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self on a carpet spread on the ground, and covered fastened to their bodies by embroidered belts, which himself with a fleece or sheep-skin (touloup); for the air supported Turkish pistols, splendidly ornamented. A was cold, and Boulba loved to sleep warm at home. huge sabre hung behind. Their faces, but little batHe soon snored. All those who slept in the corner of || tered, looked all the more white and handsome. Little the court followed his example, and first of all the black mustaches set off the bright and flowery tint of watchman, who had celebrated most joyously the return youth. They were handsome, indeed, with their caps of his young lords. The mother alone slept not. She of black Astracan, with little red crowns. When the had cowered down near the bedside of her boys, who poor mother saw them, she could not speak a word, slept together. She combed their hair, bathing it and tears trembled in her faded eyes. with her tears-looking at them tenderly with all Come, my sons, all is ready; no delay! Come after the force of her soul, without being able to weary of the Cliristian custom; we must sit down before we contemplating them. She had nourished them with start.” her milk, had raised them with restless tenderness, and Everybody sat down in the same room, not exceptnow she was to see them but for an instant.

ing the servants, who had remained respectfully near "My sons, my adored sons! what will become of the door. you-—what awaits you ?” said she; and tears hung on * And now, mother, give thy benediction to the the wrinkles of her face, once beautiful.

children ; pray God they fight well, that they sustain She was, in fact, worthy of pity, as were all the the honour of cavaliers, and defend the religion of women of that time. She had lived for love but a Christ; if not, let them perish, and nothing remain of few hours, during the first fever of youth and passion; them

Children, approach your mother; and her rude lover had then abandoned her for his the prayer of a mother keeps from danger on land sword, his comrades, and an adventurous, unruly life. land on sca.” She saw her husband only twice or thrice a year ; The poor woman embraced them—took two images and when he was there with her, what was her life ? | of metal, and, weeping, hung them round their necki, She had to bear his abuse, his blows; receiving rare and “Maythe Virgin protect ye! Forget not your mother. disdainful caresses. Woman was a foreign thing, out of Send me news— place amid this body of adventurers. Her youth passed She could say no more. rapidly, without pleasure; her beautiful fresh cheeks, 'Come, boys!” said Boulba. her white shoulders, faded in solitude, and were covered The saddled horses awaited them. Boulba leaped with carly wrinkles. All her tenderness, and love, and on his Devil, which made a furious shy on feeling & passion, centred in maternal affection. That night weight of twenty pouds * on his back--for Boulba was she remained leaning with anguish over the bed of her big and heavy. When the mother saw that her sons children, like the tchaïka of the steppes hovering over had mounted on horseback, she rushed towards the its nest. Her dear sons are taken from her, perhaps youngest, who had the gentlest face; she seized his for her never to see them again ; perhaps, at the first stirrup, rose to his saddle, and folded him in a long battle, the Tartars will cut off their heads; and never embrace. Two vigorous Cossacks lifted her respectshall she know what has become of their bodies, aban- fully down, and bore her to the house. But at the doned to the voracious birds of prey. Weeping in a low | moment the horsemen passed the door of the court, tone, she gazed at them, their eyes fixed in sleep. she rushed, lightly as a fawn, after them, seized the

"Perhaps,” thought she, “ Boulba will put off their horse, and would embrace her son. She was again taken departure for two days. Perhaps he has only decided away. The young Cossacks moved slowly and sadly on going at once because he has drunk.”

beside their father, restraining their tears—for they For a long time the moon had illumined the court feared Boulba, who yet was moved, despite himself. The and the sleepers, as well as a mass of willows and day was grey; the green grass sparkled in the distance, lofty brushwood which grew against the palisades. I and the birds sang their varied song. After a while, The poor woman remained seated, devouring her chil- | the young men turned their heads; their dwelling dren with her eyes, and without thought of sleep. I seemed already buried, for they could only see on the Already the horses, smelling the dawn, had lain down, horizon two chimneys peeping among trees in which, and ceased to eat. The lofty leaves of the willows in their young days, they had climbed like squirrels. began to shake, to whisper, and their babble descended | A vast prairie spread before them-a prairie which refrom leaf to leaf. The neighing of a colt suddenly called their past life, from the age when they rolled on resounded on the steppe. Large red patches appeared is the dewy grass to when they went there to wait for a fai in the sky. Boulba awoke suddenly. He recollected Cossack with dark eyebrows, who tripped timidly across all his orders of the preceding eve.

