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February 7. 1818.]

Poetry- Foreign and Domestic Intelligence. Gay smiling scenes are scatter'd round

Ye friends of old Albion' ye friends of the brave ! ( Though the slanghter be past---though the battle Of days which charm'd life's chequer'd scene; Who o'er the deep ocean her glory have borne-

be o'er, From which, when wordly woes should wound, Shall the son of her pride---shall the tar of the The sweet bond of duty is never to cease : Might memory a solace glean.

[lorn? 'Twas the tars' to defend you in fierce raging

Shall the bold British sailor now wander forOh! without stain of tears or grief,

war! May all remain that now appears ;

'Tis yours to protect them in soft smiling peace: Ye friends of old Albion! of pity the friends! And happiness fill every leaf,

The lone seaman view on his own nalive shore; Ye friends of old Albion! who oft have renov'd
Through all thy course of future years!
That form once erect, now how feebly it bends;

The hot tear of anguish for pleasure's, gay
W. P.
How dim is that eye that once “kindled in war:'

How wither'd the brow, and how pale is the face; Ye friends of old Albion ! who often have prov'd
Wbile down its deep furrows the briny tears That Charity reigns over Liberty's isle !

See, now tapers high, bright Benevolence' flame! On the Meeting for the Relief of Say, under that sad, drooping form could you trace,

(So, after dark night, comes the rose-tinted DISTRESSED SEAMEN. The bold British sailor once fear do'er the deep?


While the sons of Britannia united exclaim--Ye friends of old Albion! ye friends of lier might: Ye friends of old Albion! remember the chief The bold British tar shall ne'er wander forWho'smile on the days when her banner un- To whose words mighty fame every Briton


(of fight,

H. W..
Stream'd far and stream'd wide the red beacon While conquest and death were entwining his
And the peal of her thunder was heard o'er the “ His duty from each man fair England ex-





with the principal officers of state for Scotland,

the respective heads of the courts of law and leIn France the projet for the provisional collec

London, February 2. gal bodies, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, and tion of six-twelfths of the revenue has passed in- On the 27th Parliament was opened by com- other gentlemen recommended by official situato a law. The other measures proposed by go- mission. The speech alludes to the cont inuance tions of importance, directing them to open the vernment, the budget, the recruiting of the army, of his Majesty's indisposition; to the lamented crown-room, and proceed to open the chest in &c. continue to occupy the Chambers. death of the Princess Charlotte, with an allusion which the regalia are said to be deposited, to make

A proposition has issued from the members of to the approaching nuptials of the Duke of Cam- search for the same, and to report the issue of the Holy Alliance, that every government should bridge ; to the friendly dispositions of foreign their inquiries to his Royal Highness the Prince take means to prevent smuggling, and the pas- powers to this country; to the stability of the Regent.---The examination took place on the 4th sage of contraband goods. This is doubtless an great sources of national prosperity, and to the inst, when every part of the regalia was found useful object; but it is easy to foresee, from the improvement which has taken place in thøcourse entire. circumstance here recorded, how much of the fu- of last year in almost every branch of domestic It has been resolved to raise by subscription a ture destinies of Europe are involved in such an industry, and to the propitious state of public cre- capital of L.20,000, in shares of L.25 each, for association of monarchs and states.

dit ; to the diminishing spirit of disaffection, the purpose of erecting, in Waterloo Place, a The Prince of Orange has been reinstated in thence arising ; to the progressive improvement suitable house for a coffee-room, hotel, and tavern. all his appointments.

of the revenue in most of its important branches; The Union Canal Company entered into a The message of the President of the United to the conclusion of treaties with Spain and Por- contract last week for executing the first ten States of America, on opening Congress, is a pa- tugal on the abolition of the Slave trade; and it miles of the canal westward from Gilmour-street, cific and highly satisfactory document. Amicable concludes with calling the attention of Parlia- Edinburgh, for a sum considerably below the esrelations with Earope, and a strict neutrality be- ment to the deficiency which has so long existed timate of the company's engineer. tween Spain and her colonies, are the topics in the number of churches.

