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the party.


Afterward, we found it would be acceptable to wait upon the risk of having a plate of soup in her lap from our hero's Prencess also, which we did this night, and had a little discourse

awkwardness. In carving, he invariably misses the to her, who received the same very well, and desired the continuation of the good prayers of our Church, for the royal family; and

joint, and spatters the gravy about—misnames bis then called for the two prencesses, and told us she had a son who

guests—asks the same person to drink wine with him was elder than any of them, and hoped that these, her children, several times and frequently manages to introduce should secure the succession to the royal family,

some topic, painful to the feelings of one or more of The Prince and Princess here spoken of, afterwards ascended the throne as George JI. and Queen Caroline. Mr. Hairbrain is extremely variable in his bumours Her son, in after life, was known as Frederick, Prince and pursuits. Sometimes he is sunk in despondency, of Wales, and was grandfather of bis present Majesty. sometimes in very high spirits. To-day he is penu

After mentioning that the King “was pleased to rious, the next, proportionally extravagant. There appoint each of us a present of one hundred pounds are times, when the tender passion seizes upon him, sterling,” Mr. Hart gives the following account of an- and converts him into a lover, although he has never other interview which the commissioners had with the yet been able to prevail on any fair one to unite her royal family, when they were about “to take journey fate to his. He frequently enters keenly into the polfor Scotland.”

itics of the day, and is as often an economist or a theThis day we had access to King George, being introduced by

oretical farmer. At some seasons he becomes a unithe Duke of Montrose. We had our audience in publick, the versal Dilettanti, and is all devoted to the fine arts. King coming ont to the bedchamber of state, where there were a In this inroad, he writes verses, scrapes on the violin, great number of noblemen and gentlemen present. Mr. Carstairs made a short speech in English, in which be expressed the grate

employs his pencil on the picturesque, or chisels a ful sense we had of his royal goodness, and that we would

block of stone. On occasions, he gives himself up to endeavour, more than by words, to express our loyalty and faith- the graces, affects the exquisite, and exhibits a come fulness to his Majestie's person and government, and that we would, plete caricature of dandyism. Thus accomplished, be in our stations, endeavour to promote what would be for the ho. mixes in the amusements of the beau monde, and somenor and quiet of his government. After which we made a low

times joins the merry dance; in the exercise of which bow and retired. The King bowed to us, with a pleasant smiling

last recreation, however, he too frequently interferes After this we went to the Prince's apartment, where we had with the enjoyment of others, by confusing the figure, access to the Prince of Wales ; and, after a short speech, made by treading on the toes of those near him, or throwing Mr. Carstairs, to his royal highness, expressing our sincere affec- himself or his partner down. tion and duty to his royal person and his royal progenie ; and,

Yet, notwithstanding all this, Mr. Hairbrain is one something to this purpose, he answered, in French, that he would never be wanting to lay hold, on all occasions that should offer to

of the kindliest creatures in the world. He has done show, how great his affection was to the Church of Scotland, of a thousand beneficent things, and, while we laugh at whose loyalty and fidelity to the royal family he was fully assured. his eccentricities and blunders, we cannot help, at the

After this we went to the Prencess, her apartment, where we same time, doing justice to the goodness of his heart.. had access to her royal highness; and, Mr. Carstairs made a short

c. speech, much to the same purpose with what he spoke to the Prence; and she pleasantly answered, I desire your good prayers for me and the royal family, and I shall be glad of every oppor

THE FAIR PENITENT. tunitie, to show my sincere concern for the good and welfare of the Church of Scotland.

FROM MY THEATRICAL NOTE BOOK.-NO. II. Here we stop for the present. To-morrow, our The following extraordinary incident is authenticated readers will be pleased to accompany Mr. Hart on his to have taken place in the theatre of Walsham, in journey homewards.

