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We have heard it rumoured, that a splendid ball is to be given as soon as the Royal Exchange is finished, in the large room, the proceeds to be given to charitable uses. We wish it every suc
If our leaders of ton take an interest in it, they may render it the most magnificent assembly of gaiety and fashion that bas ever taken place in our Nineveh of the west.
Paisley is about to congregate its beauty and fashion this week, for the purpose of adding something to the funds collected for the amelioration of the poor and needy in that great mart of manufactures.
LONDON THEATRICALS. From our London Correspondent.
In my last I stated to you, that Lord F. L. Gower's tragedy was about to be brought forward at Covent Garden. I may now tell you, that it bas been presented, and that the cast of the principal parts has been as follows :--St. Megrin. C. KEMBLE; Duke de Guise, Ward; Henry IV. Mason ; Duke de Joyeuse, ABBOT; Catherine of Cleves, Miss F. KEMBLE. It has been successful, and will probably have a run. Respecting the prospects of Covent Garden, for next season, there is nothing new : at present its prospects are bad enough. No novelties are talked of, and several plays, that are ready, are kept back by their authors, in the hope of a new and better management being, ere long, introduced.
There is much noise making, at present, about Madlle Adelaide Tosi, who is engaged, as Prima Donna, at the King's Theatre. Certain of the newspaper puffers pretend to say, that she has never had a superior on the stage, nay, that “she exceeds Catalani in face, person, voice, science, and acting,” but, from wbet I have heard from those who have listened to her, at Madrid, it appears that she will scarcely realize this very high character. There is no doubt, bowever, that Mlle. Tosi was one of the most popular vocalists that ever trod the boards of the Spanish capital. Talking of the King's Theatre, I may mention that it was lighted up, t'other night, to enable Mr. Mason, and his friends, to judge of the ensemble. A splendid new lustre, apparently double the size and power of the last, has been put up. New scenery, and a magnificent new drop-curtain, of a rich arabesque pattern, in deep crimson and gold, are among the improvements. The Orchestra has been enlarged, and an organ, of extraordinary power, has been added to it.
which the most alarming symptoms depend, is the change in the circulation. From the first exhibition of the disease, the heart does not present more than from twelve to fifteen contractions per minute; it is not merely that the frequency of the pulsation is diminished, but there is a diminution in the powers of that organ, and this to such an extent, that if the patient be moved from a horizontal, with a view to raise his body to a vertical position, the heart is incapable of exerting a sufficient impetus to drive the blood to the head ; the patient, consequently, faints away, and sometimes expires under the simple operation of this change of posture.” After drawing an appalling picture of the state of the lower classes in Sunderland, and of the filth and situation of por. tions of it which are calculated, in an eminent degree, either to the breeding or propagation of disease, the Dr. added, that, owing to the popular prejudice against dissection, he had only been able to examine one isolated subject; and closed his report by commenting, in no strain of eulogy indeed, on the sanitury measures adopted at Sunderland. In the subsequent debate, M. Moreau de Jonnès vindicated the Board of Health from bis colleague's aspersions, and laid much stress upon the value of the official reportsupplied to him by that body; against which, however, Dr. Mas jendie again levelled his anathema.
LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. The Rev. P. MacINDOE, has, in the Press, “ Considerations on Pestilence."
“ Select Essays" on various topics, religious and moral, by Dr. Belfrage, is preparing for publication, by Mr. MELROSE.
LADIES' DRESSES. The make of dresses is still the same-corsages with large plaits crossed in front, and Grecian corsages. These latter are most in favour. The only alteration seen in dresses this season is, that the skirts are very full, usually comprising seven or eight breadths of stuff. These dresses have, particularly behind, very large plaits, which reach quite to the bottom of the skirt.
Ball dresses are made of crape, with a painted or embroidered wreath at the hem, wide in the middle, and tapering off as a drapery to each side of the petticoat, where a bow of ribbons is placed, which appears to join the embroidery in front with that behind; from each bow a column of corresponding embroidery or painting descends; the corsage forms a marked or decided V in front as the point passes the girdle about four inches, and at the point is placed a bow similar to those at the sides of the petticoat. The top of the corsage is a à la sevigné ; the sleeves are short, very full, and with irregular plaits. This style of dress is named è la jardiniere.
