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every morning, and the window of which looked out up- to make a few preliminary observations on the nature on the principal street of the city. At this window, of heat. when the morning was a little advanced, he showed him. Although the sun is the great fountain of light, the self, en deshabillé, to the people passing along the street; heat upon its surface is probably not greater than that an exhibition which threatened to have such a fatal ef- of our own globe ; for, as caloric is given out when wa. fect upon her ladyship's reputation, that she saw fit to ter is poured into acids or alcohol, so the heat of the accept of him for a husband.

sun is, in all likelihood, produced by the rays of light She was more happy as Countess of Stair than she had mingling with, or passing through, our atmosphere. In been as Lady P Yet her new husband had one proof of this, it will always be found, that as the air failing, which occasioned her much and frequent uneasi. increases in rarity, the heat decreases in intensity, and ness. Like all other gentlemen at that period, he some. vice versa ;-that beyond the limits of the atmosphere times indulged over much in the hotile. When ele. cternal cold exists in the most brilliant sunshine ;-that vated with liquor, his temper, contrary to the general the denser the air, the greater the heat ;-and, finally, case, was by no means improved. Thus, on his reaching that the ocean would be congealed into a solid waste of home, after any little debauch, he generally had a quar ice, were there no atmosphere surrounding the world, rel with his wife, and sometimes even treated her person though the beams of a luminary, a thousand times with violence. On one particular occasion, when quite brighter than our orb of day, shone upon it. transported beyond the bounds of reason, he gave her so Although the coast of Peru is one of the hottest clisevere a blow upon the upper part of the face, as to oc- mates in the world, those who gradually ascend the casion the effusion of blood. He immediately after fell | Cordilleras from it, observe that the heat progressively asleep, altogether unconscious of what he had done. Lady decreases ; so that when they have got to the valley of Stair was so completely overwhelmed by a tumult of Quito, at the height of about 1400 toises above the level bitter and poignant feeling, that she made no attempt to of the sea, the thermometer, in the course of the whole bind up her little wound. She sat down on a sofa near year, scarcely rises 13 or 14 degrees above Zero. If her torpid husband, and wept and bled till morning. they ascend still higher, this temperature is succeeded When his lordship awoke, and perceived her dishevelled by a severe winter ; and when they get to the perpen. and bloody figure, he was surprised to the last degree, dicular height of about 2400 toises, ihey meet with noand eagerly inquired how she came to be in such an un- thing, even under the equinoctial line, but eternal ice. usual condition? She answered by detailing to him the Some philosophers, it is true, account for the decrease whole history of his conduct on the preceding evening; of temperature, by arguing that the warmth which is which stung him so deeply with regret,-for he was a experienced at the surface of the earth is not merely the nobleman of the most generous feelings,—that he in direct heat of the sun, but of several causes united and stantly vowed to his wife never afterwards to take any in particular, that the heat of the plains and valleys is species of drink, except what was first passed through owing to the reflection and absorption of the sun's rays her hands. This vow he kept most scrupulously till from, and into, the ground. But this solution of the the day of his death. He never afterwards sat in any difficulty does not seem so satisfactory as that which reconvivial company where his lady could not attend to fers it to the comparative rarity or density of the air. sanction his potations with her permission. Whenever To illustrate the subject, let us have recourse to one or he gave any entertainment, she always sat next him and two simple experiments : Place a piece of ice under filled his wine, till it was necessary for her to retire ; af. the receiver of an air-pump; exhaust the atmosphere, ter which, he drank only from a certain quantity which and transmit the rays of the sun from a burning mirror she had first laid aside.

or convex lens upon the ice, within the receiver-the The Earl of Stair died in the year 1747, (at Queens- brilliant focus will be seen to have no effect upon the berry House, in the Canongate, Edinburgh,) leaving congealed mass. Allow the mirror or lens to remain, her ladyship again a widow. She lived all the rest of and admit the air ; the ice will then immediately begia her life, in dotarial state, at Edinburgh ; where a close, to melt. Again, place a piece of ice in a transparent or alley, in which she resided, still bears her name. She receiver, and let the air be compressed ; the frozen mat. died in the year 1759.

