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Literature and cience.
Recipe against Infection.-Forty-six

The Bee.
grains of black oxide of manganese, in

* Floriferis ut apes in saltibus omnia limant,

Omnio nos itidem depascimur aurea dicta.' Lithography.-An experiment has course powder, are to be put into a lately been made to take off impress rately ground-glass stopper, to which small strong glass phial, with an accu

LUCRETIUS. sions from plants by lithographic print- two drachm measures of nitric acid of painter, never to work on Mondays;,

It was the custom with A ertgen, the ing, which, although it did not suc- 1400 specific gravity, and an equal but to devote that day with his disciceed so well as was desirable, leaves little doubt but this method may prove must be added; replace the stopper, about the streets in the night, playing

measure of muriatic acid of 1184, ples to the bottle. He used to stroll of considerable use to botanists.-A and secure the whole by inclosing it in specimen of Sibthorpia Europea,

on the German flute, and in one of which was gathered several years ago

a strong wooden case, with a good those frolics he was drowned in 1564. in Cornwall, was, we understand, co

screw top, which, when fast, shall rest
on the stopper, so as to keep it in its been said, figuratively, that marriage

Marriage Lottery.-It has often vered with lithographic ink, and' iin on the stopper, so as to keep it in its pressed on the stone, from wbich seve

is a lottery ; but we do not recollect to rul impressions were taken. There is phial, with the nose averted, and re

have met with a practical illustration a well-known method made use of for place the stopper as soon as the smell of the truth of the simile before the

; of octaking impressions of the leaves of ve-casionally, as you would any other fu- / following, which is a free translation of getables by covering them with print- migation. A phial so prepared, will Gazette: A young man, of good fi

,

advertisement in the Louisiana ers'-ink, and then impressing them on

last, instead of six months, several paper. The benefit likely to arise

gure and disposition, unable, though from impressing plants on stone, is

years; the mixture ought not to ocowing to the facility of multiplying Any chemist can furnish the ingredi- tune, proposes the following expedient cupy inore than one third of the bottle. desirous, to procure a wife, without the

preliminary trouble of amassing a forcopies much more accurate in some respects than a drawing can be ex

ents.—This apparatus destroys all kinds
of infection.

to attain the object of his wishes:-He, pected to be.

offers himself as the prize of a lottery Fish Flour. -The Indians (says M. cellent annual publication, Time's Te. The number of tickets to be 600, at The forthcoming volume of that ex

to alt widows and virgins under 32. Humboldt), in all the Upper Oroono. ko, fry fish, dry them in the sun, and saints' day's and holidays; with illus- be drawn from the wheel, the fortunate

lescope, will contain an explanation of 50 dollars each. But one number to reduce them to powder, without sepa- trations of British history and anti- proprietor of which is to be entitled to of bity or sixty pounds of this

four, quities, notices of obsolete rites and himself and the 30,000 dollars." —Nero

customs, and sketches of comparative York American. which resembles that of cassaya. When

chronology and cotemporary biograit is wanted for eating, it is mixed with

At Dieppe, an Englisliman is sur. water and reduced to a paste. Jorences in every month, and a diary of clerks, inspectors, and supervisors,

phy; including astronomical occurprised by the appearance of female every climate the abundance of fish nuture, explaining the various appear who look to unloading of ships, keep has led to the invention of the same ances in the animal and vegetable king, an account of what is done, and give preserving them. Pliny and

doms; the whole being interspersed out the checks and certificates all inDiodorus Siculus have described the with amusing anecdotes, and illus- dicating the participation of the sex in fish-bread of the Ichthyophagous na trative and decorative extracts from that country, in the bigher functions tions, that dwelt on the Persian Gulf

our first living poets. An introduction of life, and contributing to their imand the shores of the Red Sea.

to the study of conchology will be pre-portance and independence. The Plague.--At a time when a fa-fixed, with an accurately coloured plate tal epidenny is making such ravages in of some of the indst rare and beautiful

TO READERS & CORRESPONDENTS. Spain, it may be some satisfaction to shells. know, that some time ago, Doctors

Miss Macauley has a new work in We perfectly agree with 'Gulielmus as to Aubun and Lafont, physicians at Con- the press, intitled - Tales of the Lady Morgan and her reviewers; but having stantinople and Salonica, have disco. Drama."

dismissed her in the way of our vocation, we : vered that vaccination is a preservative

have no wish to return to the subject.

