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throughout. But, instead of talking of their own affairs, These specimens convey a fair notion of Mr Dunlop's in which the reader might have been somewhat interest- general style ; and we therefore do not hesitate to say, ed, they scarcely say a word concerning them, except at that he must either alter it entirely, or cease to make any the commencement of the first Book, and at the conclu- farther attempts at the production of poetry. That he sion of the third. They converse rather " de omnibus might improve we consider likely, from the circumstance negotiis et quibusdam aliis.” In the “ Argument” to the of there being several passages in his book of a much first Book, we find such references as these,—“ Descrip- higher order than those to which we have referred ; and tion of Britain, prior to the coming of Christianity,” as we are ever anxious to do justice to all men, we have “ Its Introduction,” -“ Account of Icolmkill,”—“ Scot- pleasure in selecting one of these for our readers' approland and Ireland Christianised," -“ History of Oswald, bation :King of Northumberland.” In the “ Argument' the second Book we have,-“ Advance of Popery over
CROMWELL'S DREAM. Great Britain in the seventh and eighth centuries,”—
“ As if in dreams and visions of the night,
When deep sleep falls on man, methought I saw “ Allusion to Cyprian, Augustine, and the pristine her
An ancient city's strengthen’d bounds within, mits,"_" Transubstantiation admitted— Good Works—
A lofty scaffold, clothed in doleful black, Indulgences,”—“. The practicability of man's discovering Amid a close-wedged multitude uprear'd, and preserving a knowledge of the Divine Character in For consequence of stern judicial doom. his own strength,”—“ General Account of the Church Stood round the scene of death th' engines of fate; of Rome,”—“ The Culdees,”- “ Sketch of Gospel truth,”
Sad expectation bent itself unmoved,
And breathless waiting still’d the living mass, -“ Original Sin,” &c. &c. What connexion all this and
That on a secret portal strain'd their sight; much more has with Oliver Cromwell, we do not under
From whose recess they long did hope and watch take to explain. All that we can state is, that instead of
For spectacle to feast their mourning eyes; being political or historical, the poem is, to all intents and And rest and silence for a space prevaild. purposes, strictly theological, and, with a few omissions, might have been called “ Nicodemus,” or “ Edward Ir
Sudden throughout the crowd a murmur rose ving," with as much propriety as “ Oliver Cromwell."
Like sound of zephyr in the tops of trees;
And to the view of all men issued one But as to the merits of the poetry,—what of them ?
From the high dome, majestical and slow, Our opinion is, that 'Mr Dunlop is a sensible and well
In sables clad: whose now defenceless head informed man, but not exactly cut out for a poet. His A foretime graced a golden diadem, style, which is founded upon Milton, (heu ! quanto in- And royal hands a rod of empire sway'd. terrallo !) is terribly laboured, pompous, and inverted, But now discrown'd, and from his throne descent, forming, in these respects, a striking contrast to his prose
He stoop'd unweapon 'd, 'mid the iron tread composition, which is distinct and vigorous.
And guard of a closed watch of steel-clad men,
And stern officials of vindictive law, example or two of what we call very hard and costive attempts at versification. We think the following passages
All refuge faild him : to the cruel stroke
Of hate and ruthless judgment was he doom'd. nearly as dry reading as any of Euclid's propositions :- Seemly decorum reign'd, befitting well “ A maxim 'tis of sages, who explore,
His calm and lotty mien; while jewell'd words With lucky search, the elements of things,
From his lips dropt, as with upraised hands That in the haughty art of governance,
He bless'd his liegemen with a father's love. In arbitrating penalty and pain,
Alas ! he had a most forgiving eye Displeasure moved against the general good
To all, save one. And, 'mid the weeping throng, Reward should meet, adjusted to the hurt
He singled me, methought, with such a look And detriment the commonwealth endures :
As dying Abel to his brother sent ; Although the moral stain and guilt perchance
And witness'd that I had not shelter'd him Of popular and non-offending treason,
In destiny's obscure and cloudy day; Might be o'ergone by a more private sin;
Like the prophetic voice of ancient seers, Treason, the vasty basis of the state
His words stuck as an arrow in my veins. Endangering, her loud alarm is just,
Then stooping solemn, he pronounced a prayer, And parrying retribution perilous."
