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The universal cry in the Exchange, in the Tontine, in the Clubhouse, at the Dinner Tables at the west end, and in the Taverns at the east, is, “but, who are to be our members?" and the universal answer is as yet a mere echo of the question. There are at least, the names of a dozen personages bandied about, as likely to mount the Reform Hustings,—the more the merrier say we. In the meantime, there have been certain literary appeals made to the public, one of which we will probably examine in our next number.

Our, friend, Spectacles, since the disappearance of so many fair dames from the Pavé, has been, of late, sadly in the dumps, and actually threatens to lay down his office as observer-general of the Fair. We have persuaded him however, to visit the coast, and thence to dispatch us some account of what is doing at the several fashionable rendevouzes of our citizens. We expect a letter from him before next Saturday, from either Helensburgh, Largs, Gourock or Rothsay, and if so, our readers shall have the benefit of it.

ITALY.— The King of Sardinia has instituted a new order, to be conferred on individuals distinguished in literature, or eminent for their merits in civil affairs.

In the list of those already admitted into this order, we observe the names of Botta, the historian; Nota, the author of the well-known comedies; Della Cella, the traveller; Peyron, the learned antiquarian; Plana, the astronomer; Saluzzo, the poet; Rossi, the novelist, &c. &c. We are happy to see this homage paid to talent and genius in a state whose records have been too frequently disfigured by acts of bigotry and intolerance.

The splendid series of engravings, illustrative of the principal Churches of Europe, continues to appear at Milan. The numbers which have been published are St. Peter's, the Pantheon, Florence Cathedral and Baptistery, the Cathedral of Pisa, the Duomo of Milan, St. Stephen's of Vienna, and St. Mark's at Venice. Each number contains internal as well as external views of the Church, besides sections of the interior and engravings of the principal monuments. These are accompanied by an explanatory text, giving a short historical notice of the edifice. It is a work that does honour to Italian engraving.



Horrors or War.—Nothing is more dreadful than to follow a few marches behind a victorious army. We lodged indiscriminately among the dead and the dying, who had dragged their wounded limbs through the mud of the field of battle, to die, without help, in the nearest hovels. Thousands of enormous vultures had assembled from every part of Spain, placed on heights, and seen from a distance against the horizon, they appeared as large as men. Our videts often marched towards them, to reconnoitre, mistaking them for enemies. They never left their human prey, on our approach, till we were within a few paces of them, and then the flapping of their enormous wings echoed far and wide, over our heads, like a funeral knell.-French Officer.


Mr. Lewis GOLDSMITH, long and well-known to the literary and political world, is preparing the first volume of a work, entitled “ The Statistics of France," and we could name no writer so competent to the task.

The Private Correspondence of a Woman of Fashion, is in the Press.

Mr. Schloss commences Illustrations of the Surrey Zoological Gardens.

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Gardens and Grounds of Woburn Abbey, by J. Forbes, is in the press.

The Fossil Flora of Great Britain, by Professor Lindley and William Hutton, is announced.

The Return of the Victors, a Poem, by W. Dailey.

A work of Popular Zoology, containing the Natural History of the Quadrupeds and Birds in the Zoological Gardens, &c.


MAKE AND MATERIALS OF OUT-Door CoSTUME.—Moire Chaly and some new kinds of figured silks, are all in favour in carriage dress. Pelisse dresses are fashionable, but the most novel form is a high corsage, laced behind, a plain front, and the back plain at the top, but full at the bottom of the waist. A pelerine with square cornered ends cut round in dents à la grecque; the sleeves are as usual, except that the lower part being cut bias, fits the arm exactly. The skirt is trimmed with a bias band of the same materials, the upper edge of which is cut in Grecian dents.

Summer shawls of the half-trasparent kind are coming much into request.

Some are of Cachemire patterns. Others have Grecian borders, and some are striped in novel but rather too shady patterns.

