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THE DAY ,
A MORNING JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, FINE ARTS, FASHION, &c.
GLASGOW, TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 1832.
OPINION OF THE FRENCH.
FOREIGN SKETCHES.— No. II.
posed undeniable fact, that l'Empereur etoit trahi.
He will be obliged to listen to the ridicule which the FRENCH SPLEEN TOWARDS THE ENGLISH, AND ENGLISH
infamous Pillet has attempted to throw upon our cus“ C'est une belle et respectable nation que la Nation
toms, and be assailed by the jokes of the author of Anglaise” was the opinion of the French people in the Quinz jours à Londres. He will hear English politics days of Florian; but, how much has our national char- branded with every thing but Europe's advantage, and acter fallen, in the same people's estimation, during the
Britain, who alone stood out against tyranny, loaded 19th century! An Englishman finds now in France but with the charge of being hostile to the liberty of the little which does not pourtray sentiments the most
world. Let an Englishman, in conversation with the opposite to those of their favourite novelist. If be generality of the individuals he meets in Paris, touch enters a theatre, instead of finding his countryman upon the arts, literature or philosophy, and the same holding in the comedy (as he was wont to do,) the enmity towards his nation's claim to any thing even character of every thing that is amiable, virtuous and like equality is combated. If painting, for instance, genero us, he will meet with “ Les Anglaises pour rire," be the subject, and if any of our heroes of the pictorial or “ Les deux Anglais;” if he enters the public pro
art be brought forward in support of our pretensions menades, he will find them decorated with caricatures to possessing that art, they too often receive the apof “ Milord and Miledi Goddem,” and crowds of most
pellation of Barbouillers. The Wests, the Turners, and respect able Parisians searching through the vast cola
the Lawrences, because forsooth they have not figured lection, to find if there be any thing new to tell of
in the Journaux de Paris, must be far inferior in every “ Monsieur Rosbif,” at the restaurateurs. If be walks
point to the Davids, Girodets and Guerins of France. the streets, he will discover that politeness itself can
If sculpture be treated of, it finds an equally biassed hardly hide the envions sneer, and when that is awant- reception; and although Canova almost worshipped the ing—which, however, is rarely the case—anger is too
statues of Flaxman and Chantry, their merits will most often exhibited in giving vent to a hearty sacre. In
. Britain, if such feelings of animosity exist, they are , probably be held in competition with the petty sculp
tor that has scarcely modelled any thing but the marconfined to vulgar minds; but in France the spirit of
ble head of Louis XVIII. and Charles X. Talk of envy seems to rankle in minds of a very superior cast,
the theatre, our plays are accounted little better than coupled with that ingate feeling, that every Frenchman
melo-dramas, and Shakespeare, the mighty Shakespeare, possesses, of undervaluing others, for the purpose of is condemned unknown, subjected to the borrowed criraising himself, and, steady to the egotistical idea, that
ticism of inferior minds, while Racine and Coreille no nation is so far advanced in science, in literature, are held up as the standards of the legitimate tragedy. and in manners, as his own—nor no individual more Speak of poetry, Milton's sublimity of soul is insulted enlightened tban a Frenchman—and, finding that the by wittlings, who attempt to mimic the flippancy of English, as well as others, are fast treading on their
Voltaire. Touch on philosophy, our country is hardly heels in many things, and far surpassing them in others,
allowed to claim Newton as her son, and the excellence his politeness and his philosophy are too often sac
of our manufactures is said to depend on foreign inrificed to that spirit of spleen and envy which a pride, genuity. In a word, England is disliked and envied, injured by contemned genius, has engendered. We and, excepting a few great minds, to whom the world is can well enter into the French feeling of hatred to
indebted, and whose understandings are above the paltry wards the English, on the ground of being conquered
bias that their countrymen have submitted to, there are by their politics—dare we say, by their prowess? For,
few found in France ready to acknowledge the glory had a French army ever taken possession of our Capi.
