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banish the apathy engendered by pride, and bring the first fruits of the virtues from the sympathy with fictitious sorrow. I think that this deep impression was then made in the female bosom, and that it was no delusion that led me to notice in the loveliest faces in the world a strongly marked sensibility, derived from the enjoyment of this fascinating actress. What our great observer had noticed in the case of Percy, was now repeated. Mrs. Siddons became the glass in which our noble youth did dress themselves;' and those who frequented her exhibitions, became related to her look, to her deportment, and her utterance ; the lowest point of imitation, that of the dress, was early and wisely too adopted ; for it was at all times the praise of Mrs. Siddons to be exquisitely chaste and dignified in her exterior—SIMPLEX MUNDITIIS.

Our extracts from the second volume will be short, for it really contains scarcely a passage which would bear transplanting. There is in it plenty of gossip, which might entertain the sworn lovers of the drama, but which would not excite the smallest interest in the general reader, neither does it at all relate to Mrs. Siddons. We shall give out the following anecdote, introduced in reference to the general insufficiency of the representatives of confidantes of the English Drama to support the heroines,---and another which relates to our late Monarch :

“ How is the moppet of some loose man of fashion, whose little power is smothered " in the waste fertility of her personal attractions, and who therefore is all prettiness, " and affectation, and constraint,---how is such a one to catch the key-note, and con“tinue the harmonious elocution of a great actress ? still farther, as Shakspeare strongly expresses it, how is she to--

"“ 'Tend her in the eyes, and make her bends adornings ?' “ But the great La Clairon shall herself teach us the importance of a confidante. “I " remember,' she writes, “ being exceedingly unwell at a time when I had to act Ariane

(Ariadne); and fearing that I should not be able to go through the fatigue of the "character, I had caused an easy chair to be placed upon the stage, to sustain me, in

case I should require it. In fact, during the fifth act, while expressing my despair

at the flight of Phedra and Theseus, my strength did fail me, and I sunk almost " • senseless into the chair. The intelligence of Mademoiselle Brilland, who played my "confidante, suggested to her the occupation of the scene at this moment by the most "interesting attentions about me. She threw herself at my feet, took one of my hands, " and bathed it with her tears. In the speech she had to deliver, her words were "slowly articulated, and interrupid by her sobs. She thus gave me time to recover " myself

. Her look, her action, affected me deeply ; I threw myself into her arms, " and the public, in tears, acknowledged this intelligence by the loudest applause.' “ After this tribute of the Siddons of the French stage to Mademoiselle Brilland, nothing " is wanting but the actual speech, broken so judiciously by her sobs, and graced by her “ expressive attentions, and that is with great certainty supplied by the page of Corneille. “ Thus it stands :--


"• Calmez-cette douleur;---ou vous emporto---t'elle ?---
Madame ---songez---vous---que tous---ces vains projets---

Par l'eclat---de vous cris---s'entendent---au palais ?' “ The French critic cannot fail to see how admirably the address of the actress is “ seconded by the language of "Corneille; and I am not at all sure that this accidental " heightening of the scene should not pass into a custom, and the invention of Madem“ oiselte Briland, brille à jamais dans la tragedie d'Ariane !

I have many reasons for wishing to press this event upon the English actress. “ It is true, in general, that little attention is paid to the inferior characters, and such " intelligence might often be thrown away upon our noisy audiences; but, if the effort “strike one true admirer of the stage, it will noi be lost; nor will the imitator of “ Mademoiselle Brilland remain long in obscurity. The quickness and adroitness of the „ French confidante, I do not quite expect, however, from my fair countrywomen."

