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affect, 'ignorance of its debasing tendencies, and, before him ; but while engaged in this vain attempt, 'careless of public morality, fraudulently tax their the stock of provisions on which he had hitherto
country in this underhand manner, still the moral subsisted came to an end, and he began to make degradation attendant on the system is glaring and verses from sheer necessity. The great talent dis'énormous. Sceptics to the justice of these remarks, I played in these essays gained him the favour of an may, if leisure permit, turn to the report of a Select eminent Court poet, to whom the Sultan had inCommittee of the House of Commons, appointed trusted the task of celebrating in song the early (27th August, 1808) for inquiring into the manner history of Persia ; and this poet transferred to of conducting Lotteries at that period, and the ef. Ferdusi the arduous but honourable office. The fects they had upon the country. Their scepticism, Sultan was prejudiced against him, on account of on the examination of that paper, will be instantly his being a native of the heretical city of Thus, removed. What a heart-rending spectacle of mi. and, for some time, would not hear of his substisery and vice is there exposed to our pity and re. tution. Ferdusi, however, did not allow this cirprobation. What transactions of nefarious baseness cumstance to disturb him ; but, absorbed in the are there brought to light, through the evidence of magnitude of his undertaking, and supported by a the witnesses connected with the Metropolitan Po-consciousness of his own power, he began and lice. Some idea of the enormous profits of the con- finished his task, to his eternal glory. tractors and agents to the State Lotteries may The Sultan now rewarded him by a present of thence be formed, from the declaration, upon oath, sixty thousand pieces of silver, viz. one for every of one of the most extensive London Lottery Office verse. Ferdusi accepted this gift, although he Keepers, that for every £600,000 gained to the State knew well that, in comparison with his achieve. by Lottery, the people were fleeced of £1,275,000 !!! ment, it was small indeed. After receiving the So thoroughly convinced was the Committee of money, he went into the Bazaar to take a bath, 1808, of the radically vicious foundation and ten- and before leaving the place he expended the dency of raising money by Lottery, that their re-whole sum ;-he paid for the bath 20,000 pieces, port explicitly declared, that under no system of the same sum for a glass of Tukka, and the reregulations which might be devised, could Parlia-maining 20,000 he gave to the poor. After this he ment possibly adopt it, as an efficient source of re- concealed himself in Chasna, and, by a stratagem, venue, and at the same time divest it of the evils succeeded in obtaining from the Sultan's library and calanities of which it had proved so baneful a the copy of his poem, and in the volume he wrote source; that no mode of raising money was so bur- a satire upon Mahmud himself, from which we exdensome, so pernicious, and so unproductive; that tract three verses : « Thirty years have I toiled in no species of gambling with which they were ac. with this poem, in the hope that a crown and a quainted, were the chances so great against the treasure would have been my reward. Were this adventurer; and in none was the infatuation more king descended from kings, he would have adorned powerful, lasting, and destructive. After perusing my head with a golden diadem.--Since, in his ori. the report referred to, authenticated, as it is, by the gin nobility was unknown, may his name be un. honest admissions of the principal Lottery agents known in the line of heroes.” He fled, and eluded themselves, it is impossible but to feel and to express the pursuit of the Sultan by the assistance of his unmingled sorrow at the re-appearance of the nui-countrymen, by whom he was beloved. Long after sance. Despite the fearful recital of crime, which this, it happened that the Sultan was in embarrassed the document contains, and which is distinctly traced circumstances, and asking advice from one of his to its origin in Lotteries, Scotland is disgraced by councillors, he was answered by a verse from the being first to revive the opprobrious system of ex- poem of Ferdusi, exactly fitted to the present emeraction. Let our readers_let the public—but espe- gency. At these words, Mahmud was penetrated cially let the people of Scotland remember, that in with a sense of his injustice, and instantly made abetting such a scheme, they foster a viper destruc- inquiry as to the present circumstances of Ferdusi. tive of prudence and industry, which, when mature Meimendi seized this opportunity, and informed in growth, may prove subversive of our national cha. him that Ferdusi lived in retirement and in poverracter.
