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for one another's talents and virtues which they so emi- him. Dr Inglis is the only man whom Dr Thomson nently deserved. Dr Inglis has, in the course of his himself appears to be afraid of. He is not less frelife, made some very able appearances in public. His quently the object of his attack, however ; but, conscious speech in the case of Professor Leslie, which came be- perhaps that the clear head and the extensive knowledge fore the Assembly more than twenty years ago, was of the veteran moderate are an overmatch for his own perhaps the ablest speech which has ever been made in ingenuity and dexterity, he usually assails him with that that court. Of his controversial talents it may be ridicule which no man can direct with better aim, and enough to say, that upon the same occasion he entered which sometimes insures him an easy triumph, by mathe lists with the late Professors Playfair and Dugald king his opponent lose temper. Stewart, and bore away a divided palm. His late speech No man is listened to with more delight in the Ge. in the Presbytery upon the question of Catholic Eman- neral Assembly than Dr Thomson. The students' gd. cipation, whatever may be thought of it in a political lery is crowded with grinning faces; and, at some expoint of view, proves that he has not yet lost any of plosure of laughter from below, every mouth in that that vigour of mind which distinguished his earlier ap- nursery of the church is open from ear to ear, guffawing pearances.

at the Doctor's joke the majority of the laughers post11. SIR JAMES MONCRIEFF, BART.

poning till their own and their companions' mirth has We mention the learned Dean of Faculty, (if we may somewhat subsided the anxious “What is it? what did still give him that title,) not for the purpose of sketching a he say ?” which shows that they had taken his wit on portrait of him, since his fame is more intimately con- trust. In this, however, they are perfectly safe ; for, nected with another profession, but because it would be though the jest is sometimes old, and very often not a unjust to omit his name in a notice of the eminent little coarse, it is always told with effect. speakers in the General Assembly. Sir James has been Dr Thomson is so well known as a clever writer and for many years an active elder of the church, and, did we an admirable preacher, that it is not necessary for us to not fear to excite the jealousy of two of his own clerical say any thing upon that subject. In the latter capacity friends, we should be inclined to call him the leader of especially, we could speak of him only in terms of un. his party, which is the evangelical. His learning and qualified praise. his knowledge of law make him an invaluable acquisi

IV. DR COOK. tion to his own side of the house, particularly as the Dr Cook is well known out of the Assembly by his moderates have generally a whole posse of learned intelligent writings on the History of the Church. In Judges on their side. Sir James is not a pleasing, but the venerable house, there is nobody whose manner and he is a forcible speaker ; his matter more than atones appearance more pleasingly engage the attention of a for his harsh voice and costive manner. There is no stranger. A good voice, ready expression, much availman of his party whose opinions are more valued by his able information on subjects becoming a churchman's friends, and respected by his opponents, than those of Sir attention, these are qualifications of an Assembly James Moncrieff.

speaker which he fully possesses. III. DR THOMSON.

