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tled the other things necessary to be done. Yand had secret conferences with him ; but in his conduct as to that matter in the late reign : The king, in the mean time, came to town, about three weeks' time, he saw his credit di- that he was now struck at by a great number and sent us word that he was ready, when- minish, and so left off the constancy of his of people. All those who had hopes on the ever we were ready to wait on him. Ac- attendance. The Tories and others, who ex- king's coming to the throne, seeing themselves cordingly, we who were at the Duke of pected great changes and alterations, finding disappointed, looked upon him as the cause. Devonshire's, except the duke himself, who things not to answer their expectations, began all the discontented Whigs, and Carteret, had the gout, went to Leicester House, and to retire about the end of the short session of Roxburgh, Berkeley, Bolingbroke, the Speaker, there being joined by several others of the parliament that was held for settling the civil Compton, and Pulteney, were entered into a nobility, we sent in to the king to desire an list. The king, when he came to the throne, formal confederacy against him; and if he audience: and although the archbishop was had formed a system both of men and things, and could once retire, he would never meddle by present, yet I made a short speech to the king, to make alterations in several offices, as to their way of opposition, but would comply with the according to agreement, setting out the great power, and particularly as to mine. About government in every thing. sorrow we were under by the unexpected death July 8th, he told me that he expected to no. With these specimens of a diary which we of the late king, and that nothing could relieve minate to all benefices and prebendaries that may well include among the valuable historical or mitigate it, but the certain prospect of happi- the chancellor usually nominated to. I told lights of this genuine description, we for the ness under his future administration ; and that him, with great submission, that this was a present conclude ; and when the work to which being now become our liege lord, we desired right belonging to the office, annexed to it by it forms so interesting an addition is published, leave to withdraw into the council-chamber, to act of parliament and immemorial usage, and (we trust next week), we shall feel ourselves draw up a form of a proclamation for proclaim- I hoped he would not put things out of their more at liberty to extend our extracts. ing him, and to sign it as usual; which being ancient course. He told me my Lord Cowper* granted, we retired into the council-chamber, told him, that in the latter part of his chan- The Journal of the Heart. Edited by the and there the form, which we had before agreed cellorship, in the queen's time, he laid before Authoress of “ Flirtation.” 8vo. pp. 323. upon, was produced, engrossed, and thereon all the queen a list of all persons whom he recom. London, 1830. Colburn and Bentley. the lords of the council then present first signed mended to benefices, that she might be satisfied This is a most charming and feminine voit. Then the doors were opened, and the peers they were good churchmen. I did not give up lume-one delightful for a woman to read, and in the outer room were desired to walk in and this point, but directly desired him to consider for a woman to have written. Elegant lansign it, which they did; then it was delivered it ; and afterwards, at another time, he told guage, kind and gentle thoughts, a sweet and to the gentlemen in the outer room to sign as me that I should go on as usual.- Sunday, serious tone of religious feeling, run through many as they pleased. And after it had been July 16th. I then saw him again : he seemed every page; and any extract must do very some time out, the lords of the council sent for now very pleasant, and I gave him a list of all scanty justice to the merit of the whole. The the parchment, which being returned, secret the judges, both in England and Wales, king's following family sketch is quite from real life. intimation was given to the king that the coun- sergeants, and council, and other subordinate “ The family consisted of a mother and sis cil were ready to receive him. Whereon he officers in the law, in his invariable nomination, children, five of them grown up, and one not immediately came in, and seating himself in and told him, that as to those which were not yet arrived at that state of felicity. The eldest, the royal chair, he there read the declaration, judges in England, they were many of them Mrs. Davies, left school at seventeen, and that was printed at the desire of the lords of parliament men, and some now stood again. happened immediately to attract the fancy of a the council: it had been prepared at the Duke So he ordered me to make out fiats for such of yellow, sickly, Indian judge, who was come of Devonshire's, by Sir R. Walpole and the them as were like to be parliament men. He home on a three weeks' prowl in search of a speaker. After that, orders were given for the also told me, now that he had heard that I had wife. None of her friends liked the marriage, proclaiming of the king the next morning at acted prudently in his father's time, as to the but, nevertheless, she took him for better for ten o'clock, and several other orders of course commissions of the peace, that his pleasure was, worse,' trusting to the latter proving im. were made, which are to be seen in the council- that I should put into the commission of the possible, and sailed with him for India. Ever book, particularly one for proroguing the par- peace all gentlemen of rank and quality in the since this event, fashion has pronounced her liament, being now, by reason of the king's several counties, unless they were in direct the flower of the flock,' and will not allow demise, immediately to meet. Thursday, 15th. opposition to his government; but still keep a that either of her sisters can play or sing like A little after ten, I came to Leicester House, majority of those who were known to be most her, or look so pretty, or make themselves so and the heralds and all being ready, about firmly in his interest, and he would have me agreeable, or, in short, be at all compared to eleven, the Archbishop of Canterbury, myself, declare the former part as his sentiment. • * Mrs. Davies. No wonder, for neither of them and other lords, went into the yard before November 24. Sir R. Walpole took occasion to are married ! and is not marriage the in. Leicester House, and there the heralds pro- tell me of the great credit he had with the fallible criterion of a woman's character all the claimed the king, we being there on foot un- king, and that it was principally by the means world over, and that which is proposed as the covered. As soon as that was done, we went of the queen, who was the most able woman to measure of her excellence ? Certainly in this into our respective coaches, and in the street govern in the world. However, he wished the testimony of the world in general must be before Leicester House the king was again now he had left off when the king came to the right; and fashion, for once, speaks in the proclaimed. From thence we went and pro- throne; for he looked upon himself to be in language of wisdom and experience; for when claimed him at Charing Cross, Temple Bar, the worst situation of any man in England; was it ever heard that a foolish, an ugly, or an the corner of Wood Street, and the Royal Ex- that that which engaged him to go on, was ill-tempered woman was married ? or that one change.