Mr. Brewer's Beauties of Ireland,' We question much that Question and Anfrom the plague. Of six thousand adults vaccinated, none caught the heen engaged for a considerable time, the effect on us which he seems to have anticia work on which that gentleman has swer' will suit us.

Tragic Darby's first dramatic scene has not contagion : even infants who were vaccinated, continued to suckle mothers and we hope that the author of the is, at length, ready for publication ; pated.

The sentiment in Clio's song is faulty. Few who were labouring under the attacks of the plague, without being infected : land and Wales will satisfactorily an• Introduction' to the Beauties of Eng- lovers make a merit of their inconstancy

We shall be happy to hear from E G. B. in and an Italian physician, who is study

way he proposes. We have not forgotten ing in Turkey the symptoms of this swer a growing wish in the public, for

M. Wildernesse will find a letter at our of dreadful complaint, inoculated himself in forination concerning an island long with matter drawn from a person who injuriously neglected by the antiquary fice. had died of the plague, and afterwards and topographer. The work is to be

London :- Published by J. Limbird, 355, Strand, published in parts, and is einbellished

two doors East of Ereter Change; where advertise underwent vaccination without the with engravings by J. and H. Storer, mellom are receivedly are reati come se mare contagion developing itself, though he after original drawings by G. Petrię, by souten se Pauto Church Pardinyer pleine put bimself in ait possible points of

of Dublin. contact with infected persons in the

Mall; Grapel, Liverpooli and by all Bookselleri

and Neæssenders-Printed by Davidson, Old Bose hospitals.

well Court, Carey Strect.

means of

the him.

Ano Weekly Review: Forming an Analysis and General Repository of Literature, Philosophy, Science, Arts,

History, the Drama, Morals, Manners, and Amusements.

This Paper is published early every Saturday Morning, and is forwarded Weekly, or iu Monthly or Quarterly Parts, throughout the British Dominions.

No. 128.

LONDON, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1821.

Price 6d.

Beview of New Books.

this great work, which has handed me, shall be made one separate stock, down his name to posterity as a prince never to be diminished by the hospital,

of the most benevolent disposition, he unless my executors require the aid of a The History of Christ's Hospital, from exclaimed, Lord! [ yield thee most part of thie said stock in.consequence of

the Foundation by King Edward hearty thanks, that thou hast given me will. My further will is, that the interest the Sirth. To which are added, life thus long, to finish this work to the arising from such property,, (as long as Memoirs of Eminent Men educațed glory of thy name.' there ; and a List of the Governors.

the hospital shall preserve the aforesaid (By John Iliff Wilson.] 8vo. pp. I prince could not fail of exciting the admi.crease the number of blue-coat children,

: The virtues displayed by this young picture,) shall be applied either to in307. London, 1821.

ration of his subjects; neither is it to be or for the better assisting such of the We are very far from agreeing with supposed that the utility of the foundation children as may be put out apprentices by Mr. Wilson, that there is little informa- just mentioned could be lost upon them. the said hospital. I further desire that the tion to be offered on the subject he has Indeed, it appears that the citizens of aforesaid picture shall be kept in the undertaken; and should feel surprised,

