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our useful light,” have been in the and main region of our speech.” We habit of swearing that it was both were approving, on principle, of the dim and disastrous—encircled, in very different lights in which the short, with a halo of Scotch mist, “ conscious swains,” especially the quite sufficient to wet an Englishman English, at different times regard to the skin, and involving this our our national character--and we now northern hemisphere in a perpetual say, the character of Maga as its redrizzle, through which we raw-boned presentative. They see in her an Scotsmen, though in reality of mere Angel of Light, or a Demon of mortal dimensions, see each other Darkness-and she is both—but neistanding like trees, or in the decep- ther long. Were she always an An. tive atmosphere moving to and fro gel of Light, we are persuaded that like a race of giants.
her circulation would be gradually Both views, thus taken of us by narrowed within the limits of reliothers, and by ourselves, are just'; gion-were she always a Demon of for a greater mistake cannot be than Darkness, subscribers would fall off to suppose that truth lies in the mid- in superstitious fear, and contribudle point between two extremes. It tors beseech shelter even in the Balies alternately in each extreme, laam Box. But Maga, by an alternapassing imperceptibly from one to tion true to nature, of Angel and the other-for eye never saw thought, Demon, we verily believe, prothough it sees the flight of an arrow. motes her sale;” and thus though Thus the mind that oscillates, never neither fit for Heaven nor its antidoes more, at the best, than moment- podes, continues to rule the roast on arily touch truth ; at the worst,which earth, a tower of strength to the is the most frequent case, it misses Tories, and of terror to the Whigs, truth altogether; for truth, which is till periodical literature and periodian“ extravagant and erring spirit,” cal revolutions shall be no moreis at the one extreme, while the os- till the Examiner shut his eye, becillator is at the other; and thus the cause there is nothing to examine poor pendulum keeps swinging to the Spectator shake his head, to think and fro for ever, without perhaps what has become of all the shifting once coming into contact with the scenes on the stage of Life-the capricious charmer.
Atlas cease to support the GlobeLet no man, therefore, as he values the sightless Courier of the air be his temporal and eternal welfare and as motionless as any Morning or wellbeing, regulate his political, phi- Evening Post-the Standard furled losophical, or religious creed and for ever-the rosy-fingered Herald conduct by that unhappy heathen of the morn gone to chaos and old rule,“ in medio tutissimus ibis.” The night — all Chronicles swept into mean, ignorantly called golden, is oblivion, and the evil spirits of the but gilt-'tis a mere plated article, Times for ever laid in the dead sea unfit for this Magazine. In politics, of eternity. especially, the mean-the 'brazen But not till then-shall we cease mean-is worst of all--and they are to be the scourge or knout of the fools, if not knaves, who follow it. Whigs. We, the Incomparable ChrisIn bold and bright Britain, shame on topher-She, the Matchless Magaall trembling trimmers; let us have as We and She blush to hear Our-friends and foes—all true men. The selves universally denominatedtrimmers draw themselves up, like We, the Socrates—and She, the Ascowards as they are, on a “hill re- pasia of the Modern Athens. Yestired,” and there they keep prating the Modern Athens. Our modesty and palavering away of peace all the never could have so christened Edinwhile the two great armies are en- burgh, nor our second-sight have disgaged in battle, waiting till they see
cerned the similitude between the one host or another reel,with bloody two illustrious cities. But the learn" inroad gored,” that then the trai- ed Thebans south of the Tweed saw, tors may rally under the victorious we shall not say the resemblance, but banners.
the identity; and from the baptismal But we are forgetting ourselves, font in the Castle-cliff, close beneath and permitting fancy to waft us the “kittle-stanes," priest-like they away on her wings from the “ haunt laved the water on Edina's broad
and lofty forehead, and in the pre- that, in our treatment of it, people sence of innumerous godfathers and
will imitate our example, and keep godmothers, all religiously anxious their tempers, which are by far too to vow themselves to the guardian- good things to be thrown away, and ship of her spiritual welfare, gave an when lost, not likely to be recovered immortal name to the Queen of the before another dissolution of ParliaNorth, who now“ proudly Alings her ment. white arms to the sea," and at sun
But the prime object of this preset and sunrise, blazes, a cloudlike lude has been to conciliate the favour apparition, among her unconquered of our readers south of the Tweed. mountains.
