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bed, on which it was to be hung ;-it was to be the first and its inexhaustible revenues ; and when I saw him tbe thing on which I should open my eyes iu the morning, voast and darling of the country, the being to whom all and the last I should see at night. The face it contain- turned in admiration, whose word was law, and whuse ed was that by which I was to ascertain the standard of smile was sunshine-I might have believed him the bap beauty, and the soul beaming in that face was to be the piest of his race; but I watched this idol of the people a model to which I should constantly refer in judging of little longer, and I saw him struggling with difficulties intellectual loveliness.

beyond the reach of human power to overcome. Rirals Christmas at length arrived, and brought with it my thronged around him,- jealousy and dissension reuder. uncle and his guinea. I had an hour to spare before ed his councils abortive,—unforeseen accidents blasted dinner, and with a bounding step, the natural motion of many of his best-concerted schemes,-every domestic a merry heart, I took my way to the print-shop. The comfort was resigned, - he lived not for bimself, but old man to whom it belonged sat behind his counter in a others,--his influence began to diminish,-white hairs Jittle brown wig, studying demurely with his spectacles, gathered on his brow,—the sun of his glory set,—he reproperly adjusted on his nose, the important news of the tired into solitude, and died forgotten. « Alas!" said I day. “ I am going to buy the picture," said I, laying to myself, “ here are two sides to the picture." my guinea triumphantly before him. His eye glanced Again, when I met with Youth and Beauty glittering first at the money, and then at me. “What picture are you in the crowded drawing-room, or fixing the gaze of the going to buy, young gentleman ?" said he, pushing his enraptured theatre, or moving in the light of her lovelispectacles over his brow, and laying down the newspaper. ness through the graceful dance, when the festive wreath si Oh! that picture, to be sure,” cried I, pointing to the of health and happiness that bloomed upon her brow one in question ; "there is no other in the window for seemed to be composed of immortal flowers,—when the which I care." -" Well, I believe you are right," said perpetual halo of good-humour played round her lips, and the shopkeeper ; "this is indeed a picture. Reubens him- when they were opened but to give utterance to the meself never did any thing finer.” How my eyes sparkled, lodious tones of joy ; was it not hard to have the discoand how impatient I was till the purchase should be very forced upon you, that in all this there was something completed! “ Give it me! give it me !" I exclaimed, unreal ? ---that there were solitary hours of fatigue, and “and keep the whole guinea, if you please." -" The whole vexation, and pain,—that the lips could relinquish those guinea !" cried the old virtuoso, drawing back, as he spoke, smiles for the bitter sneer of contempt and hatred, with an air of offended dignity; " why, sir, this is not that the inelody of gentleness could be exchanged for the a picture to be sold for a guinea-no, nor for two gui- harsh accents of reproach and anger,—that, under the neas either. Look here, sir ; here is the very lowest heavenly exterior which bounteous Nature bad bestowed, price at which you can have it.” So saying, he turned up lurked all the evil passions of the human heart,—that the back of it, and showed me, written in very legible vice bad yielded to virtue its customary homage of bycharacters, the awful words, “ Four pounds ten!ocrisy, but that the mask could be only too easily re

I was never in my life so shocked, either before or moved, and that then might be seen at once the two sides since. Belshazzar looked at the mysterious hierogly- of the picture ! phics on the wall with far less horror than I at the simple When, turning to different scenes, I contemplated but blasting sentence. Four pounds ten! it was a sim the holy servant of religion, guiding a multitude to heawhich would exhaust the richest mines of Peru. I might ven by the force of his precepts and instructions, comlive to the age of Metbuselah, and never be able to amass forting the afflicted, re-assuring the wretched, encourzso great a board. It was beyond the compass of my most ging the humble, rebuking the presumptuous, assisting the extravagant hopes. The days of Cræsus were past, and contrite, and raising, like a ministering angel, the standPactolus rolled no longer over golden sands. I know not ard of human excellence,-how could I help saying how I found my way home, but I recollect pulling the within myself, Who could stand a comparison with a man nail out of my bedroom wall with feelings as much of like this ? A little farther in vestigation, however, disanger as of sorrow. I was inclined to believe I had been solved the charm. I discovered that religion was too used ill. The guinea had misled me, and I cast it down often assumed as the cloak of knavery ; that it was easy upon the table with contempt.

