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energy. The juxtaposition of the la- art, which only great genius and great dies was unfortunate for themselves and judgment can render safe. She is quite the author. Mrs. Bartley is quite of the incapable of playing at sight; but if she oratorical school, and sometimes almost will study any part suited to her years as chaunts her sentences ; while Miss F. H. long and as well as she studied Juliet, we Kelly tries to make points by stopping will answer for her success. At the end short in a rapid declamation, and sinking of the play the applause greatly predoinito the infra-colloquial by way of being nated; it has been since withdrawn for natural; each, therefore, set in the alteration; and we hope may still be a strongest possible light the defects of the source of profit to its meritorious auother. We really feel for Miss Kelly, thor. If not, however, she has only to who is a young lady of very rare capa- publish a volume of poems, with half as bility; but who has, unfortunately, been much excellence, to ensure unmingled flattered into trying experiments on her praise.
FINE ARTS. New Society.--A new Society has lately period of the year for such a purpose, been in part established, which promises, with exclusive reference to the artists if properly conducted and liberally sup- themselves, however favourable it may be ported by the public patronage, to assist to the views of the Academy as a source greatly in bringing about a new era in of annual emolument: for it may be modern art. The Institution to which we safely asserted, that ninety-nine out of allude is called The Society OF BRI- every hundred persons who visit that exTISH ARTISTS ; and its chief objects are hibition go there purely to pass a pleato furtber the progress and extend the pa- sant morning, and with no more knowtronage of art in all its branches, by esta ledge or care about the nature, the problishing a new and extensive gallery for the gress, or the interests of art, than if there annual exhibition and sale of the works of were no such thing in existence. As a living artists; to continue open during source of emolument to the Royal Acathose months of the year when the chief demy, and thus as a collateral means of patrons of art are on the spot, and likely encouraging art, the annual exhibitions to inspect wbatever may be thus offered to now referred to are unquestionably of their notice. Of the persons who are en- great value and importance : but it is deavouring to establish this Society, we at equally certain that they are not the best present know nothing; or whether the direct means of bringing the works of auspices under which it comes forward British artists before the purchasing part are likely to secure its final success. But of the public, as well on account of the certain it is, that something of the kind very limited period during which they are is needed in the present day, for various kept open, as of the too general and misreasons. In the first place, since the cellaneous nature of the works which are opening of the Continent there has not obliged to be admitted in order to ensure only been thrown open to British artists the chief object of them-namely, a nuan almost boundless source of wealth in merous attendance of visitors. The adthe way of study, which is likely to give mission of portraits of private individuals a more than ordinary impetus to the en- into the Royal Academy Exhibitions has deavours of those who really possess a done more to ensure the immense conlove for their art ; but a friendly rival- course of persons who visit them, than ship has been created between British and any thing besides : and in an exhibition foreign artists, which can scarcely fail to established exclusively for the furtherance be attended by similar effects. And yet, of the interests of high art, such portraits although these influences have now been ought to be absolutely excluded, and none operating for a considerable period, no whatever admitted but such as may fairly answering efforts have been made at home, be considered as historical ones. to meet the increased produce which was Again, it is true that the British Instilikely to be thus called forth.
tution has an annual exhibition of the In the second place, it is undoubtedly works of living artists. But this, besides true that the present arrangements for being of insufficient extent, is not brought exhibiting the works of our artists, and before the public at the most favourable thus promoting the public patronage of period for such a purpose--that period them, are by no means the best that can being devoted to an exhibition of at least be imagined for the purpose. The only equal importance in our view of the subextensive annual exhibition of them is ject; namely, the select works of the old that of the Royal Academy; and that masters. takes place not at the most favourable In thus calling the public attention to the New Society, we profess to know no- and more of plays, they would turn out thing of its views, or its means of further- more worthy of his abilities than any ing those views, but what its own an- thing be has hitherto produced, and connouncements develope ; but when its pre- sequently more certain of obtaining the tensions and results come more immediend he has in view. ately before the public, we shall take care New French Peristrephic Panorama.to give them the consideration which they We have here another “ ten thousand may seem to deserve. The gallery intended square feet of canvass," on which are defor the proposed exhibition, &c. of the picted twelve views of the great Battle of Society is said to be nearly in a state of Waterloo : that is to say, tlie great woodcompletion, and is situated in Pall-Mall en rollers on which all these acres of canEast.
