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It is not a little remarkable, that Cor. La most able discourse on the pursuits sica, an Island which seems to have of this gentleman." He noticed his rebeen equally despised both by the an- searches and observations on the álburcients
, and moderns, should have pro nous juices of plants, in, its, ascent elaboduced two men, one of whom engaged rating the buds and leaves, and in its the attention of all Europe, towards the descent forming wood'; and of his discovo middle of the last century, while another ery of the natural decay of apple-trees seems, unhappily for the repose of man- and of the grafts, which decline and kind, destined to regulate its fate, at become unproductive at the same time the beginping of the present.
with the parent stock. The learned President referred next to the 'experiments, which went to prove that all
vegetables radiate by gravitatation on. LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. ly, and not by any instinctive energy ;
that new and superior species of apples The Stranger in Ireland, procured may be produced from seed; and that its author the honour of knighthood, impregnating the pollen was found to conferred by the Lord Lieutenant in be an advantageous substitute of graftDublin ; this' sufficiently attests the ing. He then alluded to the new and consideration attached to the work in very valuable species of pears produced that place.
by Mr. Knight, and to a new species It is impossible however, to escape of vines, which bear grapes not only sufrom the fangs vf reviewers, and a res. I perior in favour to others hitherto pectable publicatiou, in examining the known, but which are capable of arriva character of Sir John Carr, has stated ing at perfection, even in the most adas the result of its labour the following verse seasons, in our climate. For these positions.
and other discoveries ably enumerated 1. That Mr. Carr is a tolerable ig. by the learned President, the Copele
yan Medal was adjudged to Mr. Knight 2. That he is a decent coxcomb.
whose successful labours in this branch 3. That he is a perfect traveller.
of natural history, have probably surpas
sed those of any other philosopber, in Mr. Belfour, the translator of the developing the economy of vegetation, Musical and Fabulas Literatas of Yri- and the laws of venerable life. arte, is about to publish a new and improved edition of Jarvis's version of Don
Mr. Cumberland has lately given to Quixotte, embellished with superb en
the public a description of a very sim. gravings, and illustrated by notes, his. ple and useful scale for dividing the torical, critical, and literary, froin the vanishing lines, in perspective. It is pen of Mayans, Bowle, Vincente de los thus formed : take a sheet of paper Rios, Pellicer, and other able commen.
and having made a horizontal line, fix tators. Mr. Belfour proposes to add
on a point, as a centre, called the point remarks on the life and writings of Cer. of sight; this point is crossed with di
antes ; anecdotes of his cotemporaries, agonal lines in various directions ; and and particulars of the manners, customs
thus an instrument is prepared, that end state of literature of the time in will be a sure guide to an inexperienced vhich he lived.
eye, in taking the perspective lines of Mr. Northmore has been for a con.
all objects placeci at-right angles, such
as streets, buildings, churches, apart: iderable time engaged in writing an
ments, by merely placing it under the pic poem, to be completed in ten books leaf to be drawn on. To render the inhtitled Washington, or Liberty, Res. strument more complete, a plate of red. The basis of the work, exclusive glass should be added, of the same f the imagery, will rest solely upon size as the leaf of the drawing-book, on storic truth.
which the dark lines should be drawn The Copleyan Medal has been ad. A new. branch of science, entitled, dged to T. A. Knight, Esq. for his Mnemonica, is now much studied in merous discoveries in vegetable phy, Germany, It was originally taught'
logy. Sir Joseph Banks, upon pre. and practised in Egypt and Greece, and nting Mr. Knight with the reward of was an invention attributed to Sinon." s labours and high"mcrit, pronounced: lides. The modern restorer of this art
is M. Aretin, who exacts from his pu: 1 Dress of fine muslin; sleeres of white pils a promise not to write his lectures. sattin; sash tied in front; cap of white According to a book, said to have been sattin, with small feathers. written by a child of twelve years of age Train of pink silk ; lace let in the and mentioned in the catalogue for the back; full top sleeves of white crape; last September fair at Leipsic, mnemon turban of pink and white crape, with ica is a true science, and may be so ostrich feathers. taught as to give a memory to individu. Robe of primrose crape, trimmed als of every age. A gentleman known down the front and round the breas: to the writer of this article, can, by the with white lace; sleeves striped alterpower of association, repeat backwards nately with sarsnet and lace; white and forwards, or by any complex alter- sarsnet petticoat; kid gloves. nation, thirty abstract terms, on hearing them repeated but once.
