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ving uttered this absurdity our man swears that there are only three has the amazing modesty to acknow- original American writers, and these ledge that he is an extremely bad are Neal, Brown and Paulding! judge on this point.' The confession After twaddling about the laws of was superfluous
pature, Auwers, pyramids and dia. The next article is a billingsgate monds, and « such small ware,' abuse of the tragedian Kean Now, through seven long columns, Neal although we ourselves were never gives a catalogue raisonné of Amerivery percipient of the powers of this can writers. great histrionic humbug, yet we John Quincy Adams (whose elecshould despise ourselves if we could tion Neal says nobody doubts) is ever condescend to make the mean- alundantly lauded for all sorts of ness of his birth the object of most perfections. Neal bas unaccountatedious and laborious ridicule. bly omitted a notice of the Fourth Then follows some poetry.
of July oration. Mr. Mullion's letter to Baron Paul Allen is put down as a man Cornwall is an admirable specimen who might have been, (had it not of impudence and ignorance harmo- been for the causes that prevented niously amalgamated. A most des- it) the first writer of the age.- We perate attempt is made to raise a also are of this opinion. laugh at some passages in Mr. Proc- William ('ullen Bryant is no poet, tor's Review of Shelley's poetry in Says Neal in this thing of his He the last Edinburgh. The most suc- is a poet,' says the same Neal in his cessful joke is the following Proc- Randolph. Neal thought that what tor says of Shelley (after having giv- was said in his novels was as good as en him high praise for his poetic not said at all • Let im not lay genius) that the fumes of his vani- that unction to his soul.' We have ty rolled volumes of smuke, mixed, achieved the reading of Pandolph, with sparkles of fire, from the cloudy and conten plate undertaking Seventabernacle of his though it." Mr. ty-six, Logan, Errata, and peradvenMullion should have recognized the ture, Keep C'col; for we are informe source of this allusion. Instead of ed that much of the learning of doing so, he caricatures this passage Neal's things in Blackwood is transin the following style 'Hencefor. ferred bodily from these printed ward when I call my boy after din- common-place-books of bis. We ner, it shall be thus: Ho, funkey shall discourse Neal again on New of mine, bring me my cloudy taber- year's day. nacle, that I may roll a volume of The next articles are · C'hapters smoke. And this is wit! The read
on Church-yards,' and the Man-ofer need scarcely be told that Mr. Wars-Man. They are thrust toMullion's abuse of Shelley arises en- gether with most admirable taste. tirely from the circumstance that The Archbishop of Canterbury, and this gentleman was an enemy to a drunken jack tar quietly reposing legitimacy.
in the same truckle-bed together, Mr. Timothy Tickler's letter is would not be a more edifying specnext in order. It is enough for us tacle. As for the · Man-of-Warsto say that the Tales of a Traveller Man,' we can't tell what it is throughare here seriously reviewed as the out, for we could not succeed in readresults of three years of literary la- ing it, or in getting any body else to bor!
