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naked vice is fitted to call forth, but rather with that an expedient, by the way, the success of which ought sympathy which is due to misfortune without blame. certainly to recommend it to all whose object it is to Thus, comparing in one place Burns's life to some un. extenuate whatever guilt and deforinity may stain the finished building.-" The plan,” he beautifully says, character of those whom they admire. There are, how. “of a mighty edifice had been sketched; some columns, ever, of Mr Lockhart's more formal apologies for the porticoes, firm masses of building, stand completed; the poet, one or two which we cannot help noticing. In rest more or less clearly indicated ; with many a far- one place, be prefaces an account of the origin of cer. stretching tendency, which only studious and friendly tain faults, which he had just before related, by the fol. eyes can now trace towards the purposed termination." lowing passage :-“ Of these failings, and indeed of The true sense of this passage we should give briefly all Burns's failings, it may be safely asserted, that there thus :--Burns had the finest talents given hin by na- was more in his history to account and apologize for ture ; and, had he but used them aright, what might them, than can be alleged in regard to almost any other he not have been! In another place he expresses him- great man'siin perfections." Now, weshall willingly grant self thus :-“In such toils,” alluding to Burns's profes- to Mr Lockhart the truth of all that he states respectsional employments in the excise, was that mighty ing the origin of these failings, as he is pleased to term spirit sorrowfully wasted, and a hundred years may pass them. Let it be supposed that they at first took their on before another such is given us to waste;”. -a passage rise from a burning desire in the poet's soul to be dis. which, interpreted literally, implies that the blame of tinguished, from his conscious possession of uncommon Burns's ruin lay with his fellow-inen ; but which, in the talents for conversation, from appetites naturally fervid, language of truth and real life, just amounts to this :- from a characteristic contempt of “ nice and scrupulous First, That it was the lot of Burns, as it has been of rules ;" yet all this cannot change the essential nature many another man of noble genius, to drudge at an em- of those vices which, through such means, became fixed ployment in which there was nothing great or worthy of elements of his character. The truth is, that if it be his mind; and secondly, That, by profligate habits acc. admitted as forming any apology for the vices of Burns, ing upon a constitution naturally nervous and irritable, that they arose from such and such causes, there are he wore out the vigour of his body, and greatly wasted few characters so guilty as not, on the same principles, the energies of his mind. Once more, apologising for to admit of defence. Burns's life, he says_Granted the ship comes into Mr Lockhart allows that " it is possible, for some it harbour with shrouds and tackle damaged, and the pilot may be easy, to imagine a character of a much higher is therefore blameworthy; for he has not been all-wise cast than that of Burns, developed, too, under circumand all-powerful; but to know how blameworthy, tell stances in many respects not unlike those of his history, us first whether his voyage has been round the globe, or the character of a man of lowly birth, and powerful only to Ramsgate and the Isle of Dogs ?". Will it be genius, elevated by that philosophy which alone is pure credited that, of this very Robert Burns, whom he thus and divine, far above allannoyances of terrestrial spleen virtually acquits of all blame, (for what man is or can and passion.". But then he asks, “ Could such a bebe “ all-wise and all-powerful,”)--that of this very man ing have delighted his species, could he even have in. he had before spoken in such appalling terms as the structed them, like Burns ? Ought we not to be thankfollowing:_“For now, with principles assailed by evil ful for every new variety of form and circumstance, in example from without, by . passions raging like demons' and under which the ennobling energies of true and lofty from within, he had little need of scepucal misgivings genius are found addressing themselves to the common to whisper treason in the heat of the baitle, or to cut off brethren of the race ? Would we have none but Mil. his retreat if he were already defeated. He loses his tons and Cowpers in poetry ; but Brownes and Southeys feeling of innocence; his mind is at variance with itself'; in prose ? Were the doctrine of intellectual excom. the old divinity no longer presides there ; but wild de munication to be thus expounded and enforced, how sires and wild repentance alternately oppress him. Ere small the library that would remain to kindle the fancy, long, too, he has committed himself before the world ; to draw out and refine the feelings, to enlighten the head his character for sobriety, dear to a Scottish peasant as by expanding the heart of man! From Aristophanes to few corrupted worldlings can even conceive, is destroyed Byron, how broad the sweep, how woful the desola. in the eyes of men, and his only refuge consists in try- tion !". Not to dwell on what is sufficiently obvious, ing to disbelieve his guil:iness, and is but a refuge of that all this, even supposing it true, has no bearing on lies. The blackest desperation now gathers over him, the question of Burns's culpability, we cannot but exbroken only by the red lightnings