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The Suho steam-ship started from Edinburgh on Thursday se'nnight, and, notwithstanding the very heavy north-east gales of wind, arrived safe at Black- wall on Saturday from whence she started again the I same evening, having performed the voyage from j London and back in five days. I COMPAIUSON OF FEPEIID.—\ French scientific journal states that the ordinary rate is per second; Of a man walking TO Of a good horse in harness i;? Of a rein-deer in a sledge on the ice I Of an English race-horse 43 Of a hare". s8 Of a good 19 Of the wind. ,«» Of sound. Of a twenty-four-pounder cannon ball •».••• 1300 Of the air which, so divided, returns into space 1300 TO THE EDITOR OF THE GAZETTE AND GUARDIAN. SIR, I sometimes sit during the winter nights ruminating and forming Utopian plans like Pigau't Ie Brun's "Homme a pro jet," and sigh whilst I thin It of the loss the Universe is sustaining from mv modesty in refraining from giving them publicity. "Were the Spectator only living in our days!! Would it not be desirable, Mr Editor, that some Periodical were to reserve a few of its pages as a repository for musing men's lucubrations, called, The Crotchet Corner If the schemes proclaimed should not be always use- ful, they might at least be productive of entertain- ment. Should either of those qualities be found in the following, will you do me the favor of inserting it in your excellent Paper. Your obedient servant, JOHN SMITH. SURNAMES.—Mr Smith was lately arrested by mis- take for another person of the same name in Paris, for which he brought an action: the public are not aware of the numerous instances of annoyance which are constantly happening to persons bearing names of very frequent occurrence, such as the opening of letters, the miscarriage of parcels containing valuable property, litigation owing to the links of consan- guinity being involved in doubt; and injuries of a still more serious complexion have been occasioned by erroneous imputations affecting reputation, ail innocent individual having frequently been shunned by mistake for a namesake; and at the same time, ignorant of the cause of the obloquy to which hq is exposed, the error to his or her detriment remains unremoved. The stories of calling "Mr Smith is wanted," at a crowded theatre, and "Mr Jones," in the Court of Jesus College, are familiar to every one, and if all the evil of an equivoque were confined to ludicrous instances, we should consider any farther remarks superfluous: but this is no slight inconve- nience, and is progressively increasing, for as popula- tion augments, so do the Joneses and the Johnsons: the use of a name is the convenience of distinction; but where multitudes are called alike, confusion still exists. Henry VTIIIth to obviate this ill corsequence, directed the Welsh to adopt some fixed appellation, but they, unfortunately, in accordance with Celtic custom, assumed patronymics. Such is the case in tin; Highlands, but there, they very sensibly substitute, the name of the residence, otherwise the mistakes among the Macs would be endless; that is also tho plan resorted to by the French. There are only about: twenty varieties of names among the Welsh, of tho patronymics, and of course constantly multiplviiv y I I I ambiguity now twenty names for so considerable a population as this country at present contains, is a narrow range, but as there are forty thousand Welsh in Bristol, and a greater number in Liverpool and Manchester, it becomes yet more perplexing, espe- cially in towns. In Cheltenham there were lately thirty tradesmen of the name of Williams; and in tha London tradesmen's directory, the Joneses and Davis's occupy several pages. Permission should be granted under certain restric- tions, for persons thus situated to adopt a distinctive name, should they be so disposed, and the payment of a fixed sum for such license would be acceptable to the Exchequer;—the appellative to be at the option of each individual, viz. from his residence—his birth- place, or any fancy he may have, provided it remedied what it was meant to cure; thus we would not re- commend an allusion to the trade pursued, as our nomenclature already abounds sufficiently with Bakers and Millers, &c. &c. A petition should be presented to the Government, signed by all the Smiths ill London.

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