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consisting of eleven hundred pages of royal octavo. They | any series of extracts do justice to the work. That the who are acquainted with Mr Murray's “ Historical Ac- reader, however, may not go without one specimen of count of Discoveries and Travels in Africa and Asia," | Mr Murray's lively and vigorous style of narrative, we will more easily understand the nature of the present shall quote a passage almost at random. We have opened work, which is of a similar kind. In few words, we the book at the adventures of Captain Smith, an early may describe it as a book which presents a distinct, im- voyager to Virginia, and among these we find the followpartial, and highly interesting narrative of the gradual ing narrative : progress made by the European occupants of North
NARROW ESCAPE FROM THE INDIANS. America, from the date of its first discovery, down to
“ Smith had now reason to consider his career as drawing the present day. And in this narrative is comprehended to a close. In fact, he had been tied to a tree, and a circle a detailed account of the numerous voyages which have formed for the purpose of shooting him, when, calling for been made in search of a north-west passage ; together their chief, Opechankanough, he exhibited to him an ivory with a full view of the physical geography, political sys- compass-dial, and explaining to him its application to the tem, moral and social condition, industry and commerce movement of the heavenly bodies, entranced him and his of the United States, Canada, and British America. attendants with astonishment and admiration. On a signal There are few subjects more worthy of engrossing the
made by the Chief with the compass, all the bows and are attention, and of calling forth the talents of a writer. ed, to their capital. He was then led from town to town,
rows were laid down, and Smith was led, carefully guard“ The series of bold adventure by which the coasts of and exhibited to the women and children, who crowded to North America were discovered and its colonies founded ; see him, and received him with strange yells and dances. the daring attempts to find a Northern Passage by its Every day there was set down to him as inueh bread and Arctic shores; the unparalleled growth and extending venison as would have dined twenty men ; but as no one power of the United States; with the openings which sat down with him, and there was no corresponding mark America affords to our emigrant population, all these of kindness, Smith began to dread that they were fattencircumstances conspire to render that continent an object he case ; yet it is true that such festal entertainment was
ing for the purpose of eating him. This was not exactly of peculiar interest.” Our author has spared neither re
often the prelude to the most fatal purpose. At length, search nor labour in his anxiety to execute faithfully the when he had been sufficiently led about, three days were task he has undertaken. The number of works he has employed in making a most dire conjuration over him. The consulted is immense; and the store of reading he has chief performer was a grim figure, having his face painted brought to his aid would have been enough for many men's black with coal and oil, and numerous stuffed skins of lifetimes. Neither does he ever get confused or dull. His snakes and weasels fastened by the tail to the crown of the style is full of animation, and he has the art of selecting shoulders. He was seconded by others, whom white eyes,
head, and banging down frightfully over the face and those details which are at once the most important and and red stripes mingled with the black, rendered still more the inost interesting.
hideous. They inter mingled circles of meal and corn with Mr Murray commences with two introductory chap- bundles of sticks, interpreting that the meal was the Indian ters,—the first on supposed early discoveries of American country, the corn the sea, and the sticks England; and this all of which he clearly shows to have been imaginary,– was all to discover whether he intended them well or ill. and the second on the origin of the inhabitants of America, The result does not appear to have been stated to Smith; in which he takes the same view of the question as Robert all this part of Virginia—the English even call him Em
but he was soon led before Powhatan, the greatest lord of son, making it at all events highly probable that the bar- peror. Powhatan arrayed himself in his atmost pomp on barous tribes, who gradually extended themselves to the this solemn occasion. He had invested himself in a large north-eastern extremity of Asia, passed by means of the robe of racoon skins, from which all the tails were hangFox and Aleutian chain of islands from one continent to ing. Behind him stood two long rows of men, and behind the other. Mr Murray next proceeds to treat of the dis- them two of women, all with their faces and shoulders covery and colonization of North America. He arranges painted red, their heads bedecked with white down, and a
chaiu of white beads round their necks. One of the his chapters under the following heads : -Early Voyages queens presented Smith with a towel to wash his hands, to the American coast-Spanish Expeditions into Florida another with a bundle of feathers to dry them. The fatal -French Expeditions into Florida--- Discovery and Set- moment was now approaching. Two large stones were tlement of Virginia Discovery and Settlement of New placed before Powhatan, to which Smith, by the united efEngland—Settlement of the other colonies—Settlement forts of the attendants, was forcibly dragged, his head laid of the French in Canada and Louisiana-- The Ameri- on one of them, and the mighty club raised, a few blows can Indians — America before and after the Revolution from which was to terminate his life. But a very unex-Settlement of the Western Territory Discoveries in pected interposition now took place. Pocahontas, the fa
