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re-appeared, and seemed to walk with considerable pain, ployed Among our associates in this vile prion, which begged M. Durand to give him his arm as far as his own was filled with the

refuse of both sexes, an old sukiler vat door. The herbalist saw his neighbour home, assuring cowering over the embers of a fire that unrat lighet him that he would feel all the better the next day, and re- counterfeit à gloom." He had campaigned in the Amet turned to seek repose whilst devising means to give his son can war; and with this hero our embryo candidate kr a love of botany.

the woolsack picked up an acquaintance, and continea

during the whole space of our durance, extracting ali SCRAPS.

on of names of the several officers under whom he served, the

amount of the forces opposed to each other in particulars The ambitious lawyer sidling towards the woolsack, gagements, the scenes of battles, position of the combatana the ambitious politician, dreaming of the treasury and its thing that was likely or not likely to come within the *

skill of the manœuvres, advantages, reverses, in short, ever premiership,—the ambitious physician, looking forward to teran's ken, was asked and responded to. So passed the presidency of his college—the ambitious colonel of dra- night, until it pleased Aurora to leave her saffron con goons, fighting his way to a baton, through volumes of when, through Brougham’s interference, we were met smoke and dust, the ambitious author, scrawling his, large by a sort of general gaol delivery, by an order to through volumes of " sound and fury signifying nothing,” should be ready to make our appearance at the session

the police magistrate, on the condition that, if required to -are in faet less actuated by lust of the empty distinctions condition which, as we had been guilty of neither blood se of life, than by regard to its loaves and fishes. One is per- battery, was not likely very seriously to damp the joy w haps enamoured of a well appointed equipage, and urges on

our liberation..Sir Brooke Faulkner's Visit to Gerbung his own industry by visions of chariots and horsemen, run

MASTERS AND SERVANTS.-I myself possess but hits ning footmen, and outriders. Another is prone to sensual knowledge of what is called the great folks ; but whe

am in want of information respecting the history or the luxury, and his finest speeches are concocted with the fumet acter of a particular family, instead of consulting Dedret of a good dinner fragrant in his nostrils,—advocating the Peerage, I invariably sojourn to one of these tavern pw abolition of the slave trade till half the nation are in tears, lours, take my cigar, and make myself at home with to only for love of a second course. A third man is covetous

company—then mention in some way the Duke of

my Lord of —, &c., &c., and immediately a hall-bez of a couple of yards of tabby ribbon,—red, blue, or green, well-dressed men start on a colloquial race of the fami: according to his nation and language, calling or profession ; genealogy, from the first young lord, down to the last edi

- and perils his life or reputation with a view to their at- riage of the beautiful grand-daughter into the family of the tainment. A fourth is fonder of the apostrophe of “ my haviour always dwelling with marked emphasis


Duke of including all their lives, characters, and bow Lord,” than of the mere “Sir,” implying nothing of right lengthening their tale on those members of the family, ale or title over the apostrophizer;—or his wife has a predilec- have been remarkable for their great goodness or rascali tion for walking out of a room two feet in advance of her These are the epithets they commonly use whilst scanni country neighbour Mrs. Thomson,ếor his sons want to

the merits of our proud aristocracy. The quality of feel make their honourable way to Almack's under cover of his ness

, as they use the term, is applied to the extravagania

thoughtless, who quietly suffer themselves to be pigevesti new Peerage.Mrs. Gore's Sketch Book of Fashion. and there have been instances of servants having **

with so much superlative goodness in masters, as to han

done the trick (made their fortunes) in from two to feu PEOPLE now-a-days would be shocked to hear from the years. By the rascals, they mean the masters who en pulpit the droll things which in times past used to be uttered famed for their meanness, and who are stingy and nigga by preachers of all denominations ; yet it may be doubted ly, to a degree of detestation; that is, in whose service the

