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THE ENGLISH GREYHOUND.
why might we not see among them orators, statesmen, poets, ing, is beyond human calculation, for her road lay throngh and warriors ? Educate them on the system of Lancaster, sheep the whole way. Her master's heart smote him Hamilton, or Sheriff Wood, and we feel certain that many when he saw what she had suffered and effected : but she of them would make the best wranglers of Cambridge and was nothing daunted, and having deposited her yonng Oxford look to their laurels.
one in a place of safety, she again set out full speed to the Without further preface, we shall present our readers hills, and brought another and another, till she removed with a few amusing extracts from this work, the whole of her whole litter one by one ; but the last one was dead. which we have read with the highest satisfaction. Our I give this as I have heard it related by the country people ; first quotation treats of
for though I knew Mr Walter Steel well enough, I cannot say I ever heard it from his own mouth. I never enter
tained any doubt, however, of the truth of the relation; “ We owe much of the superiority of our present breed and certainly it is worthy of being preserved, for the of greyhounds to the perseverance and judgment of the credit of that most docile and affectionate of all animals, late Earl of Oxford, of Houghton in Norfolk; and it is the shepherd's dog."— Pp. 159, 160. supposed he obtained the great depth of chest and strength But, in a state of purity, and uncontaminated, by a mixof his breed from crossing with the bull-dog. At his ture with any inferior race, the Newfoundland dog is undeath his greyhounds were sold by auction, and some of questionably the noblest of all. His docility, his sagacity, his best were purchased by Colonel Thornton; from one his anxiety to excel, the pliability of his temper, his fidelity, of them, Claret, which was put to a favourite bitch of and activity, are all conspicuous. We select, though almost Major Topham's, was produced the best greyhound that at random, a few of our author's anecdotes, illustrative of ever appeared, Snowball ; although, indeed, he was nearly this animal's character. No one can read them without equalled by his brothers, Major and Sylvia, who were all feeling that the Newfoundland dog has a right to be viewed of the same litter. They were never beaten, and may be as a friend and fellow-creature. considered as examples of the most perfect greyhound.
ANECDOTES OF THE NEWFOUNDLAND DOG. 'The shape, make, elegant structure, and other character
“ There is another remarkable instance which also came istics of high blood, were equally distinguishable in all the under the observation of the owner of the dog just menthree; the colour of Snowball was a jet-black, and, when tioned. One of the magistrates of Harbour-Grace had in good running condition, was as fine in the skin as black
an old animal of this kind, which was in the habit of satin. Major and Sylvia were singularly, but beautifully, carrying a lantern before his master at night, as steadily brindled. Snowball won ten large pieces of silver plate, as the most attentive servant could do, stopping short and upwards of forty matches, his master having accepted when he made a stop, and proceeding when he saw him every challenge, whatever might be the dogs of different disposed to follow. If his owner was from home, as counties which were brought against him. Ilis descend
soon as the lantern was fixed to his mouth, and the comants have generally been equally successful. The last mand given, · Go, fetch thy master,' he would immematch run by this celebrated dog was against the famous diately set off, and proceed directly to the town, which greyhound Speed, the property of Hall Plumber, Esq. of lay at a distance of more than a mile from the place of Bilton Park, in the West Ridling of Yorkshire. He his residence. When there, he stopped at the door of gained the match; and so severe was the run, that Speed every house which he knew his master was in the habit died soon after it. This terminated the career of Snow
of frequenting; and, laying down his lantern, would ball's public coursing, as the owner, in consideration of growl and beat at the door, making all the noise in his his age, then declared he should never run another. This power, until it was opened. If his owner was not there, dog was perhaps the fleetest of his race that ever ran, and, he would proceed farther in the same manner, until he like the Flying Childers, which was the swiftest of found him. If he had accompanied him only once into horses, may never be outstripped in rapidity of move a house', this was suficient to induce himn to take that ments.”—Pp. 109, 110.
