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sided in this city. Here he first entered upon the sacred office. Here his fine talents gradually developed their powers. Here his pulpit ministrations were first truly valued and admired, whilst his private walk and conversation powerfully illustrated the happy influence of the doctrine he so ably advocated. Although removed to another congregation, every work of this distinguished clergyman is an object of deep interest to his former friends; and we therefore consider ourselves happy in being able to present them with extracts from his work recently published.
The first sermon is from the words of 2d Thess. 2d chapter, 1st and 2d verses. It contains a masterly dissuasion from those fears which recent doctrines have excited, as to the day of Christ being at hand. He shows that such doctrines were first promulgated for selfish purposes, by designing men ; and he then proceeds to the full discussion of the subject, under the following arrangement :
1. Although the prospect of death and judgment is fitted, for obvious reasong “to shake and trouble our minds ;" yet, such an effect, for reasons equally obvious, could never be intended, as the final result of our anticipating those events, all serious as they
These meditatations, open as it were a refuge amid trouble, and give comfort and encouragement, and even joy. A Miction prepares the bed in the dust, and makes the pillow of stone. But the vision presented to the Patriarch is heavenly. The ladder seen by him reaches to the very throne above. Angels descend and enlighten the darkness, and the prayer of hope and the song of praise are offered, where at first there was only sadness.
III. In the time of affliction, the people of God are resigned.
Simply to know, that the divine band is laid on the helm, is sufficient to tranquillize the mind as to the wisdom of the course tbat is steered.
IV. The people of God trust in him. “ His tender mercies are great."
“ He knoweth our frame." “ He remembers that we are dust."
" He afflicts us for our profit." “ He comforteth the mourners." These encouraging assurances prompt the supplication of David, “ let me fall into the hand of the Lord.” But the deprecating of an opposite event is urged by reasons equally powerful, “ let me not fall into the hand of man.
The passions of man bave deluged the earth with wars and fighting, and were the same war of human passions raised here, as has been elsewhere excited, were the churches in which you worship threatened with destruction, and the ministers of religion compelled to flee as outlaws from the houses where they have studied and prayed for you : were those beautiful and noble squares of your city of palaces, ransacked and laid in ruins, would you not own there exists in human nature, an agent of evil, which is far more to be feared, than any other which this earth knows of, whilst the wisdom of piety leads you to congratulate yourself, that you have not fallen into the hands of man.
V. The people of God enter into the prayers, and at the same time with the devisings suited to afflictive emergencies.
They desire the means of deliverance, and they implore the divine blessing on the use of them, which is just an extension of the privilege of prayer.
VI. The people of God enter into the practical wisdom of affliction.
Every portion of instruction and discipline, tendered in their season of fears and troubles is blessed to them. They are scholars in the school of God. He has opened their ears and heart. He has brought them into fellowship with himself, that thus they may the better know bis will and do it. He has communicated to them the purity along with the peace of believing, and should it be His design, that they survive the shock of His “passing indignation," He sends them back to the activities of life, with an experience of sanctified affliction, which will cause them to say, “is is good for them that they were afflicted.”
THE FRUITES OF A CLEERE CONSCIENCE.
From an old Manuscript in Stirling's Library. To shine in silk, and glister all in gold,
To flow in wealth, and feed on dainty fare,
The groaning goute, the collick or the stone,
II. The removal of distracting fear, is not to decline into insensibility.
III. The scheme of the gospel, by which the view of all that awaits us is made compatible with peace of mind.
Such an arrangement is well adapted for the discussion of the subject, and in its third division for an exposition of that mighty scheme which hath brought life and immortality to light. The following eloquent passage shows how happily Dr. M. has availed himself of his advantages :
“ If we have received the salvation freely offered in the gospel, have we not committed ourselves to the care of an Almighty friend, who is willing to save to the uttermost, and who is able to keep what we have deposited under bis trust? And why should we not anticipate the day of his coming, without the least movement of slavish dread ? Nay, why should we not regard his approach with the calm satisfaction of those who thus hail it, “even so come Lord Jesus.” The sting of death is the consciousness of sin. But thou who pouredst out thy blood even for the chief of sinners, removest the sting by forgiving the guilt. Fear as it stretches beyond death, realises the judgment. But thou who makest intercession for sinners, will not impute iniquity to them that believe. We trust in thy mercy. We acquiesce in thy disposal. We wait for thy salvation. “ Even so come, Lord Jesus !"
