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counts of the Assassination of James I. and III. of Scotland, the appeared in coats of mud-coloured brown, with snuff-sovered Raid of Ruthven, and the Gowrie Conspiracy, the Gunpowder kerseymere vests, in small grease spot patterns, embroidered at the Plot, and the Famous Ryehouse Plot.

edge with tobacco juice or heavy wet; the tights made small or Memoirs of the celebrated Lady Fanshawe, wife of the Right large, and of any thing you can screw out of the stitch ; a check Hon. Sir Richard Fanshawe, Bart. Ambassador from Charles II. shirt, without sleeres. This is the ne plus ultra of swell toggery. to the Court of Madrid, are about to appear.

Any sort of coat you can grab is also much in favour; some of A work is announced under the title of Letters from Turkey, these coats have d...d greasy collars. At balls, the waistcoats are Egypt, Nubia, and Palestine, by R. R. Madden, Esq. The au- of all sorts which the Fancy cribs of Field lane, and Monmouth thor, who is a physician, has been sojourning for four years in street, can furnish; but those that fit are most fashionabla these countries, and was enabled, by virtue of his profession, to

The ephemeral reign of waistcoats with straight collars is fast ascertain the actual state of Turkish society, manners, and cus declining, from constant wear. The new waistcoats, which are in toms, and to furnish more accurate information than has ever ap- high vogue with those who have good flesh-bags, are cut very peared on the subject. During his travels in the East, he visited skimping over the craw, and are liked by the snips, because they the sites of Troy, Memphis, Thebes, and Jerusalem, and other consume less stuff: besides, they are more lively and consistent interesting ruins.

with the airy example of Dusty Bob, and other models of eleganee. A copy of Burke's Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetcy of

For dress-balls, the most approved costume consists of short kickthe United Kingdom has just reached us. The work, in point of seys, open at the knees, red garters, and striped worsted stock.' accuracy and extent of information, surpasses any that has yet ings; a yellow fogle, à la Ned Stockman, a white castor, false appeared, being compiled from the communications of the nobi.

collar of foolscap, which meets the lug, mustachios of Day and lity, and containing the Baronetcies of Scotland and Ireland, to- Martin's Japan, or horse-hair. Sometimes rests have buttons of gether with various new and important additions. different patterns; but livery buttons should be avoided. Many

1 A History of the late Catholic Association of Ireland, from its

of the canine blades take their tykes to public assemblies, with institution in 1760, to its final dissolution in 1829, by a member

brass squeezes round their throttles ; the tail shaved. Greengroof that body; to which are added the opinions of a distinguished cers ornament their hinder quarters with a carrot, stuck a la spi. Traveller on the actual state of Ireland, and on the Elections of got and fosset. Carpenters prefer a two-foot rule; snobs a pegEngland, will appear in a few days.

ging-awl; and tailors a thimble, placed gracefully over the sixth Mr Horace Smith, the author of Brambletye House, Zillah, joint from the vertebræ. &c., has a new novel in considerable forwardness, to be called Theatrical Gossip.–Poole has produced a successful farce at " The New Forest.'

Drury Lane, entitled, " My Wife! What Wife?"_" King Lear The author of Hungarian Tales is about to publish Romances

has been revived at the same Theatre; Young, Lear,-Miss Phil. of Real Life, in three volumes.

lips, Cordelia.-At Covent Garden, " The Maid of Judah," and The second volume of Mr Atherstone's Poem, the Siege of Ni. "Home, sweet Home," continue a successful career.—The French neveh, is on the eve of publication.

Theatre goes well on; and Elliston is making the Surrey pay.The Rivingtons announce a volume of an interesting nature,

The Italian Opera seems a more doubtful speculation.-On Tuesto be called The German Pulpit, being a collection of sermons by day last, there was a performance at Covent Garden in aid of a the most eminent modern divines of Germany; selected and

fund for raising a monument to the memory of Charles Dibdin. translated by the Rev. R. Baker.

