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Colonel Miller attributed to Agricola’s having now entered of the chains of forts. Thus, too, we account for the fact the territories of the Brigantes, whose power had been of the fleet being found the fifth summer in the Frith of shattered, but not finally overcome, by his predecessors. Clyde, and the sixth in that of Forth ; it had returned, According to the essayist, Agricola could not possibly have during the winter, to the mouth of the Thames. There made any important inroad into Scotland this year. The is no evidence that the fleet was employed in the Frith of " aparuit novas gentes," denoted mere skirmishing ex- Forth previous to the sixth campaign. On the contrary, cursions ; and in this view, he proposed to substitute the anecdote of the runaway Usipii is only of importance “ Tinam,” for the “ Tarm" which stands in our editions from their having fallen into the hands of the Frisians and of Tacitus. The fourth year was, according to Colonel M. Suevi, after sailing northwards ong the western coast of the first in which Agricola advanced in force into Scotland, the island. It stands, moreover, expressly in Dio Cassius' and was terminated by fortifying the line of country be- narrative of the same event, that they sailed along the tween the Forth and Clyde. In the fifth summer, he made himself master of Galloway and Ayrshire. Colonel Dr Hibbert remarked, as bearing upon what Dr CarM. maintains, that in his sixth campaign Agricola crossed son had said respecting the Roman tleet having been emthe Frith of Forth for the first time; and he fixes upon the ployed by Agricola previous to the sixth campaign, but site of Cambus Kenneth as that where the Roman army always on the west side of the island, that a station had crossed the river. He then traces their progress by the as been discovered on the Ribble, which bore strong marks sistanceof the symptoms of ancient encampments which still of having been frequented by the galleys of that people. remain, and the tradition of the country, to the hill of Hare- He could not assent to such an adventurous amendment law, which he assumes to have been the station in which as the substitution of “ Tinam” for “ Taum ;” but noticed, the ninth legion was attacked by the Caledonians. He as an apology for its boldness, the inaccuracy of the rosupposes this to have been the last of a series of harassing mans in regard to the rivers of North Britain. Thus and desultory attacks, that convinced Agricola of the im- they uniformly confounded the Dee and the Mersey. Some possibility of effecting any thing decisive that year, and had, indeed, suggested, that these rivers might have oriled him to draw his army sooner than usual into winter ginally been united, and afterwards separated by an alquarters; as the locality of which, the essayist assigns luvial deposit : but having viewed the country in question Dunearn Hill for various reasons. The conclusion of the with the eye of a geologist, he could not admit of this soEssay, in which the author enters upon the investigation lation of the difficulty, and must still refer the confusion of the transactions of the seventh campaign, and the battle to the ignorance of the Romans. which terminated it and the war at once, was deferred The question regarding the situation of the field of till the next meeting.
battle remains, as intimated, to be discussed at next meetDr Carson did not, in what remarks he made, intend ing. A beautifully executed plan accompanies the essay. to prejudge the question of the real site of the battle of Such of our readeas as may wish to look farther into the the Grampians, the essayist's opinion on that point not subject, may consult General Roy's Military Antiquities, being yet before the Society; he had, however, some obser- and the Transactions of the Saciety of Antiquaries of vations to make on the sketch of the previous campaigns. Scotland, vol. I. p. 565, and vol. II. p. 289. He could not agree to the substitution of “ Tinam” for “ Taum ;" because the Tyne was not an estuary (æstuario
THE DRAMA. nomen est.) Besides, if Agricola penetrated no farther the third summer than to the Tyne, he could only come Our readers will no doubt be surprised to learn that in collision with the Brigantes, who were old acquaint- Miss Smithsou, who commenced her engagement bere ances of the Romans, and to whom, therefore, the term with Belvidera and Juliet, terininated it with Sophia in “ noras gentes” cannot apply. The historian's expres- the “ Rendezvous,” and Ellen Byfield in the “ Falls of sion, too, is “ usque ad Taum,” implying, that the river Clyde,” the first a romping character in a vulgar farce, designated, whatever it be, was the utmost limits of that and the second a stupid heroine in a still more stupid year's march. The excursion was partly exploratory, melo-drama. Whether this change in the choice of her which removes any difficulty that might be supposed to parts is in any degree to be attributed to our reinarks, it arise from our finding Agricola employed in fortifying is unnecessary to enquire ; but the latter class is certainly a territory in the fourth campaign, considerably within much more adapted to her abilities than the former. We the limits to which he had advanced in his third. Having perceive that certain Edinburgh papers, whose opinions fortified his frontier, it was necessary, in order that he in dramatic matters are smiled at even by the supernumight advance with security, to lenve no enemy on his meraries in Mr Murray's company, have attempted to get flank: hence his incursion into Galloway in the fifth up an opposition to us upon the subject of Miss Smith
