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1 COPY-RIGHT.-An important protection to literary property from foreign piracies is about to be ex
tended by the new Customs Act, passed last ses. SOUTHEY.-. most painful and affecting para-sion (5 & 6 Victoriæ, c. 47), which comes into opergraph appears in the Leeds Intelligencer, to which, ation in the United Kingdom and West Indies on but for that previous circulation, we should have the 1st of April next, and in North America and besitated to give publicity ; embodying an extract the Mauritius on the 5th of July. In order, how. from a letter written by Mrs. Southey (so long a ever, to carry this law into effect, it is necessary favorite with the literary public as Caroline Bowles) that the Commissioners of the Customs be immedi. to Mrs. Sigourney, the American authoress, in an. ately furnished with lists of copyrights still subsist. swer to one from the latter lady, wherein she had ling. Authors, owners of copyrights, and publishers desired to be remembered to the Laureate. The should bear in mind, that, unless they comply with misery which it describes is to sad and sacred for this regulation of the act, they will be excluded the common gaze; and it is not without a feeling from the benefit of it. As this condition may not of awe that we contribute to draw aside the dark be generally known in the literary world, and every veil which has fallen between the world and him publicity ought to be given to it, we print here the who was for so many years before it in the charac- clauses of the act :ter of one of its teachers. “You desire (says Mrs. 24. "And be it enacted, that from and after the Southey) to be remembered to him who sang of said 1st day of April, 1843, all borks wherein the "Thalaba, the wild and wondrous tale.' Alas! my I copyright shall be subsisting, first composed, or friend. the dull, cold ear of death is not more in: | written, or printed in the United Kingdom, and sensible than his, my dearest husband's, to all comprinted or reprinted in any other country, shall be munication from the world without. Scarcely cau and the same are absolutely prohibited to be im. I keep hold of the last poor comfort of believing ported into the United Kingdom. that he still knows me. This almost complete un. 125. “ Provided always, and be it enacted, that no consciousness has not been of more than six months' such book shail be prohibited to be imported, unless standing, though more than two years have elapsed the proprietor of such copyright, or his agent, shall since he has written even his name. After the give notice in writing to the Commissioners of Cus. death of his first wife, 'Edith,'-of his first love- toms that such copyright subsists, and in such notice who was for several years insane, his health was shall state when such copyright shall expire, and terribly shaken. Yet for the greater part of a year the said Commissioners of Customs shall cause to that he spent with me in Hampshire, my former be made, and to be publicly exposed at the several home, it seemed perfectly re-established, and he ports of the United Kingdom from time to time, used to say, 'It had surely pleased God that the prirted lists of the works respecting whieh such nolast years of his life should be happy.' But the lice shall have been duly given, and of which such Almighty's will was otherwise. The little cloud copyright shall not have expired." soon appeared which was in no long time to over. It is needless to perplex the authorities at the shadow all. In the blackness of its shadow we custom houses with the titles of any books but such still live, and shall pass from under it only to the as are actually pirated, or are likely to be pirated portals of the grave. The last three years have abroad. The lists should be arranged alphabetically done upon me the work of twenty. The one sole under the name of the author, to facilitate referbusiness of my life is that which, I verily believe,
erily believe, ence.-Ibid. keeps the life in me-the guardianship of my dear, helpless, unconscious husband."- Athenæum.
