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gen and hydrogen gases, in a state of ignition, were reflect be kept from the action of the air, it is to be covered with a ed and condensed between two concave polished surfaces, a mixture of Punic wax and oil. All these operations the very powerful effect would be produced. He accordingly specimens exhibit sufficiently well. On the largest one, and tried the experiments, and found that, by means of a ball some of the others, impressions of the flattened reeds may of chalk, not larger than a small hazel-nut, objects were be seen, as well as the various coatings of lime and stucco, ignited in the focus of the opposite mirror, which, ceteris increasing in fineness towards the coloured surface. The paribus, in ordinary experiments, required the use of a red- various colours also clearly appear to bave been put on behot iron ball, three or four inches in diameter. It will before the stucco had been dry, from their having sunk into recollected by our readers, that about two years ago it was it in some places more than one-tenth of an inch." pronosed (we think by Captain Drummond) to employ the The Secretary read the conclusion of Col. Miller's essay intense light, created by the above-mentioned process, in on the site of the battle of Mons Grampius, which containilight-houses during foggy weather. Mr Reid, in a second ed a narrative of what the essayist believed to have been experiment on the present occasion, produced, with the as- Agricola's moveinents during the subsequent part of the sistance of a common light-house reflector, an effect of light year in which it was fought. vivid and dazzling beyond description.

ORIGINAL POETRY.

SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES.

THE FAVOURITE ACTRESS.

By Henry G. Bel.
“But is the syren happy, who imparts
A subtle rapture to a thousand hearts?"

The triumph of the hour was past. She sat
Alone within her chamber, and she leant
Her pale cheek on her soft fair hand. The applause
Of gather'd hundreds died into an echo ;-
Pass'd from her face the flush of many thoughts,
And from her eye the light of conquest fled.
She wore the same rich dress, and on her brow
Sparkled the many-gemm'd tiara still;
Yet these but made her look more desolate,
And ill contrasted with the glistening tear
Which came uncheck'd, as if it were a friend.
Long thus she sat, till suddenly she raised
Her drooping head, and flinging back the wealth
Of her rich chestnut locks, that thickly fell
In clust'ring ringlets o'er her shaded face,
She turn'd to where her lute in silence lay,
And passing o'er the strings her gentle hand,
She woke to melody the dormant tones;
And these the words that mingled with the strain :

Monday, 25th January.
Sir George MACKENZIE in the Chair.
Present,-Professor Brunton; Drs Hibbert and Carson ;
· Thomas Allan, James Skene, Donald Gregory, -

Dennison, Esquires, &c. &c.

Among other donations this evening presented to the Society, were some specimens of the Ancient Painting on the walls of the Baths of Titus at Rome, from William Dyce. Esq., Associate of the Royal Institution. What follows is an extract from the letter of the donor, which accompanied the fragments :—“I am sorry that the fragments, from their smallness, do not exhibit the character of ancient painting so fully as some I have had an opportunity of seeing in this country; but as there is nothing of the kind already in the Museum, they may, perhaps, be thought worthy of a place until some better specimens be procured. Such as they are, however, they are sufficiently interesting, and may serve, with the help of Vitruvius, to give us a pretty correct notion of the manner in which the ancient Roman fresco painting was executed ; for between the age of Augustus (in which Vitruvius lived) and that of Titus, (in whose days the Baths were built,) there does not seem to have been any great change, either in the style of the decorations of their houses, or in the manner of their execution. This might be made to appear by a comparison of the remains of either age with those of the other, or by tracing the complete correspondence which is found to exist between the rules laid down by Vitruvius and the practice followed by the artists of the days of Titus. Vi. truvius, like a true antiquarian, complains bitterly of the vitiated taste which prevailed among his countryinen at the period when he wrote. “They love,' says he, to represent things which neither exist, nor can be, nor have been.' • Painting,' he continues, represents things which either exist or may exist; but in these days subjects are painted, whose prototypes are nowhere to be pbserved in nature. For, instead of columns, we find reeds substituted; instead of pediments, the stalks, leaves, and tendrils of plants. Candelabra are made to support little temples, from the roofs of which branches spring out, bearing absurd figures. And again, we find other stalks bearing figures, some with human heads, others with heads of 'beasts. These new fashions have so much prevailed, that, for want of competent judges, true art is little esteemed. How is it possible for a candelabrum to support a horse, or for figures to grow on stalks?' &c. &c. I am sorry the fragments I have procured are too small to exhibit specimens of this grotesque work alluded to and condemned by Vitruvius. Any one, however, who has seen the baths of Titus, can testify that the style of their decoration is precisely the same as that mentioned by Vi. truvius; or that, if any difference exists, it is, that the very fault pointed out by him, is carried, if possible, to a greater excess. That the mode of execution was the same as that laid down by Vitruvius. will immediately appear

