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we were advised not to reply, and perhaps the advice was prudent; but the natural urbanity of our own disposition overcame the counselling of our friends ; and, as we would rather be accused of imprudence, than suspected of any deficiency in politeness and delicate consideration, for the feelings even of anonymous correspondents, we have ventured, in this manner, to notice the animadversions of Mr A. B. At the same time, we beg freely to tell him, that it does not appear to us he has adduced any thing to weaken our confidence in the authenticity of the letters transmitted to us by Mr M‘Gruel, while we do think, that the distance of his own residence from the parish of Garnock, where he has confessedly never been, precludes him from being admitted as evidence. Indeed his whole reasoning seems to us purely theoretical, and founded upon hypothetical premises; than which nothing can be more fallacious, especially in an attempt, as in this case, to controvert the existence of actual facts.
The letter that bears the signature of “Martha Glibbans,” we are convinced, is from a male pen; besides, we do not think that the lady who plays so important a part in the correspondence of our Kilwinning friend, is called Martha; and, therefore, we have only to say, that if the writer will call at Mr Blackwood's shop, any day between the hours of twelve and two o'clock, he may have his paper again. Perhaps if he would try his hand at a poem, we might be found more accessible, as it is well known that we are afflicted with a very great scarcity of poetical contributions.
The second letter of Pacificus, from Port-Glasgow, is too long; besides, we have, in the opinion of many of our most judicious friends, said quite enough about the “ steeple and bell” of that reputable town.
We really know not what answer to give to Mr Colin M'Kempoch of Gourock; for the truth is, we had never heard of that town before, and had no conception that “ the port” had any such rival in splendour and taste. We hope and trust, that his letter is not a Greenock hoax; but we have had so many strange epistles from that place, some of them threatening to bring us into court, that we are very suspicious of every letter which bears the Greenock post-mark; and we beg leave to say to Mr M‘Kempoch, (if there is such a person, which we very much doubt,) that it argues but little for the consequentiality of his town, that it has not, a post-office of its own.
We have been exceedingly diverted by the waggish note from Mr Buchanan Bogle, of Glasgow. We did not think that there was so much humour in the whole city ; for it is a current opinion, that the weak lime punch in use there, has a great effect in imbecilitating the understanding, and souring the milk of human kindness. We should feel ourselves indebted to Mr Bogle, if he would occasionally furnish us with a paper, in the same style, for the benefit of the public, and the particular amusement of our readers; but we entreat him to avoid all personalities.
The lady who writes from Pultney-street, Bath, must be sensible that she cannot expect our co-operation in a further diffusion of the subject to which she alludes. In the winter, when we were first visited with that gouty rheumatism, which has never since left our agonized limbs, (that is twenty-one years ago,) we have often, both at the upper and lower rooms, admired the Juno-form of Miss W Alas! that she is still Miss W -; but a sagacious dowager of that epoch, once remarked to us, that although Nature had designed Miss Wfor a duchess, vanity would make her an old maid.
As to General L-, with his jokes and his jibes, if he has removed to Clifton, it is a movement of less consequence to the interests of the empire, than the one which occasioned the bad health that induced him to ask leave to re
turn home. But, as we have already said, we will not lend ourselves to any thing satirical ; and it does not at all depend on us whether the Pringles may or may not visit Bath. They regulate their own motions; and, except a very slight knowledge of the doctor, which we accidentally acquired by speaking with him from Mr Blackwood's shop door, as he stood on M Gregor's st.ps, the family are entire strangers to us.
The dippers * at Mr Murray's, and the politicians at Mr Ridgeway's, need be under no apprehension. It is true, as they suspected, that Mr Andrew Pringle has given a very queer account of them both; but we have resolved not to insert it; but, on account of the wit of the portraiture, we could not refrain from allowing a few confidential friends to participate in the amusement it afforded. Lest it might hurt the feelings of any worthy friends of ours, it has never been permitted to pass the threshold of our sanctuary--the backshop-nor shall it.
