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Psalmody "appears to contain a very good selection, ancient was at the same time a priest of the inexorable Themis, and morlern, and quite enough for any established church and that, although elevated above the common race of

-the Psalms and Paraphrases not admitting of much va- | mankind, he possessed the power of submitting to the yoke riety of metres.

of daily life. These reflections were, however, interrupted In this useful little work, the harmony appears to be a by a feeling of diffidence, which obliged me to halt for a good deal altered from other collections; and, to our moment to muster courage for the introduction. Altaste, mightily improved. The airs are, of course, the though tolerably blunted by custom to the impressions of same, but the tenor, counter-tenor, and bass, are, in many mere worldly grandeur, I could not help paying this tricases, greatly altered. In fact, Mr Clark has shown his bute to the imposing presence of intellectual and moral cience more in this respect, than any editor of Psalm greatness. Tunes we have seen. lustead of confining his basses to At last be stood before me !—the venerated old man, the common chords of tonic, dominant, and sub-domi- leaning upon his staff, in his black gown, while, beneath nant, which are found recurring in almost every line of his snow-white head, his soul looked out through his clear the generally-received books of sacred music, he introdu eyes! I forgot every thing that I had been so anxious to ces a greater variety in the harmony, giving it more in say to him; and I could with difficulty stammer out, terest than when written in plain counterpoint. We ob. " that my acquaintances and relations bad charged me, on serve, also, that he has recourse to inverted basses, dis leaving home, should I have the good fortune to meet our sonances, and the dominant 7th, which throw a higher northern favourite in this country, to add, to my own, degree of light and shade into the harmony. The minor the expression of their esteem, devotion, and love, and to tunes, especially, have pleased us in this respect, being invite him to visit a land where he would be welcomed much inore difficult to harmonize, probably, than those | as the personal friend of every family circle which he had in the major keys.

delighted with his songs, and awakened to sympathetic There is another modern improvement in the science, pleasures.” I received a friendly and polite answer. of which the Editor has repeatedly availed himself, and Scott spoke with kindness of our country; and delighted wbich has an uncommonly fine effect,—the introduction me in particular with his warm expressions of esteem for of the sharp 6th. We do not know any chord that has our immortal Göthe. a better etfect than this one, when judiciously used. The While he spoke, I had leisure to contemplate the lofty last line of our old favourite, Dundee, is made quite an- poet. His image is deeply engraven on my memory. An other thing by this chord. St Mary's, St Alban's, St ever-wakeful and deep feeling glances from his eye. An Ann's-Irish, The Old Hundred, and many others, are expression of sound judgment, peace of mind, modest conimproved by the same beautiful interval. Judging of sciousness of power and goodness of heart, sits upon his Mr Clark's talents from the few tunes he has given of high forehead. A gentle seriousness, indicative of past his own composition, we must say we are sorry they are struggles and matured experience, plays around his mouth. not more numerous St George's Glasgow, and Yar The echo of the soul-his voice-is soft and full-toned, south, are both splendid tunes, and must be well adapted and accommodates its modulations to the train of his for the expression of cheerful praise.

thought. His bearing is gently dignified. His whole This little work is well got up, the size is convenient appearance has the self-created beauty of an amiable mind for the pocket, and the price is reasonable. It will be the reflection of internal harmony. None but the man found a great acquisition to those who play the piano and who is blind to this expression of the soul, can fail to ergan, having the full harmony written for every note recognise this lofty and eloquent expression in Scott's exwhich gives it considerable richness and fulness.

terior--can see in him a mere commonplace person. It is written legibly on his brow, that his songs bear the

exact impression of his character, no less than of his geMISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. nius—that he is himself the same noble, pious, high-spi

rited being as the creatures of his fancy. And herein MY INTERVIEW WITH SIR WALTER SCOTT.

