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sent a professorship in the new College of the Free || and some of them apparently praetised, the induc. Church in Edinburgh. In the preface to his Na- tion of anæsthesia previous to operations, both by tural History he at once proceeded to draw a dis- 1 giving their patients narcotic substances to swallow tinction, which marked him out as a devotee of|and narcotic vapours to inhale. The merit of its original observation :
application in his own particular walk of practice “ If," said he, “avatomy and physiology be regarded as
was, however, all his own ; the first instance in the basis of zoological science, the history of species will which it was adopted having occurred in Edinburgh include a description of their structure and functions along
on 19th January, 1847. For this innovation Simpwith their external characters. If anatomy and physiology be discarded as foreign to the subject, and the professed son has had incredible assaults to sustain and naturalist acknowledge, without a blushı, his ignorance or repel. Ether-inhalation was the mode employed ; his contempt of both, then the history of species will, bo || and the case answered all his anticipations. The chiefly occupied with the details of external appearance.”
inhalation of ether procured for the patient a more Such different conditions he asserted to have pre- or less perfect immunity from conscious pain and vailed in the study of the science in this country, and suffering, whilst it did not diminish the strength to have divided it into two great eras. Passing every || and regularity of the muscular contractions. He panegyric on the golden age of Ray, Willoughby, | had not before this time, nor for a month afterwards, Lester, and Sibbald, as the physiological era, hedared, however, to keep a patient in the anæsthetic consequently upholds their natural method, and de- || state for more than half-an-hour. It was during nounces the artificial method of Linnæus-according the experience of the next three weeks he discovered all praise, however, to the Swedish Aristotle individu- || that anæsthetic action could safely be kept up for ally, and only incensed at the conduct of his “blind one, two, three, or more hours. Subsequent cases admirers.” In the compilation of this work the to the first anæsthetic case of Dr. Simpson were Rev. Doctor showed so lively an acquaintance with shortly reported at London, Bristol, and Dublin. the truths of natural history and the facts of litera- | In about a week, however, after the first case ture, that it stands without exception the best text occurred in Edinburgh, the practice had been tried book of zoology yet produced. Disdaining to quote || in France. It was later adopted in Germany; and such authorities as the compilation of Gmelin, even America, the country whence the first knowwhich frequently supplies the place of the 12th ledge of anæsthetic effects in surgery emanated, did edition of Linnæus, and thus occasions the absurdity not employ ether in obstetric practice until after of quoting his authority for the names of species its use in Europe. The ether required to be established subsequent to his decease, the Doctor exhibited in large quantities to keep up its acwent back in every instance to the best and most tion, and in November, 1847, an impulse was perfect edition of the various writers on natural given to the practice of anæsthesia in this class science; and thus succeeded in giving things their of cases by the introduction of chloroform as a proper names, discoveries their exact positions, and substitute for sulphuric ether. The bulk of disentangling much of the confusion of zoological ether required, its inconvenience for carriage, writings.
and the size of apparatus believed necessary for Decidedly the greatest of our scientific writers | its effectual exhibition, had prepared the practior discoverers is Simpson, the author of the original | tioner heartily to discard it ; when it was supere treatise on chloroform. Strange to say, the popu- | seded by the discovery of Simpson, portable in a larity and singular efficacy of this extraordinary case of the size of an ordinary cigar case, and pain-subduing agent has not exempted it or its capable of being effectually applied by a few drops author from the ordinary modicum of envy and inhaled from a pocket-handkerchief! This most obloquy attendant on a scientific triumph. Simp- || wonderful of the achievements of modern science son has indeed had less of the prejudice of the was met with the most dreadful denunciationsouter world to combat than of those who should know “cerebral effusions," "convulsions," “ hydrocepha. better—the members of his own profession. But heislus,” “idiotcy,” were the mildest of the imputamore than a match for them at the literary small tions and predictions hurled against the effects of sword ; and if he does not "seek the battle,” he in-chloroform, and imagined to be hatching for the variably observes the counterpart of Macpherson's infant generation. Simpson has answered them couplet, by not“ shunning it when it comes. His | all by a fearless investigation of the results to the prowess as a controversialist is sufficient to establish | mothers and to the children. And although it the reputation of any theory or practice, however bold | may be deemed a delicate subject into which to the innovation ; and woe to the dull ass that brays be led, even by scientific philanthropy, these rein arrear of Simpson's march of improvement, and sults are so important to society that we cannot “will not mend his pace for beating.” No sooner | help saying that he has—in a “Report on the was his anæsthetic system impugned, than Pro-| Early History and Progress of his Great Disfessor Simpson threw himself tooth and nail into covery,"—the motto of which, from “ Measure the conflict ; and his adversaries, after experiencing for Measure,” about as severe punishment as men could stand up and receive, are