MAKE AND MATERIALS of Half-DRESS,Chaly, chachemirienne, a variety of materials of the half-transparent kind, some new and beautiful patterns of printed muslins, and several kinds of moire and fancy silks are all adopted. A few white dresses, embroidered in colours, have also been introduced; among the latter we may justly cite one of the pelisse form as the most elegant that has appeared for some time. It is composed of jaconet muslin, embroidered in sprigs of blue bells, rather richly strewed.

The corsage is full both before and behind, and the fronts cross. The sleeve is embroidered at the wrist in a delicate wreath of blue bells, with their foilage. The pelerine, made with ends which cross, is like the dress embroidered in the ground, and ornamented beside with a wreath, corresponding with that of the wrist round the border, which is also edged with lace disposed in small quills. The dress should be worn with a double square collar, also trimmed with lace.

Another elegant negligé is in printed muslin, of a chaly pattern. A full corsage, divided in the middle by a narrow cord before and behind. A double pelerine, the first very large, fastened upon the bosom; the second smaller, meets at the neck only, the ends fall back as they approach the bottom. The only trimming of the pelerine is a deep hem.

MAKE AND MATERIALS OF EVENING DRESS.— A new halftransparent material, composed of silk and wool, called mousseline moirée, Chaly moire crape and gauze are all fashionable. The most elegant patterns are those à colonnes tremblées. Corsages are cut something higher, and those with draperies en cæur are very much in favour. We see also a good many trimmed with a kind of gauffred mantilla. Sleeves have not altered in form.

New Articles.— The Blonde Figured Veils, Shawls, Scarfs, and Dresses, also the Orre Net, which is just brought out by the Inventor, Mr. George Rawlinson of Taunton, and Wood Street, London, in very beautiful patterns, and great variety of colours. These articles are of the same fabric as the Blonde Lace, and very beautiful as well as durable; and we have no doubt will come into very general use, being British manufacture, and giving employment to a large portion of our industrious

poor'. Bonnets continue of the bibi form; they are trimmed with flowers-some arranged in bouquets, and others en gerbe; they are disposed to droop from the right to the left in the same manner as the plumage of a bird of Paradise. One of the prettiest of the new bonnets is composed of ribbons and bandelettes of moire; the brim entirely of ribbon was encircled by a bandelette of moire about two inches in breadth, the crown was composed of ribbons, interlaced in bands of moire, the curtain at the back was raised on one side, and fell upon the other. We should observe that the bonnet was lilac, it was decorated with a sprig of white lilac and white

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The DIRECTORS of the CRANSTONHILL WATER WORKS COMPANY have to announce to the Inbabitants of Glasgow, that they have resolved to make a Further Reduction of their Rates as follows:

Ilouses Rented at £6 and upwards 6d. per Pound
Houses under that Rent 3s. each
Public Works supplied with (not Unfiltered but


Filtered) Water, at £3 per Annum,--per 1000 Gallons supplied daily. Service Pipes changed at the expense of the Company,

By Order of the Directors,

D. MACKAIN, Secretary. CranstonHILL WATER Works Office,?

Tuesday, 29th May, 1832.

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Thus felt Sir Owen, as a man whose cause
Is very good-it had his own applause.


WHO SHOULD AND WHO SHOULD NOT BE the loud echo of as broad a laugh as ever floated beMEMBERS OF A REFORMED PARLIAMENT.*

twixt the Frith and the Falls of Clyde.

But, as we have been, in our day, a little free and easy with our friend, the author of this appeal,

we must again hold a little friendly chat with him The individual who contributes in any way, to the

about this pamphlet of bis. It is, really, a smart sum of public happiness, has a fair title to be consi- brochure-not particularly civil to the King's Englishdered a public benefactor. To merit this honourable but let that pass—there is good authority for it. distinction, it is by no means necessary that he should

