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patriot statesman, whom true loyalty inspires, history is no old almanack; for an old almanack is the deadest of all dead things and more useless than dust. . To him history is a record ever new-all its pages are instinct with life--and its examples show the road to honour on earth, and happiness in heaven. Let us not fear to compare our King with his Peers. The place assigned him by posterity will be a high one; and among his many noble qualities will be reckoned scorn of sycophaney, and intolerance of falsehood. As long as his servants served bim according to their oathin its spirit as well as its letter-he was willing to make sacrifice of some thoughts and feelings that to him were sacred, of some opinions so deeply rooted he could not change, though he could give them up—but as soon as he saw and knew that be must not only sacrifice feelings, and relinquish opinions, but violate his conscience, he exerted his prerogative-a prerogative bestowed by God-and called on that Man, who had been the Saviour of his country, again to rescue her from danger-by the weight of his wisdom, and the grandeur of his name, to bear down her interval enemies, as, by his valour and his genius, he had crushed or scattered all foreign foes—so that the land, by a succession of bloodless, and, therefore, still more glorious victories, might again enjoy that liberty wbich consists in order and peace.

SHEPHERD. You dinna fear, sir, I howp, that there will be ony very serious disturbe ances in the kintra, on account o' the change o' Ministry?

NORTH I think there will be a great deal of very ludicrous disturbances in the country, on account of the change of Ministry, and that the People will find it so difficult to assume a serious countenance, on the kicking out of the Whigs—if a kicking out it has been that they will almost imme. diately give over trying it, and join in a good-humoured, yet perhaps : rather malicious peal of hearty laughter.

SHEPHERD. That's a great relief to my mind. But are ye sure, sir, o' the Political Unions ?

NORTH. Quite sure. It is not improbable they may be revived in a small sort of way, but half-a-million of men will not march up to London from Birmingham, as about half-a-dozen men talked of their intending to do in the delirium of the Bill fever.

It maun be a populous place that Brummagem, as the Bagmen ca't.


Very. For my own part, I rather liked the Whig government.



NORTH. For it is an amiable weakness of mine to feel kindness towards any man or body of men whom I see the object of very general contempt or anger. No Ministry in my time was ever so unpopular-to use the gentlest term-as the one t'other day turned to the right about-and as for my Lord Melbourne, though you, James, say you never heard of him - I know him to be one of the most amiable and accomplished men--and that is saying much—in the Peerage. So that I am sorry that any Ministry, of which he was the head, should have been so universally despised when living, and so universally ridiculed when dead.

That seems to me a new view o' the soobject.


However, it is the true one. I am disposed to think they were not kicked out-but that they backed out, in a state of such weakness, that had there been any rubbish in the way, they would have fallen over it, and injured their organs of philoprogenetiveness and Number One. All the world has known for some time, that they intended to resign on the meet



ing of Parliament--for they had got quarrelsome in their helplessness-as teething childhood, or toothless age.

I wish your friend Brougham, James, would publish his epistolarý correspondence with the King during his Lordship’s late visit to Scotland.

But wou'd na that be exposing family--that is, Cabinet secrets? And Hairy wou'd never do that, after the dressin' he is thocht to bae gi'en Durbam on that pint. Besides, it wou'd be awfu' to publish the King's letters to him without his Majesty's consent !

I think I can promise him his Majesty's permission to publish all the letters the Lord Chancellor ever received in Scotland from his most Gracious Master.



Umph. The vol. would sell-title, “ Letters from the Mountains.”


Na--that wou'd be stealin' the tittle o' a delichtfu' wark o' my auld freen' Mrs Grant's.



I think I can promise him Mrs Grant's permission to publish under the title of what you justly call, James, her very delightful work, all the letters the Lord Chancellor ever wrote to his Most Gracious Majesty from Inverness, Elgio, Dundee, Edinburgh, or Hawick.