vass are twisted, are made to stop twelve Mr. Haydon. We would willingly have times in the course of their hourly unbetter news to communicate to the lover winding; while a gentleman, who is of Art, respecting this distinguished artist, seated in the dark among the spectators than we are at present in possession of. for that purpose, explains the result of The unhappy circumstances which have each stoppage, after the most approved lately come forward,* relative to his ill manner of the halfpenny showmen. We success as an bistorical painter, and the notice this picture, as we did its predeinefficient patronage which his efforts cessor of the same kind, not because it have met with, may, as we conceive, be actually belongs to the department of in a great degree attributed to the injudi- which we are treating-for it bas no precious mode in which he has hitherto tensions whatever to the title of a work thought proper to employ his great abili- of art, properly so called—but because it ties. The event, in any case, may be taken professes to be such ; and professes in as a pretty fair criterion of the means em- such very large and striking characters, ployed to bring any end about, when that many persons are likely to be bethose mcans have had a fair trial ; as in his guiled of their time and shillings before case they have. Will he not be wise, then, they are aware. If we did not pretty seriously and determinately to turn his well know that the curiosity as well as thoughts and his deeds to some other the, so called, good-nature of our counmode of achieving his high views with trymen somewhat exceedeth-to say noregard to art ? We are induced to throw thing of their occasional want of tasteout this hint, from hearing it whispered we should wonder how any set of persons among his friends, (for we have not the could have the face to place before them honour of ranking among that number,) such exhibitions as these two which we that, in fact, he has already turned his have noticed in this and our last number; attention to a new line of study and prace and at this time, too, when they cannot tice; and we would willingly lend our aid fail to come in competition with our own in encouraging and fixing him in it, delightful Panoramas, in which the illubeing deeply and sincerely convinced sion is almost complete, and the exquithat he has not hitherto chosen the right. site views of the Diorama, in which it is -We understand that he is at present quite so. In fact, these wretched daubs employed on a small picture, (small in of some discarded French scene-painter comparison with most of his other works,) would be the death of any English panlothe subject of which is Silenus lecturing mime in which they were to appear as Bacchus and Ariadne on the immoral na- portions of the scenery; and they are ture of the life they are leading together! adapted to amuse and satisfy the tastes of
- This is as it should be. Let him try that class of persons alone who frequent such subjects as these, and we are greatly the aforenamed halfpenny exhibitions ; a mistaken if his success will not be more class of persons, however, towards whom commensurate with his natural qualifica- we feel the most unfeigned good-will, and tions than it has hitherto been. We whose amusements we would promote by shrewdly suspect that, if Mr. Haydon every possible means-among others, by were to make his works less of works, doing what we can towards banishing
these “ French Peristrephic Panoramas" We allude to the occasion of presenting Mr. to the fairs, to which by right of demerit Haydon's petition to the House of Commons. they belong
VARIETIES. Cambridge, Dec. 4.-The Norrisian The following are the improvements now prize (the subject of the essay being The in progress in this University :- Benet's Office and Mission of John the Baptist) is College, King's College, Trinity College, decided in favour of James Amiraux Trinity Hall, part of Jesus College, part Jeremic, Scholar of Trinity College.- of Christ College, Adding brooke Hall, and the Town Bridge ; and it is expected the Members and Students of that estathat the new Courts at St. John's College blishment. will be entered upon in the course of New Literary Society.--A public meetanother year. The additions to Sydney ing of the Directors and Proprietors of College are, we believe, completed under the Auction Mart was held at their estathe direction of Mr.J. Wyatt. Increased blishment last month, for the purpose of accommodations have been afforded to forming a Literary Society therein. Mr. undergraduates at Downing College, and Shuttleworth was voted into the chair. every exertion is made to give effect to He observed, that the establishment had that establishment.
