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he generously yielded his authority to the approved valour and

" It was the Engliski," Kaspar cried, experience of Miltiades. The other generals followed this

“Who put the French to rout; magnanimous example, sacrificing the dictates of private ambi.

But what they killed each other for, tion to the interest and glory of their country; and the com.

I could not well make out. mander in-chief thus enjoyed an opportunity of exerting, un

But every body said," quoth he, controlled, the utmost vigour of his genius.

“ That 'twas a famous victory. Lest he should be surrounde hy a superior force, be chose

“ My father lived at Blenheim theri, for his camp the declivity of a hili, di tant about a mile from

Yon little stream hard by ; the encampment of the enemy. The intermediate space he

They burnt his dwelling to the ground, caused to be strewed in the night with te branches and trunks

And he was forced to fly : of trees, in order to interrupt the motion, and break the order

So with his wife and child he fled, of the Persian cavalry, which, in consequence of this pre

Nor had he where to rest his head. caution, seemed to have been rendered incapable of acting

“ With fire and sword the country round in the engagement. In the morning his troops were drawn up

Was wasted far and wide, in battle array, in a long and full line; the bravest of the Athenians in the right, on the left the warriors of Platæa, and in

And many a childing mother then

And new-born infant died. the middle the slaves, who had been a imited on this occasion to the honour of hearing arms. By weakening his centre, the

But things like that, you krow, must be least valuable part, he extended his front equal to that of the

At every famous victory. enemy; his rear was defended by the hill above mentioned,

“ They say it was a shocking sight which, verging round to meet the sea, like vise covered his

After the field was won, right; his left was flanked by a lake or marsh. Datis, although

For many thousand bodies here he perceived the skilful disposition of the Greeks, was yet too

Lay rotting in the sun; cofident in the vast superiority of his numbers to decline the

But things like that, you know, must be engagement, especially as he now enjoyed an opportunity of

After a famous victory. deciding the contest before the expected auxiliaries could arrive

“Great praise the Duke of Marlbro' won, from Peloponnesus. When the Athenians saw the enemy in

And our good Prince Eugene.” motion, they ran down the hill with unusual ardour, to encoun

“Why, 'twas a very wicked thing!" ter them; a circumstance which proceeded perhaps from their

Said little Wilhelmine. cagerness to engage, but which must have been attended with

“ Nay-nay--my little girl," quoth he, the good consequence of shortening the time of their exposure

It was a famous victory. to the slings and darts of the barbarians.

“And every body praised the duke The two armies closed ; the battle was rather fierce than

Who such a tight did win.” long. The Persian sword and Scythian hatchet penetrated, or

“But what good came of it at last ?" cut down, the centre of the Athenians; but the two wings,

Quoth little Peterkin. which composed the main strength of the Grecian army, broke,

" Why that I cannot tell," said he, routed, and put to fight the corresponding divisions of the

“ But' 'twas a famous victory."

SOUTHY, enemy Instead of pursuing the vanquished, they closed the extreinities, and aitacked the barbarians who had penetrated USEFUL AND SCIENTIFIC NOTICES. their centre The Grecian spear overcame all opposition; the bravest of the Persians perished in the field ; the remainder Effects OF COMETS. - Between Mars and Jupiter four very were pursued with great slaughter; and such was their terror small planets have lately been discovei ed to run their courses. and surprise, that they sought for refuse, not in their camp, Now, there are several reasons which induce one to admit that but in their ships. The banislied tyrant of athens fell in the these four stars, or three of them at least, at one time formed engagement; two Athenian generals, and about two hundred a single planet, which was split asunder' by the shock of a citizens, were found among the slain ; the Persians left six comet ; first, their disproportioned smallness in regard to the thousaid of their best troops in the scene of action. Pribably other bodies of the system ; secondly, their moving so closely a still greater number were killed in the pursuit. The Greeks together; thirdly, their filling up, consistently with a simple followed them to the shore ; but the lightness of the barbarian proportion, which holds good with all the other planets, a large armour favoured their escape. Seven ships were taken; the biatus ; fourthly, the unusually great eccentricity and inclinarest sailed with a favourable gale, doubled the cape of Sunium ; tion of their orbits, and particularly of two, Vesta and Pallas