Of the second sermon, from Isaiah 1st chapter, 2d to 4th verses, we decline to say one word. But the third is superior to either the first or second, and contains many of the characteristic beauties of its author.
It is an admirable discourse, on Isaiah xxvi. 20, and at once leads the mind from the scenes of a passing world, to the solitude of the Christian's chamber-to
“ Fly from the world to haunts untrod,
And bold communion there with God." The subject, however, is introduced in a plain common sense manner, with which we think all but visionaries must be well pleased. It is asserted that the most spiritualized and holy minds are not independent of peculiar occasions for quickening their sensibilities, and increasing their purity in the religious life ; and the author, after an eloquent introduction, proceeds to show
I. Religion does not prevent the natural feelings of sorrow.
The prophet retired into the cave and the wilderness, to mourn for his dishonoured and troubled land, exclaiming
"O ! that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people.” And, when to every other example, we add that of Jesus himself; when we are presented in the history of his life with the man of sorrow, when we see him at the grave of Lazarus; when we bear him bewailing the approaching desolation of Jesusalem; when we listen to the prayer and groan of his own agony, as he implores the passing from him of the bitter cup; wbat shall we say, but that it is proud and false wisdom indeed, which would condemn and repress the sensibility that is moved by affliction and melts under its influence. Yes, as the calamity passes, the rock is to be struck, and wbile the waters gush out, the griefs are thereby to be lessened in their violence.
II. The people of God enter into the ous meditations suited to the times of affliction.
But be it, that thy body subject be
To no such sicknesse, or the like annoy;
Riches are trash, and honoures but a toy,
Wherewith God's children in the world be blest :
The want thereof made Adam hide his head
The want of this made Cain to waile and weepThis want (alas) makes many go to bedd,
Where they (God wot) have little list to sleep,
So rich a jewell, and so rare a guest,
We have been accustomed to hear a great deal of the saucy or sulky demeanour of the attendants in the United States.
Not a solitary instance of the kind occurred in my experience, and I found all my personal wants quite as regularly attended to as I could possibly desire, both in New York and elsewhere; with this essential improvement, that you are relieved of those vexatious extortions which assail you, as “riders to the bill,” in every Bri. tish hotel. The attendants, except in the slave states, are almost always free persons of colour, and I believe the repugnance felt to the designation of servant, arises from some latent ill-defined dread of being mistaken for slaves.-Fergusson's Noles on the United States in 1831.
ILLUSTRATIONS of the Christian Faith, and Christian Virtues, drawn from the Bible, by M. S. Haynes, is in the press.
Travels and Researches of Eminent English Missionaries, 2nd edition, will be brought out immediately.
We present our readers with two epistles which we have received anent this important subject. They will speak for themselves :
To the Editor of The Day. Sir,—In addition to the many Church Annoyances that have been brought to “the light of Day," through the praiseworthy efforts of your correspondents, there are still others omitted by them, which, in my opinion, equally demand redress with those already pointed out; I allude to the movements of those persons, who, by their “late comings” and “early risings,” are significantly denominated the lates and earlies.
There are some people, forsooth, whose ostentaion is gratified by making themselves a gazing-stock, and what better opportunity have they of accomplishing this desire than the entering a church when the majority are already congregated! I know several families as well as individual members of families, who make a regular practice of entering the church when the psalms are well through, others again not till they are finished ; some again defer their entreé till the prayer is commenced, and others till it is concluded. I would seriously ask each individual if the House of God is thus to be sacrilegiously converted into a ball-room ! or are they not at all aware, in whose presence they are when such vanities are practised! I implore them to “ learn and be wise !" So much for the lates, now for the earlies. There are other individuals, who, with a greater zeal for their temporal comforts than for their spiritual necessities, become quite figetty least the family meal should spoil, or themselves be too late for a share of it. Such persons forget that they cannot serve both God and Mammon, and it is the sheerest self-deception for them to think, they can, in this way, make a compromise between them. They fancy that if they attend to a part of the service, their domestic duties will warrant them departing before the whole is concluded; and so off they scamper before the concluding prayer or hymn, the benefit and pleasure of which they lose. Besides this, that they leave the House of God without having “a blessing" invoked on their partial service; and what without a blessing are all the services in which sinful men can engage ? “ He that bath ears to hear let him bear."— I have the honour to remain, Sir, your's sincerely,
