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of this character, which pervaded, and animated, him ;-and, by a uniform consistency of personal and endeared the whole, was, warmth of heart-a

and ministerial deportment; by zealous“ readicordial kindness of disposition. His affections ness to every good work,” for advancing the inte. were remarkably strong :-his temper, naturally rests, whether temporal or spiritual, of individuals, warm, was subdued ani chastened by the reigning of his city, of his country, or of the great family power of religious principle:-and with the finest of mankind, he secured an approving testimony and tenderest sensibilities, he united an uncom

in the consciences of all. Never was reputation, mon firmness of mind, the product, at once, of during so long a period of trial, more unblemished. natural constitution and gracious influunce; which,

If the breath of slander ever touched him, it was whilst it marked his general deportment, was es

breathing on a mirror of stuel;— he dimness paspecially conspicuous under the aflictions of life; sed away in an instant, leaving the polished surface enabling him, in private, to maintain a dignified brighter than before. In him, the institutions for Christian composure, and in some of his public ap

the dissemination of the Scriptures, the propagapearances, even when his spirit was burdened with tion of the gospel, and the general advancement the heaviest griefs, to rise above himself, and to of religion, ever found a zealous patron, and to elevate his charmed, and arrested, and melted au.

them liis los, will be incalculable. Living, he was dience along with him, to the purest and sublimest respected, honoured, and admired, and his death heights of devotional feeling. --in the intercourse will occasion a chasm which it will be difficult to of private life, no man could more emphatically be fill up. The mortal remains of this estimable said to enjoy his friends than Dr Balfour. In the

man and valued minister were attended to the narsocial circle, he opened his heart to all the recipro row house by a large assembly of sincere mourners, cations of kindness :-his countenance beamed and amist an unprecedented concourse or spectawith pleasure, and even in age he retained the tors, along all the streets through which the funeglow and the vivacity of youth. His familiar con ral procession passed ; affording an impressive tesversation was characterised by a cheerful and face timony of the universality of the public sentiment tious pleasantry :--but he ever turned with delight

of regird, and of that deserved popularity as a mito sacred subjects: no man could make the tran

nister, which, from the first, was uncommonly high, sition more rapidly and entirely; and on these he

and which continued without abatement from the was always at home, speaking out of ti e abund commencement to the close of his career.-" The ance of his heart." Having himself experienced Memory of the Just is Blessed !"-Glasgow Herald. the bitterness of domestic atrictions, and the sweet [The above vivid and striking portraiture of ness of the consolations of religion, he excelled as a Dr Balfour's character was drawn by the Rev. comforter of the mourners. He was a wise, affec Ralph Wardlaw, who has since published a Funeral tionate, and faithful counsellor, to the young espe Sermon full of eloquence and a truly christian cially, who, on sacramental or other occasions, spirit. We cannot bestow higher praise on this came to converse with him on religious concerns, Sermon than to say that it is such an one as the high he displayed a paternal tenderness, and a conde talents and virtues of Dr Balfour deserved, and scending and insinuating gentleness, which won his shews that the preacher was worthy of having enway to their hearts, and drew them to the paths of joyed the friendship of that universally lamented piety with the cords of love. The bitter tears of Minister of Christ.]

