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og at her mother's, he had become
some of his principal facts and illus, strongly attached.
trations. To a man who possessed He saw that it was impossible for a
a complete knowledge of his subject, young lawyer, whatever his abilities and
and command of words, this system diligence might be, to maintain a family, even with the most rigid oeconomy; must have been attended with 'many and he was unwilling to risk the becom advantages. His lectures will be des ing a burden on his father and uncle. livered with greater warmth and enThe emoluments of a Professor of Law
ergy; they may be enlarged when nea were not, indeed, very great; but they
cessary to accommodate the under. were much superior to what, for many
standing of the hearer, and may be years, he could expect to reach at the bar; they were sufficient to enable him
improved from year to year, accord. to maintain a family in a respectable
ing to the discoveries made in the manner; and, by his own exertions, he science, and the progress of the prohoped to increase the number of stu fessor's speculations. Mr Millar is dents, on which, at Glasgow, the emo said to have excelled peculiarly in the lument of a Professor chiefly depends. easy, familiar, and agreeable manner, The situation, too, if not brilliant, was
in which he delivered his instructions. highly respectable; and he was happy He brought himself down to the leto think, that those speculations on law and government, which had always been
vel of his students, allowed them to his favourite studies, were now to be. state their difficulties and objections, come the business of his life, the source and to canvass with perfect freedom of his income, and the foundation of his the doctrines which be had advanced, future reputation.
Before, says Mr Craig, a professor can He obtained this office, and tho? admit ofsuch a practice, he must be comthere was a very general expectation pletely master of his subject, and have acof his greatly improving the reputa. quired some confidence in his own quicktion of Glasgow as a school of law, yet ness, at refuting objections, and detec. his most saoguine friends never ima ting sophistry. A few instances of deleat gined he could have raised it to that and to the discipline of the class. But,
might be injurious to his reputation, height which it soon attained under should he possess a clear comprehension his auspices. As Mr Millar's repu. of all the bearings of his system, joined tation rests chiefly upon his exertions to quickness of understanring and toá in this capacity, his biographer has lerable ease of expression, he will derive very properly entered into great de. the most important advantages from tail with regard to the subjects and pupils. He will learn where he has
the unrestrained communications of his manner of his lectures. It had been failed to convey his ideas with accuracy, formerly the custom to lecture in where he has been too concise, or where Latin, but this bad been dropt by imperfect analogies have led him into his predecessor, after whose example slight mistakes; and he will easily find Mr Millar always lectured in his ow
a future opportunity to introduce new language. This is supposed to have illustrations, to explain what has been given him a great advantage over the
misapprehended, or correct what was
really an error. To the students, such Edinburgh professors, who delivered
a practice insures accurate knowledge ; their lectures still in Latin, and did it teaches the important lesson of connot discontinue that practice till af. sidering opinions before adopting them, ter Mr Millar's reputation was so and gives an additional incitement to fully established as to prevent the strict and vigilant attention. Accordpossibility of any competition.
ingly, to be able to state difficulties
with Mr Millar never wrote his lectures, by the more ingenious and attentive
propriety, was justly looked upon but was accustomed to speak from students as no slight proof of proficiency; notes containing his arrangement, and and to be an active and intelligent mem.
ber of the fire-side committee, never of the subject was treated, and it failed to give a young man some consi were much to be wished that we had deration among his companions. also the substance of that part of his
P. xviii. lectures which related to other forms
of government: 3. A view of the preThe proper business of his office sent constitution of England, as setwas to deliver lectures on the Row tled at the revolution. man Law; but as he found that this On Mr Millar's coming to Glasmight be accomplished in half the gow he found a literary society escourse, he employed the other in tablished, of which he soon became lecturing on the general principles of a zealous and active member. The jurisprudence. At another hour he business consisted in a discourse began, some time after, to give a which was read by each member in course of lectures on government ; his turn ; and in a conversation or deand as these occupied only three bate, which followed on the same days a week, he spent the same hour subject. Mr M. was constant in his on two other days in giving a course attendance, and never failed, during of lectures on Scots Law. Lastly, the period of forty years, either to a few years before his death, he pre deliver his essay or to take a share in pared and delivered a similar course the debate, His favourite subjects on English Law. Few instances were those connected with the philowill be found of such extensive aca. sophy of mind ; and as he had here demical labours, the greater part of embraced doctrines diametrically opwhich were spontaneously underta- posite to those of Dr Reid, perpetual, ken.
