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effective narrative, and, in this re, 1. It has afforded us great pleasure spect, they are sufficiently successful. to observe a very liberal list of subThe ‘Eve of Walpurgis,' the Vi scribers at the end of Mrs. Prowse's sion of Charles XI. of Sweden,' the poems, as she is well entitled to the tale of the Chest and the Priva- patronage which she has received. teer,' would be capital captivators Her · Autumnal musings,' the first of the attention on a winter's eve composition in the collection, bave ning. The · Button-holder' is but reminded us of the golden age a sorry specimen of French pathos. poesy, more than any

verses which We hope that the author, when have for a long time come under our next he

appears before us, will notice. Among the many minor present himself in a more original pieces which the volume contains, form. His style of writing is so we were particularly struck with good, that he ought not to throw it the pathetic beauty of the lines away upon exotic subjects. We 'written in sickness.' suspect that his imagination might 2. The Vision of Hell' displays a furnish bim with better materials cultivated and prolific imagination. than the French periodicals, which The subject would seem to have are, for the most part, very much been long since exhausted; still inferior to our own.

the author has not followed servilely in the wake of any of his illustrious

predecessors, and some very resArt. XXII.-). Poems

by Mrs. pectable ideas may be found in bis J. S. Prowse. 8vo. pp. 183.

seven cantos. But will they be London : Smith, Elder, and Co.

immortal? We fear not, for though 1831.

the can think poetry well 2. A Vision of Hell. A Poem.

enough, he writes it most abomi

nably. 8vo. pp. 165. Glasgow : Reid. London: Hurst, Chance, and

3. As Mr. Best's 'Beggar Coin'

and 'Satires' have reached the hoCo. 1831.

nour of a second edition, we are 3. Satires and the Beggar's Coin ;

bound to presume that the public a Poem. Second Edition. By

have passed a verdict in their favour. John Richard Best, Esq. 12mo.

For our own part we had never pp. 174. London: Hurst, Chance,

heard of them before, and we can and Co. 1831.

assure the author, with reference to 4. The Deliverance of Switzerland. his note, that whatever our opinions A Dramatic Poemi. Second Edi

may have been with respect to the tion. By H. C. Deakin. 8vo. pp. Transalpine Memoirs,” we have 270. London: Smith, Elder, never felt, nor .do we now feel, the and Co. 1831.

slightest hostility towards him, 5. Portraits of the Dead ; to which either in a personal or a literary

are added, Miscellaneous Poems. sense. We regret that we cannot Second Edition. ByH.C. Deakin. join in the chorus of applause, 12mo. pp. 320. London : Smith, with wbich, as he intimates, the Elder, and Co. 1831.

first edition of his poems has been 6. Fitz-Raymond, or the Rambler received by the people at Bath. on the Rhine. By Caledonnicus. They appear to us to be

among

the Svo. pp. 200. Edinburgh: Black. least meritorious specimens of the London : Longman and Co. muse, which the present season, 1831.

fertile in wretched verses, has pro

man

duced. But let not our opinion de- 6.—The ‘Rambler on the Rhine,' ter him, from the loftier flights for was originally written, we are told, which he is preparing. We are fas- as a mere domestic journal of an tidious: indeed too much so, for our excursion through the scenery of own ease and comfort, since no that famed river, in the year 1830. duty can be more unpleasant than Since then, however, the author, that which, commanding us to ex- animated no doubt by the sweet press our honest opinions upon all voices of friends, has filled up his occasions, necessarily compels us meagre outline with a metrico-polifrequently to hurt the feelings of tical sketch of past and present those, to whom we would much times, and instead of confining it to prefer extending the hand and his domestic circle, bas dedicated smile of encouragement. Besides, it to the whole British nation ! it appears that verses will sell ra- Though his poem is descriptive, it pidly in Bath, which no human is not meant to be exclusively sobeing can endure in London. Pero for the ambition of Caledonnicus, haps it is owing to a difference of alias Fitz-raymond, for he assumes climate. Therefore let Mr. Best two distinct names, has been 'to write on. He must excuse us, how- make rhyme subservient to histoever, if we cannot at all times com- rical recollections, and such politicoply with his request of reading moral inductions as were suggested on;' we have no disposition what- on contemplating the revolutions ever to ride upon the crupper of his of empires, and the tempestuous Pegasus.

aspect of the times'! Thus, we see, 4 and 5.— The Deliverance of the author proposed to himself a Switzerland,' and the ' Portraits of task of no small importance. But the Dead,' by Mr. Deakin, have, how does he accomplish it? We also, it seems, passed through the apprehend that one stanza will ordeal of a first edition, and have settle for ever his credit with the reached a second. This to us seems reader. The poet thus invokes the passing strange, for we think, with shade of Byron : out wishing to be invidious, that we Oh! thou proud spirit,-wilt thou, could point out some poetical works, can'st thou, Sire, even of the last year, which con- Vouchsafe on humble Bardling to tained compositions of a much more

bestow striking character, than any that One single spark of that celestial fire, Mr. Deakin has written; and yet

