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cern in what order, but they were all mours of applause, which he seemed obliged to turn it to the right, or what fully to appreciate-the rest were over they called “
sun-ways-about," on Hobby in a moment; and if it had pain of losing
The general- not been for the wayward freaks of ity of the - weddingers" were now Aberlosk, this redoubted champion quite silent, and looked very blank would fairly have won the mell. when they saw this stranger still keep The lad that Aedie overthrew, in ing so far a-head. Aberlosk tried to the midst of his career, was very angry make them all fall one by one, by with him on account of the outrage creeping in before them as they passed; but Aedie cared for no man's anger. and at length laid hold of the hindmost " The man's mad," said he; "wad ye by the foot, and brought him down.. attempt to strive wi' the champion of
By this time two of the Borderer's Liddesdale ?-Hout, hout! haud your acquaintances had run down the green tongue ; ye’re muckle better as ye are. to meet him, and encourage him on. I sall tak'the half o' the mell wi' ye.” « Weel done, Hobby!” they were On our return to the house, I was shouting: “ Weel done, Hobby! anxious to learn something of Aedie, Liddesdale for ever !- Let them lick who seemed to be a very singular chaat that !--Let the benty-necks crack racter. Upon applying to a farmer of now !-Weel done, Hobby!”-I really his acquaintance, I was told a number felt as much interested about the issue, of curious and extravagant stories of at this time, as it was possible for any him, one or two of which I shall inof the adverse parties to be. The sert here, as I profess to be giving enthusiasm seemed contagious; for anecdotes of the country life. though I knew not one side from the He once quarrelled with another other, yet was I running among the farmer on the highway, who, getting rest, and shouting as they did. A sort into a furious rage, rode at Aedie to of half-animated murmur now began knock him down. Aedie, who was on to spread, and gained ground every foot, fled with all his might to the top moment. A little gruff Cossack-look- of a large dunghill for shelter, where, ing peasant came running near with a getting hold of a graip (a three-pronged peculiar wildness in his looks, and ac fork used in agriculture), he attacked costed one of the men that were cheer- his adversary with such an overflow ing Hobby.
“ Dinna be just sae of dung, that his horse took fright, loud an' ye like, Willie Beattie; din- and in spite of all he could do, run na mak nae mair din than just what's clear off with him, and left Aedie needfu'. Will o' Bellendine! haud master of the field. The farmer, in till him, sir, or it's day wi' us ! Hie, high wrath, sent him a challenge to Will, if ever ye ran i' your life ! By fight with pistols, in a place called Jehu, sir, ye're winning every third Selkith Hope, early in the morning: step !-He has him dead! he has him This is an extremely wild, steep, and dead! The murmur, which had in- narrow glen. Aedie attended, but creased like the rushing of many wa- kept high up on the hill ; and when ters, now terminated in a frantic shout. his enemy reached the narrowest part Hobby had strained too hard at first, the Hope, began the attack by rollin order to turn the stoop before Aber. ing great stones at him down from the losk, who never intended turning it at mountain. Nothing could be more apall-the other youth was indeed fast palling than this--the farmer and his gaining on him, and I saw his lips horse were both alike terrified, and, as growing pale, and his knees plaiting Aedie expressed it," he set them baith as if unable to bear his weight his back the gate they cam, as their heads breath was quite exhausted, and though had been a lowe.” within twenty yards of the stoop, Will Another time, in that same Hope began to shoulder by him. So anxious of Selkith, he met a stranger, whom was Hobby now to keep his ground, he mistook for another man called that his body pressed onward faster Jamie Sword ; and because the man than his feet could keep up with it, denied that he was Jamie Sword, Aeand his face, in consequence, came de- die fastened a quarrel on him, insistliberately against the earth-he could ing on him either being Jamie Sword, not be said to fall, for he just run or giving some proofs to the contrary. on till he could get no further for It was very impudent in him, he said, something that stopped him. Will o' to give any man the lie, when he could Bellendine won the broose amid cla- produce no evidence of his being
wrong. The man gave him his word ANECDOTES OF THE INQUISITION. that he was not Jamie Sword. “0, [The following Anecdotes are extracted from but that's naething,” said Aedie, “ I a letter, dated July 29th, 1815, addressed give you my word that you are, and I to us from Italy, by a friend who had think my word's as good as yours ony
resided in Spain during the preceding day.” Finally, he told the man, that
spring.) if he would not acknowledge that he
." This season it had not was wrong, and confess that he was rained in Catalonia for six months to· Jamie Sword, he would fight him.-- gether. The country was burnt up He did so, and got himself severely and parched like an African desert, and thrashed.
