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the members of the naval committee edifice, who will support the proposed should feel no inclination to promote situation, we shall willingly give up the ornament of a square, from the our own opinion. proprietors of which they have former- Should it however happen, contrary ly received such ill treatment, we can to our hopes and expectations, that easily understand ; and we readily and this situation is finally adopted, we fully enter into their wish, to be guid- anticipate one good effect from the ed by their own judgment, in selecting measure.
When Lord Nelson's fleet the site of an edifice towards the con- was bearing down upon the French, in struction of which they have principally the bay of Aboukir, the grounding of contributed. But we cannot under- the Culloden, though it disabled that stand, why, in the prosecution of this vessel, with its gallant captain, from feeling, they should defeat their own bearing a part in that glorious victory, objects, and deliberately sacrifice for was yet attended with this beneficial ever, the noble Monument, to which effect, that it served as a beacon for they have so essentially contributed, to the succeeding vessels, to avoid the the gratification of momentary ill-hu- track which had proved so dangerous.
Let them recollect that, while Deplorably, indeed, as all the objects they think they are making others feel of this Monument will be sacrificed the effects of their resentment, they if this situation be adhered to: grievare in fact punishing themselves and ously as the expectations of all the the whole contributors, with whose in- friends and admirers of Lord Melterests they are entrusted ; and that ville will be disappointed, when they centuries after the petty squabbles discover the obscure site which has about St Andrew-square are buried in been chosen for his Monument; the oblivion they deserve, the succeeding yet this good effect may be anticigenerations of our country will continue pated towards our metropolis, that, to lament the unfortunate situation in from the excess of the public regret at which, from that circumstance, they this circumstance, we may obtain some have buried one of its finest ornaments. security that similar errors in future Let them recollect, too, that the fame will not be committed; and that, if of Lord Melville is destined to survive monuments to other great men shall all momentary or party dissensions; ever be erected, they will obtain those and that they will ill discharge their conspicuous and prominent situations duty, as the erectors of a Monument to one of which he was so fully entitled. to his memory, if they suffer them- And, with a view to the future emselves to be guided by any considera- bellishment of our city, we earnestly tion less permanent than those with hope, that the promoters of all those which posterity will regard his patrio- great and public undertakings which tic services.
are in contemplation amongst us, will We cannot anticipate, however, that take care, that the persons who are enthis hasty and ill-advised resolution trusted with their management, are of the committee will be adhered to. those who are capable of appreciating Between this and the 1st of April, the merits of architectural design; when the foundation of the Monu- that they will recollect, that because ment is to be laid, we ardently hope a man may be a gallant admiral, or that the matter will be reconsidered, a great landholder, it does by no and an opportunity taken of collecting means follow, that he should have the opinions of men of taste on the si- the smallest knowledge of subjects tuation which should be adopted. We of taste; and, that the only means are induced to trust in this, from the of directing the public spirit of the good sense and gentleman-like feel- country to beneficial or splendid puring of the members of this committee, poses, is, to be guided in the choice when their cool judgment is permitted of situations and designs by persons to operate. And if they can discover a who have devoted their talents to such single person, versed in the fine arts, subjects, and learned from an acquaintand alive to the beauties of architec- ance with foreign countries, the printure, unconnected with the squabbles ciples on which the embellishment of which have occurred in regard to this our own must depend.
