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had to deal with. When all the evidence, the very last; and when we two were alone, which was chiefly medical, had been given, he drew a small strap, such as fastens I was with the minority for Wilful mur- trousers at the foot, from an inner pocket, der against some person or persons un- and asked me whether it was mine ; 'for known,' against the rest, who were for I found it,' said he, "inside your house, 'Death by apoplexy;' and we starved betwixt the back of the door and the wall. the others out. Oh! sir, the shifts and lies ‘No, it is not,' I replied, but rather hesiI had to invent, the terrors that racked tatingly, for I saw he had some purpose in me by night and by day—and all begotten the question. “I thought so, he went by my cunning, dishonest ways-would on, 'for it is the fellow to that found upon have been punishment for a murderer in- John Spigat, the man who was murdered deed! About this great reward here, of fifty yards from here, in the Swaffham two hundred pounds, there was a ceaseless Road talk; and the wildest surmises as to how “I could not speak at first, nor do any. it would be gained, amongst our neigh- thing beyond making deprecating and bors. They came into our little back par- pitiful motions with my hands; but afterlor just as usual, and wounded us with wards I made shift to tell this Deckham every word. Now, mark my words,' the whole truth: ‘Likely enough, Master said one, the fellow will be discovered in Charlton,” he said, quite coolly ; .atween the end and hanged ;' and 'Ay, ay, mur- friends, however, such things looks better der will out, sooner or later,' said the rest. than before a judge and jury; I'll put a 'Sooner or later ! Great Heaven! how padlock on this here tongue, safe enough, those words haunted us! for now indeed if you'll fit it, as I am sure like a sensible we had played a part which, if discovered, man you will, with a golden key.' I felt would have proved us at once guilty: my the halter already round my neck—this wife took to her bed, and fairly sickened friend jerking it loosely or tightly as he from sheer anxiety. She had fever, and would; but there'seemed to be then no was delirious for weeks; and I never help for it. I paid five pounds that evedared to leave her, or let another watch ning—miserable dolt that I was—as a reby her bedside, for fear of what she might taining fee to a villain for working my rave upon. When the end came at last, total ruin. Many and many a time did my poor wife wanted to see the clergy- my children and myself go without the man; but I said 'No.' It was for the barest necessaries that that man might same reason that I would not send for Mr. have the means to indulge in debauchery Roland here, myself; he was a magistrate. and extravagance. I sold the shop, and You're not a magistrate?" demanded poor removed with my motherless bairns to Charlton, suddenly, with the damps of another part of the town; but Henborough terror mingling with those of death upon itself my tyrant would not permit me to his forehead. I quieted him as well as I leave. Loss of custom, loss of health, and was able, and begged him to set his mind almost loss of reason followed, of which at ease as to any earthly tribunal. After you now know the cause. This incubus a little time, and without noticing the bestrode me day and night, and wore my warning contained in my last words, he very life out. Often and often have I been continued:
a murderer at heart because of that mock“ Amongst the folks in our parlor, one ing fiend; once, indeed, he confessed to man in particular, a tailor, by name Deck- me, that a vague suspicion had alone inham, seemed never weary of talking of duced him to try me in the matter, and Spigat's murder. He was a miserably that the strap story was only an ingenious poor, ill-favored person, who had drilled touchstone of his own. Cunning as I was his way into our company by means of a then, I had been overreached ; and anxious sharp tongue. One night I told him flatly to efface the very breath of slander, I had enough I did not like such mournful talk, given a gratuitous proof of guilt. Here, and was quite tired of that theme. “Why, in this workhouse, friendless, penniless, I one would really suppose that you killed am safe from his persecutions ; but I tremthe man yourself ? he retorted. It seem- ble for my children, lest he use them also ed as if an arrow had darted through my as his tools. I strove to comfort him, brain for a moment, and I could hardly and to represent the folly of having subkeep upon my legs; but laughed it off as mitted to such a treatment at first: but I well as I could. He stayed, however, to was speaking to ears that could not listen. quietly look out for a purchaser, without communi. | 46, Dante. Le Terze Rime, first Aldine edition, £5 cating with the Orleans fainily.
158.; 101, Histoire de Geroleon d'Angleterre, £5 128. An edition of Schiller and Goethe's Xenien has re-6d.; 117, Les Quatre Fils Aymon, £5 58. cently been printed from the original manuscript formerly in the possession of Dr. Edward Boas.