which Britain is entitled to. tal, or had a regiment de la veille garde stood centinel It requires but a very short residence, indeed, to on our palaces, and garrisoned our citadels, a spirit of
discover that the French nation is at one in their opihatred not only, but a spirit of extermination, would
nion of themselves and others. Upon common subhave burned in every bosom. This spirit of patriotism jects you hear the same string of observations, and and nationality is so far commendable, that the want of upon bigher topics, similar sentiments echoed and reit is the most degrading character with which a na
echoed from every mouth. Anxious to know, withtion can be branded; yet why should it be carried so
out taking pains to understand—to appear wise, withfar, as to extend its influence over every branch of out traversing the laborious tract that leads to that science, of politics, of life, of manners, and of general
elevated situation--and to know every thing of France, comforts? to that point indeed, of being blinded to without wishing to be acquainted with the affairs of every improvement in these, on the part of others, and, other countries—the knowledge of the whole nation especially, of being sceptical to any thing like advance- in general is derived, not from their own observation, ment on the part of the nation, which has, from its or from opinions formed upon data of their own, but peculiar circumstances, been the object of its patriotic by giving up their understandings to be guided by enmity. True it is, that an Englishman finds, every
a few great minds, to whom it bas looked up, and moment in France, something said in the shape of in- still regards as beacons, to guide it in their opinsinuation or actual assertion, upon each and all of these
ion; and whose powerful words have spread, and points, to hurt his feelings and provoke his resentment. still spread, like electricity, throughout all the counHe will find his country's military tactics held in deri- try. This will account for the universal similarity of sion, by those who have been defeated by their opinion which is sported to the English in France. excellence. He will find our Spanish victories denied, Public opinion, in a talkative nation, is easily disand even the battle which, by one stroke, settled the covered, and may at once be decided on. With respect fate of Europe, stripped of its honours by the sup- to the manners and peculiarities of the various ranks in society, that is what a stranger will be long of form- immorality, licentiousness, and frivolity of its inhabiing a proper judgment of. To desccribe les moeurs des tants; while he who has resided in the Rue d'Enfer, Salons, et les moeurs de Bourgeosie, would require a re- attended the schools of the Pajs Latin, and made his sidence similar to the Baron de Grimmcs, and, to trace stated appearance at the sittings of the Institute, rethe latent springs of these, would require the pene. turns home in extascy with the literary and philosophic trating eye of a Mad. de Stäel. Enough of folly has delights he has enjoyed, and is apt to conceive nothing been advanced on these points, from want of conside- of Paris, but as the abode of the mathematician and ration, to warn others from falling into the same error, the chemist. It is thus, we hear the cry of want of and too many opposite opinions have been sported by comfort, by the person who travels with his family those who have made a journey to Paris, to warn others and suite, and the pleasure of whose tour is alone to from trusting to what may meet the eye of the passing arise, from change of situation, finding comfortable traveller. There are a few peculiarities, however, lodgings and good fare ; while he, on the other hand, which must strike even the most careless observer, whose object is information, who contents bimself and upon which there can be little diversity of opinion. with the diligence, dines à la table d'hôte, in company He will find the French generally more patriotic in with the natives, is praising France and the cheapness sentiment than his countrymen the English, but less of French living. It is thus that the man, who attends so, when brought to testify it by action. He will find court and parties of le grande monde, is in raptures them more clamorous about their national glory, but not with the luxurious and elegant pastimes of Paris, while so zealons to establish it—more skimmingly acquainted a thorough-bred cockney sighs for the je ne sais quois with various subjects, and less informed on any one in of good old London. It is from particular situaparticular—more anxious to appear learned, with less tion alone, that we hear him, who has entered into pretensions to be called savans. In matters of literature, the family circle, telling of the delights, the 'charms, more united in opinion, and in the knowledge of their les agrèmens, of French society, while another is own country more intimately acquainted. In every whispering of Boudoirs, or raging against the total day transactions, more interested, and in national poli- want of matrimonial felicity; and, it is from this, tics, less informed and less anxious. In the liberal coupled with a wish not to be behind their neigharts, more generally and technically learned, and in bours, either in point of advantages, or in point