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THE DAY ,
A MORNING JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, FINE ARTS, FASHION, &c.
GLASGOW, MONDAY, MARCH 19, 1832.
OUTLINES OF WESTERN SOCIETY.-No. II. spoons for “another cap-half cup, or quarter,” the (From the Note-book of an Artist.)
tea-things were removed, and the buzz of suppressed PERHAPS no class of men derive so much advantage
conversation gradually spread round the room, and from letters of introduction as the fraternity to
waxed louder and louder as the parties engaged found which I belong; and, as these advantages may be themselves getting more at their ease with each other. gleaned more or less, in almost every grade of society As to myself, I had got into an argument with a bas except the lowest, 'it ought to be a matter of consider- bleu, on the singularity of the Edinburgh accent, ation with all dependents on the palet, to have their
which, she contended, was more decidedly vulgar letters of as miscellaneous a character as possible. For
than even that of Paisley; as, for the people of Glasmyself, I was particularly attentive as to this matter, so
gow, she denied, most strongly, that they had any much so, that I have been dining in Blythwood Square
accent at all, but spoke the English language so on turtle, turkey poute and roast venison, with the plain and distinct, that no person, by hearing them accompaniment of hock or champaigne, and, the saine
could tell, with certainty, what part of the counevening, supping in a back land in the Trongate, with try they came from ; this was such a novel idea to a frank laughter-loving, motled-faced butcher and his me, that I could not help smiling, at what I supposed jolly double-chinned helpmate, on minched collops, to be intended for waggery, on the part of my fair opblack puddings and whisky toddy, and, I will honestly ponent, who, seeing my incredulity, appealed to a admit, that I have found greater benefit in my profes
gentleman near us, who, with all imaginable gravity, sion from the vulgar straight-forward wish-to-be- supported what she had advanced, and, by way of friendly sort of conduct of the latter, who would often clinching the argument, in her favour, instanced the banter his neighbours and their wives into a sitting, public cries of the two cities; those of Edinburgh, he than from my fashionable friend at the west end, who said, were perfectly unintelligible to a stranger, while, would too often consider, that, by having my feet on the contrary, the cries of Glasgow were plain and under his mahogany for an afternoon, he had suffi. distinct to all ; for example, said he, raising his voice ciently honoured the draft which I held on his good to a triumphant pitch, in Edinburgh, you will hear offices. It must, however, be acknowledged, that a
them crying pee-ree-eer-ee-o-rie, now, said he, addressing letter of introduction is, in the present age, generally
himself to me, is there a person here, besides
and I, considered to mean little more than a passport to the
could tell what was intended to be sold by such sounds ; table of the person to whom it is addressed, at some one
"peers and oranges,” cried a lovely blue-eyed romp, of the stated feeding hours of the day, and these hours
who, instantly, as if alarmed at hearing her own voice, are chiefly regulated by the circumstances, temper and drew back, giggling and blushing, and hid her face profession of the individual. For instance, if any of my
behind her elder sister, who gently chid her for readers have such a letter to a clergyman, or a person
being so forward. Nay, ladies, continued the chamconnected with missionary or temperance societies, I pion of the bas bleu, it is not peers
and oranges" would advise him not to expect anything more than an that are meant by pee-ree-eer-ee-o-rie, but neither more invitation to breakfast, and, really, an invitation of this nor less, than good mealy potatoes ; this was followed kind, particularly if it should be given in winter, must by a general titter, at the expense of the Athenians, from appear to every reflecting mind rather as an infliction
all the ladies within hearing, and pee-ree-eer-ee-o-rie, than an act of courtesy; but, as such an act, the unfor
was trilled out in rotation, by the fair mimics around tunate letter-carrier is bound to receive it. If the let- me, till those at a distance caught the sound, and an ter happens to be addressed to a manufacturer, a explanation being called for and given. It was decidmerchant, a lawyer, or a substantial housekeeping
ed by all, that I was quite in the wrong—no real bachelor, the hope of an invite to "pot luck” may Glasgow person having any thing about his language, be very rationally entertained. If, to a family man,
that could be considered as a peculiar accent; finding with more than one danghter, a card to tea is sure myself opposed to so overwhelming a majority, I made to be the result, when the bearer will find (pro- an entry in my note book, of the fact, and determined, vided he happens to be a single man) a whole cir- in future, not to trust my ears with the direction of cle of elegant, fascinating creatures, with their in