D. ty in his native town of Thus. The Sultan was
deeply moved at this recital, and ordered twelve "FERDUSI, THE PERSIAN POET. camels, loaded with indigo, to be instantly de
spatched as a present to the poet. As the camels The following sketch of the life of Ferdusi is with their loads entered the Rudvor gate of the extracted from a review of a work by Dr J. A. city of Thus, the corpse of Ferdusi was borne out Vuller, in a German publication, the Literatur- / at the gate of Risan!
X. X. Blatt. The immortal poet of the Shah nameh was born
The guilt of all aristocracies has consisted not so much
in their original acquisition of power as in their persever. in the fourth century, at Thus, in Khorasan, of ance in retaining it ; so that what was innocent or even poor parents'; but on account of some wrong done reasonable at the begining, has become in later timos atrohim by the governor of the province, he left his
cious injustice; as if a parent in his dotage should claim the native town and betook himself to the capital.
same authority over his son in the vigour of manhood, which
formerly, in the maturity of his own faculties, he had exerWhen here, he made many ineffectual attempts to cised naturally and profitably over the infancy of his child. gain access to the Sultan, and to lay his complaint | Dr. Arnold.
thankfuluess for having lived to see the effects of the es. The extraordinary case of Mrs. Erskine, known by the lightened policy of Chatham, and that policy followed to title of Lady Grange, excited great curiosity about ninety by the liberality of the Government towards the most fi years ago; and it is yet very interesting on account of the
account of the , mote districts of the empire, in opening up a country withers mystery which attends it, and its apparent counexion with
to inaccessible, by roads and bridges, executed under the the plots of those who were concerneil in the rebellions direction of the most able engineers. Now for the nantawhich broke out in the years 1715 and 1745. Mrs. Erskine's maiden name was Rachel Chiesly. She
“ January 21, 1741. was a daughter of Chiesly of Dairy, who shot the Lord
“I, the unfortunate wife of Mr. James Erskine, of President, Sir George Lockhart, in revenge for deciding
Grange. That, after I had lived twenty-five years in against him a law-suit, which had been referred to his great love and peace, he, all of a sudden, took a dislike to Lordship, and another of the judges, as arbiters. She was my person, and such a hatred that he could not live with a beautiful woman, but of a very violent temper. It was
me, nor so much as to stay in his house; and desired r. reported that Erskine of Grange (a brother of the Earl of | to subscribe a separation during his pleasure, which ! Mar) had seduced her, ard that she compelled him to thought was contrary to my vows before God; and that I marry her, by threatening his life, and reminding him that dearly loved my husband. Both his friends and mine on she was Chiesly's daughter.
were at a great deal of pains to persuade me, but I abon Mr. Erskine's character is represented as having been by no lutely refused to subscribe it. At last, after much threatmeans amiable. He was dissipated, restless, and intriguing;
euing, he got me out of the house ; and I designed at iha: and was supposed to be concerned in some of the measures time to go straight to London ; but some of my fricezi preparatory and subsequent to the rebellion in 1715, of thought his temper might alter, and gave me your house to which his wife was in the secret. His frequent journeys to stay in, it being a little without the town, I desiring i London, and some of his amours there, gave her so much
live retired. After having lived some months there, I an. uneasiness that she threatened to inform Government of all into Edinburgh, and I took a chamber in a private house she knew, unless he consented to give up plotting, and live | near to my Lord's lodgings, that I might have the pleaselt quietly at home. He did not choose to comply with these
to see the house he was in, and to see him and my chil terms; and he formed a plan, by which she was violently
dren when going out; and I made his relations and size seized in her own house, and dragged away. It is a remark
own speak to him, and was always in hopes that Gol able circumstance that, notwithstanding the noise which would shew him his sin of putting away his wife contrasy this barbarous and tyrannical act occasioned, no means were to the laws of God and man; and this was no secre, fur taken to bring the perpetrators to justice, though some of
the President of the Session, and some of the Lords, the sche them were well known.
licitor, and some of the advocates and ministers of EdaGrange had the address to persuade the public and his
burgh, know all this to be truth. When I lost all hopes, connexions, that his wife was a mad woman, who had fre
then I resolved to go to London, and live with some of my quently attempted his life, and that confinement was abso.