of the useful arts less practically informed. In luxury supposed ability, that we hear so many of our countrymore gaudy, but in comfort inferior. In manner more men, return from the French capital, with the exclamapleasing, but in friendship less steady. In religion tion Goldoni has put into the mouth of Lord Ernold, in more splendid, and in morality less strict. To strangers his comedy of Pamela :-“ Parigi, oh il mio caro more affable, and in intercourse with the unknown less Parigi ! per la galanteria, per l'amore. Bel conversare suspicious. In humour and wit more natural, but in senza sospetti ! Che bell'amarsi senza larve di gelosia ! argument less powerful. In temper more cheerful, Sempre feste, sempre giardini, sempre allegrie, passatemand under difficulties and afflictions far more resigned. pi, tripudj.-oh che bel mondo ! Oh che bel mondo! Oh In defending national peculiarities more clamorous, che piacere, che passa tutti i piaceri del mondo ! while in fashion and manners more changeable. As acquaintances of a day infinitely more amusing, but as friends for life too volatile to be ever the bosom com
A TRIP TO Bpanion of him who confides his secrets to but one individual in the world. With respect to variety of man
As your little Journal is alike open to articles on ners, these must always be gathered from being placed science, literature, morality, poetry, &c. if the followin particular situations, and should not be laid down ing sketch of a short excursion to B- be as interas parts of a national character, except a long resi. esting to your numerous readers, as it was to the dence bas stamped them as universal. There is con- friends who accompanied me, you are welcome to intrariety the character and manners of every na
sert it in your columns. On one of those delightful days tion, but none more so than in the French, and, hence, with which we were lately favoured with, a friend rea great difficulty for a stranger, and especially for an quested the company of a banker, a man of letters Englishman, who is almost looked upon as an intruder, and a bibliopole, to enter his carriage and visit, with to judge of what he finds under so very opposite as
him, the village of
Band inspect the delightful pects. We find, in Paris, the most frivolous and the and romantic policy of Lord D-, which was no most sage leagued together--the seemingly utter want sooner suggested, than heartily agreed to, without ever of morality, conjoined with the greatest sensibility and dreaming of encountering a storm, or finding mine tenderness. We see the motto of “enjoy the present
“ hostess to be ane most original character"-a real hour” at every corner of the city, and the future mo- Megg Dodds, a faithful description of whom would ments inculcated, with all the earnestness of entreaty,
require the graphic and powerful pen of our country's in the garden of Pére la Chaise. We find the greatest boast, Sir W. Scott, to do her full justice. It would apathy testified for lost friends, while affectionate re- occupy too much of your valuable space to attempt a gard, and kind remembrance of departed worth, are seen
description of our feelings, excited by the admiration exemplified in the hundreds that weep over the tombs of
we all felt and enjoyed, as we passed along the windMount Louis. But, should such remarks, hurriedly made, ing streams of our own river the Clyde, that and taken either separately or conjoined, at once make
" Pure stream ! in whose transparent wave, us judge of a nation's character, so as to brand it with
My youthful limbs I wont to lave." immorality, or blazon it for peculiar sensibility ? Yet, Suffice it to say, that they were, in proportion to the it is almost in this way that we hear French manners,
varied and beautiful scenery through which we passed, and pablic opinion, decided on by English travellers. and heightened as we drew up, and alighted on the It is from considering what the stranger sees around grounds of the Nobleman already alluded to. We bad him, to be the actual epitome of the feelings, the pe
but reached the famed B-castle, when we were culiarities, and the ways of the whole, when it is only arrested by heavy rain, which urged us forward to the that of individuals or families, that we can at all ac
village of B
to which we had sent a messenger count for the vast variety of sentiment which we bear to prepare dinner for four ; but, ere we arrived, we offered by Continental travellers. It is from this alone, were drenched, and in a state far from being enriable. that be, who has spent the greater part of bis residence However, we arrived and entered our hospitable in the Palais Royal, who dined at Veris, breakfasted landlady's house, whom we found to be advanced in at Tortonis, attended No. 9, took a private box at the years, and in strength decayed, yet cheerful and conTheatre Français, walked the passage of the pano
tent, with a flow of animal spirits always pleasing in ramas, and the galerie de bois, returns to England, old age. She bad a wonderful confidence in her looks, raving against the expenses of France, and against the and her visage occasionally glowed with anxiety, "to
ed over for some other “ Day,” perhaps to the amusement of others, as it had certainly been to ourselves _that task was shouldered on me, which I have thus so feebly attempted.
