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lastic hours has dissolved the ties that bound her to Ro. spirit of genius. Most of those who have written about bert Peel. Nothing could surpass the bitterness with this picture have called it “ Judith and Holofernes ;" which he was mentioned during the contest with Sir R. but by a reference to the catalogue they would have H. Inglis, and the persons who voted for his return found that the artist himself entitles it simply " Judith." shrunk from his defence. No man cried, “ God bless This he has not done unadvisedly, for though every one him !”-His reputation as a public character seems must admire the painting as a whole, there can be no equally to have fallen on the tranquil margin of the doubt that Judith is the object of leading interest, Isis, as on the populous banks of the Thanies.
and that upon her the painter has been most anxious to During my stay in Oxford, I had the pleasure of hear. exhaust all his powers. Judith, it is evident, would ing that a spirit of reforu ation in literary matters was make a splendid picture by herself, but Holofernes gaining ground in the University. It is said, that “old would not; for he only serves to illustrate the heroine. things will be done away,” and though all things will We look upon the head, neck, and bust, together with not become new, still it is expected that much of the the extended right arm of Judith, as a piece of painting cumbrousness of ancient notions will be thrown off, and which makes as near an approach to perfection as we be superseded by modern ideas of elegance and utility. believe the art to be capable of. We find it difficult to In despite of the horror entertained for the lighter pub. express as we wish our deep admiration of the skill with lications by the sages of the classics, Oriel has produced which Etty has succeeded in attaching to his heroine a a Quarterly Review, and the Oxford Literary Gazette is feeling of moral beauty and sublimity which no inferior announced for the 13th of March. I grieve to find that mind could have cast round a female who was about to the first number of the Review does no credit to Blanco sever a human head from the body to which it belongWhite nor his contributors. It of a verity a most ed. He has done this in a manner so triumphant, the pithless and pointless periodical. Its first paper especi-conception is so dignified, and the execution is so fear. ally, would disgrace an Etonian, as an experiment of less and magnificent, that all the small critics who go skill in essay-writing. Blanco must abardon politics about the rooms poking their noses into the little groups and polemics, and look to his editorial dutics, if he cares of green trees, or the cattle pieces, or the family scenes, for the success of the work under his charge. Of the and who are very eloquent and learned upon such mat. Oxford Literary Gazette, I am inclined to augur most ters, look quite bewildered and silly the inoment auspiciously. Its cditor is a scholar and a gentleman, they are talked to regarding what is probably the only with solid and extensive acquirements, and totally free picture really painted for imunortality now exhibiting in from prejudice of any kind." He is to be supported by Edinburgh. Etty soars an inconceivably loftier flight the flower of the University, and a part of the accredited than such persons can comprehend. They know a good authorship of the metropolis. One fair and ample field deal about the technicalities of the art, but they are prolies before him in the treasures of literature, that are bu- foundly ignorant of all its higher attributes, its moral ried in the unsunned recesses of the magnificent Bod- power, its poetry, its inspiration. Many little objec. leian library, and other great collections. To explore tions have been started to the details of this picture, these, and to make a tasteful and judicious use of the fruit some of them perhaps correct, and others most absurd. of research, would go far to command the prosperity But who would stop to inquire whether or not Judith's leg essential to the continuance of the undertaking.--A was a shade too masculine, or the drapery over Holofer. highly competent Oxonian from your side of the nes a shade too glaring, when he felt the effect produ. Tweed has taken Sir Philip Sidney under his protec- ced by the tout ensemble pouring itself into his soul, and tion, and his work, which is about to issue from the carrying away the feeble barrier of critical conceit, as press, promises to form a valuable addition to the list the winter torrent carries away the straws and herbage of good old English books. It contains much that is lying in its course. This picture is a study for many new and interesting.