friends, and make myself as easy as I could withont. Har lutely necessary. He used to show a razor, which he said,
ing paid a part of my coach hire, and taken leave of my he had taken from under her pillow. She had two sons
friends and the ministers, two days before I should hair
gone away, upon the 22d, 1732, after eleven o'clock at al grown to manhood at the time she was carried off, and it was suspected, that either one or both consented to it. Her
it being the Saturday evening, the house belonging to the daughter, by Mr. Erskine of Grange, was married to the
Margaret M'Lean, a Highland woman, she put the freshe Earl of Kintore. None of her relatives ever made the
had in her house to bed, which were two Highland women. smallest stir about the matter. The fate of Lady Grange,
and a little servant maid, an hour and half before ordinary after her seizure, has hitherto remained uncertain, except
I had no servant with me in that house, but a chainbi that it was known she had been carried to St. Kilda. There
maid, and whether she was upon that plot, or whether the is, however, a MS. which throw's much light on this tran
mistress put her out of the way, I know not; there cal? saction. This manuscript is a copy of another, partly
two men to the door, saying they had a letter for my ladi, written for Lady Grange, by the minister of St. Kilda, and
and the mistress of the house brought them to my roes partly by herself. It was found among the papers of a gen.
door, and then rushed in some Highlandmen, whom I a tleman who flourished at the time of the transaction to
seen frequently attending my Lord Lovat, and, if I w which it refers, and who never would have put into his
remember, had his livery upon them, who threw me lot repository anyching of the kind which was not authentic.
upon the floor in the most barbarous manner, and I am Indeed, the internal evidence ii bears, proves the authenti.
out murder, murder. Then they stopt my mouth, and di. city of the narrative almost beyond question. During my
out several of my teeth, and I bled ; and abused my face in inquiries in regard to this extraordinary transaction, I
the most pitifully with their hard, rude bands, till then learned the existence of several documents which confirmed
was no skin left on my face all below my eyes ; for I the story as narrated in the manuscript ; and also that some
always putting out the clothes as fast as they put in, betina original letters of Lady Grange, which had found their
on the floor at the time; and I defended myself with y way from St. Kilda, had been recently in the hands of à
hands, and beat with my heels upon the loft, in hopes to bookseller in Edinburgh, from whom they had been pur
people below would hear me. And then a near cousin chased for the purpose of destroying them. It is not sur.
my Lord Lovat's looked in at the door, and gave directions prising that the descendants of the parties concerned should
to cover my head, and tye down my hands with a closer feel a desire to bury the story in oblivion, on account of
they had wrestled so long with me, that it was all that! the conduct which the narrative displays. But in matters
could breathe; and then they carried me down stairs, as of history, especially when the dispositions and manners of
they had a corpse. I heard many voices abont me; best a people become interesting, private feelings must be disre.
blindfolded, I could not discover who they were. There gardert. Nothing has yet appeared which exhibits in a
a chair at the stair foot, which they put me in; and was stronger light than the following narrative, the ferocity not
was a man in the chair who took me on his knee, and only of the Highland clans, but of a portion of their south
made all the struggle I could ; but be held me fast 18 " ern neighbours ; and it is valuahle, in so far as it proves
arms, and hindered me to put my hands to my mouth, Take the long duration of barbarism, and assists us to appreciate
I attempted to do, being tied down. Tbe chair carried the astonishing rapidity with which civilization has pro
off very fast, and took me without the ports; and ceeded in Scotland, and more particularly in the Highlands.
they opened the chair, and taken the cloth off my be Many of my name were concerned in the rebellions which
let me get air, I perceived, it being clear moonlight, tad agitated Scotland during the first half of the 18th century ;
was a little way from the Mutters Hill, and that the sea and many may have been guilty of actions equally atro
on whose knee I sat was one Alexander Foster of C. cious with that of which I now give you the details; vet I
bonny, who had there six or seven horses and me have no other feeling in connexion with the pari, than 1
• Whert St. James's Square non is
him, who said all these were his servants, though I knew could do about me. They have three daughters which his soine of them to be my Lord Lovat's servants who rode wife had born, and his eldest son, William Leishman. along ; one of them was called Alexander Frazer, and the They kept me so long close prisoner that it endangered my Other James Frazer, and his groom, whose naine I know health, and I grew sick, and Andrew told Mr. Foster that not. These were the names they gave them; but whether they would allow me to go out, and that he would not have they were their proper names I know not.
