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present in the possession of the Duddingstone Curling So- consulted with equal reveren aathor, and nothing but

that the poems of Ossian were composed in the latter or Pierce Egan for the art pugilistic. How gratifying half of the eighteenth century; and consequently the must it be to this carum et venerabile caput, to reflect that game of curling, whether mentioned in them or not, is his name will now last for ever upon the ice, and that older than they are.

the field of his glory and happiness during life shall reThe origin of the game is indeed, as Gibbon would say, main that of his authority, long after he has been depo"lost amid the clouds of antiquity;" which, being inter- sited in his own churchyard, and his parish knows him preted, means in a Scotch mist. Camden mentions it so no more! We already, see in fancy's,eye the “ Memoraearly as 1607. But the stone already mentioned as bear- bilia Carliana” bound up by the elders of his parish along ing a date only four years later, is highly finished. There with that selection of the author's sormous which he keeps are, however, certain "piltycocks,” or “kuting-stanes," at so carefully treasured up for posthuinous pablication, and

The good old man is ago fished of the Loch of to come Linlithgow. The extremely rude workmanship of these a conviction of the importance of curling, and the necesearliest specimens of the curling-stone, bespeak an era sity of giving to the world those finishing and happy long anterior to that which could produce such a fine touches which only his own master-band could bestow, specimen of art as the Strathallan stone.

Now there are has induced him to publish the present work during his two facts mentioned by our author, which, taken in con- lifetime, instead of leaving it, like his 'less vitally essential nexion with these, are of great importance :-Ist, That theological discourses, to the care of his heirs. the technical language of the game is unsubdued Teutonic; We have børne willing testimony to the merits of this and 2d, That it is but little known to the north of the work: its revered author must not take it amiss if we Forth—we believe not at all among our Celtic population. advert to its one defect the unmeasured and unjustifiIt only remains to add, (a circumstance for which we are able terms in which he speaks of a certain learved prolikewise indebted to our erudite author,) that Kilian, in tessor, an esteemed correspondent of our own. The trihis Dictionary, render: Kluyten Kalluyten (evidently the fling nature of their dispute, the length of time that has same with the Scotch kuting) byludere massis sive glo- | elapsed since its occurrence, might have moderated his bis glaciatis, certare discis in equore glaciato. There can language, even although his own better feelings had not not be a doubt-as the Lord Advocate is accustomed to interfered to soften that asperity in which clergymen and say when winding up a case in which he has been forced ladies, not having, like other mortals, the fear of pistols to plead in the face of law, equity, and justice-there before their eyes, occasionally indulge. We trust that cannot be adoubt that curling was imported into this when the work now before us reaches the second edition, country by our Saxon ancestors at their first advent. which its author so confidently anticipates, and we so

The difference betwixt the first rude dawnings of the devoutly wish to see, this blemish will be obliterated. game and its present advanced state, is immense; but we And now, with best wishes for his success, we take our are reluctantly obliged to pass them over uncelebrated, leave of him. referring our readers simply to the ample chronicle of the author of Curliana. There he will find described the skating-curlers upon the late Duke of Atholl's plan—and | The Correspondence of the Right Honourable Sir John interesting notices of Carnie's and Somerville's artificial Sinclair, Baronct; with Reminiscences of the most disrinks. We cannot, however, refrain from lamenting the tinguished Characters who have appeured in Great indications contained in the two last-mentioned inventions Britain, and in Foreign Countries, during the last fifty that Curling has passed its high and palmy state, and is years. 2 vols. · Syo. , London... Colburn and Benton the eve of degenerating into one of hyper-refinement.

ley. 1831. All artificial substitutes for a broad loch, and a yard

(Unpublished. Second Notieel 4*, deep frost, degrade curling. The great beauty of the game

We now proceed to redeem our promise to present our is, that in playing at it, we conquer bim who hath con

readers with a few more extracts from this interesting quered vegetable life-laugh in John Frost's face-pluck work. They may be considered as good as manuscript, his frosty beard—and play with his innocuous weapons.

as we possess the only copy yet in the hands of the reIt is even proposed by our degenerate Sybarites to invent viewers.

