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from argument to argument, from position to position, taste) of the feelings and dogmas of a certain learned resembling the ghosts in Virgil's Inferno,
Theban, who laid down, (previous to the commencement “Huc illuc volitant, nec certa in sede morantur."
of his enquiries,) that all laws were bad, and all lawyers
rogues—an assumption which (without entering upon It is all one whether Phrenologists attempt to answer any discussion of its truth) does not seem likely to con. these “ Observations," or remain silent upon them. duce to unbiassed research. They'may quibble, but they cannot reason themselves out of the dilemma into which they have been brought. They may talk of the distinction between power and
MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. tivity, or they may dive into all the subtleties and
THE EDITOR IN HIS SLIPPERS; childish puerilities of counteracting combinations, but their logic will not be able to deceive any sound-witted
A PEEP BEHIND THE SCENES. man in the face of what is here established. Their science is either a science of signs, or it is not. If it is,
No. I. their signs have been proved to be just as uncertain as
" Stulta, jocosa, canenda, dolentia, seria, sacra ; the signs of an April sky ;- if it is not, what is it?
En posita ante oculos, Lector amice, tuos ;
Quisquis es, hic aliquid quod delectabit habebis ; -vox et præterea nihil !
Trístior an levior, selige quicquid amas."
We have a pair of old slippers--s0 old that, as The Scots Law Chronicle ; or Journal of Jurispru- Wordsworth says, it is difficult to tell whether they were dence and Legislation. No. I. To be continued them is worn away; and three or four of our toes may
ever young. A considerable part of the sole of one of Monthly. Conducted by Professional Gentlemen. Edinburgh, published by A. Fyfe, Law Chronicle be distinctly seen peeping out from the other. They do Office; the country trade supplied by Stirling and
not cover our feet; they are mere apologies for slippers, Kenney, Booksellers, Edinburgh. 1829.
-mere typical and shadowy representations. They
were not slippers originally, they were a pair of dress LOOKING at the prospectus of this work, we are in. shoes. In the far vista of the past, we can almost reclined to like the project, and wish it success. It seems member the time when they used to be as bright as a to be an attempt to convey to the public, in a form likely mirror, and chirped at every step we took across a draw. to be generally attractive, a condensed view of what is ing-room. We are not sure that we have not danced in going on in the legislative tribunals of the country. We them in our youth, and we daresay they divided the adlike this, because we believe that keeping the law of a miration which was at that remote period universally country continually in the eye of the people increases their bestowed upon our exquisitely turned feet and ankles. respect and affection for it, and by that mcans gives it a But gradually they fell down in the heels ; and, as if more vital and pervading influence on society. At the by a natural disposition, seemed to be transforming same time we would caution the conductors not to allow themselves into slippers. They felt that old age was their desire of becoming popular to carry them too far. coming on, but they had got attached to us, and Law is a science_nay more, it is of all sciences the least were determined to die in our service. And die they attractive for the tyro or the dilettante—and this very shall ; or rather, they and their master shall live and circumstance renders it improbable, that the sphere of a die together. We never had, and never will have, anowork avowedly confined to legal discussions can ever ther pair of slippers. We should as soon think of marextend beyond those who are inclined to go a little below rying a second wife. We confess that they have lost the surface. As all such persons must necessarily have their form and comeliness,-nay, that they imitate husome acquaintance with the technicalities of law, the manity most abominably, and that some of our best and promise held out in the following sentence, if meant to dearest friends have even ventured to point against them attract them, was unnecessary ;-" The conductors will the shafts of a too poignant ridicule. But, nevertheless, endeavour to avoid technicalities, and to express their we remain unshaken in our attachment_a noble exviews in a popular manner.” We fear, moreover, that ample of the “ integer vitæ scelerisque purus." They this promise, it adhered to, will necessarily lead to su. have accommodated themselves to all the outgoings and perficiality in the execution of the work. A technical incomings of our feet; there is not a curve or a sinuo. language is inevitable in every science it is the necessity,-a rise or a fall,-from our instep to our heel, from sary consequence of employing words in a more precise our ankle to the farthest point of our most elongated toe, and definite manner than in common conversation. No with which they are not familiarly acquainted ;-they person ever pretended to teach a science without the aid have known us from our youth, they have seen us in of a technical language, but one who knew nothing of all our moods,--they have been the gentle dumb comthe matter. And in the science of law, the peculiar panions of many a happy and many a melancholy hour; nicety of many of the discussions render such a lan and who, therefore, shall blame our affection for our guage, if possible, more requisite than in any other.- slippers--peculiar, perhaps, but not the less tender and The enumeration of subjects proposed for consideration lasting ? is comprehensive, and seems to us to embrace all that is We cannot help thinking that they have an expres. required in such a work. Perhaps more-for we would sion essentially their own, and unlike that of all other beg leave to hint, that the “Sketches of the biography slippers. Indeed we have always been of opinion, that, of our eminent legislators, &c.” more particularly if of all the articles of dress, none convey so accurate an we are to take No. 1. for a specimen, may be omitted, idea of the character of the wearer as a pair of empty without any detriment to the publication. We would shoes or slippers. They are a domestic and endearing also suggest, that a Digest of the Decisions in the Courts object--they stand before the fire warming for you of Scotland, such as is given of the English cases, is against your return home. They have probably been quite sufficient.
