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LITERARY CRITICISM.

away, that their original shape and size can no more be traced than those of the undefined and mysterious masses

which cover the Palatine, and which once constituted Brown's Select Views of the Royal Palaces of Scoto the palaces of the Cæsars; others, like Falkland and

land. With Letter-press Illustrations. By Dr J. Linlithgow, still entire, so far as concerns the walls, but Jamieson, F.R.S.E., &c. author of the Dictionary of with emply and roofless chambers, windows open to the the Scottish Language. Parts I., II., III., and iv. blast, grass-grown floors and courts, black and deserted Edinburgh. Cadell & Co. 1828 and 1829. hearths, pillars, arches, -and armorial bearings half de

faced or lost amidst ivy, wallflower, and lichen, and all We really take some shame to ourselves for not ha- silent, and lonely, and mournful, -all possessing that ving sooner noticed a work which, in every point of indescribable charm which nothing but ruin gives, and view, has strong claims upon our attention. A work

To which the palace of the present hour so perfectly Scotch, treating of Scotch subjects,-drawn, engraved, written, published, and, we trust, pretty ex

Must yield its pomp, and wait till ages are its dower. tensively sold, by Scotchmen,ếought not, even if its These capabilities, we think, have been turned to the merits were less conspicuous, to be neglected by a Scotch best account in the present work, in which the pencil of review. But, besides all this, it is the first work of its Mr Brown, ably seconded by the grace of Miller, has kind, upon a subject alike interesting to the antiquary, produced a most beautiful series of views of these rem. the poet, and the man of taste; and the execution is, in nants of our Scottish palaces. Of Mr Brown we know all respects, so worthy of the design, that, independently nothing, but that he is a teacher of drawing in Glas. of nationality, these illustrations of the old royal glories gow, and, we believe, a young man. If we are not of Scotland well deserve a passing tribute of appro- mistaken, too, we recollect having seen a large drawing bation.

in water-colours by him in this season's Exhibition, re. In fact, it is rather singular that a work on this sub presenting a ruin under a tranquil moonlight sky, (we ject has not appeared long ago, in this age of graphical, suppose some subject intended for a future number of topographical, and typographical illustration ; and that, this work,) which possessed great strength and breadth while every hole and corner of the royal palaces of Eng- of effect, with a manner of handling considerably reland have been rendered familiar to the lieges in the sembling the style of Williams, and which indicated splendid volumes of Pyne—while the very arcana of the a promise of future excellence as an artist. Generally royal dressing room and bed-chamber have been pub- speaking, he has displayed great judgment in the points lished to the day—it should have remained for the en- of view he has chosen in treating these subjects, and terprising conductors of the present work to embody, in considerable taste and feeling in the selection of those these handsome quartos, the fast-fading remnants of our lights and aspects under which he has represented them. Scottish magnificence, which are daily disappearing. Ii is needless to say, that his drawings have received It is true, we have here and there a scattered notice of every justice at the hands of the engraver, Mr Miller. some of our old palaces, illustrated by a so-so plate, in For small engravings, such as these and William's Gresome guide through Scotland or superannuated tour; cian views, his style, we think, is admirably adapted. but till now the subject of Scottish palaces has never, as in larger works, and, in particalar, in historical subjects, far as we know, been separately treated, or exhibited in Stewart is certainly superior to him ; but for a "picture what Mrs Malaprop. calls “a concatenation according in little,” some landscape gem of four inches by two and lg." And this is the more surprising from the very a half, the Quaker, for such we believe he is, is without great superiority wbich, in many respects, the illustra- a rival in Edinburgh. tion of such a subject in Scotland must possess over a si- Four numbers of the work hare appeared, each con. milar work on English palaces ; for 'the royal resi. taining three plates, with the accompanying letter-press. dences of the south are almost without exception still of this latter part of the work, we may say at once that it occupied as such, -still snug and comfortable, though is ably and learnedly treated, as indeed might have been occasionally old-fashioned or venerable. Even time expected from the author of the Hermes Scythicus, and honoured Windsor itself looks so white-washed, 80 the Scottish Dictionary; but, to our mind, the Doctor swept and garnished, so cheerful and trim, that all feel is occasionally rather too antiquarian and etymological ; ing of romance is excluded. You look along one of its and we could willingly have exchanged a little of the arched passages, and perceiving a dim-looking figure at discussion which takes place on these points for some the end, you set him down as some old gallant of the additional picturesque description, or some of those court, revisiting the glimpses of the sun. You walk up fading traditions and dreadful legends of which there to him, and he turns out to be a respectable beef-eater, are always enough to be picked up among the ruins of or a gentlemanly servant in livery, who pockets your old castles, more, particularly in those princely balls shilling with much politeness. You turn over a page which have been trod by the royal, the noble, and the of Mr Pyne's book, and in the first plate that meets beautiful ; and which it is a pleasant, and not altoyour eye, a strange vaulted building displays itself, gether a profitless task, to collect and preserve, before lighted from the top. Figures in white array are mos they have been entirely forgotten. A work of this ving up and down the Avor, some brandishing large kind is one, not of grave learning, but of amusement ; knives in their hands, while victims of different kinds and, in this department, we do not know a better model secm'extended on the altar. The smoke of the sacrifi-for imitation than Sir Walter Scott, who, amidst all his cial fire fills the pile and wraps the figures of the offi- antiquarian descriptions, so gracefully interweaves these ciating ministers in dusky vapour. Is this a Dom traits of superstition and chivalry, that even the dry Daniel, a sacrifice to the Grand Lama, or a scene in the bones of topography acquire life and motion in his hands. Inquisition ? Nothing of the kind. It is merely the We daresay the Doctor, too, has seen a little German "Interior of the King's kitchen at St James's," and that book by Gottschalk, on the subject of German ruins, fat high priest is the master cook.

