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have before had occasion, in this Gazette, carefully and judiciously made; there is Byron won his fame in spite of his plagiato inform the public in general, and novel scarcely one which may not be both useful risms, and not by them. Our author may writers in particular, that this is not good and entertaining. The questions attached be assured that it will help his reputation, practice, that the use of balsams, in the to the more instructive extracts will fix the to be, in his next publication, more original. case of fresh wounds is exploded, and that attention of the scholar upon those facts If a piece be a close and obvious imitation a strip or two of sticking plaster to keep which are most worthy of being remem- of another, it gains no credit for so much the divided portions in contact, with a band- bered. Indeed, we believe the addition of ingenuity and talent, as it may really disage and occasionally a little lint, are all these questions to a Reader for the use of play. These remarks may seem severe ; that are ever necessary in cases not severe schools, is something new, and may support but it will be easy to make the justness of enough to demand the knife or the needle. the claim of the compiler to originality. them apparent, not only to our readers, but We therefore pray novelists in future not There are misprints which disfigure the to our author. The Song on the 33d page. to add to the necessary evils of war, and work, and some which injure it more mate beginning the sufferings of the wounded, the needless rially, as they obscure the sense. For ex

Love wakes and he weeps, irritation of balsamic detergents. ample, in the account of the battle of the

While beauty reposes, We conclude our remarks by repeating, Nile, quoted from Soutbey's Life of Nelson, Or silently sleeps that we have read this novel with considerable this sentence occurs: “Captain Peyton,

On a pillow of roses. interest, and that after expunging the char- in the defence, took his station,” &c.; we Mid the zephyrs revealing

The lilacks perfume, acters and conversations, to which we have suppose it should be, in the “Defence.” On

The fire-insects wheeling excepted, enough would still be left to page 261, Selkirk is said, when taken from

Enliven the gloom. make a pleasant book.

the island where he had lived some years,
to have, through disease, forgotten his na- cannot fail to remind one of the Song in
tive language;"—it is probable that he for- the Pirate ;-

Love wakes and weeps
The Columbian Class-Book, consisting of got bis English through disuse, and that

While beauty sleeps! Geographical, Historical, and Biograph- Goldsmith, from whom the extract is taken,

O for Musick's softest numbers, ical Extracts, compiled from Authentic said so.

To prompt a theme Sources, and arranged on a Plan different

For beauty's dream, from any thing before offered the Public.

Soft as the pillow of her slumbers. Particularly designed for the use of Reminiscences. Moral Poems and Transla

Through groves of palm Schools. By A. T. Lowe, M. D. Worces- tions. With an Appendix. By J. Fel

Sigh gales of balm, ter, Mass. 1824. 12mo. pp. 455. lowes, Esq. Exeter, N. H. 1824. 18mo. Fire-ties on the air are wheeling;

While through the gloom The title of this book is somewhat indis

Comes soft perfume tinct. A“ Class-Book,” we take to be any There are pieces in this little volume which The distant beds of flowers revealing. work which is adapted to the wants of the may well encourage the friends of the auclasses in a school. Of course, this name does thor to hope that he will succeed in the Walton's book, some verses of Herbert's,

In a late number we quoted froin Isaac not define precisely the particular purpose path which he scems determined to pursue beginning which this book is intended to answer; but, All his poems bear testimony to his induswe infer from the character of its contents, try,—which is as essential to success in

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,

The bridal of the earth and sky, that it is to be used as a Reader, although poetry as in any other art,—and indications Sweet dews shall weep thy fall to-night, the questions appended to the principal ex- of talents which want culture rather than

for thou must die. tracts imply that the scholars must study as power, may be found on many pages. But On page 200, is a Poem beginning thus;well as read it.

his poetry is faulty in many important reWe cannot recommend this book as supe- spects; and it is injured by some errors in rior to all those with which it must sustain a judgment, in which we hope he will not Sentiment from the Divine, Herbert. competition; but it is better than any pub-confirm himself. He appears to overrate lished some years ago, and will not be dis- the comparative importance of exact rhyme. Day of sweet charms, o'er the heavens far gleam

ing, credited by a comparison with most of those In his Preface he expresses his confidence Thou bridal of earth and the sensitive sky, now in common use. In the Preface, the “ that his rhymes will be found, in a great Soon the last ray of thy light shall be streaming, compiler claims to have arranged his ex- measure, faultless.” Now, we do not com- For thou, with the dew-drops that weep thee, shalt tracts in an original, and peculiarly useful plain that bis rhymes are carefully and

die. manner; but we do not see whereon this successfully elaborated, but that in his re- Many of our readers are doubtless acclaim rests. These extracts are like those of gard for them he has neglected the essen- quainted with William Spencer's beautiful other Readers, historical, biographical, geo- tials of poetry. In an Ode to Despair, little poemgraphical, moral, or purely literary ;—and if these lines occur; Mr Lowe has been governed by any new

Too late I staid, forgive the crime,"
Thy palsied hand and dreadful glare,

Unheeded flew the hours ; principle whatever, in placing them in their Rain not on me, oh fierce Despair.

