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thing, as we gaze on and down the she has been assured, --impervious clear wells of Theodora's eyes ! to a shower, as if in an oil-skin wrapMaterialism–Immaterialism! What per. Who preaches against dirt ? mean words like these? Does Nobody in Scotland. But the virgin clay think, feel, sigh, smile, weep, who, morning, noon, and night, is agonize in bliss and bale, go mad, arrayed like the lily of the field, to and die ? Be it even so, -or be the which Solomon in all his glory was thought called impious,-what then? indeed a most absurd-looking animal, For, is not Virtue the beauty of our is preached at from many pulpits being; and are we not all—the chil as on the road to perdition; whereas dren of Heaven!

after adorning the earth for a few We verily believe, that of all plea- fleeting years, she goes, as certainly sures on this earth, the most innocent as that the Bible is true, straight up is that which flows from the love of to heaven. Where the Slattern goes dress. A weak young woman, who has it would be improper to mention to neither husband nor children, but ears polite; but if a Catholic, at the much time on her hands, would weary very least to purgatory. And you, her own life out in solitude, and the who preach against the vanity of lives of others in society, were it not female decorations--gloating all the for dress. What would be the use of while on bib and tucker, with a peneedles and pins, thimbles, scissors, culiar expression of eye, so sly and &c., but for dress? The weak young sinister, how long were you occuwoman in question, is perpetually pied, sir, this very Sabbath morning, fingering away at some article or with these whiskers? Ay, whiskers ! other of wearing apparel, from cap What do you mean to insinuate by to petticoat; and thus has a refuge them, sir ? Why are they not shaved? from idleness, the most dangerous of Are they wholly senseless, or have all conditions, in which she can be you an aim, object, and end in cheleft alone with even a militia officer. rishing that loathsome lair ? A ring

Young ladies, with intelligent and too, amidst the hair of your red finwell-cultivated minds, again, draw gers! and a broach on your breast, the same delight from dress as from broad and brawny enough for a Leith poetry, or painting, or sculpture. It porter! Your whole body stinks of is by far the finest of the Fine Arts. the most odious personal vanityOne young lady is distinguished for vulgar hound though you obviously taste, another for feeling, and ano- and obtrusively be

and yet you ther for genius; and now and then, rail at Theodora's self in drapery one gifted being possesses them all bright and beautiful as ever Iris wore, three in union irresistible. Her hap- yet chaste and simple too as the piness must be perfect. Wherever cloud-robes of Diana! she moves, her steps, noiseless though A young lady consists of body and they be, are yet heard through the of soul. Now the soul-such is its hush of admiration. She feels that divine origin_can take care of itself; she wins all hearts, and charms all but the body—such is its earthly ori. eyes; and for that feeling do you gin--cannot; but requires frequent think it at all probable, that Satan purification and perpetual adornment. will get her into his clutches, and off Forget it-slight it-despise it-cut with her to the bottomless pit? it-and it will have its revenge. The

Only think of a Slattern ? Nay, do soul will soon rue the day it insulted not shudder: we are not going to the body; for the body will lose no describe one-but do just for a mo opportunity, before the world and in ment let one glide greasily before the face of day, of grievously and your imagination, along with the grossly insulting the soul- till the thought of-marriage. Would you soul prays that its sickness may end not rather marry twenty tidy girls, in death. To spite the soul, the body than one single slattern? Yet, per- grows ugly as sin. Its dirt and its haps, she sits with a religious tract diseases eat into the soul; and the in her hand—a whity-brown reli seven senses enter into a horrid congious tract on regeneration, almost spiracy against her, for they are coras nasty as her own flannel petticoat, poreal, and feel the wrong done by -and is on the way to Heaven,—so the spirit to the flesh.