(Ritter Vesten und Ritter Burgen,) in which we think These eating, drinking, and paying associations are a subject of this kind is very happily treated the vosadly unfavourable to the picturesque. But we mingle lume forming a pleasing pasticco of matters picwith other scenes in tracing the remains of the Scotch turesque, antiquarian, and poetical; speculations on an. palaces ; for it is long since these were discrowned tique buildings ; the life of the middle ages ; the hisand deserted, and their splendour transferred to another torical exploits, feuds, tournaments, robberies, courtkingdom. Most of them are in ruins and uninhabited; ships, and executions of their possessors, with many some, like Dunoon and Carrick, so completely worn. liule notices of those graceful or gloomy legends with which German imagination has peopled the old castles luted his Castle of Hermitage. It lies at the north-east of the Rhein-Gegend, and of which, no doubt, they foot of one of the Lomonds, and seems, at one time, to have a much wider stock than we can pretend to. Still have been a building of great extent and magnificence. we have quite enough to blend very agreeably with the In one of these gloomy towers, which once occupied this graver tissue of history; and we confess we should like site, did the unfortunate Rothesay fall a victim to the very much to see a popular work on Scottish ruins in ambition of the Regent Albany. Inveigled under false general, got up in Gotischalk’s manner, with better il pretences into Fife, the prince was shut up in the tower lustrations, (for our friend Gottschalk, and most of his of Falkland, and consigned to a lingering death by fabrethren, are lamentably deficient in that particular,) and mine. His life was for some time preserved in the manembodying, in the light, garrulous, ard picturesque style ner described by Sir Walter Scott' in the Fair Maid of of Chambers, the elite of our Scottish traditions. Perth, by means of small cakes conveyed to him by a

