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Edinburgh Literary Miscellany,
FOR JUNE 1809 :
With a View of ROSENEATH.
Pages Register of the Weather for June, 402. 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,
44% Esq. :
ib. Suggestions for the Improvement
POETRY. of the Edinburgh Botanic Garden, 404 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,
445 Monthly Memoranda in Natural His
446 On Mary Queen of Scots,
40,8 Account of Forfar Garden,
ib. of the early History of the Steam: Engine, aro Edwin and Amelia, a Tale, ,
ib. On the Crown Glass Manufacture of The Growth of the Arts in North Scotland,
: Britain, . Account of the Duke of Argyleis de
Verses on Spring,
448 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 York, ib.
in France, 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
ib. Beilby Porteus, Lord Bishop of Lon
Military Operations in Bavaria, Ausdon,
427 tria, Tyrol, &c. Memoirs of the Progress of Manu.
Portugal, factures, Chemistry, Science, and
Sir Arthur. Wellesley's Victories over the Fine Arts,
430 the French, Ancient Constitution of the Spanish Cortes,
475 L. An Address to the Landed Interest Military Appointments --Marriages, 477
of Scotland, on the subject of Dis. Births, and Deaths, tillation: By a Scotch Farmer, 433
Stocks and Markets,
State of the BAROMETER, in inches and decimals, 11 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.
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
0 14 29 29.65 32 45 0.85 Rain
M. 10 0 38 1 1 30 29.75 33 43 0.1 Snow
Tu. 11 1 21 1 40 31 29.71 31 53 0.03 Showers
1 59 2 18 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
3 4 29.71 49
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 7 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 9 8 10 29 48 59 0.035 Ditto
Sa. 22 9 50 10 30 11 29.8540 65 0.8 Rain
Su. 23 11 7 11 44 12 29.91 48 62
0 16 13 29.9 48 64
Tu. 25 0 47 1 15 14 29.81 54 57 0.65 Rain
W. 26 1 41 2 5 15 29.88 52 60 0.24 Ditto
Th. 27 2 29 2 50 16 29.87 46 57 0.03
Fr. 28 3 13 3 33 29.55 56 61.
Sa. 29 3 53 4 12 29.78 51 66
Su. 30 4 31 4 50 19 29.72 71 0.02 Showers
M. 31 5 8 5 28 20
Clear 21 30.2 56 73 Ditto
MOON's PHASES 30.31 51 69 Ditto
For JULY 1809. 23 30.3 55 76
Apparent time at Edinburgba 24 30.35 54 76
Last Quar. 4. 1. 53. even.
First Quart. 20. 7. 18. morn,
Full Moon, 26. 10. 7. even,
July 11. Royal Burghs meet.
Court of Session rises, 30. Dog days begin,
Description of ROSENEATH. lany, whence he derived the above inROSENEATH, one of the principal formation relative to Heriot's Hospiresidences of the Duke of Argyle, that this building is after a design of
Arnot tells us, that it is reported 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 Qumbartonshire. 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, few years ago, the former building
who was the architect. having been destroyed by fire, his
. Grace rebuilt it with
28th June 1809. additional
great 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 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 HOSPITAL.
was the son of Mr Alexander Home, To the Editor.
Town Clerk of that place. He was SIR,
horn 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 grammat school we are informed, that “ Heriot’s Hos- 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. “ Castle in Forfarshire, in Scotland, Agis was written before Douglas,
are specimens of the designs of Inigo and he took it to London with himn in “ Jones."
the year 1749, but did not then susI 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 miscels included another play, not mentioned
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 Botanic Garders. extreme interest by every reader of That elegant and accomplished schotaste.
lar Herry 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 All about grew every sort of dowre,
respect to virtuous education. In the To which sad lovers were traasform'd 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 Foolish Narcisse, that likes the wai'ry
leges pent within narrow bounds, in Sad Aramanthus, piade a flowre but populous cities, is rendered in a mea. late;
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 IT T is with feelings of great satisfac- 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 sugges- express 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 to .
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
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 income 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 Greenhouse
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 2 for ma- south-side, placed amidst the rubbish
king it; and, for its annual support, of the garden, is certainly very bad, “ 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 : 6 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, and an the garden, we certainly consider it a " addition of L.50 annually, for de
, 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 to 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