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| discovered myself, by some un- The next morning, seeing that I was accountable transition, drawn into con- recovered, he urgently pressed me, be, Tersation with him on the subject of fore I left the town, to call on him : metbodism.-" They bave at bottom and whether it was that I felt some 30 more religion than my house-dog," little compunctions of gratitude, or that said the feliow; " and for my own my disposition is naturally somewhat part, I can't think how men that read complying, I could not for the moment their bibles so often, can be (as most summon resolution enough to decline. of them I firmly beliere are) such shame. As my visit was a very remarkable one, less bypocrites. – But I suppose,” conti. I shall give it at some leugih. Boed be," they make it out by their Upon entering the room, I found the faith, as they call it; for to the eye of old Doctor sitting by hiinself at his dinfaith, as my old translation has it, all is ner table over the bones of a chicken. quite clear and evident.”—“ Your old He received me with a homely core translation ?" said I, koitting my brows. diality; and pointing his hand to his -" Aye,” said my landlord, “a trans- repast, asked me if I would join him. lation of a very curious piece of-of 1 excused myself, by saying that I had Freocb-I think they tell me it is— dined ; but I could nevertheless but that was dropped, Sir, in this room, by admire the old man's generosity, for a foreign geotleman, who was some 1 observed that his bones were nearly years back travelling in this country.” dry, and my wortby friend's appetite

- lodeed," said I ; " 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 he his bones bad yielded all their nutrie hastily stepped across the door, I'll tion :--be put on his spectacles, turned bring you both French and English.”- them over and over, and examined them 1 árst read the original. It appeared to on every side. No little hungry cur, be a sheet of a manuscript tour, which methought, would have taken balf the the foreigoer was probably writing. trouble with them. At length, howThe 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 Deans equal to the spirit of its origipal. seemed to say they were his grandIn a word, haviag obtained the honest father's—formed his table-service. He fellow's hearty consent to copy it, after strictly enjoined his servant-girl to be I had 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 followiog words: turning to me,“ often break the most

We arrived about evening at Postead.* valuable articles you put into their There was nothing in the place particu. hands, through downright carelessness : larly remarkable ; but from this sen- they do, Sir, indeed,” repeated he, apteace I must except the eccentric cha- parently irritated at the very thought. racter of my friend Doctor Protractus, The English Butler has said of bis who was, i think, of all the oddities hero Hudibras, thatI ever met with, iofinitely the most “ with frequent hem and cough, odd. lpon my arrival here, I thought Prolongers of enlightend stuff, I felt symptoms of an old complaint He could deep mysteries unriddle, which I bare been much troubled with; As easily as thread a needle.” and baving accordingly enquired for an And noihing could be more true of apothecary, was recommended to this Doctor Protractus : almost every word sogular character. The Doctor, bow. he uttered was followed by several most eset, was certainly of essential service knowing and significant' bems ; to me in his profession.

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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 press, io crase the my narrative. - As soon as the old fel. Briginal names both of the place and the low saw his articles safely removed, he Doctor, and have substituted in their stead took his stand directly opposite to me, james eatirely fictitious : it would be stretched out his legs with all imatrap) to raise a laugh at the expense of ginablc pompousness, and crowded both private reputation,

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into the pockets of his waistcoat. Har- you will see it discharged."-" It need jog deliberately fixed himself in tbis not be so," answered the old fellow, attitude, he gave two or three of his with a consequential nod 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 !”—“Oh! 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 be 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 withhold compliance. tor, " is to be sure, in many respects, a But I have done my duty, Sir-I bave very fine country; but the great fault done my duty-I have indeed. I have of it, Sir, is, that we have among us communicated it to the Chancellor of po rewards- no encouragements for our Exchequer, and to several other of jaerit : 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 bighest degree its merits, they never took ihe notice of successful, and that even for a num

it that it deserved. I will communi. ber of years, that he has here no hone. cale it to you, Sir; but in justice to rary distioctions, nor any thing, be.. myself, I must urge your secrccy; for sides the dignity of bis profession, to though it hitherto has been veglected, distinguish him from the mere com- true merit, Sir, true and great merii, nion rabble ?"-"Why I never heard,” will never be long without meeting a said I, “ 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 'vil. in 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 !” interropted the perhaps, with iron bands, or someDoctor—" wby, what I would propose thing 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 determived 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 made-- an incision-(to use a prodignity of his profession, sbould re- fessional word, and indeed professional ceive the title of- of Chevalier ; or words often come in very much to the some such honorary distinction. Che purpose)-I say, I would have an inci. valier Protractus! there, wbat think sion made, of proper and suitable dimenyou of that, love (as he turned to sions. These boxes, now, should be his wife)-your ladyship. Mrs. Pro- placed up in the most frequented - in tractus (making a polite bow to her) ile most public and conspicuous part or - wife, aye, and good wife too, to his parts of every city, borough, towni, 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 floor Sir, it often happens—and indeed I with his foot_i. But there is so much may say it commonly happens) that one cnvy and prejudice," continued he, has an odd sixpence or shilling, or, if " tirough 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

