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to return the treasure untouched to its owner; and secondly, at the hands of “another eminent person”-evidently a cordon bleu in his art—and who may be readily guessed at), "who by his early and uninterrupted intimacy with my brother, his varied accomplishments, and his known powers as a writer, was peculiarly fitted to be his biographer.”
But he, too, after some years more delay, was compelled to decline the office; and the happy result is before us : we have the materials themselves in all their simplicity and significance, in place of the showy but less useful and durable fabric.
It would be difficult to point out any literary biography more to the purpose, and at the same time more interesting and valuable in itself, than these “ Memoirs and Correspondence,” which exhibit (for those who will take the trouble of making out its details) a much more complete and authentic picture of the career of their gifted subject, from boyhood till his premature decease, than the most elaborate biography" could have furnished : yet is there scarcely twenty pages of the whole, that were written with the remotest idea that they should ever see the light,—the " Memoir" portion of the work comprising a very few opening and connecting passages by the editor, and a few brief extracts from the private journals of Mr. Horner himself, and the remainder being made up of “ Correspondence"--chiefly between the subject of the work and that very distinguished band of friends with whom he was connected from his school-days, and was never afterwards disjoined. The chief of these are Brougham, Jeffrey, Mackintosh, Romilly, Sydney Smith, Hallam, Lord Webb Seymour, Lord Murray, Allen (Master of Dulwich), &c.
The portions of this correspondence, which will probably be deemed the most generally interesting, are those connected with the history of the Edinburgh Review, of which Francis Horner was one of the projectors. But the truly and permanently, because practically valuable portions of the work are those which detail the early studies and progress to distinction of this excellent man,--than whom, though the coterie (for such after all it was) to which he belonged, included several more brilliant, not one was superior-scarcely equal—in that admirable good sense, judgment, and sound practical wisdom which, when directed as they were in this instance, by unshaken and unsullie principles of social and political action, are more valuable and available than genius, both as regards their possessor and all the rest of the world.
THE WHISPERING GALLERY.
THE COMET.-We are not scientific Astronomers, and cannot direct Telescopicus to the exact spot; but we understand from the Jargonists that its nucleus is somewhere in a Latin constellation, and that the tail passes through a Greek star, goes over an Arabian one, under a Hebrew one, then squeezes between two Danish ones, just brushes a Swedish one, wriggles through a High Dutch cluster, and terminates amidst a small fry of Chinese nebulæ. Others report that the Comet has been postponed to allow time for the Astrologers to predict it; and there is a very general impression that if the Phænomenon comes skylarking too near us, it is to be apprehended as an “eccentric body.”
To Q.--We are not aware when the great Boys' Distribution is to take place: the little Boys' Distribution will be just before the Easter holidays.
ART UNIONS.—There can be no doubt but that the proposed Art Union, under the patronage of the Licensed Victuallers, will create a better style of sign-painting. The inferior“ tag-rag and bob-tails of the sacred brush,” as Peter Pindar called them, will naturally devote their talents to appropriate subjects; and accordingly, at the next Exhibition, the fortunate holders of prizes may expect to select from a large assortment of very superior Saracens' Heads, Belle Sauvages, Red Lions, and Blue Boars.
To M.—Except the two recently conie to hand, we have never received any
Prints whatever for review. Mr. Templeton Spencer, who has several times requested an autograph, has not favoured us with an address.
Woman's Love, by T. M. is inclosed for the author at Marlboroughstreet.
Our New York friend compels us, for want of an address, to a public answer. The supposed schoolfellowship is very doubtful. We do not remember “the noble staircase with the Homeric paintings—the fine gardens, and the grape pies," nor yet "the Wards, Slaughter, Bowick, H. Powell, and above all, the delicate Perry.” The old familiar names that recur to our memory are Bumblethorpe, Pogglethwaite, Crumpe, Jiggers, and Grumpage.
W.'s Epigram seems personal, but we venture to give it.
ON A VERY STOUT SPINSTER.
FIRST PART OF 1843.
