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THE ALLIED FLEET AT MALTA AFTER THE BATTLE OF
ter, by the vibration of bodies, &c. &c. He finally ar- A few days after the landing of the wounded, the ranged all sounds into four classes, each being determined squadrons received pratique--that is to say, were released by the manner in which the sound was produced. He de- from the observance of quarantine-on which occasion clined entering into the question how sound, thus gene- the troops in garrison were out on the lines, and fired a rated, was transmitted, and proceeded at once, in the se- feu de joie, which was answered by a royal salute from cond part, to consider the manner in which it was im- every ship in harbour. As Sir Edward passed down the pressed upon the organ. His views on this subject he il centre line of the squadrons, he was enthusiastically lustrated, partly by a demonstration of the structure of cheered from the yard-arms of every ship; and he stepped the ear, partly by the analogy of sight. No member of- ashore, on the Custom-house wharf, amid the deafening fered any remarks upon this Essay. The Secretary having shouts of the multitude. His appearance is at once noble reported the donations which had been made to the So- and commanding, and everywhere as he passed along he ciety during the vacation, it adjourned.
was greeted with the loudest acclamations.
Fetes and rejoicings followed in rapid succession. The
civil and military officers of the place gave a splendid ball SKETCHES FROM THE PORTFOLIO OF A
and supper, at which hardly less than 1500 people were TRAVELLER.
present. At a fete of this kind, where the invitations No. I.
were so generally extended, a portion of the company was, as might have been expected, not very select, and a number of ludicrous incidents occurred. A certain class of
the Maltese, who just barely come in for admittance to I was at Malta when Codrington and the fleet returned such assemblies, consider it their duty, on such occasions, thither from Navarino. The excitement created there by not only to dispense with their evening meal, that they this action was very great. However men's minds might may the more enjoy the good fare of the supper, but also have been divided on the question which gave rise to it, conceive themselves called upon to pocket a few sweetthere was only one opinion as to the gallant manner in meats for the children at home; and even sometimes dem which it had been fought-and this feeling prevailed over licacies of a more solid nature. On the occasion to which every other. The Maltese, almost universally, detest the I allude, an elderly gentleman had been observed busily very name of Greeks, and think nothing too bad for filling his hat with precious scraps of this kind, over them. The measure, therefore, considered separately, which he carefully put his handkerchief, and was very was any thing but relished by them, particularly as, only quietly walking down stairs, when a young rogue of an a few days before, some Maltese vessels had been plun- officer, as if by accident, gave the hat a twitch, and out dered off the very mouth of the harbour; and they would tumbled — to the great amusement of the bystanders, not allow themselves to distinguish between an indivi- Maltese as well as others--the better half of a fowl, seme dual act of aggression, and the character of a whole na- exquisite slices of ham, and various et ceteras of a similar tion. When the Maltese do hate, they hate with bitter- kind. I do not mean to represent these traits as national ness, and to some purpose. Nor could all the atrocities -I have said they belong only to a certain class; and I committed upon the Greeks move their hearts one iota to “ hate, abhor, detest, and abominate" the illiberal spirit sympathise with them. Notwithstanding this, however, that would take advantage of the eccentricities of the as the vessels of the different squadrons entered the great vices of a few, to ridicule or to lash a whole commuharbour of Valetta, the bastion walls were crowded with nity. The Maltese collectively are a virtuous and meriall ranks of people, who cheered them as they passed, torious people ; and should my humble lucubrations by which was returned by the brave fellows, who had 50 chance ever meet their eye, I should wish them to believe nobly done their duty, from the yard-arm.
that the kindnesses I have met with from many of them The first vessel that entered was if my memory do are not forgotten. not fail mera French 74, the Sirene, a beautiful ship, A French, a Russian, and a British squadron, assetidfollowed in rapid succession by the Genoa~in a most bled together in peace and harmony, was, indeed, a ctshattered state--the Asia, and the Albion—both of which rious and most interesting sight; and it was not the less appeared to have suffered much less—and by the greater so, that very shortly before, the spacious basin of 1'a
. part of the rest of the Allied squadrons. The Genoa had letta harbour had almost been entirely deserted. Now it only a few weeks before left the port in gallant trim, was well filled, and the streets of the city were crowded. under the command of the brave veteran Bathurst ; now The appearance and character of the different seamen she returned a mere battered hulk, having on board the were well worthy of remark. In all respects, the Briremains of her much-lamented captain. °As she passed tish tar stood foremost-neatly and cleanly clad in his under the walls, there was a waving of bats and hand-dark-blue jacket, red waistcoat, white trowsers, and kerchiefs, but not a voice was to be heard a solemn and glossy hat. The French sailor wore a somewhat similar impressive silence was observed by all parties, which con- dress, but it was not nearly so trigly put on. Lastly, the trasted strongly with the previous cheering.
