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have been Aga Mohamed— his exploits , and ridiculous coxcomb; and, in one part of , repeated from one tower to the other quite occupying the far greater portion of it. To the history, subjected to the bastinado, which

round the battlements. Zaul then said in the give a notion of his character, we shall ex- is considered, we are told, as an honour in

lowest whisper, be now ready—all depends tract a scene wherein, after having long Persia. The humour of this Beg Ali Khan

upon this moment.' He then unloosed one end hesitated, like a coiled and venomous snake, is lost upon us; and the Persian modes of of the long rope that was wound round

his body, whether to dart upon his unconscious prey, expression, and the continual repetition of and lashed it firmly to the gun carriage, thea in the shape of an amiable boy, the present the same hyperbolical and vulgar oriental- having waited a certain time to allow the cries

of the sentries to subside: Now, wretches! Shah, for having in a hunting party shown isms, have much to disgust, little to make us

sleep on! exclaimed he; 'ye think ye have greater dexterity than himself, we find them laugh. As a specimen of female wit,--and it done your duty, with your drowsy hazir thrown thus engaged in an interview :

must be remembered that this dialogue takes from your throat; but Zohrab is ours-Allah, Do you see this ?' said the King, as he place before the Shah's niece in the harem, Allah, protect us. deliberately unfolded the abominable rag, his —we quote the following paragraphs :

Upon that they both crept through the face at the same time taking an expression which

"Our Princess knows," said the female tent

mouth of the embrasure, and lowering the rope would have appalled even a demon. Fatteh Ali; pitcher in chief, " that if he be the father of

down the side of the fortification, they found with fixed muscles and blanched cheeks, stared wildly at the horrid exposure.

shaitans (devils] she is the mother:-wonderful that nothing could be more just to its measure "Boy,'said the King, with increased earnest

things are said of her. She herself superintends than its length to the height of the wall. Zaul

a bastinado-ajed zering ast :-she is activity made his son proceed the first, who, with cau. ness, does not this blood speak ?' Fatteh itself!"

tious step, hand under hand, gradually deAli could only answer with looks of astonish

scended into the very depths of the dry diteh, 'Speak, boy,' said the tyrant, 'do you “It is said of her," added another, " that she

and landed in safety; he followed, and finding know this ?' has the intelligence of a Vizir; that she directs

themselves at the bottom, in safety and at “God forgive me,' he answered, the words

the whole of her father's house, and even super- | liberty, by mutual impulse they threw them. almost choking his utterance, 'I know nothing intends the stables.”

selves into each other's arms, and again and of blood.'

“She knows the age of a camel,” said the again thanked Heaven for their safe deliverance. ""Jll-fated that thou art!' exclaimed the Lady moonshee, “better than a camel-driver ; It was at this moment that Zohrab, putting Shah, “this blood is the blood of thy father.' and will tell the mirakhor when and where he his hand to his arm to feel whether the armlet

, “ At this a deadly hue overspread the cheeks ought to bleed a sick horse better than the that sacred gift of his beloved Amima, was safe, of the sensitive youth, and a tremor convulsed farrier."

found it not there. A deadly apprehension his frame. *My father!' he exclaimed.”.

To analyze this novel would take very

overcame him as he felt over his person, butHorrible as this revelation is, it is scarcely few sentences; for were not three volumes

he found it not: his agitation was immediately surpassed by his wanton spilling of the blood thought profitable, its matter might very happened-speak?" "Oh,' said the grief-struck

remarked by his father, who said, 'What has of his chief huntsman, for inadvertently ap- easily have been compressed into one.


youth, it is lost: let me return-she dies if it pearing in the presence without taking off is meant to be the story of the loves of be found !'-he was so overpowered by this his boots, and the manner in which that act Zohrab and Amima. The parts, however, thought that he trembled from head to foot, and is related :

that the hero and heroine occupy, are subordi- so entirely unmanned was he, that it was with " The heavy corpse fell with a crash on one

nate ones, particularly the latter, who, be difficulty he could support himself. “Whatever side, whilst the head bounded towards the des

fore the end of the second volume, is rather it is,' said the inexorable father, 'lost it must pot, the eyes glaring horribly, the tongue pro- awkwardly left in the desert with a blind be to return is impossible : let us on ! truded to a frightful length, and streams of gore man, who turns out to be her supposed mur

My father!' exclaimed the youth, 'did flowing and spouting in all directions."

dered father, and brother of the Shah; and you but know all, you would pity and help me.' But the acme of our loathing was the

««•I do know all,' said the Khan. I would she does not appear again but as a bride, at Katl-i-aum, or maund of eyes exacted by the the winding up of the whole. The description help you, but it is too late—we cannot return; Shah from the captured city of Asterabad

of the Great Salt Desert, (over which she is the siege of which, however , never took place hurried,) though it has been already better

“ I would give up anything; but, oh! what

will become of her.' during his reign, as confessed by Mr. Morier, done in “The Crusaders,' by Sir Walter * Zohrab,' said his father, again I say and might as well have been left uninvented, Scott, is very graphic.

come on; this is not worthy of you.' Then with answering, as it does, no other purpose than that of swelling out almost an entire volume.

