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which could not fail to be highly in- ings and in-comings, the comparative teresting "to our readers, such, for ex small importance of these topics in the ample, as his description of a blue eyes of the rest of the world induces stocking party, (tea and turn-out,) us to extract only a very few
passages, where he had the felicity to hear and these perhaps not the most inmany very novel remarks on the tensely characteristic or amusing. The poetry of Lord Byron, Walter Scott, following sketch, however, will be al. Thomas Moore, and to meet with the lowed, by all who have ever gone the Ettrick Shepherd in propriâ persona western circuit, or had occasion in any where he was favoured with a critical other way to visit the capital of St disquisition on things in general, by a Mungo, to be a picture from the life, fantastic Frenchman, who concluded and to the life. his diatribe with these consolatory
asked me to dine with hini words, “I do very much approve next day, and appointed me to meet him at Shakspeare"-where he was inform- the coffee-room or exchange, exactly at a ed, by one old lady, that Buonaparte quarter before 5 o'clock, from which place is a mere poltroon, and by another, he said he would himself conduct me to his that the march of intellect will infal residence. My rendezvous is a very large, libly render a reform in Parliament all sides with green cane chairs, small
ill-shaped, low-roofed room, si counded on necessary within the next half-cen- tables, and newspapers, and opening by tury; &c. &c. all very proper to be glass folding-doors, upon a paved piazza of treasured up and remembered by any
This piazza is in fact the Exfrequenter of Tabby at-homes, but change, but the business is done in the ad. dismissed with infinite scorn by Doc. joining room, where all the merchants are tor Morris, who is a two-bottle man,
to be seen at certain hours of the day, pacand one of those, to use Madame Defing up and down with more or less importfand's phrase, qui n'aiment pas la prose. tion of their affairs, or the nature of the bar
ance in their strut, according to the situaThere is also an excellent chapter on gains of the day. I have seldom seen a more the bar of Scotland, wherein the Doc. amusing medley. Although I had travelled tor has favoured us with most graphic only forty miles from Edinburgh, I could and lively portraitures of Messrs Clerk, with difficulty persuade myself that I was Cranstoun, Jeffrey, Cockburn, and se still in the same kingdom. Such roaring! veral others of less note. There is also such cursing ! such peals of discord ! such a very amusing account of a ball, which laughter ! such grotesque attitudes ! such the Doctor seems to have been wonder- arrogance! such vulgar disregard of all cour. fully delighted with, although he mo
tesy to a stranger! Here was to be seen the
counting-house blood, dressed in box-coat, destly declined participating in the belcher handkerchief, and top boots, or more active part of its pleasures. The leather gaiters discoursing (Edepol!) abeauty of the Scotch young ladies has bout brown sugar and genseng! Here was had few more fervent admirers than to be seen the counting-house dandy, with the Doctor; and although his delicacy whalebone stays, stiff neckcloth, Surtout, has made him leave asterisks instead Cossacks, a spur on his heel, a gold-headed of names, the exquisite truth and feel
cane on his wrist, and a Kent on his head ing of some of his descriptions will mincing primly to his brother dandy some
easily enable those acquainted with question about Pullicat Handkerchiefs. our beau monde to discover what bear, with a grin, and a voice like a glass.
Here was to be seen the counting-house bright particular stars" they were, blower. Here, above all, was to be seen that most effectually dazzled his op- the Glasgow literateur, striding in his cortics. All these passages, however, in ner, with a pale face and an air of exquisite spite of the in terest which we are abstraction, meditating, no doubt, some aware they would give to our pages, high paragraph for the chronicle, or perwe omit--for divers good and suffi- chance, some pamphlet against Dr Chalcient reasons; which the judicious will abundant varieties of folly and presumption
mers ! Here, in a word, were to be seen understand without any formal enun
- abundant airs of plebeianism-1 was now ciation of them.
in the coffee-room of Glasgow. At Glasgow, the Doctor has his eyes My friend soon joined me, and observ. about him quite as much as at Edin- ing, from the appearance of my countenance, burgh; but although we well know that I was coritemplating the scene with there is nothing which could be more
some disgust, My good fellow,' said he, agreeable to our good friends of that you are just like every other well-educated eity, than to hear at full length his stranger that comes into this town, you opinion of them and all their out-go-whelps. Do not, however, be alarmed, I
cannot endure the first sight of us mercantile
will not introduce you to any of these cattle acter, thank Heaven ! set the ladies out of at dinner. No, sir, you must know that the room. The moment after which blessed there are a few men of refinement and polite consummation, the butler and footman en information in this city. I have warned two tered as if by instinct, the one with a huge or three of these raræ aves, and, depend up- punch bowl, and the other with, &c." on it, you shall have a very snug day's work.