J. T. . Glasgow, 28th Feburary, 1832.
of holiness, as displayed in the character of Him who is the light and the life of the world, are willing to submit themselves to his purifying and animating influence. The children of the nigbt, are they who reject the light, because they hate its influence; they come not to the light, Jest their deeds should be manifested and reproved.
There is a conformity established in the Divine procedure, between the present and eternal prospects of these respective characters. The children of the day are heirs of light, they of the night shall inherit darkness.
If these things be true, and they claim to be the sayings of Him, who alone is faithful and true, how false the charge brought against christianity, as a system which casts a gloom over the coudition of man, aud how false the flattery wbich would persuade men that the course of the world is productive only of pleasure ? Wherein really rests the gloom? Is it not upon him, whose soul discerns neither the horrors of his lost condition, nor the beauty of that holiness, which he is invited to pursue ; whose feet stumble upon the dark mountains of wordly vanity; and whom no bright bopes for the future, support or cheer under the present gloom? Is he sometimes merry? His laughter is short-lived as the blaze of thorns : it is the mirth of a madman, dancing upon the brink of a preci piece. Where rests the gloom? Not upon the christian · his soul rejoices in the light of the Lord, the word of God is a lamp to his feet, his path is that of the sbining light, which shines more and more until the perfect day. Is he sometimes sad? He is compforted with the hope of a time when all tears sball for ever be wiped away from his eyes.
Compared with the future state of the sinner, the present time is that when the light shineth, “Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation.” While on the other hand, to the christian the present is the night, compared to the glory that awaits him, the night is far spent but the day is at hand, a day, wbich once dawned, shall never decline, while even the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. “ To him that bath, more shall be given, but from bim who hath not, even that which he hath, shall be taken away.”
How many volumes have been written about angels, about immaculate conception, and about original sin, wben that all that is solid reason or clear revealation, in all these three articles may be reasonably enough coinprised in forty lines? And in these trifles and impertinencies men are curiously busy, while they neglect those glorious precepts of christianity and holy life, which are the glories of our religion, and would entitle us to a happy eternity.--Jeremy Taylor.
But, wbile we fondly cherish the memory of the polite and ingenious Athenians, how mortifying is it to reflect, that when Paul visited their city, it was “ wholly given to idolatry," aod the melancholy conviction is forced upon us, that the highest cultivation of reason, unassisted by divine revelation, is insufficient to preserve us from the utmost extravagance and folly in religion. — Rev. Dr. Dick.
To the Editor of The Day. SIR,-I am glad to observe that the columns of your useful periodical are open to the exposure of personal annoyances, and parti larly of the annoyances which many give to their neighbours in places of public worship.
There is one which has not as yet been noticed, and which is as productive of discomfort to both pastor and people as any hitherto mentioned ; and that is, the too prevalent practice of some who come into the church after the solemn services have commenced.
This annoyance can as easily be obviated, if not more so, than any of those already complained of: and, though those guilty of such a bad habit bave no regard to the feelings and comfort of their minister and fellow-worshippers—yet, they ought to reflect that their conduct is an insult to ibat Holy Being whose presence fills all space; but who, we believe at that moment, is more immediately in communion with His People, and therefore all intrusion ought to be scrupulously avoided.--I am, your humble servant,
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
« B. C. M.'s Stanzas will not suit us. « Baillie Pirnie's Memoirs" on Monday. “ The ORIENTAL Tatler, No. III."-In an early number.
We returu our best thanks to “ M. C.” for his able communia cations, and, should be be inclined to send us any more, it will oblige our Printer if the author will only write on " one side of the paper."
THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS.
