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LITERATURE AND THE ARTS. THE first edition of the "North-West Passage," written by Viscount Milton, M.P., and Dr. Cheadle, having been rapidly exhausted, the publishers, Messrs. Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, have advertised a second edition of that valuable work, which is now ready. A NEW and superior edition of Cassell's History of England," illustrated with 2,000 wood engravings, is about te be issued on toned paper in weekly and monthly parts. The first number will be out on the 4th of October, and the first part on the 30th of the same month. LONGFELLOW, the poet, ia said to be engaged on a new story in verse, the incidents of which are drawn from the war. The measure is chiefly hexameter, and the poem will possess some of the characteristics of "Evangeline." THE grave has now closed (says the Athenaeum) over the last of a poet's household. The widow of Moore rests by her husband's side. The voice of song had long been silenced in the little bower at Sloperton, where she who once listened lived on the memories of the old sweet echoes:— -In future hours, some bard will say Of her who heard and him who sang the lay, They are gone! They both are gone The papers which have announced the death of Mrs. Moore, early last week, have agreed in mis-stating her age, which they set down at sixty-eight. As she married Moore in 1811, this would imply that she was only fourteen when she married the bard, who was then in his thirty-third year! The difference between their ages was by no means so great. Another, and a graver mistake, is the repetition of the malignant assertion of "the Right Hon. John Wilson Croker," made by him almost before Moore was buried, that the poet was a husband that cared little for his wife! This assertion gave great pain to Mrs. Moore, and was resented by Lord John Russell. The Right Hon. John Wilson Croker," however, only aggravated his unmanly offence by sneering at Moore's widow as Lord John's interesting victim." All this malignity was the frait of well-nursed wrath, which was excited by the fact that fifty years before Moore had. omitted to name Mr. Croker in the notes to Anacreon. Setting aside the terrible affliction of the loss of all their children, the home of Tom Moore and Bessy was a happy one. Because his journal only records his I Sittings abroad, and barely alludes to his home except in notice of some labour there, and thankfulness that he had leisure to perform it ;-because he sang lightly nf Brilliant short pleasure that flashes and dies,— men are apt to forget that the poet was a solid scholar, and that his knowledge of patristic litera- ture was more real than his acquaintance with Fanny of Timmol. It has also been said that Moore seldem or never alludes to his wife in his poetry. He was not publicly uxorious, but all his allusions are in exquisite taste, and a hundred pas- sages in his diary are testimonies to the worth of his admirable wife, and to the high estimation in which he held her. "Then come," he says, in his metrical invitation to Lord Lansdowne to dine at Sloperton- Then come—if a board so untempting hath power To win thee from grandeur, its best shall be thine: And there's one, long the light of the bard's happy bower, Who,smiling, will blend her bright welcome with mine. IT is proposed to purchase by subscription and to preserve, as a memorial cf Chaucer, the Talbot Inn, in the Borough High-street. The testimony of admira- tion thus proposed would be so far imperfect that it would be hard to prove any portion of the structure in question to be so old as the time of Chaucer. THE graceful compliment which we paid to the French people in erecting a monument to Lieutenant Bellot, in the front of Greenwich Hospital, our neigh- bours have returned to us by erecting a monument to Dr. Jenner at Boulogne, which, with appropriate ceremony, has beau juiuuvtjred. May suchoour- tesies continue between us for ever! EXPERIMENTS have been made at Birmingham to try the effect of the magnesium light when attached to a balloon in the air. The experiments were very striking in their effects, the light thrown forth being most brilliant, lighting up the whole heavens, and illuminating the streets, houses, and crowds of people with a distinctness almost equal to day. A JET EXHIBITION has taken place at Whitby. It consisted of works of art exclusively formed in jet, and was held in St. Hilda's-hall. The Marchioness of Normanby opened the exhibition. In all there were forty-one prizes awarded, which will be distributed to the winners by the Marchioness of Normanby at the close of the exhibition. ft ft To mark the recent retirement of Dr. Corrigan from the Presidentship of the King and Queen's College, Dublin, to which office that gentleman had for several successive years been re-elected, a marble statue and a portrait in oils are to be placed in the hall of that institution. The portrait is by Mr. Catterson Smith, President of the Royal Hibernian Academy, and now in the Dublin International Exhibition. The commis- sion fer the st&tue is placed in the hands of Mr. Foley, R.A., who is also engaged on a similar work of Sir Henry Marsh, M.D., for the same institution. AMONG the recent acquisitions to the South Ken- sington Museum are a vast number of articles pre- sented by the Rev. R. Brooke, of Selby. In addition to those previously announced, as derived from the same source, the following may be mentioned as re- presenting whole classes of objects: Medallions, miniatures, bead-work, ornaments for personal use in steel and gold, bijouterie, and suits of clothing-com. prising court- suits, both for ladies and gentlemen, and portions of the same, including lace aprons, embroidery, brocade,mantillas,boddices,waistcoats,skirts,kerchiefs, trimming, epaulettes, sword-belts, swords, sabres, shoe- buckles, buttons, pins, necklaces, and a host of such things, mostly of the eighteenth-century manufacture. The same gentleman has also given many gold and In silver coins, principally of the last and preceding cen- turies, and of Portuguese, English, French, and Irish minting, and, in addition, several books. Other pur- chases and gifts include a boat-shaped incense-holder of rock-crystal, probably Spanish, c. 1540,-A sweet- Nteat box, decorated with chasings in silver and attri- buted to J. Callot, c. 1620,-Plates of enamelled Rho- dian or Persian ware, painted with roses, scrolls, &c., —A portrait of Mrs. Everard, by Gainsborough, pre- sented by W. Freeman, Esq.,—A pax of gilt metal, with champleve enamels, French, c. 1340,-A circular rilievo of the Saviour bearing the cross, gold, repousse, German, c. 1370,-A boxwood box and cover, with a neck and knob of silver chased, the body carved with the events of the Passion, Venetian, 14th century (?),- A bottle of rock-crystal, oval, with scroll foliage cut in relief, Byzantine-Greek, eleventh or twelfth century,-Medicine-chest, covered with green satin embroidered with flowers in white satin and gold thread; the interior fittings consist of six phials of ruby glass, with silver-gilt tops, a two-handled cup, spoon, patula, diminutive spoon and fork, all silver- gilt French, first half of the seventeenth century, said to have belonged to Louis XIII.A pair of lady's shoes, said to have belonged to Queen Charlotte, &c.