Mr Stevenson, civil engineer, bas nearly conichiefly enforced. A military force is concentrat- Sir Thomas Plumer has been appointed master pleted his survey of the line of the Mid-Lothian ing in the southern provinces.—The treaty of of the rolls ; Sir J. Leach vice-chancellor; and railway. Ghent, in so far as relates to the settlement re- Sergeant Best has been appointed chief-justice The presbytery of Edinburgh have rejected a specting the islands in Passamaquoddy Bay, has of Chester.

petition from several gentlemen and heads of fabeen amicably adjusted.

The Earl of Dalhousie goes to Quebec on the milies who have purchased the episcopal chapel The cause of the insurgents of South America opening of the navigation of the St Lawrence, to at the foot of the Cowgate, praying to erect it has met with several disasters, which must have relieve Sir John Sherbrooke, the present gover-into a chapel of ease under the acts of the gea fatal effect upon their efforts at independence. nor-general. Major-general Peregrine Maitland, neral assembly. General Mina has been defeated by the royalists the new governor for Upper Canada, goes out On the 30th ult. St Paul's Chapel, York-place, and taken prisoner. There are horrible accounts early in spring.

was opened for the purpose of being consecrated. of executions of persons engaged in the late re- A meeting has been held, and subscriptions The ceremony was performed by the Right Rev. bellion of Pernambuco.

entered into, to remove the disgrace and scandal Bishop Sandford. assisted by the Rev. A. Alison Further intelligence from the West Indies, of street-begging from the metropolis.

and R. Morehead, ministers of the chapel. though it alters the parts, confirms the general The city of London tavern has lately seen Burgh Reform.---On the 5th ult the burgesses tenor of the American news respecting the hur- within its walls two very extraordinary meetings, of Jedburgh beld a meeting, and resolved to use ricane, which seems to have swept quite across -a meeting to set afloat a subscription for every legal means of obtaining a new mode of the Atlantic. At St Lucie the lady of Governor Hone; and a meeting to commemorate the tri. electing their magistrates and council

. The maSeymour and her children were saved ; and it centenary anniversary of the reformation. Mr gistrates of the town have expressed their condoes not appear that the soldiery in the barracks Waithman presided at the first, the Duke of Sus- | viction of the necessity of such a measure, and perished as originally stated. The governor him sex presided at the second.

agreed to join their fellow.citizens in an appliself, Major Burdett and wife, and many others, Verdicts against the Sheriffs, to the amount of cation for a new set of the burgh---On the 14th fell a sacrifice to this fearful visitation. Antigua L.5000, have been obtained at Guildhall by three the burgesses of Sanquhar passed resolutions of suffered dreadfully; and great apprehensions are tradesmen, whose property was damaged by thc a similar import. entertained of the havoc in the other islands, es- Spittalfields mob.

The Crown has instituted two pew professorpecially Martinique.

Edinburgh, Jan. 5. ships in the university of Glasgow, Chemistry Some additional surveys and settlements are A commission, under the sign manuel, was re- and Botany. To the former chair Dr Thomas about to be made in the vicinity of the Cape of cently issued to his Grace the Duke of Buccleuch Thonson has been presented, and Dr Roks Good Hope.

and Queensberry, lord-lieutenant of Mid-Lothian, Graham to the latter.

Domestic Occurrences.- Marriages.-Deaths.

[Februiary 7. 1818 On the night of the 12th inst. the wind began On the 2d instant, the question relating to the Mr John Lang, merchant, Glasgow, to Jean, to blow, about ten o'clock, from the south west, nen irildings on the North Bridge came on be only daughter of Andrew Monach, Esq. of Mount acconipanied with heavy rain. and continued to fore ulin Court of Session, when the complainer's Helen. increase during the night until it became a per Bill of Suspension was passed. Lords Robertson, fect hurricane. In the morning it had not abated Glenlee, and Bannatyne, voted for passing the in the least degree. From seven to pine it was Bill and Lords Justice Clerk and Craigie for re

DEATHS. particularly severe ; so much so that a consider- fusing it. The effect of this is, to have the ques- At London, Jane Todd, daughter of Archibald able part of the lead on the dome of St eorge s tion tried in a Process of Declarator, whether the Todd, Esq. Church was stripped off, at the same time the large buildings shall come down or not?

