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culties were ill rewarded." " To this spirit which attached him to Mrs Walkenshaw, of avarice may be added hisinsolent manner and that he could see her removed from of treating his immediate dependants, very him without any concern; but he would unbecoming a great prince, and a sure not receive directions in respect to his priprognostic of what might be expected from vate conduct from any man alive. When him if ever he acquired sovereign power." M Namara returned to London, and reg -"But there is one part of his character, ported the Prince's answer to the gentle which I must particularly insist on, since it men who liad employed him, they were occasioned the defection of the most astonished and confounded. However, powerful of his friends and adherents in they soon resolved on the measures which England, and by some concurring acci. they were to pursue for the future, and dedents totally blisted all his hopes and termined no longer to serve a man who pretensions. When he was in Scotland, could not be persuaded to serve himself, he had a mistress, whose name is Walken- and chose rather to endanger the lives of shaw, and whose sister was at that time, and his best and most faithful friends, than part is still, housekeeper at 1.eicester House. with an harlot. whom, as he often declared, Some years after he was released from his he neither loved por esteemed. If ever that prison, and conducted out of France, he old adage, Quos Jupiter vult perdere, &ca Sent for this girl, who soon acquired such could be properly applied to any person, a dominion over him, that she was ac whom could it so well fit as the gentleman quainted with all his schemes, and trusted of whom I have been speaking ? for it is with his most secret correspondence. As difficult by any other means to account for soon as this was known in England, all those such a sudden infatuation. He was, inpersons of distinction, who were attached deed, soon afterwards made sensible of his to him, were greatly alarmed; they ima- misconduct, when it was too late to repair gined that this wench had been placed in it: for from this era may truly be dated his family by the English ministers; and, the ruin of his cause." considering her sister's situation, they There are some other anecdotes and semed to have some ground for their suspicion ; wherefore they dispatched a gentle show, that this adherent to the party
reflections concerning royalty, which man to Paris, where the Prince then was, who supported the divine right of who had instructions to insist that Mrs Walkenshaw should be removed to a con- kings, did not think their personal vent for a certain term; but her gallant characters so sacred as their office. absolutely refused to comply with this de Charles Ils with only two attendants, mand ; and although Mr M’Namara, the one morning met the Duke of York gentleman who was sent to him, who has escorted by a party of the guards, and a natural eloquence, and an excellent un. upon the Duke's expressing some súr. derstanding, urged the most cogent reasons, prise at the danger to which his Mad and used all the arts of persuasion to in- jesty thus exposed himself, duce him to part with his mistress, and even kind of danger, James," said his bro proceeded so far as to assure him, accord- ther, “ for I am sure no man in Eng. interruption of all correspondence with his land will take away my life, to make most powerful friends in England, and in you king.". There is a dream tog short, that the ruin of his interest, which about Divus Augustus Gondibertus Set 12s now daily increasing, would be the in- cundus, and an epitaph, in which the fallible consequence of his refusal ; yet he Nil de mortuis is sadly violated. But continued inflexible, and all M'Namara's we must not breathe any longer in intreaties and remonstrances were ineffectu- this elevated atmosphere. ab. M'Namara staid in Paris' some days We need not wonder, after this, beyond the time prescribed him;' endeat that poets and lords are treated with wiring to reason the Prince into a better little ceremony. "Pope hastened his beroper; but finding him obstinately, per death by high seasoned dishes and severe in bis first answer, he took his leave dram drinking; Swift, it is insinuated, with concern and indignation, saying, as he passed out, what has yeur family done, sir, mistress, although she has been his comchus todraw down the vengeance of Heaven wherery branch of it through so many elegance of manners : and as they had both
panion for so many years. She had no gesp. is worthy of remark, that, in contracted an odious habit of drinking, so all the conferences which IX'Namara had with the Prince on this occasion, the lat they exposed themselves very frequently, ter declared that it was not a violent pas their neighbours. They often quarrelled
not only to their own family but to all sign, or, indeed,' any particular rpgard, and sometimes fought: they were some at
осса. believe he spoke truch when he de- these drunken scenes which, probably, dlated he had no esteem for his northern sioned the report of his madness."