Having secured every thing to the south of the son's merits ; and that they might do the thing effectually, Forth, he again crossed it in the sixth summer, for more they have not contented themselves with merely praising lasting operations than were compatible with his previous her, but have taken all their gods to witness that she is flying visit. The expression, “ quæ ab Agricola primum the most gifted actress ever beheld in this city. The moassumpta in partem virium," applied to the fleet, denotes, tives which have induced a few underlings thus to scribaccording to the genius of the language, that Agricola was ble, it would not be difficult to explain ; but with such as the first Roman officer in Britain who had combined the these we hold no argument. In our most humble opioperations of a naval and military force, and not that nion, Miss Smithson is the smallest star that ever came to this was the first instance of his bringing them to act to- Edinburgh ; and had Mrs Stanley, or Miss Stoker, or gether--a supposition destroyed by the express notice of any other permanent member of our corps dramatique, the fleet's employment, the previous year, on the other treated us to similar exhibitions, we should at once have side of the island. He (Dr Carson) could not acquiesce advised Mr Murray to rid himself of such an addition to in the author's opinion, that Agricola remained the the effective strength of his establishment. whole winter in Scotland. It was the office of the Ro- A few sensible and temperate persons have stated to man generals—and Dr Carson believed he was the first us, that while they perfectly agreed with the general who had pointed out this fact-to be busied, during the scope of our remarks upon Miss Smithson, they thought winter cessation of arms, in the civil administration of we went too far when we condescended to criticize her their province. Agricola, therefore, returned southward figure and face. This is a matter worth a moment's conduring every winter. Such a step would have been other sideration. We suppose it will be at once granted that wise rendered necessary, by the inability of Scotland to to praise an actress for the elegance of her figure, or the furnish provisions for so large an army. We can thus beauty of her countenance, if that praise can be bestows! account for the great weight laid upon the maintenance conscientiously, is to do no more than what every 13
upon these subjects is called upon to do. Well, then, an smaller moment, in comparison with the very able and actress, who has gained a good deal of notoriety, visits spirited manner in which the whole has been got up. There Edinburgh for the first time, and the public naturally is some beautiful new scenery; there are many new dresses wish to know what the dramatic critics think of her, al- and decorations; and the supernumeraries are so metamorways understanding that the public are of course aware phosed and improved, that they scarcely seem to be the same that some of the dramatic critics are much more to be de- beings. A number of fine inclo-dramatic points have also pended on than others. One person announces, that ha- been introduced with great skill; and the deviations from ving seen the actress, he finds her a chaste, correct per- the play, as published by Sir Walter, are, in general, highly former, and that, more than any other he knows, she has judicious. Neither must we forget particularly to allude studied the graces of attitude, and those niceties and to the powerful aid which the manager has received from “powers of expression which give to attitude a double ef- Mr John Thomson, who has composed and arranged for fect ;-that, besides, she possesses just such a symmetrical the occasion, music, both vocal and melo-dramatic, which "figure and fine countenance as are best calculated to make has only to be heard in order to convince every one that this style entirely successful. Such is the opinion of one Mr Thomson is among the most promising votaries of the critic; but another critic, whose notions of symmetry and science of which this country can boast. His finale to beauty are of a very different kind, reads this opinion with the first act,-his drinking song,--and one or two of his positive distress, to think that what appear to bim such vul- marches, are amazingly bold, spirited, and, we will say, gar and inadequate judges should have any thing to say to original; though they are perhaps indebted a little fer the public at all, and, in a fit of generous