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Ultima Thule; and when my spirits, the departed hero, and the maiden revolted by the shameful indecency walking in the light of her beauty, of the opera dancers, flies homeward with her slender arrows towards the for repose, sometimes I see the more bill of roes, -all these images, early modest operation of Janet dancing on imprest on my mind, live in more blankets in a tub, but oftener the tivid reality in theirs, where nothing agile roes half appearing through the worldly or modern has intruded to lofty native pines that shelter from mingle with them. The strains of the north our storm-beat mansion. native music that even here come to How graceful, how elegantly these my ear like the voice of a friend, fine-turned forms and fleeting gam- speak the same language still more bols, compared with those odious ani- forcibly to theirs, because oftener remals, those decorated Yahoos, who called, and more fondly cherished. I having but half the number of legs, have gold which they have not, but are content to stand on one, and point they have silver in common with me. out and quiver the other to delight Froin my higher acquisitions they educated gentlemen and modest ladies! are excluded, happily perhaps, but all Do not think, however, that these the alphabet of feeling and imagination reveries are frequent, or that I do not we read in common. Yes, now new take pleasure in all that others are light opens to me. Now I know what innocently and decently pleased with. I could never before account for, why But I must first vent my chagrin at Highlanders, though far more respectwhat displeases, and next get used to ful to their superiors than Saxons, on heartless hurry and frozen politeness. either side of the irremeable Tweed, When this is all settled, I shall feel, regard then with much more affecor feign, much pleasure in seeing tion, and mingle fondness with the crowds, and dresses, and pictures ; veneration with which they regard and when this fever of admiration is a the heads of their tribes. This, too, little worn off, I shall have that sober tells, why native unspoilt gentlemen certainty of waking bliss which is treat those inferiors with all the gracederived from the access of new ideas, ful courtesy of high born benevolence. from a nearer approach to illustrious They are mutually conscious of not characters, and from contemplating only springing from the same stock, the highest efforts of human inge- but of wandering together in the same nuity in the fine arts. I am sure a Elysian fields of fancy, meeting on philosophical and contemplative mind the same ground of pathetic and hemust and ought to have pleasure in roic story, and drawing tears and seeing this human hive busied in smiles from the same source. O that bringing and circulating wealth from the “ majestic teacher of moral wisall quarters of the globe, and in find- dom,” when he wandered darkling ing enjoyment in the occupation that through our bare unsightly isles enriches their country, as well as in- bad known this !-had known the dividuals. I kuow I ought to like to treasures of thought, and the raptures see the bustle and the ferment, but I of song, concealed in a language which cannot. I cannot, for my life, con- he was taught, even in our own diceive myself as having an idea in com- vision of the island, to consider as mon with these worldlings, yet I try barbarous ! Little as he could feel afto regard them with benevolence, as finity with those imagined savages those to whom we owe many of our who accompanied the dash of their enjoyments. When I meet one of oars with the unintelligible boat song, my father's bare-headed gillies, or one I feel much less with the sons of lucre of our dairy maids returning rom the and their satellites here. I cannot fold, I am not sure that their thoughts like them, because they do not like may not be employed pretty much in each other. I think no classes of the same manner as my own. The mankind have "less sympathy with song and story that gives identity and each other than the vulgar rich and animation to all the wild objects in the vulgar poor ; I, for my part, can sight, are as familiar to them as to sympathize with neither. I am cer
The sun going to rest in the tainly very selfish in pouring out my western isles of the blessed, the sea recollections and opinions to you, inrolling in light beneath the mild splen- stead of telling you what I hear and dour of the full moon, the dirge of see. Sounething of this I tell to others,
from whom you will hear it, but to shade, and luxuriant crops, could you only I tell all I feel and think, as look with pleasure on the harsh feaif I were talking to you. It relieves tures of our mother island, or even my mind, and makes me feel less this more inviting points of Highland great distance and the long absence scenery. Dr Johnson has haunted me which I anticipate.
