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is to bring him to. Mr Banim is almost the only au In order to redeem this pledge, he repairs, as soon as the thor now alive who possesses the power of keeping our treaty of Limerick permits him to leave the army, to the interest anxiously awake by the complexity of his plot. south of Ireland, to seek his young ward, and to convey Be the strings of passion, from which he seeks to draw him to his home in the north. He finds the boy drive, forth his music, jarring or tuneful, their notes excite, at by the devastations of the victorious forces, to seek shelter the least, an eager desire to listen to the end. It is not in the woods along with his foster-father, and an old seldom that his subjects are intensely painful. He pos- priest, whose intellects the troubles of the time have some sesses depth and vigorous feeling : he seeks to extract his what crazed. While with them, Pendergast is surprised materials from the hidden recesses of his own heart; and by the unexpected approach of the young Baron of Crana, he clothes them in images taken from the story of his own who being relieved from his apprehensions by the treaty island. His recluse and self-examining habits have roused of Limerick, is returning to his house, and comes to seek his fancy to a state of morbid excitement, and the images the orphan of his father's friend, and offer him a shelter. which the condition of civil society in Ireland for the last The Baron is a brave, high-spirited, rattling, Frencbified century offer, are but too well suited to foster such a men- Irishman. Young O'Bourke, left to his choice, decides tal tendency. Hence, the essential character of the in- in favour of the friend to whom his father's dying breath terest he creates is wild, stimulating, and bordering upon had confided him. The Baron takes his leave, after prethe unhealthy. The story of the Fetches, in the Tales mising a visit to Pendergast-hall as soon as he shall have of the O'Hara Family, and that of the Conformists, in settled some lawsuits, and brought home his sister from the the volumes now before us, are cases where, in seeking to Spanish convent, where she had found refuge during the move, he has succeeded in becoming oppressive. They late intestine broils. O’Bourke, his foster father, and the sit upon us like nightmares. It is, however, but justice old priest, repair with Captain Pendergast to Ulster. All to this ingenious author to add, that this bias never in things go on smoothly enough, till O'Bourke reaches the terferes with the clear judgment he brings to appreciate age of five-and-twenty. By this time it has become matcharacter, nor seduces him into repetition. His heroes, ter of gossip in the neighbourhood that Pendergast keeps although all Irish, have all a stamp of individuality upon three Catholics upon his establishment; and a low diss. them; and his reflections are sharp and just. He is, in pated bully, mayor of the bull-ring in a neighbouring short, an author of power, versatility, and originality; town, and leader of its Protestant rabble, confident that and if he would occasionally look more to the sunny sur this gentleman, from a consciousness of standing comproface of the moral world, and give over groping among the mised with the penal statutes, will not dare to quarrel quicksilver damps beneath, he would leave us little to with a person of his consequence, intrudes upon bis wish for.

