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miel which time has indeed asquaged, but not with a on the verge of dissolution; yet a little while and she | Nothing could be more dignified than the manly comLechgan balm. I will tell you what sal domn fails, at will hold communion with kindred angels; to see the posure which beamed on his countenance the next such an hour as this, to come achwart my lonely rose of struggling life on that cheek fading fast, very morning. He squoze my hand energetically, and told dreamings; 'tis a simple tale, but a sad reality of woe. tast, Into the pale lily of death; to see the light of me that his struggle with his way ward passions during been dear to me e

of those eyes waning, 'waning into the darkness of the the night had been severe, but reason and religion had to see him my boyhood.

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tomb; above all, to see the sufferer so meekly resigned, aided his efforts to master them, and for the future imm the native digadir of bis-mien, that he was born so full of pious hope; only anxious to cheer the bro- | he trusted he should bow with befitting submission for sway amongst men. It is not so: there is some-ken spirit of her wretched husband; only anxious to to the decree of an allwise Providence. thing so noble in his nature, that he canı neither stoop give the last tokens of a mothor's love to her little Nobly has he kep! this Christian resolve. Not that to those paltry meaquestes, nor feign a relish for those innocents, sporting around her, all'unconscious what the waters of affliction have abated one jot in freshinsipid follies, which are too indispensable requisites in death could do.

ness, but they glide now in a more gentle current, the character of him who would shine a meteor of the Late one evening Henry sent to tell me thac Helen

flowing on, flowing on, and, as they flow, diffusing the world. Destiny bas, it is crue, placed him on-the stage wished to see me: I delayed not in obeying the sum

most delicious verdure over the dreariest spots of life. of busy life, and he can act his part on it even with mone. During my walk, I felt my spirits unusually

Perhaps the scorner will sneer at his fond devices to 3.applause. But his soul is not there; it loves to take depressed; this. I attributed to the langour of the air,

hallow the memory of her who is now his tutelar telage in the more congeoial sphere of literary or do for it was the close of a very sultry summer's day, and

angel. The music room, the pensive grove, where mestic retirement.

the sky was glooming from excess of heat. But as I the

excess of him. But as their happiest hours were passed together, he hath - From his youth upward he loved unchangeably one passed through the wood, wbich sequesters the ancient

consecrated to che remenibrance of those hours, A por1957 who was in every way worthy of his most devoted hall where my friends dwelt, my heart beat so strange

tion of each day is set ‘apart to, meditation in that 2 love. Can I say more in her praise? Spirit of his ly, that I could have sworn some evil was impending.

room, that grove, or on the green turf 'neath which sainted Helen, if thou heardest me thou wouldst i fancied the wonted silence of that vesper hour could

his buried love lies, for it was one of his phantasies to be as proudly answer, no! Yet could I prate eternally of only be the stillness which attends the ravage of death;

spurn the idea that a cold stone should press heavy on 3% the charms of that lovely one. She was so unaffected- even the two weeping willows on the lawn seemed to

that heart which was once so warm. Often does he Ely graceful in ber form; sa. charming in her every droop more mournfuly, than ever before. I knocked assure nie, that the hours which he thus spends are not ska feature. But her eyes; there the fascination lurked.

softly at tbe venerable oak door; no one appeared. Only the most delightful but also the most instructive I never shall forget those lovely eyes; her soul was, in How my hand trembled as I raised the knocker a

of his existence. They nerve him to tread cheerfully k truth, purely imaged in them. They would now and second time. The door was opened. To my quick terugge path

paths of dut r they teach him that these 23 then sparkle with the most delicate vivacity; but their inquiry,“ How is your Mistress, John ?" the old ser-patas will lead to

iry s How is vour Mistress John ?" the old ser. I paths will lead to the eternal embrace of his Helen. het wonted tinge was an expression of such softness, that vingman shook his head too significantly, and only

| What churl would deny him this barmless, this boly o be who looked on them would feel a divine calm said. « She has been asking for you. Sir." I rushed up / Solace. Yet this is what serening all bis ruffled thoughts; like as we feel when stairs to the sick chamber. What an appailing scene

“ Men of interest deem Romance." OK: we gaze on the azure vault of the cloudless heaven. was there. At one end of the room a group of weep, I have seen Henry gaze on those eyes, until the big ing domestics. A tear was glistening, too, in the eye

TITYRUS QUILLET. to tears trickled down his cheeks, in the very ecstacy of of the worthy physician; for custom had not brazed his Liverpool, August 3, 1820. lore,

heart proof to such a scene. On the bed of their dying Fortune frowned on their dawning flame; and a mother her children were weeping bitterly (they knew stern, ambitious father forbade their intercourse. But not why) in terror rather than in sorrow. Henry the fame only gathered vigour from this check; and could not weep: he stood bending over his expiring

[From a Correspondent:} en it was not very long ere the honourable industry-of wite in the stupor of despair, yet tremblingly alive, did

Henry won the favour of fortune, and that father's she but move. I drew nigh the couch, Helen smiled blessing on their union. I had been their confidant, on me. Oh! that smile! never, never will it be for

· A HINT TO THE FAIR. and, perhaps, bad, in some measure, hastened this I gotten. She took my, hand; oh! the thrill of that bappy consummation. Their gratitude was boundless. cold touch! she placed it in Henry's, and said " Be. Well do I remember how they welcomed me in their to each other always , as you have ever beer. I little Paradise of Love, the first visit I paid them after go, beloved Henry, I gø.

