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(Lond. Lit. Gaz.)
THE day for criticising the produc- coarsish a little, but a picture of the
tions of this great and fertile au- true cabinet cut. The great character thor has gone by, except when perhaps of the piece, and the most powerfully he may mistake his powers upon a sustained, is Mr. Herries, of Birrens. subject, and fall short of his own high work. He is the great plotter, the standard. As this however has not prime mover of every thing; but it happened in the present instance, we would be acting unkindly to our readers are happily absolved from that sort of to anticipate the story more in descriofficial task which is no less disagreea bing him, than to give them the motto ble to reviewers than to writers. This to Redgauntlet : Tale is not unworthy of the author of
Master, go on; and I will follow thee, Waverley.
To the last gasp, with truth and loyalty. Redgauntlet is the name the author has chosen to give to an old Scottish
we to say to which of its pre
decessors we should compare Redfamily, whose head was a supporter of the Rebellion of 1745 ; and for this gauntlet, our judgment would fix on lost his head at Carlisle, as many
Guy Mannering. The story possesses others did for love of the name of Stư. nearly the same degree of interest for art. The story is laid somewhere about
those who may read fictitious narratives 1765 to 7, when the Pretender was
chiefly for that quality;* and its many supposed to be framing fresh plots in
characters are equally well drawn this country to regain his grandfather's throughout, true to nature, and affect
ing in their various bearings the proindeed bis personal presence crown; in Great Britain about that time is now
gress and development of the story:matter of history.
The winding up is indeed admirably In order to form his story, the author has brought upon fiddler; the crazy litigant, Peter Pee
dramatic in this respect :- The blind the stage a greater diversity of charac- bles; the passive quaker, Geddes ;ter than in any of his later productions, the reckless smuggler, Nanty ; Redand has connected the general course of his tale with historical allusions and gauntlet's base follower, Nixon; and recollections. The early part of the the imp, Benjie ; being all employed narrative gives one of the best “ auld
in bringing about the catastrophe in a warld stories” which his pen has pro- including Charles Stuart, Redgauntlet
manner so skilful,that the upper agents, duced; indeed, it constitutes the germ, and his other adherents, and every 'as it were, of the fabric he is about to raise. This diablerie, if it may be so
principal personage who figures in the terined, is introduced by a blind fiddler tale, are borne along by the force of the named Wandering Willie, who is circumstances they produce, and are drawn in the author's best manner af placed by them in situations which utter Wilkie. The next, and perhaps
terly control their own determinations
and actions. the most delightful character in the
But Redgauntlet farther engrafts a Novel, is a poor daft body named Peter Peebles, long well known in the beauty unknown even to the popolar Parliament House (Anglice the West novel to which we have compared itminster Hall of Edinburgh,) as an un- the history of the times and the fiction
we allude to the masterly way in which successful litigant in a suit which turned poor Peter's brain ; and since Da. are made to chime in with and help vid Gellatly, the author has not paint- inferior to Waverley itself.
each other. In this respect it is hardly
And the ed any bewildered brain in such charming relief. These are two of the low
* It is in our regard for such of our read, characters ; another of the same class ers that we have sedulously avoided any
analysis of the story in this Review ; geneis Nanty Ewart, the skipper of a smug- rally, we find a good course in noticing gling cutter, wbo is done to the life, works of the same class. -Ed.
conclusion-the conclusion is what it the drunken Skipper ; the hypocrite ought to be ; at once grand, simple and receiver Trumbull, and his opposed affecting There is no labour there, jovial fellow, Crackenthorpe ; the rufunless it may have been to conceal la- fian attendant, Nixon, and his infant bour, and extort the surest tribute to ape, Benjie ; and, in short, all the intalent of a tear without appearing to dividuals drawn are not only excellent have wrought for more than a tender in themselves, but in excellent keeping shade of feeling.
