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the number of his old friend Charles Wesley. It The editor, Mr. Benlam, has gone through his is unfortunate that no record remains of his recon- labours from attachment to their object, with ciliation with John Wesley, who was the grand much perseverance and zeal. The volume will home missionary of England in the last century. be useful both to ecclesiastical students and bisThe only intimation on the subject is in one of torians, while it gives to all many gratifying John Wesley’s diaries, in which he notices a visit pictures of the domestic life of society a hundred to Mr. Hutton, who, he believes, will be saved, but years ago—vastly different in some respects to as by fire.
that of the present age.
TIE DIGXITY OF SUFFERING.
Before the longest day I was a resident at the Upper Burn, as idle as any of its sheep, except for
two or three books. I could look over an expanse As I began to know exactly how long I had been -not so very vast either-of five or six miles to ill, and how sickly I had been, and very like to the confines of our valley; but the distance seemed die, with the consciousness of so many watchings far to me who had not been a land-louper or having taken place with me, and of having been rolling-stone theretofore. Even that short distance the subject of cousultations between Dr. More bad, however, made a great alteration in the and Dr. Groom, and that the neighbours had called climate, and the herbs that grew out of the earth, carly every morning to hear how I had got over when left to itself. The mosses, living and prosthe night, and at night to learn how I had got pering on the atmosphere alone, fastened their through the day-those days and nights that were roots on the surface of the granite rocks, like nothing to me—I gathered a sort of importance in elastic bands, and clung to their hard seat, as if my own mind, especially after I was duly impressed they were instructed to make a layer of soil ultiwith the conviction that I should by nearly all mately above the solid stone. They lived on the precedents, have at this time departed this life, atmosphere, but they lived better on air and water, according to the phraseology of the gravestones. and when their roots touched a spring, they threw Also, I had something of the idea common to the up long and slender stalks for eight or nine inches; man who has had losses, and can think of them as and they were mosses still. The heath needed borne and fulfilled in all their parts. No small soil, hard and thin often, but always something to loss was mine—a whole sprivg time was gone to rest in ; and perhaps might be at a third or fourth a boy almost clear of David Petrie ; and unable to stage in making earth ; while in its present state be corrected in the parish school, although it had it supports vast flocks of sheep, and innumerable once almost aspired to be considered an academy, bees rob its flowers in the summer time. The and a boarding school for young gentlemen, while trees that fringed the brooklets and the loch were even Greek had been learned there, and the school different to ours-self planted, and more like giant's master could speak French, although old Mrs. bushes than trees. The craggy mountains and Stewart-Sergeant Stewart's wife-- who had been the dark forests were nearer, and seemed almost with her husband in the South of France, declared to look down from above, threatenirg to topple that she never heard any French in its ain country over upon and crush the Upper Bum; but in ony way coming near to Mr. Petrie's. Of those who sought to climb them found a reason. course I could see that Mr. Petrie and Mrs able distance between the house and the cairn, Stewart were both right-she being not book from which, however, we could see the Eildon learned in the language, and he being nothing else, hills far, far away to the south, and the snow while the French are the most miserable pronoun. sheltered from the sun at all seasons in the crags cers, as it has always seemed to me, who ever and recesses of Lochnagar to the north. The used a civilised form of letters, or anything before prospect to the east and the south was formed by the marks, like cut nails, called cunieform charac. long reaches of fertile land, that melted away into ters, which Dr. More could get through and mist-it might be the mist above the sea. Here understand like A.B.C.
and there blue wreaths rose from the land, and the Then I was to lose the summer likewise, being shepherds gave them the names of towns- so far long weak and not able to go on with hard work-away that their very smoke was strange to see. and close reading is not easy work. Moreover, I To the north the scenery was absolutely different; seemed to grow like a rush bush in a bog, day by for we could see little or nothing more than a host day perceptibly; and thus attained, in my own of mountain tops with deep chasms between them, mind, a sort of artificial consequence and import- as if they had been tumbled down together with ance, very probably common to all boys, as they out order, but as thick as they could stand. bid farewell for ever and for ever to boyhood's Strangely fantastic shapes had these mountains; days and dreams.