Considering the very able, it is true, placed there by some fond and faithful friend;--your but certainly very full and frequent reports, now pub- wife or daughter; they tell a long story of family comlished of our Scotch Decisions, we think the pockets of fort and household harmony. If a death takes place, our young and briefless barristers are already sufficiently what object more melancholy than the vacant slippers tasked, even though they are not exactly laid under the of the deceased ? They look as if they anxiously waited necessity of purchasing them twice. Of the manner in his return, and are wondering why he has deserted them. which the work is executed we shall be able to speak That shall never be the fate of our slippers ; they shall with more certainty in the course of a month or two. be buried with us. The first article is rather too redolent (at least to our When we put on our slippers, we cease to be any
thing to the wide world without. Shoes, and more es- Let us take up one of those parcels at random, and pecially boots, are associated with all the bustle and look over it in a friendly way together. We may pro. toil of active life ; but around slippers there linger a bably find both variety and amusement here. What calm repose-a refined selfishness-a careless independ. comes first ? A “ Song" from Glasgow, of which the ence. They imply no exertion ; on the contrary, they author in his letter “To the Editor" says, “ I have are full of a soothing consciousness a mellowed recol- given you a short one to save space—but if it is bad, lection-of duties that have been performed. There is it is too long; and if it is good, it is perhaps all the in slippers that abandon de soi-même, that dreamy better for its brevity." There is sound sense in this, and languor,—that mild tranquillity, before which all more the song itself well deserves publication : irritable feelings give way, and even critics become be. I have loved thee, Mary Jamieson, as bridegroom loves bis nevolent. No two beings can be more dissimilar than
bride; the man whose tight boots pioch his corns, and exacer- I look'd nae watch, I lo'ed nae star, when ye were by bate all the tendernesses of his toes, and the man whose
my side, frec and casy slipper hangs gently upon his foot-gently For my heart was aye your mailin'meet, my love, your as a maiden of fitteen upon the arm of her earliest lover. ready fee, When the boot is on, the world is a stern reality, full of Though loveless hame, and hameless heart, are a' ye're the rubs and whips of furtune ; but when the slipper
lest to me. succeeds, the face of nature is changed,—reality is a Ye promised me your constancy, ye plighted me your voi, bugbear that fades into infinite distance, and there is Wi' looks o' deeper tenderness than I can think o' now; bliss unfathomed in the recesses of an elbow chair, or But snaw upon the surgy sea, or dew upon the flower, in the soft siesta of a sofa.
