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I discovered myself, by some The next morning, seeing that I was accountable transition, drawn into con recovered, be urgently pressed me, be. versation with him on the subject of fore I left the town, to call on him ; methodism - " They have at botiom and whether it was that I felt some no more religion than niy house dog," little compunctions of gratitude, or that said the fellow ; " and for my own my disposition is naturally somewhat part, I can't think bow men that read complying, I could not for ihe moment their bibles so often, can be (as most sommon resolution enough to decline, of them I firmly believe are) such shame. As my visit was a very remarkable one, less bypocrites But I suppose," conti- I shall give it at some length. nued he, “ they make it out by their l'pon entering the room, I found the faith, as they call it; for to the eye of old Docior sitting by bimself at his dinfaith, as my old translation has it, all is ver table over the bones of a chicken. guite clear and evident"-" Your old He received me with a homely cortranslation ?" said I, knitting my brows. diality ; and pointing his hand to his —“. Aye,” said my landlord, "a trans- repast, asked me if I would join him. Jation of a very curious piece of--of I excused myself, by saying that I bad French - I think they tell me it is— dived ; but I could nevertheless but that was dropped, Sir, in this room, by admire the old man's generosity, for a foreigo gentleman, who was I observed that his bones were nearly years back travelling in this country.” dry, and my worthy friend's appetite

-“ lodeed,” said 1 ;." and pray is it yet remarkably keen. It was a long too much to ask a sight of it?”-“ Not time before he appeared satisfied that in the least, Sir," said my host, as be bis bones had yielded all their nutrihastily stepped across the door, I'll tion :-he put on his spectacles, turned bring you both French and English.”- then over and over, and examined them I first read the original. It appeared to on every side. No little budgry cur, be a sheet of a manuscript tour, which methought, would have taken half the the foreigner was . probably writing. trouble with them. At length, how. The fragment I thought exceedingly ever, he ordered his dinner-table to be amusing. I next examined the trans- removed. -A cracked tumbler--a plate lation, made, as the good man told me, chipped and black with age-a battered by a friend of his; but it was by no table-spoon—a knife and fork that meaos equal to the spirit of its original. seemed to say they were his grandlo a word, having obtained the honest father's — formed his table service. He fellow's hearty consent to copy it, after strictly cojoined his servant-girl to be I bad finished my dinner, i sat down careful in discharging her duty : “ for over a pint of claret, and translated the our servants, Sir," said the old Doctor, whole into the following words:

turning to me, “ often break the most We arrived about evening at Postcad.* valuable articles you put into their There was nothing in the place particu. hands, through downright carelessness : Jarly remarkable ; but from this sen- they do, sir, indeed," repeated be, aptence I must except the eccentric chaparently irritated at the very thought. racter of my friend Doctor Protractus, The English Butler bas said of his who was, I think, of all the oddities hero Hudibras, that I ever met with, infinitely the most “ with frequent hem and cough, odd. lpon my arrival here, I thought Prolongers of enlighten'd stuff, I felt symptoms of an old complaint He could deep mysteries upriddle, which I have been much troubled with; As easily as thread a needle." and having accordingly enquired for an And nothing could be more true of apothecary, was recominended to this Doctor Protractus : almost every word singular character. The Doctor, bow. he ultered was followed by several most ever, was certainly of esseatial service knowing and significant' hemis ; or if to me in his profession.

a cluster of three or four words canto

out without interruption, it was quite a I have taken the liberty, in transcrib.

mirabile dictu.-But to proceed with ing this piece for the pre-s; to erase the sny narrative. - As soon as the old fej. original names both of the place and the low saw his articles safely removed, he Doctor, id rave substituted in their stead took his stand directly opposite to me, names entirely fictitious : it would be stretched out his legs with all imacruel tv raise a langh at the expense of ginable pompousness, and crowded both private reputation,

bis hands with the greatest formality

P

said I,

into the pockets of his waistcoat. Have you will see it discharged."" It need ing deliberately fixed himself in this not be so," answered the old fellow, attitude, he gave two or three of his with a consequential pod of the head self-complaisant hems, and began his " it need not, I assure you.

