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THE

EDINBURGH WEEKLY MAGAZINE .

CONDUCTED BY JOHN JOHNSTONE.

THE SCHOOL.MASTER IS ABROAD. LORD BROUGHAM.

No. 28.-VOL. II. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1833. PRICE THREE-HALFPENCE.

NOTES OF THE MONTH.

and burn-sides, where the catkins of the saughs,

and the flower-buds of the alder and hazel begin FEBRUARY.

to peer forth ; and where the blossoming whin reEVERY month of the year has its peculiar charac- gales us with its early perfume, and displays the ter, and none preserves it more distinctively than first wild blossoms of the year, In such situa. February. The weather is generally, in the be- tions, and at this time of the year, young people ginning of the month, blustering and rainy, fully may most fitly be made acquainted with one of verifying the adage, that

the most numerous and lovely classes of plants “ February fills the dyke

-the mosses, now in their prime, and often made Either with black or white."

more exquisitely beautiful by the delicate icy In the application of these weather-wise old efflorescence which veils them. Reckoning by the saws, it should be borne in mind that they suit the Old Style, as we would always be understood to old Calendar, which varies about a fortnight from do in noticing the natural appearances of the the NEW STYLE. This premised, they will be year, we may mention, that by the 1st, (that is found nearly infallible. By the middle of Febru- the 12th,) the note of the woodlark is heard ;ary, (its commencement by the Old Style,) the ravens have paired, and are building ;-partridges weather shews many symptoms of relenting from begin to pair ;-the thrush and the chaffinch sing ; the rigid severity of mid-winter. The days have —bullfinches re-appear in the orchards ;--sparrows greatly lengthened, the morning sun becomes begin to build, and, on a fine day, gnats, and powerful, and though the weather is gusty and “ the gay motes that people the sunbeams," rough, often attended with sudden thaws, and short, play; and innumerable insects awaken to happy though heavy falls of snow, the temperature is existence under the budding hedge-rows. Geese generally mild. There often also occur a few de- now begin to lay, house-pigeons have young licious days of truly vernal mildness. Another broods, the mole, ancestral saying teaches us to distrust this prema

- The little blackamoor pioneer, ture mildness ; and it rarely fails to hold :

Plodding his way in the darkness drear,” “Candlemas, gin ye be fair,

is as busy under ground, as the myriads of gay The half o' the winter's to come and mair;

ephemeral creatures are full of enjoyment on the Candlemas, gin ye be foul, The half o' the winter is gone at Yule.”

surface of the earth. The English have their own version of the same air, the 'cartii, the water, teem with delighted existence.

“It is,” says Paley, “a happy world after all.--The saying:

In a spring noon, or a summer evening, on whichever “ If Candlemas be fair and bright,

side I turn my eyes, myriads of happy beings crowd upon Winter will have another flight.”

my view. “ The insect youth are on the wing.” Swarms

of new-born flies are trying their pinions in the air. Their But whatever be the actual weather, by old Cano sportive motions, their wanton mazes, their gratuitous acdlemas day, it is visible, by a hundred delightful tivity, their continual change of place without use or pursigns, that nature is once more alive and spring- pose, testify their joy, and the exultation which they feel in ing. There is, accordingly, no season in which a

their lately-discovered faculties. A bee amongst the flowers rural walk in a proper direction affords more of looked upon. Its life appears to be all enjoyment; co busy,

in Spring, is one of the most cheerful objects that can be hopeful enjoyment. To the inhabitants of cities, à and so pleased ; yet it is only a specimen of insect life, walk in a flower nursery-ground is now peculiarly with which, by reason of the animal being half domestidelightful, and one's own small border is never so cated, we happen to be better acquainted than we are with interesting as when the first pale snow-drop, the

that of others. deep-golden crocus, the various-coloured hepati- motions, which carries with it every mark of pleasure:

“Other species are running about, with an alacrity in their cas, and the bloom of the mezereon are our sole Large patches of ground are sometimes half covered with treasures-few, but the more fondly noted. these brisk and sprightly natures. If we look to what the

About this season one likes to escape from the waters produce, shoals of the fry of fish frequent the marmonotonous, deep verdure of formal shrubberies, gins of rivers