Melts not so soon, fleets not so fast, as fades love's little We never can believe ourselves the Editor of one of hour. the most successful periodical publications of the pre- At the Cuckoo's time o' comin' ye were wi' me at the sent day after we have put on our slippers. The quan. well, tity of labour we have to go through, both physical and At the Swallow's time o’Aittin' I stood lanely there myintellectual, seems indissolubly connected with the springy elasticity of shoes, or the manly vigour of what Ye hung round me a' the simmer when the bonny braes are commonly called Wellington boots. In our slipper But broken vows you've left me now, and stormy moments, we are idem et alter. Were we to review a
waves between. book with our slippers on, the author would be as safe as a mouse running away from a lady. Not that our Oh! woman's love, Oh! woman's faith, how fleeting mind is altogether dormant, but that our heart is over- frail ye be! flowing, and we feel an affection for all mankind. We Wing'd wanderers, bee-like, seeking sweets from every could no more have said any thing severe of Mr Andrew
flower and tree, Crichton had our slippers been on that night we wrote
But why should I upbraid your choice? cold hearts are
fated well, our celebrated article for the eighteenth Number of the A plenish'd purse their honeycomb, the halls of eild JOURNAL, than we could hare consented to break the
their cell. legs of a butterfly on the rack. There are only two instances on record of our having given way to anger
What have we next? A prose sketch, entitled “ Pic. whilst we were wearing our slippers. The first of these tures of Life, No. 1.” It is a pity the whole of it hadi was, when we tossed them both at our favourite cat, not been as good as the first paragraph ;-it runs thus : Moses, whom we detected eloping with the chicken we “ I belong to that numerous class of mortals, who, had destined for our supper; and the second was, when independent though not rich, doze away their existence we found it necessary to take the liberty of making one pleasantly perhaps, but uselessly. Although a Writer of them acquainted with a part of a gentleman's person to the Signet, I am but nominally a lawyer, and though to which it bad previously been an entire stranger. I do not refuse business, as little do I push it. No one
We seldom exert ourself very much in our slippers. cares how I live, or what I do ; and when I die, I shall We drink coffee, read magazines and new novels, chat be as little missed as if I were a leaf dropping off a in a pleasant and familiar manner with any friend who gooseberry bush, or a copying clerk starved to death in may happen to drop in, stretch ourself on the sofa his lonely garret. There are moments when I think I and allow all our children to scramble oyer us, write was born for better things; but the feeling soon gets cold short letters, cut open the parcels which booksellers and again. I am too indolent ever to make a figure in the publishers are continually sending us, or, finally, look bustling world ; so I poker the fire till it quivers brightover the communications we may have received during ly up the chimney, let down the venetian blinds, draw the day, and make up our mind as to their fate. Few the sofa a little nearer, and every thing looks so compeople would believe the quantity of manuscript that fortable that I would not change places with a kiog." passes through an Editor's hands in one shape or other. We confess, for our own part, we like to read manuscript,
What next ?_"A Day in Dumfries." This is not and we have a pleasure in breaking the seal of all the
an anonymous article ; its author is a man of genius; communications sent to us. We are sometimes wofully but the too common fate of genius has been his unde disappointed, for we always begin to read with the hope served misfortune. There is power and interest in the that the writer will turn out a man of talent, and the following notice of determination to do him all justice if he be so. Fre.
THE WIDOW OF BURNS. quently, we are not disappointed ;-the article may not "Upon enquiring for the house in which the poet had be altogether first-rate, but it contains the germs and lived, I was shown up a narrow and rather hilly little indications of genius, and with that we are always street, bearing his name, at the farther corner of which pleased. We never destroy a paper where there are a the house is situated. In appearance it inclines to the few good thoughts, however dull the rest of it may be respectable, is whitewashed, and contains a ground and \Ve lay it aside with the intention, as soon as we have upper story. A decent-looking weaver of seventy, and time and opportunity, of pruning, condensing, and a robust tanner of fifty, were conversing at the door. strengthening it, and then of giving it a corner in the Upon enquiring which was the identical house, “ Just JOURNAL. Thus, even our rejected are not neglected this ane, sir,' replied the tanner ; . an' auld luckie lives addresses. Our study is full of articles carefully tied up in't yet. Belike ye wad wish to see her ; I'll tell her a in different parcels, some of which may see the light gentleman wishes to speak to her, if ye think proper.' when their authors are least expecting it.