a hand in my death; and then I was allowed 10 go to the - Another that rode along was Andrew Leishman, a ten- | high 100ins, and to go to the court to get air, inuch against ant in West Pomeise, which belongs to Mr. Stewart, and Mr. Foster's will. had been tenant there these twenty-six years. I heard an « The gardener was kept there for a scoury to dress the other of the horse was a young gentleman, my Lord Lovat's garden and the trees. Sandy Frazer was left with me the cousin ; I heard so; but did not see him, for he kept out of first three days, and then James Frazer was sent out to my sight. Before they set me on horse, I shewed him all wait of me ; for he would not trust ine to the gardener ; the linens about my face were covered with blood, aud) and he kept the key in his own custody day and night. that they had torn all the clothes upon my head, and My Lord Lovat caine frequently through Stirling to Mr. torn out some of my hair, and blind-folded me; but the Foster, his house being within a mile of it; and Mr. Fos. joggling of the horse shuffled up the clothes off my eyes, ter went out and met him, to concert matters about me; so that I saw what way they rode with me, straight by the and James Frazer, who waited of me, went with him. I long way. I saw that I was at the back of the castle. was kept prisover there till the 12th of August, and then They took me the straightest way to Lithgow; and it was | Peter Frazer, my lord's page, came and staid till the 13th. a very frosty, cold, and bitter nicht. I took stitches in my | Mr. Frazer caine up then, and three Highlandmen with side, sitting in a constrained posture, and I begged Mr. | him, and took me out of the room by force ; James and Foster to allow me to light a little till I was eased of my Peter Frazer carried me out, and set me on a horse behind pains. Mr. Foster cried to Sandy Frazer to stop my mouth the Captain. It was about ten o'clock at night, and car. again; for it was he that stopt my mouth when I was in ried me along by Stirling Bridge, and after that I knew no my own room, and called me a damned bitch, that he would more of the way. It was moonlight, and they rode till it break my neck, if I did not hold my peace; was he ventur. was near day, and then took me into - house. The ing his life for me? He took me a little beyond Lithgow. Captain, Mr. Foster, went to the room with me, and sat a Wnen he saw that day was approaching, he took me into little with me, and never came near me after that. He gave a house which belongs to John Macleod, who is an advo the charge of me to one who called himself Alexander cate, whose servant had known of my coining, and met me Grant, but I believe he feigned his name; he rode with me with candles in their hands, at the far end of the entry, out of Pomeise that night's journey ; Andrew Leishman, and brought me into a very gooil room, and fire in, so that and Peter and James Frazer were the rest of the company they knew of my coming. I saw no servants in the house that rode, and a man who was our guide, called himself but two men and a woman, and told them whose wife I was, Macdonald, and told me he was born at Glengarry's. Aland that I was stolen ; and he presently took me up stairs | ways, when they took me out of any place, they did by to a very good bed-room, which had a fire'in, and good force, and I bad them consider what they were doing, in linens in the bed, which I looked to, and found Mr. Mac. / taking me away against my will. Whenever it was night, leod's name on them. They kept me there all day, and they sat ine on a horse behind Grant, who was nothing but would not allow a woman to come up into the room, but a silly fellow, and he could ride before me; and then they set set Sandy Frazer with me all day; for which reason I my Lord Lovat's footman, James Frazer, before me, and tied would not throw off my clothes, for as wearied and cold as me to him, that I might not leap off; and rode all night I was, Frazer was barbarous and cruel.