ter will be observed to dissolve rapidly, without any other assistance than the beams of day passing through the condensed medium. Again, let us suppose a globe of sand-stone to represent the earth ; a flagon, the sun,

and a quart of alcohol in it, the light of the sun ; pour SCIENCE.

the spirit from the flagon, (or light from the sun,) upon the ball of sand-stone, until it be quite saturated still there will be no heat; but suppose this sphere were sur.

rounded by (we shall call it) an atmosphere of water, POPULAR REMARKS ON COMETS, AND OTHER

immediately upon the alcohol mingling with the water, CELESTIAL PHENOMENA.

heat would be evolved ; the globe would absorb the " The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament warmth from its atmosphere ; and while the stream of showeth his handy work."

spirit, falling from the flagon upon the sphere, was

cold as ice, the water around the ball would be of a The modern theory of comets has pretty clearly es. pleasant, and even hot, temperature. It is exactly so tablished, that these apparently flaming bodies, which with the sun and its light, the earth and its atmosphere. were so long believed to be immense balls of fire, * may, As oceans of alcohol alone could afford no warmth to on the contrary, be worlds inhabited by beings in every the globe of sand-stone, so we might look in vain for respect like ourselves, possessing vegetables similar to heat without air, though oceans of light enveloped the our own, and suffering no sensible change in tempera- world a thousand times denser than what is now flow. ture, on advancing from the distance of 11,200,000,000 ing from the orb of day. niiles from the sun, to within a third part of the semi- For a similar cause, the planet Mercury, having a diameter of that luminary. That the reader may be enabled to form any accurate notion of the weight which ought to be attached to this theory, it will be necessary Sulphuric acid has such an affinity for water, that they will

unite in any proportion; and the cornbination takes place with

the production of an intense heat. When four parts, by weight, * Sir Isaac Newton computed the heat of the comet, seen by of the acid are suddenly mixed with one of water, the tempera him in 1680, to be 2000 times hotter than red-hot iron.

ture of the mixture rises, according to Dr Ure, to 300° F.

PSALMS OF David.

less atmosphere, and the Georgiam Sidus a much great least orbits and periods. It appears, moreover, that er, than that which encircles our world, the medium of the planets have atmospheres in proportion to their disheat may be alike in both ; and it is likely, that the tances from the sun ; and that the sun itself, by having nearer the planets are to the sun, the lesser will be their a very rare and thin atmosphere under its phosphoresatmospheres ; the further removed, the greater. Our cent mantle, (which will float on the air as oil does on own earth, by losing a part of its surrounding air, miglit water,) may be the abode of beings in every respect si. be placed in the system, where Mercury now is, without milar to ourselves, with this difference, that as they inany inconvenience to its inhabitants ; and in like man- habit the greatest and noblest orb our system, they ner, were the atmospheres increased, it might revolve, are perhaps more worthy of enjoying that blessing. with the same comfort to mankind, in the orbit of the Before concluding these observations it may further be Georgian planet.

remarked, that it seems extremely probable, that every These things being premised, the phenomenon of planet in the system was originally a comet ; and that comets and their tails will be more easily understood. every comet will finally become a planet. As the sun is

In considering the eccentric orbits of comets, some the largest orb, and moreover the centre of our system, such train of thought as the following may be supposed it is natural to conclude that it came into existence first. to pass through our minds : It is not to be believed Before the sun was created, an ethereal medium, like a that a single atom in creation was made in vain ; yet great mist, may be supposed to have pervaded all space, what sort of beings can inhabit worlds, that are at one and that at the will of the Almighty, centres of attractime in regions of the most perishing cold, at another tion were pointed out in the embryo of creation, to which in those of devouring fire ? Is it not possible that some the surrounding particles of matter approximated and means may have been devised to avoid these extremes? | formed nebula, which in process of time acquired such Could not the atmospheres of the comets be increased a degree of density, as to be capable of being affected and decreased, as they recede from, and advance towards, by the laws of attraction. The gravitating mass would the sun ? Does the velocity of their motions, as they then move towards the nearest body, with a velocity approach the sun, not cause their atmospheres to stream increasing as the distance decreased, until the more atoff from the nucleus, and form a sort of tail behind, tenuated portion of the nebulous matter streamed off which may again surround them as they recede from from the denser nucleus in the form of a tail. At their first our system ? Are streams, or tails, in point of fact, seen outset these new bodies would move in straight lines toissuing from these luminaries ? And if so, are they in- wards their attracting sources ; but, as there exists a variably turned from the sun ? Do they increase as the power of repulsion, as well as of attraction, in all the comet approaches that orb, and do they gradually sur- heavenly bodies, they would be unable to come into round it as it recedes from the planetary system ? So actual contact with the suns previously existing, and, far as science has yet gone, all these questions may be like comets, would perform their semicircle round the most satisfactorily answered.

