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customer from her showy and successful rival at the and probably there never was any traveller who gave Well.

more trouble in a house of entertainment. He had "I shall be easily accommodated, ma'am,” said the his own whims about cookery; and when these were stranger; "I have travelled too much and too far to contradicted, especially if he felt at the same time a be troublesome. A Spanish venta, a Persian khan, twinge of incipient gout, one would have thought he or a Turkish caravanserail, is all ihe same to me had taken his lessons in the pastry-shop of Bedreddin only, as I have no servant-indeed, never can be Hassan, and was ready to renew the scene of the unplagued with one of these idle loiterers, -I must beg happy cream-tart, which was compounded without you will send to the well for a bottle of the water on pepper. Every now and then he started some new such mornings as I cannot walk there myself-I find doctrine in culinary matters, which Mrs. Dods deemed it is really of some service to me.

a heresy; and then the very house rang, with their Mrs. Dods readily promised compliance with this disputes. Again, his bed must necessarily be made reasonable request; graciously conceding, that there at a certain angle from the pillow to the footposts ;

could be nae ill in the water itsell, but may be some and the slightest deviation from this disturbed, he gude--it was only the New Inn, and the daft haverils said, his nocturnal rest, and did certainly ruffle his that they caa'd' the Company, that she misliked. temper. He was equally whimsical about the brushFolk had a jest that St. Ronan dookit the Deevil in ing of his clothes, the arrangement of the furniture of the Waal, which garr'd it taste aye since of brimstane his apartment, and a thousand minutiæ, which, in --but she dared to say that was a' papist nonsense, conversation, he seemed totally to contemn. for she was tellit by him that kend weel, and thai It may seem singular, but such is the inconsistency was the minister himsell, that St. Ronan was nane of human nature, that a guest of this fanciful and of your idolatrous Roman saunts, but a Chaldee,” capricious disposition gave much more satisfaction (meaning probably a Culdee,) "whilk was doubtless to Mrs. Dods, than her quiet and indifferent friend, a very different story."

Mr. Tyrrel. If her present lodger could blame, he Maiters being thus arranged to the satisfaction of could also applaud; and no artist, co of such both parties, the post-chaise was ordered, and speedily skill as Mrs. Dods possessed, is indifferent to the appeared at the door of Mr. Bindloose's mansion. It praises of such a connoisseur as Mr. Touchwood. The was not without a private feeling of reluctance, that pride of art comforted her for the additional labour; honest Meg mounted the step of a vehicle, on the door nor was it a matter unworthy of this most honest of which was painted, “Fox INN AND HOTEL ST. publican's consideration, that the guests who give Roxan's Well;" but it was too late to start such most trouble, are usually those who incur the largest scruples.

bills, and pay them with the best grace. On this "I never thought to have entered ane o' their hur-point Touchwood was a jewel of a customer. He ley-hackets,” she said, as she seated herself; and never denied himself the gratification of the slightest sic a like thing as it is--scarce room for twa folk!- whim, whatever expense he might himself incur, or Weel I wot, Mr. Touchwood, when I was in the hiring whatever trouble he might give to those about him; line, our twa chaises wad hae carried, ilk ane o' them, and all was done under protestation, that the matter four grown folk and as mony bairns. I trust that in question was the most indifferent thing to him in doited creature Anthony will come awa back wi' my the world. "What the devil did he care for Burgess's whiskey and the cattle, as soon as they have had sauces, he that had eat his kouscousou, spiced with their feed.--Are ye sure ye hae room eneugh, sir ?-1 nothing but the sand of the desert ? only it was a wad fain hotch mysell farther yont."

shame for Mrs. Dods to be without what every "O, ma'am," answered the Oriental, “I am accus- decent house, above the rank of an alehouse, ought tomed to all sorts of conveyances-a dooly, a litter, a to be largely provided with.” cart, a palanquin, or a post-chaise, are all alike to me In short, he fussed, fretted, commanded, and was -I think I could be an inside with Queen Mab in a obeyed; kept the house in hot water, and yet was so nutshell, rather than not get forward. - Begging you truly good-natured when essential matters were in many pardons, if you have no particular objections, I discussion, that it was impossible to bear him the will light my sheroot," &c. &c. &c.

least ill-will; so that Mrs. Dods, though in a moment of spleen she sometimes wished him at the top of

Tintock, always ended by singing forth his praises.