a solitary hour. The upturned face of Judith, praying The Theatres are inexpressibly infelicitous in their silently and fervently, ere she ventures to thrust the dramatic novelties.-“ Monsieur Mallet,” owing to the sword into the tabernacle of life,-those breathing lips finished acting of Matthews, is the most attractive of upon which the sunlight falls, and from which we al. all the late productions. A play, in three acts, by most hear the words, "Strengthen me, O Lord God of Kenney and Norton, has been produced at Drury-Lane, Israel, this day”-that queenlike form, radiant with the supported by the strength of the company in every de- beauty and the strength of the luxuriant East, and then partinent. Its chief characteristics are obscenity and the tyrant by her side, wrapt in an uneasy slumber full stupidity. Its name is the “ Battle of Pultowa,” and of wild dreams, his dark strong hair towing on the a piece under the same title was brought out almost at couch behind, and already entwined in Judith's left hand, the same time at Covent-Garden. I leave to other cri. that her aim may be the surer,-the whole arrangements
, tics to say which deserves the palm of excellence. The so simple, yet so complete, -only two figures, yet those genius of Burke the inventor of a new crime has been two figures telling in themselves a history,—these are cir. commemorated at the Surrey Theatre. Pitch plasters are cumstances which mark the master, and which he who expected to extinguish cigars, and I understand, from does not perceive, and appreciate, and feel, may forever good authority, that Mr Joseph Hume never quits Bry- renounce all hope of rising to eminence, either as a anstone-square for St Stephens, without adopting the painter, poet, sculptor, or musician, destitute as he must precautionary measure of wrapping a sevenfold fence of be of those finer susceptibilities, which from the enjoy. silk or feecy hosiery-I cannot exactly say which— ment lead one to the execution of what is great, beau. around the seat of financial eloquence.
tiful, and sublime. We are glad to hear that the A ca. demy have purchased this picture, and that they have
bespoken two others from the same artist. FINE ARTS.
The picture which, after “ Judith,” is most spoken of, is Martin's “ Deluge," but it is no more to be come
pared to the Judith, than a tailor to Hercules. It is THIRD EXHIBITION OF PICTURES AT THE SCOT. painted in a different style of art altogether, and both TISH ACADEMY.
the style and the conception are as inferior as can well
be conceired. The Deluge, it will be observed, is a sub(First Notice.)
ject , which possesses an inherent sublimity in itself, The picture which above all others arrests and re- and the painter therefore must be an arrant 'ninny, who tains the attention in this Exhibition is Etty's “ Judith.” | does not at least make something out of it. But MarIt is a bold and noble production, full of the fire and tin’s notions of the cause why the Deluge is sublime,
appear to us very apocryphal, or at least much more whom it was indifferent, perhaps welcome-and surely adapted for vulgar and commonplace minds, than for there must have been a portion, who, in the fervour of those of higher cultivation, and gifted with more intel- the love that filled their human bosoms, could forget its lectual discernment. He attempts to produce sublimity presence, and think only of each other, at least until the solely through the influence of terror, and terror too of struggle came. It is a humiliating and unfair represen. the lowest and most unworthy kind -a mere dread of tation of mankind, to suppose that the prospect of disphysical suffering. We have all heard of a puddle solution, in whatever shape it might come, would have the in a storm, and we must say, that Mr Martin's " De effect of so entirely unhinging mental and moral energy. luge" reminds us a little of this phenomenon. There We do not like to see a vast mob of our fellow-creatures is a terrible deal of blustering, and melodramatic dying like the beasts who perish. In the fourth place, stamping and roaring in ii, a tremendous quantity of to convey any distinct idea of a flood that is to bury a thunder and lightning, a very blood-red sun, a particu. | whole earth in water, it appears to us necessary, that we larly curious-looking comet, and a moon evidently dy- should be placed upon a level, as it were, with the highing of fright; then there are waves lashing and splash- est points