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o great straits and difficulties. I am, “ Mr Jamphler, ye maun thole wi' as I was saying, Mrs Ogle o' Balbogle, me, for what I want your ability in is the relic o' auld Balbogle.- he was a matter o' desperation." an excellent character, and if he had “Upon my word, madam, it is ima been to the fore, I wouldna hae need. possible for me to attend to you any ed to trouble you, Mr Jamphler, wi' longer at this time,” exclaimed Mr ony complaint. But he's win awa' out Jamphler. o''this sinful world, and I'm a poor “ Noo, Mr Jamphler, really that's lanely widow; howsomever, Mr Jam- no like you; for Thomas Ellwand, the phler, they tell me there's no the like tailor in the Canongate, whar I stay o you for making the widow's heart-he taks in a' the books ye put out, glad.”
and brags ye're o' a capacity to rule ä Mr Jamphler was by this time be- kingdom—what will he say, when he come rather impatient-the dinner. hears ye wouldna spare half an hour hour was drawing near—and momen. frae your tea to pleasure a helpless tarily expecting his guests, he said, widow ; for I see by my watch it's “ Madam, I am at this time particu- near five o'clock, and so I suppose larly engaged, and it would be as well ye're hyte for your drap o' het water. for you to see your agent."
O, Mr Jamphler, I hope ye hae more “My augent !” exclaimed Mrs Ogle concern for the like of me, and that of Balbogle. “Ye're my augent- ye'll no falsify your repute for discerna I'll hae nae ither but you— I hae come ment in the judgment of Thomas Ellhere for nae ither purpose than to con- wand-he says, that nobody can draw fer wi' you anent my
a strae afore your nose unkent. Aiblins, “Well, but what is it—what is it?" Mr Jamphler, ye’re acquaint wi' Thointerrupted the counsellor, a little mas-he's a desperate auld farrant quickly.
creature-he wasna pleased with the “Mr Jamphler, sit down-sit your government here, so he took an o'ersea ways down beside me,” cried Mrs Ogle jaunt to America, and married a wife of Balbogle, " and hear my case. Ye La very worthy woman. It would needna be feart, Mr Jamphler, o' ony do you gude, Mr Jamphler, to see scaith frae me. I wadna meddle wi' how content they live.” the like o you—and that's my own Madam,” said Mr Jamphler, dochter, she's come wi' me for insight. pray what is the business on which Look up, Meg-'am sure ye hae nae you want to consult me?" need to haud down your head like a “ Business ! Mr Jamphler, it's a tawpy. Mr Jamphler, she's no an ill. calamity—it's a calamity, Mr Jamfar't lassie ye see, and she'll hae some- phler !” exclaimed Mrs Ogle of Balbothing mair than rosy cheeks for her gle, spreading the hands of astonishtocher-and, Mr Jamphler, she's come ment. “But I forget mysel, now I o' gentle blood-we're nane o' your see what for ye had been so impamuslin manufacturers ; na, na, Mr tient-I forgot to gie you a fee; there Jamphler. I'm the Laird of Barwullup- it is, Mr Jamphler, a gowden guinea ton's only dochter mysel, and my fa- -full weight.” ther left me a bit land—I'm sure I “ But what are the circumstances?" needna ca't a bit, for it's a braw blaud “ Circumstances! Mr Jamphler.-But to make a lang tale short, I had I'm no in straightend circumstances; on the burn side-ye'll aiblins, Mr for, as I was telling you, Mr JamJamphler, ken the Crokit burn?” phler, I'm the relic of auld Balbogle
“I think, madam,” said Mr Jam- -Lang will it be, Mr Jamphler, bephler, “ it would be as well to haye fore I get sic anither gudeman-but your case stated in a memorial.” it was the Lord's will to tak him to
“Memorial, Mr Jamphler ! Na, na, himsel, wi' a fit o' the gout, three Mr Jamphler- nae memorials for me. year past on the night o Mononday Ye're to be my memorial and testi- come eight days. Eh! Mr Jamphler, mony, and a' that I require.”
but his was a pleasant end-weel it “ Í beg, then, madam, that you will will be for you and me, Mr Jamphler, call some other time, for at present I if we can slip awa' into the arms of am very particularly engaged,” inter- our Maker like him. He was sarely rupted the counsellor, levying the ut- croint, Mr Jamphler, before he died, most forbearance on his natural urba- and his death was a gentle dispensanity.
tion, for he had lang been a heavy VOL. X.
