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ship died 8th September, 1752, and was the Isles. The most ancient estate, howsucceeded by his only son
ever, of this branch of the Campbells is CHARLES, second Lord Tullamore, born Skipness Castle, situated in the district of in 1712, a Privy Councillor, and Governor Kintyre, and county of Argyle. of the King's County. His Lordship was John CAMPBELL, Esq., of Skipness Castle, advanced to the dignity of Earl of Char an early ancestor of the family, married the leville, 16th Sept. 1758. He married 13th Lady Harriet, daughter of the Earl of October, 1737, Hester, only daughter and Buchan, and was grandfather of heiress of James Coghill, Esq., but died DANIEL CAMPBELL, of Skipness Castle, without issue, 17th February, 1764, when who espoused Harriet, daughter of the Earl his honours became extinct, and his estates of Glencairn, and was succeeded by his passed to his nephew, John Bury, Esq., eldest son, who married Catherine, second daughter DANIEL CAMPBELL, Esq., of Islay, &c., and co-heiress of Francis Sadler, Esq., of who died unmarried, and was succeeded by Sopwell Hall, in the county of Tipperary, his brother, and died 4th Aug. 1764, leaving an only WALTER CAMPBELL, of Islay and Shawson,
field, who married first, Ellinor, daughter CHARLES WILLIAM Bury, Esq., of Char- of Lord Mark Kerr, and, secondly, Mary, leville Forest, in the King's County, who daughter of Nisbet, of Dirlton. He died in was raised to the peerage of Ireland as October, 1816, having had issue, Baron Tullamore, 7th November, 1797, John, his heir. created Viscount Charleville, 29th Decem Robert, of Skipness Castle, died without ber, 1800, and Earl of Charleville, 16th issue. February, 1806. He married, 4th June
The elder son, 1798, Catherine Maria, widow of James JOHN CAMPBELL, Esq., pre-deceased his Tisdall, Esq., and daughter and heir of father in 1808, having wedded in 1796 the Thomas Townley Dawson, Esq., by whom beautiful and accomplished Lady Charlotte he left, at his decease in October 1835, an Campbell *, youngest daughter of John, only son,
Duke of Argyle, by whom he had two sons CHARLES WILLIAM, present Earl of and six daughters, viz. Charleville, born 29th April 1801. This
WALTER FREDERICK, now of Shawfield nobleman espoused, 26th February 1821, and Islay, who married, 20 February, Beaujolois Harriet Charlotte, third daugh 1820, Lady Ellinor Charteris, eldest ter of the late Colonel John Campbell, the daughter of Francis, Earl of Wemyss lady whose portrait forms this month's illus
and March, and has issue. tration, and has issue
John George, who married, 6th August Charles William George, born 8th
1830, Ellen, daughter of Sir FitzwilMarch, 1822.
liam Barrington, Bart., and died in John James, born 22nd October, 1827.
1830, leaving a son and a daughter. Alfred, born 19th February, 1829.
Eliza Maria, married to Sir Wm. Gordon Beaujolois Eleanora Katherine.
Cumming, Bart. The CAMPBELLS of Shawfield descend
Eleanora, married to Henry Earl of from a younger son of the noble house of
Uxbridge. Argyle, and are connected by marriage with
BEAUJOLOIS, Countess of CHARLEVILLE. almost all the families of note in Scotland.
Emma, married to William Russell, Esq., The island of Islay, forming part of their
youngest son of Lord William Russell. possessions, is one of the Western Isles, and
Adelaide. the most fertile of all the Hebrides. Its
Julia, married to Peter Langford Brooke, extent is considerable, being on an average Esq., of Mere, in Cheshire. twenty-seven miles long and seventeen broad. It contains a population of nearly
* Her Ladyship married, after Colonel Campbell's
decease, the Rev. Mr. Bury, and has been, as Lady seventeen thousand inhabitants, and was the
Charlotte Bury, highly distinguished in the literary ancient seat of government of the Lords of world.