lies that personal charm, which Scott possesses in a de

gree superior, perhaps, to every other author. The thoughtTranslated from the Journal of Baron Adolph von Bissing. ful, purely intellectual look of the Ægis-clad Minerva, [The character of the following paper, for which we are indebted / gej

depresses and repels the beholder, while the human feelto a distinguished foreigner now in Edinburgh, will be best explained | ing about the genius of Scott elevates us to him. by a few sentences of the letter which accompanied it :-“I send, as And it ought to be thus. Is not the artist more noyou desired, the simple expression of my feelings, just as I entered ble than his work? Is man, the masterpiece of the creathem in my Journal with a view of transmitting them, according to tion, not more worthy of our wonder than the works of my custom, to my father, by the first post. True feeling shuns pub

his hand ? Must we not attach to the lofty temple those licity, and but for your solicitations, these notes should never have

very feelings with which we think it inspires us? Must been presented to a wider public than the family circle for which

we not attribute even to dumb nature that life which is they were originally destined. And yet where is the harm in telling

in ourselves ? How much more strongly then must these a man openly how highly we esteem him. I know that I speak not merely my own sentiments, but those of my whole nation. I would

feelings influence us, when we come in contact with a be the last man on earth to violate the sanctity of the domestic fire highly-gifted man, in whom there is independent and side, and to drag its secrets to the day. I have no desire to become innate life. The noblest works of art are, after all, but a collector of trilling anecdotes, merely because they refer to a great the imperfect exertions of a single talent : the beams of man. But a poet belongs to the publie, and I see no greater harm the poet's eye, bright, variegated, and glancing as the in expressing publicly the impression his presence inade upon me,

light, are of themselves all in all sufficient, and need no than he himself does in singing the impulses awakened within him

completion from without. by the contemplation of the sun and stars. I am no author by profesin, and the suspicion of seeking the acquaintance of distinguish.

In that memorable moment, the poet stood before me ed persons, with a view to write about them, cannot fall upon me."] ||

" | associated with all those remembrances of my home,-of

those evenings sacred to domestic affections, whose cheerA MORE worthy feeling than the idle wish to be able to fulness his tales had increased. His the songs of the ay, on my return, “ I, too, have seen him," rendered me bard of human affections—whose gentle muse never seeks most anxious to meet with Walter Scott. It was there to wither the human heart. As he shook me friendly by fore with some degree of excitement that I repaired to the the hand, and wished me in parting success in the journey Parliament House, where the Bard officiates in his juri of life, I thought I felt why our forefathers should have dical capacity, to find the friend who had promised to in- esteemed their bards a sacred race. I would not have troduce me. On entering the hall, I dwelt with plea- given his simple wish, for the prayers of a whole congreure on the idea, that this favourite of the gentle Muses gation. I still hear his friendly voice,-I still feel the warm pressure of his hand. I hope my eyes spoke my ness effectually bars him out, forces him to nurse his gratitude, for in such moments the lips are by no means warm feelings in silence and secrecy, and to attach himthe best interpreters of the heart.

self to the beings of his own fancy. A degree of morbid egotism is thus engendered within him. In Byron this

state of mind was heightened by the consciousness of a THOUGHTS SUGGESTED BY A PERUSAL OF personal blemish. The first indication of expanding inMOORE'S LIFE OF BYRON.

tellect is a desire to stand well in the opinion of others;

and the first tendency of this desire is to create anxiety Few men have been more unjustly dealt with than | about personal appearance. Byron. He died just at the time when the character | Under all these inauspicious circumstances, Byron took can be first said to be definitely formed, yet both his ac- his place as a man among men, without having been tions and writings have been tried by the standard of the guilty of any greater irregularities than the majority of full-grown man. Cast on the world without a guide,- his equals in rank. He entered upon the world with obliged, like all who have to learn for themselves, to blun- embarrassed finances, and without a single senior friend der into correctness,—the errors which he unavoidably to countenance or lend him advice and assistance. Hacommitted in groping for the right path have been attri ving stood forward as an author, his irascible temper was buted to wanton depravity. To judge of him so, was to exposed to all the annoyances of carping criticism ; and judge hastily and most erroneously.

