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I wish you would pack your portmanteau, Hal,
And fling yourself into the mail, It will take little more than a day and a night
To bring you to Langley Dale. 'Tis the sweetest spot in the world, Hal,
And just for a poet like you ; A lovelier scene of hill and grove
No painter ever drew.
was mentioned, Mr Smith of Swindrigemuir has written to Mr Auld of Ayr, that he met with Burns at the house of Sir William Cunningham of Robertland, before the poem was published, when, in answer to a question by Mr Smith, he said, that the prototype of his hero was the “ Gudeman of Shanter," whose name, Mr Smith was informed by some one present, was “ Douglas Grahame.” It is certain that a person of that name possessed the Shanter farm when Burns resided with his uncle in its neighbourhood, and attended Kirkoswald School ; and it is not remembered, by the oldest persons in Carrick, that it ever was occupied by a Thomas Reid.
Notwithstanding the acknowledged merit of Mr Thom's first productions, it was the opinion of many persons well acquainted with the Fine Arts, that his ignorance of the conventional rules of Sculpture rendered his success in any new attempt highly problematical ; and perhaps those opinions may be well founded, in reference to the higher and more severe departments of the art ; but his subsequent works have greatly sbaken their force, and demonstrated how very easily genius can surmount the obstacles that lie in its way. The Landlord and Landlady of the group we have noticed, like his first productions, were thumped out of the rough block by the mere guidance of the artist's unerring eye, unaided by models or drawings of any sort; and if they do not raise him higher in the scale of artists than he stood before, they will not, at least, diminish his fame. In addition to these statues, Mr Thom has recently sculptured, in white freestone, a portrait of a gentleman, which has not only the merit of being well executed, but is a striking likeness. And he has now nearly finished, in the same material, a bust of Burns, in which we already recognize the features depicted in Lockhart's Life of the Bard, from the vivid recollection of Sir Walter Scott. These busts have been executed without any other model before the artist than the living head of the one individual, and a tolerable copy of Nasmyth's portrait of the other ; and yet, they both possess so much individuality, that even a stranger to the persons represented would hardly hesitate to pronounce them faithful likenesses. Judging from these specimens, we bave little doubt of Mr Thom's success in Portrait Sculpture ; but we would anxiously press upon him the attainment of something greater in the noble art which he has adopted. Possessing, as he does, a precision of eye and dexterity of hand seldom equalled, he may reasonably hope, by a close and diligent study of his profession, to rank his name with the greatest sculptors which our country has produced ; and we sincerely hope he is ambitious of that imperisbable honour.
And I want you to know my husband, Hal,
For I'm sure you'll be pleased with each other ; And besides, we have three rosy children, Hal,
All amazingly like their mother ;-
Even now from among the trees,
To a mother in sounds like these !
With trout in every pool ;
Most calm and beautiful.
And a capital hot-house, too ;
Are the largest you ever knew.
Are you still as fond of music, Hal,
As you used to be of yore? For I've many songs to sing to you now
That you never heard before ; But I'll sing you all the old songs too,
That we so loved long ago, The little playful madrigals,
And the airs of sadder flow.
I have heard there's a first-rate singer, Hal,
Who has sung all her songs to you, And perhaps you may value my feebler notes
Not so much as you wont to do; But my simple voice, as it chants to you, Hal,
Some once familiar thing, Will many a thought of our childhood, Hal,
Back to your memory bring.
At all events, come to see us, Hal,
Ere the golden months be past, For I think you are not so happy, Hal,
As when we parted last ; And if there be song or word of mine
That can either soothe or please, We'll bury all your cares, dear Hal,
Deep in oblivion's seas.
A LETTER FROM MY COUSIN.
I THINK I could write you a letter, Hal,
In the style of your letters to me, With a little sense, and a little rhyme,
And a very little poetrie.
I scribbled some brilliant things,
“ They should only be read by kings."
We'll bury all your cares, dear Hal,
A thousand fathoms down,
To your friends in the busy town;
And a brighter beaming eye, And again you will tread with a bounding step
Again will your heart beat high.
