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Years fled. He wore a manly face,
man frantic over the wreck of his exhibition just demoAnd struggled in the world's rough race,
lished by a disappearing waggon; the monkey looking all And won at last a lofty place :
sympathy with its distracted master “ Shop.lifting,—”
a chemist's shop in the act of exploding by its own gases. And then he died ! Behold before ye
“Eyes right," a drill-serjeant of grenadiers addressing Humanity's poor sum and story
this mandate to a horribly squinting recruit, who answers, Life, Death, and (all that is of) Glory.
“ Please Sir, I cawn't." “ My Better Half," a tre. Miss Sheridan's Comic Offering, or Ladies' Me.
mendously stout old lady, with a slim young husband.
“ Fun-guses,—" a cluster of toad-stools, each head mouldlange of Literary Merit.
ed int a merry or funny human countenance. Had this It was ruled in England, we believe about a century
melange been intended for the mischief-loving school. ago, that the Scots have neither wit nor humour, and
boys of Great Britain, we should have had no fault to consequently no relish for those qualities in others. It
find with it; but we cannot think it either feminine or may be this incapacity which leaves us perfectly dull and
lady-like. indeed immovable under strokes of fun, which are at least meant to throw our fellow-subjects on the other
NEW POEMS. side of the Tweed into roars of merriment and convul. First in order, as in gallantry bound, we shall take sions of laughter. Il even makes the foggy natives of “ Poems by Mrs. G. C. Richardson, a Second Series." We Scotland both sad and serious, to see the labour dire and are, indeed, so much pleased with the varied contents of weary wo with which many of these jokes, clenches, and this volume, that we regret not having the power to inpuns are conceived and brought forth. To confess the troduce it with more ceremony. It is a bouquet of occatruth, being of the multitude, much of this sort of wit is sional verses, springing from the daily reflections and caviare to us, strongly as we relish that which George events, which, in a life of leisure, present themselves to an Cruickshank and others have addressed to the multi amiable and a cultivated female mind,- outlines, sket. tude.
ches, and studies, in short, of varying degrees of poeIn the present year, the embellishments of the COMIC tical merit,—though a tone of graceful simplicity alike OFFERING are scarcely so cleverly absurd and grotesque characterizes each little piece. Mrs. Richardson, in her as we have sometimes seen them, while the literary de dedication to the Duchess of Buccleugh, declares, that hers partment, though much of it is “ sad stuff," is, upon the is a home-bred Border Muse. The only Duric specimen whole, improved. The portion contributed by the fair we find in the volume we shall extract :editress, is meant to be sprightly, and is sometimes sharp enough-even acute. We must conclude, that she
MENIE, THE BRIDE. imagines the ladies of Great Britain do not admire wit
Oh, have you seen the glinting ray, that is either polished, playful, or good-natured. The
That shimmers on the dewy spray, Ball-room chapter is a bit of clever satire. Her Scotch
When the wee birds, at dawn o'day, Family Party we may describe in better Scotch than we
Chirl, “ Here comes bonny morning !" find in it, as perfect havers; and we fear the epithet
Just sic'na glint has Menie's e'e, would not be misapplied, if directed to a full half of the
Sae pure, sae bright ;-her looks o' glee volume. It has its good things however. Among them,
Are sweet, as morning light, to me, we may mention the Sketches by the author of Eccentric
The waukening vales adorning. Tales, and those by Sylvanus Swanquill. We moreover
Tak' out thae jewels frae her hair! like the “ Butt of Stont," and can tolerate the “ Ode to
Aneath them's set a bounier pair :a Shaving Brush,” su bjects both which we should not have
O mony a queen would gladly wear imagined peculiarly interesting to the ladies of Britain.