EMERALD NOTICES. M. Leschevin, Chief Commissionary for Gunpowder and Saltpetre at Dijon,
[Omitted in our last.) has suggested a method of averting
In our last paper the writer of the showers of hail, and dissipating storms. Ordeal closed his useful and entertainThe Memoir in which he has related ing numbers. They constitute the first the discovery, as he conceives, is long regular series that have ever appeared but we shall be able to present the En- in this town, reviewing for an entire glish reader with the results few
season the conduct of the Drama. The words :-(1.) He would excite in the ability and taste that have been discor. air strong commotions capable of shak. ered in the prosecution of this duty, is ing the particles of water adhering amply witnessed by the great populari
. to it, so as to produce abundant rain ; ty of the essays, and the avidity with this is to be done by the sound of great which they have uniformly been rebells, the noise of guns or drums, by ceived. The remarks on the plot, conthe detonation of the fulminating powder duct and language of the several plays and by the explosion, in the middle of that have passed under inspection, may the clouds, of rockets directed towards be considered as the best general re. the place where the clouds are thickest. view of them that has ever appeared in (2.) He would establish energetic con. print, and will be found replete with ductors between the clouds and the sound judgment and correct discrimi. earth, either by fires lighted from dis. nation, that will cause them a reputatance to distance, and kept burning by tion beyond the mere occasion supplies of dry substances, or by the which they were produced. The per disengagement of humid vapours, or the formances have been considered with combustion of resinous matters. (3.) He impartiality and candor, and alihough would draw off the electric fluid, which
some of the remarks have occasionally is in superabundance in the clouds, by a
been severe, and the scourge when as. multiplicity of thumder-rods : he would sumed been used with effect, yet meni establish these conductors on those sides has in no instance been denied its refrom which the winds chiefly come, and ward, nor praise ever been withheli these are to be placed on elevated pla- from those who deserved it. ces, high trees &c. We are informed
The effects of these essays have been that the practice recommended in this apparent upon the public sentime, Memoir, is made use of in many parts and have had no little influence in d. of France with the greatest success.
recting the general taste. They bare
( Month. Mag.) compelled greater attention and assidy LONDON TASHIONS FOR MARCH.
ity on the part of the performers, an!
have roused them by the hope of praise From the Ladies' Museum.
or the dread of censure from the life Mantle of fawn coloured Kersimere, less monotony, in which they would co trimmed with white velvet; bonnet of casionally fall. velvet, ornamented with black.
Pelisse of puce coloured silk, trim We have communicated the episte med round the neck and down the front of SCRIBULUS and are authorized ti with white lace : bonnet same colour as state that it will receive proper atte pelisse.
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the breach be attended with no moral wrong, never admit of excuse for neglect. Some forms of politeness
require always to be adhered to, and THE WANDERER,
some civilities must never be omit
ted. These however are often negNo. 78.
lected amid the engagements of business or forgotten in the allure
ments of pleasure, and as often give APOLOGY.
rise to ludicrous situations in auk
ward attempts at apology. Some THERE is an ingenuousness in mistakes would never be noticed, the confession of error which takes and others would pass away with away the necessity of reproof. Mor- very little impression if it were not alists have asserted that whoever that an apology is continually thrust subjects his pride to the humiliation in the ear, to remind one of difficulof apology has already made some ties which had better le forgotten, progress in the road of reformation, and renew unpleasant sensations and some compensation for former which were beginning to subside. impropriety.
Yet although forgetfulness of proA bad excuse however according priety be a common failing, a reto the proverb is worse than none. membrance of the requisitions of The action which cannot be defend- pride is (qually general, and most ed upon principle had better be people therefore trust to the chance passed over in silence, and if orig- of a lucky thought or a successful inally wrong can never be mended by expedient to relieve their embarattempts to support it on untenable rassment, rather than mortify their ground. He who seeks to palliate dignity by submission, and by conwhat needs an excuse, by mistaking senting to be considered as failing the motive which led to it, who, where every body is liable to err. trusts to his ingenuity to extenuate He who can say nothing in his his fault, and relies for apology on own defence stands self convicted invention more than integrity adds before his accuser, and he wlio is the folly of equivocation to former convicted by his own confession, has inconsistency, and joins pertinacity little to produce in mitigation of in error to the meanness of decep- punishment; it is easier there fore to tion.
offer an apology than yield to conThere are some duties involved viction, and hence in spite of the upon us in consequence of our con-' proverb, a bad excuse is found to be nexions in society, which, although," better than none."