Russians were dirty, greasy, and ill paid; but they all l'pon the arrival of the squadrons at Malta, the Lieu- mingled together, and might be seen hugging and carry tenant-Governor, the Honourable Frederick Cavendish ing one another in the open streets in the most loring Ponsonby, with the utmost promptitude, had the exten- manner. sive Fort Ricasoli, at the entrance of the harbour, con- Going through the Marina gate of Valetta one day, I verted into a general hospital for the wounded. Their was witness to a curious meeting between a Jack-tar and conveyance thither was effected in the most admirable a red-coat." I hope,” said Jack, “ we ha'nt disgraced manner. Nor can I pass over, without a tribute of praise, you? I hope we've done our duty? But hark ye, Vister the conduct of the Maltese boatmen, whose assistance was Lobster, you see as how its the Admiral's orders that every required on this occasion. Not a sound was to be heard sentry's to present arms to a British sailor ; so come, old but the splash of the oars in the water ; and the scene was fellow, give us the salute!" On another occasion, some altogether one of the most impressive I ever witnessed. of these fellows treated themselves to a spree in the The accommodation afforded to all in the hospital— theatre. It happened that the “ Turco in Italia” was without the slightest shade of partiality towards our own performing, when, in the middle of the Primo Terore's men—reflected the highest credit on the authorities ; and songs, the audience were startled with a rough voice from the attentions paid, with his usual ability and benevo- the gallery calling ont, « Shiver my timbers, Jark! I Jence, by the venerable Dr Allen, late surgeon of the thought as how we had'smash'd all 'em 'ere Turks!_bat Naval Hospital, will be long felt by many a grateful blow me! if there a'nt more of 'em! Let me get down heart.
to that squalling chap; I'm blest if I don't make him
pipe to another tune!" But there are better traits in sweet notes of music without the usual accompaniments. Jack's character than the ludicrous. I say,” said one I remember that she sung, even to “ us laddies," “ There's of them, meeting a Greek," I say, are you a Turk ?”. nae luck about the house,” and “ Braw, braw lads o' Gala -“ No, no," said the man, « Greco."-“ So much the water,” most inimitably; whilst, like the trees and the better for you, then; give us your fist, old boy!-a blocks to Orpheus, we stared and listened to her most reTurk would have felt the weight of my arm in another ligiously. I remain, my dear sir, truly yours, guess sort of way!" It was gratifying to observe, that
Tuomas GILLESPIE. these brave and generous fellows perfectly understood what they had been fighting for, and took a noble pride
THE DRAMA. in knowing that it had been in the cause of justice and humanity : what otherwise was a Turk or a Greek to The great question about all actors and actresses is, “ Are them ?
R. A. D. they true to nature ?” But the previous question may be
moved, “ What is nature ?" Tell the same story to two
persons, and one will laugh and the other cry, which is A LETTER FROM DR GILLESPIE CONCERNING the more natural ? The only answer is, that the laughter ROBERT BURNS.
is natural to the one, and the tears to the other. Well, 6th Dec. 1829.
then, may not two actors act the same scene in two very
different ways, and yet both be true to nature? Yes, but Dear Sir,As you have already given publicity to an we are brought into this seeming dilemma by a sophistry, anecdote respecting Burns, which Mr Lockhart has bo- and to such sophistries the Socratic mode of reasoning noured with a place in his third edition of the Poet's Life, (with reverence be it spoken) is peculiarly liable. What I feel myself, if not called upon, at least encouraged, to is one man's nature, is not another's; but as there is a supply you with one or two additional notices, equally standard of taste, or something approaching to it, so there
authentic with the former. I have in my own possession, is a standard of human nature, by which the civilized is i and I am acquainted with others who have, several un- | distinguished from the savage being, and the different published poems of Burns, which, whilst they exhibit grades of refinement traced and appreciated.
