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had oftea said that he would wish to I reflect on the many sleepless nights and be interred. But a short time be-' anxious days, which he experienced from fore his death; when Mrs Glennie, Mrs Beattie's malady, and think of the his niece, spoke to him on this sub. unwearied and unremitting attention he ject, he replied, that he would wishi paid to her during so great a number of
years, in that sad situation, his character his body to be laid beside that of his is exalted in my mind to a degree which two sons, rather than beside that of may be equalled, but I am sure never the greatest monarch upon earth." can be excelled, and makes the fame of His remains were accordingly depo. the poet and the philosopher fade from sited in the church yard of St Ni. my remembrance: cholas, Aberdeen.
The strictness and regularity of Dr Sir William has concluded with a by a regular attendance, while his health
Beattie's piety was shown, not merely character of Dr Beattie, which seems
permitted, on the public ordinances of to be written with a great degree of religion, but by the more certain and candour and impartiality, and with. unequivocal testimony of private de. out any undue partiality. We can
votion. I have been informed by his afford to extract only a small part.
niece, Mrs Glennie, that after he had
retired at night to his chamber, she freThroughout the whole course of his quently overhcard his voice rendered aulife, Dr Beattie was most exemplary in the dible in the ardour of prayer. And discharge of the relative duties of a son,
she has also told me, that even througha brother, a husband, a father, and a
out the day, when she knew his spirit friend. Of his conduct towards his un
to be more than usually depressed, happy wife, it is impossible to speak in
while he thought himself alone, she terms of too high commendation. It could occasionally perceive that he was has already been mentioned that Mrs offering up his orisons to Heaven with Beattie had the misfortune tovinherit; the utmost fervour. His pious resignafrom her mother, that must dreadfuí tion to the Divine. Will, under some of of all human ills, a distempered imagic the hardest trials that flesh is heir to," nation, which, in a very few years af.
was indeed but too severely proved du. ter their marriage, showed itself in cap. ring the greatest part of his life ; but it rice and folly, that embittered every is consoling to know, that it was not hour of his life, while he strove at first tried in vain. to conceal her disorder from the world,
Great tenderness of heart; and the and if possible, as he has been heard to
keenest sensibility of soul, qualities say, to conceal it even from himself; very frequently, the concomitants of till at last from whim, and caprice, and genius, were eminently conspicuous ia melancholy, it broke out into down. the character of Dr Beattie. They renright insanity, which rendered her se.
dered him * tremblingly alive" to the clusion from society absolutely neces
sorrows and sufferings of others, and sary. During every stage of her illness, produced in him the warmest emations he watched and cherished her with the of friendship, with an earnest desire to utmost tenderness and care; using eve perform every service in his power to ry means ar first, that medicine could all within his reach. furnish for her reeovery, and afterwards,
Vol. II. P. 333. when her condition was found to be per- We meant to have concluded with fectly hopeless, procuring for her every suggesting a few retrenchments which accommodation and comfort that could tend to alleviate her sufferings. When might have been made with advan
tage, particularly in the notices of
the different eminent characters men* Of this last part of Dr Beattie's con
tioned duct, I am fully able to speak from my own personal knowledge; as, during at no great distance from Edinburgh. several years, I had the sole charge of She still survives him in the same maher and her concerns, while she resided lancholy condition. Nov, 1806.
tioned in the course of the work, is somewhat juvenile and eccentric, it most of whom were already quite fa. often displays considerable elegance, miliar to English readers. But this and is marked by a spirit of benevo. js unhappily rendered superfluous by lence, and a not unpleasing enthusithe melancholy event which has oc- The most considerable is en. curred since our first sitting down to titled " Melody the Soul of Music,” write this article. The author sur- which has been long before the pub. vives no longer, either to enjoy the, lic, and has in general been favourably success of his work, or to bestow on animadverted upon, as appears by a it any farther improvement. The long list of criticisms which the aulast paragraph, in which he anticipates thor has drawn out, somewhat whimthis mournful event, must, at the pre- sically, with observations of his owo sent moment, be read with peculiar on the opposite page. There is also interest ; and if it cannot claim the an essay on Intoxication, which gives praise of eloquence, it certainly dis. a favourable view of the author's ta. plays excellencies of an higher kind. lents as a popular moralist. There
are different proposals for charitable On thus reviewing the long period of institutions in Glasgow, which prove forty years that have elapsed since the his active benevolence. One is for commencement of our intimacy, it is impossible for me not to be deeply af. spreading manufactures through the fected, by the reflection, that of the nu. Highlands ; another for relieving the merous friends with whom he and I poor under the storm of 1795 ; a were wont to associate, at the period of third for supplying them with clothes. our earliest acquaintance, all, I think, The biographical account of Mr except three, have already paid their David Dale, which appeared in our debt to nature; and that is no long Magazine, and for which we were the great Disposer of all events) my chiefly indebted to Mr Molleson, will gray-hairs shall sink into the grave, and give an idea of the style of his prose I also shall be numbered with those composition. who have been. May
situation so A considerable proportion of this awful make its due impression on my volume consists also of poetical pieces, mind! and may it be my earnest en- which are of various merit. Mr deavour to employ that short portion of Molleson sometimes fails in the quanlife which yet remains to me, in such ą, manner, as that when that last dread tity of his lines, and his humorous hour shall come, in which my soul shall poems are not of the first excellence ; be required of me, I may look forward but there are others which deserve a with trembling hope to a happy im- different character. Among these is mortality, through the merits and me. his longest poem, entitled the "Sweets diation of our ever-blessed Redeemer.