At London, Mrs Thomson, and William wooden building erected on the Mound, for showing A case of crim. con. was decided in the jury Thomson, Esq. relict and son of the late John Polito's menagerie of wild beasts, and since used court on the 17th ult. when a verdict of L.30 Thomson, Esq. secretary of Excise for Scotland. for exhibitions of lesser note, was blown to pieces, damages was given. The parsies were, a private At Tranent Lodge, Mr William Wood, late and a great part of it carried to the North-loch; in the artillery, and Mr W. Guthrie, writer. of Gifford. part of another temporary wooden erection, pre- Robert Tennent, aecused of theft and house- At Ballimartin, Islay, Donald Campbell, Esq. sently occupied as a wood-yard. was likewise breaking, has been sentenced by the Court of At Gordonbank, Alexander Low, Esq. of blown down, and strewed in various directions. Justiciary to fourteen years transportation. Whitsomelaw. On the Wednesday and Thursday following the BENEFIT SOCIETIES. A case of some im- At the manse of Girthon, the Rev. Robert gale was felt with unusual violence. The turrets portance, relative to these institutions, was lately Gordon, in the 49th year of his age. and other ornaments upon the tower of Bishop tried before his Majesty's justices of the peace At Thurso, Mrs Mary Craddock, widow of Wil. Sandford's elegant new chapel at the west end of for the county of Perth. The King's Freemen liam Innes, Esq. of Saadside. Prince's-street were blown down. Part of the Friegdly society summoned two of its members, At Inverness, Mrs Falconer, relict of Major small turrets on the top of Libberton kirk, in the who had neglected for some time to contribute to Falconer. neighbourhood of this city, were also blown down, the funds of the society, without having intimated At Glasgow, Mary, eldest daughter of Profesand being forced through the roof did consider their resignation, to pay up their arrears. The sor Millar. able damage. The chain-bridge lately erected defenders refused to comply with the demand, At Enniskillen, of fever, W. Wilson, Esq. suron the Tweed at Dryburgh-abbey was blown

ou the ground that, by ceasing to contribute, they geon, Royal Scots. down at the same time.

had lost all claims to any benefit from the socie. At Ormly, John Rose, Esq. Sheriff-substitute As the public attention has been of late much ty, and, of course, were virtually no longer to be of Caithness. attracted to the general health of the inhabitants considered as members. The Court, however, At Edinburgh, Andrew Liddel, Esq. in the of this city, it will aford some interest to learn, decided that every member of the institution is 74th year of his age. that in the last quarter, the number of burials are bound to pay up all arrears of subscriptions, fines, At Drochill castle, Mrs Marion Tweedie, 99 less than the corresponding quarter of the last &c. till he has formally given notice of leaving spouse of James Murray, Esq. of Craigend. year. In this account is included the deaths in the society.

At Savannah, on the 25th of August, Captain the royal infirmary and charity work-house.

The jail of Aberdeen was lately broke, and George Ker. From 26th Oct. 1815, to 26th Jan. 1816.... 252 four of the prisoners escaped.

At Greenlaw House, James Kibble, Esq. of From 26th Oct. 1816, to 26th Jan. 1817....342

Whiteford. From 26th Oct. 1817, to 26th Jan. 1818.... 243

In James's Place, Mr Stewart Benny, painter. MARRIAGES.

At Doonside, Captain James Robertson Craw. Total........ 837

ford of Doonside, 21st Dragoons.

At Edinburgh, Mr Alexander Russel, writer, The inmates of the charity work-house are

At Edinburgh, Thomas Allan, Esq. of Linkto Margaret, second daughter of Robert Johnabout 750, of whom 210 are children at school,

field, Westbarns. ston, 'Esg. and one of these is confined ; and throughout the At Linton, John Bruce, Esq. of St Elizabeth's, ter of Sir Thomas Gibson Carmichael, Bart

At Castlecraig, Miss Carmichael, third daugh. whole family there is not an epidemic of any kind. Jamaica, to Janet, daughter of the late MrJohn Parish of St Cuthberts.

