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with indifference or condemnation, stances as poet was ever placed. He had he continued unshaken in his judg- been sent to Edinburgh with a flock ment of the powers of his friend. of sheep for sale. He accidentally ar
Some time after the period of which rived two days before the market, and we have been speaking, Mr Scott and not knowing how to employ himself, he Mr Leyden began to make their col- recollected that he had some poems, and lections for the Minstrelsy of the Scot- was seized with a strong desire of seetish Border. They had heard of Mring them in print. He hired a small Laidlaw as a man likely to assist them lodging in a garret storey, and wrote in the object of their search. To him out, not the best of his compositions, they applied, and by him Hogg was but such as he could remember. He introduced to Mr Scott. He was at left them with an obscure printer, first rather surprised to hear that the and heard no more of them till some poems to which he had been accus- of the copies were sent to him, with tomed to listen with such delight from an account of the expences of printhis infancy, and which he supposed were ing. To his mortification, they were little known out of his own glens, were most inaccurately printed, yet, with sought after with such avidity by the all their faults, some of them found learned and the ingenious ; yet he was their way into the Magazines of the proud to comply with the requisition, day. Though there is not a line in and wrote out several ballads for this volume which its author now insertion in that work. Some of his thinks worthy of being preserved, yet own poetry was shewn to Mr Scott, he then thought this notice the sumwho approved of it. This was a mit of human fame. sanction from which there was no ap- We now come to consider the peal, and the most infidel of his ac- “ Mountain Bard.” And if the success quaintances among the farmers and of an imitation depend on its likeness to shepherds now began to discover me- its prototype, we should be disposed to rit in those productions which had pronounce the imitations in this volately been the subject of their ridicule. Îume superior to the more polished His fame now began to spread, and ones in the Border Minstrelsy. he was spoken of in Edinburgh and There is in these early essays of Mr other places as a surprising man for Hogg's genius, much of the spirit and his opportunities. At the first meet- energy, as well as the rudeness that ing between him and Mr Scott, that characterize the ancient ballad. He gentleman, after spending some hours seems to have caught a fold of the in his company, declared, that he had mantle of the old minstrels, and to never met à man of more originality have struck the very harp on which of genius, and henceforth became his they played to the same tones of wildzealous friend. From the time he ness and enthusiasm. Yet perhaps began to write poetry, he had never they do not resemble them more in doubted of his ultimate success. He any thing than in a true doric sima felt within him the stirrings of inspi- plicity, both of thought and expresration so strong, that he could not sjon; and though their simplicity of doubt of his vocation. Yet the coun- ten degenerates into prose, and their tenance of such a man was a triumph familiarity into vulgarity, they conto him and his friend, for which they tain many touches and some passages had hardly dared to hope. All that which the author has hardly yet surhe now wanted was a little mechanin passed in his happiest moments; and cal skill, and he applied to his belove are never uninteresting, “the mortal ed art with the natural warmth of his sin of poetry. Few people open the temperament, kindled into enthu- volume without the desire of going siasm by applause so highly valued, through it, and it is impossible to read and was naturally enough led to the it through without discovering strong iuitation of the Border ballad. proofs of an original and poetical
It was not till he was about twentya mind. But we must postpone till two years of age that he composed next Number our further remarks on much poetry. This was in 1793, and this interesting volume, and on the thirteen years elapsed before he pub- astonishing progress that the author lished his Mountain Bard. In the has, since its appearance, attained in intermediate space, he published a power of expression and poetical resmall volume in as peculiar circum- putation.
REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
Rob Roy. By the Author of Wavere author. With respect to any thing
ley, &c. 3 vols. Constable and Co. which he writes, few people, indeed, Edinburgh, 1818.