and often rery warm discussions In his lectures on jurisprudence, took place between them, which Mr Millar was led to consider the however never interrupted the har: foundation of morals; and upon this mony of their private intercourse. subject he had combined the opinions Mr Craig gives also an interesting of his two friends Hume and Smith ; account of the manner in which he considering utility as the essential forwarded the improvement of the and fundamental principle, while young men whom he received into sympathy gives rise to those intui. his house. tive moral judgments which we are Besides these occupations, Mr in the habit of forming. But his Millar had some legal practice as an great and favourite subject consisted arbiter and what is called a " Chainin those speculations upon the progress ber Counsel." He wrote also seveof law, government, and manners, of ral anonymous political pamphlets, which he has given such interesting and some articles for the analytical specimens in his two publications on review. Engrossed by his numerous the Origin of Ranks, and on the occupatioos, he went seldom from English Government. His lectures home, but spent his summers at on government were divided into Whitemoss, or Millheugh, in the three parts, comprising, 1. The theo- neighbourhood of Glasgow. retical history of mankind, or the Mr Millar was led by his favourprinciples which regulate their pro. ite studies to take a very warm in. gres6 and civilization; 2. A view of terest in the politics of the day ; and the particular forms of government we must say, that in his sentiments established in ancient and modern with regard to them, as delineated by times. His work on the English Mr Craig, we do not discover the same constitution affords a valuable specie soundness of judgement, and calmmen of the manner in which this partness of temper, as in his general spe
culations. With regard in particu. less nearly interested, or less violently lar to his opinions during the period affected, he was at the utmost pains to of the French revolution, Mr C. has repress every exterior mark of affilic. entered into a detail, which, consi. tion, every thing which might appear dering how much they were tinged So far did he carry this command o
a demand on the sympathy of his friends. with the passions of the day, and ver his own mind, that a stranger might how little they have corresponded have mistaken his character, and sup. with succeeding events, might we posed him perfectly tranquil, at the think, have been spared without any very time when he was in the deepest injury to his memory. He became amiction. No man could more com. a zealous member of those societies, pletely bring his behaviour to a tone in which were formed for the purpose him : But in his anxiety to accomplish
unison with the feelings of those around of promoting a reform of Parliament. this, and his unwillingness to be any His experience, however, was too restraint on society, he sometimes per. great to allow him to support the haps went beyond the exact line of proplan of universal suffrage. He was priety, and gave an impression of sever. decidedly of opinion that the exten. ity and unconcern, which were far from sion of the elective franchise should belonging to his character. In the astoinclude only the independent and well- nishing exertions of self-command he of.
ten displayed, it was scarcely possible informed part of the community.
that he should not occasionally be carried Yet we think it extremely singular, too far by the violence of the effort over that he should have hoped, through his own feelings, and the want of confi. the medium of societies composed dence in his own strength of mind.almost exclusively of the lower orders, Those who enjoyed his friendship were to effect a reform from which that never deceived by such appearances of class was
to be entirely excluded. tranquillity. They saw them not as Their discontent, instead of being ap- indifference ; but as the most unequi
proofs of real ease, far less as proofs of peased, must have been greatly increas. vocal indications of an habitual attened, by a plan of reform which in itself tion to the feelings of others struggling certainly wears somewhat of a se against poignant distress. P..cxxiii. vere and aristocratical aspect. There can be no doubt, however, of his opi For another valuable feature in nons upon this subject being per. his character, he was probably much fectly sincere and disinterested ; indebted to his profound researches since he refused an office of great into human nature. emolument, and prospects of advancement, because it might have been Of these virtues, his uncommon can. construed into an engagement to
dour in judging of his own claims, and
those of others, was one of the most an administration whose support measures he condemned. The testi conspicuous.. Never was his opinion
warped by his private interest ; never mony of Professor Jardine, whose did he paíliate or excuse that in himself political opinions were directly op- which he would have blamed in his posite to his, is further decisive upon friend. His conduct was uniformly this point.
guided by the most delicate attention to The character of Mr Millar is de. the rights, claims, and expectations of scribed as generous, sanguine, and others, by the strictest sense of honour. full of sensibility ; yet he was
Always aware of the tendency of a man's markably ambitious of stilling all interest, and desires, to pervert his
judgment, against such partiality and symptoms of the latter.
self deception, he guarded with the
most vigilant care ; anxious not only Afraid of intruding his grief on others, to abstain from all injustice, but to
avoid every suspicion, in his own mind, the science, however, the former taof his having done what any person in lent is the safest, and perhaps the formed of the circumstances, could pos
most useful. In his style he has made sibly disapprove.
no attempt at that eloquence of
which this branch of science is After a long life, Mr Millar was,
pecuin May 1801, suddenly seized with lially susceptible ; he aims only at a pleurisy, which carried him off.-- perspicuity and precision, and this His son-in-law, Mr Mylne, gives the
he has certainly attained very comfollowing account of his last mo
Upon the whole, Mr.Craig appears ments.
to have here supplied us with a very * In the midst of his family, he en authentic and pleasing memoir of his 66 countered the severe trial presented deceased friend. “ by the sufferings and prospects of a “ death-bed. That trial he nobly sus. “ tained. His last scene was altogether “ worthy of the part he had uniformly Popular Ballads and Songs, from Tra“ maintained on the stage of life. Soon dition, Mauuscripts, and Scarce “after the very unexpected attack of
Editions, with translations of simi“ the disease which brought him to his
lar pieces from the Ancient Dagrave, he foresaw the issue, and await" ed it with the most perfect compo.
nish Language, and a few originals No symptom of impatience or
by the Editor. By Robert Jamie• of alarm ever escaped him: and no son A.M. and F.R.S. 2 vols. 8vo. “ thought gave him pain but the thought 11. ls. Constable and Co. Edin. 6 of being separated from his family, burgh. Cadell & Davies and Mur“ with whom he had long enjoyed the
purest happiness, and to whose happiness has life was so important."
