engra
vings, and that the execution of the plates alone cost £75,000. The At young Aurora's birth that day far o'er the spangled sod costly nature of the work, of course, limited its circulation to a few
wealthy connoisseurs, and the expenses were principally defrayed I roved with all my spirit full of the presence of its God; from the Imperial treasury. A new edition of this magnificent work A melancholy melody of fancy thrilld my heart,
is now about to be issued by A. and W. Galignani, of Paris, and Jo. And I felt the tears in silent showers from their feverish seph Ogle Robinson, of London, at one-third of its original price, fountains start;
which will render it the cheapest, as it is by far the most splendid For, where the babbling rivulet pour'd its amber to the sea, work of art ever offered to the public. We have had an opportunity A warbling bird above me sat embower'd in birchen tree;
of examining specimens of the three first numbers, and we beg it to So plaintively, so mournfully, it pour'd its lovely lay,
be understood that we are talking Editorially, and consequently with That my heart was well nigh breaking with the strains
the strictest impartiality, when we say that we have seldom seen a that died away.
Each Number contains publication which has charmed us more, from twelve to fourteen exquisite engravings on large folio, with let.
ter-press illustrations, and is sold at the astonishingly moderate Alas, said I, bright bird of Heaven! what cause hast thou price of two guineas. A number is to be issued on the 1st and 15th of to mourn ?
every month (beginning with the 1st of September) and twenty-five Thou dost not grieve for pleasures gone-gone, never to
numbers will complete the work. Our pleasure in looking at these return!
admirable plates was not much less than we should have received Thy sweet existence flows away in melody and love
from the originals themselves, and it may easily be conceived that This world's all green beneath thee, those Heavens all
this was no slight pleasure, when it is recollected that the engravings
are taken from the chefs-d'æuvre of such men as Da Vinci, Titian, bright above !
Raphael, Julio Romano, Caracci, Guido, Albano, Dominichino, And thou canst sleep in peace, poor bird ! regardless of Poussin, Morillo, Rubens, Teniers, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Gerard the morrow,
Dow, Van Ostade, Wouvermans, Backhuysen, Claude Lorrain, Le Without a thought to sting thy heart with soul-oppress- Sueur, Vernet, Chatillon, and many others. We should consider ing sorrow :
ourselves deficient in our duty to the public, did we not earnestly Not so with me.I live to die, and die to live again, press upon the attention and patronage of every man of taste this In blessedness and innocence, or everlasting pain !
noble work. Indeed, no library of any lover of the arts can be com
plete without it. Ah me! a melancholy heart has mine been from its birth,
MORE NEWS OF THE ANNUALS.-Among the contributors to the And through its chords my spirit sighs as th’Æolian breath forthcoming volume of the Literary Souvenir, are—Mrs Hemans, of earth!
Miss Mitford, Miss Bowlcs, Miss Jewsbury, J. Gall, J. Montgoinery,
Professor Wilson, Barry Cornwall, W. M. Praed, T. H. Bayley, Dr Where'er I turn—where'er I rove in this dark vale of Maginn, T. K. Hervey, Hartly Coleridge, Derwent Conway, Alaric tears,
A. Watts, D. M. Moir, and the Authors of “ Highways and Byways" I droop, surrounded by a cloud of sorrows, cares, and " Constantinople in 1828 "-" Tales of the Munster Festivals "fears.
