7. At Craiglockbart, Mr Alexander Scot, far- 16. Mr Benjamin Hall Cooper, merchant, Drummer there.

mond Street. At Edinburgh, Mr Lewis Mackenzie, porter- At Banff, Major John Cameron, of his Ma dealer, Niddry Street.

Jesty's late Scots brigade. 8. At her house, in Lower Grosvenor Street, 17. In Queen Street, Cheapside, London, Wm. London, after a short but severe illness, aged 41, J. Waldie, Esq. the youngest son of George Walthe Hon. Mrs Ryder, the lady of the Right Hon. die, Esq. of Henderside Park, Roxburghshire. Richard Ryder, brother to the Earl of Harrowby. 19. At his brother's house, of Whitehall, Rox

At Leith, Jane, youngest daughter of Robert burghshire, Thomas Milne, Esq. Dryhope. Ogilvy, Esq. of that place.

20. At Paisley, James Weir, 17 months old, - At Dunblane, Mrs Elizabeth Lindsay, wife known by the name of the “Wonderful Gigantic of Alexander Ewing, Esq. late of Balloch, Dum- Child.” When 13 months old, and he continued bartonshire.

to increase ever since, he weighed five stones ; his At Edinburgh, John M‘Dougall, Esq. of Ar- girth round the neck was 14 inches, the breast 31 dincaple.

inches, the belly 39 inches, the thigh 204 inches, In Thames Street, Limerick, Lieutenant- and round the arm 113 inches. He was born in General Daniel O'Meara.

the parish of Cambusnethan, county of Lanark. 9. At her house in Dover Street, London, the 21. At Falkirk, John Taylor, Esq. surgeon. Dowager Countess of Mexborough.

22. At Gayfield Square, Miss Jane Brodie. 10. At his seat, Ashley park, Surrey, and of 23. At Edinburgh, Mr Alexander Miller, billiardClea Hall, in Cumberland, Sir Henry Fletcher, room keeper. Bart. aged 49. He is succeeded in his title and es- 24. At Èdinburgh, Jane, eldest daughter of the tates, by his eldest son Henry, aged 13 years. late Thomas Wharton, Esq. and of Lady Sophia

- At her house, at Hampton-court, the Hon. Wharton. Dorothy Charlotte Montague, relict of the Hon. 25. Mr Bartolozzi, (son of the celebrated enJohn Geo. Montague, eldest son of John, fifth graver), himself in great estimation in the same Earl of Sandwich.

line as his father, aged 64. - At Cupar Fife, Christian, the third daughter 26. At Barrowmuirhead, near Edinburgh, Anne of the late D. M‘Pherson, Esq. of Cuill, Lochfine- Fraser, wife of Major A. Rose. head, Argyllshire, and grand-daughter of the late 27. At Viewfield-house, near Dunbar, Mrs BurWilliam Campbell, Esq. of Glenfalloch.

net, spouse of Mr Burnet of Viewfield-house; and 11. At his house, 21, Castle Street, Mr Richard on the 13th, at the same place, Miss Henrietta Stevens, land-drainer.

Lawson, her sister. 12. At Edinburgh, aged three years, Robert, the - At Leith, James Pillans, second son of Mr youngest son of Mr Alex. Dallas, W.S.

W. Mowbray, merchant there. - At Edinburgh, aged 19, Robert, third son of 28. In Portland Place, London, Anne, the wife William Dumbreck, St Andrew's Square.

of Sir James Graham, Bart. M.P. for Carlisle. 13. At Frankfield, near Lasswade, after a long 29. At her house, Warriston Crescent, Mrs Ann and painful illness, Mrs Warner, of the island of Margaret M‘Konochie, widow of the late AlexSt Vincent's, wife of C. J. Warner, Esq. also of ander M‘Konochie, Esq. one of the Commissioners that island.

of his Majesty's Customs in Scotland. 14. At Bonaw, Mrs Captain Kelly, in the 32d Suddenly, Miss Cumming, Dovehill. She year of her age.

was returning from King Street, Glasgow, where At Grosvenor Square, London, after a long she was suddenly taken ill, and sat down on the illness, the Dowager Countess of Ely.

pavement in the Gallowgate. Some people car15. At George's Place, Leith Walk, aged 25, Mr ried her into a surgeon's shop, where she immediGeorge Thomson, bookseller in Edinburgh. ately expired.

