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Edinburgh Literary Miscellany,

FOR JUNE 1809 :

With a View of ROS EN EATH.

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Register of the Weather for June, 403 II. Cælebs in search of a Wife, 435
High Water at Leith for July, . ib.
Description of the View,

403 New Works published in Edinburgh, 441 Query respecting Heriot's Hospital, ib. Scottish Literary Intelligence, .. ib. Currections and additions to the

Literary Intelligence, English and Biographical account of Fobn Home,


442 Esq.

ib. Suggestions for the Improvement

POETRY. of the Edinburgh Botanic Garden, 404

Epitaphs, i Report on the Administration of Jus

444 tice in Scotland, and concerning

Lines, on the Death of Sir John Appeals to the House of Lords, 407



Glencoe Massacre, Monthly Memoranda in Natural His

-446 On Mary Queen of Scots,

jb. tory,


Kisses, Account of Forfar Garden, 409

447 Artbur,

ib. Of the early History of the Steam. Engine,


Edwin and Amelia, a Tale, : On the Crown Glass Manufacture of The Growth of the Arts in North Scotland,

ib, ib.

Britain, Account of the Duke of Argyleis de

Verses on Spring, scent upon Scotland in 1685; by Sir Patrick Hume, :

PROCEEDINGS OF PARLIAMENT. Account of the Origin, Progress, and House of Commons,

449 Present State of the War Depot Charges against the Duke of Yoré, ib. in France, :

420 Sketch of the History of Agricul

HISTORICAL AFFAIRS. ture in Scotland, 424 War between Austria and France,

45,7 Biographical Sketch of the late Dr bw Preliminary Remarks,

ib. Beilby Porteus, Lord Bishop of Lon.

Military Operations in Bavaria, Ausdon, 427 tria, Tyrol, &c.

460 Memoirs of the Progress of Manu.

Portugal, factures, Chemistry, Science, and

Sir Arthur Wellesley's Victories over the Fine Arts, 430 the French,

ib. Ancient Constitution of the Spanish Cortes,


General Assembly,

Scottish REVIEW.
Civil Appointments,

• 475 I. An Address to the Landed Interest Military Appointments --Marriages, 477 of Scotland, on the subject of Dis. Births, and Deaths,

478 tillation: By a Scotch Farmer, 6'433 Stocks and Markets,




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State of the BAROMETER, in inches and decimals, (High Water at LEITH

and of Farenheit's THERMOMETER, in the For JULY 1809. open air, taken in the morning before sun-rise,

Morn. Even. and at noon; and the quantity of rain-water

Days. H. M. H. M. fallen, in inches and decimals, from May

Sa. 1 4 59 5 20 26. to June 25. 1809, in the vicinity of

Su, 2 5 40 6 0 Edinburgh.

M. 3 6 23 6 46

Tu. 4 7 9 7 34 Barom. Thermom. Rain. Weather,

W. 5 8 2 8 32 May M. N. In. Pts.

Th. 6 9 6 9 39 26 29.85 1 48 62 0.3 Rain

Fr. 7 10 15 10 49 27 29.61 50 59 0.5 Ditto

Sa. 8 11 20 11 49 28 29.6 50 63

Su. 9

0 14 29.65 32 45 0.85 Rain

M. 10 038 1 1 30 29.75 33 43 0.1 Snow

Tu. 11 1 21 1 40 31 29.71 31

0.03 Showers

W. 12 1 59 2 18 - 1 29.7 40 41 1.005 | Ditto

Th. 13 2 35 2 52 2 29.29 45 56


Fr. 14 3 11 3 27 3 29.9 43 63


Sa. 15 3 45 4 3 4 29.71 49 63


Su. 16 4 22 4 42 5 29.5 50 60 0.08 Rain

M. 17 5 0 5 20 6 29.31 49.65 0.05 Ditto

Tu. 18 5 42 6 5 29.32 50 60 0.03 Showers

W. 19 6 30 6 56 8 29.6 49 63 0.02 Ditto

Th. 20 7 25 7 56 9 29.69 | 50 64 0.03 Ditto

Fr. 21 8 32 98 10 29.6 48 59 0.035 Ditto

Sa. 22 9 50 10 30 11 29.85 | 40 65 0.8 Rain

Su. 23 11 7 11 44 12 29.91 48 62

M. 24

O 16 13 29.9 48 64


Tu. 25 0 47 115 14 29.81 54 57 0.65 Rain

W. 26 1 41 2 . 5 15 29.88 52 60 0.27 Ditto

Th. 27 2 29 2 50 16 29.87 46 57 0.03 Showers

Fr. 28 3 13 3 33 ,17 29.55 56 61


Sa. 29 3 53 4 1 2 - 18 29.78 51 66

Su. 30 4 31

4 50 19 29.72 51 71 0.02 Showers

M. 31 5 8 5 28 2030. 55 69

Clear 21 30.2 56 73


MOON'S PHASES 22 30.31


For JULY 1809. 23 30.3 55 76


Apparent time at Edinburgh.

