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Like wind the bounding courser flies, Earth shakes his thundering hoofs beneath; Dust, stones, and sparks, in whirlwind rise, And horse and horseman pant for breath. How swist, how swift from left and right The racing fields and hills recede; Bourns, bridges, rocks, that cross their flight, In thunders echo to their speed. “ Fear'st thou, my love ? the moon shines clear ; “ Hurrah ! how swiftly speed the dead ! “ The dead does Leonora fear?" “ Ah, no; but talk not of the dead." What accents slow, of wail and woe, Have made yon shrieking raven soar ? The death bell beats ! the dirge repeats, “ This dust to parent dust restore.' Blackening the night, a funeral train On a cold bier a coffin brings; Their slow pace measur'd to a strain Sad as the saddest night-bird sings. “ This dust to dust restore, what time “ The midnight dews o'er graves are shed ; “ Meanwhile of brides the Hower and prime “ I carry to our nuptial bed. “ Sexton, thy sable minstrels bring ! “ Come, priest, the eternal bonds to bless! “ All in deep groans our spousals sing, “ Ere we the genial pillow press.' The bier, the coffin, disappear'd, The dirge in distant echoes died, Quick sounds of viewless steps are heard Hurrying the coal. black barb beside. Like wind the bounding courser flies, Earth shakes his thundering hoofs beneath; Dust, stones, and sparks in whirlwind rise, And horse and horseman pant for breath. Mountains and trees, on left and right, Swam backward from their aching view; With speed that mock'd the labouring sight Towns, villages, and castles flew “ Fear'st thou, my love? the moon shines clear; “ Hurrah ! how swiftly speed the dead ! “ The dead does Leonora fear?" “ Oh leave, oh leave in peace the dead!”
Lo, while the night's dread glooms increase,
AUTHOR OF WAVERLEY
(FROM AN AMERICAN JOURNAL.]
"My pangs no cure no comfort crave;
" Joy, hope, and life, alike I scorn ;
* Curs'd be the day that saw me born!
With Wilhelm there is only bliss,
So late, tive hundred miles to roam ?
Yet sounds the bell, which struck, to mark
We and the dead ride fast away ;
To grace the solemn rite, e'en now
ose was her zone, her breast unveil'd,
er fear confiding love prevail'd, Aslightly on the barb she sprung.
(Continued from our former numbers, pages 41,
57, 73, 121.)
See, where fresh blood-gouts mat the green, Yon wheel its reeking points advance; There, by the moon's wan light half seen, Grim ghosts of tombless murderers dance. “ Come, spectres of the guilty dead, “ With us your goblin morris ply, “ Come all in festive dance to tread, “ Ere on the bridal couch we lie." Forward th' obedient phantoms push, Their trackless footsteps rustle near, In sound like autumn winds that rush Through withering oak or beech-wood sere. With lightning's force the courser flies, Earth shakes his thund'ring hoofs beneath, Dust, stones, and sparks, in whirlwind rise, And horse and horseman pant for breath. Swift roll the moonlight scenes away, Hills chasing hills suceessive fly; E'en stars that pave th' eternal way, Seem shooting to a backward sky. “ Fear'st thou, my love ? the moon shines clear; “ Hurrah ! how swiftly speed the dead ! "" The dead does Leonora fear?" “Oh God! oh leave, oh leave the dead !" “ Barb ! barb! mcthinks the cock's shrill horn " Warns that our sand is nearly run: “ Barb! barb! I scent the gales of morn, “ Haste, that our course be timely done, “ Our course is done! our sand is run ! “ The nuptial bed the bride attends; “ This night the dead have swiftly sped ; “ Here, here, our midnight travel ends!” Full at a portal's massy grate The plunging steed impetuous dash'd : At the dread shock, wall, bars, and gate, Hurl'd down with headlong ruin crash'd. Thin, sheeted phantoms gibbering glide O'er paths, with bones and fresh skulls strewn, Charnels and tombs on every side. Gleam dimly to the blood-red moon.
When we first took up this subject, and ventured to give the name of Dr. Greenfield as the author of these novels, after the most positive conviction that he alone is entitled to the merit, we expected to have our opinion arraigned, not only by those who knew something of the matter, but by all the pretenders to literature. Withou ranking Mr. Walsh in the latter class by any means, we, could not but admire the brisk, spruce air with which he danced forward on this occasion, and the sage manner with which he delivered his opinion on the subject. ' "It has no solid foundation,” says he ; and “the assertion that Sir Walter Scott has disclaimed the authorship, is wholly gratuitous.” 'Pon honour. The fact is, that, on this subject, Mr. Walsh knows no more than any Ame. rican gentleman who is accustomed to read the English reviews; and feeling satisfied on this point, his “gratui. tous” denial of our statement “moults no feather." Walter Scott never has acknowledged himself the author of these novels, and Walter Scott would be proud to attach his name to them were he the author; but he dared not -he is simply employed by the bookseller to correct the proof sheets, and he knows that the name of Greenfield cannot appear before the public, and he condescends to bear the burden of these literary, honours. As to his immaculate virtue in shrinking from any intercourse with the author of Waverley and Rob Roy, it is at best very problematical. The vices of Dr. Greenfield will not infect Sir Walter, while he is gleaning the rich har.. vest of his mind.
