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CHARACTER AND WRITINGS OF DR TUCKER.
Both the character and writings Divine Providence would give him of Dr Tucker lay strong and decided the choice of a life of pleasure, with claims to our esteem and admiration. the certainty of his being forgotten His talents, his principles, his con- after death,—or a life of complete duct, his original and acute investi- misery, to be recompensed by a lastgations, all tend to elevate and en- ing posthumous fame,—he would large our conceptions of the grandeur gladly embrace the latter part of the and dignity of human nature. Ani- alternative. But his subsequent conmated by feelings and principles of duct evinced a total revolution in a pure and lofty kind, his soul re- opinion upon this subject. His amivolted at the pitiable degeneracy of able manners and agreeable disposihis fellow-mortals. Resisting the tion, it is true, gained him the esattractions of the highest circles of teem and approbation of all who society, in which his brilliancy of knew him ; but he rather shunned fancy, wit, learning, and superior than courted popularity; and had intelligence, always made him a wel- not his writings been such as to percome and distinguished guest, this petuate his name to the latest postewonderful individual retired to ban- rity-except in the hearts of a very quet in the delicious enjoyment of few friends—the small portion of his own thoughts, in a humble situa- dust which covered the mortal retion in an obscure village, and this mains of Dr Tucker would have when he was in the full bloom and consigned his name to everlasting inaturity of life. His was not the oblivion. retirement of the decayed rake, who, The following is a fragment of his having outrun every sensual gratifi, composition, which was placed as a cation before the meridian of life, and mark in a book of my father's which finding himself incapable of tasting the Doctor had been perusing. As the sweets of intellectual enjoyment, the production of that great man, it retires to drag out the remainder of must, I should presume, be interesthis days in a morose, misanthropi- ing to your readers : cal, and miserable seclusion.
* Science is the surest path to That knowledge which others ac- wealth and eminence, the best and quire by many years of experience noblest source of worldly enjoyment. and painful study, he seemed to be The cultivation of Science presents a intuitively possessed of; so that he
constant, rich, and boundless field of appears to have been formed by Na- exercise, pleasure, and improvement, ture to elevate the human character, to the whole energies of human inby his dignified, patriotic, and vir- tellect. All other exercises and entuous conduct, and to illustrate her joyments are apt to cloy upon the powers and laws by his talents and mind, and constitute no lasting or investigations. Experiencing himself substantial gratification ; but the the advantages of thoughtfulness, more we court and gain the good self-command, and contentment, he graces of Science, we are the more constantly inciticated the necessity of strongly induced to cultivate and these upon others; and he has been admire her. All other pleasures and heard to declare, that, although the possessions fluctuate in the fleeting gates of heaven were opened to him, train of Fortune. Knowledge, sehe would not enter them until he cure in conscious strength, erects had coolly considered the consequen- alone her giant form, and boldly deces which would result from his do- fies the assaults of every earthly ing so, both to himself and others. power. It is a solid and imperish
I have been told by my deceased able treasure, which enlarges the father, who had the honour of being mind, improves the heart, produces acquainted with Dr T. in early life, liberality and magnanimity of sentithat he was then such an enthusias- ment, elevates its possessor above the tic lover of fame, as to say, that if world, -gives him, in some degree, a foretaste of the enjoyments which contemplate the beauty and harmony may be supposed to charm the soul of the heavenly bodies, -explore the in a future state, and assimilates him various chemical combinations of with beings of purer hearts and natural substances,--observe the adbrighter intelligences than human. mirable mechanism and ingenuity
« The man who is unacquainted with which the different parts of the with Science can form no just or animal body are adapted to perform adequate conception of the Deity. their numerous wonderful functions, To him the works of the Almighty or the constitution and powers of the are uninteresting and unconvincing, mind, without being thoroughly because unintelligible. Like the convinced that they are the invenbeasts around hiin, he sees and re- tion and production of matchless inceives the benefit of the different telligence and design ! productions of Nature, without ever “ The beauty, perfection, and inquiring how, or for what purpose magnificence of this world, however, they are produced. And it is there- are only a proof of the power and fore a matter of no surprise to me, wisdom of God; and if they mani. that an ignorant and foolish man fested nothing more, we might view should call in question the existence Him in the light of a cold-hearted of a Supreme Being. But that men and reckless spirit, who amused him, of judgment, reflection, and learn. self by forming a world to delight ing, can seriously doubt that this his own eyes, and a race of beings vast and magnificent world is the whose happiness he disregarded. But production of an omniscient, omni- His handiworks are likewise pregpotent, and eternal Being, is, to me, nant with convincing demonstrations an inexplicable wonder. Who can of His infinite benevolence."
