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Many dogs, in terra cotta.
An Osprey eagle, in terra cotta; and
Two kittens, in marble, in the collection of the late Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford, at Strawberry-hill.
A bust, executed in marble (portrait of herself), placed in the Royal Gallery of Florence, in the Hall of Ancient and Modern Painters.
Another bust, in marble (portrait of herself), in the collection of the late R. P. Knight, Esq.; now in the British Museum, with that collection.
Isis—a bust in Greek marble, in the collection of Thomas Hope, Esq.
Bust in nvirble, portrait of Sir Humphry Davy, President of the Royal Society.
The bust in marble of the Lady Viscountess Melbourn is now placed in the collection of the E irl C'owper, at Penshanger.
Also a bust in marble—portrait of the late Honourable Penniston Lamb, in the character of Mercury.
Paris—a small bust in marble.
Thalia—a bust in marble.
A bust in marble—portrait of her mother the late Countess of Ailesbury.
A bust, in terra cotta, of the late Queen Caroline of England. A bust in terra cotta—portrait of her father the late Field Marshal the Right Honourable Henry Seymour Conway.
A small bust—head of a muse—in bronze.
The following is the account given of Mrs Dainer in Dallaway's 'Anecdotes of the Arts in England:'
Mrs. Damer first studied the elements, and was instructed by Ceracchi, who has represented her as the muse of sculpture, * and received farther assistance in the school of Bacon. Two kittens in white marble, with the shock dogs, and the Osprey eagle in terra cotta, at Strawberry Hill, now her residence, have merited the elegant encomium of Horace Walpole. 'Non me Praxiteles fecit ut Anna Damer.' These first mentioned are amongst her early performances, and promised the future excellence to which she has attained.
A statue of his present Majesty, larger than life, at Edinburgh; those of admirable grace and resemblance of Lady Melbourn and Lady Elizabeth Forster, afterwards Duchess of Devonshire; of Mrs Siddons in the character of the Tragic Muse; the heads of
* This statue of Mrs. Damer is placed at the entrance of the British Museum, opposite to the great staircase.
Tame and Isis for the bridge at Henley; a beautiful greyhound, and the Bacchanal abovementioned, are works upon the merit of which an artist might securely rest his fame. These singular proofs of genius will command the admiration of posterity as well for grandeur as elegance; nor will the observation of Quinctilian upon Polycletus be applicable even to a female sculptor, "Quin setatem graviorein dicalur refugisse nihil ausus praeter leves genas." As a statuary, Mrs Damer is unrivalled; and Darwin has expressed nothing beyond the strict limits of truth in the following lines, in which he bears tribute to the power of her art:
Long with soft touch shall Dam r's chisel charm,
We must conclude this brief account of two interesting personages—each likely, the one by giving, and the other by receiving, the elegant and appropriate tribute of respect described, to become deeply instrumental in bringing Europe and Asia nearer to each other in every thing but climate and geographical distance— with the mention of a well-authenticated and striking proof of the general capacity of the Native Indians to understand, and their skill to apply, the knowledge that may be communicated to them from Europe. In the island of Ceylon, soon after the introduction into it of the noble institution, Trial by Jury, a Native of some consideration was put upon his trial for murder. The rank of the parties implicated, and the circumstances attending the deed, had occasioned this trial to excite the greatest interest throughout the country, and the Court was crowded to witness the proceedings. After a patient investigation of the affair, the Jury retired to consider of their verdict; and so plausible was the evidence against the accused, that the whole of the Jury, with one single exception, considered his guilt to be completely established. The individual who did not concur in this opinion, was a young Native, of about five-andtwenty, of superior understanding; and the reasons stated by him for his dissent were sufficiently powerful to induce the rest of the Jury to consent to return to the Court, and give him an opportunity to cross-examine the witnesses whose evidence had made so strong an impression of the prisoner's guilt. The witnesses being recalled, this young Indian went through their cross-examination with so much skill, yet in so inartificial and straight-forward a manner, as to elicit the most complete proof of the innocence of the accused, and to establish, beyond all doubt, the existence of a conspiracy against his life by parties interested in succeeding to his property. The result was, that the arraigned individual, who, but for this subsequent examination of the witnesses, would have been condemned, and executed within four-and-twenty hours, was restored to his family, his reputation, and his property, by the superior intelligence of one of his fellow countrymen.