As our space is limited, we must reluctantly a substitute for ice, and curl in the dog-days. Would it pass over a good many of the Parts into which Sir John not be better to play billiards at once? Curling owes one

has divided. his book, without any quotations from them. half its charms to the rarity of its occurrence,

We may mention, however, that his Military CorrespondBut it is high time that we were giving our readers some

ence embraces, among others, Marshal Romanzow, Marnotion of the book te have been or ought to have been shal Blucher, and Marshal Macdonald ; that among his -criticising. The truth is, that this is no easy task, The Clerical Correspondents we find the names of Dr Moore, learned author seems to have laboured under the embarras Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Richard Watson, Bishop des richesses—to have been rather at a loss how to arrange of Llandaff, Dean Tucker, Dr Priestley, the Rev. Dr his materials. The first chapter is entitled," Preliminary;" | Hill, the Rev. Dr Davidson, and the Rev, John Logan; the second, “ Historical ;" the third, “ Descriptive;" the that his Agricultural, Statistical, and Medical Corresfourth,“ Initiatory;" the fifth,“ Panegyrical.” Then fol-pondence and Reminiscences ate, of course, extensive and lows an interlude, entitled " Bonspielana.” The eighth valuable as is his Financial, Commereial, and Political chapter (for, from some unaccountable aversion on the part Correspondence, none of which departments, however, of the author to the mystic number seven, there is none

come under our more immediate care. From the Polihaving that numeral prefixed) is Mechanical; the ninth tical Reminiscences, nevertheless, we take with pleasure treats of artificial rinks; the tenth is again an interlude, the following into which the compiler, in order to bring up his lee-way,

CURIOUS PARLIAMENTARY ANECDOTE. has interwoven all his odds and ends, snatches of know

“ A motion had been made in Parliament for an enquiry ledge and reverend saws. The eleventh contains the con

into the conduct of Captain Lake, of the Navy, who was stitution of the Curling Court. The twelfth is “poetical" | accused of having left a seaman, called Robert Jeffrey, on a -being a collection of curling songs. An appendix is desert island in the West Indies, where, it was said, he had added, containing the Rules of the Lochmaben Curling actually perished; and Captain Lake was therefore consiSociety, a list of the Curling Clubs in Scotland, toasts and dered guilty of his murder. Mr Archibald Lee, a gentlesentiments, sayings, a glossary of technicalities, &c. &c. &c.

man attached to the American Embassy, had requested me The author pours out the treasures of a redundant and we were sitting under the gallery together, when this

to procure him permission to hear the debates in the House; knowledge respecting every thing he professes to treat of. motion was brought on. Mr Lee expressed his astonishHe has done for curling what Hawker has for shooting, I ment, that the time of the House should be taken up about

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such a business, since he had actually received a letter, by broad or long; but he has been distinguished through life the last packet from America, stating that Robert Jeffrey for vivacity, is veridic, open spoken, and quoted for bons was alive and safe at New York. I was much struck with He was of a good aspect and stature, but is now so singular a circumstance, thus accidentally communicated blind, and much shrunk ; goes through all his usual haunts to me; and having, every reason to contide in the truth of without any assistance or guide; is even offended at being the information given me, I thought it right to mention it offered any. • I see as well as you do of a dark night,' he

measure being hastily takev said to me : and why may not I find my way as well as on the supposition that Robert Jeffrey was dead.

you do? They tell me I have lived long, but it is just a “ It is astonishing the noise which this circumstance gliff.' I have often thought to get our minister to answer ocrasioned. The truth of my information was disputed in all your queries respecting this person, but you know the some of the anti-ministerial papers. I received anony- consequence of procrastination after fourscore. I have the mous letters/reprobating me as the Associate of murderers, honour to be, my dear sir, your obedient humble servant, and threatening met with vengeance; and Mr Whitbread

“ Adam FERGUSON."* trouble to inform me the name of the gentleman, upon

Sir John Sinclair's Answer to Dr Ferguson. whose authority you' stated,"in the House of Commons, “ My Dear Sir,– I received much pleasure from your that Jeffrey was alive, and at New York; and bow soon obliging letter to me, and from the perusal of your interestbe is expected to return to England, as I have received in- ing communication to Sir John Macpherson. It contained formation of a very different complexion. Your immediate

a number of very important political observations. I am answer is requested.'s Captain Lake's friends also applied bappy to find that you preserve good health, and retain such to me, requesting to be informed, on what authority I had vigour of mind and powers of reflection. I wish that I asserted a fact of such importance to their relation. “ Nor was this all. I likewise received a letter from his father Laertes :

had many such pets. Remember Ulysses's prescription to Benjamin Coad, near Liskard, in Cornwall, who had married Jeffrey's mother, in which he says, • I observe by Warm baths, good food, soft sleep, and generous wine, the newspapers, that you stated in the House of Commons, These are the rights of age, and should be thine.' that there were letters in London, containing the intelli

« As I continue to collect as much information as possigence that Robert Jeffrey, my son-in-law,, was alive, and in New York. It would give the greatest satisfaction to

ble regarding longevity, I should be glad to have the ques

tions on that subject answered regarding the old man in myself, and his afflicted mother, if you would condescend to give as much information as you have obtained respect. I beg to send you the enclosed ; and I remain, with sincere

your neighbourhood. At Sir John Macpherson's desire, ing him, as we have had no sort of intelligence of him since regard and esteem, your faithful and obedient servant.” he was put on shore on that desert island.

