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a due dose of humble pie ; fifthly, a prospectus of either bring an action, file a criminal informatic the new work was put out, and a copy for- or indict the person libelling him. If an acti warded to the BOOKSELLER, so that all the world is brought, the defendant can plead justificatie might be put in possession of the momentous can be himself examined, and, if he get a verdi fact that a new Edinburgh and Leith Directory, can recover costs. If, however, a criminal inf price three shillings and sixpence, would duly mation is laid, or he is indicted, his mouth make its appearance. The projectors very stopped ; and though he might plead that properly intend the work to be an improvement statement is true, and was made for the pat upon the old one ; it is to contain a variety of in- benefit, he cannot be called in support of his pl formation not to be found in the latter. Amongst even though he is the only person able to es other noticeable features are the following, blish it. The new bill will considerably mod which, in order to prevent any mistake, we the present law in this respect, and, although quote verbatim :

does not go so far as the law of Scotland, wb “As a rule, the name, profession, occupation there is no criminal prosecution for libel, or trade, and address, of those persons only who, person will have the power of criminally 1 as householders, pay a rental of £10 and up- secuting another without the sanction of wards, and as lodgers £20 and upwards, per Attorney or Solicitor-General. This, in brief annum, will be inserted. But the names, pursuits, the scope of the new bill. It will be seen t and addresses of all persons, whether male or each of the provisions is in favour of the pri female, who, from the peculiarity or usefulness of and it is high time for the change. The m their calling, are likely to be sought for by the strous acts of injustice to which press manag public, will be inserted, whatever their rental have been subjected are too numerous and

known to need" recapitulation. They have b THE PARIS EXHIBITION. —Everything con- put to enormous expense for offences not theiro nected with the Exhibition is in so backward a while the real offenders have escaped. By state that the Opening on the 1st of April will English law, the man who utters a scandal is 1 be little more than nominal. We, therefore, responsible, but the reporter alone suffers, han abstain from any notice of the books, binding, in some cases been mulcted in no less a sumn th and stationery, until our next number, when we £100, when the damages did not exceed a f purpose devoting some space to a detailed account thing. All who value the freedom of the pr of those objects most noteworthy. The English in this country will rejoice at the coming chang edition of the Official Catalogue, announced for Whilst, however, the press will be eman publication by Messrs. J. M. Johnson & Sons, pated, complete provision will be made to defe is now ready, and may be had through Messrs. the public from unjust or slanderous imputatio Simpkin & Co. The price is 5s. It is a coin- For a libel primarily uttered by a newspaper, plete transcript of the French Official Catalogue, proprietor will, of course, be responsible ; for i and is published in conjunction with M. Dentu, libellous charge made at a public meeting, the French concessionnaire. The Catalogue of speaker will be made liable. In a word, I the British Section is also ready. This is got up slander will be placed on the same footing by the English Commissioners, and is published written slander. A person who had ground by Messrs. Spottiswoode & Co. It forms a complaint should undoubtedly have right to handsome volume of 1,150 pages, neatly done niand the insertion of his contradiction. Ne up in cloth, and the price is 3s. 6d. Amongst paper proprietors, therefore, will be required other things it contains a clearly written account publish contradictions of any statement by of past exhibitions, and also gives the names of the Commissioners and staff, and a variety

person complaining of it in as public a part of of information, with translations in French,

paper as that in which the report itself appear

With an engine so powerful as the press, for German, and Italian. We looked forward to

flicting wrong on private character it is only ri appearance of this book with some fear. So

that, upon the removal of the present obnox much had been said of jobbing in connection with the South Kensington officials, that we

restraints, ample guarantees should be prova

for defence against misrepresentations of ne expected strong evidence of it here.

