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STATE OF THE BAROMETER, &c. High Water at Leith, From Feb. 25th, to March 26th, 1812,
For April 1812.
Day. Morn. Even. in the vicinity of Edinburgh.
H. M.H. M.
1 5 15 5 39
Th. 26 3 6 28 1812. Barom. Thermom. Rain. Weather. F. 3 6 53 7 19 Feb.
Sa. 41 7 45 8
12 M. N.
38 26 | 29.5 45 / 0.18 Rain Su.
5 8 399
6 9 3410 28 29.75 | 34 45
Tu. 710 29 10 57 29 29.82 31 40
W. 811 2511 52 Mar 1 29.9 32 | 42 02 Snow
Th. 912 20 12 48
Clear 37 42
104 2 30.
16 3 29.95 33 44 0.02 Snow
Sa. 11 1 441 2 12 40 4 29.7 42 0.1 Rain
Su. 12 2 41) 3 5 29.91 3640
M. 13 3 37 4 6 6 29.5 4448
Tu. 14 4 36 5 4 7.29.86 3850 025 Snow
W. 15 5 41) 6 9 81 30. 34 | 47
Th. 16 5 29 6 56 32
17 7 241 7 49 10) 30.31 37 52
Sa. 18 8 15 8 40
6 9 29 121 30.14 42 47
M. 20 9 5510 15 13 30.15 32 42
Tu. 21/10 3710 59 14) 30.3 37 44
W. 2211 21/11 42 35 15 30.2
Th. 2312 212 24 161 30.11 32 -44 0.03
Sa. 25/ 1 18 29.65 | 35 41
Su. 26 1 50 2 12 19 29.5 31
M. 271 2 34 2 56 20 29:61 34
Tu. 281 3 20 3 43 34 21 29.81 36 1.21
W. 294.. 71 4 32 22/ 29.95 33 | 38
Th. 304 57 5 22 23 306 3440
MOON'S PHASES 24 29.7 40
FOR APRIL, 1812. 25 29.92 27 42 1. Clear
Apparent time at Edinburgh.
D. M. H.
Last Quart. 4 52 10 even.
April 20. Sun enters Taurus 15m. past 6 morning.
25, Princess Mary Mary born.
EDINBURGH LITERARY MISCELLANY,
FOR MARCH 1812.
Description of Largo House.
WHIS elegant mansion is situated guished of its members was Mr
Thin the parishamol L argity and James Durham,n brother of Sir
county of Fife. It lies on the west Alexander Durham of Largo, who, side of Largo Law, at the distance from being Captain of dragoons, of a mile from the sea, and com- became one of the leading supormands one of the finest and most ters of presbytery, in the reign of extensive prospects in Scotland. Charles I. He was minister of the A little to the north are the re- high church of Glasgow, and was mains of the old house, which con- also appointed chaplain at court. sist almost solely of a single round When Oliver Cromwell was at Glastower,
gow, Mr Durham had the boldness, The barony of Largo has been in preaching before him, to animadrepeatedly possessed by persons vert severely on his conduct in the distinguished in the history of their invasion of Scotland. country. During the reign of In the town of Largo, was born James III. it was held in tack by Alexander Selkirk, whose singular Sir Andrew Wood, the brave and story is well known to have sugfaithful commander of the Scottish gested to Defoe the idea of his army. In consideration of two popular romance of Robinson Crusignal victories obtained by this soe. An original document, and officer, James IV. conferred upon some other particulars relative to him the final property. So entirely this noted personage, will be found was this eminent person devoted in our Number for Sept. 1805. to the habits of a seafaring life, that In the middle of a plain near he formed a canal between his Largo house, there are three res: house and the church, to which he markable stones, standing upright, sailed in a barge.
and measuring six feet above the Largo came afterwards into the ground, and, as is supposed, as many family of Durham, by whom it is' in depth. There are also fragstill held. One of the most distin- ments of a fourth stone, of similari
dimensions. They are without little more force to keep pace with
2. The Baths of Caracalla. This
ceding, is equally great in regard Observations on Mr Wilson's Exhibi- to execution; the luxuriant glow of a tion of Drawings in Water Colours. brilliantsetting sun, which diffuses it
self over the picture, produces an imE now proceed, according to pression on the spectator extremely our last, to make some remarks on sider the instability of all human the principal pieces in this very greatness, in contemplating the meritorious collection.
