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So, Heaven be good to me! I will forgive thee
| Stay but one second-answer but one question. Thy deed and all its consequences."
There, Maurice Berkeley, canst thou look upon
Berk. I swear by Heaven,
And by the memory of that murder'd innocent, Stepp'd forth to trip a measure with his bride
Each seeming charge against her was as false More joyfully than I, young man, would rush
As our bless'd Lady's spotless. Hear, each saint ! To meet my challenge.
Hear me, thou holy rood! hear me from heaven, Lin. He quails, and shuns to look upon my weapon, | Thou martyr'd excellence !-Hear me from penal fire, Yet boasts himself a Berkeley!
(For sure not yet thy guilt is expiated!) Berk. Lindesay, and if there were no deeper cause | Stern ghost of her destroyer ! For shunning thec than terror of thy weapon,
Wald. (throws back his cowl.) He hears ! he hears! Thy That rock-hewn Cross as soon should start and stir,
spell hath raised the dead. Because a shepherd-boy blew horn beneath it,
Lin. 'My brother! and alive! As I for brag of thine.
Wald. Alive,—but yet, my Richard, dead to thee. Nin. I charge you both, and in the name of Heaven, No tie of kindred binds me to the world; Breathe no detiance on this sacred spot,
All were renounced, when, with reviving life, Where Christian men must bear them peacefully,
Came the desire to seek the sacred cloister. On pain of the Church thunders. Calmly tell
Alas, in vain ! for to that last retreat, Your cause of difference; and, Lord Lindesay, thou
Like to a pack of bloodhounds in full chase, Be first to speak them.
My passion and my wrongs have follow'd me,
Wrath and remorse-and, to fill up the cry,
I but sought
Wald. I ceased to be so when I left the world;
But if he can forgive as I forgive, That Berkeley slew thy brother, the Lord Louis,
| God sends me here a brother in mine enemy, In his own halls at Edzell
To pray for me and with me. If thou canst,
De Berkeley, give thine hand.
Berk. (gives his hand.) It is the will In his own halls he slew him, while the wine
Of Heaven, made manifest in thy preservation, Pass'd on the board between! The gallant Thane,
To inhibit further bloodshed; for De Berkeley, Who wreak'd Macbeth's inhospitable murder,
The rotary Maurice lays the title down.
Go to his halls, Lord Richard, where a maiden,
| Heirs his broad lands;- If thou canst love her, Lindesay, His frantic jealousy prepared for me.
Woo her and be successful.
The True Plan of a Living Temple ; or, Man considered
in his proper Relation to the Ordinary Occupations and Lin. Wretch ! thou didst first dishonour to thy victim,
Pursuits of Life. By the Author of the “ Morning And then didst slay him!
and Evening Sacrifice," &c. In 3 vols. Edinburgh. Berk. There is a busy fiend tugs at my heart,
Oliver and Boyd. 1830.
Were we to wait till we had fully read and digested this I come not to my lordships, or my land,
book, before we recommended it to our readers, we should But just to seek a spot in some cold cloister,
delay much too long to do our part to bring into notice what Which I may kneel on living, and, when dead,
we distinctly perceive is one of the most important and best Which may suffice to cover me.
executed works of a religious kind which has been produced Forgive me that I caused your brother's death; And I forgive thee the injurious terms
in our day. It is peculiarly well adapted, too, to meet the With which thou taxest me.
errors and illusions prevalent in these times, and which Lin. Take worse and blacker.-Murderer, adulterer! must ever be more or less prevalent, when so high a subArt thou not moved yet?
ject as that of religion intermingles with the weaknesses Berk. Do not press me further.
and infirmities of human nature. It has struck forcibly The hunted stag, even when he seeks the thicket,
the eminent author before us, that these errors chiefly Compellid to stand at bay, grows dangerous ! Most true thy brother perish'd by my hand,
arise from men mistaking the object of religion—from And if you term it murder-I must bear it.
fancying to themselves that it was designed to carry their Thus far my patience can; but if thou brand
thoughts into indistinct musings on a future state of exThe purity of yonder martyr'd saint,
istence, and not to be the great vivifying principle of all Whom then my sword but poorly did avenge,
their thoughts and occupations connected with the preWith one injurious word, come to the valley,
sent life. Men are willing enough, under its influence, And I will show thee how it shall be answer'd !
