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Foms StRet.1 THOMAS CHALMERS. 205 of high entranced enthusiasm. But the shape of the forehead is perhaps the most singular part of the whole visage ; and indeed it presents a mixture so very singular, that I should have required some little time to comprehend the meaning of it. . . . In the forehead of Dr. Chalmers there is an arch of imagination, carrying out the summit boldly and roundly, in a style to which the heads of very few poets present acything comparable-while over this again there is a grand apex of veneration and love, such as might have graced the bust of Plato himself, and such as in living men I had never beheld equalled in any but the majestic head of Canova. The whole is edged with a few crisp locks, which stand boldly forth and afford a fine relief to the death-like paleness of those massive temples.? He died on the 3rst May, 1847, since when his Memoirs have been given to the world by Dr. William Hanna, with his life and labours in long before he took the great part he did in the storm of the Disruption :- ?At first sight his face is a coarse one-but a mysterious kind of meaning breathes from every part of it, that such as have eyes cannot be long without discovering. It is very pale, and the large halfclosed eyelids have a certain drooping melancholy about them, which interested me very much, I understood not why. The lips, too, are singularly pensive in their mode of falling down at the sides, although there is no want of richness and vigour in their central fulness of curve. The upper lip from the nose downwards, is separated by a very deep line, which travels in North America followed; but the work by which he is best known-his pleasant ? I Fragments of Voyages and Travels, including Anec dotes of Naval Life,?in three volumes, he published at Edinburgh in 1831, during his residence in St. Colme Street where some of his children were born. I? Patchwork,? a work in three volumes, he published in England in 1841. He married Margaret, daughter of Sir John Hunter, Consul-general in Spain, and died at Portsmouth in 1844, leaving behind him the reputation of having been a brave and intelligent officer, a good and benevolent man, and a faithful friend. Ainslie Place is an expansion of Great Stuart Street, midway between Moray Place and Randolph Crescent. It forms an elegant, spacious. and symmetrical double crescent, with an ornamental garden in the centre, and is notable for containing the houses in which Dugald Stewart and Dean Ramsay lived and died, namely, Nos. 5 and 23. Glasgow, his residence in St. Andrews, and his final removal to Edinburgh, his Visits to England, and the lively journal he kept of what he saw and did while in that country. St. Colme Street, the adjacent continuation of Albyn Place, is so named from one of the titles of the Moray family, a member of which was commendator of Inchcolm in the middle of the 16th century. Here No. 8 was the residence of Captain Bad Hall, R.N., the popular writer on several subjects. He was the second son of Sir James Hall of Dunglass, Sart., and Lady Helena Douglas, daughter af Dunbar, third Earl of
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