of remorse. of press our astonishment, that Jr Lockhart should ever this man it is, that the same reviewer afterwards says-have given to the public the passage which has just “ With our readers in general, with men of right fcel. been quoted. Are we then to be gravely told, that a ing anywhere, we are not required to plead for Burns.” profligate rake, who can dress up the tale of his mida And, finally, it is with respect to this man and Lord night revels in a drapery far more fascinating to the Byron that he speaks, in another place, thus:-" They sense of most men than midnight revellings are abhor. were sent forth as inissionaries to their generation, to rent to their minds that such a man is a better intcach it a bigher doctrine, a purer truth : they had a structor of his species than he who, with a powerful gemessage to deliver, which left them no rest till it was nius, has spent his days and nights in the school of a accomplished ; in dim throus of pain this divine behest “ pure and divine philosophy ?" If such are the inlay smouldering within them, for they knew not what structors to whom Mr Lockhart would bring our youth, it mcant, and felt it only in mysterious anticipation, we like him not for a pedagogue. But " ought we noi and they had to die without articulately uttering it.” to be thankful for every new variety of form and cirTrue, indeed ! if Burns and Byron were missionaries to cumstance in and under which genius addresses us ?" their generation of a purer truth, they had to die with. Yes, truly, thankful for every variety! and, though it out articulately uttering it. Certain at least it is, the should be Atheism, or debasing lewdness, or brutish in6 higher doctrine, the purer truth,” is not to be found temperance, or malignant revengeif these are " forms in The Holy Fair or Don Juan.
in and under which the ennobling energies of genius are We cannot attempt to notice every thing which Mr found addressing themselves to the common brethren of Lockhart has advanced, by way of apology for Burns, the race,” surely we ought to be thankful for them ! in the course of his Biography. It appears to us, in- Would we have none but Miltons and Cowpers, deed, that his defence of the post owes not a little of its Brownes and Southeys ? Froin Aristophanes to Byron, effect to the incidental use of certain softening phrases, how broad the sweep, how woful the desolation ! to express the darker shades of his melancholy history But we must close these strictures on Alr Lockhart
and his Reviewer. We are quite aware that the opi. It is not absolutely necessary, according to the con. nions which have thus been expressed will, in the judg. stitution of the Kirk, that the Moderator or President ment of many, stamp their author as an impenetrable of the meeting should be a minister. The celebrated bigot, and “ narrow-minded puritan in works of art.” George Buchanan once held the office; but he was, so There are many, very many, who, provided a man pos far as we know, the only instance of a layman being sess genius, and provided, always, that he is unim- called to the Moderator's chair; and custom has, in a peached on the point of honour, feel very indifferent as manner, now sanctioned that no one but a minister be io his morals in other respects, whether he be profane elected.' It is right that it should be so; for in an or religious, profligate or temperate. To all such, our ecclesiastical court, it would be preposterous, not to say old-fashioned, sober way of thinking, will be far from uncanonical, to elect a layman as President. It was agreeable ; nevertheless, it will not do to lower the only in a late Assembly, however, that a learned judge standard of truth to suit them. One remark more, and -a ruling elder_vigorously maintained that he, or any we have done. When a man of genius sits in judg- other member, had as good a right to the Moderator's ment upon the character of a man of genius, allowance chair as the Reverend Principal (Haldane of St An. is due for the partialities of a brother. In this circum- drews) who so ably filled it; nay, if we recollect right, stance, sonie excuse is to be found, not only for Mr the said learned judge even hinted that, op some future Lockhart and his Reviewer, but also for one who needs occasion, a lay member would probably propose himself apology perhaps more than either, because, with a cha. as a candidate. The thing might be done, but we beracter for sound and strict morals which has more than lieve with little hopes of success. The case of George once procured for him, from Mr Lockhart, the appella- Buchanan would be found of little weight as a precetion of the “ great
ral poet,"'_he, too, has lifted his dent; because Buchanan, though a layman, was a Propen in defence of Robert Burns. It is deeply to be la- fessor or Doctor of Theology, and lectured as such in mented that Wordsworth, in the enthusiasm of gencrous the University of St Andrews. Let us only observe the sympathy with a kindred genius, should have lent him- duties of the Moderator. This functionary is chosen self to write an apology for Burns, wherein he, the annually,—that is, a new Moderator is always elected “ moral poet,” speaks with disapprobation, if not con- at the annual meeting of the Assembly. It is the duty tempt, of the “ rigidly virtuous,” and which profane of the Moderator, as President of the Convocation, to wits will find ample enough to cover whatsoever of im- open and conclude every sederunt with prayer ; and piety or of profligacy they also may be able to adorn when the assembly has concluded its business, the Mowith poetic charms.