vourite daughter of Powhatan, forgetful of her barbarous the Regions beyond the Mississippi. All these chapters birth and name, was seized with those emotions of tender are full of diversified adventure by flood and field, and pity which make the ornament of her sex. She ran up to present more instances of the romance of real life than her father, and pathetically pleaded for the life of the stranare to be met with in any other page of the world's his- ger. When all entreaties were lost on that stern and savage tory. From Ponce de Leon and the two Cabots, down potentate, she hastened to Smith, snatched his head in her to Captains Ross, Parry, and Franklin, America has ex
arms, and laid her own on his, declaring that the first blow ercised the most powerful influence in calling forth the
must fall upon her. The heart even of a savage father was energies, and modifying the destinies, of Europeans. No daughter the life of Smith. At irst it was arranged that
at last melted, and Powhatan granted to his favourite man can be considered a philosophical student of human he should amuse the father and daughter by making bells, nature who does not make himself thoroughly acquainted | beads, and other curious European fabrics. A different with this most memorable portion of the annals of his course, however, was soon resolved upon. Smith was species.
placed alone in a large bouse beside a fire, when presently In his second volume, Mr Murray presents us with a
he heard from without a most frightful and doleful noise, minute and graphic account of the various voyages for and Powhatan rushed in, with two hundred attendants, the discovery of a north-west passage to India; and he having their faces blacked, and disguised in every frightful
form that their fury could devise. Smith thought his last concludes his labours with a full analysis and summary hour was again at hand, but Powhatan told him that these of the contents of all the most valuable and recent Travels
were the signs of peace and friendship, and that he should in North America, thus affording a complete and satis- be sent back to James's Town, on the sole condition of factory view of its present state. In one word, this is a transmitting two culverines and a millstone."-Vol. I. p. work which teems with important information, and from 213-5. which more real profit may be derived than from a whole We have only further to add, that the work is elegantcart-load of the ephemeral productions of the day. ly printed, and is illustrated by an excellent map of
We have but little space left for extracts, nor could North America.
Scots Law Chronicle. Volume First. Edinburgh.
Linnæus of wretchedness, the world had no idea of the er. Stirling and Kenney. November, 1829.
tent of its sufferings :--It had not entered into the mind of
man to conceive the number and variety of his pains and We announced the appearance of the first Number of complication of his annoyances; and until Timothy Testy this publication, stating, at the same time, our opinion, had held up his glass to show the age and body of the time that such a work was a desideratum in Scotland, and trillion varieties, aware of the full extent or gross amount
their form and pressure, was Human Life, in any of its sepmight, if properly conducted, be rendered an important of its miseries. Perhaps we ought rather to say of the naengine. The seventh Number, just published, concludes ture and variety-for, alas ! of the full extent it is only the first volume; and, on looking over the whole of the Campbell's Last Man, in the time of Byron's Darkness, who contents, we are inclined to think that it has succeeded will be able to say that he may write Finis to their mighty to a considerable extent. The principles of the gentlemen catalogue. How any, so very obvious as those described, who conduct the work are diametrically opposite to those
or hinted at, in the following addendum to Testy's enumewhich we entertain in matters of jurisprudence; and on
ration, escaped the acuteness of his suffering perceptions, or
were not nosed by his admirable scent after the wretched, this account, and because we see no use in entering upon is just one of those accountable things that you may specua discussion, which could neither be amusing to the greater late for ever upon, and yet never be able to explain, unless, part of our readers, nor exhausted in such space as we like us, youcould afford it, we leave them untouched. At the same
“ Groan 1st. In endeavouring to discern one of the five time, free discussion is always useful, and the range of spots at present on the sun's disc, which The Herald tells subjects embraced by the Scots Law Chronicle is wide us are each three times bigger than the earth, plant the and important. It contains papers, in some of which thinnest outer edge of your thinnest dress shoe, which a few will be found really valuable information, on matters tenuity of a Medallion wafer, on one of the Macadam crus
days of polishing on a burning paveinent has worn to the not very generally known. We may instance an article tal-shaped knobs, which gem the carriage walk round our in the present Number on the customs of York; and the green.-P. S. The foot, of course, to be in the shoe, and articles on the laws of Scotland and England—both on nothing but superannuated silk hose between you and the their present condition and their antiquities, embracing penetration of the whinstone. either wide and comprehensive views, or descending to a
“ Groan 2d. Having a rusty iron hoop trundled against useful minuteness of detail. The papers are, in general, your nankeen trowsers. by ani urchin too young to adınocharacterised by vigour of diction, although in some of nish, much less to thrash.