Dress-therefore is a religious space prevented us from compreduty. But

young
ladies

may be re- hending in the Review in our Deligious over much. They ought to cember Number, not for one moment be at their toilette-at least one hour to dream, that we intended any slight every day-at serious needle-work to them, or to their works. In proof two-and their thoughts chiefly oc of the contrary, we now disclose our cupied by dress three,-that is to determination to speak of their next say, mentally devising various pret- Christmas Presents first in order. ty fancies wherewithal to beautify Meanwhile, be our Publie assured, their persons, and now and then pro that the Gem is indeed a gem of the ducing a pattern into practice. Plen- first water,—"of purest ray serene;" ty of time left in the twenty-four that the Winter's Wreath is beautiful, hours for reading and writing, and al- with its evergreens and its Christmas so for thinking about the next world. roses, and fit to adorn the brows of Whatever you do with the next the Lancashire witches; that the world, never forget this ; you were Bijou may grace the most elegant placed here to be pleasant and pretty, drawing-room, the most ornamental neat and tidy, to dance and sing, library in England; and that the Copaint and embroider. Also, “stili mic Annual is out of all sight the the house affairs will call you hence, most witty in all our Neighbour Hood, which, ever as you can, with speed so distinguished for wit. As for the perform. You'll come again, and, four Juvenile Annuals, they run in with a greedy ear, devour up my dis- beautiful quaternion. Mrs Watts’s is course;" that is to say, “read Black- all that might have been expected wood's Magazine;" in which, Hea- from a poets wife, and breathes ven forbid, that any maiden should throughout a true maternal spirit, ever let fall her eye on one single which, above all other emotions, syllable that may awake a painful “ the high and tender muses love.blush; on many, Heaven grant, that it Mr Hall seems equally happy in may bring round the dear little cozey a spouse, whose taste and feeling corners of her yet untasted lips the are often coloured by the hues of mantling of an inexpressible smile! genius. Mr Shoberl has, we hope,

sweets to the sweet, children of his own, growing up into a short farewell. We fear not for boyhood and girlhood, for so amiaour article-for its spirit is ethereal ble and enlightened a man deserves a -though gliding along the earth- happy household, ringing with merry nor fearing to touch the daisies with voices from morn to dewy eve. As the playful tip of its wings, even for Thomas Roscoe, his little book like a swallow hunting insects above will be loved even for his father's a pool. Be not-after all—too much sake, who, in his honoured old age, given up to dress-any more than to must enjoy the purest of all delights any other decoration.“ Gay, but not in contemplating the virtues and gegaudy,, is an admirable rule both nius of his sons. Thomas Roscoe, for soul and body-only to be equals we know, possesses in private life led by another, Grave, but not the love and esteem of many friends; gloomy.” Get a copy of the “Young and his powers as a writer have Lady's Book,” for it is a perennial — made a most favourable impression a manual of many innocent and useful on the public mind. The Landscape arts ;-and when you have mistress- Annual, edited by him, is indeed a ed all that it gives instructions about, most splendid work—and better than why, then in feminine accomplish- splendid; for in it the exquisite gements you may almost take your nius of Prout has pencilled to the place side by side on the same sofa eye and to the imagination, many of with our own Theodora.

the noblest scenes in nature and in In conclusion of this little ram art; and the written illustrations are bling article, let us beseech the Edi- worthy of the son of the author of tors of those Annuals, which time and Leo and Lorenzo,

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THE NORTH BRITON NEWSPAPER Will be published on Wednesday the 3d of February next, and regularly thereafter

on Wednesdays and Saturdays, at the shop of Mr DANIEL LIZARS, Bookseller, 5, South St David Street, where all orders and advertisements for the paper will be received Price of a single paper, 7d. ; price per annum, £3, 3s. ; when paid in advance, £2, 18s.

