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place. The most distinguished literary men conuected unfortunately he often more than neutralizes their effect with the University are, MM. Cousin, Guizat, and Vil- by a garish and vulgar piece of extravagance at the end lemain. The former is distinguished for his extensive of his song, calculated and intended to produce a shout of knowledge of ancient and modern systems of philosophy, stupid ecstasy from the most ignorant part of his audience. and his eloquent elucidations of them; the other two are Braham himself, we believe, has said that he sings in this equally esteemed, the first as an historian, the other for way, against his better judgment, because he finds he canhis literary attainments.
not otherwise please an English audience. On the other A letter has been received from the brave d’Arcet, hand, it has been said that Braham himself has created dated Tripoli in Syria, June 1829. The object of his that bad taste to which he is now obliged to yield—that visit to that town, where the plague is at present raging, he has evoked a spirit which he feels himself compelled to was to make some experiments on the effect of chlorine obey. We are rather inclined to think that Braham's on the virus of the plague. He and his companions pro- own account of the matter is the more correct one; cured the garments of six people who had died of the dis-though perhaps he might have chosen the better part if ease, stained with the blood and matter which had exuded he had at first resisted the influence of bad taste to which from their sores ;-these were immersed for sixteen hours he must now continue to yield. Be all this as it may, howin a solution of chlorate of soda, at five degrees of Guy ever, the bad parts of Braham's singing form but an inLussac's chloromètre. Each of the associates put on one considerable fraction when compared with its beauties ; of the dresses as soon as dried, slept in it, and wore it for and they who dwell with such earnestness on the spots of eighteen hours. At the time of d'Arcet's writing, eight this sun seem to have eyes too weak to perceive and enjoy days had elapsed since the experiment, and not the least its splendour. accident had followed. They proposed next to try the efficacy of internal applications of the chlorate of soda to persons labouring under the disease. The writer con
ORIGINAL POETRY. cludes by expressing a hope, that he may be able to succeed in persuading the Turks to use this medicine, found
LINES ABOUT LOVE AND SUCH-LIKE NONSENSE. ed on their having already so far relaxed in their princi- What a quantity of nonsense people prattle about love, ples of fatalism, that they begin to follow the example of And poets make it constantly the rhyming word to dove; the Europeans in observing quarantine. The devotion to But if you'll just look round about and see how things the cause of humanity, exemplified in the intrepid conduct
go on, of these French physicians, requires no comment. You'll find the simple truth to be, that Jessie marries
There are few new publications. A work, entitled John, “ Clement XIV., and Carlo Bertinazzi, or Correspond- | And that they live together in a middling sort of way, ence between a Pope and a Player," is announced. A Not knowing sometimes very well how they should kill translation of your late townswoman, Mrs Brunton's Self- the day; Control, has been executed by the fair translator of Pro Unless the husband be a man of business and dispatch, fessor Wilson's Margaret Lyndsay, and favourably re- In which case he'll have little time to think about his ceived. “ Le Cabinet de Lecture," a new Literary match ; Journal, contains a translation of an ode of Horace, attri. And his wife will sit at home and play on her piano buted to Louis XVIII. Alexis Dumesnil is about to
forte publish a history of the last thirty years.
Such airs as “ Tanti palpiti," “Non piu," or "Cruda In my next, I shall give you some account of the pre- sorte ;" sent state of the Drama here.
Or else her friends will call to speak about her husband's Paris, October 12, 1829.
merits, And when they go, they'll sigh and say "Poor thing!
she's in low spirits !" MUSIC.-BRAHAM.
“ I wonder if he treats her well ?"_" I hate these fickle BRAHAM, though he has been, we believe, thirty years
fellows !" on the stage, is, at this moment, in the zenith of his fame, “I hope that nothing I have said will make his poor wife and in the fullest possession of all his powers. He still jealous." retains the youthfulness of his appearance ; and his voice At five the gentleman comes home, quite fagged and rehas, in the highest degree, all its marvellous qualities.
