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Agust 27th, y: Session mett.
what was the occasion of the tumult Aler. Selcraige did not compear. which fell out in her father of law's
The qlk day Alexr. Selcraig, son house the seventh of Nov", she said to John Selcraig, elder, in Nether that Andrew Selcraige came running Largo, called, but did not compear, for her husband John, and desireng being gone avay to y seas ; this busi- him to go to his father's house, which ness is continued till his return. he doing, the said Margaret did fol
low her husband, and coming into the 1701.
house, she found Alex' Selcraige gripNov. 25th, the Session meet.
ping both his father and her husband, John Selcraige compeared.
and she labouring to loose Alexa's The same day John Selcraige, el- hands from her husband's head and der, called, compeared, and being ex. breast, her husband fled out of doors, amined what was the occasion of the and she followed him, and called back tumult that was in his house, he said againe, you fals loun will you murder he knew not, but that Andrew Sel- your father and my husband both; eraige, having brought in a cane full of whereupon he followed her to the salt water, of qch his brother Alexr, door, but wither he beat her or not, did take a drink through mistake, and she was in so great confusion, she canhe laughing at him for it, his brother not distinctly tell, but ever since she Alexr. came and beat him, upon qch hath a sore pain in her head. he rune out of the house, and called his brother. John Selcraige, elder, Andrew Selcraige compeared. being againe questioned, what made
The same day Andrew Selcraige, him to site one the floor with his backe called, compeared, but said nothing at the door, he said it was to keep to purpose in the forşaid business. down his sone Alex', who was seeking
This business is delayed untill the to go up to get his pystole ; and be
next Session, till further enquiry be ing enquired, what he was to do with mad yrunto. it, he said he could not tell.
Nov. 29, the Session meet. Alexr. Selchraige compeared nat.
Aler. Selcraige compeared. The same day Alex' Selcraige, cal
The qlk day sederunt, the minister,
Moderator, John Lundine of Bals led, compeared not, because he was at Coupar, he is to be cited
dastard, Magnus Wilsone, James ags the nixt Session.
Beat, James Smith, in the Kirk
towne, William Beat, John Guthrie, John Selcraige, younger, compeared. James Smith in Drummechee, Tho
The same day John Selcraige, mas Ness, Thomas Mortone, Wilyounger, called, compeared, and be liam Jervies. After prayer, Alex" ing questiond concerning the tumult Selcraige, scandalous for contention that was in his father's house the se and disagreeing with his brothers, calventh of Nov", declared, that he be- led, compeared, and being queștioned ing called by his brother Andrew, concerning the tumult that was in his came to it, and when he entered the father's house, whereof he was said to housse, his mother went out, and he be the occasion, he confest that he, seeing his father sitting on the floor, having taken a drink of salt water out with his back at the door, was much of the cane, his younger brother Antroubled, and offered to help him up, drew laughing at him for it, he did and ...... brang him to the fire, at beat him twice with a stafe ; he conwhich time he did see his brother fest also that he had spoken very ill Alex' in the other end of the house words concerning his brothers, and casting off his coate, and coming to particularly he challenged his eldest wards him, where upon his father brother John to a combate, as he cal. did get betwixt them, but he knew led it, of neiffells, then he said he not what he did otherwayes, his head would not come to do it even now, being born down by his brother Alex', which afterward he did refuse and but afterwards being liberate by his regrate; moreover he said several wife, did mak his escape.
other things, whereupon the Session
appointed him to compear before the Margaret Bell compeared.
pulpit agst to morrow, and to be rea The same day Margaret Bel, cal- buked in face of the congregation for led, compeared, and being enquired his scandalous carriage.
MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST
IN A SERIES OF LETTERS FROM A GENTLEMAN TO A FRIEND IN EDINBURGH.
Alerr. Selcraige's public compearance he told the pilot that he would rather before the pulpit.
lower the ship's stern-boat, and send Nov. 30.-Alex' Selcraige, accord- it on board for the person who was to ing to the Session's appointment, com
carry us into port; upon which the peared before the pulpit, and made master of the pilot-boat held up his acknowledgınent of his sin in disa- hand in token of assent, and called
out, in a very full tone, “ya, ya, ya, greeing with his brothers, and was rebuked in face of the congregation
i. e. yes, yes, yes; and about six for it, and promised amendment in o'clock he was brought on board. Our the strength of the Lord, and so was
pilot, who, on being asked if he could dismissed.
take our ship into the Briel, answered, “ Ya, Mynheer," was a strong healthylooking man, about six feet in height.
