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that a carpenter lays up his wood his hand again as a sign for them to be to dry; and each of these dishes was silent, and seemed disposed to habacked by jolly black and white pud- rangue them. Some called to order ; dings, lying in the folds of each other, others, Hear, hear; and, finally, all beautiful, fresh, and smooth ; and re voices united in the cry of, Chair,chair. sembling tiers of Circassian and Ethio- The orator finding himself thus interpian young maidens in loving em rupted in what he intended to have braces. After these came immense said, looked good-naturedly about, and rows of wild ducks, teals, and geese of said, " I fancy I'm maybe like the tail various descriptions ; with many other that grew out o'the tup's nose, a sma' mountain birds that must be exceed. bit out of my place here, and a wee ingly rare, for though I have been bred blink farther forret than I should hae in Scotland all my life, I never heard been. I was gaun to mak a speech, any of their names before. Among an' tack a toast to the tail o't; but a' them were some called whaups, or in gude time. Auld cronie, gi'e me tilliwhillies, withertyweeps, and bris- your hand in the meanwhile; I hae aye tlecocks.
kend you for a leel man and a true, As soon as the dinner was over, our and I think mair oye the night than worthy president rose and made a most ever!” With that he shook the old splendid speech, but as you know I do president unmercifully by the hand, not write the short-hand, I cannot do and added, “ Ay, my hearty auld cock, justice to it by any report. He con we are a' ane, and there's muckle gude cluded thus :-“ Gentlemen, let us blood i' the land that's a' ane wi' us ; dedicate this bumper to our beloved and as lang as that is the case, we'll sovereign, GEORGE THE FOURTH- sing the Whigs Leyden's bit auld May he long be spared to wear the sapg crown this day set upon his head, and sway the sceptre put into his hand over
My name it is doughty Jock Elliot,
And wha dare meddle wi' me?'” a free, a loyal, and a happy people. With all the honours, ten times re After this, a number of loyal and doubled.”
national toasts followed from the chair, Here the applause, clapping of hands, the same that are given at every social waving of handkerchiefs, and shout- meeting. When these were exhausting, was prodigious, so that I was afraid ed, the croupier being called on for a the people, in the extremity of their toast, he rose, and after turning his loyalty, had been going mad. But face three times straight upward, he after they had sung the King's An- delivered a very striking speech, and them in full chorus, they again took concluded by giving as a toast, “A their seats quietly, all save the coun- pleasant journey, and a hearty welcome tryman beforementioned, who was pla. to our King to Scotland.” ced at the president's left hand, and This toast was drank with all the howho had all the time been sitting with nours; and, before the president took open mouth staring in the speaker's his seat, he begged that some gentleface. When the rest sat down, he man would favour the company with heaved his fist firm clenched above his a song corresponding with the toast. head, and vociferated, in a loud and “ That I'll do wi' a' my heart," said broad dialect, “ Faith, callants, ye the countryman, an ye'll excuse me may say what ye like; but I can tell my speech. I'm never at a loss for a you, that this auld chap at the end o sang; and gin I ha'e nae new ane that the board speaks weel, and hauds a suits, I can brag a' the country, at confoundit grip o' good sense too." patching up an auld ane." He then And with that he came down on the sung the following song with great table with such a rap, that he made all glee, and every time he pronounced the glasses jingle. This set the circle the terın Carle, he came with a slap on in a roas of laughter, but he held up the president's shoulder.
Carle, an the King come."
Carle, an the King come!
Carle, an the King come !"
The singer received his due quota of night yet by ten bumpers. I ken him applause ; and being reminded that he ower weel to ca' on him now ;-but had a right to call a song, it was hint- he'll gie me, Wad ye ken what a Whig ed, that he should call on the Mer- is? or twall o'clock yet, for a' his chant of Venice, alias the Royal Mer- canting about rights an’ liberties in chant ; but he shook his head, and re the forenoon. He speaks muckle nonplied, “Na, na, it is nae his time o'
sense about thae things. I'm while's
just wae for him.” Another whisper, ful remembrances, and whose descent ed him to call on the president; but to the grave was long overshadowed he added, “ Na; I'm something like by the darkest of human calamities.” the weaver wi' his grace- I never like Such were some of the speaker's ima to ask ought that I think I ha’e nae pressive words; and you can scarcely some chance o' getting.”
