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16. In Tralee, (Ireland,) aged 75, after a pro- 1817. Born of an ancient family, he is said to tracted illness, Jerry Sullivan, leaving property to have united the dignity of rank with Christian the amount of L.20,000, which he bequeathed to humility, and the gravity of the Prelate with the the inhabitants of Tralee, to be added to the sums purity of the priestly character. already subscribed by them, for the purpose of 20. At George's Square, Miss Eleanor Ruthermaking a fund to defray the expences of a law- furd, daughter of the late John Rutherfurd, Esq. suit, about to be carried on in the ensuing term, of Edgerston. against the Denny family, to open the borough of At Drylaw, Mrs Ramsay, widow of the late that town; and the overplus, if any, to form the William Ramsay, Esq. of Barnton. commencement of a sinking fund, to secure the 21. Miss Isabella Helen Sangster, only daughter future independence of the borough, by defray- of the late Mr John Sangster, Widewali, Orkney, ing the expenses of the popular candidate at any - At Edinburgh, Nathaniel Isbister, nephew of future contested election, and thereby encoura- Mr Thomas Isbister, merchant, Edinburgh. ging talents and independence in the country; At Craigrothie, in Fife, Mr David Martin, and in case the inhabitants should decline prose- road-surveyor. cuting such suit, then the said sum to be applied 21. At Aberdeen, in the 80th year of his age, in support of the different public institutions of the John Ewen, Esq. With the exception of various town, to be distributed as the grand jury shall think sums left to the public charities of Aberdeen, he fit. The history of this man's life is as extraordinary has bequeathed the bulk of his property, (perhaps as his bequest :- In the early part of his career he £15,000 or £16,000,) to the magistrates and clergy was for many years an attorney's clerk, in which of Montrose, for the purpose of founding an hossituation, by persevering industry and rigid eco- pital, similar to Gordon's Hospital of Aberdeen, nomy, he amassed a considerable sum of money, for the maintenance and education of boys. and, considering himself independent, he resolved 23. At Edinburgh, aged 60 years, Miss Marga. to become a man of business; he did not hesitate ret Clephane, relict of Mr Thomas Ker, late of long in making a choice-he commenced the trade Burntisland. of a stock-broker, or "advantageous money-lend- 24. At Knowhead, Mrs Whittet, relict of John er," and in a few years his success outran hís most Whittet, Esq. of Paterhill. sanguine expectations. At his death he had liens 25. At Bridge Road, Lambeth, Sophia, wife of on the estates of several of the grandees in his David Allan, Esq. Deputy-Commissariat-General neighbourhood. For the last twenty years he was to his Majesty's forces, and of Portobello, near, the “ Collective wisdom," of the western em. Edinburgh. pire;" his house was, at nights, the resort of all - In Queen Ann-street, London, Admiral Sir the knowing ones ; and, as he had no family, their William Young, G. C. B. and Vice-Admiral of nocturnal orgies were not interupted by any ap- Great Britain. prehensions of a curtain lecture, or any anxiety 26. At her mother's house, Dalry Mills, in the for an offspring, whose provisions those revels 22d year of her age, Mrs Torrance, widow of Mr might lesen.

Torrance, Hanover-street, and second daughter of
At Wakefield, Mrs Cleghorn of Stravithy, the late Andrew Veitch, Esq.
17. At Saint Madoes, Perthshire, Mrs John 27. Mary, daughter of Mr William Dunlop,

At Graysmill, Slateford, Mr William Bel-

- At Dalguise-house, Perthshire, Charles Steufrage, aged 72.

art, of Dalguise, Esq. 18. Dr David Mackie, of Huntingdon, aged 67. 28. At Millbank, Edinburgh, James Neilson, His death was occasioned by a fall from his chaise Esq. of Millbank, in the 69th

year of his age. a few days previously.

29. Miss Colquhoun of Camstraddan. - At Uppat House, Sutherland, Margaret La- At Perth, Robert, youngest son of Mr R. H. com, third daughter of Mr John Shaw, of the Moncrieff, writer. Customs, aged 16.

At London, Cassander Agnes, Lady Hamil19. At Paris, John Astley, Esq. proprietor of ton, widow of Sir J. Hamilton, Bart. the Royal Amphitheatre, Westminster Bridge, 31. At Croom's Hill, Blackheath, Mrs CampLondon, aged 54 years.

bell, wife of Colonel Campbell. At Borrowstounness, Courtenay P. Shairp, Lately. On his voyage home from India, Capyoungest son of William Shairp, Esq. collector of tain Robert Sanderson, of his Majesty's 98th re customs.

giment. At Edinburgh, Miss Marion Steele, eldest - At Nancy, in Lorraine, aged 87, Miss Jean daughter of Mr John Steele, confectioner, justly Rollo, daughter of the deceased James Rollo, Esq. and deeply regretted.

of Pow-house. 20. At Naples, the lady of James Dupre, of

- At Dublin, Alderman Warner. He had been Wilton Park, Esq. and second daughter of the

out taking the air in his jaunting car, when, findlate Sir William Maxwell of Monteith, Bart. ing a sudden numbness coming over him, he re

- At Kellhead, John, son of the late Mr John turned home, and shortly afterwards expired of a Irving, aged 77. His death was caused by a slight paralytic stroke. contusion on the shin-bone, which, being neglect- - At Newport, Isle of Wight, aged 92, Samuel ed, caused a mortification, and terminated his ex- Bailey. This individual by excessive parsimony, istence in a few days.

amassed upwards of L. 10,000, yet his appearance - In his 85th year, Henry Burt, Esq. of Barns, Kinross-shire.

was always that of a beggar ; and his manner of At Paris, aged 85, the Archbishop of Paris, living was equally wretched. 'He has left a widow

and four sons, between whom he has divided his Cardinal Talleyrand de Perigord. His Eminence

property was created Cardinal and Archbishop of Paris in

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wwi 570 Character and Situation of Seamen. The Literary Pocket-Book ; or ComNo. IV.