He could speak very little English; JOURNAL OF A VISIT TO HOLLAND),
and had large clumsy shoes on his AND PART OF FLANDERS, IN THE
feet, such as our sailors, in their nim
ble way of footing the decks and rig1817.
ging of their ships, could not wear. The other parts of his dress were in
unison with the shoes, excepting his (Continued from Vol. II. p. 543.) thin calico vest, with a white ground
and variegated colours. Upon asking Letter Third.
him the time in Holland, he took out
his silver watch, which was kept in an DEAR J.
outer case of brass, as is common with ALTHOUGH the dis- Dutch fishermen. Helvoetsluys,
By his account, tance across the chan we were about twelve miles off the Thursday, nel between Lowestoft coast of Holland, and the ship accordJuly 31st.
and the island of Scho- ingly for some time kept her course en, on the Dutch coast, is only about for the Briel passage, or most direct 93 miles, not more than across the en entrance of the Maes for Rotterdam. trance of the Firth of Forth, from About half-past seven the pilot directSt Abb's Head in Berwickshire, to ed the vessel to be laid to, having Buchanness in Aberdeenshire, yet, in now got into what he called “ slack setting out for a foreign place, the water,” where she was to toss about mind insensibly connects with it the at a great rate till mid-day, waiting idea of distance ;--and, about mid- for the tide to carry the vessel over night, I went to bed, without any the bar at the Briel. But after a lit. impression of being disturbed, till the tle consultation, and as every one usual time. But at 5 A. M. I heard thought he could discover anguish in the watch upon deck call out, a the countenance of his neighbour at • Dutch pilot-boat a-head,” which the threatened durance, our pilot, who immediately circulated through the had speedily retired below to the comship as good news. Soon afterwards forts of a good English breakfast, was we spoke the boat; but the questions no less hastily called upon deck, when, and answers were by no means reci- much against his liking, he was diprocally understood, which occasioned rected to carry the ship into the Helso much vociferation that every one voet channel, where the Harwich on board was either suddenly brought packets go, and into which there is upon deck, or silently listening below water at all times of tide. By this to what was going forward. The pi- means a disagreeable suspense was alot-boat, being one of those clumsy voided, while the ship's way and our doggers, of about 25 tons, employed journey was only a little lengthened in this service in Holland, our captain in going up to Rotterdam. refused to allow a vessel so unhandy, As the vessel stood in upon the as he expressed it, to sheer up along- land we made it more and more disside of our vessel, to allow the pilot to tinctly, though the baze which too leap on board, as is customary, lest often hangs upon this coast renderthe two vessels should strike and do ed objects less distinguishable. The mischief; he rather wanted the Dutch- first land was the island of Schoen, man to hoist out his deck-boat; but, meaning fine or beautiful, on which as this did not seem to be convenient, there is an eminence, which in Hol
land may be termed a hill. Soon af The ship no sooner came to an anterwards the island of Goree was dis- chor, than the party was permitted, tinctly visible, with its church; the with great civility and readiness, to steeple of which the frugal Dutch make land, without any thing of that unuse of for the joint purpose of a light- necessary consequence which is somehouse for the direction of the mariner times met with abroad, from officers on this most dangerous coast, without on duty; and all that was afterwards altering its purpose as a clock-case required, was to produce our passports, and belfry. About ten, we entered after which we were no more troubled the channel between the islands Go- upon that score in Holland. The ree and Vroon, which forms a very Clare master at the same time exfine piece of river sailing to Helvoet, amined the ship's papers, and she was sluys. Coasting along the shores of immediately allowed to proceed (the Goree, the tide being then low, ex- wind being fair, and the tide favourposed an extensive ebb to view, and able) for Rotterdam. Upon first here the painful attention of the landing in a Dutch town, the stranDutch is most apparent. For miles ger perhaps finds more to stare and together I could observe with the wonder at than he does under similar telescope, rows of stakes crossing circumstances in France, where the the sands from high to low water contrast to the English is by no mark, at intervals of from 50 to 100 means so striking. Here the cleanyards, to preserve the shores from liness of the Dutch town is the first the waste of the sea, which, on thing to be remarked :-- the difference this whole kingdom, it requires the of dress, -of carriages and buildings, united efforts of this industrious -- the universal use of brick instead of people to counteract. Here we had stone, both for the houses and streets, also fully in view, and sailed close —are all remarkably set forth in these past the wreck of an American brig respects at Helvoetsluys. which took the ground about three The day being too far advanced for months ago, and was now completely attempting to see Helvoet and reach sanded up, her masts only being visi, Rotterdam with any degree of comble. After getting round the island fort, it was agreed to stop all night of Goree, a fine spacious sheet of wa- here ; and Mr Hobson, our landlord ter opened, leading by various chan- at the Packet Hotel, being very attennels to Rotterdam, Williamstadt, and tive in every respect, procured an orDort. At mid-day the ship anchored der for our admission to the dockoff the entrance of