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That as I sat, the wings and soft breast picking,
And now, dear lake and mountain, fare-ye-well! I sigh'd to think, that, in the smoky town,
He who has seen you once in his life's spring, Such chickens were not to be had; the fact is,
As I have done, will ne'er forget the spell They never feed them there—a shocking practice !
Your thousand beauties o'er his spirit fling;
Gloom, clouds, and woe, may o'er his fate be cast,
But, 'midst the darkness, thy fair scenes will last
Green on his soul, and mingled with his dreams
Of childhood's happier days, and brighter skies, The orb of day, were in the eastern sky,
That seem'd to glitter in eternal gleams Long as the streamers that from topmast fly.
Of sunny light, your beauties too will rise,
And he will feel once more their magic spell ; I rose, of course, for I had fix'd to climb
But now the world recalls me :-ye dear scenes, farewell! Up to Ben-Lomond's top, and see the world, Whilst yet, around its lofty brow sublime, The thick grey mists of dewy night were curl'd ;
UNPUBLISHED LETTERS OF DR PRIESTLEY. At sunrise they disperse, and then appears A sight you will not see once in a thousand years.
A FRIEND lately put into our hands a series of letters,
written by the above eminent auchor to a friend of the But you must know 'tis not so easy work
name of Ross, in the year 1798. With occasional alluTo climb Ben-Lomond as green Arthur Seat,
sions to topics of more general interest, they relate prinThe one requires the vigour of a Turk,
cipally to a work which Priestley was at that time preThe other 's but a middling sort of feat;
paring for the press, and which he afterwards published The one you may do without much presumption,
at London in 1800, with the title, “ Comparison of the The other, at the risk of a consumption.
Institutes of Moses with those of the Ancient Hindoos,
and other Early Nations." I do not wish to boast, but I must say,
Of Dr Ross we have been able to learn pothing, farther That, though unused to scramble up a hill,
than that he was a native of Scotland, and had acted in I neither stopp'd nor rested by the way,
a professional capacity, at first in the East Indies, and Till I had reach'd the highest pinnacle ;
afterwards in Philadelphia. He returned to his native And there, indeed, at my own strength I wonder'd,..
country about the beginning of the present century, and And sat me down, for I was nearly founder'd.
in 1809 he was alive, and residing at Dundee. He main
tained a correspondence with some of the most distin" Creation's heir, the world! the world ! is mine,"
guished characters of the day; and, from the diversity of Said Dr Goldsmith, looking proudly down
subjects respecting which his opinion was asked, must From some high ridge of Alp or Apennine,
have been a man whose active mind took au interest in On lake and river, valley, grove, and town;
all intellectual pursuits. 'Tis pity that the Doctor never came
We present our readers with extracts from some of To see Ben-Lomond,--he'd have said the same.
Priestley's letters; and one, wbich is entirely devoted to
general topics, we quote at length. We consider them as Oh ! 'tis a glorious sight-a sight that gleams
interesting, not merely because they give us a pleasing picFull on the soul, and wakens high-born thought,
ture of the manner in which one of our earliest and best And brings the bright creations of bright dreams
analytical experimentalists expressed his feelings and opiBefore our eyes, with life and being fraught;
nions in private and confidential intercourse, but also beOh! ye false poets ! after scenes like these,
cause we view Priestley as the representative of a numeGo prate to babes of " dull realities.”
rous portion of our English Dissenters. That large and influential class consisted, at the time of its first secession
from the Church, of very heterogeneous materials. AlWell, Tennant ! hast thou sung--thou bard of Fife, In “ Anster Fair," thy first lay and thy best,
though the necessity of supporting themselves against the
preponderating influence of the establishment, has kept up (A lay with richest thoughts and fancies rife,
a faint shadow of external union among the three most And many a racy, long-remember'd jest,)
influential sects, it bas been more in appearance than real“ Oh! I could throw me down, and worship there The God who garnish'd out a world so bright and fair!" ity. What has the stern Calvinism of Newton in com
mon with the semi-deism of Price and Priestley? The And who could not ? Did Atheist ever stand
consequence has been, an impossibility of introducing into
the union any explicit standard of belief; and the want Upon a mountain's brow, and look around
of such a fundamental creed, has encouraged much vagueOn the magnificence of sea and land,
ness and Auctuation in the religious principles of many To where, far off, the skies, descending, bound
members and congregations. It is under such circumThe mighty landscape ? Oh! in one 'short look,
stances that the Unitarians have so increased in number; Reads he no words of light on Nature's book ?
