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the bustle of inns. Now and then he stopped to to see the bold daring of trade criticism, let them thing to make him smile in these little books, take his meals and make his young companions compare the reviews of the “Juvenile' and the though the style is coarse, and many of the suck a little milk. On opening the box, he • Polar Seas' in the Gazette, and judge by the re- anecdotes otherwise than delicate. sometimes found one of them dead. When this sult. This third edition has some corrections happened, he would throw the body by the road and additions, and among the latter is a very in- Samouelle's Entomological Cabinet. London, 1832 side and continue his journey with the remainder. teresting narrative of the preservation of part of

For the Author; J. Andrews; Renshaw & On his arrival, he got a receipt for the goods the crew of the ship Jolil, of Greenock.

Rush. delivered, without being answerable for accidents

ENTOMOLOGY comes very powerfully recomThe I'riter's and Student's Assistant ; or, a Com- | mended to our notice by the number, the value, on the road."

pendious Dictionary of English Synonyms. And the beauty, and variety of its subjects, which STANDARD Novels-No. XI. edit. London, 1832. Whittaker & Co.

cross our path at all seasons of the year, and The Hungarian Brothers.

A nut-shell of a volume, and therefore doubly may be collected and studied in every rural walk.

useful to those who have occasion for such a work. This first number contains six plates, neatly enThe illustrative plate to this volume is one of

To this second edition has been added an index, graved and coloured, with corresponding letterthe very few we have been able to commend

containing every word in the book, affording an press, for 23. 6d.; and our wonder is, that it can we might not, indeed, under other circumstances,

easy means of reference to all places where the be accomplished for the money. The various have selected it for approbation ; but we have word wanted is mentioned.

insects are described in language that will be expressed ourselves so little satisfied with Mr.

perfectly understood by all; and the author deVon Holst, that we are glad of any opportunity Ince's Outline of English llistory. London, serves the support of the public for this new of giving him a good word. This edition has,

Simpkin & Marshall; Dover, Batcheler. attempt to make his favourite study still more it appears, been revised by the author; and, in

This is a well-digested little volume; but we popular. explanation of the military accuracy of the work,

doubt how far a brief, bold, collection of facts is Miss Porter says a few words, which we shall extract from the general preface, as having some

likely to engage the attention of young people, Of Pestilential Chulera, its Nature, Prevention, and still more the use of such knowledge if we

and Curative Treatment. By James Copland, touch of personal interest. succeed in impressing it on their memories. But

M.D. London, 1832. Longman. “It was my fortune to pass a whole winter the world's judgment is with Mr. Ince.

It is not an easy matter at present to write a work once, nearly alone, in a country house far re

on cholera, which, either by arrangement or the moved from neighbours. I was thrown principally upon my own resources for amusement

The Progress of Reform in England. From the novelty of its doctrines, shall deserve to be parduring many a long evening: the small library

Nortli American Review for January, 1832. ticularly noticed. We believe that Dr. Copland had often before been gone through by me.

may claim this merit, and therefore we recomI London, Rich. found no books with which I was not familiar, Tue proof sheets of the Review must have been mend his work to the consideration of medical

friends. except a formidable range of paper-backed

transmitted to England, for this pamphlet is volumes and pamphlets, which had been col- published here at the same time as the Review SCHOOL AND College Classics—Select Oralected by a beloved member of my family, during in America. It is by the author of The Pro

tions of Cicero, with English Notes, fc. Lona short visit to the Continent. They were the spects of Reform in England,' an article that was

don, 1832. Valpy. productions of French, Italian, and German republished in this country and made some stir, The editions in this useful series are of very authors; all treating the same subject, though and therefore we announce this second pam- unequal merit, and this is far from being one of under different impressions : that subject was,

phlet for the benefit of political readers, although the best; there are too many critical, and too the war which broke out directly after the French we have not had leisure to look into it.

few explanatory notes; but, notwithstanding Revolution, and terminated in making Austria,

these defects, this is the best school-edition of Italy, and Prussia pass under the yoke of the Nights of the Round Table ; or, the Stories of Aunt

Cicero's Orations, that has yet come from the Conqueror,-- who was himself, ere long, to be Jane and her friends. By the Authoress of

English press. put under foot by England !

• The Diversions of Holly Cot,' 'Clan Albin,' "Early enamoured of martial glory, I had, and Elizabeth de Bruce.' First Series. 1832.

Maturini Corderii Colloquiorum Centuria Selecta. in my multifarious readings, already acquir

Edinburgh, Oliver & Boyd ; London, Simp- Editio Nova; a Georgio Milligan. Edined a relish for such topics as were largely kin & Marshall.