On seeing every one willing to settle a large civil handsome, or amiable, or good, remained an the king's coming to the throne, he ordered list on the king. He went with the others, old maid? Captain Evelyn, the eldest son, Sir R. Walpole and Sir S. Compton to confer and that the civil list now given exceeded the was in reality as well known to the antipodes together about his affairs, and let him know (civil list given to his father, and all the addi- as to us, being in the army and abroad; but what they thought fit to be done for his service tions made to it; so that this civil list, which old Lord Morley bad once seen him for two from time to time. Sir R. Walpole seemed so was given with unanimity, was more than the days, and declared he was a very fine young sensible that he should be laid aside, that he late king ever had, and so was a justification of man, go all the neighbourhood echoed that was very irresolute what to do, whether to re

John Evelyn was an uncommonly fine young tire into the House of Lords and give up all papers at Ockham, confirrys George the second's account man, very handsome, and as brave an officer as

diary, business, or whether to continue. But the king of the conversation.

ever drew a sword; and thus his character has and the speaker persuading him to continue, he

Ertract from Lord Couper's Diary. went on, and undertook what the king expected bestow my livings of 401. and under without consulting has the impudence to destroy the dream by

to November 13th, 1705. – I had the queen's leave to every chance of remaining intacte, unless he from him, as to the civil list and the queen's her.

coming to dwell before our waking eyes. The jointure, which he forwarded in parliament. had discourse with the archbishop about disposing of the

**• June 25th, 1706.- At cabinet. Before it begun, other son, William, was at Oxford; he was During which time, by his constant application livings in my gift, and my having promised the queen to intended for the church; had been more in to the king by himself in the mornings, when present as she directed, in all the valuable ones : he said the neighbourhood, and therefore was known a the speaker, by reason of the sitting of the under the late keeper's servants,

by the importunity of little better, but not much, which occasioned House of Commons, was absent, he so worked the women and other hangers-on at court, and promised him to have a character of a mixed nature. upon the king, that he not only established to endeavour to get that matter into a proper method.”

He was said to have done divers very wrong himself in favour with him, but prevented the court, were probably the first and loudesthao Sery, The things he had stayed out on Saturday-night cashiering of many others, who otherwise would church is in danger ! on every occasion that suited their till the beginning of Sunday morning, and he have been put out. The speaker for some time interest or secured their patronage; and they thought the had been two or three times inebriated. Morecame constantly to the king every afternoon, distributiou of the richest benefices in that church.” over, report added, that he had frightened his

mother out of her wits, for fear he should be any selection of its beauties, which are too inti-, celebrated places, of raids and murders, and of fashionable ; and his sisters for fear he should mately interwoven with each other to admit of spots, however marked by tradition, which are not; some of his friends, lest he should be a separation. The volume is adorned by five brought under notice by this strange visitation, missionary, and others, lest he should be a very pretty plates.

where " the waters prevailed.” confirmed rake; but those persons who were

Such being our judgment upon this work, it inclined to like him, laid all the fault of these An Account of the Great Floods of August may be but candid to say, that we cannot be sure his aberrations, to his guardians, and pitied 1829, in the Province of Moray, and ad. of its possessing the same charm for every reader. him, poor creature! and only thought him the joining Districts. By Sir Thomas Dick The difference of taste may cause it to seem more interesting, whilst others said it was Lauder, Bart., of Fountainhall, F.R.S.E. somewhat prolix and less interesting to others ; entirely owing to his own wild and thoughtless 8vo. pp. 431. Edinburgh, 1830, Adam but we are convinced that the great majority disposition, that he was so ill spoken of. Arthur Black; London, Longman and Co.; Elgin, will agree with us in thinking it a very singu. was but eight years old, and just placed at Forsyth and Young.

lar and captivating performance. It is finely school; yet we heard more of him, and wished It must be confessed, that when we lifted this embellished by two maps of the rivers chiefly more to see him, than any of the rest of the well-sized volume, though we could not expect augmented by the floods; and by sixty-five picfamily; for he was said to be an extraordinary a very dry narrative, either from the nature of turesque plates, illustrative of the state of the child; the delight of his mother's heart, and the subject, or from the Laird of (here most country, its inhabitants, their houses, ruins, the unwearying theme of her admiration and appropriate) Fountain-hall, we could not help bridges, linns, &c. &c. &c., from the clever praise: and one of the worst traits of the Miss prejudging it as a production of far too great burin of W. H. Lizars. Evelyns, was their seeming to care so little length for the event which it undertook to de. It is out of our power to afford room for the about this delightful boy. He did not know scribe. Local details,-how one burn swelled, copious extracts we should otherwise be tempted his letters at four years old, because Mrs. Eve- and another overflowed its banks; how a river to make, for the purpose of justifying our cri. lyn considered the brain as a sort of vegetable, raged, and a bridge was swept away; how the ticism; but we shall do our best, by selecting and therefore thought that, like other vege- poor dwellers on the lowlands were forced to as great a diversity as we can, to do honour to tables, it would put forth the most fruitful and fee, and how their goods and chattels were the author, and to gratify our readers. most vigorous shoots, if left to itself ; besides destroyed by the merciless waters,—seemed to Among the previous indications or warnings which, she had been told by a learned physi- us, à priori, a sufficient theme, for some weeks, of the food were many electrical phenomena, cian, that his temperament was hot, and that in a county newspaper, or a pamphlet at most; aurora-borealis, waterspouts, &c. On the 12th if (to use another metaphor) she taught his but a stout octavo · Neptune preserve us ! of July, one of the latter occurred at Kean