a body of men among whom are to be met many instances
of moral worth and pious sentiment, but many of whom And with these holier feelings comes there not
certainly wore, about the close of last centary, the gara The patriot's fire-bright burning in the breast ?
ment of Christianity, very loosely about them. It was Is our owy Wallace or brave Bruce forgot,
these men who materially contributed, at an early period Montgomery's sword, or Douglas' snowy crest, of the French Revolution, to swell the ranks of the revoA blaze of names that shine in Scottish story,
lutionary, party in this country; but the farther progress The best and dearest on her page of glory!
of that national convulsion frightened tbem baek to their
allegiance. To us, one of the greatest charms of the letLong stood I there, then travell’d slowly down
ters we now submit to our readers is, that they express The green hill's side ; and, when I reach'd the Inn, the views entertained on that question at the close of last My fit of inspiration, I must own,
century, by the most amiable and learned inan whom the Was nearly over, so I saw no sin
Unitarians have produced. In doing all that hands and teeth were able
Our first extract is from a letter dated Northumbase Towards the lightning of the breakfast-table.
land, 18th January, 1798 :
“ As I could not have composed the work on which I am things in this world, though preceded, as we are fully apnow busy, and which will, I hope, be thought both curious prized, with a season of great calamity. Whatever be the and useful, without your kind assistance, in supplying me view of the French in taking possession of Egypt, I rejoice in with books, will you give me leave to prefix to it a letter of it, as it must lead to a happy revolution in all that part of dedication to yourself, expressing my obligation to you, and the Turkish dominions which includes Palestine, and may my friendship and esteem for you. 'I shall say nothing that eventually contribute to the restoration of the Jews. This, I think you will disapprove. However, you shall see it I am informed, is also one of their projects, though certainly before it be printed. I have, by Mr Thatcher, made a pro not with any view to the fulfilment of prophesy; and it is, posal te Mr Dobson about the printing of this work; and on that account, a favourable circumstance. if he decline it, I shall get it done by some means or other ; “ There is so little prospect of peace at present, that I have and, I hope, the next spring or summer. In less than a given up all thoughts of leaving this country for some month, I shall have made it as perfect as I can. It will years, though it gives me some concern that I am neither make a moderate Svo volume.
doing nor getting any good in it, and I wish to be useful “I have a letter from Paris, which gives a more favour- the short time that I have to live. Though I cannot pubable account of the state of religion in France than I ex- Jish any thing more here, I continue to write, in hope of pected to have heard. Several of my theological writings more favourable times. I had finished my Exposilion of will be translated. On this account, I am disposed to for the Prophets when you were here. I have since made great give them in other respects. Wbat nation can throw the progress with the Pentateuch. Wbether I ever print this first stone ? Not this.
work or not, I could not do any thing that would give me “ If it can be managed, I will come to Philadelphia, to so much satisfaction, and I cannot be idle. The work that present my work. It will not take more than a fortuight, is to bear testimony to our friendship I have in view, and and then you may perhaps return with me."
collect for the improvement of it. It will be the first of my
future publications, and I think it will now make a voA letter, dated 8th March, of the same year, contains lume 4to. I have, with a view to this work principally, nothing of consequence, but encloses a copy of his pro- been reading Niebuhr's Description of Arabia, and I can posed dedication, from which we quote one passage : read the Arabic words that occur in it pretty readily. Mr
" I think it a circumstance of no small weight in the Cooper has this work, but not the Travels.' That, bowargument, that a person who has seen so much of the
ever, I have in an abridgement. world, and is so well acquainted with the principles and ther, and that a good Providence will attend you both. It
“ I hope that my son and you will contrive to sail togeeffects of other religions, is sincerely attached to Christian- the voyage be the means of establishing your health, of ity; and you agree with me in thinking, that we shall be more sensibly struck with its superior excellence, from
which I have good hopes, we may yet meet somewhere in comparing it with other systems, in forming which, the Mrs Lister. I think myself honoured by their kind notice
this world. Give my respectful compliments to Mr and founders of them were possessed of greater natural advan
of me. tages . With your concurrence, I have taken soine pains with think very little about them ; but
I do not like the general
As to the politics of the day, and of the country, I this argument, and I hope it will not be without its effect complexion of them. All good men will be well-wishers on the candid and reflecting.-You, sir, have seen what
to all the human race; and it is natural to feel something the religion of the Hindoos, as well as that of the Mahometans, really is; and you have the same conviction that I
more for one's native country, as I sincerely do. With have, and perhaps a stronger, of the advantage we derive every good wish, yours, &c.” from Christianity, and of the debasing tendency of the heathen superstitions, and of the extreme improbability of any man, however enlightened in other respects, recover
A POINT FOR THE CRITICS. ing themselves from the deplorable state into which idolatry and superstition had brought them."