Editor. surviving relatives bear testimony to his domestic virtues, and to the delight which his presence dif On Friday the 23d ult. the remains of Mr John fused through the family circle; the deep-felt sad Theodore Jonas Cramer, late band master to the ness of the intimates of his early days, to the sin 88th regiment, were deposited in the Canongate cerity, the cordiality, and the steadiness of his church-yard. Mr C. was in his 26th year, and died friendships; and the acute and pensive sorrow of of a consumption. He was much respected as a a mourning people, to the long-tried and sterling musician and composer by the oficers, and his worth of his pastoral adininistrations. The distin good humour will long endear his memory to his guishing characters of his preaching were,-a clear gallant surviving companions. and comprehensive view of his subject-textual dis 26. At Minto, Roxburghshire, the Right Hon. Wm tinctness of arrangement-luminous exhibition of Elliott of Wells, M. P. Mr E. though connected truth-pointed discrimation of character-a thor with Scotland by descent and property, was born ough intimacy with the labyrinths of the heart, and and educated in England. Intimate in early youth with the varieties, genuine and delusive, of Chris with the son of Mr Burke, he was soon distinguishtian experience-warmth of persuasive earnestness ed by the friendship of that great man, and by -faithful closeness of practical application-and that of his celebrated scholar Mr Windham. With exuberant command of appropriate and powerful him the bright society of their friends and followexpression. He adhered, with exemplary constan ers is nearly extinct. By his death his country has cy, to the Apostolic determination, not to know lost one of her most accomplished gentlemen, and any thing amongst his hearers save Jesus Christ, Parliament is bereaved of an ornament which can and him crucified.". All his pulpit addresses, whe hardly be replaced. Few men have united so ther doctrinal or hortatory, bore, through their much dignity in public with such amiable qualities entire texture, the impress of the cross. The in private life as Mr Elliott, and there is no man doctrines of salvation by free grace were held forth whose loss will be felt with more sincere and unin ali their scriptural purity and simplicity; and the mingled regret. His eloquence was peculiariy his necessity of practical godliness, as the result of the own. He sp ke seldom in Parliament; but with a faith of these doctrines, was urged with unremit mild gravity, with evident marks of conscious deting fidelity. His was not the icy coliness of spe liberation, and with an urbanity and equity toculative orthodoxy. His preaching was truly the wards his opponents, which gave an authority to utterance of the heart. Those who have listened his speeches unattained by the greatest orators of to him in his happy moments of warm and impas his time. His utterance, his figure, and his coun. sioned elevation, have heard him pour forth the tenance, were suited to his eloquence. He had a fulness of an affectionate spirit; warning, alarm. great power of condensation, a talent peculiar to ing, inviting, persuading, beseeching-his whole those minds only who have gained a complete massoul thrown into his countenance; and in his pe tery over the subject of discourse. His most ingenetrating eye, the fire of ardent zeal gleaming nious reasonings were conveyed in transparent through the tears of benignity and love. During language. His diction was pure English, correct the long period of his ministry, he grew every day beyond the level of public speaking, always ele. in the affectionate admiration and esteem of the gant, and on fit occasions it naturally rose towards people of his charge; to whom no charms of no Majesty. In a word, he wanted no quality necesvelty or variety could ever fully compensate for sary to instruct, to conciliate, and to persuade.the absence of their own beloved instructor; and Others have spoken with more force, but no man amongst whom there were many, who, with the ever spoke with more permanent possession of the peculiar tenderness of filial attachment, looked up honest partiality of an audience. It is true that to hiin as their spiritual father. Twelve years ago a part of his gentle ascendant over the House of he had occasion to give practical evidence of the Commons flowed from the character of the man as strength of his reciprocal attachment to his flock, much as from the powers of the orator. by declining, in opposition to a variety of secular less life, his unbending integrity, and his lofty inducements, a pressing all to a charge in the sense of honour, were to generally known, and metropolis. Although himself attached to the too perceptible through his modest deportment, Established Church of Scotland, he exerplified a not io bespeak attention and favour for whatever generous and cordial liberality toward those who fell from hin. These moral qualities were still dissented from her communion. Christians of more important in the relations of private life.every persuasion united in esteeming and loving In society, his good sense, and various knowledge,

His spot

were adorned by a most pure taste, and by an un when he came near a house of respectability, he usual degree of unaffected elegance in familiar con sent a card by his son hoping they would purchase versation. As he was modest and delicate, he had a copy. After nearly twice completing the tour of somewhat of the neighbouring quality of reserve; Scotland, he fell sick and died at Ruthwell, as a and though his polished manners pleased those bove mentioned. What is very singular, he is inwho were strangers to him, the charms of his so terred in the same grave which contains the reciety were felt only by his intimate friends. In mains of his father, grandfather, and great grandthe midst of the praises offered by a whole Parlia father. While Stewart lived in Edinburgh, his ment to the memory of Mr Horner, none of the house was the common resort of the students from affecting speeches delivered on all sides, conveyed Dumfries-shire. In the summer of 1817, he tramore evidently the tribute of a kindred spirit than velled all over the Highlands, and remained nearthat of Mr Elliott. As his own constant friendship ly a whole day on the lofty summit of Ben-Neris. survived the shock of political difference, he reap Ďuring the present year Lewis perambulated the ed the reward of this excellent part of his nature, counties of Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Durin never exciting alienation in his friends when he ham, Berwickshire, Fifeshire, Lanarkshire, Ayrdiffered from them the most widely and at the shire, and lastly Dumfries-shire. He wrote “Fair most critical moments. On one occasion he was Helen of Kirkeonnel Lee," the “ African Slave," compelled to dissent from that venerable person and several other pieces of merit. He has left one (Lord Fitzwilliam), whom he called “the last link son and three daughters. His funeral was respectain his public and private friendships." It was a bly attended ; and we understand that a stone is to grievous calamity; but it served more brightly to be erected to his memory, by the admirers of this display the firmness of his princ ples, and the ten singularly unfortunate bard. derness of his friendship. Both these excellent