of Society," wbich appears to have Vol. II. P. 342. been very popular, being now re.
printed for the second time. The
following passage may serve as a spe11. Miscellanies in prose and verse, by cimen.
Alex. Molleson. 12mo. 221 pp. (Glasgow.)
Now sportive play delights the in
fant throng; MR MOLLESON seems here to have collected all the pieces, both in They jump, and roll, and lightly frisk
along, prose and verse, which he had writ.
Check not severe their heartfelt social ten on different occasions. We have
glee, read many of them with very consi. But cheer the scene, and let them sport derable pleasure ; for though the style with thee:
Agesilaus thus, tho' far renown'd, ing the idea of its being the Evening His off pring pleased, and danc'd along of the Year.-Pitlivie, October 1801. Thus more, their warm affection you No Nature drops her robes, at And tuial love and rev'rence both re.
Panmure's majestic woods and walks tain.
among; Hence health, and strength, and blythe And calls her simple offspring to repose, good humour grow;
While solemn echoes swell her iwiling And spirits volatile in channels flow.
song. These, when deprest, corrude the infant Soon will the gloomy night of Winter mind,
come ; To brooding angry passions thus in. And, raging, blast the beauties of the clined,
day, Now springs the boy, on high, in soar
Snatch the green relics of the songster's
dome, ing swing, His shouting comrades form a wond'r
And deluge deep the weary trav’ller's, ing ring;
way. And gazing, while the hero mounts in Yet not for ever lasts the dismaltime air,
At Spring's bright morning cheering All eager strive, the envied seat to share. beams arise ; Thus when Blanchard, in high aerial car, The Greenwood joys, the balm-enliven. Ascends in clouds, and views the earth
ed clime afar,
Sends Music to our ears, and Beauty The daring flight th' admiring people
to our eyes. awes,
Thus, Brother! when the storms of And, from ten thousand tongues, bursts
Woe approach, loud applause.
Thus let us hope that Comfort shall Lo! serpent wreathes of puny tablets
As morning beams, tho' gloomy shades In circ'lar order, rear'd by th' infant encroach, band;
As Spring revives the delug'd droopTill one is struck; then with a clatter.
ing year. ing sound,
And thus in Life when comes the fated Swift curling each an each they fall a.
The night that visits all beneath the As, in the world of commerce, oft 'tis
sun, seen, That splendid merchants, by misfortune May Heav'nly rays illume our raptur'd
And shew the glorious prize, when Decline ; and, while they formidably
this long race is run! fall,
P. 195. Involve their friends in Ruin's fatal call. One sinks apace, and quick, another We should have given more extracts goes,
had our limits admitted ; and upon Till circles round th' electric shock of the whole we would recommend this
P. 163. little volume, and its various contents, The following is still better, en as capable of affording considerable titled,
amusement, not unmingled with in.
struction. THE EVENING OF THE YEAR.
STANZAS Written at a Brother's residence near New Works Published in EDINBURGH. Panmure ;-asuggested by a walk there in the woods in Autumn, when the A Tour through some of the Isleaves were falling and the music of
lands of O kney and Shetland, the groves was dying away, occasion. with a view chiefly to objects of Na
tural History, including also occa- os of certain of the landholders ; sional remarks on the Inhabitants, “ which they have, very unnecessatheir Husbandry and Fisheries. By “ rily, vented in unmeaning scurriPatrick Neill, A. M. Secretary to “ lity, both in newspapers and in the Natural History Society of “ Grub.street pamphlets. The mere Edinburgh, 8vo. 5s.
“ republication of the Tour will, to A System of Chemistry. By J. Mur. " the Public in general, be sufficient ray, Lecturer on Chemistry, Materia for my vindication. Nothing, I Medica, and Pharmacy, Edinburgh, trust, will be perceived in it, but Vol. I. and II. 8vo. 11. Is.
" the candid observations of a stranStatement of facts relative to the ap. ger on what he really saw; and I pointment of a Professor by the cannot surely be condemned for College of Surgeons, 4d.
“ depicting the wretchedness of the New Editions.
" Shetlanders," qua ipse miserri. Mr Scott's Minstrelsy of the Scottish
".na vidi,” when my only object Border, 3d edition, 3 vols. 8vo. Il. proves to be the melioration of -lls. 6d.
“ their condition. The greater part Lay of the Last Minstrel, 5th
of the Shetland tenants appeared edit. 8vo. 1 Os. 6d.