One of the most characteristic personages difficulty at length he persuaded the reluctant "A wretch of an executioner, a savage of

seemed to us the counterfeit dervise (the youth to advance, who, finding that it was now most ferocious aspect, his arms bared to the father of Zohrab), Hezzarpicheh, for whose impossible to return, allowed himself to be car

ried onwards by his father's impetuosity. shoulders, his hands crimson with blood, and apophthegms and verses Mr. Morier is pro

To escape from the depths of the ditch, his beard clotted with foam, had just brought bably much indebted to Ferdouzi, Sadi

, which was broken and rugged, and easy of access in a tray covered with eyes, and placed them or Jami, as well as for Zulma's fable of the

in many parts, was the business of a few minutes, before the Shah. There he stood, in an attitude writing in the Coran; and, though we can

and when once fairly landed on the plain, the of exultation, expecting the usual donation. | scarcely pardon Zohrab for not returning to

father proceeded with a quick step through the The Shah, contemplating the horrid objects for Tehran after the discovery of his having left cultivated fields, until they reached a certain some time, at length drew his small riding whip in the chamber the sacred gift and present tree, where, to Zohrab's surprise, they found a from his girdle, and with the handle thereof fatal to Amima, (the armlet,) his escape with man awaiting them with three horses. Without began to count them, telling them off by pairs, the dervise from that city is not ill painted, a moment's delay they mounted, and were soon and in doing this, he broke out into the follow

as will appear by the following extract. in rapid motion on the high road to Mazan. ing soliloquy. 'O Allah! is it in truth right

deran. Zohrab, in other circumstances, would and just to continue thus to send thy wrath

Having ascertained beforehand wbat road upon an offending and rebellious people !'” to take, they scaled the first wall, hastily glided have been frantic with joy at finding himself over an adjacent terrace of the chief execu

once again on a saddle, but the loss of his armOne's flesh creeps at the bare thought, tioner's house, which was situated close under

let, which compromised the safety of his Amima, much more at the detailed mention, of these

in case it should be found in his apartment, the city walls, and throwing themselves into a enormities. That a monster such as Aga deep shade, they took a survey of the nearest

depressed his spirits, and bore down his mind Mohamed should ever have existedma being watch towers, in order to discover what sentries

with the most dismal forebodings. His father whose life seems to have been one tissue of might be on the alert. The moon by this time keeping the road during the darkness of night


said but little, and hurried anxiously onwards, abominations--seems scarcely conceivable had entirely disappeared behind the lofty Al(for the worst of men have some virtues); but bors ; dead stillness reigned throughout the city morning dawned. They travelled without dravhis worthy favourite, a hideous hunchback We will wait for the next challenge froni the barber, exceeds even all we can conceive of sentries, and then descend,' said Zaul Khan. ing bridle until the close of the succeeding day,

when, having passed Firouzabad, and the well. villany, by his betraying, without any ostenThey perceived that within ten yards of the

known passes of the Teng Shemshir-bûr, they sible motive, his master for a few tomauns.

place where they stood, was planted one of the
three pieces of artillery which served to guard into the forests of Mazanderan.”

struck into one of the deep dells which lead Nor are the other personages belonging to the

the citadel, and Zaul, perceiving that the pacourt, created, as Mr. Morier says, for the rapet threw a deep shadow inwardly, immedi

Mr. Morier's talent is essentially un purpose of the tale, a whit more amiable than ately crept close to it, followed by his son, until dramatic. He is frequently tedious, and the Goozoo, with the exception of the prime they came to where the gun threw a still darker gives a resumée, or narrative, of what he has minister . The only hero among the Persians shade. All at once they heard from the adjacent already told us in dialogue

. The assassinsis strangely enough painted as an arrant fop 1 tower the cry of hazir,' which was echoed and I tion of the tyrant is weakly penned: where

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details and finished drawing were required, hair and beard, and putting on the remains of stooped and took up the instrument. The poor
we find only a slight and feeble sketch; an old hat, which had once been white, calmly convict shuddered, uttered a plaintive cry, a
whilst in those scenes where we expected the said, 'Well, I am ready: the sooner it is over light smoke arose, and the ignominious letter
excitement of a tender interest, as between
the better.

was imprinted for ever.
Fatteh Ali and his sister, and Zohrab and

The executioner, who was waiting with one “ The poor man, scarcely able to stand, was Amima, he has completely failed.

of his assistants in the outer vestibule of the helped from the scaffold, and conveyed back to The prison scene between Zulma and prison, threw an oblique glance upon the pri- his prison through the crowd, who pressed upon Zohrab, reminds us of the Corsair; but it

soner, then, looking at his watch, exclaimed, his passage to glut upon his sufferings.

* Come, Master Piquart, make haste! we are “Old Baptist,- that was the mendicant's only reminds us of it.

already after our time the market is nearly În the delineations of female beauty and de

name, --was well known in the department of over.'

Seine et Oise ; but nobody could tell who he licacy, as in his landscapes, we are generally Oh! but you have not far to go,' replied was, whence he came, nor who his parents were. disappointed. The latter do not form intel- the turnkey.

About fifteen years previous, just after the re-
ligible pictures either in outline or accessories. • Then addressing the prisoner-Old one,' storation, he had appeared in the country for

We must make some remarks on the in- said he, 'it will soon be over, and the weather the first time. He then asked questions, and.
consistencies, nay, absurdities, of the story, is fine. Here, take this--it will keep up your seemed in pursuit of information on secret
That, at the sign of Zohrab, his dog should spirits.' And he handed him a glass of brandy

, matters

, of which nobody could penetrate the
leave his master, and return to Asterabad,

which the prisoner tossed off with evident de- motive. After some time, he appeared to suffer
surpasses the instinct of that animal, how-

much, as if from disappointment, and then dis-
ever intelligent. Of the same preposterous turning the glass to the good-natured turnkey;

"Thanks, father Piquart,' he replied, re- ap ed. About two years before the period kind is the non-recognition by the suspicious I shall never forget your kindness.'

of our narrative, he again made his appearance Shah of his niece and her attendant, when

at Versailles, very much altered, and looking Zohrab broke the corook ; nor less so his en

"Well, well,' said the latter, that's settled. much older. Fortune had not smiled upon him Never mind what I do for you, man-

--it is little during his absence, for he went away a poor trance into the harem, his escape therefrom,

enough, God knows-only behave well;---dost man and returned a mendicant. and Amima's seeing him" descend in safety hear?'

