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EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

No XII.

MARCH 1818.

VOL. II.

Contents.

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Remarks on Frankenstein, or the Mo

dern Prometheus; a Novelammanmm 613 Elegy on the Death of an Infant Peace.com

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621 The Roses (Inscribed to Miss T. Jamman.ib. Further Anecdotes of the Shepherd's Dog ib. Buckhaven.

626 Letter of James VI.am

-628 The Dampersamaag

ib. Narrative of a Fatal Event

630 The Battle of Pentland Hills

-635 Extracts from Lettsom's Correspondence 636 Horæ Sinicæ, No I. Groo-loo-kri-tchi

(or the Brown-plumed Condor) Notices in Natural History, No II

...640 Changes in the Plumage of Birds.mum.641 Remarkable Tenuity of the Spider's Thread, &c.

wm642 Description of a Self-registering Hygrometern

m643 Remarks on the Histories of the Kraken and Great Sea Serpent

manum 645 Letters of Timothy Tickler to various Literary Characters.

No II. to Mr James Hogganum -654 Analytical Essays on the Early English Dramatists

2.656 Dr Nicol Jarvie's Letter to the Author of Rob Roy

ww662 Notices of the Acted Drama in London, No III.

m664 Boxing Match at Wimbledon. .669 Remarks on the Periodical Criticism of

England-in a Letter to a friend...670

Notice of Mr Hazlitt's Lectures on

English Poetry, now in the course of
Delivery at the Surrey Institution,
London, No II.
Lecture Fourth. On Dryden and
Pope.

amm 679 Lecture Fifth,On Thomson and

Cowper, and Descriptive Poetry
in general

-681
Lecture Sixth.-On Gray, Swift,
and Collins

m683 Some Account of the Life and Writings

of Ensign and Adjutant Odoherty, late

of the 99th Regiment (Continued )..685 Time's Magic Lanthern, No I. Machiavel's Death-bed

m689 Regalia of Scotland

~691 Observations on the Antobiography of

Bishop Watson ( Concluded Jaman... 692 Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

m697 LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC

INTELLIGENCE.macam. 699 WORKs preparing for PUBLICATION...702 MONTHLY LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS

comemoramar. 705 MONTHLY REGISTER. Scottish CHRONICLE......erm. Promotions and Appointments comar713 Commercial Report Meteorological Report.

.720 Agricultural Reports.com

-722 Births, Marriages, and Deaths.com.723

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EDINBURGH:
WILLIAM BLACKWOOD, NO 17, PRINCE'S STREET, EDINBURGH ;
AND JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET, LONDON;

To whom Communications (post puid) may be addressed ;
SOLD ALSO BY ALL THE BOOKSELLERS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM.

(OLIVER & Boyd, Printers.]

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

vour.

The

The Review of Captain Tuckey's interesting Narrative shall appear in our next Number. The Letter from Berkshire has been received by us as a very particular fa

The practice of which our friend disapproves, has not, we assure him, been adopted without considerable reflection, and now that it is fairly established, we feel unwilling to depart from it. The Essays on Italian Literature, and particularly on the Modern Italian Drama, which he expresses so much anxiety to see, are in an advanced state of preparation, and shall make their appearance in the course of our next Volume. Any communications from our respected correspondent will be most acceptable.

“ Cambria” is unavoidably deferred till next Number. We hope the promised communications from the same quarter may arrive in time to bear it company

in our next.

Critique on Mr Yates” (the new actor), and the “Remarks suggested by the Dinner given in this City to Mr Kemble," have come too late for this Number.-Nothing would give us greater pleasure than to insert a regular account of the “ Acted Drama in Edinburgh," nor do we know any person to whom we could more willingly intrust it than our correspondent. We agree with him in thinking that the present condition of our Scottish Theatricals reflects great discredit, not on our actors (for these are good, and would become much better were their exertions properly stimulated or rewarded), but upon the corrupt and effeminate taste of the public, who seem to have pretty nearly lost all relish for the rational amusements of the preceding generation.

The “ Essay on Party Spirit” soon. Also the “ Testimonia."

The Remarks on the Lyrical Poets of the Old Testament, if possible, in No XIV.

We hope the Author of the Account of the Kraken will pursue his interesting speculations.

We shall at all times be most happy to insert the communications of Y. whose abilities we highly respect, when they do not accidently interfere (as in the case of his criticism on Dryden's Dramatic genius), with arrangements previously made with other correspondents.

“ Answers to Queries on the Poor Laws, &c.” in our next. This correspondent's communications shall always meet with attention.

Want of room prevents us from noticing, at present, the communications of a vast number of other correspondents.

A friend whom we permitted, for a different purpose, to have access to our Cabinet of Communications, has amused himself by drawing up the humorous “ Notices” on the opposite page. We do not insert them, as he wished us to do, by way of serious answers to our correspondents; but merely because we wished our readers to partake in a jeu d'esprit, which afforded so much pleasure to ourselves. Subscribers can either drop or retain the pages as they please, when they send their sets to the binder.

CONTRIBUTORS to Blackwood's Magazine, Tickler ! thy letters, full of point and flame, Our honoured Correspondents one and all, May do some good to boys with inky fingers ; Ye who in Blackwood's shop are never seen, Mysterious is the change from Hogg to Grahame And ye who once per diem use to call.