The sleeves of evening dresses are frequently made en beret, (of the same material as the dress,) from which falls a wide blood which reaches to tbe elbow.
The Venetian sleeves made of blond or Dona Maria gauze, (brocaded gauze,) are very fashionable; they are very full to the wrist, where they are fastened with a bracelet with cameos ; the sleeve hangs down about five inches, similar to the sleeve of a domino.
Blond is universally introduced in evening costume.
FOREIGN SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE.
The last meeting of the Academy of Sciences, at Paris, was exceedingly interesting. The following is an abstract of its proceedings :
InventION OF A New Air Puup.—M. Thilorier presented for the examination of the Academy, and as one of the competitors for the mechanical prize in 1832, a new pump for creating vacua, which acts entirely by hydrostatic power, without being aided in its operations by any moveable pieces whatever, and being independent of piston, valve, or cock. The inventor alleges, that his * Pneumato-statical Pump,” which is the name he gives it, is essentially different from the mercurial pumps hitherto brought forward.
Second Volcano ON THE Coast of Sicily.— The Secretary of State for the Naval Department announced to the Academy, that the Astrolabe, on her voyage from Toulon to Navarino, in November last, had sailed past the new island, Julia or Nerita. The volcano had subsided; but, at a distance of two miles to the westward, a second sub-marine eruption had been observed (wbich did not at that time afford apy trace of lava,) on the surface of the sea.
FARADAY'S INVESTIGATIONS.-M. Hachette read a notice from Mr. Faraday, on the memoir which he bad laid before the Royal Society of London ; the notice contained the result of his latest investigations into clectrodynamic phenomena, and gave rise to a scientific discussion on the part of Messrs. Arago, Ampère, and Thénard.
Russian EMERALDS.— Baron de Humboldt presented the Academy with a cluster of Crystals of Emeralds, recently found in the middle region of the Ural, to the North of Ekatherineburgh. He had received it as a present from the Emperor of Russia ; and he remarked, that it was not found in the carburetted schistus of transition, like the beautiful emeralds from Muzo mine, in Columbia, but in mica-schistus, as is the case with the emeralds found in Upper Egypt. The Muzo emerald weighs twelve hun. dred carats, but that of the Ural cluster, fifteen hundred and fourteen.
MAJENDIE ON THE CHOLERA AT SUNDERLAND.—The next communication was one which, we regret to observe, is no way calculated to raise the name of England in the estimation of her foreign contemporaries. It was a verbal report made by Dr. Majendie on the result of his scientific visit to Sunderland :-"I have found nothing to abate what I have already communicated on the more serious cases of Cholera,” said Dr. M. “ The most remark, able phenomenon in a physiological point of view, and that on
A MORNING JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, FINE ARTS, FASHION, &c.
GLASGOW, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 1832.
CONFESSIONS OF A BURKER.–No. III.
“ And who," I asked, “ may have been the first who (Communicated by a Medical Practitioner.)
felt the merciless fangs of the Vulture in this, his hor“ Evil be then my good."
rid nest of abomination ?”
“ 'Twas a child," he replied of five years old, who On the morrow, I attended the ceremony of the inter
had wandered from his parents, and whom I found ment of the pillow, and afterwards, on my way home,
surrounded by a number of women in street, I I called at the college, and received four guineas from
looked on him, and instantly affected to know to whom the operator. With this sum in my pocket, I returned to he belonged. With little difficulty the by-standers my lodgings, and having taken Mrs. aside, I were induced to resign him to my care, for the puraffected to sympathize with her distress, and, as a proof pose of being returned to his parents. I soon disapof my sincerity, I told her I had made an effort to peared with my charge, whom I pacified with lozenges, raise the sum I was owing her, as I conceived, from the
strongly opiated, which I seldom failed to carry about expenses incurred by the recent calamity, the money
with me. These, as the little fellow was hungry, he perhaps might be more acceptable than at any other
devoured with all the readiness I could desire—so that time. The eyes of the poor woman became suffused; by the time I reached the den, which we did by a she gazed at me for a moment through her tears, then,
circuitous route, between fatigue and the soporific seizing my hand in both of her’s, she muttered, in the nature of the lozenges, the desired effect was produced. fervency of her grateful feelings, “thou art indeed a
I therefore lifted him in my arms, and carried him to friend.
