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TASMANIA. - Messrs. J. Walch and Sons, the Admirers of Charles Lamb will be glad to hear well-known booksellers and stationers of Hobart that Messrs. Bell and Daldy, in republishing the Town and Launceston, Tasmania, have admitted “ Essays of Elia,” have restored many important their manager at the latter place into partnership, passages which were suppressed in previous as far as their Launceston business is concerned. editions. We hope they will also add some of The Hobart Town business will be still conducted those charming essays which have not hitherto under the name of J. Walch and Sons, and the appeared in his collected works, but which are Launceston firm will be Walch Brothers and well known to collectors of Eliana. Birchall. Mesers, Walch have carried on busi. mention that this new edition, which will be Dess in Tasmania for twenty-one years, and the the most complete one extant, is published by name of the firm is familiar to most of the lead. arrangement with Messrs. Dloxon & Co., the proing houses in the trade through their London prietors of the copyrights of Lamb's several works. representatives

, Messrs. Joseph M. Holworthy Mr. Hotten announces “The Collector,” a and Co., of 30, Great St. Helens, E.C.

volume of essays on books, newspapers, authors, UTRECHT. - Mr. J. L. Beyers informes us that pictures, inns, &c., &c., by Mr. II. T.Tuckerman, ** In the muurse of March he intends to sell by an American, with a preface by Dr. Doran. anction, at his house, Hoogt, G 161, a great

There will be an exquisite little vignette of a collectim of autographs and manuscripts of

collector, which any one acquainted with the princess

, eminent persons, etc. ; further, a col. quays of Paris will have no difficulty in relection of books and pamphlets, among which cognising. Mr. Hotten informs us that “he

the very scarce pamphlet : “ The Apology has just added 'Roderick Random,' •The Autoof the Prince of Orange,” 1581, 4to., etc.; also crat of the Breakfast Table,' 'Fortunes of Nigel,' a great collection of engravings, portraits, and Heart of Mid-Lothian,' and the ‘Bride of historical prints ; in this collection

a series re- Lammermoor,' to his popular · Library of Worldlating to the French revolution 1787–1805 of the Wide Authors' complete and unabridged, at greatest importance, containing more than 1,000

sixpence each." prints and portraits , collected in ten great port

THE RIVAL “ Coopers.”_-We have before us foliis, etc., etc. "

rival series of the tales of Fenimore Cooper, MANCHESTER. – Mr. Henry H. Tubbs, formerly

the American novelist. Both are printed in of the fim of Fletcher and Tubbs, has re-com

small octavo, in double columns, and both are meaced business at 214, King Street, in this

published at the same price—sixpence, for a city.

complete" tale. The series issued by Messrs. THE MANCHESTER SWINDLERS.

- Mr. J. Routledge is entitled an " Author's Unabridged | Froggart Beck is not defunct ; his present address Edition," and each tale is nicely produced on is 38, Robert Street , Ardwick, Manchester.

toned paper, in an attractive wrapper ; the other Considerable dissatisfaction is being caused by

series is issued from a Glasgow, the determination of the principal railway com:

and bears the name of Messrs. Warne and Co. as panies to collect heavy goods for the country at

publishers. It is stated to be a “revised edition," an earlier hour than heretofore, yet this seems

and that it is complete. Being greatly inferior bat reasonable. Most letters from the country

to their usual productions in the matter of paper are delivered in London soon after eight o'clock, and print, we are inclined to believe that Messrs. a m., and arrangements could easily be made to

Warne are not its originators, but simply the have them opened and attended to before ten, so London agents of the Scottish printers. Be this that books might be collected in good time for as it may, we may fairly compare the two not easy to forget the good old coaching days,

day. To some persons it is editions, and try if we can discover what kind but to a newer generation familiar with steam

of “revision " the Glasgow issue has undergone. and electricity, late hours are an abomination.