In this we

papers. We think that the Libel Bill introdu have been disappointed. The work seems well by Sir C. O'Loghlen, and permitted by and fairly done, and no jobbing is apparent;

Walpole to be read a second time, will meet although some opinions are expressed which the requirements of the case ; whilst by its would have been better omitted. The Law of LIBEL. — It is satisfactory to learn

visions responsibility will rest on the real of

der. After the revision it will receive in that the Newspaper Libel Bill has been read a select committee, it will become law, and second time in the House of Commons and will probably give satisfaction alike to the put in all likelihood become law during the present

the reporters, and the proprietors of newspap session. The bill has three objects :--I. As the law now stands, the proprietor of a newspaper

Under the nuw well-known title of " Ej which reports a speech containing a slanderous neering Facts and Figures,” Messrs. Fulla! accusation is liable to prosecution, while the

publish a very useful" resume of almost efe author of the slander, unless he imputes the commision of indictable offences, is in no way

thing new and important in engineering scu

and mechanical construction during the i responsible. The new bill proposes to enact that 1866. The work, which is the fourth vole the speaker, and not the reporter, shall be held of the series, is divided into several se: liable. II. The next provision is to exempt news. and embraces such subjects as steam-en paper proprietors from the liabilities to which boilers, railways, steam, hydraulic, and of they are subject for publishing reports of public motive powers ; furnaces, ships, docks to meetings. They already possess immunity with graphs, agricultural machinery, metals, tous

, respect to reports of judicial proceedings, and it mechanical appliances generally. Every inpru is now sought to extend the principle so as to ment recorded in the columns of the serie include the reports of speeches made at "any scientific journals finds its proper place in public meeting, lawfully assembled for a lawful book, which thus becomes a purpose." III. The person libelled has, by the tory of all that is worth preserving in the air existing law, three courses open to him :-he can of industrial progress.

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THE ROYAL BOUNTY FUND.-An instructive writer. It is not pretended that authors of Inversation took place in the House of Com- the first eminence are likely to want pensions ; 5 ans, at its sitting on the 22nd instu, relative to but surely, if literature in distress is to be

he state rewards and aids given to literary men relieved, Young, the " Fermanagh True Blue," a distress. In answer to Sir John Simeon, the may, with George Linnæus Banks, Sheldon Secretary to the Treasury said that an applica- Chadwick, or John Plummer, the shoemakerjou had been made to the Prime Minister on poet, come in for a share.

Nor are

we to behalf of J. M. Hall, “ a literary person in dis- judge of a poet's quality by a few jingling rhymes, tressed circumstances," living in Fisher Street, selected here and there from his writings. MeaCarlisle ; that Lord Derby was about to place sured by such a standard, where would be the Hr. Hall on the fund, whe it came to his fame of Moore, Burns, or even Tennyson ? We knowledge that he was not a deserving person,

doubt if the world or the House of Commons kad therefore no grant was made. We may pre- would very highly esteem the Poet Laureate, if same, from the fact of the questioner being a they heard of him for the first time by the folmember of the Athenæum and the Oxford and lowing lines :Cambridge Clubs, that he knows something about

“Sure never yet was Antelope, literature and literary men; and from the answer

Could skip so lightly by,

Stand off, or else my skipping-rope be received we arrive at the conclusion, that

Will hit you in the eye.' though a literary man has some sort of claim

The question as to who is, and who is not, deupon the fund, that claim is forfeited if he be

serving a share of the parliamentary grant for not otherwise a deserving" or "respectable”

literature, science and art, is a difficult one, but it persiu. & far, so good. Later in the evening,

should be decided on some definite basis. Better Mr. O'Reilly made inquiry into the circumstances under ebich a pension of £10 a year had been

to do away with it altogether than to make it a granted to Mr. Robert Young, described as a

mere reward of political partisanship, as Mr. nailer," and also as an “historical and agri.

O'Reilly unhesitatingly said it was in the case cultural poet," of Londonderry, Ireland. Mr.

of Young, who writes to the papers to prove O'Reilly ridiculed the pretensions of this poor

that he is deserving of a pension equally well poet, and quoted extracts from his writings to

with Moore, Southey, Wordsworth, and Tenny. prove that he did not belong to the class of per

After stating that he is no longer a “nailer” sons for whom the Royal Bounty Fund of £1,200

and party song writer, buta“respectable collector a year had been set aside. In this case Mr. Hunt

and paragraphist” for the Derry Sentinel, he tells delended the grant, on the gronnd that though

us that he is descended from an officer of the Young was not much of a poet, he was a very

British Army, and says, “ From causes too respectful and respectable man, and that his case

tedious to narrate, I was born in the year 1799." had been recommended to the Government by

