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another step in the ladder of ambition ; at this very mo- wert eating immortal life meat, eat, though thy next ment, the table of the professional epicure is covered with mouthful terminate in apoplexy! all that is recherché in the annals of gastronomy; at this My dream of strawberries hath passed away! the little very moment, the bride of yesternight takes her place of red rotundities have been gathered from the surface of the honour, for the first time, at the table of her rich and globe, and man's insatiate maw has devoured them all ! titled husband. Alas! there are traitors at the states- New hopes may arise, and new sources of pleasure may man's board; there is poison and disease within the silver perhaps be discovered ;-the yellow gooseberry may glitdishes of the epicure; and there are silent but sad memo- ter like amber beads upon the bending branches-the ruby ries of days past away for ever strewed like withered cherry may be plucked from the living bough, and its flowers round the heart of the young bride! But before sunny sides bruised into nectar by the willing teeth-the you is a living garland, still blooming unconscious of the apple, tinted with the vermilion bloom of maiden beauty, thousand cankers of earth and air.
may woo the eye, and tempt the silver knife—the golden Yet the dark arrow is on the wing—the barb hath pear, melting into lusciousness, soft as the lip, and sweet already singled out its vietim, and I see it advancing as the breath of her thou lovest most, may win, for a through the shadows of futurity. In a few months the time, thy heart's idolatry—the velvet peach, or downy golden tresses of that bright-eyed boy will fall in lank apricot, may lull thee into brief forgetfulness of all terand matted strings over a cold, damp brow. He is one restrial woe-the dark-blue plum, or sunbeam coloured of many, yet is he not loved the less by his own fond pa- magnum bonum, may waft thy soul to heaven,or, last of
Many a long night will they watch by his fever- all, thy hothouse grapes, purple in their bursting richish couch, and clasp his little burning hand in theirs, and ness, may carry thee back to the world's prime, to the gaze with full hearts—too full for speech--upon the fa- faun and dryad-haunted groves of Arcady, or lap thee in ding lustre of his face. Yet will his young manly spirit an Elysium of poetry and music—but still the rememstill struggle against the grasp of pain. With the pure brance of thy first love will be strong in thy heart, and, and confiding affection of childhood, he will throw him- pamper thy noble nature as thou wilt, with all the luxuself into his father's arms, and look up into his face, and ries that summer yields, never, never, will the innermost smile, and prattle cheerfully of his innocent hopes and recesses of thy soul cease to be inhabited by an immortal pleasures. One morning the sun will shine through his reminiscence of “ Strawberries and Cream !" curtains, yet will his eyelids remain unclosed,--the bird, whose glad carols waked him to life and happiness, will
RECOLLECTIONS OF A PARSONAGE. sing unheeded. His pale cheek moves not on his pillow, -his feeble hand is stretched unconscious by his side.
“ VISITATIONS." Not a sound is in the darkened room but the frequent With the single exception of visiting the sick and the sobbing of his almost broken-hearted mother, and the soft dying, there is no part of a clergyman's duty, which, if steps of his little rosy-faced brothers and sisters, who, properly and judiciously discharged, is more productive of with fingers pressed on their lips, steal to his bed and friendly feelings and beneficial moral results, than the angaze, for the first time, on death. A few days more, and nual visitation, as it is termed, of his parish. In fact, they lay him in the earth, and the unseen power of decom- what was formerly termed, and discharged as a diet of position seizes greedily on his prey. Few knew the happy examination, has now merged and softened down into the boy, and none loved him but his parents; the temporary less imposing, but, in fact, more useful duty, because betblank in their affections is soon filled up by the survivors, ter fitted to the times,--of visiting and conversing, exand, ere a year elapses, his merry smile and voice of glad- horting and praying, from house to house, and street to ness live but faintly in the memory. To the busy world, street. At the time, indeed, when Presbytery was erihis existence was unknown and his absence is unfelt; and ginally established, and for centuries afterwards, exami. the wonder rather is, not that he is now no more, but nation, close, frequent, and without exception of persons, that he should have ever been. And where art thou, was of essential necessity and benefit, amidst a people young spirit of delight ? Hast thou passed away like a comparatively uneducated, and requiring to be informed foam-bell on the waters, or shall we meet with thee again, upon, as well as confirmed in, the leading and distinctive wandering among the unfading flowers of yonder golden articles of the Presbyterian faith ; and this for the same planet?