ear if we compare his words with the appearances in the fragments. He says, that after the beams of a chamber are fixed, Greek reeds, previously bruised or pressed flat, are to be tied to them; after which, various layers, or coats, of lime, are to be laid on the first composed of lime, and very coarse sand -the second of lime, and finer sand-the third of lime and fine sand, mixed with marble dust. The wall is then to be finished by three separate coatings of stucco and marble dust; on the last of which, while wet, the colours, mixed with size, are to be laid, Aster this, if any colour needs to

Proud heart of mine! thy pride gives way,

When there is none to see ;-
The grief, so long repress'd, flows forth,

And it is well for thee!
I could not live unless I shed

Such welcome tears as these;
Even in the spring-time of my days,

My very soul would freeze
Beneath that mockery of light
Which gives no heat-averts no blight!

The light of what the world calls fame

On woman's path a curse,
Than dull insensibility--

Than thoughtless folly worse.
O! why should I have ever sought

For what I value less
Than even the saddest thought that haunts

My spirit's loneliness?
Why stoop to court the vulgar crowd
For what I scoraed when 'twas bestow'd !

I was the same that I am now

Before I sought their bar,-
The same-save that my heart's best chords

Have suffered many a jar ;
And paltry cares and jealousies

Have follow'd in my track,
And many a fresh warm hope has fled,

That never can come back;
And what was new, and pleased at first,
Has, like a foam-bell, shone and burst !

And now it is a weary thing,

Whate'er my mood may be,
To ape my former self, and strut,

In wretched mimicry,
Through parts in which I cannot feel

As once I used to feel,
And where my highest aim is now

With cold art to conceal
The scorn with which my smiles are sold
For heartless praise, or worthless gold.

There have been those I wish'd to please,

Whose single glance of praise
I beld more dear than all the shouts

Assembled crowds might raise ;
But even they have look'd on me

As on a gaudy show,
And though my mental gifts to them

In brighter hues might glow,
They saw-approved—and then pass'd by-
Forgetting me, with scarce a sigh.

And there was one round whom my heart

In all its passion twined ;
I loved him for the noble thoughts

That glitter'd in his mind,
I loved him for his keener sense

Of all I strove to do,
And in his presence felt my soul

Its earliest powers renew;
Even from his looks I caught my tone,
And play'd for him— for him alone!

THE YOUNG LAWYER'S SOLILOQUY. " What I hear of their hardships, their tortures, and groans, Is alınost enough to draw pity from stones.

