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more than his missionaries or curates, acting by his autho ence to certain matters of detail, does not admit of a cority, without which they had no right either to preach the gospel, or to administer ihe sacraments, within the district cautions which are administered, and the insinuativa:
venient analysis. We can perceive, however, from the under his superintendence. The Presbyters, indeed, sat with the Bishop, as his counsellors, in what was called-not
which are conveyed, that there is nothing perfect under a Synod—but the Consistory; and gave to him their advice the sun; and that even an Episcopal church, if it were to respecting the best mode of administering the affairs of his meet frequently for business, would exhibit some sympdistrict-answering to what we now call a Diocese, but toms of that frailty incident to human nature which has, which was then called in Greek, tagoniz. The Presbyters, ever since the world began, prevented men from being however, had no authoritative vote in the Consistory; and “ of one mind in a house." He concludes by saying, as the Deacons were not permitted even to sit with the "I am aware, that, by some who may bear, or perhaps Bishop and Presbyters, they, of course, never gave an opi- read this discourse, I shall be contemptuously called a high nion but when they were asked.”
churchman ; but to be a high churchman, in the only “ Such was the constitution of what is now called a Dio- sense which the word can be allowed to bear, as applicable cese, before Christianity became the established religion of to any in the present day, and more especially to any is
: the empire; and it suffered no important change for many our church-1 say, with a prelate in whose footsteps ! years after the several dioceses were divided into what we now call Parishes, and a minister permanently settled in that this should cease to be my public pretension, my pride,
should be proud to trend, even at a distance, God for tid each of them. The Bishop still continued the chief Pas my glory.' I trust, however, that I may appeal to you, tor of the whole diocese, the parish ministers officiating my brethren, to bear witness, that my firm belief in the under him, by his authority, and as accountable to him for apostolical origin of the three orders of Bishop, Priest, and their conduct in the pastoral cure with which he bad in
Deacon, has never made me a tyrannical or troublesovice trusted them. Upon this principle it is, that the Church | Overseer of those who are placed under my pastoral super. of England, at this day, styles the Bishops, in one of her intendence, though I have never failed, and I trust never prayers, the PASTORs of God's tlock; and in another, begs shall fail, to maintain, with the utmost of my poor abili our Heavenly Father to‘give grace to all Bishops and C'u- ties, the rights of my own order, as well as the rights ef rales,' including certainly under the term Curales, all who, theirs." under the Bishop, have the cure of souls.”
We take not upon us 'to determine whether or not “ As the Bishop was in the Primitive Church the Pastor of the whole diocese, he had at least as great need of Bishop Gleig belongs to the order of churchmen, with counsel, after the diocese was divided into parishes, as he whom he appears so willing to suffer the inartyrdom ef had when all his clergy lived with him in the city; and, public opinion ; but we have no difficulty in asserting, that therefore, until he was provided with a permanent Coun- he belongs to that class of reasoners whose judgment cil—resembling the Dean and Chapter of more modern ca will always be received with respect, and whose argethedrals—he was accustomed, from time to time, to sum ments will lead even those to think whom they do net mon the parish ministers, or a committee of them, to
fully convince. Did we belong to the communion of meet him in a Consistory, not only that he might enquire which the Bishop is a member, we should be inclined to into the state of their several congregations, and the progress of the gospel around them, but also that he might re
take our place on that particular side, if there be mare ceive their opinions and advice, together with the reasons
than one, wbich he adorns with so much learning and on which their opinions were founded, respecting any new
talent. regulation proposed to be introduced into the discipline or worship of the diocese. In deciding that question, if the Presbyters should be unanimous, in giving an opinion in Four Years in Southern Africa. By Cowper Rose, direct opposition to the judgment of the Bishop, he must
Royal Engineers. London. Henry Colburn and have been a self-sufficient and very arrogant man, if he in Richard Bentley. 1829. 8vo. Pp. 308. troduced his novelty into the diocese, without previously consulting his comprovincial colleagues ; though there cani
This is a very pleasant piece of desultory reading, not be a doubt, but that, by the constitution of the church, somewhat superficial, but nevertheless affording frequent he had anthority to do so. On the other hand, had the Pres- snatches of information, which may be turned to good byters called with one voice for any change of the worship account. The author resided first at the Cape, and afteror discipline of the church within the diocese, their voices wards at Graham's Town, the capital of Albany, seven would have been of no avail, it opposed by the Bishop; be- hundred miles to the north-east of the Cape, whence he cause it was by authority derived from him that they had frequently crossed the frontiers of the colony, and male any right to officiate within the diocese. If, indeed, they considered themselves as aggrieved, or the church as injured, various excursions into Katferland. The contents of his by what they would, of course, call their diocesau's obsti- work are principally extracted from letters which he wrote nacy, they might appeal from his judgment to a Proviucial to his brother during his residenee in this part of the or National Synod, of which the decision was always derm- world. The style is easy, and the descriptions of maned final ; but, till that sentence should be pronounced, they ners and scenery are often spirited; but there is a want were in duty bound to obey their Bishop in all things as
of scientific knowledge, and of any regular design in the they had hitherto done.