A slight examination of one volume of the series,

In Messrs. CORRECTION. - In the notice of Mr. Percy | Routledge's “Pathfinder" we have Cooper's

by each publisher, will suffice. Hudson's Arithmetic in the last number of the original preface intact; in the Scotch “Pathgiven--for Longman and Co. read Cassell; Petter,

finder” the preface is absent. Now, as the

preface contains the author's reasons for writing in the trade in connection with Messrs. Besley's Mr. Charles Keymer, a gentleman well-known

the tale, an intimation that in its pages will be found several anachronisms, which are then and

there explained, as well as that the reader will lated and printed, in an elegant form for private (now Reed and Fox's) type foundry, has trans- recognise an old friend in the “ Pathfinder,” we circulation, the introduction to

cannot think the omission of Cooper's preface Fournier's

renders the book more “complete.' Next, we Essay on the Origin and Progress of the Art.

It consists of an discover that all the chapters of Cooper's novel

were headed by poetical quotations, which quothat in some cases when books reported have

Books WANTED.-Complaints have reached us tations are properly given in Messrs. Routledge's been ordered, they have not been in the condi.

book. In the Glasgow edition all the quotations tion represented. It may be considered smart

at the beginnings of the chapters are " revised”

away-another method of making the work “comit, and let the buyer find it dirty or defective in practice to report a book, obtain the money for plete.” Again, on comparing a single chapter,

of one book with the same chapter in the other,

we perceive that words and lines, and sometimes was led to expect; but it is nearly allied to that whole sentences and paragraphs have disappeared kind of smartness which goes by the name of from the Scotch issue, while they are found in lish Essayists, especially of the periodicals Those readers who are interested in the Eng.

their integrity in the English one. For instance,

chapter xi. of Messrs. Routledge's edition comevitel by Steele and his contemporaries during

mences with the words-“It is not often that the first quarter of the eighteenth century, are

hope is rewarded with fruition,” &c. : turning to referred to " Books Wanted,” where they will find a very remarkable list of the periodical

the other, we find the chapter beginning with the words—“It was now September,” &c. A closer inspection reveals the fact, that twenty-five lines of Cooper's writing, in addition to the quotation

seading off the same

and Galpin.

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literature of that time.


from the “Mirror for Magistrates," have been WHAT IS THIS MYSTERY?-Four years ago improved clean away. Going farther on in the there appeared in the Halfpenny Journal, a weekly same chapter, we discover other “improvements” periodical published by Messrs Ward and Lock, á of like character; and so at last we get at the sensational story called “The Black Band." secret of the “revision." The two editions are This story was stated to be written by "Lady printed in the same sized type, on pages of ex- Caroline Lascelles ; ” but there is no Lady actly similar length and width. Messrs. Rout- Caroline connected with the Harewood family, ledge's “Pathfinder makes 188 pages ; the and the Earl of Harewood's is the only noble Scottish “ Pathfinder,” 172: therefore, in order house which bears the family name of Lascelles. to save sixteen pages of type and a sheet of Indeed, it was said at the time that the real paper, Mr. Fenimore Cooper's beauties author was Miss Braddon. Some months ago, ruthlessly extirpated, and the reading public Mr. Johnson, of the London Journal, purchased shamelessly deceived. This may be Scottish a serial tale called “Diavola, which is now economy, but we can hardly think it literary being published in that periodical, and is an honesty. By what right does any publisher or nounced as by the "author of the ‘Black Band."" printer emasculate an American author? Surely, It seems that proof or advance sheets of this story the reason lately given by the publisher of a were sold to the proprietors of a New York Magapopular periodical, that “alterations were neces- zine called the Sunday Mercury, and are being sary to fit the story for English readers,” does issued by them as “Nobody's Daughter; or, the not apply to Cooper ; for, with the single excep- Ballad-singer of Wapping, by Miss Braddon, the tion of Washington Irving, a more pure and queen of sensational romance." The "Black classic writer than he America has not produced. Band” had been previously published by Messrs We do not for an instant believe that Messrs. Hilton, of New York, as “What is this Mystery ?" Warne are aware of these facts, or that they and that, too, was announced as by Miss Bradwould be guilty of the shabby trick of announcing


The lady indignantly denies the authoran American reprint as “complete,” when, in ship of both stories, while the proprietors of the fact, it was-as we find the “ Pathfinder"-a Sunday Mercury as positively assert that she mere deception !

certainly wrote * Diavola,” which they reThe librarian of the Crystal Palace is putting

pamed “Nobody's Daughter," and that they forth an appeal to publishers for donations of

paid £250 for the privilege of obtaining the adbooks to replace those destroyed by the recent

vance sheets and the use of her name. In this fire; he says that he is prepared to accept any

conflict of assertion we do not presume to hazard contributions of standard works for this purpose.