all the way, such as our uncle and I wrote to you from Edinburgh,' aunt described him. And really, inand there I had inore pleasure in tel- stead of joining the illiberal outcry ling who and what I saw, because, against him for telling truths, where there, I could give you back the he had neither enthusiasm to blind image to the mind, of people and him, nor motive for concealment, I things that you had known, or almost think it wonderful that he was so known before, and all the ground candid. I wish I could atone to his rethere was both classical and familiar. vered memory for the obloquy thrown This wilderness of human life appears on him by ignorance and pride. Let me to me" a mighty maze, but not with- try; but I am interrupted in a way that out a plan. When I have some I never should have been at Taliskar, knowledge of the plan, which I can- and must reluctantly submit my sunot get without wandering a while perabundant tresses to the forming or through the maze, I shall tell you reforming hands of a great tall man, about kings and kesars, triumphs and that looks so fine and so foppish. Litraree shews. At present, I have scarce tle did I think that I should ever subrecovered from my wonder, now and mit to such a tedious and disgusting then mixed with delight at the luxu- operation. This bearing every inderiant beauty of much of the country licacy for the sake of mere decoration, we passed through. Yet, in the midst appears to me the last infirinity of igof it all, I cast a longing lingering noble ininds. This I durst not say look behind, and thought of the shep- here. How many things do I think herd who sung of“ Tay, of Forth, and that I dare not say! You are as useTweed, the hills and 'dales around,” ful to me as the rushes were to the &c. &e. My brother's meditations Queen of King Midas. I whisper to were so divided between the friends, you what I am forbidden to say to oand more particularly the fair friend thers; and, though you should be as he had left at Portnacroich, and the loquacious as the rushes were, none old friends who expect him on the here would know it. Adieu once more, banks of the Ganges, that he paid beloved cousin; the hour of dressing little attention to the old oaks, the is come, that of fear, wonder, and cuvillages, and square church towers riosity will succeed it. The philosothat were my chief attractions. Green pher said in a town, “ How many hedges, so different from the bound- things are here that I do not want !" less desolation of our dark open moors, I shall say to myself by and by, “How enchanted my sight at first, but I be- many people are here that I do not gan to tire of formality and flatness, want, that I do not care for, and that however richly decorated. What a do not care for me!” My next will narrow escape I had from being born begin with Dr Johnson. 'I will conin Holland, and having my first ideas vert my Flora from her Highland heof outward nature derived from dull resy. Good night. monotony! The mountain, with its veil of clouds,--the rocks, with their wreaths of mist, brightening in the
December 3. sun, or thickening in the storm,--and Now you expect that I shall tell the soft sheltered beauiy of the shrub- you a great deal about the dress, the by glen, with its blue and narrow looks, and the discourse of the numestream, full of life and character, leave rous party who were here last night. impressions on the mind of a inoun Half a dozen, with what they were, taineer that all the mild and chasten- and how they looked, and what they ed beauty of England, its smiling said, would furnish conversation to us vales and highly cultured fields can for a fortnight in Skye, and, moreover, not efface. Yet I am not such a bi- furnish matter for a song to Kenneth, got to those dusky moors and frowning the wandering bard of Dunvegan. inountains, as to expect that any one But here there 'vas so much talk, that accustomed to rich verdure, ample I could not distinguish a word; so
much beauty, that I could not find he delighted in. What privations, time to discover what part of it was then, must he have suffered, where real and which artificial ; and so much there were neither books, learned or dress, that my imagination is crowded intelligent society, nor well-dressed with waving plumes, orient pearls, dinners ! Bos tell might be supposed sparkling diamonds, and flowers of some consolation, but, instead of enartful bloom, like some of the wear- joying the dread sublime of nature aers, so that I have no distinct image mid the stormy Hebrives, he was the remaining of any one person. Men greatest of possible Cockneys; and, there were in abundance; but, as they in perusing his own account of his paid very little attention to me, Í travels, we find that he was much less shall pay as little to them at pre- calculated to take pleasure in the joursent. Depend, however, on a full and ney than the philosopher, much soon. true account of the next party; and er wearied of places and people, much do not suppose me dazzled or over more sensible to inconvenience and awel ; I am only, as iny aunt was last privations. There were, indeed, soine night, over-croweled. A little usage persons in Skye learned in thé lanwill serve me, like a prism, to distin- guages, and a few who had been aguish and arrange the colours that broad in the world ; but the “paucity feet betore me.
