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nor have been received by him. As little was that result of the note anticipated by Mr Tait, who was, not unnaturally, alarmed at such testimony to Richmond's merits, from so important a quarter.
Messrs FINLAY and REDDIE to Mr Tait.
and the above queries.
Commissioner ; but were advised they could not do sn, con. sistently with the due discharge of their public legal duty; and, therefore, explained to the Court, through the Commissioner, the circumstances in which they were placed, leaving it to the Court to determine whether they ought to give evidence, as witnesses, or not. In their explanatory note, Mr Finlay and Mr Reddie gave no statement beyond what was necessary to convey to the Court the knowledge of their situation, as now called upon to bear testimony; and they neither intended to give, nor have given, any evidence in favour of either party. Indeed, it does not require much knowledge of law to perceive, that their statement, in such circumstances, cannot be received, and will not he received, or admitted, as evidence between the parties, by any court of law, whether English or Scotch. The requisition for various explanations, transmitted by Mr Tait, on the 5th December inst, is quite unwarranted, and, he must be aware, carnot be complied with.
Glasgow, 9th December 1834.
Songs of the Months. The poetry and music published during the last year in the Monthly Repository, are here gathered into a garland for “ the hoary head of Time.” They form an elegant, as we have no doubt they will an acceptable volume, and welcome token in social and friendly circles.
Rose of Cashmere, an Oriental Opera. Ву
Mr SILLERY gallops his Pegasus at such a fiery-footed pace, and makes so many strange gambades, curvets, and caracoles, that we fairly give up all hope of being able to keep up with him, although the haze of the Brocken and the cloud-capt Alps, among which he chooses to disport, did not wrap him from mortal sight. The “ Exiles of Chamouni,” is a drama, written for the purpose of “exhibiting the dreadful nature of sin." In it the devil, though in face of the proverb, scarcely gets his due.
WORKS IN SERIES.
The Riches of Chaucer. A selection, in tivo close-printed volumes, from the voluminous writings of the “ Father of English Poetry.” We consider this, after all, the chief poetical trophy of the month. The Editor, Mr Charles Clarke, has modernized the spelling, explained the obsolete words, expunged the antique grossnesses and simplicities—for we will not adopt his word, “ impurities”-and, in short, restored this delightful and most truly English old author to popular acceptance. In this he has done excellent service, which, we trust, the public will duly appreciate. Selections of the English Poets, from Spenser
to Beattie. London : Scott and Webster. Right glad are we to find that the sterling English Poets of former generations are not yet quite forgotten. This volume is one of the most pleasant remembrancers of this agreeable fact that we have lately seen.
In exterior, it is as handsome and more substantial than any of the Annuals. Its contents are the amaranthine flowers and the rare gems of English verse ; and it is studded with appropriate engravings, sufficient to furnish several Annuals. A boldly engraved portrait of Goldsmith, instead of some mawkish specimen of fashion, forms the frontispiece; and the work is enriched with beautiful vignettes; a style of embellishment for which we have an especial predilection. To ladies and young persons, or those who select for them, we recommend this volume upon even a higher principle than that on which tųe Vicar of Wakefield's wife chose her wedding gown,It will not only wear well, but it is beautiful from the first.
From a CORNUBIAN, we have RECREATIONS IN RHYME-sprightly humorous stories and sketches in easy jingling verse, one of which is worth a whole shelfful of “ woful ballads to a mistresses' eye-brow."
We may notice here that Mr Ryan of Huddersfield, and Mi Parke of Glasgow, has each produced a volume of verses. Mr Parke is already favourably kuown to the literary world_Mr Ryau deserves to be so.
John Billington, Architect. We understand there are some generous individuals, Great Unknowns, who at present send gratuitously to the Artisans' Reading Rooms the Standard and such other journals as may keep the subscribers sound and orthodox in their political faith and opinions. We have no objection to this; but still would suggest that to such gifts works like the Architectural Director were added, or, if need be, that they should be substituted for the Tory journals.
Allan Cuningham has brought his edition of Burns to a prosperous conclusion, and crowned his labours by a few appropriate and felicitous stanzas. Other Scottish bards have woven flowers in the crowning garland ; and among them we would distinguish the verses of Mr David Vedder, which are in the true spirit of Burns. This edition may not be without its faults. The text is sometimes overloaded with mere inake-weight commen. tary, and the criticisin is occasionally bald enough; but, take it as a whole, the Burns of Allan Cuningham will long remain a favourite edition of the works of the NATIONAL BARd, with all who possess a spark of genuine Scottish feeling.