Here, in his 88th year, Mr James Miller, gloCunningham, Dirleton. From 26th Oct. 1815 to 26th Jan. 1816.... 194

ver in Edinburgh. From 26th Oct 1816 to 26th Jan. 1817.... 250 bill of Halkerton, to Catharine, daughter of the

At Fordoun-house, Mr Barclay, farmer in Kirk-
From 56th Oct. 1817 to 26th Jan. 1818.... 212 late Thomas Christie, Esq. formerly in Balmanno. A. M-Craken, soapboiler, Glasgow.

Chapel of Ease, Parish of St Cuthbert's.
From 26th Oct. 1815 to 26th Jan. 1816.... 112 bory Square, London, to Agnes Marshal, eldest J. Cogill, sen. merchant, Wick.


Edinburgh, Alexander Stewart, Esq. Fins W. and T. M‘Millan, merchants, Castle-Douglas.
From 26th Oct. 1816 to 26th Jan. 1817.... 140 daughter of William Logan, Esq. Queen Street. Ro. Berrie, cattle-dealer, Thomaston.
From 26th Oct. 1817 to 26th Jan. 1818.... 53

At Bervie, Mr D. Thomson, surgeon, Edin. Ro. Ornand, brewer, Dundee.
From 26th Oct. 1815 to 26th Jan. 1816.... 112 burgh, to Sarah Ann, daughter of the late Pro

vost Hudson, manufacturer. From 26th Oct. 1816 to 26th Jan. 1817.... 140

From 26th Oct. 1818 to 26th Jan. 1818.... 110 bella, only daughter of the late Richard Baxter,

Alexander Heastie, Esq. surgeon, R. N. to Isa-
Town of Leith.

Haddington, Jan. 30. Wheat 43. 39s. 36.-
Esq. Demerara.
From 26th Oct. 1815 to 26th Jan. 1816.... 95

Barley 35s. 3ls. 288-Oats 3ls. 25s. 20s.--Pease From 26th Oct. 1816 to 26th Jan. 1817... 107 to Miss M. Ferrier, youngest daughter of Mrs

At Edinburgh, Mr Mallach, writer, Dunblane, 32s. 268. 22s. Beans 32s. 26s. 22s. From 26th Oct. 1817 to 26th Jan. 1818.... 90

Dalkeith, Feb. 2. Oatmeal sold heavily from Ferrier, Clyde Street.

25s. to 8d, to ls. 9d. per peck. Calton Burial Ground.

At Achadashenaig, in the island of Mull, Ro- Edinburgh, Feb. 3. Oatmeal fell a penny the

384 1815, in all........

bert Maxwell

, Esq. chamberlain of Tirit, to Capeck.-483 bollsmat 27s. and 28.6.–1s. 9d. and 1816.


therine, eldest daughter of the late R. Stewart, Is. 10d. per peck.—Pease and Barley 1s. 4d. 1817

Esq. of Sorn.


Edinburgh Corn-market, Jan. 28. The following statement shows the rapid increase of the foreign and coasting trade at the inst. Mr James Sanson, merchant in Edinburgh, Oats 30s. 34s. -Pease and Beans 28s. 33s.

At Ramsay Lodge, Laurieston, on the 22d heavy.- Wheat 38s. 456. Barley 26s. 335.Vessels cleared outwards in the course of the to Mary, eldest daughter of William Laing, Esq.

At Stonehaven, on the 18th inst. John Fle-

Cleared outwards in the course of the year

ming, Esq. merchant there, to Jane Fordyce,

eldest daughter of Dr William Nicol of Findon, P. 220, column 2, line 27, for shortering, read

3206 1817.... Kincardineshire.


At Barnton-house, James Cupingham, Esq. of 2d line fiom the bottom, for solely read Increase, during 1817...........


Balgownie, to Agnes, third daughter of the late coolly. Number and tonnage of Vessels belonging to this George Ramsay, Esq. of Barnton.

column 3d, line 10, for overstripped read Port, December 30, 1817.

Mr Jos. Wilkinson of Newcastle, to Miss Ver- overstepped. Vessels......