it. Soon they only saw the pole, surmounted by a Deprived of her last hope, the old woman draggedcart-wheel, that rose by the well, and soon the steppe herself sadly towards the house. While with tears in began to rise like a mountain, hiding all behind them. her eyes she prepared the breakfast, Boulba gave his "Adieu, paternal roof !” cried they; "adieu, memories last Orders, visited the stables, and then chose of youth; ah! adieu ! for his children the richest clothes. The students no longer looked the same persons.

Red boots, with little heels of silver, took the place of their old college The three travellers rode on in silence. Old Tarass shoes. They bound round their waists, with a gilded was thinking of the past ; his youth was passed in string, pantaloons wide as the Black Sea, and formed review before him—that youth which a Cossack above of a million folds. To the string hung long strips is all regrets, for he wishes always to be agile, and ready of leather, whence depended huge tufts, and all the for a life of adventure. He was asking himself which utensils for smoking. Jackets of fiery red cloth were

A poud is forty pounds,

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of his comrades he should find at the setch. He|| prise, like the pillage of an orchard, he was always the counted those already dead, those who were alive- first to put himself under the orders of a daring schoand his grey head shook sadly.

lar; and never in any case did he bei ray his counrades. His sons were occupied with other thoughts. We Indifferent to all pleasures but war and the bottle, he must say a word of them. They were scarcely was loyal and good as any one could be in that time twelve when they were sent to the seminary of with such a character. The tears of his mother bad Kiew, for all the lords of those days thought moved him much; it was the only thing that could it necessary to give to their sons an education soon have moved him, and make him sadly bend his head. forgotten. On their entrance into the seminary, all His younger brother, Andry, was more lively and these young people were of a wild humour, and accus. open. He learned with pleasure, and without the tomed to full liberty. It was only there they were labour required by a heavy and energetic character. taken down a little, and received a kind of varnish, He was more ingenious than his brother, and oftener which made them rather uniform. The eldest, Ostap, the head of a daring enterprise. By the aid of his began his scientific career by running away.

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inventive mind, he often escaped punishment, when caught, beat smartly, and nailed to his books. Four | Ostap took off his caftan, and lay down without asking times he buried bis alphabet, and four times, after a for pardon. Andry was not less devoured by the desire savage flogging, they bought him a new one. He of accomplishing heroic actions; but his soul was open would have begun a fifth time, if his father had not for- to other sentiments. Love awoke warmly in him at mally menaced to shut him up for twenty years as a eighteen. Woman floated before his burning thoughts. lay-brother in a cloister, adding that he should never While listening to theological disputes, he saw the obsee the setch if he did not learn all that he was bound ||ject of his dream, with fresh cheeks, tender smile, and to learn at the academy. What is strange is, that black eyes. He bid from his comrades the ideas of his the menace