ther hungry, He still breathes those notes of bewitching softness which And finds his lady drown'd in tears, or looking sour and dissolve his hearers in pleasure and tenderness; and still angry; pours forth those volumes of sound, which, as it were, fill He can't be bother'd with her sulks, and so he takes his the very air around us. His command over this most
dinner; miraculous organ strikes us as being even more entire But such a meal can only make the man who eats it than it ever was. The perfect facility and absence of all thinner. effort with which he makes it obey every impulse of feeling, and embody every conception of genius, give a charm Good Lord ! it is a dreary thing to lead a life like this, to every thing he does, which is felt by every hearer. In
And hear a thousand babblers, too, pronounce it full of respect to taste, he is, if not unrivalled, at least not sur
bliss ! passed, by the most exquisite singers of the Italian school. There's no such thing in all the world as love without This assertion may at first sight appear strange, when it alloy; is considered how much Braham has been blamed for Man's heart is but a broken reed, and woman but a toysinging in bad taste; we hold it, nevertheless, to be A toy we break as children do, to see what it contains, perfectly correct. Braham's school is exquisitely Italian And the knowledge that it is destroy'd rewards us for our - his education was Italian— and, in his youth, he pains. sung with a degree of distinction which was never ac- Give me, give me a lonely life, like Robinson Crusoe, corded to any other tramontane performer except Mrs A cat and parrot for my friends, and for my belle a bow. Billington, at the principal theatres in Italy. Even now, I'm sick of all the cant about the human face divine, nine-tenths of all his singing is purely Italian. No Ita- I'm sick of sentimental trash, spun out in many a line, lian ever surpassed him in the consummate skill with By cream-faced lads or silly girls, who write for Magawhich he manages his voice-in his masterly portamento, zines, nor in the delicacy and grace of his embellishments. Although not one among them knows what real passien These beauties are exhibited in every song he sings; but
verse, which Mr Balfour left behind him. It is to be edited by a sur, A daily ducking in a pond would do them all some good, 'Twould make them much more rational, and cool their
viving literary friend, who will also furnish a Biographical Memoir of
the author. The profits of the publication will go to Mr Balfour's feverish blood.
family: and, as we are satisfied the work will possess much merit, we In this life, sow whate'er you will, full many a tare you'll trust that its success will be proportionate. reap,
The forthcoming second series of Sir William Gell's Pompeiana, So give false fancy to the wind, and look before you leap.
which we have already announced, will describe every thing worthy H. G. B.
of notice which the more recent excavations at Pompeii have laid open. Among these may be mentioned the Forum, the Temples of
Jupiter, of Mercury, of Venus, and of Fortune, the Thermæ, the A FRAGMENT.
Pantheon, and innumerable private houses. The publisher promises
that the engravings will be still superior to those of the first series. I'll never have the laughing eye I had long, long ago,
The work is to be completed in about twelve parts, a part to be pubWhen light within gave all without a rich and sunny
lished every two months. glow;
A complete edition, in one volume, of Mrs Ramsbottom's amusing
Letters, which appeared in the John Bull, is announced. I cannot smile as once I smiled in early long-lost years—
Messrs Colburn & Bentley are preparing for publication the Tra. Ah, me! my eye is sad with thought, ne'er beams but vels of M. Caillé to Timbuctoo. through my tears!
Mr C. Blasis, the principal dancer at the King's Theatre, has near
ly ready for publication, the Art of Dancing, accompanied by sixI'll never have the merry voice, that told in every tone teen engravings, illustrating upwards of sixty positions. How in my breast the tide of joy was gushing wildly on;
The BORDERERS.-We understand, that though a very large imI cannot sing. as once I sung, of hopes that brightly glow; pression of Mr Cooper's new novel, The Borderers, was printed to I cannot feel as I have felt in youth, long, long ago !
supply the expected demand, yet so great was the public curiosity excited by the announcement of a new work by this distinguished
novelist, that almost the whole edition was required on the very I'll never have the happy heart, that, bounding glad and
first day of publication. free,
DE BOURRIENNE'S MEMOIRS.-This work, which has been lateSoar'd like the eagle from the cliff, high tow'ring o'er the ly published, is an interesting one, and coutains much curious, ori.
ginal, and important infurination regarding Napoleon. On looking Upborne on fancy's wildest wing, alas ! how short the over it, however, we find a Voltaire-like sneer, which is quite at va
riance with the general good sense of the work. The author is speakflight; My heart is chain’d by sorrow now,—the world has ing of the massacre at Jaffa, and observes
, in reference to Sir Walter
Scott's Life of Napoleon,-“ It was after the siege of Jaffa that the proved its might!
