8 JANUARY 1831

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THE "Silas Richards" has arrived with its annual freight of political intelligence from the United States. The Message of President JACKSON was delivered to Congress on the 7th...

The Emperor NICHOLAS has, by a ukase dated the 13th

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December, appointed General DIERITSCH generalissimo of the army destined to act against Poland. The same document declares the governments of Grodno, Wilna, Minsk, Podolia,...

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The Belgian Congress is busied in passing decrees for the

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internal regulation of the state. The imposts existing on the 31st December 1830, are continued for six months ; the additional 22 centimes on patents on the indirect taxes and...

The French journals supply this week but few points for

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chronicle or discussion. The Chambers have been occupied in examining and voting the law respecting the National Guard. The law of election has not yet been returned from the...

The Irish Government has issued a manifesto against popular meetings—for

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the discussion of the "repeal," we suppose, for we ' barve not heard of any other question that is at present in agitation; and, to enforce the manifesto, they have, it is...

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The quarterly account of the Revenue was published as usual

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on the 6th. The falling, off during the year ending the 5th insant, compared with that which ended 5th .January 1830, is 640,000/. In the Customs, there has been an increase of...

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THE KING.—IES Majesty continues to enjoy good health and the

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gay town of Brighton, as cheerfully as the weather-wl pe rmit. The 'Queen had a slight cold last week, but is now better. The Duke of Sussex has left the Pavilion for Holkham....

ConsussmNEns OF atisxnurrs.—An important meeting on the subject of these

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Commissioners was held at the London Tavern yesterday, Mr. Alderman Thomomin in the chair. Resolutions were unanimously passed, and a petition to Parliament agreed on, calling...

CLOSE Bonorotts.—The following liberal and judicious sentiments close a petition

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for Parliamentary Reform, signed by seventeen out of thirty of the select electors of the close borough of Tavistock. If these things be done in the green tree, what shall be...

Tim Smcni. ConsussmNs.—The Salisbury Commission opened on Saturday morning. The

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first and most important trial was that of the Pythouse rioters, concerning whom an account was published at the time. 1 Among the Grand Jurors in the Salisbury Commission, we...

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OLD BAILEY SESSIONS.—These sessions opened on Thursday. The calendar is

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light, and the cases have been without interest. The Common Sergeant has begun his career with a vigour that promises in time to rival that of his father. William Ewin, a young...

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Mn. STANLEY'S SEAT.—Mr. Stanley is to have the only Royal

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Borough in England—Windsor. By the arrangement completed, Sir Hussey Vivian, who sits for 'Windsor, is to vacate, receiving the appointment of Commander of the Forces in...


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Dainty LANE. Saturday—Henri Quatre—DavyJones, or Harlequin and Mother Cary's Chickens. Monday—Pizarro—Davy Jones. Tuesday—The School for Scandal—Davy Jones....

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The Cowan, Estrelly, from London, was totally wrecked at Algoa Bay during a heavy gale on the 9th Oct. Arrived.—At Gravesend, Jan. 4th, Warblington, Crosbie, from Mauritius. At...


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BIRTHS. On the 17th Dec. at Lancing Vicarage, the Lady of the Rev. C. Gnircirir, M.A. of a son. On the 29th Dec. at Eiwick Hail, Durham, the Lady of the Rev. JAMES ALLAN PARR,...


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PERSONAL INFLUENCES IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. LAST week we showed how the Members are sent to the House of Commons ; this week we give our tabular views of the WARPS which may...

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A MORALIST, who signs . himself ROBERT SOUTHEE, and dates his. letter from Copthall Buildings, has come forward in the Times this week to defend the purity." of his native city"...


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THE Times of Tuesday contained a -:ittng and rather a violent article on the subject of Ireland, recommending a strict enthreement of the-law, and, indirectly, a prosecution of...


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Two years ago, Mr. MARSHALL, the statist, published a set of tables, which, among other objects of curiosity, exhibited the variations in the official and real value of the...

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IT was a brilliant idea of VESTRIS * S to pitch a tent of her own—or Pavilion, as she calls it : her "Olympic Revels" will assuredly turn out to the advantage of herself and the...


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WE have received the following letter from a correspondent, a magistrate of Sussex; who sends also his name as a pledge for the accuracy of his statement. TO THE EDITOR OP THE...