Cowper's Pity for Poor Africans. DiscoNSOLATE beside his briefless desk, Young Wordsby sat, and mournfully he closed His portly Erskine, while, with heavy heart, Thus fee-lingly without a fee, he spoke;“ Farewell! a long farewell to all my law-books! This land of unpaid wigs for me no more Hath charms or welcome.---Lo! my empty purse, More hideous than a bare-ribb'd skeleton, Beckons me far away. On Monday last Six youths, led onward by the cheerful sound Of coming fees, tinkling like distant music, Their trials in the civil law did pass; Six more on Tuesday !_Hast thou, Jupiter ! No earthquake, no fell bolt, no pestilence ? Why not beneath the crowded Outer-House Dig out a yawning gulf to swallow Skene, Cockburn a:id Jeffrey, Cranstoun and Moncreiff ? Or, if thy mercy interposes, why Wilt thou not send us a reviving shower Of rich litigious clients from the moon ? And must I rend you from my heart, ye dreams Of white cravats and sweeping treble gowns ? , No longer must I pant for the keen war, Where foes are floor'd by words of giant size, Or cut in pieces by a Latin saw ? My sweet Louisa, too!-must all our hopes Vanish as quickly as a city feast? Must we not marry, love, as once we plann'd, Purchase a house in Queen Street or the Crescent, And keep a carriage !Eheu! Well-a-day ! Hold forth a fan to ward a thunderbolt, With pasteboard dam up Niagara's flood, Bind with a cobweb Captain Barclay's bands, Set snails to hunt the Alpine antelope, Dissolve an iceberg in a crucible, Shout loud enough to fright the antipodes, Take a boil'd pea to shoot an elephant, Put Patrick Robertson in Jeffrey's fob, Saddle a mouse to carry Colonel Teesdale ; And when all these are done all these and more Then hope that love will link itself with law! Farewell !—I would not go, but cruel fate Has a writ out against me, and I must. Alas! my heart fails like an English bank! My spirits sink far lower than the funds! Relentless Fate ! had any but thyself Been plaintiff in this stern unnatural suit, I might have gain’d the cause, and prosper'd yet, But now I yield, for thou nonsuitest all !”

G. M.

A wild and feverish dream! 'Tis past ;

He is another's now;
Yet I have worn this very night

Upon my aching brow
The wreath of pearls I had from him,

And which he knew full well
I valued more than all my gems--

More than I cared to tell;
I wish he knew how throbs to-night
The brow where gleams their silvery light.

I wish he saw my hot pale cheek,

Nor be alone, but all
Who scarce a little bour ago,

Before the curtain's fall,
Beheld me in the glittering scene-

A form of smiles and light,
As if my heart could know no care,

My day could have no night,
I wish they saw me now-for I
Am sick of this wild mummery!

LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.

Would that my name had died away

Upon the lips of men,
And that my voice and form had pass'd

From out their memory's ken !
Would that no higher impulse e'er

Had tempted me to seek
The fame that has made dim my eye,

And paled my burning cheek!
Alas! alas! am I the thing
Whose entrance makes the high roofs ring !

CONSTABLE's MISCELLANY-We understand that the following new works are preparing for Constable's Miscellany : 1st, Memoirs of the Irish Rebellions, including the History of Ireland, from its first Invasion by the English, till the Union with Great Britain in 1800. by John M.Caul, Esq. M. A., of Trinity College, Dublin ; 2d, History of Modern Greece, and the Ionian Islands; including a Detailed Account of the late Revolutionary War, by Thoinas Keightley, Esq. author of “ Fairy Mythology," &c.; 3d, A Journey through the Southern Provinces of France, the Pyrenees, and Swit. zerland, by Derwent Conway, author of "A Tour through Norway, Sweden, and Denmark," &c.

The Rev. Dr Inglis, of the Old Grey Friars Church, Edinburgh, is preparing for publication, a Vindication of Christian Faith, addressed to those who, believing in God, do not believe in Jesus Christ, whom he hath sent.

The Narrative of the War in Germany and France, from the pen of Lord Londonderry, so long announced, is nearly ready for publi. cation. This second work of the noble author will con tain, we un.

She ceased, and in the silence nought was heard But the deep sob, that would not be repress'd.

derstand, a variety of Court Anecdotes and amusing topics, which re-Coast, Timbuctoo, or the Desert. He goes quite alone, in the coslieve the dryness of military detail, and fill up the intervals of ar ume of a Desert Arab; and will travel with the greater facility from mistice and negotiations, such as splendid reviews, festivals, and halls. his knowledge of Eastern manners and languages. He is only 21 Mr Murray is preparing for publication a series of Landscape Illus

years of age. trations of the Poems of LORD BYRON, to be engraved in the most FINE ARTS.-We observe that an Exhibition of Paintings and finished style, after drawings by the most eminent artists.