And reverently inclined him on the block;
Till glided an ill-favour'd one behind, “ The bark that swims unpiloted, may glide
Vizor'd in crape, like a foul hidden fiend,
Or delegate of darkness, to fulfil
The frenzied inquisition of the state; But to attain the distant mark reserved,
And from the breathing corse sever'd the head, And find the transatlantic beacon sure
Dext'rous, and swift from every eye withdrew, Athwart th' illimitable breadth of foam,
Nor e'er in England's realm was seen again.
The people spake not; and the welkin lower'd.
My soul to this dark tragedy was chain'd,
When straight a force invisible me caught, Of blanched sheet, bound faithful to the breeze."
And ferried swiftly from the bloody scene “ Urged by primeval custom, nations all
To distant coasts remote; yet still invades Their scrupling spirits have assuag'd, when ground
Fierce and upbraiding wail throughout the land, With deadly sin, and substituted blood,
Men's hearts did fail for shed of royal blood ; That wrath to quench, that was suspect to chafe
And women, judging, from the throeing, earth And canker in the vengeance-brewing spheres ;
Was near her end, convulsed and died aghast. Yet deviate from the true original,
And ever, 'rnid the sad and moaning winds, Into idolatrous and perverse rite,
His stilly voice enter'd my very heart.”—Pp. 10-12. They sacrificed in vain.”
The following lines are also poetical and good. Mrs “ Complete beyond compare, the tangled web And traversed intertexture of our fate;
Claypole speaks :And unexpress'd, the involutions strange
“ My loving father! many years have sped Of our polemic broil of swords and words,
Over thy head, and now they trace behind, None can array the plastic polity
And leave some notice as they fleet away : That summon'd into being all the play
Silver upon thy temples here and there Of clashing wits, and stern colliding jar
Thy hand is sinewy, and autumn's tints Of mind confronting mind, in conflict new :
O’erflush thy season with admired decay. Where old sedate opinion did not crouch,
Thine eye is freighted with a nation's cares, As wont, in cloister'd abbacies and halls,
And thou dost question with ascendency, But issued on the stage of human life
And speakest to be heard o'er laud and sea, Unparalleled in sequence and import."
And France gives earnest heed, and guilty Spain,
Lofty thy port ’mong coronets and swords,
rience afforded by a discharge of some years' standing of And a starr'd peerage gives obeisance to thee.
the duties of Professor of Scots Law in the University of But I have known thee in the private vale;
Mr Bell has, with great propriety, rejected in his Our sire endear'd, and sang at thy approach.”
Principles the arrangement of Erskine, wbich is a singuPp. 31-2. larly infelicitous attempt to class the doctrines of the
Scottish law according to the division of the Roman juOn the whole, we do not rise from the perusal of this rists, without understanding the principles upon which book with any feeling of disrespect to its author, but that division proceeded. Our author's arrangement coinsimply with a consciousness that he has misapplied his cides in the main with that of Lord Stair, with some talents in seeking to clothe his thoughts in a poetical modifications, however, which the altered state of the law dress.
has rendered indispensable. Provided a systematic ar
rangement admits of the subject being exhausted withPrinciples of the Law of Scotland for the Use of Students in its limits, we are not very nice about the precise order in the University of Edinburgh. By George Joseph well aware that the very best method must leave some
in which the different divisions follow each other, being Bell, Esq. Pp. 622. Edinburgh. William Black
parts which can only be distinctly understood after we wood. 1829.