Valpy's HUME goes on with business-like punctu. ality; and so do those cheap and valuable reprints, entitled the SacRED CLAssics. They have now reached twelve neat volumes; forming a Body of Divinity of the highest value, and selling at £2 : 23. This we pronounce a good work ; one whose value time will not soon depre: ciate.
The 16th Part of the POPULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA is before us. It is a business-like Port, and gets over a good deal of ground by judicious condensation. The History of the East India Company, and ot' Ecclesiastical Establishments, are valuable statistical articles. The Number also comprehends Erectricity.
A third volume of Martin's BRITISH COLONIES has appeared ; and a Life of HANNAH MORE, with her Cor. respondence, which, if more full, is not more accurate, nor neaily so just as that which appeared in this Magazine. This long life exhibits Hannah More as she chose to appear in full dress, or in a careful dishabille in her correspondence; that of the Magazine is the true character shewn in its recesses, and with all its internal actu. ating motives displayed, whether petty or mixed, benevolent or seltish.
Illustrations of Social Depravity. No. VII.
Archery and Archness.
This is a little work composed of puns and conceits, This Number is devoted to the strange history of the burlesques and travesties, in prose and verse-some of murder of William Morgan, in the State of New York, thein lively, and others heavy and flat enongh ; yet, one by a conspiracy among the Freemasons. This atrocious with another, fat and lean, they form a rather amusing crime made a great sensation a few years back. The melange to those who are not attic in taste, nor fastidious warrative possesses much of the interest which usually about the quality of the wit, which serves its purpose with belongs to a tale of “ Murder will out,” though it is them, it is excite a temporary laugh. rather overloaded with minute, unimportant circum
Tough Purns. By the Old Sailor. stances. The moral hinges upon the blood of Morgan
This work has the true, ancient, tishy, sea-weedy smell. crying from the ground unavenged, no individual having
It is, in short, a very clever log-book : yet the plates, by been yet called in question by the lodges for taking part
George Cruikshank, are twice as clever, and, in his bril. in the dark crime of his mysterious uurder.
liant short-hand, tell much better stories.
Medwin'S ANGLER IN WALES, is a pleasant, gossipBOOKS OF 1834.
ing, sketchy, anecdotal, dramatic, and descriptive work, We must close close our account-current with the pub
upon which the author has poured forth the choice parts lishing year, 1834. Many of its more valuable produc
of his portfolio and of his diary. The work is fully as tions we have already noticed. Some, not the least de
Welsh in its charming woodcuts, as in the letterpress, sei ving, have been deferred, upon the complimentary
which rambles pleasantly over India, Italy, and all the understanding that they were good enough to stand over; world. The author- Byron's Medwin-does severe justhat they were of a quality that will keep, and yet
tice upon his capricious friend. be neither neglected nor forgotten. Among the more
THE ANGLER IN IRELAND.__ The Green Isle of the important of those which we must now cursorily notice, is SOUTHEY's BRITISH ADMIRALS. It is a piece of respect
West is not just at present a country for a man to disport able compilation, and nothing more. The writer had no
himself in pleasant fancies, or to pursue amusement and farther object than to tell distinctly the old stories of
recreation, and believe the public will sympathize in Drake and Hawkins in the best fashion of the book
light pleasures gathered in so sad a scene. We accordingly makers--and this he has accomplished.
think the “ Angler in Ireland" shews bad judynient and
defective taste, with a mixture of agreeable description. Cabinet of Friendship. A Tribute to the Memory
BENNET'S WANDERINGS IN NEW SOUTH WALEs, is of the late John Aitken. Edinburgh.
another of the many modern works of this kind : extenThis is a token-volume, amiable in the motive of pub- sions of journals and memorandums made by sea and lication, and interesting in its varied contents.
land, which take the place of late of the more formal informed in the preface, that those who loved Mr Aitken travels. Much of the work is dedicated to natural his. living, determined to honour his memory when a prema- tory, and objects interesting to men of science. The ture death snatched him from a young family, in the work contains many curious votices of the manners of way he would most have approved, namely, by contri- the aborigines of New Holland, and of the New buting to a publication, designed to be a tribute to him. Zealanders. selt, and a benefit to his children. The contributors
THE LITERARY SOUVEN:R.--This is almost the are chiefly the writers for Constable's Miscellany, of
oldest of the Annuals. It is, therefore, entitled to take which Mr Aitken was the editor. We hope the work may largely fulfil the reverential and affectionate purpose for
precedence in setting out upon a new and better tack.