I discourse in the following manner. have a plan, formed by myself

“ Well, Sir,” said he, “and pray formed by myself alone, Sir—which what think you of England !”—“Ohi should quickly pay off the whole I have spent so much of my time, Sir, debt, and yet be no injury to a single in this country,” I said, that I begin individual if he acceded to it; on the to think myself almost an Englishman.” contrary, it would be an injury, Sir, "Ah! England,” resumed the Doc. for a man to withbold compliance.-- ? tor, “ is to be sure, in many respects, a But I have done my duty, Sir-I have very fine country; but the great fault done my duty-I have indeed. I bare of it, Sir, is, that we have amovg us communicated it to the Chancellor of no rewards- no encouragements for our Exchequer, and to several other of merit : would you believe me now, our great men ; but either through that a professional man, though he be envy, or an incapacity of judging of eminent, and in the highest degree its merits, they never took the notice of successful, and that even for a num it that it deserved. I will communi. ber of years, tbat he has here no bono cate it to you, Sir; but in justice to rary distinctions, nor any thing, be myself, I must urge your secrecy; for sides the dignity of his profession, to though it hitherto has been neglected, distinguish him from the mere com true merit, Sir, true and great merit, i mon rabble :"-" Why I never heard,” will never be long without meeting a ::

" the complaint alleged before; proper reward.- My plan, or system, nor, to say the worst, do I think it Sir, is this.--Let there be fixed up in a fault peculiar to England.”—“Sir, every city, borough, town, and 'vilin whatever country,” answered my lage, of the united kingdoms of Great old friend, hastily, *** such total dis- Britain and Ireland, a box; or, if the regard of true merit may exist, I have place be large, two, three, or even more no hesitation in saying it is a great boxes, according, you know, to the size disgrace to it.”- But what distinction," of the place. I would have them made I resumed, “ could be made that”. perfectly strong and secure;- of oak, “ What distinction!” interrupted the perhaps, with iron bands, or someDoctor—" why, what I would propose übing of that sort. But we will leave is, that every medical gentleman who this point, for I do not feel myself Jabours with success, who is eminent quite determined upon it. In the sides for skill and knowledge, and who keeps of each of these boxes, now, I would up for many years, as I have done, the have niade-an incision-(to use a prodignity of his profession, should re fessional word, and indeed professional ceive the title of of Chevalier ; or words often cone in very much to the some such honorary distinction. Cbe purpose)- I say, I would have an incivalier Protractus ! there, what think sion made, of proper aod suitable dimenyou of that, love (as he turned to sions. These boxes, now, should be his wife) — your Jadyship Mrs. Pro- placed up in the most frequented-in tractus (making a polite bow to her) the most public and conspicuous part or — wife, aye, and good wife too, to his parts of every city, borough, town, and honour Chevalier Protractus. - It is village of the united kingdoms of Great justice, Sir, it is justice !" vociferated Britain and Ireland. Now you know, The Doctor, as he stamped the foor Sir, it often happens--and indeed I with his foot" But there is so much

may say it commonly happens) that one envy and prejudice,” continued he, has an odd sixpence or shilling, or, if

tlirough the whole community, that not that, odd half-pence in one's pockinstead of one's becoming (as he ought et, which he might easily spare, withto be) bonourably rewarded for any out any particular loss or inconvenivaluable discovery or suggestion, he

I would have, therefore, a prois slighted and unnoticed. I will give clamation, Sir, issued from our great you an instance of the trutb of what men aud rulers, stating that it would i advance. You know, I dare say, be expected of every loyal and good the immense aggregate of our national sulijeci, upon his passing any of ihese deht."-" I do," ì replied: " and it boxes, to put his hand into his pocket will probably be a long time before thusmand if he bave au odd six

ence.

pence, or shilling, which, as I before The old gentleman had gone on ia observed, he would frequently bave, this way, to a great length, expatiating that he would drop it into the box, over the prodigious advantages of his through the incision which I should system, when we were suddenly atdirect to be made in its side. Now tracted to the window to see one of only let us reckon a little. We will the English bishops, who was passing in say, for instance, I drop a sixpence bis carriage. When he bad gone by, in to-day-very well-then, perhaps, the old Doctor having again resumech a sixpence to-morrow-and so on. At his former station ;-*. Were I a bithe end of the year, then, going on shop,” said he, (looking me in the face, in the same ratio or proportion, I and giving bis head a consequential should bave contributed, you know, pod,)“ I should certainly, Sir, not five or six pounds, and perbaps more : have my carriage lined within with and this sum no one could feel, if crimson' (which happened to be the given conformably to my system. Now colour of the bishop's) -“ it is a most sopposing the whole population of these improper colour," "continued he, " for realms, governed by King George the any high eeclesiastical man.

It surely Third, to be in all fourteen millions must bave a tendency to remind one -very well ;-then multiplying six of blood-of wars-and the desolations pounds by fourteen millions of

persons,

occasioned by force of arms - and who would in tbis case, you know, Christ, you know, Sir, has entirely discontribute, we should realize the pro- claiined every thing of the sort ---- My digious sum of eighty-four millions an kingdom,' he bath said, is not of this Dually.”—“ But," interrupted I, “I world'-and it is therefore, Sir, a mysfear many people, if there were vo tery to me, how men, who from their compulsion, would '-" If you will hearts set their seals, as it were, to his be kind enough to bear me out,” said precepts ;-it is a mystery, I say, how the old man, evidently irritated by my such men can endure, as they williogly rudeness,“ you would then see the do, to be thus reminded of what their entire propriety of my system. I should great Master bas forbidden. They stand have told you as I went along, that by high in the church, and thus ought, the side of every box throughout the Sir, to be examples of greater religion united kingdoms of Great Britain and and purity."-"1 hardly comprebend Ireland-governed, as I before observed, the justness of your induction,” I said ; by his Majesty King George the Third " but if