having attained a degree of public notoriety, he was The fundamental characteristics of Byron's mind were seized upon as a common-good by all the scandal-mongers susceptibility and intense power. Both of these are es of the press. Prepared by his constitutional susceptibisentially necessary in the poet's constitution ; the former lity to feel these attacks deeply, and by his lonely habits renders him alive to the most delicate and evanescent feel- to brood over his own thoughts more than was conducive ings,—the other enables him to combine and reproduce to a healthy state of mind, he took refuge in retaliation, effectively the images he has thus acquired. For man as and in nursing a gloomy pride and pleasure in dwelling a social being, and especially for a young man, they are | upon, and exaggerating, his tortured feelings. He could dangerous endowments. The one exposes him to seductions not hope to prove to the world he was immaculate, and and irritations of which less susceptible constitutions are he took a perverse pride in bidding defiance to its cennot aware ; while the other gives a vehemence to his ac sure, and attempting to prove himself worse than he tions which drives him off his equipoise and status in so really was. The means suggested by his friends as most ciety. In after life, the reasoning and imaginative powers likely to retrieve him from this wayward conduct, added frequently serve as conductors to lead a portion of the new fuel to the flame; and, possessed of the dangerous lightning of the mind to expend itself harmlessly upon power of investing his passions with the grandeur and abstract pursuits; but in youth the whole stock of glow- beauty of poetry, he sought rather to nurse than to coning passion is poured out upon nature and mankind, now trol them. This could not last for ever with a mind so fostering, now scathing with their blaze. It is at this superior as his. So unhealthy a state of excitement was period, therefore, that the instinctive ties of family and gradually subsiding into a more firm and manly tone, friendship, reverence for elders, love for those who are of the indestructible mind was gleaming through and over our own standing or younger, are indispensable as substi- it, when, alas ! his career was abruptly and prematurely tutes for the yet unawakened powers of reason. These closed. feelings, less strong, but also less transitory than others, This is the dark side of the picture, let us now turn serve as moorings to keep the ship steady till the anchor to the reverse. Byron's conduct and feelings towards is slung with which she is to steer through life. At a his mother have been already noticed. His generosity later period the same feelings are our ornament and solace, and bravery are attested by hundreds. In all his aberbut in youth they are necessary to our moral existence. rations there is nothing mean, equivocal, or malignant. Yet, during all the freshness of youth, when man's cha Notwithstanding his assumed cynicism, his enthusiasm racter receives its first indelible impression, Byron was for whatever is good and great is every moment flashing excluded from participation in these feelings and affec forth. Sublime and lovely though his works be, they tions. He came occasionally in contact with some who are but the hasty effusions of a mind which had not yet knew how to estimate his promise, and there were plenty attained the full consciousness and command of its who, from motives of vanity or interest, sought to hang powers. His uncertainty respecting the merit of his themselves upon the young lord; but for a permanence, poems, until stamped by the fiat of public applause, can there was only one who really loved him-his mother only be accounted for on the supposition that, conscious a weak and violent woman, whose conduct was calcu- how insufficiently they expressed his unutterable thoughts, lated to stifle or pervert his affections. Yet it is precisely he could not see their real value. His continual deprein Byron's treatment of this mother, that we find, amid ciation of literary labour, and his panting after action, all his aberrations, the strongest proofs of an indestructi indicate a mind not yet at ease with itself as to its proper ble goodness of nature. The whole tone of his corre sphere. His life was a fragment. He stands like one spondence with her, and of the expressions casually wrung of the immense cathedrals of Germany,-a work comfrom him, show how truly he could see her character, menced on too gigantic a scale for human powers and and how deeply his feelings had been wounded by her perseverance to complete. We saw him only in that pefolly; yet, from first to last, we find the knowledge that riod of life in which the mind is a fermenting chaos. she was his mother triumphing over all. He struggles, But even in this state, what augury did he not give of throughout, not only to pay her the services of a son, future greatness! His promise is more than other men's (and in them he was never deficient,) but to feel for her performance. Wit, humour, the most voluptuous pasall that the magic word “ mother" inspires.

sion, the most delicate beauty, and the most magnificent Notwithstanding his filial piety, however, he reached power and grandeur, strive for pre-eminence in his manhood in a state of isolation. He had companions, poetry. but no friends. There is a loneliness in the condition of The aim of this hasty and unsatisfactory sketch has an only child, without parents, or without such parents been to seize, as far as possible, the grand outlines of as he can cling to, that only he who has experienced Byron's character. The attempt was audacious,-but can conceive. The young affections expand among a better to fail in it, than to succeed in repeating small band of second selves ;- they are so many additional anecdotes, which but distort our ideas of the mighty dead. hooks by which we attach ourselves to society, and are It is the right of every man to be judged, not by his isodrawn within its circle. But he who stands alone must lated actions, easily susceptible of misrepreseutation, but work his way into it, and the least awkwardness or shy- by the whole tenor of the mind and affections whence

they proceeded, as indicated by the collective conduct of investigate the special use of each of these organs, and the his life.

