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Gretna-Green is famous in the pages of romance, as the sanctuary of stolen matches; every little Miss at her boarding school knows the destination of this hvmeneal work-shop, although, perhaps, she is not certain on what part of the globe it is situated; so instructive a source of amusement are our modern novels!
Mr. Edgeworth has written the following humorous verses on Scotch marriages and di
«« To ready Scotland boys and girls are carried,
Sanctions our follies first, and then our vices." When a marriage in the fashionable circles, or in the respectable middling classes, takes place, the nuptial benediction is pronounced in the house of the bride; with persons in low circumstances, the parties adjourn to the minister's residence. The first thing done is to pray for the blessing of heaven; then the minister discourses to the couple on the duties of marriage. Now he tells them to join hands, and puts the following question to the bridegroom: " Will
whom hold by the hand, to be your wedded wife, and promise in the presence of the Almighty, before the present witnesses, to be a loving a faithful husband?” The bridegroom of course answers yes.
Then the same question is put to the bride, only adding the word obedient.
fterwards he solemnly declares them married rsons, and concludes with a short prayer. amediately after the ceremony,
the newade husband kisses his wife-the minister llows his example, and the blushing bride resents her cheek to every one present. - The dinner at large parties in Edinburgh is sually announced by a bell. The ladies then roceed to the dining room, and the mistress f the house seats herself at the head of the able. The gentlemen then walk into the room; jut no escorting of the ladies to their seats! no aking their hands and leading them to the dining room, as in France! After the
and fish, the silly custom of “Madam, shall I have the pleasure of a glass of wine with you?” commences, and continues during dinner; as if one could do any good to other people's health, by injuring one's own!- As soon as the desert is finished, the ladies retire, to prepare coffee and talk scandal; and the gentlemen “ drink potations pottle deep,” till they get flustered. A certain recipient, which shall be nameless, is ready in a corner, to receive what the diuretic powers of the wine have produced (credite posteri!) and then the Messieurs “talk parrot” till they are summoned to the coffeeroom! By the way, I have not drank a cup good coffee since I left Paris; the slop made under that name in the British kitchens, cannot be compared to the delicious French coffee, concerning which Delille exclaimed with enthusiasm,
" Je bois dans chaque goutte un rayon du soleil!” The washing of our after dinner cups, (saya Espriella,) would make a mixture as good a their coffee; the infusion is just strong enough to make the water brown and bitter. This is not occasioned by economy, though coffee is enormously dear: they know no better; and if you tell them how it ought to be made, they reply, that it must be very disagreeable, and even that if they could drink it so strong, it would prevent them from sleeping. There is besides an act of Parliament to prevent the English from drinking good coffee! they are not permitted to roast it themselves, and of course all the fresh and finer flavour evaporates in the warehouse,
A tous les cours bien nés que la patrie est chère!
Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of Ameri. can, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must al. ways exact the just pride of Patriotism. WASHINGTON
Edinburgh, February 23d, 1819. YESTERDAY evening, the Americans at Ed. inburgh celebrated the birth-day of our great
i my life.
Jashington. We dined at the Royal Hotel, i an apartment which was worthy of the cause ir which we met. We chose for president, Ir. Preston of Virginia, one of the most eleant and accomplished gentlemen I ever knew
The bust of our illustrious deliv. rer was the chief ornament to the saloon in vhich we dined; it was crowned with a chapet of laurels, and placed in a conspicuous siuation. Mr. M'Culloch, the editor of that nost excellent weekly paper " the Scotsman, ind some Englishmen, who associate the name of our glorious country with that of liberty, were present; which was so much the more agreeable to our feelings, as Burns' anniversaty was celebrated the same evening. Nothing could exceed the harmony, the good order and the elegance with which every thing was conducted. After the cloth was removed,' the most delicious wines were introduced, (for which, by the way, we had to pay enormously high,) and we drank with enthusiasm, the toasts which were proposed: you may easily imagine that Washington and the mountain nymph, sweet Liberty,” were not forgotten on the occasion. I left my friends at table at an early hour,
"When, fully sated with the luscious banquet, I bastıly took leave" It is with pleasure that I see in your last letter, the expression“ happy courtry applied to the United States. Whilst our country is
anticipating centuries, and prosecuting, under the auspices of its chief, a stupendous system of modern improvement, Mr. Munroe is putting in requisition its best talents, to render us secure at home and respected abroad, to make us feel that in giving unbounded scope to our enterprize and industry, no foreign foe will be able to depredate upon the fruits of either; and to make the nations of the world feel, that the United States are now laying broad and deep the foundations of that system of civil and political liberty,* which is at no distaut day to cheer and rouse the benumbed energies of Europe, and shaking Tyranny, Superstition and Ignorance from their seats.
The execution of Arbuthnot and Ambrister is a great subject of discussion at present. The slavish government papers are filled with expressions of horror at this circumstance--they call it an outrage, murder, &c. &c. without mentioning a syllable about Morillo's massacres of British subjects. They have again and again regaled their readers with accounts of the putting to death, in cold blood, of dozens of their fellow-citizens, allies of the patriots, by the worthy representative of the sanguinary
* “ The example of America has already done much for the cause of liberty; and the very existence of such a country, under such a government, is a tower of strength, and a standard of encouragement, for all who may hereafter have to struggle for the restoration or the extension of their rights. It shows within what limits popular institutions are safe and practicable; and what a large infusion of democracy is consistent with good government, and the good order of society." Edinburgh Review, 1820.