Many of his best songs were sung in fine style; and, in the musiThe King of Bavaria has published a volume of Poems at Mu. cal afterpiece of " The Padlock," Miss Paton and Madame Ves, nich, the profits of which are devoted to an institution for the

tris conjoined their powers-the latter amusing the Londoners blind.

with the exhibition of a wooden leg, incidental to the pert of Mary Queen of Scots, and other Poems, by John Heneage Jes. Leander, which she sustained.--"O'Donoghue and his White sè, Esq., will appear in a few days.

Horse," a melo-dramatic spectacle for Easter is preparing at Drury LECTURES ON DRAMATIC POETRY.-James Sheridan Knowles,

Lane.-"The Provok'd Husband" haring been very successfulat Esq., author of Virginius, &c., has been invited to London, and

this last Theatre, is to be revived at Covent Garden, and will be several of the principal towns in England, to deliver a Course of strongly cast. Lord and Lady Townly, Charles Kemble and Miss Lectures on a subject to which few men living can do greater Chester; Richard and Miss Jenny, Keeley and Miss Nelson ; Sir justice-Dramatic Poetry. We understand he is about to com- Francis Wronghead and Mr Manly, Fawcett and Warde. The mence his tour immediately, in the course of which he will pro- play will be beautifully performed. Madame Catalani is in Dublio. bably visit Ireland. We believe he will remain a short time at -Miss Smithson is in Holland, astonishing the Dutch; but she Dumfries first, on his way to England; and it is not unlikely that is speedily to visit London.-Charles Kembie, who takes his bene he may be in Edinburgh in the course of next autumn. What fit here to-night, has not been drawing above three good houses gives a peculiar and striking interest to Mr Know les' Lectures, in the week. He is to be succeeded, on Monday, by Miss P. H. are his powers as an elocutionist. His readings and recitations are Kelly. It would have been much better had they been here to animated and beautiful in the extreme.

gether. A new piece was produced on Thursday night, called, MR Ford's COLLECTION-We have pleasure in calling the at- “ The King and the Czar;" it was successful in London, but west

1 tention of our readers to the very curious collection of old and off rather heavily here. A Miss Clarke is expected to make her rare books, and some interesting and valuable portraits, which debut soon, with the view of filling Miss Noel's line of parts. have been recently brought to Edinburgh for private exhibition Nous Verrons. and sale by Mr Ford. We have gone over the collection more

WEEKLY LIST OF PERFORMANCES. than once, and though small, have found in it many things which we could not easily have met with elsewhere.

April 4-April fo. New Music-Mr Finlay Dun, whose fine taste and musical

SAT. Bold Stroke for a Wife, & High Life Below Stairs. acquisitions are so well known in Edinburgh, has recently pub. Mon. Macbeth, & Falls of Clyde. lished two songs, both of which possess much merit. They are Tues. Beaux Stratagem, & Catharine and Petruchio. called, “ The Mad Maiden's Song," and " The Bonnie Lad that's WED. King Henry IV. & Falls of Clyde. far awa';" the melody of each is very sweet and flowing.

THUR. Provok'd Husband, $ King and Czar. Me Wilson's CONCERT.-This concert was very judiciously FRI. Mountaineers, & Do. conducted, and was pleasantly varied by the introduction of some fine old English madrigals. “The Golden Bee," a very spirited

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. composition, by the Authoress of “ Aloyse," was sung with much “A. L. B." of Glasgow writes temperately and well; and the taste by Miss Tunstall, and is likely to become a popular favour- author of the article in question may perhaps profit by his opi. ite.

nions."F." of Dundee has our thanks; we shall be glad to hear Mr MURRAY's Concert.-We observe that this splendid vio- from him again; we think he succeeds best in the sentimental linist is to give a concert in the Assembly Rooms on Tuesday. He mood, judging by the commencement of his communicationis to be assisted by the Misses Paton, and Miss Inverarity, who is "A Friend" has not changed our opinion on the subject he writes on this oceasion to make her first public appearance, and of whose about. When “G. Barbour” next honours us with a letter, ve musical talents very favourable reports have reached us. She is shall be obliged by his paying the postage. a grand-niece, we are informed, of Robert Fergusson, the Scot- There are some good lines in " Nature, an Allegory;" but, es tish poet, whom she is said to resemble very much in countenance.

a whole, it is imperfeet.-We regret that “The Chieftains of She is only sixteen; but if what we have heard of the power of Morven," the lines on " Hope," to " Misfortune," to "Spring." her voice, the fire of her manner, and the brilliancy of her execu. and the Stanzas by " D. L. B.," will not suit us. tion, be correct, she must be a wonderful girl of her age.