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MR. HOGG is the only one of the old-established bards that perseveres in song: he is never tired: he sings from a full heart. Like Anacreon, we love to see an old man merry—it...

Poetry, which used to appear in bulky quartos, has now

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degenerated into the thin pamphlet: the verses look ashamed of themselves : they are like primroses in a frost, in an ungenial atmosphere, and showin , but few signs of a...

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Major LEITH HAY'S Narrative of' the Peninsular War is the

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Journal of a Soldier, far more intent upon great military movemente than either insulated achievements or individual observation. In the post of Aid-de-camp to General LEITH—an...

We rather praised the Sectarian, when it appeared; and we

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now avail ourselves of a second edition of the Dominic's Legacy, a work by the same author, though of a \ cry different kind, to perform an act of justice to the latter...

The Gentleman in Black is no clergyman : it is

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the individual who is represented as going about seeking whom he may devour, and against whom we are hebdomadally put on our guard from the pulpit. In former times, he was...

HARRIET (11rs. or Miss?) MARTINEAU'S Traditions of Pale.i , tide is a

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very superior peribrmance, and one we ought in,t to discuss in a few lines. It is the production of a mind thoroughly imbued in New Testament lore ; and though apparently the...

The Quarterly .Timrnal qf Education is more like the report

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of a society or institution, than a journal of discussion or a guide in matters of instruction. It reports a great deal that is going on, and which is very little worth while...

'On the same principles, we prefer a reading-book consisting of

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the entire work of one author, which we would have thorongly learned ; but if a reading-book, consisting of extracts from many - works, were to be chosen, we should certainly...

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We have read with much pleasure the little volume entitled

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Excitement; a very bad title for any thing else than a gin-shop. It consists of selections from narratives of striking and dangerous scenes. The commencing paper on the...

The Workin b a . Man's Companion is an able " palaver"

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on the uses and advantages of Machinery, contrived with a view to show that the existence of Machinery is a great blessing to the labourer. The author has made himself as...

MARTIN DOYLE is an Irish CORBETT,—that is to say, the

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agricultural Cobbett, the Long Island Gardener, the Indian Corn Chief; the Cottage Economist, the patron of locust-trees, and the enthusiastic eulogist of trenching and...

The Horseman's Manual is a treatise upon all those cases

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in which disputes may arise in the sale of horses. They are very numerous, and curious, as may be proved by the great number of horse causes which grace our courts of justice...

Theology, now-a-days, in literary enterprize comes lagging after the more

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active caterers for the public taste. The theological annual was long preceded by the profane contributors of verse and tale; and now the Theological or Sunday Library of Dr....

The Memoir of an Employe is the history of the

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turning out of Mr. SCHEENER from the Foreign Office, where he had been many years' a clerk: It is an affair with which the public have nothing to do, and about which it does not...

The London University Calendar is an imitation of the Calendars

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of Cambridge and Oxford ; for which publications we never could see any great use. They pretend to give a list of the scholarships, exhibitions, and other foundation benefits in...


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PEEPS AT TIIE PRINT-SHOPS. Tut NEW DEVIL'S BRIDGE is one of the must attractive novelties of the print-shops; and it is interesting as the first and only published view of this...

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Hymn for St. Stephen's Day. ' • Jerusalem." The Words by Bishop HEBER. These sacred compositions are the production of the Reverend W. H. IIAVERGAL ; and we can praise them...


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IT is no part of our office to criticise our brother critics—those, at least, who really deserve to be so called ; but we gladly avail ourselves of a change in the arrangement...


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TO VISCOUNT HOWICK, UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES. 27th December, 1830. MY LORD—If it be impossible to describe, from experience, the best mode of using one of the...

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Wednesday, January 5th, 1831, Professor Sedgwick, President, in the chair. A paper was read "On the General Structure of the Lake Mountains of the North of England, and on the...


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TO 1.1113 EDITOR OF TUE SPECTATOR. London, January 5, MI. DEAR SPEC.—A charge, amounting to little short of literary heresy towards SHAKSPEARE, the "god of our idolatry," was...


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SPANISH LIIIRARIES.—Many of the more considerable librariea in Spain have long been guarded with jealous care, and their treasures concealed from all eyes, but particularly from...