the inward apartment,* where laying him on his back “ Thou art indeed a fiend, a cursed fiend," I exclaim
on a truss of straw, I ed, shaking my clenched hand in the face of the Vulture.
“ Incarnate demon! I exclaimed, what can thy vile “What!" said he, while a smile, that might have heart be formed of that it could have engendered such rivalled the malignant grin of an arch-demon, broke
a thought?" over his hateful visage, “ will you blame me for the only act of honesty I ever performed ! Nay, I forget," I shall inform you. You have heard of petrifactions,
“ Since you ask the question," said the Vulture, said he, appearing to recollect himself! Three times did
and you have also heard of living toads being found I discharge my arrears of board and lodging from the
within these petrifactions——then know that my heart proceeds of the murdered innocents of this wretched
is such a petrifaction, and when the knife of the dissecmother, who little dreamed that the wolf who devour
tor has laid it open, the envemoned reptile, whose coned her offspring was the canting hypocrite, the smooth
vulsive throbbings after every vile enormity, are its tongued villain, the “friend indeed,' who occupied the
only pulsations, will then be disclosed, and the monwarmest seat by her fire, and for whose comfort no
strosity, too precious in the eye of science to be lost, sacrifice was considered too great.
will be carefully encased in glass, and placed in their “ Did the poor woman or her husband,” I asked,
museum, to swell their collection of loathsome curiosi. “ know the infamous employment you had taken in
“ How well hast thou described thy abominable core, “No,” replied the Vulture, " in their presence, I but even pretended a secret reluctance to the study of me
“ After the operation I have described, I drenched dicine, and they never failed to express their sym
the body with water, and taking a quantity of soot pathy for one of my tender feelings, and refined senti
which lay in a corner of the cellar, I dusted the corpse ments, being obliged to prosecute a branch of learning
so effectually with it, that I passed it off to the operaso abhorrent to my nature.”
tor as the carcase of a chimney sweeper, who had, a day « In order to avert all suspicion, and at the same
or two before, met his death by being jammed in a vent time to enable me to follow the profession of a body
in - Street. snatcher with additional profit and security, I rented a low cellar-looking hovel, in a lonely part of the town,
“ Though thus in a manner carrying on a traffic that
would admit of no confidential communication with near the top of an unfrequented court, which, as it had
any of the fraternity of body-snatchers, I nevertheless several entries from various directions, I considered
continued to associate with them and attend their as a very suitable place, where I could keep the imple- orgies, when they met to spend, in riotous dissipation, ments of my craft, and to which I could either decoy
the profits of their unhallowed profession. I also the living or convey the dead, till I found an oppor
occasionally went on the prowl with them to those tunity for delivery. In this den I always had a supply
church-yards where we had heard of the interments of of empty tea-chests and other packages, adapted for the conveyance of the goods I dealt in, and, in order to elude still farther the eye of observation, I nailed a * Since the publication of the Second Number of the “ Conrude painted board over the door, with the following
fessions of a Burker,” we have received several letters on the sub
ject. One of wbich is from the pen of a lady, who requests we inscription, “ Rags, old iron and bones bought here."
will be careful how we make use of the information which our This sink of iniquity, which witnessed many of my
MS. affords, regarding the manner the wretch accomplished his heartless deeds of atrocity, I seldom visited, except at diabolical acts, least we become the unintentional instructors of the noon of night," when the glimmer from a dark characters equally worthless with the Vulture. Without arguing lanthorn, enabled me, in the silence and depth of my
the matter with our fair adviser, we shall endeavour to pay as
much attention to her blot as we deem consistent with the faithful concealment, to practise on some poor wretch, whose
discharge of our Editorial duties. When any thing therefore dissipation had rendered bim the facile and unresist
strikes us, as being novel in the horrid practice, we shall omit it ing victim of my unhallowed art."
