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pitalist could feel the situation of ed, put them in disorder. They first things changed for the better or the attacked Shannon's reg: of foot, who, worse, except as peculiar and casual to their commendation, briskly repulscircumstances should give to, or take ed them, and then attacked that reg, from him a wider command of neces- of foot which was Webb's, (and, as I saries and gratifications. No man, believe, now Morrison's,) and that of whose only marketable equivalent for Orrary's, who both gave way; and the commodities is labour, and whose onlyHighland rebells, consisting of the share of capital is formed from the clanns, who were not only their best strenuous accumulations of a wise and men, but of triple the number to our honest self-denial, could fear then, left, went quite thorrow them, and as now, a sudden blow from puzzling made a considerable slaughter of our alternations between the adventitious men. The two regis of dragoons of and apparent value of a local curren- Carpenter and that which was Ecey, and the permanent value of a ge- cline's, gave way likewise ; but indeed neral one.
Πνευμα. intermediat, and supported these foot, Edinburgh, 11th March 1818. and stopt the clanns from further
slaughter of these two reges and car
ried off our cannon that was on that BATTLE OF SHERIFFMUIR.
side alongest with them. But the (Though sufficiently accurate accounts of misfortune was, that these troops rethis memorable rencounter have been for- tired, for the most part of them, to merly given to the public, yet few of our Stirling. In this action was the greatreaders, we imagine, will be unwilling to est loss on our side, besides the losing perúse another original document on a sub- of our collours and standards. ject so interesting to national feelings. The present writer, though not entitled to the D. was,) and the main body, pushed
The right of our army, (where the confidence of an eye-witness, appears to
the rebells intirely to a rout before have had access to the best sources of intelligence ; and his details are enlivened them, and pursued them for some with some of the vivacity and interest, as
miles to Allan Water : in which the well as the natural partiality and exaggera. nobility and gentry of the horse votion of a contemporary partizan. The lunteers acted worthy of themselves, letter, which (according to a common prac- and without vanity' bore their own tice in those dangerous times) is without share in that victory; and even bore signature, is addressed " To Mr James their share of the rebells' fire in their Neilsone, opposite the Tolbooth, Ber- attack upon that of Fforffar and wick.” The MS. collection from which we copy Evans's dragoons were in some little
Wightman's regiments. And tho' this notice, contains many other curious papers, from which we hope, from time to disorder, it was not through occasion time, to furnish our readers with inter- of the enemy, but through the deepesting extracts.)
ness of the marish ground which was
near to have bogged their horses; but Edinburgh, Nov. 15, 1715.
then, in a moinent, they rectified ARGYLE having formed his small themselves by a sudden and short army on Sunday morning last, in very wheeling, and comeing up again to a good order, upon ane rising ground more proper station or ground, they or hill above Shirreffmuir, the rebells then performed as could be desired. under the Earl of Marr being formed, In the persuit on the right of our marched, and extended themselves in army, of the left of the rebells, our way of circle, as if they desyned to volunteers gott the gentry of them surround our army, which oblidged the left quarters. It would seem, by his G. the D. of Argyle to alter his our acc. that his Grace the D. of Argrounds, and to make a new disposi- gyle was in the persuit, for which our tion of his army; and in forming of weell affected criticks blame his Grace: it the second tyme, the right wing of Because that the 4000 of the rebells the rebells attacked the left of ours that retired with Marr to a hill at a before they were formed; the form- myle’s distance from the field of ing of the left, as is said, being com- battle, and who were to have been of initted to General Evans, while his new attacked, was oblidged to be given Grace formed the right. In this con- over; ffirst upon the account that the juncture, the rebells, as I have said, left had retired as above, which his attacked our left, and not being form Grace did not know oft, and whick
ST KILDA POETRY.
he must have knowen if he had not Cockburn, the Justice Clerk's son, been upon the persuite ;' and next who is shott throw the arm ; for Isla that his Grace had a morrass to pass I wrote formerly off him, and the in order to make the second attack wound he received was through the upon that hill.