, and, after a fruitless attempt to surprise the harbour of Athens, which strongly indicate a violent disturbance; fifthly, their returned to the coast of Asia.

baving at one time had a point in space, from which they might THE BATTLE OF BLENHEIM.

all depart as from a cominon origin; and, lastly, some of them It was a summer evening,

being surrounded with singularly large atmospheres, as if nonos Old Kaspar's work was done !

polized from the rest, or borrowed from the comet which struck And he before his cottage door

i hem.—Stanlard. -(Very alarming all this; and undeniably Was sitting in the sun.

the consequence of the Reform Bill.] And by him sported on the green

The Comer. This anxiously expected visitor was seen by His little grand-child Wilhelmine.

Sir John Herschell early on Monday morning, the 15th ; but it She saw lier brother Peterkin

is at present too distant and faint to be visible, excepting with Roll something large and round,

very superior instruments. The comet will be near-st the eartha Which he beside the rivulet,

about the 22d day, and pass its perihelium on the 27th Nuretza In playing there, had found;

ber. He came to ask what he had found,

Wo L-The wool-growers of Podolia, and the Ukraine, and That was so lange, and smooth, and round.

particularly in the Asiatic province of Astrachan, have a perlu Old Kaspar took it from the boy,

li r method of turning wool into fur. The lamb, after a fort, Who stood expectant by;

night's growili, is iaken from the ewe, nourished with mis And then the old man shook his head,

and the best herbage, and wrapped up as tight as possible in a And with a patural sigli,

linen covering, which is daily moistened with warm water, and 16 'Tis some poor fellow s skull,” said he,

is occasionally enlarged as tlie animal increases in size. In this Who fell in the great victory.

manner the wool becomes soft and curlly,

and is by degrees “ I find them in the garden, for

changed into shining and beautiful locks. This is the kind of fur which passes under the

came of Astrachan, and is consiThere's many here about ;

dered on the Continent as the most genteel lining for winter And often when I go to plough,

cloaks. Similar trials with German sheep have been attended The ploughshare turns them out;

with the same success.

The Saxon breed of sheep have, with: For many thousand men,” said he, • Were slain in the great victory."

in the last ten years, superseded the merinos, and their wool

is of superior quality. « Now tell us what 'twas all about,"

Discovery SHIPS. The house of William Brant and Sons, Young Pete kin lie cries,

of Archangel, has equipped two ships at its own expenser And little Wilhelmine looks up

commanded by officers of the Imperial Nayy—to sail on a vox With wonder-waiting eyes;

age of discovery to the great gulf of the Icy Sea, between the « Now tell us all about the war,

Government of Archangel and Tobolsk, to explore the entrance And what they killed each other for."

of the river Jenisky.

At this very

THE ORIGINAL STORY OF BILL JONES. climate, spoke his commander fair, and obtained his liberty.
AS RELATED BY SIR WALTER SCOTT.

When he mingled among the crew once more, he found The following story was narrated to me by my friend, them impressed with the idea, not unnatural in their situaMr. William Clerk, chief clerk to the Jury Court, Edin- tion, that the ghost of the dead man appeared anyong them burgh, when he first learned it, now nearly thirty years when they had a spell of duty, especially if a sail was to ago, from a passenger in the mail coach. With Mr. Clerk's be handed, on which occasion the spectre was sure to be consent, I gave the story at that time to poor Mat Lewis, out upon the yard before any of the crew. The narrator who published it with a ghost-balled which he adjusted on

had seen this apparition himself repeatedly-he believed the same theme. From the minuteness of the original de. the captain saw it also, but he took no notice of it for tail, however, the narrative is better calculated for prose

some time, and the crew, terrified at the violent temper of than verse; and more especially, as the friend to whom it the man, dared not call his attention to it. Thus, they was originally communicated, is one of the most accurate, held on their course homeward, with great fear and anxiety. intelligent, and acute persons whom I have known in the At length the captain invited the mate, who was now in course of my life, I am willing to preserve the precise story a sort of favour, to go down to the cabin and take a glass in this place.

of grog with him. In this interview, he assumed a very It was about the eventful year 1809, when the Emperor grave and anxious aspect.