burgh, 1831. Oliver & Boyd. treated of in the volumes left on my brother's This is a very handsome volume, and, what is A good edition of a bad book. Who, in the book-shelves. I went to their perusal full far better, a very valuable one. It consists of name of common sense, could suppose, that the of recollections of ancient military victors : the seven instructive stories, which the young will dialogues of Cordery formed a school-book in new system of war excited in me the live- read with pleasure and profit: nor are we sure the middle of the nineteenth century? It would best interest : a soul seemed now

to be

that they would be thrown away upon the old be a waste of labour to show that, from its barbreathed into what was an inanimate engine of and the wise. They are very characteristic, barous latinity and colloquial form, Cordery's destruction: and had I been of the nobler sex, and worthy of the accomplished authoress; good volume is the very worst that ingenuity could my enthusiasm would have carried me into the sense and good feeling everywhere abound; devise for juvenile instruction, especially in a very scenes where I knew the greatest military there is much knowledge of human nature, and dead language; for, in two of the three kinggeniuses were hazarding their bold experiments that practical wisdom which seeks to be useful doms, bis name has sunk into unhonoured obin support of, or against each other. As it was, and elegant. We have seldom met with a work, | livion : but, if there be in Scotland those who I had no better channel to let my ardours run aiming only at instruction, in which there are still adhere to a system endeared by youthful into, than that of following some imaginary hero so many attractions. The writer unites the reminiscence, we can safely recommend Mr. through a few campaigns; and by making him affection of a mother, the vigilance of an aunt, Milligan's edition as the best we have ever seen. speak and act as I thought a gallant and en- and the skill of a governess, with the grace and lightened soldier ought to do, I Hattered myself elegance of a well-bred lady.

THE PARLIAMENTARY REGISTER. that even my humble romance might assist in exalting the military character in public opi

It will be seen, among our advertisements, that Adventures of a Dramatist. By B. Ererf, Esq. it is intended to publish a very useful Member of nion." p. vi-vii.

2 vols. London, 1831. Groomridge. Parliament's “Complete Assistant.” We notice Edinburgh CABINET Library, No. V.

The author of these volumes is on very good this valuable project, because we have long con

terms with himself: he condemns the practice sidered, that the business of the House of Com. Polar Seas and Regions. 3rd edit. revised. Edin

of puffs, and desires the public, in no very de- mons, important as it is, is carried on with less burgh, 1832. Oliver & Boyd.

corous language, to come to such a decision on clear cognizance of its managers than any other Tuis is as it should be. Here is consolatory his merits as futurity will sanction. It is a business in this kingdom. Bills creep through evidence that trade criticism is now powerless. question if these slight books will ever travel the house-motions are made--petitions are This volume was published at the moment when so far: no doubt the author imagines that the presented, and many members, and parties inthe Juvenile and National Libraries were first startling transitions of his narrative, its strange terested, are ignorant of the matters. Well and brought before the public. The National' is incidents, and hop-step-and-jump sort of style, clearly conducted, this publication cannot fail dead, and the ricketty Juvenile,' the worst series will enable his adventures to win their way to to be every member's vade-mecum ; and we trust of volumes that ever disgraced literature, though the admiration of this age, and the esteem of all all assistance will be rendered to the work, in five times noticed in the Literary Gazette within succeeding. We have our suspicions, that pos- the proper offices of the two Houses of Legislaone month, did not survive three; while the terity will not be aware of the author's labours; ture. The Mirror of Parliament,' mirror like, "Polar Seas and Regions,' one of the cheapest yet, any one of the present day, who wishes to represents only what is passing before it. But and neatest volumes of our time, dismissed in one know how a young man, of small attainments in this work, “Coming events cast their shadows eighth of a column in the Gazette, as interfering and immeasurable vanity, endured disappoint before"-and the thing which is to be done, and with the presumed interests of the proprietors, ment and privation, in seeking fame as a play- the time at which it is to be done, is registered. has arrived at a third edtlion. If any one desire actor and fortune as an author, will find some- We heartily wish the work success.

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painter will find that he fails, not so much in against its decisions: in proportion as he is

the conception or the handling as in the pro- presuming it is disdainful: it cared as much ON A STRANGER'S GRAVE NEAR VENICE. priety of action-in short, that he misses for Haydon as it cared for any one else ; Low lies the grave wherein a stranger sleeps!

those subordinate, yet necessary delicacies, and, as Parliament is but a committee of the Nought comes to mourn beside that common which contain beauty and character. There public, he was but appealing from the right ground;

are, doubtless, portions of his pictures which hand to the left. That an artist should call Save when, in melancholy Autumn, creeps justify the praise of those friends who call him upon Government to vote historical paintings The sullen Adriatic, round and round;

a second Raphael; and he has a glow of co- for churches and public buildings, is scarcely Or when the sea-bird, with his wings unbound, louring which sometimes equals the finest to be credited. Government, for these hunScreams out a dirge, and toward the mountains specimens of his native school of art. But he dred years, at least, have divorced themselves sweeps:

is often deficient in the dignified gravity- from genius; and neither Literature nor Art Or when a dead man floats across the deeps,

the severe serenity—which Scripture or his- have been encouraged in our opulent isle half Or clouds, blown land-ward, pass without a

tory require ; he also fails frequently in the so much as they have by some of the petty sound! Nought else: no gloom grows near the place she

action of his figures—they do everything with kingdoms on the continent. A man of gedied.

all their might, and seem to feel a difficulty nius, in France or in Germany, has the conThe merry marriage bells send forth their | in accomplishing a task which should be per- sequence in the land which is due to his chimes;

formed with ease. That his works were mind in England, he is nothing; or, tlfe
And joy flies upwards as in ancient times : worthy of opening the doors of the Academy miserable pittance bestowed on him, when
None grieve-Ah, yes: one heart, to hers allied, to Haydon, was the opinion of his friends: old, by the generosity of one king, may be
Sheds out its grief upon the stranger's grave, and it is but justice to say, that twenty out withheld by the frugality of another.
Its murmurs mingling with the murmuring wave. of the forty are not so good as he. It was For Haydon to propose that the Com-