No I. The Bondspiell of Closeburn and Lochmaben. The Seasons have their peculiar and the latter dashed down upon me appropriate recommendations, even to with sidelong wing, and the other boyhood. The bird nests of Spring- made use of her feet“ right nimbly,” in the fishing excursions of Summer--the eluding my search, the discovery I was nutting holidays of Harvest—and the aiming at, would soon be made. The ice and snow amusements of Winter young of the Partridge, too, I have present a continuous play, of four started, whilst the shell yet adhered acts, in which boyhood is no idle spec- to their extremities, and have pur. tator. How frequently, when the green sued, in much simplicity, the seemingo leaf began to freshen over the saugh, ly broken winged and limping mother. and the hazel, and the goose-berry In Summer, I have fished, as you albush—whilst yet the oak and the ash ready know, up Glenwhargan-in retained their winter nakedness— Harvest, I have gathered nuts from the have I sallied forth, of a Saturday scrogs of Tynron-and in winter, I afternoon, in quest of discoveries—to have played, as I did only a few days me as interesting and important as any ago, at Curling.” which a Park or a Humboldt could Into this train of feeling I have make ; and rushing through thickets, been insensibly led, by the late rapid and over briar, and bramble, have transition, from all the severe magnidetected the very first rudiments of ficence of a winter storm, to the freshthe future nest. How often, when the ness and exhilarating promise of a rethree or four little blue or spotted lenting, and almost reviving atmoseggs, gave all their delightful reality phere. I do not remember any occar to my view-have I reasoned with as sion, on which the powerful influence much accuracy, from the effects visi. of a thaw wind was more marked. ble to the cause invisible, as if I had On the evening immediately preceding actually caught the parent bird in the the change, the frost continued unattitude of incubation. I have peeped usually severe, and the wind which, through the separated branches of the towards dusk, began to set in westerhawthorn--at the merled neck, and ly, brought along with it, over mounts smooth breast of the Maivis, as she ain and plain, a penetrating and even continued to eye me steadily, or slipt suffocating yird-drift. A rich, and as with noiseless wing from my view, only yet unstained drapery, hung suspended to linger on an adjoining twig, till my from the rock, --and the ever-shifting departure. Over the clay-lined nest wreath fashioned itself under the shelm of the Blackbird, I have watched, till ter, into varying edgings and ridges. the dam became stupified with star- The new moon was descending in silent ing-suffering me to pass my hand dimness, looking down mildly and gently along the sooty softness of her chastely upon the departing sun. There back. I have caught the little Wren was not as yet the slightest approximain its cabin, and felt its impotent, but tion to thaw. During the night, howvalorous nibble, as it bumped with ever, it suddenly freshened, and blewin its whole littleness against the hollow fits and gusts, a perfect hurricane, aud of my hand. The cleughs, and the on the following morning, the melted cliffs, and the precipices, I have scaled snow came down in torrents, the ice and searched in quest of fiercer na bergs sounding like discharges of arm tures---of the Corbie, the Glede, and tillery; the vale which had but the Hawk; and have carried off in my yesterday acknowledged the broom and hat, under the curses of parental affec- the cheer of the Curler, now presenttion, their screaming and struggling ed one scene of noisy devastation. On young. The Crow, and the Pyet,
could the day following the pale and sickly not elude my search, though the wheat peeped forth under the softening one selected the most extreme branch air,—the half famished sheep began to of the loftiest fir-tree, and the other seek, in painful alacrity, the green pasnestled amidst a munition of thorns. ture,—whilst the weather-side of every Over the heathy-fell I have coursed, little eminence looked fresh and inviin pursuit of the Whaup and the Pease- ting. In fact, the revolution of two weep; foolishly imagining, that whilst suns, had conveyed us from the
depths of winter, to the very threshold become jaded with inanity. The of spring,—to call those elastic feelings triumph, too, over his victim, is not of which precede, as well as accompany the most manly description possible, this endearing season.
as it is founded in cunning, and ac, But
complished in deceit,--a triumph over « Claudite jam rivos pueri sat prata bibe- and in muirland streams at least, un,
a victim equally incapable of resistance, runt"
conscious of danger. In the case of I am in danger of overlooking in Curling, man is leagued with and op these beatitudes, my original purpose posed to man. It is most essentially of giving you some account of a match social. And whilst it calls into action at Curling.
strength and muscular exertion And where can one, after all, find a whilst it presupposes skill and address, scene so impressive to a mind open to it invigorates the body and braces the the suggestions of nature, as that with mind. What has been beautifully, which the Curler is, of necessity, con- because justly said of a more serious versant. Whether he lift his eye to predicament, is exhibited literally on the mountain over which a mantle of a Rink. “ There the rich and the snow reposes in folds of marble, and poor meet together, and the servant is from the brow and over the ravines free from his master." This is indeed of which it edges forth into festoons the Saturnalia of Scotland. There is of the most perfect gracefulness, no amusement, perhaps, more strictly whether he survey the vale around Scottish, as it tends directly to foster him, crisped by the frost, and sprinkled that proud reliance on self-which, all over with diamonds, whether the whilst it aims to secure success in a trees of the neighbourhood attract his game, ensures national independence, notice, presenting their tasselated and ennobles, and protects the throne fringes under the aspect of laburnums itself. To govern Slaves is a miserable in blossom ; under all and each of these boast-the Dey of Algiers may share suppositions, the Curler is placed it--but to reign in the hearts of a free in circumstances the most favour- and a high-spirited people is, perhaps, able to strong emotions to that the allotment of only “ One Individual swell and buoyancy of spirit with under heaven. No wonder then that which nature, in her more striking at this game should prevail so generally titudes, is sure to visit her worshippers. in Scotland. But latet dolus in geFishing is, indeed, a most bewitching neralibus,” it may be as well now to amusement, and it would be some- present you with a “ Match" denomithing approaching to sacrilege in me to nated a " Bon'spiel"* of this descripunder-rate its claims--but Curling is, tion (cujus, pars, quanquam non undoubtedly, the more manly, and by magna fui,) which was played only far the more social of the two. In the a few days ago, in the neighbourhooil former case, one must be alone to en- of Lochmaben. joy the sport in perfection. There My old and excellent friend, the must not be a fishing-rod within sight, Bard of Ettrick, having, as was perbehind or in advance, to accelerate or haps, somewhat rashly surmised a mato retard. The Angler must converse trimonial arrangement op hand, acwith still life-with the streams and companied me on my southron tour. the pools,—with his lines and his The inaccessibles and impassibles of hooks ;-while his soul sinks into the wreath, and glen, and mountain which quietness of thoughtlessness, or whilst we surmounted, and the breath we exit palpitates under anticipated or rea- pended, and the nerve and sinew we lized success, the Ox will graze, the strained almost to collapse, it would be Ewe nibble, and the Raven croak un- out of place to circumstantiate here. observed around him. Even “ Thought” Consider us then as having advanced two itself will not unfrequently become days on our pedestrian march-as have teazing, and he will fall insensibly ing paid our respects to the gill-stoup into the entanglements of some mean. at Lamington-as having renewed our ingless Catch, which will be repeated libations in Leadhills, at the “ Hopeagain and again, till his very soul toun Arms”—and as having, at last
* Probably bond-or bonded spiel... Vide Jamieson.