“ I need not tell you, Jack,' Paul laid his ill-judged embargo on British trade, that my he said, “what sort of hand we have got on board with us friend Mr. William Clerk, on a journey to London, found | --He told me he would never leave me, and he has kept himself in company, in the mail coach, with a seafaring his word—You only see him now and then, but he is al. man of middle age and respectable appearance, who an.

ways by my side, and never out of my sight. nounced himself as master of a vessel in the Baltic trade, moment I see him--I am determined to bear it no longer, and a sufferer by the embargo. In the course of the desul- and I have resolved to leave you." tory conversation which takes place on such occasions, the

The mate replied, that his leaving the vessel while out of seaman observed, in compliance with a common superstition, the sight of any land was impossible. He advised, that "I wish we may have good luck on our journey—there is if the captain apprehended any bad consequences from a magpie. "_" And why should that be unlucky ?” said what had happened, he should run for the west of France my friend.-" I cannot tell you that," replied the sailor; or Ireland, and there go ashore, and leave him, the mate, * but all the world agrees that one magpie bodes bad luck to carry the vessel into Liverpool. The captain only shook -two are not so bad, but three are the devil. I never saw his head gloomily, and reiterated his determination to leave three nagpies but twice, and once I had near lost my ves

the ship. At this moment, the mate was callel to the deck sel, and the second I fell from a horse, and was hurt.” for some purpose or other, and the instant he got up the This conversation led Mr. Clerk to observe, that he sup- companion-ladder, he heard a splash in the water, and posed he believed also in ghosts, since he credited such looking over the ship's side, saw that the captain had auguries. "And if I do,” said the sailor, “ I may have my thrown himself into the sea from the quarter-galley, and reasons for doing so;" and he spoke this in a deep and

was running astern at the rate of six knots an hour. serious manner, implying that he felt deeply what he was When just about to sink, he seemed to make a last exertion, saying. On being further urged, he confessed that, if he sprung half out of the water, and clasped his hands tocould believe his own eyes, there was one ghost at least wards the mate, calling, “ By Bill is with me now !” which he had seen repeatedly. He then told his story as I and then sunk, to be seen no more. now relate it.

After hearing this singular story, Mr. Clerk asked some Oar mariner had, in his youth, gone mate of a slave questions about the captain, and whether his companion Fessel from Liverpool, of which town he seemed to be a considered him as at all times rational. The sailor seemed native. The captain of the vessel was a man of a variable struck with the question, and answered, after a moment's temper, sometimes kind and courteous to his men, but sub- delay, that in general he conversationed well enough. ject to fits of humour, dislike, and passion, during which

It would have been desirable to have been able to he was very violent, tyrannical, and cruel. He took a

ascertain how far this extraordinary tale was founded on particular dislike at one sailor aboard, an elderly man, fact; but want of time, and other circumstances, prevented called Bill Jones, or some other such name. He seldom Mr. Clerk from learning the names and dates, that might, spoke to this person without threats and abuse, which the

to a certain degree, have verified the events. Granting the old man, with the license which sailors take in merchant murder to have taken place, and the tale to have been truly Fessels, was very apt to return. On one occasion, Bill told, there was nothing more likely to arise among the Jones appeared slow in getting out on the yard to hand a ship's company than the belief in the apparition; as the sail. The captain, according to custom, abused the seaman captain was a man of a passionate and irritable disposition, as a lubberly rascal, who got fat by leaving his duty to it was nowise improbable that he, the victim of remorse, sther people. The man made a saucy answer, almost should participate in the horrible visions of thuse less conamounting to mutiny, on which, in a towering passion, the cerned, especially as he was compelled to avoid commucaptain ran down to his cabin, and returned with a blun- nicating his sentiments with any one else; and the catasderbuss loaded with slugs, with which he took deliberate trophe would, in such a case, be but the natural consequence aim at the supposed mutineer, fired, and mortally wounded of that superstitious remorse, which has conducted so many bis. The man was handed down from the yard, and criminals to suicide or the gallows. If the fellow-traveller stretched on the deck, evidently dying. He fixed his eyes of Mr. Clerk be not allowed this degree of credit, he must en the captain, and said, “Sir, you have done for me, but at least be admitted to have displayed a singular talent for I will never leave you."