On the Journals of the Medical Society in Paris,

Grievei not, but rather the following case stands recorded : their marriage. Helen's eyes were as eloquent as be gratefal, that a Merciful Heaven, batb-spared you Seory's words. «See how happy we are, all this wel'to teach our children that religion which can sooth “A most promising young man tell most despe. ome to you." My beart was full of joy to overflow

even my pangs in parting from you and my little rately in love with'a fine lady; just as it will now ID

ones. Let me kiss my dear babes for the last time." and then happen in other countries. The beloved Swiftly ditted a few balcyon years : cime did not l I raised them in my arnis to receive that holy, kiss. was not at first unusually cruel, and both wandered lesgen even the ardour of their love, but linked it to Promise me!' she continued with energy " that you for some time undisturbed on the rosy path of muthe most perfect esteem. "Eacb was to each a dearer will subdoe your grief, that you will live for the sake tual affection : but Heaven knows what dernon got Bell." Helen was quite an enthusiast in conjugal affec- of these little ones." "I will, I will," burst from tion, She would watch the very looks of Henry Henry convulsively. “Heaven 'bless you and them.

betwixt them; they quarrelled and could not be re. when he returned home from that business which pro- Father of Heaven I die content for thy dear Son's sake." cured for them more than ar

an elegant sufficiency; and Here her voice faltered, and we only knew from thel The youth, indeed, left nothing untried; and, as Il she espied a dark cloud lowering on his brow, she motion of her lips that she was in prayer. Presently

motion of her lips chat she was in prayer. Presently they were not yet married, he thought it of course did not, she could not, as I have seen some wives do, that motion became feebler and feebler, and soon ceased his duty to be the most active : he was not discuu

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not believe, for many, minutes, that it was gone for risked a third and a fourth, which were equally unWas sad. She would cast on him a kind inquiring | inquiring ever.

successful; Princess Flint was not to be moveil by glance, and when he bad told what barassed him, she would reward his confidence with such serious sym

When Dr.R- pronounced solemnly "she is dead,” | any thing

Henry lifted up his eyes, all glaring with a terrifie wild. pathy, and yet all the wbile sooth his care so winning

Once more, however, he tried the whole force of ness, and exclaimed with an hysteric laugh" Dead? | love, by surprising his cruel charmer on a solitary y, that he would soon clasp her in his arms, and be all

Dead ? No, no, no!” He then resumed his gaze on bet own again. Meanwhile their home was enlivened

I walk; he fell at her feet, and there he sighed and by a noble little here (whom chey had named Tityrus,

the wreck of that shrine where he had treasured up his ...
heart. Needs must that heart be scathed by the fell

Jiwept, and wept and sighed again : all in vain.-un bonour of-me, his godfather) and a cherub of a Birl, who promised to be decked with all her mother's

* | blast which had levelled that shrine with the dust. Suddenly his love changed into fury; but, still ve. staces. Oh, how we all doted on these sweet babes!

From that time he spoke not, he wept not, his anguish nerating the fair barbariai, be turned his rage merely Hitberto had heaven smiled approvingly, and show

could find no vent; 80 insensible was he on what he against himself, and bit, tralf senseless, in the middle Fred its richest bounties on this virtuous pair.

gazed, that he sutiered me to lead him wbither I listed. finger of his own hand : on the following day, out It was

For two nights and almost two days, I was fearful his only the anger, but the hand and the whole arm sited they should now exchange this earthly bliss for

mind was overthrown. Towards the close of the se- were swollen; he suffered indescribably, and the an immortal, reward hereafter, Heaven had, in its

cond day, I was mournfully regarding his fallen state, stan, doomed that the sacrisce of that bliss should

n stare, | pain soon mounted to the head; he became deliriresch a sianing world how frail is the purest happiness when little Tityrus and his sister rushed into the room,

ous, had trances, convulsions, and, in short, showed sobbing as if their hearts would break. Tityrus ran a each; should warn presumptuous man that the up to his father. pulled him by the coat imploringly,

all the symptoms of hydrophobia; he refused every Hy hand of deatb nips alike the bud of goodliest promixes, and the leaf that is searest.

nourishment, offered to bite the bystanders, and died and cried, “ Papa, naughty man has brought a big box

to carry mamma away in; he sha'nt take her away ;/ on the fourth day, in the utmost agony. The little girl could just lisp, “ Papa,” which her don't let him, papa." His papa heeded pot, and it ! It is to be hoped, that the fair ones will take warn

a bad taught her, being fondly anxious that it was not until the boy had repeated again his tale of ning at this awful example, and that after bestowing

be the first word her child should learn to utter, woe, that he heartened to it. That appeal could not a sympathetic tear on the unhappy suffcrer, they When Helen's good old mother sickened and died. --but touch his gencler feelings. He clasped his darling I will firmly resolve, never to let it come so far that

discharging too zealously the last duties of filial | to his heart, his little Helen, too, his only Helen now, any lover of theirs should be induced to bite his ection, Heleu neglected her own precious health, and deloged them with an ocean of tears. Those se took cold, and from thenceforth death marked her burning tcars were the healing dew of Heaven to his

finger. s victim. A consumption preyed quickly on her wounded spirit. I did not neglect the opportunity to

| Professional men have of late gone very far, in al frame. The aid of medicine, the prayers of the remind him of his pronzise, pledged to his dying

his duing sinding out a remedy for regular madness; but who agonized H

Henry, were all vain; heaven had willed her | Helen, that he would live for the sake of her little can foresee to what such an irregular offspring Oh it was a heart-rending, an awful sight, to ones. He heard me with deep attention. Indeed | might lead, when the very parent acts already in so good, so beauteous, and so young, lingering from that auspicious bour he was quite himself again. such an unaccountable manner

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than my limits will permit me to detail. Then, at last. by the way of winding up, I gave The constant Couple,

Well, said my wife, I think that's My Spouse and I.[FROM A CORRESPONDENT.]

THEATRICAL COINCIDENCES. Thus Sir, we amused ourselves till Pasi Ten o'clock,

at which time we broke up. For upwards of two thousand years has poor Xan

If, Sir, any of your readers feel inclined, I here subtippe been held up in this wicked world as the pattern (Continued from our former Numbers.) join a list, to be answered in the Kaleidoscope on the of a bad wife, and her name has become proverbial as

next day of publication. such: but it is never too late to vindicate the character

1. Speed the Plough-2. The Country Girl.-3. The of one who has been calumniated, and we are fully

TO THE EDITOR.