Works of Art is about to be opened at Dumfries. There was one Conversations with Lord Byron on Religion, held in Cet halonia,

got up there a year or two ago, under the patronage of the county a short time previous to his Lordship's death, by the late James

gentlemen, by the spirited exertions of Mr Dunbar, sculptor, one of Kennedy, M.D. of H.B M. Medical Staff, is announced.

the most active inembers of the Carlisle Academy. The present Ex. Notices of the Brazils in 1828-9, by the Rev. Robert Walsh, LL.D.

hibition is under the same management. We observe, with interest, are announced. Also, by the same publishers, Chronicles of a

the struggle to diffuse through the whole country a relish for the School-room, by Mrs S. C. Hall; and The Three Histories, by Miss

beauties of Art, by means of provincial exhibitions. We shall keep Jewsbury.

an eye upon that of Dumfries, and shall be most happy to hear of We understand that Mr Richard Howitt is preparing for publica.

its success. tion The Count and Princess, a Tale from Boccaccio, Antediluvian

ExhibitION OF ANCIENT PAINTINGS.-The Directors of the InSketches, and other Poems, The Rer. Hobart Caunter is preparing for publication a poem e

stitution are busy getting up an Exhibition of the Works of the Antitled, The Island Bride, with an Illustration by Martin

cient Masters. Nasmyth has been travelling with a view to procure Three of Wilkie's paintings are now engraving on a large scale,

contributions, and packages are daily arriving at the Building on the The Chelsea Pensioners, The Parish Beadle, and the Scottish Wed. Mound. The Exhibition, we understand, will @pen early next ding. The last is in the hands of Mr Stuart, the engraver, in Edin month. We are glad of this; for, if the Exhibitions of Paintings by burgh, who, we believe, was selected by Mr Wilkie himself. We our modern Artists, serve to keep up a spirit of generous emulation have seen the print, so far as it has yet gone, and think it promises among them, and to bring their merits fairly before the public, the very favourably.

Exhibition of what has been done by the mightier spirits of former Captain Glascock has nearly ready for publication Tales of a Tar, | days, serves to enlarge and ennoble the taste both of Amateurs and embracing authentic and interes ing details of the celebrated mutiay. at Spithead.

Theatrical Gossip.-All the London critics are disappointed at Miss Mr Atherstone is about to publish his second volume of the Fali

Kemble having choseu so poor a part as that of Euphrasia, in co poor of Nineveh.

a play as Murphy's “Grecian Daughter," for her third character. The author of the Collegians is preparing a new work, to be enti

She does not appear likely to add much to her laurels by it. Her tled Tales of the Five Senses.

next part is to be Isabella, in the “Fatal Marriage."-Kean is still Mr Bannister, the late Attorney-General of New South Wales, is

at Drury Lane, where “ Henry V." and "Riches" —play altered preparing an Enquiry into the best means of preventing the Destruc

from Massinger's "City Madam" -are in rehearsal for him. Henry tion of the Aborigines, usually incident upon settling new colonies. Mr F. W. H. Bayley announces Four Years' Residence in the West

V. is a character Kean has often played in the provinces, but never

before a London audience.-Laporte and Cloup are about to open Indies.

We observe that a French translation of Moore's Life of Lord the English Opera House with a French company. --The King's Byron was to appear in Paris at the same time with the London edi. Theatre is also about to open. Malibran is to be the prima donna. tion.

