Page images

The Asiatic Journal seems duller than usual, pro next communication of interest is that entitled, Additions bably from no longer having Mr Buckingham to squabble to the Natural History of British Animals, by Dr Cold. with, to whose interesting miscellany it must bave been stream ; which reflects high credit on his assiduity, and linked in holy wedlock--at least, if we may judge by gives us additional reason to anticipate that, by a continuatheir mutual inveteracy.

tion of his exertions, he will materially enrich that deLa Belle Assemblée comes graceful and pensive, “ like partment of science to which he has already devoted his the visions a saint hath of heaven in his dreams," to attention. Professor Olensted's account of the pheno“ shut the scene." The present Number is graced by a mena of Hail-storms, Charles Von Reumer's contribuportrait of no less a personage than the new king of tion to Biblical Geography, and the Baron de Brunken's France, who looks a jolly and portly fellow. The fair memoir on the Imperial Forest of Bialoweza, are valulady, whose image, according to prescriptive usage, occu able communications, and will be read with interest. Dr pies the seat of honour, is placed vis-d-vis to his majesty, Allen Thomson's essay on the Developement of the Vasand ogles him most perseveringly. The fair representa- cular System in Vertebrated Animals, next claims attentives of the monthly fashions are still blooming in im- tion. It formed the subject of his inaugural dissertation mortal youth.

on taking his degree of doctor of medicine at the Uni

versity of Edinburgh, during the last session. While he The Journal of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. of former physiologists, he presents us with the results of

displays much critical acumen in referring to the works No. I, October. London. John Murray. 1830.

his own experiments, which appear to have been very numeThe Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal. No. XVIII.

rous, and conducted with much care. He traces the deveOctober. Edinburgh. Adam Black. 1830. The North of England Medical and Surgical Journal birds, and mammalia, from its most simple to its most com

lopement of the heart through the different classes of fishes, No. I. London. Whittaker. 1830.

plex structure—from the moment when its first rudiments The first of these works is a young stranger, and become visible under the magnifying glass to the period therefore requires a formal introduction. The Royal when its organization becomes complete; and he further Institution was established under a charter granted by illustrates his very perspicuous account by referring to George III. in the year 1800; it was afterwards en drawings which have been executed by himself, and place larged and confirmed by an act of parliament in 1810. the whole matter in a most clear and intelligible light. Its objects are to diffuse the knowledge and facilitate the whole essay is highly creditable to the author; but the introduction of useful inventions. It maintains a we cannot take leave of it without expressing our regret, theatre for public lectures; a laboratory; a copious that, according to the new regulations of the University, library; and a museum, containing a mineralogical col- graduates are no longer under the necessity of publishing lection, chiefly composed of British specimens. Weekly their inaugural dissertations ; for it is not to be expected meetings of the members and their friends are held in that they will devote so much attention to them, knowthe library on Friday evenings, during the season, as- ing that, as manuscripts, their circulation must be very suming rather the unembaréassing freedom of a conver- limited, and that they are read to be laid aside, and laid sazione, than the formal character of a session. The pe- aside only to be forgotten. If tbe Senatus Academicus riodical which we now introduce to the reader's acquaint- require every candidate for a medical degree to present a ance, is published by the Managers of the Institution, thesis, more importance would be attached to it; and the in conformity to a by-law, ordaining them to publish at consequence of the apathy to which we refer is, that the regular intervals, journals containing reports of commit- present is the only inaugural dissertation we have seen tees, original communications, abstracts of the transac this year, possessing information in any way worthy of tions of learned societies at home and abroad, and notices being introduced into any standard work of science. After of new discoveries. The managers have added to these the essay of Dr A. Thomson, we find a short communisubjects, notices of new scientific publications; announ cation by Mr Stark, on changes in the colour of fishes cing that, when these describe any novel or interesting He confined minnows in a white basin, from which he experiments, they shall be repeated by the Professor to excluded the light, and on examining them the following whose department they appertain. The Journal is to be morning, found, that the former colours of the back bad published quarterly. We have received the present faded ; that the bright bars on the sides had nearly disNumber at too late a period of the week to do more than appeared ; and the belly had become almost wbite. On superficially glance at its contents. They appear, how exposing the vessel to light again, the fish regained their ever, every way worthy of the auspices under which original colours ; and on again replacing it in the dark, they appear. We shall continue to watch with interest they became of á pale sand colour. Similar experiments the successive appearances of this important publication. were repeated with the stickle-back, loche, and percb, all