of refuge, to which the inhabitants of that ing in all directions, water-spouts tumbling and grum- carth could fly. Mr Martin has not done this. We bling, clouds of a most portentous blackness, and last of are by no means so high up as we might be, for he shows all, millions of people congregated together on rocks, us mountains and rocks which do not seem to be inacand in caves, squeezing and cramming, like flocks of cessible, yet which far overtop the ridge where he has sheep at a cattle-market; and then over the whole is placed the dramatis personæ of his picture. This is thrown a glimmering unearthly light, such as may be unskilful, for the spectator feels as if an attempt were found in coal.pits, but which, in the present case, must made to cheat him into unnecessary sympathy, seeing be supposed to be the joint production of the aforesaid that the artist might at least have given the people a sun, moon, and comet. Now, Mr Martin should have better chance than he has chosen to do. This error, too, known, that all this did not constitute sublimity, or at has the effect of making the whole scene appear more least, not that kind of sublimity which we look for in a contracted than it should, or, in other words, of giving representation of the Deluge_ihe most awful calamity the storm too much of a mere local influence. It would which ever has overtaken, or ever will overtake, the ha- not be difficult to point out several other defects in this bitable globe. All this, however, it may perhaps be painting, particularly the dreadful bad drawing of all the said, is matter of opinion, or rather of feeling, regarding figures ; so bad, indeed, that they are monsters and not what is most likely to excite emotions of sublimity. No men ; and the heterogeneous mass of wild beasts huddled doubt it is ; but we will go farther, and undertake to together among the human beings. But we have said show, that nobody can feel greatly awe-struck on view. enough to prove that, though a clever, it is an over. ing this production. In the first place, it requires two ambitious picture, and that from a misconception of the distinct points of sight. When we stand at the proper mode of treating it, the genius of the artist has not been distance for seeing the landscape part of the picture, the able to cope with the magnitude of the subject. figures, which are very numerous, and very minute, can. We shall proceed to a consideration of the other paint. not be recognised or distinguished; and on the other ings next Saturday. hand, when we go near enough to examine the living multitude, the mountains and the waters become one black mass of confusion. Thus the general effect is di. vided, as it were, into two halves, and at least material.
ORIGINAL PUETRY. ly weakened, if not altogether destroyed. In the next place, there are far too many human beings still survi. ving. The statement may appear somewhat paradoxical, A REMEMBRANCE OF EIGHT YEARS. but it is nevertheless true, that it is impossible to sympathise with a great crowd, so much as with a few indi.
By Thomas Aikinson. viduals. A companionship in misery, takes off from its bitterness. The catastrophe of a piece, which we once
A voice comes o'er the waves of Time, saw performed in a provincial theatre, was the blowing
A sunbeam from behind the past; up of a mine, by which about two dozen persons, upon
Around my heart old feelings climb the stage at the time, were supposed to be killed, and
With tendrils fast; they fell down accordingly ; but the effect, so far from While through the rainbow drops of tears, being tragic, was positively ludicrous. So it is in real Half bright, half sad—I scan eight years. life. Thousands are cut down on the day of battle, for whom we do not feel so much, as we do for the one so. Eight years !—but little more than thrice litary traveller murdered on the heath. Hence, with true That sum of time my life hath told; taste, Poussin, in his fine quiet picture of the Deluge, And yet my heart, as with a voice, which is now in the gallery of the Louvre, introduces
Says I am old. only one or two human beings, on the top of what is For o'er it crowding joys have stept, evidently the last peak that still has its head above the
And griefs their trailing length have swept. waters. The attention is thus riveted on one object, and inagination is left to do the rest. But Martin is parti.
Eight years !--if by emotions strong cularly anxious not to leave any thing for the imagina.