conceive how much he affected his The next gentleman who spoke, at audience. It was upon the whole a least to any purpose, was one before singular mixture of prolixity, pathos, mentioned, whose personal appearance and sublimity. He concluded by giving I chuse not to describe. He being « The memory of our late beloved and clothed in black, I had taken him all revered Sovereign, George the Third." the afternoon for a clergyman; and The toast was drunk with the silent after he spoke, I had no doubt but honours, in a way which I never saw that he was a celebrated whig minister, done in Glasgow, and which in this who was taken from Perthshire to instance appeared to me highly imLondon some years ago; and yet I pressive. All the company taking excould not conceive what he was seek- ample by the president stood up in ing there. Word followed word, and silence, and waving their emptied sentence followed sentence, till he ac- glasses slowly around their heads, tually winded out his speech to the crossed their hands on their brows length of three quarters of an hour's and made a reverend bow, after which duration. But before he was half done a long restrained ruff of approbation I got fatigued, which, creating some ensued like the sound made by mufconfusion in my ideas, I lost all traces fted drums. of connection in my notes; and on After this an elderly gentleman with looking them over to-day, I find so spectacles rose, and said,
" He had many contractions of superlative terms, been favoured with a few verses of a most of them meaning the same thing, song that day--that they were writthat I can make nothing of them; and ten by a gentleman in the compait is a loss for you I cannot, for though ny, who, he believed, had written the speech was delivered in a preach- more loyal and national songs than ing style, it was nevertheless a piece of any bard now living, more perhaps grand and impressive eloquence; inson than all of them put together; and as much, that I said to myself again and the verses appeared to suit the foreagain, “ On my word but the seceder going toast in a particular manner, he minister does well!” The subject was volunteered to sing them, provided he indeed scarcely to be equalled. It was were allowed to consult the manuscript. a character of our late venerable and This being granted, he sung the folbeloved Sovereign-" The father of lowing stanzas in a soft under voice, his people, and the firm defender of to a most beautiful old air, to be found their rights, whose image was embalm- only in Albyn's Anthology. ed for ever in their profound and grate
Our good Auld Man.
Our good auld man is gane !
Now cauld aneath the stane.
And some o' their lordly kin;
And the kindly heart within.
That the tear-drap blinds my e'e,
And a' that it bore for me.
Though darkness veil'd his eye,
And light o' the soul was nane ;
When the moon and the stars are gane.
I only took notes of one more speech and two songs; for, indeed, the glass went round so freely, that wine and loyalty got the upper-hand of my judgment, and I lost all recollection of what was afterwards done, said, or sung, as completely, as if I had been at a whig dinner, with Kelly in the chair, at the Black Bull.-Yours, &c.
THE VOYAGES AND TRAVELS OF COLUMBUS SECUNDUS.
And pu'd the gowans fine ;
Sin auld langsyne.
Frae morning sun till dine;
Bunns. In travelling along the streets of Edin blind Harry, as well as ever, and cari burgh, I have often stopped to wit- jink as nimbly at tig touch timmer, ness the children of the present day doze a tap, or roll up a pirie, as if I enjoying themselves at the games had just escaped from reading my acwhich formed the delighted pastime customed dose of Barrie's Collection, of my boyhood ; and I have sometimes under the superintendance of that regretted that a classical book of juve worthy teacher. nal sports did not exist, to assist the In the multifarious projects of manrecollections of the past. Indeed I hood, what a change must not the had, I must confess, for a long time most careless observer have perceived ceased to notice the continuance of from the time when one set of objects, such games, till, in my own family, a and one set of amusements, formed set of youngsters arose, who from the the business and the pleasure of all; school brought the knowledge and the and no one can look back to the
pepractice of the almost forgotten amuse- riod of boyish amusemnent, and early ments; but, from that period, I have study, without thinking of the varied again refreslied my memory, by taking situations which his school-fellows a share in these innocent relaxations; now fill in the great theatre of life. and, though it may not add much He who was the hero of the little ring weight to my character as a philoso- at school, has perhaps sunk into the phical traveller, I find I can take a humble dependent of his former folgame with the bairns at kittlie-cout, or lower; and he who enacted the chief
• We have received a communication from Mr Lithgow, junior, referring to Chapter I. of the Travels of Columbus, in which, in a friendly way, he congratulates our worthy publisher for having risen above the Storm,-Mr Storm's shop being the ground floor of No. 17, Prince's Street. That we have occasionally, in our castigations of infidelity, glanced aside from infidel opinions to their embodied supporters, and ex. posed the arts of ultra-whiggery and radicalism in the persons of their champions, and have thus given offence, we do not deny. But the fifty-thousand readers who monthly devour our pages, and the fifty thousand more who read them at second hand, are the sarest test of the value of our labours, and the strongest evidence that THE MAGA. ZINE, in spite of misrepresentation, is now accounted the chief bulwark of those ** who fear God, and honour the King."-EDIT. VOL. X.