to talk of heaven and the joys of eternity, when the heart My disappointment was not long concealed from my was all the time devoted to the enjoyments of sense, and uncle. My looks and manner betrayed at once that all every hope was connected with the present existence ; was not right, and the history of my sorrow was soon that it was no difficult task to preach to others, in pomtold.' To my astonishment, every body seemed more in- pous and indignant terms, of the necessity of subduing the clined to laugh than to weep. My father was the first to passions and keeping the heart with all diligence, whilst assume an air of gravity. “ My dear Henry," said he, he who thus declaimed, laughed his own doctrine to scoru " this little incident, if properly considered, affords a by the daily practice of his life,—for, in the words of the useful moral lesson. In your future journey through Italian poet, life, when you have gone abroad into the world, and cast

“ Sotto un velo sagrosanto ognora, your eyes upon the various scenes around you, always recollect that there are two sides to the picture,—one fair

Religion chiamato, parvi gente and inviting, the other dark and repulsive. Be not too

Che rei disegni amanta ; indi, con arte much dazzled by the former, nor too much depressed by

Alla celeste la privata causa the latter. Let not the mere resemblance of virtue lull

Frammischiando, si attenta anco ministra you into the dangerous security of thoughtless philan

Farla d'inganni orribili, e di sangue." thropy ; nor the momentary prosperity of vice barden It is indeed melancholy, but it is nevertheless true, that your heart into the callous indifference of the misan even here there are two sides to the picture. thrope. Never forget to examine both sides of the pic Frequently and ardently have I longed for fame, the ture."

fame by which the efforts of genius, in unravelling the When I grew up, I endeavoured to profit by this ad- mysteries of mind, or extending the boundaries of science, vice. It has been of use to me, I trust, in preventing me or opening the fountains of imagination, are ever sure to from judging too hastily, either of apparent good or ap- be hallowed. I followed with my eye the triumphant parent evil, apparent happiness or apparent grief. career of the poet. I saw him at first contending with

When I looked, for example, on the statesman, on him difficulties under which spirits of a meaner order would who could “ read his history in a nation's eyes,” who have sunk; but, conscious of his innate strength, he defound himself at the helm of a great and powerful king- spised the cold world's sneer, or turned its own weapons dom, directing, according to his will, its fleets, its armies, against it. Proceeding resolutely in the course he had


himself chalked out, the effulgence of his mind burst at tion ; while the far greater number, repelled by the prosbength upon the astonished nations, and shining far off, pect of toil and drudgery, consult their own ease and in its own unclouded beauty, among the highest stars of convenience by catching at the tirst plausible view of a the galaxy, was worshipped from the distance by thousands subject which presents itself. Add to this, that it is of admiring votaries. Is there nothing enviable in a fate much easier to invent a feasible hypothesis, than to proselike this? Let the undying voice of Byron answer you the cute a difficult enquiry; and that the mind which is naquestion. That voice has sounded over the earth, and turally averse to labour, is, for the same reason, prone to its echo is still heard in the most distant regions. Yet rest satisfied with any thing which wears the appearance who asks if Byron was fortunate? Who knows not his of ingenuity, and at the same time costs little or no uubappy story? Crossed and disappointed in his domes- trouble to understand it. In this way theories spring tie affections,-neglected by those to whom the ties of up, and systems are multiplied, till they become as rife as blood ought to have endeared him, an exiled wanderer blackberries, while the progress of truth is obstructed, over the earth,-unpossessed of a single spot he could call and knowledge begins to retrograde. The following rehis home, the object, against whom were unsparingly di. marks of John Pinkerton are equally just in themselves, rected the poisoned arrows of scandal, and malice, and and pertinent to our présent purpose. Speaking of that envy ;-and now that he has died-died in bis youth, poorest of all compilers and abridgers, Jornandes, he says, and in a foreign land, and the cause of liberty_his “ His account of the origin of the Scythæ was blindly glorious memory is polluted by the scribbling of news followed by Isidorus, by Beda, who calls Scandinavia paper hirelings; and they who have barely sufficient ta- Scythia, by Paulus Diaconus, by the geographer of Ralents to write an intelligible sentence on the petty poli- venna, and by innumerable others in the dark ages ! Nay, tics of the day, presume to offer criticisms on the produc- such an effect may even a very weak writer (for such tions of a mind which they never understood, and to Jornandes is) have upon literature, that ONE SENTENCE of damn, with their faint praise, the efforts of a genius whose Jornandes has overturned the very basis of the history of sablime powers have shed additional lustre over human Europe. This famons sentence is in his fourth chapter : nature, and added another argument in favour of the im- Ex hac igitur Scandia insula, quasi officina GENTIUM, mortality of the human soul! Look, then, to the poet, aut certe velut Vagina Nationum, cum rege suo nomine and, as you look, confess that there are two sides to the Berig Gothi memorantur egressi. Upon this one sentence picture.