with me, and brought me into General Wade's new way, I “ When it was night, about seven, he told me I had some knew not how far in the Highlands. Whenever it was day, more miles to ride ; and he took me down stairs hy force, they took me to a house, and kept me there all day, and and tied me on to the horse, as I was the night before. He | when it was night set me on a horse by force. And alrode straight to Falkirk, and we met none on the way; it ways, when we came by houses, I attempted to speak; then being the Sabbath night, which I thought very misfortu. they offered to stop my mouth. We rode all night, and nate, or else I would have cried out for help. He rode | again morning, with great difficulty, they found a barn to a svay by the south side of Falkirk, and through the Tore-l put me in; there they kept me all day, and it being far in wood, which way I knew all, having travelted it before. the Highlands, by tour in the afternoon, they set me on a Some little after we left the Torewood, he rode a way which | horse again, and rode all night. I knew not; and I was very weary, it being a bitter night. 6 Again, Saturday, they brought me to a
Mr. He said he was taking me to his own house, but did not | Foster, thouzh he came not near me, always rode behind or tell me its name, and thought all along I did not know | before, and lodged always in the same place I lodged. Upwhom he was, a cloth being tied to his face, that I inight on Saturday, I saw him take horse, and his inan with lini. not perceive it; and he brought me straight to Wester Po | I looke out of a hole, and saw him. Again night, they set meise, where he was a factor for Mr. Stewart, who mar- | me on a horse again, and carried me amongst the Highland ried to Brisbane of Bishopstown's sister. He took me in | hills, and rode till it was near morning, and laid me down through a large vault, and then into a room of the vault, 1 on the grass, being very weary, and thy rodle all the Salıthe windows of the room being nailed with thick boards, bath; the side of a hill, and the way was so bad, that it and uo light in the room ; but in a little closet, a little slit, was not rideable, for they carried me in their arms; we were where a man could hardly put in his hand, less than the as an open ship all that night, and the day the waters were thieves' hole in Edinburgh, and a very old ngly bed, with so high, that we could not cross till it was near night ; then out a roof, a timber chair, with the half of the hottom in they got me on horse, and carried me to a place called Milit ; and there I was kept a close prisoner for thirteen or town, when preparations were made for me, that being the fourteen weeks, not having liberty as much as to go without 28th day of the inonth. I was never in bed all the time doors; and two doors locked on me, cross bars on the out since we came from Pomeise. With their rude hands they side. The servant that waited on me there, was an old had hurt one of my breasts. I was kept there sixteen days, gardener and his wife that he had provided, who had a meal and all the company left me but James Watson's lad. garden in Stirling. His name is George Ross, and his This was on my Lord Lovat's ground. They called the man Tvife's name Agnes Watt. He lived in Stirling many years, of the house Andrew Frazer. Grant came on the and had two sons and a daughter, who was frequently with September, and set me on horse by force at night, and put their father and saw me.
me in a boat, which was in a loch about a mile from Mil. " Andrew Leishman, mentioned before, brought what town. They crossed the loch with me, and James Frazer mcal and drink I needed, and all other provisions, such as left me there, some nights without, and some nights in coal and candle. He went always to Sr. Foster, got directions about it. His wrife served me in what things shr! After we crossed the loch, and again the ninth of the
month, at the evening, we came to a loch-side on Glengar. But whether Alexander told him I was there, cannos be po ry's ground. I should have been taken to Scot's house,* sitive or gure, brother to the Laird of Glengarry, but they altered their “In May, 1734, Sir Alexander Macdonald came to the minds, anıl ortered him to come to Lochnirr,t and wait for Weist, tu set bis land, and sent word to Alexander I was to me on the tenth of the month, on the break of day, for fear of be taken away from him very soon, and that he would allow their being seen, for they were always in terror. They no more board for me; therefore, he should let me go with dragged me by force, and I cried bitterly out; they were all the first that came for me. It was but a small island, none Highlanders, and nobody understood me; and took me into in it but cottars and his servants. Upon the 14th day of a shop of which Alexander Macdonald was master, who is June, there came a sloop to the Hesker, with John Macleod, a tenant in an island called Hesker, belonging to Sir Alexander tenant to the Laird of Macleod, in a place which they Macdonald, who told me he had been at Scot's house, and call Northtown, in the parish of Harrioch, and brought a seen my Lord Lovat's cousin, formerly mentioned; he was letter to Alexander. He showed me the letter to give up ordered to take me home to his own isle, and keep me there the cargo that was in his hands. The day before he got the till further orders. I told him I was stolen out of Edin letter, he had been at the Captain of Clanronald's house, and burgh, and brought there by force, and that it was contrary had met with my Lord Lovat's cousin there, the Captain to the laws what they were doing. He answered that he being married to his sister. William and his man were sery would not keep me or any other against their will, except rude to me, and hurt me very sore in the taking me away. Sir Alexander Macdonald were in the affair.How far Sir Alexander told me he knew not where I was going to Alexander is concerned in this I am not certain ; but the and John Macleod said he was taking me to the Orkney man being poor and greedy of money, made him go beyond islands. The galley belonged to himself, but his brother his own light. We lay long in the loch for want of wind, Norman Macleod was manager of it. He was in such tere and young Scot's son and his father's brother, came into the ror that it should be known that I was in his custody, that sloop, the time that the sloop lay in the loch. They came he