plague began to manifest itself with the most intense violence. In GERTRUDE. the country about Syria, we lost, by the contagion, from seven to
eight hundred men. Sir Walter Scott says, that divine vengeance,
in the shape of the plague, pursued us for the massacre. Did it SONNET,
never occur to the romantic historian, that Providence might have
found it much more simple to prevent the massacre, than to revenge Extracted from “ Weeds and Wild-flowers ;" by the late it?" Of course, the Frenchman thinks this a complete setller, as
Mr Alexander Balfour, Author of “ Campbell, or the Cruickshanks would say !
toun. It is said to be the wish of those gentlemen who have taken
Charlotte Square. The artist himself is reported to have made BEWITCHING tree ! what magic in thy name!
strong representations in favour of the front of the Register House. Yet what thy secret and seductive charms,
If this be true, he has shown a quick eye for selecting the very best To lure the great in song, the brave in arms,
situation the city offers. It has been objected to him that there is Who deem thy verdant wreath the badge of fame,
not sufficient space in front of the building for his statue: but a And while they listen to her loud acclaim,
very slight alteration on the outer-stair would remove this difficulty.
It has, moreover, been objected, that Lord Hopetoun was no lawyer, Life's purple tide with quicker motion warms? Full oft, alas! the Hero and the Bard,
as if one of that learned profession alone was entitled to stand senti
nel before the building where the evidences, upon whose preservaFind thee their only meed—their sole reward;
tion the rights of every Scottish nobleman and gentleman depend, And like the rainbow in a summer shower,
are deposited, along with the Treaty of Union-the Magna Charta of Or gaudy poppy, of fugacious bloom,
our country. The only feasible ground for refusing this situation to 'Tis thine to flourish for a transient hour,
Mr Campbell is, that it ought to be reserved for the statue of the Then, wither'd, sink in dark oblivion's womb;
King. Reverting to the other locality which has been brought under Thy greenest leaves, thy rich perennial flower,
discussion-Charlotte Square-it appears to us the next best situa. Bud in thy votary's life, but blossom on his tomb.
tion. We are not certain, however, how far the placing of Mr Campbell's work there will enhance the beauty of that exquisite piece of architecture, St George's Church, which always reminds us
of an inverted punch-bowl set upon a writing desk. The squaro LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
basement of the church is already too low for the cupola set upon it, and when seen past a statue so elevated as that of the Earl of Hope
toun, must look more diminutive still. Perhaps some wiseacre may CAPTAIN Monan announces, for immediate publication, his discover, that as the Earl was not a clergyman, it is unfitting to place Trarels in Chaldæa, including a Journey from Bussorah to Bagdad, him in front of the church. Be this matter, however, determined as Hillah, and Babylon, performed on foot in the year 1827, with Ob- it may, we would protest, in the name of good taste, against the idea Servations on the Sites and Remains of Babel, Seleucia, and Ctesi- which it seems is in agitation, of placing a line of statues along phon. The work is expected to throw much new light on the sc. George Street, one at the head of each crossing, like videttes of the counts of former travellers, particularly Buekingham, Keppel, Rich, Edinburgh Yeomanry Troop on the outlook for the approach of a and Major Rennell. The author has been enabled to append many radical mob.-Wilkie exhibited to his friends, during his stay among Faluable notes, as well as translations of numerous curious Arabic us, some highly-finished sketches, as well of the pictures now in posinscriptions, which have hitherto been inaccessible to the public. session of his Majesty, as of subjects which he proposes to paint
There is preparing for publication, Azara's Natural History of hereafter. That which seems to have given most general satisfac. Paraguay, translated into English from the original Spanish, with a tion is a picture of Napoleon and the Pope at Fontainbleau. Both Life of the Author, and copious explanatory notes, by Perceval Hun- are excellent likenesses, and the characters of both are strongly exter, Esq. in five volumes 8vo.
pressed and contrasted. The self-concentrated, lively deportment of There will be published, early in December, in one volume 8vo, the Emperor is finely set off against the deprecatory look of the Pope, Weeds and Wildflowers, by the late Mr Alexander Balfour. This who appears as if, being hard-pressed to something which it woulit ko rolume is to be a selection from the manuscripts, both in prose and dangerous in his situation to refuse, he was making an una',
TO THE LAUREL.