house in his round."-P. 206. One of the most placid, obedient, serene, and grateful “ A gentleman residing in the city of London was gomembers of the canine race, is the shepherd's dog, whose ing one afternoon to his country cottage, accompanied by greatest delight seems to be when he is employed in any
Cæsar, a favourite Newfoundland dog, when he recolkind of useful service. Captain Brown has given many lected that he had the key of a cellaret, which would be anecdotes of this animal's instinctive propensity to industry, wanted at home during his absence. Having accustomed and inviolable fidelity; but we have room for only one,
his dog to carry things, he sent him back with the key; which, we believe, has been supplied by Mr Hogg :
the dog executed his commission, and afterwards rejoined
his master, who discovered that he had been fighting, and THE SHEPHERD'S DOG.
was much torn about the head. The cause he afterwards “ Vr Steel, flesher in Peebles, had such an implicit de- learned on his return to town in the evening. Corsar, pendence on the attention of his dog to his orders, that,
while passing with the key, was attacked by a ferocious whenever he put a lot of sheep before her, he took a pride dog belonging to a butcher, against which he made no in leaving them to herself, and either remained to take a resistance, but tore himself away without relinquishing glass with the farmer of whom he had made the purchase,
his chorve. After delivering the key in town, he reor took another road, to look after bargains or other busi
turned the same way, and, on reaching the butcher's views. But one time he chanced to commit a drove to her shop from which he had been assailed, he stopped and chargeat a place called Willenslee, without attending to her looked out for his antagonist; the dog again sallied forth, condition as he ought to have done. This tarın is five miles
-Cæsar attacked him with a fury which nothing but from Peebles, over will hills, and there is no regularly- revenge for past wrongs could have inspired, nor did he defined path to it. Whether Mr Steel remained behind, quit his enemy until he had laid himn dead at his fect.”or chose another road, I know not; but, on coming home
Pp. 208, 209. late in the evening, he was astonished at hearing that his
“ Mr M‘Intyre, patent-mangle manufacturer, Regent faithful animal had not made her appearance with the Bridge, Edinburgh, has a dog of the Newfoundland breed, flock. Ile and his son, or servant, instantly prepared to crossed with some other, named Dandie, whose sagacious set out by different paths in search of her ; but, on their qualifications are truly astonishing, and alınost incredible. going out to the street, there was she coming with the
As the animal continues daily to give the most striking cirove, no one missing; and, marvellous to relate, she proofs of his powers, he is well known in the neighbourwas carrying a young pup in her mouth! She had been bood, and any person may satisfy himself of the reality taken in travail on those hills; and how the poor beast of those facts, many of which the writer has himself had had contrived to manage the drove in her state of suffer
the pleasure to witness.
“ When Mr M. is in company, how numerous soever him till he reach his home, and then return to his mas
may be, if he but say to the dog, ' Dandie, bring me ter, how great soever the distance may be.”—Pp. 218-22. ny hat,' he immediately picks out the hat from all the “ The late Rev. James Simpson of the Potterrow conothers, and puts it in his master's hands. A pack of cards gregation, Edinburgh, had a large dog of the Newfoundbeing scattered in the room, if his master has previously land breed. At that time he lived at Libberton, a disselected one of them, the dog will find it out and bring it tance of two miles from Edinburgh, in a house to which to him.
was attached a garden. One sacrament Sunday the ser“ One evening, some gentlemen being in company, one vant, who was left at home in charge of the house, of them accidentally dropped a shilling on the floor, thought it a good opportunity to entertain her friends, as which, after the most careful search, could not be found. her master and mistress were not likely to return home Mr M. seeing his dog sitting in a corner, and looking as till after the evening's service, about nine o'clock. During if quite unconscious of what was passing, said to him, the day, the dog accompanied them through the garden, * Dandie, find us the shilling, and you shall have a bis- and indeed every place they went, in the most attentive cuit.' The dog immediately jumped upon the table and manner, and seemed well pleased. In the evening, when laid down the shilling, which he had previously picked the time arrived that the party meant to separate, they up without having been perceived.