particular operation of tbe mind to which each is more immediately subservient:-That much benefit had accrued to

medical science, and to mankind, by investigating the strucMR MACDONALD'S NEW WORK - THETIS ARMING

ture and use of the other organs of the body-as, for exACHILLES,

ample, the heart;—and that, without doubt, both physical We have been favoured with an early view of this and metaphysical science would profit greatly from successhighly interesting and splendid work. Mr Macdonald | ful

wa ful enquiries into the uses of these multifarious and finelyhas chosen for the story of his new group, Thetis arm

constructed organs in the interior of the brain :-- That the ing Achilles. The figures are, as in his Ajax, colossal.

phrenologists of the present day, having quitted the right

path, had not advanced a single step in this physiological Achilles appears in the act of moving forward ; with his investigation ; for they had not, so far as he knew, ascer. left arm he poises his shield above his head ; in the right tained the function performed by any one of them. The hand, which is depressed, he brandisbes a couple of light Professor concluded by recommending strongly Sir George javelins. His figure unites the utmost physical power and other phrenologists to pursue the truly philosophical, with the ideal beauty of the “ goddess-born." His coun.

though very difficult, course of enquiry wbich he bad pointtenance is fiercely beautiful. His eager glance, harmo

ed out.-Notice of a Meteorological Journal, kept for i wen

ty-tive years, at Carlisle, by Mr W. Pitt, was then read, and nizing with his forward motion, seems to seek Hector in

afterwards an account of a Specimen of a mineral called

ifter the distance; and his mind, engrossed with the thought

r Turper. of vengeance, and consciousness of power, is inaccessible to every other impression. Thetis, who has one arm reclined on his shoulder, is allowing the other to drop away,

ORIGINAL POETRY. as if relinquishing the vain hope of detaining him. Her face is turned to heaven, with an expression in which the

ADA'S EVENING HOUR. grief of the prescient mother, and the dignified compo “ Come, Ada, close the lattice now, sure of the goddess, are majestically mingled.

The sun is in the sea ; Unlike Mr Macdonald's former work, in which pas The night-wind, with a mournful tone, sion and the death-struggle knit every sinew, and swell

Sighs through the old oak-tree ;every vein even to bursting, the present group is composed in the most severe style of quiet and elevated beau

“ The bird has sung herself to rest, ty. The attitudes and action of the figures simple in

The flowers are gemmed with dew; the extreme-the drapery of Thetis falling in the most

And twilight's shades are deepening fast inartificial folds — the outlines bold and majestic,-har

The Evening's heaven of blue ; monize with the heroic character of the story. Achil “ Come, Ada, touch thy harp, and sing les is the very Achilles of Homer, beautiful, and strong

One sprightly strain to me; as a demi-god, the unreflecting child of impulse. Thetis Why, there's a tear in thy dark eye! is the goddess of that old mythology, with all a mother's

Sweet girl! what aileth thee ?" feelings warm about her, and with a far-searching view into futurity, the curse of those human-hearted deities,

“ Oh! mother, let me gaze awhile but with that intellectual power which confers dignity

Upon this silent scene,upon grief, by controlling its expression.

The fading glories of the sky, We feel perfectly satisfied that this work will at once

The hills and valleys green! place Mr Macdonald on a level with the most eminent “ I feel the calm of nature's mood living sculptor, and prove him to possess a mind capable

Steal softly to my heart; of achieving the highest triumphs of his noble art.

And all unknown the gentle tears


“ I cannot-cannot sing to-night,

A spell is round me thrown;

Oh! leave me here to gaze awhile
Monday, February 1, 1830.

On this sweet scene alone !"
Professor Hope in the Chair.