“ I do think you might spare ber, now beginning to understand
And neither beayen nor man grieve at the mercy," their position. He appealed at once to the most venerable authorities–Dioscorides, Pliny, Apu- || is alleged to have been contributed by an English leius, Theoderic, Paré, and others, to prove that lady-proved that there has been found a means he was not guilty of advancing any new thing, as of mitigating indescribable human agony, remov. some of these authorities had long ago described, ing those anxieties which the dread anticipation of these sufferings have occasioned, and thus in many || done him wrong; and adds, "I believe you would not respoets benefiting the patients, besides producing intentionally pluck the laurel off my brow.” But the a great saving of human life, in respect of the in- | Professor has not only the cruelty deliberately to creased number of children born alive. Professor substantiate that there is no laurel to pluck, but Simpson adverts to the opposition encountered by that a much more successful practice being on rethe greatest modern improvements in practical sur- | cord, Dr. Collins must surrender the laurel. ----Oh gery and medicine—such as the ligature of ar- horror! to the female practitioners ; or, as Simpson teries, the discovery of vaccination, and the first writes it, the “real petticoated midwives” of the employment of antimony, ipecacuanha, chinchane London Maternity Hospital. bark, &e. The London physicians, he states, have,
“You accuse me," says Simpson, " of the atrocious crime on several occasions, specially distinguished them- of youth. Every day I get older, and every day I feel more selves by their determined and prejudicial opposi- || and more the vast amount of work that yet remains to be tion to all innovations in practice not originating | done by us all ; and I would fain excite you, if I could, to among themselves. When Robert Talbor, of expend more of your abilities and talents upon the real adEssex, removed to London in the 17th century, vancement of that branch of medicine which you and I pracand employed chinchane bark in the cure of the tise. Further, you seem to suppose that the seeing an enorcommon agues of the metropolis, “he found," says mous number of cases is the means by which this advanceSimpson, “that as hegained the favour of the world, ment is to be accomplished, and that my want of experience he lost that of the physicians of London ; and ap- || (as you choose to term it) is enough to prevent me aiding parently their persecution of him was such that in this good work. But I beg you again to remember that the king at last was obliged to interfere, and in the it is not a mere mass of cases seen that has ameliorated or year 1678, King Charles II, sent a royal mandate will aineliorate the state of midwifery. In your hospital to the College of Physicians, commanding the pre- | upwards of 150,000 women have been delivered, under the sident, Dr. Micklethwait, and the rest of the charge of different masters. If we except, however, the College of Physicians, not to give Talbor molesta
names of Auld and Clarke, I cannot at this moment recoltion or disturbance in his practice. Sydenham,
lect that any one of your other physicians, when acting as Harvey, and other illustrious names, are mentioned
masters, has added a single new fact to obstetric science, or amongst the obstructives on this occasion. In a pre-propounded a single vew principle in obstetric practice.” vious instance, the president had actually sent Along with the Rev. Dr. Fleming, Mr. Hugh Groenvelt, the discoverer of the use of cantharides, Miller and Professor Balfour united in contributing to Newgate, for using his remedy. In like manner, in the course of last year to a volume projected by a member of the London College of Physicians, in Mr. James Crawford, junior, W.S., and entituled 1805, urged the propriety of putting down “ the “ The Bass Rock.” There were other contributors beastly new disease ” of cow-pox; and in Septem- to this volume—the Rev. Thomas M'Crie, who ber, 1843, the “ London Medical Gazette " sug. possesses no little of the style and spirit of his gested, whether the practice of relieving women by venerated relative, the biographer of Knox; and anästhetics should not “ be considered criminal | the Rev. James Anderson, an industrious rather according to law !” Dr. Simpson has thus had | than illustrious compiler of biographies. As we to combat objections, religious and moral as well have no anxiety, however, at least in the