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Bacchanaliaus dancing round a sta- in their superiors such a glaring detue of the jolly god. “ A waltz!" reliction from propriety.” Piqued by exclaimed i, inexpressibly shocked, this rebuke, her Ladyship arose and “ have I lived to see Scotch women left us. waltz?” I looked at the spectators, And is this pernicious exotic to be and hoped to see the blush of mo- allowed to flourish and to spread in desty tinge the cheeks of those who the cold and pure regions of the were thus forced to witness such a North ? Ungraciously was it received disgraceful exhibition ; but if it had at its first importation into Caledonia. excited in any the glow of virtuous For years after it was deposited in indigration, they had prudently re- our soil, it could only put forth, here tired behind the crowd; as those who and there, a weak and puny stem, met my view were either gazing with which was quickly trodden down ; perfect unconcern, or critically exa- but, upon its being transplanted into mining and commenting upon the the hot-bed of the “ Select Assemdifferent styles of dancing. “ And bly," it sprung up, fungus like, in this,” thought I, “ is the nineteenth the course of a single evening, and in century! This is the age of purity a few weeks it had attained a strength which I have been so highly extol- and vigour appalling to those who ling! Are the reasonings of the wise look with a jealous eye on modern into be ever thus overthrown by the novations. Oh, may its precocity be practice of fools?”. I gazed on them symptomatic of its speedy decay! in bitterness of spirit.
“ Ah!" said I And must the friends of propriety, mentally," had I seen Maria waltz of decency, hold their peace? Must with the Lieutenant the night before they look on in silence when the evil her elopement, I would have regarded spirits of the Continent are sowing that event as a most blessed deliver- tares amongst our wheat? Let it not
be. If no father will prohibit his While I was thus musing, Lady daughter from mingling in the waltz,
panting and breathless, came --if no rich old aunt will threaten to and threw herself on a seat near me. leave her fortune to niece Grizzy inHer face was fair, and her dress was stead of niece Matilda, unless the elegant; but I thought of the days of said Matilda behave with more decodowncast eyes and plaited handker- rum,—if no lover will look grave at chiefs. I looked at her first with pity, beholding his mistress in the arms of and then with indignation ; for I re- another,-1, even I, a neglected old membered that the great-grand-father bachelor, will lift up my voice and of this waltzer married my grand- cry aloud against such a corruption of aunt, the Lady Betty M after our manners. I shall not interfere having been her acknowledged lover with married ladies, they belong to for seven years.
“ And art thou,” their husbands; and if, in this age, said I internally, “ the descendant of when so many are imperiously calling the grave, the chaste, the domestic upon us to share our property with Lady Betty ?-she who, in the fourth them, the husbands of waltzers have year of her courtship, had a quarrel abandoned the mean spirit of monowith her lover, so serious as almost to poly, far be it from me to condemn end in separation, occasioned by his the liberal principle. It is to you, ye presuming to raise the tip of her fore- virgin daughters of Albyn, that I now finger to his lips !"-" I perceive by address myself. By your delicacy-your countenance, Mír M -" by your graceful modesty—by the said her ladyship to me, “ that you pure and eloquent blood which once do not admire waltzing." I felt too mantled on your cheeks at the very sore to be able to speak, so I only name of Waltz-I adjure you to rebowed assent to this remark. "Lord linquish this shameless exhibition.
-" said she, addressing a gen- Oh! could you behold it as it appears tleman who stood near us,
to a Bystander-could you see what I allow us to waltz at your house next see-could you hear what I hearFriday?”.
