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say, are simple and judicious, and drawn up with a high- but to walk in and be introduced to Demosthenes, Xenoly praiseworthy attention to genteel economy. We can, phon, Sallust," and the rest." There are, besides, many ourselves, see that the receipts are numerous, and have a little boys, and not a few elderly gentlemen, to whom, very tempting appearance, embracing directions for mar- when they are poring over some crabbed old author, a keting, soups and broth, fish, meats, poultry, vegetables, translation is a perfect godsend, Much, therefore, will sauces, pastry and puddings, custards and creams, jellies, this part of the population of Great Britain and Ireland pickles, cakes, wines, sundry small dishes, how to salt delight in the labours of Mr Valpy. More seriously, this meat, directions for carving, and various miscellaneous is a work which reflects great credit upon its talented and receipts. We confess we are more conversant with the amiable editor. art of eating than of cooking; yet we have an impression that this small volume is well calculated to soften the as.

as Letters to Dr Robert Hamilton, in refutation of the Erroperities of domestic life, and to give an additional attrac

neous and Heretical Doctrines, &c. &c. Edinburgh, tion to the dinner-table of the married man.

W. Oliphant. 1830. Pp. 150.

Here is another heresy-monger, yclept Dr Robert Conversations upon Comparative Chronology and General Hamilton, who, from being a curer of bodies—having run · History, from the Creation of the World to the Birth of aground for want of practice-has taken to curing souls

Christ. London, Longman, Rees, Orme, and Co. in a new and original manner. His doctrines, in point 1830. 8vo. Pp. 480.

of extravagance and absurdity, beat the dogmas of the Row We have looked over this book with much satisfaction.

people hollow. The writer of the pamphlet, the fiftk We know of none better calculated both to interest the

part of the title of which we have quoted above, is “a youthful reader, and, at the same time, to impart to him

Baptist,” who has set himself seriously to the work of resubstantial knowledge of the sciences of which it treats.

futation, and brought forth a closely-printed brochure of In a modest and well-written Preface, the author, with

150 pages, which we would not read for the world. Dr whose name, we regret to say, we are unacquainted, thus

Robert Hamilton declares, on the honour of a gentleman describes the object he has had in view, and the plan he

and the faith of a Christian, that the Ten Commandments

and the Sabbath are abrogated on this earth for ever! He has pursued : " In giving a conversational character to the fruits of re

has got, we believe, about forty converts ; some people searches so dry as those of History, and especially those of

specially those of call them convicts—that is, they are convicted of the truth Chronology, are often considered, the aim, uniformly pur

of Dr Hamilton's luminous conceptions. To these forty sued, has been to recommend them to attention, by making disciples, and a host of idlers and others, the worthy Docthe substance, as well as the shape, available for amusement tor holds forth, we are told, every Sabbath evening, in and pleasure, and, at the same time, for solid information, some hall within the precincts of this city. The followand for the culture of moral and religious feelings. The

ers, or those who have embraced his unique ideas, are means, as must be obvious, to be resorted to for such a pur. pose, consist, in the first place, in enlivening and adorning

principally old women, cidevant governesses, and shoethe thread of historical narrative, and list of chronological

makers' wives; and, as far as their opinions go, there is epochs, by adverting, from momeut to moment, to some of no such man upon earth as Dr Robert Hamilton, the more striking details, agreeably or otherwise impressive, of the various incidents recorded ; and, as a second resource of a similar kind, and even as a distinguisbing feature of A New and Comprehensive Topographical Dictionary. the work, the comparison or parallel of dates has been kept By John Gorton, Editor of the General Biographical constantly in view, so as to fix the surer regard upon the Dictionary. Nos. I. and II. London. Chapinani several eras of persons or events, living, or occurring simul- and Hall. 1830. taneously, in different parts of the world; because nothing can more embellish either Chropology or History, or, by

This appears to be a tasteful, cheap, and useful work. aid of the imagination, can more contribute to enchain the