There are most forcibly the Poet's genius, are unfit for publication. actors for the nature of the upper and lower galleries, But there is one production of Burns's every-way fitted for actors for the pit and actors for the boxes. The actors
the public eye, and eminently characterised by his mind, for the one-shilling men have a one-shilling nature, ! of which I have never seen, and of which, indeed, I know and are true to it; but as one shilling is not so valu
that there has never been, any public notice whatever. able, and may be more easily met with, than five shilThe production to which I refer is a letter, written from lings, so these actors are of a more common and less hoDumfries a few weeks before the Poet's death, to Mr nourable order. There is a difference, too, between the James Clark, formerly schoolmaster of Moffat, and then nature of a comedian and tragedian. The polished coLatin teacher at Arbroath, or Montrose, I forget which. median plays principally to that artificial nature usually With Mr Clark, who was afterwards master of the Gram- met with in what is called “good society ;" whilst the mar School of Cupar-Fife, I was most intimately ac- great tragedian, on the other hand, addresses the more quainted, and have spent some of the happiest hours of unsophisticated feelings of the heart, delicate and acute my life in his company, both in the parlour, under the as those feelings ought to be, both by temperament and witchery of most admirable music, and by the Eden side, education. The chief question, therefore, concerning in fishing. Clark was an intimate friend of Burns, to actors and actresses, still is, “ Are they true to nature ?" whom he often played on the fiddle, and never spoke of to that nature which they undertake to delineate, and by Burns, particularly after dinner, without evincing deep which they are to be judged. Be it observed, however, emotion. Clark had corresponded with Burns, and I that an actor may be amazingly true to nature, and yet not understood him to be in possession of more letters, writ- a great actor. This latter point can be settled only by ten by Burns, than one; but to one only can I speak at looking at the line of parts which he attempts. He who present, as I do not recollect having seen any more. The plays nothing but country bumpkins, has very different letter was written in a most friendly style, addressed, talents, or in other words, a very different nature, from “ My dear Clark," and ended with a request, which, at him who plays such characters as Hamlet and Othello. present, I am not authorized to mention. I believe it Descending from generals to particulars, were we to was Cromek I know that it was somebody who offer- ask—“ Is Kean's acting true to nature ?" we should ed Clark ten guineas for this letter, which the holder very have to consider that his walk is the very highest in his delicately, and perhaps properly, refused, as the letter con profession ; and that it requires, therefore, some boldness tained matter of a private and confidential character. Not to answer the question ; for he who does so, implies that being at liberty to say any more at present on the subject he is entitled to make his own ideas of what high and of the contents of this letter than that it was pretty long, lofty passion is, and should be, a fit standard to judge by. strongly and strikingly expressed, and full, in short, of Nevertheless, the question is answered every night by all the man, I can only refer you or Mr Lockhart to the heirs Kean's audience, not one of whom ever take it into their of Clark, who reside, I believe, at Dollar. Our mutual head to suppose that they are doing a vain thing. It friend Temant would be able, I am sure, if not to pro- must be ever thus :--there is an invisible sympathy becure the letter, at least to ascertain what has become of tween the souls of men, which, if the right conductor is it, and whether it may not, as in my humble opinion it touched, will communicate itself to a vast multitude, with ought, to grace your own pages, or at least those of the the velocity and simultaneousness of electricity. Let us gifted editor of the Quarterly.