, of lakes, and of the sea itself. These are so

happy, that they know not what to do with themselves so clelightful in winter, to the sheltered baulks | Their attitudes, their vivacity, their leaps out of the water,

their frolics in it, (which I have noticed a thousand times ly speaking, is rather a bundle of a multitude of annual with equal attention and amusement,) all conduce to show plants, than an individual which lives for many years. The their excess of spirits, and are simply the effects of that sap in trees always rises as soon as the frost is abates; and excess.”

if by any means the sap is prevented from ascending at the PROCESS OF VEGETATION IN TREES.

proper time, the tree infallibly perishes." Early in February, the influence of the genial

OLD HOLYDAYS. weather is perceived in the ascent of the sap, in

February had its full complement of holydays trees. This blood of vegetable life now begins to by the old Calender ; and a few still maintain a stir in all their ramifications, In Aiken's Natu.. lingering shorn observance. Mechanics have their ral History of the year we have a minute account CANDLE FEAST, schoolboys Shrove-tide ; for though of their process, from which the following is in sub-cock-fighting is nearly exploded, happily neither stance taken:

pancakes nor fritters are obsolete. The ladies of “ The first vital operation in trees, after the frost is moder. Edinburgh still do unconscious homage to the car. ated, and the earth sufficiently thawed, is the ascent of the nival customs, by always holding one of their most sap, which is taken up by the small vessels or tubes com- splendid assemblies on Fastern's Eve ; and lovers posing the inner bark of the tree, and reaching to the extremity of the fibres at the roots; the water thus taken in by and friends have St. Valentine's day,--the flower the roots is there mixed with a quantity of sugary matter, of February days, to describe which aright would and formed into sap, whence it is distributed in great abun- occupy our entire pages.' dance to every bud. The amazing quantity of sweet liquid sap thus provided by nature for the nourishment of some

CANDLEMAS DAY. trees, is evident from a general custom in some countries, of tapping the birch in the early part of Spring ; thus obtain

There is one Scottish custom we would think ing from each tree a quart or more of liquor, according to

more honoured in the breach than the observance. its size, which is fermented into a kind of wine. The same By the 2d of February, warning must, by prescri. method is also practised in hot countries, to procure the fa- bed usage, be given to house proprietors by tenvourite liquor of the inhabitants, palm-wine ; and a siini- ants intending to remove; and till the 25th of with regard to the sugar-maple, the juice of which, boiled May, nearly four months, or a thind part of the down, yields a rich sugar, each tree affording about three whole year, our dwelling' is liable to the daily, and pounds. This great quantity of nourishment causes the bud hourly incursions of the curious, and the regular to swell, to break through its covering, and to spread into house hirers as well as those wishing to inspect blossoms, or lengthen into a shoot bearing leaves. This is the first process, and properly speaking, is all that belongs able nuisance, which should be put under proper

a house on legitimate motives. This is an intoler. to the springing or lengthening of trees ; and in many plants, particularly those which are annual, or fall every regulation in the new police-bill for this city, and year, there is no other process; the plant sucks in juices reformed throughout all Scotland. In some towns from the earth, and in proportion to the quantity of these the notice to quit is given so early as Martinmas

, juices, increases in size : it spreads out its blossoms, perfects its fruit, and, when the ground is incapable, by drought or

so that for half the year one's privacy is apt to be frost, of yielding any more moisture, or when the vessels continually invaded if the house remain so long of the plant are not able to draw it up, the plant perishes. unlet. But in trees, though the beginning and end of the first process are exactly similar to what takes place in vegetables,

BOOKS OF THE MONTH. yet there is a second process, which, at the same time that it adds to their bulk, enables them to endure and go on in. creasing through many years.

The most important new work within our po“The second process begins soon after the first, in this pular range of literature is Stuart's Three Pears way: At the base of the foot-stalk of each leaf, a small bud | in America, which we have already introduced to is gradually formed; but the small vessels of the leaf, hav- our readers. ing exhausted themselves in forming the bud, are unable to rowed, and bought by those who have plenty of

It is a book to be anxiously bor. bles a seed, containing within it the rudiments of vegeta- money. It is cheap for its size, but might be din tion, but without vessels to nourish and enlarge the seed. minished in volume without any deterioration of Being surrounded, however, by sap, like a seed in moist quality. earth, it is in a proper situation for growing ; the influence of the sun sets in motion the juices of the bud and of the seed, and the first operation in both of them is to send down The last few weeks have produced Lives of obtaining the necessary moisture. The bud, accordingly is of interest, from giving