of insular conversation," to which the In the mean time, I return to Dr. mighty moralist alludes, appeared to Johnson, so long my daily thought him inuch greater than it was. At and nightly dream, when his shade least to islanılers, the topics which seemed to walk between Slate and furnish conversation of great interest Taliskar. You do not much relish are such as could make little imthis vindication, but I am wiser pression on the minds of strangers; than you by four years, and not so the homefelt affections diffused through proud of my country, though I love all the island, though more concena it just as well. Consider in what trated in the tribe and name, give an state the Highlands were when John- importance to all that happens, of son travelled through them. All that which strangers can forn no adequate was heroic, primitive, and noble in idea. My father, who might have manners, in teelings, or exterior cir- shared that celestial colloquy sublime, cumstances, were languishing after the which suited best the taste of the tradreadful blast of Culloden, that wi- veller, was then in Holland. So were thered even what it did not touch, several others that might have confor those that were not plundered and tributed to his amusement. Our confiscated, suffered and sympathised uncles, though all sensible and intelwith those who were, and shared with ligent, compared with most country them the little they had. The rough gentlemen of the second order, stood plenty and ancient customs in gentie- too much in awe of his superiority, men's houses of the second order had and were too much afraid of commitgiven place to awkward and feeble at- ting themselves, like all genuine tempts at modern fashions, which Highlanders, to be amusing as comwere as yet so imperfect, that they panions. They did not understand were more honoured in the breach wliat he came out into the wilderness than the observance. The summer, to see, certainly not men clothed in too, which was singularly warm and soft raiment. Far less men in the dry, was succeeiled by an antuin no least resembling the members of his less wet and stormy, and the luckless far-famed Club. He came to read a philosopher entered the Highlands at new chapter in the volume of human the very season when he should have nature. And could our kindred been leaving it. He left Fort-Au- have got over the sensitive dread gustus in a bright and dry day, but of ridicule that sealed their lips scarcely met with another in his whole and clogged their very thoughts, journey. He neither had nor affict- the Doctor might have seen and ed rural taste. He had lived cities; appreciated the Highland character, his enjoyments, setting aside a good at least been amused with its specific dinner, were all intellectual. Books, difference from most others. He was and intelligent conversation with peo- condemned by the reverence with ple of eulightened minds, were all that which he was beheld, to share the
melancholy fate of the great, who, al people that I now consider as living ways moving in a self-same. circle of in too great and too frivolous a hurry people like themselves, are necessari- to have time for affection. If I find ly excluded from the view of varied I have sinned in not loving these character, the freshness of originality, neighbours as myself, I will not only the simple beauty of humble virtue, repent, but confess to you, the sole the raciness of broad humour, and witness of my guilt in this respect, many other amusing views of life that for I have not left my Highland haare obvious to those who occupy the bits, of something between caution and middle station, that happy medio- delicacy, behind. My uncle may guess, erity from which we can look up with- but my aunt does not even suspect, how out being too much dazzled, and down slowly I render myself up to the pleawithout being much disgusted. En- sure of meeting strangers and seecumbered with his own greatness, and ing sights. the flippant restlessness of his travel I imagine you hear frequently ling companion, mounted on a horse and faithfully of all we do and see, not high enough to keep his feet faire from him “who drags at each rely off the ground, and travelling in move a lengthening chain.” For heavy rain through the worst possible this I lament daily. Alas! for the roads; or else in our open fishing-boats, withering heart, sick with hope deexposed to the autumnal blasts, with- ferred at home, and the exile who out a cover or a dry seat. And all looks vainly back through the vista of this in immediate contrast with the long years to the distant home where luxuries, the library, and the conver- his affections centre! I would not, sation of Streatham. Whoever does if I had power to prevent it, see two him the justice to think of all this, so dear to me thus entangled. It must read his ailinirable Tour with would be wisest to say, “Write not, unmixed pleasure. And instead of come not, think not once of me;' but blaining him for not feigning the de- who is so wise? It is vile in you to light he could not feel, wonder at the be so amiable, and very bad, indeed, quiet fortitude with which he endure to be so grateful. I have many crimes ed such hardships and privations; of this kind to charge you with. Why and still more at the pleasure he ex- is your form graceful, your temper presses in a letter to Boswell, at the sweet, and your heart affectionate ? recollection of his visit to the He- and why do cousins know and love brides, and his wish that they could each other so well? Why will not make together such another tour. Now, some of our full-fledged nabobs that I hope I have softened your prejudices, are preparing for a homeward flight, my dear proud cousin. I am satisa come and gather the flower in its fied with fondly loving my country, beauty, before the blast has passed knowing exactly what its appearance over it ? Such an event might cost must be to strangers, and no more the parting cousinı one strong pang ; expecting they should see it with my but how much it would save him eyes, than that they should look with eventually! You think me a wretch the same delighted reverence on the for admitting such a thought. Convenerable countenance of my dear fa- stancy fed by hope is very well, but ther. To that beloved uncle I refer to keep it starving with cold and hunyou for the political facts and opinions ger, is no wiser than the reasoning of which my brother has borrowed from your foster-father, Angus, the year of our London uncle. From my mother the hard winter, when with only you will hear what directions and ad- enough to support one cow, he would vice I have received from my English keep two, and every argument about aunt, she whom I was determined not the want of fodder was answered, by to love, for being the means of fixing his assuring your mother that two my uncle in England. She is, how cows were better than one. You ever, so good herself, and so kind to know the result, may the omen be me, that I have been forced to forgive, averted. Prays your affectionate couand am even in danger of loving sin,
M. M. her. Perhaps I shall bye and bye ind out much to like, at least among
(To be continued.)
