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thought they enjoyed the confi- et coup d'etat. His lordship was sud. dence of the mob, and deserved denly clapped into a hackney coach their friendship by having curried --for the property-man could not be their favour, began spouting advice expected to have ready his triumphto them from the pit, with gesticu- al car—and a tremendous team of lations of face and hand that only animals that shall be nameless having aggravated their fury. Meanwhile been yoked into the vehicle, less the head of a column of consta- splendid, surely, than that on which bles - high and special-appeared Sardanapalus used to issue forth to first in the back and then on the fore- battle from the gates of Nineveh, as ground-and then ensued a general painted
painted in the immortal epics of an mélée. This was the only part of Atherstone, with no needless Jarvey the performance in this dull and on the throne, away rattled the iminoisy Third Act worth looking at, tation-thunder along the Mound, nor and 'twas really not ill got up; but ceased till, like Jupiter descending after all, though intended to be a from a cloud, Mr Jeffrey got out at tragedy, 'twas but a melodrame. No. 24, Moray Place, The act closed with a procession- “ While all Olympus trembled at his nod." partly peaceful, and partly warlike
The Fifth Act was long and tiresome -of dragoons; but blows from the flats of sabres are not impressive,
-in absence of the only performer
worth either looking or listening to, and horses ought to charge with their
the Lord Advocate. Never felt we shoulders, not their hips, in serious
before the force of that well-known composition. In the Fourth Act the scene shifted to the High Street, with
passage, a fine full front-view of those noble “ As when some well-graced actor quits buildings, the Exchange. The Dra- the stage,” &c. ; matic Censor must have been asto
SO, thinking his prattle to be tedinished; for, now and here, in place ous," we left the mob in disgust, of performing their own parts of first, and forgot it, and our ennui, and all second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, &c. our mortal miseries, in the Blue &c. &c. and so on blackguard, as they Parlour over a board of oysters. had been set down for them, why the Seeing the haste, if not the hurry, mob with one voice called out for in which we now, and indeed always “ The Right Honourable Francis write, the gentle reader will excuse Jeffrey, Lord Advocate!” And, to the any confusion of metaphor or figure utter and eternal confusion of Ro
of speech that may appear to run mance and Reality, (let the fair and through the above unpremeditated ingenious L. E. L. look to it,) leaning passage, which is as extemporaneous over a balcony, like Juliet to her Ro
as any thing well can be, flowing meo," alike, but oh! how different,” from the point of time and pen. But that distinguished performer “ be- suppose for a short season we try to seeched and implored his dear mob, be serious—not solemn-but simthe “ loving, lovely, and beloved,” ply and earnestly serious—and then not to stay-as did that love-sick Finis. bride her “imparadised form of such For eight or ten hours, then, after sweet flesh;" but with the most lack- the Election-during it there was but a-daisical want of gallantry," as Mob senseless shouting and brainless blusvalued his good opinion, and wished ter-before it but savage scowls, well to their common cause,” entreat- slanderous insinuations, warning ed her“to go home!” But home,sweet threats, and all the systematic enhome, at that hour bad no charms
ginery of tyrannical intimidation ;for Mobby; and the waving of greasy but for eight or ten hours after the caps, and the roaring of greasier gul Election, there was what might truly lets, " hailed and wished him long," be called the Reign of Terror-if out of the ghost of a perfect gentle that expression did not convey an man, that apparition of the most im
erroneous notion that there was Fear perfect of all possible demagogues. as well as Danger. The mob were You may guess what confusion now up—and had been put up to the tumulted the stage. But the act. pitch of any, the uttermost wickedwhich had but barely begun-termi- ness; but they laboured under two nated with an unexpected coup d'cit wants that made them impotent
concert and courage. An Edinburgh rabble. The word, to “ Move on," mob is cruel, but craven-senseless preceded the blow to lie down; and as savage. There is no more disci. à piteous expression on many a pline among them than among a herd blackguard's face saved many a of swine-nor is their valour at all blackguard's head from the uplifted different; for hit them on the snout baton. How many heads they broke as they advance on the grunt, and cannot well be counted, but it is sayou may take them by the tail with. tisfactory to know, as many at least out having any reason to pride your- as would save a borough from being self on your intrepidity. They shew. included in schedule A ; while their ed this from afternoon till midnight; own heads, though scores were cut, you saw everywhere the white fea- are all now, with a very few excepther; and, on the whole, they were tions to the general rule--not to last pretty well, though not sufficiently long we trust, for they were among well, bruised and battered. We do the boldest—as sound as roaches. not exactly know how the High Con- At two or three places where the stables behaved; well, we must be- Special Constables were very few in lieve, (for they received thanks,) as number, perhaps not more than 20 a body, when called upon to act with in all, and these separated into sixes the baton—indifferently well, when and sevens, the mob, by mere brute of their own accord, many of them, weight, overpowered