Åt Faikirk, at the early age of 25 years, Mr Wilpersons reverenced each other the more for their

liam Maxwell Wilson, of a consumption. This conscientious difference; and their friendship was young gen. leman was brought up to the seafaring consolidated (for a time, alas ! too short) by that line-got the command of a ship, in which he which dissolves vulgar connexions.

traded to America. He at one time saved the carLately- At Kenton, aged 96, Mr Joseph Carnall. go and : hip Sibyl, of 300 tons, which he found at He lived fifty-three years in the service of the pre sea deserted by her crew, and carried her safe into sent and late Lord Viscount Courtenay, and rode

Charleston ; and, again returning from Jamaica, he post from Powderham Castle to Exeter every day saved the crew of the ship Orpheus, from Liver(and frequently twice a-day) during the above pe pool, and the ship filling fast, with the greatest difriod of time, without experiencing an hour's ill ficulty Captain Wilson and his boat's crew escaped ness. In these repeated journies he had travelled the vortex of the sinking vessel. This last exerupwards of 300,000 miles, being more than twelve tion brought on a consumption which terminated times the circumference of the whole earth.

his existence-justly regretted by all who knew At Ferry, near Gainsborough, aged 104 years

him. and six months, perfectly sensible to the last, and At Strachur, Argyleshire, Dr Ivie Campbell. On till a few days before her death in good health, Mrs the morning of the day on which he died he enjoyBarbary Dodgson.

ed excellent health, and had eaten a hearty breakAt the village of Ruthwell, aged sixty-two years,

fast. As the day happened to be rainy, he overMr Stewart Lewis, a most singular and eccentric heated himself by joining too actively with his sercharacter. He was a native of Ecclefechan; and vants in housing corn. Having got up at an early his father, who was of jacobitical principles, named hour, it was thought he had fallen asleep, when him Stewart, after the unfortunate House of that he had leaned over some sheaves that were placed name: he had a brother, who was called Charles, before him, but, alas! it was the sleep of death! after Prince Charles, commonly called the Preten

A blood-vessel had burst, which instantly deprived der. The life of poor Stewart was chequered in

him of sense and life. the extreme. In his early years, he herded cows in In the Trinity-house, Hull, in his 90th year, Mr the neighbourhood of Ecclefechan. Shortly after, Joseph Wilson, the oldest shipmaster belonging to he engaged in a mercantile concern near Chester, that port. He was at Lisbon at the time of the but was deceived by the villainy of his partner, great earthquake in 1755. who fled to America, with a considerable sum, The celebrated Swedish botanist, Schwartz, leaving Lewis to answer all demands. He volun whose name has been given to two plants. tarily gave up all; but this misfortune hurt his At her house, in Baggot-street, Dublin, the Hon. feelings so much, that he began to live rather free Mrs Jocelyn, relict of the Hon. George Jocelyn, ly—a habit which he never afterwards could relin

brother to the Earl of Roden. quish. After some time he returned to Scotland, At Oaksey, Wiltshire, aged 80, Mr Fozard, of and married the first and only woman he ever Ecclestone-street, Pimlico, formerly of Park-lane. loved. He then travelled for some time in Dum At Dunfermline, in the 83d year of her age, Mrs fries-shire, selling cloth, and occasionally cultivat Anne Lamont, widow of Mr James Tait, writer, ing his vein for the Muses. When Lord Hopetoun Edinburgh. raised his fencible regiment, he entered into that At his lodgings, Adam-street West, Portmancorps, and continued till they were disbanded in square, London,

Mr John Murphy, long celebrated 1799. He then got employment from a Mr Mel as an eminent professor of the union pipes: a man ville in Dysart, at a spinning mill near Leslie, he steady in friendship, and of sound integrity., His remained there four years, and then went to Glas loss will be long felt by the admirers of Scotch and gow; being unable to procure employment there,