She cast upon her mother's face
SIR GEORGE MACKENZIE concluded, this evening, his

One fond imploring look, communication on Phrenology. In so doing, he recapitu Then silently she turned again lated his former observations, read an account of the history

To Nature's holy book. of the Science, from an unpublished work of Mr Combe, and referred for facts in support of his views, to the works And who may tell what noble thoughts of Gall and Spurzheim, to the Phrenological Journal, Mr

Across that bosom stole; Combe's Lectures, and the Clyde Street Museum. Pro

How many sacred feelings rush'd fessor Hope, on the conclusion of the paper, said he thought

Like music on her soul ? himself at liberty to return thanks to Sir George Mackenzie, for the pains he had taken to lay before the Society a Ah! who can say in hours like these, view of the fundamental principles of a doctrine which Sir

With holiest visions fraught, George thought well founded, and highly important to the

What heavenly wisdom Nature's voice welfare of mankind, and in particular to the rising genera

To the sad heart has taught? tion. That as Sir George had availed himself of that opportunity of recommending to his hearers to make them Blest-ever blest is she who loves selves acquainted with the doctrine, by reading the works

To meditate in youth !of Gall, &c., be, in his turn, would use the freedom of re.

And on Creation's glorious page commending to Sir George to direct his attention to that

Has learnt to read the Truth ! view of phrenology which alone he considered as philosophical. Every person, the Professor observed, who is in

GERTRUDE. the smallest degree acquainted with the anatomy of the brain, must know that there lie deep seated a very large

160 THIS LOVE!-THIS LOVE!" number of distinct organs, totally dissimilar in appearance,

By Thomas Atkinson. substance, and structure; and that, as different organs are

I do not wish again to love provided for each of the external senses, it is extremely pro bable that each of these had a particular share in the gene

As when I had its scarlet fever ; ral mental operations of the brain assigned to it:- That it

And yet I still love on,-a name is a study strictly physiological, and truly philosophical, to

Makes me as great a fool as ever!

'Tis true, I'm now too old to rave

Monsieur Surenne, of the Scottish Military and Naval Academy, At midnight in my chamber lonely,

has in the press, and nearly ready for publication, a Pocket French

Grammatical and Critical Dictionary, the principal object of which Yet oft I'm humming, as I shave,

is to point out the popular errors committed in French conversation. Such stuff as “ Love me, love me only !"

We understand that Mr Motherwell, editor of the Paisley Adver

tiser, is about to succeed Mr M'Queen as editor of the Glasgow Nay, faith, I've more than once been caught uriet, Mr M'Queen's other avocations requiring his undivided at. Would you believe it, though I own it?

tention. We are glad that Mr Motherwell's talents, of which we enWith vacant look, as if in thought,

tertain a high opinion, are thus likely to be brought into a more ex

tensive sphere of usefulness. And perpetrating half a sonnet!

WAVERLEY NOVELS.--Volume 9th of the new edition contains

the Black Dwarf, and the first part of Old Mortality. The frontisThe deuce is in the witching race !

piece, by Wilkie, is excellently drawn, but indifferently engraved, by No sooner have I cut my cousin,

R. Grares, for whom Wilkie seems to entertain an undue partiality. Who flirted even before my face,

The vignette is pretty. The literary additions are not numerous,

but are curious and interesting. Than I'm in love with half-a-dozen !

ssrs Colburn and Bentley announce seventy-seven new Works

in the press! We cannot find space to enumerate them all; but the Yet, on my life, I cannot tell

following appear the most important :-The Life of Sir Thomas For whom the symptoms are in motion ;

Lawrence, by Thomas Campbell, the Poet-René Caillie's Travels to Sometimes I think they are for Bell,

Timbuctoo-Cloudesley, a novel, by the author of Caleb Williams

Marquis of Londonderry's Narrative of the War in German For Bessy next I've got a notion.

France--The Garrick Papers-- Travels in various parts of Peru, by

Edmond Temple-Private Memoirs of the French Cabinet during I know a pair of lovely eyes,

the Directory, Reign, and Consulate of Napoleon, by M. Bourienne As blue as sapphire-ringlets yellow ;

- The Heiress of Bruges, by the author of Highways and Byways

Tales of the Colonies, by Williarn Howison, Esq.- Travels among If I could make that fair my prize,

the Bedouins and Wahabees, by the late John Lewis Burckhardt I'd be a devilish happy fellow.

Journal of a Nobleman at the Congress of Vienna- A History of Mo

dern Greece, by Jaines Emerson, Esq.-East and West, by one of the But then I know a pair of black

authors of “ Rejected Addresses"- Life of John Hampden, by Lord

Nugent-Letters from Switzerland and Italy, by John Carne, Esq.As bright as night when stars are lighted;

Sketches of the Irish Bar, in 2 vols.-History of the Bible, by the And 'tis an undisputed fact,

Rev. G. R. Gleig, author of the Subaltern-The Correspondence of That I'm with dark eyes much delighted.