She could not, indeed, help suspecting that he was a
Nabob, as well from his conversation about foreign

parts, as from his freaks of indulgence to himself, A man lie was to all the country dear, And passing rich with forty pounds e-year.

and generosity to others, -attributes which she underGOLDSMITH's Deserted Vulage.

stood to be proper to most “Men of Ind." But al

though the reader has heard her testify a general disMrs. Dops's conviction, that her friend Tyrrel had like to this species of Fortune's favourites, Mrs. been murdered by the sanguinary Captain MacTurk, Dods had sense enough to know, that a Nabob live remained firm and unshaken; but some researches ing in the neighbourhood, who raises the price of eggs for the supposed body having been found fruitless, as and poultry upon the good housewives around, was well as expensive, she began to give up the matter in very different from a Nabob residing within her own despair. She had done her duty”?" she left the gates, drawing all his supplies from her own larder, maiter to them that had a charge anent such and paying, without hesitation or question, whatever things''-and “Providence would bring the mystery bills her conscience permitted her to send in. In to light in his own fitting time"-such were the mo- short, to come back to the point at which we perhaps ralities with which the good dame consoled herself; might have stopped some time since, landlady and and, with less obstinacy than Mr. Bindloose had ex- guest were very much pleased with each other. pected, she retained her opinion without changing But Ennui finds entrance into every scene, when her banker and man of business.

the gloss of novelty is over; and the fiend began to Perhaps Meg's acquiescent inactivity in a matter seize upon Mr. Touchwood just when he had gyt all which she had threatened to probe so deeply, was matters to his mind in the Cleikum Inn-had inpartly owing to the place of poor Tyrrel being sup- structed Dame Dods in the mysteries of curry and plied in her blue chamber, and in her daily thoughts mullegatawny-drilled the chambermaid into the haand cares, by her new

guest, Mr. Touchwood; in bit of making his bed at the angle recommended by possessing whom, a deserter as he was from the Sir John Sinclair-and made some progress in instructWell, she obtained, according to her view of the mat- ing the humpbacked postilion in the Arabian mode of ter, a decided triumph over her rivals. It sometimes grooming. Pamphlets and newspapers, sent from required, however, the full force of this reflection, to London and Edinburgh by loads, proved inadequate to induce Meg, old and crabbed as she was, to submit to rout this invader of Mr. Touchwood's comfort; and, at the various caprices and exactions of attention which last

, he bethought himself of company. The natural were displayed by her new lodger. Never any man resource would have been the Well-but the traveller talked so much as Touchwood, of his habitual in- had a holy shivering of awe, which crossed him at difference to food, and accommodation in travelling; the very recollection of Lady Penelope, who had

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worked him rather hard during his former brief resi- j I have known inany who took so much care of their dence; and although Lady Binks's beauty might have own bowels, my good dame as to have none for any charmed an Asiatic, by the plump graces of its con- one else.-But come-bustle to the work--get us as tour, our senior was past the thoughts of a Sultana good a dinner for two as you can set out-have it and a haram. At length a bright idea crossed his ready at three to an instant-get the old hock I had mind, and he suddenly demanded of Mrs. Dods, who sent me from Cockburn--a bottle of the particular was pouring out his tea for breakfast, into a large Indian Sherry--and another of your own old claretcup of a very particular species of china, of which he fourth bin, you know, Meg.-And stay, he is a priest, had presented her with a service on condition of her and must have port-have all ready, but don't bring rendering him this personal good office,

the wine into the sun, as that silly fool Beck did the "Pray, Mrs. Dods, what sort of a man is your mi- other day.-I can't go down to the larder myself, but nister ?

let us have no blunders." "He's just a man like other men, Maister Touch- "Nae fear, nae fear," said Meg, with a toss of the wood,” replied Meg; "what sort of a man should head, "I need naebody to look into my larder but myhe be ?"

sell, Í trow-but it's an unco order of wine for twa "A man like other men ?-ay-that is to say, he folk, and ane of them a minister." has the usual complement of legs and arins, eyes and "Why, you foolish person, is there not the woman ears--but is he a sensible man?

up the village that has just brought another fool into "No muckle o' that, sir," answered Dame Dods; the world, and will she not need sack and caudle, if "for if he was drinking this very tea that ye gat doun we leave some of our wine ?" from London wi' the mail, he wad mistake it for "A gude ale-posset wad set her better," said Meg; common bohea."