How noiseless falls the foot of time, present order, we must confess that we are certainly, it would be more poetical to in

That only treads on flowers. unable to discover it. We should almost dulge in imperfect rhymes, than to paint What eye with clear account remarks say that they were arranged in studied Despair as raining a hand and glare. On The ebbing of the glass; disorder; the different subjects are so minpage 78, in the line,

When all its sands are diamond sparks gled together, that it is difficult to believe

Which dazzle as they pass ?

Hall-robb'd of life, disrobed of reason, that the compiler observed any rule or

O who to sober measurement method, or had any object in view, unless it reason is represented as a garment;-we

Time's rapt'rous swiftness brings, was to present to the reader an ever-chang. think Mr Fellowes will agree with us in

When birds of Paradise have lent ing variety. The first extract contains a thinking this figure more new than just.

The plumage of his wings. biographical sketch of Washington; and We are aware that some faults of this kind

On page 114, is the following; then, after an account of the river Ganges, may be detected in almost every volume of of Pompeii, and of Egypt, follows a descrip- poems; but it is very important that an aution of our western Indians. We do not thor should know and feel them to be faults,

Some happy hours with thee I've spent, object to this apparent confusion; for it and then he will avoid them.

And restless memory brings helps to attain a very important object; it There is too much imitation in this vol- The days where pleasure ofiener lent

The magic of ber wings. keeps up the interest of the young reader, ume. It is in vain to cite Byron as the and thus prevents the great evil of inatten- “Prince of Plagiarists,” for Mr F's readers Oh, who with steady eye remarks, tion to what he reads. The extracts are will remember, though he may forget, that Time's ebbing sands at all,



long list of his benefactions to our country, | times will do his character that justice which | groundless, and that the republic is safe. by giving us an opportunity to feel and act the times themselves have too frequently de- We have yet among its guardians a few, like Ainericans. The sons of the Pilgrims, nied; and we, who “ from our loop-holes of whose judgment the spirit of liberality could the descendants of the broad-brimmed gen- retreat” beyond the ocean, have “ seen the not bias, nor the blaze of merit blind; they eration of Penn, or the broad-hosed burghers stir of the great Babel,” in which he has knew, that although General La Fayette of New Amsterdam, the sailor and the back- been involved, can understand and pay the bad lavished his fortune in the service of woodsman, the hunter of the prairie, and the tribute of admiration to a character, such this country, the gift was a free one, and chaser " of the gigantic game on the coasts as the world has not often seen. From that no country is bound to return what of Brazil,” have forgotten every thing on the account of La Fayette by Madame de was bestowed without stipulation or expectthis glorious occasion, but that they belonged Stael, quoted in these Memoirs, after recom- ation; they abhorred the idea of tendering to the same great and happy nation, and that mending the whole of it to the perusal of pitiful trash, to one who bas shown that the one of the last survivors of those who had our readers, we extract the concluding re- only objects of value in his eyes, were the made them such a nation, was before them. marks.

rights of mankind. They knew, that he We have arisen as one man, and stood firm

Since the departure of M. de La Fayette for had long since become a citizen of these and united, and the friends and enemies of America, now forty years ago, we cannot quote a States, and they conceived him to be fully our confederacy may alike be taught by our single action or a single word of his, which was entitled, with the citizen soldiers of his conduct, that occasion alone is wanting to not direct and consistent. Personal interest never time, to the valuable privilege of serving call forth the same spirit of union, whether blended itself in the least with his public conduct: his country, without reward. They had seen

such it be needed to welcome a benefactor or advantage ; but they claim the attention of the his- the petition of the veteran officers of our trample on an assailant.

torian in spite of circumstances, and in spite of revolution lying on the table of congress, In order to appreciate justly the moral faults

, which may serve as a handle to his oppo- year after year, and session after session, grandeur of the character of La Fayette, nents.

