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common manner, so designates his shop will, yon will meet with something about " the Temple of Fancy.” The corn- the “ Diorama,"

," Cosmorama," “ Udo. cutter is also on tip-toe for distinction, roma," si Octorama," Physiorama,' and so styles himself “chiropodist." The “ Poecilorama," or the “Peristiephic, or milkman quits the beaten track only be. Moving Polygonic Panorama.” Then cause, it is known, and takes a there is the Eidouranion," the “ Die path, and so dubs his cow-bouse “ the astrodocon," “ Harmonicon,” “ Paularmetropolitan dairy” “ lactarinin." monicon,' and “ Apollonicon.” Next The chandler, to secure only learned comes the elegancies in shop wames, for customers, writes up “ Italian ware- nothing will do under “ Navarino House, house." The anctioneer, in describing “ Grafton House, ,”? “ Waterloo House,” or an estate for sale, says— The scene is « Compton House.” Then we have " Rose one of picturesqne and entangled wild- Cottage,” “ Vine Lodge,” “Myrtle Halt,” ness; the liard and milk-white rocks are “ The Vineyard,” “ Mon Repos,” and a worn into a variety of shapes, the hang. kost of pretty named “ Retreats," with ing foliage above and below, droops its which the outskirts of the overgrown meornamental fringe over the rugged work- tropolis abound. The foregoing is but a manship of nature, while the torrent foam- page in the history of the march of ing between its rough and deepened con- Crandiloquence ;” but enough. tines, remiuds the beholders of the spot, from whence the ancient Cambrian Bard addressed the invading Edward in the imaginary language of the poet, Grey“Ruin seize thee, ruthless King."

THE ART OF BOOK-MAKING. 6 Nowhere will be found such a continuation of beautiful wildness, such fear.

LADY CHARLOTTE BURY'S " ful and almost_unapproachable heights, TION," alias SELF-INDULGENCE." cataracts so loud and deep, glens terrific, and mountains seeming to rival the clouds in their stupendous heights.”

[We transcribe from the “ Literary Gazette," of

October 30, the subjoined statements, addressed · The writing master, not content to be

to the editor, relative to Lady Charlotte Bury's nuderstood, seeks to stultify by putting on “ Separation.' As we recollect the puffs prehis card, “ Professor of Calligraphy.” limitary, emanating from the great puff-mauu.

factory in Burlington Street, which ushered in The dentist announces his ' Succedaneun

this rifacemento novel, we are inclined to believe for decayed teeth," and the barber his

Messrs. Cuiburu and Bentley as guirtless of fraud “ ambrosial soaps and depilatory for re- in the affair as they profess Themselves. The in. moving superfluous hair.”

Schools are

position (despite the excuse set up), we can give

it no gentier epithet, is of her ladyslip's own • Establishments" or Seminaries,” cuntrivance.] and their play grounds “ Gymnasiums." The ladies no longer patronize the stay

mu the Editor of the Literary Gazette. shop, but visit the “ Shape Emporium.” A slop-seller is now a “ Fashionable Re- Sir,- In consequence of the article which positarian of Wearables." The wbeel

appeared in your Gazette," relative to wright keeps a “ Carriage Repository."

the novel published by us called the Every apothecary is a “ Surgeon.” Govern

“ Separation” we immediately addressed ment clerks " Civil Officers.” Every a note to the authoress (of which we now lawyer's ditto

66 Solicitor." Every enclose a copy), requesting au explainhair-cutter a " Frizeur or “ l'eruquier." ation of the circumstances, but we have Butchers are " Meat Parveyors," and not yet received a satisfactory answer. bricklayers “ Architects. The huster's We can, therefore, only state for ourshop is dignified into a

66 Warehouse, selves, that in publishing the work, we and the broker's “ Repository for Mis- were totally unconscious of its resembling cellaneous Property.” Publicans in the slightest degree any book already “ Wine Merchants," and their tap-rooms extant, as our note of last Saturday to the " Divans.” A fiddler calls himself a

authoress will show; that it was sub• Professor of Discoustics." Coffre stalls mitted to us wholly in manuscript, as an

“ Hotels,” eating houses “ Coffee entirely original production; and that we Roons,” mantua-makers and cooks are

sent it for examination to a literary friend, " Artists," match sellers

" Timber

whose opinion as to its merits induced us Merchants," thieves “ Conveyancers,' to purchase the copyright of the authoress. and the gallows a " New Drop.” In- - We are, sir, your obedient servants, deed, almost every thing has a new name,

COLBURN and Bentley, which few can compreliend or pronounce New Burlington Street, without blundering. Turn which way you October 28, 1830.