Revenons à nos moutons, for we have almost allowed young woman, the daughter of the governor, through a them to get out of sight. Number I. contains views of crevice in the wall. Her brutal father, viewing the act Dunstaffnage, Dunoon, and Falkland. Dunstaffnage, in the light of perfidy to himself, gave her up to de. in point of accompanying scenery, is the most pleasing struction. Sir Walter has not introduced, however, of these views. The ruin is situated on a rock, bathed another effort made by a female employed in the family by the waters of the Atlantic-skirted on the right by as a wet nurse, to preserve the life of the unfortunate Loch Etive, and surrounded on all sides with rocks, prince. She actually, as mentioned by Boethius, wood, water, and every element of the picturesque. Buchanan, and Pinkerton, sustained his life for some The view exhibits it under a tranquil and sunny glow, time with milk from her breasts, conveyed to him by the palace forming only a small object in the middle means of a long reed. She also fell a sacrifice to her distance. Very great dexterity is displayed in the en compassion. graving in avoiding the appearance of spottiness which, Here, also, the unfortunate Mary was a frequent vifrom the general diffusion of light, was not easy. Dun- sitor ; and here, according to Buchanan, Bothwell and staffnage, however, though interesting from its natural the Hamiltons intended to seize her person, at the time situation, makes no very prominent figure in Scottish that they contemplated the removal of Murray by death. history, nor can it boast of those associations with re- The whole story, however, is extremely doubtful. Here, membered names, which lend a charm to Linlithgow, too, begins the first scene of that dark tragedy, the last Lochmaben, or Carrick. From the time when the fatal act of which closed in Gowrie Castle. It was in the chair of royalty was transferred to Scone, after the woods of Falkland that James received the strange mes. union of the Scots and Picts, under the son of Alpine, sage from Alexander Ruthven, which induced him inthe importance which Dunstaffpage had possessed as stantly, with his hunting party, to spur for Perth, and the favourite seat of the Dalriadic kings soon disappear- produced that mysterious catastrophe, on which no dised, and Dr Jamieson seems to think the castle soon be tinct light has yet been thrown by the voluminous discame the prey of the invading Norwegians. It scarcely cussion which the subject has undergone. re-appears again in Scottish history except on the occa- Gloomy and deserted as Falkland now appears, it was sion of its being besieged and taken by Bruce in 1308, at one time a place of much revelry and merriment. In after his defeat at Dalree.

this character it is alluded to in the poem of our royal By the by, a whimsical instance of the fantastic author: tricks which etymologists do play with names, appears

Was never in Scotland hard nor sene in the account of Dunstaffnage. There is another fort

Sic dancin or deray, ress, about two miles off, called Dunolly, or Dunollah,

Neither at Falkland on the Grene, (probably, as the Doctor conjectures, Dun-Olaf, or the

Nor Pebillis at the play. Fortress of Olave, or Olaus, a very common Norwegian But it is time to say, with the old “ Lord Lyon King name.) But it so happens, that in Gaelic, the word at Arms, Olla nh, pronounced Ollah, signifies a physician, so Fareweel, Falkland, the forteress of Fyfe, tl' at some ingenious etymologist makes this the Fort Thy polite park under the Lowmound Law, &c. of th: Physician, and gets up a very pretty theory and to turn to fresh fields and pastures new. of its being a castle allotted for the residence of the me.

And here is the gem of Scottish palaces, Linlithgow. dical practitioner attached to the Royal Family. The notion of setting up a physician in a fortress, two miles tish Ariosto, imitating the Sternhold and Hopkins style

With much truth, though little poetry, did the Scot. off from the scene of action, is quite admirable, not to mention the extreme probability that his professional of old Sir David, exclaimexertions would, in that age, have been so handsomely

Of all the Palaces so fair acknowledged.

