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her and her daughter to abdicate. be unpardonable to omit mentioning Mrs. Ferguson at first felt disposed to an incident, which, in the glorious days “show fight," but, feeling the current of immortal Rome, would have entitoo strong, had recourse to supplica- tled our Lady Patronesses to six civic tion. This was equally vain : the rule wreaths. The Lord Mayor of Lonwas imperative: indeed, according to don, at the third meeting in last June, Sir Ralph Roberts, as unalterable as drove up to the door in his gorgeous the laws of the Sweeds and Stertions. private carriage, but not having brought The difference was at length split. A his ticket with him, his Lordsbip was young stockbroker of fashion had just refused admittance, and was constraindriven up from Capel-court in a hack- ed to finish the evening at half-price ney cabriolet. Mamma was consign- at the Tottenham-street Theatre. I ed to the pepper-and-salt coated driver have already mentioned the generating of the vehicle; and Miss Ferguson of a mass of disaffection in the exclud. was allowed to dance her dance out, ed fauxbourgs. Lady Pontop, the Lady Brown undertaking to drop her wife of Sir Peter Pontop, a coal-mer. safe and sound in Friday-street in her chant in Tower Royal, is among the way homeward, at the conclusion of loudest of these malcontents. This the festivity.

lady, who has been nicknamed the The managing committee meet City Duchess, has been heard to utter monthly, at the King's Head in the threats about “knocking upAlmack's," Poultry, picking their road on a pave- and mutters something about establishment strewed with lively turtle, 6 with ing a rival concern. The Lady Patwhat appetite they may." Precisely ronesses, however, laugh to scorn these at two o'clock Mr. Willis makes his symptoms of rebellion, and say that appearance, with a large blue bag full Cheapside has not lived to these days in of application cards, accompanied by comfort and credit, to be bearded by proper certificates : these latter consist Tower Royal ! A slight accident ocof the portrait of the candidates, a state- curred last Friday se'nnight, which ment of their stature, age, &c. Each might have been attended with heavy of the female candidates sends also her effects. Young Carter, the broker, right shoe, to exhibit the size of her was quadrilling wich Jemima Roberts : foot. I doubt whether the latter cuse he had passed the ordeal of the Mount tom be any thing more than Brutum Ida step, wherein the shepherd is desFulmen. For certain it is, that I have tined to foot it several seconds with seen feet at Almack's on a Friday, three rival goddesses, and had looked that never could have passed the or- as stiff and as sheepish as young men deal of criticism. The gravity with usually do at that effort, when he came which claims are here discussed, would suddenly and unexpectedly, dos-a-dos, not discredit a meeting of Privy Coun- against huge Miss Jones, who, though cillors to debate on the Recorder's re- denominated a single woman, would port. Little Miss Fifield was recently make three of the ordinary size of the debated upon. Her residence in Bond- softer part of the creation. The concoort, Walbrook, just placed her out sequences were obvious: the lady, of the select line, or as Lady Roberts weighty and elastic, stood firm as a denominated it, on the wrong side of rock, and “ the weakest went to the the post : and the committee were up-wall," young Carter, the slender broon the point of passing to the order of ker, being precipitated head-foremost the day, when Willis, with tears in his against the waiuscot. eyes, exclaimed, “ Ladies, have mercy Before the conclusion of the evenOpon her: she is but young: and her ing's diversion, the ladies and their poor uncle, who is now dead and gone, partners walked the Polonaise round kept the Grasshopper tea-shop, at the the room. Last Friday evening the corner of Paul's Chain.” The appeal order of march was suddenly impeded. was not to be resisted, and little Miss Miss Donaldson, the grocer's daughter, Fifield got her subscription. It would having insisted upon taking precedence