B. natural too that he should look to the Royal | mons should vote the manufacture of histo

Academy for approbation, if not for help: he rical works, could only arise from a belief
followed the precepts of Reynolds and others that he could himself create whatever they

who lectured on art: he studied Michael An- commanded. He thought, perhaps, that his Of the merits of Haydon much has been gelo, and imitated Raphael-nay, to such a colours were equal to the brightest period written, and more has been said: his friends, height did his devotion to the latter reach, of our national glory. We give him full and they are many, have not left his fine ge- that he is said to have affected the open credit for the sincerity of his opinion in his nius unnoticed; while his un-friends, to use a collar and square-toed shoes of the illustrious own powers, and likewise for his readiness to northern phrase, and they are numerous, have Italian. Be that as it may, he devoted him- colour canvas, in a civil or religious way, dwelt more than was courteous on his defects. self to that department of painting called according to the new Act, for promoting the Nor has he been slack himself in making the the historical, yet he did not obtain the manufacture. Nay, we are certain, from the world acquainted both with his labours and countenance of the Academy. In truth, proofs which he has in many instances given, his sufferings. As he is not a common man, the Forty are reckoned slow in holding that he would have executed a series of picneither has he been treated in a common out their hands: they must be wooed to be tures not unworthy of public approbation : way: he has been lauded by critics and poets ; won; and when they yield, they yield, like we only marvel that he thought of applying noblemen have held out their hands to aid women, less to real merit than to agreeable to the House of Commons. Individuals of him; and many modes have been tried manners and courteous solicitation. Though that house—Sir Robert Peel, for instance, to make the world feel his genius and re- Haydon, as a genius, would be an honour to have been munificent patrons of art; but ward it accordingly. But the world is an any Academy, such was the difficult disposi- the House, as a body, patronizes nothing obstinate world : in vain have men of talent tion of the man, or such the terror of his bre- which has its rise from genius. Painting, and rank praised, patronized, and subscribed thren for his powers of conversation and con- and Sculpture, and Architecture, were taken --all will not do: in truth, admiration must troversy, that his name to this day remains under royal favour when the Academy was come of free-will: in vain is the world told without any addition. It is the practice of founded; but we are not sure that they are that it lavishes its thousands and tens of the Royal Academy not to ask a man of much improved. What Art failed to do, Litethousands on men, and on women too, who talent to become a member: they cannot rature accomplished without fee or reward : have not a tithe of the talents of Haydon: imagine that a brother may be too modest or works of genius, equal in mind and imaginathe world smiles and squanders away, and too proud to express such a wish, and so the tion to aught else of ancient or modern times, there is no help for it. Those who desire to matter rests between them and those men

have been produced, without Acts of Parliaexcuse the coldness of the public seek the of genius, who, like Martin and Haydon, ment, in this country for centuries. We reason in the artist: his vanity, say they, is have painted pietures rivalling those of Pro- wish so well to Haydon, as to wish that equal to his skill; he will not allow his ge- fessors and Presidents.

he would choose canvas of a moderate size, níus to have fair play-heis generally writing, No doubt an academic distinction would and subjects of a character which include and petitioning, and talking about it; he be useful to Haydon : it is like a degree taken fireside sympathies; that he would give painted his name up, but then he set to work at college in a question of learning, and con- his genius fair play and work more in the and talked and wrote it down, and other fers a dignity in the eyes of the world which spirit of his country. He would thus gain men of genius, more tractable and more con- is not unbeneficial. As such he regarded it; better bread, and obtain higher fame, than versant with the world and its ways, rose and, when it could not be obtained, he con- have hitherto fallen to his lot: nay, were he and reigned in his stead. There is, perhaps, sidered himself deprived of what was justly to practise a little courtesy of speech, he some truth in this; but it is also true that his his due, and more —that he was robbed of might be admitted into the Royal Academy, talents are of a high order, and that he is the pride of place and also of the rewards and so rest in peace. worthy of ranking with the most distin- which he imagined belonged to it. He filled guished artists of the age. the town with complaints of neglected talent

SALLY IN OUR ALLEY. The pencil of Haydon gave early notice and public disregard for art; he pleaded, he of something more than common--indeed, criticised, he complained, and he importuned;

Unto the character of the man may be guessed and, when all these were unsuccessful, he

Mr. Leitch Ritchie, of London, care of from his compositions : he desired to be petitioned the House of Commons. Now, Messrs. Smith, Elder, f Co., thought daring, and, selecting his subjects when the labours of a man of genius fail of

These. from history or from Scripture, showed an themselves to bring him bread and fame, he