Among the inost interesting communications in the of which showed, that when confined in a dark vessel, present Number of the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, the colours of the fish assumed much the colour of the we may notice the biographical memoir of Claude Louis vessel ; when transferred into a white basin, they lost Richard, by Baron Cuvier. This, although a brief, is in a short time their characteristic markings, and became an interesting sketch of this celebrated botanist, who of a pale sandy colour ;-hence, these observations illusshared the common fate of men of genius, in having to trate the principle, that fish possess the faculty of accom, contend with much adverse fortune, from which his dis-modating their colours to the ground, or bottom, of the position assumed a sombre colouring, that reflected its waters in which they reside. The notice which follows own gloom on the commonest incidents of life. His this communication, on the nervous system of the crusardent love of nature, and more especially his devotion to tacea, is interesting ; but the subject has already been botanical pursuits, became manifest at a very early age; fully discussed. Geologists will read with pleasure the and, had his intercourse with the world been less che sketch of the lacustrine basins of Baza and Alhama, and quered by disappointment, every department of natural the essay of Hoffman on valleys of elevation. Having taken history would have been more benefited by his investi- this coup d'ạil into the contents of this Number of the New gations; but he has only left behind him a few works, Philosophical Journal, we close it with satisfaction, see. barely sufficient to excite our regret that he did not ac ing that the present able editor continues to conduet the complish inore, and to warrant the hope “ that his son, work most judiciously; and we have only to await its who was educated in his school, and embued with his successive quarterly appearance, to find each Number ardoctrines, will not only implement his filial duty, by rive, like a richly-freighted vessel, laden with fresh stores publishing his works, but will extend and add to them of valuable scientific knowledge. what may still be wariting for their coinpletion." The We recommend to the attention of our medical readers,


the first Number of the North of England Medical and Macdonald has given us, in the work he has just comSurgical Journal; the main object of which publication pleted, an additional proof of the mastery he has obtained, is, to present the profession with a view of the progress not only over the form, but the spirit, of ancient sculpture. of medical science in the northern counties of England, In what regards external form alone, we are inclined to which, possessing a dense population, and a number of regard it as bis masterpiece. It is the ideal of the female hospitals, must evidently afford a very wide field for ac figure simple, harmonious, perfect. And he has breathed cumulating observations that may extend the boundaries an expression of moral and intellectual life into this form, of medical knowledge. The talents of the editors of this which inexpressibly enhances its value. The figure sinks journal, the celebrity of those who have already favoured upon one knee the trunk of the figure rather bent forthem with valuable communications, and, above all, the ward-the right arm declining upon the thigh of the leg independent and liberal tone with which it has been which props her up, as if the olive branch had just slid commenced, induce us to augur favourably of its success. from her hand—the left extended as towards the altar

the face slightly turned up, as if to catch the lineaments

of the god. There is simplicity, earnestness, and moMISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. desty, in every line of the figure. Viewed from every

side, it presents a beautifully arranged whole, and with

every change of position, the spectator discovers new FINE ARTS.

beauties. Our readers are all of them acquainted with THE SUPPLICANTS OF ÆSCHYLUS, AND

Mr Macdonald's talents as a poetical composer. We MACDONALD'S NEW STATUE.

