work will abide inspection ; better than those of his brother tradesmen never enveloped the goods and chat


shall see a specimen presenttels of a confectioner." On exa- ly.” So saying, he opened a large mining the frameful of rarities, I drawer, wherein was deposited an certainly did pronounce it one of the immense number of manuscript writgreatest curiosities I had ever beheld. ings, and invited me, in his own free Fragments of letters in various hands, and easy way, to partake of the inand on various subjects, remnants of tellectual treat. I complied, without marriage settlements, wills, memo- hesitation; but 0, reader ! what were rials, verse, and blank verse, all ar- my emotions when I descried the ranged in admirable order, and care- first-born of my youthful muse, lookfully pasted on canvas, formed at ing me wistfully in the face-the once the strangest medley of style and dear little song that she brought forth subject that ever excited the smile, to commemorate the first of my or summoned the gravity, of a be- loves. Martha Crosby, the sweetest holder, either ancient or modern. In- of all our Nithsdale songsters, took deed, whatever tended to awaken the smiling innocent to Dumfries; merriment, sympathy, amazement, and so delighted were the bards of in fine, every native emotion slum- that good town, with the comeliness bering in the breast, was to be met of its complexion, and the simplicity with amongst this wonderful assem- of its dress, that all of them fell in blage of originals. “ In the name of love with my little Artless, curled wonder," quoch I, “ how came you its hair, flounced its frock, and Lonby all this?” “Why, truly, my dear donized the fashion of its pinafore. fellow,” replied the collector, with a In like manner, the pastoral poets of smile, “ that question has been so Trongray, Glencairn, and Penpont, very frequently propounded for these got a glimpse of its loveliness, and last fifty years, that really I felt the declared individually that my sweet necessity of composing a kind of set little firstling was their own only bespeech for the occasion, and you gotten. In short, the modest fame will therefore have the goodness to of my lisping wanderer spread far refrain from smiling at the formality and wide. Seven parishes contended of a studied reply. Know, then, for the honour of its birth; and seven that all my frames on the left were pitched battles were fought, to supfurnished by a neighbouring confec- port the claims of their respective tioner, through the medium of my bards: the clanking of their oak children, grand-children, and great- sticks will never depart from my megrand-children. Every cake brought mory: I lifted up my voice, and me a morsel of wisdom or folly ; and calmly expostulated with the young every ounce of candy a crumb of men on the vanity of their pretensense, or a scrap of nonsense. To sions ; but no one amongst the peothe poulterer and cheesemonger, I ple arose, and bore testimony to the stand indebted for my literary trea- justness of my remarks; so they sures on the right; and the barber wagged their heads, and laughed me and tobacconist claim my grateful ac- to scorn. This ungentle treatment knowledgments for those in the front stung me to the soul: I put a shirt and rear; but you will please to ob- in one pocket, a pair of grey worsted serve, that from the crude materials stockings in the other, and, with staff supplied by these gentlemen, I win- in hand, forsook my native glen, to nowed somewhere about ninety and sojourn amongst strangers, where I nine parts of chaff, a task that little have long followed my favourite callminds would boggle at; but patience ing, but with a success that makes me and perseverance is my motto. The residue I carefully examined, re-exa

curse the light I first survey'd, mined, and classified in the manner

And doubly curse the luckless rhyming

trade. you see for the inspection of my friends. But," continued the baro- I am perfectly satisfied as to the net, “I have lately fallen in with a identity of my dear song. The fareal leather trunk maker, whose con- mily features are very distinguishtributions appear to be of a superior able, and much of the dress retains quality, and much less mutilated its primitive simplicity-besides,

Martha's thumb marks are still vi- of that wonderful drawer; giving
sible on the margins; so, without precedence, as a matter of course, to
farther ceremony, i'll fall-to sin good mine own offspring.
earnest, and transcribe the contents