" Recollections of the Peninsula "-" Tales of the O'Hara Family" Oh God! my God! look down from Heaven, and teach
_" The Kuzzilbash"_" Tales of the Moors," &c.—The Amulet for this soul to rise
1850 is nearly complete; and Mr Hall, we understand, has been very In holiness and happiness, home-home into the skies ;
successful in obtaining the co-operation of many of the most distin
guished writers of the age. Among its illustrations, will be an en. To strike the intellectual lyre in rapturous praise to thee, graving, from the King's picture of an English cottage, by Mulready, As now this splitary bird pours forth its love to me! another from Wilkie's painting of the "Dorty Bairn," another froin
a drawing by Martin, from the burine of Le Keux, for which, it is of the Millennium. The reviewer, however, instead of seeing a refutastated, the engraver received the unprecedented sum of 180 guineas. tion, sees only “eight octavo pages of abusive declamation," and after -The Juvenile Forget. Me-Not is announced for publication in No quoting some of the worthy Doctor's statements, he breaks out into vember, under the superintendence of Mrs S. C. Hall. It is to con- this beautiful bit of evangelical writing:-" When we had read thus tain twelve engravings of a very interesting character to the little far, we instinctively began to sing, from the farce of Midas, folk, for whom it is intended-as a Christmas Present, or New Year's • Pray, Goody, please to moderate the rancour of your tongue ; Gift; and we feel assured that the literary assistants will be those Why flash those sparks of fury from your eyes ? who know how best to blend instruction with amusement.--The Mu- Remember when the judgment's weak, the prejudice is strong; sical Bijou is another of our promised Annuals. It is to contain ori- A stranger why should you despise ?** ginal literary contributions from Sir Walter Scott, J. H. Bayley, Lord
This is surely an odd specimen of a millennarian, who sits down to reNugent, the Ettrick Shepherd, and others; and original music by view a volume of sermons, and forthwith finds himself instinctively Rossini, Bishop, Kalkbrenner, Herz, Rodwell, Kiallmark, Barnett,
singing a song from the farce of Midas! We should like much to Parry, and others.
know the nett quantity of spirits and water which had been discussed The EDINBURGH REVIEW.-The forthcoming Number of the
before there was produced such excessive merriment in one of the Edinburgh Review is the last which Mr Jeffrey will edit. Some of | pillars of the “ Morning Watch, or Quarterly Journal on Prophecy." his friends were anxious that, at the winding up of his connexion
ANECDOTE OF BURNS.-Burns lived near the Customn-house at with this periodical, for which he has done so much, he should have
Edinburgh while getting his instructions as an exciseman. taken a formal farewell of his numerous readers; but this Mr
B-, who was ignorant of the poet's new pursuit, being on a visit Jeffrey positively declined. We have reason to believe, that the
to him, remarked upon the excellence of the prospect from the winNumber to be published next week, as it is his last, will be one of
dow at which they sat, adding, “But it is quite destroyed to me by the Editor's best efforts. It is of a more literary cast than several of
these licensed plunderers” (meaning the excise officers) " whom I its predecessors have been. The opening article is upon the Greatest
see going about." “ That,” said Burns, smiling, “ is my own obHappiness Principle, in reply to the Westminster Review; there is
jection to it." also an article on the Drama; and reviews, inter olia, of Napier's
A UNIVERSAL AUTHOR.- Had we not actually seen in print the History of the Peninsular War, and Allan Cunningham's Lives of
following curious advertisement we should have had some doubts of the British Painters. We observe the publication of the first number of the Edinburgh
its existence :-" An Author, whose public and private repute is usJournal of Natural and Geographical Science is postponed till the 1st
exceptionable, confidently offers To Noblemen and Gentlemen, an
unlimited supply of Verses suited to amateur collections. Το October. Amongst the contents advertised, are many objects of interest to the Naturalist; and we are glad to perceive, by the communica
Ladies, small Poems and Sketches for Portfolios, to continue in MS. tions and papers on Geographical Science and Discovery: - a princi- daily : politics ministerial, with a reserve on the liberal.
or to be printed, as required. To Editors, three hours' Writing
To Pub pal object with this publication,—that an important hiatus in our periodical literature will now be filled up; and we shall thus partici- adroitly set to any style and sentiment Honour through all these
lishers, MS. Books and Orders speedily performed, and Memoranda pate in an advantage which our Continental neighbours have long professions. The terms are very moderate. Address, G. L. W., 10, enjoyed in the Ephemera of the Baron de Zach, the Bulletin de la
Redcross Square, Great Tower Street, London." Societé de Geographie, and the numerous Geographical Periodicals
Theatrical Gossip.-A piece in one act, called “Fatality," altered which are brought out in France.
from the French by Miss Boaden, has been indifferently successful at We understand that there is a work preparing for immediate pub
the Haymarket.—“ Der Vampyr" still continues exceedingly attractlication, intended for general readers, entitled, A Manual of the Eco
ive at the English Opera ; and we learn from Leipsic, that Marschnomy of the Human Body, in Health and Disease; Comprehending
ner, the composer, has just completed a new opera, entitled " The a concise view of the Structure of the Human Frame, its most prevalent Diseases, and ample Directions for the regulation of Diet;
Templar and the Jewess," the story, doubtless, from Ivanhoe.--NORegimen and Treatment of Children and the Aged ; with selections
thing certain is yet determined regarding Covent Garden; but we of the opinions of the most approved Medical Authorities on the dif
shall probably be able to state what its fate is to be in our next Mr ferent subjects.
