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qoitted it in disgust; but on being tried with my passage. After all, no pupil should ever attempt mode of instruction, she found these difficulties this trial in the way of exbibition, as the Comso easily overcome that it gave a sudden turn to mittee so reasonably expected my pupils to do. her mind, and she made as rapid a progress as and as they shall still do, and also play from those wbo had shewn a much more promising figured basses, if they will allow it to be in comcommencement.

petition with their own. Let this be reserved « As for what M. de Monti says of the Chiro. for the perfect master only.” plast, and what he saw in Bohemia before I was

The author's mode of exercise is demonborn, it is too far fetebed, and too long ago to Deed a comment. Whenever be will produce a

strated at the conclusion, with a list of most proof of his assertion it will be sufficient time for respectable names of those who have apme then to bring an answer. But I am sorry for proved his plan, together with a prospectus, him, poor man, he is very much vexed, and says for the perusal of which we refer our readers any thing that comes into his head.”

to his well written work. APPROBATION FROM MEN OP SCIENCE. « Mr. Clementi says, “I have examined your new invention, &c. and I am so well persuaded of

CURIOUS ACCOUNT OF A DEAD its great utility, that I cannot but give it the

MONK'S REANIMATION. warmest approbation and recommendation.' “Mr. Cramer says, 'I consider your invention

It is a well known fact that throughout admirably calculated to lay the best foundation all the monasteries in Sicily the dead bodies for forming the hand of the pupil in the true no. 1 of the mouks are dried and made to stand tion of touching the piano-forte.

erect in niches placed round a kiud of " Mr Kalbrenner says, “I have found your

sepulchral chamber, where one of the bro. Chiroplast as ingenious as useful, not only for a

thers of the holy order take it in turn to beginner, but for every performer who has contracted bad habits in the position of the hands.”

| watch for two hours every night, to put

them in constant mind of the last awful ERROR IN OPINION IN PLAYING AT SIGHT.

|| change that every one is destiued to un. « The general notion of playing at sight, is derve. that a young lady should sit down to a piece of

A monk of Palermo was passing part of music, never having seen it before, and play it straight onward, from beginning to end, without

the night in the manuer above mentioned, pause or breach of time. To every musician of when in the iuterval of his devotional extaste and judgment this idea is preposterous and ercises, he fancied he heard every now and revolting and indeed wbat can be more so, li then a very unusual noise; and looking whether we consider the injustice done to the steadfastly at that part of the room from author, who is thus abused and misunderstood ;

whence it proceeded, he perceived one of or to the performer, whose blunders and miscon- |! ceptions are thus mortifyingly exposed to every

the dead monks nod to him; he held up ear of the least discrimination. Mr. Cramer,

his lamp, and the head nodded again : he who is, perhaps, gifted with a greater readiness instantly hastened up stairs to the couvent, of reading than any other man, says, there is to acquaint the brethren with this fearful no such thing as playing at sight.' At all events

omen. The monks laughed at his fears, it can only rationally advert to an extraordinary

and persuaded him it was a mere illusion aptitude-such as can be possessed only by a consummate master of his art, in perceiving at a

of the imagination; he, therefore, summonsingle glance the whole drift and design of an

ed courage to return, but took care to go author, and in conveying that design to the il to a different part of these extensive gal. minds of others by executing at the instant what. || leries, where he remained a while in auxiever the eye perceives. Mr. Cramer's remark is ous suspence. Finding all still and mostill, however, made out; for there are anthors

tionless, he began to think he must have which no master could read and execute at the instant!

been deceived by his imagination, and “My observations on this subject are not

therefore he returned to his former station, meant to discourage the frequent trial of new | and fixed his eyes ou the same dead monk. music, but this should only be permitted when He again saw the head move and nod at the pupil has acquired, by constant study and

him. Away he ran, and declared, that all practice, a justness of fingering and steadiness

the saints in the calendar should not perof hand, in every description of passage; the

suade him to go down again : he was now master always keeping guard against false play- il ing, even to the nicety of a single note, and con so positive of the fact he had witnessed stantly inculcating a salutary dread of missing a that considerable alarm prevailed in the