Foundling of the Forest.-4. Smiles and Tearsauthorized to think so on consideration of the following facts. She was of an honest, but not wealthy fa

5. The Wheel of Fortune.-6. Romeo and Julietmily in Athens, and Socrates married her without a

You must know, Sir, that I am very fond of reading

7. The Jovial Crew.-8. The Castle Spectre.-9. Bel.

lisarius.-10. The Mirror-11. She stoops to conquer. dowry. It is not necessary to expatiate on his pug-to my family, while at tea, those interesting paragraphs nose or his little grey eyes, for although Plato does cerwhich occur in most of the periodical publications of the 12. The Curfew.

I remain, Sit, yours, &c. tainly not draw a very flactering portrait of the philo- present day, and I never omit the theatricals, of which sopher, it is, after all, only the moral physiognomy I am very fond, but more particularly of local ones, as

CHARLES DANGLE. which decides in the married state, and which deserves more immediately interesting, for perhaps they are treat Liverpool, Aug. 4, 1820. attention.

| ing of the merits or defects of some piece I and my Socrates strolled about in the streets from morning family have witnessed, which serves to bring the subject till night, stopping all the passengers, and pursuing the again before us, and to promote conversation, both of

GAME OF COINCIDENCES. very mechanics into their shops, for the sake of telling which tend to pass on the time very agreeably, so that them that they were a set of ignorant people, and when I hope you will not prevent us some future hours' con

TO THE EDITOR. any one dared to dispute his words, he called him a versation by withholding those interesting topics. blockhead, demonstrating and fighting all the wbile I once saw, in a periodical publication, an interesting with his hands in the most ridiculous manner, occa- | way of appropriating the names of Farces to the names SIR,_The following Farces I think will correspond sionally tearing his hair, when agitating an important

ant of a certain number of Plays, which were mentioned; as answers to the Plays trentioned in your last week's question. His disciples admired all this; but by others as for instance, The Iron Chest was given, to which was Kaleidoscone. he was laughed at and despised, nay, kicked now and l fixed the farce of The Padlock, which certainly bears a

No. 1 answers to The Broken Sword, chen; and in such cases would quietly assure them, great analogy to the Iron Chest. I immediately intro

- Padlock, that he minded it no more than the kicking of an ass. duced the plan at my own table, and from the diversion

How to Die for Love, It is but natural to suppose, that such philosophical it has afforded me, I am highly pleased with it. I will

-The Mayor of Garrett, pastimes could not much amuse a lady of spirit; and a give you a short sketch of a theatrical conversation,

-Man of the World, woman who has got such a husband, may well be which took place at my house the other evening. Hav.

-Lying Valet, allowed to show a little bad humour: but as soon as ing a few friends to tea, among whom were a cynical

-Fortune's Frolic, she became angry, he looked down upon her with con. old bachelor, a thin old maid, a fat widow, and a young

-Miss in bur Teens. tempt, and even provoked her through many satirical lady and gentleman, who entertain a strong partiality

Your inserting will oblige, remarks. Xantippe was not very fond of show; but for each other; the lady rather sanguine though modest,

STAGE BOX. she possessed good manners, and very properly main and the gentleman rather witty though slow. My wife, tained, that one should either invite no friends, or else who scarcely ever says anything without maturely receive them decently; and what can be more reason thinking on it, and myself, whom you may call what

GAME OF COINCIDENCES. able? Yet Socrates invited once several Athenians of you please. I introduced my theatrical list, and the distinction, and provided hardly as much as would company being perfectly well.acquainted with the

TO THE EDITOR. bave served one-third of the company, besides getting plan, I commenced with The World. Botheration, said provisions of the most ordinary kind. His wife said the old bachelor. Well, said I, then a Cure for the of course, that it would not do; but her philosophical Heart-ache. The Wedding Day, said the young lady,

day, drvly, that if his guests were looking rather significantly across the table at the young I introduced into your amusing and interesting paper the

SIR,—The game of Coincidences, which you have husband moderate, there would be enough, and if they were gentleman. The Old Bachelor, begging my friend's Ko

Kaleiodoscope, I think will become a very interesting nor, be cared nothing about them. Had not the wo-pardon, who sat opposite me. The Dead alive, said the

amusement, and assist in beguiling the long evening man a right to say, in this case, that he should have fat widow, which was the first time I knew she enter

which are rapidly approaching. I conceive that if the inquired into their appetites and dispositions before he tained a partiality for my friend.The Travellers. Not

younger branches of families were to adopt this Game, invited them.

at home, said the widow again. I should think you were,

were, it would be of more utiliiy than those recreations which It is true that Xantippe laboured under a trifling desaid the old bachelor, retorting.-- The Man of the World.

are generally resorted to. If none of your correspondents fect of nature, viz.: her voice was done of the sweetest; The Citizen, said the young gentleman, who seemed to be

have sent you better answers to the Dramatic Coincibut did this entitle her ungallant spouse to compare her waiting for an opportunity. Rather The Liar, said the

dences, the following are much at your service. The to a goose, and to say, that just as geese were kept old bachelor, feelingly, having lacely lost £200, which

answers I have numbered to correspond to the queries for the sake of their eggs, so he suffered her cackling he lent to a gentleman of the ton, on no other security

proposed, in the last number of your Kaleidoscope. for the sake of ber children?' Would any lady put up than the gentleman's honour. The School for Scandal. with such usage? Or is it not very clear that she was The Boarding House, said the old maid.-Much ado

Yours respectfully,

''J. W.P. more sinned against than sinning? about Nothing. Three Wecks after Marriage, said the

No. 1, answers to The Padlock, or Lock and Key. In the mean time, her case cannot serve as a precewidow, looking at the old bachelor. It shan't be so with

- What next? dent in justification of modern shrews; because it is me, said the old gentleman.-Rob Roy, said I. The

Dead Alive. well known, that now-a-days busbands are never in Falls of Clyde, said the young gentleman.--Man and

- Bombastes Furioso. the wrong; and that philosophers in particular, are now Wife.' Matrimony ! exclaimed the widow.-The Rival

Honest Thieves. acting on infallible principles.