London were so animated by the truly Treasury of the said hospital, and that it indeed, if one of the most extensive royal benefactions of the King,

that in the annually be produced at the first general charities, and a public school which has tery was rendered capable of accommo- every year, and such part of my will, re

short space of six months, tie old monas- court held after the first of January in existed for upwards of two centuries dating three hundred and forty boys ; lative to that hospital, shall be then and and-a-half, did not afford, abundant and by the end of the year the number there publicly read. I also desire that materials for the historian and the bio- was increased to three hundred' and the picture shall be shown once annually, grapher. Even Mr. Wilson's memoir, eighty. From that time to the present to whomsoever the Vice Chancellor of brief as it is, affords sufficient evi- the hospital has continued increasing, Oxford shall send to demand a sight dence that the field is sufficiently both in size and importance; and the thereof; but in case the sight be refused ample for literary industry. It is, plied to the almost incredible number of I direct that all my bequests given to

three hundred and fifty have been multi- to the Vice Chancellor or his deputy, then however, a subject of regrets that the eleven hundred and ffty: author should have undertaken the

Christ's Hospital shall immediately cease. work at a period when the various duIn the description of the different And I hereby give and devise the same,

' ties of the

gentlemen connected with apartments of the Hospital, there is an ford, to the intent that the University may the establishment precluded any of extract from the will of James Amand, buy freehold lands of inheritance, and the them from affording him the least as

Esq. dated Aug. 9, which is curious on rent arising therefrom to be applied as folsistance. The records of the hospital lative to a portrait, which is preserved leian Librarian shall receive

of it as much account of the anxiety it expresses re- lows : In the first place, the chief Bodare authorities which must contain much information, and we are sorry

in the counting-house:that any circumstance should have I give the original picture of my ally, provided he be a bachelor. Secondprevented their being brought in-aid. grandfather to Christ's Hospital; upon fave his salary augmented to 701. per anof a publication, the object of which is receipt to my executors

, and a promise num, which augmentation of salary shall to represent the establishment and

never to alienate the said picture; and, as continue only as long as they remain baevery person connected with it, in a often as a change of treasurers takes chelors, and shall not be paid again if they point of view that could have no other place, every new treasurer shall send a marry, until other librarians who may be tendency than to do them honour. written receipt and promise of the same bachelors are substituted in their room.

In the forty-fifth number of the effect to the Vice Chancellor of Oxford. What remains after paying them, I desire Literary Chronicle, we gave a brief Item, I give all the

rest of my money and may be applied to the purchase of manubut connected history of Christ's Hos- property of every description, (after the scripts and good printed editions of claspital; and, therefore, in reviewing the payment of my debts, legacies, and fu- sic authors, such as may be worthy a present work, we shall avoid, as much execution of this will,) to Christ's Hospi- desire such money may be disposed of as possible, the ground on which we tal. And my will is, that whatever of as (if either librarian is married) would have already trodden. Mr. Wilson my effects the governors of the hospital contribute to the augmentation of his sasets out with a well-written - and inter- shall consider as being of no benefit to the lary were he not married.”-One of the esting memoir of the illustrious foun- hospital, they, the governors, shall sell executors was the Rev. Dr. Stukeley, the der of the hospital, the boy King, Ed-all such, (except the picture aforesaid,) eminent antiquary. 'ward the Sixth. Then follows the to the best advantage, and the money • An erroneous opinion has been enhistory of the foundation, copied ver- arising from the sale shall go, together tertained, that this picture is the portrait batim from Stowe. It is remarkable, or in my banker's hands undisposed of, may have arisen from the circumstance of

with all the money I may leave in specie, of the Pretender, and which probably that the King lived but two days after to purchase 3 per cent. bank annuities, one of the ancestors of Mr. St. Amand he had signed the charter of this cor- which annuities, together

with the secu- having married Asceline, the daughter of poration, and that, on thus concluding rities for money which I leave behind Robert D'Aubignay, of the liouse of Vou. III.