my judgment, on the subject. After this important telligent mamas, awaiting his arrival. It was to a matter was disposed of, an old lady proposed that the party of this kind that I made my first bow in two daughters of our host should favour the company Glasgow, and though I could not consider those pre
with a duet; I was rather surprised at the request, as sent entitled to rank first in the list of fashionables, one of the girls had a bur, and the other a snivel, and yet the affair, so far as unceasing loquacity among
how these would harmonise, I was at a loss to know. ihe ladies was concerned, went off with considerable I was, however, told that the ladies were “ terrible fine eclat. The eldest daughter of our host presided at singers," and a number of the gentlemen, who appeared the tea-table, that is to say, she poured out the fra
to be no strangers to the vocal powers of the fair ones, grant beverage, and kept a sharp look out on the exerted their eloquence in urging them to commence. ladies and gentlemen to whom the various cups To these importunities, papa and mama added their were appropriated. This is reckoned a most impor- parental injunctions ; “ a slight cold,” “hoarseness, tant duty, which no young lady with any pretensions
· head-ache,” « inability," were all severally pleaded, to good breeding will ever neglect.
according to the usual form, but not being sustained The formalities being gone through, and the kind, by the company, after a good deal of ill affected reconsiderate mistress of the ceremonies baving, in
luctance, the usual set phrases of tea-table politeness, press
To please papa, and eke each gentleman, ed the ladies and gentlemen to take out their
The angels blew their noses and began.
As I had been so much at fault in the opinion I ha- matrons who seemed to have formed a conversational zarded respecting the accent of Glasgow people, I will party in a recess where the annoyance was not so not venture a remark on this first specimen I had great ; here I had the gossip of the evening more in heard of their singing.
, wbich was proceeding thus, as I came within The same old lady, who had been instrumental in earshot.—“0, mem! speaking about butter, did ye bringing forward the talents of the ladies, to the notico
ye hear what happened to me in the butter market and applause of the company, now proposed that “
the ither day?" “ No, mem, dear me what happenGeordie," as she called a tall awkward looking figure,
ed ?" “ I'll tell ye that, mem—it was just the other who sat with his hands a la muff, in the recess of his
night I was thinking to mysel, and, thinks I to mysel, trowsers, should amuse the company with a piece of
in these hard times, if I could get a bargain o' some recitation. “Our Geordie,” after a few excuses, larched butter, although it was a wee auld tasted, or moatie, it forward towards a vacant space in the room, and spread
might do weel enough for servants, as they might pick ing forth a pair of hands like a brace of fire-shovels,
the moats out o't at night when they were commenced to give “Mary the Maid of the Inn." He
thrang ; so I gaes awa' to the Bazaar next day, and I floundered, however, in the second verse, and the old
asked a woman if she had ony dirty butter for serlady, who seemed to take a maternal charge of him, in
vants, and she answered, in a gay thiveless like way, sisted on his giving, in place of it, “ a bit” of a speech,
and I goes away tae twa or three, asking if they had which, it seems, he had prepared for delivery at the
ony dirty butter for servants, and I was never dream. Andersonian Soirée. “Our Geordie" again addressed
ing o' ony thing wrang, but, when I looks roun' himself to enact the part of the orator, and the old lady
there's a great band o' idle like hizzies wi' their baskturned to me and observed, that Geordie was “a perfyte
ets and they a' began tae abuse me, and I says tae genius-besides a great chemist.” Silence being obtain
them, quo' I, ye idle like women, quo' I, is that the ed, the “perfyte genius” thus commenced.-" The dis- way to speak tae ane that might be your mistresscovery which I bave the honour to lay before this
so I turns and comes awa, and the hale tot followed learned and illustrious body, was made, as all great dis
me down the Candleriggs crying, 'dirty butter, dirty coveries have been made, by accident. I happened, one
butter.' I declare I never was sae muckle affronted in morning, to be perambulating the banks of the Monk
the hail course o' my life.” “ Ah ! Mrs. Petticraw, nae land canal, when I observed a singular circuitous mo
wonder ye was affronted—servants hae gane aff at tion in the water. I stopped to examine, and found
the nail a'thegither now: I'll tell ye how I was servit proceeded from a fish ; I also discovered several ed the ither day. Our gudeman's gay and fond o' a other fishes performing the same rotatory motion, and