attempt to change the subject. We are glad to see that our rulers performers have presented Miss Kemble with a costly bracelet, as a have done themselves the honour to present Wilkie with the frecdom testimonial of their obligations to her; and a venerable nobleman of the city.--Etty has announced to the Scottish Academy that he is said to have sent her a draught for a hundred guineasa less delihas a picture nearly ready for their exhibition. Our readers will
cate compliment. Prince Leopold has transmitted L.200, and the remember that when this body purchased his Judith, they at the Duke of Buccleuch L.100, to the fund in aid of the theatre. A new same time bargained with him for the completion of his original de- melo-dramatic piece, called “ The Robber's Wise," in which Miss sign, the two wing-pieces of which that picture was the centre. The Ellen Tree plays the heroine, has been produced with success; and work which he is now on the eve of finishing is, we believe, that another new piece, called “ The Life of Shakspeare," in which Mr which represents Judith setting out on her hazardous enterprise. It C. Kemble was to play Shakspeare, was annouced for Thursday last. is square, ten feet by ten ; and report speaks of it as one of Etty's -At Drury-Lane Miss Mordaunt has played Letitia Hardy with apmost successful exertions.-- Macdonald has thrown himself tooth and
plause; and a melo-dramatic spectacle, called " The Greek Family," nail upon another arduous but noble subject-Thetis arming Achilles. has been unequivocally damned. At the Adelphi/ the popular no. We love the enthusiastic devotion with which this artist follows out velty is a comic burletta, called “ Love Laughs at Bailiffs," in his profession; and could wish to see similar examples more fre- which Mathews sustains the part of a musical and poetical bailiff, quent.--Equal to him in enthusiasm at least, and of late years much
and sings a cento of street ballads with a voice and manner approimproved as a landscape painter, is J. F. Williams, who has just re
priate to each, beginning with “ Cherry Ripe," and ending with turned from the north of England, with a cargo of hills and waters, “ Charlie is my Darling."—Of young Incledon a literary friend English cottages, clouds, and sunsets, Solway shrimp-fishers, with writes to us in these terms:-"I heard Incledon the other evening baskets and nets, sufficient to fill an Exhibition of his own.-Angus in • Love in a Village.' I did not like him at all. To use an elegant Fletcher is busied with a bust of the Duke of Argyll—a fine subject. simile, he sung as if he had a potato in his mouth. Besides, he is box-We regret to hear rumours of further disagreement among our ly, if you know what that means, and treads the stage very ill."-Conartists. We know that occasional misunderstandings are unavoid- cerning the late Musical Festival at Birmingham, a friend writes to w able among such a number; but we shall keep our eye upon them, :-" The principal singers were Malibran, a splendid creature, and if we find that the bickerings originate in any instance in a self- Miss Paton, whom I admire much, Fanny Ayton, who is sadly fallen ish disregard to the interests of the body, we shall let the offending off, and Mrs Knyvett a very sweet singer; Braham, whom I have party hear of it, although he be our best and most intimate friend. often heard to greater advantage, De Costa, Vaughan, Knyvett, and
Swan's Views ON THE CLYDE.-We have seen the first twelve Bellamy. Lindley led, and there was also a Signor de Beriot, who Parts of this work, which is a cheap and prettily executed publication. played solos on the violin in a most exquisite manner. But above No river affords scope for nobler and more varied views than the all was Malibran Garcia. Her father was a Spaniard and her mother Clyde, which has been appropriately termed the Rhine of Scotland. an Italian; she possesses the peculiar characteristics of both coun.