But by some strange kind of in-Jis bis delight to mix with the gay consistency, those who would disdain world, to be kpown as the intima: to apologize for a real fault, make of fashionable parties, the leader of part of their politeness consist in taste, the director of etiquette, it excuses for such as are feigned; and short, the very arbiter elegantiux. could be no worse treated than by
It so happened that one of a being taken in earnest when all their city ladies gave a superb party, atd. intention is only to be civil.
among her cards of invitation acci Dean Swift it is said, had been in-dentally omitted Superbus. The vited to a dinner, where the lady of good gentleman was mortified i the house,anxious to give so respec. the extreme, and has every tim table a guest a most magnificent re- they meet the comfort of a redeva ception, had exerted all her skill in by her aukward apologies and grez the arrangement and elegance of regret that she was so unfortunate the table, but not contented with as to forget him ; muchy to the awhat she had been able to do, a- musement of all those who delight bounded in apologies for the things to see self sufficiency humbled anshe omitted, and received the Dean confidence repressed. at dinner with a feigned regret that
Careless called the other morir all her preparations were unworthy
on Mrs. X. She received him wich a visitor so distinguished and honour: much civility, “ but as she had be able. You knew I was coming, (said expected the pleasure of seeing bin not get something that was fit for dishabille, particularly as no one was not get something that was fit for must apologize for being quite me to eat? And immediately took his bat and departed.
at home but her husband."
Octavian was the other evening This instance in an original and
invited to stay supper with an eccentric character is indeed in the extreme; but it shows in a forcible quaintance. But the lady was so manner the operation of that polite vants, the provision and the cooke ness which consists in apology, and vants, the provision and the cooke in striving to make folks happy by ry, that she spoilt his appetite by giving them frequent information excess of kindness, and from a pre
fusion of dainues sent his su of the incompetency of the means.
perless to bed. We need not seek for exemplifi,
Thus it is that misplaced polite cations of this matter in the distant
ness becomes more offensive an adventures of the Dean of St. Patrick. We meet with them cvery and a mistake or an accident of D.
troublesome than open incivility day in common life--they are crouded upon us by every one of that nu- by attempts to support it into a
consequence in itself, is increase merous class, who in spite of nature
rious inconvenience. That wou and education strive to be fashionaable.
pass away well enough as a comm
accident which is brought into Superbus is known to almost ev- tice by excess of apology, and wa ery one of our readers. He is gay, I would never be noticed as any ** elegant and fashionable ; or if this wrong is made extremely distres inay not be said of him, it can withing by this officious attempt to e truth be asserted that he is very de-tenuate its error. sirous of attaining the character. It
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tion and march to Paris, he was
pronounced guilty, and sentenced to BIOGRAPRICAL SKETCH OF MR.
three months imprisonment, and a MONTGOMERY.
fine of twenty pounds. Mr. M. A. Taylor presided on this occasion. The first verdict delivered by the ju
ry, after one hour's deliberation, From Wath, where Montgomery was · Guilty of publishing." This had sought only a temporary resi- verdict, tantamount to an acquittal, dence, he removed in 1792, and en- they were directed to reconsider, gaged himself with Mr. Gales, of add to deduce the malicious intention Sheffield, who then printed a news- not from the circumstances attendpaper, in which popular politics ing the publication, but from the were advocated with great zeal ard words of the song: another hour's ability. To this paper he contribut- deliberation produced a general vered essays and verses occasionally ; dict of « Guilty.”—This transaction but though politics sometimes en requires no comment. gaged the service of his hand, the Muses had his whole heart, and he
Scarcely had Montgomery returnsedulously cultivated their favour, ed to his home, when he was again though no longer with those false, called upon, to answer for another yet animating hopes, which former- offence. A riot took place in the Jy stimulated his exertions. In streets of Sheffield, in which, unfor. 1794, when Mr. Gales left England, tunately, two men were shot by the a gentleman to whom Montgomery military. In the warmth of his was almost an entire stranger, ena- feelings he detailed the dreadful bled him to undertake the publica-occurrence in his paper ; the detail tion of the newspaper on his own
was deemed a libel, and he was again account; but it was a perilous situa-sentenced to six months imprisontion on which he entered ; the ven. ment, and a fine of thirty pounds. geance which was ready to burst The magistrate, who prosecuted upon his predecessor soon fell
him on this occasion, is now dead,
upon him. At the present day it would and Montgomery would be the last scarcely be believed, were it not to man in the world who could permit be found in the records of a court of any thing to be said here, in justifijustice, that in 1795 Montgomery cation of himself, which might seem was convicted of having libelled the to cast a reflection on the memory war, then carrying on between Great
of one, wbo afterwards treated him Britain and France, by publishing, with the most friendiy attention, and at the request of a stranger, whom promoted his interest by every he had never before seen, a song
means in his power. written by a clergyman of Belfast, The active imagination of Montsine months before the war began. gomery had induced him to suppose This fact was admitted in court; that the deprivation of liberty was -- and though the name of this counthe loss of every earthly good : in - ry did not occur in the libel, nor confinement he learned another les
vas there a single note or comment, son, and he bore it with fortitude of any kind whatever, affixed to the and cheerfulness. In York castle »riginal words, which were compos- he had opportunities of amuseinent, :d at the time, and in censure of as well as lcisure for study, and he he Duke of Brunswick's proclama- found kindness, consolation, and