P. cxxix. IN
N our literary notices for May
last, we gave a short account of After his death, another volume the origin of this publication, and the was published of his View of the circumstances which led to its appeare English Government, together with It is now presented to the some essays, in which he endeavours public in a form similar to the Minto illustrate the moral effects produ. , strelsy of the Scottish Border; and ced by the progress of civilization. though the materials were some. These, with his Essay on Ranks, are what exhausted, and the selection be his only avowed publications. How. not quite so happy as in that publi. ever fond of the science of metaphy. cation, yet interesting aod curious sics, he does not appear to have come gleanings have still been made. It posed any thing on that subject.- forms, therefore, a valuable suppleIt is therefore as a writer on the ment; and most of those students of Philosophy of History that his name ancient lore, who have possessed will go down to posterity; and themselves of the former publication, here, in point of precision and deli- will probably be desirous of adding cate penetration, he is perhaps unri. to it this, which possesses, besides, an valled. He appears to us indeed to interest of its own from the foreign be rather deficient in comprehensive translations with which it is enrichviews. His talent consists rather ed, and which form not the least cuin linking together events not very rious part of these volumes. widely separated, than in ascertaining These Poems are divided into, 1. the great laws which regulate hu. Tragic ; 2. Humorous ; 3. Miscellaman affairs. In the present state of ņeous; 4. Songs.
The first, we think, is the most And " heigh, Annie!" and "how, Au
nie! interesting part of the collection. These ancient ballads are often in.
0, Annie, speak to me!" deed feeble and desultory, but they But ay the louder that he cried “n. occasionally exhibit strokes of na
The louder rair'd the ser. tural pathos, rendered more affecting by its perfect simplicity. Few finer The wind grew loud, and the sea grew
rough, specimens of this can be given than
And the ship was rent in twain ; in the concluding part of Fair
, Annię And soon he saw her, fair Annie, of Lochroyan, of which the Editor
Come floating o'er the main. has given a copy, which he considers He saw his young son in her arms, as more uniform than any former one.
Baith toss'd aboon the tide ; We shall begin our extract after An. He wrang his hands, and fast he ran, nie has been repulsed from the door
And plunged in the sea sae wide. of her lover.
He catch'd her by the yellow hair,
And drew her to the strand; O, hooly hooly gaed she back,
But cald and stiff was every limb, As the day began to peep;
Before he reached the land. She set her foot on good ship board,
O first he kist her cherry cheek, And sair sair did she, wecp.
And syne he kist her chin, “Tak down, tak down the mast o' And sair he kist her ruby lips; goud;
But there was nae breath within. Set up the mast o' tree;
O he has mournd o'er fair Annie, Il l sets it a forsaken lady
Till the sun was ganging down ; To sail sae gallantlie.
Syne wi' a sich his heart it burst, “ Tak down, tak down the sails of
And his saul to heaven has flown.
P. 41. Set up the sails o' skin;
The conclusion of Sweet Willie Ill sets the outside to be gay,
and Fair Annie (on the same subWhan there's sic grief within!"
ject with Lord Thomas and Fair Love Gregor started frae his sleep, Elinor in the Reliques of ancient And to his mother did say,
Poetry,) though it does not possess “ I dreamt a dream this night, mither,
the same delicacy, is yet very affec. That maks nay heart richt wae ;
ting. " I dreamt that Annie of Lochroyan, The flower o'a' her kin,
Whan night was come, and day was Was standin' mournin' at my door,
And a' man boun to bed, But nane wad let her in."
Sweet Willie and the nut-brown bride * O there was a woman stood at the In their chamber were laid. door,
They werena weel lyen down, Wi' a bairn intill her arms;
And scarcely fa'en asleep, But I wadna let her within the bower, Whan up and stands she, fair Annie, For fear she had done you harm.”
Just up at Willie's feet. O quickly, quickly raise he up,
“Weel brook ye o’your brown brown And fast ran to the strand ;
bride, And there he saw her, fair Annie,
Between ye and the wa'; Was sailing frae the land.
And sae will I o'my winding sheet,
That suits me best ava.
“ Weel brook ye o' your brown brown 0, Annie, winna
And sae with I o' my black black kist, i The higher rair'd the tide.
That has neither key nor lock.