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marvellous rapidity and accuracy of Shortly after Mr Dickens had so critical judgment. As a critic, bis suddenly eclipsed in popularity all perceptions were exquisite, and his his contemporaries, Professor Wilson resources boundless. He could put a spoke to me of him in terms of high new or an old idea into a sort of admiration, as a man of undoubted kaleidoscopic variety of striking and and great genius ; and he spoke of novel aspects, and with a charming Nelly" as a beautiful creation. facility. He could bring out a mean- Professor Wilson told me that there ing often more distinctly and happily were two things he specially hated than bis author bimself. His rich, — letter-writing, and being made a comprehensive, and penetrating cri• lion of,” or, as I recolleet him saying ticism shed new splendour over contemptuously, “a Jionet." As for Homer, Shakespeare, Spenser, Mil. letter-writing, I never received from ton, Dryden, and whomsoever else him but one in my life ; and that was he willed to set before his own and written on half a sheet of paper, evihis reader's eye.

dently the blank sheet of some old One of his most distinguished con- letter. Mentioning a late accomtemporaries, not apt to bestow ealogy plished dignitary of the Church, he lavishly or unworthily,-I mean Mr said, laughingly, “

will Hallam,-in his Introduction to the continue writing to me, though I Literature of Europe, while sketching never answer his letters, por will!” the character of Spenser, thus alludes One of those letters happened to con. to a fine series of papers by Professor tain a friendly allusion to myself, and Wilson on the Fairy Queen: “It has he sent it to me through a common been justly observed by a living friend, thinking it would please me. writer, of the most ardent and enthu. He never called on me in the siastic genius, whose eloquence is as Temple but once; and then sate a the rush of mighty waters, and has long time, asking a multitude of ques. left it for others, almost as invidious, tions about the Temple,-its history, to praise in terms of less rapture, as the nature of chamber life, &c. &c., to censure what he has borne along in with lively interest ; almost suggestthe stream of unbesitating eulogy, ing that he might be thinking of writ

that no poet has ever had a more ing something on the subject. exquisite sense of the beautiful than He used to be a daily visitor at Spenser :'” adding, in a note, “I Messrs Blackwood's saloon, * in George allude here to a very brilliant series Street, to chat with them and one or of papers on the Fairy Queen, pub- two other friends, read the newslished in Blackwood's Magazine, during papers, and skim over the magazines, the years 1834 and 1835.” I think reviews, and new publications. He the observation which the Professor was much attached to all the Blackmakes concerning Spenser, may be woods, giving them many proofs of his well applied to the gifted critic him- zealous and affectionate good-will. self. “I fear, however, that I am How pleasantly have I chatted with wandering too far from the object of him in that saloon! How fresh and this bumble tribute to the memory of genial he always was! How sly his Professor Wilson.

humour! How playfully his eye glitI never heard him speak in disparag- tered while he was good-bumouredly ing terms of any of his contemporaries; making fun of you ? How racy bis but how tremendous, in his earlier comments on literary and political years, were his flagellations of those topics! How ready and correct his whom he considered deserving of them knowledge in all kinds of subjects, as literary offenders, is known to all even while he professed “to know well- informed literary readers. I very little about them !" have conversed with bim much about I saw him last in that saloon, toliterary men, and often admired his wards the close of September 1851. forbearing and generous spirit. I had been for ten days in Edinburgh,

* This is a spacious room dedicated by Messrs Blackwood to the use of their friends, where are lying numerous newspapers and magazines ; and ornamented with busts and pictures of their distinguished literary allies.


superintending- as that was the long always felt deep interest, on his apvacation-a work which was on the proaching marriage. I was in the eve of publication, and had lived quite saloon at the time, but on being told secluded all the time. In passing that he would be pleased to see me, hastily through the saloon with some though he was feeble and could not proofs in my hand, I came upon Pro- converse, I went to the carriage door. fessor Wilson, sitting there as usual; Shall I ever forget father and daughter, but I had not seen him for several as they sate opposite to each other, she years. He had become a great deal eyeing her gifted but afflicted father stouter than I had ever seen him with such tender anxiety! Never! before; he was also aged much ; but His hat was off, and his countenance, bis face was as fine, his eye as bright, on which fell the rays of setting sun. and his manner as delightful as ever. light, was fine as ever; his eye res He did not, however, speak with his not dim, por did his natural force seem former energy. “They tell me," abated, as he sate, and looked at me, said he, laughing good-humouredly, and stretched forth his band; but " that you've quite buried yourself when he attempted to speak, alas! since you have been here l' What it was in words few, indistinct, and have you been about ?" I told him. nnintelligible. To me it was an " Aye—it's a capital title, and pro- affecting moment—but a moment; mises well. You have set us all for he was not allowed to become gaping to know what we're to have! excited. Again he shook my band; Tell me what it's about—I'm anxious and I had looked my last on Professor to hear. What's your idea!" I Wilson. The next I heard of him, told him, as briefly as I could. “Let was his peaceful death; and then a me hear some of it," said he, after I burial befitting one of the great men had given him my notions of the of Scotland. scope of the work, and I read him, I am almost ashamed to counmit to at his desire, a considerable portion. the press this sudden and spontaneous, How I recollect his full, keen eyes, but poor tribute to the memory of watchfully fixed upon me as I read ! such a man of genius and goodness.