The hopeless attempt of resting any strong or permanent which it is brought out. It is graced with many familiar
claim upou literary merit is surrendered, and the editor and some attractive names in modern ephemeral litera
has taken the prudent course of getting up a highly ture, and contains both tales and poems that enable it
embellished work ; a volume to be turned over again to compete with the best of the annuals.
and again ; looked at admiringly, and not read critically. The Comic Almunac.
For this purpose the size is enlarged, and the numerous The removal of the duty has this season been the cause engravings are of a kind which entitles the Souvenir to of the appearance of a whole host of almanacs, of all take a distinguished place as a work of Art among
the sizis, characters, and conditions. The “ Comic Alma- productions of the season. wac," by George Cruiksbank, is, however, an Uni jue THE EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY ANNUAL, is the aniong the tribe. His ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE MONTHS
name assumed for a small volume, containing several are purely llogarthian. The subordinate department of
prose sketches and poetical pieces, which, at a glance, we the Almanac shews humour and sprightliness, though not
can perceive to possess merit of no ordinary kind. We always the best taste. We could have spared the plate at regret that our limits preclude quotation at this particuThe “Comic Almanac" gives a list of his
lar time, when our literary register, alıeady far in arrear, Majesty's Ministers, of which Lord Melbourne is the
is full to overflow; but we promise ourselves the pleasure liead. The Cabinet this year battis the almanc makers.
of looking back upon it, and, in the meantime, recomIt is a singular fact, that this year some of the Edinburgh mend the new aspirant after literary honours to the it. Almanacs are published without any Ministry at all! tention of the public. The nation might be compelled to wait the return, or the pleasure of Sır Robert Peel; but the press could not
Translation of the Abbe De la Mennais' Words and the Edinburgh Almanacs omniously appear without
of u Believer, any Government.
A translation of this celebrated work, which has been Fisher's Gage d'Amitié.
denounced from the Vatical-excommunicated " by This is the second appearance of this national an- book and bell," has just appeared in London. The Holy nual. it is devoted to the picturesque scenery of the
Alliance is as likely to denounce it as the Holy Father. North of England, to the mountains and lakes, the castles, In France it has made a great sensation. In Britain it ruins, cathedrals, and border-holds of the counties of will be regarded as a curiosity, though many people will Westmoreland, Cumberland, Northumberland, and Dur. wonder for what does the Pope disquiet himself. ham. It presents views of celebrated places that one longs Discoveries in Asia Minor, By the Rev. F. J. to see if they bave never been beheld, and of which, once
Arundel, British Chaplain at Smyrna. seen, it is pleasant to possess some agreeable memorial. The letterpress descriptions a bound in historical and This is an extremely entertaining memorial of travels traditional tales of border scenery and border chivalry. and discoveries in an exhaustless field. In it living manTo those who can afford, in a moderate way, to gratity a ners vie in interest with classic and saciei antiquitits and sound and rational taste for the arts, we recommend this recollections; and learning is made the haudmaid of discheap, handsou. e, desirable, and not expensive volume. covery and observation,
Lectures on Intellectual Philosophy. By the late | Easy and Amusing Experiments for the Parlour
Dr John Young, Professor of Philosophy in and School. By John Smith. Simpkin and the College of Belfast.
Marshall. The pupils and friends of Dr Young, after his death, This is a good little book for teachers ; but especially expressed a strong desire that his lectures should be
for maiden aunts and grandmothers who assume the published. The wish has been complied with ; and the
office. It is, however, liable to the objections made against lectures have appeared in a large octavo volume, to all works of this kind that are arranged in the interrogawhich a memoir of the lecturer is prefixed by the editor,
tive form. Mr Cairns, Professor of Logic in Belfast. Dr Young was much esteemed during his life; but whether this
Book of the Reformed Parliament. By Richard publication of his lectures will add to his fame, we are
Gooch, Esq. London: Baily. not yet prepared to say. They are nearly limited to the
Let no elector be without this book, unless he has himhistory of intellectual science, and contain less original spe
self noted, in every instance, and upou every division, the culation or disquisition than we looked for. We mean
vote of the representative he has chosen. It exhibits, in a to say that tliey are of more value as a text-book for
synoptical form, and in a small space, the nature of students in the philosophy of mind, than as a system
every important question debated, the mover's name, the aspiring to originality.
