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ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS. The Wyfe of Auchtermuchtiesummanamon 67
Account of the Highland Host (1678)....68
Extract from A Mock Poem upon the
Banks for the Savings of Industry.com 17 The Desolate Village a Reverie.mamma 70
Observations on the Culture of the Sugar
of his Countrymen, on the day that the
news arrived of our final victory over
On sitting below the Saltmamaman 33 A Series of Discourses on the Christian
Observations on the late Pamphlets of the Modern Astronomy. By Thomas
Harold the Dauntless; a Poem, in six,
Grant of the Lands of Kyrkenes to the
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The Memoir of an eminent and favourite Scottish Author, lately deceased, will appear in an early Number." Observations,” &c. concerning the progress of Scottish Literature and the article on Hospitals by Q.,-in our next.
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The two communications from L. N. have been duly received. We are sorry to assure him, that the process described in his first cannot at all benefit or interest the public as a discovery. It has been well known, and generally practised, for the last fifty yeurs.
The paper by · Junius' is in many respects interesting, but it is unfortunately so overloaded with “ fine writing," as to be quite unfit for our humble Miscellany in its present shape.
*** No II. will be published in Edinburgh on the 20th of May, and in
London on the 1st of June.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.
MEMOIR OF THE LATE FRANCIS HOR- most unimpeachable honour. Where
now, alas ! shall good men search for,
or searching find, a union so inestimOf the many eminent and good men able of intellectual and moral excelwhom Great Britain may proudly lence, to cheer their hopes, and conboast of having produced, who have firm their virtuous purposes, in these dedicated their lives to the service of times of political difficulty and of rethe state,-and have ministered to the laxing principle. improvementand the happiness of their Splendid, however, as these his pubcountrymen, not less by the exercise lic virtues were, the knowledge of of splendid talents in the public coun- them served only to enhance the
pleacils of the nation, than by the bright sure, which it was the peculiar happiexample they have afforded in private ness of his relations and friends to enlife, of inflexible integrity, and the joy, from the contemplation of his pripracticeof every amiable virtue, there vate worth. Dutiful, affectionate, and is certainly not one whose death has social ; gentle, cheerful, and unassum, excited a deeper or more universal re- ing; full of kindness and full of charigret, than that of Me Francis Hor- ty; he was the joy and pride of his
To the nation at large, as well family, dear to every friend, and a peras to those fortunate, though now af- fect pattern of goodness in all the reflicted, individuals, who were attached lations of domestic life. For these sorto him by the dearer ties of consan- rowing individuals, this only consolaguinity and friendship, the loss of this tion now remains - silently to dwell excellent man is indeed irreparable. on the remembrance of his numerous
Statesmen beheld in him an exam- virtues, and to fix the love of them ple ever to be admired, and ever to be for ever on their hearts. emulated, of great parts, and still great- Of the exalted estimation in which er worth, wholly and sincerely devoted Mr Horner's character was univerto the attainment of the noblest of sally held, no testimony can be more objects,-our country's good, and the gratifying or more unequivocal, than general improvement of mankind. It the tone of deep and feeling regret was their delight to contemplate, in with which his death was announced this highly-gifted individual, a com- in all the public prints; and the strain bination almost without a parallel, of of unexampled eulogy which was every virtue, and every acquirement, poured forth on his high attainments, which can dignify and adorn the char- and his generous nature, in the House acter of a public man ;-a powerful of Commons, by political opponents as understanding,~-various and profound well as by private friends, on the meknowledge, a sound and penetrating lancholy occasion of moving for a new judgment, -original and enlightened writ for the borough which he repreviews,--a correct and elegant taste, sented in Parliament. an impressive yet modest eloquence,- The following paragraph, admirable a fervent but chastened zeal,-never- alike for its elegance and its truth, failing discretion,--a high and inde- appeared in the Morning Chronicle of pendent feeling, -and, above all, a Friday, the 28th of February 1817.