á fuller account of Mila oots to a certain depth into the ground, for the purpose of Milton, CowPER, and of ROBERT HALL. The first shoots down its roots upon the inner bark of the tree, till they reach the part covered by the earth. Winter now ar ton's prose works than is found in the common riving, the cold and want of moisture, owing to the clogged biographies. The writer, also, so far as his lights condition of the vessels, cause the fruit

and leaves to fall, serve, discovers a just appreciation and profound so that, except the buds with roots, the remainder of the

reverence for Milton, the bold questioner, the fear. tree, like an annual plant, is entirely dead: the leaves, the flowers and fruit are gone, and what was the inner bark is less reasoner, the undaunted reformer, the noblest no longer in its usual state

, while the roots of the buds form literary name of England; yet would he fain press a new inner bark ; and thus the buds with their roots con- the expansive mind of Milton into the service of

It is owing a sect.

The author is, we believe, to this annual renewing of the inner bark, that the tree in preacher. The new life of Cow per is written by the we are hence furnished with an easy and exact method of Rev. Mr. Taylor. It aspires to nothing further than of which the trunk is composed. A tree, therefore, proper. I volume, such as many people like to see in their ording the age of a tree,

by connting the number of circles being a careful compilation. It is a handsome

BIOGRAPNJĘSr,-**

a Baptist

parlour collection. A cheap life of Cowper, com ment in the rays of royalty, and catch a passing smile of prehending his correspondence, still remains a de- condescension from the great man. The mob at a leree is sideratum in bookmaking, and would require both much like other mobs, though perhaps less good-humoured

and entertaining. After waiting about an hour on the tipsound judgment and refined taste.*

toe of expectation, the folding-doors were at length thrown The next life, that of Robert Hall of Leicester, open, and the mass began to move. Inch by inch we fought is mixed up with his works, which are published our way, till at last I got near enough to command a view under the superintendence of Dr. Olinthus Gre- of the King. He stood as it were in a door-way, with the gory. Every new fact relating to the manner of whole of his cabinet ministers drawn up in a regular array

opposite to him ; and the intervening narrow lane, through life and modes of thinking of a man of great and which two persons could scarcely have passed abreast, jus original mind, is full of interest to all men. But sufficed to let the crowd off. I can compare the scene to the materials left by Sir James Mackintosh, (the nothing so well as to the getting into the pit of a theatre friend of Hall,) whose literary representative Dr.

on a full night. The lord in waiting who receives your

card, and the king your bow, if one may venture upon so Gregory is, are scanty and meagre, and add not humely a comparison, answered to the check and money much to our previous stores of information. Mr. takers; the cry of “ Get your card ready," would have been Dove, to whom we owe the late cheap Memoir of as appropriate on one occasion, 'as “Get your money ready,' Marvell, has published a memoir of the Wesley on the other; and the press from behind scarcely allowed family, but omitting the principal personage, John Siness of presentation was begun and concluded in a mo

time for a moment's pause in the royal presence. The bnWesley, whose life has been so often written. It ment; the King smiled graciously, saying, "How d’ye do, is a readable enough book of humble pretensions, Mr. Kentucky? I am very glad to see you here,”and I and contains a great deal of information in short found myself in the next room before I was well aware that compass.

the ceremony had commenced. It was then that a friend who had witnessed the scene, congratulated me upon the

gracious reception I had experienced_a fact of which, but The Ghost-HUNTER, by Mr Banim, forms the for his information, I might have remained in ignorance

. first of a new Novelist's Library, intended as an

The next difficulty was how to get away; for, having no improvement on the Minerva Press and Colburn's Mentor, 1 scarcely knew what to do.

carriage, and having been separated from my ministerial

At last, fiercely fashionable novels, in quality and in cheapness. The cocking my hat on one side, like my namesake Jonathan, idea is good, but it is not well developed. The of wild memory in his boat scene, I sallied boldly out at volumes are too bulky, and the print too small for the great-gates, and making my way through the crowd, the skimming and skipping of circulating library at the awkwardness with which I wore my court habili

who contented themselves with a few good-humoured jokes readers. Mr Banim is one of the first novelists of ments , I gained the stand of coaches in Cockspur Street, his time, and the Ghost-Hunter the best work he into one of which I vanished from their gaze. The next day has produced since the Nowlans.