Declining his offer, he continued, Hoot! it's very com
mon; she'll think naething o't. Ye needna be blate, for cided favourite here: csto perpetua.” Mutability, thy ne'er a grain o' pride has auld luckie Burns !' I en- name is “ D. V." deavoured to thank him, and withdrew; for the epithet Here are some poems by Alexander Maclagan ; and auld luckie Burns ! sounded like blasphemy. Heaven we think it right that our readers should be told who and earth! auld luckie! Lovely Jean !the idol of Alexander Maclagan is. He is a young man in an the poet !—the inspirer of his muse !-whose praise, in humble walk of life a plumber, we believe-who, his words, has been sung by ten thousand times ten without any advantages or encouragement whatever, felt thousand tongues ! who lives as the spirit of music and something of the poet stirring within him ; and though of love in the imagination of nations ! to be in a mo: forced to struggle against his ignorance, both of orthoment not merely divested of her divinity, and associated graphy and grammar, has devoted many of his leisure with humanity, but familiarly styled auld luckie ! hours to putting his thoughts in verse. He has been luckie Burns! by a tanner! Nonstrous--humiliating a reader of the JOURNAL since its commencement; and -unpardonable !
having taken it into his head that he would like to see By a fortunate circumstance, an opportunity of vi. the Editor, he called upon us one evening, and intrositing Oirs Burns occurred in the evening. We were duced himself to us in a modest manner, as a poet was shown into a small rather genteel parlour by a servant | entitled to do. His story and appearance, together with girl, who, with a young grand-daughter, compose the the manuscripts he brought with him, interested us. We domestic establishment of the widow. Before me was lent him some books, and gave him the best advice we a dark-complexioned, somewhat corpulent, plain-looking could. He has been improving rapidly, and if he writes woman of sixty and vpwards, dressed in a slate-coloured many things as good as the following, he well deserves gown, a lighter shaded shawl, and a common muslin cap. encouragement : Her manners and appearance were those of an old Scoi. tish farmer's wife, in casy circumstances ;and this was
By Alexander Maclagan. Mrs Burns. Directing my attention to the original portrait of her husband by Nasınyth, · That,' said she,
Now summer's gane wi' a' her wiles, is the only likeness he ever sat for, an' its ower coarse.
Her rays o' gowd, her cheering smiles ; Turning to a print of the Cottar's Saturday Night,'
Her sangs o' joy, her hills o' green,
An' bonny winding groves between. over the mantel-piece, . Ye'll ken where that's from,' O where are now her happy days, continued she'; . it's reckoned an excellent thing.' Then Her lauching gowans on the braes, pointing my attention to two miniatures which hang a The crown o' towers upon her brow, little lower on each side of the print, “You'll not The primrose sweet, the violet blue? know these,' added she; this in red is my son James,
The cauld white foam o' winter's wrath and that in blue his brother William. James, ye'll ob.
Has cover'd o'er the winding path serve, is like his father's folk, but William aye took it o' That led me to the birken bower, my side.'
Where Love made short the langest hour : * Beautiful or accomplished Mrs Burns has never Alas! nae primrose sweet is there, been. In person she may have been what in Scotland But trees in frost stand shivering bare;is termed a likely lass, possessing a good beart, an ex- Poor limpin' hare, and cushet doo, cellent disposition, and a knowledge of domestic econo
Cauld, cauld maun be your biggin' now! my. And in making choice of such a woman, Burns Saw ye the robin twittering past, showed himself not merely possessed of the feelings of a His wee wing riven in the blast? poet, but the sense of a man. For, however we may See! mute he sits on yon auld tree, admire the genius of that sex which we are born to love,
An' the snaw-drift steeks his heartless ee : All song and no supper,' I opine, would shortly produce Deprived o' shelter, food, and rest, a note of discord little in unison with the harmony of
His tuneless bill sinks on his breast; wedded felicity."
Cauld swinging on a naked spray,
He spends his weary winter day: Ha! art thou there? These lines shall have a place Loud howls the tempest o'er the hill, without name or signature, and the reader shall judge
On sleeping nature frozen still ; for himself whether he ever read any thing by the same And turret grey frae ruin'd wa's, author before :
Mix'd in the tempests, tumbling fu's :
And living streams, wi' winter's breath,
Hae turn'd as cauld an' stiff as death ;-
How dear would be my humble strain,
Could it bring sweet summer back again!
We must add the following short piece, by the same
author, of whom we hope to have more to say ere long, How bends one distant lonely heart,
and in whom we should be glad to interest our readers :
MY LOST LOVE.