Induclion !" jnter. -I would place a kind of censor (and rupted the Doctor :-" Oh, I have long we could easily shelter him, you know, ago, Sir, abjured-from principle I have from all rain, and snow, and so on, entirely abjured and discarded all those by making over his head a cupola, or fantasies—ihose little insignificant gropsumething of that sort) - well, Sir, this ings of what the world calls reason. ceusor, being regularly appointed to Faith, Sir, faith!- that is sufficient tbe office, should be provided with a amply and fully sufficient for the regestick thus—and he instantly nerate. We, for our parts, want nurushed across the room, and snatched thing else to direct us--to the eye of up an old walking-stick)- he should faith all is perfectly evident and clear, stand thus," repeated he; " and when We laugh, Sir - we look down with the any person passed that did not con greatest contempt on that little infant tribute, he should cry out, 'FEEL,' in swaddling clothes, called reason* Draw,' or something of that sort, to wc are full grown men, Sir-attained bim; and if he either refused to feel, upto the fullness of stalure in all things or refused to give, when our officer appertaining to godliness. But it is could all the while hear the money jing. very few, Sir, I must say," continues ling in his pocket, on my word, sir, he," that are possessed of true and he should give him a great knock on genuine faith-and fewer still, of that the bead thus (and he dasbed faith which can remove mountains. down his staff with great vebemence For my own part, my faith I feel to on the seat of a chair)-so that, by this be both clear, strong, and efficacious means, Sir," continued he, “what I greatly superior to all reason- and even told you at first would be plainly ef. to compare it with reason on my word, forted;- that the evil would be to the Sir, it is an abomination! it is likeman who witbheld his proper contri

-at least as to its great power and butions."

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mel to common English rhubarb. But After mentioning various apples my faith, Sir

"_" Bless me,” (from Tonkin's MSS. and Forsyth's eried I, looking at my watch, "it is Treatise on Fruit-Trees), Mr. P. adds : almoat suo-set.''~" Yes, Sir,” said the I can enumerrie a few others, old Doctor, calmly, as he cast a glance, such as Borlase's-pippin introduced by at the window --- but I was observ Borlave at Treluddero), the lade's. ing"-" I ani exceedingly sorry, pippin, the Blanchet, the lasting, the my good Sir,” said I, “ to leave so Juny-nimlel, the Jubbart, the Whiteadınirable a disquisition unfinished, but suur, the Bel-bone', the Jacky Johns, I really caunot any longer delay my the Cobble-dick-longer-skins, The Grejourney. I feel myself infinitely obliged LIFLOWER, first produced in the Polfor your kindness:"--and so saying, i whele-orchards, and the Cloth-of-gold, took up my hat, and with a polite how once existing there, but now extinct.' left the Doctor's apartments. R. Vol. IV. p. 130.

I remain your much obliged,

MUSÆUS. To the Editor of the European Magazine

nov. 10, 1817. SIR CHRISTOPHER HAWKINS's

The Tamarisk is adopted by Wither. description of the Cillijuwer Apple* ing as among the indigenous plants of may be correct, as far as it goes. But

Cornwall. But Mr. P. says,

“ Arebthe Baronet should have added, that the bishop Grindall, who died in 1583, first gillifower resembles the willow (much brought it into England. It was planted inore than any apple-tree) in its leaf, ils

at St Michael's-Mount, whence a branch slender twigs, and drooping branches,

of it was carried to the Lizard, and and that its fruit, sweet almost as boney

stuck into a hedge.” Vol IV. p. 126. when perfectly ripe, is often hard, or

In a note, be adds, “An old man of rather spongy, and not very easy of the Lizard informed me, that in his digestion. He has overlooked also a father's time, a person came from the singular fact, that almost every gilli- Mount with a branch of the famarisk, flower-apple, when approaching to ma

which he had used for a whip, and that turity, is punctured by some insect. he carefully stuck it into a hedge there" And she fruit should never be gathered, where it has been propagated and till, after having received the puncture, grown ever since. The hedge is part a change in the contexture of the part so

of an enclosure (if I remember rightly) pierced is observable. The substance belonging to the last house at the round the puucture has always a richer Lizard point. tavour than the rest, from the extravasation, I suppose, of the nutricious juice. --As to the gilliflower's rrcent To the Editor of the European Magazine. appearance in Cornwall, Sir Christopher is certainly mistaken. It flourished, Pulwhele, near 'Truro. The following answer the following Arithmetical Questuli u ceniury ago, in the orchards of I SHOULD feel obliged to any of extract from the fourth volume of Pol.