and they were all different. The peak or the
He was sup
full round top were uncommon. Generally they exercised personal power over me. Therefore, I seemed to have been roughly used ; and half thought, as Terence said, homo sum, but the assertorn up into jagged fragments, giving at first the tion stuck on my mind as being false in the idea of pain, and by and by of strevgth. They circumstances ; yet, not being the only boy in the had little or no vegetation on their bare, grey, world, I got justified to myself for the journey in and hard tops; but where we could see far down that way. Moreover, being curious to see a strange upon them, the reddish heath with green broom land minutely, that argument came to my help. aud furze began first, and then the dark green pines. The good mau and good wife of Upper Burn bad It might be possible that, seeing the world, as it known David Campbell by name, and, in some were, made me a little more ambitious—helped measure, by sight, for many years, to stretch the mind, and I could not clear my- posed not to be bare in the world, and the stock self from the thought that the few keepers and for sale confirmed the idea that he was not a penny the shepherds who passed their days among these behind with bis rent. The roads were bad, and bills, saw more of life than the ploughmen on we spent three hours in partly riding there. The the inland farms ; but it was only seeing, for farm of Braeside was just what the name implied. their trade was lonely, while every day was not It stretched over a vast quantity of land, of which clear, dry, and warm. The tempests shook out the better portions were in crop, other parts in their strength upon the bills before they crept grass, and the larger proportion in leath. The down' bafiled and exbausted, to the glens. Never. cottages for the shepherds seemed comfortable in theless, they came only slightly during my so- their way, and the farm-buildings were not old, journ at the Upper Burn. At that time stories but they were large. The great man had to pay a were commonly told of clearances far to the huge sum of money for them at the break in the north, beyond the great belt of mountains. The lease, as I supposed; but he was so rich that it people of entire parishes were ordered out of must have been a relief to get quit of some such their homes, according to these legends. Still, sum, or he would not have thrown down the good it was hoped that the narratives might be worse houses, merely that the deer might not be frightened than the realities, only I heard the people speak by the sheep and their keepers. The farmer ing of the matter as a sore calamity; and it was would have paid more rent, if that had been said that similar schemes would be tried in our wished, for the ground, but the answer to all appli. quarter. So one day a man came with a notice cations on that subject was that Campbell would do that there would be a sale of plenishing and better in Australia. He had, not for that reason, stock, at a farm ten miles to the west, on another but with the determination of being independent Laird's ground, and in another parish. It was of lairds' whims, decided to go to Australia. said that the Laird, being a peer and never so The four or five shepherds with their families rich, wanted out the people of the farm, because had agreed to accompany him, so that the aucit stood close to the side of a deer forest that tioneer was enabled to say that this was a clear he had constructed.
sale, without reserve, of everything that could be The making of these deer forests is the easiest moved from Braeside. As I conjectured, there thing imaginable. You have just to turn a
time of life interested number of families out of their homes and way of in the sale. There were young Campbells at the life—and do nothing. The ground does not need big house, and other young people at the smaller to be sown with salt, as in China. It grows
houses, and everyone of them seemed out of heart. wild herbs in profusion ; but some years pass before The upbreaking of a bousehold by public roup is they can fully hide the traces of man. It is useless a thoughtful thing, if rightly considered. All the to do more than unroof the houses and filing down odds and ends, and bits of furniture, not worth the walls. The grass grows up among the stones much set in a new place, seem thrown away; and and conceals them. Wild berry bushes get into yet they have all some association connected with the garden ground, and mantle over every vestige them, it may be, to those who sell
, and none, of man with a living green. Many years, however, probably, to the buyers. Mrs. Campbell, the pass before everything be fairly covered úp and elder, was the farmer's mother; and she had forgotten.
lived on Braeside since she was married, where he was born, and all her other children; and there the old “Braeside" had died, and he was lifted from
that house. She could not bear to see the scatCHAPTER XXI.
