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A MORNING JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, FINE ARTS, FASHION, &c.
GLASGOW, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1832.
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE EARLY PERIODICAL The set of it in the College Library, extends to the LITERATURE OF GLASGOW.
Ist of May, 1716, being in all 67 Numbers; it was
printed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, in a For the following notices, respecting the early state of small quarto form, (each paper containing 12 pages) the periodical press in Glasgow, we are indebted to a and was made up of extracts from foreign journals, valuable and interesting volume, entitled, “ Notices from London newspapers, private letters, and occasionand Documents, illustrative of the Literary History of al poetry, with very little local intelligence. Glasgow, during the greater part of the last century, lately printed, and presented to the president and mem
“The Glasgow Journal was begun, under the editorbers of the Maitland Club, as a contribution by Richard
ship of Andrew Stalker, a bookseller, in July, 1741. Duncan, Esq. As Mr. Duncan's work, froin its being,
With what degree of talent it was conducted, for the in a great measure, confined to the members of that
first few years, would be difficult to ascertain—no copy club, is not accessible to the public, we have no doubt
of it, during that period, being known to remain ; forbut those among our readers, who may have the slight tunately, the numbers from 1745 to 1749 have been est inclination towards antiquarian research, will con
recovered—a period, one would suppose sufficiently insider our extracts from the volume alluded to as a very
teresting. The editor, however, appears to have conjudicious manner of devoting a part of our columns.
sulted his own personal security too much to permit The general merits of Mr. Duncan's work, and the
him to give a firm and candid detail of the events rare and very interesting documents he has brought to
which were then taking place. He has omitted several light, we intend, in a future Number, to make the sub
of the most important facts in the history of the reject of more mature and critical reflection.
bellion; and, at length, when the danger approached
his own door, was constrained to give vent to his “ The first newspaper published in Glasgow, appear- terror, in a letter which he inserted in his journal. He ed on the 14th November, 1715, and was entitled the had offended his readers by his omissions, and deterGlasgow Courant, containing the occurrences, both at mined to retire for a time, from his public duties. home and abroad: Glasgow, printed for R. T. and to The following is his advertisement :be sold at the Printing-house in the Colledge, and at the Post-office.'* It soon, however, changed its name,
«« Oct. 14, [1745.]— To the Encouragers of the Glasas the fourth number was published under the title of
gow Journal.-Gentlemen, I have carried on this • The West Country Intelligence. The following is paper from the beginning, and have to the utmost of a copy of the prospectus :- This paper is to be print- my power endeavoured to give an impartial account of ed three times every week, for the use of the country
facts as they happened, but finding that, considering round, any gentleman or minister, or any other who
the situation of affairs, I cannot with safety publish so wants them, may have them at the University's Print- as to please the generality of my readers, I have thereing-house, or at the Post-office. It's hoped this paper
fore given over being concerned in the writing or pubwill give satisfaction to the readers, and that they will
lishing this paper, till such time as the peace of this encourage it, by sending subscriptions for one year, country be restored, and have committed the care of it half year, or quarterly, to the above directed places, to an unexceptionable hand; and, as you have favoured where they shall be served at an easie rate." +
me with your countenance and encouragement, I hope
you'll continue to do so to him, and I am, thankfully « « Advertisements are to be taken in, at either the
and respectfully, Gentlemen, your most humble serPrinting-house in the Colledge, or at the Post-office.
ANDREW STALKER.' " The gentlemen in the towns of Aberdeen, St. Andrew's, Inverness, Brechin, Dundee, St. Johnstone,
“ It would seem this advertisement had been misun. Stirling, Dumbarton, Inverary, Dumfries, Lanark,
derstood, and, to set the public right, Stalker published
another letter in the next paper. Hamilton, Irvine, Air, Kilmarnock and Stranraer, are desired to send, free post, any news they may have, « Oct. 21.–To the Encouragers of the Glasgow Jourand especially sea-port towns, to advise what ships
nal.—A wrong sense being put upon my last advercome in, or sail off from these ports'."
tisement, as if I intended entirely to drop this paper, “ It is not known how long this paper continued. I
I hereby inform my readers that I continue to have
the same share in it as formerly, though for some time • This curious article is preserved in the University Library.