have no inclination to over-rate the merits of his fugitive

They are merely the amusement of bis leisure, Tre idea of this figure seems to have been suggested to hours the productions of one who is no professed poet. the artist by a passage in the Supplicants (Ixstides) of But we appeal to all who are capable of judging, whether Æschylus. The story of the drama is the escape of the they have ever read a line of his writing, which is not daughters of Danaus from the sons of Egyptus. The characterised by thought and sentiment. The same plot (if plot it can be called) is extremely simple. The deep, enthusiastic feeling of organic and intellectual chorus of the Danaidæ open the business of the play with beauty we find expressed in his statuary, with the steady an in vocation to Jupiter, from which we learn that they hand of one, who, by long study, has become a master have fled from the low shores of the Nile to avoid a forced in his vocation. intermarriage with their cousins. Their designs and feelings are more fully evolved in the course of a conversation with their father, and an old man who attends

ETTY'S JUDITH. them. The king of the Argives approaches, and the Our readers are aware that this splendid work, as exscared females cluster, by the advice of their guardians, bibited by the Scottish Academy in 1829, and purchased round the altar of Mercury. They claim the protection by that body, forms the centre piece to two others, reof the monarch, who, after some hesitation, moved by presenting different periods of the story. One of the their entreaties, departs to ascertain the inclinations of wings, exhibited this year in London, has just arrived in his subjects. The award of the popular assembly is fa- Edinburgh. It represents Judith issuing from the tent, vourable, and the king returns in time to rescue the Sup carrying the head of Holofernes. She is passing from plicants from the grasp of a herald, who, regardless of the beneath the canvass folds, with a stealthiness of pace sanctity of the altar, was dragging them to the Egyptian which almost makes us sensible of a deeper silence than fleet. The piece closes with a choral song, in which the that of the lifeless, motionless surface before us, and while station and duties of women in society are beautifully she deposits the head in the hands of her attendant, she looks indicated, and confidence in the divine government incul. back anxiously, but without one quiver of her nerves, upon cated.

two guards, who, richly accoutred, slumber, leaning on The reader will easily perceive, from this analysis, that their spears. The handmaid is kneeling in the centre of the Supplicants can scarcely be called a play, in our ac- the picture, her hands grasp after the head, unaided by her ceptation of the word. It is a spectacle, in which a tra- eyes, which are riveted upon her heroic mistress. Devoted dition is sought to be realised to the spectators by the affection and adıniration are legible in her countenance. united forces of music, declamation, and the presence of In the corner of the picture, opposite to Judith, beneath a human beings, representing, in dress and deportment, the palm-tree, upon wbich he has hung his shield and sword, characters of the piece. But the interest of the drama is a recumbent slumbering warrior, with his back to the does not arise from a succession of complicated incident, spectator. In the background are the Assyrian tents, or from the expression of passion excited by the situa- beyond them the beleaguered city, and, closing all, the tion of the heroines, or from characteristic portraits. mountains of Judea. A broad warm stream of light None of the characters are individualised. The story is issuing from the tent, falls upon the figure of Judith, the evolved by the aid of narrative exclusively. The strong- anxious features of her attendant, the sinewy shoulders est bursts of passion are of that kind wbich charm us in of the sleeping warrior, and the palm, whose branches the opera by the aid of musical engnciation and accom are depending over him. The middle distance exhibits - paniment, but which, in common dramatic representa- that vague heaving of forms, like the shifting of chaotio tion, or in a book, would be felt inadequate to the occa- atoms, which announces the first approach of dawn; the sion. The great charm of the work is the intense poetry distant mountains are already whitened by the returnwith which it adorns the doctrine of female chastity. It ing day. The whole of the picture-its arrangement, is one great hymn in honour of that virtue. We cannot the expression of the different figures, the tone of colouring, read it, withoat feeling the majestic delicacy of the true are deeply and truly felt. The few fruits and goblets female character. “ The charm is wound up," when old which appear in a corner of the tent, seem to have grown Danaus, in contemplating their future fate, shows, in a pale when life deserted it. The muscular frames of the few words, how compatible is the preservation of this sleeping warders, contrasted with the intense life of the character with all the warmth of true love. We have two Israelitish women, embody the superiority of mind been accustomed to regard this play as the first unclosing and passion over mere physical strength. The warm of the petals of the moral bud, which is treasured in light in the foreground is the expiring flash of perishing every heart. When reading it, we feel that the early luxury, contrasted with the cool grey approach of that Greek dramatists were indeed the priests of their nation, daylight which waxes and wanes, but never dies. The and that the appropriate time for representing their works dim views of the hushed, but wide-spread camp, wbich was indeed during the high festivals of the gods. lies between the heroine and the battlements, upon which