But though, on the whole, a fair and a pleasing speAs the leader of a party, Dr Thomson is perhaps de- cimen of the order to which he belongs, and, in fact, the ficient in dignity, in temper, in prudence; but as a de- very man that we should like to put forward as the rebater in church courts, he is unrivalled. There is no presentative of our Church, in all clerical and clerkly one, either of his own party, or among the ranks of his attainments, we doubt whether he stands in the foremost opponents, who can with greater readiness detect a rank-certainly he is not the first of his competitors weakness, or with more dexterity patch up a flaw, than as an orator. If you have the fortune—and you will Dr Thomson. As a special pleader, he is quite a match rarely miss it on a field-day-to hear him for a quarter for any lawyer in the house ; and he never shows any of an hour on any question whatever, you have his reluctance to enter the lists with the weakest or with gauge. No subject seems to inspire him and none the ablest of his opponents. The one he overwhelms betrays him into an appearance unworthy of himself. with irresistible sarcasm ;—with the other, he uses nobler On points of order, and form, and precedent, his minute weapons ; and, if he should be foiled in argument, he knowledge is always serviceable ; and his manner of never fails to effect a safe retreat under the shouts of address is well fitted to put such matters distinctly belaughter which he can at all times command from every fore the court. But on general questions, though not part of the house. But we should be doing great in- usually a lengthy speaker, he is often wearisome. His justice to Dr Thomson were we to represent him merely illustrations from history-almost the only quarter from as a special pleader, or as a witty satirist. A good which he illustrates at all are seldom sufficiently spi. cause can never be in better hands, for then he is as rited or striking; and his constant parade of moderation powerful in argument, and as truly eloquent, as he can and impartiality, while it may gain for him with some be ingenious in the defence of error. His greatest fault, a degree of confidence and favour, which a keener par. and his misfortune as a speaker, but especially as a tisan would fail to procure, positively injures the effect leader, is, that he seldom proportions his zeal to the real of his speeches, by depriving them of that point, and importance of the subject under discussion : he is just heartiness, and fervour, which, as they are thought to be as warm and vehement in battling a paltry point of the best tokens of self-conviction, are usually found very form, as if it were a first principle affecting the safety of necessary to convince others. In his reasonings, too gethe Presbyterian establishment, or the authority of neral, too diffuse-if he cannot justly be accused of wan. scripture. He is rather a common weakness, we con- dering from the point, he can seldom be said to march fess-never willing to acknowledge himself in error ; boldly up to it. Accordingly, great on an overture, and this, together with the indiscriminate violence as a he fails in debate. At first you would suppose that his debater to which we have just alluded, derogates from failure in debate arises solely from the want of enthu. his authority as a leader, though they might be esteemed siasm--this being the chief apparent defect of his style of two very useful points of character in a mere partisan. speaking ; but the real cause of his failure lies a little Dr Thomson has, we believe, been involved in more deeper, and consists in the absence of that concentrative personal disputes and controversies than any of his and synthetic power which is necessary to make good brethren ; and it must be confessed that, however much materials serve a direct and valuable purpose. we may question the propriety of his entering into some

Altogether, however, Dr Cook is a credit to the As. of these battles, few men could have fought them so well. The orthodox party has great and just confidence

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sembly and the Church, and it is with no unkind feel business, he thinks a knowledge of things preferable to ing, that, in addition to some strictures, which no man the use of words, and has an utter detestation and con. can better afford to have transferred to the debit account tempt of all verbosity. His theological opinions are of his popularity, we venture to hint his too great par. sound, liberal, and enlightened ; his views of ecclesias. tiality to the introduction (into his speeches) of a subject tical polity are those of the school of Robertson, Blair, on which, says Lord Byron, “all men are fluent, and and Hill; and, in these days of frequent and sudden few agreeable.”

change, he is remarkable for consistency of conduct.

He is cautious in adopting measures ; but, his ground A shrewd, cautious, and searching Aberdonian ; a being once taken, he is immovable, completely beyond great master of Divinity and Church Law; he speaks the influence of threat or flattery. His party has im. with little ostentation, and with a great indifference ap- plicit confidence in his honour and steadiness ; and he parently to oratorical effect. Nevertheless, there is has carried a majority of the Assembly along with him, something interesting, independent of this great infor-against the combined forces of Dr Cook, the Solicitor. mation, in his speeches. His language is good, and his General, and the whole army upon the left hand of the manner earnest. But the thing most characteristic of Moderator. The very qualities which mark him out as his style of speaking is, its clearness and conciseness. a first-rate man of business, have perhaps prevented Whether his object be to save the time of the court; or him from rising to eminence as a preacher. In the pulto secure for himself at all times a patient hearing,—no pit he has no passion, and little energy. He is tame easy matter in such a place, but which he certainly and monotonous. His discourses are replete with good does ; or whether he is anxious to act on the rule, that sense, but totally destitute of originality or feeling. His the end of all speech is to convey the greatest possible manner has too much Archiepiscopal stateliness for an measure of sense in the fewest possible words ;-whether every-day working Presbyterian minister. Even in he have any or all of these objects in view, it is certain preaching, however, this gifted individual has a faculty that no man expresses himself with more uniform, intel- at command which few possess, and still fewer practise. ligible, and pithy brevity. But though a man of varied He never reads his discourses in the pulpit. He com. knowledge, and that of a kind, too, that might be made mits them to memory, and delivers them with astonishpopular and interesting, the hardness and dryness of his ing accuracy. So admirably are they recited, that he manner are certainly far from engaging. In the As- gives you, as it were, the very punctuation. sembly his value was early ascertained, and he will al- Closely allied to this readiness and retentiveness of ways be held in due estimation. In the North he is, of meniory, are his conversational powers. Having checourse, a kind of oracle ; and it is characteristic alike of rished from his youth a taste for polite literature, he has the man and of his reputation, that when, at an early moved in those circles where it was to be found. He age, he declared himself a candidate for the Divinity was the intimate companion of the late Professor RichProfessorship of his College, which is in the gift of a ardson, and always welcomed as a visitor by the most Synod, and usually settled by comparative trial, there distinguished members of the College of Glasgow. In was nobody found willing to oppose so redoubted a private life he opens his treasures, and scatters around champion.