do every thing in its proper time, and to keep every thing to its proper place." Maxims she had long learned and practised—all around her was clean, neat and elegant, even to the most fastidious taste
“ The white-wash'd wall, tbe nicely sanded floor,
The varnished clock, tbat cliok'd behind the door." From the condition we were in on entering more befitting her sympathy than her reproaches to our astonishment we were hailed with,
“ Hoot awa,' gude folks, ye're welcome, but aff wi' yer coats, and dry them,” evidently alarmed lest the neat and clean appearance of her parlour should be thrown into confusion, or the bright polish of her hardwood chairs and table be injured ; "an' if yon, Sir," addressing the banker, “ will put on ane of my bed-gowns, ye're welcome, and gang your ways up stairs, an' take your dinner while 'tis warm ; and, aiblins, ye may get dryer under it than o'er my fire, and no gie us any more fash ye now.” The sternness of our lady hostess seemed to strike our friend the banker with awe and astonishment, and, after doffing our upper garments, we ascended her upper apartments, where we found the best fare and entertainment her establishment at the time had. After enjoying dinner, we were again hailed by our landlady, who did not appear to be troubled with too much ceremony—“just come yere ways down the stairs, now since you've got dry and warm inside, an' take your toddy, (which startled one of our friends, being a temperate member, but who had not courage to resist such a formidable entreaty, and remained mute,) at the fire-side, while your coats are drying." Our friend, whose carriage brought us thither, with a shrewdness and knowledge of human nature to which we were no strangers, discovered that our hostess would add much to our enjoyment did we but accommodate ourselves to her humours and freaks, to which we all agreed, remembering that, “ if we would have the kindness of others, we must endure their foibles." When she appeared, our friend the banker inquired, “ when the Kirk was to be finished in the repairs now going on ? “ Tweel a wat," she replied, “'twill be some time yet, but sic a loss I hae suffered by it you'll no guess. I have na, she added, had a sacrament in our Kirk for the last four
years, which has been a gae sair beart to me." The banker seemed to enter into her feelings with much kind sympathy, regretting, at same time, the loss which, to her, under her advanced years, must have been very painfal; “but, Sir,” she replied, “ye dinna seem to understand me: do you no ken, Sir, that I used to draw twelve or fifteen pounds at each sacramental occasion, for refreshments; but, for these four years, as I was saying, all that is lost.” This again astounded us in our good opinion we had formed of our hostess, when we discovered that she calculated her loss not so much in the want of her sacramental duties, as in her loss by profession since the repairs on the Kirk had commenced. This led to a gentle remonstrance, when she immediately shut our mouths by assuring us, that they who are most faulty are the most prone to find fault with others. As it was evident we could make no impression on her mind, or give her views a more correct turn, as, from her volubility, she was of opinion with the poet, that
“ If no basis bear my rising name"
But the fallen ruins of another's fame,
O, grant me honest fame—or grant me none. we suggested her preparing tea ere we departed, to which she immediately directed her attention, and much to our satisfaction, and, on the banker paying our "bill,” we bade her adieu, she expressing a desire of expecting again an early visit, which, of course, we promised. Our reflections, on returning homewards, were of a varied kind, and it was agreed that an account of our perambulation of the day might be hand
Hindoo Opium EATER.- Narayn-das became celebrated for his strength and prowess. He was one of those undaunted Rajpoots who were absolutely strangers to the impression of fear, and it might be said of danger and himself, “that they were brothers whelped the same day, and he the elder. Unfortunately, these qualities were rendered inert from the quantity of opium he took, which would have killed most men ; for it is recorded “ he could at one time eat the weight of seven pice.” The consequence of this vice, as might be expected, was a constant stupefaction, of which many anecdotes are related. Being called to aid the ana Raemull, then attacked by the Pathans of Mandoo, be set out at the bead of five hundred select Haras. On the first day's march, he was taking his siesta, after his usual dose, under a tree, his mouth wide open, into which the flies had unmolested ingress, when a young tailani came to draw water at the well, and, on learning that this was Boondi's prince on his way to aid the Rana in bis distress, she observed, If he gets no other aid than bis, alas for my prince !"
