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ART. XIX.- The Sister's Budget : a rily! the authors of our days occa.
collection of original Tales in sionally remind us of the folly of prose and verse, by the Authors some capital stage players, who will of the “ Odd Volume,” with Con stick at no fantastic exhibition tributions from Mrs. Hemans, when invited by a favourite colMiss Mitford, Miss Jewsbury; league to enact some rarity for his Mrs. Hodson, Mrs. Kennedy, Mr. benefit. Now if the reader be surMac Farlane, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. prised that the two first of the disH. G. Bell, Mr. Malcolm, &c. In tinguished contributors have mustwo vols. 8vo. Lundon : White tered scarcely a substantial page taker & Co. 1831.
between them, what will be his were briefly to state our wonder when he hears that Miss opinion of the “ Sister's Budget,” Jewsbury has contributed less ? In we feel that we should be doing no fact this lady's share came too late injustice to its claims if we likened for the printer, and though forit to one of the tamest of last year's mally“ booked” for the public, she Annuals, The Editors, in both has lost her place for the present. cases, boast of the distinguished So that we are now in the condition names which are enrolled in the of the party in Virgil's poem, and catalogue of their contributors : but we can with great truth declare, in in both we equally observe turgid the language of that immortal.bard, promises succeeded by“ lank per
Nulla tuarum audita nec visa sororum. formances.” With respect to the three first names mentioned in the The Sisters having thus so awktitle page,we have a few observations wardly abandoned the family to make. We find, in the first place, “Budget," its protection has been that Mrs. Hemans has contributed left almost entirely to a band of nothing whatever to the prose, un volunteers, who, in the generous less the few thoughts which she warmth of fraternal feelings, deterhas facetiously put into the fetters mined to assert the cause of the of metre and rhyme, be considered sisterhood. Mr. Mac Farlate for worthy of being placed under that example, has, in the must gallant category. Fourteen orthodox lines manner, in proportion to his means, being the full amount of her con given the story of a Greek Pilot, tingent, we leave the angel of for the noblest adventure in whose giveness to wash away the fault annals, as far as we can discover, with a tear. The strange character appears to be his miraculous proin which Miss Mitford makes her motion from the maritiine profesappearance in this volume, has ex sion to the office of waiting man to ceeded our most extravagant appre his biographer. The next of those hensions. Why, she really makes a generous volunteers is Mr. Kensonnetteer of the first water. She nedy, or we should perhaps be more who used to rule the world of wit
regular in saying simply “ Kenand fun, and make all the eccentrics nedy,” as he is styled in these voand cynics of her acquaintance lumes, after the manner of Homer, tremble before her, dreading her Shakspeare, Byron, and the like. powers of conferring immortality ! But Kennedy though he be, we will She to condescend to become“ poet concede to him the privileges that
ureate” to St. Valentine, and assist are due to common mortals, and the labours of the cockney muses since, upon this occasion, he is acon the fourteenth of February! Ve- companied by his lady, we shall
waive our critical right in such a it is surprising that, up to this time, preseòce, and observe a decorous no attempt had been made to rensilence. We would, however, re der the details of the discovery spectfully convey to his ear, that familiar to British readers. An Enbad imitations of the German school glishman, Sir William Gell, it is of romance do not afford us, we true, has expended a great deal of infer from the specimen before us, money and toil in obtaining aua congenial soil for the cultivation thentic descriptions of the buildings of his talents, bis fancy, and his which have been recovered; and taste. We hope to see better things there are few of our travellers who from this gentleman, and this bope have returned from the great tour is rather prompted by the consider without adding something to the ation of the claims of which Mrs. stock of information, which had Kennedy, we believe on her debut, been published respecting Pomsets forth in the present volume. peii. All this intelligence lay scatThe tale of tragic distress which tered in a variety of books, requirshe has conjured out of the ele ing more labour and money to ments of a few facts connected reach it, than any ordinary person with the Greek revolution, is dis could possibly spare.—But even tinguished by the evidences of con were it ever so accessible, it was siderable dramatic talent, by energy still partial and imperfect; for it is and grace of diction, such as to to the Italians we must look for the surround the first appearance of complete and satisfactory history of Mrs. Kennedy in the world of let this interesting discovery. The task ters, with auspices of the highest of collecting the materials for this promise.
little work was confided to Mr. Wn. Clarke, an architect, who has had it
in his power by personal observaArt. XX.-The Library of En
tions on the spot, to confirm or cor
rect the representations of his authotertaining Knowledge. Pompeii.