Thae gems o'nature's sorting. The article entitled “ Scotch Bulls,” the publishers ought
Ye need na trouble to provide to have submitted to the revision of their very youngest
Sic costly braws to busk the bride : Scotch apprentice, he who only left off round-text and
Fashions can nowther mend nor hide pinafores six months since, and who would certainly
The graces round her sporting, have improved it, particularly the glossary, with which the learned writer favours Miss Sheridan's readers. From
She's clad in happinesss and youth, this glossary, we learn that in Edinburgh, caller hawdy
In sweet simplicity and truth ;means fresh haddocks ; mashit, infused; shave-of-bap,
The sang o'mirth, the tale o' ruth a slice of bread-cake; mulchkin, a small liquid measure ;
Her varying bloom supplying. hashit, a dish ; scunner, to shudder ; and crimping and
She needs na ribbons, paints, and lace:
Kind heart, pure thoughts, wi' spirit's trace, goffering, plailing frills. This is, after all, the most amusing paper in the volume, so far as ignorance and
Shed beauties on her winsome face, impertinence go,—and they sometimes go a great way even
Beyond a kingdom's buying. in a book. The cuts remain to be noticed. Among the cle The Deity, a Poem, in Blank Verse, and in verest, is a kneeling officer with a terribly hooked nose,
Twelve Books. By Thomas Ragg. offering his hand to a coy belle, which hand is an iron hook, in lieu perhaps of that left at Talavera or Water This philosophical and religious poem is in substance loo; “ Counter-attraction," is the ministering angel of an elaborate argument on the Being and Attributes of a bazaar fascinating a dandy ; “ Somerset-House" is a God, and upon revealed religion. The author is a complete somerset of tables, stools, chairs, and sitters; working mechanic of Nottingham; though really, when “ Tasting the Home-brood," (brewel), a fox in a poul. one reflects on what Burns was, and Elliott is, this cir. try-yard. These are not remarkable for point. “ Send. cumstance seems to have little connexion with an im. ing out Circulars" is better :-little boys are seen blowing partial estimate of the productions of a poet.
As we soap bubbles.
“ 'Turner's Annual Tour,” a. turnspit in have not been able to bestow upon this poem, the degree a wheel, is a fair hit. “ Delivery by the Post," is a gig of attention necessary to enable us to form a just opinion, upset on a road post, and a lady flying out in the air, her we shall give that of The Times newspaper, in which it is parasol and reticule following her. “ Pitching the key stated, that “ Every page discovers proofs of a vigorous for a Serenader :"_a beauty from a high lattice throwing understanding, a correct taste, great stores of fancy, a the house-door key to a cavalier below strumming a guis wonderful flow of elegant and appropriate language, and
“ A Pa de six," a happy father tormented by six very considerable power of versification." “ Having no playful and squalling brats. “ An anti-climax," a veneration for modern poetry, or what by courtesy is suf. lover ascending a ladder, the husband or father above at fered to enjoy that title, our testimony to the merits of the window with a chopping-axe, and the lady screaming Thomas Ragg is not likely to err on the side of excess." behind him. “Greasian Statue,” a short-four in a We would not be understood to adopt this opinion imchamber candlestick which forms the pedestal, the flame plicitly, as our cursory perusal of the poem does not quite shewing a human face. “ Organic remains,—" a show- l justity such flattering impressions ; though, in these days
of Brummagem Byrons and mock Scotts, we must ac I, for a mean and paltry bribe, became
My brethren in the cause, and meditate
Their deep destruction, treasuring the words
Which fell from lips made eloquent by wrongs,
Words, which, like rain-drops to the thirsting herb, This pair of the People is John Saunders, and Mary, Revived the drooping heart, and gave it hope his wife. John writes to correct and amend an age in Whereon to feed, nerving it thus anew which
To wrestle boldly with the withering chain
Oppression casts around it :-yes, such words
Were quickly noted ; for they had become That spits o' the carpets, lolls o' the judgment-seat;
The means of a subsistence; glowing, warm, And Mary, by her womanly softness, to attemper the
I bartered them, as marketable things fierceness of John and his kind. As poets, we cannot
In the foul mart of infainy for gold. say much for either ; but they are
young and selftaught," and the production of their little volume has
Now bolder grown, elated with success, been attended (as we can well believe) “with circuin
And longing for advancement, I employed stances of no ordinary inconvenience, trouble, and diffi
My chartered tongue, to prompt and instigate culty."