handfu'-but at last he gaed out o' rheumaticks, will ye hae the kindness this life like the snuff o' a candle. just to rin out for a coach to me? I'll Howsomever, Mr Jamphler, being, as be very muckle obliged to you, Mr I was saying, left a widow—it's a sair Jamphler ; it's but a step yonder to thing, Mr Jamphler, to be a widow whar the coaches are biding on outI had a' to do, and my father having look.” left me, among other things, o' my Mr Jamphler rung the bell, and orbairns' part of gear-for the Barwul. dered his servant to fetch instantly a lupton gaed, as ye ken, to my auld coach. brother the laird, that married Miss “But, Mr Jamphler," resumed Mrs Jenny Ochiltree o' the Mains; a very Ogle of Balbogle; “I hae another faereditable connection, Mr Jamphler, vour to ask, ye maun ken I'm someand a genteel woman-she can play times tormented wi' that devilry they on the spinnet, Mr Jamphler. But call the tooth-ache ; are ye acquaint no to fash you wi' our family divisions wi' ony doctor that can do me good?" --amang other things, there was on --Mr Jamphler immediately mentionmy bit grund a kill and a mill, situate ed our friend and correspondent, the on the Crokit burn, and I lent the Odontist.—"Eh!” said Mrs Ogle of kill to a neighbour to dry some aits- Balbogle, “ the famous Doctor Scott! And, Mr Jamphler, O what a sight it But whar does he bide, Mr Jamphler?” was to me the kill took low, and the The urbane counsellor mentioned his mill likewise took wi't, and baith gied address. “ Ah! but, Mr Jamphler, just as ye would say a crakle, and no- ye maun write it down—for I hae but thing was left but the bare wa's and a slack memory.” Mr Jamphler did the steading. Noo, Mr Jamphler, so immediately; but the lady, on wha’s to answer for the damage? How- looking at the paper, said, “ Na, na, sumever, Mr Jamphler, as I can see Mr Jamphler, that winna do—I canná that it's no an aff-hand case, I'll bid read Greek-ye maun pit it in broad you gude day, and ye'll consider o't Scotch-I'm nane of your novel ledagain the morn, when I'll come to you dies, but Mrs Ogle oʻ Balbogle.” Mr afore the 'Lords in the Parliament. Jamphler was in consequence obliged House."
to write the address more legibly, and ~ Good Heavens !” exclaimed Mr the coach coming to the door, the lady Jamphler, while Mrs Ogle of Balbo- and her daughter withdrew. Mr Jamgle, rising and going towards the win- phler then joined the company in the dow, cried, “0! Mr Jamphler, the drawing-room, and soon after the coach that brought us here I would young lady, in propria persona, with na come but in a coach to Mr Jam- the Odontist's address in her hand, was phler-But it's gone0! Mr Jam- announced as Mrs Ogle of Balbogle. phler, as I'm a wee o'a lamiter wi' the
AN EXPOSTULATORY LETTER TO C. NORTH, ESQ.
Concerning certain Parts of his past Conduct. Mr North,~I wonder how it is might, laughs at the applauseof friends, that you can allow any of your con- and the threats of enemies. The pertributors to defend you from the silly son who could suppose such a thing, outcries against Maga; and I wonder must have had his mind blinded by more, how any person should be so the brightness of its pages; and he absurd as to suppose such a defence who would attempt to wipe off any of necessary. Defend what? The work, its fancied faults, reminds me of one the opus magnum, which, after having who holds up a farthing candle to aid “ put down all the, rascally Whig the blaze of the noon-day sun, because population,” has proceeded, in its some misty spots may have appeared strength, to introduce a new mode of upon it. Really some of your conthinking, and of writing, on philoso- tributors must have been greatly dazphy, politics, and polite letters. Pe- zled--they must have been seeing obrish the thought, that one pen should jects double-before they could think be drawn to defend that which is im- that any of the dirty aspersions of pregnable-which, rejoicing in its own your enemies required a serious an
No! I cannot but conceive of ago confessed was the means of introyou as a conqueror going forth in ducing the most auspicious era in the your might, and whatever enemy you history of our land. The only excuse meet, you straightway array yourself, I can find for such conduct is, that, and do him battle with his own wea“ all these people being now put to rest, pons :- The pert infidel Reviewer you you have nothing left you to do, but overthrow with his boasted satire ; to allow your contributors to tell in the Anti-English Reformer you over- what way it has been done. whelm with honest argument; and With this impression, even I myself the immoral Cockneys you silence with for a moment, dilate upon the the frown of your virtuous scorn. Is subject. How stupendous the idea to not this the fairest of all warfare? look back to the time of your comMost certainly it is, and “ there is an mencement, and to mark the havoc end of the matter."