proceeded to do so, but the dog, the instant they went to “ One time having been left in a room in the house of the door, interposed, and placing himself before it, would Mrs Thomas, High Street, he remained quiet for a con- not allow one of them to touch the handle. On their siderable time ; but as no one opened the door, he be- persisting and attempting to use force, he became furious"; came impatient, and rang the bell; and when the servant and in a menacing manner drove them back to the kitchen; opened the door, she was surprised to find the dog pull- where he kept them until the arrival of Mr and Mrs ing the bell-rope. Since that period, which was the first Simpson, who were surprised to find the party at so late time he was observed to do it, he pulls the bell whenever an hour, and more so to see the dog standing sentinel he is desired; and what appears still more remarkable, it over them. Being thus detected, the servant acknowthere is no bell-rope in the room, he will examine the ledged the whole circumstances, and her friends were altable, and if he finds a hand-bell, he takes it in his mouth lowed to depart, after being admonished by the worthy and rings it.
divine in regard to the proper use of the Sabbath. They “ Mr M. having one evening supped with a friend, on could not but consider the dog as instrumental in the his return home, as it was rather late, he found all the hand of Providence to point out the impropriety of spend, family in bed. He could not find his boot-jack in the ing this holy day in feasting rather than in the duties of place where it usually lay, nor could he tind it anywhere religion.”—Pp. 227–8. in the room, after the strictest search. He then said to
A circumstance, indicative of the sagacity of a Newfoundhis dog, · Dandie, I cannot find my bont-jack,_search land dog, has come under our own observation, which is for it.' The faithful animal, quite sensible of what had perhaps worth stating :-In his early youth, the dog to been said to him, scratched at the room-door, which his which we allude had been called Hector, but passing into master opened—Dandie proceeded to a very distant part the possession of a new master, he was re-baptised Nero. of the house, and soon returned, carrying in his mouth He soon got not only reconciled to his new name, but much the boot-jack, which Mr M. now recollected to have left fouder of it than his old one, seeing that his master preferthat morning under a sofa.
" A number of gentlemen, well acquainted with Dandie, red it; and what we consider remarkable, is, that when are daily in the habit of giving him a penny, which he any one, either through mistake or ignorance, still called takes to a baker's shop, and purchases bread for himself. him llector, he never failed to testify his displeasure by One of these gentlemen, who lives in James's Square, growling, and sometimes even by more active measures. It when passing some time ago, was accosted by Dandie, in
was plain that he did not agree with Shakspeare in thinkexpectation of his usual present. Mr T. then said to ing there was no value in a name. him, ' I have not a penny with me to-day, but I have
We subjoin three miscellaneous anecdotes, which are cuone at home.' Having returned to his house some time rious, though not more so than many others we are obliged after, he heard a noise at the door, which was opened by
to omit : the servant, when in sprang Dandie to receive his penny. In a frolic Mr T. gave him a bad one, which he, as
“ My friend Robert Wilkie, Esq. of Ladythorn, in usual, carried to the baker, but was refused his bread, as
the county of Northumberland, had a black Poodle, which the money was bad. He immediately returned to Mr he had instructed to go through the agonies of dying in a T.'s knocked at the door, and when the servant opened very correct manner. When he was ordered to die, he it, laid the penny down at her feet, and walked off, would tumble over on one side, and then stretch himself seemingly with the greatest contempt.
out, and move his hind legs in such a way as expressed “ Although Dandie, in general, makes an immediate that he was in great pain ; first slowly, and afterwards purchase of bread with the money which he receives, yet very quick; and after a few convulsive throbs, indicated the following circumstance clearly demonstrates that he by putting his head and whole body in motion, he would possesses more prudent foresight than many who are reck- stretch out all his limbs and cease to move, as if he had oned rational beings.
expircd, lying on his back, with his legs turned upwards. “ One Sunday, when it was very unlikely that he In this situation he remained motionless till he had his could have received a present of money, Dandie was ob- master's commands to get up.”—P. 218. served to bring home a loaf. Mr M. being somewhat surprised at this, desired the servant to search the room “ There was a French dog which was taught by his to see if any money could be found. While she was en master to execute various commissions, and, among others, gaged in this task, the dog seemed quite unconcerned till to fetch him victuals from the traiteurs in a basket. One we approached the bed, when he ran to her, and gently evening, when the dog was returning to his master thus drew her back from it. Mr M. then secured the dog, furnished, two other dogs, attracted by the savoury siel which kept struggling and growling while the servant of the petits pâtés that this new messenger was carrying, want under the bed, where she found 7:44. under a bit of determined to attack him. The dog put his basket on the cloth ; but from that time he never could endure the girl, ground, and set himself courageously against the first that and was frequently observed to hide the money in a cor- advanced ; but while he was engaged with the one assailner of a saw-pit, under the dust.
ant, the other ran to the basket, and began to help him" When Mr M. has company, if he desire the dog to self. At length, seeing that there was no chance of beatsee any one of the gentlemen hoine, it will walk with ing both the dogs, and saving his master's dinner, he
A DRAMATIC POODLE.
