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of those most interested in her future at the expence of the Societies for the display. That this may happen in Suppression of Vice, to our new settleone case out of a thousand may be ments on Melville Island, where their considered as possible ; though it is ingenuity might have room for its not very likely that the occupier of a display in contesting with the arctic common-place rotundity would be bear and fox the right of property in content to lose the pleasure of think- each other's bodies. Were this “coning like Newton or Bacon, merely out summation,” so “devoutly to be wishof dogged moroseness, which would ed,” to take place, a committee of Gall hurt nobody but itself. But even were and Spurzheim's followers in London, this case to be more common than can and the same in Edinburgh, superinbe supposed, the certainty of prevent- tended by their publishing disciples
, ing the growth of evil propensities is might be established, for the purpose sufficient to counterbalance the loss of picking out all the disturbers of sowhich society might sustain from this ciety with villainous propensities, precause ; and, to carry on the allusion to vious to their shipment, and the Brithe training of plants, the manure of tish millennium might instantly comeducation which would in many cases mence, by the shutting up for ever of be applied to heads already predisposed those receptacles of vice and misery, to excellence, might raise their posses- the Newgates, and Bridewells, and sors to such heights of knowledge, that prison-houses of every denomination. the average of the whole population As in every great revulsion of pubmight be equal to a Locke, and not lic opinion, or change of public sentiinferior to a Pope or Addison. ment, certain classes are sure to suffer,
It is impossible for one mind to the opposition to the measure from conceive all the objections which may those interested in the existence of be made by the ignorant, or those who crime, or who derive their chief supare so wedded to old notions as to port from the commission of vice, consider no innovations as improve- might be overcome by granting them ments. But it would ill become the annuities equal to the amount of their projector of so magnificent a plan for annual profits. Or, if this should be the future, not to suggest something thought to fall too heavyon the nationlikewise that may ameliorate the ex- al income, the measure might be paristing race of human beings, and, at tially delayed till the present race of least, banish vice and crime, if it dooffice-holders wore out. Leaving a few nothing more, from our native country, culprits in every county for a certain liIf the prevailing disposition of mind mited period, the criminal courts and can be infallibly ascertained, accord- the officers of police, the keepers of ing to Phrenologists, by the exa- jails, and the public executioner, would mination of the outside of the head, have no more reason to complain of the might not the British Parliament de stagnation of trade, than other honest something worse than pass an act, dealers in mercantile commodities for which shall oblige all individuals of a long time past; and those respectthis empire, of whatever age, to sub- able and useful matrons, who keep mit their rotundities to the required markets of beauty for the unwived examination, and those found with part of the population, might be re: organs hurtful to the community stricted in their calling to the disposa could then be separated from the ge- of their present stock. From the usua neral mass, and prevented from dis- termination of crime, the frail nature turbing the peace of society by their of beauty, and the accidents to which furtive or murderous propensities ? it is exposed, I do not see that, fron Crime would thus be crushed in the these causes, the millennium need b bud, and the infant murderer, or the delayed beyond a very few years. confirmed thief, might pay the forfeit In those cases where the bumps of of their intended crimes long before the skull do not form an infallibl their little arms were able to wield a criterion, (for it must be allowed tha rush, or their eyes distinguish one this mode of judging of propensitie , species of property from another. The sometimes fails) the assistance of thos grown up wicked people might be put acute observers of human nature, th to death without mercy, for the safety Bond Street and Police officers, ough of the good ; or, if this were thought to be called in, before deciding finall too cruel, they might be transported, upon a moral delinquency; and, as
tiin last resource, a jury of Spurzheimists their horses ;=yet all these, I insist,
would settle the matter in a way not are but exceptions to the general rule, mtes to be called in question. Though the and are by no means to be considered om examination of the skulls of great men as of any consequence in the estimathe has, in a few cases, thrown discredit tion of the phrenetic or phrenological per on the theory, by even the most acute hypothesis.
