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of romance; neither are they particularly , respondence of Burns, Campbell, Macniel, strong-minded, or high in rank, but are and other eminent poets of the day; it is placed in the ordinary situations of life; , said that his poems breathe a tenderness and yet the reader is as much interested and simplicity honourable to the head and with their fate, as when that fate is brought heart of the author. about by the most incredible or extraor. Campbell; or, The Scottish Probation, a dinary means. The principal merit of vovel, in three volumes, 12mo. will shortly Madame Riccobiui's writings, consists in appear. the charming manner of her telling the Sentimental Lines, selected from celestory, the ease and elegance of her style, l brated plays, by John Wilson, third edithe originality of her portraits, the justness tion, 12mo. of her observations, which discover a pro Early Genius, exemplified in the juvenile found knowledge, and which always have pursuits of eminent foreigners, 18mo. the rare merit of never digressing from the Dr. Spiker, one of the librarians of his main subject: thus the romances of Madame Majesty the King of Prussia, who recently Riccobini have this advantage, they are visited this country for literary and scientific not only amusing to the superficial reader, objects, has published, in German, the first but to more serious people, who may be volume of his Tour through England, desirous of relaxing from abstruser studies. Wales, and Scotland. The work will exMorals are carefully respected, and the les tend to three volumes, a translation of son offered by the works of Madame Ric- which will be published here, under the cobiui is mild and pure; while all her cha- authority, and with some additional remarks racters have the air and manners of people by the author. accustoined to mix with the more refined The Memoirs of Count Grammont are classes of society.

about to be published, printed elegantly in These romances are not like too many two pocket volumes, and at a moderate others, improper for the perusal of youth. price. This highly distinguished work, They do not vitiate the taste by giving the which was written by Count Hamilton, picture of a world existing only in imagina owes its celebrity as much to the picquant tion. They do not kindle the passions into graces of its narrative, as to the rich store flame, by descriptions as dangerous as they of secret anecdote with which it abounds, are seducing. We often see the misfortunes of distinguished personages of the courts of attendant on a first fault in these instructive Charles and James II. It has been pubvolumes, but meet oftener a virtuous cou.

lished hitherto only in an expensive form, duct meeting its just reward : and these which must have prevented that general Jessons are set forth in so pleasing and circulation to which it would otherwise batural a manner, that they deeply interest have attained ; that obstacle will be rethe reader, and dispose the heart to receive moved by the present edition. those impressions it was the writer's inten

Dr. Jones's new translation of the four tion to inculcate. We cannot, then, for. Gospels, into Welch, will be published in a bear highly recommending this new edition, few days, in a duodecimo volume. which is got up with the nicest care, and ornamented with beautiful engravings.

MUSICAL REVIEW.

I'm certain he'll come if he can; sung by WORKS IN THE PRESS.

Mrs. Bland, set to music by Mr. Hook. It will be gratifying to the lovers of The style of this little pastoral air is para Scottish literature to be informed, that a ticularly suited to the silver tones of Mrs. Kolume of Poems and Songs, chiefly in the Bland's voice, which is always listened to Scottish dialect, will shortly be published, with peculiar pleasure, when pouring forth by the late Richard Gall. Mr. Gall died this simple kiud of harmony. We greatly several years ago, in the bloom of youth, admire the preludio, and the refraine, or when bis genius and taste had introduced 'burthen of the song before us; but we him to gentlemen eminent in the literary anxiously look forward to some novel proworld. He enjoyed the friendship and cor ductions from such a composer as Mr.

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Hook; and are astonished at finding such, his daughter's marriage, it was on condition powers for composition as we know him to that it should take place the 1st of April. be possessed of laying, in a manner, dor It is a curious fact that the present will mant, when they might afford so much real not be the first connexion of little Hessepleasure, in the operatic line, to all the Honibourg with England. As far back as lovers of harmonic science, by subjects bet- the year 1994, Hombourg became, by a sinter adapted to a veteran composer's skill gular bargain, a fief of our Edward l. The than the above air.