“No one knew where he had been, or how on his terrace." That Zohrab, too, should * The executioner's man drew from his pocket he had lived during this interval. It was suphave ventured to beard the tiger in his a long and strong cord with a slip knot at the posed that, previously to his first appearance at own den, and have ventured to call him end, and tightly tied the hands of the convict, Versailles, he had travelled a great deal, and base dog," and yet have outlived the utter- who calmly looked at him, and said not a word. even borne arms; for of late years, whenever ance of such an expression, is inconceivable

The executioner himself carried a board, on he obtained the favour of a night's lodging in -not from our knowledge of Aga Mohamed,

which was a sort of notice, partly printed and a barn, he would repay this hospitality by debut our conception of any Shah of Persia. partly written; and all three proceeded slowly scriptions of foreign countries and accounts of That there are some good chapters in these

towards the market-place, where the prisoner bloody conflicts. volumes cannot be denied ; but the story is and exposed to the gibes and taunts of an almost

was to be placed in the pillory for one hour, “On the day after his exposure in the pillory,
ill connected and ill sustained, and excites

as above related, the following particulars con-
ferocious populace.
little interest; and as it is full of Persian

cerning him were made known :-

“From the scaffold, to which he was fastened, “One evening, faint with hunger and fatigue, words, to explain which there is no glossary,

the old mendicant cast a look of pity upon the after having begged through the environs of
must be inysterious indeed to the generality crowd, and said

Versailles, without once obtaining alms, and his
of readers. Mr. Morier exhausted all his “"Well, and what are you looking at? Am wallet having been empty for the two preceding
better materials in his former work, and now I an object of such intense curiosity? But days, he had stopped at the door of one of those
seems only to have written from memory. you are right. Look at me well, for you shall elegant habitations which overlook the heights
This was not the case with ‘Hajji Baba': it never more behold me. I shall not return from of Rocquencourt.
might have been mistaken by a Persian for the place to which they are going to take me, “Having begged a shelter for the night, and
a native production, which can never be said

not that I fear a dungeon, for I have been long a morsel of bread, both were refused him, and
of · Zohrab.'

accustomed to have no other bed than the cold he was rudely driven from the door. Leaning
ground. No, I shall return hither no more; upon his stick, he slowly quitted the inhospit-

and I should have done well had I not returned able mansion, and with difficulty gained a part
L'Hermite au Palais-Mæurs Judiciaires this time. But I could not help it. I was born of the demesne laid out in the English style of

du dix-neuvième Siècle. Par l'Auteur des here, though I never told anybody so; and I landscape gardening. Taking shelter under a
Mémoires d'un Page.' 2 vols. Paris :
love the spot where I first drew breath. 'Tis

thick clump of trees, he laid himself upon the
Verney, and Guyot.

natural enough: yet why should I love it? I grass to die with the least possible pain.

never knew either home or parents ;--the latter “ The autumn had already begun. The grass This little work gives, in a series of short and left me, when an infant, upon the steps of the was wet--the wind whistled through the trees, pleasing papers, an interesting account of church of St. Louis.'

already in part stripped of their leaves-all everything connected with the administration “ Here the sun-burnt countenance of the old around was pitchy dark, and everything seemed of justice in France. Bench of judges, ad

mendicant assumed an expression of bitterness. to announce an inclement night. Cramped vocates, avoués or attornies, huissiers, exe

“ "Who knows,' he continued, “but I may with cold, he felt the most unconquerable gnaw-
cutioners, jailers, clients, prisoners, court-

have among you some uncles or cousins-per- ings of hunger. Could he but sleep, he thought,
houses, prisons, pillory, and guillotine,--all
haps even nearer relatives.'

perhaps the next day might prove less unfavour-
find a place in these two small volumes, which,

i. The crowd gathered round the scaffold, able than the two preceding ones. But sleep had their contents been submitted to the

listening to the words of the mendicant. refused the call, and the poor mendicant suf

" • And my excellent father,' said the latter, fered the most cruel pangs. Unable to bear them book-making process of some of the manu

"what a pity he is not here to own me! Perhaps any longer, he rose, took his stick, and returned
factories on this side of the water, would,

he would be delighted at the elevation to which to the mansion.
perhaps, have swelled into three of much I have attained. For my own part, I never had He had observed an angle of the wall which
larger size. We purpose to translate, for the a son ; but if I had, I would not have deserted could be easily escaladed, and a window badly
entertainment of our readers, some of the him. He should never have been able to re- closed. It was late, the night was dark, and he
best papers of 'L'Hermite au Palais,' and proach me with being the author of his misery. might perhaps find a bit of bread. At least,
shall begin with the one entitled

The other day I was hungry-I asked for a bit he determined to try.

of bread-everybody refused to give me the “ The house was inhabited by an old man of The Vagabond.

smallest morsel; and that is the reason why more than eighty-a rich miser, who lived alone, "Come, old one!' said Piquart, one of the I am here.'