THE VICTIM OF POWER.
For some weeks Miriam and I enjoyed gratify the imagination. The rays of the uninterrupted felicity in the halls of Ghi- morning sun glented back from the gilded zeh, but the feelings of satiety are insepa- cupolas and tapering minarets of the rable from enjoyment, and she who had mosques; awnings of rich silk excluded been from infancy accustomed to the ex the scorching heat from the houses of its citement of a city, grew weary of the soli- powerful princes and rich traders; all the tude of Ghizeh. I tried to reconcile her treasures of the remotest part of the East to the spiritual intelligences that obeyed were displayed in its extensive bazaars, my spell, but she had inherited from her merchants of every hue and variety of cosfather a perfect horror of magical arts, and tume, between the snowy mountains of Kaf shrunk from all contact with the elemen- and the distant island of Serendib, crowded tary spirits. I loved power for its own its strcets; and the scene was further enlisake; though I could command luxuries vened by groups of mercenary soldiers, unknown in the palaces of kings, I lived collected from remote and wild regions, abstemiously; with heaps of untold gold at whose arms and dress showed the solicimy disposal, I remained poor; and I pre- tude that uncivilised tribes always display ferred my plain student's robe to the for the trappings of war. The Tartar courichest produce of the looms of Cashmere. rier galloped by with the speed of the Slowly and sadly the conviction dawned whirlwind, his lofty yellow cap decorated upon me that Miriam was discontented with a single feather, his short felt cloak with her lot; she began to express anxiety streaming from his left shoulder, his light about her family, and at length reminded lance, with a flag at its head, thrown into me that I had promised to join her father every variety of graceful position that at Bagdad. My minor informed me that could display the taste and activity of its Al Kahman had reached that city in safety, owner. A squadron of Turks wheeled and purchased a protection from the Fa into line; men steady in their saddles, that ther of the Faithful, but it had added the horse and man seemed but one animal ; unwelcome intelligence of his having taken their fazzes fitting close to the head were unto himself a young wife, in whose arms void of ornament, their spears were mohis son and his daughter-in-law were for tionless as the cedars of Lebanon when gotten. This piece of news, so far from all the winds are hushed into stillness. abating Miriam's desire to visit her father, Forming a strong contrast to the Turkish roused her impatience to the highest pitch; gravity came a party of Kuzzilbashes, the she was ambitious of competing with her Persians of the red turban; they had all the mother-in-law, and testing the strength of wild and frolicsome gaiety of youth, their her influence with Al Kahman. In an evil steeds frisked, curveted, and caracolled, the hour I promised to gratify her wishes; horsemen gave vent to their exuberant the slaves of my will prepared a train of spirits in loud cries of joy, in feats of sporcamels laden with the richest productions tive dexterity, in racing and chasing of Yemen, they brought a splendid litter scarcely consistent with discipline, but that might have excited the envy of a Sul which it would be as impossible to check tana, and having arranged this caravan on as to stay the flow of the Tigris. Why the banks of the Tigris, they transported need I mention the savage Kurd or the Miriam and myself to that noble stream. hardy Arab? why describe the light boats
We were within a few miles of Bagdad, that shot with arrow speed over the bright and the sun was just rising upon the earth, waters of the river ? Thy glory has for when, in the guise of a wealthy merchant, ever departed, proud mistress of Asia ! the I presented myself before the gates of that bat hovers round thy gilded ceilings, and noble city. Although it had lost some of the chakal howls in thy desolated halls ! the splendours that adorned it during the Miriam gazed on the brilliant scene with flourishing days of the Abasside dynasty, intense delight, and I listened to her exclaBagdad had much to charm the sense and mations of almost childish joy, with a sad