Sir John Sinclair, Bart.

Mr Murray's list of Works, nearly ready for publication, amounts One of the sweetest girls I ken,

to forty-four, among which are the following :-Consolations in Tra

vel, or the Last Days of a Philosophier, by Sir Humphry Davy-Life Is my heart's height-up to my shoulder ;

of Bishop Heber, with Selections from his Correspondence, by his Another I look up to-then

Widow-Life of Sir Stamford Raffles, by his Widow-Papers of the She overlooks me—as I told her !

Earl of Marchmont-Life of Robert, second Marquis of Londonderry

Life of the Earl of Peterborough, by Sir Walter Scott-Popular With ten-stone-seven I've been prepared

English Specimens of the Greek Dramatic Poets, with Essays and

Notes_The concluding volume of Southey's Peninsular War-Life To fly to heaven if she were willing ;

of General Wolfe, by Dr Southey-Life of Sir Humphry Davy, by Or with a sylph I would have dared

J. S. Paris, M.D.-Conversations on Religion, with Lord Byron, To dig Potosi for a shilling.

held in Cephalonia, by the late James Kennedy, M.D.-The Pro

gress of Society, by the late Robert Hamilton, LL.D. Well, since in love I am-that's flat

Periodical Literature seems at last to be taking root in Ireland.

There is the Literary Gazette-The Dublin Monthly Magazine The But cannot tell the happy woman,

Christian Examiner, and the Christian Herald, mon hly--The Friend, I'll toss their names into a bat,

weekly-two in Belfast, the Ulster Magazine and the Orthodox PresAnd woo as guided by the omen!

byterian, both monthly-besides the Limerick Magazine that is to

be, and the Cork Magazine that was. Then here goes Ann-Kate—Mary-Peg

The Correspondence between Lord Mountcashel and the Bishop of Jane—Agnes— Isabella—Jessy !

Ferns, on the State of the Church, together with an Account of the Now, Madam Fate, I humbly beg

Lay Meeting at Cork, out of which the Correspondence arose, will be

ready in a few days. You'll be propitious !-Heavens ! 'tis Bessy!

FOREIGN LITERATURE.-A Literary Gazette, to appear twice aweek, was commenced on the 1st of this month at Weimar.-German

translations of Scott's, Mackintosh's, and Moore's Histories of the MAN'S LIFE.

British Islands, are already announced.-Manzoni, the Italian no

velist, is busy with a new Historical Romance.-A selection from the By Lawrence Macdonald.

principal London Annuals has been published at Paris, under the

title of Album Britannique.-A work is announced at Paris, called Max's life's a bubble, born of empty bliss,

Confessions d'un Homme de Cour, sous le regne de Louis XV. Flung on the ocean of unebbing time,

Beuchot, the Editor of a new edition of Voltaire's works, gives six of To drink the hues of every sunbeam kiss,

the Philosopher's unpublished letters. In one of thein Voltaire fa To take the dies of every varying clime,

vours us with his opinion of Weekly Journals, which is in these words:

-"I depise as much as you these trifling weekly publications; but Expanding, 'mid the growth of every crime !

frequently they contain what is agreeable. They are the venders of Creation's veriest fiction, without name,

grains of dust, in which diamonds are sometimes found.” What a End, aim-a hollow toy; from out the slime

pity that Voltaire did not live in the days of the Edinburgh Literary Of over-wrought existence forth it came,

Journal !-By the last arrival from Egypt, there has been received a Expanded, burst, and left no trace where it had lain. file of the newspapers published at Boulac, under the authority and

Protection of the Viceroy, and with the title of the Egyptian Journal: it contains regular reports of all the debates in the National Council,

particularly a speech of the Viceroy's son, Ibrahim, in which he LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.

declares to the assembly that his father is resolved to remain at peace with all countries, and to improve the condition of their own. There

is a notice in one of these papers of the construction, at Alexandria, ANEw work, entitled “ The Athenæum," conducted by students under the direction of M. Sereci, a French engineer, of a new arse. in the University of Glasgow, is announced to appear in April. nal and dock-yard, for vessels of the line and frigates ; 1697 workmen Though it will be for the most part written by members of the Uni- are employed in ship-building, casting of cannon, &c., and there are versity, yet its pages will be enriched by a few articles from some of upwards of 500 clerks and officers. The Viceroy has also estathe most celebrated literary characters of the piesent day.

blished, with the National Council, a new Penal Code.


