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LITERARY CRITICISM.

deal into the foreground, it is impossible for us to say which is the hero and which the heroine ; and we do not

thiuk a novel should have two heroes and three heroines. Walter Colyton. A Tale of 1688. By the Author of We shall not enter into an analysis of the tale ; but we

" Brambletye House," &c. &c. 3 vols. London. have, of course, Catholics and Protestants, from James II. Colburn and Bentley. 1830.

and William Prince of Orange, down to the humblest of

their respective retainers. We have James's corrupt miHorace Smith, though a respectable, is only a second, nister, Sunderland, and his tool, Captain Seagrave, a rate novelist. He is one of those who have been called swaggering, reckless bully, one of the most spirited porinto existence by Sir Walter Scott. He aims at com

traits in the book. We have the witty and profligate bining the united interests of history and fiction in his Countess of Dorchester,—the old rough soldier, Jasper books. But his head is scarcely strong enough for the Colyton_his daughter, the sensitive and impassioned higher walks of the former, and his heart is hardly en

Edith,-her friend, the gentle and strong-minded Agatha thusiastic enough for the more delightful creations of the Shelton, and Stanley Forrester, the gallant and enthusilatter. His “ Brambletye House," and " Tor Hill," are astic lover of the latter lady. It is upon this same Stanboth pretty good ; but we are not aware that they have ley Forrester, who has ardently espoused the cause of the made any lasting impression on the minds of the reading Prince of Orange, that in our opinion the interest of the public, or that any of the characters they contain are story mainly depends. Both Edith and her friend likely to live very vividly in the memory of his readers Agatha fall in love with him simultaneously. His afafter the volumes are closed. The new work now before fections, however, are irrevocably placed on Agatha. us indicates no improvement on the author's usual style, This, Edith at length discovers, and upon her enthusi. while the story, we think, is heavier, and not so well put astic and sensitive temperament, the discovery produces together as in some of his preceding novels. One error the most distressing consequences. The description of into which the imitators of Sir Walter Scott have almost the change it wrought upon her whole feelings and cha. universally fallen is, that provided characters, historically racter, we think among the best written passages in the interesting, can be introduced into their pages, they do book, and we shall accordingly extract it: not seem to think it a matter of much consequence whether these characters have any thing to do with the main plot Edith's character and deportment. That extreme sensibi

“ From this day a marked alteration became evident in of their novel. Thus, Mr Smith, because his hero, Wal-lity which had occasionally subjected her to hysterical atter Colyton, lived in the year 1688, evidently considers tacks, and to the most painful fits of nervous excitation, bethat he is fulfilling the most important part of his task, came gradually deadened; the fine tremulous and exquisite provided he huddles together all the eminent names of delicacy of her impressions was now but rarely manifested; that period, politicians, literati, beauties, lords, minis even her intellectual perceptions appeared to be blunted, ters, and kings,—and contrives to give us hasty sketches and she sank into a calm and torpid, but deep melancholy, and unsatisfactory glimpses of their different characters under the influence of which she often sought some retired and habits. Now, this is not our notion of what a his spot, where she would sit for hours together, twitching the

forefinger of her left hand, her eyes riveted to the ground, torical novel should be, nor is it according to the better and her faculties enchained in such a profound abstraction species of model which Sir Walter Scott has, in one as to render her totally insensible to surrounding objects. or two instances, afforded to his votaries. When cele- All her customary amusements and avocations were now brated persons are introduced into a work of this kind, neglected ; Agatha, Hetty, her friends and her family, were they ought to be intimately and necessarily connected now forgotten ; she neither read nor worked, nor recreated with the advancement of the plot,—so completely in- herself with music,-solitude seemed to be her only enjoyterwoven with it, that without their aid it could not

ment. A languor, a lassitude, a listless and morbid apathy,

continually oppressed her; and she resigned herself to that be brought to the point proposed. The unskilful writer, stupor of melancholy and dejection, which is infinitely more whilst he cannot but acknowledge the truth of this rule, distressing than the passionate sorrow which finds relief in is puzzled when he attempts to carry it into practice, and wailing and tears. Edith's eyes were dry, she uttered no his book too often degenerates into a piece of mere patch complaint ; but it was evident that her heart was ever work, which wants the connected interest of a work of weeping, that she cried without a voice. An habitual sense pare fiction, and feebly atones for the desideratum by a

of propriety would not allow her to neglect her personal succession of ill-digested notices of the leading personages betrayed, for the first time, an inconsistency that showed

appearance: she was always neatly attired; but she now of the times.

