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to secure himself a seat on the scaffold, take my leave.'' He embraced all the had provided himself with a letter to lords and other friends with such courts the sheriff

, which was not read at the ly compliments, as if he had met therg time, and Sir Walter found his friend at some feast," says a letter-writer

. thrust by, lamenting that he could not Having taken off bis gown, he called

Farewell !' exclaimed to the headsman to show hin the axe, > Rawleigh, I know not what shift you, which not being instantly done, he re:

will make, but I am sure to have a peated, - I prithee.let me see it. ! Dus place. In going from the prison to thou think that I am atraid of itHe the scaffold, among others who were passed the edge slightly over bis fin. pressing hard to see him, one old man, ger, and smiling, observed to the sheriff, whose head was bald, came very for. This is a sharp medicine, but a sound

ward, insomuch that Rawleigh noticed cure for all diseases,' and kissing it, ; him, and asked, Whether he would laid it down. Another writer bas, hi have ought of him?' The old man This is that, that will. cure all sor

answered, “ Nothing but to see him, rows.' After this be went to three 1 ;.. and to pray to God for him. Rawleigh several comers of the scaffold, and

replied, I thank thee, good friend, kneeling down, desired all the people and I am sorry that I have no better to pray for him, and recited a long

thing to return thee for thy goud will.' prayer to himself. When he began tu Dual Observing his head bald, he continu- fit himself for the block, he figst laid -il ed, but take this night-cap (which himself down to try how the block st!, was a very rich wrought one that he fitted him; after rising up, the execu

wore) for thou hast more need of it tioner kveelęd down to ask his forgive. ${1411 now than I.

ness, which Rawleigh with an embrace Pasi His dress, as was usual, with him, did, but entreated bim not to strike till ilivy was elegant, if not rich. Oldys des- he gave a token by lifting up his hand,

cribes it, but mentions, that he had a and then, fear not, but strike home!' 26.W wrought night-cap under his hat,' When he laid his bead down to re.6170, whieh we have otherwise disposed of; ceive the stroke, the executioner dedisso, his ruff-band, a black wrought velvet sired him to lay his face towards the ' night-gown over a hair-coloured sạtin east. • It was no great matter which

doublet, and a black wrought waist-way a man's head stood, so the heart 3:00: coat; black, çut taffety breeches, and lay right,' said Rawleigh; but these ni's ash-coloured silk stockings.

were pot his last words. He was once He ascended the scaffold

, with the more to speak in this world with the th same cheerfulness as he had passed to same intrepidity he had lived in it

it; and observing the lords seated at a for, having lain some moments on the distance, some at windows, he request block in prayer

, he gate the signal

: 115775 ed they would approach him, as he but the executioner, either unmindful,

wished what he had to say they shoulor in fear, failed to strike, and Rawall witness. This request was com- leigh, after once or twice putting forth plied with by several. ^ His speech is his hands, was compelled to ask him, well known; but some copies contain Why dost thou not striker Strike, matters pot in others. When he fin- man!' In two blows he was beheadished, he requested Lord Arundel that ed: but from the first, his body nerer the king would not suffer any libels, to shrunk from the spot, by any discomdefame him after death. And now I posure of his posture, which, like his have a long journey to go, and must mind, was immoveable.

There is a kıtge work, which is still that he lived among titerary characters, celebrated, of which the composition with the most intimate friendship. has excited the astonishment even of There he joined the Earl of Northumshe philosophic Hume, but whose se, i berland, the patrón of the philosophers cret history remains yet to be disclosed. I of this age, and with whom Rawleigh

