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A Fortnight's Ramble to the Lakes one chapter (which was no credit to it), is in Westmoreland, Lancashire, and Cum nearly the same; only parts of it have berland. By Joseph Budworth, Esq. notes branching from them, in which F. S. A. Author of “ The Siege of there is much extraneous matter, such Gibraltar'' and “Windermere,'' Poems. may come under the head of MiscellaneThird Edition, Embellished with a Por ous, or Drossiana. But, in whatever shape trait of William Noble, Esq. 8vo. pp. it is received, it will be found built upon 413.
Truth. There are but 250 copies struck A
entertaining Volume, accounts alive; and emolument is so far from a for the Portrait in the front, of the consideration, that the sole expence rests Friend of Man." The “ Ramble”
with the Author, which is already settled originated in a wish expressed by for; and the entire sale shall go to a cha. Mri Noble to visit bis Native Coun rity [the Manchester Infirmary] in his na.
tive town, the funds whereof, it is an ima try; and he was most willingly ac
perious duty to remark, are not conimencompanied by an excellent Friend, surate to its boundless and healing utiwho expresses his obligations with a
lity. J.B.” delicacy equal to its energy :
The first Edition of this work was “ It will be seen,” says Mr. Bud- reviewed in vol. LXII. p. 1114; as worth, “that it is not one of those were the improvements in the second, catchpenny conveniences in which Edi. in vol. LXVI. p. 134. tions are multiplied, at the expence of In our Review of the first edition, one conspicuous leaf; and likewise, that we foretold that it would go through it hath experienced a sufficient sale to au
others; suggesting at the same time thorise a resurrection.--Having closed the
that a few passages might with proTour in August 1792, as many copies were sold, in less than six months from the priety be omitted. And it is pleasant
to observe that these hints were remaking of it, as cleared me of every expence whatever; and many inaccuracies ceived with very polite attention. staring me in the face, I stopped the sale, Of the third Edition, it will not be had the remaining copies disfigured, and necessary to say more than that, by a made an exchange of them at a celebrated careful revision of the Author, it is Literary Reposilory in Cockspur-street; by considerably improved ; and to notice which I bad the satisfaction of balancing some of the new articles. a famous military trunk for my labours, Most of the chapters are introand of thinking they are still useful, and duced by a few lines of original poerambling over the four quarters of the globe. try, of which the first may serve as a
“A Second Edition came out in 1795, revised and improved, as expressed in specimen :
“ More than a life of Errors mine hath the Preface to it. The sale was slow, but
been: progressive ; and most probably it would Yet, if I write one thought the least obscene, never have gone afresh to the press, if a
May my young oziers perish! and may I dreadful Fire had not consumed the exten
Detested live, and unlamented die! sive premises of the Printers; when, out
For works which fine-spun subtilties imof an impression of 1000 copies, more than 500 perished.
Fill with the wildest germs the trembling “ After such a visitation, when the Fire had scarcely left a wreck, I considered my
Mislead the sense, deteriorate the ind; Ramble to have been extinguished; but,
Like serpents sting, and leave a slough
behind. understanding from Booksellers
Yegenerous youths, such specious monsters (and other channels) that it was in re
Who treads the flowry path is half unquest; and having a life of leisure, and
done. not being able to make those manly Fly their fallacious haunts while strength
[remains, excursions, which were my delight, but And from thy bosom cast the magic never fatigued--the Influenza of 1803
[to view, having so humbled me, that the least exercise wearies more than the severest used
Whose Cyprian shoals, so fair and soft
Make wrecks of minds—and reputation to do ;--I have been consequently forced upon mental resources; and I thank my God that past rambles, and military re
In many of the additions Mr. Budflections, can furnish materials, which worth is very animated ; and particutend to lessen the calamity, and foster larly when expressing his feelings on resignation under it.---Considerable addi- viewing some recent encroachments at tions are introduced into this book; Molesey, which was for a considerthough the Ramble, with the exchange of able time his favourite residevce. Gent. Mag. July, 1810.