“Cato," to whom we owe an apology, will positiveiy find a Fancy DRESSES. -For evening dress, some slap-up coves have packet at our Publishers' nou.

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have become gods; but it rejects entirely the idea of a LITERARY CRITICISM.

Supreme Being, who has created and preserves the uni.

Its highest conception of power and happiness The History and Doctrine of Budhism popularly illus- ) is to be in a state of Budha, or to obtain Nieban. trated; with Notices of the Kappooism, or Demon and consists in not being subject to weight, old age,

This state of Budha, or Nieban, entirely negative, Worship, and of the Bali, or Planetary Incantations of Ceylon. By Edward Upham, "M.R.A.S. disease, or death. It is to be obtained only after a long With forty-three Lithographic Prints, from original progress of metempsychosis, and a succession of punishSingalese Designs. London. R. Ackermann. 1829. ments and purifications in hells and purgatories, which,

by the decrees of fate-Damata_ necessarily follow 4to.

moral or immoral conduct. Four persons have already This is a learned and valuable work, upon a subject passed into the highest state of existence, namely, that of much greater interest and importance than the gene- of Budha, of which persons Gaudma was the fourth ; ral reader may at first sight suppose. Budhism is the and his doctrines are to remain in full force for 5000 most ancient faith of which any authentic records exist; years, at the expiration of which period, (nearly onefor even what may be termed modern Budhism, which half having already passed,) a fifth and last person will is a modification of the original doctrine, and a slight appear; and when he transmigrates into the state of deviation from pure Paganism, is 2340 years old. It Budha, the present system of things shall have an end. owes its existence to Gaudma, or Godama, (whence the Mixed up with this predominating belief, which, many Teutonic word God,) who, having been probably a great centuries ago, found its way into Egypt, and was thence warrior king and lawgiver in that remote period, taught carried to Greece by Pythagoras, are a thousand will his people to believe that he was endowed with super- fancies and incomprehensible legends, betraying the human powers, and on his death was deified, as has al- gorgeous luxuriance of Eastern imagination, and show. ways been the case in rude ages. The previous tradi- ing, after all, how very short a length man's spirit, cations regarding a Budha, go back to a period long ante bined and confined by the trammels of materiality, can rior to that at which the Mosaic chronology fixes the proceed when it attempts to soar, unaided, beyond the Deluge. The creed which Gaudma disseminated, and paltry range of its own weak senses. which is preserved in its purest state in the Island of But, notwithstanding the absurdities of the Budhist Ceylon, extends over all the Indian isles, and the creed, historical and scientific conclusions of the most greater portion of the vast regions to the eastward of interesting nature may be deduced from its doctrines the Ganges, among which may be included Birmah, and traditions ; and this, of itself, would make it wor. China, Tartary, and Thibet. Íts doctrines thus influ. thy the most careful and laborious investigation. If, in ence the moral and intellectual character of not fewer retracing the stream of time, we are to look for the founthan three hundred millions of the human race. These tain from which all the generations of man have proare considerations which convert, into matters of deep in ceeded, and if that people is likely to be the most anterest, the most minute details that can be gathered from cient who inhabit districts acknowledged as the original the almost unexplored heaps of Eastern manuscripts, nursery of all the arts now spread over the world, it is pictorial representations, and other antiquities which are clear that we must turn to the East, and that there known to exist, but which no scholar, previous to Mr Budhism, if it does not bring us to the fountain-head, Upham, has been able to turn to much practical use. will at least carry us a long way on the right course toSarely no enquiry can have more imperative claims wards it. In the progress of this voyage of discovery, it upon public aitention than that which retraces its way, will be particularly important and interesting to obupon ihe most authentic data, to the very earliest years serve, in the first place, that in the Maha-Vansi, a work of creation, and which seems to point to a time when composed in Palee, (the sacred Budhist language,) and the great family of man formed but one community, which is one of the oldest and most esteemed of the sa. cherished the same belief, and observed the same rites. cred writings, the early history of the human race, That some grand convulsion in the material world over though laid