“Groan 3d. Continuing an important conversation with them we meet with a coarseness of expression we could
a perfect stranger, instead of your friend, who has accidentwish to see avoided. Wherever matters of practice are ally stopped to look at a prini-shop window. treated, we commonly discover the hand of the old prac- - Groan 4th. The unpleasant sensation you feel on driving tician ;-where matters of theory, and subjects which re- your nose against a blind man's forehead, having exclaimed, quire more extensive learning are discussed, we more
Damme, can't you see?' and receiving his answer in the frequently perceive a deficiency. To one very praise
negative. worthy feature of the work we would, in particular, di- article which you cannot find, but in its stead find a tre
" Groan 5th. Searching your pocket some time for an rect attention, the monthly reports of proceedings in mendous hole. the Supreme Courts of Scotland. They are condensed, “ Groan 6th. Skating in summer on the parement, inand they are published at short and regular intervals. stead of ice, on a piece of orange-peel, instead of skates They have thus the advantage over the Decisions, as pub- “ Groan 7th. Having been deluged with rain during a lished by the Collectors of the Faculty of Advocates, who short pleasure excursion into the country, to perceive every are not particularly famed for punctuality ; and they have symptom of settled weather exhibit itself, from the rise of the advantage over those published under the auspices of dow on the morning of your return to business.
the glass,' to the blowing of dust in at your bedroom wintwo learned advocates, who have allowed their work to
“ Groan 8th. Having sent a letter, by a private hand, to expand into a fearful minuteness of detail, forming an a friend, from a remote watering-place, stating that you equally oppressive tax on the time of the reader and the have drawn upon him for £25, which on putting itself into pocket of the purchaser. We observe, also, that the a coat pocket, fifteen days after, discovers your letter very Scots Law Chronicle Reports have a paging of their own, safely deposited there. Your draft is, in the meantime, em. and may be had separately.
bellished in a fearful scrawl with what, you are informel, For the more correct information of some outrageous
means ' no effects.' reformer, who, in the last Number, vilifies the practice which it nearly concerns you to see before departing with
“ Groan 9th. Being told that there is an article in a paper of wearing a wig, and lauds the present Dean of Faculty the mail, and waiting till the last blast of its horn upon a for abandoning it, we beg to state the important fact, that person in a coffee-room, who has said, . In one moment, sir," Mr Jeffrey does wear a wig. We think it is bad taste for a quarter of an hour. for the author of the article to which we allude to attack “ Groan 10th. Receiving a favour from a stranger genthis prescriptive ornament of the legal head, seeing that tleman, such as the loan of a top-coat, as you are about to both of the Law Chronicle's learned reporters wear wigs you relied on an inside place, and forgetting to ask his ad-and very good wigs too.
dress that you may return it and your thanks together.
" Groan 11th. Discovering that you have carried in your The Ant., 4 Periodical Paper, published in Glasgow pocket for thirteen miles, the wrong volume of the
• Traduring the Years 1826 and 1827. In two series, ori
veller's Guide,' and stumbling upon a description of Tweed. ginal and select. New Edition. 2 vols. 8vo. Glas- side, when you want to know in what direction you ought gow. Robertson and Atkinson. 1829.
to travel to Tyndrum-and your dinner.
