will infallibly be murdered for your lame foot-these were of Russia buttons.” At a dinner at Monk duck in the morning, and jean in the Lewis's chambers in the Albany, evening. His watch-chain had a. Lord Byron expressed to the writer number of small gold seals appended his determination not to go there to it, and was looped up to a button again, adding, “I never will dine of his waistcoat. His face was void with a middle-aged man who fills up of colour; he wore no whiskers. his table with young ensigns, and His eyes were grey, fringed with has looking-glass panels to his book- long black lashes ; and his air was cases." Lord Byron, when one of imposing, but rather supercilious. the Drury-lane Committee of Ma. He undervalued David Hume; denynagement, challenged the writer to ing his claim to genius on account. sing alternately (like the swains in of his bulk, and calling him, from Virgil) the praises of Mrs. Mardyn, the heroic epistle, the actress, who, by the by, was

“ The fattest hog in Epicurus' sty.”. hissed off the stage for an imputed intimacy, of which she was quite One of this extraordinary man's alleinnocent.

gations was, that “ fat is an oily The contest ran as follows : dropsy.” To stave off its visitation,

he frequently chewed tobacco in lieu “Wake, muse of fire, your ardent of dinner, alleging that it absorbed lyre,

the gastric juice of the stomach, and Pour forth your amorous ditty, prevented hunger. “ Pass your But first profound, in duty bound, hand down my side," said his lord

Applaud the new committee ; ship to the writer; " can you count Their scenic art, from Thespis cart my ribs ?” “Every one of them.”

All jaded nags discarding, “ I am delighted to hear you say so. To London, drove this queen of I called last week on Lady — ; love,

Ah, Lord Byron,' said she, how Enchanting Mrs. Mardyn. fat you grow!' But you know Lady

is fond of saying spiteful Though tides of love around her things!” Let this gossip be summed rove,

up with the words of Lord ChesterI fear she'll choose Pactolus field, in his character of Bolingbroke:. In that bright surge bards ne'er “ Upon the whole, on a survey of immerge,

this extraordinary. character, what So I must e'en swim solus. can we say, but Alas, poor human Out, out, alas !' ill-fated gas,

nature !'" That shin'st round Covent Gar The writer never heard him allude. den;

to his deformed foot except upon one. Thy ray how flat, compared with occasion, when, entering the greenthat

room of Drury-lane, he found Lord From eye of Mrs. Mardyn!" Byron alone, the younger Byrne and

Miss Smith the dancer having just And so on. The reader has, no left him, after an angry conference doubt, already discovered " which is about a pas seul. “ Had you been the justice, and which is the thief." here a minute sooner,” said Lord B.

Lord Byron at that time wore a " you would have heard a question very narrow cravat of white sarsnet, about dancing referred to me;with the shirt-collar falling over it; me! (looking mournfully downward) a black coat and waistcoat, and very whom fate from my birth has probroad white trowsers, to hide his bibited from taking a single step."

ART. XX.—The Operation of the Corn the home growth of corn, its great

Laws during the last Sixty Years, and increasing demand for corn stated in the shape of Substantive should be allowed to produce the Propositions. By ALEXANDER effect of raising the price abroad, MUNDELL, Esq. London: Long- which it does at home ; he would man, Rees, and Co. 1833. therefore abolish the importation

price, and allow corn to come The effects of the policy of the corn in at all times, subject only to a laws on the two great interests of duty moderated in such a way as the country have been long the sub- not to prevent the operation of our ject of anxious and heated contro demand in raising the price of the versy. The plan which the author article abroad. Mr. Mundell sugof this pamphlet has struck upon for gests, in addition, that it would be the purpose of removing the mis- most in conformity with sound conceptions so generally prevalent policy to allow a drawback on the on these points, is to set forth the exportation of corn, which would be whole case consecutively in a series equal to the amount of the duty on of plain propositions. The latter importation, as this plan, he says, amount to 19 in all, and the result would have the practical effect of which they convey may be summed bringing the best grain by the duty, up in the following brief manner :- and sending out the worst grain by That, in comparing the five years the drawback. ending with 1830 and the five years ending with 1815 together, it will appear that in the more recent period there were grown three millions and ART. XXI -- Lord Brougham's Courts' a half quarters of corn a year less Bill Examined. By H. B. Denthan were produced in the former; 'Ton, Esq. London : Crofts. 1833. that the importation of foreign corn has since increased; and WITHOUT having ever heard of the that, as a natural consequence, the author's name before, we must say hands employed in the extra produc-' that there is quite enough in this tion of 1815 were thrown out of pamphlet to satisfy us how little work in 1830. This circumstance, worthy he is of entering into a disaccording to the author, is a main cussion on any subject which desource of the distress which has mands the exercise of an impartial, been so lamentably obstinate in its temperate, and discreet judgment. visitation ever since; here, too, he in conformity with the classical says, is the key to the knowledge of practice of all persons placed in simithe cause for the great augmentation lar circumstances as Mr. Denton, of the tax for relieving the poor, as this gentleman sets out with a very may be partly proved by the fact, animated declaration of his gallantatthat whilst those rates did not ex- tachment to the cause of legal reform. ceed, in 1815, five millions and a He loves it, as tenderly as the apple half, they reached, in 1832, the in his eye, and would eulogise and goodly amount of seven sterling bespatter it with all the profuse millions. The last two of the pro- idolatry of a Covent-garden depositions are expressive of what the claimer. But, as the ancient priests. author wishes to be done in the way used to do, Mr. Denton merely deof a remedy. He recommends that corates his victim before the sacrifor the purpose of restoring to this fice : for, before we get half-way. country the source of the increase of through the pamphlet, it becomes