an opinion, though the circumstances are cerSo, we believe, was his predecessor, but donors tainly curious; as, if Miss Braddon was really are fully entitled to ask why the books they pre

the author of the “Black Band,” there seems gented were not properly insured.

reason to believe that she also is responsible for

“ Diavola.” It would clear up the mystery, RARE ENGRAVINGS. --At the sale-rooms of Messrs. Wilkinson & Sotheby, the sum of £1180

perhaps, were Lady Caroline Lascelles to appear. was given for a rare engraving of Rembrandt's, The Paris correspondent of a daily contemcalled the “Hundred Guilder Piece," unique in porary refers to the squabble just now ripe this condition. It is stated that another impres- among the littérateurs of France concerning Vol. sion of the same plate, some years ago, fetched taire, whose memory is being rather roughly .£600 : £400 was given for an impression of the handled. It has been remarked-and not with: "Pax," of Finiguerra, and £315 for a print of the out reason, says

our correspondent – that, “Lord's Supper,” by Morghen.

“whilst the French Theatre religiously keeps Visitors to Paris—and we suppose

that every

the anniversary of the death of Molière, that of one will now be rushing thither-will do well to Corneille, and that of Racine, it ignores that of secure a copy of the new part of the People's the author of “Mérope,” whose splendid statne Magazine, which contains a coloured sketch-map

by Houdon occupies the post of honour in the of Paris—the best small map we have seen.

foyer. Now, the French Theatre owes something Every visitor to that city knows how difficult it

more to Voltaire than his pieces ; his pen was the is to find his way about; but by means of this

means of driving fast young men and elderly little map all difficulty disappears. The People's

swells from the stage, which, when Voltaire's ! Magazine improves as it progresses; the new

plays were first performed, was so often crowded part contains well-selected and interesting papers, by nobles, and persons with a fine air,' that no suitable for any leisure moment, and the work

room was left for the actors. Every personage bids fair to become one of the most popular of

in those days either lolled on a bench or en; our magazines.

sconced himself in a chair

upon the boards,

and In France the printers' “readers”- '-or as they

laughed and talked,

whilst the working classes are there called “correcteurs”-appear to be held

standing in the pit endeavoured to hear the per:

formance. in greater esteem than are their brethren here;

Molière denounced this custom in they form a Society, and meet once a year. At

his “ Facheux,” attacking the evil in his usual the last assemblée générale an interesting speech

gallant style. The reform which Molière at: was delivered by M. Ambroise Didot, in which

tempted, Voltaire carried out. he passed in review the names of a number of CHESS.—Sometime during the Exhibition in learned men whose modesty and whose occupa

Paris a chess meeting will be held in apartments tion caused them to be almost unknown, one of provided in the building;

and the French players whom is said to have refused the Greek chair at propose an international tournament, with prizes Cambridge, preferring to remain a corrector for

for the winners. It is said that the Emperor, who Plantin's press. M. Didot, himself no mean

is himself a chess player, has proposed the collec; scholar, thought it no discredit to say that much tion and exhibition of copies of the books and of the credit given to the learned publications periodicals in various languages which constitute issued by himself and relations was dne to his

the literature of the game. confrères. He then passed on to some interest- Mr. Charles Lever, the well-known Irish ing matter connected with the history of words novelist, has been promoted from the Consulate in the French language.

of Spezzia to that of Trieste.

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olan The Quarterly Reriences. What has befallen the From the Moniteur, of the 16th inst., we learn int QuarterThe political influence formerly

that in France there has been an increase of eleven exercised by our high-pricel contemporaries has political journals during the year; that on the caly-2

long since ceased to be felt. Daily and weekly 1st of January, 1866, there were 1911 non-political Papers, written and conducted with an ability journals; and on the 1st of January, 1867, the

anku wn to the men of the last generation, have number had increased to 2145. Seven new polithe ad supplanted them in public estimation as arbiters tical sheets were authorized : one, Le Courier de

in inatters of politics. But it is usually thought Dimanche, was suppressed ; and 3t3 communithat the “ biulf and blue" of the Whigs, or the qués were made. Authorization was given for * brown oryan" of the Tories, was a power in colportage” of 1423 books, and 155 were matters of literature. This, however, is not the

refused. case. Its deliberative expression of opinion on

ANONYMOUS JOURNALISM.—In the February books and the belles lettres is becoming as inopera

number of the Fortnightly Review, there appears - BLIR

tive as its instructions to ministers or their oppo- the following note from Mr. H. Danby Seymour, ets