“ A considerable altercation occurred on So saying, he took my arm, and observing that the entrance of the bowl, the various memfive was just on the chap, hurried me through bers of the company civilly entreating each several streets and lanes till we arrived in other to officiate, exactly like the “ Elders"
where his house is situated in Burns's poem of the Holy Fair “ boHis wife was, I perceived, quite the fine lady, thering from side to side” about the saying and withal a little of the blue-stocking of grace. A middle aged gentlemen was at Hearing that I had just come from Edin. length prevailed upon to draw “ the china” burgh, she remarked that Glasgow would before him, and the knowing manner in certainly be seen to much disadvantage af. which he forthwith began to arrange all his ter that elegant city. • Indeed,' said she, materials, impressed me at once with the . a person of taste must of course find many idea that he was completely master of the disagreeables connected with a residence in noble science of making a bowl. The bowl such a town as this; but Mr 's busin itself was really a beautiful old piece of Por. ness renders the thing necessary for the pre- celain. It was what is called a double borol, sent, and one cannot make a silk purse of a that is, the coloured surface was cased in sow's ear-he, he, he ! Another lady of the another of pure white net-work, through company carried this affectation still further. which the red and blue flowers and trees She pretended to be quite ignorant of Glas. shone out most beautifully. The sugar begow and its inhabitants, although she had ing melted with a little cold water, the arlived among them the greater part of her tist squeezed about a dozen lemons through life-and, by the bye, she seemed to be no a wooden strainer, and then poured in water chicken. I was afterwards told by my enough almost to fill the bowl. In this state friend, the major, that this damsel had in the liquor goes by the name of Sherbet, and reality sojourned a winter or two at Edin a few of the connoisseurs in his immediate burgh, in the capacity of lick-spittle, or toad neighbourhood were requested to give their eater, to a lady of quality, to whom she had opinion of it-for in the mixing of the Sherrendered herself amusing by a malicious bet lies, according to the Glasgow creed, at tongue; and that during this short absence she least one half of the whole battle. This behad embraced the opportunity of utterly for. ing approved by an audible smack from the getting every thing about the west country. lips of the umpires, the rum was added to But there would be no end of it were I to the beverage, I suppose, in something about tell you all, &c.
the proportion of one to seven. Last of all, “The dinner was excellent, although cal. the maker cut a few limes, and running culated apparently for forty people rather each section rapidly round the rim of his than for sixteen, which last nuinber sat bowl, squeezed in enough of this more dedown. Capital salmon, and trout almost as licate acid to flavour the whole composition. rich as salmon from one of the lochsprime In this consists the true tour-de-maitre of the mutton from Argyleshire, very small and punch-maker. Upon tasting it, I could not sweet, and indeed ten times better than half refuse the tribute of my warmest admiration the venison we see in London--veal not su to our accomplished artist--so cool, so perior-beef of the very first order-some balmy, so refreshing a compound of sweets excellent fowls in curry-every thing washed and sours never before descended into my down by delicious old West India Madeira, stomach. Had Mahomet, &c. which went like elixir vitæ into the recesses “ T'he punch being fairly made, the real of my stomach, somewhat ruffled in conse business of the evening commenced, and, quence of my riotous living at Edinburgh. giving its due weight to the balsamic influA single bottle of hock and another of white ence of the fluid, I must say the behaviour hermitage went round, but I saw plainly of the company was such as to remove althat the greater part of the company took most entirely the prejudices I had conceived them for perry or cider. After dinner, we in consequence of their first appearance and had two or three bottles of port, which the external manners. In the course of talk, I landlord recommended as being real stuff found that the coarseness which had most Abundance of the same Madeira, but, to offended me was nothing but a kind of wag. my sorrow, no claret—the only wine I ever gish disguise, assumed as the covering of care for more than half-a-dozen glasses of minds keenly alive to the ridiculous, and there. While the ladies remained in the room fore studious to avoid all appearance of finery there was such a noise and racket of coarse -an.article which they are aware always seems mirth, ill restrained by a few airs of sickly absurd when exhibited by persons of their sentiment on the part of the hostess, that I profession. In short, I was amongst a set really could neither attend to the wine or the of genuinely shrewd, clever, sarcastic feldessert ; but after a little time, a very broad lows, all of them completely up to traphint from a fat Falstaff, near the foot of all of them good-natured and friendly in the table, apparently quite a privileged char- their dispositions and all of them inclined