came from old Boulba, who mocked all young and passionate soul; for it was then unworthy science, and who told his sons not to mind it. From of a Cossack to think of love and women before he that moment, Ostap began to study, and soon was gained his spurs in battle. Towards the end of his called one of the best students. The teaching of those sojourn, he rarely headed an adventurous band, but days had no comection with the life that was led; all wandered in some solitary quarter of Kiew, where lit. the scholastic lore, all the rhetorical and logical arti- tle houses sweetly peeped from their cherry-tree garfices, had no connection with the epoch, aud could have dens. Sometimes he entered the street of the aristono possible application. The learned of those days were cracy, in that part of the town now called old Kiew, perfectly ignorant, for their science was idle and empty. and which then, inhabited by Little Russia and Polish Besides, the republican organisation of the seminary lords, was composed of houses built with some luxury. inspired that immense collection of young men, in the One day, dreaming as he went along, the heavy carforce of their age, with active desires beyond the riage of a Polish lord nearly crushed him, and the long circle of their studies. Bad fare, frequent punishments mustached coachman hit him violently with his whip. by hunger, the growing passions, all united to awaken | The young scholar, boiling with anger, seized, with that thirst for adventure which was to be satisfied at || vigorous hand and mad boldness, a hind wheel of the the setch. The pursers, or lay-scholars, went bungry carriage, and checked it. The coachman, fearing a about the streets of Kiew, forcing the inhabitants into quarrel, whipped his horses into a gallop, and Andry prudence. The dealers of the bazaars always covered was upset, with his face in the mud. A harmonious their cakes, their little pastry, their sweets, with their and sharp laugh was heard above his head. He raised two hands, as soon as they saw a purser. The consul, his eyes, and saw at a window of a house a girl of or surveyor, chosen among the students, whose duty it ravishing beauty. She was white and rosy as morn was to survey his fellow, had such deep pockets in his tinged by the first rays of the rising sun. She pantaloons that he could have buried therein the whole laughed loudly, and her laugh added a charnı to her shop of an inattentive shopman. These pursers were lively and proud beauty. He remained there stupia world apart. They could not penetrate into high | tied, with open mouth, wiping away the mud with his society, composed of Poles and Little Russia nobles. I hand. Who could this beautiful girl be? lle asked The caïrode himself, Adam Kissel, despite his protec- the richly-dressed servants at the door, looking at a tion of the academy, prohibited the students from so- l bandoura-player. But they laughed at his dirty face, ciety, and desired they should be treated with severity. | and did not answer. But he at last learned that it This last recommendation was umnecessary, for neither was the daughter of the caïrode of kovno, for a few the rector nor the professors spared either the whip days at Kiew. The next night, with all the boldness or the strappado. The lictors often thrashed the con- of a purser, he crossed the palisade of the garden, suls themselves, so as to make them scratch their climbed a tree which reached to the roof, mounted trousers for an hour. But most of them thought now it, and let himself down the chimney into the room of thing of this,or only considered it as something stronger the young girl. She was seated near a light, taking tban peppered brandy. But some ended by finding this off her rich ear-rings. The lovely Pole was so frightened warming so disagreeable that they flew to the setch, if at the sight of an unknown man, who appeared thus they knew the road, and were not caught on the way. suddenly before her, that she could not pronounce a Ostap Boulba, despite the care he took to study logic, word. But when she perceived that the purser was and even theology, could never get free from the strap-|| motionless, with his eyes fixed on the ground, and not pado. This naturally made him more sombre, untract. daring to move a finger; when she recognised the man able, and gave him the firmness of character worthy who had fallen so ridiculously, she again burst out of a Cossack. He was considered a very good com- | laughing. There was, moreover, nothing terrible about panion. If he was scarcely ever chief in a bold enter | Andry; on the contrary, he had a charming face. She laughed a long time, and then made fun of him. The || white and brilliant in the rays of the sun. beauty was thoughtless, like all fair Poles, but her Oh, my steppes, how lovely ye are ! serene and clear eyes cast looks that promised con- Our travellers only stopped to dine. Their whole stancy. The

poor student hardly breathed. The suite, composed of ten Cossacks, dismounted. They daughter of the vairode approached him boldly, put on loosened the wooden bottles containing brandy, and the his head her diadem head-dress, and on his shoulders calabashes serving as cups. They ate bread and bacon, a transparent collar, ornamented with festoons of gold. and dry cakes, and drank one glass ; for Tarass nerer She committed a thousand follies with the childish ease allowed any one to get drunk during a journey. They of a Polonnaise, which threw the young purser into in. then started, to travel all day. Night came; the expressible confusion. He looked foolish, and gazed steppe changed its appearance. All its dotted surface with open mouth at the mischievous girl. A sudden seemed fired by the last rays of the setting sun, and noise alarmed her. She ordered him to hide; and when then became rapidly obscured, leaving the shadow her fright was over, she called her servant, a female which wrapped the steppe in a mantle of dark green.