as we have done in the above instance.
subjects, who had died of such complaints as created an interest among the anatomical professors. The proceeds of our joint labours, when they came to be divided, were not however sufficient to satisfy one who had discovered and engaged in an easier and more lucrative method for supplying the demands of the teachers of physiology.
“ Among my infamous companions, there was only one man who exhibited the same discontent as myself, and whose conduct gave general dissatisfaction to his associates; for, while engaged on any midnight expedition, the reckless disregard which he paid to the feelings of the public, by leaving the rifled grave, with its broken coffin, and all the melancholy trappings exposed to the eye of day, excited universal indignation against our fraternity; and the consequence was, the formation of associations for guarding the repositories of the dead, and thereby rendering the trade of bodysnatching not only less profitable, but more exposed to danger. As all our remonstrances could not induce this man, who went among us by the nickname of Pat Smashie, to behave himself with prudence in his nocturnal movements, it struck me that he must have some secret motive for adhering to a line of conduct, which he could not but know, must ultimately be injurious to himself and his companions. I was the more confirmed in this belief, from the information I received sub rosa, that he disposed of more bodies than any of the others, with the exception of myself. I therefore determined to sound him on the subject, and if necessary to watch his movements.”
LARGS REGATTA, BY A LANDSMAN.—No. IV.
“ As slow our ship her foaming track,
Against the wind was cleaving,
As it would be no entertainment to my readers, to bear the blunders I made in the use of sea terms, and the wit of old Reef at my expense, I shall merely give a specimen or two, and use the language of young Reef as to sea matters afterwards, to the best of my abilities.
I complained of head-ache and nausea, he informed me the boat herself was head reaching, and I had no cause to complain. I said, I thought the waves as long as the Trongate, and as high as Greenock steeple. He replied, “I “ must be on the lee side certainly.” But a little attention soon made me a match for any of them, and when the heave of a sea overturned old Reef I coolly observed, that, instead of standing by the fore-stay, he had caught the tackle falls.
The signal gun was fired.
“ Up bead sails, and away they go," cried young Reef, and, in a few minutes, the fine yachts came roaring past us, their white canvass swelling with the favouring breeze, as they cleft their way through a surface of foam, raised from old ocean, by the swiftness of their fight. I was all for the Glasgow men, of course. “ A blessing on the bonnie Amethyst,” I exclaimed, as she bounded past within a few yards of us, success to the Elizabeth," I cried, but here Reef interfered.
“ You are wroog, Sir, you are wrong, the Rattlesnake has decided the race-give Greenock men size and sail. Even without them, they will beat the world.” The practised eye of my nautical friend was not deceived. It was too soon evident, that the Glasgow yachts, in this race, could only win, by their opponents splitting a sail, or springing a mast; and, as neither of these events occurred, they lost it.
The contest was now, principally, betwixt the Emily and Rattlesnake ; and, as Reef bad indulged in not a little coarse mirth at the expense of my townsmen, I adopted the cause, and loudly proclaimed my confidence in the success of the former vessel, although appearances had, most of the time, been against her. Sometimes, however, I could perceive, as the little Emily appear, ed to close with the Rattlesnake, old Reef's face began, considerably, to expand. “ For heaven's sake, Rattlesnake, take a pull on your gib sheet, and luff a little," he would cry, although the yacht was a mile and a half heyond his powers of oratory. But bis anxiety was unnecessary, the Rattlesnake still kept a-bead, and finally reached the flag boat, off Largs, followed by the Emily, Amethyst, Elizabeth, and Ruby.