Aeshy pairt of his arm, which likeAs to the particulars of the slain wise slightly wounded' him in the and wounded on either side, it is yet side. uncertain, since wee have had noe in On the Munday morning (the left telligence what account Collonell Kerr of our army haveing returned) his has returned of the killed ; being or Grace designed a new ingadgement. dered out we a detachment to cause But a great many of the rebells did buiry the dead on both sides. Tho' intirely desert and fly upon Sunday, perhapps Briggadeer Harrison, (a vo soe the body of them that fought it sunteer, who is gone express from the were, before the break of day, retired D. of Argyle, may carry it with towards Pearth ; which is all the ao him in his Grace's letters, and who co* I can give you at present; only carries in his clogbag the rebells' pre- that Argyle, with his army, went all tended royall flag. But, at the same in to Stirling on Munday night, after tyme, I cannot ommitt to give you he had sent out severall pairtys in what I have collected. That on the quest of the disperst rebells. And, rebells' side there is said to be killed, least I forgott it in my last, its bot with some certainty, the Earles of little trouble to acquaint you again, Marishell, Strathmore, and Southesk; that all the rebells cannon, and most and, with uncertainty, the Earles of of their standards and collours, were Linlithgow and Aboyn ; of their gen- taken. Adieu. try killed, Lyon of Auchterhous, and it is said Sir Ro' Gordoun of Gordounstoum, and the Laird of Keirr; and of prisoners, Barrowfeild, as I wrote be MR EDITOR, fore, Glengairy, as they say, Logie Your readers may probably know, amond, Murray of Auchtertyre, that the people inhabiting the small younger, and many others; of whom and remote island of St Kilda, have both killed and wounded ye shall considerable talent for poetical compohave account by nixt.
sition ; but may not have seen any And on our side of note killed are specimens of the productions of that Lieut. Coll Lorroune, Capt. Arnot, talent. The effusions of natural but and Capt. Armstrong, who was Edi- uncultivated genius, are not to be excamp to the D. of A.
Of wound- pected to satisfy the fastidious mind of ed, that brave and worthy young gen- the critic; but there are many, I trust, tleman the E. of Forfarr, being shott to whom the specimens which I subjoin in the knee, did occasione his being will afford some gratification. With taken by the rebells, and who un- regard to their authenticity, I can onmercifully, after he had gotten quar- ly say, that I brought them from the ter, received eighteen wounds in the island in the year 1800, with others head and body; and not being able of various merit. They were put into carry him off, was brought in to to the hands of an excellent Gaelie Stirling, and declares that most of the scholar, the late Rev. Mr Campbell of wounds he gott after he was taken Portree, in Skye, who sent me these prisoner from that ingrained rebell two translations ; but I have not rethe Viscount of Kilsyth. I pray God covered the remainder, nor the origihe may recover, though there is little nal MS. of these. Accident brought hopes; as there is of Coll Halley, be- them to my hand a few days ago, and ing shott throw the body; and of your miscellany occurred to me as a Capt. Urquhart of Burdyeyeards, be- proper repository for their preservation. ing wounded in the belly, after being I am uncertain of the time when the made prisoner, soe that his puddings first was composed, but it was not hang out. And wee have it in toun many years before I visited St Kilda. that Capt. Cheisly, after he was taken The second was produced only a few prisoner, was ript up by the rebells. months before, in consequence of the And of all the volunteers, I doe not visit of a party in 1799. The indihear of any of them that was soe vidual to whom it alludes is now 110 much as wounded, except Mr Charles more ; but his fellow travellers are all
alive, and, should this meet the eye the day he gave me his heart, and promisof any of them, it will bring some cu ed his faithful love. His ribbands stream rious adventures to their recollection. on my shoulders.--they brightly encircle I am, Mr Editor, yours, Viator. my head, and bind in ringlets my hair. February 1818.
Amazing is my love for the youth, -it exTranslation of a Lament, composed by a dress can be like him ? well it suits his
ceeds what my song can unfold. Who in disconsolate Father, from under those stately form. Pleasant, my beloved, were foot, while catching Solan Geese, along thy witty sayings ; Oh, how I rejoiced in with his two sons, a piece of rock gave thy mirth !—To thine the jests of others way, and killed one of them.
were trifles,-'tis with thee I would love to John, of the light yellow hair, well be gay ;-I detest them who hearken ;-I couldst thou climb the rocks ; firm were
hate all who listen and tell. They delight thy steps on the lofty cliffs of St Kilda. to defame,-scandal is for ever their theme, Thy death bereft me of comfort ; my sup- but I can free thee, my darling, I can free port is lost ; my strength hath mournfully thee from their spiteful malice, and the failed. Thou art silent, my son ! Though evil reports which they have spread ;-) thy wounds were deep, I heard not thy disdain their wicked tales, and despise their Woe to me ; thou couldst not
taunts. Thou wouldst not offer to hurt complain. I laid my hand on thy bruised me,-thy pleasure was not to do harm, body; alas, it was lifeless and cold. but to solace and gladden my bosom with Thou stood'st on the tottering crag be. the joys and raptures of love. Were I
I shook with terror lost thy feet blest with the power of writing, I would might fail,-often did I turn, and beheld soon send to - a letter, to tell my thy steps with fear ;-the slippery rock was love of my state, and inform him how unsteady, and my pain was increased. He every tongue speaks to his undoing and was skilful in every useful work,—mighty mine. But he comes with revenge -he was his strength, and his hands well form- comes, and they are silent ; unbounded is ed for labour. Great cause have 1 to be the love I bear to thee, the youth I adsad ; I grieve because he can never arise. mire ;–I do not always proclaim it, yet it As I looked around, the cliffs had a threat- dwells warın in my heart, where it glows ening aspect, dark rolled the waves be- with unceasing regard. With thee I would low, and gloomy was the face of the sea. fly through the world. When shall I hear Sorrow clouded my sight,--grief sorely from my love,when will he rush to my stung my soul, -with the throbbing of fear arms? Though I had for my portion all I started ;-) dreaded my all was gone, the riches possessed by the wealthy son of and that I was left to bewail their fate in Bernera, I could yield it all for thee, and anguish.