But as so much has been said of the splendid talents of Walter Scott, as our ears have been dinn’d with encomiums on “the fiery touches of the poet of Marmion.” we shall here take the liberty of saying, that we do not wish to be ranked with that “ herd of mortals,” who have almost idolized the author of the Lay of the Last Minstrel. We cannot deny Walter Scott the “meed of praise" to which he is entitled, for having interspersed the works he has published with many romantic and ele. vated strains, which would have done honour to the taste of the compiler of Ossian. We have long doubted, ! however, whether Walter Scott has a right to claiin
originality in all the poems which he has given to the authorship, to obtain credit, without alledging any thing! world as his own. It is a fact, well known in Scotland, mean or filching against him. But if the statement that there once existed on the borders, which formerly I already given, respecting his poems, be admitted, of the divided it from England, a vast collection of printed bal-truth of whieh we have been confidentially assured, it
EPISTOLARY DOUBLE ENTENDRE. lads or songs, in which the achievements of the English will be seen that there are persons in existence who dos and Scottish warriors were celebrated, by harpers and not view the character of Scott, as a writer, as altogether
The following bagatelle is constructed upon the bards, peculiar to the two nations ; who, previous to the free from blemish.
same principle as two others, which appeared in the
first volume of our old series; the first of which, in za union of the two countries, were constantly making in.
verse, is entitled “ Woman;" and the second in v roads upon each others territory. In conformity to the superstitious notions of these feudal times, and with the
prose.-See pages 28 and 31. view of rendering their songs popular, the writers of them, almost universally, attributed supernatural powers to
TO THE EDITOR.
TO THE EDITOR. their own heroes, whom they placed under the immedi
Kaleid ate guardianship of Heaven, while they painted those among other interesting matter, a letter, signed Censor,
ved, 1 SIR, If you think the following is worth inserting of their opponents in the most horrific colours, as leagued in which were many suitable observations relative to a in the Kaleidoscope, it is at your service; if not you with infernal spirits, and indebted for their success to the
late innovation, which has been introduced by certain have my leave to burn it.
CYRUS power of necromancy.
shops open to a much later hour than was the practice It was observed, of late years, by persons living on in former years; and also much later than is now the N. B.-To be read straight on, and then the first and the spot, that these ballads were rapidly disappearing.
practice with their more reasonable neighbours. The
every other line.
Censor in his reprehension of the practice of keeping The great affection I have hitherto expressed for you open the shops till ten, eleven, and twelve o'clock, which
is false; and I now feel that my indifference towards pel arrays. No one thought, however, of penetrating into has of late obtained among a few of our young trades. the cause of the disappearance of these national and ro. men. Supposing the shops are closed at nine, the trades- increases every day; and the more I see of you, the more mantic effusions; and it was not till scarcely a copy was
man's working day is even then fourteen or fifteen hours, you appear ridiculous in my eyes, and an object of content to be found, and till the publication of Walter Scott's
which is quite long enough for apprentices, and quite I feel inclined and in all respects disposed and deternipedia “ Ballads of the Scottish Border," that any thing like a
sufficient to finish off the business of the day; unless,
hate you. Believe me, I never in the least intended to
exemption upon the plea surmise was thrown upon the subject. Even then, the of advantage to the public health ; in my humble opi. |
offer you my hand. Our last conversation has, I assure you? world were not disposed to censure a publication, which, nion, not however presuming to place it in competition | left a tedious and wretched insipidity, which by no means bai
with theirs, the public health would not suffer materially, possessed me with the most exalted opinion of your character. they were well persuaded, was not altogether original,
nor would the reproaches of conscience endanger their realthough many felt disappointed at the studied silence pose, were they to set the good example of retiring earlier
your inconstant temper would always make me miserable: which was kept up as to the real source from whence to rest. Of whatever trade, or under whatever circum and if ever we are united, I should experience nothing but they sprang. But when volume after volume appeared,
stances those few tradesmen to whom “ Censor" alludes the fearful hatred of my parents, added to everlasting did
may be, I trust the public sentiment will never encou. under the name of Scott, containing the ancient legen
pleasure, in living with you." I have indeed a faithful heart rage in this town a growing innovation upon the good dary tales of the border, there were not wanting persons old custom of closing the shops at a reasonable hour;
to bestow, but however do not wish you to imagine that it who asserted that he was a plagiarist, and that his greatest and that such unreasonable innovators will see their at your service: it is impossible I should give it to create merit consisted in giving to the ancient ballads a modern
error, and be content to allow their enslaved apprentices inconstant and capricious than yourself, and onesbose
the respite from toil enjoyed by their equally industrious dress; and, in that shape, stringing them together, as a and more sensible neighbours.
capable to do honour to my choice as well as to my fans.