ĭ would have, therefore, a prois sligbted and unnoticed. I will give clamation, Sir, issued from our great you an instance of the trutb of what weo and rulers, stating that it would 1. advance. You know, I dare say, be expected of every loyal and good the immense aggregate of our national subjeci, upon his passing any of ihese deht.”". I do," I replied : “ and it boxes, to put his hand ivlo bis pocket will probably be a long tiine before - thus and if he have an odd six

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peace, or shilling, which, as I before The old gentleman had gone on is bbserved, 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 caly let us reckon a little. We will the English bishops, who was passing in say, for instance, I drop a sixpence his carriage. When he had gone by, in to-day-very well-then, perhaps, the old Doctor having again resumed a sixpence to-morrow-and so on. At bis former station ;_" Were I a bi. the end of the year, then, going on shop," said he, (looking me in the face, in the same ratio or proportion, I and giving his bead a consequential should bare contributed, you know, nod,)“ į should certainly, Sir, not dve or six pounds, and perhaps more : have my carriage lined within with and this sum no one could feel, if crimson” (which bappened to be the given conformably to my system. Now colour of the bishop's)—" it is a most supposing the whole population of these improper colour," continued he, “ for realms, governed by King George the any high ecclesiastical 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 mbo would in this case, you know, Cbrist, you know, Sir, has entirely discontribute, we should realize the pro- claimed every thing of the sort - My digious sum of eighty-four millions an, kingdom,' be hath said, is not of this Dualis.' _" But, joterrupted I, “[ world'-and it is therefore, Sir, a mysfear many people, if there were no tery to me, how men, who fron their compulsion, would "-" If you will hearts set their seals, as it were, to his be kind enough to hear me out,” said precepts ;-it is a mystery, I say, how the old man, evidently irritated by my such men can endure, as ibey willingly rudeness,“ you would then see the do, to be thus reminded of what their eptire propriety of my system. I should great Master has 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.”-" I bardly comprehend Ireland-governed, as I before observed, the justness of your induction,” I said ; by his Majesty King George the Third " but if"2" Induction !" inter.. - would place a kind of censor (and rupted the Doctor:" Oh, I have loog 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—Those little insignificant grop. Sortelhing of that sort)- well, Sir, this ings of wbat the world calls reason. censor, being regularly appointed to Faith, Sir, faith! - that is sufficient ite office, should be provided with a amply and fully sufficient for the rege. stick—thus-(and he instantly perate. We, for our parts, want norushed across the rooin, 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 we are full grown men, Sir-attained him; and if be either refused to fcel, unto the fullness of stature in all things er refused to give, when our officer appertaining to godliness. But it is could all the while bear 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- -this--and he dashed faith which can remove mountaios, down bis staff with great vehemence For my own part, my faith I feel to on the seat of a chair)- so that, by this be both clear, strong, and efficaciousnieans, 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, fetted ;-that the evil would be to the Sir, it is an abominativo l-it is like 1929 who wilblaeld his proper contri ---at least to its great power and burons."

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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 cried I, looking at my watch, " it is Treatise on Fruil-Trees), Mr. P. adds : almost sun-set."--" Yes, Sir," said the -" I can enumerate a few others, old Doctor, calmly, as he cast a glance such as Borlase's-pippin (introduced by at the window 6 but I was observ Borlase at Treluddero), the Nade'sing"-" I am exceedingly sorry, Pippin, the Blinchet, the Hasling, the my good Sir,” said I, “ to leave so Jany-yimlet, the stubbart, the White.. admirable a disquisition unfinished, but svur, the l'el-bone, the Jucky Johns, I really cannot any longer delay my the Couble-vicle-longer-skins, THE GIljourney. I feel myself infinitely obliged LIFLOWER, first produced in the Polfor your kindness :"-and so saying, I whele-orchards, and ihe 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 Gilliflvwer Apple* ing as among the indigenous plants of

Cornwall. But Mr. P. says, may he 'correct, as far as it goes. But

“ Archthe Baronet should have added, that the bishop Grindall, who died in 1583, first gilliflower resembles the willow (much

brought it into England. It was planted

at St. Michael's-Mount, whence a branch inore than any apple-tree) in its leaf, its slender twigs, and drooping branches,

of it was carried to the Lizard, and and that its fruit, sweet almost as honey stuck into a hedge.” Vol IV. p. 126. when perfectly ripe, is often hard, or

