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the great cause itself. Under these circumstances we of popularity,--all the unsubstantial nothingness of ought to be jealous even of slight innovations. Of all fame. the species of liberalism (and they are all bad) which The volume before us contains twenty-one Discourses, the present age has produced, that which makes religion all of which are excellent. Their distinguishing pro. its subject is the most dangerous ;-pure religion has perties are, an intimate knowledge of the human heart, suffered more by a continuance of little trifling altera. and an admirable aptitude of consolations, warnings, and tions than it has even done by open persecution. advices, to the situations and circumstances of the indi.

Those of our readers who feel interested in the dis- viduals to whom they are addressed. They are characcussion about organs, whichever side of the question terized for the most part by piety, tenderness, and rethey may have adopted, will find these “ Observations" search. The 1st, “ On the Holy Ministry," we think worthy of a perusal.

among the best. The 7th, “ A Christian indeed," is a

most captivating picture of a Christian life. It is from The Extractor, or Universal Repertorium of Litera. the text “ He was a good man, full of the Holy Ghost, ture, Science, and the Arts ; comprehending, un

and of faith.” It was preached on the death of the late der one general arrangement, the whole of the in. Di Waugh of London, and contains a well-merited structive and amusing articles from all the Reviews, eulogium on the memory of that estimable character. Magazines, and Journals. Vol. I. November to It gives us pleasure to understand, that a memoir of Dr February 1828-9. London ; Extractor Office, Fleet Waugh is at present in preparation by Dr Belfrage,

I Street. Pp. 642.

and will soon appear. The 8th, “ Admonitions to the This volume contains a great quantity of interesting Tempted,” the 9th, “ The Backslider's Doom,” the and amusing matter, upon almost all the subjects with 12th, The Shipwreck," and the 13th, " The devout which miscellaneous literature and popular science is Soldier,” are also worthy of the highest praise

. WereWe cannot exactly agree with the title. gret that our limits do not permit us to make any es. page, that it contains " the whole of the instructive and amusing articles from all the Reviews, Magazines, and Journals ;” but it certainly contains a very fair propor. A Catalogue of Books, exclusively relating to the tion of them. Considering the importance into which Church of Rome ; her Doctrines, Worship, Disci. the periodical press of the present day has grown, and pline, Controversies, and Annals. On sale by the intellectual vigour which distinguishes the better

Howell and Co. London. 1829. class of publications of this description, a work like the

This is a catalogue of a very curious, and, at the Extractor, if judiciously conducted, is calculated to in. corporate much talent, that might otherwise be scatter.

present moment, of a very interesting kind. It contains ed over too wide a surface, and might ultimately be lost Catholic Church ; and it includes, besides controversial

a list of 3347 works, all of which relate to the Roman in the crowd by which it was surrounded. The Editor informs us, in his preface, that "the Extractor gives putation, Histories of the various Religious Orders of the

works upon almost every possible topic of theological disa place to those articles only which are stamped with the Church of Rome, -its peculiar Missals and Breviaries

, seal of a sterling and unqualified excellence.”. We are --the Tracts and Pamphlets published during the reiga afraid this is rather too strong ; but, as we observe in of James II.,--and a complete and unique set of Ca. the volume several papers from the Edinburgh Literary nonizations for the present century, three of which have Journal, we do not feel ourselves called upon to con- been pronounced by the last lineal descendant of the trovert very positively the truth of the assertion.