sheep's head, ye see, mem, and I took yen o' the las. it instantly struck me that a phenomenon so very
sies wi' me tae the market, tae buy a sheep's head, curious, must arise, from some hidden cause. I
and twa three odds and ends that I wanted, and when therefore, with much trouble, possessed myself of se
I cam back, there's some ladies waiting for me veral of the rotatory fish, who, be it observed, were
in the parlour, and I gaes awa ben tae gae the ladies all performing the circular movements on the top of
a dram-ladies look for something o' that kind when the water, and I hastened home in order to examine,
they come into a house, ye ken mem--weel, when the more at leisure, the cause that had produced so won
ladies gaed awa, I gead ben tae the kitchen, tae see derful an effect. On opening the fish I found in
how the lass was cumin on wi the head, weel, what do every one of them a small transparent azure colour.
ye think she's doin mem ? she has a skewer in her ed bag, of very close and amazingly fine texture,
hand, and she's picking the een out o' the sheep's bead which seemed to me to contain a gas, so amazingly
- dear me, quo I, lassie, quo I, are ye picking the een powerful, as to have raised the fish from its natural
out o' the bease head.” “O, quo she, mistress, I didna station in the water, and kept it, evidently against its
ken they were for eating." “ Didna ken they will, at the top. I was the more convinced of the
were for eating, quo I !!! the very best bit in a' the truth of my discovery; for, by putting some of the lit
beast, now, Mrs. Petticraw, could ony levin flesh tle bags which I had not punctured, in a basin of wa
endure the like o' that.” Mrs. Petticraw was about ter, I found them float on the top of the water, while
to reply, when silence was called from the chair, the fish from which I bad taken them, instantly sunk
and it was announced that Mr. Momus M Phun to the bottom." Our orator was here interrupted by
was going to favour the company with an imitation of the old lady, exclaiming,
his « “tuts man, Geordie, that's Grany.” Mr. Momus was the wag of the comthe fishes' bleather, the fish could na soom the length
pany; for, he it known nnto thee, gentle reader, that no o' its tae if it were na for that.” A loud laugh fol.
“ real convivial" party can take place in Glasgow, unlowed the old lady's remark, and “our Geordie,”
less there is either a “ wag" or a “wild devil” present. after baving recourse to his snuff-box and handker- Mr. Momus M.Phun commenced his exhibition by chief, gave up his discovery, and retired in confusion dressing bis hand with the assistance of his handkercheif to his seat.
and a burned cork, so as to appear as the face of a little
old woman, and the resemblance, it must be confessed, The toddy bowl was at length introduced, and our was ludicrously like, he then proceeded to hold a colohospitable landlord assumed the wooden sceptre; the quy with it. Mimicing with considerable effect, the glasses circulated with effective rapidity, while toast, toothless garrulity of age, his imitation called forth song and recitation, came spontaneously forth from quite a tempest of applause, and, when the uproarious the different quarters of the room. In the intervals, mirth which he excited, had a little subsided, the glasses between the display of melody and eloquence, the were filled, and the host, after ringing a peel on the gossip of the ladies became amusingly loud, while the edge of the bowl, called upon the company to drink a disjointed snatches of their conversation, as they fell bumper to Mr. Momus M‘Phun and his Grany. upon the ear, produced an effect sufficiently absurd ; The door now opened and a servant entered, bear. it is scarcely possible to give even a faint idea of the ing a tray loaded with sandwiches, cold fowl, tongue, confused tittle-tattle in which the terms marriage, silk cheese cake and other little items of confectionery. gown, nice man, pink saucers, new boa, fine girl, With these she proceeded slowly round the room coral and bells, splendid coffin, dress cap, Prussian which was now crowded to excess, and, a little way bracelets, pious woman, box ticket, muff and tippet, behind her, came Mr. Momus M.Phun, in his characsteam boat, venison, haberdashery, Dr. Chalmers, ter of wag, or clown of the evening, carrying a tooth-powder, baby-linen, strawberry jam, handsome mustard pot and spoon, with which he played off sideboard and a thousand others, fell in ridiculous dis- some excellent practical jokes, that told with great eforder on the ear. Tired with listening to the noisy fect on the younger portion of the ladies. Behind him fragments of a conversation which I could not under- came “our Geordie," bearing a large goblet of porstand, I drew towards a little coterie of intelligent / ter, which he handed from lady to lady, receiving, occasionally, some rather left-handed compliments on enviable station, not only in the estimation of his his scientific discoveries.