have all modern historians, nay, such writers as MontesThe same truth extends to every condition and rank quieu, Gibbon, and others of the first name, built. Now, of life; nor is it confined in its application merely to the it can be clearly shown, that Scandinavia was, down to insulated circumstances of an individual ; it will be found a very late period, nay, is at present, almost overrun with to apply, with equal certainty, to the moral and political enormous forests, where there was no room for populastate of nations. Nay, philosophers who hare con tion. Adam of Bremen, who wrote in the eleve templated the universe, and investigated the laws of na tury, instructs us, that even in Denmark at that time, ture, have sufficiently proved, by the widely different re the sea-coasts alone were peopled, while the inner parts sults which their discoveries have led, that, even in con- of the country were one vast forest. If such was the sidering the universe, they have seen different sides of the case in Denmark, we may guess that in Scandinavia even picture. ‘Happiest he, whose well-regulated mind, or the shores were scarcely peopled. Scandinavia is also a patural cheerfulness of disposition, induces him to look | mountainous region ; and among a barbaric and uninduswith a leoient eye on the errors, and with a placid com trious people, the mountains are almost un peopled.”— posure on the misfortunes, which, as long as he inhabits (Dissertation on the Scythians or Goths.) Mr Pinkerton the earth, will stare him in the face wherever he turns. might have spared his refutation; as there is scarcely any His glance loves to rest on that which is fair and plea one now who does not laugh at the Officina Gentium aut sing ; and whatever he does not find in unison with his certe Vagina Nationum of the Gothic abridger. Yet the own beqevolence and good-bumour, he softens down into fact he states is an instructive one in the bistory of opia shade less sombre. To him it is of little consequence nions; for, on these few absurd metaphorical expressions wbat side of the picture presents itself. He can look at was a theory reared, which commanded the assent of either with complacency, and find beauty in both. Montesquieu and of Gibbon, which a respectable author

of our own country has written a learned work to sup

port, and which continued to be received with implicit NUGÆ LITERARIÆ.

faith, till Mr Malthus unfolded, with demonstrative evi. By James Browne, LL.D.

dence, the principles which determine the increase or

decrease of population in every country, and thus indiHæ Nugæ in seria ducent.

rectly exposed its utter fallacy and absurdity. Nor is THEORIES AND Facts. It was the late Dr Cullen, we this all. For, as Pinkerton observes, the theory in quesbelieve, who remarked, that “ there are more false facts tion was not only adopted by the most distinguished writhan false theories current in the world." The observa-ters of the last century, but entered so deeply into all their tion appears to us an exceedingly silly one ; for, independ- speculations respecting the origin of the modern nations ently of the contradiction involved in the expression of Europe, their laws, government, institutions, manners, “ false facts," the number of “theories” can no more be and even physical characteristics, that it may be said to compared with the number of “ facts,” than the number have corrupted both the bistory and philosophy of the last of houses can be compared with the number of stones. age, and thus detracted greatly from the merits of works, But be this as it may, one thing is certain, that “ false which, in other respects, entitle their authors to the gratheories" abound in almost every department of science titude and admiration of mankind. Further, we have, and literature, and most particularly in those branches in this case, a striking exemplification of the pernicious where it is especially incumbent on the enquirer to in- effects of " false theories,” which, like counterfeit coin, vestigate facts” with the utmost patience and perse pass from hand to hand for a time unchallenged, because