Yet not behind our next the paper lingers. When thro' the following pages ye shall look, We're glad to see that Hogg takes no offence Some will seem grim among you, and some gay ; At Timothy ;- and why indeed should he ? Joyous the scribblers who have found a nook, Genius is coupled well with manly sense ; Gruff those deferred till April or till May. Kilmeny's Bard may bear all jokes with glee. Necessity, quoth Horace, hath no legs !

We'll soon insert the letter, dated “ Humber," "Twould ruin Ebony to print the whole ;

But thee “ Philander” we with scorn dismiss. The veiled Conductor your forbearance begs;

“ Juridicus” has sent us perfect lumber ; We can't afford twelve sheets, upon our soul !

“ The Florist' does not suit a work like this. E., N., T. R., A. P., L., F., and H.,

We much suspect, “ Alpina,” in last Number, Each several man, we much approve thy article ; Was written by a Master-not a Miss. Welaugh'd at thine, friend S. (you wicked wretch!) But fear we dare not print a single particle.

Best thanks and compliments to Dr Jarvie

We'vetwo small questions, worthy buck, to ask ye: Last month we ventured on some savoury bits, Will fewer personalities not serve you ? A few good things, exactly to your gout,

Why do

you always quiz our friends in Glasgow ? They threw the prudish back-shop into fits, And made even Cognoscenti to look blue.

Good “ Civis Glasguensis," we must beg ye

To pay attention to our friendly hint, My lady swears she will no more take in

We can't insert your Life of John Carnegie, A journal which such tinker-stories tells ;

Unless he authorises us to print.
And now the winter's o'er, the Magazine
Can't walk perdue in muff of modest belles. We much admire the genius and acumen,
Therefore we henceforth purpose ne'er to swerve

Y., of thine essays on the plays of Dryden ;

But H. M., all our English stage will do, man, From the exactest and most nice morale ; Even Constable's wise berd shall not preserve

Thou surely giv'st the Bard too sore a hiding. Such parlour-window ethics as we shall. Of pimpled Hazlitt's coxcomb lectures writing, No not that journal, most unlaughable

Our friend with moderate pleasure we peruse. Decorous, issuing from that lordly shop;

A. Z., when Kean's or Shakspear's praise in. Which gentle Bob, in vain attempts to sell,

diting, While in his trim boudoir blue stockings stop.

Seems to have caught the flame of either's muse. (Divine boudoir, and kind obliging Bobby! Thanks to thee, Lauerwinkel, thanks Mein-herr, One moment on your charms we pause with joy ; And thanks to thee, our young friend, who dost That back-shop is the Muse's airy lobby,

render him : And her most graceful usher, thou, my boy! It seldom happens, that, when Britons err, Let Musty Laing a pedant crowd convoke, Their German allies sapient counsel tender 'em. 'Mid the tall folios of his dungeon drear; Let shirtless students tolerate the smoke

Euphrastes, we declare, is in a phrenzy, Of grim Carfrae's putrescent atmosphere;

We send him back his papers with our thanks,

“ Scots Worthies, Number One, Kincaid Mac. Let prosing Gazetteer and smart Reviewer,

kenzie," In Constable's dark den their fingers cool ; And Number Two, Sir John Marjoribanks. Let jocund Johnny's sale-room still secure The tea-pot buying, missal-gazing fool ;

Dear Cambrian friend ! you've heard a genuine Let solemn Dominies to Skelly run,

story,

The ancient Editors have lodged their summons Let Theologians haunt the Bailie's still ;

'Gainst Blackwood (that devout and ill-used Tory); Dim Antiquarians croak with Jamieson,

'Mong wits such measures certainly are rum ones. And Dilettanti prate with Peter Hill.

Tho' thistles spring profuse on Scottish ground, But while the young, the beauteous, and the gay,

And few, few roses lift their heads among 'em, In circleś sit where much-lov'd Miller bows;

Yet where the lovely stranger flowers are found, There let us lounge the idler hours away,

V. P. believe us, Scottish eyes don't And chase the wrinkles from our critic brows.)

'em.

wrong But to return-next month we mean to handle

We do request thee, MAKER, from our clay,

To mould us men: we do solicit thee,
Thy yet unrifled treasures, Peu-de-mots,

From darkness to promote us into day,
Nor shall we scruple, Beppo ( sink the scandal)
To analyze thine exquisite morceau.

The prayer is bold. Yet our Prometheus be! Take care, Guiseppé, times are altered much,

A Berkshire Rector has been pleased to wonder Since charming Pulci and thy Lafontaine ;

Why we've dismissed the primitive arrangement, If the Suppression get thee in their clutch, He hates, he says, from verse to prose to blunder, Ne'er shalt thou sing Venetian Dames again.

Our quick transitions seem to him derangement. Of all the blockheads that have sent us verse, Begging our good friend's pardon, we prefer Sure thou, Philemon, art the most obtuse, To mix the dulce with the utile, Of articles our Blackwood must be scarce, And think it has in fact a charming air E'er we waste paper upon such a muse.

Such different things in the same page to see.

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To the Publisher.

WERE I A KING, MY BLACKWOOD, I WOULD RAISE

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FAR IN THE WOMB OF TIME, THY BROWS SHALL CROWN

WITH LEAVES OF DEATHLESS LAUREL.

GAY AND SAGE,

AND YOUNG AND OLD, AND MAID, AND MATRON HOAR,
DO COUNT UPON THEIR FINGERS THROUGH THE LAND,

AND WHEN THE TWENTIETH OF THE MOON'S AT HAND,

ONE BREATHLESS HUSH EXPECTANT REIGNS FROM SHORE TO SHORE,

James Hogg.

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