phrenologists sometimes finding the To conclude, (for I do not wish to cranium of a thief to belong to the exhaust the subject,) it may be men
most beneficent person, and a mur- tioned, as an additional argument for inin derer's bump on a head overflowing the introduction of metal caps, or
with the “milk of human kindness, mind-regulators, that the heads, where a sy yet these are but exceptions to the no superior purpose was required, be a general rule,-mere tricks of nature might be formed so as better to suit here to perplex philosophers. It is a very the various occupations of men than
ill constructed theory, indeed, that can- those in common use. Might not the
not explain things much more per- person intended as a teacher of maandre plexing, and fortunately here the ex- thematics, for example, have his seat are planation is not difficult. In craniums of thought moulded into the shape of
of this sort, the organs undisplayed a triangle, a cone, a cylinder, or any weils possess sufficient controul over the other form which might be of use to
externally prominent ones to counter- him in his demonstrations of Euclid, ce: act their mischievous tendency; and and thus save the trouble of tracing nijs although the head of Shakespeare, ex- illustrative diagrams ? those intended
amined by the doctrines of the crani- to carry weights on this part of their ologists
, palpably wants all the organs bodies might have the upper surface which should have contributed to form of the cranium formed into a horizonLa mind capable of “exhausting worlds tal plane ; while soldiers, intended for
! and imagining new ones ;”-although parade, might have it elongated to a Milton, by the same theory, looks very cone or cylinder, which would add
like as if he could steal a horse; Dryden some inches to their stature. But these might be mistaken for the keeper of a details I willingly leave to the comcountry ale-house ; and Swift, Pope, mittee of Parliament, who will have and Gay, as three fellows whom it to arrange the provisions of the bill; would be unsafe to meet upon an un- only suggesting, as it is my own dis frequented road ;- although Sir Isaac covery, that the act should be intiNewton and Dr Adam Smith, accord tuled, both in the warrant for the ing to Spurzheim and Co., may be set money which I am sure to receive
down as tailors in no great estimation ; from Parliament, and in the Journals Joseph Addison as an irreclaimable of the House, “ An Act for hastening rake; David Hume and Edward Gib- the British Millenium, and for the bon as portly coachmen, with heads revival of the Golden Age." as smooth as the hind-quarters of
Improvement of Intellect from Cross-breeds of Genius.
Hey for a lass and a bottle to cheer,
English Song De Spurzheim, in his late duode- are certainly worthy the attention of eino on Education, * has a chapter on those persons of both sexes who may the “ Laws of Propagation," in which now be disposed to enter into the mahe proposes to improve the human trimonial state; and, were not the subrace by judicious cross-breeding. The ject repulsive for itsindelicacy, I should reasonings contained in that chapter have been glad to have supported my
A View of the Elementary Principles of Education, founded on the Study of the Nature of Man. By J. G. Spurzheim, M.D. Edin: 1821.
own preconceived opinion by numerous that the junction of a male Milton and
tailing. If it had been earlier made
tl marked approbation of all the mem- appointment of a committee, to conf bers present at its reading, I extract with committees of the other scienti the following passages :
and literary associations througho “ It will not be denied, that great the kingdom, for the purpose of arra improvements have been made, during ging the details, and securing to po the last fifty years, in the breeds of terity the combination of the taler cattle, by the judicious intermixture of we at present possess, by promoti the various qualities of animals, which connexions which, however they m are the objects of the breeders of horse interfere with the partial and sho or black cattle, or the rearers of sheep sighted arrangement of parents, w and the producers of wool. It is also infallibly raise the next age to a pi well known, that Mr Knight, whose cedency of talent over all former aç philosophic experiments on plants have of the world.” been productive of so much advantage I have nothing further to add ont to horticulture, has succeeded in rai- subject. But if a sound and healt sing new and improved varieties of progeny is an object of concern to a fruit from the junction of allied spe- respectable and beautiful young la cies. And it is at least a probable con- who may wish a cross with our fami jecture, that the same attention to the I trust I shall not be so unpolite as marriages of the human race, where reject the advances of youth and be genius or valour, or any species of ex- ty. My address is, Sir Toby Tick cellence may be required, would scarce- toby, of Tickletoby Hall, by Lor ly fail to have similar results.
town, " For example, who could doubt
ΤΑΤΩΝ ΜΟΥΣΩΝ ΕΙΣΟΔΙΑ.