This is easily accounted for. The inductive unexamined, but which are certain ultimately to be de. process of investigation is necessarily a slow one : it re- tected and exposed in all their natural worthlessness, to quires unremitting labour and research; it demands the loss and damage of those in whose custody they are firmness of resolution and steadfastness of purpose: it at last found. is a work of time, patience, attention, and discrimina The Digamma.—This famous letter, which at one tion. But some have neither capacity nor inclination for period performed so important a function in Greek orthoengaging in pursuits requiring so much sustained mental graphy, and which still appears in a great number of exertion ; others bave the capacity, but want the inclina- Latin words derived, or rather transferred, from the Greek,


has been a subject of much discussion among scholars, Greek, door or dryov ; Latin, divum : Sanscrit, awin ; Greek, who are by no means agreed as to the precise effect to osv or gyv; Latin, ovem : Sanscrit; navam; Greek, 19, be given to it. It was originally," says Thiersch, “a or vægur; Latin, navem; Sanscrit, nawam; Greek, ses, full and strong consonant, and its smybols, r, F, called or yyor; Latin, novum : Sanscrit, wacham ; Greek, estar, Digamma, (double gamma,) or Æolic Digamma in Greek, or roorar; Latin, vacem : all which instances strikingly and Ef in Latin, occupied the sixth place in either alpha- illustrate and confirm the principles of the interchangebet. The pronunciation retained in Latin evinces with ableness of the cognate sounds of F, V, and W, as above what power it was originally endowed in Greek, in stated. (Kennedy, Researches, &c., pp. 134, 135.) It régyor, rétos, rávač, &c.” Others, again, have con would seem, however, that when the digamma fell into tended, that although its form is identical with that of disuse, it was not only omitted, or simply left out, the Latin F, its power is equivalent to the softer sound which is the common case, but that, in a number of inof the letter V; while a third party maintain, that it has stances, its place was supplied by some other letter : as generally, if not universally, the effect of W. Bishop Sanscrit, seweta; Greek, reßitai: Sanscrit,wagmi; Greek, Marsh, in his Hore Pelasgicæ, coincides in opinion Bayrea: Sanscrit, wahate ; Greek, oxsetas ; Latin, vekit. with Thiersch; the author of a learned article on the So much, then, for the Digamma, a name, we may add, subject, which appeared several years ago in the Quar- invented by the grammarians, the proper designation of terly Review, and which has generally been ascribed to this famous letter being Baữ. the late Signor Ugo Foscolo, seems inclined to adopt the intermediate or softer sound of V; while Mr Payne Knight, Colonel Kennedy, and some others, consider it

ORIGINAL POETRY. equivalent to the W. All these opinions, however, are capable of being reconciled upon the simplest principle

DREAMS. imaginable ; namely, that in all languages, those sounds which are articulated by means of the same general con

Lo! from a sweet and a lovely dream formation of the organs, and between which there subsists Of a fairy isle in a bright blue stream, only a difference of degree or impetus, are mutually inter

Where grottoes, that dazzled my wilder'd eyes, changeable. Now this is manifestly the case with F and

Were blazing with gems beneath cloudless skies ; V, the latter being merely the attenuated sound of the

Where spirits of bliss, 'mong the starry flowers, former, just as P is the attenuated sound of B, G of K, Made music and mirth through the sunny hours; and T of D; while, on the other hand, the sound of W

And no brow was e'er dimm'd with the shadow of pain is variable, being more frequently, perhaps, represented I have waked to this world of truth again! by an equivalent to the sound of the Vau than to the Uh, I have waked to find that once more with me which is its ordinary effect in English. Accordingly, Darkness and silence companions be, Dionysius of Halicarnassus expressly states that the