That was a flight of fancy, Hal,
And we both have changed since then; Yet still when I write to you, dear Hal,
My heart is in my pen : I have taken my seat in the arbour, Hal,
In the midst of the bees and the flowers, And the summer winds and odours, Hal,
Recall many long-lost hours.
I do not love the fruits that push
Our flowery hopes away,— The silver blossoms-ruby-streak'd,
Ah! dearer far are they !
From the German of Heine. I Met upon a journey
The family of my fair,
With unaffected air.
If all was right and well;
Except that I was pale. I ask'd for old relations,
And friends of auld lang syne ; And for the little dog that used
To lick my hand and whine; And for the married daughter--
I ask'd---with pensive brow; And joyfully they told me
She was a mother now. O many a gratulation
Was kindly given by me, That thousand, thousand blessings,
Might still her dowery be! Her little sister told me,
The pup of auld lang syne, Had grown a growling mastiff,
And fallen into the Rhine. The fairy's like her sister !
The very smile she wore Still lives in every dimple,
And charms me as of yore!
A LAMENT FOR CULLODEN. By Alexander Balfour, Author of “ Contemplation, and
other Poems,” &c. (This Poem is extracted from an unpublished Metrical Tale, in
which it is introduced as the song of an old Highland widow.) Alas! for the land of the heath-cover'd mountains,
Where raves the loud tempest, and rolls the dark flood ! Alas! for the land of the smooth crystal fountains,
The sword of the slayer has stain'd them with blood ! Ah, me! for the nation, so famous in story,
Where valour, and freedom, and loyalty, shone ! They gather'd around the bright star of their glory; But faded their laurels, their glory is gone !
Weep, Caledonia !-mourn for the fallen!
His banner, unfurl'd, in splendour was streaming,
The sons of the mighty were gather'd around; Their bucklers and broadswords in brightness were gleam
ing, And high beat each heart at the loud pibroch's sound : They came to Culloden, the dark field of danger
Oh! why will not memory the record efface : Alas! for their Leader, the gallant young Stranger ! And woe to the traitors who wrought the disgrace!
Weep, Caledonia !--mourn for the fallen!
The dew-drop's fragrant dwelling-place
Through all the gentle night,
From morning's flush of light.
Among the boughs and sings ;
Soft-breathing lovely things!
Their riches round her brow; They are themselves an emblem meet
Of what that child is now.
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
Alas! like childhood's thoughts they die
They drop—they fade away ;-
The blossoms where are they?
We understand that Mr Murray has in preparation for his Family Library, Lives of General the Earl of Peterborough, by Sir Walter Scott; of Cowper and Cervantes, by Mr Lockhart; of Sir Isaac Newton, by Dr Brewster; of Julius Cæsar, by the Rev. John Williams; of General Wolfe, by Mr Southey; and of Sir Thomas Monro, by the Rev. G. R. Gleig.
Mr Murray will also speedily publish the Papers of the Earl of Marchmont, comprising a number of original and unknown docu. ments, diaries, &c. illustrative of the Reigns of Queen Anne, George I., &c.,-a Memoir of the Public Life of Robert, second Marquis of Londonderry,-a new edition of Boswell's Life of Dr Samuel Johnson, edited, and illustrated with numerous biographical and historis cal notes, by the Right Hon. John Wilson Croker,-the Antiquities of Greece and Rome, selected from the best authorities, both ancient and modern, and principally intended for the use of schools, by the Rev. John Williams,--the Descent into Hell, a Poem,-the History of the Jews, by the Rev. H. H. Milman,--the Life and Times of Dante,-a Memoir of the residence of Lord Byron in Greece, com. prising a Diary of his conversations upon the subject of Christianity. by the late Dr Kennedy, -and the Life and Reign of George IIL
The Landscape Annual, which is to appear in November, and which is in the hands of the proprietor of the Keepsake, bids fair to
You tell me they make room for fruits
A more substantial store ; But often stolen ere 'tis ripe,
Oft rotten at the core.