till the dwindling list of its subscribers was and the merits of his claim to the gratitude Besides the claim of General La Fayette at last hidden under piles of road bills and and admiration of the people of these United to all the honour which it is in the power of draughts of canals; plans of fertile townStates, it is necessary to be acquainted with the American people to bestow, he had anoth- ships, manufacturing memorials, modificathe history of his eventful life, from the er upon that treasury, which, once so low as tions of tariffs, and maps of the interior of moment when he engaged in our service, to need the assistance of a private individ- the earth; and they beheld it in imaginaat the age of nineteen, to the present time; ual, is now, as we are annually informed by tion disinterred, and the spirit again haunt. and in the volume which is the subject of our chief magistrate, beginning to overflow ing the splendid hall, which they had hoped this article, we find this faithfully and very with accumulating millions. Such a claim was laid forever; they beheld the whiteagreeably related. We do not intend to could not be considered without alarm by the haired remnants of the last century creepgive any particular analysis of it, as we ex. friends of that economy, which has ever been ing out once more from their retreat, and pect that it will be in the hands of all our the distinguishing characteristic of our gov- heard again the appalling sounds of deprereaders, quite as soon as this article. They ernment, gaining the hearts of the careful ciated currency, funded debt, bounty lands, will learn from the details of the life of La men of these realms, and extorting the reluc- and five years' commutation. They felt Fayette, to admire the singular consistency tant admiration of Europe. They had reas- likewise on this occasion, what every true of his character. His speeches and writings, on to regard with anxiety the session of a patriot must feel, that the security of our as well as his actions, in every period of it, a congress, so lately collected from the union is debate; and that our liberties can evince the same enthusiastic and inflexible crowds that hailed the arrival of this illus- never be impaired till our representatives regard to civil liberty and the unalienable trious person, their ears yet tingling with shall cease to talk. Their hands and their rights of mankind, and the same undeviat. the sounds of rapturous welcome; and their voices therefore were uplifted against reing opposition to any government which had hearts yet warm with the remembrance of funding; what they could not prevent, they not this for its object. In the war waged the dinners they had eaten to his honor, at least delayed, and history will forever by these Colonies, in support of these prin- It was to be feared that they would forget, preserve the names of those, who retained ciples, he lavished his fortune, and risked to a man, that tender regard to the people's their coolness amid the enthusiasm of a nahis life, with a spirit belonging rather to the money, which we cannot sufficiently praise, tion, and reasoned when others only felt. age of chivalry than any more modern pe- and vote by acclamation the payınent of the riod. In his own country he soon after ap- the only part of our debt, which can ever be peared among the leaders of a revolution, liquidated; and that some furious member, Escalala : an American Tale. By Samuel which professed to have the establishment in a paroxysm of frantic liberality, would

B. Beach. Utica. 1824. 12mo. pp. 109. of the same principles for its object; but empty the treasury with a motion, and re- This poem exhibits some talents, but does when his companions and countrymen be. duce it again to that state from which La not exhibit them to advantage ;-the image. gan to carry the work of demolition beyond Fayette had formerly rescued it. It was ry is occasionally quite good, and the verthe limits which necessity and justice marked to be feared, that no civil courage, how. sification is often excellent, but there are out, La Fayette was no longer with them. ever tried, could resist the impulse of that many unpardonable offences against good His uniform adherence to these principles moment; and no soul could be so independent taste, both as it respects thought and exhave procured him the hatred alike of the of circumstances, as to be untouched by such pression, and the story is exceedingly derulers and refurmers of the old world; the as those, no heart so firm as not to be fective. despots immured him in their dungeons, softened; no voice so loud as to make its It must be known to most of our readers, and the demagogues denounced his name, prudential accents beard amid the uproar of that numerous mounds and barrows exist confiscated bis estates, and threatened his gratitude. That even be, that old man vigi- in the interior of North America, the origin life; amid the fierce struggles and corrupt lant, from whose “ wakeful custody, the of which is wholly unknown. There they intrigues of Europe, his opinions and actions guarded gold” of these United States has so are, but none living can say what hand have been unintelligible anomalies; and seldom passed without opposition, would re- built them or how many ages have rolled how could those of a disciple of Washing- lax bis diligence, and swell the vote of his over them,-for what uses they once servton be otherwise; contending steadily and fellows, heedless of the twinges of prudence, ed, or what deeds or names they were inundauntedly for the cause of reason, right, and careless of coming regrets. With such tended to record. The Indians who are and justice, he has been almost uniformly in fears, did the unbending patriot-economists of around them, know as little about them as the ranks of the weaker party. His zeal and our land await the doings of the greatcouncil we. Before our fathers came here, all activity have been a perpetual terror to the of the nation; and accordingly, no sooner had knowledge, all tradition of their beginning usurpers of unlawful power, and his exam- the logocracy assembled, than rumours of re- was lost, and the shadow of their memory ple a perpetual rebuke to the unprincipled muneration began to issue from the capitol. had faded away. Mr Beach thinks that aspirants after it; but the history of these. The event has proved that our alarms were every one may solve a mystery so deep as