present as medical, to his practice. Some parts of the con- article, to review the book, we must limit ourtroversy, had we not the pile of printed pamphlets selves to Mr. Hugh Miller and Dr. John Hutton before us, might be even thought preposterous. Balfour. The former is a popular and graphic He has had to show cause against an alleged at-|| party writer, who has struck out his path tempt to disturb the permanence of the primeval || from the bottom of a quarry to the top of a curse: He maintains that the disputed word “sor- | tower, through a mass of red sandstone ; his row," Etzeb (in sorrow shalt thou bring forth chil-" Walks,” his“ Cromarty,” and, finally, his “First dren), does not in the original Hebrew really signify | Impressions of England,” sufficiently explain what the sensation of pain ; and he has had to answer, we mean. The geological regions before noticed, , in detail, the plea of allowing “nature” to conduct which he has invested with a charm, through the the case. Amongst his antagonists, one has chal-mere felicity of language, are now assigned peculiarly lenged the Professor to single combat. This un- as his province; and no ono necd dispute the sway happy man is a Dr. Collins, of Dublin; who, "like he has established over his empire. In combination that great goose, Cato," as Tom Hood has it, has with a peculiar line of reading, both in poetry and fallen on his own sword. He has ventured to romance, and a partiality for the older writers of the oppose Simpson upon data, which turn out to last half-century, Mr. Hugh Miller supplies an be in reality the data of Dr. Collins himself- amusing occasional chapter, of the character of a Damely, some 16,000 cases in the Dublin Maternity melange, to our present stock of publications. Ile Hospital; only, Simpson shows as clear as day that lives in comparative seclusion, and does not mingle all thisexperience has not enabled the worthy Doctor much in society; and, from the details of chance to drawa single accurate deduction! Collins, in fact, || conversations in railway and stage coaches, freis convicted of the most enormous Irishi bull on re- quently repeated for the benefit of his readers, we cord; and Simpson's drollery in proving the unten- || should judge that he had much yet to acquire from able absurdity of his opponent's position is about social intercourse. He is editor of the Witness; but as amusing a thing as could be perused. Dr. most of the successful papers from his pen have Collins complains, that by not stating his practice to evidently rather been designed for separate publicabe “the most successful on record,” Simpson hastion than for the columns of a newspaper, Professor Balfour, again, seems to observe the maxim || is known favourably, and even popularly; and his very strictly, ne gutor ultra crepidam. His ren- labours in compiling the legal portions of that busi. contre with the Duke of Atholl in Glen Tilt bas ness annual, “ Oliver and Boyd's Edinburgh Alma. brought up his name in connection with the popular nac,” are highly appreciated by the public, and have movement of “the right of way,” with which we confirmed the reputation of the work. Messrs. Parbelieve, however, he has little to do: and, indeed, ker Lawson, and Daniel Wilson, might be added the Professor's labours are confined almost exclu-to this category. sively to botanical science, in which he is fortu- In a recent number of the Witness we noticed a nately an enthusiast. His “School Botany,” which flourish of trumpets, apropos of St. Bernard's Cresthe Messrs. Griffin of Glasgow are about to pro- cent and its origin.
It stated that the avenue duce, will be the most practical work of instruction of elms, which Wilkie had rendered illustrious by that has yet appeared. We had almost forgot that admiring, and Raeburn by encasing in a palisade the Professor is one thing more than a botanist. of stone columns, had renewed its glory by having He is a philanthropist; and his philanthropy is become the abode of literary genius--no less illusdirected in a diagonal line betwixt religion and trious a personage than Mr. Leitch Ritchie, author education. The “ragged schools," and other of “Schinderhannes, the Robber of the Rhine," schemes of social elevation, have had the free gift having dignified it with his local habitation and his of the learned Professor's exertions; but he usually name ; whilst Miss Rigby, whose particular literary takes along with him Dr. Greville, Captain Grove, distinctions we lamentably forget at this moment, and other members of the Rev. Mr. Drummond's and Colonel Mitchell, the translator of “Wallen(Episcopal) congregation, of which all these benevo- stein,” conspired, along with the aforesaid author of lent gentlemen are office-bearers. Dr. Greville we the “ Magician,” to form a literary coruscation on ought to mention as the most accomplished crypto- the banks of the Waterof Leith. There is somehow a gamic botanist of the age, as well in the descrip- literary Will o' the Wisp atmosphere about the motion as in the delineation of plants and species, andrass of St. Bernard's Crescent. Many others of the favourably known as a translator of some of the minor literati live about the spot-in Carlton Street, most learned German scientific treatises.