Queens. The Devil to pay, to be sure, said the old
bachelor.-Who wants & Guinea ? The poor Soldier,

All in good Humour.

The Camp. said the young gentleman; they've had enow, 'od rot

Three Weeks after Marriage.
HEN versus RAT.

'em, said the old one. The Soldier's Daughter. My
Grandmother, said the antiquated lady.-The poor Gen-
tleman. Raising the Wind, said the young gentleman.

SENSITIVE NERVES.
A battle of an extraordinary and unprecedented na-Likely enough, said the old batchelor.-Thirty thousand.
ture took place, lately, in the house of Mr. Collins, a The Prize, said the widow.-The Honey-moon. A Day
respectable innkeeper at Naul, Ireland. The parties after the Wedding, said the old lady. Nay, it mostly

TO THE EDITOR. concerned were, a hen of the game species, and a rat of ends on the Wedding Day, said the old bachelor.–As the middle size. The hen, in an accidental peram. I had not given the young lady an opportunity of speak. SIR,- There certainly are people so dull, so sluge bulation round a spacious room, accompanied by an ing for some time, I gave The Kiss. Animal Magnel: only chicken, the sole surviving offspring of a nume-lism, said the young gentleman. I would rather call it gisa, and with so little music in their souls, that the rous brood, was roused to madness by an unprovoked The agreeable Surprize, said the young lady, looking born of the newsman, the knock of the milk woman, attack made by a voracious, cowardly rat, on her un very earnestly at the young gentleman.-Jane Shore, and the ringing of the baker's bell, sound in their Be. suspecting, chirping companion. The shrieks of the The fair Penitent, said the young lady again: but "cian ears as the most charming trio. beloved captive, whilst dragging away by the enemy, here reminded her, I must have a Farce, for this reason, excited every maternal feeling in the affectionate bo-Tsuch a coincidence never took place in a playbill. Well, They have no consideration whatever for the nervous som of the feathered dame; she few at the corner The Child of Nature, said the widow, for I like to have and the sensitive ; but treat their remarks as the whence the alarm arose, seized the lurking enemy byl a fellow-feeling for my sex.-The provoked Husband. mere fancies of modern effeminacy, and refer to the the neck, wriched him about the room, put out one of The Deuce is in him, said the fat widow again. The his eyes in the engagement, so tatigued her opponent Way to get married. Trip to Scotland, said the young

olden times of good Queen Bess, &c. &c. by repeated attacks of spur and bill, that in the space gentleman.-As you like it. Try again, said the young But let such scoffers be told that there have always of about twelve minutes, during which time the con- lady, very quickly.-Wives as they were. Modern An- been men of more refined feelings than the rest, and flict lasted, she put a final period to the nocturnal intiques, said the old bachelor. The Way to grow rich. let them remember the poor Sybarite of antiquity, who vader's existence; nimbly turned round in wild tri- 'Tis all a Farce, said the cynical old gentleman, while umphant distraction to her palpitating nestling, and there are so many rogues in the world! And thus, Sir,

positively could not sleep wben one of the rose leaves hugged it in her victorious bosom.

I we carried the conversation to a much greater length upon wbich he rested, happened to be doubly folded.

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| To the bright sunshine of the feeling breast.

| due, to them be owes a vast debt of gratitude, and O! blest Benevolence ! when urg'd by thee

to them, not to himself, I ascribe almost all the THE ANTIQUARY. To healing acts of heav'n-born charity.

pleasure I derived from my visit to the Theatre on

Wednesday evening last. Had the anthor, or I Britannia! yes—tho''tis thy splendid boast

should perhaps rather say, the compiler, done as . (As performed at Drury Lane.] To have seen thy banner wave on every coast,

much justice to the performers as the performers Thro' the four quarters of the word to have heard did to the author, he would have been more deservThe story commences with Lovel's arrival at Thy accents echo'd, and thy power rever'd :

ing of their exertions, and thcy more deserving of Muakbarns, to visit Olbuck, the Antiquary, where On Glory's plain tho' high thy trophies rise

my applause; it is however, impossible to convert be also meets Sir Arthur Wardour, Isabella, Grizel In pyramidal triumph to the skies,

a bad character into a good one, therefore, where I Oldbuck, and Mary M'Intyre. The quarrel of the Yeti

cannot praise, I will not censure. quarrel of the Yet heaven's own trumpet shall through Time proclaim Baronet and the Antiquary then forms a part of

Mrs. M'Gibbon has often delighted me in a tbe play, And Sir Arthur and his daughter take their

Thy social virtues brighter than thy fame,

variety of difficult characters, but I never enterleave, to return by the path along the beach. The This the fair field in which, almost divine,

tained the remotest idea that balare bad been su expenditure of scenery on the striking incident | Thy honour, name, and praise unrivall'd shine. uncommonly lavish in her gifts, as to hestow upon of Isabella's danger is prodigal, and after successive

the inimitable representative of fair Imogine, the

Is there a sufferance in this world of woe views of the sea and the shore, the eye is led to the disease in A

requisites necessary to personate the old, decrepit, the Disease inflicts or helpless man can know, catastrophe. The stage represents the sands with

care-worn Elspeth ; such however is the fact : and the rising lide, as Sir Arthur and his daughter reFor which thy healing hand and fostering care

great as is the contrast, it is not greater than the cede towards the cliffs, the waves roll after them, Has not been prompt the balsam to prepare ?

actress. When we see Imogine we may forget che fugitives ascend from rock to rock, and the sea Turn where we will, the rising domes we see

Elspeth, but when we see Elspeth we cannot forget swells with stormy rapidity, till the shore is covered And open doors of sacred Charity!