Tartar, and ordered her to take him prudently through Then the vapours became thicker; each flower, each the garden, and put him out. This time the stu- herb exhaled its perfume, and all the steppe steamed with dent was unlucky while crossing the palisades. The balmy odours. Long golden and rosy-tinted streaks, guardian awoke, saw him, gave the alarm, and the seemingly scattered by a gigantic pencil, spread orer people of the house fell upon him with sticks, until the dark azure sky. Here and there peeped forth white quick legs had taken him out of their reach. It be- bits of clouds, while a breeze, fresh and caressing as became dangerous after this to wander round the the sea-waves, rocked itself on the summit of the grass, house, and Andry only saw her once more--at church. scarcely felt on the travellers' cheeks. The whole conShe saw him, and smiled, as at an old acquaintance.cert of the day became weaker, and a new concert took Soon the vaïvode of Kovno left the town, and an units place. The ground-squirrels, with spotted fur, came known face appeared at the window where he had seen out with precaution from their shelter, stood upon their the beautiful Pole with black eyes. Andry was think-hind legs, and filled the prairie with their shrill whistle; ing of all this, with his head bowed on the neck of his the cricket cherped more loudly; and now and then horse.

in the distance was heard the cry of a solitary sman, But for a long time the steppe had wrapped them which sounded like a silver bell in the sleepy air. At in its green bosom. The high grass surrounded them the beginning of the night the travellers stopped in the on all sides, so that nothing could be seen but the black || middle of the plain, lit a fire, whose smoke glided away caps of the Cossacks.

obliquely into space, and, putting a pot on the coals, "Eh! eh! what is the matter?" said Boulba, awaking cooked gruel. Having supped, the Cossacks lay down, from his reverie. “One would think you turned monks. || leaving their horses to wander with shackles on their Away with all black thoughts. Close your pipes feet. The stars looked down upon them sleeping in between your teeth, spur your horses, and let us run their caftans. They could hear the crackling, the so that a bird would not catch us?"

moving, all the noises of the innumerable world of inAnd the Cossacks, bending on the pommels of the sects which crowded in the grass. All these sounds, minsaddles, disappeared in the tufted grass. Not even their gled in the silence of the night, came harmoniously to the caps were now seen; the rapid furrow in the grass car. Sometimes the sombre obscurity of heaven was only marked their course. The sun had risen in a sky cleared away by the burning of dry reeds round rivers without a cloud, and shed upon the steppe its warm and lakes; and a long line of swans, going to the north, and vivifying heat.

caught by the luminous glare, looked like red rags More they advanced on the steppe, more it became floating through the air. wild and splendid. At this time the whole space, now Our travellers continued their road without advercalled New Russia, from the Ukraine to the Black Sea, ture. Nowhere around them did they see a tree; it was a virgin and grassy sea. No plough had ever left a was the same free, wild, and infinite steppe. Only now mark amid its immense floods of savage plants. The and then in the far distance could be seen the blue wild horses had alone left paths through its thick line of the forests bordering the Dnieper. Once Tarass shelter. The whole surface of the earth seemed an pointed out a black spot to his children. ocean of golden verdure, enamelled with a thousand “ See, my children; Tartar!" other colours. Among the fine and dry stalks of the Approaching nearer, they discovered a head with high grass grew masses of blue-bottles, blue, red, and long mustaches, which fixed on them its thin and violet. The broom plant tossed in the air its pyramid || pursed-up eyes, smelled the air like a dog, and disapof yellow flowers; the little petals of the white clover peared like a gazelle, after seeing that the Cossacks dotted the dark herbage; and a corn stalk, Heaven | were thirteen in number. knows whence it came, ripened there alone. Under the “Will ye catch the Tartar, children ? But no! do continued shade of the grass flew the neck-spreading not try; his horse is fleeter than even my Devil." partridge. The air was filled with a thousand songs But Boulba, fearing an ambush, took precantions. of birds. Hawks hung motionless, whipping the air He galloped to the edge of a little river called Tatarwith the ends of their wings, and plunging greedy looks ka, which fell into the Dnieper. They entered it, and into the grass. Afar off one heard the sharp cry of a swam their horses some distance, to hide their trail. fight of wild ducks, which flew like a thick cloud over Then crossing, they continued on their way. Three some lake lost in the immensity of the plains. The saruss days after, they found themselves near the end of their of the steppes rose with even movement, and bathed || journey. A sudden chill was felt. The Dnieper was himself voluptuously in the flood of azure; sometimes near. It was seen in the distance; and the nearer it was only seen like a black dot, sometimes it shonell they approached, the more its cold waves widened.