THERE appears at present in Italy 311 newspapers
-partly political, partly scientific and artistic. A SELECTION, in three volumes, of the Correspond. They are distributed over the peninsula in the folence of Herder is in course of publication, and from lowing way: 85 appear in Lombardy, 87 in Sardinia, the interest and importance of the contents, is ex. 5 in Parma and Modena, 33 in Tuscany, 30 in the pected to command considerable attention. Professor Papal Dominions, and 56 in the Kingdom of both Düntzer is the editor of the work, which will contain Sicilies. letters from Goethe, Schiller, Klopstock, Jean Paul
THE Report of the Select Committee of the House Richter, Lavater, Jacobi, etc.)
of Commons on the Library of the House, has just THE fourth portion of the Dutch translation of been printed. Considerable additions have been Macaulay's England, has just been published by the made to the library during the last three years, and house of H. C. S. Ery, at the Hague.
a sum bequeathed by Mr. Phillips (secretary to
Speakers Abbott and Manners Sutton) has been paid OUR readers may not be aware that the laws, or by his executors and invested in the following works rather the custom of law, in Denmark, gives perpetu- - viz., the complete works of Cuvier, 2361; Wality to copyright. On a late occasion, the children of ton's "Biblia Sacra Polyglotta, " 421; various writers Oelenschagen, who has been called the Shakspeare of Byzantine History, 251.; and the "Silvestre, Paléoof Denmark, addressed to the Minister of the Interior graphie Universelle," 991. Large additions have been of that State, a petition for a grant of the copyright, made to the library in works of general history, the for a hundred years, of their father's works. The colonies, and East Indies, dictionaries, books of rereply of the Minister informed them that in the opi- ference, voyages and travels, collections of treaties, nion of the Procureur General, there was no occasion topography, political economy, and law. The room for any grant of the sort, and that by the law of the adjoining the Oriel room has been added to the li. land, there was no doubt of the right possessed by brary for the accommodation of the new books. AD the heirs of a deceased author to the exclusive right alphabetical catalogue to the books, which amount for ever of publishing themselves, or of assigning to to 20,000 vols. (exclusive of Parliamentary publicaothers, the right of publishing.
tions,) has been compiled and printed for the use of
Members. The Journal Index, 1837–52, is in type At the late excursion of the members of the Book
to the word "Orders," and other indexes have been sellers' Provident Institution, nearly one hundred
compiled and printed. members assembled on the grounds of the Retreat at Abbots Langley, and dined in a tent under the A ROMANCE which has lately appeared in Munich presidency of Mr. Edmund Hodgson, who presided in has created a great sensation in the highest circles in the ab
absence of Mr. Green. Through the exertions of Berlin. It is entitled “The Prince, my Beloved, and the latter gentleman, with the coöperation of nume- his Partisans," (Der Fürst, mein Leibchen, und seine rous friends, the Retreat has now assumed a more Parteigänger,") and is translated from the Polish prosperous position than it has hitherto held, a sum
of Count Rzewuzki, by Assessor Jerzwski into Gerof upwards of sixteen hundred pounds having been
man, but appears under the nom de plume of Bachinvested as a permanent maintenance fund, the inte
mann. The German critics speak of it as a rorest of which it is considered will prove nearly suffi- mance of the highest order; the story is founded on cient to keep the houses and grounds in repair. The
an historical fact of deep interest. The author saya Retreat and the Provident Fund conjointly offer ad- in his preface: "Just at present must the internal po vantages which few institutions present; and it is to licy of a nation verging on its fall, the noble strug. be regretted that the junior members of the trade do gles and efforts, phases of a life which seems rather not join the society in greater numbers than they do. I to belong to the present times, these must have a
The Illustrated Monthly News, is the title of a new special interest for our own day." The fall of the kingperiodical announced to be published at the office of dom of Poland forms the leading subjects of the the Klatteradatsch (the German Punch)at Berlin. romance; the dramatis personce are essentially
Polish in their characteristics; the incidents are stirA CURIOUS collection of letters relating to Wallen- | ring, and the national features well portrayed. The stein and the Thirty Years' War, has been discovered book may be regarded rather as an historical meamong the records of the Collalto family, in their moir of the times than as a mere work of fiction; it castle at Pirnitz. These interesting documents are is more true than poetical, presenting us with life published by Herr von Chlumezkz, Keeper of the pictures of the time and country. It is a curious Records at Brünn.