* Owing to the pressure of some official business, Mr We shall next extract some interesting notices of, and Lee had gone to Paris, two or three days after the debate correspondence with, in the House of Commons, so that it was impossible for me to give any particular information to the persons demand

EDMUND KEAN, ESQ., THE CELEBRATED ACTOR. ing in potil his return, In the interim, most fortunately, “ Mr Kean performed the character of Macbeth, on the I received intelligence from Cornwall, that Jeffrey had ac Edinburgh stige, in October 1819, and it was one of the tually arrived in England, and had been recognised by bis most perfect specimens of acting I had ever witnessed. relations in Cornwall. He and his mother came to Lon- Several of my friends being of the same opinion, we redon, for the purpose of raising benefactions for the injuries solved to present him with a sword, as a proof of the high he complained of ; but, by the liberality of the Lake family, idea we entertained of his theatrical abilities. The intenany application for public benevolence was rendered unne tion was cominunicated to Mr Kean in the following letcessary, and any further disagreeable discussions in Parlia- ter :ment, on so unpleasant a subject, were prevented."

“ Sir,-Some of your friends in this city became exThe Literary and "Misceflaneous Correspondence and tremely desirous of presenting you with a mark of the high Reminiscences, which conclude the first volume, are very

estimation which they entertain for your talents as an interesting; and 'eould hardly fail to be otherwise, when

actor, more especially having witnessed the very superior we find that they refer to such men as Dr Adam Smith, beth.' After considering the subject, it was at last resolved

manner in which you perforined the character of MacMalthas, Godwin, Dr Gillies, Sir Joseph Banks, Arthur

to present you with A Sword of State,' to be worn, when Young, De Darwin, Dr Jenner, Dr Adam Ferguson, you appear upon the stage in that tragedy, as • The crownSir Humphrey Davy, Dr Black, Professors Playfair and ed King of Scotland,' I have much pleasure in sending Dugald Stewart, John Home, and many others. On you the sword, which is prepared by some of our ablest the impartant subject of health and longevity-a subject artists, for the purpose of being transinitted to you. It is to which our author has devoted bis attention with so

of the true Highland make,' and ornamented with some mach suceess-+we are sure the two following letters will Macbeth' is, on the whole, the greatest effort of dramatic

of the most valuable precious stones that Scotland produces. be read with pleasure : !

genius the world has yet produced ; and none has hitherto HEALTH AND LONGEVITY.

attempted to represent the Scottisb tyrant, who has done,

or could possibly do, more justice to that character, than Dr. Adam Kerguson to Sir John Sinclair, the gentleman to whom I have now the honour of address

ing myself. * Hullyards, nedr Peebles, October 24, 1803.

* The presentation of this sword reminds me of two parMy Dear Sir, I have'a'kind 'hint on the back of a ticulars. letter froth Sir John Macpherson, franked by you, that the “ 1. The swords, in ancient times, were large and weighty, answer might go through your hands also. I accordingly aud the scabbards broad at the point. Hence, in Sbaktake the benefit of this hint, and the rather, that it gives speare, Hotspur describes himself, (Part I. Henry 1V. me an opportunity, without attempting an adequate return Act l, Scene 3,). "leaning upon his sword ;' that is to say, to the great dispatch with which you honoured me too ręsting upon it in the scabbard. The sword also was not many months ago, to deprecate your contempt of me for carried in belts attached to the person, (which, with a large having so long failed in that inatier. This failure at least and heavy sword, would have been too cumbersome,) but may inform yon, that I am, in fact, superannuated, and so was either held in the right hand, or carried in the left ar'ın, far one of your pets, which you wish to preserve as long as the elbow being bent for that purpose. In battle, when the possible. It is to be hopen, that some of them are of more sword was drawn, the scabbard was thrown away, to imply, use than I am, otherwise you may e'en let them go in course. Here are three of us born the same year, viz. 1723. There is little difference in our appearance, only that I am

It is to be observed in this letter from this respectable author, the least weatberbeaten of the three. I bave had the ad.

that though the sense is unexceptionable, yet that the spelling is

deficient; and it has been remarked in various instances, that whilst vantage of exemption from toil, and they, till of late, have the spiritual part of the mind remains unimpaired, the mechanical had the advantage of sobriety. But there is another twelve part of it, if I may be allowed that expression, falls off, and dinni. years older than we are, having been born in 1712 A pea

nishes in point of strength or force. li is said that the celebrated sant of this parish. His sobriety you need not doubt. The died. Spelling depends much upon memory, which is impaired by

Earl of Mansfield could hardly spell at all for some time before he world, for aught he has seeu of it, may not be twelve miles disease or age.

