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The next morning, seeing that I was accountable transition, drawn into con recovered, he urgently pressed me, be, Tersation with him on the subject of fore I left the town, to call on bim ; methodism. -" They bare at bottom and whether it was that I felt some do more religion than my house-dog," little compunctions of gratitude, or that said the fellow; * and for my own my disposition is naturally somewhat part, I can't think how men that read complying, I could not for the moment their bibles so often, can be (as most summon resolution enough to decline. of thein | firmly beliere are) such shame. As my visit was a very remarkable one, bese bypocrites. – But I suppose," conti I shall give it at some length. Boed be, "they make it out by their Upon entering the room, I found the faith, as they call it; for to the eye of old Doctor sitting by himself at his dinfaith, as my old translation has it, all is ner-table over the bones of a chicken. quite clear and evident."-" Your old He received me with a homely cortranslation ?" said I, koitting my brows. diality ; and pointing his hand to his – Aye,” said my landlord, “a trans repast, asked me if I would join him. lation of a very curious piece of-of I excused myself, by saying that I had Freoch-I think they tell me it is— diged ; but I could nevertheless but that was dropped, Sir, in this room, by admire the old man's generosity, for a foreigo gentleman, who was
I observed that his bones were nearly years back travelling in this country.” dry, and my worthy friend's appetite
- lodeed," said I ; " and pray is it yet remarkably keen. It was a long too much to ask a sight of it?”-“ Not time before he appeared satisfied that in the least, Sir,” said my host, as he his bones had yielded all their nutribastily stepped across the door, “ I'll tion :-be put on his spectacles, turned bring you both French and English.”- them over and over, and examined them I krst read the original. It appeared to on every side. No little hungry cur, be a sheet of a manuscript tour, which methought, would have taken half the the foreigner was probably writing. trouble with them. At length, bowThe fragment I thought exceedingly ever, he ordered his dinner-table to be tousing I next examined the trans- removed.- A cracked tumbler-a plate lation, made, as the good man told me, chipped and black with age-a battered by a friend of his; but it was by no table-spoon~a knife and fork that beans equal to the spirit of its origival. seemed to say they were his grand. In a word, having obtained the honest father's—formed his table-service. He fellow's hearts consent to copy it, after strictly enjoined his servant-girl to be I bad finished my dinner, I sat down careful in dischargiog her duty over a pint of claret, and translated the our servants, Sir,” said the old Doctor, whole into the followiog words: turping to me, “ often break the most
We arrived about evening at Postead.* valuable articles you put into their There was nothing in the place particu. hands, through downright carelessness : larly remarkable ; but from this sen- they do, Sir, indeed,” repeated he, apteace I must except the eccentric cha- parently irritated at the very thought. racter of my friend Doctor Protractus, The English Butler has said of bis who was, I think, of all the oddities hero Hudibras, thatI ever met witb, jofinitely the most " with frequent hem and cough, odd. I'pon my arrival here, 1 tbought Prolongers of enlighten'd stuff', I felt symptoms of an old complaint He could deep mysteries anriddle, which I bave been much troubled with; As easily as thread a needle.” and baviag accordingly enquired for an And no:hing could be more true of apothecary, was recommended to this Doctor Protractus : almost every word singular character. The Doctor, bow. he ultered was followed by several most erer, was certainly of essential service knowing and significant bems ; or if to me ig his profession.
a cluster of three or four words canio
out without interruption, it was quiteto I have taken the liberty, in transcrib. ing this piece for the press, so erase the my narrative.- As soon as the old fel. original names both of the place and the low saw his articles safely removed, he Doctor, and have substituted in their stead took his stand directly opposite to me, tames entirely fictitious: - it would be stretched out his legs with all imacrael to raise a laugh at the expense of ginablc pompousness, and crowded both private reputation,
his hands with the greatest formality
into the pockets of his waistcoat. Har- you will see it discharged.” -“ It inced iog deliberately fixed himself in this not be so," answered the old fellow, attitude, he gave two or three of his with a consequential nod of the head self-complaisant bems, and began his _" it need not, I assure you.