This.extraordinary volume is . The pursued his chemical stadios; and Ser

Iistory of the World, by Rawleigh.' Jeant Tioskins, a poet and a wit, and är ! I shall transcribe Hume's observation, the poetical • fatlier' of Ben Jonson,

that tile reader inay observe the liter- who acknowledged, thatIt was Hosiary plienomenon. They were struck kins who had polished him;' and that

with the extensive genius of the man, Rawleigh often consulted Hoskins on who, being educated amidst naval and his literary works, I learn from a manmilitary enterprises, hail surpassed in uscript. But however literary the atthe pursuits of literature, even those of mosphere of the Towers proved to the most recluse and sedentary lives; Rawleigh, no particle of Hebrew, and and they admired his unbroken mag- perhaps little of Grecian lore; floated nanimity, which at his

age,

and under rom a chemist and a poet, The truth his circumstances, could engage him is, that the collection of the materials to undertake and execute, so great a of this history was the labour of seve

wyork as his History of the World. ral persons, who have not all been disi Now, when the truth is known, the covered. It has been asserted that

wonderful in this literary mystery will Ben Jonson was a considerable condisappear, except in the eloquent, the tributer; and there was an English

grand, and the pathetic passages inter- philosopher from whom Descartes, it spersed in that venerable volume. We is said, even by his own countrymen, may, indeed, pardon the astonishment borrowed largely—ThomasIlariot, of our calm philosopher, when we con- whom Anthony Wood charges with sider the recondite matter contained in infusing into Rawleigh's volume phil

this work, and recollect the little time osophical notions, while Rawleigh was · which this adventurous spirit, whose composing his History of the World. life was passed in fabricating his own But if Rawleigh's prirsuits surpassed fortune, -and in perpetual enterprise, even those of the most recluse and se

would allow to such erudite pursuits. dentary lives, as Hume observed, we o's. Where could Rawleigh obtain that fa- must attribute this to al Dr. Robert

miliar acquaintance with the rabbins, Burrel, Rector of Northwald; in the of whose language he was probably en- county of Norfolk, who was a great tirely ignorant? His numerous pub- favourite of Sir Walter Rawleigh, and

ļications, the effusions of a most active had been his chaplain. ! All, or the 15 mind, though excellent in their kind, greatest part of the drudgery of Sir

15.8' were evidently composed by one who Walter's history for Criticisins; Chronors. "I was not abstracted in curious and ology, and reading Greek and Hebrew

remote inquiries, but full of the daily authors, were performed by him for ...? business and the wisdom of human life. Sir Walter. Thus, 'n "simple fact, On His confinement in the Tower, wbieh when discovered, clears up the whole

bredasted several years, was indeed suffi- mystery; and we learn how that know747"). cient to the composition of this folio ledge was acquired, which, as' Hume

volume, and of a second which appears sagaciously detected,"required . a reto have" occupied him. But in that cluse and sedentary life, rotien as the imprisonment it singularly happened stadies and the Kabis World be

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of a country clergyman in a learned of the meat were distributed to bin in age.

vain; they were instantly exchanged,

and nobody knew how, for the tid-bits HIGHLAND SUPERSTITION. of the joint. Had he barley-scones,

About fifty years ago, a farmer lived they were instantly powdered with suin Glen Speann, whose name was gar. When they gave him water, it was Macdonald. It is shameful I should turned into milk before it reached his forget, not only his Christian name, lips. Did father or mother attempt to but likewise the name of the farm, for chastise him, they suffered for their every particular was delivered to me temerity: the pot would fly off, and with scrupulous accuracy. He had a the meat run away up the lum-Angwile, three daughters, and three sons. lice the chimney); the churn failed in This I perfectly recollect; for there was its office; the sheep fell into fits; the a dispute between the old lady and cows kicked over the milk-pails; and her son, while relating it to me, whe- the roof of the cottage was sure to ther there were not four sons and three want repair on the following day. The daughters, or four danghters and three farmer, wearied and tormented, resolvsons, or three of each, and (I am hap-ed on quitting this haunted habitation, py to say) the last was finally agreed and went to another at a short dison by both parties. I love correct- tance; but his removal was ineffectual, ness. What signifies telling a story for the same pranks constantly attend in the rough? It is like giving the ed him. A schoolmaster of Baidnach, the index of a book instead of the hearing of these strange matters, came text. The youngest of the family to assure himself whether they were was a boy; he was the only one who true or false. However, he was soon had not been suekled at home, and, glad to run out of the cottage. Every perhaps on that account, was not so thing he presumed to touch aimed a great a favourite as the rest. Such blow at his head. He was twice dainties as farmers can, now and then, knocked down before he made three give to their children, were never be- inquiries. • This is very odd, very stowed on this poor boy. He was odd, indeed—was it not, Sis?' said just turned of ten years when the su- my informant. The farmer again repernatural events took place in the moved to the upper part of the Glen,' cottage; for, as the old lady observed, above Keppoch; the very spot was he was born at Lammas, and they be- pointed out to me.