THE MUSES WELCOME
TO THE HIGH AND MIGHTIE PRINCE JAMES, &c. There are two things which, we the stamp of ancient usage, and venei hope, will ever be found to go hand rable old age. In most things, truth,
and hand to the end of time; we mean after all, generally lies in the middle; learning and loyalty; and that dis- and the surest way of arriving at it is, content and dissatisfaction will ever by setting aside all prejudices, and be confined to the utterly ignorant, forming our estimate from the consiand to that more mischievous class, deration of facts alone. There is nowhich may be denominated the half- thing, for instance, more loudly vauntinformed ; in which arrogance and ed of than the present flourishing pretension are more assiduous in ma- state of learning in Scotland—which is king converts to crude speculations, indeed supposed to form one of our than conscious of deficiency in making most characteristic excellencies among progress in true philosophy and sound the nations of the earth and that lisense. It is a considerable time now, beral diffusion of ideas, originating in since Pope told the world, that “ a the cheapness of education, which has little learning was a dangerous thing, formed us into a large body corporate and assuredly the Spenceans and Ra- of authors and readers; yet we vendicals cannot be brought forward as ture to stake our credit, that no such an illustration of the falsity of his volume as the one before us, The maxim.
Muses Welcome to K. James,” could, Were a comparison to be drawn be- by any exertion of cotemporary talent, tween our ancestors of a century or be possibly called forth on any similar two back, and the present times, we occasion. As to our sister Erin do not think, that, in many respects, throwing it into shade, by any thing we should have great cause to exult in which she may produce on the prethe parallel
. We should in all likeli- sent occasion of his Majesty's visit hood surpass them in the show, but there, we profess an equally sceptical yield to them in the substantial prac- opinion. tice of good. We should exhibit more So inveterate were the prejudices, of finicalness, pretension, politeness, now fast dispelling, which our south and all those arts and graces, which ern neighbours, at least the most uncost little in the exercise ; but it is informed part of them, conceived much to be feared, that, balanced against this portion of the island, that against them in benevolence, hospita- our forefathers were accounted a set lity, warm-heartedness, disinterested- of savages prowling about the mounness, generosity; or in any of those tains, and utterly ignorant of the arts virtues, the practice of which requires which adorn civilized life. A journey a sacrifice of selfish feelings; or in to Scotland was considered as a thing profundity of knowledge; or in what- far more hazardous than what we look ever demands severe exertion of the on a voyage to China to be now-amental faculties, we have as much days; and the traveller, before leaving reason to dread our being found wante hisdisconsolate friends, generally made ing, as Belshazzar, when he beheld his will, and settled his affairs, as the The armless hand that wrote
chances were considerably against his His senter.ce on the palace wall.
safe return to the bosom of his fa. Extremes meet. There are one set of mily. We speak of things not half a people who are ever ready to exclaim, century old ; and which will be found that the present age is by far the best to be not wholly extinct at the preand wisest of any that the world has sent day, as witness the fears expressexhibited; and that the past is to them ed so pathetically in the commercial but a scene of twilight indistinctness travels of our friend the Bagman, as and confusion; while there is another may be found extracted in an early set, who despising every thing recent, Number of our work : but we trust merely because it is so, and willing to we have there made sufficient apology adhere rather to old prejudices than for him, in its being the first time he
to newly discovered truths, will be had ever lost hold of his mother's contenied with nothing but what wears apron-strings.