reason, that the reading of the line, in psalm-singing in On the whole, I am not sure that strawberries ought to churches, was deemed necessary, and enforced ; but times be eaten when any one is with you. There is always, un- are now altered, and whilst the presumption is, that all der such circumstances, even though your companion be church-going worshippers can read the line, as well as the dearest friend you have on earth, a feeling of restraint, sing it, it may with equal propriety be presumed, that our a consciousness that your attention is divided, a diffidence Scottish peasantry require less to be informed on matters about betraying the unfathomable depth of your love for of faith and duty, than to be exhorted to obedience and the fruit before you, a lurking uneasiness lest he should practice. Besides, at the time when annual clerical exaeat faster than yourself, or appropriate an undue share of minations were in vigorous and useful practice, those disthe delicious cream ; in short, there is always, on such tinctions which now exist in families had not arisen. occasions, a secret desire that the best friend you have in The gudeman associated, in work, in relaxation, and at the world were at any distant part of the globe he might meal-hours, with the servants of his household, and the happen to have a liking for. But, oh! the bliss of soli- children of the cottars were in no respect distinct or setary fruition, when there is none to interrupt you—none parated from those of the tenant. In such circumstances, to compete with you—none to express stupid amazement when the household of a farm town had assembled at the inat the extent of your godlike appetite, or to bring back timation, and around the person of the minister, man, wife, your thoughts, by some obtrusive remark, to the vulgar and wean, were naturally ranked without distinction on affairs of an unsubstantial world! Behold! the milky the same floor, and subjected to the same scrutinizing innectar is crimsoned by the roseate fruit! Heavens! what quiries on religious subjects. The pride and distinction a flavour! and there is not another human being near to of circumstance had not then created that false shame intrude upon the sured intensity of your joy! Painter which made the landlord blush at his ignorance in the --poet-philosopher—where is your beau-ideal-happi- presence of his man-servant, or the mistress feel her anness?
It is concentrated there! and, divided into equal thority at stake when the housemaid appeared to more portions by that silver spoon, glides gloriously down the advantage than herself. Things, however, are now mathroat! Eat, child of mortality! for June cometh but terially altered, and altered, in some points of view, for once in the year! cat, for th re is yet misery in store for the better. The gudeman has now become the master, thee! eat, for thy days are numbered ! eat, as if thou | the gudewife has been metamorphosed into the mistress,
with all the accompanying distinctions of bens, bed-rooms, called for, and productive of the most solemnizing and dressing-closets, and parlours; and a thriving farmer who heart-warming consequences. attends markets on horseback, and dines with the laird or By following the above plan, I soon ceased to be an obhis factor on rent-day, would necessarily feel degraded ject of aversion on my annual rounds ; on the contrary, er injured in the eyes of his household, were his igno- there was always a general turn-out, or rather turn-in, rance or awkwardness to be exposed in the presence of throughout every department of authority or of obedience, that household, over which it is incumbent upon him to of age or of sex. And if, in conclusion, a few simple preside with more of distance and authority, than his fore- questions were put to the younger part of the company, it fathers found necessary. It is on this ground that I would was not till their eyes had become accustomed to my prerenture to recommend visitations as preferable to exami- sence, and they had ceased to regard me as any thing pornations, and exhortations as better than all the levelling tentous or supernatural. and awkward discipline of questioning and answers; and It is thus that a minister becomes acquainted with his this not on theoretical principles, but from experience ex- flock, and that he feels along the varied and ramified lines elusively.
