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loin, the part above (sur) the loins : and this which this paramount object has been effected, will seems the most probable etymology of the word. ensure a longer career to this production than is
“ PORRIDGE -Leeks mixed tolerably fine were usually enjoyed by light sketches of fashionable life, employed in the west in almost all the broth, which, like the beings they depict, come like which was taken in the morning instead of tea; shadows, so depart.” Mr. Lionel Wakefield's negosuch broth was generally called by the name of ciation with an eminent publisher to produce a work porridge, from the Latin name porrum for the of this description, will give a fair specimen of the leek; hence there was a vessel called porringer, style in which his adventures are written :a sort of basin with handles, out of which the “ Pemberton procured me an early interview with porridge was eaten. It was sometimes made of Mr. Dickers, who signified his willingness to do pewter, and sometimes of some coarse earthenware." business with me, provided I could accede to his
terms. Accordingly, on the appointed day, I preA History of British Quadrupeds, by sented myself at his shop or warehouse, not without Thomas Bell, F. R. S., F.L. S. Illus
some share of that trepidation which I believe most trated by a wood-cut of each species and young authors experience when about to submit numerous vignettes.
their modest pretensions, for the first time, to the The fifth and sixth numbers of this popular his
calculating scrutiny of a bookseller. tory are at least equal, if not superior, to the
“ After having patiently endured for some time excellent specimens of the work which (preceded the supercilious glances of the clerks and hangersthem. They are chiefly occupied with descriptions
on in the outer office, to whom my visage was a and cuts of the faithful servant, companion, and
stranger, I was ushered into the presence of the friend of man, the dog. Little that is new could
bibliopole himself. He was a little elderly man,
with a countenance in which not one trace of benebe offered on this familiar subject, but both Author and Artist have exerted themselves strenuously
volence could be discovered, nor indeed any passion, and successfully in its illustration.
except that of acquiring can be so termed. His of the varieties of the Seal family is less trite, and
face, indeed, might have been taken by a painter as
the emblem of hard commercial shrewdness. After is executed with equal fidelity and talent.
a short greeting, he drew two chairs to a table, Cabinet of Art, and Literary Souvenir.
desired me to be seated in one, and himself took Edited by Alaric A. Watts. Whitaker
possession of the other. and Co.
“ • I understand, Mr. Wakefield,' said he, that
you are desirous of writing a work upon the manIt is painful to confess, that amidst the super- ners and customs of the different savage nations ?' abundance of Annuals we feel ourselves, like
I stared with surprise at such a question, and holiday children, surfeited with good things. The
assured Mr. Dickers that I had never entertained most luxurious viands fail to revive our sated
an idea of undertaking such a task. appetite. This splendid Cabinet is filled with
" " True, true,' said the publisher, recollecting choice articles of a novel description, yet, tempting himself. · Wakeley is the name of the savage as they are, they do not obtain the favour in our
author;— Wakefield, I believe, is the name of the sight that was bestowed on their predecessors. The
gentleman I bave the pleasure of speaking to. You literary contents of the present series are unex- are a friend of Mr. Pemberton's?' ceptionable. The subjects of art are happily chosen,
“ I answered in the affirmative. and the engravings highly finished; to withhold
“Ay, ay, exactly so : you propose, Sir, I think, our tribute of praise to the Editor, the Authors,
to write upon the manners of the day?' and Artists, would be the height of injustice. We I assented, and Mr. Dickers begged to know have no doubt their exertions will be rewarded in what form I intended to treat the subject. I with a more than common proportion of public replied, that I should be glad of his advice upon patronage ; but the share they receive must be
that point. great indeed to repay the lavish expense incurred
66 • Hum, hum,' said the bookseller, rubbing his in the production of the work.
chin musingly : “you've lived in the fashionable Lionel Wakefield. By the Author of world, Mr. Wakefield, eh ?' Sydenham. Bentley.