derator addresses to the members a speech, (having first
addressed the Lord High Commissioner,) in which, as a THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
clergyman, he terms them right reverend and right No. II.
honourable. This being done, he dissolves the Assem.
bly in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and, by the We have already offered a few remarks on the ap- same authority, appoints when it shall meet again. Dupearance of the members who compose the General As- ring the sitting of the Assembly, too, the Moderator, sembly. We now proceed to the Court itself.
pro tempore, is, or ought to be, the great channel of The Assembly is a very dignified court. There is communication between the church and the government. something peculiarly finc in the idea of a national ec. It is utterly impossible that he can be re-elected ; at clesiastical synod, convened annually in a systematic least, we never heard of such a procedure in the annals manner, for the dispatch of business. The Assembly of the court. At the subsequent meeting, the Lord had indeed at one time greater power than it now pos. High Commissioner walks in procession to the church
Our readers, we presume, know something of or cathedral of St Giles', where divine service is perits history in the reigns of James I., Charles I., and formed, and a sermon is preached before him by the the Commonwealth ; and they are also aware, that the last Moderator, after which the court assembles in the time has now gone by when this court was an object of aisle ; the Lord High Commissioner submits his comfear to the government, when it even defied the power mission to the Assembly, which is read, and duly re. of Oliver Cromwell ; and when, by his command, it was gistered ; the old Moderator constitutes the court, and found necessary to cause Colonel Cotterell to surround the first thing done, is to proceed to the election of a new the house where it was held with an armed force, and President, which being accomplished by a kind of popu. peremptorily dismiss the members. Yet it is still,- lar election--popular, however, more in name than in though shorn of its power and influence,-a court, the reality-the old Moderator vacates his seat to his success. meeting of which is of great importance to the Establish or. Now it is not very likely that the church of Scoted Church—a magnum et venerabile nomen ; and its land would admit a layman into her pulpits; and it is members must necessarily look forward to its convoca- less likely that, when she can get clergymen to under. tion with no common interest.
take the office of Moderator in her supreme ecclesiasti. The court is constituted in a peculiar manner : a cal court, she would consent to the duties being done nobleman is always appointed by the King to be the by proxy. representative of royalty, dignified with the title of the
Our readers are aware that the Church of Scotland, Lord High Commissioner ; and this functionary walks for nearly a century, has been divided into two parties, in procession to and from the meetings of the Assembly termed the moderale, and the popular or evangelical with a guard of honour, and with a limited, though at party; or, as they would be termed in England, the the same time imposing, parade of dignity. During court and the country parties--the High Church and the two Sundays which intervene during the sittings of the Low. The former of these parties are generally the court, a procession is got up, and the Commissioner | Tories, the latter Whigs; and their mode of preaching proceeds to St Giles' in state, where sermons are preached is very different, yet both profess to follow rigidly the before him by ministers appointed by the court for that doctrines and usages of the Kirk. Since the days of purpose. He also holds levecs every day before the Principal Robertson, the historian of Scotland, the foropening of the court for daily business; those levees, mer of these parties have always possessed the ascend. which are held on the first day of the Assembly (which ency in the Assembly; and it is from that party that is always on a Thursday), and on the Sundays, are best the Moderator is generally chosen : indeed, we may say, attended. Finally, there is abundance of feasting and has been chosen, with only one or two exceptions, for making merry : the Moderator gives his breakfasts, and more than half a century. The election of the Mode. the Lord High Commissioner his dinners, not to men- rator is completely on the close or borough system, it tion many other private occasions.
never coming to a fair trial of votes, for the new Mo.