Yestreen, among the new mawn hay,

I met my Julia hameward gaun;
The linnets lilted on the spray,

The lambs were low ping o'er the lawn;
On every howm the sward was mawn,

The braes wi' gowans busked braw,
And gloamin's plaid of grey was thrawn

Out o'er the Hills o' Gallowa.
With music wild the woodlands rang,

And fragrance wing'd alang the lea,
As down we sat the flowers amang,

Upon the banks o' stately Dee.
My Julia's arms encircled me,

And saftly slade the hours awa,
Till dawin coost a glimmering ee'

Upon the Hills o Gallowa.
It isna owsen, sheep and kye,

It isna gould, it isna gear,
This lifted ee' wad hae, quoth I,

The world's drumlie gloom to cheer ;
But give to me my Julia dear,

Ye Powers, wha row this earthen ba',
And O sae blithe through life I'll steer

Amang the Hills o' Gallowa.
When gloamin danners up the hill,

Wi' our gudeman, to bught the yowes,
Wiher I'll trace the mossy rill,

That o'er the moorland murmuring rowes ;
Or tint amang the scroggie knowes

My birken pipe I'll sweetly blaw,
And sing the streams, the heights, and howes,

The hills, and dales, o' Gallowa.
And when auld Scotland's heathy hills,

Her rural nymphs, and jovial swains,
Her brawling burns, and wimpling rills,

Awake nae mair my canty strains ;
Where friendship dwells, and freedom reigns,

Where heather blooms, and moorcocks craw,
O howk my grave, and hide my banes

Among the Hills o' Gallowa. The next in succession is an epis- certainly affords a very curious tle from a fellow travelling the coun- glimpse of the back ground, as the try with a dancing bear, to his agent following verbatim transcript will in London. It appears to have been fully testify: written from Norfolk, somewhere about the year 1800; a season when and tell Tim that I say so.

The agricultural hilarity was much live- Whitechapel Barber must exercise lier than now-a-days. The manu- his patience a little longer. I have script is perfectly legible throughout, shaven the bear, and he is now, thank with the exception of a few lines at God, a sea lion. The fellow offers the beginning; and, when considered five-and-thirty shillings for him-lias a private wicket in real life, it beral, indeed —Why, Sam, it would

not defray his travelling charges to tempt the curiosity of that mighty London. Besides, I bear this very persecutor. Moreover, it is geneharber an old grudge on the wig rally believed that charity, and love score-he may go to the devil for me, ing kindness, and compassion, are on and seek stuff there to promote the the decline; and, that a new-fangled growth of hair and whiskers. The system of education will very soon truth is this. My poor old bear has render mankind too sagacious and been many years in the family. We circumspect for the best of us—but had him as a legacy from Jem what the deuce do I boggle at? HisWoodieson, when betrayed by the un- tory assures us, and daily experience natural appearance of his disguise corroborates the fact, that the same wig, and exalted at Maidstone- portions of sapience and stupidity, curse the fingers that made it. Jem dulness and discernment, have been was a lad, whose skilful address in annually meted out to human nathe withdrawing of pigs and poultry ture, from the creation, down to the will be long remembered, and re- date hereof; and that mankind will quires no eulogy of mine. In grati- continue to breed in the usual waytude to our benefactor, we treated nine tenths geese, and the rest poulhis favourite with much kindness and terers, in spite of Joseph Lancaster's respect, both on Jem's account, and teeth; so we'll dismiss all apprehenhis own; for, truly, he was a noble sion of the evil day, for the present, animal. But trudging about from and proceed to business. fair to fair, with the two monkeys, A recollection is just now flickand dancing to every group of Johnny ering in my mind, like the lights and Raws that came in his way, gradually shades of a three-year-old dream. impaired a constitution, naturally One evening, somewhere about four delicate, until he became a down- or five years ago, when chattering right cripple; so I took compassion over a couple of rummers, with old on the poor soul, and, with the as- Ben, at the Bear and Fiddle, he besistance of my nephew, Bill Felcher, came, all of a sudden, exceedingly had him clean and comfortably shaven. communicative ; and as there could We now exhibit him in a large water be little harm in asking a civil questub at one end of the caravan; and tion or two, “Now, Benjamin Skipreally the grateful brute looks un- stocks,' quoth I, very gravely, ‘solve commonly fierce, and roars well-I me a problem. How comes it to pass freely use the expression, as nine- that the parish beadle pursues the tetenths of our visitants know not the nor of his way, and the street-keeper difference between a roar and a passeth by, without reconnoitring thy growl. By this speculation, we net- position, or even saying—evil thou ted 47l. 5s. 6d. last week at Lynn doest?' Aye, that I will