At Leith, Margaret, youngest daughter of 31. At Dumbreck, near Glasgow, Miss Sophia Mr Mark Sanderson, shipmaster there.

Woddrop, daughter of the late John Woddrop, Margaret Moth Collins, spouse of Mr E. Esg. writer, Edinburgh. Prentice, Edinburgh.

Lately, at Southampton, Sir Henry William - At her father's house, George's Square, Miss Carr, K.C.B. Lieutenant-Colonel 3d regiment of Jane Hamilton Anderson.


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No. LVI.

OCTOBER, 1821.

Vol. X.


Contents. Letter from Mr 243 The Voyages and Travels of Colum. Selection from Mr Coleridge's Lite

bus Secundus. rary Correspondence with Friends Chap. XIII. The King's Birthand Men of Letters. No. I.


304 Letter I. From a Professional Chap. XIV. Christopher Columbus Friends

ib. Mistaken for a 308 Letter II. In Answer to the above 244 Letter from Thomas Hope, Esq. AuLetter III. To Mr 253 thor of

312 Letter IV. To a Junior Soph, at Familiar Epistles to Christopher Cambridge, with Substance of a

North, from an Old Friend with
Dialogue, and a Commentary on

a New Face. Letter IV. On the
the same

255 Personalities of the Augustan Age Letter V. To the samenwonen 259 of English ib. The Buried Alivemuunnanrannar

262 Jacobus Čorcagiensis Christophoro Hans Beudix.

Septentrionali, S.D...

319 Meteorological Observations Extraor- Adventus in Hiberniam Regis vera atdinary aaronowano nowatoromansonana 267

que perfecta Historia......... The Floating

270 The First Murder ; or, the Rejection Letter from Alexander Sidney Trott,

of the Offering ; a Sacred Drama 321 Esq.

282 Midnight Despondings. (A Sonnet.). 327 Mr Snapflint's Visit to the Minister On the Decline of the Tuscan Ascendof Glenlonely-Trout, during the

ancy in Italian Literature concern 328 Shooting 286 Tom Brown's Table-Talk

332 Mrs Ogle of Balbogle..commacam 290 On the Present State of Public Affairs An Expostulatory Letter to C. North,

at Home

momma 334 Esq., concerning certain parts of The Vigil of St anamorcorana 347 his past Conduct.

292 Note 348 Chaucer and Don Juan.............. 295 WORKS PREPARING for PUBLICAThe Change.oraminmaa nos comuna

TION The Battle of Roslin.commemo

Monthly LIST OF NEW PUBLI. The Silent Grave. (A Sonnet.)... 300


350 The Native Melody. (Stanzas, supposed to be repeated by an Exile). 301

MONTHLY REGISTER. Moscow. (Written after the Inva- Commercial Report om.

352 sion of Russia by the French) - ib. Appointments, Promotions, &c. 356 Letter from David Hume, Esquire... 303 | Births, Marriages, and Deaths mana 357

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Dear ȘIR, In the third letter (in the little parcel,) which I have headed with your name, you will find my reasons for wishing these five letters, and a sixth, which will follow in my next, on the plan and code of a Magazine, which should unite the utile and dulce, to appear in the first instance. My next will consist of very different articles, apparently; namely, the First Book of my True History froin Fairy Land, or the World Without, and the World With in. 2. The commencement of the Annals and Philosophy of Superstition; for the completion of which I am waiting only for a very curious folio, in Mr **********

's possession. '3. The Life of Holty, a German poet, of true genius, who died in early manhood ; with specimens of his poems, translated, or

t freely imitated in English verse.

It would have been more in the mode to have addressed myself to the Editor, but I could not give up this one opportunity of assuring you that I am, my dear Sir,

With every friendly wish, your obliged, Mr Blackwood.




No. I.

