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Upon the very eve of the session, Ministers are untrue, so as to appear to deny the whole, have tried their strength against each other. The including facts which could not be specifically proposal of an expedition to Portugal was the contradicted without flagrant falsehood. For subject of dispute ; but the reports respecting the example, the report is that Ministers have had a part taken by the leading Ministers are various serious difference as to an armed interference in and unintelligible. It was said that Lords Grey the contest in Portugal, and that Lord Grey and and Palmerston insisted on the armed interfer some others have sent in their resignations. ence; but the project is abandoned, and Lord Well, The Globe, in its cock-a-whoop style, states Grey remains in office : which the Premier could that the whole is idle talk, not worth a serious hardly do, after a defeat in a pitched battle, the notice; for no armed interference is intended, and noise of which indicates its heat and obstinacy. no resignation has been tendered by Earl Grey. The chief cannot yield like another Minister; he This is, however, no denial of the differences is virtually deposed when his guidance is re that have been, no denial that an expedition was jected ; and Lord Grey is surely too haughty a proposed, and that the dispute ran so high as to man to suffer any abatement of his authority, or embroil the Cabinet, though the frightful exto brook the opposition of his creatares. tremity of resignation was avoided. Thus, after
The two ministerial morning papers were on the quarrel of Peachum and Lockit, a Globe of opposite sides—The Chronicle against the armed the prig order might assert, that there was the interference, The Times for it; and the latter utmost harmony between that worthy couple, reproaches the party with whose policy it concurs, that no question existed as to Ned Clincher's for yielding, --charges it almost with a pusillani- execution, and that Peachum had not laid any mous dereliction of duty, and concludes, “ The information against Lockit. After such strifes active aid which was recommended in the case of things are patched up by a “Brother, brother ! Portugal can have been, and has been resisted, we are both in the wrong. 'Tis our mutual in. only upon Tory and Holy Alliance views." We terest—'tis for the interest of the world we think this highly probable; and though the act should agree." of war would, in our opinion, have been unjustifi. The maxim is so well understood, that a house able, we can easily believe that it was opposed divided cannot stand, that the partisans of Mi. by the Tory portion of the Government, not be- nisters are vehemently anxious to make it cause the armed interference was disapproved, appear that no dissension exists, or has existed, but because it was proposed in behalf of the in the Cabinet ; but their evidences of harmony juster cause, against the tyranny secretly dear to are so far-fetched, and so flimsy, as to tell against them.
the object for which they are adduced. Thus, It has been curious to watch the contradictions The Globe says,of the rumours of schism and rupture by the “ The Lord Chancellor has, at the solicitation ministerial press. We have here seen displayed, in of the Right Hon. E. G. Stanley, presented the great perfection, the art of denying facts which | Rev. Samuel Lang, who married Lady Louisa
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Emily Smith Stanley, a grand-daughter of the Earl as this. And what does it prove ?-any thing, of Derby, and sister to the Secretary for the Co we say, but what it is produced to prove. Had lonies, to the valuable living of Woodmansteane, the Chancellor been the worst enemy of Mr. &c. &c., a circumstance in itself negativing the Stanley, he could not have given better effect to reports so sedulously propagated by the Tory his ill-will, than by signalizing Mr. Stanley's glutpress, as to a misunderstanding between the no tonous appetite for Church jobbing, by granting ble and learned Lord and the right honourable him the boon he solicited. To cover a public Secretary."
man with the disgrace of such a favour as this, The house of Derby is one of the very richest is no sign of friendship. This is the vengeance in Church Patronage ; and what must have been of the heathen gods, who punished in granted the distress of a partisan who seized upon this prayers. Had the Chancellor turned a deaf ear instance of Mr. Stanley's grasping ? discovering, to the solicitations of Mr. Stanley, the public at the same time, the undue motives which go- would not have known what he was capable of vern the dispensation of Church preferment! | asking, in addition to the abundance of good Hard pressed, indeed, must the advocate be, who things in the gift of his wealthy house. attempts to avail himself of such injurious evidence
THE SABBATH NIGHT'S SUPPER.