“ Groan 12th. Having reserved no second copy of a sonThis is a lively, pleasant little work, full of variety net to your mistress, which cost you as many hours
' hard and good-humour. The selections from the fugitive litera- work as there are lines in that species of composition=disture of the day are tasteful and judicious ; and its origin covering that you have lighted your cigar, instead of your al matter, which is for the most part from the pen of mistress's heart, with
that burn in it. its editor, Mr Atkinson, is sprightly and amusing, inclu- of your catalogue of them, and not being able to find ebe ding some interesting topographical papers, and a plea- half so bad as that very necessity.” sant chronicle of the chit-chat of St Mungo's capital during the period of publication. We shall find room for one extract, which is entitled
Lothians Pocket Bible Atlas, of a size admitting of be
ing bound up with the Bible. Edinburgh. John, “ The Reverend Mr Beresford, fifteen years ago, asto
Lothian. 1829. nished mankind hy a catalogue and classification of the mi
This little work consists of eight Maps, exhibiting, series to which they were subject. Up till the time of this ) 1st, the settlement of Noah's descendants ibroughout the
world ;-20, the route of the Children of Israel through | scratched out his verses on the wall or seat, leaving bethe Wilderness ;-3d, the Land of Canaan as divided hind him memorials of his craft, where men little examong the Tribes,—the north portion ;—4th, the south pected to find them. portion ;-5th, the Holy Land in the time of Christ, In his sixteenth year, he was sent to a school near with the principal travels of our Lord ;—6th, a map of Zelle, where he remained three years. In 1769, he went the journeys of the Apostles, distinguishing the seven to the University of Halle; afterwards to Gottingen, in apocalyptic churches of Asia, and the cities and pro- order to study theology. Here he read day and night,vinces to which the Apostolical epistles were addressed; seldom was seen out of his study or the libraries,—and –7th, a map of places east of the Holy Land, exhibit sacrificed sleep, social intercourse, youthful recreations, ing the different supposed situations of the Garden of and eventually health itself, to his avidity for study. By Eden and Mount Ararat ;-and, 8th, a map of Jerusa- this indefatigable application, he, in his twenty-first year, lem, with the sites of Mount Calvary, the Mount of equalled, if he did not surpass, his most learned fellowOlives, Gethsemane, Bethany, &c. The maps are on a students and brother-bards in extensive and multifarious scale adapted for pocket Bibles. They are distinctly exe- reading. He became a proficient in the literature, not cuted, and well engraved. They have already been in- only of the ancient, but of all the most valued languages troduced with good effect into several congregational of modern Europe. And the soundness of his poetical schools, and will be found to afford a useful illustration taste may be judged from the well-founded preference he of the Old and New Testament History,
gave to the Greek, Italian, and English, in which three
languages is contained Europe's sublimest and purest MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. poetry. He soon became the associate of the first wits
and scholars in Gottingen-Burger, Voss, Count StollHOELTY AND HIS POEMS.
berg, and others, who at once prized his excellent heart,
and admired his talent for poetry. By the Author of " Anster Fair.”