I discourse in the following manner. have a plan, formed by myself
“ Well, Sir," said he, “ and pray formed by myself alone, Sir--which what think you of England !"-"Oh! should quickly pay off the whole I have spent so much of my time, Sir, debt, and yet be no injury to a single in this country," I said, that I begin individual if he acceded to it; on the to think myself almost an Englishman.” contrary, it would be an injury, Sir, "Ah! England," resumed the Doc- for a man to withhold compliance.-tor, “is to be sure, in many respects, a But have done my duty, Sir-I have very fine country; but the great fault done my duty-I have indeed. I have of it, Sir, is, that we have among us communicated it to the Chancellor of po rewards- 10 encouragements for our Exchequer, and to several other of merit : would you believe me now, our great men ; but either through that a professional man, though he be envy, or an incapacity of judging of eminent, and in the highest degree its merits, they never took ihe notice of successful, and that even for a num it that it deserved. I will communi. ber of years, that he has here no hone. cale it to you, Sir; but in justice to sary distioctions, nor any thing, be-, myself, I must urge your secrecy; for sides the dignity of his profession, to though it hitherto has been peglected, distinguish him from the mere com true merit, Sir, true aud great merii, nion rabble ?"-" Why I never heard,” will never be long without meeting a said I, “ the complaint alleged hefore ; proper reward.-- My plan, or system, nor, to say the worst, do I think it Sir, is this.-Let there be fixed up in a fault peculiar to England.”_" Sir, every city, borough, town, and vil. in whatever country," answered my lage, of the united kingdoms of Great old friend, hastily, *s such total dis. Britain and Ireland, a box; or, if the regard of true merit may exist, I have place be large, two, three, or even more no hesitation in saying it is a great boxes, according, you know, to the size disgrace to it.”- But what distinction,” of the place. I would have them made I resumed, “ could be made that”. perfectly strong and secure; - of oak, " What distinction !" interrupted the perhaps, with iron bands, or someDoctor" wby, what I would propose thing of that sort. But we will leave is, that every medical gentleman who this point, for I do not feel myself Jabours with success, who is eminent guite determived upon it. In the sides for skill and knowledge, and who keeps of each of these boxes, now, I would up for many years, as I have done, the have made--an incision-(to use a pro. dignity of his profession, sbould re fessional word, and indeed professional ceive the title of of Chevalier ; or words often come in very much to the some such honorary distinction. Che purpose)- I say, I would have an incivalier Protractus ! there, what think sion made of proper and suitable dimenyou of that, love (as he turned to sions. These boxes, now, should be his wife) - your ladyship Mrs. Pro- placed up in the most frequented-in tractus (making a polite bow to her) ihe most public and conspicuous part or - wife, aye, and good wife too, to his parts of every city, borough, town, and honour Chevalier Protractus. - It is village of the united kingdoms of Great justice, Sir, it is justice!" vociferated Britain and Irelaod. Now you know, ilie Doctor, as he stamped the floor Sir, it often happens—and indeed I with his fooi-But there is so much may say it commonly happens) that one cnvy and prejudice," continued he, has an odd sixpence or shilling, or, if
through the whole community, that not that, odd half-pevce in one's pockinstead of one's becoming (as he ought et, which he might easily spare, withto be) honourably rewarded for any out any particular loss or inconvenivaluable discovery or suggestion, he i would have, therefore, a pro. is slighted and unnoticed. I will give clamation, Sir, issued from our great you an instance of the truth of what
ned and rulers, stating that it would 1. advance. You know, I dare say, be expected of every loyal and good the immense aggregate of our national subjeci, upon his passing any of ihese debt."-". I do,” I replied: " and it boxes, to put his hand into bis pocket will probably be a long tiine before thusaod if he have an odd six,
peace, or shilling, which, as I before
The old gentleman had gone on in observed , he would frequently have,