tion and gratification. It is honorable to , vested with an imperishable form. This ed. We pursued to Charlestown Common, the community, that elaborate learning is will not be, unless auch information is not and then retired to Cambridge. When ever brought within its reach. It is unne

the army collected at Cambridge, Colonel cessary to say how honoured they are who only welcomed but sought. For ourselves,

Prescott with his regiment of minute men, we shall be most ready to aid in this im- and John Robinson, his Lieutenant Colonel, so bring it. Our attendance on these lectures has portant work, by all the scanty means

were prompt at being at their post. On the convinced us of the importance of seriously within our power: we shall always gladly 16th of June, Colonel Prescott and Colonel setting about the erection of a public Lec- find room for communications, which help, Bridge were ordered upon Breed's Hill to ture room. It is something more and worse in any way or measure, to illustrate the heave up a breast-work; they laboured all than pity, that here, where we have men more important events of our past history, Reinforcements were ordered, but not one

night, and were left to fight the British. disposed to labour for us, and to procure for us splendid collections of all kinds, to aid in or the characters of those who were emi. company went in order. Many went to struction, we bave no suitable place for their nent among our fathers. In the present Bunker's Hill; some went from there as accommodation, or our own. We feel this instance we have no doubt that our readers volunteers, part of which belonged to Gerthe more, when we see so much done, so will join with us in the thanks which we eral Starks' regiment. Among the voluas much taste exhibited, and so much money proffer to the Rev. Mr Thaxter.

teers was the ever-to-be-lamented General spent on other edifices. We build temples

Warren. When he was introduced to to preserve our wealth and its records, but

Edgartown, November 30, 1924.

Colonel Prescott, the Colonel said, “Gen. leave almost houseless a far better treasury: Sir,

eral Warren, I have not the pleasure of a We cannot but hope that something will Your friend J. A. J— showed me personal acquaintance with you, but from be"soon done in this regard; and we hardly your last paper, in which some observations your knowo character, I shall fight with know a case in which a small individual ex

were made respecting the neglect of suita- cheerfulness under you.” General Warren penditure will procure so much general ac- ble respect to Colonel Prescott. He is not replied, “ Colonel Prescott

, I have not come commodation. There are cases in which the only one that is neglected. I make no

to take command, but to learn to fight under monuments to one age must remain for the objection to the monument on Breed's Hill, you." This I had from Colonel Robinson, spirit of after times to rear. The times of but I think it a great neglect that so little and believe as much as if I had heard with heroes are these. But honor to learning notice is taken of Concord Bridge, and the my ears; a braver and more upright man and to learned men, can be paid at all times, men who first faced the British troops.

I never knew. Such men as Prescott and and by any community which values them. Much is said of Lexington-the British Robinson, ought not to be forgotten by In the present instance personal conven- met with no opposition there; I was an

those who write the history of the comience

and interest come in aid of the cause, eye witness to the following facts. The mencement and prosecution of our glorious and they have not always made their de- people of Westford and Acton, some few

revolution. The vile slanders cast upon mands in vain.

of Concord, were the first who faced the old General Putnam are totally without British at Concord bridge. The British foundation. He did all that man could do had placed about ninety men as a guard at to reinforce Prescott on Breed's Hill. A

the North Bridge; we had then no certain braver man nerer lived. At that time our An article in a late number of this Ga- information that any had been killed at army was little better than a mob, without zette, in which we remarked, in passing, Lexington; we saw the British making de discipline, and under little conmand, till upon the mistake in the popular estimate

struction in the town of Concord; it was General Washington came and Gates, and

proposed to advance to the bridge; on this gave to it some regularity. Whole regiof Col. Prescott's services on Breed's Hill, Colonel Robinson, of Westford, together ments were ordered on perilous duty at has obtained for us a new correspondent; with Major Buttrick, took the lead ; strict once, and the loss of men was from a small whose communication we give below, with orders were given not to fire, unless the circle. The Breed's Hill loss fell upon the no other alteration than the suppression of British fired first; when they advanced county of Middlesex, about one half of the a few sentences relative to matters where-fired one gun, a second, a third, and then nine killed and forty-five wounded. This

about half way on the causeway the British loss was in Prescott's regiment, viz. fortyin our readers wonld not be interested. It the whole body; they killed Colonel Davis,

evil was remedied by Washington and is quite time that the people of this land of Acton, and a Mr Hosmer. Our people