have mastered the whole. We refrain, therefore, from It was high time that an institutional work on the some objections we felt inclined to urge to Mr B.'s order ; law of Scotland, suited to its present advanced state, should in particular, to his treating of the doctrine of obligations appear. Since the publication of Lord Stair's Institutes, prior to that of property. We cannot, however, omit to and even the later work of Mr Erskine, the form of our suggest one improvement, which we find generally adopted law has undergone an extensive change-many branches by the institutional writers of Germany. It is to discuss, have become obsolete, or sunk into comparative insignifi- in a preliminary part, the simple doctrines of property, cance, which formerly occupied almost the exclusive at obligations, and persons; and afterwards the more comtention of the courts, and the extension of our commerce plicated subjects of property as affected by feudal relahas introduced new and complex relations into society, tions, rights and responsibilities arising from partnership, which could not be contemplated in older works. insurance, bankruptcy, and the like, which uniformly in
We have a high opinion of the talents and acquire- volve more than one of the simple doctrines. ments of many of our present lawyers as practitioners, As to the execution of the work, it is every thing we but we must make bold to say, that our law literature is could wish, and calculated to be of use to the practitioner at this moment very deficient. There are but few mo- as well as the mere student. The doctrines are simply dern books on Scotch Law that rise above mediocrity. and lucidly stated; and a list of reported decisions and The fault seems not to lie so much in the deficiency of other authorities annexed to each, which may be consulted the authors, as in the general intellectual character of the for its argumentative treatment. A copious index is age. We are now-a-days, in all professions, prodigiously added—an indispensable part of every systematic law learned, and versant in the most profound investigations book-prepared, we understand, by the indefatigable Mr - but there is a mistiness about all our knowledge. We Cosmo Ferguson, the compiler of the very excellent inknow every thing, and we can argue most plausibly on dices attached to Mr Bell's Commentaries, and Mr Ivory's abstract' principles ; but when kept close to details, we edition of the larger Erskine. are generally found deficient in distinctness and mastery In conclusion, we have to add two things. In the over the subject. This, with all due deference to the first place, there are one or two works which deserve to gentlemen of the long robe, is peculiarly striking in their be excluded from the sweeping censure pronounced in the
Set them upon the track of a question of abstract beginning of this article ; especially Mr Robert Thom. right—the metaphysics of the law-and you are sure of son's Treatise on Bills of Exchange, Mr Brown's on the receiving most luminous and eloquent disquisitions; but Law of Sale, and we might have added, Mr Ferguson's bring them to investigate its practical principles, and you Consistorial Law, had not that gentleman tired of his find them at fault alike in clear views of established work in the middle, and patched up the latter part rather doctrines, and their application to special cases. How slovenly. Secondly, we flatter ourselves that this article different is it with Stair, and some others of our older itself is rather a successful specimen of the style of writing writers! There is scarcely a schoolboy now alive who we have been condemning. could not demonstrate the shallowness of their metaphysics ; but when they come to elucidate a legal doctrine, or show its application, their reasoning is like a problem in Studies in Natural History ; exhibiting a popular View of Euclid. Mr Bell is by no means free from this defect of his
the most Striking and Interesting Objects of the Material
World. age; on the contrary, we could cull from his writings as
Illustrated by ten Engravings. By William
Rhind. striking exemplifications of it, as from those of any writer
Edinburgh. Oliver & Boyd. 1830. 8vo. we know. There is a vagueness about his style that not
Pp. 247. unfrequently renders it somewhat difficult to see his This is a book excellently calculated for the ingenuous drift. To compensate for this, however, he has—what mind of youth. It contains little that is new, and nothing most of his contemporaries want—a comprehensive and that is profound; but its materials are lucidly arranged, systematic knowledge of bis subject. His commentaries and its thoughts are prettily expressed. The views which on the mercantile law of Scotland are not only the best it presents of the great system and operations of Nature
, that we possess—they are in reality the first, and, as yet, whether in their general or minuter features, cannot fail the only treatise on the subject. Mr Bell, therefore, has to lead to pure and lofty conceptions, and will at once the honour of being the first who has given to the world strengthen the judgment and refine the heart. As to the a complete and methodised system of what has now be praise due to Mr Řhind—though the work is one which come the most important branch of our municipal law. will always be read with pleasure and edification-we Nor have his labours been confined to mere theoretical think it right to state, that it is more a tasteful compilainvestigations. He has taken an active and influential tion than an effort indicative of much originality of talent ; part in the modifications which have been introduced of and is unquestionably more of an elementary than a late years in the forms and proceedings of our courts of scientific kind. Such works, however, can never come law; and for doing justice to his last work that which amiss ; and we are always glad to see men springing up now lies before us--he has been prepared, by the expe- / among us capable of doing justice to so noble a subject,
THE ADVANTAGES OF THE STUDY OF NATURE.