preserves, browbeats the gamekeeper, and frightens the “ The Denounced” comprises two tales ; “ The Last priest. While Pendergast is contriving how to accousBaron of Crana,” and “ The Conformists.” They are modate matters with this dangerous enemy, (John Gerdedicated to the Duke of Wellington, and profess to illus- non by name,) an open rupture takes place between the trate the effects of the penal statutes upon Irish society. latter, and O'Bourke-in which, after many words ca We have, on previous occasions, expressed our disappro- both sides, the dignitary of the ring forbids the young bation of the practice of converting the novel, a work ad " Papist” to appear at an approaching bull-baitiog, and dressed to the imagination, into an indirect moral lecture. the angry boy declares his intention of bearding him in his We never saw any good result from such practices. We own demesne. The long-lost Baron of Crana re-appears never saw a child deceived, or reconciled to its physic, by at the bull-baiting, leading with him his sister, and a the jelly in wbich it was imbedded; but we have often dark lady from that sunny clime in which she had been seen a child deprived, by recollections of physic, of all so long a resident. In the brawl which ensues between power to enjoy jelly for the future. Beauty and truth O’Bourke and Gernon, and in which the rabble are preare co-eternal and equi-potent, but they are not the same. pared to take part with their leader, the Baron leaps to They impress and address themselves to different senses. the side of his early friend, and both are unexpectedly There is a harmony, a fitness in abstract reason, even in backed by a man calling himself Johnson, and his faction. stern morality, which wins, while it awes us ; but this The storm is allayed by the appearance of Mr Pendergast flows from its self-consistency. Dress it in the robes of in his capacity of magistrate ; but it is deemed expedient, its more airy and fascinating sister, and with the loss of considering the irritation of the town's-people, that the its propriety, its charms too are gone. In order to in- Baron and his fair friends should take up their abode at struct, we must point out what is revolting, as well as Pendergast-hall. Here it appears that the Baron, who what is alluring. In order to please, we must sink the had been annoyed longer than he had anticipated by the admixture of evil which cleaves to this "sin-worn mould.” chicanery of the lawyers, had been unable, till very lateThe attempt, therefore, to convert works of imagination ly, to seek his sister in Spain, on their return from which —those pieces of mental music, intended to soften the they had been driven by stress of weather on the northern cares of life, or to raise us for a time above them into ve They are disturbed by the approach of John Ger. hicles of sage moral precepts and instructive experiences, non, who, burning to revenge the indiguities of the mornis to render necessary the introduction of ingredients, ing, has hurried down, armed with warrants, at the head which must jar with and defeat their principal aim. But of a body of volunteers, to insult Mr Pendergast and his enough of this.

guests, and enforce the payment of the penalties inflicted The first of these tales (" The Last Baron of Crana") by the statute on Papists and their harbourers. His inopens with a spirited description of the close of the battle tentions are, however, once more frustrated by the maof Augbram. This battle, most of our readers will re- chinations of Johnson, who proves eventually to be a celecollect, shortly preceded the surrender of Limerick, and brated Rapparee chief in the neighbourhood. As a collithe final reduction of James's adherents. This tale may sion with the civil powers, however, might prove dis therefore be fitly regarded as a continuation of the peep agreeable after such a liberation, the Baron, with the into the state of men's feelings in Ireland, afforded by the ladies and O'Bourke, and a couple of servants who were author's “ Boyne Water.” The tale itself is briefly this. implicated, set off immediately for the south. On the Miles Pendergast- an officer in King William's army- road they again encounter their deliverer, and find him has his life saved at the battle of Aughram by Sir Red- beleaguered by the family whose name he had assumedmond O'Bourke. At the close of the day, however, the a set of self-appointed thief-takers. Crana offers to mearmy of James is defeated, and the Williamite finds his diate between them, and discovers in the Rapparee chiei preserver left expiring by his comrades. Under the joint his elder brother, who, having been attainted, had spread influence of gratitude and pity, he pledges himself to be the report of his death with a view to preserve the estate come the parent of Sir Redmond's infant and only son. in his family. Johnson, now acknowledged as the real


Baron of Crana, surrenders to the civil powers, on learn- very closely approximating to the character of Article I. ; ing that, under the protection of a noble family, who take as does likewise Article IV., on “ Bigelow's Elements of an interest in him, he runs no danger; and his brother | Technology." The fifth article takes for its subject the proceeds to the castle to await the result. There, the "Report of the Secretary of the Navy to the President young men and the two young ladies remaining together of the United States.” Although occasionally not a little during a fine autumn, what is to be expected ? Why, love disfigured by attempts at fine writing, and an affectation to be sure. O'Bourke and his friend's sister begin to of profound antiquarian research, this essay contains many think that they were made for each other; and the sis- judicious observations, and much interesting information. ter's friend becomes passionately attached to the brother. The progress of the American naval power is one of deep Disappointed, however, and as she persuades herself made interest to this country. The article which follows—a a mockery of, she flies from the castle in a state of frenzy : review of “Walker's Elements of Geometry"_-has no and falling into the hands of Gernon, discovers to him in thing very remarkable about it, either one way or another. her ravings how matters stand with the Crapa family. The seventh article treats of no less a subject than the At the head of his volunteers, Gernon immediately pro “ Politics of Europe.” It is strange how similar the ceeds to demand the surrender of the castle. By the me- style of political writing is in the democratical Union of diation of Pendergast, who, having been imprisoned for North America, and in the most monarchical states of the transactions in his house, has sold his lands in dis- Europe. The real cause of this is the utter want of gust, and before seeking a new home visits Castle Crana, great practical statesmen in either. The public taste has at this crisis, a treaty is arranged, in virtue of which the no model upon which to form itself. In Europe, the castle is delivered up, and the family allowed to take persons who are called by courtesy statesmen, are their departure in peace.