Mr. Rasked me how I was satisfied with my recepTALES OF A CHAPERON, Edited by Lady Dacre. tion, to which I made a suitable reply of acknowledgment. These tales are highly reported by the London be satisfied, for I do not think his Majesty said so much to

“ Why, yes, indeed,” said he, “ I think you have reason to papers: they are said to be written by one of her any one else.” I find there is a graduated scale of great ladyship's daughters, Mrs. Sullivan. We have not exactness, by which these things are measured with the inost yet seen them ; but from the unsuspected quarters minute accuracy. " How d’ye do ?” is a gracious reception; in which the work is praised, are inclined to be- but “ How d'ye do? I am very glad to see you here,” is

the very acmé of condescension and affability. lieve it must be one of great merit.

NEW NOVELS.

AN AMERICAN'S ACCOUNT OF A LEVEE OF

STATISTICS.
THE TIME OF GEORGE IV.

EUROPEAN POPULATION.-A German periodical (Hes. At last I have seen the humours of a levee, which is certain perus) contains some very fanciful speculations on the ly worth seeing for once, as presenting so remarkable a con

causes which affect population, from which we have selecttrast to the plain simplicity of our own Chief Magistrate, ed the following particulars :-— The increase and decrease of who stands forth as a man among men ; « who walks forth marriages in a country are naturally influenced by great without attendants, lives without state, greets his fellow events, such as peace and war, public prosperity and public citizens with open hands as his companions

and equals; calamities, famine and disease ; but here, we are told, that seeks his relaxations from the labours of the cabinet at the political feelings exercise an influence. Thus, in Prussia, domestic hearth ; snatches a moment from the hurry of the number of marriages was greatly increased after the expublic affairs to superintend the business of his farm, and pulsion of the French. During the years 1817, 1818, and defray all the expenses of his high office with a stipend of 1819, when the political prospects of that country were in L.6000 a-year!" How different is the scene at Carlton their zenith, 1 person was married in 98; in the subsePalace, with all its pomp and parade of military attendance, quent years the numbers again fell to 1 in 108, 1 in 111, and all the glare and frippery of its court costume. I went

and 1 in 118. In France, from the year 1815 to 1822, the under the protection of our worthy minister, and it was

number of marriages was much less than before the revolu. about two o'clock when we found ourselves in the large tion, although the population was greater by several mil. ante-room of the palace, which was soon thronged with

lions. After 1817 the number of annual marriages increasbishops and judges, generals and admirals, doctors and sur

ed hy about 8,000, and continued stationary at that rate till geons, lawyers and authors all anxious to bask for a mo.

1821'; but in 1822, after the evacuation of the country hs foreign troops, the number quickly rose by 26,000, and, in

the ensuing year, even by 40,000. But it again declined • Since this was in types, we see the very book we want during the obnoxious administration of Villele, and again announced as in the press, to form part of the British Li-increased after the orerthrow of his Ministry: Eren in brary. It is by Dr. Memes, and from his Life of the Em- Russia, from 70 to 80,000 couples loss than usual were press Josephine, we trust that of Cowper will be all the married in 1812. The proportions of deaths among chil. admirers of the most amiable of the English poets can de-dren under five years is also remarkable, as it seems to kecap sire.

pace with the degree of education and comfort of the in

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BRITISH COLONIES.

habitants. It is smallest the large towns, and would be described by Dr. Clarke, but now give him chiefly from smaller still if it were not for those who die in workhouses Mr. Dove's late ingenious history of the Wesley funily. and hospitals, deserted by their parents. The degree of “ About the end of the year 1715, and the beginning of fertility of marriages seem to vary between 3,590 and 5,300 1716, there were some noises heard in the parsonage hone children to 1000 couples. The author, from an average of at Epworth, so unaccountable, that erery person by whom more than 77 millions of births, and 17 millions of mar- they were heard, believed them to be supernatural A! riages, all extending over a period of several years, comes the latter end of the year 1716, the maid-servant was irra to some results, from which we shall extract two or three rified, by hearing at the dining-room door, several dismal of the most interesting. To a thousand marriages there groans, as of a person at the point of de ith. The family were born in the

gave little heed to her story, and endeavoured to langh her Kingdom of the Two Sicilies 5,546 children. out of her fears; but a few nights afterwards they began In France