The captain, in return, swore the composition of the horrible in fiction. The tale, at him for a fat lubber, and said he would have him thrown properly detailed, might have made the fortune of a into the slave-kettle, where they made food for the negroes, and see how much fat he had got. The man died ; his body was actually thrown into the slave-kettle, and the ANECDOTE OF SIR WALTER SCOTT.--As Sir Walter was narrator observed, with a naïveté which confirmed the extent of his own belief in the truth of what he told, “ There two masons on the road-side, who had been employed in

one day returning from Selkirk to Abbotsford, he passed was not much fat about him after all."

carrying water in a tub, for the purpose of making up The captain told the crew they must keep absolute lime; the one called out to the other to whomel the tub. silence on the subject of what had passed ; and as the mate “ Here is half-a-crown for you, my good fellow," said Sir 925 not willing to give an explicit and absolute promise, Walter ; " whomel is the very word I bave been in search he ordered him to be confined below. After a day or two, of for many a long day past."—Weeky Chronicle.- Well be came to the mate, and demanded if he had an intention did Sir Walter remember the word whomel-no man betto deliver him up for trial when the vessel got home. The ter; but he liked an excuse for offering a poor man a mate, who was tired of close confinement in that sultry half-crown without hurting his feelings.]

romancer.

HAPPINESS-WELL-BEING.

ELEMENTS OF THOUGHT.

layers of skin under that which is wearing, or, as anato. mists call it, desquamating; by which they mean, that the cuticle does not change at once, but comos off in squama

or scales." THE tendency of the present time is strongly set to over-rate

Directing our attention to the Mind, we discover that lo. the benefits of what is termed civilization. The end is for- dividuality, and the other Perceptive Faculties, desire, ag gotten in the means. There is an everlasting strife and their means of enjoyment, to know existence, and to be. exertion to obtain the means. The days of our youth and

come acquainted with the qualities of external objects ; our manhood are wasted; and we, in old age, are left to

while the Reflecting Faculties desire to know their depen.

dence and relations. “ There is something," says an elolament that we have lost the time when we might have quent writer, “ positively agreeable to all men, to all, at tasted the pleasures of our life. There is now no repose, least, whose nature is not most grovelling and base, in gainno healthy confidence in one's self; our pleasures are the ing knowledge for its own sake. When you see any thing pleasures to be derived from the admiration of others. Un- for the first time, you at once derive some gratification

from the sight being new; your attention is awakened, and less we can surprise and excite envy in the bosom of our

you desire to know more about it. If it is a piece of neighbours, we are unhappy. To this end we sacrifice youth, workmanship, as a instrument, a machine of any kind, you and health, and ease; and when we have attained the object wish to know how it is made; how it works; and what of all our wishes-when become the admiration and envy it comes from; how it lives ; what are its dispositions, and,

use it is of. If it is an animal, you desire to know where of those less successful than ourselves, we sicken at the generally, its nature and habits. This desire is felt, too, emptiness of the joy we sought, and die, having discovered without at all considering that the machine or the animal that our life has been one long folly. This may be called may ever be of the least use to yourself practically; for, in trite. It is true, however, and at the present time, appo: feel a curiosity to learn all about them, because they are

all probability, you may never see them again. But you site. If we could be persuaded to seek enjoyment for itself