of his pastoral connexion, with a quick and excited sensiWhen I first set about examining my parish, and giving bility. It is thus that a flock becomes acquainted with from the pulpit public intimation of the particular dis- their minister, and that every thing in which he is intetriets through which I would pass, I found a very scanty at- rested, from his cow to his children, his health to his hartendance indeed. The Master and Mistress of the family vest, becomes to them common interest and common feelwere generally in the way, and prepared to receive me with ing. It is thus that the hearts and the souls of a virtuall cordiality and respect, but nothing would induce the ous population are suspended in kindly and close embrace ploughboy or the housemaid to stand fire. As I ascend- around the image of their pastor, and that, when he ased the brae, or came into view from the head or the foot cends the pulpit-stair on Sabbath, the joyous whisper perof a glen, I could see a general turn-out of lounging, re- vades the house, “ It's himsell the day!" tiring figures, which melted away with wonderful cele- Thus circumstanced, what may not a country clergyrity, like Roderick Dhu's men, into jungle, den, and bra- man do? He may fish, but not carry a gun; he may ken bush, and became entirely invisible during the rest of dance, at least amongst his own children ; he may curl, the evening. The landlord and landlady I never could when the season admits, but the seldomer he dines with the muster confidence to call to the floor, and over the few club the better ; he may attend masonic processions, but half-grown boys and girls which remained, a kind of visi- not make speeches during the evening; he may labour in ble terror reigned, to the entire confusion of their intel- his garden froin morning to night, but not without his uplectual faculties, and memory in particular. I must con- per garments; he may read newspapers, and all manner fess, that there is something, as Cowper says, in the put- of periodicals, but never on Sabbath ; he may conduct pleating of a question, exceedingly disconcerting. To be set sure excursions to the tops of hills, and the isles of the up without table, chest, or any thing whatever to lean up- ocean, but never on Saturday; he may lie in bed till ten 02, and with a full couple of arms and hands to dispose every day, Sundays excepted, and when a friend arrives of, immediately opposite to the minister—to him who is from the country, he may enjoy all manner of after-dinnecessarily endowed with all manner of wisdom and know- ner potations, from the glass of welcome to the more proledge, on religious subjects in particular,—to mark leisure tracted libation to “ Auld Langsyne ;" he may tell queer ly the thoughtful brow, the stooping serious posture, stories, and laugh himself, as well as make others to laugh the eye prophetic of the coming enquiry, and the mouth at them ; in short, there is nothing short of moral delinforming into articulation and enunciation—to hear the quency and meanness in which he may not indulge himsame question elongated, altered, new-modelled, turned self, not only with safety, but even with advantage. The over and over on all its sides; and yet, on every side, and people are tired now of your old prigs with their solemn in every position, equally incomprehensible to your morti- wigs, sombre faces, and adjusted cravats, with their meafied and concissed brain,_all this is indeed exceedingly sured steps, poised words, and humdrum wisdom, with perplexing, and in no way calculated to leave behind it their eyes upturned, and their shoes well blackened and any other impressions than those which accompany our buckled, with the all, in short, and the every joint and scape from drowning in a river, or breaking our neck feature which constituted the “ Minister of a Parish” in ofer a precipice. One rejoices in the escape, but the river the year 1767. The times have changed, and with them and precipice are ever after objects of aversion and unplea- the popular taste, and with that the minister, who is well sing recollection.
known during these latter times to be made not of buckI accordingly modified my practice in the following ram and binding, but of flesh and blood ; not of apathy manner, and to the success of which I can adduce the and unattainable perfection, but of feelings, faculties, and testimony of several years, and many hundreds of parish- good intentions; not of great pretensions, but of consciioners.