UU-43

Stuart, an English baron in the reign of contains memoirs of several living in

How of liis name each syllable Henry the Third.' dividuals, including the

Repeated oft, on youthful ears

Like no unholy charm would dwell, In this Hospital there are twelve George Dyer, the metaphysical Cole- And mingle fondness with the prayers! wards or large rooms, for the children, ridge, that truly clever writer Charles While still the day, made sacred by his besides the infirmary, or sick-ward, Lamb, Mr. Sürr, Meyer the painter, birth, and each of these wards accommodates Leigh Hunt, &c. &c. Among the Brought with the rolling year memorials of his from fifty to seventy boys :

worth. early · Blues,' are Campian, Camden, 'The whole establishment will accom- and Joshua Barnes. It is impossible

“Yet, what avails the school-boy's praise, modatę 1150 children, including 80 girls, to conceive that a school, which admits

Though taking Gratitude's sweet name, who are provided for without any ex:

The stately monument to raise

Of royal Edward's lasting fame? pense to their parents or friends, and nearly one hundred and fifty boys an

op- Though never on thy youthful brow furnished with every thing necessary to nually, every one having the forward their education. portunity of a liberal education,

Flaunted the helmet's towering crest,

Though ne'er, as martial Glory led, . In 1809 there were 1065 children should have produced so few men of

The corslet sparkled on thy breast; upon the foundation, of whom 65 were genius, (admitting all to be such which

Yet, blameless youth, to worth so true as girls. we have enumerated.) We doubt not,

thine, « Of the 1000 boys,

however, that it has produced five Virtue herself might weave her purest virgin 161 were presented by companies, times the number, although there may

line. parishes, &c. 498 were sons of freemen.

be some difficulty in tracing them. • But, ah! what means the silent tear?

Our last extract shall be Mr. 239 sons of non-freemen.

Why e'en 'mid joy my bosom heave! George

Ye long-lost scenes, enchantments dear! 102 sons of clergymen, who had, exclu- Dyer's Lines meditated in the Clois

Lo! now I linger o'er your grave ! sive of the boys in the hospital, ters of Christ's Hospital :'

-Fly, then, ye hours of rosy hue, · 1000 578 other children.

Now cease, my song, the plaintive strain;

And bear away the bloom of years! • The parents of 871 boys had, exclu- Now hush'd be Pity's tender sigh;

And quick succeed, ye sickly crew sive of those in the hospital, 3606 other While Mem'ry wakes her fairy train,

Of doubts and sorrows, pains and fears! children ; and twenty-seven boys had nei

And young Delight sits laughing hy:

Still will I ponder Fate's unalter'd plan, ther brother or sister.

Return each hour of rosy hue,

Nor tracing back the CHILD forget that I am • Out of the 973 boys, there wereIn smiles, and pranks, and garlands gay,

MAN.'
Orphans.....

57
Playful of wing as when ye Hew,

Although we think Mr. Wilson Sons of widows.

Ev'ry month then seeming May ; 210

inight have made his work much more Motherless boys...

While, as Invention wak'd the mimic valuable, yet we must allow that it 93

powers,
Genius, still wand'ring wild, sighed for en-

is interesting, and we thank him
360'
chanted bowers.

for the first detailed history of one of It appears that the gross income of “Then, too, in antic vestment drest,

the most beneficent institutions this the hospital, in 1814, was 44,7251., and Pastime would lightly lisp along,

truly beneficent country boastsin 1815, 43,3861. The expenditure Throwing around the ready jest,

Christ's Hospital. for the saine years was, 1814, 41,0611.

Satire and sting, or simple song ; and in 1815, 40,4201. The ceremony

And merry Mischief oft would weave
The wanton trick for little hearts;

A Letter on our Agricultural Disof performing the funeral rites of those

Nor Love a tender vot'ry grieve;

tresses, their Curses and Remedies. who die in the hospital, is very interest- Soft were his hands, nor keen his darts; Addressed to the Lords and Com.ing: While Friendship, with a gay enthusiast

By William Playfair. 8vo. A procession is formed in the

square glow, of the Infirmary, consisting of the bea- Gave her full half of bliss, and took her share.

pp. 72. London, 1821. dles, the steward, the whole of the boys

of woe.

