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The Melbourne Argus of the 24th November contains the following graceful and well-merited tribute to the late Mr. Frederick Sinnett. We will only [?] the notice by stating that the first colonial newspaper

with which Mr. Sinnett was connected was the SouUt Australian Gazette and Muting Journal, then aadsr the management of the late G. Stevenson, Esq., and we Baas further add, that no one more thoroughly appreciated Mr. Sinnett's literary talents than did he, who, while be lived, was the most powerful writer on the colonial press:—"Our obituary records the death of Mr. Fradk. Sinnett, at the early age of 30. He was barn at Hamburg, where he received his education, and ae qnired a knowledge of the German '—g-irr sad of German literature, such as comparatively few Baalish men possess. Originally intended to follow his tattler's profession—that of an architect and sarveyor—au natural tastes inclined him towards Utsratnre- an inclination which was no doubt strengthened by the example of his mother, Mrs. Percy Sbmett, who b still living, and who is weUknown in the literary aide* of London as an aothotesa and as a translator of German writers. To that city his family sill—inn nlli removed, and there the snbject of o^rfeTaltectod the attention and formed the acquaintance of Mr J & Mill and of some of the leading meubenof what was then tnown as tfae Behoof of phi*--- r ' m?I radicals. At thu time, too, he acquired that thorough mastery of the principles of fEti-l economy which he subsequently turned to such excellent account in his writings; while he evidently espoused those views of goveau?Mt by democracy which were afterwards developed byMt MiUfrn hufl'Oonsiderations TmnisiinsisililiiToV vemment. Befetc he attained to manhood tfce seeds of consumption manifested themselves in Ina •vstant, and he was advised to yant Australia in order to mat the progress of tint insidious disease. Aeoordmglr he came out hereabout 16 yean ago, —~j after -nartiaici spent in the pursuit of his profession as a surveyor, and in explorations of the interior of Sooth Australia, b£ connected himself with the colonial press. He mm for some time editor of the Mldboume BeraM. At a later periodbe joined Tie Arcms ttmtt ; and in 1855 he originated Mettxmnu Patek. of which he t^^ti^a^ the editor for three yean, at the —r'titifn of which term he was induced to nndertaim ih>«ilit«J.j f fo. Oeehmg Vail* Sobs. Family reasons arced htm to remove to Aflwaide, where .he was appointed short hand writer to the Legislature, and where he en gaged come what extensively in business ponuita. He also conducted the Tdegtapk, an evening newspaper besides contributing to tfae Wallet and other puhttea^ tions. In ao doing it is to. be feared he overtaxed his powers both of body and mind; mm! when, hi response to an invitation bom tfae """ifariflri of this journal, he returned to Melbourne about 12 Trtfcn ago, it was painfully evident that his strength had given way, and that tfae disease from which he died had made such ravages upon his frame as to discourage Oeexpectationoffaisieoovery. During tfae last eitht weeks he was sinking gradually, aad about 4 o'clock yesterday morning he fell into a peaceful sleep, from which there was no waking in tfais world. Inapeakmc of him as a writer, we do so with reference to 4 Deriod' when his intellect was at its {wheat, and beteetfae powers of his mind were impaired br dassaas. Ha combined tfae logical with ttelmaginaiSve fsealty hva rare degree. No one could detect a fallacy or a flaw in wmwning more acutely, expose it nun rlnailj or demolish it more adroitly than he oould. Onthe other hand, he could enliven, and illustrate the JrfL^t agb iectswitha cay of fancy or a flash of ?■«— it With humor, indfwd, his mind was -*t"mtfil. «r-i there was not a touch of malice in it. He could wield the weafNae of banter, scarcasm, and irony, without wovnamgor irritating those against whom they wen esanLiyed. therein naninding us of what has been said of dead-— ' With all his sense of fun and ri-i^Vc —I his abun dant playfulness, he never lost his exquiaite feehnr Cor the beautiful. . . . He took up cant, looked at it < laughed at it and over it, till you almost pardoned its [ ugliness for the sake of the burning and brilliant tight I he threw around it' Bis versatility was not the least i conspicuous of his qualities. He could tnm from writing a closely reasoned and weighty dJawrraliim on some problem of political science to the rwnpiisiliun of a parody on a popular poem, an epigram, oraskit on some passing event, with the utmost faculty. Hi* ear for versification was almost fanltira?; "~* while he was in the habit of bracing his mind by tfae study of some of the great ?"*«fo?ri of modern | tt*il'*-"|+j he enriched it by the intimate acqoaintencefce maintained with the writings of nunDke Tenunon Buskin, Ga*he, and Schiller. His HvaioW was stored, in fact, with passages from his favo rite English and German poets, ana tfae wonder was that so prolific a writer should have found time to be so diligent a student, and should hare sartyndod in cultivating so retentive a memory. In matters of literature and art his taste was generally pore, and him judgment Bound; and it is to be regretted «**-t tfae exigencies of journalism AmM have necessDtojted tin* dispersion, as it were, of tfae powers of fats miml over bo wide a surface, with so little apparent result, when their concentration, under happiarctrcnniatanoea, anon the production of some durable work, might have enabled him to acquire a distinguiahed reputation aa a novelist, an essayist, or dramatist. For success in each of these departments of literature he poaaasaed special qualifications; and had hia tile been spared his ability might have seconded his ambi tion to achieve ?™"<fc"n 'the world would not willingly let die.' But all tfaeae poasmititias have he con>e part and parcel of the past; H to use tfae words of tfae poet he was most fond of <***•>£ 'The world which credits what is done b cold to all that might have bean.' Of tfae personal qualities of tfae A"~"iirtl. Hume who Irnporliim heat will [?mh«hly^c«.a m^prm^^ > ff^ pt j (mi^n |_. his imperturable good humor and hntijiml i Ik i ifulnass If tfae latter euccuinbed to a protracted and depressing illness, neither sickness nor calamity could destroy or even impair the former. It was partly the product of a kind heart and partly the result of genial views of tfae world and mmUm! Hjg conversation was as dever, asshrewd, and as humorous, as hia writings; —f irililp liff nittdft few HMMM he nramQiafald thr I at lISIII rf many friends; and especially endeared to him those who could penetrate the alight hnak of shyness -~f Deserve which may have prejudiced him in tfae eyes of superficial observers."