D. H. M. 24 30.35 54 76

Ditto 25 30.5 55 70


Last Quar. 4. 1. 53. even.
New Moon, 12. 6. 5. even.

First Quart. 20. 7. 18. morn,
Quantity of Rain 4.77

Full Moon, 26. 10. 7. even,

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July 11. Royal Burghs meet.

Court of Session rises. 30. Dog days begin.

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Description of ROSENEATH. lany, whence he derived the above inROSENEATH, one of the principal forination relative to Heriot's Hospi

residences of the Duke of Argyle, that this building is after a design of is situated near the southern extremity of a peninsula, formed by Loch Jones ; and Maitland states, that it is Long and Loch Gair, on the western

after a plan “ approved by Dr Balboundary of Dumbartonshire. It lies canqual,” the immortal Heriot's intiopposite to the town of Greenock, at

mate friend; thus leaving the matter the distance of about 8 miles. ' A without having established the fact,

who was the architect.
few years ago, the former building
having been destroyed by fire, his

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28th June 1809. Grace rebuilt it with great additional splendour, from a magnificent design by Mr Bononi, Architect, which is nearly completed. It may now rank Corrections and Additions to the Biograwith the finest in Scotland ; and we phical Account of JOHN HOME, Esq. therefore conceive that the present view of it cannot fail to be acceptable THE following corrections and ad

ditions to the account of Mr to our readers, and to the admirers of that spirit of improvement at present Home's life, which appeared in the that spirit of improvement at present last number of this magazine, have so conspicuous throughout Scotland.

come to our knowledge, from the best authority.

Mr Home was born at Leith, and Query respecting HERIOT'S HOSTITAL.

was the son of Mr Alexander Home, To the Editor.

Town Clerk of that place. He was SIR,

born on the 13th September 1722. IN

N the fourth edition of the Ency. He received his first education at

clopædia Britannica, vol. xi. part 1. Leith, under the care of Mr Hugh p. 316. under the article JONES,(Inigo) Millar, master of the giammat school we are informed, that “ Heriot's Hose of that place. “pital in Edinburgh, and the improve- He was settled at Atholstoneford in “ ments made in his time at Glammis- the year 1747. 66 Castle in Forfarshire, in Scotland, Agis was written before Douglas,

are specimens of the designs of Inigo and he took it to London with him in “ Jones."

the year 1749, but did not then sufI shall be obliged to the Editor of ceed in getting it represented. the Encyclopædia Brit. to inform me, The collection of his plays in 1787 through the medium of your miscel. included another play, not mentioned

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above, under the title of Alfred. He lic, is at all likely to result from a mere left also in manuscript, and in a finish- display of critical acumen, or of coned state, two other plays, a tragedy troversial writing. Actuated therefore and a comedy. He was also author by the desire of contributing to the adof some miscellaneous poems.

vantage of our native place, we purWe have great pleasure in inform- pose at present to call the attention of ing our readers, that a life of Mr your readers (among which number Home may be expected from the ele- we hope there will be found some of gant pen of Mr Mackenzie. This those possessing both the ability and gentleman will doubtless possess the inclination to aid the undertaking) to most authentic information respecting some hints relative to an institution the events of his life, while his criti- closely connected with our renowned cal observations will be perused with medical school,—the Betanic Garders. extreme interest by every reader of That elegant and accomplished schotaste.

lar Henry Home (Lord Kames) in one of his

essays, * on GARDENING, ETC. chap. xxiv, has expressed as his opin

ion, that “ It is not easy to suppress a Suggestions for the improvement of the degree of enthusiasm, when we reflect EDINBURGH BOTANIC GARDEN.

on the advantages of gardening with

respect to virtuous education. In the All about grew every sort of flowre, To which sad lovers were traasformd of beginning of life the deepest impresyore;

sions are made ; and it is a sad truth, Fresh Hyacinthus, Phæbus' paramoure, that the young student, familiarized to And dearest love ;

the dirtiness and disorder of many colFoolish Narcisse, chat likes the wai'ry shore;

within narrow bounds, in

leges pent Sad Aramanthus, diade a flowre but populous cities, is rendered in a mea

sure insensible to the elegant beauties Sad Aramanthus, in whose purple gore of art and nature ; and it appears to us