Imogine. Her sitting attitudes were replete with with billows. Isabella, her father, and Ochiltre, I The aged, the lame, the speechless and the blind.

all the characteristics of aged infirmity, and her vere seen hurrying from rock to rock, till they were

execution of the part altogether, was the nearest Youth, strength, sight, voice, in thee protection find ! stopped just above the waves, and when lights

approximation to life I can recollect having seen Disease and want the pallid look forego, glerned from the higher cliffs, and voices were

in characters of this description; if she could give heard through the gale, and Isabella was at length And, from thy healing bounty learn to glow.

to her utterance a less apparently artificial tone of borne op to the summit of the cliff, the applause when clad in storms, the Giants of the Prost voice, it would add considerably to the other beau. vas renewed, and redoubled till the curtain fell, As Condense the waves, and stride from coast to coast,

ties of this discriminating and highly finished piece this is the noblest piece of description in the original, I O'er realms aghast the darkening tempests roll,

of acting. One would almost imagine that Miss it was the first effort of the machinist in the play:

Hammersley was really the offspring of Apollo and And bring the Nations nearer to the Pole, The story proceeds in close adherence to the novel :

Euterpe, nursed by Venus and the Graces, and by Lorel and Hector M'Intyre quarrel, and Hector is While shivering want and houseless nakedness

them sent down froin high Olympus to charm us wounded in the duel which ensues; Sir Arthur is Shrink from the blast in agonised distress,

mortals here on earth. With such a person for rained, aed his affairs are retrieved by Lovel's libe Direct to Heav'n the half-congealing eye,

Isabella Wardour, the songs could not possibly rality; Lorel is recognised as Lord Glenallan's son, and only ask the direful boon--to die;

lose one iota of their influence and effect, but the and barries Isabella ; and Oldbuck, his stately | 'Tis thine to mitigate th' inclement rage,

dialogue was rendered almost useless, which is the sistes, aad his submissive piece, are restored once

more blameable, because Miss H. is by no means nce | And dark despair's excruciate pang assuage, more to the undisturbed enjoyment of Dulce

deficient in judgment and correct feeling. She The sheltering dome, the cheering hearth provide, Dopua.

generally speaks with too much rapidity, without We hare, however, not yet named Emery as Edie And bid the agonies of want subside.

sufficient modulation of voice and sometimes reads Ochiltre, the Blue gown Beggar; nor Blanchard, as! Oh! still the glories of this race pursue,

indifferently; none of which faults are defects of Caron, who were both admirable, though the latter and keep the brightes

the mind, but result merely from negligence and ough the latter and keep the brightest goal of heaven in view ! bad but little tu do ; but Edie was the real hero,

timidity. I have also frequently thought her 100 | Let Ocean's Queen the Ocean's wealth dispense and received applause accordingly. We had also

inattentive to the business of the scene, and beg Dearly opitted mentioning Mrs. Faucit's Elspeth. In Charity's divine munificence; .

leave to apprize her that when she ought to be singThe author of Waverly obviously finds an old woTo houseless want her sheltering care impart,

ing to the persons on the stage, it is not necessary man indispepsible, at least in his novels, and Elspeth And clasp the social virtues to the heart.

to do so to the audience instead. Miss Isabella is Meg Merrilies grown deaf, blind, and only not And though those social virtues now must daim

Wardour will likewise be pleased to remember, that durab. Ma. Faucit played it with singular impres-One patron less among the first in name,

few persons, except herself, would have appeared siveness; but the fault of the play is, that it has

at breakfast, arrayed in the identical dress in which Let mourning myriads mingle with the tear Do leading character, and that the interest is borne

they have been rescued from a watery grave only a by the incidents, not by the characters. Lord Which strong emotion sheds upon his bier,

few hours' preceding. Mr. M'Gibbon might profit Glenallan is insipid and uninteresting, when he

The generous aim to emulate his worth,

by this hini. Miss Hammersley must "permit me might have been a most powerful agent, and Douster. Whose ample soul gave lustre to his birth,

to enumerate ber imperfections as well as her per. swivel is entirely left out; need we say that Miss And made him first,--divine Philanthropy!

fections, and should she by any chance peruse my Stephens sang most sweetly, or that Liston acted In every patriot toil devised by thee.

remarks, she may rest assured they emanate from

" excelleatly? both are unnecessary, as the play was

one actuated by no other motive than an ardent Ipost favourably received. On the falling of the

desire to promote her welfare. eartain, “God save the King," and " Rule Britao.

LIVERPOOL THEATRE.

The storm scene is, without exception, the finest via" were sung by the whole operative corps, and

production of art I ever saw : it reflects equal credit previously to the play, Mr. Abbott delivered the

TO THE EDITOR.

upon the talents of Messrs. Harrison, Goore, and following Address, written for the occasiou by John

Thomas; and, exclusive of every other attraction Thelwall, Esq. The performance was for the benefit

attached to the Antiquary, must insure to the ma. of the houseless and destitute.

