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[October 11, 1817. versation ; to be brilliant was preferred to being , Narbonne, the ungrateful Lameths, Barnave, 1 of the Baron de Stael recalled her to Paris, beloved, and to produce an effect upon the many Vergniaud and other, characters, distinguished where she received his last sigh, and soon left was sacrificed the higher enjoyment of being for the parts they played in the Constituent, Le- the metropolis for Switzerland. After this peadopted by the few. The Baron de Stael was a gislative, and other bodies, whose operations riod she published an essay " On the influence man, on the contrary, of remarkable simplicity of nourished the germ of discontent into the tree of Literature upon Society," which may be conhabit and singleness of heart. The opposite na. of liberty. As the wife of an Ambassador, she sidered as a continuation of the two last-menture of their dispositions could not fail soon to was protected from the first violent shocks of tioned works. In 1800, Bonaparte, in passing affect connubial harmony ; and though four revolution : but the bloody ascendancy of Robe. through Geneva, had the curiosity to visit M. children were the issue of this marriage, and spierre rendered all protection vain, and in Necker, and, accor to rumour, Madame de what are called public appearances were main- | 1793 the Baron and Baroness de Stael found it Stael took this opportunity to read to him a lained till the death of the Baron, it is generally expedient to fly together to Copet. The Duke long dissertation on the course he ought to pur. understood that there was little of communion of Sudermania, Regent of Sweden, having ac- sue for the prosperity of France. The First between him and his lady beyond the legal ties knowledged the Republic, M. de Stael was ap. Consul, it is added, who did not relish the poof their state. Their bodies and not their souls pointed Ambassador, and in 1795 returned with litical plans of ladies, listened to her very pa. were united.

his lady to Paris. About this date she publish. tiently, and in the end coolly inquired " who In August 1787, Madame de Stael was de. ed her “ Thoughts on Peace, addressed to Mr educated her children.“ livered of her first daughter, and immediately Pitt;" and is believed to bave exercised a power. In 1803, she revisited Paris. - Whether for after accompanied her father in his exile, which ful influence over the maneuvres which dis. past or present offences is not easy to tell, but was of short duration. Her other children were tracted the Governments of several ensuing Napoleon was not slow in banishing her to the two sons and a daughter. Two only survive years, especially as connected with the Direc distance of forty leagues from the capital. Re. her. One of her sons lost his life in a duel. tory. Legendre, the butcher, who, on the 22d port says, that on this occasion the lady told

The year 1789 is designated as the epoch at of June, 1795, began to declaim against the him : " You are giving me a cruel celebrity ; which Madame de Stael embarked upon the “ spirit of moderation," which he said was gain- | I shall occupy a line in your history.” This stormy sea of literature, by the publication of ing ground, more than once denounced Madame sentence is so ambiguous that we shall not ven.

Letters on the writings and character of de Stael and her party, as directing the political ture to pronounce whether it was a defiance or J. J. Rousseau.” But previous to this period intrigues of that time.