not realised all the expectations which Oxford, Dec. 6.-The following sub- bad been formed at the time of its erecjects are proposed for the Chancellor's tion. There were several rooms unoccuprizes for the ensuing year, viz.--For pied or only occasionally used, and by Latin Verses-Babylon. For an English ihe proposed arrangements the value of Essay-Athens in the time of Pericles, and the concern would be increased. He was Rome in the time of Augustus. For a confident of the success of the undertakLatin Essay-Coloniarum apud Græcos et ing; an Institution of the nature intended Romanos inter se Comparatio.
was much wanted in that part of the Sir Roger Neudigale's Prize.- For the Metropolis, and he hoped the proposibest composition in English Verse, not tions which had been printed and circucontaining either more or fewer than fifty lated would be favourably received. He lines, by any Undergraduate who has then read the propositions, which recomnot exceeded four years from the time of mended various alterations in the buildhis matriculation- The Arch of Titus, ing; such as throwing open several offices
New Suciety.--A Meteorological So. on the ground-floor, and forming coffee ciety bas just been instituted in London ; and reading-rooms, and that the large and, from the nature of its subjects, room should be fitted up and arranged which require simultaneous distant ob- so as to answer the double purpose of a servations, it is likely to render itself sale-room and lecture-room. That the most useful in promoting the study of library shonld be limited to modern orinature. Its constitution is of a liberal ginal publications of the current year, character; and, till after the 12th of periodical works of established reputaNovember, all friends of such pursuits tion, and a judicious selection of standwill be admitted members, on paying ard national works, except on the subject their two guineas to Mr. Wilford, the of British topography, a more extensive secretary, at the London Coffee-house. collection of that class being desirable Among the gentlemen present at its in- with reference to the peculiar transactions stitution were Drs. T. Forster, Clutter- conducted at the Mart. That courses of buck, Shearman, Mr. Luke Howard, &c. lectures on literature, the arts, sciences,
Royal Academy:—The Royal Academy manufactures, and commerce, be deliverhonours to Students, this year, have ed at the customary seasons; the admisbeen awarded as follows:-Gold Medal, sion for the public to be regulated accord&c. for the best Historical painting, “ The ing to established precedent. That the contention between the Archangel Mi- proprietors of Mart shares be entitled to chael and Satan, for the body of Moses," gratuitous admissions to the library and to Mr. F. Y. Hurlstone.-Gold Medals, lectures; and that, to avoid the inconveSculpture, to Mr. R. B. Hughes ; and nience occasioned by carrying packages, Architecture, “ Hospital for Invalid Sail- &c. through the present saloon, the preors," to Mr. F. Bradbury.- Silver Me- sent access to the coffee-room from dals. School of Painting. Best copy, Throgmorton-street be shut up, and a Mr. Corbet ; second, Mr. Marks : best staircase or crane erected at the space drawing from the life, Mr. Cabusac; now occupied by the exterior colonnade. second, Mr. Howe: best model from the That the admission to the library and leclife, Mr. R. Williams; second, Mr. Col- tures should be 31. 3s. per annum, or to lingwood : best drawing from the antique, the library only 21. 2s. The resolutions Ist, Mr. G. R. Ward ; 2d, Mr. F. Ross; in the affirmative were carried by a large 3d, Mr. Cicell; best model from the an- majority. tique, Ist, Mr. Dear ; 2d, Mr. Stothard ; Royal Society.–St. Andrew's Day fall. 3d, Mr. Behnes; best architectural draw- ing this year on a Sunday, the Royal Soing, lst, Mr. Richley ; 2d, Mr. Jenkins. ciety held their anuual meeting on MonThe President delivered an admirable day the 1st of December, at their apartdiscourse on the occasion.