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of Miss Jackson, whose father sells say these crabbed philosophers, “why. Stiltons, that mock the eye with the not hold it at the London Tavern, or semblance of pine apples, at the cor- at the George and Vulture, Lombardner of Swithin's-lane. The matter street ?” But surely this is bad reawas referred to the Patronesses, who soning. If the pilgrim glows with a gave it in favour of Miss Jackson, in- warmer devotion from visiting the asmuch as, at dinner, cheese comes be- shrine of Loretto, well may a Miss fore figs. I am aware that certain Dawson or a Mr. Toms move with a caustic tradesmen, who dwell eastward lighter heel, when kicking up a dust of the magic circle, are in the habit of upon the very same boards, which, on throwing out sarcasms upon those who the Wednesday preceding, were jumpchoose to go so far West in quest of ed upon by a Lord John or a Lady diversion. “If you must have a ball,” Arabella..


Original Anecdotes, Literary News, Chit Chat, Incidents, &c. • NATURAL HISTORY. this species three specimens were proEdinburgh Wernerian Society.

duced, to show the varieties in the col• At a meeting of the Edinburgh Wer- our and appearance of the fox at differnerian Society, on the 10th January, ent periods of the year. The winter specimens of the quadrupeds collected clothing of these animals is white; and by Captains Parry and Franklin, and Dr. Richardson observed that this al. Dr. Richardson, were exhibited, and an teration happened, not from a change account of the animals collected during of the hair, but from a change of its the overland Arctic expedition was read colour. The next animal mentioned by that intrepid and intelligent fellow- was the mouse; several specimens were traveller of the celebrated Capt. Frank placed on the table. These inice are lin, Dr. Richardson. An account of about the size of our common Hanovetwo or three of the quadrupeds, collect. rian rat; the body looks round and fat; ed during the overland Arctic expedi- the head is roundish, the snout pot being tion had been read to the Society on a pointed, as in our mice; the feet are former day, and Dr. Richardson took short; but the most remarkable feature up the Memoir from the place where it which characterises this mouse, is its had been broken off. He began with tail; this member, so prominent and the wolverine-an animal strongly al. conspicuous a one in all the rat and lied to the fox, wolf, and dog tribe : he mouse family (whether in town or discussed this apparently intermingled country with which we have hitherto class of animals at considerable length. been acquainted, is more particularly Amongst other things, we particularly short in the mouse of Hudson's Bay; noticed a circumstance which he related in short, it seems rather to have been respecting the mode in which the Arctic appointed for the purpose of showing dogs bunt an animal, which, from its the spot to which tails are usually affixsize, they may be afraid of attacking. ed, and by way of an apology for the They approach it gradually and cau- absence of that lengthy appendage, tiously in a semicircle; if the animal than to have been intended for one. show no symptoms of fear, they pause; The mouse much resembles the mole, if, on the contrary, it appear terrified, in the shape and size of the body and they drive it about till it is exhausted, tail, but not in any other particulars. when they attack it, and easily over. Dr. Richardson then proceeded to the come it. The hair of the wolverine cervus tarandus, the rein-deer; and dewas dark brown, long, and wiry; onscribed a greater variety in the growth the sides near to the tail, it had a yel. and shape of the horns than we had any lowish tinge. The tail was short, and previous idea of. The growth of these furnished with long hair; the ears short. excrescences, in most animals, appears The next animal described by Dr. to be regulated by established laws, and Richardson was the Arctic fox. Qf the horns, from sire to son, assume the

same shape and fashion. The rein-deer the fur itself was much thicker all over is so well known in this country, since the body, it seemed also to be rather Mr. Bullock's exertions to procure and longer, and was, beyond all compariexhibit them, that we need not say any son, finer and softer. Several other more about it. One particular we can- animals also, not included in the acnot omit, which belongs more especial- count written by Dr. Richardson, were ly to the science of gastronomy, though produced, for the purpose of hearing it is not yet publicly known in this such observations from that distinguishcountry, dor even in France, so cele ed traveller as his experience might enbrated for her progress in that study. able him to make. But, were it known, we fear that it