, new and unknown to you. You, accordingly, make inand not in order to shew relative superiority; if we could quiries ; you feel a gratification in getting answers to your be content to be happy, the simple pleasures within the questions, that is, in receiving information, and in knowing reach of almost every one ; pleasures requiring not wealth, more-in being better informed than you were before. If and joined with no splendour, pleasures continuous and un

you ever happen again to see the same instrument or ani. cloying, would make our youth, our manhood, and our age and to think that you know something about it. If you see

mal, you find it agreeable to recollect having seen it before, alike happy and undisturbed. Philosophy can have no another instrument or animal, in some respects like, but dishigher object than to create this happy frame of mind.- fering in other particulars, you find it pleasing to compare Tait's Magazine--Art. Rousseau.'

them together, and to note in what they agree, and in what Our next quotation goes deeper into this all-important they differ. Now, all this kind of gratification is of a pure

and disinterested nature, and has no reference to any of the subject. We must entreat the patience of a few of our

common purposes of life: yet it is a pleasure—an enjoyreaders—though, we trust, of very few of them—for it is ment. You are nothing the richer for it; you do not grathe frivolous or thoughtless alone that will not find this a tify your palate, or any other bodily appetite, and yet it is discussion of absorbing interest. It is nothing less than

60 pleasing that you would give something out of your Why are we here? What to do? To what destined guy pocket to obtain it, and would forego some bodily enjoy

ment for its sake. The pleasure derived from science is It is extracted from Mr COMBE's work on Man.

exactly of the like nature, or rather it is the very same."* If Wisdom and Benevolence have been employed in com This is a correct and forcible exposition of the pleasures stiluting Man, we may expect the arrangements of creation, attending the active exercise of our intellectual faculties. in regard to him, to be calculated as a leading object to ex Supposing the human faculties to have received their cite his various powers, corporeal and mental, activity. present constitution, two arrangements may be fancied as This, accordingly, appears to me to be the case ; and the instituted for the gratification of these powers: 1st, Infusfact may be illustrated by a few examples. A certain por- ing into them at birth intuitive knowledge of every object tion of nervous and muscular energy is infused by nature which they are fitted ever to comprehend; or, 2dly, Coninto the human body every twenty-four hours, and it is stituting them only as capacities for gaining knowledge by delightful to expend this vigour. 'To provide for its expen- exercise and application, and surrounding them with obditure, the stomach has been constituted so as to require rejects bearing such relations towards them, that, when obgularly returning supplies of food, which can be obtained served and attended to, they shall afford them high gratificaonly by nervous and muscular exertion; the body has been tion; and when unobserved and neglected, they shall occacreated destitute of covering, yet standing in need of pro- sion them uneasiness and pain ; and the question occurs tection from the elements of heaven; but this can be easily Which mode would be most conducive to enjoyment? The provided by moderate expenditure of corporeal strength it general opinion will be in favour of the first; but the seis delightful to repair exhausted nervous and muscular cond appears to me to be preferable. If the first meal we energy by wholesome aliment; and the digestive organs had eaten had for ever prevented the recurrence of hunger, have been so constituted, as to perform their functions by it is obvious that all the pleasures of satisfying a healthy successive stages, and to afford us frequent opportunities of appetite would have been then at an end ; so that this apenjoying the pleasures of eating. In these arrangements, parent bounty would have greatly abridged our enjoyment the design of supporting the various systems of the body In like manner, if, our faculties being constituted as at prein activity, for the enjoyment of the individual, is abun- sent, intuitive knowledge had been communicated to us, su dantly obvious. A late writer justly remarks, that “a that, when an hour old, we should have been thoroughly person of feeble texture and indolent habits has the bone acquainted with every object, quality, and relation that we smooth, thin, and light; but nature, solicitous for our could ever comprehend, all provision for the sustained acsafety, in a manner which we could not anticipate, com- tivity of many of our faculties would have been done away bines with the powerful muscular frame a dense and per. with. When wealth is acquired, the miser's pleasure in it fect texture of bone, where every spine and tubercle is com- is diminished. He grasps after more with increasing avi. pletely developed."' « As the structure of the parts is origin uity. He is supposed irrational in doing so ; but he obers ally perfected by the action of the vessels, the function or the instinct of his nature What he possesses, no longer operation of the part is made the stimulus to those vessels satisfies Acquisitiveness ; it is like food in the stomach, The cuticle on the hand iears away like a glove; but the which gave pleasure in eating, and would give pain were it pressure stimulates the living surface to force successive • Objccts, Advantages, and Pleasures of Science, page I.

