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polite as to pretend to like it. A stranger is agreeably surprised to find, in many houses he enters, Italian airs saluting his ears; and it has been observed, that Corelli, is a name in more mouths, than many of our Lord Lieutenants. The humane and gentle disposition of the inhabitants, may, in some measure, be attributed to the refinement of this divine art. The harp, which is the armorial ensign of the kingdom, wrought great achievements in the hand of the Israelites' king; and Cambrensis affirms, that the Irish, some hundred years ago, were incomparably well skilled in this instrument, beyond what he had observed in many other nations, which is also confirmed by Polydore Virgil. In this city, is a good Theatre, where the comedians from Dublin entertain the town generally during the summer assizes, and a month or two longer, as they meet with encouragement. There is a smaller one in Brcad-lane, which is not now made use of; and indeed, one Play. house seems to be more than sufficient for this city. Here are only two Coffee houses, both near the Exchange; they are much frequented, and besides the English newspapers, have most of the Dublin
The better sort are fond of news and politics, and are well versed in public affairs.”---Smiti.
Mr. T. CROFTEN CRoken's FAIRY LEGENDS OF TIIE SOUTH OF I KELAND. A second edition of this popular little volume has been published, ornamented with some spirited etchings designed by Mr. M'Clise, a talented
young artist residing in Cork. There are some additional notes also, and a commendatory letter to the author from Sir Walter Scott. This work has been translated into Italian and German.---The German translator is the celebrated M. Grim.
The Duke of Buckingham is printing, at his own expense, some valuable ancient Irish MSS.
There is appended to the second edition of Prior's Life of Edmund Burke, an interesting paper, entitled “ Recollections," written by our distinguished and talented countryman, The Hon. Sir William Cusack Smiih, Bart., the second Baron of the Court of Exchequer.
NEWENIL N's VIEWS OF THE ANTIQUITIES OF IRELAND. We have seen one of the specimens of this interesting publication, and can confidently recommend the work to public patronage. --The first portion is to appear in the course of this movih, and the whole is not to exceed twelve parts.---We copy Mr. Newenham's Prospectus.
“ In the discharge of official duty, as Superintendent General in the Barrack Department of Ireland, (an orice which I held for twenty-five years,) my inspection obliged me to visit repeatedl, its diferent establishments; and I devoted my leasure hours, not employed in the duties of my otice, to shotching the remains of such Irish Antiquities as appeared to me to deserve the mouce of the artist and of the antiquarian, From my sketches I have selectel those whicli, on the score of architectural effect, and scenic beauty, I considered as most likely to attract that notice, and to deserve it. In this selection, however, I have had in view the preservation, as far as the pencil of the painter can effect it, of such architectural ruins as may best show to the antiquarian how far the Irish, in the early ages of Christianity, had advanced in architecture ; and while the Picturesque Sketches Low to be presented to the public, will offer views of the different ed.fices, civil and religious, erected since the fifth century, at which era architecture bail made much progress in this kingdom. The whole will be an illustration and onamental appendage to the History of Ireland, and the study of its antiquities, now the subject of much elaborate research. The execution of this work, in the present improved state of the lithographic art, shail be such as, exclusive of its object, to entitle it to be placed in the port-feuille, beside those Drawings and Engravings of eminence, which are usually selected for their mani!. Ia the pio755 of the wires, there shall be delivered additional numbers, containing descriptions, historical and scenic, of the several plates. To rescue from oblivion those remains of the antiquities and architectural grandeur of Ireland, is the object of this publication ; and the Author anxiously hopes that his efforts may appear to merit that countenance from the public, which those to whom he has submitted his productions, assure him he has some claims to expect. That the work will be executed in the best manner, the office he holds, and the station he bears in society, are his best guarantee.”
Fossil Deer of Ireland. The most fine and perfect skeleton ever discovered of this animal, has been presented to the Museum of the Royal Dublin Society, by the Rev. Archdeacon Maunsell. An account of this magnificent skeleton has been published by Mr. Hart, Fellow of the Royal Irish College of Surgeons, in which it is described to be a perfect in
every single bone of the framework which contributes to form a part of “ its general outline: the spine, the chest, the pelois, and the extreme“ ties are all complete in this respect; and when surmounted by the head, “ and beautifully expanded antlers, which extend out to a distance of “ nearly six feet on either side, forms a splendid display of the reliques of “the former grandeur of the animal kingdom, and carries back the ima“gination to a period, when whole herds of this noble animal wandered “ at large over the face of the country.”
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
We have received many valuable communications, for which we feel obliged, and have to apologize to a great many, both of old and new Correspondents, for having made no private acknowledgment of their favours, We shall soon devote a few days to answering their letters.