and of clothing it in those attractive colours which natu- tions of the power, and wrath, and caprice of an unseenrally belong to it. One or two specimens of Mr Rhind's unknown Divinity, the patient enquirer into nature will style will be enough to show that he enters con amore
tind displayed before bim a beautiful system of order, reguinto the task he bas undertaken, and that it is well suited of an all-powerful, beniguant, and merciful God.”—Pp.
larity, and mutual harmony,—the consummate arrangement to his peculiar genius. From his first section we extract
12-6. the following pleasing passage on
Mr Rbind rarely deviates, in the course of his work,
into any speculations of his own, but contents himself “ Nature has charms even for the most uninitiated. The green fields and the waving woods, the playful mo
with condensing the materials supplied by others. In tions of happy animals, the wheeling flights of birds, the
one instance, however, he offers his own theory upen rabuoyant air filled with innumerable insects on glittering
ther an interesting subject, and we think there is much wing, the fleeces of white clouds rolling their fantastic good sense in it. It is well known that pure air is translengths along the blue sky, are all capable of imparting a parent and colourless, and the reason, therefore, why the simple pleasure to the mind. But a knowledge of the va- atmosphere should have a blue tinge has given rise to some rious operations of Nature is calculated to heighten this discussion. It is attributed, by one party, to reflection pleasure of contemplation in a tenfold degree, and enables one to perceive delicate beauties and nice adaptations, before refraction, the blue rays being supposed to find a less easy
from thjo vapours contained in it; and by another, to unheerled or unthought of.. A philosophical poet bas very transmission through the air than the other coloured rays. beautifully remarked, that the sight of the rainbow never gave him so much pleasure as when he first was able to un
Upon this subject, Mr Rhind remarks— derstand the principles on which it was formed, when he viewed it not only as the 'arch sublime' spanning the hede
“ The above are the generally-received explanations of the
blue colour of the atmosphere. If I might bazard my opivens, but as a curious and beautiful illustration of the rays of light, decomposed into their various constituent colours, ing :-As the atmosphere extends upwards, its density be
nion of the cause of this appearance, it would be the followby the natural prism of the globes of rain from the dropping cloud. The landscape-painter looks with additional delight reflecting the sun's rays in like proportion diminishes, till
comes gradually less and less, and of course its power of on a beautiful scene, because he can enter into the percep: at last, at the extremnest verge where it terminates, there is tion of the mellowing of tints, the disposition of light and shade, and the receding perspective of the relative objects.
no reflection at all—a total darkness. The extreme strata “ The appearance of the silky-like haze rising from the the rays of light; and the light thus reflected is of a bluishi
then being most raritied, has the least power of retlecting ocean, floating about on the surface of the deep, and hence tint, or consists principally of the blue rays. In this man-ascending in clouds of various shapes and hues, and sailing
ner, a dark brown mountain, whose surface has small realong the sky, and lighted up or darkened as they pass and repass the sun, is a sight of beauty and splendour calculated fective capabilities, when seen at a distance has a deep blue
to please and amuse the eye; but when we know that this appearance, exactly similar to the atmosphere. It cannot appearance from the deep is a species of distillation going ders it of this colour; for it
' part of the mountain be covered
be the medium of the air through which it is seen that relion—that a portion of the pure water of the ocean is taken
with snow, which has strong reflective powers, this snow up by the atmosphere, carried along by the winds, and descends upon the face of the soil in refreshing showers, giving too, that the atmosphere, when seen from the top of a very
is still seen of a pure white colour. It has been ascertained, life and sustenance to the animal and vegetable world, to high mountain, has a deep blue tint, approaching to black, our feelings of pleasure are superadded those of wonder, delight, and gratitude.