Mount ÆTNA.-Extract of a letter from Palermo,
Jan.5:-"The eruptions of Ætna have diminished, AN AVALANCHE — The French papers give the and the period of their termination seems approachdetails of a calamity which has occurred, in the ling. Since my last the explosions have not been department of the Isere--the destruction of the vil. considerable. The torrent of lava has made little lage of Valsenestre by an avalanche. The snow. progress, and the damage which the burning mass fall buried 26 houses, containing 82 inhabitants occasions is now insignificant, but it always affords 72 of whom were, however, subsequently restored opportunities for scientific research and interesting to the light of day, by means of ropes and ladders observation. The mountain has become ipacoes. let down the chimneys of the houses, from wells sible, in consequence of the great fall of snow, dug through the snow which covered them. which covers it to the very brink of the crater. Amongst the ten persons who perished, nine were Snow occupies all the other mountains, aud entire crushed to death, or smothered by the snow which ly covers many other places, the valleys excepted, enveloped them on every side. The tenth, the in which nothing can be more beautiful than the mother of the forest-keeper, died in the arms of her appearance of the vegetation, so remarkable for its son, who was extricated from his critical position extent and richness."--Ib twenty-four hours afterwards. The following particulars are interesting. The fatal descent took ANTARCTIC CIRCLE.-The Falmouth Packet anplace between the hours of three and four in the nounces that intelligence has been received from morning, when the villagers were buried in slum. Captain Sir J. Ross, who has penetrated tbe Ant. ber, and the stealthy tread of the mountain-spirit arctic circle to 71° 40', surveyed the coast discov. is well expressed in the fact that but few of the ered by him along its western boundary, and pro. sleepers in the buried houses, or in the cottages ceeded to do the same along the eastern line. - The which it spared, were awakened by his coming. It Times (Friday) mentions that Lieutenant M Mar. was not till day-break that the latter were aware do, of the Terror, has arrived in town from this es. of the calamity which had befallen their ncighbors. pedition, which he left at the Falkland Islands all and the former, (those of them whose homes the well, and in the highest spirits. He reports that casuality had covered but not crushed,) fancied the Capt. Ross had triumphantly accomplished every dawn was long in appearing, and concluded at last, object for which the expedition was undertaken, in each case, that the common occurrence among and that the government at home, sensible of this, the mountains of a night of snow having blocked had left it entirely to Capt. Ross's discretion, as to up their doors and windows, had made temporary his returning home at once or remaining out for a prisoners of them, and awaited the succour of thcir longer period, for the purpose of exploring other immediale neighbors without alarm.-Ib.
Tobjects of interest in this hitherto imperfectly known
portion of our globe; that Captain Ross has made music for their money. How the deep sense of the choice of the former, and that we may therefore calamity, and its frightful effects ai hundreds of expect the expedition home early in May. Lieu. hearths, strikes upon the hearts of the assembled tenant M Murdo also states that in consequence of crowd! How serious, how solemn are their faces ! the excellent discipline observed on board the Ere. Not a smile plays upon them : as for the music, bus and Terror, and the great care and attention! They hear it, and they heed it not.--their ears paid to the health of their respective crews, the expedition had lost but four men since leaving Eng.
Are with their hearts, and they are far away," land ; namely, one blown overboard in a gale at listeniug to the howling wind on desolate Lornelthe Cape, another from some constitutional disease, hearing the roaring sea with a grave on every biland the other two from natural causes. Lieutenant low! M Murdo is also the bearer of several specimens of Our worthy and intelligent contemporary, The grapes and seeds, collected at the Falkland Islands Boulogne Gazelle, has given a terrible picture-terand various other places in the southern heini- rible in its true simplicity of the horrors of the sphere.--Ibid.
wreck :PHILANTHROPY AND FIDDLING.– We are a charita
" Waves like mountains soon rose above the sides, ble peopie, but when we give a shilling to a charita
and poured, in all their vengeance, tons and tons of ble purpose, we like to bave our shilling's-worth in water along the deck, streaming down the cuddy return. We call ourselves sympathizing Christians,
stairs and overflowing the steerage. All rusked on bat our Christianity cannot be dispensed gratis.
deck in their flannels and nightclothes to seek refuge This small social infirmity was, a few days since,
on the poop. There, indeed, was a distressing scenestrikingly illustrated at the Hall of Commerce in
| mothers and children clasping each other in mute hope, Thread-needle-street.
husband encouraging the wife, the eaptain sustaining A thrill of horror-a sense of grief-has struck
all by promises he felt delusive. Our readers may and weighed upon the whole nation by the late 'magine the scene; but we cannot refrain from parfrightful disaster at sea, Five hundred souls, it is
licularly noticing the admirable conduct of Miss said' have perished in the ocean ; leaving breaking
Turton, who was 18 on the day of her death. She
had been the life and soul of the voyage, had endearhearts to be wail them; leaving the widowed and the fatherless to agony and hopeless want. The
ed all to her by her constant good humor, suavity, misery of poyerty may, however, be somewhat
and mildness. On that poop she thought not of here alleviated. For this purpose Sir John Pirie took
self; there she was going from sad group lo sad the chair at a meeting of merchants held at the
group, sustaining the courage of all, and holding out Hall of Commerce; and then pertinently said, to
prospects of succor and safety ; ministering, like a "cheering,' voices;
pure spirit, consolation, hope, and dependence on " Those who were sa se on land were anxious lo
ihat Providence who orders all for the best." testify their sympathy, in the only way in which
Is this a thing to be " set to music ?" Can its dessympathy was of any avail, by putting their hands
olating effects harmonize with a cavatina by Mrs. in their pockets."