to consider themselves as Temples to the Deity, but then Nin. This heat, Lord Berkeley, doth but ill accord With thy late pious patience.
they are not Living Temples; there is commonly more Berk. Father, forgive, and let me stand excused
of meditation and abstraction, and direct spiritual comTo Heaven and thee, if patience brooks no more.
munication, in their notion of the services to be rendered I loved this lady fondly-truly loved
to God, than of a distinct view of the part now given Loved her, and was beloved, ere yet her father
them to act among his creatures; and the great object, Conferr'd her on another. While she lived,
accordingly, of this work, is to show the real sphere Each thought of her was to my soul as hallow'd
which religion occupies upon earth as a system which As those I send to Heaven ; and on her grave, Iler bloody, early grave, while this poor hand
is throughout practical, and which, while it opens into Can hold a sword, shall no one cast a scorn.
prospects of existence, of wbich the present scene is only Lin. Follow me. Thou shalt hear me call the adulteress
the foretaste, yet confines all the strenuous efforts and By her right name.--I'm glad there's yet a spur
exertions of the human mind to the theatre in which it is Can rouse thy sluggard mettle.
now called to be exercised. In accomplishing this im. Berk. Make then obeisance to the blessed Cross,
portant object, we know no author who has gone so deep For it shall be on earth thy last devotion,
into the actual condition of human nature, or who sees
[They are going off so distinctly what are its capacities, its defects, its obligaWald. (rushing forward.) Madmen, stand
tions. In other words, we may say, that we know of
no religious writer who has marked with so attentive anthroughout in so equable and engaging a style. In eye, and traced so accurately, the representations upon speculating on the parable of the Talents, the author ob. this subject, made by Him, who, more than any other serves, teacher, “ knew what was in man;" and it is by follow-| “ The trust committed to each individual in the present ing out the lessons, and even the most minute hints, given life being this, not simply a mean of enjoyment, or a station by that Divine Teacher, that this great work has been of repose, but a sphere of active duty which he is required built up to be what we believe it really is, among the to fill, and by the due fulfilment of which he reaps also the most perfect and comprehensive schemes of Christian
honour and happiness that are competent to his conditionethics which have yet been presented to the world.
we are taught, by the language and spirit of the parable, to
believe, that a similar rule obtains throughout all those • The foundation is laid in an explanation of that striking future'stages of existence on which we have yet to enter :expression so constantly in the mouth of our Saviour,“ the that the heaven, for which we are authorized to hope, is kingdom of God," which is here shown to mean his ac- not, consequently, a place exempt from all active exertion, tually existing kingdom, in wbatever department of his but a higher station among those servants of God, who are dominions it may be contemplated-on earth no less than beautifully described as having always · delighted to do his in heaven,--and the subjects of which, wherever they are
commandments;' and as the kingdom of God is carried placed, have their peculiar offices to perform, requiring
| forward, throughout all worlds, by the instrumentality of
| those living agents with whom he has peopled his domithe full energy of their actual capacities, and not leaving nions-and happiness and honour are the prizes of those them any supernumerary energies to expend upon objects only who acquit themselves faithfully in their trust the not within their immediate sphere of action. Were this | glorious object proposed to us by Christianity is that of seview thoroughly entered into, how entirely would it cut curing, by a due discharge of the duties of our present staoff most of the speculations out of which systems of divi- tion, far more efficacious powers of promoting happiness nity have been formed! What room is there, for in- and order,-a loftier station among the countless hosts of
the obedient children of God,-a wider view of those grand stance, for speculating on the divine decrees or foreknow
arrangemants, by means of which the vast destinies of the ledge, or their consistency with the freedom and the mo
| universe are carried forward,--and the consequent enjoyment, rality of human conduct ? Why should such books as in our own cases, of such measures of happiness and glory Jonathan Edwards's ever have been written; and, what as the eye of man has never seen, nor his ear heard, ncr ever may be its merit as a piece of philosophical or theo his imagination is capable of conceiving.' This is a beautiful logical reasoning, of what possible use can the specula
and captivating idea, which ought to be made familiar to tions contained in it be to such a being as man? All he is our minds by frequent contemplation of it; for it tends to concerned in is, what he feels to be his present condition
enlarge immeasurably our conceptions of the extent and
grandeur of those arrangements by which things visible and his position in the scene in which he is now called to act
invisible are connected, and bound into one perfect system. the place which he actually fills as a member of the king- It affords, also, a five illustration of the pure and just prindom of God, with all his indelible impressions of respon- ciples which pervade the moral representations of the Foundsibility about him, and he has nothing more to do wither of Christianity, and it presents the only idea of our fuenquiries respecting the original movements of bis spirit, | ture station in existence, that is titted to engage the affections or the rule of its final destination, in filling that position,
of our hearts, and consequently to render our exertions to than in acting his part in any of the simplest offices of hu
| secure that station persevering and cheerful.”