take another instance then,—that which is more immeI
may mention, in conclusion, (as Fielding says, where diately in hand, and which, indeed, has suggested these nothing is concluded) that when a schoolboy at Wallen- remarks :-—“ Is Miss Smithson's acting true to nature ?” hall Academy, I saw Burns's horse tied by the bridle to She also plays the first line in tragedy; but, in so far as the sneck of a cottage-door in the neighbourhood of Thors- we have seen, there is little or no sympathy between her hill, and lingered for some time listening to the songs, and her audience. Why, then, the conclusion must be, which, seated in an iron chair by the fireside, Burns was that her acting is not true to nature. “ But does she get listening to. Betty Flint was the name of the songstress. no applause at all?" Yes; occasionally from the upper She was neither pretty nor witty, but she had a pipe of gallery. “ Then she must have a one-shilling nature.” the most overpowering pitch, and a taste for song. She Granted; but from her who plays the first line in trawas the very woman for Barns, when disposed to have gedy, we want a just and delicate medium between a
song without supper;" in other words, to enjoy the three and a five-shilling nature; or, in other terms, some
thing that will charm the pit, and delight the boxes. In culiarly farcical subject, Phrenology, which will be brought one word, if our opinion be asked regarding Miss Smith- out immediately. Miss Foote's ten gratuitous performson, we pronounce her altogether a caricature. She is no ances commence to-morrow evening, Dec. 8, with Letitia more capable of sustaining the first parts, either in tra- Hardy, in the “Belle's Stratagem ;” and T. P. Cooke gedy or comedy, than she is of enacting Harlequin, or of concluded his six similar representations of William, in dancing on the slack wire. Her style is a good deal like Douglas Jerrold's nautical melo-drama of “ Black-eyed that of a respectable moon-struck milliner, who having Susan," on Saturday last, though he is engaged to play it seen, for the first time in her life, a play performed by a again for three more evenings this week. The career of strolling company in a country town, immediately be- this piece has been as astonishing as it has been unparalcomes stage-mad, and throws herself into grotesque atti- leled; it was written for the Surrey Theatre, to run itx tudes, and makes speeches about daggers, and poison, and few nights and be forgotten, like something more than love, and that sort of thing, to all the other female ap- ninety-nine-hundredths of all its contemporaries, manuprentices. There is no delicacy in her appreciation of factured to sail in those latitudes; and of its being played character,—no grace in her execution of even the most for a hundred and fifty successive nights at the Surrey, simple passages. In her conceptions, there is now and then the following six at Covent Garden, and subsequentthen something like originality; but it is originality of ly the further announcement of the succeeding twelve at the coarsest and most vulgar kind; as, for example, ber the Surrey, with its repetition on some of the same eretlaying aside her black velvet robe, in the mad scene in ings at Covent Garden, making a total of one hundred and “ Venice Preserved,” and making her entrée in a white sixty-eight uninterrupted performances, its author bizislip or under petticoat, black stockings, and shoes; and self says, and I, for one, most potently believe him, “ Had as the slip comes down only a little below the knees, the the individual who discharges the fireworks at Vauxhall black stockings have a peculiarly fine effect. “But what, seen one of his rockets, instead of gleaming a brief time, then, do you say to the Parisians ?" Simply, that they and then waning into darkness, become fixed in the sky, are no rule to us; and that for the opinions of a set of and shine a star for the whole season, he could not bare claqueurs, who know about as much of English as they been more surprised.” That this success has been solely do of High Dutch, we entertain an exceedingly small re- owing to the acting of Mr Cooke, and not to the mere spect. “Is she not a fine woman ?” We know not merits of the drama, you will, it seems, very speedily have what she was; but now she has grown fat and pursy, an opportunity of judging for yourselves in Edinburgh ; with a face like a muffin. Good Heaven! are the public where, if you have a pretty, sensitive, modest Susan, a such profound ninnies as to submit to trash like this? We clever Gnatbrain, a surly Doggrass, and a gentlemanlı are glad that in Edinburgh, at least, Miss Smithson is Admiral, it will doubtless be a favourite. Mr Jerrold * drawing no houses ; and we consider it the duty of those has since produced a five-act tragedy, called “ Thomas a who do go to split their sides with laughter. We give Becket,” also at the Surrey, which has been tolerably sucMr Murray no great credit for bringing her here, for cessful ; and he is, " take him for all in all,” very far sehe must have known that her only chance of success perior to the usual run of minor theatrical writers. arose from her having been talked of. To drug us at so Kean's debut at Drury Lane, after coming to town pufshort an interval with Miss Smithson in tragedies, which, posely to befriend the rival house, agreeably to his próonly the week before, were supported by Macrcady and mised offer, placarded all over London more than two Miss Jarman, (the latter as much superior to Miss Smith- months ago, was one of the most Irish methods of assistson as light is to darkness,) was not the very happiest ing Covent Garden that could possibly have been devispecimen of management. Should we be thought to have sed. His powerful aid was, however, never more needs expressed our opinion of Miss Smithson severely, we can ed than just now at Old Drury ; his reception, maugre a only say, that we have done so because others seem afraid little opposition from some, was most enthusiastic; the to speak out, and because we are anxious to open the eyes house was, for the first time this season, crowded. of at least a of the public, to the preposterous and his performance of Richard never more careful, er stuff which she attempts to palm upon them for fine act
more energetic. Lord Glengall's new Comedy of the ing. Let Miss Smithson sink to her own level, and we
“ Follies of Fashion,” which, though now brought cut shall never breathe another word against her.