read it. Something, however, was The next i ything of Neal's. The to be done ; so, we rolled up our contribution to the journal'must have sleeve, held our nose, thrust our sadly falled off when a man who hand down into the middle of the could not find a reader in America, puddle, and plucked up the following goes to England, and ranks first quill specimens of filth: among the journal-writers. Neal “Why old Flushyfists, here is one,
forsooth, that swears he can't and heads of Reviews, Miscellany, Poe. won't turn himself up, until be cleans try, and Intelligence. The Reviews out bis coppers ; and this here ine are, of necessity, very limited in fancy man of the cabin is another, length, consisting, for the most part, and be says as how he can't let go of short notices of the designs, and bis pots and gimcracks for a minute brief critiques on the merits of rewithout completely spoiling the cap- cent publications They are genetain's dinner!— Damn your cus- rally written in good taste and with tards, and kickshaws to boot, you due discrimination; and the conduce pie-making lui ber!' cried the Boat. tor exhibits as much judgment in the swain-D'ye bear there, dirty Nick choice of contributions, as his contriof the coppers ? come this way my butors have shown in their selections cleanly beauty-by the hookey, from the authors they review. We you're used to the game, you know cannot help desiring bowever to see -jump up there, my fipe greasy fel- a still greater proportion of native low, d', e hear me, old ship. jump publications among the subjects of and bear a hand.'— But, come, let their criticism; for the time, we us he after taking our bodies below, think, has come, when notices of foNe, for you see it's all over now, reign writings should occupy a seand we may palaver here long enough condary place among the literary without knowing any thing of the speculations of our journalists. matter at all at all. Besides I'm most Under the head of Miscellanies, savagely hungry, and mean to tuck we find a variety of articles, belonginto me as much as will keep me ing to the lighter sorts of literature. from starving for the first twelve Short essays on the more inviting hours to come-do you the same dar subjects in morals or in letters ling; and don't let your small guts sprightly and well-written speculabe cursing you for a niggard ere you tions upon sucb topics as are suited once more get hold of the bread- to the purposes of the Gazette-and bag.'
now and then some Tale, in which, If our readers could possibly have as far as possible, brevity and ioterest stomachs to go on after this, and if are united. some of them were not females, The principal attraction of this we would present them with a speci- Journal at least, in our opinion, conmen of Morgan O‘Dogherty's Mar- sists in the extremely beautiful and iros Sufice it to say, that they highly finished pieces from the pen of consist of slang vulgarisms raked up William Cuilen Bryant, to be found by the worthy baronet from the under the head of Poetry. vilest grog-shops and brothels of It is delightful to us to see the tales . auld Reekie.'
and traditions of our fathers acquire, After the monthly list of new pub- as they gradually recede into the lications, comes the Price Current deptbs and the darkuess of antiquity, for September 11th. This is decided that dimness of outline and softness ly the best thing in the book. It and mellowness of tint without which gives some useful information. (a they will offer but unpromising sub. little too late, however,) and being jects for poetical delineation. We merely a list of prices, there is no feel deeply indebted to the bard of room for cant, twaddle or obsce- Green River for the aid which his nity.
V. V. poetry is lending to the influence of
time, in hastening the empire of the United States Literary Gazelle. Cum- Muses over the scenes and events of mings, Hiltiard & Co. Boston, 1824. our matter of-fact history. It is the -There is much taste as well as ta- province, and it ought to be the pride lent displayed in the pages of this of the true poet, to spread around unpretending little journal. The ar- the cold realities of life, the warmth Cicles are arranged under the four and the motion, the odor (so to speak)
and the influence, the winning gra- sence and the influence of legendary ces, and the ballowing associations fictions and associations, can easily that belong to the genuine materiel obtain the indulgence it requires.
It is an error very much to But our taste, resembling that of be deprecated, to suppose that the England, in consequence of our stuphysical and moral features of the dy of English models, and not in connew world are too cold, too rigid, and sequence of the same operating cautoo accommodating to be moulded or ses, is deprived of the means, while transformed to the airy forms and it feels the desire of imitation This magic attributes of the bright essen- is obviously an obstacle, only to be ces of the imaginary world. Nor surmounted in one of these two ways: is it true, that there is reason to either by a fortunate exertion of imibelieve that with the gradual im- tative talent (a talent of no very eleprovement of society, and the in- vated order) or by gradually detercreased exercise of the more mascu- mining the taste of our own countryline and useful faculties, the imagi- men to the study of such modes of native powers will be neglected and beauty as the materials we possess debilitated in proportion. The ima- will enable us to equal. Without gination is an attribute essential to pretending to assert that Percival or our nature. Modifications, and im- Bryant havesucceeded in presenting provements in civil institutions may new objects of poetical contemplagive a different impulse and direction tion, or new sources of imaginative to the faculties which furnish the gratification, we do think they bave taste-delighting products of the mind, dope much towards effecting a purand may thus change the character pose so desirable. The latter poetin and course of the imitative arts; particular, has directed, in his poetibut no disposition of society which cal creations, the full force of his fine does not change our very nature, can talent to the employment of such destroy the sensibility of taste to its scenery, such imagery, and such asappropriate food and stimulus; for sociations, as lie within the reach of that faculty can never be extinguish. his own readers ; ard for this he deed by the highest cultivation of the serves, and will eventually receive others.