this way, to a great length, expatiating that he would drop it into the box,
over the prodigious advantages of his through the incision which I should
system, when we were suddenly atdirect to be made in its side. Now tracted to the window to see one of caly let us reckon a little. We will
the English bishops, who was passing in sas, for iostanee, 1 drop a
sixpence his carriage. When he had gone by, in to-day- very well—then, perhaps, the old Doctor having again resumed a sixpence to-morrow-and so on. At his former station ;-" Were I a bithe end of the year, then, going on shop," said he, (looking me in the face, in the same ratio or proportion, I and giving his bead a consequential should bare contributed, you know, nod,) “ į should certainly, Sir, not Äve or six pounds, and perbaps more : have my carriage lined within with and this sum no one could feel, if
crimson" (which happened to be the given conformably to my system. Now colour of the bishop's)—“ it is a most supposing the whole population of these improper colour," continued he, “ for realms, governed by King George the any high ecclesiastical man. It surely Tbird, to be in all fourteen millions must bave a tendency to remind one -Fery well ;-then multiplying six of blood-of wars—and the desolations poands by fourteen millions of persons, occasioned by force of arms – and who would in this case, you know, Christ, you know, Sir, has entirely discontribute, we should realize the pro claimed every thing of the sort - My digious sum of eighty-four millions an. kingdom,' he hath said, “is not of this scalis."-" But," interrupted I, “I world'-and it is therefore, Sir, a mysfear many people, if there were tery to me, how men, who from their compulsion, would "-" If you will hearts set their seals, as it were, to his be kind enough to hear me out,” said precepts ;-it is a mystery, I say, how the old man, evidently irritated by my such men can endure, as they willingly rudeness, “ you would then see tbe do, to be thus reminded of what their eptire propriety of my system. I should great Master bas forbidden. They stand have told you as I went along, that by high in the church, and thus ougbt, the side of every box throughout the Sir, to be examples of greater religion i united kingdoms of Great Britain and and purity."-" I hardly comprehend Ireland -governed, as I before observed, the justness of your induction,” I said ; by his Majesty King George the Third " but if Y" Induction !" inter-I' would place a kind of censor (and rupted the Doctor :-" Oh, I have loog we could easily shelter him, you know, ago, Sir, abjured-from principle I have from all rain, and snow, and so on, entirely abjured and discarded all those by making over his head a cupola, or fantasies—ihose little insignificant grop. settething of that sort)- well, Sir, this ings of wbat the world calls reason. censor, being regularly appointed to Faith, Sir, faith! - that is sufficienttte office, should be provided with a amply and fully sufficient for the rege. stick-thus-(and he instantly nerate. We, for our parts, want norushed across the rooin, and snatched thing else to direct us-lo the eye of up an old walking-stick)- he should faith all is perfectly evident and clear. stand thus," repeated he ; " and when We laugh, Sir - we look down with the any person passed that did not con greatest contempt on that little infant tribute, be should cry out, “ FEEL,' in swaddling clothes, called reason • Draw,' or something of that sort, to we are full grown men, Sir-attained him; and if be either refused to feel, unto the fullness of stature in all things er refused to give, when our officer appertaining to godliness. But it is could all the while bear the money jing very few, Sir, I must say," continues ling in his pocket, on my word, sir, he,'" that are possessed of true and bę should give bim a great knock on genuine failh-and fewer still, of that tbe bead-bus-(and he dashed faith which can remove mountaios. down his staff with great vehemence For my own part, my faith I feel to on the seat of a chair)-so that, by this be both clear, strong, and ethicaciousmeans, Sir," continued he, “ what I greatly superior to all reason - and even told you at first would be plainly ef. to compare it with reason-on my word, ferred ;-that the evil would be to the Sir, it is an abominatiool-it is like na who withheld his proper contri at least 2 to its great power and burons."