Poor old man ! let him keep his pension -if not *the Roman Catholic Bisbop of Derry, the Pro

for his poetry, at least from the remarkable testant bishop, three Roman Catholic priests,

character of his birth! The real mischief, in two Presbyterian ministers, three Dissenting

this matter of pension, is, however, that hardsinisters , twelve justices of the peace, and a

working literary men, who actually live by their larze bomber of persons of respectability.” This

pens, and love their profession, are neglected ; supplemented by the Chancellor

while mere poetasters, who publish books of of the Exebequer, who is popularly

believed to be

verses by subscription, and then trade upon a good judge of poetry. He stated that Lord

their reputations as “poets,” are considered the Derby , who might be supposed to know some

proper recipients of the Royal bounty. Why, we thing of the works of Homer, and was not alto

may ask, was Critchley Prince, the Lancashire atber unacquainted with the writings of Byron,

poet, a man of true genius, but, unfortunately, Tennyson, and other poets of eminence, could not

by no means respectable,” according to the be expected to be intimate with the names and

usual definition of that term, allowed to starve danza of all the literary men who were recom

and die in a hovel, while men of whom the world mended to him as fit objects of the Royal Bounty

knows nothing receive State rewards? Why are and promised that the case of Mr. Young should

true poets like Edwin Waugh overlooked, while again examined. During the conversation,

mere rhymesters are taken into favour? It does Hru stated that Young, who called himself

seem as if loud-voiced charlatanry were heard * Permanagh True Blue, or Ulster Harmonist,"

and answered, while diffident merit gets little bad published a volume of verses ; but that, as

hearing and no aid. son as he received his pension, every copy of

The LITERARY FUND.–At the annual meeting bis bonok which could be obtained had been of the subscribers to the Literary Fund-Earl baght up and destroyed.” One

copy had, how

Stanhope in the chair-it was announced that etet , escaped the flames, and this was a specimen

during the past year the sum of £1,605 had been

granted, in sums varying from £10 to £75, to " In Munster, assassins indeed are united,

49 applicants:--History and biography, 11 grants, The laws to resist and confusion creato,

£460 ; Biblical literature, 1 grant, £35; science By priests of sedition to outrage excited,

and art, 1 grant, £15; periodical literature, 7 To bring back the horrors of dark '98.”

grants, £250 ; topography and travels, 4 grants, This, it was contended, was no better than the 2115;'classical literature and education, 2 grants

, balderdash of Mr. Poet Close, whose pension,

£80 ; poetry, 6 grants, £150 ; essays and tales, after it had been granted by Lord Palmerston, 11 grants, £315, drama, 1 grant, £20; law, 3 was disallowed, at the suggestion of the House, grants, £85; and medicine, 1 grant, £30. The and in deference to the voice of public opinion,

permanent fund now amounts to £26,000, proo expressed through the critical journals. Now, ducing an annual income of £780, and the I samas to us that some definite line should be drava with regard to literary pensions. Here

Whitechapel estate produces a rental of £203.

The Right Hon. W. Erle was added to the list of it have a pension refused because the applicant, thongh a decent writer, is not a respectable man;

Vice-Presidents ; and the Right Hon. Edward

Cardwell, M.P., and Sir John Simeon, Bart., aver--the applicant is a respectable man, and another pension granted because--as it is

M.P., to the General Committee. The chairman

announed that the dinner would take place on 15th well recommended, but, a poor

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EXPORTS AND IMPORTS FOR 1866. — The parlia- Some time ago we received a

volume prib mentary paper just issued gives these in so lished by Mr. Caudwell, “ Theoretical Astronom unsatisfactory a manner, that we are scarcely Examined and Exposed.” It appeared to be able to extract an intelligible statement of the tissue of absurdities, and we omitted all notie amount or value of either. First, of imports of of it. This omission was fortunate ; for th paper for writing and printing, we have

author has fallen foul of some of the few jours 1864. 1865. 1866. that had the patience to look into the work, an Holland cwts. 15,475 10,473 1,853 both in prose and verse has published his opinia: Belgium