Sweet lady! touch thy harp again,
And sing me a soft and soothing lay;
A charm breathes round me from thy strain,
Like sunshine on a winter day.
Sing on, dear maid, though I am one
Who darkly look on all I see;
Mind not my mood, 'tis of a man
There was an eye that watch'd with mine “ D. V." has seen cause to change his opinion both of
Each morning's glory-bright and new;
And when I said, “ O how divine!" it and its Editor, and has waxed bitter in the “ Fife
There was a voice which said so too. Herald.” We had hoped bet:er things of “ D. V.” seeing that he wrote to us on the 28th of November, There was a little pulse that beat 1828,-" Your JOURNAL has already become a de. Beside the veins where my life play'd;
There were two light bewitching feet,
Unthinking, while her spirit's joy thus lightens in her That tripp'd with me where'er I stray'd.
Thatjoy should wake so deep a woe, those smiles so many There was a face if I was gay
sighs. Reflected back more fond delight; For if I smiled, we both were day,
She cannot know, she cannot guess, how every hour And if I frown'd, we both grew night.
In fancy I live o'er again, and never can forget; There came an hour--a dreadful hour
How every look, and every smile, and every passing tone, An age of woe it proved to me:
I've treasured up for dreams by day, and musings when The mists of Death fell round my flower,
alone. And wrapt it in Eternity.
The only paper remaining is a Letter from India. Then, lady, touch thy harp again,
It has had a long voyage across the ocean, and comes O sing me a soft-a soothing lay;
from a man of talent and observation. It is dated Would that the power were in thy strain, To free a weary soul from clay!
Bhooge, September 24th, 1828. We shall give an ex. !
tract from it, which will be read with interest. It Two unpublished poems by poor Knox, author of the treats of “ Harp of Zion,” make their appearance next. The one is “ To a Redbreast," and the other is entitled
THE MORALS AND CONDITION OF THE HIXDOO “ A Song, or any thing you please.” There are some sweet lines in the first particularly, but, as a whole, it “ You have heard much, and read much, of the pu. is imperfect.
rity, virtue, and simplicity, of the Hindoos, and that by Poems by “T. T. S.;" and a letter which begins -- authors who speak authoritatively, and whó, one would “ Heaven knows what has possessed me, but no man have thought, should have known something of their was ever plagued with such horrid ugly fits of dulness. manners. But it appears to me that many of these My brain is a perfect pandemonium of somnambulatory pictures have been sketched and finished without the Morpheuses, playing fifty tricks with my eyelids." authors having once issued from their closets ; for they There is often a great deal of vigour of conception about bear not a shadow of resemblance to the original of In. “ T. T. S. ;' many of his detached thoughts are un. dian life that has come under my observation. commonly bold and good, but he must cultivate his “For one instance, female virtue has here no existence. judgment and his style a little more. At present there All the women, both high and low, being degraded to is no dependence on him; he is excellent in one line, the capacity of mere slaves, it is in vain to look for puand in the next he is perfectly unintelligible. There is rity or virtue among them; and without this in a coun. much hope of future excellence, however, in any one try, from whence are the most elevated enjoyments of who can write thus :
mankind to spring? In truth, the men here may con
fine women by the most solemn bonds of which their A maid came blythesome to a racing stream, On either bank encurtain'd from the eye
religion is capable, as well as by locks, keys, and bars, With rocks and trees;-a prodigality
which they may deem insuperable; still, in spite of all Of thunder and of silence-shade and beam!
their ingenuity, they will give them the slip, and make The dancing mist did whirl and smoke beneath the best improvement too that they can of their liberty,
A mountainous fall, that, rolling down, did shake however transient it may be, and however much danger The fringes of the rock-embowering heath,
may attach to their offence. As 'twere the breeze. Beyond, a silent lake
" The degradation of the tender sex is here so abject, Lay mirroring the moon on heaven's breast,
that even when a sepoy deigns to appear in public, acLike to one mighty gem of amethyst.