SIR,Your correspondeut G. N. in his observa-nagers a long succession of crowded houses. It

tions on the performance of Henri Quatre, has our scene-shifters do not shortly become more exAsk you where most Britannia's glory shines ? laudably eulogized the managers for their taste and pert, I shall be under the necessity of handling Tis not in treasures of her Indian mines;

liberality, and, should he have witnessed the repre-them rather severely. Nor that her flag, by Neptune's self unfurl'd,

sentation of the Antiquary, will, most assuredly, Sir John Tobin would render his play-going Waits her proud commerce o'er the admiring world;

again have occasion to contribute his meed of ap-friends a most essential service by ordering a few Tis not that, thundering o'er the fields of war,

probation; indeed they are not alone entitled to his police officers to attend in various parts of the Belleza like, she drives her conquering cari

plaudits and support, but deserve them alike from Theatre, to preserve peace and quietness among

every true friend to the drama-from every one a very low species of the dandy tribe, who genia "Tis not that Arts and Science o'er her isle who duly estimates the value of the stage.

rally infest the pit, to the great annoyance of all Diffuse the lustre of their radiant smile;

To enter into a minute detail of the plot or the sober-minded people. Having had the misfortune Nor that the Muse upon the rolls of fame

incidents of a play deriving its origin from a work to be seated near two very noisy, but worthy scions Inscribes a Milton's and a Shakspeare's name.

so justly admired, and so universally read, as the of this hermaphroditish race, I am desirous, if posa No, all that valour, wealth, and genius boast,

Antiquary, would be superfluous and uninterest-sible, to avoid being so unpleasantly situated in fu. In one bright glory of her reign is lost:

ing; suffice it therefore to observe, that the piece ture, which I cannot do unless the evil be effectually

itself possesses very little merit, and owes its prin. removed by authority, or a reformation in the mai. For what are valour, genius, wealth, and fame,

cipal interest to the scene-painters, machinists, and ners of the enemies to the enjoyment of The victor's laurel, or the poet's name, a good singer or two. To these auxiliaries, as the

Yours, truly, Or all on glory's record e'er imprest, author may perhaps term them, all his thanks are

DRAJATICES

Miscellanies.

TO THE EDITOR.

NATURAL CURIOSITY.

Orthographical Transmogrification (a fact. ;

blacksmith, in the vicinity of Maidstone, lately made SIR,-As many of our teachers in the public schools! Catharine Makepeace, Quarry Hill, near Brancepeth,

out a bill against one of his customers, in which a charge pern, was intended to be made for stedliner tror

ng two mattock: are much addicted to flagellation, perhaps the follow- a few weeks ago, in lighting her fire, threw down a large

putting steel to the iron points of the instruments.ing account of a German schoolmaster may serve as a piece of coal for the purpose of breaking it into more convenient pieces, and in gathering them up, observed

But the son of Vulcan, who had been more used to hint on the subject : ORBILIUS, a schoolmaster in Suabia, had, for fifty- upon one of the fragments something about the size of a

wielding a sledge-hammer than studying Doctor Johs. one years, superintended a large institution with old- sparrow's egg. She had the curiosity to make a small

son, and who used more chalk than ink, actually fate

the following item :-" to stealing two mad ducks, 2." fashioned severity. One of his ushers had made a cal- opening into this oval substance, when she was astonish. culation, from a register which he kept, that the said ed to find that it contained a living creature. When

-rather an extraordinary charge for an honest puiz. Orbilius, in the course of his labours, had inflicted her husband came home, they examined it farther. The

the taking blacksmith.

king 911,500 Canings

hole wnich she had made was already closed up with a Longevity.-At Coniston, there have six persone died 121,000 Floggings,

whitish membrane. The husband made a larger open- within the last six months, whose ages, when united, 209,000 Cuscodes,

ing, and took the animal out of its imprisonment upon

his hand. He described it as having feet, and resem- end, 91--Elizabeth Robinson, 82-George Dixon, 78156,000 Taps with the ruler,

amount to 515.-George Bowness, 88_Bridget Wood. 10,200 Boxes on the ear,

bling a glow-worm. This was nearly a month ago. Jane Hunter, 86_Isabella Parker. 90.22,700 Tasks to repeat by rote.

This morning, in our presence, the animal was again It was farther calculated, that he had made

taken out of its covering, by a medical gentleman, in Lately, at Norton-St.-Philip's, James Rose, who is

whose possession it now remains. If the man's descrip- quite blind, beat William Collier, whose sight is pera 700 Boys stand on peas,

tion was correct, the animal has undergone a consider- fectly good, in the race of a mile on the turnpike-road, 6000 Kneel on a sharp edge of wood,

able change. The hind half is one crust of an oval to the surprise of a numerous assemblage of spectators. 5000 Wear the fool's cap,

shape; the fore half composed of five or six circular 1700 Hold the rod.

horny rings connected by moveable membranes, is of a
conical shape. The animal, when touched, moves its
conical part to any side, and is thus capable of rotatory

To Correspondents.
motion. Beside the animal, we saw an envelope cover-
ed with hair, and shrivelled so that it would be difficult The narrative of A SUBSCRIBER and the verse di

to say what it had been. This, however, we think, A. E. shall appear as soon as possible.
A PICTURE OF TIME.

justifies the description which the man gave of its first
appearance. Application has been made for informa.

FLOWERY COMPOSITIONS. Solicitous as we feel te

afford scope in our columns for the display and tion to the first Naturalists of the present day, so that By the Rev. C. Colton. the public may expect shortly a more enlightened ac

expansion of the original talents of our fellos. count of this aged inhabitant of the earth. The coal townsmen, we have devoted a much larger portion Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of

was taken out of Woodey-field coal-pit, from the depth of this day's publication to the story of " Henry and things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and of about twelve fathoms. Our opinion, in the mean.