at Drury Lane, was two or three years since in rehearsal
Old Cerberus. at Covent Garden, has been praised very far beyond its to the article which follows on the subject of London lines between them! Drury Lane's new pieces have, in P. S.-We beg to direct the attention of our readers deserts, and will never be either productive or popular;
even the prologue and epilogue had not a dozen really grond Theatricals. It contains much interesting information, deed, been singularly unsuccessful this season ; for, with and some that is not generally known.
the exception of Planche's very clever melo-drama of the
“Brigand,” and Buckstone's tolerably neat translation of THE DRAMA IN LONDON.
“Snakes in the Grass,” which, however, did not draw,
all the others, from Lister's dull tragedy of “ Epicharis
London, Dec. 7, 1829. downwards, have been inost decided failures. This, as I Thanks to the captivations of Fanny Kemble, Edmund wish equally well to “ both their houses," I am sincerely Kean, “ Black-eyed Susan,” and the Elephant from Fran- sorry for. This, however, is not the only error of Mr coni's, our London cheatricals are, to adopt a commercial Price's management ; for his reduction of the box prices metaphor, once more “looking up again.” Miss Kemble's when he erroneously and charitably concluded that l'oreut Juliet having now sustained the ordeal of eight-and-twen- Garden would either not open, or must follow his examity performances, with full houses, and unabated, or rather ple, was a blunder for which he never can forgive him. increased enthusiasm, to the last, her friends are pro- self, while he knows that the other house fills at the old bably justified in predicting a still more brilliant career admission, and that he has thus needlessly thrown away for her Belvidera ; in which character she is to appear, one shilling
per head upon every box visitor ; and this at for the first time, on Wednesday next, Dec. 9, when a time, too, when his treasury necessities have required a “ Venice Preserved” is to be produced, with new sce- reduction of five-and-twenty per cent upon all the larger nery and dresses, and the parts of Pierre and Jaffier are salaries until after Christmas, then to be repaid, if fortsto be sustained by Mr C. Kemble and Mr Warde. Wade's nate. long-talked-of new tragedy of the “ Jew of Arragon" is Lastly, though certainly not least, but biggest, I must consequently postponed for the present; though, with the tell you of Djelck, the Elephant, which was landesi a true esprit de corps, and to keep his name before the pub- Wallace's Dock Yard, Riband House, Blackwall, abete dic, he has since written a very lively farce, on that pe- one o'clock in the morning of Friday, Nov. 27, wheu she
walked up to town, and arrived safely at the Adelphi, where she debutod on Thursday last, in a drama written by Beazley, the architect and play-writer, and called the “ Elephant of Siam and the Firefiend !” She is of a very dark brown colour, and certainly a most magnificent and sagacious animal ; though it is not a little singular that she was formerly in the possession of Mr Cross, of elephantine notoriety, by whom she was sold for intractability. Skilful management has, however, made her toute au contraire, and her present docility must be seen to be believed. Her height is about eleven feet, and her weight nearly four tons. Yet notwithstanding two such very formidable obstacles to agility, she performs the whole of her part, even to her final acknowledgments to the audience, upon being called for, à la Français, after the curtain has fallen, with an ease and elegance which very many of her biped colleagues would do well to imitate, The Drury Lane manager, being too late to obtain her powerful services, for which he offered the same terms as Mr Kean's, £50 per night, has, according to GreenRoom report, a rival beast in training for his Christmas pantomime; and all the other pantomimes are, I understand, to introduce manufactured elephants, as nearly like her as possible. She was introduced by an address, admirably spoken by Yates, setting forth, in good heroic measure, how he, a wild-beast showman, was ejected from the late Exeter Change ; when, his “occupation gone,” he says,
“ I wander'd on, but did not wander far;
Is a partner of more weight than either.” After which, puns, at the rate of about two per stanza, crowd the remainder of this zoological prologue, which concludes,
“ Hoping that you your patronage will grant,
To Messieurs Mathews, Yates, and Elepbant !" This was to have been spoken in the costume of a Beefeater, which, however, the Deputy-Licenser, George Colman the younger, considered far too sacred a character to he thus jested with, and accordingly issued his veto, prohibiting its degradation !!! The elephant was to have been exhibited twice a-day, but as second thoughts are best, upon thinking twice of it, this Bartholomew-Fair scheme was very wisely given up. Of the other numerous novelties now in concoction, in preparation, and in completion, I hope to write you favourably and more particularly, very speedily.