drawn from the diplomatic corps, from the university, The best conceived characters in this work are,--the and from the court of the monarch. They are frequentyoung Baron of Crana and the Dark Ladye—the convently intelligent and acute men of business, but they have beauty from Spain, to whom we have already alluded. not been braced on the arena of public life, and it is

The outlawed Baron, too, and the effect of his rapparee but rarely they can elevate their minds to view state · habits in subduing his feelings to the tone of his asso transactions in any more dignified point of view, than as

ciates, indicates a deep insight into human nature on the a personal concern of their master. In America, on the part of the author who ventured to depict him.

other hand, the persons called to guide the reins of emWe have left ourselves no space for entering upon pire bave most of them been trained in a private station. : “ The Conformists.” It shows much of that clear and They bring with them the narrow—or, at the best, the

correct judgment of character which we have attributed theoretical, views of private life. In both countries, in ; to Mr Banim, and is, in many passages, vigorous in a short, they want a body of men who, to personal inde

high degree; but its general effect is, notwithstanding pendence, add long practice in the duties of statesmansunny glimpses which here and there break in upon us, ship. To this we attribute the fact, that while in this too uniformly and protractedly painful.

country our long line of illustrious statesmen -our Somerses, Bolingbrokes, Chathams, Burkes, Pitts, Foxes,

and Cannings—is uninterrupted; on the continents of The North American Review. No. LXVII. April,

Europe and America, a Metternich and a Washington 1830. Boston : Gray and Bowen. Edinburgh :

are the isolated products of at least half a century. And Adam Black.

it is to the want of opportunity of listening to the The Foreign Quarterly Review. No. XI. June, 1830. political writing which succeeds in countries whose

words of such men that we attribute the puerile style of London. Treuttel and Würtz. The Edinburgh Journal of Science. Conducted by David

tastes and prejudices are in all other matters so differBrewster, LL.D. No. V. of New Series. July, 1830. this Number are those on “ The Early Diplomatic His

Incontestably, the most interesting Articles in Edinburgh. Thomas Clark.

tory of the United States," and on “ Jefferson's CorreTuis is, on the whole, rather a heavy Number of the spondence.” They lay the foundation of a judicious criNorth AMERICAN Review. A good many of the articles, ticism of those materials which are now treasuring up and particularly those on general science, have apparently for the use of the historian of America, whenever he shall been contributed by the junior writers on the establish appear. They are characterised at once by acuteness, and ment, and are principally conspicuous for an ambitious by a temperate and manly spirit.— The only part of this style, and the want of any apparent ultimate aim. They Number of the North American Review that now reroll on in good rumbling sentences ; but it is impossible mains for us to notice, is the list of new publications apto see wbat they are driving at. We are led blindfold pended. We have been even more struck, than on former in a circle, and when we stop, we find ourselves, except occasions, by the small proportion which the original profor the matter of a little giddiness, exactly where we ductions of America bear to the reprints of English were at first. The leading Article in particular, which works. Setting aside a few reports of Committees of professes to treat of the “ Diffusion of Knowledge,” is Congress, some books of Travels, Theological Tracts, and obnoxious to this censure. It starts with a just, and ra Speeches to Temperance Societies, we could have fancied ther acute appreciation, of the merits and defects of the ourselves reading a catalogue of Colburn and Bentley's Libraries of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge ; but this latest publications. Even the works of American growth occupies only about two pages, and the remaining nineteen, have English features ; as, for example, the announce--for so far does the article extend are filled with a ment of the “ American Comic Annual for 1831." long dissertation, in which the different paragraphs might have been exactly inverted in their order, without either The Foreign QUARTERLY Review for June will supweakening the argument or obscuring the sense. The port the respectable character of that periodical. It con: second article is more interesting, as it contains some ex tains no paper of very high talent, but much that is notracts from the poems of Sprague; who, if not exactly a vel, instructive, and entertaining The leading article, iublime genius, is gifted with a considerable degree of On Dæmonology and Witchcraft,” is, we believe, from ·legant fancy The reviewer indulges in some humor- the pen of Mr George Moir. It opens with a splendid, vus remarks on the universal diffusion of the power of though not very reverential, account of the infernal reerse-writing in these days, and paints with considerable gions and their inhabitants; and this is probably the best uccess the awful period when not merely every nation, part of the essay. In what follows, we find, uniformly, ut every individual, shall manufacture his own poetry. that correctness and elegance which characterise Mr ticle III., “Suggestions on Education,” strikes us as Moir's compositions, and not unfrequently traces of vi.


