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supported with slender uniform pillars, be gratified in no common degree by a admirable for their workmanship; on perusal of the interesting anecdotes related which are constructed five beautiful Goo of the brightest gem of modern Athens. thic arches, on each side dividing the ED.) choir into three large aisles. There are
For the Mirror.) two ranges of windows, five on each side At a period when the good and great below, corresponding with the five arches, author of the Waverley Vovels has, it is and double that number above the low asserted, declared unequivocally that the leads, one on each side of the acute angle public were not mistaken in attributing of every arch, besides those in the end. them to Sir Walter Scott, it may perhaps Those below are very large and handsome, be deemed somewhat extraordinary in me proportionate to the lofty arches, behind to offer proofs drawn from antecedent cirwhich they are placed, as are those on the cumstances of the identity of the two. east end. Formerly the windows were However, the following anecdotes, which much more curious and elegant than at I had an opportunity of collecting during present, when the glass of all of them a late residence in Edinburgh, may serve was exquisitely painted and adorned with to show the difficulty a great geniuz lies curious figures, and the east window alone under in concealing himself; and may I contained the history of the Bible. The presume that they will also afford some church is handsomely paved and well pleasure to those who feel interested in the lighted. The galleries, which are neatly slightest particulars relating to such a constructed and decently pewed, are of one ? It will naturally be supposed, that the Doric order. At the west end of the on my arrival in the modern Athens my auditory, over the middle aisle, is a good first inquiries had respect to the talented well-toned organ, originally built for the being, who, in his works, has so long cathedral church of St. Paul's, London, been, like Titus of old, the delight of purchased by voluntary, subscription, mankind, and from various sources my which, with its gallery, make up an agree. queries were thus gratified :able form, and cause a pleasing effect. My bookseller informed me, that when. The pulpit is of old oak, ornamented with ever any new novels were passing through carved work, and other usual decorations. the press, Sir Walter Scott was constantly Robert de Cross, in the reign of Henry in the printing-office, correcting the MSS. IV., anno 1408, got a license for found. even when before the compositors. ing and endowing, with eight messuages,
He is affirmed to have asked his daugh. a chantry in this church ; which said Ko- ter, Mrs. Lockhart, previous to her marbert de Cross, a burgess of this town, was riage, whether she preferred 5,0001. in a person of such a religious turn, that ready, money, or Ivanhoe, (then unpubbefore his death he gave several other lished.) In choosing that beautiful and revenues to the abbot and convent at successful romance, it is to be presumed Meux, on condition that they would per- that the lady did not repent, since the first mit him to live the remainder of his days edition brought her in 4,0001., and some amongst them. An indenture was drawn say more. up, and Robert was received into the con. Mr. H-e, a gentleman of eminence in vent.
This church was originally only his profession, (the law,) obliged me with a chapel of ease to Hessle, from which it the following recital :-" I have the pleawas separated by act of parliament, and sure of knowing Sir Walter Scott very made a vicarage in 1661, under the pa. well, and, as I am. frequently staying tronage of the corporation. It is the with him, you may credit the facts which largest parochial church, not collegiate, cause me to believe he is the author of the in the kingdom.”
T. C-SS. esteemed works attributed to him. I * Numerous other chantries were founded be
know that he has expended upon Abbotsfore and about this period, so that the whole ford far more than the income his public pomber of chantries in this church was 'at least situation brings him in would allow him Iwonty.
to do. A road runs before his house,
which the baronet has long desired to put Anecdotes and Recollections.
aside, and is yet sanguine that he shall Notings, selections,
ultimately accomplish this design; most Anecdote and joke :
people, however, think not, since the
place, as its name implies, has been With gravities for graver folk,
monastic possession, and is yet considered
church territory. The point has underSIR WALTER SCOTT.
gone long litigation, and in fact is as far (We are much indebted to our valued from being settled as ever.