Well, then, our author sets out with an annunhave been a voluntary agent in this agreeable contri

ciation of the interesting fact, that we are, in fubution—that he was the passive origin of it, is quite ture, to have two Members for Glasgow, and who must sufficient for the purpose. Now, we must tell the au. be burgesses— this fact be announces, in a style at thor of the pamphlet, noted below, that, in this res- once tranchant and decisive. After wbich, he lets us pect, his name is eminent among our citizeus, and know his mind with unspeakable suavity and condesthat babbling Echo “tells his far spread fame." Plea- cension as to the persons whom we must exclude gesant, indeed, are the public remembrances of the suc- nerally-bis eye, all the while in a fine frenzy, rolling cessive advents of his laborious Muse—from the epic

from those who ought to be without, to him who ought Sextuple, to the many-coloured Chameleon. And our to be within. After having, in page 7th, emptied the city historian, in the next edition of his Annals, will, vials of his wrath upon our municipal Peels, Wetherdoubtless, indulge in a loftier vein, when he bestows ells and Goulburns, every one of whom he has floorupon posterity the memory of his civic triumphs, ed in a twinkling, he proceeds to consider particuheightened and adorned by the delicate timidity larly, the object of his patriotic lucubration—as to and retiring modesty which have, uniformly, charac

who should, and who should not, be our members. terized all his public exhibitions.

The man, he says, must be of the people-From the To the long list of Mr. Atkinson's labours in behalf people-For the people. Ah! Mr. Thomas.-Cunning of the present and future generations, the pleasant dog! This is a tickler— Where shall we find such a month of June bas presented us with the important man, unless Joseph Hume will take the matter up? addition of an “ Appeal to the Middle Classes on the After this appalling announcement, our author proRight Use of the Franchise.” Now, we must tell

ceeds to take the “ shine" out of our Glasgow cits, and, the author of this most opportune advice, that we do

by the hand of our fathers, he does not leave them a not, like too many of the unthinking berd, look upon leg to stand upon. Devil a one of them will show this publication as a laughing matter-far from it, for,

their faces in the market we'll be sworn. Neither although it has made all faces radiant, from the Tron “the descendants of defunct dynasties, the adored of steeple to Exchange Square, it has had no other effect St. Enoch square dowagers—the West Indian merupon us than to lengthen our physiognomy. And why? chants—the shipping interest—nor landholders, nor -not that we are more saturnine than our neighbours country squires—no, nor perfect gentlemen, helpless -no, we are eminently jocose in our nature—but, as children, or glowing orators," will do the job, it then, gentle reader, consider the grave nature of the appears. Gad, a cold shivering came over us when subject_“ On the right use of the Elective Fran- we read this long bill of exclusions—where, upon earth, chise"—the sound wonld have sobered a bacchanal, thought we, shall a man of, from and for the people, and it actually threw us intoma brown study. Rumour, be got—it is cruel, in Mr. Atkinson, thus to sport with with her hundred tongues, before the pamphlet appear

the feelings of the public upon so delicate a subject. ed, had blown, into all ears, of the approaching glory. But on we read, much pondering upon our awkward

_" Coming events cast their shadows before," and dilemma, until we reached the catalogue of senatorial the jocund world stood on tip-toe expectation of the requisites, when, lo! a ray of light broke in upon our Delphic delivery. Whispers ran from man to man benighted souls. We felt that Providence had not that it would contain an oracular declaration, to ease utterly forsaken the citizens of Glasgow in their last the public mind of some natural doubts-as to the extremity, but had raised them up a help where men who should not be our Members-and, what was they least thought of looking for it themselves. far more to the purpose, as to the only man who

Yes, gentle reader, with gratitude we acknowledge could, would, or should, be one of them.

that we now began to see our way a little more clearVirtue is its own reward—this is a merciful dispen- ly. As we devonred each separate item of bis long sation, as it is, very often, its only reward upon earth.

enumeration of legislative essentials—the hand-writing We would, therefore, say to the author of this “

on the wall, came out brighter and brighter-till we ap•

were led by its brilliancy, to No. 84 Trongate, with a peal,” do not be disappointed if the result of your disinterested attempt to enlighten the public mind on

please "apply within for your member"_“ The man of these important points, should be nothing more than

the people, from the people, for the people.” Had we the “ vicarious suffering" of a little “good humour

lived in the days of our Catholic fathers, a Tc deum ed ridicule” from your “brother freemen,” or even

laudamus," would instantly have been performed, for so merciful an interposition, and a thousand yards of

wax candle voted to Saint Mungo, for his polite atten• An Appeal to the Middle Classes of Glasgow, on the right

tion to the city interests. use of the Elective Franchise with which they are shortly to be

At invested ; and upon their present position and duties. Dedicated

page 14, after having discussed some of the to James Wallace and John Macgregor, tried and true Reformers.

needful qualifications, our author, very slily inquiresBy Thomas Atkinson.