brought on that distemper which at last tician. As often as I hear this noblemata totally deprived him of understanding, named, he puts me in mind of a certain by his custom of drinking a pint of Irish baronet
, a man of some interest in claret after dinner. There are several his country, who, when the Duke of Or. amusing stories of the poverty of the monde was appointed Lord Lieutenant of rich, and the ignorance of the learned. Ireland in the beginning of Queen Anne's Marlborough, when he was in the last bishopric
, or a regiment of horse, or to
reign, desired his Grace to give him a stage of life, and very infirm, would make him Lord Chief Justice of the King's walk from the public rooms in Bath, Bench.” to his lodgings, in a cold dark night, But to come down a little lower, to save sixpence in chair hire, -and the custom of giving money to ser: left a million and a half to his enemy's vants is very justly complained of, grandson. Sir James Lowther, who and happily ridiculed. We do not had about L. 10,000 per annum, and know if the passage be of any use was at a loss whom to appoint his heir, now, fashions change so much in half after changing a piece of silver at a a century. coffee-house, and paying twopence for “ I remember a Lord Poor, a Ronan his dish of coffee, was helped into his Catholic Peer of Ireland, who lived upon chariot, (for he was then very lame a small pension which Q. Anne had grantand infirm,) and went home; but ed him: he was a man of honour, and some time atter returned with a bad well esteemed ; and had formerly been an halfpenny he had got, and demanil- officer of some distinction in the service of ed another. A third worthy, who France. The Duke ot' Ormonde hiad often left L. 200,000, lost his life to save invited him to dinner, and he as often excus. a bottle of wine ; and a fourth, the ed himself. At last the Duke kindly ex. author's own grandfather, cheated an postulated with him, and would know the oculist out of two-thirds of his fce,
reason why he so constantly refused to be
one of his guests. My Lord Poor then by falsely pretending that the opera- honestly coniessed, that he could not afford tion had not completely succeeded. it: but,' says he, if your Grace will Then as to learning, “ for a century pu: a guinea into my hands as often as you and a half we have had only two High are pleased to invite me to dine, I will not Chancellors who could be called learn- decline the honour of waiting on you.' ed men; and in our days the man This was done; and my Lord was afterwho enjoyed this great office for wards a frequent guest in St James's twenty years, did not learn Latin, as Square."-" Upon the whole, if this cusI am well assured, until after he was
toin, which is certainly a disgrace to our made Lord Chancellor.” Sir Robert country, is to continue in force, I think it Walpole, Sir William Wyndham, and may at least be practised in a better manMr Pitt, had none of them much learn- gold letters over the door of every man of
Suppose there were written in large ing to boast of, unless it was some little rank: • The fees for dining here are three acquaintance with the classics; and half crowns for ten shillings) to be paid to many of the principal speakers in both the porter on entering the house : peers or houses would have been greatly puz- peeresses to pay what inore they think prozled with one of Tully's Orations. per. By this regulation two inconveBut natural talent makes amends for niences would be avoided : first, the diffiall defects.