Norfolk, during the performance of “The Fair Peni

tent.” An actress, named Mrs. Barry, who had been CHARACTER OF HAIRBRAIN.

a second time married, it seems, played Calista. She

had entered upon the scene of the charnel-house in Nature has infused a degree of eccentricity into the the last act, and was about to lift the skull, peculiar to minds of some men, which prevents them from acting the scene, when, after examining it for an instant parlike other people, and immediately discovers itself in ticularly, she was suddenly seized with an involuntary their manner and address. One cannot see Mr. Hair- horror which, at once, paralyzed all her energies. She brain without directly perceiving that he has something dropped upon the stage, and, being taken up insenqueer about him, and discovering very shortly that he sible, was carried home in a very dangerous condition. is strongly tinctured with this quality. His counte- Her illness continued during the night, but abated nance expresses a wildness of idea, and his attitudes and

somewhat in the morning. Next day, so soon as she motions are quick and changeable. His dress bids was sufficiently recovered to converse, she sent for the defiance to shape and costume, and is generally unsuit- property-man of the theatre, and enquired, with the able to the weather and the occasion. His house, greatest agitation of look and gesture, where he had which was built by himself, may be said to be of the obtained the skull of the preceding evening. He recomposite order of architecture, being a medley of all plied, that he had procured it from the village sexton, the others, including Arabesque and Chinese. It is who reported it to be that of a player of the name of extremely ill laid ont, abounding in confined apart- Norris, who died many years back. “ I knew it," ments, narrow staircases, “rich windows that exclude she added, “it is the skuli of my former husband." the light, and passages that lead to nothing." His She survived the shock only a few days. grounds are a map of his own mind, discovering all its caprices. Trees and hedges, cut into fantastical shapes A highly humorous incident is related of a performand figures, clumps, planted so as to intercept his view, ance of the same play in one of the London theatres. fine scenery shut out by dead walls, and a beautiful Lothario being killed by Altamont, in the fourth act, piece of water, formed at a great expense, quite out of is exhibited, by proxy, as dead in the fifth act being sight. In the choice of his companions, Mr. Hairbrain laid on a bier, in the front of the stage, and covered with contrives, somehow or other, always to fix upon those mourning habiliments. It was customary, at that time, that are most unsuitable to bis age and station. When for the principal performers each to have a servant for he gives an entertainment, he seldom fails to leave out himself, provided by the management, for the purpose some who ought to have been invited, and supply their of assisting in dressing the character. On the present places with others who are objectionable. The com- occasion, Powell had played Lothario, and his dresser, pany generally arrives at different hours, in con- a person of the name of Warren, claimed the privisequence of mistakes in his cards of invitation, which lege of lying down on the bier to represent the dead defeats the skill of his cook. When dinner is at last lover in the following act. He had done so, and the announced, he presents his arm to the lady who has scene was now in progress, when Powell, anxious to the least pretension to that honour, but who runs the l 'be dressed for the afterpiece, and, altogether ignorant

of the previous arrangement, was traversing the back part of the stage in every direction, and calling aloud for bis runaway servant. Warren whispered from the bier, “ Here, Sir.” “Where, Sir?” rejoined Powell. The other replied, a little louder, in the same words, “ Here, Sir.". Powell, now frantic with rage

and unable to divine whence the sound issued, stamped and swore, that, unless he instantly appeared, he would break every bone in his body-upon which poor Warren, aware of Powell's basty temper, and, fearful of meeting him thus exasperated, jumped up before the whole audience and ran off at the nearest wing, dragging with him bier, sables, and crapes, amidst a tumultuous roar of laughter from all parts of the house and stage.

count of his first appearance at Weimar, and of the early years of his life and literary labours in that town, a period in which some of his finest volumes were composed. This volume nearly fills up the interval till his visit to Italy. We may also expect an entire volume of new poems, and the original MS. of Gotz von Berlichin. gen, wbich is said to differ very materially from the published play. Besides these, among many other precious relics, there is the second part of Faust, complete in five acts. The last two acts were composed in inverse order-the fifth in the winter of 1830-31, im. mediately after the receipt of the dreadful news of the death of his only son, which had nearly proved fatal to bim. The classicromantic phantasmagoria, Helena (which has been long known,) forms the third act, as a kind of intermezzo. Among the collections of his letters, a whole volume will be published of his correspondence with his friend the musician Zelter, in Berlin, more. interesting even than that with Schiller.