A most pathetic poem,“On Simpli- And, blest association, ever new, city," composed some years since, Felt that my cottage home vould hear it “when fishing by the river Mole; and in a recess, where he often saw
Thus midst enchantment pass'd the live
long day, the King-fisher flying across his rod,
And I could listen half the night away. as if it reckoned this very retreat its own, and took him for an intruder;"
“ Dear, peaceful Molesey, ever in my
mind is closed by the following Retrospec- Thou shalt a niche of Recollection find; tion, dated Jan. 15, 1810:
Her showy meadows, and elastic air, “So, often angling by the “sullen Mole, Which, Thames, (in cominon) thy lov'd Have museful moments o'er my senses
borders share. stole,
Her fields luxuriant in autumnal grain, While Philomela, with unrival'd song, Bending beneath the plenty they contain ; Pours from her swelling breast her stores Her stacks of riches, and the num'rous along;
sheep, And other nightingales responses join, Which to the wether-bell due order keep; Filling th' enraptur'd ear with joys divine. While the Old Shepherd † ioddles to his Or, when oft wand'ring on the downy
[burst! Attended by his cluster'd family: I've heard the rich--the sweetly-thrilling
* “The spirit of inclosure has reached this once beautiful Level, and a large slice of the Hurst is embraced within a pleasure-ground. An immense grove which towered over the country, and was the safe and sacred haunts of nightingales and turtle-doves, has fallen to 'the rude axe;' and if the natives do not lament the destruction of that venerable Aviary, the poor Fawns, scared from their antient home, may, as Dr. Dalton says, “In twilight shade of (other) thickets mourn ;' for there are few trees left in that part of the country, to receive either nightingales or imaginary deities, and nothing so soon drives them from a country as the axe; the nightingale is capriciously alive to innovations, and I know several situations they have entirely deserted. This reverse about Molesey was only beard of while this proof-sheet was under correction; and though they may wear the character of improvements, A Rambler could never be made to think them so.”--[All the trees in the grove there, however, we may add, are not cut off. The landlord felled 20, which made so large an opening, that 20 more were blown down the first great wind ; or fell for grief at losing the companions of their youth. Edit.]
† “ The being so much alone undoubtedly gives a kindly tone to a shepherd's countenance, Old Nicholas Hill was forced, from violent rheumatism and age, to give in; and he was succeeded by Cann, who, in the prime of life, suffers heavily from the same complaint; and who, like the old man, has a face as placid as one of his flock. Hill was taken by my predecessor to milk and toddle,' as he called it, about the premises ; and when past this little labour, the Author had the satisfaction of seeing him as comfortable as the aged poor can expect to be: and the poor fellow did not give up until prevailed upon to give rest to his weary bones. I frequently sat with him, and, questioning him about his religious principles, found an alınost impenetrable deficiency. I felt it a Christian duty to talk with him, and open as easy a path as possible, without puzzling bim : his attention was salutary, his gratitude repaid me. In due time I went with him to the altar: he trembled violently; on replacing him at his seat, the agitation continued, his arms bendingly extended, and with such a look, he thanked me, that his face and figure appeared impressed with the comfortable banquet he had partaken, and he would have been an angelic subjeat to a Raphael; as he would an earthly one to Morland or Barker, could they have seen him when a shepherd under the Great 'Tree upon Molesey Hurst. I purposely kept a few days from bim, in order that the mind might be gradually restored. I then called, and the following was his answer to my enquiries: Why, Sir, meonly well: I slept out Sunday night better an he have done a power of years; but my auld peans stick all over nie as fast as ever; and yet, Measter, I bear um better, an I will bear um. I bin trying to think, and pull out of my head all the wicked things I ha said an done since I was a man. I never rightly thought on um before, or that um were half so many. I am meonly sorry an grift for um: I hope God will forgive me : do you think he will, Measter?' As I only went to speak comfort, I had no difficulty in doing it; and as he scarcely afterwards ever left his room, except in a few years to go to his ho!ise of clay, let us hope he took his departure with the resignation of a good and faithful shepherd.-N. B. The farmers and their families are regular church-goers; but as divine service is only performed at wne, and then only a short afternoon service with a sermon, and being their dinnerhour, it is worse attended by the poor than in any parish I was ever at; and though forcibly exhorted by the Clergyman, there seems to be an hereditary defalcation in
Then underneath its foliage recline,
And fill it with such salutary charms,
[rural shade; place :
That deck'st with matchless charms the
[abound, And, like thy Parent Nature, ever please.” Rough children on their humble hearths Old Bob Partridge, who acts asguide, And ripe old age with healthful wrinkles as boots, postilion, and boatman, at crown'd.