Dents on matters of politics. The time allowed one of the proprietors, and M.P. for Poole, in for gestation and preparation, the ability to

reference to an article by his pen, and recently choose a subject, and not be forced to take printed in that magazine, in reference to the what ofers, að is the case with the daily and

political speeches of Mr. John Bright, member Feekly præs, and the supposed employment for Birmingham :-“Two unconsidered charges TE

are insufficient to were made against Mr. Bright in the November ishalis retard the ever-increasing decrease of its in

number of this review. I

represented him as Anen2. The Edinburgh and the Quarterly are

having said, first, that 'all the land of England potenoasly iast losing their power as literary is in the hands of 150 proprietors ;' and, secondly, arbiters. They can neither damn an author nor make him. Their views have been anticipated ;

that 'the poor only are fit to legislate for the

rich.' I am happy to retract both charges. It and the work criticised has already secured suc

is needless to add that I very sincerely regret Oss of met with failure before the appearance of hich

having made them.-HENRY D. SEYMOUR.”
the critiqne. Nor is this to be wondered at.
Apart from the causes at which we have hinted,

Mr. Bayard Taylor, the American poet, trathere is a special reason for this declension of in

veller and writer, has arrived in England from

New York. His first visit was to his countryAuence in the inferiority of certain papers which occasionally tind simission to the pages of the

man, Artemus Ward, who is lying ill in Jersey : two leading reviews. In the current number of

his next was to the poet-laureate.
the Quarterly
, for instance, is an article on

A committee has been formed in Birmingham
Yankee Humour, than which we can imagine

in furtherance of a long-cherished idea-that of Dothing more insatisfactory as regards matter or

erecting a Fine Art Gallery in New Street, or manner . The writer ostentatiously takes for

some equally prominent part of the town. his text no fewer than eighteen works, the pro.

THE APOCRYPHAL Gospels.-In our last numductions of American authors ; but he does not

ber we expressed surprise at no publisher having refer to them all. Moreover, he does not tell us

given us a collection of all the spurious gospels. what he meani by humour, nor, as a consequence,

We had overlooked the announcement of Mr. B. does he tell us the difference between Yankee

Harris Cowper's book, and have much pleasure in humour and all other kinds of humour. He is

drawing attention to it. The volume will, we content with giving us five and twenty pages of

believe, be issued in a few days, by Messrs. abeclotes and quotations, which plainly show his

Williams and Norgate. The so-called Gospels belief that everything funny which is not wit is

are not to be confounded with the writings of humour. The quotations and anecdotes, more.

the Apostolic Fathers. The writers appear to Orer, are so well known to all who take interest

have collected a number of floating traditions ia sh matters, that we were more than sur

respecting the birth and parentage of the Virgin prised to find that room had been

made for them

Mary, the infancy of Jesus, the descent of Jesus

to Hades, the acts of Pontius Pilate, the story of It will. Te think, be enough to state that as the Quarterly

Joseph of Arimathea, and a large number of the writer talks of a work being " indigenous

other subjects. Although the early Church reas the fans of the soil, native as the note of a

pudiated them, and although they have never

been received as authentic, yet many of the stories en rapport with the

contained in them have become matters of popular The senior wranglership at Cambridge has

belief, and some, we think, have even been inagain fallen to a Scot, l'his time the winner

serted in Roman Catholic works of devotion. of the coreted distinction is Mr. C. Niven,

The only collection we have at present is that orking her of Trinity College, whose brother was second

which is known as Hone's, but this is a mere Wrangler last year. Mr. Niven was educated at

worthless compilation of trash. is te Aberdeen University, and is the fourth Aberdeen

THE QUEEN'S LITERARY LABOURS.—The Scotsifran who has within the last four years stood at

man believes that it can give some facts in relation the head of the list. The secret of the success of

to the literary work on which her Majesty is said the seats is that they come up to Cambridge after

to be engaged, and states that the work referred a, four years' training at Edinburgh, Aberdeen,

to by a literary journal “is probably one entitled Glasgow, or St. Andrew's, and hence have an