him instruction and amusement. To this part of his VI. PRINCIPAL MACFARLAN.

character, combined with other virtues and attainments, The leading features of Dr Macfarlan's character are he is not a little indebted for his professional success. too striking to elude observation. In that rare species It rendered him a distinguished favourite at Buchanan of intellect which enables one to pilot oneself safely House. The Duke of Montrose was bis earliest patron, through the intricacies of business to weigh probabi. and is now his confidential friend. On the death of the lities and improbabilities to dispose and arrange a late Dr William Taylor, Dr Macfarlan was translated number of facts to interpret and apply a series of legis from the parish of Drymen, in which he had succeeded lative enactments to concentrate, in short, at any given his father, to be the Minister of the Cathedral and time, upon any given point, in the business of life, all Principal of the University of Glasgow. In both of his mental force, which constitutes the very soul and these important offices he gives perfect satisfaction. The vitality of a public man, Dr Macfarlan is, of all the prejudices against him as a pluralist soon yielded to the clergymen in the church, second only to Dr Inglis. influence of his virtues. He is exemplary in the-dis. Information at once extensive and minute, an accurate charge of his parochial duties—is devoted to the prosknowledge of all the details of ecclesiastical precedents, perity, and consequently highly esteemed by the proa thorough acquaintance with and rigid adherence to the fessors and students, of that University over which he establislied forms of process, and, above all, an aptitude presides. of mind for applying these to individual cases, are the weapons with which he fights, and which he wields with

LETTERS FROM THE WEST. dexterity and power. li is impossible to mislead him

No. I. by any specious pretext. Amid a mass of collateral topics, he perceives intuitively the single question of THE non-literary “Journals ” in this region are which he is called to judge, and from that neither the full of heart-rending details respecting qur weavers. treason of pretended friends nor the trickery of his ad- These are not in the least exaggerated, in one sense. versary can divert him. It may have assumed one dis- In another that is, in as far as regards the general guise in the Presbytery, another in the Synod, but in impression they are calculated to produce with you, the Assembly Dr Macfarlan strips it of both, and dis- and in other places where there is little manufacturing plays it naked for inspection. He knows precisely, too, carried on—they are not literally accurate, inasmuch as in what quarter his own strength or weakness lies; and they do not advert to exceptions to the general wretch. he is at all times equally prepared for following in the edness which are not unfrequent. I was this day told, pursuit, or covering his own retreat. He has many by an eminent manufacturer, of several of his band. qualities that would have made him a great lawyer. loom workers of fine goods being able to earn 15s. per The advice of such a man is valuable, and, accordingly, week. Such instances are, however, too rare ; and 5s. it is frequently asked, and always cheerfully and faith and 6s. may be nearer the average from which loomfully given.