We measured out the march of time, tion, and he therefore brings millions together, all of
Then I can never live as long, whom are about to be swallowed up very speedily ; but as death is to be divided among so many, we have no
Though seventy times the chime
Of birth-day bells ring in my ear,engrossing feeling of its terrors in any individual instance. In the third place, the painter has chosen to re
As that throng'd space of joy and fear. present only one passion, as pervading the whole of this multitude, and that passion is terror, -either terror of
Yet 'tis but yesterday, 'twould seem, the most abject and crouching kind, or terror which has
Since first I saw the queen-like form, sunk into despair, or terror which has produced mad. Which, like the memory of a dream, ness. This is not true to nature. Among so many thou.
In calm or storm, sands, there must have been some courageous spirits who Hath haunted, ay, and bless'd me too, could defy death, there must have been not a few, to And given my web of life its hue.
Then from the prison of my breast
IMPROVED SYSTEM OF EDUCATION.-We have been favoured My heart first wing'd, and upon you
with an early copy of the Second Edition of Professor Pillans'
Letters on Elementary Education. We are happy to perceive At parting took its earliest rest;
that amongst other additions, it contains a postscript, in which are And if it flew
given additional illustrations of the subject, and answers, of a A moment thence, in pleasure's search,
most conclusive kind, to the different objections which have been It gladly sought again its perch.
stated to the sentiments contained in the letters. We may ere
long have occasion to allude to this work again. And there 'twill bide, if shelter meet
FINE ARTS.-Turner, the accomplished landscape painter, has And cloudless kindness keep it warm;
just returned from a long visit to Rome, and has brought with
him, it is said, some fine specimens of his own talents, which Till love hath left no pulse to beat,
many consider at present unrivalled in a mixture of the imaging. Or friendship can no longer charm :
tive with the real in landscape painting. It rests 'twixt you and Death ; and Fate
Theatrical Gossip.--Miss Paton, the English “Queen of Song," May make that eighty years, or eight !
as she is called, has returned to Covent Garden, and has, as usual, been received with great applause.-We understand that Miss Isabella Paton, now in Edinburgh, is shortly to commence an en.
gagement at Dublin.—Macready has been playing to crowded LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
houses at Newcastle. Some information on the subject of Thea
tricals will be found in the letter of our London Correspondent.A NEW work, connected with that important branch of the
We are happy to announce the return of more auspicious days,
“+ The Recruiting Fine Arts, Gastronomy,
or rather nights, to the Theatre Royal here. announced by Messrs. Cadell & Co. It
Officer " has been revived in excellent style. The Sergeant Kite is to be entitled, The Practice of Cookery, by Mrs Dalgairns ;
of Murray, and the Thomas Appletree of Stanley, are treats of no and will contain a complete system of practical cookery: express- ordinary kind. The house is now in general much better filled. ly adapted to the business of every-day life.
This is greatly to be attributed to the ear which the fashionable We observe that the first volume of Mr Murray's new Work circles have given to the strong appeal that has been made to them The Family Library, is to make its appearance on the 21st of through the medium of the press. We bope the manager will this month. The two first volumes are to contain a Life of
spare 20 exertions to merit the patronage he is now receiving. Napoleon, and they will be followed, during the present year, We are glad to perceive that the “ Beaux Stratagem," one of the with Lives of General Wolfe, by Southey ; Cervantes, by Lock- most delightful of all comedies, is in preparation. hart; General the Earl of Peterborough, by Sir Walter Scott;
WEEKLX LIST OF PERFORMANCES. Sir Isaac Newton, by Dr Brewster; Reginald Heber, Marlborough, British Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, and the Life
Feb. 28_March 6. and Reign of George III. Mr Murray also announces, for the
SAT. Charles XII., M, Tomkins, a The Noyades. same Work, a History of the Jews, a History of the English Re- Mox. The Recruiting Officer, FY
The Critic. formers, Lives of the English Philosophers, a History of the Bri. Tues. Charles XII., Youth, Love, and Folly, & The Noyades tish Empire in India, Elements of Botany, and the Life of Alex- Wed. The Recruiting Officer, of Carron Side. ander the Great, by the Rev. John Williains.