The following is a list of some articles which we have either already received, or are in preparation :-
A DAY AT TINNAHINCH.-Numbers 2 and 3 of remarks on Shakspeare, containing “ The Midsummer's Night Dream” and“ Measure for Measure." -Irish County HISTORIES; containing a review of the works of Smith, Stuart, Mason, Hardiman, M‘Skimmin, Ryland, Fitzgerald, &c. ---On Birds migrating, or appearing and disappearing at certain seasons; with observations on the Birds of Ireland.-A review of Sir William Betham's Irish Antiquarian researches.—The Cork River and Harbour.A Midsummer's Spell.—Specimens of German Tragedy. -—Translations from the Irish.—On the state of the Fine Arts in Ireland.—Essays on the Antiquities, and on the Druidical Religion of Ireland.-On the music of Ireland.—May Eve, an Irish story.---A Sketch of an excursion made to the County of Wicklow in September, 1825.---Notes of Irish Biography.--.ORIGINAL LETTERS OF THE Poet, DERMODY.--- Lough Neagh Fairies.---Irish Watering Places, No. I.--- Kilmallock revisited. --On the novels of Miss Edgeworth, Lady Morgan, and Miss Crumpe.--College Sketches, No. 1. Entrance.---Letters from Trinity College.---A Night in London.---The Boarding House. --An essay on the question, whether Poetry or Oratory is entitled to the highest place in Literature.--Trips by the Mail.--- Recollections of Dr. Percy, the late Bishop of Dromore.--- Some account of the late Charles Robert Maturin.---The Picture Galleries of Ireland; Convamore, Besborough, Down-Hill, &c.-Historical account of Private Theatricals in Ireland. - Visit to Glengarriff and Inchiclough.---Account of Mac Swine's Gun.--- On amateur Artists ---&c.
We have received several articles respecting “ the Posthumous Letters of Amy Grey"---The last and most talented is entitled, a Remonstrance to “a Quiz,*" from his cousin, Paddy O'Flanigan. It is a humorous poem of over two hundred lines :
Paddy, attracted by some gay Lottery bills, stepped into the shop of our worthy publisher,
“ 'Twas too early for dandies and ladies in cor.ches,
“ And M. Ps. and parsons to make their approaches.” Through the glass door that separates the outer shop from the inner apartment, he espied our publisher with a group of
“ His genteelest apprentices.---authors they call 'em,
“ Who make the new books for the critics to maul 'em." Paddy then boasts of his scholarship :
“ I was trava'd for a Priest by my uncle in Kerry,
Only Betsny O'Donoghue fell in my way,
“ And put all my humanity out of my head.”
“Just be g'd for a peep at the new act of Parliament,
To try what the speeches about wheat and barley meant :
“ To dis close all I heard about you, Cousin Quiz." The conversation, it appeared, turned on Amy Grey, and her interesting and talented letters r eceived the highest commendation---while poor Paddy had the mortification to hear, his cousin's remarks, thus commented upon:
“ This is low composition, sir---much below par..-
“ Tor take the same hodge podge of he, she and it --
Qui dont know them asunder--the devil a bit---
y Grey's Amy Grey---she's a shrewd clever fellow ---
hen he's she, she's an ass---when she's he, he's a wit---
jen he thinks he has made a most capital hit,
je affixed to “ Observations on Amy Grey” in our Secoud Number,
Paddy now begins to expostulate with his cousin---and thus concludes his epistle :
“Oh! how little they thought that your own blood relation
We have received the following solution to Professor Porson's Enigma, which appeared in our First Number.
The guardiar. dog, we oft call cur, 'tis true;
The Printer's Devil.---From several typographical errors in our former numbers, which must have provoked the anger of our esteemed correspondents, we determined, as a punishment upon our Printer's Devil, who is the most wicked, wayward, stuttering, and annoying sprite imaginble, to enclose him again in his phial, and let him remain in his crystal habitation like his predecessor Asmodeus, (from whom he only differs by using one stick instead of two) until another Don Cleophas should release hina from confinement. He has however pleaded strongly against this infringement on his liberty, during the warm month of August, and in palliation of his numerous errors, has confessed his late violent attachment for another spirit, which so bewildered his brain, as sometimes, to double the objects of vision, and at others, to deprive him altogether of sight. ---We strongly suspect it was under this delusive influence that in the 56 th page of our First Number, in the passage “ there is a tone of voice like Cordelia’s,-low, gentle, and soft,” he rather comically substituted the word “cordials," for " Cordelia's.”
In No. I. Page 55, for lowly station, he prints silken attire.
.. recreations. ,148, mythology, ...
any ideology. He has requested us respectfully to solicit pardon from our numerous correspondents for the above, and such other errata, as have appeared in their valuable productions; and to assure them, that no attention shall in future be wanted on his part, to bring their valuable favors liefore the public eye, with the accuracy of a metropolitan publication.
The middle of the last century may be properly termed the midnight of Irish Literature. Ireland though not then deficient in the production of genius, as is proved in her Barrys, Murphys, Goldsmiths, Sterncs, &c., either produced it for the exaltation of British intellect, or only to vegetate in unproductiveness and obscurity at home. While England became the grand refugium, Ireland continued to be constantly drained of her own master minds, and was thus left without a literature, or a name. civilized state, or a nation acquainted with letters, this isiand was as little known in the literature of the period as the least of the Hebrides, or the most obscure of the misty Shetlands. The traveller scrupulously avoided her shore, and no man of name in the world of letters would endanger his reputation by noticing her. Indeed a man of such robust frame of mind as Johnson, might speculate on the bold possibility of visiting our Boetia; but he could find it less hazardous, and the public would deem it less extravagant in him, to perform a journey to the Highlands of Scotland and the western Isles. In more ancient times when a literary man was missing on the Continent, it was usually observed of him, amandatus est ad disciplinam in Hibernia. The case seems to have been reversed in the 18th century, when none but a literary outlaw under the ban of society, would fling himself on tabooed ground, as Ireland then was. A few obscure tourists, it is true, regardless of the public opprobruim, of which they were too worthless to be the objects, might, with little peril and detriment to the sale of books never fated to circulate, resign themselves to a six inonths' expatriation, and eat our beef, and, like Twiss, abuse the legs of our women. For this state of things the Irish were partly in fault themselves ; a singular want of literary enterprize or activity, as well as a criminal disre