rities. A detailed account of the ruins Vol. I. Published by the Soci
of Pompeii, as they may at present ety, for the Diffusion of Useful
be seen, forms the cominencement Kowledge. London: C. Knight,
of this volume. A reference for 1831.
the sake of comparison is then Not one of all the volumes hitherto made, to the ancient condition of sent forth by the Society above the city, so far as the lights of hismentioned, more properly corre tory enable the compiler to detersponds with the description of what mine that condition. Copious detheir publications ought to be, than scriptions of the public edifices-the the volume before us ; for, in point walls and gates — public roads-of fact, it does diffuse knowledge, streets, &c., next follow in succesboth useful and entertaining, a
and the whole is illustrated mongst a multitude of readers, who by nearly one hundred and forty never, except through the same engravings, including representamedium, could expect to attain it. tions of architectural decorations, Replete as is the history of the dis facsimiles of inscriptions, sculptucovery of Herculaneum and Pompeii, ral figures and groups, and articles with the most fascinating interest,
of domestic use.
Guy Faux Day.--As a curious million of persons have travelled in illustration of the changes which the the steam-carriages, from town to progress of time effects on national town. The gross sum produced on feelings and customs, we may men account of passengers and goods, tion that Guy Faux's Day in 1831, amounts to 160,0001. was celebrated by the profanation, Drunkenness in America.-Drunkand finally the ignominious de ards in the United States, are treated struction of effigies, not indeed of by the laws of the country as lusupposed Catholic delinquents, but natics. Thus, if the overscers of avowedly of contemporary Protes the poor of any city or town, are tant bishops. How profoundly true able to prove that any resident, it is, that time is the great avenger.
however rich, is a habitual drunkIt may
be stated as a circumstance ard, he, (the overseer,) is required worthy of note, that there is in the to inform the Court of Chancery. city of Norwich a charity, called The Court, in case the charge be the “ Gunpowder Treason Gift," true, appoints a committee, which from which 10s. each are given on remains in the management of the the 5th of November, to twenty poor drunkard's property, until proof can widows, whose united ages amount be brought that he has completely to the number corresponding with renounced his licentious habits. the year of the Gunpowder Plot, Strange Club.-There is in Lin1605.
coln, a society called the “ Last Specimen of Mechanism. – A Man,” the object of which is altowatchmaker, at Dundee, is now ex gether of an extraordinary nature. hibiting a most singular speciinen A bottle of wine was placed, at the of workmanship, which possesses
institution of the club, in a case, additional attraction, in consequence the custody of which is determined of its having been the property of by lots annually drawn. The memthe Scotch gentleman, who, accord ber who has the care of the wine, at ing to Sir Walter Scott's avowal, Christmas gives a dinner or supper stood for the well-known clearacter to the whole club. The bottle is of Monkbarns, in the Antiquary. to be preserved until one member of This specimen consists of a pure the society remains—and he, “ The orb of crystal, which exbibits, Last Man," is to drink it to the by small golden or brass knobs, memory of his former friends. fixed to the interior of the glass, a Late Patents.-Patents have been complete view of the firmament. recently taken out for improvements The constellations are cut in crys
in the mode of evaporating syrups tal, and the whole appears to roll and saccharine juices—in fire-arms over the spectator, in imitation of -in apparatus for preserving lives the motions of the stars in the from shipwreck-in manufacturing heavens.
fax-in manufacturing metallic pens Manchester and Liverpool Rail -in pattens or clogs for the feet way.-During the twelve months
in machinery for acquiring power in that have passed from the first open tides or currents—in the boilers or ing of this railway, nearly half a generators of steam — in making
bobbin or twist lace-net—in manu quate permanent compensation for facturing mangel wurzel—in mak so great a benefit. The terms were ing clothes-buttons-in tanning readily complied with, and the wages in manufacturing street gas-in ma of this guilty transaction are still chinery for propelling vessels—in paid under the innocent appellation drawing salt from salt-pans -- in of tithes. machinery for making bread or bis Vegetable-growth. - The annals cuits—and also for a durable copy of gardening have nothing to exhibook, or writing-tablet, and im bit worthy of being compared with proved delible ink to be used there. the amazing turnip which has been with.