The expenses correspondent for the following communi- of many law-suits, besides the sums that [cation, and feel'assurs our readers will Sir Walter has laid out in adorning his
Our recollections ;
house and grounds have been enormous ; tended to portray a real character in and where and how has he and does he Front de Bæuf, I should certainly not find means to meet them? I have some. have taken as my model a madman.' I times been on the coach when it has looked,” continued Mr. S. “ not a little stopped at Sir Walter's gate, and when amazed at this unguarded speech, which large packets have been sent in to him, perceiving, he, with infinite presence of that I could not hinder myself from sus. mind, added, “That is, I mean, if I had pecting were proof-sheets, which certainly been the author of the work. Whether bore the large, I may say the official, he is the author of those novels or nut, I seals of the printers of the novels. But certainly know that he receives every this I consider the proof of proofs:—Sir penny of the profit accruing from them Walter was treating with a gentleman re but there is one singular faet, which I specting the purchase of some land about own staggers me a little, since I cannot Melrose Abbey, that he had set his heart at all reconcile it with the abundant proofs on possessing. The gentleman named that exist of his being the writer of the the price.
• I cannot give you that,' said Waverley Novels ; it is, that none of Sir Walter, but I will give so much, Sir Walter's notes or letters that I have naming the sum. His land-agent or sur ever seen, and I anı accustomed to see veyor, (the writer of this article did not many, have been good English ; now the catch the official capacity of the person povels are extremely well written.” designated when Mr. H. related the anec. Immediately on the appearance of the dote,) alarmed even at the price fixed Tales of the Crusaders, (1825,) the pro. by the worthy baronet, called him aside. prietors of the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, Sir,' said he, do you know what you brought out as a drama The Talisman are about ? Excuse me, it is above your it was preceded by a prologue, avowedly means ; there is an enormous ground. (I believe) the production of the baronet, rent.' I know it, I know it,' replied in which, after lamenting the decadence Sir Walter ; but three volumes will pay of dramatic taste, and the desertion of the for it; three volumes will pay the whole.' theatre, these lines occurred :Mr. H. added, “ this fact I had from the
• The town is empty, and the weather hot, agent himself.”
And nothing draws you but Sir Walter." In addition to the above I shall state, that a near relative of my own was in Not long after the publication of Ivanformed by a gentleman, that one of his hoe, the following anecdote was related to friends, particularly intimate with Sir me, and may well find a place here, as it Walter Scott, had at sundry times related is supposed to have suggested to Sir Wal. several anecdotes (known only to himself) ter an incident in his story :-“ The preto the worthy baronet, and that some of sent possessor of Rokeby being at a feast these had been introduced in the novels. at a grandee's house in Turkey, an awk.
From another friend I learnt, that at a ward boy who waited threw down a large dinner of the Antiquarian Society, the jar of wine. He immediately made many chairman proposed the health of “ The excuses and apologies to the guests, who, Great Unknown,” which was drank, (Sir according to the Mohammedan fashion, W. Scott being present ;) then of " A. Z. were regaling themselves with water or a valuable correspondent to the Society," sherbet, stating that it was only medicated
(known to be the baronet.) Upon this wine, which had been recommended by the noble author rose and said, “ As he certain eminent physicians to his master. made no doubt but that the Great Un. On this hint spake Mr. M-, and begged known's name laid somewhere hetween for a little, since, he felt assured, he was the letters A. and Z., he took that oppor- labouring under the same disorder as his tunity of returning thanks on his account friend. Presently the guards and other for the honour designed him.”
