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the best collections of old manu- this character seem to have been
scripts, which exist in this country. extremely successful. Our author
It was collected by the industry of - says:
the late Lord Auchinleck ; and we
are happy to find, that the present “This meanwhile, the Bishoppe of
intelligent possessor is disposed no Clogher havinge but twoo children,
longer to allow its treasures to re- and bothe marriageable, a Sonne
main buried, but has begun to pre- and a Daughter, Sr James Areskin,
sent the world with curious speci- , by the Lord Balfoures advice, mad
mens from it. The narrative now a motion for marrynge a Sonne of
under our notice relates to a mem-his, a Master of Art, to the Bish-
ber of a family, which made a dis- opps Daughter, uppon whome he
tinguished figure in the history of would bestowe the Lands of Agher:
Scotland, both civil and ecclesiasti- The Bishoppe, allthoughe he had
cal. But its chief interest is derived farr better matches offered him, yed
from the very remarkable nature of he was perswaded by the Deane,
his personal history, and from the the Archdeacon, and manie other
light which it throws upon the state his countriemen, to hearken to
of Ireland during that age.

Sr James, whose estate then was James Spottiswood was born at not knowne to be at so lowe an ebb. Calder in Mid Lothian ; was son to Sr James then brought his Sonne to John Spottiswood, a leading actor the Bishopps howse, and brought in the reformation, and one of the the young Maide, by manie Golden first provincial superintendants. He promises, to a foolishe paradise. was brother to Dr. Spottiswood, There rested nothinge nowe but Archbishop of St. Andrews. Ha- Drawinge a contract, and so Solemving rendered an important service nize the Marriage, Wch Sr James to his king in the discovery of a hasted, for he longed to finger the conspiracy formed against that mo- Bishopps moneye: But when the narch's life, he was rewarded with Bishopps learned Councell was mett promotion in the church, and was to putt the Contract in forme; at length advanced to the see of Sr James made newe propositions, Clogher in Ireland. This elevation so unreasonable and so farr from the however, instead of securing hap- first Communing, that the Bishoppe piness to him, was only the com. brake of the meetinge, desyred his mencement of his troubles. A dead- · Daughter to estrange herselfe from ly resentment was, for some reason their companie, and requested or other, conceived against him by Sr James and his Sonne to forbeare Sir James Balfour, second son of his howse. The Lord Balfour, in-. Sir James Balfour of Pettendreich formed of these proceedings, he and Monquhanny, in the county of thought it highe tyme to act his Fife, who being a favourite of part; so tooke occasion to speake James, had been

created Lord Bal- wth the young people, assured them four, and had received a grant of they would never have the Bishlands in Ireland. We scarce re

opps consent, who was nowe fullie member a parallel to the series of informed of Sr James Areskins his fierce and unremitting persecution, decaied estate, and his.inabilitie to which this nobleman carried on a performe what he had promised: gainst the unfortunate bishop. He He advysed them therefore to goe attacked him first under the guise on and make up the matche beof friendship, and his operations in tweene themselyes, wherewth the

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hoppe would be doubtles of. brewed. The Bishoppe replyed, ded at first; but that he was a that he had allreadye consented to de man, and they woulde gett annother motion made unto him by

goodwill afterward, when he Sr Stephen Butler himself for his ve they could not be parted. It brothers daughter, a beautiful Gens concluded by Sr James and tlewoman, and well bredd, wth

three Sonnes, that this Coun-whome he offered Securitie for I should be followed ; So one 12001b. portion; The Lord Balfour ye when the Bishoppe had much 'replyed, that that gentlewoman had mpanie dyneinge wth him, and the confessed to himself shee was handshopps wyef was attending her fast before shee came out of Engly Sonne, who was periliously land, and that Sr Stephen made this k that same tyme, theye brybed Offer onlie to hinder the match, and Serving woman of the howse to so renue his old suite; So never ing the Bishopps Daughter to tooke rest till he made up the match e Streete, so entysed her to "betweeve the Bishopps Sonne and James Areskins chamber, where the Ladye Valencia her Niece, e marriage was made up by some Nowe had the Lord Balfour matcheboysed Minister. The Bishoppe 'ed both the Bishopps Children, in Etle suspected the Lord Balfour to 'no good intention to him nor Them ave any hand in this busynes, who'neither." et had a further fetch; ffor, soone Eter, seeing the Bishoppe much grie- ed himself an open enemy, and up

