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day after the bairn was born, the leddy sat your last, atweel it's no worth the sendin': up i' her bed, wi' her fan intill her hand; poor dry fisinless dirt, no worth the chowan' aw her freends cam an' stud roond her, ing; weel a wat, I begrudged my teeth an' drank her health an' the bairn's. Than on't. Your muirfowl was na that ill, but at the leddy's recovery, there was a graund they're no worth the carryin; they're dong supper gien that they caw'd the cummer- cheap i' the market enoo, so it's nae great fealls, an' there was a great pyramid o' hens compliment. Gin ye had brought me a at the tap o' the table, an'anither pyramid leg o' gude mutton, or a cauler sawmont, o' ducks at the fit, an'a muckle stoup fu' there would hae been some sense in't; but o posset i' the middle, an' aw kinds o' ye're ane o' the fowk that'll ne'er harry sweeties doon the sides ; an' as sune as ilk yoursel wi' your presents ; it's but the ane had eaten their fill, they aw flew till pickle poother they cost you, an' l’se warthe sweeties, an' fought, an' strave, an' ran ye're thinkin mair of your ain diversion wrastled for them, leddies an' gentlemen than o' my stamick, when ye're at the an' aw; for the brag was, wha could pocket shootin' o' them, puir beasts. maist; an' whiles they wad hae the claith “Mr Douglas had borne the various in. aff the table, an' aw thing i' the middle i' dignities levelled against himself and his the floor, and the chyres upside doon. Oo! family with a philosophy that had no pamuckle gude diversion, l'se warran, was at rallel in his life before; but to this aliack the cummer fealls Than whan they had upon his game he was not proof. His col. drank the stoup dry, that ended the ploy. our rose, his eyes flashed fire, and someAs for the kirsnin, that was aye whar it sude thing resembling an oath burst from his bemi' the hooss o' God; an'aw the kith an' lips, as he strode indignantly towards the kin bye in full dress, an' a band o' maiden door cimmers aw in white; an'a bonny sight it “ His friend, however, was too nimble for was, as I've heard my mither tell.
him. She stepped before him, and, break" Mr Douglas, who was now rather tired ing into a discordant laugh, as she patted of the old lady's reminiscences, availed him him on the back, · So I see ye're just the self of the opportunity of a fresh pinch, to auld man, Archie,may ready to tak the rise and take leave.
strums, an ye dinna get a' thing ye're ain ".00, what's takin ye awa, Archie, in wye. Mony a time I had to fleech ye oot sic a hurry? Sit doon there,' laying hero' the dorts whan ye was a callant. Div hand upon his arm, - an' rest ye, an' tak a ye mind hoo ye was affronted because I set glass o wine an' a bit breed ; or may be,' ye doon to a cauld pigeon-pye, an'a tanker turning to Mary, ' ye wad rather hae a o'tippeny, ae night to ye're fowerhoors, drap broth to warm ye. What gars ye afore some leddies-he, he, he! Weel á luck sae blae, bairn? I'm sure it's no cauld; wat, ye’re wife maun hae her ain adoos to but ye're just like the lave : ye gang aw manage ye, for ye're a camstairy chield, skiltin aboot the streets half naked, an' Archie.' than ye maun sit an' birsle yoursels afore “ Mr Douglas still looked as if he was the fire at hame.'
irresolute whether to laugh or be angry. “ She had now shuffled along to the fur
Come, come, sit ye doon there till I ther end of the room, and opening a press, speak to this bairn,' said she, as she pulled took out wine, and a platefull of various Mary into an adjoining bed-chamber, which shaped articles of bread, which she handed wore the same aspect of chilly neatness as to Mary.
the one they had quitted. Then pulling a " Hae, bairn-tak a cookie-tak it up huge bunch of keys from her pocket, she what are you fear'd for ?-it'll no bite ye. opened a drawer, out of which she took a Here's t'ye, Glenfern, an' your wife, and pair of diamond ear-rings. • Hae, bairn,' your wean, puir tead, it's no had a very said she, as she stuffed them into Mary's chancy ootset, weel a wat.'