indignation, and part of their excellence to the genius of Weber. At pre an ardent desire to rescue the noble art which he admires sent we write hurriedly ; but we cannot conclude with from the degradation it might suffer were so rude and un- out alluding to the able manner in which Miss Jarma cultivated a taste listened to by its professors, he proceeds acquitted herself, who had the difficult task of playing # to show, that the attitudes and gestures of the actress in only the heroine, but the mother of Barton and Montague question are extravagant and grotesque, and that her fea- Stanley! Her dress was elegant and highly appropriate; tures, being little capable of expression, could never be -if we are not mistaken, is pretty accurately copied commanding. These disagreeable truths might be told from the engraving which accompanies the Tragedy in the gently, and in many cases it would be proper to do so. Keepsake. Barton also performed his part well upon the But there are others, where the taste of a city has to be whole, and with less monotonous whining tban is usual with vindicated, or a venal party put down, when it becomes him. · Pritchard too, as the villain of the piece, bore bimnecessary to speak out in strong and piquant language, self bravely; and though Hooper has little to do, that the novelty of which will attract attention, whilst its little he did with good effect, and in a gentlemanly way. causticity makes the offenders smart. Every fernale who From the unanimous aud hearty applause with which it walks up to the stage lamps presents herself to the public was received, this play is pretty sure to have a run, and, to be scrutinized and reported upon. If she be modest what is better, it deserves it; for it is the most spirited and unassuming in her calling, a very little admonition thing Mr Murray has done for some time. We shall have will set her right upon her weak points; but if she at- more to say concerning it next Saturday. tempt to split the ears of the groundlings, and to carry
Old Cerberus. away the galleries by a coup-de-theatre, then he is a mere milk-sop, and is betraying the trust reposed in him, who
ORIGINAL POETRY. is afraid to tell her of her defects both intellectual and physical-in good round terms. Such is our creed; and such, in the case of Miss Smithson, has been our prac
THE LOST THE DEAD! tice, not without good effect too, for the public now know 0! NEVER eyes will beam for me in whom they may trust, and Miss Smithson has it not
Like his-the lost-the dead! in her power to report that she was very favourably Still o'er my heart their sunshine come received in Edinburgh.
In softened glory shed ! Sir Walter Scott's Tragedy of “ The House of Aspen” So deep the fondness of that gaze, was produced here with complete success on Thursday
Where soul flash'd brightly ever ; evening. The Literary Journal may give itself some Like evening's last rich golden rays, credit for having been the first to suggest to Mr Murray
That dance upon the river! the propriety of transferring this play from the pages of
No other sun will ever pour the Keepsake to his boards. The only thing to be regret
Such glory o'er the sea ! ted is, that Mr Murray was prevented from availing him
No other eyes will ever beam self of the bint before it had been taken advantage of at
Such fondness back to me! the Surrey Theatre in London. The version, however,
O! never voice will breathe for me which has been brought out here, is widely different from that which was acted in London, and, we venture to say,
Like his-the lost—the dead !
Its tones yet linger round my heart, very greatly superior. The five Acts have been converted into three, and a good deal of vocal and instrumental mu
By wildest fancy fed !
A music floats into my soul, sic has been interspersed, which has the effect of making
And stirs me as the breeze the whole less heavy than it might otherways have been. The principal parts are cast almost exactly as was sug
Stirs the sad chords of some lone harp, gested in the Journal, with one exception, that Denham
Hung 'mid the forest trees !
No other wind will ever wake plays the old Baron Rudiger, instead of Murray himself,
Those airs so wild that be! whom we thought, and still think, could have made more of it. Denham is good in the last scene, but in the earlier
No other voice will ever breathe ones he does not sufficiently bring out the warm-hearted,
Such melody to me! flery spirit of the old man. There is a want of nicety (if O! never soul will beat for me we may use the expression) in his conception of the cha
Like his—the lost-the dead ! racter. He is rather lumbering and unwieldy in it. Be- Still in my heart of hearts I feel sides, he is too young, and too tall, and too stout, to an
Its holy influence shed ! swer one's ideas of a hale, hearty, passionate old gen- I saw a bark at morn go forth, tleman. We still sy Murray was the man to have
Rich freighted from the strand; played Rudiger, and the play would have been ten per But ere night's stars rose pale, it lay cent lighter if he had done so. But this is a matter of
A wreck upon the sand !