young ideas how to shoot, before nature thought we, from such a flood (not a rivulet) loch-luichart, in Ross-shire; and the author had given them strength to bear, they would of text, and without any dishonest book tells us : “ This waterspout did not extend be firing off, to right and left, at all hazards, making breadth of margin! For (we went on beyond two miles on each side of the village-a and drive either herself or her child into a considering) if there had been-(and the Laud- circumstance that led these simple people to brain fever. But the fact of Arthur's not ers are an old family, whose ancestor came into consider their calamity as a visitation of Provi. knowing how to read till he was seven, only Scotland with Malcolm Canmure)--if there dence for their landlord's vote in parliament in made his precocity of intellect the more re- had been any Sir Thomas Dick Lauder, Bart. favour of Catholic emancipation.' markable. He listened most attentively when in the time of Noah, or even of Deucalion, So much for Highland simplicity! It was in ever his mother read the Scriptures, and found (unde Dick or Duck might very readily be August (3d and 4th) that the waters came out, from them, that Moses was taken to the derived by an ingenious etymologist), what down in torrents from the hills, and that the hill by the Bristol carrier. Moreover, he had famous long histories we might have had of rain and tempest raged with incessant fury. seen many little lions, in the shape of poodle- either the sacred or the pagan deluge! At this On the Findhorn at Randolph's bridge (the dogs, about Bath, the first time he was taken rate, in the proportion of one volume octavo for Randolph of Douglas, in which tragedy the to that town, and had looked at them, and Moray, we must have had, at least, ten thou- effects of the swollen river are so poetically passed them without a sign of fear. But his sand folios of papyrus for the old Patri-ark, described), the flood rose to the height of fifty grand feat was discovering the day of judgment, and five thousand for the son of Prometheus. feet; and Sir Thomas says :and desiring his mother to prepare for it, as it However, it was our duty to dip into Sir Nothing can convey an idea of the violence would take place on the morrow. He had heard Thomas's “ Account;" and who can guess our and velocity of the water that shot away from her read that before that day, the stars would surprise and pleasure when we discovered, that the whirling sea above the cliffs. It was scarcely fall from heaven, and the moon would be out of so unpromising a theme he had contrived possible to follow with the eye the trees and wreck turned into blood : and when he was going to to make a book, not of merely ordinary, but of that floated like straws on its surface. The force bed at night, he had seen the full-moon rise uncommon interest a book which Scotsmen, was as much more than that of a raging ocean slowly and magnificently, a dark and lurid red, especially, in every quarter of the world, will as gunpowder ignited within the confined tube and some of the stars falling (as it is called) read with national and homefelt pleasure? It of a cannon is more terribly powerful than the from one part of the sky to another. At thé is true that the worthy baronet goes into many same material when suffered to explode on the time of our visit, only Mrs. Evelyn and her small details; but even in these there is a truth open ground. I was particularly struck here two daughters were at home - she, in the and freshness which remind us more of the with an example of the fact, that trees exposed opinion of every one, was devoted to her duties, fascinations of Robinson Crusoe than of any to occasional struggles with torrents, instinct. and a charming woman; and having made a other work with which we are acquainted : ively prepare themselves to resist them. I confidant of my mother, we knew particularly and, generally speaking, there is a graphic observed one tall ash, growing a little way about her. Poor woman! it was from the spirit in the whole of this narrative which above Randolph's Bridge, covered to at least best of all authorities,—from her own mouth, makes you not only a spectator of all the peril. four-tifths of its height. It was broken over we learned how she suffered from these de- ous incidents which it relates, and a hearer of at last, but, having been taught by experience testable girls. Where she liked to live, they the remarks of the people, whether sufferers or to resist the action of water, it was not rent hated to reside; and where she hated to saviours, but absolutely an actor in the busy and away, whilst all those which had never been sojourn, they liked to abide; she had taken affecting catastrophe.' The book is one of the visited by floods before were torn up like Ashgrove entirely to please them, and from a most complete pictures of Highland scenery and weeds. Before I left this spot, I saw one of hope that they would mis much with the manners which we have ever read; and so far the under-gardeners wade into the water, as it society near them, and find it suit their wishes. from being tired with its minuteness, in our had begun to ebb on the baugh, and, with his Ellen Evelyn was a stupid, conceited, evil. opinion the omission of any one little particu- umbrella, drive ashore and capture a fine sal. speaking girl; and her sister, besides excelling lar would be an injury and a loss.

mon, at an elevation of fifty feet above the ordi. her in the two last-mentioned particulars, was Indeed, the production is altogether peculiar nary level of the Findhorn." satirical_bas bleuand all that was horrible. -a novelty in manner and in matter-a lite Among the incidents, where the inhabitants • We shall have a woful visit of it.'