hand; they belanged to your faither's “ The wine being drank, and the cookies grandmother. She was a gude woman, discussed, Mr Douglas made another at- an' had four-an'-twenty sons an' dochters, tempt to withdraw, but in vain.
an' I wiss ye nae war fortin than just to "s• Canna ye sit still a wee, man, an' let hae as mony. But mind ye,' with a shake me speer after my auld freens at Glenfern. of her bony finger, they maun a' be Scots. Hoo's Grizzy, an' Jacky, an' Nicky ?-aye Gin I thought ye wad mairry ony pockworkin awa at the pills an' the drogs--he, puddin', fient haed wad ye hae gotten frae he! I ne'er swallowed a pill, nor gied a me.-Noo, haud ye're tongue, an' dinna doit for drogs aw my days, an' see an ony deive me wi' thanks,' almost pushing her o' them'll rin a race wi' me whan they're into the parlour again ; • an sin ye're naur five score.'
gaun awa the morn, I'll see nae mair o'ye " Mr Douglas here paid her some com- enoo-o fare ye weel. But, Archie, ye pliments upon her appearance, which were maun come an' tak your breakfast wi' me. pretty graciously received ; and added, that I hae muckle to say to you; but ye manna he was the bearer of a letter from his aunt be sae hard upon my baps as yé used to Grizzy, which he would send along with a be,' with a facetious grin to her mollified roebuck and brace of moor-game.
favourite, as they shook hands and parted. " • Gin your roebuck's nae better than ". Well, how do you like Mrs Mac
shake, Mary?' asked her uncle as they jectless mode of life adopted by too walked home. «« • That is a cruel question, uncle,' an- parasite physician, Dr Redgill, is a very
many of our nobility. Above all, the swered she with a smile. and my taste are at such variance, dise happy sketch, and abounds in touches playing her splendid gift, that I know not of a quiet and graphical humour. how to reconcile them.'
The last volume, although it unfolds “ • That is always the case with those the amours, and brings about the whom Mrs Macshake has obliged,' returned marriage, of no less than three couples, Mr Douglas. "She does many liberal things, is by no means so amusing as the first. but in so ungracious a manner, that people The loves of Mary Douglas and Coloare never sure whether they are obliged or nel Lennox, however, are told in a insulted by her. But the way in which simple and graceful manner; and this she receives kindness is still worse. Could part of the narrative cannot be read any thing equal her impertinence about my without giving us as favourable an roebuck ? Faith, I've a good mind never to enter her door again !'
idea of the character, as the whole “ Mary could scarcely preserve her gra- work must do of the talents, of the vity at her uncle's indignation, which seemed author. Marriage the second, in short, so disproportioned to the cause. But, to is in every respect the very opposite of turn the current of his ideas, she remarked, marriage the first. Marriage the third that he had certainly been at pains to select occurs between Adelaide Douglas and two admirable specimens of her country
a certain formal dignified Duke of Alwomen for her.
“ I don't think I shall soon forget either tamont, and the lady, as might be exMrs Gawffaw or Mrs Macshake," said she, pected, proves false to him, and elopes laughing.
with her cousin, young Lord Lindore, « • I hope you won't carry away the im. in the course of a few months after the pression, that these two lusus naturæ are wedding. Lady Emily and Edward specimens of Scotchwomen ?' said her un- Douglas form marriage the fourth, and cle. • The former, indeed, is rather a sort are happy in a calm steady sort of way, of weed that infests every soil—the latter,
as if nothing particular had happened. to be sure, is an indigenous plant. I question if she would have arrived at such per; ried on through all the book, by means
There is an excellent underplot care fection in a more cultivated field, or genial clime. She was born at a time when of Sir Simon M'Laughlan, a dwarfish Scotland was very different from what it is and hunch-backed baronet, and his
Female education was little attended spouse, the pink of all rough, rude, to, even in families of the highest rank; dogmatical, snuff-taking, doctoring, consequently, the ladies of those days pos- intolerable old viragos. But we must sess a raciness in their manners and ideas not venture to touch upon these rich that we should vainly seek for in this age characters. We are sure our readers of cultivation and refinement. Had your will be anxious to read the book, and time permitted, you could have seen much good society here, superior, perhaps, to hope we have succeeded in not spoilwhat is to be found any where else, as far ing their appetite for it, by giving too as mental cultivation is concerned. But full an account of its contents. We you will have leisure for that when you re trust the fair author will not be long turn.'