now all his men. When I came to the with design to see me, but not to relieve me. We came not | island, I found it as I heard of it, a very desolate island, but out of the loch till the 19th day of the month, and the nobody in it but natives of the place. John and his brother
Macdonald, another son of Scit's, came with the stayed a few days in the place, and by no means would come sloop, and had a long conversation with Alexander Mac- | fess from whom he had got me, but I found out ; what hand donald. We were storm-stayed by the way, and we were the Laird of Macleod had in it I am not sure. He left me in hazard of being lost before we came to Hesker, which in a very miserable condition, but had no provision for me but was a poor miserable island. Upon the 30th day of the what the island afforded ; and nobody to wait on me, thal month we came there. That day we came out of the loch, | understood me, but one ill-natured man, who understood there came in a son of Dornick's called John Macleod, and a little English, and explained to others what I wanted; William Toling, who lives on Macleod's ground, who be. and he was not only ill-natured, but half-witted, and one fore was merchant at Inverness, and Rory Macdonald, bro. | day drew out his dirk to kill me. ther to Castletown, and they all understanding the lan. “After being some time in this island, God in his good guage, I told them all my misfortunes; and William To providence, who in all my distress has taken care of me, for ling said he was at Edinburgh the time I was stolen, which I have great reason to bless and praise him, where I anit promised me he would tell Renkiller where I was to found God much present with me for as desolate as itis, combe taken. I was in the island of Hesker ten months before forting me, and supporting me in my long and heavy triály I got bread, and suffered much cold and hunger, and many a minister and his wife came to the island, to whom I am hardships and barbarous usage. I was in that strait al. | exceeding much obliged ; and if it had not been for the care most, I wanted stockings, shoes, and many other necessaries. that he and she took, I had died of want of meat, for there And Macdonald said he had no orders to give me any meat were no provisions sent me, but two pecks of four, and but what they eated themselves; but had no orders for ' what the place can afford, such as milk and a little barley clothes. After I was near a year in his custody, he said knocked, and that forced from them by threatenings ; for he would go and tell them from whom he got me, that he the people are very poor and much oppressed. I have 110. thought it was a sin to keep me, and that he would let me body to serve me but a little Highland girl ;' and the mil. away, and that he had writ twice or thrice about what ne nister and his wife must explain to her. He is a sincere cessaries I wanted, but got no answer. When he came back, and a devout man, and very painful, and what time be can he said he had seen Sir Alexander Macdonald, and said to | spare from his business, he is so good as to come to see me him it was a sin and shame to keep me, for that he would
e to keep me, for that he would | am not sure whose hands this may come to, but if I he dead, keep me no longer. Sir Alexander said, that he was sorry I beg my friends may be kind to reward this minister and that he had meddled in such an affair, and did not know his wife, for he hath helped to preserve my life, and mad how to get out of it, but discharged him to let me go till it comfortable the time I lived. John Macleod, above names further orders. Alexander said he was bidden treat me is tenant of this island.t I got the minister persuader to harshly, and do nothing but what was his pleasure, and to write the account of the way I was stolen, and by whom, cross me in every thing. Though he got me bread, yet I that he might acquaint my friends. He would not be was much more hardly dealt with than he had done the first me a pen to write to any of them, but said that he wou year; and I thought it hard enough when he was in Skye, do all for me in his power. When he went from the at Sir Alexander's, he told me he saw Alexander Mackenzie, | island, he resolved to go to Edinburgh, but he would not of Delvi's two brothers. I well remember they are called tore to carry this paper with him. But I gave him Kenneth and John Mackenzies ; and he pretended he told I on you, and two other of my friends, that they might and them that he had me in custody, for he made it no secret. | where I was; but his life being threatened, he left. I often begged him to allow me to write to my friends the island, and he was after hindered, either to go to time I was with him, and then I would be relieved, for he burgh, or to write to anybody about me. Since he said he was discharged to let me write, or tell me the place back to this island, he sent me word hy his wife, tha of the world I was in. I was many months there before I had burnt the bills I had given him; he is in such fea know whose ground I was on. I often begged him to tell his life and his uncles. Some other of the minister
of nie. the minister, who was one Mr. John Maclean, and the name angry at him for the care and concern he bad taken of his parish is the Weist, which is in the middle of the long | He bade his wife get this paper froni me that he mig island, and bordering on Clanronald's ground. I desired stroy it, that it might never come to light as writt him to come and see me, and pray for this distress of my him. Since I could not get paper to write so full mara family. Mr. Macdonald told me he answered, it was his count as this, I thought it no sin to deceive her, and I burnt duty to pray for every body in distress; bnt if he could not
* This person was alive in North Uist, in 1817, at the advanced as come and see me, he had but an eight-mile ferry to cross.