LETTER I. From a Professional Friend. MY DEAR AND HONOURED SIR, guilt. I can conceive, indeed, of no I was much struck with your Excerp- other mode of accounting. I do not ta from Porta, Eckartshausen, and say of their suspicious last dying avowothers, as to the effect of the ceremo- als at the stake; but for their prinial drinks and unguents, on the (fe- vate and voluntary confessions on their male) practitioners of the black arts, death-beds, which made a convert of whose witchcraft you believe to have your old favourite, Sir T. Brown. Perconsisted in the unhappy craft of be haps my professional pursuits, and mewitching themselves. I at least know of dical studies, may have predisposed me no reason, why to these toxications, to be interested ; but my mind has been (especially when taken through the in an eddy ever since I left you. The skin, and to the cataleptic state indu- connections of the subject, with classiced by them,) we should not attribute cal and with druidical superstitions, the poor

wretches' own belief of their pointed out by youấthe Circeia pocuVol. X.

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la—the herbal spells of the Haxæ, or an interest I attach to this request; Druidesses-the somniloquism of the nor how many, beside myself, in the prophetesses, under the coercion of the circle of my own acquaintance have the Scandinavian enchanters the depende same feeling. Indeed, my dear Sir! ence of the Greek oracles on mineral when I reflect, that there is scarcely a waters, and stupifying vapours from chapter of history in which superstithe earth, as stated by Plutarch, and tion of some kind or other does not more than once alluded to by Euripides form or supply a portion of its contents, --the vast spread of the same, or simi- I look forward, with unquiet anticipalar usages, from Greenland even to the tion, to the power of explaining the southernmost point of America ;-you more frequent and best attested narrasent me home with enough to think of! tions, at least without the necessity of -But, more than all, I was struck and having recourse to the supposition of interested with your concluding re- downright tricks and lying, on one mark, that these, and most other su- side, or to the devil and his imps on perstitions, were, in your belief, but the other. the CADAVER ET PUTRIMENTA OF A Your obliged Pupil,

and affectionate Friend, Why not rather the imperfect rudi

J. L ments ? I asked. You promised me your reasons, and a fuller explanation. P.S.-Dr L.of the Museum, is quite But let me speak out my whole wish; of your opinion, that little or nothing and call on you to redeem the pledges of importance to the philosophic nayou gave, so long back as October 1809, turalist can result from Comparative that you would devote a series of pa- Anatomy on Cuvier's plan ; and that pers to the subject of Dreams, Visions, its best trophies will be but lifeless skePresentations, Ghosts, Witchcraft, letons, till it is studied in combination Cures by sympathy, in which you with a Comparative Physiology. But would select and explain the most in- you ought yourself to vindicate the teresting and best attested facts that priority of your claim. But I fear, dear have come to your knowledge from C., that sic Vos, non Vobis, was made books or personal testimony.

for your motto throughout life. You can scarcely conceive how deep





In Answer to the above. Well, my dear pupil and fellow-stu- qui suo nomine obscuri sunt, meo indent ! I am willing to make the at- notescant." The readers I have in tempt. If the majority of my readers view, are of that class who with a sinhad but the same personal knowledge cere, though not very strong desire, of of me as you have, I should sit down acquiring knowledge, have taken it for to the work with good cheer. But granted that all knowledge of any value this is out of the question. Let me, respecting the mind, is either to be however, suppose you for the moment, found in three or four books, the eldas an average reader--address you as est not a hundred years old, or may such, and attribute to you feelings and be conveniently taught without any language in character.-Do not mis- other terms or previous explanations take me, my dear - Not even than these works have already renderfor a moment, nor under the pretext ed familiar among men of education. of mons a non movendo, would I con- Well, friendly reader! as the protemplate in connection with your name blem of things little less (it seems to “ id genus lectorum, qui meliores ob- you,) than impossible, yet strongly trectare malint quam imitari : et quo- and numerously attested by evidence rum similitudinem desperent, eorun- which it seems impossible to discredit

, dem affectent simultatem-scilicet uti has interested you, I am willing to at

The passage, which cannot fail to remind you of H- and his set, is from Apuleius's Lib. Floridorum--the two books of which, by the bye, seem to have been transcribed from his common place-book of Good Things, happy phrases, &c. that he had not had an opportunity of bringing in in his set writings.

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