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quire the cause of his comming thither; wretch that on a time being with his and being informed by him, offer their companions in a common Inne caroushelpe vnto him in his cause: there ing and making merrie, asked them, upon they returne before the Judge, if they thought a man was possessed and these two vnknowne persons jus with a soule or no ? Whereunto when tifie that the budget was deliuered vn some replyed, that the soules of men to the host, and that he had hidden it were immortall, and that some of them in such a place : whereat the host being after release from the bodie liued in astonished, by his countenance and heauen, others in hell; for so the gesture discouered his guiltinesse : the vvritings of the Prophets and Apostles Iudge thereupon resolued to send him instructed them : he answered and to prison, but the two vnknowne wit swore, that he thought it nothing so, nesses (vvho were indeed two fiends but rather that there was no soule in of hell) bagan to say, you shall not man to suruiue the bodie, but that need, for we are sent to punish his heauen and hell were meere fables, wickednesse ; and so saying, they and inuentions of priests to get gaine hoisted him vp into the ayre, vvhere by; and for himselfe he was readie to he vanished with them, and was neuer sell his soule to any that would buy after found.”
it: then one of his companions tooke We will club together a few more. vp a cup of wine and said, Sell me thy
“ There was a Coniurer at Saltz soule for this cup of wine : which he. bourg that vaunted, that he could ga receiuing, bad him take his soule, and ther together all the serpents within dranke vp the wine. Now Sathan himhalfe a myle round about into a ditch, selfe was there in a man's shape (as and feed them and bring them vp there: commonly he is neuer farre from such and being about the experiment, be- meetings) and bought it againe of the hold the old and grand serpent came other at the same price, and by and by in the while, which whilst he thought bad him giue him his soule ; the whole by the force of his charmes to make to companie affirming, it was meet he enter into the ditch among the rest, should haue it, since he had bought it, he set vpon, and inclosed him round not perceiuing the deuill: but preabout like a girdle so strongly, that he sently he laying hold on this soule seldrew him perforce into the ditch with ler, carried him into the ayre before him, where he miserably died. Marke them all, toward his owne habitation, here the wages of such wicked mis- to the great astonishment and amazecreants, that as they make it their oc ment of the beholders ; and from that cupation to abuse simple folke, they day to this he was neuer heard of, but are themselues abused and cousened of tryed to his paine that men had soules, the diuell, who is a finer iugler than and that hell was no fable, according them all.”
to his godlesse and prophane opinion. “ It was a very lamentable spectacle These were indeed visitations of no that chaunced to the gouernour of pleasant nature, and we heartily hope Mascon, a Magitian, whom the diuell none of our readers may ever be whipsnatched vp in dinnerwhile, and hoist- ped off in so summary a manner. ed aloft, carrying him three times about The next extract we shall give, seems the towne of Mascon in the presence to call upon prudent fathers to bridle of many beholders, to whom he cryed the desires of the flesh, for such an inon this manner, Helpe, helpe, my coming tenant as the devil is desirable friends ; so that the whole towne stood in no domicile :amazed thereat, yea and the remem " A certaine rich man at Holberbrance of this strange accident stick, stadium, abounding with all manner eth at this day fast in the minds of all of earthlie commodities, gaue himselfe the inhabitants of this countrey: and so much to his pleasure, that he bethey say, that this wretch hauing gi came besotted therewith : in such sort, uen himselfe to the diuell, prouided that he made no reckoning of religion, store of holy bread (as they call it) nor any good thing, but dared to say, which he alwaies carried about with that if he might lead such a life conhim, thinking thereby to keepe him tinually vpon earth, he would not enselfé from his clawes; but it serued uie heauen, nor desire any exchange. him to small stead, as his end decla- Notwithstanding ere long (contrarie red."