BY MRS. JOHNSTONE.

withdrawn, but which, when there, is attended with little Grisell was sent by her father from his country-house to positive sensation. The miser's pleasure arises from the Edinburgh, where his particular friend, Mr. Baillie of actice state of Acquisitiveness, and only the pursuit and ob- Jerviswood, then lay in prison, to try to convey a letter to taining of new treasures can maintain this state. same law is exemplified in the case of Love of Approbation. him containing advice and intelligence, and to bring back The gratification which it affords depends on its active state, news of him to her father. So well did she conduct herand hence the necessity for new incense, and higher mount- self on this mission, that in all the subsequent difficulties ing in the scale of ambition, is constantly, experienced by and perils of her father, she was trusted with the utmost its victims. NAPOLEON, in exile, said, “ Let us live upon confidence. Though in years she was still a child, her the past :" but he found this impossible ; his predominating desires originated in Ambition and Self-Esteem; and the honourable secrecy, her prudence, her courage, her firmpast did not stimulate these powers, or maintain them in ness, and her presence of mind, were worthy of any age. constant activity. In like manner, no musician, artist, When her father was confined in Dumbarton Castle for his poet, or philosopher, would reckon himself happy, however honesty and patriotism, she visited and cheered him with extensive his attainments, if informed, Now you must stop, and live upon the past; and the reason is still the same.

news of his family; and she took many journeys on his New ideas, and new emotions, best excite and maintain in account, under the direction of her mother, of which, from activity the faculties of the mind, and activity is essential her tender years, no one suspected the object. Shortly to enjoyment. If these views be correct, the consequences afterwards, when Sir Patrick, after being released, found of imbuing the mind with intuitive knowledge, would not it necessary to keep concealed to avoid a fresh imprisonhave been unquestionably beneficial. The limits of our acquirements would have been reached ; our first step would ment, and almost certain death, young Grisell was his prehave been our last; every object would have become old server ;—she only, her mother, and a poor village carpenand familiar; Hope would have had no object of expecta- ter, in whom they were forced to confide, knew of his place tion ; Cautiousness no object of fear; Wonder no gratifica

of concealment. tion in novelty ; monotony, insipidity, and mental satiety, oath about their master, so that it was impossible to trust

The servants were often examined on would apparently have been the lot of Man.

According to the view now advanced, creation in its pre- any of them; and very frequent search was made in the sent form, is more wisely and benevolently adapted to our house for Sir Patrick, whom the servants believed far disconstitution than if intuitive instruction had been showered

tant. on the mind at birth.

“ His real place of concealment was a burial vault unTHE STORY-TELLER.

der the church of Polwarth,-damp, comfortless, and ut. GRISELL BAILLIE-A TALE FOR THE YOUNG. terly dark. To this place Jamie Winter, the carpenter-I

love to repeat his name, for he was a faithful, friendly The tea-table was cleared. “What diversions of Holly- man-and Lady Grisell, conveyed a bed and bedding. cut to-night?" said Mrs. Herbert.