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They had reached that part where, bursting from a was a young Zaporog, with his cap on his ear, dancing rocky bed, it covered conquered plains, or was sent with phrensy, his hands above his head. sweeping even further by lofty islands. The Cossacks “Quick ! quicker !" cried he, “ quicker! Thomas, dismounted, entered a boat, and in three hours reached spare not your brandy to true Christians.” Hortitza Island, where was the setch. A lot of men And Thomas, who had a black eye, gave pitchers were quarrelling with the boatmen on the shore. The freely to the assistants around the young dancer; Cossacks again mounted; Tarass looked proud, and drew || and four old Zaporogs stamped their feet, then threw in his belt, and curled his mustaches. The young men themselves like a cloud upon the very heads of the examined themselves with timid emotion, and then all musicians, then bowed their knees, and touched the entered the outskirt, which precedes the setch by hall || ground, to rise again and strike it with their silver a terste. They were stunned by fifty hammers work. || heels. The soil resounded, and the air was filled with ing away at half as many underground forges, covered the sound of the hoppak and tropak dances. Among by moss. Vigorous tauners were pressing bull-hides in the Cossacks was one who cried and bellowed more their hands. Hucksters sold gunpowder and flints. Anthan all. His tuft of hair flew about, his broad chest Armenian exposed rich stuffs. A'Tartar kueaded dough. was naked; but on his arm was his winter pelisse, while A Jew drew brandy from a barrel. But what chiedy || perspiration poured down bis face. drew their attention was a Zaporog lying in the middle "Take off your pelisse," said Tarass; “it is too warm.” of the road, asleep.

"Impossible!" "How the fellow is developed,” said Tarass; “what Why?" a fine man!”

"Because it is impossible; I know myself. EveryThe tableau was complete. The Zaporog had thing I take off goes to the drinking-shop.” ” spread himself out like a sleeping lion. His tuft of The fellow had no cap, no belt, no embroidered hair, thrown proudly back, covered two palms of ground handkerchief-all had gone. The crowd of dancers round his head. His splendid red trousers had been grew larger every instant; and one could not help feclsoiled with pitch, out of recklessness. Boulba smiled, ing emotion at the sight of the whole setch rushing to and continued his route through a narrow street filled | dance the most characteristic dance in the world-the by workers in the open air,and people of all nations who | Kasatchok. fed and clothed the setch, itself incapable of all but “Oh, if I were not on horseback!” said old Boulba. fighting and drinking.

But soon they began to see a number of aged and They soon passed the outskirt, and saw some scat- ' grave men, respected by the whole setch, and whom it tered huts, covered, in the Tartar fashion, with turf or had elected chiefs. Tarass knew many, and Andry felt. Before some were cannon. There were no en- and Ostap heard such expressions as these :closures, no little wooden houses with columns, as in “Ah! is that you, Petchéritza ?” the outskirts. A parapet of earth, and a gate left un- “Good day, Kosoloup!" fastened, showed their carelessness. Some robust Za- Whence come you, Tarass ? " porojies, lying on the ground, with pipes in their

“And you, Doloto?" mouths, let them pass without notice. Tarass moved "Good day, Kirdiaga!" with precaution amongst them.

“I did not expect to see you, Remen.” “Good day, noble friends!”