to his expectation) the Lord cut him “ There was a certaine blasphemous off by death, and so his desired plea
sure came to an end: but after his would not teach him to use better landeath there appeared such diabolicall guage for the future, we fear his case apparitions in his house, that no man was hopeless. Let our readers beware daring to inhabite in it, it became de- how they make use of such incautious solat, for euery day there appeared expressions whenever the non-appearthe image of this Epicure sitting at a ance of their guests (and certainly it boord with a number of his ghests, is a most trying circumstance) may drinking, carousing, and making good discompose their temper. We were cheare; and his table furnished with ourselves placed in the same situation delicates, and attended on by many the other day ; but having the fear of that ministred necessaries vnto them, God, and the remembrance of this ocbeside with minstrels, trumpetters and currence before our eyes, we had the such like. In sum, whatsoeuer he de- graće to check the incipient oath, which lighted in in his life time, was there was just forming in our mouth. to be seene euery day, the Lord per We would not have our readers to mitting Sathan to bleare mens eyes imagine that all the examples in this with such strange shewes, to the end book are equally extravagant with those that others might be terrified from we have quoted. It is in fact a reposuch epicurisme and impietie.” sitory of stories, true, false, and apo
The following finishes our quota- cryphal, admitted without discrimitions :
nation, and told with the utmost ap“ A certaine man not farre from parent faithfulness, in which the false Gorlitz prouided a sumptuous supper, appear to outnumber the true, and the and inuited many guests vnto it, whó apocryphal the false; or, indeed, a at the time appointed refusing to come, very lumber room or armory of exhe in an anger cried, then let all thé amples, most of which are rusty, and diuels in hell come: neither was his some useless, but which, together, prewish friuolous; for a number of those sent a delightful appearance of antihellish fiends came forthwith, whom quity. he not discerning from men, came to
We have a particular partiality for welcome and entertaine: but as he books of this description, and love to tooke them by the hands, and per- dip into them when tired with our ceiued in stead of fingers clawes, all hodiernal vocations. No continuity of dismaied he ran out of the doors with reading being required, we are left to his wife, and left none in the house run over, with desultory ease, their but a young infant with a foole sitting long treasuries of stories. The dismal by the fire, whom the diuels had no and tragical cast of the narrations is power to hurt, neither any man else, even pleasing, inasmuch as it gives us saue the goodlie supper, which they in these safer times a delightful conmade away withall, and so departed. sciousness of security. We hope to
This last is certainly a most deplo- make our readers conformable to our rable case, and we may truly say, Finis tastes, and intend this article as the coronat opus. For the loss of the good forerunner of many others of these by lie supper we heartily sympathise with no means the least valuable parts of our the sufferer ; and if such a judgment old English literature.
THE AYRSHIRE LEGATEES:
Responsive Notices to Correspondents. ALTHOUGH often a good deal entertained with some of the letters which we have received relative to “The Ayrshire Legatees,” yet others have excited very unpleasant feelings; not, however, on account of the matter they contain, but the unfortunate misconceptions by which the authors seem to be affected. Of this kind is a remonstrance from Sir James R—n, complaining of the liberties taken with his character. We in consequence very carefully inspected all the preceding numbers, in order to pen a proper apology, but could not find the slightest trace even of his name in them ;-and, upon a second perua sal of his letter, it turned out, that Sir James evidently did not appear to have Vol. VIII.
read our Magazine himself, but had taken his impression from some
“d-d good-natured friend," who had told him that he had been exceedingly caricatured in “ the Ayrshire Legatees.” Now, we put it to the candour of our readers,-not only of our readers, but of the public, nay of the whole community of men exercising their judgment in literary matters,—whether it be possible to prevent giving umbrage to such persons as Sir James R-n, who
presume to suppose themselves objects of public consideration, when in fact they are really left in the full enjoyment of their moral non-entity.
The Rutherglen Counsellor might have saved himself the trouble of writing his letter, and the expence of the postage in sending it, (we wish, however, that some others were as liberal in this respect.) We are quite aware that his borough is an open borough, and as free and independent as is consistent with the political ascendancy of “the House of Hamilton;" but we cannot divine by what strange combination the concerns of that worthy patriotic place came to be connected with any of the proceedings of the Legatees, unless there has been some catering for Mr Andrew Pringle against the next election. This, however, we do not think probable, as Mr Andrew has no interest in any of the other three quarters of the member.
Our friend in the townhead of Irvine, who taxed us so much in his two last letters, has become truly jocose ; indeed so much so, that if he continues to improve as he has done, we shall do a favour to our readers by inserting his letters. But alas, the inveteracy of error! he still denies the existence of Dr Pringle; and absolutely asserts it as a fact, that there is no such personage as Miss Mally Glencairn resident in the Kirkgate of that highly creditable town,
Themistocles of Paisley has shewn his good sense in resuming his own proper signature of Robert Orr, Gauze Street. What he remarks is just enough, we confess, in the particular case to which he alludes, at the same time, we request Mr Orr to assure the subscribers to the public-room, that we should be much better satisfied with the universal approbation,” if, instead of taking but one copy for the room, each for himself took a copy for the use of his own particular private cirele.