conviction that she would never consent to ghazals (odes) recited under my window in our return to the solitary caves of Ghizeh. praise of Miriam and Emina,--and-fool Having paid the numerous tolls which the that I was !—it gave me pleasure to find increasing evils of misgovernment caused that the world was not insensible to her to be exacted at the gates of the city, I charms, and that many envied me the posproceeded with my train to the house of session of such a treasure. Al Kahman, having first sent forward a Al Kahman's age should have rendered messenger to announce my approach. We him wiser, but he had become the most were wealthy and we were welcome; how dissipated of the whole family. His wife far one was the consequence of the other, it herself encouraged him to purchase beautineeds little experience in the ways of the ful slaves, his acquaintances taught him to world to discover. Emina, my father-in- love the wines of Shiraz, and his old Coptic law's young spouse, received Miriam with habits gave him an inveterate love of gamexpressions of friendship so outrageously bling. Every night riot and debauchery extravagant, that they would have excited reigned in our palace ; Al Kahman feasted suspicion in any one whose knowledge of his depraved associates in one apartment; mankind wa not derived from books alone. Emina and Miriam had their coterie in Al Kahman almost worshipped a son-in- another. I, to whom crowds were odious law, whose train of camels seemed rather and noise disgusting, sought shelter in a to belong to a caravan than to a private remote pavilion, and devoted myself earmerchant. He offered to become my nestly to my favourite studies. factor; ignorant of business and reckless of In Bagdad I was soon known by the nickwealth, I told him that he should be my name of the Silent Merchant; I frequented partner, provided that he would undertake its bazaars to search for books, which had the managemeut of my stock. His professions been collected in that city by the earlier of gratitude were unbounded; the deserted Khaliphs, and subsequently dispersed palace of a vizier was purchased as a resi- abroad by the carelessness of their sucdence for both families, and a splendid shop cessors. As I never sought an abatement hired in one of the largest bazaars.
of price, I was a welcome purchaser; and Bagdad was at this period the scene of whenever I appeared, I was followed by the unparalleled luxury and debauchery; the possessors of the most beautifulmanuscripts, Khaliph, secluded in his palace, entrusted each chanting the excellence of his wares the government to his ministers, who, op- with a zeal and pertinacity that never posed to each other in every possible way grew weary. Sometimes I went into the but one, showed wondrous unanimity in courts of law, and by liberal donations prorobbing the poor, selling privileges to the cured justice for the poor and unprotected; rich, and making the success of a suit but I hated all expressions of gratitude, depend on the length of the purse. Emina and my cold refusals of thanks, so mortihad a natural love for ostentatious display; fying to human pride, more than counterthe rules of Islám, that confined women balanced my generosity; every benefit I to the seclusion of the harem, had been conferred made me a new enemy, for greatly relaxed in the licentious capital, though I often averted I always wounded and the fluctuating nature of the popula- self-love. One day, while passing near the tion of Bagdad, where tens of thousands tribunal of the Cadi, I heard the shrieks arrived and whence as many departed of a wretch suffering under the tortures of every day, prevented the existence of any the bastinado. I hurried to the spot, and public opinion that could control the scan- at my urgent intreaty the punishment dal. My poor Miriam speedily acquired a was suspended. I inquired his crime, and taste for dissipation; she joined Emina in was told that he was suspected of a robexcursions on the river, visits to the ba- bery, and had defrauded justice of its due, zaars, and parties of pleasure to the rich by refusing to share his plunder with its gardens on the Upper Tigris; by what at ministers. A large bribe induced the Cadi first seemed to be mere accident, they were to give the case a new hearing, and a sealways sure to meet some of the most dissi- cond donation made such a change in the pated officers of the Khaliph's guards balance of evidence, that the robber was whenever they went abroad; and as a con declared innocent and ordered to be set at sequence flower-messages
and even amatory liberty. The wretch was unable to stand letters persecuted them at home. I heard from the blows he had received; I had
66 dare you
him brought to the palace and dressed his thing like a boast to Khojà. He smiled wounds with my own hands.