entious and efficacious performance. All this is wellI visited every house in detail, conversing for some time kings do not now sit on thrones from day to day, and from after my entrance, on matters but indirectly connected year to year-noblemen are often dressed in a black neckwith religion—the means of subsistence, the husband's kerchief, with gaiters--Wellington walks with an umemployment, the health of the family, the last letter from brella--and a Scotch minister can preach without gown a son abroad, or the last visit from a daughter at service or band, in the unpretending simplicity of a commissioned a casual compliment to the looks of a favourite child, or a messenger of a lordly Master. goud-natured observation on the natural tendency of all children to idleness and mischief. Such preludes as these
A REMINISCENCE OF ROBERT BURNS. brought us to closer and more serious converse on education, its advantages-school and church, their attendance- I have just been reading Lockhart's Life of Burns family-breaches, their sanctification, resignation to God, with what interest and satisfaction, it is not necessary to its necessity and beauty-life, its uncertainty-death, its mention to any one who knows the character of the poet, solemnity-scripture, its hopes, its joys, its admonitions, or of his biographer. I shall never forget the interest its doctrines—the Saviour of man, his humility, humani- with which, as a schoolboy, I first read a manuscript ty, love, and expiation-the weakness of man, his depend copy, for I had not then access to a printed one, of Cico-prayer, its efficacy, and faith and trust in God, its “ Death and Dr Hornbook." It was beneath the shade indispensable necessity. ~ 'And having arrived at this de- of an old beech-tree, upon the lettered trunk of which sirable consummation, and being fully in possession of the the initials of some generations of schoolboys had been atention of the audience, the transition into an actual ex- carefully and fancifully carved. I had the copy, imperbilation of the exercise of prayer, is at once natural and fect as it was, from a school-fellow, long since numbered with the greater proportion of my early compeers ; and approaching foe were not the same; when, as in that of as I was limited in time, and out of the way of ink and which we are speaking, they were completely identified. paper, I fairly committed the whole narrative to memory. Burns—the man--gave note of the approach of Burns, I never see the moon rise to this hour, without looking the guager. for her horns, and the distant hills of Cumnock; nor can I think of a country laird, without connecting him with
LETTERS FROM THE WEST. the “ bats, or some curmurring.” The figure of Death, with his long beard, and still longer scythe, and " three
No. II. taed leister,” are as vividly before me at this moment, as We are at present insufferably stupid here. I do not if the “ clauchan yill” had made me canty, and I had deny that, in general, we are of a rather respectable grade taken some lee-ward lurches, or “ bickers," on my return of dulness, but our worthy and staid habit of heaviness from dinner.
may be carried too far. We may become even too ponIt may therefore be readily guessed with what interest derous, and, I fear, are at present in a predicament altoI heard, one Thornhill fair day, that Burns was to visit gether the reverse of the man in the Arabian Tales, who the market. Boy as I then was, (in Autumn 1793,) an found himself grow, day by day, more and more addicted interest was awakened in me respecting this extraordi- to levity, till at length, like some people, who, however, nary man, which was sufficient, in addition to the ordi-fancy themselves very big, he had no weight whatever in nary attraction of a village fair, to command my presence society. The soaking weather of the last month has in the market. Burns actually entered the fair about damped all our summer thoughts, as well as light waisttwelve ; and man, wife, and lass, were all on the outlook coats; and the rise in the steam-boat fares has“ tetherfor a peep of the Ayrshire ploughman. It was from be- ed” us wofully. Last season, five thousand people went neath the corner of a shepherd's plaid that I took my first once a-week to some part or other of the coast, who paid, view, in the midst of a throng, of poet Burns. Every on an average, 4s. each for going and returning. Some feature of his countenance, and the whole outline and of the fares were certainly unconscionably cheap; but bearing of his person and presence, remain still indelibly will the combined proprietors of steam-boats this year impressed upon my memory; and without attempting to “ nett” any greater profit, when only one thousand go at do, what I might attempt in vain, I may refer to the ori- an average of double the money ? Last year, it was ginal likeness of Burns in the Kilmarnock edition of his alleged by the thirsty they might have cleared a thousand poems, as exceedingly faithful; only he was more robust pounds a-piece by the ginger beer they could have sold! and country-looking, but one remove separated, in air and Till our fair week, when numerous other booths for cast of countenance, above the strony Dandie Dinmont mountebanks open, Alexander's, which he calls the Visoa looking person with whom he was conversing. As Satan THEATRE, from its attractions being for children, and its glowered from his winnock bunker on a very different arrangements exhibiting a lack of discretion, I presume, scene of the bard's own creation, so did I gaze, with un- is the only resource on a wet night, when “ The Shaksatisfied and increasing eagerness, upon the author of speare” is crowded, “ The Boot” filled up till it be too “ Death and Dr Hornbook.” I could have wished to tight, and “ The Vine” can cover no more with its shahave seen him under the influence of the clauchan yill, to dow. All its wit is generally exhibited in the lobby, have identified the individual before me with the poet of where its “ Great Lessee" is as fond of giving examples the poem. I expected to hear him speak in numbers, for of his oratory as upon the stage. Mackay has, however, he was manifestly past lisping, but, to my astonishment drawn respectable houses for a few nights; but the rest and mortification, his talk was sufficiently prosaic, and of the corps dramatique are far inferior to a troop whom the subject was ale licenses.