It is to be comprised in forty-two monthly Numbers, memory, than the recalling of coincidences, often the least closely printed in octavo, double columns, in a clear and suspected, of the times of celebrated persons, or of great na- legible type. Each Number is to contain a quarto map, tional events, in regions of the earth the most removed from engraved by Sydney Hall. Judging by the specimens each other, and among nations the most estranged, and most now before us, it will be the fullest and most accurate Todissimilar."

pographical Dictionary yet published. We have no hesitation in saying, that the author has, in the work itself, amply redeemed the hopes held out in

Select Orations of Demosthenes ; with Notes, Critical and the Preface. The volume, altogether, is an elementary

Erplanatory. To which are added (prefixed) Leland's work of a most judicious and valuable description,

Sketch of the Principal States of Greece, &c. &c. By

E. H. Barker, Esq. London. Baldwin & Co. 1830. The Family Classical Library. Nos. I. II. and III.- 8vo. Pp. 276.

Leland's DemosthenesRose's Sallustand Spelman's The editor of this volume is a scholar who evidently Xenophon. Edited and printed by A. J. Valpy. Lon- searches deeply, examines carefully, and decides only on don. Colburn & Bentley. 1830.

conviction. The text has been very minutely collated We do not know why we have not noticed sooner this

... with the best editions of Demosthenes; and the notes, cheap and elegant little work. Its intention is to present

which are rather explanatory than critical, will be found

useful both by the student and instructor. The Orations us with the best translations of all the best classical au

selected are the first Philippic, the first, second, and third thors. Its circulation will, of course, be much more li

| Olynthiac, the Oration on the Peace, the Oration of mited than Miscellanies which embrace a more varied

Æschines against, and that of Demosthenes for, Ctesirange of subjects; but it will form a complete and valu.

phon, able work in itself, and will supply the desideratum of a uniform edition of all the most celebrated of the Greek and Roman writers in an English dress. For ourselves,

Steamers v. Stages; or, Andrew and his Spouse ; a we confess that, having acquired some knowledge of the

humorous Poem. By the Author of " York and Lanoriginals, we are not much addicted to translations. But

caster.” Illustrated with six Engravings, after the there are many persons to whom Greek is nothing more

designs of Robert Cruikshank. London. William nor less than Heathen Greek, and to whom Latin is no

Kidd. 1830. better than High Dutch ;-to them the door of informa- This is an amusing enough jeu-d'esprit, containing a tion is now unlocked, and for the small and easy charge punning poem, and some clever caricatures by George of four-and-sixpence per month, they have nothing to do Cruikshank's brother,

Times of Trial; being a brief Narrative of the Progress | plan I commenced my macbinations. The old fox was of the Reformation, and of the Sufferings of some of the too cunning even for me—he too had his plot, and had Reformers. By Mary Ann Kelty. One vol. 8vo.

hit upon the expedient of obtaining my opinion without a Pp. 470. London. Longman, Rees, and Co. 1830.

fee !--the skinfint! Long and doubtful was the contest

-hint succeeded hint, question after question was put, This is a very sensible book, displaying good feeling on

till at last my entertainer was victorious, and I retired the part of the author. It is a connected bistory of the

crest-fallen and feeless from the field! By the soul of sufferings of the Reformers, from the time of Wickliffe,

Erskine, had it not been for his dinners, I should have down to the accession of Elizabeth. It will be read with

cut him for ever! Still I grubbed with this one, cultipleasure by all who take an interest in the subject.

vated an acquaintance with that, but all to no purpose
no one pitied my position. My torments were those of

the damned! Hope (not the President) alone buoyed MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE.

me up-visions of future sovereigns, numerous as those

which appeared to Banquo of old, but of a better and MY FIRST FEE.

more useful kind, flitted before my charmed imagination.