and shook his head. " When guilt is conCuriosity induced me to inquire the his- templated," said that shrewd observer, “we tory of Khojà, for so my new friend was are silent and abstracted, because conscience named. I found him a thorough scoundrel still struggles against inclination ; but when on principle, he believed every body to be guilt is consummated, hypocrisy is sumas bad as himself; men appeared to him moned to disarm suspicion, and mirth asborn for no other purpose than to cheat or sumed to impose upon ourselves." be cheated : the former he regarded as his 6 You cannot mean," I said,
66 that Miown predestined vocation, and to practise it riam is only acting a part ?” seemed just as natural as to eat when he “Never did I display so much fondness was hungry, or drink when he was athirst. for my father as when I found my way to This opened to me a new view of human his secret hoards, and made his hidden treanature; and though disgusted with the pro- sures purchase my enjoyments." fligate avowal of crimes which Khojà made “ Wretch !” I exclaimed, without scruple, I took a fancy to the fel- compare your wretched self with a being so low, and engaged him as my servant. Ere pure and holy as Miriam? If you dare relong he began to hint darkly, that I ought to peat such an insult I will consign you to pay more attention to my wife's conduct, tortures, compared to which the bastinado which had, indeed, for some time back, would be positive enjoyment." given me considerable uneasiness. Miriam 66 The ass of Tabaristán would not believe no longer came to meet me with pleasure ; he was eating brambles, until he found the she was silent and constrained in my com thoms sticking in his throat,” said Khojà pany, and scarcely disguised her satisfaction very carelessly, and with this complimentary whenever I signified my intention of re- proverb he turned away. maining alone in the pavilion. Sometimes, In spite of myself, the words of Khojà indeed, she complained of my studious and infused suspicion into my mind, and I began solitary disposition; and I so far gratified to watch Miri m's countenance more closely her, as to join once or twice in the parties than I had done for months. The result of of pleasure that she and Emina formed the investigation was far from satisfactory; My readiness to gratify their wildest and in the midst of her endearments I found that most expensive whims, my lavish supply of she was unwilling to let her eye meet mine, money, and, perhaps, my credulity in be- and when she poured forth a flood of loving lieving any excuse however improbable, for expressions, the torrent was often checked the improprieties that I noticed, made me by a choking sound, like the last agonies of always a welcome guest ; but the fashion- expiring conscience. One evening that I able amusements of Bagdad, always trifling, had retired to my pavilion, I mused over and not unfrequently indecorous, were in- many circumstances in my wife's conduct tolerable bores to one whose mind was which had excited almost unconscious alarm exalted by the richest stores of knowledge. in my mind, and I wished for the magic To my taste, which had been refined by the mirror of Ghizeh, to know how her time study of the noblest models almost into a was employed in my absence. I spoke the state of morbid sensibility, the fashionable long disused spell, and once more stood in jests of a Bagdad party were dull and point- the Hall of Power; the wondrous mirror less; their attempts at wit tiresome, their was before me, but some unaccountable anxiety about trifles ridiculous, and their feeling long prevented me from pronouncing scandal disgusting. I longed for the halls the charm which brought the images of life of Ghizeb; but I saw that Miriam was de to its dark surface. When, at length, the lighted with the world, and for her sake I incantation was pronounced, I beheld the continued to dwell in the detested city. outside of my own pavilion at Bagdad beset
A sudden change came over Miriam's by the guards of the Khaliph ; Miriam, acconduct; she began to lavish on me all the companied by an officer, notoriously the endearments of our early love, to speak with most dissipated wretch in the Scaracenic all the warmth of a heart overflowing with empire, was opening the door with a masterits own tenderness, to exhibit an anxiety for key; the dagger which she bore in her my health and comfort, which amounted hand, left no doubt of her intention. My almost to painful solicitude. I could not worthy friend Khojà was standing near her avoid remarking the alteration with some with a shaded light, while my treacherous
father-in-law and his wife were posting the tapestries spiders' webs, my camels emmets, soldiers, so as to block up all avenues of that hid themselves in earth. Al Kahescape.