and this tint becomes deeper the higher up you ascend. It " It is the same with the botanist, the mineralogist, and looking perpendicularly upwards, al ways appears of a deep
may be observed also, that the centre of the atmosphere, the investigator of animal life. A tree is, perhaps, one of the inost beautiful objects in nature; the massive strength towards the extreme verge of the horizon, or in the lower
blue colour, which gradually passes to a whiter appearance of the trunk, the graceful tortuosity of the branches, aud
strata next the earth. Here most dense air is accumulated, the beautiful and variegated green of the leaves, are all so
and here the reflection is most perfect, or nearest approachmany sources of pleasure to the beholder. But when we think on the series of fibres and tubes by which this tree for ing to white light; whereas, perpendicularly overhead, the ages, perhaps, bas drawn nourishment from the earth, and, rays of light pass through less of this air, the reflection is by a process of assimilation, added circle after circle of faiiter, and hence the deep blue colour.”—Pp. 45-6. woody matter round the original stem, till it has acquired We bave room for only one other short extract. It is its present enormous bulk,-when we retlect on the curious
upon mechanism of the leaves, by wbich, like the lungs of an animal, they decompose the air of the atınosphere, selecting shall notice is, the various sounds produced by insects
The SoundS MADE BY INSECTS.-" The last thing we through the day what part of it is fit to enter into the cornposition of the tree, and giving out at night a different spe
those diversified sounds which are so often heard, and which cies of air,when we think of the sap passing up the small
so enliven the animated creation. Perhaps the uninitiated series of tubes during suinmer, and these tubes again re
will be astonished to hear, that the shrill clarion of the bee, maining dormant and inactive throughout the long winter, the hollow buzz of the dor-beetle, the chirping of the -these reflections awaken a train of ideas in the mind cricket, and the merry voice of the grasshopper, are none of more lasting and more intense than even the tirst vivid im- them produced from the mouth of the respective insects. pressions of simple beauty.
Indeed, no insects have the power of producing sound by “ The untutored imagination may have a vague pleasure the inouth; they do not breathe through the mouth, and from the contemplation of meteors and tornadoes, ot Aaming consequently can have no power of producing sounds by comets, or darkening eclipses, as the foreboders of important that organ. The sounds are produced either by the quick events, or the precursors of national calamities, the wild
vibration of the wings, or by beating on their own bodies or savage may listen to the hollow voice of the coming storm, other hard substances with their mandibles, or their foet. the shrieking spirit from the mountain, his good or evil ge
The sound of the bee is produced by the vibration of its nius, or the strange cries of unknown birds and animals, wings in the air. The cricket, when it is disposed to be with an excited awe and delirious tremor,—but to the en
merry, beats time with its inandibles against its head and lightened enquirer into nature there are pleasures no less horny sides, in the same manner as a human being, when intense, and grounded on a more rational, permanent, and
in good spirits or idle, drums with his fingers on the table. ennobling basis. His admiration is no less great, as he
There is a sound which has often struck terror into the looks on the vast and striking revolutions of the heavenly souls of the superstitious, and which is frequently heard bodies, and the imposing phenomena by which they are ac
behind the ceiling, called the death-watch. This has been companied, because he scans the laws by which they are
ascertained to be caused by a small species of wood-beetle, upheld and regulated; and when he turns to the worlds of and most probably in the same way as the cricket produces animated existence, descending to the minutest points he its sound, by beating with its fect on the wood." has a field opened to his view of accurate adaptation, and We can safely recommend this work as one which commost curious and elaborate construction, the investigation of bines a fine tone of morality with much practical and usewhich is calculated to excite the highest feelings of admiration,
ful information. "Instead, therefore, of being filled with perturbed no
Peace in Believing. A Memoir of Isabella Campbell of the land of the living!” She receives a letter from a
Isabella's cough is better—“0, what a miracle ! am I in Fernicarry, Roseneath. Greenock. R. B. Lusk. 1829.
