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Te vozat, ipsa mali quondam heu! vix conscia, been, who, some five-and-twenty years ago,
knocked off the powdered wig and cocked Nec frustra vocet-at coinmuni sanguine cretos hat of Simo and Pamphilus, and deprived Concordes inter stet Pietatis honor!
Davus of his plush small-clothes, to intro. Dum loquimur, lætis rebo.int clamoribus oræ ;
duce the Attic costume that now gives Pacifico plausu littora pulsa sonant! Non ho lie, ut quondam fatalis michina: navis 15 such an elegant aspect to the Westminster
Intrat in Angliacas, hospes, inerinis, aques : performances! We agree with a contemEt Nautæ Sautis, Proles generos 1 Parenti, Virtus Virtuti, debita dona refert!
porary, that the captain of the school, Mutui tum populos conjungit Gratia binos; when, in addition to his accustomed duty Cognatos teneat consociatus Amor!
of bewailing the dead and complimenting Sic - Jatris pulchra tu Filia pulchrior-orbi Tutela, exemplum, gloria major eris;
the living, he was charged to celebrate Nomine sic vero ties “ E PLURIBUS UNUM;"
the fortunes of the Westininster stage, LIBERTATE tua sic eris usque potens!
might as well have been furnished with a (From the “Times” of Dec. 19.) line adverting to the improver of costume. The “Spectator" thus comments upon “ Julius Cæsar, who complained of the the preceding :
want of vis comica in Terence himself, “That 'fine old institution' the West- would have made a wofully long face at minster play has this year been manifested this year's epilogue. It is, as usual, drawith all its peculiar pomp. The same pro. matic in its form ; but, instead of being a scenium, with the same drop-scene, rising langhable squib on some of the lighter t discover the saine Athenian street, that themes of the day, it mainly consists of a some of the older among us saw forty- description of American slavery, with all seven years ago, still serves as the frame. its oft-recounted horrors, given by Pamwork for the performances of the Queen's philus to his father Simo. •Uncle Tom' Scholars, who are likewise as unalterable and Dred' have travelled in all sorts of as possible; for youth is not apt in the places, but we scarcely expected to find representation of individuality, and hence them, clothed in Latin elegiacs, at Westone histrionic boy is as similar as possible minster School. to another. Who, accustomed to the
Dec. 19. Westminster festival, and knowing that Russia.- According to the "Journal Andria was the play proper for the of Constantinople,” the Russians retook year, could not predict beforehand the Soudjuk Kaleh on the 22nd of November, precise manner in which the dignity of “and drove out the Circassians, after an Simo, the craft of Davus, the grief of obstinate resistance. On the following Pamphilus, would be portrayed ? Nay, day, the same general captured a Turkish wbo could not point out in the book the brig and eighteen boats, under pretence exact places where the laughter and ap- that their papers were not regular. Some plause would fall? Nothing in the world other boats escaped, and got into Treis so truly conservative as the 'Westmin- bisond, where the consuls drew up reports ster play.' Of this year's Andria we of the affair." may briefly observe, that it is distinguished The latter news is doubted, for no better by less individual excellence, and a more reason than that, in ber present circumgeneral appearance of spontaneity, than stances, Russia would not act so. many performances we have witnessed in A reform in the military administration old times.
of Russia, rendered necessary by the scan“ The prologue, with the notes attached dalous abuses so often detected in that to it, enlarges our sphere of historical in- department, has just been adopted. The formation. We learn from it that the commanding officer of every regiment has Westminster play' was first provided hitherto been charged with the entire with appropriate scenery by Dr. Mark- equipment and provisioning of his men, ham in 1758, and that the present decora- and has had a certain sum allowed him tion dates from 1809. Next year, it ap. for that purpose;– he was not required to pears, there will be some novelty in the account for the expenditure of the funds shape of adornment. We repeat our re- intrusted to him, but was held responsible mark, --nothing is so truly conservative as a contractor for keeping his regiment as the Westminster play. Kingdoms are in a proper condition. This system having undermined and fall; dynasties begin to been found inconvenient, the government totter, and their tottering ends in a shorter has now commenced a different one in the time than is required to alter an inch of Ismailovski regiment of the Guards : a canvas in St. Peter's dormitory. What regimental finance committee, to consist a bold man must that innovator have of a chef de bataillon, ano: her superior
15 The Arctic ship “Resolute," so gracefully restored by the American Government lately, to the Queen-an omen of better feeling for the future.