The last volume is chiefly composed of notes and illusman society. In short, a speculation of the kind now men
trations, in which the author comments, with great learntioned, or of any abstruse nature whatever, has no more
ing and ability, on the ethical views of the philosophers connexion with the education of a Christian, than with that of a writer to the signet-probably, indeed, less ; because
of antiquity, of the German school, and of this counthe metaphysical acumen displayed in such investigations
try—and in which, with a very amiable spirit, he gives
their full share of praise to contemporary writers. There might help a person in the power of drawing up ingenious law statements; but it would much more tend to
is a peculiar interest, too, in many of the notes, from the
familiar insight which they afford into the mind and distract his attention from the place which it becomes him to fill in the kingdom of God,” tban at all forward him
sentiments of the author. As a specimen of this kind of in the proper sentiments with which it is incumbent on
writing, we think our readers will be yet more interested him to fill it. The impression, indeed, of any one who
with the following sentences, which conclude the preface, reads this book with attention, must be, that the greatest
and which it is impossible they can read without a deep part of what is commonly called Divinity, is nothing more
sympathy in following out the speculations and feelings of than trifling with the noblest and simplest of all subjects;
such a mind as is there indicated :
“Of the confidence which the author has in the truth of and that an example is here set of “ a style of thought "
the principles by which the present work is characterised, upon these high conceptions, which ought to be generally and in their subserviency to the best interests of mankind, aimed at, and without which the universal and pervading the reader inay judge from the following statement:character of religion will never be fully comprehended or “ The work was sketched, its principles settled, and the entered into in the world. It is here traced from its | whole plan of their connexion formed, at a time when the root, through its most minute ramifications in the con
author had little expectation that he was again to take an
active part in that living scene, the duties of which he has duct of life. The work is not, accordingly, a brief one;
endeavoured to describe; and when, with no view certainly is far from being tedious ; and if any readers might of literary distinction, nor any care about literary honours, be taken in by the form of the book-three neat volumes but with an earnest desire to ascertain the duty actually of the size of Waverley-and by the singularity of the assigned to man on earth, he busied himself,- with that deep title, to suppose that they had got a modern novel in their anxiety which is known only to those who believe themhands, they will not, we assure them, feel themselves dis-selves to be bidding ‘farewell to time,'-in endeavouring to appointed, when they find that they bave plumped, instead,
find out what is the object really proposed to man as a subinto the heart of an ethical and religious treatise.
ject of the kingdom of God, and how far he himself had The
succeeded in acting conformably to that object. views throughout are so elevated, so pious, so simple, and, at “No length of days can ever efface froin his mind the the same time, so original, that we can assure them they remembrance of that bright summer noon--made more will scarcely find any reading more delightful; and we bright and infinitely more affecting by the thought, that are ourselves, at this moment, inuch annoyed in being such brightness might be seen but for a little-when, being forced to interrupt our perusal of the work from a sense
incapable of more active exertion, he sketched with his penof duty, to give the earliest possible notice of it, imper
cil, in the open air, and amidst the blossoms and oversha
dowing foliage of that 'cottage garden' which had been dear fect and unsatistictory as that may be. Before, however,
to him from infancy, the whole series of views and prinwe return to our pleasing study, we mist indulge our ciples which, in a more finished form, but with no alterareaders with one or two short quotations, which may be tion whatever of their original design, he now submits to taken almost at hazard, from a work that is written the judgment of the public; indeed, all subsequent reflection and investigation have but served more deeply to lost all consciousness-a circumstance of which those wbo impress him with the conviction that these principles are hand
handed her along were ignorant. The consequence, in strict agreement with the order of Nature, and with the | might be expected, was dreadful; for, as one of the young arrangements of Providence; and he has, accordingly, only | men was receiving her hand, that he might pass her to the to add, that having made this statement, he cannot doubt the next, she lost her momentum, and was instantaneously prereader will give him entire credit, when he declares, that cipitated into the boiling current. The wild and fearful he now offers the work to the public with the solemn belief cry of horror that succeeded this cannot be laid on paper. that the principles which it contains are in accordance with The eldest sister fell into strong convulsions, and several of the purest truth, and that their adoption as rules of conduct
tion as rules of conduct the other females
the other fernales fainted on the spot. The mother did not would indeed make man'a Living Temple,' or, to use the faint; but, like Lot's wife, she seemed to bave been trans fine words of the Divine Teacher, would bring the king lated into stone: her hands became clenched convulsiveir, dom of Heaven upon earth.'”