Bristol, Fag-End Lane, 29th Dec., 1831. inclination to measure himself with the race had better give up the contest with the world Sir,- Being myself of the liberal profesof giants in art who had preceded him. It and try some more profitable profession : for sion of literature, and, moreover, belonging to would be unjust to say, that his powers were he may be assured, if he fails to rouse that that branch of it--namely, the scholasticalwholly unequal to the task : like the vision drowsy monster, the Public, with what he of which yours is only an off-shoot, I take in the Castle of Otranto, he showed the can do, he will be less able to move it with leave to address you as herein set forth. foot if he did not show the body of the what he can say. The complaints of authors You are to know, good Sir, that I confined giant. But it is one thing to grapple with a and artists are unregarded things. Nay, myself during the Christmas week to my grand subject, and another thing to master such is the nature of the Public, that it dis- parabystum (a Latin word, though of Greek it: those who examine the works of the likes a man the more for setting himself up l extraction, which signifieth a truckle-bed),


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partly on account of the turmoil and terrifica- I stood for a few minutes at the window to whole lane that William and Sally were betion of the Burning-partly as seeing that I enjoy the balmy twilight before lighting my spoken lovers. had granted a vacation to my disciples—and | lamp. A lofty wall was before me, the blank At this moment a relation of the damsel partly for the sake of warmth, coals being surface of which was only diversified by a died, and left her fifty pounds! Everything really black diamonds now in regard of the single window opposite mine. Below, the was thrown into sixes and sevens. Her price, as if the cholera, not contented with narrow lane, being a populous thoroughfare, father declared that all that had taken human symptoms, intromitted even with the

was crowded with moving figures. The view place between the two lovers had been only bowels of the earth. In this situation, after a was not poetical; and the sight of the distant child's play—that Sally, in her quality of season, time began to hang heavy on my crowd seemed rather to confirm than disturb heiress, might now look beyond the alley, and, hands;

and in my truckle, or trundle-bed the idea of solitude-yet, like Numa, I had perhaps even into the doors of the neighbour(the former word expressing the circumstance evenhere an Egeria.

ing Custom House. Even Sally herself was of the wheels, rotæ lignee, and the latter that

This was a young lass of the classical name

moved for a moment-and no wonder! Poor of the motion), instead of rest, I at length of Sally, whose window was opposite mine.

William did not consider that the female found only weariness. The view of her window had been my only whence the Queen of Beauty is fabled to have

character is as unstable as the sea from Having read over my own library twice in

amusement for the last fifteen years. the first three days, it was necessary to have

the beginning of this period the apartment arisen; and that the next day he would prorecourse to that of my neighbours, and I ac

was crowded with squalling children, all of bably find his mistress recovered from the cordingly employed the feminine, whose task whom, to my great gratification, died off by intoxication of sudden wealth. He took the it was to bring me vivres for the body, to look degrees excepting Sally. Sally grew, and change to heart at once-deserted his home out for nourishment for the mind. She suc

her auburn locks grewfirst, in curls, then and business without an adieu—and went to ceeded on borrowing book from a young in tangles, like the hair of Neæra. The two

Let me draw a veil over Sally's grief person, indeed, a pupil of my own, or disci- edged, small-teethed, white comb was laid and despair. She refused steadily every offer pula ( which termination, implying the gender, aside ; the hair was clubbed up behind, and

that was made to her, and scarcely stirred I use on the authority of Pliny—s

--see x, 29, curled before; the horn-combs gave place out of her room from one month to another, De Luscinia), a tattered and antique-looking to brilliant French shell-but this was only but sat sewing by the window, as motionless, volume, without length or breadth, but huge of late. For many years her cheek was fresh save in the fingers, as a statue. Six months thickness , and with the date and other parts and rosy; but, by degrees

, a kind of pearly had passed on in this way; and when, on the of the title-page torn away. From what remained' I found that the removing it. Her check, although not so paleness mantled over this colour, without present occasion, I took my usual post at the

window, there she was at hers, working mestrange farrago (Horace) of the book was

red, looked warmer. Her eyes were less bril- | chanically almost in the dark. made up of “ Confessions," and that you were liant; but the light seemed only to have re

I had not stood long, till a sound, different the writer: but whether you are yourself, or treated from the surface, by way of a strata

from the common noises of evening, broke somebody else under a feigned name, or

gem, to tempt the incautious gaze, which in- , upon my ear. It was like the rushing and whether you are a living man or a dead and

continent it fixed and blinded. Her voice roaring of a mighty but distant torrent, and bygone author, I cannot say.. I only know lost in loudness, but you could hear it further seemed to communicate some agitation to that I was greatly struck with the singularity off, and it acquired the property of producing the figures moving in the lane below. The of an individual becoming acquainted with an echo when the hearer had fallen asleep. sound came nearer, and at last I could hear so many odd and surprising circumstances,

the national hurra! which, in England, As A B C's had gradually given place to curloccurring in real life and sometimes in the

papers, so these in turn were rivalled by Va- shakes the air on every tumultuous occasion, midst of events to which the whole country was witness. Reflecting, however, on the life, about, although I saw, and watched curiously; by the tread and voices, that a crowd was lentine letters. I hardly knew how it came

whether of love or hate. It was now too

dark to distinguish the figures; but I knew, among others, of that unfortunate revenger • William Jones,' and the poor young man dirty squalling child, became a beautiful girl, rushing past the end of the lane towards the John Williams,'the thougnt struck me, that the star of the young men, and the pride and

Custom House. I could not guess the meanperhaps it was not so much a particular des- love of our alley.