culty of distinguishing, amongst a great
number, the quality of the servants. I, “ It is indeed the peculiar happiness of who am near-siglited, have sometimes givthis country, that all who have any share en the footman what I designed for the in the administration of public affairs are butler, and the butler has had only the eqnally fit for all employment. His Grace footman's fee : for which the butler treatof N. was first Chamberlain, then Secre- ed me with no small contempt, until an tary of State, and is now First Commissioner opportunity offered of correcting my error. of the Treasury and Chancellor of Cam- But, secondly, this method would prevent bridge; and all these high employments he the shame which every master of a family hath executed with equal capacity and judg- cannot help feeling whilst he sees his guests ment, without being indebted to age or expe- giving about their shillings and half-crowns rience for the least improvement, and if he to his servants. He may then conduct had been pleased to accept the Archbishop- them boldly to his door, and take his leave ric of Canterbury, when it was lately va with a good grace. My Lord Taaffe of cant, he would have proved himself as great Ireland, a general officer in the Austrian an orator in the pulpit as he is in the se service, came into England a few years ago Kate, and as able a divine as he is a poli- on account of his private affairs. When
his friends, who had dined with him, were had not been there more than five" or six going away, he always attended them to minutes, when Mr Howe came to them, the door ; and if they offered any money and after saluting his friends, and embrato the servant who opened it, (for he never cing his wife, walked home with her, and suffered but one servant to appear,) hc al- they lived together in great harmony from Fays prevented them, saying, in his man. that time to the day of his death. But the ner of speaking Englis', If you do give, most curious part of my tale remains to be give it to me, for it was I that did buy the related. When Howe left his wife, they dinner.'”
lived in a house in Jermyn-street, near St But we must pass over several anec
James's church ; he went no fareer than dotes which we should be glad to
to a little street in Westminster, where he transcribe, that we may find room for shillings a week, and changing his name,
took a room, for which he paid five or six one that strikes us as more singular and disguising himself by wearing a black than any thing we have read out of wig, (for he was a fair man,) he remained tales of fiction. In the very native in this habitation during the while time of soil of humour and eccentricity, the his absence. He had had two children by story, as it is told by Dr King, with- his wife when he departed from her, who out motive or purpose being ascribed were both living at that time : but they to the principal character, is probably both died young in a few years aiter. without a parallel.
However, during their lives, the second or * About the year 1706, I knew one Mr
third year after their father disappeared, Howe, a sensible well-natured man, posses- of parliament to procure a proper settle
Mrs Howe was obliged to apply for an act sed of an estate of L. 700 or L. 800 per annum : he married a young lady of a
ment of her husband's estate, and a provi, good family in the west of England ; her sion for herself out of it during his abmaiden name was Mallet; she was agree. alive or dead : this act he suffered to be so
sence, as it was uncertain whether he was able in her person and manners, and prov- licited and passed, and enjoyed the picaed a very good wife. Seven or eight years after they had been married, he rose one
sure of reading the progress of it in the morning very early, and told his wife he lodging, which he frequented.
votes, in a little coitee-house near his
Mrs was obliged to go to the Tower to transact some particular business: the same elay, thought proper to lessen her family of ser
Howe, after the death of her children, at doon, his wife received a note from him, in which he informed hct that he was un
vants, and the expences of her housekeepder a necessity of going to Holland, and ing; and therefore removed from her house
in Jermyn-street to a little house in Brewer. should probably be absent three weeks or a month. Be was absent from her seven.
street, near Golden-square. Just over teen years, during which time she neither against her lived one Salt, * a corn-chanheard from him or of him. The evening cation, he contrived to make an acquaint
dler. About ten years after Howe's abdibefore he returned, whilst she was at sup
ance with Salt, and was at length in such per, and with some of her friends and relatidiis, particularly one Dr Rose, * a phy. usually dined with salt once or twice a
a degree of intimacy with him, that he sician, who had married her sister, a biliet, week. From the room in which they eat, without any name subscribed, was deliver
it was not difficult to look into Mrs Howe's ed to bez, in which the writer requested the favour of her to give him a meeting the dining-room, where she generally site and next erening in the Bird.cage Walk, in St lieved Howe to be a bachelor, f.equently
received her company; and Salt, who beJames's Park. When she had read her billet, she tossed it to Di Rose, and laugh. recommended his own wire to him as
suitable match. ing, You see, brother,' said she, as
During the last seven old as I am, I have got a gallant.' 'Rose, years of this gentleman's absence, he went who perused the note with more attention, every Sunday to St James's church, and declared it to be Mr Howe's hand-writing: used to sit in sir Salt's seat, where he had
a view of his wife, but could not easily be this surprised all the company, and so much affected Mrs Howe, that she fainted away ; never would conters, even to his most inti.
seen by her. After he returned home, he however, she soon recovered, when it was agreed that Dr Rose and his wife, with the mate friends, what was the real cause of other gentlemen and ladies who were then such a singular conduct: apparently there
was none; but wliatever it was, he was at supper, should attend Mrs Howe the next evening to the Bird.cage Walk : they certainly ashamed to own it.”