Pride, poverty, and starvation pushed me on. What'! A CHAPTER FROM THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A BARRISTER.

said I, shall it be hinted that I am likely neither to have “ Fee him, father, fee him."

a fee nor a feed ?-tell it not in the First Division-pubSEVEN long yearning years bad now elapsed since, with lish it not in the Outer-House !--All my thoughts were the budding anticipation of youthful hope, I had assumed riveted to one object--to one object all my endeavours the lugubrious insignia of the bar. During that dread- | were bent, and to accomplish this seemed the ultimatum of ful time, each morn as old St Giles told the hour of bliss. nine, might I be seen insinuating my emaciated figure | Often have I looked with envy upon the more favoured within the penetralia of the Parliament House, where, candidates for judicial fame,-those who never return to begowned and bewigged, and with the zeal of a Powell their domicile or their dinner, but to find their tables or a Barclay, I paced about till two. These Peripatetic groaning with briefs ! How different from my case! practices had wellnigh ruined me in Wellingtons and, lat- | My case? What case? I have no case !-Not one fee terly, in shoes. My little Erskine was in pawn; while to mock its own desolateness! Months and months passmy tailor and my landlady threw out most damning hintsed on-still success came not! The hoped-for event came of their long bills and longer credit. I dared not under- | not-resolution died within me-I formed serious inten. stand them, but consoled myself with the thought, that tions of being even with the profession. As the profesthe day would come when my tailor would cease his dun sion had cut me, I intended to bave cut the profession, ning, and my landlady her clamour.

In my wants, I would have robbed, but my band was I had gone the different circuits, worn and torn my withheld by the thought, that the jesters of the stove gown, seated myself in awful contemplation on the side might taunt me thus,—“ He could not live, so he died, benches, maintained angry argument on legal points with by the law.” I have often thought that there is a great some more favoured brother, within earshot of a wily similarity between the hangman and the want of a feewriter. In fine, I had resorted to every means that fancy the one is the finisher of the law, the other of lawyers ! could suggest, or experience dictate; but as yet my eyes Pondering on my griefs, with my feet on the expiring had not seen, nor my pocket felt-a fee. Alas! this was embers of a sea-coal fire, the chair in that swinging posi. denied. I might be said to be, as yet, no barrister ; fortion so much practised and approved in Yankee Land, what is a lawyer without a fee ? A nonentity! a sha- -the seat destined for a clerk occupied by my cat, for I dow! To my grief, I seemed to be fast verging to the love every thing of the feline species,-my cogitations latter; and I doubt much whether the “ Anatomie vi were disturbed by an application for admittance at the vante” could have stood the comparison—so much had outer-door. It was not the rat-tat of the postman, nor my feeless fast fed on my Aesh!

the rising and falling attack of the man of fashion, but I cannot divine the reason for this neglect of my legal a compound of both, which evidently bespoke the knockee services. In my own heart, I had vainly imagined the unaccustomed to town. I am somewhat curious in knocks sufficiency of my tact and subtelty in unravelling a nice -I admire the true principles of the art, by which one point; neither bad I been wanting in attention to my may distinguish the peer from the postman—the dun studies ; for heaven and my landlady can bear witness from the dilettante--the footman from the furnisher. But that my consumption of coal and candle would have suf- there was something in this knock which baffled all my ficed any two ordinary readers. There was not a book skill; yet sweet withal, thrilling through my heart with or treatise on law which I had not dived into. I was a joy unfelt before. Some spirit must have presided in insatiable in literature ; but the world and the writers the sound, for it seemed to me the music of the spheres. seemed ignorant of my brain-belabouring system, and sedu. A short time elapsed, and my landlady“ opened wide lously determined that my feeling propensities should not the infernal doors." Now hope cut capers—(Lazenby, be gratified.

thou wert not to blame, for of thy delicacies I dared not Never did I meet an agent either in or out of Court, even dream !)—now hope cut capers within me! Heavy but my heart and hand felt a pleasing glow of hope and footsteps were heard in the passage, and one of the lords of joy at the prospect of pocketing a fee ; but how often of the creation marched his calves into the apartment. have they turned their backs without even the mortify- | With alacrity I conveyed my “corpus juris" to meet him, ing allusion to such a catastrophe! How oft have I and, with all civility, I requested him to be seated. My turned round in whirling ecstasy as I felt some seemingly landlady with her apron dusted the arm-chair, (I pur. patronising palm tap gently on my shoulders with such chased it at a sale of Lord M- 's effects, not causes, a tap as writers' clerks are wont to use ; but, oh, ye gods! expecting to catch inspiration.) In this said chair my a grinning wretch merely asked me how I did, and passed | man ensconced his clay. on !