[ocr errors]

her countrymen's wateh-firès are blazing, raise to the ERRONEOUS MANAGEMENT OF THE TRUSTEES highest pitch the sublimity of her unshrinking deport GALLERY OF SCULPTURE AND DRAWING

ACADEMY ment, of the more impassioned bearing of her maid, in which there is not one feeling of self. Viewed Our late article upon this subject bas elicited the folas a companion to the scene within the tent, the two lowing letter from Mr George Thomson, under-secretary pictures will be found to heighten and intensify each to the Board of Trustees. other. Enough of the tent is seen in this new one to To the Editor of the Edinburgh Literary Journal. show that we are still in the neighbourhood of that scene SIR,_On my return from the country lately, I was of high-wrought luxury and revel. The star which informed that a violent attack on the Board of Trustees, shone in through an opening upon the slumbering Holo- and on myself individually, had appeared in your Journal fernes, although paling before the coming morn, still last month, relative to the gallery of statoes which the stands over our heads. The locality is the same, but a Board commissioned from France and Italy for the benefit few moments have passed, and its whole character has of the students in their drawing academy. been changed. The transition from the voluptuous Having read the paper, I feel myself called on to make warmth of the tent, to the freshness of the morning, some brief remarks on it, not because the proceedings of speaks feebly of the irrevocable lapse of time, wben com the Board stand in need of any vindication, but because pared with the contrast between the features of the As-some of the statements are greatly exaggerated, and sonne syrian chief glowing with life, and, though steeped in of them entirely destitute of foundation, drunken slumber, yet instinct with sensitive expression; It is probably not generally known that the Board inand his pale, rigid, placid countenance lying in the hands stituted their academy about 70 years since, with a view of his murderess. If Etty prove as successful in the re to the improvement of such young men as were occumaining compartment of his great work, as he has been pied in the damask and other figured and ornamental in the two of which we are now speaking, he will pro- manufactures ; and that the privilege of attending it was duce a whole, of whose immortality there can be no gradually extended to carvers, engravers, architects, and doubt.

artists in general ; till, in consequence of the growing taste for the fine arts, the Board set about collecting, for

the use of the students, the best casts from the antique ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE WINTER'S WREATH.

statues, busts, and relievos that could be obtained, as As far as engraving goes, these plates are all that could models on which to form their taste; and by copying be wished. They are clear and delicate, and possess, as which, they might acquire a correct knowledge of the much strength as is compatible with the scale of magni- human figure, in all its variety of character, from the tude upon which they are executed. Exclusive of the most perfect beauty and grace, through all the degrees of Inscription plate, they are twelve in ilumber. ' “ An Eng- muscular exertion and heroic action. lish Flower," engraved by H. Robinson, from a minia Since the acquisition of that admirable collection, and ture portrait by T. Hardgreaves, is worthy of her title; its being placed in the elegant little gallery built for it, still we do not wish that any foreigner should take her and for the accommodation of the students, the anxiety for a fair and characteristic specimen of English beauty of students of painting and sculpture to be admitted to Bhe is merely one of those pretty flowers that gleam forth such advantageous means of improvement, free from exon the banks of life's highways and cross-paths over all our pense, has not a little increased ; and in order to prevent grëen isle. Fair she is, and worthy to be cherished, but the places from being occupied unprofitably, specimens of England has pobler daughters." The Three Marys at drawing are required to be produced by each student along the Tomb of Christ,” is West all over. A man he was with his application, those whose specimens afford the who understood rather than felt his art. He stands in greatest promise being invariably preferred; and the houts the same relation to the Italian painters, that the philoso- of meeting are from six to eight in the evening. phers of declining Rome did to their Grecian precursors. But you tell us that the gallery should be thrown open He has the elegant forms, the dignified bearing, but where to artists and the public from nine to four, agreeably to is the glow of sentiment