I am not to write it nor collect the news from other + What this “most easie rate" was, is thus noticed in number papers.--Mr. Urie having undertaken that part, who 33—“N. B. This paper is not sold in retail, under three half- I am convinced will give satisfaction, and I hope that pence, but, for encouragement to subscribers, for one penny. such as have hitherto been my Friends and EncouraLet the following suffice as a specimen of its Poetry :- gers, will continue to be so. ANDREW STALKER.' From the Fling Post.
“Whether he resumed bis Editorship in quieter times Mar (read it Ram the other way)
we are not informed. His name still continues as the Has made a push, and lost the day. And turns his tail to firth of Tay.
publisher of the paper, although immediately after the Perhaps (tho' so well taught to trick it)
last letter appeared, Urie's name as printer was supCaught by his back in Highland chicket,
“ Yet, whatever may have been the defects of the Which now, in doleful manner slain,
Editorial department of this paper, it was printed in a Cover the fields about Dumblain, &c. &c. &c. style creditable in the highest degree to the town, and
MAR ALIAS RAM.-AN ANAGRAM.
infinitely better than the newspapers published forty years afterwards".*
Such are a few of the particulars connected with the Glasgow Newspaper Press which we find in Mr. Duncan's volume. Before the year 1715, our good citizens in Glasgow depended, in a great measure, for their local and political intelligence, on the “Edinburgh Gazette," a journal which, on the accession of Queen Anne, had reached its 313th number. This number was published on Monday the 16th March, 1702, and contained, among other matters, the death of King William, and the Proclamation of his successor. By it we also find that the good folks of Glas. gow and its neighbourhood had scarcely any method of advertising their merchandise, but the “ Skellat bell” and “ The Edinburgh Gazette.”+ The following notice, which we copy from the above-mentioned number of the Gazette, in our possession, appears to have been alike useful in Edinburgh and in Glasgow : “ Fine Starch and Powder, fully as good as any from abroad, and much cheaper than can be imported, is made at Cameron, and Sold at the Shop below the Caledonian Coffee House, Edinburgh ; and at James Witherspoon's Shop in the Gallowgate head, Glasgow, where merchants can have any quantity of the said Starch and Powder, from 1,000 lb. weight to 5,000."
If the following Hue and Cry had fallen under the observation of Mr. Tytler, the historian of Scotland, we conceive he would not have hazarded the assertion that slavery bad been abolished in Scotland, before its final suppression in England, by Elizabeth :-" These are to give Notice, That James Gib, John Tasker, John Lumsden, Alexander Cowie, Thomas Watchman, George Gibb, David Mason, James Cairns, Coalhuers, belonging to his Grace the D. of Hamilton, hare mutinied and deserted their said master's work, and that none Receive, Fee, Hire, supply or maintain anie of the saids Coalbuers, nor their wives or bairns, under the certifications and Penalties mentioned in the Acts of Parliament, and, in particularlie in the 11th Act, Parl. 18, Ja. 6th.” Our limits prevent us from dwelling longer on this subject at present. We intend, in an early Number, to return to Mr. Duncan's very interesting and valuable contribution.
fected no superiority over her less-gifted compeers; and the benign look and sympathizing smile chased away any feeling of envy or disappointment which they might, on such an occasion, experience. As she grew in years she also grew in beauty. Her raven tresses hung in careless luxuriance around a neck which could rival the whiteness of the winter's wreath, or twined in graceful ringlets about a bosom free from the Auctuating anxieties which attend maturer years.