I had commenced my survey of his person, when my Nor were my illegal friends more kind. There was an eyes were attracted by a basilisk-like bunch of papers old gentleman, who, I knew, (for I made it my business which the good soul beld in his hand. In ecstasy I gazed to enquire,) had some thoughts of a law-plea. From him -characters were marked on them which could not be I received an invitation to dinner. Joyfully, as at all mistaken ; a less keen glance than mine might bave distimes, but more so on this occasion, was the summons covered their import. My joy was now beyond all bounds, obeyed. I had laid a train to introduce the subject of bis testifying itself by sundry kickings and contortions of the wrongs at a time which might suit best, and with this body, I began to fear the worthy man might think me, mad, and repent him of his errand, I calmed myself, With flowers of budding hawthorn. Then his store and sat down. My guest thrust into my hands the pa- | Of maidenish nick-nacks greatly overran pers, and then proceeded to issue letters of open doors | My utmost arithmetical operation. against his dexter pocket. His intentions were evident; Andrew knew well, better than any man with difficulty could I restrain myself. For some mi- | In all the eighteen towns of Cumberland, nutes “he groped about the vast abyss," during which The prime regard that's due to pence and farthings, time my agitation increased so much that I could not The right hand columns of his ledger-book. have answered one question, even out of that favourite This I call native wisdom, and should stand chapter of one of our institutional writers, “ On the In Example to us of each small concern stitution of Fees.” but let me describe the man to whom That points to an hereafter. For how oft I owe so much.

Is heaven itself lost for a trivial fault! He was a short, squat, farmer-looking being, who might First we commit one sin-one little sinhave rented some fifty acres or so. Though stinted in | A crime so venial, that we scarcely deem his growth upwards, Dame Nature seemed determined | It can be register'd above. Yet that one to make him amends by an increase of dimension in every Leads to another, and, perchance, a greater : other direction. His nose and face spoke volumes—ay, Higher and higher on the scale we go, libraries of punch and ale; these potations had also made Till all is lost tbat the immortal mind themselves manifested lower down, by the magnitude of Should hold to estimation or account ! the belligerent powers. There was in his phiz a cunning Thus wisdom should be earn’d. But I forgot, leer, in his figure a knowing tournure, which was still | Or rather did omit, at the right place, further heightened by his dress ; this consisted of a green To say that Andrew at first sight could know coat, which gave evident signs of its utter incapability The nature, temper, habits, and caprices of ever being identified with Stultz ; cords and continu Of every customer, man, wife, or boy, ations encased the lower parts of his carcass; a belcher Stripling, or blooming maid. Yet none alive his throat; while the whole was surmounted by a castor Could Andrew know, for he had qualities of most preposterous breadth of brim, and shallow capa Of eye, as well as mind, inscrutable. city. But in this man's appearance there was a some For when he look'd a person in the face, thing which pleased me—something of a nature superior He look'd three ways at once. Straightforward one, to other mortals. I might have been prejudiced, but his And one to either side. But so doth he, face and figure seemed to me more beautiful than morning. That wondrous man, who absolutely deducts,

Never did I gaze with a more complacent benevolence Arranges, and foretells, even to a day, on a breeches-pocket. At last he succeeded in dragging Nature's last agony and overthrow. from its depths a huge old stocking, through which the Presumptuous man! Much would I like to talk yellow letter'd Geordies keeked.” With what raptures With him but for one hour. So I am told did I look on that old stocking, the produce, I presumed, | Looks a great man-a man whose tongue and pen of the stocking of his farm. It seemed to possess the Hath hope illimitable. One who overrules power of fascination, for my eyes could pot quit it. A great academy of northern lore. Even when my client (for now I calculated upon him) So look three of our noble peers. And so