A PUZZLING DILEMMA.
threw himself between his two opponents, and, without edness of the Christian. To these is added an Appens further ceremony, quickly dispatched the petits pâtés him-dix, containing some theological tracts on various subself, and then returned to his owner with the empty jects, found among Dr Campbell's papers. basket.”—P. 472.
Dr Campbell, like his colleague, Dr Davidson, who THE PLAYER'S WIG.
died a very short time before him, was a theologian and “ Mr C. Hughes, a son of Thespis, had a wig which a preacher of a somewhat antiquated, but highly respectgenerally hung on a peg in one of his rooms.
He one able school. His life was pious, unostentatious, and seday lent the said article to a brother player, and some rene,-passed in virtue and benevolence ; his death was time after called on him. Mr Hughes had his dog with peaceful and affecting. From a note furnished by his him, and the other happened to have the borrowed wig friend Dr Lorimer, the excellent and able editor of these on his head. The actor staid a little while with his Sermons, we obtain the following simple particulars. friend, but, when he left him, the dog remained behind. Dr Campbell “ was born May 24, 1758, at Glasgow, For some time he stood looking the player full in the face, and educated at the University of that city ; licensed to then, making a sudden spring, leaped on his shoulders, preach the Gospel, August 1781 ; ordained minister of seized the wig, and ran off with it as fast as he could; Kippen, May 8, 1783; translated to Edinburgh, Octoand, when he reached home, he endeavoured, by jumping, ber 1805; appointed secretary of the Society for propato hang it up in its usual place.
gating Christian Knowledge, January 1806 ; chosen mo“ The same dog was one afternoon passing through a derator of the General Assembly, May 1818; died Aufield in the skirts of Dartmouth, where a washerwoman gust 30, 1828,"—thus having obtained the 70th year of had hung out her linen to dry. He stopped and surveyed his age, after a life of piety and peace. one particular shirt with attention, then seizing it, he Dr Lorimer of Haddington performed the last tribute dragged it away through the dirt to his master, whose to his departed friend, by preaching his funeral sermon property it proved to be.”-P. 476.
in the Tolbooth Church, Edinburgh, on the 7th of SepThe appendix is not the least, and the wood-cuts certain tember, 1828, being the Sunday after Dr Campbell's inly not the most valuable part of this work. We recommend terment. This sermon, which is entitled “ Christ's Doit heartily to all those who take an interest in an animal, minion over Death and the Invisible World," begins the which, in the words of Lord Byron, “ possesses beauty volume, and has been inserted by particular request. We without vanity-strength without insolence-courage with regret that our limits will not permit us to select a few out ferocity—and all the virtues of man without his vices.” passages from it. Dr Lorimer is well known as an able,
eloquent, and indefatigable minister, and his name is
honourably connected with every humane and generous Sermons, by the late Rev. John Campbell
, D.D., one of institution in the vicinity of Haddington, pointing him the Ministers of the Tolbooth Church, Edinburgh ; with out as the enlightened friend of science and education. an Appendix, containing some Minor Theological Pieces. His diligent and faithful editorship of the volume of SerTo which is prefixed, the Sermon preached on the occa
mons now before us, entitles him to much praise ; and sion of his Death, by the Rev. Robert Lorimer, Dr. Campbell's friends will ill acquit themselves, and LL.D., one of the ministers of Haddington. Edin- will be considered wanting in respect for the memory of burgh. Waugh and Innes. 8vo. 1829.