'Leaves from my Journal in the Highlands,' advantage over Eton and Harrow boys, whose

written by her Majesty, and which has been cirattention is devoted rather to cricket, football,

culated privately, but very sparingly, for half a and boating, than to mathematics.

year or more. Another work, on the sayings and Bibliography is being cultivated at the Anti

doings of the Prince Consort, principally written podes, where Mr. G. B. Barton, of Sydney, has

by General Grey, but prefaced by her Majesty, prepared a very comprehensive work on the his

has been printed, but not yet circulated.” tory of the press in that part of the world. The

M. Guizot has just finished the eighth and last Spinmy Vews, which gives us this information,

volume of his memoirs, which terminate with the contains an excellent two-page coloured illustra

recital of the three days of the July revolution. tion, fully equal to English work.

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Ecce Homo.-The demand for this remarkable A curious error has occurred in the Saturday book is still very great. The publishers having Review. In its criticism of Mr. George Mere. sold 10,000 copies of the half-guinea edition have dith's new political novel, “ Vittoria," the renow issued one at six shillings; of this three


viewer confounded Mrs. Marsh's story, “Emilia thousand copies were subscribed. Almost as Wyndham,” with Mr. Meredith's – Emilia in large a number, we believe, have been sold in England,” the novel of which “ Vittoria” is a America. It will be remembered that the sort of continuation. The Saturday Review's author promised, in a second part, to treat of reviewer is understood to be a lady, and, as Christ as God. Was it therefore quite honest Emilia Wyndham” is one of the “Parlour on the part of a no doubt well-meaning northern Library” novels, it is possible she had read it, worthy to forestall the author by taking the and had never heard of the other tale. Criti. title of Ecce Deus ?

cism is dangerous ground for uninformed blue. “ Cassell's Family Paper" is about to merge

stockings. into Cassell's Magazine, which is announced as a Sylvester Sound, the Somnambulist, by Henry superior and improved form of the periodical Cockton, has been added to Messrs. Warne's originally projected and published by the late Companion Library," a series which includes John Cassell. Most of the prominent members Mr. Disraeli's novels, and the “Sutherlands," of the “Savage Club” are, it is stated, engaged and other approved tales. Those who remember as contributors to the new magazine.

Cockton's "Valentine Vox” will be prepared for Eyes and No Eyes is the title of a new Maga- a lively and telling narrative, in which the zine of local and general meteorology and natural vagaries of the sleep-walker produce several exhistory, of which the first number has just been citing and mirth-provoking episodes. The preissued by Mr. Barnicott, of Taunton. The notion face, which discusses the medical theory of somof the work is a good one, but we think the editor,

nambulism, had better be read last, or a false the Rev. W. Tuckwell, would do well to adapt it

notion may be obtained of the story. more to his own locality, and make the eyes as New editions of “Debrett's Peerage” and observant of Taunton and the neighbourhood as “Debrett's Baronetage, Knightage, and House those of old Gilbert White at Selborne.


of Commons,” have been issued by Messrs. Dean like to see local magazines, but feel an interest and Sou. The specialities which distinguish the in them, only so long as they are local.

editions for the present season are fuller accounts The Hebrew National is the title of a new of the younger sons and married daughters of weekly journal intended for the reading of peers, and biographical notices of the members of Israelites. In the leading article an objection is Convocation, particulars of the English, Irish, made to the definition given by Webster of the Scotch, and Colonial bishops; and complete meaning of the verb “To Jew.” It is said that notices of the new members of the House of “On the whole face of the earth there are about Commons; two very handsome and useful 6,000,000 of Israelites, about half of whom live volumes. in Europe alone, and of these the greatest part Mr. Hagger has commenced the publication 1,300,000 in Russia; in Austria 900,000; in of Payne's National and Domestic History of Prussia 254,000, and in all the other parts of England,” in monthly parts, at 23. The work Germany 192,000; in France about 80,000, in

appears to be well written, and is nicely illus, Switzerland 3,000, in Great Britain about 42,000, trated with wood cuts, steel plates, and coloured in Syria and Asiatic Turkey 52,000, in Morocco pictures. and North Africa 610,000, in East Asia 500–800,