Windermere, is a character worthy “The Thames, majestic ! Aowing by her of being transmitted to posterity with side,
[glide : fame, -perhaps not with so much as Where num'rous swans in stately freedom his namesake the Almanack-naker Midst ‘patience in a punt,' and barges but with this difference, John's imgay,
[play; mortality was per force-Robin's at Move when they move, or in meanders
his own naked desire. The willow'd Aytes* their annual nests
(We shall take an early opportunity of rem contain,
suming this agreeable RAMBLE.) Where undisturb'd the mother-birds reThe little Mole, which lingers through her 2. A Trip to Coatham, a Watering Place fields,
in the Norlh Extremity of Yorkshire. To many mills proverbial plenty yields; By W. Hutton, F.A.SS. 8vo. pp. 317; So grieves to leave them, she forsakes her Longman and Co. bed,
[head t. THIS worthy Veteran intimates And in the Monarch's bosom hides her that “perhaps this may be the last “ And when gay Clifton passes in re
time he shall appear before the world view,
as an Author.” We hope not; and, With features rich as ever Nature drew; the ground of our hope is, that we Say, why should we our little Mole pre- discover the same 'lively, intelligent, fer?
and cheerful powers in this work, It is th' unfetter'd quiet reigning there; which have so often amused us in And something more, which grooving in Mr. Huiton's more juvenile volumes the mind,
-if that phrase can be properly apIn home occurrences we always find. The robins, blackbirds, and the very poor thor at the age of fifty-six, and now,
plied to one who began to be an au. That glean'd (when times were hard) around the door ;
at the age of eighty-five, has given The pans and pitchers smoaking with so striking a proof of undecayed fa. The grateful faces of the half-starv'd culties, and undiminished curiosity group.
and information. To see the urchins on the steps await, The Trip to Coatham, which our And run and struggle who should ope the Author has twice performed, appears gate ;
to have been suggested by his daughWhile ev'ry tiny being held a bar, ter, whose health, as well as his own, Eager the .copper'd wealth, or smiles, to rendered something of the kind neshare,
cessary; and he wriies “because, beFlinging their naked heads to wish food ing, pleased with what he saw, he And whisp'ring ev'ry answer with delight; wished it might please others," which Then run a field a head to meet again,
we have little doubt will be the case Another nodding blessing to obtain : Such, and the like, still clinging to the with all who prefer a simple, neatlyheart,
[part; varied, and lively narrative, to those Can never-never--from my mind de more prolix and studied details, in this material concern; and which, from some occasions that came under our notice (besides old Hill's) we had reason to deplore. A resident Pastor should, on the seventh day, be in every village in the kingdom ; but, alas ! such is not always the fashion; and secession from the Established Church is the frequent and melancholy consequence; besides the many points held out in a moral sense, and which are ignorantly broken, by being habitually accustomed to make a day of rest-a day to idle about and do as they please.”
* “ Aytes are small islands formed from sand-banks.”
t" The Mole rises in Surrey, and, after running two miles underground, most fan. tastically winds and figures about, never quitting the County, and enters the Thames just below Hampton Court Bridge.” I Robin's Epitaph has been already printed, in our vol. LXXVIII. p. 1056. Edit.
which we discover more of the li- ing-place, produces the following rebrary than the post-chaise--more of flections, which may, perhaps, be the author than the traveller, and applicable to other places of the kind : more, perhaps, of the compiler than of either.