how unconscious she was of her own proceedings, someAnother fault we have to find with “ Walter Coly- times coming down to the breakfast-table in a full dress, or ton," is the deficiency of incident. The two first volumes presenting herself to every visitant in a morning hood and are, in consequence, particularly heavy. Indeed, the story scarf. When these little oversights were pointed out to possesses but little interest throughout, partly because it her, she would assume a languid smile, express wonder at is too much diluted with extraneous matter, and partly be- her own inadvertence,-retire to her chamber for the purcause, with only one or two exceptions, none of the cha- pose of changing her garb, fall into a new reverie, and re

turn to the drawing-room in the same state as before. If racters are fully or completely filled up. They are mere surprised, in her solitary rambles, on the lonely seats upon outlines--not finished drawings. Of two young men, which she loved to muse and talk to herself, she would conand three young ladies, all of whom are brought a good jure up the same faint smile, converse for a short time, but

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presently relapse into silence and melancholy, and seek an ness ?-why are all things happy except myself?""_Vol. iii. opportunity of escaping from her companion. It was not easy, however, thus to surprise her; for she became watch Our readers will be somewhat surprised to learn, that ful and cunning in avoiding notice; and even in perform- Stanley Forrester, being apprized of the death of Agatha, ing the most common and innocent actions, would affect and receiving her last commands to unite himself with great mystery and concealment."-Vol. iii. p. 53-5.

her friend, marries Edith after all.

But they will be In this state of mind she determines to sacrifice her still more surprised to learn, that after he has lived some own wishes to those of her parents, and to accept as a time with her very happily, and beheld her at length fall husband one whom she had always hated, but whom a victim to consumption, he unexpectedly finds out that they had destined for her. The author then presents us

Agatha is not dead, and the novel concludes with his with the following touching picture:

espousing her,—thus enabling the same gentleman to do “ A few days after this conversation, the unhappy girl justice to both ladies. wandered to a spot, a small distance from the house, which, On the whole, “ Walter Colyton" is a respectable from its seclusion, and its possessing some superior attrac book of its kind; and in these days of mediocrity, we tions in point of scenery, had latterly become her favourite shall be glad that its author continues to write. haunt. A footpath, deviating from a long uninteresting lane that led towards the moors, conducted the village boys, in the nutting season_before the return of which period, The Historical Evidence of the Apostolical Institution of the last year's track had generally become imperceptible—to a quiet sequestered dell, planted with sycamores and young

Episcopacy : A Sermon, preached at Stirling, on Sunoaks, wove together, in parts, with a thick bed of hazel day, the 7th March, 1830, at the Consecration of the bushes. The banks on either side the descent were clothed Right Rev. James Walker, D.D., to the office of a with fern, broom, and other luxuriant vegetation, topped Bishop in the Scottish Episcopal Church. By the Rev. with bushes of hawthorn, brier, and maple, forming natu M. Russel, LL.D. ral arbours, beneath which the children would sometimes seat themselves to banquet upon their nutty spoils. Through We do not think any nice point of Historical Enquiry this unfrequented glen ran a streamlet, clear and pellucid, can fall into abler or safer hands than those of Dr Russel. although the water, from its having traversed the peat With much learning and research, he fixes on the strong land of the moors, had acquired a dark brown hue. To- parts only of the position which he undertakes to establish, wards the centre of the recess, the runnel, falling over a rocky ledge, not more than two yards in height, spread it and does not encumber it with extraneous circumstances self into a shallow pond of some extent, fringed with water