How it should have entered into the head of Mr Ebenezer Caw of Perth, to think that we can controul the movements of the Pringle family, or induce them to visit “ the pleasant links" of that ancient city, we know not; but we have some authority for believing, that Adolescense, of the academy there, might prove a very agreeable correspondent upon any question connected with “ the antiquities of the place ;" and he will do well to consider this, by remembering “ the saints and the porridge-pot.”--How time turns past anxieties into pleasantries !He will think of this and sigh.
Mr Archibald Dawson of Ayr is altogether in a mistake,---we had not the most remote idea of “ripping up" Baillie min?s* case; and if he will only take the trouble of calling at the old turreted house, formerly the residence of the Countess-Dowager of Dumfries and Stair, he will get a satisfactory explanation of the whole recondite joke to which we alluded.
“ Michie Dingwall, Esq. of Knockit, Aberdeenshire,” must apply to Habakkuk Robertson, near the college ; he is the only one of our correspondents in that enlightened, but magistrate-enslaved city, who can inform him whether roads may be improved, free of expence, as well as streets. We do not think, however, that Mrs Pringle will be induced to lend any part of the legacy for the purpose ;-we are rather disposed to be of opinion, that the security is too far north either for her or the Doctor.
As to what C Ssays, regarding the knowledge of London, in the “Ayrshire Legatees,” contending therefore that the whole is a quiz,—we would only request him, (we speak now from a careful inspection during our late visit,) to look at the steeple of the New Church in the Strand ; and if he is of opinion that it is really perpendicular, we would then ask him, as a man of sense, Whether if we, at the time we spoke of the gracious stoop of the PortGlasgow steeple, would have neglected to reckon the steeple of the New Church in the Strand, among the nnmber of the hanging towers, had we been then aware that it was also inclined from the perpendicular ?--Ah! steeples now-adays are not the only members of the church that are not supposed to be altogether upright.
THE AYRSHIRE LEGATEES ;
Or, The Correspondence of the Pringle Family.
On Friday, Miss Mally Glencairn re- and handling that a birth and death in ceived a brief note from Mrs Pringle, one house at the same time causes, Mr informing her, that she and the Doc- Craig declared, that he could not do tor would reach the manse, "God wille without Mrs Glibbans; and she, with ing,” in time for tea on Saturday; and all that christianity by which she was begging her therefore to go over from so zealously distinguished, sent for Miss Irvine, and see that the house was in Becky, and took up her abode with him, order for their reception. This note was till it would please Him, without whom written from Glasgow, where they had there is no comfort, to wipe the eyes arrived, in theirown carriage, from Car- of the pious elder. In a word, she staid lisle on the preceding day, after encoun so long, that a rumour began to spread tering, as Mrs Pringle said, “more that Mr Craig would need a wife to hardships and extorshoning than all look after his bairn; and that MrsGlibthe dangers of the sea which they met bans was destined to supply the desiwith in the smack of Leith that took deratum. them to London.'