man and his wife were exulting in the deInstantly summoning my most powerful struction of the pavilion, because they spirits, I transported myself into the centre believed that they would not be called to of the group. My blood ran cold, when I share the spoil with Miriam and her paraheard Miriam inquiring the exact position mour, when they were summoned by the of the couch on which I was accustomed to Cadi to give up the confiscated property of recline, and boasting of the art with which the magician. she had wrung from me the secret, that my Words cannot describe the astonishment magic power was suspended while blood and rage of all parties, when they found flowed even from the smallest wound. But that the expected treasures had unaccountwhen her lover told her not to strike a ably disappeared. The Cadi was perfectly mortal blow, but to preserve my life, that furious; he ordered Al Kahman and Khojà my tortures might gratify a savage popu- to be bound and dragged before his tribunal lace, the measure of my rage was full ; it at the earliest dawning of day. overflowed when she yielded an unreluctant Rarely did the citizens of Bagdad quit assent to th br advice, and when their beds with more alacrity than on the Khojà began to jest on my anticipated morning that was to witness the trial and, as sufferings. My plans were formed in a they easily believed, the execution of the moment ; Khojà, invested with my shape, silent merchant. As I was hurried along in was flung helpless on the couch, his shoulder Khoja’s form, I heard voices that I well knew, received Miriam's dagger, his cries brought for they were those of persons who had proin the savage guards, his limbs were loaded fited by my kindness, venting their concealed with the fetters designed for me. The envy on my head in curses and scandals. The soldiers dragged away the helpless wretch, luckless wretch who wore my shape was heedless of his remonstrances ; Miriam and overwhelmed with all nameless insults, and her lover rushed into each other's arms, all his attempts at explanation were drowned believing themselves alone in the pavilion, by the clamours of an infuriated multitude. and as they met in a guilty embrace, ex The Cadi had not much trouble in getting claimed together, May we be thus for evidence to support his predetermined senever united!”
tence. There was a mob round his triMay you be thus for ever united!” ex bunal testifying with one accord to a cataclaimed a voice, that sounded in their ears logue of the blackest crimes that imaginalike thunder. Their limbs moved not, as tion can conceive, and he could only for a they beheld me surrounded by a troop of moment stifle the clamour, by sentencing flaming spirits, who bound the wretched his prisoner to the horrid punishment of pair together with adamantine fetters by the the pale. My very soul sickened when I arms and legs, while their dresses, assuming saw the wicked Khojà forced to endure the the rigidity of the hardest steel, rendered fearful agonies of that dreadful death ; but them incapable of the slightest motion. the other spectators, though they deemed
“ Thus be you for ever united; con that they witnessed the unmerited fate of demned to gaze on the guilty faces of each their innocent benefactor, rent the air with other, while memory shall wither the cheek, demoniac shouts, and tried to embitter the age quench the eye, and disease ravage the tortures of the victim by taunts and insults. countenance. Away with them, ye Afrites, While Khojà was writhing on the instruto the halls of Ghizeh ; let them be placed in ment of death, the Cadi demanded of Al an illuminated chamber, where they can Kahman where the treasures were conadmire each other's charms, and meditate at cealed. It was in vain that he protested their leisure on the vengeance of Al Amin.” ignorance ; both he and Emina were con
As they disappeared through the air, I demned to the bastinado, and the punishfired the pavilion; and walking quietly ment was continued until they both sunk towards the palace in the guise of senseless. Khoja’s reputation as a robber Khojà, meditated how I should punish Al exposed him to suspicion, and I, who wore Kahman and Emina. Poverty was, I be- his form, was dragged forward as the next lieved, a sufficient infliction ; at a word, victim of the Cadi's cruelty. But in a momy piles of gold were worthless slates, my ment I was the judge on the bench, and jewels mere pebbles, my rich silks and the Cadi, extended before his own tribunal,