"however, if it's your will, it shall be my pieasure. — "Then he has not all his organs-wants a nose, or But the like of sic a gentleman as yoursell never enthe use of one at least," said Mr. Touchwood; "the tered my doors !" tea is right gunpowder--a perfect nosegay.

The traveller was gone before she had completed Aweel, that may be," said the landlady,; "but I the sentence; and, leaving Meg to hustle and maunhave gi'en the minister a dram frae my ain best bot- der at her leisure away he marched, with the haste tle of real Coniac brandy, and may I never stir frae that characterized all his motions when he had any the bit, if he didna commend my whisky when he new project in his head, to form an acquaintance set down the glass! There is no ane o' them in the with the minister of St. Ronan's, whom, while he Presbytery but himsell--ay, or in the Synod either walks down the street to the Manse, we will endeabut wad hae kend whisky frae brandy.

vour to introduce to the reader. "But what sort of man is he?-Has he learning ?" The Rev. Josiah Cargill was the son of a small demanded Touchwood.

farmer in the south of Scotland; and a weak con"Learning?-eneugh o' that," answered Meg; "just stitution, joined to the disposition for study which dung donnart wi' learning-lets a' things about the frequently accompanies infirm health, induced his Manse gang whilk gate they will, sae they dinna parents, though at the expense of some sacrifices, to plague him upon the score. An awfu' thing it is to educate him for the ministry. They were the rather see sic an ill-red-up house !-If I had the twa taw- led to submit to the privations which were necessary pies that sorn upon the honest man ae week under to support this expense, because they conceived, from my drilling, I think I wad show them how to sort a their family traditions, that he had in his veins some lodging!"

portion of the blood of that celebrated Boanerges of Does he preach well ?” asked the guest. the Covenant, Donald Cargill, who was slain by the "Oh, weel eneugh, weel eneugh--sometimes he persecutors at the town of Queensferry, in the melanwill fling in a lang word or a bit of learning that our choly days of Charles II., merely because, in the plefarmers and bannet lairds canna sae wees follow-nitude of his sacerdotal power, he had cast out of the But what of that, as I am aye telling them ?-them church, and delivered over to Satan by a formal ex: that pay stipend get aye the mair for their siller.'' communication, the King and Royal Family, with all “Does he attend to his parish ?- Is he kind to the the ministers and courtiers thereunto belonging. But

if Josiah was really derived from this uncompromis"Ower muckle o' that, Maister Touchwood-I am ing champion, the heat of the family spirit which he sure he makes the Word gude, and turns not away might have inherited was qualified by the sweetness from those that ask him-his very pocket is picked of his own disposition, and the quiet temper of the by a wheen ne'er-do-weel blackguards, that gae sorn- times in which he had the good fortune to live. Ale ing through the country.”

was characterized by all who knew him as a mild. Sorning through the country, Mrs. Dods ?-what gentle, and studious lover of learning, who, in the would you think if you had seen the Fakirs, the Der- quiet prosecution of his own sole object, the acquis, vises, the Bonzes, the Imauns, the monks, and the tion of knowledge, and especially of that connected mendicants, that I have seen ?—But go on, never mind with his profession, had the utmost indulgence for all --Does this minister of yours come much into com- whose pursuits were different from his own. His

sole relaxations were those of a retiring, mild, and Company ?-gae wa'," replied Meg, "he keeps pensive temper, and were limited to a ramble, almost nae company at a', neither in his ain house or ony always solitary, among the woods and hills, in praise gate else. He comes down in the morning in a lang of which he was sometimes guilty of a sonnet, but ragged nightgown, like a potato bogle, and down he rather because he could not help the attempt, than as sits amang his books; and if they dinna bring him proposing to himself the fame or the rewards which something to eat, the puir demented body has never attend the successful poet. Indeed, far from seeking the heart to cry for aught, and he has been kend to to insinuate his fugitive pieces into magazines and sit for ten hours thegiiher, black fasting, whilk is a' newspapers, he blushed at his poetical attempts even mere papistrie, though he does it just out o' forget." while alone, and, in fact, was rarely indulgent to