“ The umuldar (opium eater) has quick ears, though no eyes,” is a common addage in Rajwarra. “ What is that you say, rand (widow)? roared the Rao, advancing to her. Upon her endeavouring to excuse herself, be observed, “ do not fear, but repeat it.” In her hand she had an iron crow-bar, which the Rao, taking it from her, twisted until the ends met round her neck. “ Wear this garland for me,” said he, “ until I return from aiding the Rana, unless in the interim you can find some one strong enough to unbind it."
MUSICAL PNÉMONICS.-A Highland piper having a scholar to teach, thus initiated him into a knowledge of semi-breves, minims, crotchets, and quavers :-" You see that fellow with the white round open face (pointing to a semi-breve, between the two lines of a bar) he moves slowly from that live to this, while you beat one with your foot, and take a long blast. If you now put a leg to him, you make two of him, and he'll move twice as fast. If you blacken his face thus he'll run four times faster than the first fellow with the white face. And what think ye? After blackening his face thus, if you bend his knee, or tie bis legs, he will hop you still eight times faster than the white-faced fellow I showed you first. Now, whenever you blow your pipes, Donald, remember this; the tighter those fellows legs are tied, the faster they will run, and the quicker they are sure to dance.
The following is a literal copy of a band-bill, actually circulated by a French emigrant in Philadelphia :
I, Jean de Meriou, bein trou necessité oblige to teach la langue Françoise to de peuple, I be glad you send your childs, and I dwelle toder ind, Second Street. All my oder hour I make Sausage a Vend.
A TALE. Thus, saith the Prophet of the Turk, Let Musselmen beware of pork; There is a part in every swine, No follower, or friend of mine, May taste, whate'er bis inclination, On pain of excommunication. Şuch was Mahomet's mystic charge, And thus he left the point at large. Had he the sinful part exprest, They might, with safety, eat the rest ; But, for one part they thought it hard, From the whole hog to be debarred. Much controversy, therefore, rose ; These chose the back, the shoulder those, By some 'twas confidently said, He meant not to forbid the head; Whilst others at that doctrine rail, And piously prefer the tail : Thus conscience, freed from every clog, Amongst them they ate up the hog. You laugh—'tis well—the tale applied May make you laugh the other side. Renounce the world, the preacher cries : We do, a multitude replies, While one, as innocent regards A song and friendly game at cards, And some, whatever you can say, Can see no evil in a play. Some love a concert, ball, or race, And others, shooting, or the chace : Revil'd and bor'd, renounc'd and follow'd, Thus, bit by bit, the world is swallow'd ; With sophistry their sauce they sweeten, Till quite from tail to snout 'tis eaten.
COLLEGE ADVERTISEMENT OF THE YEAR 1713.
ODDS AND ENDS.