personage in mimic plays,—whose in- ly placed in these situations, for want genuity added to the interest, and of powers and energies to do somewhose spirits increased the mirth, of thing better. When I am forced, by the little drama,-has, it may be, in the customs of society, occasionally to the scenic illusions of after life, sunk roast my servants by extraneous cookto the office of candle-snuffer or scene- ery,-make the children run about shifter to his more fortunate compa- the house like frightened kittens, in nions.
the hurry of festive preparation,--put It is certainly not very comfortable the whole economy of my family for for many to reflect, that while their days out of order, and myself to sit former companions at the bowl or the up till long past the midnight hour, ball have risen to distinction and opu- to entertain a few friends, I often lence, they may be toiling, with hope- think how preferable my situation is less activity, for “the day that is those who are almost always in passing over them;" and it is not very company, -whose entertainments are palatable to human pride, to see the as everlasting as any thing human can associate of school tasks pass his early be, and who have neither strength playmate unheeded on the street, be- of mind to look at, ntor time to think cause he has had no friends to assist of, the present, the future, or the past. his progress, or wealth to secure a In the scale of happiness, it would be continuance of school friendship. But, hard to say which class of beings has while no degradation can be implied, the greatest share ; and the few or should be felt, when all do not be- snatches of pleasure in the power o gin life with the same advantages, so the humblest, are perhaps enjoyec no superiority of intellectual powers with a relish unknown to the satec can be adjudged to those who merely appetite of daily luxury.--"Give me occupy an exalted station on account neither poverty nor riches."--But of hereditary wealth or title; and while am moralizing, when I should be de one holds fast his integrity and moral scribing. worth, I see no distinction in creatures To those who have been formerl of the same species, which should en- young, (and I do not insist upon thos "title either to overlook the other, or who never were so to read this chap any occasion for envy even on the part ter,) and especially those who, for th of the most humble, who fills to the encouragement of teachers, have take best of his ability the part which Pro- the trouble to procure them pupils vidence has assigned him. In the race and have thus become fathers, I mak of life, there are many starting places, no apology for dedicating a few sen and many goals; and he is no more to tences to early recollections ; and how be despised for want of activity or ever odd it might appear, were a doze diligence, who sets out with the dis- of the High School callants, of twenty advantages of poverty and want of five years back, (now perhaps reveren friends, ten miles from the winning- clergymen, respectable merchants, off post of human distinctions, than the 'cers in the army, judges, or advocates person is to be praised, who, with to be seen at the cleckenbrod, or dosin every temporal advantage, has only a their piries, yet I believe, that eve few yards to run. At least this is my the remembrance that “such thing system; and, if it has no other effect, were,” forms not the least interestin it has that most convenient one, of topic of conversation, when old schoo making me contented with my hum- fellows meet afterwards in the voyag ble station. I can look down with of life. pity upon the man, who, merely on The games among the children account of the possession of a few more Edinburgh have their periodical r pounds, or a few more acres of land, turns. At one time nothing is to I thinks himself entitled to treat with seen in the hands of the boys bi disdain a fellow being, whose situation cleckenbrods; at another, dosing of tap in life may be of as much real conse- and piries and pirie cords, form t] quence in the economy of Providence, prevailing recreation ; and at a thir and whose ultimate hopes of “untried every retired pavement, or unoccupi
being" may be as well grounded as area, swarms with the rosy-faced litt his ; and I am sometimes tempted to imps playing at bowls, their eyes spar) consider the unprofitably rich, and the ling with delight at the acquisition, luxuriously idle, as beings beneficent- moulded into melancholy at the lo