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an uncut diamond may be incomplete). Some among them drifted to this journal; every one having its diamond-novelty and beauty, and a nerve which set it apart from the horde of sweet verses written on pleasant themes, by anybody, or nobody.—No name was announced in connexion with these early successes. Presently, a collection of these scattered lyrics was put forth headed by 'The Seraphim,' a sacred drama 'The prompted by no less vaulting an ambition than Seraphim.' that of one professing to have watched the Crucifixion, and who hid herself in the guise now of an awe-stricken, now of an awe-raised, angel.—By this time Miss Barrett's name was abroad, and it became known, also, that she had been for years the inmate of a darkened room, —doomed, as was thought, to slow death, and as such withdrawn from active share in the world of society or letters. But her poems broke the door of the dark chamber for her against her will. Old friends, of course, had long ministered to her there; but strangers would write to her, and thus by degrees she was drawn into a commerce with much that is boldest in speculation, rarest in fancy, choicest in literary worth. Her letters are as remarkable as her poems—filled with noble thoughts, recondite allusions, thickcoming fancies,—never worldly, always womanly, —but almost without peer among the letters of
women. A second collection of verse, headed *The Drama by `The Drama of Exile,' in which she trod
Milton's ground with the step of a poetess, had
inmate of the darkened chamber had risen from Her her couch to marry a poet, in many of his marriage.
instincts and fashions delicately fitted to herself,
it as the country of her heart and hope, was to *Casa Guidi be seen in her next poem, ‘Casa Guidi WinWindows.'
dows,'a passionate moralizing on what happened
On the 3rd of January, 1863, the Athenaum announces that "the municipality of Florence Marble slab have done honour to themselves and to the ^unkipaihy6 memory of Mrs. Barrett Browning by placing a of Florence. marble slab in the wall of the house she occupied in that city. The slab bears an inscription in Italian to this effect:—Elizabeth Barrett Browning lived, wrote, and died in this house. She was a woman who, with a woman's heart, possessed the wisdom of a sage and the spirit of a true poet, and made her poetry a golden band between Italy and England."
Sir Francis Palgrave died on July 6th, 1861, at sir Francis the age of seventy-three. He was born Cohen, PalBravebut changed his name to Palgrave on his conversion from Judaism and his appointment to office. The Athenceum of the 13th states: "His works are numerous and voluminous; but his fame will mainly rest upon his contributions to early English History. His 'History of Normandy and England,' with some conspicuous faults, is a very able and valuable book.— The Master of the Rolls has appointed Mr. T. Duffus Hardy Assistant-Keeper of the Public Records, in the place of Sir Francis Palgrave."
The Paper Duty, the last of the taxes on knowledge, was repealed on the 1st of October, Priceofthe
and the Athenceum, true to its policy of giving Athmavvi
to the public the benefit of every change in the threepence. law, reduced its price on the jth of October from fourpence to threepence. New Place, New Place, Stratford-on-Avon, was advertised Str Avon.0" to De sold on the 25th of October, and the Athenceum of the 19th contains an appeal to the "moneyed and right-minded public " to interfere. This is followed on the 26th by the gratifying announcement that "Shakspeare's Gardens are saved to the public for ever! New Place was not sold yesterday, as advertised, by auction, but was disposed of, on the 22nd inst., by private contract. The purchase - money was 1,400/. Half of that sum has been already subscribed; and there cannot be the slightest doubt but that the other half will be immediately forthcoming, and that Mr. Halliwell, who has, in the mean time, secured the property, will have no reason to do other than congratulate himself on his assuming what we may well call this national
agency In affording this intelligence, we feel
it would be altogether incomplete and unsatisfactory if we did not add that this ' Holy Land' of England, as we have ventured to call it, will be conveyed, under trust, to the Mayor and Corporation of Stratford-on-Avon. Henceforth it is the honourable mission of that municipality to guard this hallowed ground. They are nominally the proprietors, on the reasonable condition that never shall a building be erected in the gardens, and that to the latter the public shall be freely and gratuitously admitted forever. It is impossible, so far, that anything could be more complete and satisfactory than this arrangement, the accomplishment of which is most creditable to Mr. Halliwell."
The death of Mrs. Pye—the widow of Henry Mrs. Pye. James Pye, who succeeded Tom Warton in 1790, "not in the enjoyment of the tierce of Canary, but of 27/. a year, substituted for the old and pleasant guerdon"—is announced on the 2nd of November. "Pye held the laureate The crown, or was supposed to hold so magnificent a Laurea,esh,Psymbol, during three-and-twenty years, when much more fun was made of him than he deserved, and 'Pindar, Pye et Parvus Pybus ' was a phrase with which our sires were familiar. Pye had an honest admiration for Thomson, who would have been glad to have been Laureate, and whose 'Rule Britannia' shows how worthy he would have been of such an office. When Pye died, in 1813, the vocation had increase of dignity conferred on it by the appointment of Southey, who did not disdain it, as Gray proudly did, because the office had been enjoyed by mediocre men. Mrs. Pye lived to see three successors to her old master and husband, Southey, Wordsworth, and Tennyson. Gray was not the only poet who refused the