rary curiosity. The alternation of character. were rescued by the bravery of their neighThe paper whence this is extracted is called istic traits, bordering on humour, with simple bours from houses surrounded by the waters, “ prejudice," and the ensuing remarks in it, unadorned relations from the mouths of the and momentarily yielding to their force-we upon the subject of taking up hearsay and parties where dangers were appalling and lives find the following :hasty opinions, are admirably set forth. An were sacrificed, adds much to the feeling with “After landing the Cumins, the next house “owre true” tale is interestingly told (it seems which these pages must be perused; and an. of the hamlet the boat went to was that of to be by a different hand); and, altogether, we other striking variety is communicated to them Widow Speediman, an old bedrid woman, with most cordially recommend this Journal of the by the recollection of ancient historical events, whom resided her niece, Isabella Morrison, an Heart, though we are unable to do it justice by of superstitions and legends, of antiquities and elderly person. One of the walls of this house

was gone, and the roof was only kept up by{bishop of Moray, had a plan for restoring it to a place of safety, and watched them there till resting on a wooden-boarded bed. Here those this channel, in order to relieve the valuable their owners came to recover them. Padrig in the boat beheld a most harrowing spectacle. lands of the church from its troublesome in- Mac-an-Ts'agairt did not utter his threats Up to the neck in water sat the niece, scarcely roads. Birnie was the first episcopal seat of without the fullest intention of carrying them sensible, and supporting what was now the the bishopric of Moray. The sanctity of the into effect. In the latter end of the following dead body of her aunt, with the livid and dis- old church is still so great, that it is com- spring he visited Strathspey, with a strong torted countenance of the old woman raised up mon to send from great distances to ask the party, and waylaid the Mugach, as he and his before her. The story will be best told in her prayers of its congregation for people in ex- sons were returning from working at a small own words, though at the risk of some pro- tremity. The popular saying is, ' If a man be patch of land he had on the brow of a hill, lixity. It was about eight o'clock, an' my ill, let him be prayed for in the kirk of Birnie, about half a mile above his house. Mac-anaunty in her bed, fan I says till her, Aunty, which will either end him or mend him.' Ts'agairt and his party concealed themselves the waters are cumin' aboot's; and I had There is a beautiful Saxon arch in the interior, in a thick covert of underwood, through which hardly spoken fan they wur at my back. and a very ancient stone font. But the most they knew that the Mugach and his sons must

Gang to my kist,' says she to me, and tak curious piece of antiquity is the Ronnell bell of pass ; but seeing their intended victims well oot some things that are to be pit aboot me fan Birnie, said to have been brought from Rome armed, the cowardly assassins lay still in their I'm dead.' i had hardly tukken oot the claes by the first bishop. It is about 18 inches high, hiding-place and allowed them to pass, with fan the kist was fluated bodalie through the by 6 inches one way, and 4 inches the other, the intention of taking a more favourable ophoos. • Gie me a baud o' your hand, Bell,' at the mouth. Its shape angular, and joined portunity for their purpose. That very night says my aunty,' an' I'll try an' help ye into at the sides with nails. It has a handle at the they surprised and murdered two of the sons, the bed. Ye're nae fit to help me,' says 1, top, and no tongue remaining. Its metal seems who, being married, lived in separate houses, * I'll tak a hand o' the stoop o' the bed. And to be bronze ; but the popular tradition is, that at some distance from their father's; and hav, sae I gat in. I think we war strugglin' i' the there is a great deal of silver in it. I think I ing thus executed so much of their diabolical bed for aboot twa hours; and the water floatit have seen bells resembling it, used in religious purpose, they surrounded the Mugach's cotup tbe cauf-bed, and she lyin' on't. Syne I processions in Italy."

tage. No sooner was his dwelling attacked, tried to keep her up, an' I took a haud o' her Speaking of the river Dulnan, we have a than the brave Mugach, immediately guessing shift to try to keep her life in. But the waters similar illustration (not of antiquities, but) of who the assailants were, made the best ar. war ay growin. At last I got her up wi' ae an old Cateran affair.

rangements for defence that time and circum. haun to iny breest, and hed a haud o' the post “ Near the hamlet of Carr, on the right stances permitted. The door was the first o'the bed 'wi' the ither. An'there wuz ae jaw bank, a slate-rock has been laid bare, which, point attempted ; but it was strong, and be o'the water that cam’ up to my breest, an' if properly wrought, might turn out to some and his four sons placed themselves behind it, anither jaw cam' and fuppit my aunty oot o' account. About 150 yards to the westward of determined to do bloody execution the moment my airms. Oh! Bell, I'm gane!' says she ; the houses, there is a small patch of land sur- it should be forced. Whilst thus engaged, the and the waters just chokit her. It wuz a rounded by a few stunted birches, called Croft- Mugach was startled by a noise above the dreadfu' sight to see her! That wuz the fight na-croich, or the Gallows Croft, having the rafters, and, looking up, he perceived, in the and struggle she had for life! Willin' was she following story attached to it:-Near the end obscurity, the figure of a man half through a to save that! An' her haun', your honour ! of the seventeenth century, there lived a cer- hole in the wattled roof. Eager to despatch hoo she fought wi' that haun'! It wad hae tain notorious freebooter, a native of Lochaber, his foe as he entered, he sprang upon a table, drawn tears o' pity frae a heathen. An' then of the name of Cameron, but who was better plunged his sword into his body, and down fell I had a dreadfu' spekalation for my ain life, an' known by his cognomen of Padrig Mac-an- |-his stepson ! whom he had ever loved and I canna tell the conseederable moments I was Ts'agairt, Peter the Priest's son. Numerous cherished as one of his own children. The doon in the water, an' my aunty abeen me. were the creachs, or robberies of cattle on the youth had been cutting his way through the The strength o' the waters at last brak the great scale, driven by him from Strathspey. roof, with the intention of attacking Padrig bed, an' I got to the tap o't; an' a dreadfu' But he did not confine his depredations to that from above, and so creating a diversion in fajaw knockit my head to the bed-post; an' I country ; for, some time between the years vour of those who were defending the door. wuz for some time oot o' my senses. It was 1690 and 1695, he made a clean sweep of the The brave young man lived no longer than to surely the death-grip I had 'o' the post; an cattle from the rich pastures of the Aird, the say, with a faint voice, Dear father, I fear surely it wuz the Lord that waukened me, for territory of the Frasers. That he might put you have killed me!' For a moment the the dead sleep had cum'd on me, an' I wud hae his pursuers on a wrong scent, he did not go Mugach stood petrified with horror and grief faun, and been droont in the waters! After 1 directly towards Lochaber, but, crossing the but rage soon usurped the place of both. Let cam' to mysel a wee, I feelt something at my river Ness at Lochend, he struck over the me open the door!' he cried, and revenge his fit, an' I says to mysel', this is my aunty's mountains of Strathnairn and Strathdearn, death, by drenching my sword in the blood of head that the waters hae torn aff! I feelt wi' and ultimately encamped behind a hill above the villain !' His sons clung around him to my haun', an' tuk baud o’t wi' fear an’trum- Duthel, called, from a copious spring on its prevent what they conceived to be madness, lin' ; and thankfu' was I fan I faund it to be summit, Cairn-an-Sh'uaran, or the Well Hill. and a strong struggle ensued between desperate naething but a droon't hen! Aweel, I climbed But, notwithstanding all his precautions, the bravery and filial duty ; whilst the Mugach's

