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Cork, Nov. 6th, 1821.

which now reposes in his girdle, (un-
I was some time ago looking over till suddenly pulled forth to indite the
an old theological work, which, ainong ingenious thought when arrived at ma-
many other curious things, expatiated turity,) would sink into everlasting
considerably on the merits of the old oblivion, I am sure your kind heart,
Scholastic Doctors, and dwelt much far from indulging in mirth, would

on their several titles--such as Irre- melt with grief on the occasion. At TUNCE

fragabilis, Ponderosus, Subtilis, Pro- least mine would. It is with these

fundus, and twenty others of equal ce- feelings you must consider this letter, he fres

lebrity and import. But what the au which is an attempt to rescue from he thor seemed particularly to take de- forgetfulness some of the effusions a

light in, and indeed what gave me the foresaid, by sending them to you. I domst

greatest pleasure, was the collection of am sure the ingenious writers will
their different epitaphs and celebrated bounce with joy, when from the si-
sayings, and the concentrating in one lent tomb they hear your mellow voice
place so many quaintly-devised and ordering Ebony to imprint their lays,
crabbed specimens of the distorted in- and will cry out, in classic chorus,
genuity of those ages, I could not help through the clay-cold caverns of the
thinking, Kitt, how amusing it must earth,-
have been to behold one of these worth-
ies, Tostatus for instance, of whom it

Ecce, vir Septentrionalis

Extitit homo specialis, was said,

Bonus homo validè ! Hic stupor est mundi, qui scibile, discutit Suo nam mandavit ore omne,

Nostras res imprimatori,

Bona habeat edere !
seated at work, in an easy-chair, with
his doctor's cap pushed on one side of which classic and appropriate chorus

his head,-his cloak thrown backwards may be Englished thus, with equal che come from absolute sweating through excess elegance :

of thought,-his left hand pulling Behold! the mightie man, Kitt Northe,

his long grey beard, -his pen Hath shewn himselfe of speciale worthe,
stuck for a moment in his inky girdle, A goodlie man indeede ;

- his right hand scratching the side of
man his head, -his feet striking rapidly For with his

owne mouthe he hath told,
against the ground,--and his long, Our verses that his prynter bolde
thin, swarthy

sour face contracted into Should ’prynte : (welle may he feede !)
as many wrinkles as your own round, Already art thou' celebrated on the
fat, ruddy, good-humoured phiz would earth by millions, and above the earth,
doubtless be seen forced into, in a fit in the garrets of hundreds. Be it your
of the rheumatism, if the mysterious study now, to be celebrated and ho-
veil which encompasseth it did not noured under the earth, as infallibly
hide its features from mortal eyes. thou shalst, by giving light to the pro-
Would not you laugh downright at ductions of its inhabitants. But, be-
seeing him in this curious situation ? sides these considerations of glory and
I am sure you would, Kitt, notwith- humanity, they are really so curious in
standing all you may say about huma-' themselves as to deserve your notice,
nity, &c. But if you knew that all his as you will perceive by the few follow-
travail would be set at nought,--that ing specimens. The first I give you is
his immense turmoil would be of no on Alexander Alensis, the celebrated
avail,--that the productions of his pen, Doctor Irrefragabilis. Here it is :-

Conditur hoc tumulo, famam sortitus abundè
Gloria Doctorum, decus et flos Philosophorum,
Auctor scriptorum vir Alexander variorum.
Inclitus Anglorum fuit Archilevita, sed horum
Spretor cunctorum, fratrum collega minorum
Factus egenorum, fit Doctor primus eorum.

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What beauty!What's your epitaph but I must fairly yield to him in the on Sir D. Donnelly to this ?- What ingenuity with which he strings toge

melo a majestic succession of orums! not ther that noble succession of sonorous to speak of the pretty compliment to cadences. What can be finer than the your Southron friends in the second third line, when, after having raised as: last line. How the writer must have our expectation to the highest by his worked to make out these verses! I encomiums in the two preceding vera ought to know something of his trou- ses, he suddenly and sublimely deble, as I had a pretty fair tug myself clares who the subject of them is :at a few lines you inserted in your last;