Built for the royal dwelling Of Dunoon, which is situated in Argyleshire, on the

In Scotland, far beyond compare right side of the Frith of Clyde, scarcely any thing re

Linlithgow is excelling. mains ; so that the artist has been obliged to give a sort For undoubtedly, in architectural magnificence, this of additional interest to the picture, by representing it is the noblest ruin of them all ; and even now the sounder a stormy effect; and this he has done remarkably lemn grandeur of its deserted square, still complete, well. The dark and thundery sky opening in the centre though the windows and roof are gone, is one of the with a watery gleam, the agitated sea, the boat sinking, most striking objects we ever remember to have witnessand the fishermen clambering up the rock in the fore- ed, and justifies the admiration which it extorted eren ground, are strikingly grouped, and exhibited with re- from the travelled Mary of Lorraine. An excellent en. markable clearness and force in Miller's engraving. graving of the court is given, with a more distinct proThe building, however, whatever may have been its ex. spect of the palace and loch, from the east. In yonder tent, is now so entirely delapidated, that scarcely any apartment, the window of which is ornamented by a vestiges remain of what it was. It is said, however, that crown, the unfortunate Mary first saw the light. Here, there are still a number of vaulted apartments pretty too, her father, scarcely less so, was born. Those blackentire under the ruins.

ened walls and rafters exhibit the traces of the fire in Next comes Falkland,—dark, dreary, melancholy 1745, occasioned by the carelessness of the royal army, Falkland--one of those piles which now look as if murs that consigned the palace, which down to that time der and crime had inarked it for their own, and which had been habitable, to ruin. And in this adjoining is in fact stained with a murder unexampled in cruelty, church, tradition places the appearance of the pretended (xcept by that with which the Knight of Douglas pol- apparition, which in vain attempted to warn James IV.

from the field of Flodden. Even a real ghost would, in Episcopal church to his troops, with Saunders Saunderall probability, have produced little effect on that obsti. son, in military array, performing the functions of clerk. nate monarch; but the truth is, that the phantasmago. The vignette to this volume is by Stephanoff. ria seems, in this case, to have been so bunglingly ma. Passing from these external attractions, (which are of naged, that no one but a ninny would have taken the no common kind,) the present edition of the Waverley ghost's word for a thousand farthings ; for the spectre, Novels acquires a peculiar interest, from its containing in this case, walked in, not through the key-hole, but the last revisions and corrections of the author, and from the church door, and contrived to take up a position the declaration contained in the General Preface that it is which allowed him quietly to make his exit through a not probable he will ever again revise, or even read, private door in the north wall. The whole business these tales. A great deal of new and interesting mats was a weak invention of the enemy to prevent the in- ter is accordingly introduced in the shape of Notes and tended expedition, and James, in all probability, saw Illustrations ; and the General Preface alone, compri. through the artifice. The conclusion of the ghostly sing, as it does, an account of the author's early career, message shows pretty plainly from what quarter this and private views and feelings with regard to the Wa. angelic missionary was dispatched. He forbids James verley Novels, together with one or two highly interest “ to mell or use the counsel of women, quhilk, if thow ing minor pieces, hitherto unpublished, (among which is doe, thow wilt be confounded, and brought to shame.” the first chapter of the first Novel Sir Walter ever atThe queen probably thought, that while it was politic tempted, and an excellent chapter it is, the General to interfere with his military expedition, it would not Preface alone is worth a great deal more than the price be amiss, at the same time, to read him a lecture on his of the whole book. From it we shall cull one extract amorous extravagances.

with which to grace our pages. It is an anecdote upon Absurd as the story is, however, it has been turned which Sir Walter's brother, Mr Thomas Scott, of to good account by Sir Walter in Marmion. His de- whom he speaks in the most affectionate terms, propo. scription of the disappearance of the figure is at once sed at one time to found a novel. It is finely and vihighly poetical, and a literal transcript of the language vidly told in the following words: of old Pitscottie. Sir David Lindsay is the speaker:

ANECDOTE OF SCHOOL DAYS.
The wondering monarch seem'd to seek
For answer, and found none;

“ It is well known in the South that there is little or And when he raised his head to speak,

no boxing at the Scottish schools. About forty or fifty The monitor was gone.

years ago, however, a far more dangerous mode of fightThe marshal and myself had cast

ing in parties or factions was permitted in the streets of To stop him as he outward past;

Edinburgh, to the great disgrace of the police, and dan. But, lighter than the whirlwind's blast,

ger of the parties concerned. These parties were geneHe vanish'd from our eyes,

rally formed from the quarters of the town in which the Like sunbeam on the billow cast,

combatants resided, those of a particular square or dis. That glances but, and dies.