-Sontag has taken her farewell of the Parisian stage; and Caradori There are as many periodicals in Germany as there are hours in | Allan is at present in Venice, where she has been received with the the year. The prolific soil which brings these ephemera into being, greatest applause. The author of " The Devil's Elixir" is preparing gives birth at times to productions of a more durable and attractive an Easter piece for Covent Garden ; and he has also a new farce in form; and of this nature is a new periodical styled the Comet, edited rehearsal, with music by Rod well. - Report says that a baronet's lady by the celebrated Herlasson.

is about to make her debut as Lady Macbeth, on account of family The learned jurisconsult, J. D. Meyer of Amsterdam., is about to embarrassments. The profession is likely to become aristocratical

Legislation in Europe, which he has condensed | in time; a lord's wise belongs to it already.-Macready has been within the compass of three hundred pages. It is written in the

performing at Portsmouth.-Dowton has been playing the Hypocrite French language ; but our readers will be pleased to learn, that he

in Dublin.-Barton has been starring it in Glasgow.-Miss Jarman is occupied simultaneously in the preparation of an English version.

has been winning golden opinions in Dundee, Perth, and Aberdeen. The Practical Planter, containing directions for the planting of Mathews takes his benefit this evening. He has drawn excellent waste lands, and management of wood, by Thomas Cruickshanks,

houses, and been as much liked as ever. Besides his Monologues, he Forester at Coreston, is announced.

has appeared in four new pieces,—"Monsieur Mallet, "-" Before MR WESTMACOTT.-A paragraph has appeared in some of the

Breakfast, "-"The May Queen,"-and “Love laughs at Bailiffs." newspapers, stating that Mr Westmacott, the celebrated sculptor,

All these are farces, and none of them worthy of Mathews.-Yester from London, is at present in Edinburgh. This is not the case. A brother of Mr Westmacott has been resident here for some time, and

day the Theatre was closed on account of the Theatrical Fund Din. has recently turned his attention to sculpture also. Among several

ner.We are to have Braham next week. felicitously executed busts, he has just finished one of Miss Jarman,

WEEKLY LIST OF PERFORMANCES. which we have seen, and are glad to be able to report very favourably of it.

Jan. 23_29. MRS HEMANS.-As a specimen of the horrid nonsense which oc

of Sat. The Home Circuit, of Before Breakfast. casionally appears in newspapers, we take the following paragraph

Mon. A Trip to America, & The May Queen. from a respectable provincial paper :-" Mrs Hemans is both young

TUES. The Home Circuit, & Before Breakfast. and beautiful. In her recent visit to Scotland, none appeared more surprised or embarrassed than Mrs H. at the honours which awaited

WED. A Trip to America, The May Queen, & The Twelfth Cake. her. Sir Walter Scott felt some restraint in her presence, and ex

THURS. The Home Circuit, Love Laughs at Bailiffs, & Do. erted himself to show his reading; while Mr Jeffrey, awed by the FRI. (Theatre closed.) lady's presence, dropt on one knee, and solemnly impressed a kiss upon her trembling hand. Such are the fascinations of a superior mind, when it comes allied with a pleasing form." If this be meant

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. for wit, it is very poor; and if for truth, it contains a very small sprinkling of it. The writer is evidently totally unacquainted with We have fallen into arrears with several poets, whose volumes lie the lady of whom he speaks. Possessing as she does, in no cominon

upon our table; but we promise that they shall all be reviewed next degree, varied and brilliant powers of conversation, Mrs Hemans

week. would hersell smile at the idea of overawing Sir Walter Scott, or of

An Extract from the Note Book of Baron Bissen in our next. Also bringing Mr Jeffrey to her feet.