When the trial was over, the Chief Justice sent for the young Native, and expressed a desire to know what had been the course of study and occupation which could have given him such penetration and such skill; when he understood from him that he had been educated only in the usual mode adopted for persons of good condition in the country, and that there was nothing peculiar rn this to account for the qualities which had excited the judge's admiration. But, he observed, that being naturally of a studious disposition, he sought out and read all the books he could procure on the learning of Europe, both in ancient and modern authors ; and having met with a Persian translation from the Greek of Aristotle's Dialectics, he had sufficient acquaintance with the language into which it had been translated to understand it well, and was so struck with its importance, that he made a translation of it from the Persian into the Sanscrit. It was to this masterly production of the mind of a Greek philosopher that he owed all his powers of analysis and reasoning; and the present instance of its successful application to the great ends of justice would only stimulate him, he said, to new researches into the wisdom of other countries and of other days.
This fact is of itself sufficient to show what wonders might be wrought by a proper encouragement of such a feeling on the part of the nation in whose hands the destinies of the countless millions of Asia are now placed: Sir Alexander Johnston's introduction of Trial by Jury into Ceylon, is one example that has already produced immense benefit. His illustrious relative, Mrs. Damer's present to the Rajah of Tanjore is another honourable example of such encouragement to the study of European arts, sciences, and letters. Let others but follow their footsteps in other departments of useful knowledge, and they will justly deserve the blessings of millions yet unborn.
SONNETS ON 8HAKSPEARE.
No. 2—At You Like it.
STATEMENT OF MR. RICHMOND RESPECTING DISEASES
(Transmitted to the Editor, for publication, from Bombay.)
Abstract of Diseases of the Eve, treated by Surgical Operation, at Surat, and neighbouring Villages, from the 12thMay, to the 1st December, 1824.
Abstract of Diseases of the Eye, treated without Surgical Operation.
These abstracts present a great number of diversified diseases of the eye, and show that the people of Surat, and its vicinity, are not less afflicted with them, than those in other parts of the country through which I have travelled.
In visiting different parts of the town of Surat, I found few families, comparatively, which were wholly exempt from such diseases. The number of children, blind from the loss of structure of the eye, occasioned by protracted inflammation, bears a great proportion in my monthly returns.
Neglected inflammation is the principal cause of so much blindness among the Natives, and it is brought on by the long dry season and the hot winds; the latter, also, carrying dust into the eyes. The people, when attacked with inflammation in the eyes, have no means of arresting its progress, but, on the contrary, frequently so aggravate its symptoms, by the application of acrimonious and stimulating substances, that it ends in total destruction of the organ.
To cure the disease, some patients have recourse to amulets and charms: by so doing, they, without intention, leave the disease to the course of nature; and it not unfrequently happens, that persons who act in this manner are more fortunate in the termination of their complaint than those who apply pernicious ingredients.
Repeated instances of the father and mother, in one family, both blind from cataract, have been brought to me by their son, and have been restored to sight; and there have been some instances of mothers of families, blind eight years by the same disease, who, as soon as the operation was performed, recognised their children, embraced them, and shed tears of joy over them. A considerable number of people, blind from the same causes, for the space of ten years, and some for the space of seventeen, were also restored to sight.
It sometimes happened, that people with cataract in both eyes, but blind only in one, the opacity not being so dense in the other, and having sight left sufficient for many useful purposes, have found the improvement of vision so great, after the blind eye was restored to sight, that they were induced to return, and request me to operate on the other eye also.
During the first three months of my residence here, as soon as the door of the apartment was opened in the morning to receive the patients for prescription, they thronged in with so much eagerness, as to tread down old people and children, in consequence of which I was compelled to admit them by different doors. Among so great a number of people, I have occasionally restored twenty blind to sight in the course of one day. When, afterwards, travelling among the neighbouring villages of Surat, I have, in the same space of time, restored twenty-two blind to sight—all from cataract.
It may be proper for me to mention, that when operating, of