No arm will e'er its treasures bring
It is said that Messrs Colburn and Bentley intend publishing a se. Forth from the dreary sea !
ries of works, to be entitled Polite Literature, or the Gentleman's LiNo heart will ever own that love
brary. I buried deep with thee!
A work of an interesting and judicious kiod will be published
speedily in Edinburgh, under the title of The Excitement, or a GERTRUDE.
Book to induce boys to read. It contains remarkable appearances in
nature, signal preservations, and such incidents as are particularly CONSOLATION FOR BACHELORS.
Atted to arrest the youthful mind.
We announced some time ago the appearance of the London UniDon't bother us, Hal, with your love-broken hearts, versity Magazine ; the King's College is about to start a rival Mis. Away with this whining and sorrow;
cellany, to be entitled the King's College Miscellany and Review. A fig for young Cupid, his bow, and his darts !
Dr Morton is preparing for the press Travels in Russia, and a re
sidence in St Petersburg and Odessa, in the years 1827-8-9, intended Fill the glass, and let care come to-morrow!
to give some account of Russia as it is, and not as it is represented
to be. The girl that you loved has deceived you—why, then,
Mr Bernays has in the press a compendious German Grammar ; to Thank your stars that the match has miscarried; be followed by a Dictionary of German Prefixes and Affixes, explainThe wench that would jilt you when single, 'tis plain ed in conformity to the recent investigations of Grimm and other Would readily wrong you when married.
London in a Thousand Years, with other poems, by the late Eu. Her heart, like a weathercock set on a hill,
genius Roche, editor of the Courier, is announced for early publica. To pleasure for ever is veering ;
tion. And she drives down the current of passion and will,
Peter the Great, being the fifteenth volume of Whittingham's edi.
tion of the French Classics, is in the press. Like a ship on the ocean careeriog.
CONTINENTAL ANNUALS.-Russia produces se ven Annuals, two
of which are religious ; Sweden, Deomark, Norway, Prussia, Spain, Give her wealth, give her wealth, give her tinsel and show, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, France, Italy, and Germany, all possess Give her banquetings, music, and laughter,
annual literary Remembrancers. In America, there are not sewer And she'll make to herself a snug heaven below,
than twelve or thirteen, the Allantic Souvenir, and the Token, being For fear she should have none hereafter.
the most popular.
The entire manuscript copy of Fletcher's play, called “The Hu. 3 She'll ogle at church, she will scheme at the ball,
morous Lieutenant," has been found lately in the library of one of She will flirt at the rout and the revel;
the Wynne family, and it shows that the editions hitherto printed,
have been very inaccurate. She will cant at conventicles, sneer in the hall,
Mr Peel, we are informed, is making a collection of paintings And laugh at both parson and devil.
which, in a few years, will become very interesting. It is to consist
of portraits of the Ministers of this country, painted by Sir Thomas Her charms are but summer flowers spread o'er the snare, Lawrence. That on which the artist is at present engaged is a portrait To which stupid simpletons hurry;
of Lord Aberdeen, which is in a state of great forwardness. For if a man wants a long life-lease of care,
New Music.-We observe that our talented professional mu. Let him marry, by Jove, let him marry!
sician, Mr Finlay Dun, has just published a new Serenade, called
“ Softly, softly sleep, my dearest," the words of which are from the And then, like the knight in the tale, he will sleep poem of “Vallery." The melody is rich and flowing, and we espeIn the fetters in which she hath bound him,
cially admire the first part of the minor. There are one or two pasUntil he awake from his slumber deep
sages rather difficult of execution, and more pains, perhaps, might
have been taken with the symphovies. Mr Dun has also just publishWith the squalling of urchins around him.
ed a set of the original, and another of the modern Ranz des Vaches,
We particularly like the original, which is finely adapted, and the Then why, my dear Hal, should you idly repine,
alternation of the Adagio and the Allegro very beautiful. The mo. That you've got no such pest by your ingle?