The next, and last time I saw him, I am altogether unequal to the task was also the last time that he left his of his intellectual portraiture ; but own house. During the intervening what I have written is true, and years, he had had a paralytic seizure, comes from my heart ; wherefore ! which affected his powers of motion hope it will be accepted in the spirit and speech, and to some extent his in which it is offered. mental faculties. He had driven up Adieu, Christopher North! Adieu, to Mr Blackwood's door, accompanied John Wilson ! by a fond daughter, for the purpose of congratulating one in whom he had


* Mrs Gordon.


Aali Pasha,72—his defeat at Lepanto,81. Athenians, employment of white marble
Aberdeen, lord, responsibilities of, as by the, 330.

regards the war, 100—his views on it, Australia, the gold discoveries in, and
233-policy pursued by him towards effects of these, 270—statistics regard-
Greece, 404-effects of his early vacil- ing the progress, &c. of it, 271-its

lation, &c. with regard to the war, 601. capabilities for empire, 275.
Aberdeen Ministry, accession and pros- Australian Steam Navigation Companies,
pects of the, 230.

the, 281, 282.
Aberdeen University, subdivision of the Austria, views and policy of, 101, 102–

students at, 136-Highland students her present position, &c., 104 — her
at it, 144-privileges and immunities danger from Russia, 107–parallel be-
claimed by it, 424.

tween her position in Italy and that of
Aberdeen Doctors, the, 146.

Great Britain in India, 183.
Adamson, professor, 149.

Babylon, the ruins of, 462, 463, 471.
Adelaide, town of, its progress, 276. Balaklava, the flank march to, 634—its
Æschylus on the colouring of statues, capture, 636.

Balbek, the position of the, 633.
Africa, present position, &c. of, 268. Barbarigo, Agostino, 76.
Agricultural population of Turkey, pre- Barcelona, establishment of banks in, 582.
sent state of the, 493—its amount and Barron, Dr Robert, 146.

means for its improvement, 495. Basque race, the, 168.
Agriculture, present state of, in Greece, Bathurst, the gold-fields at, 270.

417—its stationary condition in Greece Bavarians, mal-administration of Greece

and Turkey, and causes of this, 500. by the, 405 et seq.
Albanians, character, &c. of the, 416. BEAUTY, USES OF, 476.
Alexander, the emperor, progress of Beauty of colour, sources of the, 540.

Russia under, 99-review of his con- Bedouins, character of the, 254.
duct with regard to the Greek Revolu- Beecher, rev. Charles, 317.
tion, 121.

Bejant, origin of the term, 432.
Alexander VI., Pope, Ball establishing Belgæ, origin, &c. of the, 170.

King's College, Aberdeen, by, 431. Belgium, position of, with regard to Rus-
Alexis, the Czar, conquests of, 99.

sia, 115.
Alison on the Greek Revolution, review BELLEROPHON, A CLASSICAL BALLAD, 256.
of, 119.

Bendigo gold-fields, the, 271.
Allies, occupation of Greece by the, 420. Bengal, position, &c. of the British in, 183.
Alma, battle of the, 627—the battle-field, Berbers of Africa, the, 169.

Bills of exchange, first use of, 582.
Alma, battle of the, a song, 696.

Births, town and country proportion of,
America, imports of gold from, 673.

Andrews, Mr, on the climate of Canada, 4. Black Sea, importance of the, 101.
ANTHOLOGIA OXONIENSIS, review of, 560. Black Warrior, affair of the, 481 et seq.
Arabs of Palestine, the, 246.

Blair-Drummond, whale found at, 167.
Arbaces, the revolt of, 468.

Blind, number of, in Great Britain, 523.
Armansperg, count, 405.

Boglione, defence of Famagusta by, 78.
Army, importance of its officers to an, Boulogne, defence of, 114.

Bragadino, Marco Antonio, 78.
Arpad, leader of the Magyars, 178. Bras d'Or lake, the, 13.
Asia, present position of, 268.