“ I acknowledged that I had had that advantage.
"Yes, yes, very good ;-something in the novel CREDIT for the possession of a superior degree of line. Perhaps you could give us a few genuine talent and tact, has been universally given to the anecdotes of high life, and introduce some portraits author of these amusing volumes. In confirming the of leading fashionables; then, for interest, you justice of this award, we feel imperatively called upon could throw in a love affair - a crim. con. we'll say, to add a farther tribute of praise to the constant to make it piquant, eh ?- just something clever and - endeavour that has been evinced to render the work off-hand like that, eh ? ' instructive as well as entertaining. While reading " I said that I should be happy to adopt his the adventures of the versatile hero, we are never hints, but I doubted whether I should be quite au for a moment allowed to lose sight of the evil con fait at the plot and arrangement indispensable to a sequences which follow the slightest deviation from work of fiction. the path of integrity. The unostentatious style in « Oh yes ! plot and arrangement, to be sure .
we'll send you a person to manage all that,-a ziner be dull upon the Spanish War, he soon bas very clever man, whom we employ for that express us up again with the Ghost in Cock Lane; if the purpose ;-yes, yes. He made the plot of Lord reader begins to doze upon that, he is quickly Mazarine's last novel, and that thing of the Honour- roused by an Eastern tale; tales prepare as for able Captain Rosemary's which had such a run,–) poetry, and poetry for the meteorological history forget the name. You shall see him and settle of the weather.” In fine, said the worthy Doctor, about it now, if you please.' So saying, he rang “ it is the life and soul of a Magazine never to be the bell, and desired the attendance of Mr. Jem- long dull upon one subject ; and the reader, like mett.
the sailor's horse, has at least the comfortable “ The contriver of plots presently made his refreshment of having the spur often changed.” appearance in the form of a tall, bulky, middle
In our utilitarian time, variety is not always the aged man, to whom Mr. Dickers named me as a
characteristic of such publications. A class of gentleman who was going to write a fashionable novel, well stored with point and personality, for periodicals has arisen, each of which is devoted to
a separate branch of art or science, and it must be which he was required to furnish a suitable vehicle
confessed that, if the monological Magazines are in the shape of a plot
, they ing a muscle of his unmeaning countenance, inti
have the advantage of being more useful. mated that he comprehended my wants, and asked
The Professors and Amateurs of Gardening may when he should wait upon me for the purpose of
at a small expense, obtain from the Horticultural submitting the stores of his inventive capacity to
Magazine, all the current information that can be my selection. I named the following day; and gathered concerning their delightful pursuit; while Mr. Jemmett having made a note of the engage
the subscribers to the Magazines of Health and ment, bowed and withdrew. “ It remained only to come to a specific agree
Domestic Economy, are cheaply instructed in the
best means of gaining the most invaluable of earthly ment. The worthy publisher had either not formed
blessings, -EASE AND COMFORT. à very high idea of the magnitude of the task which he set me, or he was endowed with authors pos- The Economy of Health. By Dr. James sessed of wonderful activity; for he expected me to Johnson.-8. Highley. produce him two volumes containing a certain quan
This is a work, as may be guessed from its title, tity of letter-press-a novel of high life, inter- intended more for the general reader than the spersed with highly-wrought portraits, anecdotes, Author's professional brethren, and to such we can &c.,_all within the short space of one little month! with confidence recommend it. In considering his However, that I might not disgust bim by any subject, the Author has divided life into septenappearance of want of capacity or energy, I under
niads, and has endeavoured to point out the various took to do it. The terms offered and accepted ways in which the mind and body are influenced were a division of profits--a bargain by which I
in each of these periods by the modes of life and could lose nothing beyond time and labour, and
systems of education in use at the present time, and might gain to an indefinite amount.