got a haud o' the cupple, an' my fit on celebrated Simon, Lord Lovat, then chief of wife stood gazing on the corpse of her first. the tap o' the wa', an' susteened mysel that the Frasers, discovered his track, and de- born son in an agony of contending passions, way frae maybe aboot half past ten that night spatched a special messenger to his father-in-being ignorant, from all she had witnessed, but till three next afterneen. suppose it wuz law, Sir Ludovick Grant, of Grant, begging that the young man's death had been wilfully twelve o'clock o' the day before I saw my his aid in apprehending Mac-an-Ts'agairt and wrought by her husband. • Hast thou forgot. aunty again, after we had gane doon thegither, recovering the cattle. It so happened that ten our former days of dalliance ?' cried the an' the dreadfu' ocean aboot huz, just like a there lived at this time on the laird of Grant's wily Padrig, who saw the whole scene through roarin' sea. She was left on a bank o'sand, ground a man also called Cameron, surnamed a crevice in the door how often hast thou leanin' on her side, and her mouth was fou o' Mugach-more, of great strength and undaunted undone thy door to me when I came on an san'. Fouk wondered I didua dee o'cauld an' courage: he had six sons, and a stepson, whom errand of love ; and wilt thou not open it now hunger; but baith cauld an' hunger ware his wife, formerly a woman of light character, to give me way to punish him who has but unkent by me, wi’ the terrification I wuz in had before her marriage with Mugach ; and this moment so foully slain thy beloved son ?' wi' the roarin' o' the waters aboot me, Lord as they were all brave, Sir Ludovick applied Ancient recollections and present affliction con. save me!' The corpse of the poor old woman to them to undertake the recapture of the spired to twist her to his purpose. The strugSpeediman was put into a cart, together with cattle. Sir Ludovick was not mistaken in his gle and altercation between the Mugach and her niece, Bell, whose state of exhaustion was man. The Mugach no sooner received his his sons still continued. A frenzy seized on so great, that it was difficult to tell which was orders than he armed himself and his little the unhappy woman. She flew to the door the living, and which the dead, body. band and went in quest of the freebooter, whom undid the bolt_and Padrig and his assassins

“ At a place called Fosse, immediately above he found in the act of cooking a dinner from rushed in. The infuriated Mugach no sooner the Hill of Birnie, there is an ancient course part of the spoil. The Mugach called on Pa- beheld his enemy enter, than he sprang at him of the Lossie, by which it must have once run drig and his men to surrender; and they, like a tiger, grasped him by the throat, and down through a totally different line of country though numerous, dreading the well-known dashed him to the ground. Already was his from that which it now waters. Its modern prowess of their adversary, fled to the opposite vigorous sword-arm drawn back, and his broad level is considerably below the mouth of this. hills, their chief threatening bloody vengeance claymore was about to find a passage to the But, in the fourteenth century, Alex. Barr, as he went. The Mugach drove the cattle to traitor's heart, when his faithless wife, coming

up, an'