The mortal remains of Goethe were deposited, on the 26th of March, with great pomp, in the grand ducal family vault at Weimar, near to those of Schiller. On the same day, the theatre, which had been closed out of respect to his memory, was opened with the representation of his Tasso.



The greatest of all the Literateurs of Germany is departed." For more than half a century has Goethe been regarded, not only as the first of German writers, but also, has he of late been looked npon as the very Nestor of European Literature. The works of no man perhaps ever obtained, during their author's lifetime, a greater share of public attention, while with the solitary exceptio-n.of Sir Walter Scott, was there none, who at this mornent, may be said to have obtained a greater European reputation than the author of Faust. The following sketch of his literary life has been translated from a German paper.

John Wolfgang von Goethe was born at Frankfort on the 28th of August, 1749, and died at Weimar on the 22d' of March, 1832, aged eighty-two years and seven months. Although he had attained this great age, his vigorous constitution seemed still to promise some years of life, and his death excited at Weimar a feeling of surprise as well as sorrow. This is not the moment to enter into any details of his life, or review of his works; and we shall confine ourselves to a few particulars of bis last moments. About a week before his death he caught cold, which brought on a catarrh. A few day's care, however, seemed to have removed this complaint; but in the night of the 19th the pains in the breast return, ed, and a severe fit of fever followed. He would not make his family uneasy, and had nobody called : it was not till eight o'clock in the morning that he sent for his physician, Dr. Vogel, who, by his skill and attention, had before frequently relieved him wben seriously ill. The Dr. found his patient in a shivering fit, and complaining of violent pain in the side. The warmth of the body was, however, restored after a time, and the paios abated ; but, during the night and in the following day, the pains returned ; get at times the patient was easy and composed. One of the accounts that have been published says, he felt himself so much better on the very morning of his death, that he expressed his pleasure at the approach of spring, expecting that the fine weather would benefit him ; and he had even ordered several books to be brought and placed on the table before him, intending to consult them. During the night, he had fallen into a slumber, and his mind appeared to be cheered by pleasing visions, chiefly bappy scenes of his past life. In the morning, being in full possession of his faculties, he conversed cheerfully with his daugbter-in-law, who had constantly attended him witb the most unremitting and affectionate care, as well as with his grandchildren and friends. About ten o'clock be drank a glass of wine, and then continued to move his-right band in the air, as if writing or drawing (this be was in the habit of doing at other times), still, as it were, embodying the creations of his fancy ; till, growing weaker and weaker, his band dropped on his knee, and he sat on his easy chair, where it still moved as in the act of writing, till the angel of death summoned bim away

Goethe has appointed Dr. Eckermann, of Hanover, to be the editor of the unpublished MSS. which he has left.

This is a choice with which the public have reason to be satisfied, as Dr. E. bas already rendered great service by the care he bestowed on the complete edition of our author's works. The admirers of Goethe will certainly be delighted to bear that among the finished MSS. there is an entire volume of his own life, which follows in order the third volume of Wahrheit und Dichtung. It contains the ac

This bridge, across the Rhine at the town of Schaffhausen, was one of the most celebrated of wooden bridges; and the celebrity was the greater, on account of the architect being an illiterate man, who was not likely to have derived much profit from the works that had been written upon the subject. This architect was Ulrick Grubenham. The construction of the Schaffhausen bridge was his first effort; but he was afterwards employed in various other structures of the same description. The width of the Rhine at Schaffhausen is three hundred and sixty-four feet ; and the main framing of the bridge was thrown into the form of a single arch, although a pier in the centre of the river divided ihe water-way into two parts, and also afforded material support to the structure. In this bridge there are regu uprights about seventeen feet and a half apart, and they are crossed by braces resting on the abutments, and inclining towards the centre of the bridge. There were also braces radiating from the central pier, some of them below the road way, extending to thirty-tive feet on each side, and others above. The whole bridge was covered by a ponderous roof. The principal beams in the roadway were joggled throughout the whole length with indentures, like the teeth of two sets of saws, and they were tightened by wedges at each of the cross faces. There were also iron ties from the beam that formed the eaves of the roof, to the principal heam of the floor, which tended to stiffen the bridge for about a fourth part at each extremity of each of the divisions. Some parts of this bridge were overloaded with timber; but the whole of it evinced a very considerable and eveni uncommon degree of skill, in balancing strains against each other, so as to insure both steadiness and strength. The principal fault in this celebrated bridge consisted in many of the timbers being of great length, so as not to admit of being easily replaced in case of decay. It was burut down by the French arıny in the year 1799; and bas since been replaced by a more simple woodeu bridge, in which the water-way is divided into three parts by two piers, and the road is said to be wider and more convenient.


