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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 theinselves have too frequently de- We bave 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 sbown 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 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 bauntand 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 reformers 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 heard amid the uproar of that numerous mounds and barrows exist confiscated his 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 osurpers of nnlawful 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
LETTER FROM AN OLD SOLDIER.
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
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 disposed to labour for us, and to procure for more important events of our past history, night, and were left to fight the British.
Reinforcements were ordered, but not one 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 have 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 Genthe more, when we see so much done, so will join with us in the thanks which we
eral Starks' regiment. Among the volvamuch 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
Colonel Prescott, the Colonel said, “Gen
Edgartown, November 30, 1924. 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 conimand, till upon the mistake in the popular estimate
struction in the town of Concord; it was General Washington came and Gates, and of Col. Prescott's services on Breed's Hill, Colonel Robinson, of Westford, together ments were ordered on perilous duty at
proposed to advance to the bridge; on this gave to it some regularity. Whole regihas 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 would 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, ing all the occurrences of that revolution to two and wounded eleven. Lieutenant
and quite as glorious as Breed's Hill, conwhich they owe every thing. When a na- of the British army, had his cheeks so bad no more honour to Robinson and Buttrick
Hawkstone, said to be the greatest beauty sidering the circumstances, would be doing mon fights for existence, it sends forth its ly wounded that 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,
they descended the hill near the road that 1775, or of the 17th of June. Many anecdotes fend their own fields, and men came forth comes out from Bedford they were pursued; 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 few 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 hjust 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 them, 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 spread by the tories through our troops, that
I who possess it, let it be gathered and in- from this time more went back than pursu.
I am, sir, with respect, yours.
LETTERS FROM A TRAVELLER.
MR RUSSELL'S GRAMMAR OF COMPOSITION.
work will show precisely,—what is not now to use the elegant simile of Mrs Dolly Dut
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 identity of this branch trian 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 all. 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 near 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 I 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 travelject 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
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 I 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 B-, 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 iinpossible. 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 Inar.'
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 I 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. Every thing 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 heathy sum- 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 inore 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 emer. struck 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
it proved in the sequel, most advantageous- Thy fleeces bathed in sunlight, wbile below Full and unveiled the moon's broad disk emerges. ly for me. It began to storm and rain with T'hy shadow o'er the vale moves slow : On Tivoli, and where the fairy hues
Where, 'midst their labour, pause the reaper train Of autumn glow upon Abruzzi's woods, such fury, that it would have been madness
As cool it comes along the grain.
The silver light is spreading. Far above, to proceed farther, so I turned, and wended
Beautiful cloud! I would I were with thee Encompassed with their thin, cold atmosphere, back to Aberfoyle.
In thy calm way o'er land and sea :
The Apennines uplift their snowy brows, I found at the little inn two intelligent and To rest on thy unrolling skirts, and look Glowing with colder beauty, where unheard agreeable English gentlemen, who informed On Earth as on an open book ;
The eagle screams in the fathomless ether,
On streams that tie ber realms with silver bands, And stays his wearied wing. Here let us pause! me that they had attempted the day before
And the long ways that seam her lands; The spirit of these solitudes--the soul to ascend Loch Lomond in the steam-boat,
And hear her humming cities, and the sound That dwells within these steep and difficult placesbut had been forced by the storm to stop at Of waves that chafe their rocky bound. Speaks a mysterious language to mine own, Luss, and there procured guides to conduct Aye-I would sail upon thy air-borne car And brings unutterable musings. Earth them to Loch Katrine; that they had this To blooming regions distant far,
Sleeps in the shades of nightfall, and the sea To where the sun of Andalusia shines
Spreads like a thin blue baze beneath my feet, morning climbed Ben Lomond with great
On his own olive groves and vines,
Whilst the gray columns and the mouldering tombs labour, which was all they got for their
Or the soft lights of Italy's bright sky
of the Imperial City, bidden deep pains, as Ben absolutely refused to take off
In smiles upon her ruins lie.
Beneath the mantle of their shadows, rest. his night-cap during the time they remained But I would woo the winds to let us rest My spirit looks on earth!-A heavenly voice there, in other words, it was so cloudy that O'er Greece long fettered and opprest,
Comes silently—“Dreamer, is earth thy dwelling?the prospect beyond their noses was incon
Whose sons at length have heard the call that Lo! nursed within that fair and fruitful bosom
Which has sustained thy being, and within siderable. On learning that I was an
From the old battle-fields and tombs,
The colder breast of Ocean, lie the germs American and alone, they expressed some And risen, and drawn the sword, and, on the foe, Of thine own dissolution !- E'en the air, admiration at my venturing thus about in Have dealt the swift and desperate blow, That fans the clear blue sky and gives thee a strange country—and such a country- And the Othman power is cloven, and the stroke strength, without guide or companion; and as our
Has touched its chains, and they are broke. Up from the sullen lake of mouldering reeds, road the following day was to be the same
Aye, we would linger till the sunset there And the wide waste of forest, where the osier
Thrives in the damp and motionless atmosphere for some distance, politely invited me to
And thou reflect, upon the sacred ground, Shall bring the dire and wasting pestilence join their party, which was, of course, The ruddy radiance streaming round.