luminaries, and thence be repelled into the depths of When a comet is in its aphelion, or greatest distance space. When the effect of this action had ceased, (which from the sun, it is completely surrounded by its enor- would take place when they were in their aphelion) they mous atmosphere; in consequence of which, the beams would again be attracted, and again repelled ; with this of the sun, be they ever so feeble, in passing through difference, that at every revolution the density of their such a dense medium, will create a sufficient quantity nucli would be increased the length of their tails of heat for the support of animal and vegetable life, shortened and the eccentricity of their orbits diminisheven at that immeasurable distance. Bailly remarks, ed—in a word, that they would gradually become (vide Hist. d'Astron. iii, 257.) that were the comet of planets, and move round their respective suns in regular 1630, in its aphelion, 138 times more remote from the circles. Thus does it secm not unlikely, that every sun than the earth, it would receive five or (taking the planet in the solar system has originally been a vapour refraction occasioned by its dense atmosphere into con- a nebulama comet: and that every comet will fi. sideration) six times as much light from the sun as we nally become a planet. To give still greater strength do from the full moon. As the comet approaches the to this hypothesis the following facts may be stated :sun the coma commences streaming from the head, and First, the indefatigable Sir William Herschel has disas the velocity of the motion increases, the tail increases covered no less than 2000 nebule--and since these are in length also. In so doing, the superabundant atmos. visible to the eye of man, how prodigious, how infinite, phere is thrown off, and the same medium of heat ex- must be the number scattered throughout the universe ! perienced throughout all the comet's orbit. But as light and these nebulæ bear such a resemblance to the distant issues from the sun with such inconceivable rapidity, comets, that they have frequently been confounded. the tail of the comet will be entangled therein, and flow Secondly, several comets have been seen with no nu. from the sun as a banner does when playing loosely be- cleus whatever, presenting only a slight thickening to. fore the wind. Gradually as the comet advances to the wards the middle, which was so translucent that the stars verge of the planetary system, its tail will begin to sur. were distinctly seen through the very centre ; while others round it, and as it travels through the chilly depths of have been visible with a solid nucleus of 2000 miles in space, the more, and yet the more, will it be enveloped diameter-nay, history records comets that have appearin its atmospheric mantle-to compare small things ed as large as the sun, (vide Seneca, N. Q. 1. 7, c. 15.) with great just as a person in travelling from the equa- and authors, seeking for a natural cause, have attri. tor towards the pole would gradually increase his ap- buted the darkness at our Saviour's crucifixion, to an pare).

eclipse of the sun, occasioned by such a comet passing It will now appear evident that the periods of the between him and the earth. Thirdly, the tails of cocomets might be pretty correctly calculated by obser- mets are generally a little concave towards the sun ; the ving the length of their tails, and distances from the sun ; | fixed stars are always visible through them, and some. considering, 1st, That those comets which have the longest times they are so brilliant that they have been distin. trains, and are farthest from the central orb in their guished during full moon, and even after the rising of perihelions, must also have the greatest orbits, conse- the sun. Fourthly, there are three instances of comets quently the longest periods. 2dly, That those which actually revolving within the limits of our planetary advance nearer the luminary, with very long trains, will system: Ist, the comet of Encke, which never passes be the next in order. 3dly, That the comets which have shorter comas and are far from the sun in their perihelions, the third. 4thly, That those which have erland, 13th December 1741, was nearly three times that of the

The diameter of the comet, first seen at Lausanne, in Switzshorter trains, and are nearest the sun, will have the earth, and its tail was no less than 23 millions of miles.