the peasants were crowding in numerThe following is a copy of a letter, ous groups to the churches, to suppli. written by Aedie to a great personage,
cate the mercy of Heaven. The priesto dated Aberlosk, May 27th, 1806.* hood, with their usual craft and adroit.
ness, had observed the signs of the “ To George the Third, London.
times, and anticipating that the change DEAR SIR,—I went thirty miles on of the moon in April would probably foot yesterday to pay your taxes, and, produce rain, announced that a pro after all, the bodies would not take cession to the Virgin would take place them, saying, that I was too late, and on the very day of change. It did that they must now be recovered, with take place: all Barcelona was in moexpenses, by regular course of law. tion. Ere next morning the rain fell I thought if your Majesty was like in torrents-and, behold! a miracle ! me, money would never come wrong Next day, while it continued to rain, to you, although it were a few days too a Spanish officer was conversing with late; so I enclose you £27 in notes, a lady of his acquaintance in a public and half-a-guinea, which is the amount coffee-house-(for here, as well as over of what they charge me for last year, the Continent, the most respectable and fourpence halfpenny over. You ladies frequent these places as publicly must send me a receipt when the coach as they do the theatre or opera: such is comes back, else they will not believe the fashion)-the lady spoke of the that I have paid you.
miracle-of the blessed Virgin of the Direct to the care of Andrew Wil. sanctity of the priesthood, &c. with son, butcher in Hawick.
rapture. The officer, on the contrary, I am, dear sir, your most humble though quite aware how dangerous it servant,
A*** B****. was to controvert such opinions_smilTo the King.
ed at her exclamations, and, confiding
in the honour and discreetness of his P.S.—This way of taxing the farmers will never do ; you will see the not believe it was the Virgin that sent
friend, simply said, Surely you do upshot."
the rain !”—The.lady went to confesIt has been reported over all that sion-acknowledged that she had heard country, that this letter reached its such a one speak disrespectfully of
« the mother of God” without reprovdestination, and that a receipt was returned in due course of post; but the ing him and, in a few hours aftertruth is (and for the joke's sake, it is wards, the officer was seized in the a great pity it should have been so), public street, and lodged in the Inquithat the singularity of the address sition. We heard no more of him. caused some friends to open the letter,
Mr C, an eminent Spanish and return it, with the money, to the merchant in Barcelona, informed me, owner ; but not before they had taken that at one time having purchased an a copy of it, from which the above is English Bible, some of his friends deexactly transcribed.
H. nounced him to the holy office for (To be continued.)
having such a heretical book in his possession. He was summoned before
them, and told, that he must either * In case our readers should imagine that instantly deliver up the book to the facetious correspondent, we are enabled, Holy Tribunal, or“ walk in."
-Mr from undoubted authority, to assure them, C., aware of the consequences of such a that both Aedie and his letter are faithful step, submitted to the other alternative, transcripts from real and existing originals. but begged they would let him have a
EDITOR. Spanish Bible in its stead. He told
them it had cost him five shillings, re been so long denied, and on the mass minding them at the same time, that of amusement and information which they had only two editions of the Bible might be collected, if every one who in Spanish, one of which costs fifteen was in any degree interested in his pounds, and the other fifty pounds journey would furnish his notes, howsterling per copy. They replied, he must ever circumscribed, on the different submit unconditionally, or. He did towns and countries through which so, gave them his Bible, and walked out.” he had passed. The greater propora
tion of our tourists are no doubt care
less of what is going on around them, SKETCHES OF FOREIGN SCENERY AND
and travel either for the sake of maka
ing the time hang less heavily on their MR EDITOR,
hands (on account of their having noIN your