Canto IV. $ 17.

trict fighting against those of an adjoining one. Hence

it happened that the children of the higher classes were “ Before the king's eyes,” says our old naive histo-often pitted against those of the lower, each taking their rian, “ and in presence of all the lords that were about side according to the residence of their friends. So far him, this man vanished away, and could no ways be as I recollect, however, it was unmingled either with seen or comprehended, but vanished away as he had feelings of democracy or aristocracy, or indeed with mabeen a blink of the sun, or a whip of the whirlwind.” lice or ill-will of any kind towards the opposite party.

We shall perhaps resume the subject of these palaces In fact, it was only a rough mode of play. Such consome other day; meantime we cordially recommend the tests were, however, maintained with great vigour with work to the public, and to Scotchmen in particular. stones, and sticks, and fisticuffs, when one party dared

to charge, and the other stood their ground. Of course

mischief sometimes happened, boys are said to have been Waverley Novels-New Edition, with the Author's killed at these Bickers, as they were called, and serious Notes. Waverley. 2 vols. Edinburgh. Cadell accidents certainly took place, as many contemporaries & Co. 1829.

can bear witness.

" The author's father, residing in George Square, in THE public have been already sufficiently apprised of the southern side of Edinburgh, the boys belonging to the intended publication of this new cabinet edition of that family, with others in the square, were arranged the Waverley Novels, which is to be completed in 40 | into a sort of company, to which a lady of distinction volumes, a volume to be ready every month, and the presented a handsome set of colours. Now this com price of each to be five shillings. The two first volumes, pany or regiment, as a matter of course, was engaged in containing Waverley, are now before us, and we hesi. weekly warfare with the boys inhabiting the Crosscausetate not to say, that a more beautiful book has never way, Bristo Street, the Potterrow,-in short, the neigh. issued from the Edinburgh press. The typography is bouring suburbs. These last were chiefly of the lower in Ballantyne's very best style, the paper is of an un- rank, but hardy loons, who threw stones to a hair’s. usually fine quality, and the appearance of the whole is breadth, and were very rugged antagonists at close eminently tasteful and inviting. The frontispiece to quarters. The skirmish sometimes lasted for a whole the first volume is engraved by R. Graves, from a de- evening, until one party or the other was victorious, sign by Stephanoff. It represents Flora NacIvor sing. when, if ours were successful, we drove the enemy to ing and playing on the harp to Waverley, in the fore- their quarters, and were usually chased back by the re. ground of a romantic Highland landscape. The vig- inforcement of bigger lads who came to their assistance. nette to the same volume is in Landseer's happiest If, on the contrary, we were pursued, as was often the manner. It introduces us to Davie Gellatley, (the very case, into the precincts of our square, we were in our man, we are certain,) waiting at the Dern Path, with tum supported by our elder brothers, domestic servants, Ban and Buscar, two splendid hounds. Much, how- and similar auxiliaries. ever, as we like these illustrations, the frontispiece to “ It followed, from our frequent opposition to each volume second pleases us still more. It is a beautiful other, that, though not knowing the names of our eneengraving by Charles Rolls, from a design by Newton, mies, we were yet well acquainted with their appearance, representing the tine old soldier, the Baron of Bradwar- and had nicknames for the most remarkable of them. dine, engaged in reading the Evening Service of the One very active and spirited boy might be considered as the principal leader in the cohort of the suburbs. He “ Perhaps I ought not to have inserted this schoolboy was, I suppose, thirteen or fourtee: years old, finely tale; but, besides the strong impression made by the in. made, tall, blue-eyed, with long fair hair, the very pic- cident at the time, the whole accompaniments of the ture of a youthful Goth. This lad was always first in story are matters to me of solemn and sad recollection. the charge, and last in the retreat-the Achilles, at of all the little band who were concerned in those juonce, and Ajax, of the Crosscauseway. He was too venile sports or brawls, I can scarce recollect a single formidable to us not to have a cognomen, and, like that survivor. Some left the ranks of mimic war to die in of a knight of old, it was taken from the most remark the active service of their country. Many sought disable part of his dress, being a pair of old green livery tant lands to return no more. Others, dispersed in dif. breeches, which was the principal part of his clothing ; ferent paths of life, my dim eyes now seek for in vain.' for, like Pentapolin, according to Don Quixote's ac- Of five brothers, all healthy and promising, in a degree count, Green-Breeks, as we called him, always entered far beyond one whose infancy was visited by personal the battle with bare arms, legs, and feet.