like many of those who go to spend their last turnkeys of the prison at Versailles, thrusting "As the old man uttered the last sentence, days at Versailles. He had perceived the mena huge key into the lock of a small but massive his head fell upon his chest, and he wept. dicant, and had seen him take refuge under the door, which opened into a dark cell: * Come, “ At length the executioner returned, accom- clump of trees. He ordered his servants to get up--the time is come, and the gentlemen are panied by his assistant, who carried upon his watch him, and scarcely had poor Baptist opened waiting for you.'

shoulders a furnace, in which was an iron in- the window, when he was seized, handcuffed,
“What, already!' replied a man lying at the strument with a long wooden handle. Both and taken to Versailles, where he was thrown
further end of the cell upon a heap of straw; and ascended the scaffold, and placed themselves into prison. There, at least, he found shelter,
stretching his muscular limbs, he added, 'What behind the mendicant. The crowd drew nearer. and a bit of bread to eat, which Piquart, the
a pity! I was so sound asleep!

The executioner's man laid the mendicant's turnkey, gave him from humanity.
"He rose, shook the bits of straw from his shoulder bare, whilst the executioner himself “At the expiration of six months, the men-

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dicant was convicted at the assizes of the de- | know, doctor, that collaterals are mere heirs. take a place among the illustrious men of partment of Seine et Oise. His sentence was You are in their way whilst you live: they only Scotland!--and why he admitted Mr. Coutts, the gallies for fifteen years, and to be previously wait to prey upon your spoil after your death. the banker, a worthy man surely, and an exposed and branded. He had entered a house “But had you never any children?' the

accurate keeper of accounts, but no more at night for the purpose of theft, and with deadly doctor asked.

among the Bruces and the Burns's ? weapons ;-the possession of the knife, which "Never,' replied his patient, after some he usually carried in his pocket, and was found

Let us look, for instance, what he has done hesitation. * And I have no relations.' there, being thus interpreted.

“ Here the unhappy old man sighed, his

for Burns, the poet--of whom the best notices “A month had already elapsed since he had brow became clouded, and he seemed to writhe

yet written are by Mrs. Riddel and by Mr. been publicly branded, and poor Baptist seemed in mental agony. Suddenly, by an apparent

Lockhart. “Having been much struck," says patiently waiting for the time when he was to effort, changing the conversation, and assuming

Mr.Chambers, “with the felicity of a narrative be sent to his destination at Toulon. He al- a tone of unconcern

written by the unfortunate Robert Heronways said that he would not go, and Piquart did “Well, doctor,' he said, and so this scoundrel which nearly answers my purpose as to length, not contradict him.

of a mendicant, who, you may be assured, wanted and contains many fresh and striking views “One evening, a small iron lamp upon a

to murder, and afterwards rob me, died yester- of the various situations in which the poet shelf, suspended from the wall by a cord on each day in the prison hospital.'

was placed in life, together with what appears side, threw a weak and vacillating light upon

“No, not in the hospital,' replied the phy- to me a comprehensive and most eloquent the gloom of a cell in the prison of Versailles. sician. I did all I could to induce him to re

estimate of his genius, I have been induced Upon a straw mattrass, half covered with main in the infirmary; but he refused, and even

to prefer it to anything of my own." To an old patched blanket, lay a man apparently solicited, as a favour, to be taken back to the

carry off a work wholesale, as the angels did overcome with weakness and despair. His face cell he occupied before his trial.'

the church of Loretto, and make it one's own, was turned towards the wall. An earthen jug

"•You see then, doctor, what a villain he without a spout was near him, and close to it a

because it corresponds in breadth and length

I suppose he felt remorse for the crime wooden bowl filled with soup. he intended to commit in this house. Did he

with what is wanted, was not looked for at the "Poor Baptist will never get over it,' said make any avowal? Is anything known of his

hand of Robert Chambers. There are other Piquart, in the corridor, speaking to some one family?'

objections : Robert Heron was a tippling to whom he was showing the way. But it is his

" Nothing, except that he was an illegitimate writer, of more talent than veracity, and own fault ; he would not remain in the infirmary. child, and was found, shortly after his birth, wrote too with the laste of one toiling against The fact is, Monsieur le Curé, ever since he

under the peristyle of St. Louis's church.' time, and for bread; his account of the

"St. Louis's church ?' exhibited upon the little stage, about a month

poet, and estimate of his powers, are not ago--curse this lock, it would sprain the wrist

“ “ Yes; and he was taken to the Foundling

very accurate.

Burns was not the regular of the devil himselfHospital in the Rue du Plessis.'

tippler that Heron represents him, though "Peace, my friend,' replied a mild voice,

“*The Rue du Plessis ?' do not swear-it is an offence against God.'

"Yes; he told me the whole story the day

he drank freely in company; neither was he

the common comrade of the dissolute and the ** The door of the prison was at length opened, before yesterday, at my evening visit to the

idle; he had a difficult part to play, and he and the turnkey ushered in a venerable priest, prison infirmary. He had carefully preserved the chaplain of the prison. an old card, upon which were traced some

did not perform it very wisely. A plough"• Hollo, old one!' cried Piquart, 'take heart, strange characters, and an engraved stone be- man himself-a farmer, if you like it better

Here is a visitor-here is Monsieur le longing to a seal. He requested me to take he loved to converse with the husbandmen of Curé come to see you.'

charge of them. I believe they are still in my the district, some of whom, for intelligence “ The mendicant made no reply.

pocket-book. Yes, here they are. This stone and talent, were scarcely inferior to the poet “My friend,' said the minister of the gospel,

must have belonged to a valuable trinket-he himself. This was called a love of low com• I am one of your brethren in Christ, and í probably sold the setting. Here is the card.' bring you words of peace and consolation. Hear

“ The old invalid, whose increasing agitation neither leisure nor space to enter fully into

pany, by the magnates of the land. We have me, in the name of our Lord Jesus, who died had not been observed by the doctor, threw a

this matter, on which we have excellentinforon the cross to atone for our sins.....He rapid glance upon these objects,—then, with a

mation—not soincorrect as that which makes suffered more than you; and it depends upon

shriek of horror, sunk back upon his chair. yourself to be one day happy, and to dwell with

““Great God!' he exclaimed, the mendicant

Heron call Johnson's Musical Museum a him in eternal life.' was my son !