The reader, too, comes away impressed with the candour lilies, and overhung with alders, and, gradually contractingit- and fairness of his argument, because he never pushes it too self to its former narrow limits, was betrayed by its music, far, and while he has all the ingenuity of an advocate, no or the more vivid green of its rushy margin, until it worked judge can appear more unbiassed and impartial. Qualiits way out through an opening at the opposite extremity ties of this kind are peculiarly necessary in those delicate of the dell. On a mossy crag, beside this murmuring wa- enquiries which affect the purity of the constitution of terfall, Edith delighted to sit for hours together, indulging churches, and in which the spirit of the controversialist the mournful reveries by which ber mind was now haunted, and yet occasionally soothed by sweet as well as bitter fan- | is so much more commonly discernible than the charity of cies, while, in the loneliness of the place, she listened idly to the Christian. It is necessary, perhaps, from time to time, the rustling of the boughs, as the wind stole nestling amid for every body of Christians to state the grounds of their their leaves, or the sound of the waters that seemed to war. distinction from others, especially when they are not in ble responsively to the breeze.

unison with the established church of the country in “On the morning in question, she had gathered a rose which they are resident. Dissent has always an ugly before she left home, and, deliberately plucking off the leaves, aspect, and we therefore like to discover in each class of she committed them, one by one, to the stream, exclaiming, as they were torn away from her, – Thus have the bappy ration, as, though they may not be sufficient to prove to

our fellow-Christians, such sound reasons for their sepayears of my life been rudely torn away from me,--they are gone, and I know not whither,--they are whirled about others that they are in the wrong, are yet such as we and agitated, and then wafted away into invisible, unre can very easily conceive are quite convincing to themcoverable darkness, leaving my heart, like this poor leatless selves that they are in the right. The difficulty is, to stalk, bare and withered, and surrounded with nothing but do this in a spirit of temper and moderation ; that this thorns. I remember when the very odour of a spring is Dr Russel's aim in his defence of the principles on morning could develope futurity, conjuring up to my ima- which the church to which he belongs dissents from our gination, nay, almost to my senses, a paradise of flowers, and perfumes, and sunny landscapes, fanned with gentle airs, venerable establishment, is apparent from the following animated with the melody of birds and all the cheerful admirable passage of his discourse ; and we can assure sounds of busy life. It was as if the precocious breeze blew our readers, that he maintains the same firm but dispasaside the veil of nature, and showed the laughing features sionate tone throughout :-" I state these things, not to that were to remain hidden from others until the coming unchurch other societies, for with others we have no im. May. I was happy then, and my fancy soon quickened mediate concern, but solely to explain the grounds upon pleasant images into life. I am now miserable ;-it is autumn, and methinks, in the fading hues and falling leaves which every Episcopal communion is established, and that announce the coming torpor of the winter, I see the upon which every well-informed Episcopalian rests bis prefiguration of my own approaching deaih. The smell of preference of that communion. I mention them the the grave is in my nostrils, and the brawling of this brook more readily, too, because they form the basis upon which among the pebbles sounds in mine ear's like the rattling of our own church must stand, in the midst of others muel the gravel that shall soon be thrown upon my coftin, before more powerful, and supported by a larger proportion o it is covered up for ever. Yes, earth is preparing to die, and the people. it is time that I should do the same. "Hark! what sound doctrines, differ from time to time, and one style

Doctrines, or rather the mode of explainin, is that? It is the noise of the merry squirrels, chasing one another from bough to bough, amid the hazels. And now preaching succeeds another in the favour of the multitude I hear the whistle of the plover, and the tender note of the but the Apostolic institution from which the clergy de wood-pigeon, and the cawing of the rooks returning to their rive their authority to minister at the altar, and whic roost trees near the church, and the twittering of the smaller confers the stamp of validity upon their ministrations, i birds, as they behold the winter feast of rare-coloured ber- the fixed and immovable rock upon which the chure ries, that make the hedges gay in spite of their diminishing is built, and against which we must never allow eithe leaves. The waters, too, that quiver before me in the beam, ignorance or caprice to prevail. Nor is there in th seem to tremble with delight; each blade of grass that flutters in the sunshine, assumes a semblance of enjoyment; spirit and determination on our part the slightest encor and yonder gold-skirted clouds float through the crystal ragement to illiberality towards others: On the cor fields of ether with a happy and a tranquil air. Why am trary, you will find that the most enlightened persons aj I-cked with these sounds and shows of uncongenial glad always the most liberal, in the true sense of the word

and I will venture to add, that the pretended liberality We think, then, that Dr Russel has fairly made out a of an ignorant man, is either indifference or folly. No case which must entitle his communion to the sympathy one is more disposed to respect conscientious firmness in and respect of the nation, from the majority of which it others, than he who can give a good reason of the faith has the misfortune to differ in its conception of church which he himself entertains; and for this cause knowledge government; and it is not to be considered as a chimera will always be found accompanied by a truly tolerant of no consequence, to maintain with firmness that model Christian spirit-by compassion where error is inveterate, of polity which carries us up to the times of the Apostles, and by forbearance where prejudice and obstinacy shut and which has been universally acted upon throughout the ears to conviction.”