And these warriors from the corners of Russia “ And to you, good day!”

embraced warmly, and confused questions were beard. Picturesque groups were seen. The pale features “What is become of Kassiau, and Borodavka, and of the men showed service and sufferings. Such is the Koloper, and Pidzichok ?” setch, from whence came those lion-hearted men who And Tarass heard that Borodavka had been hung spread the Cossack power over all the Ukraine. They || at Tolopan; that Koloper had been skinned alive at crossed an extensive space, where was held the council. || Kisikermen; that Pidzichok's head had been salted, and On an upright tub sat a shirtless Zaporog, mending sent in a tub to Constantinople. Poulba shook his his garment with intense gravity ; then their way was head, and muttered sadlystopped by a troop of musicians, in the midst of whom “ They were good Cossacks."

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PRITHEE what hath snared thee, heart?
Is it, say, a houied lip,
O'er whose coral bloom thy thought,
Bee-like hovering, hath been caught,
And, but loitering there to sip,
From its sweetness could not part ?
Prithee, what hath snared three, heart?
What hath caught thee, fancy mine?
Is it, say, a laughing eye,
The fair heaven of whose blue
Idly thou went'st wand'ring through,
Till thou, silly butterfly,
Couldst not quit its charm'd sunshine ?
What hath caught thee, fancy mine ?

What hath witched thee, sober thought !
Say, was it a diamond wit,
That, as thon wast straving near,
With its spells so took thine ear,
That thou couldst not fly from it-
All in strange enchantment caught?
What hath witched thee, sober thought?
No! though lip and wit awnile,
And the glory of an eye,
You, perchance, had captive held;
Soou their charms you back had spelled--
Soon their witchery learn'd to fly.
Prisoners to her smile ye be-

What from that shall set you free?
Greenwich.

W. C. BENNETZ.

MEMOIRS AND CORRESPONDENCE OF SIR ROBERT MURRAY KEITH, K.B.

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BIOGRAPHIES form thestaple of our current literature. , among other children of the marriage was the late wellTheir proportion in the list of new books is larger in the army, and twenty years the representative of

known diplomatist, Sir Robert Murray Keith, K.B., a genenow than at any former period of which we recollect ; || Great Britain at the court of Vienda ; Sir Basil Keith, aby and they are generally those of parties once connected I lied in 1717. governor of the Island of Jamaica; and my with the grave political novements of the world— || resting character in its leading points, I may now confess, tbe movements that have ripened and passed into decay, | lady termned Mrs. Bethune Baliol was designed to shidor combinations that were formed, and are broken up by || out; and whose death, occurring in 1818 had saddened a the new, and, in some respects, more energetic pro- virtue and amiable qualities of disposition as for the is. ceedings of the present times.

tent of information which she possessel, and the deliente Sir Robert Murray Keith ras descended from the

manner in which she used to communicate it.

“ If ever tbese endowments, and the kindred qualities of great family who, at one period, wielded an influence onbending integrity and oprightness, in public and privata in Scotland second to none of the aristocratic houses. lite, were hereditary, their possession by Sir Robert Keith. A large part of their possessions were centred in Kin- and the sister thus worthily commemorated, may be traced

to the precept and example of a father, who seems to bare cardineshire, on the east of Scotland. The ruins of merited and enjoyed, in no ordinary degree, the affections: their strong castle of Dunottar form, to this day, esteem of the generation among whom he lived.

“ llimself the son of a soldier, and of no unworthy one, the most prominent artificial object on the eastern

he appears never to have filled a directly military situation; coast. Like many others of the ancient Scottish fa- | though he passed several years of bis life in familiar domesmilies, they preserved their allegiance, through various tication with one of the ablest captains of the are, as serrechanges, to the house of Stuart; and their chief, l'ary to the forces, with the combined armies under the great