Emperor Adolpbus (of Nassau) was in

volved in a dispute with Philip of France, THE PRINCIPALITY OF HESSE. with whom our Edward being also disposed HOMBOURG.

to quarrel, he entered into a close alliance Hombourg was, before the late system with the Emperor, and engaged bim to dea of making and unmaking sovereigus, an clare war against Philip. The chief agent appanage of a younger branch of the fa- : between the two sovereigns, and promoter mily of Hesse. Darmstadt, and under the. of the alliauce, was Adolphus's favourite, sovereiguty of the Grand Duke of Hesse, Eberhard, Count of Catzenellenbogen, and with a territory literally not much exceed- Lord of Hombourg. The King of England, ing in size that of Lilliput, as described by in his auxiety to secure him to his interest, Gulliver, “ twelve miles in circumference."persuaded him to become his vassal, seNow the little state is swelled into an abso- conded his proposal by five huodred Juie monarchy: a patch of territory is given pounds, English, gold, which, it appears, to it on the opposite side of the Rhine; it possessed as much attractiou to little Prio. masters froni eighteen thousand to twenty ces in those days as in these. The Count thousand subjects, and contains ten square could not resist the offer, and actually took German, about fifty English miles. This the oath of allegiance, before an English enormous aggrandizenient is owing to the ambassador, to the English King, for the influence at Vienna of the four or five sons castle and town of Hombourg. of the reigning sovereign, distinguished and meritorious officers in the service of the Emperor of Austria. Of the elder brother,

SINGULAR ZOOPHYTE. the hereditary Prince (the husband of the In a cavern in the island of St. Lucie, on Princess Elizabeth), every body speaks well, the borders of the sea, is a large basin, of as a brave honest soldier. One of the bro. the depth of about twelve or fifteen feet, thers is married to a Princess of Prussia. the waters of wbich are brackish, and the Hombourg is a pretty little place, in a bottom composed of rocks, from which beautiful country, under noble mountains ; are constantly ascendiug substances, which, the reigning sovereign a worthy, infirm, at first sight, resemble beautiful flowers, old Prince. The revenue of the state, about having very much the appearance of mari. fitieen thousaud pounds a year. The here- golds, but of a much more bright and glar. ditary Duke of Mecklenburg. Schwerin has ing colour. These apparent flowers, at the Jouy been attached to the Princess of Hesse approach of a hand or any instrument, reHombourg, the only sister of the husband tire like snails, probably into the interior of our l'rincess; but there is “ one fair of the rocks. On observing them closely, daigister and 10 more;" and the old sove- four filaments of a brown colour are perreign of Hombourg loving her more than ceptible, something similar to the legs of “passing well," song declared the inipossi- ! spiders; these antenae, which move rapidly bility of parling with her. He has vow, at round a kind of petal, are armed with pinJasi, beril tudied to consent, with tears in cers to seize the prey that m-y present his eyes, 10 de separation, but he cannot itself; and no sooner is it seized, than the bring bonuseif to remain al llombourg dur- yellow flower closes, to prevent the object ing the marriage, and will returu to it only escaping that it holds ju these pincers.-to welcome luis married son and his illustri. Bentain the Avwer is a browo-coloured ous English daughter-in-law. The old stalki, probably the receptacle of the ani. Landgrave is somewhat bizarre in his cba. mal. This zoophyte appears to feed on racter; and when he at last assented to the spawa of fish, and water insects.

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They are found of all colours in the north this specific, which often had hardly been seas during the summer; they lose their placed round the sufferer, when a five boy beauty when taken ; and cause blisters on or girl inhaled the vital air. The reason the hands of those that touch them. is obvious: in tedionis cases, the time re.

quireil for nature to effect her operations is

completed while the envoy has been pro. MADAME MANSON.

curing the charm. The following letter was written lately by Madame Manson to the editor of Le

PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS IN PARIS. Journal des Debats :