ments in Somerset-place; when the PreSir Anthony Carlisle, the Professor of sident, Sir Humphrey Davy, Bart. adAnatomy, lately finished an interesting dressed the Members present in a speech Course of Lectures at Somerset House to of considerable length; in which, after
adverting to the numerous deaths which another paper, communicated by Mr. S. had occurred among the Fellows during Turner, was read, on the Affinity of Lanthe last year, and paying a suitable tri- guages. The number two, as expressed bute of respect to the memory of those in many ancient and modern tongues, who had inost distinguished themselves was taken for the illustrations of this inteby their communications to the Society, resting philological inquiry; and remarkor by their philosophical labours, he an- able analogies and coincidences were nounced the award of the Gold Copley pointed out. Medal to John Pond, Esq. the present Winchester College, Dec. 13.-Dr. GaAstronomer Royal, for his various obser- bell, head master of Winchester College, Fations and communications published by has relinquished the arduous duties of the Royal Society; and expatiated on the that situation, which he has held for fourbenefits which had been derived to astro- teen years. A valuable present of plate nomy, navigation, and the commerce of has been presented to bim by bis pupils. this country, from the establishment of Dr. Williams, the present second master, the Royal Observatory by Charles II. : will, it is expected, succeed him; and the from the liberal manner in which it had Rev. C. Redding will be appointed second been supported by its present munificent master. The election will take place on Patron, and from the meritorious labours the 15th inst. of the eminent astronomers to whose care Electricity elicited from the Domestic it had been from time to time intrusted. Cat.
In addition to the notice in the The Society then proceeded to the choice Philosophical Journal, of eliciting sensible of a Council and Officers for the ensuing shocks of electricity from the body of a year; when, on examining the lists, it ap- cat, I beg to mention, that very distinct peared that the following Gentlemen were discharges may be obtained by touching elected ;-Of the Old Council—Sir H. the tips of the ears, after applying friction Dary, Bart. : W. T. Brande, Esq.; S. to the back. It is very long since I made Goodenough, Lord Bishop of Carlisle ; the experiment, and at the same time I T. Combe, Esq. ; J. W. Croker, Esq.; D. remarked the same from the foot. Placing Gilbert, Esq.; C. Hatchett, Esq. ; Sir E. the cat on my knee, I applied the right Home, Bart.; J. Pond, Esq. Astronomer hand to the back; the left fore-paw restRoyal; W. H. Wollaston, M. D.; T. ing on the palm of my left hand, I applied Young, M. D.-Of the New Council-W. the thumb to the upper side of the paw, so Allen, Esq.; Major T. Colby; J. Ivory, as to extend the claws, and by this means Esq.; Sir J. MacGrigor, Knt. ; W. Mars- brought my fore-finger into contact with den, Esq.; W. G. Maton, M. D.; the one of the bones of the leg, where it joins Duke of Norfolk; E. Rudge, Esq., W. the paw ; from the knob or end of this Sotheby, Esq.; H. Warburton, Esq.- bone, the finger slightly pressing on it, I Officers-President, Sir H. Davy, Bart. ; felt distinctly successive shocks, similar Treasurer, D. Gilbert, Esq.; Secretaries, to what were obtained from the ears. It W. T. Brande and T. Combe, Esqrs. is perhaps unnecessary to say, that in
Royal Society of Literature. - At the order to this experiment being convenisecond ordinary meeting of this Society, ently performed, the cat must be on good was read the conclusion of the MS re- terms with the experimenter.-Ed. Phil. port relative to the survey of the coasts of Journal. Syria and Egypt, ordered by Henry V. Mineralogy:-A few days ago there was preparatory, as that monarch declared on taken up at Browne's Hill, Carlow, (the his death-bed, to his attempting an expe- estate of Wm. Browne, esq.) part of a dition for the deliverance of Jerusalem stone, in which was found the following from the Infidels. Several new candidates combination :-siliceous limestone, pearl were proposed as members. At the third spar, carbonate of lime, quartz crystal, meeting the Dụke of Newcastle was elect- and hepatic iron pyrites ; forming one of ed a Fellow of the Society: besides whom the most curious specimens we have seen, various noblemen and gentlemen were in the compass of less than three inches added to the list of candidates. Among square. The quartz crystals are common them were, Lord John Townsend, the at Browne's Hill, but not in company Right Hon. Charles Yorke, the Dean of with the pearl spar, or iron pyrites; they Ely, &c. &c. The paper read was com- are, we believe, generally found distinct inunicated by Mr. Sharon Turner ; and in the carbonate of lime, and are of a was an attempt to exemplify the affi- very superior quality of the Irish diamond. nity of languages, by a comparison and Ornithology.- A fine specimen of that classification of the various terms, both rare British bird, the rough-legged falcon simple and compounded, made use of by (falco lagopus, L.) was lately shot near ancient and modern nations, to express Westoe, by Mr. Wm. Marshall, of that the numeral ONE. At the fourth meeting place, and is now in the possession of Excuse my
the managing committee of the museum they think to hinder me by such meansof the Literary and Philosophical Society nothing but death itself shall hinder me of Newcastle.