gorous thought; but he labours throughout under the ditions to geology. Dr Hibbert's “ Inquiry into the cirembarras des richesses. His materials have been more cumstances under which the remains of some fossil anithan he could successfully compress into a short paper. mals were accumulated in the volcanic soil of the Velay Among the multitude of his details, he has seldom suc in France ;” taken in conjunction with the abstracts ceeded in giving us a good individual portrait. The ef- from “a memoir regarding the human bones and objects fect is much the same as if he had gleaned his information, of human fabrication, discovered in solid bed or in alnot from the books he quotes, but from their indices. luvium, and upon the epoch of their deposition, by De We kpow that Mr Moir is not one of those who suck Serres ;” and with the additional data for conjecturing their information by this a posteriori practice—who catch the minimum age of some soils, afforded in Professor a knowledge of books (as Swift somewhere remarks) as Agardli's essay on " Inscriptions in living trees;" add children do sparrows, by throwing salt on their tails. very considerably to our materials for ascertaining the But we wish to warn him of the effects of over-condensa- history of the earth's formation. At the same time we tion, and of the suspicions to which it sometimes gives must remark, not so much in reference to the papers in birth. Articles II. and V. contain specimens of Danish this journal, but rather as a universal truth, that, with Norwegian, and Swedish poetry. They are not charac the exception of professed antiquaries, we do not know a terised either by much originality or depth ; but they inore illogical and unscientific class of beings than the afford a good deal of information on a subject little great body of geologists. They seem utterly incapable of known in England; and to impart this is, as we take it, discerning the coincidence or discrepancy of two facts. the chief use of a foreign review. Article IV., on René If they can collect an immense number of observations, Caillie's Journey to Timbuctoo, is more to the purpose and string them together according to soine preconceived than any thing we have seen on the subject. The articles hypothesis, they are contented. They do not condescend on the “ English in India,” (VII.) and on Fontanier to accuracy of observation themselves, nor do they exaTravels in Asiatic Turkey, (X.) are extremely entertain- mine with a judicious criticism the value of the testimony ing. The criticism, in Article IX., on “ La Musique upon which they admit what they have not seen. The mise à la portée de tout le monde, &c. par M. Fetis,” is truth is, that geology is one of these fatally facile sciences gentlemanly and impartial, in spite of every temptation to to which every dilettante thinks himself adequate, and into the contrary which the French author's remarks on Eng- whose details the pawing of that class has introduced a lish music could give. Article III. contains an account of fatal degree of sloveuliness. What bucketfuls of rubbish Zittmann's researches into the history of the Amphic- must be thrown overboard before it can be brought to tionic League. We hope that the Foreign Review will any thing ! The translation of Agardli's essay referred to continue to direct its readers' attention to the labours of above is by a young and ardent chemist of the name of the German literati in the department of classical antiqui- Johnston, who likewise communicates to this number a ties. They are without the superficiality, in classical mat paper on the double chlorides of gold;" and an abstract ters, of our Scotch scholars, and the narrow-ininded, ver of Bergelius' yearly statement of the progress of physical bal pedantry of the alumni of Oxford and Cambridge. and chemical science. His talents and industry will Article VIII. is, we suspect, by Professor M‘Culloch. soon make him better known. We had projected some It is the continuation of a series of statistical essays on remarks on Professor Babbage's Observations on Nathe different countries of Europe, and professes to treat of tional Encouragement of Science, but must defer them the state of the wool trade in Germany, with reference to another opportunity. to its effect upon our own wool-growers. It by no means comes up to the Professor's first article on the statistical resources of Spain; but it nevertheless confirms our opi: The Lay of the Desert. A Poem, in two Cantos. By nion of his peculiar talents—that, next to a good friend