own countrymen, but also of the readers of romances The feeding being over, the bowl was resumed and on the banks of the Seine, and the Elbe ; we are far the amusements of the evening proceeded, till one of from thinking that the work which he has lately sent the elderly matrons observed, it was “time the ladies forth to the world will derogate from his high fame should get on
their things." The fair one's in- and character as a novelist. However various the stantly took flight and the gentlemen gathered round opinions of those may be on the management of the the bowl and drank the health of the absentees real materials of the story of Eugene Aram, no one with praiseworthy enthusiasm. After a reasonable who has attentively perused the volumes now before absence, the ladies, at the urgent entreaties of our us, will deny that the author, so far as his version hostess, returned, and all the company having formed of the tale goes, has produced a story of most absorba circle round the bowl, joined in singing "Auld lang ing interest, and one, too, which bears on its bosom a syne." “ Deuch an dorus," was then handed round touching and terrible moral. after which, the ladies being committed to the charge
It would far exceed our limits to enter into the story of the different gentlemen, we were lighted down of this powerful romance, or to attempt even to sketch stairs. On reaching the street a general shaking of the various personages which play a part in this eventhands took place; on exchanging this civility with Mrs. ful tragedy. Suffice it to say, that it is a tale which dePettecraw, I received a very kind invitation to a party velopes some of the most powerful features of humanity, which she intended giving the ensuing week.
which inculcates some of the most striking philosophi
cal truths, and which awakens some of the most touchTHE SILENCE OF THE TOMB.
ing traits of female feeling. How splendidly delineated
are the musings, and the melancholy of the scholar(From the German.)
murderer-his constraint and his remorse—bis em“ Here lurks no treason-here no envy swells
bittered heart and his aching conscience—his love and Here grow no damned grudges—here no stormsNo poisebut silence and eternal sleep."
his despair ! How beautifully painted are the two
lovely daughters of Lester. The noble-minded, ardent ALAMANSOR, a rich and noble Arab, ate, drank and devoted Madeline—the sweet, the simple, the tenderenjoyed himself in all the luxuries that life can afford.
hearted, Ellinor. How natural, too, is the youthful One day, devoured by ennui and overcome by disgust, impetuosity of Walter Lester brought out.
How odd, he was seized with an unaccountable whim—that, yet, how true to English manners, is the character of namely, of paying a visit to the sepulchre of his fore- Bunting. How fearfully limned are the terrible feel. fathers. Thither he repaired, descended into the
ings and sentiments of Houseman. All the characters tomb and wandered about amidst the mouldering re
introduced, are, in fact, so individualized, as to stand lics of mortality, not, however, laying it to heart, that out ready for the dramatist, a circumstance, which has he, too, must soon become as they were, but saunter
been already taken advantage of, by certain of the ing along with the feelings of a voluptuary, and only Playwrights of the metropolis. exclaiming :—“0, Mahomet ! what a cool retreat Perhaps, in none of Mr. Bulwer's former novels, bas from the fervour of a burning sun, and how pleasantly
he exhibited so delicate a touch in the portraits of his digestion here, performs her functions !"
