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one would go to give it, it was so little, load too heavy for her. She had strong and put it from one to t’ other. At last and tender passions, though she never gave my grandfather said, Well then, I'll go way to them, but in what was commendawith it, we can do no more than give all ble and praise-worthy." we have. They were often reduced to this by the delay of the ships coming from
When matters were all settled in Scotland with their small remittances; England, the younger part of the fathen they put the little plate they had (all mily were sent home under the care of which they carried with them) in the of a friend, and Lady Hume and Lumber, which is paunding it, till the ships Grizzel came over with the Princess came; and that very plate they brougłıt of Orange to London. The Princess, with them again to Scotland, and left no now about to ascend the British throne, debt behind them. When the long ex. wished to retain Grizzel near her perpected happiness of the Prince going to England took place, her father, and bro- but, though well qualified to fill that
son, as one of her maids of honour; ther, and my father, went with him : they envied situation, this simple-hearted soon heard the melancholy report of the whole tlett being cast away or disperst, and girl had the magnaniinity to decline immediately came from Utrecht' to Hel- the appointment, and preferred revoetsluys, to get what information they turning with her friends to Scotland, could : the place was so crowded by people to the scenes and innocent affecfrom all quarters, come for the same pur- tions of her childhood. Her daughpose, that her mother, she, and her sister, ter continues :were forced to lie in the boat they came in; and for three days continually, to see come
“ Her actions shew what her mind was, Poating in, beds, chests, horses, &c. that and her outward appearance was no less had been thrown overboard in their dis. singular : She was iniddle sized, well tress. At the end of the third day, the made, clever in her person, very handPrince and some other ships came in, but
some, with a lite and sweetness in her eyes no account of the ship their friends were very uncommon, and great delicacy in all in : their despair was great, but in a few
her features ; her hair was chesnut, and to days was relieved by their coming in sate, her last she had the tinest complexion, with but with the loss of all their baggage, the clearest red in her cheeks and lips that which at that time was no small distress to
could be seen in one ot' tifteen, which adthem."
ded to her natural constitution, might be
owing to the great moderation she had in The expedition having again sailed, her diet throughout her whole life. Porrige they soon had the sitisruction to hear and milk was her greatest feast, and she by of its complete success, and the cheer- choice preferred them to every thing, ing prospect of a speedy close to their though nothing came wrong to her that own exile, and the inisiortunes of others could eat : water she preferred to their country.
But the cup of hu- any liquor : though often obliged to take a man felicity is seldorn given un- glass of wine, she always did it unwillingly, mingled, anil on the very day that thinking it hurt her, and did not like it. these happy news reached Sir Patrick's chose going home with the rest of her fa
She declined being maid of honour, and wife and eldest daughter, they were miiy. Having had her union with my faweeping over the unexpected loss of the always in view, their affection for one his claughter Christian, who had died another increascd in their exile, though suddenly of a sore throat caught from they well knew it was no time to declare it, exposing herself in the damp open (neither of them baving a shilling,) and boat at Helvoetsluys, in her anxiety were at no small trouble to conceal it from for his safety.
her parents, who could not but think such
an engagement ruinous to them both ; es. “ Her death," says the Narrative, “ was pecially when in the midst of their distress so heavy an affliction to both her mother there was ofiers pressed upon her by them, and her, (Grizzel,) that they had no feel from two gentlemen in their neighbouring for any thing else ; and often have I hooil at home, of fortune and character, heard her say, she had no notion of any who had done nothing to forfeit either, and other cause of sorrow but the death and with whom they thought it would have affliction of those she loved, and of that she been happy to settle their daughter at any was sensible to her last, in the most ten time: she earnestly rejected both, but
thder manner. She had tried many hard out giving any reason for it, though her ships, without being depressed by them; parents suspected it ; and it was the only on the contrary, her spirits and activity thing she ever displeased or disobeyed them increased the more she had occasion for it': in. These gentlemen I have mentioned, but the death of her friends was always a were intimate and sincere friends to my
father and her, to the day of their death, dreading the severity he had already expeand often said to them both, she had made rienced. When they were alone he was tel. a much better choice in him, for they ling his story without lifting his eyes from made no secret of having made their addres- the ground. When he had done, my ses to her. Her parents were ever fond of grandfather said smiling, ' Do you not my father, and he was always with them. know me ?' upon which he look't up, cried So great an opinion had they of him, that out, “God's wounds, Doctor Wallace !' run he was generally preferred to any other, to him, hung about his neck with tears of and trusted to go out with my mother, and joy. One may judge what succeeded, and take care of her when she had any business the pleasure they had to see one another." to do:--they had no objection but the circumstances he was in ; which had no weight cular vein and kindly cheerfulness
It is pleasant to learn that this jowith my mother, who always hoped things would turn out at last as they really did; of character continued unimpaired by and if they did not, was resolved never to
the infirmities of old age, and even by marry at all. When he was put in pos- the near approach of death itself. sesssion of his estate by King William, The following passage may also serve (which had been given to the Duke of to shew (and, indeed, so may the Gordon,) he made their engagements whole narrative) how very exaggeratknown ; and they were married about two ed are some of the notions still curyears after the revolution : then my grande rent in the world respecting the aus. father was in high favour, as he well de. terity and gloom supposed to prevail made Chancellor of Scotland ; and after- universally among those who were wards made the King's High Commission- staunch adherents
to what were called er to the Parliament, which was the great
the “ rebellious principles of Whigest office in this country.”