Gates, and in '76 victory delivered Boston, should feel and should distinctly manifest then fired over one another's heads, being

&c. A decent monument at Concord an earnest and anxious curiosity respect. in a long column, two and two : they killed Bridge, where the first spark was struck, two and wounded eleven. Lieutenant

and quite as glorious as Breed's Hill, coning all the occurrences of that revolution to Hawkstone, said to be the greatest beauty | sidering the circumstances, would be doing which they owe every thing. When a na- of the British army, had his

cheeks so bad. no more honour to Robinson and Buttrick non fights for existence, it sends forth its ly wounded tha it disfigured him much, of

than they richly deserve. I have lived in best to the battle ; and the men who urged which he bitterly complained. On this, the obscurity on this island, and never thought that contest were worthy of the cause which British fled, and assembled on the hill, the myself of importance enough, and capable of brought them to the field. A peaceful yeo north side of Concord, and dressed their doing justice to a historical account of the manry stood with unaccustomed arms to de-wounded, and then began their retreat. As transactions of the memorable 19th of April, fend their own fields, and men came forth comes out from Bedford they were pursued; they descended the hill near the road that 1775, or of the 17th of June. Many anecdotes

of those days, that would do honour to individfrom the regular occupations of society and Colonel Bridge, with a few men from Bed: uals, it is most probable will be forgotten. all the walks of busy life ; and from these ford and Chelmsford, came up, and killed The following is one. The Rev. Edward materials was formed, almost at once, an

several men.

We pursued them and killed Brooks, who lived at Medford, got intelliarmed array which fearlessly met and con- some; when they got to Lexington, they gence of a small party going with relief to quered and captured men, whose only trade

were so close pursued and fatigued, that meet the British; they had a wagon-load ; Mr

they must have soon surrendered, had not Brooks mustered a ew men, waylaid them was war, and their only home a camp. Lord Percy met them with a large rein- near West Cambridge meetinghouse, and There must exist somewhere

, at this day, forcement and two field-pieces. They fired shot the horses, and wounded the lieutenant exact knowledge of all the occurrences of thein, but the balls went bigh over our

who commanded them, took several pristhat remarkable period, and now that this heads. But no cannon ever did more exe

oners before the British came up, and re

tired. knowledge is passing away with the few cution, such stories of their effects had been who possess it, let it be gathered and in- from this time inore went back than pursu. spread by the tories through our troops, that

I am, sir, with respect, yours.




work will show precisely,—what is not now to use the elegant simile of Mrs Dolly DutMR RUSSELL'S GRAMMAR OF COMPOSITION.

easy to learn, -how far, and in what way ton, “like a squirrel's cage bung out of a In our fourteenth number we reviewed composition is connected with grammar, three pair of stairs window.” My walk for this work, and we spoke of it with undue logic, and rhetoric. It should certainly be some hours was enchanting. Life has few severity. Two very candid letters from the made a distinct study; but the best possible pleasures to equal the feelings of a pedesauthor have convinced us of our error; and way of illustrating the ideniity of this branch irian traveller through a new and romantic we hasten to make this acknowledgment, not of education, must be by clearly defining country in a fine autumn morning. The only because our duty to our readers requires the relations between it and the collateral independence of circumstances, the carethis, but from an especial unwillingness to and auxiliary studies.