House of Stuart, the Cardinal York. The research

and industry which it must have cost the collectors to Counsels for the Sanctuary and for Civil Life ; or bring together so vast a body of lore upon one subject

, Discourses to various classes in the Church and in can be only duly appreciated by those who are conver: Society. By Henry Belfrage, D.D. Minister of the sant in such matters, though, at the present crisis, it is Gospel, Falkirk. Edinburgh. Oliver and Boyd. not likely that the public will allow their labours to go 1829. Pp. 449.

unrewarded. The Catalogue must have been drawn up Dr BELFRAGE is one of the few sermon-writers whose by an adept in the art, for it is very liberally interspersed productions, in this book-making age, have gone through with quotations from old bibliographers, who knew more than one or two editions. His “ Sacramental Ad. every thing that was rare and curious, whether in vel. dresses," first established his character as a writer of lum or black letter, or sewed in Roman. There is cer. elegance, pathos, and power. Their extensive circula- tainly an air of racy antiquity and value given to a book, tion among every class of Christians, and the many testi- of which some savant has said that it is rara et prémonies to their excellence which were spontaneously of- tiosa, or editio valde rara,—or liber rarissimus, fered from various sources, were sufficient to insure a fa- opus parum obvium, or opusculum perrarum or li vourable reception to his future efforts. Nor have the ber perdifficiliter hodie reperiri,or opus quod multum expectations of his friends and the public been disap- estimationem habet,-or opus insigne, non sine volup; pointed. His “ Practical Discourses to the Young,

tate atque utilitate legendum.

This Catalogue is his “ Monitor to Families,” his "Sermons on the duties thickly studded with these recommendations ; and where and consolations of the Aged," and now, his “ Coun they are wanting, the intending purchaser will find am. sels for the Sanctuary and for Civil Life,” comprise in ple scope for the exercise of his particular predilections

, themselves a library of Christian morality--compend amidst a host of interesting works on all sides of the of Christian doctrine, duty, and worship and a the question. saurus of all that is admirable in the Christian life. The author of Rasselas has somewhere declared, that MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. .. that instruction is most valuable in youth, which will be most easily reduced to practice in the after business

MORAL & MISCELLANEOUS ESSAYS. of life.” What the moralist observed of juvenile educa

No. 3. tion, may be well applied to the studies of maturer scoTCH PERIODICAL LITERATURE FORTY YEARS years. The name and honour won by doing good, the ap

SINCE. plause which redounds to those who have laboured to advance the best interests of society, and to promote the

“ Huc illuc volitant, nec certa in sede morantur.“ destinies of human beings , is worth all the empty breath | total want of literature,

which Rorne, for upwards of fire Nothing, at first view, is more striking than the

VIRG

hundred years of her Herculean infancy, exhibited. A village and seaport of a neighbourhood, by means of few fescennian catches, a few ballads and songs of the the daily post, the weekly carrier, or the monthly fratres arvales, with the alliterative carmina of the packet. They were, however, regular, if not stated, in twelve tables, form the whole, or nearly the whole, of their revolutions ; and what they wanted in the extent her lore, during that period ; and when we contrast this, and accuracy of their information, was amply compensanot only with her Augustan splendours, but even with ted by variety, warmth, and animation. They were not the earlier stages of Egypt, Phænicia, and Greece, we dead letters, nor even men of letters ; but beings of like are struck with the apparent anomaly, and are very na- feelings, views, and propensities, with the individuals turally led to enquire, not only into the cause of this they visited and informed ;--in a word, they were “tai. lengthened and struggling dawn, but into the avoca- lots” and “ packmen.tions and amusements of a people, without one single Yes, my dear reader, tailors and packmen! Your scrap of written intelligence wherewith to satisfy curio- own father knew them well, and esteemed them highly. sity or to convey instruction. There is no doubt, that, Never a suit of clothes did he wear for many a year of with the coins and the customs of Magna Grecia and his life, which had not been manufactured into coat, Sicily, the literature of Crotona, Servium, Tarentum, waistcoat, and et ceteras, in his own kitchen ; nor was he and Syracuse, penetrated to Rome at a period prior to too proud or vain of his L.500 a-year freehold property, any regular currency or literature of her own; but still to purchase from the south-country packman, as he trathe individuals who had access to, or taste for, such lux. velled twice a-year from Manchester to Glasgow, and uries, must have been few indeed in an age when, to be from Glasgow to Manchester, various articles of more exercised or schooled merely meant to be prepared for skilful manufacture. It was not, however, for the sake fighting the battles of one's country. Still, however, in of the clothes-making and the merchandise that he the Campus Martius, with its comitia and varied mili- harboured and encouraged the men of the needle and tary discipline,-in the Forum, with its law-suits, judg- ellwand, but on account of that local and distant inments, and ninth-day marketings,—in the holidays, formation with which these two great and popular Ma. with all their shows, processions, and entertainments, gazines were respectively stored.