O'Donoghue, Prince of Killarney, a Poem, in several cantos, with

(No. 65, February 6, 1830.) Notes, is nearly ready for the press.

THE ROYAL ACADEMY.--Mr M. A. Shee has been chosen President of the Royal Academy by a large majority; and Mr Wilkie has been appointed principal Painter in ordinary to the King, it being Connected with Literature, Science, and the Arts. understood that the latter declined the fatigues of the Presidency. The new President is known to the public fully as much as a man of

THE EDINBURGH PROFESSIONAL SOletters as an artist. He is the author of “Rhymes on Art," of the

CIETY of MUSICIANS' SECOND SUBSCRIPTION CONtragedy of « Alasco," and of the recent novel of “ Oldcourt." His

CERT will take place on TUESDAY EVENING, the 9th instant, election does not seem to be altogether approved of ; but, with the in the GEORGE STREET ASSEMBLY ROOMS.

Plans to be had at the Music and Booksellers' Shops, where Subexception of Wilkie, we are not aware that any one now living could

scriptions continue to be received. bill the place of Sir Thomas Lawrence with the desired eclat.

JAMES DEWAR, Sec. PROFESSOR LESLIE.-Our readers will be glad to learn, that this 24, Dundas Street, eminent Prxfessor announces à Course of Popular Lectures, on va 1st February, 1830. rious branches of Natural Seience. In this subject the Edinburgh ladies take a deep interest, and there is no man by whom they would


ANCIENT MASTERS IN PAINTING, sooner be initiated into its mysteries than Professor Leslie. SCIENTIFIC EDUCATION.-A lady who lately visited an Infant

BY School, was treated to the following exhibition :--Schoolmistress (un- THE

THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF SCOTLAND. folding an umbrella) -" What is this, my dear?"-Pupil. “ An umbrella, Ma'am."-" How many kingdoms does it contain ?" " 1 hree."

THE EXHIBITION will be opened for the pri-" What are they?" “ Animal, mineral, and vegetable."-"Name

vate view of the Life Governors of the Institution, on Saturthe animal ?" " Whalebone."-" The mineral ?" “ The brass."- day, 6th, at one o'clock, upon exhibiting their Silver Ticket to the “ The vegetable ?" " The cotton !"


It will be opened for the Public on Monday the Sth. Theatrical Gossip.—Macready having adapted Byron's Tragedy of

Evening Promenades will be from time to time resumed, but the # Werner" to the stage, it has been brought out at Bristol with character of the present Exhibition requires, that the number of great success, Macready playing the hero.- The French Theatre has Tickets issued for each Promenade should be restricted to a smaller opened in London, with Potier for the principal comedian.-The number than formerly, with a view to prevent the Gallery ever be

coming too crowded. Italian Opera commences its season this evening.--Pasta is now at

Open from Ten till Dusk. Verona ;-on her entrance to the town she was met by a band of mi

Admission, 1s.-Season Tickets, 5s. litary music and a number of splendid equipages.- Nothing of much

FRAS. CAMERON, Assistant-Secretary. consequence is doing at the principal Metropolitan Theatres. Nei. Edinburgh, 4th Feb. 1830. ther Covent Garden nor Drury Lane are in a flourishing condition, for Kean and Fanny Kerr.ble have ceased to draw such crowded hou

This day,

A New Edition, post 8vo, ins. 6d., ses as they once did.-An amusin, farce, called "Supper's Over,',

With numerous Wood Engravings of original Portraits and Subjects has been produced at the Adelphi.-Ducrow is still astonishing the

of Interest, people in Liverpool. -At the Theatrical Fund Dinner here. on Fri

THE GOLD-HEADED CANE. day the 29th ult, the sum of L.350 was collected in aid of the fund,

« The Gold-Headed Cane is a modest little volume, containing which upon an average was about L.1 from each person present.