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as that phrase denotes, that the combat was to terminate the poor, and other useful objects ; and came to London on with the death of one of the parties,

purpose to procure such information as the metropolis “ 2. There is reason to believe, that Shakspeare collected could furnish regarding them. He happened to call with materials for • The Tragedy of Macbeth,'on the spot where a letter of introduction to me, just when I was going to sit many of the transactions took place. It is recorded in down to an early dinner, preparatory to a long debate in Guthrie's History of Scotland, that Queen Elizabeth sent the House of Commons, and he readily agreed to take a soine English actors to the court of her successor, James, share of it. His conversation was so lively and pleasant, wbich was then held at Perth; and it is supposed that that I felt no wish to exchange it for a dull debate in the Shakspeare was one of the number. This idea receives House of Commons. Among other things, he said, “We strong confirmation by the following striking circumstance. Irish meet with more singular adventures than any other The Castle of Dunsinane is situated about seven or eight race of men, and, in proof of the assertion, I will tell you a miles from Perth. When I examined, some years ago, story, which I think will amuse you. In the course of our the remains of that castle, and the scenes in its neighbour future correspondence, as will appear from the subjoined lethood, I found, that the traditions of the country people ters, I earnestly requested him to send me the story himself, were identically the same as the story represented in Snak or to procure it froin Father O'Leary ; but being unsucspeare. There was but one exception. The tradition is, cessful in those applications, I shall endeavour to make it that · Macbeth' endeavoured to escape, when he found the out the best way I can, from a distant recollection : castle no longer tenable. Being pursued by Macduff, he ran up an adjoining hill, but instead of being slain in single

The History of Darby O'Sullivan. combat by Macduff-which Sbakspeare preferred; as being “ Father O'Leary and Captain M Carty were walking a more interesting dramatic incident-the country people together through the streets of St Omers, when they came said, that, in despair, he threw himself over a precipice; at to a house, at the door of which a man was bawling, in the the bottom of wbich, there still remains The Giant's grave,' | French language, Walk in, gentlemen, and see the greatwhere it is supposed that Macbeth' was buried. When est curiosity ever heard of, a Russian bear who can speak, you next visit Scotland, it would be interesting to take an and dance, and sing, and in every respect is as intelligent as early opportunity of examining these classic scenes.

a human being.' Father O'Leary wished to walk on, but “With my best wishes that you may long continue an Captain M.Carty insisted on their going in to see so great a ornament to the British theatre, I remain, sir, your very curiosity. Upon their entering the apartment where the obedient servant,

exhibition was to be seen, they saw at the bottom of a long (Signed) “ John SINCLAIR. room, a great cage, in which a huge bear was reposing. “ 133, George Street, Edinburgh,

Upon their approaching the cage, the keeper, with a long 16th November, 1819.

stick, began to beat the animal, in order to rouse him. “Edmund Kean, Esq. Clarges Street, London.

Upon bis getting up he commenced speaking some gibber“ In Mr Kean's answer, which is subjoined, there are

ish, which the two visitors iminediately knew to be Irish. some just remarks on the bazardous profession of an actor.

The keeper then said in French, • Come, Mr Bear, give

these gentlemen a song;' and, to their utter astonishment,

November 27, 1819. he sung an Irish ditty. Father O'Leary immediately said “Sir,-I bave the honour to acknowledge the receipt of in Irish, “How come you to speak the Irish language ? your letter, announcing the transmission of a valuable The astonishment of the bear, at hearing himself addressed sword, which you teach me to receive as a token of the in his native tongue, may easily be conceived. He said, flattering estimation in which my professional exertions, in Gentlemen, my name is Darby O'Sullivan. I was born the northern capital, are held by yourself, and a portion of in the county of Kerry. When men were raised for the that public, to whose fostering indulgence I am already navy, I became a volunteer, and was put on board a ship of bound in lasting gratitude. To those unknown patrons, in We sailed to the coast of Armoric, ( Brittany,) and whose name you have been pleased, in such gratifying terms, a boat was sent ashore to procure some water and provito address me, I beg you will convey the assurance, that sions. The people, where we landed, spoke a kind of Irish, their kindness has not been lavished where it is not duly and I thought I would be better off among them than on appreciated and deeply felt. I am happy iu the conviction, board a ship, where we were not very kindly treated. I that I shall only do justice to their intentions, in receiving ran, therefore, into the country, and came to a little town, this sword, as at once a record of national liberality, and where they were very kind to me. I found the cider betScottish patronage of the stage.