Bretons, the, 168.
Asiatic Turkey, social excitement in, &c., BREWSTER'S MORE WORLDS THAN ONE,

review of, Part 288-Part II., 371.
Assyrians, religion of the, 468.

Brigandage, prevalence of, in Greece,
Astronomy and geology, parallel between, 406, 415-and in Turkey, 502.

Athens, modern, aspect of, 133.



BRITISH INDIA, THE GANGETIO PROVINCES Christianity, relations of the discoveries of
OF, 183.

the telescope to, 289.
Broadfoot, major, 195.

Christina, Queen, feeling against, in Spain,
Brougham, lord, on the marriage law of 162—demonstrations against her, 359,
Sootland, 512.

363 - difficulties of the government
Burmese war, defence of the, 202.

with regard to her, 365—ber departare
Barritt, Elihu, 313.

from Spain, 477.
Barsaries, Scottish, 144.

Batler, Mr G., Latin verses by, 570. RECOLLECTIONS OF, 731.
Byzantine Empire, proposed reconstrue- Cimbri, origin, &c. the, 169.

tion of the 132 - disappearance of Cities of the Plain, the alleged discovery
gold after its fall, 577.

of the, 253.
Cabyles, alleged identity of, with the CIVILISATION—Tas CENSUS, 435—Part
Bretons, 168.

II., 509.
Cadet company, the, 660.

Clarendon, lord, on the war, 233.
California, the seizure of, by the United Classical studies, value of, 563 € seg.

States, 268—its future prospects, 269 Clergy, numbers of the, 517.
et seq.-communication between, and Clerk, Sir George, in India, 195.
the United States, 278 et æg.

Cameron, Mr, work on India by, 203. PLASSEY, 88.
CAMPAIGN, STORY OF THE, chap. i. The Coal mines of Nova Scotia, the, 13.

Rendezvous, 619-chap. ii. The Move- Cod-fisheries of Newfoundland, the, 14.
ment to the Crimea, 622-chap. iii. Coinage, depreciation of the, in Turkey,
First Operations in the Crimea, 624- 501.
chap. iv. Battle of the Alma, 627– Coleridge, translations from, 570, 574.
chap. v. The Battle-field, 630--chap. Collantes, Esteban, 358.
vi. The Katcha and the Balbek, 632 Colonial Land and Emigration Commis-
--chap. vii. The Flank March, 634- sioners, the, 284.
chap. viii. Occupation of Balaklava, COLONIES IN THE PACIFIC, THE COMING

Campbell, G., Esq., on India, 190 et seq. Colonna, Marco Antonio, 72 et seq.

Canada, growth and prospects of, 1 et seq. Colour, on the proposed application of,
Canals, progress of, in Canada, 7.

to statuary, 318.
Canaris, the exploits of, 128.

Comte, M., views of, as regards literature,
Canning, the recognition of Greece by, 404. 140.
Cape Breton, the colony of, 12, 13. Concha, Manuel and José, 152.
Capodistrias, character, &c. of, 404. Connington, Mr, Latin translation by,
Carmel, sketches of, 249.

Carshalton, the Royal Ordnance School CONSERVATIVE REASCENDANCY CONSIDER-
of, 659.

ED, 230.
Catharine, the Empress, progress of Rus- Constantinople, views of Napoleon regard-
sia under, 99.

ing, 99-Greek account of the capture
Celts, appearance of the, in Europe, 168. of it, 410.
Censor, the, in the universities, 140. Copper, imports of, from Australia, 274.
Census returns, strictures on the, 442 et Cordova, general, 356.
899., 510 et seq.

Cordova, regiment of, its revolt, 152.
Cervantes at Lepanto, 83.

Cornwallis, lord, system of, in India, 186
Chalmers's Astronomical Discourses, re- et seq.-modern changes in it, 187 et seq.
marks on, 294, 296.

CORREGGIO, A TRAGEDY, review of, 698.
Chambly Canal, the, 7.

Corruption, prevalence of, in Greece, 407.
Chancellor, the, in the Universities, 136. Country and town, proportions of births
Charlemagne, views of, regarding the in, 520.
northern barbarians, 98.

Cousin on classical education, 564.
Charles I.

, attempt of, for the union of Crimea, importance of the, 101—the Rus-
Aberdeen colleges, 434.

sian conquest of it, 105 — movement of
Charles II., England under, 35 et seq. the Allies to it, 622—the landing, 623
Chaucer's Dream of the Crystal Palace, -the first movements, 624.

Criminals, proportions of male and female,
CHEVREUL ON COLOUR, review of, 539. 523.
Chico, Francisco, death of, 363.

China, emigration from, to California, Cuba, conduct of the United States with

269-and to Australia, 270-peculiar- regard to, 414-conduct of M. Soulé
ities of the national life of, 460.

with reference to it, 480—danger of it
Cholera, ravages of, among the Allies, 621. from America, 486.