What the country in the ordinary discharge of the duties of a showy, newspaper is to you, with all its advertisements, inçiamusing, and engrossing religion, in the cultivation of dents, accidents, and reports, that was the merry-hearted the soil, and in the solicitation of offices and prefer- tailor to him, with his daily list of country hear-says ments, one may venture to find occupation for the great with his local and personal knowledge of all the famiest and better proportion of the Roman tribes and Cu- lies, from the upper Dan to the nether Beersheba of riæ, so as to prevent that mental recoil under which, as your father's Israel. Hudibras has it, the sword “ cuts into itself, for lack of Your newspaper, with all appliances of type and somebody to hue and hack.”

paper, is but a poor, and a cold, and an uninteresting But when we contemplate the land of our birth, as it substitute, for the glowing eye, the knowing glance, the existed not more than forty years back, and consider animated diction, and the ever-varying aspect, of Sandy what was then the literary character and avocations of Goldie of tailor memory. Sandy was the laird's tailor, the great body of the people, and in particular of the and the laird's fool ; yet, with Burns's Merry Andrew, inhabitants of the country, the state of Rome, during he might have said with all justice, her five hundred years of " darkness visible," appears

• The chiel that's a fool for himsell, less interesting and surprising. It is a fact, which any

Gude faith, he's far dafter than I !" one who has lived fifty years may distinctly remember, that scarcely forty years ago, periodical publications, Sandy spent the greater proportion of his time in the with the exception of the old Scots Magazine, for castle kitchen ; and though liable to occasional apogees which I have still a sneaking kindness on that very account, were unknown, and that you might as well have into the exterior of the parish, amongst farmers and cot. looked for a copy of Bede or Boëtius, as for a newspaper he was welcomed by laird and lady_by all and sun.

tars, he constantly gravitated towards the castle, where on the window-sills of our Scotch farmers. The great dry—with the exception, perhaps, of the “gentleman” body of our Scotch peasantry were, indeed, educated as they still are ; and well skilled were they in divinity, partment of conversation with the laird. At country

who regarded Sandy as a formidable rival in the deas it came down to them from the preachings and con- weddings, Sandy's foot was heard the first and the last troversies of covenanted ministers. They had their Worthies, and Witnesses in Clouds ;-their Guthries on the sheeling, hall, or barn floor ; and amidst a whole

harvest-boon of shearers, three-fourths of which was their Welshes_their Rutherfords_their Flavels their Bostons—their Wellwoods-their Melvilles; but they guid" and bother and badinage even old Tibby of the

composed of women, Sandy would " keep his ain part had neither Review nor Magazine -retrospective, pro- clauchan into utter ridicule. Silence was altogether out spective, literary, scientific, popular., All these glori- of the question ! Tales of the times that were, as well ous things of the later times were hid from their eyes ; and in regard to what may be called the literature of could originate a narrative of ghost, robber, frailty, or

as of the present, were Sandy's property; and no one the day, they dwelt in the most perfect and unawakened misfortune, but Sandy would either take a lift of the ignorance. To read a newspaper of a Sabbath, was to

story, or follow up the recital with something a thoubreak not one, but all of the commandments at once ;

sand times more awful, mournful, ridiculous, or surand to listen to a profane work of modern history or

prising. If an Irishman twisted a bull by the horns, travels, was a mere apology for laziness and ill-doing. Had then our venerable, and, after all, intellectual and toss it over a wall ;_if a neighbour's property was