“And where will you find these? Again, I am asked Vol. II.--No. 7.

bye-and-bye, we shall perhaps see;" devil a doubt of it, or other, observe, that this is the most plentiful of when all this time he had the member snug in the of human productions, and disregarded in proportion pocket of his velveteen jacket, lying perdue, till he to its abundance. As every thing must have an ori. was ready to produce him.

gin, so must a pamphlet, and it has been whispered in Out upon you, Master Thomas, for a mad wag—to our critical ears, that a facetious bibliopole, Mr. David give your old friends such a fright, and not let them Robertson, is the author. We are led to adopt this into the secret a little sooner. Our Pamphleteer next idea from Mr. R. having formerly been connected in labours hard to show, that the Glasgow members should business with the versatile author of the “ Appeal," and have as little as possible of the blunt in their pockets and it is quite probable, that he may have imbibed —that, being void of the earthly cares which a heavy somewhat of the cacoethes scribendi, from so long purse entails upon a man, they may have more time breathing the same atmosphere with so intellectual a to devote to their Parliamentary duties. Excellent companion. Be this as it may, the fame of Mr. Atkin. sense,—is not money the root of all evil-and a disin- son will be in po degree affected by the literary début of terested attachment to legislation the grand mark to go his former partner, as the “ Letter” by no means by? He then innocently asks, bad not Andrew Mar- infringes upon the territory of the "Appeal-the vell in 1660, only a hundred pounds a year, when perspicuity and singleness of mind of the latter brochure, he was member for Hull—and why, we would reply, forming a remarkable contrast with the less imposing should Thomas Atkinson require more in 1832 to be generalities of the former. member for Glasgow. This is a poser we confess, and has stopt our mouth at any rate.

ON THE PROGRESS OF WOMAN IN SOCIETY. Mr. A. concludes with an urgent call upon the middle classes, to come forward and secure for themselves

Of all the subjects, of human enquiry, none has occuthis pearl of great price-the man of, from, and for the pied a greater share of the attention of philosophers, people—as to whom, his intimations are neither dark

than the history of man in his progress from the sav. nor doubtful-delicately hinting at the same time, as age to the civilized state. The French metaphysicians, to the patriotic facility, with which “a capital of three especially, have built from these materials, their most or four thousand pounds in business," could be melted

refined and irrational theories; and Turgot, Stael, Con. into a “ life annuity"- did the public service require dorcet, Rousseau, Helvetius, and others, equally acute, it. At all events, we would say, Mr. Thomas At

have displayed on this one point the fallability of their kingon, you have done your duty-you have set

reasoning powers. It is remarkable, however, that, in their bane and antidote before the public, and if the

these speculations, an important branch of the question fools—’od rot em, don't accept your liberal offer,

has been left wholly untouched—still more remarkable they may go farther, and fare worse. May they be

when we consider the gallantry of the nation by whom saddled, them and theirs, with a member of “the sheet

it has been principally discussed. No autbor, that we of white paper Courtenay school, helpless as a child

are aware of, has yet written a complete treatise or in all matters of business," or be riden over by one of

the progress of woman in society. the Squirearchy, on his way to a fox hunt, as a just From what cause this omission proceeds, we pretend punishment for their wilful blindness

not to explain, but it is certain, that the circumstances In the “ Post Scriptum," the author touches with a

of the age require that it should be immediately supdelicate hand, upon the incredible absurdity, which had

plied. The surprising elevation which that better come into some people's heads, that all this while he

moiety of our nature has attained in the scale of power, had been recommending himself for a member. Out upon

demands such a consideration as her right, and it would the vulgar blockheads—what a base idea. What! Be.