Macready has offered to accept the management, and not only to give Mr P. P. Thoms (who was for many years resident at Macao) has
his services gratuitously during the season unless it should produce a ready for the press a History of China, translated from the Chinese:
profit, but to advance a thousand pounds to meet immediate charges and to be published by subscription, in one quarto volume. The
He requires a guarantee that he shall run no personal risk beyond the History commences with the earliest records of that nation, (according £1000, and a pledge of non-interference; and, as a sine qua non, all to their own chronology 3100 years before Christ,) and contains
the eminent performers now attached to the establishment must re
mair. Should this offer not be accepted, it has been suggested that every important event connected with Chinese annals up to A.D. 300. The new volume by Miss Landon, containing the Venetian Brace
Ducrow might remove from Astley's Amphitheatre to the wider let, the Lost Pleiad, and other Poems, will be ready early in Octo
sphere of Covent Garden with good effect. What would then be ber. A beautiful frontispiece for it, from a painting, by Howard,
come of the "legitimate drama ?"-Sontag has declined fulfilling her has been engraved by William Finden.
engagement in Paris, on account of ill health.-Kean has been playAn Account of the Origin, Rise, and Progress of the Town of
ing with Seymour's company in Paisley and Ayr. We expect him
here in a few weeks.—Mackay has been performing in Liverpool Greenock, with numerous embellishments, is in the press. There is preparing for pablication, a German and English Compa
Liston has gone to Germany with his son, whom he is about to place rative Dictionary, meant to hold out to the beginner encouragement
in the University of Gottingen. ---Miss Stephens is to sing at Drury and facility in the acquisition of the German language.
Lane next season.-We understand that De Begnis is to be here in Professor Miller, of Copenhagen, has announced two works, the
December with an Italian company. He has taken the Caledonian first of which bears the following singular title, “ Denmark's Pride
Theatre for a fortnight, for the use of which, it is said, he is to pay in her Humiliation; or, of what have we, Danes, as a people, still
one hundred guineas. We are told that it is Mr C. Bass's intention reason to be proud ?" The second is an Historical View of the Reign
to continue here during winter. Unless the histrionic strength of his of Charles VI.
company be made very different from what it now is, he may depend New LITERARY Society.—A new society, named the Literary upon it that we shall not quietly submit to the infliction. Edinburgh Union, is about to be established in the metropolis, to consist of four cannot support two theatres ; and our patronage, therefore, shall be hundred members, for the purpose of promoting frequent meeting given exclusively to the establishment where the best interests of and intercourse among the professors of art, literature, and science. the drama are most attended to. A very short time will prove whe
ELOCUTION.-We are glad to perceive that Mr Roberts is to con- ther that establishment is the Theatre Royal or the Caledonian. tinue his Elocution Classes here during the ensuing winter. He is an established and favourite teacher. We contemplate some remarks
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. in an early Number on the present state of elocution in Edinburgh. MADAME GENLIS.—This lady is again about to publish a religious
THE EDITOR IN HIS SLIPPERS, No. IV. in our next. novel as her lust exit. But she has so often taken her leave of the We hope to find room in an early number for "A Tale of the literary world, and reappeared notwithstanding, that it is probable Siege of Namur."-We regret that “ My New Trousers" will not she will never decide on a lasting farewell until she quit this transi- suit us. We are afraid the “Dream,” by “M. E." of Glasgow is too tory scene altogether.
long for us; but it contains some spirited lines. The song from THE MORNING WATCH.-There is a quarterly periodical, with the Kirkcudbright is a good set of the old Jacobite air—"Wha wadna above title, at present publishing in London, under the fostering fight for Charlie."-The lines entitled " Glengarry's Grave" will care of the Rev. Edward Irving, and a few other worthies of millen- not do. nial celebrity. In their last number (No. 3.) there is a review (a Our readers will have observed that we have discontinued our millennial one of course) of Dr Andrew Thomson's last volume of “ Letters from London " during the summer, when the metropolis is Sermons, in the Appendix to which discourses, it is well known, the empty. But we shall resume them as soon as the returning season Doctor refutes the tencts which Irving and others hold on the subject makes information direct from head-quarter of importanco.