a compliment. Madame de Stael first went to she was well known to the Parisian world by the A domestic calamity varied the public tenor Auxerre, which she left for Rouen, and with composition of several slight dramatic pieces, of her existence. She was summoned to at an intention to settle in the valley of Montmo. which were performed by private amateurs, by tend the death bed of her mother, to sooth rency, in search, as she gave out, of more agreethree short novels published, afterwards in 1795 whose affliction, it is stated, she was playing on able society. But Rouen and Montmorency at Lausanne, and by a tragedy founded on the a musical instrument a few moments only be were within the forty leagues, and Bonaparte story of Lady Jane Grey, which obtained con fore she expired. On this melancholy occasion was not accustomed to have his prohibitions in. siderable circulation among friends and admi. Madame de Stael flew to her pen for consola | fringed upon. She was ordered to withdraw, rers. Her reputation was therefore no secret, tion; a resource to which she appears always to and journeyed to Frankfort, and thence to when her first public appeal was made. The have applied when pressed by care or grief, or Prussia, where she applied herself to the cultiletters on Rousseau met with great success, and smarting under the charges which party did vation of German literature. From Berlin, in the budding fame of the writer was attended not fail to heap upon her, or soured by the ani. | 1804, she hastened to Copet, on receiving intelwith all the eclat usual among our Continental madversions of critics to which she was un ligence of her father's danger ; but he died beneighbours. This triumph was however abrid. commonly sensitive. At Lausanne she compo fore she reached the place. A mortality in her ged and embittered by the critical and rapid ad sed the first part of the essay " On the influ. family invariably consigned our subject to the vance of the Revolution. On the 11th of July ence of the Passions upon the Happiness of In- occupation of the study. At Geneva, in the M. Necker was involved more desperately individuals and Nations,” which was published in year 1805, issued the “ Manuscripts of M. Nec. its vortex. While seated at dinner with a party Paris in 1796, and the second part in 1797.ker, published by his daughter." of friends, the Secretary of State for the Naval This production is reckoned one of her best, Madame de Stael has twice visited England; Department waited upon him to intimate his and was translated, in 1798, into English; a formerly during the revolutionary conflict, when banishment from the territory of France. Ma language in which the writer was well versed, she resided in a small Gothic house at Rich. dame de Stael, whose whole life has been erra. as indeed she was in English literature gene-mond, which is visible from the river above the tic, accompanied her parents in their hurried rally, far beyond the usual acquirements of a fon bridge ; and again about three years ago. Duexile. A new political turn recalled them by reigner.

ring her stay in London she was much courted the time they reached Frankfort, and Necker Madame de Stael was with her father when by persons of the highest rank and of all parties. was once more reinstated in the administration, the French troops invaded Switzerland ; and some of her bon-mots are in circulation, but we in which he remained fifteen months, and was though he had been placed on the Emigrant list can neither vouch for their authenticity, nor have then driven from office for ever to the retire- by Robespierre, and consequently exposed to we left ourselves space for their repetition. ment of Copet, where he died on the 9th of April death wherever the troops came, his daughter's The party in France with which she was most 1804.

influence with the Directory was sufficient 19 intimately connected at the time of her decease, Madame de Stael, who had gone to Copet in secure him not only safety, but respect, and the is that known by the name of the “ Constitu1790, returned on the following year to Paris, erasure of his name from this sanguinary roll. tionel.” The Mercure probably recorded the and took an active part in the intrigues of that She then returned to Paris and her husband; latest of her opinions and the last tracings of eventful period. Whether she plotted to save or but in a few months, either tired by the perse- her prolific pen. dethrone the King is not for our present in cutions to which she was exposed, or prompted The publications of Madame de Stael are so quiry; but at this time she formed or matured by some other motive, hastened back to the re well known, that we need not give a list of intimacies with Talleyrand, Seyes, Lafayette, | pose of Copet. In 1798, the dangerous illness' them.

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No. 4.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1817.

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Walks in Edir burgh.