THE AYRSHIRE LEGATEES ;
No. VII. WHILE Mr M‘Gruel, regardless of his regular customers, was dancing the highland fling on Goatfield, with Miss Meg Gorbals of Glasgow, Mr Snodgrass was obliged to walk into Irvine, in order to get rid of a raging tooth, which had tormented him for more than a week. The operation was so delicately and cleverly performed by the surgeon, to whom he applied, one of those young
medical gentleman, who, after having been educated for the army or navy, are obliged, in this weak piping time of peace, to glean what practice they can amid their native shades, that the amiable divine found himself in a condition to call on Miss Isabella Todd. MrM'Gruel insinuates that another ache besides the toothache occasioned his visit; the relief of which, very much depends on what Doctor Pringle's determination may be with respect to the resignation of the parish of Garnock-at least of the stipend ; for that excellent pastor has declared that no consideration of money will induce him to separate himself from his flock.
During this visit, Saunders Dickie, the postman, brought a London letter to the door, for Miss Isabella ; and Mr Snodgrass having desired the servant to inquire if there were any for him, had the good fortune to get the following from Mr Andrew Pringle ; a copy of which, Mr M'Gruel procured for us, when, on his return from Arran, he called on Mr S. at the Manse.
ANDREW PRINGLE, ESQ. TO THE REV. MR CHARLES SNODGRASS.
cularly. I cannot, however, but reI NEVER receive a letter from you with, mark, that although a private station out experiencing a strong emotion of may be the happiest, a public is the regret, that talents like yours should proper sphere of virtue and talent, so be wilfully consigned to the sequester- clear, superior, and decided as yours. ed vegetation of a country pastor's life. I say this with the more confidence, as But we have so often discussed this I have really, from your letter, obtainpoint, that I shall only offend your de- ed a better conception of the Queen's licacy if I now revert to it more parti- case, than from all that I have been
The literary luminaries who make their appearance at 50, Albemarle-street, are call. ed Murray's dips, on account of their way of dipping into his new publications.
able to read and hear upon the subject alarming his conscience with the in London. The rule you lay down is dread of doing wrong. This singular excellent. Public safety is certainly subtlety has the effect of impairing the the only principle which can justify reverence which the endowments and mankind in agreeing to observe and en- high professional accomplishments of force penal statutes ; and, therefore, I this great man are otherwise calculated think with you, that unless it could be to inspire. His eloquence is not effecproved in a very simple manner, that tive--it touches no feeling nor effects it was requisite for the public safety to any passion; but still it affords woninstitute proceedings against the Queen derful displays of a lucid intellect. I -her sins or indiscreţions should have can compare it to nothing but a penbeen allowed to remain in the obscu. cil of sunshine ; in which, although rity of her private circle.
one sees countless mots flickering and I have attended the trial several Auctuating, it yet illuminates, and steatimes. For a judicial proceeding, it dily brings into the most satisfactory seems to me too long-and for a legis- distinctness, every object on which it lative, too technical. Brougham, it is directly falls. * allowed, has displayed even greater ta Lord Erskine is a character of anlent than was expected; but he is too other class, and whatever difference of sharp; he seems to me more anxious to opinion may exist with respect to their gain a triumph, than to establish truth. professional abilities and attainments, I do not like the tone of his proceed- it will be allowed by those who contend ings, while I cannot sufficiently admire that Eldon is the better lawyer—that his dexterity. The style of Denman Erskine is the greater genius. Nature is more lofty, and impressed with herself, with a constellation in her stronger lineaments of sincerity. As for hand, playfully illuminates his path to their opponents, I really cannot endure the temple of reasonable Justice; while the Attorney-General as an orator ; Precedence with her guide book, and his whole mind consists, as it were, of Study with a lantern, cautiously shew à number of little hands and claws the road in which the Chancellor warieach of which holds some scrap, or por- ly plods his weary way to that of legal tion of his subject; but you might as Equity, Thę sedateness of Eldon is well expect to get an idea of the form so remarkable, that it is difficult to conand character of a tree, by looking at ceive he was ever young ; but Erskine -the fallen leaves, the fruit, the seeds, cannot grow old; his spirit is still glowand the blossoms, as any thing like a ing and flushed with the enthusiasm comprehensive view of a subject, from of youth ; and, like the light of heaven an intellect so constituted as that of on the pools and shadows of a flowing Sir Robert Gifford. He is a man of river, it sparkles as brightly where his application, but of meagre abilities, experience is deepest, as it did in the and seems never to have read a book of rush and impetuosity of his early catravels in his life. The Solicitor-Ge- reer. When impassioned, his voice acneral is somewhat better ; but he is quires a singularly elevated and patheone of those who think a certain arti- tịc accent; and I can easily conceive ficial gravity requisite to professional the irresistible effect he must have consequence; and which renders him had on the minds of a jury, when somewhat obtuse in the tact of proprie- he was in the vigour of his physical ty.