To deeds of crime, whereof they never thought; There was wonderful good-sense in that saying of the Appealing to their pas-ions, those who felt poet Burns, when speaking of his art,-“Yet crooning to The misery of bondage ; hinting oft a bodies' sel' does weel eneuch.” But we are not going
At certain means, by which the world might rid to be churlish; nor yet are we about to lecture upon an
Itself of all the tyrants who oppress imprudence which too often carries its own severe punish
Its industry, and render labour vain : ment along with it: we mean the publication of medi
Oft would I close a long and loud harangue ocre verse, and not its production. If John, at his la
With thunder-calls to “ Liberty or Death." bours, made forty stanzas daily, and Mary, while engaged
There was a man embodied in my dream, in her household cares, a half-dozen songs or ballads, we
Upon whose toil five children and a wife, should only deem them the happier and the more spectable. Lovely and good, depended for support. But the itch of publication, where it can produce nothing
His mind was noble, and his generous heart but a few barren and often false compliments, exciting ex
Was nerved with resolution : pectations never to be realized, should not be clawed into I singled him, for he was brave and bold. activity, either by friends or friendly critics. We do not, by
We cannot follow the fate of the victim of the Spy, any means, intend that this should apply to the versifiers
who, by the way, is represented as much more sensitive in question more than to the ten thousand persons in Bri
to remorse and shame than we have seen some of the tish society, who, either in print or M.S., bore the world in
gentlefolks of his kidney. He rushes forth in despair, to general, and their unfortunate friends in particular, with
shun the petrifying and scowling looks of his former friends their crude indigested metrical productions. How would
and associates; and is followed by the multitude, shouting life be at all endurable, if every lad who sets up for a
after him their contempt and detestation. Here is a musician from practising Marlbrouck, or the Banks of picture of the degraded felon's tormentors :Banna, with no mastery whatever, upon a cracked fute, should rush into the streets, insisting that all passers
They hemm'd me round; and, gibing, taunt piled bye should listen to the delicious music which charms
A pyramid of insult on my heart himself, and perhaps,-if she be all love and no ear,-his
A viewless structure, built of oral sound, sweetheart ? But the case with the small poets is become
And Armly fixed upon its quiv'ring base, ing exactly parallel. They are growing into a positive
With a stern cement, well coinpos'd, of mix'd pest, a nuisance which must be abated.
Conteinpt and detestation :—what I felt,
Cen'tring this circle form'd of human foes, Political and other Poems, by Charles Cole, a No power of language ever can rehearse : London Mechanic.
To be environ'd by a servite crew,
To bear the mockery and scorn of those As a qualification of what we have said above, and to
Who, slip-shod and unshorn, had quitted toil prove how far from us is the desire of quenching the di.
To beard me with their malice, while their hearts, vine spark of genius in any mind--of arresting that
Poor as they were, shrunk from me in disgust. subtle energy, inexplicable in its workings and wanderings, which, like the wind of Heaven “ bloweth where
At length grown tired of gazing on my face, it listeth, and no man can tell the form thereof,”-W
The throng diminish'd ; man and woman left
Me in my wretchedness, but, not alone; present to our readers the effusions of another handicraftsman, who 6 writes all like a man." Many of his pieces
Children were gather'd round me~urchin boys,
Vicious as infant fiends, in mockery have great merit; and “ The Spy's Dream," a portion of which we select as a specimen of Cole's poetry, is far
Well school'd, hardy and bold to do whate'er from being one of his ablest poems.
The impulse of the moment wildly prompts :
Oh! then I seem'd to drain, o'en to the dregs, Oh! for how poor a price--how mean a sum
The cup of degradation. I bartered all life's happiness away!