fact that whilst the King of Prussia was in Berlin, THE Directors of the Crystal Palace have now
marking his approbation of the work, by presenting opened their library gratis to visitors, and have as
the author with a valuable diamond pin, the petty signed a portion of the reading-room as an advertis
representative of majesty in Posen had prohibited ing medium for such publishers as may choose to
the sale of the book in that town. So much for support the library by donations.
despotic power committed to stupid and ignorant
officials-this, too, in the so-called liberal and enlightAt the late sale of rare books at Messrs. Sotheby's,
ened Prussia. on August 26th, a copy of the magnificent work, Peintures et Ornemens des Manuscrits Français de THOMAS DE QUINCEY is a contributor to the new puis le Huitième Siècle jusqu'à la fin du Seizième, 20 English periodical called The Titan. In the Septemvols., executed under the direction of Count Auguste ber number he has an article entitled "Storms in Bastard, was sold for £180. Amongst other lots, 3, English History: a glance at the reign of Henry Allen, Traité Politique, on vellum, fetched £3 98.; VIII."
Each of the fine arts has a literature of for the common reader, and they influence own, not excepting even the last jocular the tone of our general literature. These ion to their number—that of Murder. separate streams at some points touch and of them have been amongst the most mingle with the main current. The literasources of book-making. The com- ture of music is the one exception to this of the preacher, as to the endless-rule. Here the stream flows entirely apart, hat branch of industry, might in- and sometimes even dips out of the come had little ground if nature alone mon ken, like those subterranean rivers
drawn upon for themes. Facts which travellers describe. Musical critially laconic, but tastes abhor bre- cism is usually such a mosaic of technical iny a picture, covering little can- dilletantisms, that to the uninitiated reader ackened large breadths of paper; an open score of the work it treats of would es, who saw only a sermon in a scarcely be more inscrutable; and if we ht have seen a thick folio in it except Mr. Holmes's charming Life of appened to be carved. Books Mozart, we have no biography of a comind, however, consisting mostly poser which can be supposed to exert any im and biography, though they attractive force beyond the limits of the m and are devoted to the several musical guild. The heavy historical laisually something of interest | bors of Hawkins, Burney, Busby, and
Latrobe, are certainly not classics in the Life and Works of the late Felix
same sense as are the works of Reynolds holdy. By JULES BENEDICT. Lon.
and Vasari. Even Burgh's Anecdotes,
though addressed to "the British female rohn Bartholdy. Ein Denkmal für dilletanti,” presuppose, we fear, more zeal Von W. A. LAMPADIUS. Leipzig: and more science than are common an Music, Recollections, and Criti
amongst the St. Cecilias of our drawingZY F. CELORLEY. London: Smith,
The isolation of music from its sister arts -NO. IV.
The wifeless, childless man was dying fast, ! he had concealed so carefully, into my an awful lesson to the crafty and untruth-hand. A sudden dread of awakening sus ful. What a little leaven of dishonesty picion, even after death, had nerved dishad leavened all this lump! How the solving nature for that effort, and hardly path of life had been darkened to it for did the grey head touch the pillow before ever by the merest shadow! While I al- his worn heart ceased to beat. Near most doubted whether he was alive or twenty years, as long as most burn on in dead, he sprang up once again into a sit- fruitless hope, it had throbbed in ground. ting posture, and pressed the paper, which less fear!
LIFE OF PRINCE TALLEYRAND, with Extracts from Tender and True, by the author of Clara Morison; his Speeches and Writings, by CHARLES J. McHARG. Kate Coventry, originally published in Fraser's MagaNew York: Published by Charles Scribner, 377) zine. The list of published books continues to remain Broadway.