Mr. J. Russell Smith announces an interesting in America 250,000, in Belgium 1,800, in Denmark

work, under the editorship of Mr. W. Carew 6,500, in Italy 4,500.” We think this enumera

Hazlitt-a bibliography of the early popular tion can scarcely be correct, for Holland is

literature of England. omitted, and it is notorious that Jews swarm

Tom Thumb, Robin

Goodfellow, Guy of Warwick, and other well. in Amsterdam. The Churchman's Shilling Magazine and Family

known personages, will be duly registered front

chap-books, drolls, jests, &c. T'reasury makes its appearance this day, edited by the Rev. R. H. Baynes; it is a good

Messrs. Jackson, Walford and Hodder, an shilling's worth, the contents being such as a

nounce “The Christian Year-Book" to contain Churchman of no extreme views would wish put

a general outline of the principal religious move into the hands of his children, and which he

ments during 1866, with statistics of all the could also read himself and profit by.

chief religious societies in the world, &c. &c. The Churchman's Family Magazine will in

Mr. Kelly, of Dublin, having purchased the future be published by Mr. William Macintosh,

series of " Lives of the Saints,” by Dr. Newman, of 24, Paternoster Row

is about reprinting them in a cheaper form. The Art Journal, true to its instincts, promises

The Rev. Newman Hall has just issued a litt! us a complete resume of the art manufactures to Free Church Service Book, containing forms snit be exhibited in Paris. A hundred illustrations able for Divine worship for morning and evenin, of the works of the chief manufacturers will be a Litany service; Holy Communion; and to given in the April part.

special seasons. An advertisement in a contemporary informs

In Messrs. Longman's list there is announce us that arrangements are in progress for convert

a volume of “ Short Studies on Great Subjects, ing Messrs. Hogg's “Belgravia” into an illus

by Mr. J. A. Froude. Amongst the gre trated weekly magazine, with a monthly issue. subjects” are Job, Spinoza, Homer, and Wolser

The Pen, a literary journal, announced a month It is reported that Lord Elcho is busily er ago, duly made its appearance, and as quickly gaged upon a collection of his speeches, inclue proved a failure; no second number having been ing some spoken after various public dinner published.

Some of the latter will probably require revisioe A new illustrated paper, devoted to the dis- Messrs. Smith, Elder & Co., have added “Ora cussion of subjects connected with science, art, the Cliffs," a pretty domestic story, by Charlott and industry, is announced under the title of Chanter, to their “Monthly Volume of Standar The Scientific Englishman.



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A LEGAL CANON OF CRITICISM. - Dr. Strauss, THE PERILS OF JOURNALISM.-An action has em the author of “The Old Ledger,” and who,

been commenced against the Standard newspaper it is stated, was also engaged as special by Risk Allah, who, we believe, was lately tried

correspondent to the Daily Telegraph during for his life in Belgium. The damages are laid at ".

the late German war, brought another action £10,000.
for libel against the Athenæum this time An action was recently tried in the Court of
for remarks written by Mr. W. Hepworth Queen's Bench, Dublin, which is of interest from

Dixon, the editor, and published in April last its connexion with the publication known as the , 23. anier the head of "The Rights of Criticism.” Black List. The plaintiff, a trader in the county

* x3 The action was tried at the Court of Queen's of Waterford, complained that he had been aim. Bench on the 7th inst., and resulted in a verdict libelled by the publication, in Stubbs's Weekly de for the defendant. The Lord Chief Justice, in Gazette, on the 28th of March, 1866, of a state

sumbing up, said, that the action related to ment that a certain judgment had been obtained two separate matters of complaint, which should against him by default. The defendant, Mr. be kept distinct-tirst, the review of the work ; M'Govern, is a solicitor, residing in Dublin, and sert, the comments on the trial. The republica- is the agent for the publication in question. It tion of the criticism on the work brought it appeared that no such judgment as that alleged uaier the notice of the jury, and it would be for had been obtained against the plaintiff, and the tbeta to say whether the criticism was fair and error had been corrected in the next ensuing reasonable, or whether the writer of it was publication of the Gazette. The jury found for actuated by malice. That it was severe there the plaintiff, and gave him £150 damages. The could be no doubt; but the question was, was