tering of all that she had lived to collect, and had gone away some days before with the youuger
children to the place from which they were to sail When the day came, I went to the sale with some for a new world. The shepherds were all married of the neighbours, not to buy, but to see ; for I had men also and had families, and when that day's nothing wherewith to pay, and was totally out of work was over, they were all to go their way for the need of stock. Still, I liad been obeying Mr. the night to some distant neighbours, on their Petrie's last injunctions, and reading my books, as road also to the deep seas. The displenishing of I would have done if that worthy man had still the big house was a distressing thing to the
younger Mrs. Campbell, seeing that she had ex- ture against those who add field to field. Howpected to live there all her days; for Braeside was ever applicable the text may be, that was the first within sight of Greyhill, and that was half way to of many clearings in the same quarter, until a Upper Burn—and she was the elder of the family country side was cleared out, and a large Kirkyard at Greyhill. Thus, in a sense, she could have said has grown like a jungle, for the weeds hide all the like the Shunanite woman—that she dwelt among stones. her own people, and neither wanted to be intro- Years after I met with Elsie Lang-many years duced to court nor courtier. And she was sore after--but where, or how, can be told at the put out when the last cow in the byre was brought out for sale—a white and black cow for the creature saw her and lowed so uncommon wise-like, that folks thought the beast
CHAPTER XXII. was taking leave of its mistress. The auctioneer seemed to know them all well; and saw
THE HEIRS OF BLINKBOXNIE. that the mistress would rather not sell that cow, Summer passed and autumn was wearing away, for it is curious bow in these bill places some dumb when my place of abode was changed. Ere then animals are greater favourites than others—and so I became acquainted with all the curious points in he said
the history of the heirs of Blinkbonnie. They “ I suppose, Mr. Campbell, I can get nothing were traced in the dream, which rests on no off this beast; she'll be better sent to Greyhill.”. higher authority than that of Dr. More; for it
The farmer was a proud sort of man, and did may be easily supposed that I never inquired the not like to seem down-hearted among neigbours — particulars of such a man as Mr. Rose, of Blinkor as if he were vexed; but he said
bonnie, H.E.I.C.S. That would have been im"Well, I suppose she must be sent wi' the po- possible. Also, being opposed to inquisitive habits nies.” And the sale was ended—except the little into other people's business, doings, or dreams, sales down at the shepherds' houses.
my life over, I learned every particular without It was like enough that there also some of the prying into things that did not concern me, in any beasts would have been kept, if poor folk had not other way than in my affection for the memory of needed money for such a long journey; and besides the dead." The history of the Blinkbonnie heirship they had no Greyhill. There were two motherless might be put into a short paragraph. Mr. Rose children who dwelt with their father, and he had was born in the north country. He was one of a three or four sheep, or may be " more. When
numerous family who all died young, that is before everything else was sold that belonged to him- they had gone out into the world, except Miss except the children's mother's chest, and such Rose and himself. When their father and mother things as were to be needed on the voyage, a lamb died, they removed to Edinburgh, and dwelt there of that year and his two girls-little things of for some time ; while the brother completed cer. four or five years old—were missing. And when tain studies. Miss Rose had been acquainted with, they were found beneath some bushes a short way and one may say attached to, a Mr. Cameron, from from the houses, they had the little lamb cowering the same country, before the death of her parents. between them—with ropes of wild flowers round He was the younger son of, I believe, the younger its neck ; and they were sore distressed when the son of a proud Laird, who boasted of his relationmen came to lead it away. The people at the ship, as second cousin, to the great Lochiel. Mr. sale were all sorry for the children and their pet Rose was only an annuitant. Mrs. Rose poslamb, for all the other children liad mothers, and sessed a very small property. Miss Rose was their's was gone.
therefore respectable, but not rich. On that Mrs. Campbell was riding one of the ponies account, young Cameron, some years previously, down the brae to Greyhill, and not by the way of formed the idea of purchasing a property in the sale, for she had left her first house of her Canada, and acting as the pioneer of civilisation. own and all its bien appurtenances, and was cast He left his native land with that purpose; bought down and waesome; but one of her boys ran over land on the edge of one of the great lakes, built a from the crowd to her, and we heard him crying, house, cleared some fields, and returned for his ..“ Mother, they're sellin'awa frae them Elsie promised bride. They were married in Edinburgh, an' Nannie Lang's wee lamb!" In one or two and Mrs. Cameron parted with her only brother, minutes the boy came running back, and when the never in a long life to meet again. lamb was put up for sale be bade the full price, He went to India, and their correspondence was and nobody bade on him, so it was sold; but regular for many years ; yet, one sees how, when some time after I heard that Mrs. Campbell per- the course of post was eighteen months out and in, suaded her husband to let the children's pet go that letters were less interesting than in our times. out with some of the best sheep that lie bad kept Mr. Cameron died, and Mrs. Cameron remored, for his Australian farm. I heard little more of with her only daughter, to one of the small the Braeside flitting, except on the way to Upper Canadian towns. There they formed the acquaintBurn. Old Sanuel Coutts greatly disliked the ance of a wild and young officer, who was proceeding, and, as usual with him, quoted Scrip. I then with his regiment at that station. Miss
Cameron, rather in opposition to her mother's | ceived. Then she came, with little money, to opinion, married the young gentleman. He Scotland, and brought her family to examine was extravagant : he gambled, and he spent into the condition of “that mortgaged remmoney freely.