can barely be supplied with food and clothes, with sati whether the congregations, now so nice of ear, are a jot wages and no vails. From an Article in Fraser's Mejor more cleanly in the mind than in past times. In the reign cine. of Anne, there was a minster named Burgess, who always BLOTTING PAPER.---Blotting paper betrays secrets No attracted crowded audiences : he was a man of learning and thing astonished a foreign diplomatist more, some your virtue, as well as a humourist. Here is a specimen of his since, than finding it used in the bureau of one of our thua way ;-—“ If” (he said, when speaking of the robe of right- Cabinet Ministers, eousness) any

of you would have a cheap suit, you will go to Monmouth Street ; if a suit for life, you will go to the Court of Chancery ; but if you wish for a suit that will

On the Moral Training of Children......... last to eternity, you must go to Christ, and put on his robe COLUMN FOR THE LADIES-Education of Infancy......? of righteousness."

The Young Actress....................................... *

Useful Knowledge.. THE CHANCELLOR IN A WATCH-HOUSE.-—Among the many incidents which occur in my reminiscences of Brougham

Curious Penmanship (Gastrography). in those halcyon days, I may mention one. A party of us Four-and-Twenty Fiddlers..., had supped at the rooms of a Dr. Parry, the brother of the ELEMENTS OF THOUGHT-Ministers-Factions in Englandcircumnavigator. After supper, as we were crossing the Natural Connexion between the Feelings and the intellect ? South Bridge, we chanced to be witnesses of a very dis. The Robbers of Tantallon.... graceful scene—a mob of idle scoundrels (most of them THE STORY.TELLER-A Parisian Gossipping.... bakers) beating an unfortunate woman with brutal ferocity. SCRAP3– The Objects of Ambition ; Pulpit Pleasattry; It was impossible to stand by and not make some attempt Chancellor in a Watch-house ; : Masters and Servants; towards her deliverance. The tumult, in place of abating

Blotting Paper..... by our interference, grew frightul. All the watchmen within hail were about our ears in an instant, and, in return for our chivalry, lodged us all fast in the watch-house.

EDINBURGH : Printed by and for Jonn JOHNSTONE, 19, St. Jarabás The chancellor probably never found himself in a position

Square.—Published by John ANDERSON, Jun, Bookseller, 43, North less congenial to his taste and habits ; but, even here, a

Bridge Street, Edinburgh ; by John MACLEOD, and ATKINSON & CO, mind so avaricious of knowledge was not to be unem

Booksellers, Glasgow; and sold by all Booksellers and Veradora of
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they are still continued, to the reproach of their respective governments. The mode in which these transactions are conducted may be easily illustrat

ed. Suppose the projectors wished to realize a profit In the present age, confessedly one of improve of £5000, the Lottery, in such a case, might proment, when the Schoolmaster is abroad,and bably be divided into 1500 shares or tickets, at £10 consuetude affords no plea for abuse, but every each, amounting in all to £15,000. From this sum, thing is canvassed on its real merits, and rigidly £10,000 would be portioned into prizes of different submitted to the tests of truth and reason, it is amount, leaving to the projectors a profit of £5000, not a little strange, that the votaries of fickle For.. after disposing of all the shares to a contractor tune should have entered so little into the spirit of for £15,000. The contractor again disposes of these such an æra. Far from profiting by the increased 1500 shares, through inferior agents, at a large opportunities of acquiring knowledge, and deriving profit ; and, as often happens, the ticket which, practical benefit therefrom, her followers display in the fair estimation of chances, and in such a now, not less arrogance and presumption than Lottery as now sketched, is worth only £6, 13s. 4d., their fellow worshippers of former times. And of is retailed to an infatuated public at an advance of the various forms in which a blind reliance in For- two hundred per cent.! Shares are often subdi-. tiine presents itself, there is none more ludicrously vided, into one-half, one-fourth, one-eighth, and absurd, or, at the present time, more deserving of one-sixteenth parts; and the trouble attendant on rebuke, than that of Lottery. Without now con- this forms an excuse for an increase of price. In sidering the moral effects which the species of gam- such a lottery as we have supposed, it must be evibling, known by that name, must necessarily give dent, that the chances of loss are nearly doubly rise to, we shall endeavour to acquaint our readers greater than the chances of gain. If one indiviwith its principles and management, and thence dual were to adventure upon all the shares, it attempt to deduce the ignorance or consummate is indubitable he would be a loser of £5000, even folly of its numerous patronizers.