ELOCUTION.-We observe that Messrs Roberts & Wilson are about tries, with a voice which seems to belong to no country, but to be to give a series of Lectures and Readings in the Hopetoun Rooms. sky-born. I am told the Cockneys, instead of Malibran, call her From the abilities which both these gentlemen possess, we have no Molly Brown !'"-We observe that Pasta, who is still in Italy, is doubt that their mutual exertions will gain for them extensive en- to receive L. 1500 for six weeks' performances at Verona during the couragement.-We observe, also, that Mr Jones has returned from Carnival.-We observe that the Court Journal finds fault with the London, and has recommenced his classes for Elocution. We hope Edinburgh critics” for comparing Braham's voice to that of Catalan. he will also perform some of his favourite parts at our Theatre in Now, this is not fair; there are blockleads in Edinburgh as well the course of the season.
as in London, but the Court Journal should have said, “ an EdisNew Music.—Three new songs, with symphonies and piano-forte | burgh critic;" not "the Edinburgh critics."— A propos of Braham, accompaniments, have been recently put into our hands, all of which
we are glad to understand that he is not so old as our friend CEB. we would recommend to the notice of our fair friends. The first is,
BERUS seemed to hint last Saturday. We are informed that his age “ Away, Love, away, a ballad, sung with unbounded applause by- does not exceed fifty-four.—Mackay is taking advau tage of the short Miss Tunstall, at the Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh, in the new and ad
vacation here to play his best part3 to the Dumfries people, with
whom he is a great favourite. mired Drama of Aloyse,"—both the words and music by the author
Pritchard, we believe, has gone to
Glasgow. Miss Clarke has also made her debut there. A Glasgow ess of that piece. The second is, “ The Song of the Sisters, from the Poem of Vallery, by Charles Doyne Sillery, Esq.--the music com
critic in the Chronicle says, that "she has a rich mellow voice." Niss
Smithson has likewise been playing with Seymour's company. A posed, and dedicated to Lady Coutts Trotter, by Mrs Orme." And the third is a " Bohemian Melody, sung at the Argyle Rooms; by us concerning her ;-"She is a clever but unequal actress. Her figure
friend, on whose judgment we place considerable reliance, writes to Charles N. Weiss,--the words by Henry G. Bell, Esq." The musical
is fine; but her voice eternally dwindles into the lisp of a hoyden talents of the authoress of Aloyse are already well known; those of
when she wishes to be tender, and soars to the rant of a virago when Mrs Orme deserve to be better known; and Weiss is a voluminous
she is heroic. Her manner, in like fashion, is a see-saw betwixt grace and successful composer, and is at present engaged in preparing an and maudlin languishment, violence and French grimace. She will Opera for one of the London Theatres.
not do in Edinburgh." MECHANICS' LITERARY SOCIETY.- We observe that some of the Mechanics of Edinburgh have commenced a Society, to be called
THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES. - Oct. 24. The Edinburgh Discursive and Literary Society, the object of which is to promote mental improvement, and to encourage the members
Sat. The Castle of Andalusia, $ The Water man. to write Essays on given subjects, or to produce miscellaneous lite
Theatre closed the rest of the week. rary sketches. If judiciously conducted, this society may be of use; but we cannot approve of its discussing “ doubtful questions on morality,” such discussions never producing any beneficial result.
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. New CLUB AT GLASGOW.–We understand that a Club, whose meetings will only be annual, is at present forming in Glasgow under
The Editor IN HIS SLIPPERS, No. V. is unavoidably postponed favourable auspices. It is to comprise those alone who have travel. till our next.-" Hoelty and his Poems," by the author of " Anster led on the Continent, and who know how pleasant a thing it is to
Fair,"_" Thoughts and Scenes." -and the “ Picture Gallery, Na spend some weeks in Paris. There is to be an annual dinner, which
I." are in types, and will appear as speedily as possible. shall recall the unforgotten glories of a banquet at Very's, or " Les
On second thoughts, we must decline reviewing the " Jew Exile," trois Freres Provencaux."
which appears to have been published upwards of a year. The av. The ANNUALS.-A considerable part of our space has been devo
thor, however, seems to be a man of some genius.—The review of ted for the last three weeks to the Annuals, all of which it was ne
the “Cours de Litterature Francaise" will appear, if possible, in our cessary to notice. We have now, however, got through the most of
next."What's in a Name?" though clever, is not exactly to ou them, and we may safely say that we have had the start of all our
taste. "A Sketch among the Mountains" in our next. We have contemporaries. The Keepsake, of which we gave a full account in
directed attention to the literary matier mentioned by the author in our last, has not yet been reviewed even in London.
