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Edinburgh. Lord John Douglas Edward Henry Right Hon. William Dundas, cou
sin of Viscount Melville, Privy Campbell, brother of the Duke of
Counsellor in England, and keeper Argyle. (Ardencaple Castle, Dumburtonshire.)
1 of the signet in Scotland.
Francis William Grant, Esq. brother Robert Abercromby, Esq. son of Sir to the Earl of Seafield, a colonel
George Abercromby. (Birkenbog in the army, and lord lieutenant of and Forglen.)
Inverness-shire. (Castle-Grant, InBerwickshire.
Fifeshire. George Baillie, Esq. cousin of the
Earl of Haddington. (Mellerstane, William Wemyss, Esq. a general, in this county.)
and colonel of the 93d regiment.
(Wemyss-castle, near Dysurt.) Bute and Caithness-shires.
Forfarshire. Sir John Marjoribanks, Bart. (Lees, Hon. William Ramsay Maule, broHaddingtonshire.)
ther of the Earl of Dalhousie.
Panmure-castle and Brechin.)
Fortrose, &c. Ross-shire. second son of Baroness Abercrom- Charles Grant, jun. Esq. son of the by, a lieutenant-general, and col.
member for Inverness-shire, a lord onel of the 53d regiment.
of the treasury. (Battersea-rise,
in this county.)
1 Haddington, $c. Haddingtonshire. Dumbartonshire.
Hon. Anthony Maitland, second son
of the Earl of Lauderdale, a capRt. Hon. Archibald Colquhoun, lord tain in the royal navy. register of Scotland. (Killermount,
Charles Grant, Esq. chairman of tbe Dunfermline, &c: Fifeshire.
East-India Company, and a direcAlexander Campbell, Esq. a general,
tor of the Sierra-Leone company, and colonel of the 32d regiment. (Waternish, in this county.) (Menzies, Perthshire.)
George Harley Drummond, Esq. a Sir William Johnstone Hope, K.C.B.
banker in London. (Drumtochy. & K.M. a rear admiral of the red,
2 Kirkcaldy, fc. Fifeshire. Edinburghshire.
Sir Ronald Crawford Ferguson, K.B.
a lieutenant-general, and colonel Sir Ceorge Clerk, Bart: (Penny. of the Sicilian regiment of foot. cuick, in this county.)
1 (Muir-town, Fife.)
Kirkcudbright Kirkcudbright Stewartry.
St. Andrew's, &c. Fifeshire. James Dunlop, Esq. a lieutenant- Sir David Wedderburn, Bart. (Balgeneral.
lindean-house, Perthshire.) Lanarkshire.
Selkirkshire. Lord Archibald Hamilton, second William Elliot Lockhart, Esq. 2dvoson of the Duke of Hamilton. 2
cate. (Borthwickbrae.) Linlithgowshire.
Selkirk, fc. | Hon. Sir Alexander Hope, G. C. B. Sir John Buchanan Riddell, Bart. half brother of the Earl of Hope
brother in-law of the Earl of Romtoun, a lieutenant-general, and col
ney. (Riddell, Rorburghshire.) onel of the 47th regiment, gover
in-law of lord Hotham. (DunNairn and Cromarty shires. treath, in this county.) Sir James Macintosh, kt. late record
Stranraer, &c. Wigtounshire. er of Bombay, D. C. L.
Hon. James Stewart, brother of the Orkneyshire and Shetlandshire.
earl of Galloway, a lieùt. col. in Richard Bempdé Johstone Honyman, the army, and a captain in the
Esq. younger son of Sir William tbird regiment of foot-guards,
George M.Pherson Grant, Esq.Sir James Montgomery, Bart. advo- (Ballindalloch, in this county.) cate, presenter of signatures in the
Wigtonshire. exchequer-court of Scotland, and keeper of the great seal to the James Hunter Blair, Esq. (Dunskey, Prince of Wales. (Stanhope and
in this county.) Whim.)
of the Duke of Athoil. (Strathal- ment of the Fine Arts.