The honourable and worthy persons who have been pleased to subscribe towards purchasing instruments to be used in philosophical experiments and observations in the University of Glasgow, are hereby advertised, that, on Tuesday the 20th of this instant, January, the Masters of the said University will be ready to wait on such of them as will come to the Room in the College of Glasgow, where the instruments are kept, and there to lay before them an account of the money disbursed, and shew them the instruments. Immediately after which, the course of experiments for this year will be begun; at wbich the subscribers, or those substituted by them, shall be made welcome, according to the University's proposal formerly printed. -Scots Courant, Monday, January 12, 1713.
TREE PUZZLE SOLVED.
To the Editor of The Day. SIR,— Plant three of the four trees in the equilateral triangle, and raise a mound in the centre, so as the height may be equal to the sides of the triangle, on which plant the fourth tree, and you will bave them all at equal distances from each other.
As I have relieved G. from the trouble of solving the above, I request he will not think it too much labour to give his own solution of the Horse puzzle, as Suriac's is any thing but satisfactory. Yours, &c.
GREENWICH AND CHELSEA HOSPITALS. -The very prisons in England are palaces exteriorly; the establishment of their hospitals and penitentiaries are quite royal, with nurses, physicians, committees, lecturers, &c. Two of these poble cbarities I cannot forbear mentioning, on account of their fine situations and princely origin ; they are for decayed soldiers and seamen, and were en. dowed by King Charles the Second, at the suggestion of his mistress, Nell Gwynne; which good deed, together with her freedom from envy, avarice, and ill-temper, may plead in extenuation of her frailty. Chelsea College is a handsome building of red brick, with a colonnade on the side, looking towards the beautiful river Thames, which, at this part is broad, and handsome, in the ex. tremo: but, Greenwich Hospital is a still more magnificent building, and even more finely situated, being pitched in the midst of a noble park on this river's side, and was formerly a palace, belonging to the Protector of England, Duke Humphrey; afterwards a royal residence, in which Queen Elizabeth much delighted, and celebrated as the scene of Sir Walter Raleigh's gallant and politic prostration of his rich velvet cloak, for the preservation of her august Majesty's slipper, from contact with vulgar earth and water. In these pleasant retreats, it is delightful to contemplate the groups of veteran warriors reposing under the shade of their hard-earned laurels, where, free from every fear of poverty in tbeir old age, they may set care at detiance, laugh and quaff, fight all their battles over again, and merrily enjoy what of life remains to them. There is a marked difference in the character of these two classes of men, which is inore appareat, I suspect, in England, than in any other country. The soldier is always something of a beau ; it is part of his professional duty to appear on parade neat and trim, his arms burnished, accoutrements com. plete, carriage erect, eyes, bands, and feet moving only by word of command. Not so the sailor; his costume is slack, his limbs active as a rope-dancer's, his feet are planted wide, and his rolling gait resembles the first outset of his national darling hornpipe. This marked difference maintains even in these retirements; the Chelsea pensioner looks thin, upright, and still at drill; the Greenwich veteran square-shouldered and bronze-faced, cocks his hat humorously, smiles knowingly, and looks secure that he is snug in barbour for life.
Mermaid.—Christopher Colon affirms, that at Isabella Bay in San Domingo, he saw three Mermaids, which raised themselves far above the water ; that they are not so handsome as in painting: that they had something like a human face, and that he had seen others on the coast of Guinea. A naval officer (J. E.) was informed by the master of his Majesty's ship, Julia, that the negroes of Surinam had declared unto him, that they frequently saw mermaids on the banks of that river, far above the settlements, relating that they had never discovered any by daylight, but always during the bright moonlight; that when they emerge from the water, they commence a peculiar cry, not unlike the voice of a female in distress; and that at the least noise they plunge into the water again.
MARIA MERRYTHOUGHT AND INVERARY.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
To the Editor of The Day.