to take their full share in the laugh against I have heard some other individual names their own peculiarities. Some subjects, be among these professors mentioned with resides, of political intent, were introduced spect, but, as a body, I must say they were and discussed in a tone of great good sense universally talked of, in my hearing, in and moderation. As for wit, I must say termsof very little worship. Whether it be the there vas no want of it, in particular from air of the place, or the influence of example, the privileged character' I have already this corporation has assumed, in all its ideas noticed. There was a breadth and quaintness and conduct, the appearance of a petty of humour about this gentleman which gave mercantile house. The interests of science me infinite delight, and, on the whole, I are very far, according to the report I was really much disposed, at the end of the heard, from being alone, or even upperevening (for we never looked near the drawn most, in the minds of Taylor and Co. ing-room) to congratulate myself as having (for so the Glasgow wags have christened the made a good exchange for the self-sufficient principal and professors). For example, young Whig coxcombs of Edinburgh. Such the ground bequeathed as * garden to is the danger of trusting too much to first the university, has been lately appropriaimpressions. The Glasgow people would, ted to the personal use of the professors, in general, do well to assume as their mot- where, instead of young men and boys en, to, Fronti nulla fides ;' and yet there are joying innocent recreation or healthful ex, not a few of them whose faces I should be ercise, no inhabitants are now to be seen, very sorry to see any thing different from but ewes and wethers fattening for the tables what they are. Among the most agreeable of these epicurean philosophers. Nay, such fellows I met with in the course of iny stay is the spirit of encroachment that they have were the following,” &c. Vol. II. pp. actually sold a considerable part of the soil, 60—60.
so that all around what used to be a kind of
intellectual insula in the midst of this mer. We quote the following extraordi, cantile city, there are now springing up huge nary passage respecting the university cotton-mills, soap-works, singeing-houses, of Glasgow, in the confident expecta- &c. so much for auri sacra fames I mention that the charge contained in it tion these things as I heard them." will be refuted by some one or other pp. 83—84. of the eloquent professors.
Then follows a long history of the
origin and characteristics of a species “ The university of Glasgow consists, like of wit peculiar to this mercantile city, that of Edinburgh, of one college, and con and known in it by the name of gagtains, I am informed, almost as many students ; but, in regard to the higher branches gery; which we shall omit for the of education, it certainly bears, and deserves present, but hope soon to insert, with to bear, an inferior character. This is sin- a running commentary, by some memgular, and must not be allowed to pass ber of our fraternity better acquainted without remark. The college of Glasgow with the subject. Next comes a very is a far older, more venerable, and infinitely amusing and well written chapter on richer institution than that of Edinburgh ; the state of religion in the west of it is situated in a rich town, and a most po. Scotland, the original head-quarters of pulous part of the country. It would, at the Covenanters. Our author, as our first sight, seem to possess every advantage, readers are by this time prepared to but on inquiry I found that it makes very expect, is pleased with the air of sinlittle use of those it does possess. I was much pleased with the first appearance of
cere but rational piety diffused over the college. It is a plain but respectable old the countenances and manners of the building, not unlike some of our third rates peasantry, and describes the appearance at Cambridge and Oxford. The students of a country congregation in church, in are, in general, a miserable looking set of a way that cannot fail to give delight creatures, rough, ill-clad lads, with tattered