powers, and the case required appeals Within the bar, the talent is supe- of tenderness or generosity. As a parrior to what it is without; and I have liamentary orator, Earl Grey is unbeen often delighted with the amazing doubtedly his superior ; but there is fineness, if I may use the expression something much less popular and conwith which the Chancellor discrimi- ciliating in his manner. His eloquence nates the shades of difference in the ya- is heard to most advantage when he is rious points on which he is called to de- contemptuous; and he is then certain liver his opinion. I consider his mindąs ly dignified, ardent, and emphatic; but a curiosity of no ordinary kind. It de- it is apt, I should think, to impress ceives itself by its own acuteness. The those who hear him, for the first time, edge is too sharp; and, instead of cut- with an idea that he is a very superțing straight through, it often divergescilious personage, and this unfavour
* When we consider that Mr Andrew Pringle belongs to the Edinburgh Review Junto, we cannot help admiring the candour of this sketch and making allowance for some of the others.-C. N.
able impression is liable to be strength- that occasional accent of passion, the eved by the elegant aristocratic langour melody of oratory; and I doubt if, on of his appearance.
any occasion, he could at all approxiI think that you once told me you mate to that magnificent intrepidity had some knowledge of the Marquis of which was adınired as one of the noLansdowne, when he was Lord Henry blest characteristics of his master's style. Petty. I can hardly hope, that after Never was a minister placed in a more an interval of so many years, you will trying situation; and it is allowed, even recognize him in the following sketch : by his opponents, that during the whole
His appearance is much more that of proceedings against the Queen in the a Whig than Lord Grey-stout and House of Lords, he has shewn a fairsturdy-but still withal gentlemanly; ness and candourwhich have raised him and there is a pleasing simplicitly, with very high in the estimation of the counsomewhat of good-nature, in the ex- try. In justice to this amiable noblepression of his countenance, that ren man, I am compelled to say this much. ders him, in a quiescent state, the more But all the display of learning and agreeable character of the two. He eloquence, and intellectual power and speaks exceedingly well-clear, metho- majesty of the House of Lords, shrinks dical, and argumentative ; but his elo- into insignificance, when compared quence, like himself, is not so graceful with the moral attitude which the peoas it is upon the whole manly; and ple have taken on this occasion. You there is a little tendency to verbosity know how much I have ever admired in his language, as there is to corpu- the attributes of the English national lency in his figure ; but nothing tur character—that boundless generosity, gid, while it is entirely free from affec- which can only be compared to the imtation. The character of respectable is partial benevolence of the sunshine yery legibly impressed, in every thing that heroic magnanimity, which makes about the mind and manner of his the hand ever ready to succour a fallen lordship. I should, now that I have foe; and that sublime courage, which seen and heard him, be astonished to rises with the energy of a conflagration hear such a man represented as capable roused by a tempest, at every insult or of being factious.
menace of an enemy. The compasI should say something about Lord sionate interest taken by the populace Liverpool, not only on account of his in the future condition of the Queen, rank as a minister, but also on account is worthy of this extraordinary people, of the talents which have qualified him There may be many among them acfor that high situation. The greatest tuated by what is called the radical objection that I have to him, as a speak-, spirit ; but malignity alone would dare er, is owing to the loudness of his voice to ascribe the bravery of their compas --in other respects, what he does say sion to a less noble feeling than that is well digested. But I do not think which has placed the kingdom so proudthat he embraces his subject with so ly in the van of all the modern nations. much power and comprehension as There
may be an amiable delusion, as some of his opponents; and he has evi- my Lord Castlereagh has said, in podently less actual experience of the pular sentiments with respect to the world. This may doubtless be attribu- Queen. Upon that, as upon her case, ted to his having been almost constant. I offer no opinion. It is enough for ly in office since he came into public me to have seen, with the aclmiration life.; than whichý nothing is more de- of a worshipper, the manner in which trimental to the unfolding of natural the multitude have espoused her cause. ability, while it induces a sort of arti But my paper is filled, and I must ficial talent, conneoted with forms and conclude. I should, however, mention technicalities, which, though useful in that my sister's marriage is appointed business, is but of minor consequence to take place to-morrow, and that I acin a comparative estimate of moral and company the happy pair to France. intellectual qualities. I am told that
Yours truly, in his manner he resembles Mr Pitt;
ANDREW PRINGLE. be this, however, as it may, he is evidently a speaker, formed more by ha, P.S.-Take care of my last letter, bit and imitation, than one whom na- for I have reason to think it is not corture prompts to be eloquent. He lacks rect in a few particulars.