Henry Sewell Stokes. London. Hurst, Chance, and of ours at present in Edinburgh, he is the best concocter

Co. 1830. 8vo. Pp. 221. of a matter-of-fact article pow extant. The critical sketches, and miscellaneous literary notices, are—to use It is a melancholy fact, that some men will think themthe phraseology of that excellent class of society, the sick selves poets, though they are no more poets than they are jurses--as well as can be expected. In the Notes to chin-choppers. Mr Henry Sewell Stokes is one of this Correspondents is contained a somewhat awkward apolo- kidney. He has here published a goodly volume, con. gy to Lord Holland. In the previous number, his Lord- sisting of three hundred and thirty-two Spenserian stanzas, ship was accused of borrowing, in a speech delivered by and a quantum sutficit of notes, although his brain is, in him in the House of Lords, the whole of his statements point of fact, as barren of poetry as the desert about which and arguments from the Review's article on Greece, and he writes. The theme was an unpromising one to comwithout acknowledgment. It seems that his Lordship mence with. The “ Desert” alluded to turns out to be did acknowledge his obligations for all that he took, Dartmoor, a subject pretty well exhausted already by which was merely one fact! The truth is, that his Lord- Carrington's poem. But this does not frighten Master ship, speaking to other matters from documentary evi- | Harry Stokes, who, feeling himself pretty considerably dence, mentioned this fact as having met his eye in the inspired, progresses slick right away into the moor, and Foreign Quarterly, a source upon which, of course, he there sits himself down on a dry heathy spot, and rails could not rely with equal confidence. The previous blus- and moralizes through the rest of his book. Like most tering attempt to puff itself off, on the part of the Fo- of our great poets now-a-days, Mr Stokes is a terrible reign Quarterly, was absurd enough; but the apology is misanthropist, having, no doubt, been very ill used in

Neither Lord Holland, nor the public, remem some way or other at some time or other. He hints as bered the circumstance—then, why expose themselves ? much in the following fine verse : We notice this trifle, because we are sorry to see a work, which may well rest on its own merits, resort to such

“I to thee hie, because my soul is sick, quackery. The Foreign Quarterly has risen, and will | Although but lately kindled my life's wick,

Sick with mankind and their disgusting ways; maintain itself, by its literary merits ;-if it seeks noto And but now gathering into manhood's blaze, riety by affording early diplomatic intelligence, it must Much hath it felt the world's foul murky days; sink, or be published with a little more punctuality than Ay,- I have lived quite long enough to tell, hitherto.

That Love, Truth, Virtue, in the world's wild maze,

Perish,- they cannot bide the boisterous swellThe fifth number of the Edinburgh JOURNAL or Sci-Corruption's inighty surge—that roars their funeral knell." ENCE is worthy of its editor. Besides upany excellent ar The world being in this very shocking condition, alticles on the severer sciences, it contains some valuable ad-though the candle of Mr Hjenry Sewell Stokes' lite bas



not yet burned to the doup, it is no wonder that he can the political world, to introduce the levelling system into not find any thing in the dull present, and is obliged to literature and science, for the purpose of reducing the have recourse for a few pleasant reminiscences to the past : technicalities and mysteries of particular professions to “ The past tense use I! wherefore?-reason sad

the understanding of that miscellaneous class of the comMost lamentable reason, so to do

munity included under the designation of popular readThere is :-for where, oh where, may now be had

Yet, although we are so far aristocratical in our Examples of the rare illustrious few

doctrines, we are aware that there are certain elementary Children of genius-never once untrue?

principles and facts connected with some professions, In bygone days there were who firm withstood

which ought not only to be known as matters of interest All worldly overture most stanchly, who Held fist the faith, and battled for the good;

to every well-educated individual, but the practical appliBut where can now be found men of such hardihood ?"

