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tity of work. We perceive, from the evi- CORN._The corn markets have been dence on the Factory Bill, that the weekly dull throughout the month, and prices quantity now spun by one spindle is are still on the decline. This probably twenty-one hanks of No. 40 a-week. The arises from the want of cultivation in cotton spun in Great Britain last year, British grain, in consequence of antici. amounted to about 288,000,000 pounds. pated changes in the Corn Laws. It is Of this vast quantity, a tenth was spun in highly desirable that this question should Scotland. The United States supply three be settled without delay, for the present fourths of the consumption, or 213,000,000 state of uncertainty is highly injurious to pounds; the East Indies about 20,000,000 the agriculturist. The protection which pounds; the West Indies 1,600,000 only. the present laws afford them, is a mere All the cotton, except the growth of the delusion, as the average duty on wheat East and West Indies, pays a duty of 3d. imported since 1828, is only 6s. Id. per per pound. This duty would, last year, quarter, and the prices of grain are yearly exceed £690,000; and would be, as nearly falling. Looking to the last three years, as possible, 10 per cent on the return of the average prices have been :the cotton in bond.
WHEAT. BARLEY. OATS
1830 . 648.wmvarna 32s. Sd.mnamn 34s. 3d. THE WOOLLEN MANUFACTURES are
183166s. 388. Odamm .255. 3d. also reviving, and prospects are cheering. 1832m 50s. oman 23s. 3d.comannanna 20s. 6d. In Bradford, more business has been re- At Haddington, on the Ilth of January, cently done than for weeks preceding; the the averages were only, Wheat 49s., Bar. mills, both in the town and neighbour- ley 26s. 8d., Oats 18s. In the event of a hood, being in full activity. In Halifax fixed duty being substituted for the prethe demand for stuff goods has been gra- sent fluctuating duties, care will need to dually increasing for some time past, and be taken that it is not fixed at too high a all the hands there are in active employ rate. The duty on wheat is at present ment. Leeds, and other towns in York 32s. 8d., and it will be very difficult to shire and Lancashire, present similar fa obtain such a reduction as the manufacturvourable prospects. The East India Com
ing interests expect. Young wheats con. pany have given orders for ladies' cloths,
tinue to look well, and, notwithstanding and a large one for military goods. In the openness of the winter, are not too Ayrshire, notwithstanding the late rise in forward. Feeding stock are proceeding the price of wool, no rise has taken place favourably. Agricultural labour is far in plaidings. Dun plaidings run from advanced. 7d. to 84d.; white from 7 d. to ls. 2. CATTLE MARKETS.-At Cupar Yule In the Flannel Trade, low-priced articles Fair, on the 3d ult. prime fat animals continue to be sought after. The trade is brought 78. per Dutch stone. Half fed more brisk than it has been at this season animals sold for nearly the same money ; for several years.
the sellers, in consequence of food being SILK WEAVING.-The wages of the plentiful, not being desirous to part with silk weavers are very low, but there is an their stock. The prices obtained are about expectation of an advance in the Spring. ls. per stone higher than those at last The trade is brisker than usual at this Yule market. The price of sheep conti. season. At Lyons, the manufacture of silk nues steady. goods had so far decreased, that many hun- HORSE MARKETS.-At Ayr Horse Mardred persons had been thrown out of em- ket, on the 4th ult., the prices of draught ployment.
horses varied from L.20, L.22, L.28, L.30, THE LEATHER TRADE.-This trade to L.36. One or two brought L.40. Saddle has been extremely flat and depressed for and harness horses of good figure and the last twelve months, and prices have form brought L.34 to L 36, some less been so low as in many cases not to yield shewy L.25. Horses of inferior quality, the tanner a profit. Prices now, however, L.18, downwards. The fair was not brisk. appear to have passed their lowest point, At the annual horse market at Johnstone, and the stock of leather is much smaller a vast number of Horses appeared in the than that of last year at the same period. market, consisting of some of the finest
IRON TRADE. The iron trade, so long draught horses and riding ponies; and depressed, begins to revive. In Wales, an the horse-dealers sold extensively, and readvance of 58. per ton was obtained some ceived very flattering prices. At Lancas. time ago; and at Christmas quarter day ter Fair the better classes of carriage, the iron masters, both in Wales and Staf. phaeton, and gig horses were not so mufordshire considered the state of the trade merous as at some former fairs; but they such as to warrant them to lay on a far. are ready of sale, at good prices; whilst ther advance of 10s. a ton; and appear those of inferior breed, and but few preances would lead us to believe that this tensions to usefulness, were not only dull ance will be sustained.
of sale, but scarcely looked at.