I do not love the worthless gifts
That bend our childhood down, And give us for our chaplet wreath
Ambition's leaden crown.
be a very splendid and interesting work. It is designed to exhibit | night, to a most respectable house, in the character of Shylock. We a series of views illustrative of the most interesting scenery of Eu. never saw him to more advantage. His health seems to be perfectly rope; and the views are to be accompanied with literary papers, restored ; and the audience testified their delight by the most raptuintended to present, not only an accurate and vivid description of rous and enthusiastic applause." –There are to be three grand Musical the scenes delineated by the artist, but likewise to recall the many in- Festivals this year in England, one at each of the following townsteresting recollections which the pages of history or the records of Chester, Gloucester, and Birmingham. Miss Paton, Madame Malitradition can supply. The forthcoming volume is to comprise a suc- bran, and Braham, are to sing at them.-Young has been performing cession of the most attractive views that occur on the route from in Dublin, Braham in Brighton, C. Kemble in Manchester and Liver. Geneva to Rome. It will consist of about 300 pages of letter-press, pool.–Madame Caradori had only £35 at her benefit in Liverpool and twenty-six highly-finished line engravings, from views taken on Madame Catalani has been making a professional tour through Ire the spot by Prout. The literary department is under the management land. In Dublin and Cork she received £2000 for twenty-eight of Mr T. Roscoe, and the Author of the Castilian.
nights' performance. She proposes going to Italy in autumisA musical work is in progress, which is likely to be one of some Vestris has been drawing very crowded houses in Dublin, and received interest. It is to be entitled, “ Peninsular Melodies," and will con- £700 for twelve nights. The following punning song is sung by Miss sist of a collection of melodies by the most esteemed composers of H. Cawse, as Nannetta, in the new melo-drama of the “ Sister of Spain and Portugal. The poetry is to be chiefly by Mrs Hemans; Charity :" which will guarantee its grace and elegance; and the melodies are to
There never was a Nun, Sir, without a true call, be harmonized by Senor la Disma, Maitre de la Chapelle to the King
And call I have none, Sir--for Nun, Sir, at all; of Spain.
And except in Nun's flesh, Sir, no Nun there can be, The Golden Lyre, which attracted marked attention among the
And none of the kind, Sir, was ever in me: annuals of last year, will this year be again published by Mr Haas.
So I can't be a Nun, Sir, I can't be a Nun, The author of the Revolt of the Bees announces Hamden in the
And more after that, Sir-I won't be a Nun! Nineteenth Century, or Colloquies on the Errors and Improvements of Society.
And I won't be a Nun, Sir-be-Cawse let me seeTo-day Mr Buckingham concludes his Lectures here, after ha
Because I don't want, Sir-a Nun, Sir, to be; ving delivered nine in Edinburgh, and two in Leith. Mr Bucking
And still if you teaze me to tell why I don't, ham has made some changes in his route through Scotland since we
It's because, if you please, Sir-because II won't: announced it last Saturday. He visits Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth, So I can't be a Nun, Sir-I can't be a NunGlasgow, Paisley, Greenock, Ayr, and Dumfries. We are glad to un- I can't, and I oughtn't, and I won't be a Nun! derstand that he proposes returning to Scotland next Spring, be- The Manager of the Theatre Royal here has gone on a visit to the fore which time he will take a trip to Ireland.
English provincial theatres, and it is his object to pick up some reinTaylor and Carlile are now lecturing at Manchester. They have forcements for his own company among them.-A London paper sent round circulars to the clergy and dissenting ministers of the says, absurdly enough, that “ Mr Murray has disbanded the whole of town, presenting their compliments as Infide! Missionaries, and chal
his old corps; his command to them to go to the right about being lenging discussion on the merits of the Christian religion.
propelled by the depression of the times." The same paper adds, The Heraldry of Crests, containing nearly 3500 crests, with the with equal accuracy, that "there is not at present one regular drabearers' names, alphabetically arranged, and illustrated by remarks
matic company in the kingdom of Scotland.”-A melo-dramatic historical and explanatory, intended as a companion to Clark's Easy spectacle, called “Peter Wilkins, or the Flying Indians," has been Introduction to the Study of Heraldry, is announced for early pub- produced at the Caledonian Theatre with considerable spirit and lication.
complete success. Mr Bowring is preparing for publication the Poetry of the Magyars, with an account of the Literature and Language of Hungary and Transylvania, and Biographical Notices of their most distinguished Poets. Also, by the same author, Bohemian Anthology, with an in
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. troductory history of Ceskian Literature.