We should as soon expect to discover belonging to the same ward as the de. • And, what though round a youthful spring

the philosopher's stone, the longitude, ceased, the choir-boys, the minister, (one A lowering storm may sometimes rise;

or the elexir of life, as to find a panaof the classical masters,) and clerk; then Hope her soul-soothing strain can sing,

cea for the distresses with which this the corpse, followed by his own relations Quickly can brighten up the skies. happy country is so unhappily always and friends as mourners. As soon as the How sweetly pass'd my youth's gay prime! afflicted. There is not, perhaps, a class boys enter the cloisters, they begin sing

For not untuneful was my tongue : ing the Burial Anthem, which they con

And, as I tried the classic rhyme,

in society, of any trade or profession, tinue all round, and until they reach the

The critic school-boy prais'd my song :

below actual independence, that does curial-ground, when the minister, as in that promis’d fair to gild Ambition's distant is remarkable too, the distresses have

Nordid mine eye not catch the orient ray, not complain of distresses; and, what cther cases, begins the funeral service.

day. The cloisters upon these occasions are

scarcely changed their character in the cleared of all but those who assist in the “Ah! pleasing gloomy cloister-shade, course of two or three centuries, mournful ceremony, which add, greatly

Still, still this wavering breast inspire! There is an old proverb, that 'a to the solemnity ; indeed, it is hardly

Here, lost in rapt'rous trance, I stray'd, possible to describe the effect when the

Here saw with horror spectres dire!

grumbletonian in the stirrup is a tyrant procession is proceeding round those re

For, soon as day dark-veil'd its head,

in the saddle;' in politics we have of

With hollow chcek and haggard eye, verberating remains of the old priory,

ten found it so, and we much doubt if dismal at all times when cleared of those

Pale ghosts would flit from yon death-bed, it is otherwise in any thiog else,

And stalk with step terrific by! who give life to the scene, but doubly so

But of all grumblers, and of all disTill the young heart would freeze with wild tressed beings, the agriculturists are upon these occasions. The echo of the Burial Anthem at this time has an effect and store the 'dismal tale to cheer a winter's the most uneasy; the bounties of which those only who have witnessed the night!

Providence seem to be heaped on thein ceremony can form a just idea of.'

How like the spirit of the place,

in vain. Speak to an English farmer The biographical part of Mr. Wilson's work, (though avowedly very im

Good Edward's form here seemd to move! about his harvest, and he is sure to

As lingering still its growth to trace, complain : are the crops abundant, perfect,) is the most original, as it With all a Founder's, Guardian's love! he grumbles that the price will be such

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as to render abundance of no value; if | then; the cup of abundance run over, and taken by the bakers and dealers is the harvest has failed, and the price of and enough was left; besides, as the far- the great cause of the farmers receiving a grain is trebled, still he complains, mers got good prices, and could borrow low price while the consumers pay a high Bod remarks, that the price to be sure money or paper, which served for money, one. is good, but then there is no grain to

on their stock, they could see justice done • 2nd. That the primary cause of all make any thing of. We are very different ; for, in the first place, they dit for the necessaries of lite, which they

to themselves. The case is now widely this is, the wealthy consumers taking crefar from thinking that distress-agri- cannot allord' to spare any part of the do to the great detriment of themselves, cultural distress--does not exist, but price to those middle men, and, what is and the still greater detriment of those we are much mistaken if the fault is still worse, whilst they have been impro- wbo pay in ready money, not having the not with the agriculturalists them- vident, the dealers, who are in principle means to obtain credit. selves. Look at the English farmer of like a set of Jews, have become rich, and • 3rd. From those two statements, I am thirty or forty years ago, and the one they keep the farmers, who are in want of led to propose a means of preventing the of the present day : there is not the money, altogether in their power, so that credit from being given to consumers, by slightest resemblance; they are a dis- they grind them down, at the same time making debts above a certain sum not re

