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regret we have been informed, that of an inch covered ; and as that part it actually died in consequence of the is always filled up with dust, a conhouse not being repaired ! Now that siderable portion of light is thus exwe are on this subject, we must to the cluded, and the health of the plants above misfortune add, as our opinion, consequently affected. that an extremely fine specimen of On a late examination of the Bothe Laurus Camjihora, a plant which tanic garden we observed some acquiwe have not seen in this island, of sitions of exotics, which appear to be such magnitude, will, in all likelihood, thriving well; ia particular excellent in the course of the ensuing winter, specimens of some of the PALMÆ. ; experience the hard fare of its old com- Chamærops humilis, Coryphaumbraculipanion the Ficus Stipularis, unless the fera, Phenix dactylifera, Cycas circinameans are speedily employed to repair lis, and some fine plants of the Mimothe very
frail abode in which it at pre- sa nilotica, or gum-arabic tree, most of sent vegetates.
which we have noticed in flurver. ArAdjoining to the green-house, tists who teach drawing of flowers eastward, is situated the largest stove- ought to avail themselves industriously house in this garden; a portion of of such a favourable opportunity of which contains a specimen of the Dra- making drawings from nature of these cinea Arboreu of Wildenow, nearly 4.0 rare plants. feet in height, unrivalled for its excel. The soil of this garden is by no lence and beauty in Britain. That means good : vast pains must have part of the stove which is occupied by been bestowed on it to produce what this plant has been two or three times has been done. The situation, which partially heightened, and attention to
at one period may be admitted to have it is again demanded ; else in the been favourable, is now indifferent, and course of another year, or two at far- is daily becoming worse, -from the rathest, the beautiful top of the plant, pid encroachment of building, and the pressing against the glass, being first vlasting effects of an Iron-foundry on injured, will in the next place destroy the opposite side of Leith wałk.— the glass, which a little necessary re- We would also remark, that this garpair at present would completely pre- den is on far too contracted a scale ; vent: Let the roof be raised while indeed from the manner in which it the weather is warm.
is already cranimed with hardy shrubs The stove towards the northern and plants, it is utterly impossible, ay boundary of the garden, is constructed it stands, to extend the collection. with a double bark-bed, and is cer- We would therefore suggest, that as tainly well adapted for the culture and the Meadows, or Hope-park, is now preservation of young stove-plants, to be drained, application should be but it would be much improved by a made to the Right Hon. the Lord new roof: here we remarked the Provost, Magistrates, and Council, for Nymphea Cerulea, in fower, Brucea a grant of the western half of the ferruginea, and some other equally meadows for the purpose of establishrare and good specimens of thriving ing the Botanic Garden. The variety young plants.
and quality of soil, and the advantage We must observe the very injudi- of the adjoining common for the circious manner in which the glass is fit. culation of air, is very obvious, not to ted in the frames : each pane ought mention its proximity to the College. to cover the next one, perhaps, about As the argumentum ad judicium, it one-eight part of an inch, not more : may be observed, that on the scheme now, in this garden we observe one- now projected being carried into exehalf, and in many places three-fourths cution, the site of the present garden
could be readily feued, for either streets an address of the Hon. House of
, pursuant to likely to be the case.
an address of the 2d of June, Should this scheme however be con
presented to His Majesty by the disidered as fraught with difficulty; or
rections of the Hon. House of Comrather should no one be found disposed mons, do lay before the House an acto take some little trouble on the oc
count of such proceedings as have been casion, we would anxiously advise, of the act concerning the administra
had by them under and in execution. as an improvement in the present garation of justice in Scotland, and conden, to grub up all the large trees on the west side, which would afford cerning appeals to the House of Lords. room for a collection of shrubs; and
A warrant, under his Majesty's sign these we would recommend to be manual, dated the 2d day of Nov. arranged agreeably to the Linacean 1808, appointing the Commissioners
under the Scots judicature act, was resystem. These hints we have presumed to
ceived in Scotland, by Sir Ilay Campsubmit to the notice of
bell, Bart. upon the 22d day of the and we earnestly hope, that altho they
same month. Immediately on its armay not be productive of much service rival, the Lord President of the Court directly, yet we trust that this discus- of Session, the Lord Advocate, and sion may stimulate abler individuals
Sir Ilay Campbell, being three of the to prosecute the subject : and we may
Commissioners, subscribed and circuhere add, that on enquiry we have lated a requisition, for assembling the been informed, that a sum not exceed
persons named in the commission upon ing L.1000, would accomplish all the the 30th of November
. improvements now suggested for the
At the general meeting of the Com
missioners, held in consequence of this présent garden.