rent, beaming, and dressing for the web, have to be de. As his views are always clear, so his language is ducted. The “ pirns” are generally wound in the simple and precise. While his manner is dignified, worker's family, and they cost nothing but the labour. his style is by no means ambitious ; it is more elegant This is a frightful state of things for 40,000 human than ornate. Impressed with the importance of public beings; yet notwithstanding their destitution, their

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conduct has, upon the whole, been most exemplary. To cellent; but it is pleasanter to read than it was to listen be sure, a few hundreds have once obeyed the call of to their speeches. Oratory does not thrive among the their noisy delegates, and assembled in the open air ; opulent in Glasgow ; and they seem afraid, lest any but one-half of them were as much unparticipating body not yet at their standing should exhibit any sympspectators as the larger portion of the crowd who went toms of being likely to excel in the art. to see the sight and the speakers-hearing them was out Our galeties are all over for the season. The latest of the question. Indeed, a large portion were boys as were on the King's birth night. These consisted of a yet happy and healthy—who were mighty glad of any melancholy review, with very faint cheers, and a very excuse for a day's remission from their sixteen hours' strong east wind. Why the dragoons did not turn out, labour, and revived their well-nigh forgotten experiences was a marvel ; but the “ third” are rather a stupid of the hand-ball and “ shinty," while the M*Kays and body. We expect the 12th Lancers here daily. They the Kellys harangued their gaping grandfathers. It are commanded by a townsman, and are expected to be was at first proposed to exclude all of eighteen years any thing but “ heavy." After the review, sundry din. of age and under from the meeting ; but one of the de. Ders were eaten, and after these, the Magistrates of Glas. legates remarked that this would leave 5000 without gow, in their own hall, and those of the various incor. an interest in their proceedings, and accordingly all were porated appendages to old Mother Clutha, in their reinvited. It is wonderful that, in making this state- spective town-halls, met those whom they had invited ment, it escaped the acuteness of men who are at least to drink the King's health, and other public toasts. cleverer than their fellow-workmen, and more bustling, The city meeting was an amazingly dull one. It could -paradoxical as it may appear,-though they be lazier, not well be otherwise ; for especial care was, as usual, the conclusion as to the improvidence of their class taken to exclude, by not inviting, almost every body which this fact forces upon one. If there be 5000 who could have enlivened it. Will it be believed, weavers of eighteen years and under, consequently that that one, whom, whether we regard him as a citizen for number must have been apprenticed to the trade within twelve years among us—as an author of eminence_as the last eight years—ten being the earliest period that a “ general acquaintance” of every person of note here boys can comprehend it. And what has been its condi. Lor, as a social companion of great powers, would have tion during that period ? Every second year as wretched been an honour and delight to any public meeting-was as at present. The labouring man can never too soon not asked ?-I mean MrJ. S. Knowles. In the fine ba. learn that he must be the regulator of the value of la- ronial hall of Gorbals, matters were better managed, bour, by adapting the supply to the demand. Perhaps and gentlemen nowise connected with its functionaries one-tenth of these youths are married too, and, in ano. were invited, as a compliment due to their admitted

a ther decade, will have sent their representatives of wretch- talents. When Dr Ure entered the room, he was reedness to a field-meeting of 1839. It is odd the weavers ceived with an applause, which could not but be grati. have never discovered a tendency towards single bless. fying to even a savan and philosopher. After the Maedness ; but, till they do so, there is little hope for gistrates and he had left the bench, where they had them--since he who has half a dozen children is almost placed him side by side, an odd circumstance occurred, compelled to make them of his own trade, as it is the which caused some gossip. Certain worthies, deterone of all others they can soonest aid him by learning. mined in their loyalty to King George and old Port,

A word as to the delegates. They are almost all insisted on drinking the health of the one, and finishing clever, noisy chaps, who like speaking and writing much the bottles of the other, when, just as their reluctant better than throwing the shuttle. From a common fund, chairman was proposing that they should not forget they they are allowed much more for exercising their powers were guests, and not payers of scot and lot, the gas in the one way, than they ever could earn by doing so in was turned off, the other; and, consequently, no disaster can equal the