HORACE, BOOK I. ODE 37.
Now let the flowing cups be crown'd; Fly, timorous dove, the hawk is o'er thee, “ Come and trip it as we go ;"
The lightning of his eye confounds thee; Let feasting, mirth, and joy abound, Fly, helpless hare, ruin's before thee, And let us on the gods bestow
The huntsman's crafty net surrounds Their offerings due. There was a time
thee. When all such mirth was thought a
Great in her wickedness, and brave, crime,
Dreading no state but that of slave; While Egypt's queen, by passion driven, A stranger to effeminate fears, Our capital and state had to destruction Fast to her ruin'd realms unshrinkingly given.
she steers. Madness unutterable ! and did she dream Her throne a ruin now she sees,
That beardless catamites-the scum Serene, unfaultering, and unmoved ; And refuse of mankind, and shame, And the fell as she dares embrace
To Rome's eternal gates durst come ? As if't had been a thing beloved. Dreamer, awake!-turn, turn and fly! Stern in her gloomy purpose-deathCæsar defends our Italy :
Mistrustful of a Roman's faith, Ruin pursues thee, haste away,
Dreading the curled lips of Scorn, Thy fears are real now, thou victim of She never would consent a triumph to dismay.
THE FAMILY OF GLENHOWAN.
(Continued.) How ingenious are people in tor- not to be wondered at. Their simmenting themselves ! and how much ple and unchanging mode of life alof the unhappiness we experience most entirely precludes the exercise may be attributed to our own folly! of reason, so that passion and fancy It would seem, from the pains we have, in consequence, usurped its take to create grievances for our- dominion ; and it is well known to selves, when, in the wise and merci- what a pitch of extravagance these ful order of things, we are exempted may at last arrive, in the absence of from their burden, that we were so that principle implanted in man to constituted as to be incapable of live restrain them. ing without them; or that, like the I had been made acquainted with epicure who must have recourse to most of the particulars I have althe prescriptions of art for partially ready detailed, respecting this singurestoring his lost appetite, we could lar family, previous to my having perceive no charm in any thing cal- seen any of them excepting the laird ; culated to give us pleasure, without and judging from what I had heard, our senses being previously sharpen- that a sight of the whole group would ed for its enjoyment by the bitterness more than compensate the trouble of of pain! Like a lunatic standing a visit, I went, in the summer of beneath the tottering fragment of 1823, to witness in person, a specsome beetling rock, where he every tacle which my imagination had ofmoment starts with apprehension lest ten diverted itself in drawing, and it overwhelm him, and yet is un- to satisfy my scruples as to whether willing to quit his station, because the reports of fame concerning them in the frowns of the giant cliff, and
were authentic. in the contemplation of impending It was then the season for cutting danger, there is something that their hay; the morning had been wet pleases his wild imagination, and and stormy, and they were all busily fills it with sublimity; so we in like engaged in dragging it from the manner woo misery for the romance lower meadow along the margin of attending it, and, like a weak-mind- the burn, to prevent its being swept ed girl, who, by novel-reading, has away by the little current, should refined away the small share of rea- it happen to swell with the rain. son which originally fell to her por- Horses and cars (machines which, tion, sit down and sigh, and, by from their convenience, are still in use the help of a diseased imagination, among the Moorlands) were employfancy that we are happy, because we ed in this service, to bear the hay are sentimentally miserable. I do to drier and more elevated spots, not mean, by this, to insinuate that where a number of the ladies were any thing like sentimental refinement engaged in tedding it, in order to mingles itself with the ideal misery prepare it for ricking. The laird experienced to such a degree by the himself was driving one of the cars ; family of Glenhowan. Talking to his two sons were loading them at them of sentiment would be like the meadow; one or two of the talking to an Esquimaux of the lux- younger females were raking the uries of civilized life, the beauties of ground after them, and the rest were a Venus de Medicis, or the riches tedding along with the older ones and grandeur of the Temple of Solo- the whole forces being drawn out mon; yet their unhappiness, though on this occasion, excepting the olddiffering in degree, is still of the est dame of all, who was left to keep same species, and derives its origin the garrison and prepare their vicfrom the same cause the unrestrain, tuals. ed licence of a luxuriant imagination. The only plan I had of introduBut, indeed, their credulity, in this cing myself was, to feign a story of respect, as well as every other pecu- my having come to visit a mineral liarity attached to their character, is well, situated in the bottom of a VOL. xv.