Tuur. Charles XII., The Lancers, free and Easy. Mr Murray is likewise about to publish a series of volumes un. The Recruiting Officer, & Bottie imp, der the title of Family Poets and Family Dramatists,-another series under the title of the Farmer's Library, the first part of
TO OUR READE RS. which will contain a History of the Rise, Progress, and Present
the EDINBURGH State of British Agriculture, and in a separate form, Lives of
The distinguished success which has attendeu Belisarius, by Lord Mahon, and of Sir Thoinas Monro, by the Literary Journal has made it necessary to print a Second Rev. G. R. Gleig,-the Plays of Shirley, with Notes by the late Edition of the whole of the First Part, which is William Gifford,-A Series of Colloquies on the Progress and may be had at the Publishers. To those who wi."
for complete Prospects of Society, by the indefatigable Robert Southey,- sets to be made up into volumes every half-year,
un early appliLectures on Sculpture, by John Flaxman, -the Ancient Geo- cation is recommended. graphy of Asia, as connected with the route of the Ten Thou. Part Fourth of the EDINBURGH LITERARY JOUR! sand and the expedition of Alexander, by the Rev. John Wil- bruary 1829, is now ready. liams,-a Botanical Miscellany by Professor Hooker, to be pub. lished in quarterly parts, -Travels in the Morea, by Colonel Leake,--the Descent into Hell, a poem, -and many other works,
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. which Mr Murray seems to have greater facilities for publishing
We shall be glad to receive from “ A. C. R.," a pa, we still than we have for enumerating.
Institution of an Astronomical Chair in Edinburgh.-bject of A novel, entitled Ecarté, is to appear in a few days. The story continue unwilling to enter into any controversy on the st is chiefly confined to the dangers which assail young Englishmen Ossian's Poems, more especially as the work to which ou been in the Saloons of Paris.
spondent alludes, although printed, appears never to havete Mr Bucke, author of that very pleasing and instructive work, published at all.-We return our best thanks to “R. C.” of (these epithets are of our own choosing, and therefore not mere verness, for his attention ; his communications are in types. humbug,) the Beauties, Harmonies, and Sublimities of Nature,
We like the two old airs sent us from the “ Banks of the Car is about to publish a Tragedy, entitled Julio Romano.
ron;" “ The Lass of Carron Side” shall have a place in the I Mr Mill's Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind, on
terary Journal.-" The Ruined Merchant" is not one of the mos which he has been employed for several years, is now nearly ready
successful of its author's efforts; we shall be glad to hear from for the press,
him soon again. Does hoever try proze ? -We shall be happy to The Casket, a Miscellany consisting of original Poems, is an
receive, from "Siam" of Glasgow, the prose sketches he offers.nounced for early appearance. It is to be published by subscrip
“ M. N." of Glasgow, "C. H." of Aberdeen, the song beginning, tion, for the relief of a family that has seen better days, and is to
“We're Scotia's sons," and the song by “ B.” will not suit us.contain contributions from Joanna Baillie, Bowles, Crabbe, the
“ Bonny wee Lily" shall have a place, Ettrick Shepherd, Hemans, Hook, L. E. L., Milman, Mitford,
We have been amused by observing that a rejected contributor Montgomery, Moore, Opie, Praed, Rogers, Sotheby, Wordsworth,
to the Edinburgh Literary Journal has been making use of the &c., and also some unpublished Poems of Barbauld, Byron, Can
columns of a provincial newspaper to point out what he con
ceives to be one or two chronological inaccuracies in our review ning, and Heber. Mr W. Carpenter, author of the Scientia Biblica, &c., has in has made him anxious to find an opportunity for venting his
of Koch's " Revolutions of Europe." The same motive which the press, in one large volume 8vo, Popular Lectures on Biblical spleen, has made him willing to overlook the distinction between Criticism and Interpretation.
the spirit and the letter of the passage to which he alludes. We Mr W. Jones, author of the History of the Waldenses, &c. has have not at present time to explain this distinction to him, nor do in the press a Christian Biographical Dictionary, comprising the we think it necessary, well knowing that rejected contributors are lives of such persons in every country, and in every age, since the rarely the most impartial judges. revival of literature, as have distinguished themselves by their We observe among our advertisements of this day, the prospectalents, their sufferings, or their virtues. The work may be ex- tus of a new literary periodical, on which we shall take the liberty pected to appear in the course of next month.
of making a few observations next week.