have the courage to speak out; and if Few works have excited so much
it were possible for him to write any expectation as the present, or been so thing utterly stupid, it would be al much in people's mouths before it most worth his while to do it, as & came into their hands. There seems
trial of his power over the public even to have been a prophetic antici- mind. In the present instance, scarcepation, (not indeed a true one,) of ly any one will confess that he is diswhat it was to contain. The whole appointed, but, we suspect most readantiquarian world has been reading
ers have been disappointed a little, and writing about Rob Roy, * and all though, for our parts, we are inclined to the world of tourists have been pour
think very unreasonably; and we realing from every corner of the king- ly admire this great writer, no less for dom to visit his cave. The mighty for the abundance and the riches
what he has not now given us, than magician who was, in the meantime, conjuring up in his own secret cell of which he has often scattered so proinvention, this terrible spectre, must, fusely around him. It seems to have no doubt, have enjoyed not a little been his present object (surcly a much the bustle and the blundering which finer one, than to satisfy the tastes of the busy idlers of the age were mak- idle
, people who run over the country ing about the probabilities of his crea
poking into caves) to give a distinct tions, and we have some reason to the state of domestic manners in both
and very little exaggerated picture of think, shaped his story ner, as to throw them out in their divisions of the kingdom at the begina chase, with a slight degree of mali- ning of the last century. In this view cious finesse. The book comes out,
he first gives us a specimen of the exand we almost read through two vo
act and formal London merchant, lumes before we hear of the redoubt- whose ideas are confined within his ed Rob in propria persona. There is ledger,-—of the reckless and stupid nothing in it on the genealogical his country squire in the more uncultitory of the Macgregors, to please the vated parts of England, with his dogs taste of antiquarianism -all the par- and horses, and cubs of sons. With ties in steam-boats, &c. to the wonder the limited and arithmetical intellect of ful cave have been utterly thrown a
the London merchant, we have afterway, for said cave is not once, we
wards admirably contrasted in the nora think, mentioned from beginning to
thern part of the kingdom, the moreexend. There are some murmurings a
cursive talent and undisciplined pretenmong the ladies, that the Highland sions of the Glasgow adventurer in Chieftain is not quite so romantic trade; and the wild Highland characand noble a character as they had ex
ters, with the great Rob at their head, pected to find him, and most readers
are finely set off against the southern are at first a little disappointed, to barbarians above mentioned. The great meet with less of that poetical colour- perfection of all these pictures is their ing and sentiment thrown over his truth, and we cannot enough admire descriptions of nature, and of human the ability with which our author has life, which are so conspicuous in the kept down the poetry of his genius, former productions of this inimitable which must naturally' have led him to
exaggerate and to throw insensibly aWe have lately received from a learn- round them a romantic colouring ed and able correspondent, some curious which they did not in reality possess. antiquarian illustrations for our review of In his former novels, his lowest chaRob Roy, and some interesting notices re- racters, amidst all their nature, had a specting the clan of Macgregor,--but the certain interest of sentiment given to press of other materials obliges us to post- them. The meanest example of pone their insertion till our next Number, Scotch cunning was still made some
thing amiable. In the present work, piration of the prescribed term, he is we have an honest specimen of the sent off on a visit to his uncle in the worst sort of Sawney,—so provokingly north of England, one of whose sons correct, that it would almost make us Mr Osbaldistone selected as a suitable blush for our country, were not am- partner, instead of his own impractiple amends made, in the descriptions cable boy. On the road (he travelled of the stupid brutality of one class of on horseback, according to the custoin our southern neighbours,—and were of those times, when there were no not the virtues even of the most un- mail-coaches,) he fell in with another civilized beings among us brought traveller who was in desperate dread forward with the same adherence to of robbers, and of being deprived of a truth and nature. In excellent keep- portmanteau, which he would suffer ing with this picture of human life, is no one to touch but himself, and on the manner in which the author pre- which he regularly sate down whenever sents us with the aspects of natural they got into an inn. The young genscenery. There is only so much glow tleman could not but frequently diimparted to them, as to shew us how vert himself at the expence of his much farther he could carry us if he companion, in so much that he bewould—but it is the naked truth even came suspected by him of being a with respect to these, that he is much highwayman himself. At the Black more concerned about, than any Bear in Darlington, where our travelwarm glow of description. This is lers rested on the Sunday, (according our general idea of the peculiar me- to the good obsolete custom of those rits of this work, and we believe we times,) they were entertamed at the can justify our opiuion, by the pas- table of mine host, (another good obsages which we shall produce from it. solete custom,) where among other It is scarcely necessary to give a sketch individuals, there was a sort of a of a story which every one has read— gentleman” from Scotland. He was but we could not well connect toge- the first Scotchman whom young Osther our quotations without soine such baldistone had ever seen, and he was sketch.
not disposed to like him, as, from his Nothing seems farther from the infancy, he had imbibed violent preHighlands and Rob Roy's cave, than judices against that nation. It is its outset. Dir Francis Osbaldistone, worth while to give the account of son of a great London merchant, is this gentleman, and his behaviour at suddenly recalled home by his father dinner, in our author's own words. from Bourdeaux, where he had been sent to get a better insight into trade. « There was much about him that coin. Here he took rather to the study of cided with my previous conceptions. He poetry and the Belles Lettres, than of had the hard features and athletic form, “ Brandies, Barils, and Barricants,"
said to be peculiar to his country, together and although the French merchant with the national intonation and slow pewith whom he resided often wrote the desire to avoid peculiarities of idiom or
dantic mode of expression, arising from home, with the civility of his country, dialect. I could also observe the caution that he was every thing his father and shrewdness of his country in many of could wish, yet' his own letters the observations which he made, and the did not tell so flattering a tale. answers which he returned. But I was not The dissatisfaction with the mercan- prepared for an air of easy self-possession tile life which they expressed, was the and superiority, with which he seemed to cause of his recall, and of an unsatis- predominate over the company into which factory examinatiou which he under- he was thrown, as it were by accident. His went on his return, under the pene- dress was as coarse as it could be, being trating scrutiny of his father, and still decent; and, at a time when great ex. which ended in a peremptory command pence was lavished upon the wardrobe, that, in a month's time, he must make
even of the lowest who preten«led to the up his mind, whether he would seri- diocrity of circumstances, if not poverty.