book. That, even in the very earliest age of the church, ap
It is rather a piece of pleasant gossip concerning peals were made from the disputes or decisious of one
the Dutch settlers and the savage aborigines, than a verk church, to the Apostles or Bishops of other churches met of grave authority and important instruction. Instead, in Synod, is rendered indisputable by what we read in the therefore, of examining its materials with the nice eye of fifteenth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles; and every one a critic, we prefer gleaning a few of those passages which inust perceive, that the calling together of such Synods, oc- pleased us on perusal, and which will not lose any of their casionally, was, in that age, more particularly necessary to
interest by being detached from the context. Our expreserve the unity of the church, which is everywhere represented in the New Testament, as one body; of which
tracts will, moreover, enable our readers to form a fair Christ is the head. The Bishop of the chief city of the pro- opinion of Mr Rose's merits as a writer : vince had, generally, the privilege of convoking such Synods, LUXURIES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA.—“ Now, though all and of presiding in them when met ; but though the Pres- the subjects of interest I have been describing are rather of byters often sat with the Bishops in Synod, and reasoned the savage order, you are by no means to infer that we are on the sulijects that were under discussion, there is not on out of humanity's reach,' or wholly deprived of communirecord a single Synod in the Primitive Church, in which cation with the polished world. No : we hear every rius the Presbyters appear to have given a judicial or legislative days from Cape Town, the African seat of government, vote. They frequently, indeed, expressed their acquies- learning and science-laugh if you will and we receive the cence in the decision of the Synod, as the Deacons, and even English newspapers, and read the advertisements et War. the laity who were present, sometimes did; but the decision ren’s blacking, and Charles Wright's vinous wines, and the itself was the decision of the Bishops alone."
mysterious hints of changes in the Ministry, and the ai Bishop Gleig next proceeds to apply his general prin- nouncement of a new Premier, who is dead before his lorsciples to the particular case of the coinmunion over which sought-for dignity is known in Africa. Then we have he presides; a part of his task, which, as it has a refer
I Walter Scott's last work, which has ceased to be his last flocked to see the Hottentot woman, of whom so decent an
before we get it; for where do they not reach ? and some exhibition was made, the greater part thought that she was 6 times the novel of a day comes, heaven knows bow, among a phenomenon in her own country, and were by no means
Think of reading Almack's in a place where, when a aware that the females of a whole people scarcely yielded to ball is given-no common event—the silk-stockinged ankle her in any point of beauty. This strange formation comes is exhibited in its descent from an ox waggon, and the beasts on after they have borne children, for their figures, while are turned out to graze around until the dance is over! young, are frequently remarkably fine; the form of their Believe not, then, that I find this remote spot dull, though necks, shoulders, and arms, being generally good : their it is the fashion to pity those who are banished to it; for, to walk, too, is easy and elastic, and some of the movements of me it unites varied sources of interest, all speaking of a new their dances, in which they twist beneath each other's arms, and unsettled state of society, an approximation of the arti- their steps keeping time to their voices, would do credit to ficial refinements of life, with the fresh, free, bold habits of a ball-room. They possess a very quick and accurate car the savage robber.”- Pp. 68-9,