gained, from the Lauther heights,* an When we descended into the vale of extensive view of the plain below,--of Nith, we found our Friends in #Closethe far-stretching dale of Nith, and of burn,girding up their loins, and soundthe “Solway” on the extreme distance. ing through all their curling population Then you must proceed to fancy the the note of contest. A challenge, Shepherd, stuck up here all at once couched in terms which they seemed in the attitude of delighted amaze- to consider as somewhat arrogant, had ment, perfectly stiff and motionless, as reached them, from the Burgh of a pointer dog at a dead set; and after Lochmaben. “ Old Marjory o the
gone so far with the eyes, it mony Lochs," as the bard of Coila will be necessary that you make use has designed her, had taken it into of the ears of your imaginationher head to consider herself as a match και θαλασσα θαλασσα
for the redoubtable Closeburnians, and as sure as day these are, or at least seem had resolved to take the Lion by to be, the sounds which, in all the ac- the beard.” The sons of the Nith, companiment of doric accent, and“ on the other hand, held those of the rotundum” have just escaped from the Annan in no very great estimation, lips, or rather from the palate” of our and whispered something rather conentranced poet. Can it be possible temptuously about " bits o' Lochmais the age of Balaam restored or has ben bodies." “ Let not him, however, the spirit of Apostolic inspiration visit- who putteth on, boast himself as he ed our bard-and is he about to woo who putteth off his armour.” The bis " Chloe,” in the language of the propriety of this cautionary adage will Greek, the Mede, and the Elemite! be seen in the sequel. I should sooner have expected to meet It was at last agreed upon, after with dulness in the writings of my some hesitation (which, if my surmises friend Morris, or ideality in the cra- be well founded, was not to be wonnium of common-place Terrot, than dered at,) on the part of Hogg, that
, to have heard the exclamation of the being old Closeburnians, we should on “ ten thousand” applied by my fel- this occasion take a share in her inlow traveller, to the Solway Frith. terests ;-and accordingly, we cavalUpon further investigation, however, caded off next morning, for the scene which, in the present excited state of of ction. Here again we must travel the poet's mind, was no easy task, I post, in a cart, on horseback, discovered, not directly indeed, but by 6 Shank's Nagie,” the best way we implication, that an Object, not quite can, till we reach the stipulated 50 remote nor so formidable as the Rendezvous. As we approached the "Solway," had called forth the ex- Loch a little before ten o'clock, A. M. clamation
we could gather, from manifold im“ The Lassie The Lassie !”+ pressions traced out by the finger of our which my too classic ear had accept- already advanced adversary, upon
the ed as genuine Greek. Should fu- snow, that we were
too late," that turę ages, as is by no means unlike- we must push on,” and that we ly, entertain any doubt about the im- must " keep our hearts up." We portant question of our bard's passion, had neither time nor inclination, upon or respecting the quarter in the com- our arrival at the ice, to contemplate pass to which the needle of his affec- the features of the scenery around us; tions pointed, I trust the incident I even the ancient Hall of Bruce, with have now faithfully and circumstan- its accompaniments of broken turret
, - tially recorded, may be found to throw deep ravine, and venerable forest trees, considerable light upon the subject. lay immediately under our eye, unap
or on s
High hills overlooking, from the North, the dale of Nith. Here those unfortunato individuals who are debarred, on the score of " suicide,” from the Cameronian com. mụnion table, repose, betwixt two counties in peace.-- Yide Hogg's Jacobite Relics. 4 Though this may be doubted.