lessness of what may happen, and readiness do Mr Russell injustice, and give him good It is due to Mr Russell to state, that his to be pleased with any thing or every thing cause to regard us as at variance with him. rules of orthograghy, which we strongly “ 'i the air or the earth,” constitute, togethHis Latin Grammar delighted us; it seem- reprobated, are sanctioned by high author- er, a state of mind as delightful as it is uned to supply what we considered a great ities; but neither these authorities, nor the common in this sublunary pilgrimage. About want; it applied the principle of analysis reasons they give, satisfy us at a!l. We two miles from Dumbarton is Leven-water, to the study of language. We believe that can give Mr Russell credit for one excel. celebrated in song, and pear it the village the time has come when this principle is to lent and uncommon trait,-to wit,-an ab- of Renton, and the monument to the membe applied to all modes and departments of horrence of book-making; indeed, his brev- ory of Dr Smollett. A little further is instruction; and that the use of this “ No-ity sometimes makes him obscure. No mas- Balloch Castle and the southern part of vum Organum” will advance the best in- ter should undertake to teach composition Loch Lomond. Here I was overtaken by terests of education, and vastly increase the who could not, if occasion required, explain a carter, whose name 1 afterwards discovgood resulting from it, and characterize every part of this work; but it is a fault, ered to be Mc Millan, a tenant of the Duke most honourably the age which is wise that the important parts of it require so of Argyle, and as he was well acquainted enough to avail itself of it

. This good work much explanation. The book should have with the country, and pursuing the same is begun, and we may hope that it will be been larger, or else more strictly elemen- road with myself, I was glad to walk on prosecuted zealously. It has engaged the tary; as it is, however, it may answer one with him. We soon came to a toll-house, attention of some of the finest intellects in of two purposes ;-to him who has studied which was also an ale or whiskey house; this part of our country; and there are rhetoric, it may recall the practical and and as the weather had by this time become those whose professional business it is to useful parts of what he has learned; or may very threatening and stormy, I felt it inteach, who will bring in aid of this ob- serve to introduce to these studies one who cumbent on me to invite my fellow travel. ject the strenuous efforts of no common tal- has yet to become acquainted with them. ler to refresh himself with a gill of whisIt is pleasant to find gentlemen who

key, which he despatched undiluted, obare engaged in the work of instruction at a

serving, after he had bolted it, that it was distance, holding the same views, aiming at

LETTERS FROM A TRAVELLER. not quite the right thing, which might be the same object, and pursuing it with de

obtained a short distance further, as well

No. III. cided ability; and it is desirable that there

as a more commodious shelter from the apshould exist between them that harmony

Edinburgh, September 27. proaching rain. I was not disposed to which naturally grows out of identity of MY DEAR FRIENDS,

leave the situation, as I doubted whether I opinion and purpose.

On Monday last I bid adieu to Glas- should find a better; but he was so urgent The writer of the article upon the Gram- gow, and having equipped myself with an that I complied with his request to accommar of Composition was disappointed at old sea-coat, of which the longitude was di- pany him. After we had left the house, finding the work decidedly inferior to the minished by the assistance of a penknife, a my companion gave me to understand that Latin Grammar in its strict application of small knapsack, and leather spatterdashes, it was a custom-house, and insinuated that analysis, and this disappointment influenced with an umbrella in my hand, set off on my his cart contained a few bandanna handkerhis opinion of the real merits of the book. travels. My first object was Dumbarton, chiefs, and other articles which would not The answer to this charge Mr Russell shall whither I proceeded in a steam-boat, down admit of close investigation in such an esgive. In his letter he says, with respect the Clyde, which is here a narrow river, tablishment. We soon arrived at a thatchto “ the charge that my book does not pre- winding smoothly and gracefully through ed hut, into which I followed him, for the sent the subject in an analytic form, I would cultivated fields, adorned, at short intervals, rain now began to descend in torrents. beg of you once more to consider the rea- with country seats, and now and then a The interior of this place beggared all deson I have given. The three ingredients church or castle. The weather, at first, scription, which, therefore, I shall not atof composition, are Subject, Thought, and showed some disposition to be fair, but be tempt. The owner was rather shy of me, Language. The first of these is as wide as fore we arrived, which we did about six P. though Mc Millan introduced me as an old the universe; the second embraces intel- M., it rained violently. At Dumbarton 1 friend of his. He then caused him to prolectual philosophy and logic; or, in other stopped for the night, and sent a letter of duce a large bottle of whiskey, or, as he callwords, the powers, as they have been call- introduction, which I had received from ed it, tea, which he assured me, with a ed, of the mind, and their right exercise : Miss Bm, to her brother, a Surgeon in this wink, was genuine. To cut the matter the third includes every thing connected place. He immediately called on me, and short, I soon found that I had got into a den with rhetoric and grammar. Now, a fair invited me to breakfast with him the fol- of Highland smugglers, and that my good analysis leaves no gap in that to which it is lowing morning and visit the Castle. But friend, the worthy John Mc Millan, was far applied: it must be carried throughout. To the morning was so beautifully fair, that I from being the least among them. As the treat composition analytically in a school could not bring myself to spend three or whiskey, of which he swallowed an immodebook, is impossible. The heads merely of four hours of it waiting for breakfast; so, rate quantity, did its good office, he began an analysis of the branches of science that having “snatched a short repast,” called to insinuate that he thought my pocket was are involved in composition, would occupy on the Doctor, left my excuses, and sur- the most valuable part of my coat, wanted more space than all the pages of the Gram- veyed the exterior of the old frowning cas- much to sell me a poney, and the like “ bald mar."