which you have caused in the world! This is the reasoning, Christopher, Then, the Whig faction possessed their that I would use upon the occasion. original strength and insolence, come And I would go farther than this; I bined with the bitterness of a recent would contend, that, before you ap- defeat. Then, the organ of their senpeared upon the field, there was no- timents, and the cause of much of the thing like honest fighting to be found; dissatisfaction that was abroad in the and that, with the other improvements land, was scattering the pestilence of for which the world is indebted to you, its principles on every side. Then, is also to be ranked this, of having the herd of disappointed patriots, who settled the mode by which certain had hoped to prosper amidst the ruin pests of society, who, from some offen- of the country, were allowed, without sive quality, reckoned themselves safe restraint, to shed the venom of their from punishment, were to be assailed malice upon every one that supported without hurting the honour of the as, the constituted authorities of the kingsailant. Did not the Edinburgh Re- dom. Then, sedition and infidelity view consider itself secure in the do- were going arm in arm, shaking the mination which it had obtained over allegiance of the peer, and destroying the opinions of the people, and over the faith of the peasant. Then, was the fate of aspirants for literary dis- there no defence in the hands of gotinction, until you dared to break vernment, and of the well-disposed, but through the magic circle that sure the slow operation of laws, which the rounded it, and held up its principles quibble of a lawyer might evade, or in their true pollution to the world ? the political bias of a jury render useDid not the Scotsman reckon himself less. Then—but why need I go farprotected by his vulgarity, and by the ther-then, in one word, there were coarseness of his abuse, until you ven- publications in the possession of the tured to expose the darkness of the friends of disorder, which sent forth, cave in which the reptile had hid every week and every day their cahimself, and to shew the total igno- lumnies against the most respectable rance and malignity by which the individuals, and the most venerable creature was directed ? Did not the institutions in the country; while whole host of prating demagogues, there were few or none to say that who harangue from hustings at sedi- these things were base in themselves, tious assemblies, who scribble in radi- and full of danger to the community. cal newspapers, and who deliver their In these circumstances it was that opinions after the toasts at party dina you, Christopher, appeared like a ware ners,
consider themselves safe in their rior armed for the combat, prepared to own insignificance, until you taught stand or to fall in the defence of the them, that no sentiment, hostile to constitution. Hitherto the enemy had our constitution in church or state, been allowed to waste himself in the could be broached, unnoticed, or un- mere admiration of his own daring, rebuked, while you were the defender and none had ventured to take up the of both. These things, Mr Christo- glove which, in the confidence of his pler, were not done in a corner; and own might, he had thrown down. Nay, even your own modesty cannot con- his tyranny, from being so long enceal them. A pretty story, indeed, to dured, had seemed to have been visitbegin to defend that, which all the ed with a kind of prescriptive right world (worth speaking of) has long upon the nation; for though many had winced, none had dared to oppose it. of your pages; and it is quite proper And if at an hour like this, when the for these to complain. The feeling is firmest trembled, and the strongest so natural, that it would be manifest were afraid, you were found to stand cruelty to repress it, especially as it up to punish the aggressors, is this the looks so very pretty in one author' to time of day when such things require call out against the immoderate con to be defended ? tu
duct of another. But because all this And are benefits like these to be cast takes place, must it be said that the lightly aside, because some dapper gen- Tories make an outcry against Maga! tleman has reckoned himself insulted No, Mr North ; that man is unworin the fray, or some old lady in male thy of the name, who is not preattire has been shocked at the rough pared to go every length in defence of North blast of your satire? Were such that glorious constitution under which persons to suppose that you, in em- he was born ; who is not ready to sabarking in a cause so great, were to crifice all that is nearest and dearest consult their little sensibilities, and to him, before he allows one corner of mould your conduct according to their it to be rubbed away, or one mark of puling taste ? The nature of the duty impurity to be left to soil it. With which you undertook, apart from every such a man, no half-measures are to other consideration, rendered such be adopted. If an enemy appear against a course impossible; and I know, our constitution in church or state, that in some of the severest chastise- that enemy is to be silenced, though ments that you have given, you have every chicken-hearted associate should pitied the sufferer while you applied tremble, and every wavering adherent the rod.
cross himself, and prepare for his de**All this looks like defence; but as parture. The Whigs may, and must such I by no means intend it. I began call out against such things; to do so, with remonstránce; and though I have has become, of late, a part of their nawandered somewhat, I shall speedily ture-of their constitution, from the return.