The Caricata—Was in painting what the broad comedy of farce is in the drama. It was nature strongly drawn, its ridicules exaggerated, and its foibles highly coloured. But still it was nature, and the Caricata of the seventeenth century, is never to be confounded with these course and libellous representations of the human face divine, which humour and malice have frequently resorted to in modern times, for the manifestation of their powers. Among his collections of Caricata, Salvator Rosa, had not only preserved, at their particular request, the likeness of his own friends, but had also added those of many other noted persons in Rome, and be was finishing the precious and now valuable series with his own bead, when the pencil dropped from his hand, and be found it impossible to continue the undertaking in the same spirit in which it bad been commenced.

It has been asserted that Lord Rodney in the early part of his life, was the first gentleman who ever drove coach borses, with their tails cut as they now are. Previously to his Lordship adopting this fashion, all coach horses had long or what are called bob tails.


LINES FROM THE GREEK, The bath, obsequious beauty's smile,

Wine, fragrance, music's heavenly breath, Can but the bastening hours beguile,

Avd slope the path that leads to death.



We understand tbat the “ Trials of Charles the First and the Regicides,” by Charles Edward Dodd, Esq. is in the press.

It is said that prospectuses are issued for publishing a Series of Engravings, (to be executed in the first style of excellence,) from the most meritorious productions of the late talented Mr. Liverseege ; and for this object the Noblemen and Gentlemen who were in possession of his best Works have kindly given permission for their being engraved.

A new edition of “ Rejected Addresses" is in the press, to be illustrated with Portraits of the Authors after Harlow, and of all the authors whose works are supposed to be imitated.

“ Contarini Fleming," a Psychological Autobiography, is about to be published.

“ The Province of Jurisprudence Defined,” in Six Essays, by John Austin, Esq. Barrister at Law, is in the press.


Greek EMBLEM OF THE Soul. — The same Greek word Psyche, signifies a butterfly and the soul, hence a butterfly was used by the Greek artists as an emblem of the soul. And Cupid fondling or burning a butterfly is the same as bis caressing a Psyche or the soul. Indeed, for almost all the ways, Cupid is seen playing with butterflies, some parellel may be found in the representations of Cupid and Psyche. Thus, in one antique, Cupid is drawn in a triumphal car by two Psyches, in another by two butterflies. By this might be meant his power over the beings of the air, of which the car is an emblem.--Elves.

The famous grotto del cane, or dog's grotto, is a cavern in the side of a hill, about eight feet long, three wide, and four or five high at the entrance, which is closed with a door. We extinguished torches in the vapour, but thought it unnecessary to torture any poor animal, as the nature of this grotto is now so well known, since the different composition of airs bas been discovered. Reptiles only, resist the effects of the vapour for any length of time, because their respiration is arbitrary, and they live in this cavern as under water for a determinate period. We stooped down within six inches of the ground, and felt the pungent steams, exactly as if we bad received a blow on the nose. - Smith.

Reynolds once observed, “ pictures are like walls hung round with thoughts.” The conversation of a wife and children at our vacant hours, is a most exquisite satisfaction, and from these, man will return to his pursuits with a mind serene and easy. The mutual good offices and endearments that are to be seen in a well regulated family, are a most ravishing entertainment, even to an observing stranger.—Essay on Marriage.

In the expedition in which Cyrus conquered so great a part of the world, Egypt doubtless was subdued, like the rest of the Provinces, and, indeed, Xenophon positively declares this in the beginning of his Cyropædia. Probably, after that the forty years of desolation which had been foretold by the Prophet, were expired. Egypt beginning gradually to regain strength, Amasis shook off the yoke and recovered his liberty.