as brief as for the past month; it comprises The Dodd Next to the old Emperor Napoleon, Prince Talley Family at Home, complete in 2 vols.; Out on the rand was one of the most remarkable men of the age World, 3 vols.; the Second Part of the Daisy Chain; and country in which he lived. Possessing eminent The Hills of the Shatemuc, by Miss Warner; Camtalents, consummate ability and sagacity as a states- bridge in the 17th Century, containing the Autobiman, he was the prince of ambassadors and diploma- ography of Matthew Robinson; Astrology as it is; tists. The associate and confidential adviser of kings Lardner's Hand-Book of Astronomy; the Eighth and emperors when Europe was convulsed to its cen- Volume of Orr's Circle of the Sciences; the Second tre, and thrones and kingdoms crumbled, he exerted Volume of Russell's Letters to The Times, completan influence on the destinies of France, to which few ing his history of the Crimean Campaign; Aris Willmen have attained. Living amidst the stormiest pe- mott's Poets of the 19th Century; Emerson's Eng. riods of French history, he rode safely over the tur. lish Traits; Wordsworth, a Biograpby; Béranger's
nt waves of successive revolutions, and while Songs, translated by Robert Brough; Capt. Stoney's others were engulphed and perished, his gallant bark Residence in Tasmania; Ellicott's Pastoral Epistles: kept boldly on its course, steered with masterly skill. Hamilton's Thoughts on Truth; and new editions of For more than half a century he acted a conspicuous Macaulay's Field Fortification, Foster's Critical Espart in the history and politics of France, sharing | says, Warren's Blackstone, It is Never Too Late to largely in the long panorama of stirring scenes and Mend, Hajji Baba, The Protestant, (by Mrs. Bray.) events of colossal magnitude which marked that Miss Edgeworth's Popular Tales, Masterman Ready, period. The life, experience and observation of such Heart of Midlothian. a man, cannot fail to be read with interest. Such is Mr. McHarg's book. He has collected and arranged
ANOTHER copy of the quarto edition of Hamlet, his materials, facts, anecdotes, and illustrations, with
1 (1603,) of which the only other copy at present much ability. His book is a desideratum. The in
known is in the possession of the Duke of Devonterest excited by its perusal is cumulative and con.
shire, has lately turned up, and although imperfect tinuous to the end. We remember to have seen
in the beginning, supplies at the end that portion of Prince Talleyrand leaning on the arm of an attend.
which the Duke's copy is deficient. This copy, which ant, his hair white as wool, and his piercing eyes
comes from Ireland, was, we learn on good authority, flashing with diamond-like brilliancy. The portrait
offered to Mr. Halliwell, and to the British Museum, is a striking likeness.
for 50 guineas, and by both refused; it then came
into the hands of Messrs. Boone, of Bond street, who Among the few announcements of new books from
have sold it, Sybilline fashion, to Mr. Halliwell, at the London press, are-The Marquis of Normanby's
the advanced price of £120. By their terms of sale, Year of Revolution; Ivors, by the author of Amy
the book remains for three months at Messrs. Boone Herbert; The Chronology of Art, by Mr. Geo. Scharf, Jun; England's Greatness, by John Wade; The
where it may be seen. Theory of War, by Lieut.-Col. Macdougall, of Sand- THE Directors of the Booksellers' Provident Instihurst; a new and miniature edition of Moore's Epi- tution, announced at a late meeting, that the income curean ; Edgar Bardon, by W. Knighton, author of had so far exceeded the demand for relief, that they The Private Life of an Eastern King; a new volume had been enabled to increase the invested capital of of Poems by Gerald Massey; Self and Self-sacrifice the Institution, which now amounts to £21,610. by Anna Lisle; Life in Ancient India, by Mrs. Speir The relief administered during the past year amounted to £785. These facts should certainly be addi-munications between the Scandinavian kingdoms, tional inducements to those who have not done so' and reducing the postage on letters and books; they to join the Institution, while they should on no ac- also decided on founding a central Scandinavian count cause the efforts of its active friends to relax. library, on establishing an annual book-fair similar to
that of Leipsic, on improving their trade relations, THE Tribunal of Commerce at Paris, has fined a
and on getting up a fund for the relief of such of their publisher two thousand francs, (£80,) for inserting
body as may fall into distress. in a catalogue appended to a work published by him, a deprecatory remark on a rival publication.