“ And in a moment all was dark" return of tolerable times to them. Some of them are very old stagers in agitation. The others are fresh in as the muddled comprehensions of some of the party. the course. Men of middle life seem to keep aloof from The revenue was then considerably benefited, by a loyal their laborious idleness. There is, as yet, no example demolition of crystal. of their accepting of the out-of-door labour provided While the Magistrates of Gorbals were thus occupied for their more athletic or industrious brethren by our in the baronial hall

, their Glasgow brethren were paMagistrates. This chiefly consists in forming a road, tronising the ball, in its now eclipsed rival, the Old As. regarding the exact line of which a fierce controversy sembly Rooms in Ingram Street. The meeting, how. has been carried on between Dr Cleland and several pro- ever, was as cold as its purpose~charity, and very dif. prietors near its proposed site. As to which party is in ferent from that which Cunningham, our inimitable fid. the right, 1 pretend not to decide. The path is likely dle-player, collected on his benefic night, when the la. to be drawn between them where the truth may, after dies got so into the spirit of the dance, that daylight all, lie.

alone stopped their whirling. I am afraid these details may weary you. I fancy Of other amusements we have had none, saving the them the more interesting out of Glasgow, however, just fidgetings of a small body of " the unco guid," when because every body in Glasgow knows them so well, your review of Mrs Ewing's Memoir reached us. It that our Newspapers do not think of noticing them. was diverting. You are aware that we have no theatre

These have for two weeks been filled nearly to the - for Alexander's house, as yet, deserves not the name. exclusion of every thing else—with the proceedings of A most absurd plan has been started, to convert our our two public meetings upon the East India question. Riding School, situated in the westernmost suburbs of The first of these was to form an Association of those the town, into one-just as if you were to turn Captain more immediately interested in the trade the second Carnegie's markets into a playhouse ! There is to be a was to prepare a general petition against the monopoly. meeting about erecting another Riding School, if the There is but one opinion here upon the subject." of present one be so misappropriated. Never did a city that opinion Mr Kirkman Finlay is unquestionably at more require such an academy. In the absence of the head. He was the chief promoter of both meetings, players on the stage, your players on the fiddle have and speaker at them. Without caring about being an astonished us. Murray has performed here, and per. elegant, he is yet, in its best sense, a good speaker. fectly electrified the few who had the good fortune to He knows his subject thoroughly, and gave new and in- hear him. Wilson also pleased us much as a singer. teresting information on it. There were some other Yet, will it be believed, that Mr Thomson, brother to speakers whose information and matter were also ex- our own delightful female vocalist, who had the spirit

to bring these stars above our horizon, is minus many | To bid my world-worn heart retrace the scenes pounds by the astronomical experiment ?

Where first it drank thy sweetness! What a crowd Every body is meditating a flight to the country, | Of home-bred joys of visions loved and lostsince the weather set in fine ; and already the watering That simple cadence brings ;-each lengthen'd note places are half filled, and the steam-boats wholly so. I Fraught with its own peculiar memory!will, by and by, give you some gossip from them, where Once was the strain (so passing mournful now!) it abounds.

A propos of steam-boats. Captain Ross is to set sail Gay as the dreams of boyhood, and like them from the Clyde, for his Northern Expedition, in one

The source of blameless mirth to all around !-built for the purpose. He was in town lately, and it But when, in after years, mid other scenes, angurs something for his success, say the seers here, Again I heard that melody of youth, that his tender is the vessel Captain Scoresby first visited Methought that even its lightest measures breathed the Polar regions in. A good thing was said of him at A sadden'd tone I never mark'd before. the annual dinner of the famous Literary and Commer- Yet it was mirthful; for my wayward heart, cial Society here t'other day. The witty chairman, Tho' something tamed from what it used to be, when it was questioned whether he ever would pass to Was still all hope,-and had not wholly lost Behring's Straits, said, that he “ did not at all doubt | The buoyant spirit only youth can know. that the Captain would soon be in straits past bear- | And now, once more I listen to those sounds, ing!" The scheme is not irrational, after all, and is at least spirited. An excellent account of the details of it And like the clouds that gird a summer sun,