SINGULAR WILL. could not be conveniently practised in The following remarkable passages Great Britain, in consequence of the have been extracted from the will of immense expense of importing the ani. Francis Stanhope, esq. brother to Lord mal alive. In detailing the uses of the Chesterfield, proved the 25th of Octorein-deer, Dr. Richardson told his audi- ber, 1739, and registered in the Preroence that the natives used every part of gative Court of Canterbury :-" Item, the body as food; and that they carried a silver cup upon a bigh foot, in which their epicurism so far as to eat the con- my dear father tipt off his last Sacratents of the stomach. They seemed to ment, after disinberiting and defraudimagine that the lichens which had been ing me of the greatest part of my patrimasticated by the deer, and partially mony, by sinking and destroying a decomposed by the action of the gastric deed, and setting up another to defeat juice of this most interesting animal, me, and, contrary to all right and juswere thereby rendered more fit, proper, tice, to settle the said estate (thirieen and digestible, for the use of man. years after the first deed, on a most Chacun a son gout !- The musk ox execrable, vile, detestable monster, was the next quadruped with an ac- who is commonly called or known by count of which the Society was favour, the name of Dr. Michael Stanhope, ed by Dr. Richardson. When a herd of who, by his wicked intrigues and base these animals is fired at, if the hunts. ascendancy over a credulous deluded man keep himself well concealed, they father and mother, devoured the inherimagine the noise to be thunder, and itance of bis brothers and sisters, drove crowd close together; but if by the ex- two of his brothers to absolute despair, cellence of their smell, which sense they for want of subsistence, after the depossess in great acuteness, or by any cease of his father; insomuch, that one other means, they discover a human brother (viz. Philip) shot himself, and being, they immediately disperse. It the other (viz. Henry) drank himself occasionally happens that a wounded to death; and other brothers and sismusk ox will turn on the hunter, and ters, though they forebore such violent endeavour to make a very violent at. courses, he robbed and cheated so tack on him. In this case the hunter much, as to abridge them of the more will be perfectly safe, if, with a little comfortable way of living they would activity and much presence of mind, he have been in if they had had their starts on one side, and takes the oppor. right, and a due proportion of their tonity of stabbing the disappointed ox patrimony.-Item, As I ever was of as he rages past him. Two specimens opinion that pompous funerals,attended of white bare were shown; one from with great expenses, are a ridiculous Scotland, the other from the Arctic re- and foolish piece of pageantry, tending gions. They were exhibited together more to enrich a ravenous undertaker, for the purpose of allowing the compar- in helping him off with his old rotten isons to be made. The latter specimen tattered wares, than to do any true or was rather larger than the Scottish va. real honour to the dead, I desire that riety : in general it was a stouter made mine may be done in the plainest animal; the tail was longer and larger; manner, without any escutcheons or the face appeared more full; the ears achievements being put upon the house thicker and more covered with fur; where I shall happen to die. And I do hereby farther desire, that none may be individuals who occupy the same station in invited to my hurial and that no one the other European communities; but in invited to my burial, and that no one the relation of any kind, or friend whatso-';

learning, information and the solid virtues

of life, they are often lamentably deficient, ever, do put themselves into any kind The severe character presented by the late of mourning for me ; for, though it be Dr. Clarke of the Russian men, is, in all its customary and natural for people substantial details, coofirmed by Dr. Lyall. through their weakness and infirmities