for music, and sing the hymns they learn at the Missionary Proors or A KAFFER GIRL's Love.--" There was one Institutions very sweetly. In Italy or Spain, were their young and finely-formed girl in the group, with her wild voices borne on the evening breeze in the Hymn to the Virexpressive eyes, and beautiful teeth, on whom I Hatter my-gin, the sentimental traveller would be in ecstasies; but to self with having made an impression. Her mode of showing admire creatures with noses and mouths so peculiar, would it was singular :- She picked some vermin from the hairy betray a sad want of taste.”—Pp. 102, 103. side of her carosse, and offered them to me; and, on my A NIGHT-SCENE IN CAFRABIA.-" There was no moon, exhibiting some symptoms of disgust, laughed most heartily but the stars shone in brightness and in beauty on a darkat my fastidiousness, and put one in her mouth, to show that blue sky. I listened, and at times caught wild, remote it was good. It was the first mark of attachment which sounds—the nameless sounds of night. Who that has passed I had received since I left Cape Town, and I was affected a night in savage solitudes, has not felt how distinct its accordingly; and had but the refinement of sentiment been sounds are from those of day, has not discovered a voice and added to so touching a proof of love-had she but sung, a language in the night-wind as it moaned by, different • I give thee all, I can no more,
from the rush of any sound on which the sun ever shone,Though poor the offering be,'
like spirit-warnings from the past? I listened, and could
imagine, in the distant booming hollow noises, that hun* I know not what the consequences might have been.” dreds of elephants were crossing the hills, and again all was
A Karfer CHIEF.-" The Kaffers, among whom we still as death; and then would come the wild melancholy had passed the night, are the nearest to our frontier line, and howl of the wolf, and its short whoop, the next nearer than bear the character of great plunderers, and even among the the first, and then, by sending a brighter flame from the tribes are considered desperate, and called the Murderers. fire, all again would be hushed; and then the stillness was Enno, their chief, is a singular old man, to whom I after interrupted by the croak of the night-raven as it sailed down wards paid another visit, and was interested by some pecu- the ravine, catching the scent of the dead elephant; that liarities characteristic of the mingled simplicity, cunning, ceased, and I heaped more dry wood upon the fire, until it and feeling of the savage.
threw up its bright flame glearning with an indistinct and “ In an excursiou that made with the Landrost of Allurid light on the surrounding bushes. Then came a strange bany into Kafferland, our first night's halt was near this noise, as of some animal that was approaching us: it came tribe, and we were in consequence honoured with the Chief's nearer, and roused my little companion, who said it was the company, and with that of his principal followers, some hyena with its hideous laugh and chatter-the most wild, crouching down in the tent, while others choked up the unnatural sound that breaks the silence of night in these entrance with their tall forms. We were dining, and food tremendous solitudes. The morning-star rose over the dark was given to Enno, who, I observed, always distributed a brow of the mountain-the first signs of day followed. We portion of it to his followers On receiving a potato, and took our guns and lighted sticks from the fire, and left his being told that he might have them in his own country our bivouac, rather anxious to join our companions, and to with very little trouble, be slowly and calmly answered, “I break a fast of nearly tour-and-twenty hours.”- Pp. 226-8. am very old, too old to learn new things; but I will take A Traveller's FEELINGS.-" I looked back from the every thing that you will give ine.' We laughed, and told last hill from which it was visible, on Wesleyville, with its him that it was a very clever answer. "Yes, I have lived a humble white cottages crowning the gentie slope, and shaded long time in the world, and have learned cunning,' was by their bright mimosas; on its tields and gardens that lay his reply.