BY THE AUTHOR OF “ NIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE,” &c. &c. They misconceive the character of this north-, meditation, or restricts to family intercourse and ern land who imagine of its people as a cold, pious and intellectual exercises ; regarding it sullen, and ungenial race, shut up from the social as time redeemed to the self-examination and charities, and encrusted with self-conceit, spin inward thought which his moral and religious ritual pride, and gloomy bigotry; but they do discipline have enabled him to employ aright, and Scotland, and their own understandings, worse enjoy profoundly. Nor is it easy to say why liberal wrong who imagine that this unsocial and for- politicians and philosophers should almost force bidding national temper is derived from that high-the People on modes of enjoyment, on their one hearted refornied faith, which has ever allied day of leisure, which they would consider quite itself with the spirit of independence, and the unworthy of their own higher mental cultivation sternest assertion of the principles of civil lic and pursuits. berty,— which has disdained to truckle to expe One Sabbath for the rich, and another for the diency, and braved every peril in maintaining poor-restraint upon the scanty enjoyments of the the charter wherewith God has made man free. hard-toiling many, and impunity and bounty to The Sabbatical observances of Scotland especi- the luxurious pleasures of the wealthy few—is, ally, have been misrepresented and ridiculed by at the same time, so directly subversive of the those who are so inconsistent in their boasted plainest precepts and injunctions of that religion liberality as to contend that the Scotsman, by which recognises man's complete equality in constitution a man of staid deportment and seri- civil rights and in moral obligation, that we ous thought, however warm or enthusiastic his have not one word to say for restraints that must inward feelings may be, is a bigot and a fanatic, press unequally. These remarks detain us too who would blot the sun from the firmament, and long from our story, which we meant to preface enshroud the face of nature with universal gloom; by the assertion, that the types of neither the because he will not demonstrate his high enjoy- Scottish Presbyterian, nor the English Puritan, ment of the Day of Rest by frisking or carous. were of the austere, sullen, and cynical characing.--cricketing with the peasant of England, or ter their enemies have feigned. John Knox capering under the green trees with the French- himself kept a cellar of good wine, and knew how man. They will not pause to consider that, to to use as not abusing it. From the “ Memoirs him, the highest enjoyment of leisure, indepen. of Colonel Hutchison," and many other sources, dently of religious feelings altogether, may be, we learn that the Puritans were, in domestic “ to commune with his own heart, and be still;" life, accomplished and enjoying, as well as or, the season of public worship past, to live apart learned persons. Those who insist that our nain unbroken communion with those to whom his tional Sabbath must be gloomy, because, in deheart is knit by the strongest ties of duty, and spite of nature, we do not, like Grimm's German the sweetest claims of affection. The gay Sunday Baron, keep jumping over chairs and tables all of the theatre and the Boulevards, and the more day, “to make ourselves lively,” are but shalboisterous mirth of the tea-garden and the low philosophers.-One redeeming social feature skittle-ground, would, to many a native of Scot- even they might see in our Day of Rest - The land, prove as joyless and burdensome on any day SABBATH Nigut's SUPPER. of the seven, as indecent and profane on the This family re-union, and stated feast, was at Sabbath, which he consecrates to retirement and I first almost a necessary consequence of long
journeys to distant kirks, while the population of usually provident of the creature-comforts des. the country was thin and scattered, and of those tined to cover his board on the particular night, preposterous and interminable diets of sermoniz on which our story opens. The circumstances of ing, which made Sunday literally a fast-day, until the family made it a time of more than ordinary the evening. Then, indeed, the fires were lighted tenderness and solemnity. The following mornup,then the flesh-pots seethed and diffused a ing was to witness the final breach and disrupsavoury steam, or the broche spun round in the tion of all that now remained to be taken away rural Manse, and in all the bien ha'-houses in the of the young props of the roof-tree of the house parish, or comfortable dwellings “ within brugh.” of Fernylees. The elder daughter, who had At the close of his hard day's work, the reve. horne the chills of celibacy, ten years after her rend labourer was entitled to his social meal, of three sisters were married, was to leave the better than ordinary fare—" a feast of fat home of her youth to sojourn, as her old father things”—hospitably shared with the chance in his prayer expressed it, in the allusion he guest, the modest young helper, or the venerable made to her circumstances as a bride, in the elder. Nor was there wanting, if such were the tents of strangers. But it was the going forth taste and temper of the reverend presider at the into the evil, unknown, and dreaded world, of banquet, the zest of the clerical joke that pro one who from infancy had, by his fascinations and moted blameless hilarity and easy digestion. his very errors, excited far more of fear and of The manse set the custom to the parish. Now, hope, one over whom his father's heart yearned to have insisted that the douse minister, with while his spirit travailed, that the old mian dwelt, his family, or the decent farmer, with his lads in his devotions, with a touching and simple and lasses, should, to shew their holiday feel. pathos, and poured forth his feelings in that ings, first scamper here and there all day—any Scriptural language and imagery familiar to way far enough from home—and then go out of his lips, replied too by the low, involuntary doors, to frisk, like so many young maukins, in sob of a married sister of the youth who was the moonlight, would be about as intolerant as the object of these fervent petitions, and by the to compel the champagne-loving Gallician to sympathetic chord touched in the staid bosom swallow, for his especial enjoyment, the smoky. of Tibby Elliott, the elderly serving-lass. The flavoured Glenlivet toddy with which the Scots-contagion even spread to old Robin, the shepman soberly crowned the banquet of the Sabbath herd. When the worshippers rose from their Night.