514 panion for the Lover of Nature and Parini's Giornonum

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No. LIX. FOR DECEMBER.-(Part II.)-1821.


1. Irish Melodies, with the Music. No. I. Song 1. Saint Patrick. Song 2. Lament of a Connaught Ranger. Song 3. Rafferty's Advice. Song 4. The Gathering of the Mahonys. Song 5. A real Irish “ Fly not Yet." Song 6. The Impassioned Wave.-II. The Hop Ground.-III. Moonlight Meditations.IV. The Smuggler.--VNovember, in six Sonnets.–VI. November Breathings.--VII. Harold's Grave.-VIII. The Mount of Olives.-IX. The Steam-Boat. No. VIII.-Tale 13. The Black Cat. Tale 14. Travelling by Night. Tale 15. The Odontist's Monkey. Tale 16. The Covenanter.-X. Whigs of the Covenant.-XI, Historical View of the Rise, Progress, Deeline and Fall of the Edinburgh Review.-XII. Essays on Phrenology, &c.—XII. Remarks on Shelly's Adonais ; an Elegy on the Death of John Keats.-XIV. The Retrospective Review.-ŠV. Mecanique Celeste, or the Prophetic Almanack, for 1822.—XVI. Voyages and Travels of Christopher Columbus. Chap. 18. Christmas. XVII. Memoirs of a Life passed in Pennsylvania within the last Sixty Years.—XVIII. The Pirate, by the Author of Waverley.

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Farewell to Autumn, and her yellow bowers,

Her waning skies, and fields of sallow hue;
Farewell, ye perishing and perish'd flowers ;

Ye shall revive, when vernal skies are blue.
But now the tempest-cloud of Winter lowers,

Frosts are severe, and snow-flakes not a few;
Lifting their leafless boughs against the breeze,
Forlorn appear the melancholy trees.

But deem not thou, that, like the shy Astræa,

Joy has forsaken quite the realms of earth;
Upon the smooth swept ice, in bright array, a

Trim jovial band of curlers shout in mirth;
And skaiters, in fur-bonnets, can display a

Thousand fine attitudes, in which the dearth
Of sunshine is by exercise supplied,
Wheeling in splendid curve from side to side.

Yet, we opine with Wordsworth and with Scott,

That of the olden days we lack the heart;
The merry time of Christmas now is not

As it hath been; why let old saws depart
For modern instances ? For not a jot,

Although we are call’d to play another part,
Superior to our sires are we their sons;
We think so, and we speak the truth at once.

The ancient times were jovial times at dine

The table groan'd, the wine-cup circled free;
The ancient times were warlike times, divine

With the bright glow of love and chivalry;
The ancient times were loyal times, decline

Hath fallen on men--for such are scarcely we;
Heartless and grumbling, paltry plodders on,

With heads of adamant, and hearts of stone.


5. All are not such—but such the mass—a few

Wear in their soul the spirit of their sires,
Keep honour, like their Polar star, in view,

And triumph o'er all grovelling desires ;
Not narrow minds, that griping paths pursue,

But high heroic daring such admires,
The bright expansive soul, the generous mind,
That spurns at self, to dignify mankind.

6. Come--this will never do-we are fearing much

Our muse is getting too severe and critical ; But one can't help being querulous, when such

Dull notions, and such maxims Jacobitical,
(We want a rhynie, and therefore use a crutch,)

Are in the land, they shall not be prophetical
Of Britain's downfall ; for, as seasons suit,
We are quite prepared to grub them by the root.

Before our work came forth to cheer mankind,

Society was wrapt in chaos dark;
Truth was to man like sunshine to tire blind,

Who, erring, wander'd far beside the mark;
The weak were toss'd like chaff before the wind,

While the strong shudder'd, borne in shallow bark,
Through Time's tumultuous and troubled sea,
On to the whirlpools of eternity!

8. Know

ye the cause of this strange miracle ? A Serpent had the power to charm the land ; In dark unnoticed cavern did it dwell,

Yet with weird might, and fascination bland,
It drew the pilgrim to its inner cell,

And there transform’d his heart, unnerved his hand ;
The crested back was azure, and its head
Yellow as saffron, flowering in the mead.

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10. A moment on each other did they gaze,

Measuring, belike, the quantum of their power: The Serpent, fold on fold, itself did raise,

Lancing its tongue, and threatening to devour.
But the bold Panther nought of fear betrays,

Before its enemy disdains to cower,
And forward strode, with white fangs grinning wide,
Lashing, with supple tail, its speckled side.

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