# “I knew Salt, whom I often met at “I was very well acquainted with a coffee-house called King's Conee-house, Dr Rose ; he was of a French family. I near Golden-square. He related to ne the often met him at King's Coffee-house, near particulars which I have here mentioned, Golden-square, and he frequently enter and many others, which have escaped ny. tained me with this remarkable story." memory."
1. Saint Patrick ; a Nutimal Tale of those that, on a superficial survey, ap
the Fifth Century. Byan Antiquary. pear the most obvious. But
we must not venture at present upon 2. Campbell ; or, the Scottish Proba- any such intricate investigations. We
tioner. A novel. 3 vols. Edin- have placed these novels before us
burgh, Oliver and Boy«i, 1819. for the purpose merely of giving our 3. Marriage. A novel. Edinburgh, notice of each, since our limits do not
country readers a slight and cursory Blackwood, 1918.
permit us to enter upon any separate 4. Coquetry. 3 vols. Edinburgh, Con- analysis or regular critique of them. stable and Co. 1918.
They are worthy, however, of more That an important change has ta- ford; for though none of them can
particular attention thi.n we can afken place within these few years in lay claim to the higher honours of the general taste and literature of this species of composition, yet they Scotland, is a fact so evident, that it have all, in different modes and dewould be wasting time to demonstrate
grees, very considerable merit; and it. No clearer evidence need, in
we shall now endeavour to give our truth, be required than the periodical realers, in a few words, some notion of announcements of our booksellers, – their respective characteristics. nor any illustration more pointed than “ Saint PATRICK” is a tale of ros the titles of the works which we have
mance, engrafted upon the legendary prefixed to this article, and which, history of Ireland, at the time of its moreover, form but one half of the conversion to Christianity; and the novels that have issued from the plot hinges upon the struggle betwixt Edinburgh press during the last the new religion and the expiring fatwelvemonths. It might, indeed, be à naticism of the Druids. Yet the cevery curious and instructive task to lebrated Irish Apostle is rather the trace the causes of this sudden and nominal than the real hero of the surprising change ;-o inquire how it
story. The heir-apparent to the has happened that the grave and me
throne of Ireland, and the beautiful taphysical propensities of our country- daughter of the Arch-Druid, are the men have been in great measure superseded by this rage for works of personages upon whose fate the chief
interest depends. Ethne, the fair fancy,--so that the usual progress of Druidess, is, indeed, the gem of the the human mind would appear to have work, and there is undoubtedly somebeen in our case reversed, and, after thing very attractive and poetical in being so long distinguished for our her appearance and adventures, • In successful and somewhat exclusive other respects we do not think the cultivation of philosophical studies, narrative extremely well managed, we have all at once returned to the nor the interest equally sustained. more light and youthful pursuits of There is a great deal too much of poetry and romance. The brilliant marching and counter-marching, and success of one distinguished author plotting and skirmishing, with little has, we know, been sometimes addu- result. The author himselt appears ced as the primum mobile, or talis- too much in jest about it. He gives manic mover of this mighty revulsion. us also too much of low humour, and But, with all our admiration of the of modern Scotch and Irish brogue, power and originality of that writer, (strangely out of place, certainly, in we are inclined to think he has rather the Fifth Century!)—too much of followed than impelled the pub- unbecoming buffoonery about churchlic propensity in this direction ; building, -and a great deal too opthough, in saying this, we by no pressive a display of learning. In means intend to deny that his ge. spite, however, of these and other innius has had a most palpable and pro- dications of immature taste and want minent influence upon the literature of tact in the author, we have no hem of his age, and the taste of his contem- sitation in ranking St Patrick much poraries. We apprehend, in short, above the level of ordinary novels. that this change must be traced to There is a liveliness of fancy, and, ocmore remote and general causes than casionally, a poetic exuberance in the