The Communication from the Ettrick Shepherd in our next LONDON UNIVERSITY.-The first session of this Institution having closed, there was, a few days ago, a distribution of prizes to the stu
“ It may be too late To-morrow," though well written, is scarcely dents who had most distinguished themselves on their examinations. Glasgow, is too long for our pages. — We have received the “ Letter
original or striking enough.-The Communication from "Tyro," of Earl Grey was in the chair ; and the great room, capable of contain regarding the System of Education pursued at the High School," and ing about a thousand persons, was filled. The building of the Lon
will probably have something to say upon the subject next weekdon University is rapidly approaching a state of completion; the portico, in particular, promises to be, when finished, a splendid speci- favoured from Aberdeen, we must decline noticing at present="D.
The Pamphlets on the Catholic Question, with which we have been men of architectural taste. The roof is constructed on the classical
M.'s" communication is under consideration. principle of the ancient Greek tile. The adaptation of this antique style is quite new, and has proved, in its practical effect, allogether nies, constant readers and admirers of our excellent Journal, ha
A Letter from Dunfermline informs us, that “three Fife Dorni. successful. Statistics on MADNESS AND SUICIDE.-The number of persons
ving met together on the night our 35th number arrived in that town,
and being particularly attracted with the lines • Written at Midnight, afflicted with madness is one-third greater among women than
forth with sat down at three separate tables, and after a couple of among men. Men are struck with madness most frequently about the age of thirty and thirty-one; women about the age of from forty aqua, produced a poem each.” They have sent these poems to us
bottles of Bailie Campbell's best, and as many gills of Burntísland to forty-three. Women are generally most disposed to melancholy; men to suicide. Suicides are generally more common among men
and request that we will act as the judex litis, and decide which of
them is the best, and which the worst. in the month of April, and among women in the month of August.
We give the palm to that
which is entitled " Cogitations of a Young Pie-baker," and begins Suicides are more frequent among unmarried men; but with wo
thus : men it is observed that suicide is more common among the married. Suicide becomes more common among men from the age of thirty
“ Och! I have never baked what I can bake, five to forty-five; among women, from the age of twenty-five to And what, so please the powers, 1 yet shall bake. thirty-five. It is a remarkable fact, that the two sexes appear to pre
I look down on the paltry mean contents serve the difference of their manners and habits, in the choice of the Of this vile basket here, with many a curse;means of destruction to which they have recourse. Thus, men
They are but penny-pies, hawk'd in the street ; choose cutting instruments and fire-arms; women choose poison and
And though the smell may lure a hungry chap, suffocation. The most immediate causes of suicide among women
A score of crowded bread-boards push me by,– are jealousy, and unfortunate attachments; among men, disappoint
Sneer at my poor batch-as well, by Jove! they may, ed ambition and reverses of fortune. Misery produces a pretty near
And leave it to be munch'd, or to grow mouldy." ly equal number of suicides in both sexes.
The next best is signed “ A.," and the third, which has also merit, Theatrical Gossip.—At the English Opera House, a new Opera is signed “ B." called “ The Robber's Bride,"—the music by Ries has been pro- " The Nightmare," by William Danby, in our next. The rerses duced with success. Messrs Phillips, Sapio, and Thorne, sustain the by H." are pretty, but somewhat commonplace. The Communiprincipal parts. Matthews and Yates have closed the Adelphi for the cation from Broughty is clever, but of too local and confined an idseason, and are going to France.- Malibran fainted on the stage at terest. The spirited lines andressed to Miss Landon would appear the King's Theatre the other evening, and a brilliant and crowded with better grace in the London Literary
Gazette.-The Lines by audience were consequently deprived of the Opera. -Kean, we are “C. M. P." and "T." of Stonehaven will not suit us. glad to hear, is himself again ;-The Belfast Guardian says, “ This Our second
notice of the Reverend W. M. Kinsey's Work on Porn unrivalled actor made his appearance in our Theatre on Monday tugal, is unavoidably postponed.
