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Edinburgh Past and Present


26 EDINBURGH PAST AND PRESENT. Engraving on the left shows the entrance to the grinting-office and the window of the room in which Sir Walter revised his proofs, and that on the right Ballantyne's house in St. John Street.) The Edinburgh Reviaer PAUL'S WORE. BALLANTYNE'S HOUSE. is in undiminished force. John Wilson has arrived, and is forcing his way toward the immense popularity he is soon to gain. In the Chairs of the University, Dugald Stewart, Playfair, Thomas Brown, Leslie, Pillans, and Dalzel are teaching. Andrew Thomson is thundering statedly in the pulpit, and Chalmers is preaching occasionally, as no one but himself can preach, and is by and by to be Divinity Professor. James Hogg is in Gabriel's Road meditating the Queen's Wake. Edward Irving is studying in Bristo Street for the ministry. M'Crie is issuing the Lfe of Andrew McZviZZe, and attacking OLd MortaIity with merciless power. BZmkwood's Magazine has started, and is attracting to itself such spirits as Thomas Pringle (at first) and J. G. Lockhart, Maginn, Galt, Croly, Delta, and Christopher North, who also in 1820 mounts the Moral Philosophy Chair, and takes to him his great power and reigns for more than thirty years, while a profounder, if not so brilliant a man, has been obliged to retire upon the Chair of History, whence he by and by emerges on that of Logic, as the full-fledged and unique Sir Wiliiam Hamilton. Meantime the Bar is radiant with Jeffrey, Cockburn, Cranstoun, John Clerk, Moncreiff, and Murray, and the Bench with President Blair, Hemand, and Hope, and the Medical SchooIs are resplendent with Munro,
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- THE OLD TOWN. 27 Hope, Christison, Lizars, Liston, and Robert Knox In lower but still lofty literary regions William Knox is singing his Hebrew songs, ' most musical, most melancholy.' ,The two Chamberses are laying the slow but surefoundations of their extensive fame and usefulness. Miss Ferrier is writing her Marriage and Inhe~itame, and Mrs. Johnstone her CZan AZbin. Robert Pollok has come to town from the Mearns, near Paisley, and is publishing his highly popular and promising poem, Tke Course of Time, and Thomas Aird has startled the literary world by his strange and powerful Devit's Dream and Dmoniac, holding out a grand hope that has, alas ! not been thoroughly realised. In the Dissenting pulpit, besides old Dr. James Peddie and Dr. Hall, two men, very different, but both of no ordinary powers, have appeared in Dr. John Brown and Dr. John Ritchie. In the Newspaper press, the Wee&& Yourna4 the CaZedonian Mercwy, and above all the manly and liberal Scofsman, have made their mark. And this last may be considered the avanf-courmr of Fait's Magazine, which comes to the aid of the Liberal PAUL STREET. interest in 1832, and rallies round it, besides its energetic publisher, such writers as William Weare, Roebuck, FonbIanque, Mrs. Johnstone, Bownng, Professor Nichol, Robert Nicoll, Sir Thomas Dick Lauder, and the wondrous De Quincey. Besides, the Edinburgh Literary YourjzaL: edited by Henry Glassford Bell, is for some years a very meritorious publication, and so is, in another sphere, the Edfdurgh Christian Instmcfor, edited by Dr. xndrew
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