knees, and turned to the neatly-spread table, on which was already laid the apparatus for the
feast, the aged father sinking in his high-backed In the family of Adam Hepburn of the Ferny- chair, shaded his thin temples with his hand; lees, the Sabbath night's supper had been a stand and remained silent, as if his spirit were yet ing family festival for several generations. The within the veil. Charles Hepburn retired to little quiet bustle of preparation among the the porch with his married sister-they were women, the better fare, the more inspirited silently, hand in hand, standing, looking out looks, the expanding social hearts, had become a upon the stars—when the ancient maid-servant thing of regular custom, following the solemni- appeared :—and “ O Charlie, my man,” was the ties of family worship as regularly as the obser-whisper of the motherly Tibby, as drying her eyes vance of that domestic ordinance. The venerable with her apron, she passed out into the kitchen, head of the house would then talk of the times in a wing of the tenement, “My man, Charlie, when Cargil, and Renwick, and Rutherford, and if ye be not a good bairn now."--She had gone other potent divines of the evil times, Fathers on before Charles could reply, if he had been and Mighty men in Israel, burning and shining inclined or able to speak. lights in a darkened land, had, when fleeing be. Tibby Elliott was on this night a woman cumfore the bloody and persecuting house of Stuart, bered with many cares. “Gie ye the broche a from whom the curse would never depart ! by twirl, Robin,” was her first cry.—“1 would no their blessings and their prayers hallowed the like, nor you either, but to see things right and hospitalities which they shared ; and that al. mensfu' in the Ha' House o' the Fernylees, and though the then indwellers in the Fernylees had a son and a daughter going in one day frae been proscribed and often severely mulcted, for under its roof-tree.— Fetch down that bowen o' harbouring the men of God, their substance had eggs, Robin ; we'se have a drappit egg in the rather increased than diminished, under this op- eerocks, the breed o’ Charlie's sprangled game pression, which they felt, not for themselves, but hens he was so proud of lang syne, poor calfor the faithful of the land, and the afflicted lant. But, oh, man! heard ye ever the auld Church of Scotland tried in the furnace.
Master sae powerfu' in intercession as this. No one had ever listened with more attention night. It's weel to be seen who lies next his to these noble tales, of doing and daring for con heart's kernel-his motherless son !--And no science' sake, than Charles Hepburn, the youngest other wonder ; for, with all his faults—and they son of the family of Fernylees, who was born to are neither few nor far to seek-a better-hearted admire with enthusiasm, but not yet to emulate youth, of the name, never crossed the door-step the virtues of those heroic sufferers.
of the Fernylees in all its generations.” The elderly female servant who superintended “Gie him a' his ain way, and keep his pouches Adam Hepburn's household, had been more than routh o'siller," said the shepherd, who was of the
species of dry humourists not rare in Scotland, and the prospects of the cadet, with the freedom in his condition.
assumed by all menials, and justifiable in old at“ And what for should he no' have his ain tached domestics,—" It is grieving." gait, and gowd in gowpens ?” cried Tibby, who, “ And would ye have had him play the hypoby the way, was in general much less indulgent crite-pretend to a gift and a call to preach the to the faults of Charles than her friend the shep-Gospel—when its ower weel kent Rob Burns' herd, who had loved him from the days of fish ballands aye came far readier to Charlie than ing with'a crooked pin, and shooting with bour the Psalms of David in metre," cried Tibby Eltree guns, though he knew, what indeed was no liott, honest indignation giving energy to her longer a secret, that the youth possessed a fatal tones, as on her knees she ladled or fished up facility and unsteadiness of disposition, already the salted goose and greens, that were to act yielded to to an extent that alarmed those who vis-a-vis to her eerocks. loved him best, for his rectitude as much as for “ Houts, tuts, woman; ye are owerly straithis worldly prosperity.