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to clear these gentlemen of the aspersion

cast upon them. We believe that no auNew Burlington Street,

thor thinks it necessary to declare the Saturday, October 23, 1830.

source whence he draws his subject ; and Messrs. Colburn and Bentley present Messrs. Colburn and Bentley purchased their respects to the authoress of “ Sepa- Separation,” believiug it to be, as the ration,” and beg to send her a copy of to- author considers it is, to all intents and day's “ Literary Gazette," containing purposes, a new work. some remarks relative to the publication Though the last of these communicaof her last novel, which remaks, until tions has been sent to us anonymously, contradicted, commit the character of yet, as it bears internal evidence of being their house. Under these circumstances, the best defence that could be offered by and she will acknowledge them to be very and for thic author of “ Self-Indulgence" pressing, Messrs. Colburn and Bentley and the “ Separations,” we have given it wait anxiously for an explanation, which insertion. Having done our duty in bringthe anthoress alone can give, and she will ing such a transaction before the literary therefore excuse them if they solicit from public, we can only say, that we feel exher an immediate statement calculated to

treme regret that it is not capable of a remove from the public mind the dis.

more satisfactory explanation. advautageons impression now existing in consequence of the remarks alluded io. [The foregoing were in our hands, and, of course, ordered for publication, in justice to Messis. C. and

OPINIONS. B, who, ai the end of five days, could have po other hope of rediess, when we received the aunexed paper.--Ed. L. G.]

All the world has an opinion. Take the To the Editor, &c,

emptiest head that ever gaped, and upon

any topic ask, “ Pray, sir, what is your The novel entitied “ Separation,” may opinion?” and ten to one the person so incertainly be said to have had its founda- terrogated will tell you something that he tion in the story of a tale published anony- is pleased to designate as his opinion. Is mously eighteen years ago!!! But “ se- there, in short, one individual in a thonparation” is, in charucters, in conduct, sand to be found who can understand the in language, and in arrangement, wholly question, and who will not return an an

swer of affected intelligence? It is rare, Shakspeare, Dante, Boccacio, &c. &r., indeed, to meet with one who will have have been resorted to a thousand times for the candour to say that he has no opinion. the ground-work of modern fictions; and, An opinion is usually defined as a concluif it is allowed to borrow from others, the sion wbich is the result of thought. But author of “. Separation,” assuming that whoever thinks that thinking has any “ Self-Indulgence” was written by the thing to do with a man's opinions? And same person, had surely a right to borrow perhaps it has not much. Of a man's from it.

moral character it is said, “Noscitur á The tale of “ Self-Indulgence,” though sociis;” The same may be said of bis not devoid of interest, was crudely and opinions. Nor is it only from his companions carelessly written, and, as it deserved, that his opinions may be ascertained: they sank speedily into oblivion; nevertheless, may be learned from his parents, from his it contained striking incidents, wbich were temper and constitution. A good-tempeculiarly fitted to set forth a great moral pered, quiet, inoffensive sort of man geend.

nerally inherits the opinions of his parents, In the manner in which the author of and carries them with him to the grave, “ Separation” has employed these, the unless he marry a rich wife, and then he work became altogether changed,' and takes the opinions which belong to her and such as cannot justify the attack directed her family, or he grafts them upon his against it in the “ Literary Gazette.t in own, like an escutcheon of pretence. A fact, had any doubt been entertained upon cose-grained, obstinate pig of a fellow, the subject at the time of its publication, a line, by way of preface, stating the case, * The “Gazette," of November 6, says, that the would have set the matter at rest.

publishers have recen anded the price, 250l , which .

the impressiun ibaut Inasmuch, as Messrs. Colburn and Bent- they gave her ladyship, uu

was an entirely origival work; “ but we think," ley are involved in this attack, it is only says the " Gazeite, they will abandon this: for it requisite to make one observation, in order is a whimsical fact, that the book has sold better,

and is in greater request at the circulating libraries,

Like the loss of character upon the + It is not seit is merely disguised, and to stage, it has made the novel popular." all other intents and purposes the same.--Ed. L. G. - From the Atlas.- No. CCXXXIII.