How changed from what they seem'd when life was new, is given in the last Westminster Review, whic

by the

Tinged with ethereal brightness,-all things 'round way, has trebled its circulation in Glasgow sioce its resumption. Its amiable and talented editor was here Gather'd a tone of gladness from my thoughts. lately, delighting us as much by the most upradi. Breathe on, breathe on ;-'tis soothing sweet to think, cal suavity of his manner, as by his varied informa- That what thou wert in other years to me, tion and polyglot knowledge. As a joke upon Ross, we presume, some wags advertised on Friday last that Thou mayst be still to many a youthful heart, one of them would fly over the city. At least 20,000 As joyous, warm, and true, as once was mine! fools and rogues were collected to see the achievement; Strain of my youth !-all mournful as thou art and it says much for the peaceable character of our po- To me,-the tears thy gentle notes awaken pulation, that they dispersed, under their disappoint. Are grateful as the dew to drooping flowers ;ment, in the most good-humoured way.

And though thy softest tones are always fraught Summer amusements are now the rage. A Cricket With memories sad of long departed joys, club has been got up with great spirit, and already Yet such their magic influence on my soul, comprises fifty of the finest young men in Glasgow, I deem them sweetest when they pain me most! who, in spite of some pardonable little foppery about their aniform dress-coat, buttons with the mystic ini. tial W.C. C., &c. are genuine lovers of the noble game.

TAM BO, TAM BO. A Gymnastic club is also talked of, on the plan of your

By Allan Cunningham. Six Feet one, but without its provoking limitation, or extension, rather. We have also some pretty good

# WILL ye fee wi' me, Tam Bo, Tam Bo, rowers on our river, but they are not pet equal to the

Will ye fee wi' me, my heart and my jo? Econians, or they who hauni Christ Church meadows; And ye’se be at hame like my tae ee, but they will improve, doubtless.

If ye'll fee wi' a pitifu' widow like me.” An absurd burlesque took place last week ; it was called Anderston Fair. That place is a suburb or

Tam Bo was steeve, and Tam Bo was stark, pendicle of Glasgow, and was lately erected into a

Wi' an ee like a hawk, and a voice like a lark, burgh. Some of its magistrates are very clever men

An arm o' might, and a step o' pride others of them no conjurors. But they must, for.

The flower of the lads of Closeburnside. sooth, have an annual fair, with foot, pig, and sack Unto the widow an ear he lent, (why not smock ?) races, as if they had a village green

Upon the widow his looks he bent and Maypole to run them on, in place of a dirty causeway and gaudy lamp-posts. Sickly silk-weavers, in dirty

A mervie woman, and weel to leeve, shirts, contested for the ten-shilling prize, and cadavervus

Wi' sense in her noddle, and silk on her sleeve. cotton-spinners bore off the palm. Their speed was four “ I'll give you sax merks, Tam Bo, Tam Bo, miles an hour ! A row of course concluded the whole,

Sax lily white sarks, my heart and my jo, when a vast deal of blackguardism was exhibited, and

And sonsie sunkets when nane sall see, the seeds of more sown. We are likely, however, to have no more of it, since a bailie got a black eye in the

If ye'll fee wi' a pitifu' widow like me. battle ; and this lese majesté is never to be forgiven or “ A gliff in the gloaming to dant and woo, forgotten in the annals of Anderston. Au Revoir.

A gude sharp sock, and a weel-gaun plow,

Wi' a simmer sun, and a lily lea,-

Will ye fee wi' a pitifu' widow like me ?"
“ A saft-made bed, and a gentle darke,

And late to rise, and soon frae wark,

A canny kiss, and uncounted fee,
By Alaric A. Watts, Esq.

Will ye fee wi' a pitifu' widow like me?"
And slight withal may be the things which bring

Tam Bo he stammer'd, Tam Bo he stared,
Back on the heart the weight which it would fling
Aside for ever :-it may be a sound-

“ Say no, and take it,” said Nancie Caird,
A tone of music.