character of gentlemen, this indicated meously take to trade, or be turned a
His conversation intimated, that he was endrift upon the world. Old Owen, gaged in the cattle-trade, no very dignified the head clerk, uses all his rhetoric professional pursuit. And yet, under these and arithmetic, to persuade him to disadvantages, he seemed, as a matter of come to reason ; but obstinacy and course, to treat the rest of the company Ariosto get the better, and on the ex- with the cool and condescending politeness,
which implies a real, or imagined, supe. “Gentlemen,' said our Scotch oracle, riority over those towards whom it is used. after having gained, with some difficulty, a When he gave his opinion on any point, it moment's pause, • I havena much dubitawas with that easy tone of confidence used tion that King George weel deserves the by those superior to their society in rank or predilection of his friends ; and if he can information, as if what he said could not haud the grip he has gotten, why, doubtbe doubted, and was not to be questioned. less, he may make the gauger, here, a comMine host and his Sunday guests, after an missioner of the revenue, and confer on our effort or two to support their consequence friend, Mr Quitam, the preferment of soli. by noise and bold averment, sunk graduale citor-general ; and he may also grant some ly under the authority of Mr Campbell, good deed or reward to this honest gentlewho thus fairly possessed himself of the man who is sitting upon his portmanteau, lead in the conversation. I was tempted, which he prefers to a chair : And, quesfrom curiosity, to dispute the ground with tionless, King James is also a grateful perhim myself, confiding in my knowledge of son, and when he gets his hand in play, the world, extended, as it was, by my re- he may, if he be so minded, make this residence abroad, and in the stores with which verend gentleman arch-prelate of Canter. a tolerable education had possessed my bury, and Dr Mixit chief physician to his mind. In the latter respect, he offered no household, and commit his royal beard to competition, and it was easy to see that his the care of my friend Latherum. Bat as natural powers had never been cultivated I doubt mickle whether any of the comby education. But I found him much peting sovereigns would give Rob Camp, better acquainte than I was myself with bell a tass of aquavitæ if he lacked it, I the present state of France, the character give my vote and interest to Jonathan of the Duke of Orleans, who had just suc- Brown, our landlord, to be the King and ceeded to the regency of that kingdom, and Prince of Skinkers, conditionally that he that of the statesmen by whom he was sur- fetches us another bottle as good as the mounded ; and his shrewd, caustic, and last.'” somewhat satirical remarks, were those of a The timorous traveller discovers that man who had been a close observer of the Mr Campbell is notorious for his inaffairs of that country,
On the subject of politics, Campbell trepidity in attacking highwaymen, observed a silence and moderation which and he accordingly wishes to exchange might arise from caution. The divisions his former companion, of whom he of Whig and Tory then shook England to had become very suspicious, for this her very centre, and a powerful party, en. herd as an escort. Campbell, however, gaged in the Jacobite interest, menaced the gave him no encouragement, and next dynasty of Hanover, which had been just day they all went different ways, Mr established on the throne. Every ale-house Osbaldistone taking the road for Os. resounded with the brawls of contending baldistone Hall, in the neighbourhood politicians, and as mine host's politics were
of which he encounters his uncle's of that liberal description which quarrelled with no good customer, his hebdomadal vi. hounds and his cousins, in full chace sitants were often divided in their opinion
of a fox. as irreconcileably as if he had feasted the “ They were tall, stout young men, well Common Council. The curate and the a. mounted, and dressed in green and red, the pothecary, with a little man, who made no uniform of a sporting association, formed boast of his vocation, but who, from the under the auspices of old Sir Hildebrand fisurish and snap of his fingers, I believe Osbaldistone. "My cousins ! thought I, as to have been the barber, strongly espoused they swept past me. The next reflection the cause of high church and the Stuart was, what is my reception likely to be line. The exciseman, as duty bound, among these worthy successors of Nimrod ? and the attorney, who looked to some petty and how improbable is it, that I, knowing office under the crown, together with my little or nothing of rural sports, shall find fellow-traveller, who seemed to enter keen- myself at ease, or happy, in my uncle's ly into the contest, staunchly supported the family. A vision that passed me intercause of King George and the Protestant rupted these reflections. succession. Dire was the screaming--decp “ It was a young lady, the loveliness of the oaths.