presuming the contractor were to have no gain. Many readers, no doubt, are already conversant From which it directly follows, that the more tic. with the origin of Lotteries ; but, for the sake of kets purchased the nearer you approach the certhose who are not so, we shall say a few words on tainty of loss. Were the amount of prizes equally the subject. As early as the commencement of the divided into 1500 portions, there would then be sixteenth century, speculations of this dësèription only a dividend of £6, 13s. 4d. to each shareholder; were not uncommon in this country. Plate, jewels, consequently the loss of each will be greater or and other valuables, for the most part, were the less, in proportion to the difference betwixt that Articles so disposed of. The plan seems to have sum and the purchase money. Some persons, in been borrowed from the Venetians, and to have order (as they think) to have a better chance for prospered well for the projectors. So numerous at a large prize, purchase a number of small shares. last did the fraudulent practices immediately allied Nothing can be more erroneous than the principle to the system become, and so ruinous were their here proceeded on; for, in the event of a prize effecēš upon industry and morality, that, in the being drawn, so much the smaller sum comes to reign of Queen Anne, we find them suppressed by his share. Let the wiseacre venture on one-sixGovernment, “as nuisances to the public.” For teenth of every ticket, and leaving out of account the several last centuries, however, they have been the advance for subdivision, he is in the same simade sources of revenue, by most of the States of tuation, though to a smaller extent, as the indivi. Europe. In Great Britain, it was customary for dual above alluded to, who purchases every ticket. Ministers to calculate upon a large sum annually to The majority of those who have sufficient spare be raised in this manner ; till, in the year 1826, all cash for the purchase of a lottery-ticket, may reaLotteries (unless specially authorized, -oroh prudlar) sonably be supposed capable of performing the calwere declared illegal, by an act of the Legislature. culation requisite for discovering the profit which

France, Sweden, and frequently in Germany, I accrues to the projector. In the face, thel, of the

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To some it may appear that we have overdrawn, with the regular means of acquiring wealth, and lic Lotteries. It is far from so ;-in every parti

greater evil of the kind can scarcely exist. Ava- The mischief is far from ideal ; and though time.

