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have before had occasion, in this Gazette, carefully and judiciously made; there is i Byron won his fame in spite of his plagiato inform the public in general, and novel scarcely one which may not be both useful risms, and not by them. Our author may writers in particular, that this is not good and entertaining. The questions attached be assured that it will help his reputation, practice, that the use of balsams, in the to the more instructive extracts will fix the to be, in bis next publication, more original. case of fresh wounds is exploded, and that attention of the scholar upon those facts If a piece be a close and obvious imitation a strip or two of sticking plaster to keep which are most worthy of being remem- of another, it gains no credit for so much the divided portions in contact, with a band- bered. Indeed, we believe the addition of ingenuity and talent, as it may really disage and occasionally a little lint, are all these questions to a Reader for the use of play. These remarks may seem severe; that are ever necessary in cases not severe schools, is something new, and may support but it will be easy to make the justness of enough to demand the knife or the needle. the claim of the compiler to originality. them apparent, not only to our readers, but We therefore pray novelists in future not There are misprints which distigure the to our author. The Song on the 33d page, to add to the necessary evils of war, and work, and some which injure it more mate beginning the sufferings of the wounded, the needless rially, as they obscure the sense. For ex
Love wakes and he weeps, irritation of balsamic detergents. ample, in the account of the battle of the
While beauty reposes, We conclude our remarks by repeating, Nile, quoted from Southey's Life of Nelson, Or silently sleeps that we have read this novel with considerable this sentence occurs: * Captain Peyton,
On a pillow of roses. interest, and that after expunging the char. in the defence, took his station,” &c.; we Mid the zephyrs revealing acters and conversations, to which we have suppose it should be, in the “ Defence.” On
The lilacks perfume,
The fire-insects wheeling excepted, enough would still be left to page 261, Selkirk is said, when taken from make a pleasant book.
Enliven the gloom. the island where he had lived some years, to have,“ through disease, forgotten his na- cannot fail to remind one of the song in
tive language;"—it is probable that he for- the Pirate ;The Columbian Class-Book, consisting of got his English through disuse, and that
Love wakes and weeps Geographical, Historical, and Biograph- Goldsmith, from whom the extract is taken,
While beauty sleeps!
O for Musick's softest numbers, ical Extracts, compiled from Authentic said so.
To prompt a theme Sources, and arranged on a Plan different
For beauty's dream, from any thing before offered the Public.
Soft as the pillow of her slumbers. Particularly designed for the use of Reminiscences. Moral Poems and Transla
Through groves of palm Schools. By A. T. Lowe, M. D. Worces- tions. With an Appendix. By J. Fel
Sigh gales of balm, ter, Mass. 1824. 12mo. pp. 455.
lowes, Esq. Exeter, N. H. 1824. 18mo. Fire-fies on the air are wheeling; The title of this book is somewhat indis
While through the gloom
Comes soft perfume tinct. A“ Class-Book,” we take to be any There are pieces in this little volume which The distant beds of flowers revealing. work which is adapted to the wants of the may well encourage the friends of the auclasses in a school. Of course, this name does thor to hope that he will succeed in the Walton's book, some verses of Herbert's,
In a late nnmber we quoted from Isaac not define precisely the particular purpose path which he seems determined to pursue beginning which this book is intended to answer; but, All his poems bear testimony to his induswe infer from the character of its contents, try,—which is as essential to success in
Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky, that it is to be used as a Reader, although poetry as in any other art,—and indications Sweet dews shall weep thy fall to-night, the questions appended to the principal ex- of talents which want culture rather than
for thou must die. tracts imply that the scholars must study as power, may be found on many pages. But On page 200, is a Poem beginning thus ;well as read it.
his poetry is faulty in many important reWe cannot recommend this book as supe- spects; and it is injured by some errors in rior to all those with which it must sustain a judgment, in which we hope he will not
Sentiment from the Divine, Herbert. competition; but it is better than any pub- confirm himself. He appears to overrate lished some years ago, and will not be dis- the comparative importance of exact rhyme. Day of sweet charms, o'er the heavens far gleam
ing, credited by a comparison with most of those in his Preface he expresses his confidence Thou bridal of earth and the sensitive sky, now in common use. In the Preface, the “ that his rhymes will be found, in a great Soon the last ray of thy light shall be streaming, compiler claims to have arranged his ex. measure, faultless.” Now, we do not com- For thou, with the dew-drops that weep thee, shalt tracts in an original, and peculiarly useful plain that his rhymes are carefully and
die. manner; but we do not see whereon this successfully elaborated, but that in his re- Many of our readers are doubtless acclaim rests. These extracts are like those of gard for them he has neglected the essen- quainted with William Spencer's beautiful other Readers, historical, biographical, geo- tials of poetry. In an Ode to Despair, little poemgraphical, moral, or purely literary ;-and if these lines occur; Mr Lowe has been governed by any new
Too late I staid, forgive the crime,
Unheeded flew the hours; principle whatever, in placing them in their Rain not on me, oh fierce Despair.