ing of the tumult, but stood stretching out of tiny that had thrown the author into acquain

the window, and listening intently while the tance with these and the like “strange bedIt was owing, perhaps, to her having been

roar of the crowd became every minute more fellows," as a habit of observation, which im

accustomed to my gaze from childhood that appalling. At last, as some gleams of light pelled him to take note of minute circum- Sally cared no more for the old pædagogus, shot up into the sky from beyond the tall stances that escaped the wholesale optics of whose eye

was for ever upon her, than if he

houses before me, a terrible suspicion darted had been Providence itself: and thus she was others. I at length began to task my own

across my mind, and I rushed down from my memory (escaping as † had just done from before me, day after day, like an open book. one of the most awful catastrophes in the Although only twelve feet asunder, we had garret and

into the street, to see with my

own eyes what was going on. history of this country), and I was proud to never exchanged words in our lives; and yet

Guess my consternation to find the Custombefore me the “ sleeping

I was the spectator of every event in her his house and the neighbouring houses in flames; images of things" (as Dryden beautifully ex

tory, and the confidential depository, even of and the crowd, like evil demons, flitting presseth it), which seemed, to my eyes, to

her love secrets. The affair, to say the truth, through the burning piles, not to save but to arrange themselves into a show, or scene, not

became burthensome at last; and had it not destroy! The fire was spreading rapidly. My dependent for its interest upon the general been for the interest

. I took, in spite of me, first thought was of my library-containing picture. The affair I am about to relate I

seven volumes—my papers, my pens—and I witnessed with my own eyes from my cæna

intromissions, I believe I should have changed rushed back again to save them. I was enculum (or garret), but, being uncertain as to my lodgings.

tangled, however, in the crowd—the long whether this missive will reach you—or, in- There was a young lad, apprenticed to the stairs, leading to my own garret, were choaked deed, as to whether you have not been dead gentle craft of shoemaking, and a pupil of my up with furniture, which the alarmed inmates these hundred years, I shall curtail the anec- own in the humanities, who, like many were crushing down by main force--and it dote as much as possible. If you print it in others, was early smitten with Sally. In was long before I reached the top of the your own collection, or otherwise obtain its looks, as well as in Latin, he was far above house. publication, I shall send you something more the other youth of our alley; and, I saw On opening the door, I found the room as worthy of the honour. In the meantime, you clearly, that he must be the destined swain. light as day, and ran to the window. The may transmit me half-a-crown (in regard of The paths of destiny however are dark and wall of houses, that had stood dark and grim coals), which I hope you will consider mode- tortuous, and in the course of my watchings before me so short a time ago, was rent and rate

. I am, dear Sir, your great friend, and I was often amazed and bewildered. Pride, shattered as if by lightning. In many places servant to command,

P. P.t

anger, scorn, and every kind of uncharitable- | the roof had already fallen in. Sally's cham

ness, seemed to enter into the composition of ber alone seemed, by some strange accident, to Having retired, as usual, early in the even- Sally's love; and no eye but mine saw that the have escaped; but the devouring flames were ing, to my parlour at the top of the house, storms of the morning subsided in showers now gathering fiercely round it. Soon one och krilce one sent, and the inclosed anecdote l length triumphed, and it was known to the in the sudden burst of light, I saw the un

of tears in the evening. Cupid, however, at of the party-walls fell before my eyes; and,

behold rising up

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fortunate girl, who had been alarmed too eyes. The instant came. A sharp crash | will commit suicide. I heard, when at New
late, standing in the middle of the apartinent told the event;—but no cry from the lover, Zealand, of the following instance. A chief
like a statue of despair !
and no shriek from his mistress.

named Tukarua (who constantly visited us at It was yet possible to save-or rather it When I opened my eyes, Willian was the Thames), had a young woman as a wife, who was possible for her to have saved herself. clinging to the severed end of the board

was dotingly attached to him ; but he, being led A run a leap, such as even I could accom- the other having been secured by Sally, who, away by the superior charms of another darkcomplish, would have cleared the opening when she saw it going, started from her eyed dansel

, proved unfaithful. Finding all

her tears and entreaties fruitless, she watched made by the fall of the party-wall, and land- trance, forced down the casement, and held it ed her upon a spot comparatively free from with the united strength of love and despair. | beloved, and hung herself near the entrance.

him one night when he visited the hut of his
the flames; from whence, by a path perilous William appeared to be stupified for the in- The first olject that met his eyes, on leaving the
but practicable, she might have gained the stant, and to hold on more from instinct than hut the following morning, was his faithful
street. No one lower down than ourselves courage ; but speedily he regained his self- spouse swinging to the passing breeze.
could have seen this; and perhaps even Sally possession, and, with the assistance of the On the 15th of July we sailed from the Bay of
did not see it all--for, after looking wistfully rusty nails in the board, actually managed to Islands for Tongatabu, but lay for a few hours
at the opening, and standing for a second as gain the window. He sprang into the room off and on near the village of Rangihu, Tipuna.
if in the act of leaping, she shrunk back. -covered Sally with blankets which he This village is curiously situated on the summit
Although my side of the lane was untouched, snatched from the bed-swung her


of an elevated and rather projecting hill, and and, probably, from the quarter of the wind, shoulder--leaped across the chasm-and al

has a very peculiar appearance, on account of would remain so, it would have been impos- ternately seen and hidden-wrapped in flame,

its lofty site, when viewed from below. Near sible for me to have descended in time to be or lost in smoke-gained the street in triumph.

it is a missionary station.