To the Editor of The Dar. Sir,— The following observations were suggested by a glance at your title. Surely the things which relate to the peculiar exercises of the best of all the Days will not be entirely overlooked.
Few will be disposed to deny, that differences of moral character exist among men; but perhaps is not so generally acknowleaged, that, however indistinctly the line of demarcation may be drawn betwixt them, there are in reality only two descriptions of character, which are not merely dissimilar, but are totally opposed to each other.
The one class are in Scripture described as being Children of the Day, or of the Light, the other as Children of the Night. We are taught by the frequent use of these striking metaphors, to believe, that these natural periods of time are not more opposed in appearance to each other, than are the characters of these two classes of the sons of men.
The children of the day, are they who have come to the light of the sun of righteousness, who in that light have discerned their utter destitution of any moral worth ; and who, attracted by the beauty
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MEMOIRS OF A PAISLEY BAILLIE.
Ye're a sma' thocht wrang freend says I, but I'm “ Printed books he contemnes as a novelty of this latter age, but a manuscript he
thinking the person ye want is now standing bodily pores in everlastingly, if the cover be all moth eaten, and the dust make a paren- present afore your een. Whenever I had said this, thesis between every syllable."
Miscrosmographie, or a Piece of the World Discovered. the thin chafted and thochtful looking gentleman brichMORE ANENT ME AND THE ANTIQUARY.
tened up wonderfully, and, after blessing his stars, that WEEL, as I was saying, this figure of a man cam saun
he bad met with me so readily, he claps a letter intil teren up the street at his ain leisure, and my curiosity
my loof, written by my Embro man of business, was naturally roused to an uncommon degree, to get
which begged me to pay all the attention in my power an inkling of what he was, what he wanted, and where
to the very learned Reginald Roustythrappil, Esquire, he came frae. It was clear and manifest in the licht
of Deafnut Hall, he having come to Paisley for the of my understanding, that he was not a buyer of mus
purpose of making some antiquarian researches into
the nature of its pearl fisheries and shipping during lins or shawls, nor a seller of silks or cottons, from the way in which my friends, sae soon as they spoke
the time of the Romans, forbye a hundred other odds to him, snooled into their warehouses with their tails
and ends that were set furth in such lang nebbit words atween their feet, and their hands in their pouches, as
that I really found it diffeecult to spell them, let alane ,
understand them. if they had strampit on a taed or mistane a docken for a daisy, whilk would be foolish eneuch even tho they
However, I shook hands quite frankly with Mr. had been born stane blin, or had lost their precious
Roustythrappil, and said I was glad for to see him in eesight blastin rocks in a quarry, or by ony sic pitiful
Paisley, and that I was sure he would get muckle and accident,
no little to please him in looking at the Abbey Kirk, Seeing him bent upon making good his passage
the Sounding Aisle, the Grave Stanes in the Quier, thro the Causeyside, whether for profit or for pleasure
the Roman Camps at the Bouling green, Castlehead
and Woodside, and concluded by declaring, that in my it was hard to say from his manner, I determined
humble opingyon, there could not be a better bonnyto keep a sickar look out on his motions, and if possible to discover what his motives were in coming feedy panorama, than frae the buttlins of the Hie Kirk
to tak a vizy of the hail town, including the suburbs, to pry into the iniquities and abominations of the land.
sic as the Corslatts, Douzland, Charleston, Maxwelltoun, Of course, I continued to stand fornent the Cumberland Well, keeping the tail of my ae ee upon him, while with
Ferguslie and the new houses bigging or to be bigged
on the Arinthrow, the Greenock, or the Nethercommon the other I was pretending to overlook the erection of a new sign that some painter lads were fixing aboon
road. And here I just had mind of twa or three lines by á spirit chop that had opened there the day before,
Sandy Tait, touching the Hie Kirk, quhilk I repeated
as follows: and whilk, as ye may weel jalouse, was very conveniently situated for the commodity of water, the pump well
Paisley High Kirk's like a temple,
Craigans, Duchal, Castlesemple; being just at the step of the door, and quite as handy
So tightly co'ert wi' slate, as the bool of the pint stoup on the compter. Stand
The Abbey Kirk sounds like a horn; ing in this easy-osy way, and giving my stick a bit
There bury'd is Lord Abercorn ; authoritative flourish noos and tans, who should mak
Einbalın'd be lies in state. straucht up to me but the very individnal that I was Ods, my life! it was diverting to hear what a keckle quietly watching, who enquired very politely if I of a laugh Mr. Roustythrappil set up when I had finishwould have the goodness to inform him whereabouts ed, and then with water gushing frae his e'e, as if he had in the city Mr. Pirnie resided.