tion, the insertion of which will inued whele's “ History of Cornwall,” (which

oblige,

H. includes the gilliflower), may be worth iusertion in your valuable Miscellany,

A GENTLEMAN having a row of as containing a curious account of Cor. Dish apples :-" of orchards, many

trees planted in the front of his house,

at two rods distance from each other, parts of the county present but a cheer

and the first tree of the row forty rods less prospect. Here, around Truro, in from the same ; St. Clements and in Kea particularly,

one day took it in

his head to walk from his house to the our apple-trees are gove to decay. Our

second tree and return to the first, "raciesi' cider is, at the present day,

then to the third and return to the first, produced in the hundred Strollon,

and so on regularly to the last tree and and in that of East, where it borders on ibe Tamar, froin an apple called the formed this walk in one hour, and

back to his house, finding he had perTinefiling, and in the neighbourhood of being desirous of knowing the disFoney and Lestwithiel."

tance he had walked, he had it care.

fully measured, and it was found to be * Sre our Magazine for October, 1817, exacily four miles.--Quare the num

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LETTER IX.

LETTERS

life, parents may be expected to leave " FROM FATAER TO HIS SON this transitory scene of things before IN AN OFFICE UNDER GOVERNMENT.

their children, yet our daily experience teaches us, that many very afflictive

exceptions to this gradation of our morXY DEAR G,

tality are to be looked for ;-but I I '

the course of my letters, I have wbether the child or the parent de. pleased myself with the persuasion that scend first into the chambers of death, you receive them as the counsels of there is not a pang among all the tbroes g father, whose heart is expanded to- of dissolution that can pierce the soul of wards you in all that anxious desire for the former with more insupportable your happiness, to which I would attach agony than that which remorse proa name, when I call it, parental feeling duces, when he calls to mind the bard -a description of the sympathy which speeches and contemptuous neglect fills my breast, that none but a father with which he outraged the peace and can understand, and even be cannot destroyed the hope of an indulgent and describe it as it is understood by bim. anxious father or mother ;mit matters This, however, is not strange, since it not whicb, for both have an equal right bears a very close affinity in degree to his duteous attentions-oor can he (sacris deducere humana) to the bere. find any justification of bis cruel inficeot tenderness of the Eternal Mind; difference to their heart-rending reand that which is eternal can only be grets, in the plea that he has arrived at comprehended in terms, not in idcas; the age of manhood, and is no longer that is, a word is used to express an subject to the restrictions of their idea which cannot be conveyed to authority. another but by a communication of A disobedient child is a rebel to his similar impressions. As the child, then, God; and wbile he repulses the tender you cannot comprebend the sensibi- earnestness of the natural authors of lities which attach me so intimately his being with rebellious scorn, and to your welfare, as to make your hap- makes their well-meant precep's the piness my own.

subject of his insensate mockery, he I would go farther, G-, and make scoffs at the law of Heaven, and des. my consolation your's. Amid all the pises that pure principle of paternal tribulations of my earthly trial, my re. interest by which the Creator himself collection has never acknowledged that has vouchsafed to characterize his severe addition to the sufferings which I concern for mankind, adopting it as bare bad to encounter, the conscious- the most endearing attribute of Deity. ness of unfilial treatment of my pa. In the moral law, the commandment rents. I loved them; and I knew no by which we are enjoined to “honous greater felicity than to prove my affec. our father and mother,” follows imme. tion by my conduct. When they went diately after those injunctions which down to the grave, my regrets were exact the tribule of our pious reveunmixed with the bitter self-reproach rence for the true worship and the which must invariably haunt the bo- glorious mame of God-from which som of au wgrateful child. On the arrangement we deduce the natural contrary, my soul rejoiced in the con inference, that next to that holy subviction, that as the few comforts of mission and reverent regard which we their life were not embiltered, so the owe to our Heavenly Father, it is his sorrows of their dying hour were not will that we should estimate in impor. increased by any discomfiting reflec- tance that filial consideration which be tion, that I had cmitted in the slightest bas ordained we should observe towards instance to consult tbeir claim to my our earthly parenis. And we may farduteous and affectionate consideration. ther presume, that as this command And, my dear G-, a more effective is placed at the head of those interdicts consolation cannot be conceived, under by which we are forbidden to violate the painful circumstances of the loss of the obligations of our social condi. our parents, than that which arises tion, we are to accept it as that basis from a sense of so interesting an obliga- of our moral obedience on whicb a tion having been fulfilled by us in all its virtuous abhorrence of every criminal extent of religious and moral relation. perpetration is most securely fixed. It is true, that in the natural progress of Aud indeed our common observation Europ. Mag. Vol. LXXIII. Jun. 1818.

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