near the stream, whose waters flowed so calmly and coolly “ The manner in which he tried to procure a present was beneath the trees; and I thought that I had never beheld 4 amusing. It was not for the sake of the present, but that scene so calculated for rest and happiness. Such are the it would be asked of him by others whether the Landrost thoughts that arise on viewing many a spot which we are had passed through his country; and on his answering, borne quickly past on life's swift current, and on which we Yes, they would enquire what present he had received ; and look back with regret and longings. To destroy the phanwhen he should say None, they would naturally reply, Then tasy, it would only be necessary to grant the wish; for we you must have behaved ill to him, for he is very generous.' are then quickly made to feel He was a strange being, and possessed more talent than any Kaffer I ever saw, his words coming from him very slowly
• How ill the scene that offers rest, and innocently, while there was a slight twinkle in his small
And heart that cannot rest, agree.' sunken eye that belied his lips. I saw a white Kaffer The feeling was but of a moment; and when I looked among Enno's tribe, a hideous being, daubed with red clay; forward, I was ready to exclaim, - No; I would not exand, on enquiry, found that it was the son of the Chief; change the excitement of my present situation, with that and heard that, on Euno's being teased about his colour, airy outline of beautiful mountains, and those dusky wild and hints thrown out of unfair play on the part of his wife, he laughed it off, and asked if they had never kuown a black groups around me, for all that life could offer of refinement
and tranquillity.'”—P. 159. cow have a white calf. One more anecdote, and I have done with him. He was at the Landrost's house, and, in This book is well adapted for those who wish to obtain order to see its effect upon him, a lady was seated at the some notion of the customs and manners of Southern piano playing a simple air, (and seldom has it been my Africa, without any close study or much intellectual exchance to bear any one who played so sweetly,) when the
ertion. olul man, who was listening intently, suddenly stopped her, saying, “That is enough; it reminds ine of the loss of my child; and it tells une I should go home and cry.' The The Life of a Midshipman ; a Tale founded on Fuets ; child to whom he alluded, and to whose death Enno often and intended to correct an injudicious predilection in recurs, was shot on some occasion by the Cape Corps.
Boys for the Life of a Sailor. London. Henry Col“ Nothing can be in stronger contrast, than the wonder
burn and Richard Bentley. 1829. 8vo.
Pp. 261. ing savage that is sometimes seen in our towns, surrounded by all that is strange, by a thousand things that speak to We are well pleased with the design of this work, the laim of his hopeless inferiority; and the same being in his
more especially as we think something of the kind was own beautiful country, where his energies and his knowlelge are fully equal to every circumstance that can occur." needed to counteract the many books of an opposite ten--Pp. 90_3.
dency which have issued from the press of this country, HOTTENTOT Wouen.--"I believe that when the English and which have too often had the efiect of inducing!
of an ardent temperament and lively imagination, to sacri- the opinions which generally prevail in this country; but fice their happiness for life, in pursuit of a phantom which appear to us to contain much truth, though the influence they had been rashly led to believe was to be found only of French literature over that of England is too much on the deck of a man-of-war. There are, no doubt, persons exaggerated when it is remarked of English historians to whom the sea is, of all others, the most suitable and de- generally," I see in the English historical school the lightful of professions ; but there are many others who de impress of Montesquieu and Voltaire : both that phivote themselves to it on the slenderest and most childish losophical liberty, and that superior reasoning, of which motives. By some early and accidental association of ideas, they set the example. Robertson himself, the wise, the happiness is united with this peculiar mode of life, and a religious Robertson, as well as the sceptical and lively choice is made before reason or experience can possibly Hume, steadily follow the path of Montesquieu and Vol
. have suggested a cause for judicious preference. The taire." author of the work before us informs us in his preface, After sketching the moral and intellectual qualities rethat he is himself a sufferer from the error against which quired by an historian, M. Villemain asks,—“ Has Home
The it is his object to guard his youthful reader. “I was realized this type which I have endeavoured to trace? caught,” he says, by the specious allurements of the pro- Far from it. His reasoning is elevated ; his understandfession; my mind fixed solely on its pleasures, without | ing full of sagacity; his style elegant and pure; bat waiting to scrutinize the pains which accompany them; almost none of the higher qualities of the mind are found in an unguarded moment I entered on board a ship of in his work. He has no ardent zeal for accuracy: be is war, and though forty years of my life have been spent easily satisfied. You will often find material errors, in the service, I have not, to this hour, grown inured or This sometimes arises from his having a contempt for his reconciled to the annoyances which betrayed themselves subject. Neither do we always find in Hume a sufficient after the first forty hours I spent on board ;-so much for love of humanity or of liberty." Regarding the manner a hasty attachment to a pursuit for which, by nature, I in which Hume has arranged his work, M. Villemain was never intended.” To this he judiciously adds,—“ To says, that, following Voltaire, he has “ broken it down my young friends for whom this little work is designed, too much into parts, dividing into chapters human life
, I have but one word to say. I do not, by any means, and the existence of nations; throwing on one side the wish to depreciate the life of a sailor in your estimation; arts, commerce, literature, and the sciences, under all I merely wish to show it to you as it is, and leave it for forms, and then placing on the other men and events. you to form your own estimates of its advantages. It He instances, in support of this charge, the chapters at combines many allurements with numerous privations; the end of the reigns of Elizabeth and of James. To but so does almost every other pursuit in life; and if you Hume's style, our author objects that it is uniform through are prepared to take the bitter with the sweet, and know out, in barbarous and in civilized times, and holds up his accurately the proportion they bear to each other before countrymen, Chateaubriand, in his romance of Rene, and you make your election, I have little doubt but your a young writer, Thiery, in his history of the Normans
, choice will be a happy one, and my object will be fully as having avoided this defect. We confess we regard attained.” In furtherance of this object, we are presented this criticism as over-refined. We do not see what good with a “round unvarnished tale,” simply and prettily told. would arise from an author's adapting his style to the There is no exaggeration, no scenes of imaginary distress ; various epochs of history; and the works referred to by a the whole is a picture of what occurs every day; and, M. Villemain by no means support his objection, as tbey whilst we conceive that a perusal of this book will divert both treat of ancient times alone, and do not embrace a the thoughts of many young persons from a profession for variety of epochs. which they were never intended, it will not prevent one “ There is a certain neutral tone,” says our author, “ in truly hardy and adventurous spirit from braving the dan- the writings of both Hume and Robertson. Imagination gers and the glories of the sea.