the Christian church, except in the case of a few of the Our readers are not ignorant of the controversy between reformed churches. Attached, as we are, to the Presbythe Episcopalian and Presbyterian Churches,—it has, in terian establishment of our land, we confess that we are former times, been maintained with great bitterness, where pleased to see a specimen of Episcopacy amongst us, which secular interests were more mixed up with it; but of late comes as near the primitive model as can well be imayears concessions have been made by the sounder opponents gined, in which the Bishops are raised above their pres. on both sides, that have greatly narrowed the debateable byters by no invidious wealth or dignities, but stand to ground. It will not, for instance, be disputed by Pres- them much more in the relation of fathers to sons, than as byterians, in the face of St Paul's Epistles, and of every lords to vassals. Nor are we at all indisposed to admit thing that we know of the first establishment of the Church, that it was the “evil days” into which the church fell, that the apostles held a species of superintendence over all more than any sound or enlightened principle, which octhe various churches which they founded ; and there is casioned the fearful rent in that coat which was at first every appearance that such men as Timothy and Titus “ without seam, woven from the top throughout." But succeeded them, with similar powers derived from them. the rent has been made, and we see no reason why a lie This will carry us on to nearly about the close of the first beral Presbyterian should give himself much trouble to century. It is as little disputed, that in the second cen make out that he is wronged by Swift, in his humorous tury the Episcopal form of government, in which (we representation of the effects which followed from an undue use the words of Dr Hill) “ the name of Bishops was ap- eagerness to tear off the tawdry ornaments with which propriated to an order of men, who possessed exclusively the simplicity of the original texture was defaced. Dr the right of ordination and jurisdiction, and who were Campbell might fairly give up his thirty or forty years, the overseers of those whom they ordained,” was univer- and admit Dr Russel all that he asks. What would folsal over the whole Christian world. Here, then, comes the low ?- That a convulsion has taken place, which it might tug of war in this narrow slip of time, in which it has been have been more seemly to have had otherwise managed. attempted to be shown, that there was no superintendence But, out of this chaos, a beautiful and well-ordered sys. resembling either the Apostolical or the Episcopal ; and that, tem has arisen, which is wound round the hearts of an therefore, there is no reason to suppose that the latter is attached people,—which a gracious Providence has prothe continuation of the former. Dr Campbell battles the tected and fostered, and which, if, in its origin, it has point to obtain the rescue of some twenty or thirty years seemed to make “the kingdom of Heaven suffer violence, from this ecclesiastical domination, which Dr Russel, we and to take it by force," has yet, we trust, been not unmust own, with much better success, is as determined not successful in the invasion, but, by means of an efficient to grant him; and from the intermediate authorities of and zealous Priesthood, has long brought, and is now Ignatius, Polycarp, and Clement, proves, as it appears to bringing, “many sons and daughters to righteousness.” us very distinctly, that there was no interruption of the For it ought to be considered in all this matter, that Episcopal succession. And this, according to his reason though there is something extremely venerable and saing, is by no means a matter of slight moment. “ The cred in the continued order of church government from distinctive characteristic of Episcopal government,” says the first times to the present, yet there is no actual comhe, " is the exclusive power intrusted to the bishops of or- mand against the infringement of it; and the deviation in daining ministers for the service of God's Church. From this point is by no means to be considered as similar to the day that St Paul authorized and commanded his two giving up the sacraments, or any positively divine instispiritual sons, Timothy and Titus, to ordain presbyters in tution. It may, perhaps, amuseour readers to be told, that every city, to exhort and to rebuke, this privilege, it is we recollect, some years ago, a worthy lady of the Epis. believed, hath appertained to the first order of clergymen, copal persuasion, on whose brain the absolute necessity of as the successors of the apostles. Even St Jerome, who Episcopacy had so wrought, that she at last fell into a has been viewed as the advocate of parity in the ministers species of Quixotism, which consisted in forming plans for of the Gospel, acknowledges that the bishops possessed a its establishment in this country. She was a truly chapower which belonged not to the order of presbyters, ritably disposed woman withal, and could not think of namely, the power of ordination.”_"This," he afterwards shuffling off the present establishment, which contained adds,“ is the ground upon which Episcopal churches dif so many good people, and whose clergy were such excel. fer from those who hase extinguished the first order of lent and distioguished men. So she had contrived a splenclergy. It is not the form of worship, nor the dress, did comprehension-scheme, in which she was very imparnor the music, nor even the keeping of those fasts and fes- tial in her distributions, and very generous, too, in her protivals which commemorate the past events of our holy re