Why, landlady, in that case, your parson is any his vein as to commit them to paper. thing but the ordinary kind of man you described him From the same maid-like modesty of disposition, -Forget his dinner!-the man must be mad-he our student suppressed a strong natural turn towards shall dine with me to-day-he shall have such a din- drawing, although he was repeatedly complimented ner as I'll be bound he won't forget in a hurry.". upon the few sketches which he made by some whose

"Ye'll maybe find that easier said than dune," said judgment was generally admitted. It was, however, Mrs. Dods; "the honest man hasna, in a sense, the this neglected talent, which, like the swift feet of the taste of his mouth--forby, he never dines out of his stag in the fable, was fated to render him a service ain house--that is, when he dines at a'-A drink of which he might in vain have expected from his worth milk and a bit

of bread serves his turn, or maybe a and learning. cauld potato.-It's a heathenish fashion of him, for as My Lord Bidmore, a distinguished connoisseur, good a man as he is, for surely there is nae Christian chanced to be in search of a private tutor for his son man but loves his own bowels.".

and heir, the

Honourable Augustus Bidmore, and for "Why, that may be," answered 'Touchwood; "but I this purpose had consulted the Professor of Theology

poor ?"


who passed before him in review several favourite form resolutions of separating himself from a situastudents, any of whom he conceived well suited for tion so fraught with danger, and to postpone from the situation; but still his answer to the important day to day the accomplishment of a resolution so and unlooked-for question, “Did the candidate under- prúdent, was all to which the tutor found himselt stand drawing ?" was answered in the negative. The equal; and it is not improbable, that the veneration Professor, indeed, added his opinion, that such an with which he regarded his patron's daughter, with accomplishment was neither to be desired nor ex- the utter hopelessness of the passion which he noupected in a student of theology; but, pressed hard rished, tended to render his love yet more pure and with this condition as a sine qua non, he at length disinterested. did remember a dreaming lad about the Hall, who At length, the line of conduct which reason had seldom could be got to speak above his breath, even long since recommended, could no longer be the subwhen delivering his essays, but was said to have a ject of procrastination. Mr. Bidmore was destined strong turn for drawing. This was enough for my to foreign travel for a twelvemonth, and Mr. Cargill Lord Bidmore, who contrived to obtain a sight of received from his patron the alternative of accompasome of young Cargill's sketches, and was satisfied nying his pupil, or retiring upon a suitable provision, that, under such a tutor, his son could not fail to the reward of his past instructions. It can hardly maintain that character for hereditary taste which be doubted which he preferred; for while he was his father and grandfather had acquired at the ex- with young Bidmore, he did not seem entirely sepapense of a considerable estate, the representative rated from his sister. He was sure to hear of Augusta value of which was now the painted canvass in the frequently, and to see some part, at least, of the letgreat gallery at Bidmore-House.

ters which she was to write to her brother; he might Upon following up the inquiry concerning the young also hope to be remembered in these letters as her man's character, he was found to possess all the other good friend and tutor;" and to these consolations necessary qualifications of learning, and morals, in a his quiet, contemplative, and yet enthusiastic dispogreater degree than perhaps Lord Bidmore might sition clung as to a secret source of pleasure, the only have required; and, to the astonishment of his fellow- one which life seemed to open to him. students, but more especially to his own, Josiah But fate had a blow in store, which he had not Cargill was promoted to the desired and desirable anticipated. The chance of Augusta's changing her situation of private tutor to the Honourable Mr. maiden condition for that of a wife, probable as her Bidmore.

rank, beauty, and fortune rendered such an event, Mr. Cargill did his duty ably and conscientiously, had never once occurred to him; and although he had by a spoiled though good-humoured lad, of weak imposed upon himself the unwavering belief that she health and very ordinary parts. He could not, indeed, could never be his, he was inexpressibly affected by inspire into him any portion of the deep and noble the intelligence that she had become the property of enthusiasm which characterizes the youth of genius; another. but his pupil made such progress in each branch of The Honourable Mr. Bidmore's letters to his father his studies as his capacity, enabled him to attain. soon after announced that poor Mr. Cargill had been He understood the learned languages, and could be seized with a nervous fever, and again, that his reconvery profound on the subject of various readings-he valescence was attended with so much debility, it pursued science, and could class shells, pack mosses seemed both of mind and body, as entirely to destroy and arrange minerals-he drew without taste, but his utility as a travelling companion. Shortly after with much accuracy; and although he attained no this the travellers separated, and Cargill returned to commanding height in any pursuit, he knew enough his native country alone, indulging upon the road in of many studies, literary and scientific, to fill up his a melancholy abstraction of mind, which he had suftime, and divert from temptation a head, which was fered to grow upon him since the mental shock which none of the strongest in point of resistance.