is the quality which was awanting in these otherwise superior men. They were both indebted to stody and
natural intelligence, but were not assisted by the actual Cours de Litterature Française. Par M. Villemain. A presence of great events." Alluding to the introduction to fin
Paris.- Villemain's Course of French Literature. Charles the Fifth, he says, “ It would seem that the his1829.
torian had forgotten this very simple truth, that in order
to be brief, he should be characteristic; that if be says Every nation, in judging of its own literary produc- little, that little should have something striking that would tions, or of those of other countries, will be found to form live in remembrance. If you suppress many circumstances
, a different estimate of their value from that formed by preserve others with something so lively or singular about its neighbours. Each has a standard of excellence which them that the mind will never lose hold of them. Reis essentially and distinctly its own. It is true, pro- bertson, on the contrary, tells us, that a certain barbarvas gressions and changes take place in this standard ; but people, the invaders of civilised Europe, had in a bigha still the national differences remain. In general, the opi- | degree a passion for fanaticism and war. This is what nion formed by a country of its own literature, is higher he puts in his narrative; but the characters of this wild than that entertained of it by other countries. While ferocity, the very singular picture of a camp of barkaShakspeare's inmortal genius was applauded to the echo rians--the multitude pressing round the bard of the Foin England, Voltaire, the chief critic, and the dramatic rest, singing warlike verses ; their old men and children idol, of France, talked of “ Hamlet” as “ one of those weeping because they could not follow their sons or their monstrous farces that the English call tragedies,” and parents to the battle_all this Robertson throws into bis wondered “ that” it could be tolerated in a country that had notes : this is what is wanting in the body of his work." produced Cato! But France now judges more wisely of M. Villemain is also of opinion, that Robertson's account our Drama, and borrows largely from it. Collision of of Luther is particularly tame. After noticing the way opinion is favourable to truth, and we are, therefore, at all in which Luther is made to speak by the historian, be times anxious to pay due attention to the criticisms of remarks, “ If Luther spoke thus, he was a very reasen. foreigners upon our more distinguished authors. It is able and very calm man; how then did he agitate sa with this view that we beg to introduce M. Villemain to violently the minds of men ? Luther is made to speak as our readers. He is at present held in high estimation in Robertson himself would have done. Can it be believed Paris, where he delivers lectures on Belles Lettres, a se that we are presented with the real character of Luther
, lection from which he has now published. The short after it has been corrected as Ducis corrected Shakspeare, extracts we are about to make exhibit views of two of -after it has been reduced into forms academically de our most celebrated historians somewhat different from signed ? It is thus that unfaithfulness arises from ide
misfortune of the historian not having enough of imagi- Transactions of the Literary and Antiquarian Society of nation and passion." These extracts will suffice as a specimen of M. Ville
Perth. Vol. I. 4to. Perth: Printed by R. Morri. main's manner of criticism. There is much freedom of
son, for the Society. 1827. thought throughout the work. The style is somewhat Authors and publishers are such a busy generation, rhetorical
, but is distinguished by considerable clearness that we feel ourselves sufficiently tasked, in our character and precision; the lectures are enlivened by occasional of newsmen of the literary world, to keep up with the anecdotes of eminent men, and we can recommend them helter-skelter race of novelty; and can seldom indulge in to our readers with confidence.