Though naturally of a large and luxuriant growth, the Hoelty was born on the 21st December, 1748, at person of Hoelty was unwieldy, and of a bending, unMariensee, in the Electorate of Hanover, of which place healthy, and dissoluble frame. Undoubtedly, the intenhis father was pastor. In the early years of his life, sity of his nightly application, and his inattention to all Hoelty, to great personal beauty, joined the utmost live those little, and frequently overlooked, means which miliness and vivacity. His childhood very soon began to nister, even in the strongest, to health, sapped the founexhibit that eager desire for knowledge which accompa-dation of a constitution naturally robust and stable. In nied him through life. So soon as he could write, he his 26th year, he was seized with a violent cough, which scribbled, as well as he could, every thing that appeared at length terminated in consumption, and put an end to to him remarkable, either in his readings or in the appear- his existence in September 1776. ances of nature. His amiable behaviour, his humorous The manners of Hoelty were, like his mind, placid, conceits, and simple but shrewd remarks, together with agreeable, and unassuming. His heavy, tardy gait,-his his beauty, made him everywhere a favourite. In his melancholy paleness,—the simplicity of bis address,—his ninth year, he was attacked with small-pox to such a de- negligence of garb,—made him, to those who for the first gree as to endanger his eye-sight. By this misfortune, time saw him, an object of little interest; but his bright he lost somewhat of his natural liveliness, but nothing of blue eye, soon disclosing its beauty, told, by its waggish his ardour and perseverance in the pursuit of knowledge. and true-hearted glance, the energies of the mind that lay He received the rudiments of education under his pater- deep and occult within. He was artless, gentle, and unnal roof. In this respect, Hoelty was peculiarly fortu- affected,—generally silent in company; but, when he
His father, who, to an acquaintance with general opened his mouth, it was to good purpose, and a laugh of literature, bad superadded an extensive perusal of the acclamation from his friends frequently followed and poets, carefully instructed him, not only in his native crowned his good-humoured remarks. language, but also in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and French, Of his poetry, the character is delicate, simple, and enbesides Geography, History, and other branches generally gaging in the highest degree. As his sensibility to all the taught at school. Hoelty’s diligence was ardent and un- charms of nature, and his delight in the peaceful secluded remitting; the day was not sufficient for him, he added scenes of rural life, preserved his spirit tranquil, religious, the night, too, to his toilsome studies. His nocturnal and happy, so the same sweetness and placidity of mind dedication of himself to the Muses, though sanctioned by is reflected from every page of his volume. He has the the practice of some of the highest names of ancient and pastoral sweetness of Gessner, with more strength and modern times, his parents, tenderly fearful of his health, pointed thought than the prose-poetry of that amiable endeavoured, very prudently, to prohibit; but, unknown writer. Without the profound passion and involved eloto them, he had provided himself with oil, and a lamp quence of Schiller, without the ghostly energy of Burger, hewn out of a turnip, by the light of which he prolonged his verses possess a charm of interest which renders them in his chamber his secret and interdicted lucubrations. as agreeable reading as either the one or the other. His Already, too, his propensity for the solitary and the ter- descriptions of churchyard-horrors, like his personal perrible began to show itself. On evenings, after school ambulations among the graves, is not such as to make the hours, he, with a book in his pocket, slipt away unper- hair stand on end like those of Burger's; amid their ceived into some obscure bush or thicket, where he read charnelhouse-gloom, they contain such luminous streaks aloud to himself; and often, during the darkness of the of waggish humour as show that the poet dallied, in pernight, he, alone and unterrified, made visits to the church- son, with these fantastical horrors for bis own diversion, yard ; clad in a white sheet, personified a walking ghost; as well as, in description, for the amusement of his readand, without any design to frighten others, stalked about ers. His chief fault is, his sameness ; the recurrence, in this disguise amid the graves—thus calling up, as ere his book be half-read, of similar imagery in nearly much as he could, in living reality to his imagination, the same language. Had he lived longer, he would prothose churchyard terrors which he was thereby so well bably have lopped a little from his exuberance, and his capacitated afterwards to describe.
mind would have acquired a more ample and diversified It was in his eleventh year that he began to write range. Yet bis volume will, even as it is, be read with
His first production was an epitaph on a favour- pleasure; and, to those beginning the study of German ite dog. From this time, poetry became, not his pastime, poetry, we would recommend it, as being purer and plainer but his business. Even in church, and under the sound in its phraseology, and easier and less intricate in its conof his father's homilies, his Apollo sometimes descended struction, than most of the German poets. upon him with inspiration ; and, if he had not paper, he We subjoin two translated specimens :
A poor dear maid—what trusts she not,
And, most, shut up in cell ?
Nor heeded heaven or hell;
Been pointing from the skies,
Became the spoiler's prize!
THE TWO SISTERS.
Thereafter_such are men- n_his heart
Wox fainter in its glow; He gave the victim of his art
For ever o'er to woe,— Forgot his whilom tenderness,
His vows of former day, And flew about in gala-dress,
In search of other prey :
Two sisters, with their killing charms,
Began with other maids to dance
In taper-sparkling hall; Entangled them with ogling glance,
And flattery withal : And boasted how that poor Nun's bliss
He caught with his decoy, Of every look, of every kiss,
And every other joy.