From the French of Armand Gouffé, What follows is from a letter bearing date the 10th “Write just as you speak," say modern critics, May, 1798 :
That desperate band of merciless ascetics : " I thank you for Dupuis. It is a very curious book, O ye! who fix the laws of composition, and will require some animadversion in a preface or ap Have ye no pity for my sad condition ? pendix. But it will hardly be possible to treat it with
Tell me, in God's name, how should I compose, sriousness. If bis denying the existence of Christ and his
For, gentle critics, I speak through my nose ! Apostles be not a mere jeu d'esprit, we must say of him, as Festus did of Paul, that much learning had made him
H. G. B. mad.
“ While the Americans are preparing to fight the French by land and on sea, I am tigbting them in my laboratory. I have no doubt now, but that I shall overturn their new
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES. system of chemistry. I want to hear from Berthold and others in France, and then I shall publish some more experiments, to which, I think, they will not easily inake MR HENRY G. BELL is preparing for the press, a volume of Mis
cellaneous Poems, which will appear in November. The second any reply.”
edition of Mr Bell's Life of Mary Queen of Scots, is on the eve of The next letter, on account of its general interest, we
publication. give at length; it is dated 6th December :
Mrs J. S. Prowse has a volume of Miscellaneous Poems in the “ Dear Friend, I cannot express how much I feel for
press, to be published this month.
The Lyre and the Laurel, two volutres of the most beantiful fue your most calamitous situation, and the probable consequence of losing you from this country, and, I fear, from gitive poetry of the 19th century, will appear in a fortnight. any place where I am likely ever to reside; whereas, I ever
Captain Calder Campbell of the Madras army is about to publish
“ Lays from the East." flattered myself that, wherever that was, you would accom
“ Chartley the Fatalist," a novel, by a regular Contributor to pany me; and our dispositions being so much alike, it
Black wood, may be expected in a few days. would, I doubt not, have been a source of mutual satisfac
Mrs Bray, author of " De Foix,” “ The White Hoods," &c. has tion. We must, however, submit, with as much cheerful- in the press a romance, entitled, “The Talba, or Moor of Portugal." ness as we can, to the disposal of that Great Being, who
Cooper, the American novelist, is about to publish "The Water best knows where to place us for the part that he has ap- Witch, or the Skimmer of the Sea." poiated us to act. If we do this faithfully, our separation The Lives of the Italian Poets," by the Rev. Henry Stebbing, in will be but temporary, and, with respect to either of us,
three volumes, embellished with thirty medallion portraits, are ready cannot be of long continuance. My years and my studies
for publication. lead me continually to look forward to that time, and every Mr Boaden is rapidly advancing with his “ Life of Mrs Jordan. thing intermediate appears to me to be of little consequence Waldensian Researches, during
a second visit to the Waldenses, by with respect to myself.
the Rev. W. S. Gilly, may be expected shortly. M*
Every believer in revelation must, however, be greatly The Romantic Annals of France, from the time of Charlemagne interested in the scenes that are now opening to our view; to that of Louis XIV. inclusive, from the pen of Mr Leitch Ritchie, w dibave no doubt they will lead to the accomplishment of will form the new series of the Romance of History." those prophecies which respect the final and happy state of The Rev, Mr Evans has a volume in the press on the Formation
and Character of a Christian Family, entitled “The Rectory of is upwards of sixty, his hair white as the driven snow, but he ehiteto Valehead."
ed into the game with as much spirit, and played as closely aad Mr Logan's work on the Celtic Manners of the Highlands and steadily, as the youngest man on the field. The day was raw and Highlanders, and on the National Peculiarities of Scotland, is nearly gusty, but he stood in his bare feet, without coat or waistcoat, and ready for publication.