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* Auctor scriptorum vir Alexander variorum !" All your modern nick-nacks are no- ness, conceit, and moral instruction, thing to this ! 'Lost in admiration as It is written on Peter Comestor, (mind you doubtless are, at the above speci- his surname,) the author of “ Histon te men, the next will far outdo both it, ria Scholastica.” Read and admire! and all others I ever read, in quaint

Petrus eram, quem petra tegit, dictusque Comestor,
Nunc comedor; vivus docui, nec cesso docere
Mortuus: ut dicat qui me videt incineratum,

Quod sumus, istę fuit, erimus quandoque quod hic est.” What do you say to that, Ritt? As a que Comestor, nunc comedor.” What farthing rush-light, in the hands of a sublime idea of retribution does not com an ancient maiden, yields to the bright- this contain. He who was called Eatness of the mid-day sun,

, -as the nar er, (and, haply, for a good reason,) is row defile of Faulkner's Lane, in our now eaten, -by the worms, rats, &c lordly city, is inferior to the spacious Also the

continuance of his Doctorship area of the Parade, -as the dry pages in the

grave, and the lecture he thence of Constable's shrink before those of delivers to the world. Ah! the times Blackwood's as if before a parching are gone by when such things could fire, * so does every other epitaph ap- be written. As for these degenerate : pear nought, when compared with the days–Alas ! I fear I may safěly defy perfect model you have just read. Not any one to match these lines, without a member of the sentence but contains the gauntlet being taken up !-1 pera a point. “ Petrus eram quem petra ceive I have not paper for much more; tegit.” Which of your "now-a-day bụt I must give you one on a county, scribblers would ever hit on such a man, either

of yours or mine, it is hard thought? But, aboye all, “ dictus- to say which, but he is

Richardus a Sto. Victore Scotus.
Moribus, ingenio, doctrinâ clarus et arte

Pulvereo híc tegeris, docte Richarde, situ
Quem tellus genuit felici Scotịca partu

Nunc foret in gremio Gallica terra suo,
Nil tibi Parca ferox nocuit, quæ stamina parva

Tempore tracta gravi rupit acerva manu:
Plurįma namque tui superant monumenta laboris,

Quæ tibi perpetuum sint paritura decus,
Segnior ut lento sceleratas mors petit ædes,

Sic propero nimis it sub pia tecta gradu. Although some of your very classic readers will probably admire this more than any of the others, yet I must beg leave to differ with them. What can equal the concetti in the two first of those epitaphs ? Besides, I think that although in the fourth couplet it is prophesied that his writings will obtain for him immortal fame, it will be to your mention of his epitaph that

A fact.

en he will be indebted for any portion of it in this his native country. I will is conclude, my dear Kitt, with some advice of a contemporary of these men, wage which will be of use to you this cold weather, and may prevent your catchthing cold, which would be of great detriment to one of your rheumatic ten1:dency :

Mensibus R atis ne super lapidem sedeatis.
Never sit on a stone in a month that has an r in it,

Yours, &c.



and reserve.

! sailed from Scotland for Quebec, cession on each side of us, and gradu. 's in the beginning of summer, and had ally fading into undefined masses as

a great number of emigrants as fellow- we receded from them. The emipassengers. Being all of the lower grants remained almost constantly class, they occupied the steerage, which upon deck. Men, women, and chil. was divided into various smalí com- dren, loitered about promiscuously, partments, that different families might in a state of indolent good humour, be separated from each other. At first and made remarks upon every thing this arrangement seemed unnecessary, they saw. Some pointed to particufor every one evinced the utmost good- lar hills, telling their names, and de

will towards his neighbours,-novelty scribing the country near them; others i dels of situation having created a commu- dwelt upon the advantages they had

nity of feeling among people who had foregone in leaving home, and spoke

Do connexion or acquaintance with of the wealth, influence, and respectam5! each other. Most of the emigrants bility of their relations, and a few, la care were natives of Scotland; but the new who appeared to have weighty reasons be the circumstances in which they found for not talking about their own affairs, et te themselves placed seemed to divest wandered among the various groups, mits them of much of their natural caution and listened carelessly to what was