They follow'd, shouting, till the vaulted sky
Reverb'd and echo'd the detested name, Methought I had been, even as I was,
And one sole sound was heard, "A Spy! a Spy!” Suborned to villainy, to be the tool
With winged feet, fleet as the bounding roé Of those whom, in my conscience, I abhorred;
Just startled from her lair, through lonely paths To be a traitor to my fellow man,
I took my desperate way; yet, even there,
Was doom'd to find my miseries increase.
Was that way wand'ring in a listless mood,
Happy, and at his leisure : I approach'd
His presence_sad, yet hoping to obtain
cially among the higher ranks, and those holding im. The balm which friendship pours into the wound
portant situations.” He is quite right! But he says Of deep misfortune; but, alas! that face,
deafness may always be prevented, and often cured. That Which ne'er, till now, had turu'd on me in frowns, is not so certain. This little treatise is well worth con. Dilated and grew dark with anger-dark
sulting by those threatened with the malady. There is As clouds, which bear within their lurid caves
nothing empirical about it. The bursting thunder, type of heaven's wrath :What would I not have done but to have heard
The Casket of American and European Gems, One word of friendly comfort ? one kind look
selected from Authors of the present day. Had beon more precious than the water-drop To Dives' flame-parched tongue : my utterance failid
Glasgow: John Reid and Co. In striving to implore, in moving terms,
In one respect, the class in this country slenderly enCompassion on my sufferings; I crouch'd
dowed with worldly wealth, have no cause to complain Aye! even on the clay-cold earth I kneelid
of their lot. They may wear shabbier coats, lodge in With looks of supplication ; but, in vain!
meaner dwellings, and eat worse dinners, but they have He bade me to be gone ; I clasp'd his knees,
always at their command a purer and higher literature He shook me from him as a fearful child
than that which is affected by the rich. Instead of A1. Would shake an adder, and, in haughty tone,
nuals and Fashionable Novels, they have cheap ShakeBade me no more pollute him with my touch :
speares, Miltons, Cowpers, Bunyans, De Foes, and Gold. « What!” he exclaim'd, “ shall I compassionate
smiths, with such selections as the one before us. In. A wretch, who, though my wrongs were mountain-piled, stead of the Court Magazine and the New Monthly, Should I express my thoughts, would meanly sell
they have Tail and Fox; and for The John Bull and The The sounds, by sorrow wrested from my heart,
Age, Leigh Hunt's and Chambers' Journals. This small To tyranny abhorr'd ? Away, foul thing!
and neat selection possesses one feature of peculiar in. I loathe-detest-contemn. I know thee not!
terest : while it brings us acquainted with the progress of
American polite literature, it also reveals the progress NEW PAMPHLETS.
of enlightened opinion in questions of morals and poli.
tics, in a free, vigorous, healthy, and kindred land. A Letter to Dr. Philpotts, Bishop of Exeter,
The Mother's Medical Pocket Guide. By a containing Strictures on a Speech delivered
Physician. Glasgow. by him on the Second Reading of the Dissen.
This is a sensible, plain-spoken small treatise, which ters' University Admission Bill, &c. ; by a
mothers may consult without any perplexity to them. Member of the University of Cambridge. selves, and with advantage to their offspring. This is the production of a scholar and an able man.
The Book named the Governour, Devised by It is full of keen cuts, and home-thrusts that cannot
Sir Thomas Elyot, Knight. easily be parried. The notes are peculiarly apposite and racy.
A pious descendant of the Knight-Arthur Turber.
ville Eliot, of Catherine Hall, Cambridge-has just faA Plea for Ireland ; by Thomas Bish, Esq. M.P.
voured the world with a re-print of the speculations of Mr. Bish is the advocate of a certain kind of Trien. his ancestor, who flourished in the reign of Henry VIII. nial Parliaments: he would have the meeting of Parlia as a public man, a didactic writer of some note, and ment be held in Dublin every third year. Better be. the friend of Sir Thomas More. The book is curious gin with 1835, when our forlorn senators will not have and quaint, and may be amusing to persons, who, with a roof to cover them, unless Dublin or Edinburgh open abundant leisure, have a relish for the better part of auher hospitable doors. The idea of Mr. Bish is not new. tiquarian lore. The Westminster Review has improved upon it.