remembrance of what they themselves Why should you, Mr North, allow have suffered ; but let it never be said, your contributors to fret themselves that there is one true Tory' that can with the outcries of your enemies, thus be found to ffinch in the hour of when you know well that the last danger. If there are such, write them means of defence that instinct offers down as Whigs, or worse, as interested to those in distress, is to call out in persons; for the man who truly rebitterness of spirit? This, believe me, spects his king and his country, will Christopher, is all the noise that ever also honour the instrument that prowas or ever will be made ; for it is all tected these in the hour of their greathumbug to say that these are loyal est peril. Yes, I remember well, when people who are finding fault, or are danger was abroad in the land, with offended. There may indeed be a few what wonder many looked to you, Mr unhappy persons, that usurp to them- Christopher, standing alone and unšelves such a name, who vacillate be: aided, in this part of the 'country at tween two parties, and are afraid to least, opposing your single arm, to connect themselves with either--who, prevent the spread of infidelity and of from constitutional indecision, know anarchy. And if others now appear not into which lap to cast their lot. upon your side, has it not been since There may be a few of such, who he- the extremity of the contest has gone sitate to join interests with your’s. past? Has it not been to share the And more than this, there may be spoil when the foe is overcome? some who have hung their fame upon some lumbering periodical, that wishes
Believe me to be your's always, to stand fair with government, and at
A TRUE TORY. the same time have a sneaking eye to the mob ;-some who have felt their Angus, Ist October, 1821. popularity eclipsed by the brightness
CHAUCER AND DON JUAN.
There are some books which, how- of the philosophic idealist overcasts the ever excellent, a man may make up his page, which might have been the light account to read but once in his life. And and elegant memorial of the poet. And even that once, more for the sake of instead of dissertation and inquiry con-, bringing a general idea of their spirit cerning these most frightful of all chapto the contemplation of literature, than ter-heads—the feudal system, and the for any actual pleasure their beauties middle ages we might have been premay afford. Among this class may be sented with a narrative suitable to the reckoned Chaucer ; the perception of gay and mercurial temper of its subwhose peculiar excellence depends so ject. much on understanding the spirit, as Considering all this, we really are well as the idiom of the age in which surprised to find ourselves turning over he lived, that a re-perusal, after any the pages of Chaucer ; but somehow or intervening length of time,can give but other, we recollected having found in little pleasure, if it be not accompa- his verses that mixed quality of humour nied with an inconvenient portion of and feeling, which has of late become trouble.
so popular. We have been dunned on Notwithstanding all the research all sides by the names of Byron and and acuteness spent upon the writings Juan; and when the blues had traced of Chaucer, little facility of acquaint- higher, by those of Pulci and Tassoni, ance with him has been afforded to as if banter and fun in rhyme, were the general reader. Tyrwhitt's edition, any thing wonderful or new. besides being expensive, is more an ob- Disgusted by the charlatan exhibiject to the philologist than to the ge- tion of Byron in Don Juan—his tossneral scholar; and, after all, contains ing up his feelings to public view, and but a small portion of the poet's works. catching them as they fell, writhing on Speght and Urry are not to be relied the prongs of ridicule-we treated the on. Warton is judicious and learned, production in a tone which enhanced but a digressive and vexatious guide. its merit a great deal too much. It is Godwin's idea was an excellent one ; admired, and so will any book that sets that of giving a picture of the age, with one half the world laughing at the the poet for its prominent figure. But other. But to the merit of originating it turned out à most unwieldy and the serio-comic style, or even of introunsatisfactory brace of quartos, con- ducing it first to English literature, the temptible in criticism-absurd and vi- noble author has no claim. We possionary in its inferences from facts— sessed it long before the age of either and altogether unworthy of the genius his lordship or Pulci. We have it in of the biographer. The restless gloom our own old English poet Chaucer, and
• As a specimen of the mode of inference adopted in these volumes, we may mention the proof of Chaucer's father having been a merchant ; which, of course, necessitates an inquiry into the lives and habits of the mercantile people of that age. First, Chaucer was born in London, by his own confession. Hence,
“ It renders it extremely probable that London was the abode of his tender years, and the scene of his first education. So much is not unlikely to be implied in his giving it the appellation of the place in which he was " forth growen.' Lastly, as he is in this pas. sage assigning a reason why, many years after, (in his 56th year,) he interested himself in the welfare, and took a part in the dissensions of the metropolis, it may, with some plausibility, be inferred, that his father was a merchant ; and that he was himself, by the circumstances of his birth, entitled to the privileges of a citizen."-Vol. 1. p. 4. Again, the following quotation from the conclusion of the Assemblé of Foules,
“ I woke, and other bokes took me to,
To rede upon, and yet I rede alway,” gives rise to the following grandiloquent remarks:
“ This couplet deserved to be quoted as an evidence of the poet's habits. We have here Chaucer's own testimony, that he was a man of incessant reading, and Jiterary curiosity; and that even at thirty years of age, and amidst the allurements of a triumphant and ostentatious court, one of the first and most insatiable passions of his mind, was the love of books."-Vol
. I. p. 445.