to every reader whose heart is not corred cloaks (like those of the Dames des rupted and dead to the influences of all Halles), having, in short, ady air rather the finer parts of human nature. He than that of studious ease and elegance. There are many elever fellows among them spends a day or two in Clydesdale, at the however, and indeed, during the first yearsof house of an eminent clergyman, whom their attendance, I am informed they enjoy he met with at Glasgow ; And accomthe best opportunities of cultivating their panying his host to a meeting of the faculties--particularly under Professor John Presbytery, followed of course by an Young, who was an intimate friend of Por. excellent dinner, and a moderate alson and Burney, and probably would rank lowance of whisky-toddy, he breaks high, even among the scholars of England, out into an eulogy of the clergy of our were he removed thither, also, Dr Jardine, the professor of logic, who possesses, as i church, their simple manner of living, am told, a tact in directing the energies their unwearied exertions in doing of young minds entirely peculiar to himself. good, and last, but not least in the
Doctor's estimation, their eminent qua- manners and society of Scotland, which lifications as pleasant companions over they have it in their power to peruse. the bowl-all in such a style of warm To make any lengthened comments and affectionate eloquence, that we think on Doctor Morris's style would be the Presbytery of Hamilton ought real- superfluous, after the very copious ly to present the Doctor with a ram’s- extracts which we have given." He horn snuff-mill, or some other suitable is singularly free from that
pastoken of their gratitude. But, indeed, sion for fine writing which infects we doubt not this hint from us is en most modern tourists. He never goes tirely superfluous.
about the bush for a phraze, but On his way back to Edinburgh, the seems resolved to express his meanDoctor visits many remarkable spots, ing in the most brief, and direct, and alike interesting from the beauty with precise manner.
His compliments which they have been clothed by the have an air of sincerity about them hand of nature, and the memory of which must additionally endear the great deeds done there ;
Doctor to those who had the pleasure
of knowing him personally during his “ Battle and siege, in the old time When Caledon was in her prime."
stay among us; although, indeed,
from the way in which we hear him Among these are, of course, Bothwell- talked of at a club of which he became castle, which Aymer de Valence de à member when in Edinburgh, for fended against Sir William Wallace, this there is no occasion. The DocBothwell-bridge, rendered immortal tor is a keen satirist too, but as, in by the achievements of Dalyell and general, he does not seem to bestow Burleighand Morningside, that se his cuts except where they are pretty questered romantic field, where the well merited, we, for our parts, are gratitude of posterity has consecrated very willing to pass over this little å superb fountain to the never-suf- failing in a countryman of our old ficiently-to-be-applauded valour of the friend Matthew Bramble. Gudeman of Allantoun. After driving To show that our admiration of the his shandrydan, at a slow and reveren- Doctor is sincere, we shall now mential pace, three times around this great tion a small circumstance which, from national monument, the Doctor alights, feelings of delicacy, we omitted to and having procured a stone bottle from speak of in its proper place. We oura cottage in the neighbourhood, he fills selves occupied a great share of the this vessel with the water of Morning- Doctor's attention during his visit, and side well, in the view of presenting he has dedicated a whole chapter to the it, on the conclusion of his travels, to character of our miscellany." He pays the museum of the college about to be us many fine compliments, no doubt ; founded in Wales by the excellent but we must be honest enough to conBishop of St Davids. The SHMA fess, that he gives us now and then a NEAPION 'HPSOE is then left in the pretty severe sarcasm into the bardistance, but the effect of the visit is gain. The compliments and the sarsuch, that the enthusiastic mind of the casms we take alike in good part, and Doctor does not quite recover its tone can only say, that we hope he will till he once more finds himself opposite dine with us at Ambrose's the next the door of Mr Oman's Hotel, in Edin- time he comes—when we have no burgh. And here, for the present, we doubt we shall easily convince him must bid adieu to this intelligent tra- that there is much less difference beveller. His book is a valuable present tween our way of thinking and his, to the people of England and Wales, upon most subjeets, than he is at prefor it furnishes the only graphical and sent aware of.
M. M. trust-worthy sketches of the present Seafield Baths, Feb. 18th 1819.
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE.