POETICAL ASPIRATIONS, BY WILLIAM which is at once political, titerary, and ANDERSON, Esq. SECOND EDITION.' historical; combining, in short, all the The world is now so rich an inheritor in elements of history and biography. The poetry, that when a bard of humble pre- series commences with the birth of Alfred tensions, though of undoubted merit, comes the Great, and is intended to come down modestly forward with his claim on at- to the present time. The work is to be tention, he has a slender chance of either divided into nine grand Divisions or respectful audience or patient reception, Periods, of which the time which elapses unless he contrives to send a flourish of from the birth of Alfred to the Norman trumpets before him. Yet here is a volume Conquest, forms the first. These Periods of agreeable and genuine verse, which, for are treated of in distinct sections, divided the honour of the public taste, we are glad into a Political Series, an Ecclesiastical to find, has been quickly and properly Series, and a Literary Series ; each Peappreciated, without such appliances and riod having, besides, a general historical means as the true poetic spirit would introduction. Let us take the Second find it living death to employ. Poems in Period as an illustration of the design: the second edition is something to talk of Under the Political Series we have the now a-days; and in this instance the new Life of William the Conqueror, William publication has so soon followed the first, Rufus, the three first Henrys, Richard that the examination and favourable judg. Strongbow, Simon de Montfort, and menta pronounced by the critical tribunals, others. The Ecclesiastical Series of the cannot yet be forgotten, nor consequently same period gives us, with others of require repetition. There are, however, lesser note, Becket, Anselm, Pope Adrian in this volume, a good many additional IV. and Archbishop Langton; and the poems, which possess the same character Literary one, Roger Bacon, Matthew of gentle elegance that distinguished the Paris, &c. &c. &c. The Literary Series earlier effusions, with a wider range of of the Third Period is yet richer, in the fancy. These compositions are announced names of Chaucer, Gower, Dun-Scotus, by the author as the fruits of relaxation &c. &c. The design is original and ex" from the higher literary and political cellent. It is history put into action, duties of his vocation,”-an explanation, “ embodying the history of England in which if meant as apology, was not re- the lives of Englishmen;" and the nearest quired. They are smooth and pleasing, approach compatible with truth to the always correct, and graceful often ; and by historical plays of Shakspeare, and the all gentle lovers of gentle poesy will be historical novels of Scott. The execution accepted as an agreeable addition to our is worthy of the clearness and comprecontemporary treasures of verse. With a hensiveness of the design; and taken tobattery of fifty volumes raised before us, gether, we warmly recommend the work poetical quotations are entirely out of the as a mine of valuable information prequestion ; but we cannot forbear to point sented in the most attractive form. It is out a few of our favourite pieces in the secondary, but not unimportant to notice, additional poems. Loch Awe is one, the that the book is handsomely printed, in sweetly musing lines on a Wild Flower, volumes retaining the proper historical another; and the Wassail Song and Wells dignity of size ; and is embellished with o Weary, in different styles, are equal authentic portraits of eminent persons, to any of these.