which gave richness and Hexible the practice in Paris, Florence, Rome, and Dresden. grace to the whole ?_" Delos"-Come what will, Linton

There is very little comparison between the magnif. will be Linton still. This prophecy was spoken by Mercent galleries on the Continent and the small gallery of lin. -_-" Interior of a Cathedral at Antwerp” gives as good the Board of Trustees ; in which (owing to its limited an idea of the subject as a draughtsman can. More than size) the statues are ranged on both sides of the aparthalf the charm of architecture is incommunicable by the ment, and thus would be liable to injury, if a number of pencil." Cologne on the Rhine;" transparent and persons were lounging daily among them; a danger to beautiful as the reality:-" A Cottage Farm-Yard"-one which the works of art abroad are not in the least exof those pictures which show how the true painter can posed, placed, as they are, in galleries of some twenty idealise the commonest subjects." La Huerfana de times the extent of ours ; marble, instead of Paris plaster; Leon"-one of those beauties who shine forth from their and attended by keepers, with salaries paid by their gomorning garments like the silvery moon through a rent in some black cloud." The Deluge.” We wish that This is not the only obstacle to the gallery being thrown one deluge would give another leave to subside : but the open to the public! the master of the academy has re surges of the one trample with such haste upon those of peatedly stated the inconvenience wbich results from even another, that our prayer is fruitless.--" Saint Cecilia, a partial opening in the forenoon ; he having found that attended by Angels,” shows how far the engraver can go when strangers were occasionally admitted, they getein producing the rich effects of mingling and contrasted rally shifted the small drawing tables of the students textures. -" A Pass of the Abbruzzi ;” good, but in a from the positions in which they are purposely left from style of which we are somewhat sated." The Mother ;" | night to night, opposite to the statues from which they just what was to have been expected from Westall. are drawing; a circumstance that very much deranges “ Dove-dale”_"hail England ! true Queen of the West !" the labour of the student, when he comes to resume bis Climes we have known of more glowing beauty, -regions drawing. of more imposing grandeur ; but for manly firmness, tem In the next place, if the gallery were thrown open in pered by the delicacy of eternal youth, commend us to the forenoon, the Board would be obliged to incur the our own sovereign land. Our thanks are again due to expense of appointing a steady person to attend constantly the artists who twine the “Winter's Wreath,” and we in the room, to prevent, as far as in his power, any accitrust that the publio gratitude will be expressed with due dents to the statues. emphasis

But even if all these obstacles were overcome, there is


[ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors]

very great reason to doubt whether the artists, who you subjects : in the first place, of an alleged impossibility of say want the opportunity of studying from the statues in making the gallery more accessible to the public; and in the forenoon, would avail themselves of it, even if it were the second place, of himself and the keeper, Mr Smith. granted ; and I shall presently state why it is to be As we do not wish to mix up the question of the cont doubted.

duct of officers, with the more important one of the utiThe Board, upon a recent application from a few of lity of an institution, we confine our remarks to the first the artists, agreed, during the vacation of the academy, to of these topics. In our former article we bazarded no open the gallery in the mornings, from seven to nine, to assertion which we cannot easily substantiate ; but we such of them and their brethren as might choose to attend are contented that our assertion and Mr Thomson's corrfor the purpose of drawing; and the keeper was directed tradiction shall go forth to the world together, leaving to to receive and attend them. Some of them have attended that tribunal the decision which of us is the more wormost regularly, but no more than two, three, or, at the thy of credit. most, five each morning; others of the applicants, disre As to Mr Thomson's defence of the system of managegarding the privilege which they asked and obtained, have ment adopted by the Board, the first reason by which he not attended once !