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et seq.

THE, 183.

Currency, depreciation of the, in Turkey, the precious metals, 579_-amount of

gold in, before and after the discovery
Cuzco, the great temple of, 675.

of America, 673.
Cyprus, the conquest of, by the Turks, 70. EUROPEAN ALLIANCE AND RUSSIA, THE, 98.
Dandolo, Nicolo, defenceof Nicosia by, 73. EVELYN AND PEPYS, 35.
Dead Sea, the, 253.

Evelyn, John, sketch of, 38.
Deaf and Dumb, numbers of, 523.

Deans of Faculty, origin of, 142.

Defoe's History of the Plague, 37. Famagusta, the Turkish siege of, 75 et seq.
Dempster, Thomas, sketch of the career Fanshawe, lady, the memoirs of, 37.
of, 423.

Fasti Aberdonenses, the, 135.
Denmark, position of, with regard to Fisheries of New Brunswick, the, 12–
Russia, 115.

those of Nova Scotia, 13—those of
Deputy-judges of India, the, 187.

Newfoundland, 14.
Derby administration, the, means by Flanders, the early manufactures of, 581.

which overthrown, 230—benefits to the Florence, the early banking business of,
country from it, 237.

De Quincey, Quatremère, on the supposed Flowers, the beauty of, 540.
painting of statues, 320.

Fontenelle's Plurality of Worlds, on, 294.
De Quincey, Thomas, on Physiognomical Forbes, bishop Patrick, 148.
character, 521.

Forbes, Dr John, 147.
Disraeli, sketch of, 239.

France, traces of pre-historic races in, 166
Domenech, Spanish finance-minister, 358. —the ethnology of, 172-early inde-
Doria, Andrea, a Spanish admiral, 72 pendence of the universities in, 422—

early employment, coinage, &c. of the
DRAMA, PROSPECTS OF THE MODERN, 698. precious metals in, 579.
Dramatic mysteries, the modern, 699. French, the, at the Alma, 628.
Dramatic talent, alleged existence of, 698. Gaels, first appearance of the, 168.
Dress, applications of colour to, 555. GANGES CANAL, OPENING OF THE, 475.
Druidical circles, origin of, 167.

Ducange on the origin of Bejant, 432.
Dulce, general, 155 et seq. passim.

Garden, colour as shown in the, 540.
Dumbness, curious case of partial, 523. Garrigo, colonel, 160.
Echagae, brigadier, 156.

Geelong, progress of, 276.
Edinburgh, Mrs Stowe at, 302.

Geology, argument from, against the plu-
Edinburgh University, 137.

rality of worlds, 373 sketch of the
EDUCATION OF THE ROYAL ARTILLERY, recent discoveries of, 375.

George III., influence of, on the national
Edwards, M., on the Ethnology of France, morals, 511.

German powers, views of the, regarding
Egypt, ancient, peculiarities of the nation. Russia, 101, 102.

al life of, 460—influence of gold on, 576. Germanic confederation, present state of
Elgin, lord, his report on Canada, 5.

the, 103.
Elijah's Sacrifice, the scene of, 250. Germany, amount of emigration to Aus-
Elphinstone, bishop, 431.

tralia from, 270-the early mercantile
Emigration to Canada, statistics of, 5– communities of, 578.

to America, 15—to Australia, influence Gladstone, Mr, position of, 237.

of the gold discoveries on, 270. Glasgow, Mrs Stowe at, 302.
Engineers, the training for the, 658. Glasgow University, papers connected
England, sketches of, under Charles II., with, 135-distribution of the students

the national career of, 461 in, 136-judicial administration of, 425.
-average duration of life in, 516—rise God in NATURE, 94.
of the woollen manufacture in, 581- Godolphin, Mrs, the diary of, 37.
value of the pound at different times GOLD, INFLUENCE OF, ON THE COMMERCIAL
in, 584, 587.

English Universities, effects of the Refor- Part I., 576–Part II., 672.
mation on the, 139.

Gold, the discovery of, in California, and
Espartero, appointment of, as minister, its effects, 269 et seq.-and in Australia,

363—his reception in Madrid, 364—his 270.
conduct with regard to the departure Gold countries, general social character-
of Christina, 479.

istics of, 577.
ETHNOLOGY OF EUROPE, THE, 165. Gold digger, general character of the, 577.
Eupatoria, the allies at, 623.

Golden Age steamer, the, 282, 283.
Europe, the civilisation of, 268—its con- Graham, Sir James, conduct of, regarding

dition during the middle ages as regards Napoleon III., 238.

35 et seq.

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