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rence concurred in this opinion; and as it was the popular, so it would have been the prevailing one, but for one or two members, who thought that after a long and expensive war the house was not justified in adding to the burthens of the people.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr. Addington) also remarked, " that one thousand pounds was a larger sum to Mr. Greathead, than the ten thou. sand pounds which had just been granted to Dr. Jenner;" and it is probable that no addition would have taken place had it not been for the intervention of Mr.Whitbread ; who remarked, that the expences incurred by the inventor during his stay in London while prosecuting his petition, joined to the fees of office, would amount to a considerable deduction ; on which twelve hundred pounds was unanimously granted.

Since this period, every succeeding year, by confirming the utility of the invention, has added to the reputation of Mr. Greathead, and multitudes of shipwrecked mariners on the coasts of England and Scotland have been extricated by his means from inevitable destruction. In short, the advantages resulting from the employment of life-boats are now fully acknowledged, and a laudable eagerness has been exhibited throughout all parts of the British empire for establishing them on every part of the coast where they are likely to prove serviceable. The merchants of London, with that degree of public spirit for which they were always celebrated, have subscribed large sums of money expressly for this purpose.


Not only at Whitby, at North and South Shields, at Exmouth, at Penzance, at Plymouth, at Newhaven, at Ramsgate, at Dover, at Liverpool, and ac Lowestoffe, are life-boats now stationed, but at St. Andrew's, Montrose, Aberdeen, and Ayr.

From Ireland also we learn that a spirited and beneficent individual* has lately obtained a vessel of this description for one of the most dangerous parts of its coast; while in Sweden, Denmark, and Russia, they have been introduced by the respective sovereigns of those countries. The emperor Alexander, indeed, with that attention to merit, which so emi. nently distinguished the reign of his grandmother Catherine II, not only ordered a life-boat to be built at South Shields in the yard of Mr. Greathead, but in addition to a liberal remuneration for his labours, presented him with a diamond ring as a mark of his esteem,

We rejoice exceedingly in the distinguished success of the inventor ; we lament that the reward bestowed on him by parliament was not greater. We congratulate the country on a circumstance that he was first brought into general notice by the mark cd, and discriminating attention of a provincial society of men of letters; and we now take our leave of a man whom we consider as the benefactor, not of his native country only, but of nations, with the con,

* The Right Hon. David Latouche.


cluding stanza of an ode, composed by a physician, who has himself frequently witnessed the havoc made by a dangerous and unrelenting element :

6 Thine was the task, advent'rous man!

To snatch the victim from the wave;
Blest be the head that formid the plan,

The heart that had the wish to save!
" Impell’d by nice mechanic arts,
The well-trimm'd skiff its aid imparts;
The deep yields up its half-won prey,
And sinking eye-balls beam with day!
“A gift beyond the poet's flame!

A grateful crew shall incense burn;
And GREATHEAD shine in deathless fame,

While love and friendship hail the tar's return !"

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SOME writers have attempted to regulate genius as philosophers do heat, by means of a graduated scale, and boldly decide on the talents of the inhabitants by a mere reference to the geographical position of a country. The opinions of others are, on the contrary, nicely adjusted by the question of descent ; and certain races are deemed by them utterly incapable of attaining excellence, being destitute of the power of cither possessing or acquiring any considerable degree of mental superiority.

Without presuming finally to decide on the latter

* Dr. Trotter, Physician to the fleet.

question, question, it is a well-known fact, that in the northern portion of this island, two apparently distinct species of men are produced; which, until of late years, were totally dissimilar in their language, country, occupations, character, and pursuits. The classes to which we now obviously refer are the inhabitants of the hills, as contrasted with those of the plains of Scotland, designated for ages past by the appellation of the Highlanders and the Lowlanders; and who, until a very recent period, not only were accustomed to treat each other with contempt, but seldom or never intermarried together, or even kept up any of the common relations of life.

“ The former of these,” according to Sir John Dalrymple, who describes them very favourably indeed, and with great ability, “are a people untouched by the Roman or Saxon invaders of the south, or by the Danish on the east and west skirts of their country; the unmixed remains of the Celtic empire, which once stretched from the Pillars of Hercules to Archangel. They were composed,” adds he, “ of a number of tribes, called Clans, each of which bore a different name, and lived upon the lands of a different chieftain. The members of every tribe were tied one to another, not only by the feadal but the patriarchal bond: for while the individuals who composed it were vassals or tenants of their own hereditary chiestain, they were also descended from his family, and could count the exact degrees of their descent: and the right of primogeniture, together with the weakness of the laws to reach inaccessible countries, and more inaccessible men, had, in the revolution of centuries, converted these natural principles of connexion between the chieftain and his people into the most sacred ties of human life.

“ The castle of the chieftain was a kind of palace, to which every man of his tribe was made wélcome; where he was enter. tained according to his station in time of peace, and to which all flocked at the sound of war. Thus the meanest of the clan, 1 2017 1805.1806.



ing himself to be as well-born as the head of it, revered in his chieftain his own honour ; loved in his clan his own blood; com. plained not of the difference of station into which fortone had thrown him, and respected himself. The chieftain, in return, bestowed a protection, founded on gratitude and the consciousness of his own interest. Hence the Highlanders, whom more savage nations called savage, carried, in the outward expression of their manners, the politeness of courts without their vices, and in their bosoins the high point of honour without its follies.

" As they were, by the rugged sterility of their country, and the uncertainty of their climate, excluded alike from manufacture and extensive agriculture, every family raised just as much grain and made as much raiment as sufficed for itself: and nature destined them to the life of shepherds. Hence they had not that excess of industry which reduces man to a machine, nor that total want of it, which sinks him into a rank of animals below his own. They lived in villages, built in vallies and by the sides of rivers. Al two seasons of the year they were busy; the one in the end of the spring and beginning of summer, when they put the plough into the little ground they had capable of receiving it; sowed their grain, and laid in provision of turf for their winter's fuel : the other just before winter, when they reaped their har. vest: the rest of the year was all their own for amusement or for war. If not engaged in war, they indulged themselves in sum. mer in the most delicious of all enjoyments, to men in a cold climate and romantic country, the enjoyment of the sun, and the summer views of nature; never in the bouse during the day, even sleeping often at night in the open air, among the mountains and woods. They spent the winter in the chase, while the sun was up; and in the evening, assembled round a common fire, they entertained themselves with the song, the tale, and the dance : but they were ignorant of sitting days and nights at games of skill or hazard, amusements that keep the body in inaction, and the mind in a state of vicious activity.

J« The want of a good, and even a fine ear for music, was almost unknown among them, because it was kept in continual practice among the multitude from passion; but by the wiser few, because they knew that the love of music heightened the courage, and softened the tempers of their people. Their vocal

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