RECKONING together theatres, balls, "Till now I have constantly refused to sit for my portrait; indeed, I have taken

concerts, foreign spectacles, evening enterall possible means to disappoint the schemes in Paris, one hundred and fourteen places

tainments, and public gardeus, there are, of some certain artists, during the trial con

of amusement where it is requisite to pay cerving Fualdes: is it out of revenge for

at the doors to gain admission : added to my refusals that they have produced those

which there are a number of public houses grotesque and ridiculous figures, to which

in the suburbs where the lower classes they have done me the favour of putting

dance, several rural balls and village fêtes. my name? This is Madame Manson,' it

In Paris there are likewise a prodigious is said, and curiosity eagerly runs after it.

number of coffee houses, billiard tables, “ Since it is my fate to see my portrait

and gaming.tables, both public and pri. dispersed through every corner of the king. dom, I should wish, at least, it might re

vate; and every one of these places are

thronged with people, every one of the semble me, and prove that whatever portraits have hitherto been published of me

fifty-two Sundays in the year. are only those of fancy and imagination within the small space of one hundred and

One single Boulevard, that of the Temple, I will, as much as lies in my power, prevent thirty feet, contains five Theatres, four or the French from being duped; and if there

five exhibitions of curiosities, a public are a few individuals who wish to see the garden, and a dozen coffee-houses: some likeness of a woman, unfortunately, alas! of which are ornamcuted with as inany too celebrated, I can certify that the only

looking glasses as there were in the whole painter to whom I have sat is M. Garnier

palace of Versailles, in the time of Louis Narcisse, and that the portrait he has taken XIV.; and, thanks to gas-lights, better ilof me is a faithful resemblance.

luminated than the palaces of the Cæsars, “ENJALRAN-Manson.

when in all the height of their glory. “N. B. M. Garnier-Narcisse intends to

People of cynical manners will assert, send this portrait to London, and to other that the increasing number and splendour capital cities."

of these numerous places of dissipation,

are proofs of the deplorable corruption of A RELIC OF SUPERSTITION AMONG morals in the present age: while, in the THE GAEL.

eye of the optimist, it seems the gratifying Ar Cluny, the residence of the chieftain testimony of the progress of industry, and of the M.Phersons, there is a magical circle, the increase of wealth and ease among the or belt, four yards wide, supposed to cou inferior classes of society. Probably there tain a virtue, which, in the most dangerous may be something of that: but wlien they extremities, procures parturitiou with per. Il give also that as a proof of the progress of fect safety to the mother and child. This the arts to the attainment of perfection, it talisman is called, in Gaelic, Cris Vreck, or is no such thing. This myriad of theatres, speckled girdle. It consists of tanned lea- from that in the Rue Transonaju to the ther, about four inches broad: it is doubled, theatre of the Porte St. Martin, does not and, at short distances, embroidered with || prevent the Parisiaus from feeling low difcrosses, figures of birds, fishes, and quaficult it will be to get the Theatre Frandrupeds. Forty years sivce, horsemen and çais on its former footing : how will they footmen came express, at the distance of ever replace Fleury, Saint-Prix, Caumont, m anv days' journey, to solicit the use of land Mademoiselle Raucourt?

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BIRTHS.

In Dublin, in the 83d year of his age, Cor. At Grove House, Blackheath, the Right Hon.

nely, the father of the Irish stage, and the con. the Countess of Huntingdon, of a son.

We un

temporary of Edwin, Shuter, O'Reilly, and derstand it is Lord Huntingdon's intention to

Ryder. In his time he was an excellect come. commemorate his succession to the title, by nam

dian, and the particular friend and companion

of O'Keeffe. ing this boy Robin Hood. At Xeres, in Spain, the lady of John David

At Brompton, in the 75th year of her age, Gordon, Esq. jun. of Wardhouse, Aberdeen- deeply regretted by her family and friends, Miss shire, of a son.

Pope, of Newman-street, Oxford-street, formerly

of the Theatre Royal, Drury-lane. MARRIED.