With which you mad'st thy magic

while below? the laurel of a second edition has

Thou can'st not want it now, sure great not yet been wreathed round their

one-No! brows. The dramatic poem, on Sublim'd from all that's eartbly at the Switzerland, will hardly be read

core; by any person who has previously For such may there be found, nay, some tasted of the beauties of Schiller's

that's low, William Tell; and as to the ‘Por

Mid'st e'en thy minstrelsy ; but

where's the ore traits of the Dead', and the miscel

That has not some alloy ?-all less or laneous poems by which they are more.'-p.8. followed, we can only say that, with two or three exceptions, they are very mediocre productions.

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MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE.

Foreign Missions. The intensity never received from them a cent. of of delusion und which the British money nor any cloth or clothing. public labour, with respect to the

Brothers and Sisters,-We speak the

truth to you as it is given to us by the utility of the various missions dis

Great Spirit, in whom we trust and be. patched to foreign parts for the pro- lieve, and wish you to listen to us that pagation of the Gospel, is, to all re

you may no longer be in the dark. We flecting minds, utterly unaccount- hear that collections have often been able. It is known that in every made in all your churches for us, and

that quarter of the world the labours of

have intrusted them to the Mis

you the British missionaries have alto

sionaries, whom we call Black-coats, to gether failed, and indeed, that they

present to us.

Brothers and Sisters,–We ask you do a great deal more harm than

all, in the name of the Good Spirit, in good to the cause of Christianity. whom red and white men believe, not Nevertheless, the subscriptions to to send any thing, to be given us, by the Church Missionary Society, for

the black-coats. the last year, are stated to have

Brothers and Sisters,–We ask you amounted to the enormous sum of

to hear what we say, for it is true. We

have found the black-coats treacherous, £46,000 !!! The following docu

and they deceive us. They come among ment, extracted from an American

us and ask us to give them our property newspaper, supplies a volume of

for saving our souls after we die. We commentary upon the system of do not like it, for they know no more imposture which has been for years

about the next world than we do. We robbing the public of their money,

think the Great Spirit will sare our under the mask of religion :

souls, and the black-coats cannot.

Brothers and Sisters,– How can we (From the New York Daily Sentinel, have confidence in men who deceive March 25.)

both you and us? We feel friendship NECESSARY INFORMATION.-The fol- and affection for you, and we know that lowing talk of some Indians of the you feel the same for us. We wish you Seneca tribe, was published a few days

to know the truth, and we tell it to you. ago in the Washington Globe. We re- If you send us any more presents, we commend it to the special attention of hope you will send them by honest men, those who honestly believe that it is who do not pretend to so much goodmore necessary to raise money, by every possible device, for sending mis- Christian Brothers and Sisters,-We, sionaries to administer to the supposed

the red children of Nawoneti, whom we spiritual necessities of the "

call the Great and Good Spirit, who is dians," than to supply the temporal present every where, now give you a wants of the needy nearer home :- talk, which we hope will be long re

membered by you all. Do not be AN INDIAN TALK.

deceived by the black-coats. We beWashington City, March 5. lieve they are sent out by the Bad Spirit We, the Chiefs and Sachems of the to make talk to us. If the Good Spirit Seneca nation of Indians at Sandusky, had sent them out, they would have Ohio, have often heard of the goodness given us your presents, and their talk of our white brothers and sisters in the would have made us better; but their United States, and that they have given talks do us no good, and we hear noand sent many presents of money, cloth, thing of the presents you send us. and clothing to us, to relieve the distress Brothers and Sisters,—The Good of our women and children. We thank Spirit has but one big book; the Bad them for their charity and good will; but Spirit has many, very many, books we solemnly say to them, that we have which his white children use to deceive

ness.

poor In

his

one another, and blind one another's withered at a time when they ought eyes. The Great Spirit has, ever since

to have been in full bloom. The the world was made, and the grass grew,

thermometer fell as low as 20 on laid his big book open to all men, of whatever colour they may have been,

the 7th, being six degrees lower than and this book tells the truth to all, and

it had fallen in the month of May, deceives no man.

during the last forty years, or perBrothers and Sisters,– We do not haps ever before in this climate, at worship the Good Spirit as you do, but the same season. The clover and our belief in him, and our worship, is

rye-grass have been every where sincere, and we think is acceptable to

nipped and blackened, and pastures him. You do not think so.

If we should send out our teachers of our re

generally have retrograded to a ligion to you, you would not believe

serious extent. The stems of potathem. It is contrary to your belief, but

toes, the stalks and foliage of peas, your black-coats say that we must be have been withered to powder. lieve yours. You have your own teach The Cholera Morbus.-It has been ers, let us us have ours.