90 years she was seen by Mr. Campbell, author of Albyn's Author
who lately travelled into the remote parts of Scotland, in search are " Placlonald of Scot's house. :,:
cient music , Probably Locubouti,
it Mrs, Lishine's own hand begins at gott .
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two papers before her, and bade her tell the minister now It is the very time to recombine the wandering images, to be easy. I am not sure who of my kin and friends is which night, in a confused mass, presented ; to snatch them dead, or who is alive ; but I beg whosoever hands this from forgetfulness; to shape, and mould them. Some people comes first to, to cause write it once in a fair hand, and to have no good of their dreams. Like fast feeders, they gulp shew it to all my friends."
them too grossly to taste them curiously. We love to chew The following notices are written at the end of the nar the cud of a foregone vision ; to collect the scattered rays of rative.
a brighter phantasm, or act over again, with firmer nerves, ** Grant had his felows.
the sadder nocturnal tragedies; to drag into day-light a a Scoto's wife, aunt to Roderick Macleod, his father's struggling and half-vanishing night-mare; to handle and sister.
examine the terrors, or the airy solaces. We have too much « There sprang « leek in the sloop, we were in grcat respect for these spiritual communications, to let them go so danger.
lightly. We are not so stupid, or so careless, as that Im** One of Lord Lovat's lyes which he said to John perial forgetter of his dreams, that we should need a seer to Macleod, the young man of Dynwick, that I was going to remind us of the form of them. They seem to us to have as kill my husband ---you know that a lye.
much significance as our waking concerns; or rather to *Sir Alexander Macdonald, at any time he wrote about import us more nearly, as more nearly we approach, by years, mé, the name he gave me was Carup.
to the shadowy, world whither we are hastening. We have * hear that Alexander Macdonald in the Hesker, is shaken hands with the world's business; we have done with dead. His wife is since married to Logan Macdonald, her it; we have discharged ourself of it. Why should we get tenant to Clanranold. She knows it was Lord Lovat and | up ? we have neither suit to solicit, nor affairs to manage. Roderick Macleod that stole me.
The drama has shut in upon us at the fourth act. We have * The minister's dainė saw me taken out of Mrs. Mar. nothing here to expect, but in a short time a sick bed, and garet Macleod's house, by Roderick Macleod—and he told a dismissal. We delight to anticipate death by such shadows Lady Macleod, he said "
as night affords. We are already half acquainted with This Roderick Macleod was Macleod of Muiravonside, ghosts. We were never much in the world. Disappointwho, it was well known, acted the principal part in the bar-ment early struck a dark veil between us and his dazzling barous scene described by the sufferer.