Shaw-with Willie brewed a peck o maut, by Mr. Tbey were, however, to have something in return
WILSON—or with even The Sea, by Mr. H. PHILLIPS. for what they took out of their pockets. This, Sir
With an inexpressible loathing, we ask again,-is Joan had duly understood from the good Samaritans
this a horror to be piped and fiddled to ? of the city ; for he said (and again the merchants
And now-wc see astonishment in the face of the " cheered')
excellent and well-meaning Lord Dudley STUART, * By several philanthropic persons in the city of
who at length finding words, asks, “What! would
you afford no relief to the wretched creatures, deLondon, who were in the habit of superintending meetings suddenly got up with the view of serving
prived at one blow of their earthly protectors? Is the up tortunale, it had been stated that a concert in |
Blihere nothing sacred in such sorrow ?" And we the splendid room in which the meeting was now
answer-Yes, so saered that we would not have it assembled, would be the most agreeable means of
associated with the trills and roulades, and dexterous gathering together the charilable of both sexes, and
fingering of singers and musicians. receiving their contributions in the price of tickets
We ask of the Samaritans of the City,- Have ye of admission."
no churches ? In such a cause, is it not better that the And so Charity, "heaven-descended maid," is
voice of sympathy should be heard from the pulpit only to be charmed into the light of day, as the
Tihan the orchestra ? Have ye no priests, that ye spake-charmers of the East draw serpents from their
must seek ministers of charity from the opera, the holes, by piping and drumming! The sympathetic
play-house, and the concert rooin? If it be so ne
cessary to make benevolence attractive, are there no strings of the human heart are to vibrate to cal-gut. The melodious tear” of benevolence is to be ac
bishops loʻcast a gracious lustre from their cloud of companied by Mr. Blagrove on the cornet-a-piston !
lawn upon the cause to lift up their silver voices in
aid of the widow and the fatherless? There are Yes; we will imagine “the splendid room," of the Hall of Commerce crowded by "the charitable of
many persons inconstant church-goers, who neverboth sexes," thus “ agreeably gathered together" by
theless" lacker their Sunday face in a pew to hear hopes of music vocal and instrsmental. We will
via bishop preach : not, we fear, so much for the mat. imagine that Lord DUDLEY STUART
ter dropping from episcopacy, as from mere curios
ity; in the like way as the estimable Mr. SHUNDY (" Praise be to him, and to his slumbers peace,-) reproaches himself for his gift of the macaroon to has succeeded, as he assuredly will succeed, in ob- the ass-not so much for pure charily, as to see how taining gratuitously the very highest professional the animal "would eat a macaroon." Any way assistance. Every artist of any eminence clamors there would have been no want of crowded congre. tu aid the almost sacred purpose, and (what charity gations-no lack of gold and silver in the plates of can stay at home, reading such a concert bill?) the the church wardens. "splendid room" is crowded! Sympathy, in full! But no, we are to have music for our alms: we dress, elbows it in a throng! What a delightful are to make boly offerings at the shrine of charity spectacle! How cheering to the philanthropist ! amidst the smirks and smiles of a concert-room, to How ennobling to the best feelings of our nature to the accompaniment of horns and obeos, tenors and behold such a multitude gathered together to aid the constraltos! Our heart-strings are lo be well-rosinwretched widow and the orphan upon this sligh' ed, and then-and only then-our purse strings will consideration, that they shall have the very best I give way.-Charivari.
SCIENCE AND ART.
coins in the Island of Gothland : that many Roman The SOLAR ECLIPSE.-Whilst watching the pro- antiquities have been dug up near Utrecht: and gress of the eclipse, in July last, with the aid of an that two small marble columns have lately been excellent old refracting telescope, made by Dollond, discovered in the ruins of Tusculum, with an inwith an object glass of 2 inches. I observed a pro: scription in old Latin, relating to a donation, at the jection on the surface of the moon, and I exclaimed consecration of a temple, from one of the family to -"I see something on the moon's edge. like a which the celebrated Camillus belonged.-Ibid. mountain, or like a lofty island when seen at sea" (such as Teneriffel. This announcement excited! BLOOD.-M. Dumas, reported on a memoir of M. intense interest. The Rev. H. H. Jones next saw Donné, relative to the constitution of the blood, and it, and then Mr. Lamport. Our several descriptions to the effects of the injection of milk into the vessels. corresponded so exactly that there can be no mis. He first recalled the former researches of the author take as to the fact of the appearance ; and we re.