When botanizing, the New Zealanders, similar of any use. All I could do was to lean out Sally lost her fifty pounds in the flames.

to other natives, could not conjecture the use I of the window, and endeavour to attract the What then? She found her lover-who is

made of the plants. “White people,” they said, attention of some men who still stood their now her husband.

“are very curious--collect everything." Some ground in the lane below. I succeeded. I

said, “it was intended to feed the animals on even made them comprehend the possibility


board.” They always readily collected for me ; of saving the unfortunate young woman. I

and a numerous fry of the young cannibal tribe saw them, with intense interest, provide themselves with ropes and blankets, and prepare Thames, and arrived at the Bay of Islands on

On the 29th of June (1829), we left the River usually followed me in those excursions, all

eager to carry a load, and eyeing, with much to ascend the ruins; when, at that moment,

the 2nd of July. During the passage we passed curiosity, the process of placing the plants in a sea of fire, like the burning waters of hell, the Poor Knights' Islands: the largest of these

the paper, &c.

[To be concluded next week.] rushed roaring through the lane. This was islands was inhabited by a few natives. It was the contents of the spirit-cellars of the Cus- formerly numerously populated, and produced OUR WEEKLY GOSSIP ON LITERATURE tom House that had taken fire, burnt their so much provisions, as to induce ships to touch casks, and rolled in waves of flame along the there in preference to the Bay of Islands. This British Literature has, in the opinion of street. All access was thug cut off to the annoyed so much the people at the Bay of

no mean judge, “ approached a crisis when devoted girl: my heart grew sick; and I Islands, in having their cominerce checked, that

some considerable change for the better or covered my eyes with my hands. At this they landed on the island, and massacred the

the worse may be anticipated : when it will instant the door of my apartment was burst greater part of the inhabitants.

either return to nature and simplicity, or de

On the meeting and parting of friends, it is open, and a man, in a sailor's dress, rushed up to the window, seized hold of the saslı, the blood flows profusely; and they sometimes the custom to cut themselves with shells, until generate into bombast and frivolity;"-with

this opinion we cordially concur. The drama, and, with one mighty effort, tore it away. remain locked in each other's arms wailing, not

from sentiment and passion, has become a "Sally,” said he, in a voice as calm as a word being spoken on either side for some show-box of picturesque scenes; and literadeath, " be of good heart!” He sprang upon time; when, I suppose, being tired, or rather ture, from the dignity of its state and the the window-seat, and, leaning out, tore from the ceremony (for it is nothing else) being con- elegant and vigorous simplicity of its lanthe roof, with the assistance of a hatchet that cluded, they get up as if nothing had happened, guage, has descended to the tittle-tattle of was slung by his side, a fragment of the

laugh, talk, and in the former case relate all well-bred conversation : for the fine imagiwooden water-pipe which receives the eavesthe news of what occurred during their absence.

nation and purified passion of true genius, drops. Holding it up perpendicularly, he

On the 4th of July I made an excursion up

we have the frivolous gossip of the drawingallowed the further end to fall into Sally's the river Kowa-kowa ; its banks are at some

room and the tell-tale scandal of the private window; while the other, resting on mine, parts beautifully verdant and picturesque : the

chamber. Criticism, we believe, is much to he put it into my hands, commanding me in

river does not appear to be navigable for boats
farther than seven miles from the moutlı, except,

blame for this: the cut-throat atrocities of a calm but stern voice, to "hold fast.", I probally, after heavy rains. Some parts of the

the Edinburgh, during the administration of saw that the timber was in part decayed-) banks were steep and sely wooded; others Jeffrey, and the cold-blooded sneering dissecthat it could not by possibility sustain the swampy, and covered with the Avicennia re- tions of the Quarterly, in the hands of Gifweight of a man ; and I would fain have sinifera, or Máá-noá of the natives. Wild ducks ford, drove men of genius to throw themurged the madness and impiety of throwing were plentiful on the river, and not very shy. selves upon the popular feeling of the hour, away his own life, without even a chance of

At a short distance inland, the country was and, as high priests to this new tribunal, they saving that of his mistress. But on looking clear of timber, and enlivened occasionally by have now nothing to fear from either the into his face, I knew that remonstrance

native villages and plantations; some of which justice or the captiousness of the critics. would be vain ; and I turned down head

were situated on elevated and beautifully-picmy

But then the rabble has power over them; trembling, and indeed “held fast.” turesque spots. The soil appeared rich. The

the wild democracy calls for all manner of When I looked up again, he was about only plantations were maize (the harvest for

momentary stimulants, and desires nothing half way across. The fatal bridge swayed which appeared excellent, potatoes, and the which had just commenced), the quality of

but amusement. Genius leads no longer, and cracked. The hell-cauldron below, (for kumera, or sweet potato. It is, however, to

but is led. Hence we make our breakfast on this part of the lane had been made into a cul be regretted, that the natives, from a natural three volumes of scandal, from middle life "de sac by the ruins, and retained the spirits indolence, cultivate but little more land than to or high; dine on the last elopement of some as in a fountain,) bubbled up, and roared, supply their own wants; and, consequently, a titled delinquent, done up into chapters and and blazed ;--and, in the midst of the blue quantity of valuable land is left waste, which books; the secret causes of some family feud, flames, I could have sworn that I saw the might be profitably cultivated with the different wrought into a romance, serve us for tea; devils holding up their hands, to receive, European vegetables for the supply of shipping and we sup on a full, true, and particular with curved fingers, the victim of love. Above