A' impediments in the way o' publication being thus removed, I shall write this verra nicht-sae that my letter may leave the post office by tomorrow's post—to Lord Brumm to send down the MSS.--and they maun be a' holographs in the parties’ ain haun-writing-to Messrs A. and R. Blackwood-and I shall stay a month in Embro, that I may correct the press mysell—in which case I houp there may be a black frost, that at leisure hours we may hae some curlin'.

The Grey Ministry, in its best days, was never, somehow or other, inordinately admired by the universal British nation.



That was odd. For the nation, I have heard it said, was for Reform to

a man.



All but some dozen millions or thereabouts—but people are never so prone to discontent as when they have had every thing their own wayespecially when, as it happened in this case, not one in a thousand knows either what he had been wanting, or what he has got, or what else he would wish to have, if at his bidding or beck the sky were willing that moment to rain it down among his feet. They surely were the most foolish financiers that ever tried taxation.

NORTH. Of not one of them could it be sung,

“ That even the story ran that he could gauge." They were soon seen to be equally ignorant and incapable on almost all other subjects ; nor-except with Brougham-was there a gleam of genius - nor a trait of talent beyond mediocrity — to make occasional amends for their deplorable deficiences as men of no-business habits, and of non-acquaintance equally with principles and with details.

Hollo! we are forgetting Stanley and Graham.

So we are, I declare - but I hope they will forgive us -- since they too often, or rather too long, forgot themselves--and I should be happy to see them-whether Ins or Outs-at a Noctes. Their secession left the




Reform Ministry in a state of destitution more pitiable than that of an y under the operation of the new Poor Law.

Strange how it contrived to stand for the last six months-yet all of us must have many a time seen a tree, Kit, lopped, barked, grubbed-remaining pretty perpendicular during a season of calm weather-by means of some ligature so slight as to be invisible--till a brisk breeze smites the skeleton, and down he goes-whether with or against his own inclination you can hardly say—so resignedly among the brushwood doth he lay his shorn and shaven head.



Haw-Haw-Haw! But it's no lauchin' maitter. I'm glad, after a', sir, that at this creesis you're no Prime Minister. The Duke 'Il bae aneuch to do to get a' richt_and to keep a' richt-and I only wuss Sir Robert were hame again frae Tureen.

So do I. A Conservative Ministry can now be formed, stronger in talent, knowledge, eloquence, integrity, power, and patriotism, than any Ministry the country has had within the memory of man.

Then whare's the difficulty wi' the Duke ?



I will tell you, James, some night soon. The difficulties are strong and formidable and there must be a dissolution.


The Ex-Chancellor has assured us that the Press has lost all its power -so the elections will not be disturbed by that engine. The Whigs disdain to use bribery and corruption and the Rads, for sufficient reasons, seldom commit such sing. No Reformer would condescend to receive a consideration from a Tory. A fair field, therefore, lies open to all parties --and, though not of a sanguine but melancholious temperament, I will bet a barrel of oysters with any man that the new House of Commons will back the Duke.


He will carry, by large majorities, all his measures of Conservative Reform in Church and State. He did so before the Bill was the law of the landmand he will do so now that it is the law of the land—but, to speak plainly, gentlemen, I am getting confounded sleepy; and I feel as if I were speaking in a night-cap.

And I as if there were saun in ma een--sae gie's your airm, sir, and I sall be the chawmermaid that lichts you till your bed. Its wice in you to lodge in the Road sic a nicht.—Do ye hear him—"tirlin' the kirks ?” Be a good boy, and nover forget to say your prayers.

(Exeunt the T'res.



vocate, Lord, of Scotland, his remark Letters on a Regicide Peace, 230_Con-
hat Scotland had never evinced a spi clusion, 322—Passages quoted descrip-
fit of freedom, 662

tive of the principles of the French Re-
rd, Thomas, a churchyard eclogue by volution, 325_Occupation in his re-
him, 615

tirement, 335–His death, 339.
addin, a dramatic poem, by Ochlen. Byron, notices by J. H. Browne of inci-
chlaeger, reviewed, 620

dents in Greece in which he was con-
thorpe, Lord, not indispensable to cerned, 392
House of Commons, 253