Not,' ánswered he, you would for ever abjure the hate“ unless we can procure a sufficient ful practice. Let no one attempt to number of blind fiddlers--for I have excuse herself by saying, that, so long too much regard for the morals of the as waltzing was rarely seen, she never lower class to suffer them to witness consented to join in it. If the thing
u will you
INQUIRY RESPECTING AN HISTORICAL
wrong, it is not the less wrong be- would be sufficient to guard the jewel cause many are guilty of it.
within from harm. Some worthy people, possessed of I do not say, I wish not to think, more piety than good taste, have pre- that the converse of this is true ; that sented to the world their meditations when this natural defence is removed, upon all the cominon events of life. the other bulwarks of virtue are easily If some of you whom I am now ad- overcome ; but certain it is, they are dressing will favour me with your more laid open to an attack; and she " Meditations while Waltzing," I who has descended one step in the will, with all due solemnity, lay them scale of indelicacy, is not so secure of before Mr D
S. and the descending no farther, as she who Rev.
JE-, and if, afir has never set her foot on the slippery 1 careful examination of those symp- ladder. toms, these physicians of the mind George Street, April 17. declare that the waltz has a good moral tendency, I shall cease my then impertinent remonstrances. But, in the conviction that the opinions of these two great men will coincide with that of the unlearned Bystander, I To the Second Volume of the shall conclude the advice I have be- Works of Sir George Mackenzie, pubgun to suggest to my dear country- lished at Edinburgh in 1722, the fol
If my other appeals fail, I lowing advertisement is prefixed :will appeal to their self-interest. “ Whereas in the list of the AuWhat makes British lovers so much thor's MSS. there is mention made of more constant—what makes British an History of the Affuirs of Scotland, marriages so much more happy-than from the Restauration of King Charles those of any other nation under Hea- ȘII. in 1660 to 1691, which subscribers ven? Is it not the superior purity of might have readily looked for in this mind and manners possessed by the second volume; but, that MS. being females of Britain ? Be yourselves. in the hands of some of the Author's Imitate not the loose manners of those relations, who think it not ready for countries, from whose impiety and the press until it be carefully revised, impurity Providence has separated they have reckoned it more proper to you by a barrier of waves, which it have it printed by way of Appendix were well you might never cross. to this second volume, how soon they
Yet I would not be too severe on have it revised and transcribed by a the fair inhabitants of other king, good hand.” doms. I have no doubt that some, I It is well known that no such hishope many, of those who have sub- tory has ever been published, and it mitted to partake of this degrading cannot be doubted, that, however paramusement, are pure even in thought; tial it must be, yet such a work, from but this I must say, and I call upon a writer of so great talent on events in every female to attend to me, that a which he had a great part, would be woman who can, without blushing, highly interesting; , . It probably still feel her waist encircled by the arms exists, and the publication of it would of a man who is neither her father nor be a material service to British hisher brother, has lost something which tory. Information about the hands she can never regain. She has lost through which it had formerly passed that innate, that shrinking delicacy might perhaps lead to its discovery, which was born with her; that feeling and would at all events be acceptable which, independent even of thought, to the curious inquirer. nature gave her for the preservation The estates of Sir George Mackenof her purity. If it be not the strong- 'zie devolved in succession on the seest defence of virtue, it is at least, so cond Earl of Bute, the Right Ilon. J. long as it remains entire, a secure one. Stuart Mackenzie, and the Hon. ArUntil that barrier be overleaped, no chibald Stuart Wortley. other advantage can be of any use. The history was withheld from the If it were possible that while religion, public in 1722, probably because the reason, and the fear of the world's Earl of Bute had espoused the cause censure, were done away, this virgin of the House of Hanover, and hall armour could remain ; this of itself married the sister of John and Archi.
A CHARACTER OF SIR ROBERT WAL
bald, Dukes of Argyle, successively he never possessed it; and is better leaders of the Whig party in Scot- qualified for the second than for the land.