dern edition is more lively, and exceedingly pleasing also. Thank Heaven, that has left you a cup of good wine, The LONDON MUSICAL GAZETTE.–We have received the four A good friend, and good sense to live single.
first Numbers of this new periodical, which appears to be conducted W. W. on a plan calculated to obtain success. Each Number consists of
eight folio pages, four of which are devoted to musical criticism, and
miscellaneous literary matters connected with the science, and the LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
other four to pieces of vocal and instrumental music, original and
select. The price of the publication is moderate, and it offers an We understand that the following interesting new Works are in agreeable variety to the musical ama:eur. preparation for Constable's Miscellany, and will speedily appear ;
A COURT ANECDOTE.-When a female member of the British The Achievements of the Knights of Malta, from the lustitution of Royal Family holds a levec, it is customary for her to kiss the ladies
of the nobility, and no others. It happened that the lady of the Lord the Hospitaliers of St John, in 1099, till the Political Extinction of the Order, by Napoleon, in 1800. By Alexander Sutherland, Esq. Justice-Clerk was on one occasion anong the number of those pre
sented to the late Princess Amelia, who, as is well known, was very (2 vols.) History of Music, Ancient and Modern. By W. Cooke Staf
deaf. “Stand by for my Lady Justice-Clerk," said the man-in-waitford, Esq. (1 vol.) Life of King James the First. By Robert Cham
ing. Meanwhile some meddling person whispered him that his an. bers, (2 vols.) A Tour in Sicily, &c. By J. S. Memes. Esq. LL.D.
nouncement was incorrect, the lady being a commoner. By this time (1 vol.) History of France, from the earliest authentic era, till the present time. By William Fraser, Esq. (5 vols.) Life of Sir William
the kiss preliminary was about to be performed, when out bawled the Wallace of Elderslie, with the History of his struggle for the inde.
man of office, through a speaking-trumpet, “ Don't kiss her, mapendence of Scotland, including biographical notices of contempo dam—she's not a Lady!" rary English and Scottish Warriors. By John D. Carrick, Esq. (1
Fine Arts in EDINBURGH.-We had, a few days ago, the pleavol.) Life of Francis Pizarro, and an Account of the conquest of
sure of seeing a painting, nearly finished, by Mr W. Simson : “ The Peru, &c. By the author of the “Life of Hernan Cortes.” (1 vol.) Luncheon," a pendant to " The Twelfth of August,” exhibited in History of the American War of Independence, with Memoirs of Spring in the Rooms of the Royal Institution. Both in the spirit of General Washington. (2 vols.)
its conception, and in the mastery of its execution, the present work A Monthly Magazine is about to be published at Perth, under the is far superior even to its pleasing predecessor. The scene is in some title of the Perth Miscellany, devoted not only to matters of local in
of those barren, heather-clad glens in our Highlands, down which a terest, particularly agriculture and gardening, for which Perthshire brawling streamlet stots from stone to stone. In the distance stretch is celebrated, but also to general literature. Such a publication has
blue hills, from the summits of which the mist, which has swathed been much wanted, and the proposed Miscellany promises to be well
them in the earlier part of the day, is just rising into the air. On the fupported.
side of the glen, the main body of the party are snugly entrenched THE STORY OF A BROKEN HEART.- A tale under the above title, round a table-cloth, amply stored both with eatables and drinkables, the production of an author of reputation, will speedily appear. It One of them, in hearty good-humour, holds out the glass of Glenis said to be founded on an event which excited a strong sensation in livet he is about to discuss most tantalizingly to the latest comer, a small circle a few years since, the detail and characters of which who has not yet had time to descend from his steed. Another, very will be easily recognised by the individuals who were so deeply inte- characteristically diffused, takes his cigar from his mouth, to have ested in it at the time.