How noiseless falls the foot of time, present order, we must confess that we are certainly, it would be more poetical to in
That only treads on flowers. unable to discover it. We should almost dulge in imperfect rhymes, than to paint What eye with clear account remarks say that they were arranged in studied Despair as raining a hand and glare. On The ebbing of the glass; disorder; the different subjects are so minpage 78, in the line,
When all its sands are diamond sparks gled together, that it is difficult to believe
Which dazzle as they pass ? Half-robb'd of life, disrobed of reason, that the compiler observed any rule or
O who to sober measurement method, or had any object in view, unless it reason is represented as a garment;-we
Time's rapt'rous swiftness brings, was to present to the reader an ever-chang-think Mr Fellowes will agree with us in
When birds of Paradise have lent ing variety. The first extract contains a thinking this figure more new than just. The plumage of his wings. biographical sketch of Washington; and We are aware that some faults of this kind
On page 114, is the following; then, after an account of the river Ganges, may be detected in almost every volume of of Pompeii, and of Egypt, follows a descrip- poems; but it is very important that an aution of our western Indians. We do not thor should know and feel them to be faults,
Some happy hours with thee I've spent, object to this apparent confusion ; for it and then he will avoid them.
And restless memory brings helps to attain a very important object; it
There is too much imitation in this vol- The days where pleasure oftener lent keeps up the interest of the young reader, ume. It is in vain to cite Byron as the
The magic of her wings. and thus prevents the great evil of inatten- / “ Prince of Plagiarists,” for Mr F's readers Oh, who with steady eye remarks, tion to what he reads. The extracts are I will remember, though he may forget, that Time's ebbing sands at all,
DAY OF SWEET CHARMS.
TO A YOUNG LADY.
When dazzle thus his diamond sparks, and obscure men are coming forward, and or a dangerous thing. It is well for us to And brighten as they fall.
acting on the age, when science is antici- know truly as much as we car. Physical
pated, and discoveries of vast importance truth, we may all learn; and the arts themIf late I've staid, forgive the crime, For reckless roll the hours,
made, and by individuals whose fame and selves, however arbitrary in their rules, And noiseless falls the foot of time
history are without record. All this is felt and however exact they must be to be perIn love's and beauty's bowers.
where it should and must be felt. The fect, may be equally learned. They leave, Some of the author's best things are philosopher, so called, feels it, and the pub- indeed, but little for the imagination. We among his imitations ; but we have no doubt bic feel it. One is called on for his ex- must learn much of what has been always that he could have written as well without planations, and for new applications of the known, and feel that men deemed ordinary imitating; and we earnestly advise him to discovery; the other, to know something of are far before us. Still, what we do learn make the attempt. The two following Scotch
what is giving character to the age, and is truth; we have a sure possession in some. thus promotes it by its patronage.
thing real; and if it be but one thing, we Songs are very pretty, especially if we consider that a Yankee wrote them.
Science, too, has taken a new direction. feel in our labour for that, the mind has, for It has become practical and useful. It is once at least, been distinctly and positively
useful to its possessor as well as to others. directed to some of its appropriate uses. In imitation of Burns' " Nannie, 0." Nations have patronized it, and individuals It is no objection to public instructions in On ee'ving clouds a' skirt wi' blue have patronized it. Long tolerated evils in the sciences, that what we thus get can be The setting sun blinks cannie, 0;
some of the most important kinds of labour applied to nothing else. All truth is relatAn' I maun stap the weary pleugh, have been investigated by the scholars of ed, and all knowledge has its application. Syne hame I'll gae to Nannie, O.
the sciences, their causes discovered, and A man who knows something listens with Ou re brae, owre linn, when Nannie ca's, danger averted. But what is peculiar, and an interest to those who know more. PoI leap wi' heart so bonnie, 0;
to which we shall more particularly advert, etry, novels, plays, sermons, orations, esI dinna fear the roaring fa's,
is the voluntary admission of the public of says, get much of their imagery and illusMy thoughts are a' of Nannie, O.