If the young puffing, dramatist or novel writer would the otherwise discord- tradesmen were the only experimentalists in their new
Yes, Madam! I beg and desire you will be persuaded ant parts of the most discordant works of that description. system, it would have a more palliative appearance, I think sincerely, and you will do me the greatest picgeart
because, being their own masters, they might alter their to avoid me. I shall readily excuse your taking the traditi When Scott took up the pen, unaided by this resource;
plan when they found themselves unequal to the fa. when the subject of the battle of Waterloo called in so tigue; but with the poor apprentices it is different, be
to give me an answer to this. Your letters are always full al powerful a manner, for a display of “ fiery touch,” it cause, however evident it might be, that their health nonsense and impertinence, and have not the shadows was here that those who denied his native poetic power, suffered in consequence, compulsion no doubt would be wit or good sense. Adieu! and believe, truly, that I am
their fate, and it is well known that late hours are par-so averse to you, that it is impossible I should be sought, and found strong corroborative proof of the
ticularly injurious to the constitution of young persons. charge preferred against him, and which was now pretty I conceive this plan so far from getting a shop-keeper
Madam, openly avowed. a good name, that it is the surest mode he could adopt
. Your affectionate servant and lore, The editor of the Baltimore Morning Chronicle exultJim Morino Chromidorul to obtain a bad one, or that of a hard master, which in
my opinion is synonymous; more especially if they ing asks, in reference to Ivanhoe, “ Is it creditable that intend to rise in the estimation of the respectable part a man so eminent in the literary world as Walter Scott of their fellow-townsmen. We cannot suppose for a would share the reputation of this work if he was not moment that there is any occasion for these extraordi.
nary late hours, as we hear our oldest and most respectthe author ? Would he wear the laurel that he had
able tradesmen complaining of the dulness of trade : We New Colony of Jews. A Jewish merchant of Ver meonly filched from the brows of another man ?" With
may conclude they have more to do than any young be- | York, named Mordecai Noah, has demanded perm&SICI regard to the character which Walter Scott has obtained ginners, yet they contrive in the briskest of times, to from the Government of the United States, to become
finish at a reasonable hour; since these young trades- the purchaser of an Island on the Niagara, between tt as a writer, being a guarantee for his principles, we do
men are so desirous of being considered active and Lakes Erie and Ontario, not far from the English terms not discover the weight of this argument. There are
managing above all their neighbours we might imagine tory, and containing about a thousand acres on its suatu instances of hundreds of authors of great celebrity, they would contrive better, than to be in such a bustle face. The Member of Congress who acted as reportit whose private life would not bear the smallest scrutiny. and predicament at midnight, as humourously de- of the commission charged to examine this demnad,
te scribed in the letter of "Censor." Those who have pointed out to the Chamber, in very lively colours, the The sensible part of mankind never connect the private sc
children may imagine what would be their feelings, persecutions to which the Jews are still exposed in many character of a writer with his writings. It is only the were their's in the situation of these poor lads, and parts of Europe, and suggested that the professed priuninformed, who are always less liberal, that are apt to what their indignation to see them thus doomed to ciples of the United States perfectly coincided with tbt be influenced in this way. There is no danger, there such a useless species of slavery.
views of Mr. Noah, in seeking to make this purchased
CIVITAS. it being his object to offer an asylum, under the prefore, of Old Mortality, the Antiquary, or any other
tection of the liberal and tolerant laws of the United novels, being divested of their charms by the name of
States, to a class of men who sought in vain for a cous
TO THE EDITOR. the real author, whatever was his crime, being now made
try on the soil of the old world. In short, it is the 3*
tention of this opulent Jew to found a colony of public. All intelligent men have subscribed to their merit. This was all that was necessary to place them l S1R,—The great improvements that are making in countryman in this island; and his proposition has been
this town, at the present period, cannot fail but inspire sanctioned by the American Legislature. beyond the cavils of the hypocritical.