attempts to demonstrate the impossibility of throwing the May it not therefore reasonably be doubted, if the gal gallery open to the public is :--that the Trustees' Gallery were to be opened in the forenoon, whether the lery is not like those of Rome, Paris, &c., a collection of attendance would not be still less than in the mornings, marbles, in spacious halls, with attendants feed by gosimply because the forenoon is the time of professional vernment. We have here no less than three incorrect asbusiness, which the artists in general must devote to their sertions. The Freuch Academy at Rome, and the sitters and employers ? I am quite convinced, from what gallery of Casts at Dresden (we could specify more), conI have seen, that there would be no such attendance of sist exclusively of plaster casts, and the locale is more artists in the forenoon as to justify the Board in opening crowded than that of the Trustees' Gallery. And as to the gallery, and giving a salary to the person whose con attendants paid by government, the facts are simply thus : stant attendance would be requisite.

The Board of Trustees has at its disposal an annual reI trust I have shown to the satisfaction of every man venue of £7235; of this sum, £3050 are expended for of reflection and candour, that the privilege of general the encouragement of manufactures and the fisheries, admission which you, or your anonymous friend, so un- and £1200 as a compensation to cashiered stampers. ceremoniously demands, cannot be granted without mani- Out of the remaining £2985, there is paid annually fest detriment to the great object of the institution, the £400 to the botanical garden, and £500 to the Royal school : and farther, though it were granted, that it is Institution. The remainder is, we understand, swalextremely improbable that artists could give up their lowed up by the charges of management. The items forenoons, in order to avail themselves of the privilege. charged in the Trustees' accounts, as expended upon their

And, with respect to the public, it is well known that gallery and drawing academy, are £150 to a master; they have access to the gallery every Saturday from £60 to a keeper ; and £25 to a porter. And all this is eleven to three o'clock, upon getting an order from any public money. The result is, that the gallery stands at of the members of the Board, or the directors of the Royal least on the same footing with those of the Continent. Institution, or from the Trustees' office.

Mr Thomson's next argument against opening the I cannot permit myself to make remarks on any of gallery is, that when strangers have been admitted, inyour sarcasms relative to the management of the gallery, conveniencies have occasionally arisen from their fingeras they are nothing to the purpose. But as you have ing propensities. An occasional inconvenience ought not thought fit to make a bitter and pointed attack upon me to stand in the way of a permanent good. But where individually, I feel myself called on to repel it. You say, were the keeper and porter? It was their business to “ The public cannot see them (the statues) except on have prevented its occurrence. The negligence of these Saturdays; nor even then, but at the price of kicking officials can afford no just ground for shutting but the their heels for hours in the lobby of the assistant-secretary, public from a sight of statues which have been purchauntil the great man is at leisure to give them an order, sed with the public money. and afterwards submitting to the petty impertinence of Mr Thomson next says, that if the gallery were a spoiled domestic."

thrown open, the Board would have to be at the expense Now, sir, I appeal to all who ever called on me upon of a “ steady person” to look after the statues. Not business of any kind, during my very long period of being so well acquainted with the keeper as Mr Thom-. official service, and to every individual who has ever ap- son, it is out of our power to say whether he is " a steady plied to me for an order to see the gallery, whether, in person” or not. But it is evident from the statement we one single instance, any individual has been obliged to bave made above, that some person is paid for discharkick his heels in the lobby even for one minute, and whe- ging the duty here spoken of'; and that the Board has ther the order was not instantly granted ? This appeal ample funds from wbich to add to his salary, should it is my answer to the above random and utterly groundless be necessary to add to his labour. charge. And with regard to the keeper of the gallery, Mr Thomson proceeds, “ even if all these obstacles who is styled an impertinent spoiled domestic, I can say were overcome, there is very great reason to doubt whewith truth, that I never knew a more civil, obliging, ac- ther the artists would avail themselves of the opportutive, and dutiful officer; and I believe that all the students nity.” He then tells us, that the Board having lately who have attended the academy ever since he became opened the gallery from seven to nine in the morning, keeper, would readily confirm what I have said of him. only five artists, on an average, have attended; and