Collection by Burns, nor altogether like that “ Still the prisoner spoke not.

"A few minutes after, this unnatural parent

of Mr. Chambers himself

, when he speaks ““He sleeps,' said the kind-hearted turnkey. had ceased to breathe.”,

with such contempt of Dr. Muirhead, of Orr, “If y your reverence will but wait a moment, I

(a man of singular readiness of wit and a very will awake him.' And he shook the mendicant, Lives of Illustrious and Distinguished Scots

good poet,) and misunderstands and misbut in vain-the latter stirred not. Oh! oh!' said Piquart, leaning over him; but it is all

In 4 vols. Vol. I. By Robert quotes Burns's lampoon upon him. The

poet imagines himself a rustic auctioneer, over with him: he has slipped his wind-the

Chambers. Glasgow : Blackie & Son.

who has got all the characters of the country poor fellow's as dead as a door-post.'

Robert Chambers is a clever and popular gentlemen under his hammer. This is his And, in fact, the unfortunate Baptist had writer; he has a right spirit of research description of Muirhead: ceased to live a few moments after he had been about him; an eye for all that is interesting,

Here's armorial bearings removed that very morning, at his own request, ear for all that is characteristic and

From the Manse of Orr, from the infirmary to his old cell. curious; and, in whatever concerns Scotland,

Crest-an old crab-apple

Rotten at the core. “Is the poor man really dead ?' inquired he is anxious—nay, enthusiastic. A Biograthe priest.

Mr. Chambers will see the point of the ** Dead as a pickled herring, your reverence. phical Dictionary containing the most eminent names of his native land, seems just tors--for this is an election lampoon–

verse used: the poet hits another of the elec"And without confession !-unhappy man! And the good priest knelt upon the cold the sort of undertaking for him; and it is a

Here's that little Wadset, flag stones, and prayed with fervour for the soul work, too, very much wanted, and capable of

Buittles scrap of truth, of the deceased mendicant. being rendered interesting and instructive.

Pawned in a gin-shop, Next day, the wealthy owner of the mansion | The author has not, however, pleased us so

Quenching holy drouth. was reclining in an easy chair, his tortured well as we expected by the first portion of We could quote some other verses, but

, limbs writhing with agony on the cushions of his work: we cannot, indeed, accuse him of though very sarcastic, they are very personal. down by which they were supported. His ply- | any omissions of distinguished men; he But though Heron is far from accurate about sician in attendance was seated near him. seems to have everywhere learning and in- personals, no biographer has felt the genius

" I find myself worse to-day, doctor: I am formation, sufficient for the task-nay, his of Burns better, or distinguished with more weaker than I lave yet been, and I feel some- estimates of character and of talent are gene- eloquence and propriety the moral splendour thing which I cannot define.'

rally fair, and to our liking. The fault he and manly vigour of his poetry. The follow“ • At your age, my dear sir, and in your state

has committed is this

he has shown so much of health,' the physician replied, 'you must seek

ing passage will show that Chambers has not amusement for your mind. I have always told

deference for what others have done, that he quoted him without cause :you that solitude is baneful to you. You should has adopted their narratives, and squared

" The most remarkable quality he displayed, send for some members of your own family, or

his opinions by theirs, and given us compi- both in his writings and his conversation, was, get some devoted friend to come and live with lations only, where we looked for original certainly, an enlarged, vigorous, keenly discernyou.'

writing. We would ask him, too, what right ing, conscious comprehension of mind. Whato Family! devoted friend! why, you well such a poltroon prince as John Baliol has to ever be the subject of his verse, he still seems to



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grasp it with giant force; to wield and turn it or that particular pursuit: he will scarcely fail are to be robbed of the honour of marching
with easy dexterity; to view it on all sides, with to distinguish himself by manifestations of in.” We could mention other matters worthy
an eye which no turn of outline and no hue of exalted and original genius. Without having, of our biographer's consideration : at present,
colouring can elude; to mark all its relations to first, those simple ideas which belong, respec- we have done--we shall say no more than
the group of surrounding objects, and then to tively, to the different senses, no man can ever

wish success to a work, which Mr. Chambers
select what he chooses to represent to our ima- form for himself the complex notions, into the
gination, with a skilful and happy propriety, composition of which such simple ideas neces-

cannot fail to render acceptable to all true
which shows him to have been, at the same sarily enter. Never could Burns, without this

Scotsmen, and all lovers of Scotland.
time, master of all the rest. It will not be very delicacy, this strength, this vivacity of the powers
easy for any other mind, however richly stored of bodily sensation, and of mental feeling, which
with various knowledge; for any other ima- I would here claim as the indispensable native

The Refugee in America. By Mrs. Frances
gination, however elastic and inventive, to find endowments of true genius-without these, never