friend—“I could not help considering it as an answer to
my prayers ; I could not help being overwhelmed with a This is the history of a life and conversion naturally sense of the Lord's goodness." She makes the acquaintarising out of the circumstances stated in the few first ance of a pious sister—“Our meeting is a wonderful pages. Given, a young female of a consumptive habit, manifestation of the tenderness of our God.” She is viliving out of society, and having her attention directed to sited by a wandering evangelist"0, all this goodness religious matters ; the corollary of which, of course, is is insupportable !” These converts, moreover, always afthe terrors, the visions, the raptures, the longings, the fect an incredible and unattainable indifference to sufferassurances, which necessarily follow. Generally speak- ing, but Isabella went even farther than this—“ She was ing, it is not worth while to take notice of this class of not satisfied as to the entireness of her resignation to the publications, even for the purpose of exposing them; for divine will, unless consciously thankful for every pang tbat they carry with them, in their absurdity, a sure antidote thrilled through her frame.” This was surely the ne to any evil effect on well-regulated minds, and the weak plus ultra of thankfulness. zealots to whose feelings they are, for the most part, ad
Our converts have mighty notions of what they can dressed, may be fairly supposed beyond the influence of and ought to do in the conversion of others. “ Oiten, rational criticism. But we have been moved by two during the night, she would say to her sister, ' Arise, considerations to deviate a little from this rule in regard dear, and pray; it does not do for you to take rest all to the “ Memoir of Isabella Campbell.” First, it is not night when immortal souls are perishing around you. I the work of some evangelical sister, itinerant gleaner have been pleading for hours, and do not feel much weak. of conversions, the usual biographers of such subjects ; but ened.'” It was no doubt very proper for Miss Campbell written by a parish minister of our Church, whose office to pray, but if she exerted her gift for us, as it appears and station may be presumed to give some importance to she did for a certain “Mr ” we should rather dewhat he has thought fit to publish, with the avowed in- cline the compliment. “I cannot tell you," she says tention of doing good. And secondly, we esteem it a sort
“ how much I am indebted to our friend for bringing Vr of duty to that portion of the public over which our in
bere, for I have had such unutterable pleasure in fluence may in any way extend, to expose, once for all, praying for him. 0, that the great Ilead of the Church by some remarks on a particular specimen, a species of would magnify his glory, by making him do and sufia trash with which the country is at present pestered, more, much, for his name's sake.” This gentleman, who, we we believe, than at any former period since the first rise presume, is no other than the great Apostle of the Faith of Methodism.
of Assurance in the West, is no doubt anxious to suffer. The success of modern conversions, all of which proceed Modern converts, in ceasing—very properly—to rely on upon the same principles, depends solely upon the presence morality for salvation, appear sometimes-not so properly of a particular temperament. As surely as the physician --to make wild work with moral distinctions. knows the constitutional complaint, so surely does the says our author, " though many do not think it, the best most ordinary observer know the religious malady with moral character that ever trode the world, and the man which it so often stands connected—by its infallible diag- who is a pest to society, are alike the children of wrath." nosis. Terror is commonly the first stage. Accordingly, And we might quote still stronger declarations of the our poor convert, Isabella, is distressed by doubts of her same kind from pages 20 and 59. Does the referend election, by temptations to blasphemy, by the dread of biographer think that naked and startling assertions like having committed the sin against the Holy Ghost. Then, these, supposing them to receive some apparent counteas usual, she is suddenly relieved by a book, an impulse, nance from a refinement in orthodoxy, are calculated to a text, and a sermon, and the work of conversion is begun. serve the interests of practical religion in the world? At this point commence those joyful experiences, those But that which most strongly characterises the class Hlights of the soul, those rapt illuminations, that give their of believers to which the heroine of this book belongs, is highest and most peculiar colouring to the pages of evan
the assurance of their personal salvation.
Indeed, the gelical biography. “ At times,” says Isabella, “such a scope and tendency of the work is manifestly to hold flood of glory rushed upon me, that, had it continued, I this as the life of religion, as the distivguishing evidence felt this frail body could not have endured—I must have of a true Christian character. It may be known to many died.”