When they first came passing. One man derived a great deal on board, they conversed freely about of temporary importance, from his their private affairs, confided to each possessing a small work which treated other the causes that had respectively of North America. He placed himinduced them to leave home, and mu- self in an elevated situation, and octually offered to use their endeavours casionally read such portions of the to alleviate the inconveniences and un- book as were best calculated to excite comforts which they expected to en- the admiration and astonishment of counter during the voyage. Those who those around him. Many began to felt most afflicted at leaving their na- consider him a perfect oracle, and when tive country, employed themselves in any dispute took place about the new anticipating the happiness which they country to which we were hastening, supposed would await them on the it was invariably referred to his deciother side of the Atlantic, while some, sion. An old woman and her daughwho apparently cared little about home, ter assumed the lead in the female talked without intermission of the an- circles. They enumerated the disguish they had suffered when quitting agreeables of a sea voyage ; lamented it. An idea of danger seemed to be that they had not become cabin passtudiously avoided by every one, and sengers; declared there was no one on calm seas, cloudless skies, and favour- board with whom they could associable winds, were talked of, and look- ate; and made many allusions to the ed forward to, as the inseparable at- terrors and anxieties which they be

lieved their friends would suffer on For two days after we had put to their account. Their auditors persega, the weather was bright and beau- mitted them to talk without interruptiful

. The waves scarcely rocked our tion; for every one seemed willing to ship, as we glided slowly down the let his neighbours exhibit their reMull of Cantyre, and watched the spective pretensions and characterisHighland hils rising in majestic suc- tics, that he might

be the better able

tendants of a seà voyage.

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to form a correct estimate of what they below, and informed their companions, really were, and likewise attain some that we were in imminent danger. In knowledge of the different persons with a moment the steerage became a scene whom circumstances had placed him of tumult and confusion ; parents were in such close contact.

heard calling their children around On the evening of the second day, them; the old women asked for their most of the emigrants appeared to Bibles; the young ones sought consothink that they had already had large lation from their husbands; prayers experience of a sea life, and that no and ejaculations were mingled with thing worse than the past was to be inquiries which the questioners seemfeared or anticipated. Some affected ed almost afraid to have answered; to talk knowingly of nautical affairs; messengers were sent upon deck at inwhile others ridiculed all idea of dan- tervals, to ascertain the state of the ger, and expressed a wish that a storm weather ; and some proposed that they might speedily arise, and afford them should petition the Captain to make evidence of the exaggerated accounts' sail for the nearest harbour. which they believed sailors usually The mate distributed the provisions gave of the perils and terrors of tem- among the emigrants every morning pestuous weather. The wind had been after breakfast, and when the time for gentle and baffling all the afternoon ; doing this arrived, he made the sea. but, towards sun-set it freshened and men bring the casks of beef and flour blew steady breeze. A small sea

upon dec

and likewise a large pair of soon got up, and our vessel, being un scales to weigh out the rations. The der easy sail, began to pitch and roll noise produced by these arrangements, about a little. At first, the emigrants made the people below conceive that walked backwards and forwards un- the crew were in the act of putting out steadily, and often caught hold of the the boats, and that the ship was in a ropes that hung within reach ; but, sinking state. Next moment confirmed after a little time, most of them stop- their fears, for the mate called down ped, and leaned upon the bulwarks. the gangway, “All hands upon

deck!" The conversation gradually became Males and females, and old men and broken and disjointed—those who had children, began to ascend the stairs taken the most conspicuous part in it with furious haste, and the steerage said least, and total silence soon en was soon completely deserted. They sued. Every one looked scrutinizingly all rushed towards the bulwarks, struginto the face of his neighbour, but gling to get as near them as possible, seemed averse to undergo a similar in- that they might have an early opporspection himself. The groups that tunity of ernbarking in the boats. But had covered the deck slowly dispersed, when their agitation had a little suband those who composed them could sided, and when they saw the mate be seen stealing away one by one, and standing between two casks, and coolly cautiously descending into the steerage. weighing out theirrations, they seemed Before the night was far advanced, all at a loss what to think, and viewed one were in their births except the sea- another with a mingled expression of