Monument to Werner.-The Saxon go Mineralogical chemistry. It may be vernment has ordered the erection of a useful to our readers to know those chemists magnificent monument in honour of the who are at present considered as the princi. celebrated Werner..
pal authorities in chemical mineralogy. On Professor Mohs. Professor Mohs, the the continent, the most eminent are successor to Werner, has commenced his Vauquelin, Berzelius, Bucholz, and Stropublic labours at the mining school of meyer,-Gmelin, a pupil of Berzelius, Freyberg. He teaches the method of Wer- Vauquelin, Klaproth, and Rose, promises, ner, and also his own new and highly im. from his great knowledge and practical portant views in regard to crystallography. skill, to improve this difficult and important
La Place. The celebrated La Place has branch of chemistry. In Great Britain just published some important geological Wollaston stands unrivalled for the accurainferences in regard to the formation of the cy and elegance of his methods of analysis. earth. He seems now inclined to the Nep- Next to him ranks Hatchett, who unites tunian system, although formerly rather a great ingenuity with neatness and accuracy. Plutonist
. This change of creed in geolo- Our active and distinguished countryman gy is not uncommon; for one day we find Thomson, has published many analyses of naturalists vigorously supporting the ab- minerals, which are executed with his usual surdities of the Neptunian system, and the address and ingenuity. We look forward next as keenly embarked in a defence of all to numerous and important discoveries in the visionary fancies of the Plutonists. chemical mineralogy, from the great che
New Fire Theory of the Earth. The mical laboratory which Thomson has just Italian geologist Breislac, a great volcanist established in the college of Glasgow. and active investigator of volcanic countries, Murray has principally distinguished him. has just published a work on geology, in self by his analysis of mineral waters. which he proposes a new igneous theory of Philips in London, and Holme in Cam. the earth, and rejects the fire system of bridge, promise important services to cheHutton as absurd.
Hope appeared but New Minerals. The number of well as. once as a chemical mineralogist, and emi. certained mineral species is inconsiderable. nently distinguished himself by his paper Very lately a considerable addition has been on Strontites. Chenevix, an excellent chemade to the list of vague species. Of this de- mical mineralogist, has entirely abandoned scription are the following: spak, kollyrit, the field. copper-indigo, allophane,
skordite, stilpnosi Dictionary of Mineralogy. We underderite, hauyne, konite.-Old minerals have stand that a dictionary of mineralogy got new names, thus the Andalusite has by a naturalist of this country, is conbeen re-described and named Jamesonite, siderably advanced, and will appear next while new species, as the Allanite of season. This will supply a desideratum in Thompson, have been banished from the our mineralogical literature. system. Even the mountain rocks have not
Mineralogical Map of England. The been allowed to remain at rest, some geolo- great geological map of England, by the pregists having reduced them all to one exten sident of the geological society of London, sive species, while others have increased the will appear next month. We trust that a number of species tenfold.
part, at least, of the mineralogical map Chemistry of Minerals.--All moun of Scotland, will ere long be laid before, tain rocks are more or less compound, and the public. hence are not fit subjects for regular che New Expedition. We understand that mical analysis. Yet defiance of this, a new expedition, under Lieut. Parry, is chemists are daily favouring the world with to sail early in May to Cumberland's Straits, the results of their chemical examination of with the view of discovering a north-west the rocks of different districts—we have ana passage in that direction. lyses of granite, white-stone, porphyry,&c.!!! Mr Adie's Sympiesometer.- Mr Adie, Other chemists are more laudably employed of Edinburgh, has taken out a patent for in analysing simple minerals, but to these a his new and valuable barometer, to which hint may be useful. The analysis of one he has given the name of Sympiesometer. variety of a mineral species will not afford The instrument was carried out with the us a distinct and accurate conception of its expedition under Captain Ross, and was chemical composition. This can be obtained found greatly superior in every respect to only by a regular analysis of all the princi. the mercurial barometer. pal varieties of the species. This mode of New Hygrometer-Mr Adie has also investigating minerals has never been fol. invented a new hygrometer of great delowed, and hence nearly all the information licacy, which will form a valuable addiwe have in regard to the chemical composi- tion to our stock of meteorological instrution of raineral species is unsatisfactory. ments.