And blight thy cheek. Dream thou of higher agreed to; and co-operation immediately
things ;Bright meteor! for the summer noontide made! This world is not thy home !"—And yet my eye commenced by an unanimous demand for
Thy peerless beauty yet shall fade.
Rests upon earth again! How beautiful, the whiskey, hot water, and sugar, with
The sun, that fills with light each glistening fold, Where wild Velino beaves its sullen waves which appliances, and the help of a good Shall set, and leave thee dark and cold : Down the bigh cliff of gray and shapeless granite fire, we proposed to make a night of it. The blast shall rend thy skirts, or thou may'st Hung on the curling mist, the moonlight bow The comforts of our situation were, at the
Arches the perilous river.-A soft light
In the dark heaven when storms come down, same time, enhanced by comparison; the
Silvers the Albanian mountains, and the haze
And weep in rain, till man's inquiring eye That rests upon their summits, mellows down wind without, by fits, “ blew as 'twad blawn
Miss thee, forever, from the sky. B. The austerer features of their beauty. Faint its last;" the rain pattered against the win
And dim-discovered glow the Sabine hills, dows, and the storm roared and howled
And listening to the sea's monotonous shell,
ITALIAN SCENERY. round the little building, like the voice of
High on the cliffs of Terracina stands some demon of the winds, enraged at finding Night rests in beauty on Mont Alto. The castle of the royal Goth* in ruins. me cozily reinforcing the radical moisture, Beneath its shade the beauteous Arno sleeps
But night is in her wane :-day's early flush instead of floundering in a flow-moss, or be- In Vallombrosa's bosom, and dark trees
Glows like a hectic on her fading cheek, wildered in some abominable “beal or cor. Upon the beauty of that silent river. Bend with a calm and quiet shadow down
Wasting its beauty. And the opening dawn rie;" a consummation reasonably to have still in the west, a melancholy smile
With cheerful lustre lights the royal city,
Where with its proud tiara of dark towers, been expected from my original project of Mantles the lips of day, and twilight pale
It sleeps upon its own romantic bay. extending my day's march to Alpine. There Moves like a spectre in the dusky sky;
H. W.L. was no lack of conversation among us, for, While eve's sweet star on the fast-fading year not to mention the inspiring influence of Smiles calmly :-Music steals at intervals
# Theodoric. John Barleycorn, a Yankee in the High- From out the upland dingle of tall firs,
Across the water, with a tremulous swell, lands was a lion extraordinary to my com- and a faint foot-fall sounds, where dim and dark
TO AN INDIAN SKELETON, BURIED AFTER panions, while, on my part, I had been long Hangs the gray willow from the river's brink,
THE MANNER OF HIS TRIBE.* enough alone to be glad to find any one O'er-shadowing its current. Slowly there who spoke a christian language, to whom The lover's gondola drops down the stream, Son of the woods! thy cradle was thy grave. I could say “ how lovely is this solitude.” Or in its eddy sighs the rippling wave. Silent,-save when its dipping oar is heard, The air of heaven fanned thy infancy :
The atmosphere thy dwelling, the green leaves So, on these and other arguments our Mouldering and moss-grown, through the lapse of Thy roof. Serenely, from the giant limb mouths were opened, as the man in the
Of a vast oak, gazing at all around, play says, for the agreeable things that In motionless beauty stands the giant oak,
the moon, the calm and stormy heaven, popped out, and the pleasant liquor that Whilst those, that saw its green and flourishing Thy lullaby the hoarse wind and thunder, went in. But the merriest night, as well as are gone and are forgotten. Soft the fount,
There thine eye grew keen, and thy fierce spirit the longest lane, must have an ending, and Whose secret springs the star-light pale discloses,
Learned its wild trade of war. The night-dew fell
On thy young limbs, as on thy neighbour leaves ; after we had settled the state of the United Gushes in hollow music, and beyond
Not chilling, but refreshing them and thee. States, the British empire, and the world The broader river sweeps its silent way,
And when the morning sun upon thee shone, in general, to our satisfaction, we parted, Mingling a silver current with that sea,
The sparkling dews made thee a living crystal. at what hour this letter saith not, and re
Whose waters have no tides, coming nor going. Time saw thee next in thy proportions full, tired to beds stuffed with heather, to dream, The halcyon flits, -and where the wearied storm
On noiseless wing along that fair blue sea Roaming the woods, thy earliest, latest home. as unshackled association might direct, of Left a loud moaning, all is peace again.
Son of the woods! thy cradle was thy grave. the adventures of Baillie Jarvie or the mis
Thou wert the chieftain of thy tribe; thy foot hap of Tam O'Shanter's mare.
A calm is on the deep! The v'inds that came Outsped the elk ; and thy dark, piercing eye
And mourned on the dark cliff where weeds grew * The Indians, it is said, hang their infants in POETRY. rank,
rude baskets on the branches of trees, for repose And to the Autumnal death-dirge the deep sea and security, in their absence, while hunting or
Heaved its long billows,—with a cheerless song fishing
It is said the tribes on the Columbia bury their Beautiful cloud! with folds so soft and fair, Like a way-faring mourner. Silently
dead in coffins of bark, secured by thongs of skin, Swimming in the pure quiet air !
Up from the calm sea's dim and distant verge, and hung in the branches of high irees.