, my hoy, mart—all clear clink.

and frankly too;' replied the face“ I know not what to think of this tious old buffer, so lend an ear, Holborn affair. Property of that and listen unto me--at the comdescription is becoming every day mencement of the season, a crown more and more precarious. What wet and a crown dry cures their bark; with vagrant acts, and societies for but 0, Ned, Ned, that Suppression the suppression of mendicity, and Secretary is a sad dog.' Now, Sam, lions in the path of every denomina- before you broach the subject, sound tion, both civil and religious, I ve- this secretary, and if his per centage rily do believe that the whole breed is any way moderate, offer the old of street solicitors will, sooner or fellow, in my name, to the tune of later, become extinct. No calling, 75., say guineas, as an equivalent within the range of my knowledge, for his right of sweeperage. The is so very liable to be overhauled, as truth is, I have it in contemplation that of the cross-sweeper. He be- to do something for my uncle Robin. comes a local character in a few days Poor man, he has been in an ailing - the very nature of his profession way ever since his neck had that requires him to vibrate from side to confounded twist in Lincoln pillory; side, like a pendulum, and then comes and the sweeperage of Holborn Duncan Campbell, in all his terrors, Bridge would just suit him to the demanding a scrutiny. No move- nines. Should you close with the ment that I know of is more likely to old man, and I really think there is



little doubt of it, as I believe the in- cessity will compel them to ride at cumbent is seriously disposed to sell leisure. off and retire to Cheltenham; get “ The result of your inquiries, and the deeds of conveyance drawn up all other particulars, relative to the by Thursday week, and I can safely Holborn business, I shall look for make a bolt for a few days, to do the every post. Dear Sam, I have much peedful.

to say,—but a pressure of business “Your son Bob has commenced requiring immediate attention, comoperations against the enemy. By pels me to haul my wind, and subthe coach, you will receive three scribe myself, prime Ringstead turkeys, all with- “'Thine truly and faithfully, drawn in one night, by his own

“ EDWARD GALLOWGATE. hands—what a haul for such a gosling! Truly, Sam, he is a sweet little

" To Mr. Saml. Cuddiecowper, fellow, and promises fair to shine a

Kent-street, Boro', London. mongst us, a star of the first magni

“P.S.-All our endeavours to save tude. You exercised a sound discre- Scotch Andrew were unavailing.tion in taking him away from school. Thirteen indictments preferred aAnother year, in all probability, gainst him ;-nine substantiated by would have ruined the lad. Educa- point blank evidence ; and his clergy tion, my dear Sir, notwithstanding allowed at the last Derby Assizes, all the assertions of old prejudice were a phalanx too firm to be shaken. to the contrary, is absolutely neces- What, in the name of Folly, could sary in our profession; only care have tempted the man to commence must be taken to remove the student pick-pocket; a profession so very far before his ideas of what the enemy beyond the range of his abilities.ealls morality, begin to consolidate. The bag-pipe was Andrew's forte, This was a favourite maxim of my and tune-making his delight. I neworthy father's—all his children were ver knew a young bear refuse to removed from boarding school, before obey the voice of his chaunter. Poor they had completed their fourteenth Andrew !_Five of us visited him year. He then fell to work, mo

the night before his exaltation; and delled their minds to his liking, and such a five never before acknowcarefully turned the portion of learn- ledged the mastery of bolt and lock. ing they had acquired into the pro- Old adventures, 'new schemes of per channels. Hence arises the wide ways and means, and ludicrous anecdifference, in point of adroitness, be- dotes,-soon screwed our conviviality tween our family, and many others to the highest pitch. Andrew was I could name, whose children's edu- the first to recollect himself. All of cation was stinted to the rude con- a sudden, and in the very midst of struction of a St. Andrew's cross.