Helen" than we should have ventured todo under other the present becomes the past, even while we attempt to

circumstances; as candour obliges us to express our define it, and like the flash of lightning, at once exists time, is, that this creature had wrapped itself up in the

fear that the extreme length of the narrative will Antediluvian forest of Woodey-field for a winter, that and then expires. Time is the measurer of all things,

scarcely be compensated, in the opinions of a majority this forest had been inundated and covered by one superbut is itself immeasurable, and the great discloser of all things, but is itself undisclosed.

of our readers,' by its intrinsic merit or originality, incumbent stratum after another, and that the winter,

Like space it is incomprehensible, because it has no limit, and it would

This writer is by no means destitute of talent; but against which the animal had sheltered, lasted for ages; be still more so if it had.

he has much to unlearn; and the pruning-knife of where it enjoyed the merest life, far removed below the

It is more obscure in its source than the Nile, and in its termination than the

a judicious friend, of mature years, one, who, to world's racket.-Durham Chronicle.

borrow an old figure of speech, does not carry more Niger; and advances like the slowest tide, but retreats

Last year, a pair of swallows came into the porter's sail than ballast, might be freely applied with great like the swiftest torrent. It gives wings to pleasure, llodge. at Newbattle Abbey, near Dalkeith, the seat of advantage to the story of “Henry 'and Helen." but feet of lead to pain, and lends expectation & curb, I the Marquis of Lothian, and built their nest there upon In our judgment it is extremely puerile, and but enjoyment a spur. It robs beauty of her charms, the top bar of a clothes-horse, which was hung up! betrays bad taste, to interlard any composition will to bestow them on her picture, and builds a monument

against the wall; the young ones were hatched, and such a profusion of quotations, as those to be found to merit, but denies it a house ; it is the transient and s

flew away; the nest was suffered to remain, and upon
aw,

in the work under consideration ; such aušilimo deceitful flatterer of falsehood, but the tried and final

at the first appearance of swallows this year, & male bird ought to be sparingly used, and never adopted, un friend to truth. Time is the most subtle yet the most

again entered the apartment, and took a survey of the less they impart peculiar force or significance to the insatiable of depredators, and by appearing to take

ke nest, with which it seemed much pleased; he shortly sentiment, in aid of which they are called in. We nothing, is permitted to take all, nor can it be satisfied,

d, after returned with another bird, who at first appeared remember a whimsical farce, in which one characta until it has stolen the world from us, and us from the

very timid, but soon acquired as inuch assurance as the is introduced, who can scarcely speak without taking world. It constantly flies, yet overcomes all things by

mate; they repaired the nest, and the writer of this has most unmerciful liberties with the poets: thus he flight, and although it is the present ally, it will be the

seen it with the young ones in it. What renders the exclaims, “ How do you do," as Shakspeare sayda tuture conqueror of death. Time, the cradle of hope,

above circumstance more remarkable is, that the porter or, “ A fine morning," as the divine Milton obscrizi, but the grave of ambition, is the stern corrector of fools,

and his wife live and sleep in the same room. Tyne &c. &c.' What we have here' said, is in the spark but the salutary counsellor of the wise ; bringing all Mercury.

of friendship to the author, and ought to be receiros they dread to the one, and all they desire to the other; 1"

in the same spirit; some of our Theatrical Critic but like Cassandra, it warns us with a voice that even Two rein-deer were brought last November from

might also profit by this hint to TITYRUS QUILLET: sages discredit too long, and the silliest believe too Lapland, and are living at liberty at a country seat at

and, we beg to suggest to DRAMATICUS that his late. Wisdom walks before it, opportunity with it, and Ghent. They bear the difference of climate and the

superfine compliment to Miss HAMMERSLEY may repentance behind it; he that has made it his friend. I variation of temperature well, and have produced a well

be mistaken by the lady herself, and perhaps by the will have little to fear from his enemies; but he that has | formed female fawn. This is the first example of these

public, for irony. She possesses considerable merit, made it his enemy, will have little to hope from his animals having become tame, and producing their

and ought not to be put to the blush by overcharged fricads. species so far from their own country,

encomium. A match for Caleb Quotem. There is a person resi

Bcautiful Phenomena. One of those very singular SWIMMING FEATS.-We regret that the I letter of dent in a small seaport in Wales, who “ descrues well of and curious atmospherical phenomena which are occa- P.

P y did not reach us in time for this day's pubhis country.” He occupies and discharges the duties

sionally seen amongst the Hartz Mountains in Hanover, lication. of the following thirteen offices, with great regularity, and have once or twice been observed on Souter fell, in and to the satistaction of all who have occasion to trans

Son JOSEP BANKS'S MEMOIR which has been pre Cumberland, has been seen in Huntingdonshire. About act business with him.-He is, in the first place, clerk | half-past 4 o'clock on Sunday morning, July 16th, the

pared a fortnight, is once more postponed, in prefere to the collector of the customs,-then, clerk io the excise | sun was shining in a cloudless sky, and the light vapours

ence to dividing it between two successive publications: office, and clerk to the justices. In addition to these

I arising from the river Ouze, were hovering over a little The Friend to whom we are indebted for the interestiog his clerkships, he is parish clerk for the English service,

hill near St. Neot's, when suddenly the village of Great -and parish clerk for the Welsh service; clerk to the

original paper, on the “ Structure of the Heart, Paxton, its farm-houses, barns, dispersed cottages, trees, cuaches, and clerk to the packets. He also keeps a

and several priorand valuable communications; will conand its different grass-fields, were clearly and distinctly Lodging-house ;-is a notary public, -an auctioneer,

tinue, we trust, to favour us with his correspondence. | visible in a beautiful aerial picture, which extended from collector of the King's taxes, a sexton !--Caleb was

east to west about 400 yards. Nothing could exceed the only Quotem; Mr. Owens is Factotum. astonishment and admiration of the spectator as he looked

Printed, published, and sold A copper mine has lately been discovered near Kirk.at this surprising phenomenon froin a gentle declivity

BY EGERTON SMITH AND CO. cudbricit. the ore is of a superior quality, and the vein / in an opposite direction, at the distance of half a mile, is so extensive, that, although the excavation does not or his regret at its disappearance in about ten minutes.

Liverpool Mercury Office. excecu nine feet in depth, about fifty tons were soon | Cambridge Chronwoke.

Sold also by John Bywater and Co. Pool-lane ; Messrs. raised.