My enjoyments would have been quite uninterrupted this day, if only one of the Glasgow yachts had been victorious. In consequence of their want of success, I was insulted the whole afternoon by Reef, senior, whose potations had, latterly, greatly increased. Every opportunity was seized for the performance of his jeers and jibs, as he termed, his low jokes, and he summed up all, with the gross and insulting observation, that the aquatic excursions of my townsmen and myself, should, in future, be confined to the boundaries of Broomielaw. There was a meanness in this, which the effects of the brandy could only account for ; but my experience in life has taught me, that, if man bas patience, insult is generally punished by some accidental circumstance ; besides, the age of my persecutor, also rendered personal revenge impossible, so I quietly bore it all, and said nothing. In the sequel, I had ample satisfaction.
The winner of the next race was the Vampire, a glorious vessel in full sail, and, afterwards, the “aquatic amusements" of the day, concluded with a rowing match. Two boats pulled most valiantly, but Reef, junior, said, the third ouly started—I never could find out at wbat, but I know she did not gain the prize.
We now run the Warbler, close in shore, and, after a day of diversified enjoyment, we landed, safely, on the beach of Largs.
A Roman triumph was small, in comparison of the rewards that now awaited the victors. Wreathed smiles, and outstretched hands, greeted them from every quarter, and I proceeded along the promenade, calculating, if I could not purchase a yacht upon credit, and, wondering, if I would be black-balled by the Club.
Having been, all day, on the water, young Reef and I were somewhat snappish when we arrived at the inn, and, although we had no inclination to make game of Mr. Underwood's mutton, it was declared to surpass any venison ever ate.
At supper, we entertained a few Glasgow men, somewhat sad. dened by the want of success experienced by those in whom they bad most interest, but all, bigbly delighted, with the sport afforded by the liberality of the Club. The health of the Commo
I LEFT the ball room, and never observed any thing, until I was seated in Mr. Underwood's parlour. “ What a day I have had of it! Wbat perils have beset me!”—yet I felt grateful that I had been delivered from them all, and was now retired from “ mortal ken.” After ruminating more at large, on the adven. tures of the Day, I retired to rest.
“ I gathered round my weary breast,
The curtain of repose,' and, in a sweet oblivion, lost all remembrance of my sorrows, and my joys.
Largs Bay, on the morning of the 10th of July, 1830, presented a spectacle which I still retain with pleasure. The dense fogs, like the sails of beaven's own ship, careering over the mountain tops, were withdrawing, in graceful festoons, from the summit of the green hills, in the vicinity. The blue summer ocean rolled in large unbroken waves, on which floated, in majesty, some of the cutters, whose white sails, reflected in the sunshine, formed moving sunny spots, which the eye delighted to follow.
A message from Reef, senior, induced me to embark with him in a small boat, for the purpose of more minutely inspecting the different yachts before the races commenced. The first we came to was the Elizabeth, and ber proprietor, being an old schoolfellow of mine, and an acquaintance of my companion, he wel. comed both of us with the greatest hospitality. Reef filled a bumper to the success of the Elizabeth, and wished her owner farewell. He visited, successively, the Amethyst, Rattlesnake, Emily, and Ruby, and shared the hospitality of them all, offering up, earnestly, his prayers for success to the vessel, in the kindness of whose owner he happened to participate at the moment, so that all his good wishes could not be accomplished unless there had been a prize for each vessel. I did not like this trait in old Reef's character ; but silence, I knew, was here discretion.
The sea continued to swell, without a breaker on its surface, rolling from Bute in dark masses, on which the yachts, which were, by this time, all under sail, glided slowly along. The Warbler was, also, soon under weigh, and, in high state of excitement, we slowly “ dodged ahead,” towards the mooring ground.
dore, the Vice-Commodore, the indefatigable Secretary, and our distinguished friends of the Ruby, Elizabeth and Amethyst, were each proposed in a neat speech, and successively drunk. About half past eleven, the party separated, sorry to part, and hoping to meet again.
I now began to think of bed. I was informed that, during the forenoon, so many gentlemen bad arrived, that it would be impossible to accommodate me in the Inn, but that a comfortable chamber had been provided for me, in a neighbouring dwelling. I followed my conductor. The bed chamber candle was lighted, and I proceeded to undress. This being satisfactorily performed, and the nocturnal luminary being extinguished, I leapt, springingly, into bed.