the orbit of Jupiter : 2d, the comet of Gambart, which others of the higher orders, distinguished for taste in travels but a little way beyond the orbit of the same the arts, have taken a lively interest in it. The artist planet at its greatest distance from the sun ; and 3d, was formerly employed upon the Monasticon. ihe well-known comet of 1770, which in its present The only thing approaching to literary news is the movements never goes beyond the orbit of Uranus. appearance of the first number

of a weekly joumal, en. If these phenomena serve to confirm the hypothesis titled the Ecclesiastic, edited by the Rev. Henry Stebnow advanced, the work of creation may be considered bing. It professes to be a religious and family paper, as still going on in the heavens,—and the foundations and its motto is taken from Matthew, 5th chapter, 44th only of innumerable orbs are yet laid on the bosom of verse. The Ecclesiastic hath a most slumberous aspect, space. The Almighty is still at work in the illimitable and like many excellent things, is easier praised than fields of ether : in the boundless regions of infinity ; read. and every day, every hour, new worlds are perhaps I am just about witnessing the first representation of springing into existence !

a comedy, in three acts, at Covent Garden. It is entitled, The Widows Bewitched. If it be half as mirth. inspiring as the Beaux Stratagem at the same theatre,

it shall have my voice for a six weeks' repetition. LETTERS FROM LONDON.

No. IV.

ORIGINAL POETRY.

(Wu have pleasure in announcing that these Letters will be

continued regularly once a fortnight.]

On Saturday last, I was admitted to the private view of the works of Modern Art at the British Institution.

FAREWELL TO YOU, ANGLESEA ! The exhibition is, on the whole, considered superior to that of last year. Many of the pictures, however, have

By James Sheridan Knowles. already been before the public, at the Royal Academy and the Suffolk-street Rooms; and what adds to the offence, these are honoured with situations, which, in (It is almost unnecessary to state, that in giving a place to the folmy opinion, belonged more properly to others shown lowing talented effusion, by one of the most warm-hearted of for the first time. Those who had the direction of the Erin's sons, we make no avowal of our own political sentiments matter, have left themselves no apology, as they have set

Party feeling-whatever that may be will never be allowed to forth in the catalogue that many creditable pictures

interfere with our enjoyment of good poetry.-Ed. Lit. Jour.] were returned for want of room. The number of paint. ings is 532—there are 9 specimens of sculpture.

FAREWELL to you, Anglesea ! _Said you you'd bother From some preparatory announcements, expectation The Papists of Erin with powder and steel ? was considerably on tiptoe as to this exhibition, and I And soon as we welcomed, we found you a brother, confess that I for one have been disappointed. In the Alive to our sores, and as ready to heal ! highest department of art, there is not a single good never believe but the bosom of spirit feature-scarcely even an attempt of the kind; and of

By nature responds to humanity's call ; the poetical character, there are but few. Neither is and where minds are illumined by honour and merit, there any overflow of portraits for which there is scope for gratitude ;-but of the Dutch school, the scenes and

The foe that turns friend, is the friend after all. groups in domestic life, there is a multitude. Whether British genius will gain by descending to the taste of Sure we thought at that moment your memory slumber'd, the Belgian swamps, is, to my simple perception, ex- Sure we felt in our hearts 'twas a blunder you made, ceedingly problematical. Doubtless, this class of pro- As the battles we fought by your side in we number'd, ductions is most acceptable to the cash critics who dwell When with Catholic France at shillelagh we play'd ! city-wards and the artists know, and, per force, take you forgot the poor Roman, to treason a stranger, advantage of the fact. Perhaps I may hereafter notice

When he bled by the Protestant banner you bore; some of the best pictures explicitly; at present, from the For 0, could you believe that the loyal in danger rapid survey I made of the collection, I could not con

Would cease to be true when the battle was o'er ? scientiously attempt it. There is a promising array of names ; and, among the old and the young best entitled to approbation in their works, I considered Collins, Dan. By the ray of that star which no gem ever lighted by, H. Howard, E. Landseer, Morris, Briggs, Roberts, The brightest you wear-brighter mortal ne'er wore ! Stanley, Inskipp, Linnell, Pidding, Webster, and Etty. Have you found us a people by errors benighted, Northcote's “Adoration of the Shepherds” is certainly But fit to be slaves ?-Do we merit no more? extraordinary for an artist in his 90th year. The pic- By thy high-bounding valour—the fiery courser tures marked sold, amounted to lwenty-three.