tliat they keep up the price to the con- coverable by law, as in the case of minors, tinct class of beings; the former would sumers. More than the rent is lost in this and certain accounts at public-houses for drive his own team to market, and way, and it is chietly from stopping this liquors; for as the laws in a country like deliver his grain, dine at a shilling or practice that the agriculturist must look England cannot forbid such transactions, dinary, and be amply regaled with a for relief, at least in the first instance. all that can be done is to discourage pint of ale; his wife or daughters • The agriculturists have brought the them. would not disdain to attend to the misfortune on themselves, by not acting • 4th. That the assize should again be dairy at home, and once a-week to

wisely when prices were high; they be fixed, and persons appointed to see it put stand at the market-cross with butter, direction which it was clear prices must take the trouble from the Lord Mayor,

haved then as if, instead of the retrogade properly in execution* ; those persons to eggs, or poultry; but go now to a farmer of a hundred acres only, and if to continue constantly to increase, and some day take, and have taken, they were but to be under his authority.

• That the laws against making contracts he, possessing something of the man- they out-bid each other in renting of land, for forestalling the markets be revised, ners of a former age, condescends to and paid no attention to economy in any and monopoly prevented, as in a wealthy manage his own farm, instead of trust- way whatever.

country like this, speculations in proviing it to a bailiff, (a plan which leads When the wheat that grew on one sions are the most gainful and certain io rich them frequently to bailiffs who will not acre was manufactured into bread, and men, and highly injurious to the public.' trust them,) his daughters, instead of still keeping back their stock from the veral other ingenious tables, the author cost the consumers 451., the farmers were

In the Appendix, in addition to see churning butter or making cheese, are market, with a hope to get higher prices, abusing a pianoforte, or superintend. and the dealers in flour assisiedieme gives one of the comparative prices of ing the making of some new dresses their unfeeling enterprise ; but when the wheat, bread, and flour, from which he for a country ball. Although, (thank tide turned, and the current set in in ano- draws the following conclusion :God,) we have not been doomed to the direction, the farmers were in haste • When the quarter of wheat is at 53s., read much on the question of agricul. to sell, and the dealers, in order to make which has been the case these several tural distress, yet we have seen much, them reduce their prices, were in no months, the quartern loaf should be at and hesitate not to declare it princi- | down more than, from the natural course kers at 10d., and soine have charged 10{d.;

haste to buy, so that the prices bave come i 8 d. but it has been with the regular bapally owing to the jor reased expendi- of things, they ought to have done. ture of the English farmer; and we

while the ready-money bakers have sold

• The produce of an acre of wheat, it for 8d. much doubt if the new modes of agri- which it is fair to reckon at three quar- • It also appears, that a sack of four culture have not cost more money than ters and-a-half, at 535. (the present price) should be above one-seventh part cheapthey ever yielded in the increased pro- is still above 91., but the price of the er than the quarter of wheat, whereas in duce.

loaves amounts to 161. 135. 3d. only reality it is seldom above one-tenth cheapIn this opinion we are supported by | 31,85, 3d. of which goes to the baker, so er; and it will be seen in the register at the Mr. Play fair, who has devoted more that the matter is thus:

Secretary of State's Office, (for the home than twenty years' attention to the sub

8. d. departinent,) page 505, (numbered with a

• For the wheat on an acre... ject. After refuting the idea, that

5 6| pen,) that, on the 4th of Auglist, 1804, Baker, for baking...

3 agricultural distress arises from heavy

8 3 when wheat was 03s. 4d., the sack of four

was 67s. 11d.!! In short, it will be seen rent and taxation, he says,

9 that the price of tlour is always higher in During the artificially high prices in 400 loaves at 10d.. .... 16 13 3 proportion to the price of wheat, than it the time of the war, when the navy and

ought to be by this table; and, untoriuarıny and some of the colonies were to be The question is, who gets this? 3 19 0 nately, the price of bread is tixed by the supplied, and immense sums were paid to 'Thus, nearly 41. an acre go to the inter- four, and not the wheat. contractors for all kinds of stores ; when mediate dealers, which is equal to four That this conclusion is positive no small economy, was neglected, the far- times the advanced rent and taxes. It one will dispute; but the real truth is, mers got into an expensive mode of cul- will be a large allowance to suppose I). Is. that this table itself was formed from tivation, and the habits and practices that goes for carriage and other expenses, be wrong premises, for flour ought to be then prevailed are not yet got rid of. iween the sale of the corn and the pur- nearly one-third cheaper than wheat; that' They were too indolent and too great chase of the flour, so that 21. 18s. will still men to carry their produce to market; remain to the dealers, which is ios. a and not from fiour; then the extortion would