infirmity, and whose health after this period seemed “ It fell, that once upon a time, when the combat was long very precarious, I am, nevertheless, the only sur. at the thickest, this plebeian champion headed a sudden vivor. The best loved, and the best deserving to be loved, charge, so rapid and furious, that all fled before him. who had destined this incident to be the foundation of He was several paces before his comrades, and had ac- literary composition, died before his day,' in a distant tually laid his hands on the patrician standard, when and foreign land ; and trifles assume an importance not one of our party, whom some misjudging friend had in their own, when connected with those who have been trusted with a couteau de chasse, or hanger, inspired loved and lost.". with a zeal for the honour of the corps, worthy of Major We sincerely hope that Messrs Cadell and Co. intend Sturgeon himself, struck poor Green-Breeks over the throwing off a very large impression of each volume of head, with strength sufficient to cut him down. When the present edition of these Novels; for it is a book this was seen, the casualty was so far beyond what had which every body will buy, and not to possess which will ever taken place before, that both parties Aed different come to be considered a sort of literary delinquency. ways, leaving poor Green-Breeks with his bright hair plentifully dabbled in blood, to the care of the watch. man, whó (honest man) took care not to know who had The Hope of Immortality. A Poem in four Parts. done the mischief. The bloody hanger was flung into

Edinburgh. William Blackwood. 1829. one of the Meadow ditches, and solemn secrecy was This is a respectable poem that is to say, the author sworn on all hands; but the remorse and terror of the is by no means an idiot; but he is a duli rogue, and actor were beyond all bounds, and his apprehensions of his book, on the whole, is portentously heavy. It is the most dreadful character. The wounded hero was too full of commonplaces about death, and long-winded for a few days in the Infirmary, the case being only a attempts to prove, from the light of nature, that man's trifling one. But though enquiry was strongly pressed soul is immortal. It is a sad mistake to suppose that on him, no argument could make him indicate the per- this constitutes poetry. Immortality is a dangerous son from whom he had received the wound, though he subject to meddle with. It is not every body who goes must have been perfectly well known to him. When into a churchyard, and gets sentimental over the tomb. he recovered, and was dismissed, the author and his stones, who can grapple with the mighty theme. The brothers opened a communication with him, through the whole soul must be poured out upon it, and that soul medium of a popular gingerbread baker, of whom both must be no purling rill

, but a deep, dark, rushing torrent. parties were customers, in order to tender a subsidy in It makes us sick to hear the mawkish sentimentalities name of smart-money. The sumn would excite ridicule drawled out by old women with white pocket-handker. were I to name it; but sure I am, that the pockets of chiefs, who dare to envelope with their drivelling fantathe noted Green-Breeks never held as much money of sies the awful majesty of death and futurity. Neither his own. He-declined the remittance, saying that he can we listen with patience—though, perhaps, it is very would not sell his blood; but at the same time Tepro wrong in us—to the wise saws and modern instances of bated the idea of being an informer, which he said was a divine, in his twenty-third year, who, because he has clam, i. e. base or mean. With much urgency he ac- got into the pulpit, and feels the necessity of looking cepted a pound of snuff for the use of some old woman, grave, deems himself justified in treating his auditors to aunt, grandmother, or the like,—with whom he lived. all the declamatory insipidities and tautological morali. We did not become friends, for the bickers were more

ties suggested by dissolution. In spite of his black agreeable to both parties than any more pacific amuse- gown we hate the spouter, for there is no more real feel. ment; but we conducted them ever after under mutual ing in what is uttered by his thick ugly lips, than there assurances of the highest consideration for each other. is in the twang of his precentor's nose, who hebdoma.