Mr Snodgrass after enjoying his dinAs soon as Miss Mally received this ner society with Miss Mally and Miss intelligence, she went to Miss Isabella Isabella, thought it necessary to disTodd, and requested her company for patch a courier, in the shape of a barethe next day to Garnock, where they footed servant lass, to Mr Micklewham, arrived betimes to dine with Mr Snod to inform the elders that the Doctor grass. Mrs Glibbans and her daugh- was expected home in time for tea, ter Becky were then on a consolatory leaving it to their discretion either to visit to Mr Craig. It will be recollect- greet his safe return at the manse, or ed, that we mentioned in a former num in any other form or manner that would ber, upon the authority of MrM'Gruel, be most agreeable to themselves. These that the crying of Mrs Craig had come important news were soon diffused on; and that Mrs Glibbans, according through the clachan. Mr Micklewham to proinise, and with the most anxious disinissed his school an hour before the solicitude, had gone to await the up- wonted time, and there was a univershot. The upshot was most melancho- sal interest and curiosity excited, to ly,--Mrs Craig was soon no more ; see the Doctor coming home in his own she was taken, as Mrs Glibbans obser- coach. All the boys of Garnock assemved on the occasion, from the earthly bled at the braehead which commands arms of her husband, to the spiritual an extensive view of the Kilmarnock bosom of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, road, the only one from Glasgow that which was far better. But the baby runs through the parish ; the wives survived ; so that, what with getting a with their sucklings were seated on the nurse, and the burial, and all the work large stones at their respective door
cheeks ; while their cats were calmly men on the dike stood up and revereclining on the window soles. The rently took off their hats and bonnets. lassie weans, like clustering bees, were The weaver lads gazed with a melanmounted on the carts that stood before choly smile; the lassies on the carts Thomas Birlpenny the vintner's door, clapped their hands with joy; the wochurming with anticipated delight; the men on both sides of the street acknowold men took their stations on the dike ledged the recognizing nods; while all that incloses the side of the vintner's the village dogs, surprised by the sound kail-yard, and a batch,“ of wabster of chariot wheels, came baying and lads," with green aprons and thin yel- barking forth, and sent off the cats that low faces, planted themselves at the ga were so doucely sitting on the window ble of the malt kiln, where they were soles, clambering and scampering over wont, when trade was better, to play the roofs in terror of their lives. at the handball ; “but poor fellows," When the carriage reached the manse says Mr M‘Gruel, “ since the trade fell door, Mr Snodgrass, the two ladies, off, they have had no heart for the with Mr Micklewham, and all the elgame, and the vintner's half-mutchkin ders except Mr Craig, were there ready stoups glitter in empty splendour unre
to receive the travellers. But over this quired on the shelf below the brazen joy of welcoming we must draw a veil ; skonce above the bracepiece, amidst the for the first thing that the Doctor did, idle pewter pepper-boxes, the bright on entering the parlour and before sitcopper tea-kettle, the coffee-pot thathas ting down, was to return thanks for never been in use, and lids of sauce his safe restoration to his home and pans, that have survived their princi- people. pals,--the wonted ornaments of every The carriage was then unloaded, and trig change-house kitchen.”
as package, bale, box, and bundle were The season was far advanced; but successively brought in, Miss Mally the sun shone at his setting with a Glencairn expressed her admiration at glorious composure, and the birds in the great capacity of the chaise. the hedges and on the boughs were Ay,” said Mrs Pringle, " but you again gladdened into song. The leaves know not what we have suffert for't in had fallen thickly, and the stubble coming through among the English fields were bare, but autumn in her tavrens on the road; some of them many-coloured mantle,-her tartan would not take us forward when there plaid, as Mr M‘Gruel with a tasteful was a hill to pass, unless we would take nationality calls it was seen still walk- four horses, and every one after another ing with matronly composure in the reviled us for having no mercy in loadwoodlands, along the brow of the neigh- ing the carriage like a waggon, and bouring hills.
then the drivers were so gleg and imAbout half past four o'clock, a move- pudent, that it was worse than marment was seen among the callans at tyrdom to come with them. Had the the braehead, and a shout announced Doctor taken my advice he would have that a carriage was in sight. It was brought our own civil London coachanswered by a murmuring response of man, whom we hired with his own satisfaction from the whole village. In horses by the job; but he said it behothe course of a few minutes the carriage ved us to gie our ain fish guts to our reached the turnpike-it was of the ain seamaws, and that he designed to darkest green and the gravest fashion, fee Thomas Birlpenny's hostler for our -a large trunk, covered with Russian coachman, being a lad of the parish. matting and fastened on with cords,pre. This obliged us to post it from Lonvented from chafing it by knots of straw don, but, oh! Miss Mally, what an rope, occupied the front, ---behind, outlay it has been !" other two were fixed in the same man The Doctor in the meantime had ner, the lesser of course uppermost; entered into conversation with the genand deep beyond a pile of light bundles tlemen, and was inquiring in the most and bandboxes, that occupied a large particular manner respecting all his portion of the interior, the blithe faces parishioners, and expressing his sur-' of the Doctor and Mrs Pringle were prise that Mr Craig had not been at discovered. The boys huzzaed, the the manse with the rest of the elders, Doctor flung them pennypieces, and -" It does not look well,” said the the Mistress baubees.
Doctor. Mr Daff, however, offered the As the carriage drove along, the old best apology for his absence that could