squeezed an ingan peeling intil't, he complimented me Hearing my ain name mentioned, I felt a bit flitter at in the maist condign terms for my uncommon delicate my heart, but, as he was a ceevil spoken, and in the taste in poetical description. This naturally led me to quality of liis cleading as weel put on as mysel, I im- explain to him how I liked to read every thing that mediately replied, that there were twa or three of that clinked harmoniously, as weel as bad a curn of good name in our gate end, but if he would condescend on rough and round common sense in it. And, as was to the business or profession of bis freend, I thocht it be expeckit, my new friend said the same, or as our might probably be within the compass of my power Town clerk used to say at the tail of a deposition when and ability, to put him upon the right scent, and there- it jumped till a hair with the ane before it, he conby keep him frae ony mair bell-wavering or wandering curred idem in omnibus with the preceding deponent. up and down the streets. And with that, I gied my Folks may say what they like anent not giving way watch seals a bit jingle, satisfied that it was not very to first impressions when they get a visy of the pheelikely that ony ither of the Pirnies of our town was sug of a stranger ; but I will be caution, that let a ever kent in far-awa' pairts sae weel as mysel.
man of understanding do all he can to resist these imOf Mr. Pirnie's profession or business, says the pressions, they nevertheless, exert a great influence stranger gentleman, in a very solemn and discreet over his mind in forming its judgments. For my tone, I am profoundly ignorant; but the gentleman pairt, I will candidly admit, that the first sicht of a from whom I received a letter of introduction, to Mr. man's face and figure, decides for him or against him in Pirnie informed me, that he was the Lord Provost, my affections. The harmonies and sympathies, the head baillie, or some such other municipal dignitary, discords and antipathies of nature, are as apparent in and an individual of great respectability and notoriety the moral, as they are in the physical world. “Like, in this city-and indeed the only gentleman who draws to like, as the Deil to the fail dyke," and aiblins it could be of service to me in my peculiar pursuits, con- was for this reason, that me and Mír. Roustythrappil nected as these are, at the present moment, with Local cottened sae well frae the first even until the last of History and Antiquities.
our learned correspondence. We hadna exchanged
twa words- we hadna heard the sound of ilk other's if her marrow be of a thochtful turn and careless anent tongue and seen the twinkle of our e'en, and the smile the vanities and pernickities of dress. To conclude about the lip, till a mutual liking began. Consider- my description of the laird of Deaf-nit-ba', I have ing the manifest oddity of his look and manner, this just to observe, that his e’en were grey, and, at times, was mair remarkable on my pairt ; for it is the effeck unco heavy, drumly and dreamy like, but when he of all departures from established modes in dress, to was struck suddenly with any special, sensible remark engender repugnancy in the minds of those who hold of mine, up they lichted with a desperate flashiness, by the orthodox fashions of the day.