silent; and that, when she next comes Our extracts have run out to such a forth, she will not hesitate to disclose length, that we must be contented to a name, which, whatever it may be, go over the rest of the story without she is in no danger of dishonouring. specimens. On arriving at the seat of Lord Courtland, Mary finds her mother, a heartless unfeeling piece of selfishness, and her sister Adelaide, a beautiful creature, in the fair way to become just such another. Lady Emily Lindore, her cousin, is a fine, Who has not heard the old story about high-spirited, frank, and amiable girl, the sturdy gentleman who was perwho has long been in love with Mary's suaded, by a trick of his acquaintances, brother Edward, a sailor; and from into a firm belief that he was the vica her alone she receives a kind and en- tim of a galloping consumption ? at couraging reception. The family circle every corner he was met by some new at Beech Park is described with infinite member of the wicked confederacy, skill, and shews how accurately the and saluted with anxious inquiries afauthor has observed the dull and ob- ter his health, and doleful condolings
A FEW THOUGHTS ON PUBLIC FEEL
on the obvious decline of his vigour. ing and unprincipled ministry; but One or two might be mistaken, but above all, the monarchical part of the “ vox populi, vox Dei,” said the dupe establishment has « fallen from its to himself ; so he went home in sor- high estate.” Royalty has become a row, and despondency and drugs soon cipher and a pageant. It is courted made him a more pitiable object than without love, and obeyed without deeven his persecutors had represented votion. The spring of constitutional him to be.
attachment has been loosened ; and We shrewdly suspect that the do- the motions of the great machine are mestic enemies of the peace of Eng- becoming every day more languid. land, are adopting a mode of attack Opinion, the main support of every not very dissimilar to this. They em- government, and the only effectual one body their true wishes in the shape of of a free government, has become false statements; and hope, by the changed. Our love of our institutions, unceasing administration of cautions, and our pride in their excellence, were condolences, and recipes, to persuade once great, and could not have been us, both that our country is in a state lessened, except these institutions had of disease, and that they themselves, become corrupted, and that excellence as they have been the first to discover, obscured. The luminary of British so they are also the most likely per- freedom,-if we are to trust the report sons to cure her maladies. Does any of these wise Chaldeans, one modestly express his hesitation an “ Looks through the horizontal misty air, bout believing their alarming story? Shorn of his beams, or, from behind the moon, they assure him that they cannot be In dim eclipse disastrous twilight sheds mistaken, that their diagnosis is their
On half the nations, and with fear of change, forte, and that it is no great wonder an
Perplexes monarchs." unexperienced individual like himself
We think it would not be a very difshould be deceived by symptoms of
ficult matter to expose to Englishmen vigour which they know to be superfi
the futility of all these melancholy
statements and dismal expectations, as cial and insignificant. Does some man of firmer nerves express not only his
well as the malignant hearts or stupid disbelief of their statement, but his
heads, of those by whom they have suspicion of their candour, and his con
been most boldly and most extensively tempt of their skill? the cunning em
promulgated. The tricks are old, and
favourite ones with those whose interpirics turn upon the heel, and whisper to all they meet, that the bold sceptic
est it is to arrogate the praises of extrais a hypoeritical and designing knave,
ordinary sincerity and discernment. who " speaks peace while there is no
Μαντι κακων, πωσoτε μου το κρηγνον έισας. peace," and is willing to extenuate the
Αιer τοι τα κακ' εςι φιλα φρεσι μαντευεσθαι. virulence of the disease, in order that
Εσθλον δ' έδε τι πω ειπας επος εδ' ετελεσσας. he may profit in private by the hypo
But we are sorry to find that these chondriacal facility of the deceived and
false and treacherous oracles have flattered, although drooping and des
found their way to the minds of fo.