all ranks, ages, and sexes, to the practical tration from the arts and the sciences; and Nae simmer smile on flowery braes study of the sciences which have most at- if we would read or hear wisely, we must Is half sae sweet an' cannie, 0; tracted the age.
know something of their language, and As that aboon thy bosom plays,
This has long been the course of things something of their principles. There is My dear, my lovely Nannie, 0.
in Europe, at least in England. The pre- less excuse now than there ever was, for Gie me but that-I'll ask nae mair, sent Sir H. Davy, Sir J. E. Smith, and the total ignorance respecting these subjects; Gin days and night's be cannie, 0; Astronomer Royal, gave courses of lectures we must know something about them, for O haith! I'll hae nae warly care,
to the most brilliant and polite, as well as the means of knowledge are ample, and of But live and love for Nannie, 0.
the best informed classes of the community. easy use. It has become fashionable too, Let ilka coof gang far awa
The “ Institution” was thronged by both to make use of the mind in this way; and For siller a' sae bonnie, 0;
sexes, and of the highest ranks. The best however tribing the motive in its ordinary On me can portooth never fa' Sac rich wi' love and Nannie, O.
compliment, the truest respect was thus operation, we here feel a respect for it; we
paid to an honourable use of the mind, and feel for it somewhat as we do for habit TO A BUTTERFLY.
the expression of both has something re- when it keeps men from vice; for our imAwa:-awa!-insensate thing,
tributive in it. The honor returns on those pulses are not always towards virtue, or Frae morn tull night upo' the wing, who pay it.
learning Wha's life is but a simmer's day,
There is one feature in this mode of in- There is another view which the subject An' wasted a' in sports and play.
struction which deserves particular notice. admits, and which we cannot pass unnoticSae mony a lassie gie's her time
It is the value it derives from those who ed. It has been particularly striking in To dress, to folly, or to crime,
give it. When such men as were just Dr Bigelow's lectures this season. The Content to die, to show her power
named become our teachers, we feel a pre- study of the arts—and the same is true of Like ither insects o' the hour.
fect confidence in their instructions. They the sciences—is full of instruction concernThe Notes are entertaining, and the Pre- have been long known, and known by what ing the progress of the mind. The infancy face is honest and fearless, without being they have done. It is because they are of the arts was the infancy of man. He impudent. It affords, indeed, a very pleas- prominent men in their times, that they originally had few wants, and the means for ani contrast to those with which the lite. have been selected to fill high and respon- satisfying these were many and near. His rary aspirants of this day usually think it sible offices. They have been followed in wants have at length taken the start of the fitting to introduce themselves ;-—and which all their labours by other minds, jealous for means, and from the moment when they it is difficult to read, without seeing, in themselves, or for their science; and ar- were just balanced, he has been reaching one's mind's eye, an awkward vulgar booby dently bent on discerning error or impos- forward for practicable good to the remote entering a parlour where twenty people ture. The public feels safe when they are and the uncertain, and his mind has gone on
a may look at him all at once, and striving favoured with the results of such labours, before him. It is a beautiful feature in the in vain to hide his consternation by an and if they are wise in their purposes in lectures just named-this history of our
listening to them, their own minds are en- race as it has been recorded in the arts; larged, and what seemed useful amusement and though it must have been at once nobecomes valuable learning.
ticed by all who have heard them, we could MISCELLANY.
We feel a deep interest in the success of not but thus express the pleasure it has attempts which have been made in our own given us. Man is the most interesting thing city and country for promoting the same presented to us in the vast universe; and
objects. We feel obliged to the men who what faithfully illustrates him, must be One of the characteristics of these times leave the academy for a time, and come to studied and listened to with the deepest inthe liberality of letters. Learning is no the private lecture room, with their raised terest. bnger an exclusive privilege, and learned means of instruction, their apparatus of all We would, in passing, acknowledge our pen have ceased to be a distinct class. kinds, brought from abroad at a vast indi obligations to Dr Bigelow for the useful learning has become united to art-a nat- vidual expense, and removed at great risk. gratification his lectures are yielding us; ral alliance. Men were once kept under We feel so too, because we are in some sort but this might get its worst name by some y the pressure of circumstances, and fine mitted in this way into the republic of let of our readers, and the lecturer wants neikinds were lost to the mass, because pre- ters; and who has ever heard of it without ther flattery nor compliment. cription divided the directiou and uses of feeling some desire of citizenship? It is deeply obliged that professional and acahe intellect. But we live when uplettered I not true that a little learning is an useless I demic leisure is occupied for our instrne.