Its plan gives Ireland as much Parliament as can be of use
Kilgour's Lectures on the Ordinary Agents to the country, and as much more as may counteract
of Life; or the uses of the Atmosphere, Haabuse.
bitations, Baths, Clothing, Climate, Exercise, A Case of Clerical Oppression, illustrative of
Food, Drink, &c., in the Treatment and Prethe State of the Internal Government of the
vention of Disease. Church in Ireland,
This copious title sufficiently explains the design of Is the title of a pamphlet before us, published by Ridge
Dr. Kilgour's work. It is one which has been hundreds
of times elaborated, and one upon which every intelligent way. The case is flagrant enough ; but as we hold the Church of Ireland, in its present state, to be one mon.
physician imagines he has something novel to say. If
Dr. Kilgour is not always an original, he is at least a strous, anomalous, unparalleled oppression, we shall not
hard talker; one of those medical instructors who con. enter into the solitary case of the Rev. Marcus Beresford, and the Rev. Thomas A. Lyons, farther than to recom
ceive that an air of dogmatism is no bad auxiliary to the mend it to the notice of the public and the press.
authority of their doctrines and the force of their opin.
ions, and who are more successful in destroying old fala Reasons for Abolishing Impressment; by Lieut. lacies than in promulgating new truths. Dr. Kilgour tells Standish Haly, vf the Royal Navy.
us, he has “à thorough contempt for all those medical This pamphlet is filled with more good argument for
books which are published for the general reader,"_all
“ Domestic Medicines," “ Medical Guides,” and “ Popua cause which requires nothing, save the vanquishing of
lar Systems." His Lectures are accordingly meant for prejudice and of abuses. Still it has value.
medical pupils and practitioners ; yet he has some tolerHints to Emigrants to New South Wales ; by ance for the popular “ Guides to Health,” and “ Means the Rev. Henry Carmichael.
of Preserving Long Life," and it is probable that the di. This tract is suspiciously laudatory of the colony;
ligent perusers of such works will form his principal but it deserves to be read by persons who are meditating
readers. These lectures will be found well worthy of their
attention. emigration,—though with the doubts and reserves which should attend all such puffs direct, however honestly in. Edinburgh Cabinet Library. Vol. XVI.-Lives tended.
of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Lin. Curtis on the Preservation of Hearing, Hearing næus. By W. Macgillivray, A.M., F.R.S., &c. Trumpets, &c.
Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. This gentleman says there are more deaf persons in In the present volume, the publishers, acting upon the Britain than in any other country in Europe, “espe- | sound popular maxim, that “ too much of one thing is
published. It is not wholly free from the objection of being written with an eye to the effect to be produced in the public readings of the Society's Reports. It discovers a very limited knowledge of Indian manners and religious rites, and has abundant faults of style; but, with all this, the work commands attention, by its facts and its earnestness of spirit.
food for nothing," have judiciously changed, for the time, the plan of the “ Library.” The first fifteen volumes were devoted to History, Maritime Discovery, and to the Biography of the great British Navigators. Nor was Natural Science neglected, where it served to illustrate the History and Geography of the countries treated of. The présent volume is strictly limited to the lives of eminent Naturalists. It is to be followed by another, which will complete the design, and bring the biographies down to that of Cuvier; while future volumes will, in the lives of the most eminent Botanists and Mineralogists, introduce the student to these sciences.
