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Literary Notices. there are above three bundred thousand millions of pores in the glands of the skin which

Just Published. covers the body of a middle-sized man.

The Jovenile Cabinet; or, Travels and NarThrough these pores, more than one half of what we eat and drink passes off by insensible

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Young Persons. By John Campbell. s. bds.

A Manual of Classical Biography, in Two food in a day, five pounds of it are insensibly discharged by perspiration. During a night of

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The Parisb Apprentice; or, the Advantages

| of Domestic Religion exemplified in the HisThe Baron Renfrew.—The following are the

tory of Sarah Lock. A true narrative. particulars of this large fiinber ship, expected Annual Report of the Sunday School Union, speedily to arrive at London.-427 pieces, Oak: | for 1825. 3207, Pine: 79, Elm, Hickory, &c. ; 33,791, The Fruits of Faith ; or. Masing Sinner. Deals : 4502, Deal Ends : 24,659, Staves and with Elegies and other moral .Poems. By Heading: 75,765, West India Staves : 5323, Hugh Campbell, illustrator of Ossian's Poems. Plank: 34,852, Treenails : 84, Masts and Bow-|

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Redeemer's Dominion over the Invisible to attempt an ascent; and should be succeed,

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Essays and Sketches, designed to illastrate a vessel.

the mode of Education parsged in Sunday Music.—The late musical festival at York,

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A Book of Martyrs for the Young. By the

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Microscopic Discovery. It has lately been disander Waugh, A. M. To wbich is prefixed a covered, by Mr. Rogers's microscope, that the Short Memoir of the Author. Octavo, pp. 338. morbid secretions in the human subject, as the | 10s. 6d. Second Edition. pus of consumption, of cancer, &c. are actually ... Preparing for Publication. masses of animalculæ. The inventor is now in

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for daily reading. off a limb, they dip the stump into a bowl of

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Almanacks will be published early in the the trouble of tying up the arteries.

month of November next, by Baynes and Son.

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Popular Music. There are two parrots in ERRATA.-In col. 855, line 34, for “metathe neighbourhood of Walworth that w bistlel pbysical,” read “ metaphorical :" and in col. the hunting chorus and waltz in Der Frieschutz. 1 862, line 5, for “my” read “thy."

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MEMOIR OF BARON DENON.

| basis of his prosperity and happiness.

His relations having observed and 16. (With a Portrait.)

complained that his studies had degeVivant DOMINIQUE DENON was born nerated into a love of pleasure, he at Chalons sur Saone, in the province courageously tore himself from the of Burgundy, about the year 1745.court, and from his gay associates, to Being descended from one of the most pursue steadily more serious occupaillustrious families in that part of tions, and went to Petersburg in the France, his future fortunes seemed to suite of the embassy, protected by be cast in the sphere of tranquillity, the interest of a sovereign, who now and the prospect of an advantageous esteemed him for the possession of alliance promised to secure him the qualities far nobler than those which means of passing his life in affluence | had at first attracted his notice, and increasing prosperity. But the Entrusted with important deactive and enterprising bent of his spatches, he travelled as a courier ; genius, preferred the path of glory, and, in his way through Prussia, though attended with labour, to the visited Potsdam and Sans Souci, repose of obscurity; and his friends where, with ardent curiosity, he spoke were prevailed on to send bim to Paris of the great Frederic with so much to finish his education, Left, at the enthusiasm, that, bis expressions being age of sixteen, to bis own guidance, reported to the king, that prince deand introduced into the most brilliant sired to have an interview with the circles of the Parisian beau monde, young traveller. He was accordingly his ardent mind was quickly seduced introduced to him in one of the private by the charms of fashionable society, galleries; and the venerable monarch, in which his lively disposition and after conversing with him for some engaging manners ensured him a cor time, requested to have the pleasure dial reception."