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especially if he be prodigiously ignorant men of the greatest candour, discernment,
and somewhat stupid and conceited withal, and information, entertain of various lite-
is sure to be of a different opinion from his rary productions ?
parents add companions. A political Mich again, in matters of opinion, de-
opinion frequently depends upon a theo. pends upon digestion and culinary ar,
logical, and a theological opinion fre- rangements. Drinking now is quite ont
quently depeuds upon a political one. So of the fashion, and eating is all the rage:
that, instead of the question, “What is By the way; why does not some spirited
your opinion?" it might as well be asked publisher undertake to put forth a culinary
what is your family connexion, what is library, iu monthly parts? It would do
your general temper, and where is your pro- uncommonly well. It seems an established
motion-market? Au useful manual might fact, a generally recognised opinion, that
be constructed, called the genealogy of the English people may be dined into any
opinions, by a reference to which every thing. They are dined into liberty, they
man might tell what his opinions on every are dived into loyalty, they are dived into
subject are or onght to be. And the ma- charity, they are dined into piety, they are
nual might be constructed, like the ship- dined into liberality, they are dined into
list used by the subscribers to Lloyd's orthodoxy, and they are dined into heresy:
Coffee-house, capable of addition or al- From dinner to digestion the transition is
teration, from time to time, according to natural. And how much are opinions in.
circumstances. This would be very useful Auenced by and dependent upon digestion.
to young men just setting out in the world; If the digestion go on easily and success,
for want of such a guide many a youth fully, then the world moves rightly, and
comınits himself most iniliscreetly, and the minister deserves contidence, and the
hampers his promotion or gains promotion nation is very prosperous, or at least will
with loss of character,

be wlien it has got through all its difi-
The real and the artificial are so mixed culties, then England is a glorious country,
together in life, that they are oftentimes the admiration and envy of surrounding
indiscernible and inseparable, Now the nations. But if the digestion go wrong,
real mode of acqniring an opinion is to then every thing goes wrong, the minister
look at arguments on both sides in the deserres impeachment, the parliament
first place, and then to form the opinion needs reform, the national debt is a mill-
afterwards ; but the artificial mode, and stone, the importation of corn will produce
that which is most common, is to take the universal starvation, the parson's tithes
most convenient opinion first, and then to will consunie the whole produce, and the
look at the arguments on one side after- nation must inevitably be ruined, unless
wards. And is there any harm in look- the end of the world first comes to prevent
ing for arguments to support an opinion? it, and it is the opinion of some that it
And whose opinion I am bound to sp. will.
port? My own to be sure. Talk about
the interests of truth! Pray, wbat busi-
ness have I to trouble myself to hnot

I KNOW THOU HAST GONE, about for arguments to support another man's opinions ? Every parish is bound by law to support its own poor, and every man

I know thou hast gone to the home of thy resl-, ought to support his own opinions. That is I know thou hast gove where the weary are blest,

Then why should my soul be so sid? good English logic, it savours of roast beef And the inourver looks up and is glad ! and pngilism; it is a hearty knock down

Where love has put off, in the land of its birth,

The stain it has gather'd in this, argument; it is that sort of reasoning that

And hope, the sweet singer that gladded the earth, does not s pause for a reply,” but crows Lies asleep on the bosom of bliss. incontinently, and shouts the shout of 'I know thou hast gone where thy forehead is starr'd victory.

With the beauty that dwelt in thy soul, Opinions, also, upon minuter topics, Where the light of thy loveliness cannot be marrd, depend, in this variable climate, very I know thou hast drunk of the Lethe, that flows much upon the barometer. The state of Through a land where they do not forget, the nation, the probability of war, revo

That sheds over memory only repose, lution, or national bankruptcy, very much

And takes from it only regret! depend upon the clouds. A history of In thy far away dwelling, wherever it be, England onght always to be accompanied `And the love that made all things a'music to me, with a meteorological journal.