She engaged with the lark in her morping's devotions, and with her sallied forth to view nature, with welcome smile, hailing the approach of the infant day. Care or grief never crossed her path. Her heart was pure as the western breeze which swept over the heath-clad bills, and her ambition seemed to he bound in the pions and benevolent wish-that she might merit the love of her parents, and render those around her comfortable and happy
But the sun which had hitherto sbone so bright on the dawn of her life was suddenly clouded. She was doomed to leave the rocky grandeur of her native isle, the soul-soothing echo of the billowy Atlantic, and the invigorating air she was wont to inhale, to experience the tainted atmosphere of a crowded city—see the gaudy pageantry which distinguishes wealth-the cold formality which characterizes civilization, and the disgusting flattery which marks the insincere. Her father had suddenly died; and her mother finding it inconvenient to retain the farm, sold off its effects, with the receipts of which and a small annuity left her, she arrived at Glasgow; and, practising economy, lived comfortably with her family, and completed them in those departments of their education in which they were deticient. Her beauty and accomplishments soon secured to Mary the homage of those fluttering noon-day insects who, like the bees, hop on every new-born Aower which opes its unsullied bosom to the genial ray; but hers was not a heart to be won by the selfish attractions of the fawning parasite. Her shrewdness easily pierced the thin veil which screened their motives ; and, though she was courteous for their attention, she was steeled against any impression. Yet she was formed to love, and a first and virtuous passion entangled her affections almost unknown to herself. In the subtle meshes of Cupid her heart revealed a tale to which she long had held a deaf ear— that it beat warmest when she listened to Colin's praisethat with him she was at peace, without him unbappy.
The object of her choice might be a few years her senior; and, being from the same country, it was not wonderful that he often visited the family—but it was soon discovered that something more than friendship led him so often to a house which Mary's presence converted into a paradise. Often did he walk past her windows to catch a glimpse of her aërial form-the most trivial excuse was converted into an important matter, provided it af. forded an opportunity, with any degree of grace, to be usbered into the presence of the idol of his heart. His days passed with pleasing thoughts—bis nights with happy dreams. Assured of Mary's love, he saw all before him smooth and smiling—not a mist could he trace on the extensive landscape which obscured any of its visionary beauties. He was respected by her friends his advances were favoured by her mother, and it wanted but a few words to make both completely bappy, when a fatal truth, like a noxious vapour, blighted the tender flower they had carefully nursed; or, like a remorseless giant, dashed the cup from their lips, of which both had deeply drank,
Some speculation, in which Colin was engaged to a considerable amount, proved a failure, and he had no alternative but to become bankrupt; but, wishing to give his creditors every reparation in his power, he handed them over his remaining property, with the intention of leaving his country and pursuing Fortune's eluding shadow on a foreign shore, far from his friends, his Mary, and his home. With this resolution he waited upon her, and was shown into a small parlour in which they had spent many bappy hours; but, from this interview, happiness had retired.
An unwonted darkness sat on Colin's brow-a brooding sadness was visi. ble in his forced smile, and they sat together for several minutes in mute contemplation ere he had courage to reveal the direful tale, or she divine the cause of his melancholy reverie.
Such disappointment does the weary traveller experience who crosses the trackless desert. Fancy points out to him in the distance the waving boughs of the sheltering forest, under the shade of which he can stretch his exbausted limbs. He thinks be hears
Mary CAMPBELL was the youngest daughter of respectable parents, who rented an extensive farm in one of the islands which skirt the western coast of Scotland. Though distant from public seminaries, they were not inattentive to the future prospects of their family-consequently, spared no expense in furnishing them with a liberal education, in the course of which, Mary was eminently successful. Her reading, writing, and dancing called forth the plaudits of the several masters ; but if, at times, a tribute of respect to her talents would brighten her sloe-black eyes, or deepen the tinge of her rosy cheek, it was only for a moment. Every movement was regulated by a scrupulous self-denial, which af.
the chirping of the feathered songsters inviting him to listen to their warbling concert; while, as if to render bis comfort complete, a bubbling streamlet, in which he can allay his parched thirst, is seen flowing with unceasing pace along its verdant embankments. Hope rouses him to energy-he quickens his p ace ; but the objects which stimulated him to exertion are suddenly dissipated, and the same burning heat, the same trackless desert, and the same solitary waste bound the perspective.