gross division, and the particular vote. It is a comThe Autobiography of a Dissenting Minister. pendious mirror of the Reformed Parliament, and is to The author of this fiction is as plainly revealed to us
be continued at the close of every Session. It does not as if he printed his name in the title-page of his book.
seem quite accurate ; but this can be improved in future He has frequently, in a small way, done his devoir in
years. We do not see the price marked, or we would the good old cause of Mother Church, and should not
quote it, but it cannot be above three or four shillings. find her ungrateful. The present work is one of his
We heartily recommend it as a companion to the polling. most successful attempts to bolster the vicious system. sooth, and a work to be consulted by every man to whom
the elective franchise is intrusted. In name of a dissenter, he caricatures the discipline and internal polity of that body, and magnifies and distorts the ungenerous, fickle, tyrannical and capricious treat
Finden's Byron's Beauties.
The First and Second Parts of a series of ideal portraits
under the above title has appeared, upon which the respect. gossiping, and officious intermeddling in dissenting congre
ive artists have bestowed great care. gations. We would have them use this story as people,
The first is Zuleika, anxious about their good appearance, do those magnify
a sweet, lovely, innocent creature, Turkish in costume but ing looking-glasses, that are made to shew warts, and
Saxon in the style of her girlish beauty. This portrait is moles, and superfluous hairs, which are to be removed painted by Wright, and is finely engraved. Donna Julia : from the fair face such deformities disfigure. Thus em
- It is not easy to paint a Donna Julia which can fill up ployed, it may be useful, though it does not reflect either
the ideal image to the readers of Byron. He has himself a true or a favourable likeness.
disfigured that character, by giving to the tender, devoted,
and impassioned Julia, qualities which never yet met or Bagster on the Management of Bees. blended in the same female bosom. She is as womanlyM2 SAMUEL BAGSTER is by profession far enough devoted as the Eloise of Abelard, and as flippant and "removed from a piarian studies. He is a printer, who
impudent as the chambermaid of a modern farce. The becoming fond of the study of natural history, concen- opposite characters are an outrage to nature-a moral trated his mind upon this favourite branch, and, accor.
impossibility. The portrait is that of a charming woman, dingly, produced a complete treatise on the internal and such as Donna Julia may have been. Donna Inez, economy of the honey-makers, and a system of beneficial “ the Lady-mother mathematical,” is a portrait full of bee-management. He has also invented or improved a character, but not of the character which imagination Ladies' Safety Hive, as an inducement to the fair sex to
assigns to that odious piece of vice, prudery, and hypo. take interest in the labours of his favourites. We crisy. The Second Part contains an enchanting picture are glad to observe, that he denounces the cruel and of Anah and Aholibamah. ungrateful practice of suffocation, and describes the
Faust, a Serio-Comic Poem, with Twelve Outline humane process of fumigation, which better serves the
Illustrations. By Alfred Crowquill. intended purpose ; as by it the bees are only stupified, and in a certain time revive again, the honey being in We are not sure that we relish the scoffing and mali. the meanwhile taken away. We find many other in
cious mockery of travesties of this kind. Faust is, gevious novelties; as bee-unions to strengthen a stock. however, becoming such a bore to the merely English The work contains many pleasant anecdotes, and is reader, that one is glad of the relief of seeing him in
llustrated with numerous wood-cuts explanatory of the Harlequin clothes. One may therefore give up Faust, author's lessons to apiators. Mr Bagster, who is an Martha, and Mephistopheles, to the mocking fiend, Cari. enthusiast for bees, has also re-published Spiritual floney ;
cature ; but it is not easy to endure the distortion and an old work by Purchas, the quaint historian of the early disfigurement, into a coarse Moll Flanders, of Margaret, English navigators.
the very spirit of youth, love, trustfulness, and self
devotion. The Fruit Cultivator By John Rogers. MR Rogers is a venerable image of Father Adam,
Memorials of Oxford and I as reached fourscore and three. In this treatise he The pictorial work which we have formerly had occalays before the world the fruits of his ripened experiencesion to notice with high approbation, has now reached the in a plain practical mumer. He was formerly of the 26th Number. It is continued with the same stuiking Royal Gardens, and now dates from Southampton beauty, and spirit in the engravings, which distinguished the Nursery. We do not feel qualified to pronounce upon early numbers, and the same accuracy of description and thie merits of his work, which, we regret the more, as we elegance of letterpress. It is altogether a work worthy cannot even afford space to those learned Scotch horticul. of the first University in the world ; and of the gentleturists whofare entitled to judge.
men of England, for whom it is intended.
Peren Browx, Printer, 19, St James' Square.