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individuals were present; and a more animated and elegant auditory we have rarely seen. CHARLES HARWOOD, Esq., one of the oldest and staunchest supporters of the Society, was in the chair, and amongst the visitors were Wm. Ewart, Esq., M.P.; the Rev. Mr. Scott; D. W. WIRE, Esq.; Adam Young, Esq., of Blackheath; Mr. WILDERSPIN, the author of the now almost universal system of Infant Education ; Dr. MURDOCH, &c. &c. &c.

The CHAIRMAN commenced the proceedings by giving an extremely interesting history of the rise and progress of the Society, and after powerfully proving the great value of such Institutions, eloquently urged the members to persevere in the good work they had hitherto so successfully carried on. He then called on

Wm. Ewart, Esq., M.P., who addressed the meeting with much eloquence and effect. The honourable gentleman's remarks on the subject of National Education were of an extremely forcible character, and were listened to with profound attention. He contrasted the state of Education in this country with the state of Education in other countries, particularly in Prussia ; and with great ability argued the importance of instituting a system that should be, in the strictest sense of the word, a national one. The honourable member concluded his remarks amidst great applause.

The Rev. A. J. Scott, M.A., then rose and addressed the assembly with singular eloquence and effect for nearly an hour. He traced with consummate power the operation of the voluntary principle in the foundation of all the great Educational Institutions of Europe, wherever they have existed, and showed how little the cause of enlightenment has been indebted to governmental assistance. The reverend gentleman in this argument, which was followed up with remarkable ability and research, referred to the origin of the various Universities and other Educational Institutions of modern Europe; and after triumphantly establishing the fact that to voluntary association alone these Establishments have owed their rise, eloquently applied his conclusion to the Literary Institutions of the present day, and especially to that in which he was now speaking. The Rev. Gentleman resumed his seat amidst enthusiastic cheering, and was followed by

D. W. Wire, Esq., who enlarged very eloquently upon the true liberality of feeling and sentiment which follow in the train of enlightenment and education. He subsequently alluded to the comparison drawn between England and Prussia, and repudiated the suggestion that a National System of Education should be forced upon our people by the Government. It was his opinion that such a system was contrary to the feelings and habits of the English people, and such as would never succeed. He thought that to the voluntary principle alone could Englishmen safely appeal, and in defence of that principle he spoke with much power and effect.

Dr. MURDOCH then spoke, and urged the great importance of the education which Literary Institutions furnish to their members. Whilst, however, he did so, he carefully showed that there is an education to which even the knowledge supplied by Literary Institutions must be subservient -the Education of the Heart-and that too not merely in its social and domestic affections, but in its philanthropic and religious duties. The Doctor concluded his remarks by modestly alluding to his previous connection with the Society, and pledged himself to support it heart and hand whenever an opportunity was afforded him.

The Chairman having left the chair, it was moved by Adam Young, Esq., in a humourous and emphatic address, in which he warmly complimented the ladies present, that the best thanks of the meeting be given to CHARLES Harwoon, Esq., for his conduct in the chair, which proposition was received with the loudest acclamation.

The meeting then separated.

We have great pleasure in inserting the following truly poetical lines, suggested by the occasion. The author is one of the most popular members of the Society

SONG.
Suggested by the opening of the New Rooms of the Greenwich Society for the Diffusion of

Useful Knowledge.
"Let there be light," the Eternal said ;
Night trembling heard, the darkness fled,

Earth rolled in light along.
Each leafy wood-each flowery plain-
The murmuring winds—the dashing main-

Poured forth their joy in song.
Then burst forth from grassy hill,
From each bubbling fount and rill,

And mountain, shadowed vale,
Earth's thousand voices, blending
In chorus never ending,

The new-born day to hail.
Light comes-rejoice-the mists that blind
Man to the powers of his own mind

Are rolling fast away;
Swift-coming years shall see earth trod
By beings nearer to their God

Than e'er were born of clay.
Sing! the night of mind is past-
Sing! the morning comes at last-

Sing! with choral song,
Joyous hail the breaking dawn,
By the winds to heaven upborne,
Let it float along.

W. C. B. City of LONDON LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION.-On Wednesday Evening, February 1st, the Elocution Class of this Society held their Public Quarterly Meeting ; J. WESTLAND Marston, Esq. (the Author of the successful Tragedy “ The Patrician's Daughter,") being in the Chair.