I was, instantaneously, saluted by a tremendous blow, which smarted my nose not a little. There was no time for parley, I made the best defence I was able, but my adversary was power. ful; I suddenly had the worst of the conflict, and, being gradually driven towards the end of the bed, I began, seriously, to think of the latitude and longitude of the door, when, feeling a hard substance which my adversary seemed to have concealed under the bed clothes, I pulled it, with all my force, and, after an excruciating cry from him, I secured it. The arrow of Apollo, himself, could not have been of such aid as this auxiliary, in my hour of need, as I used it to belabour my adversary with all my might; his exertions became slighter and slighter, when, throwing away my weapon, I got his head under my arm and fibbed him in the most satisfactory manner. The noise had, by this time, alarmed the landlord of the house, and had even reached the Inn. The door opened, and forward rushed young Reef and several other companions. Candles were brought with them, and disclosed to their view your most obedient servant, pummelling the venerated countena nce and person of the respected Reef, senior! His wooden leg lay broken on the floor, and, as he could not stand without a rene wal of the timber, after an explanation, it was agreed that I should exchange apartments with young Reef for the remainder of the night.
This was the worst of all my doings, but, fortunately, I was not to blame,
The old gentleman, delighted with the scenes of the past day, and anticipating the future amusements, had determined to go to bed, with three extra tumblers, tacetiously termed by him, his sailing trim ! and, there being some variation in the compass of his understanding, on retiring he turned to the left instead of to the right, and, consequently, occupied my couch, alto. gether without authority. Matters were soon arranged, and I sunk into slumber in my new apartment,
( To be concluded in our next.)
It appears that this celebrated Sculptor was born at Copenbagen, on the 9th of November, 1770. On the 8th of March, 1797, he first set foot within the walls of Rome; and we note the date because he has ever since designated it as his second birth-dayfrom that hour the Eternal City became his hoine. At first he received a small stipend as a travelling student from the Danish government, and it was during this period that he produced his “ Jason," a model, to use the language of Canova, “of a new and most majestic style." But, though overwhelmed with praise and admiration, bone offered him patronage or commission ; and his determination to retrace his steps to the ungenial north had been so far matured, that his slender wardrobe was packed up and banded to a carriage, when his intended companion, Hagermann, the Berlin sculptor, was compelled to defer their departure until the next day, for want of the necessary passport. On that very day, it happened that a valet. de-place introduced Sir Thomas Hope into Thorwaldsen's bumble studio; the banker was not ouly a wealthy man, but had a keen perception of the sublime and beautiful in art-and, more than this, an open liberal heart. He inquired the expense of executing the statue in marble, and its author, fearful of dispelling the smiling prospect which so suddenly dawned upon him, modestly named six hundred sequins. No," said Hope, “ I should take shame at tendering so trivial a remuneration for a work like this. Let it be mine at eight hundred." This was the moment which decided Tborwaldsen's destiny, and re-kindled his almost extinguished passion for the arts; from this auspicious incident may be dated his progressive advance to the highest rank among the living sculptors of the present day.
FEMALE INNOCENCE. From the German of Müchler.
Our Pastor contradicts himself, 'tis plain,
Not to love Henry inore ;
And Henry lives next door ?
FOREIGN LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.
WEST COUNTRY REMINISCENCES.