He that went to help his friend out of a river, and pulled his arm out of joint, was excused by the wrong preserved person. The evil accident was taken off by the pious purpose. But be that, to dishonour his friend, throws a glass of wine in his face, and says he did it iu sport, may be judged by bis purpose, not by his pretence, because the pretence can be confuted by the observation of little circumstances and adherences of the action, which yet peradventure cannot legally be proved.— Taylor.

The celebrated Swedish Sculptor Byström has just completed models of a statue of Christ, twelve feet high-of a group of “Charity”—and of two figures of Faith and Hope, ten feet and a half high, which the King of Sweden some time since ordered him to execute for one of the churches in Stockholm.

The sculptures themselves are, with the King's permission, to be chiselled in Rome of the finest Italian marble, by Byström himself; and he is to proceed to the south, and commerce his labours in that capital in the course of the ensuing autumn.


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Defences for Joseph Proser, Esq. Advocate; to the Action at

the Instance of Peter Puffy, of Over Wiggie, lately Hair

dresser in Edinburgh. The summons concludes for a sum of money for flour and labour bestowed by the pursuer on the defender's wig, to wbich the following defences are humbly submitted :

PRELIMINARY. The present action is of an alimentary nature, and is not competent before the Supreme Court.

PEREMPTORY.-1. The builder of a wig, like the builder of a bridge, not by estimate, but for a full and adequate consideration, is bound, in warrandice, to uphold the wig for the period of three years, certain. During this period, the pursuer was, therefore, in the eye of law, curator bonis, to the defender's wig.

2. While the wig in question was under the legal guardianship of the pursuer, he allowed it to decay culpa coma, and it is no longer grease-full and judicial, but beast-full and pernicious. Inde, perit suo domino.

3. The pursuer did not dress the wig with bair-powder, but with barley meal, which not only made it less attractive, but absolutely repulsive to clients, inferring poverty on the part of the

This fact the defender offers to prove, comparatione wig

Farther, the meal generated vermin, and, for the injury he has thereby sustained, he claims damages.

4. Wigs being valuable, solely for the wisdom that is in them, the one which contained the head of the said Joseph Proser ought to have been known to the pursuer not to have been worth the powder, and, therefore he was, in mala fide, to apply it.

PLEA In Law.-In turpe causa melior est conditio possidentis. Pandects, lib. XXII. de aldificandis wiggibus.

Under protestation to add and eik.


“ Stanzas on Midnight," are rather too sombre for “ The Day."

We decline inserting “ T's Lyrical Squib.” The spirit, which dictates it, is bad, while the irony, if irony it may be called, is pointless.



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LET, SEVERAL FURNISHED HOUSES, consisting of from Tbree to Six Apartments, situated at the West End of the Village of Gourock.

Apply to BEN. BARTON, of Henderson & Barton, Writers, 48, Queen Street.

Glasgow, Ilth April, 1832.

To the Editor of the Tue Dar. Sir,—G. on answering Friday's “ Puzzled Subscriber," has requested a solution of the following query :-"How am I to put 20 horses into tive stables, so as to have an odd horse in each stable ?Unless the following is the answer I must “give it up.” Put 3 horses into each of the first 4 stables, which make 12, then count the remainder from 20 backwards, and when you come to 13, which is an odd number, you will have disposed of all your borses. G. thinks “ one good turn deserves another," will he be so good as to inform me, How I can plant four trees, that each may be at an equal distance from all the others. - I ain, &c.


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burgh that night, sent word to Robert Black to tell my wife that he saw Mr. Mitchell and me at Linton that day. This spread through the parish-on which several of the parishioners, to the pumber of ten or twelve, came to meet me, and convoy me to the town that night. They were just going to take their horses at the House of Moor for Linton to meet me, when we alighted ; where we staid till three of the clock, that so it might be dark before we

came to town; and so we came altogether from the House of Moor to Edinburgh, and lighted at Robert Corsan's, stabler, about five of the clock, on the 10 of January 1715, being Monday.