vision for the new establishment. We believe Mr Alison ligion, that constitute the real difference between Episco- was appointed, by her, Bishop of Edinburgh, with a sapilians and other Christians ; for in many parts of the Con- lary of £2000 per annum,-Dr Inglis was made Bishop tinent the Presbyterians use a Liturgy as we do ; and there, somewhere else. We do not think Dr A. Thomson was as well as in England, they observe the principal festivals raised to the Episcopate, his dislike to the order being so and fasts of the Church as regularly as do the Episcopa- notorious ; yet the good lady would not leave him out, lians among whom they live. These points then, impor- so she made him a Dean. The worst thing in the busitant as they are, do not form the leading and distinguishing ness was, that she was a little variable in her selections. haracteristic of Episcopacy, as separated from the other After she had fixed upon Mr Alison or Dr Walker for orms of ecclesiastical polity. The essential difference, I the important see of Edinburgh, one day, she would issue say once more, respects the power of conferring orders, a new congé d'elire the next, removing them, and putting

power which we believe to have been originally vested Dr Inglis or Dr Lee in their room. in the bishops

, and during 1500 years to have been ex- . We have no expectation of seeing any thing like this Teised by them exclusively, so exclusively, at least, as to beautiful scheme ever brought to bear ; nor, indeed, is mply that no ordination was held valid at which a there any great need for it. " Yet," says St Paul, “show I Bishop did not preside and officiate."

you a more excellent way," It is to be found in the affec

tionate respect which the clergy and laity of different de- me, but ye’re a young traveller, and a far traveller; an' nominations may entertain for each other, and the deep feel- what's yer name, gin ye please, na?' I answered, ing that they are all, according to their peculiar views and

Grahame.'-' Weel,' said my landlady, 'it's a bonny name, apprehensions, carrying on the same glorious plan of Divine weel respeckit, and far kent, and no for ony ill;

are ye ony Providence, for the present happiness and the future sal- I, • I must be content to have my origin from a meaner

friend to the Grahames of Leddiescleugh? - I fear,' said vation of the world. We believe that these mutual sen

source.'- Whaurfore meaner?' said she; . isna the wee timents are very cordially entertained by the Established spring as fresh, and mair sae, than the brown torrent that Church of this country, and its Episcopalian dissenters; comes roaring frae the hills ? and they will not be the less so, when they each come to ap

A sicht o' you,' continued my landlady, 'brings back preciate fully the grounds on which they differ from each

to my mind things no to be minded, without baith grief other, and can give and take in their turn.

Much was

and joy. I mind weel the day when I first cam frae the

Netherton to the auld brig o' Glasgow, whaur I was feed done, we believe, to produce this feeling of respect and

as bairns-maid to the Rev. Mr M.Whirter o' Galspindie; I kindness throughout thetwo bodies, by the unassuming and was then a gilpen lassie o' seventeen, and mony a summer Catholic temper and demeanour of the late Bishop Sand- and winter 's come and gane since that, and yet, losh me, ford, and we are fully prepared to subscribe to the few it seems nae mair than a dream in the darkness of the nicht! words of eulogium on the present bishop, with which I was then young. I'm now auld and grey, and, mair Dr Russel closes his discourse :-“ As a member of the than a' this, I'm a lanely widow.' A tear at this

moment diocese over which the new bishop is to preside, I may I was led to enquire here several things touching the bis.