To shield bim from disgrace, nant.” She gathered inforınation as she best the lake property, cleared by Mr. Cameron, by this could, from different quarters, without explain. time extensive, and let well—an unusual thing in ing the reason. These inquiries, must have Canada then--was burthened to an intolerable been very shallow and timid, or she might have amount. The family suffered penury. This was reached the truth. But everybody gave a bad increased when the young husband was ordered report of the young laird, who died in a foreign with his regiment to a distant station. He was land, and she shrunk from explaining her concompelled to leave his wife and children in their nexion. Another week might have compelled native colony; because he could not pay for their another line of action. No other week came to removal. Mr. Rose had been made acquainted her; for, when Dr. More and Mr. Cairns read over with Mr. Cameron's death, and with the death of the papers in their possession, they were convinced his sister. His subsequent letters had not been painfully that the mother of the three children, answered, but he supposed that the family pros- whom David Robertson found in the snow, dead, pered. It was a case of Highland pride. The was the niece of the present owner of Blink young wife and mother was also sunk in deeper Bonnie, and the wife of the previous laird, whose distress by the death of her husband at the station property had been sold at the expiry of the to which bis regiment had been ordered. Some mortgage. people might have thought that such a worthless The roads of the two cousins who never met on person might be spared much sorrow—knowing earth met in the same Kirkyard and closed there; not bow a loving heart clings to one's own, even or both closed on a Saturday night of summer and through much folly. It seems, moreover, that the one of winter-in the water and in the snow. A young officer, except that he spent his family dark, dark road had closed to one, and a darkening means and made no provision for their wants —an road brightened to three on that last evening. important exception—was not otherwise cruel to Nevertheless, the brighter road of the three had them, and he had left all the papers connected long a solemn shadow flung over it; flung from with the mortgaged remuant of his family estates the great oak tree opposite these windows, and with his wife. She also had written at last to the new grave beside the wall of the old Kirk of her uncle, but in the confusion incident to his Kirkhowe. change of residence, the letters had not been re
The new Parliament met on the last day of April The negotiations in which her Majesty has been engaged to choose a Speaker, and Mr. Evelyn Denison was
with the Government of the United States, and with the
Government of Honduras, in regard to the affairs of Central elected without opposition,
America, have not yet been brought to a close. The message from the throne was delivered on
We are commanded by her Majesty to inform you that a the 7th of May, and was rather long and rambling. Treaty of Peace between her Majesty and the Shah of Persia MY LORDS AND GENTLEMEN,
was signed at Paris on the 4th of March, by her Majesty's We are commanded to inform you that her Majesty has Ambassador at Paris, and by the Ambassadof of the Shah ; availed herself of the earliest opportunity of having recourse and her Majesty will give directions that this treaty shall be to your advice and assistance after the dissolution of the laid before you as soon as the ratifications thereof shall have last Parliament; and her Majesty trasts that there will be been duly exchanged. found safficient time daring the present session to enable
Her Majesty com nands us to express to you hier regret you satisfactorily to deal with various important matters, some of which had occupied the attention of Parliament in that, at the date of the latest advices from China, the differ.
ences which had arisen between the High Commissioner at the beginning of this year.
Canton and her Majesty's Civil and Naval Officers, in China, We are commanded by her Majesty to inform you that the
still remained anadjasted. Bat her Majesty has sent to China general aspect of affairs in Europe affords a well-grounded
a plenipotentiary fully instructed to deal with all matters of eonfidence in the continuance of peace.
All the main stipulations of the Treaty of Paris have difference, and that plenipotentiary will be supported by an been carried into execution, and it is to be hoped that what adequate naval and military force, in the event of such as
sistance becoming necessary. rerains to be done in regard to these matters will be speedily accomplished.
We are commanded to inform you that her Majesty, in The negotiations upon the subject of the differences conjunction with several other European Powers, has con which had arisen betwen the King of Prussia and the Swiss
cluded a Treaty with the King of Denmark for the redemp Confederation, in regard to the affairs of Neufchatel, are
tion of the Sound Dues. This Treaty, together with a Sepa drawing to a close, and will, her Majesty trusts, be termi- rate Convention between her Majesty and the King of Den Dated by an arrangement honourable and satisfactory to all mark, completing the arrangement, will be laid before you parties,
and her Majesty will cause the measures necessary for falil
ing the engagements thereby contracted to be submitted for be considered fraudulent. The proceedings in the your consideration.