Eerator is generally appointed or nominated by the tronger party some months before the meeting of the Issembly.
In our next paper, we shall advert to other peculiar Features of the General Assembly.
I mind when you used to tell me, coz,
That I never would sober down;
I was wild enough I own;
They have all march'd by at last ;
In the distance is dying fast.
The auld wives cam' hirpling in scores frae the clachin, The young wives cam'rinnin', a' gigglin' and laughin', The bairnies cam' todlin', a' jinkin' and daffin',
And poukit the tails o' the queer auld man. Out cam' the young widows, a' blinkin' fu' meekly, Out cam' the young lasses, a' smirkin' fu' sweetly, Out cam' the auld maidens, a' bobbin' discreetly,
And gat them a smack frae the queer auld man ! Out cam' the big blacksmith, a' smeekit and duddy, Out cam' the fat butcher, a' greasy and bluidy, Out cam' the wee cartwright, the auld drucken body,
An' swore they wad batter the queer auld man.
Oat cam' the lang weaver wi' his biggest shuttle,
An' swore they wad flaughter the queer auld man !
It is very strange to consider, coz,
What a few short years may do ;-
And a wife and mother of you.
And you a girl once more,
Or pick'd up shells by the shore !
Where we read the Arabian Nights?
Where I made my paper kites?
That was higher a foot than me;
And it flew away over the sea.
That we used so to kiss and hug ;
Till it turn'd out a black-nosed pug ;
And my pumps always down in the heel,
In the middle of every reel.
For a single king's birth-day;
But their magic is gone for aye !
That rocket-like went forth,
And fallen unmark'd on the earth.
As they used to have long ago ?
Has the air as soft a glow?
Before you lie down to sleep?
Then think they may die, and weep?
And what is a knowledge of life?
And that you are another man's wife !
Though it gain me a short-lived eclat, If I'm soon to become an old bachelor,
And you, coz, a grandmama ?
Any more of these foolish letters,
And join in your children's revels,
H, G. B.
The beggar he coust aff his wee wooden peg,
O saw ye e'er sic a brisk auld man?
O kend ye e'er sic a brave auld man ? He puffed on the weaver, he ran to his loom, He skelpit the snab hame to cobble his shoon, He shankit the herd, on his bog reed to croon
Oken'd ye e'er sic a strang auld man? The wives o' the town then a' gathered about him, And loudly an' blithely the bairnies did shout him; They hissed the poor louns, who had vowed they wad
O ken'd ye e'er sic a lucky auld man?
A LETTER TO MY COUSIN.
A dozen letters a-day;
That I don't know a thing to say: "Tis a long-long time since we met, dear coz,
And I'm sadly changed since then;
I'm so very like other men,
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES. says the Court Journal, by means of novels, is now about to re
ceive its highest perfection. The class of fashionable authors has
risen in rank from private gentlemen to peers; and we are now We understand that a Life of Oliver Cromwell, comprising the assured, that a work, to be called “ The Exclusives," from the History of the Commonwealth, from the year 1642 to the Resto
pen of an authoress of Royal blood, is actually in the press. ration of Charles II. in 1660, by M. Russell, LL.D., the learned
The new novel, by the author of Pelham, is entitled Devcreux, author of the “Connexion of Sacred and Profane History," will
and will be published early next month. form two volumes of Constable's Miscellany, which will appear in
Mr Loudon is about to publish an Encyclopædia of Plants, the course of the ensuing summer or autumn.
which will contain no fewer than nearly ten thousand engravings A Fourth Edition of the Rev. A. Keith's (of St Cyrus) excel.
on wood, and will be written in the popular style of his volumes lent work on The Evidence of the Truth of the Christian Reli
on Gardening and Agriculture. gion, derived from the fulfilment of Prophecy, particularly as
The most attractive dramatic novelty which has recently ap. illustrated by the discoveries of recent travellers, will be ready in
peared in Paris, is a tragedy by M. Alexandre Dumas, entitled a few days.