started into her once bright, but now time-dimmed eye. be permitted to express, in the name of my clerical tory of any landlady, and, among other things, the term of brethren, the satisfaction with which this event is con her widowhood. It's noo sax years and mair,' she retemplated, and the unbounded confidence which they re- plied, since David M-Aupie was laid in the Hie Kirkpose in his wisdom, his principles, impartiality, and, yaird. Five-and-twenty years David M'A upie was a above all, in the knowledge which he possesses of his own meal-dealer in the Briggate, as honest a man as ever walked duty and of theirs, and in his ardent devotedness to that

on the causey o' Glasgow, and weel respeckit. An' I was an cause, which they are equally disposed and equally bound honest woman tae, else I had ne'er been made his marrow. to maintain. In the step which it was their duty and posin,' an' it's maybe just as weel.' – How long is it,' I re

It's an altered world now!—but things are no at our ain distheir privilege to take in electing their diocesan, there was plied, since you removed here?'— It's five years come not only unanimity, there was also affection, combined Whitsunday, she answered. During this period I've with an earnest desire to mix their individual regard for had colleegeners, writers, and offishers, and though I say it his person with their professional respect for his office. mysell, nave e'er gaed aff frae Dobbie's Lawn wi'an ill word In this case, too, the choice of the clergy has been amply Widow M'Aupie. . The last lodger I had in this same and universally approved by the suffrages of the laity; | fechter in the wars with the bluidy French. He was a dis

room was an auld Hieland offisher, that had been lang a by those whose spiritual welfare depends upon the due

creet man, but unco gien to late hours, drinkin', and galraand rightful ministry of an Apostolic Church.”

vishin', which was no for me, so we parted. Late hours, Mr Grahame, is neither gude for body nor soul, and as ex

ample is better than precept, as the Reverend Mr M•WhirThe Athenæum ; an Original Literary Miscellany. Edit ter used to say, I'se tell ye an anecdote respecting ane wha ed by Students in the University of Glasgow. Glas

was a colleegener like yoursell. He was a wee laddie frae gow. Robertson and Atkinson. 1830. 12mo. Pp. 1 laddie, unless when the bell rang

for the class, would scarcely

the Mearns, no muckle past fourteen. Weel, sir, that mee 242.

gang out ower the door-step. Sometimes frae mornin' till An honourable and praiseworthy ambition has led to

nicht he would sit drivin' awa' at the table amang his pathe production of this little volume. It contains a va

pers and books, till he grew a complete heremite, and was riety of contributions, both in prose and verse, calculated wunder that it was sae. For lang I said naething; till at last

na mony months till he became as white's a ghaist. I dinna to reflect credit upon the youthful writers. The prose, I thought it my duty, and told bim it wadna last lang, that if however, is decidedly superior to the verse. Indeed, we are he didna exercise himsell mair, he would soon mak' himsell rather disappointed in the latter, for, with the exception a corp; it was even sae as I jaloused it would be.

He he. of one or two pieces by Mr Atkinson, who is not, and gan to decline awa' till an awtomy; the blue veins becam never was, a student at the University of Glasgow, but

mair and mair veesible in his hauns; and his dark een bewho, nevertheless, is one of the Editors of the Athenæum, sion was weel gane, I got him advised to gang hame. It

gan to glimmer far awa' ben in their sockets. As the ses we cannot find any thing in the shape of verse that much

was with great difficulty; for, by gaun hame sae sune, he delighteth us. We observe that a rival publication, of a lost a chance o' a prize, at the thocht o' which he grat lang similar kind— The College Album-is announced ;-if it and sair. Twa lang months passed awa', and during a'this contains nothing better in this department, we shall be time, I heard naething frae the Mearns about the wee laddie. forced to confess that the gods have not made the present It struck me he was iaur, and though a lanely woman, students at the University of Glasgow poetical. * But some

l'esolved to gang out and see. Rising early ae morning in of the prose articles redeem the poetry. We have, in par- There couldna be a tiner day. The sun was shinin' with

June, lang before mid-day I was on the Mearps Muir ticular, read with pleasure “ Persian Sketches,” the paper out a cloud; the birds were singing in the hedges; the plore on the “ Character of Aristotle as a Critic,” “ A Legend was chiming aboon the heather; the laverock was in th of the Covenant,” “ The Punished Raid,” an excellent lift; while the bumbee was humming in the sunshine story, " The Carnival of Venice," a cleverly-told tale, Awa’ower the muir wliile daunerin' on at my leisure, and “ The Student, or a Night in my Landlady's.” It foregathered wi'a decent-looking man on the road. • Hor is from this last sketch, which we think one of the best | Yonner'it's," said he, on the face of the knowe; there

far am I, gin ye please, sir,' I said, "frae Braehead ?-in the book, that we shall make an extract:

many a sair heart at Braehead this day.' My fears tol A NIGHT IN MY LANDLADY's.