the gentlemen, how many we know not, as indivi- and you may guess how they treated duals, joined their shouts to those of them with the most murderous fe. the mob during the Election, at each rocity! The Police Officers, more echo of a vote for Mr Jeffrey, and especially when the mob were about their hisses to those of the mob at to attempt, for the second time, to each echo of a vote for Mr Dundas. murder the Lord Provost, were neiAs private individuals they did not ther slow, nor yet particularly civil, stand there; and whaterer were their and have since been ludicrously acwishes, they were bound then and cused of generalization, by a few there to be mute. Many of themselves noisy noodles, who maintain the exhad given warning of what was likely ploded doctrine of the neutral flag, to happen--disorder and violence; and while putting it into practice and, from men with the emblems and near the Terrace, where shouts and weapons of civil authority in their stones were flying in the air, cats hands, such shouts and hisses were and curses, and brickbats were incredibly foolish,—and far worse backed at long odds against batons, than foolish--being the best, as the had their heads prepared for casts only means in their power to adopt, for the Phrenological Society, with for exciting that turbulence which the bumps conspicuously apparent they were sworn to suppress. The of all the thirty-three faculties. This dragoons, it was afterwards said in was as it should be, and the Society some of the newspapers, cheered the look to such specimens for an ex. mob; but this was a lie, which could tension of the science. This small be swallowed by no one who knows and insignificant sect of Antiburghany thing of the discipline of Britishers, are bitter on the Anti-reformers, soldiers. They behaved, as they and have since striven to support always do, with heroic forbearance; this thesis, affixed to different cowhile showers of worse than hail- lumns, “ That had the electors, and stones were clattering on their skull- especially the Lord Provost, remaincaps, few faces even frowned ; and ed all night-(it originally stood, in some of the veterans could not but the MS., all week)—in the Counsmile at the childish cowards. As cil Chambers, there would have been for the Special Constables—a band no riot at all, and that the mob stood of brothers, though of all parties in all the time on the defensive against politics-young, active, and fearless the borough-mongers.” This is a --they wedged their way through the new form of the Row Heresy, and mob, a hundred times, at its densest therefore will have its converts. and its fiercest, and shoved, or knock- But we are rationalists, and not to ed aside the ninnies like nine-pins. be deluded with vain doctrines. It But humaner lads—and all gentle was rash-it was fool-hardy—it was men are humane-never rattled a nothing short of braving, nay of bul
lying the people - scribbled some with, and no pretty patriotic urchin, calumniating cravens in the radical stealing under the bellies of the horses newspapers--in the Lord Provost to with a brace of pistols, brought down leave the Council Chambers so soon right and left a brace of troopers. after the election. A pretty Lord Some soldiers were indeed present Provost_say we-he would indeed - but in civil broils the sabre loses have been, had he remained a mo- its edge, its point the bayonet, and ment longer than he did within these the brave disdain hostile contact with buildings, or shewn one seeming a base bluster of bullies. Yet of all symptom of a fear that never found that breathe, Whigs dislike most entrance into his breast. Not even shriukingly the breaking of their own to the rabble-rout was he unknown dunderheads; and had this mob, by -or known but by the proceedings some strange reversal of the laws of of that day, which with pride he will nature, been a Tory one, how the always remember—but generous, li. Revolutionists of 1831 would have beral, and charitable in his wealth, the scampered ! Clean heels they might Lord Provost was the Friend of the not have made, any more than clean Poor-the benefactor of the classes hands; but they would have disapwho now, contrary to all expectation, peared into chinks and crannies to appeared to thirst for his blood. At the tune of “Off she goes;" and the tended by the usual officers, he walk- military, both horse and foot-would ed into the street, neither fearing nor to a dead certainty have been orderbraving the brutes ; but then indeed ed to charge. We speak advisedly; he soon found that he had not under for we think of Forfar. To be sure, stood the cowardice and the cruelty there was no charge at Forfar except of an Edinburgh political reforming in the inns; but a squadron was or. mob. His very gentlemanly appear- dered up to “quell the foods below" ance even was hateful to them; and of old women and weans, and next they would fain have torn to pieces morning, lo! the Lord Advocate on a figure so unlike that of their own his way to Perth with a guard of hobest-dressed and genteelest leaders, nour! who, nevertheless, were no inconsi- You must swallow this opinion of derable dandies. The hatred of bona ours about Whig intrepidity cum fide beasts to men is nothing like so grano salis ; for it has been wrung intense as that of blackguards to gen- out of us, in much wrath, by their tlemen. Had his lordship worn a presuming to laugh at the dangers mean, low, Whig look, at once sulky and disasters of us Tories on a day and sneaking, we verily believe they disgraceful to the grinners. That would have huzzaed; but he looked they set a mob upon us they do not, every inch, (six feet and upwards,) we presume, attempt to deny, nor the Tory, and therefore “ over the
that it was composed of the lowest Bridge !"