reigners, who have fewer means in their perate patient. One of the most fatal symptoms of
power, either of detecting their inhepolitical decay which these quacks of
rent absurdities, or of estimating the party affect to descry and to deplore,
character of those who utter them. is a want of confidence in the govern
Even abroad, however, it appears that ment among the majority of the peo
the soundness of our national feeling, ple. According to them, the inhabi
principle, and attachment, is asserted tants of England have lost that habitu
and maintained by those who know us al veneration for the legal authorities
best, and are therefore most entitled of their country, which formed so dis
to speak of us. The following extinguishing a characteristic in the spi
tract from a letter, written a few weeks rit of their fathers. The House of ago, by the Baron Von LAUERWINCommons, they assert, is no longer re
KEL, will, we are sure, be acceptable garded by us as the fair and honour
to all our readers. able representation of the wishes and the wisdom of the people; the Peers
« Osmanstadt, April 1818. have descended from their old dignity of independence, and are alternately “My friend has been deceived by the masters and the slaves of a corrupto those who have persuaded him that
the public feeling of the people of Eng- many sacrifices; but they know that land towards their government has the objects for which they were conbeen changed. In every country, the tending were worthy of all that they violence of the spirit of faction, and could do or suffer. They have neither the grossness of those absurdities which been unduly depressed by their misparty men utter for their own purposes, fortunes, nor indecently elated by their bear an exact proportion to the free- successes; for both the misfortune dom, and therefore to the excellence, and the success was the lot of all; and of its government and constitution. every feeling, whether of sorrow or of The very calumnies to which you have joy, is calmed, and consecrated, and been a listener, carry their own refuta- sublimed, by being the feeling of a tion upon
their front. What they tell nation. The wise and meditative you of the
English is true of the Prus- English are not easily to be persuaded sians, the Bavarians, and the Wirtem- that they owe no gratitude to those bergers,—but who among them dares principles of administration, which to make use of such language as you brought the sacred ark of their freehave heard from the discontented and dom, entire and triumphant, out of disaffected subjects of Britain ? those billows of democratic or despotic
“ You have never been in England; rage, which overwhelmed the more I am satisfied that a few weeks' resi- gaudy, but less substantial, vessels of dence among the people of that blessed their neighbours. They are not to be island, would effectually dispel all the told by those who shrunk during the foolish notions which you have com- tempest, that the pilots, who were unmunicated to me. I have studied their moved either by danger or by obloquy, history and their literature, and I have have founded for themselves no claim visited and contemplated their modes to the respect of those whom they of life ; and I see no reason to suspect saved. In the midst of their proudest that the unity of their national senti- exultation, they remember that their ments has been shaken, even by the struggle was made, not for acquisition, most violent of those convulsions which but for preservation ; and they sit have reached the centre-spirit of the down at the termination of the concontinental nations. The party which flict, satisfied abundantly to be the is out of power is always ready to re same that they had been. So secure vile that which is in ; and a govern- is their position, that they have no ocment, such as that of England, can casion either to be jealous of those who never be exposed to a more severe re have guided, or fearful of those who proach, than that of having forfeited, would have betrayed, them. They feel in any measure, the attachment of its that virtue and religion are still alive subjects. Be assured, that the tales within them; and they have no reason which you have heard are merely idle or inclination to suspect that their paa mists, called up by party-conjurors, to triotism has become extinct. They blind the eyes of those whom it is their entertained no foolish or extravagant interest to deceive. They serve the hopes, and they do not complain bepetty purpose
for which they were cre cause they have not been disappointed. ated, pass away, and are forgotten; to They still preserve the same tone which be succeeded, in due season, by other their fathers bequeathed to them, and tricks equally contemptible, and equal- which, they doubt not, they shall transly transitory. Such things make no mit to their children. As the Atheniimpression on the general mind of the ans said manfully in their sorrow, the nation. The simple dupes of faction English are content to say, calmly, and believe, indeed, that the darkness with better reason, in their triumph, which veils their own optics is an uni- 'Our form of government is not deversal darkness; but, in truth, it is vised after foreign fashions: it is such, “a cloud no bigger than a man's that we are rather imitated by others hand ;” and beyond the petty circle in than emulous of them. In private afa which they are confined and agitated fairs, justice is rendered to every man by the jugglings of an impure sorcery, according to the laws. And as for the face of nature is as fair, and the public honours, these are obtained ether as serene as ever. The voice of mostly by virtue and reputation, not the people of England is still unbrok- by the mere adoption of a party : neien and the same. They have submit- ther is any man so poor, that his obsbed to many privations, they have made curity of station cuts him off from the
possibility of making himself useful to declamations of demagogues, the hyhis country."