Alas! for gentle Woman, form'd so weak !
I saw thy bosom fall and swell,
I saw thy brow on fire with thought; I saw thee, 'neath the poet's spell,
Like some rich garment gold-inwrought,
Prey on her inmost soul, till the fair form
her two sisters Isabella and Eliza. The Rooms were extremely The veil of roses and pure lilies blent,
crowded, very few less than 1000 tickets having been sold. There
were three Parts, the first consisting entirely of sacred music. The Which Nature threw divinely o'er her soul
whole went off with great eelat. When first she breathed the balmy breath of life
Miss LOUISA JARMAN.-We observe that this young lady, in. Into ber Spirit's sacred sanctuary
duced by her sister's success here, has come to Edinburgh to give Becomes a wan, worn shadow of deep thought;
lessons in singing and accompaniment, during her sister's residence While the cold world points at the pining victim,
here. From what we have heard of Miss Louisa Jarman's aequire. And laughs her-scorns her_hoots her to the grave! ments in these branches, we should think there is little doubt of her
meeting with every encouragement. Vain are her tearsamvain her relenting sighs
CRESS.One of the most splendid set of chess-men we ever saw, Her wretchedness her agony-all vain !
beautifully carved in the finest ivory, are at present to be seen in the Like the lone bark, wreck'd far away at sea,
shop of Messrs Constable & Co. We understand it is the intention of She sinks, to rise no more--no more for ever!
the owner to dispose of them speedily by raffle. They who take an interest in this noble game should not lose the chance of becoming possessed of so rare a prize.
Theatrical Gossip.--For what has been going on during the last LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
week in the theatrical world of London, we refer our readers to a previous page of this Number.--Madame Vestris performed Don Giorarsi
last Saturday evening, gratuitously, at Drury Lane, and was concluded A New Literary Journal, of the same form and size as the London an engagement to play there regularly after Christmas.- The Dublin Literary Gazette, to be entitled The Chronicle of Literature and the Theatre was sold by auction a few days ago, for £13,500, being £500 Fine Arts, is, we understand, about to be commenced, under the above the mortgage. The mortgagee was the purchaser, and he has superintendence of Mr Alaric Watts. It is to be of weekly recur. granted a lease of the property for seven years to Mr Bunn, at an asrence, and will be devoted to English and Foreign Literature and the nual rent of £2000, instead of £3000, the sum hitherto paid.- The Fine Arts.
English company playing in Holland have been suddenly thrown into There is nearly ready for publication, Travels to Timbuctoo and great difficulty, owing to the manager having appropriated all the other parts of Central Africa, during the years 1824, 5, 6, 7, and 8, receipts in discharge of rent due, after having, by liberal offas, by René Caillié. The work will be illustrated with a view of Tim- tempted the performers to come over for the winter season. It was buctoo, and other plates representing the buildings of this remark- expected that, after four nights' performance, in aid of the poorer able city.
members, the company would be broken up.-The Ramsgate Theatre The author of Richelieu has nearly ready a new work, entitled
was burned down on the 1st of this month.--Macready took his textes Darnley
nefit here on Wednesday last. Not being in good health, be has Mr D'Israeli announces the concluding portion of his Commenta- given up some provincial engagements, and returned to his own ries on the Life and Reign of Charles I.