impertinents being dismissed, the Turk I was dining at Lord C-'s, when I and the Englishman partook so freely of had the good fortune to meet a namesake the medicated wine, that they fairly drank of the baronet in question. I found he each other under the table. Sir Walter was an English gentleman, not related to Scott being intimately acquainted with Sir Walter Scott, but knowing him ex Mr. M., from whom I had the anecdote," tremely well. “I was staying with him," (added the friend who related it to me,) said Mr. S. 6 soon after the publication is supposed to have taken the hint from of Ivanhoe, when he received an insulting it for his interview between Richard Cour letter from a certain cracked-brained cap. de Lion and Friar Tuck.” tain, an Irishman, who roundly accused There are, I believe, many anecdotes
Sir Walter of introducing him into the similar to those I have just related afloat, • romance as Front de Bæuf. One even respecting the author of Waverley. Not -ing, wsntioning this, he said, * Had I in., being aware that the preceding have ever
appeared in print, I have given them was then unconsciously gazing on the publicity, though' drawn entirely from author whose works and whose fame were private sources, because esteeming such in every civilized country on the face of à man as Sir Walter Scott a species of the globe. The sensations I experienced publio property, and the query to which at the moment when I was informed who his long concealment gave rise as a de- it was that I beheld, were curious and incidedly national one, I conceive that no describable, but never to be forgotten. apology is due on my part to the friends " You should know him," said the friend who furnished me with information re who had pointed him out to me;“you can. specting him for tnus divulging it. But not conceive a more agreeable companion ; I have yet a few words to add ere I dis- be is particularly partial to the young, to miss this interesting topic. The novels whom his benevolence, humour, and richly give, we may observe, internal evidence stored mind ever recommend him. You of their author. Who but he that hath should know him, and you would then sung in so fascinating a style the charms find that his illuminated countenance conof nature and of chivalry could have veys even more to your understanding written works replete with the like vivid than his words.” landscape painting, the like intimate ac With the following sonnet, a tribute, quaintance with the history, manners, indeed, though but a weak and unworthy and customs of past ages, and the like one, to the exalted subject of this paper, niinute and faithful portraiture of cose I shall conclude :tume, which is apparent in his poetry ?
Lord of Romance! thee would a minstrel hail, The question however, will probably be
Whose weak harp murmurs to an untaught revived no more; and it remains but for hand; me to add a mere trifle of miscellaneous Thou giant genius, of the “ stern, wild” land, ; information respecting him, who has so Whom inyriads worship, while dim myst'ry's veil largely attracted the attention of the world. Repels the daring gaze of those who stand Sir Walter Scott is by no means an ere
Round thee enchanted, gleaning ev'ry tale mite. when employed in the composition Breath d from those wizard lips; which charm.
ing, fail of his charming fictions; he may be ob
Not also to instruct-thou “ Great Unknown !" served sometimes in the midst of the
Slight not the laud of one, who treads alone, gayest party, scribbling in a corner as fast Unnoted, wilds Parnassian, quaffs the gale as pen can move; at other times he ap.
Rich from their fairy flowers, feels t' excess pears to be intensely studying character ;
All that is lovely, all that doth excel, and it is said that the greater portion of All that enchains the soul, and feels, to bless his works are written in court. There his One, who o'er mind doth hold a master spell ! business is little more than nominal, ană
M. L. B. there he may usually be seen writing any thing but law.
“I wish,” said my friend SARCOPHAGIANA; OR, REMINMr. II. “ that some one would undertake
ISCENCES AND RECOLLECto sketch Sir Walter in his rural rambles
TIONS OF SCRIBLERUS SAR. at Abbotsford. Himself and his forester, COPHAGITS. Tom Purdie, are characters, as eccentric and worth preserving as any in his novels.
(For the Mirror.) Sir Walter is a little lame, but when in HAVING been a near and dear friend of the country takes a great deal of exercise. Scriblerus Sarcophagus, I am fully comThen, in a morning, forth sally he and petent to exhibit the interesting features his man ; Sir Walter first, the forester of his character—to dispel the fog which hard upon, bearing a hatchet, but both now, alas ! invests his memory--to raise in costume quite characteristic. Sir W. the curtain which now conceals his glories marks with chalk the trees he wishes to and to exhibit him (my regretted be felled, and Tom Purdie thereupon be. friend) with all those veritable lineastows the coup de grâce.”
ments, which long acquaintance, familiar During my residence in Edinburgh, I intercourse, &c. have capacitated me for had opportunities of seeing Sir Walter observing. But how shall I begin ! how Scott, though I cannot boast of the plea. shall I break the ice beneath which Scribsure of his acquaintance. It was in a lerus reposes, unseen, unheard. Shall I ball.room that I was desired to direct my luxuriate with the flowers of eulogy ? allention particularly to an elderly gen. Shall I confine myself to vigorous antitleman, tall and stout, with a stoop in his thesis ? Shall I give every light its shoulders, a pale, heavy countenance, only shadow, and every colour its just rela. inspired when he smiled, eyes sunk in his tion ? No, I will even condescend to fa. head, bushy, projecting eye-brows, and a miliar anecdote, to multum in parvo profusion of white hair streaming about labour, to colloquial dégagée, to his cranium in true poetical fashion. I And what time more proper for resus.