der the patronage of the saint, or was Every part of the church being now

honoured with his name when it became brought into view by the removal of the St Giles's Cathedral, with its fine the faithful depositary of part of his mor- buildings which formerly crowded upon tower, forms one of the most conspicuous tal remains, no notice is recorded. it, and the vicinity of public edifices reobjects in the ancient part of the metro Despoiled of its rich ornaments, it was cently constructed in a very different polis of Scotland. of the time of its divided by partition walls; and while style, and producing a striking contrast, Erst erection no record remains; but it part was retained for the public duties of naturally suggest the propriety of a reis enumerated among the churches and a less obtrusive form of religious worship, form on the whole exterior of the ancient towas in the patronage of the bishop of the remaining apartments of the fabric fabric. The bints of an anonymous corHoly Island, in Northuinberland, about were occupied as places for courts of respondent may not meet with much atthe middle of the ninth century; in 1466, justice, a grammar school, a town-clerk's tention from those to whom the direction in the time of James 111. it became a col. office, a prison, and a kind of weaving of such matters is entrusted; but few will legiate church, under the superintendance manufactory. Looms, it seems, venture to dispute the position, that in any of a Provost, Curate, sixteen Prebenda erected, on which the weavers were re improvement proposed for this church, ries, and other office-bearers; and was quired to shew how much cloth a given the character of the building ought to be raised to the rank of a Cathedral when quantity of yarn would produce, in the strictly preserved, while, considering the Edinburgh was made a bishopric, in presence of inspectors, with the view of vast expenditure which the community. 1633, by Charles I. Originally destined preventing the frauds and embezzlement has of late years incurred in works of for the services of religion, and through of the property of their employers, which public utility, a just regard to economy a long succession of ages exclusively de- it would appear had been liberally prac. ought to be kept in view; and fortunatevoted to sacred purposes, this edifice has tised. The degradation of this venerable ly in this case both objects are attainable.. been applied to more various and more structure, it is to be regretted, has not The simplicity of the style rejects all opposite uses than any building which been confined to the earlier periods of its gaudy and expensive decorations ; and can boast of such antiquity. The inven: bistory. The unballowed use to which any attempt to introduce the florid Gothic tory of the jewels, plate, vestments, and some parts of it are still devoted, perpe- which might be dictated by false taste, treasure, belonging to St Giles's church, tuates the reproach ; but it is gratifying would be altogether out of place. which was drawn up after the Reforma- to learn, that the spirit of improvement, The north and west sides of the edition, with the view of bringing them to a which has of late actuated some of our fice, which are most exposed, and particusale, and which is still preserved among municipal rulers, is likely soon to extend larly the latter, which the spectator immethe city records, is a curious document of itself here, and that the paltry booths on diately contrasts with the new buildings, the rich furniture and utensils required the south side of the pile are to be detach- imperiously require judicious improvement. in a pompous form of worship. Among ed from its walls, and the police office, As the suppression of some of the four other things are enumerated, the arm of when accommodation for that establish churches now under the roof of the ca. St Giles, enclosed in silver, weighing five ment can be provided elsewhere, is to be thedral has been spoken of, for the purpounds, three ounces and a half; St Giles's removed to a more appropriate place. pose of erecting them in more convenient coat, with a little pendicle of red velvet, It rarely bappened that churches, or situations for the accommodation of the which hung at his feet; and a communion religious houses of considerable magni-extending population, might it not be table-cloth of gold brocade. St Giles, tude, were erected at once. Many of the worthy of consideration, before any plan the patron of this church, as some may stupendous edifices, exbibiting, even in of improvement is adopted, to reduce the be desirous to know, was a native of their mouldering remains, an air of gran number to two, and to out off a portion Greece, who travelled into France, and deur which excites a feeling of venera- of the building at its western extremity? founded a monastery in Languedoc about tion, were the pious work of successive The advantages of this plan are obvious ; the sixth century. At great expense, ages. From the little that is known of an opportunity is afforded of constructing and with great difficulty, even with the its history, the same progressive construc- an entire new western front in an appropowerful assistance of the French motion belongs to St Giles's church. The priate style ; a larger space is acquired narch, Preston of Gorton, a gentleman of eastern part of it is supposed to be the in front of the different buildings, and a Scotland in the time of James II. bad the most ancient ; the western division was more comniodious passage is obtained good fortune to procure a bone of the arm built after the middle of the 16th centu. into the north-west corner of the Parliaof this holy man, and on his return to his ry; and the imperial crown, a fine spe. ment Square. When the improvements, pative country piously presented this pre- cimen of Gothic architecture, which whatever they may be, are completed, it cious relic to the church in Edinburgh; surmounts the tower, was erected in may be farther suggested, that a low pabut whether it was previously placed un 1648.

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[October 25, 1817. to protect the building, from nuisances, dustry he was indebted for the solid path thus affording an example of the mutabi. would be a proper addition.

on which he trod. The form of Marlin's lity of human affairs. The cross of Edinburgh, which stood a grave was marked by the stones of the I intended to have made a few relittle below the entrance to the Exchange pavement. But as all human things are marks on the topics hinted at in a former buildings, and on the opposite side of the constantly in a state of change, the pavi communication, but I perceive I must restreet, was a singular structure, in a mix. our's ashes have been swept away in the serve them till

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Number. ed style of Greek and Gothic architec- alterations that were made in lowering ture. It was of an octagonal form ; six- that part of the street, and bis profes. Journal of an Excursion to Loch Ketrine,