197 non Scougall, eldest daughter of Mr James Scou- P. 221, column 1, line 40, for prosperity read Tons. 24,169 gall, designer, Edinburgh:



port of Leith:

year 1816........


John Moir, Printer, Edinburgh.

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and, with fierce ire in his countenance, the accident as a good joke ; the ludi

he accosted my friend: “Do you mean crousness of the scene, and the striking Loquaces

to insult me, Sir?” “ Insult you !" was, incongruity which it presented, excited Si sapiat, vitet.


my friend's reply, and expressed with the risible powers of the more delicate Ludicrous accidentThe New Buildings ineffable contempt, while he was as un- and kind hearted; and although I in

on the North Bridge-discussion of moved as the new buildings, with which voluntarily joined in the laugh at first,
diversity of opinion-Reflections of a his head was then full. I thought II felt my face suffused with a sympa-
stranger on the Improvements on the perceived the youthful hero of the thetic glow when I heard one in the
Calton Hill--Sublimity of a Sailor. quill shrink within himself, when he crowd say it was Mrs

eye a brawny fellow Pray," says my friend, as with his Proceeding along the North Bridge of nearly six feet, with an oaken saplin arm in mine 'we walked towards the one fine morning lately, to enjoy my ac- in his hand, which, properly applied, Register-Office, in slow and cautious customed walk on the Calton Hill, and might have performed some of the feats progression. “ Pray,” says he, after a having met with one interruption from of Hercules. I had little apprehension long pause, from which I foreboded a a talkative friend, I hastened with an of the end of this business, but it was long interruption to my intended expeaccelerated pace to avoid another, of suddenly cut short by what may be cal- dition, “ What is your opinion of the which I had some apprehension from led the comic part of the paveinent ad- new buildings?”. « New buildings," I the glimpse I got of another friend venture. A lady, or at least a well replied, with a stare of astonishment at moving in the opposite direction. To dressed woman, for I must not insist the very mention of that interminable escape the threatened danger of en- on the former appellation, which might topic of public and private discussion. croachment on my time, I endeavoured be liable to dispute from what happen- But without seeming to mind my surto assume an air of important business, ed, was unluckily within the vortex of prise and alarm, he proceeded : “ I and just as we approached I gave him this system of bodies, during their pro- think more should be done than has a slight nod, and flattered myself I had gressive and retrograde movements;and been yet proposed in the improvements succeeded in securing my retreat, when, when the disturbing forces began to now going forward. Edinburgh and its by a dexterous spring from one side of operate, either herself or her large muff vicinity are strikingly picturesque. That the pavement to the other, he seized my came in contact with one of them, and character which the northern metropoarm. The rapidity of this movement like one of the planets, which some very lis can boast of in so high a degree, astonished me, for I thought myself profound philosophers suppose, explode ought to be scrupulously preserved. fairly beyond his reach ; but it was not to furnish the earth with a shower of Effect, Sir, effect is not studied; it is accomplished without a double rencon- stones from the clouds, and adorn the never thought of, or rather, it is countre, and a double accident. Three cabinets of the curious with those sin- teracted by injudicious and barbarous dashing bucks, in the very pink of fa- gular productions, the muff suffered an plans. In studying picturesque effect, shion, (one of them, as I learned from explosion, or at least disgorged its pre- Sir, the Calton Hill, with Nelson's Mo. a passer by, had scarcely finished the cious contents, to the no small surprise nument, the Castle, with its antiquated first year of his apprenticeship to a and merriment of the passing specta- towers, Salisbury Craigs, and Arthur's writer in town,) were walking arm in tors. A good fat hen, ready for the Seat, ought to be seen from every con-' arm, much to their own comfort I sup- spit, rolled on the pavement in one di- spicuous station in the Old and New pose, but greatly to the annoyance of rection ; a nice piece of bacon, intend- Town. Not a building should be alevery passenger they het, who was ob- ed as its companion on the table, mov- lowed to remain or be erected on the liged to give way, and even I observed ed in another; a pound of raisins, some south side of Prince's Street from the some well dressed ladies driven off the of which were scattered by the bursting Mound to the Calton Hill.” “ Yours," pavement, were close by me when my of the paper, flew off at a tangent, and I remarked, would be a sweeping im. friend made his unfortunate movement; lighted among the horses feet on the provement,”—which I had no sooner utand whether he touched the heel of the street, and were attended in their flight tered, than another admirer of the beaulounger in the middle, or came with with spiceries in smaller packages, all ties of nature and art joined us, and great force against a stick which pro- of which indicated the preparation for hearing the subject of conversation, jected a considerable distance from un- a plumb-pudding. The poor woman joined in it. “If," says he, “ the line der his arm, I cannot explain, but the was overwhelmed with confusion ; the of beauty were studied, all those excresbuck was very nearly thrown down at more civil spectators assisted her in cences which ill directed art has raised my feet. Recovering himself from this collecting the dispersed materiel of the on our eminences ought to be removed. degrading position with no loss of time, dinner ; the more unfeeling enjoyed Nothing pleases the eye so much as