" The Actor of All Work."-We have to return our thanks to the GERMAN ECSTASY.-A new historical and heroical ballet, in five Editor of the Car

Editor of the Carlisle Patriot for his polite attention, and shall be acts, called “Cæsar in Egypt," has been produced at Vienna. A

glad to receive the communications he promises.-The notice of German journal, speaking of its effect on the audience, says, “ The

"Domestic Life and other Poems" cannot be inserted, as we intend spectators floated in a sea of rapture (!)"

to express our own opinion of the work.- A packet for “ A, B, C” JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY INTO AFRICA. Continual failures only | lies at our Publisher's. seem to increase the desire to explore Central Africa ; and whilst the

Upon a second reading, the “ Effusion to Ailsa Craig," though spiLanders seek the Niger from the western coast, a young Indian Offi

rited, appears unequal. -We shall not be able to find rom for the cer (Mr Henry Welford) is about to sail for Egypt, and proceed following poems :-"A Categorical Epistle by a Quaker, to a certain thence to Sennaar, the Bahr-al-Abiad, and Mountains of the Moon, ultra orthodox Doctor, "-" The Weaver's Bundle, a Parody on Lord from which point he will penetrate through the unexplored countries Ullin's Daughter,"_" Song for the Newhaven Burns's Club,"-and westward to the lake Tzad, returning either by way of the Gold“ Lines to a Young Lady,"

to offer an opinion upon there alreado hay a relation, who meet couldered on my mind as itarkable a man, that his fee of the Fine however, the

(No. 64, January 30, 1830.7

From Mrs Maclehose, ( Clarinda.)

"14, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, 28th October, 1829. ADVERTISEMENTS,

" I return you the fine Portrait of Burns, taken from the life by Connected with Literature, Science, and the Arts.

the late Mr Peter Taylor, his early friend. In my opinion, it is the

must striking likeness of the great Poet I have ever seen; and I say ORIGINAL PORTRAIT OF ROBERT BURNS.

this with the more confidence, having a perfect recullection of his

appearance.
Preparing for publication,

AGNES MACLEHOSE."
DEDICATED, BY PERMISSION,
TO SIR WALTER SCOTT, BART.

Since the above Testimonials were obtained, the Publishers A GENUINE AND ORIGINAL PORTRAIT have been favoured with the following communication OF

from one of whom Scotland may justly be proud - The ROBERT BURNS,

Ettrick Shepherdwhich, as it is strongly corroborative, PAINTED IN 1786, BY THE LATE MR PETER TAYLOR, not only of the faithfulness of Taylor's likeness of Burns, AND FINISHED IN THE FIRST STYLE OF LINE ENGRAVING,

but of its authenticity, they subjoin :-BY MR JOHN HORSBURGH.

"Mount Benger, November 27, 1829.

« Gentlemen,-Observing that I am mentioned in the EDINBURGH Size of the Print, 7} by 9 inches.

LITERARY JOURNAL, as having some reminiscence about the late PRINTS, . .

159.

Mr Taylor's picture of Burns, I deem it incumbent on me to state all Peoors ON FRENCH PAPER,

L.1,

that I recollect about it, which certainly is of some avail, should PROOFS ON INDIA PAPER,

L.l, 4s. there be any doubts about the originality of the portrait, PROOPS O INDIA PAPER, BEFORE WRITING. L. 2, 28.

“On the 26th of January, 1812, I was sent for to Mr Gray's house, To be ddivered strictly in the order of Subscription, and will be at St Leonard's, where I found him and Mr Ainslie, Mi Gilbert ready about the middle of April, 1830.

Burns, a Mr Smith, and several others, all busy consalting how best Edinburgh: Published for the Proprietor, by CONSTABLE and Co. to get a sight of an original Portrait of Burns, said to be then in 13, Waterloo Place; and Moox, Boys, and GRAVES, Printseilers to

Edinburgh. I laughed at the conceit, believing it to be a hoax, and hus Majesty, London.

some fair copy from Nasmyth's; not thinking it possible that a por.

trait of our great lyrical Bard could have so long been concealed, EXTRACTS FROM TESTIMONIALS,

after every thing relating to him had been ransacked to the founda(The Originals of which lie with the Publishers.)

tion. Mr Gray, however, had learned the whole history of the From Sir Walter Scott, Bart.