Henri III, et Sa Cour. We understand that a volume of Sermons, by the late Rev. Shakspeare's historical dramas, the unities having fortunately
It is written completely in the style of Dr Campbell of Edinburgh, is in the press, and will be published
now gone very much out of fashion in France. The play in ques shortly. A Memoir of Mrs Anne H, Judson, wife of the Rev. A. Jud.
tion represents the bonne compagnie of Paris, as it existed about
the year 1580. Mademoiselle Mars sustains the principal female son, Missionary to the Birmau Empire, may be expected in a few
part, the Duchess de Guise; and her conception of the character days.
is represented as very superb. “ The best tragedies of Racine Tables or Weights AND MEASures. We have received a
and Voltaire," says a writer in the New Monthly Magazine, copy of a little work of merit and very general utility, by William
" would appear cold next to such a piece as 'Henry III. ;' but if Elgen of Aberdeen, Teacher of the Commercial and Mathematical
Racine and Voltaire were now living, and would avail themselves School in that city. It consists of Tables for converting Quanti. of the freedom afforded by the imitation of Shakspeare, they ties and Prices by the old weights and measures, into the corres
would, of course, produce plays infinitely superior to that of M. ponding Quantities and Prices by the Imperial Standards, and
Dumas." conversely. It is to these accurately-constructed Tables that we
In the last No. of an interesting London Periodical, conducted are inclined to attribute the fact, that more has been already ac
by the Editor of the Amulet, and entitled, “ The Spirit and Mancomplished in Aberdeen and the country adjoining, in bringing
ners of the Age,” we observe the following passage, which we the New Act of Parliament into operation, than has been yet
think an exceedingly good one:"We suppose that many of our donc in any other part of Scotland, or even in England.
readers are natives of the north countree. To such we would reTHE COURT JOURNAL.-We have received the first Number of
commend the EDINBURGH LITERARY JOURNAL, a Weekly Rethe Court Journal-a new periodical, which has just been started
gister of Criticism and Belles Lettres, to which the greater num. by that most enterprising of all publishers-Henry Colburn. It is
ber of distinguished Scottish writers are regular contributors." the common cant, we observe, among a certain set of literati, to
We heartily coincide in this recommendation, only we have so sneer at Mr Colburu's indefatigable exertions as a publisher; but
many readers already, that it may look greedy in us to wish for in this cant we do not choose to join. We consider the republic of letters indebted to Mr Colburn. He publishes, no doubt, a
Theatrical Gossip - Matthews has been very successful in his quantum sufficit of stupid books, because is a quantum suffi
new " At Home." It is called The Spring Jeeting; and be. cit of people who write stupid books; but he also publishes a
sides the usual variety of story, jest, personation, and transformgreat number of very clever books, and his whole soul is in his
alion, it contains six comic songs; Ist, A coup-d'æl over his profession. Having no Archibald Constable now, we wish we
preceding “ At Homes;" 2d, London Newspapers; 3d, Doncashad a few more Colburns. This is no bought puffo; and if our
ter Races; 4th, A Ship Launch; 5th, A Concert at Woolrich; readers will take the trouble of referring to some of our notices
and 6th, The Lord Mayor's Show. His imitations of Dr Kitchiof Colburn's books, they will find that we praise or blame solely
ner and De Begnis are represented as exceedingly good. Yates as our own judgment dictates ; but we like to pay a compliment
varies the entertainment with two monopolylogues,-Lore among where it is deserved. The Court Journal is very elegantly got
the Lawyers, or Courting in Court, and Harlequin and Jr Jonup, and if exclusive sources of information be secured, will no
kins,—both of which are very clever and amusing.–Sontag has doubt succeed. We must confess, that we scarcely see sufficient
returned to London, and brought with her a sister, said to be as proofs of this being the case in the first number. Unquestion accomplished and seduisante as herself, who will appear speedily ably the best paper it contains is, “Some leaves from the Jour.
at some of the Nobility's Concerts.-We are happy to understand nal of the Countess * We wish the Court Journal all
that, notwithstanding the lugubrious paragraphs which have been the success it may merit.