grown in the late season, by a pubFrench Character. We have lican of Balborough, county of Deroften had occasion to smile, as we by. The seed of this turnip was perused the list of the diversified only four months in the ground, and incongruous questions which and during that time, from the size the French Academy of Sciences of a small pea it increased in diproposed to entertain on the same mensions, so as that its circumferday. We have now before us a ence measured half an inch more catalogue of the papers which were than a whole yard, whilst its weight read in succession before this patient amounted to seventeen pounds and assembly, and from this enumeration a quarter ! we select the following titles : 1. A Education and the Clergy. - It cure for the cholera, proposed by may be regarded as a curious coina Dr. Duterte, who declares, that cidence at least, that in those places he will give himself up to be guil- in England where the clergy most lotined, if his remedy fails in a single abound, there the ignorance and deinstance. 2. Discovery of the qua- gradation of the labouring classes drature of the circle, by M. Gar are greatest ; but that where the nier. 3. A description of the head number of resident clergymen is of a flying dragon, accompanied comparatively the least, the people by the specimen itself, which Cu are most intelligent as well as indevier immediately pronounced to be pendent. Norfolk, which has 731 the head of a pig; and fourthly, a parishes, and Suffolk, which contains copy of verses on a new remedy 510, have a population backward for the cholera.
as to civilization by whole centuTithes—At a recent meeting of ries, when compared with that of the county of Hereford Reformers, the counties of the North of EngDr. Meyrick, whose minute ac land. Lancashire, where a common quaintance with the ancient history jury has always been deemed equal of this country no one will dispute, in intelligence to a special jury in positively denied that tithes could most counties, has only seventy pabe traced to a divine origin. They rishes. The truth is, that in those arose, he added, from a very opposite districts where the people cannot
A Saxon king murdered have access to a clergyman of the his brother, and to get rid of the established church, they get a miclamour of the people who inveighed nister of their own choice, whose against the atrocity, the royal cul interest it is to do the duties of his prit had recourse to the power of profession. the clergy. The latter agreed to Mr. Moore, the Poet.---At a dinner exercise their influence in his favour, given in Devizes to the Marquis of provided that they received an ade Lansdowne, Mr. Moore, in the course
of an elegant and forcible speech, Royal Geographical Society.used the following remarkable ex The first premium of fifty guineas pressions:-“It is but too true, what awarded by his Majesty, was conthe enemies of the popular voice ferred on Richard Lander, by the aver-that when the infant liberties
president of this society, for the disof America, and France, were to be covery, by that enterprising travelstrangled in their cradles, the people ler, of the termination of the Niger of England were but too ready to
in the sea. On the same evening, put their hands to the unholy work. a paper was read by Colonel Leake, Nor can I forget, that had it de on the question, whether or not the pended upon the people of this Quorra was the Niger of antiquity? country, I myself, one of Catholic This question the gallant writer remillions, as worthy to be free as solved in the affirmative. they, would now have stood before Hours of Mortality. It has been you in the same chains which I
proved, beyond dispute, that the wore when first we met-chains, of mortality of mankind is greater at which the marks are, I fear, too some hours than at others. The recent, and I too old, for me to ex largest number die between two pect to outlive the recollection of and three o'clock in the afternoon : them.”
less from the latter hour until eight Home Traffick.—The number of o'clock in the evening : fewer, again, private bills brought into parlia from twelve to one, A.M.: fewer still ment for the purpose of facilitating from eight to ten, a. M.; and fewest communication between one part
of all from ten o'clock, P.M., to three of the kingdom and another, is al o'clock, A. M. These proportions, ways an inquiry of yreat interest to however, vary with climate and seathe public. We are happy to be sons; but they are not correct in able to state, that in the course of the summer months, and in warm the session recently closed, the climates ; and are most likely to be number of acts which passed for reversed during winter, and in cold making or repairing roads was 39 regions. -rail roads, 16-and enclosures, navigation docks, &c., 60. Novel Literary Contention.--The
TO CORRESPONDENTS. Committee of the Literary Society, which sits at Bromley House, Not We have received the letter dated “ Mantingham, offered, at the close of its chester, Nov. 22nd,” together with the aclast session, a prize of the value of compunying copy of a Testimonial, to the
conduct of the writer, in the performance of five guineas, to any lady who would
his pastoral duties. We can sincerely assure produce the best poem on Sherwood him, that his communication has afforded us Forest. We are glad to inform our a great deal of pleasure, as it proves that he readers, that no less than three is, in his own person, an exception to the ge
nerul description given in our last, and in a poems, from three fair candidates,
preceding number, of the indifference of the have been already given in to the clergy of the establishment in general, to the secretary, and that the 5th instant spiritual necessities of those of their flocks, is the day appointed for determining
who are confined to the bed of sickness.the successful candidate. It is pro
Our correspondent will see at once, that such
an exception, which he must admit to be a very per to state, that no contributions
rure one, instead of militating against our can be received from any lady charge, rather demonstrates its truth. who is not a resident in the town or the county of Nottingham.