« ForrigeFortsæt »
VIII. Were I forced by some dread demoniacal hand, To change heads (what a fate!) with some Whig in the land, I don't know but I'd swap with yourself, my old Gander,
. But to shew my good will in 40t Alexander !)
a manner more solemn, I inscribe to your name (Jump for joy !) this whole VOLUME. Being always your servant, your friend, and so forth The humanest of conquerors.
Christopher North. 17, PRINCE'S-STREET, EDINBURGH,
31st December, 1821.
We have found ourselves, dear Subscribers, under the necessity of publishing two Numbers of our Magazine, this month, and we shall be obliged to do this occasionally, when our correspondents become dangerous and personal. We trust that we shall be forgiven by all whose articles are not inserted. We put a printer's devil, blindfolded into our large iron-safe, and told him to throw out at random thirty articles. As he is no relation of the late Miss Macavoy of Liverpool, the blindest impartiality may be depended upon. Another devil was in waiting to carry off the articles to the printing-office; and they are printed just as the blinded devil threw them up, on the principle of fortui. tous concussion. That so much and so many of them should have happened to relate to coronations, cannot surprise any person who believes that an accidental jumble of atoms produced the world.
We regret, however, that this mode of selection has been unfortunate in one respect. The paw of the little devil in the chest has not happened to lay hold of any sentimental description of the late august ceremony; although, doubt. less, there must be many such, as all the writers for the press appear to have been taken with the most pathetic sensibility in their account of the solemnities; even the London newspapers not only excelled themselves, but some of them performed characters at variance with their wonted habits.
The eyes of “ The Morning Chronicle," for example, were suffused with tears of joy and gratitude at beholding the whiglings placed so near his Majesty's seat of honour; “ The Examiner" was obliged to confess that“ the thing was well got up;" and Cobbet himself bit his lips with vexation to such a degree, that there is some doubt if he will ever be able to wash his mouth again.
Had we not been induced to grant the boon of this impartial selection to our correspondents, in imitation of his Majesty's act of grace to the Radicals, merely to try if we can appease a parcel of discontented rogues, we should have confined ourselves exclusively to works of a tender-hearted kind, such as has hitherto characterised our publication. Perhaps, however, our readers will allow, that for them the fortuitous selection has been fortunate, for certainly we never before issued any Number like to this, whether we regard the abilities of the correspondents, or the topics on which their abilities have been exerted,
Saltmarket of Glasgow.
VOYAGE THIRD. Having nourished my faculties for set it down with a stot, and, pushing observation by reflecting on the va- back her chair, remained for a space of rious things I had seen, and the extra- time in a posture of astonishment, by ordinaries I had heard, I began again to which I discovered that it was a thing feel the spirit of curiosity germinating she never expected would have enterto new adventures, which it would at ed my head. I then expounded to her one time have been far from my hand to how it might be serviceable to me to have undertaken. But travelling en- inspect the ways of business in Lonlarges the mind, and experience is a don; but although nothing could be great encourager in the way of ventu- more reasonable than what I set forth ring afield. I was, however, for a sea- on that head, she shook her's, and son perplexed anent the airt in which said, “This comes of your gallantI should steer my course, as the Jack ing in the Greenock steam-boats ; but Tars say, till some accident brought ye’re your own master, Mr Duffle, me to think, that of late years our and may do as ye think fit-howsomyoung haberdashers, and others in the ever, its my opinion that the coronafancy line, are in the practice of tak- tion has a temptation in it that ye're ing a trip up to the town of London, to blate to own.” see the fashions :- Thinking of this, After thus breaking the ice with as I was saying, it came into my head, Mrs M‘Lecket, I consulted with Mr that if such jauntings were profitable Sweeties as to money matters and lesser to them, the like might be of service considerations, and having made a suitto me in my business at the same able arrangement for being from home time, considering the steady hand I a whole month, and bought a new had always held in my calling, it would trunk for the occasion, with the ’nitial not do for me to be overly ready to letters of my name on the lid in brass change my methods; and therefore, nails, I was taken in a stage-coach to before attempting any thing of the Edinburgh. Some advised me to presort, I thought it would be prudent to fer the track-boat on the canal to Lock see a little more of the world, and look No. 16; but as I had the long voyage about me; for although Glasgow is from Leith to London before me, I surely a large and populous place, it considered with myself, that I would must be allowed that it is but a nar- have enough of the water or a' was row sphere for observation, and that a done, and therefore resolved to travel man who spends his whole life there- by land, though it was a thought more in, between, as it were, the punch- expensive. bowl and the coffee-room, cannot be My companions in the coach conelse, as a man, than one of the nume- sisted of Mrs Gorbals, who was taking rous family of the Smalls, a term in her youngest daughter, Miss Lizzy, which I heard an exhibitioner at Ba- to learn manners at a boarding-school liol's, from our college to Oxford, in Edinburgh—and a Greenock genemploy in speaking of persons with tleman, who was on his way to get the poor heads and proud purses--and no- opinion of counsel anent a rivisidendo body could dispute with him the just- on some interlocutor of the Lord Ordiness thereof.
nary concerning the great stoollaw-plea However, not to descant on particu- of that town; and we were a very tosh larities, let it suffice, that one night, and agreeable company. For of Mrs over a dish of tea, [the Englishers, as Gorbals it does not require me to tell, I afterwards found, say a cup of tea,] that she is a blithe woman; and Miss with Mrs MʻLecket, I said to her, Lizzy, although she has not quite so “ What would ye think, Mistress, if much smeddum as her elder sister I were to set out on a journey to Lon- Miss Meg, that Mr M‘Gruel, the Kildon?”
winning doctor, had a work with last Mrs M'Lecket had then the pourie year, is however a fine good-temperedt in her hand to help my cup; but she lassie, and, when well schooled, may.