“ There are pleasures and luxuries at Some parts of our Author's route,
Harrowgate, well suited to the man who
has money to spend, and time to spend it. having been described in his “ Tour
Health and Disease, having long contended to Scarborough,” (published in 1803,
for the pre-eminence in this beautiful valand now out of print, from that un ley, at length came to this agreement : fortunate event in the house of our that Health, assisted by the waters and Printer to which we have had so often exercise, should govern in the morning; occasion to advert,) are omitted in and that Disease, assisted by the savoury the present volume, which contains dish, the bowl, and the bottle, should the descriptive scenery, and remarks preside in the evening; that, like Peneon such objects and places as were
lope's web, whatever was done in the day
should be undone in the night.” new to him. These begin with Alfreton, Barnsley, and Wakefield ; the Of Ripley, Mr. Hutton remarks, latter enlivened by a description of what, we believe, can be said of very the battle of Wakefield, between Ri. few towns, that, “If an old inhabitchard Duke of York and Margaret ant could rise from the dead, he of Anjou. This battle our Author would find every thing the same as describes with the accuracy of the when he left it, except the buildings Historian and the acuteness of the grown older, and the inhabitants Antiquiry. From this we proceed changed.” through Hounslet to Leeds. The Ripon affords more extensive invalue of land at this place will form formation ; and the Author enters an interesting extract:
somewhat at large into its antient his“The prosperity of a place may, in tory, selecting, as became a traveller, some measure, be ascertained by the va
those parts that are most engaging to lue of land in its vicinity. A gentleman modern readers. who resides at Hounslet, the village ad At Northallerton he finds what joining to Leeds, told us that he had, at many a traveller and enquirer has various times, purchased twenty-two acres found before him ; of land, now in a ring fence, which, npon
“ This town, two hundred years ago, the average, cost him three hundred pounds
was the residence of my family. My per acre. Upon the back part of this
grandfather's grandfather was a native, land he had erected his house, works, &c.
and enjoyed the capital honour of furnishHe had no doubt, were he inclined, but
ing the place with hats.--I enquired after he could dispose of the front land at a
my relations, but found the name was exa thousand pounds an acre.
tinct," tleman told us he had erected a steamengine, and extensive machinery for scrib
Busby Hall affurds a story of too
much interest to require any apology bling, shearing, dying, &!".. upon a lease for the short space of twenty-one years.
for ariding it to our pages: A third gentleman remarked to us that
“In our way from Northallerton to he had recently agreed for the purchase Stokesley, we pass by Busby Hall, where of a small piece of land, at a most extra
resided a widow lady, named Turner, who yagant price; he did not say what. But,
held the estate, which is large, in her own as he could not make one bargain without right. She had one daughter, whom she making two, he applied to the Lord of the
tortured for her amusement; instead of Manor for permission to use small
kindness she bestowed pinches, and inbrook which ran by the side of the in
štead of smiles pricked her with pins.-tended purchase, and of which the Lord
The father of the present Sir Thomas Gasmade no use. That he had offered a thou- coigne, and several other Baronets, would sand pounds, which the Lord was then in
have offered her their hands; but the doubt whether he should accept. Water
mother would not suffer it, for this cogent seems as dear as land.”
reason, that the daughter would have been From Leeds he proceeds to Hed.
a Lady, and she herself only Mistress Turdingley'. nd Harewood, where he in
ner.-The young lady afterwards placed troduces the well-known episod: of her affections upon a Dutch officer, of the
name of Straubenzie, and married him Edgar and Elfrida, told with all the
(perhaps this occurred in the year 1745, vivacily of youth. On this subject when the Dutch came over). The old lady our Author wrote a poem in 1793.