I yet' have not learnt to resigu ;In matters of literature too, how many

In the hush of the night, in the waste of the sea,

Or alone with the breeze on the hill, an author gets most cruelly handled, be

I have ever a presence that whispers of thee, cause his critic reads his work when the

Aud my spirit lies down and is still! glass is at variable. What else can ac

Friendship's Offering. count for the diversity of opioions which

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complexion, which is only that of a deep brunette, it might, even in Europe, be

reckoned handsome. The skin is incThe Esquimaux constitute a most willely. tuous, and unpleasantly cold to the touch; diffused race, occupying all the shores of the flesh soft and Nabby, owing, probably, the northern ocean, and embracing nearly to the fat animal substances which form the entire circuit of the globe. Richard- the principal part of their food. son and Franklin found them along the Ių their moral qualities. the Esquimaux whole coast of the American Polar Sea; present much that is worthy of conimendaKotzebue, in the channel near Bebring's iion. At the first opening of the interStraits. The Samojedes and Kamtcha. course with the Europeans, the most undedales, in northern Asia, seem to belong to viating honesty marked all their conduct, the same family. A similarity of visage thongh this quality, in the course of two and figure, boats, buts, and instruments winters' communication, was considerably even a resemblance in liabits, character, undermined. They were exposed, indeed, and mode of life-miglit lave been pro- to most severe temptations, by seeing conduced by the common pressure of the stanily scattered about the ships, little same very pecul aroutuard circumstances, planks, pieces of old iron, and empty tin The affinity of speech, bowever, which is pots, which was to them as if the decks such as proves the dialects of all the Es- Lad been strewed with gold and jewels. quimaux to be mere varieties of one com- It also came to their knowledge that, in mon language, atfords a clear proof, tliat some of their early exchanges, rich skins au original race from some one quarter, had been bartered for beads, and other has spread over the whole range of those tritles of no real value-a system against immense and desolate shores. This mi- which they exclaimed as absolute robbery. gration must have been facilitated by the From first to last, the virtue now 'menvast continuity of coast, which streiches tioned was practised among theniselves in along the Arctic ocean, and which is a manner worthy of the golden age. Their not equailed in any other quarter. Hence, dresses, sledges, and all their implements probaly, the Esquimaux, at distant ages, of liunting and fishing, were lett exposed connected the old and new continents, inside or outside of the buts, without any whicli, at all other points, were theu instance being known of their having been wholly unknown to each other.

carried off. Property, without the aid The external form of that people seems of laus or tribunals, was in the most perinfluenced, and, as it were, characterised, fect security. The common right to the by the severity of the clinate. Their sta- products of ilie chase marks also a singular lure is decidedly lower than that of the union, withiont seeming to relax their diliEuropeans ; five feet nine inches being gence in search of food, though it may considered, even in a man, as almost gi- perlaps contribute to their very thoughigantic. Though the trunk of the body is less consumption of it. The navigators somewhat thick, all the extremities are admit that ihey were received with the small, especially the lands and feet, and most cordial hospitality into the little huts, the fingers short. The face is broad and where the best mcat was set before them, Hat, the pose small, and at the same time, and the women vied with each other in 80 sunk and deep, that in some instances, the attentions of cooking, and drying and a rnler could be applied from cheek to mending their clothes.

“ The women check without touching it. It is some- working and singing, their husbands where observed, that their visage presents quietly mending their lives, the children that peculiar form which the human face playing before the door, and the pot boilnaturally assumes under exposure to in. ing over the blaze of a cheerful lamp,"gave tense cold, that all the projecting features a pleasing picture of savage lite. Yet are drawn in, and the cheeks, conse- a coutinued interconrse showed that the quently, puslied out. In the same way, Esquimaux inherited their full share of exposure to the weather may perhaps human frailty. Begging we shall pass produce the high cheek bones of moun- over, though in many iustances persevering taineers. Under these modifications, low- avd incessant, because it seems to have ever, both their bodies and their limbs are been called forth almost entirely by their very tolerabiy shaped. Even the female connexion with our countrymen, and by countenance, though without pretensions too lavisha presents at the first; while their 10 regular beauty, is often agreeable, witli little bursts of envy appear to have flowed a frank and good-humoured espression; from the same source: But the fair Esso thar, were it cleared of the thick crust quimaux are charged with a strong propenof grease and dini, so as to exhibit the real sity to slander and detraction, which were

as busy anong them as they sat in circles + From the Edinburgh Cabinet Library.-No. I. sound the door mending their lines, as Vol. VI.