Sandy would fairly wrench the head from the shoulders, ancestors, no means of gratifying that taste or appetite injured by the floods, Sandy bad a year of God at hand, for which the Athenians are censured ? Had they no under the shelter of which he would bring down watermeans of obtaining the news of the day ; and were they spouts, which spared nothing man, wife, nor child, for compelled, from the want of Newspapers and Magazines, miles around. All manner of contracts, agreements, to submit to a total ignorance of local reports and national and proposals, in reference to matrimony, were as visi. transactions ?. By no means. Their periodicals were; ble to Sandy, months and years ere they actually took indeed, not limited and restricted to particular and place, as the ship in the clouds which Scoresby saw stated days of the week, of the month, of the quarter, or of the year; they did not figure in all the attraction many leagues off at sea. of frontispiece, cover, and engravings, nor were they « 'Twas the sunset of life gave him mystical lore, capable of being conveyed, regularly, to every petty And coming events threw their shadows before."

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But-till nature's course is o'er, Man, laid down, shall rise no more.

By him unheeded and unheard,
Vain shall carol summer's bird ;-
O'er his slumbers, cold and calm,
Vainly swell the choral psalm;
Vainly vernal breezes bear
Living voices through the air;
Vainly rave the winter storm :-
O'er the reckless, ruin'd form
Silence sleeps, while thunders roar,
Till the Heavens shall be no more.

Death, too, seemed to have admitted Sandy so far into his confidence, as to apprise him, not only of his doings,” but his intentions. Such was Sandy; and I should like to see his substitute in the best country paper_even in M‘Diarmid's of which we can boast.

But the packman, Watty Tweedie's range was wider far; and when the two met, it was as the meeting of

; the two clouds_surcharged with sound and fury-over the Caspian. In fact, they were rivals in the home, though there was no comparison whatever in regard to the foreign, department. Watty's dealings were mostly with the daughters, rather than with the sons of men ; and his store of intelligence comprehended—reports of frail duchesses' birth-day suits, new fashions,---projected acts of Parliament, whose effects would undoubtedly enhance the value of every article in his pack,--the crops,--the pasturage,-the sheep,_and black cattle stock. All the varied interests and concerns of the farm. er, in particular, were carefully treasured up and retailed by Watty, in his stated migrations ; and he never passed a hall kitchen without informing himself of the whole domestic circle, from his Honour above to plain Jenny Byres below. He was a spy in every family; and with far more accuracy than ever did, or would periodical, did he, and would hé, unfold the thoughts and doings of private individuals to the wide world of his everlasting travel.

Thus, by the help of the Goldies and the Tweedies of the age, did our forefathers contrive to be far better in. formed upon public and private affairs than we, their type-perusing children, have any notion of. In fact, in those days spectacles were seldom found necessary, even for the aged, as information came principally by hearing, and the sight was reserved for the more ordinary and important purposes of self-preservation, direction, support, and defence. This last circumstance, indeed, is one which appears to me deserving of the most serious consideration ; for if reading, and periodical reading in particular, continues to increase for the next ten years in the same ratio in which it has advanced upon us during the last ten, our eyes will be so much over-worked, that we may be left in a world of darkness, without extinguishing sun, moon, or stars. Spectacles will sell for a while ; but they, too, will cease to be useful; and, af. ter every letter has been magnified into fenders, tongs, shovels, and pokers, vision itself will crack at the core. There may be a good deal of internal light left, but in. ternal light will be found of exceedingly little use by those whose business is all with the external world. In announcing the danger, however, I have done my duty, and I now lay down my pen with a clear conscience. St Andrews.

T. G.

Lone, within the sullen shroud,
Rest the pale and ghastly crowd,
'Neath their monumental piles,
In the mighty Minster aisles
Hush'd in marble sleep profound-
Swathed with night and silence round;
And, beneath the churchyard bowers,
Dark at noontide's glowing hours,
Though with sunshine mantled o'er,-
Till the Heavens shall be no more.