“ In the early part of the summer of 1788, an event occurred of the deepest moment to the nation. I allude to the late King's alarming indisposition, of which " the first symptoms indicated nothing beyond bilious fever; and accordingly Sir George “ Baker was inclined to keep his Majesty from the hurry to which he would be exposed " by going to town, and recommended that he should remain at Kew, until the com“ plaint was quite removed. His Majesty's physicians, however, thought it advisable to

try the effect of the mineral waters at Cheltenham : the King unfortunately derived “ little or no benefit from the springs, and returned on the 16th of August to Windsor. “ Soon after this, symptoms of mental aberration appeared, which called for the solemn " attention of the legislature of the country.

“ The reason for noticing that event in this place is, that the subject of these "Memoirs became among the very earliest to perceive that the royal mind was some“ what unsettled. The attention paid by his Majesty to the great actress was not con" fined to the public exhibition of her talents---he was a professed admirer of her " manners in private life, and the royal family saw her frequently at Buckingham“ House and at Windsor.

“ His Majesty's conversation always expressed the gracious feeling of his mind, " and his wish to promote the interests of herself and her family. However, on one ** occasion, the King put into her hands a sheet of paper, merely subscribed with his

name, intended, it may be presumed, to afford the opportunity to Mrs. Siddons of " pledging the royal signature to any provision of a pecuniary nature, which might be most agreeable to the actress herself. This paper, with the discretion that was suited

to the circumstance itself, and which was so characteristic of Mrs. Siddons, she, I was “ assured, delivered into the hand of the Queen; upon whom conduct so delicate and ** dignified was not likely to be lost.'

Here, with many a yawn, we bid farewell to Mr. Boaden.



The people of England have this month been startled by the rumour of war.In other parts of our pages will be found the Debate on the subject, which will exonerate us from giving any further details respecting it here. We merely express our concurrence in the opinion of our Diarist --" that there will be no fight."

A splendid engraving, executed by Martin from one of his own designs, has just been published by Mr. Moon, of Threadneedle Street. The genius of the painter is above all praise of ours—he has created a style peculiarly his own-blending the actual forms and appearances of nature and art, in their grandest and most beautiful combinations, with the suggestions of an imagination teeming with brilliancy, even to a faulty excess. In this engraving, which represents the Paphian bower, in which the Graces found the young God of Love, the artist's faults and beauties are equally apparent; but it is impossible to gaze upon it without feeling the soul expand with the ideas that swarm upon it, from the contemplation of the infinity of space, apparently comprised by the magic of the pencil within limits really so small, -extending from a rich and lovely foreground, adorned with the trees, flowers, and brooks of the abode of Venus, and leading the eye onward over a succession of landscapes, variegated with the majestic temples of antiquity, receding into a distance of cloud-capped monntains, whose sublime peaks blending with the heavens, form an appropriate termination to a picture deriving the idea of the principal personages from that Power, which is almost solitary in the grand, if indefinite, emotions it conveys to the heart of eternity. It is a noble work, and should have an article devoted to it if we had time.-Other artists make us yawn, but Martin always makes us feel.

“ Jamaica papers have been received to the 22d of October ; but they contain no “ marine or political intelligence."

This extract, from the Times of the 26th of December, shows the manner in which the Colonial Interests are neglected. These papers contain important information as to

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the progress of opinion in the West India Islands, notices of the measures in active operation for the diffusion of religious and moral instruction among the Negroes, various able arguments and authentic statements, showing the danger of hasty measures tending to emancipation ; but these topics, through design or negligence, never reach the attention of the British public, who are, however, sure to be presented with flaming exaggerations of every fact which may be recorded to the prejudice of the Planters. The English public have thus seen only one side of the picture for many years; we hope opportunities will soon be afforded by them of seeing the other.

LITERABY Notice.- Preparing for the Press : --- A Popular Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans. By Rubert Wilson, A. M., Author of a “ Treatise on the Divine “ Sovereignty," &c.