very beautifully engraved. LIVES OF EMINENT AND ILLUSTRI- SEMI-SERIOUS OBSERVATIONS OF AN ous ENGLISHMEN, from Alfred the IT ALIAN Exile. -A priori, and from Great to the Latest Times. Edited by merely reading his observations, we should GEORGE GODFREY CUNNINGHAM.+ not have inferred that Count Pecchio was Vol. I.-It is to be feared that the scope a person likely to cause revolution in any and object of this publication is not suffi. country. He was, however, early obliged ciently indicated by the title. Hasty as to leave Piedmont, his native state, for our glance has been, we conceive it one of the share he took in the abortive revolu. the most meritorious historical works that tion. He came to England, and subsequenthas lately been projected. Nor is histo- ly went to Spain and Greece, a military ad. rical the word, though we can think of venturer; by which term we imply nothing none more apt, and must employ circum. disrespectful. His sword and his services locution in describing the nature of a work were always on the right side. The Count
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sea-fogs, is settled at Brighton. His work in the sketches of the virtuous Evelyn : was originally published in Italian, and but especially in the memoirs of the Prinobtained the praises of the Quarterly Re. cess of Bareith, the letters of the old view ; a periodical, by the way, which ge. Duchess of Orleans, the mother of the nerally distributes its smaller patronage, Regent Orleans, the memoirs of Lauzun, on the principle, and not unlikely on the and fifty more volumes French and Enmotives which made despotic princes fon- glish-not forgetting the letters of Waldle and caress dwarfs, idiots, and the half- pole. Of this book, all that need be said witted, and hold at surly distance every is, that it is a clever work, though cerone who approached their presence with tainly a spurious one, which gives far too the stamp of independence of mind or un favourable an idea of the supposed Royal deniable intellectual capacity. The Count's Author, and of many of his friends. observations, if not remarkable for pro. THE CODE OF AGRICULTURE, includ. fundity or accuracy, are lively, good-hu- ing Observations on Gardens, Orchards, moured, and agreeable. We should sup- Woods, and Plantations, erith an Ac. pose that he has not been consulted on the count of all the Recent Improvements in publication of this translation; for it is the Management of Arable and Grass impossible but that his subsequent expe- Lands. By the Right Honourable Sir rience in England must by this time have John SINCLAIR, Bart., Founder of the corrected many of his original errors. Board of Agriculture. Fifth Edition. * They now stand the most amusing, and - The numerous large editions which hare not the least useful portion of the Count's already been sold of this work shew the labours. His notions of Scotland are estimation in which it is held by the pub. about as just as those which might be lic. In the present edition will be found formed by a gentleman of Manilla or Can. accounts of such discoveries in agriculture ton. But these absurdities are exceeding- as have been made since the date of the ly diverting, and help to make the book last edition. Few of the useful arts are really light reading.
less indebted to the labours of literary men MEMOIRS OF LOUIS THE Eigh. than agriculture. Hitherto the art has TEENTH-Written by himself. _ This not been studied in the closet, but in the work has thrown some of the self-elected field; and although no one can pretend to guardians of literature into a paroxysm of any thing like an accurate knowledge of rage. “ It is not authentic,-it is a hoax agriculture, or the sister arts, gardening -an imposition of the book manufac- and planting, who has not practically been turers of Paris," &c. &c. &c. Much of engaged in them, too little attention has this virtuous indignation might have been hitherto been paid to the useful informaspared. No biped beyond the age of a tion which may be found in books. Few sucking turkey, ever, for one moment, farmers have an opportunity of minutely could have imagined the work authentic; inspecting the operations of agriculture in and for this, among a hundred other good foreign countries, or even in distant parts reasons, that Louis the 18th never pose of their own country; and valuable dissessed a tithe of the wit, sagacity, and coveries may remain long unknown, if depth of views displayed in every page of the knowledge of them is diffused solely it. But the treason is ridiculing courts through the slow and incorrect channel of and royal persons; and by unveiling their oral tradition. But until Sir John Sin. vices, their selfishness, dissimulation, gross. clair undertook the task, the agricultuness, and audacious profligacy, bringing rists had no manual of their art to which monarchy itself into contempt. This, un. they could refer. From the immense happily, is an office which royal and mass of materials, many of them crude courtly personages have not left for men and indigested, in no ordinary degree, of letters to perform. They have, in which Sir John Sinclair had accumulated, works beyond all possibility of question he has succeeded in laying down the prin. or doubt, as to authenticity, sufficiently ciples of the art, concisely yet clearly ; scribbled their own infamy. If we were and has formed a book not only of great wicked enough to harbour the design of value to the agriculturist, but interesting bringing kings and courts into contempt, to the general reader. He has obtained and into detestation, it is not a plea information from every source, whence sant good-humoured hoaxing work like anything valuable was likely to be ob. this we should employ, but others of tained ; and this edition of the Code of very different character, - written by Agriculture proves that the worthy Baro. princes and courtiers themselves. We net, now an octogenarian, is still interestwould recommend that king-craft and its ed in the success of that art to which he tendencies should be studied in the witty has so devotedly dedicated the best years memoirs of the profligate Grammont, and of his life. Every farmer should have a
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copy of the Code in his library, were it for tors, who are " Polish Exiles" themselves, nothing else than as a memento of the who have shared in, and been ruined by, Founder of the Board of Agriculture; the the terrible conflict. The article in No. most zealous promoter of the art which ], on the “ Preponderance of Russia over this, or perhaps any other age has produce the other European States," is alike dis. ed.