thing, and re-assured us of the truth of it, but at the same time add“Edinburgh, 14th November, 1829. ed, that the widow.lady to whom it belonged had, of late years, re*1 am much gratified by the sight of the Portrait of Robert Burns. tused even to show it to any person, and that the only possible way I saw that distinguished Poet only once, and that many years since ; of attaining our purpose, was to make interest with Miss Dudgeon, and being a bad marker of likenesses, and rerollector of faces, I should, a young lady, a relation, who lived with Mrs Taylor. Mr Gray had in any ordinary case, have he itated to offer an opinion upon the re! already been off in search of Miss Dudgeon, but had missed her: he, sein blance, especially as I make no pretensions to judge of the Fine however, learned that she was to be at such a house, at such a time. Arts. But Burns was so reinarkable a man, that his features remain that day. I, having met Miss D.dgeon several times in company impressed on my mind as if I had seen him only yesterday; and I with Mrs Izett and the late Mrs Brunton, went along with Gray, and could not hesitate to recognise this portrait as a striking reseinblance we found the lady. At first she said it was in vain over to ask it; but of the Poet, though it had been presented to me amid a whole exhi- when we mentioned the name of Mr Gilbert Burns, Miss Dudgeon bition. I will accept of the inscription which you tell me the Pro said that altered the case materially: f r such was Mrs Taylor's ve. Pretors intend putting to the Engraving, as a great honour.

neration for the memury of the Bard, that the very curiosity to see WALTER SCOTT." his brother would ensure our reception, and she desired us to come From Mrs Burns.

at two, and she would ensure us a sight of the picture.

"We accordingly went at the hour, and who the gentlemen were · Burns' Street, Dumfries, 4th Nov. 1829.

beside those mentioned I cannot recollect, but I know there were "I am requested to give my opinion regarding the Portrait of my

either six or seven of Burns's personal acquaintances. I think Mr Jate husband, painte 1 by Peter Taylor. I was not aware that ano

John Morrison was one. And in a little neat house, up one stair in ther original Portrait had been taken but the one in my possession

West Register Street, there we found our ciceroni and Mrs Taylor, by Nasmyth ; but after seeing this one, I have no hesitation in sta

a decent widow-lady, past middle life. She was retiring and diffident ting my belief that it is original. The likeness to the upper part of

in her manner, and spoke but little. The first thing she did was to the face is very striking.

JEAN BURNS."

ask, who of us was the brother of Burns ?' Mr Gray bade her find From John Syme, Esq.

that out; and although the room was small and rather crowded, she " Millbrae, near Dumfries, 4th Nov. 1829. soon fixed on Gilbert Burns, and laying her had on his arm, and * I consider the likeness very faithful. The nose, eyes, and brow, I looking in his face, said, 'Is this no him?' She was rather prou 1 of are particularly well delineated; but the lower part of the face is having made the discovery so soon; and when Mr Gray asked by faller than the Poet's was when I knew him. JOAN SYME." what features she knew him, she replied,.She would soon show him From Mrs Thomson, Dumfries-formerly Miss Jess that;' and taking a key out of a private drawer, she opened an upper

leaf of a clothes press; from that she took a little box, and from that Lewars.

she took a portrait of Burns, carefully rolled up in silver paper. It " Duinfries, 5th November, 1829.

was kit-kat size, half-length, with buckskin breeches, blue coat, and I am quite satisfied that the Picture is a correct, and even stri broad high-crowned hat. Mr Gray at first sight exclaimed, Glue king Itkeness of Burns. I recognised it in a moment; and I must rious! Glorious ! Burns every inch! Every feature ! Mrs Taylor, my it recalls to my mind completely the app arance of the Puet, with

that is quite a treasure, Mr Ainslie made some remarks about the whoin I was intimately ai quainted during the latter years of his life.