Each party appealed to Mr whose very striking features was enhanced Campbell, anxious, it seemed, to elicit his by the animation of the chase, and the glow approbation.
of the exercise, mounted on a beautiful "You are a Scotchman, Sir; a gentle. horse, jet black, unless where he was fleckman of your country must stand up for ed by spots of the snow-white foam which hereditary right,' cried one party.
embossed his bridle. She wore, what was " You are a Presbyterian, assumed then somewhat unusual
, a coat, vest, and the other class of disputants ; . you cannot hat, resembling those of a man, which fa. be a riend to arbitrary power.'
shion has since called a riding-habit. The
mode had been introduced while I was in I suppose it is highly improper) to stand France, and was perfectly new to me. Her mistress of ceremonies, and to present to long black hair streamed on the breeze, you young Squire Thorncliff Osbaldistone, having in the hurry of the chase escaped your cousin, and Die Vernon, who has al. from the ribbon which bound it. Some so the honour to be your accomplished very broken ground through which she cousin's poor
kinswoman.'' guided her horse with the most admirable This interesting creature made the address and presence of mind, retarded her course, and brought her closer to me than prospect of his remaining some time any of the other riders had passed. I had, with his uncle, Sir Hildebrand, much therefore, a full view of her uncommonly more tolerable, and he advances with fine face and person, to which an inexpress her to the old castle, which he desible charm was added by the wild gaiety scribes as resembling one of the shabof the scene, and the romance of her sin- bier colleges at Oxford, and is at gular dress and unexpected appearance. length, with some difficulty admitted As she past me, her horse made, in his within its walls. The society is most impetuosity, an irregular movement, just hateful; the old uncle, a good enough while, coming once more upon open ground, natured man, but with no ideas bee she was again putting him to his speed. Įt served as an apology for me to ride close yond fox-hunting and claret, and up to her, as if to her assistance. There every one of the sons, except one, but was, however, no cause for alarm ; it was a few degrees above the brute creanot a stumble, nor a false step; and if it tion. This excepted one is described had, the fair Amazon had too much self. as a very singular being,—of great possession to have been deranged by it. talents, but of a most perverted heart, She thanked my good intentions, however, and in his very form and demeanour by a smile, and felt encouraged to put unlike the rest of mankind. my horse to the same pace, and to keep in her immediate neighbourhood. The cla
“ The features of Rashleigh were such, as, mour of · Whoop, dead, dead !' and the having looked upon, we in vain wish to ba corresponding flourish of the French horn, nish from our memory, to which they resoon announced to us that there was no cur as objects of painful curiosity, although more occasion for haste, since the chase was
we dwell upon them with a feeling of disat a close. One of the young men whom like, and even of disgust. It was not the we had seen approached us, waving the actual plainness of his face, taken separatebrush of the fox in triumph, as if to up- ly from the meaning, which made this braid my fair companion.
strong impression. His features were, in“'I see,' she replied, I see; but deed, irregular, but they were by no means make no noise about it; if Phæbe,' she vulgar; and his keen dark eyes, and shagsaid, patting the neck of the beautiful ani- gy eyebrows, redeemed his face from the mal on which she rode, * had not got charge of common-place ugliness. But among the cliffs, you would have had lit- there was in these eyes an expression of art tle cause for boasting.'
and design, and, on provocation, a ferocity “ They met as she spoke, and I observed tempered by caution, which nature had them both look at me, and converse a mo
made obvious to the most ordinary physiment in an under tone, the young lady ap- ognomist, perhaps with the same intention parently pressing the sportsman to do some
that she has given the rattle to the poisonthing which he declined shyly, and with a
ous snake. As if to compensate him for sort of sheepish sullenness. She instantly these disadvantages of exterior, Rashleigh turned her horse's head towards me, say. Osbaldistone was possessed of a voice the ing,—- Well, well, Thornie, if you wont,
most soft, mellow, and rich in its tones, I must, that's all.—Sir,' she continued, that I ever heard, and was at no loss for addressing me, ' I have been endeavouring language of every sort suited to so fine an to persuade this cultivated young gentle- organ. His first sentence of welcome was man to make enquiries at you, whether, hardly ended, ere I internally agreed with in the course of your travels in these parts,
Miss Vernon, that my new kinsman would you have heard any thing of a friend of make an instant conquest of a mistress ours, one Mr Francis Osbaldistone, who whose ears alone were to judge his cause." has been for some days expected at Osbald. In this character, and in its charming istone Hall ? " I was too happy to acknowledge myself thor fully indemnifies himself for
counterpart, Diana Vernon, our aupress my thanks for the obliging enquiries the restraint which he has placed of the young lady.
upon his imagination in the general ". In that case, sir,' she rejoined,
tissue of his work. In the refined my kinsman's politeness seems to be still villany of the one, and in the perfect slumbering, you will permit me (though unreserve and noble-minded epanche