companied by his wife, he walks in the most stately It was to meet her lover. Starry heaven
manner about twenty yards before her, while she is Hath seldom spread its arch o'er one so fair ; obliged to keep at that distance, or more, behind, creepThe dews did cluster on her braided hair,
ing along like a slave, not daring to lift her eyes from Like diamonds by the breezeless azure given; the ground, or to look either to the right hand or the Her cheek was like the latest tint of day,
left. She is close-veiled, and one peep from under it, Streak'd on the fading clouds,-a barmony
particularly at a British officer, would cost her dear inOf flush and brightness !-even as a sea
deed_at the least, a sound beating, in view of the That, lit with moonlight, looks both dark and gay.
man that was favoured with the glance. Or thus, in a poem called “ His first Song :"
“ Honour is the virtuous woman's polar star ; but in 'Twas like the mountain eagle's flight,
this country, nothing ever being trusted to the honour Leaving his nested throne,
of women, they have none; and the more restraints are To meet the morning's early light
laid upon their liberty, the more certain they are to On the belted horizon !
break through them. One cannot but wonder at their
perversity in this respect, for the punishment attending His brightest song-his eldest first!
the discovery of an offence, or even a supposed one, is 'Twas one ecstatic thrill;
prompt and dreadful. A mighty and a hallow'd burst Of the deep impassion'd will!
“ An extraordinary and shocking case of this kind
occurred here very lately. It happened that a man “ L. E." of Aberdecn thus begins a poem, which in. brought a young woman to Bhooge, from the other side dicates considerable poetical feeling :
of the Gulf of Cutch. Whether she came as his wife She knoweth not, she guesseth not, what love this bosom or mistress I do not know, but she was accompanied by fees,
her mother. He had given them to understand that he For aye the heart that's deepest moved, its passion most was going to settle at Bhooge ; but after getting them to conceals :
this place, he informed them that he was obliged to go The current glitters to the sun, and sparkles in his sheen, to Synde, an extensive province on the Indus. To this While dark in shade the deeper stream flows on, and they both objected, and said they would return to Katflows unseen.
tiwar. This moved him to jealousy, and he instantly But still let her with smiles, among the fair, the fairest suspected the young lady of having formed some inmove,
trigue among the military here, although there appearUnknowing of the silent heart that smile hath warm'a ed to have been neither proof nor evidence of this. to love;
“ They began, however, to suspect him of being me
ditating some terrible revenge, and took refuge in one Church of Scotland ; the ministers of which, rejecting of the temples. For several days he tried every art of the doctrine of apostolical succession in ordination, dissimulation to draw them from their asylum, making choose rather to derive their orders from the call of the the most solemn oaths that he had no intention of in- people. The whole system of Presbyterianism must be juring them. But they knew their man too well to invigorated by these annual Convocations of its disci. trust themselves again in his power, and kept by their ples. Once a-year the metropolis of Scotland becomes, sanetuary: When he found that nothing would pre- as it were, the metropolis of Presbyterianism ; and on vail on them to come out, he entered the temple one these occasions college friendships are renewed, old as. morning at the hour of prayer, and just as the worship- sociations revived, new connexions formed; and the pers were kneeling before the idols, he drew out his scie minister of some remote and barren parish in the meri. initar un perceived, and at one blow severed the young dian of the Orkneys, or John O'Groat's House, the woman's bead from her body, and then with a back wilds of Inverness, Argyll, or Ross-shire, meets, and stroke from the same blow, cut off the head of the mo. fights all his University “ battles o'er again,” with his ther. Both were done in one moment, for these scimi. old friend the minister of some parish more favoured by tars are as sharp as razors, and a second stroke is never Heaven in the fertile counties of the Lowlands. The required from them where there is no armour. The ruf. opportunity thus afforded, of attending both to the tem. fian made no attempts either at flight or resistance, but poral and spiritual welfare of the Church-of exercising suffered himself to be quietly taken and bound on the the faculties of the mind, and of gratifying the affection's spot. He was tried for the murder, and condemned to of the heart, cannot fail to be attended by the most be blown from the mouth of a cannon. When he came beneficial results. There is nothing like it in England, to the place of execution, he appeared even less con- and we are sorry for it. cerned than any of the spectators, and abused the exe. The external appearance, or what we may term the cutioner, in no very measured terms, for not tying a outward man, of the members of the Presbyterian Con. knot in the way he wished it. He then ordered hiin to vocation, generally indicates the district from which they desist altogether, for he was a bungler, and where was come. The clerical representatives of the Kirk from the there any necessity for binding him? The man desist. North and West Highlands may be easily distinguished ed accordingly, and the fellow turned about his face to as inhabitants of a wild and sterile region, by their wea. the cannon, and made a satirical bow to it, as if in ther-beaten cheek-bones, loose black or carroty locks, and mockery, and standing upright, and without fear, saw the discordant harshness of their voices, when they are the match put to the touch-hole, and the next moment emitting the genuine Doric of their own parishes. "The was blown to atoms. So much for Hindoo humanity air and gait of these conscript fathers point out not only and morality."