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land." Sir,- Nobody has enjoyed the winter that is past more than myself. I have seen and participated in every variety of entertainment, spectacle, and amusement. Mine car has been delighted with the “wood-notes, wild," of Mrs. Wood ; and my soul has been charmed away by the magic strains of the great Paganini. I have floated in the voluptuous waltz, danced to the lively airs of France, and capered it nimbly to the animated stratbspeys of Mr. Cunningham. I have read all the new and fashionable povels; and “ The Day" has been my daily bread. I bave, now and then, beguiled an evening at chess with papa, and played a rubber at whist, with my sweetheart for a partner. I have bebeld all “the stars" that appeared in the hemisphere of our pretty little theatre. I have been at all sorts of parties. In short, bon Monsieur le jour, I chatted, laughed, danced, and sung until this delightful weather came and all its beauty, and made me exclaim, “wbat are all these joys to me,” compared with a two months' residence amid the grand and beauteous scenery of the Highlands. I'm all impatience to be out of the town, I cannot look upon the green tinge of the bedges and trees in the suburbs, and listen to the carroling of the birds, with. out wishing I were one of them, that I might flee a way to some fairy glen, and kiss the first wild flower I met. Ma and I are very anxious that Pa would fix his tent, for the season, at Inverary, but he would not hear of it says it is far too distanttoo inconvenient for people in business—I hate that word “ business.” The unknown-tongue-people frightened him away from Helensburgh, and now he'll yo no where but either to Inner. kip or Larys. We are beartily tired of these places, indeed, I may say, of all that coast. 0, Inverary! Inverary! how I do love thee! What splendid walks--what gorgeous trees-and, then a drive a few Highland miles, in any direction, carries one into scenes of such grandeur and solitude. Dear Mr. Day, as you are acquainted with my father, I really wish you would advise him to go to Inverary. One word from you, to him, would be worth a thousand from us. If he says anything about a young Jaird in that quarter, don't believe bim. The young gentleman, to be sure, was very attentive to me at the last assembly-danced with me twice--asked me if I would like to live in the Highlands -and talked some nonsense about my “arm of snow,” and my voice being "like the music of song;” but, surely, Sir Day, that does not evince that he was in love with me, or that I was in love with him-dues it ? --Yours,
MARIA MERRYTHOUGHT. P.S-Mrs. (Miss Marryme that was) has never written to me yet—ma foi ! c'est bien, drole !
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GLEANINGS OF " THE FORTY-FIVE,” NOT after this, a man came to the armourer, who told him HITHERTO PUBLISHED.
that he was come express, from M'Lachlan, to let him
know that he was provided from Ireland, with his ALTHOUGH much has been written on the subject of compliment of swords, and an equal number of firethe rebellion of 1745, and a great mass of materials, locks, and much cheaper. When the gentleman deliaccumulated for the use of the future historian, by vered his message from the armourer, M.Lachlan said writers possessing not only talents, and the requisite he had some project of trade in view, when he comspirit of research, but who had also access to very am- missioned these arms.
Whether M Lachlan judged ple sources of information, yet, when it is considered it dangerous to take the arms, since his commis
thousands were engaged in the struggle, sioning was discovered, or was truely served with them every one of whom had his own individual experience from Ireland, is uncertain, though I rather think the of the perils and hardships of that romantic adventure, last more probable, as there was a surmise of arms beit will not appear surprising, if there still exist among ing brought into the country, and from other circumthe glens and corries of the Highlands, much traditional stances, that shall be mentioned by-and-by: How soon narrative and other matter, which may have hitherto I received my friend's return from Glasgow, I thought escaped the most industrious of our collectors. That
it were proper to lay the matter before some of the the outline of the occurrences, we are already possessed Deputy-Lieutenants, (most of them were absent from of, is sufficiently voluminous for all the purposes of the shire at the time, as Ardkinglass, Lochnell, Inverthe mere common-place reader may be readily admitt
raw, Carrick, and Skipness,) to consider if it was exed; but, by those who take pleasure in examining the pedient to search for arms, in terms of the Act I, substratum of a nation's history, the minor details pre- George first, entitled "Act encouraging Superiors 'served by the inferior agents or actors in any of its and Vassals in Scotland,' and the other act of the late
great dramas, will always be regarded with peculiar King, lm. Anno, for the Effectually Securing the interest, and, to seize and preserve the fleeting memo- Peace of the Highlands,' believing these two acts
to be rials of receding events, before they have become still in their full force, though the disarming Act, in irrecoverably involved in the mist of antiquity, will
1725, is expired, being only temporary. Some of the not, by such readers, be considered as altogether un- Deputy Lieutenants imagined that the disarming acts profitable labour.