THE REPUBLIC OF LETTERS.
LETTER FROM AN OLD SOLDIER.
tion and gratification. It is honorable to , vested with an imperishable form. This , ed. We pursued to Charlestown Common, the community, that elaborate learning is will not be, unless auch information is not and then retired to Cambridge. When ever brongki within its reach. It is unne
the only welcomed but sought. For ourselves,
army collected at Cambridge, Colonel cessary to say how honoured they are who we shall be most ready to aid in this im- and John Robinson, his Lieutenant Colonel,
Prescott with his regiment of minute men, so bring it. Our attendance on these lectures has portant work, by all the scanty means
were prompt at being at their post. On the convinced us of the importance of seriously within our power: we shall always gladly 16th of June, Colonel Prescott and Colonel setting about the erection of a public Lec- find room for communications, which help, Bridge were ordered upon Breed's Hill to ture room, It is something more and worse in any way or measure, to illustrate the heave up a breast-work; they laboured all than pity, that here, where we have men disposed to labour for us, and to procure
Reinforcements were ordered, but not one us splendid collections of all kinds, to aid in- or the characters of those who were emi
company went in order. Many went to struction, we have no suitable place for their nent among our fathers. In the present Bunker's Hill; some went from there as accommodation, or our own. We feel this instance we have no doubt that our readers volunteers, part of which belonged to Genthe more, when we see so much done, so will join with us in the thaoks which we eral Starks' regiment. Among the volunmuch taste exhibited, and so much money proffer to the Rev. Mr Thaxter.
teers was the ever-to-be-lamented General spent on other edifices. We build temples
Warren. When he was introduced to to preserve our wealth and its records, but
Edgartown, November 30, 1844.
Colonel Prescott, the Colonel said, “ Genleave almost houseless a far better treasury: Sir,
eral Warren, I have not the pleasure of a We cannot but hope that something will Your friend J. A. J— showed me personal acquaintance with you, but from be soon done in this regard ; and we hardly your last paper, in which some observations your known character, 1 shall fight with know a case in which a small individual ex
were made respecting the neglect of suita- cheerfulness under you.” General Warren penditure will procure so much general ac- ble respect to Colonel Prescott. He is not replied, “ Colonel Prescott, I have not come commodation. There are cases in which the only one that is neglected. I make no
to take command, but to learn to fight under monuments to one age must remain for the objection to the monument on Breed's Hill, you.” This I had from Colonel Robinson, spirit of after times to rear, The times of but I think it a great neglect that so litue and believe as much as if I had heard with heroes are these. But honor to learning notice is taken of Concord Bridge, and the my ears; a braver and more upright man and to learned men, can be paid at all times, men who first faced the British troops.
I never knew. Such men as Prescott and and by any community which values them. Much is said of Lexington--the British Robinson, ought not 10 be forgotten by In the present instance personal conven- met with no opposition there; I was an those who write the history of the comience and interest come in aid of the cause, eye witness to the following facts. The
mencement and prosecution of our glorious and they have not always made their de- people of Westford and Acton, some few revolution. The vile slanders cast upon mands in vain.