of our readers, that certain high-flown opinions on this One of the most noted effects of enthusiasm is that subject (opinions which, to prevent misconstruction, we perpetual use of daring and familiar language, founded on must say distinctly, receive no regular countenance from gross notions of divine things, to which, next to profane either of the parties into which our church is divided) levity itself, a sound mind has the most shuddering re
have been recently maintained by one or two zealous pugnance. Take, for example, such phrases as these, ministers in a Western presbytery, and are alleged to bave which are thickly scattered throughout the book before us : produced extraordinary effects in the way of religious re“ Lord, hold thine hand, or increase my capaciousness,”
vival and conversion. 'Isabella Campbell appears to have “ She had found much comfort in being able to put a
been one of the first fruits of this pious work, and her blank into God's hand in all her temporal concerns,"
biographer is naturally anxious to obtain, for his peculiar “ 0, for rapacious appetites to eat continually of this views, all the support which the example of so fair and manna !”—“ How am I lost, lost, drowned in thee !" attractive a character was likely to give them. It is not Akin to this, is the fondness of those good people for
our intention to trouble our readers at length with the connecting their illuminations with outward circum- ravings of an enthusiastic girl, on the subject of her own stances, some of them homely enough. Thus, for ex- assumed salvation, and that even of certain of her neighample, our heroine's sister-a convert, too-says, Just
bours, whom she expressly distinguishes. Such as are when I was sweeping the floor, a few days ago, the words curious to see the whole amount of her extravagance on of David came with great clearness to my mind."* Or- this point, we simply refer to the following pages of the dinary occurrences, too, are often represented as if they book : 129, 276, 278, 462, 463, 180, 247, and 307. We were direct and uncommon interpositions of Providence, could easily prove (indeed, we had prepared ourselves to and distinguished by suitable expressions of rapture. do so, but our liinits forbid so long an investigation as
this would require) that this fair convert's views of asWe should like to know whether it is to be inferred from this, Church. Suffice it to say, that, contrary to the peria
surance are opposed to the standards of our Presbyterian that sweeping the floor has any thing to do with a clearer insight into the sense of inspiration ?
ding scope of the book, our Confession and Catechism are
DRAWN FOR A SOLDIER.
agreed, that Assurance is not of the essence of Faith ;* recover ourselves, a strapping sergeant entered the parlour and while it must be admitted that they allow a high with a huge bow, or rather rain-bow, of party-coloured degree of assurance in some Christians, they take care to
ribands in his cap. He came, he said, to offer a substitute connect this with such extreme qualifications of faith and females asking hiun in the same breath,. Who and what
for me; but I was prevented from reply by the indignant holiness, as must always keep a modest spirit on the safe did he think could be a substitute for a son and a husband ?' side of reserve, and as leave the assured fully chargeable The poor sergeant looked foolish enough at this turn; but with all the responsibility of fixing their religious attain- he was still more abashed when the two anxious ladies ments at that high estimate which alone can warrant began to cross-examine him on the length of his services their confidence.t
abroad, and the number of his wounds, the campaigns of In conclusion, we have only to add, that the Reverend the militia-man having been contined doubtless to MounMr Story, the editor of this work, might, we think, have slow, and his bodily marks militant to the three stripes on employed his influence more usefully in correcting than voured to prevail upon me to see the proposed proxy, a fine
his sleeve. Parrying these awkward questions, he endeain heightening, and, in so far as her example was likely young fellow, he assured me, of unusual stature; but I told to produce any effect, in qualifying than in recording, the him it was quite an indifferent point with me whether he enthusiasm of a character which appears, in many re- was 6-feet-2 or 2-feet-6,-in short, whether he was as tall spects, to have been amiable and promising.
as the flag, or 'under the standard.' The truth is, I reTo our religious readers, our remarks will, we trust, flected that it was a time of profound peace; that a civil stand sufficiently vindicated by the spirit in which they casional drill, that' I could make shift, like Lavater, to
war, or an invasion, was very unlikely; and as for an ocare written; inasmuch as they have been dictated wholly right-about-face. Accordingly I declined seeing the subby an honest regard for the interests of pure, and rational, stitute, and dismissed the sergeant with a note to the Warand evangelical truth.