with regard to the general effect The author has tried a curious ex- and to each other. It may be obperiment, by making his first volume served that we have not mentioned any epistolary, and the last two narrative; of the females : in fact, none of them but it is in the force and contrast of his are very prominent. Green Mantle, dramatis personæ, however exhibited, the heroine, is not the most prepossessthat the great merit of this publication ing lady that could be imagined ; and consists. The fine sketch of Prince the rest are no more than mere necesCharles and the object of his wrecking sary parts of the household furnitureattachment; the stalwart Redgauntlet, though they vary, froin the Fiddler's with his constancy of purpose and en- wise to the Popish sisters, Miss Arthuthusiasm ; the friendship and nicely rets; and include a fair Quakeress, and drawn distinctions between Darsie a buxom Fisherman's wife. Latimer and Alan Fairford ; the old We have done. After this, the school lawyer Fairford,so different from scene made classical by Redgauntlet Peter Pleydell ; the new and capital will still more strongly recall the old whole-length of Peter Peebles ; the saying, or Union proverbminstrel, Willie, also dissimilarly-simi
When Skiddaw has a cap, lar to Ochiltree; the sober Quaker and
Criffel wots full weel of that.
(Sel. Mag.) EXPOSED STATE OF THE JEWS, AS PREDICTED BY MOSES. DEUT. xxviii. 65, 66. “ And give satisfaction : he sends some one to
among these nations shalt thou shoot the agent of his cruelty ; and find no ease ; and thou shalt fear day then, with an air of great regret,
asks and night, and shalt have none assu- the consul if he is satisfied ? if not, be rance of thy life.”
is ready to give him still further satis6 A gentleman who for some years faction. But if the object of his wrath was British consul at Tripoli, men- be a Jew, no one would think of detioned some circumstances which set manding satisfaction for his death.in a striking light the state of fear and This people feel the curse in full, that degradation in which the Jew's there among the nations where they are scat, live. The life of a man seems to be tered they should find no ease, and valued there no more than the life of a hâve none assurance of their life. They moth. If the bey has a fear or jeal- are known by their being compelled to ousy of any man, he sends some one to wear a particular dress; and the Moors put a pistol to his head and shoot him. exercise the privilege of free ingress If it happens to be a Christian, remon- at any time into their houses." strance is made by the consul to his
Jouett's Christian Resci nation. The bey is quite ready to
SAMSON DESTROYING THE HOUSE OF THE PHILISTINES.
JUDGES xvi. 30. “ And Samson were more than they which he bowed himself with all his might ;- his life.” and the house fell upon the lords, and Some persons have asserted that upon all the people that were therein : building sufficiently capacious to reso the dead which he slew at his death ceive so great a number of people
could be constructed so as to rest chief. er slaughter than at the battle of Canly upon two pillars. But this is a mis næ. This surely removes every thing take': for PLINY mentions two thea- like difficulty from the Scriptural actres built by C. Curio, (who was killed count alluded to above. in the civil wars, on Cæsar's side,) Sir Christopher Wren, whose opinwhich were made of wood, and so ex- ion upon such a subject will be considtensive as, according to his mode of ered as important, feels no hesitation writing, to hold all the Roman people. in admitting the fact, and even gives us They were contrived with such art the form of a building which might be that each of them depended upon one so constructed as to rest entirely upon hinge. This caused Pliny to censure two pillars. He then concludes with the madness of the people who would the following remark. “ Now, if Samventure into a place for their pleasure, son, by his miraculous strength, presswhere they sat on such an uncertain ing upon one of these pillars, moved it and unstable seat : for if that hinge from its basis, the whole roof must of had given way, there had been a great- necessity fall."