TO THE EDITOR,
SIR, Arebibald Speirs, Esq. (Elderslie, NATIONAL patronage of the in this county)
2 higher departments of the fine
arts in Great Britain appears to be Ross-shire.
the only stimulus now wanting to call Charles Fraser, Esq. (Braham- fortir as great powers as were ever castle, Inverness-shire.)
manifested in any age or country:
The spirit of liberty and of patriotism Rothsoy, &c. Buteshire.
which raised the arts to sucheminence Duncan Campbell, Esq. a lieutenant in Greece, exists in full force in this
general, and colonel of the 91st favoured island. But the policy of regiment. (Lochnell, Argyllshire.)1 our government has not hitherto emu
Jated that of the ancients in this reRoxburghshire.
spect. It seems to bave been a prinSir Alexander Don, Bart. (New. ciple with us to leave the arts to their ton-Don, in this county)
own upaided efforts ; nor perhaps
will this temporary neglect eventual- terest and our duty to furnish the ly prove injurious to them. Vigorous, means by which the dignified objects in all probability, will be the man- that it has ia contemplation may be hood of that infant whose earliest days accomplished. —Ai this tiine of day, are unattended by a too solicitous an- it can scarcely be necessary to dwell xiety, and who is not urged by unna- on the tendency of the Fine Arts, tural warmth and mistaken tender- when properly directed, to exalt the ness into a premature and deceptive individual and national character. A maturity. It is well known how rare- strong, though a negative proof of the ly painters have been formed in regu- general sentiment on this subject is to lar and richly endowed academies. be found in the laudable vigilance With as much hope of success indeed with which the prostitution of ine might similar institutions be founded pencil to the cause of vice is sought for the education of poets. It is out and punished. The legislative with painting as with poetry. Every precautions adopted on this heall are one may be taught mechanically to à sufficient acknowledgment of the draw and paint the human figure, and power of the pencil. But let us not every one may be taught mechanical- l'est with the prolibition of evil-let ly to read and write. But as all us proceed to the encouragement of those who acquire the latter qualifica- good. Licentious art is justly dreadtions are not expected to become poets, ed for its baneful influence in cherish50 ought not all those who acquire ing and gratifying some of the basest the former qualifications to be expect. and most sensual appetites of the hued to become painters. Without that man breast-from moral art, on the almost divine inspiration which ena- contrary, every thing is to be expect. bles its possessor to seize. every distinc. ed that is calculated to invigorate the tive characteristic of the human mind purest and noblest feelings of our naand form, to comprehend the flights ture. What indeed can be nore proof the most exalted virtue, and in ductive of salutary effects than the imagination to accompany the most exliibition, in a language intelligible depraved spirit to the lowest abyss of to all, of those incidents of domestic its degradation, to strike with uner- and those deeds of public life, which ring precision every note on the exten- comprise examples of every description sive gamut of human passion, to ex- of excellence ? How many passages haust the world of reality, and then does the sacred volume contain, how to disport in the world of invention- many events do the British annals reno true poet or no true painter was cord, that afford to the painter ample ever found. Beings thus " framed opportunities of illustrating the mild in the prodigality of nature" are and the heroic virtues ; of enforcing most rare; and as so few sparks can the precept of religion, and animating be collected from the Promethean the ardour of patriotism ! - It is not torch, surely they ought to be fanned enough, however, that we are convininto flame by the breath of public ced of ihese trutbs. Oar conviction applause and encouragement. ought to show itself in some active efthough, therefore, injudicious attempts fort. And this consideration, Mr to foster mediocrity into excellence Editor, brings me to the purpose of must ever prove abortive, yet when my letter, which is, with your leave, genius, asserting its legitimacy by sur- to suggest to the British public, through mounting all the obstacles opposed to the medium of your Miscellany, a mode it, appears prepared for efforts not by which, in my bumble opinion, the more honourable to itself than to the arts might in a few years be made to country at large, it becomes.our in- flourish to a degree unprecedented in
modern times. The mode which I Particulars of the Failure of the Exrecommend is simply " to form collec- pedition up the River Congo. tions of the works of the greatest liv. ing printers, in every city and large WE regret to learn, by accounts lown in the empire." -The success from the coast of Africa, the which has attended the exhibition of unfortunate issue of one of the expeindividual pictures, such as those of ditions lately sent out for the purpose Mr West, and others, has long im- of exploring that continent. It is pressed me with the idea that the ma- known to our readers, that, for the gistracy, or other constituted authori- purpose of discovering the termination ties, of every city and large town, of the mysterious Niger, two expedimight constantly, and without incon- tions were fitted out; one to set out venience, employ the ablest Artists in by land, in the track pursued by Mr the production of works of the high- Park; to penetrate to the banks of est class of art. Let them begin by the Niger, and, building vessels proobtaining one fine picture ; let that per for the navigation of the river, to picture be exhibiled at the usual and pursue it to its termination the moderate charge of one shilling to other to proceed by steam boats up each visitor, and let it be intimated the great river the Congo, under the to the inhabitants of the place in supposition that the Niger turning to which it is so exbibited, that, as soon the south, falls into this river, and as the receipts amount to the pur- thus pours its waters into the Atlanchase money, the picture will become tic. The first expedition was comthe property of that place, and will be manded by Major Peddie, the latter bung up in the Council-chamber, the by Captain Tuckey. Major Peddie Court of Justice, or some other hon. was at Senegal at the end of Septemcurable, conspicuous, and well-chosen ber ; but Captain Tuckey had prosituation. There can be little doubt, ceeded up the Congo earlier, it is said, that in most cases this desirable ob- than was expected; and the following ject would soon be effected.; and extract of a letter, received at Lloyd's, when one picture became paid for in mentions the return of the expedition,
this manner, another might be pro- with the fatal cause of it :i cored, and the same process be repeated. A double rivalry would
“ Bahia, 30th Oct. 1816. speedily give irresistible energy to “ We are enabled to give you a such a system. The employed and the picce of intelligence, which, though employers would both be fired with a not of a commercial nature, will to ashle emulation,-the one to distin. many be of great interest, we mean guish themselves by their talents, the the failure of the expedition sent out ulher to distinguish their native city by your government early this year, by the possession of works of intrinsic under the command of Captain Tucvalue, which, in addition to the ad. key, whose object was to explore the vautages that I have already describ- river Congo. Like all former entered, would attract the visits and com- prises of a similar kind, and notwithped the admiration of strangers from standing the presumed discernment every part of the kingdom and of the and skill of those concerned in the world," I am, Sir,
planning and executing of it, there Your very
obedient servant, appears to have been a want of foreW. I. THOMSON.