his joke, too, at the cavalier's expense. Behind the recumbent per
a white pony looks over their shoulders, with a gravity never equal. been drawing very crowded houses. — The Adelphi Elephant conJed, save by the Dapple of Cervantes, and casting a gleam of light on tinues to prosper. The sensible animal is said to enjoy the gaping all around, like “heavenly Una with her milk-white lamb." For wonder of that many-hended monster--the town.-Elliston, it is the freshness of tone in the landscape, and the glee of the sportsmen, said, has cleared L.6000 by the performances of “Black-eyed Susan." --for masterly arrangement of every thing down to its smallest de -We regret to understand that Pasta is not engaged for the King's
Theatre this season. -De Begnis, with his Italian company, is a: tails, (gillies, pointers, game, and eatables,) we look upon this as the artist's masterpiece. That glass of porter haunts us like the memory Manchester. We hear that he has changed his mind as to coming of a first love!
here.---Braham is still in breland.-We are informed that Miss SmithLEGAL PROCEEDINGS RELATIVE TO MR THON'S STATUES.-We
son is about to return to Paris, having received an engagement for alluded in a former Number to these proceedings. The papers four-and-twenty nights at one of the French theatres. She is to pies lodged by the parties, and the interlocutor of the Court, are now be- pantomime, or parts in which she will have occasion to speak only:
few words. She commences, we believe, with Jeanie Deans.-Messers fore us, and from them we have abstracted the following account of
Seymour and Alexander are quarrelling about the patent of the the relative situation and averments of the litigants. Some time in
Glasgow Theatre.-Vandenhoff met with an accident at Liverpool the year 1828, Mr Thom received an order from the Earl of Cassilis
on the night of his benefit, to which, however, no very serious coe to complete for him a group, consisting of Tam O'Shanter, Souter
sequences are attached. We believe he will be in Edinburgh soon, Johnnie, the Landlord and Landlady. About the same time, Sir Charles Lamb gave him an order for copies of Tam and the Souter.
WEEKLY LIST OF PERFORMANCES.
SAT. The Stranger, No: & The Wedding Day. should finish after those for the Earl and Sir Charles, but declined becoming bound to finish them by a certain day, as circumstances Mox. The Jealous Wife, # Rob Roy. which he could not foresee might occur to retard his labours. Mr TUES. Jane Shore, The Rendezvous, & The Falls of Clyde. Thom did not first complete the four figures bespoke by the Earl of
(Theatre closed.) Cassilis, and then appiy himself to those intended for Mr Diek, but, according as fitting stones could be procured from the quarry, he THURS. The House of Aspen, 4 Rosina. worked at one or the other figure for both groups. In this way, he
FRI. The Houre of Aspen, & Williarr Thompson. had made, in October 1829, two Tam O'Shanters, two Souters, and one Landlord, with which he was satisfied ; one Landlady, which was likewise to his mind, and one which was not. On the 13th of June, he had, at the urgent entreaties of Mr Dick, delivered to him a Tam and a Souter; and, on the 11th of October, he shipped to the ad
TO OUR READERS, dress of the Earl of Cassilis, a complete set of four figures, Mr Dick, on the plea that the Landlady, included in this shipment, was the 8C- On Saturday next, we shall publish a double Number, or rathes, a cond made, applied for an interdict against her delivery. The pursuer Number twice our usual size. It will be the last Number of our argued – That Mr Thom had agreed to deliver to him the first figures cond volume, our last Number for the year 1899, and also our he should finish after those meant for the Earl of Cassilis and Sir Chas.
CHRISTMAS NUMBER. It would be easy for us to mention a long Lamb; that Mr Thom had completed two figures of the Landlady; and that, consequently, the first belonged to the Earl, and the
list of persons of celebrity, contributions from whose pens, both in second to the pursuer. It was argued on behalf of Mr Thom-That
prose and verse, will grace our Christmas Number ; but, in order that he had never become specifically bound to furnish the pursuer with
the contents may lose none of their freshness and novelty, we at the second figure of the Landlady he should finish:--that having stain. Our object, however, is, to present our readers and the pub failed in his first attempt, he had never quite finished it, but set about
lic with a little literary banquet, which will make their firesides mare making one more to his taste ;--that he was entitled to do this, both
cheerful, and enable them to part pleasantly with the departing yesz. on account of the obligation under which he lay to furnish his em
Our labours among them have not gone unrequited, and now tha: ployer with a good piece of workmanship, and of a regard to his re we are in the heyday of our prosperity, we are anxious to prove the putation, which might suffer by allowing an imperfect production to
our literary friends are as staunch to us, as they were when our bari go forth to the world;--and, that he was still ready to implement his
was first launched, and that we ourselves are determined never su bargain. It was further urged for Mr Thom, that he had been indu
fall asleep upon our oars.