ter than the cider of Kerry, and took my fill of it. I then “ May I not recognise as this their object, in their selec- walked into the country, and I lay down to sleep, and tion of the distinguished pen which has bonoured me with when I awoke, I found myself transformed into a bear.' the communication, as well as the costume of the present The keeper was not at all satistied with what was going itself, which you are pleased to inform me is strictly na- forward, and said to the company who had assembled, tional, both in its character and ornaments.

Gentlemen, you must now be satisfied of the truth of “ Permit me to add, sir, that my own feelings could what I asserted. This bear, in many respects, resembles a know no higher gratitication, than to be instructed in the human being; but he is tired,- we must leave him to his belief, that I may have been the fortunate instrument of reposc.' Upon which Captain M'Carty drew his sword, increasing the number of the patrons of our art; the diffi- and seizing the man by the collar, he said, “ You have been culties of which may, in somne measure, be appreciated, by playing some tricks with a countryman of mine, which the rarity and instability of success, and in which we but shall not go unpunished. Instantly open the door of the too sensibly feel how necessary is public protection, to en cage to let him out, otherwise this sword will be buried in courage and sustain us, even in our least chequered and your body.' The keeper, much terrified, admitted that it unclouded career. I have the honour to be, sir, with was a man in a bear's skin, and gave the following account grateful respects, your very obliged servant,

of the circumstance: (Signed) “ Edmund Kean.

“ My partner and I were exhibiting, in a town in “ Right Honourable Sir John Sinclair, Bart.

France, a real Russian bear, when he unfortunately became “ When our intention was first intimated to Mr Kean, sick, and died. We bad the skin taken off, and buried the he said, • That the approbation of the Edinburgh audience body; and then resolved to take a walk into the country, to he had ever rated as one of the proudest feathers in his dra- consider what we could do to remedy our misfortune. A matic plume, and the testimony proposed he would trea- short way from the town, we observed a man, lying in a sure with the most zealous regard and gratitude.''

ditch, quite drunk. It accidentally occurred to us, that it

would be possible to sew the bear's skin over the man, in In the Christmas Number of the Journal we gave from the state in which he then was, and to persuade him, when the voluine now before us a narrative, which we entitled, he became sober, that he had been converted into a bear, as “ A Romance in Real Life." The following still more a punisbment for his drunkenness. We set about it withremarkable story, which seems at the same time to be out a moment's delay; and by means of blows, and showsufficiently authenticated, might well come under a simi-ing bim his figure in a glass, we convinced him that the lar denomination :

transformation had actually taken place. The man be

lieves himself to be a bear. He is perfectly reconciled to CHARLES FRASER FRIZELL, ESQ., OF HARCOURT STREET, bis fate; and to make him again a man, would do him no

good, and would ruin us.' “ One of the most extraordinary characters I ever met “ Captain M.Carty immediately replied, “ This must not with was Mr Fraser Frizell, an Irish barrister. He was be suffered. I will not permit a countryman of mine to be much devoted to enquiries regarding education, the state of | treated so inhumanly.' Scissalos were immediately procu





red, the bear's skin was taken off, and out came a great ing. To generous minds the present moment is one penaked Irishman, who was much delighted with being re- culiarly adapted for placing before us, in a lucid and elostored to manhood. Clothes were immediately procured quent narrative, the achievements of the greatest general for him, and some money collected for his immediate sub of the age,-a man who has done more to maintain his sistence ; but as he had no means of gaining a livelihood, he resolved to enlist in Captain M Carty's regiment. It is country's honour on many a bard-fought field, than persaid, that in the course of the French Revolution, he em- haps any soldier Great Britain ever produced,-a man braced the cause of liberty, and ultimately rose to a situa whom his worst enemies respect, and whom they who tion of some importance in the armies of the Republic.” feel the value of a master mind, in the hour of danger,

We must now conclude with two anecdotes, both of reverence and esteem. No theme could be more grateful which are entertaining :

to a grateful people than the victories it has gained under ANECDOTE OF JOHX HOME, ESQ., AUTHOR OF DOUGLAS.