And gied her noddle a terrible toss, Delicious strain! upon my charmed ear,

To see the widow and Tam sae cosh. Like evening's balmy breath upon a brow

“ Thy bright looks run through me like swords Feverish with fruitless watchings, dost thou steal,

Thy ripe round lips, wi' their sweet-waled words,



Will wile my heart, and then work it w0,

gaged. The managers of the Winter Theatres are mutually I'm a fallible creature," quo' douce Tam Bo. agreed upon the ruin consequent to both houses by the continu

ance of the present exorbitant nightly salaries; and at the end of Now what to say, or where to look,

this season they mean to abolish that destructive system. Whilst Tam wistna ; while she gayly shook

between twenty and thirty pounds, each, are paid to Madame Her clustering curls frae her blue ea

Vestris, Mr Young, Miss Paton, Mr Braham, and Mr Liston,

every night they act, the respective theatres can scarcely hope to “ Wilt thou fee wi' a pitifu' widow like me ?”

remain in a solvent condition. In the golden age of the Drama, Tam yoked the plow, he furrow'd the lea,

when Mrs Siddons, Mrs Jordan, the Countess of Derby, Kemble, He sow'd his corn, and then pouch'd the fee;

Suett, Farren, Edwin, Henderson, Bannister, Lewis, Munden,

Incledon, and other excellent actors, graced the stage, from twelve While the widow sat singing, nor lowne, nor low,

to twenty pounds per week, was the highest sum given to any one “He'd make a blithe husband, this young Tam Bo!" performer.-Our friend, “OLD CERBERUS," has not faroured us

with any dramatic criticism this week, probably because nothing

very remarkable has taken place at the theatre. The Benefits LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.

have been going on prosperously.-On Monday and Wednesday

next we are to have Madame Caradori, who, after Pasta, is proWe are glad to learn that the first volume of Allan Cunning- bably one of the best Italian singers this country has seen. We ham's Lives of the British Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, is hope, for a selfish reason, that she will be well attended, for me now in the press, and contains Lives of Hogarth, Wilson, Rey, understand that the depression of theatricals duriog the past seanolds, and Gainsborough. The second volume is nearly written.

son here has been so much exaggerated in London, that it has There will be engravings in each, on steel and wood, and some of

been reported there that the audience has been several times disthe latter, in particular, we understand, are exquisitely beauti

missed from a want of sufficient attendance. This has lost us ful. The Lives are written with freedom, and their talented auembellishment, these little five-shilling volumes will be scarcely turn to London with a bad account of us, it may go a great way thor has expressed his opinions boldly and honestly. In point of already Braham, Miss Paton, and Liston, who wont venture the

journey after such rumours; and, should Madame Caradori reinferior to the Annuals.

The Anniversary is to be discontinued as an Annual, and to be to defeat the manager's exertions for next season. published under a new name, in monthly parts, each accompanied WEEKLY LIST OF PERFORMANCES. with an engraving. The first part is to appear on the 1st of July.

May 16_May 22. Allan Cunningham is to continue the Editor.

SAT. The Clandestine Marriage, The Critic, of Paul and Tir. Mr Blackwood announces a new novel, called The Five Nights

ginia. of St Albans, which will appear on the 30th of this month.

Mon. Every one has his Fault, of St Ronan's Well. A work, which promises to be of considerable interest to the ad

TUes. Secrets worth Knowing, He Lies like Truth, 4 Rosina. mirers of female beauty, is announced for publication, under the

WED. Paul Pry, A Concert, « The Lord of the Manor. superintendence of Mr Alaric Watts. It will consist of a series

THURS. A School for Grown Children, & Alfred the Great. of portraits of the most beautiful and celebrated women of all na

FRI. The Recruiting Officer, & Cramond Brig. tions, from an early period in the history of portrait painting to the present time; each portrait accompanied by a biographical notice.