behind him, threw over it a large canvass win. as all the events of his life had been; yes, wander after dusk along the road leading by nowing sheet, and, before he could extricate brave men ! free me from these bonds ! it is the base of the Tom-nan-cean, see strange the blade from the numerous folds, Padrig's unworthy of Strathspey-men,-it is unworthy sights cross his path, let him recall the story I weapon was reeking in the best heart's blood of Grants to triumph over a fallen foe! Those bave narrated, and it may furnish him with of the bravest highlander that Strathspey could whom I killed were no clansmen of thine, but some explanation of what he beholds.” boast of. His four sons, who had witnessed recreant Camerons, who betrayed a Cameron ! With this long extract we must for the pretheir mother's treachery, were paralysed. The Let me go free, and that reward of which you sent conclude ; but we shall return to our unfortunate woman herself, too, stood stupified have been disappointed shall be quadrupled for author as soon again as possible. and appalled : but she was quickly recalled to sparing my life! Such words as these, opeher senses by the active clash of the swords of rating on minds so much prepared to receive SOTKYAIAH:. The History of the PeloponnePadrig and his men. * Oh, my sons ! my them favourably, had well nigh worked their sian War, by Thucydides. The Text acsong !' she cried— spare my boys!' But the purpose. But, No!' said Muckrach sternly, cording to Bekker's Edition, with some alteratempter needed her services no longer-she it shall never be said that a murderer escaped tions. Illustrated by Maps, taken entirely had done his work. She was spurned to the from my hands. Besides, it was just so that from actual Surveys. With Notes, chiefly ground, and trampled under foot, by those who he fairly spake the Mugach's false wife. But historical and geographical, by T. Arnold, soon strewed the bloody floor around her with did he spare her sons on that account? If ye D.D., Head Master of Rugby School, &c. the lifeless corpses of her brave sons. Exult- let him go, my men, the fate of the Mugach Vol. I. 8vo. Oxford, 1830. Parker. ing in the full success of this expedition of may be ours; for what bravery can stand Perhaps in no department of our literature vengeance, Mac-an-Ts'agairt beheaded the bo- against treachery and assassination ?? This has there been a more decided change for the dies, and piled the heads in a heap on an ob- opened an entirely new view of the question to better, within the last few years, than in the long hill, that runs parallel to the road, on the Padrig's rude guards; and the result of the elementary class of school-books ; and it is with east side of Carr Bridge, from which it is conference was, that they resolved to take him great pleasure that we observe this change gracalled Tom-nan-Cean, the Hill of the Heads. to Inverness, and to deliver him up to the dually extending itself to the higher classes and Scarcely was he beyond the reach of danger, sheriff. As they were pursuing their way up to the universities. We hail the appearance of when his butchery was known at Castle Grant, the south side of the river Dulnan, the hill of this long-expected work, as the most decisive and Sir Ludovick immediately offered a great Tom-nan-cean appeared on that opposite to proof we have yet seen that this change will reward for his apprehension ; but Padrig, who them. At sight of it, the whole circumstances speedily become universal. The voice of reason had anticipated some such thing, fled to Ire- of Padrig's atrocious deed came fresh into their has at length made itself heard, and henceforland, where he remained for seven years. But minds. It seemed to cry on them for justice, ward the notes intended to assist the student the restlessness of the murderer is well known, and, with one impulse, they shouted out, Let in the study of the Classics will not be more and Padrig felt it in all its horrors. Leaving him die on the spot where he did the bloody difficult for him to construe or understand than his Irish retreat, he returned to Lochaber. act!' Without a moment's farther delay, they the text of the author they are intended to By a strange accident, a certain Mungo Grant resolved to execute their new resolution. But illustrate. The appearance of a Greek classic of Muckrach having had his cattle and horses on their way across the plain, they happened to with English notes, by a scholar of acknowcarried away by some thieres from that quar- observe a large fir-tree, with a thick horizontal le:Iged eminence, who ranks indeed amongst ter, pursued them hot foot, recovered them, branch growing at right angles from the trunk, the highest of his day, and this work printed and was on his way returning with them, and of a sufficient height from the ground to in Oxford by the university printer, and pubwhen, to his astonishment, he met Padrig suit their purpose; and doubting if they might (lished by the university bookseller, may well Mac-an-Ts'agairt quite alone, in a narrow find so convenient a gallows where they were be said to form an era in the literature of our pass, on the borders of his native country. going, they at once determined that here Pad-country. It is well known that the works Mungo instantly seized and made a prisoner of rig should finish his mortal career. The published in this manner are considered to have him. But bis progress with his beasts was neighbouring birch thicket supplied them with received the indirect sanction of the authorities tedious; and as he was entering Strathspey at materials for making a withe; and, whilst they in the university, though not positively stamped Lag-na-caillich, about a mile to the westward were twisting it, Padrig burst forth in a flood with their fiat as published by the university, of Aviemore, he espied twelve desperate men, of Gaelic verse, which his mind had been ac- like those which were wont to be called the who, taking advantage of his slow march, had cumulating hy the way. His song, and the “ Clarendon books.” The Clarendon press no crossed the hills to gain the pass before him, twig rope that was to terminate his existence, longer exists; but its legitimate successor, the for the purpose of rescuing Padrig. But were spun out and finished at the same mo- university press, changed in name but not in Mungo was not to be daunted. Seeing them ment, and he was instantly elevated to a height nature, will, we trust, long continue its useful occupying the road in his front, he grasped equally beyond his ambition and his hopes. and honourable career. The distinction behis prisoner with one hand, and brandishing No one would touch his body, so it hung tween a work printed at the university press his dirk with the other, he advanced in the swinging in the wind for some twelve months or by the university printer, is too nice to be midst of his people and animals, swearing po. or more after his execution ; and, much as he generally noticed or known out of Oxford; nor tently, that the first motion at an attempt at had been feared when alive, he was infinitely is it very important that it should be so, since rescue by any one of them, should be the more a cause of terror now that he was a life. Mr. Collingwood cannot print any thing withsignal for his dirk to drink the life's blood of less corpse. None dared to approach that part out the permission of the vice.chancellor, and Padrig Mac-an-Ts'agairt. They were so in- of the heath after it was dark; but in day- Mr. Parker is not very likely to publish any timidated by his boldness, that they allowed him light people were bolder. The school-boys of work of importance without previously consultto pass without assault, and left their friend to Duthel, who, like the frogs in the fable, gra- ing some of the leading delegates of the press. his fate. Padrig was fortlıwith carried to Castle dually began to have less and less apprehension This indirect sanction is, therefore, suficient Grant. But the remembrance of the Mugach's for him, actually bragged one another on so far for our purpose, and must be acknowledged as murder had been by this time much obliterated one day, that they ventured to pelt him with a chief point gained. Another circumstance by many events little less strange; and the stones. A son of Delrachney, who happened which gives still greater force to the inference laird, unwilling to be troubled with the matter, to aim better than the rest, struck the birchen we have drawn, and importance to this publicaordered Mungo and his prisoner away. Dis- withe, by this time become rotten, severed it, tion, in our view, is the fact, which we “happen appointed and mortified, Mungo and his party and down came the wasted body with a ter- to know," that the greater part of the notes were were returning with their felon-captive, dis- rible crash. As the cause of its descent was first written in Latin and subsequently rewrit. cussing, as they went, what they had best do hardly perceptible to any of them, the terrified ten in English. As Dr. Arnold has long been with him. ' A fine reward we have had for boys ran off, filled with the horrible belief that celebrated amongst his friends for his remarkall our trouble!' said one. • The laird may the much-dreaded Padrig was pursuing them. ably elegant Latin, it must be acknowledged catch the next thief her's nanesel, for Do- So impressed was poor young Delrachney with that this was a noble sacrifice of personal vanity nald !' said another. Let's turn him loose !' this idea, that, through terror and haste, he to a strong feeling of duty, as rendering his work said a third. • Ay, ay,' said a fourth, “what burst a blood vessel, and died in two hours more conducive to public utility. He could for wud we be plaguing oursels more wi' him!' afterwards. Padrig's bones were buried about well afford to make such a sacrifice, but per• Yes, yes! brave, generous men !' said Padrig 100 yards to the north of the bridge of Carr; haps few men could have done it. Mac-an. Ts'agairt, roused by a sudden hope of but, as if they were doomed never to have rest, tion stands on too high ground to be shaken by life from the moody dream of the gallows-tree, the grave was cut through about 35 years ago, any clamour that inay be raised against him lý in which he had been plunged, whilst he was when the present Highland road was inadu; that pedantry and bigotry which are generally courting his mournful muse to compose his own and they were reinterred immediately behind only a cloak for ignorance. The immense fund lament, that he might die with an effect striking the inn garden. Should any idlers, who may of learning and research which he has brought