that pleasing leisure, which would allow us to cast a
glance backwards on old favourites, and, under the inEpicharis, an Historical Tragedy. By the Author of spiration of their society, compile retrospective reviews. Granby. Represented for the first time at Drury-Lane | In order to become the subject of one of these, a book Theatre, October 14th, 1829. London. Henry Col- must be decidedly interesting, and must, moreover, be burn and Richard Bentley. 1829.
placed, by some lucky chance, into our hands at the right We have been disappointed in this tragedy ;- it is cold, moment. This has been the fate of the first, and, as yet, and meagre, and unpoetical. There is no strong interest the only volume of the Perth Literary and Antiquarian
attached to the plot, no fine perception of human nature Society's Transactions, which we were under the necesE in the delineation of any of the characters, and no lofty sity of consulting for the elucidation of some obscure mat
or impassioned thoughts, clothed in vigorous and anima- ters in the depositions of the witnesses in the prosecutions ted language, in the whole play. It is a dull, tame piece for accession to the Gowrie Conspiracy—a necessity which of respectable mediocrity, clearly proving, that though Mr has brought to our notice a very creditable product of the Lister may write a tolerably successful novel, which, we literary garden of Scotland, over every shoot of which it believe, “ Granby” was, he is altogether unfit to tread in is our most immediate and pleasing task to keep watch. the footsteps of the tragic muse. Besides, be has either This society was instituted on the 16th of December, chosen a bad subject, or else he has spoiled it by his mode 1784, at the suggestion, and by the active exertions, of of handling it. We take little or no interest in any of Mr Scott, then senior minister of Perth. Its original the persons of his drama; and instead of the catastrophe plan restricted the exertions of its members to investigabeing naturally evolved from the previous events, which ting the History, and preserving the Antiquities and Reought to rise, one out of another, like a flight of steps, the cords of Scotland generally, and more particularly of different acts are clumsily tacked together, and the fourth the district with which it was immediately connected. and fifth would be quite as intelligible, though the pre- As soon as the plan became generally known, a number ceding three were left out altogether. The whole looks of distinguished antiquarians and literary characters wroto ill-digested, or rather the product of a mind incapable of to the society, expressing their approbation and wish to taking a clear and comprehensive view of the subject. co-operate in its views. This general sympathy encouFrom the use made of Volusius Proculus, in the second raged the body to extend its original plan ; and it assumed, act, we are naturally led to believe, that he is to be an im- in consequence, the name, which it still bears, of the portant person in the conduct of the plot ; but instead of “ Literary and Antiquarian Society of Perth.” About this, we never meet with him again after the first scene the beginning of the year 1786, the funds of the society of the third act; and the interest is ultimately made to were found to have accumulated sufficiently to admit of turn upon quite a different point from that to which it the purchase of some books as the commencement of a is directed at the outset. This is very unskilful; and library. During the turbulent period which elapsed from the truth is, there is no plot at all in the piece. There 1792 to 1802, the society seemed to be in abeyance. In is a conspiracy formed against Nero ; and, with the ex- the latter year it began to revive; and in the year 1806, ception of Subrius Flavius, all the conspirators are actu a charter and seal of cause was obtained from the magisated by unworthy motives. Flavius is attached to Epi- trates of Perth. Up to the year 1818, the museum and charis, a Greek freedwoman, and to her he communicates library of the society were kept in a closet adjoining the the conspiracy. Through her imprudence, it reaches the Perth Public Library. They were then removed to an ear of Nero, and the natural consequence is, that Subrius apartment in the same building, and, in 1819, proper and his friends are condemned to death, only the author cases were fitted up for their preservation. Owing to is pleased to take the three last acts to get them all dis- the want of such repositories, many manuscripts and other patched. The death of most of them is rather a relief valuable donations previously presented to the society havo to the reader. At the very conclusion, Flavius is ordered been lost ; but since that period, they have been most to execution, upon which Epicharis, who had been pre- carefully preserved, and have increased rapidly, both in viously rather severely handled by the Emperor, swallows number and value. In 1822, the subscribers to a monupoison, and dies so instantaneously thereupon, that we ment proposed to be erected to the memory of Thomas conclude it must have been Prussic acid. It is evident Hay Minshull of