Irish music. he proceeded to Edinburgh, where he resided many At Cork, John Bernard Trotter, Esq. late priyears, living chiefly upon what his poems produc vate secretary to the late Right Hon. C. J. Fox. ed, which his wife went about selling. She, how. At Crookedstone, in Killead, Mr John Montgoever, died in the spring of 1817, and he continued merie, farmcr, in his 105th year. His ancestors to lament her loss till the last moment of his exist. were distinguished for their longevity, his grandence. After this the life of Stewart had sone

father reached 120 years. thing truly romantic in it. He travelled, vending At Edinburgh, three weeks after having given his productions, along with his son; but, from a birth to a son and heir, Elizabeth, wife of the Hon. principle of modesty, always the companion of real Charles Noel Noel, of Barham Court, Kent. genius, he never applied personally to any one ;

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Essays on the Lake School of Poetry,
No. II. On the Habits of Thought

inculcated by Wordsworth 257 On the Revival of a Taste for our Ancient Literature...

264 Prediction

266 Some Account of the Life of Hector Macneill

273 Chateau of Coppet. Letter Third.com 277 Tristan d'Acunha, &C............ soraron Letter from Lieutenant King, now em

ployed in completing a Survey of New Holland.com

286 On the Stocks, or Public Fundscam 287 An Historical and Geographical Essay

on the Trade and Communication of the Arabians and Persians with Russia and Scandinavia, during the Middle Ages (Continued from page 141)

292 Observations on the Provençal Lan

guage and Literature, by A. W. Schlegel.

300 On the Crusades ( Translated from the

German of Frederick Schlegel ) come. 303 Poems and Plays by the Duchess of Newcastle

300 Remarks on Training........................313 Catalogue of Pictures at Augsburg... 318

Some Account of the Life and Writings

of Ensign and Adjutant Odoherty

(Continued from Vol. III. p. 55). 320 Dr Ulrick Sternstare's First Letter on

the National Character of the Scots. 328 Singular Anecdote.

samasoor 330 A Portrait

rosarono 332 Elegy.... General Ludlow's Monumentarnivoro... 334 Literary Premium......

336 Sketch of the Life of Albert Thorvalldsen.

ib. North-west Passage. Expedition un

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Parry, in the Isabella and Alexander 338 Versification of a Passage in Purchas 344 On Naval Education...

345 Reflections occasioned by some Late Sins of the Public Prints....ancansara

353 LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE.

359 Works preparing for PUBLICATION. 365 MONTHLY LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS

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MDCCCXIX.

Q. F. F. Q. S.

I.
They said that all the ice about the Pole

Had cracked, and been dispersed in the Atlantic, And that old Winter never more would roll

Benledi's top in his capote gigantic; And that December, with her parasol,

Would flirt about like July, quite romantic;
And Yule-blocks never up the chimney roar,
And het-pint be an idle name of yore.

II.
And late did Summer linger in our skies,

And long Benledi kept his dark cap on;
And spinsters were beginning to surmise

That all occasion for their muffs was gone; And the blue, buzzing, bloated plague of flies

To à portentous corpulence were blown;
And • Francis Moore, physician,'scratched his sconce,
To coin some novel nonsense for the nonce.

III.
But it would seem the gift of prophesying

Hath in good earnest been for ever lost;
While all are on the Quarterly relying,

Full surely --comes a frosta killing frost, And leaves are falling fast, and flies a-dying,

And Misses wearing gauzes to their cost.
And Captain Ross comes back with shattered rig,
-And Mr Lesiie looks exceeding big.

IV.
Ye marine worthies ! much do we admire

Your worth, beyond all praise of worthiness!
Your weather is as warm as ye desire,

Your Arctic venison is a savoury mess: And ye have grog enough your blood to fire,

And hammocks swinging grandly en altessem,
Prodigious is the peril of your births;
Snug marine martyrs! we admire your worths!

V.
Aye-and so ever may the hoary king

Preserve his congelated throne in peace-
Aye-and so ever may fair Scotland bring

Her old ancestral hecatomb of geeseSo ever may the wassail bowl upiling

Its mists of gladness--so may never cease
The mirth that mustered in the elder day
Around the crackling hearth of Hogmanae!

VI.
Enough of noons hath Summer for reclining

Beneath the shadow of the green elm-tree, While the bright sunbeams, all around us shining,

Touch not that dark deep nook of reverie. There's been enough of unsubstantial dining,

There's been enough of cold lime Punch for me. All hail once more the Baron broad and brown! All hail the ruby flood that floats him down!