her teeth locked, her nostrils dilated, and her eyes shot half We know not what to add to so affecting a communi. way out of her head. There she stood, looking upon her cation, except to express our hope, that as the author has
daughter struggling in the flood, with a fixed gaze of wild not yet bid “ farewell to time," so he will be long of bid
and impotent frenzy, that, for fearfulness, beat the thun
I derstorm all to nothing. The father rushed to the edge of ding farewell to the public--but will be granted health
the river, oblivious of his incapability to swim, determined and encouragement for the completion of other works,
to save her or lose his own life, which latter would have been still wanting, for the accomplishment of the entire plan a dead certainty, had he adventured; but he was prevented which has risen upon his fertile and inexhaustible in ven by the crowd, who pointed out to bim the madness of such tion.
a project. For God's sake, Paddy, don't attim pt it,' they exclaimed, 'except you wish to lose your own life, without
being able to save hers; no man could swim in that flood, Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry; with Etchings.
and it upwards of ten feet deep! Their arguments, how.
ever, were lost upon him; fur, in fact, he was insensible to By W. H. Brooke, Esq. 2 vols. Dublin. William
every thing but his child's preservation. He, therefore, Curry, jun. and Co. 1830.
only answered their remonstrances by attempting to make This is a clever and amusing book ; a little too purely
another plunge into the river. Let me alone, will yees,'
said he ; let me alone! I'll either save my child Rose, or Irish, perhaps, for the general reader, but nevertheless, full
die along with her! How could I live afther her? Mer. of excellent delineations of national manners. The pea ciful God, any of them but her! Oh! Rose, darling,' he santry of Ireland have more character than any other exclaimed, the favourite of my heart, will no one save peasantry on the face of the earth, and hence they afford you? Oh, God! Oh, God! is there no mercy ?" All this inexhaustible materials to one capable of sketching their I passed in less than a minute. peculiarities with a lively and rapid pencil. Such a per
“Just as these words were uttered, a plunge was heard son is our author, who has evidently studied the lower
a few yards above the bridge, and a man appeared in the
flood, making his way with rapid strokes to the drowning classes of his countrymen with great accuracy and atten
girl. Another cry now rose from the spectators. It's tion, and has himself a turn both for the humorous and John O'Callaghan,' they shouted -- it's John O'Callaghan, the pathetic, which is in excellent accordance with the and they'll be both lost!'--'No,' exclaimed others, if it's temperaments of the heroes and heroines of his tales. The in the power of man to save her, he will!'- 0, blessed Fatitles of the different stories are,_" The Three Tasks, or ther, she's lost !' now burst from all present; for, after hathe Little House under the Hill,” one of those wild, won
ving struggled and kept floating some time by ber garments, derful, and grotesque legends peculiar to Ireland; “ Shane
sbe at length sunk, apparently exbausted and senseless, and
the thief of a flood flowed over her, as if she had not been Fadh's Wedding,” a very cento of Irish fun and drollery;
under its surface. When O'Callaghan saw that she went “ Larry M‘Farland's Wake;" “ The Battle of the Fac down, he raised himself up in the water, and cast his eye tions," a splendid description of one of the most glorious towards that part of the bank opposite which she disanrows ever fought in the illustrious town of Knockim peared, evidently, as it proved, that he might have a mark downy; “ The Funeral and Party Fight;" “ The Iledge to guide him in fixing on the proper spot where to plange School, and the Abduction of Mat Kavanab," a capital
after her. When he came to the place, he raised himself
I again in the stream, and, calculating that she inust by this satire on the prevalent mode of instilling larning into the
time have been borne some distance from the spot where she spalpeens of green Erin ; and “ The Station," a sketch
sank, he gave a stroke or two down the river, and disapnot unworthy of its predecessors.