Glenalmond, offered to construct that that there is here no scope for variety of action; and building so as to contain halls for the Public Library of without variety of action, a tragedy is a dead letter. We the city and the Museum of the Literary and Antiquahave, instead, long consultations by the conspirators, which rian Society, provided the two institutions would raise generally end in nothing ; and then we have long com- funds for fitting up the interior of their respective halls. plaints by Subrius Flavius ; and the consequence is, that The offer was accepted ; and the hall of the society was the business of the play creeps on, and the reader sleeps opened for the first time on the 20 June, 1824. Its colby the way. Yet “ Epicharis” has been acted success- lection of books, natural curiosities, and works of art, is fully; and this shows two things,—Ist, That there need daily increasing; and the society, with a liberality wornot be a great deal of intrinsic talent in a play to make it thy of imitation, keep a person who attends at the Mugo down with a mixed audience; and, 2d, That there seum an hour every day, for the purpose of showing it was never a more favourable opening for dramatic writers gratuitously to strangers. than at present, since every possible encouragement is The volume of the Society's Transactions, which now held out to them, that they may rescue, if possible, the lies upon our table, is a satisfactory proof of the importstage from the stigma which has of late years been attach- ance and interest of the subjects which engage its attening to it. We feel strongly convinced, that the day is tion, and, at the same time, of the talents and persevenot far distant when some dramatic writers will appear rance which its members bring to the performance of their worthy to sustain our ancient reputation in this depart- respective tasks. The first part contains some of the ment of literature; and when they do, the tragedy of most interesting historical communications made to the So“ Epicharis” will never more be heard of.
ciety : the second, the catalogue of the Museum. Among
the former are " Copies of papers relative to a Translation draws ruin on himself and his father's house. The Ra of the University of St Andrews to Perth in 1697-8," tional is a young nobleman, whose principles verge upon which throw light both on that unsuccessful attempt to Atheism and Materialism, but wbo is convicted of a cer. arrange the sites of our academical institutions more com- tain lurking unphilosophical weakness, by a stratagem of modiously for the wants of the country, and also on the his pretty cousin, and pays her for the lesson by marry. original foundation of the University ; “ Summary of the ing her. The Treasure Seeker contains the romantic evidence on the Gowrie Conspiracy, with plans of Gowrie adventures of a Hungarian nobleman, which serve to inHouse," an able paper, to which both we and Mr J. P. troduce and display some of the characteristics of a class Lawson are much indebted ; and “ The History of Scot- of men, who, in the distant valleys of the Carpathian tish Affairs, particularly during the reign of Charles I., mountains, devote themselves to the search of treasures, by Mr James Wilson, burgher of Dumfries,” respecting which they believe to have been hid there by the followthe author of which we are very desirous to obtain some ers of Attila. information. The contents of the Museum are :-I. The Library, a small, but valuable, collection of good solid | The Housekeeper's Ledger ; a Plain and Easy Plen ry books, chiefly relating to historical and antiquarian sub keeping Accurate Accounts of the Expenses of Hons. jects.-11. Medals and coins - Grecian, few-Roman, keeping, gc. &c. By William Kitchiner, M.D. Loupretty complete English and Scottish, increasing. The don. Whittaker & Co. 1829. collection is arranged chronologically. We are rather Dr KitchINER did much in his time, and in his own astonished that the Library contains no copy of Ander- way, for literature, as is attested by the variety of his Inson's Diplomata Scotiæ, a valuable work, particularly as cubrations, and the peculiar talent displayed in each. regards the history of Scottish coins.—111. Natural His- Among them we may particularly mention his National, tory. The specimens in this department are not yet suf- Loyal, and Sea Songs—his Instructions in Singing-his ficiently numerous to admit of scientific arrangement. Economy of the Eyes, Spectacles, Telescopes, and Opera. The cabinet of minerals, arranged according to the system glasses--and his Art of Invigorating and Prolonging of Professor Jameson, might, however, be easily made the Life. Alas! his instructions in this last department nucleus of a valuable mineralogical collection. The situa- served him but little, for he died in the prime of mantion of Perth, too, is favourable for such an undertaking. hood. The Scriptures say, “ There is a time appointed But no member of the society seems as yet to have devo- for all men to die;" and Shakspeare says, Death “ will ted much attention to this subject.-IV. Antiquities and seize the Doctor too ;” accordingly, Death did seize the Curiosities rather deficient.