be happy, I would yield it, my dear, to John ! thick grew the fair locks on thy live with thee in a desart, where no step head! The sight of thy father rejoiced could approach us, and no voice of man thee,-strong was thy arm to support him, could be heard. -thou wouldst never leave him,--his ab Though 1 delight to be merry, I will sence gave pain to thy heart. Thy brows henceforth shun the young men. He who were never seen to lower, nor diá anger has wooed and won me, to him I will be ever frown on thy face. Thou wert faith faithful. I will not join in their follies, ful to me, my son! Dreadful was the fa. no more rejoice in their sports. Angus detal hour which ended the course of thy scended from the tribe of Gillies. Angus of life,-never can I cease to lament! Dread. the dark brown locks, once I was thought ful was the force of the stone that fell, it to be thine, nor did I spurn at thy suit. rushed down with a tremendous noise. Un. But he, my beloved, came from his Isle ; happy that I am, my foot moved it from its I will listen no more to thy voice. place! It struck at once my beloved son,
Sad am I on the hill;-I view with sorit overwhelmed the strength of the brave. row the deep,--with melancholy steps I But thou art in peace,–1 am sad, and slowly descend the glen, when I think of alone.
the youth I love. Oh how sweet were his
lips !-how pleasant his speech ;-his Translation of a Love Song composed by dwell in his heart.
words must be true,-falschood cannot Marion Gillics of St Kilda.
Great, mighty, my
beloved, is the affection I bear thee; who I love the youth whose locks are brown; does not know my love ? I know our great is the love I bear to him. I gave hearts burn with a mutual flame. Ah! if him a kiss in the evening; ah! how he they keep us asunder,-if wedlock join not then embraced me. Happy indeed was our lots, hard then is our destiny, --cruel, our meeting, though revilers make free too cruel our fate. They will treat us withwith our fame. Is it wonderful that I out mercy ;--what will become of me! should rejoice? Good cause have I to be Save me, my love! Iefend me from shame! gay since first the youth beheld me, since. Come, Oh hasten to my arms !
REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
1. Journal of the Proceedings of the which, within Chinese limits, had.
late Embassy to China. By Henry captured several American vessels. Ellis, Esq. Secretary of Embassy. The explanations given not appearing
1 vol. 4to. 2 vols 8vo. 1818. satisfactory, the irritation of the go2. Narrative of a Voyage in his Ma vernment was shewn by repeated acts, jesty's late ship Alceste, to the Yelo and the company's agents were delow Sea, along the Coast of Corea. prived of many of their usual priviBy John MacLEOD, Surgeon of leges and accommodations. Matters the Alceste. 8vo. 1818.
at length came to such a height, that the 3. Account of a Voyage of Discovery committee of management had recourse
to the West Coast of Corea, and the to the measure of putting a sudden and Great Ino Choo Island. By Captain complete stop to all commercial interBasil Hall., R. N. F.R.S.L. and course with the Chinese. This deE. 4to. 1818.
cisive step produced the desired effect.
Although the British trade is of no The works now enumerated include great importance to the empire, cona sufficiently ample view of all the re sidered in the aggregate, it forms the sults derived from this embassy ; both main source of prosperity to Canton as it has affected the political relations and its vicinity ;-it forms there even of Britain with China, and as it has the sole means of subsistence to many extended our knowledge of those east- of the inhabitants.
It could not, ern regions. In neither respect has it therefore, be interrupted without answered the expectation formed from causing extensive distress in this it; in the first not at all, and in the crowded population, the consequence second not equal to what might have of which might have been, if not rebeen anticipated. The narratives, volt, at least such heavy complaints however, to which it has given rise, to the Imperial Court, as might have. are far from being uninteresting; and issued in the deposition of the persons we shall therefore endeavour to pre at present in power. The Mandarins sent a general view of the information judged it prudent to yield, and the which they convey.