Our lately published Epitaph, on the Laird of Garscadden, has procured us a pumber of a similar kind, three of which we now beg leave to present to our readers :
The first was improvised by a venerable clergyman, still alive, who had been requested by a reverend brother, now, alas ! no more, to give him an appropriate inscription for his tombstone. The clergyman's worship of the Great was proverbial. It is as follows:
Here lies, beneath this sod,
To see some out that he sent there! Upon another occasion, the same reverend gentleman being requested by another brother of the cloth to write him his epitaph, produced the following, which was considered, by all who heard it, to be both true and graphic:
Here lies a simple man of feeling,
Who lived on love, and preached by stealing ! A third reverend brother having persevered, notwithstanding many objections to the contrary on the part of our reverend epitaphist, to obtain a “ Here lies” from his pen, the following was at last reluctantly given. It was as just as it was laconic :
Here lies the body of Francis Anderson,
The Prospectus of a newspaper, to be published under the auspices of the Sublime Porte, has recently been received in this country. It is a document of great interest, and is pregnant with instruction for the absolutists of this country. We extract the following passage from it :
“ Wben the daily events of the present age are not publicly notified at the time of their occurrence, and their real causes remain, thereby, unknown, the people, acting in the spirit of the old proverb, that man dislikes whatever is strange to him,' are accustomed to resist every thing the occasion and necessity of which they do not comprehend. Thus has it hitherto happened, that the people, viewing the internal and external relations, the official changes and other affairs of the Sublime Porte, as things altogether enigmatical, bave often referred political transactions to intentions very different from the views of the government; and, as it is intended to communicate to the public, information on new inventions, the fine arts, the prices of the necessaries of life, and, in general, whatever relates to trade and commerce, this, in every respect, useful and salutary undertaking, cannot fail to be regarded as a new and striking testimony of the liberality, justice, and enlight-' ened foresight of our Sublime Ruler, and of his earnest endeavours to promote general prosperity and happiness. However, as it would be difficult to communicate all the above intelligence in manuscript, it has been thought advisable to establish a regular printing office, from the presses of which, a new Gazette, in different languages, will issue. Indeed, our high-minded and sublime monarch, being not only a benevolent and gracious ruler of his own people, but an upright friend to all nations which main, tain the relations of peace and amity with the Porte, it is desirable that the publicatiou of this Journal should be rendered more useful by separate printing in other languages, and, therefore, an experienced European, well skilled in foreign languages, bas been selected to carry this object into effect."
A SPLENDID Return Ball is about to be given by the stranger gentlemen who were present last season at the Gælic Club Assembly. Our fair citizens are all on the qui vive, and from the young belles lately added to the ranks of our city beau sexe it is looked forward to by our bachelors with pleasure and anxiety.
FOREIGN THEATRICAL INTELLIGENCE.
The Paris Theatres have produced, during the last year, 272 new pieces : 2 Tragedies, 27 Dramas, 19 Comedies, 21 Operas, 30 Melo-Dramas, 2 Ballets, 171 Vandrilles; 172 Authors have received “ the honours.” SCRIBE, always the most prolific, has produced 13 pieces.
CAUTION TO YOUNG AUTHORS.—Youth is prone to censure. A young man of genius expects to make a world for himself; as he gets older, he finds he must take it as it is. It is imprudent in a young author to make any enemies what.
He should not attack any living person. Pope was, perbaps, too refined and jesuitical a professor of authorship ; and his arts to establish his reputation were infinite, and sometimes perhaps exceeded the bounds of severe integrity. But in this he is an example of prudence, that he wrote no satire till bis fortune was made.
AUTHORS AND ARTISTS. I have always rather tried to escape the acquaintance, and conversation of authors. An author, talking of his own works, or censuring those of others, is to me a dose of ipecacuanha. I like only a few, who can in company forget their authorship, and remember plain sense.
The conversation of artists is still worse. Vanity and envy are the main ingredients. One detests vanity because it shocks one's own vanity,
Had I listened to the censures of artists, there is not a good piece in my collection. One blames one part of a picture, another attacks another. Sir Joshua is one of the most candid ; yet he blamed the stiff drapery of my Henry VII. in the state bed-cbamber, as if good drapery could be expected in that age of painting. - Walpole.
A PRETTY METAPHOR.–A young lady marrying a man sbe loved, and leaving many friends in town, to retire with him into the country, Mrs. D. said prettily, “ She has turned one and twenty shillings into a guinea.”