officer, and four subalterns, will have the thority, to have declined any office which management of the funds, and give an would have removed him from his right account of them to government.
place near the Queen: the degree of adThe National Gallery.- At length some- vice which he afforded to the Sovereign, as thing may be done about the new Na Privy Councillor and as Consort, was ex. tional Gallery, and the concentration of plained by Sir Robert Peel. The pleasant our national art-treasures. The estate pamphleteer challenges evidences of real at Kensington-gore waits for the palace culpability even in the minor cases : If the that in good time may receive our various Prince is a game-preserver, where are the collections; but the opposition of taste, “game-cases” that he has prosecuted beinterest, and opinion to that site has fore the magistracy? if the Prince is not rendered fresh inquiry necessary,- former a good sailor, how is it that he never sufreports from parliamentary committees fers at sea, though our sailor Queen somebeing indecisive. Lord Palmerston-wisely, times sutlers ? What lady-in-waiting, or in our judgment—has selected six royal lord either, has resigned from ill-treatment commissioners outside the House of Com- at court ? On the contrary, what court in mons, gentlemen more directly respons- other lands, or in other times, could shew ible to the nation which holds their farne the saine perfect purity of life, the same in keeping than members of parliament. deference for public opinion, the same The commissioners are Lord Broughton, hearty participation in the sympathies of the Dean of St. Paul's, Mr. R. Ford, Mr. Eng ish 1 fe, the same dignity, with the Faraday, Mr. Cockerell, R.A., and Mr. kindly, family feeling, which distinguishes George Richmond. These gentlemen are the first house in the land ? We might charged, not only to “inquire into and find homeliness in the court of Frederick determine” the site of the new National William, or Queen Charlotte-and nigGallery, but also to report on the desir- gardly bad taste : the family dodge was ableness of combining with it the fine- kept up in the household of the Citizen art and archeological collections of the King, but “Mr. Smith” never lost sight of British Museum.- Athenæum.
the parish business in which he had his
objects to serve. The court of George the Dec. 20.
Fourth was gay—and worthless. Our own “ Prince Albert: Why is he unpopu- court unites the magniticence, the good lar ?”—The question is often asked-far taste, the exclusiveness, the hospitality, oftener than polite people suppose; and the refinement, the sterling qualities, the we do not know that any advantage is virtues, the social ease, which are all esgained by whispering it instead of asking teemed in this country, and deemed essenit audibly. There are reasons for the fact, tial to high life,-especially the highest. and the fact itself might be materially And how could it have been so, it the Prince modified if the reasons were openly dis
Consort had not been a man of sense, of cussed. The silence is broken by the pam- refinement of intellect-a gentleman ? The phlet whose title we have taken to head answer is complete. our present remarks, and which designates
And yet! the husband of our popular Queen as “the Oh yes! that is the way. A man may most unpopular man in these isles.” The answer to the requirement of every set writer proceeds to investigate the question virtue, and yet the Joseph Surface of so"why” in a right spirit, yet hardly brings ciety will hint away his good name, in out the instances of colourable evidence charitable forbearance to say out the ofadvanced to support the popular notion
fence. on the subject. The Prince, says the The offence! Why, what has the Prince pamphlet, has been accused of battue. done ? For nearly twenty years he has shooting,—the pheasants available for the occupied the most conspicuous and difficult purpose being fat and peaceful birds mul- position in the country, and what charge tiplied under fatter hens; of having shot
has been substantiated against him, exred deer out of a bedroom window; of not cept some imaginary charge of being “too hunting like a Leicestershire farmer, nor good ?” Surely twenty years are an altaking every fence that offers; of having lowance of time long enough to convict a kept a lady standing until the Emperor man who had committed any fault, however Nicholas asked her to take a seat; of being great or however microscopic; and what qualmish in the royal yacht; of having has been established against Prince Almeddled in the administration of the army, bert? rather, what has not been established and of having meddled in the foreign for him. Is not the Prince something more policy of this country. Some of the most than inoffensive—absolutely meritorious ? important of these accusations have been Has he not, besides being a good husband, exploded. The Prince is known, on au- a good father, a good Privy Councillor,
been most admirable as a sort of coadjutor Many a literary home has been made archbishop, inoralizing public occasions in brighter this Christmas-time by the noble speeches unique for their wisdom, succinct- sympathy of John Kenyon, the poet, whose ness, and completeness ? Detraction said death we recently announced. The poet that Prince Albert's speeches were com- was rich as he was genial. Scarcely a man posed by Dr. Prætorius-until Dr. Præ- or woman distinguished in the world of torius went, and the speeches only grew letters, with which he was familiar, has more excellent.