every friend of Liverpool with a beart full of joy and As to Walter Scott being incapable of “meanly filch-a boasting tongue; and if an obelisk were erected in the Lusus Naturæ.-Last week, a cat, belonging to His ing from the brows of another man,” we think we have area of the new Haymarket, it would be gratifying to Bevan, of Frodsham-street, in Chester, produced a kite
ten, with one head, particularly divided in the centre shown, in our last article on this subject, that sufficient the eye, and ornamental to the town.
four eyes and two tongues. It lived nearly a day, and a reason exists for allowing the doubt, as to Walter Scott's
A FRIEND TO LIVERPOOL. now in the possession of Mr. Leer, chemist.
| Lord Chesterfield's Opinion of Operas._" As for
Operas, they are essentially too absurd and extravagant
to mention : I look upon them as a magic scene, con210
FEMALE PRESENCE OF MIND. The following curious account of an attempt to
trived to please the eyes and the ears, at the expense of kill an elephant by poison is from the Journal of
the uuderstanding; and I consider singing, rhyming, de Seieace and tbe Arts. What must strike eveu the
FROM THE GERMAN.
and chiming heroes, and princesses, and philosophers, must careless observer with astonishment is the jm
as I do the hills, the trees, the birds, and the beasts,
who amicably joined in one country dance, to the irremense quantities of very active poisoo administered
ered! It was a German lady (of a house which had already sistible tune of Orpheus's lyre. Whenever I go to an without any apparent effect. Peussic acid is, per- I distinguished itself by its heroic courage, and given an opera, I leave my sense and reason at the door, with my e bags, superiur in virulence to arsenic, whose powers | Emperor to the Germani empire), who, by her determined half-guinea, and deliver myself up to my eyes and my
are well known; yet we find three ounces of the said conduct nearly made the terrible Duke of Alva tremble. ears. -Letter 269.
came through Thuringen the Countess Catharine of. Dr. Radcliffe, it is well known, loved his glass : as
Schwartzburg a Princess of the house of Heuneburgh, he was one day enjoying it in a convivial circle in a DEATH OF AN ELEPHANT
obtained from him a letter of protection (sauve garde), coffee house, a man entered and entreated him to visit * Ao elephant had been brought to Geneva for
by which her subjects were to be free from any molesta his wife, who was taken suddenly ill. The D exhibition some mouths ago, and found to be re- tion from the passing Spanish army. She, on the other said, he would accompany him inimediately, but the markably obedient aod docile. Ju removing this hand, pledged herself to have bread, beer, and other and
affectionate husband, a stout robust figure, impatiens aoimal from place to place, it was not conhned ju a provisions, for just payment, conveyed from Rudolstadt
of delay, threw the Doctor over his shoulder and ran
off with him. As they were ascending the stairs, rarayan, but passd openly by the streets and roads, to the bridge over the Saal, to supply the Spanish troops afteuded by three conductors, and no accident had who should pass that river at that place. She used the “ Now," says the Doctor “l'll be even with you, you
rascal, for I'll cure your wife." as yet happened in ibis way; but, on removing it precaution, however, to cause the bridge, which was
close to the town, immediately to be broken down, and fror Geneva, the animal became ungovernable, puragain thrown over at a greater distance, lest the too great
ECLIPSES. sgiay its guardians, and eodeavouring to do mis- |
proximity to the town should tempt her rapacious guests. chief. It returned towards Geneva again, and by
Many of our readers, no doubt, remember the story At the same time the inhabitants of the different places of Galileo. A nobleman of some consequence, desi. various means was got into a place of security; and through which the route was to be made, were permitted
rous of seeing an eclipse, which happened in his time, then its proprietor, intimidated by a former accident, to remove all their most valuable effects, for security, to
to the best advantage, applied to the philosopher to admit para resolved to have it put to death. The first inten the castle at Rudolstadt. In the mean time the Spanish
him and his ladies to view the phenomenon through tertious were to poisou it, and, for this purpose, three General, accompanied by Henry Duke of Brunswick
his apparatus. Galileo assented, but our fine gentleman * Durces of prussic acid were mixed with ten ounces and his sons, approached the town, and invited himself
was too much of a dandy to be dressed in time, and be spirits, and given to it. The animal took the by a messenger, whom he sent in advance, to breakfast
arrived at the observatory when the eclipse was over. bottle, and drank the liquor; but, after the lapse or with the Countess of Schwartzburg. So modest a re
The ladies were, of course, shockingly disappointed; quest, made at the head of an army, could not well be but he consoled them, saying, “ Pray don't mind it: same time, did not seem at all affected by it. Three
refused Every thing should be given that the house #lls were then prepared, each containing ope ounce
I assure you I have great influence with Galileo, and ]
could afford, was the answer, and his Excellency was make no doubt, but to oblige me, he will perform it 4. arsenic, mixed with sugar and honey, and were
welcomed to partake of the fare. At the same time
over again !” Many persons, indeed, have odd notions ezten by the elephant. The poisoning commeneed mention of the sauve garde was not omitted, and the Spa- about heavenly as well as eartbly matters. A worthy 9.1 five o'clock in the morning, and, at the end of an | nish General was earnestly recommended the most con. farmer, in the south of Yorkshire, in the comet year. our, nol the slightest effect was produced on the scious observance of it. A friendly reception and a well
on being asked by some of his friends in that town if aimal. Fiading these means ineffectual, orders
furnished table awaited the Duke, at the castle. He is he had seen the fiery stranger, replied with much sim
obliged to confess that the Thuringian ladies have good plicity « No, how could I, when I was at Wakefield e given, and the animal was sbot with a four
kitchens, and honour the rights of hospitality. Scarcely Pland ball in the bead.