THE SMOOTH STONES SELECTED BY DAVID FROM THE BROOK ELAH. I. SAMUEL, xvii. 40. " And he brook between them is that of Elah, took his staff in his hand, and chose whence David chose the five smooth him five smooth stones out of the stones with one of which he slew Gobrook."
liath. It is remarkable that many “ The chapel belonging to the con- smooth stones are to be found in the vent is built over that part of the house brook to this day, brought probably where John Baptist is said to have been from a distance by the winter-floods, born : and the village itself stands on though those we observed over the surthe mountain occupied by the Israelites rounding mountains are of an entirewhen the Philistines from the neigh- ly different quality." bouring mountains to the westward de
Field Officer's Diary. fied the armies of the living God. The
Traditions of the Uvestern Highlands.
by the principal man then in that counSOON after Saint Columba estab- try,
whose name was Donald, the son lished his residence in lona, tradi- of Connal. tion says that he paid a visit to a great The Saint had no sooner made his seminary of druids, then in the vicinity, appearance, however, than he was at a place now called Camusnan Ceul, surrounded with a vast multitude, or Bay of Cells, in the district of Ard- anxious to hear so celebrated a preachnamurchan. Several remains of Dru- er; and after the sermon was ended, idical circles are still to be seen there, many persons expressed a desire to be and on that Bay and the neighbourhood baptized, in spite of the remonstrances many places are still named after their of the Druids. Columba had made rites and ceremonies; such as Ardinti- choice of an eminence centrally situated bert, the Mount of Sacrifice, and for performing worship; but there was others. The fame of the Saint had no water near the spot, and the son of been for sometime well known to the Connal threatened with punishment people, and his intention of instructing any who should dare to procure it for them in the doctrines of Christianity his purpose. The Saint stood with was announced to them. The ancient his back leaning on a rock ; after a priesthood made every exertion to dis- short prayer, he struck the rock with suade the inhabitants from hearing the his foot, and a stream of water issued powerful eloquence of Columba dis- forth in great abundance. The miraplayed, and in this they were seconded cle had a powerful effect on the minds
of his hearers, and many became con- tirely extinct. In a very ancient faverts to the new religion. This foun- mily in that country, two round balls tain is still distinguished by the name of coarse glass have been carefully preof Columba, and is considered of supe- served from time immemorial, and to rior efficacy in the cure of diseases.— these have been ascribed many virtues ; When the Catholic form of worship among others, the core of any extraorprevailed in that country, it was great dinary disease among cattle. The balls ly resorted to, and old persons yet re were immersed in cold water for three member to have seen offerings left at days and nights, and that water was the fountain, in gratitude for benefits afterwards sprinkled over all the catreceived from the benignant influence tle ; this was expected to cure those afof the Saint's blessing on its water.- fected, and to prevent the disease in At length, it is said, that a daughter of the rest. From the names and appearDonald the son of Connal expressed a ance of these balls, there is no doubt wish to be baptized, and the father re- that they had been symbols used by the strained her by violence. He also, with Archdruids. the aid of the druids, forced Columba Within a short distance of the Bay to take refuge in his boat, and the holy of Cells there is a cave very remarka man departed for Iona, after warning ble in its appearance, and still more so the unhospitable Caledonian to prepare from the purposes to which it has been for another world, as his life would appropriated. Saint Columba, on one soon terminate.
of his many voyages among the HeThe Saint was at sea during the brides, was benighted on this rocky whole night, which was stormy ; and coast, and the mariners were alarmed when approaching the shores of his own for their own safety. The Saint assured sacred island the following morning, a them that neither he nor his crew would vast number of ravens were observed ever be drowned. They unexpectedly flying over the sea, chasing another discovered a light at no great distance, of extraordinary large size. The
and to that they directed their course. croaking of the ravens awoke the Columba's boat consisted of a frame of Saint, who had been sleeping ; and he osiers, which was covered with hides instantly exclaimed that the son of Con- of leather, and it was received into a nal had just expired, which was after. very narrow creek close to this cave.wards ascertained to be true.
After returning thanks for their escape, A very large Christian establishment the Saint and his people had great difappears to have been afterwards formed ficulty in climbing up to the cave,which in the Bay of Cells; and the remains is elevated considerably above sea. of a chapel dedicated to Saint Kiaran, They at length got sight of the fire are still to be seen there. It is the fa- which first had attracted their attention. vourite place of interment among the Several persons sat around it, and their Catholies at this day. Indeed, Columba appearance was not much calculated to and many of his successors seem to have please the holy man.