Danube Street, and Ann Street, and may be seen imWe must now approach “the mob of gentlemen bibing inspiration at the Templeof Health in the ad. who write with ease”—although there are some to joining valley by daylight any of these holiday mornbe disposed of previously, who scarcely merit that ings, along with the cream of the morning papers, title. There is Principal Lee, who, perhaps, could It is no disparagement to the party,” we have just not do anything “with ease,” because the Principal | mentioned, that it is led off by a lord. Yet we must is rather painstaking in his compositions. His own that the facility of the honourable author inaugural addresses at the University are de- of “Leaves from a Journal,” and “ Gleams of cidedly relished by the students, and annually || Thought,” is more fatal than that of octosyllabic attract a tolerable attendance. The Principal is vorse with which every one is familiar. Lord Romore celebrated for his knowledge than for his bertson is no longer a double-barrelled gun-one production of books. With the exception of Dr. | barrel charged with law and another charged with Irving, late of the Advocates' Library, he is, per- fun”--for one of his barrels is now charged with haps, the first bibliopolist in the Modern Athens. matter far more explosive. How his lordship, with Yet the stream of his discourses by no means runs Judge Blackmore's “ Farewell to the Muse” before deep—a quotation from the Greck or Latin classics, his eyes, has adventured up the rugged steep of and a commendation of the style of Robertson as an Parnassus, is more than we can tell. His lordship historian, with a few common-places respecting the is a poet of “larger growth,” and has essayed a sort good behaviour of youth, and the enumeration of of agricultural explanation of the phenomenon :the well-thumbed principles, that "virtue is its own "Myself I dare not call a poet sown reward, and vice its own punishment;" these are By Nature's hand; or if there be a germ the characteristics of the addresses of Principal Of poetry within my soul, 'twas cast Lee. The Rev. Dr. Hetherington is a genuine On stony ground, or wisely choked by weeds, literary man, who has seen the life of a divinity And withered as it vainly struggled forth. student in all its phases, from tutor and teacher, to In other culture early youth was passed, professor. His Church History is an able produc- And thoughts, amid the whirl of busy life, tion, and shows that he is capable of great things.
Unfitted for its growth, my mind engross'd ; The Rev. Dr. William Lindsay Alexander, as a
And thus the soil neglected lay. But if, reviewer and pamphleteer, stands deservedly high
Since years have scattered silver o'er my head, in public estimation, Ilis sermons on the death
The dews have fallen, and by reflection's showers of Dr. Chalmers, and of Dr. Russell of Dundee,
The seed has sprung to life, 'uis by the warmth
Of southern sun the leaf bas budded forth." are amongst the best obituary discourses we have ever read. Mr. John Hill Burton, an author of In the train of the senator follow other members great ability, universality, and research, merits of the College of Justice-Professor Ayton with more than a passing notice ; and were not his edi- his “Lays of the Cavaliers,” and Theodore Martin, tion of the “ Correspondence of David Hume,” and or, as he is better known, Bon Gualtier, another his " Lives of Simon Lord Lovat,” and “ Duncan balladist, who give a fruitful promise of the tribe. Forbes of Culloden,” already familiar to our read- Bon Gualtier's ballads are far more of the troubaers, we would assuredly pause emphatically on the dour caste than those of his brother bard, who nevermerits of John Hill Burton, As a law author hetheless is alleged to have borrowed from him “ The
Great Glenmutchkin”—a story of the Railway 11" Hill and Valley,” “Scotland and the Scotch,” Mania, which, in its day, was a lucky hit ; but the Shetland and the Shetlanders;" and although author has not yet gone and done the like again. / we know not what Miss Sinclair had to do with the Ayton's ballads are eminently descriptive of the “ Lives of the Cæsars,'' we believe that a high rank passing events and sensations of a point of history, in the order of merit must be assigned, with all her wound up with a piece of moralizing, generally of faults and absurdities, to a lady who has written so a transcendental character, and, like a rocket or a well, and published so much. Miss Frances Brown comet, leaving the trail of poetic light mostly in the has not resided long in Edinburgh. Her story, tail, or (technically) " the tag” of the piece. Not from its peculiarity, is best told in her own so Martin : his ballads are of a uniform cquability words :throughout, and betray the hand of an adept in
"I was born,” she says, “on the 16th of January, 1816, at the joyous science; although destroyed by a levity | Stranorlar
, a small village in the county of Donegal. My which might do for Punch, and which, from other father was then, and still continues to be, the postmaster of efforts of the author's extant, we are persuaded has the village. I was the seventh child in a family of twelve ; less affinity to his true poetic vein than Ayton's and my infancy was, I believe, as promising as that of most pathos has to his style.