4,148

to hear strange knockings, usually three or four at a time', In England ,

3,565

in different parts of the house. Every person heard tlipse In Zealand

3,439

noises, except Mr Wesley himself; and as, according to rul. the Two Sicilies and Zealand being the extremes. Mar- gar opinion, such sounds are not heard by the individual to riages appear to be less prolific as the countries lie nearer

whom they forbode evil, they refrained from telling hiin, kest to the north. A fourth point of importance in these inves- he should suppose it betokened his own death, as they all tigacions is the growing excess of males over females since

indeed apprehended. the general peace, which, if correctly stated, is not a little and frequent, that few or none of the family durst be left

“At length, however, these disturbances became so great alarming, and seems to make a periodical return of war an indispensable evil. Thus, in Russia, the increase of males alone; and Mrs Wesley thought it better to inform her over females in 15 years, was 804,453; in France, 347,254; husband, for it was not possible that the matter couhl in Prussia 69,764 ; in Naples, 25,796; in Bavaria, 8,398 ; long be concealed from him; and moreover, as she sail, in Bohemia, 69,172; in Sweden, 15,195; in Wirtemberg,

she “ was minded he should speak to it." These noises 6,877; in Hesse, 3,361 ; in Nassau, 6,484 :-briefly, in a

were now various, as well as strange; loud rumblings total population of 101,707,212, an excess of 1,356,754 above stairs or below; a clatter among bottles, as if they males. If this proportion be applied to all Europe, with a

had all at once been dashed to pieces ; footsteps as of a population of 215 millions, the excess of the males would

man going up and down stairs at all hours of the nigat ; amount, in the same period of peace, to 2,700,000. In the sounds ļike that of dancing in an empty room; gobuling like southern provinces of Russia, near the Caucasus, in the two

a turkey-cock, but most frequently, a knocking about the Americas, and at the Cape of Good Hope, the disproportion beds at night, and in different parts of the house. Mas is still greater.

Wesley would at first have persuaded the children and ser.

vants, that it was occasioned by rats within doors, and WEST INDIA COLONIES.

mischievous persons without, and her husband had recourse The following estimate of the value of our West India Colo to the same ready solution; or soine of his daughters, he nics is taken from the Report of the Select Committee of the supposed, sat up late and made a Boise; and a hiat, that House of Lords, recently published :

their lovers might have something to do with the myster,

made the young ladies heartily hope their father might spen Jamaica

£59,125,293 be convinced that there was more in the matter than he Barbadoes

9 086,630

was disposed to believe. Antigua

4,364,000 St Christopher

“In this they were not disappointed, for the next erening,

3.783,800 Nevis

a little after midnight, he was awakened by ning loud and

1,750,400 Monserrat

distinct knocks, which seemed to be in the next room, with

1,087 410 Virgin Islands

1,093,400

a pause at every third stroke. He arose, and went to s*** Grenada

4,994,365

whether he could discern the cause, but he could perceive St Vincent

4.006,866

nothing; still he thought it might be some person out of Dominica

3,056,700 doors, and relied upon a stout mastiff to rid them of this Trinidad

4.932.705 nuisance. But the dog, which upon the first disturbance Bahamas

2,043,500 had barked violently, was ever afterwards cowed by it, and Bermudas

1,111,000 Honduras

seeming more terrified than any of the children, came 578,760

whining to his master and mistress, as if to seek protection in a human presence.

And when the man-servent, Robin £100,014,864

Brown, took the mastiff at right into his room, to be at

once a guard and a companion, so soon as the latch began Deinerara and Essequibo ...

£18,410,480

to jar, as usual, the dog crept into bed, and barked anul Berbice

how!ed so as to alarm the house.