plainest demonstration of nearly certain loss, it is and the disappointment which in most cases must indeed a subject of wonder, that so much infatua- follow, not unfrequently drives their victim to de. tion is to this hour displayed by those who, in or- spair. The peace of mind of which an adventurer dinary matters, are shrewd and prudent. He who in a lottery is deprived, for several months prestakes his money on the casting of a die, acts a vious to the date of drawing, is extremely inimi. more reasonable part than the shareholder in a lot- cal to steady exertion. His mind, occupied in tery. To the former, in all likelihood, the chances forming visionary conceptions of the antieipated of loss or gain are equally balanced; while, to the fortune about to befall him, becomes languid and latter, we have shewn, the chances of loss greatly unsettled. Business is neglected; and for busines preponderate. The purchaser of a lottery-ticket habits, which are lost, a reckless taste for games of is equally culpable, in a moral point of view, with hazard is not unlikely contracted. Absorbed in a gambler ; but the imprudence of the former is dreams of ideal prosperity, upon the confidence of far more deserving of censure. That overweening an uncertainty, he borrows money, with the expecself-confidence in our own good luck, so common tation of repaying it from the proceeds of a prize, to human nature, and the ill-grounded hope of pro- and is only awakened to the weakness of his concuring, without exertion, some one of the large duct by the unwelcome intelligence of having prizes, would seem, though no doubt fallacious, drawn a blank. Remorse and discontent either the only ground on which lotteries are encouraged; force him to a continuation in the system, or unft so much so, that the success of these speculations, him for the plodding ways of his former life. Happy unless influenced by other circumstances, has been if, pursuing a different course since the foodly che remarked invariably to depend on the artful dis- rished delusion has vanished, he betake himself tu tribution of the prizes. It has uniformly happened, honourable toil, and vow determined enmity to the that lotteries in which the prizes were very nu. inveiglements of Fortune for the future. But hus merous, but consequently of proportionally small seldom are we gratified by so wise a determination sums, though on a much fairer scale, have never being acted on? Too often gambling has its comsucceeded so well as those of a less equitable de- mencement in small beginnings :-it is an eating scription where the prizes were few and of large canker which insidiously diffuses its buneful ani amount. " Some one must have the £20,000, or progressive influence throughout every portion of £30,000 prize," is an every day remark; “and why the body.—But let it be supposed that a prize shouldn't it fall to me as well as to any one else of large amount is drawn. What satisfaction or You know I'm always lucky, and, moreover, I've self-complacency can a virtuous mind derive from a strong presentiment that Fortune will not now pocketing thousands known to be wrung by chiforsake me.” Such reasoning, if to call it so be canery and deceit from unsuspecting victims? To not an abuse of words, is of a piece with the pomp- an honest and reflecting man, the conviction of his ous advertisements which make known to the prosperity having been dependant on the misery public “the success of Mr. Such-a-thing in selling and disappointment of others, would be far from prizes, which,” says the barefaced puffer, “ is too affording joy; and, of a truth it may be said, with the well known to require comment." All are invited, feelings of him who rejoices in success, virtue mus after the most liberal fashion, to repair to the withhold all sympathy. The wealth which is acquired Lucky Office of Agent - where fortunes are by industrious application, is far more highly prized,is dispensed through excess of generosity!!! What productive of a goodly satisfaction, and is ever more *says our poet ?

judiciously expended, than the ill-acquired gains of “ It's a wonder the very great prizes

chance. For the most part, these are dissipated He sells he don't keep to himself;

within a short period of their acquirement, and their But respect for the public so rises

late ill-fated possessor is left a poorer and less use. In his breast, he foregoes all the pelt!" ful member of society than, had he persisted in his The world never yet saw a perfectly fair lottery; former pursuits, he would eventually have fouad that is to say, one in which the amount of prizes himself. This is familiarly illustrated by Miss Edgewas equal to the sum total derived from their sale; worth, in one of her Moral Tales upon the subject, nor can we reasonably expect such a lottery ever to which we would refer such readers as may not to be drawn. The projector must reap some ad- have perused it. It is one of the most interesting i vantage in return for his labour and expense ; and that has proceeded from her popular pen. The though that labour and expense be entirely mis- moral of the tale tends to inculcate the ruinous ef. spent, and productive of no benefit to the vast ma- fects of Lotteries upon public morals, and the truth jority of participators, still they must pay the for- of the remark, that those who, by self-interested feit of their folly.

jobbers, are vauntingly heralded " Fortunate HoldHitherto, we have confined our remarks to the ers," are, alas! but too often, unfortunately forunreasonableness of supporting Lotteries. Let us now shortly consider their moral influence. As