Balfour however soon after shew-: ed, he made a proiect to him der pretences, which could only have owe to defeat Sr Janiés Areskin and his Sonnes of their evill inten. been advanced in the then unsettled

state of the country, :endeavoured ions; He discoursed to the Bisha

to deprive the Bishop of great part ppe of Sr James Areskins povertie, of his property. Spottiswood was nd his intention to make

up

his de ayed estate by the Bishopps order to support his claim, but

obliged to come over to England in neanes: He perceaveth yor sonne, could scarcely maintain his ground ayd he, to be sicklie, and assureth against the intriguing activity of himself to gett all you have in ende. Balfour. About this time happened But yf you will be advysed by me,

an incident, which gave a great ad. sayd he,) I will teach you howe to Refeat them of theire purpose, and

vantage to the latter. The following is

. an account of the provocation nowe to strengthen yorself wth a which led to it. better friendshippe in' this kingdiome. There is, sayd he, a mayde, « There was one Şr John Wisha niece to the Viscountess of Valen- ' ard; sometyme Lord of Pittarro in cia, both wise and virtuous, and like' Scotland, who havinge consumed to be a great match; for my neigh his 'estate there, begged some esbour Sr Stephen Butler (sayd he) cheated Landes in the County of was offered to have 1500lb. wth her, ffermannagh, and was possessed of and greater matters in hope ; I will 24 Townes or Tates of the Bishopp fynde the waye, (sayd he,) to make of Cloghers lands, next adiacent to Sr Stephen leave of the Suite ; 'If the Temporall Landes, ffor wch he yor Sonne, then, can compasse the was to paye the Bishopp 361b. per Maydes goodwill, you 'maie make annúm. The Bishopp of Clogher up a fayre estate for yor Sonne, let sent to him manye tymes for his for daughter drinčke as shee hath · Rent, But he did onlye defer to påy

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it, but returned the Bishopps Mes- of Sr John Wishards servants was senger win a disdainful, and uncivil too fforwarde to offer vyolence, Letter. The Bishopps servants com- They gave him a little knock on the inge into the knowledge of the con.. head ; But the verie next daye aftents of This Letter, desyred the ter came 'Sr John Wimbes, highe Bishop to give them leave and they Sheriff, wth 30 or 40 of Balfours would take a distresse for his Rent; Tenaunts and servants, and did drive Şo, by his direction, they went to awaye all the goods about the Bishhis dwelling place at Clanteverin, opps howse, and thoughe there was and brought awaie 16 poore beastes, good suretie offered him that the Cowes and heyfers, prised at Nyne goods should be foorthcominge, and pounds. Sr John tooke this in great the Bishopp should aunsweare what snuffe, and, by Balfours advyse, could be iustlye demaunded of him, tooke out from the Sheriff of the yet the Sheriff would not render Countye a Writt of Repleven to Three fayre Stood Mares and theire fetche' back the goods uppon secu. Coltes: They were so lovelye beasts ritie. There was no formalitie kept He tooke them awayè wth hym.” in takeinge out the writt, nor in the

The Bishop having in vain at. execution thereof, and Sr John Wishard scorried to redeeme his tempted to obtain redness by fair goods; the Bishopps Bailey there means, determined to seek it by a

retaliation of the injury. fore sold the Cattell. Balfour heareinge of these proceedings, was gladd “ Some Twoo Dayes after the to fynd so fytt occasion for his pur- 2d of December, The Bishopps serpose ; He sent therefore for Sr John vants went out againe, some ffyve Wishard and St John Wimbes, his in number, to take a Distresse for sonne in law, who by his meanes had Sr John Wishards Rent, who, as byn Highe Sheriff Twoo yeares To- they were passinge by the Lord Bal. gither; So perswaded the Sheriffe to fours Towne, perceaved the Lord graunt SrJohn a Writt of Withernam, Balfours stood of Mares to be pasto take as much of the Bishopps good turinge on the Bishopps land, for as the Bishopps servants had taken of' wch Balfour refused to paie Rent: his. It was done accordinglie. So the They resolved, therefore, to goe no Bishopp being at Dublyn, called up further, so severed a parte of the for his Maties service, sixe orseaven of stood, and drove them towards InBalfours, and Sr John Wimbes, and niskilling, and were gone Sr John Wishards servants came to seaven myles from the place before Portora, the Bishopps dwelling place, Sr John Wimbes & above ThreeInniskilling, and drave awaie be- score of the Lord Balfours Tentweene 40 & 50 English Cowes, aunts and servants overtooke them. worthe three pownds a piece, wch Sr John incensed sth the indigoitie Cowes belonged to Sr Henrye Spot- he thoughte done him so latelie, tiswood, the Bishopps sonne. Sr Hen. He wthout any woords, at the verie ryes servants and some of the Bish- first, thrust William Galbrieth opps servants that were left at home, through the showlder wth a pyke, informed heereof, they followed the Then twoo or three of his CompaCattell, and overtakinge them at nie gave him divers other woundes. the Bridge of Inniskilling, when Humphrye Galbrieth seeing his they would not shewe theire war- Brother in this case, he called to rant for taking away the Cattell, Sr John to forbeare, and he should they rescued them; and when one have all coptent, to whome Sr John