their late venerable minister, if these Sermons do not soon
see a second edition. WHILE the volume before us, as being a memorial of a truly good man, and a most zealous minister, will be
MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. duly appreciated by those connected with the congregation over which Dr Campbell presided, as well as by
THE PAINS AND TOILS OF AUTHORSHIP. his numerous friends in the church, it is at the same time (well worthy of a serious perusal, by all who are By the Editor of the Inverness Courier, and of the Poetry interested in the elucidation of Christian truth. The
of Milton's Prose. Sermons, as was to be expected, from Dr Campbell's re INDEPENDENTLY of the labour requisite to supply the putation as a preacher and theologian, are faithful, ear-staple materiel of genius or learning, the craft of authornest, and affectionate discourses on the Gospel; and as ship would seem to be by no means so easy of practice as such, written with all that warmth of feeling and ge- is generally imagined. Almost all our works, whether nuine devotion which characterized their venerable au- of knowledge or of fancy, have been the product of much thor. Though this is a posthumous publication, and con- intellectual exertion and study, or, as it is better expressed tains only two sermons by Dr Campbell which were by the poet, ever before printed, one of which is the tenth, entitled
“ The well-ripened fruits of wise delay." " The Acclamation of the Redeemed," a truly admi. Pope published nothing until it had been a year or two rable discourse, (preached in London in 1808, before the beside him, and even then his printers’ sheets were full London Missionary Society,) Dr Lorimer, neverthe- of alterations; and, on one occasion, Dodsley, his publess, informs us, that, posthumous as they are, they do lisher, thought it better to reprint the whole than attempt not labour under all the disadvantages which usually at the necessary corrections. Goldsmith considered four tend writings of this description, as the author had, for lines a-day good work, and was seven years in beating some time before his death, intended to publish them, out the pure gold of the Deserted Village. Hume wrote and they were fairly written out for this purpose. The his delightful history on a sofa, (not much of a “task” to volume will recall to the recollection of many the in-him,) but he went on silently correcting every edition structions and the admonitions they were wont to hear till his death. Robertson used to write out his sentences from its venerable author ; while it will edify and on small slips of paper, and, after rounding and polishing strengthen the faith of all in the doctrines of the Gospel
. them to his satisfaction, he entered them in a book, which, The Sermons are eleven in number. l. The Christ- in its turn, underwent considerable revision. Burke had ian's Confidence. 2. The Christian's preparation for all his principal works printed two or three times at a Duty and Trial. 3. God the Portion of his People. 4. private press before submitting them to his publisher. The Way of obtaining Peace with God. 5. Children Akenside and Gray were indefatigable correctors, labourencouraged to come to Jesus. 6. The Gospel preached ing every line ; and so was our more prolix and imagito the Poor. 7. The Faithful Minister's Character and native poet, Thomson. I have compared the first edition Reward. 8. Jesus Christ the First and the Last. 9. of the Seasons with the last corrected one, and am able Christ having the Keys of Hell and of Death. 10. The to state, that there is scarcely a page which does not bear Acclamation of the Redeemed. 11. The future Bless-evidence of his taste and industry. Johnson thinks
they lost much of their raciness under this severe regi- In the quarto edition of Gertrude of Wyoming, when the men, but they were much improved in fancy and deli- poet collected and reprinted his minor pieces, this lofty cacy. The episode of Musidora, the “ solemnly-ridicu- sentiment is thus stultified :lous bathing scene," as Campbell justly describes it, was “Shall victor exult in the battle's acclaim, almost entirely re-written, the poet having originally