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[March 7, 1818. a smooth gently undulating surface., lawyer ; but I believe the right of the to be decided by a bet), that if all the Your Nelson's monuments, your bride- proprietors of the houses already built members of the dilettanti club were wells, your prisons, and your governor's is undoubted, and could not be affected to be consulted, no two of them would houses,” he was going to say, ought to by a projected improvement, either of agree on the same design. Nay, Sir, be swept off, when he was interrupted by the magistrates on the one hand, or of such are the difficulties in carrying on the admirer of the picturesque, at hear the inhabitants of the New Town on public works, and such is the diversity ing the governor's house mentioned, the other. An improvement on the bof opinion among men, that the present which he considers as the finest model west side of the North bridge, it will unanimity which prevails among the of that character of beauty, and could be readily admitted, was imperiously opponents of the buildings would soon not with patience hear the slightest ex. called for; and whatever error in judge- be disturbed, if the remedy to be appression of disapprobation. " I would ment may have been committed, those plied were left to them individually to have the buildings on the Castle level- who came forward with the projected propose. It has been called a job of led with the ground,” resumed the o- improvements are entitled to some ihe magistrates. A job, in the less hother, " and every jutting rock and irre credit, after all the clamour that has nourable meaning of the term, implies gular surface smoothed and rounded.” been raised and indiscriminate censure some advantage gained, to which the 6. What tameness and insipidity,” said thrown out. “ You must understand, merit of the party is not entitled. our picturesque friend. " As to the Sir,” addressing himself to me, as he Where is the advantage in this case ? buildings in dispute,” added the other, grew warm on the subject, " that our The community derive scarcely any “I would have a row of shops only." city rulers had a serious difficulty to thing from it worthy of being noticed'; “ How insignificant!" said the admirer struggle with. No improvement could and what servant of the community of the picturesque, “ a row of booths, be made without taking the proprietors has put a sixpence in his pocket on acindicating at the same time want of of the former buildings along with count of this pretended job? The sum taste, and want of money. They must them; and I am not sure if many men of two hundred pounds presented to be removed, Sir.”

could be found disposed to sacrifice the Lord Provost was merely coinci“ Now," said a stranger to me at least, their interest to views of public utility.” dent in point of time. The same thing but one who was quite familiar with the Nor with all my worthy friend's libera- would have taken place if the new buildrest of the party, as he came behind lity, I doubt much whether he would ings had never existed; and perhaps my picturesque friend, and tapped him not hesitate to give up fifty guineas a some of those who are ever

on the on the shoulder, “you are at the old year to have the full advantage of a watch to arraign public measures, and business of removing these unfortunate romantic prospect. I rather think he the conduct of public men, would have buildings ?” “ Why, Sir, he replied, I would quietly permit his favourite Ar- charged the magistrates and council shall never be satisfied till I see the thur's Seat to retire behind a lofty pile with.want of liberality and penurious.. full effect of their removal. I am asto. of buildings, and console himself with ness if that sum had been withheld. nished the proprietors of the New Town having it in his power to stretch his At the same time, he added, I do not have not followed out their rights with limbs, and at once enjoy the fresh air blame the respectable inhabitants of the more zeal and vigour. The picturesque of the country, and the fine scenery in New Town, who have discovered a lauview, Sir,”—“ the picturesque non- the vicinity of the city. “ The princi- dable anxiety for the beauty and ele