deseription of wild and savage scenery, is occasionally introduced, is genuine that display both strength and ferti- and natural, but sometimes rather lity of imagination, and which, if the homely, and too much interlarded with author be a young man, (as we should provincial barbarisnis. T'he sentisuspect from internal evidence,) mayments are always liberal and candid, lead to something much higher than he and the moral highly instructive and has here given us. The description of affecting. The work is diversified the Druidical fortress at Clogharnbrec, with several pieces of poetry, which, the situation of St Patrick on the jut- though writien rather in a diffuse ting cliff at the Giant's Causeway, and style, indicate much gentle and geother passages of a like description, are nuine feeling, and considerable powers strikingly and powerfully executed. of fancy. Should the author again employ his “ MARRIAGE" has been longer in talents in this way, we would earnest- the hands of the public than any of ly request from bim somewhat more the works now before us, and the pubw of the air and spirit of serious romance, lic have, we believe, in great measure in which, we think, he is qualified to anticipated our opinion. It is evi. excel,--with fewer outrages against dently the production of a female the costume and character of ancient hand, and of a person also of very times,-less of the tone of levity and considerable talent and observation. burlesque,—ind less of politics and po- The author's forte lies in the depicting lemics, civil or ecclesiastical. His of character, -chiefly of female cha present work proves that he is a man racter; and in this line she certainly of lively fancy and multifarious re- displays great knowledge of the husearch. We hope his next will con man heart, and a very extensive acvince us that he also possesses an quaintance with life and manners. improved taste and vigorous judg- So strong, indeed, is her propensity ment.
towards portraiture and caricature, “ CAMPBELL; or, the Scottish that she has fairly overloaded her PROBATIONER,” is a work differing in book with it, and made a much less almost every characteristic particular interesting story than she might have from the preceding. It has neither done with half her ability. Like the the same striking beauties nor de- two preceding authors, she also gives fects; and, with the exception of a us too much of broad Scotch. This is few scattered passages, is remarkably an evil which has sprung from the free from all offences against good successful use whichoirs Hamilton taste and right feeling. The style is and the author of Waverley have plain and unambitious, and, though made of our Doric dialect; and all not umrelieved with humour, its tone Scottish novel writers, now-a-days, is, throughout, strikingly earnest and seem to think that a large proportion of serious. Indeed, the general effect is Scottish jargon is an indispensable rerather too impressive, if that can be quisite. We conceive they are quite arged as a fault. It is so like the wrong, however; and, inuch as we tone of reality, that, while reading, we love our native tongue in the mouths eam searcely shake off the conviction of our simple and sagacious peasantry, that it is not a fictitious, but a real and not less in the classical and chaand living personage who is address- racteristic pages of Burns and Walter ing us. The author displays also a just Scott, we could most heartily wish to and extensive knowledge of human see it dispensed with almost every nature, and has brought out, in this where else. in truth, it now requires tale, a very considerable variety of a degree of taste and genius to macharacter. He has not, perhaps, al- nage it properly, which, after these ways managed his drumatis personæ admirable writers, we never hope to with perfect address, por grouped see again,-and its exquisite effect, in them so as to produce the most bril. their hands, renders the manging of liant display, but this does not appear it by less skilful and gifted authors to have been much his object; and altogether intolerable." Marriage, after all, we are not sure that the ge- however, with all its defects, is well neral effect of the narrative is not rather deserving of a perusal. increased than diminished by this “ COQUETRY” is, in general, better simplicity and apparent want of dex- written, and, in point of plot, much terity. The Scottish dialect, which better managed, than any of the pre