tle to my satisfaction, “I cocked up my and disjointed chat.” At first, all this was We should beg leave to amend this sen- bonnet and marched amain” towards the rather amusing, but, at length, I began to tence by substituting “ difficult” for “ impos- north. The rock of Dumbarton stands up feel a little uneasiness ; for the day was sible;" which last is a bad word, and should like a sugar loaf on the banks of the Clyde, passing away, and I did not approve the nobe used as seldom as possible.“ Practice bearing some slight resemblance in its tion of proceeding very far on a lonely makes perfect;” and we yet hope to tell our shape and situation, to Ascutney, near Highland road with Mr Mac, who showed readers that Mr Russell has published a strict Windsor, on the Connecticut; and the cas- no disposition to part company, but pressed analysis of the art of composition. Such a tle is built on the top of it, ' perched up,” | me to ride with him to Tarbet, at the head




of the lake. He grew more and more in this particular. Loch Lomond is a pond meal. The good body was very averse to communicative, and related some of his ad. when compared with Champlain, and even any kind of remuneration, but at length ventures with excise officers, which would | Ascutney, I believe, is more lofty than the accepted a trifle, though she assured me I. have been, perhaps, more entertaining in Ben. I reached Tarbet about six o'clock, should have been heartily welcome. Two another place, than they were just then. having achieved something more than twen- miles farther brought me to the northern At length the train of his associations led ty miles for my first day's journey ; yet it part of Loch Ard, and the pass in which to Rob Roy and Scott's novel; and he seemed to me that I had hardly walked Capt. Thornton was defeated by Helen Mc roundly declared that his own life and ad- ten, so trifling was the fatigue, and so Gregor. You will perceive that I speak of ventures were much more worthy to be agreeably had the time, for the most part, these matters, and persons, as having really made into a novel than those of Rob, and been employed.

existed, and, indeed, it is not easy to think proposed to me to prepare such a work, for About seven o'clock on Wednesday morn- of them differently; for, so true to nature which he promised to send me materials to ing, I turned my face towards the eastward. are the novelist's descriptions of what you Edinburgh, where he understood me to be The first step was the passage of the Loch, do see, that they give an air of reality to going. The rain at length ceased, and I which I effected in a small boat; but, al- the fictitious parts of the narrative. Loch intimated to this future rival of Rob Roy, though it was provided with two stout row. Ard is a beautiful lake, about three miles that l proposed to proceed on my journey. ers, yet being of clumsy form, and the in length. It contracts towards the south, He accordingly departed to prepare his wind strongly against us, we were unable to and gives rise to the river Forth; and here cart, with a view of accompanying me, but reach the other side before nine. Here 1 is the place where Rob slipped from his bis horse had strayed away into a distant was set on shore near the foot of Ben Lo-horse and escaped from his guard. About part of a field, or park, as they are here mond, and began to scramble up a craggy a mile from the southern end of Loch Ard termed. Mac ran hastily after him, call- path into the Mc Gregor's country. Trav- is the little inn of Aberfoyle, in which the ing to me to “wait, while he caught the ellers usually ascend the Ben, but I did not Baillie and his companions met of yore beastie.” I thought proper, however, to choose to afford either the time or labour, such a rough reception. There was now, wish the cottager-who, by the way, was for the chance of the prospect, which it was however, no willow wand across the door, a most sinister looking fellow--a good morn- ten to one I should not see, as the floating nor any thing else to prevent my doing ing, and telling him that Mr Mac Millan clouds were numerous, and often entirely that justice to the landlady's vivers, which might overtake me, if he chose, with his enveloped his head. I preferred enjoying was to be expected from a New Engvehicle, I marched off, trusting that it the circuitous mountain path on the north / land pedestrian under the influence of would take him some time to catch his of him, which I took accordingly, and found Highland air. From Aberfoyle my road powney, and a good deal more to catch me, it very pleasant. The morning was fine, lay north-easterly, towards the Trosachs. after he had done so.