storm, for the present, blew happily Most of our readers are probably over. This experience, however, inaware of the jealous restrictions with- spired the Company with a wish to in which the commercial relations of open a direct communication with the China with all other powers are con court, and to obtain thus an appeal fined. Only one port of the empire, from the caprices of the local governCanton, is open to foreign vessels, ment. With this view, they proposwhich cannot even come up to the ed to the British Government, that city, but must remain fifteen miles an embassy should be sent from the below, at the mouth of the river. All Prince Regent to the Emperor, of the mercantile transactions are carried which they undertook to defray the on under the eye of the government, expence. This proposal was readily and by persons to whom it grants a acceded to; an embassy was prepared, at licence for that purpose. It is obvious the head of which was placed Lord Amthat these arrangements must place herst. Mr Elphinston and Sir George the trade in a state of entire depend- Staunton, who held the highest situadence upon the local authorities, who tions in the factory at Canton, were not only regulate immediately the to occupy the second and third places mode in which it must be conducted, in the commission; but in case either but who have the exclusive ear of the of these gentlemen should happen to court, and can convey to the emperor be absent, Mr Ellis went out to fill any impressions which they may wish the station thus left unoccupied. On to give him respecting the conduct of reaching Canton, they were joined the English. Considerable umbrage only by Sir George Staunton, who had recently been taken at the pro- took the second place, and Mr Ellis ceedings of his Majesty's ship Doris, the third. They were accompanied
also by several members of the factory, Amherst, who merely said, that every and among others by Mr Morrison, a thing proper and respectful would be gentleman well skilled in the Chinese done. The embassy and suite were language, and who acted as interpre- therefore embarked on the Peiho and ter. The viceroy, and the Portuguesë it was soon intimated, that at Tienat Macao, shewed an unfriendly dis- sing, the first great city on its banks, position, and spread unfavourable ru an imperial banquet awaited them. mours; but, before leaving Canton, The pleasure afforded by this testithe embassy received a communica- mony of respect was damped by the tion from the emperor, expressing the intimation, tha they were expected most cordial welcome and assurances to perform the grand ceremony in preof a favourable reception. In the end sence of the dinner, in the same man. of July they arrived at the mouth of the ner as if his Imperial Majesty had Peiho, the river which passes by Pekin. prosided, which he was judged to do, They were soon waited upon by three having given the entertainment. This Mandarins, two of whom, Chang and proposition was rejected by Lord AmYin, had the one a blue and the other herst in the most decided terms; he a red button, which indicated high refused even to kneel before the marank. The third, Kwang, had only jesty of the table; and, after long a crystal button, but as Chinchae or discussion, the Chinese compounded Imperial Commissioner, he took pre- for nine bows, to correspond with the cedence of the other two. Indications nine prostrations, which they themof Chinese haughtiness were occa- selves made. The dinner was handsionally manifested; but, upon the some, after the Chinese manner, and whole, they behaved with tolerable they continued their voyage up the politeness, and arrangements were river to Tong-chow, the port of Pemade for the disembarkation and voy- kin. During the voyage and the reage up the river. An early opportu- sidence there, the Kotou was an ala nity, however, was taken, of intro- most perpetual subject of discussion; ducing the subject of the Kotou, or and the Mandarins spared no urgency grand
prostration, which had been the which could induce Lord Amherst to main stumbling block to the success agree to it. They even made the most of every Chinese embassy. The Ko- solemn and repeated asseverations, tou, our readers are probably aware, that it had been performed by Lord consists in the individual admitted tó Macartney; and they had the unpa. the presence of the “celestial empe- ralleled effrontery to appeal to Sir ror, prostrating himself nine times, George Staunton, who had been then and each time beating his head against present, for the truth of their statethe ground. The question as to the ment. Finally, they brought forward performance of this ceremony had an imperial edict, in which the same come under the consideration of the assertion was made. The ambassagovernment at home; and the instruc- dors extricated themselves as politely tions given to the ambassadors seem as possible, from the embarrassing sito have been very judicious. They tuation in which they were placed by were to adhere, if possible, to the pre- these scandalous falsehoods. Sir George cedent of Lord Macartney, who had evaded the references made to him ; obtained access to the imperial pre- and Lord Amherst steadily referred sence without the performance of a to the archives of the former emceremony so revolting to European bassy, which bore, that no such cereideas. At the same time, Lord Àm- mony had been performed. To the first herst was left at liberty to act as cir- band of solicitors was now added Hoo, cumstances at the moment might seem whom Mr Ellis terins a duke, though to dictate ; in short, should it seem the expression, we think, cannot be advisable, the Kotou was to be per- properly applied in China, whrere there formed. On the other hand, Sir exists no high hereditary rank correGeorge Staunton, and the other mem- sponding to the idea which we attach bers of the Canton factory, objected to to it. This duke, as he is called, be it in the most decided manner, as gan by endeavouring to carry his likely to produce injurious effects, by point by roughness and blustering ; lowering the English character in the but finding that these produced no eyes of the Chinese. The first ques- effect, he assumed a more conciliatory tions were prudently evaded by Lord tone, and held out high prospects, al