A plant of Lilium Japonicum is at present in flower Evans, Chegwin and Hall, Castle-street; Mr. Thos. A German journal asserts, that an artist at Cemberg, (for the first time in Scotland) in the garden of Mr. Smith, Paradise-street ; Mr. Warbrick, Pubuc in Prussia, has constructed a watch which imitates the Falconer, of Carlowrie, introduced from China by John Library, Lime-street; Mr. G. P. Day, Newsnen), human voice, and answers questions in German and Stewart, Esq. of Binny, commander of the Lady Mel. Dale-street; and Mr. John Smith, St. James's-Foad, Polish, besides executing musical airs. ville, East Indiaman, in 1819.

for ready money only.

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Literary Notices. | favour of any other, however capable he the works were fit for publication several

may be proved to be; for the question with years before they made their appearance ; - TALES OF MY LANDLORD. the public frequently is, Who is the writer? which may account, in some measure, for rather than, What is written?

the unexampled rapidity with which they 15. SIR WALTER SCOTT DECLARED NOT TO BE

O BE

But I hope the difficulty will cease, whe

But I hope the difficulty will cease, when followed each other from the press. If you THE AUTHOR OF WAVERLEY, &c.

I mention the name of one who was so deem these observations, Mr. Editor, worthy

eminent in the Church, and in the Republic of a place in the Champion, they perhaps lo addition to the article on this subjcct, given the ori in the sixtb number of our New Series, we now of Letters, being a colleague with the late may be regarded as useful to those who

day before our readers the following letter address, Dr. Blair, in the High Church, Edinburgh think the gratification of a natural curiosity ed to the editor of the Champion.

(but a much younger man), and who was, relative to such as have contributed to their SIR.-It seems now taken for granted also, at the same time, Professor of Natural | instructive amusement, not without the pale that Walter Scott is the author of these Philosophy and Rhetoric: a man of very of utility.

T. H. 15 2

admirable Romances, the Tales of my Land- superior talents and attainments, and highly

Lord, and the subsequent works of a similar esteemed by all who were acquainted with Biographical Notices. 2 kiad, which are all attributed to the same him. Literary men of his standing, and pen. But, so far as I have heard, Sir W. some of his pupils who are now in London,

MEMOIR OF THE LATE
Scott has not directly owned it, but is either can bear witness of this. About twenty-

RIGHT HON. SIR JOSEPH BANKS, BART.G.C.B.

PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY. silent, or evades the question when it two years ago he left Edinburgh, and has is asked. Occasionally he has denied it. ever since been in retirement. Although | Sir Joseph Banks is said to have been descended Once, in particular, Sir. W. Scott having he has lived in privacy so long, he has not. lor Sir w Scott bovince he has lived in niy o lang bahoe not from a noble Swedish family; but, whatever truth

there may be in this assertion, it is certain that he dined in company with the Prince Regent, been inactive, which the Reviews and his did not trace his pedigree higher than the reign of when the toasts were going round after anonymous works might amply testify. Hav

| Edward III. when his ancestor, Simon Bapke, mar

ried the daughter and heir of Catertou, of dinner, the Prince observed that Sir Walter's | ing no official duties to occupy his time, his Newton in Yorkshire. By this marriage, the manor glass was not full, and pointing to it, said, mind, from intense study on abstruse sub- of Newton, in the wapentake of Staincliffe, came to that is not the Tapet Hen,

the family of Banke, with whom it remained until it Sir W. Scottjects, would occasionally turn for relaxation was sold in the middle of the seventeenth century. being thus particularly noticed, considered to lighter themes. When he was engaged from this Simon Banke, Sir Joseph was the himself called upon to say something, and, in the composition of the celebrated Tales Jos

eighteenth in lineal descent. His grandfather,

the celebrated 1 ales | Joseph Banks, Esq. was High Sheriff of Lincoloshire with some preface and apology, denied that of My Landlord, and his other popular in the year 1736, and soine time Member of Parliatop' be was the author of the recent Romance works, he visited privately the south and fortune, which was inherited by the subject of this

ment for Peterborough. He possessed an ample from which the allusion was taken. If Sir west of Scotland, and also the parts of memoir. ", ocott refuses the honour, who then, it | England where some of the scenes are laid! Sir Joseph was born December 13, 1743. After a

suitable preparatory education, he was sent to study e may be asked, is the author ? Some have to obtain a more accurate knowledge of at the Univeristy of Oxford. ' In every branch of gone so far in his praise, as to assert roundly, some facts on which history is either silent

inte on which history is either silent | liberal knowledge, he made great proficiency: nata.

ral history in particular engaged his fondest attachthat no other man in the present day is ca- or obscure. Out of the materials thus col. ment, and at a very early age he conceived an pable of producing such works, and with lected, his fertile imagination and great li- ardent ambition to promote this great science, by

those eminent exertions of which genius, fortune, and such facility, too, as Walter Scott. On the terary skill has produced, for the amuse-industry alone are capable. other hand, many men (and no mean men ment, gratifieation, and instruction of the At the time when Sir Joseph Banks began to cultieither) assert as boldly, that he never wrote public, works far surpassing those of any of to emerge

vate the study of palural history, it was beginning a sentence of them. It shall be my endea- his contemporaries.

pursuir of natural philosophy bad, for the last bun. vour to show who really is the author, In short, without further preface, I shall

u dred years, thrown it. Linnæus had produced for

by Willout une prerace, I shall it an arraogement, and a nomenclature; and his without in the least intending to detract venture to assert, without much fear of pupils were travelling as naturalists, into every from the great merit of Sir W. Scott. I contradiction, that the mysterious author of

af region of the earth, with an ardour not less zealous

and intrepid than if they had gone to propagate a am aware that it will not now be an easy Waverley, Rob Roy, and the Antiquary, of new religion, or to rifle the treasures of Mexicau task to persuade the public to transfer their the Tales of My Landlord, Ivanhoe, &c. mor

monarchs. In France, Buffon was beginning to

render the study of natural bistory fashionable, la preconceived opinion from Sir W. S. in is no other than Dr. Greenfield. Some of England, collections had been formed, which were

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