females, as in those which figure in this novel. The Suddenly his attention was arrested by a half effac- picture of the two fair sisters of Grassdale are, perhaps, ed inscription. “In this grave,” it is said, “is con
no where equalled, nor is there, in the whole vast recealed a treasure—a treasure greater than any that
gion of romance, a more natural and naive delineation Cesus ever had.” Alamansor, on whose fortune dis- of female feeling, than that which Mr. Bulwer has given sipation had made deep impressions, instantly and
the world, in the several bed-room conferences which eagerly opened the grave and found — only a hand- take place between the sisters, at the time when both ful of dust and a marble tablet, whereon was inscrib- felt the power of the tender passion, and felt, too, that ed, “ Until thou, erring mortal, with impious hand, they were, themselves, beloved. The following evening profanedst this, the last resting place of wearied hu- colloquy will best illustrate Mr. Bulwer's happy memanity, there reigned here—rest uninterrupted—a
thod of sketching the homely scenes of the Manor treasure which Cæsus himself, never had the fortune House of Grassdale, and will, probably, induce some to possess !"
of our fair readers to dip into the work itself, which,
although one of the most tragic kind, is, at the same LITERARY CRITICISM.
time, well worthy of an attentive perusal.
It was a custom with the two sisters, when they repaired to EUGENE ARAM, a Tale, by the Author of “ Pelbam, Devereux, their chamber for the night, to sit conversing, sometimes even for &c.” 3 vols.—London, 1832.
hours, before they finally retired to bed. This indeed was the
usual time for their little confidences, and their mutual dilations This work has been now some time before the public, over those hopes and plans for the future, which always occupy and has afforded a topic for criticism, in almost every the larger share of the thoughts and conversation of the young. I Journal in the empire. This circumstance of itself, is do not know any thing in the world more lovely than such con. perbaps sufficient to shew that the work is one of no
ferences between two beings who have no secrets to relate but ordinary a nature : one in fact which,
what arise, all fresh, from the springs of a guiltless heart,—those the among many
pure and beautiful mysteries of an unsullied nature which warm novels of the day, is destined to outlive the twelve
us to bear; and we think with a sort of wonder when we feel month wbich gave it birth. Mr. Bulwer, the author how arid experience has made ourselves, that so much of the of the work before us, is one who has arrived at that dew and sparkle of existence still linger in the nooks and valleys, enviable station in the republic of letters, where he
which are as yet virgin of the sun and of mankind.
The sisters this night were more than commonly indifferent to may disdainfully disclaim the ordinary bookseller's puff,
sleep. Madeline sate by the small but bright hearth of the chamand, what is more, may stand the trying test of a just ber, in her night dress, and Ellinor, who was much prouder of and honest criticism. The man who could write her sister's beauty than her own, was employed in knotting up the “ Pelham,” and “ Devereux,” bas no need to fear the long and lustrous hair which fell in rich luxuriance over Madeparty-spirit aspersions of the ultra-tory Journalists,
line's throat and shoulders.
“ There certainly never was such beautiful hair !" said Ellinor nor will it add to his plume of fame, to obtain the
admiringly; "and, let me see,-yes,—on Thursday fortnight I equally party-spirit fawnings of the too frequently
may be dressing it, perbaps, for the last time-heigho!” nicknamed Radical Reviewers. The author of Eugene “ Don't flatter yourself that you are so near the end of your Aram, is in fact, beyond the pale of the small fry of troublesome duties,” said Madeline, with her pretty smile, wbich party critics, and has taken a place among the imagi
had been much brighter and more frequent of late than it was
formerly wont to be, so that Lester had remarked “ That Madenative writers of the age, little removed from that
line really appeared to bave become the lighter and gayer of the now occupied by the Wizard of the North !
two." If the former novels of Bulwer raised him to this “ You will come to stay with us for weeks together, at least till
The following singular advertisement will perhaps give a better key to the state of feeling which prevailed in our city, in 1779, than any thing that could be said or sung, now a-days :
“ That having some houses to build at Jeanston, any man that builds one or more of them, must keep six layers on the walls, besides his other bewers and darksmen; and shall get from me three pounds the first week, four the second, and five the third week, to pay his men ; and the balance paid bim that day the work is done. And he is to have nought for lintels or sharping irons, nor soles or foundations, but only his agreed price for the rood.