7,415,160 Tobago

2,682 920 “The fears of the family for Mr Wesley's life being, te St Lucia

2,529,000

moved as soon as he had heart'the mysterious noises, they

began to apprehend that one of the sons had met with a

£31,037,560 violent death, an: more particularly Samuel, the eldest. So the whole amount is no less than

The father, therefore, one night, after several deep groans £131,052,424

had been heard, anjured it to speak if it had power, and

tell him why it troubled the house ; and upon this thine A GHOST STORY.

distinct knockings were heard. He then questioned it, it it

were Samuel his son, bidding it, if it wers, 2nd could not One of the best authenticated ghost stories which is on speak, to knock again; but, to his great comfort

, there tvas no record is connected with the Wesley family. It is of gob- farther knocking that night ; and when they heard that S lin Jeffrey, a familiar sprite, who, for more than thirty muel and the two boys were safe and well, the visitations of years, haunted the rectory of Epworth, of which our read the goblin became rather a matter of curiosity and amus ers lately heard in the memoir of Mrs Susanna Wesley, the name of old Jeffrey, and by this name he was known, is

ment, than of alarm. Emilia, one of the daughters, gare it the mother of John Wesley, the Founder of Methodism, a harmless, though by no means an agreeable, inrants of the Sir David Brewster's late amusing work on Natural parsonage. Jeffrey was not a malicious goblín, but he was Magic, and an elaborate article on the Philosophy of Ap

easily offended. paritions, in the Quarterly Review, have given ghost stories thing supernatural in the noises, she recollected that one of

“ Before Mrs. Wesley was satisfied that there was saisir, *emporary interest, We have read of gobliu Jeffrey as he is her neighbours had frightened the rats from his dwelling

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CEDED COLONIES.

SPLENDID FETE AT BALLYGROOGAGII.

by blowing a horn. The horn therefore was borrowed,

FASHION IN ITS LOW PLACES. and blown stoutly about the house for half a day, greatly

This clever jeu d'esprit first appeared in an Irish news. against the judgment of one of her daughters, who main

paper. It is a felicitous quiz upon the absurdities which tained, that if it were any thing supernatural, it would cer

are so often served up in the fashionable Morning Prints, tainly be very angry, and more troublesome. Her opinion and Court Journals. was verified by the event ; Jeffrey had never till then be. gun his operations during the day; but from that time he came by day, as well as by night, and was louder than before. Ballygroogagh House, the hospitable mansion of Timothy And he never entered Mr Wesley's study, till the owner O'Mulligan, and his lady, was, last month, (Nov. 1821,) one day rebuked him sharply, calling him a deaf and dumb graced by the most elegant festivities on the happy return devil, and bade him cease to disturb the innocent children, of their eldest son from the north of Europe, where he had and come to him in his study, if he had any thing to say: been incognito in the humble guise of a cook to a whaler. This was a sort of defiance, and Jeffrey took him at his

The principal entrance to the house was most handsomely word. No other person in the family ever felt the goblin decorated for the occasion ; on one side was seen a heap of but Mr. Wesley, who was thrice pushed by it with con. manure, shaped like an ancient tumulus, and tastefully orsiderable force. So he relates, and his evidence is clear and namented with hanging straws, &c.; on the other side apdistinct. Ile says also, that once or twice when he spoke to peared a stagnant pool, whose smooth surface was gently it, he heard two or three feeble squeaks, a little louder moved by a duck and drake, who muddled through it with than the chirping of a bird, but not like the noise of rats.

uncommon vivacity and spirit; in the perspective was seen What is said of an actual appearance is not so well con

a venerable turf-kish, around which a pair of trowsers being firmed. Mrs. Wesley thought she saw something run from carelessly thrown, gave a light and graceful finish to the

whole scene. under the bed, and said it most resembled a badger, but she could not well say of what shape; and the man saw

About two o'clock, the approach of company was prosomething like a white rabbit, which came from behind claimed by the distant clatter of wheel-cars; this deep the oven with its ears flat upon the neck, and its little scut sound, mingled with the finer tones of cur-dogs barking, standing straight up. A shadow may possibly explain the whipped children crying, &c. produced a full and mellow first of these appearances; the other may be imputed to

volume of the most delightful harmony. The first arrival that proneness, which ignorant persons so commonly evince coucheuse; she was soon followed by the rest of the ex

was that of the dowager Mrs. Fluggius, an eminent acto exaggerate in all uncommon cases. « These eircumstances, therefore, though apparently silly in loon, the walls of which were painted à la soot drop,

pected company, who speedily repaired to a grand rustic sathemselves, in no degree invalidate the other parts of the story,