of Concord, were the first who faced the old General Putnam are totally without British at Concord bridge. The British foundation. He did all that man could do had placed about ninety men as a guard at to reinforce Prescott on Breed's Hill. A
the North Bridge; we had then no certain braver man nerer lived. At that time our An article in a late number of this Ga- information that any had been killed at army was little better than a mob, without zette, in which we remarked, in passing, Lexington; we saw the British making de discipline, and under little con mand, till upon the mistake in the popular estimate struction in the town of Concord; it was General Washington came and Gates, and of Col. Prescott's services on Breed's Hill, Colonel Robinson, of Westford, together ments were ordered on perilous duty at
proposed to advance to the bridge; on this gave to it some regularity. Whole regihas obtained for us a new correspondent; with Major Buttrick, took the lead; strict once, and the loss of men was from a small whose communication we give below, with orders were given not to fire, unless the circle. The Breed's Hill loss fell upon the no other alteration than the suppression of British fired first; when they advanced county of Middlesex, about one half of the a few sentences relative to matters where- fired one gun, a second, a third, and then nine killed and forty-five wounded. This
about half way on the causeway the British loss was in Prescott's regiment, viz. fortsin our readers would not be interested. It the whole body; they killed Colonel Davis, evit was remedied by Washington and is quite time that the people of this land of Acton, and a Mr Hosmer. Our people
Gates, and in '76 victory delivered Boston, should feel and should distinctly manifest then fired over one another's heads, being
&c. A decent monument at Concord an earnest and anxious curiosity respect. in a long column, two and two : they killed Bridge, where the first spark was struck,
and quite as glorious as Breed's Hill, coning all the occurrences of that revolution to two and wounded eleven. which they owe every thing. When a na- of the British arıny, had his cheeks so bad- no more honour to Robinson and Buttrick
Hawkstone, said to be the greatest beauty sidering the circumstances, would be doing tion fights for existence, it sends forth its ly wounded that it disfigured him much, of than they richly deserve. I have lived in best to the battle ; and the men who urged which he bitterly complained. On this, the obscurity on this island, and never thought that contest were worthy of the cause which British fled, and assembled on the hill, the myself of importance enough, and capable of brought them to the field. A peaceful yeo. wounded, and then began their retreat. As transactions of the memorable 19th of April,
north side of Concord, and dressed their doing justice to a bistorical account of the manry stood with unaccustomed arms to defend their own fields, and men came forth comes out from Bedford they were pursued; of those days, that would do honour to individ
they descended the hill near the road that 1775, or of the 17th of June. Many anecdotes from the regular occupations of society and Colonel Bridge, with a few men from Bed- uals, it is inost probable will be forgotten, all the walks of busy life ; and from these ford and Chelmsford, came up, and killed The following is one. The Rev. Edward materials was formed, almost at once, an several men. We pursued them and killed Brooks, who lived at Medford, got intelliarmed array which fearlessly met and con- some; when they got to Lexington, they gence of a small party going with relief to quered and captured men, whose only trade were so close pursued and fatigued, that meet the British; they had a wagon-load; Mo was war, and their only home a camp. Lord Percy met them with a large rein- near West Cambridge meetinghouse, and
they must have soon surrendered, had not Brooks mustered a few men, waylaid them There must exist somewhere, at this day, forcement and two field-pieces. They fired shot the horses, and wounded the lieutenant exact knowledge of all the occurrences of them, but the balls went bigh over our
who commanded them, took several pristhat remarkable period, and now that this heads. But no cannon ever did more exe
oners before the British came up, and re
tired. knowledge is passing away with the few cution, such stories of their effects had been spread by the tories through our troops, that
I am, sir, with respect, yours. 110 possess it, let be gathered and in-1 from this time more went back than pursu
LETTERS FROM A TRAVELLER.
MR RUSSELL'S GRAMMAR OF COMPOSITION.
work will show precisely,—what is not now to use the elegant simile of Mrs Dolly Duteasy
to learn, --how far, and in what way ton, “like a squirrel's cage hung out of a In our fourteenth number we reviewed composition is connected with grammar, three pair of stairs window.” My walk for this work, and we spoke of it with undue logic, and rhetoric. It should certainly be some hours was enchanting. Life has few severity. Two very candid letters from the made a distinct study; but the best possible pleasures to equal the feelings of a pedesauthor have convinced us of our error; and way of illustrating the identity of this branch trian traveller through a new and romantic we hasten to make this acknowledgment, pot of education, must be by clearly defining country in a fine autumn morning. The only because our duty to our readers requires the relations between it and the collateral independence of circumstances, the carethis, but from an especial unwillingness to and auxiliary studies.