Far in Oriental lands,
On their boundless, burning sands
Flowerless_leafless lifeless-lone
Buried nations slumber on,
Where oblivion feebly braves
Ghosts of cities on their graves;
Where proud Babel hath her rest,
And Palmyra on the waste
Myriads-mighty men of yore,
Rest till Heaven shall be no more,

Deep beneath the ocean's foam
Death has made his silent home
In the gulfing earthquake's womb
In the red volcano's tomb
In the dim and ancient wood-
In the river's rolling flood;-
Dungeon mine and mountain head
All are peopled with the dead-
Dwellers of each sea and shore
Till the Heavens shall be no more.

ORIGINAL POETRY.

Earth, with all her wastes and waves,
Is but one vast place of graves,
In whose charnels, still and deep,
All the past hath gone to sleep
Where the present shall, ere long,
Swell the cold and countless througe
Feeling not the hideous chose
Unto life and living woes
Till the tomb its trust restore,
And the Heavens shall be no more.

EARTH'S GRAVES.

By John Malcolm, Author of The Buccaneer,"

Scenes of War,” gc. “ Man lieth down, and riseth not till the Heavens be no more."

When his mortal life is gone,
Man in slumber lays him down ;
O'er his cold, unconscious clay,
Ages long shall glide away-
Wafting on their silent wings
Soft and balmy-breathing springs;
Flowery summers shedding bloom ;
Winters with their shrouding gloom;

O'er the world's primeval dead
Many a thousand years have fled-
Thousands more shall roll away
O'er the graves of yesterday-
O'er the child's that last had birth
O'er the yet unborn of earth-
Yet to come and yet to go
The dark way of all below-
To the calm and silent shore
Till the Heavens shall be no more.

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La lune en haut fait voir sa lempe, SCOTCH AND ENGLISH SONGS FRENCHIFIED.

J'en vois les cornes d'un doux feu !
1.- Auld Langsyne.

C'est un attrait pour qu'on décampe,
Doit-on négliger ses amis,

Mais il faut qu'elle attende un peu !
Outrager la tendresse

Encore, &c.
De ceux qu'on chérissoit jadis
Aux jours de la jeunesse ?

Le premier qui nous quitte, amis !
Aux jours de la jeunesse, ami !

Est traître vil, et bas faquin!
Aux jours de la jeunesse !

Qui premier baisse le tapis
Qu'un doux verre encore soit rempli

Sera le Roi de cofestin !
Aux jours de la jeunesse !

Encore, &c.
A Salton.

LORMA.
Nous courions sur le gazon,

Cueillant les fleurs sans cesse ;
Mais quels penibles pas fait-on
Depuis la jeunesse !

LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
Aux jours, &c.
Nous voilà qui roulons dans l'onde,

We have pleasure in announcing, that Dr Walker, the learned
Quand l'été nous oppresse;

Episcopal Professor of Divinity in Edinburgh, has in the press a La mer, en nous séparant, gronde

volume of Sermons on the Fasts and Festivals of the Church, Depuis la jeunesse !

with other Discourses on important subjects, preached before the Aux jours, &c.

University of Cambridge. The volume, it is expected, will be

published in May. Embrassons-nous donc, cher ami !

Mr Hugh Murray, F.R.S.E., author of Travels in Africa, Asia, Ma main la vôtre presse;

&c., has in the press an Historical Account of Discoveries and Buvons un verre tout rempli

Travels in North America, including the United States, Canada,

the Shores of the Polar Sea, and the Voyages in search of a Aux jours de la jeunesse !

North-West Passage ; with, Observations on Emigration,
Aux jours, &c.

The fair minstrel, L. E. L. (Miss Letitia Elizabeth Landon,)

is about to publish the Venetian Bracelet, and other Poems. Allons! ne pensons pas au frais,

The miscellaneous works of Sir Philip Sidney, containing the Que ce voeu ait largesse :

Defence of Poesy, Letter to Queen Elizabeth, Astrophel and “ Croisse l'amitié pour jamais,

Stella, Letters to his brother on Foreign Travel, Defence of the Sacrée soit la jeunesse !"