I had lately the pleasure to see performing so far north At this time Burns had, by the wrath of God, and the as the pleasant village of Doune, and scarcely so good as neglect of some person or persons, who shall be nameless a rival corps who recently delighted the lieges at the for the present, been converted into a “gauger,” and he Bridge of Allan, and were shown up in a felicitous style was holding converse, as I afterwards understood, with a of burlesque, seldom met with in a provincial paper, in superior or supervisor of the same unpopular profession the Stirling Advertiser. with himself. They separated, however, after a few sen- We all regret to see that Jones has taken leave of the stage. tences, and I carefully dogged Burns from stand to stand, He was held in extraordinary favour and esteem hereand from door to door. An information had been lodged where, to see a gentleman on the boards, is such a rarity; against a poor widow woman of the name of Kate Wat-There have been what are called “ Fashionable Nights" son, who had ventured to serve a few of her old country in Alexander's, to be sure, when a few dressmakers' apfriends with a draught of unlicensed ale, and a lacing of prentices and 'men-milliners were beguiled of eighteen whisky, on this village jubilee. I saw him enter her pence for a half-price seat in the boxes; but of course not door, and anticipated nothing short of an immediate seizure a soul from any spot west of Bun's Wynd was visible. of a certain greybeard and barrel, which, to my personal The dwellers in the region of civilisation preferred on knowledge, contained the contraband commodities our the fine evenings to imitate your promenaders in the Queen bard was in quest of. A nod, accompanied by a signifi- Street Gardens-the Botanic Garden here being the cant movement of the forefinger, brought Kate to the point of re-union, and the “fairer flowers ” the attracdoor-way or trance, and I was near enough to hear the tion, who, in spite of strait corsets, are illogically
beautifollowing words distinctly uttered :--“ Kate, are ye mad? ful. Some male wretches were wicked enough, however, D'ye no ken that the supervisor and me will
be in upon to say that they merely went to hear the charming band you in the course of forty minutes. Guid-by t’ye at of the 4th, or King's Own—which is led by an accompresent.” Burns was in the street, and in the midst of plished musician, named De Sauzay, whose cara sposa. the crowd, in an instant, and I had access to know that a dark-eyed Italian-was to my mind as beautiful anexo his friendly hint was not neglected. It saved a poor wi- ample of the brunette as were any of the native beauties dow woman from a fine of several pounds, for committing present of the blonde. The regiment is extremely popu: a quarterly offence, by which the revenue was probably lar here; and when they were reviewed the other day, subjected to an annual loss of five shillings. I have heard they were loudly cheered by more than the mob
. Aproit said, that ere the infamous Clavers and his Lambs pos of cheers—it was one of their manauvres to charge visited the retreats of the poor persecuted Covenanters, cheering, in one line, as was done at Waterloo. It was a friendly bird gave song of warning on the preceding magnificent! Never was the music of a crowd of huevening. Burns's mission was of similar import, with man beings more thrilling, nor the admiration of a regu. this difference, however, that in the voice of the friends lar soldiery so likely to become most unradically enthuof the Covenant, the voice of the warner and that of the siastic. One felt truly ashamed of the state of the in
TO A POETESS.