house at Pinnerwood, in the neighbourhood of London. --Sir Walter A work of considerable interest to the sporting world is in prepara
Scott's tragedy of “ The House of Aspen" is in rehearsal bere, and tion, under the title of Northern Sports. It will, we understand, ex
will be brought out immediately upon the termination of Wis hibit, in an animated manner, the field diversions of the North of Smithson's engagement. Towards the end of the month, a det
Christmas pantomime will be produced.-Miss Paton left this yet Europe. Mr Galt has nearly completed a novel, called Lawrie Todd, or the
terday morning for Newcastle, and is to perform Lucy Bartras Settlers in the Woods,
there this evening. She then proceeds to York, and other English A novel, said to be of an entirely new character, under the title of towns, and will not return to London for some weeks. Wedded Life in Upper Ranks, will shortly be published. Mr Emerson is engaged in writing a History of Greece, which will
WEEKLY List of PERFORMANCES. soon make its appearance. Shortly will be published, the History of Dunbar, from the earliest
Dec. 5-Dec. ll. records to the present period, by James Millar.
SAT. A new topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland is
William Tell, & The Robber's Wife. about to be published in numbers, by Mr J. Gorton, Editor of the Mon. Virginius, Matrimony, f The Noyades. General Biographical Dictionary.
TUES. Venice Preserved, William Thompson, & Rosint. The Civil and Ecclesiastical History of England, from the Inva.
WED. Romeo and Juliet, No! & Obi, sion of the Romans to the Passing of the Catholic Relief Bill in 1829, is announced by C. St George.
THURS. Jane Shore, f The Invinciblet. A Treatise on Atmospheric Electricity, including Observations on
Romeo and Juliet, The Wedding Day, $ Do. Lightning Rods and Paragreles, by John Murray, F. S. H., &c. is in the press.
A History of Danish Literature, from the Time of the introduc. tion of the art of printing, is announced by J. Moeller.
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. The Spirit and Manners of the Age, an able and judicious period. ical, successfully conducted by Mr S. C. Hall, the Editor of the The interesting paper by the Author of " Anster Fair" will appen Amulet, is henceforward to be published under the title of the Bri
probably in our next.-We cannot speak from personal knowledge tish Magazine, a Monthly Journal of Literature, Science, and Art.
but, from what we gather, we should think that much benefit might The Memoirs of Madame du Barri, Mistress of Louis XV. of be derived from an attendance on the “ Soirées Françaises de NA France, forming three volumes of “ Autobiography," is announced. dame de Thibouville."
The Life of Sir Walter Raleigh, in two volumes, is nearly ready The poem, entitled “Signs of the Times, or the Second Advent." for publication, from the pen of Mrs Thomson, the popular author is much too long for the Journal; it would, indeed, make a sma! of the Life of Wolsey, and Memoirs of Henry VIII. and his Times. volume.-The “Scottish Song" shall have a place in our next SLIP
Dr Conolly, Professor of Medicine in the University of London, is PERS.-We regret that the “Song" from "Chirnside" will setely preparing for publication, an Inquiry concerning the indications of suit us.--Our Correspondent in Stonehaven may live in hopes-We Insanity.
cannot find room for “A Simile for the Ladies," and "Winter fe The ninth volume of Count Segur's History of France, commen- turning."-A Correspondent, who is of opinion, that, on the public. cing with the reign of Louis XI., is in the press.
tion of the new edition of Rob Roy, Mr Mackay, the living report An English Journal is about to be published at Pisa, under the
sentative of the Bailie, should not be forgotten, has sent us 3 petani title of the Ausonian, or Monthly Journal of Italian Literature. PRICE OF FOREIGN Books.-A paragraph upon this subject ap
addressed to that gentleman, of which the last verse is as follows: peared among our Varieties last week. It has since been represented
“Thy fame, dear bought and well deserved, to us, from a highly respectable source, that the insinuation it con
Will ne'er go ont of date, tained, against foreign book-importers generally, was too severe. We are informed that, by Messrs Treuttel and Wurtz, and other exten
While Glasgow-Scotland -Britain have sive foreign booksellers in London, the general rule is to convert
One honest magistrate ! francs into shillings ;-to sell a work which costs ten francs, for ex
They who thy modest virtues know, ample, on the Continent, for ten shillings. This does not seem an unreasonable per centage.'
Win lift the voice together, Miss Paton's CONCERT.-Miss Paton gave a concert in the As
Thou'rt prudent as the Bailie was, sembly-Rooms here on Wednesday evening She was assisted by
And worthy, like his father !"