efficacyit is like, Sir, comparing eslo
mel to common English rhubarb. But After mentioning various apples my faith, Sir
"_" Bless me," (from Tonkin's MSS. and Forsyth's cried I, looking at my watch, " it is Treatise on Fruit-Trees), Mr. P. adds : almost sun-set." _" Yes, Sir," said the “ I can enumerate a few others, old Doctor, calmly, as he cast a glance such as Borlase's-pippin (introduced by at the window" but I was observ. Borlase at Treluddero), the Nade's. ing"
"-" I am exceedingly sorry, pippin, the Blinchet, the Hasling, the my good Sir," said I, “ to leave so Jany-gimlet, the Subbart, ihe White admirable a disquisition unfinished, but sour, the fiel-bone, the Jacky Johns, I really cannot any longer delay my The Couble-wicke-longer-skins, the Gile journey. I feel myself infinitely obliged LIFLOWEn, first produced in the Polfor your kiodness :”-and so saying, i whele-orchards, and ihe Cloth-of-gold, took up my hat, and with a polite bow once existing there, but now extinct." left the Doctor's apartments. R. Vol. IV. p. 130.
I remain your much obliged,
MUSÆUS. To the Editor of the European Magazine SER,
Nov. 10, 1817. IR CHRISTOPHER HAWKINS's
The Tamarisk is adopted by Wither. description of the Gillifluwer Apple* ing as among the indigenous plants of may he correct, as far as it goes. But
Cornwall. But Mr. P. says, the Baronet should have added, that the bishop Grindall, who died in 1583, first gilliflower resembles the willow (much brought it into England. It was planted inore than any apple-tree) in its leaf, its
at St. Michael's-Mount, whencea branch slender twigs, and drooping branches,
of it was carried to the Lizard, and and that its fruit, sweet almost as honey
sluck into a hedge.” 'Vol IV. p. 126. when perfectly ripe, is often hard, or
In a note, be adds, “ An old man of rather spongy, and not very easy of the Lizard informed me, that in his digestion. He has overlooked also a
father's time, a person came from the singular fact, that almost every gilli
Mount with a branch of the tamarisk, flower-apple, when approaching to ma
which he had used for a whip, and that turity, is punctured by some insect. he carefully stuck it into a hedge there" And the fruit should never be gathered,
-where it has been propagated and till, after having received the puncture, grown ever since. The hedge is part a change in the contexture of the part so
of an enclosure (if I remember rightly) pierced is observable. The substance belonging to the last house at the round the puncture has always a richer
Lizard point. flavour than the rest, from the extravasation, I suppose, of the nutricious juice. -As to the gillifower's recent To the Edilor of the European Magazine, appearance in Cornwall, Sir Christopher is certainly mistaken. It flourished,
SHOULD feel obliged to any of full a century ago, in the orchards of Polwhele, near Truro. The following answer the following Arithmetical Ques
your Dumerous readers if they will extract from the fourth volume of Pol.
tion, the insertion of which will ipuch whele's “ History of Cornwall.” (which oblige,
H. includes the gillidower), may be worth insertion in your valuable Miscellany,
A GENTLEMAN having a row of as containing a curious account of Cor
trees planted in the front of his bouse, pish apples :-“. Of orchards, many
at two rods distance from each other, parts of the county present bit a cheer
and the first tree of the row forty rods jess prospect. Here, around Truro, in from the same ; St. Clement's and in Kea particularly, his bead to walki from bis house to the
one day took it in our apple-trees are gone to decay. Our
second tree and return to the first, raciesť cider is, at the present day, then to the third and return to the first, produced in the hundred of Strutton,
and so on regularly to the last tree and and in that of Eust, where it borders on
back to his house, finding he had perthe Tamar, from an apple called the
formed this walk in one hour, and Dufting, and in the neighbourhood of being desirous of kuowing the disFowey and Lestwithiel."