at a much remoter date, is found to agree, threw this state of things, and scattered its fragments in many remarkable points, with our own Sacred Scripover the earth, seems to be beyond a doubt. Asiatic tures. The Maha-Mansi records the lengthened period tradition, though it cannot precisely explain what that of life allotted to the earlier inhabitants of the earth, convulsion was, or how it operated, carries us back to the non-existence of sin, the rationality of the animal the date of its occurrence, and almost seems, in some tribes, the extraordinary ascension of a certain Mahavague and mysterious manner, to penetrate beyond the Mandatoo in a living state to heaven, the introduction barrier, and to present at least a glimpse of the primeval of falschond and murder, and the rebellion of men world.

against the gods. These are very curious coincidences, We are strongly inclined to think, that according and will, no doubt, tend to confirm the Christian in his to the correct acceptation of the term, Budhism is a faith. system of Atheism. It, no doubt, inculcates a be. There are other coincidences equally deserving of no. lief in various gods, or rather in human beings who tice. Many of our readers are no doubt acquainted with the theory advanced by Humboldt, that the twelve signs The doctrine of metempsychosis is the very essence are not the original Zodiac, but are derived from a more and groundwork of Budhism. Jt is not a mere fanci. ancient system of the lunar mansions in use in Central ful theory, but a moral system, which teaches that souls Asia. Mr Upham's work establishes the truth of this must atone by penances in inferior forms for sins comtheory. The solar zodiac, which the Budhists have mitted in any present stage of existence, and that it is also, is proved to have been the result of a more advan- only after they have occupied the bodies of men or ani. ced state of knowledge, and to have been derived from mals, more or less degraded, that they can finally be the far more ancient and original lunar zodiac. We fitted for Nirwana, or the slate of Budha. There being thus see that astrology, which owes its existence to the no Supreme Being, no great directing Mind, in the Budmixture of superstition and curiosity implanted in our hist creed, the system of metempsychosis was the only nature, is, in truth, the parent of astronomy, which is Other plausible method by which a scheme of rewards science purged from superstition by more accurate inform- and punishments could be introduced, without which ation. But this discovery leads to still further results ; no religion could ever be popular or useful. Budhism mit shows an affinity existing in the rites and practices inculcates, that Gaudma transmigrated through the of countries the most remote from each other, and be whole circle of the creation, through all the existences tween which we should not otherwise have been able to of land, sea, and air, and that he lived in every station trace any sort of connexion. We more particularly al. of human life. This took him three thousand years to lude at present to the very striking and singular analo- accomplish ; but if his faithful followers obey his coni. gies which may now be perceived to subsist in the commands, they may very spcedily transmigrate into the putation of time and zodiacal signs between the Tartar Dewa Loka, or Lower Heavens, where they will gradually Budhists of Northern Asia and the Aztech and Toltech rise in the scale of existences till they reach Nirwana, or tribes of America. It has long been disputed whether final bliss. In the book of the Jutakas, or the five hun. it was possible to prove that the tribes of Asia and dred and fifty incarnations of Budha, a complete history America had ever communicated with each other ; but is given of his births among the different classes of if we find several arbitrary zodiacal signs the same in beings, and the substance of his intercourse with them, both countries, the question must certainly be considered for the purpose of illustrating three of the chief traits of as decided. That the astronomical arrangements and his character purity, compassion, and wisdom. The divisions of modern Europe should very closely resemble book was originally written in Palee, and afterwards those of Budhism is less wonderful, for it was compara- translated into Singalese; a pictorial illustration accom. tively easy for the science to find its way into Egypt, panies each narrative; and the work altogether, judging and thence it spread by Greece over all the West. It by the specimens of it furnished by Mr Upham, must is of importance, however, to observe the very slight ad. be one of the most remarkable which the East pos. ditions which have been effected in this department of sesses. knowledge to the discoveries that were made by the Bud. The Budhist's belief in a series of hells, or abodes hists thousands of years ago.