with his arms bare to the shoulders, for upwards of three hours. Australia and Emigration, by Robert Dawson, Esq., late chief CHIT-CHAT Prom DUMFRIES.- Last week was a busy week here. agent of the Australian Agricultural Company, is announced. Mr First, we had the circuit court, with the usual train of young, lank, Dawson's work will contain a minute account of the manners, cus and hungry lawyers. I wonder what brings them here. They are toms, and patural dispositions of the aboriginal inhabitants as they rage four advocates to one case. Next came the Highland Society's exist in their native forests, and the progressive effects of European cattle-show, with its dinner and show-ball. To add to the commo society upon their morals and condition ; with a description of Aus- tion, it was the fair week. Lastly, Alexander, scenting, like a bird tralian forest scenery, and practical remarks upon the climate, soil, of prey, the gathering from afar, pounced down upon us with the irand capacities of the country ; being the result of his three years' resistible attraction of Miss Jarman. The theatre was cramped residence in Australia.
every night-no very difficult matter, seeing the gentlemen in the A popular Treatise on the Nature and Cure of Consumption, by central front seat of the gallery might shake hands with the heroes James Kennedy, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, will ap on the stage. At the dinner of the Highland Society, a reverend pear in November.
gentleman, attempting to be peculiarly eloquent, alluded, in giving Scottish MILITARY AND NAVAL ACADEMY.-We are happy to the health of the present, to the merits of the late, Duchess of Buelearn that the Directors of this flourishing institution have appointed cleuch. He concluded by hoping her Grace would emulate the rirMr George Roland to the superintendence of all the military, broad. tues of " that good lady who is now in heaven," This startling sword, and gymnastic exercises, with Sergeant-major Mercer as his fight produced an interval of deep and awkward silence, which was assistant. Mr Roland held élready the appointment of Fencing only broken by a voice from a distant corner exclaiming, “ Wha's master in the establishment.
gotten there noo?"-You will be glad to learn that your talented ANNUALS.-" The Winter's Wreath” is to contain thirteen plates, friend, Allan, has become editor of our Journal. (Mr Allan has conamong which are:-The Three Maries, engraved by Smith, from
tributed to the Literary Journal a beautiful little poem, to which Benjamin West's picture. The Mother, by Finden, after Westall.
his name is prefixed, and a tale of the West Indies, entitled “• Judy.
ment Cliff.” Interior of Antwerp Cathedral, by Radclyffe, after Wild. Delos, by
He has contributed to this month's British Magazine, Miller, after Linton. Among the literary contributors are, Mrs He
" The Last of the Morrisons." We have no doubt that he will soon mans, Miss Jewsbury, Delta, Dr Bowring, &c. &c.-" Le Keepsake raise the Dumfries Journal to a high rank in the newspaper press of
Scotland. Français" promises eighteen plates, and among others, - Portraits of
We speak without prejudice to our allegiance to the the Duchess of Berri and Miss Croker, after Sir Thomas Lawrence.
M.Diarmid.-Ed. Lit. Jour.) Don Quixote in his Library, by Bonington. Barnard Castle, by
Chit-CHAT FROM AUCHTERARDER.-An unusual excitement has Turner. The Young Widow, by Rochard-and the Lake of Como,
been caused in our literary circles, by a stray copy of the first po after Stanfield. The literary contributors are Chateaubriand, Casi.
lume of Moore's Life of Lord Byron. It will afford ample tea-table mir Delavigne, Al. Dumas, De Béranger, De Lamartine, and others, discussion to our blue-stockings for the ensuing winter.— The only the most eminent French litteraturs. These Annuals are both
claim our good town lately had to distinction, was its being the amouneed for the 1st of November. The proprietors of “ Friend birth-place of the gallant, but unfortunate, Sandy M'Kay. Of course ship's Offering," announce a new “ Comic Offering," under the su
the village bards have indited elegies, monodies, dirges, laznents, &c perintendence of Miss L. H. Sheridan.
upon his death, " without number, numberless ;" all of which would Chit-CHAT FROM LONDON.- The wonderful wild beast from honour those master-spirits of the lyre, Bobby Montgomery and Brunswick may be seen every day in Jermyn Street; but, from the
Henry Sewell Stokes. But to this glory, Auchterarder now adds that small number of visitors, it does not seem to excite much curiosity.
of possessing the most flourishing Temperance Society in Scotland -The King, it is expected, will open the Parliament in person.
the number of membors equalling one-fourth of the inhabitants. At Mr Beckford has removed his collection of pictures and other works
one of the late meetings, a dispute occurred between two worthies, of art, and his library, from his house in Gloucester Place, to Bath.
candidates for the arduous situation of doorkeeper, which many Moore is in Ireland, where he is understood to be collecting mate.
feared would terminate in a hostile meeting; but the affair was rials for his History of Ireland.—Allan Cunningham is busy with amicably arranged by the judicious interference of the friends of the his " Lives of the Architects," which he expects to have ready about
parties. Christmas.- Mr S. C. Hall is sub-editor of the New Monthly.