and gade bleeze awa like a pluff of gunpouther, and My new freend and acquaintance, the laird of Deaf- then gradually sunk doun into more than ordinar dullnit Ha’ was a tall, thin, wiry man, standing on his A man like me that notes every thing, be it stocking soles I would guess about 5 feet 11, or 5 feet great or small, soon perceived that my Antiquarian 11. His complexion was a sort of iron-grey, shaded friend was a wee thocht short sichted, as will be off with a clearish yellow about the chafts. In the explained hereafter, when we were copying Abbot matter of a nose he was like mysell, ordinar weel gift- Shaw's inscription at the Walneuk, and nae wonder, ed, but his was a scent langer, as weel as heicher in for it maun have worn out the very strongest and best the brig, and not sae braid in the neb as mine. His e'en that ever were set in man's pow, bad they been forehead was heich and cone shaped, and, I may add, stented as my Embro man of business alleged, to look that though he had a gay tate of hair on his e'ebrow, for pearl mussells amang sand, and mud, frae the time his locks were thin abont the haffets. From his looks of the Romans till the present day. Howsumever, I I would have guessed him to be about forty, mair or fund this to be a mistake, for my agent didna ken the less, but ane can never guess within aucht or ten main object of Mr. Roustythrappil's visit to the West years, the real age of bany and skranky bodies. country; for it referred allenarly to ancient evidents Anent his cleading, I will say this for him, that in the anent Kirk property in Papistical times, the decipherquality of the claith it was good eneuch, for I got an ing of auld inscriptions up and doun the country, visyopportunity of drawing my finger over his coat sleeve ing of dilapidated Kirks sic as our Abbey, and taking quietly and unnoticed, and it was the best superfine draughts with his keelavyne of monumental crosses black, 36s. or 40s. at the least, per yard. But it was ap- and siclike eemages erecked in the Heathen times of parent to any one that had the sense of a sooking tur- darkness and sinfulness. key, and kent what was what, that the adorning of the
All this I discovered in due course of post, as a outward man didna form ilka morn, after leaving his body might say, and that was just after denner, when nest, an essential part of his moral duty. There is an we twa got upon the crack about auld-fashioned ferlies, observe in an auld writer anent the wearing of our gar- and occasionally dipped intil poetry, music, and pearlments, which is worth rehearsing for its excellence :- fishing in the Cart, upon the which last I was quite a “ Two things in my apparel I will onely aim at, com- Don, and shewed him that there was life in a mussell modiousness, decency; beyond these I know not how yet, having picked up mony a thumpin horse mussell, ought may be commendable ; yet I hate an effeminate with my ain hands, when a halflins callant I used to sprucenesse as much as a phantasticke disorder. A ne- gang a-fishing for brazes, flukes, flounders and eels, glective comeliness is a man's ornament.”* Now, the and such like inhabiters of the great deep, alang the neglective comeliness was carried rather to an extreme, towing path ; and who that has done that, said I to and his coat pouches were sair bumphlet out with Mr. Roustythrappil, must ken that there is a desperate books and papers and ither trashery. Every bit queer
Èvery bit queer | big bed of pearl mussels near the place that was called thing that came first to his hand plump it went into the Wee Island, but is now nae mair an island than a the pouch, and in this way it led nae better a life than tea-pot, since the recent improvements were executed a Gaberlunzie's meal pock, or a Tinkler's budget. One on our river, for the purpose of rendering it navigable of the pouches was sae stuffed and panged, that to se- to veshells of 300 or 400 tons burden, or even ships cure it the flap was steeked down with a fardin prin, of war, as was the case, no doubt, in the time of the that really, I must confess, didna look very becoming Romans and the Pechts. in the coat of a landed gentleman, and I almost brocht In the bandling of these divers subjects, ilka ane myself to believe, that at the douner end of the pouch, was mair deep than his neibour : and, as we sat comclaith and canvass were made sure in the same way. fortably over our glass of port wine, the langer we This I thocht at the time when he was speeling up the drank, the deeper, of course, grew our observes. The ladder before me in the Hie Kirk steeple ; but good fack of the matter is this the Antiquary saw that I breeding, at that particular time, keeped me from tak- was a perfect dungeon of knowledge, and, to do him ing ony correck view of how things stood in that justice, I will be candid eneuch to say, that I dinna quarter.