be unsafe as well as incurious, for the male part of cause a man, possessing all the qualifications necessary ereation, to remain any longer in ignorance of the to a senator, should minutely particularize these quali- qualities and attributes of a being, who is perhaps desfications, and direct the public where to look for

tined, one day, to exercise over him an absolute and them, is he to be held up as pleading actually in his

undisguised dynasty. own behalf ? The idea is monstrous, it would strike at Possible it is, that a reluctance to enter upon this the root of all free discussion. Though, after all, is it

subject has arisen in the minds of well-bred authors, not a very hard case, that one, who must know his

from the unwillingness to trace woman to her primeval own good qualities much better than any body else, is

state, and consider her in the light of a savage creature. not to be allowed to carry them to market after his With us, however, no such objection has any weight, own fashion, though it be a new one-and this in a

as we do not scruple to avow our belief, that the land of liberty too ? Did ever mortal bear before, that

foundation on which it is based is utterly hollow. We it was a crime, in any person, to bave“ a passive con- believe that woman was never a savage, that she never sciousness of not being altogether destitute of a fitness

partook of the rudeness which characterised the early to perform;" whilst they were not actuated by “the

stages of her help-mate; but that she was from the active presumption of soliciting"-Verily, this is a thin

first all pure and all perfect, and that she sprung from skinned generation.

the garden of nature on that sunny morning, when We must now bid the author of this pamphlet good

young love was toying with his roses, clothed in the bye, and not being actuated by the aggressive impulse"

matchless splendour of mink and make, which constiourselves, we hail his approaching elevation with the

tute her the object of our admiration, and the hearer purest delight.

of our sighs. Pillicock sat on Pillicock hill,

To confirm this idea, we need only remark, how And our author will sit in Parliament—but let him strongly it is corroborated by the earliest records of bear bis faculties meekly, and do not forget his old

the human race. The history of Moses represents our friends the “ Ephemeræ" of The Day.

lovely mother, the first of her sex, as turning her early

attention to the arts of civilized life, and applying her Just as we had finished our tête à téte with our

cunning fingers in the sinuous labours of the distaff. friend Atkinson, another dashing brochure was put The first domestic toil which she is mentioned, as har. into our hands,* visibly intended for the farther illu

ing shared with ber husband, is well known to all those mination of the lieges upon the same important sub

who possess the old edition of our English Bible, to ject. If our fellow-citizens should miss the right path have been that of making a pair of breeches. If we upon this occasion, it will, certainly, not be from a lack

read literally, we shall suppose that this was a work of advice, though we have heard some witty rascal undertaken in concert by the two; but where is the

A Letter to the Electors of Glasgow nder the Reform booby who supposes that Adam made the breeches, or Bill. By an Elector.

who has never heard the distich, at one time so popular,

When Adam delved, and Eve span,

poses; nor need we wonder, considering the circumWhere was then the gentleman ?

stances of rivalry in trade from which it took its rise, Mark here the import of this last line. Where was if it has since frequently assumed the shape of scandal. then the gentleman, is a question which we set at rest Thus it was that woman became a talking, from being by answering, Adam was a boor, and never made any a breeches-making, animal, by a process which has pretensions to those qualities which, in modern times, been to this hour developing itself, in results increasing are compromised under the name of gentility. His in their importance, according to a geometrical prowife, however, was a far different being, as superior gression, and threatening to reach an indefinite magto him in ber manners as Venus to Vulcan; and we nitude, which will propel the existing state of society are not therefore saluted with the question, where was onwards to the crisis of destiny, like a powerful lever, the lady? Eve was a lady from top to toe, and though and give birth to a new state of things, defying human we saw her among a group of dowdies at the Glas- calculation to foresee either their nature or tendency. gow fair, we could distinguish her at once by her ele