passed unremembered in his will; and The residuary charges are in some cases some poets, and children of poets, are enspecific, and we see no reason why they dowed with a princely munificence. Among should not be explicitly stated. As to the those who have shared most liberally in truth of the stories we have not the faintest this harvest of good-will, we are happy to voucher; but they are current, and they hear that Mr. and Mrs. Browning receive are absolutely uncontradicted. It has been £10,000, Mr. Procter (Barry Cornwall), said, for example, that the Prince, who £6,000, and Dr. Southey a very handsome draws 30,0001. a-year of English money, is sum, we think £8,000. We hear that not, in the English sense of the word, “libe- there are about eighty legatces,-many of ral”—and your Englishman cannot abide them the old literary friends of the dea great man who is not open-handed. It is ceased poet.- Athenæum. a graver accusation that he has studiously Lord Palmerston lately granted to Mrs. set himself to beat down the prices of Laurie—the widow of the author of the artists, and that the prince is a customer well-known work on Foreign Exchanges, from whom handsome payment cannot be and other subjects connected with comexpected. Another charge is that of per- merce-£100 from the Royal Bounty Fund. sonal hauteur. We have heard it related Mr.Yarrell's collections of British fishes, that a most estimable professional man, and the specimens illustrative of his pawho attended at the palace to correct pers in the Linnean Society, were secured some royal work, was asked, when he had by the Trustees of the British Museum at performed his task in solitude-was asked the sale of Mr. Yarrell's effects. by a servant, “what was his charge ?” on which he went away indignant, without
DEC. 21. waiting for payment. The hauteur has The King's Cock - crower. — Amongst been regarded as a reason why the last the ancient customs of this country which Highland visit was a failure; for last year have long since fallen into disuse, was a a story was sent about of much umbrage very absurd one, and which continued so taken by the Scotch gentry at the manners late as the reign of George I. During the of the Prince. At some Highland gather- season of Lent an officer, denominated ing, it is told, he saw a group of young “ The King's Cock-crower,” crowed the ladies conspicuous for their attractive ap- hour every night within the precincts of pearance, with whom he desired to be the palace, instead of proclaiming it in better acquainted ; but, instead of asking the ordinary manner. On the first Ashto be introduced to them, as even a prince Wednesday after the accession of the rusticating might have deigned to do, he House of Hanover, as the Prince of Wales, turned to his eqnerry and said,
afterwards George II., was sitting down present them !” and then took up an im- to supper, this officer suddenly entered the posing position, prepared for an impromptu apartment, and proclaimed in a sound receremony. These stories may be all false; sembling "the cock's shrill clarion,” that but they are uncontradicted-perhaps only it was past ten o'clock. Taken thus by because they have never been frankly surprise, and very imperfectly acquainted stated. The grain of truth that is in with the English language, the Prince them may be nothing more than a neces- mistook the tremulation of the assumed sary consequence of German birth and
crow as some mockery intended to insult manners; for, no doubt, a part of the him, and instantly rose to resent the popular mistrust is simply vulgar pre- affront: with some difficulty he was made judice-mistrust of the Prince because he to understand the nature of the custom, is “ a German.” He is supposed to have and that it was intended as a compliment, patronized a particular style of tailoring in and according to court etiquette. From the army, and we do not admire its taste; that period, however, the custom has been but in the eyes of the public that avatar discontinued. of the Coburg was shocking, unconstitu. The Old Hundredth. - The long-distional, ugly. The “hat" at least was puted question whether Purcell or Handel never contradicted, and it has probably was the author of the grand music of the been taken to confirm some of the worst Old Hundredth has been set at rest by a tattle against the Prince.- Spectator. discovery made a few days since in Lincoln
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Cathedral Library. Purcell died in 1695, retti could question him, he added, “I and Handel in 1759. But in the Cathe. have five murders on my soul.” Signor dral Library, a French Psalter, printed in Ferretti now asked Lagava what he wished 1546, contains the music of the Old Hun- him to understand by the last observation : dredth, exactly as it is now sung; so that upon which the prisoner exclaimed, “I am it could not be the production of either of the chief sinner, and upon my head will the great musicians to whom it has been rest the murder of the two sailors for attributed.