peared after her. This was followed by another cry of horWe had marked various quotations, but we find that ror and despair; for, somehow, the idea of desolation which the one which we consider the most interesting, extends marks at all times a deep, overs woller torrent, heightened to so great a length that we must, exclude the others. We by the bleak mountain scenery around them, and the dark, think there is a great deal of power, and not a little pathos. / angry voracity of the river where they had sunk, might in the following sketch. It describes a scene that took
have impressed the spectators with utter hopelessness as to
the fate of those now engulfed in its vortex. This, bow. place at the crossing of a stream which was flooded, and
ever, I leave to those who are deeper read in philosophy than is supposed to be narrated by a village schoolmaster :
I am. An awful silence succeeded the last shrill exclamaTHE ADVENTURE OF ROSE O'HALLAGHAN AND JOHN
tion, broken only Ly the hoarse rushing of the waters,
whose wild, continuous roar, booming hollowly and disO'CALLAGHAN.
mally in the ear, might be heard at a great distance over all “The first of the O'Hallaghans that ventured over it, was the country. But a new sensation soon invaded the multhe youngest, who was captured by the hand, and encou titude; for, after the lapse of about a minute, John O'Call'aged by many cheerful expressions from the young men lagban emerged from the flood, bearing, in his sinister hand, who were clinging to the planks. She got safe over, and the inanimate body of his own Rose Galh-for it's he that when she came to the end, one who was stationed on the
loved her tenderly. A peal of joy congratulated them from far bank gave her a joyous pull, that translated her several
a thousand voices; hundreds of directions were given him yards upon lerrafirma. 'Well, Nancy,' he observed, you're how to act to the best advantage. Two young men in essafe, any how; and if I don't dance at your wedding for pecial, who were both dying about the lovely creature that this, I'll never say ye're dacent.' To this Mary gave a jo- be held, were quite anxious to give him advice: * Bring her cular promise; and he resumed his station, that he might to the other side, Jobn, ma bouchal; it's the safest,' said be ready to render a similar assistance to her next sister.
Larry Carty. Will you let him alone, Carty,' said Simon Rose Gall then went to the edge of the plank several times,
Tracy, who was the other; ' you'll only put him in a perbut her courage as often refused to be forthcoming. During plexity.' But Carty would order in spite of every thing. her hesitation, John O'Callaghan stooped down, and pri. He kept bawling out, however, so loud, that John raised vately untied his shoes, then unbuttoned his waistcoat, and his eye to see what he meant, and was near losing hold of very gently, being unwilling to excite notice, slipped the Rose. This was too much for Tracy, who ups with the knot of his cravat. At long and last, by the encouragement of fist, and downs him-so they both at it; for no one there those who were on the plank, Rose attempted the passage, could take themselves off those that were in danger, to inand had advanced as far as the middle of it, when a fit of terfere between them. But, at all events, no earthly thing dizziness and alarm seized her, with such violence that she can happen among Irishmen without a tight. The father,
during this, stood breathless, his hands clasped, and his Who saved me?'-" 'Twas John O'Callaglian), Rose, dareves turned to heaven, praying in anguish for the delivery ling,' replied the sister, that ventured his own life into the of his dar
look was stil Il wild and ed, boiling flood, to save yours and did save it, jewel.' Rose's her eyes glazed, and her muscles hard and stiff; evidently eye gleamed at John;- and I only wish, as I am a bachelor she was insensible to all that was going forward; while not further than my forty-seventh, that I may ever have large drops of paralytic agony hung upon her cold brow. the happiness to get a glance from two blue eyes, such as Neither of the sisters had yet recovered, nor could those she gave him that moment; a faint smile played about her who supported them turn their eyes from the more immi. mouth, and a slight blush lit up her fair cheek, like the nent danger, to pay them any particular attention. Many, evening sunbeams on the virgin snow, as the poets have also, of the other females, whose feelings were too much said, for the tive hundredth time, to my own personal knowwound up when the accident occurred, now fainted, when | ledge. She then extended her hand, which John, you may they saw she was likely to be rescued; but most of them be sure, was no way backward in receiving, and the tears were weeping with delight and gratitude.