Theatrical Gossip.-Drury Lane will open on Friday, thre 1st, and Haydon has published a mezzotinto engraving by Coombes, from his
Covent Garden on Monday, the 4th of October.-Macrealy is engaged picture of Napoleon musing at St Helena.-A new edition of Paul for three years at Drury Lane. Young has no engagement, but has Clifford has been published. The only addition of any length, is a
no immediate intention of retiring.–The Adelphi opens to-day, with disgusting and contemptible attack upon the late Kirg.
Mathews and Yates.-Charles Kemble left London for Paris lately. CHIT-CHAT FROM GLASGOW.-A new piece, “ The House of Lee,
but will return before the opening of his theatre.—The building of is about to be produced at the theatre in York Street. Judging from
Arnold's new theatre cannot commence until an act of Parliament its perusal in MS., success is certain. It is from the pen of a Glasgow
has been obtained to authorize the equitable adjustment of the various gentleman, but is to be performed here only experimentally. It has
interests connected with the new line of street.-Miss Paton has been already, I hear, been bargained for by the lessees of Drury Lane.
warmly received at the Hayınarket.-Kean has been performing at « The Glancer," it is alleged, has been rather partial in his selection Chelterham, in Richard III., Sir Giles Overreach, and Othello of names. There were others equally entitled to be particularised
Mathews was “At Home" in the Assembly Rooms there, and enterwith those he has mentioned ; among others, a gentleman whose col- tained his visitors with the aid of his “ Comic Annual."-Seymour lection of engravings is unrivalled here. Our digestion is at last re
has opened at Glasgow with a melo-dramatic company. He is to stored, and harmony re-established-in every sense of the word; for receive an accession of strengh as soon as the London summer season all our musical professors are again at their post.-An enlarged edi- is at an end.—Alexander, who had commenced operations at Carlisle, dition of Clark's Psalmody has been published, and a beautiful
made a trip to Dumfries last week. Miss Jarman was the chief adaptation of music to a juvenile indiscretion of Atkinson's, by attraction of his company, and drew bumpers every night. She is Young and M‘Fadyen.-Dr Macnish's volume was subscribed to the
now at Carlisle for the race week.-We learn that Miss and Mr G. trade yesterday.-Oliver and Boyd's great card (well played) was
Horncastle have been engaged for our Theatre-Royal. Mr Murray most successful.-Many other new works are announced Messrs
is to have a corps de ballet. Pritchard is re-engaged. Barton and M.Phun, Atkinson, &c. &c.-As a specimen of the march of refine Montague Stanley do not return. Miss Betts, the singer, is likely ment, I enclose the veritable card of a chimney-sweeper, who called
to have an engagement in Edinburgh.-Why should not Miss Byfield and left his pasteboard at my house t'other day. (The card is alike (one of the cleverest singers extant) be transferred from the Caledo creditable to the taste of the gentleman whose name it bears, and of
nian to the Theatre-Royal ? the artist who executed it.-Ed. L. J.)
CHIT-CHAT from HAMILTON.-A well-contested match at quoits was played, on Bothwell-haugh, last Saturday, between six crack
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. players from Glasgow, and six from Lesmahagow. There were six rinks. At that next the river, the Lesmahagow champions conquered “ ASTOLPHO" is under consideration."W. M. H.” likewise. --forty-one to fifteen ; at the second, Glasgow was victorious-forty " W. W.” will scarcely answer.-" J. M." of Ayr will see that he has one to twenty-six ; at the third, Glasgow was again the conqueror unluckily been going over travelled ground.-"W. T.” is a slippery forty-one to thirty-eight. L’smahagow was declared victor of the subject : he will see we have availed ourselves of his information. day in virtue of her having the largest total of shots, but as Glasgow “F. D.” may have his verses by calling at our publishers.-Our triumphed at two of the rinks, her defeat was untinged by shame. learned Correspondent from Fife knows how we esteem his ta ruta. The contest is to be renewed next year. The Glasgow men are per but we think he has misapprehended the Dr's drist.-"W.J." has to haps finer players, but they want the tremendous strength of their duced us to such an alternative that we know not what to say. upland neighbours. The Lesmahagow players use quoits about the may be able to answer his question in the course of a work." breadth of an ordinary broth-plate. The most interesting sight on "X + Y" is minus on the present occasion.-We must decir the field was old Cleland, one of the Lesmahagow champions. He “ J. R.'s" communicatioas.