whom we are condemned, as well as of my A Nova Scotia Halfpenny has been two poor companions, whom I dragged into issued by the Mint, for currency in Nova it by the hair of their heads. I am guilty, Scotia. It is the first coin ever issued by and deserve death.” Pietrici, finding there the government in bronze, which is not was no chance of a respite, fell on his knees only harder, and therefore capable of re- and passionately begged that he might not ceiving a sharper impression, but preserves be hanged-he would willingly be a slave its colour better than pure copper. The for life. Late on Monday evening he also Queen's head is pleasing, after the Wyon confessed. “I am not guilty of having model, and the reverse is a native flower, conspired beforehand to plunder the ship graceful and characteristic.
.Globe.' Ido not know how the fight beDEC. 20.
gan. I only know I was struck, and deExecution at Chester.— William Jack
fended myself. I acknowledge it was by who murdered his two children, was
my hand the wounds were given of which hanged at Chester. The malefactor be
the sailor died in the hospital at Therapia : haved with propriety, but with great firm
but I did not do it for plunder. I know I ness, in his last moments.
deserve to die, not for piracy, but for
worse things I did on the Globe. I am a DEC. 23.
bad man. I have a bad heart. I deserve Execution at Winchester.—Three Ita. to die.” After a short pause, he added, lians, Lagava, Pietrici, and Barbalano, con- “I am a murderer. Two years ago, I victed of piracy and murder on board the killed three persons at Trieste-one a woBritish barque “ Globe,” in the Black Sea, man with whom I lived, and two gen. were executed at Winchester. Up to the darmes who were sent to arrest me. I eve of execution the prisoners had refused also attempted to commit a murder in to acknowledge their guilt. At last La. Constantinople ; but the person I attacked gava spoke out. He had been praying with escaped by jumping into the water and Mr. Rogers, the chaplain, and Signor Fer- swimming away.” Barbalano was a youth retti, an interpreter; both these were about of eighteen, the son of a law-agent, and to leave the cell, when Lagava suddenly educated in the Marine School at Naples. seized Mr. Rogers by the wrist, and, after As he had never been confirmed, Dr. Grant, an apparently painful inward struggle with titular bishop of Southwark, went to Win. his feelings, exclaimed in Italian, with chester and confirmed him in his cell, to tragic gesticulations, “I am guilty! I am qualify him for participating in the Comguilty! I am guilty !" Before Signor Fer- munion,
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Mr. Serjeant Kinglake to be Recorder of Bristol.
Sir Alexander Bannerman, Governor of the Ba. hamas, to be Governor of Newfoundland.
Mr. Henry Davison to be a Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court, Madras.
Lord Vivian to be Lord-Lieutenant of the county of Cornwall.
John McAndrer, esq., M.D., to be InspectorGeneral of Hospitals.
Mr. J. S. Stock, Recorder of Winchester, to be Recorder of Exeter.
Sir Alexander Duff Gordon, Bart., to be a Com. miss.oner of Inland Revenue.
Morris Drummond, esq., to be Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Mr. H. W. Watson to be Secretary to the Royal
Commission to enquire into the practice and procedure of the Superior Courts of Law.
Richard Pattinson, esq., to be Governor of Heligoland.
Walter Harding, esq., to be Recorder of Natal.
Mr. T. Whitehaven, Mr. Lawley, and Mr. John Foster, to be Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal.
Mr. Cooper to be Organist of the Chapel Royal, St. James'.
Mr. Russell Gurney to be Recorder of London, Salary £3,000.