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cunsweared, as the Bishopps ser- began to live in peace, and seemed vants affirmed, Devill have my even at the summit of his wishes. Soule yf wee part so, whereuppon His repose however was soon interHumphrye grasled wth Sir John; rupted by the dissensions in Engand while they were wrestlinge in a land between Charles I. and his pardirtye Bogg, one Davyd Balfour liament, which, extending to Irewounded Humphrye in divers pla- land, broke out into a civil war, the ces. Humphrye layeing his ac- most desolating and sanguinary. In compt his Brother was killed and 1664 our prelate sought refuge in himself could not escape, He tooke London, where he died the same hould of a long Skeane was about year, and was buried near his bioSr John Wimbes, and therewth did ther, the archbishop of St Andrews. give him a deadlie wound; So they The whole of the manuscript exparted ; ffor St Johns Companie ga- cept a few pages at the end, is writthered all about Sr John himself, ten in a handwriting, which the and pursued the Bishopps servants Editor considers to be that of Dr no further. The Bishopps men had Spottiswood himself. lost muche blood, and were all sore The Scottish Adventurerers ; or the wounded, so had muche adoe to gett home. Íhey did not acquaint the

Way to Rise ; an Historical Tale, Bishopp wtb that was done, neither

by Hector Macneill, Esq. 2 vols.

sinall 8vo. 128. Blackwood. did he suspect that unhappie accident till Sr William Cole came to FEW objects are of more imporPortora, and affirmed that Sr John tance to society, than the state was deadlie hurt, and therefore re- of education among that numerous quired the Bishopp to enter into a and very useful class, who are raisRecognisaunce of a Thowsand ed immediately above the lowesi. Powndes' to make his servants These compose the better order of foorthcominge at the next Assi- mechanics and tradesmen; they

not only themselves perforon a

great part of the business of the The Bishop however was after- Society, but superintend and erowards prevailed upon, seemingly by ploy the bulk of the labouring cointhe most direct falsehoods, to entermunity. They do not merely work into a recognizance to the extent of with their hands, but require a veL.1500 for the appearance of his ry considerable share of intelligence

servants. The servants however re- and information. Their situation * fused to appear; and the affair af- too renders them liable to certain

forded to Balfour ground for a se- errors in the mode of training their ries of intrigues, treachery, and families. In general, they have a chicanery, such as can scarcely be propensity to look upwards: they paralleled in the annals of the most are ambitious to remove themselves, profligate courts. The Bishop who, as far as possible, froin the class innit is said, would have been com- tmediately beneath, and which is apt pletely ruined by the payment of to claim a connexion with them. In the sum, had his life for many years all their habits, they are ever disporendered miserable by this prosecu. sed to an imitation of the gay and tion. At length the violence of fashionable circles; and wiis tenBalfour excited against him such a dency has become peculiarly strong general hostility, that he found it in the present age, which las been advisable to quit the kingdom, and distinguished by the general diffuretire to London. The Bishop now sion of luxury throughout all racka

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No one has exerted himself so conceive, that our readers would zealously and indefatigably in the have reason to thank us, for giving counteraction of this reigning error, them an outline of the story. They as the author of the present work. will probably be much better pleased To expose it has been the grand to trace it themselves, as it is unaim of all his recent publications; folded by the author in the course and as' he never undertakes any, of his narrative. We shall only which has not some benefit to the mention, that the two young men public in view, his present underta-'. are hurried, by a disasastrous acciking relates to a question intimate- dent on board of a ship of war: and ly connected with the same object. the first part of the work is chiefIt is the established practice, in this ly employed in delineating the difcountry, for every one who can give ference of their feelings and conhis children any education at all, to duct in such a situation. Mr Macsend them for three or four years to neill was peculiarly qualified to exà grammar school; and this forms ecute this task, having, as he menoften nearly the whole of the instruc- tions in the preface, been himself tion conferred upon them. Mr enured during the course of several Macneill conceives, that, for those years, to the habits of a seafaring who are neither born to an inde- life. It is rarely that persons qualipendent fortune, nor destined for fied to

delineate these manners, the learned professions, such an e- have had such good opportunities ducation must be worse than use- of observation. He shall therefore less, and can have no effect but that give a specimen of this part of the of giving them a distaste for the oc- performance. It relates to the incupations in which their life is to be cidents which occurred immediateemployed. He insists, that if the ļy' after our two heroes were placed time spent in learning mere words in the very unpleasant situation awere employed in acquiring a know- bove alluded to. ledge useful for the common affairs of life, young men of this rank “ The boatswain, who was natuwould be much better prepared for rally a humane man, and, as far as the part which they were' to act. was consistent with his duty, kind He illustrates this opinion by the and indulgent to the seamen,

had history of two youths, one of whom the two lads birthed and messed; has received a good education in and telling them to be of good the ordinary sense of the word; that cheer, and not cast down with their is, has been rendered master of all misfortune, assured them, that if that the grammar school can teach:

they conducted themselves proper· the other according to his plan, has ly, and minded their business, they been initiated only in useful and should be taken care of.

« You practical branches. From the op- have had a hard brush I. find, my posite reception and success which lads." said he, “ at the commencethese two young men experience, ment of your service, but that's nowhen thrown unassisted upon the thing at all against you, but rather · world, he endeavours to prove the in

your

favour. We seamen must superiority of one system to the lay our account with meeting with other.

these things every day in our lives, In endeavouring to convey an and the sooner we meet with them idea of the manner in which this the better. All you have to do is, work has been executed, we do not to attend to your duty, obey your

orders,

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