The narrative of the latter gentleman, page

after page, bears such titles as the followto grieve and afflict themselves for de ing_i insincerity of the Russians"_“in. parted friends, I think it more rational stance of meanness and cruelty”_" disafor them, according to the custom of greeable customs of the Russians"_" du

plicity characteristic of the Russians"-"ineastern countries, to rejoice at their being delivered from a ridiculous world, On the other band, Dr. Lyall does not re

stance of ingratitude and perfidy," &c. &c. full of plagues and continual vexations fuse to give the Russians credit for the vir. of one kind or another. Item, I will tues which he has observed in them. Even and desire, that none attend me to my

granting that the author may have conceived an unjust distaste for the people amongst

with one coach and a hearse, and the he adduces appear to afford sufficient eviparish-officers to put me in; and I dence to bear himn out in the general conwould be buried in the church of Stoke clusions which he has formed. In no other

capital of Europe would a foreigner have Newington, in the county of Wall been able to collect so large a catalogue of sex, and be carried at or after twelve vices and follies falling under his own imo'clock at night, that gazing fools may mediate observation. Many of the anecbe in bed; but, if it should be an in- dotes related by Dr. Lyall are highly amusconvenient hour for the parson to sit up

ing, and we regret our inability to transcribe

a specimen of them. so late, then I would be carried out of The history of Moscow, which occupies London at that time, and lodged at the greater portion of the voluine, is exsome inn or other house at Newington, ceedingly full and interesting. It contains and buried at eight o'clock the follow

a detailed account of that city, from a very

early period down to the rebuilding after ing morning."

the burning of it in 1812. The various accounts of the conflagration are given at

length, and much curious information is VOYAGES AND TRAVELS.

added by the author. It may be remarked, The Churacter of the Russians, and as a peculiar feature of Dr. Lyall's work, a detuiled History of Mosccrc. Illus- that he has carefully examined the statetrated with numerous Engravings. ments of preceding travellers, and contrastWith a dissertation on the Russian

ed them with the information with which his

own experience furnished him. Language, and an Appendix contain- The plates which illustrate the volume ing tables, political, statistical, and are well executed and interesting. historical, &c. &c. By Robert Lyall, M. D. &c. 4to. 1824.

Batavian Anthology; or SpeciFew persons have enjoyed such favoura- mens of the Dutch Poets, with remarks ble opportunities of studying the national on the Poetical Literature and Lancharacter of the Russians as Dr Lyall, who resided amongst them a number of years, saug

guage of the Netherlands to the end

i ne weichertanus ne during which period his professional capac: of the seventeeth century. By John ity afforded him access to all raoks of soci- Bowring and Harry S. Vandyk. ety. In the present state of European pol. 12mo. 78. 6d. 1824. itics the opinions of such an observer can Mr. Bowring, who absolutely overruns the not but be regarded as highly valuable. literature of all Europe, has no sooner drag

The first portion of the present volume is ged the poets of Russia from their frozen redevoted to the character of the Russians, cesses, and introduced them to our more geand the facts and observations there record- nial climate, than he endeavours to extricate ed by Dr. Lyall are calculated to produce a the unfortunate Dutch bards from their fens, very unfavourable impression upon the and to give them a footing on the terra firma reader's mind. The inhabitants of this vast of England. His next incursion, we obempire appear to have almost all the vices

serve, is to be amongst the Poles. If any

race of poets could have reason to rejoice at of barbarous lite still clinging about them.

their transplantion to a foreign soil, we imIf we may believe Dr. Lyall, civilization has

agine it must be these Batavian minstrels, only half done its work in Russia upon the who are fortunate in having found such able minds of the people. In external appear translators as Mr. Bowring and bis coadjutor. ances, and in the polish of their manners, In point of poetical merit, we are not incliothe higher ranks difier but little from the ed io judge very highly of the Batavian po

ets from the specimens given in this Anthol- rout about his legitimate rights; he sought egy. The following is a traaslation from not to avoid the danger by separating the one of the earliest Dutch poets, aud, as the impassioned pair. No his plan was more editor remarks, possesses the natural feel original, and one which, at the other side ing, without ihe exaggeration of the best of the Pas de Calais, is not likely to have epoch of Troubadour poetry."