people. But at the age of eighteen months, not having reThis class of writers most fitly ushers in the ceived the benefit of Jenner's discovery, 1 had the misforladies; and we are glad to place them under the tune to lose iny sight by the small-pox, which was then preescort of the cavaliers. Mrs. Johnstone, Mrs. valent in our neighbourhood. This, however, I do not reCrowe, Mrs. J. R. Stoddart, Miss Catherine Sin-member, and indeed recollect very little of my infant years. clair, and Miss Frances Brown, represent the Edin- || I never received any regular education, but very early felt burgh galaxy of female talent at this moment. Not the want of it; and the first time I remember to have exbut there are others who might be named, thoughperienced this feeling strongly, was about the beginning of some, we suspect, had rather not; and indeed their my seventh year, when I heard our pastor (my parents being writing anonymously is sufficient cause for not di- | members of the Presbyterian Church) preach for the first recting the eyes of inquirers their way. The fame
ume. On the occasion alluded to, I was particularly struck of Mrs. Johnstone is long and well established. | by many words in the serinon, which, though in common No female author of the present day has earned a
use, I did not then understand ; and from that time adopted high literary reputation so well, yet borne it so un
a plan for acquiring information on this subject. When a obtrusively.
word unintelligible to me happened to reach my ear, I was At present she is not resident in Edinburgh. Mrs. Crowe aspires to be the leader of likely to inform me-a babit which was probably trouble
careful to ask its meaning from any person whom I thought literary coteries; and unquestionably succeeds. The
soie enough to the friends and acquaintances of my child. habitués of the Queen Street Hall attend her ; she hood : but by this inethod I soon acquired a considerable has all the lions of the den growling round her in stock of words ; and when further advanced in life, enlarged their varied and interesting styles. But the au
it still more by listening attentively to my young brothers and thoress of “ Susan Hopley,” “ Lilly Dawson," and, sisters reading over the tasks required at the village school. last not least, “ The Nightside of Nature,” queens They were generally obliged to commit to memory a certain it admirably over the zoological group. Sir Walter portion of the dictionary and English grammar each day; Scott, we think it is, who avers that all the good and by hearing them read it aloud, frequently for that purghost stories are unfounded, and the stupid ones pose, as my memory was better than theirs (perhaps renonly genuine. So far, then, Mrs. Crowe's chancodered so by necessity), I learned the task much sooner than of teaching that "there are more things in heaven they, and frequently heard them repeat it. ... My and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy” was first acquaintance with books was necessarily formed but a poor one. She has, however, contrived to tell amor gst those which are most common in country villages. all the good ghost stories she could, and to sink the • Susan Gray, “The Negro Servant,' 'The Gentle stupid ones; so that she has left truth completely | Shepherd,' 'Mungo Park’s Travels, and, of course, at the bottom of the well. No matter-ghost stories Robinson Crusoe,' were among the first of my literary are all the better for being a little incredible; and friends; for I often heard them read by my relatives, and Mrs. Crowe would have but spoiled her book by remember to have taken a strange delight in them, when I improving their veracity. Mrs. J. R. Stoddart,
am sure they were not half understood. Books have been the lady of a W.S., has a literary reputation always scarce in our remote neighbourhood, and were on the strength of a translation - The Life of | much more so in my childhood; but the craving for knowAlbert Durer”-an artist's love tale, and a fic- lodge which then commenced grew with my growth; and tion of more power than purpose.
as I had no books of my own in those days, my only reAs for Miss
source was borrowing from the acquaintances I had to Catherine Sinclair, we really think this lady a most
some of whom I owe obligations of the kind that will never sensible, sedate, and sober genius. No one else
be forgotten. could contrive to throw so much brilliant common
“ In this way I obtained the reading of many valuable place into a conversation, or to exhibit the fashions
works, though generally old ones; but it was a great day for and frivolities of life in Edinburgh in a more faith
me when the first of Sir Walter Scott's works fell into my ful form. The “serious world,'' to which she pro- || hands. It was · The Heart of Mid-Lothian,' and was lent fesses more especially to belong, is most unmerci
me by a friend whose family were rather better provided fully shown up in more ways than one; but with books than most in our neighbourhood. chiefly, unconsciously, in the original remarks
“My delight in the work was very great, even then; and and observations that stud the pages of " Mo- || I contrived, by means of borrowing, to get acquainted in a dern Accomplishments,” “ Modern Society,” “The very short time with the greater part of the books of its Journey of Life," &c., &c. Of all her produc- illustrious author ; for works of fiction, about this time, tions we like the descriptive ones the best, as "ccupicd all my thoughts. I had a curious mode of im.