his letter, and he will hear concerning it. We have sent Proteus"" MATRIMONIAL DISQUALIFICATION.-A French gentleman lately packet to the Publishers; we would hint to him that he "cannot refused his consent to his daughter's marriage with a young man in serve two masters.”—“F.H." is putting himself to a great deal of every other way unexceptionable, because the intended bridegroom unnecessary trouble. wore spectacles ! The young people rebelled, and the short-sighted "Bessy's Wooing," and the Lines by "S. S." of Glasgow shall have gentleman ultimately obtained the lady's hand, to the great distress a place.-We regret that the clever poem, "Written a short time be of his father-in-law. Theatrical Gossip.-Covent-Garden is going on prosperously. is of too political a character for our pages. The Scanias on " AN
fore the conclusion of the peace between the Russians and Turks." Miss Fanny Kemble is still the lion in the London theatrical world. Mrs Siddons, accompanied by Sir Thomas Lawrence, has been to see
Old Apple Tree" will not suit us. If we can produce any thing worher niece play Juliet, and of course declared herself delighted. The
thy of the subject, we shall have much pleasure in complying with the request of our fair correspondent-"A Tall Lady."
proceeded immediately to the palace, where he met James in front of the stables. They spoke together for about a
quarter of an hour. None of the attendants overheard THE GOWRIE CONSPIRACY.Pitcairn's Criminal Trials. the discourse, but it was evident from the King's laying
Part III. Edinburgh. William Tait. November, his hand on the Master's shoulder, and clapping his back, 1829. 4to.
that the matter of it pleased him. The hunt rode on, and
Ruthven joined the train ; first, however, dispatching Me Pitcairn's industry and research increase with Henderson to inform his brother that his Majesty was the interest of his materials. This new Part of his work coming to Perth with a few attendants, and to desire far surpasses in importance those which have preceded it. him to cause dinner to be prepared. A buck was slain Among other things, it contains much valuable matter in about ten o'clock, when the King desired the Duke of the form of arguments respecting the relevancy of libels Lennox and the Earl of Mar to accompany him to Perth, and the competency of jurors, which throw light on the to speak with the Earl of Gowrie. The Master of Ruthnotions entertained on these heads about the end of the ven now dispatched his other attendant to give the Earl 16th century; also, a curious notice of an early trial and notice of the King's approach ; and immediately after-> condemnation for duelling without a license; and several wards James and he set off at a rate that threw behind witch trials, in one of which we think we observe a refresh- the royal attendants, who lost some time in changing : ing evidence of the progress of rational opinions—the par- horses. When the Duke of Lennox overtook them, the ties throughout being only accused of pretending to skill in King, with great glee, told him that he was riding to witchcraft. That, however, which gives Mr Pitcairn's Perth to get a pose (treasure.) He then asked the Duke's Inbours their chief value, is the very complete collection opinion of Alexander Ruthven, which proving favourable, of documents bearing upon the Gowrie Conspiracy, with a he proceeded to repeat the story which that young nobleconsiderable part of which he presents us in this Number. man had told him, of his having the previous evening We have been politely favoured with a perusal of that surprised a man with a large sum of money on his perpart which still remains unpublished, and have thus been son.' The Duke expressed his opinion of the improbabienabled to take a view of the whole transaction more lity of the tale, and some suspicion of Ruthven's purpose ; extensive and complete than we were ever able to take upon which the King desired him to follow when he and before. The result we have much pleasure in now sub- Ruthven should leave the ball an order which he remitting to our readers, and feel fully confident, that peated after his arrival in the Earl of Gowrie's house. though this article may exceed our usual limits, its inte- Meantime, Henderson, on his arrival at Perth, found. rest will be found sufficient to atone for its length. the elder Ruthven in his chamber, speaking upon busi
The documents connected with the Gowrie Conspi- ness with two gentlemen. ; Gowrie drew him aside the , racy may be divided into three classes :--I. The dittays moment he entered, and asked whether he brought any. of the persons brought to trial; the depositions of the letter or message from his brother. On learning that witnesses examined by the Lords of Articles ; and the the King was coming, he took the messenger into his carecord of the investigation conducted before the magi- , binet, and enquired anxiously in what manner the Mas-; strates of Perth. These form a rich body of authentic ter had been received, and what persons were in attenda information respecting the whole overt acts of the Earl ance upon his Majesty. Returning to the chamber, he. of Gowrie and his followers.