the desolate hills and the bleak fields among which they Hoping that the reader does not dislike us in our from nature, they have had to struggle sore in many a
vegetate, but that, in addition to their mortifications slippers, we shall take the liberty of speedily introdu doubtful combat with some lank and imperturbable Se. cing ourselves to him again in similar deshabillé, and ceder, going under the picturesque name of Burgher or shall proceed in an agreeable and easy manner to make Antiburgher, Old Light or New Light, Baptist, Me. a few remarks on everything.
thodist, or Independent, and with baretaced presumption erecting his meeting-house over against the manse. The Orkney and Shetland minister, moreover, may be
easily seen to have lived on nothing else but fish-keepTHE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
ing one long Lent all the year over, till the time of the No. I.
Convocation-when, as a sort of duty, that he may sup
port the tabernacle whilst in the body, he makes daily (FEELING it our duty to make the EDINBURGH LITERARY the most ravenous attacks on beef, roast and boiled,
JOUÊNAL as much as possible acceptable to all classes of lite- mutton, veal, lamb, and similar savoury dainties. The rary men in Scotland, we have pleasure in announcing a few ministers from the more fertile districts are also easily papers on the interesting subject of the General Assembly, from known, but by different marks. We do not in Scotland, the pen of a gentleman every way qualified for the task. They will be continued to the conclusion of the approaching meeting manners at once show that they are more accustomed to
as in England, frequently meet with parsons, whose of that venerable court. We may also state, that we have in preparation a series of sketches of the most distinguished hunt a fox or hare, shoot partridges, and carry fishing. clergymen of the Church of Scotland, which will appear under rods, than to trouble themselves greatly about sinners, the general title of “The Scottish Pulpit." -Ed. Lit. Jour.] wielding the “ sword of the Spirit,” or poring over
those most unpalatable of all languages, Hebrew and The most remarkable ecclesiastical court in Britain Greek. But the clergymen of the fertile Lowland pais the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. rishes may, nevertheless, be distinguished by their sleek We need say nothing of the Convocation of the Church and smooth appearance, by their tendency to rotundity, of England, which, were it allowed to meet, would of and their smiling, contented faces, which inevitably sugcourse throw the Scottish Assembly into the shade. We gest to the mind of the beholder good wheaten sheaves, must take things as they are ; and certainly, at present, a well-replenished manse,-a fertile glebe, and a comthe General Assembly is without a rival. It is the ul. fortable sum in cash, with an item for communion ele. timatum of the Presbyterian church-courts ; and though ments. Last of all, the Presbyterian pastors of cities its members cannot be said to be the representatives of and large towns are known by their air of superior digthe people with whom they are ostensibly connected, nity, by the less country-tailor expression of their dress, they form so numerous and respectable a body, that none by their silk umbrellas, and by a certain savoir vivre, can grudge them the possession of the privileges they which prevents them from staring up at the windows, enjoy.
and gaping at the brass, copper, silver, and golden lions It is not so much our intention to enquire into the of the Modern Athens. history of the General Assembly, as to offer a few re- So much for the general appearance of the clerical marks on this Clerical Jubilee, (for such it is,) and its members of the Presbyterian Convocation. But what members. No one will deny that an annual court of this of the laymenthe ruling elders, as they are called, description, sanctioned by not a few of the trappings of who form a considerable part of the Assembly? It royalty, yet preserving in a peculiar degree some of the must be admitted, unless we be rigid enough to object characteristics of a popular tribunal, is of considerable to the uncanonical practice of admitting laymen to legis. consequence to any legal establishment, such as the late in church courts, that these ruling elders add