Or look to yon heaven from the death-bed of fame." peopled the “refreshing stream" with three inamoratos. The original passage, however, was wisely restored in the Two of our most ambitious authors, Johnson and Gib- subsequent editions, bon, were the least laborious in arranging their thoughts Allan Cunningham unfortunately corrects but little ; for the press. Gibbon sent the first and only manuscript his gay and gorgeous genius requires the curb of pruof his stupendous work to his printer ; and Johnson's dence, excepting, perhaps, in his imitations of the elder high-sounding sentences, which rise and fall like an Æo- lyrics, which are perfect centos of Scottish feeling and lian harp or cathedral organ, were written almost with- poesy. I see, by the Edinburgh Literary Journal, that out an effort. Both, however, lived and moved, as it the Ettrick Shepherd is disposed to place the credit of were, in the world of letters, thinking or caring of little the “ Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song” to the else,—one in the heart of busy London, which he dearly genius of Allan ; and he is right. Their publication, as loved, and the other in his silent retreat at Lausanne. “ Remains,” may have been "a fraud,” (as Mr Jeffrey Dryden wrote hurriedly, to provide for the day that was terms it,) but so was the Castle of Otranto_s0 were the passing over him, and, consequently, had little time for strains of Chatterton—the “ Vision” of Allan Ramsaycorrection; but his Absalom and Achitophel, and the the sentimental prefaces of the Man of Feeling—and a beautiful imagery of the Hind and Panther, must have thousand other productions. The origin of the Remains been fostered with parental care. St Pierre copied his was as follows :—When a very young man, Mr CunPaul and Virginia nine times, that he might render it the ningham, by the side of his father's fire in the winter more perfect. Rousseau exhibited the utmost coxcombry evenings, wrote some of the sweetest of his Scottish songs. of affection for his long-cherished productions. The ama These were shown to Cromek, when in Dumfries, by a tory epistles, in his new Heloise, he wrote on fine gilt- relative of the bard; but they found no favour in the eyes edged card paper, and, having folded, addressed, and sealed of the collector of “relics.”-“ Could the young man,” them, he opened and read them in his solitary walks in said he, “but assist me in procuring some of the fragthe woods of fair Clarens, with the mingled enthusiasm ments of ancient song, with which the country abounds, of an author and lover. (Wilkie and his models—the he would be much better employed.” Upon this hint “ timmer mannies," as an Aberdeenshire virtuoso styled Allan spake. He soon supplied him with abundance of them-are nothing to this.) Sheridan watched long and lyrical antiques, which seemed to be more common in the anxiously for a good thought, and, when it did come, he vale of Nith, than were ever relics of our Lady of Loretto was careful to attire it suitably, and to reward it with a in the dominions of the Pope. The unconscious Cockney glass or two of wine. Burns composed in the open air, adopted the whole as genuine, and, with the help of their the sunnier the better ; but he laboured hard, and author, manufactured the volume which occasioned some with almost unerring taste and judgment, in correcting surprise and conjecture among the lovers of Scottish song, his pieces. His care of them did not cease with publi- and antiquities. This is the head and front of Mr Cuncation. I have seen a copy of the second edition of his ningham's offending; and there are few authors, we suspoems with the blanks filled up, and numerous altera- pect, who would object to being placed in the confessiontions made, in the poet's handwriting : one instance, not al, if they had no heavier sins to acknowledge or to atone the most delicate, but perhaps the most amusing and cha- for. racteristie, will suffice. After describing the gambols of The above are but a few instances of authors' cares his “ Twa Dogs,” their historian described their sitting the disjecta membra of literary history. Of many illuş. down in coarse and rustic terms. This, of course, did trious men, we have few memorials. Shakspeare was in not suit the poet's Edinburgh patrons, and he altered it all things a “chartered libertine,” and could not have to the following:
been a very laborious corrector. His free genius must “Till tired at last and doucer grown,
have disdained the restraints of study, and the unities of Upon a knowe they set them down.“ Still this did not please his fancy; he tried again, and time and place, as much as his own beautiful, inimitable
Ariel would have scorned the fetters of this mortal coil. hit it off in the simple, perfect form in which it now stands,
Milton—the “old man eloquent”—the poet of Paradise “ Until wi' daffin weary grown,
Lost and Regained was “slow to choose," and seduUpon a knowe they set them down."