of love and gratitude ran silently down her cheeks." “ When John brought her to the surface, he paused a Neither Miss Edgeworth nor the author of the O'Hara moment to recover breath and collectedness; he then caught | Tales could have written any thing more powerful than her by the left arm, near the shoulder, and cut in a slant - this. We must not conclude without mentioning that ing direction down the stream, to a watering-place, where
the volumes are embellished with some very spirited and a slope had been formed in the bank. But he was already , too far down to be able to work across the current to this
o this humorous etchings illustrative of the stories. point-for it was here much stronger and more rapid than under the plank. Instead, therefore, of reaching the slope, he found himself, in spite of every effort to the contrary, Lives of Eminent British Lawyers. By Henry Roscoe. about a perch below it, and except he could gain this point,
Esq. Barrister at Law. Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopædia, against the strong rush of the food, there was very little hope of being able to save either her or himself-for he was
No. VI. London. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, now much exhausted. Hitherto, therefore, all was still and Green. 1830. doubtful, whilst his strength was fast failing him. In this trying and almost hopeless situation, with an admirable
The authors of the present day may be arranged under presence of mind, he adopted the only expedient which could two pretty comprehensive heads. The one consists of possibly enable him to reach the bank. On finding himself men either of an original style of thought, or at the least receding down, instead of advancing up the current, he ap- of a vigorous and peculiar style of expression. The other proached the bank, which was here very deep and perpen consists of such persons as, possessing a competent know. dicular ; he then sunk his fingers into the firm blue clay ledge of the English language, joined with a stock of inwith which it was stratified, and by this means advanced,
di formation above the common run, are able to tell a plain bit by bit, up the stream, having no other force by which he could propel himself against it. After this mode did he
smooth tale, for the benefit of elderly ladies, and gentlebreast the current with all his strength-which must have
I men whose education has been neglected. Authors of been prodigious, or he never could have borne it out-until
this latter class are termed, in the language of the fancy, he reached the slope, and got from the influence of the tide, the “ heavy weights;" and, to tell the truth, we begin to into the dead water. On arriving here, his hand was suspect shrewdly that they are greater favourites with caught by one of the young men present, who stood up to our sovereign lords and patrons the booksellers, than the the neck in the water, waiting his approach. A second
brisker and more volatile class, to whom we have in our inan stood behind him, holding his other hand, and a link
ignorance attributed the pre-eminence. Any work of a was thus formed, that reached out to the firm bank. A good pull now brought them both to the edge of the liquid:
man of genius-especially his first is a ticklish specu. on finding bottom, John took his Colleen Galh in his own | lation ; it may succeed, or it may not. But a well-poarms, carried her out, and, pressing his lips to hers, laid lished work, from a decent God-fearing adherent of the her in the bosom of her father; then, after taking another divinity Dulness, is sure to succeed. Highly finished kiss of the young drowned flower, burst into tears, and fell not an “if” or an “and" misplaced through the whole powerless beside her. The truth is, the spirit that kept | volume-no inharmonious sentences--no startling opihim firm, was now wanted ; and his legs and arms became
nions—no aberrations from the fireside orthodoxy of a re. nerveless by the exertion. Hitherto her father took no notice of John, for how could be, seeing that he was entirely spectable husband and wife, with a numerous small family, wrapped up in his daughter? and the question was, though -such a work forms a tine pillow for the reverend head rescued from the flood, if life was in her. The sisters were of age. Many a time and oft have we blessed the by this time recovered, and weeping over her, along with wholesome and sedative effects of a volume of this kind, the father, and, indeed, with all present; but the mother when some over-excitement had sent our blood bounding could not be made to comprehend what they were about, at
at a yet more headlong pace than usual through our throball at all. The country people used every means with which
bing veins. they were intimate to recover' Rose; she was brought instantly to a farmer's house beside the spot, put into a warm