Chief Justice observed that the Court did not the severity warranted by the nature of the book. pronounce any opinion on the abstract question It was conceded that it was of vast importa

as to the legality of the Black List. to literature, and through literature to the

A verdict for £150 was lately given against the morals, religion, good taste, and good feelings of

proprietors of the Liverpool Mercury, for insertthe public, that works which were laid before

ing a paragraph from the Morning Post, reflect. thern for their perusal should be of such a cha

ing upon the character of a surgeon residing at racter that they would improve and not demora

Woking. The proprietors of the latter paper lise. It was therefore right and wholesome that had already paid £250 in liquidation of damages criticism, so long as it was fair and just, should

for the libel. be allowed the largest latitude, Authors courted

Mr. Gambart, a few days ago, obtained a vercriticism, because if it were favourable it would

dict against a manufacturer of paper hangings, for secure popularity for , and extend the circulation

an infringement of copyright; the defendant had of their works : bat as they challenged criticism

roughly copied the “Horse Fair of Rosa Bonthey should submit to it when it was adverse, so heur, and transferred it to some paper-hangings. long as it was not prompted by recklessness or mualice. It had been contended on behalf of the

Mr. Scott, the City Chamberlain, brought an

action against Mr. Stanford, of Charing Cross, for plaintiff that it was unfair to select isolated pas

an invasion of his copyright, by incorporating sages from a work and fasten on them, disre. some tables, showing the quantities of coal, &c., gardiog the spirit and character and object of the imported into London, in a work by Mr. Hunt, entire book; but that observation was open to this remark, that it was not because a work

published by him. There was no concealment or

attempt at evasion, the compiler thought he had might as a whole be good that a critic, if he found many passages of an obnoxious character,

full right to make use of a public document; but

the Court thought otherwise, and granted an order must abstain from commenting on them. That to restrain the publication of Mr. Hunt's work. Botne of the passages read warranted the charge An action for libel was brought against the niny of then the charge of gross vulgarity, was, some the charge of profanity, and Times on the 6th inst., by Mr. Sinero. The

case turned upon the question whether a newsbe thought, a matter as to which they could not Til to give an answer in the affirmative. It was

paper has the right, in reporting a cause heard important that the utmost scope should be given

in a police court, to state the substance of a

summons, or, in fact, to import into the report to the inelom of literature, but on the other hand it Täs of importance that full scope and latitude

any matters which were not given in evidence ;

or to omit any remarks by the witnesses was a prosecutor who brought to the bar of

given to fair criticism. The fair critic which might be favourable to a person accused. public

The jury gave a verdict for the plaintiff, with opinion offenders against good taste, £10 damages, and thus affirmed the opinion against delcacy and propriety. The work in question

that a police report should be correct in all par. That was, no doubt, a strong expression." The

Was denounced as being abominable. ticulars if the proprietors of newspapers would | jary by their verdict declared that the novel was

claim for it the same protection as is extended to ** abominable ;" but we incline to the opinion

reports in the law courts generally.

An action was brought in the Court of Exthat had Dr. Strauss depended solely on the ex:

chequer, on the 7th inst., against Mr. Batchellor, could not pay costs," and not have joined issue

the proprietor of the Glowworm newspaper, for a

series of libels reflecting on the character of Seupon the whole article, he would have obtained bastian Guerint, box-keeper at the New Royalty

may castigate a book, but he Theatre. The plaintiff had attained a great age, may not at the same time reflect upon the per

having, as long ago as 1817, played Harlequin at sonal character or private affairs of its author.

Sadlers' Wells Theatre to Grimaldi's Clown. William Baker , one of Messrs. Dean and Son's

The libels consisted of certain letters and articles assistants , has been committed for trial charged

in the defendant's paper, charging Guerint with with forging receipts and stealing the monies

he rudeness in his capacity as box-keeper, and with should have paid for goods on account of his em

neglect of his duty to his employers ; but before ployers . It appeared that he had systematically

the case had been fully heard, the defendant falsifed orders sent up by country customers,

consented to a verdict for five guineas and costs, and obtained cash, at least £340, for the pur

together with the insertion of an apology in the chase of articles not kept in stock.


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