me at aince what was the cause; but, as if ignorant, 9 “ The evening came, and as the bells were ringing the ony thing wrang?: I enquired. Ane o' their callant hour of six, I found myself seated by a blazing fire in Mrs wha was a great scholar and a colleegener,' he said, "dea M'Aupie's, Dobbie's Land. I was scarcely seated, when

last Monday, and this is his burial day: '

-Wae's me! wae my landlady entered. · Ye'll be a colleegener, nae dout?'

me !' said I; "it's the wee laddie.' And though he was ne said Mrs M'Aupie. To this I answered in the affirma

ther kith nor kin to me, I was a sair-hearted woman: fa tive. “I was jalousing sae,' she replied; and whaur cum

ther I didna gang, but turned my steps bameward; an ye frae?' she continued. • From Kirkmichael,' I answer

after I had reached hame, and for many a day after, I couldı ed. ' A'the way trae Kirkmichael !' she exclaimed: “Losh get that wee laddie out 'o' my mind. '-—-Such,' said I,

the fate of thousands—born in obscurity,-cradled in a

versity,--and laid in an early grave. --So perish the dev Since writing the above, we have received " The College Al. drops of the moral world; but what withers on earth sha bum,” which we shall reyiew next Saturday,

bloom in heaven !'~' It's weel that it's sae ordered !' sa

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Mrs M'Aupie, and withdrew, leaving me to my own me for the hours of darkness to be gone. And when they were ditations ;-and such was my first night in my landlady's.” gone, and the daylight opened, I liked it no better. I We should have had no objections to have seen some

looked out upon the damp cold landscape, and thought it what more of a classical air about this volume. With

was like my desolated bosom : the very light was hateful the exception of a spirited translation from King Lear, knew it not. The morning grew apace; the people in the

to me; for surely the truth was in my heart, though yet I into Greek verse, there is nothing about it that breathes surrounding cottages came forth to their honest labours. I particularly of alma mater. The two Latin mottos on saw one and another making ready the breakfast for her the title-page are commonplace and poor, and the last husband, and giving a parting word to her boys,- but sentence of the Preface exhibits a positive blunder in the where were mine? Nine o'clock struck, ten, eleven; and use of a Latin word. The sentence is ;-“We now take still they came not. This was no uncommon thing, but

The clock our leave of the public, assuring them, that should they there was a presentiment of evil in my bosom. smile on our efforts to gain their approbation, we shall voices. I went out, and saw a crowd about Dame Wil

was just upon the point of twelve, when I heard a noise of not be backward to renew our toils in another session, Jums's door. I knew her husband had been out with the Vule?" It should have been Valete, young gentlemen. party, and guessed the rest. · Where is Jem?' I said to

the first who would hear me, He will be here presently,'

said the man, in a sullen tone. I had no more to ask, The Listener. By Caroline Fry. 2 vols. London.

every body was talking, and every body was eager to tell

the worst they could make of the fearful story. All murJ. Nisbet. 1830.

dered, all drowned, all prisoners. And soon there was not Tue fair authoress of these volumes deserves to be bet- body of my husband borne upon the shoulders of ruffianly

even need to listen, for my eyes beheld the worst,—the dead ter known to our readers than, we have reason to believe, looking men, whose downcast looks bespoke that even they she is at present. Education and religion are the sub- felt pity for his fate. And where was my boy? Him the jects which bave chiefly employed her pen ; and although cold waters held, and would not give me so much as his her views do not always coincide with our own, we have lifeless body.' The smugglers had been attacked in endeano hesitation in saying, that upon both subjects she has vouring to remove their cargo; they resisted; some were written pleasingly and instructively. We have no wish slain on the spot, and the rest were drowned in attempting to place the name of Caroline Fry on the list of our most wife, the mother's agony, when she received of her_hus