as palpable as the sun in the meridian, that he is a foe, heart and hand, to all change of the present constitution of the legal tribunals. If his reasoning were as cogent as his language is violent, this pamphlet would be entitled to a ponderous crown of victory. But, since assertion is uniformly the substitute for proof, and as Mr. Denton seems inclined to argue more in obedience to his inclination than his better judgment, we do not in the least wonder that this idol of Sir Robert Peel should see in the Local Courts' Bill of Lord Brougham nothing but a series of projects involving useless expense, and unnecessary violence to the established order of business

-projects needlessly injurious to the interests of large bodies of respectable individuals — projects which change any thing or every thing, merely for changing sakeprojects, in a word, which swell enormously the legal patronage al ready too extensively enjoyed, and we suppose Mr. Denton would say, too corruptly disposed of. From this description of the nature and import of Mr. Denton's contribution to the legal department of our literature, the sensible reader will easily pardon us if we abstain from inviting him to a nearer acquaintance with its contents.

either the thoughts or in the subjects, the latter being almost all derived from the great mart of poetry over which Venus, to this hour, with undiminished jurisdiction, presides. Mr. Moxon evidently has too much good sense to accept the homage tbat might be offered to him as an original poet. But we venture to affirm, that no person who has a relish for the beautiful, can read these charming compositions without being affected by the gentle and uninterrupted harmony of his numbers, the spirit of elevated contemplation which breathes in every line, and the indescribable touches of grace, taste, and feeling, which it is never the fortune of ordinary minds to be able to develope. We consider this little emanation, as we presume it to be, as a promise to be succeeded by a much more important performance. Let Mr. Moxon not mind the neglect or the rash and indiscriminate criticism that may pronounce unfavourably on his essay; let him bear in mind that it is one of nature's sovereign laws; that the blossom should die before the fruit is ripe; and therefore analogy would teach him that should this, the earliest of his emanations, be consigned to the tomb, the event is no more than one stage nearer to the period of intellectual maturity.

ART. XXII. Sonnets. By Edward

Moxon. London. 1833.

ART. XXIII.--Lives of English Fea male Worthies. By Mrs. J. SANDFORD, Vol I. London: Longman, Rees, and Co. 1833.

The collection of sonnets forming the contents of this beautiful specimen of the art to which it belongs, is marked by the evidences of a warm imagination and a tender sen sibility, but chastened into a subdued and somewhat melancholy tone, which is far from diminishing the interest of these effusions. Nothing, certainly, can be said to be new in

This is the first of a series of volumes, undertaken most properly by a lady, with the view of illustrating the lives of those females who have made themselves conspicuous in history by their merits. Mrs. Sandford, with great good sense, seems to have taken the necessary