His servants are not to curse or swear; and, if they do, they are to pay as by Act of Parliament, or as the magistrates have fixed it.
Whoever agree, must give me in their estimates on Friday, and begin on Monday.
ROBERT M NAIR.
REMINISCENCES OF A GLASGOW EDITOR.
On turning over a file of the Glasgow Mercury, we find, under the date of May 8th, 1783, that our worthy and respectable contemporary, the Editor of the “ Herald,” obtained the prize for the best specimen of Elocution, in the delivery of Latin Speeches.
BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF "THE DAY."
To the Editor of The Day. Sir,-I shall ever have reason to bless “ The Day” in which you published my letter. My sweetheart, the goodly Bachelor, took the hint, and on Tuesday night, with great suavity and warmth of feeling, asked me to become the wife of his bosom: we are to be married on the 2d April; it would have been on the first, only, it bappens to be a Sunday. I shall send the decemvirate cake and gloves. Yours, &c.
W. L. U. MARRTHE. P. S. I have just ordered Betty to drown Julius Cæsar, and to put me in mind, to-morrow, to send the little spaniel Cupid as a present to the Dog Club.
Glasgow, 15th March.
till you have a double right to be mistress here. Ah! my poor hair,-- you need not pull it so hard."
“ Be quiet, then,” said Ellinor, half laughing, and wholly blushing.
“ Trust me, I have not been in love myself without learning its signs; and I venture to prophesy that within six mouths you will come to consult me whether or not,-for there is a great deal to be said on both sides of the question, you can make up your mind to sacrifice your own wishes, and marry Walter Lester. Ab!--gently, gently. Nell"
“ Promise to be quiet.”
As Ellinor now finished her task, and kissed her sister's forehead, she sighed deeply.
" Happy Walter !" said Madeline.
“For me?-impossible! I cannot imagine any part of my future life that can cost you a sigh. Ah ! that I were more worthy of my happiness."
“ Well, then,” said Ellinor, “ I sighed for myself ;-I sighed to think we should so soon be parted, and that the continuance of your society would then depend not on our mutual love, but the will of another."
“ What, Ellinor, and can you suppose that Eugene,-my Eugene,-- would not welcome you as warmly as myself? Ab! you misjudge him; I know you have not yet perceived how tender a heart lies beneath all that melancholy and reserve."
“I feel, indeed,” said Ellinor warmly, “as if it were impossible that one whom you love should not be all that is good and noble; yet if this reserve of his should increase, as is at least possible, with increasing years; if our society should become again, as it once was, distasteful to him, should I not lose you, Madeline ?"
“ But his reserve cannot increase : do you not perceive how much it is softened already ? Ah! be assured that I will charm it away.”
“ But what is the cause of the melancholy that even now, at times, evidently preys upon him ?--has he never revealed it to you?" “ It is merely the early and long habit
solitude and study, Ellinor," replied Madeline ; " and shall I own to you I would scarcely wish that away; his tenderness itself seems linked with his melancholy. It is like a sad but gentle music, that brings tears into our eyes, but which we would not change for gayer airs for the world."
“ Well, I must own," said Ellinor, reluctantly, “ that I no longer wonder at your infatuation; I can no longer chide you as I once did; there is, assuredly, something in his voice, his look, wbich irresistibly sinks into the heart. And there are moments when, what with his eyes and forehead, his countenance seems more beantiful, more impressive, than any I ever beheld. Perhaps, too, for you, it is better, that your lover should be no longer in the first flush of youth. Your nature seems to require something to venerate, as well as to love. And I have ever observed prayers, that
you seem more especially rapt and carried beyond yourself, in those passages which call peculiarly for worship and adoration."
“ Yes, dearest,” said Madeline fervently, “I own that Eugene is of all beings, not only of all whom I ever knew, but of whom I ever dreamed, or imagined, the one that I am most fitted to love and to appreciate. His wisdom, but more than that, the lofty tenor of his mind, calls forth all that is highest and best in my own vature. I feel exalted when I listen to him ;--and yet, how gentle, with all that nobleness ! And to think that he should descend to love me, and so to love me. It is as if a star were to leave its sphere !”