on the constitution of milk, which is an aqueous peated our observations for a considerable time. I liquid, holding in solution sugar of milk and caseous From that time (July 8) to the present. Mr. Jones | matter, and in suspension globules of latly matter; and myself have been anxiously looking out for the and his experiments on the constitution of blood, reports of others on this eclipse, hoping that some
some which he considered to be composed of,- 1st, red scientific astronomers would have noticed and de. globules, which are commonly known : 2d, while scribed this interesting appearance. It appears
globules, more voluminous, and endowed with very from the reports of those accomplished astronomers,
distinct properties; 3d, chylous globulines, easily Messrs. Baily and Airy, that both these gentlemen
listinguishable. These latter in the blood are saw in the totality several of those appearances
scarcely one three hundredth of a millimeter in
neter, and much resemble those of the chyle. which are assumed to have been referable to the
The second globules are purely white, spherical, alsun's light. I would submit, that one of those prominences seen by myself, cannot be referred to the
most granular, or fringed; water completes their
disaggregation; ammonia dissolves them; acetic sun, but was evidently, in some way or other, con.
acid contracts tbem : they are found more or less nected with the body of the moon, as seen on the
abundant in the blood of all vertebrate animals. edge of its disc. I will not presume to account for
The red globules, according to M. Donné, difier this very novel appearance; I only give the fact.
slightly in their properties one from the other, as That there was no optical illusion, which, had I
though they presented different states of develop only seen it might have been suspected. is fully
ment. From these results the author conceives that established by the concurrent testimony of three the globulines of chyle are the origin of the several persons, two of whom, including Mr. Jones, have blood-globules: and, convinced of the analogy which long been accustomed to astronomical observations exists between milk and chyle, he has tried injections with good telescopes. The mountain, island, pro- l of the veins with milk, persuaded that thus the glo. tuberance, or saw-tooth prominence, was not of the bales of milk would be converted into globules of same depth of tint as the rest of the eclipse : it was blood. The commission state, that, with the excepconsiderably more feeble, but maintained a similar Ition of the horse, to which injections of milk have form and tint throughout our observation of it. The been often fatal, most animals bear them without istime when the prominence was first noticed was
convenience. Once injected into the veins, the about a quarter to six, and was distinctly visible milk mingles with the blood, circulates with it, and till near the termination of the eclipse. In all other it is very easy to recognise in the capillary vessels respects the discs both of the sun and moon werel of a frog's tongue the passing of the glob perfectly defined ; and my friend, Mr. Jones, milk mixed with those of blood. In the case of a watched most distinctly the moment of disjunction. dog, the blood procured by a puncture presents, with Manchester. I am, etc. Wm. JONES, M.D. the same plainness, this indisputable mixture of the Athenæum.
milk and blood globules. At the end of a few days
all the globules disappear, and the blood resumes its SPLENDID METEOR.-A little after eight in the ordinary appearance. But, M. Dumas added, beevening of Sunday the 5th, a meteor passed over a fore disappearing, the globules of milk are seen asconsiderable part of the north of the county of Not-sociated, two and iwo, three and ihree, and surroundtingham. Its course was from the N. W. It greatly ed with a nebulosity which may be taken for some resembled a large body of fire of a blood red color, mucous matter condensed around them, and which assuming various shapes. Its apparent height was may easily proceed from some modification of the trifling, but its velocity could not be less than 50 !iquid in contact with them. This aggregation of or 60 miles a minute. In its course it was seen by the globules, at first isolated in the blood, and see numbers at a distance from each other, yet those parated by so many other globules in suspension, is who observed it, although so many miles asunder, certainly a very remarkable fact. Must it be admitfancied it fell within a short distance.-Ibid. ted, with the author, that these aggregates reunite in
the spleen, pass there into the state of the white glo
bules, and that these produce in their turn the red THERMOGRAPHY.-Dr. Knorr, professor at the
globules ? Can this complete assimilation between University of Kasan, has lately made a discovery
globules of chyle and milk be accepted ? 'These are which may lead to important results in the study
Hal questions which the commission reserve. Ther are of the nature of caloric and thermocelertricity
satisfied of the correciness of the facts announced has discovered a method of copying by means of
by the author; they leave, however, the responsibility heat on silver, copper and steel plates, not prepared
of the physiological theory to him.- Did. as in the daguerreotype and other existing systems. Some of these thermographs were taken in from 8 | TARTAR ON THE TEETH.-M. La Baume ascer to 15 seconds; others, by another process, in from tained that washing the teeth with vinegar and 1 5 to 10 minutes.- 1b.