* This is the letter that we have suppressed, as it was too bitter on several literary characters of London.
“ This is a dry letter," said Mr Snodgrass, and he handed it to Miss Isabella, who, in exchange, presented the one which she had herself at the same time received; but just as Mr Snodgrass was on the point of reading it, Miss Becky P. Glibbans was announced. “How lucky this is," exclaimed Miss Becky, “ to find you both thegither ; now you maun tell me all the particulars; for Miss Mally Glencairn is no in, and her letter lies unopened. I am just gasping to hear how Rachel conducted herself, at being named in the kirk before all the folk--married to the Hussar Captain too after all! who would have thought it.”
How, have you heard of the marriage already,” said Miss Isabella? -“0, its in the newspapers," replied the amiable inquisitant,—“Like ony tailor or weaver's—a' weddings maun now a days gang into the papers. The whole toun, by this time, has got it; and I wouldna wonder if Rachel Pringle's marriage ding the Queen's divorce out of folk's heads for the next nine days to come.—But only to think of her being married in a public kirk-Surely her father would never submit to hae't done by a bishop ?--And then to put it in the London paper, as if Rachel Pringle had been somebody of distinctionPerhaps it might have been more to the purpose, considering what dragoon officers
are, if she had got the doited doctor her father to publish the intended marriage in the papers before hand.”—
“Haud that condumacious tongue of yours,” cried a voice panting with haste as the door opened, and Mrs Glibbans entered.-" Becky will you never devawl wi' your backbiting—I wonder frae whom the misleart Jassie takes a' this passion of clashing."
The authority of her parent's tongue silenced Miss Becky, and Mrs Glibbans having seated herself, continued, -—" Is it your opinion, Mr Snodgrass, that this marriage can hold good, contracted, as I am told it is mentioned in the papers
to hae been, at the horns of the altar of Episcopalian apostacy?" “ I can set you right as to that,” said Miss Isabella. “ Rachel mentions, that, after returning from the church, the Doctor himself performed the ceremony anew according to the Presbyterian usage." "I am glad to hear't, very glad indeed,” said Mrs Glibbans. “ It would have been a judgmentlike thing, had a bairn of Doctor Pringle's--than whom, although there may be abler, there is not a sounder man in a' the West of Scotland-been sacrificed to Moloch, like the victims of prelatic idolatry.”
At this juncture, Miss Mally Glencairn was announced : she entered holding a letter from Mrs Pringle in her hand, with the seal unbroken. Having heard of the marriage froin an acquaintance in the street, she had hurried here, in the well-founded expectation of hearing from her friend and wellwisher, and taking up the letter, which she found on her table, came with all speed to Miss Isabella Todd, to commune with her on the tidings.
Never was any confluence of visitors more remarkable than on this occasion. Before Miss Mally had well explained the cause of her abrupt intrusion, Mr Micklewham made his appearance-He had come to Irvine to be measured for a new coat, and meeting by accident with Saunders Dickie, got the Doctor's letter from him, which, after reading, he thought he could do no less than call at Mrs Todd's, to let Miss Isabella know the change which had taken place in the condition of her friend.
Thus were all the correspondents of the Pringles assembled, by the merest chance, like the dramatis persone at the end of a play. After a little harmless bantering, it was agreed that Miss Mally should read her communication first—as all the others were previously acquainted with the contents of their respective letters, and Miss Mally read as follows :