Colin, at length, broke the painful silence, and, without evasion or reserve, informed her of the extent of his losses. She listened with calın, yet dignified attention, till be came to the recital of his intended departure-this had never occurred to her. She looked forward to a long period of distant bliss, and, when the dreadful reality first flashed across her mind, the starting tear and the deep drawn sob, whose influence are rarely withstood, were the only language she employed in order to wean him from his projected scheme. She saw no cheering beam to illume the dark night which was gathering round her. She was rudely awakened from the security into which she had lulled herself, like the home bound mariner who waits the favouring gale, spreads all his canvass to the winds, and chides the tardy breeze that wafts him to the desired haven. The blue hills of his country crowd upon bis sight-his friends, with unfeigned smiles, stand to wel. come him on the beach-the partner of his cares, with anxious gaze, looks far over the undulating waters, and derives a solace in teaching her babes to lisp their father's name—the very winds seem to whistle joy at his almost accomplished voyage, whenhark! a crash-the ship has struck, and the hopes of the mari. ner's anticipated welcome is buried in the overwhelming sea.
Tears brought relief to Mary. She remonstrated with him on the folly of leaving his country on the first frown of fortune, advised liim to pursue the same industrious course which, till lately, had marked his career ; warned him of the danger by sea and the difficulties to be met with on shore, and, as a last argument, told him, with a faultering voice, (in wbich modesty, love and pride, alternately triumphed) that no other should share her thoughts, or participate her affections, till the fickle Goddess again lavished on him part of her bounty, and till he was restored to ibat fuoting in society which bis unforeseen calamities unfortunately deprived him of. If he was sad she would cheer hiin with ber company, and if, after another effort to retrieve his loss, he found his exertions unrewarded, then she would submit to a parting, and sigh forth a prayer for his welfare and prosperity.
But Colin was unmoved in his purpose ; she, therefore, did not harass bis feelings by pressing him farther. They took leave of each otber after mutual vows of love and pledges of constancy. At parting, Mary took a favourite ring off her finger, which she had received from a respected friend, and placed it upon his, and then sought her couch, with a heavy heart, to ruminate over events which, in a short space of time, from the height of fancied happiness, plunged her into an abyss of apparent misery.
Time flew on with unceasing pace, and yet no word came from Colin. Five years bad elapsed since he left his home, and he was now almost forgotten by bis former acquaintances; but there was one who could not so easily forget. Eager did she listen when the post-boy announced a letter, and hope-sick has she turned away, when she found it was not from him. None knew the ship in which he had sailed, and it was generally supposed that be bad been cast away, or had died on his arrival; but Mary grasped at every shadow which held out a hope that he still lived. She rejected the addresses of the inany suitors who contended for her hand, and it was not till seven long years of doubt had laid their heads on the lap of the preceding ages, that Mary was decked in a bride's apparel, to give away ber hand to one who might deserve, but, to whom she was unable to give, her heart. Preparations were going on for the marriage, yet Mary seemed almost unconscious of what was passing around her. The bridemaidens bad decked her in all the finery which wealth could supply or fancy invent; and endeavoured to rouse ber from her cheerless lethargy, but all in vain : ber thoughts seemed to wander on scenes which had been—and acted only a passive part in the draina in wbich she should have borne the principal character. The clergyman bad now arrived, who was to have performed the ceremony --the bridegroom and his suite waited the announcing of the bride; but, in breathless terror, they were informed that she was no.
wbere to be found. A fruitless search confirmed their fears, and the melancholy which preyed upon her spirits, for some time past, made them dread she bad taken a step which they shuddered to contemplate. A young child, indeed, to whom she was attached, said that, a short time previous to her being missed, she observed her kiss a letter in which a ring was inclosed, and, wrapping a mantle around her, leave the bouse. Still, this threw no light on the course she had pursued, and the party broke up, and retired to their homes, in mournful silence.
A week had passed, and still no tidings of her was received, and a number of friends had met at her mother's, to condole her on the untoward event, when a coach drove up to the door, and in came the fugitive Mary, leaning on the arm of a gentleman, on whose bronzed cheek a burning sun had made visible traces, and whom she introduced as her busband. After begging and receiving pardon for the anxiety she had occasioned, Colin burst from several voices at once, and was welcomed, with joy, as one who had been long since thought dead. The story draws to a close. After be had left Glasgow, he took his passage in a ship bound for Grenada, where he since held a lucrative situation, and in wbich he realized a handsome competency. He had written several letters to Mary after his arrival; but, from their having unfortunately miscarried, he never received an answer, and concluded he was forgotten, till a friend of his, who had known them both, in their bappier days, informed him that her heart was unchanged. He instantly arranged his affairs, and, getting aboard a ship which was then bound for Britain, Colin's prayers for propitious winds were heard, and he arrived at Glasgow, just in time to prevent a circumstance which would have sealed Mary's fate, and completed his wretchedness. To prevent any suspicion, he sent a trusty friend with a letter to her, in which he inclosed the ring she gave him, and requested an interview. This, as we have seen, she found means to accomplish. Former vows were immediately renewed, he prevailed on her to accompany him to the home of one of his friends in the country, where their hands were joined, as their hearts long bad been united. I need scarcely add, that Colin now holds a respectable rank in society, and that Mary proves a loving and dutiful wife, a tender mother, and an affectionate friend.