all the while?"-eighteen miles off. " After a while the animal was dissected for the
are they seated, when a messenger calls the Countess
froin the Hall. It is reported to her, that, in some vil. useum, but the muscular parts were given to the lages on the march, some of the Spanish soldiery had
Parisian Juke. On the day of the eclipse, when all =ople, who took it home as food. Between three
used force and driven away the cattle from the peasants. the inhabitants of Paris were without doors, provided ad fuer begured persons ate of it without any fear | Catharine was the mother of her people; whatev
Catharine was the mother of her people; whatever af. with pieces of smoked glass, an Englishman was seen - E rom the poison, and without any ill offects from in- fected the poorest of subjects affected herself. To the driving Tulously in a fiacre along one of the principal
To the ligoti.
highest degree exasperated at this breach of promise, yet streets. “Wbere does my Lord wish to go to?" said “ This elephant was from Bengal, was about aine not forsaken by her presence of mind, she commands all
the driver. “To see the eclipse,” exclaimed the feet high, sad ten years of age." her domestics to arm themselves, in silence and with every
Englishman, thrusting his head out of the coach wnodespatch, and well to bolt the castle gates : she, hersell, dow; "only drive up as near to it as possible, for lam
goes into the hall, where the Princes are still at table. short-sighted. French Papers. The sinking of the well in Lincoln's Inn Fields still Here she complains to them, in the most moving terms, n tinus : and although the excavation is now sunk to of what had been reported to her, and how badly the Presence of Mind.-It is recorded of a late Noble
unusual depth, not the least indication of water being | Imperial promise had been kept. She is answered with | Earl, that he was suddenly awakened at night in his W bas vet been observed. The well sunk some few laughter, and with the remark, that such was the cus-carriage by a highwayman, who, thrusting a pistol
ears ago, adjoining St. Dunstan's Church, in Fleet-tom of war; and that, in a inarch through a country, through the window, and presenting it close to His heart, treet, was dug to the depth of 174 feet before a spring such little misfortunes were not to be prevented." Well, demanded his money, exclaiming, at the same time, as discovered.
we'll see," replied she, enraged," my poor subjects must that “ he had heard his Lordship bad boasted that he
have their own again, or, by God! (raising her voice,) never would be robbed by a single highwayman, bus There is now living in the vicinity of the Minories an Princes' blood for oxen blood !” With this emphatic that he should now be taught the contrary," "His Lord• Id woman, at the advanced age of 111, who was touched declaration she left the room, which, in a few minutes, ship puccing his band into his pocket, replied, “Neither Queen Anne for the King's Evil.
was filled with armed men who, yet with demonstrations would I now be robbed if it was not for that fellow who
of respect, planted themselves, sword in hand, behind is looking over your shoulder.” The highwayman 3 A gentleman. in 16 days shooting this season in the the Princes' chairs. On the entrance of this intrepid turned round his head, wben his Lordship, who had Bauhochod of Ongar and Brentwood. Essex, killed band, the Duke of Alva changed colour, the Princes drawn a pistol from bis pocket instead of his pnrse. brace and a half of partridges, of which number 32 looked at each other, mute and confounded : cut off shot him dead on the
Qt. ta were old birds!! remarkable proof how des- from the army, surrounded by a numerically superior Detive the storms have been the last summer to the and robust body of men, what other option had be than A man called Cæsar, lately married a girl of the mare in that county.
patiently to collect himself, and appease the offended name of Roma, both common names in Rome. They
lady on any condition ? Henry, Duke of Brunswick, lived in the Piazza Navona, close to Pasquin's statute, Sorting A . Hamilton, Esq, of Mauchline, while was the first who possessed himself, and he burst into a where was found ntX: morning the following advice Dat sooting partridges on the oth instant, in the course loud laugh. He adopted the sensible expedient of giv- “ Cave, Cesar, me tua Roma republica fiat," "The man
This walk, fell in with and killed a very fine black cock ing the whole affair a playful turn, and complimented replied the next day; “ Cæsar impurai !" But his an- I the lands of Scheock, in the parish of Tarbolton; a the Countess upon the motherly care and determined tagonist immediately sejuined: '“ Eryo coronabitur.' - reunstance that rarely occurs in the low grounds; as courage which she showed. He requested her to remain - black cock is a native of, and almost always confines quiet, and undertook to persuade the Duke of Alva to nate to the highest mountains.