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to bear on the illustration of bis author, with- and the biographical sketches of him, of Perry, turned to his kennel in the Temple. His proout attempting or thinking of any display of of Porson,* and of others, their contemporaries, fessorship did not produce him above 1501. them, are a sufficient proof that his high cha- are interesting.

a-year ; he was too idle to continue the course racter is not undeserved; and he, standing on Of Porson's marriage and sequent life the of lectures which he had commenced on taking the rock of common sense, may well despise account is curious. « The circumstance of the chair, though with the most flattering proany charge, if any is attempted, of being an Mr. Porson's marriage with a sister of his spects of advantage to the public and his own innovator and a liberal.

friend Mr. Perry, a widow, is another proof of emolument; but he did not, it would appear, It is difficult to give our readers any idea of his eccentricity as regards the mode of his de- like a college life, and at the end of a couple of a work of this nature: much that is invaluable ciding on this important step. The professor years he bade adieu to his alma mater, and rein its proper place is necessarily unfit for ex- was not supposed to be likely to commit matri- turned to his customary habits, and the society tract ; nor is the subject sufficiently interesting mony, and especially a marriage of inclination. of his friends in the metropolis. He had for to the general body. The following extracts One night, however, while he was smoking his many years been subject to severe attacks of from the preface will suffice to shew the nature pipe at the cider-cellar in Maiden Lane (his spasmodic asthma, which frequently reduced of the work, and give the author's reasons for favourite haunt) with my brother, they had him to the lowest state of debility. On these adopting the change we have so heartily com- called for second go, when, addressing his com- occasions he neither took medicines, nor conmended, and for which we think he is entitled panion, he said, “ Friend George, do you not sulted physicians, and he made no secret that to the tbanks of the community.

think the widow Ln an agreeable sort of he had a sovereign contempt for both. Starva“ My own principal object has been to ex- personage as times go ?' throwing out a huge tion was his mode of treatment, but unfortuplain the historical and geographical difficulties volume of smoke. An affirmative nod and a nately, like all obstinate men, he carried his of Thucydides, so as to enable a modern reader compliment to the lady was the reply. • In system too far. In a severe attack, which confully to understand his narrative, and to enter that case you must meet me at St. Martin's in tinued longer than usual, his bed-maker became into the opinions and feelings of the times to the Fields to-morrow morning at eight o'clock,' alarmed, and offered him some light food, which which it refers. As a critical edition, the work rejoined the other; and so saying, and finish. his stomach rejected, debilitated by long fasting. now offered to the world has little preten-ing his go, he threw down his reckoning and It is supposed that he was himself alarmed at sion.