This distinguishing element of the female character, vating mien. She was not indeed a fine thing, made

we mean the habit of loquacity, arrived early at a very up of caps and laces, and ribbons and brocades. Never

advanced stage of improvement, but did not attain its theless, we are morally assured, that she had a true

full maturity till the era of a discovery which stands spice of native dignity about her, and could have out

in the same relation to the history of woman, that the shone all the Duchesses of Almack's with as much ease

invention of printing does to that of mankind. It was as she made ber husband's breeches.

the importation of tea from China that gave stability To proceed with our task. We presume then, that to that faculty, which before had been exercised only the first occupation of woman was that of a milliner in a desultory and ineffective manner. By the induceor tailor. It is perhaps difficult, amid the obscurity of ment which it afforded for the cultivation of social early chronicles, to trace the history of the profession habits among the sex, and the fashion of evening parin the first nations of the world, but we have little ties, which it introduced, this invigorating stimulant doubt, that among the rudest tribes of the Persians, furnished, like the ale house of the other gender, Egyptians or Greeks, while the males of the family the means for refining intellect, for exercising talent, were engaged in the strife of battle, or the labours of for propagating subjects of discussion, and for managthe harvest, the ladies kept their shops in the bazars, ing the intrigues and stratagems of private life. The and vended commodities of their own mauufacture matron no longer confined bergossip to the tired ears of a over their clean-swept counters. Elderly bachelors, patient husband or submissive domestic, but sought amid and the younger sons of large families, would probably congenial spirits the occasion of indulging more freely have no other means of providing themselves with her favourite inclination. The young maiden, kindly articles of raiment, or the other necessary comforts of invited to the soireé of an aunt or cousin, left her quiet life. Besides this, we know, that the women in an- home to mix in the busy politics of a circle of friends; cient times used to adorn, with their handiwork, the and, above all, the time-worn spinster, whose shaking statues and temples of their gods, and there is no ab- teeth had ceased to utter any sound but what was derosurdity in supposing, that if one had inscribed over gatory to her neighbour's fame, sought to mask her inher door, “ breeches-maker to Apollo,” another might tentions along with her tea, and to infuse into her guests tempt the notice of a customer, by writing herself a steam of groundless insinuations, at the same time that “patent boot maker to the king.” We hazard these she infused the decoction of the leaf. Thus tea parties remarks chiefly because we do not see what other use grew apace; and thus the gossiping habits to which they women could have served among a people whose habits led strengthened and confirmed the garrulous inclination soon emancipated them from the controul of a mother, which had been preinduced by foriner associations and and never inclined them to spend much time in the events. And, having now brought down our sketch enjoyment of connubial bappiness. As the history of to this stage, beyond which the female mind has never the world becomes less obscure, however, we have progressed, we shall close it for the present with a better means afforded us of tracing the progress brief moral observation. of the sex, and can distinctly perceive higher, and It has been a disputed question with those who have more refined employments, taking the place of those written upon this subject, whether society, since the which first occupied their attention. There is no creation of the world, has been progressive, stationary doubt that the needle and the distaff long continued or retrograde. We regard this, however, as a foolish to be their characteristic implements, and do in fact re- discussion, and shall not trifle our time by entering main to this day connected with most of their pursuits. upon it, in reference to that which is the more immeEre long, however, a complete change came over the diate matter of this treatise. We wish just to advert condition of female society, proceeding from the gra- to one point, in which we think mainly consists the dual operation of a natural cause.