gery,” and the “ fanatical and un.
gentlemanly religion of Presbytery.” We must not attempt to follow the Narrative through all its delightful
“ He retained liis judgment and good
humour to the last. Two or three years and truly edifying details; yet we
before he died, my mother was at Berwick cannot resist the temptation of tran
with him, where he then lived, and many scribing one or two characteristic a
of her relations came there to see her before necdotes of old Sir Patrick, (now she went to London. As mirth and goodEarl of Marchmont,) after all his po- humour, and particularly dancing, had allitical and personal troubles were over, ways been one characteristic of the family, and when he was enjoying in security when so many of us were met, (being no the wealth and honours he had so me fewer than fourteen of his children and ritoriously obtained.
grandchildren,) we had a dance.
then very weak in his limbs, and could “My grandfather while in high station - not walk' down stairs, but desired to be carhad frequent opportunities of shewing his ried down to the room where we were to natural humanity to those in distress, al. see us; which he did with great cheerful. ways remembering he had been so himself
. ness, saying, though he could not dance Amongst many, one Captain Burd had a with us, he could yet beat time with his process before the Privie Counsel, of which foot, which he did, and bid us dance as my grandfather was president as chancellor, long as we could, that it was the best me for something that imported no less than dicine he knew, for at the same time that his life : the moment he appeared before it gave exercise to the body, it cheered the him, though he had not recollected him by mind. At his usual time of going to bed, his name, he knew him to be the same he was carried up stairs, and we ceased Captain Burd with whom he had been inti- dancing, for fear of disturbing him ; but mately acquainted in France, and they had he soon sent to bid us go on, for the noise made part of the journey on foot from that and music, so far from disturbing, that it together to Holland ; but the Captain lit would lull him to sleep. He had no notle suspected to find his old friend, Doctor tion of interrupting the innocent pleasures Wallace, sitting there as his judge, and of others, though his age hindered him to had not the least knowledge of his ever partake of it. His exemplary piety and having been other than what he then ap- goodness was no bar to his mirth, and he peared. My grandfather examined him often used to say none had so good reason pretty strictly, and with some severity, so to be merry and pleased, as those that that he was dismissed with the utmost ap served God, and obeyed his commandprehension of no favour : My grandfather ments. ordered his son Sir Andrew Hume, who “ He died of a fever in the 84th year of was then a lawyer, to get acquainted with his age, 1724. None of our family were him, and bring him one day to tell his own in Scotland, but Lord Binning, who came case ; which he did in fear and trembling, to him the first notice from Lady Julian of
his illness, and attended him to the last. accomplished young nobleman never As he was sitting by his bedside not many succeeded to the hereditary honours hours before he expired, he saw him smil. of his family. Having fallen into bad ing, and said, My Lord, what are you health, he went to Italy for the benelaughing at? He answered, I am diverted fit of the climate, but died at Naples to think what a disappointment the worms will meet with, when they come to me ex
in 1733. His father-in-law and Lady pecting a good meal, and find nothing but Grizzel had accompanied him abroad, bones. He was much extenuate, and had and lived some time in the vicinity of always been a thin clever man. He went Naples with him. On his death, they off without a groan, and seemed to rejoice returned with his children to Oxford, in the expectation of his end.”
where they also fixed their own resiThe Narrative comprises also va- dence, chiefly with a view to superinrious biographical notices respecting tend the education of their grandsons. several branches of the families of Mr Baillie died at that place in 1738, Marchmont and Jerviswood, to which in the 75th year of his age. His wife we cannot even cursorily advert. Suf- survived him about eight years, and fice it to say, that the mutual felicity died in the midst of her family at the of Mr Baillie and his lady seems not advanced age of 81. There is someto have been disproportioned to their thing in her daughter's account of uncommon virtues and endowments. her death very simple and touching; Lady, Grizzel, amidst all the grandeur and the old-fashioned traits it displays and the glare of high life, retained the of an affectionate veneration for even same disinterested singleness of heart, the amiable prejudices or weaknesses of and simplicity of manners, which humanity are so natural, and so rarely in youth had gained her universal to be met with now-a-days, that we regard, and graced her in every sta- could scarcely have denied ourselves the tion. Her conduct as a wife and a pleasure of quoting this and one or mother was not less exemplary than two similar passages, if we had not alit had been as a daughter; nor did ready far exceeded our limits,-and her filial and sisterly attentions suffer had we not also a well-grounded hope any diminution from the increase of of seeing the entire Narrative ere long other intimate claims on her affections. rendered accessible to the public. Her husband was truly worthy of
Of Lady Grizzel's talents in song, her, and of the patriotic race from writing one successful specimen has which he sprung.