cation of which, by non-professional persons, is often im

peratively required in society. The stream of medical Mr Stokes is not only of opinion that no such men now

literature, for example, carries down into oblivion, anexist, but most especially, that Dr Southey is not one of nually, a series of little tributary works, professing to be them. Against the Westminster Reviewers also, he in

all unerring guides to the temple of Hygeia ; and we dulges in a small hit. Our readers will recollect the recent

think it strange, that in this age of condensation and comdispute upon the greatest happiness principle. Mr Stokes pilation,—an age which is so especially characterised by rather smashes the bread-basket of the Benthamites :

the dwindling down of the noble folios and quartos of "What is expediency?-an idiot's dream,

antiquity, even as the human race itself is said to have A drunkard's judgment, in his torpor reeling,

done, into dwarfish octavos and pocket duodecimos,-no A maniac's wisdom 'neath the moon's pale beam

practical digest of the laws of Scotland has appeared, Unless when sanction'd by the vivid feeling

which might be consulted as a book of reference, by those Within the soul implanted, ever sealing, With stamp of good or evil, every act,

who, to ascertain the most simple facts, must at present have And thus Heaven's high and righteous will revealing;

recourse to learned and elaborate tomes, in which almost A full obedience striving to exact,

every information that is sought for is found shrouded By anger or approval that doth ne'er retract."

ingeniously in a style and phraseology which renders it But no wonder that Mr Henry Sewell Stokes hates the

as unintelligible as the most mystical hieroglyphics that Westminster Review, since his admiration for the charac

ever puzzled and baffled the skill of an Egyptian anti

quary. We are not, indeed, of opinion, that, even to our ter of Canning is such, that it tempted him to write the

own beloved subscribers, all the arcana of the outer and following stanza to his memory :

inner courts of justice should be revealed, nor do we en“ He died :-and died he by a death not due him;

tertain any treasonable design of depriving the fifteen of Martyr of princi unwavering,

a particle of their dignity, or one conscientious advocate Victim of envy-it was faction slew him ;

of a single fee; but we hesitate not to declare, that we Kill'd by a stab, and poison'd with a sting, Was he, in dawn of promise, freedom's spring.

agree entirely with the observation of the learned BlackGreat man and good! on thy untimely bier

stone, that “it is incumbent upon every man to be ac. Did thy destroyers even flowers fling;

quainted with those laws, at least, with which he is imNature would out, and out the unwieldy tear,

mediately concerned, lest he incur the censure, as well as And e'en detraction cried-Oh! what a man was here!" inconvenience, of living in society, without knowing the It is dreadful to think that Canning was

obligations it lays him under.” We accordingly commend

the object of the present work, which is to explain, in “ Kill'd by a stab, and poison’d with a sting ;" plain and familiar language, such of the laws of Scotland

as are the most frequently consulted, and of the greatest no wonder our author shed an “ unwieldy tear” on the

practical importance. If a merchant wish to consult the occasion.

Jaws relating to partnership, cautionary obligations, inHow long Mr Sewell Stokes might have continued to pour forth Spenserian stanzas, it is impossible to say ; but

surance, bills of exchange, insolvency, sequestration, trustfortunately, just after he had written the hundredth and deeds, assignations, recovery of debts, he will here find, ninety-third of the second canto, a thunder-storm came on,

in very simple and brief propositions, all the legal in

formation he can require ;-—if a married couple, unhapwhich drove all the sublime thoughts out of his head, and left him time to compose only one stanza more, which is pily united in an evil hour, wish to cut the gordian knot,

and divide the links which still bind them to each other, as follows:

they will here find the circumstances under which such “ Ilark! Nature too yields most sublime response ! separation can be accomplished ;—if some excellent houseGreat God of Justice! 'tis thy voice-I kneel

wife sees herself and family plagued by an unruly ser'Tis Noma deep, tremendous No, at once

vant, she will here find detailed the circumstances and A host of thunders in loud concert peal : Stunn'd, the huge tors seem in the clouds to reel,

conditions upon which she will be justified in discharging While every echo from its rocky dell

him or her ; and when, in addition, we state that chap. The din rebellows with a rival zeal :

ters will be found explanatory of the game laws, laws of But, lo! the crag 's on fire !-quick burst, pell-mell, succession, maritime laws, and almost every other law A thousand thunder-claps ! 1 ły-Dartmoor ! farewell !” which can in civil life be appealed to, with the forms of