our hilarity, he wrung his hands, “ A fresh supply of tambourines is and exclaimed, in a tone of sorrow absolutely necessary, our drunken that will ever haunt my remembrance, farmers having demolished my whole O sirs, this wearifu' banging rings stock. One guinea a kick, hit or

in my head like a new tune! Poor miss, is quite the go; all yellow lads man, he fell a martyr to his own indown on the nail. They certainly discretion. Adicu. E. G.” are prime fellows.

What can be more delightful than walking on the Then follows an entire letter from dilapidated ramparts, of an evening, a youmg man on the eve of burying or sitting on the old Watch Tower, his first wife.* This epistle abounds and listening to the overflowings of with much original information; intheir joy as they gallop home from a asmuch as it proves, beyond the posrising market; hallooing with all sibility of doubt, that a certain class their might, and lashing the Johnny of men, hitherto deemed untameable Raws who presume to dispute their as the wild ass's colt, have at length right of cantering on the highway been reduced by the manufacturing foot-paths. I humbly hope that the system, and fairly brought under the day is far distant, indeed, when ne- yoke.

* A cant phrase used by apprentices when about to be released from their indentures.Garland Crescent, 22d Dec. to fill their skins, and clothe their 1820.

emaciated bodies. Were it not for « Dear and honoured Father,--As the exhilarating beverage liberally my apprenticeship is now drawing to supplied by our benevolent manager, a close, I beseech you to jog Uncle I verily do believe, that all their Barnaby's memory, and remind him fancies would have perished long of his promise. Something must be ago. Since I last wrote you, master done to put me in business; for I do has taken on another journeyman, declare that the thoughts of journey- through sheer compassion,-a fine work freeze my very blood. Master young lad of promising talent. He employs no less than fifteen hands,- has the heels of all his shopmates, nine of them ballad-makers--the rest in sentimental tenderness; and the attached to the dying-speech and pathos of his elegy is much admiredelegy departments. Poor fellows, it but he positively refuses to taste the grieves me to see them. Figure to toddy,--and dissuades me from putyourself fifteen men of sublime ge- ting my lips to the ladle with which nius, pacing to and fro on the factory it is distributed. To him I stand infloor ; holding up the semblance of debted for much valuable informanether garments with one hand, a tion. The following ballad, founded sketch-book in the other,-and all of on the story of poor Helen Græme, them' rapt in meditation high,' or that grandmother used to tell with haply standing by the inspiration so much feeling, was sketched by tub, partaking of whiskey toddy, brew- him. He gave me the skeleton, and ed by our indulgent foreman. But I clothed it with flesh and skin.their best endeavours, owing to the Master says it's poor stuff, - but I. badness of the times, are insufficient think otherwise: judge for yourself.


A spirit glides to my bed-side,

Wringing it's hands of virgin snow;

it's robes of floating light,
Loosely it's golden ringlets flow;
All in a shadowy mantle clad,
It climbs my blissless bridal bed.
“ Thou airy phantom of the night,

Unveil thy face, and gaze on me,
Until my shivering heart is cold,

And i'll arise, and follow thee.
Oh! Helen Græme, celestial maid,
I commune with thine angel shade.
« Ill omen'd was this morn to me,

The woeful morn of my wedding ;
Matilda heard a death-bell toll-

When on her finger glow'd the ring.
My cold hand clasp'd the blushing dame's,--
But 0! my heart was Helen Græme’s."
“ Arise, Lord Auchinlea, arise,

And wrap thee in this shroud of mine ;
Turn from thy softly slumbering bride,

And press my shivering cheek to thine.
On forest glade, and naked wold,
The wind is keen the dew is cold.
“ I know thee well, deserving youth ;

Fair honour clothes thy gentle brow;
The rage of feud withheld thy hand,

But hand and heart are Helen's now.
Another lock'd embrace, and we
Will hie us to eternity.

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