Earl of Leicester, &c. will be published soon; with a Life of the

Author, and Illustrative Notes; edited by our towsman, William Aux jours, &c.

Gray, Esq. of Magdalen College, Oxford, and of the Inner Tem

ple. There is said to be nearly two hundred authors who have II.-O no! we never mention her.

written in praise of Sir Philip Sidney." D'elle nous ne parlons jamais, son nom n'est plus oùi;

An Historical Sketch of the Origin of English

Prose Literature, Mes lévres n'osent plus sonner ce mot si favori ! and of its progress till the reign of James I., with illustrative spe

cimens, selected from the best authors, is about to issue from the De lieu en lieu on me conduit pour bannir mes regrets,

Oxford press. Et quand on m'apperçoit sourire, on croit que' j'oubliais.

We have perused the first Number of “ The Oxford Literary

Gazette, and Classical and Foreign Journal.” . In external size On veut que j'aille en leux distans chercher l'amour and appearance, it is almost a fac-simile of the Edinburgh Liteétrange,

rary Journal. The Editor requests not to be judged by his first Mais fusse-je exilé au loin, mon cæur serait sans change ; Number, and we shall comply with his request; but we may C'est vrai que je ne verrai plus ce vallon si sacré, safely state, that though, perhaps, a little too scholastic, we think Nil'arbre où nous nous trouvions, mais pourrai-je oublier? it promises well, and that we wish all success to our younger bro

ther. How comes it, however, that he costs 8d. unstamped, and On a beau dire qu'à présent elle a beaucoup de joie,

1s. stamped, when we sell ourselves for 6d. and 10d. ? We are

certainly beginning to think we are too cheap ; but it is for "Auld Et qu'elle m'a tout oublié-y puis-je ajouter foi ?

Scotland's sake," and she can appreciate our disinterestedness. Peutêtre qu'elle, comme moi, combatte ses regrets,

The first number of a new weekly newspaper, called the Aber. Mais si elle aime autant que moi, puit-elle oublier jamais? deer Observer, was published yesterday in that city. The pro

spectus is temperately written, and the different departments seem III.-Willie brew'd a Peck o' Ma't.

well digested and arranged.

We observe that the Miscellaneous Works of the Reverend Ma. Jean brasse un picotin de dréche,

thew Henry are about to be published in monthly parts, (price 38. Il en goute avec deux voisins ;

each,) and will be enriched with the addition of a large quantity La nuit entière, chacun léche,

of matter never yet given to the world, from original MSS. in the Ecoutez ces trois gais coquins !

possession of the Editor. Encore un coup !

We are glad to observe, by the American papers, that the indeEncore un coup !

fatigable Cooper has just published, at Philadelphia, a new novel,

with the inexplicable title of “Wish-for-Wish." We presume it A-t-on bu jusque' à s'enivrer?

will shortly make its appearance on this side of the Atlantic. Ni coq chantant,

D'Erbine, or the Cynic, "a novel of the De Vere class," is anNi jour venant:

nounced. We do not exactly understand what is meant by “a Ma foi !--ne peut nous séparer !

novel of the De Vere class."

The Poetical Sketch Book, in one volume, by T. K. Hervey, Nous voici trois joyeux garçons.com

including a third edition of his “ Australia," will be published in Où vivent trois plus enjoués ?

a few days.

A new edition, with considerable additions, of Mr Coleridge's Le temps gaiement nous passerons

Poetical Works is announced. Ensemble comme aux jours passés !

An Essay on the Deaf and Dumb, showing the necessity of Encore, &c.