HISTORICUS. first place in any government. His
ministry has been more advantageous to his family than to the public, bet
ter for this age than for posterity, and POLE, FROM AN EARLY EDITION OF more pernicious by bad precedents HUME'S ESSAYS.
than by real grievances. During his
time trade has flourished, liberty deTxere never was a man, whose ac- clined, and learning gone to ruin. As tions and character have been more I am a man, I love him ; as I am a earnestly and openly canvassed, than scholar, I hate him; as I am a Brithose of the present minister, who, ton, I calmly wish his fall. And were having governed a learned and free I a member of either House, I would nation for so long a time, amidst such give my vote for removing him from mighty opposition, may make a large St James's; but should be glad to see library of what has been wrote for him retire to Houghton Hall, to pass and against him, and is the subject of the remainder of his days in ease and above half the paper that has been pleasure. blotted in this nation within these The Author is pleased to find, that, twenty years. I wish, for the honour after animosities are laid, and calamay of our country, that any one character kas ceased, the whole nation almost of him had been drawn with such have returned to the same moderate judgment and impartiality, as to have sentiments with regard to this great some credit with posterity, and to man ; if they are not rather become shew, that our liberty has, once at more favourable to him, by a very nie. least, been employed to good purpose. tural transition from one extreme to I am only afraid of failing in the for- another. The Author would not op mer quality of judgment; but if it pose these humane sentiments towards should be so, it is but one page more the Dead, though he cannot forbear obthrown away, after an hundred thou- serving, that the not paying more of sand, upon the same subject, that our public debts was, as hinted in this have perished, and become useless. In character, a great, and the only great, the mean time, I shall fiatter myself error in that long administration. with the pleasing imagination, that the following character will be adopted by future historians.
Sir Robert Walpole, Prime Minister of Great Britain, is a man of abi
“ Gli occhi di ch'io parlai si caldamente." lity, not a genius; good nature, not
251st SONNET. virtuous; constant, not magnanimous; moderate, not equitable. His vir- THOSE eyes whereof I, once, so warmly tues, in some instances, are free from
spokethe alloy of those vices, which usual- That delicate foot—those hands and gra
cious face, ly accompany such virtues ; he is a generous friend, without being a bita And white arms, whose inimitable grace
Such amorous feeling in my heart awoke, ter enemy. His vices, in other in
As made me different from my common stances, are not compensated by those virtues which are nearly allied to That golden hair upon whose simplest lock them. His want of enterprise is not Hung beauty, and that sweet and sunog attended with frugality. The private smile, character of the man is better than the (Bright as the lightning, but without its public; his virtues more than his shock,) vices; his fortune greater than his That made this earth a paradise awhile, fame. With many good qualities he are now a little mould. I, in my place, has incurred the public haired; with Still live, tho’ withering, both in spirit and good capacity he has not escaped ridicule. He would have been esteemed
And like a barque dismantled in a storm,
Look vainly out for thee, my guiding more worthy of his high station, had
Here then, my song shall cease ; for, lo! * Moderate in the exercise of power, not
'tis night. equitable in engrossing it.
H. H. L
TRANSLATION PROM PETRARCH.
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE.
Occurrence of the Sea-Horse (Walrus reddish beak and legs. On replacing it in or Morse, Trichecus rosmarus, Lin.) in the the nest, it speedily fled away, but was inHebrides.—Mr W. Macgillivray has com- stantly attacked by fifty or sixty common, municated to us a notice in regard to the swallows, that appeared to peck at and buf. occurrence of the Walrus in this country. fet it so cruelly, that it took refuge in a He says, that in the end of December 1817, tree, from which it was not easily raised. a large unknown marine animal was seen On again essaying its wings, its persecunear the mouth of Loch Seaforth, an arm tors assembled round it in great numbers, of the sea which separates the islands of accompanying it until distance concealed Lewis and Harris. A few days after, it it from our sight. A few days after, it was was discovered by some of the inhabitants, shot near its former habitation, and both lying upon a small rock at the Sound of it and its brother swallow are now in my Stockness, on the east coast of Harris. One possession."-Edin. Phil. Journ. of them, an expert marksman, prevailed Magnificent Flower.-M. Decandolle upon the rest to venture out with a boat, lately mentioned to one of our corresponin order to attack it. He landed upon an- dents, that a most magnificent and very sinother small rock near that on which the gular flower had been discovered in the Island animal was reposing, and taking a deliber. of Borneo, by the botanist who accompani. ate aim, discharged his musket at it. The ed Sir Stamford Raffles to that island, afanimal immediately plunged into the sea, ter the cession of Java to the Dutch. The to appearance unhurt; but keeping its tower seems to rise immediately out of head and part of the body above water, the ground, without stem, and without presented an opportunity of lodging two shewing leaves at the time of flowering. other shots, the last of which, passing The flower, when expanded, is described through the chest, proved fatal.