Cont?,5.102. teen feet in diameter, and fifteen feet sional successors bave discovered no symin height; and a column twenty feet patbetic feeling in restoring the simple by tire bestern fighlands of Fertis.lire. high, decorated with a Corinthian capital, memorials to their place. If this tradi

On Thursday the 20th July 18!5, arrose from the centre of the building. tionary story be true, it is probable that a rived at Edinburgh ajout half past six Public proclamations were read from this wynd, or lane, which existed before the in the morning, in company with Messrs place ; and the spot on which it was South Bridge was opened up, derived its M. B-, and T. P-, on a pedestrian erected, which is marked by a peculiar name from the same person.

excursion to Loch Katrine, by the Wes. arrangement of the stoves of the pave The house of the celebrated and intre tern Highlands of Perthshire. ment, is still destined to the same pur- pid reformer, Jobn Knox, is supposed to Breakfasted with Mr W. G-, where pose, as well as for the sale of property be the first on the left hand side of the our friend Mr E. B-, bad arrived from which is poinded or seized for debt. street where it is much narrowed, go- | Leith to join us, and at half past seven Of the history of this carious edifice, no ing towards the head of the Canongale; we set out for Queensferry. The morprecord, as far as I can discover, is pre and from the windows which look to the ing being serene and beautiful, we enjoyserved. Conjecture bas assigned the pe- westward, it is said he addressed the ed very much the scenery around us ; riod of its erection to the end of the 15th, people.

where the eye could coumand at one or to the early part of the 16th century, À buman figure, now much defaced, sweep, fine villas, sloping lills, and“ but with what probability I venture not is cut out of one of the corner stones of nions spotted with white sheep."

to decide. It was removed in 1756; the building. A book, no doubt intended Passed the handsome demesne of Barn!

and those who are fond of any curious to represent the Bible, is before him, and ton, where there is a new Gothic lodge, remnant of antiquity, may feel some re the right hand points to a circle, or sun, and side gateways of exquisite workmangret that it was not re-erected in a more surrounded with rays, within which is the ship; and crossed the Almond by a neat coramodious situation. Some of the car. name of God, in Greek, Latin, and Eng. bridge, on both sides of which are deved stones, as already alluded to in a lish. On what evidence more satisfacto- | lightful fir and beech woods. The difformer communication, were introduced ry than tradition, the antiquity ascribed ferent travelling descriptions mention an into the grotesque tower raised as a to this house rests, I know not; but I am enchanting prospect from the height above mausoleum by a former proprietor of St disposed to think that it belongs to a Queensferry, which we thought only to

Bernard's, near the Water of Leith, and later age. This production of the chisel lerable. Conto the pillar is set up in the lawn at Drum, may be intended as a general, expression After walking through the town of

near Dalkeith. This country, as far as of the benefits of revealed religion, or it Queensferry, which is very dirty and I know, has produced not more than two may have been put up by some pious pos- smoked, we embarked in the passagebuildings of the same description. The sessor of the mansion, in grateful admira- boat ; passed close by loch Garvy, and one stood on the public street in the tion of the bold character, and successful arrived in about one half-hour on the optown of Ayr, was called the malt cross, efforts of the protestant preacher. The posite coast. Here, at the North Ferry, in opposition to the fish cross, and was same remarks may be applied to a massy we had a travelling dinner, and set forremoved some years ago ; the other still | edifice not far from the head of the ward for Inverkeitbing ; but, mistaking remains at the village of Preston, near Canongate, and on the opposite side of our direction, we sauntered along the Prestonpans ; and all of them seem to the street, which is said to have been the shore to near Lime-kilns. Misfortunes, have been constructed in the same way, residence of the regent Murray; and it has been observed, seldom happen and probably from the same design ; but from a projecting part in the front, which without some concomitant advantages to to none of them is any precise date of its still remains, it is added he was accus. place in the opposite scale ; so we, by our origin or history attached. The industry tomed to harangue the populace. Those error, bad an opportunity of visiting and ingenuity of the antiquary might be who have an opportunity of comparing Rosyth castle ; the famed and once faexercised in tracing them.