TO OUR READERS. Mr Northhouse, formerly editor, we believe, of the Glasgow The next Number of the EDINBURGH LITERARY JOURNAL Free Press, is preparing for publication a work on the present will conclude the First Volume, and with it a title-page and index state of the principal Debtors' Prisons of the Metropolis ; with a will be delivered gratis to our subscribers. The second volume variety of anecdotes, illustrative of the impolicy and inhumanity will commence with the Thirtieth Number, which will be pub of imprisonment for debt.

lished on the first Saturday of June, and will be printed from an A volume of Stories of popular Voyages and Travels, with il- entirely new fount of types, which have been procured expressly lustrations, comprehending abridged narratives from the recent for the JOURNAL, and which it is hoped will still farther improve travels of some of the most popular writers on South America, is its appearance. A few copies of the first volume will be found on announced for speedy publication.

sale at the Publisher's as soon as ready. There is preparing for publication, a new edition of Miller's Gardener's and Botanist's Dictionary; the plants, &c. arranged

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. according to the natural system of Jussieu ; and comprising all A LONG poem by the ETTRICK SHEPHERD, TRADITIONS OF the modern improvements and discoveries which have been made

THE PLAGUE IN EDINBURGH, “The EDITOR IN HIS SLIPPERS, in the sciences of botany, horticulture, and agriculture, to the No. 2," and other interesting articles, which are in types, are present time.

unavoidably postponed till our next. New Music.-We recommend to the attention of our readers

Had Mr George Thomson's reply to the paper on the Characa song published a few days ago, entitled, “ The Mariner to his

ter of Burns which appeared in the Literary Journal, been adBark," the words by Robert Gilfllan, and the music, with piano dressed in the first instance to ourselves, we should have had no forte accompaniment, by R. Tevendale. The words are flowing hesitation in giving it a place, but it is impossible that we can and good; and the music is spirited, original, and expressive, copy it from the columns of a Newspaper. We regret this, be Mr Tevendale, though not so well known as his merits deserve, appears to follow closely in the footsteps of his late friend, R. A.

cause, for our own part, we look upon Mr Thomson in underta

king to defend Burns, in conjunction with Messrs Lockhart and Smith.

PAINTED GLASS — The beautiful red colour, so well known to Carlyle, as being entirely on the right side of the question, al antiquarians, so much admired in all old painted glass windows, though, for the sake of fair discussion, we gave a place to an arand the method of manufacturing which bas been considered as

ticle of an opposite tendency, which we know to have contained lost, has been reproduced in Germany by means of the oxide of the conscientious opinions of its author, however erroneous we tin. Much, however, depends on the manipulation; but, with

and others may consider them. proper care on the part of the workman, this splendid colour ap- In the list of Sir Walter Scott's Novels, gived in our last, we pears in all the brightness, and with the perfect transparency,

omitted lo mention “ Peveril of the Peak," in 4 vols. published which for some centuries was considered inimitable.

in 1822. Theatrical Gossip.-Miss Smithson has apparently failed in The Reviewer of the work mentioned by “ Q." is not in London, and the sooner she returns to the Continent the better, Glasgow, nor is he personally acquainted with the author of the for she seems to have little chance of being admired unless where work reviewed." Laura" has our thanks.-We are afraid that she is not understood.--At the Literary Fund Dinner, which

we cannot avail ourselves, for good reasons, of the suggestion of took place & few days ago, in London, Mr Price, (Manager of “A Subscriber and Constant Reader.—The anecdote of “D. V." Drury Lane,) stated, that in consequence of the success of Miss is characteristic; but we do not intend taking any farther notice Mitford's “ Rienzi," two tragedies of very high character had

of that individual. been put into his hands by eminent writers; and he hoped that “ The Pains and Toils of Authorship,” by the editor of the this example would be followed by others, whose efforts would Inverness Courier, shall have an early place. redeem the dramatic muse from the stigma under which she has The “ Sonnet" by Thomas Brydson in our next.-We regret too long lain.--Hawes is to have the musical direction of the that the verses by “ Glottianus" will not suit us.-" Scotels and English Opera-house this season; and Miss Paton is already en- English songs Frenchified" in our next

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