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convent. The monks were called together, y large vault for the bodies of the common and eight or ten descended into the apart. ll people near the great altar, having an ment with candles and holy water. They l opening always left just sufficient to admit were brought opposite to the dead body in one body, with a flag and a ring to it, like question, but just as they drew up, a nod | the coal cellars in England. The priest, of the head put them all to flight. When) immediately after the commission of the the superior was informed of it he was ex- murder, raised the stone of the vault, and tremely angry, and declared some English threw in the body: he then got water from heretic brad got in and played this trick; the holy water basin, and with his hand. be therefore went down himself with an kerchief washed the blood from the flags; other party. As they descended to the after which he let himself out of the church. galleries their courage, in some degree, | The murderer, who had taken refuge, wit. abated; and after advancing cautiously to nessed this shocking scene without being the place, the superior held up his lamp to perceived: he declared afterwards that the the mouk. It was no illusion; life had, act was so justantaneous that it was imindeed, once more entered this frail tene possible for him to have prevented it. It ment of mortality! At that very moment may be supposed he did not pass a very the head shook violently, and fell from the comfortable night in the church after what body, when out few-not the soul of a he had seen, and he began to suspect it monk, but a living rat, which had made its could not be a priest that had committed pest in the scull.

so foul an act, but rather the devil, wbo This is a fact which happened lately,

| bad assumed the shape of a priest. The and is well known and authenticated at apprehension that his infernal majesty Palermo.

might still be in the church, determined him to stay there no longer; however,

he could not get out, the doors being all ACCOUNT OF A DREADFUL MURDER || locked: but such was the misery of his

COMMITTED IN PALERMO. situation, that the moment the door was A man stimulated by jealousy had all opened for morning service, he left the quarrel with another in the street: be || church and gave himself up. stabbed his adversary, and took refuge in I He stated what he had seen, but gave the next church, leaving his knife in the the devil credit for the murder, in which heart of the murdered man. It was late | the priests fully supported him. The offi. in the evening, a little before dark. a little before dark. The ll cers of justice concluded the man was de

The Sicilians have all a firm belief in spectres; || ranged: but the story took wiod, and as a and as the assassin afterwards declared, he young woman of Palermo was missing and did not feel very easy in his asylum though I could not be found, her relations had the he knew he could not be taken in the vault opened, and there her body was dis. church; yet such were the compunctions

ich were the compunctions ll covered. The disposition of the higher of guilt on his couiscience, that he skulked powers appeared willing to fix the crime and hid himself behind the columns in on the devil, but the people came in a great agitation. Shortly after he entered body, and, supporting her relations, dethe church it was shut up for the night; l manded justice. Suspicion fell on the he remained absolved in horror of mind, girl's confessor, and he was taken up: the but was roused by seeing a priest, with a man was now couvinced he had not seen very young female, enter from one of the the devil, and gave evidence against the side chapels, along the great aisle; shell priest. Corrupt as may be the government seemed extremely unwilling to go with | of Sicily, such acts of atrocity cannot al. him, but partly by persuasion and partly || ways be screened: he was found guilty, by force, he brought her to the foot of the and condemned to be hanged. It appeared chief altar: he made her then kneel down, that he had seduced the unfortunate gir), and they appeared to be in prayer, when || who became preguant, and fearing detecthe priest suddenly drew a stiletto, stabbed || tion, he had persuaded ber to meet him her, and she sunk lifeless on the floor. In l in the church, where he committed the most of the parochial churches there is a ll horrid act as above related. The wretch, VARIETIES CRITICAL, LITERARY, AND HISTORICAL.

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however, could not be executed publicly, il Spain bas furnished us with wines and because he was a priest : they gave it out snuff, Russia with bemp and tallow, and that he was executed privately, and shew-China with tea. ed a hand for his, nailed up against the jail.

DOMESTIC COMFORT.

PERHAPS there is nothing so much conORIGIN OF THE NAME OF LICHFIELD. tributes to domestic comfort, to the secu.