In a note, be adds, An old mag 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 tamarisk, 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 the fruit should never be gathered, where it has been propagated and till, after having reccived 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 puncture has always a richer Lizard point. flavour than the rest, from the extravasation, I suppose, of the nutricious juice.-As to the gilliflower's recent To the Edilor of the European Magazine. appearance in Cornwall, Sir Christopher is certainly mistaken. It flourished,

SHOULD feel obliged to any of fult a century ago, in the orchards of Polwhele, near Truro. The following answer the following Arithmetical Ques

your numerous readers if they will extract from the fourth volunie of Portion, the insertion of which will inuch whele's “ History of Cornwall," (which

oblige,

H. includes the gillifower), may be worth insertion in your valuable Miscellany,

A GENTLEMAN having a row of as containing a curious account of Cora

trees planted in the front of his bouse, nish apples :-“ Of orchards, many

at two rods distance from each other, parts of the countỹ present but a cheerless prospect. Here, around Truro, in from the same :

and the first tree of the row forty rods St. Clement's and in Kea particularly, his bead to walk from his house to the

one day took it in our apple-trees are gone to decay. Our raciesi cider is, at the present day, then to the third and return to the first,

second tree and return to the first, produced in hundred of Sirullon,

and so on regularly to the last tree and and in that of Eust, where it borders on the Tamar, from an apple called the back to his house, hinding he had per

formed this walk in one hour, and Duffling, and in the neighbourhood of

being desirous of knowing the disFowey and Lestwithiel.

tance he had walked, he had it care.

fully measured, and it was found to be • See our Magazine for Ociober, 1917, exactly four miles.--Quare the aum

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LETTERS

life, parents may be expected to leave FROM A EITHER TO UIS SON this transitory scene of things before >> AN OPRICE UNDER GOVERNMENT.

their children, yet our daily experience

teaches us, that many very afflictive LETTER IX.

exceptions to this gradation of our mor. WY DFAR E-,

tality are to be looked for ;-but I WRITE to you as my son; and in believe it may be justly asserted, that

the crarse of my letters, I bare wbether the child or the parent de pleased gyself with the persuasion that sceud first into the chambers of death, yoi rrcrive them as the counsels of there is not a pang among all the throes i farnes, sbose heart is expanded to. of dissolution that can pierce the soul of Wards roa in all that anxious desire for the former with more insupportable your happiness, to which I would attach agony than that which remorse proá parne, when I call it, parental feeling duces, when he calls to mind the hard -a description of the sympathy which speeches and contemptuous neglect fils my breast, that none but a father with which he outraged the peace and can onderstand, and even be cannot destroyed the hope of an indulgent and describe it as it is understood by him. apxious father or mother ;-it matters This, however, is not strange, since it not wbich, for both have an equal right bears a very close affinity in degree to his duteous attentions_nor can be (nacris deducere humana) to the bene. find any justification of his cruel inScent tenderness of the Eternal Mind ; differenee to their heart-rending re. and that which is eternal can only be grets, in the plea that he has arrived at comprehended in terms, not in ideas: 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 authorits. another but by a communication of A disobedient child is a rebel to his Amilar impressions. As the child, then, God; and while he repulses the tender you cannot comprehend 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 precepts 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. by 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 colleciion has never acknowledged that has vouchsafed to characterize his severe addition to the sufferings whicb I concern for mankind, adopting it as have had to encounter, the conscious. the inost endearing altribute of Deily. Dess of waflial treatment of my pa- In the moral law, the commandment reats. I loved them; and I knew no by which we are enjoined to “honour greater felicity than to prove my affec. our father and mother," follows imme. tion by my cooduct. When they went diately after those injunctions which down to the grave, my regrets were exact the tribute of our pious reves Domixed with the bitter self-reproach rence for the true worship and the fbieb must invariably hannt the bo- glorious name of God--from which Bon of an ungrateful 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 em biltered, so the owe to our Icavenly Father, it is his sorront of their dying bour were bot' will that we should estimate in impor. increased by any discomfiting reflec- tance that filial consideration which he tion, that I had omitted in the slightest has ordained we should observe towards instance to consult tbeir claim to my our earthly parents. And we may far, duteous and affectionate consideration. ther presame, that as this command And, my dear G—, a more effective is placed at the head of those interdicts crosolation cannot be conceived, under by which we are forbidden to violate tbe painful circumstances of the loss of the obligations of our social condicar parents, than that whicb arises lion, we are to accept it as that basis from a sense of so interesting an obliga- of our moral obedience on wbich a Lion having heen fulfilled by us in all its virtuous abhorrence of every criminal entent of religious and moral relation. perpetration is most securely fred. It is true, that in the natural progress of And indeed our common observation Europ Mag. Vol. LXXIII. Jan. 1973,

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