“ Hark! one o'clock," said Ellinor, as the deep voice of the clock told the tirst hour of morning. “ Heavens ! how much louder the winds rave. And how the heavy sleet drives against the window ! Our poor watch without! but you may be sure my uncle was right, and they are safe at home by this time; por is it likely, I should think, that even robbers would be abroad in such weather!”
“ I have heard,” said Madeline, “that robbers generally choose these dark, stormy nights for their designs, but I confess I don't feel much alarm, and he is in the house. Draw nearer to the tire, Ellinor; is it not pleasant to see how serenely it burns, while the storm howls without ! it is like my Eugene's soul, luminous, and lone, amidst the roar and darkness of this unquiet world !"
“ There spoke himself,” said Ellinor smiling to perceive how invariably women, who love, imitate the tone of the beloved one. And Madeline felt it, and smiled too.
After perusing this extract, it is perhaps not too much of thee, gentle reader, to expect that thou wilt feel an anxiety to turn to the volumes themselves, for at least a newer excitement than the Cholera : or for a momentary relief from the everlasting discussions on The Bill I
Francis Palgrave, Esq. has, in the press, “ The Rise and Progress of the English Commonwealth, from the first settlement of the Anglo-Saxons in Britain," with an appendix of documents and records, hitherto unpublished, illustrative of the history of the Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence of England.
CAPTAIN MUNDAY is about to publish • Pen and Pencil Sketches in India,” being a Journal of a Tour in that Country, with numerous engravings, by Landseer, chiefly illustrative of the Field Sports of India.
CICERO NO POET. — As to Cicero, I am of the common opinion, that (learning excepted) he had no great natural parts.
He was a good citizen, of an affable nature, as all fat heavy men, such as he was, usually are; but given to ease, and had a mighty share of vanity and ambition. Neitber do I know how to excuse him for thinking bis poetry fit to be published. 'Tis no great imperfection to make bad verses : but it is an imperfection not to be able to judge how unworthy his verses were of the glory of his name. For what concerns his eloquence, that is totally out of comparison, and I believe it will never be equalled.--Montaigne.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Owing to a press of matter, we are obliged to allow the article on the “ Assembly" to stand over till to-morrow.
The “ Farewell Stanzas" by a Dragoon Officer are too affectionate for our columns.
“ No LAWYEk's” Epistle will appear to-morrow.
The very extensive and increasing circulation of " The Dar”
has suggested the measure of offering it as a medium for Advertising. We beg leave, therefore, most respectfully to inform the public that the colmmns of this Morning Journal are ready to receive advertisements at the same rame rates as the Glasgow newspapers.
Glasgow, 19th March, 1832.
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THE SECOND ASSEMBLY.
cibly, that I resolved at once to escape from the en
gagement if possible. All this passed through my I've seen some balls and revels in my time, And staid them over for some silly reason,
mind in a moment; in the mean time, the Highlander's And then I looked, (I hope it was no crime,) To see what lady best stood out the season ;
tongue never rested for a moment.
"I am told, Mr. Spectacles, that you are the best But, writing names would merit reprehension,
person in the world for shewing a stranger to an asYet, if you like to find out this fair she At the next Glasgow or Mid-Lothian ball,
sembly, so I hope for your good offices to-night, and You still may mark her cheek out-blooming all.
you may depend upon my serving you as a friend I was just taking a last look at my mirror, and putting
again. I have a noddy at the door, which I would have required to hire for my own use,
and the finish to the tie of my neckloth, preparatory to
have a seat in it without a farthing of expense. my appearance at the Assembly, the other evening, when my servant knocked at the bed-room door,
In this way, he continued his frank address, without and informed me, that a gentleman was waiting for
my being able, for some time, to interrupt him. At me in the parlour.
last, I merely got a word or two squeezed in, to plead " A gentleman calling upon me at this hour!
an apology for
declining his company, but, this unwillJames, did you not tell him that I was particularly ingness, on my part, was all attributed to coyness,
about accepting his offer of a free conveyance.