Their aspects adopted the policy of engrafting their were very fierce, and they had on the institutions on those which had formers fire some fesh roasting over the coals. ly existed in the country. Of this there The Saint gave them his benediction ; are innumerable instances, at least we and he was invited to sit down among observe the ruins of both still visible in them and to share their hurried repast, many places ; even in lona we find the with which he gladly complied. They burying ground of the Druids known at were freebooters who lived by plunder the present day. This practice may and robbery ; and this Columba soon bave had advantages at the time, but it discovered. He advised them to formust have been ultimately productive sake that course, and to be converted of many corruptions; and, in a great to his doctrines, to which they all asmeasure, accounts for the many super- sented, and in the morning they acstitions and absurd customs which pre- companied the Saint on his voyage vailed among that people to a very re- homeward. This circumstance creacent period, and which are not yet en- ted a high veneration for the cave
among the disciples and successors of over their heads ; they must afterwards Columba, and that veneration still con- pass through nine openings in the walls tinues in some degree. In one side of of the cave ; and, lastly, they must it there was a cleft of the rock, where swallow nine mouthfuls out of the holy lay the water with which the freebooters basin. After invoking the aid of the had been baptized ; and this was after- Saint, the votaries are then clothed,and wards formed by art into a basin, which within three weeks they are to be reis supplied with water by drops from lieved by death or by recovery. Ofthe roof of the cave. It is alleged ferings are left in a certain place appronever to be empty or to overflow, and priated for that purpose ; and these the most salubrious qualities are ascri- are sometimes of considerable value, bed to it. To obtain the benefit of it, nor are they ever abstracted. Stranhowever, the votaries must undergo a gers are always informed, that a young very severe ordeal.
They must be in man, who had wantonly taken away the cave before day-light, and they are some of these not many years since, to be stript naked; they stand on the had broken his leg before he got home, spot where the Saint first landed from and this affords the property of the his boat, and nine waves must dash Saint ample protection.
I look for ghosts—but none will force
Between the living and the dead.-Wordsworth.
CHAT a different earth do we in- terior of New Holland, our only terra
habit from that on which our incognita ; and our sole mare incogniforefathers dwelt ! The antediluvian tum, the north-west pasuage. But world, strode over by mammoths, these are tame wonders, lions in leash ; preyed upon by the megatherion, and we do not invest Mungo Park, or the peopled by the offspring of the Sons Captain of the Hecla, with divine atof God, is a better type of the earth of tributes; no one fancies that the waHomer, Herodotus, and Plato, than ters of the unknown river bubble up the hedged-in cornfields and measured from hell's fountains, no strange and hills of the present day. The globe weird power is supposed to guide the was then encircled by a wall which ice-berg, nor do we fable that a stray paled in the bodies of men, whilst their pick-pocket from Botany Bay has feathered thoughts soared over the found the gardens of the Hesperides boundary; it had a briok, and in the within the circuit of the Blue Moundeep profound which it overbung, tains. What have we left to dream men's imaginations, eagle-winged, div. about? The clouds are no longer ed and flew, and brought home strange the charioted servants of the sun, nor tales to their believing auditors. Deep does he any more bathe his glowing caverns harboured giants ; cloud-like brow in the bath of Thetis; the rainbirds cast their shadows upon the bow has ceased to be the messenger plains; while far out at sea lay islands of the gods, and thunder is no longer of bliss, the fair paradise of Atlantis or their awful voice, warning man of that El Dorado sparkling with untold jew- which is to come. We have the sun els. Where are they now? The which has been weighed and measurFortunate Isles have lost the glory that ed, but not understood; we have the spread a halo round them; for who assemblage of the planets, the congredeems himself nearer to the golden gation of the stars, and the yet une age, because he touches at the Canaries shackled ministration of the winds :on his voyage to India ? Our only such is the list of our ignorance. riddle is the rise of the Niger ; the in Nor is the empire of the imagination