THE DEFORMED TRANSFORMED.
Glasgow's great genius boasts he hath put on
REJECTED ADDRESSES. Bet has given a denial, and I am content ; I might bave got worse, had she given her consent.
Ord London Bridge. It is well known that Peter of Colechurch, the founder of Old London Bridge, did not live to witness the completion of the structure, but died in 1205, and was buried in a crypl within the centre pier of the bridge, over which a chapel was erected, dedicated to St. Thomas-a-Becket. Mr. Brayley, in his “ Londivina," wrote, about five years since, says that “if due care be taken when the old bridge is pulled down, the bones and ashes of this venerable architect may still be found;” and, true enough, the bones of old Peter were found ou removing the pier about a fortnight since.— The Mirror.
GREAT MEN KOT Always Visible. There is this difference between men and things, that, while some things are too small to be seen, some men are too great to be seen.- The Usurer's Daughter.
Fops.— There is no order of society which changes so often and so completely as that of fops. Your miser always looks the miser, your arrogant man tbe arrogant; but the fop of forty years ago was a macaroni; of thirty a buck; of twenty a daudy; uf ten an exquisite ; of to-day an exclusive. Wbat fully will come vext? - The Opera.
One Lawyer unjustly charged another with theft; DIOGENTS, being chosen umpire, condernved both, declaring that the accused was a thief, but the accuser had lost nothing. Seeing an unskiltul archer shooting, he went and sat down by the target, declaring it the only place of safety.- Atheneum.
It is estimated that two hundred and forty-three dramatic works to which M. Scribe has affixed his name have produced to bim the sum of 948,000 francs.-- Court Journal.
LONDON THEATRICALS. From our London Correspondent.
Numerous are the personifications which the alarmed imaginations of our countrymen have given to the Cholera. Some poets have fancied it a long spare automaton, stalking up one street and down another, like Lord Wharncliffe, and frightening the inhabitants at its approach. A painter of our acquaintance has made a very graphic sketch, after the description issued by the London Board of Health, representing it as a raw and bloody monster, the very sight of wbich is sufficient to curdle the blood with terror. But the most picturesque shape, which we have heard attributed to this fell pestilence, is that which the wife of a tradesman in this city has the honour of inventing. It happened, the other night, while a worthy couple were sitting over their dish of tea, the wife pursuing her customary occupation of knitting, and her consort commenting upon the news of the day, the latter announced the following intelligence from the Glasgow Chronicle :-—“Oh! Jean, the Cholera has come to Kirkintulloch, with bones and huifs." “ Preserve us a',” exclaimed the good woman in an agony of terror “ has't turned out to be the deevil after a'?”
We understand that an express has just arrived from the Board of Admiralty, with an order for all the shipping belonging to Paisley to perform quarantine at the Water Neb. What sad cholera times do we live in !! It is also said that Baillie PIRNIE left Paisley yesterday, for Seestu' Place, Gourock.