That Nun, whom Italie's heat did fire,
Wox fiery-wroth of mood; She thought of nought but schemes of ire,
And dream'd of sword and blood;
Of murderers wild and wode,
That spoiler false and rude.
For, if I gaze on them together,
Bask and live on beneath your ray!
16th Oct. 1829.
Into his soul, that writhed and toss'd,
Their swords with murder fell; Out flew his writhing ugly ghost,
Like sulphur-smoke of hell ;
In fangs a devil took ;
Was cramm'd in grave's cold nook.
The Nun flew, as the night began,
To churchyard drear and dread, And tore the bleeding, buried man
Up from his coffin's bed ; Out from his breast, her rage to glut,
His felon heart she wrung ; And stampt it with her sounding foot,
That all God's chapel rung. Her ghost, as village gossip goes,
That spot still lingers by;
LETTERS FROM THE WEST.
No. VII. ELECTION OF A LORD RECTOR IN THE UNIVERSITY OF GLAS GOW_JAMES SHERIDAN KNOWLES-MACREADY, &c. &c.
A DEGREE of excitement of rare occurrence here has prevailed for the last few weeks, occasioned by the annual election of a Lord Rector for our University. Thomas Campbell, you are aware, was the successor of Jeffrey, Mackintosh, and Brougham, in this office. He was devo tedly loved by a great majority of the students, who are the electors, the more that he was zealous in defending their franchise, which, there is reason to believe, is in some jeopardy from the grave and sober majority of the members of the Royal Commission on Scottish Universities. The young men accordingly re-elected Campbell for another year, after he had served the office twice. The official tediousness of the Commission, however, pre vented their friend and protector from being more than
a sentinel. The battle has yet to be fought for them ; | Mr Larkin favoured us with a partial view of his shirt and it was their cue, therefore, to look towards some collar on the left side of his neck, but whether the correhighly-talented and influential man, who was not in any sponding portion on the right was only buried among the degree either lukewarm or pledged against popular rights, folds of his cravat, or was torn away altogether, remains and whose moral influence would weigh heavily in the to this moment a profound mystery Besides, he prescale of any cause he sanctioned. To such a man they sented us with a knot à la sentimentale, which would wished to proffer the gown which Burke and Adam have made even a grocer's apprentice blush, it was so Smith had been proud to wear,
monstrous and inexcusable. The cut of his coat, too, The Marquess of Lansdown appeared in every respect would have killed Jones upon the spot, had he seen it. to be such a man. When he was proposed, it seemed for Operatic gentlemen, we are aware, are never quite so a while as if his great merits and honoured name had good as gentlemen who are not operatic; but really Mr overawed all opposition. All at once, however, the Larkin looks almost as ill as Mr Collier in his blue surTories started the Lord President Hope, and the evange- tout and white inexpressibles, and, had it not been for licals Sir James Moncreiff. Unexceptionable as both these the tinsel star upon his breast, we should never have gentlemen are, the high office of judge, which each of been able to comprehend how he represented a nobleman. them holds, should prevent them perhaps, especially when Neither does his singing improve upon us.
He murlegal controversy is to be held, from interfering with the dered the fine duet, “ When thy bosom heaves a sigh,” due performance of other and extra-judicial duties. Sir which he sang with Miss Paton. It was altered—to James was the favourite of the Divinity Students, from suit his voice, we presume_but even with all the altera his known devotion to our venerable Mother Church, tions he faileil. We were no very enthusiastic admirers of whilst the young Tories, looking forward to the realities Thorne; but we should a thousand times rather have as a substitute for the Pleasures of Hope, rallied boldly Thorne than Larkin.-Quoad Mr Hart, we requested that round the head of the Court of Session. Meetings were, he should be tried in one or two good parts, but we never as usual, held—orations, many of them very able, deliver- meant that he should be put into characters which had ed—addresses, exhortations, appeals, squibs, and pasquils been previously supported by Mr Murray himself. Murprepared and printed. The Lansdowns showed the lar- ray plays Giles to admiration, and Hart cannot play it gest share of eloquence and argument—the Hopes of wit. at all. It is not in his way; yet it was enough to saThe leader of the latter is an accomplished and elegant tisfy us that he is a very mediocre actor, and that he is scholar and young gentleman, named Page, and to his nothing but a bass singer ;-he cannot even get up a tepen is attributed some very clever jeux-d'esprit.