99,346 115,354 108,486 of their stupidity. France

21,078 5,053 11,664 CHEAP Edition of BYRON.-Mr. Dicks sons Other Countries, 17,155 12,644 20,005 time ago published a complete edition of Shaza

speare for a shilling ; he has followed that by Total cwts. 153,054 143,524 142,008 edition of Byron for sevenpence. The size otis Also of other kinds except paper hangings,” volume is large foolscap octavo ; it contains 17 the respective totals of 89,553, 96,183, and pages, has a portrait of the author printed sees 158,408 cwts. in the three years named. The rately upon toned paper, and sixteen vignette imports of books was beneath the notice of the illustrations by Gilbert, and the weight is 90 officials. Of rags and other materials for the The typography is good, the printing very fair manufacture of paper, there were imported 67,819, so are the illustrations ; but as may be expected 71,155, and 94,983 tons in the same years. Of the paper is poor. old woollen rags, there were 66,193,792 lbs. im- From the Mustrated Sydney News we leart ported in the same time, but these were “to he Mr. G. B. Barton has published a volume torn up to be used as wool" in the manufacture some interest - The Poets and Prose Writers d of new cloth. The entire value of the paper- New South Wales.” It appears to be a sequal making materials is estimated at £1,855,613, to an account of “Literature in New South and of the paper, £1,372,898. The exports of Wales," and is described as an octavo volume of foreign- made paper for the three years are 224 pages. We think there should be some parentered as 27,438, 24,537, and 18,327 cwts. ; and chasers in this country if copies found their way of English manufacture, 167,658, 141,075, and here. 206, 149 cwts. ; the value of the latter being A clause in the New City Traffic Bill abolishes £549,000, £448,000, and £639,000. “Stationery the mode of advertising known as “ Animated other than paper, no return; but of printed

Sandwiches." One bookseller will therefore books, the value was £466,485 in 1864, £511,388 not be able to annoy his brethren and attract in 1865, and £602, 177 in 1566.

their customers by parading his boards before Messrs. Bell and Daldy have published a

their houses. shilling edition of " Essays of Elia.” These

The Day.--A new daily penny paper, under exquisite character-sketches-issued in this form

this title, has made its appearance, and is ro by arrangement with Messrs. Moxon, the pro

markable on one account, viz., that it has, and prietors of the copyright-have been followed professes to have, no peculiar character; in by a companion volume, containing the “Last typography, size, and appearance, it is remarkEssays of Elia ;" and thus modern readers will ably like some of its contemporaries

. Nor in for a florin obtain a complete set of Charles

matter is there any appearance of the taient Lamb's best writings. A portrait of their necessary to bring a new paper into notoriety or author, from Wageman's picture, accompanies

fame.

The Laboratory, a weekly record of scientific the never-to-be-forgotten “South-sea House, “ Mrs. Battle's Opinions on Whist," and the there being, it is asserted, no authoritative organ “ Dissertation on Roast Pig." Lamb was essen

devoted to chemistry and its allied sciences It! tially a town-bred man; and though he retired

will be, in size and shape, not unlike our will into the country after vacating his stool at the

acquaintance, “Notes and Queries" --& bandy East India House in Leadenhall Street, his sym

size for separate numbers and volumes. pathies were metropolitan and literary, rather The Book of Ready-made Specches (Ewins than rural or romantic. But as a graceful and will be useful to those and their name is legion playful essayist he has never been surpassed. - who find themselves at a loss for words when

Mr. Freeman has published as a shilling suddenly called to propose a motion, reply to pamphlet, the two lectures delivered by Mr. toast, or say a few apt words at meetings, dinFrederick Leonard, at the Town Hall, Hemel- ners, and other business or festive gathering, Hempstead, in aid of the sufferers by the recent Speech,” says the proverb, so often qaoted colliery explosions in Yorkshire and Lanca- from Carlyle, “is silver ; silence is golden." shire. The lectures are severally entitled, “No glass,” says Ben Jonson, “ renders a man's “Mrs. Grundy,” and “Disagreeable People ;" form or likeness so true as luts 'speech ;" therefore and very pleasant reading they are; the fact those who wouid speak well must study to think of their publication showing that interest is well; and this little book will help them to do taken in the topics discussed by others than both. those to whom they were originally addressed. Under the title of “Betsy Jane Ward's Books Mr. Leonard, who is high-bailiff of Hemel- of Goaks,” Messrs. Routledge have published Hempstead, possesses the rare faculty of writing another specimen of Yankee humour, which

, about humorous things in a humorous way; and

though hardly up to the original form of the if his manner of delivery was as easy and uncon- quaint Artemus, is very characteristic and plesstrained as is his style of writing, his audience sant reading must have been delighted.