“ Other fine arts may be perverted, requisition, which was fully attended “ to excite irregular, and even vicious by all the members then in Scotland, "emotions; but gardening, which in the Lord High Chancellor of Great “spires the purest and most refined
Britain was appointed Preses of the “ pleasures, cannot fail to promote Commissioners, and Sir Ilay Campbell
, "every good intention."
that he might preside at such meetings Si quid novisti rectius istis
as should be held in Scotland. It was Candidus imperti, si rion tuis utere mecum.
then further resolved, that, for methoEdinburgh, 2
dising business committed to their 15 June 1809.
the Commissioners resident in Scotland should divide themselves into three committees, to each of which
should be referred a separate and peReport by the Commissioners appointed culiar department of the investigations
under the Act, entitled, ' An Act con- prescribed by the commission, with incerning the Administratim of Justice structions to report to a general meetin Scotland, and concerning Appeals ing, so soon as they shall have collectto the House of Lords,' pursuant to ed the information necessary to en
portant point of their duty, have held May 28. IN the afternoon it sud
able them so to report, a detail of the neral meetings have also been occuquogress which each committee has pied in receiving communications from made in the separate objects of its re. their several committees, and giving search and discussion, as hereinafter sta- directions for their procedure. ied. It was thought proper to reserve
(To be continued.) the question concerning the introduction of the trial by jury in civil cases into the law of Scotland, for the con. Monthly Memoranda in Natural His. sideration of general meetings only.-
tory. And the Commissioners, on this im.
denly became very cold; nine general meetings in Scotland, be the wind easterly, with rain. This tween the thirtieth of November One change was rendered exceedingly strikthousand eight hundred and eight, and ing to the senses, owing to the prethe eighteenth of March One thousand vious warmth. eight hundred and nine. At each of 29. A heavy fall of snow these the introduction of the trial by and hail has rendered the whole counjury in civil cases, its probable advan- try around Edinburgh quite white.tages or disadvantages, and the mode The snow and hail continuing at inof engrafting it upon the Scottish form tervals on the 30th and 31st, in some of law proceedings, kave been consi- places, to the south of this, they lay dered. At the meetings of the twen- on the ground a foot and a half deep. ty-eight of January and fourth of June 1. The snow has been sucFebruary One thousand eight hundred ceeded by violent rains, with strong and nine, in particular, the Commis- easterly breezes. Such severe and unsioners seriatim, and at great length, genial weather has produced, at this delivered their respective sentiments period of the season, much havock in upon that matter; and Sir Ilay Camp- gardens, frustrating the expectations bell and the Lord Advocate having raised by many a fine shew of blossom. expressed their opinions in writing, - 12. Notwithstanding the lodged copies of the same in the hands unfavourable weather, strawberries of the clerk of the commission. But were brought to market this day.though the judgment of those Com- They sold at 8s. a-pint. The cultimissioners who reside in Scotland has vation of this fruit is perhaps nowhere been thus collected, it was determined so well understood, or so extensively that no resolution should be formed practised as in this neighbourhood. until the opinion of the English Come Some of our strawberry farmers have missioners should also be obtained. from twelve to twenty acres under
At a meeting of the Commissioners, crop. They water the crop regularheld at Westminster on the eighth of ly, especially when ripening off, by this month, it was determined, that means of water-carts; and they send the written opinions of the Lord Ad- them to market on small waggons vocate and Sir Ilay Campbell should hung on springs. 'be printed and circulated (as they have 15. Pease appeared on the since been) among the English Com- stalls of the green-market, and were missioners, for their consideration, pre- sold at 12s. per pint. After much vious to a subsequent meeting to be rain, excellent dry weather seems te held pursuant to adjournment, and have set in. means were agreed upon for
17. New potatoes were exfor the English Commissioners, the posed at the rate of L. 1. 45. a-peck. sentiments, in writing, of the other Edinburgh,