On Saturday night last, about eight o'clock, a fine A bird of the same consent to every thing that was just. He really succeeded, Jark flew into the shop of Arthur Burrow. in Oak-street Willed at the back of Mauchline-hill, just 21 | too, in inducing this last to give an order on the spot to in this town and whilst a man in the shop held it in his srs ago
his army to restore the plundered cattle, without delay, I wicht han
cattle, without delay, right hand, another came in about three minutes and to the owners. As soon as the Countess of Schwartz
contentedly perched upon his left. To increase the sin. Medaltze Biography. A subscription is now open for burgh was certain of the restitution, she thanked her |
gularity of the circumstance, a third came in shortly akiag a hundred medals in bronze, silver, and gold, guests in the handsomest manner, who politely took
est manger, who politely took afier, and was readily secured.Preston Chron. Och. 14, hozour of those men, in all countries, who have ac- their leave. red the greatest real glory by the distinguished ser-. They who wish to consult the German original, will es they have rendered to society, and to the world at find it in (Fr. Schiller's Worke XVIII. Historische A new colonnade is erecting in front of Drury-Jane
The King of Sweden has subscribed nearly Abhandlungen) the Carlsrhue edition of the German Theatre, to obviate the inconvenience to which ladies D o towards this undertaking.
were subjected in a rainy evening.
| It was reserved for Miss Stephens to call up that
warmth of applause, the absence of which Mchean TOADS IN SOLID TREES.
lamented. In her“ Echo Song," the “Soldier (Continued from our former Numbers.)
Tired,” and two of the songs in the resived Comedy, [From a recent American Journal.]
TO THE EDITOR.
she obtained bursts of approbation almost astound.
ing; but perbaps the sweetest of all her efforts was A short time time since, we published an account of Sır,You have occasionally called the public atten. I never forget it wbile my reason lives.
in Auld Robin Gray," ou Friday night. Ishall the discovery of a snake, inclosed in a solid mass of
tion to this subject, than which, as you have very pro- ! hard coal, at the depth of 150 feet from the surface
But I have spoken of select audiences. They perly observed," none can be more interesting to the were very select indeed. Out of nine nights, seves of the ground, in a coal-pit in England. The following
philanthropist.” Some years since a murder occurred I think, must bave produced little more iban at article, communicated from Middletown, Connecticut,
at or near Whiston, in this neighbourhood, wbich was ordinary average; and yet Miss Stepbens never contains a parallel case of a different animal, inclosed
detected by circumstantial evidence of a nature still complained even in looks, and before her benefit she: in a different, but not less extraordinary prison in this
made a handsome donation to the Theatrical Fund. more extraordinary than any you have recorded. I do | country.
On her benefit uight, however, I am glad to say, the not recollect all the particulars, but believe that a torn | had one of the most crowded houses, and certainly It is not yet satisfactorily ascertained upon what
ballad, in the pocket of the murderer, was the clue the most genteel one of the season. And she de principle certain species of the animal creation, appa
which led to his detection. My object in addressing served it. rently requiring air for the purposes of respiration, can
you is to request some of your numerous readers to for a long time exist, when totally excluded from the
oblige the public with the particulars of this singular atmosphere. Among many instances of this nature, detection.
P.S Want of room alone prevents me policing may be mentioned one which occured some weeks since
A READER. with approbation Mr. Collios's obligato accompanat Middletown, in Connecticut. At Mr. Stephen
ments to Miss Stephens ; the exquisite performance Miller's mill, in that place, was sawed an uncommonly The following inscription, recording the murder, is
of Mrs. M'Gibbon in Elspeth; the fine water-ucenie
in the Antiquary; Mr. Rees's irresistible bonuar in large pine log, from which six boards were taken out literally copied from a stone erected on the spot ::
many characters (I wish he had never seen Muudet, of each side. The log contained 220 rings or grains, “ In memory of Edward Culshaw, who was inhumanky and Mr. Tayleure's, “ Reully, brother, I think mi. one of which is annually formed by the growth of the
shot through the head, and robbed, near this place, I (but when will Mr. T. leave off talking to the is tree. In the middle of the log was found a hollow on the 19th of January, 1784, by John Toms, an
dience?) place about two feet long, and about the size of a man's
Irishman, who was executed at Lancaster for the hat crown. When the tree was felled, the hole must, horrible deed, having before his execution confessed
To Correspondents. probably, have been nine or ten feet from the earth. the fact." From this hollow place, when opened at one end
STEAM NAVIGATION.-We have adopted the functie by the saw, hopped out a pretty large toad, rather
tion of A FRIEND, by appropriating the whole of 2: blacker than usual, and displaying as much activity as
pamphlet just published on this subject; and what is common to its family. After a few hops it jumped
will be found under the Scientific department of the
Kaleidoscope. There are many hints in the esses of down the sawpit, plunged into the mill-pond, and dis
memoir, which are particularly interesting to this and appeared. As there was no hole in the sides, or in any
other subjects; although the suggestions canner 38
considered as altogether new ; as the scheme for tox. part of the log, except directly in the center, it is supposed by some that when the tree was young, the toad,
TO THE EDITOR.