Royal British Bank and the Tipperary Bank would GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS,
be considered criminal, and punished accordingly, Her Majesty has directed the estimates for the present year under this proposed Act. It is even supposed to be laid before you. They have been prepared with a careful attention to
that they may be punished under the present law. economy, and with a due regard to the efficiency of the departments of the public service to which they severally barren in domestic matters, the afternoon brought relate.
important announcements. The Secretary for the MY LORDS AND GENTLEMEN,
Colouies stated his intention to move for the apHer Majesty commands us to recommend to your carnest pointment of a committee on the condition of the consideration, measures which will be proposed to you for Hudson Bay Company's territories. The Chancelthe consolidation and improvement of the law.
Bills will be submitted to you for improving the laws | lor of the Exchequer intimated the renewal of the relating to the Testamentary and Matrimonial Jurisdiction Committee on the currency laws. The Premier now exercised by the Ecclesiastical Courts, and also for stated that a new Reform Bill could not be passed checking fraudulent breaches of trust.
in the session, but that the Government would Her Majesty commands us to express to you her heartfelt gratification at witnessing the continued well. prepare a measure during the recess, and submit it being and contentment of her people, and the progresive to Parliament at the commencement of 1858. Upon development of productive industry throughout her domi- a subsequent evening the First Lord of the Admipions.
ralty defended the selection of the Transit steamer Her Majesty confidently commits to your wisdom and care
to convey the 90th Regiment to China, and proved the great interests of her empire, and fervently prays that conclusively that the ship was all right and proper ; the blessing of Almighty God may be vouchsafed to your deliberations, and may lead you to conclusions conducive to
but we deeply regret that the Transit makes very the objects of her Majesty's constant solicitude, the welfare bad work on the water, and heartily wislı, for the and happiness of her loyal and faithful people.
sake of Yeh and the 90th, that they were all sale Following the approved pattern and precedent, it in China. told nothing that was not previously known, and The Commons voted for the army £9,025,360, for nothing that was known on which an amendment the effective, and nearly twenty-five per cent of could have been prudently suspended.
the amount, or £2,221,875 for the non-effective The members selected to move the address in part of the force. The laiter charge will remain reply were new men, according to the fashion which heavy for a considerable time to come. The gives this duty to persons of limited Parliamentary expense of the German legion's transference to experience ; although for this season the Com- the borders of the Caffres, in the Cape Town moners did not want political experience. M. colony, excited many ill-natured remarks; met Buchanan, of Glasgow, is a gentleman of mature by the Premier and others, by assurances that years, yet he dashed into the midst of the Chinese the Germans would have fought bravely if question, and intimated that the nation had de. they had been required. No doubt is thrown seated Cobden and Gladstone because their unso- upon the : upposition that the Germans would phisticated sense could not follow the opinions of have fought well by those who say that they these very talented gentlemen. Mr. Cobden was should not have been better remunerated than not there to answer. Mr. Gladstone was willing those soldiers who did fight well
. It was a bargain, to hear the truth in silence. General Thompson said Viscount Palmerston, made by us when we alone seemed willing to maintain the scarcely doubt. could obtain no more trained men in Britain ; but ful reputation of Yeh. He also is an old friend of to that we reply that the Germans were not Sir John Bowring, who, more than any man of trained, and this is the probable reason why they modern times, needs to dread lis candid friends. never fired a shot in serious warfare. They were Certainly those who remember General Thompson's not ready, and British recruits, enlisted long after good services to many liberal measures for many this legion was formed, fought, and fought well, years must feel a little grieved to find him, in Par. many of them even to the death. We consider liament, desending the greatest tyrant, without still that the German Legion was a job, and a very exception, of the day. Although he spoke “in useless one, from which nobody gained anything; the name of his constituency, the hard-working for we do not suppose that the German recruits men of Bradford," we have reason to believe them were overpaid, if they had any pluck in them, a to be a civilised race, who have no particular affec- matter that bas yet to be determined. tion for the greatest head chopper of the century. Eight millions sterling have been voted for the
The message from the Queen mentioned only Navy; and it is the most important business yet two measures that Parliament was expected to pass transacted by the new House of Commons. during the remainder of the session. One of them The match between the Princess Royal of Eng. relates to the improvement of the English Eccle- land and the Prince of Prussia, the younger, is nosa siastical Courts, which are not without the need of settled matter. The betrotbal has occurred in some radical reform; and the other to the punish- Prussia in the usual form. It has also occurred ment of fraudulent directors and managers of joint- here, in the shape of a message from the Crown stock companies. The declaration of a dividend aduouncing the fact, and a resolution of the Comwithout the means of payment from revenue will / mons to grant a duwry of £40,000 in cash, and a