The proceedings commenced by Mr. J. EASTHAM's recitation of the following Poetical Address, written, for the occasion, by one of the writers in this Magazine :

ADDRESS.
Patrons and Friends ! while o'er the giddy world
The flaunting flag of FOLLY is unfurl'd, -
While PLEASURE's minions sport on gaudy wing -
And thoughtless GAIETY o'er earth is king-
We come before you deeply to deplore
The sickening dream that spreads man's spirit o'er,-
And for a few brief moments, to engage
Your thoughts upon the follies of the age.
Look well around:-What scenes salute the eye?
How's man employed-man only born to die?
Spends he his time in tending the distrest?-
Gives he the starving, food-the weary, rest? -
Binds he the heart that's broken down with woe?
Stops he the tear that sorrow bids to flow?-
Soothes he the brain by madd’ning anguish riven ?-
Bids he the dying to a home in Heaven?
Look round-look round !--what meets the inquiring eye?
Alas! I dare not ask for your reply !
No! heedless man--his destiny forgot-
Is call'd by thousand claims, but answers not ;
In Pleasure's sunshine, like an insect, flies,
And-quite as thoughtless-like an insect dies !
Some in the so-called higher circles sport,
And flutter in the splendours of the court,

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Sustained by one weak hope-the subtle song
That tells them they are gayest in the throng!
Some spend their years in adding store to store,
'Till Death cries Hold! and lets them hoard no more ;
Some to Red Riot yield their little day,
Others to fierce AMBITION's iron sway;
Turn where we will, Sin's banner meets our eyes,
Pleasure's the only Deity men prize;-
Each scene of life, had we but time to scan,
Would cry aloud and long-SHAME, SHAME TO MAN!
But shall we then of Earth's great peace despair,
And all our hopes of happiness forswear ?
Forbid it, Heaven! a day hath yet to dawn,
When universal Joy is to be born!
In the great world whose limbs around are cast,
A chain is forging, wonderful and vast !
A chain, though wrought on Earth, conceived above-
The chain of human sympathy and love ;
Thousands of agents labour in the cause,
Careless alike of censure and applause;
Science and Art contribute, day by day,
Their grand discoveries to light the way;
The Past—a Teacher even in its death-
Reads us instruction with its dying breath;
The PRESENT-like a giant in its strength-
Unceasing labours to increase its length;
The Future shows fair scenes to cheer our toil,
And beckons onwards with resistless smile;
Earth yields her treasures in the work to share,
And all her elements assistance bear:
And like some bright and lovely star i'the sky
-A guide and light-shines fair PhiloSOPHY;
While her sweet seraph-sisters, Faith and Peace,
Point to the mighty END-when Earth shall cease-
When the Great Human Mystery is o'er,

And the Archangel shouts "TIME IS NO MORE!"
The List of Recitations was as follows:-
Mr. Drewitt . The present aspect of Greece

Byron. -HILL. . Hamlet to his Mother .

Shakspere.
SWELL
} Scene from Othello .

Shakspere.
UMPELBY
SMEE The Collegians

Anon.
-EASTHAM
- CHURCH S
. Scene from Julius Cæsar .

Shakspere. - Warwick . Satan's Address to the Sun .

Milton. - MARCH . . Hugo's Trial

Byron.
Paddy Dunbar

S. Hughes.
ONOUGHUE The Isles of Greece.

Byron. - EASTHAM AM} Lochiel's Warning.

Campbell.
CARSWELLS
- HILL. . Extract from the Patrician's Daughter Marston.
TAGG
Allan a Dale . .

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. . . Scott. - WARWICK. Marc Antony's Soliloquy.

Shakspere. - SMEE . The 'Swarry' of the Select Footmen of Bath, Boz. Of these performances unquestionably the finest was Mr. Charles WARWICK'S " Extract from Paradise Lost," a more powerful and effective recitation we never heard. The agony--the desperation--the vivid and thrilling remorse of the fallen angel were pourtrayed in a masterly manner, and the thrice repeated round of applause that followed the effort, showed how well

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the audience appreciated the reciter's genius. Of a different order, but scarcely of inferior merit, were Mr. Smee's highly diverting recitations, “ The Collegians,” and “The Swarry' of the Select Footmen at Bath." The humour displayed by Mr. Smee was of the very first order : an extreme finish and taste were observable throughout his perfomances. As specimens of lively and gentlemanly recitation we have rarely seen Mr. Smee's efforts equalled. To similar commendation the recitations of Mr. TagG are entitled. Amongst the other reciters, Messrs. EASTham and T. P. Hill deserve honourable mention. All indeed acquitted themselves most creditably.

The Recitations being over, it was moved by Mr. F. Rowton and seconded by Mr. COWDEN CLARKE (who was received as he should be received, with thunders of applause) that the best thanks of the meeting be given to Mr. WESTLAND MARSTON. The proposition was hailed with the most fervent acclamation, and Mr. Marston eloquently addressed the audience in reply. He would not (he said) stay to argue with the audience as to whether he was entitled to their thanks or not-it would be making himself of too much importance. He most warmly commended the objects of the Class, and expressed the high gratification he had experienced on this occasion. He then took occasion to show the value of the study of Elocution, which he proved to be a part of the greater study of Human Nature. We regret that our space will not allow us to give Mr. Marston's speech at greater length, for it was full of such eloquence and genius as are but rarely to be heard, and such as would most exquisitely adorn our pages. However, the breathless attention and enthusiastic applause of the crowded audience must have convinced Mr. MARSTON that the truly noble efforts with which he has graced the page of our literature, are fully appreciated at the City of London Institution.