ing out vessels becalmed, by means of Steam Beats
was strongly recommended in a series of letters, 84tbeu probably extremely small, bad crept into some
dressed to the public by the individual who stues this little defective aperture, since closed up by the growth I SIR,During the past week a series of most paragraph.-[See several letters of It is the broto of the tree, and had remained there ever since gradu- excellent performances have afforded bigh gratifica
pool Mercury, Vol. V. pages 23, 39, 49, 71, as ally more and more inclosed, as the pine increased in tion to select audieuces, and especially to the lovers AUTHOR OF WAVERLEY, &c.—The article on a size. As the tree grew, the hole must have grown in of music. The new plays of Henri Quatre and the
subject in the American journals, had exciten ole Antiquary, the revived one of Shakspeare's Comedy notice, before we were favoured with the cops proportion; so, that, in process of time, the toad must,
of Errors, and the old favourite of Love in a Village, obligingly supplied by A FRIEND TO THE A of course, have been greatly relieved from his cramped
have given scope to, and been rendered doubly attrac LEIDOSCOPE.-Our correspondent will perceive 3 position, and finally accomodated with a snug drawing. tive by, the sweet warblings of Miss Stephens. This
we have no: been slow in recording a document room, to which nothing was wanting but the company lady bas more than ever won upon the good opinion
tends to elucidate the nature of the claim of #H
ter Scott to the high reputation inseparable bee 120 of his friends. of the public; she has ravished the hearts as well as
real author of these iminortal works; tu If, according to the Pythagorean doctrine of trans- the ears of her auditors; and yet sbe is no per
said the reputed author is mainly indebted in De migration, this recluse had once been 2 man, and if the een man and if the former : nor does she pretend to be such. She
present title. ventures upon the stage like ope tempted from the wand of an enchanter could have restored him to his drawing-room, to fill a vacancy w dramatised story,
POETICAL FRIENDS.—The poem of Leonuts (. human form and voice, it would have been pleasant to
and when sbe is welcomed, or her songs are reward. we preferred inserting entire, rather than dira" learn from him some particulars of our country at the ed, by the applause which she never fails to excite,
between two publications) is of such a leoctis distance of two centuries past, and to listen to garru- you can read in ber unassuming and blushing face
occupy the whole of this week's poetical departacan
a circumstance which will, we trust, satisfactor lous old age recounting the history of days of yore. “ can all this be for me?” She betrays her artless.
apologise to those correspondents, whose composium He was, probably, when released from prison, the old-ness in a thousand ways: she cannot put on a mar.
or transcriptions have suffered a temporary postavy est living creature in the United States. Admitting
ble countenance and talk gloomily to the whimsical ment.-We take this opportunity of repeating
faces of a Tayleure or a Rees; an embarrassing thanks to the friend who favoured us with the lata the HUMANITY of the toad, conjectures might vary,
smile will frequently steal up, and ask pardon at the his splendid edition of Leonora, of which we will whether, in his pristine form, he might bave been an same moment, for its intrusion; and it is readily availed ourselves on this occasion, and informie Indian Sachem of the Pequod or Mohegan tribes, or granted, for the audience themselves are in a titter.' that the copy awaits his orders. one of the old settlers of Plymouth, New York, or
charlere of Plymouth. New York, or Miss Stephens's singing is of the most perfect and We trust the foregoing paragraph will be satis Virginia. A calculation of probabilities, founded upon effective kind. Its perfection, both musically and to ANON-W E R
T.-HENRICUS-W. W.M the supposed period of his incarceration in the tree,
poetically considered, makes me proud to rank A- 0.-J. H.--BOB TRIPPET.