He filled, with been long in print, viz.“ Were na great honour, several important of my heart light I wad die.” Our readfices under Government, and was not ers may probably be gratified to see a more distinguished for his eminent copy of it here, from the text of Rita abilities than for his high-toned inte- son, who has published it, with his grity, and sincere and fervent piety. usual regard to correctness, along with
They were married,” says their the original melody. daughter, “ forty-eight years, and There was ance a may, and she loo'd na never had a quarrel nor a dryness dur
men, ing that time."
She biggit her bonny bow'r down in yon Two daughters were the offspring glen ; of this happy union, viz. Grizzel Lady But now she cries dool ! and a-well a-day! Murray, the writer of the Narrative, Come down the green gate, and come here and Rachel, who married Charles away. Lord Binning, eldest son of the Earl
But now she cries, &c. of Haddington. This amiable and When bonny young Johnny came o'er the Lord Binning, like his mother-in-law,
He said he saw naithing sae lovely as me ; possessed elegant talents for song-writing. He hecht me baith rings and mony braw He is well known as the author of the ballad
things; beginning Did ever swain anymph adore,” And were na my heart light I wad die.
&c. &c. See Ritson's Collection, Vol. I. p. 73.
It is not a little honourable to our Scottish nobility and gentry to observe how many bertson of Struan,
and Lady Ann Lind. of them have successfully cultivated the ly. say, author of the song entitled “ Auld ric muse of their country. In the same Robin Gray," one of the best specimens of collection we observe the names of the ce- genuine pathos and simp icity in our lanlebrated Marquis of Montrose, Sir Alex. guage.- Many other names might be added. ander Halket, Hamilton of Bangour, Ro * Scotish Songs, Vol. I. p. 128.
He had a wee titty that loo'd na me, will be induced to inquire after it, Because I was twice as bonny as she ; and, it still in existence, to favour the She rais'd such a pother ’twixt him and his public, through some respectable mother,
channel, with information as to its That were na my heart light I wad die.
contents. The day it was set, and the bridal to be, We are enabled to subjoin one un'The wife took a dwam, and lay down to published fragment of this descripdie ;
tion,-supposed to be Lady Grizzel's She main'd and she grain'd out of dolour
composition from circumstantial eviand pain,
dence. Till he vow'd he never wad see me again.
It was lately discovered, in
her hand-writing, among a parcel of His kin was for ane of a higher degree,
old letters, and inclosed in one of Said, What had he to do with the likes of them, written about the time of her
me ? Albeit I was bonny, I was na for Johnny: trick, then serving with Mr Baillie in
father's forfeiture to her brother Pa. And were na my heart light I wad die. They said, I had neither cow nor calf,
the Prince of Orange's Guards. The
first two of the following stanzas are Nor dribbles of drink rins throw the draff,
The others Nor pickles of meal rins throw the aniile copied from this MS.
(in brackets) are subjoined, as an imAnd were na my heart light I wad die. perfect attempt to coinplete the song His titty she was baith wylie and slee,
in a similar style, but with a more
direct reference to the situation of She spy'd me as I came o'er the lee; And then she ran in and made a loud din : Lady Grizzel and the family of PolBelieve your ain een, an' ye trow na me.
warth at that disastrous periol. His bonnet stood ay fu'round on his brow; O the ewe-bughting's bonnie, baith e'en. His auld ane looks ay as weel as some's new; ing and morn, But now he lets't wear ony gate it will hing, When our blythe shepherds play on their And casts himself dowie upon the corn-bing. bog-reed and horn ; And now he gaes dandering about the While we're milking they're lilting baith dykes,
pleasant and clearAnd a' he dow do is to hund the tykes :
But my heart's like to break when I think The live-lang night he ne'er stecks his ee;
of my dear! And were na my heart light I wad die. O the shepherds take pleasure to blox
on the horn, Were I young for thee, as I hae been, We shou'd hae been galloping down on yon
To raise up their flocks o' sheep soon i'
the morn ; green,
On the bonnie green banks they feed pleaAnd linking it blythe on the lily-white lee :
sant and freeAnd wow gin I were but young for thee!