Helvoetsluys, and yard, &c. which afforded ample emwas immediately boarded by a boat ployment for the day. Helvoetsluys, from a frigate, which lay near the situate in the island of Vroon, is a quay of Helvoetsluys, to know the very neat small town, and has avessel's name, and other particulars, bout 1500 inhabitants. It is also which were all entered in a book by well fortified, and has a good hara very active-looking young man, in bour, naval arsenal, or dock-yard, the capacity of a midshipman, though with extensive barracks for the cana neither his dress nor the appearance tonment of infantry. The people of the boat's crew indicated his con- have not much the appearance of businection with a regular establishment, as ness, and probably depend chiefly upis the case with the officers of the British on their shops for the supply of the navy, who wear uniforms according to surrounding country for a few miles, their rank, and the boat on duty gene- the military, and the passengers of the rally displays a small flag. Upuil in- Harwich packets. The harbour comquiry we found the frigate to be the mands a draught of water equal to Melampus, which had been presented to twenty-one feet at low water, near the the King of the Netherlands to carry entrance, but the interior has only him on his return to his own country, about eleven feet. To these depths is after the Revolution in 1814. This to be added the perpendicular rise of naturally suggested a long train of the tides, which, on these shores, is associations, among which the old am only eight or nine feet. The harbour dage occurred, of one good turn pro- is formed at the entrance by wooden ducing another; and here we have piers, projecting into the river about seen this verified in the case of sixty yards. These piers are formed lings,
of beains of oak of great strength,
squared to two feet, and even two feet la, were lying in a state of rotten ness six inches; are partly of open work, and and decay, and the latter being now the partly filled in a very ingenious man- only remains of the flotilla, become more ner with brushwood. By projecting in the object of curiosity and interest. this manner, the place commands a The vessels appeared to be of about much greater depth of water for the ship- 20 tons burden, and 25 or 30 feet in ping, but these barriers are intended length upon deck. If ever this expealso as a defence to the town against the dition was seriously intended against effects of the river, especially when England, its projectors must only the ice breaks up in the spring of the have reckoned upon the sea leagues of year. Some of the outer piles or separation between the two countries, beams of these piers are said to have without remembering that an army been lengthened, and driven to the may sometimes be "scattered” as efa enormous depth of 150 feet ! before the fectually by the force of the winds as by foundation was reckoned sufficiently the intensity of a “frost;"_or, having firm. The harbour consists of a straight escaped all these, that the energies of cut or canal of about 100 feet in width, the invaded people are still to be conand a quarter of a mile in length, and tended with, and these, called forth divides the town into two compart- upon the shores of Sussex or of Kent, ments, which are connected by a would have been found no less powerdraw-bridge over the lock-gate of the ful than on the plains of Waterloo. canal, at the further end of which In Helvoet there is, it seems, only ships enter into the wet-dock of the one school for the education of youth, naval yard. This dock is only partly where 60 scholars are taught by one excavated, but it may be enlarged to master. The children were all clean contain any number of ships. This and decent in their apparel, and apagain terminates with a floating or peared to be very orderly in their bebasin gate of a dry or graving dock haviour. They are taught the Dutch for the repair of ships, in which there and French languages, writing, and acwas a first rate man of war under re- counts, by a very respectable-looking pair ; connected with which, in the man, whose fee is 2d. per week, increasgraving dock, there is a steam-engine ing somewhat, according to the branches for pumping surface and leakage wa- taught. Each scholar has a small ter. And here it is particularly worthy box for containing his books, which of remark, that the engine was shewn is hung upon à nail when he leaves as a great curiosity in Holland, though the class, and, on his return, he proit is upon so old a plan as to have ceeds to take it down, and apply his probably been one of Bolton and private key to it. This is gone about Watt's first construction; for they said in a manner quite surprising for the it was originally made in England. years of the children, and bespeaks a The whole of the walls of the extensive docility and orderly deportment, piers of the tide-harbour, wet and dry which is, unquestionably, more chadocks, are built of brick of a small size, racteristic of the Dutch than of the and remarkably good in quality. These English youth. I was, upon the walls are coped with blue limestone whole, much pleased with my visit to or Tournay marble, which is brought the school, and regret that I happenhither by water carriage from the ed to be the only one of the party who neighbourhood of that town in great had an opportunity of seeing its systemasses. I measured several of the cope matic arrangement. The master stones, from 7 to 12 feet in length, 18 seemed to feel pleased when I exinches in thickness, and varying in pressed my satisfaction, and, in pretty breadth from 2 to 6 feet ! What invalu- good English, said he would be much able materials for water works ! gratified by a visit from all the Enge In the harbour there were few trad- lish at the hotel.