tinguished for its spirit and truth. The AN INQUIRY INTO THE PRINCIPLES clear and succinct compendium of the OF POPULATION ; exhibiting a System of “ History of Poland,” evinces a perfect Regulation for the Poor.* _We consider knowledge of their national history, and this book as mainly valuable, on the prin. every succeeding number must increase in ciple of it being necessary to keep an im- interest as we approach the details of the portant object constantly before the pub. Revolutions of 1794 and 1830. The freshlic, by studiously varying the aspects in ness and naivete of the anecdotes are which it is presented, till it become fami- highly attractive; and the music of “ Domliar from every point of view. Though browski's Mazourka” alone, far exceeds the fundamental opinions of the author in value the price of the periodical. are those of the great political economists How favourable the opportunity now of the age, they are, on some points, very afforded the public of proving the reality considerably modified. He even approves of their sympathy with the “ Exiles," and of a poor law for Ireland. His truths are their approbation of a struggle, which for recommended by the indulgeut and kind. sublimity and extent of self-sacrifice, has ly tone which writers on similar subjects eclipsed all the efforts of the modern world! have too often neglected or despised.
VEGETABLE COOKERY. By a LADY." An Essay ON THE CONSTRUCTION - This is a system for the modern huOF MILITARY BRIDGES, and the Pas. man gramnivorous animals, though we sage of Rivers in Military Operations. had no idea they were so numerous as to By Sir HOWARD DOUGLAS. - This is require a book of cookery for themselves. the second edition of a work held in great A culinary work which proscribes fish, esteem among military men, from its ex- flesh, fowl, and even good red herrings, tent of accurate knowledge, and the dili. is not likely to be received with much gence of research displayed in it. The gusto at this present season. It should British wars in the mountainous parts of have appeared in the dog-days. It was India, and the late long war of Europe, scarcely fair, moreover, in the author to extending over every kind of coun- turn the arms of Mrs. Rundell and Meg try, mountainous or champaign, from Dods against themselves; and covertly Gibraltar to Moscow, have made military to employ their own delicious puddings, engineering almost a new science, calling pastry, and vegetable messes, to subvert for a new exposition of its principles. their plain joints, ragouts, and savoury For this purpose the same war has laid pies. Nor do we understand upon what up a store of facts and illustrative mate- principle the lives of beeves and sturgeons, rials, of which Sir Howard has skilfully &c. &c., are to be hallowed from human availed himself, in adding to, and perfect- touch and teeth, while such nefarious ing this new edition of his valuable, and means are suggested for the destruction now standard work. Although it is a book of black-beetles, cock-roaches, mice, and of instruction for students in tactics, its bugs, as those in the Appendix. historical materials, the resources of ge THE BRITISH REFORMER'S Advo. nius called forth by difficulty, and the en. CATE. By D. P. WHITEHEAD.+ - The terprise, skill, and hardihood displayed by object of this work is useful. The writer Napoleon, Wellington, and the great com- has condensed and arranged a great quan.. manders connected with them, make it a tity and variety of valuable political and work that may be read with interest by the statistical information, from authentic civilian as well as the military man. sources; and presented it to the public in
The Polish EXILE-Nos. 1, & 2. † a cheap and accessible form. As a poThis unassuming periodical is written pular manual of politics, the book dewith considerable ability. Its object is to serves praise. It is decidedly Radical, furnish historical, statistical, and literary but not violent. As a book of which the information regarding Poland, embellish- objects are co-extensi ed by appropriate illustrations. It pos- empire, there is, perhaps, too much consesses a high claim on public encourage. nected with abuses in this city. It would ment, both from the intensity of interest also have been an improvement had the encircling a people crushed to the earth compiler quoted his authorities. after a display of more than Spartan he. THE LAUREAD, A SATIRE OF THE roism, and from sympathy with its Edi. Day.1_ This wicked little poem is writ.
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