On the announcement of the new novel of “ Almacks," we had anticipated the pleasure we should derive from showing our superior virtue and independence in the severe chastisement we determined to give to a work which, we supposed, would be full of scandal, immorality, and pretences to fashion. How were we deceived ---the book is as innocent as a new born kitten of any malevolence of execution ; and as to its delineations of fashionable life, they are just as correct and elegant as might be furnished by any lady's waiting-maid. It contains neither plot, description, character, incident, wit, eloquence, or sentiment; and, but for the egregious puffing which it has received, would never have obtained even a month's notoriety. We strongly advise the Ladies Foley, Campbell, Blessington, &c., who have been severally named as the authoress, to bring actions against the proprietors of the newspapers which have so calumniated them. It is a much severer libel than any that has lately been punished by imprisonment or heavy damages.

If our readers want to see a candid, an impartial account of literary works, we would recommend them never to look at any of the established reviews, always excepting our own. The Quarterly and Edinburgh, have long ceased to be any thing more than collections of political essays. The New Monthly, London, and Blackwood's Magazines, are avowedly under the control of the Booksellers who publish them, and are moreover mostly under a strong political bias. They have great merits, but that of impartial criticism is not one. The Literary Gazette is really beneath contempt; it has neither judgment, discrimination, nor common sense, we could almost say common honesty. has praised “ Almacks," an offence which has prevented it from all hope of ever redeeming its character—that was a crime unpardonable. It is to the Newspapers that the inquirer should look for fair notices of new publications. Those of the Old Times, are excellent in every particular—in strong and manly English sense, and feeling they are unrivalled. We have now among others in our recollection the Review of Ouvrard's Memoirs, and those of the Princess Lamballe, which will, we are sure, corroborate our assertions. As we are opposed to the principles, or rather no principles, of this paper as to politics, our testimony will be less suspected. In point of firmness and apparent independence of Booksellers, the reviews of The Atlas are also valuable, and are written with great talent and acuteness. This is besides an admirable paper in every respect, and by far the best Sunday Journal that was ever published.

Mr. Joseph Humi's PuN.---The most noxious aniinal that breathes is a punster and a professed joker. We notice him in the Inspector only to denounce him. Mr. Hume has lately taken to punning, which was to be expected from his dabbling in the Greek scrip. A man who puns will pick a pociet, and a man who picks pockets will commit a pun. Our writing could not make him refund the Greek Scrip--

---We hope we may yet prevent him from falling into a confirmed habit of punning. Perhaps the mere statement of the following awful offence in this way may suffice for the present. Joseph was endeavouring to make Brougham understand one of his calculations, in which, as usual, he did not succeed: “Why," said Joseph, peevishly, “ it is as plain as your operative.” “ Operative !" said Brougham, “ what do you mean ?” “Your nose, to be sure,” said Joseph, “which every body is aware belongs to the working classes.” Imagine the frown of the offended lawyer--- he turned indignantly away, and recommended Joseph to the care of Mr. Warburton.---We hope he will follow his advice---when he has left off punning, there may be some hopes of his refunding the Greek Loans.



[We have received permission from the author of the subjoined letters to insert them in “ The Inspector." They are intended to comprise the essence of all that has been said on both sides of this much debated question; and the ability with which this contention has been fulfilled with regard to the first portion of the subject, viz. that which relates to Free or Slave Labor, makes us believe that the series, when completed, will form the most valuable work that has yet been published relative to the points at issue between the Abolitionists and the West Indians. The author has so clearly stated his own views, that any further preliminary remark is unnecessary, except to recommend these letters to the earnest attention of the country at large, and particularly of the Members of the British Legislatures.)

TO THE EDITOR. Sir,- Notwithstanding the prominent part which the West India Question has occupied in the public councils of the country for these few years past, there are already indications manifested, that the discussion will be continued with unabated pertinacity and warmth in the Session of Parliament which is approaching. Viewing the numerous publications on this theme with which the public have been surfeited, an ordinary observer would conceive that nothing further could now be said, and that every person in the nation must liave made up

his decided opinion on the subject. But the truth is, that this very load of testimony has obstructed the progress of reason. The gratuitous dissemination of publications of every description has palled the taste of the public for this controversy; and a vast majority of men have turned away in disgust, thinking that no useful information could be gained in perusing the lucubrations of interested disputants. The lover of his country must deplore this disgust or indifference, no matter how naturally it may have been excited.