The war-horse, that bore you like flame through the An engraver named Coney, not much known except to antiquaries, is executing a work, from sketches by Were the Nation not vile, could Intolerance force her

fight ! himself, which has excited considerable interest among the lovers of the monuments of Gothic architecture. It To stifle the voice that exclaims for her right? will comprise the best remains of that order in Europe, Such of the specimens as I have seen are finished with You have said it! You saw, in the zeal that inspired us, a delicacy and precision truly admirable. The work is to be published in numbers, by Messrs. Moow; Boys; Though the loyal with insult and wrong would have

No wish that your own loyal breast would disown; and Graves, Pall Mall. The Marquiss of Stafford and

fired us

With hatred alike for the law and the throne ! # It is curious to observe, that Apollonius Myndius affirms You found us no conclave of traitors, contriving that the comets were reckoned by the Chaldeans among the pla

The downfall of Order, in Liberty's name;

nets.

But patriots openly, legally striving

Asleep in icy sheets upon their beds;
To rescue their race from oppression and shame! In the far wilderness the whispering leaves

And birds were mute; and silent Solitude,
You were look'd for, a cloud, naught but tempest por-

With finger on her lip, sat full of fear. tendingThe visitant still of our storm-riven land!

The lower animals were all dismay'd ; You came like the sun, out of chaos ascending

The cock, who counted the unerring hours, Sublime, at his Maker's benignant command !

Crowed at his wonted time; the peasant boy Our long reign of darkness, unchequer'd !-despairing! Waked, and he wonder'd why the sun still slept,

And health's breeze play'd not with his curly locks. Which each hope of dawn but protracted anew! You scatter'd with radiance resplendent repairing

The owl tired of the melancholy hours and slept ;

The toad had wander'd from his native pool, Whole ages of Night with the Day that it threw.

And crawl'd into the palace, and he dared

To sit like an usurper on the throne, Farewell! From the land that now darkens to lose you, and underneath the crown he put his head, Your virtue the vouchers that witness it bears

Mocking at royalty, and drank from silver urns; As they drown the vile laugh with which Faction pur- And in th’ unfinish'd bowl of revelry sues you

He dipp'd, and lay intoxicate, and died ; The blessings of millions invoked 'mid the tears!

And slimy snakes laid them in beauty's breast,
Fare well! Ah too short was thy visit, to lighten And twined their forms in her luxuriant curls,
So brightly to lighten our land, overcast !

And touch'd her timid cheek sacred to love.
But the ocean's proud crest shall her emerald brighten
No more when the glow of thy mcmory is past !

The glow-worm lighted up its lovely lamp,
And worshippers bow'd to the senseless thing;
Volcanoes held aloft their flaming torch,
And multitudes around them howling sat

On mountain tops; and mighty forest-trees
THE PLAGUE OF DARKNESS,

And houses were made watch-fires unto men;

Fire's eye had slept in every human home. By the Author of the Lament of the Wandering Jew, Thousands were seen rushing to ruin fast, and other Poems."

Chasing the ignes fatui on the heath,

Which plunged them amid pits and marshy fens Hath he, whose breath first bade the sun to be, Blown out his light? or, muffled in the robe

Some travellers carried in their hand a branch Of Night, sleeps he among the fleecy clouds ?

Of rotten wood ;-it shone, but warm’d them not; Is the oil of thy everlasting lamp,

But many fell down gulfs and unknown steeps, Fair Moon, burnt out, not to relume again?

High carnival for beast and bird of prey. - Is thy face changed, to change not any more?Ye starry orbs, are ye quench'd in the clouds ?

The eyes of all men strain'd to compass light: Ye comets, are ye called up to his throne,

The shepherd from his mountain eyry look'd ;Your home of light,-your early dwelling-place ?- The mariner look'd for the morning star ;Ye lightnings, is your ammunition done,

The bacchanal, at wassailing and wine, Or are your forky arrows laid aside

Had sworn to tire the night and see the sun ; To sharpen well against the awful day?

He fell; his laugh was changed into a howl ;Is Earth's globe blotted from the universe ?

The poet look'd, all nature was a blank ;Is Nature dead, and is this burial black,

The painter look'd, the landscape was a blot; Which all things wear, the world's funeral dress?