to suggest remedies for their defects. The third leave of Mr. Dickers with spirits greatly elated, and fourth septenniads in particular, cannot but be congratulating myself upon my adversity, which highly interesting to all mothers. The style is had tangbt me, as I verily flattered myself, a sure
original and pleasing, occasionally perhaps a little and easy access to the temple of fame and fortune.
eccentric; we very much regret that our space will “ The next morning I was closeted with Mr. Jem
not allow us to give any extract, but we feel confimett, by whom I was amply supplied with what he
dent that, on the score of amusement alone, no one was modestly pleased to term the mechanical part will regret looking through these pages. Of course of my undertaking. The scene which took place the realization of the Author's views, on the imbetween me and this gentleman might have afforded considerable amusement to a spectator : but I will provement of the Physique and Morale, the preser
vation of a “ mens sana in corpore sano," will not betray the most sacred mysteries of books depend on the attention paid to his suggestions. making, let it suffice to say, that the aids and instructions of Mr. Jemmett were of essential importance."
Quadrilles composed by Frederick Antonio The Horticultural Magazine; the Maga- Weber. Dean, Bond Street. zine of Health; and the Magazine of
THESE delicious morceaux might furnish a draDomestic Economy.
matic composer with more than the usual quantity In the balcyon days of Sylvanus Urban, when of melody for a grand opera. Weippart should Magazines were few and topics unexhausted, it adopt them forth with. They will be the most powas pleasantly said by Goldsmith, that “if a Maga- pular things of the season.
I took my
We feel great pleasure in stating that strong There are at present twelve Theatres open in the symptoms of a reviving taste for the most rational Metropolis and its immediate vicinity : amusement that human ingenuity has devised, have
DRURY LANE, lately been shown. In spite of the enmity of some
Covent GARDEN, well meaning persons, and the indifference of many,
Adelphi, that beautiful art, “ which poetry, music, and
OLYMPIC, painting have vied to adorn," seems likely once
St. James's, more to receive the share of public favour its
QUEEN'S, importance as a powerful agent of moral improve
SURREY, ment demands. Its moral tendency may, indeed,
According to Dr. Drake, there was in the sixpersons; or we might endeavour to prove that the
teenth century no fewer than fourteen distinct dramatic art is in itself as capable of being directed either to right or wrong purposes, as the art of leges and remunerations ; they acted under licences,
companies of players, with very considerable priviprinting. It is true, that even after a play has
which appear to have been granted for the purpose been formed upon the most virtuous model, the
of police alone, not of exclusive privilege or monoman who is engaged in the duties of religion will poly. Even when we include our Theatres which be better employed than he who is seated in a
are now closed, the
KING's,-ITALIAN OPERA HOUSE,
NORTON-FOLGATE, are not so framed. The Supreme Being, who claimed the seventh day as his own, allotted the six days of a newly licensed minor theatre, the number appears the week to purposes merely human. When the ne- greatly disproportioned to the increase of populacessity of daily labour is removed, and the call of tion which has taken place since the above mensocial duty fulfilled, that of moderate and timely tioned period. It is true that this seeming disproamusement claims its place, as a want inherent in portion will be somewhat diminished when we our nature. To relieve this want, and fill up the reflect on the great increase of size in the Theatres mental vacancy, games are devised, books are and of the number of performers in the Companies ; written, music is composed, spectacles and plays but there is still something to be added on the other are invented and exhibited. And if these last have side in consequence of a proportionate increase in a moral and virtuous tendency; if the sentiments the number of auditors caused by the improvement expressed tend to rouse our love of what is noble, which has taken place in the education of the and our contempt of what is mean ; if they unite middle and lower classes of society. These parþundreds in a sympathetic admiration of virtue, ticulars are worthy of remark in consequence of abhorrence of vice, or derision of folly, it will the discontent manifested by the proprietors of the remain to be shown how