6 to me to be sunk into a state of -Sir Tristrem, 2d edit. 8vo. 126. “ the most abject poverty and miBallads and Lyrical Pieces, 2d
sery. I found them even withedit. 8vo. 78.6d.
“ out bread, without any kind of Swiss Emigrants, a Tale, 2d edition,
« food, in short, but fish and cab. 12mo. 45.
" bage ;-living, in many cases, un, $ der the same roof with their cat.
“ tle, and scarcely in cleaner apart. Scottish Literary Intelligence.
"ments ;-their little agricultural
concerns entirely neglected, owWE
E have to notice, among the ing to the men being obliged to
publications of this month, ap " be absent during summer at the interesting addition to the topogra- “ ling and tusk fishery. The read. ply of the Scottish islands,"A « er will probably be not a litTour through some of the islands of " tle surprised to learn, that these Orkney and Shetland," by Mr P.
“ tenants, acting at one time as far. Neill. The journal of this Tour ori. “ mers, and at another as fishers, ginally appeared in successive num. ç after enduring, in the latter ca. bers of our Magazine from Nov. 1804 pacity, for many weeks, the greatto July 1805. This journal is here “ est privations, and encountering republished, but very considerable • stormy seas in their open boats, additions are made to it, both in the are not allowed to carry their form of Notes and of Appendix. " dear-bought cargoes to the best • The objects which I principally at. of market, but are compelled to de. " tended to, (says Mr Neill in his 6 liver the whole into the store. preface) “were those connected with “ houses of their landlords, at sti. is the study of Natural History, but pulated rates, below the mar. “ it was almost impossible not to 6 ket value ! This statement has “ take some notice of the state of the " never been controverted : and “ inhabitants of the Islands. The “ this alone would justify me for “ freedom of my remarks, however, “ not having formed a very favour. " on the unfortunate condition of " able opinion of the system of ma" the common people in Shetland, “nagement adopted by the Shet. • has brought upon me the censure " land fairds, I shall only further
state, ¢ state, that so slender are the ad. the Islands, by Mr Neill himself,
vantages, if any, accruing to the will interest and amuse the natura. $' tenants from this fishery, that it list. These different, interesting, “ is, in general; an object of avero' and curious papers, it may be pro“ sion to them ; in so much, that per to repeat, did not formerly ap“their agreements with their lairds pear in our Magazine, but are now “ are accompanied with an obliga- published for the first time. The " tion to fish, under the implied, Notes contain some remarks on the gas but well-understood penalties, of importance of the Herring-fishery ;. " dismissal, and consequent starva- and a particular account of the “tion, or of heavy and arbitrary droves of small Whales which were, “ fines.
last year, stranded on the shores of “ During my excursions through the Unst in Shetland.
These potes, • Islands, I occasionally took notes, therefore, which are all likewise ad. " and from these the Tour was ditional to what was formerly pub. “ compiled : but as I then enter. lished, contain some valuable dis"tained no thoughts of publication, quisitions, both on topics of curious “ my notes were very short and research and of national importance. " incomplete. Indeed, I certainly This work therefore will be found “ would not have appeared before to contain a large fund of political,
the public at all, had I not hoped scientific, and economical informa. " that the consequences of the dis- tion, respecting a part of the British “cussion might eventually be bene- empire which is less known than it “ ficial to the remote and neglected deserves ; and it will also afford “ inhabitants of Shetland. It is my amusement to most descriptions of ç'earnest wish that their condition readers. s should be scrupulously inquired “ into by some of our public-spirited “ and patriotic characters : satisfied “ as I am, that from ingenuous in.
LITERARY INTELLIGENCE, ENGLISH
and FOREIGN. vestigation, and public discussion, a change will result, favourable
"НЕ " not only to the emancipation and
is sú far matured, that its appear: ' happioess of the poor people, but ance is announced for the first of Janu
ultimately to the prosperity of the ary. Whe shall cite the sketch of its " landholders themselves."
plan, as published by those concerned in
its management : In the Appendix, there will be found
1. The writers are gentlemen wholly some valuable remarks on the Shet. unconnected with literary factions, or land Islands, and on the means of with the trading interests of publishers. improving them, by Sir Alexander 2. They have been induced to volun. Seton of Preston, whom the author teer their services as guardians of literaccompanied as a fellow.traveller ature, in consequence of the numerous
abuses to which periodical criticism has through several of those dreary lately been exposed in many of the existwastes in 1804.---The mine. ing reviews. ralogist will find some interesting 3. As resident members of the first information respecting the mineral university in the world, their easy acproductions of Shetland, by Dr cess to literary authorities of every kind, Traill of Tirlet in Orkney.- Á their means of constant literary commu. list of plants indigenous to Orkney, advantages, especially qualify them to
nication, and their other numerous local supplementary to the catalogue con; undertake the office of censors of the tained in Dr Barry's History, and public press. some remarks on the Birds found in
4. Every book shall be reviewed ac.