S. ing vessels. Two of the Harwich packets, with a few fishing doggers and boats, were all that occupied this noble harbour. In the wet dock and naval
No. 1. yard there wereonly one first-rate, two or three frigates, and a few cut down (The following letters are extracted from and disable ships; these, with a the correspondence of a young gentlebout 20 of Bonaparte's English flotik man of genius and accomplishment now
LETTERS FROM ENGLAND.
abroad. They were written a good many ly abandoned this design. There was years ago, without the slightest idea of no end of variety of prospect, or nobeing published, and entirely for the in- velty of incident. I soon perceived formation and entertainment of the friend that a faithful account of one county to whom they were addressed. They would convey a pretty exact idea of have been thought, however, sufficiently the fertility and beauty, the extent
of interesting, from the striking contrast exhibited in them between English and prospect, and peculiarity of scenery, Scottish Scenery and Manners, to be by which every other division of Enggiven to the public through the present land is distinguished from the romanchannel,
after the curtailment, of course, tic features of our dear native land ;of such passages as relate to private or and when I had finished my journey, personal concerns. The writer, it will and set myself down to consider all readily be perceived, in describing the my travels history, I found my contrast, which continually recurred to fancy had been bewildered by the rahim, between the two great divisions of pidity and novelty of my late percepthe island, both in a physical and moral aspect, speaks with all the pride, and had appeared most worthy of glowing
tions. Things which when present Scotchman ;- but, though hasty observa description, seemed now fit only for tion, and an enthusiastic temperament, the chit-chat of a tea-table, or the may have occasionally led him somewhat milk and water eloquence of journaltoo far, he was above being actuated by ists and tourists.
I hope you will any thing of the puerile jealousy or pal- therefore accept, as a fulfilment of my trý prejudice which have alternately promise, such an account of the pecujaundiced the perceptions of Scotch and liarities of South Britain as I can English tourists.
now furnish, from the general imprese Should the present pages reach the much- sion left on my mind of what i obesteemed author in those remote regions served during my rapid journey hiwhere his lot is now cast, we trust they ther through the centre of the island. will recal to him many pleasant recollections : we are sure at least, that, though
Evening began to fall just as we printed without his express permission, were leaving the ancient town of Ber: he will be gratified to be reminded (evenwick; my first view of England, by this anonymous notice) that he is therefore, was such as could be ob still affectionately remembered by some tained during the early hours of a of the friends and companions of his winter evening, -rendered more fit for youth.]
observation by the reflection of an un
broken waste of snow, and beautified Malvern Wells, February 12. by the striking appearance of the MY DEAR C
Sire of gods” and “ Queen of Love," I ARRIVED here on Tuesday last, who were flaming in the light of heahaving finished a journey of 360 miles ven on the pure bosom of the western precisely in eiglit days. Instead of sky. During the whole, or at least taking the west road by Cumberland the greater part of the succeeding
day, and Westmoreland, we set out by we pursued our journey through Nora Dunbar and Berwick,
,-a route much thumberland. A stanza from Marmore gratifying to me, as it led us mion, in which the nuns are said to across the very centre of England, have“ past the strand of mountainous in the direction of Sheffield and Bir- Northumberland,” was perpetually mingham, where I had an opportuni- rising upon my mind, and I looked ty not only of seeing the country inore frequently around me for something completely, but of viewing also those which might justify the description great manufacturing towns whence of the poet. You who have been England derives no small share both lately wandering among the glens of of her wealth and her fame ; and Cheviot, will easily be able to account which, being rich and luxurious, as for what at first puzzled me, well as busy, are finely adorned by cept the part which lies immediately elegant buildings, or graced with sa- in that neighbourhood, no region could cred dignity by their lofty and vene- have in my mind fewer pretensions to rable cathedrals. When I began my be thus exalted. Northumberland is, journey, I intended to have given you like every other county of England an account of every thing by which through which I have passed, almost my attention was particularly arrest- one continued plain. 'It has, howed; but, as we proceeded, I gradual- ever, something very ancient and ve