The first volume of Mr. Anthony Trollope's Messrs. Houlston and Wright have issued a

"Last Chronicles of Barset” has made its series of arithmetical cards in six packets, appearance. The tale reads much better in a adapted to the six standards of the revised volume than it did in weekly numbers, the code ; each packet consists of twenty-eight cards author having hardly attained the skill o his of sums composed in words, with a card of penny contemporaries in making each hebdonadal

The plan appears to be a good one. portion end with a clap-trap.

the Essays, " twenty-eight in number, including research, British"and foreign, is announced

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ITTERS ATIONAL COPYRIGHT LAW. - Some Under the title of Tennysoniana, Mr. Basil M. These ich dramatic authors, feeling themselves Pickering, son of the kickering, announces a lisen rieved by the liberties English playwrights take volume of "Notes Critical and Bibliographical

their productions, have petitioned the House on the works of Alfred Tennyson.” Containing 23 hrs Commons for protection. The document, pre- an account of his early and suppressed Poems, ed by Mr. Locke, professes to be

and of the alterations made in his different The humble Petition of an Association of certain Men

editions ; a Comparison of “ In Memoriam," and ders, Dramatic Authors, and Composers of Music;" the Sonnets of Shakspeare ; an account of the

totes “That in the year 1852 a convention was ex- early criticisms on Tennyson, by A. H. Hallam, OF and ratified between France and Great Britain to copyright in works of literature and the fine

Sterling, Prof. Wilson, Prof. Maurice. Leigh ad to the right of representing dramatic works and Aunt, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and John Stuart sida compositions, wherein it is agreed that the authors Mill : with a bibliographical list of his works Fox Introposers of the one country may have, under certain

from 1827 downwards. 90; tes all the rights and privileges which authors and

mes of the other country possess and enjoy therein.” 10 Article 4 of the convention provides for an inter

The first quarter of 1867 opens inauspiciously of the said rights of public performance in the for Art, equally in England, France, and Geri the ti saderstood that the protection stipulated by the

many. Each country has to mourn the loss of a

distinguished painter. Just as our last number etde is not intended to prohibit fair imitations 2 Union of dramatic works to the stage in England was going to press, the well-known Academician,

France respectively, but is only meant to prevent John Phillip--an artist in many respects unique

Pintical translations. The question whether a work is an na tofauti na at a piracy shall in all cases be decided by the

in style and original in conception-laid aside his isdela Corte de Justáve of the respective countries, according to

brush and palette. A few weeks previously, anits the lasin forse in each.”

France lost the most celebrated of her painters The te managers of English theatres have caused to the chief of the old academical and classical PN be made translations of dramatic works the property of

school-M. Ingrès : and now, in the person of dre Petitioners, and said works have been per

es continue to be performed in England, but Peter von Cornelius, Germany loses her grandest and fair imitations" or " adaptations ;” nevertheless, sbal and notoriety in Great Britain that said translations

art-exponent; a man who, like Overbeck and pies i pintacal translations.

Schnorr, has achieved European reputation. That some of the Petitioners having detected a par- Ingrès and Cornelius had long passed the three

tanlar ai fagrant case of piratical translation, founded Trati thereon an Batin at law, and the matter was tried before

score and ten of man's earthly pilgrimage, but en English jury; bd because of the ambiguity of the

the gifted and versatile Phillip was yet in the full above-mentioned words in the convention, the action at

vigour of his manhood and the height of his fame la faler, and the Petitioners were defeated of justice. when he died. A proposal—which we hope to

And they rerils believe that the said words do virtually
abrogate the true sáttt and intention of the convention,

see carried out-has been made for the purchase That the works of English

of one or more of his pictures for the national dramatis authors have been performed in France, but the

collection.
rights of the English dramatic author have been, and are
tally recognised to his profit and credit; the French