retired. My brother, who knew his man well, this symptom, for the same day he crawied “ It only remains that I should explain the though not a little astonished, determined to towards the city; but whither his steps were reason of the Notes and Preface to this edition attend to the invitation ; and at the hour fixed directed was never known. Exhausted with being written in English, when prescription repaired to the church, where he found the this little exertion, he dropped on the pavehas so long been in favour of the use of Latin. professor and the fair widow attended by a ment in Ludgate Hill, speechless, and with It seemed to me, that to continue at this time female friend, with the parson and his clerk. but small signs of life. He was carried to a of day to write in Latin, were but to add one The license being produced, the ceremony (a neighbouring apothecary's shop, and a surgeon more to the numerous instances in which, by very short one) took place, when the parties summoned to his assistance, who opened a rein, professing to tread closely in the steps of our separated, the bride and her friend retiring by but scarcely any blood flowed. It was evident ancestors, we in fact depart from them most one door, and Porson and his man by another. that the attack was apoplectic. Every usual widely, by persisting foolishly in what they It appeared that the alliance which had just remedy was resorted to, but with little good began wisely. When the languages of modern taken place, had been some time on the tapis, effect: he continued speechless. On examinEurope were no better than unformed dialects, but the lady objected, without her brother's ing his pockets, a note was found from his and the inhabitants of neighbouring countries approbation; on this point, however, the Greek friend Doctor Raine, which identified the perno more thought of learning them than we now was immovable, and the widow, well knowing son of the invalid, and the abode of his friend, think of acquiring the provincial patois of Lan- his temper, at length gave her consent to the who, being apprised of his state, instantly flew cashire or Somersetshire, it was very reasonable clandestine step. My brother now urged him to his assistance, and he was removed to his that literary men should neglect what were to declare his marriage to Mr. Perry, who he house ; but the lamp of life was fast ebbing, for really so many local dialects, and should adopt could not doubt would be speedily reconciled, after continuing in a stupor for twenty-four in their writings what alone was their common though perhaps hurt, that he had not been hours, he expired, seemingly without pain or language. Accordingly, not only editions of consulted ; but the professor would not listen feeling. On a post-mortem examination, it was classical authors, but theology, history, law, to this advice, and they parted ; my brother ascertained that his system of starvation had philosophy, every thing, in short, except popu- being determined that Mr. P. should not be hastened his end; for having fasted so long, his iar poetry, tales, and some few chronicles, were kept in the dark, the more especially as he had stomach had entirely lost its tone, and could no universally written in Latin. Now, however, been an accessory to the deed. In a few hours, longer perform its functions. It is melancholy when there is scarcely a language in Europe however, the Benedick entered in his best para- to reflect that a man endowed with such extrawhose literature is so poor as that of Rome ; phernalia, viz. his black satin nether garments ordinary powers of mind, should have sacrificed when the knowledge of French, German, Ita- and ruffled shirt, which he only wore on solemn his life to an obstinate whim, founded on no lian, and English, forms so common a part of occasions. • Friend George,' said he, ‘ I shall principle of common sense or sound reasoning." the acquirements of educated men in all these for once take advice (which I seldom do, as you To these characters succeed Pope the perfour countries ; and when it would be ludicrous know), and hold out the olive-branch, provided former, Raymond, Romeo Coates, &c. &c; but for a divine, a historian, or a philosopher, to you will accompany me to the · Court of Lan- we have no room for their exhibition, and shall publish his thoughts in any other than his na. caster :' you are a good peace-maker.' They merely add a few anecdotes to this, of necessity, tive language, there can be no further reason got into a hackney-coach, and found Mr. Perry desultory notice. why an Englishman, in editing a Greek writer, at home. The bridegroom was presented, made When Mr. Addington was speaker, “ Mr. should have recourse to Latin; or why, in com- a speech, and though his friend's amour propre Mackintosh, the provost of Inverness, came to municating between two nations, whose lan-was not a little ölessé, a reconciliation soon London for the first time. One of his friends, guages are both so rich and so flexible as those took place, a few intimate friends were sum. on finding that he expressed a desire to hear of Greece and England, we should call in the moned on the spur of the occasion,' a hand- a debate, advised him to write a note to the aid of an interpreter whose vocabulary is so some dinner was served, and an apartment was speaker, begging he might be admitted to sit meagre as that of the language of Rome. No provided for the newly married couple. It under the gallery, which,' said the wag, ' you cause but necessity would induce an active caused no small speculation among the Greeks are entitled to do ex officio. The note was minded man to submit to the constraint of what could induce the professor to marry, and written, and handed to the chair. The result writing in any other language than that in in so mysterious a manner. Poor Mrs. Porson was, that the worthy citizen, notwithstanding which he habitually speaks and thinks; and did not live long to enjoy her new honours ; his high office, after being severely reprimanded necessity can in this case no longer be pleaded, within a year after the event her health began for his impertinence, was ordered into the cussince the happy peace which we now enjoy has to decline, and before two had expired she was tody of the sergeant-at-arms. But an explanabroken down the barriers between nation and consigned to the grave. In her brother she tion took place; the provost protesting he had nation; and has taught every civilised country had found a father for her children, whom he committed the offence from ignorance and bad of Europe to regard an ignorance of the lan- educated and provided for. She was a good advice, was discharged." guage and literature of its neighbours as little tempered and an amiable person, and the pro At Edinburgh, during the residence of the less disgraceful than an ignorance of its own.”fessor treated her with all the kindness of which present King of France in Holyrood-house,

he was capable. He continued to reside with our government having granted a certain MR. GORDON'S MEMOIRS, &c. concluded. Mr. Perry until her death, when he again re- allowance to Monsieur, and the commander of MR. GRAY, Mr. Perry's early co-editor in the Chronicle, was a school-fellow of Mr. Gordon's;l friend, is preparing a life of Porson for publication.

: It is mentioned that Mr. Scrope Davies, his intimate the forces being desirous of doing him all pos

sible honours, a weekly levée was got up, under

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