citating the defunct Scriblerus ? Now At dinner, Scrib 'held his knife in his when the colour of the coat, the form or right hand, and by the handle ; it is the hat, the quality of the food of an worthy remark, that he never held it by author are so necessary to be known ere a the blade, a thing which a deep thinker due decision can be given on his compo- might unwittingly do. His fork (of sitions. Now when greater anxiety is course) he held in his other hand, i. e. shown to know whether an author's hair his left hand, and also always by the was straightly combed or elaborately handle ; he always used his knife before frizzled, whether he wore a wig, and if he used his fork, this was his invariable so, of what materials composed—than to custom ; as he knew, so thus he exemknow the merits of his productions plified, the truth of the old saw, “ Divide then I say, now is the time for Scrib to and conquer.” emerge from the flood. Now or never Another remarkable fact (which may will he receive the crown of immortality. perhaps be of great importance in the
Some have falsely called Scrib morose, study of human nature) is, that Scrib, I repeat falsely: it is true he was rather when at dinner, generally separated the arrogant, somewhat contradictory, a little crummy part of the bread froin the irritable, and perhaps domineering ; but crusty, and appropriated the former to shall we therefore call him morose ? No. himself, but rejected the latter. A most
One day I met my ever-to-be-remem- important trait in his familiar habitudes. bered, never-to-be-forgotten friend ; it Once at a public epulation, a ladle had was a wet day, it was a cold day, “ Ah!" been suffered to lay a considerable time said he, “ it's a rough day, an't it ?” I in a tureen of hot soup, when Scrib unacquiesced. I would just observe that fortunately happened to touch the ladle, Scrib always walked upright; he carried and it burned him ; he felt the pang; but his umbrella or walking-stick always in looking around with a firm and unmoved his right hand, (at least as far as I can countenance, he said, “I have burned learn from the most diligent inquiry) he my finger. Manly, magnanimous congenerally buttoned his great coat up to duct, worthy of a Grecian sage ! worthy the chin in cold weather, and invariably of a Roman soldier ! wore boots in wet weather : every parti. Scrib once held a long argument with cular respecting so wonderful a man is a profound friend on phrenological sci. worthy of record. He always shaved in
ence; one argument I well remember. warm water, eté ou hiver.
“ We know," said Scrib, “ that veracity Scrib, when at table, had certain mor. and mendacity are incompatible ; one ceaux, for which he expressed peculiar obumbrates, militates, nay, annihilates preference; but, stop my pen. Scrib, I the other; if, then, phrenology has will not describe thy epicurism.
marks of veraciousness, it has none of Scrib's politeness was prominent, he mendaciousness, ergo, it must be veranever said to his arguing opponents, cious if it be not mendacious.” Such
you lie,” but “ you say what you convincing arguments would he emit in know is not true,” or “ that's false," or surprising quantity. What sophistical " that's not correct;" thus smoothing superstructure could withstand his atthe asperities of polemical discussion. tacks ? What latent error escape his eye ?
Scrib's work on Cosmogony was pub Does any one wish to know the extent lished when his intellect was most vigo- of his learning, the number of his acrous, yet it was little read, less under complishments, and the exact measure of stood indeed I have forgotten its reason. his abilities, I ask him why ? Have you ings, in truth, I never knew them so as not heard how he held his knife and fork, to iterate them in defence of his assertions. how he eat crumb and rejected crust, When any one began to condole with him when he wore boots, and when he buto on its failure, he would reply, “ Poste toned his great coat; when
in fine, rity, Sir, posterity, think of that.” have you not heard enough to enable you
He bought his ink in small bottles, to “ supply what may be wanting, and and sometimes mended his pen, but very to fill up all vacancies ?” then you know seldom, owing to his extreme sensibility. enough to enable you to decide on his One day while holding a pen-knife in literary products, then you are qualified one hand and a quill in the other, he for their examination, and therefore when thus addressed me. 66 When with this you meet with them, turn critic immetrenchant instrument I effect a disruption diately. of the component parts of this ornitho. Indeed for me to have dilated on his logical implement, I contemplate the works would have been lost labour, for miserable condition of those states which of what avail would it have been to have been separated from their most po- choose a subject of so little interest. It tent allies, and I weep, I do, indeed.” is his manners, his habits, his familiar
conduct which can alone excite attention. were dreadfully rent, and clefts made in No one wishes to know in what he dif- their trunks as if a wedge had been infered from other men, but every one, in serted, in the great frost, 1683, (perhaps what he resembled other men, and truly the greatest on record.) The trees were rent of all knowledge that is most valuable asunder with a noise resembling a piece which thus renders us able to extend our of artillery, and the ground and rocks generalizations, and prove by fact posi. rent by the aqueous particles they cons
tained within them being frozen, It tive, that the profound Scriblerus resem. bled as a man, the rest of mankind. may be curious to mention, that during
J. this severe frost fires were regularly lighted
up at the extremities of the principal
streets in London, to moderate the rigour ALLITERATIVE POETRY.