his metaphysical studies, he made the acquaintance of the
Lake Poets; and the conversation of these gentlemen aided Conversations of James Northcote, Esq. R. A. By Wil materially in giving his mind its peculiæ" bent. He seliam Hazlitt. 8vo. Pp. 323. London. Colburn of perseverance, or from some organic defect counteract
lected the profession of a painter; but, either from want and Bentley. 1830.
ing the workings of a mind delicate and passionate in the The late William Hazlitt was born in Shropshire, extreme, he never rose to eminence. Latterly he abanabout the year 1780. His father was a dissenting clergy- , doned the pursuit entirely. Although twice married, man, and his son has somewhere given us a portrait of him. the incompatibility of his temper rendering a separation
“ He had been a poor Irish lad, carefully brought up by necessary in both cases, he may be regarded as hanging his parents, and sent to the University of Glasgow, (where loosely upon society. Without any definite object in life, he studied under Adam Smith,) to prepare him for his fu- exerting himself even in literature only when forced by ture destination. It was his mother's proudest wish to see urgent necessity, his life was indeed what he has termed her son a dissenting minister. So, if we look back to past his father's, but a dream. generations, (as far as eye can reach,) we see the same hopes, fears, wishes, followed by the same disappointments, throb man Action," was published in 1803. It was of too ab
His first work, an essay “ On the Principles of Hubing in the human heart; and so we may see them (if we look forward) rising up for ever and disappearing, like va
stract a nature to become popular, and is, we suspect, pourish bubbles in the human breast! After being tossed known to few, although, as containing some curious and ahout from congregation to congregation, in the heats of the accurate observations moral physiology, it deserves atUnitarian controversy and squabbles about the American tention. Sir James Mackintosh has bestowed an encowar, he had been relegated to an obscure village, where he mium upon it in his Dissertation on Ethical Philosówas to spend the last thirty years of his life, far from the phy. In 1807, he published an abridgement of Tucker's only converse he loved, the talk about disputed texts of scripture, and the cause of civil and religious liberty. Here Light of Nature, with a preface. These, we believe, he passed his days, repining but resigned, in the study of with the exception of his contributions to the Encyclopaea the Bible, and the perusal of the commentators,--huge folios, dia Britannica, are his only systematic works. not easily got through, one of which would outlast a win He contributed extensively to the periodical publications ter! Why did he pore on these from morn to night (with of the day; and has done more, perhaps, than any writhe exception of a walk in the fields, or a turn in the gar- ter of his time, to elevate the character of criticism on den to gather broccoli-plants, or kidney-beans of his own literature and the fine arts. His practical knowledge of rearing, with no small degree of pride and pleasure ?) Here painting gave him a firmness of footing in that departwere no figures, no fantasies,' -neither poetry nor philo- ment, which no critic but himself possessed. His taste sophy - nothing to dazzle, nothing to excite modern curio sity ; but to his lack-lustre eyes there appeared, within the in poetry was delicate, manly, and just. His analysis pages of the ponderous, unwieldy, neglected tomes, the sa- of character was accurate and daring. His illustrative cred name of Jehovah in Hebrew capitals; pressed down by imagery, although confined within a parrow range, was the weight of the style, worn to the last fading thinness of beautiful and appropriate. His style was truly Englislı the understanding, there were glimpses, glimmering notions -nervous, and dazzling. of the patriarchal wanderings, with palm-trees hovering in the horizon, and processions of camels at the distance of Morning Chronicle. whilst engaged with that journal,
He was, for some time, the theatrical critic of the three thousand years; there was Moses with the burning bash, the number of the Twelve Tribes, types, shadows, he had the merit of first discerning, and loudly and perglasses, on the law of the prophets; there were discussions severingly proclaiming, the merits of Kean and Miss Ste. (dull enough) on the age of Methuselah, a mighty specula- phens. His zealous partisanship was not without infution! there were outlines, rade guesses at the shape of ence in accelerating the rapid rise of these eminent perforNoah's Ark, and at the riches of Solomon's Temple ; ques- mers in public estimation. He continued for a long period tions as to the date of the creation, predictions of the end