the sincere thanks of every genuine The difficulties which oppose, just American. For ourselves we are at this moment, the rapid growth of unfeignedly thankful for what he has poetical literature in America, are already done; and he will not, we undoubtedly very serious. Perhaps are sure, deem us too exacting, if we one of the greatest is the circum- ask him to accomplish by a strong stance that our taste is formed from concentration of his powers what he is models which are framed out of ma- slowly and not certainly effecting by terials to which we ourselves cannot a series of divided efforts; for these are easily gain access. The prevailing inevitably weakened and distracted taste in Britain is for the sensual and by their separate insufficiency of romantic. This taste, with English force, and diversity of application. writers, being generated by the pre
Mineralogy.--Masses of native or pounds to several hundred weight. pure metallic iron have have been They are generally supposed to be lately discovered near Bogota, in of meteoric formation, and an analy. South America. They were found sis gave the same substances with on a hill of secondary sandstone in those found in iron, known positivemasses of different sizes, from a few ly to have descended from the atmosphere. The largest of the above of Brazil. He has added three new masses weighed about fifteen hun- species to the genus Cinchona and dred weight. One of the largest mass- described another plant which grows es known, may be seen in the rooms in great abundance and possesses of the Lyoeum of Natural History properties equal is not superior to of this city. It weigbs 3000lbs. and the Peruvian Bark. It belongs to is the property of Col. G. Gibbs, a the genus Strychnos, wbich hitherto gentleman distinguished for his zeal has been found to embrace those in the cause of science.
plants only highly deleterious to man. Botany.-Dr Horsefield has exam. Among these we may particularize ined at soine length the bistory of the nux vomica or poison nut. M. the Bohon Upas, or poison tree of St. Hilaire during a six years resiJava. lo 1780, Foersch, a surgeon dence in that coupiry made a collecin the Dutch East India Company's tion of more than 7000 species of service, published the first account plants, 2000 of birds, 130 of quadof this tree, and the many absurdi- rupeds and 16000 of insects. He ties and falsehoods with which he will be aided in the publication of his adorned bis story, have hitherto pass- costly works by the liberality of the ed currently in the scientific world. French government. Poets have made frequent allu- Zoology.—The English naturalsion to this wonderful tree.* Party ists are beginning to turn their atorators have liberally compared their tention to this bitherto neglected deopponents to this poisonous produc- partment of Natural History. The tion of nature, and it is has even works of Mr. Horsefield and Sir Thobeen made the subject of a drama. mas Stamford Railles illustrating the Devested of all the falsehoods and Zoology of Sumatra and Java are exaggerations with wbirh its history spoken of in terms of great commenhas been enveloped, the following dation. appear from the experiments of Dr. The preservation and reproduction Horsefield to be the real facts. A of the common leech bas been made tree called by the natives Artshar, the subject of a memoir by Mr. Nogrows on the eastern part of the Isl. ble of Versailles. and to the height of 70 or 80 feet. It is well known that this useful Its trunk exudes a milky juice, from little animal dies speedily when prewhich an active poison is prepared. served in the usual mode, in glass There is also a creeping shrub called vessels. Mr. Noble succeeded in Tshetik, which produces an equally preserving them completely, by copowerful poison. They are both inhab- vering the bottom of the vessel with itants of the forest, and may be safely clay, of the consistence of soft paste, cut and handled with impunity. The and placing a stout piece of linen over juice is used by the natives to poison the top. The water should be chantheir arrows, and they destroyed great ged at least once a week, and if posnumbers of the Dutch soldiers e- sible without disturbing the soft botfore a remedy was discovered. This tom. The same paper contains severemedy is the root of the Crinum ral curious facts connected with the Asiaticum, wbich, if timely applied, reproduction of these animals. They counteracts, by its emetic effects, the deposit in the soft clay an oval body, force of the Upas. Several kinds of about the size of a hazel nut, from poison are prepared from these two which at the end of twenty-five days plants, one of which is so powerful as the young are seen to issue. By to kill a strong healthy man in fifteen taking proper precautions Mr. Nominutes.