far the spectator is more large houses at the privileges which have been criminally engaged, than if he had passed the tardily granted for the extension and improvement evening in the idle gossip of society ; in the feverish of the dramatic art, and for the accommodation of pursuits of ambition; or in the unsated and insatia- the public. ble struggle after gain—“the graver employments of That the recently granted licences will ultithe present life, but equally unconnected with our mately tend to the improvement of the art will existence hereafter.” As we wish to divert the be readily confessed by all who have witnessed the attention of our readers to the necessity which superior style in which many excellent dramas have exists for some amelioration of the laws for the been produced at the three chief Minor Theatres, government of the stage, we have quoted the the Adelphi, the Olympic, and St. James's. favourable opinion of its tendency held by one of The sticklers for exclusive rights must admit that the greatest and best of men ; such testimony the brief season hitherto allowed to these theatres cannot fail to prove, even to the most rigid puritan, has been encroached upon by the permission lately how worthy the subject is of serious consideration. obtained for foreign performance at the Lyceum ;
and it is to be hoped, not only for the sake of our sons who are supposed to be averse to the abolition native artists, but for the enjoyment of the public, of this vexatious restriction were aware that hunthat the admirably-conducted establishments we dreds, deprived of a comparatively beneficial mode have alluded to will no longer be compelled to of passing their time, are nightly induced to seek close at the very height of the season, when, as it for amusement in drunkenness and debauchery ; has been truly remarked, the town is crowded with that many, prevented from exercising their lawful strangers, and theatrical amusements
avocations, are tempted to spend the unprofitable eagerly desired than at any other time. We by no leisure forced upon them in irregular pursuits ; means recommend an addition to the number of while not a single addition is made to the number theatres, except perhaps one or two of moderate size of those who attend to the ordinances of religion ; in remote quarters of the metropolis, but we strongly the mischievous consequences produced by the well condemn the practice of limiting the period of the meant but erroneous interdict would never again be present licences. These arbitrary restrictions cramp risked. the exertions of the managers, and act as a check to The space we have devoted to the foregoing obthe improvement of the performers, in consequence servations prevents us saying any thing of late theaof the necessity the latter are frequently under of trical events. Those most deserving of notice have adapting their talents to a totally different walk of been the production of an excellent play called the the drama from that practised in the theatres at Wrecker's Daughter, by Sheridan Knowles; the which they have won the favour of the public. retirement of Mr. Charles Kemble, one of our most
We are far from being advocates of innovation, graceful and intellectual actors; and the announce but there is another custom which we are certain ment of a new play by Mr. Bulwer, of which we would be much more honoured in the breach than hope to give a favourable account in our next the observance, that of closing the chief theatres number. twice a week during Lent. If the venerable per.
WORKS IN THE PRESS.
The Fossil Flora of Great Britain. By Dr. The Widow's Offering, a Selection of Tales, Lindley and W. Hutton, Esq. F.G.S. Part I. of Essays, &c. By the late William Pitt Scargill, Volume 3, with 40 plates. Author of “ Truckleborough Hall,” “ The Usurer's
Dr. Lindley's Botanical Register, or Ornamental Daughter," “ Provincial Sketches,” &c. Edited Flower Garden and Shrubbery, for 1836, being by the Author's Widow.
Volume the 9th. Royal 8vo. 96 plates. A new edition of Dr. Lingard's History of Eng
Horticultural Tour through Germany, Belgium, land, to be published in monthly volumes, at five
and France, in 1836. By James Forbes, F.H.S. shillings each, illustrated with engravings.
The &c., Author of “Hortus Woburnensis, or, the author has given the work a thorough revision, and Gardens and Grounds of Woburn Abbey.". proves his facts in every instance by references to The Irish Gil Blas. By W. H. Maxwell, Esq. additional authorities. The entire work will not
Author of “ Stories of Waterloo,” “ My Life,” &c. exceed twelve volumes.