distinction between the advancement of man in the The food and the fall of Babel are two great events, scale of civilization and the advancement of woman the effects of which upon the aggregate intellect of man- and that is, that while the former has passed through kind philosophers have often puzzled themselves to no his different stages in succession, without preserving in purpose to explain. What influence these might produce each the characteristics of that which went before-but upon the weaker portion of our race we presume not to has been in turn a hunter, a shepherd, an agriculturist, conjecture, farther than by advancing the opinion, that and so on—we find that woman does not, upon acquirthe first reduced their numbers, and that the other mul- ing a new qualification, forget those by which she was tiplied their lingos. Without recurring to such extra- previously distinguished, but has been at one and the ordinary explanations, but following the usual course same time, and still continues to be, eminent for all the of things, we come at once to the conclusion, that, three branches of science, needle work, gossiping and among the ladies of the ancient world, a habit of talk- tea drinking ing succeeded to the habit of sewing. It is obvious, Now then, we have finished our task, and shown that in their acts of barter, whereby they excambioned how woman became first a breeches maker from interest, wearing apparel for precious metals, or any other a scandal dipper from jealousy, and a tea biber from medium of exchange, a great fluency of speech would necessity. We might proceed farther, and point out be one of the first acquirements. To set off their bar- in what manner she acquired the fashionable accomgains to the best advantage, they would describe the plishments of life, such as dancing, which she practised qualities of the stuffs, and praise the fashion of a suit, from levity, and the art of decoration which she was and maybe now and then mix in a word or two to depre- taught by vanity; but we consider that we have writ ciate the value of their neighbour's cominodities. Hence enough, and wish it were worthier. And now, unwas derived that faculty of speech which still continues courteous reader, thou that lollest thy big wise eyes, to be employed with success for so many different pur- and turnest up thy conceited nose, as if thy head were


the storehouse of wisdom, and pronouncest that we have been committing folly in penning this our treatise, we leave thee for the present to thy own selfsatisfied reflections, purposing to provoke thy spleen in another chapter, where we shall in like manner detail the Prospects of Women.


No. 1.

1. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of God.

2. A man of learning, in the land of bis birth, is like gold in the mine.

3. Whoever holds himself forth as a man of intelligence, God and men bold him as a fool.

4. Whoever has a desire to excel in wisdom, women shall have no power over his mind.

5. It is easier to withdraw the mischievous from mischief, than to withdraw the melancholy from sadness.

6. Be on thy guard with him whom thou knowest not.

7. Whoever has covetousness for his chariot, has poverty for his companion.

8. Whoever conceals his own secret, attains what he desires.

9. The surgeon uses the head of the orphan in the way of practice.

10. Whatever you shall plant in your garden will do you good ; but if you plant one of the sons of men, be will eradicate you.

11. Thine own keeping is more requisite for thy secret, than the keeping of any one besides thyself.

12. Whoever flatters thee to tby face, most certainly detests tbee.

13. Whoever brings any ibing to thee, takes also something from thee.

14. The learned man knows the ignorant man to be ignorant; but the ignorant man does not know the learned man to be uolearned.

15. The ignorant man is an enemy to himself; how then can he be a friend to any other person ?

16. The mind never goes out of hope till it enters into death.

17. Whoever engages mucb in business, rides upon the seas.

18. The lengthening of experience is the increasing of intelligence.

19. If all men were to become wise, the world would be a desert.

20. Debauchery destroys much wealtb.

21. Laziness and much sleep withdraw men from God, and cause them to inherit poverty.

22. Enquire about your neighbour before your house, and your companion before your journey.

23. Do good if you wish to be well dealt with.


Rothesay, Ilth June. Dear Bet,-I am afraid by this time you will be thinking I have forgot the promise I made you of sending you an account of our trip here, and how we got fixed in our new lodgings; but really, my dear girl, I have been in such a bustle since I came, about one thing or another, that I may truly say I have not, till this moment, had a minute to spare; what, with bathing and walking, and riding and sailing, while, to crown all, cousin Lucy has, for these few days past, been complaining of a pain in the breast ; and, between ourselves, I do not like to bear of young ladies of her age having such ailments. The cunning little miux is very shy of my enquiries about her case; for do you know, I think it infectious, and that she caught it from some of the young officers that used to visit us while in town? but I may be wrong, so as it is a tender subject, you will please say nothing about it to any one at present: for if auntie Pyet bears of it, she will be saying we have all got the same complaint, and wbat a shocking thing that would be. But what do you think of Bob? I must tell you about Bob. You know he is very fond of a shine, so the other day be got a party made up to go to Inverary, and though I kept myself perfectly disengaged, he never once mentioned the subject to me. Now, you know how often be has been with us at tea, wbich he might have very easily cleared off by a kind invite.