His bass is rich and good, but, of course, can be On Monday the trial of strength took place : and the turned to very small account in the actual business of a Marquess would have been elected by majorities in all the theatre : and this, we are afraid, is all that can be said four nations, or departments, but for the indisposition of of Mr Hart. We are sorry for it, for we had hoped betone individual, pledged to vote for him, which in his ter things of him. Then there was Collier's Mr Mervin ! division made the votes equal, and threw the casting vote O! ye gods and little fishes !-Had it not been for the exinto the hands of a friend of the President. As it was, quisite manner in which Miss Paton sang “ The Minthree nations voted for him, and he is now Lord Rec- strel Boy," and the clever acting of Stanley and Miss tor; and the students are once more quietly at their Tunstall as Ralph and Fanny, we should scarcely have studies.
known that we were in the Theatre-Royal. Our distinguished-guest, I regret to call him now- Miss Jarman is rapidly rising in public estimation, and citizen that was for so many years—Mr Knowles, con- is almost already as much admired as she deserves, and as cluded his Course of Lectures on Dramatic Poetry the we could wish. Her appearance in a new drama, called other evening, with an admirable and eloquent analysis “ The Youthful Queen, or Christine of Sweden,” has, of the first act of Macbeth. Macready was in the room, perhaps, been more in her favour than any other of her and the allusions to his manner of performing the usurp- personations, since she came to Edinburgh. It is the er were loudly cheered. On Monday the actor appear- next thing to a perfect piece of acting, and leaves the ed in that part to a respectable and delighted house. It is spectator nothing to wish for—not even him who has certainly among his best personations, and the banquet- seen, as we have done, Miss O'Neill herself in the first scene and battle were masterpieces in their way. Mac- flush of her popularity. The drama, which is an adapt-ready's character is, however, Virginius. It has made his ation from the French, has not a great deal of intrinsic highest reputation, and will preserve it longest. He merit to boast of, and were any other performer that we played it last night with great applause. I have spoken know of to play the heroine, it would be a heavy and uninof Mr Knowles as about to leave us. He does soon- teresting affair ; but Miss Jarman puts life and soul into but in a few months returns to bid us farewell. Then, it, and by the mere force of her individual genius, carries surely, he will receive that tribute to which his genius, it through triumphantly. We anticipate much delightaffability, and sociality, alike entitle him—a public din- ful acting when Macready and she appear together. We ner. A testimonial of this kind is about to be given to have a word or two for Montague Stanley. He looks one of our most esteemed and deservedly popular mer- and dresses his part in “ The Youthful Queen” well, only cbants and bankers, on his retirement from active busi- his jacket, or tunic, is about two inches too long, and his ness; and never did a British trader retire into domestic cloak, which he carries over his arm, is not light enough, life, who better deserved the cordial greetings and vales making him look too much as if he were just about to ride of those who still remain to toil in the vineyard in which out on rather a wet day. But what we have chiefly to he so honourably, so long, and so successfully laboured. mention to him is, that he is not energetic enough. Will
he have the kindness to consider that he has won the THE DRAMA.
heart of a Queen,—of a young and glorious creature, full
of generous and ardent feeling; and, by the goddesses ! if We have seldom seen an opera go off more heavily than the thought does not bring the blood gushing up to his did “ The Maid of the Mill" last Wednesday evening. brow, and his heart knocking out against his ribs, he is This is mainly to be attributed to the circumstance, that one of the most degenerate Swedes that ever blackened two of the principal characters were allotted to perform- his upper lip with burnt cork! We want a little more ers perfectly incapable of doing them justice,—we mean passion and action, When Christine confesses her love Messrs Larkin and Hart. The former played Lord for him, he stands still like a boy going to be whipt. We Aimworth, and the latter Giles. As to Larkin, we would should a thousand times rather see him leap into the pit lay it down as a rule without an exception, that a man who in an agony of astonishment and despair. What makes cannot tie his neckcloth should never play a nobleman. it worse, is the terrible contrast between the girl he ac