In my last, I mentioned to you the success of Lord F. L. Gow. er's new Tragedy. I may now tell you, that the new Drama, entitled the Rent-Day, has proved the most successful novelty that has appeared at Drury Lane this season
A novel combination of musical effect, at least in this country, was tried t'other morning at the King's Theatre, before a select audience of professors and amateurs, expressly invited to obtain their judgment on its results. complete band was collected, consisting wholly of instruments of metallic formation. There were, for example, eight French horns, six trumpets, six keyed bugles, three trombones, and a double bass horn of extraordinary compass in depth, being below the serpent and instruments of that class in military bands. The pieces performed were, the Over. ture to Sphor's Jessonda, the march of the Priests in the Zauberflöte, with some movements from Weber, Rossini, and Auber. The experiment, which, it should be observed, has been only six weeks in preparation, was decidedly a successful one. sages of pure harmony it is difficult to imagine any thing more perfect. The movement seemed to have the same unity of design as if it proceeded from one stupendously grand and powerful instruinent, and, what is still more remarkable, was subdued when requisite to a degree of softness which might bave been borne in the boudoir of a sick Duchess. The prevalent defect, in the judgment of the auditory, was, that the cases were inadequate in strength to sustaining so great a weight of harmony; but this will admit of a very easy remedy. Bands of this structure have for some time existed on the continent; but for their introduction here musicians have to thank Mr. Harper, the celebrated trumpetplayer, who took a leading part in the performance, which was filled up throughout by professors of the first eminence. The horns were most ably led by Mr. Platt, Mr. Rae, and others, who took the solo parts in succession. The tromboues were also finely played, and with great discretion as to the strength of intonation. All present appeared much gratified at the result of the experiment.
WEST COUNTRY REMINISCENCES.
THE COMPLAINT OF A LOCKER.
An Officer of Customs, ycleped “ a Locker," at had been twice incarcerated for debt. While last in “ durance vile,” he addressed a doleful letter to the “ Surveyor," delivering up the Keys of the Bonded Warehouses, and stating that “ Heaven only knew when people would have done persecuting him."
TO THE SURVEYOR,
Your friend, the Locker, is locked up,
His locks are grey with care, For persecution's bitter cup
Falls brimful to his share.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
The “ bonded” keys wont set him free,
In bondage old he grows, Unless a bond his friends agree
To give for all he owes. Accustomed to a better place,
The Custom-House can vouch ; But custom tells him that disgrace
Attends an emply pouch. But the Collector, if he chose,
Might a collection make; Unlock the “ Locker" from his woes,
E'en for the Locker's sake.
Notice To TOBACCONIsts. The rejected communications of “ The Day" having swelled to a very inconvenient size, sealed offers will be received for our monthly collections, which will be submitted to the “ Council of Ten," when the highest offer will have the preference. The rate must be stated as per cwt.
No communication for “ Tue Dar" will be received, unless post-paid.
A few swift-footed runners wanted.—None but peep-o'-day boys need apply.
In order to insure this Publication being on the Breakfast Table every morning, it is requested that intending Subscribers will leave their names and addresses at the Publisher’s.
“ What Fate decrees, none can controul,"
Or else the good Comptroller Would wish for riches, from his soul, To pay off every
dollar. Survey the Locker in his cell,
With visage pale and wan,
The mis'ry of the man.
Tidewaiters, wait on them !
And charity's your aim.
Landwaiters, ye know well;
To land him from his cell.
Enlisting every name
As clears a brother's shame.
Yet locked in soft embrace
All smiling in your face.
PRICE A PENNY
A MORNING JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, FINE ARTS, FASHION, &c.
GLASGOW, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1832.
THE FOREIGN PRINCE.
the Before we returned to Brussels, the sun had almost
held some high civil capacity; or that, to say the least, he occupied a distinguished situation in some corps diploma tique. We were, however, at length, somewhat tired of
his great names and great knowledge ; and, suddenly I have always been able to judge of the character and bidding him adieu, we retired to contemplate the farm the taste of the persons I have met with in the course and grounds of Hugomont. of a single interview. This is a peculiarity which I have Of course, I pass over our reflections on the field found of no small importance in life. A simple glance of battle, where the brave, on the bed of their long has convinced me of the propriety, or impropriety, of and their last repose, sleep unconscious; but I cannot forming an acquaintanceship; and, instead of months and forget how kindly nature had adorned the sod that years being employed in the study of motives, and covers them with her sweetest flowers, or the effect, powers, and principles, I have always discovered the produced on my mind, at the grave of a Highland ofmind breathing froin the face at the first interview. ficer, where a single heath- ver had reared its mo
By such an intuitive process, I at once ascertain the dest blossom, as if to consecrate the tomb of the galexact status in society of every person in a company. lant soldier, whose last thought was of his native
Just look around upon the present party—that gen- hills. The eyes of all Europe were fixed on this battleman with the handsome and prominent profile is a tle field, and nobly Britain's sons were seen to do linguist, that tall young gentleman, somewhat ruddy their duty--but little did Europe reck of the indivi.. of countenance and bland in expression, is embued dual sorrow of which the bloody Waterloo was the with a love for literature—he of the dark eye and ex- cause-little did she reck of the distracted mother, pansive brow is a poet—that acute reasoner, so full of and despairing father, and weeping sister, and forlorn energy in his arguments, and so volatile in bis movements, is either a mediciner or a lawyer, and he of the pale face and hazle eye, is evidently a lover of the fine set, and the light of his farewell rays fell on the upper arts.