Subjoined to the narrative is an “ Account of Disbursements,” a few extracts from which may amuse our readers :1714

P. S. ps. Sept. 30, Imp. to the Sadler, for my saddle, bridle and pistols,

0 10 0 It. to Mrs. Corsan, for eight nights for my horse, for corn and bay,

0 6 8 It. for a leather hood to my head,

0 1 6 Oct. 5, It. at Morpeth where we dined at noon, 0 1 6 15, It. at Lada for a pair of shoes,

0 4 6 It. for a pair of shamoi gloves,

0 3 6 21, I sold my horse on Thursday, October

21, 1714, to my Lord Dalhousee,
who rode on him to Scotland. He

gave me five pound for him.
22, It. paid for a hat,

0 8 6 23, It. bought a night gown, for which I gave, 2 6 6

For dining Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 0 3 0
I reckon every day for dinner and supper,

besides what I give for coffee & coaches,

28, It. for a cane with an agate head,

0 7 6 Dec. 2, It. gave to Robert Gray, taylor, to buy an budd to my wife,

1 1 6 4, It. paid for as much black kallimancoe and

linnen, to wit, as will be a twilled pet-
ticoat to my wife,

0 18 0
8, It. paid for the gold of three rings and the

1 16 6 It. for a pair of green silk stockings to my wife,

0 1 0 14, It. for two pair of shoes to my wife, one

pair sowed, the other plain, of Spanish

0 6 6
It. for two snuff-boxes at eighteen pence a-

0 3 0 It. for a purse, a case to hold needles and

tbread, and a looking glass, with a
comb to my daughters,

03 0 It. for a pair of clogs to my wife,

0 3 4 Dec. 20. Paid to Mr. Thomas Bradbury, for his

mare, the sum of eight pounds ster

ling, two shillings,
23. It. bought for my two daugbters, two books,
at eighteen pen per piece,

0 3 0
It. King George, his declaration, with his

0 1 6 It. gave to Mr. Penman, for an alarm,

which rings at any hour of the night
or morning, when I have a mind to

awake, which I put in my little trunk, 0 8 0 It. for dressing my pistols,

0 0 6 It. for an entertainment to a certain friend,

in Mr. Shuttleworth's commonly called
the Devil's Tavern,

0 6 6
It. paid for two weeks of my chamber, and
four nights,

0 16 0 It. given to the servant lass, Helen,

0 2 6 24. This day we journeyed for Scotland. 28. Paid for a jocky belt at Woodstock,

0 0 10 1715. Jan. It. for a pint of wipe, a Saturday morning, 01 3

(The last entry is. ] Jan. 8. Its at the Bile (Beild) for myself and horse at noon,

· 0 1 1

In yesterday's paper we ins ed some extracts from a Journal kept by the Rev. James Hart, of Edinburgh, one of the Commissioners appointed by the Church of Scotland, to proceed to London and congratulate George J. on his accession. We left off with the account of their last presentation at Court. Immediately after that occurrence, they set out on their journey to Scotland, travelling by way of Oxford. At that seat of learning, Mr. Hart says :

We saw a chair made of that ship in which Sir Francis Drake did sail round the world. It's a large two-armed chair, in which I sat a wbile and rested myself. We saw some paint upon canvass spread upon the table, of which we could make nothing ; but an instrument set in the centre of the canvass, did so gather wbat was painted on the canvass, that we saw plain, Julius Cæsar's head very distinctly. The instrument was of polisbed steel, and according to its different situation, it made different representations of the head in the canvass. We saw a manuscript book in the China language, very ancient. We saw several curious anatomies, particularly of a pigmie, not a foot and a balf long; and of a woman who had twenty-eight husbands, and she was hanged, be she was 36 years of her age, for murdering four of her husbands. We saw a pair of gloves made of woman's skin, and we saw the skin of a man or woman tanned and stuffed with hay. We saw the book of Psalms written in short hand, not an inch long or broad, and a great many other things that were rare and curious.