this structure with the buildings of Glas-vourite residence of Queen Mary. It Proceeding along the street towards gow College, will be convinced that they stands on a peninsula ; and, as a humiliathe Tron Church, I sought in vain for exhibit a great degree of similarity ting counterpart to its once noble inhathe grave of Marlin, which is alluded to in the style of their architecture ; and bitants, is occupied as a byre. Sic tran. in the older histories of the metropolis. bence it may be fairly inferred, that they sit gloria mundi-so passes earthly greatMarlin was a Frenchman, and tbe first are the works of the same period. The ness. We entered the apartment, which, person who paved the streets of Edinbuildings of Glasgow College, which front from its construction, we recognised to burgh. Proud of his labours, it appears the public street, were erected about the be the guard-room; that necessary aphe was anxious to be associated with middle of the 17th century. But whatever pendage to feudal castles. It is arched: them, and desired to have his mortal re be its antiquity, the house supposed to the light issuing through narrow crevimains deposited in the middle of the have been the regent's is no longer the ces, which only serve to render*" darkstreet, that the passenger might contem- residence of nobility. The lower apart- ness visible." "They are, to use the words plate the memorial of him to whose in- ments are occupied as a paper warehouse, I of Gray, “ windows that exclude the

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Journal of an Excursion to Loch Katrine.

75 light ;” and we soon found means of and as we were pretty much fatigued tion, from 1550 to 70. A little to the finishing his couplet, in discovering“ pas. with a thirty-five miles walk, we stretch- | left stands the remarkable ash tree in. sages that lead to nothing." Only a fewed forward, without loss of time, to Kin which Lord Burleigh secreted bimself on steps of the great spiral staircase remain : loss, wbich we reached about nine o'clock; his accusation. Its internal cavity is exthe western wing is one complete pile of and were wonderfully re-animated by the tremely curious ; and capable of contain-ruins.

media of an excellent supper, a glass of ing, at the bottom, four or five persons After retracing our steps, .we gained punchi, and a sound sleep.

standing upright: as far as we could the right road to Inverkeithing; before Friday 21st July. Leaving Kinross judge by speculation, it might be forty which, however, on passing through some at seven in the morning, we proceeded a feet high; the cylindrical cavity, graducorn-fields, we had a fine view of the long the banks of Loch Leven, endea- ally narrowing, opened, at the top, in form once royal city of Dunfcrmline. We vouring to find a boat to carry us to the of a vent, through which we could easily passed through Inverkeitbing; which, castle, in wbich Queen Mary was con see by looking upwards. It is almost enibough a small town, is remarkably neat fined, and which is celebrated by Mi: tirely destitute of branches, and only a few and clean. At the northern extremity chael Bruce, in his beautiful poem of saplings sprout from its scathed sides, to stands the church, surmounted by a to “ Loch Leven.” The best view we had say to the traveller,

" I am."

The lerable spire. The couniry round ap- of it was from the church-yard, wbich is girth which we took, about a yard from peared iü'a bigl state of cultivation ; but | situated on an eminence, and in which the bottom, was seventeen feet. On rein a few miles assumed a very difereat we discovered some stones of consider viewing it, I could not avoid thinking on aspect. Our ideas of good and bad are able antiquity. Behind us was situated the inimitable lines of Cowper : generally formed from the effects of con Kinross house, the seat of Mr Grahame, trast, and the human heart built by Sir William Bruce, the Inigo

“ Time made thee what thou wast- king of

the woods ! 5:14 ill can bear Jones of Scotland. In front is an ele.