Still he could get gan at the end of August. I am not no rest. The worst was, that owing sure but she said the after-half of to so many persons coming to witness August, and not the end, which makes these incomprehensible doings, he was a little difference. This boy, then- well nigh eaten out of house and home. for it is chiefly of and concerning him This state of things continued, from —was all at once favoured beyond his first to last, for seven long years. The brothers and sisters, not by his pa- boy, being then seventeen, got up one rents, but by some invisible agent.morning with a dream in his head When his porridge was set before him, about America. This dream was tea 'lump of butter vanished from the peated t:)), ' morning after ' morning, family lish, and popped into his basin. there was nothing to be heard but his If oat cake was given him, a piece of confounded talk about America. In: cheese jumped out of the cupboard to a short while, he expressed a desire to: keep it coinseny. The worst slices! go to America; and at last, in spite

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of his father's intreaties to the contrary, whose name was tampbell, and the to America' he went. The night he other the ghost of his daughter, a little quitted his home-- it was in the mouth girl, who died on the very day the suof November--as the farmer and his pernatural events began in the cottage; wife were seated together by the fire, -as for Campbell, he died, as I am they heard a voice, as hy some person assured, some three months before her, between them, say, 6. What will you The male apparition asked the farmer. give me?". They looked, but saw no. why he had not sent his boy away thing but themselves. What is it fore, seeing that all his troubles were, you would have?' exclaimed the far- occasioned by him. It was this, my. iner. And then the voice eagerly an- daughter,' pursued he, who consu swered, “One of your children ! | stantly waited on him, served hiin with. " Abp cried the father, whoever the best, chastised you for your cruelty, thou art, I will not give thee one of and, at last, whispered to him those; them.' “There! there!' the mother dreams of America, while her spirit ! screamed out, there is a hen--we embraced him as he slept. For know will give that hen-take it, and go - her soul was originally formed to's away. The voice then laughed be wedded to his; and we learnt that laughed prodigiously-and told them he might chance to marry here, and

"] that he was perfectly indifferent to be wretched, not meeting with his feltheir consent, as, in fact, he could take low soul. To come to my daughter, what he chose. • But come thou, he must die young and innocent, and, Macdonald, it continued, come for that purpose, it was necessary het, to the outside of the door, and there should go to a foreign land. Expect,;: thou shalt see as well as hear me!' ere long, to hear he has quitted the The man was for some time afraid to living!' And such, indeed, happen, accept the invitation; but his wife be- ed. News came from America that, sought him to go, as obedience might on the first night of the boy's landing put an end to their troubles, and he there, he died in his sleep, Two managed to pluck up courage.Away

steg 791 Soari with your dirk !' cried the voice-and

is bynuis he threw it down immediately. - Throw

CRITIQUE. the gullie' (alias knife) from

• r! I'm your

. pocket!' cried the voice and he did/THE BEARS, SILVER MIŅE, &c. so." !" There is a pin in your kilt,'

IT-Iridrand cried the voice: * I cannot be seen by To the Editor of the Literary Melange.fl., any one with a pointed weapon!' and

Sir -We paid another visit to the Ciru: he obeyed in this particular as well as cus on Friday evening, and have taken the rest." Macdonald went forth. the liberty to trouble you with our remarks There was a high wind, and the sky on the performances, as we are was heavily clouded; but light enough that it is of some importance to the public, to distinguish objects, for it was at the lic entertainers provide for their guests.

to know the quality of the feast which puba time of a full moon. He first looked We had scarcely seated ourselves in a pro« ? straight forward, and then tarning per attitude for observation, when the cursharp round to the right, beheld two tain drew up, and the representation of a figures, not quite resting their feet upon or the plot of this piece, we will say

no

laughable piece, called the Bears began. the ground, as if in contempt of the

thing, as the author evidently paid no all laws of gravitation. They were hand tention to that circunstance, when writing in hand. One pas the ghost of a manfit. . His object has been to excite mirth,