pocritical dogmas of self-constituted “ In a country enlightened and judges, have never deceived the stately refined to such a pitch as that which intellect that holds its converse with has been attained by England, the na the ture of the habitual feelings and dis “ Wisdom and spirit of the universe, positions of the people may be gather. The soul that is the eternity of thought.” ed, with almost unfailing certainty, His patriotism has been like his poetfrom the pages of their popular poets. ry, affectionate, tender, and beautiful, The present age of English poetry is but at the same time strong, rational, a rich and brilliant one. It boasts, at and sublime. this moment, of at least three great “ The only great English poet of masters, each intensely original, and our time, who seems to despise the two of them eminently national. What triumphs of his country, to despair of is the voice of these interpreters of the the security of her freedom, and to thoughts of their countrymen? Does treat without respect the instruments Scott minister to the sickly cravings of to which she has delegated her authochange, or the cowardly fears of de rity, is Byron. It is pity that it should cay? His works have nourished the be so. Such a spirit deserved better high spirit of chivalry and honour, things than it has found. But we and stimulated and refreshed the mar must beware of drawing any general tial ardour of British bosoms. He has conclusions from the tone in which been, like the nation to which he this gloomy, poet speaks of political speaks, unmoved and unshaken amidst affairs. If he be a just interpreter of the vicissitudes of the times. His the political feelings of his countryvoice has been like the music of a rich men, shall we not admit his testimony rejoicing trumpet, cheering, and ani- to be of equal weight in regard to their mating, and ennobling the souls of notions of religion, but, above all, of men-loud and invigorating in the morality? Alas! Byron is no Englishhour of danger-soft, airy, and de man in any of these things. His creed lightful in the season of repose. They seems to be that of a dark despairing who embalm, within their memories fatalist, who despises exertion, and and their hearts, the echoes of such a almost disbelieves futurity. His movoice as this, can they be a set of dole- rality is apparently even more unful, desponding, trembling, unsatis- worthy of his genius. Formed by nafied, unhappy changelings? The sup- ture to be the promoter of high position is monstrous and absurd.- thoughts and magnificent aspirations, Wordsworth is a poet of profounder he condescends to extenuate the foulsentiment; his delight has been in ness of heartless corruption, and to solitude, and he has therefore spoken scoff with bitter derision at the proudless to the ordinary passions of active est of all his country's distinctionsmen. His familiarity has, indeed, been the purity of her domestic virtues. " Not with the mean and vulgar works of We must lament the perversion of this
great mind; but we should beware But with high objects, with enduring things, of quoting that as an authority, which With life and nature.”
can only be viewed as a lamentable
and unnatural exception. Yet the majesty of his country, the
“ During the last visit which I paid sacred and secure repose of her free- to England, my thoughts were often dom, have not been witnessed without directed to the subject on which you filial awe and admiration by this se- have addressed me; for so must the rene and solitary bard. The vulgar thoughts be of every one who reads
the daily newspapers and tracts cir
culated among all classes of this people Χρωμεθα γαρ πολιτεια και ζηλεση τες των
of politicians. The more I reflected, πελας νομες, παραδειγμα δε αυτοι μαλλον ου
the more confidence did I gain. But σες, η μιμεμενοι έτερες.
I must confess that the circumstance της νομες προς τα ιδια διαφορα πασι το ισον, κατα δε την αξιωσιν, ώς έκαςος εν τω ευδοκιμεί, 8η
which made most impression on my arousers to grasov s5 oz zovcen az apirns mind, was one, which has never, perπροτιμαται, εδ' αυ κατα τινιαν, εχων δε τι haps, presented itself to you, and «έον δρασαι την πολιν, αξιωματος αφανεια κικ
whose weight I suspect, indeed, is not 621T0.1.- Thucid. lib. 2.
duly felt by those who are more nearly VOL. III.