-II. The dittay and con- made an apology to the two gentlemen, and dismissed fession of Sprott; Logan of Restalrig's letters; and two them. Henderson then went to his own house. When letters of the Earl of Gowrie-illustrative of the charac- he returned, in about an hour, the Earl desired him to ters and previous steps of the actors in the conspiracy.- arm himself, as he had to apprehend a Highlander in the, III. A large collection of contemporary narratives, ora- | Shoe-gate. The Master of the household being unwell, tions, and correspondence, calculated to throw light on the duty of carrying up the Earl's dinner devolved upon the views which different parties and individuals took of Henderson. He performed this service about half past, the event at the time. We shall make use of all of these twelve ; and afterwards waited upon the Earl and some, in the remarks we have now to offer respecting the pro- friends who were dining with him. They had just sate bable objects of the conspirators; to the right understand down when Andrew Ruthven entered, and whispered ing of which, however, it will be necessary to prefix a something in the Earl's ear, who, however, seemed to give. narrative of the principal incidents which occurred du- no heed. As the second course was about to be set upon ring the eventful day of the Gowrie Conspiracy. the table, the Master of Ruthven, who had left the King,
Early on the morning of the 5th of August 1600, about a mile from Perth, and rode on before, entered and Alexander, Master of Ruthven, with only two followers, announced his Majesty's approach. This was the first Andrew Henigerson and Andrew Ruthven, rode from intelligence given to the inhabitants of Gowrie-house of Perth to Falkland, where King James was at that time the King's visit, for Gowrie had kept not only his coming, residing. He arrived there about seven o'clock, and stop but also the Master's visit to Falkland, a profound secret. ping at a house in the vicinity of the palace, sent Hen- The Earl and his visitors, with their attendants, and derson fórward to learn the motions of the King. His some of the citizens among whom the news had spread, messenger returned quickly with the intelligence, that went out to meet the King. his majesty was just departing for the cbase. Ruthven The street in which Gowrie-house formerly stood runs
north and south, and parallel to the Tay. The house of it, and the door of this room Ruthven appears to have was on the side next the river, built so as to form three locked behind him. sides of a square, the fourth side, that which abutted on When the noblemen had dined, they enquired after the street, being formed by a wall, through which the their master, but were informed by Gowrie that he had entry into the interior court, or close, was by a gate. The retired, and wished to be private. The Earl immediately scene of the subsequent events was the south side of the called for the keys of the garden, whither he was followed square. The interior of this part of the edifice contain- by Lennox and a part of the royal train ; whilst Mar, ed, in the first story, a dining-room, looking out upon with the rest, remained in the house. John Ramsay, a the river, a hall in the centre, and a room at the fur- favourite page of the King, says in his deposition, that, on ther end looking out upon the street, each of them occu- rising from table, he had agreed to take charge of a hawk pying the whole breadth of the building, and opening into for one of the servants, in order to allow the man to go each other. The second story consisted of a gallery oc- to dinner. He seems, while thus engaged, to have missed cupying the space of the dining-room and hall below, and Gowrie's explanation of the King's absence, for he sought at the street end of this gallery, a chamber, in the north- his Majesty in the dining-room, in the garden, and afterwest corner of which was a circular closet, formed by a wards in the gallery. He had never before seen this turret which overhung the outer wall, in which were gallery, which is said we know not upon what authotwo long narrow windows, the one looking towards the rity—to have been richly adorned with paintings by the spy-tower, (a strong tower built over one of the city- Earl's father, and he stayed some time admiring it. On gates,) the other looking out upon the court, but visible coming down stairs, he found the whole of the King's atfrom the street before the gate. The access to the hall tendants hurrying towards the outer gate, and was told and gallery was by a large turnpike stair in the south- by Thomas Cranstone, one of the Earl's servants, that the east corner of the court. The hall likewise communica- King had rode on before. Ramsay, on hearing this, ran ted with the garden, which lay between the house and to the stable where his horse was. Lennox and Mar, the river, by a door opposite to that which opened from who had also heard the report of the King's departure, the turnpike, and an outward stair. The access to the asked the porter, as they were passing the gate, whether chamber in which was the round closet, was either the King were indeed forth. The man replied in the nethrough the gallery, or by means of a smaller turnpike gative. Gowrie checked him with considerable harsh(called the black turnpike) which stood half-way betwixt ness, and affirmed that the King had passed out by the the principal one and the street.