many imitations He devoted the whole of Now I will speed to the Eastern land, for there his attention to the study of his wife's pasmy sweet love dwells,

sion; he commiserated her mental strugOrer bill and over valley, far over the heather, for gles; he watched with the most intense there my sweet lose dwells:

anxiety the combats that took place in her And two fair trees are standing at the gates of my soul between love and honour, while at the sweet love,

same time he affected total igaorance of all One bears the fragrant putmeg, and one the fra these doings ; he sought to cure her of her

passion without irritating her; and the more grant clove.

he became convinced of her sentiments in The potmegs were so round, and the cloves they

favour of the Prince, the more he became smelt so sweet,

profuse of tender assiduities and affection I thought a knight would court me, and but a mean

towards her. Our limits do not permit us mad meet

to follow into further detail the conduct of The maiden by the band, by her snow-white hand

this model of husbands, nor to enumerate he led,

all the hot and cold fits he had to experiAnd they travelled far away to where a couch was ence during the prosecution of this singular spread;

experimept; we can merely state that his And there they lay conceal'd through the loving praiseworthy efforts and superhuman palive-kong night,

tience met with success, and the long-tried From evening to the morning till broke the gay virtue of his wife triumphed over her pas. day-light;

sion. However, for the sake of truth it And the sun is gone to rest, and the stars are shin must be added, that the lady's virtue was in jag clear,

some degree indebted for this victory to the I fain would hide me doy in an orchard with my

absence of Prince Raymond de Bourbon, dear;

who had set out on his travels and married And Done sbonld enter then my orchard's deep al

through despair a young and beautiful

princess. Besides the singularity of this cove, But the proud nigbtingale that carols high above.

story, which is told with considerable spirit, We'l chain the nightingale his head unto his feet,

this romance has another and superior merAnd be m ore shall chatter of lovers when the it, I exhibiting some strongly Sketched

they portraits of the principal personages of the meet. I'm not less faithful now, although in fetters bound,

time, and a stirring picture of the court on And still will charter on of two sweet lovers' wound.”

the accession of Henry IV. after the termipation of a long protracted civil war. This

and other scenes are well described, and Le Prince Raymond de Bourbon, ou acquire an additional truth of colouring des Passions après les Révolutions. peculiar to the time, from the old but ner. 2 tomes. 12mo. (Prince Raumond vous and picturesque idiom in which they de Bourbon, or the Passions after the of attention, as being not the least success

are conveyed. This romance is also worthy Revolutions. 2 vols. 12mo.)

ful imitation of the historical novels of the This is rather a remarkable production in author of Waverley. its way, not only on account of the singularity of the story, but from the style and L'Europe et l'Amérique en 1822 et language, which are an imitation of those of 1823. Par M. M. de Pradt. 2 the period in which the events are laid. In the course of this romance, the Count de la tomes 8vo. (Europe and America in Tourpaille gives a very minute account of 1823. By M. De Pradt. the amours of his wife, the fair Countess de This work, which has just appeared, is la Tournaille, wbo falls desperately in love destined, if not to live long, at least to with Prince Raymond de Bourbon, equally make a great noise while it does live. The Enamoured of her. The husband and histo- author, M. de Pradt, is one of the most riau of their loves paints in the most glow. lively political writers of the present day; ing colours the charms and excellent quali- and though some are inclined 10 question ties of his wife's lover : he does not attempt the profundity or clearness of his views, to disguise the fears inspired by so danger- and others are irreverent enough to terin ous a riral, and he calls opon bis readers him a political harlequin, yet he has conto sympathize in the sorrow he feels at per- trived to catch the public attention by the ceiving that his wife's heart is preoccupied ear, for all his productions, be they light with the image of another instead of his brochures or ponderous octavos, are eager. own; and he developes, very philosophical. ly bought up, read with avidity, and comly, the means which he employed to regain mented upon by critics of all sides and co. her tenderness. He abandoned himself lours. He certainly has got the talent of neither to despair, indifference, por ven- exciting public coriosity by a taking ti. geance ; be did not enforce or make any tle, and a piquant manner of presenting

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