Here a rich and finely-flavoured beverage was handed which rest upon the concurrent testimony of many intelligent round in noble wooden vases, which the charming hostess, witnesses. The door was once violently pushed against Emilia, with bewitching simplicity, denominated broth in noggins. when there was no person on the outside : the latches were

Dinner was shortly afterwards served up; a plateau was frequently lifted up; the windows clattered always before dispensed with, but its place was most tastefully supplied Jeffrey entered a room, and whatever iron or brass was there, by a fine skate, cooked up in the Turkish fashion, with all was rung and jarred exceedingly. It was observed also, that it's tails; near it a quarter of delicate veal, which had the wind commonly rose after any of his noises, and increased breathed its last sigh after an existence of five hours. On with it, and whistled loudly around the house. Mr. Wesley's the central dish was placed a male bird, which during a trencher danced one day upon the table, to his no small life of nine years, had increased to such a size as to excite amazement; and the handle of Robin's hand mill, at another

the admiration of the whole company.

There were many time, was turned round with great swiftness : unluckily Ro- other rarities, such as are seldom to be met with at the bert had just done grinding : nothing vexed him, he said, most sumptuous tables. “hnt that the mill was empty; if there had been corn it,

After dinner, some original sentiments and well-selected . Jeffrey might have ground his heart out before he would

songs were given, a few of which are the following: have disturbed him.

Mr O'Mulligan.-" A speedy rise to the price of pigs." " It was plainly a Jacobite goblin, and seldom suffered Song.--" The night that I put the pig under the poi." Mr. Wesley to pray for the king, and the Prince of Wales, Mr O'Loughlin.—" A merry go-round to the foot orwithout disturbing the family prayers. Mr. Wesley was gan." sore upon this subject, and bocame angry, and therefore re Song." The weary pound of tow." peated the prayer. But when Samuel was informed of this, Mr M‘Dade.—“ The weaver's harpsichord.” bis remark was, 'as to the devil being an enemy to King Song." A weaver boy shall be my dear." George, were I the King, I would rather old Nick should When the pleasures of the festive board were concludel, be my enemy than my friend.' The children were the only preparations were made for dancing. The orchestra, an persons who were distressed by these visitations : the man-inique of the most simple beauty, was an inverted creel, on ner in which they were affected is remarkable : when the which a single minstrel sat, the interest of whose appearnoises began, they appeared to be frightened in their sleep; ance was much heightened by the loss of his left eye. Mr a sweat came over them, and they panted and trembled till Patrick O'Mullaghan, disliking the monotony of the waltz, the disturbance was so loud as to awake them. Before the and the vagaries of a quadrille, opened the ball by daneing noises ceased, the family had become quite accustomed to a jigg with Miss Judy Higgins; they were soon followed by them, and were tired of hearing, or speaking on the subject. Master Charley M‘Dade, who floated into a reel with Viss Send me some news,' said one of the sisters to her bro-Nancy Fluggins. Dancing was kept up until a late hour, ther Samuel, “for we are secluded from the sight, or hear and the elegant revellers parted with mutual regret. Wo ing of any thing, except Jeffrey.'

subjoin a description of some of the most admired dresses 6. There is a letter in existence from Emilia to her brother worn ou the occasion, which, from their striking costume, John, dated 1750, from which, says Dr. Clarke, it appears will doubtlessly be the standard for fashionable imitation. that Jeffrey continued his operations at least thirty-four

LADIES' DRESSES, years after he retired from Epworth. We shall give an Mrs O'Mullaghan-A loose bedgown robe of linsy woolsy, extract from the letter referred to. Dear Brother, I want petticoat to match, two-and-sixpenny shawl thrown wit! most sadly to see you, and talk hours with you, as in times gracefal negligence over the shoulder; pinenshion and scispast. One reason is, that wonderful thing called by us Jef sars suspended by the right side with red tape. Head-cross, frey! You won't laugh at me for being superstitious, if I dowd and scull cap. tell you how certainly that something calls on me against Miss O'Mullaghan_Round gown of striped calico, haany extraordinary new affliction ; but so little is known of bit-shirt embroidered en goble stitch. Head-dress, bandathe invisible world, that I, at least, am not able to judge lettes of scarlet sixpenny ribband. whether it be a friendly or an evil spirit.""

Miss Nancy O'Mullaghan-A superb old cotton, dyed

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