making the round of the Newspapers, Kean is by no means so ill Mr Mactaggart's work on Canada will appear very shortly. It
as has been represented. He is expected to appear soon at the will exhibit the resources, productions, and capabilities of tha:
Dublin Theatre.- Madame Caradori, and our lownswoman Miss interesting colony, and will contain, we are informed, much new
Isabella Paton, are both performing in Dublin at present. Our and curious information. Mr John Gordon Smith, M.D., and M.R.S.L., has in the press
Manager's Benefit is to take place on Tuesday, on which occasion
he is to have the assistance of his friend T. P. Cooke. Every Craigmillar Castle, and other Poems.
box is taken, and the house will of course be a bumper. Our A very splendid work on the Antiquities of Mexico, comprising
theatrical friend OLD CERBERUS will, no doubt, have something Fac-similes of the Ancient Mexican Paintinge and Hieroglyphies, preserved in the principal Libraries of Europe, is shortly to be
to say on the subject next Saturday. We understand that a ba
tional historical drama, on the subject of thc Gowrie Conspiracy, published by Messrs Whittaker and Co. It is to extend to four volumes imperial folio, which will contain 800 Engravings,--the by a gentleman residing in this city, is to be performed next price, coloured, 150 Guineas, aud plain, 75 Guir.eas. The whole
Tuesday evening at the Caledonian Theatre; and, from what we is to be illustrated by most curious inedited Manuscripts from
know of the author's abilities, we are inclined to augur favourably
of its success. the originals. This work will be a most valuable addition to the Histories already existing of the Antiquities of the World.
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May 2-May 8. publication a plain and Practical Guide to the Attainment of
Sar. The Red Rover, & The Pilot. Knowledge, including a plan for a course of study, by which the
Theatre closed during the week. acquirement of useful learning will be much simplified. It is intended that the publication shall be cheap, in order to place it within the reach of all classes.
TO OUR CORRESPODNENTS. Four hundred pages of Moore's long expected Life of Lord By- We beg to inform “Questor," that the seven Numbers of the ron are now printed. Nearly the whole of the manuscript is in Literary Journal, published last year, will of course be inclu. the publisher's hands, and the work, which will consist of a thick ded in the first volume; and that, in future, the Journal will be quarto, will appear, it is expected, before the conclusion of the made into volumes regularly every half-year ; and to each you season. It is said to be interspersed with original letters and lumne a title-page and Index will be given. poems, after the manner of Mason's Life of Grey, and Hayley's Life The Verses by Dugald Moore, author of " The Africans, and of Cowper. Moore has already left Lord Lansdown's, where he other Poems,” and also the Stanzas by “ Siam," of Glasgow, will has een residing since the death of his daughter, and is now in appear as soon as we can find room.-We regret that the Lines London, superintending the progress of the work.
by “ M." of Glasgow, and " T. H.," will not suit us. The illustration of the recherche pursuits of fashionable life, “ Letters from London, No. X." in our next.
ties of Scotland and England ;' in 1815, Paul's Letters
to his Kinsfolk,--the Field of Waterloo, and a work Anne of Geierstein, or the Maiden of the Mist. By on Iceland ; in 1819, Account of the Regalia of Scotland, the Author of Waverley,
-and Provincial Antiquities and Picturesque Scenery " What! shall the noble blood of Lancaster
of Scotland, with His torical Illustrations ; in 1820, Sink in the ground ?"
Trivial Poems and Triolets, by P. Carey, with a Pre. Edinburgh. Cadell and Co. 3 vols. 1829.