deep and rocky burn that forms the under which the frame trembles and western boundary of their farm, and the tongue refuses to do its office, goes under the title of Glenhowan was out of the question. Linn. To this well, which, from In returning my salute, they all the taste and colour of its water, curtsied in the most grotesque mantogether with the vast quantity of ner, making the whole bend at the ferruginous slime it deposits in the knee, and holding their bodies so fissures of the rock whence it issues, erect and motionless as to represent, evidently proceeds from, or has by their sudden loss of attitude, the its course over, a bed of iron ore, idea we conceive of a giant dwindthey attribute a great many virtues ling, with an instantaneous and imand healing qualities of which it is perceptible motion, into a pigmy. entirely destitute. Being told that The under hem of their petticoats they looked upon a visit
to it by a dropping suddenly to the ground, stranger as an honour paid to them- was the only circumstance by which selves, and that on these occasions you could perceive the duck they they displayed all their courtesy and were making; and these, as they complaisance, in directing the visi- rapidly swallowed up their legs, detor where to find it, and in ex- monstrated at the same time the plaining to him the whole arcana depth their curtsey, which must of its medicinal properties, I had no have been almost the whole length doubt, that, by representing it as the of the limb from the knee downobject of my visit, I should meet wards, as their petticoats, which with a very favourable reception. I then touched the ground, reached lithad been warned, likewise, to be- tle farther than the knee when standware of committing myself in point ing erect; so that if depth in any of etiquette, and in rendering them way enhances such an honour, my that homage which their pride de salute was certainly repaid with inmands from all who visit them; terest. I then addressed myself determined, therefore, not to be more particularly to an old sybil, wanting in this particular, I went who stood nearest me, and who apup to the ladies, who, before I came peared the most ancient of them all, forward, had been standing and sta- to whom, by interlarding my story ring at me like so many statues ; and, with a great many episodical Misses putting my hand to my hat, and and Mems, I at last made known bowing to them with the most pro- the pretended object of my visit. My found respect, I wished them all politeness had already won their good speed. Some of the younger good graces, and rendered me a faones were bare-headed; the older vourite ; but this honour done them, sort wore mutches with long flap- of visiting their well, was its very pets, which hung down the cheek and highest consummation. They all tied under their
chin, exactly in the shewed, by their looks, how much shape of those hideous flannel head- they were gratified; the old Miss, dresses worn at night by our grand- in particular, to whom I had addressmothers, as a preservative from cold ed myself, and who, in consequence, in the head, and consequent tooth- had been most highly honoured, ache and rheumatism. In most curtsied repeatedly, smiled, or raother respects, their dresses were ther grinned, with as much polite uniform, -short jackets, or bed- cheerfulness as the contracted musgowns, as they are called, or else cles of her face were capable of exgowns, tucked up to their waist, and pressing; and after a great many fastened in a large knot behind them, tedious
digressions upon the virtues like the hunch of a dromedary of the well, and the high rank of short petticoats, that reached little those who had from time to time farther than their knees-bare-foot- come to taste of its waters, she at ed, and hoshins upon their legs. I last succeeded in satisfying my infancied that a slight expression of quiries, by giving me the necessary regret at being caught by a stranger directions for finding it. in dishabille, was discernible in their My expectation before reaching countenances ; but to speak of deep Glenhowan was, that as the day was scarlet blushes, and that confusion not very favourable to hay-winning, I would find them all in the house, then have gained my object, and be and