Yery base,

and he has succeeded admirably. The power, vous revenge and prepares to mar falsle of the picce has been already taken der him, but is prevented by his wife; and notice of in one of the newspapers, for they go to rest. Blore, with Morley and which reason, we consider recapitulation Shark, (Cardoza and Hart) enter the apart unnecessary. The audience gave ample ment of Alford, and stab him in his sleep. testimony of approbation, and the old seat His cries awaken his entertainers. The of the muses shook with the plaudits to the ruffians carry off the body in sight of the

old people, who are stupified with borror ** The performances of the Ferzis require and the first act closes, no eulogium froin us. » The world is nearly The second act shows us the inside of wearied in giving them praise. They the Mine-Ella a prisoner—and the bloody dance with so much ease and confidence, body in the gloomy abode. Blore enters that we feel none of those fears that are so tries to woo her he is again rejected in frequently raised in the mind, when look- revenge, he tells her what has been doneing at tire performances of other rope her parents, he says, are apprehended as dancers.

the murderers of an officer, and on him The Silver Mine attracted, our attention depend their fate. Your limits will not particularly. We do not approve of the allow a full detail of the business of the name, as we koow there are no silver mines piece. Ella is left alone with the body of in England. We are of opinion that this Alford. She uncovers the face and recogname was adopted by the manager, that be nises her lover, who is not, as supposed, might have an opportunity of displaying dead, but in a faint from loss of blood. his scenie talent; so we do not grumble Dawdle is here made a prisoner, and the at the petit imposition, as the inside view contrast between his silly grief, and Ella's of the mine nearly beggars description. distress is very striking. To sum up all, Strata, chrystals, plasms, are all to be seen the three effect their escape, and arrive in in this inframundane abode ; and when time to save the parents of Ella from an igwe see the basket descending, we are al- nominious death, and discover the villainy most tempted to believe the reality of the of Blore.

Blore is the principal character; we did The piece commences with a dialogue not think Collingbourn capable of acting sa between Haworth (Darnley) and Blore effectively; would he rant a little less when (Colingbourn).' Blore is a suitor for assailed by his passions, he would add much Ella, Haworth's daughter, (Mrs. Makeen), to the general effect of the character. Car. but is rejected, in consequence of the seem- doza walks the stage well, and bustled de ing dislike of Ella, who is attached to cently through the character. Hart Lieutenant Alford (Makcen), Blore dis-acted and looked like any thing but a appointed goes off, muttering revenge, cornish miner. We understand be is and lays his plans for its accomplishment, a townsman of our own, if so, he will with all the malignity of a fiend. Jacob get little honour among his people. We Dawalle, a cockney, (Kinloch) cousin to liked Makeen throughout the piece, erElla, is introduced in the first scene, and cept in the cottage scene,, he displays with her he goes to pay a visit to a rela- there too much unnecessary emotion; pertion. By Blores machinations, Ella falls hapsin melo-dramatic performances this may into bis hands; and dame Haworth (Mrs. occasionally be unavoidable, as a great deal Darnley) and ber husband, are at night of stage business is required, mourning over the loss of their daughter Mr. Kinloch's Dawdle was perhaps a whom they supposed has been seduced and little too extravagant, but so highly ludihas eloped. A storin comes on, and Al. crous, that he kept the house in an inces ford is ushered into the old people's cot. sant roar. He is the most indefatigable tage, and is most hospitably entertained, manager we ever knew, and the encourage, and conducted to bed. Blore is seen peep- ment he receives from the public proves ing through the casement, watching the that his services, are bighly appreciated, movements of those within. As the old | Mr. Darnley spoke the part of Haworth people are going to repose, the name of with much feeling of Mrs. Makeen incir guest i; discovered, by looking at his we need say nothing; ber acting at all portmanteau. Haworth finding the de- times will speak for itself: she is still spoiler of þi daughter's honour in his , advancing in the public favour, and we

scene.

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