he had sustained, and which in time became the most Miss Augusta Bidmore, his lordship's only other characteristical feature in his demeanour. His medichild, received also the instructions of Cargill in such tations were not even disturbed by any anxiety about branches of science as her father chose she should his future subsistence, although the cessation of his acquire, and her tutor was capable to teach. But her employment seemed to render that precarious. For progress was as different from that of her brother, as this, however, Lord Bidinore had made provision; the fire of heaven differs from that grosser element for, though a coxcomb where the fine arts were conwhich the peasant piles upon his smouldering hearth. cerned, he was in other particulars a just and honourHer acquirements in Italian and Spanish literature, able man, who felt a sincere pride in having drawn in history, in drawing, and in all elegant learning, the talents of Cargill from obscurity, and entertained were such as to enchant her teacher, while at the due gratitude for the manner in which he had achieved same time it kept him on the stretch, lest, in her suc- the important ļask intrusted to him in his family. cessful career, the scholar should outstrip the master. His lordship had privately purchased from the Mow

Alas! such intercourse, fraught as it is with dan- bray family the patronage or advowson of the living gers arising out of the best and kindest, as well as the of St. Ronan's, then held by a very old incumbeni, most natural feelings on either side, proved in the who died shortly afterwards; so that upon arriving present, as in many other instances, fatal to the peace in England Cargill found himself named to the vacant of the preceptor. Every feeling heart will excuse a living. So indifferent, however, did he feel himself weakness, which we shall presently find carried with towards this preferment, that he might possibly not it its own severe punishment. Çadenus, indeed, be- have taken the trouble to go through the necessary lieve him who will, has assured us, that, in such a steps previous to his ordination, had it not been on perilous intercourse, he himself preserved the limits account of his mother, now a widow, and unprovided which were unhappily transgressed by the unfortunate for, unless by the support which he afforded her. He Vanessa, his more impassioned pupil :

visited her in her small retreat in the suburbs of " The innocent delight he took

Marchthorn, heard her pour out her gratitude to To see the virgin mind her book,

Heaven, that she should have been granted life long

enough to witness her son's promotion to a charge, In school to hear the finest boy."

which in her eyes was more honourable and desirable But Josiah Cargill was less fortunate, or less cautious. than an Episcopal see-heard her chalk out the life He suffered his fair pupil to become inexpressibly dear which they were to lead together in the humble inde. to him, before he discovered the precipice towards pendence which had thus fallen on him-he heard all which he was moving under the direction of a blind ihis, and had no power to crush her hopes and her and misplaced passion. He was indeed utterly inca- triumph by the indulgence of his own romantic feelpable of availing himself of the opportunities afforded ings. He passed almost mechanically through the by his situation, to involve his pupil in the toils of a usual forms, and was inducted into the living of St. mutual passion. Honour and gratitude alike forbade Ronan’s. such a line of conduct, even had it been consistent Although fanciful and romantic, it was not in with the natural bashfulness, simplicity, and innocence Josiah Cargill's nature to yield to unavailing melanof his disposition. To sigh and suffer in secret, to choly; yet he sought relief, not in society, but in