“ Love swells like the Solway, and ebbs like its tide.”—BURNS. This parish, in addîtion to its classical, hạs long been noted for its curling acquiremonth. Ed.
S N.B. This is not a velocipede, but a two legged movement, such probably as was made lube of by the Prophet of Bethel, " And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the Ass; and they saddled him." | Kings xiii
preciated, and almost, I believe, unob- this day, forenent ye. Did
ye ever served. The bustle of arrival, the hear your auld Daddy's epitaph ? I sweeping of Rinks, the essaying of can repeat it t' ye, in spite o' the halfstones, the arranging of players, gave mutchkin some of your bonny anplace in the course of a half-hour to cestors gied to the drunken mason to more serious matters ;-and the whole big it up in the wa's o' the auľ kirk mass of combatants, consisting of eigh- yonder. teen on each side, filed off into three * Here lies the Laird o' Elshieshiels, Rinks of twelve each. As it was my • Wha left Lochmaben's pleasant fiel's, good fortune to occupy the fourth, no
• An'a' its lochs, an' a' its eels, very honourable place, on the same
* An's gane to dwall wi' horned diels Rink where my friend the Poet pre
Guid Lord preserve us !" sided, in the more honourable office of “ Did ye ever hear that, man?" “ Last stone," my observations du- “ Bravo, Donald MacDonald !" said a ring the game were of consequence voice which had now sounded for the very much confined to the scene in first time in my ear; “Bravo, my which I was more immediately in- firm-hearted auld Cock; ye’re o'er near terested. Our Arch-opponent ap- 'Bodsbeck' here to forget the 'aul' peared, in the person of a lank, thin- . times ;' mony a day I hae tap-pieced chafted, hard-featured gentleman, and heeled your aul' shoon, but gin whom we soon learned to designate ye wad come in by Croal-chapel now, by the title of “ Laird Elshie,”- ye should na want the best pair o' which appellation being neither more new anes the' auľ horny fingers could nor less than an abbreviation of “ El- seam.” The Laird looked, as if in shieshiels,” an estate of which he was doubt whether to continue the colloproprietor in the neighbourhood. He quy, or to appeal at once to the shaft came upon the ice with a long-shafted of his besom ; and there had been, broom reposing on his shoulder, and doubtless, as warm work here, as in with a pair of most grating and ruin- some of the Meetings of the "Magnaous ice-shoes under his feet. It was nimi Heroes," had not the Minister of evident, at once, in what light both the Parish" nec Deus intersit, nisi parties were to regard him. At this dignus vindice nodus!”- '-a peacemaker, early stage of the contest, and ere a not less by nature than by profession, single game-stone had been played, and one of the kindest hearts that an incident occurred, which, as it ever beat to the tune of shrewd sense served to discover character, I may as and good fellowship, advanced his jolwell mention. So soon as the title of ly presence into the dispute, and, with our poet's Arch enemy was announced, a whisper in the ear of the Poet, and and there could be no longer any a slap on the shoulder of the Laird, doubt that this was the identical soon brought things back again to an Laird Elshie, in propria persona, I amicable bearing. It turned out, in could observe Hogg's eyes fastening fact, that the covenanting zeal of the upon him with somewhat of a scrue shepherd was a little misplaced, as the tinizing and dissatisfied look. This half-stupified object of his spleen, regard gradually deepened into some- whilst he inherited the title, shared thing more ominous, his eyebrows, only, in the line of affinity, the dishis lips, and the whole breadth of his grace of his supposed ancestor. countenance assuming an expression, Matters being thus adjusted, to it at last, of serious displeasure." And, we went in good earnest, six to six, so says he,-bringing up the full two stones a-piece, with a blessed sun strength of his iron features into the over our heads, and under our feet ruffles of the Laird's shirt, his breath the most admirable ice imaginable. bursting from his mouth the while, The “ Old Sutor," with his two large like smoke from that of a mortar, granites, which he called his “
grey and so ye're the Laird o' Elshie- hens," made an excellent lead ; and shiels, a descendant, nae doubt, of that Hogg, with his brawny arm and peerbluidy monster whase memory, like less skill, came up, last stone, like his sinfu' carcase, has lang been rot- Jehu. The Minister looked on, with ten. I'll tell you, my man, Elshie, if the balance in his hand, “our Jupiit war nae for spoiling a guid day's ter Maximus,” weighing the fates. sport, which I hae nae will to do, To a spectator, doubtless, even the fient hae me gin I wad thraw a stane general aspect of the loch must have