Price per quarter, 16s. ; when paid in advance, 14s. 6d. The following extracts from the

metropolitan and provincial journals, indicative of the very favourable estimate of Dr BROWNE's editorial talents formed by his brethren of the press, and of the confident expectations generally entertained of the complete success of his present undertaking, are the more gratifying, that the testimonies thus borne to the past efforts of a fellow-labourer in the newspaper department of periodical literature, are coupled with the most flattering anticipations of the results likely to ensue from his future exertions in the same field of enterprise ; while both express the spontaneous, unbought opinions of the most distinguished individuals connected with the public press of the country :

The Westminster Review for January 1830, (No. XXIII. just published,) thus speaks of Dr BROWNE's editorial talents, in connexion with the Journal which he lately conducted :

Among the most distinguished Papers on the liberal side, is the Caledonian Mercury, edited by Dr JAMES BROWNE, a man of distinguished ability, and the writer of several articles in the Edinburgh Review.

* It was reckoned a Tory paper, although belonging to Mr Thomas Allan, a wealthy banker, whiggishly inclined. Indeed, till the Scotsman started, it was supposed impossible that a paper, opposed to the Tories, could prosper, or do less than bring destruction on its editor and proprietors. But since Dr BROWNE became its editor, this paper has become a bold exposer of abuses of all kinds, whether in the City or in the Government. It has also outstripped its competitors in presenting early reports, and in procuring exclusive information. In fact, this paper is an evidence of what the active attention of a single mind can accomplish,-even of a mind engaged in many other pursuits.”

ART. Scotch Newspaper Press. We perceive by an advertisement in our front page, that a new Journal is about to be starfed in Edinburgh, under the appropriate title of “ The North Briton.” Dr BROWNE, the late enterprising editor of the Caledonian Mercury, is to be its conductor. This gentleman's varied talents and consummate ability in the management of a public Journal, must render any recommendation of ours unnecessary, We merely invite the public attention to the circumstance of an old and successful rival for general favour being about to challenge a continúance of it on his own account.

The Sun, 15th January, 1830. The North BRITON.—A new paper, bearing this title, is about to be set on foot under what appear to be very favourable auspices. It is to be conducted by Dr JAMES BROWNE, late Editor of the Caledonian Mercury, a gentleman of varied ipformation, of an acute and original mind, and of a ready and popular command of almost every subject necessary to be discussed in a public journal The paper is to be published twice a-week; and from the known energy of Dr BROWNE's character, we have no doubt that he will speedily secure for it an extensive circulation, and a more than ordinary reputation for spirit and independence.

Edinburgh Literary Journal, January 9, 1830. Dr BROWNE's New NEWSPAPER.- We observe with extreme pleasure, that another twice a-week journal is about to be added to the Scottish newspaper press. It comes out under the editorial auspices of Dr BROWNE, the gentleman who lately so ably conducted the Caledonian Mercury. While under his management, that paper was unquestionably one of the most powerful and influential journals in Scotland. If the one which he now proposes to publish, under the title of The North BRITON, be conducted with the same intellectual vigour, the same masterly eloquence, and the same acute discrimination, it cannot fail to be widely read and very generally admired. We felt no little regret when we heard of his giving up the editorship of the Mercury, as we really considered it a loss to the national press. We now hail his return to it with a feeling bordering on enthusiasm. To great learning and ability. Dr BROWNE unites a clear head and a warm heart, and, with a little more

learned Doctor we wish a full measure of success in his new undertaking. May he at once receive the fostering support of public patronage, and may his editorial labours reap the flattering homage of universal public applause !

Scots Times, January 9, 1830. The North BRITON.- In our advertising columns the publication of a new twice a-week

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in Edinburgh, under this title, is announced. The Editor is Dr BROWNE, Advocate, who lately performed the same duty for the Caledonian Mercury. In the last Westminster Review, honourable mention is made of this gentleman as

a man of distinguished ability, and the writer of several articles in the Edinburgh Review.