steps to ascertain the difficulties the country. We think those ano. which she was to encounter as a malous beings called maiden queens, preliminary measure of importance. and celebrated mistresses, even those She certainly must have felt that that had their heads cut off, deserve the exclusion of the gentle sex from no sympathy at present. The less the political arena, from the field, that is said of them the better ; and and from almost every scene where for an exemplification of the justice fame and the usual rewards of merit of our statement, we would refer the are to be obtained, left the female reader to the two lives which form race but very few opportunities of the contents of the volume before manifesting that power of efficiently us; we would put it to him boldly acting for the general interests of to declare if he did not think that the world, with the ambition for the portrait of the domestic Mrs. doing which they are no doubt Hutchinson, the heroine of the one, duly supplied. But though the is infinitely more worthy of being biographies of which she has to studied than that of the exalted treat are not associated with the Lady Jane Grey, whose chequered glory of military triumphs, or the career furnishes the materials of the conquest of kingdoms, or with other. beneficent plans of legislative wisdom, yet that interest of mankind which is directed alone to the inves. tigation of human character in all ART. XXIV.-The Archer's Guide ; its varieties, will be to Mrs. Sand. containing full Instructions for the ford a guarantee that her labours Use of that Ancient and Noble will be adequately prized. Not Instrument, the Bow : Directions withstanding the ingenious apology for the choice of Arrows ; and all made by this lady, we shall, we Information of Archery, &c. &c. hope, with perfect impunity to our By an Old Toxopholite. London: character for gallantry, take the Hurst. 1833. liberty of remonstrating against the introduction of more than a very We are very happy to hear, from so small proportion of royal and purely unobjectionable an authority as our historical characters. Mrs. Sandon Old Toxopholite, that there is scarce. will surely remember that she is ly a county in England, at the preweaving her web of instruction for sent moment, in which at least one the fireside of an old English habita. association for the practice of artion, and that the more the circum- chery does not exist. This noble stances of the character from which amusement is recommended to our the moral is to be inferred, resem- attention by associations calcu. ble the circumstances of those who lated to kindle the honest pride of are to be impressed by the history, every Englishman : for it was by the the greater chance will there be that bow that England first manifested the grand object of her enterprise that innate valour which has carried will be accomplished.

her arms triumphantly almost to the At all events, queens, princesses, ends of the earth. The historical and peeresses, may, in such cases, matter with which this excellent be dispensed with; for there is no little work commences, will therefore possible community of feeling or be read with infinite delight, as it motive, capable of being established exhibits, in rapid and glowing debetween them and the women who scriptions, feats of chivalrous braveform the true female population of ry by the archers of England—such

as are calculated to dwell upon the memory, as objects of permanent contemplation.

After carrying us through the interesting historical account of archery, our Toxopholite proceeds to dwell particularly on the several implements which go to constitute the engine generally known by the title of the bow and arrow. Under the head of “ Bow" he describes the different kinds of wood used in its manufacture; next, he considers the “ Bowstring," and gives ample directions for the important processes of stringing and unstringing a bow. The “ Arrow" receives a long and curious illustration; after which the author successively describes the quiver, the bracer, the shooting glove, the belt, pouch, tassel and grease box, and the target.

The next section of the work embraces the whole of the methods of using the implements. In this department due veneration is conceded to the Five Points of Archery of the renowned Ascham. A sensible chapter is devoted to the description of the best means for attaining skill in the art of archery; the different kinds of shooting, and the value of each, are then dwelt upon, and their distinctions elaborately pointed out; and the whole concludes with a glossary, in which the various terms of this patriarchal amusement, as handed down by our forefathers, are familiarly explained.

of a sad reality. It is evident that the able authoress has carefully gone over the whole of the parliamentary documents connected with the poor laws, and that in the numerous facts which these presented, she was enabled to construct the plot of “ The Parish.” Never was the desolating plague of the English system of poor laws brought to our bosoms and homes in a more terrific shape before. There is great proprietynay, there is benevolence with solid virtue--in making such afflictions as are here described, the familiar subjects of daily contemplation. They are not necessarily the lot of human beings—they are not a curse which cannot be evaded, like the avalanche that crushes, or the earthquake that devours whole communities-no, no; the evils that we are now dealing with are curable discases; they may be remedied; and no legislator in the country, no minister, should be allowed to sleep, by the dinging of these misfortunes in his ears, until the absolute specific is administered, and administered with effect.

Art. XXV.-Poor Laws and Pau

pers Illustrated. The Parish. A Tale. By HARRIET MARTINEAU. Published under the Superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Know. ledge. 1833. Terrible as this picture is of domestic calamity, yet it is only a copy

ART. XXVI.-Sermons delivered on

occasion of the Death of the Rev.
John Dick, D.D. Grey Friars
Church, Glasgow; Professor of
Theology to the United Secession
Church. By John MITCHELL,
D.D.S.T.P, Glasgow; and James
PEDDIE, D.D. Edinburgh. Glas-

gow : Robertson. 1833. The history of the reverend gentleman, the subject of these mournful eulogies, is somewhat remarkable. He gave, at a very early period of his life, undoubted proofs of innate genius, and was only twelve years of age when, without the knowledge of his parents, he presented himself before the senatus of King's College,

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