Was but the master's secret joy,

solitary study. His seclusion was the more complete, under the additional disadvantage, that, being purthat his mother, whose education had been as much sued for the gratification of a desultory longing after confined as her fortunes, felt awkward under her knowledge, and directed to no determined object, new dignities, and willingly acquiesced in her son's they turned on points rather curious than useful, and secession from society, and spent her whole time in while they served for the amusement of the student superintending the little household, and in her way himself, promised little utility to mankind at large. providing for all emergencies, the occurrence of which Bewildered amid abstruse researches, metaphysical might call Josiah out of his favourite book-room. and historical, Mr. Cargill, living only for himself and As old age rendered her inactive, she began to regret his books, acquired many ludicrous habits, which exthe incapacity of her son to superintend his own posed the secluded student to the ridicule of the world, household, and talked something of matrimony, and and which tinged, though they did not altogether the mysteries of the muckle wheel. To these admo- obscure, the natural civility of an amiable disposition, nitions Mr. Cargill returned only slight and evasive as well as the acquired habits of politeness which he answers; and when the old lady slept in the village had learned in the good society that frequented Lord churchyard, at a reverend old age, there was no one Bidmore's mansion. He not only indulged in neglect to perfom the office of superintendent in the minister's of dress and appearance, and all those ungainly tricks family. Neither did Josiah Cargill seek for any, but which men are apt to acquire by living very much patiently submitted to all the evils with which a alone, but besides, and especially, he became probably bachelor estate is attended, and which were at least the most abstracted and absent man of a profession equal to those which beset the renowned Mago-Pico peculiarly liable to cherish such habits. No man fell during his state of celibacy.* His butter was ill so regularly into the painful dilemma of mistaking, churned, and declared by all but himself and the quean or, in Scottish phrase, miskenning, the person he who made it, altogether uneatable; his milk was spoke to, or more frequently inquired of an old maid burnt in the pan, his fruit and vegetables were stolen, for her husband, of a childless wife about her young and his black stockings mended with blue and white people, of the distressed widower for the spouse at thread.

whose funeral he himself had assisted but a fortFor all these things the minister cared not, his night before ; and none was ever more familiar with mind ever bent upon far different matters. Do not strangers whom he had never seen, or seemed more let my fair readers do Josiah more than justice, or estranged from those who had a title to think themsuppose that, like Beltenebros in the desert, he re- selves well known to him. The worthy man permained for years the victim of an unfortunate and petually confounded sex, age, and calling; and when misplaced passion. No--to the shame of the male a blind beggar extended his hand for charity, he has sex be it spoken, that no degree of hopeless love, been known to return the civility by taking off his however desperate and sincere, can ever continue hay, making a low bow, and hoping his worship was for years to imbitter life. There must be hope well. there must be uncertainty-there must be reciprocity, Among his brethren, Mr. Cargill alternately comto enable the tyrant of the soul to secure a dominion manded respect by the depth of his erudition, and of very long duration over a manly and well-consti- gave occasion to laughter from his odd peculiarities. tuted mind, which is itself desirous to will its free- On the latter occasions he used abruptly to withdraw dom. The memory of Augusta had long faded from from the ridicule he had provoked; for notwithstandJosiah's thoughts, or was remembered only, as a ing the general mildness of his character, his solitary pleasing, but melancholy and unsubstantial dream, habits had engendered a testy impatience of contrawhile he was straining forward in pursuit of a yet diction, and a keener sense of pain arising from the nobler and coyer mistress, in a word, of Knowledge satire of others, than was natural to his unassuming herself.

disposition. As for his parishioners, they enjoyed, as Every hour that he could spare from his parochial may reasonably be supposed, many a hearty laugh at duties, which he discharged with zeal honourable to their pastor's expense, and were sometimes, as Mrs. his heart and head, was devoted to his studies, and Dods hinted, more astonished than edified by his spent among his books. But this chase of wisdom, learning; for in pursuing a point of biblical criticism, though in itself interesting and dignified, was indulged he did not altogether remember that he was addressto an excess which diminished the respectability, nay, ing a popular and unlearned assembly, not delivering the utility, of the deceived student; and he forgot, a concio ad clerum-a mistake not arising from any amid the luxury of deep and dark investigations, that conceit of his learning, or wish to display it, but from society has its claims, and that the knowledge which the same absence of mind which induced an excellent is unimparted, is necessarily a barren talent, and is divine, when preaching before a party of criminals lost to society, like the miser's concealed hoard, by condemned to death, to break off