lous to write for immortality ; but his great mind, like Lord Byron was a rapid composer, but made abundant the famous pool of Norway, embraced at once the mightiest use of the pruning knife. On returning one of his proof- and the minutest things, and his thoughts disdained to sheets from Italy, he once expressed himself undecided appear in an imperfect shape. “ What was writtenabout a single word, for which he wished to substitute was written"_and was incapable of improvement. Of another, and requested Mr Murray to refer it to the late his gifted contemporary, Jeremy Taylor, few records have veteran editor of the Quarterly. This at once illustrates survived that “ great storm, which dashed the vessel of my argument, and marks the literary condescension of the church and state all in pieces.” When prescribing the noble bard. Sir Walter Scott has just evinced his rules for the employment of their time in the morning, love of literary labour, by undertaking the revision of the he does not fail to counsel his readers to be “ curious to whole Waverley Novels—a goodly freightage of some fifty see the preparation which the sun makes, when he is or sixty volumes ! The works of Wordsworth, Southey, coming forth from his chambers of the east ;" and we Coleridge, and Moore, and the occasional variations in know that he was zealous to present “ a rosary or chaplet their different editions, mark their love of re-touching. of good works” to his Maker every evening. Such a man The Laureat is indeed unweariable, after his kind—a would, from taste and genius, be careful of the conceptrne author of the old school. The bright thoughts of tions of his immortal mind: all that was tender, pious, Campbell, which sparkle like polished lances, were manu and true, would be cherished and adorned, while the baser factured with almost equal care: he is the Pope of mo- alloy of human passions and infirmities would be expelled dern bards. His corrections are generally decided im- from such consecrated ground. Cowper, the lights and provements; but in one instance he failed lamentably. shades of whose character have been spread before us alThe noble peroration of Lochiel is familiar to all : most as plainly and beautifully as the face of nature, in “ Shall victor exult, or in death be laid low,
composition had only to transfer his thoughts to paper. With his back to the field, and his feet to the foe; And, leaving in battle no blot on his name,
Ile never forgot the man in the poet : he does not, like Look proudly to hưaven froin the death-bed of fame." Milton's sirens, “ with voluptuous hope dissolve," but he
more than realizes our expectations, and he bounds them manding stone to secure a hearing, otherwise there are all within the “ charmed ring" of virtue. In his Let- mouths and lungs strong and large enough to convert his ters, as in those of othér anthors, we may sometimes trace incipient efforts into the chirpings of the Robin during the germ of his finest poetical pictures,
the passing of a mail coach. The subject is an old and “ As yon grey lines that fret the east
a tough one—nothing less than the “ Plurality question." Are messengers of day."
Doctor Tough is now on his legs, and even the darkness Who does not wish that he had foreseen the splendour of his eye becomes meaning, mixed with threat, humour, of his meridian reputation ?
dying into sarcasm. Arguments, lambent with illustraBut it is time to close these disjointed notes. How- tion, are mixing and mingling like the merry dancers in ever delightful it may be thus to string them together in the tempestuous north. Anon, his eye is brightened and the silence and sunshine of a Highland glen, every nook his brow lighted ;—he has trode upon the dragon, and, and crevice of which is now instinct with life and beauty, with his foot upon his neck, he flourishes aloft his defithey will be read with different feelings in the saloons of ance; and bold is he, and fearless, who dares to accept of the “ city of palaces."
it. Snell, cutting, unsparing, reckless, cruel, he moves like an ancient scythe-armed chariot,—his very tread is
terror-his every advance is death ;—there is a breadth RECOLLECTIONS OF A PARSONAGE,
in his devastation, an extension in the zone of his overTHE GENERAL ASSEMBLY-CLERICAL ORATORY. throw, which occasions a fearful recoil in the ranks of Ar the west end of the manse, and immediately be opposition. “ Longe fuge !" is the watchword ; " fænum twixt me and the north-east wind, there grew, and there habet in cornu.” The victory is his; and in an hour of still grows, a small clump of firs. In fact, they were reckless impetuosity and ungoverned triumph, he may rather useful than ornamental, as they were all of the order his victims to immediate execution. After a three dull, stupid, leaden Scotch kind, and had been spared hours' infliction, he sits down, having apparently dovewhen their betters fell around them, on the same principle tailed every argument, and hermetically sealed up the that some of us have attained to manhood. The crows, mouth of opposition. however, found them convenient for nest-building. So But it is not so. He has defied armies,—but he is soon as the snowdrop thrust its snowy point through challenged to single combat—not indeed by little David, the softening soil, there they were, morning and evening, but by large Saul ;—not by a commoner in the ranks, hard at work, in spite of wind and weather, croaking, but by the king himself in his armour. fighting, and choaking. In these crows, however, and The voice is, for a time, shrill, tenor, and even peepy ; their yearly labours, my feelings were interested. They but there is a mouth, and a face, and a brow of mighty came careering, on the retiring blasts of winter, black compass and promise; the tenor is suddenly, and even and dark as the departing clouds, lively and cheerful as over the accentuation of a single dissyllable, exchanged for the returning brightness of heaven. And then I could the bass,—the rattle of the kettle is exchanged for the sonot avoid associating their advent with other convoca- lemn rebound of the bass drum,—the warp of sound plays tions, and other contested labours. They reminded me up and down; now the tenor and now the bass, are suof the General Assembly of our Church, wedded, as it pereminent, till the opponent's argument is so loosened is, to the freshness and the splendour of confirmed and unravelled, so twisted and twined into opposite spring. When I saw the glossy blackness of their ha- meanings and constructions, that even Doctor Tough is bits, the wayward sagacity of their aspects, and listened at a loss to recognise the texture of his own workmanship. to their notes of friendship, contest, debate, and war, I To mind, all things are possible ; and here is mind enimmediately bethought me of the right reverends, and throned on memory, a giant on a rock bobbing for whale. right honourables, right and left of the throne.