affect, 'ignorance of its debasing tendencies, and, before him ; but while engaged in this vain attempt, careless of public morality, fraudulently tax their the stock of provisions on which he had hitherto country in this underhand manner, still the moral subsisted came to an end, and he began to make degradation attendant on the system is glaring and verses from sheer necessity. The great talent disenormous. Sceptics to the justice of these remarks, played in these essays gained him the favour of an may, if leisure permit, turn to the report of a Select eminent Court poet, to whom the Sultan had inCommittee of the House of Commons, appointed trusted the task of celebrating in song the early (27th August, 1808) for inquiring into the manner history of Persia ; and this poet transferred to of conducting Lotteries at that period, and the ef. Ferdusi the arduous but honourable office. The fects they had upon the country. Their scepticism, Sultan was prejudiced against him, on account of on the examination of that paper, will be instantly his being a native of the heretical city of Thus, removed. What a heart-rending spectacle of mi-and, for some time, would not hear of his substisery and vice is there exposed to our pity and re. tution. Ferdusi, however, did not allow this cirprobation. What transactions of nefarious baseness cumstance to disturb him; but, absorbed in the are there brought to light, through the evidence of magnitude of his undertaking, and supported by a the witnesses connected with the Metropolitan Po-consciousness of his own power, he began and lice. Some idea of the enormous profits of the con- finished his task, to his eternal glory. tractors and agents to the State Lotteries may The Sultan now rewarded him by a present of thence be formed, from the declaration, upon oath, sixty thousand pieces of silver, viz. one for every of one of the most extensive London Lottery Office

Ferdusi accepted this gift, although he Keepers, that for every £600,000 gained to the State knew well that, in comparison with his achieve. by Lottery, the people were fleeced of £1,275,000 !!!ment, it was small indeed. After receiving the So thoroughly convinced was the Committee of money, he went into the Bazaar to take a bath, 1808, of the radically vicious foundation and ten- and before leaving the place he expended the dency of raising money by Lottery, that their re-whole sum ;-he paid for the bath 20,000 pieces, port explicitly declared, that under no system of the same sum for a glass of Tukka, and the reregulations which might be devised, could Parlia- maining 20,000 he gave to the poor. After this he ment possibly adopt it, as an efficient source of re-concealed himself in Chasna, and, by a stratagem, venue, and at the same time divest it of the evils succeeded in obtaining from the Sultan's library and cala nities of which it had proved so baneful a the copy of his poem, and in the volume he wrote source; that no mode of raising money was so bur a satire upon Mahmud himself, from which we exdensome, so pernicious, and so unproductive ; that tract three verses : “ Thirty years have I toiled in no species of gambling with which they were ac. with this poem, in the hope that a crown and a quainted, were the chances so great against the treasure would have been my reward. Were this adventurer; and in none was the infatuation more king descended from kings, he would have adorned powerful, lasting, and destructive. After perusing my head with a golden diadem.-Since, in his orithe report referred to, authenticated, as it is, by the gin nobility was unknown, may his name be un. honest admissions of the principal Lottery agents known in the line of heroes.” He fled, and eluded themselves, it is impossible but to feel and to express the pursuit of the Sultan by the assistance of his unmingled sorrow at the re-appearance of the nui- countrymen, by whom he was beloved. Long after sance. Despite the fearful recital of crime, which this, it happened that the Sultan was in embarrassed the document contains, and which is distinctly traced circumstances, and asking advice from one of his to its origin in Lotteries, Scotland is disgraced by councillors, he was answered by a verse from the being first to revive the opprobrious system of ex poem

of Ferdusi, exactly fitted to the present emeraction. Let our readers, let the public—but espe- gency. At these words, Mahmud was penetrated cially let the people of Scotland remember, that in with a sense of his injustice, and instantly made abetting such a scheme, they foster a viper destruc- inquiry as to the present circumstances of Ferdusi. tive of prudence and industry, which, when mature Meimendi seized this opportunity, and informed in growth, may prove subversive of our national cha. him that Ferdusi lived in retirement and in poverracter.

D. ty in his native town of Thus. The Sultan was

deeply moved at this recital, and ordered twelve FERDUSI, THE PERSIAN POET. camels, loaded with indigo, to be instantly de

spatched as a present to the poet. As the camels The following sketch of the life of Ferdusi is with their loads entered the Rudvor gate of the extracted from a review of a work by Dr J. A. city of Thus, the corpse of Ferdusi was borne out Vuller, in a German publication, (the Literatur- at the gate of Risan!