first Number I observed a thing else to do) or that they may talk communication, being the first of an of having been in such places, and of intended series of a similar nature, having seen certain sights, although from a correspondent, who entitles the situations in which they have been himself a “ View-Hunter.” I have placed, and the objects which they often thought it a pity, that the re may have beheld, are not in any wise marks of tourists, whether descriptive interesting to them, except in as far or meditative, and ever rapidly as they form the fashionable topics of sketched, should, during a period like conversation in those circles in which the present, when the travelling mania they are anxious to shine. The obserappears to rage so generally, and with vations of such men would be of little such violence, be entirely lost to the value, and if communicated to the pubmore sober part of the community, lic, would experience an existence as who remain in peace at home, decent- ephemeral as the impression which a ly prosecuting their several avocations, contemplation of the sublimest scenes or, at furthest, be confined to the won in nature, or the most curious traits dering ears of the friends and relatives of character, made on the minds from of the much-admired traveller. I am which they emanated. aware, that many men have thought But I would fain hope, that there are and written, that we are at present many thousands at this moment jourcompletely overstocked with tours, neying through the land of strangers, journals, sketches, travels, and recole under different impressions, and with lections,—and that the scribbling pro- other views-men who are careful to pensity of the existing generation is suf- remark the singularities of nature and ficient to deter the more highly gifted of art,--and on whom the wonders of of the sons of men from favouring the this green earth are not bestowed in world with their lucubrations, through vain. The remarks of such men, howthe fear of being associated, in succeed. ever devoid of literary excellence, could ing times with the flippant ebullitions not fail of being in some degree inof the present day. I have, however, teresting, as affording a view of the tong been of opinion, that the uncon most characteristic traits in the scenery nected observations of the passing tra, and manners of different countries, veller may, sometimes accidentally, and would be amusing from the conthrow light on a subject which has trast which might be observed in the remained in obscurity, notwithstand- descriptions of tourists, and in the obing the laboured investigations of the jects which excited attention, accordprofessed tourist ; and the unaffected ing to the peculiar bias of the observer's narrative of a journey, however un- mind, as well as in relation to the skilled the author may be in the de- difference in the impression, which the lineation of character, or the descrip- same objects produced on the mind tion of external scenery, may occasion- of different individuals. ally present us with a picture of nature, It is probable that most men are in bearing a closer resemblance to the ori- the habit of occasionally writing down ginal than that which more accustomed such ideas as suggest themselves in hands have been able to convey. the course of a tour, and particularly
These observations have been sug- during a first visit to a foreign coungested, by reflecting on the vast con try, when every thing is new, and course of the natives of this country many things are strange. From the who are now travelling on the con- long period which has elapsed since the tinent of Europe, to which access had Continent was open to the visits of
our countrymen for any length of time, native country. Whatever additions, it is believed that the generality of therefore, might now be made to my those who are at present emigrating travelling memoranda, would be of a from Britain, adventure for the first nature painful to myself, and not in time to a foreign land, and conse- anywise gratifying to your readers. quently, that their minds are in a I mention this circumstance, to acstate of higher excitement
their im- count, in some degree, for the unconpressions stronger-and their recol. nected and desultory nature of the sections more vivid-than will be following pages. found to be the case in the same pera sons in after years. That much valu.
SKETCHES, &c. able information has been collected
No I. no one can doubt, from what is already “ Pass we the long, unvarying course, the known and published ; and that much track more is sleeping in journals, soon to Oft trod, that never leaves a trace behind; be thrown aside and forgotten, may Pass we the calm, the gale, the change, the easily be credited. Want of leisure, and each well known caprice of wave and and the opportunity of cultivating
wind; those studies, which enable an author Pass we the joys and sorrows sailors find, to appear before the world with cre- Cooped in their winged sea-girt citadel; dit to himself and pleasure to his The foul, the fair, the contrary, the kind, readers, must frequently deter those As breezes rise and fall, and billows swell, who are otherwise both able and wil. Till on some jocund morn-lo, land ! and ling to add something to the stock of all is well."
BYRON. general infomation, from attempting We are at last safe at Rotterdam, to benefit those who may afterwards after a long and boisterous passage. I pursue a similar course.