Save where the moon, with a fitful ray,
Digamma was the syllable ou written with a single letter Bursts from the clouds that surround her way,
(thus r), tùy ou ouada etv évi oto.xewww you pouémy. (Antiqg. And wildly breaks on the curtain'd gloom
Rom. Lib. i. p. 52, ed. Reiske.) In his time, therefore, With sickly light through my lonely room.
it answered to the Latin V, which is expressed by ou, (as I have waked—but Fancy, on lightning wings,
Ovsaíz, Velia, Oladegios, Valerius,) which expression is

Her spell of power o'er my spirit flings;
nearly equivalent to the English W. Anciently, however, I feel the touch of her golden chain,
Velia was written Felia, and Valerius, Falerius, even in And, lo! I have waked—but to dream again!
Latin ; which shows how easily the F may pass into the It is not alone beneath starry skies,
V, and the V into W, or vice versa. This is further con-

When slumber has seal'd our mortal eyes,
firmed by a passage in Quintilian, which appears to have And the things of sense have taken their fight,
escaped the attention of scholars : “ Æolicæ quoque li- | And the world has closed on our charmed sight,
teræ,” says he, “ qua servum cervumque dicimus, 'etiamsi That the loveliest scenes to the soul appear,
forma a nobis repudiata est, vis tamen nos ipsa persequi- And the softest music enchants the ear!
tur.” Inst. Orat. lib. xii. c. 10, p. 504, ed Rollin. What There are visions that rise to the waking view,
this“ vis” really was, we learn from another passage of the When life is young, and the world is new,
same author : “ Desuntque aliquæ nobis necessariæ literæ; That grow as we gaze, till they seem to be
non cum Græca scribimus (tum enim ab iisdem duas

Not shadows, but living reality ; mutamur), sed proprie in Latinis, ut in his, servus et vulgus, Æolicum digamma desideratur;" from which it Till startled at length into pain and tears !

And of them we dream through the lapse of years, appears, that the digamma was pronounced as the Eng. And though dark be the wakening, oh! where the soul lish W, not as B, F, or V, which letters existed in the That would spurn, dear Fancy! thy sweet control? Latin alphabet, and that a Roman of the age of Quinti- Still, still let me feel thy blessed power, lian would have said serwus, wulgus, exactly as a true

Whether at starlight or noontide hour ; bred Cockney of the present day would sound the v in

And when slumber loosens her silken chain, these words. Hence, Mr Payne Knight remarks, that Oh! still let me wake but to dream again! “it is generally supposed among the learned at present,

GERTRUDE. that the digamma was pronounced like our W, for it corresponded with the Latin V, the sound of which was certainly the same." (Analysis of the Greek Alphabet, p. 11.) But the difference of opinion on this subject is easily re

THE MUSIC OF NIGHT. conciled upon the principle above stated, namely, that By John Malcolm, Author of Tales of Flood and Field." the sounds of bomo-organic letters were interchangeable, or, in other words, that the sounds of the digamma and

The music of the night the Latin V were variable, not fixed; which Quintilian Upon its lonely flight expressly informs us was the case with respect to the Into the west, where sink its ebbing sands latter character. And this conclusion is confirmed by

That muffled music seems what we observe in the identical words which still exist

Like voices heard in dreams, in Greek, Latin, and Sanscrit : as, for example, Sanscrit, Sigh'd back from long-lost years and distant lands. uidanti ; Greek, sodortan, or with the digamma, radovmas; Latin, vident : Sanscrit, wamati ; Greek, sustas, or with

Amid the stillness round, the digamma, rspelen; Latin, vomit : Sanscrit, diwan ; As 'twere the shade of sound,

Floats on the low sweet strain of lulling tones;

Such as from trembling wire

Of sweet Æolian lyre, With winds awake in murmurs and in moans,

Oh! melting on the air,

What solemn chords are there!
The torrent's thunder sunk into a sigh;

And thine, majestic main,

Great Nature's organ strain, Deep pealing through the temple of the sky.