Mr. John Lambert to be one of the Poor-Law
The Rev. Arthur Penrhyn Stanley to be Regius
Mr. J. E. Remono to be First Puisne Judge,
sent (late) war between Russia and England, Vor. 18. At Odessa, aged 74, Prince believing that the two countries might long Woronzoff.
have pursned their glorious careers without Prince Michael Woronzoff was the son of clashing. The late prince was edenated in Count Simon Woronzoff, and was born at St. England till he was sixteen years old, and Petersburgh, on the 17th of May, 1782. His then entered the military service of his own father was appointed ambassador to this country. He commanded a division of 12,000 country shortly af er the late prince was men at the battle of Borodino, in which he born. When the Emperor Paul took part was severely wounded. He commanded the with Napoleon against us, the mission of Russian cavalry at the battle of Leipsic; and Count Woronzoff as ambassador was, of made so firm a stand against Napoleon him. course, interrupted; but he continued to self, in a subsequent action in 1814, as elicited reside in London. Upon the accession of from that excellent judge the observation, l'olà Alexander he resumed the embassy, and re- le lois dont on fait des maréchaur, ("That's sided in London, with a few short intervals the stuff of which marshals are made”). of absence, until his death in 1832. His son When in command of the Russian arıny in Michael thus received an English education, France, after the peace of 1815, the officers, whilst his daughter married the late Earl of as Russian officers always do, lived so exPembroke, and became the mother of the travagantly, that when the army was about Right Hon. Sidney Herbert, M.P. Michael to be withdrawn, bills were brought against Woronzoff, at the age of 19, entered the them to a much greater amount than they Russian army, served in the Caucasus, then were able to discharge. The Count heard of in several campaigns against Napoleon from the business; but the sum was so great that 1812 to 1814. He represented Russia at the it startled him. The honour of Russia, howConference at Aix-la-Chapelle. In 1823 he ever, was at stake : to leave a foreign country was appointed governor of New Russia, and with such claims unsatisfied, would for ever continued to hold that office until the late stamp the national character with infamy. war. He was engaged in the Turkish war There was no alternative but at once to give of 1828, and held the command after Men- an order on the military chest for the whole schikoff had been wounded at Varna. In amount." On his return to Petersburgh, a 1845 he was sent to subdue the Circassians, hint was given that he had exceeded his and although the brave mountaineers were powers in making such an unprecedented use able to resist even the immense forces at his of a public fund: he replied only by giving command, he succeeded in the capture of an order on his banker for the repayment of Dargo, one of Schamyl's strongholds in the the whole amount-about 50,000. of our Caucasus, and was rewarded with
a prince, money. “Owing to the energetic exertions dom. When the conflict between Russia and of Prince Woronzoff,” says Mr O.iphant, the allies broke out in 1853, he was permitted, “and in spite of the many difficulties which at his own urgent request, to retire from always accompany experimental enterprises office.
of this nature, wonderful advances have been The late universally beloved and respected made in the cultivation of the vine.”—“Since Governor-General of New Russia may be his assumption of the reins of government in claimed as the early pnpil and the friend of the Caucasus,” says Mr. Seymour," the whole England : and of such a friend and pupil aspect of the country has changed. Towns any country in the world might well be have been built, roads made, peculation proud. The presence of Somers amongst checked, honourable feelings stimulated in the corrupt circle of the stat-smen of our the officers, and the condition of the private Revolution era was compared to a chapel in a soldier greatly improved. The natives have pulace-the only refuge of sanctity there. been raised to a level with the Russians, and The character of Woronzoff amongst his all have been alike treated with respect and notable contemporaries in his own country, urbanity. He displayed administrative abiand indeed in most others, deserves some- lities of the highest order, and possessed the what of the like distinction. “A German rare quality of securing the affection and poet once observed to me,” says Mr. Danby raising the tone of all around him.” Seymour, in his volume on Russia, “that though the general average of them was low, the most perfect women he had ever seen, for
THE PRINCE OF LEININGEN. charms both physical and mental, were Rus. Nov. 3. Aged 62, Prince Karl of Leininsian women ; and in the same way, although gen, half-brother of her Majesty, Queen Victhe character of the men is often chequered toria. by various failings, we sometimes find among The prince was the only son of his Serene them men like Prince Woronzoff, whom it is Highness Emich Charles, Prince of Leininno sin to cater for our own country. Prince gen, by his marriage with the Princess VicWorona
1 true Russian patriot, toria Marie-Louise, of Saxe-Coburg, (now the
dmirer of England Duchess of Kent,) and consequently stood in »; and he is under the position of half-brother to her Majesty.
Josed to the pre. The deceased was born in September, 1804,