back gate. “That is impossible, my lord,” answered the The unexpected arrival of the King caused a consider-porter, “ for it is locked, and the key is in my pocket." able commotion in Gowrie's establishment. Craigingelt, Gowrie, somewhat confused, said he would return and the master of the household, was obliged to leave his sick learn the truth of the matter. He came back almost inbed, and bestir himself. Messengers were dispatched stantly, affirming positively that the King had ridden out through Perth to seek, not for meat, for of that there by the back gate. The greater part of the company were seems to have been plenty, but for some delicacy fit to be now assembled on the High Street, in front of the house, set upon the royal table. The bailies and other digni- waiting for their horses, and discussing how they were taries of Perth, as also some noblemen who were resident to seek the King. At this moment, the King's voice in the town, came pouring in, some to pay their respects was heard, crying-“I am murdered! Treason! My to his Majesty, others to stare at the courtiers. Amid all Lord of Mar, help! help!" Lennox and Mar, with this confusion, somewhat more than an hour elapsed be their attendants, rushed through the gateway into the fore the repast was ready. To judge by the King's nar- court, and up the principal stair. Sir Thomas Erskyne rative, and the eloquent orations of Mr Patrick Galloway, and his brother, James, seized the Earl of Gowrie, exthis neglect on the part of the Earl seems to have been claiming, “ Traitor ! this is thy deed!" Some of the regarded as not the least criminal part of his conduct. Earl's servants rescued their master, who was, however, And with justice : for his Royal Highness had been ri- thrown down in the scuffle, and refused admittance to the ding hard since seven o'clock, and it was past two before inner court. On recovering his feet, he retired a short he could get a morsel, which, when it did come, bore evi- way, then drawing his sword and dagger, he cried, “I dent marks of being hastily slubbered up.
will be in my own house, or die by the way." As soon as the King was set down to dinner, the Earl During these proceedings, the King had found himself sent for Andrew Henderson, whom he conducted up to rather critically circumstanced. Alexander Ruthven, the gallery, where the Master was waiting for them. After having locked the door of the gallery chamber, led the some short conversation, during which Gowrie told Hen- way to the round closet. James was not a little astonished derson to do any thing his brother bade him, the younger when, instead of the captive he expected, he saw a man Ruthven locked this attendant into the little round closet armed at all points except his head.
He was more astowithin the gallery chamber, and left him there. Hen- nished when the Master, putting on his hat, drew the derson began now, according to his own account, to sus- man's dagger, and presented it to his breast, saying, “ Sir, pect that something wrong was in agitation, and set him- you must be my prisoner ! Remember my father's death!" self to pray, in great perturbation of mind. Meanwhile, James attempted to remonstrate, but was interrupted with the Earl of Gowrie returned to take his place behind the “ Hold your tongue, sir, or by Christ you shall die!" But chair of his royal guest. When the King had dined, and here Henderson wrenched the dagger from Ruthven's Lennox, Mar, and the other noblemen in waiting, had hand, and the King, then resuming his remonstrances, was retired from the dining-room to the hall to dine in their answered that his life was not what was sought. The turn, Alexander Ruthven came and whispered to the Master even took off his hat, when the King, who, amid King, to find some means of getting rid of his brother the all his perturbation, forgot not his princely demeanour, Earl, from whom he had all along pretended great anxiety reminded him of the impropriety of wearing it in his pre to keep the story of the found treasure a secret. The
He then requested James to give him his word King filled a bumper, and, drinking it off, desired Gowrie not to open the window, nor call for assistance, whilst he to carry his pledge to the noblemen in the hall. While went to bring his brother, the Earl, who was to deterthey were busy returning the health, the King and the mine what farther should be done.
Ruthven then left Master passed quietly through the hall, and ascended the the closet, locking the door behind him; but, according great stair which led to the gallery. They did not, how- to Henderson's belief, went no farther than the next room. ever, pass altogether unobserved, and some of the royal This is more than probable ; for, by the nearest calculation, train made mien to follow them, but were repelled by Ramsay must have been at that time still in the gallery, Ruthven, who alleged the King's wish to be alone. The Master re-entered, therefore, almost instantly, and From the gallery they passed into the chamber at the end telling the
King there was now but one course left, pro