even when my client began to speak, my attention still | Looks one—and I have seen the man myself : wandered to the stocking. He told me of a dispute with his | A fuent, zealous holder forth, within landlord, about some matters relating to his farm, that he The House of Commons. So look'd Andrew Graham, was wronged, and would have the law of the laird, though That peddling native of fair Bassenthwaite. he should spend his last shilling, (here I looked with in Now this same look had something in't, to me creased raptures at the stocking.) On the recommenda Deeply mysterious. For, if that the eye tion of the minister (good man !) he had sought me for Be window of the soul, in which we spy advice. He then opened wide the jaws of his homely Its secret workings, here was one whose ray purse-he inserted his paw-now my heart beat-he Was more illegible than darkest cloud made a jingling noise—my heart beat quicker still_he Upon the cheek of heaven ; whene'er he look'd pulled forth his two interesting fingers—Oh, ecstasy! he Straight in my face, and I return'd that look, pressed five guineas into my extended hand—they touched His seem'd not bent on me, but scatter'd the virgin palm, and oh, ye gods! I was FEED!!! To either hand, as if his darkling spirit Edinburgh, 16th March, 1830.

P. R. Scowl'd in the elements. Yet there was none

Could put him down when loudly sceptical,

But I myself. A hard and strenuous task!
ANDREW THE PACKMAN.

For he was eloquence personified.
AFTER THE MANNER OF WORDSWORTH.

Now it must be acknowledged, to my grief,

That this same pedlar—this dark man of shawls,
By the Ettrick Shepherd.

Ribbons, and pocket napkins—he, I say,
In vale of Bassenthwaite there once was bred

Denied that primal fundamental truth,
A man of devious qualities of mind;

The Fall of man! Yea, the validity
Andrew the Packman, known from Workington, Of the old serpent's speech, the tree, the fruit,
And its dark and uncomely pioneers,

The every thing concerning that great fall,
Even unto Geltsdale forest, where the county

In which fell human kind! The man went on,
Borders on that of Durham, vulgarly

Selecting and refusing what he chose
Called Bishoprigg. But still within the bounds Of all the sacred book. Samson's bold acts,
Of ancient Cumberland, his native shire,

(The wonders of that age, the works of God!) Andrew held on his round, higgling with maids

The jaw-bone of the ass,--the gates of Gaza,About base copper, vending baser wares.

Even the three hundred foxes, he denied Not unrespective, but respectively,

Terming them fables most impossible! As suited several places and relations,

But what was worse,-proceeding, he denied Did he spread forth muslins, and rich brocades

Atonement by the sacrifice of life, Of tempting aspect; likewise Paisley lace,

Either in type or antitype, in words Upholden wove in Flanders, very rich

Most dangerously soothing and persuasive. Of braid, inwove with tinsel, as the blossoms

Roused into opposition at this mode Of golden broom appear in hedgerows, white

Of speech, so full of oleaginiousness,

How happy mightst thou be through these thy rounds
Of nature's varied beauties, wouldst thou view
Them with rejoicing and unjaundiced eye!
The beauteous, the sublime, lie all before thee ;
Luxuriant valleys, lakes, and flowing streams,
And mountains that wage everlasting war
With heaven's own elemental hosts, array'd
In hoary vapours and majestic storms.
What lovely contrasts! From the verdant banks
Of Derwent, and the depths of Borrowdale,
Loweswater, Ennerdale, with Buttermere
And Skiddaw's grisly cliffs. Yet, what to thee
Are all these glimpses of divinity
Shining on Nature's breast ? Nay, what to thee
The human form divine ? The form of man,
Commanding, yet benign? Or, what the bloom
Of maiden in her prime, the rosy cheek,
The bright blue laughing eye of Cumberland,
Loveliest of England's maids? What all to thee,
Who, through thy darkling and dissociate creed,
And triple vision, with distorted view,
Look'st on thy Maker's glorious bandywork,
And moral dignity of human kind!
-Even go thy ways! But, when thou com’st at last,
To look across that dark and gloomy vale
Where brood the shadows and the hues of death,
And see'st no light but that aberrant meteor
Glimmering like glow-worm's unsubstantial light
From thy good works, in which thou put'st thy trust,
Unhappy man ! then, woe's my heart for thee !"