And let her on thy breast recline,

And heave the fond luxurious sigh; And let her lip be prest to thine,

With laughter in her wanton eye! There was a time those eyes of blue

On other features loved to rest;
There was a time that fair form knew

No other pillow than my breast ;-
A dream ! a dream ! she loved me not,

Hearts once enthrall’d, what power could sever?
Away, my steed, fly swift as thought,
And bear me from her smiles for ever!

H, G. B.

And songs unsung by day

The nightingale's lone lay ; From lady's bower, the lover's serenade ;

And dirge of hermit bird

From haunts of ruin heard, The only voice that wails above the dead,


By a Lady of Sensibility.


To them that sail the deep

When winds have sunk to sleep,
The dreamy murmurs of the night steal on;

Say, does their mystic hum,

So vague and varied, come From distant shores unseen, and lands unknown?

In them might Fancy's ear

Earth's dying echoes hearOur home's sweet voices swooning on the foods ;

Or songs of festal balls,

Or sound of waterfalls, Or Indian's dismal war-whoop through the woods.

I saw a beggar knock at Mary's door,

As old a man as ever I had seen;
I daresay he was eighty-five or more,

And pale, and weak, and very, very lean;
And, as he walk'd, his poor old limbs seem'd sore,

And through his tatter'd clothes the wild wind blew ; His pantaloons were made of many a score

Of different patches, every shape and hue; The fragment of a coat was on his back,

And on his head the remnant of a hat; His hair was grey, though it had once been black ;

His back was round, though it had once been flat. Mary soon saw him, and the generous soul Gave him a penny to procure a roll.

Joy breathes in morning song,

And happy things among Her choral bowers, wake matins of delight;

But dearer unto me

The dirge-like harmony
Of vesper-voices, and of wailing night.



1 trusted, and she deceived me! Away! away! my gallant steed!

Dash on where'er thy fancy guide ; Let nought thy lightning course impede,

Nor rock, nor glen, nor foaming tide ; Now let her on her minion smile,

As once she dared to smile on me, And let his heart dance light the while,

But I, my gallant steed, am free!

Poor little innocent! I grieve to see

Thy mother plunge thee in the deep, deep ocean, Whose waves, although they hardly reach her knee,

Sweep o'er thy shoulders in severe commotion. Indeed it is a fearful thing to me

To view thee sprawl, and scratch, and tear, and kick, And hear thee, in thy depth of misery,

Vent all thy soul in one unbroken shriek. Sweet, artless victim! if thou wert my child,

Which thou art not, and ne'er, alas! can be, I'd snatch thee from those billows, salt and wild,

And, putting on thy clothes, would set thee free; But as it is, I must in silence gaze,Omniscient Heaven ! how strange are all thy ways !

H. G. B.


Dash on! dash on! I love those waves,

I love this wild and desert shoreThose billows have been brave men's graves,

There's music in their hollow roar Ha! once again my soul bounds high,

New life runs tingling through my veins ; I scorn the glance of that bright eye,

And trample in the dust her chains.

On! my good Arab, swift as light,

Sweep, with the winds, across the moor, The gloom and gathering clouds of night

Are bugbears only for the boor ;Hark! how the thunder rattling plays

Along that lurid sky above,Ay! this is better than the blaze

Of banquets, and the tale of love! Away! away! She smiled on him ;

That bower was deck'd, but not for me; Ho! fill the goblet to the brim,

Let me drink deep, for I am free!

SIR WALTER Scott is engaged upon a Romance, the name of which is to be Robert of Paris.

Captain Basil Hall is bringing out a work for young persons, entitled Fragments of Voyages and Travels in various parts of the World.

The Rev. J. Topham is about to publish a Manual of Prayers in every language, for every day of the week.

Mr W. Danby has a volume of poems ready for the press, which is expected to appear in the course of the autumn.

Valpy has just published :-Hermann on the Greek Metres, abridged and translated into English, for the use of schools and colleges, by the Rev. J. Seager ; Divines of the Church of England, No. 1, being a continuation of the works of Bishop Sherlock, with a Summary to each Discourse, Notes, &c., by the Rev. T. S. Hughes ; Valpy's Greek Grammar, 12h edition; and Elements of Latin Grammar, by the Rev. Dr Valpy, 19th edition.