They visit Warwick Castle :We saw allso the armour of the famous Guy Earl of Warwick, who lived in King Athelstone's time. He has been a man of prodigious stature and strength, as appears from his walking staff, wbich reached to the roof of the porter's house, and he wanted but four inches of its length. His sword is very great, and his breastplate is a prodigious weight. We saw the rib of the wild dinn cow he killed in Dingly heath,—it's of a vast greatness. We saw also the shoulder bone of a wild boar, which he killed in Windsor Park. We saw the pan in which bis pottage used to be made,—it contains 37 gallons. We saw allso the slippers his lady made use of when she rode, made of iron very large and heavie. He seems to have been a gyant in his day.

Of Cheshire he says: There is one thing very remarkable in this countie, a burning well, about two miles from Wiggan, near Park Lane Chappel. If ye touch with a candle it burns like brandie, and what bubbles up from the spring is like oyl to feed the flame. It burns to that degree that it boyls eggs hard, and would burn always except when blown out by wind when once kindled. Within these two years they have destroyed the spring by sinking a coal pit hard by it; and there was such a quantity of sulphur, that when they wrought some fathoms down it frequently kindled and blew up, and destroyed some of their timber work.

At Kendal they (incredibilé dictu,) visited a Theatre:We lighted at the King's Arms, and after we had supped, we, Messrs. Mitchell, Ramsay, and I, went and saw a comedie acted ; the play they called it Love for Love.

Had this reached the ears of their brethren in Edinburgh, there can be no doubt it would have become the subject of serious accusation.

Happily Mr. Hart's gloomy forebodings, when setting out on his mission were not realized :-he returned to Edinburgh in perfect safety. The Journal thus concludes :On Monday, January 10, about eleven of the clock in the forenoon, we took horse and left Linton, and came to the House of Moor between one and two of the clock; but there we unexpectedly met with several gentlemen in my parish, who having got notice the Sabbath night before, from John Douglas, writer, tbat I was at Linton on the Sabbath, he having seen me at Linton that day between sermons, and who was obliged to goe to Ediu.




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But we must now bring our quotations to a close. Like the generality of his brethren of that age, Mr. Hart had no pretensions to literary qualifications. He was a simple-minded, pious man, who, in the words of of his excellent biographer, “possessed no small share of professional zeal, and was highly esteemed for the fidelity and diligence of his pastoral labours."

“ Jules de R*** is younger, more prone to excitement, and more animated : amiable in a different manner from Louis de V***, and to the very excess of mannered difference ; witty in a different kind of wit ; graceful, brilliant, and natural ; a writer, a poet, a mas of the world, and everywhere, a superior being.

“ Both are old, true, and tried friends. Both trembled, as neither would have trembled for himself; both wept, and they wept the more because they saw that I did not weep.


The following striking picture of this State Prison, My children those of my children whom Provi


so long associated with the fate of so many celebrated

dence has yet left men had also penetrated into this

dismal abode. Poor mourners ! Frenchmen, is from the pen of the Count de Peyron

They put a watcbnet, one of the unfortunate ex-ministers of Louis X.

ful restraint upon the expression of their feelings. But It was written by him in the dreary cell which he now their filial piety betrayed itself, and their violent and

unnatural efforts only the more displayed their cruel occupies in the Castle of Ham, whether he was carried after his condemnation to perpetual imprisonment :

grief. “I suddenly ceased. I had read a long time, and

“My heart, generally master of its emotions, was my wearied eye-lids were becoming heavy. My half- overpowered at seeing them: a mixture of joy and closed book slid iinperceptibly through my hand as I

sorrow, of happiness and despair, overcame

me. I pursued my thoughts upon degradation, poverty, and sunk under this sweet though cruel trial of tenderness death. I had passed from study to meditation, and

and affliction. from meditation to reverie.

“ I could read no longer, and yet I could not divest “ It was a cold night in December.

The snow,

my thoughts of the things I had read of. Every idea whirled into tornadoes by the wind, fell in large flakes was tinged with them. The book which had so upon the wide open courts, the ramparts the bottom of strongly fixed my attention, treated not of the present the ditches-certainly not dug for the perpetration of

time ;-it was an old and grave work—the ancient crime—and the angular roof of the chapel which con

chronicle of ancient days and ancient customs. tains the tomb of the Dake d'Enghein. Upon the

“ The passage which had stopped me, ran thus :

• Sir de la Rivière,' said some one to him, save your mouldings of the elegant Gothic gateway, built by Francis the First, it left, as it passed, a border of pure person; for the envious now hold the reins of power.' white. The rooks, the only free inhabitants of

But he answered, “Here and everywhere I am in

my dreary prison, had ceased their croakings.