think he was far ahint me in some points. He might, Anither thing I observed with the tail of my e'e, for I make no doubt, have a little mair book lair nor me, the whilk I was sorry, as it looked liker the fantastic as weel as understand mair languages, which is a wondisorder, than the neglective comeliness mentioned derful help to a person of but ordinar gumption ; but, above, and that was that, in his hurry in the mornin, on the other hand, I had a natural far-sightedness and he had forgot to shave ae side of his cheek, and the practical wisdom, worldly experience and observation black stibble left didna look weel, considering that the anent thingsin general, that enabled me to whummlehim ither chaft was as bare as the how of my loof and ower upon bis hinder end in argument, in a way that was just a pleasure to look upon : it was so uncommon weel perfectly surprising. It's no to be concealed, that Mr. scrapit that auld Peter Gordon, though he was as sober Roustythrappil learned a lesson frae ine that he'll no as ajudge, couldna have made a better job. But all these forget in a hurry. He tell’t me that philosophy was wee overlooks were, doubtless, occasioned by him liv- learned amang the shepherds on the hills, as Cervantes ing a single life. Had he been a married man, his says in his excellent history of the Laird of La Mancha, better half would have naturally tane a pride and a Mr. Don Quixote ; but I let him ken on the deafest pleasure in snoddin and toshin him up in the morning, side of his head, that the marrow of common sense and and setting him furth to business nicely brushed frae philosophy could be ohtained just as weel in a twahead to foot, and as clean as a new prin, all which is a handed crack with a Paisley Baillie ; and, no to part of an affectionate wife's duty, the mair especially “ blink the question,” as Dr. Chalmers says, that was
my ain individual self. Egotism is disagreeable ; but • We wish our friend the Baillie, when he quotes his old au- truth is a pearl to be prized, though found in a grumthors, would tell us their names. It cost us some hours' labour to discover, that his reference here is to a passage in the "
Resolves, Moral and Political, of Owen Feltham," a quaint and epigram
All this took place, however, after dinner. Indeed, matic writer of great esteem in his own Day as we hope to be in
through the hail of the forenoon, I could only play ours. -Ev. Day.
second fiddle to my learned friend, he speerit sic a
number of questions at me anent places I had never
ed and vexed, for the mair he pled his engagement, heard wit of before ; and besides, there was anither the mair I insisted that he should come, and even hintthing I sall explain presently, that hung heavy on my ed (but that was certainly taking a step beyond comheart, and keeped me frae wagging my tongue sae mon prudence,) that his freend would be as welcome glibly as I would, in other circumstances, have done. as himsell. This argle-bargling lasted for sometime, But, man is born to sorrow; and there is often much at last, I thocht it wudna be safe to prolong it much to pine the heart, that the tongue daurna weel tell, farther, sae winded up the concern, by remarking that even amang them that, in the world's e'e, have least to since I couldna enjoy the pleasure of his company to fash then. Naething is a greater pain than to be dinner, I hoped he would look in upon me in the evenobleeged to feign happiness, and to wear a sweet and ing, and enjoy a bit claver ower a cup a tea. contented face, when the heart is just torn to rags with
Here there was a shade cam ower Mr. Roustythrapconsuming passion, or is the prey of moody thocht, pil's brow, and, with some hesitation he at length said, despondency, or stark despair. To ordinar minds, it « My dear Baillie, it is really taking too much liberty would scem perfect nonsense that I should be noyed with you; but, can you not make it convenient to dine as I was, when squiring Mr. Roustythrapple through with my friend and me to-day. You'll like his comthe toun, and pointing out to him all its ferlies ; but, pany much: he is an old acquaintance.” Pleased with to a sensitive man like me as sma' matters will occa- the blateness of my freend, and seeing that he evidently sionally look as big as mountains. The sum total of manifested, from his manner, that he kent it was doing my vexation rested in the fack that, I coudna invite him a favour for me to comply, I tell't him I would the friend that was commended to my care and hospi- put mysell aff my ordinar to obleege him, whilk was tality till dinner at my ain house, on account of our
a bit white lie, by the way, but it disna signify. And gudewife's big washing; and how to get aff from the with that, seeing a laddie gaun by that kent our house, suspicion of being in hospitable, without frankly telling I gies him a penny, desiring him to rin every fit of the the bail outs and ins of the story, was what I could not
road, and tell Mrs. Pirnie that the Baillie wudna be bring my mind to. With an auld freend it was nae
hame to dinner, and that she needna expeck him afore thing; but, to a distinguished man of letters, a stranger the ringing of the ten hours bell. and an estated country gentleman, it was out of the This arrangement relieved Mr. Roustythrapple, as well question. Weel, I was just worrying mysell to death as it did me, and awa we gade, antiquity-hunting briskwith the thochts of this dilemma, and the day was
er than ever. In the
I cuitlit up things, I am thinkdrawing nearer and nearer the dinner hour, and, what ing I preserved baith the good character of the town, as with walking backwards and forwards, I was getting well my ain for kindness and hospitality. A Baillie quite clung, and as yaup as a greyhound, that I de- learns lots of policy in the course of his official duties, termined to run all risks, and tak my chance of Mr.