VII.
Give us no flimsy chips through polished bar,

Dispensing cheerlessly a stingy gleam,
But let the huge oak-root, with quivering scar

And rifted roughness, feed a dazzling beam;
And mingling freely in one ample jar

Nutmeg and citron, with a generous stream
Ale-metheglin-opor to-nectar brew,
To speed the old year and salute the new.

VIII.
Deep rolls the summons from St Giles's tower,

And swift as Gramoury the lanthorns glimmer.
For, privileged to boldness by the hour,
Forth with her horn trips each lighthearted limmer.
Demurely taps she at the dear lad's bower,

Demurely pledges she her festal brimmer.
-Beware sweet innocence, nor linger long,
Beware the burthen of Ophelia's song.

IX.
Forth hies the stripling that hath never dared

To breathe the fatal whisper of his love;
Forth hies he, all his sheepish tale prepared,

Forth to the half-expectant sleepless dove. Have mercy, Jenny! be his blushes spared,

O understand what pangs those blushes move ;
Do as thou wilt, be cruel or be coy,
But quiz not, o'er his pint, the stammering boy.

X.
And forth at signal of that solemn chime,

In modest mantle wrapt of sober hue,
Forth glides, with mingled cup of prose and rhyme

Immaculate Miss Magazine to you
Most winsome Reader.-Reverence the time,

Nor with indignity her vows respue,
Fear no rude gysart here-arise-salute
As gently as she comes your meek first-foot.

XI.
Like the great Laker's mountain heroine,

The maiden's gestures have at times been free; A leaper and a dancer hath she been,

Unfettered and unfearing in her glee,
Yet older misses of less boisterous mien,

Have falser pas belike, to rue than she.
Her glances have not always been demure,
Her head's been giddy, but her heart is pure, .

XII.
At least there murmurs no Circean malice

In the light carol that your handmaid sings;
At least there is no poison in her chalice,

No lurking treason in the gift she brings. Forget, at least forgive, her early follies,

Her graver years aspire to wiser things, She's just of age! shall teenish frailties wrong her? No-No-say-' Good new-year"-to

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On the Habits of Thought, inculcated by WORDSWORTH. As in this country the investigations of silently in the universe, and actually Inetaphysicians have been directed modifying events, in opposition to more chiefly towards the laws of intellect palpable causes, in a manner similar to and association, and as we have nothing what is said to be taught by the philowhich deserves the name of philosophy sophy of the Hindoos; and, secondly, a founded upon an examination of what thorough knowledge of all the beauties human nature internally says of itself, of the human affections, and of their or upon enquiries into the dependance mutual harmonies and dependancies. of one feeling upon another ; in short, In both of these things, he has scarcely as we have neither any Platonism, nor had any precursors, either among the even any philosophy of the passions, poets or philosophers of his country. we must turn to the poets, if we wish Some traces of the convictions above to hear what our literature says upon alluded to, may be found in Spenser, these subjects ; for, by our speculative and some fainter traces in Milton ; men, they have been left in utter si- whose turn of genius was decisively lence, darkness, and uncertainty. If ascertained by the circumstance of his the practical turn of mind, which has greater success in handling a subject, always been characteristic of our na- taken from the historical parts of the tion, has led to these neglects, there is Old Testament, than one from the nothing more to be said ; for the Christian Gospel. As for those who works of intellectual men should be came after Milton, scarcely any thing moulded according to the character of above the level of actual existence apthose who are to read them : and no- pears in their writings; and, upon the thing can obtain much influence over whole, it would seem that the kind of life, if it finds not a broad foundation sublimity with which the English have in the popular mind. Nevertheless, always been chiefly delighted, consists if philosophers profess to examine what merely in an exhibition of the strength human nature is, in the abstract, the of the human energies, which, in our peculiarities of their auditors will not most esteemed poems and plays, are serve as an excuse for slurring over frequently not even elevated by selfparticular branches of the subject, as devotion ; witness Coriolanus, Richard if they had no existence.

the Third, Satan in Paradise Lost, the Two things may be chiefly observed in Giaours and Corsairs, &c. of modern Mr Wordsworth's poetry; namely, first, days. In these pieces, elements of huan attempt to awaken in the minds of man nature, which are by no means of his countrymen, certain lumieres which the highest kind, are represented boilthey do not generally possess, and cer- ing and foaming with great noise, and tain convictions of moral laws existing their turbidity is falsely taken for the VOL. IV.

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