as being fully a metre (more than a yard) then secured, by fixing a rope to its tusks, in circumference, and in form somewhat and dragged ashore after the boat. Mr similar to a gigantic Stapelia. It is of a Macgillivray hastened to the spot, and care red colour, beautifully veined with white. fully examined the animal, which proved The unexpended flower was compared to a to be the Sea-Ilorse or Morse. It was large cabbage. We have heard that speupwards of ten feet in length; and two cimens of this curious production are in the barrels of blubber were obtained from it. possession of Dr Horsfield in London, and The tusks, now in the possession of Mr Mac we shall doubtless soon be favoured with a leod of Harris, measure eight inches and a correct description of it.--Ed. Phil. Journ. half in length. The inhabitants considered Effect of Ilot Water in reviving Flowers. it as a supernatural being, adapting to it -- In Thomson's Annals of Philosophy, it the ideas which they usually associate with is said, that if flowers which have been the Each Uisg, (Water-Horse,) an imagina- twenty-four hours out of water and are dery entity, and the Seilch Uisg, an animal cayed, are plunged into hot water, that, as supposed, and asserted by people in other the water gradually cools, they become amatters not unworthy of credit, to have been gain quite fresh. This fact, while many seen on several lakes in Harris and Lewis, discredit it, has been long familiar to those particularly in Loch Langaud, which is a. who live in the vicinity of hot springs, and bout twelve miles in length. The largest who have remarked, that decayed flowers and most perfect specimen of the sea-horse, plunged into the waters of the springs bein any collection in Europe, is that in the come again fresh and beautiful. College Museum in Edinburgh, which was Astronomy.-A new society has been presented to Professor Jameson by Captain formed in London for the encouragement Scoresby.- Edin. Phil. Journ.
and promotion of Astronomy. The list of White Swallow.--Dr Traill of Liver- the officers, that bave been chosen for the pool communicates to us the following direction and management, comprehends fact :-“ On 220 August 1819, I found in some of the first astronomers and mathethe nest of the Hirundo rustica, at Green- maticians in the country. bank, near this town, a perfectly white France. The number of letters of all swallow, fully fledged. The nest contain- descriptions delivered daily by the post, in ed another young bird of the usual colour. Paris, is, an average, 32,000 ; and of The plumage of the former was pure snow- journals 1800; while in London, the letwhite, with a gloss like sattin on the head ters are 133,000; and the journals 26,000 ; neck, wing-coverts, and back. The animal making, in the former capital, one letter was a perfect albino, having red eyes, pale among seventy-two persons, and one jour
nal among three hundred and eighty-eight; inedited scholiast on Cicero, begun to be and in the latter, one letter among nine published by me at Milan, and now to be persons, and one journal among forty-three. increased by five other orations, with the
Red Rain. On the 2d of November in supplements to those already printed at the afternoon, a red-coloured rain fell at Milan. 3. A fragment of an oration, by Blackenburg and Dixmude, in Flanders. Q. Aurelius Symmachus, with the suppleIn the following night the same happened ment of two by the same author, already at Sheveningen. When analysed, it yield. published by me. 4. The supplements to ed the hydrochlorate of cobalt.-Annales the homily, or Gothico-Ulphilan commen. Generales des Sciences Physique. Brux tary, a portion of which was also found at elles.