By taste, habit, and, as we may say, by profession, Mr. Macgillivray is peculiarly adapted to the office he has assumed. If a poet only can be the critic and bio. grapher of a poet, so does the naturalist require in a historian, kindred knowledge and assimilating powers, in order to depict his character, and unfold his discoveries to the world. So far as we can judge, Mr. Macgillivray has fulfilled his task in the best manner, and we are certain in the very best spirit. We have read his “ Life of Linnæus," in particular, with interest and delight. Sutton's Narrative of his Mission at Orissa, the
Site of the Temple of Juggernaut. Edited by the Rev. James Ewing, Partick. Glasgow : Reid and Co.
Two descriptions of persons, very opposite in character, will be attracted by this Narrative : those who take an interest in missionary labours, from a fervent desire for the spread of Christian doctrine, and those who, without this motive, love to contemplate the varieties of human character and condition, and the deep-rooted and inveterate superstitions and customs which bind the remarkable tribes of Hindostan in the chains of idolatry, riveted by its firmest defence-caste. The seat of the mission at Orissa was in the darkest heart of Indian superstition. The mis. sionaries were in continual contact with the pilgrims and visiters to the shrine of Juggernaut, and the witnessess of the cruel, sanguinary, and diabolical rites practised there. We are not informed if this Narrative has been already
Jacob Faithful. Jacob, the younger brother of “ Peter Simple,” is not “the finer gentleman.” In this homely picture of real life, we have, however, a story worth a waggon-load of romantic perplexities and improbabilities.
Tales for the British People.
The Romance of Real Life
in the Sixteenth Century, translated from the
We recommend this historical novel to such readers as frequent the circulating libraries, as a romance of great merit. It possesses the interest of a stirring story, many well-drawn and skilfully-contrasted characters, and, what is better, pictures and glimpses of Polish manners, not yet become obsolete. The model is Walter Scott; but the writer works upon the fresh materials of a country quite new to us, and thus runs himself into no dangerous com. parison.
determination, energy, his influence with the country, Since the prorogation of Parliament, the Members and his influence with his sovereign, the measure would have, as usual, been dining with their constituents, and never have been carried ; and that to Earl Grey alone rendering the best account they can of their stewardship. properly belongs the honour of the great measure of reAddresses from several places in England have also been form. At Morpeth and Alnwick similar addresses were presented to Earl Grey on his retirement from office. On presented to his Lordship, and at both places he was the 19th of August a numerous meeting of the inhabi. loudly cheered by the people. tants of Newcastle, North and South Shields, and 'Tyne On the 15th September a dinner was given to Messi s. mouth, was held in the Guild Hall at Newcastle, to pre Attwood and Scholefield, the members for Birmingham, sent an address to his Lordship. In returning thanks by their constituents, in Mr. Beardsworth's Repository. Earl Grey said, that the reform in the representation was The tickets sold, amounted to 3000. It appears from a means to an end, and that it would secure all rational a passage in Mr. Attwood's address, that he contemplates and salutary reforms, if pursued with moderation and an early retirement from his Parliamentary labours. On wisdom. He remarked, that a full and fair representa the 25th September a public dinner was given at Barlstion having been obtained, it would not do to be proceed- ley, to Lord Wharucliffe, in testimony of approbation of ing in a continual course of agitation. The present ad his conduct as a magistrate, by about ninety gentlemen of ministration rested on the foundation, that reforın is ne property, in the county of York. The Tories have also cessary; and nothing could prevent its being obtained been dining together in all parts of the country. There but hasty and inconsiderate measures. Lord Durham, was a large muster of Conservatives at Canterbury on who accompanied his Lordship, also addressed the meet the 25th September, to commeniorate his Majesty's yra. ing. He thanked Earl Grey for the advice he had given, cious declaration to the Bishops. Lords Winchelsea, and said that he would take it, and act upon it, with as Roden, and Maidstone, Sir Edward Knatchbull, Sir Ed. much patience and moderation as the noble Earl wished, ward Dering, and Mr. Plumptre, were the principal perbut that he would never lose sight of the end, namely, sons present. Among the company were no fewer than the attainment of all necessary reforins, and the presery forty-two clergymen. The health of the King was drunk ing of the rights of the people, that this country may be with three times three, that of the Queen with “ true enabled to show its bead foremost among the nations of Kentish fire." On the House of Lords being given, Lord the world, however high they may advance in the scale Winchelsea said, he granted that House was in a most of civilization. In allusion to Earl Grey's disclamation perilous situation, but the Peers were determined, not. of the merit of passing the Reform Bill, Lord Durham withstanding the perils which surrounded them, to do said, that he had been the ready and willing instrument their duty in defence of the Constitution. They might of his wishes; but that had it not been for the Earl's fall, and would fall, he would say, in that defence. A
dinner was given to Mr. Aglionby by his constituents, at a Church Rate should be postponed for twelve months." Cockermouth. Mr. Aglion by went over at great length On a show of hands the amendment was carried. A poll his conduct during the last Session of Parliament, his was then demanded, which continued for two days, at speech occupying several hours in the delivery.