And time hath made thee what thou artacave To merk the change to foul from fair. Byron. gant flight of steps ; over the gateway, at Por owls to roost in ! Once thy spreading boughs

Crossing the railway of Halbeath, from the southern inclosure, is represented, on O'erhung the Champaign ; and the numerous whence coals are carried for exportation each side, a Cupid riding on a dolphin; flocks

That graz'd stood beneath that ample cope from Inverkeithing, we came shortly af- and in the centre an urn of fishes; em

Uncrouded, yet safe shelter'd from the storm : ter to the village of Micklebeath; and blematical, in the opinion of one of our

No flocks frequent thee now ; thou hast out. the ciurch and manse of Beeth, on our fellow-travellers, of its contiguity to, and left. We intended visiting Mr F. the the abundance of trout in the lake. It Thy popularity, and art become minister, but, as we had determined to may be so.

a thing sleep at Kinross, we had to deny our. We took the liberty of walking, along Forgotten as the foliage of thy youth!" selves that pleasure. About a mile on

Yardley Oak, the banks of the loch, through Mr ward, the country puts on an aspect of Graham's policy ; where there is a fine We next proceeded to the Mills of indescribable wretchedness ; vast moors garden, surrounded by extensive pasture Forth, where we had a most excellent of poat-mass on either side of us, which grounds, and old woods. We observed breakfast. It seems a clean and neat were but ill set oil by a lowering and two other small® islands, besides that on village, and has some good shops in it.gloomy sky; and, except a few fir trees, which the castle is situated; and saw Leaving it at ten o'clock, we journied on and an old druidical tower, we could see some water-fowl — bitterns, gulls, snipes, a very pleasant road : on the left hand neither the verdure of nature nor the la- and plovers. The morning was delight- we saw the southern range of the Lobours of man.

ful, and the landscape around us was not monds, on our right the Ochills, and beCrossing the bridge of Keltie we en

“ The tints of the earth, and hind us lay the silver tide of Loch Letered Kinross shire. The great northern the bues of the sky," though varying in The country around is in a high road here is admirable ; smooth, spacious, grandeur, vied in beauty, and notwith state of cultivation, and very level. and level. We struck off the direct standing our feet being somewhat galled After losing sight of Loch Leven, the road; and walked up a very fine avenue by yesterday's walk, we could not help road was very uninteresting; but a mile to have a peep of Maryburgh, the seat being embued with the most delightful or two onward we passed through some of Mr Adam of Blairadam and Mary emotions." The birds sang love on every small villages. After leaving Arngask, burgh; but finding no direct communi. spray," and the docks were sunning them the country has a fine diversity of bill and cation, we retraced our steps, and regain- selves in the fields ; and though we are dale, pasturage, corn-fields, and woods, ed the great road. It soon however be no great advocates for the formation of interspersed with gentlemen's seats, and gan to rain, and we took shelter at the character from physical causes, yet we with hamlets; till between the hills of first inn we came to; which was a very were all sensible of the effect which na Pocie, and Balmano, a most noble and homely one indeed. We sat here for ture, in ber different aspects, has upon the brilliant prospect opened before us. In nearly an hour, over our ale, shunning spirits. After proceeding for about two the front, a range of hills, towering above, the shower, and overhearing, to our great miles along the margin of the loch, we and piled upon each other, covered to entertainment, the conversation of a club turned to the left, to visit the remains of their very peaks, and to the brinks of of country politicians, whose lungs, it Burleigh Castle ; once the seat of Queen their precipices, with fine firs: to the left, must be confessed, were much stronger Elizabeth's minister, the famous lord of appeared the blue gigantic summits of the than their arguments. The shower pass.

that name.

It is rather in a better Grampians, supporting the clouds in maed by, and we again set out ; nor had we condition than Rosyth ; and there are jestic grandeur; and on our right, the proceeded far before we had a view of some remains of fine Gothic architecture ; southern Lomonds, the variegated plains, Loch Leven, and its castle; but as the the date on the tower we neglected to the mouth of the Tay, and the windings rain began a second time to patter on us, set down; it is, to the best of our recollec- of the Erne. The road, after passing the

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[October 25, 1817. bridge of Erne, is very pleasant; and On Chimney-sweeping.

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TO THE EDITOR.

and down by the chimney.sweeper. neighbouring height, we have a fine view Sir,

Humanus. of the city, and the river Tay, with the The cleaning of chimnies by children,

REFERENCES. depot in front. bas, I am bappy to say, been but little

A an iron pulley-B B chain-C fire-placeWe went and examined the depot, known in this part of the country; on D D the axle and frame_E a bolt of iron for which is a huge pile of building, compo that account our attention bas been more tixing the frame on the chimney top. sed of oriental granite, and Roman ce directed to this system as practised in ment. The fosse around the inner square London, than with the idea of any evil was empty; and may be five feet deep: in existing from it in this city; and the all conscience, it appears proof sufficient more so, as our method of cleaning chim

E against the intentions and exertions of nies was lately stated in the House of runaways.