Doctor. Not, however, until he had given us, in addiPerth boasts of several inhabitants not unknown in tion to the works already mentioned, his Cook's Oracle the literary and scientific world, and we are glad to see -his Traveller's Oracle_his Housekeeper's Oracle-and their names in the list of the society's members. We his Housekeeper's Ledger. Whatever his sufiject may look with an eye of interest on all such institutions, re- be, the Doctor always writes practically, and CUA CRUTE. garding them as admirably calculated for keeping awake For his enthusiastic love of sea-songs and national music those habits of intellectual exertion, wbich are so apt to we should place him beside Charles Dibdin; for wholebecome dormant in those whose fortune has allotted to
some rules regarding eating, drinking, and sleeping, we them a provincial residence. The capital of every coun- should rank him with Cornaro; for knowledge of eye try must always be the mart and centre of literary enter- glasses, we should class him with Adie, the optician; for prise; but it needs constant fresh supplies from the coun- his acquaintance with culinary matters, we should place try, and the more widely the spirit is diffused, the more him with Meg Dods and Mrs Dalgairns on one hand, valuable these supplies will prove.
and C'de, Jarrin, and Glasse, on the other; for his strict
attention to morality, we should have no hesitation to Stories of a Bride. By the Author of the Mummy. lay him on the same shelf with Dr Blair himself; and
In 3 vols. 8vo. London. Henry Colburn and Rich- for a je ne sais quoi sort of dry humour which runs ard Bentley. 1829. Pp. 307, 322, and 296.
through his books, we should remark that “ Il est unique
en son genre." The heroine of this work commences it by relating her But our business at present is more immediately with own history. She is the daughter of a rich and some the Housekeeper's Ledger,—a work which we recomwhat fanciful nobleman, who, having at first neglected mend to all new-married ladies who are anxious to be her education entirely, and afterwards secured her a very initiated into the many mysteries of housekeeping, and superficial breeding under the superintendence of a fa- likewise to housekeepers of every description. The coushionable sister, dies, and leaves her to her state, and the tents, exclusive of the Ledger part of the work, are classed importunities of lovers. Under the chaperonage of her under the following amusing heads;— The Elements of aunt, she wheels from the town to the country, from Domestic Economy – Memorial in behalf of Sapper England to the Continent, from the Continent to Eng- against Dinner— The 'Tis Buts, (a curious poem,) set to land, and back again to the Continent, until she at length music-Old Exactly's Method — Hints on Economy, by settles for a time at Vienna. There she manages to fall | Messrs Managewell, Justenough, and Makeitdo_Tom in love, and captivate a handsome, clever, and extremely Thrifty on the Pleasure of Early Rising-Excellent Rule affected English nobleman. After their marriage, she of Admiral Ever-ready, and Tom Thrifty's Maxims. The insists that the marriage jaunt shall be taken in Hun- Account of Housekeeping at the end of the volume for gary. They have scarcely entered the country, when every day, week, and month of the year, is calculated to they encounter a mysterious sort of a beggar, who, in re be highly useful. There are also Abstracts of Expenses, turn for their generosity, bestows upon them a bundle of Tables of Wages, Receipts, &c., which make the whole his compositions. Some days after, Milord breaks his complete, and will, no doubt, be turned to good account leg, in consequence of an overturn of the carriage; and by those who purchase the work, as the Belfast men say, during his convalescence, his bride reads to him the beg- for the ensuing year. gar's MSS. They consist of three Tales--the Mystic, the Rational, and the Treasure Seeker. The Mystic is the story of a young enthusiastic student, son of an influ- Composition and Punctuation familiarly erplained, for ential burgher of Trieste, whose mystical notions expose
those who have neglected the study of Grammar. By him to the seductions of the Carbonari; who is conse
Justin Brenan. London. Efngham Wilson. 1829.
12mo. quently implicated, in a frustrated attempt of that body to make themselves masters of Trieste, and throw off the We have read this little book with much satisfaction. Austrian yoke ; and who, by this unlucky connexion, Something of the kind has been long wanted, and the