were of no force, now that such was the opinion of all Previous to the landing of Charles, our writers have the Highland counties to the northward, and that arms given little or no information regarding the feelings while carried openly, even in the view of the military, and movements of the Highlanders, while waiting in and that the officers of the army had doubts about it. expectation of the promised descent. It is, neverthe- They likewise thought it expedient to wait to see if less, true, that various clans made certain demonstra- more pregnant proofs would cast up, least M'Lachlan tions of their hostile intentions towards the existing should have room to complain that he was treated in a government, and so early as August, 1744, rumours singular manner, and that warrants were given out withwere afloat, of arms having been secretly landed in out any real cause, nor was it proper to grant warrants Lochfyne. Notice to this effect having reached Archi- unless they were made effectual, which could not be bald Campbell
, Esq. of Stonefield, Sheriff-Deputy of done without a body of men well appointed with arms, Argyleshire, an investigation was set on foot; but, so and that an attempt of this kind without success, would much prudence had been exercised in the affair, that rather contribute to lessen the authority of the Lieuno satisfactory proof could be obtained. The suspi
The suspi- tenants, and that though we had arms to give to a cions of the Sheriff were, however, awakened, and, in party of men, yet the attempt might misgive, if he rethe following extract, taken from a letter addressed by fused to give admittance, as he resides in a strong old him, to the Duke of Argyle, the reader may find suf
castle. I told them if he refused admittance or opposficient evidence, that an extensive and well-organized ed, he would be liable to the penalty, and that the insurrection was, in a great measure, formed before the government might take some further course with him. Prince made his appearance ; and the knowledge of But, as doubts were started to the laws, it was thought this circumstance, with, perhaps, an over-rated account best to have them first removed, and in the meantime, of its extent, might have the more easily induced him to employ some trusty person to watch over his conto venture on his hazardous enterprise with the slender duct, which was accordingly done, and I wrote to means he possessed. “As the fact,” says Mr. Camp- Edinburgh to know people's opinion as to the law. bell, speaking of the reported landing of arms at Loch- My answer was not so satisfactory as I expected. The fyne, " appeared improbable, I despaired of further lawyer who was spoke to, on the head, fancied all the discoveries, yet, thought it right to trace it all the laws for disarming were of no more force. As I am length I could ; at last it came into my head to write now obliged to go to town, I find it more necessary to to a friend at Glasgow, to know if any arms were
advise lawyers more deliberately upon the disarming bought there for this country, and by whom. After acts, or searching for arms, for the reasons following: some weeks, my friend returned for answer, that -I am of late informed, that he (M.Lachlan) has the Laird of M'Lachlan had commissioned a hun- made some targets, and I am also informed, from dred broad-swords there—that, after they were made, another hand, that M.Lachlan has been at Paris and the armourer happened to meet a gentleman that Rome within these eighteen months. For some time resides in M'Lachlan's neighbourhood, and desired he has been in a course of trade to Ireland or the Isle him, upon his return to the country, to acquaint of Man, and might be in foreign parts without being M'Lachlan, that the swords he had commissioned were much missed. I am advised that the M-Leans were ready, and that he might send for them. Some time much elevated last summer by some letters or messages