ADAM BROWN, the Merchant, by Horace | Blanchard, Laman, Esq.--All sorts of
little attentions, by, 129–Eccentri-
poor devil, by, 291
or imprisonment of an Englishman,
Bruce, Mr., at Constantinople, and in
Syria, 9, 240
Camberwell beauty, the, a city romance,
Campbell, Thomas, Esq., life of Frede-
Canning, Sir Stratford, Ambassador at
Canning, Right Hon. George, 324
Chinese treaty, epigram on the, by T.
by J. Hewlett, M.A., author of “Pe-
Copts and Egyptians, the, 157
his surveying voyage round the world,
Damascus, residence of Lady H. Stan-
tive of the Chinese war, second edi- December, a farewell to, verses, by B.
T. Hood, Esq., 117
Destiny, the star of, a true tale of the Hunting.camp on the Black River, in
war in Affghanistan, by M., 180 India, 202, 206, 349
Indian diary, extracts from the Old
animals and field-sports of, 103, 200, 200—No. III., 349—No. IV., 481
Medical Student, 495
Labanoff de Rostoff, Prince Alexander
Lawrance, Miss, the history of woman
Lawrence, Mr., his lectures on physio-
Lebanon, mount, 230, 325
Lemox, Lord William, the Tuft-hunter,
China, in danger near Macao, 424 Literature of the Month (for JANUARY):
being particulars of the life of Robert times, edited by T. Campbell, Esq.,
Bible in Spain. by George Barrow,
140-A Yacht-Voyage in the Medi-
Poetry for the Million, by an M.P.,
The History of Woman, by Miss
Merchant, hy Horace Smith, Esq.,
Indian diary, by. No. I., 99 – No. II., Lennox, 279--Jessie Philips : a tale
200—No. III., 349 - No. IV., 481 of the new poor-law, by Mrs. Trol-
times, edited (with an introduction) Coast, by Mr. Young, 282-Com-
tion of his narrative of the expedition
to China, 284
Letters of Mary Queen of Scots, Vol.
in the Mediterranean, by, reviewed, -Sir Edward Belcher's Voyage round
the World, 418— The Money-lender,
a novel, by Mrs. Gore, 425
1688, to the passing of the Reform
by, 1- Epigram : on the Chinese Esq., M.A., Recorder of Macclesfield,
Madeira and sandwiches, 265
Mahanna el Faden, Arab chief, 232, 237 | Parks, Mrs., epigram on her pamphlet
- A dream of life, by, 271–To Joan- Perugia, city and lake of, 241, 243
Reminiscences of, No. XII., Hood, Esq., 427
lady, by Thomas Hood, Esq., 1- The
cuments connected with her personal 48—The Wind, by Virginia, 72—A
by Thomas Hood, Esq., 110—A Re-
135–Granada, by the Medical Stu-
Death! by Horace Smith, Esq., 178-
Student, 271-A Black Job, by T.
Art-Unions, by H., 317— The Snow-
Storm, by Virginia, 318 – The Old
by Polyphemus Polypipe, Professor of 347—Mally Bann, 452—Dirge for a
- The early professors, 524 — Uses edited by Peter Priggins, noticed,
Poor Devil, the, by Laman Blanchard,
Readings on old texts, 455
Recantation, the, by Horace Smith,
Rhodes, shipwreck of Lady H. Stanhope
on her voyage to, 20, 227—Her jour-
ney to, 228
Sandwich Islands, king and royal family
of the, 422
Scott, Sir Walter, remark on, 157
Shakspeare's Plays, notes on: King
John,” by T. H., 362——“ The Merry
Wives of Windsor," 410
Eighteen - Hundred-and - Forty-Two, English and Scotch lawyers, 155—
An economical mode of paying debts,
marks on the faculty of winking, 467 lations of envy, 157-Flat-skulled ne-
-Venus and the phrenologists, 159—
ralities, 160—Proscription of a pro-
scriber, 160-Cruel aspersion, 160-
Old age, 551-Fas est et ab hoste
Arab tribes and sheikhs, 229, 237, Sligo, carl of, his eastern tour, and affair
of his ship, 9, 12, 323