The time was when Maga was supIn return for their complimentary posed to breathe too much of her kindness, what have we done to the birthplace, - when the honey that Southrons ? Heathen’d their metro- distilled from her lips was accused polis the Modern Babylon ! No, Eng; of having always a heather-taste ;land! “ thou can’st not say I did it." when, in short, it was unscrupulous'Twas done by “Moody Madness, ly sald, that she whose feet were laughing wild-amidst severest woe." beautiful on the mountains, smelt We never nicknamed London, it be- too much of the shop—that is, of ing" a thing so majestical.” That dis- Scotland. The reproach that syllable sounds magnificently in our
-“ She narrow'd her mind, ears—so does the Thames, like the And to Scotland gave up what was meant
But Cobbett called it-" The for mankind," Wen.” In his eyes it seems a large has been long wiped away from her excrescence from the Body Politic character; and, indeed, of late years -far heavier and more hideous than Maga has been perhaps too much of a that—though it weighed fifty-six Cosmopolite. Å leading article about pounds—(now a separate and inde. Edina, therefore, seems to be requipendent preservation)-which lately red for the redemption of her nationhung from the stomach of that poor ality—a prejudice, or rather a virtue, Chinese, smiling to the last, who essential to all living worth. gently." sank” (what a sweet word The city of Edinburgh sends one for “died !") under the tender hearts representative to Parliament; and, and scientific hands of his execu- by our present constitution, the tioners, blindly anxious, poor Tufted members of the Town Council are Pow! to be relieved—at any risk- the electors. Two candidates for from his overgrown metropolis ! that honour appeared-Robert Adam True, that we pointed to one Plague. Dundas, Esquire, of Whiterigg, and Spot — called Cockaigne - sallow Francis' Jeffrey, Esquire, the Lord symptom of the sweating sickness. Advocate for Scotland. Like honest But not in scorn-in sympathy; and, and independent men, they elected the fearless of the infectious matter, we first of these gentlemen; and hence knocked out the pus from the puru- a howl of Whig and Radical rage, salent part of the patient--yea, even vage as if Wombwell's caravans had with the knout-and lo! London, let loose over the city their awkward restored to her pristine sanity, walks squads of laughing hyenas, growling stately along her bridges, and—not bears, roaring lions, chattering mon, ungrateful to her wise Physician and keys, screeching macaws, and, loud sagacious Surgeon-breathes again above all, the lowing thunder of that the bold breezes that come joyously surprising animal, the bonassus. Such up with the foaming tide a-tumble another hubbub we do not remember from the Nore.
to have heard, since one day in Paris All this may be very fine, and per- about forty years ago, not very long haps not wholly unamusing; but it before the murder of the king. may be hinted that it helps us no great The Town Council elected the man way on towards our intended politi- whose political principles they apcal article, the Edinburgh Election. proved, in preference to the man True; but these our prefatory para- whose political principles they congraphs may probably put the Pensive demned; and for having done so, Public into good-humour; and, as the they have been brutally abused by subject is susceptible of considerable
a tyrannical junto, and their slairritation, we are not without hopes vish tools, as traitors to their king,
their country, and their conscience. present the city of Edinburgh in ParThey have been true to all three; liament. and should this be the last exercise Good principles--ay, there comes of their highest privilege, they will the rub. Good principles, in the bave, while they live, the satisfaction opinion of all that great part of the of knowing that they did their duty, population of Scotland that belongs in scorn of many formidable dangers, to what we shall now take the librandished in their faces by mobs berty of calling the Conservative Orand demagogues, as ferocious and as der-Bad principles, in the opinion iniquitous as ever scowled and howl of that likewise great part of the poed the first threatenings of revolu- pulation of Scotland that belongs to tion.