The New Zealanders have some idea of fer

account of the late atrocities in London, with and around, fire struggled with smoke ; and tilizing their land by manure, as I observed

heads of the murderers, and their confessions, the whole formed a picture which I shall left collected on the banks. On inquiring for some heaps of mud taken from the river, and

real or imaginary. On such themes is much never forget. William was within an inch of the middle. It was a miracle how the what purpose it was intended, the answer I

of the literary talent of the land employedreceived was, that "it was intended to be spread

it has yet a deeper descent to prove, for we rotting board had held so long; but I over the kumera (sweet potato) ground pre

think the times about to succeed will be still knew that the instant it received its full vious to planting."

less favourable for works of imagination and strain, it would fly in splinters. I closed my The women sometimes, in a fit of jealousy, I genius.

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To Art the same sort of remarks apply as given by Capt. Alexander of the treatment of candidates were proposed and balloted for; and to Literature. Against the lower branch of these unfortunate creatures, is revolting in the notice was given, that, in consequence of the painting the higher branch has contended extreme, and it is difficult to believe that such valuable papers to be read at the Society's meetfruitlessly-fact has prevailed against fiction; refinement in cruelty can be practised by any ings having accumulated, an extra-ordinary or rather the vulgar has put down the noble: people with pretensions to civilization in the meeting would take place on Monday next at history has been obliged, and that for some

year 1831. Any owner of a slave may have him the usual hour. time, to give place to portrait: Art is becom- punished, by paying a dollar to the executioner

for 150 lashes, the price increasing in proporing more general, so is Literature, but the tion to the number of lashes required. The legs

Jan. 12.-Dr. John Bostock, Vice President, higher qualities of both are not in request, of a slave, who has deserted his master, are cut

in the Chair. -A paper was read, On Electricity We have done with heroes, and must spend off;—the account is, indeed, scarcely credible.

and Magnetism, &c. by Michael Faraday, Esq., our time with buffoons. Turner found an Capt. Alexander proceeded a hundred miles up

F.R.S., &c. indifferent market for his poetic landscapes, the river Essequibo in a small country schooner,

Thomas Maclear, Esq., was admitted a Feland has taken himself to the embellish- and then embarked and proceeded higher in low, and J. T. Conquest, M.D., proposed. ment of books: Wilkie has laid aside for a

All vestiges of the Dutch settlements time his poetic or domestic pencil, and dips

are gone, and all is solitude and silence on either his brush in courtly colours fit for kings : hand; occasionally, says Capt. Alexander, one Monday, { Perrinological Society...... Eight, P.M.

Eight, P.m. stumbles in the entangled brushwood on a tombBaily, the sculptor, has proved what Flax

Linnzan Society :

Eight, P.M.

TUESDAY, stone of some Dutchman, from the shores of the

Horticultural Society man proved before , that for poetic sculpture Zuyder Zee. An idea may be formed of the

..One, P.M.

| Institution of Civil Engineers, Eight, P.M. there is no market, ignorance of the natives on the Mazaroony river,

Geological Society ......... past 8, P.M. In the way of novelty there is little to be by an incident related by Captain Alexander.

WEDNES. Royal Sociсty of Literature.. Ihree, P.M.
Society of Arts

..) past 7, P.M. related. A meeting of the Royal Academy Two gentlemen, who were exploring the river,

Thursd. { Society of Autiquaries...

.. past , P.M. is summoned early in February, to elect heard the cries of a person in the woods : on

Eight, P.M. a member in the room of James North- landing to ascertain the cause, they found one

PRIDAY, Royal Institution ....... ..) past 8, P.M. cote: Newton, Allan, and Briggs are spoken of the Arawaak Indians swinging himself in a

Westminster Medical Society, Eight, P.M. of as the most likely to be put in nomina- hammock, fastened to trees, between two dead tion. Some members will, no doubt, vote

bodies, each in hammocks on either side of him. for Elias Martin: though this veteran has, The motion of his hammock caused the others for many years, it is believed, been in the to move also, and all the time he was uttering | Invention of a new Air-pump.-- Second Volcano

the most distressing cries. He was interrogated near the coast of Sicily.-- Faraday's Investibosom of St. Luke; still he is kept at the head of the list of Associates; and when a

as to the reason of his doing so, and replied, gations.-Russian Emeralds.--Majendie on the

that the bodies were those of his brothers, who Cholera, and his appalling picture of the state person is put up to whom any Academician had been lately killed. The unhappy man then of the lower classes in Sunderland. is averse, he bestows his vote on Elias.

got some twigs from the adjacent trees, and The meeting, held by the members of this Wilkie has now finished his great picture commenced beating the bodies, calling out at Institution, on the 26th of last month, was pecuof “Knox preaching at St. Andrew's, to the the same time Heya! as if he felt the pain of liarly interesting. utter confusion of the Romish hierarchy': he the blows. He next obtained some of the fat