from pursuing my intentions. Mrs. BelMr. Belzoni.— The Cambridge Chronicle zoni will furnish you with a copy of the has communicated another extract of a let- receipt I allude to. I trust to your
kindter from this noble, spirited, and indefati- ness and friendship to refute the calumgable traveller, of which the following is nies against me. Be assured that all is a part. The passage in italics contains going on well--but it is hard to consider, a charge, we fear too true, against persons that, instead of being supported, I am who are a disgrace to the agency of the persecuted; but I must have patience ; British nation. It is to be hoped their and if I succeed, why the mortification names will be laid before the Govern- will be with my adversaries. I am now ment and the public, when we are certain in the latitude of 21 degrees North ; that that Mr. Canning will not suffer the is all I can tell you for the present, from honourable devotion of a man like Bel- fear my enemies should come to the zoni to have been thwarted by them with knowledge of where I am. impunity. Men who pursue great and hasty scrawl." scientific objects in pestilent climates, The following is a copy of the letter to have evils enough to encounter without which Mr. Belzoni refers, and the original the insolence of servile trafficking agents of which in Arabic is in his possession : being added to them.
“ Know, that his Imperial Majesty has “ It would be difficult for you, my dear ordered this communication from me, friend, to believe to what an excess the Sidi Benzelul, to his friend and gentleman revenge of petty men is carried. You will Belzoni. We have received your letter, have seen by my letters from Fez and by which we observe your arrival at TanGibraltar how far I had advanced in the gier, and that you wish to come to the good will of the Moorish people, and what Royal presence. You will come, and were my hopes of success, when I was so every thing you want shall be granted cruelly disappointed. I must now tell you agreeable to your wish, with the help of that my progress in that quarter was stop- God. Judah Benalish, our agent at Gibped, not by the Moors, but by the in- raltar, has written to us on the subject, trigues of some persons in office, who and he requested us to pay you every atavail themselves of the occasional autho- tention, and to facilitate every thing you rity given to them by their superiors to wish; there was no occasion for it, as I vent their spleen on an unprotected indi- am well aware of your situation more than vidual who refuses to stoop and pay court what he has explained—it is quite suffito them. Not satisfied with the disappoint- cient what you say, that you are the man ment they occasioned, I'find (if the infor- I knew at Egypt. My master, whom God mation which I received by the last packet preserve, has already ordered that you to the Brazils, that touched at Teneriffe, proceed to Fez with due honour and atienbe correct,) that they have accused me of tion, and you shall come before his High making an improper use of some letters of Majesty. I will get you the order to pass introduction which had been given to me, and repass to the cities you may please, and of endeavouring to pass myself off as with respect and honour.'' an agent of the British Government. You From Mr. Belzoni's own statement it well know that I distinctly stated to you, appears, that the expenses of his journey in my letter from Tangier, that I had to and froin Fez, and residence there, nothing to do with the English Govern- with the necessary presents and other ment, and that I rested entirely on my articles, amounted to the sum of 10007.
This letter, I am happy defrayed by himself. Through the inteto see by an English paper now before rest of the Moorish minister at Fez, an me, you made public; and in further con- express dromedary has been sent from Fez firmation I shall enclose to you the copy to Timbuctoo, with money and letters of a letter I received from the Moorish for Belzoni, in case the caravan should minister at Fez. I request of you to do already hare departed for Timbuctoo. me the favour, if you have seen or heard Action of Steam on Solutions of Silver and of any erroneous statements, to give pub- Gold. The following observations on the licity to this letter, and also to give a copy action of steam on solutions of silver and of the receipt, in payment of 180 dollars, gold, were made by Professor Pfaff, whilst which I gave to Mr. Douglas, the English investigating the volatility of muriates Consul at Tangier, for some fine white contained in boiling water. When the cloth, to make presents of at Fez. I vapour of pure distilled water is made to mention these things to shew you how pass through a solution of nitrate of little pretext there was for their accusa- silver, the solution assumes all the shades tions ; but they are woefully mistaken if between yellow and dark brown, accord