“Such was the hero whom Mr Thomas Scott pro- dally murders the hundredth Psalm. Nor have we ever posed to carry to Canada, and involve in adventures been able to reconcile ourselves to that tribe of poetasters with the natives and colonists of that country. Perhaps who consider themselves great in el giac stanzas and the youthful generosity of the lad will not seem so great pieces of sublimity, founded on the grand revelations of in the eyes of others, as to those whom it was the means religion. Morial agony, and death, and eternal life, of screening from severe rebuke and punishment. But are not weapons for the hand of a rhymester. So many it seemed to those concerned, to argue a nobleness of libraries have already been written about them, that it sentiment far beyond the pitch of most minds; and how requires something more than the pen of an underling to ever obscurely the lad, who showed such a frame of no- venture upon adding another volume. ble spirit, may have lived or died, I cannot help being We shall just quote one stanza from “ The Hope of of opinion, that if fortune had placed him in circum- Immortality;" and, with the author's leave, we shall stances calling for gallantry or generosity, the man print it in our own way. It runs as follows: would have fulfilled the promises of the boy. Long af. “ Open the grave, and ask the dweller there if it terwards, when the story was told to my father, he avails him that his life was spent in deeds of piety,– censured us severely for not telling the truth at the that he did share his substance with the poor, and that time, that he might have attempted to be of use to the he went about still doing good? Is he not pent in the young man in entering on life. But our alarms for the same miserable house of clay, as the polluted monster consequences of the drawn sword, and the wound in- who hath sent Death and Destruction, in their wild deflicted with such a weapon, were far too predominant at ray, through the abodes of men ? They meet the same the time for such a pitch of generosity.

decay.”

As this is a tolerably good piece of prose, we advise the MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. author to give up dividing his lines into ten syllables.

SKETCHES OF THE LEADING MEMBERS OF THE

GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

[As the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is now The Family Library. No. II. The History of Na- sitting, we think a few sketches of the leading characters who poleon Buonaparte, (Bonaparte.) With Engravings usually distinguish themselves at its meetings, may not be unacon Steel and Wood. Two vols. Vol. II. London. ceptable to many of our readers. We trust that our sketches, John Murray. 1829.

though necessarily short, will be found accurate and impartial.

We would wish it also to be understood, that we affect to settle no This volume of the Family Library is fully equal to being entirely accidental. The gentleman who has favoured us

claim of precedence by the order in which we present them, this the first, whether as regards its literary merits, or the with several papers on the General Assembly, is uot the author of beauty of its embellishments. There are nine engra- these sketches. Ed. Lit. Jour.] vings, and they are all good. The first, in particular,

I. DR INGLTS. which represents Napoleon meeting the army on his return from Elba, is one of the most

spirited things of the the ministers of the Old Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh,

Since the death of Principal Hill, Dr Inglis, one of kind we ever saw.

It is full of poetry, and is a gem of has been at the head of the moderate party in the great value. The other subjects are, Charge of Cos church. For this eminence he has not been indebted, sacks,” “ Head of Napoleon," • Head of Maria. Louisa,” ,” « The King of Rome," “ Flight from Smor: his own predecessor, Dr Hill

, to popular eloquence and

like Principal Robertson, to his literary fame, or like goni,”

"'« Fontainebleau," " Waterloo,” and “ Tomb of Napoleon." Let Me Murray proceed as lie has be official situation; he owes it entirely to the high chagun, and the Family Library will yield to not one of racter for intellectual energy, for wisdom, and especially the numerous publications of the day, whether they be for knowledge of church forms and ecclesiastical polity,

which he has always sustained. Dr Inglis does not cheap or dear.