mouth. Mr Gilbert Burns said, 'It is particularly like Robert in the I prefer it greatly to Mr Nasmyth's Portrait. Indeed, there can be

form and air; with regard to renial faults, I care not.' These were Do question hat it is the better of the twu. After Mr Burns got into

his first words, or very near them. He looked long and fondly at it, ted health, he was thinner about the lower part of the face; but still

and listened with earnest attention to Mrs Taylor's relation of its I am or opinion that the likeness, even in this respect, must have

execution. She said, “Mr Burns and Peter had been in a large party been correct at the time it was taken. JANET THOMSON." over night, and that Burns, of his own accord, had attached himself From David Bridges, Jun. E q.

very much to her husband,- for he never wantit the good heart and “2, Bank Street, Edinburgh, 18th November, 1829. the good humour, poor fellow ! That on parting, Peter invited the * In reference to the Portrait of Burns, I beg to mention, that my

Poet to breakfast the next day. He came, and that very day the

portrait was begun after breakfast; Burns having sat an hour to the seguaintance with the Poet was limited to the las four years of his life. life. This Picture was painted in 1786, when Burns was in full vi. | artist. He carne a second day to breakfast, and sat an hour and a This Picture was painted a nd likeness of him in his thro

third day, which being the list day Burns had to spare, he had to sit gour; but, in my opinion, it exhibits a strong likeness of him in his

nd Me Taylor caused her (Mrs Taylor) to com quiet inoments, and unquestionably is the best Portrait of Burns I rather long, and Mr Taylor caused her (Mrs Taylor) to come in und

chat with the Poet.' She related to Mr Gilbert Burns a number of have ever sen.

D. BRIDGES, Jun."

his brother's sayings at these interviews, but they were about people From Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, Esq.

I did not know, and have forgot them. They were of no avail. “ 93, Prince's Street, Edinburgh, 18th November, 1829.

"All that I can say of the portrait is, that though I thought it * You desire me to give my opinion of the Portrait of Burns you

hardly so finished a picture as Nasmyth's, I could see a family like. some time ago sent to me. I think it extremely like him, and that

ness in it which I could not discern in the other. I had been accusthere can be no doubt about its authenticity. The first time I saw

tomed to see old Mrs Burns in Closeburn church every Sabbath-day, Burns, was shortly after he wrote the letter to my father, printed in

for years, also a sister of the Bard's, who was married there, and Gil Dr Currie's edition of his works; he was then older-looking than his

bert Burns was present. Taylor's picture had a family likeness to age, and handsome.

them all. To the youngest sister it had a particular likeness. It is CHAS. KIRKPATRICK SHARPE."

as like one of Gilbert Burns's sons, and very like Gilbert himself in From Peter Hill, E.q.

the upper part of the face. I took a long and scrutinizing look of “2, Hope Street, Edinburgh, 31st October, 1829 Gilberi and the picture. It is curious that I could not help associa"I ber to return to you the Portrait of my old friend Robert ting Wordsworth in the family likeness with the two brothers. Gilbert Burns, and feel much pleasure in having seen it. In the opinion of was very like him, fully as like as to Robert; but, to use a bad both Mrs Hill and myself, the picture bears a strong resemblance to Iricism, had the one been his father, and the other his mother, he the Poet, such as he was when he first visited Edinburgh.

would have been deemed very like them both. The impression of the PETER HILL." whole party was, in a general sense, that Mr Taylor's picture was a

free, bold, and striking likeness of Buros. Mrs Taylor would never From Miss Dunlop, daughter of the Poets esteemed friend.

let it out of her own hand, but she let us look at it as long as we " Albany Place, Dumfries, 1th November,"1829.

liked, and Mr Gilbert Burns testified him elf particularly gratified. "Miss Dunlop was in the habit of seeing the Poet frequently, from

As I state noth ng but simple facts, you are at liberty to give publi. the time of his first publication at Kilmarnock, till the time of his

city to any part of this letter you choose; and I remain, dear sirs, death, and his was not a face to be forgotten. Yet, since then, it has

yours most truly,

"JAMES HOGG. mot been placed so brightly before her mind's eye,' as on opening

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