The beauty look'd—but dark, as in their grave,

Beneath their fringy lids her starry eyes Because the Sun shone not, winged with fire,

Lay viewless, passionless, and uninspired ;No waters rose in mists, or fell in rains

The man of observation dropt his pen, And dews upon the gasping lands ;

A cloud obscured the windows of his mind ;-
Because the Moon shone not, the tides forgot

The astronomer, confounded in his views
To join the mermaids, singing to their shells; And speculations, own'd a Mighty Cause ;-
Because the stars shone not, the mariner

The blind man only felt as he had wont-
Had lost his path amid the trackless waves.

To walk in darkness was not new to him.

The spheres, whose music makes such harmony
To the ear of Philosophy, sung not ;
The orchestra of winds, and waves, and woods,
Play'd not, as they were wont, in emulous tones;
Ocean waked not upon her mighty harp
(Touch'd by the fingers of the homeless storms)
A wilderness of spirit-stirring sounds;
The orpban winds cared not to roam the fields,
To kiss the death-like cheeks of hueless flowers;
The babbling brooks, that, as they flow along,
Hum many a pleasing ditty to themselves,
Forgot their wild notes, and in silence lay

Imagination, too, was at her work,
And conjured up the ghosts of murder'd Time.
The kindlinesses all of man to man,
The interchange of word and speaking look,
The magic of a tear, the sunny smile,
The electric of the touch, when hand shakes hand,
And flies from hand to heart; friendship and love,
The lovely children of the heart, all died,
And melancholy lean d on his pale brow;
Joy danced not, for his limbs were paralysed,
And Hope saw nothing thro' her telescope.
Glasgow.

T. B. J. fessor Wilson, which is by far the best likeness that has yet been LA CHENILLE.

taken of him.

Theatrical Gossip.The London theatres were never better [The following Fable is from the pen of an accomplished attended than they are at present, whilst, we are sorry to say, eforeigner.] actly the reverse is the case in Edinburgh.

At the Adelphi, Ma

thews, Yates, and T. P. Cooke, seem to be carrying every thing Une Chenille aride

before them, for they scarcely ever bring out a piece that is not

eminently successful.–The Italian Opera opened this seasoe Disoit, “ Je n'ai plus d'appetit ;

with “ La Donna del Lago," and new Prima Donna, called Je sens mon corps devenir plus petit,

Mademoiselle Monticelli, sustained the principal character. Et ma peau se tane et se ride:

Kean has relinquished his engagement at Covent Garden, in con C'est fait de moi; je deviens chrysalide,

sequence of some misunderstanding arising out of his recent De mon espèce destin rigoureuse !

“sudden indisposition.” We wish he would come down here for

a fortnight.--Miss Isabella Paton has performed here three or four Race infortunée et maudite !

times to good houses ; she appears a pleasant clever actress, and, as Voila pourtant le sort affreux

a townswoman, ought to be encouraged. She has her benefit on Ou chaque Chenille est réduite."

Monday, “A new piece, called "Charles XII.” which has had a Tout en parlant elle s'endort

good run in London, was produced last night, but of course too De ce profond sommeil qu'elle prend pour la mort.

late for our criticism.--The author of " Virginius" is again at

work on a comedy. The failure of his last has only put him on Par hazard, aupres d'elle,

his mettle. He has a feeling that the thing is in him, and is de Un papillon leger, brillant,

termined that it shall not be for want of perseverance if it does Fretilloit, battoit de l'aile,

not come out. He has our best wishes for a final triumph. Et sourcoit en l'écoutant,

WEEKLY LIST OF PERFORMANCES.

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SAT. Country Girl, and Lord of the Manor.
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES,

Mox. Duenna, Noyades, 4 Free and Easy.
Tues. School for Scandal, f Ramah Droog.
WED. Country Girl, & Marriage of Figaro.