Who will tell out the story? Who will tell the distinguished female writers, but neither must we con- band no more than the distigured corpse, of her son, not found her with the mediocre spirits of her own sex or of even so much as that! Tell who may, I cannot! But ours, (if we inay speak of spirits being of any sex,) whose you see me what I am, I have told you what I was. literary spawn seldom merits the attention of the critic, Want, and disease, and remorse, and agony, have brought otherwise than as a nuisance. In all the writings of our me to the grave. What is beyond, you may know; I do authoress, there is much shrewdness of observation, cor

not. I believed once, but now I dare not believe."-Vol. i. rectness of taste, and soundness of principle. This is no mean praise ; and we hope that it will have the effect of whole book is No. 18, “ The Two Invitations;" but we

Perhaps the most spirited and interesting essay in the directing the attention of such of our readers as can relish a good book, though its author be no Phønix, to the

cannot afford to make any more extracts. We hope that unpretending volumes before us. The “ Listener" is of a

enough has been said to give our readers a good opinion decidedly religious cast, but it is written with considers of the authoress and her work. able liveliness and spirit. It is in Numbers, and, if we mistake not, was published as a periodical; and a plea. Memoirs of the Rev. William Wilson, A.M. Minister of sing little periodical it must have made. We know not a work less exceptionable, as a present for young ladies,

the Gospel at Perth, one of the four brethrenthe foun. than the “ Listener.” With much instruction, they may

ders of the Secession Church, &c. With a brief Sketch derive from it no sinall portion of amusement.

of the State of Religion in Scotland for fifty years im

Some of the slight sketches of character are happy ; and there are

mediately posterior to the Revolution ; including a cirone or two prettily told tales. Of course, a book of this

cumstantial Account of the Origin of the Secession. By kind, consisting of a great number of short essays upon a

the Rev. Andrew Ferrier. Glasgow. Robertson and variety of subjects, admits of no analysis, but we shall

Atkinson. 1830. 8vo. Pp. 388. give our readers, what they will probably like much bet That the Secession Church of Scotland is a numerous, ter, a short extract. It is the concluding part of a story important, and truly respectable body of Christians, the told on her death-bed by a wretched woman, who had sternest stickler for the unbroken integrity of our venetempted her husband to engage in what was called, be- rable establishment will not deny. Beyond the pale of fore Mr William Huskisson so judiciously appropriated their own communion, however, we suspect that, for the the term to his own favourite system, the free trade-in last thirty or forty years, the precise origin and manner other words, smuggling. The husband and his son had of its separation from its elder sister has been lost sight of, gone out one night on a perilous enterprise :

as the kindlier feelings of Christian communion gradually * They went, and surely something in my heart misgave me of what was coming ; for I felt I could not go to bed superseded the fiery zeal which, before the middle of the that night. It was already dark when they went away,

last century, and, indeed, throughout the greater part of and many a time I opened the casement to look out upon it, arranged those fond of polemical discussion in two the night. The wind howled frightfully; I heard the opposite ranks. While we are, in one sense, not sorry waves thundering upon the rocks, as if they would have that this oblivion has wrapped up, from the present gerent the firm earth in pieces; and so dark was it, that when neration, all that was intemperate in the history of the way across the road. Not a star was there in all the hea- volume like the present appear, holding, as we do, the in my restlessness I went out to try it, I could not find my discussions of those days, we yet are well pleased to see a vens, nor a bit of moon to light them on their perilous way, - twas ever such nights as these they chose to do their opinion, that it is a sacred duty to conserve the memory of boldest deeds. Hour after hour I listened, though I knew those pious men who have stood forward in good faith, not for what, for they were miles away. I shuddered at and with a Christian spirit, in the attitude of reformers the silence. I started even at the noise I made myself, as of those abuses which, without unceasing vigilance, would from time to time I threw on a log to keep the fire burn

soon corrupt the practice of what may, for a time, have ing, that they might warm and dry them when they came.

been the purest of religious institutions. If charity be I saw my neglected Bible on the

shelf, and remembered the time when it would have consoled me,-but not now; I

one of its elements, we cannot but look with a degree remembered when, in times of fear and danger to those I

of veneration upon the abstract character of an eccleloved, I should have betaken myself to prayer, - but not now.

siastical reformer. From what we gather of the subI could but sit and watch the dial-plate, and long, aud long ject of this Memoir, from his biographer, and from bis

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