We also expect to be able to mention, in next Number, the improrr ced to enter into the bargain with Mr Dick, by the latter's represent
ments and increased resources with which we shall commence the ing himself to be employed by a gentleman of fortune ; whereas it
New Year. now proved, that he was one of several partners who wished to get the
A Title-page and Index for Volume II. of the EDINBURGH LITE statues for the purpose of exhibiting thein in opposition to the exhibition in which the artist has an interest ; and that the two figures RABY JOURNAL, will accompany tle CERISTMAS
NUMBER. delivered, had already been exlibited in Liverpool. It was argued for the Earl of Cassilis, (who was brought into court. That he was not obliged to take a first abortive attempt, but was entitled to the first successful one That the terms of the pursuer's agreement es
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. cluded him srcm receiving any figures until the defender's prior or. ders had been executed.--Lord Moncreiff refused the complainer's
SEVERAL new works have reached us too late for notice
week. bill of suspension and interdict, on the ground that the statue in ques. tion had been delivered to the Earl of Cassilis before the bill was pre
" Astolpho" shall receive an answer next Saturday." Protrus sented. In a note subjoined to his interlocutor, his Lordship declined place. For the interesting communication from Kirkeudbright we
among our next varieties." Orion, the Younger," shall have a entering into the merits, as unnecessary in the circumstances of the case. The case was carried before the Inner House by a reclaiming
feel obliged ; -We shall make use of it speedily. From our obligang note on the part of the pursuer, but the Ordinary's interlocutor was
London Correspondent, “ J. T.” we shall be glad to hear at his best adhered to.
convenience." A Looker-on", will perceive that we have ad rerted Theatrical Gossip.-The great event of the week in the theatrical Escape," by "J. S.," and " Agony," by ** V. V." of Glasgow, 51
to the subject on which he was good enough to write to us." The world of London is, Miss Kemble's appearance in her second character-Belvidera. Critics differ a little in regard to its excellence,
not suit us. some are ultra enthusiastic, and others are colder. They who are
“Umphraville" in our next. "A Day's Fishing" is clerer, and disposed to be very profound and philosophical, intimate their belief
we may perhaps brush it up, and Insert it one of these dayk-"A that the truth lies between the two extremes. One of the Corre Lover's Hour" shall have a place.-" The Bar-maid” may perhaps spondents of the Court Journal waxes poetical upon the subject, and appear. The following poems will hardly suit us :-*Lines e a as there is something spirited in the following verse, we insert it. "Lines," by E. V.,-"A Ballad" from Glasgow, and "Oa
Sea-Bird,"_" The Wife Metamorphosed, "_" Song," by J. C. T. He is addressing Miss Kemble :
ERRATA IN OUR LAST NUMBER.-In the Review of the Musical
Annuals in our last, we made the odd mistake of speaking of Cheru. Thy golden harvest waving ere thy prime:
bini as the author of "Crudel Perche," when we meant to write To thy meridian move, orb of the mind sublime !"
" Perfida Clori," his beautiful canon for three voices. In Dr Gille Min Foote has been performing at Covent Garded, but has not Hall, and for " iron chais," read arm chair.
pie's " Letter concerning Burns," for " Wallenhall," rend Welier
TO THE READERS
The Epistle Dedicatory.
Heaven has given to us, and whose affection we value above all earthly things.