for condemned demons and mortals, where the most Budhism, as it now exists, is a reformed creed ; and, horrible torments are inflicted, adds great additional as we have already remarked, is believed to be founded weight to the doctrine of metempsychosis. These pa. on the ruins of Paganism. Gaudma, the fourth Budha, nishments, as we have already remarked, are not supdid not approve of the doctrines which had been proposed to be awarded by any moral governor or creator : mulgated or acquiesced in by the Budhas who preceded for the Budhas perform no other function than that of him; and though he could not extirpate them, he al- exhortation and preaching, but they are believed to have tered some, did away with others, and took the remainder been made necessary by the immutable laws of fate from into copartnership. Original Paganism seems to have all eternity. The oath administered to a Budhist, in been little else than a system of demon-worship, and a legal proceedings, is strikingly illustrative of this part belief in planetary influences. This, indeed, is gene- of the religious opinions of the people. It is in these rally the foundation of all barbarous religions ;-men words : deify their hopes and fears, and attach superhuman powers to objects, with whose nature they are unac. 66 If I have not seen, yet shall say that I have seen ; quainted. Climate, habits, and modes of life, modify if I shall say that I know that which I do not know, the creed; which will thus be found to vary from that of then may I be thus punished : Should innumerable de other savage tribes in some of its details, but to preserve scents of the Deity happen for the regeneration and sal. a close resemblance in all its leading features. Gaud- vation of mankind, may my erring and migrating soul ma, however, in reforming Budhism, had not merely to be found beyond the pale of their mercy! Wherever I contend with Pagans, but with a more determined and go, may I be encompassed with dangers, and not escape formidable sect the Brahmins. The question has been from them, whether arising from murderers, robbers, often agitated, whether Brahminism or Budhism is the spirits of the earth, of wood, of water, or of air, or from most ancient system, and it is a question which, many all divinities who adore Budha, or from the Gods of the centuries ago, occasioned the most devastating wars in four elements, and all other spirits ! May blood fow India. The result has been that, at this day, the two out of every pore of my body, that my crime may be systems divide the East. In Central India, Brahmin-made manifest to the world ! May all or any of these ism maintains the superiority; whilst, in the Indian evils overtake me within three days, or may I never stir Isles and all the ultra-Gangetic continent, Budhism is from the spot on which I now stand, or may the latsupreme. The truth seems to be, that both creeds are sani, or lash of the sky, (lightning,) cut me in two, 50 modifications of pure Paganism ; and it is of little con. that I may be exposed to the derision of the people! sequence which sprang up first. The Brahmins calcu. Or, if I should be walking abroad, may I be torn in late the antiquity of the world ; the Budhists do not pieces by either of the four supernaturally endowed lions, believe in crcation: The Brahmins eat of no animal ; or destroyed by venomous herbs, or poisonous snakes! the Budhists eat of all except nine, of which the ox is If in the waters of the river or ocean, may supernatural the principal : The supreme deity of the Brahmins is crocodiles, or great fishes, devour me, or may the winds Vishnu, and the remote periods at which he visits the and waves overwhelm me; or may the dread of such earth they term Avatars; the supreme deities of the evils keep me, during life, a prisoner at home, estranged Budhists are their five Budhas, of which only four have from every pleasure; or may I be afflicted by the inyet made their appearance. The great connecting link tolerable oppressions of my superiors; or may a plague between the two systems is the belief they both inculcate cause my death ; after which, may I be precipitated into in transmigration, of which we shall say a few words. hell, there to go through innumerable stages of torture,