laced for this day o' the warld; what would It is not uncommon to find in a large family have ailed Chairlie to have grained away among one gifted child, to endow whom nature seems to the auld leddies till he had gotten the call, and have robbed the others of genius, beauty, and at the patron's presentation too, and a good sappy tractiveness. Charles Hepburn, by seven years down-sitten, when, I daursay, he could have seen the youngest, was “the flower of the flock of the wisdom o' being a wee bit twa-faced, like his Fernylees,” loved, indulged, spoiled, as far as a neighbours, and on his peremptors before folk, gracious temper, and a generous heart will spoil ; ony way. With fourteen or fifteen chalder, a new and that, alas, was in his case far enough. He Manse, and a piece gude glebe-land, its no sae had been the caressed plaything, the petted dooms difficult to be a douce minister, as ye child, the pampered school-boy of his brothers, trow Tibby. Gi’e our young Chevalier a gown but particularly of his younger sisters. But at and Geneva ban's, and let him alane for a year the
age of twenty-four, the overweening affection or twa to settle down, and I'll wad he's turn of his aged father alone remained unimpaired, out a great gun o' the Gospel." increased, deepened by the very causes which “ Ye profane knave !" cried Tibby, shaking alienated other hearts. He who had the most her fist in the face of her old friend, between suffered, still loved the most. Nor to a stranger jest and earnest : “ Have ye been reading Tam did this seem wonderful. Look in the open, ge.. Pen, ye that spake sae lightly o’ ministers! Mr. nial, and handsome countenance of Charles, and Charles, with all his backslidings, is no sae far his besetting sins could not be imagined great left to himself as to lay a rash, uncalled hand transgressions ; spend with him a quietly social, on the Ark,—and the Lord will bless him for it. or brightly convivial hour, and all error or de He is the bairn, as I can testify, o' many a sefects of character had disappeared before the cret prayer. I do not misdoubt to see him the charm of his manner, and were forgotten or de grandest merchant in a' Liverpool yet. Sore nied to exist. Yet their undeniable existence trial as it has been to the kind, gude, auld mashad crushed and grieved the spirit of his vener ter, crossed in his pride, and spulzied in his able father, and fallen hard on the shortened purse, to see Charles stick in the wark o' the means that were to sustain his old age in humble ministry. But redde the gait there till I carry independence. Nor was Charles unaware of any ben the supper." part of this ; and the reproaches of his elder “ Ye like a' to make a sicker bargain you brother, a man of quite opposite temper, or unco-gude folks, Tibby. A sappy foretaste here, the affectionate remonstrances of his married and a"sister, were less severe than his own frequent “ Now Robin, ye Radical, hold the profane bitter self-upbraidings. Now he stood on the tongue o' ye :-would ye see the Maister scrimpit threshold of a new life. Hope was once more o' his Sabbath night's supper, wi' a' his bairns dawning upon him, after repeated disappoint- happy about him?" ment, not the less afflictive that it was self “ That would I not, lass; though I might just caused ; and his sanguine, bold, and happy tem as weel like the auld time when rent was light, per, rose to meet the joyful crisis.
though woo' less by the stane, and when the Charles had received what is usually termed a Man and the Woman sat at the master's board. good education. But it could not have been end. I wish the auld Master no scant measure the wisest, for its early fruits were not goul. o' a' good things. May blessings be multiplied nurture, nor wisdom and peace. He had been on him and his. May the upper and the nether highly distinguished at the University of Glas- springs be his portion! and his also, who lies gow; and his father, who had in his own heart heavy on his spirit, this night!"—the old man early devoted him to the service of the altar, reverently lifted the bonnet off his silvered head secretly rejoiced in the hope of seeing him an as he uttered these good wishes for his master, ornament of the Church. But his natural abili. to which the friendship and daily intercourse of ties and advantages of education had not yet three-score years gave the fervour of a prayer. been improved even to any worldly purpose. In a lighter tone, Robin added, nearly as much
“ To throw all his lear to the cocks, and leave ashamed of strong, or deep emotion, as if he had us!" said the old shepherd, while Tibby and been a man of the world instead of a shepherd of himself discussed the circumstances of the family the Border hills, We can a' take precious