of seeing him again at a future period, - In the course of a year he became and treated him with the kindness and domesticated in the gay circles of the friendly confidencé so peculiarly his court, as well as those of the city; own.--On his arrivalin Russia, he found besides which, he enjoyed the intimacy his friend, the ambassador, fatigued of the principal artists and most dis- and chagrined by the tiresome details tinguished literary characters of the of business; but the lively character of age. Chance having reconimended M. Denon became a source of consohim to the notice of Louis XV.; the lation to his old friend, and strengthsimplicity and gaiety of his disposi. | ened the bonds of an attachment which tion so pleased a monarch, long dis- seemed little likely to exist between gusted with the flattery of courtiers, two beings so different in their ages and weary of the toils of business, that, and dispositions. At the Russian being desirous of attaching the young court, he rendered himself too agreeman to his service, he first gave him able to the unfortunate grand duke a situation immediately about his per-Paul, to inspire his august mother, son, as page of the bed-chamber, and the imperious Catharine, with any next as gentleman in ordinary. At other feeling than that of jealous susthis period Denon produced at the picion, which she manifested towards Theatre François a comedy, entitled him on various occasions. : Le Bon Pere,” which met with the On the death of Louis XV. the success due to the youth and genius ambassador resigned his political apof its author. At the same time, pointment, and our young diplomatist he devoted himself to the principles returned from his mission anrewarded and practice of drawing, an amuse- indeed, but with unabated spirits. At ment which afterwards formed the Copenhagen he met with M. de Ver83.-VOL. VII.

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genues, who had been recalled from powerful party of Maria Caroline, as the court of Sweden to fill the post of well as that of Maria Antoinette. prime minister of France; and he re-1. Shortly after his return to France, turned with him to Paris, where he he lost his protector and friend Count was soon after entrusted with a mis- de Vergennes, which event having sión to Switzerland, to renew the alli- | destroyed bis hopes of arriving at disance with the Cantons.

tinction in his political career-the He travelled tbrough Switzerland in love of the arts replaced in his breast company with a merchant charged with the flame of ambition. The Academy commissions to the amount of two of Arts proposed to accept him as an millions—and our young traveller soon amateur, but he chose rather to be became a connoisseur in muslins and received in a professional capacity; articles of mercery.

and, after submitting his works for He was treated with the highest dis- | inspection, was admitted into that tinction by the governments of the illustrious body. Cantons, and after having enjoyed the Denon now returned into Italy, to wonders of nature at Gencva, and in devote himself wholly to the study of its neighbourhood, chance introduced the arts, in what may be called their him to Voltaire, as a mere private native country. He frequented, in gentleman in ordinary society. When, succession, the schools of Verona, however, by mere accident, the philo- Bologna, Venice, and Florence. But sopher learnt that the young stranger the suavity and freedom of the manhad written a popular comedy; he ners of Venice, so suitable to his own entertained him at their next inter-disposition, attached him to that city, view with paternal kindness, and with where he resided for the space of five the indulgence which polished age years, with the title of the Chevalier extends to the follies of youth.

Denon. His talents, his amiable disM. Denon next visited Italy, and, position, and the elegance of his manafter spending some time in travelling ners, gave him a ready introduction through the southern part of that en- to the celebrated Madame Albrizzi, chanting and classical country, he and he soon became one of her greatest transmitted his journal, accompanied favourites, and the soul of her delightby drawings of Naples and its vicinity, ful parties. She has, in her letters, of Calabria, Sicily, and Malta, to his drawn his portrait in all the flattering friends Messrs. Delaborde, who pub- colours of an exalted and an Italian Jished them in a splendid form. friendship.

On his return to Naples, M. de Ver- During the time of his abode at gennes appointed him to a situation Venice, he began to collect drawunder the ambassador to that court, ings of all the schools, his passion for whose friendship he had formerly ac- which pursuit induced bim frequently quired; and accordingly he remained to expend large sums in amassing there, in the discharge of his official these treasures, and gave him the chaduties, nearly four years. His taste racter of being a thoughtless and exfor the fine arts, which had received a travagant amateur. Ancient drawings fresh stimulus during bis travels, in and engravings were, in consequence, cited him to resume, at his leisure brought to him from all parts; and, as hours, the study of drawing, and he he had only to select with judgment, soon afterwards applied himself also his collection soon acquired reputato that of engraving, which he praction; and, indeed, it seemed to have tised for his amusement only, but in been made at the expense of those of which he soon attained a high degree the rest of Italy. of perfection. The resemblance be- While thus employed, the revolution tween the state of the two courts of began in France, with circömstances Paris and Naples, with regard to the sufficiently terrific to create alarm in influence of the respective queens over other states; but particularly those their husbands, and the strong picture of a despotic character. The residence he drew of the injurious consequences of French travellers, in such countries, of that ascendancy in the Neapolitan became therefore extremely critical, court, particularly, rendered his cor- and exposed them to many suspicions. respondence highly interesting to his Their ancient connexions drew upon own government, though at the same them the reproach of being actuated time it could not fail to displease the by the spirit of party,--and oppres..

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