scription on Nelson's Pillar, as they passed it on their | The sneers of envy, and, to me, much worse, return to the city. It has been mutilated in a barbarous | The truckling plaudits of the prostrate crew manner, and --will it be believed ?—the first sacrilegious Who know me not, yet barter for my smiles band was that of a naval officer--but not of the R. N. The worthless homage of their selfish praise. Mentioning monuments leads me to remark, that every body is wondering when we are to have Watt's statue. Praise !—'tis a mockery that wounds my ear ; I wish Chantry would not delay his works so long, es- I seek not praise, but IMMORTALITY! pecially as we are much in need of some ornamental | The common driveller in the common herd, structures at Glasgow, as was remarked the other day at Even he whose shallow mind is all pour'd forth a publie meeting by a speaker, who said he was disinte- In one small channel--a base trickling rill-rested instead of uninterested. I suspect he but mistook May gain within his paltry sphere-his day a syllable; for, to a spectator, the struggle at present go- And generation--the poor meed of praise ! ing on here between two parties, to take “the town Better a thousand times to die unknown, westward, or to bring it back to its old quarters, must And rot in peace, beneath a grass-green sod, appear marvellously like a contest--fair enough, perhaps | Than share with such the littleness of fame! --of nothing nobler than self-interest. The meeting alluded to was an imposing, but rather bungled affair---the Hear me, Eternal Spirit !-Strike me dead, resolutions being given to some of their movers apparently Now while I gaze upon thy midnight skies, as lottery tickets are drawn--from a hat on entering the And long for life, that I may work therein room. As an example of the magnifying influence of My being's aim,--great Spirit! strike me dead, local associations, however, the copy of one of the speeches But chain me not to mediocrity! I send you is curious. I question whether the affair will The dull dead level of ignoble minds, result, however, in adding any thing so ornamental to Who dare not climb the sunlit hills of God ! Glasgow as the rocky height, known as the Merchant's I claim, for I deserve, a better fate; Park, might become, if a suggestion, made by your ser- The spirit thou hast breathed into me wakes; vant a few years ago, to turn it into something similar to I will not trifle longer with the crowd; the cemetery of Père la Chaise, were followed out, as it is I call unto myself the morning's wings, said is now intended. The talk about monuments has | That I may mount yon empyrean height! naturally led me to this grare subject. If the Glasgow Through clouds and mists the blazing sun ascends, authorities make the place what it is capable of being, you Why not the soul far o'er the gloom of earth? will say, surely the suggester will get six feet of space in it!
But this is sad joking, and so I'll conclude in another vein. A certain would-be bibliopole, desirous of emulating
THREE SONNETS. the Constables, Boyds, anil Colburns of this century, late
I. ly opened a couple of windows at Johnston, and exhibited the beautiful woodcuts on the title-page of the Shorter Catechism to the wondering amateurs of the fine arts Unstring that lyre! no gentle hand like thine there with so much success, as to induce him to become Should sweep its strings; their loftiest accents take printer as well as publisher. Forthwith he set to throw- Their rise in passions that tumultuous shake ing off an impression of a thousand copies-- he was fond The human soul: thy spirit more divine of round numbers--of a work “on Indwelling Sin.” It Should blend itself with quietness, and shine threatened to be an indwelling sore in his shop; and he As a bright sun on life's unquiet sea ; set off to Campbelton to sell a few in that pious place.
Oh ! let its notes in all their passionate zeal A tobacco-seller and grocer gave him a cask of whisky for Arise unto, and not, alas ! from thee. the lot--which, on his return, he disposed of to a popu
Let it deep feelings tenderly reveal, lar publican; and now, when the wags of the place seek And thou wilt as a listening angel be ; to wet their whistle, they gravely call for “a gill of in
Descend to touch it, and the charm is gone dwelling sin !"— Adieu.
That hovers round thee, ay, and most beguiles ;
If thou wouldst give reply, be it alone
With loving-kindness and affectionate smiles.
Turough woodland paths at evening's crimson'd hour, On! I have never done what I can do,
A wanderer from the mountains loves to stray ;And what I yet will compass. I look back
The music of the woods, when twilight grey On all the childish efforts of my mind
Obscures in filmy gloom each leafy bower, With bitter self-abasementscorn--hot tears ;
Where sweet birds chant the dying hymn of day, They are as foam-bells on a summer sea ;
The stream meandring on its foam-lit way, And though they glitter in the idle eye,
Past village, grove, and ivy-mantled tower,--A thousand gallant vessels tread them down,
The spotted deer, resting their antlers gay Or in unconscious triumph pass them by,
'Neath shady boughs,—the dews on leaf and spray, To burst unheeded in their far-off wake!
And incense breathed from every halcyon flower,
Wake dreamy hopes in his ideal heaven! Words are but words; and hundreds have aspired
From earliest youth to meditation given,
Unlike most idlers in this vale of tears,
He deeply feels all that he sees or hears.