Whig and radical materials. It was The Whigs—who are not in their several thousand weak, and wished own conduct, when mobbed, by any to beat, bruise, knock down, and means the most magnanimous of men trample on, all Tories. No Tory ---witness that of the best man among would suffer such a construction to them at Forfar-affect to laugh at be put on the treating act " on any this mob as a sorry illustration of the account whatsomever;" so suddenPerils of Man. Certainly the city ly pushing ourselves from our stools, was not burned to the ground-nay, we turned the tables, and (for we it was not even set on fire. Neither are constables) beat, bruised, knockdid the streets run ankle-deep in ed down, but did not trample upon, blood. Heaps of slain did not darken all such reformers as came in our the first-floor windows — Arthur's way, whether they had pieces of paSeai echoed not the groans of the ling in their paws or not-drunk or wounded-nor were surgeons, seen sober—frightened or ferocious-pro. amputating on long tables formed of vided only they were in the act of barrel-supported shutters the limbs breaking the peace of the city and of of one half of the population. The the sky, by their mouthings, and their day was not even like any one of the movements, and their missiles, and “ Three Glorious Days in Paris," — if not absolutely killing-for that for the mob had no military to fight depends upon circumstances over which they had some, but not suffi- Bill, which“ hangs in the sick air," cient control-yet cutting and maim- and poisons poor people—but chiefly ing the lieges, and disfiguring their by the incendiary arts of the whole handsome faces, perhaps, for life. Whig party, high and low, who were It was no joke, we assure you, or a determined at all risks, and at all sabad one; such urbanity was far from crifices, to carry their man and their facetious; and though Shakspeare measure, not only would the mob, on it is, we believe, who says you may that day and that night, but for the find“ sermons in stones," we are not firmness and moderation of the civil such a melancholy Jaques as not to power and of the military, have prefer them-even though heavier wreaked their wicked vengeance still—from a stick in a wooden pul- on the properties and persons of all pit. Suppose there had been no such citizens as they thought mainly surly police officers-no special con- instrumental in preventing the elecstables-no companies of the gallant ţion of the Lord Advocate, but the 79th-no troop of the bold dragoons, whole city, instead of being threat(and the Lord Advocate would have ened with many and formidable danindignantly disbanded the military,) gers thus finally crushed, would where would have been the writer have been at the mercy of a lawless of this article, and other preservers multitude, who, judging from the of the peace and guardians of the enormities which they, even as it constitution ? We shudder to think was, could not be prevented from where, and beg you will not mention perpetrating, would in all probabi. it; but this much we will say, that fity have stained our streets and there had been an end to this maga- dwellings with blood. That such zine.
mischiefs might happen, if the Coun“ Old men,” quoth our worthy cil elected Mr Dundas, many a radired-haired friend, the driver par ex- cal Cassandra with flowing bair, and cellence of the Carlisle Mail, between many a Whig Calchas with bald that merry town and blue-roofed head, prophesied; that it did not hapa Hawick -" Old men,”., quoth he, pen, was owing, assuredly, not to looking at us with the tail of his eye, « The Right Hon. Francis Jeffrey, as we sat trembling at his left hand Lord Advocate of Scotland.” And on the box, on the taking, at a rail. this brings us to say a few words road rate of eighteen miles an hour, about his Lordship's share in these of that-trying right-angle formed by transactions, by way of practical conCanonby Bridge perpendicularly clusion to, we fear, our somewhat touching the royal line of road which too long discourse. there overhangs the magnificent rock- In the first place, bis Lordship scenery of the Esk, at some hun- knew, that all the memorials, requidred feet or two above the rocky sitions, and petitions, in favour of and roaring channel—“ Old men are his claims upon the Council, howtimorsome.” The dangers of that ever honourable many of them were night, therefore, we must not exagge- to himself, shewing, as they did, not rate in our imagination; and we con- only how high he stood in the estimafess that in a faithful description—in tion of his own immediate political a true picture—and we wish ours to party, a fact he knew very well bebe so — Edinburgh on that night fore, but also in that of his fellowshould not exhibit from the pen or citizens generally, which neither bepencil of that great writer and paint- fore could he have doubted, though er, Christopher North, in the 181st such expressions of it must have Number of Blackwood's Magazine, been moet grateful,-his Lordship, such gloom or such glare as Troy we say, knew well that not one sennow does in the second book of the sible, and honest, and independent Æneid, a poem attributed to Virgil, man of that political party, to which with about the same reason as the he had been all lifelong opposed, Iliad is to Homer. The truth is just and never before so vitally as now, this, and no more ;-That, excited could do otherwise than most earpartly by their own evil propensities, nestly desire that all fair means —for principles they have none might be adopted, by all concerned, partly by the epidemical fever of this to prevent his being returned Mem.