ibis genuine English woman above all the foreigners would naturally incline minute chronologists to the
whom it is the fashion to prefer and to enrich. Further Communications.-J. H.-F. S. G. adoption of the former conjectures in preference to the Poetry has in her a splendid advocate; in articulalatter. tion she has no rival; and around the beauties of
Printed, published, and sold heroic, enamoured, or pathetic imagination, she
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| old verger, in bis black gown, moving along upon this distant shore of time, telling no
their shadowy vaults, and seeming like a tale but that such beings had been, and had "I on but a gatherer and disposer of other men's
spectre from one of the neighbouring tombs. perished ; teaching no moral but the futility WOTTON. The approach to the abbey through these of that pride which hopes still to exact
gloomy monastic remains prepares the mind homage in its ashes, and to live in an inTHE SKETCH BOOK for its solemn contemplation. The cloisters scription. A little longer and even these
still retain something of the quiet and se- faint records will be obliterated, and the Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
clusion of former days. The grey walls are monument will cease to be a memorial.
discoloured by damps, and crumbling with Whilst I was yet looking down upon these No. XXIV.
age; a coat of hoary moss has gathered over gravestones, I was roused by the sound of
the inscriptions of the mural monuments, the abbey clock, reverberating from butWESTMINSTER ABBEY.
and obscured the death's heads, and other tress to buttress, and echoing among the
funereal emblems. The sharp touches of the cloisters. It is almost startling to hear this When I behold, with deepe astonishment,
chisel are gone from the rich tracery of the warning of departed time sounding among To famous Westminster how there resorte, Living in brasse or stoney monyment,
arches; the roses which adorned the key- the tombs, and telling the lapse of the hour, The princes and the worthies of all sorte : stones have lost their leafy beauty ; every which like a billow has rolled us onward toDoe not I see reformde nobilitie,
thing bears marks of the gradual dilapida- wards the grave. Without contempt, or pride, or ostentation,
tions of time, which yet has something I pursued my walk to an arched door And looke upon offenselesse majesty, Naked of pompe or earthl. domination ?
touching and pleasing in its very decay. opening to the interior of the abbey. On And how a play-game of a painted stone,
The sun was pouring down a yellow au- entering here, the magnitude of the buildContents the quiet now and silent sprites, tumnal ray into the square of the cloisters ;| ing breaks fully upon the mind, contrasted Whome all the world which late they stood upon, Could not content nor quench their appetites.
beaming upon a scanty plot of grass in the with the faults of the cloisters. The eye Life is a froste of cold felicitie,
centre, and lighting up an angle of the gazes with wonder at clustered columns of And death the thaw of all our vanitie. vaulted passage with a kind of dusty splen- gigantic dimensions, with arches springing Christolero's Epigrams, by T. B. 1598. dour. From between the arcades the eye from them to such an amazing beight ; and
glanced up to a bit of blue sky or passing man wandering about their bases, shrunk - On one of those sober and rather melan- cloud ; and beheld the sun-gilt pinnacles of into insignificance in comparison with his
choly days, in the latter part of autumn, the abbey towering into the azure heaven. own handywork. The spaciousness and when the shadows of morning and evening As I paced the cloisters, sometimes con- gloom of this vast edifice produce a proalmost mingle together, and throw a gloom templating this mingled picture of glory | found and mysterious awe. We step can. over the decline of the year, I passed seve- and decay, and sometimes endeavouring to tiously and softly about, as if fearful of ral hours in rambling about Westminster decipher the inscriptions on the tomb-disturbing the hallowed silence of the tomb; Abbey. There was something congenial stones, which formed the pavement beneath | while every footfall whispers along the to the season in the mournful magnificence my feet, my eye was attracted to three walls, and chatters among the sepulchres, of the old pile; and as I passed its thresh-figures, rudely carved in relief, but nearly making us more sensible of the quiet we hold, it seemed like stepping back into worn away by the footsteps of many gene- have interrupted. the regions of antiquity, and losing myself rations. They were the effigies of three of It seems as if the awful nature of the among the shades of former ages.
of the early abbots; the epitaphs were en- place presses down upon the soul, and I entered from the inner court of West- tirely effaced ; the names alone remained, hushes the beholder into noiseless reveinster School, through a long, low, vault- having no boubt been renewed in later rence. We feel that we are surrounded by
passage, that had an almost subterranean times ; ( Vitalis. Abbas. 1082, and Gisle- the congregated bones of the great men of 10 ok, being dimly lighted in one part by bertus Crispinus. Abbas. 1114, and Lauren- past times; who have filled history with circular perforations in the massy walls. tius. Abbas, 1176.) I remained some their deeds, and the earth with their re. Through this dark avenue I had a distant little while, musing over these casual re- nown. And yet it almost provokes a smile view of the cloisters, with the figure of an liques of antiquity, thus left like wrecks at the vanity of human ambition, to see how
- veumes con-| gloom of this vast edifice pradona