N. Commissioners in Scotland. The ge- 228 June 1809.
Account of FORFAR GARDEN. species; Trifolium, no fewer than 60 ;
Hieracium 44. It were needless to HE existence of a garden and enumerate more. The botanist will
flower-nurseries at Forfar, which, form a due estimate of this collection for the number, diversity, and rarity of on being only told, that he may here the hardy plants cultivated in it, are see upwards of 60 species of Carex perhaps scarcely to be surpassed in Bri- flourishing in great perfection. The tain, is a fact we believe, not generally agriculturist may here find the whole known. We think it right to give it of the hardy Gramina, carefully diswhat publicity is in our power, both as tinguished and arranged, amounting to a piece of interesting information to above 100 kinds. This season Mr botanical amateurs, and of justice to Don has introduced several hundred the indefatigable exertions of the emi- species of hardy plants, most of which, nent practical botanist (Mr Geo. Don,) we are told, have never before been who, we understand, has surmounted cultivated in Scotland. Among the many difficulties in following out his rare British plants at present in flower favourite pursuit, and in forming so ex- in this garden may be mentioned the tensive and curious a collection of liv- elegant little grass called Knappia ing plants. The whole of the plants are agrostidea (Agrostus minima of Dc of the hardy sort, Mr Don not posses- Smith); and the Holosteum umbellasing either green-house or stove for the tum. Among the hardy exotics now protection of such as are tendet. It in flower, the Panax quinquefolia (the is in alpine plants, and in hardy peren- root of which constitutes the famous nials and annuals, that the Forfar gar- panacea of China called ginseng,) is den excels. The garden is situated the most remarkable. There are ceron a bank which slopes down to the tainly very few living specimens of Lake of Forfar, not far from the this plant in Scotland; and we have town; and it fortunately includes a not before heard of its flowering in great variety of soils, from dry sand this country. The Dalebarda fragarito peat-bog: No place could be oides, brought from North America to found more favourable for alpines and France by Michaux, and only lately imaquatics, which are in general found ported into Britain, has already found to be of rather difficult cultivation, but its way into Mr Don's collection. It which flourish here as in their native is entirely a new plant, belonging to habitats. For hardy herbaceous plants Icosandria Polygynia, and naturally alin general, the middle parts of the lied to the Geums.- The Forfar Gargarden are well adapted. To give den it must, however, in conclusion, be some idea of the extent of the collec- confessed makes very little external tion, I shall mention the number of shew, being in a great measure destispecies of several genera which are at tute of the ornament which arises from present actually growing in this garden. neat alleys, with hedges or edgings, or Of the genus Veronica, there are 55 well laid out and well kept gravelspecies; of Salvia 50 species; Campa. walks. It is, in fact, merely an unnula 44 ; Allium 40; Saxifraga 46, commonly excellent collection of har. including some of the rarest ones, as S. dy plants ; and while it would doubtcæsia, petræa, rivularis, &c.; Dian- less fail to please the lover of tasteful thus, about 20 species ; Cucubalus 13, gardening, it would as certainly prove being the whole ever cultivated in Bri- highly interesting to the botanist and tain ; Silene nearly 50 ; Fumaria 14; to the curious cultivator. Mr Don, the genera Ononis, Lathyrus, and Vi. we have been told, has an ample nurcia, almost complete ; Astragalus 40 sery of rare hardy plants, for which June 1809.
he receives orders from the curious in ubi, modum in mirum, per aquæ c&different parts of Britain ; and when lefactæ violentiam, implet ventus ethe proceeds of these shall enable hini, mergens concavitem * barbiti, et perwe understand it to be his intention to multi feratiles tractus aereæ fistulæ improve the exterior appearance of the modulatos clamores emittunt.' I wiska garden.
to know from what work this extract Edinburgh, 2
is taken ; and am,
N. 26th May 1809. S
Your constant reader,
Of the early history of the STEAM-
On the CROWN - GLASS Manufacture
To the Editor,
IN some of the Edinburgh newspa: Garden, has informed us that Hero of pers there lately appeared an adverAlexandria, who tlourished about 100 tisemenț regarding the Crown-Glass years before Christ, has described an manufacture in Scotland; from the application of the force of steam, to tenor of which, those who are ignorant produce a rotative motion, by the re- of the present state of the glass trade action of steam issuing from a sphere will naturally infer that Scotland is tomounted upon an axis, through two tally destituie of
a Crown-Glass masmall tubes bent into tangents, and is- nufactory: and that Scots glaziers and suing from the opposite sides of the glass-dealers cannot be supplied otherequatorial diameter of the sphere.- wise than by importation from EngThe sphere being supplied with land. It is a duty we owe to the stean by a pipe communicating with manufactures of Scotland to undeceive a pan of boiling water, and enter- the public in this respect ; and not siing at one of its poles. Bernardinus lently to suffer our country to be stigBaldus Urbinatus in his life of Hero inatized for want of an article in the says--Vir ingesio subtili, peracri, et manufacture of which it excells. The primus, Vitruvio teste, spiritalium, reputation of the window-glass manuquæ pneumatica à Græcis dicuntur, facture in Scotland cannot possibly be mirabiliumq; machinarum repertor.' lessened by the very strange means But I do not observe that he noti. thro' which it is now attempted to be ces such an application of steam as undermined. that which Darwin relates. Thislast There is in Scotland, and almost at has quoted no authority for what he our door, a window Crown - Glass relates. I should be glad to know if work, not exceeded by any in the U. any account of the application in ques- nited Kingdom in extent and celebrition is to be found in any ancient au- ty in the quality of its manufacture; thor.
from which, not only the. Edinburgh In the first volume of Aiken's A. glaziers, but the glaziers of Scotland thenæum, under the title of Omniana, at large, may have ready and ample it is said, that Pope Sylvester II. made supplies. Instead, therefore, of being clocks and organs worked by steam, destitute of an article șó essentially neþetween the middle and the end of cessary as that of window glass, we the 10th century, and the following
have extract is given.. Fecit arte mechanica orologium, et organa hydraulica, * Probably for concavitatem,