God's holy keeping; I feel myself pure and clean of “ This melancholy turret—those naked and dirty

mind. God gave me what I possess, and he alone can walls--that cold and dusty floor—the half-broken iron take it away. The will of the Lord God be done! candlestick, which, with a cloud of black smoke, emit- My services have been known to the kings to whom ted a dull and stinking light;—tbe grating bolts, the they were devoted, and who have greatly rewarded sharp-pointed iron-bars ;-all this apparatus of wretch- For that which I did and performed at their bid. edness and captivity had disappeared from my senses.

ding for the advantage of this kingdom of France, I My thoughts had been diverted from things present ;

would well dare to await the judgment of the Parliaand the outwards signs of my misfortune were effaced ment of Paris.'” by the very contemplation of what I was enduring. “ This fate, so similar to my own these sentiments, “ And, yet, this castle was once inbabited by kings.

so similar to those I so strongly felt, produced a lively Philip Augustus, St. Louis, Charles the Wise, Louis and powerful emotion, which kept my senses, as it

were, suspended. My soul alone, though troubled,

lived and acted within me. Great, all dwelt here ;—and so did Isabel of Hainault, Blanch of Castille, Mary of Brabant, Blanche of Na

depth. I calculated doubts and probabilities; tried to varre, Ann of Austria, the lovely Agnes, named the divine which, among so many possible kinds of sufferLady of Beauty, Lafayette, who became a recluse ing, would be the one inflicted upon me; in a word, without having erred, and La Valliere, who erred and

I studied my fate, in order to fortify myself against it. afterwards became a recluse.

“ The longer this state of mental abstraction conti. “ But the glory of the old fortress is eclipsed ; nued, the more complete did my forgetfulness of ordithese dreary turrets are the monuinents of great mis

nary things and vulgar privations become. I no longer fortunes. How many men have passed through them,

felt what I actually suffered, nor remembered where I who were yesterday all-powerful, to-day proscribed

The future, upon which I was meditating, and captive. Vendôme, Ornano, Gonzague, John de though so near, was yet of such a nature that it had Wert, John Casimer, Puylaurens, Beaufort, Chavigny,

broken the link of its connexion with the present. Retz, Longueville, Conti, Fouquet, the last of the

“ At length, in the midst of this strange reverie, an Stuarts, the great Condé !—and also another Condé, unexpected noise, together with sudden motion, arfor whom the day of deliverance never came ! How rested my astonished imagination. At first I doubtchanged is the destiny of this venerable pile! Riche

ed, then doubted less, and at length doubted no more. lieu, Mazarin, Napoleon, what have ye made of the re- “ Several living beings stood before me :—men in sidence of Kings?

strange habiliments, whose features were unknown to * Two friends—for I have some friends left-had me. They belonged to another age-and some percome to see me in the morning. It was for the first haps to another country. time-perseverance had overcome every obstacle.

« The first who stopped had a weak and varying They passed the drawbridge, and ascended the hun- expression of countenance. It was evident that he dred and eighty steps of the long steep spiral staircase.

had suffered, but doubtful whether he bad done so “ Louis de V***, and Jules de R***, the friends to

with firmness. He was advanced in years; and yet whom I allude, are of very different characters. The

he wanted that calm and confiding dignity which gives former is cold, grave, and composed,—a man of reflec

so much authority to old age. tion, and not an enemy to discussion. His strong and “• Who art thou ?' I asked. An unhappy man.' acute understanding loves that a little reasoning should - What are thy misfortunes ? _ The same explain and justify his impressions. He is a man of a thine.' • Thou wert powerful ?'— I was.'-—' And now rare species, one better than he would be thought, deprived of thy power? — I was.'-And a captive ? and who seriously believes that he owes to reflection - I was.'— Wilt thou not teach me how to support that which is only the dictates of his heart.

such a reverse ?' He made no reply. “Thy name?'


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