tion. Several anecdotes, which he gives unostentatiously, LITERARY CRITICISM.
confirm this. Even after the battle of Pentland, he saved,
by his intercession, the lives of several of the insurgents; Memoirs of his own Life and Times. By Sir James and would have saved more but for the interference of Turner. 1632-1670. From the original manuscript.
the curates. He was not inaccessible to love. The folPrinted at Edinburgh. 1829. For the Bannatyne lowing brief account of his first fit shows him to have
been of Lord Byron's opinion on the important question Club.
of the best method of learning languages. “I was lodged The author and hero of these Memoirs is one of those in a widow's house, whose daughter, a young widow, had unhappy persons who have been damned to a painful been married to a Rittmaster of the Emperor's. She eternity of fame. He is accused by the Presbyterian was very handsome, wittie, and discreet; of her, thogh party of having occasioned, by the cruelties and extortions my former toyle might have banished all love thoughts, I he exercised in Galloway, the rising which was finally put became perfitelie enamoured. Heere we stayd sixe weeks, down at Pentland. He has been treated, on the other hand, in which time she taught me the Hie Dutch, to reade by the advocates of the government as a kind of scapegoat, and write it, which I before could not learne bot very and the sins of the whole party have been bundled on his rudelie from sojors.” He makes mention only of one back, in order that he might carry them away into the other fair enslaver—the lady whom he married. It is wilderness. His autobiography is a piece of special plead- but justice to say, that his attachment to her has, for ing in his own behalf, particularly the third part, which length and constancy, been rarely paralleled ; and that more immediately relates to the events above alluded to. his anxiety to have her with him on all occasions shows We must confess, that after a most attentive perusal of his domestic character in a most amiable light. his statements, with all possible desire to be impartial, we With naturally good and highly cultivated talents, are of opinion that he makes but a lame defence. At the therefore, and with originally good dispositions, confirmed same time, as the devil is credibly reported not to be quite by the decent and orderly habits of the middle ranks of so black as he is painted, so we believe that Presbyterian life, in which he was born, our hero was thrown upon zeal has made a greater monster of Sir James than truth the world to seek his fortune, in the eighteenth year of Warrants; and we feel inclined, from the work now before his age. He enrolled himself as ensign in a regiment us, to attempt a fair picture of the man.
then raising in Scotland for the service of Gustavus He received as good an education as the state of the Adolphus, in his German wars. He suffered much at Scottish universities, in his time, afforded, and was crea- first from sickness and poverty ; but, in course of time, ted master of arts in his seventeenth year. In recording his constitution became confirmed, and that peculiar sagathis portion of his history, he speaks with great modesty city which ill-natured people allege is characteristic of our of his acquirements, and tells us, “ the title was undeser- nation, enabled him to pick up a little money. Some vedlie bestowed upon me, as it was on many others before experience in military matters likewise entitled him to me, and hath beene on too many since.” His progress in promotion. He continued in the Swedish service till learning must, notwithstanding, have been considerable, 1610. for we find him, after a lapse of four-and-twenty years, Leslie was at this time about to enter England with spent in one uninterrupted series of active military ser- an army.