amongst which, may I be condemned to carry water over his Oriental researches, and is engaged in editing the the Aaming regions, in open wicker baskets, to assuage three sacred and historical books of Ceylon, comprising the heat felt by Than Wetsuwan, when he enters the all the authentic annals of Budhism, drawn from sources infernal hall of justice; and thereafter may I fall into to which none but Budhists themselves could have acthe lowest pit of hell ; or, if these miseries should not ensue, may 1, after death, migrate into the body of a slave, and suffer all the hardships and pain attending the worst state of such a being, during a period of years Traits of Travel ; or Tales of Men and Cities. By measured by the sand of four seas ; or may I animate the author of " High-Ways and By-Ways." 3 vols. the body of an animal or beast during five hundred gene. London. Henry Colburn. 1829. rations, or be born an hermaphrodite five hundred times, or endure in the body of a deaf, dumb, houseless MR GRATTAN's abilities as a novelist are not greatly beggar, every species of disease, during the same number above the ordinary currency of the day. He writes in of generations, and then may I be hurried to Narak, or a light pleasant style, and his stories are agreeable enough hell, and there be crucified by Phria-Yam, one of the to read on a rainy afternoon, when one does not exactly kings of hell !”

know what to do with oneself. But they will never set

the Thames on fire, nor even, we suspect, make the The Budhist doctrine teaches that there are eight author's fortune. The work now before us is not an im. large hells, which, however, are only probationary states, provement on his “ High-Ways and By-Ways ;" it has where mortals are purified by fire, and which seem to too much of a made-up air, as if the writer had been have suggested the idea of their Tartarus, Hades, and more anxious to fill a book than to increase his reputaOrcus, to the Greeks and Romans. The hells are sup- tion. It bears, in many parts, evident marks of haste posed to be under the earth, and rendered invisible to and carelessness; and these are hardly redeemed by the our eyes by the shell or crust of the terraqueous globe. ' fire and brilliancy of the remainder. Besides, we do But Nirwana, the place of bliss, as well as the Dewa not think that Mr Grattan has adopted the most popu. Loka, or Lower Heavens, are situated in the starry lar style and plan for fictitious narrative. He assumes sphere.

the character of a walking gentleman, and seems more Did space and time permit, we would willingly ac- desirous to recount his own personal adventures than to company Mr Upham into some farther details upon this supply his readers with an interesting series of tales. interesting subject, which he has so ably and laboriously This is injudicious; and, at all events, the idea was exillustrated. We might give some account of the singu- hausted in bis “ High-Ways and By-ways.” The nolar notions entertained by the Budhists of the earth, and vel-reading public must either have fish or flesh. They the atmospheric regions; we might describe the inhabit- don't want half-and-half works, where the author is enants of the Dewa Loka, or Six Heavens, supplying, as tirely lost sight of in one page, and starts up again, they do, with their multitude of Dives, Peris, fairies, prosy and egotistical, in the next. They do not like enchanters, giants, and oracular birds, all the materials to be thus cheated out of a good love-story, full of tears, of Arabian fable; we might look into many parts of and duels, and hard-hearted papas and mammas. Mr their religious ritual, such as the feasts of the Nats, the Grattan may be one of the most charming little men in Festival of the Gods, the poisoned toast, and the ine-existence; but there is nothing particularly romantic in briating tree, in which we might discover the more re- his walking through lanes in Normandy, or taking cross condite parts of the Eleusinian mysteries ; we might cuts in Belgium, going into hedge alehouses, and meettrace, in the superstitions connected with the hells, the ing with queer postilions and blowsy dairy-maids. A Bali, and the Demons, much of the machinery of Dante, book in three volumes should be made of sterner stuff and not a little of the creed of our own Teutonic ances. than this ; for really there is a good deal of Aummery, tors, who, coming from the Euxine, imported Budhism and not a great deal of substance, in the “ Traits of along with them. But we must bring our remarks to Travel.” a close, after expressing our full sense of the many dif. The work consists of a number of Tales and Sketches, ficulties Mr Upham must have encountered and over- to which it is impossible for us to allude individually, come, before he was able to produce so splendid a work, and we therefore have preferred giving a general opinion on a subject so far out of the beaten track. We are on the whole. Let it not be supposed, however, that well aware of the labour and perseverance requisite to we mean to deny to Mr Grattan the praise unquestiondive into the hidden stores of Indian literature; and in ably due to him. He is not a very profound or power. all the Palee manuscripts relating to Budhism, we know ful writer ; but he has many good qualities, which ought that the writers purposely wrop up their meaning, and not to go unrewarded. He has a neat flowing style, are more willing to mystify and mislead, than to give considerable facility of description, a fair portion of Irish any distinct information. We cannot, therefore, but enthusiasm, a gentle vein of sentimentalism, a tolerably observe, with surprise, the very lucid manner in which acute perception of character, and some humour, which, Mr Upham has arranged his materials, and the distinct though it never inundates, flows on in a quiet, pleasant way in which he brings a thousand scattered facts to stream. In short, Mr Grattan has few faults; and all bear upon the point in question. The coloured litho that he wants to make him a more eminent man is a graphic prints which the volume contains are themselves more decided and original genius. We had marked seof very great value. The originals have been presented veral passages for quotation, but must limit ourselves to the London Asiatic Society, and are considered the to one, the spirit of which our readers will be able to oldest and only examples extant of the ancient mode of enjoy, though detached from the Tale in which it octeaching by pictures. Few publishers can do greater curs. We shall entiile it justice to a work than Ackermann, when he is so disposed ; and, from the splendid style in which the pre