possess what are called popular talents : his speeches are remarkable, not for flights of eloquence, or for ready

repartee, or for humorous allusion, but for strong reaChapters on Churchyards. By the Authoress of “ El- what is understood by the term common-sense

. He has

soning, clear arrangement, and a very large share of len Fitzarthur," “ Solitary Hours," &c. 2 vols.

now for many years distinguished himself in the deEdinburgh. William Blackwood. 1829.

bates, and principally influenced the decisions, of the Tue contents of these two pleasing and elegant yo- Dr Inglis is always listened to with the greatest re

Presbytery of Edinburgh. In the General Assembly, lumes originally appeared in Blackwood's Magazine. specta respect which is equally due to his high taThey are from the pen of Miss Caroline Bowles, a lady lents, to the uniform integrity of his character, and to of much refinement and delicacy of taste, and to whom, the philosophical view which he generally takes of the we observe, Mr Southey has dedicated his last poetical subject under discussion. Church courts are not very production,—“ AU for Love," and "The Pilgrim of patient of mere eloquence : there the verbiage and the Compostelía.". As the Chapters on Churchyards have warmth which are not without their effect upon a popu. come before the public in another shape, it is unne lar audience, generally fail. Facts, sound sense, and cessary to say more of them at present, than to assure decision, are the requisites most useful to a party leader ; such of our readers as may not yet have seen them, that and Dr’ Inglis seems at all times willing to rest his they will find them charact:rized by a strain of pure and cause upon these grounds, rather than show any desire tender sentiment, expressed in classical and beautiful to advance it by ingenious reasoning and plausible 80diction.

phistries. In imagination, in tire, in glowing expres. sion, in richness of illustration, in bursts of passion, he

will stand no comparison with Dr Chalmers ; – in acuteStories from the History of Scotland, in the Manner ness, in point, in versatility of application, in humour,

of Stories selected from the History of England. in vulgar, but yet telling satire, he yields to bis usual By the Rev. Alexander Stewart, minister of Douglas. antagonist, Dr Thomson : in dignity and forcible reaSecond edition, greatly enlarged. Edinburgh. Oliver soning, and general wisdom, he is certainly superior to

both. and Boyd. 1829. 18mo. Pp. 374.

It may be thought singular by some, that although The fact of this excellent little work having reached at the head of the moderate clergy, whom their oppo. a second edition, notwithstanding the publication of the nents are fond of representing as less orthodox in creed Tales of a Grandfather, is a sufficient testimony as to than themselves, Dr Inglis is admitted by all who have its merits. In a modest and well-written preface, Mr beard him to be a strictly Calvinistic preacher. We may Stewart says : “ When I was engaged with the first edi. remark, that the terms wild and moderate, as applied to tion of these stories, I little thought that I was about to the two great parties in the church, are characteristic of enter the lists with so formidable a competitor as the a difference in opinion upon questions of discipline, ra. Author of Waverley. Of the presumption of rushing ther than upon the articles of their common faith. To voluntarily to so hazardous a competition, I must plead separate the real Calvinists from the Arminians on the altogether guildless. My humble work was ready to one hand, and Antinomians on the other, would require, issue from the press, when the • Tales of a Grandfather' if it were at all practicable, a new and very different diwere first projected ; and my only advantage was, that I vision. preoccupied the ground, when my mighty rival was only Di Inglis has been sometimes accused of overbearing preparing to buckle on his armour.” Mr Stewart haughtiness, but we believe there is not much foundapublished his work six months before the appearance of tion for the charge. He and his great political oppo. Sir Walter's first series ; and though similar in design, nent, the late venerable Sir Henry Dioncrieff

, had this in it is different in execution. It is an elegant little vo- common-they were both distinguished for gentlemanly lume, which ought always to accompany the “ Tales of feeling, and a high sense of personal honour. They a Grandfather," and will be read with advantage, even lived together, not, we believe, on terms of great inti. after their perusal

macy—that could hardly have been expected—but of perfect courtesy ; and entertained that reciprocal respect

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