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Douglas was written by Home, and not by Bishop Horne. It seems we took the wrong bull by the horn. Such mistakes will happen in the best regulated families.

A Mr. A. Black, of Edinburgh, has written our publisher a very choleric letter, denying that the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal is either dead or dying ; accusing us of a wish to “puff off' Dr. Brewster by the most contemptible falsehoods;" after calling upon us to contradict our statement, he proceeds to admit its correctness, by acknowledging that “ to avoid connecting himself with a lawsuit between Dr. Brewster and Messrs. Constable," Dr. Jamieson has dropped the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, and commenced another with a new name. The fact is, that Dr. Brewster was the original proprietor of the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, and when his agreement with Messrs. Constable and Co. terminated, (at the twentieth number), he sold the work to Mr. Blackwood; but as Messrs. Constable and Co. unwarrantably assumed that they were the proprietors, and continued to publish a work under the old title, Dr. Brewster commenced “ The Edinburgh Journal of Science.” In consequence of the failure of Messrs. Constable and Co., their journal has been discontinued; Professor Jamieson has however commenced a new work, with a fresh bookseller, under a different title, as any body else might have done ; and notwithstanding this fact, which Mr. A. Black himself admits, that person has the assurance to write our publisher an abusive letter, (of which he forgets to pay the postage), accusing us of falsehood and misrepresentation. We know nothing of Dr. Brewster, and have no interest in recommending his work, but we will now say what we feel and believe to be the truth; that it is the best work of the kind published, and can therefore have little to fear from the abortive thing that is opposed to it. We hope Mr. Black is satisfied.

The editor of a Glasgow paper, states that a gentleman on whose veracity he can rely, informs him, that he was passing along the east coast of Bute, near Rothsay, on Wednesday fortnight, when he saw within a yard of the shore, a mermaid combing her fine black hair with the utmost deliberation !

A cave, containing fossil bones, has lately been discovered on the banks of the Garonne, near Bourdeau. The bones are principally of the tyger and the hyena, and are analogous to those, the remains of which were found in the neighbourhood of Paris. We

e are happy to hear, that the English translation of a new work by Frederick Schlegel, entitled “A view of Classical Antiquity," is nearly ready for publication.

The “Rejected Articles” lately published by Mr. Colburn, is from the pen of Mr. P. G. Patmore. There is rather a droll circumstance connected with the appearance of this volume. The author introduced an article purporting to be a review of Tremaine, in the Blackwood style, in which he contrived to quote some very absurd passages from the book under review. This gave such offence to the sensitive Mr. Ward, that Mr. Colburn was induced to cancel the paper, and supply its place with some vapid imitations of Lord Byron, before a hundred copies of Mr. Patmore's book had been disposed of. Having accomplished this excision, a new title-page was printed, and the remaining copies announced as a second edition. O, Wicount Wictoire de Soligny!

There are one or two very excellent articles in the last Monthly Magazine; those on “ Debt," and “ Fashionable Novels,” more especially. ing,” is sad vapid trash; nor is the paper on the proper use of eyes, a great deal better. Mr. C. Webbe's “ Haroun" is worth a cart load of such rubbish.

The estimated number of looms, propelled by water and steam power, in the United Kingdoms, including those in preparation for working previous to the stagnation, and as near as any calculation can be made, is 57,000. The average produce, taking it at 22 square yards of cloth a day, makes 1,254,000 ; or, 1,741 yards a minute; weekly, 7,524,000; monthly, 31,330,000; yearly,

“ My Lodg376,200,000. Allowing six yards to each person, for yearly consumption, will supply 62,700,000, and will cover 62,700 acres of ground, and in length, would extend 213,750 miles, and reach across the Atlantic Ocean 71 times !

Peele's Coffee House was sold by auction a few weeks ago. The files of a large proportion of the newspapers published in Great Britain, were included in the purchase.

We are sorry to have to announce the death of Mr. Byerly, the Editor of the Literary Chronicle, the Star, evening newspaper, and the Mirror; and the compiler of the Percy Anecdotes. He died on the 28th of July. He established, if we mistake not, the Literary Chronicle, now in the eighth year of its age. He appears to have been an indefatigable writer; and if we except an occasional spurt at the Literary Gazette, and its contributors, he was, altogether, a very fair and impartial periodical critic. His private friends speak of him as an extremely warm-hearted, and excellent man; and from all that we have heard of his character, we see no reason to question the correctness of their testimony.

A Correspondent, who professes to know a good deal of what is passing in the literary world, assures us, most confidently, that we have been misinformed as to the circulation of the Edinburgh Review. The sale, he delares, exceeds nine thousand; and he adds, that Messrs. Longman and Co. do not propose to publish it from choice, but because they have, as co-partners with Messrs. Constable and Co., no other alternative. Some differences have, it appears, arisen between the Great House and Mr. Jeffrey, which are not likely to be terminated without recourse to a court of law. It seems that the sum which the editor of the Edinburgh Review should have received quarterly for his own lucubrations, and the payment of his contributors, was 7001. This 2,800l. per annum he unwisely suffered to accumulate in the hands of Messrs. Constable and Co., until it has reached an amount of several thousands; and although Messrs. Longman and Co. are said to have paid their quota of his salary to Messrs. Constable, regularly, he intends, we hear, to sue the former firm for the entire sum now due to him. If he was aware that Messrs. Longman and Co. made their payments punctually, and he chose to risk his money, by allowing his friends the use of it, he can have no claim, either in law or equity, upon Messrs. Longman & Co. If the claim be persisted in, it will of course be opposed, and, we doubt not, most successfully. A bookseller does well, in these times, if he pays an author once; to expect new editions of payment, as well as new editions of books, strikes us as being somewhat unreasonable. Possibly, the real facts of the case may not have transpired.

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