what we shall take the liberty of Who, asked all the lower orders of calling (with certain limitations to the Whigs and Radicals—is Mr Ro- be afterwards attended to) the Revobert Adam Dundas ? That, we an- lutionary Faction. All the first, swer, was no business of theirs; they therefore, desired his election; all had nothing in the world to do with the last would have moved heaven him or his concerns; with the rights and earth—and another region—to of the electors, or with the exercise prevent it. They did move some of those rights. Not to be known by districts of the second and thirdsuel persons, does not surely “ ar- but ineffectually; and though the gue oneself unknown;" and it is one Lord Advocate lost his election, as recommendation in favour of any yet we see no frowns on the face of candidate to begin with, that his the first. name should never have been heard Mr Dundas being in himself-peror remembered by the pack that gave sonally—thus worthy of the honour tongue in that canine outcry. to which he aspired-and admitted
Who and what Mr Robert Adam to be so by all those in the ranks of Dundas is, was already well known bis political opponents, who know to thousands of the respectable citi- how to judge of the character of a zens of Edinburgh, and to those who gentleman-and they are many-and did not know, but wishell and were in distinct terms by the Lord Advoentitled to be told, the answer was cate himself; this contest was in no as easy as the question—and most one point whatever distinguished satisfactory to every honourable from any other between the two mind, whatever might be the politi- great parties in the state. Each cal creed of the interrogator. MrDun- party-on the one hand Tory, and on das is nephew to the late member for the other Whig-Reformers and Antithe city; and has been for some years reformers-or say rather, Friends in Parliament for Ipswich. He there “ of the Bill, the whole Bill, and successfully stood a contested elec. nothing but the Bill,” and Foes to tion against Major Torrens, we believe the Bill, in that its obstinate resist-one of the political economists- ance to all alteration in its principle who must surely be dead—and on -and, indeed, also in its details the hustings distinguished himself each party, it is plain, was resolved by great presence of mind, great rea- to do its best and one of thesediness of talent, and great strength which we need not say-its worst) to of character. In Parliament he proved carry the day ;-and now, therefore, himself an able, attentive, and useful from this little sunny knoll, shaded member—and on the debate on the by a single tree, let us look over the Bill, spoke well on the side of the city, and, like philosophers as we are Constitution. He is known, in short, -though not, perhaps, without the by all here who are not determi- partialities and prejudices of menned to shut their eyes and their sitting in the calm, decide on the ears against all merit in their poli- merits of the principles and practice tical opponents, young and old alike, of the conflicting parties, as exhibitto be a person of good family, good ed before, during, and after that fortune, good education, good ta- election, lents, good manners, good morals, good business babits, and good prin
“ Whereof all Europe rings from side to ciples--and worthy, therefore, to re- side,"
at least in the ears of us Modern deserted their benefactors, and the Athenians.
benefactors, in a thousand things, of In the first place, the canine out- their country and its metropolis, but cry against Mr Dundas, as an un- turn upon them viperously, and sting known stranger, was kept up by the hands that fostered them and their many of the pack—the cross-bred families through a long period of curs called yelpers—till their tongues time, when, but for the Dundasses, lolled out of their mouths, and they they would have been trodden down were fain to quench their thirst in under the feet of an unsparing facthe gutters. His character being tion? And, setting all these personal free from all taint or stain, even the considerations aside, what shall we most rabid dared not to calumniate say for them, who, looking abroad it. His gentlemanly manners, and over this City of Palaces—for, conhis intelligent mind, pleased all the trasted with what it was thirty years electors whom he canvassed; nor, ago, it is a City of Palaces--and over among them, did the bitterest of his our beautiful country, "made blithe political opponents behave towards with plough and harrow,” and benehim otherwise than with courtesy; fited in its agriculture, its manufacbut part of the press ventured of tures, and its commerce, by none of course to scribble about him, with its native statesmen iu such measure their usual insolence, and occasion- as by the great Lord Melville-and ally, we believe, also to compliment great he was, and great they called him, jibiogly, on certain personal him, when alive to hear their worpoints, of which they, indeed, must ship-because the stream seems to be be the very nicest judges. No great waxing strong in favour of that party harm in all this, surely; for, though who were the sworn foes of himself at first their liberties were not un- and of his house, have now the audaloathsome, they became at last mere- city to charge a candidate for the rely ludicrous; and their lucubrations presentation of Edinburgh with the "fit audience found though few,” in crime of being a collateral descendthe retired shades of the Pozzi. ant of that illustrious patriot? Such