We are grate

ascertained by the supreme Medical ful for your kindness. We should be

Board of Russia, that the cholera is glad to have you send persons to us to learn us how to plough, and sow, and

contagious, that it will sometimes reap, and teach us all the arts of agri travel against the wind and the culture. This would make us happy monsoon itself, and that, contrary but the black-coats cannot.

to the opinion hitherto generally Brothers and Sisters,—This is the received, it is not checked by the truth that you have not known before.

approach of the cold season. It has We are your friends, and wish you may not be deceived any longer.

now, we regret to say, reached

Gallicia ; but the government has CAPTAIN GOOD > HUNTER. taken decisive measures for preHIARD HICKORY.

venting its importation into England. CORNSTICK,

In many cases it produces immeSENECA X STEEL,

diate death ; where that does not SMALL CHORD SPICER. take place, and the disease operates GEORGE HERRING.

more slowly in the destruction of The Weather. There has not its victim, the symptoms are violent been in the memory of any living vomiting, with painful cramps, man, so violent a change in the damp clammy sweats, cold and weather, as that which was experi- bloodless extremities, burning heat enced during the early part of the at the stomach, a sudden death-like last month. The fruit trees were countenance. The skin under the everywhere rich in promise on the nails becomes incurvated, the palms 6th of May, on the 7th they were of the hands and soles of the feet all struck, as if by an universal become shrivelled, and such is the plague. The new leaves of the torture endured, that it sometimes laurel were turned brown; those of requires six persons to hold a pathe box became white, as if they tient in bed. The chief remedies had been burned by lightning; are bleeding, calomel, opium, warm those of the ivyand arbutus became covering and friction. black, and crumbled in the hand like British Museum. It is with a cinder. The laburnum trees pre great pleasure we have to announce sented a particularly melancholy that the splendid Library of this appearance ;

their flowers had just Institution will in future be open began to shew their golden tresses, on Saturdays, for the same length when further progress was effectu of time as on the other days of the ally stopped, and they were already week. This is a valuable accommo

mark

dation to many literary men, and and sixty-seven words, and four one, by the way, which they ought thousand two hundred letters !!! long since to have enjoyed. It re Bishop Kenn.—The Rev. W. L. quires not a little perseverance in Bowles is employed in preparing the public, to beat down the selfish for the press, his second and conness and indolence of official per- cluding volume of the Life of sonages.

Thomas Kenn, deprived Bishop of st. Simonism.-A new religious Bath and Wells, seen in connection sect under this title, is now making with the spirit of the times, politisome way among our lively French cal and religious, particularly those neighbours, who have always some great events, the Restoration, and novel project or other in their heads the Revolution in 1688; including or on their hands. It has its official the period of Puritanism from 1640, newspaper in a philosophical jour to the death of Cromwell. nal, Le Globe, and several mission Egyptian Writing.-Mr. Chamaries, who are engaged in organising polion, junior, is at present engaged the Simonian family, not only in the in a course of very interesting provinces of France, but also in archeological lectures, which he Belgium.

delivers at the College de France, The Duchess of Abrantes.—This and in which he explains the differdistinguished lady, it is said, is en ent systems of writing, practised in gaged in writing memoirs of that ancient Egypt. By developing the portion of the life of Bonaparte, series of grammatical forms used which elapsed between his entrance in the hieroglyphical and bieratical into the military school of Paris, texts, he proposes to establish the and his defence of Toulon, hitherto identity of the Copt language, with a blank in all the authentic biogra- that of the ancient Egyptians. phies which have been given of that Roman Relic.—The labourers extraordinary person.

employed in digging for the founCheap Engravings. It is under dation of the new Goldsmiths' Hall, stood that the Society for the Dif some time ago discovered, about fusion of Knowledge, have taken fifteen feet from the surface of the measures for producing a gallery of ground, a stone about two feet in portraits of persons, who have been height, ten inches in width, and five distinguished for giving an impulse in thickness. A figure of an archer to the progress of the sciences and is sculptured in very high relief arts. The work is to be executed in upon the front face, on the obverse the best style, and to be sold in is an urn, near what is supposed to numbers, consisting of four engrav be a tripod. It is evidently a tombings, at a very low price. It is cal stone; but the sages of the Anticulated that they must sell twelve quarian Society bave elevated it to thousand numbers before they can the honours of a Roman Altar ! clear their expences.

Society of Horticulturists.--LaA Long Sentence. We suppose dies are now admissible as memthat the longest sentence to be found bers of this society,-a decided imin the English language is that provement, as they are, in the higher which closes the article upon the ranks of life, much better horticulsubject of reform, in the last num turists than their lords, generally ber of the Quarterly Review. The speaking. We know of no good sentence in question consists of two reason why learned females should pages, of seventeen members, of not also be admissible to the royal eighty-four lines, of eight hundred and other societies as well as men.

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