Ar Liege, there was within the last few days, a
competition for prizes in poetry in the Walloon lanMR. BENTLEY, the London publisher, has obtained
guage, and the fire and inspiration of the Walloon the whole of Horace Walpole's unpublished corre
poets produced such excellent verses, that the judges spondence with his friend and deputy in the Exche
felt themselves necessitated to award two first and quer, Mr. Grosvenor Bedford. Old Mr. Bedford (the
one second prizes. uncle of Southey's correspondent) was the channel of many of Walpole's unknown communications with In our last, we recorded that, amongst the prizes the public papers, and at times of his many unosten awarded by the Académie Française of Paris, in its tatious charities. “Horry," as Lady Mary Wortley last annual sitting, was one to M. Bartholmess, for delighted to call him, will be found to have had a his "Histoire des Doctrines Religieuses de la Philosoheart, after all. His charitable sympathies were phie Moderne.” We have now to record the death chiefly with poor prisoners for debt. This accession of this gentleman. The melancholy event took place will give additional interest to the forthcoming edi- suddenly, at Nuremburg, a few days ago. The detion of "Walpole's Letters."
ceased possessed considerable reputation as a philoTHE Builder notices an important invention in ste
sophical writer on the continent. reotype: “One of the persons employed in the State THOUGH she was little known in the general world printing-office of Vienna, has made the discovery, of letters, the death of Mrs. Schimmelpenninck, of that plates of plaster of Paris will uniformly contract Clifton, at the age of seventy-eight, claims a record by a repeated washing with water, and still more if in a literary journal. Her work on “Port Royal" with spirits of wine. On this is based a process to and its dependencies, many years ago published and produce both print (drucksachen) and woodcuts in circulated in the sectarian world, besides displaying various gradations of type and size, by a calculated a thorough knowledge of languages, and of the bear. diminution of the plaster of Paris plate. Already ings of the Jesuit and Jansenist controversy, was print and drawings have been made of a twelfth-part excellent as a piece of narrative. Her “Theory of size, reduced from three inches to one inch in diame Beauty and Deformity," though disfigured by crotchter, and yet even the reduction to the smallest size ets, was full of ingenious speculation and curious does not encroach on the perfect correctness of the example. She was an eccentric, but a learned and impression.'
accomplished woman, THE Academie Française, at its sitting on the
THE Liverpool Mercury states that the success 28th of August, announced its prizes for last year.
which has attended the formation of the free-lending Amongst them is one of 2000 francs, (£80,) for a
libraries in Liverpool, is quite unprecedented, and poem on the Eastern War; another, of the same
their increasing usefulness is becoming daily more amount, for a Eulogium of Regnard, the dramatic
and more apparent. At present, the issue averages
upwards of 4500 volumes per week. The care which poet; and a third, of £120, which has been more than once offered, and offered in vain, for the best treatise
is taken of the books, and the punctuality with which « On the State of Letters, and the Progress of Intel
they are returned, are remarkable ; and although ligence in France in the first part of the Seventeenth
| there have been upwards of 350,000 volumes lent Century, before the tragedy of the Cid, and Descartes'
since the commencement, only three or four books of treatise on Method.” Finally, the Académie an
| trifling value have been really lost to the libraries. nounces that in 1858, it will give £120 for the best
In the selection of books, all tastes, as far as practitreatise “On the Historical and Oratorical Genius of
cable, have been consulted; and the readers have Thucydides."
now between 13,000 and 14,000 volumes to select
from. The high class of reading which the statistics We hear that the object of the preservation of the exhibit is most cheering, and the happiest results house in which Shakspeare is said to have been born, must necessarily flow from the establishment of such is about to be effectually accomplished, by the bounty institutions. of a gentleman of the name of John Shakspeare, (who
The French tribunals have been occupied with a claims to be descended collaterally from the poet,) resident not far from the neighborhood of Stratford
case which seems strongly to illustrate the defective
state in which the law of that country is with respect upon-Avon. He has given no less a sum than between £2000 and £3000, in order that the small
to property in manuscripts. A bookseller, having edifice in Henley street may be separated from other
by purchase come into the possession of certain man
uscripts of the late Louis Philippe, communicated the buildings, and put in a condition to resist, as far as
fact to the Orleans family, and gave them the option possible, the inroads of time. The money has actually,
of purchasing, if so disposed. The Duke D'Aumale, as we hear, been paid over to certain trustees, we believe forming at present the principal members of
to whom the application was made, took no notice
of it; but legal proceedings were commenced by the the corporation of Shakspeare's native town.
family to obtain the manuscripts without purchase. The booksellers of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, The bookseller declares that, whatever may have have just held a “Congress " at Copenhagen. They been the history of the papers, he came by them decided in it, after due deliberation, to petition the honestly enough, and defends his rights pertinaciously. King of Denmark to cause the Diet to adopt laws for The next time he gets such precious wares into posprotecting literary property, increasing postal com- | session, he will probably keep his own counsel, and