brush will, in a few days, remove the tartar ; thus
obviating the necessity for filing or scraping them, CURIOSITIES.-A society has recently been formed which so often injures the enamel. He recommends at Worgl, in the Tyrol, for excavating a spot where the use of powdered charcoal and tincture of rhatthe old Roman town of Masciacum is supposed to any afterwards, which effectually in his opinion) have stood. The continental papers mention the prevents its formation.-Medical Times. discovery of a great quantity of old Roman silver
l in 2 vols. in 1822. And after the commencement OBITUARY.
of her illness, arising from the rupture of a blood
vessel, she published “Essays towards the History LADY CALLcOTT.-At Kensington Gravel-pits,
of Painting," 1836, which involved so great an the wife of Sir Augustus Callcott, R. A.
Jamount of labor, that her declining health and Lady Callcott was the daughter of Rear-Admiral
strength obliged her to abandon it before compleGeorge Dundas. Few women had seen so much
tion. of the world, or travelled so much, and none, per
After eleven long years of suffering, the death haps, have turned the results of their activity to of this lady took place at Kensington Gravelmore benevolent account. A great part of her
pits, in the house which the family of the Callearly life was spent either at sea or in travel, and
ad cotts has made celebrated for nearly a century. to the last no subject was more animating to her
For many years Lady Callcoit can hardly be said than a ship, and no hero excited her enthusiasm to
to have left her chamber, which her taste, her so high a degree as Nelson.
kindly and enlarged associations, had made one She was born in the year 1788, and before she of the most interesting of rooms. In it was ac. was twenty-one years of age she was travelling in cumulated an immense variety of all kind India, the wife of Captain Thomas Graham, R. N.
tiful and syin pathetic objects calculated to render According to the account in her travels, she went
less irksome her painful confinement--a confineto India in 1809, and visited all the three presiden
ment the more painful to a temperament so active cies, making acquaintances at all of them learned
and excitable. Her spirit yearned to be about and for Oriental knowledge and research. She visited
stirring, whilst illness kept her body a close pris. the caves of Elephanta, the Island of Salsette, the
oner. Prints, choice and rare as works of art or as. excavations of Carli in the Mahratta mountains.
sociated with loved objects, covered the walls, unand Poonah, the Mahratta capital. On her return less otherwise occupied by paintings or sculptures, to Bombay she voyaged along the coast as far as memorials of Wilkie and Chantrey, and others. Negombo, afterwards visiting Trincomali on the Books and portfolios filled a large space of the east side of the island on her way to Madras.
room. Curiosities of natural history abounded on From Madras she went to Calcutta, which termin:
all the ledges. A little bed was placed in a recess, ated her travels in India, as she only returned to
close to a window against which vines had been the Coromandel coast to embark for England in
trained as natural blinds, and living arabesques the beginning of 1811. She published these travels
were made among the branches by the mice and in 1812, being then twenty-four years of age. Ten
birds, as they came, half tamed, to take the meals years afterwards she sailed with Captain Graham
which Lady Callcott daily placed for them ;-a for South America. In the meantime she had re
sort of pensioner bird, too feeble to sing or hop, was sided in Italy, and published two works ; one,
ne, a constant companion and an object of her kind so"Three Months in the Environs of Rome," '1820;
me 1820 licitude, and a noble hound was a privileged visitor a second, “ The Memoirs of the Life of Poussin,"
at all times. None will feel Lady Callcott's loss in the same year. Captain Graham, who com
more than the little children, who were always enmanded the Doris, died on the voyage to South
couraged as loved and welcome guests, and for America. and his remains were carried into Valpa
whom her kindness had always prepared some little raiso, and interred within the fortress. His wife
present of a doll. Not a small part of this lady's was in Chili during the series of earthquakes, which
last years was spent in providing amusement and lasted from the 20th of November, 1823 ; and scarce.