For when the mystic veil of time is torn,
As the night yields to a succeeding morn, Nerre me to bear the dull routine of life,
Another life will dawn, and every breast
THE LAST JUDGMENT.
Lie as the open mirror of a lake,
Bishop of Calcutta, for publication, interspersed with Memoirs o
his Life. Reflecting up its depths ; each with'ring shroud,
The publication has been gravely announced at Paris of a Trea Like snow dissolving, from all hands will break;
tise raisonnd on the education of the domestic cat, preceded by it Trembling beneath a thunder-rifted cloud,
philosophical and political history, and followed by the treatment o Th' expectant multitude, from dust awake,
its disorders. The author's name is ominous-Monsieur Raton ! Will, like a lightning-blasted forest, crowd ;
ANIMAL MAGNETISM.-The late experiments in Animal Magnet And sense of sin and awful doubt will shake
ism appear to have turned the heads of many of the Parisians ; an Their shudd'ring hearts, e'en as they pray aloud;
proposals are already handed about for the formation of a Company Judged by the light of many a burning world
who are to erect Baths, in which the supposed advantages of Anima
Magnetism and Electricity may be obtained. Something of this kind Woe unto ye in pain-ever-for ever hurld !
was tried in Vienna, more than 10 years ago, and, for a time, the scheme was much in vogue; but, at length, some of the leading phy sicians wrote against it, and it fell away gradually, until nothing more was heard of it.
ROYAL PHYSICAL SOCIETY, 7TH JULY, 1829.-Mr James Murray LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
read an interesting paper on animal heat, of which we regret tha our space prevents our giving any analysis. An Essay was nex
read by Mr Mackeon, on habit. Among other things, the autho We understand that the Bannatyne Club have nearly ready for noticed many of those instances of the force of habit, which daily circulation a very interesting volume of autobiography, by Sir James present themselves to the medical practitioner. He showed that thi Turner,-the prototype of Sir Walter Scott's Captain Dalgetty. The animal system would become habituated even to swallow as much Memoirs exter.d from 1633 to 1670-comprising a full narration of poison as would kill from four to six persons unaccustomed to it the Insurrection in Scotland in 1666. We are glad to learn that the use, especially of opium, tobacco, and ardent spirits. He mentioned work will not be limited to members of the Club, as it is intended to
a person who accustomed himself to take half a gallon of arden print a few copies for sale.
spirits daily; which in course of time brought on some dreadful dis A new edition of White's Natural History of Selborne will form
eases, for which no remedy afforded relief but that which produced an early volume of Constable's Miscellany. Although the title of the disease. Amongst many other changes produced by habit this work seems of a local nature, it is well known to be in reality an our system, he also alluded to the remarkable one connected with th epitome of the Natural History of England, written in a pleasing and use of hearing. It is well known, that people unaccustomed to th popular style.
noise of a cotton or flax spinning mill, when they enter it, cannot hes Dr Wardlaw, of Glasgow, has a volume of Sermons in the press. words which are roared into their ears, whilst all the workers are con
Captain Dillon is preparing for the press a Narrative of an Expe- versing amidst the deafening noise, with as much ease as in the oper dition in search of La Perouse.
air. It takes some weeks to become accustomed to such sounds The Life, Times, and Writings of Daniel Defoe, by Walter Wil- The word hiss can, with greater facility than any other, be hear son, Esq., in three volumes octavo, is announccd.
in a room which is filled with any kind of machinery in motion. Mr Alaric Watts is about to publish a second series of the Poetical
Theatrical Gossip.-Miss Kelley (not Miss F. H. Kelly, who is a Album, brought down to the present time.
