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8. At Earlstoun Manse, George Shiels, wife of Kenneth Mackenzie, M. D. second only surviving son of the Rev. William daughter of the late Wm. Blair, Esq. Shiels, minister of Earlstoun.

W. S. At Duddingstoun, John Hamilton 15. At Marden Park, Surrey, in the 87th Dundas, Esq. of Duddingstoun.

year of his age, Jolm Hastell, Esq. Clerk 9. At Tradeston, Glasgow, Mrs Park, of the House of Commons. He entered widow of Captain Charles Park of Park- upon that office in the latter end of the hill.

reign of George II. His volumes of “Pre. At Montrose, Mrs Margaret Stewart, cedents of Proceedings in the House of Com. in the 89th year of her age.

mons” are well known, and the work will At Ramham, near Chatham, George, long survive him as the text-book resorted eldest son of Sir James Malcolm, of the to in all cases of difficulty. Royal Marines.

16. At Edinburgh, Mr Alex. Phillip, At Currie, Walter Brown, Esq. of baker ; and on the 20th curt. Mrs Janet Currie.

Inglis, his wife. At Grange-hall, Forres, Elizabeth, At Bermondsey, London, John Mil. eldest daughter of the late James Peterkinlar, M. D. only son of Mr John Millar, of Grange, Esq.

Canongate. 10. At Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, Mrs Hagart, sen. of Bantaskine. Lieut. James Begbie, late of the Apollo 17. At Edinburgh, Miss Janet Buchan, frigate.

youngest daughter of the late John Buchan, At Edinburgh, Mrs Grace Ramsay, Esq. of Letham. relict of David Ramsay, Esq. Craigleith. 18. At Westwood Cottage, Balthayock,

At Dalnavert, Mrs Clark, widow of Mary, daughter of the late John Blair of the late Capt. Alex. Clark.

Balthayock, Esq. 11. At Arbroath, Mr Malcolm Wright, At Corntown, near Stirling, John of the White Hart Inn there.

Stewart, Esq. At his house of Hill Top, Stafford. 19. At Leith, Mrs Ann Beugo, relict of shire, James Keir, Esq. aged 85.

the deceased Mr Alexander Balfour, cabi. At Tweedside Lodge, Peebles, Mrs net-maker, Kinghorn. Grace Elizabeth Seton, relict of Mr John At Glasgow, William Boyd, Esq. Bartram, writer in Edinburgh.

of Longrigg, brass founder in Glasgow, At Dalkeith House, William Cuthill, late Captain of his Majesty's schooner the Esq.

Thistle. At Dumbarton, Ebenezer Hislop, At Glasgow, Mr Charles James CampM. D. Member of the Faculty of Physi- bell, son of the late Dr Charles Campbell

, cians and Surgeons, Glasgow.

of Bencoolen. At Wooll, Charles Scott, Esq. of Robert Pender, Esq. of Parkside, Wooll.

late Captain in the Royal Lanarkshire 12. At Nether Barns, William Ander- militia. son, Esq. late of Jamaica.

20. At Rainham, Kent, Jane Oliver, At Edinburgh, Mrs Margaret Miller, lady of Sir James Malcolm, Royal Mawife of Mr William Whyte, merchant, rines. Leith.

At Edinburgh, Mr Robert Findlay, 13. At London, Miss Isabella Douglas. writing master and accountant, South 14. At Parkhill, Dalry, the Rev. John Bridge. Thomson.

At Edinburgh, Mrs Janet Liddell, At London, in the prime of life, af- wife of Thomas Bell, Esq. Wharton Place. ter a few days illness, Mary Stewart Mac 22. At his son's cottage, Altrive Lake, kenzie, youngest daughter of Mr Macken. Yarrow, Mr Robert Hogg, at the advanced zie, banker in Inverness.

- At Hermitage Brae, Elizabeth Brown, 23. At Edinburgh, Mr Thomas Pyper, spouse of James Wishart, merchant, Leith. linen draper, much regretted.

At Dumfries, in the prime of life, At Edinburgh, Miss Margaret Muat, after a lingering illness, Mrs Harriet Ha- of Lasswade Hill. milton.

Lately. At Exeter, George Gifford, Esq. At Speddoch, Miss Anne Gilchrist, eldest brother of his Majesty's Attorneydaughter of the late Dr Ebenezer Gil. General. christ.

At Blackeddie, near Sanquhar, Wm. 15. At Edinburgh, Mrs Janet Blair, Johnston, Esq. late Provost of Sanquhar.