Wellington ; but Captain Moyle Sherer is as incapable of « There could not be a livelier or more agreeable com

doing justice to it as if he had been all his life a shearer panion than the author of Douglas ; and his merits, as a

in Campbelton. There is no system, or depth, or spirit dramatic author, are well known. By his talents, he was of life in his book. It looks as if it had been clipped early in life introduced into the best company that Scotland out of newspapers, and pioned together with pins, or fastafforded. Claret was at that time the favourite liquor; ened with wafers. The best passage we can find in it and owing to its being admitted into the port of Leith, on is the account of the battle of Assaye, in the East Indies; Spanish instead of French duties, it was chear, and was and as it must at all times be delightful to our readers, drank in great quantities. A naval officer, who happened to be stationed in the Frith of Forth, by transınitting in as it is to us, to peruse any tale descriptive of the old formation to the Treasury, put a stop to this illegal advan- glories of old Wellington, we shall extract it entire : tage. The price of claret was so much increased, in consequence of this additional duty, that many bons vivans were obliged to renounce it, and betake themselves to port; the little army of Wellesley marched on.

“The camp colours were plucked from the ground, and

With the 19th and, in despair, at one of their convivial meetings, they Light Dragoons, and three regiments of native cavalry applied to their friend John Home, to write some verses expressive of their feelings. He immediately produced the reconnoitre. The infantry followed. After a march of

under Colonel Maxwell, the general himself advanced to following:

about four miles, from an elevated plain in front of their • Bold and erect the Caledonian stood;

right, he beheld the Mahratta camp. A host of nearly Old was his mutton, and his claret good;

50,000 combatants, horse, foot, and artillery, lay strongly Make him drink port! an English statesman cried ; posted behind the river Kaitna. A smaller stream, called He drank the poison, and his spirit died.'

the Juah, flowed past their rear; and its waters joined “ Fortunately, it has since been found by experience, that left, leaving there a vacant peninsulated piece of ground of

those of the Kaitna at a point considerably beyond their port is no poison, and that Caledonian spirit does not depend upon the drinking of claret; but the anecdote is worth

some space. The line of the enemy ran east and west along

the northern bank of the Kaitna.' The infantry lay upon preserving, as an instance of the ridiculous prejudices of the left, and all the guns. The position of this wing was former times.”

a little retired upon the Juah, having its point d'appui on ANECDOTE OF DAVID WILKIE, ESQ., THE CELEBRATED the village of Assaye, which leaned upon that river. The

right consisted entirely of cavalry. The north bank of the “I happened to dine in company with Mr Wilkie, the Kaitna is bigh, rocky, and difficult; the front, for the celebrated painter, and, in the course of the conversation, most part, unassailable. asked him How he came to adopt that profession ? I

“ Upon his bay Arabian sat Wellesley, just opposite the enquired, : Had your father, or your mother, or any of enemy's right, then distant about a mile and a half, and your relations, a turn for painting? or what led you to presenting to his view, in one magnificent mass, 30.000 follow that line ?' Upon which Mr Wilkie said, "The horses. The cavalry under Maxwell formed up their briltruth, Sir John, is, that you made me a painter. – How, liant line, and remained steady.. Wellesley, with rapid I! with astonishment I exclaimed, I never had the plea- glance, surveyed the ground. From beneath the tbick sure of meeting with you before.' 'To wbich Mr Wilkie pluines of red horse hair, which drooped over their brouzed replied, “When you were drawing up the Statistical Ac- cheeks, the manly eyes of the bold 19th dragoons looked on count of Scotland, my father, who was a clergyman in Fife, severely. The general resolved for battle. That this was had much correspondence with you respecting his parish, the calm decision of a consulted judgment, is not probable; in the course of which you sent him a colourel drawing of but there is a tide in the affairs of men ;' be felt it swella soldier, in the unitorin of your Highland Fencible regi-ing in his bosom, and took it at the happy ebb. ment. I was so delighted with the sight, tbat I was con

“ A body of the enemy's horse moved out, advanced to stantly drawing copies of it, and that made me a painter."" within half a mile of the British cavalry, and threw out

skirmishers, who tired a few shots. Some British troopers We shall take an early opportunity of introducing our were ordered to drive back these skirmisbers, and all again readers to Sir John Sinclair's second volume, which con was quiet. The general, observing a spot with a few houses tains his Foreign Correspondence and Reminiscences. beyond the left of the enemy, where there was probably a

ford, and which he saw they had neglected to guard, resolved to pass the Kaitna at that point; to throw his small

force entire upon that flank; to attack their infantry and Military Memoirs of Field-Marshal the Duke of Welling- guns; and thus to neutralize the presence of their vast

By Captain Moyle Sherer. Vol. I. (B ing cavalry, or compel them to bring it into action under very the First Volume of Dr Lardner's Cabinet Library.) confusing disadvantages, and in a more confined field. Á London.

bright and bold conception. Longman, Rees, Orme, and Co. 1831.