ber for the city. He, at least, what- determination to shelter those re. ever others might be, or pretend to spectable fellow.citizens of his from believe, could not be deluded into the the perils of his own mob. belief that Scotland, to a man," was In the third place, we beg to sugfor the Bill. In the Council he knew gest to the popular and unsuccessthat the strength of the two great par- ful candidate, the consideration of ties would be tried; and that though the very striking contrast afforded the personal merits of Mr Dundas by the Lord Advocate's were such as to entitle him to come the Mound and the Lord Provost's forward, it was on the strength of passage of the Bridge. There, was the Tory party, and of the enemies “the Right Honourable Francis Jefof the Bill, both in its principle and frey, Lord Advocate of Scotland," details, that his opponent stood. He sitting or lolling in his own carriage, knew that among the “ Borough in the midst of his faithful friends, mongers," as the parrots chatter his own Carriage-and-Fourscore, a them, and as the apes would too, if set-out that would have extorted they could articulate—there are hun- three rounds of applause from the dreds of thousands of as honourable palms of Jehu. There, was William and patriotic men as himself; and Allan, and he too is a Right Honourthat, to divide a nation of fourteen able, and eke a Lord, but the reform. millions of freemen, which in num- ers had stripped him of all his titles, bers and character we believe the trudging on his own pins, in the British to be, into thirteen millions, midst of his faithless enemies, such nine hundred thousand, nine hun- a set-out as might bave reminded a dred and eighty-three Reformers, all Pyrenean traveller of an encounter admirers of “ the Right Honourable with a pack of wolves. We are still Francis Jeffrey, Lord Advocate of partial to soles, and once were celeScotland," and into seventeen Anti- brated pedestrians. But it is curious Reformers, all favourable to plain to remark how different are the imMr Robert Adam Dundas, is a divi- pressions men receive from the same sion, that, even in the Moon, could objects, according as they are on foot, not be told even to the marines,
on horses, or in chariots. The phiIn the second place, his lordship losophy of this we are at present knew, that, in this contest, he was pinched for time to explain ; but merely what is called the popular allow us to turn your attention to a candidate. Prodigious popular ex- single illustration. From the window citement he knew there was, and of his Carriage-and-Fourscore the that his opponent and his party, and Lord Advocate of Scotland looked especially his electors, would be ex- east and looked west, and to the puposed to the brunt of the mob. pils of his eyes the whole city seemWhat an Edinburgh mob was likelyed less like the Modern Athens than to be, at this crisis, nobody could the metropolis of Paradise. The foresee with clearer eyes than his figures, moving to and fro the ethelordship’s, which are about the bright real brightness, looked all angelic; est we ever looked in; and having including the hierarchies “in linked been more than satisfied with a very sweetness long-drawn-out” in front slight taste of the quality of a Forfar of his own chariot. The sounds that mob, he might have had something played softly on the drums of bis more, we think, than a passive sym- ears, “ sole or responsive to each pathy with what were likely to be other's voice, to him their great creihe feelings of Mr Dundas, on the ator,” were as the music of cleansed treat in preparation for him by the and beatified sinners—in simpler mob of the modern Athens. But words—saints. The Reign of 'Rehis passive sympathy seeins to have form had already begun on earthbeen so deep, that it could not pass and Auld Reekie appeared to be the into an active one; and we cannot New Jerusalem. But to the eyes see, that, during the dangers to and ears of the Lord Provost what which that gentleman, and all who reversal of all this more than garden supported him, were exposed, and of Eden! What a North Bridgefrom all of which he himself stood “with dreadful faces thronged and free, his lordship exhibited any de fiery arms!" One peep over the pasire-most certainly he adopted no rapet, and he felt the force of the