Byron, his opinion of Sir Walter Scott, 394
strian Government of Italy; review Cæsars, Chap. V. 67-Conclusion, 173
bf Count Ferdinand dal Pozzo's work, Campbell, Thomas, his Life of Mrs Side
530—Austria had established schools dons reviewed, 149 and 355
for popular instruction before Prussia, Catholic Relief Bill, disappointment in

its effects, 747
a tocratie de la Presse, reviewed, 373 Chateaubriand, Memoirs of M. de, 19%
Extracts relative to the means of resist Extracts from, relative to the changes
ing the evils of a democratic press, 385 in progress from monarchy to demo-
nking in Scotland, 665

cracy in Europe, and especially in
nkruptcy law in Scotland, 666

France, 20, 21-Reflections at sea, &c.,
rricades, results of the triumph of, 25 et seq.-Memoirs, No. III., 240
209_Extracts from M. Sarran's work, -Chateaubriand a representative of
213-Greater freedom of the press in the ancient French nobility, ib.--Ex-
an aristocratic than a democratic so tracts descriptive of school scenes, 241
ciety, 215—Excessive division of land. -Comparison betwixt him and Tal.
ed property in France, 217

leyrand, 245—Memoirs, 802_Uni.
llings, Baron, his letter to M. Jules versal admiration of him in France, ib.
Janin, 807

-His letter to M. Ed. Merrechet,
Jackwood, death of William, 571

803–His description of a spring in
bnaparte, comparison betwixt him and Brittany, 804—Account of his ances-
Washington, by M. Chateaubriand, tors, 805-His sacred drama of Moses,

oyton, Mr, his speech, 764-His de Churchyard Eclogue, by Thomas Aird,
scription of the conduct of the Irish 615
agitators in 1831, 764

Coercion, Irish Bill, diminishes crime,
ride of Lochleven, a poem, by Delta,

757-Renewed without clauses against

agitation, 762
rittany, Chateaubriand's description of Coleridge's Poetical Works, reviewed,
a spring in, 704

542-Christabel, 563-Ancient Mari-
rougham, Lord, allusion to him in
Noctes Ambrosianæ, 851

Colonsay, Christopher on, Fytte Second, 1
rown, James Hamilton, his narrative Combourg, Chateau de, described by
of a visit to the seat of war in Greece, Chateaubriand, 805

Cousin Nicholas, Chap. IX. 97–XI. and
ryan Jones, 523

XII. 341-XIII. and XIV. 493
ull, fragments from the history of John, XV., XVI., and XVII. 776
Chap. VIII. How Buckram bam Criminal law, as settled by old Scottish
boozled the Schoolmaster, and how the Parliament, 664
devil got among the tailors, 289- Croly, Rev. Mr, his pamphlet, 758–
Chap. IX. How Manley threw up Late improvement of the incomes and
his place, &c. 292—Chap. X. How style of living of the Catholic priest-
Allsop and Buckram decoyed Gray out hood, 759–Dues of marriage, baptism,
of the house, &c. 296

extreme unction, payable to them, ib.
Burke, Edmund, Part XII., 228 His Cruise of the Midge, Chap. V, 29-

ner, 566

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Chap VI. 190_Cap. VII. 30 Janin, M. Jules, Baron Billings' letter to
-Chap VIII. 471-Chap. IX. 642 him, 807
-Chap. X. Woere is the Ballahoo, Insolvent debtors, laws as to those of the

old Scottish Parliament, 666
Delta, bis Bride of Lochleres, 767 Ireland, 747—Disappointment in the ef-
Deux Ans de Regue de Louis Pbilippe, fects of the Catholic Relief Bill, 747–
reriew, 19