• The general, bidding Maxwell keep his present ground Pp. 295.

for a time, went back, and brought up the infantry in perThis is a flimsy and unsatisfactory book. The best

With these last, in steady columns be now moved thing in it is the vignette on the title-page—a bust of the down upon the river. They marched silent and firm, every

man in his place. It was to be the triumph of discipline. Duke of Wellington, beautifully engraved by Finden, The courage of the heart was to be aided by the quick eye, from a design by Corbould. Captain Sherer does not the obedient ear, and the keeping calmly in the ranks. appear to have brought to his task any of the proper cannonade played upon their line ot' march as they approachenthusiasm, judgment, or information. He writes an ed the ford : it was distant, and without effect. As they affecter and inflated style, and ith one of the finest passed up out of the river, and the head of the column heroes in the world for a piece of biography, he does little gained the clear ground above, a field battery, within range,

opened upon them hotly. It was at this, the anxious momore than succeed in making him uninteresting. Surely ment of directing with care the formation of the lines for he must have compiled his 295 pages in a prodigious battle, that the orderly dragoon, riding close to the general, hurry, for if he had taken the very slightest pains, he had bis skull torn away by a cannon ball. The borse, feelcould not have avoided making them more worth reading the relaxed bridle, and collapsing liinb of his rider, tell





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a-trembling, and kicked and plunged franticly, till be got part of this day's glory to say, that the number of the quit of the corpse. - An incident not worth the notice, but enemy were as ten to ones they had disciplined troops in for the moment of its occurrence, and the trouble it caused the field under Eardpean officers, who more than doubled to those immediately near.

the British förée ,they, Hada al bundred pieces of cannon, “ Under this cannonade General Wellesley formed up which were served with perfect skill, and which the British, his people in three lines ; two of infantry, the third of his without the aid of artillenly, twide woh with the bayonet.” cavalry; which, as soon as the columns had crossed ther.

in his present volume Captain Shérer brings us down ford, rode smartly down from their position, and tookl. battle station in reserve. As a watching cheóka wpbiór the only t9 May 1810 at a time when she

army of Portugal enemy's right, were left the Mysore horse and some eavily was concentrated undersMapsena,, and, be fate of that of the Peishwah's, which marched with.eurvárnáy, but country and Spainosvast sibkezeworttaidd's Perbans, our though useful here, they could not be ventuted in the figbu bingunphép may improve as the proceeds, apd boonust say

• The order of battle being thus skilfully changed; the there folurgent need of fly for the appeblert tud arvinausinfantry of Scindia was compelled to presenta hewa fronta preidtis contencelene Ørl Lardner Cabinet: "Library, they now formed rested with its rigbbynpon the Kuitnad which is intended as a sit of folybdat "ta follow in the and its left upon the village of Assayo anti the Jath.]. The wake of his larger vessel, the Cabinet Cyclopa dia.

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1989--' The Hot To how Jet the guns, and so thickly were they disposed in meiliately Poems, Sacred and Miscellanbous. By Charles Gilborne near the village.

sem tło 900 b4abui aw 1 Lyons. Dublin. William Curry, jun., and Co. 1831. “ The fire was rapid, fuvious, and terribile in executions

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many indications of an amiable, beside them. With the fierceneski ofi the struggley and the numerous class who have en gunners dropped fast, auch the stattle tielb lacerated or killed but few of a powerful mind. Lyons is one

of that fearfulness of the hazandydho undaunted spirit of the gene mellt to make them er joice in Ithe weaying together of ral rose. He at once abandoned the guns, andvelitected an advance with the bayonet.sWith

thei maitu bod y he soon versts, but not enough to enable those verses to soar forced and drove the enemy's right; possessings hinaself of much above mediberity.up. We thinkib on the whole, it is their guns by a resolute charge dT gynybody to you better for such persons to abstain from publishing Their

“During this movenient the pickets and C4th vegiment poétical effusiops will give pleasure to themselves and were losing men so fast by the fire front Assaye, that a body their friends, in manuseript, but it requires sterner stuff of Mahratta horses which hastening to that flank, had to attract the attention of strangers and the public at moved round the village charged them, and with severe effect; though theshenit or centre de ithe Fath still hield large 1 Mr Lyons divides his volume into the two heads gallantly together, Max well with his dragoonsgt rode of Sacred and Miscellaneobis poems. We shall give an swiftly to their vestuesraaid spurring hand upon their assail extract fvom each.91 The following is one of the best of ants, drove them, with great slaughter, daeross the Juahy the skered poemsl 390117, 0925V vllai1929 ; 970

