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A novel in a hundred and six volumes.
Mr. Mill on woman.
Collection of inscriptions made by Dr. John Rippon.
nearly forty years before is announced on the 2nd of October. "It is in a hundred and six volumes. The romance readers in Japan will have a 'nice book' for the long evenings."
On the same date it is stated that "Mr. Mill's work on 'The Subjection of Women' is reported to have a wide circulation in Russia. A Woman's Rights Convention at St. Petersburg is talked of, and Mr. Mill, who has expressed sympathy with the movement, is to be invited."
The movement begun in 1865, which had for its object the preservation of Bunhill Fields Burial-ground from further desecration, came to a successful end on Thursday, the 14th of October, 1869, when the place so revered by Dissenters was reopened by the Lord Mayor. The Athenaum of the previous Saturday, in announcing the event, says: "There is no place wherein nobler dust reposes than here. Men whose names are among the dearest treasures of memory sleep here awaiting the Great Awaking. Some of their graves cannot be identified, but all that could be done in this way was accomplished by that modern Old Mortality, the late Dr. John Rippon, who filled twelve folio volumes with the names of a good portion of the seventy thousand who have been committed earth to earth, dust to dust, ashes to ashes, in quaint and antique Bunhill Fields. The volumes may be seen at the Heralds' College."
The deaths of Lord Derby and Prof. Coning- Lord Derby. ton are recorded on the 30th of October: "Only a few brief years have passed since a review of Lord Derby's translation of the Iliad appeared in our columns. It came from a competent and well - known hand. It was everywhere recognized as the work of Prof. conington Conington. Translator and critic are now beyond all mortal judgment. In the same day's papers were to be read the mournful records that scholar and statesman had passed to their rest. The one was in the prime of life, if reckoned only by years. The Professor died at the age of forty-four years; the Earl had exceeded the allotted threescore-and-ten."
On the 6th of November it is announced
that "To-day the Queen opens the Holborn The Holbom
Viaduct and the new Blackfriars Bridge. Next the new year we may have to record the opening of a bridge3" new great City Library and Reading-Room, for which the Corporation have munificently granted a site close to Guildhall, together with a sum of 25,000/. for the building, and a further sum, not yet named, for the necessary fittings. The building is to be constructed for the accommodation of at least 100,000 volumes—a grand
library, of which the present Guildhall collec- hall Library. VOL. II. R
tion, rich in manuscripts and some choice printed books, will form an appropriate nucleus." Salmon The report of the "Salmon Commissioners"
in Tasmania. - _ - ,
to the Governor of Tasmania is referred to on the 20th of November: "The attempt made to introduce the salmon into the rivers of Van Diemen's Land has been completely successful. During the months of September and October, 1867, the swarm of young fish hatched from the ova sent out from England in 1866, comprising about 6,000 salmon and 900 salmon trout, were let out from their nursery and made their way
down to the sea It is impossible to lay down
this Report without a feeling of admiration for the persevering endeavours by which these fish have been carried across the equator to colonize waters where none of the same species had ever existed."
Literature of On the 25th of December the AtJiet:ceum,\n
Europe and .... . , . .... .
America, addition to its usual reviews, intelligence, and notices, contained a complete survey of the literature of Europe and America in 1869. These special and supplementary articles have since been continued annually.
On the same date it is announced that Girls admitted" Oxford has at length followed Cambridge in Yocali e»> admitting girls as candidates at the local examinations. aminations. The delegates require to be satisfied that a local committee of ladies will make all necessary arrangements for conducting the examination with propriety, and bear the expenses incurred in providing suitable accommodation for candidates coming from a distance."
The obituary of 1869 includes Sir Henry Obituary of Ellis, Principal Librarian of the British Museum l869' from 1827 to 1856. He received the honour of knighthood not in the English, but the Hanoverian order. "For some reason, the king was unwilling to create Ellis an English knight. Not liking to state his reasons for this unwillingness, he is said to have allowed Ellis to believe until the last moment that he was to be made a member of that illustrious order in which Bacon and Raleigh ranked. Then came the king's little pleasantry: Ellis knelt; William bestowed on him the Guelphic order, and went into his own apartments, rubbing his hands and chuckling, ' Ha, ha! I have made him a Knight of Hanover, a Knight of Hanover!' as though he had done an excessively clever thing."
Obituary notices also appeared of Mr. Charles Robert Weld, who was for about sixteen years assistant secretary of the Royal Society; Mr. William Ewart, the late member for the Dumfries Boroughs, who had taken an active part in the great fiscal measures which resulted in the cheap newspaper, and who associated his name yet more closely with the movement in favour of free libraries in our populous towns; Sir Emerson Tennent; the Rev. Alexander Dyce, editor of Shakspeare, Peele, Greene, Webster, Marlowe, and other Elizabethan writers, and an intimate friend of Samuel Rogers, of whose 'Table-Talk' he made a collection; Mr. Peter Cunningham, author of 'The Story of Nell Gwynne,' a 'Life of Drummond of Hawthornden,' and 'Handbook of London,' and editor of several works of repute, such as 'Horace Walpole's Letters,' 'The Works of Oliver Goldsmith,' and 'The Songs of England and Scotland'; James Henthorn Todd, the Irish antiquary; William Jerdan, for many years editor of the Literary Gazette, who seized Bellingham, the assassin, in the lobby of the old House of Commons; Lady Duff Gordon, author of 'Letters from Egypt'; Dr. Waddington, Dean of Durham; Prof. Jukes, the geologist; General Perronet Thompson, for many years proprietor and editor of the Westminster Review, in which first appeared his celebrated 'Corn Law Catechism '; Mr. Thomas Watts, Keeper of the Printed Books at the British Museum, who classified and arranged all the books received into the library from 1838 to 1857, to the number of 400,000 volumes; Bernard Bolingbroke Woodward, librarian at Windsor Castle; John Bruce, editor of many works