must confess I left Hamburgh with Whoever contributes to the exten- regret, although my heart is not bound sion of knowledge, or the diffusion of to it by many dear ties, and I have, the means by which it is either com moreover, the prospect of visiting counmunicated or acquired, confers an ob- tries entirely new to me, some of which ligation on society, and deserves well I have long been anxious to see, and, of mankind. I would therefore re- till, lately, without a hope of my wish commend, as a measure well worthy of being ever accomplished. When one your attention, to collect the notes, or leaves a place where they have been journals, of such of your friends and happy, a feeling of sorrow is experiacquaintances, as have recently vi- enced similar to that at bidding fare sited, or may be now visiting, the well to an old friend. There is a meContinent; as it is probable, that in lancholy pleasure in retracing the hapmost of them, though written without py moments we have spent with each, an idea of their ever being exposed to and a kind of foreboding that perhaps the public eye, there may be found we may never meet again; but should' occasional sources of amusement and I live a hundred years, I shall never information,
forget the kindness of Mr M. and his Having recently travelled, though interesting family. somewhat too rapidly, through some Rotterdam is a pleasant and cheerparts of the Continent, I feel inclined ful town; at least, every one who is to follow
up the example of the “View. fortunate enough to enjoy fine weaHunter," by furnishing you with a ther, and who lodges in the Boomjies, few brief sketches of some of the must think so. The name last mencountries through which I passed. tioned, which is not sufficiently beauThey remain entirely in the form in tiful to require repetition, is that of which they were drawn up at the time, the main street, and a very fine one and I have, at present, neither lei- it is. It consists of a single row of sure nor inclination to revise them. handsome houses, many of them very My leisure is interrupted by the ful- large and elegant, built by the side of filment of higher duties, and my a broad navigable branch of the river inclination soinewhat damped, by re- Meuse, which is here affected by the flecting on the death of a most ami- tide, and enlivened by the constant able young man, with whom I tra, going up and coming down of numvelled in the capacity of tutor, and berless vessels from all countries, and whose bad health was the mournful of every shape and size. Between the cause of my quitting, for a time, my houses and the river side, there is a
row of old trees. bordering the outer- places very smooth. There are nume-edge of the causeway; and beneath rous bridges over the canals; in some these, during the fine evenings of sum- quarters, however, there are none, and mer, there is an immense concourse there the communication is kept up of people constantly assembled to en- by what are called doit-boats, which joy the fresh breeze from the river, constantly ply from sunrise to sunset, and admire the dexterity and skill of and convey the passengers across for the helmsmen in directing their ves- the reasonable sum of one doit, or the sels through the currents. This street eighth part of a penny. Every thing may be about a mile in length, stretch- here is vely and in motion, except the ing throughout its whole extent along canals, which are sluggish, and in very the side of the river ; it is also suffi- hot weather must emit a disagreeable ciently broad, and is always kept odour. It is on this account chiefly clean. There is, however, no regular that I should prefer the street before pavement or foot-way to walk upon in mentioned, -as the constantly returnwet weather: The side of the street, ing tide, and natural current of the next to the houses, is paved with bricks, river, prevent any approach to stagnawhich are smooth on their surface, tion in the waters of that neighbourand neatly disposed, but on these hood. it is in vain to walk, because the In this city, I believe, there are few steps leading to the principal door of works of art, at least I was not so fortueach house project towards the cause nate as to discover any. It is the birthway, and intersect this side-path every place of Erasmus, in honour of whose ten or twelve yards. The houses are memory the magistrates erected a remarkably clean, as well on the out- statue of brass, in an open part of the side as in the interior. The public town. He is represented with a book rooms are for the most part furnished in his hand, rather larger than life, with mirrors, which project from the and clothed in a doctorial gown. No base of the window, on the outside notice of this sort has been taken of towards the street-by means of which, Bayle, the sceptic of Rotterdam, who those who are seated near the windows unfortunately had involved himself in have a view of every thing which may some contentions with the church; be going on in that part of the street and from the acts of the consistory of to which their back is turned. This, the Walloon congregation of RotterI believe, is customary throughout Hol- dam, prefixed to the Historical and land and the Netherlands.
Critical Dictionary, it would seem Most of the other streets in Rotter- that Le Page, and some other of the dam are double, that is, have a canal in Dutch Ecclesiastics, were apt to des. the centre, with a row of houses and a pise the profane virtues of sincerity causeway on each side,-and the cause and moderation. I was informed that way is for the most part, on the side the public library contained the orie next to the canal, bordered with fine ginal drawings, or rather sketches, by trees, which add much to the appear. Rubens, of the Luxembourg gallery. ance of the whole, and, particularly There are many churches in Rotterduring moonlight, produce a beautiful dam, some of them handsome, and for effect. The streets are usually crowd- all sects in religion-Catholics, Presed with porters, sailors, and men of byterians, Episcopalians, and Jews. business, all in a state of activity. The Jews are very numerous. A Jew
I was amused by the appearance of ish girl and a young boy passed unthe horses, whose shoes are terminated der my windows every day, and sereby three long points, on which they naded for half an hour. The girl's rest, and which give the appearance of voice was the most mellow and fulltheir being mounted upon pattens. toned I ever heard, and the boy's was They are used in conveying the small- clear and sonorous. Among other est barrel or parcel from one house to songs she sung the Tyrolese song of another, and the clattering of their liberty, in a manner which I never hoofs produces a singular noise. The heard before 'equalled. They avoided, particular shape of the shoe is probably in some degree, the frequent repetition intended to prevent their slipping on of the same notes and words, which the streets, which, from the constant renders the English version rather conveyance of goods upon sledges or monotonous, and infused into it a wild carts without wheels, are in many spirit, and a pathos which would have VOL. I.