pressing on my memory whnt had been read, namely, lying The summary of Edinburgh Literary Society awake in the silence of the night, and repeating it all over
around this Christmas Log cannot better be sumto myself. To that habit I probably owe the extreme tenacity of memory I now possess. But, like all other good med up than by a phalanx of poets; in whom our things, it had its attendant evil, for I have often thought ranks are at this time pre-eminently rich. Amongst it curious that, whilst I never forgot any serap of knowledge them we have James Ballantyne, the fine doric collected, bowever small, yet the common events of daily life slip from my memory so quickly that I can scarcely find author of“The Gaberlunzie's Wallet” and “The Milanything again which I have once laid aside. But this mis- ler of Deanhaugh,” and all the songs and sentiments fortune has been useful in teaching me habits of order."
that appertain to these genuine national volumes ; Commencing with “Daines' History of the French albeit, the name of Mr. Ballantyne is more likely to Wars," advancing through “ Hume's Ilistory of descend to posterity in connection with another England," and the “ Universal History," Miss | order of art, since he is the principal decorator in Brown dates her historical information from her stained glass of the magnificent Houses of Parlia13th year. This was succeeded by geography-inment now in progress of erection at Westminster, regard to which she says :
Both the “ Wallet” and the “Miller" contain " In order to acquire a more perfect knowledge of the healthy scraps of poetry, with many of which the relative situations of distant places, I sometimes requested public is otherwise familiar, in “ Whistle Binkie” a friend who could trace maps, to place my fingers upon some and “ Nursery Rhymes;" but we question if in pure well-known spot, the situation of which I had exactly ascer. tained, and then conduct the finger of the other hand from chrysolite beauty any gem of the Ballantyne diathe points thus marked to any place on the map whose po- dem, “ Wee ragged laddie” inclusive, equals the sition I wished to know, at the same time mentioning the author's latest and most exquisite effusion, pubplaces through which my fingers passed. By this plan, | lished with the musichaving previously known how the cardinal points were placed, I was enabled to form a tolerably correct idea, not only of the boundaries and magnitude of various countries,
"Ilka blade o' grass keps its ain drap o' dew." but also of the courses of rivers and mountain chains."
Gilfillan (not "the gifted,” bu: Robert Gilfillan of Poetry, and attempts at original compositions— || Leitl), still toys felicitously with the social muse ; imitations of everything she knew—from the Mr. Vedder, the admirable lyrist; and Captain Psalms to Gray's Elegy, followed, until she first Charles Gray, the disciple and imitator of Burns, made acquaintance with the Iliad, through the still occasionally appear on the literary horizon. medium of Pope. The perusal of this work in- | But the hope of Edinburgh poetry centres in Mr. duced her to burn her first MSS. ; and Childe Ha- || Robert Jamieson, a writer to the signet, and rold, when she afterwards met with it, induced her to author of a highly dramatic poem-not, however, resolve against making verses for the future. conceived in a dramatic form—“Nimrod.” We Soon afterwards, however, she wrote the little story always thought there was fervour about Mr. Jamieof La Perouse, contained in her first publislied | son, but hardly suspected it to be poetic, till “ Nimvolume ; and from contributing to the Irish Penny rod” revealed it. This work is after an exalted order Journal, aspired to the London Atheneum. Her of poetry; and, with many subtile refinements, published volumes are “ The Star of Alteghei, which it requires no mean power to depict and prepublished in London, by Moxon, in 1814, and serve throughout the shadowings and foreshadow. " Lyrics and Miscellaneous Poems,” in Edinburgh, | ings of a theme half prophetic of man's unfolding in 1847, by Sutherland and Knox. The latter | nature and final destiny, a little more decision, and collection is immeasurably superior to the former. a little more strength, would have stamped “NimMiss Brown is a psychological phenomenon ; and rod ” as the poem of the age. As it is, Mr. Jamiethe remarkable perseverance and ingenuity byson, when he tries again, will equal Browning, and which she has triumphed over one of the most eclipse Tennyson, for he is disfigured with the severe privations of life, require to be known in mannerism of neither. And so we wish him, and order to comprehend the strange feeling that per-| all the other subjects on whom we have fallen yades her pocms.
" a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,”