ruins of these monuments of Roman 1. A view of Tivoli.-This splendid luxury and grandeur. The forelandscape which exhibits a view of ground is most beautifully composperhaps the most picturesque spot ed, and at the same time kept down in the world, seemed during the to aid the brilliancy of the great exhibition of Mr Wilson's draw- luminary which is still more sup-. ings, to draw the principal atten- ported by the opposition of two tion of the public, which we do not dark pines on the foreground ; and wonder at, considering that the the impression of freshness, as well scene from which the drawing is as warmth, is extremely well expainted, has attracted the attention pressed by the cool tones of the of all the great landscape painters distant part of the sky, which are from the Poussins to the present most beautifully broken and blended day. The point of view is admir- with the warmer tones of the thin ably adapted to give a correct idea clouds catching a small portion of of the situation of Tivoli, and the the sun's rays. In comparing this effect of light is, we believe, pro- drawing with the preceding, we perly adapted to such a subject. should hesitate in giving the preWe should suppose him a poor ar
ference to either. tist indeed, who could not produce 3. View of Rome.-- What we a pleasing picture of Tivoli; but to have said of the preceding drawchuse the best point of view, and ings, may in every respect be apbest effect at the same time, is that plied to this picture. We believe which distinguishes the man of ge- that its situation in the room, made nius from the herd of view-takers. it appear to great disadvantage, The luminous appearance of the and we have no doubt that the heasky, and the gradations of the tones viness which appeared in some of colour from the distance to the parts of it would entirely disappear, middle grounds are exquisite; and had it been placed in a stronger the artist-like manner of distribut- light. This drawing, and No. 1, ing the light and shadow over the are to be engrared by that excelbuildings, is certainly inferior to no- lentartist Mr Turner of London, thing that any painter has attemp- who, we have no doubt, will do them ted on the subject. The foreground both ample justice. is extremely well composed, and we 4. St Giovanni in Laterani-In the have only to regret the want of a drawings before mentioned, Mri
Wilson has presented us with the within their bounds to make a col. representation of the more simple lection at the doors of their respeceffects of nature: in the one, how- tive churches, for carrying on this ever, at present under considera- building; and, on Sunday the 8th tion, he has shewn that he can of March last, a collection was move with equal success in the made, at the doors of many places higher department of landscape of public worship in the city of painting, where mediocrity has no Edinburgh, for this necessary and place, and want of complete suc. benevolent purpose. This intendcess implies total failure. The ed collection was intimated from uninterrupted breath of light and the pulpits, on Sunday the 1st shadow, produce an effect equally March ; and many of the clergy regrand and pleasing, and the artist commended this charitable esta-' has judiciously avoided entering too blishment to their congregations in much into minutiæ, which, how the strongest terms. We are inever proper in the picturesque style, formed, that one respectable clerwould be altogether out of place gyman, after reading the represenhere: the only defect which struck tation from the Managers of the us in looking at this drawing, was asylum, addressed his hearers nearrather a want of dignity in the ly in the following words group of trees which pervades the “ My Dear Friends --I shall not rest of the picture.
detain you at present with any teWe believe we have mentioned dious exhortation.
It is one great the principal drawings that were object of the instructions which you exhibited, although there were hear from your established pastors, many others worthy of the artist's re- to form you to that charity which putation, and we looked with great is the fulfilling of the law, and the delight upon the few studies from bond of perfectness ;' and your connature that were shewn at the samo duct hitherto hath given us no cause time with the furnished drawings, to complain that we have run in which shewed that the artist looks vain, and laboured in vain.' at nature with the real feeling of a “ The institution for which I master.
plead at present is intended to alleEdinburgh,
viate and remedy a species of di.