Yet sapping the foundation of the structure
On which so many human hopes are hung,
It did remind me even of a pillar
Of pyramidal form, which I had seen
Within the lobby of that noble peer,
The Earl of Lonsdale. On the right hand side,
As entering from the door, there doth it stand
For hanging hats upon. Not unapplausive
Have I beheld it cover'd o'er with hats.
Apt simile in dissimilitude
Of that most noble fabric, which I have
In majesty of matter and of voice
Aroused me to defend. “ Sir, hear me speak,"
(Now at that time my cheek was gently lean'd
On palm of my left hand; my right one moving
Backwards and forwards with decisive motion,)
“ Sir, hear me speak. Will you unblushingly
Stretch your weak hand to sap the mighty fabric,
On which hang millions all proleptical
Of everlasting life? That glorious structure,
Rear'd at the fount of Mercy, by degrees
From the first moment that old Time began
His random, erring, and oblivious course?
Forbid it, Heaven! Forbid it Thou who framed
The universe and all that it contains,
As well as soul of this insidious pedlar,
Aberrant as his vision! 0, forbid
That one stone-one small pin-the most minute,
Should from that sacred structure e'er be taken,
Else then 'tis no more perfect. Once begun
The guilty spoliation, then each knave
May filch a part till that immortal tower
Of refuge and of strength,ếour polar star,
Our beacon of Eternity, shall fall
And crumble into rubbish. Better were it
That thou defaced the rainbow, that bright pledge
Of God's forbearance. Rather go thou forth,
Unhinge this world, and toss her on the sun
A rolling, burning meteor. Blot the stars
From their celestial tenements, where they
Burn in their lambent glory. Stay the moon
Upon the verge of heaven, and muffle her
In hideous darkness. Nay, thou better hadst
Quench the sun's light, and rend existence up,
By throwing all the elements of God
In one occursion, one fermenting mass,
Than touch with hand unhallow'd, that strong tower,
Founded and rear'd upon the Holy Scriptures.
Wrest from us all we have—but leave us that !"

The spirit of the man was overcome,
It sunk before me like a mould of snow
Before the burning flame incipient.
He look'd three ways at once, then other three,
Which did make six; and three, and three, and three,
(Which, as I reckon, made fifteen in all,)
So many ways did that o'er-master'd pedlar
Look in one moment's space. Then did be give
Three hems most audible, which, to mine ear
As plainly said as English tongue could say,
“ I'm conquer'd ! I'm defeated ! and I yield,
And bow before the majesty of Truth !"

He went away–he gave his pack one hitch
Up on his stooping shoulders; then with gait
Of peddling uniformity, and ell
In both his hands held firm across that part
Of man's elongated and stately form
In horses call’d the rump, he trudged him on,
Whistling a measure most iniquitous.
I was amaz'd; yet could not choose but smile
At this defeated pedlar's consecution ;
And thus said to myself, my left cheek still
Leaning upon my palm, mine eye the while
Following that wayward and noctiferous man:

“Ay, go thy ways! Enjoy thy perverse creed, If any joy its latitude contains !

LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES OP

EDINBURGH.
THE ROYAL SOCIETY.

· Monday, 15th March. PROFESSOR Russell in the Chair. | Present,-Professors Wallace and Christison ; Drs Gre

gory, Knox, and Borthwick; James Robison, Gordon, &c. &c. Esquires.

Dr Knox concluded his paper on Hermaphroditical ape pearances in the Mamalia.