With engaged ?" I enquired, not very well pleased at the interruption.
many blunt and honest protestations, therefore, he in“ Yes, Sir, I said that you could not possibly see
sisted upon my taking my place in his noddy, and,
actually, dragged me into it, while he assured me that any person to-night, as you were occupied with im
I was as welcome there as I could be in a carriage of portant business; but the gentleman did not mind me at all, for he just winked to me and brushed into the
my own. house, saying, that he knew what was your business,
The coachman shut us both in together, and, mountand that it was to talk about it that he came to
ing his box, drove off with an alacrity which accorded see you."
very ill with my wishes and feelings. I now found “Confound his impertinence," I exclaimed, “what myself fairly imprisoned with this unfashionable Highsort of a gentleman is he? Tell him I'm not at home,
lander, without the slightest possibility of escaping. or sick-anything."
My fate was exactly that of a criminal, in the act of “ I told him you were not at home, Sir, and he said
being led to execution. In a space of time inconceivyou were not far away, then ; and I said you were
ably little, I was to brave the lustre of a large and complaining a little, but he maintained that he would brilliant room, with one, whom, in the bitterness of doctor you. He's a Highland gentleman, Sir, and
my heart, I accused of all the ignorance of polished will take no denial.”
manners, of which it was possible to conceive any Well, thought I, there is no help for me ; and, even
human being capable. I anticipated, in my imaginaat the risk of leaving my toilet unfinished, I must go
tion, a thousand awkward blunders, which, he would, down stairs and see what this Highland gentleman infallibly, commit, and I tortured myself with reflectwants. I had no sooner entered the parlour, than I
ing upon the public disgrace which would be thus enfound a brawny fist thrust into my own, and a stout,
tailed upon myself. The titter of the ladies, and the but rather handsome man, of about thirty, accosted
sneers of the beaux, rose before my appalled mind, like me with a northern accent, and a rapid utterance.
the dreams of an opium eater, and already inflicted “ Ha! Mr. Spectacles, how glad I am to see you,”
upon me, all the tortures of a degraded dandy. To were the first words he uttered, “it is your friend, Mr. increase my misery, my tormentor pursued his unDuncan has requested me to deliver this note into ceasing talk, withont remission, and filled up the inyour possession. He is a cousin of my own, Sir, and tervals of my melancholy reflections, with evidences when I came all the way from Loch-na-meol to Glas
of his unfitness for polished society. He kept contigow, I found he has caught the rheumatism with the nually dunning into my ears, the request that I would rain, and wishes you to take me to the assembly to
get him some handsome lassie for a partner, who could see the ladies."
dance a reel, for hours, without tiring. In the height I took the card which was offered me by my new
of his enthusiasm, he threatened to spring to the ceil. acquaintance, and found it confirming the particulars ing, and, with the utmost glee, talked of catching a kiss which he related, and introducing to my especial
in a quiet corner. At that moment, my sensations care, Mr. Neil MʻKof Loch-na-meol. At any
were so powerful that I could not find utterance to other time, the slightest hint from “Uncle Duncan" correct my companion's mistaken notions of conduct, would have been sufficient to make me bestow the and I contented myself with vowing, against Uncle most obsequious attention on any of his friends, but
Duncan, and his recommendations, comme tous les just at the moment when I was preparing for an as
quatre. sembly, to be incumbered by an outlandish companion, The stopping of the carriage was a shock which was a favour which I could not receive agreeably even nearly unnerved me altogether. The windows were from the kind old gentleman. I thought of the ridicule let down, and the door opened with a violence which which would be excited at the assembly, by the be- made my sickened soul sink within me; and, when I baviour of a country laird, who, as Uncle Duncan said essayed to step out of the chaise, it was with difficulty himself, had scarcely ever been in gay society. I that my limbs could perform their office. My confufigured to myself the depreciation to which I should sion was not diminished, when my assiduous attendant be exposed, by being seen in public with a new man; seized my arm as we threaded the sinuosities of a back and these considerations presented themselves so for. | lobby, and hurried me towards the blazing lights,