Sketches of the Lives and Manners of our most eminent Physicians, The dinner went off about as weli as public dinners generally do.

from Radcliffe to Baillie, and composed in a style lively, graceful, Braham has been here for the last week, but takes his leave of us this often humorous; well calculated to attract the unprofessional reader evening. He has drawn fully as good houses as when he was here three

ood houses as when he was here three We wish it were generally circulated."- Quarterly Review.. months ago, notwithstanding the severity of the weather, and the

John MURRAY, Albemarle Street, London. greater number of private parties at this season. As he has only re

Just published, peated some of his old characters, we have nothing to add to what we said concerning him when he was last here. Upon leaving Edin

BELL'S GEOGRAPHY, burgh he is to visit Aberdeen and other places in the North, and is

Vols. I. & II. then to make a pretty extensive tour through the English provin

Price 15s. each, ces.- Vandenhoff, who has been performing in Dundee and Perth,

CONTAINING GENERAL GEOGRAPHY AND CONTINENTAL appears in his favourite part of Coriolanus on Monday, when Miss

EUROPE, Jarman also returns.-Alexander has for the present entire possession of Glasgow,-Seymour, the rival manager, having gone to Bel

With 12 Maps, and 4 other Engravings. fast with Miss Smithson. The Caledonian Theatre is to re-open early in March. The manager, Mr C. Bass, has engaged a corps de ballet, and if there be a Vedy or two among them, it is pretty sure to pay

Scientific; or a Physical, Political, and Statistical Description well. Murray does not seem to know the difference between a Vedy

of the World and its various Divisions. and a Fairbrother.- Postscript. We wonder why OLD CERBERUS

By JAMES BELL, has not annihilated Larkin,-the worst singer ever exported out of

Author of Critical Researches in Geography, Editor of Rollin's An. Aberdeen.

cient History, and principal Editor of the Glasgow Geography. WEEKLY List of PERFORMANCES.

The Work will be completed in about 40 Parts, price 2s. each; or,

in half vols., 7s. 6d. each; forming Six handsome Octavo Volumes. Jan. 30— Feb. 5.

Four Parts will consist of Maps-five in each Part. The other Parts

will contain 96 pages each, with a Map in each alternate Pari. Other SAT. The Spring Meeting, Love Laughs at Bailifs, f Before

Engravings, illustrative of the Work, will be given in the course of Breakfast.

Publication. The Maps, which are modelled on the best authorities, Mox. Guy Mannering, f The Bottle Imp.

and include the latest discoveries, are beautifully engraved on steel,

and will forin an Allas superior to those sold for Thirty Shillings. TUES. The Siege of Belgrade, & Cramond Brig.

The whole will thus form one of the most comprehensive, correct, WED. The Devil's Bridge, William Thomson, f Gilderoy.

and cheap Systems of Geography ever published in this or any other THURS. The Duenna, & The Waterman.

country, FRI. The Castle of Andalusia, $ The Invincibles.

Vol. I. contains a complete Copy of BALBIS' celebrated POLITICAL and STATISTICAL SCALE of the GLOBE.

Vol. III. will be ready in a few months.


Co., and W. TAIT, Edinburgh ; W. CURRY, Jun. and Co., Dublin ; NOTICES of the Earl of Glengall's Comerly, Robert Montgomery's

SIMPKIN and MARSHALL, London; and at the Glasgow Publication « Satan," and several other new works, are unavoidably postponed,

Warehouses, Aberdeen, Dundee, and Liverpool.
Also some interesting miscellaneous articles.
We hope to hear soon again from the Author of "The Picture

Gallery," of whose talents we have a high opinion.

We shall be glad to hear from “ Lorma," at his best convenience.
The Stanzas" To the Brier," are not exactly to our taste, being

usual labour, produces a most brilliant Jet Black, fully equal father obscure and laboured, though they frequently indicate consi. | to the highest Japan Varish, affords peculiar nourishment to the derable poetical power.-The " Song for the Anniversary of Burns," leather-will not soil the finest linen-is perfectly free from any

unpleasant smell and will retain its virtues in any climate. from Dalry, is good, but is a little out of date, and we are afraid must le orer. The « Sopg composed on a Summer's Eve," from Alloa, 1 throughout the Kingdom, in Bottles, Pots, and Tin Boxes, at 6d.

Sold Wholesale at the Manufactory, 97, High Holborn, and Retail will not suit us.

Is, and Is. 6. each.


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