« The assize should be fixed from wheat, and a set of middle men, or intermediate quarter, or more than one-third of the dealers started up, who took from them price of the grainl'

become impossible. A commission should be all their trouble of selling, and with it a

named to ascertain the quantity of bread proconsiderable part of their profit.

The whole of his argument Mr. P. uced from a given quantity of wheat, and I say, my lords and gentlemen, acon. sums up thus sweepingly :

from that the assize should be fixed. The com

inission would be like that for regulating siderable part, but it was not felt much • Ist. I maintain that tlie credit given' weights and measures.'

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12 13

za.

is, when wheat is at 63s. 4d. flour ought He was now employed in relating legen- but the odious task of enumerating the not to be above 44s. Id., for a quarter of dary tales, and reciting genealogies at ru- dark and disgusting shades that deformed wheat produces a sack of fine Hour, and ral wakes, or in the hospitable halls of it. He was an epitome of every variety half a sack of seconds, and our loaf bread country 'squires. He has been often of vice, and unblushingly avowed it, withis made from those two mixed together heard to recite some of those Irish tales out even making those excuses that most Lord Somerville, who wrote very distinct which Macpherson has so artfally inter of her rotaries do; such as it was ly on the subject, explains the matter, woven with the texture of the epic poems, against my consent, but I was led into it; and shows that the bran and pollard pay which he does Ossian the honour to at-it was unfortunate, but we are all the for grinding. The flour was then, on the tribute to him. Endowed with a sweet victims of circumstances:"_excuses, in 4th of August, 1804, 23s. 10d. dearer voice and a good ear, his narrations were reality, as frivolous as they are despicathan it ought to have been, that is, rather generally graced with the charms of meble, but which have some weight in the more than fifty per cent. above the fair lody. He did not, like the Tale-teller charitable eye of the world. Dermody price.'

mentioned by Sir William Temple, despised this mental hypocrisy, and setThe author of this work has brought chaunt his tales in an uninterrupted even ting his arms a-kimbo, laid his hand upon together several important facts, well tone: the monotony of his modulation was his heart, and said fearlessly, “I am vis worthy of the consideration of the frequently broken, by cadences intro- cious, because I like it."' agricultural committee, the legislature,

duced with taste at the close of each stan- Philip Fitzgibbon was a native of Ire. and the public in general.

In rehearsing any of Ossian's poems, land, and ranked high in the mathemaor any composition in verse, it was much tical world. He is likewise celebrated

in the manner of the cathedral service; for a bit of a blunder" that he once Ryan's Worthies of Ireland. but, in singing some of his native airs, he committed, arising from the following (Concluded from p. 661.) displayed the power of his voice—and on

circumstance:The second volume of Mr. Ryan's those occasions, his auditors were always

• He was supposed to possess a more work is not less interesting than the enraptured. It is asserted that no singer accurate and extensive knowledge of the first, but it appears to us not to be ever did Carolan's airs or Ossian's cele- Irish language than any person living ; edited with so much care. Better

brated hunting song, more justice than and his latter years were industriously memoirs exist than he has given of delighted to exercise his genius.