instruction for them, and successfully, too, as proved ly a day passed without receiving violent shocks.
by the many editions of “Little Arthur's History It was with difficulty she escaped from her house,
of England,' and a delightfully simple and natural which was partly laid in ruins. The first shock of
tale- "The Little Brackenburners.” Her last work this series left but twenty houses and one church
was a “Scripture Herbal," recently published. standing in all the large town of Quillota. “ The
A few words only can now record her character. market-place," (quoting from her Diary)," was Noble, direct, generous, forgiving, quick, sensitive, filled with booths and bowers of myrtle and roses,
kind, sympathetic, and religious, all that knew her under which feasting and revelry, dancing, fiddling, I will hold her memory in affectionate remembrance. and masking were going on, and the whole was a
Her acquirements and knowledge were extensive. scene of gay dissipation, or rather, dissoluteness.
She was an artist both in feeling and in practice, The earthquake came-in an instant all was
an excellent linguist, and her memory was ex. changed. Instead of the sounds of the viol and the
| tremely accurate and tenacious. Her remains song, there arose a cry of 'Misericordia! Miseri.
were buried at Kensal-green Cemetery.-Athen. cordia! and a beating of the breast, and a prostration of the body; and the thorns were plaited into The Death OF MR. DRUMMOND.-Nothing could crowns, which the sufferers pressed on their heads have stricken sooiety more fearfully than that till the blood streamed down their faces, the roses death, which it is our most painful duty this week being now trampled under foot. Some ran to their lo announce. Mr. Drummond, the aiteinpt to asfalling houses, to suatch thence children, forgotten sassinale whom, we last week recorded, expired at in the moments of festivity, but dear in danger. his house in Grosvenor-street on Wednesday mornThe priests wrung their hands over their fallen ing. Assassination could scarcely have selected a altars, and the chiefs of the people fled to the hills.victim who would have been more regretted. Both Such was the night of the nineteenth at Quillota." in his private and public capacity, (that of private During her stay in South America, Mrs. Graham secretary to the Prime Minister) Mr Drummond became the instructress of Donna Maria. Some had se
stee years afterwards she married Mr. Callcott, the of friends. His bonhormie and warmth of disRoyal Academician, and with him again visited position, as well as his utter freedom from all of Italy. Among the published fruits of this tour may be ficial hauleur had endeared him, in no slight manmentioned Lady Callcott's account of Giotto's Cha- ner, to all who came within his influence. Hence, pel, at Padua, a privately printed work, with ex. no man could be more universally regretted than he quisite outlines-remembrances drawn by Sir Au. who has just been enatched from the world by the gustus Callcott-and a kind contribution to the sconndrel who has slain him. Little doubi can illustrated edition of the Seven Ages of Shakspeare. exist that M' Naughten took Mr Drummond for Lady Callcott also published a “ History of Spain,! | Sir Robert Peel, as we understand that the Minis
ter bas latterly received several threatening letters, his literary tastes; and, when the close of the war which alloded to his assassination; and our only restored him to his country, he seemed to feel that wonder is, that he had the nerve to continue in the the peaceful leisure of a soldier's life could not be exercise of his duties without taking precautions to more appropriately filled up than by the cultivation ensure his safety—a safety which, although it can of literature. The characteristic of his mind was scarcely be more dear to us as individuals than that rather a happy union and balance of qualities than of Mr. Drummond was, must be infinitely more im- the possession of any one in excess; and the result portance to us in a national point of view. But, was a peculiar composure and gracefulness, perwhatever may have been the motive of M Naugh-vading equally his outward deportment and his ten for this deliberate, dastardly, and un-English habits of thought. The only work of fiction which murder, we must sincerely hope that no false mercy he has given to the public, certainly indicates high will be allowed to step in between the crime and powers both of pathetic and graphic delineation ; the punishment. We doubted the wisdom of that but the qualities which first and most naturally at. mercy which was extended by her Majesty to the tracted attention, were rather his excellent judg. wretch who first lifted his hand against her Royal ment of character, at once just and generous, his person. And had that mercy not been extended, we fine perception and command of wit and humor, feel convinced the lesson would have prevented the rarely, if ever, allowed to deviate into satire or sar. second attempt on that precious and Royal life, and
casm, and the refinement, taste, and precision with obviated the present murder of Mr. Drummond. I which he clothed his ideas, whether in writing or With all criminals we have our human sympathies
conversation. From the boisterous or extravagant for error, except for the assassin; he alone, by the
he seemed instinctively to recoil, both in society and act itself, places his crime without the pale of pity,
in taste. for he slurs the very character of that nation to
or his contributions to this magazine it would be which he belongs, by the attempt at a crime which out of place here to speak, further than to say that can be commilied only by the coward and liar.