part of the town, whilst the lower remained in twilight Sure I am, I have deciphered the characters, inclin- obscurity, presented an effect, which nature, herself, ations, or employments of four out of the five, correct- could only imitate. ly; and, as another specimen of my happy exercise of Next morning, we proceeded to Antwerp, and conthis uncommon talent, allow me to relate the following tinued our journey, during the succeeding days, to occurrence which, although it happened some years Breda, Dort and Rotterdam. From thence we proago, is still vividly impressed on my mind.
ceeded, in a passage boat, to the Hague, and then seWhen, in the year 1818, my friend and I traversed cured our seats in the Diligence, which was to leave the field of Waterloo, we were met by a stranger, that city early the succeeding morning, for Haarlem. habited in a dark-coloured surcoat richly embroidered, In the evening, we had a delightful walk under the a highly ornamented vest with gold buttons, and a branches of the lofty lime trees which skirt the road black silk neckcloth, from the folds of which occasion- from the Hague to Schevling, and, next morning, we ally peeped out a splendid diamond brooch.
were seated in the carriage the first of all the passenAlthough he was of low stature, his upright posi- gers which the commodious vehicle had undertaken to tion, and modish appearance, induced us at first to transport. We had not remained long before we think he was in the army. He spoke, very correctly, heard a voice with which we both were familiar, and English; although it was evident, from his pronuncia- our friend, the foreign general, almost immediately aption of several words, that he was not a native of Great peared. He instantly recognized me; and, after Britain—whilst the anecdotes he narrated, and the fa- stating that it afforded hiin very great pleasure, indeed, miliar terms in which he mentioned many of our most again to meet with us, he enquired whither we ineminent officers and statesmen, all of whom he assured tended to travel ? We stated, that although we had us he often visited, convinced us he was a foreign offi- only secured our seats for Haarlem, we intended to cer in British pay.
be in that city no longer than half an hour, as we naIt was not long before both my friend and myself turally desired to be as long as possible in Amsterwere impressed with a high sense of his military science, dam. He disapproved of our plan. He declared when he declared, in the most unequivocal terms, in re- Haarlem to be well worthy of our attention, for a day ference to the scene before us, that the Duke of Wel- or two; he described its extensive Museum, its far. lington was more indebted to his troops than to his ta- famed Botanic Garden, and he especially dwelt with lents for his victory, as certainly he had chosen a very rapture on the brilliant and beautiful tones of its unri. bad position.
valled organ, now almost worthy of being considered His eensures, however, we soon experienced, were one of the wonders of the world. not confined to the first general of the age, but were This subject naturally led our distinguished friend equally manifested in his hostility towards the ministers to speak of music and musicians. Of the latter, he of the day; and, whilst he severely decried all their had all the names at his command, and even proceedmeasures, he spoke with peculiar indignation of their ed so far into the science as to talk of time, concord, conduct towards illustrious foreigners.
and discord. He preferred the performers of Ger. He severely criticised our restrictions on foreign many to those of any other country, yet confessed trade, liinting, at the same time, that he was extensively that, in some of his favourite overtures, the hautbois engaged in it, when favourable opportunities occurred. and second violin of the English Opera orchestra
In truth, he spoke with so much authority, we im- were equal, in tone, to any instruments he had ever mediately concluded that, along with his military, he heard. My friend and I listened to his scientific con