varm! Mr Roscoe's book is a very superior work in the heavy bed, covered over with hot salt, wrapped in half-scorched line of business. We mean that the style is irreproachblankets, and made subject to every other mode of treat-ably correct; the sentiments in general such as all men ment that could possibly revoke the functions of life. John are agreed upon ; but that there is a want of boldness and had now got a dacent draught of whisky, which revived
originality both in the thoughts and language, and, what him. He stood over her, when he could be admitted,
; is worse in a biographical work, a want of graphic power. watching for the symptomatics of her revival; all, however, was vain. He now determined to try another course : by
The truth is, that we begin to suspect these Family and and-by he stooped, put his mouth to her mouth, and, draw
aw other Libraries-- Dr Lardner's is merely a publication of ing in his breath, respired with all his force from the bot- this class, under a more imposing name-useful as they town of his very heart into hers; this he did several times undeniably are, and creditable as the idea is to the originrapidly-Faith, a tender and agreeable operation, any how. al suggester, are about, from their number, to threaten But mark the consequence: in less than a minute her the originality and respectability of our literature. The white bosom heaved-her breath returned-her pulse be
works most in demand for them are abridgements and gan to play: she opened her eyes, and felt his tears of love
compilations; and the prices offered for such works by raining warmly on her pale cheek! “For years before this, no two of these opposite factions
their publishers, together with their unwillingness to venhad spoken; nor up to this minute had John and they, even ture upon the publication of larger and more original upon this occasion, exchanged a monosyllable. The father productions, can scarcely fail to break down our English now looked at him--the tears stood afresh in his eyes; he literature into a small peddling stream of nice little books. came forward-stretched out his band--it was received ; | When we look at the current compositions of the dayand the next moment he fell into John's arms, and cried
we speak of that portion which professes to instruct like an infant.
and compare them with the vast and original underta“ When Rose recovered, she seemed as if striving to recordate what had happened; and, after two or three mi- kings of our predecessors, or even of our contemporaries in nutes, enquired from her sister, in a weak but sweet voice, France and Italy, we occasionally have our misgivings
we fear that our lot has fallen in an age of little men, as it was determined to bring him without delay into the
House of Commons. Sir William Gordon, the member well as of little books.
for Portsmouth, was therefore prevailed upon, for an adeThis is the first biographical volume of Dr Lardner's Cyclopædia ; but it is to be followed by others of a very I kine immediately succeeded."
quate consideration, to resign his seat, to which Mr Ers. interesting kind. We have here a series of biographies of
Now, we put it to the conscience of the booby who British lawyers; and we are promised in the sequel three
selected this, whether he would himself be induced to volumes of eminent British military commanders, by
purchase any book, or even to read it, on the strength of Mr Gleig-one volume (at the least) of eminent naval
a passage so little striking. commanders, by Dr Southey-eight volumes of eminent
We extract for ourselves the following passage, as a literary and scientific characters, and five of eminent
grateful subject of reflection at a moment like the preartists of all nations. Such a series, if executed judi
sent, when a mighty nation is hearkening with anxious ciously, will afford an excellent manual for that most
dread for the news from its monarch's sick-bed, as it tends interesting study, the comparative effects of different pro
to prove how deserved the love we entertain for him : fessional avocations upon character. More judiciously
" When attorney-general to the Prince of Wales, I (it is they cannot be executed than in the specimen now on Lord Erskine who speaks) was retained by Thomas Paine, our table; although we should like to see more in:lica- to defend him on his approaching trial for publishing the tions of fresh, vigorous native talent, both because it second part of his ' Rights of Man ;' but it was soon intiserves to make a book more readable, and because it mated to me by high authority that it was considered to be
the incompatible with my situation, and the Prince himself, in sends the matter home with a greater impetus to the
the most friendly manner, acquainted me that it was highunderstanding.