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in the most 'fashionable drawing-rooms. varying modes of applying the hand or
Their own conduct, meantime, is said to jacket to the mouth, he produced those
have afforded the most ample scope for changeful sounds which had passed for
censure, especially in regard to connubial the words of Ay willaigoo. This divinity
tidelity; and yet, when it is admitted that has for her father a giant with one armi.
these faults were carefully concealed, and The Esquimaux pantheon comprises, more.
much outward decorum observed, and that over, Pamiooli, a spirit freqnently in-
the propensity to calumny often led the voked, and a large bear, whose dwell
natives beyond the strict limits of truth, is in the middle of the ice, and who fre-
we doubt, whether too implicit reliance quently holds converse with mankind.
may not have been placed on the scanda. The natives believe also in a future world,
lons chronicle of the frozen regions. The the employments and pleasures of which,
natives certainly do appear to display a according to the usual creed of savage
peculiar apathy in regard to the sufferings races, are all sensual. The soul descends
and even the death of neighbours and re- beneath the earth throngh successive
lations. Widows, and the aged and in- abodes, the first of which has somewhat of
firm, if they have not children of their the nature of purgatory; but the good
own, experience the greatest indifference. spirits, passing throngh it, find the other
Jn times of plenty, indeed, they share in mansions successively improve, till they
the abundance of food; but, during scar- reach that of perfect bliss, far beneathi,
city, a very small quantity reaches them, where the sun never sets, and where, by
and, receiving no attendance in their sick- the side of large lakes, that never freeze,
ness, they often perish through pure want the deer roam in vast herds, and the scal
and neglect. The children are treated and walrus abound in the waters.
with extreme tenderness; though the prar-
tice of adoption, which prevails most ex-
tensively, and which establishes, in full
force, between the parties, the ties of fa-
ther and child, is practised with regard to

boys only, and seemingly with the view
that they may contribute to support the
old age of their fictitious parents.

Opium in Rajpootana.—Like all stimul. The religious ideas of the Esquimaux, lants, the effects of opium are magical for thonghi they cannot be dignified with any a time ; but the reaction is not less cerbetter name than superstition, are not tain, and the faded form or amorphous much more absurd than the popular creed bulk too often attest the debilitating inof the ancient Greeks and Romans. Their Anence of a drug, which alike debases principal deity is Aywillaigoo, a female, mind and body. lu the more ancient epics immensely tall, with only the left eye, we find no mention of the poppy-juice as wearing a pigtail reaching to her knee, so now nsed, though the Rajpoot has at all thick that it can scarcely be grasped by times been accustomed to his madhara both hands. Captain Lyon witnessed a ra-peala, or intoxicating. cup.” The mighty incantation, in which Zoolemak, essence (arac), whether of grain, of roots, the chief magician, summoned Aywillaigoo or of towers, still welcomes the guest, but 10 the upper world to utter ber oracles. is secondary to the opiate. Umul lar The party were assembled in a hut, where kuna—“ to eat opium together," is the light after light was put out, till they were nost inviolable pledge, and an agreement Jett in total darkness. Zoolemak then, ratified by this ceremony is stronger than after loud invocations, professed to de- any adjuration. If a Rajpoot pays a scend to the world below to bring up the visit, the first question is, Umul kyu ?griddess. Soon there rose a loud chant of “ Have you had your opiate ?”

Umul peculiar sound, imagined to be the voice kao—"Take yonr opiate.” On a birthof Aywillaigoo. During half an hour, in day, when all the chiefs convene to conreply to the lond screams and questions of gratulate their brother on another “kpot her votaries, she uttered dubious and mys- to his years," the large cup is brought tical responses ; after which, the sound forth, a lump of opiate put therein, upon died away, and she was supposed to de which water is poured, and, by the aid of srend beneath the earth, when Zoolemak, a stick, a solution is made, to which each with a shout, announced bis own return to belps his neighbonr, not with a glass, but the apper world. The magician, bowo with the hollow of his hand held to his ever, being soon after on board a British mouth. To judge by the wry faces on ship, was treated with nine glasses of hot this occasion, none can like it, and to get waier (brandy), under the influence of rid of the pauseous taste, confit-balls are which lie began to act over again his en- handed round. It is curions to observe chantments, when it appeared, that by the animatiou it inspires ; a Rajpoot is

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