they indicated a wide range and versatility of talThe common housebreaker is a respectable charac
ent, embraced both prose and verse, and were uni. ter, when compared with him. Yet we used to
versally popular. "Cyril Thornton," which aphang the one without any remorse, and London used
peared in 1827, instantly arrested public attention to make his execution a gala-show. This, the enlightened mercy of modern times has wisely and
and curiosity, even in an age eminently fertile in nobly abolished. But that mercy is misused when
great works of fiction. With little plot--for it pur. il steps in to protect the murderer; for, in doing so,
sued the desultory ramblings of a military life
is through various climes-it possessed a wonderful it loosens the very bonds by which society is held
and truth and reality, great skill in the observation and together, and encourages the crime which it should repress, by the disproportion of the punishment
portraiture of original character, and a peculiar
charm of style, blending freshness and vivacity of apportioned to it. We have now before us a startling instance of the necessity of punishment. We
movement with classic delicacy and grace. The have seen mercy, and we have here-death. Let
work soon became naturally and justly popular, no false tenderness step in between the prisoner
having reached a second edition shortly after pab. penitent we hope he will be and his bodily expia
lication : a third edition has recently appeared. lion. Those who were spared failed in the com
The “Annals of the Peninsular Campaign" had mission of their crime. He has succeeded. If the merit of clear narration, united with much of Courvoisier was hung for the murder of his sleeping
the same felicity of style ; but the size of the work master, why should justice be cheated of the life of excluded that full development and picturesque dethis open-day assassin } But one method can extin- tail which were requisite to give individuality to its guish this ünnatural and un-English crime--and pictures. His last work was “Man and Manners that is the ignominy of a derth which will leave no in America," of which two German and one French pretext for the far ce of political martyrdom.-Court
translations have already appeared ; a work emiJournal.
nently characterized by a tone of gentlemanly feel.
ing, sagacious observation, just views of national THOMAS HAMILTON, Esq.-There are few things character and institutions, and their reciprocal inconnected with the increase of years in an estab. fluence, and by tolerant criticism; and which, so lished periodical like our own, more affecting than far from having been superseded by recent works of to observe how " friend after friend departs." to wit. the same class and on the same subject, has only ness the gradual thinning of the ranks of its contri-risen by public estimation and comparison. -Blackbutors by death, and the departure, from the scene,of 1000d. those whose talents or genius had contributed to its M. CLEMENT BOULANGER.-The French papers early influence and popularity. Many years havenot
announce, with comments of regret, the sudden elapsed since we were called on to record the death death of a young painter of great distinction, M. of the upright and intelligent publisher, to whose Clément Boulanger, attached to the Scientific Com. energy and just appreciation of the public taste, its
mission which, under the presidency of M. Texier, origin and success are in a great degree to be as.
is, just now, engaged in exploring the ruins of Mag. cribed. On the present occasion another of these
nesia, on the Meander. M. Boulanger had studied melancholy memorials is required of us; the ac.
under M. Ingres ; and has fallen a victim, at the complished author of "Cyril Thornton," whose
early age of 36, to brain fever, occasioned by the name and talents had been associated with the intense heats to which the commission has been Magazine from its commencement, is no more. He
exposed in directing the excavations on the site of died at Pisa on the 7th December last.
the Temple of Diana. The friezes of this temple, Mr. Hamilton exhibited a remarkable union of rich in beautiful sculpture, are the principal objects scholarship, high breeding, and amiability of dispo. of the commission ; and M. Boulanger had assisted sition. To the habitual refinement of taste which
at the extraction of several portions (recovered by an early mastery of the classics had produced, his powerful machinery from a moist soil, much of it military profession and intercourse with society had under water), when he was visited by the attack. added the ease of the man of the world, while they lAthencum had left unimpaired his warmth of feeling and kind. ness of heart. Amidst the active services of the THE BARON DE LA MOTTE-FOUQUE, Author of Un Peninsular and American campaigns, he preserved dine, died recently at Berlin, aged, 66.