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.................... J. Wood............. Henry Rolls. ter. A clever pamphlet * (the proof-sheets of which are now upon Poesie .............

Carlo Dolci.......... Wm. Finden. our table) is printing at the office of the Scots Times. It is entitled, With regard to the literary department of the work, the editor “ A Glance at the Dilettanti Society's Exhibitions." Along with a boasts that he has not allowed himself, in any instance, to be in history of the rise and progress of the Society, it contains acute, and Auenced by the “ magic of a name;" and that the only cause of the frequently just, remarks upon the pictures in the Exhibitions or appearance in his pages of so many names illustrious for worth and this and the former year. The only thing about the disputes of the talent, lies in the intrinsic literary merit of the pieces to which they Committee for arranging the dinner to Mr Hume, likely to be inte are attached.

resting beyond the limits of Glasgow, is an attempt, on the part of NEWLY INVENTED PRINTING Press.--Professor Hagen, of one of its members, to get Sir Walter Scott's name struck out of the Königsberg, in Prussia, has invented an efficient printing press, of list of toasts. This gentleman has published a manifesto ; but, afte a very simple construction, that may be wrought by steam, or any a careful perusal, we are uncertain whether he objects to Sir Walter power producing a rotatory motion. It moves smoothly, and with on political or literary grounds. One of his literary coadjutors delittle noise; supplies the types with ink, and prints two sheets at a monstrated some years ago, that Sir Walter could not possibly be time as fast as one person can remove, and another place them. It the author of the Waverley Novels, assigning that honour to Mrs occupies a space of from 8 to 10 feet in length, 3 to 4 in breadth, Grant of Laggan. Can it be possible that these arguments have and 5 to 6 in height-goes seldom out of order, and can be easily operated a conviction on the mind of his friend, not to be shaken repaired. It is said to be quite different from, and much superior either by Sir Walter's public confession, or Mrs Grant's repeated to, Mr Koenig's patent presses, one of which, of the smallest size, disclaimers ? costs 4000 dollars (£600 sterling), while this can be made for 200 dol Theatrica. Gossip.-It is understood that in future the two ar lars, or £30 sterling. We understand that Dr Hagen is desirous to tional theatres allow no actor more than thirty pounds a-week, with dispose of his invention to any of the trade in this country who may the exception of two at each theatre. Miss Stephens, Vestris, Young, be inclined to take out a patent for it; and our agent in Glasgow and Braham, are understood to have made a strike. Jones is not tells us that a gentleman there is furnished with a more particular yet engaged at either theatre, although he is not said to insist upon description of the press, and is empowered to treat as to terms. a large salary. Bishop is engaged as composer and director of the