and he would need; for let an ill-speaking public say Roustythrappil having a prior engagement on his hands. what it likes against Close corporations, Self-election, Never venture, never win, thinks I; so, out I whups
and Town Councils, I will maintain my threep that their my goud watch, (a very nice jewelled and capped con- pains owergang their profits, and, that the wearing of a cern it is, as weel as being correck as a dial.
cockit hat and a gowd chain for the uphalding of dignity necessar to mention that I coft it frae Mr. Rait, that and order in a community, is at best, an honour barren bas a fine jewellery chop in Argyle Street, Glasgow,
of all praise in a thankless and wilful age. Nobody and who is a very tasty, pleesant and genteel man as
envies the King upon the throne; for the crown he ever I did business with ; and a gay bit clatch o' my
wears is but a circle, and significant of never-ending sillar he has gotten, one way and anither, for toddy
cares; and as little need they envy a Baillie ; for bis laddles, silver forks, silver spoons, forbye the grand
cockit hat is but a type of toil and tribulation, and the silver tea equipage that I got the year I was made a
chain about his neck, though it be of gowd, is still the Baillie,) and twirling the chain and seals round my symbol of bondage, the fetter that binds him hand and finger, says quite easily, as it were, I'm thinking, Mr.
foot to the oar of public duty. Roustythrapple, it's drawing near dinner time; sae, I
But talking of these magisterial cares, aye makes hope yo'll find it convenient to take a step down our
me sad, and unfit for writing in my usual lively strain, length, and tak a bite of what's gaun. No expecking so I must postpone till anither day, my confab with company, ye maun content yoursell with pat luck.
Mr. Reginald Roustythrapple in the " Three Tuns," at It'll be quite a family party l’se assure you.
the end of the Auld Brig, where we dined together “ How unfortunate, that I precipitated myself into
with his friend, after seeing the feck of the auld ferlies an engagement,” exclaimed Mr. Roustythrapple; “ I that our town presents to the curiosity of intelligent really must
travellers and antiquaries. Na, Sir, I can tak nae excuse, quoth I, getting as
ORIGINAL POETRY. brisk as a bee; I maun positively insist on your dining with me. Denials are out of the question.
Tell me, fair maid, tell me truly, every day the like of us twa foregather; and, forbye,
How should infant love be fed ; I have a claim upon you—a warrant for your appre.
If with dew drops, shed so newly hension—whupping out my Embro' augent Sandy
On the bright green clover blade ; Seisin's letter of introduction.
Or, with roses plucked in July, “Nothing do I regret more, than my inability to avail
And with honey liquored ?
Oh, no! oh, no! myself of your kindness and hospitality; but, indeed,
Let roses blow, I am pre-ingaged to another friend, or rather, we
And dew stars to green blade cling : agreed to dine together in a tavern, before I had the
Other fare, happiness of falling into your delightful society-I must
More light and rare, throw myself on your mercy—you must excuse me.”
Befits that gentlest nursling. Weel, weel, says I, that is too bad. I am sure ye
Feed him with the sigh that rushes would have been as welcome as flowers in May, to my
'Twixt sweet lips, whose muteness speaks ; house; and the fack is, Mr. Roustythrapple, as ye are
With the eloquence that Aushes
All a heart's wealth o'er soft cheeks; an antiquary, I was gaun to gust your gab with some
Feed him with a world of blushes, particular good auld wine, that I never sport, except
Aud tbe glance that shuns, yet seeks : on occasions, when ane is needcessitated to give a
For, 'tis with food, grand spread to the Town's Council, or when, as now,
So light and good, I fall in with a real friend, and have resolved to be
That the Spirit child is fed ;
And with the tear happy “for ae nicht in our life.”
Of joyous fear Poor Mr. Roustythrapple looked quite dumfounder
That the small Elf's liquored.