shame and apprehension. The laughter The wind continued to increase in of the seamen soon made them suspect violence, and next morning it blew that they had been imposed upon by hard, and there was a heavy sea and a imagination; and the mate bid them good deal of rain. A few of the emic advance to receive their respective algrants, who had ventured out of the lowances, saying, it was not likely the steerage, were crawling along the deck vessel would go to the bottom till after on all fours, with looks of alarm and dinner, and declaring, that the panic anxiety. One man ventured to ask the he had occasioned was for the purpose mate, if he had ever seen such weather of bringing them upon deck for the before ; and the latter gave a signifi- benefit of their health. This explanacant look, and săid, he hoped not to tion restored tranquillity, and every meet with such again ; but, that God one good-humouredly bore the ridicule was merciful, and, for his part, he ne- of his neighbours, because he could ver despaired as long as the planks of retort upon them whenever he chose. the vessel kept together. This reply In the course of the day, the wind was listened to with dismay by all who became more moderate, and we enterheard it; and several immediately went tained hopes of soon having fine wea


to our courses.

ther. Many of the emigrants resumed. On reaching the steerage, I found mytheir stations upon deck, and began to' self in the midst of a scene that was amuse themselves in the various ways equally ludicrous and distressing; all that their respective circumstances the emigrants occupied their respective permitted, though they evidently were compartments, many of which were so not so cheerful and confident as when crowded that their inmates actually we first set sail. But, towards the af- lay upon one another; and each, at ternoon, the increasing violence of the the same time, in his anxiety to retain wind interrupted their recreations, and his place, totally disregarded the comit was not long before we had a strong fort and convenience of his neighbours, gale from the west, which reduced us and extended his legs and arms where

The sea ran so high, ever he thought fit. As often as the that the Captain took the helm; and motion of the vessel indicated that she the passengers, on seeing this, thought was on the point of rolling violently, a that things had come to the worst, and general commotion took place among manifested strong symptoms of terror the emigrants—some clung to any oband despair. Our ship pitched and jects that were within reach-others rolled very much, and they could stretched themselves along the floor, hardly stand without support; but, and a third set tried to resist the antinevertheless, seemed unwilling to go cipated shock by wedging themselves below. The crew, being employed closely together. However, notwithalmost everywhere, hurried backwards standing all these precautions, a sudand forwards, pushing them unceremo- den heave of the ship often dislodged niously from side to side, and answer whole families from their births, and ing their questions and exclamations hurled them headlong among their with oaths and looks of derision. At companions, who lay on the opposite last a wave broke over the vessel, and side. Then screams, complaints, and they all, as if under one impulse, de- exclamations of dismay, were exchanscended into the steerage ; the gang- ged by both parties, while the intruders way hatch of which was immediately crawled cautiously back to their former closed above them.

quarters, and began to fortify themA severe attack of sea-sickness obli- selves against the recurrence of a simiged me to retire to my birth, which lar accident. The pale countenances, was separated by a thin partition only dejected looks, and tremulous motions from the place where all the emigrants of the different groups in the steerage, lay. I sought repose in vain. The were strikingly opposed to the ruddy sea beat against the vessel with dread complexions, confident deportments,

ful noise, and made her timbers creak and robust gestures, which they had lice and quiver from one end to the other; exhibited when they first came on

and during the short intervals of ex board. The ardour of enterprize was ternal quietness that sometimes occur- completely damped, and many of them

red, my ears were filled with the moans, inveighed bitterly against emigration, 135 sighs, and complaints of those who and vowed that if they could but once

occupied the steerage. Much tumult, reach home, they would rather starve anxiety, and confusion, seemed to pre- there than again endanger their lives vail among them; and every time the by making a voyage to a foreign land. ship rolled more violently than usual, I observed one man staggering backa host of ejaculations, shrieks, and wards and forwards, with clasped hands screams, burst from the mouths of and eyes full of tears. He said he had men, women, and children ; while the left a wife and five children on shore, rolling of casks, the crashing of earthen and was certain they would think we ware, and the noise of articles of fur were all in the bottom of the sea; for niture tossing from side to side, com a wind much less violent than that pleted the discordant and terrifying which now raged around us, had once combination of sounds.

blown down three stacks of chimneys While listening to the clamours in his native place. An old woman, which prevailed on all sides, the mate whom some one was attempting to entered the cabin, and informed me console with the hopes of favourable

a man had fallen down the gang- weather, replied, that it mattered little way, and was much hurt. I imme- to her how things went, for all her best el diately forgot my sea sickness, and rose clothes had been spoiled by the break

from my birth and went to his relief. ing of a jar of honey, which she had

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