Chit-CHAT FROM LONDON.-We are sorely at a loss for something orchestra, for the ensuing season, at Drury Lane. He will preside to talk about. An affair of honour amused us for half a day. A nightly. The Colonnade is to be placed on the Russel-Street front noble lord and a gallant major sailed in a steam-boat for Ostend, of that theatre, and it is expected that by October the works will be with two seconds a-piece, and came back without doing any thing. so far advanced, as to offer no impediment to the public at the opening Scandal says one of the parties had forgot his pistols. Shortly after of the theatre.--Marie Mignet, a historical drama, from the French, this aftair had ceased to be spoken of, , we were interrupted in the was produced at the Haymarket on Monday. Miss Chester was to have midst of a yawn by the astounding intelligence that Sir George personated the principal female character, but the new legces of Smart had given occasion to a bon mot. Bartley mentioned in the Drury, who have secured her services for that establishment, refused green-room of the Adelphi, that Sir George had been much alarmed their consent. Miss F. H. Kelly supplied her place.-Arnold ex. by a flash of lightning. “ No wonder," rejoined Peake, “ he knows pects to open his new English Opera House by the 1st of July dest. he is a conductor."- Another dreamy interval succeeded, from which Meanwhile, he carries on the war vigorously at the Adelphi. A new we were awakened by the information that Lord William Lennox, piece, entitled The Irish Girl, has succeeded, chiefly on account of having lost his estate for attempting to cut the Wood, had been re Miss Kelly's performance of the heroine. Arnold has likewise duced to accept of an ensigncy in the Sussex militia.—Some of your brought out a new female singer of the name of Evans, who has readers may wish to know the emoluments of the painter in ordinary been favourably received.—At the Surrey, T. P. Cook has brought to his Majesty. He receives only sixty guineas for a whole-length out The Humours of Portsmouth, a poor enough concern. At Asiwhen officially employed.—An attempt is making to establish a Naval ley's, Ducrow has been reviving the Battle of Waterloo.Malibras Library at Portsmouth, for the convenience of officers studying at has performed Susanna, in the Marriage of Figaro, in English, at the College. It is proposed to attach a Reading-room to the estab Manchester ;-the critics of that city are in eestasies -Liston has lishment, where professional pamphlets will be laid on the table, but been making a trip through the west of England. The stock nights newspapers excluded.-The Worcester Musical Festival begins on were in general failures, but his benefits were bumpers.-Alexander the 14th September. This is a respectable meeting of old standing, has opened at Carlisle with Miss Graddon and Barton.-The Dublin which alternates between the above-named city, Gloucester, and Theatre has been following the example of Paris and Brussels Hereford. The Norwich Festival takes place on the 21st September, holding thus, as it ought to do, the mirror up to nature. The anand the following days. That of Liverpool is fixed for the 5th, 6th, nuitant took possession of the building during the absence of Mr and 7th of October. Sir George Smart conducts at Liverpool and Bunn, the lessee. On Tuesday last, Mr Bunn, accompanied by a Norwich; Mr Clarke, organist of the Cathedral, at Worcester. large assemblage of persons, retook it. Application was mare to Malibran, Mrs Knyvett, Braham, and De Begnis, are to sing at all

the police for assistance against the besiegers; but, says our inforthese Festivals. The arrangements are on a scale of high respecta- mant." Alderman Fleming, who repaired to the spot with a cons.bility, and promise a rich urcat to the musical amateur.-To abuse derable force, finding that the contest was one for the establishment and be abused, seems the lot of the critic. Jerdan is thundering of a civil right, and that no immediate breach of the peace was fürty away at Lady Morgan, and the Examiner is thundering away at to ensue, declined interfering.”. We should like to hear an Irish Jerdan. The gentleman who writes epigrams against J. in that magistrate define " a breach of the peace." Journal does not seem to have much wit; but he will make his persecution a good joke, by sheer pertinacity.

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. CHIT-CHAT FROM ABERDEEN.-Two cases have occurred at this D. M‘Askill's communication is under consideration ;-hii offer Cireuit of peculiar interest. A Mrs Humphry was tried for murder will be thankfully received.—The Sonnet by “G." is creditable to ing her husband, a butcher and tavern-keeper, by pouring a quantity a young writer, but would scarcely stand publication.-- John Nevay's of sulphuric acid down his throat while he lay asleep. The man communication has been received, but we have not yet had time to lingered for two days in great agony, and then died. The commis read it attentively. The Ballad entitled, “ Signs of the Times," is sion of the crime was established by a chain of circumstantial evi-spirited and amusing, but requires twice thinking. We are redence, and the murderess was left for execution. The other case quested to state, that the " W. D.” in our last Notice to Carrespunwas one of forgery. A young man of the name of Scott persuadert dents, is not our friend Danby.--"A Rejected Contributor" falls a girl to elope with him. The imprudent pair soon fell into strait us, with an air of triumph, that his a'mmunications were copiel encd circumstances; and, in order to relieve themselves, forged a from Blackwood, the London, and New Monthly :-did it ever bill in the name of the girl's father for 1.5. They also appended an occur to him that this might be the very cause why they were re imitation of his signature to a document bearing to be an obligation jected ?- We beg to assure Mr Mackay, that what is postponed is not to lend them L. 12. The girl was cited as a witness against her lover, necessarily forgotten.-We shall be happy to hear from " Rod." at but was not examined. He was found guilty of uttering the forgery, his leisure.

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