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extensive,-though the reception it had met with had A FEW WORDS CONCERNING OUR OWN AFFAIRS.
been unusually favourable,—and though its contributors had been so numerous and respectable, yet that they
the Proprietors and Editor of the projected Literary GaOUR readers would observe among the Advertisements zettelooked upon it as a very weak and trashy publicain the EDINBURG. LITERARY JOURNAL of last Saturday, tion, or as a very dull and heavy one, or as a very suthe Prospectus of a periodical work, which, it is said, perficial and trifling one, or as a very uncandid and unis to commence soon, on a plan somewhat similar to our gentlemanly one, – the statement would have been own. To any thing like a fair, manly, and straight-for- straight-forward and distinct ; and though we should ward competition, coming from a respectable and efficient of course bave smiled at its absurdity, we should not quarter, we could have no objection; but, on the contrary, have felt contempt for its cunning. We augur nowould rather rejoice in it, as it would be the means of thing generous, or manly, or talented, we anticipate no keeping us constantly on the alert, and of exciting us to honest rivalry and fair emulation from persons thus atstill higher exertion. We are sorry to say that, from tempting to deny the existence of the only periodical in all we can perceive, this is not the nature of the opposi- Scotland which really stands in the way of their new tion now announced. The success which has attended design, and the established success of which renders the EDINBURGH LITERARY JOURNAL since its commence theirs comparatively useless. ment is well known. The circulation of every number bas
We have afforded their prospectus, however, the best considerably exceeded fifteen hundred copies, whilst that circulation it could have, by giving it a place in our of several has extended to upwards of twenty-five hundreds own columns, and as most of our readers have, no It enjoys this vide and established circulation among a doubt, perused it, we think it right to say a few words great proportion of the most respectable families both in concerning it, with the avowed and express purpose of Edinburgh and throughout the country; and its present showing that the projected Gazette will be a feeble copy prosperity cannot but be considered an evidence that the of the LITERARY JOURNAL, which has had the merit of promises held out in the Prospectus, both with regard to overcoming all the difficulties attending the introduction the contributions of authors of celebrity, and the neat of such a work into Scotland, and which, having preand classical appearance of the work in all its typogra- occupied the ground, will not be easily driven from its phical details, have not been belied. It may indeed be position. contidently affirmed, that in none of the periodicals of The Prospectus of the projected Gazette is evidently the day will so many eminent names be found conjoined founded on the Prospectus of the LITERARY JOURNAL, as have already graced the pages of the LITERARY JOUR- which was issued some months ago, and noticed in very TAL. The public have not allowed this fact to pass un-laudatory terms by the Editor of Blackwood's Magazine bserved or unrewarded ; and a weekly increase of sub- for November. The present composition is divided into scribers has been the result.