Gabriel Vardon. By Charles Dickens, Esq., The Third Volume of the Marquess Wellesley's Author of “Sketches by Boz," “ The Pickwick Despatches, edited by Montgomery Martin, cor- Papers," &c. rected, arranged, and revised by his Lordship, and
Memoirs of the Life and Adventures of Colonel dedicated by command to the King.
Francis Macerone. Written by himself, and The Orchidaceæ of Mexico and Guatemala. By edited by W. Harrison Ainsworth, Esq. James Bateman, Esq.
The Life of Robert Pollok, Author of " The Dr. Lindley's Sertum Orchideum, No. 1.
Course of Time," &c. By Andrew Brown, A. M., Ladies' Botany. Volume the Second and last ;
his Fellow-Student. with numerous plates. By Dr. Lindley.
Zulneida. By Dr. Arthur Mower. The Hon. and Rev. William Herbert's new
Moral Axioms for the Use of the Young. By work on Amaryllidaceæ, illustrated by numerous
Sir Egerton Brydges, Bart. plates, with a Treatise on Hybrid Vegetables sub
The Caraguin. A Tale of the Antilles. By joined.
the Author of " The Cruise." Geology of Scripture. Natural Demonstrations A Summer in the Pyrenees, being Notices of a both of the Fact and Period of the Mosaic Deluge, Pedestrian Tour in the Frontier Departments of and of its having been the only event of the kind
France and Spain, and the Republic of Andorre, in that has ever occurred upon the Earth. By George
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BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS.
December 31, 1836.
On the 13th instant, at Shrivenham, Berks, the
Rev. Thomas Mills, Rector of Hutton, Suffolk, Countess of Brecknock of a daughter.
Chaplain in Ordinary to his Majesty, to the Hon. On the 24th ult. in Eaton Place, the Countess E. F. Barrington, daughter of the late Viscount of Denbigh of a daughter.
the British Minister, Lieut.-Col. the Hon. Henry On the 29th ult. at Heanton Satchvill, Devon, Edward Butler, brother of the Earl of Carrick, to the Lady Clinton of a daughter.
Frances Mauleverer Parker, second daughter of the At Shelford, Cambridgeshire, the Lady of Sher- late John Parker Toulston, Esq. of Skipwith, lock Willis, Esq. of a son.
daughter of William Hutton, Esq. of Hutton Park. On the 13th instant, at Stockpole Court, the On the 15th instant, at St. George's, Hanover Countess Cawdor of a still-born son.
Square, John Clarke, Esq. Major 54th Regiment, On the 13th inst. the Viscountess Deerhurst of second son of the late Alexander Clarke, Esq. of a daughter, at her father's, Sir C. Cockerell, Bart. Dulnarest, N.B., to Charlotte Sophia, third daughHyde Park Corner.
ter of the late Major-General Sir Jobn Dalrymple, On the 2nd inst. at Cheltenham, Lady Darling Bart. of a still-born son.
On the 15th instant, at Easton, the seat of Sir
Hall, M. P. to Lady Mary Noel Beauclerk, sister
On the 19th inst. the Lady of Louis Goodman, George Augustus Frederick Lamb, only son of
On the 20th inst, at Eltham, the Lady of Captain On the 26th ult. at Ramsgate, Lady Grey, wife C. Rochfort Scott of
of Sir T. Grey, of that place. On the 7th inst. at Rome, the Lady of Captain On the 14th May, at Vellore, Lieutenant Duncan Cornwallis Ricketts, R.N. of a son.
Charles W. Campbell, 9th Native Infantry, eldest On the 14th instant, Edinburgh, the Lady of son of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Stuart CampCharles Brownlow, Esq. of a son.
bell, C. B.
R. N., in his 81st year.
Lady Reid, relict of the late Sir John Reid, Bart.
On the 17th instant, at West Cowes, the Lady
On the 17th instant, the Rev. Dr. Rippon, in
On the 10th instant, at St. George's Church, county of Renfrew.
Warwick, Katherine, wife of the Rev. Charles