Trollope. London: Whittaker & Co.
any new and suitable topic that has been could he have poured forth those sentiments, or We had the pleasure, some time since, of in-
omitted by Burns, in celebrating the subjects pourtrayed those images which have so power troducing Mrs. Trollope to our readers as a
of all his greater and more elaborate poems. It | fully impressed every imagination, and pene- | novelist, and this week we shall give some
is impossible to consider without astonishment, trated every heart. Almost all the sentiments

extracts from the second volume of The
that amazing fertility of invention which is dis- and images diffused throughout the poems of
played, under the regulation of a sound judg. Burns, are fresh from the mint of nature. He Refugee.' Still, we must decline offering a
ment, and a correct taste, in the Twa Dogs ; sings what he had himself beheld with interested

critical opinion. We are well pleased, of
the Address to the Deil; Scotch Drink; the attention-what he had himself felt with keen course, at being enabled thus to gratify our
Holy Friar; Hallowe'en ; the Cotter's Saturday emotions of pain or pleasure. You actually see | readers with an insight into a work which
Night; To a Haggis; To a Louse; To a Moun- what he describes : you more than sympathise naturally awakens public expectation ; but
tain Daisy; Tam o' Shanter; 01 Captain with his joys; your bosom is inflamed with all the obligation only makes us the more cau-
Grose's Peregrinations ; the humble Petition of his fire; your heart dies away within you, in- tious, lest our judgment should be influenced
Bruar Water; the Bard's Epitaplı. Shoemakers, fected by the contagion of his despondency. He -and we are sure that this reserve will best
footmen, threshers, milk-maids, peers, stay- exalts for a time, the genius of his reader to the please both the writer and her independent
makers, have all written verses, such as deser- elevation of his own; and, for the moment, con- publishers.
vedly attracted the notice of the world ; but, in fers upon him all the powers of a poet. Quota- The English party whom our previous ex-
the poetry of these people, while there was com- tions were endless; but any person of discern-
monly some genuine effusion of the sentiments ment, taste, and feeling, who shall carefully read their residence at Rochester, and the follow-

tracts left travelling in America, take up
of agitated nature, some exhibition of such ima- over Burns' book, will not fail to discover, in
gery as at once impressed itself upon the heart; its every page, abundance of those sentiments | ing will exhibit them as being lionized at
there was also much to be ever excused in con- and images to which this observation relates ;-

An American Evening Party.
sideration of their ignorance, their extravagance it is originality of genius, it is keenness of per-

“ When Miss Gordon and her father entered, of fancy, their want or abuse of the advantages ception, it is delicacy of passion, it is general the walls of the parlour were lined with females, of a liberal education. Burns has no pardon to vigour and impetuosity of the whole mind, by and the centre of the room was occupied by a demand for defects of this sort. He might scorn

which such effects are produced. Others have host of gentlemen.
every concession which we are ready to grant to sung, in the same Scottish dialect, and in fami-

“ Mr. Warner and Mr. Wilson immediately
his peculiar circumstances, without being on liar rhymes, many of the same topics which are stepped from among them, to shake hands with
this account reduced to relinquish any part of celebrated by Burns; but what, with Burns, Mr. Gordon, while Emily came forward to take
his claims to the praise of poetical excellence. pleases or fascinates, in the hands of others, possession of his daughter. Lord Darcy's earnest
He touches his lyre, at all times, with the hand only disgusts by its deformity, or excites con-
of a master. He deinands to be ranked, not

request to be permitted to pass the evening in
tempt by its mcanness and uninteresting sim-
with the Woodhouses, the Ducks, the Ramsays,

writing to his mother had been complied with,

and he remained at home.
but with the Miltons, the Popes, the Grays.
He cannot be denied to have been largely en-

In the life of Aytoun, he has not quoted “ This arrangement was unfavourable to the
dowed with that strong common sense which is

his best song, 'I do confess thou art so fair;' popularity of Miss Gordon, for when Lord Darcy
necessarily the very source and principle of all

and, in the life of John Baliol, he has mis- was not with her, she was apt to forget the pe-
fine writing.
stated the only thing for which the family she indulged in the display of a little hauteur;

culiarity of their situation; and on this occasion
was remarkable-namely, the founding of
“The next remarkable quality in this man's

in return for all the undisguised curiosity with
character, seems to have consisted in native

Baliol College in Oxford: it was not erected
strength, ardour, and delicacy of feeling, pas-
by Baliol, but by his mother, a Scottish Prin-

which she was regarded. Even the ladies who
cess, and daughter of Allan Lord of Gallo- clined to stare than converse, and for half an

had previously called on her, seemed more in-
sions, and affections. Si vis me flere, dolendum
primum est ipsi tibi. All that is valuable in way.

hour after Emily had placed her in the seat she
poetry, and, at the same time, peculiar to it,

We have done with censure—which can

had carefully reserved on the sofa, it required
consists in the effusion of particular, not general, not be regarded as of serious amount in such all Miss Gordon's savoir vivre, not to appear
sentiments, and in the picturing out of particular a large, compact, and closely printed volume embarrassed at the silent and earnest observa-
imagery. But education, reading, a wide con- as this: we have said that Mr. Chambers is tion of which she was the object.
verse with men in society, the most extensive an inquisitive man; we may also add, that, “ Immediately upon her being seated, Mrs.
observation of external nature, however useful he discovers much that is valuable, and re-

Williams came to her, and making a solemn
to improve, cannot, even all combined, confer lates his discoveries in an easy and graphic curtesy, said, How do you do, ma'am? I hope
the power of apprehending either imagery or manner. We wish we could trace out some-