Ireland always most turbulent when
Dryden, 442

most kindly ruled, ib.--Prospers un-
Darbam, Earl, allusion to him in Noetes der.a rigorous Government, 743— Ta-
Ambrosianæ, sul

ble showing Exports and Imports into
Emancipation of West Indian Negroes, Ireland from 1786 to 1831, ib. — Table

showing shipping of Ireland from 1801
Eaglish Boy, by Mrs Hemans, 65

to 1831, ib._Exports of sheep, oxen,
Ercbequer, English and Irish—Compa &c. from 1801 to 1825, 749_Table of

rative state of Irish income and ex spirits, tobacco, &c. consumed in Ire-
penditure, wben these consolidated, land from 1790 to 1832, ib.–Leniency
and afterwards, 751

of Government to Ireland in not exact-
Fairy Queen, by Spenser, review, Part ing direct taxes during first half of the

11. 408_Part III. Legend of the Red period since the Union, 750 — Irish

Cross Knight, 681– Part IV. 715 disaffection rendered the income tax
Foreign affairs, 507—Three foundations necessary, ib. - Comparison betwixt the

of all government, 307––Russian power cultivated and uncultivated land of
increased by overthrow of Napoleon, Scotland and Ireland, note, ib.
509_ Foreign relations of this country Grants for charities in Ireland, 751–
altered by the triumph of the Barri Irish poor supported by England and
cades, 511

Scotland, 752_Great attention to Irish
France, character of the alliance of this affairs in Parliament, 753— Irish popu.
country witb, 512

lar party have never suggested any
Grey, fall of Earl, 246_Owing to "pres thing for improvement of the country,

sure from without,” 218_But more 754-Decline of Irish imports, in-
immediately to Littleton's communica. crease of crime, &c. since passing of
tious with O'Connell, ib.-Divisions Reform Bill, 755— Crime diminished
in the Cabinet, owing to divisions of by Coercion Bill, 757-Late improve-
opinion in the public, 219— Degrada ment in the incomes and style of living
tion of Parliament from Reform, 251 of Irish priests, 759–Crimes owing
-Lord Althorp not indispensable to much to the countenance given to agi-
House of Commons, 253-A survey of tation by the priests, 760
Lord Grey's policy, domestic and fo. Italy, Austrian government of, Count
reigu, 251_Grey dinner described in Pozzo's work reviewed, 530_Ele-
Noctes Ambrosianæ, 846

mentary schools established in Italy by
Greece, narrative of a visit to the seat of Austria, 535
war in, 392

Law, criminal law, as settled by the Old
Hemans, Mrs, English Boy, 65_Her Scottish Parliament, 664

sonuets, devotional and memorial, 799. Levant, Whig diplomacy there, 516
—No. 1. A Prayer, ib.—2. Prayer, Littleton, Mr, allusions to his communi-
continued, ib.–3. Memorial of a con. cations with O'Connell, 248
versation, 800—4. The return to poe. Lochleven, Bride of, a poem, by Delta,
try, ib.-5. To Silvio Pellico, ib. 767
6. To the same released, 801.-7. On Melbourne, Lord, dissolution of his mi.
reading Coleridge's epitaph written by nistry alluded to in Noctes Ambrosi.
himself, ib.-8. Hope of future com-

anæ, 854.
munion with Nature, ib.-9. Dreams Memoirs of M. de Chateaubriand, 802
of the dead, 802

Vide Chateaubriand.
Hayward's Faust, 268_ Remarks on the Mennechet, M. Ed., Chateaubriand's

doctrine of a Ruling Passion, 274-On letter to bim, 803.
the supposed necessity of Lord Al. Mess, Nights at, Chap. VI. 523_Chap.

thorpe's continuance in office, &c., 280 VII. 652
Ildephonso, Conde de, a tale of the Spa. Midge, Cruise of the, Chap. V. 29-
nish Revolution, 48

Chap. VI. 190~Chap. VII. 300
Imprisonment, laws of the Old Scottish Chap. VIII. 471-Chap. IX. 642
Parliament relative to, 664.

Chap. X. Where is the Ballahoo, 812
India, opening of trade to, 254

Moses, a sacred drama, by Chateau.
Instruction of the poor, laws of the Old briand-noticed, 8109

Scottish Parliament relative to, 664 Mirabeau, Memoirs of, 458

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