illusions. Our spirits showed grey before our hairs. The From the above curious document, it appears that Lady mighty changes of the world already appear as but the vain Grange was at St. Kilda's nine years after she was taken stuff out of which dramas are composed. We have asked
from Edinburgh. When the author of the notice which no more of life than what the mimic images in play-houses to precedes the narrative, was at St. Kilda, in the year 1800, present us with. Even those types have waxed fainter. Our
he was informed by an old man, who remembered having | clock appears to have struck. We are superannuated. In seen Lady Grange, that she had been seven or eight years this dearth of mundane satisfaction, we contract politic alin that island. On making inquiry respecting what hap- liances with shadows. It is good to have friends at court. pened afterwards to this ill-fated woman, he was informed The abstract media of dreams seem no ill introduction to by a gentleman in Skye, that, in consequence of a dread that spiritual presence, upon which, in no long time, we of discovery, she had been removed to Assint, (the western expect to be thrown. We are trying to know a little of the district of Sutherland,) and from thence to Skye, where usages of that colony; to learn the language, and the faces she died.
we shall meet with there, that we may be the less awkward
at our first coming among them. We willingly call a phanTHAT WE SHOULD RISE WITH THE LARK. tom our fellow, as knowing we shall soon be of their dark At what precise minute that little airy musician doffs his companionship. Therefore, we cherish dreams. We try to night gear, and prepares to tune up his unseasonable matins,
spell in them the alphabet of the invisible world; and think we are not naturalists enough to determine. But for a mere we know already, how it shall be with us. Those uncouth human gentleman that has no orchestra business to call
shapes, which, while we clung to flesh and blood, affrighted hinn from his warm bed to such preposterous exercises-we
us, have become familiar. We feel attenuated into their take ten, or half after ten, (eleven, of course, during this meagre essences, and have given the hand of half-way apChristmas solstice.) to be the very earliest hour, at which proach to incorporeal being. We once thought life to be he can begin to think of abandoning his pillow. To think something ; but it has unaccountably fallen from us before of it, we say: for to do it in earnest, requires another half its time. Therefore we choose to dally with visions. The
consideration. Not but there are pretty sun sun has no purposes of ours to light us to. Why should we risings, as we are told, and such like gauds, abroad in the get up ?-Elia. world, in summer time especially, some hours before what We have assigned ; which a gentleman may see, as they say,
FRUIT OF CHURCH OF ENGLAND ESTABLISHMENTS. only for getting up. But, having been tempted once or The exactions of tithes and Church rates from the Irish twice, in earlier life, to assist at those ceremonies, we con- Roman Catholics, for the support of a host of Church-of. fess our curiosity abated. We are no longer ambitious of England bishops and pluralists, has at length irritated, being the sun's courtiers, to attend at his morning levees. almost to madness, the wretched and starving population of We hold the good hours of the dawn too sacred to waste Ireland. them upon such observances; which have in them, besides, The same effect was formerly produced on the Scottish something Pagan and Persic. To say truth, we never anti people by the forced establishment of the Church of England cipated our usual hour, or got up with the sun (as 'tis call. bishops, and form of worship in Scotland. During the ed) to go, a journey, or upon a foolish whole day's plea reigns of Charles the Second and James the Second, (the suring, but we suffered for it all the long hours after in favourite monarchs of the Tories, the great body of the listlessness and headaches: Nature herself sufficiently declared Scottish nation suffered a most merciless persecution, insti. her sense of our presumption, in aspiring to regulate our frail gated and conducted by the Anglican bishops and their walking courses by the measures of that celestial and sleep curates. Under the direction of these Episcopal priests, less traveller. We deny not that there is something sprightly the soldiers lived at free quarter on all the Presbyterians and vigorous, at the outset especially, in these break-of-day who were slack in their attendance on the celebration of the excursions. It is flattering to get the start of a lazy world; liturgy. At the instigation of the English curates, who to conquer death by proxy in his image. But the seeds of acted as spies and informers against their parishioners, the sleep and mortality are in us; and we pay usually in strange soldiers, without any form of law, inflicted torture and qualms, before night falls, the penalty of the unnatural in death on all persons, young and old, who were suspected version. Therefore, while the busy part of mankind are of joining in the worship of God under Presbyterian mifast huddling on their clothes, or are already up and about nisters. their occupations, content to have swallowed their sleep by The tortures inflicted by command of these priests of the wholesale, we choose to linger a-bed, and digest our dreams. Church of England on the people of Scotland, even ou vo.