9100 bita Amid a showed of musketrg and grape, this leader and his Seun seor! STEAL WOT THOU ARY PATH Awarlo y150. cavalry rode on through the enemy's left, the gallant rein

91156 Oh! stent not thbu my faith away,nie bus lui nant of the pickets and/74th pressed out and the battle avas already wona The sepéys of the main / body prisested in

70191Nor tetnpt tv Adubt the trusting wind, 120 W great part thewery ground on which the enems had stood,

311) Let all that earth can yield decay, bas 2013 031 and the guns, which bohad foughtíto the last the guimers,

qu vBuo leave this heavenly gift behind the brie 2 in many instances, actually suffering themselves to be baya

Qur life is but a meteor gleam, yu berkedut); onetted at their posts, iu othersi lying dead as it seemedy

Lit up amid surrounding gloom, Tinq 976 975+ under their éannon, Thésé (sepoys Trusbelijon in pursuit. SA dying lamp, a fitful beam, Their officers, could not control theirselated randohur bod:

Quench'd in the cold and silent

9007419 17 17 INCH TIJA 1710 011.. happily the 78th British, upon the loftuof all this early exultation, stood firmland steady, svíthen broken lilanksom

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16 Some region where the faithful dead 16(1 20 151 they durst not dash and break, as they must have done, upon

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s Welcome the scoff, the sword, the chainio) 1o , “ Some of Scindia's routed battalidis clusteved confusedly

The burning wild, the black abyss, Sali to suis near Assaye, where numbers of the infantry and gunners, 1

I shrink not from the path of pain, who had cast themselves apon the earth to avoid the sabres

Which endeth in a world like this. of the cavalry, by feigriing death, started up, vanth joined | bure Buit, obt if all that nerves'us bere, boil til them. This body attemptue a de formation, again opened the guns, and renewes the battle 3019v9 9|16101901 AT » When yrief assails and 'sorrow stings,194 21974 “A large column of the enemy, already in fulladtreates Tol Exist but in the shadowy sphère Jiled 915,

be rallied at the hopeful sound, turpegle

, and formed again,

Of F#ney's weak imaginings ; Arrow 1571 These the brave Maxwell

checked by a gallait charge, and - 47 If Hopes, though therisid long and deepy 19. in this good service, closed hiš'Hondúfantelite. Among Be cold and baseless rockerles'; riydo Nismo, the last efforts of a day of efforts, was a 'secoha attatk of the me Then tvelcome that eternal sleep, foolo'o 019 formidable artillery near the villagewfi Assaye ! This Gène

pbalm Which?knowerb not of dreams like these ot; ral Wellesley led up in person, at the shead of the 78th yando

.hadon 901 10 s101441 vais bso yiol 8 do 14:1 7th native cavalry. The enemy ded, without awaiting the

kis de Yet, Husk'? that troubled heart ! be seinem shock; but as the general was advanciugubis þorssa istuck

Lyuis Retounce thyvait philosophy us of baie by a cannon-shot that carried away its legell yngler,

him, Like morning on the misty Mini, s'e (1197713 A field, flowing with blood, black with abandoned caunon, 0.1 27 The light b7 Truth will break on thee..i and covered with slain, remained in possession of the Bri "Go-search the prophet's deathless prélge tish, It was near dark when the firing ceased - That 13 Gol question thou the radiant sky, night Wellesley lay down and slept upon the field.pf battle.

And learn from them, mistaken sage! For a time, this day the die bad spun doubtful but the The gloridus words Thou shalt not die!'” secret impulse which had prompted him to give the battle, did still, through all its thunder, whisper in his ear, “Vic consider móre spirited than any of the rest :

From the miscellaneous poems we take one, which we tory!' The toss and tiery tramp of his favourite Arab were stilled in death, but the spur of the rider was not cold.

jane Pisis974) Pro A TYRANT. A favouring Providence had shone kind on his bold hopes, " Thou faitbless contemner of compact and vow, and covered his head in battle. This success involved Shall the wreath of the minstrel encircle thy brow? mighty consequences. Never,' says Dr Southey, was Shall he come, like the morn, with the day-spring of' fame, any victory gained under so many disadvantages. Superior To ennoble thy meanness and hallow thy shame? arins and discipline have often prevailed against as great a No-the banner may gloomily wave on thy wall, numerical difference, but it would be describing the least. The proud and the lovely may bend in thy hall,

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