Professor CHRISTIson read a paper, which he intimated to the Society was the first of a series of experimental essays on the physiology of the blood and respiration. The only order of delivery he could prescribe for these papers, was that which the progress of his experiments might suggest. The present communication related to the much-agitated question, whether the change effected upon the blood in its transmission from the veins to the arteries, was susceptible of explanation upon chemical principles alone; or whether, the additional aid of some vital process must be assumed in order to account for it? Priestley, Girtanner, Berthollet, and other physiologists, had shown that venous blood, agitated in contact with atmospheric air, assumed the bright arterial red; that oxygen disappears, and carbonic acid is formed, during the process—in short, that the same effects are produced as by the process of respiration in the living body. But the correctness of their experiments and info rences bad lately been called in question by Dr Davy, who maintains tbat no change is effected in the colour of the blood; that the change produced in the composition of the air, is the result of incipient putrefaction; and that in experiments instituted by himself, with blood recently drawn from a vein, no change had taken place. Dr Chris tison had been induced, by this statement of Dr Davy, to repeat the experiment with the utmost care and nicety of which he was capable; and his conviction was, that the change from venous to arterial blood is effected by mere mechanical agitation of the fluid, in conjunction with atmospheric air, after being drawn from the body, as completely as if subjected to the influence of the air inhaled duriug the process of respiration in the human frame. Dr C. then proceeded to detail the nature of his experiments, premising that the operator required to be on his guard against deceptive results, proceeding from two different causes. In the first place, in some states of the system, the venous blood was found of such a bright red as to be with difficulty discernible from the arterial. He had known cases where

the surgeon, on opening a vein, bad been led for some mo- took it into their heads to vociferate loudly for him; and ments, by the appearance of the blood, to fear that he had | Vandenhoff, of course, came forward to assure them, that by mistake opened an artery. When the blood was in this

it was one of the happiest moments of his life, and that state, it was evident that little change in the colour of the blood or composition of the air could be expected. In the

he would never forget them. We should have liked him second place, in the blood of persons labouring under cer

better, had he expressed himself somewhat to the followtain disorders, the colouring bore au unduly small propor- ing effect :-“ Ladies and Gentlemen, What the devil is tion to the serous matter. In such cases, the change ef it you mean? Here I have been playing for the last six fected in the composition of the air, would necessarily be so weeks to empty benches, and have been getting myself small as to be apt to escape detection, unless very nicely ever and anon cut up by some of your best critics; and measured. He mentioned these circumstances to show that

now you seem all like to break your hearts, because I am the failure of one, or even more experiments, was not fatal to the principle he maintained. His first care was to pro

going to rid you of my presence. I wish to heaven, Lacure a vessel, in which all ingress of the external air could

dies and Gentlemen, you would be a little more consistbe prevented, and the quantity left in contact with the blood

ent. Either come and see me when I am here, or let me before aud after agitation accurately ascertained. The blood go away without making a mockery of me in this fashion. was obtained so as to avoid as much as possible all previous Ladies and Gentlemen, I am your very obedient humble contact with the atmosphere, by allowing it to flow in a servant; but catch me visiting Edinburgh again in a full stream into a bottle, which was closely stopped as soon

hurry." _ Whatever Vandenhoff said, we know he felt as full, with a grooved stopper. Into this bottle several

thus. For ourselves, however, we wish to part friends small pieces of lead had been previously introduced, as nuclei round which the fibrin might collect, and thus be separated

with him. Set aside Kean, Young, Macready, Charles from the colouring matter and serum. The colouring mat

Kemble, and perhaps Warde, and we believe Vandenboff ter and serum, thus prepared, were then transferred to the to be the best tragedian we have. If he be not content vessel above-mentioned, between one hour and three hours with this praise, we cannot help it. We shall be glad to after the blood was drawn; and care was taken to admit | see him here again at a future opportunity, when we may the least possible contact with the external atmosphere. As

possibly say more of him. soon as the due proportions of blood and air were in the

Miss Fanny Ayton sang and acted to us for three evenvessel, its aperture was closed, and the agitation commenced Care was also taken to keep the blood-vessel at the temper

ings this week. On the whole, we have been disappointature of the room in which the experiment was conducted,

ed in her. Her style is essentially Italian, or we should lest the expansion or contraction of the volume of air with. rather say foreign, for she strikes us as a little Frenchifi. in, should affect the application of the method by which it ed also; and, consequently, she is somewhat out of her was poposed to ascertain whether it were diminished in element in English opera. We do not precisely know, bulk. “After agitating the vessel for some time, the blood,

either, why this should be, for Caradori's Polly and Rofrom a dark purple hue, assumed the bright arterial red. The

setta were exquisite; but Miss Ayton must in every reapplication of a curved glass tube, opening under a graduated tube which was filled with air, and vested in a saucer