lessness of what may happen, and readiness do Mr Russell injustice, and give him good It is due to Mr Russell to state, that his to be pleased with any thing or every thing cause to regard us as at variance with him. rules of orthograghy, which we strongly “ 'i the air or the earth,” constitute, togethHis Latin Grammar delighted us; it seern- reprobated, are sanctioned by high author- er, a state of mind as delightful as it is uned to supply what we considered a great ities; but neither these authorities, nor the common in this sublunary pilgrimage. About want; it applied the principle of analysis reasons they give, satisfy us at all. We two miles from Dumbarton is Leven-water, to the study of language. We believe that can give Mr Russell credit for one excel- celebrated in song, and near it the village the time has come when this principle is to lent and uncommon trait,—to wit,-an ab- of Renton, and the monument to the menbe applied to all modes and departments of horrence of book-making ; indeed, his brev- ory of Dr Smollett. A little further is instruction; and that the use of this “ No- ity sometimes makes him obscure. No mas- Balloch Castle and the southern part of vum Organum” will advance the best in- ter should undertake to teach composition Loch Lomond. Here I was overtaken by terests of education, and vastly increase the who could not, if occasion required, explain a carter, whose name I afterwards discovgood resulting from it, and characterize every part of this work; but it is a fault, ered to be Mc Millan, a tenant of the Duke most honourably the age which is wise that the important parts of it require so of Argyle, and as he was well acquainted enough to avail itself of it
. This good work much explanation. The book should have with the country, and pursuing the same is begun, and we may hope that it will be been larger, or else more strictly elemen- road with myself
, I was glad to walk on prosecuted zealously. It has engaged the tary; as it is, however, it may answer one with him. We soon came to a toll-house, attention of some of the finest intellects in of iwo purposes ;-to him who has studied which was also an ale or whiskey house; this part of our country; and there are rhetoric, it may recall the practical and and as the weather had by this time become those whose professional business it is to useful parts of what he has learned; or may very threatening and stormy, I felt it inteach, who will bring in aid of this ob- serve to introduce to these studies one who cumbent on me to invite my fellow travelject the strenuous efforts of no common tal- has yet to become acquainted with them. ler to refresh himself with a gill of whisents. It is pleasant to find gentlemen who
key, wbich he despatched undiluted, obare engaged in the work of instruction at a
serving, after he had bolted it, that it was distance, holding the same views, aiming at
not quite the right thing, which might be the same object, and pursuing it with de
obtained a short distance further, as well cided ability; and it is desirable that there
as a more commodious shelter from the apshould exist between them that harmony
Edinburgh, September 27.
proaching rain. I was not disposed to which naturally grows out of identity of MY DEAR FRIENDS,
leave the situation, as I doubted whether I opinion and purpose.
On Monday last I bid adieu to Glas- should find a better; but he was so urgent The writer of the article upon the Gram- gow, and having equipped myself with an that I complied with his request to accommar of Composition was disappointed at old sea-coat, of which the longitude was di- pany him. After we had left the house, finding the work decidedly interior to the minished by the assistance of a penknife, a my companion gave me to understand that Latin Grammar in its strict application of small knapsack, and leather spatterdashes, it was a custom-house, and insinuated that analysis, and this disappointment influenced with an umbrella in my hand, set off on my his cart contained a few bandanna handkerhis opinion of the real merits of the book. travels. My first object was Dumbarton, chiefs, and other articles which would not The answer to this charge Mr Russeli shall whither I proceeded in a steam-boat, down admit of close investigation in such an esgive. In his letter he says, with respect the Clyde, which is here a narrow river, tablishment. We soon arrived at a thatchto “ the charge that my book does not pre- winding smoothly and gracefully through ed hut, into which I followed him, for the sent the subject in an analytic form, I would cultivated fields, adorned, at short intervals, rain now began to descend in torrents. beg of you once more to consider the rea. with country seats, and now and then a The interior of this place beggared all deson I have given. The three ingredients church or castle. The weather, at first, scription, which, therefore, I shall not atof composition, are Subject, Thought, and showed some disposition to be fair, but be tempt. The owner was rather shy of me, Language. The first of these is as wide as fore we arrived, which we did about six P. though Mc Millan introduced me as an old the universe; the second embraces intel- M., it rained violently. At Dumbarton I friend of his. He then caused him to prolectual philosophy and logic; or, in other stopped for the night, and sent a letter of duce a large bottle of whiskey, or, as he callwords, the powers, as they have been call- introduction, which I had received from ed it, tea, which he assured me, with a ed, of the mind, and their right exercise : Miss B, to her brother, a Surgeon in this wink, was genuine. To cut the matter the third includes every thing connected place. He immediately called on me, and short, I soon found that I had got into a den with rhetoric and grammar. Now, a fair invited me to breakfast with him the fol- of Highland smugglers, and that my good analysis leaves no gap in that to which it is lowing morning and visit the Castle. But friend, the worthy John Mc Millan, was far applied : it must be carried throughout. To the morning was so beautifully fair, that I from being the least among them. As the treat composition analytically in a school could not bring myself to spend three or whiskey, of which he swallowed an immodebook, is impossible. The heads merely of four hours of it waiting for breakfast; so, rate quantity, did its good office, he began an analysis of the branches of science that having "snatched a short repast,” called to insinuate that he thought my pocket was are involved in composition, would occupy on the Doctor, left my excuses, and sur- the most valuable part of my coat, wanted more space than all ihe pages of the Gram- veyed the exterior of the old frowning caso much to sell me a poney, and the likc“ bald mar."