Medical Treatment in early infancy, with observations on con

genital deafness, by J. H. Curtis, Esq. Surgeon Aurist to the found them in every case accurate. These measurements are King, is in the press.

still more conclusive, from the circumstance of many of the most Lord King is preparing for the press an account of the Life important having been taken by a professed phrenologist. Mr and Writings of the celebrated philosopher John Locke, which Stone certainly deserves great credit for having thus attacked the will contain extracts, never before published, from his correspond science in the very part where it was deemed most invulnerable; ence, English and Foreign, from 1660 to the last year of his life and, by a laborious and extensive induction of anti-phrenological in 1704, and also from his Journals and Common-place Book. facts, he has, in a great measure, overturned the whole hypo

YORK MINSTER.-A public meeting has been held in London, thesis. where a subscription was opened for the rebuilding of this noble

Theatrical Gossip-The new musical piece, called “ Home, structure. Lord Hitz-William gave £3000, and other noblemen

sweet Home, or the Ranz des Vaches," has been very succesarul and gentlemen liberally followed this laudable example. Tuomas Moore.-Our readers will learn with much regret, Swiss scenes, the exquisite dresses of its Swiss peasant girls, and

at Covent Garden. Itowes this success principally to some lovely that the author of Lalla Rookh is at present suffering under one

two or three pretty Swiss melodies which it contains. Madame of the severest calamities which can overtake a parent-the loss

Vestris sustains the principal female part in a style which seemi of his eldest daughter, a beautiful and promising young lady, to have delighted the Londoners exceedingly. There is no other who has died in her sixteenth year.

novelty stirring in the dramatic world of the metropolis.- Mrs Miss Eliza Paton's Concert.-We had prepared an article Henry Siddons had an excellent benefit on Tuesday, and Thorne upon this subject, which, for want of room, we are obliged to

a very good one on Thursday.-Last night, at the request of the omit. The Concert was very crowdedly attended, and the per- Lady Patronesses of the Fancy Ball, the new national Opera of formances seemed to afford very general satisfaction. The Misses

“Rob Roy" was performed for the first time. Mackay made a E. and I. Paton particularly distinguished themselves; and they decided hit in the part of Bailie Nicol Jarvie, and we venture to were ably supported, especially by Miss Noel and Mr Murray. predict, that this will be, in future, one of his favourite charae

FINE ARTS.Two of Wilkie's celebrated paintings are about ters.-To-night, Charles Kemble commences an engagement of to be engraved in the best style of art, -the Chelsea pensioners ten days, and is to play Don Felix, in the “Wonder."-Our reading the Gazette of the Battle of Waterloo, and Alfred in the readers are aware that Miss Noel is just on the eve of leaving the Neatherd's Cottage. Our townsman, Allan, sent up to London, stage. She is to play to-night in the “ Bee-Hive;" but we do not for exhibition, a few days ago, a very spirited painting he has see that her name occurs in the bills for next week. It will be a just finished, -Jonah about to be thrown overboard. We have long while before the blank which she will leave can be supplied no doubt that this work will still farther increase his well-merited to us ; we question whether we shall ever hear our national mereputation.

lodies sung so well again. She takes with her our sincerest wishes PHRENOLOGY.-On Friday, the 20th inst., an interesting and for her happiness in after life,– wishes in which we are sure the able communication was read, by Mr Stone, to the Royal Medical public universally join ; for, whilst she has delighted with her taSociety, on the Phrenological Developements of the heads of a lents, she has, at the same time, endeared herself everywhere by number of notorious characters. Our readers may recollect that the unassuming modesty and gentleness of her manners. we promised them, some time ago, a paper on the cranioscopy of Burke and Hare. This paper was then in preparation for the

WEEKLY LIST OF PERFORMANCES. LITERARY JOURNAL, by Mr Stone; but the subject grew upon

March 21 March 27. his hands, till it much exceeded our limits, and assumed a dif: ferent and more extensive form. The first part of Mr Stone's

Sat. The Rivals, & The Beehive. paper was devoted to a consideration of the question, whether Mon. Beaux Stratagem, of Charles XII. the phrenological developement of Burke and Hare correspond Tues. The Soldier's Daughter, & The Noyades. with their acknowledged character? After depicting the charac