As critics, we this week give authors a holiday. We shall resume our converse with them on Saturday, the 2d of January, 1830. Nothing but amenity and good
humour-“pods, and becks, and wreathed smiles”——shall THE EDINBURGH LITERARY JOURNAL.
characterise us to-day; and if, amidst these, a few deeper Dear READERS,- This is our Christmas Number for and more solemn chords be touched, our Christmas gamthe year 1829, and in a most especial and particular man
bols will not be the less delightful, that they carry a moral ner do we dedicate it to you. Every thing we write is with them. for you ; but sorry are we to confess, that thoughts of our
Dear Readers, we have said our say. Again we offer own profit sometimes mingle with our anxieties for your you our salaam ; but instead of wishing, in the language amusement. It is a weakness incident to mortality, of the East, that you may “live a thousand years," allow and having frankly owned it, we trust we shall be the us to express the more seasonable, and not less pleasing more readily believed when we declare, that in this, our hope, that you may eat a thousand geese. With this hope last Number for the present year, we have thought only upon our lips, we humbly subscribe ourselves, of securing for you a literary banquet of rich and varied
Yours, with faithfulness and respect, excellence, proportionate to the respect we entertain for
THE EDIT you, and not unworthy either of the season, or the land we live in. Thanks to the literary friends talented and eminent as they are—who have so nobly and so faithfully rallied round us, we are this day able to furnish forth a
“ THE YEAR THAT'S AWA." feast, where even the veriest epicure will not fail to find
By Dr Gillespie. something to stimulate and gratify his palate. It is for you, dear readers, that it is spread. May you bring to “ WHATEVER withdraws us from the power of the it as good appetites as we wish you—and may you par- senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the futake of it as freely as it is offered !
ture, predominant over the present, advances us in the In sober earnestness, we are proud of our CHRISTMAS dignity of thinking beings." So says one, whose language Number. We challenge any periodical in the country no man can mistake, and whose knowledge of human nato produce, within the same space, so bright a galaxy of ture few will be disposed to question. But of these alternames ;--and not of names alone, but of articles whose natives, the predominancy of the past over the present intrinsic merits bear them up--ponderibus librati suis. appears to be the most purifying and exalting. A sub
Where all are so conspicuous, it would be unfair to par- mission of present liking to future enjoyments, is nothing ticularize a few. Were we to indulge in much talk con- more, in its ordinary acceptation, than an enlarged and cerning our own affairs, a thousand obligations would oc- calculated system of selfishness. In regard, however, to cur to us which we might acknowledge, but could not at the predominancy of the past over the present, the case is present repay. We prefer, therefore, limiting ourselves to materially different. To the past, considered merely as general expressions of thanks ; and wherever we turn,- such, we can never look from selfish or interested views to the south, the north, the east, and the west,—these have our trance into these familiar regions is at once volun. to be conveyed ;-to some of the most distinguished of the tary and uninterested. We lose ourselves in recollections, fair sex, (thank Heaven !) as well as to many a manly not that we may relieve the present, or influence the fuheart, beating with all the ardour of genius, and a noble ture, but merely because such reveries are engrossing and love of literature for its own sake. To each and all, we irresistible. Happiness, indeed, and that of the most inwish, from the bottom of our souls, the merriest Christ- tense and purifying character, the consequence—but not mas, and the happiest New-Year!
the motive,-otherwise happiness would just be diminishNor shall we ever be niggard of good wishes when we ed in proportion to the extent of the previous calculation. think and speak of you, dear readers. Many hundreds The future often looks up upon us, from the darkened of you we have never seen in our lives, nor can we tell distance, with a forbidding aspect. In spite of the most how our various lucubrations may individually affect sanguine and happy temperament, there will be formed, you; yet we know that there is a sympathy between us, | in the distant obscurity, faces and forms, contingencies -that you are disposed to be lenient to our errors, both and possibilities, any thing but pleasing or inviting. But of commission and omission,—and that, if ever we have the past is a vast storehouse of good and evil, from which, brought a smile to your lips, or a gentle tear into your at will, we can select such materials as we choose. The eye, you love us for those smiles and for those tears. If frost-works of futurity are too frequently like the icy pathe suspicion should chance to cross your minds that we are lace of the Zarina, whilst the past is a permanent, though occasionally severe, or hasty, or vain, or foolish, we beseech a dilapidated structure. Happy, then, is the man, who you to believe that we are ourselves deeply, and, at times, can make the enjoyments of the past predominate over the painfully, conscious of our numerous deficiencies, and that sufferings of the present,—who can select such passages it is our earnest desire to amend and purify our character, from the volume of experience, as will cheer and relieve both in the eyes of the public, and of the friends whom the present gloom.