X. X. Blatt. The immortal poet of the Shah nameh was born in their original acquisition of power as in their persever

The guilt of all aristocracies has consisted not so much in the fourth century, at Thus, in Khorasan, of ance in retaining it ; so that what was innocent or even poor parents'; but on account of some wrong done reasonable at the begining, has become in later times atrohim by the governor of the province, he left his cious injustice; as if a parent in his dotage should claim the native town and betook himself to the capital. same authority over his son in the vigour of manhood, which

formerly, in the maturity of his own faculties, he had exerWhen here, he made many ineffectual attempts to cised naturally and profitably over the infancy of his child. gain access to the Sultan, and to lay his complaint | Dr. Arnold.



thankfuluess for having lived to see the effects of the es. THE extraordinary case of Mrs. Erskine, known by the lightened policy of Chatham, and that policy followed up title of Lady Grange, excited great curiosity about ninety by the liberality of the Government towards the most si years ago; and it is yet very interesting on account of the mote districts of the empire, in opening up a country bither mystery which attends it, and its apparent connexion with to inaccessible, by roads and bridges, executed unler the the plots of those who were concerneil in the rebellions direction of the most able engineers. Now for the nati:which broke out in the years 1715 and 1713.

tive. Mrs. Erskine's maiden name was Rachel Chiesly. She

January 21, 1741. was, a daughter of Chiesly of Dalry, who shot the Lord “ I, the unfortunate wife of Mr. James Erskine, of President, Sir George Lock hart, in revenge for deciding Grange. That, after I had lived twenty-five years in against him a law-suit, which had been referred to his great love and peace, he, all of a sudden, took a dislike to Lordship, and another of the judges, as arbiters. She was my person, and such a hatred that he could not live with a beautiful woman, but of a very violent temper. It was me, nor so much as to stay in his house ; and desired me reported that Erskine of Grange (a brother of the Earl of

to subscribe a separation during his pleasure, which ! Mar) had seduced her, and that she compelled him to thought was contrary to my vows before God; and thus i marry her, by threatening his life, and reminding him that dearly loved my husband. Both his friends and mine can she was Chiesly's daughter.

were at a great deal of pains to persuade me, but I abi Mr. Erskine's character is represented as having been by no

lutely refused to subscribe it. At last, after much threatmeans amiable. He was dissipated, restless, and intriguing; euing, he got me out of the house ; and I designed at that and was supposed to be concerned in some of the measures

time to go straight to London ; but some of my friezt preparatory and subsequent to the rebellion in 1715, of thought his temper might alter, and gave me your house to which his wife was in the secret. His frequent journeys to stay in, it being a little without the town, I desiring i London, and some of his amours there, gave her so much live retired. After having lived some months there, I can uneasiness that she threatened to inform Government of all into Edinburgh, and I took a chamber in a private huren she knew, unless he consented to give up plotting, and live

near to my Lord's lodgings, that I might have the pleasant quietly at home. He did not choose to comply with these

to see the house he was in, and to see him and my cuk terms; and he formed a plan, by which she was violently dren when going out; and I made his relations and size seized in her own house, and dragged away. It is a remark- own speak to him, and was always in hopes that Gol able circumstance that, notwithstanding the noise which would shew him his sin of putting away his wife contrasy this barbarous and tyrannical act occasioned, no means were

to the laws of God and man; and this was no secret, for taken to bring the perpetrators to justice, though some of the President of the Session, and some of the Lords, the sothem were well known.

licitor, and some of the advocates and ministers of Eden

When I lost all hopes Grange had the address to persuade the public and his burgh, know all this to be truth. connexions, that his wife was a mad woman, who had fre

then I resolved to go to London, and live with some of es quently attempted his life, and that confinement was abso. friends, and make myself as easy as I could withont. Har lutely necessary.