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THE

EDINBURGH MAGAZINE,

AND

'LITERARY MICELLANY,

BEING A NEW SERIES OF

The Scots Magazine.

DECEMBER 1820.

CONTENTS. Letters from Mrs Delany to Mrs Fran the Internal Evidence for the Truth

ces Hamilton, containing Anecdotes of Revealed Religion...more...538 of their late Majesties and the Royal On the Importance of the Internal EviFamily....

....como 483

dence for Christianity mannroscan.542 Journal of a Visit to Holland. Letters Remarks on Knickerbocker's History XII. and XIII. ! Concluded )......492 of New York

camcomm543 German Reviews. No. III..... 499

LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC Some Account of Mrs Caroline Pichler 303

INTELLIGENCE. The Modern Decameron. No. III.

Northern Expedition-Banana TreeAlbert Limbach, or the Martyr of

German Literature-Cardinal Fesch's the Fair Sex.com.com room....504 Italian Literature. No. 11.-The Al.

Library-Hydraulic Ram-Antique cestis of Alfieri ....commanamam 512

Statues-Royal Library of CopenhaLetters on Dramatic Poetry, and more

gen-Hydrophobia, &c. &c. &c.549 particularly on the Comparison of the

Works Preparing for Publication........551 Ancient and Modern Drama. Let

Monthly List of New Publications....553 ter I. morocco

ammo...516 MONTHLY REGISTER. Mr Bowdich's Reply to the Quarterly

Foreign Intelligence amararanasan.com.m556 Review

monmi.com...521 Parliamentary Intelligence conocomm...m.560 Remarks on the Fall of Jerusalem ; a

British Chronicle mara

..561 Dramatic Poem. By the Rev. H. H.

Appointments, Promotions, &c.com.566 Milman....ooo ............528 Meteorological Table

anananananan.568 On Mr Hume's Treatise of Human Agricultural Report Nature.....si concos

moo........... 536 Commercial Report mocco570 Extract from Mr Erskine's Remarks on Births, Marriages, and Deaths...o 573

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JESTIES AND THE ROYAL FAMILY.

This was

Dowager of Portland's family, and, on LETTERS FROM MRS DELANY TO MRS FRANCES HAMILTON, CONTAINING

her death, she was taken under the ANECDOTES OF THEIR LATE MA- protection of the King and Quicen of

Great Britain.

We have mentioned the conspicuThe value which we attached to ous nature of her acquirements, and these Letters, on account of the sub- it will be expected that we state in ject to which they chiefly relate, made what they consisted, ma stateinent, us, as our readers will recollect, avail however, which we must make with ourselves of the extracts from them in the utmost brevity. Besides the usual the Literary Gazette, before we had accomplishments of ladies of rank and an opportunity of perusing an entire liberal education, she excelled in oilcopy. Having now read the book it- painting, and produced many copies self, our favourable impression has and some originals; but she was disbeen so much deepened, as to induce tinguished chiefly by the practice of us to make it the ground-work of an an art of which she was the inventor. other article in our Miscellany.

The numerous and peculiar accom " the construction of a Flora of a most plishments of the writer of those epis- singular kind, formed by applying colourtles, which bear so ample a testimony ed papers together, and which might not both to the benevolence of her Royal improperly be called a species of Mosaic benefactors and the gratitude of her work. Being perfectly mistress of her scisown heart, have procured for her a

sors, the plant or flower which she proposmemoir of her life in most of the bio-ed to imitate she cut out ; that is, she cut graphical collections published since loured Chinese paper as suited her subject,

out its various leaves and parts in such co. her death. She was the daughter of and, when she could not meet with a coBarnard Granville, brother

of Lord lour to correspond with the one she wantGranville, the friend of Pope auled, she dyed her paper to answer her Swift. To oblige her relations, when wishes. She used a black ground, as best only seventeen years of age, she re calculated to throw out her flower; and luctantly consented to be married to not the least astonishing part of her art Alexander Pendarves, Esq., and re- was, that, though she never employed her tired with him to Cornwall. She soon pencil to trace out the form or shape of her became a widow, and continued nine- plant, yet, when she had applied all the teen years in that state, when she was pieces which composed it, it hung so loosemarried to Dr Delany, for whom shely and gracefully, that every one was perhad long entertained a very high es

suaded it must previously have been drawn teem. Her second husband died in The effect was superior to what painting

out and corrected by a most judicious hand. 1769, and, soon after that event, she could have produced ; and so imposing was became an inmate of the Duchess her art, that she would sometimes put a

real leaf of a plant by the side of one of * London, Longman and Co. i820. her own creation, which the eye could not

detect, even when she herself pointed it and Lady Charlotte Finch, in a coach ; out. The number of plants finished by her Prince William, Prince Edward, Duke of amounted to nine hundred and eighty." Montague, and Bishop of Lichfield, in a This curious Flora is now in the pos- coach : another coach, full of attendant session of Barnard Dewes, Esq. of gentlemen ; amongst the number, Mr Wellsbourn, in Warwickshire.