the conclusion of which, the numbers were as follows:The Marquis of Chandos dined with the Buckingham for the rate, 77; for the amendment, 11); majority against shire farmers on the 27th September, at Aylesbury. The a rate, 34. At Bocking, in the same county, a rate for distressed state of the agricultural interest was the chief 1834, was refused by a majority of 163 to 133. The optopic for speechifying ; and the necessity of exertion on ponents of Church Rates, have, however, been in several the part of landlords and tenants to obtain relief from instances defeated. Thus, at Clerkenwell, London, a Government, was insisted on. The Marquis especially three-halfpenny, instead of a farthing Church Rate, was recommended strenuous efforts to effect the repeal of the carried by 593 to 127 ; and at Wakefield a ninepenny Malt Tax.
rate was carried in opposition to a threepenny rate, by On the 27th August, the frigate Castor, Captain, Lord 864 to 694. At Dudley, also, a rate of tenpence per pound John Hay, ran down the Cameleon cutter, off the South was voted, after a severe struggle, the numbers at the Foreland, when the whole crew,'except four, were drowned. close of the poll being 447 and 390. It appears, how. The captain and officers were tried by court martial ; ever, that the difficulty is not over when the rates are and the lieutenant of the watch, when the accident bap voted. The Churchwardens of Rochdale having ob pened, was adjudged to be disinissed His Majesty's Ser. tained a rate, proceeded to levy it; but many of the Dis. vice; it having been proved, and indeed admitted that a senters refused to pay. At a public meeting of the Disproper look-out had not been kept. The remaining offi. senters, several resolutions were passed against the rate ; cers, and crew, were acquitted.
and it was resolved to oppose all proceedings for the reMr. Godsou, member for Kidderminster, in speaking covery of the same. of the House of Commons, at a dinner given him by his THE REVENUE for the quarter ending 10th October, constituents, characterized it as a body of legislators, who presents a decrease, when compared with the correspond. were driven to and fro by the dread of a dissolution; and ing quarter of last year, of L.330,064. The decrease on said he had not one word of praise to bestow on their the Excise, is L.846,524 ; on the Stamps, L.22,718; on labours during the last session. He gave a grand feast the Taxes, L.143,415; on the Post Office, L.5000; Mis. to the ladies. Sixty-five houses were opened on the oc cellaneous, L.2,682 ; but then there is an increase in the casion ; and nearly 3000 ladies partook of tea and cake. Customs of L.678,051. The result for the year exhibits
Mr. Buckingham met à numerous meeting of his con an increase of L.313,448, as compared with the previous stituents at Sheffield, on the 8th September. He delivered year. The variation in the Excise and Customs arises a long address in reference to his Parliamentary conduct from the removal of the tea duties from the one branch of during the last session, which was received in the most The Revenue to the other. The result is as favourable as flattering manner, and a resolution approving of his con the reduction in taxation could entitle any one to expect. duct was passed unanimously amidst loud acclamations. THE New Poor Law, though occasioning hardship
Mr. Cuthbert Rippon has addressed a letter to his con in some instances, is said to be working well. In stituents at Gateshead, in which he canvasses with much the parish of St. George's, Hanover Square, London, the severity the abortive attempts of the Ministry to satisfy rates have been reduced from L.67,336, to L.27,391; and both Peers and People. He shows that the cause of so the guardians of the poor in St. Paul's, Covent Garde n little being done during the session, arises, in a great have saved L.ll out of L.15 a-week, by offering relief to measure, from the crude state in which ministerial mea paupers in food and clothing, instead