This vault was a mile distant from Sir Patrick's man. * Forest trees, mother, and all about them," cried sion : but thither his heroic young daughter went every Sophia.

night at midnight to convey him food and drink, and to “ About the gipsies if you please, mother,” cried Charles make his bed ; and by her news of his family, and cheer"where may we read about the gipsies."

ful and affectionate talk, to beguile his solitude.” " Or about mushrooms. I have not forgot those good Sophia Herbert gazed on her mother, her large brown little girls we saw this morning, who havo the power eyes dilating with affectionate admiration and wonder. of doing so much good to their poor mother. When shall “ Lady Grisell was not a coward," motber, said Charles, I be able to do any thing for you, mamma ?—you who do equally interested. all for us. Think of that respectable child ;'- you call. “ Her affection conquered her fears, Charles. Like all el her so, mother, and I never heard you call a little girl young persons reared in Scotland at that time, she had had

before earning a whole three shillings in one till then a strong terror of ghosts and churchyards ; but Teek!"

now love for her father made her stumble over the graves "I named her as I thought her, Sophia She is a res- every night alone, without fearing any thing, save parties pectable child-the kind, the useful must always be re- of soldiers in search of him. The minister's dog barked spectadle, at whatever age, and in whatever rank. But it all night long: she was not afraid of the dog, but of disco. in sot poor children alone_nor is it by money only, that very. It was necessary that neither the younger children children may be useful to their parents and friends. As nor the servants should suspect that there was an unseen yun have not fixed on the amusement of the evening, Imouth to be fed, and Grisell was obliged to steal the vicwill tell you of Grisell Baillie.”

tuals off her own plate, into her lap, at dinner, to supply * A real person's story, mother pa

her father. Her voracity at table astonished the younger * Real and true, Sophia."

children, who did not perceive how the missing victuals MEMOIR OF GRISELL BAILLIE.

went; and her stratagems to abstract food often occasioned "Lady Grisell Baillie was the eldest of a very large fa- much merriment to her father, in his dark and doleful mily. In large families the eldest daughter has often nu- prison. retous duties : Grisell had her full share of the hardships “ It was at last resolved that a more comfortable place e{eniority, but she gained, as she well deserved, all its ho- of concealment should, if possible, be procured for Sir hours and privileges. She was born in the reign of Charles Patrick. Grisell kept the key of a low room, in which u. Her father was Sir Patrick Home, afterwards Earl there was a bed that drew out. She and her condjutor,

Marehmont. His friends, who were virtuous, patrio- Jamie Winter, contrived to dig a hole under this bed. te men, champions and defenders of liberty and religion, They were obliged to work in the night time only, and to ***e, about this time, brought into great trouble by their carry out the earth between them in a sheet, by a window, bokst principles. When only twelve years of age, Lady into the garden. Lady Grisell scratched at this hole till not

a nail was left on lier fingers. At his own house the car an idea of the model you have chosen, I will relate this penter made a box, which was to fit this hole, and contain part of the story of Lady Grisell Baillie, in nearly the very bedding, so that Sir Patrick might be concealed here in words of her own affectionate daughter. case of a strict search. It was covered with boards, in “Sir Patrick, Lady Grisell's father, I told you, went by which air-loles were bored. But, alas ! all poor Grisell's the name of Dr. Wallace, for fear of being discovered, hopes and labours were vain. The ground was so low though his real rank was well known at the Court of the here, that the hole, so painfully excavated, filled with water; Prince of Orange. There were at that time many English and, to her horror, one day when the upper boards were and Scottish gentlemen, who suffered for their principle removed, the box bounded up and floated.

living in exile at the same place, Utrecht. Sir Patrici “ Her father now resolved to attempt to get abroad, as family liked to have a good house, and their dwelling wa the alarm of the family was much increased, by hearing the resort of all adherents of the cause of liberty then in from the carrier, that Baillie of Jerviswood, the friend to exile. They paid nearly a fourth of their whole income for whom Grisell had conveyed the letter in prison, was, by a their house, and so could not afford keeping any serrant most unjust sentence, executed at Edinburgh.

