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marvellous rapidity and accuracy of critical judgment. As a critic, his perceptions were exquisite, and his resources boundless. He could put a new or an old idea into a sort of kaleidoscopic variety of striking and novel aspects, and with a charming facility. He could bring out a meaning often more distinctly and happily than his author himself. His rich, comprehensive, and penetrating criticism shed new splendour over Homer, Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, Dryden, and whomsoever else he willed to set before his own and his reader's eye.

One of his most distinguished contemporaries, not apt to bestow eulogy lavishly or unworthily,-I mean Mr Hallam,-in his Introduction to the Literature of Europe, while sketching the character of Spenser, thus alludes to a fine series of papers by Professor Wilson on the Fairy Queen: "It has been justly observed by a living writer, of the most ardent and enthusiastic genius, whose eloquence is as the rush of mighty waters, and has left it for others, almost as invidious, to praise in terms of less rapture, as to censure what he has borne along in the stream of unhesitating eulogy, 'that no poet has ever had a more exquisite sense of the beautiful than Spenser'" adding, in a note, "I allude here to a very brilliant series of papers on the Fairy Queen, published in Blackwood's Magazine, during the years 1834 and 1835." I think the observation which the Professor makes concerning Spenser, may be well applied to the gifted critic himself. I fear, however, that I am wandering too far from the object of this humble tribute to the memory of Professor Wilson.

I never heard him speak in disparaging terms of any of his contemporaries; but how tremendous, in his earlier years, were his flagellations of those whom he considered deserving of them as literary offenders, is known to all well-informed literary readers. I have conversed with him much about literary men, and often admired his forbearing and generous spirit.

Shortly after Mr Dickens had so suddenly eclipsed in popularity all his contemporaries, Professor Wilson spoke to me of him in terms of high admiration, as a man of undoubted and great genius; and he spoke of "Nelly" as a beautiful creation.


Professor Wilson told me that there were two things he specially hated -letter-writing, and being "made a lion of," or, as I recolleet him saying contemptuously, a lionet." As for letter-writing, I never received from him but one in my life; and that was written on half a sheet of paper, evidently the blank sheet of some old letter. Mentioning a late accomplished dignitary of the Church, he said, laughingly, will continue writing to me, though I never answer his letters, nor will!" One of those letters happened to contain a friendly allusion to myself, and he sent it to me through a common friend, thinking it would please me.


He never called on me in the Temple but once; and then sate a long time, asking a multitude of ques tions about the Temple,—its history, the nature of chamber life, &c. &c., with lively interest; almost suggesting that he might be thinking of writing something on the subject.

He used to be a daily visitor at Messrs Blackwood's saloon,* in George Street, to chat with them and one or two other friends, read the newspapers, and skim over the magazines, reviews, and new publications. He was much attached to all the Blackwoods, giving them many proofs of his zealous and affectionate good-will. How pleasantly have I chatted with him in that saloon! How fresh and genial he always was! How sly his humour! How playfully his eye glittered while he was good-humouredly making fun of you! How racy his comments on literary and political topics! How ready and correct his knowledge in all kinds of subjects, even while he professed "to know very little about them!"

I saw him last in that saloon, towards the close of September 1851. 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 vacation-a work which was on the eve of publication, and had lived quite secluded all the time. In passing hastily through the saloon with some proofs in my hand, I came upon Professor Wilson, sitting there as usual; but I had not seen him for several years. He had become a great deal stouter than I had ever seen him before; he was also aged much; but his face was as fine, his eye as bright, and his manner as delightful as ever. He did not, however, speak with his former energy. "They tell me," said he, laughing good-humouredly, "that you've quite buried yourself since you have been here! What have you been about?" I told him. "Aye-it's a capital title, and promises well. You have set us all gaping to know what we're to have! Tell me what it's about-I'm anxious to hear. What's your idea?" told him, as briefly as I could. "Let me hear some of it," said he, after I had given him my notions of the scope of the work; and I read him, at his desire, a considerable portion. How I recollect his full, keen eyes, watchfully fixed upon me as I read !


always felt deep interest, on his approaching marriage. I was in the saloon at the time; but on being told that he would be pleased to see me, though he was feeble and could not converse, I went to the carriage door. Shall I ever forget father and daughter,* as they sate opposite to each other, she eyeing her gifted but afflicted father with such tender anxiety! Never! His hat was off, and his countenance, on which fell the rays of setting sunlight, was fine as ever; his eye was not dim, nor did his natural force seem abated, as he sate, and looked at me, and stretched forth his hand; but when he attempted to speak, alas! it was in words few, indistinct, and unintelligible. To me it was an affecting moment-but a moment; for he was not allowed to become excited. Again he shook my hand; and I had looked my last on Professor Wilson. The next I heard of him, was his peaceful death; and then a burial befitting one of the great men of Scotland.

The next, and last time I saw him, was also the last time that he left his own house. During the intervening years, he had had a paralytic seizure, which affected his powers of motion and speech, and to some extent his mental faculties. He had driven up to Mr Blackwood's door, accompanied by a fond daughter, for the purpose of congratulating one in whom he had

I am almost ashamed to commit to the press this sudden and spontaneous, but poor tribute to the memory of such a man of genius and goodness. I am altogether unequal to the task of his intellectual portraiture; but what I have written is true, and comes from my heart; wherefore I hope it will be accepted in the spirit in which it is offered.

Adieu, Christopher North! Adieu, John Wilson!

* 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, Bull 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 I., 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 GANGETIC PROVINCES Christianity, relations of the discoveries of
OF, 183.

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

Christina, Queen, feeling against, in Spain,
Broughamn, lord, on the marriage law of 162—demonstrations against ber, 359,
Scotland, 512.

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

with regard to her, 365—her departare
Burritt, 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. of 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 CEXSUS, 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 e 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 seq.

Cameron, Mr, work on India by, 203. PLASSEY, 88.
CAMPAIGN, STORY or 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.
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.
809., 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 ét seg.
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 11., 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.

ED, 230.

et seq.

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, TAE, 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. EUSEBIUS, LETTERS TO- -RIDDLES, 18-
Deans of Faculty, origin of, 142.

CIVILISATION—THE Census, 435, 509.
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

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.

THE, 183.
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

35 et seq. — 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.

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