piece of vulgar fudge,) has made her first appearance this season au NEW ANNUALS. The new Annual, called “The Offering,” is to the English Opera-house, in a new Drama, by Baynim, the novelist be edited by Thomas Dale. We understand that, under the auspices called “ The Sister of Charity." Both the actress and the thing of Messrs Hurst & Co., a Comic Annual is to be published, edited by acted have been received most favourably.--A farce called “ Ma Thomas Hood. “ The Landscape Annual” is also announced. næuvring," by Planchè, is having a run at the Haymarket.-The
The New Bath Guide, edited by the celebrated antiquarian Mr taste for masquerades appears to be reviving in this country, judging Britton, and embellished by George Cruickshank, is announced. from the eclat attending that given a few nights ago at Drury Lane,
The Fifth Part of Illustrations of Ornithology, by Sir William which was the second of the season. It is said that Sontag is about Jardine, Bart. and P. J. Selby, Esq. has just appeared ; and we shall to be lost to us for ever; and Madame Malibran has slightly hurt her probably have something to say of this splendid work next Saturday. elbow, which makes it extremely difficult for her to sing at present
We are informed that Captain Brown has in the press a work to - Matthews and Yates, the Castor and Pollux of the Drama, are be entitled “ Biographical Sketches and Authentic Anecdotes of about to visit Paris.—Miss Smithson is playing in a quiet saya Horses;” with an Historical Introduction, and an Appendix on the Cheltenham. It is to be feared that this lady will sorely repent haDiseases and Medical Treatment of the Horse. It is to be illustrated ving risked in this country the extraordinary reputation she has by figures of the different breeds, an portraits of celebra'ed or re- gained abroad.—The Misses Tree (Ann and Ellen) are at Liverpool markable horses ; these are to be engraved on steel by Mr Lizars, in -We understand that the Patent of the Theatre-Royal here has beer his best style. This work is intended as a companion for the work renewed for twenty-one years. A correspondent says, that L.90X on dogs, by the same author, recently published, which has deser- of annual rent may be got for the Theatre here. If this be the case, vedly met with so favourable a reception.
it is evident, that under the present system something handsome may We recommend to the attention of our readers an ingenious be made of it if spiritedly conducted. We sincerely hope that M pamphlet, just published, entitled " Thoughts on the Liquidation of Murray is not idle at present. What would he think of bringine the Public Debt, and on the Relief of the Country from the Distress
Miss Graddon here, (if he can get her) with the view of her be incident to a Population exceeding the Demand for Labour."
coming a permanent member of the company, in the place of Mis New PERIODICAL.-We have received the first number of the Noel, should she be liked ? — The Caledonian Theatre, under Mr Bass, Elgin Literary Magazine, which is a neat little work, prettily print.
seems to be thriving ;-a recent importation which he has made of tal ed, and amusingly written. We daresay it will secure a respectable
let-dancers from London, has been a hit. Mesdames Vedy and Alber provincial circulation.
are really worth seeing. We warn Mr Bass, however, that if he inCaptain Mignar, of the East India Company's Service, announces
tends remaining during winter, we do not propose patronising him
unless the histrionic strength of his company be very greatly in" Travels in Babylonia, Chaldæa,” &c. The work will be illustrated with numerous engravings, and is said to contain many new and cu
creased, and his selection of minor pieces more judicious.-Mackay rious details respecting the once renowned cities of Babylon and enchanting the whole population of that city.-Ryder, we believe,
is at present starring it in Glasgow, with Alexander, and seems to be Ctesiphon, and to elucidato many extraordinary predictions of Holy has been performing in the good town of Kirkaldy, with a pretty doWrit.
centish company. The Poetical Works of the Rev. George Croly are about to be pub. lished in two volumes.
Lieutenant Hardy, who has been sojourning for several years in Mexico, is engaged in writing an account of his travels, which will illustrate the state of society, and the manners and customs in that
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. capital.
THE EDITOR IN HIS SLIPPERS, No. Ill., and Poetry by Charles The Loseley Papers-a collection of original letters and other MS. Doyne Sillery, and others, in our next. documenty, chiefly of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, pre- We are obliged to postpone our second notice of Captain Hall's Traserved at the ancient seat of the More family at Loseley, in Surrey, vels in North America till next Saturday. edited with connective and incidental notes—are announced by that We shall probably find a place for “ The Laird's Bride." _"F. H." valuable contributor to our ancient lore, Mr A. J. Kempe. This writes to inform us that he had committed an error in his card of the work contains curious documents relative to the period of Henry previous day, but his card of the previous day never reached us.VIII.
" The Song of the Spirit-From an Unpublished Tragedy," is rather Mrs Heber is cccupied in arranging the Correspondence of the late mystical. -"Plagiarism" in our next Chit-Chat.