but a little girl to wash the dishes. All the time they “ Ever alert, active, and useful, Grisell now worked night were there,' says Lady Grisell's daughter, there was niet and day in altering her father's clothes, so as to disguise his a week my mother did not sit up two nights to do the bu. person. He escaped as if by a miracle ; and, after many siness that was necessary. She went to the market-wet hardships, got to Holland, where he assumed the name of to the mill to have their corn ground, which is the custom Dr. Wallace, and sent to Scotland for his wife and ten with good managers in Holland-dressed the linen-cleanchildren. Sir Patrick's estates had been forfeited; but his ed the house-made ready the dinner-mended the child wife, hy entreaty, obtained a small pittance to maintain ren's stockings and other clothes—made what she could her children ; and this was all they had to live upon for them, and, in short, did every thing. Her sister abroad. Again, the virtues and activity of young Grisell Christian, diverted her father and mother, and the rest became the support and comfort of her family. She first who were fond of music—for, out of their small incomy helped her mother to take the younger children abroad, they bought a harpsichord for little money. Christian and then returned alone from Holland to Scotland to con- played and sung, and had a great deal of life and humour, duct over a sick sister, at an age when other girls are scarce

but no turn to business; though Lady Grisell had the permitted to travel alone for thirty miles in a stage-coach. same qualifications, and liked music as well as her sister, She nursed her sister during a tedious and very bad pas.

she was content to drudge ; and many jokes passed between sage, in which the hardships of these young girls were

the sisters about their different occupations. Every mora greatly aggravated by the brutality of the Dutch captain, | ing before six, Grisell lighted the fire in her father's study, who eat up their little sea-stores, and suffered them to lie then waked him, and got him a warın draught of beer and on the bare floor, with a pillow of the books Grisell was bitters, which he usually took. Then she dressed the carrying over to her father.”

younger children, and brought them to her father, wia The indignation of Charles was excessive at this part of taught them every thing that was fit for their age. his mother's narrative. His eyes sparkled, and he invo- sell, when she had a moment's leisure, took a lesson with luntarily clenched his little fists. " Brute of a Dutch cap

the rest in French or Dutch, and sometimes found a few tain !” he cried. “ No English sailor, mother, could”

minutes for music. “ And few Dutch, I hope, Charles ; but, as you cannot

“I have,' says her daughter Lady Murray, “ DO 3 have the pleasure of boxing the Dutch captain, I may go book of songs of her writing when in Holland. Many e on with my story. It was a dark, wet, stormy night when them interrupted, half-writ, and some broke off in the my heroine and her sister, Julian, landed at Brill. They middle of a sentence. She had no less a turn for mind had to walk to Rotterdam, where Sir Patrick's eldest son, and society than any of the family when,—mark, Sophi their brother, met them. Poor sickly Julian soon lost her

- she could come at il without neglecting what she though shoes in the mud—as my poor Fanny lost hers to-day—and more necessary.' the heroic Grisell took her sister on her back, and carried

“ Her eldest brother Patrick was about her own 3g her to Rotterdam."

They had been bred up together; and he was • her med “If I had thought, I am sure I could have carried dearly beioved.' He was admitted a private volunteer Fanny a good way to-day on my back," said Sophia.

the Prince of Orange's horse-guards, till better fortune can “ And so have been like Lady Grisell Home,” said her and it was her pride to have him appear like a gentlemi mother, smiling. “ But you had poor Dapple, and old in his dress and linen. The Guards wore point cravat James, and George, all more able, and as willing to carry and cuffs, and many a night Grisell sat up to have thes Fanny. It would not have been like sensible, considerate in as good order for her brother as those of any riche Łady Grisell, to do a useless thing, however kind. Her youth in the place. services were ever as useful as they were cheerfully and af “As,' says her daughter, their house was always ful fectionately bestowed. During the years that the family of unfortunate banished people, they seldom went to dig remained in exile and comparative poverty, she proved the

ner without three, or four, or five of them to share with greatest blessing to her parents, and to her brothers and them. Many a hundred times I have heard her say sh sisters."

could never look back upon their manner of living ther “ Mother, I fear I shall never be like her,” sighed without thinking it a miracle. They had no want, bu Sophia. “But I may try—you always tell me, mamma, pleifty of every thing they desired, and much contentment that I may try.”

She always declared this the most pleasing part of be “ Certainly, Sophia; and that you may have the clearer life, though they were not without their little distresses

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