sight, both as to the time and means;
however, as no doubt publicity will in Edinburgh.
due time be given to all their proceedSch, December 1816.
ings, it will suffice for us to acquaint January 1817.
It appears that
you, that yesterday arrived in this pusillanimous, and easily intimidated. port his Majesty's ship Congo, and As a matter of courtesy and expedienDorothy transport, from Cabenda in cy, they asked permission of the 28 days, under the command of Mr Kings to pass through their respecFitzmaurice, formerly master, but tive territories, which was generally who succeeded in consequence of the readily granted; at the same time death of Captain Tuckey and the they were furnished with plenty of lieutenant, both of whom died at sea, Blacks as guides, at a moderate the former on the 3d, and the latter charge, but latterly advantage was on tbe 5th inst.
taken of their difficulties. Mr Fitzthey arrived at the mouth of the Con- maurice and the surgeon are detergo about the 3d of July, and leaving mined on a new attempt
, if the Adthe transport (which only accompa- miralty will fit out another expedinied them an inconsiderable distance) tion, and as he thinks he can provide they proceeded in the sloop, which was against all casualties, he has great built purposely to draw little water, hopes of attaining the desired end. up tbe river to the extent of 120 Yours, &c. S.D. and W." miles, when her progress, and even that of their boats, was stopped by in- To the above unfavourable account, superable difficulties, principally, we we have to add a letter from on board believe, by the rapids, which they ex- the Dorothy, which accompanied his press as beyond all description. De. Majesty's ship Congo on tbis ill-fated termining still on the further prosecu. expedition. 'I be Dorothy had reachtion of their undertaking, the men ed St Salvador, on the east coast of were landed, and it was not until Brazil, on the 30th of October, the they bad marcbed 150 miles (and date of the letter in question, in a 120 more than
had miserable ştate, from the sickness been before), over a barren and ex- whicb had attacked the crews of both ceedingly mountainous country, after vessels. Captain Tuckey returned on experiencing the greatest privations the 18th of September to bis ship, af. from the want of water, and being en- ter having been engaged with eight tirely exhausted by fatigue, that they men in exploring the river, until they gave up the attempt. Hope enabled were all seized with sickness, and ike most of them to traverse their compelled to make the best of their route, and regain the vessel ; but, way back for medical assistance. On alas! nature had been completely the 22d of the same month, the Doworn out, for most of them, say 25 rothy and Congo, with the double out of 55, died 24 hours after their boats, proceeded to Cabenda, with a return, comprehending all the scien- view to obtain refresbments, and tific part of the expedition ; and we to try the effect of the sea on the believe only eight on board are now health of the crews. The vessels arin a state to work the vessel ; but as rived there on the 27th, and on the their chief want seems to be nourish. Ist of October they quitted that place, ment, it is to be hoped the others will the Congo having lost in all 17 men soon be brought round. Suspicions by death, and having then 32 on the are entertained that many died by sick list. Captain Tuckey and Lieupoison, administered by the Blacks, tenant Hawker, of the Congo, both and Mr Fitzmaurice says, that he is fell victims to the fatal disease. The persvaded that he could penetrate an command of the Congo now devolved immense way into the country with- 'on the Master, and it was resolved out apprehending danger from any to proceed to Rio Janeiro. Gunther, other cause, as the people are very the Master of the Dorothy, at this