Commons as an example to the people of We arrived at Perth about four in the England; what then must be our feelafternoon; and after sauntering along the ings on the disclosure of such unparalleled beautiful walks, shaded with elms, which acts of barbarity as transpired on the late form the avenue, and is the Mall and trial of Rae! To prevent the farther proVour Houts of the city, we had the good gress of a system, so abhorrent to public fortune to procure a boat, which carried feeling, and so inconsistent with the spirit us about four miles on the river, and af- of improvement which so generally preforded us, at the same time, an opportuni. vails, I am induced to recommend to the ty of exercising ourselves at the oar, in notice of your readers an invention of Mr acquiring the management of which, we Legros, of London, for cleaning chimnies. made no contemptible progress, consider. But it may be observed, that although Mr ing our being so much fresh-water sailors. Legros bas the merit of being the first to

The bridge is very bandsome, and con- make it public, a very similar, and indeed sists of ten arches; the only fault is its superior method, has long been executed narrowness. The resemblance of some by Mr G. Hunter, Princes-Street. streets in the old town of Perth must / But without examining the merits of strike every beholder, by their similarity particular improvements, I would ask, to others in the old town of Edinburgh. why should this method of cleaning by The crescent in the new town is a fine boys be adopted ?-is it now discovered range of buildings, commanding an ex. that the men in this city, who are formed tensive view of the banks of the Tay. into a society under the direction of the

I had here the happiness of meeting magistrates, and who devote their whole with three of my college acquaintances, time and attention solely to this business, Messrs R--h, R-s, and 0 --e, who should now be found incapable of execuobligingly shewed us the town. From ting such a task ? It may indeed be said them, however, we had the mortification there is an evil in employing them also,

The Stage Coach. to learn that we could not see the palace as it is done at the risk of their lives-of Scone, as it required a recommenda- but this is a danger which they share in Inspicere, tanquam in speculum, in vitas omnium tion, which could not be procured so late common with slaters, builders, and others, in the afternoon. We took copies of in- who find their security in the habitual

TO THE EDITOR, scriptions, from the town-house, which is exercise of their profession. We ought Sir, an elegant building, and from its appen- not to talk of relieving the distresses of I HAVE always considered a stagedages, the prison, weigh-house, &c. but slaves from the barbarity of their over- coach as presenting a most interesting these I have since mislaid. That above seers, when we encourage such scenes of and amusing display of buman nature. the weigh-house door, I however remem- misery at our own homes. Could it be To a person fond of observing the pasber

supposed for a moment that there existed sions and the tastes of mankind, notbing,

such a disgrace in any country, far less perhaps, can afford higher gratification " A false balance is an abomination to the in ours, which boasts of the refinement than the strange variety of character, Lord; but a just weight is bis delight.” Prov. of its institutions ! Need more be added the ludicrous contrast of individual eccen

Before proceeding to our night's ac to these remarks to rouse us to put an tricity, and the marked effect of educacommodation, we purchased a Guide to effectual stop to such proceedings ? Lettion, habits, and pursuits, to be seen the city of Perth and its environs, and the ingenuity of our countrymen only be where all are strangers and cquals, and an enumeration of the principal tours exerted, and any difficulty in accom where every one thinks himself at liberty through the country. After an excellent plishing this object may soon be overcome. to act, and to assume as he pleases. Í supper, a convivial glass, and a comfort In the plan proposed by Mr Hunter, remember one of the most celebrated

paable nap, we left Perth at six o'clock on a pulley is fixed on the chimney top, with pers in the Spectator records a journey Saturday morning.

what is termed an endless chain over it, in a stage-coach, from the seat of Sir

and banging in the chimney within reach Roger de Coverley to town; and may pro(T. be continued.) 6.97. of the fire-place; a brush, or any other ) bably have furnished the ground-work of

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