At Dundee, in the 100th year of his age, Joha By special licence, at St. George's church, || Fraser, a native of Strathspey, and one of the Hanover-square, by the Hon. and Rev. the Dean

few remaining adherents of Prince Charles Stu. of Windsor, the Marquis of Bute, to ttie Lady | art-having fought under that oufortunate Prince Maria North, eldest daughter of the late George, in 1745 and 1746. Earl of Guildford. The bride was given away At his house, Broad-court, Long-acre, aged 56, by his Royal Highness the Duke of York. Mr. Thomas Goold, wholesale fruiterer of Co.

Charles Aston, eldest son of Dr. Key, of Lon. || vent-garden market. He was a sincere friend, don, to Anne, third daughter of the late Rev. and truly honest man; much esteemed by those Samuel Lovick Cooper, of Great Yarmouth, ll who had the pleasure of knowing hin, and reNorfolk, and viece of Dr. A. Cooper, of London. Il gretted by the trade, of which he was a woriby DIED.

member : he has left a widow to bemoan his irre.

parable loss. At his Lordship's seat, Port Eliot, Cornwall, At the Ville of Dunkirk, near Boughton-underthe Countess of St. Germains.

the-Blean, David Ferguson, aged 124 years.At his house, in St. James's-square, Viscount | Ferguson was a Scotchman, but had resided in Anson. His Lordship, who was descended from the Ville of Dunkirk between fifty and sixty a sister of the first Lord Anson, and who inherit. years; he was, until a few years back, a very in. ed the estates of that family, was born in 1767, il dustsinus, active, and hard-working labourer, and was created a Peer, by patent, in 1806. He The following account which he gave of himself was married, in 1794, to the second daughter of is extracted from a memoir of this remarkable T. W. Coke, Esq. of Norfolk. There are seven old man, lately published : :-“He was born at surviving children of this marriage ; of whom, || Netherud, in the parish of Kirkuid, about ten Thomas William, the eldest son, born in 1795, miles north of Drumieguir, the youngest of fifsucceeds to the title and estates.

teen children ; his father's name was James, his In Grosvenor-place, after a lingering illness, li mother's maiden name Somerville. He was at the Right Hon. General Lord Muncaster, aged school at Dunsgre, in Lanarkshire, about nine 73. His Lordship inherited the title and estates

miles from Lanark ; his mother's friends came on the death of his brother, in 1813, and is suc

from Niebiken, in the parish of Carnwaith; he ceeded in both by his only son, the Hon. Low. was bred a shoemaker at Linton, on the Dum. ther Angristus John Pennington, a minor. fries road, about three miles from Cair Muir ; he

In the 76th year of his age, Francis Newbery, first entered into the army in a regiment of draEsq. of St. Paul's Church-yard.

goops called the Glasgow Grays (not the preMr Abraham Thornton, sen. farmer, of Castle sent Scots Grays); after this he served in the Bromwich, Warwickshire, father of Abraham || 70th regiment; that he was about twelve or thir. Thornton, tried and acquitted of the murder of

teen years old at the battle of Sheriff Muir; was Mary Ashford.

at the battle of Malplaquet; remembers Queen Lately, in the United States of America, Sir

Anne, and lias seen the Duke of Marlborongh in John Oldmixon, once known in fashionable life, England; he recollects Lord Stair calling upon but having retired from this country about his father, who was a farmer, and left the estate twenty-five years ago, he sunk into obscurity, of Cair Muir, in consequence of Lanson, of Cair and has died neglected and forgotten.

Muir, tbrowing three farms into one for sheep." Lately, at Paris, in the 70th year of his age, The remains of the old man were interred in M. Monge, one of the greatest geometricians of Boug ton Church d, attended by the age, and a distinguished member of the assemblage of both old and young persous; and French institute. He was one of the men of one common sentiment of regret seemed to perscience who formed part of Bonaparte's expedi. | vade all classes, at the last farewell of their old tion to Egypt.

friend, who was universally beloved.

numerous

London: Printed by and for John Bell, Proprietor of this MAGAZINE, and of the WBBELY

MESSENGER, Corner of Clare-court, Drury-lane.

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