spect rank much below Caradori. She has a good, clear, ot' coloured water, showed by the ascent of the Auid into

flexible voice, which has been carefully cultivated; but it the tube, on opening the stop-cock of the bottle, that the is deficient in richness of tone and variety of expression. volume of the internal atinosphere had diminished during | Her acting is poor, because it is apparently heartless ;the process by which the colour of the blood was changed. there is none of the energy and sincerity of true feeling Afterwards, by a particular contrivance, the internal air about it. We think Miss Ayton any thing but improved was expelled from the vessel, and received under mercury in

| since she was last here. The houses she drew were inone of the receivers usually employed for that purpose; it

different. was found, by the application of chemical tests, that the quantity of azote remained unaffected, that the oxygen had

On Thursday evening, Mr Wilson, a native of Edinbeen diininished, and a quantity of carbonic acid gas had burgh, and a gentleman who has already distinguished been formed; but that ihe carbonic acid did not nearly himself at the Professional Concerts here and elsewhere, equal the oxygen which had disappeared, because carbonic made his first appearance on the stage, in the character of acid being very soluble in serum, the greater part of what Henry Bertram. He was very enthusiastically received, was formed was absorbed. It would appear from these

and bad evidently a number of warm friends in the pit. statements, Dr C. continued, that the result of his experiments differed materially from that announced by Dr Davy.

| In the course of the evening, he sang four songs, all of The absorption of oxygen by ten cubic inches of venous

which were encored. Mr Wilson has a clear powerful blood, varied in different experiments from about half a cu voice, and a distinctness of articulation particularly well bic inch to nearly a cubic inch and a half. At the close of adapted for stage singing. As an actor, he has, of course, his paper, Dr C. repeated his experiment before the Society. much yet to learn; and probably never expects to rise He pointed out that the transition of the blood from purple very high in that department of the profession. But his to bright red was not caused, as Dr Davy alleged, by the vocal powers, if carefully cultivated, will carry him sucformation of air-bubbles, and the consequent greater diffu

cessfully through. He reminded us in some respects of sion of the colouring matter; for it extended, after the vessel

Sinclair, and is already decidedly superior to Thorne, or had remained at rest, to the lower portion of the air-vessel, where there was no admixture of air-bubbles with the any singer we ever remember to have had resident here. fluid.

Of what we may consider his faults and imperfections, TERRATUM.-We are requested by Mr James Wilson, to correct

we shall not at present speak, being always willing to an error, which inadvertently crept into our report of his paper treat a debutant leniently. One thing, however, we must on the American Grouse, read before the Wernerian Society. At p.

ask,—where did he get his boots and his white inexpres133 of the present volume, col. 2, 1. 17. Mr Wilson is made to say-' Ptarmigans seemn to prefer comparatively temperate cli

sibles ? - males." Mr Wilson's statement was," Ptarmigans seem to prefer Mrs Henry Siddons, previous to her final retirement

in comparatively temperate climates, such as that of Scotland, the bare and stony sides and summits of the highest mountains; but un

from the stage, is about to appear in five of her favourite der the rigorous temperature of Greenland, and the most northern characters, commencing to-night with the part of Julia parts of North America, they are chiefly found in the vicinity of

Melville, in “ The Rivals." che sea-shore, by the banks of rivers, and among the willow and

Little more than a week has other cupse-woods of the lower and more sheltered vales.")

elapsed, since she formed this resolution,—the uncertain state of her health having led her to fear that the exertion

might be too much for her. We rejoice, however, that THE DRAMA.

she is now so convalescent, as to be able to present herself Since we last wrote, certain occurrences have taken once more to the Edinburgh public. We have, for some place in the dramatic world, which we must not allow to time back, intended to pay a tribute to the well-merited pass unchronicled. Vandenhoff took his leave of us in success which has attended Mrs Siddons's theatrical cathe character of Damon. It is the best part he plays, and reer. When we see before us an actor or actress, in the ought to have been performed at an earlier period of his heyday of health and popularity, we are too apt to forget engagement. On the fall of the curtain, the audience how much of amusement and delight we owe to the ex

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