But finding nothing they could baseness, we know, is despised and successfully attack in the character abhorred even by the Whigs themof the candidate, a person of ex- selves, while they employ, or suffer, cellent performance and high pro- the services of the worthless instrumise, they turned with all their fury ments. And what honest man reon his family, and loaded the name spects not the enlightened character of Dundas with all the vulgar varie- public and private-of the preties of execration. With too many sent Lord Melville ? What honest who ought to have spurned the slaves, man denies that he has had always such wretched ravings were, we are at heart the good of Scotland, and sorry to say it, not altogether un- ccessfully promoted it? The inacceptable-while to the palates of tegrity of the late member for the not a few they were even as marrow ciiy-Mr William Dundas-was aland as fat—and they smacked their ways beyond suspicion—nor did he lips as they gorged the greasy offal. ever cease, to the best of his excel. That in Scotland—in Edinburgh, lent abilities, to promote every meathere are many honourable men on sure that, in his opinion, was calcu. principle opposed to the policy that lated to benefit Scotland. These has for many years regulated the men, and others of the family, bepublic conduct of the members of longed, and belong, it is true, to the that distinguished family, all the Tory party; and by the Whigs let world knows; and they must always their political principles be impugnbe the political enemies of every one ed now as vehemently as heretofore; belonging to the house of Arniston. but let no Tories join the cry, either It is well that it should be so; and loud or low, or directly or indirectly from all such Mr Dundas must bave encourage it by a shew of approval been prepared to meet with the or indifference, for at such a crisis most uncompromising and invete- there is no distinction between a rate hostility. But what shall we trimmer and a traitor. say for the forgetful, or ungrateful, or But why, on such an occasion, temporizing crew, who have not only speak only of—or to-Whiy, and
Tories ? Such is not our wish. We mass of vociferation that shut out all speak to the citizens of Edinburgh, view of the goal. At the distanceand to the men of Scotland; and we post, you might have covered them say—not leaving all political opinions with a sheet. On reaching the ropes, out of view—for on such an occasion his lordship seemed to be making a that would be indeed most outrage- little lee-way; when about fifty yards ously absurd-but giving to consci- from home he began to swerve—and entious differences of opinion—deep at the judges' stand he was beat by and lasting as we know they are, and three good lengths, though certainly which we assuredly desire not to in any thing but a canter. see extinguished or confused_full But to speak less sportingly, the and free scope and play, in practice whole Whig party, with all their colas well as principle-allowing to all lected craft, and united intrigue, men expression of them to the utmost sought to drive MrDundas off the field, verge even of such license as must by intimidating the Council. All fair always prevail during a season of means were employed for that pur. political excitement—as cheerfully pose, and all foul - the fair,we would granting all this to the opponents of fain believe, by the Lord Advocate Mr Dundas, as they, we hope, are and his personal and political friends, willing to grant it to his supporters the foul by the lowest of his unhired we then say, that the hubbub and and undesired adherents. The fair hullabaloo that have been for weeks consisted, among other legitimate apechoing and reverberating through pliances, of the most unbounded and our lanes and closes, from the hole- exaggerated panegyrics on his Lordand-corner committees of tag-rag- ship's genius, talents, learning, virtues, and-bobtail against the very name of and patriotism. Never before had the our member, howled as they have world seen such a man. In literabeen by the rabble-rout, are dis- ture as well as in law, in philosophy graceful to the city--as long as that as well as in politics, he was Nature's Figure stands on the Monument in paragon. To oppose him appeared St Andrew's Square, erected by gra
to be absolutely impious; the folly titude in lasting memory of the of such opposition was lost in its dead; and that all who like or fear wickedness; and the “ universal that hideous vociferation, are bound Edinburgh Whig-nation" set up as in consistency to call a public meet their idol and worshipped it-exeing, and propose to the citizens that crating all who refused to do so as that statue shall be pulled down, heretics—the distinguished ex-editor and that pillar prostrated, and not a of the Edinburgh Review. vestige left there of any memorial of Now, that Mr Jeffrey-allow us to Melville. There would not be want- call him by a name justly celebrated ing apostate and renegade miscreants --is a person of brilliant and various among the ingrates to go with pick talents, of the highest professional and shovel to work. But before it eminence, and most estimable and comes to that, we must bridle these delightful in private life-we, who operatives, and it shall not be with are not among the number of his a snaffle, but a curb.
idolaters, feel the sincerest satisfacThe Lord Advocate entered the field tion in declaring, if not in such elepersonally a few days after Mr Dun- gant language, we hope with at least das. All along that side of the course as clear an understanding as even on which Mr Dundas was to run (for the Deacon of the Tailors. The the City-Plate-one heat) had been Deacons, indeed, of no fewer than dug treacherous pitfalls, and strewn Eleven Corporations memorialized thickets of thorns and furze, which the Town Council in eulogy of Mr it was expected would either cause Jeffrey's incomparable literary powhim to bolt, or be distanced; while ers and acquirements, which seemed the turf on his Lordship's side was justly to have excited their admirasmooth as a shaven lawn, and in fine tion and astonishment. They have order for a daisy-cutter. Even before now rashly given, we think, their the riders mounted, the crowd had sanction to all his critical dicta; and decreed the prize; and during the Wordsworth and Southey, and many race one could hardly see the flog- a hapless scribe beside, must veil ging and spurring, for the moving their faces before the Bonnetmakers