of money. In ansures are introduced. Thus, a bill for regulating Dissen. other parish, in which 106 mothers of bastards received ters' marriages was introduced, and withdrawn, by Lord out-door relief, ninety-six have contrived to support their John Russell. A bill for altering the method of levying children on being told they could not obtain relief withChurch rates, and a bill for commuting English tithes, out coming into the workhouse. The London magis. were brought forward by Lord Althorp, but he never tiates have shewn great opposition to the new bill, proventured to move their second reading. Two bills for di. bably by its depriving them of the power magistrates minishing the evils of pluralities and non-residence, were formerly possessed over the overseers of the poor. introduced by the Lord Chancellor, and withdrawn by BIRMINGHAM MUSICAL FESTIVAL.-The great muhim. The course of the present Ministry, he asserts, is sical event of the month, has been this festival. Such clear:- To prepare measures of substantial reform, to festivals at Birmingham used to be held in a church ; but show sincerity and determination in carrying them on. in consequence of a threat of the rector, that it would no ward, thus assuring the people of their faithful intention. more be granted for musical performances, the people of The Commons would pass them by overwhelming ma. Birmingham have erected a splendid hall, 140 feet long, jorities. The liberal members of that House would will 65 feet wide, and 65 feet high. An organ of very great ingly defer their individual plans, rather than embarass size, and the largest in the kingdom, except that of York an honest administration ; and if the House of Lords Cathedral, has been erected at one end of the room. There should be pleased to reject them, it will be the duty of were in all, 370 performers, of whom 217 were instru. the people, at such a crisis, to come forward and claim mental. Persons from all parts of the kingdom attended from the monarch the exercise of that prerogative which this great festival; and the performances, generally speak. is iutrusted to his charge, to be employed for the common ing, appear to have given great satisfaction. The gross wcal and safety.
receipts amounted to L.13,278, which exceeds those of CHURCH RATES.—The parishioners of Manchester the festival of 1829, by L.3,639. The net profits aphave had a severe struggle regarding a Church Rate. The proach L.7000, which go to the support of the Iufirwary amount proposed was only a half penny per pound, yet it of Birmingham. was resisted by the Dissenters on priuciple. The rate SINECURE OFFICES.-By the report of the select was rejected on a show of hands, when a poll was de. committee of the House of Commons, it appears, that in manded by the churchmen. The poll lasted for four days, the year 1810 there were in existence throughout his Maand the churchmen were 739 a-bead at the close of the jesty's dominion, 242 sinecure offices, the total net income third day's polling ; but the Dissenters, by great efforts, of which amounted to L.297,095. At present there are were finally successful; the numbers being,
100 offices of a similar description, the total net emoluFor the rate,
ments of which are L.97,803. It farther appears, that in Against it,
1810, of the L.297,095 of these existing sinecures, pro
vision had been made for the prospective abolition of Majority,
1112 L.88,347; and that of the L.97,083 of sinecures now A scrutiny has been granted.
sul sisting, a similar prospective provision had been made Similar struggles regarding Church Rates, have taken to the extent of L.81,984 ; so that the amount of sine place in other parts of England. At Halstead, in Essex, cures, for the ultimate abolition of which no Parliamenthe Church wardens applied for a rate of 4d. in the pound; tary enactment has provided, is already reduced to less an amendment was proposed, that," the consideration of than L.17,000 per annum ; and this burden, if the re