more complete refutation of the lis hausimus, enumerare velim ; dies me, scandals thrown out against old Scot- quid diem dico ? imò annus, imò et ætas land, and a more triumphant display deficiet priùsquàm oratio.” of her general scholarship and sound
The speech being concluded, a great information, at a time when a great number of “ poesies,” in the Latin part of Europe was in a state of semi- tongue, were recited, some of them harbarism, can be found nowhere considerably above mediocrity, and one more satisfactorily, than in the collec- or two of them very chaste and classition from which we now propose to cal. make some extracts. And we do think On the 15th of May, “ the King's we shall be deemed to have rendered a majestie came to Sea-towne," where he service to our country, by putting our
was presented with a Latin poem,
half literary men on their mettle, against as long as the Pilgrims of the Sun, the expected visit of his Majesty next composed by Joannes Gellius a Gellisyear.
town, Philosoph. et Med. Doc. who James the Sixth, after having re
seems to have been fond of congratusided, and held his court in London latory addresses, as, previous to this
, he for fourteen years, found it expedient, was also author of an Epithalamium for the better settling of the civil and in Nuptias Frederici V. et Elizabethæ, ecclesiastieal differences of his Scottish printed at Heidelburg in 1613.—But subjects, to visit his ancient dominions let us turn from him to a name with in person. In his journey northward, which we are more familiar, and not the heads of the civil authorities, and more so than we ought to be; for
, the seminaries of learning, in testi- whatever Mr Gifford may say to the mony of their loyalty and joy, deliver. contrary, we uphold Drummond to be, ed orations, held disputations before if not a great historian, at least a poet him, and greeted him with poems in of exquisite sensibility. When stupithe Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and Eng-dity is trampled on, it remains in the lish tongues, which were collected in a mire; but genius re-assumes its nahandsome folio, printed in 1618, (the tive superiority. Such has been the year following,) and edited by John fate of Drummond's writings, and they Adamson.
illustrate the motto which he has preIn passing from Berwick to Dun- fixed to the poem of “ Forth Feastglass, the King was first addressed by ing,” in this collection ; “ A Virtute A. Humne, in a most elaborate piece of orta occidunt rarius.” The poem was oratory, which sets out with saying, presented by Drummond in person : that Priam of Troy had fifty sons; but whether recited or not, we are and that between fấther and children not informed. We extract the followthere subsisted many reciprocal duties. ing as a specimens: This postulate we immediately grant “ Let others boast of blood and spoyles o to Mr A. Hume; but let us see what foes, use he makes of the fact. James the Fierce rapines, murders, Iliads of woes, Sixth is likened to Priam, and the Of hạted pompe, and trophæes reared faire Scottish people to his offspring; but, Gore-spangled ensignes streaming in thi as Priam had a Paris, as well as a Hec
aire, tor, the similitude will not hold good Count how they make the Scythian then here, in Mr A. Hume's opinion, as his
adore, countrymen were all Hectors. He then The Gaditan the souldiour of Aurore, proceeds to give a sketch of the history Which charge themselves with cares, thei
Vnhappie vauntrie ! to enlarge their bourds of Scotland from the days of the Picts, friends with wounds, the landing of Fergus, the invasions Whịch hạue no law to their ambitious wil of the Britons, Danes, Normans, and But (man-plagues) borne are human bloo Romans, down to the day and the hour to spill : in which the King stands before him. Thon a true victor art, sent from aboue Nothing surely can be more loyal or What others straine by force to gaine b rhetorical than the following passage. World-wandring fame this prayse to the
loue, “ Nos hactenus per duo ferè millia anno- imparts, rum soli fuimus majorum tuorum ; illiq: To bee the onlie monarch of all hearts. nos respiciebant solos. Si labores et su- They many feare who are of many fear'd dores ; si frigus et famen ; si incommoda, And kingdomes got by wrongs by wron; et pericula, quæ illi pro nobis, nos pro il.. are tear'd,