LICHPIELD, the chief city of Stafford. || rity of families, both as to morals and proshire, signifies in the old Saxon tongue,

perty, as a good selection of servants. the Field of dead bodies : so called from a | Upon their capacity, integrity, and good number of Christian bodies which lay i conduct, more depends than can well be massacred and upburied there, in the per- 1 expressed. The establishment of the Westsecution raised by Dioclesian. Plot's His. I minster Central Mart is highly conducive tory of Staffordshire gives a full account of li to this end. Its object is to supply families this massacre, and says, that finding the l with respectable servants of all classes : Christians in the exercise of their religion, and not only with those who are in the he took and carried them to the place class of servants, but with such as are ca. where Lichfield now stands, and martyred

dll pable to undertake the higher departments one thousand of them there, leaving their

in families, namely, those of education and bodies unburied, to be devoured by birds

domestic managementGovernesses and and beasts; whence the place still retains

housekeepers will find at this establishment the name of Lichfield, or Cadaverum Cam

a constant demand. Cooks, ladies' maids, pus, the field of dead bodies. The arms of

nursery maids, and servants of all work, the city is an escutcheon with many mar:

are likewise in daily attendance. Male tyrs in it, in several manners mangled.

servants are also to be obtained in the different departments of domestic service,

viz.-stewards, gamekeepers, butlers, valets, COMMERCIAL ADVANTAGES. || footmen, &c. The nobility, gentry, and To Italy, which was in a state of civi- | persons of the most respectable ranks of lization long before the other states of life daily register their names at this office Europe, the English theatre is indebted for (as may be seen on the books), whom the Punch, for Harlequin, Columbine, the conductors undertake to supply according disciples of St. Crispin, and female fortune- |to their wants. Thus no disappointment is tellers.

experienced on either side. Servants are The Opera has long drawn all its re- | immediately supplied with situations, and sources from Italy, and masquerades are masters and mistresses are invariably supundubitably of Italian invention.

plied with servants. None but the most To Italy our cookery stands indebted for respectable are permitted to register themVermicelli, Maccaroni, and Bologna sausa selves.-Office, at the corner of Southampges; while our confectionaries are im- | ton street, Strand; open every day from proved by ices, sherbet, and a variety of ten till four. liqueurs, all borrowed from the Italians, who have also taught our perfumers the art of making the most costly and odorifer

BIRTHS.

At Cheltenham, the Lady of Sir Henry Bunous essences.

bury, K.C.B. of a daughter. From the Venetians, France and England

At Edinburgh, the Lady of the Hon. Charles first learned the art of making looking Noel (daugbter of the Hon. Sir George Grey, glasses; and France, during the reign of Bart.), of a son and beir. Henry IV. had few coaches but what were At Abeny, Lady Gardiner, of a son. fabricated at Milan.

At Kneesworth-house, Cambridgeshire, Lady From the French we have learued to ||

|| Jane Pym, of a son.

| At Rochester, the Lady of Rear. Adiniral Sir make plaister of Paris and ragouts.

John Gore, K.C. B. of a daughter. We are indebted to the Germans for sour || At Welwyn, the Lady of H. Fyoes, Esq. M.P. crout, and sophistical dramas and romances. Il of a daughter,

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In Italy, at the Baths of Lucca, the Lady of J. o At St. Andrew's, Holborn, T. Pagan, Esq. of Fyler, Esq of a daughter

Ely-place, to Lady Plomer, of Snaresbrook, A few day since, Mrs. Roberts, wife of Mr. J. widow of the late Alderman Sir W. Plomer. Roberts, of Wath, farmer, of three children, two At Dumfries, Scotland, Captain R. Stewart, sons and a daughter, who, with their mother, are | R. N. to Miss Dalzell, beiress of Glanae, likely to do well. They were immediately baptized Matthew, Thomas, and Mary; and it is

DIED. further remarhable, her youngest child, before il At St. Germain-en Laye, aged 85, Princess de them, is thirteen years old.