Milan, together with an essay of Ulphilas. Germany.-M, Wachler, professor in These valuable works, mixed into two vothe University of Breslow, has lately pub- lumes, which were taken for writing parchlished an octavo pamphlet, containing his ment in the middle ages, were sent partly Observations on the present state of Ger to Rome, and partly to Milan, from the man Literature. The sketch is a rapid Convent of St Columbanus at Bobbio. analysis of the different literary produc- They will now be again united in a Roman tions that appeared in Germany, in 1817. edition of them, which I shall luse no time -His decisions, occasionally severe but in publishing." just, may be read with pleasure, and they
(Signed) ANGELO MAI. exhibit a pretty complete picture of Ger Denmurk.-A young Creole, a native of man Literature in its present state. We St Croix, in the West Indies, lately crossed, can easily discern, thai it is inferior to the by swimming, the Straight of the Sound, brilliant æra of Klopstock, Wieland, Her- between Cronenburg and Elsinor. In this der, Schiller, &c. M. Wachler intends to part the strait is about four English miles publish, at the end of every year, a similar wide; but the winds and currents not alsynopsis of all the new literary productions. lowing him to make the passage in a
Italy. A letter, dated December 23, strait line, he was obliged to land at the 1819, from A. Mai, the principal librarian village of Graves, two miles from Elsinor, of the Vatican to the Pope, giving an ac which made the whole distance about six count of Cicero's Treatise de Republica, miles. He performed this voyage in two has excited great expectation.
hours and forty minutes, although the sea “ I have the honour and satisfaction," was rough and the wind unfavourable. A says M. Mai, in his letter to the Pope, Danishe officer and three sailors attended “ to inform your beatitude that in two re him in a long boat.-- This swimmer has written Codices of the Vatican, I have late- out-done the celebrated Leander; and ely found some lost works of the first Latin ven our English poet, Lord Byron, who classics. In the first of these MSS. I have crossed the Hellespont, by swimming, on discovered the lost books de Republica of the 3d of May 1810, with LieutenantCicero, written in excellent letters of the Aikenhead, of the English frigate, the best time, in three hundred pages, each in Salsette. two columns, and all fortunately legible. Russia. The ecclesiastical organiza. The titles of the above noble subject, and tion of the different religions denominaof the books, appear in the margin ; and tions in Russia are as under : the name of Cicero, as the author of the The Catholics of Lithuania, of White work, is distinctly legible. The other re- Russia, and Western Russia, have their written codex presents various and almost archbishops, bishops, religious orders of equally precious works. It is singular that both sexes, with colleges of Jesuits, &c this MS. contains some of the same works The Protestants, both Lutheran and which 1 discovered and published at Mi. Reformed, have their superior consistornd lan, and I have here found what was there in each government. In Finland these cies wanting. I perceived this at first sight, sistories have, at their head, a bishop, onnot only from comparing the subject, but in the other provinces, a superintendent also from the band-writing, which is pre- general. ,cisely the same as that of the Milan Ms. The Armenians, whether united or not,
“ The contents are-1. The correspon. have their archbishops and bishops, and dence between Fronto and Marcus Aureli- the latter class have a patriarch. us before and after he was Emperor. This The Moravian brethren of Sarepta have is an instructive, affectionate, and very in their separate ecclesiastical jurisdiction. teresting collection ; the first and second The Mahomelans, whose nuwbers. books, containing epistles to M. Aurelius, mounts to near three millions, have two were published from the Milan MS. ; that muftis. now found in the Vatican contains the The sectarics of Lama have their lamas third, fourth, and fifth books, as well as or priests. the supplement to the second, and some The Schamans, and the unbaptized peoother works by Fronto, Latin and Greek. ple of the Finnish race, have also their 2. The finu commentary of the ancient priests.