A person wishing to attach himself to the vice
, still able “to pen a letter in Latine.” Besides, he King's party would naturally have embarked for Enginforms us that he spent a year after he left college in re- land, as one intending to attach himself to the Covenanttirement—" Applying myselfe to the studie of humane let- ers would for Scotland. Our author frankly confesses : ters and historie, in bothe which I allways tooke delight. -“ I had swallowed, without chewing, in Germany, a I did reade also the controversies betweene us and the very dangerous maxime, which militarie men there too Roman Catholickes for the Presbyterians at that time much follow; which was, that so we serve our master made litle or no noyse—whereby I might be enabled to honnestlie, it is no matter what master we serve ; so, discern the truth of the Protestant persuasion, and the without examination of the justice of the quarrell, or refallacies of the Popish one or any other, that so I might gard of my duetie either to prince or countrey, I resolved hot, in traversing the world, be carried away with everie to goe with that ship I first rencountered." He took wind of doctrine.” An analysis of the contents of the passage in a Dane bound for Leith; but found, on arriMSS. which Sir James left behind him, prefixed to his ving at Edinburgh, that the Scottish army had already memoirs, embracing treatises on various important points marched into England, and possessed then selves of Newof history, morals, criticism, and religious controversy, castle. Thither he followed them,
where he was appointsloses him to have been a man of considerable reach and ed major of Lord Kirkcudbright's regiment. He held activity of mind. In after life, he attained good profi- this post, and afterwards a similar one in Lord Sinclair's ciency in the French and German languages; and his regiment, till the year 1617, being employed sometimes English style is correct and sensible. He also attempted in Ireland, and sometimes in Scotland ; although his poetry; but, judging from his memoirs, we cannot in fidelity to his employers was occasionally more than conscience say that we regret having no specimens of his doubtful. The chief power in Scotland was at this time poetical compositions before us.
divided between Hamilton and Argyle. By some maHe seems to have been naturally of a humane disposi- nagement, the former of these noblemen got a Parliament
called, in which a majority of the members were either ing which I confesse, beside the sinne against God, hath royalists, or attached to his own interest. Argyle, how- brought me in many inconveniences.” ever, carried all before him in the commission of the Kirk. Notwithstanding these blemishes in his character, we This latter party were much averse to the raising of a have little hesitation in describing Sir James Turner as a new army, which they knew, under the command of naturally humane, affectionate, and talented man. His Hamilton and Middleton, could not fail to favour the talents were highly cultivated, both by early education, King. The army was, however, raised, notwithstand and the experience of a busy and active life. But his ing their opposition ; and Turner obtained a commission feelings were blunted in a considerable degree by his hain it.
bits of military discipline, and by the transactions in The party of the Kirk continued to remonstrate against which the life of a soldier of fortune unavoidably impliraising forces for the King's relief. The west of Scot-cated him. Dissipated habits, acting upon a naturally land, and, in particular, the city of Glasgow, was dis- violent temper, had yet further degraded him. The mitinguished by its refractory spirit. Turner was sent to litary creed which he had adopted had shaken greatly the reduce it to obedience, and gave the inhabitants a speci- principles of strict faith and honour, in which he seems men of the energetic habits he had acquired in the army. to have been educated. Along with the grosser superstiAs this was his first open quarrel with the Presbyterians, tions of the age, he seems to have shaken off much of its we give it in his own words :
religious feeling. His fidelity to the King and the Epis“ At my comeing to Glasgow, I found my work not very copalian religion seems to have been ensured mainly by the difficile; for I shortlie learned to know, that the quartering hatred which the unrelenting persecution kept up against of two or three troopers, and halfe a dozen musketeers, was him by the Presbyterians, for twenty years, had awakenane argument strong enough, in two or three nights time, ed in his breast. It is not our intention to follow this to make the hardest-headed Covenanter in the towne to forsake the Kirk, and side with the Parliament. I came on
character through the whole of the adventures narrated the Friday, and nixt day sent to Mr Dick, and desired him in his memoirs ; although we are much tempted to dilate and his brethren to say nothing nixt day in their pullpits upon them, seeing how much they contain that reflects that might give me just reason to disturb the peace of the light on the domestic manners, and the public policy, of church. In the forenoone he spake us very faire, and gave Europe during the seventeenth century. We shall wind us no occasion of offence; but in the afternoone he trans