Earl of Stair. Of the satisiactory manner in wbich Hr. the Earl Marischal, received James, in 1715, when Keith discharged the duies of that responsible offi e, nenet. he made that unsuccessful effort for a crown, put

ons confilential documents, showing the high esteem in

which he was held by his noble principal, exist to best down at the Sheriff Muir by the Duke of Argyle. At

testimony ; while one litt'e record of a transaction, urthat period James landed at Peterhead, and travelled known, probably, save to his own nearest and dearest, see from that port to the Castle of Dunottar. He remained vives to prove the vice sense of honour which could infidence there for some time, and is said to have been crowned large and increasing family, to decline, as inconsisten eta

a gentleman of very small, tbough ancient estate, with a at Fetteresso, a neighbouring mansion, at the time his public character. a source of certai i and almost limitat belonging also to the Earl Marischal.

Unlike some

emolument; which some migbt have deemed not ineomp

ble with a secure official situation, whose novelty (for it was of the other Scottish families, whose influence was

then, it seems, for the firsi time filled), must bave left isa pretty equally divided between the houses of Guelph Liabilities less accurately difined. The offer, couchei and of Stuart, the Keiths and the Erskines gave all Mattering terms, and with little doubt apparently of ready to the family whom they favoured, and lost all in their acceptince, of sharing with him (without pecuniars si

vances, oreven the use of his name) the contract for suppe overthrow. In their expulsion, Scotland lost, and the the allied armies, then about to enter Germany, is still er.

tant in the writing of the liberal proposer, his friend Sir Abre northern powers gained, the aid and services of great

bam fiune. A slip of paper affixed to it, simply notes (for las military leaders. The family of Sir Robert Murray || sole intorination of his own family) that it was deep Keith branched off from the elder house of the Keiths; 1 by Mr. Keith as, unsuitable to the position he occupied in the before those disputes regarding the succession to the public service.” crown, and the civil and religious liberty of the country,

Mr. Keith was long engaged in diplomatic missions; which terminated in so many forfeitures. This branch and his son, therefore, enjoyed an hereditary prediler of the family did not interfere, apparently, in the early tion for the sphere which he was subsequentis to struggle of the eighteenth century; and at the date of occupy. The family of Mr. Keith acquired a high the later rebellion, Mr. Keith, the immediate ancestor standing in society, a permanent place and a "goodly of Sir Robert Murray Keith, was engaged in diplo- | fame in the records of their country. The diplomatie matic missions for the Government. The editress and military services of the sons, however able, ingives the following account of the family, which was

teresting, and successful, have not secured for the for three centuries undistinguished amongst those of the degree of laudable notoriety that has been gained the Scottish squirearchy—the family of a Mearns 1 -by the fortuitous acquaintance of Sir Walter Soz:: laird, with neither extensive nor favoured posses- with that “excellent lady,” Mrs. Bethune Baliol—fzsions :

their sister, Mrs. Aune Murray Keith; so fully deve

“ the ideal” often overshadow "the real" in traditia " The Keiths of Craig, in Kincardineshire, says that accnrate antiquary and genealogist, Sir Waiter Scott, (whose

MARIA THERESA OF HUNGARY. well known friendsbip for one gifted member of the family, led him, in one of the later editions of his novels, to give this The early part of the first volume is occupied :) sketch of its history, ?, descended from John Keith, fourth || the correspondence of Mr. Keith, the father of S father, about the year 1480, the lands of Craig, and part of Robert Murray Keith, and our ambassador at Viera Garvock, in that county.

in 1749. The correspondence is calculated to thn “Colonel Robert Keith, of Craig, the seventh in descent | light upon many political events of that period, 2. from John, had by his wife, Agres, daughter of Robert Nurray, of Murrarshall, one son, Robert Keith, ambassador upon the actors who, a hundred years since, ockup to the Courts of Vienna and St. Petersburg, who died in the political arena of Europe. The subjoined letier Edinburgh in 1774. He married Margaret, second daughter Mr. Keith to the Duke of Newcastle gives a fair spæ. of Sir William Cunningham, of Caprington, by Janet, only child and heiress of Sir James Dick, of Prostonfield; and

men of the nature of this correspondence :* 2 vols. London: Henry Colburn. 1849.

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