A SCENE BELOW THE TABLE. sent has been got up, we do not wonder to learn that it «Very soon after the soup had been removed, and the has cost not less than L.1400. We believe the im- housekeeper's operations had commenced in solid ear. pression has been limited to 250 copies, and it will nest, and while I was in the act of addressing a sen. therefore be much less widely circulated, than the in- tence of civility to the interesting girl beside me, I felt teresting nature of its contents deserves. It must, how. something genly touch the point of one of my feet with ever, of course find its way into all the great libraries ; a very light pressure. I did not pay any attention to it and we are glad to. perceive, by a Prospectus now be at first, and on a repetition of the touch, I concluded fore us, that Mr Úpham is diligently proceeding with that a cat was passing to and fro under the table. Afa

ter a very short interval, however, it came again ; and gratified with his discomfiture and suffering, the feeling there was something so intelligible in the feel of the was soon changed to one of a very different kind. No thing, and in the language it spoke, that I thought sooner were the staring eyes of the party taken off his mere animal agency could not alone have caused it face, which I, however, continued slyly to observe, than The fact of the case came across my mind with a I perceived him to dart one look at my lovely neighbour, quickness and clearness that showed, as I thought, a of such a mixed and horrible kind, that I felt myself considerable aptitude on my part. I was convinced, in bodily to shrink from it. He either meant to reproach a moment, that the sallow-visaged doctor was sending her for her insensibility to his suffering, or for a com. his long legs on an embassy from the other side of the plicity in the injury done him. Heaven knows what! table, and that his grisly foot believed itself in the act But so deadly a look of anger, hatred, and revenge, I of making a very tender impression on the instep of my certainly never witnessed. During the remainder of the beautiful neighbour. My determination was instantly repast, he sat sullen and silent."-P. 96_101. formed to encourage the doctor's error, to personate, To such of our readers as wish for a longer sample of with the point of my foot, the moiety of one of those no these volumes, we recommend the sketch called, “A doubt delicate ones for which it was mistaken, and to Bone to pick, a tale of Irish Revenge," and the story of amuse myself by observing those secret workings of the “ Laura Permegia,” which is very sweetly and prettily doctor's sole, which I thought, if properly managed by told. “ The Maison de Sante" contains some graphic me, would be likely to display themselves in his coun- writing; but it is a painful and disagreeable subject. tenance.

The whole of the third volume we consider heavy. “In pursuance of this freak, the consequences of which I little foresaw, as my readers will believe when they learn them, I quietly slipped my foot out of its shoe, The Practice of Cookery, adapted to the Business of the better to counterfeit feminine delicacy; and advan- Everyday Life. By Mrs Dalgairns, Edinburgh. cing it softly towards that of the doctor, which had re- Cadell and Co. 1829. treated after his last attempt, I gently touched the tip of his great tue with mine. While I did so, I turned This is by far the most complete, and truly practi. again towards the lady on whoni I was committing this cal work, which has yet appeared upon this subject. It personal forgery, and, though saying a few words to her, contains 1434 Receipts, and the Index alone occupies I marked, by a single glance, the effect of my first step twenty-five pages. Mrs Dalgairns is not one of those in this underfoot affair. The doctor's look had been imaginative and flowery preceptors, who think it neces. louring and disappointed; but no sooner did he feel sary to call in the aid of fiction and fine writing, to give the timid touch which I essayed, than a frightful ex- an interest to the engrossing and important matters of pression of delight showed itself on his face. An odious which she treats. She proceeds to business at once ; streakiness overspread his cheeks, the livid veins of his and from her title-page, to her “ Printed by Ballantemples swelled almost to bursting, his lip quivered with tyne and Co." at the foot of page 528, she never for a a convulsive tremor, and his glowering eyes seemed to moment turns either to the right or to the left; but, de. float in bile. The look of sickening sofưness, which he voted to the metier she professes, prides herself on berolled across the table, was enough to infect the delicate ing totus in illo. Her book will be found an infallible things it passed over, like the poison-blast that desolates Cook's Companion, and a treasure of great price to the the garden of Araby.