up this desultory article by a glance at the new light gressed all limits of modestie, and railed malitiously against which has been thrown by this publication on the insurboth King and Parliament.' This obliged me to command rection which terminated in the rout at Pentland. all my officers and sojors to goe presentlie out of the church, because I neither could nor would suffer any under my
Sir James's narrative contirms the account of the march command to be witnesses of a misdemeanour of that nature. of the insurgents given by the biographer of Veitch, and At the first Dick was timorous, and promisd, if I wold stay, by Colonel Wallace, and explains satisfactorily some of he wold give me satisfaction; but I told him I wold trust their less explicit passages. It confirms the opinion we him no more, since he had broke his promise made in the already entertained, that the rising was not the premaforenoone. Seeing I intended no worse than to remove, he continued his sermon, and nixt day went to Edenburgh to
ture explosion of any preconcerted scheme, but occasioned complaine; bot sent one that same night to make his grie- solely by the desperation of some who had been driven by vance to the Duke, who was comd the day before to his pa
the oppressions of the government troops to acts of violace of Hamilton. Thither I went nixt morning. His lence. It broke out originally in Galloway, but the Grace approved of all I had done; and there was reason for principal excitement was in the west country, where the it; because I had done nothing bot by his oune order, and Presbyterians were not only more numerous, but had his brother Earl Lainrick's advice. This was that great attained, by the instrumentality of the societies, a degree and well neere inexpiable sinne which I committed against of union and discipline which they wanted in other parts the sacred soveraigntie of the Kirk; for which all members
of Scotland. were so implacable and irreconcileable enemies to me after- rious aspect, had not the government previously impri
It might there have assumed a more sewards." It may be that this was the occasion of their first open Even as it was, had the Presbyterians held to their ori
soned a number of the leading men of that district. declaration of hostilities against him; but he had already ginal intention of taking up their head-quarters at Lagiven them much cause of offence. His almost unconcealed intriguing for the King in the Covenanting army, vice of Steuart to march towards Edinburgh, they must
nark, instead of following the foolish or treacherous adand his connexion with Montrose, had not passed unno
soon have become formidable from increase of numbers. ticed. His habit of laughing at the prevailing superstitions of the age, of which the work now before us con
In regard to the materials of which the insurgent army tains several instances, must have offended the weaker the men, although undisciplined, were as stout and hearty
was composed, Turner bears unwilling testimony that brethren ; and the indifference with which he regarded
men as he had seen. all systems of religious belief, must have raised him many the spirit of fanaticism we were already inclined to sus
That it was not much infected by enemies in that age of Puritanism. But what must have pect, from the secession of Peden and others of the more contributed most to alienate men's minds from him, was
violent party. But Sir James establishes the fact. He his own ungovernable temper. He says himself :-“ I confesse my humour never was, nor is not yet, one of the ing at the length and frequency of their sermons, and,
had apparently expected to have an opportunity of sneercalmest; when it will be, God onlie knowes." This natural weakness he seems to have aggravated by habits of disappointed in this respect, he ventures to deny that intemperance; of which the following is a remarkable they observed any external ceremonials of religion at all.
He rails at the whole body, but cannot avoid cominstance : “ Haveing drunke at one time too much at parting with memorating every moment instances of kind and gentle
treatment. He confirms the accounts given by Presbya great person, rideing home I met one Colonell Wren, betweene whom and me there was some animositie. He was
terians of the gentlemanly manners of Colonel Wallace. a-foot, and I lighted from my horse; drinke prevailing over
The account of his intercourse with the Laird of Monmy reason, I forced him to drawe his sword, which was reith affords one of the most beautiful pictures of gentle two great bandfulls longer than mine. This I perceiving, and unaffected piety, endeavouring to win, but not to gripd his sword with my left hand, and thrust at him with force others to its own sentiments, that we remember to my right; bot he stepping backe avoyded it, and drew his bave met with. The soldier who holds the controversy sword away, which left so deepe a wound betweene my with Major M‘Culloch (p. 160) seems to have had a thunbe and foremost finger, that I had almost losd the use of both, unles I had beene well cured. Ane other cut I got large portion of the fidelity, caution, and humour of Cudin my left arme. The passengers parted us; bot I could die Headrigg. The truth is, that except in some of the never find him out after, to be revenged on bím, though I strongholds of Presbytery, there was much religion, but sought him farre and neere, This was ane effect of drink- little bigoted attachment to particular forms, in the land.