nearly the same heads, and several of the phrases used It is disagreeable to speak thus pointedly of our own are precisely similar. This is of little consequence, did success ; but we have been induced to do so in order to it not serve as an additional proof that nothing is to be vindicate our readers, our contributors, and ourselves, from attempted in the Gazette which has not been previously a grossly erroneous and most uujustifiable insinuation done in the LITERARY Journal. There is no novelty in the Prospectus to which we have alluded. The first whatever in the plan; and the only question which resentence in that Prospectus is the following ;-" The mains is, how far the resources of the Gazette may be purpose and value of a Journal conducted on the ex- expected to be at all comparable with those of the Jourcellent plair of the London Literary Gazette, containing | NAL. This question is very soon answered, and in a critical notices of New Works, and forming a compend manner which puts the projected Gazette in a particuof general literature, are so universally understood, as to larly ludicrous point of view. Though the present be render exposition superfluous.” A few lines farther on only our eighteenth Number, the LITERARY JOURNAL it is said," It must be considered rather extraordinary, can already boast of contributions from Professor that in a city so distinguished, no work of the kind now Wilson-J. G. Lockhart—The ETTRICK SHEPHERD projected should have hitherto existed.” The end meant - William TENNANT_Professor GILLESPIE-ALLAN to be gained by this statement is sufficiently obvious ; CUNNINGHAM - JAMES SHERIDAN KNOWLES - DR but the hopes of success must be slender indeed, when it MOREHEAD-DR Memes-Robert CHAMBERS-Wilis thought necessary by the conductors of a new work to LIAM KENNEDY-THE AUTHOR OF “ TALES OF A Pirhave recourse at the very outset to 80 glaring an attempt GRIM”—John Paterson—THOMAS ATKINSON—Thoto delude the public. Had they chosen to say boldly at MAS AIRD-FRANCIS GRANT OF KILGRASTON-DR once, that, though the EDINBURGH LITERARY JOURNAL AINSLIE, Author of " Materia Indica-ALEXANDER no doubt existed, though its circulation was said to be Balfour, Author of " Contemplation,” and “ Charac
ters omitted in Crabbe's Parish Register-John Par- A Client.I'll oppose to him a Senator. ker Lawson, Author of the “ Life and Times of Arch- Who next? A Slave.-Set down a Roman Knight. bishop Laud-THE AUTHOR OF “ THE OPENING or Who follows last? The servant of a Questor. THE SIXTH SEAL”-Mrs GranT OF Laggan-and the I'll place a Tribune opposite to him! AUTHOR ESSES OF THE “ Opp Volume,” “ TALES AND How stand we now? Which weighs the heavier ? LEGENDS," &c. To these might be added several highly Their Questor's servant, or my Tribune?- Their respectable members of the Church, the Bar, and of the Slave, or my Roman Knight ? --Their Client, or Medical Profession, but whose names, as they prefer to My Senator?-Now, call your witnesses !" write anonymously, it is unnecessary to mention. Such
We shall favour Mr Crichton with a new version of are the persons who have supported, and who do sup- this passage:port, the EDINBURGH LITERARY JOURNAL; yet, the Pros
“But, says he, We have witnesses against him.' pectus under consideration pretends ignorance of its very existence, and, of course, an equal ignorance of Name them !-Who stands the first upon the list? the contents of Blackwood's Magazine for November, in The Opium-Eater.-I'll oppose to him which is to be found the passage we have copied in the Wilson, Gillespie, Lockhart, and Morehead.