mistress of a family. It is stuffed choke-full of the “I was utterly disgusted with the fellow; but I did not most important gastronomical information; and, like a the less amuse myself with him. For full half an hour, well-fed turkey, or juvenescent pig, it has swelled out I played him as an angler plays a salmon, forward and under the fostering care of Mrs Dalgairns, till it has backward, from one side to the other; sometimes luring actually become fat and dumpy ; reminding us of an him on, then letting him retreat ; now suffering his foot alderman we once knew, five feet high by four broad, gently to press mine, then giving his a squeeze on the a very incarnation of all the good things of this life. most sensitive and corny part; and, on these occasions, There are 25 Chapters, in the course of which we are I could mark on his lips the anguish which he was, treated, among many others, to 95 receipts for soups, martyrlike; enduring so bravely. At last I got quite 115 for fish, 70 for beef, 60 for veal, 31 for pork, 41 tired of my sport, and began to hate the wretch, as his for poultry, 14 for curries, 104 for gravies, sauces, &c., glances at the passive object of his gallantries seemed to 66 for vegetables, 263 for puddings, pies, and tarts, 134 give her credit for a sympathy with his overtures, of for creams, custards, &c., 100 for cakes, &c., 82 for which she was wholly innocent. He at last looked so preserves, 61 for domestic wines, 15 for the dairy, and atrociously amorous, that I could keep my temper no 88 miscellaneous. Then we have remarks besides on longer ; but, slipping my foot again into my shoe, I the poultry-yard, brewing, the kitchen garden, bees, waited for his next approach, and drawing back my leg pigs, &c. The highly-judicious principles upon which an instant to take forcible aim, I darted it forward with the book has been composed are thus stated in the Preamazing accuracy, and just caught his advancing shin. face :-“ The chief requisites in a work of this kind bone on the edge of my square-toed shoe. The pain he are, first, the intrinsic excellence of the precepts it con. suffered must have been intolerable, for he smacked his tains ; next, their economical adaptation to the habits knee against the table with a force that caused it to dart and tastes of the majority of its readers ; and, lastly, up like a spring-board, and made a matelotte of eels, such a distinct arrangement of the various parts, that no which was beside him, bound, as though they had just difficulty can arise in searching for what is wanted, nor been popped into the frying pan. Several bottles and any ambiguity in the meaning of the directions when glasses were upset and broken, and the whole of the found.” We are farther assured, that every receipt has sensitive assemblage looked affrighted. The victim of been actually tried, either by the author, or by persons my vengeance writhed with pain ; and I, with all the whose accuracy in the various manipulations could be hypocrisy I could put on, looked penitence personified, safely relied upon. With so many arguments in its and apologised, expressing my fears that I had kicked favour, we cannot doubt that the “ Practice of Cook. him instead of a dog or cat which I supposed to have ery” will soon find its way into a wide and useful cirbeen at my foot. 'I beg a thousand pardons, said I, culation. For our own part, we have in an impressive in conclusion.

manner presented our cook with a copy, solemnly de. . Au contraire, Monsieur, c'est moi,' exclaimed claring, that if an ill-dressed dish ever again appear he, bowing down to the table.cloth with perfect polite- upon our table, the punishment shall be instant dis. ness, and I was quite satisfied. But if I was, or even missal.

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