was now so exasperated that she would Harrowgate, that celebrated water
not see her daughter, forgetting that the
daughter did not degrade herself to his our present case she proved the greatest rank, but elevated her to her own. The
She knew her power, and resolved mother, however, cond to be reconciled. to shew it; because she possessed it. She This union produced the sons. The pro- grasped the farai bolt, and aimed destrucspect before the tarnis w. poverty; not tion at lier daughter with full effect. A a ray of comfort could be on. The mo father has been known to wrong bis chilther had completely lampes the arts of dren, by melting down a fortune in the reproof and of punishment, but had never bottle, or by dashing it to pieces upon a learnt that of fory:veness. No doubt, gaming-table, yet seldom out of revenge ; peace was as much a strarger to her still seldomer a mother. Had the old mind, as to her danghter's. The wind lady heen able to reason, she might fairly cannot make a rough sea without being have concluded, that the persons to whom rough itself.--By the interposition of some she gave the estate would despise her for friends the children were introduced to her gift.” their grandmother, who took them into From Stokesley we arrive at Coat favour, consented to keep hem, and leave ham, our Author's destination; and, them the estate, on one triting condition; consequently described with more mithat the children should swear never to
nuteness than any other part of the see their mother, and she should swear
Trip.-It appears a very eligible spot never to see them. This the children
for invalids; but, lest such should be could not do, aud the other would not. The refusal of the daughter ought to bave
doubtful of its containing the due pleaded her forgiveness, as it displayed proportion of pleasure which all wathe laudable tenderness of pareutal affec- tering-places must hold forth, we tion; but what can soften a rock ?-— The shall transcribe what Mr. Hutton says old wounan, however, suffered the two of its boys to remain with her, and without
" AMUSEMENTS. goading or tweaking them, till maternal “ These are yet in a confined state ; fondness induced their mother, one Sun- but will advance as the credit of the place day morning, to steal a peep, out of a advances. The billiard-table has not window in Stokesley, to see her sons going made its appearance; the tennis-court is to church; which dreadful crime coming not erected; the skittle-alley and the butts to the knowledge of the old lady, she dis are not begun; nor has the bowling-green carded them for ever. She then offered shewed its face. Quoits are in tune; but the reversidn of her estate to a gentleman, this is rather a butcher's game, although who replied, 'If you leave it to me, I an healthful one. The visitants are amused will give it to Mr. Straubenzie.' Thus he at present with the sands and the sea in honourably cut himself off. She then of the day, and with cards at night. There fered it to several others, wbo declined it is, however, what I should never expect with thanks. She then advertised it, not to find, a little modern Circulating Lifor sale, but for gist. At length a gentle- brary, for those who are inclined to letman, whose name I have forgotten, ac ters. I must also add, that the roads are cepted the offer upon her own terms. This remarkably fine, and well suited to the gentleman, I am informed, bad five or foot, the horse, or the carriage, and both six brothers; and for fear the property for a long or a short distance, for either should, in future, revert to her own fa meadow or romantic views.--I remarked mily, she entailed the estate upon every and censured in my History of Blackpool, one of them and their heirs, according to if I remember right (for I never was mas. priority. Anxiety shortened the days of ter of a copy), a species of contemptible the daughter, and the heir-at-law keeps pride exhibited by one house towards anothe House of Correction at Wakefield. I ther. There were five principal boardingapprehend a parallel case cannot be found houses. The people of every one shunned in the history of man; for the female and despised those of the other four. I breast is ever open to pity towards its off am pleased that I have no room to bring spring. We read of harsh fathers ; but this accusation against the visitants of where can be found such a mother? I Redcar and Coatham. There can be no have not the pleasure of knowing any of reason to despise any class of people, who the unfortunate descendants of this un live without offence to society. Is not the worthy mother, but am told they bear a tenant who sows the ground as good a most respectable character. Pity will man as the landlord, who feeds upon the find, and weep over this ill-treated fa- crop? Can we subsist without those demily. It will create friends in their fa- graded characters the nightınan and the
There is reason to conclude, the chimney-sweeper? Nay, some have asyoung lady had not one enemy, except serted, that he who cleans is a better that mother who ought to have been her man than he who dirties; hence, the man firmest friend. A mother is generally the who cleans my shoes is preferable to me greatest blessing to a daughter ; but in who daub them. I remember too, at