Who next? Delta of Blackwood's Magazine. note below.*
But, passing over this very lamentable attempt at Set down the Ettrick Shepherd, Tennant, Knowles, ignorance on the part of the conductors of the project- Malcolm, Park, Kennedy, and Cunningham. ed Gazette, it becomes a subject of rather curious in- Who follows last? - One Crichton, who has done quiry who their contributors are to be? The Prospec. Koch into English, and wrote Lives of Converts. tus informs us, very properly, that they will affect no
I'll put a cipher opposite to him! “ boastful pretensions of ways or means," and make no
How stand we now? Which weighs the heavier ? “ empty parade of names ;" but unfortunately it goes on
Their Opium-liker, or my opium-haters? immediately to betray the secret, that their troops, being Their single Delta, or my band of poets ? mastered, amount to THREE ! There is “ a rush of Their Koch-translating Crichton, or my cipher ? three,” as they say, in the green-room when the house is
Now call your witnesses !" particularly thin. The names of this formidable trio We recommend this parody to the attentive and serious are-Thomas De Quincey, Delta, and Me Crichton! perusal of the conductors and proprietors of the projected Against Mr De Quincey we have nothing whatever to Gazette. say; he is a scholar and a gentleman; but how many
In thus exposing the impertinence of these scribblers, columns will he write in the Gazette monthly, and how we are happy to carry the reflection along with us, that long will he continue to write at all ? Delta at times we are making no wanton or ungenerous attack, but only produces very sweet verses. As to Mr Crichton, it will repelling, with what we know will be felt by the public be necessary to inform our readers that his lucubrations to be proper spirit, an insult they have attempted to cast appear occasionally in a newspaper called, “ The Satur- upon our contributors and ourselves, and indirectly upon day Evening Post,” that he is the translator from the our readers. We eschew personality of any sort; but French (not a very difficult language) of Koch's Revo we have a pleasure in stifling in the very birth all unlutions of Europe, and that he is the author of Lives of provoked aggression; whilst we know that, throughout Couverts from Infidelity, a work which was so univer- the country, it will only have the effect of making our sally disliked, that it wellnigh terminated the existence numerous readers stand the firmer by us. We hope we altogether of that excellent publication, Constable's Mis- have as yet gone on together not unpleasantly: and we cellany, in which it appeared. It may farther be added, can'assure them that, notwithstanding the exertions we that this Mr Crichton is to be the Editor of the project- have already made for their gratification, we consider ed Gazette, and that he has thought it prudent, not- our labours as comparatively only commencing, and are withstanding his modesty,) to allow his own name to be every day strengthening our resources, and preparing to introduced into the Prospectus along with those of his bring new reinforcements into the field. two contributors. The sum total, thus obtained, is a In the Prospectus of the projected Gazette we are inlist of three; but casting his eyes from the pages of the formed that opinions on books will, in all cases, be preLITERARY Journal to the yet unborn columns of the nounced with freedom and impartiality, “ founded esGazette, Mr Crichton probably felt the full force of the clusively on the merits of the author.” This is a highly poet's prayer
proper principle; how far it will be acted on has yet to “ Of the THREE HUNDRED grant but three be proved. Our readers will perhaps recollect that, in To make a new Thermopylæ."
the Prospectus of the LITERARY JOURNAL, a similar proIn the play of “ Caius Gracchus,” Vettius is defended would give way to no private interests whatever." We
mise of the "strictest impartiality” was made, “which from an unjust accusation by Gracchus, who thus speaks venture, without hesitation, to appeal to the critical no of his accusers :
tices which have already appeared in our pages, asatford“But, say they, 'We have witnesses against him." ing undeniable proof that this promise has been kept. We Name them! Who stands the first upon the list? are also able to mention another circumstance which
strongly corroborates the fact, that we are, and, we trust, *“ North.-Here, James, is one of the best, because most bu- considerations which occasionally bias and degrade the
ever shall be, superior to “those influential or mercenary siness-like Prospectuses I ever read-of a new Weekly Periodical, about to be published in Edinburgh, in the middle of No spirit of periodical criticism.” On applying, through vember-THE EDINBURGH LITERARY JOURNAL. From what I our publishers, a few days ago, (as is usual with us when know of the Editor, a gentleman of talent, spirit, and perseve- a new work makes its appearance,) to Mr Blackwood, rance, I foretell the book will prosper.
for a copy of the “Shepherd's Calendar," by Hogg, we SHEPHERD.-I shall be glad o' that, for ane gets tired o' that eternal soun’-Blackwood's Magazeen --Blackwood's Magazeen, ler an intimation, in writing, that he could not comply
were not a little surprised to receive from that booksel dinnin' in ane's lugs, day and night, a' life-long.
North.-One does indeed."-Noctes Ambrosianæ in Black with the request, and that he declined sending any wood's Magazine for November 1828.
more of his publications, “ on account of the use which