' by promising the the death of the proprietor. His studies were also wretches, who were to suffer next morning, " the rest

of the discourse at the first proper opportunity.” But • This satire, very popular even in Scotland, at least with one all the neighbourhood acknowledged Mr. Cargill's party, was composed ai the expense of a reverend presbyterian serious and devout discharge of his ministerial duues; divine, of whom many stories are preserved, being Mr. Pyet; and the poorer parishioners forgave his innocent peis now little known in Scotland, and not at all in England, culiarities, in consideration of his unbounded charity; though written with much strong and coarse humour, resem while the heritors, if they ridiculed the abstractions bling the style of Arbuthnot. It was composed by Mr. Hali- of Mr. Cargill on some subjects, had the grace to burton, a military chaplain. The distresses attending Mago recollect

that they had prevented him from suing an At the same time I desire you will only figure out to your augmentation of stipend, according to the fashion of self his situation during his celibacy in the ministerial charge the clergy around him, or from demanding at their a house lying all heaps upon heaps ; his bed ill-made, swarming hands a new manse, or the repair of the old one. head not to be eaten for wool and hair, his broth singed, his He once, indeed, wished that they would amend the bread mouldy, his lamb and pig all scouthered, his house 'nei roof of his book-room, which "rained in". in a very white worsted above the shoes ; his butter made into cat's our friend Meiklewham, who neither relished the ther washed nor plastered ; his black stockings

damned with pluvious manner; but receiving no direct answer from large avenues for rats and mice to play at hide-and-seek and proposal nor saw means of eluding it, the minister make their nests in. Frequent were the admonitions he had quietly made the necessary repairs at his own exhe was turning them off;

but still the last was the worst, and pense, and gave the heritors no farther trouble on the in the mean while the poor man was the sufferer.

subject. rate, therefore, matrimony must turn to his account, though Such was the worthy divine whom our bon virant his wife should prove to be nothing but a creature of the femi: at the Cleikum Inn hoped to conciliate by a good pine gender, with a longue in her head, and ten fingers on her dinner and Cockburn's particular; an excellent menLion the convenience of a man's having it in his power lawfully struum in most cases, but not likely to be very etficato beget sons and daughters in his own house."-- Memoirs of cious on the present occasion. Mago-Pico. Second edliion. Edinburgh, 1761, p. 19.

Scoltice, for "admitted the rain."

At any


taken the liberty to call on you as a good pastor, who

may be, in Christian charity, willing to afford him a THE ACQUAINTANCE.

little of your company, since he is tired of his own.' "Twixt us thus the difference trims :

Of this speech Mr. Cargill only understood the
Using head instead of limbs,
You have read what I have seen;

words "distress” and “charity," sounds with which Using limbs instead of head,

he was well acquainted, and which never failed to I have seen what you have read

produce some effect on him. He looked at his visiter Which way does the balance lean ? BUTLER.

with lack-lustre eye, and, without correcting the first Our traveller, rapid in all his resolutions and mo- opinion which he had formed, although the stranger's tions, strode stontly down the street, and arrived at plump and sturdy frame, as well as his nicely-brushed the Manse, which was, as we have already described coat, glancing cane, and, above all, his upright and it, all but absolutely ruinous. The total desolation self-satisfied manner, resembled in no respect the and want of order about the door, would have argued dress, form, or bearing of a mendicant, he quietly the place uninhabited, had it not been for two or thrust a shilling into his hand, and relapsed into the three miserable tubs with suds, or such like sluttish studious contemplation which the entrance of Touchcontents, which were left there that those who broke wood had interrupted. their shins among them might receive a sensible "Upon my word, my good sir," said his visiter, surproof, that "here the hand of woman had been." prised at a degree of absence of mind which he could The door being half off its hinges, the entrance was hardly have conceived possible, "you have entirely for the time protected by a broken harrow, which mistaken my object." must necessarily be removed before entry could be "I am sorry iny mite is insufficient, my friend," obtained. The little garden, which might have given said the clergyman, without again raising his eyes, an air of comfort to the old house had it been kept in it is all I have at present to bestow." any order, was abandoned to a desolation, of which "If you will have the kindness to look up for a that of the sluggard was only a type; and the minis- moment, my good er," said the traveller, "you may ter's

's man, an attendant always proverbial for doing possibly perceive that you labour under a considerable half work, and who seemed in the present instance to mistake. do none, was seen among docks and nettles, solacing Mr. Cargill raised his head, recalled his attention, himself with the few gooseberries which remained on and, seeing that he had a well-dressed, respectable some moss-grown bushes. To him Mr. Touchwood looking person before him, he exclaimed in much concalled loudly, inquiring after his master; but the fusion, "Ha!-yes--on my word, I was so immersed clown, conscious of being taken in flagrant delict, as in my book- I believe-I think I' have the pleasure to the law says, fed from him like a guilty thing, instead see my worthy friend, Mr. Lavender?" of obeying his summons, and was soon heard hup- No such thing, Mr. Cargill," replied Mr. Touchping and geeing to the cart, which he had left on the wood. "I will save you the trouble of trying to recolother side of the broken wall.