Fuller's works, or most of them, have long
tenis saxepténg the spirit and intention rather than
the letter of the law. They therefore humbly solicit that

been out of pript, and many will be glad to hear stene mas be taken either to modify the above ambiguous

that Mr. Tegg is about to issue a new edition, in sance for which modification there is a special provision in the Convention Article 14) or to erase the same, or in

crown 8vo, of " Abel Redivivus,” “The Cause
and Cure of a Wounded Conscience," and the

“ Triaunu.”
The report of the Cambridge syndicate for
conducting the local examinations confirms an

The copyrights of Dr. Beard's educational impression that has been held respecting middle

works, "Self-Culture,” “Primer,” and “ Letter dass schools. It informs us that, in the pre

Writer," have been purchased by Messrs. Abel kainary examination, one-fourth of the boys

Heywood & Son, Manchester, by whom they will 3 allies plucked for deficiencies in orthography,

in future be published.
kamar
, and arithmetic, while among the girls

A museum of such articles as tend to illusproportion was still higher. But the exa- trate the Bible is being formed by the Palestine miten found the scholars generally well informed

Exploration Fund Committee. Room will be "Laglish, French, and religious instruction;"

found for this interesting collection at South and from these premisses they conclude, that

Kensington.
while middle class schools supply a good deal of
mating, they do little in the way of real educa.

Emile de Girardin has been tried in Paris be

fore the tribunal of Correctional Police, on the per with a mass of information than to accus

charge of exciting the people to “hatred and tom them to exactness of thought or correctness

contempt of the government, by an article in

the Liberté. The printer was included in the A memorial has been presented to the Hebdo

accusation, and was let off with a fine of 100 madal Council at Oxford, praying that the hono.

francs, while the author of the libel was con

demned to pay 5,000 francs-£200 ; the court must start degree of B.A. should be conferred upon i Robert Browning, in order to qualify him

aecepting M. Girardin's defence, and giving him de candidate for the Poetry Professorship; but

the benetit of extenuating circumstances. members of the Council have declined to take

Another curious story about Lamartine is going sition in the matter. Mr. Martin Farquhar

the rounds of the Paris papers. It seems that, Tupper is already a Bachelor of Arts ; perhaps Ostord might prefer him.

according to the Liberté, the subscribers to his

Cours de Littérature and his Memoirs, had adThe judges appointed to examine the competi.

dressed to him “several thousand letters, containtive designs for the new National Gallery have made their report to the Chief Commissioner.

ing orders of from twenty to forty francs each.” While they refrain from reconmending the ac

These letters, it seems, were kept in baskets (!) awaiting the poet's return to Paris, from which

These favourably of the plan proposed by Mr. Murray of the designs, they speak

he had been absent for nearly a month.

baskets accidentally caught tire, and many the design of Mr. Edward Barry for an entirely

letters were destroyed, orders and all; but M. de Lamartine hopes, we are told, soon to be able to re-establish matters.

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The proprietor of St. Martin's Hall, Long Acre, Another correction has been sent. Mr. Soot has appeared at Bow Street Police Office, to an. plaintiff in the action against Mr. Stanford, swer a summons charging him with violating the Clerk of the Coal Market, and not Chamberla Act 21 Geo. III. cap. 49, entitled “ An Act for of the City of London. preventing certain Abuses and Profanations on the Lord's-day, called Sunday,” by letting the hall for the purpose of lectures. The so-called “Sunday Evenings for the People” consisted of

OBITUARY. discourses on literary, historical, and other sub

Feb. 15, at Salisbury, aged 35, Mr. Willis jeets, interspersed with sacred music. After

Brown, senior partner in the firm of Messi discussion, the magistrate advised the taking of Brown and Co., booksellers. The business is 3 civil proceedings, and counsel on both sides

very old one, and till 1848, was carried on by agreed to prepare a case for a higher Court. Messrs. Brodie and Co., and on their failure, Meanwhile the summons was adjourned sine die, Mr. George Brown, father of the deceased, an and the lectures go on as before.

chased it. Mr. Frank Seafield has produced an abridg. ment of his larger work on the “Literature

Feb. 26, at Brentford, aged 86, Mr. Job and Curiosities of Dreams," and, under the title