I see you well.'
sentiment with such force and vivacity of con-

“ This being spoken, and replied to, the lady
ception as may enable one to impress whatever thing more than what Colonel Munro or
Lord Hailes has told us, respecting the

retired. Emily contrived to hover near her for
he may choose upon the souls of others, with

a little wbile, but was called away by her mother's
Ramsays, Leslies, Hamiltons, and Cun- saying, ' I expect Anastasia wants you, Emily
full, irresistible, electric energy; this is a power
which nought can bestow, save native fondness,

ninghams, who fought so long and so bravely Williams.'
delicacy, quickness, ardour, force of those parts in the wars waged by Christina of Den-

“ Thus left to herself, Caroline looked round
of our bodily organization, of those energies in mark, and Gustavus of Sweden, for the sal- the room ; not an eye but was fixed upon her,
the structure of our minds, on which depend all vation of the Protestants of Germany. Both and the little conversation which was going on
our sensations, emotions, appetites, passions, the Black Ramsay and the Fair Ramsay were among the ladies, consisted in a cautious whisper
and affections. Who ever knew a man of high warriors of no mean rank: so were the Mun-between neighbours, of which it was but too
original genius, whose senses were imperfect, roes, and the Leslies; and of a Hamilton it easy to perceive that she was the subject.
his feelings dull and callous, his passions all is related, that when his regiment, after hav- It was impossible to bear this long. Mr.
languid and stagnant, his affections without ing stormed a breach, from which all other Warner bad approached to pay his compliments
ardour, and without constancy? others may be warriors had been repulsed, was ordered by

to her, and when he was again about to retreat
artisans, speculatists, imitators in the fine arts;
Gustavus to give place to two regiments of

to the

group of standing gentlemen, she stopped
none but the
man who is thus richly endowed by Swedes, he confronted the Lion of the North, him by saying, Will you give me overarm

, before he
inventor in philosophy. Let any person first with pride equal to his own, and taking his
possess this original soundness, vigour, and deli.
commission from his pocket, presented it to

well understood her purpose, she rose, and passed

her arm within his. This action seemed to discacy of the primary energies of mind; and then the King, saying, “I shall serve a man no solve the spell which had fallen upon the female let him receive some impression upon his ima- | longer who knows not what is due to brave tongues; but among the few phrases that reached gination, which shall excite a passion for this / soldiers; we have all but taken the place and l her, still fewer were intelligible, which, con

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sidering the spirit that appeared to pervade gentlemen, saw all that was passing, and though as prayerfully disposed as any young man ! them, was not much to be regretted.

not sorry to see Caroline amused, wished, if know; and were we advanced enough to mis« Lock and lock, I declare! thank the praise, possible, to check the vivacity which he per- sionize from this, I cannot realize that there is I was born in America ; now shou’dn't you be ceived attracted too much attention. He drew any one more fit to promote christianization right down consternated if you saw Benjamina near, with the intention of giving a hint to his among the heathen, and to happify his converts, do that?'

lively daughter ; but Madame de Clairville was than young Mr. Robert.' "'I cannot realize how any girl can get upon giving a little historiette with so much grace,

“I don't wish to blame your associational such a lay, and yet keep her standing.' and gaiety, that it was impossible to interrupt feelings, Miss Duncumb; but to eventuate what

"If I live from July to eternity, I shall her, and before she had finished it, he was I was going to say, I must confess that for a never obliviate that go.'

strongly tempted rather to join the party, than young man of such capacity, he ought by this “How she swiggles her way through the to break it up.

to have showed more anxietude for the welfare gentlemen! Did you ever?'

“He told them both, however, that they were of the church. Dear me, Miss Duncomb, only "• My! It's musical enough to be sure, just clearly offending against Rochester etiquette, look at Miss Martin's muslin ! – isn't it as to watch her ways.'

which evidently required that they should both coarse as hominy ?' "While these sharp darts flew lightly past her, sit with their backs to the wall, smile seldom, “I wish 'twas a little higher about the neck, on their foreign idiom, Miss Gordon continued and laugh not at all.

Mrs. Barnet, and I would not fault the muslin. her adventurous progress to the place which “ • And what will befall us, if we disobey?' That young miss would conduct better, if she Madame de Clairville occupied at the farther demanded Madame de Clairville.

thought less of her beauty.' end of the long apartment.

" • Must I tell you, madame?'

* * That's a fact. I wish it would convene to “Madame de Clairville was not a great person

Positively, monsieur.'

Anastasia to bring the oysters this way; I feel at Rochester. The ladies had discovered that

“"Well then, you will find no lovers among altogether faintish.' she had but two visiting gowns in the world. the gentlemen, and no friends among the

Lord Darcy (the Refugee) has left England She was invited to the parties because she was

ladies.' one of the ladies at Mrs. Bevan's,' but as no

My!' exclaimed Madame de Clairville, in consequence of an affray with a young one ever saw even a new ribbon about her, since mimicking the national tone ; 'is not that man of low birth, in which the latter, being the day of her arrival, now nearly six months dreadful ?"

severely wounded, was afterwards reported ago; as she spoke English with difficulty, and

«Not for me, if you will only except my

to have been murdered, but in reality segenerally smiled in the wrong place, when she little Emilyque voilà.'

creted by his confederates for base purposes

. was spoken to; as she belonged to no congre

“ Emily came, on hospitable thoughts intent, A plotis conceived by an unprincipled relative, gation, and never gave tea, she was considered followed by the ‘helps, bearing trays filled against the life of the young nobleman, and as a little nobody.