WED. Recruiting Officer, & Free and Easy. ter of cach, and detailing numerous illustrative anecdotes, Mr

THUR. The Tempest, A Vocal Concert, & The Bottle Imp. Stone proceeded to contrast it with the phrenological develope

FRI. Rob Roy, & Paul Pry. ment. By reference to the measurements of upwards of one hundred crania, he proved that the organ of Destructiveness in Burke not only fails to possess an endowment proportioned to the

MUSICAL EPIGRAM. extent of its alleged manifestation ; but is both absolutely and re- Says Rossini to Braham,-"I'll tell you one ting, latively below the average size. Burke's organ of Benevolence is When you've lost all your teeth, Mr Braham, how to sing." also, unfortunately for Phrenology, proved to be above the ave- " How is it?" says Braham. “Ahl mio diletto, rage size. Mr Stone, besides, considered the question, whether it You must do like your maestro, and sing in false-setto." be possible to recognize the crania of murderers by any of the phrenological signs attributed to them, and adduced measure. ments of the crania of a variety of murderers, giving a brief statement of the atrocities of which they were guilty. A number of

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. the facts brought forward in this part of his communication were exceedingly curious, and seemed to prove, beyond a doubt, the

Goethe and his Poetry," by the author of " Anster Fair, Mr Stone

will appear in our next. complete uncertainty of phrenological conclusions. then proceeded to contrast the acquisitiveness and conscientious

We have much pleasure in acknowledging the receipt of Proness of the most notorious thieves in the Edinburgh Jail and fessor Gillespie's recent communication, which will appear Bridewell, with the same organs in as many as eighty living indi- speedily. viduals of exemplary character, by which he showed that in the • The Sutor of Selkirk, a remarkably true story," by one of thieves, the organ of acquisitiveness, or theft, was below, and con

the authors of the “Odd Volume," “ Tales and Legends," &c. scientiousness above, the average size. The whole communica

is in types.-Several other interesting articles are unavoidably | tion was a condensed mass of striking and irresistible facts, which postponed from a press of matter.-We have to return our thanks

for the extract from Burchell's Travels in Southern Africa, which are decidedly irreconcilable with many of the most fundamental propositions of the phrenological theory. It is announced for confirms the opinions advanced in an Essay on “ Comets, and publication, and cannot fail to interest both the scientific and po- other Celestial Phenomena,” published in the Literary Journals pular reader. We were a little surprised that none of the professed few weeks ago.Our Leith correspondent is informed, that in fuchampions of the phrenological cause were present, more especial- ture we propose devoting, if possible, a larger space to “Dramatic ly as many of them, we understood, were aware that such a pa- Criticism."-We have received the communications of “R, F." per was to be read, as it had been announced by the author a of Kirkaldy, and shall write to him upon the subject. fortnight previously. When Sir William Hamilton read his pa- “The Third Dream” shall have an early place.—"W. D." of per at the Royal Society, the complaint was, that no discussion Guisborough will hear from us shortly; we owe him an apology by strangers was allowed ;- but here, before an audience, inclu- for not having written to him sooner. We suspect that original ding some of the most distinguished literary and scientifie men in poetry is not the forte of the author of “ Navarin," « The ViEdinburgh, where free discussion was allowed, no phrenologist sion,” and “ The Ball;" we shall be glad to hear from him again ventured to take up the gauntlet. The only objections that were -There are some very sweet lines in “Poor Adelaid;" but we are hazarded against Mr Stone's communication, he replied to in a afraid the story, as a whole, is hardly perfect enough for publicavery satisfactory manner.

As the measurements referred to are tion. Would the author favour us with a prose article, perhaps numerous, it is worthy of observation, that one of the presidents on some scientific subject !—The verses by “ J. B." and " H. M." of the Society stated that he had himself re-examined them, and will not suit 11s.

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