Pewtress, paper manufacturer. of “ Extraordinary Dreams," has given us a sin

March 1, at Marseilles, in his 80th year,

M gularly curious and amusing brochure, full of Valz, honorary director of the Observator strange accounts of dreams, ancient and modern,

in that city, and author of several treatises an entertaining selection of remarkable dreams,

scientific subjects. and a sort of dictionary of dreams, by reference March 5, at Southampton, in his 33rd year to which all persons may interpret for them. Charles F. Brown, known to the public as “ Ar selves those sleeping thoughts, the philosophy of temus Ward." which has puzzled the wise and learned of all

After achieving considerable

fame in various parts of the United States, as 3 ages. It must be understood that this is not a humorous writer and lecturer, the late Mr. Brown catchpenny book, intended to mislead and delude

came to this country, and set up his "sbow" ignorant readers, but a suggestive treatise, in -as he was wont to term his entertainment which, while soberly relating the phenomena of dreams, the author puts forward no special theory

in the rooms formerly occupied by Albert

Smith in the Egyptian Hall, Piccadily. He of interpretation, and carefully avoids everything soon became popular ; and by his

quaint style of pertaining to charlatanry and deception. Taken for what it really is, an anecdotical history of

delivery and genial unaffected nature won

many friends and admirers. From the publicadreams by an educated man, no more satisfactory tion of his pleasant little books, previous to his shilling's worth has before been issued on this arrival, people were prepared to find his lectures strange topic.

full of fun and mimicry, more especially as he

contributed several clever papers to Punch and CORRESPONDENCE.

other serials ; they were equally surprised, there To the Editor of the BOOKSELLER. fore, when they discovered in Artemus Ward SIR, - In the number of the BOOKSELLER an entertainer

at once original and irresistibly for February, I observe an advertisement by humorous. His last published contribution to Griffin and Co., of “The Literary Gazetteer and our comic literature appeared in the "Savage Atlas, or a complete Dictionary of Geography, Club Papers ;” and it was by the

members of the by James Bryce and A. K. Johnston."

Savage Club that the arrangements for his Permit me to inform the public, through your funeral, which took place at Kensal Green journal, that in this case a most unwarrantable Cemetery on the 9th inst., were carried out. use has been made of my name ; that I know March 6, aged 59, at 36, Compton Terrace nothing whatever of the book, never having been Islington, Richard Moseley, of 7, Hatton Garden, asked by author or publishers to contribute a stationer. line, far less to sanction its contents. Neither am I answerable for the maps, which do not, and

March 10, the Very Rev. Richard Dawes, never did, bear my name.

M.A., Dean of Hereford, author of several educa

The only Gazetteer tional works. He was fourth wrangler in 1817, or Geographical Dictionary with which I am connected is that published by the Messrs . Long College, Cambridge. In 1850

, while engaged

and in 1820 became fellow and tutor of Downing Trusting that in justice you will insert this note in your next issue,

organizing the parish school at Somborne, Hants

, I am, sir, your obedient servant,

he was presented by Lord John Russell, then A. KEITH JOHNSTON.

premier, with the Deanery of Hereford, which,

he held till his death, THE RIVAL COOPERS.-In our notice of the

March 19, at his residence, Clyde House, edition of Cooper's Novels printed by Messrs.

Spring Grove, Middlosex, aged 66, Joseph Miles, Murray, of Glasgow, we stated our opinion, that

Esq., formerly partner in the house of Messrs it was a species of literary larceny to abridge

Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. and alter Cooper's novels, and then call them

March 22, at his residence, 8, Tufnell Park “complete.” Messrs. Murray have written to us,

Terrace, Holloway,

aged 72, Mr. William Brown, defending their proceeding; stating also, that

for many years a well-known second-hand book they alone were not concerned in producing them.

seller in Old Street. With this we have nothing to do. Our charge

March 26, at Manor House, St. John's Wood, remains unrefuted, and most readers will, we think, endorse our opinions.

aged 71, the Rev. John Campbell, D.D., for LADY CAROLINE LASCELLES. -A correspondent

many years minister of the Tabernacle, editor of

the • British Banner,” corrects the statement made in our last number,

“ Christian Witness, that no living person was authorized to assume

zine,” and author of various books and pampbthis name.

It seems that there are two,-1. A lets. To Dr. Campbell's energy was mainly due sister of the Earl of Carlisle ; 2. A sister of the

the great reduction in the price of Bibles and Earl of Harewood.

the all but extinction of the Bible monopoly.

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