with very good things, but most heterogeneously agents are set to work in America to accom“ Miss Gordon's marked attention to her assembled. Ices and oysters, pound-cake, and plish the design. The following extract will created great surprise, till some one cleverly salt beef, were offered together, and not unfre

introduce the reader to one :observed that 'twas natural enough for Euro- quently received upon the same plate. After

“Mr. Hannibal Burns was one of the editors peans to be glad to see one another.' this ceremony had passed round, Mrs. Wil

of a New York ósemi-weekly' paper; and, “Madame de Clairville was delighted. She liams approached Miss Gordon, in a solemn

moreover, an officer of the police. The latter rose to meet the fair stranger with an air of and stately manner, and inquired if she would graceful empressement, well calculated to make favour the company by playing on the piano.

occupation he had been 'raised to:' that of her gown forgotten, at least by Caroline. There “ Caroline looked saucy; but a glance from

newspaper editor, or, as it is familiarly fermed, was no space to admit Miss Gordon next her, her father changed the expression of her eyes,

'Slang Wanger,' was a dignity but lately fallen

him." and perceiving this, the young lady took the and she modestly said she had rather not play arm of madame, and again crossed the room to before so large a party.

This individual had met the English trathe fire-place, where, to the unspeakable aston

"Mrs. Williams left her, but in a few mo- vellers at his brother's "settlement," and ishment of the party, they stood together chat- ments Emily came, and said blushing, and as if learnt their probable destination. He is ting in French, with an air of easy gaiety, that vexed at her errand, that she was sent to ask if employed to trace them out, but cautioned drew down many a disapproving, My!' from she could sing?

to do so with as little professional interest as the fair spectators.

“ • Who sent you, my dear?'

possible. “Mr. Wilson now approached them, leading ““Mrs. Pringle desired mamma would ask,

" It so happened, however, that the person forward his son, who entered into conversation before her daughter began.'

and calling of Mr. Hannibal Burns were well in French and in English, with both ladies,

«« « Then please to tell Mrs. Pringle, my known by many at Rochester, and, among others, without restraint, and really deserved some dear

by a certain devout grocer of the name of Mitgratitude for his knight errantry; for be was

“ Her father looked at her beseechingly, evi- chel, who, upon some occasion or other, had the only young man who ventured to approach dently fearing some little vivacity.

had a little business with him. them. His gallantry, however, did not endure

"Miss Gordon and Madame de Clairville “As Mr. Mitchel was a bachelor, and morelong, for he soon quitted them, and left the seated themselves at a little distance, and would over a very sober man, Mr. Burns thought he

from thence have enjoyed at their ease the plea- | could nowhere address himself to obtain the in“ Tea, coffee, and cakes, were now handed sure of listening, had not their attention been formation he wanted, with less danger of having round, by two smartly dressed young women.

withdrawn from the singing, by the whispered, the conversation repeated. Emily followed them into the room; her cheeks

but earnest conversation of two ladies who were “Unfortunately he did not know that Mr. wore an unusual glow, and she was evidently seated next them: one of these was Miss Dun- Mitchel was a thorough-bred New England agitated. C'est une petite ange que cette Emi-comb, and the other a stout, jovial looking Yankee, or he might have been aware that in lie-quel dommage qu'elle va rester ici toute woman, whose drawling, canting tone of voice, colloquy, with even a New York police officer, sa vie !' said Madame de Clairville. Emily was offered an amusing contrast to the comfortable he would probably contrive to obtain more inquite shocked at seeing them standing, and im- look of good-humour, and self-indulgence, which formation than he gave. Ignorant of this immediately brought two chairs from different her face and person exhibited.

portant fact, he proceeded to the store of his parts of the room, for their accommodation, which "I shall ever maintain, Mrs. Barnet, that, acquaintance, whom he found standing behind she placed in the small vacant spaces on each when it is in the way of our vocation that we his counter with his hat on, and a newspaper in side the chimney-piece. 'Cannot we manage are exposed to the snare of the fowler, we are his hand. better than that, Emily?' said Miss Gordon, re- sure to be sustained in the path.'

“So, Mr. Mitchel, how are you, sir? kedge, moving her chair to the opposite side ; ' I must ' But it is a fearful peril that we run, Miss and hearty, I hope ?' hear the end of what madame was saying,' and Duncomb,' drawled the fat lady, listening this "No great matter to complain of, touching without ceremony she placed herself vis-à-vis to fashion to the breath of manhood, uttering the my bodily health, Mr. Burns; but these are the little French woman, with her back to the words of love!

awful times, sir. Why, what a dissolute, prayer. majority of the company:

""Ah-h!' answered Miss Duncomb, with less place New York must be grown " It required all brother Wilson's influence a shudder, “it is a sin and abomination, but it Here's a paper that has been Joaned me,

and to preserve Miss Gordon's good name after this. ( is our duty, Mrs. Barnet, to follow where the half of it is filled with a history of stage plays, Did you ever! such airs !'

righteous lead. Is he not the son of our bro- and masquerading balls." "What confidence !' ther?'

"We follow up Paris and London consider. ""'Tis just to show off, that she can talk " " That's a fact, Miss Duncomb, and the able near, Mr. Mitchel, that's a fact; but yet French.' more strange is it, that he should sit caterwaul

we have many associational parties that solem· Nothing but that, you may


it, ing there, just like the son of any other man. nize the place, which I am partly sure you or she would never pick out that little shabby 'Tis awful, Miss Duncomb!'

would approbate, sir. And how does Rochester body.'

" "Mrs. Barnet, I guess, ma'am, that you do

progress, Mr. Mitchel ? Have you got many * Mr. Gordon, from his station among the not know the young man as well as I do ; he is I strangers come recent?'

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