Montmorency. Lately, a woman, who had taken her place At Lyons, the Right Hon. Lady Cecilia Char. to Newcastle, was delivered of a child on the lotte Leeson, eldest daughter of Lady ClonTelegraph coach, just at the entrance into curry, and only sister to the Earl of Milltown. Harrowgate. The coach was fortunately only 1 At Cheltenham, Sir Gilbert King, Bart, of about one hundred yards from a cottage, where Charlestown, county Roscommon. the child. a fine boy, was taken in an apron. At his house at Banner-cross, near Sheffield, We are glad to state that both the motber and, in the county of York, Lieutenant-General Murchild are doing very well, in more senses of the I ray. word than one; as the ladies at Harrowgate have At the Holt, near Bishop's Waltham, sincerely liberally supplied the poor woman with clothes, I and deeply lamented, Admiral Sir R. Calder, and a collection has been made for her to the || Bart. in the 74th year of his age. amount of about 301.

A most remarkable instance of mortality has

lately occurred in a family at Chepstow.—Mrs. MARRIED.

Williams, wife of Mr. John Williams, tailor, At the New Chorch, St. Mary-le-bonne, by the died suddenly in the latter end of April last; her Hon, and Rev. Edward Rice, Prebendary of l husband survived her about nin

busband survived her about nine weeks afterWorcester, Jobo Pepper, Esq. of Bigods, in the wards; since which period, three grown-up sons county of Essex, to Maria, second da lighter of bave paid the debt of nature.-John, the eldest, Magens Dorrien Magens, Esq. of Hammerwood. | died in the last week of June ; James, the younglodge, in the county of Sussex, and niece to the Il est, died on Sunday, the 23d of August, at three Right Hon. the Lord Dynexor.

o'clock in the afternoon; and David, on the At Paris, the Hon. Mr. Clifford, eldest son of Sunday following, at the same hour! the Right Hon. Lord Clifford, of Ugbrook Park,

Lately, on his passage home from Jamaica, in the compty of Devon, to Miss Weld, the only

Matthew G. Lewis, Esq.author of the celebrated daughter of T. Weld, Esq. of Lulworth Castle,

romance entitled The Monk, &c. &c. and of sein the county of Doiset.

veral dramatic pieces, which rank him amongst At Tenterden, James Grant, Esq. of Austin

the most successful of our writers in ibat departa friars and Brixton, to Caroline, fifth daughter of I ment. On the death of his father, Mr. M. G. the late J. Neve, Esq. of Tenterden.

Lewis, succeeded to an handsome patrimony in Mr. George Howard, of Chelmsford, to Miss | the West Indies. When in London, he had reClay, daughter of Edward Clay, Esq. of Green- ll sided, for some time, in a very retired manner, in sted Park, the present Mayor of Colchester.

Albany. His stature was rather diminutive, but By the Rev. F. Ricketts, S. Batson, Esq. of his manners most elegant. He has left one naWinkfield, Berks, to Miss Ricketts, only dangh- || tural daughter, and was never married, ter of the late Governor Ricketts, of Barbadoes.! The Hon. A. Avnesley, who was married only

At Lausanne, at the house of Stratford Can-l in Angost to the amiable daughter of R. Ains. ning, Esq. the British Minister, Robert Suther- ll worth, Esq. of Halliwell, in Lancashire, was land, Esq. to Jeonetta C. M. Murray, eldest unfortunately drowned, on the 27th of the same daughter of Col. R. M Gregor Murray.

month, at Blackpool, near Liverpool. He had At Hurton, Lieut.-Colonel D. Forbes, half- || left his residence, early in the morning, to bathe pay of the 78th Highlanders, to Maria Isabella, in one of the machines, and got out of his depth. eldest daughter of James Forbes, Esq. of Hut Every effort was made by his servant and some ton-hall, Essex.

gentlemen present, but without effect. At Brussels, E. Coxwell, Esq. of the Royal | By a letter from the Hague, we learn the death Artillery, to Jane Maxwell, youngest daughter of the Dutch General Daendels, who was not of P. L. Gordon, of Farringdon, Berkshire. unknown during the period of the Revolution,

At Audley, in Staffordshire, W. S, Roscoe, || This offices expired suddeply on the coast of Esq. eldest son of W. Roscoe, of Liverpool, Esq 1 Guinea, where he was Governor of the Dutch to Huunah Eliza, eldest daughter of J. Caldwell, ll settlements. Esq. of Linley Wood.

London: Printed by and for John Bell, Proprietor of this MAGAZINE, and of the WBEKLY

MESSENGER, No. 104, Drary-lane.

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