GOTTINGEN DURING THE SUMMER OF
and cannot, for any misdemeanour 1818.
whatever, be summoned before any
other jurisdiction. To the pro-rector [We have received from a foreign corres- alone, the academical police-officers,
pondent, whose information may be entirely depended on, the following singu- state what is going forward amongst
or beadles, address themselves, and lar narrative of the late transactions at the students, such as preparations for Gottingen, which ended in the dispersion of so great a part of the students of that duels, plots for breaking the windows celebrated University. A German stu
of those they dislike, which is the dent is at this moment a very formidable common way of expressing hostility, animal, as the assassination of poor &c. It depends in most cases on him, Kotzebue, among other things, may whether a thing shall be overlooked, shew. That, with all their moodiness or strictly inquired into and punishand morbid enthusiasm, they are ca. ed ; in a word, the pro-rector has a pable too of combination, and of unit- thousand means in his power of maining in cool and deliberate plans, the taining order, without impairing the narrative which we now present to our liberty of the students, which in Gerreaders will prove as clearly. may be the political consequences of such many is almost unlimited. If he is at a body of young desperadoes spread over
the same time feared, respected and the face of a country like Germany, in loved, there will not, for his sake, be which there are so many inflammable many excesses during his pro-rectorate. materials, it is difficult at present to fore. But this is seldom the case, for it is
One thing is evident, that very de an office so delicate, and so hard to licate and cautious measures alone ought perform, that those professors who can to be resorted to, in order to bring them get themselves excused by. Governinto better training. In the meantime, ment from filling it, usually do so, it is extremely interesting to watch their and readily give up the little pecunimovements, and to collect all the information that can be had respecting them. ary advantages attending the appoint
ment. For the same reason, those This paper, of which our limits will ad. mit but a small portion at present, is, it who either are willing to accept, or may be proper to mention, a translation must undertake it in their turn, are from the German, and, we need hardly commonly intreated, when their time add, executed by a German.]
is out, to continue one year more, not In the German Universities, the with dignity, as for preventing the
so much for having filled their charge Sovereign himself, or one of his next turn from going too rapidly round. kinemen, is usually the rector, or pa- This was the case with Dr B-1, tron of the institation. Thus at Got- who was pro-rector at the period when tingen, the King of England, as Elec- the unfortunate incidents happened tor of Hanover, is rector, and one of which form the subject of the present the professors is annually chosen as narrative. Under his administration, his acting substitute. This pro-rec- which was unluckily deficient in prutor, as he is called, is the first member dence and vigour, every licence was of the University, and the soul of the winked at; never were they so many whole. He presides over the Academical Senate
, or the Court of Justice, rather praiseworthy than otherwise, but to to which the students are amenable,
act in the smallest degree against the comfor it must be observed, that the Ger
mon law is considered a mortal sin. He man students have always had their who does so, loses forth with his honour as own laws, * and their own tribunal,
a student. The common law extends even
to the language. Among the students, not These peculiar laws, by which the only hundreds of words have a signification conduct of the students is regulated, are of different from what they have in common two kinds, very distinct, and often in oppo- life, but a great number of new terins and sition. Ist, Such as are enacted by the phrases are introduced, and others entirely Government, and coostitute the academical banished from conversation. Amongst the written code, or statutory law. 2dly, Such exploded words, is the word dumm, (stupid.) as the students have imposed on themselves, He who pronounces this word, in presence which is their common law, and is conveyed of one of his comrades, let the reference be by word of mouth from generation to gene- what it will, is considered as having in. ration, (a College generation lasts in gene- tended to offend the latter, and, if he is to ral three years.) To transgress the statu- proud to make an apology, he is obliged te tory law is, in the eyes of the collegians, fight him.