THUR. The Will, Day after the Wedding, & Lord of the Manor.
The extensive historical work, so long announced by Sir FRI. Charles XII., He Lies like Truth, 4 Ramah Droog.
James Mackintosh, is now likely to appear early in spring. Şir
James has also undertaken to prepare for the Cabinet Cyclopædia,
a Popular History of England, to form three volumes of that

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. publication The lively authoress of the Diary of an Ennuyée announces a

A considerable number of new works lie upon our table for na new work, to be called, The Loves of the Poets.

view, all of which we shall notice as soon as possible, A new novel, from the pen, we believe, of Lady Morgan, is

An ingenious scientific correspondent has an article in preparaabout to appear, entitled, The Daverels. The Ettrick Shepherd tion upon the phrenological developement of Burke and Hare, has expressed a hope that it may not be confounded with The

which we doubt not will be perused with interest. Haverels.

The paper on '“ Religious Division” is respectably written, but Mr Grattan, the author of Highways and Byways, has a new

it does not seem to contain any thing sufficiently striking or oriwork in the press, Traits of Travel, or Tales of Men and Cities. ginal to warrant publication; we shall be glad, however, to hear We hope the work may be better than this affected and unmean

from the author again. The “ Essay on Italy," "Phrenologas," ing name seems to augur.

and " A Sailor's Dream," will not suit us. The Diary and Correspondence of the celebrated Dr Doddridge The “ Sonnets" by a Lady, which we have received from Aber are in a forward state at press, under the superintendence of his deen, will appear in an early Number." R. S." of Aberdeen is great-grandson.

improving, but he is not quite good enough yet. There are some We understand that the clever author of the Subaltern is pre- pretty Lines in “ Minstrelsy,” but as a whole it is imperfect paring the Chelsea Pensioners, a Series of Military Stories. “ The Dumb Maid," and the effusions of “G. M, G." and "D.

The author of To-day in Ireland is about to publish a new M. D." will not suit us, though there is some merit in all these
Series of Tales, called, Yesterday in Ireland. We shall, doubt. pieces. We are not aware what crime we have committed to en
less, soon have To-morrow in Ireland, and then, probably, the title “.Y. A." of Aberdeen to inflict upon us a copy of verses
Day after To-morrow in Ireland.

which begin thus,
Mr Valpy is publishing a Series of School and College Greek
Classics, with English Notes, in duodecimo. The Medea and

** When last we met, we parted cold, Hecuba of Euripides, and the Edipus of Sophocles, are ready.

Which to my bosom proved a dart." Thucydides, Herodotus, Xenophon, and others, will follow in succession, on the same plan.

“ Should the foregoing." adds “ Y. A." “ meet your approba. Miss Isabel Hill has in the press a volume called, Holiday tion, I shall be happy in sending you a little piece occasionally." Dreams; or, Light Reading in Poetry and Prose.

We have particularly to request of “Y. A.” and his brotherThere is preparing for publication, Rural Recollections; or, rhymesters, not “ a little piece," but a little peace.-W. M." and The Progress of Improvement in Agriculture and Rural Affairs,

"J. K.” are under consideration.—The Song on Burns, though by George Robertson, author of The Agricultural Survey of Mid- | in types, is unavoidably postponed till our next. Lothian.

The communication on the subject of “Ballantyne's ExaminaR. A. SMITH..We are happy to state that the concert which tion of the Human Mind," will appear in our next," I. E." and took place, last Wednesday evening, in St George's Church, for

“ T. A." have just been received. the benefit of the family of the late R. A. Smith, was attended by nearly fourteen hundred persons. The arrangements were, on the whole, very judicious; but we regret that neither Miss Noel

TO OUR READERS. nor Miss Eliza Paton gave their assistance. FINE ARTS.-We understand that Martin's celebrated painting

In future, the hot-pressing of the Edinburgh Literary Journal of the Deluge, together with the Holofernes of Etty, one of the will be discontinued, the practice having been found not only most brilliant of the English colourists, are among the pictures to materially to injure the appearance of the work, from the hurried be exhibited this year at the Scottish Academy. There will be manner in which the çperation was necessarily performed, but ten or twelve portraits by John Watson Gordon at the Royal In- also to occasion many vexatious delays. In the Monthly Parts, stitution; and, having already seen most of them, we feel con- however, the hot-pressing will be continued as formerly, because dent that they will tend to increase, still more, the reputation of there is sufficient time to dry the sheets effectually. The third that very admirable artist. Among the rest, is a portrait of Pro Monthly Part, for January 1829, is now ready for delivery.

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