Exit Mr Henry Sewell Stokes in a tremendous fright, affidavits, codicils, bills, and account of law experises, &c., his wig falling off by the way.

subjoined, we think we have made out a strong case in favour of " The Pocket Lawyer.” We have no hesita

tion, therefore, in recommending this volume to the attenThe Pocket Lawyer ; a Practical Digest of the Laws of contains is borne ont by references to law authorities, it

tion of our readers; and as the information which it Scotland, reducing all the most Important Branches of cannot fail to prove also a useful auxiliary to the memthose Laws to Short and Familiar Propositions, sup-bers of the legal profession. ported by References to Approved Authorities ; with an Appendix of Forms of Writings, Law Expenses, &c. By a Member of the Faculty of Advocates. Edinburgh. Oliver and Boyd. 1830.

The British Naturalist. Volume second. Small 8vo.

London. Whittaker and Co. 1830. We do not wish to advocate any innovation on the boundaries of either of the learned professions, nor do we In announcing the first volume of the “ British Natu. wish, like the champions of " liberty and equality" įn ralist” some few months ago, we informed our readers

that there was to be a contiouation of the work. The round each other, (in them 'ere fiery latitudes they're net present volume is a fulfilment of the promise then made; over ceremonious,) and he spinning her some yarn, with and we are happy to state, that in varied interest and ex- his lips so close, that his breath as he spoke fanned her tensive usefulness, it will not be found inferior to its pre- cheek, and slightly lifted her long and lovely locks, while decessor. In the department of this work now before us, she with her lips half-parted, and her eyes fixed steadily the author has treated of the natural history of the two and fondly on him, hung upon every word he said, first seasons of the year, spring and summer, in a manner plainly telling us all that her whole life was his, and that which will please every one who takes an interest in the in him all her happiness was placed. He usedn't to wonderful and beautiful works of creation in earth, air, mind me at all, or the man at the wheel ; but if he caught sea, and sky. A considerable number of engravings il- any of the rest with their eyes turned aft, blow me, lustrate the volume.

they'd get it!

You must know, that the mate was a very good-looking young fellow, and very much liked by us all, and

wouldn't have harmed any living soul, if he could belp MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE.

it. Yet, for all that, he was the cause of the very devil

being played with the hooker. The skipper fell ill with A QUEER YARN, BLOW ME!

what they call the yellow fever, if I recollect right, and

was obliged to keep close coiled up in his berth ; and while Next morning our captain did come upon deck, And thus to all hands he did gloomily speak;

he was in the bilboes of the fever, I've seen Elrisa and " I tell ye, my hearties, there's murder been done,

the mate sit and read, and talk to him for a whole watch Our ship is in mourning, she cannot sail on."

Old Ballad

at a time. Then he'd make them go upon deck to get a

mouthful of fresh air. Some days went on in this way, Well, you must know, that about fifty years ago, I and the skipper was beginning to get better, when, one was bound 'prentice aboard the Saucy Nan, I was then, evening, the mate and Elrisa went on deck as usual. but a whippersnapper of a little chap, about twelve years She was a little merryish or so, owing to the skipper's old. 'Twas the first voyage I ever made, and I got getting better, and they began to jest a bit, and then aet enough of it to make me remember it all the days of my a scene out of some play-book, that the mate was much life. We were bound to the Spanish main, but first to fonder of reading than the log. I was standing on the touch at St Domingo, to take in more hands there. We forecastle, when, suddenly turning round, who should I set sail from the Thames on a Friday, and arrived quite see but the skipper himself at the head of the companion, safe at St. Domingo. But what's begun on a Friday

as pale as death, and grinning most horribly. What had never turns out well. We carried eighteen guns and a put it into his head to come upon deck, blow me, if I hundred men, and were going to make a cruize on the know; but there he was, and there were they with their Dons, as I suppose you've all guessed.