M. Thilorier presented for the examination of is about, it is said, to try his hand on an Eng- of a hog, that had been just killed, and anointed the Academy, and as one of the competitors for lish Reformation picture, and a scene from

the faces and mouths of the deceased, and ac- the mechanical prize in 1832, a new pump for the Life of Cranmer has been selected.

companied the operation by grunting. He next creating vacua, which acts entirely by hydroThe Eraminer had lately some sharp re

opened and shut their eyes; but, finding all his static power, without being aided in its operations marks concerning the pain which the attempts to bring them to life useless, he was

by any moveable pieces whatever, and being inAcademy felt at seeing Stanfield employed then thrown over them, and they were covered alleges, that his " Pneumato - statical Pump;" induced to bury them in the eartlı.

dependent of piston, valve, or cock. The inventor by the King in preference to Turner or Call

with leaves. cott: Stanfield is a man of genius, so the

which is the name he gives it, is essentially difThe tradition of these Indians respecting the ferent from the mercurial pumps hitherto brought King may be right: His Majesty has also Creator and Creation is very remarkable. They forward. employed Chambers to paint marine pictures believe in a supreme deity, who, they imagine, The Secretary of State for the Naval Depart. for him, and Francis to make his bust—what has a brother that governs the whole universe. ment, announced to the Academy, that the Ashas the Examiner to say concerning the ge- | They also believe in an evil spirit, and on va- trolabe, on her voyage from Toulon to Navarino, nius of these gentlemen and the royal taste? rious occasions endeavour to appease him by in November last, had sailed past the new

their sorcerers or priests. Respecting the crea- island, Julia or Nerita. The volcano had subSCIENTIFIC AND LITERARY tion, they believe that the Great Spirit sat on a sided; but, at a distance of two miles to the

silk cotton-tree, and, cutting off pieces of the westward, a second sub-marine eruption bad

bark, that he threw them into the river below it, been observed (which did not at that time afford Jan. 9;-—G. B. Greenough, Esq., V.P., in the when they assumed the figures of animals ; that any trace of lava,) on the surface of the sea. chair.--A paper, entitled Notes on Guiana, South man was the last of the creation, and being cast M. Hachette read a notice from Mr. FaraAmerica, communicated by Captain J. E. Alex- into a sleep, he was touched by the deity, and day, on the memoir which he had said before the ander, H.P., late 16th Lancers, was read. Capt. found, on waking, that his wife was by his side. Royal Society of London; the notice contained Alexander was induced to visit Guiana in the They also believe that the world became very the result of his latest investigations into electrospring of last year, for the purpose of observa- wicked, and that mankind were drowned by a dynamic phenomena, and gave rise to a scientific tion, and, having reached the coast, landed at flood, only one man being saved in a canoe. discussion on the part of Messrs. Arago, AmGeorge Town. The landing-place was occupied That he sent out a rat to ascertain whether the père, and Thénard. by a few women, sitting with trays of fruits and waters had subsided, and the rat returned to Baron de Humboldt presented the Academy vegetables ; from thence a road, flanked by him with a head of Indian corn. So close an with a cluster of Crystais of Emeralds, recently canals, led to the streets, which were unpaved, assimilation to the Mosaical History is certainly found in the middle region of the Ural, to the but in excellent order: except close to the water,

remarkable. Captain Alexander's very interest- north of Ekatherineburgh. He had received it the houses were widely scattered, each being ing paper was accompanied by a map illustrative as a present from the Emperor of Russia ; and surrounded with a garden and lofty trees. This

of his route through a part of Guiana entirely he remarked, that it was not found in the caryear it was found impossible to keep the gardens unknown before.

buretted schistus of transition, like the beautiful in order, owing to the amazing quantity of rain A paper was also communicated, by Captain emeralds from Muzo mine, in Columbia, but in that had fallen, which is reckoned by feet, and Horsburgh, on the Maldiva Islands, in the In- mica-schistus, as is the case with the emeralds not by inches in the usual way: in five months, dian Ocean; and a letter from the Royal Asiatic found in Upper Egypt. The Muzo emerald six feet eight inches of rain fell at George Town. Society was read. By this, it appears that ap- weighs twelve hundred carats, but that of the Of the natives, Capt. Alexander says, they are prehensions of the cholera being introduced from Ural cluster, fifteen hundred and fourteen. of short stature, but well proportioned ; they Egypt had subsided. The Bashaw was on the The next communication was one, which, we walk about in a state of nudity, with a strip of

eve of an engagement with the Arabs of various regret to observe, is no way calculated to raise blue salampore about their loins; their skins places, who had refused to pay tribute for some the name of England in the estimation of her are beautifully clear, and of a light mahogany time past, and had intercepted all communica- foreign contemporaries. It was a verbal report

the expression of their faces apatle- tion between Soudan and Bornou. The Bashaw made by Dr. Majendie, on the result of his scitic good-nature. The state of the British slaves had 30,000 men in the field when the intelli- entific visit to SUNDERLAND :-“I have found appears to be enviable, compared with that of gence left Tripoli in November last.

nothing to abate what I have already commuthe Dutch slaves of Surinam. The account In the course of the evening a great many nicated on the more serious cases of Cholera,"

A mat was



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