tle to my satisfaction, “I cocked up my and disjointed chat.” At first, all this was We should beg leave to amend this sen- bonnet and marched amain” towards the rather amusing, but, at length, I began to tence by substituting " difficult” for“ impos- north. The rock of Dumbarton stands up feel a little uneasiness ; for the day was sible ;" which last is a bad word, and should like a sugar loaf on the banks of the Clyde, passing away, and I did not approve the nobe used as seldom as possible.“ Practice bearing some slight resemblance in its tion of proceeding very far on a lonely makes perfect;" and we yet hope to tell our shape and situation, to Ascutney, near Highland road with Mr Mac, who showed readers that Mr Russell has published a strict Windsor, on the Connecticut; and the cas- no disposition to part company, but pressed analysis of the art of composition. Such a tle is built on the top of it, “perched up,” me to ride with him to Tarbet. at the head
of the lake. He grew more and more in this particular. Loch Lomond is a pond | meal. The good body was very averse to communicative, and related some of his ad- when compared with Champlain, and even any kind of remuneration, but at length ventures with excise officers, which would Ascutney, I believe, is more lofty than the accepted a trifle, though she assured me I have been, perhaps, more entertaining in Ben. I reached Tarbet about six o'clock, should bảve been heartily welcome. Two another place, than they were just then. having achieved something more than twen- miles farther brought me to the northern At length the train of his associations led ty miles for my first day's journey; yet it part of Loch Ard, and the pass in which to Rob Roy and Scott's novel; and he seemed to me that I had hardly walked Capt. Thornton was defeated by Helen Mc roundly declared that his own life and ad- ten, so trifling was the fatigue, and so Gregor. You will perceive that I speak of ventures were much more worthy to be agreeably had the time, for the most part, these matters, and persons, as having really made into a novel than those of Rob, and been employed.
existed, and, indeed, it is not easy to think proposed to me to prepare such a work, for About seven o'clock on Wednesday morn- of them differently; for, so true to nature which he promised to send me materials to ing, I turned my face towards the eastward. are the novelist's descriptions of what you Edinburgh, where he understood me to be The first step was the passage of the Loch, do see, that they give an air of reality to going. The rain at length ceased, and I which I effected in a small boat ; but, al- the fictitious parts of the narrative. Loch intimated to this future rival of Rob Roy, though it was provided with two stout row- Ard is a beautiful lake, about three miles that I proposed to proceed on my journey. ers, yet being of clumsy form, and the in length. It contracts towards the south, He accordingly departed to prepare his wind strongly against us, we were unable to and gives rise to the river Forth; and here cart, with a view of accompanying me, but reach the other side before nine. Here Is is the place where Rob slipped from his bis horse had strayed away into a distant was set on shore near the foot of Ben Lo- horse and escaped from his guard. About part of a field, or park, as they are here mond, and began to scramble up a craggy a mile from the southern end of Loch Ard termed. Mac ran hastily after him, call- path into the Mc Gregor's country. Tray- is the little inn of Aberfoyle, in which the ing to me to “wait, while he caught the ellers usually ascend the Ben, but I did not Baillie' and his companions met of yore beastie.” I thought proper, however, to choose to afford either the time or labour, such a rough reception. There was now, wish the cottager-who, by the way, was for the chance of the prospect, which it was however, no willow wand across the door, a most sinister looking fellow--a good morn- ten to one I should not see, as the floating nor any thing else to prevent my doing ing, and telling him that Mr Mac Millan clouds were numerous, and often entirely that justice to the landlady's vivers, which might overtake me, if he chose, with his enveloped his head. I preferred enjoying was to be expected from a New Eng. vehicle, I marched off, trusting that it the circuitous mountain path on the north land pedestrian under the influence of would take him some time to catch his of him, which I took accordingly, and found Highland air. From Aberfoyle my road powney, and a good deal more to catch me, it very pleasant. The morning was fine, lay north-easterly, towards the Trosachs
. after he had done so.