ble was enabled to raise as many M. Auguste St. Hilaire has com- leeches as his business required. Our menced the publication of his Flora medical brethren in this country
* " Chained at his root two scion demons dwell."-Daruin.
might profit by these hints, and dis- ing paid so well for mere professionpense, in future, with the necessity al works. It has been stated, how, of importing annually so many thou- ever, that kobert T. Paine, of Bos. sands of these expensive but useful ton, received, for a short poem of a apimals.
few hundred lines, entitled
6 The Arts.–To eulogize the Steam En. Invention of Letters,” $1400; and gine has become common place. Its it is within our own knowledge t!at value to England may be estimated $5000 have been offered and refused from calculations which show that for the first edition of a small work the Steam Engines there, represent
not exceeding 400 pages, which was the power of 320,000 horses, equal pot many years since printed in this to 1,920,000 men, which being in city. fact managed by 36,000 men, add Trade, &c - England during the actually to the power of the po- last year manufactured 600.000 bags pulation of England 1,884,000 men. of Cotton, France 200,000, and all
Medical remains found at Pom- the rest of Europe collectively 60000, peii.-M. Choulanet has published making a total of 860,000. About in a work entitled “ De locis Pom- 100,000 bales of the cotton manupeianis ad rem medicam facientibus, factured by England is made into an account of the different objects yarn, and re-exported in that state relating to the medical art which for the use of the manufacturers in have been discovered at Pompeii. the North of Europe. The great and M. Choulanet describes successively surprising extension of the cotton the temple of Esculapius, the amu- plant in the United States here lets, surgical instruments, pharma- may be understood from the folceutical apparatus, &c., found in lowing facts:---In 1792, the tothe midst of the ruins. Amongst the tal quantity exported amounted to surgical instruments
140,000 lbs., in 1824 it was estima. nearly resembling those made use
ted that 160,000,000 lbs. were raised of at the present day; as for in- within the United States. stance, elevators for the operation of
Physiology.-Autenreich of Tu. trepanning, lancets, spatulas , ca- bingen has recently published the theters, instruments for the applica result of his observations on the egg tion of the actual cautery, &c. There of the common fowl. It is well has not been found one single build- known to housewives that when an ing which could be regarded as a
egg is held up to the light, one of school of surgery or anatomical mu
the ends appears to, and in fact is,
filled with air. Those with the airValue of Lilerary property in cell exactly at the apex of the larger Scotland forly years ago.-Cullen end all produced males, and those was paid 12001. for a new edition of with the air-cells not on but near the his « First Lines,” and Smellie re- apex, all produced females. Many ceived 10501. for the first edition of thousand eggs were hatched to verify his Philosophy of Natural History in these observations, and the results one 4to. Folume. We have few in- completely satisfied Autenreich of stances in our country of authors be- their accuracy.
Zoology.—The appearance of a the animal in question is a polar white bear in the western part of bear, which has been driven from the State of New York, bas given his usual haunts by the approach of rise to many speculations which a hard winter ; consequently we are have been gravely passed from one to expect an unusual proportion of newspaper to another throughout the cold weather. These fearful progUnion. According to these papers, Dostics are however without any