" sense,” replied the other, who took up ples of picturesque beauty, says my gance of our northern metropolis, in the discourse, and with great volubility friend, are not properly understood. coming forward on the present occa. continued his harangue on the history They are ". A fit of coughing only sion to remedy the evil, (for an evil I and progress of the buildings, which allowed my friend to make this remark'; admit it to be) by all fair and equitable have been so often the subject of dis- and when it was over, the other re

But is there not something inpute, and finally of legal discussion. I sumed with his former rapidity, which congruous in persons obtruding theminust not venture to follow him in the I could as easily pursue with my pen, selves on the public, and talking of long detail. The reader 'might be as as I could equal on foot the fleetness their rights being invaded and their tired as I was, after several ineffectual of Eclipse, at one time so famous on the property injured, wlien they have as attempts to make .my escape. But he turf.

little property to defend, as either you' maintained, most strenuously, several “ Such then,” he continued, “was or I," addressing himself to my pictur- , things which not a little surprised me, the dilemma,—the magistrates must esque friend, and at the same moment who knew nothing farther of the mat- either have no improvement on that looking his watch, he exclaimed, “Oh! ter than what I collected from the news- spot, or they must communicate the ad. I am too late for the meeting," and off papers and public report. Among vantage of it to the proprietors of the he darted. other things lie asserted, what I can former buildings ; and which is the As we moved towards the new bridge, scarcely believe, that the inhabitants of greatest deformity-things as they I remarked, that his loquacious friend is the New Town have no right of servi- were, or things as they are ? As far a strong advocate for the Magistrates. tude of


kind on the south side of as I can learn from artists and con. Is he a member of the Town-council, I Prince's street, at least no such claim noisseurs, (I object to the admirers of inquired. Not at all, he replied, he is is acknowledged or alluded to in their the picturesque in settling this point), the least of a party man of any man I title-deeds. How far this claim may the most of them consider a row of ever knew. Iregard him as a model of an be supported in a court of law, on the shops as a paltry expedient; and with independent man. In religion, in morgeneral understanding that no houses regard to any other plan that could be als, and in politics, he thinks for himwere to be erected opposite to Prince's devised, I shall take an even bet (1 self,-forms his opinions on the matusatreet, I pretend not to say. I am no was rejoiced to find the argument was est deliberation, maintains them with


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149 dignity and firmness, and never admits explanation, it turned out that he was To the Editor of the Observer. what he calls the new-angled doctrines impressed with the belief that a battle In the course of my reading and obof the day, without cautiously consider. royal, as he called it, had actually been servation, I have been accustomed to ing their propriety and tendency. You fought a few years ago in the Royal note down whatever seems curious or may depend upon it he has examined Society, between the Wernerians and interesting. Should you think any of the subject on which he descanted with Huttonians ; and this information he these extracts, or the remarks which so much fuency; and although I have had on the certain authority of a letter accompany thein, worthy of a place in some doubt of the correctness of some froin Edinburgh, which information he your Miscellany, I transmit a few as a of his views and statements, I always admitted had reached him at third or specimen under the title of hesitate to dissent from his opinions. I fourth hand; and thus a warm dispute,

SCRAPS FROM MY POCKET-BOOK: dont think he knows much of pictu- at which I assured him I was present, resque beauty, for we never agree on was, in the progress of its circulation, 1. Mountain two miles high in Scotland: that topic. The word picturesque a- magnified into a battle. The ridicul

In the Chemical Catechism by Mr larmed me for a second dissertation on ousness of the story, I must confess, Parkes, a strange farrago of notes upon the subject;

and I had the good fortune lowered the stranger somewhat in my notes, poetry, religion, natural history, to escape it' by the approach of a friend, estimation; but I found him otherwise and natural philosophy, at page 412 of who reminded him of an engagement

, an intelligent and well informed man the 7th edition, the following extraorin which both were concerned. They who had read a great deal, travelled

dinary passage is met with. proceeded to arrange their affairs, and much, and was not deficient in the art

On the top of a mountain near I hastened to gain the summit of the of observation.