Tumon. March 26, 1812.
stress, the most deplorable to which
in this imperfect state we are liable. A Short Account of the Progress
“ I appeal to your own hearts, made in building the Edinburgh while I look around this numerous Lunatic Asylum.
assembly; I ask you all in succes
sion, Whether, excepting the miseTHE THE building of two of the wings ry which arises from conscious guilt,
of the Lunatic Asylum of there is another species of distress Edinburgh is now far advanced; which you would more earnestly inand, there is reason to hope, that treat the Almighty to avert from those parts of this extensive build- yourselves, and from all who are ing will be opened for the reception dear to you. of unfortunate maniacs in less than “ I need not wait for a reply. I twelve months.
know it is your earnest prayer, that, Some time ago, the Presbytery whatever else may befal you, wheof Edinburgh unanimously agreed ther poverty or pain, or sickness or to recommend it to all the ministers death, it may please the Lord, even
BOURHOOD OF EDINBURGH.
to the last; to preserve to you the Mr Jo. Young exercise of your reason, which is
Mr David Sandeman
2 2 0 the image of himself within you.
Mr Wm. Stewart
1 1 0 Mr Francis Robertson
2 2 0 “ If this then be a prayer which Mr Jo. Ross
1 1 0 you would offer up for yourselves Mr George Sandeman
2 2 0 and your friends, pity the condition Dr Macfarlane
2 2 0 of those for whom I now request Mr Jo. Sandeman
1 1 your charity; and come to the Mr George Condię house of God, to testify your gra- Mr Wm. Stewart
Mr S. Malcolm
1 1 0
4 titude to him, for his goodness to Mr J. Chalmers
2 2 0 you, by showing kindness to some
Mr Wm. Dickson
1 1 of the most wretched of his off- Mr Chas. Husband
1 1 spring."
Mr David Lumsdaine
1 1 This short, but energetic, address
Mr Jas. Ramsay
1 1 0 had probably a good effect on many Mr H. Lindsay
Dr A. Keltie
1 1 0
1 1 0 of the hearers. And, we are not Mr D. Spottiswood
1 I 0 without hopes, that it will also have Mr Richardson
I 1 some influence on many readers.
We subjoin a list of subscriptions The above Thirty-two from the lately received by Mr BONAR,
Town of Perth. Banker, Royal Exchange, Treasurer to the Asylum. And, as exam
SUBSCRIPTIONS FROM DIFFERENT CONGRE ple goes even farther than precept, GATIONS IN THE CITY AND NEIGHit is to be hoped that this also will have a good effect,
L. 40 0
37 6 6
17 4 1
25 9 6
Do. a Lady by Dr Simpson 1 1 0 Amount of Subscriptions formerly
Lady Yester's Church
L. 5808 1 7 Old Gray Friars Church 320 Mr Robert Ponton 1 0 New Gray Friars
14 11 6 Dav. Monypenny, Esq. Sol. Gen. 10 100 College Church,
12 0 0 Mr James Hunter 3 3 0 West Church
49 130 From 5 jurymen, per Mr Man
Do. Chapel of Ease
25 10 derson 2 12 6 North Leith Church
14 0 A Widow Lady
4 4 0 Episcopal Chapel, Cowgate 46 14 A Gentleinan
1 1 0 Charlotte Square Chapel 55 8 Robert Ross, Esq. Provost for
St George's Chapel
29 12 the city of Perth 105.00 St Peter's Chapel
22 1 Robert Ross, Esq.
2 2 0 Episcopal Chapel, Blackfriars Mr David Beatson 2 2 0
14 13 2 Mr David Morison
0 Mr Hall's Meeting, in Rose Mr Thomas Beatson
2 2 0
17 0 0
132 Mr L. Robertson
1 1 0 Roman Catholic Meeting 8 16 4 Mr Patrick Stewart I 10 Methodist Meeting
6 0 Mr John Richardson
5.0 Relief Chapel, in Roxburgh Dr James Wood
5 5 0
23 0 Mr James Richardson
5 5 0 Mr Lothian's Meeting 10 0 0 Dr Alex. Slewart
1 10 Church meeting, head of Leith Mr James Paton 3 30 Walk
13 10 0
FOR BUILDING THE EDINBURGH LUNATIC