I am proud of the gallery, because I had a large sbare adds, that were it open at another hour, it is not probable in the exertions wbich were made for years in collecting that they would give up their forenoons to avail them. the beautiful works that adorn it; and so far am I or selves of the privilege. Try and see! There is nothing any of us from wishing to restrict the access to it, that like the expérimental philosophy. Our respected friend, we would be happy if it could, with convenience to the by speaking thus of the forenoon, seems to labour under establishment, and safety to the statues, be opened every the erroneous impression that there are none but portrait day for the public gratification. I am, sir, your most painters in Edinburgh ; and ju the first part of his stateobedient servant,

G. THOMSON, ment we fear he is (tant soit peu) disingenuouş, The Trustees' Office, Edinburgh,

non-attendance of some of the applicants was caused (as 30th September, 1830.

we stated in our original article) by the niggardly and

ungracious manner in which their request was'acceded Mr Thomson's somewhat lengthy epistle treats of two Besides, at this season there are comparatively few


of them in town. How will the hours from seven to An' be it love, or be it slight, nine in the morning answer during the winter months ? I then can hae my will,

Lastly, Mr Thomson tells us that the gallery is posi I'll sti al away, far out o' sight, tively open to the public every Saturday, from eleven to An'greet, an' greet my fill. three o'clock. By the grace of God, and the munificence of the Board of Trustees, the gallery is positivel: jpen to inspection two hundred and eight hours in every year ! Does Mr Thomson not perceive, that if the statues may

REMEMBER ME! be approached with impunity one day in seven, they may REMEMBER me! though I no more may dwell on the other six also ? Stools are just as little liable to In peace and love, as in the years gone by ; be pushed from their places on Monday as on Saturday. And as ye breathe, sweet friends! your low farewell, But in what manner is this astonishing liberality to be Oh ! let me mark a tear in each fond eye! made available? A travelling artist or amateur, passing through Edinburgh, wishes to see the gallery. “ Impos- Remember me !_'twill soothe the weary hours, sible, sir ; this is Monday—you must wait till Saturday." When we are sever'd by a wintry sea,

A provision for which the hotel-keepers are certainly To feel, as dewdrops rest in ev'ning towers, bound to be grateful. Then, in regard to residents in In some dear hearts there live kind thoughts of me! Edinburgh. We suspect that we ourselves do not stand very far ben in the good books of the Trustees. Yet we Remember me !—when on the mountains high cannot get admission to the gallery without begging the The fading sunset sheds his lingering hue, favour from men who are all the while wishing us at Think how I loved the vales, the streams, the sky, the devil.

How oft I gazed on Nature's face with you! We thank Mr Thomson most heartily for his letter. A weak defence--such as his-is worth ten thousand ar- Remember me !-whene'er the simplest strain guments on our side. He has not advanced one plea Of mournful music on the ear may break, which we had not, in our first article, put, by anticipa- Though joy has bound ye in her golden chain, tion, in the mouths of his employers, and answered. He Oh! pause, and bless the minstrel for my sake! speaks, in his introduction, of statements on our part which are exaggerated and without foundation ; bat he has not Remember me! it is my only prayer, pointed out one. This is our second discourse on the Henceforth my gladness lives in memory ; necessity of amending the management of the Trustees' Sweet friends! my soul is with ye everywhere : Gallery, and we have more behind. We intend to take That never leaves ye--Oh! remember me! a peep some of these days at its younger brother, that pro

GERTRUDE mising bantling, the Royal Institution;

[blocks in formation]
« PreviousContinue »