Meseemes I see Aminta's wretched fate, To whom sweet poets' verse hath given far from an exaggeration, that good proendless date.

fessors are not more essential to a college, Spenser. than a spacious garden sweetly orna

mented ; but, at same time, without To the Editor

any thing glaring or fantastic, so as SIR,

upon the whole to inspire our youth ITI Tis with feelings of great satisface with a taste no less for simplicity than

tion that we occasionally observe, for elegance.” in the periodical work under your

Here we shall, in the first place, superintendance, hints and


the satisfaction we derive from tions for the improvement of this city; the admirable style in which the Boa subject which we should feel happy tanic Garden is at present kept, at in observing more frequently brought least in so far as depends on the saforward. Many topics have been dis- perintendant. We have long been faa

miliar with this garden ; but at no dustry and discrimination of your cor- period in our observation can we disrespondents, and we take this

opportunity also of expressing to you our

cover a more judicious plan to have

been pursued in the management of tribute of applause.

the various plants, (which indeed The principle of doing good, ought

their to be recognized as the master spring of all our actions. Little service, * Elements of Criticism, vol. II. p. 454. either to individuals or to the pub

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their health so strongly indicates,) or ferred to the Lords of the Treasury, , better taste in the general system.

or the proper source, that the inconse In gardening, every lively exhibition would be encreased, and that a suffiof what is beautiful in nature has a cient sum of money would be granted fine effect : winding walks, where the to carry into effect the improvements line of beauty is observed, are pecu- we are now about to suggest. liarly pleasing ; at every turn we ex- The Green-House is built on the perience increased pleasure, from the old-fashioned, and now justly-explocombined beauties of art and nature ; ded plan, covered with a slated roof; and in this particular we remark the which of course excludes both air and walks lately laid out, in this garden, light from the plants, and so becomes which certainly do honour to the good extremely prejudicial to their health. taste of the projector.

As light is admitted but on one side, Arnot, in his History of Edin- the plants are drawn, or incline toburgh, informs us, that when Dr wards it, which materially spoils their Hope was Professor, he “represented shape, one of the most essential beau" to the Lords of the Treasury, that ties. To remedy this radical defect, “ it would be much for the interest of a glass roof alone is necessary. “ the country in general, and of the To afford the requisite means also of “ city of Edinburgh in particular, that keeping up a supply of Green house

a garden, of proper extent and soil, plants, a new green-house, (perhaps on " should be made. His Majesty there- a smaller scale,) is doubtless neces

upon was graciously pleased to grant sary: the shabby substitute on the “ the sum of L. 1330 1 24 for ma- south-side, placed amidst the rubbish

king it; and, for its annual support, of the garden, is certainly very bad, 66 the sum of L.69 3s. At the same and endangers the safety of the plants “ time, the Magistrates and town- kept within this miserable hut. “ council of Edinburgh granted the To produce an effect, Ruins are

sum of L. 25 annually, for paying occasionally introduced in gardens : o the rent of the ground.

but as these are calculated to afford “ These funds, for the support of melancholy pleasures only, it is gene. “the garden, being found insufficient, rally understood that they should not " and some improvements being neces- be seen from a flower-parterre, which

sary, application was made to the 'is gay and cheerful. Contiguous to “ Lords of the Treasury; and there. the green-house, to the westward, we “ upon his Majesty was pleased to discover a Ruin. If this is retained in

grant a sum of money for making its present situation to give effect to " the requisite improvements, an the garden, we certainly consider it a " addition of L.50 annually, for de- proof of extremely bad taste : if it “ fraying the expense."

is suffered to remain from sloth and Thus we learn, that in times that indolence, we here strongly wish te are past, it was only necessary to state shake off the lethargy from the manathese, our reasonable wants, at the pro- ger,

and to

spur him on to action, and per source of supply, and that the boon to have it repaired without loss of was twice granted.

time; as it now stands, it is, inThis garden, therefore, has an en- deed, both shocking and disgracedowment of L.119. 3s. per ann. ; no ful. We recollect well, not above great allowance, it must be admitted, three years since, to have seen in a for such an establishment; but we can- house, which is now transformed into not entertain the shadow of a shade this Ruin, a very fine plant of the Ficus “ of doubt," that in this liberal age, Stipularis of Linnæus, perhaps the laron a proper representation being pre- gest in Britain ; and with considerable



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