He used to show a razor, which he said, ing paid a part of my coach hire, and taken leave of By he had taken from under her pillow. She had two sons

friends and the ministers, two days before I should have grown to manhood at the time she was carried off, and it

gone away, upon the 22d, 1732, after eleven o'clock at al was suspected, that either one or both consented to it. Her

it being the Saturday evening, the house belonging to the daughter, by Mr. Erskine of Grange, was married to the Margaret MʻLean, a Highland woman, she put the few she Earl of Kintore. None of her relatives ever made the

had in her house to bed, which were two Highland women, smallest stir about the matter. The fate of Lady Grange,

and a little servant maid, an hour and half before ordinary after her seizure, has hitherto remained uncertain, except

I had no servant with me in that house, but a chambi that it was known she had been carried to St. Kilda. There maid, and whether she was upon that plot, or whether tie is, however, a MS. which throws much light on this tran

mistress put her out of the way, I know not; there cal saction. This manuscript is a copy of another, partly and the mistress of the house brought them to my Form

two men to the door, saying they had a letter for my ladi, written for Lady Grange, by the minister of St. Kilda, and partly by herself. It was found among the papers of a gen

door, and then rushed in some Highlandmen, whom I b tleman who flourished at the time of the transaction to

seen frequently attending my Lord Lovat, and, if I w which it refers, and who never would have put into his remember, had his livery upon them, who threw me don repository anything of the kind which was not authentic. upon the floor in the most barbarous manner, and I am Indeed, the internal evidence ii bears, proves the authenti.

out murder, murder. Then they stopt my mouth, and dan? city of the narrative almost beyond question. During my

out several of my teeth, and I bled; and abused my face ia learned the existence of several documents which confirmed always putting out the clothes as fast as they put in, bet inquiries in regard to this extraordinary transaction, i the most pitifully with their hard, rude bands, till the

was no skin left on my face all below my eyes; for l 3: the story as narrated in the manuscript ; and also that some original letters of Lady Grange, which had found their hands, and beat with my heels upon the loft, in hopes to

on the tioor at the time; and I defended myself with a way from St. Kilda, had been recently in the hands of a bookseller in Edinburgh, from whom they had been pur people below would hear me. chased for the purpose of destroying them. It is not sur

my Lord Lovat's looked in at the door, and gare directiva prising that the descendants of the parties concerned should

to cover my head, and tye down my hands with a choda fcel a desire to bury the story in oblivion, on account of they had wrestled so long with me, that it was all that! the conduct which the narrative displays. But in matters

could breathe ; and then they carried me down stairs as ! of history, especially when the dispositions and manners of they had a corpse. I heard many voices about me ; beli, a people become interesting, private feelings must be disres blindfolded, I could not discover who they were. They . gardeil. Nothing has yet appeared which exhibits in a

a chair at the stair foot, which they put me in; and we stronger light than the following narrative, the ferocity not

was a man in the chair who took me on his knec, and 1 only of the Highland clans, but of a portion of their south

made all the struggle I could; but be held me fast in his ern neighbours ; and it is valuable, in so far as it proves i attempted to do, being tied down. The chair carried and the long duration of barbarism, and assists us to appreciate of very fast, and took me without the ports ; and are not

arms, and hindered me to put my hands to my mouth, which the astonishing rapidity with which civilization has pro- they opened the chair, and taken the cloth of my heart in Many of my name were concerned in the rebellions which let me get air, 1 perceived, it being clear moonlight, that agitated Scotland during the first half of the 18th century;

was a little way from the Mutters Hill, and that the testi - and many may have been guilty of actions equally atro

on whose knee I sat was one Alexander Foster of Cards cious with that of which I now give you the details; yet'i bonny, who had there six or seven horses and men with have no other feeling in connexion with the pari, than

• Where St. James's Square now is.

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