Glasgow Herald, January 11, 1830. New JOURNAL.We have much pleasure in calling the attention of our readers to an advertisement in this day's paper, announcing that a new Journal is to be published in Edinburgh, under the management of Dr BROWNE, well known as a man of talents and extensive literary acquirements, and for the last three years by the able manner in which he conducted the Caledonian Mercury. Although we would not be prepared to go all lengths with Dr BROWNE in his political sentiments, we have no hesitation in saying that his talents, manly independence, and consistency, never failed to excite our warmest admiration. On the whole, we do not remember of a Journal being announced under more favourable auspices. Under any circumstances, the Doctor could not fail to secure for his labours a favourable reception from the public; but coming before them, as he now does, powerfully supported yet perfectly unfetteredm.- and when we add to these his own first-rate abilities, joined to no ordinary share of energy--we would say he will indeed disappoint those who know him best, if he do not make The North Briton rank among the first publications of the day, both as a Political and Literary Journal.

Stirling Advertiser, 25th Dec. 1829. A new Journal, under the title of The North BRITON, is about to be established in Edinburgh, and to be conducted by Dr JAMES BROWNE, who, for some time past, has been most favourably known to the public as editor of the Caledonian Mercury. Dr Browne's political and literary talents are highly spoken of; and combining, as he is known to do, an extensive and varied store of information, with a mind of great originality and independence, the appearance of a paper under his auspices is looked to with great interest.

Aberdeen Journal, 13th January, 1830. THE NORTH BRITON.-A new Journal, under this title, and under the able management of Dr J. BROWNE, late Editor of the Caledonian Mercury, is about to be added to the Edinburgh publications which come out twice a-week. The experience and ability of Dr Browne, and his fitness to give power and interest to such an undertaking, are already well known to the public. The advertisement states the Journal to be “ umfettered by any party connexions, unshackled by subserviency to any local interest, and free from the dictation or caprice of a limited proprietary," and we cannot doubt that the scope thus given to the Doctor's talents, of which he seems to feel the full enjoyment, will produce a Journal highly interesting to its readers, and eminently useful to the country.

Inverness Journal, 15th January, 1830. We beg to call the attention of our readers to an advertisement in our first page, announcing another Paper -- THE NORTH BRITON — to be edited by Dr JAMES BROWNE. High hopes are entertained of the embryo periodical, and we observe the Edinburgh Literary Journal, in announcing its publication, thus characterizes the able Editor. [The extract is quoted above.]

Inverness Courier, 13th January, 1830. NORTH BRITON.-Our readers will find in another column, an advertisement of a Journal about to be started in Edinburgh, under this title. It is to be under the entire management of Dr. BROWNÉ. To those who, like ourselves, have read the Caledonian Mercury for the last three years, during which time it was condueted solely by this gentleman, it is unnecessary to say one word regarding his qualifica tions for his new undertaking. To a fearless and independent style of thinking and writing, Dr Browne unitos talents of the very first order; and his connexion with the Mercury formed, in many respects, a new epoch in the annals of Scottish Newspapers. The eminent success of his embryo Journal, we rögard as a matter of

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EDINBURGH MAGAZINE,

No. CLXIII.

Vol. XXVII.

FEBRUARY, 1830.

PART II.

Contents.

Days DEPARTED; OR BANWELL HILL. BY THE Rev. WILLIAM LISLE BOWLES, 279 Dibdin's TOUR IN FRANCE AND GERMANY,

306 HENRY THE LION; AN HISTORICAL TRAGEDY. BY AUGUSTUS KLINGEMANN, 316 The Bass Rock. A POEM. BY DELTA,

340 THE CONDITION AND PROSPECTS OF THE AGRICULTURAL CLASSES,

343 LAWN-SLEEVES,

356 ONCE UPON A TIME,

361 THE FATE OF THE CALIPH MOTASSER-ASTROLAB, OR THE SOOTHSAYER OF BAGDAD,

363 The LADY OF PROVENCE. By Mrs HEMANS,

372 THE ASSEMBLING OF PARLIAMENT,

376 Moore's LIFE OF BYRON,

389

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