ly displeasing to the King, and that I ought to endeavour As Scotsmen, we feel inclined to quarrel with Mr to explain my conduct; which I immediately did, in a letRoscoe for his title, “ British Lawyers,” seeing that all | ter to his majesty himself, in which, after expressing my his fourteen heroes are in reality English lawyers--prac- sincere attachment to his person, and to the constitution of titioners at the English bar, and judges in English courts. the kingdom, attacked in the work which was to be deThere are also comprehended under the term British, | fended, I took the liberty to claim, as an invaluable part of the bars of Ireland and Scotland, and narratives of their nd Scotland, and narratives of their that very constitution, the unquestionable right of the sub
ject to make his defence by any counsel of his own free most eminent characters are not merely wanting to jus choice, if not previously retained, or engaged by office from tify the comprehensive title of the work, but would have
the crown; and that there was no other way of deciding added materially to its variety and interest. At the same whether that was or was not my situation as attorney-getime, we are quite ready to admit that the history of neral to the Prince, than by referring, according to custom, English lawyers is more intinately connected with the that question to the bar, which I was perfectly willing and great history of national events, than that of the legal | even desirous to do. In a few days afterwards I received, practitioners in either of the other two countries, and is
is through my friend the late Admiral Paine, a most graon this account more rich in impressive and imposing |
cious message from the Prince, expressing his deep regret
posto in feeling himself obliged to accept my resignation, which associations; for the nobler features of the human mind,
was accordingly sent... .
It would harcarar la devotion to principle, and contempt of danger in great most unjust, as well as ungrateful to the Prince Regent, and perilous emergencies, have had more frequent oppor- not to add, that, in a few years afterwards, his Royal Hightunities of being roused into action amongst the jurists ness, of his own mere motion, sent for me to Carlton of the sister kingdom.
House, whilst he was still in bed under a severe illness, and The selection of lawyers is appropriately made, and so
taking me most graciously by the band, said to me, that,
though he was not at all qualified to judge of retainers, nor arranged as to afford a continuous view of the English
to appreciate the correctness or incorrectness of my conduct bar, from the commencement of the seventeenth, down in the instance that had separated us, yet that, being conto the end of the eighteenth century. It would be vain vinced I had acted from the purest motives, he wished most to attempt, by extracting a few passages, to give any publicly to manifest that opinion, and therefore directed me thing like an idea of the book. And we may remark to go immediately to Somerset House, and to bring with here, by the way, that the broadside of ready-made quo- me, for his execution, the patent of Chancellor to his Royal tations which accompanies this volume, has, besides the
| Highness, which he said he had always designed for me; quackery of the whole system, the additional recommen
| adding, that owing to my being too young when his esta
blishment was first fixed, he had declined having a chanceldation of being excessively ill-selected. The extracts are lor at that time : that during our separation he bad been either dull, or, what is still worse, coarse and clumsy at more than once asked to revive it, which he had refused to tempts at humour, and threadbare stories which have stood do, looking forward to this occasion.” the tear and wear of the courts of Westminster-hall, and Our readers will find in this volume, if not much brilall the circuits, for the last century. We really feel liancy and originality, yet a good deal of both instruction tempted to inflict one passage upon our readers as a spe- and amusement. cimen :
“ LORD ERSKINE.- Talents so extraordinary, and eloquence so powerful as Mr Erskine's, are, in this country, A Catechism of Useful Knowledge, for the Use of Schools. speedily engaged in the public service. His political predi- Original and Selecteil. Glasgow. W. R. M-Phun, lections had already led him to associate himself with those
1830. 32mo. Pp. 44. celebrated men, who, during the administration of Lord North, headed the Opposition, and whose characters and
This is a useful and ingenious little work, well calcugenius were then in their highest meridian. Fox, Burke, lated to improve the youthful mind, by not only cultiva. and Sheridan, the three most splendid names in the modern ting the memory, but by teaching habits of thinking. political history of England, had hitherto preserved unblemished the fair and brilliant reputation with which they entered into public life. The coalition' had not yet dimmed the splendour of Fox's name; the purity of Burke's
MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. principles had not yet departed from him; nor had the fatal web of pecuniary embarrassment been wound round the
DRYDENS CHAMBER. soul of Sheridan. To associate with men like these was worthy of Erskine; but it was not until after the forma
TIME, 1700—THE YEAR BEFORE THE POET'S DEATH. tion of the coalition ministry, that he became the public Dryden in an apartment of his house in London, sitting coadjutor of this distinguished phalaux. When the ill alone, and deeply immersed in thought ; – CHARLES, judged and unfortunate ineasure of the India Bill had been
his eldest son, enters, and the old man shakes ott' his introduced, it became evident that ministers would require every assistance to carry it, opposed as it was by so many
reverie. and such various interests. The fame and the genius of Dryd. I HAVE been meditating, my son, on my past Erskine at once pointed him out as an invaluable ally, and life and literary labours, and guessing what posterity is