A seventy-four gun-ship does not move more unmovedly, Such had been my thoughts, when a few years ago I and with greater certainty, over and through the flood, packed up my trunk with the regular allowance of ne- than Doctor Drive does to his mighty, luminous, and uncessaries, for my General Assembly expedition. It was answerable conclusion. but spring from the ground to the top of the stage But scarcely has he resumed his seat, and received the coach, a careful wrapping of the neck, and buttoning of congratulation of his friends around him, when a whisper the coat, till I found myself rumbled and boated into is felt to travel with a sawing severity, from left to right. Princes street. By this time the Assembly had met, and The Doctor is on his legs—that is he, holding with one a number of the sharp-set lads were down from the hand by the railing on the further side of the throne, the mountains, and up from the glens, glossy as the even- other hand being reserved for action-action-action. ing cloud, good-humoured as the season itself, and open-With this hand he begins his speech—not with that gracehearted, fisted, and mouthed, as old recollections and un- ful air with which an outstretched palm is sometimes expected recognisances could make them. At every cor-waved to the admiring multitude—but he is undoubtedly ner I met and recognised some friend of the olden time, cutting the air into faggots, upwards and downwards and mutual exchanges of good-will were made on both backwards and forwards" punctem et cæsim," it passes. sides. The fatness of the once thin man, and the thin- | All this while Dr Blast is silent; it is his hand that ness of the once fat man,—the wig, where wigs were for speaks, and claims for the tongue's work the indulgence merly unknown,—the single tuft in the wilderness of of a hearing. Silence gives way to sound, sound and baldness, where hair once flourished bushy and bristly; hand equally at variance with taste and elegance; the -all these, and similar circumstances, called forth, and do demon of embarrassment seems to have fixed his disconstantly, on similar occasions, call forth, a great deal figuring claws in the very front of his oratory, and there of half-jocular, half-mournful chat. And there are the is every chance that he will not get on. But the waters clubs to attend. I do not mean those political conve- of the mountain lake have been troubled, and lifted in nings where Assembly business is discussed ere it be de- their level by the descent of the avalanche ; and their bated ; but the clubs I speak of are very innocent and roar and impetuosity is now in the gullet,—they are pleasant meetings of old college acquaintances, who draw struggling, wheeling, hurling, and bursting onward ; and upon past reminiscences, as the prodigal does upon the ac so soon as they have overtaken the extension and the freecumulated treasures of his sires; who, in one evening of dom of the valley below, they will carry tower and tree, renewed friendships and tremendous excitement, live over hut and palace, before them. The shepherd, however, the intermediate happiness of twenty years.
has marked their approach, and has betaken himself to his Last of all comes the Monday's, the Tuesday's, and the mountain ; and the very roar of their approach has conWednesday's debät:. “ The combat thickenson, ye tributed to the safety of all. Dr Blast is now in his elebrave !"--and bappy he whose voice is of that firm com ment. Ile divcs and plunges in the flood; the triton of