Mr. Noble, the celebrated Oriental Scholar, has a Hebrew Grammar in the University Press. We have been favoured with a sight of the sheets which are already printed, and we can affirm with confidence, that this will make the best guide to the acqui. sition of the Hebrew tongue which has ever yet appeared. The plan upon which it is coustructed is entirely original, and embraces the three different modes of teaching, with points, without points, and with accents, in a simple form, which makes them all of easy attainment to the merest tyro.
A Comparative Account of the Population of Great Britain, in the Years 1801, 1811, 1821, and 1831, by T. Rickman, Esq. is in the Press.
ATTILA, a Tragedy, and other Poems, will also appear immediately.
J. H. Curtis is about to publish a Clinical Report of the Royal Dispensary for Diseases of the Ear, with Observations on the Deaf and Dumb.
A DICTIONARY of Practical Medicine, by J. Copland, is in the Press.
ILLUSTRATIONS of Political Economy, by Harriet Martineau, are about to be published monthly, No. 1, " Life in the Wilds."
A Dictionary of Foreign Bibliography, by William THOMAS Lowndes, will speedily be published.
Fragments of Voyages and Travels, being an account of Captain Basil Hall's Naval Life and Early Voyages, Second Series, are in the Press.
A new Novel, entitled “Chantilly,” is announced.
THE ARCADE REPOSITORY. We regret to understand that the letter from a Sempstress, which we inserted in our Journal, has been deemed by those interested in this very praise worthy establishment as likely to militate against its usefulness. Our object in giving these letters a place, was occasioned from motives the very reverse-that of doing good to the establishment. We have made inquiry relative to the complaint of our former correspondent, and it is only fair to state, that we fear the letters in question were dictated by ignorance of the real state of matters.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS. “ M. M.'s" Epistle has been received. We had taken some pains in emending his Stanzas; but now, after all, we must say · No."
“ Nemo's” Epigram has been submitted to the Council of grave and learned Signiors, who have brought in a verdict of “ Not Worthy."
Miss E. MACWORTH's prettily-written Epistle has been received. We shall cause our Spectacles to be on the out-look for the dark-visaged spectre-looking Bore who troubles her family with his visits.
“ C. C. C.'s" communication has been prepared for publication, but he must really bear with us till we have more room.
Public VIRTUE.When first thrust my nose into the world, I was apt loudly to blame my defection from what I esteemed public virtue or patriotism. As I grew older, I found the times were more to blame than the men. We may censure places and pensions ; while the placemen and the pensioners are often entitled to our esteem. One man has a numerous family to provide for, another is ruled by a vain wife, &c. &c. I think some temptations would have overcome even Brutus. But why talk of Brutus, whilst men, not measures, are the object ?- Walpole.
Weak Nerves.-A clergymen at Oxford, who was very nervous and absent, going to read prayers at St. Mary's, heard a show-man in the High Street, who had an exhibition of wild beasts, repeat often, “ Walk in without lose of time. All alive! alive, ho!" The sounds struck the absent man, and ran in his head so much, that when he began to read the service, and came to the words in the first verse, “and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive,” he cried out, with a louder voice, “ shall save his soul alive! All alive! alive, ho !" to the astonishment of the congregation.
PRICE OF MAKING A PARK A GARDEN.-Queen Caroline spoke of shutting up St. James's Park, and converting it into a noble garden for the palace of that name. She asked Sir Robert Wal. pole, what it might probably cost; who replied, “ only three CROWNS."
RESEMBLANCES.-Personal resemblances are, no doubt, frequently so strong as to be confounded easily. I knew an instance of a person paying his addresses to one sister, and offering to the other by mistake, was accepted and married ; and he did not discover the blunder until he found his spouse cared not for the charms of music, an accomplishment which the original object of his affections possessed. I also knew of an instance in which a person ran away with a young lady, where he thought he had made a sudden conquest; but it turned out that she mistook him for his brother. Since, however, the ancients personified love as blind, some little mistakes are not to be wondered at, although, to the cool observant eye or the naturalist, the trifling descrepancies, everlooked occasionally, will always be manifest.--Metropolitan Magazine.