though rather windy, and my walk was These were distant something more than I passed nothing very remarkable till I through a half road, and half footpath, made five miles, and I had already walked sixteen reached Luss Inn, which is nine or ten chiefly by the course of winter torrents. It from Loch Lomond. Moreover, it was miles further, except the seat of the Col-was, of course, often wet and boggy, but four o'clock, with every appearance of a quhouns and the Burn of Bannochar. I ar- much of it was quite dry. Everything storm, nor was there any house on the rived here about three o'clock, and after around was wild, uncultivated, and solitary, road. After some hesitation, however, I dinner proceeded on my walk. The sky, covered with rocks, ferns, and heath ; but set forward. The landlady directed me to which had continued to lower since the the ferns were just changing their colour to keep the path till I came to a “sclate quarmorning, now again became perfectly clear. shades of yellow and brown, and, with the pur- ry," where I should find a road paved withThe Loch, at Luss, is about three miles in ple bell-heather, and other species of heath, (something which I could not understand), width; but this diminishes very fast as you gave a variegated appearance to the land- “ but,” said she, “you munna keep that, proceed northward, very soon becoming less scape, which was by no means unpleasing, but haud straught on.” With this directhan two. It is impossible to conceive a more About two or three miles from Loch tion I adventured up among the hills again, romantic and beautiful walk than that be- Lomond is a small Loch, called Arklet. over crags, and through gullies, in a very tween Luss and Tarbet. The road lies on Here the road, or path, I should call it, di- wild, dark, and threatening afternoon. At the western side of the Loch, following the vided, and I had my choice, either to go the end of about two iniles I reached what various curves and indentations of the shore, east to Loch Katrine, and down the lake to I supposed must be the “sclate quarry.” and winding along between the water on the the Trosachs, or south-east to the Clachan Here the road was divided into two, one one hand, and lofty mountains on the other. of Aberfoyle. I preferred the latter, since going to the right, and the other to the On the opposite side, the hills of Rob Roy's it was uncertain whether I should find a left, while “straught on” was a bog, flowcountry seemed to rise almost perpendicu- boat at the head of Loch Katrine. So I moss, or some such thing. The points of larly from the edge of the lake, while their followed the path towards the Clachan, wind. the compass, in the lurid state of the sky, figures were reflected from its still surface ing among the hills, and now and then pass- and in the midst of these hills, were not to below ;-far above them all the lofty Ben ing a single thatched hovel ; these, however, be distinguished by any manner of means Lomond reared his brown and

were very rare, and my walk was, on the short of a magnetic needle. In this dilemmit, gilded with the rays of the evening whole, as solitary as one could wish. The ma I did as most people do in like cases, sun, while every thing else around me was next lake I passed was Loch Ghon ;-this that is to say, took the wrong road. I in shadow, and so solitary and still, that I is not much larger than many ponds within soon perceived before me a Highlander could almost imagine I heard the echo of a dozen miles of Boston, but much more with his poney, and a two-wheeled vehicle, my own footsteps. I think there was not beautiful than any that I now recollect. On y'clept, in this country, a gig, scrambling a single house, certainly not more than the banks of this lake, about ten miles along up one rugged declivity, and down one,--for the whole distance, which is eight from Loch Lomond, and pleasantly situated another. This establishment being none miles; nor did I see a living thing, except a in a small green vale, or opening between of the most expeditious, I overtook it withyoung woman who passed me just after the hills, I perceived a Highland cottage, out much difficulty, and learned from the I left Luss, a few black-nosed Highland into which I crept,-for one could not driver that I must return and take the sheep, and a lively little dog who joined me easily walk in, to ask for some water. other road. Arriving again at the fork, I early in the afternoon, and capered along The tenant, an old woman, was quite hos held a council with myself, whether to enbefore me to Tarbet. I may, once for all, ob- pitable, and gave me a pint bowl full of counter a certain glen which the Gael had serve here, that however beautiful and ro-excellent milk, which I drank with little described in the usual lucid manner, or to mantic the scenery of the Highlands may ceremony. She set before me certain arti- retrace my footsteps, and take up my quarbe, a New Englander will not be so much cles which she called “scones,” and which ters for the night at the inn. In this emerstruck with its sublimity, for there are many we should call flap-jacks, with some new gency, fortune took upon herself to end the parts of our own country that excel them butter and cheese, of which I made a hearty | debate in a manner very decisive, and, as

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