Cormac. But it was in poetry Cormac employed in compiling an English and

He Irish dictionary, which he left completed, some individuals, particularly of the composed several songs and elegies, with the exception of the letter S, and self-taught Cunningham; and some which obtained general applause. His that he appeared to have totally forgotten. stale anecdotes have been admitted in muse, tender and affectionate, was awak

• The dictionary is contained in about the lives of others, which we would glad-ened by the call of gratitude, and his four hundred quarto pages, and it is a rely have dispensed with in a work of so poetical productions are mostly panegyri- markable instance of patient and indefatimuch importance. With these

cal or elegiac. excep

Hesometimes indulged in gable perseverance, as every word is write tions, we give the work our hearty a rich vein of that dangerous gift. Cor- printing. This, with inany other curious

satire, but not often, though endued with ten in Roman or Italic characters, to imitate commendation, and adopt a few of its mac lived much respected and beloved manuscripts, all in the Irish fanguage, he articles in our present nuinber:Common Cormac, or blind Cormac, is had children by each wife; he died about by all classes; he was twice married, and bequeathed to his friend, the Rev. Mr.

O'Donnell. supposed to be the last of the order of the the age of eighty-five.'

During what year he was born is not minstrels, called Tale-Tellers, of whom

Dermody, who has been over-praised | known, but he died at his lodgings, in Sir William Temple speaks so fully in for his genius, and whose errors have / Chapel Lane, Kilkenny, in April, 1792.' his on .

. most May, 1703, at Woodstock, near Ballindun- been treated with too much indulgence, splendid talents, united with the most ingan, in the County of Mayo, of parents meets with a more impartial biogra- tense application, are not confined either poor and honest, remarkable only for the pher in Mr. Ryan, who thus sums up to sex or sphere of life, is fully evinced innocence and simplicity of their lives. his character:

by the subject of tue present memoir. Before he had completed his first year, • He was one of those unhappy young

* This prodigy of early learning and the small-pox deprived him of sight; this men, who preferred a life of daring profi acquirements (whose maiden name is nocircumstance, combined with the indi- gacy to the dull and unvariable sameness

where mentioned), was born in the coungence of his parents, precluded him from of virtue; and the time that should have ty of Kilkenny, of parents poor and illitereceiving any of the advantages of educa- been occupied in the cultivation of his ta- rate. Nothing is recorded of her until tion. But though he could not read him- lents, was uselessly spent in their display her eighteenth year, when we are told by self, he had the happiness of conversing He united a depth of poetic intellect, and Mrs. Pilkington, that she was brought to with those who had read ; and although a great harmony of versification rarely to her father to be instructed in midwifery, he remained without learning, he yet ob- be met with in the same individual; and and that then she was a perfect mistress tained knowledge: Discovering an early could turn with equal facility “ from grave of the Hebrew; Greek, Latin, and French fondness for music, a neighbouring gen- to gay, from sullen to serene; but if we languages, and was far advanced in the tleman procured a professor of the harp to thus praise his excellence in poetry, how study of the mathematics, Mr. Pilking. instruct him on that instrument, and Cor- shall we extol his classical attainments? ton having inquired of her where she mac received a few lessons, which he Horace and Homer he was alike acquaint- gained this prodigious knowledge, she practised con amore; but his patron dying ed with, and could, unabashed, before a modestly replied, that when she could suddenly, the harp dropped from his hand large company, read a passage in either; spare time from her needle-work, to -it was unstrung, and stern poverty pre- then put the book in his pocket, and give which she was closely kept by her inovented its repair. But cheered by poetry, a fine poetic translation of the passage he ther, she had received some little instructhe muse of whom he was most enamour- had just delivered; and likewise, to his tion from the minister of the parish. She ed, he listened eagerly to the Irish songs credit be it recorded, that before he had wrote elegantly (says Mrs. P.) both in and metrical tales he heard sung and re- attained his fifteenth year, he had acquir- verse and prose *; but the turn of her cited round the crackling faggots that il- ed a competent knowledge of the Greek, mind was chiefly to philosophical or dilumined the hearths” of his father and his the Latin, the French, and Italian lan- vine subjects ; nor was her piety inferior neighbours. His mind being thus stored, guages, and knew a little of the Spanish.

to her learning. The most delightful and having no other avocation, be com- We have now filled up the sun-light of * «The following epigram was written by menced a Man of Talk or Tale-Teller. I the picture, and there remains nothing Mrs. Griersou to the Hon. Mrs. Percival, wita

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