But it does not matter. Quadrille nights will be on by and bye, and I will then screw a pio in master Bobby's nose. I think be will look rather queer, Miss Betsey, when he gets the go-bye from us upon our great occasions. The wretch justly deserves it, from the manner in which he spends his time; for he is either drinking cold punch, and smoking cigars in M.Corkindale's, or beauing about a great monster in blue, who happened to make one of the party in the late pleasure trip-pleasure trip, indeed! it's a trip that has set all the people bere alaughing at them, for the gentlemen got tipsy, and the ladies could got nothing to eat; besides, the number of tales that are going about, makes me quite bappy that I was not among them. What do you think of a Rothesay Doctor, dressed in a complete suit of tartan, with kilt and short hose, being of the party? (I am sure you will blush when you read of it, as much as I am doing just now while writing it ;) and a tall carroty-beaded youth, entertaining the company, by imitating the noise of a hog? Really, I wonder Mr. Denoon does not speak to such people. Neither was this all: when they got to loverary, they had every one of them to be carried ashore. Now figure the elegant and accomplished' Miss P

(she was of the party too) a calefourchon, on the back of a man. I declare I almost fainted when I heard of it. I hope, 'my dear Bet, you will keep this circumstance from the ear of a certain gentleman, as much as ever you can, for I have known of much smaller improprieties, on the part of a lady, being the means of breaking off a connection. By the bye, the lady that we met last Christmas in your aunt's; her, you know, whose singing made such an impression on your cousin Ned, bas taken the garret above us, and evening and morning, and, indeed, at all bours of the day, she keeps singing and gingling away at an old ricketty piano, in such a manner, that we really can't hear ourselves speak. We call her “the lady of many airs;" and I can assure you, it is a nick-vame she very well deserves, in more respects than one; for when she appears on the street, she is so gaudily dressed, and so highly civited or perfumed, call it which you will, that she puts one in mind of a tulip which has just been dipped in essence of roses ; and then she affects to be so graceful in all her motions, that we cannot help thinking she has come down here on a spec, (as that wretch Bob says,) because she found herself on her last legs in Glasgow. You will excuse legs, my dear Bet. You know it is only with a bosom friend, like you, I would take the liberty of using the term, so don't think me more vulgar than when you last

Mr. and Mrs. are down here at present enjoying the fortune that was lately left tbem. Wbat a deal of fuss some people make about trifles ; but, my dear Bet, how you would laugh, if you only saw them at what seems to be their enjoyment : their whole time is spent looking over the quay, and seeing the crabs fight. Now, as it's well known, they have plenty of crab-fighting at home, I cannot see what advantage they can have in such spectacles here, unless they are taking hints that may be useful when they open the winter champagne in town. Good gracious! it is enough to make any young lady's hair stand on end, to think what a life some married folks lead. Oh, Bet, dearest Bet, what is to become of us? Write me a long letter on this subject, and say what you think of Bob. Is he not a shocking monster? But stop, I see him coming up the street just now. I wont speak to him, however, till I hear from you. I am sure I sban't : 80 write me in all haste, and believe me, dearest, your ever faithful and affectionate,


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Reprove thyself in the same way as thou reprovest another.

25. The beginning of anger is madness, but the end of it is repent


saw me.

26. When ability is at an end, desire is vain.

27. Whoever allows lust to get the better of bis understanding, perishes.

28. Devotion slays covetousness.

29. An intelligent enemy is better than a foolish friend.

30. Whoever abstains from covetousness is rich.

31. Th is no wisdom equal to prudence, and no caution equal to abstaining from what is forbidden; there is no goodness like good nature, and no wealth equal to contentment.

32. Poverty is better than unlawful wealth, or the gain of injustice.

33. The tongue of the dumb is better than the tongue of bim that speaketh falsehood.

The basest of mankind is the learned man who does not put his learning to a good purpose.

35. There are two people that are never satisfied, the seeker of knowledge, and the seeker of wealth.

36. A person void of education is like a body without a soul.


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