face ; in 1822, Halidon Hill; in 1827, the Life of
Napoleon, in 9 vols. 8vo. -Memoirs of LarochejaqueTo say that Sir Walter Scott is the most extraordi- lin, with a Preface, for the first volume of Constable's nary man of his age, is merely to echo, in feeble terms, Miscellany,—and the Letters of Malachi Malagrowther the voice of all Europe. We have already shown that on the Currency; in 1828, Tales of a Grandfather, first we do not pay homage to his gigantic mind with a blind series; and in 1829, Tales of a Grandfather, second idolatry ; but we are perhaps on this very account the series. Add to these, Harold the Dauntless, and the more prepared to offer sincere admiration at the alter of Bridal of Triermain, which originally appeared anonyhis genius, feeling assured that, like Arabian frank- mously; Essays on Chivalry, Romance, and the Drama, incense, it will burn the brighter because unalloyed by in the Supplement to the Encyclopædia Britannica ; the base weed of fulsome flattery. Some months ago Lives of the Novelists ; Characters of the late Duke of we stated boldly (many thought too boldly) our feeling Buccleuch, Lord Somerville, George III., Byron, and of the over-cautiousness displayed by Sir Walter, in his the Duke of York; the Visionary, three periodical pa. reluctance to deliver decided opinions upon many dis- pers, which originally appeared in the Edinburgh Wéck. puted questions of much importance and interest, which ly Journal, on the state of the country in 1820; and is. in the course of his voluminous writings necessarily pre- numerable anonymous contributions to different peri. sented themselves to his consideration. This, if it be a edical works, among which we may particularly men. fault, is no doubt only a fault of omission, and may tion the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews, Ldin. very easily be forgiven in the presence of so much tran- burgh Annual Register, &c. &c. scendent excellence. Where is the man who has cast Sir Walter's Novels bave come out in the following his mantle over so large a portion of literature, and so order, and each has consisted of three volumes, unless successfully distinguished himself in all its different in the exceptions which we particularise. In 1814, walks ?. Let us take, for a moment, a short review of Waverley; 1815, Guy Mannering ; 1816, The Antiwhat this Leviathan of modern authors has alre.dy done, quary,--and Tales of my Landlord, first series, con-what he may yet do, Heaven only knows. He has sisting of the Black Dwarf and Old Mortality, 4 vols. ; done so much, that no memory can recollect the titles of 1818, Rob Roy,--and Tales of my Landlord, accond one half of his works; and it has cost us some trouble series, consisting of the Heart of Mid-Lothian, 4 vols. ; and research to prepare the following statement. 1819, Tales of my Landlord, third series, consisting
Sir Walter, then Mr Scott, first appeared before the of the Bride of Lammermuir, and the Legend of Monpublic in 1799, (just thirty years ago,) as the translator trose, 4 vols. ; 1820, Ivanhoe,—the Monastery,—and of a tragedy from the German, called Goetz of Berli- the Abbot ; 1821, Kenilworth ; 1822, the Pirate, and chingen, with the Iron Hand. It was published in the Fortunes of Nigel ; 1823, Quentin Durward ; 1824, London, we believe anonymously, and has been little St Ronan's Well, and Redgauntlet ; 1825, Tales of heard of since. In 1892, he published the Minstrelsy the Crusaders, 4 vols. ; 1826, W'codstock ; 1827, Chro. of the Scottish Border, with an Introduction and Notes, nicles of the Canongate, first series, 2 vols. ; 1828, 2 vols. 8vo. In 1804, Sir Tristrem, a Romance, by Chronicles of the Canongate, second series ; and now, Thomas of Ercildoune, with a Preliminary Disserta- 1829, Anne of Geierstein. It is interesting to know, as tion and Glossary ; in 1805, the Lay of the Last Min.
a curious literary fact, that, as stated in the “ General strel; in 1806, Ballads and Lyrical Pieces ; in 1808, Preface" to the cabinet edition of the novels on the eve Marmion,—and the Works of John Dryden, in 18 vols. of publication, “ the original manuscripts are all in exillustrated with Notes, Historical, Critical, and Expla- istence, and entirely written in the author's own hand, natory, and a Life of the Author ; in 1809, the State excepting during the years 1818 and 1819, when, bePapers and Letters of Sir Ralph Sadler, with Histori- ing affected with severe illness, he was obliged to emcal Notes, and a Memoir of his Life-and Lord So- ploy the assistance of an amanuensis.” These novels mers's Collection of Tracts, in 12 vols. 4to; in 1810, make in all sixty-six volumes, and are for the most the Poetical Works of Anna Seward, with Abstracts part closely printed, and contain a much greater quanfrom her Literary Correspondence--and the Lady of tity of letter-press than is usual in similar productions. the Lake ; in 1811, the Vision of Don Roderick ; in
This is a stupendous catalogue ; and contrasting it 1813, Rokeby; in 1814, the Works of Jonathan with that which could be presented by any other man Swift, with Notes, and a Life of the Author, in 19 vols. 8v0,--the Lord of the Isles, and the Border Antiqui.
* It was in this year also that the first of the Waverley Novels
came out, but we shall conclude our list of Sir Walter's miscel• Pronounced Guyrstein.
laneous works before speaking of them.