Smelt, whose character sets him above The value of Mrs Delany's Letters,

most men, and does great honour to the however, does not depend so much on King, who calls him his friend, and has any relation they bear to her as their drawn him out of his solitude (the life he author, as on the delightful view they leisure mouent.

had chosen) to enjoy his conversation every

These, with all their atexhibit of the domestic happiness and tendants in rank and file, made a splendid the warm benevolence of their late figure as they drove through the park, and Majesties. Kings and Queens are, by round the court, up to the house. The most of their subjects, viewed at such day was as brilliant as could be wished, the an immense distance in public,--they 12th of August, the Prince of Wales's seem so entirely beset by the ceremo- birth-day. The Queen was in a hat, and nial of state, and their private life is an Italian night-gown of purple lustring, so completely concealed from observa trimmed with silver gauze." She iş gracetion,-ihat we generally imagine them ful and genteel; the dignity and sweetness as beings quite different from the peo- every thing she says, or does, satisfies every

of her manner, the perfect propriety of ple over whom they rule ; nor can we body she honours with her distinction so dismiss the mysterious awe which the much, that beauty is by no means wanting circumstances of their station inspire, to make her perfectly agreeable ; and till, by an effort of reflection, we im- though age and long retirement froin press on our minds the remembrance court, made me feel timid on my being that they are merely“ men and wo- called to make my appearance, I soon men.” When, therefore, as in this found myself perfectly at case ; for the small collection of letters, our atten- King's condescension and good humour tion is directed to such exalted per- took off all awe, but what one must have sonages in the capacity of husbands tried by his enemies at home, as well as and wives, fathers and mothers, friends abroad.) The three Princesses were all in and neighbours, -relations arising not frocks; the King and all the men were in from the arrangements of society, but an uniform, blue and gold. They walked from the order of Nature,—we deep- through the great apartments, which are ly sympathize with all that we be in a line, and attentively observed every hold, and are, withal, consoled to thing ; the pictures in particular. I kept think that the true relish of life flows back in the drawing-room, and took that not from the circumstances connected opportunity of sitting down ; when Prinwith rank and power, but from the cess Royal returned to me, and said the cultivation of affections and the per- Queen missed me in the train : I immeformance of duties equally within the diately obeyed the summons with my best reach of all, and equally incumbent and seeing me hasten my steps, called out

alacrity. Her Majesty met me half-way, upon the highest and the lowest in to me, . Though I desired you to come, I society. Mrs Delany, in her Letters, did not desire you to run and fatigue yourhas given us a fine counterpart to self.' They all returned to the great drawBurns's “ Cotter's Saturday Night.” ing-room, where there were only two arm

The first letter in the collection is ed chairs placed in the middle of the room dated the 28th of June 1779, from for the King and Queen.—The King pla. Bulstrode, the residence of the Duch- ced the Duchess Dowager of Portland in ess Dowager of Portland, and is chief- his chair, and walked about admiring the ly taken up with the description of a

beauties of the place. Breakfast was offer. Royal visit, and of an evening spent the length of the great apartments, (a

ed-all prepared in a long gallery that runs at Windsor Castle.

suite of eight rooms and three closets.) " The Royal Family (ten in all) came at The King and all his royal children, and twelve o'clock. The King drove the Queen the rest of the train, chose to go to the in an open chaise, with a pair of white hor- gallery, where the well-furnished tables

The Prince of Wales and Prince Fre- were set: one with tea, coffee, and chocoderick rode on horseback, all with proper late; another with their proper accompaattendants, but no guards. Princess Royal niments of eatables, rolls, cakes, &c.; and Lady Weymouth, in a post-chaise ; another table with fruits and ices in the Princess Augusta, Princess Elizabeth, utmost perfection ; wlich, with a magical Prince Adolphus, (about seven years old,) touch, had succeeded a cold repast. The

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