to write political and critical articles in the Examiner . of all things; the great lapse of time, the strange mutations of the globe, were unfolded with the voluminous leaf, as it newspaper. During the editorship of John Scott, and for turned over ; and though the soul might slumber with an
some time after the death of that gentleman, he was the hieroglyphic veil of inscrutable mysteries drawn over it, chief support of the London Magazine. He also wrote for yet it was in a sleep ill-exchanged for all
the sharpened the Edinburgh Review-aniong many articles we may be realities of sense, wit, fancy, or reason. My father's life allowed to particularise that on the Standard Novelists was comparatively a dream; but it was a dream of iofinity and latterly for the New Monthly Magazine. The greater and eternity, of denth, the resurrection, and a judgment to proportion of these detached essays have been collected and come! bis talents after all
. He used to be very much dissatisfied published by their author at different times, under the titles that I preferred his letters to his sermons. The last were
of “ Table Talk," " The Plain Speaker," “ The Spirit of forced and dry; the first came naturally from him. For the Age,” &c. &c. He also published An Account of erre, half-plays on words, and a supine, monkish, indolent British Galleries of Art, Political Essays and Public pleasantry, I have never seen them equalled.”
Characters, and a View of the English Stage. Boru just at the period when speculations on the per His merits as a writer we have already mentioned. Tepelbnity of buman natare were carried to the most ex- His defects had their source in an irascible and ungotravagant pitch, young Hazlitt plunged fearlessly into vernable temper, and in extreme indolence. The former that illimitable discussion. Just as he was commencing not unfrequently gave a wrong bias to his most ingenious
speculations, the latter introduced hurry and carelessness dote of his being once in a remote part of the Highlands, into his compositions. There is not, perhaps, one essay and seeing an old gentleman fishing, he went up to enquire that he has published, in which remarks are not to be some particulars as to the mode of catching the salmon, at met with at once pithy and profound, stamped with the what are called salmon-leaps. The old gentleman began
at which the actor started seal of true and original genius. But very frequently back in great surprise. Good God!' said Northcote, did we encounter long pages of turgid and unmeaning decla- he consider this as a matter of wonder, that, after showing mation.
himself on a stage for a number of years, people should We have devoted so much space to Mr Hazlitt him- know his face? If an artist or an author were recognised self, that we cannot afford to do more than offer a few in that manner, it might be a proof of celebrity, because it specimens of his last work. Its title sufficiently indi- would show that they had been sought for; but an actor is cates its character. It is full of texts, out of which capi
so much seen in public, that it is no wonder he is known tal discourses might be made.
by all the world.""
“ I asked if he had seen the American novels, in one of The History of Maritime and Inland Discovery, Vol
. II. which (the Pilot) there was an excellent description of an
(Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopædia, Vol. XI.) London. American privateer, expecting the approach of an English
Longman and Co. 1830. man-of-war in a thick fog, when some one saw what appeared to be a bright cloud rising over the fog, but it proved THE able manner in which the first volume of this to be the top-sail of a seventy-four. Northcote thought this work was got up, must be still fresh in the memories was striking, but had not seen the book. Was it one of of our readers, and precludes the necessity of any detailed I—'s?'-Oh, no! he is a mere trifler—a filigree man -an English littérateur at second hand;' but the Pilot gave criticism of the second. It takes a rapid view of the a true and unvarnished account of American life and man- progress of geographical discovery, from the commenceners. The storm, the fight, the whole account of the ship's ment of the sixteenth, to the middle of the eighteenth crew, and, in particular, of an old boatswain, were done to century. The adventures of Columbus, Cortez, Pizarro, the life-every thing
Mendez Pinto, (of mendacious memory,) Cabot, Davis, Suffer'd a sea-change
Raleigh, Drake, Morgan, Dampier, and Behring, are rep Into something new and strange.