But alas ! my Dear Heart, all mypighing's This, we think, is very good, and for thee! corresponds also very beautifully with (How blythe wi' my Sandy out o'er the the idea we have formed of the au brown fells, thor's character-at once simple, live- I hae followed the flocks through the fresh ly, and tender.
heather bells ! An interesting notice in her daugh- But now 1 sit greeting amang the lang ter's Narrative, along with other cir broom, cumstances, induces us to entertain a In the dowie green cleuchs whare the
burnie glides down. hope that further specimens of her poetical talents may yet be recovered. O wae to the traitors ! an' black be their Lady Murray says,—“ I have now a fa', book of songs of her writing when Wha banish'd my kind-hearted shepherd there, [in Holland,] many of them
awa! interrupted, half writ, some broke off
Wha banish'd my laddie ayont the wide in the middle of a sentence," &c. Such That aye was sae leal to his country and a collection, whether altogether of her own composition or not, would pro- But the cruel oppressors shall tremble bably afford some valuable additions
for fear, to the lyric treasures by which Scot
When the True-blue and Orange in triland has long been so peculiariy dis
umph appear; tinguished. And, should the present And the Star o the East leads them o'er notice meet the eye of those into whose
the dark sea, possession this ÁIS. has most proba- Wi Freedom to Scotland, and Sandy to bly fallen, we earnestly hope they me.)
SOME ACCOUNT OF SIGNORA GIRAR- peatedly, with the sole of each foot, DELLI, THE INCOMBUSTIBLE LA
with great force, until it was a little EXHIBITING EDIN
bent. The blazing of the board all
this time added to the appearance of BURGH, WITH OBSERVATIONS ON
the spectacle, but the contact of her
foot with the hot iron was only moACTION OF FIRE, AS EVINCED IN A VARIETY OF EXAMPLES.
Experiment 3.-She drew a shovel, The public interest is strongly and the fore part of which was red hot, deservedly excited by the exhibition over her hair, which was abundant, of the Signora Girardelli at present and of a fine black, without affecting in this city. I took an early opportu- it in the least. No fumes or vapours nity of seeing her, and made notes of were emitted, nor wus any crackling every thing I observed, that I might produced. preserve a record of her singular power Experiment 4.-She passed the of resisting the effects of heat and an edge of the red hot shovel along her
arms, as she had applied it in the first I seated myself in one of the best experiment to her legs, and with the places, and close to a long table, on same result. which were the materials to be made Experiment 5.—She applied it in use of in the course of the exhibition, a very red state to her tongue, or raand which it was the power of the ther licked it with her tongue. In spectators to examine; coinmon seal- this experiment we were desired to ing wax, pieces of lead, a flask of olive attend to the hissing noise which oil, a small phial of aqua fortis, &c. would be produced, and it was very
The lady appeared elevated on a distinct. She then shewed that her stage behind this table, and was at- tongue was not injured by it. tended by her husband, who prepared Experiment 6.-She filled a small and arranged every thing. Abra- sauce-pan with Florence oil, and, to zier, full of lighted charcoal, was prove that it was heated to ebullition, brought in and placed upon the stage, an egg was broke, which coagulated in and as soon as the instruments and it. She took some of this hot oil into materials could be got ready, the fol- her mouth, and held it a considerable lowing experiments were made: time, rincing her mouth with it, and
Experiment 1.-A flat iron shovel, then spit it into the brazier, to show, about the size of a common room sho- by its blazing, that it was really oil. vel, was inade red hot, and, in order Experiment 7.-She took a little to convince us that it was so, it was aqua fortis into her mouth, and, after applied to a piece of deal board, much holding it there a little, spit it out on burnt from having been used in for some iron filings, when orange nitrous mer experiments, and of course very fumes were extricated. dry, which it quickly set in a blaze. Experiment 8.-She put some am The lady then repeatedly drew the qua fortis on a plate, and put a halfedge of the red hot shovel along the penny into it, upon which it acted upper part of her foot, and the front briskly. The whole was then thrown of her ankle, without any appearance upon a stone or slab, and she rubbed of fear or precipitation, but, at the about the halfpenny until it was same time, not permitting it to rest scoured bright. any sensible time on one spot. I ob Experiment 9.-She put a halfa served, that, when the shovel touch- penny into the palm of her hand, and ed any loose thread about the foot poured a little aqua fortis upon it, and of her trowsers, it set it on fire. The allowed them to act upon each other contact of the hot iron seemed to pro- there a considerable time. Her hand duce no effect upon her skịn ; at least was not at all discoloured by this exit did not seem to become red, nor periment. did it give out any vapour or smell, Experiment 10.-She passed a bunnor was any sound heard.
dle of eight lighted candles repeatedExperiment 2.-Another shovel, or ly, and pretty slowly, beneath each fiat piece of iron, was taken out of fore-arm, which they discoloured by the brazier, of a brighter red than their smoke, but did not seem to afthe preceding, and was laid upon the fect in any other way, deal board. The Signora struck it re Experiment 11. --She passed the