Secretary to this purport :~ That I considered myself drawn ; and expected, therefore, to be well quarter'd: That, under the circumstances of the country, it would probably
be unnecessary for militiamen' to be mustarded ;' but that The Comic Annual. By T. Hood, Esq. London. | if his Majesty did call me out,' I hoped I should give him Hurst, Chance, & Co. 1830. 12mo, pp. 174.
satisfaction. The females were far from being pleased
with this billet. They talked a great deal of moral suicide, We cannot at present enter into any detailed account wilful murder, and seeking the bubble reputation in the of this liveliest of all the Annuals; but we shall make cannon's mouth; but I shall ever think that I took the two extracts as a specimen of its literary contents. The
proper course, for, after the lapse of a few hours, two more first is a prose sketch, entitled
of the General's red-coats, or General postmen, brought me a large packet sealed with the War-office Seal, and super
scribed. Henry Hardinge;' by which I was officially ab“ I was once-for a few hours only in the militia. Isolved from serving on horse, or on foot, or on both togesuspect. I was in part answerable for my own mishap. ther, then and thereafter. And why, I know not-unless There is a story in Joe Miller of a man, who, being pressed his Majesty doubted the handsomeness of discharging me to serve his Majesty on another element, pleaded his polite in particular, without letting off the rest ;-but so it was, breeding to the gang as a good ground of exemption! but was that in a short time afterwards there issued a proclamation, told that the crew being a set of sad unmannerly dogs, a by which the services of all militiamen were for the present Chesterfield was the very character they wanted. The dispensed with,-and we were left to pursue our several militiamen acted, I presume, on the same principle. Their avocations, -of course, all the lighter in our spirits for becustomary schedule was forwarded to me, at Brighton, to ing disembodied." fill up; and in a moment of incautious hilarity-induced, perhaps, by the absence of all business or employment, ex
We shall also present our readers with a humorous cept pleasure-I wrote myself down in the descriptive columu as 'Quite a gentleman.' The consequence followed immediately. A precept, addressed by the High Constable of Westminster to the Lower ditto of the parish of St “ It's very hard! and so it is, M"*", and endorsed with my name, informed me that it
To live in such a row, had turned up in that involuntary lottery, the ballot. And witness this, that every Miss At sight of the orderly, who thought proper to deli
But me has got a beau. ver the clocument into no other hands than mine, my For Love goes calling up and down, mother-in-law cried, and my wife fainted on the spot.
But here he seems to shun: They had no notion of any distinctions in military service I'm sure he has been ask'd enough a soldier was a soldier-and they imagined that, on the
To call at Number One! yery morrow, I might be ordered abroad to a fresh Waterloo. They were unfortunately ignorant of that benevolent “ I'm sick of all the double knocks provision, which absolved the militia from going out of the
That come to Number Four! kingrlom— except in case of an invasion. In vain I re- At Number Three I often see presented that we were · locals ;' they had heard of local
A lover at the door ; diseases, and thought there might be wounds of the same And one in blue, at Number Two, description. In vain I explained that we were not troops
Calls daily like a dun,of the line ;- they could see nothing to choose between be
It's very hard they come so near, ing shot in a line, or in any other figure. I told them,
And not at Number One! next, that I was not obliged to serve myself;'—but they answered, ' 'twas so much the harder I should be obliged to
“ Miss Bell, I hear, has got a dear serve any one else.' My being sent abroad, they said, would
Exactly to her mind, be the death of them; for they had witnessed, at Ramsgate,
By sitting at the window pane the embarkation of the Walcheren expedition, and too well
Without a bit of blind; remembered the misery of the soldiers' wives at seeing But I go in the balcony, their husbands in transports ! I told them that, at the
Which she has never done, very worst, if I should be sent abroad, there was no reason Yet arts that thrive at Number Five why I should not return again ;-but they both declared,
Don't take at Number One! they never did, and never would, believe in those · Returns of the killed and wounded.' The discussion was in this
“'Tis bard, with plenty in the street, stage when it was interrupted by another loud single knock
And plenty passing by, at the door, a report equal in its effects on us to that of the
There's nice young men at Number Ten, memorable cannon-shot at Brussels; and before we could
But only rather shy;
Has got a grown-up son, • Confession of Faith, chap. xviii. sect. 3; Larger Catechism,
But la! he hardly seems to know quest 81. Confession, chap. xvi. sect. 2.
There is a Number One!