though rather windy, and my walk was These were distant something more than I passed nothing very remarkable till I through a half road, and half footpath, made five miles, and I had already walked sixteen reached Luss Inn, which is nine or ten chiefly by the course of winter torrents. It from Loch Lomond. Moreover, it was miles further, except the seat of the Col. was, of course, often wet and boggy, but four o'clock, with every appearance of a quhouns and the Burn of Bannochar. I ar- much of it was quite dry. Every thing storm, nor was there any house on the rived here about three o'clock, and after around was wild, uncultivated, and solitary, road. After some hesitation, however, I dinner proceeded on my walk. The sky, covered with rocks, ferns, and heath; but set forward. The landlady directed me to which had continued to lower since the the ferns were just changing their colour to keep the path till I came to a “sclate quarmorning, now again became perfectly clear. shades of yellow and brown, and, with the pur- ry," where I should find a road paved withThe Loch, at Luss, is about three miles in ple bell-heather, and other species of heath, (something which I could not understand)
, width; but this diminishes very fast as you gave a variegated appearance to the land- " but," said she, “you munna keep that, proceed northward, very soon becoming less scape, which was by no means unpleasing. but haud straught on.” With this directhan two. It is impossible to conceive a more About two or three miles from Loch tion I adventured up among the hills again, romantic and beautiful walk than that be- Lomond is a small Loch, called Arklet. over crags, and through gullies, in a very tween Luss and Tarbet. The road lies on Here the road, or path, I should call it, di wild, dark, and threatening afternoon. At the western side of the Loch, following the vided, and I had my choice, either to go the end of about two iniles I reached what various curves and indentations of the shore, east to Loch Katrine, and down the lake to I supposed must be the “sclate quarry." and winding along between the water on the the Trosachs, or south-east to the Clachan Here the road was divided into two, one one hand, and lofty mountains on the other of Aberfoyle. I preferred the latter, since going to the right, and the other to the On the opposite side, the hills of Rob Roy's it was uncertain whether I should find a left, while “straught on" was a bog, flowcountry seemed to rise almost perpendicu- boat at the head of Loch Katrine. So I moss, or some such thing. The points of larly from the edge of the lake, while their followed the path towards the Clachan, wind. the compass, in the lurid state of the sky, figures were reflected from its still surface ing among the hills, and now and then pass- and in the midst of these hills, were not to below ;-far above them all the lofty Ben ing a single thatched hovel ; these, however, be distinguished by any manner of means Lomond reared his brown and heathy sum- were very rare, and my walk was, on the short of a magnetic needle. In this dilemmit, gilded with the rays of the evening whole, as solitary as one could wish. The ma I did as most people do in like cases, sun, while every thing else around me was next lake I passed was Loch Ghon;—this that is to say, took the wrong road. I in shadow, and so solitary and still, that I is not much larger than many ponds within soon perceived before me a Highlander could almost imagine I heard the echo of a dozen miles of Boston, but much inore with his poney, and a two-wheeled vehicle, my own footsteps. I think there was not beautiful than any that I now recollect. On y'clept, in this country, a gig, scrambling a single house,-certainly not more than the banks of this lake, about ten miles along up one rugged declivity, and down one,-for the whole distance, which is eight from Loch Lomond, and pleasantly situated another. This establishment being none miles; nor did I see a living thing, except a in a small green vale, or opening between of the most expeditious, I overtook it withyoung woman who passed me just after the hills, I perceived a Highland cottage, out much difficulty, and learned from the I left Luss, a few black-nosed Highland into which I crept,- for one could not driver that I must return and take the sheep, and a lively little dog who joined me easily walk in,-to ask for some water. other road. Arriving again at the fork, I early in the afternoon, and capered along the tenant, an old woman, was quite hos held a council with myself, whether to enbefore me to Tarbet. I may, once for all, ob- pitable, and gave me a pint bowl full of counter a certain glen which the Gael had serve here, that however beautiful and ro-excellent milk, which I drank with little described in the usual lucid manner, or to mantic the scenery of the Highlands may ceremony. She set before me certain arti- retrace my footsteps, and take up my quarbe, a New Englander will not be so much cles which she called “scones," and which ters for the night at the inn. In this emerstruck with its sublimity, for there are many we should call flap-jacks, with soine new gency, fortune took upon herself to end the parts of our own country that excel them butter and cheese, of which I made a hearty debate in a manner very decisive, and, as