lect me--you never saw me before.-But do not let me Disappointed in his application to the man-servant, disturb your studies-I am in no hurry, and my busiMr. Touch wood knocked with his cane, at first gen-ness can wait your leisure.” tly, then harder, hollowed, bellowed, and shouted, in "I am much obliged,” said Mr. Cargill; "have the the hope of calling the attention of some one within goodness to take a chair, if you can find one-I have doors, but received not a word in reply. At length, a train of thought to recover-a slight calculation to thinking that no trespass could be committed upon finish-and then I am at your command.” so forlorn and deserted an establishment, he removed The visiter found among the broken furniture, not the obstacles to entrance with such a noise as he without difficulty, a seat strong enough to support his thought must necessarily have alarmed some one, if weight, and sat down, resting upon his cane, and there was any live person about the house at all. All looking attentively at his host, who very soon became was still silent; and, entering a passage where the totally insensible of his presence. A long pause of damp walls and broken fags corresponded to the total 'silence ensued, only disturbed by the rustling appearance of things out of doors, he opened a door to leaves of the folio from which Mr. Cargill seemed to the left, which, wonderful to say, sull had a latch be making extracts, and now and then by a little exremaining, and found himself in the parlour, and in clamation of surprise and impatience, when he dipped the presence of the person whom he came to visit. his pen, as happened once or twice, into his snuff

Amid a heap of books and other literary lumber, box, instead of the inkstandish which stood beside it. which had accumulated around him, sal, in his well" | At length, just as Mr. Touchwood began to think the worn leather elbow chair, the learned minister of St. scene as tedious as it was singular, the abstracted Ronan's; a thin, spare man, beyond the middle age, student raised his head, and spoke as if in soliloquy, of a dark complexion, but with eyes which, though "From Acon, Accor, or St. John d'Acre, to Jerusanow obscured and vacant, had been once bright, soft, lem, how far ?" and expressive, and whose features seemed interest- “Twenty-three miles north north-west," answered ing, the rather that, notwithstanding the carelessness his visiter, without hesitation. of his dress, he was, in the habit of performing his Mr. Cargill expressed no more surprise at a quesablutions with Eastern precision; for he had forgot tion which he had put to himself being answered by neatness, but not cleanliness. His hair might have the voice of another

, than if he had found the distance appeared much more disorderly, had it not been thin-on the map, and indeed, was not probably aware of ned by time, and disposed chiefly around the sides of the medium through which his question had been his countenance and the back part of his head; black solved; and it was the tenor of the answer alone stockings, ungartered, marked his professional dress, which he attended to in his reply. -"Twenty-three and his

feet were thrust into the old slipshod shoes miles-Ingulphus,” laying his hand on the volume, which served him instead of slippers. The rest of his " and Jeffrey Winesauf, do not agree in this." garments, as far as visible, consisted in a plain night, "They may both be d-d, then, for lying blockgown wrapt in long folds round his stooping and heads," answered the traveller

. emaciated length of body, and reaching down to the "You might have contradicted their authority, sir, slippers aforesaid. He was so intently engaged in without using such an expression," said the divine, studying the book before him, a folio of no ordinary gravely. bulk, that he totally disregarded the noise which Mr. "I cry you mercy, Doctor," said Mr. Touchwood; Touchwood made in entering the room, as well as " but would you compare these parchment fellows the coughs and hems with which he thought it proper with me, that have made my legs my compasses to announce his presence.

over great part of the inhabited world ?? No notice being taken of these inarticulate signals, "You have been in Palestine, then?" said Mr. CarMr. Touchwood, however great an enemy he was to gill, drawing himself upright in his chair, and speakceremony, saw the necessity of introducing his busi- ing with eagerness and with

interest. ness, as an apology for his intrusion.

* You may swear that, Doctor, and at Acre too. "Hem! sir-Ha, hem !-You see before you a per- Why, I was there the month after Boney had found son in some distress for want of society, who has it too hard a nut to crack. I dined with Sir Sydney's

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