Close and laborious investigation is necessary on all public occasions, though it is difficult to allure the public to the task; still, firmly believing that the intelligent portion of the community, who ultimately give the tone to the whole, would be eager to acquire an accurate and impartial opinion on West India subjects, provided they could be relieved from needless irksomeness in its pursuit, I propose, in a brief and explicit manner, to remedy the objection through the medium of your columns

Most of your readers are acquainted with Franklin's “ Moral Algebra,”-putting the pros of a question on one side, the cons on the other-striking out symbolically those arguments where there appeared perfect parity of reasoning-summing up those that remained on each side respectively, according to their specific weight, and striking the balance in favor of that side, which, taken collectively with all contingent relations, showed a preponderance in amouni. Let us adopt this mode with the West India Question. The case is then simplified, and accommodated to every comprehension.

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In the following analysis, the charge of the Abolitionist appears on one side, the reply of the West Indian on the other; and both given upon authorities, quoted from those held most in repute by the respective parties. Your readers, generally, will thus be enabled to form an unbiassed opinion, without the labor of wading through the mass of dry and voluminous publications, to which the discussion has given birth. Members of the Legislature will bave an index to direct them to information and details on those particular points, which their own views may lead them to consider as most essential, without delay or unnecessary perusal of irrelevant matter. The disputants themselves, perceiving how their arguments collide with, and stand opposed to, each other, must gradually renounce untenable positions; and thus, as contention and clamor subside, we may in time look for dispassionate and definite discussion.

Studying the common good alone, I wish to observe the strictest impartiality. Through the medium of your widely circulating Journal, I address myself to every quarter of the Empire for arguments on either side, in case I should appear guilty of omission or ex-parte statement; and I pledge myself to give to such communication the fullest and fairest notice.

The West India Question divides itself into three distinct headsthe interests of the Negroes, of the Planters, of the Country. For perspicuity, I shall follow these in the order here placed, avoiding as far as possible the liability to mix up with one branch what more appropriately belongs to another. FIRST-OF THE INTERESTS OF THE NEGROES.

ABOLITIONIST. The very name of slavery, existing un A state of freedom is, undoubtedly, far der our dominion, is a foul stain upon the preferable to a state of slavery; but your British name. There are, at present, up own fellow subjects, living within the bowards of 800,000 human beings in that som of the State, have immense properties degraded condition in our Colonies; and it invested, which demand protection. The behoves England, from her station amid Negroes are unprepared for freedom; and, surrounding nations, from her bigh cha besides, the commercial prosperity of the racter for humanity, more ennobling than country prompts to caution, lest, by surall her warlike triumphs, to resolve and to rendering advantages ourselves, we throw accomplish its extinction.— Vide Wilber them into the hands of foreigners.--- Vide force's Appeal, Stephen's Pamphlets, and Speeches of Lords Liverpool and Bathurst, African Instit. Reports, passim.

March 7, 1826, and of Mr. Canning, May

15, 1893. You rest upon the monstrous doctrine of We reject the imputation of expediency. expediency; you venture to substitute We meet you on your moral principle. might for right. Do you audaciously JUSTICE constitutes our main reliance, the maintain, that national advantage should chief element in morals, and superior to the ever preponderate over the eternal and im claims of humanity itself.---M.Donnell's prescriptible obligation of a great moral Considerations on Negro Slavery, chap. i. principle ?-Stephen's Slavery of the West and xüi. Indies, pref., Edinburgh Review, No. 82, Art. ix.

You mean justice all on one side. You In claiming justice, we demand it for all. are always ready to bawl out for the mise You must not lift up a degraded class at our rable pelf advanced by a few adventurers sole expense. It was by the whole of the


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