tance he had walked, he had it care.
fully measured, and it was found to be • See our Magazine for Ociober, 1817, exactly four miles.--Quære the aum
ber of trces,
life, parents may be expected to leave FROX A FATHER TO DIS SON this transitory scene of things before IS AN OFFICE UNDER GOVERNMENT.
their children, yet our daily experience teaches us, that many very afflictive
exceptions to this gradation of our mor. XY DEAR &
tality are to be looked for ;-but I WRITE to you as my son; and in believe it may be justly asserted, that
the erurse of my letters, I have whether the child or the parent de. pleased velf with the persuasion that sceud first into the chambers of death, jo't receive them as the counsels of there is not a pang among all the throes a faides, shose heart is expanded to- of dissolution that can pierce the soul of wards you in all that anxious desire for the former with more insupportable your happioess, to which I would attach agony than that which remorse proa same, when I call it, parental feeling duces, when he calls to mind the hard -a description of the sympathy which speeches and contemptuous neglect fils my breast, that none but a father with which he outraged the peace and an understand, and even be cannot destroyed the hope of an indulgent and describe it as it is understood by him. anxious father or mother ;-it matters This, however, is not strange, since it not wbich, for both have an equal right bears a very close affinity in degree to his duteous attentions or can he (secris deducere humana) to the bene- find any justification of his cruel in. ficent tenderness of the Eternal Mind; difference to their beart-rending reand that which is eternal can only be grets, in the plea that he has arrived at comprebended in terms, not in ideas: ibe age of manhood, and is no longer that is, a word is used to express an subject to the restrictions of their idea which cannot be conveyed to authority. another but by a communication of A disobedient child is a rebel to his similar impressions. As the child, then, God; and while he repulses the tender you cannot comprehend the sensibi- earnestness of the natural authors of lities which attach me so intimately bis being with rebellious scorn, and to your welfare, as to make your hap- makes their well-meant precepts the piness my own.
subject of his insensate mockery, he I would go farther, GM, and make scoffs at the law of Heaven, and des. my consolation your's. Amid all the pises that pure principle of paternal tribulations of my earthly trial, my re. interest by which the Creator himself collection has never acknowledged that has vouchsafed to characterize his severe addition to the sufferings which I concern for mankind, adopting it as bave kad to encounter, the comscious- the inost endearing attribute of Deily. Dess of anblial treatment of my pa. In the moral law, the commandment reats. I loved them; and I knew no by which we are enjoined to “ honour greater felicity than to prove my affec. our father and mother," follows imme. tion by my cooduct. When they went diately after those injunctions which down to the grave, my regrets were exact the tribute of our pious reves onmixed with the bitter self-reproach rence for the true worship and the sbieb must invariably hannt the bo- glorious name of God—from which som of an ungrateful child. On the arrangement we deduce the natural cootrary, my soul rejoiced in the con inference, that next to that holy subviction, that as the few comforts of mission and reverent regard which we their life were not embiltered, so the owe to our Heavenly Father, it is his SOTrois of their dying hour were not will that we should estimate io impor. increased by any discomfiting reflec. tapce that filial consideration which he tion, that I had omitted in the slightest bas ordained we should observe towards instance to consult their claim io my our earthly parents. And we may far. duteous and affectionate consideration. ther presame, that as this command And, my dear G-, a more effective is placed at the head of those interdicts Crisolation cannot be conceived, under by which we are forbidden to violate the painful circumstances of the loss of the obligations of our social condiour parents, than that which arises lion, we are to accept it as that basis from a sense of so interesting an obliga- of our moral obedience on wbich a tios haviog been fulfiled by us in all its virtuous abborrence of every criminal extent of religious and moral relation. perpetration is most securely fixed. It is true, that in the natural progress of And indeed our common observation Europa Maz. Vol. LXXIII. Jan. 1878.