backs turned to him. The mate had hold of her hand, The skipper went ashore at St Domingo, and in a few, and was laughing away as he spoke, and so was she, and days sent off all the hands we were to get. My eyes! then he kissed her hand. As soon as the skipper saw they were a queer set,-blacks, whites, copper-colour- this, he turned still paler, and bolted down to the cabin ed, and all sorts ! The skipper soon came after them, like a shot. I ran aft to tell them what I'd seen, thinkbringing such a neat little girl with him as I've never ing there might perhaps be mischief, but the skipper was seen since,

What top-lights she had !—and such a foot, up again afore me, with a cutlass in his hand; and what just as if it was cut out on purpose to trip a deck. She did he do, but, before you could say Jack Robinson, he was as beautiful a little hooker as ever came off Nature's

ran it smack through the mate, crying out, “ Take that, stocks. Every one of her timbers all light, fore and villain !" Down dropped he, and down dropped she in aft, from stem to starn. Then such rosy lips ! —and when

a faint ; but the skipper hoisted her on his shoulders, and she opened them, what a set of ivories she showed! I'm

was down the cabin like lightning, leaving the mate lying blowed if there was a single chap aboard that wouldn't there, and bleeding like fury. You may be sure I sung have flung himself right off the maintop into the sea for out most lustily, and away aft all the men ran.

The a kiss of them! I being so young, and a handy little doctor soon came, too, out of the galley, where he had fellow, the skipper promoted me from cabin-boy, to be been, and when he see'd him, says he, “ I'm afraid 'tis lady's maid to Miss Elrisa, of which I was prouder than all up with him : his mittimus is made out for the next if I'd been made a reefer in the service. (What are you world.” However, he wasn't quite right. The mate laughing at, you ill-mannered land-lubberly swab? Wasn't wasn't dead, but had got a swinging cut right through I the only young 'un aboard, and think you he'd have his breathers, and no one ever thought he'd get over it. made a 'fore-mast man lady's maid ? 'Twould have been Yet, by a marcy, he righted, and came to again ; but a rum sort of a job, I lay.)

'twas a long time first. The skipper called her his wife, but we all knew bet

You may be sure the skipper wasn't liked a bit the ter, for we'd eyes, and were pretty pos she hadn't a clar

more by any of us. In a day or two, he gave out that gyman's commission of matrimony about her ; for you see, Elrisa wasn't well, and couldn't be disturbed, and sent I being lady's maid, had to sleep in a small cabin a little

me for’ard among the men, swearing, if ever he caught for’ard of the skipper's, and at times I've heard her

me aft the mainmast again, he'd give me a good rope's crying, and saying to him, “ Oh, if I was only spliced ending. Elrisa got worse, but he wouldn't let the docto you, Harry, I could then be happy!” and I told this tor go near her at all; and, blow me, what a kick-up for’ard among the men. I gathered, too, that she was some

we'd every day upon deck! He wouldn't let the men be planter's daughter, who'd run away, to make a voyage idle one moment, what with making all sail on the hooker with our skipper. 'Twas nat'ral that she should wish to

one minute, and then taking in again. Sometimes he'd be 'mong Christian whites, instead of a pack of black have the fire-roll beat in the dead o' the night, and this heathenish rascals that were about her father's. Well, as soon as they came aboard, we made all sail, We didn't so much as get the sleep of a dog-watch out

was to keep the men in practice, and larn 'em their duty. and stood away to the sow-east. All went on well be- and out. You may be sure there was plenty of gramtween the skipper and madam. Who so loving as they? bling among us all for’ard. The doctor had got the Many a time, in the cool of the evening, just as the sun

mate in his own cabin, and so was at hand to tend him was setting, and the sea looking like gold, and the breeze always, and he was beginning to come round fast. so delicious, you might have fancied 'twas wafting the scent of a thousand spice-trees on its wings, have we wasn't a breath of wind, and the sea was as smooth as a

One night, I recollect it well, we were becalmed ; there seen them two sitting just aft the wheel, with their arms lady's looking-glass. We'd all our light duck up, and

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