Lochness in Scotland, whose perpen* Calton hill to enjoy the fine prospect

It was some gratification to national dicular height is nearly two miles, there and the refreshing breeze. partiality to hear him compare the sea

is a small lake of fresh water, hitherto I had taken a second turn along the view from the Calton-hill with the cele said to be unfathomable, which never charming walk under Nelson's monu- brated bay of Naples, and point out freezes during the coldest winters. ment, when I observed a young minera- with seeming accuracy of discrimination Here the depth is so great, that the logist rapping with his hammer at a the peculiar beauties of each, and on circulation is not completed before the piece of lime-spar on one of the rocks. the whole, as far as I could judge, was return of summer ; whereas the LochHaving entered into conversation on the disposed rather to give the preference anwyn, or Green lake, 17 miles distant, subject, we were joined in a few minutes to the Scottish scene. But I found he had is perpetually covered with ice.” by a stranger from the southern part of his prejudices; he censured highly the

Where the author got his informathe kingdom. Kindred pursuits soon inroads on the Calton-hill, and being, as tion, it would he impossible to guess. brought us into familiar conversation, he said, such a natural production as he But for his instruction, and that of his at least the little smattering which I had no where met with, it ought not to be readers, it is worth while to state, that possessed of mineralogy, not indeed cut and carved upon. In short, says Ben Nevis which is about 4300 feet much exceeding the knowledge of a few he, excepting in the improvement of the above the level of the sea, is the highpames, served the same purpose. The walks for the convenience and comfort est mountain in Britain, and is not one stranger seemed to be profound on the of the inhabitants, this remarkable emi mile in height ; and to add farther, that subject, and was not less verbose on nenice, almost in the centre of a city, in the latitude of Lochness, at the the Wernerian and Huttonian theories, which will be the case at some future height of more than 10,000 feet above than the friends whom I had just left period from the extension of the build the sea, the same thing would happen to were on the picturesque and the new ings, ought to he preserved entire, as it the unfathomable lake, which, by the buildings. I shall not venture to follow was presented by the hand of nature. bye, is a vulgar error for a deep lake, him through all his remarks on the sup- Here again was a difference of opinion, as takes place in the Green lake. porters of the fire and water theories, which I thought it prudent to decline Some waggish traveller has, I suspect, as he called them, and neither of which combating. His time was exhausted, imposed on the credulity of the author I found he adopted; for he asserted and he left me with an invitation to call and it must be very singular if so exthat neither the one nor the other, nor upon him, and I pursued my walk. both put together, could possibly ac- But as the day was advancing, I found seven editions of his book without de.

travagant an assertion has run through count for the phenomena. · A man, he it necessary to abridge its usual length, tection and correction. added, must have surveyed nature with and returning by the lower walk, I pera very cursory glance, or he must have ceived a sailor surveying the varied ob.

2. Remarkable History of an Agate. commenced the study with a strong prejects that met his view, and making oc- A gentleman in Edinburgh, who is possession in favour of some theory, casional remarks to those who were near curious in collecting rare and interestOtherwise he would be extremely re- him. Just as I approached, I heard him ing productions, both of nature and art, luctant to embrace any one yet propos- address himself in a rough voice to one and has not been unsuccessful in the pured. But, says he, you are mad on that of the s, ectators, while he looked up to suit, purchased in London, a polished subject here. I am told you employ the monument above. “ You call that slice of an agate, which bore a pretty the argumenta ad hominem to bend the Nelson's monuinent," says he, “ Nel correct representation of a human head. stubborn inflexibility of your antago son's monument!” he exclaimed, raising He had been twenty years in possession nists. I could easily perceive what his voice, a mere toy! “ Nelson ought to of the prize, which was much valued, meaning he wished to convey by the have been there himself, (meaning 1 when during a visit to London, as he expression ; but I could not understand suppose his statue,) with one hand adrift was going about, perhaps to indulge to what he alluded, when, after a little in the air, and a cannon ball in the other.” | his curiosity in the same way, in a

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