HUNTINGDON LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION.- The Annual General Meeting of the Subscribers to this Institution was held on Friday, the 27th January, 1843, W. WARD, Esq., President, in the Chair.

The Secretary, Mr. C. M. Fox, read the Report, which appears to us to be of a very interesting and satisfactory nature. The chief feature of novelty is the new building, which has been recently erected by a body of shareholders, and which is described to be a very commodious and well-built edifice. A music class has been formed, which meets on Thursday evenings, under the superintendence of Mr. Last, organist. Gratuitous Lectures have been delivered once a fortnight to very numerous audiences, and the Committee take occasion to express their warm thanks to the Lecturers, amongst whom we notice the names of Mr. Thos. LOVELL, Mr. R. Fox, Mr. INGRAM, Rev. W. WRIGHT, Mr. J. H. WRIGHT, of Chatteris, Rev. E. Muscurt, Mr. Foster, and W. White, Esq., Secretary to the Meteorological Society of Great Britain. It gives us great pleasure to perceive that the Library and Museum have been much increased by munificent donations of many of the Nobility and Gentry of the neighbourhood. Amongst the donors we perceive the names of Earl Fitzwilliam, J. Y. Akerman, Esq., the Commissioners of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Poor Law Commissioners, the Record Commissioners, the Corporation of Huntingdon, T. E. Fisher, Esq., &c., &c., &c.

The cash account is an extremely pleasing feature in the Report, there being a balance in hand.

Altogether this Institution seems to us to be extremely well managed.

** We are compelled by want of space, to postpone several Institutional Reports till next month.

I TRUST that on so important an occasion as the completion of the First Volume of this work, I shall be pardoned for laying aside, for a moment, the majestic First Person Plural in which it is usual for an Editor to speak, and be allowed to say a few familiar words to my readers, in the singular number.

First, then, I am happy to be enabled to state that the City of LONDON MAGAZINE is a successful experiment. It was commenced under circumstances of great difficulty, and it has had constantly to contend against many and serious disadvantages; but in spite of all it has continued its career, and has prospered. When it first opened its eyes upon the world, there were of course many wise and grave prophets who, with mystic winks and solemn nods, predicted for it a three-months' existence, and then a quiet sepulchre ; and there were not wanting many shrewd and far-seeing calculators who shrugged their shoulders, shook their heads, and by dint of long experience in mental mathematics, clearly proved that there never could be a Number Six : but somehow or other, both prophets and calculators turn out to be wrong, and here is Number Six in spite of them. Here, too, is the Editor, ready-heart and hand—to commence and continue another Volume; here, likewise, are a host of talented contributors, ready to aid and abet him in his daring defiance of seers and sages; and so if it please Heaven to grant the said Editor and host health and strength, the City of LONDON MAGAZINE shall outlive many a croaking prophet yet!

It may be it is egotism,-but I cannot refrain from congratulating myself and the supporters of the work, upon the fact that something more has been done than the mere production of a book. A new channel has been made for the overflowing stream of mind; a new Truth-mine has been opened ; a new medium offered for the developement of Thought:-a channel to which the least venturesome may trust-a mine into which the most timid may descend a medium which the least experienced may employ. And I know that they who embark on the new stream will find that it leads to a fair and pleasant land—that they who dig in the new mine will discover many and precious pearls and that they who avail themselves of the new medium will discern its usefulness and acknowledge its value.

But I must not forget my gratitude. I need not say that to my talented correspondents the success of the work is mainly attributable. Of the merits of the book it does not become me to speak, whatever I may feel; but I will not forego the gratification of offering an Editor's best thanks to all the many contributors who have written for the volume. I trust that the pleasant relations subsisting between us may be long continued.

The future prospects of the Magazine are bright. All its old contributors rally round memand with an enthusiasm for which I cannot be sufficiently grateful, offer me their best assistance. It will gratify my readers to know that I shall certainly avail myself of the talent thus generously placed at my disposal.

It is my intention to devote the Magazine as much as possible to Institutional Interests. Many circumstances have conspired to prevent my paying so much attention to this subject as I could have wished, but the hurry and confusion of the start being over, I hope now to have leisure to improve the machinery of the publication, and so more regularly to attain the ends I have in view.

I cannot conclude without offering my warm acknowledgments to the Press for the very flattering encouragement they have uniformly bestowed upon the undertaking.

FREDERIC ROWTON. London, February 28th, 1843.

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