counted in a brief and spirited manner. « On land he did not do so well. The fault of American some extracts from the chapter containing the adven
As a specimen of the style of the work, we subjoin literature (when not a mere vapid imitation of ours) was, that it ran too much into dry, minute, literal description; tures of the Buccaneers, to which we turned instinctively, or, if it made an effort to rise above this ground matter-of- with all our schoolboy recollections thick about us : fact, it was forced and exaggerated-horrors accumulating “ The cruelties of the Spaniards to the native inhabi. on horror's head.' They had no natural imagination. This tants of Cuba terminated in the depopulation of that fine was likely to be the case in a new country like America, island. The cattle, at the same time, multiplied in great where there were no dim traces of the past-no venerable numbers, and roved over the deserted tract of its western monuments -no romantic associations; where all, except district. This in consequence became the victualling place the physical, remained to be created, and where fiction, if of all the foreign vessels that cruised upon the Spaniards, or they attempted it, would take as preposterous and extrava- disturbed their trade. The preparation of the meat became gant a shape as their local descriptions were jejune and ser a regular business. Spanish hunters, called matadores, or vile. Cooper's novels and Brown's romances (something on slaughterers, killed the cattle; the flesh was then dried and the model of Godwin's) were the two extremes."
prepared according to the Carib method, my hurdles raised SIR WALTER SCOTT AND MR COOPER.
a few feet above the fire. This mode of dressing their food
was called by the Indians, boocan a name which they also “ [Loquitur Hazlitt. ]— There are two things I admire applied to the apparatus used in the process, and to the meat in Sir Walter, his capacity and his simplicity; which in- itself: hence the persons who were employed in procuring; deed I am apt to think are much the same. The more provisions for the cruisers, adopting the language with the ideas a man has of other things, the less he is taken up with habits of the natives, called themselves buccaneers. A large the idea of himself. Every one gives the same account of majority of the adventurers in those seas were English! the author of Waverley in this respect. When he was in inen; and as their smuggling trade quickly degenerated Paris, and went to Galignani's, he sat down in an outer into actual piracy, they took the honourable designation room to look at some book he wanted to see: none of the of freebooters. There was a natural alliance between the clerks had the least suspicion who it was: when it was treebooters and the buccaneers; they mutually depended found out, the place was in a commotion. Cooper, the on one another-the avocations of the one party being at American, was in Paris at the same time: his looks and sea, those of the other on land. It is probable, that in manner seemed to announce a much greater man. He many instances the pirate cured his own provisions, and strutted through the streets with a very consequential air; soʻunited both professions in his own person. But, in ga and in company held up his head, screwed up his features, neral, the hunters were distinct from the seamen ; and, in and placed himself on a sort of pedestal, to be observedl and process of time, a majority of the hunters, or buccaneers, admired, as if he never relaxed in the assumption, nor were French, while the rovers were chiefly English: yes wished it to be forgotten by others, that he was the Ameri- the adventurers of these two nations whimsically thought can Sir Walter Scott. The real one never troubled himself fit to borrow the naine of their profession from the lanabout the matter. Why should he?. He might safely guage of the other, as if the respectability of their calling leave that question to others. Indeed, by what I am told, could be enhanced, or its criminality palliated, by a foreign he carries his indifference too far: it amounts to an implied name; and the English called themselves buccaneers, contempt for the public, and misprision of treason against while the French preferred the title of freebooters, or, corthe commonwealth of letters. He thinks nothing of his ruptedly, flibustiers. All these adventurers, of whatever works, although all Europe rings with thein from side to nation, cruised upon the Spaniards, who were the sole ob side.'
jects of attack. A sense of common interest bound them ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.
together, and formed them into a society, which called itself
The Brethren of the Coast. The buccaneers had peculiar “ Here Northcote stopped suddenly, to ask if there was customs, which obtained among them, from necessity or not such a word as rivulet in the language? I said it was tradition, the authority of law. Their code of morality as much a word in the language as it was a thing in itself.
was such as might be expected among men who, while they He replied, it was not to be found in Johnson ; the word renounced a friendly intercourse with the rest of mankind, was riveret there. I thought this must be in some of the depended upon each other's fidelity. Every buccaneer had new editions ; Dr Johnson would have knocked any body a mate, who was heir to all his money. In some instances down who had used the word riveret. It put me in mind a community of property existed among them. Negligence of a story of Y the actor, who, being asked how he was, of dress, and even dirtiness, was prescribed by their famade answer that he had been indisposed for some days shions, as best befitting a desperado." with a feveret. The same person, speaking of the impossibility of escaping from too great publicity, related an anec The following passage conveys a pretty accurate notion