of the cold, and for persons whose various (For the Mirror.)
avocations might lead them out of town A LITERARY Frenchman being in com. to warm themselves by. pany with the celebrated Dr. Wallis, was Most of these great frosts were accomboasting of the superiority of the French panied by deep snows, and often ended language in regard to euphony, and chal. by many lives being lost in the drifts, lenged the doctor to produce any thing in and thousands of cattle perishing, particu, English equal to the following lines : larly sheep.
But perhaps the most distressing pher Quand un cordier, cordant, veult corder une
nomenon that has occurred during the corde,
period of frosts is freezing rain. A shower, Pour sa corde, corder, trois cordons il accorde ;
in December, in the year 1672, fell which Mais si un des cordons de la corde discorde,
froze as it came in contact with every Le cordon discordant fait discorder la corde,
substance ; the plumage of birds, the The doctor, with promptitude, imme. skins of beasts, and even the garments of diately translated the very words into passengers, were fairly encrusted with ice. English, only substituting for the French A sprig of an ash-tree, which weighed word corde, the pure English word twist. three quarters of a pound, when covered The reader will find that the first four of with ice, attained the prodigious weight of the following lines exactly correspond sixteen pounds. A moderate gale of with those of the Frenchman; the next wind, under these circumstances, would four were added by the doctor by way of have produced a total destruction of trees; completing his triumph. The remaining as it was, the destruction was greater than lines were not written till some time after. history ever recorded, the air during the Dr. Johnson was so pleased with the time providentially being very calm. above anecdote, that he gives the whole
I myself was witness to a freezing twelve lines in his folio Dictionary, to shower in Somersetshire, about eighteen show into how many twistings and bear- years since, and the effects of it were very
ings the words twist and twister may be surprising. Birds were found frozen to twisted :
the ground, and the danger attending When a twister a twisting will twist him a twist, walking and travelling was considerable, For the twisting his twist he three times doth
not to mention the consternation of trades. entwist;
people, when they attempted to close But if one of the twists of the twist dotb untwist, their shops at night, the windows that The twine that untwisteth, untwisteth the twist. were exposed to the shower being thickly Untwisting the twine that untwisteth between,
coated with ice, so as to render it almost He twiues with his twister the two in a twine; impractieable to shut them. The walls The twist having twisted the twines of the twine, of the houses fronting to windward preHe twisteth the twine be had twisted in twain. sented to the spectator an appearance of The twine that in twisting before in the twine,
being glazed, and the eaves were loaded As twines were untwisted, he now doth untwine;
with pendant icicles, &c. A fall of snow Twixt the twain intertwisting a twine more be
succeeded the day after, which reduced tween,
the scene to the more ordinary appearance He twisteth his twister, makes a twist of the of winter. Soon after more snow fell, twine.
together with a vast fall of rain, which CURIOS. inundated the country for several miles,
and many distressing accidents occurred, FROSTS
and several lives were lost. ** H. (For the Mirror.)
Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The natural history of frosts furnishes Enrope and Great Britain may be found in No.
* A detailed account of remarkable frosts in us with several remarkable effects upon 227 of the MIRROR, trees, &c. Oak, ash, and walnut trees