thereby have an opportunity of careless of either her well, her dish, beholding the interior of their man- or her sacred grass, having only made sion, at the same time that I contem- a shew of these being my motives plated themselves; and now, that I to excuse my visit, (which would had unfortunately found them in the otherwise have appeared imperti. field, I saw that my object would be nent,) and procure an introduction. only half attained, unless some plan As I approached the ancient resicould be devised for calling as I dence of the family of Glenhowan, passed by to the well. I therefore which, as I said before, lies on the top hinted that I had neglected to bring of a small knoll, or eminence, with a a dish with me to drink out of, sup- few scattered trees growing round it, posing that this would induce an in- I felt considerable difficulty in disvitation from my old directress to tinguishing between the dwellingask for one at the house. But how house and offices, they all wore so was I mortified to hear this dilemma, uniform an aspect, and were in such which I thought was unanswerable, a state of dilapidation. They are save in the way I had calculated up- built in the oldest style, with low on, immediately obviated by the as- dry stone walls, and long rafters, or surance that no dish was necessary, kipples, as they are called, resting up. as some superior being had kindly on the ground, and bending inward planted beside the well, for the ac- with a gradual inclination, till they commodation of visitors, a certain at last united at the top, and formed species of grass peculiar to that place the roof, over which was scattered a alone, with a long grooved leaf, in sprinkling of turf and thatch, so dethe form of a spout, which, when cayed in many places as to be entireapplied to the aperture in the rock ly fallen away, and in no place whatwhence the water issued, conveyed ever impervious to the weather. The the current into one's mouth without huge rafters, peeping through the the smallest difficulty or inconve- time-worn loop-holes, like the ribs nience! She assured me, with great of some gigantic animal bursting seriousness, that the grass had been through its decaying carcase, proordained to grow there for no other duced a very dreary effect upon the purpose; and that I might be certain mind of the beholder. There was of knowing it, (as it was impossible something, too, in the wild murmurs I could have seen it any where else,) of the wind, as its current became she pulled a broad leaf from where broken, and as it whirled and eddied she was standing, and bending the among the openings, or swept the sides of it over her finger so as to re- long tufts of grass that had risen present the groove, described it to me spontaneously upon the spots where as minutely as possible, and then, by the thatch remained entire, which laying the one end of it upon the filled me with a kind of poetical mepalm of her hand in a flat position, she lancholy; and while I cast my eyes shewed me the way in which I must around me upon the romantic but apply it to the rock. Though by no uncultivated aspect of the misty hills, means pleased with this substitution beyond which nothing but heaven for one of her own dishes, I was ob- was visible, or watched the slow liged to conceal my disappointment, bending of the trees that rustled beand agree with her that it might an- side me, I thought, on comparing swer as good a purpose ; and after the features of the whole, that I had thanking her with a most profound never before witnessed so finished a bow, which I also vouchsafed to all picture of solitude and desolation. the others in succession, I took my No chimney appeared, as you apleave of her, and proceeded forward to proached at a distance, to tell you the well. As my way to it led me which of the houses, or rather sheds, past the door of the house, however, were inhabited ; and it was not till and as I knew that one of the Misses I was near enough to perceive the must be within, I resolved to call and smoke oozing through the crannies ask a dish from her. It was very pro- of the roof and walls, and wreathing bable that she, like her sister, would itself in volumes from the door and suggest the grass also; but I would windows, one of which was entirely