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State of the BAROMETER in inches and decimals, and of Farenheit's Thrs.

MOMETER in the open air, taken in the morning before sun-rise, and at noon ; and the quantity of rain-water fallen, in inches and decimals, from the 29th of February 1788, to the 30th of March, near the foot of Arthur's Seat.








Morning. Noon.
February 29

27 38
March 1

38 46

3 32 41

37 43
5 25 32

23 31
7 21 34
8 19 33
9 19 37
10 17

II 19 37
12 28
13 24 41


35 39 16

34 34 17 31 33 18 28

35 19

30 41 20 37 40 21

45 22

23 35 43



27 39 46
28 39 43
29 38
30 51 52


29.3 29.6 29.875 30.075 29.925 29.495 29.325 29.55 29.675 29.875 30.033 29.95 29.8 29.575 29.5 29.5125 29.675 29.725 29.875 29.7 29.5 29.55 20.6125 29.5 29.425 29.375 29.425 29.4 29.73 29.73 29.3



37. 36








Quantity of Rain, 1.82



30. 52 greatest height at noon.
10. !7 least dicto, morning.

3. 30.075 greatest elevatiot 30. 29-3 Tealt ditto.



WHIS Castle, the property of Mr Campbell of Airds, stands on a rock

called in Gaelic Elan Vic-Stalcair, that is, INand Stalker, within a

small bay, or inlet, from Lochlinne in Argyleshire. At a mile's distance to the West lies the island of Lismore, formerly the seat of the Bishops of Argyleshire ; and on the East, the post town of Portnacroish, formerly the old town of Beregonium, as by some has been conjectured from the great number of ruins, vaults, &c. which still remain at that place.


To the Publisher of the Edinburgh Magazine. SIR, IR John Dalrymple, Memoirs, less robust. No man would have done

vol. II. p. 31. mentions several more to serve his country than Lord anecdotes and minute circumstances Stair, but he could not have held a concerning Marshall Stair : but, as he plough three or four hours, had the speaks merely from report, he is not security of the laws and liberties of answerable for their accuracy, and in. Great Britain been the reward of his deed with respect to most of them, labour. there is reason to suppose that he has So far was he from being “ fond of been exceedingly mifinformed. " adorning a fine person with grace

It is said, that “all Lord Stair's “ fal dress,” that, unless when he wore “ offices were taken from him by Sir a black suit, his clothes were of a “ Robert Walpole, for voting in Par- plain brownish dute. liament against the excise-Icheme.” A gentleman of distinction, who

That which is vulgarly called the lived in his neighbourhood and who excise-Scheme, was a money bill, loft or was much with him, remembers noabandoned by the minister in the House thing of the “ two French horns ;'' of Commons ; so we may presume that and he adds, that, being himself fond Lord Stair had no opportunity of vo- of music, and a performer, he thinks ting against it in the House of Peers. it impoffible that two such artists

That in 1734 Lord Stair was em- could have escaped his observation. ployed in paying bills for expences in- He doubts not that Lord Stair may curred fifteen or twenty years before, have had a French cook, but he neduring his embafly at Paris, is a lin- ver heard of the heroical disinterestedgular circumstance, and merits con- ness of that galant homme, as report. firmation.

ed in the Memoirs. That between 1734 and 1742, It is in confequence of misinforma“ he was often seen holding the plough tion that Sir John says, that a messen“ three or four hours at a time," muft ger brought a letter from the late king to be a mistake: the people, who thought Lord Stair, which desired him to they saw this, have certainly confound. take the command of the army: I am ed the situation of a gentleman over- confident that no such messenger was feeing his labourers, with that of a sent, and that no such letter came. sturdy operative ploughman. Before His favourite nephew, Captain John Lord Stair retired to his estate in the Dalrymple, died on the 22d of Fen country, he had reached to his grand bruary 1742 ; just after that events climacteric; and, besides, his consti- Lord Stair received a letter from tution was never healthy, and much London, delving him to come up. Who wrote the letter I cannot posi- “ proposed that the King should make tively say ; but I am sure that it was “ him a present of a sum of money neither written nor signed by George “ when he arrived anotáer said, Lord II.: the letter made no mention of “ Stair was so high-spirited, that if he the command of the army, and Lord

was offered


he would run Stair did not under ftand that it con- “ back to his own country, and they veyed any such meaning,

mouid lose their General. A tlird Having occasion for money to de- “ suggested, that, to fave his delicacy, fray the extraordinary expences of a " the King should give him six com journey to London, and of his resie “ miffons of corncts to dispose of, dence there, he, on the 25th of Fe- 66 which, at that time, fold for a thoubruary 1742, borrowed L.100 from “ fand pounds a-piece. The King his brother Col. William Dalrymple, « liked this idea best, and gave the and, on the following day, the like “ commiffions blank to Lord Stair, sum from his other brother George “ saying, they were intended to pay Dalrymple, one of the Barons of Ex- “ for his journey and equipage. But, Chequer in Scotland.

" in going from couri do his own On the 25th of February 1742

“ house, he gave all the fix away.' Lord Stair borrowed L.Joo from Sir This narrative, so far as it is conJohn Dalrymple, grandfather of the neeted with that of the 3000 guineas, Historian, and, on the following day, may be thought dubious ; the liberal L.400 from a profeffed money-lender, mifapplication which Lord Stair made in all L.700 ; of which, the sum of of the royal liberality will be best conL.200 was furnished by his brothers, firmed by an account of the names of and L. 100 by his cousin.

the gentlemen on whom he bestowed This little detail seems hardly con- the commillions : it mult, however, be fistent with what Sir J. D. has heard, obferved, that the confultation of mithat “ Lord Stair fent expresses for nisters, and the result of it, are fup: " the gentlemen of his family, frewed pofed to have happined before Lord

the King's letter, and defired them Stair arrived in London. Lord Stair ¢ to find money to carry him to Lon- was not appointed General ull a con• don : that they askeal how much he fiderable time nfter. “ wanted, and when they should bring He left Scotland, so far as I can “ it ? that his anfwer was, the more discover, about the end of Fibruary the better, and the sooner the better, 1742. " and that they brought him three In March 1742 he was appointed is thousand guineas.”

Ambassador to the States General. In 1742 credits in banks, and Mr Robert Keith, by his recommen. the discounting of bills were things dation, was appointed secretary to the hardly known, so that it would have embally. been more difficult to collect 3000 It was not till April 1742, that guineas, between terms, at that time, Lord Stair was appointed Commander than it would be to collect 30,000 in Chief of the British forces in Flanguineas in 1788.

ders. Besides, if Lord Stair had received Egregiously mistaken, indeed, was 3000 guineas from the gentlemen of that person who informed Sir Joha Kis family, what occafion had he to Dalrymple that Lord Stair carried in resort to a money-lender for L.400? his coach to London Mr Keith and

It is added, that “ the circumstance Sir John Pringle.

came to the late King's ears, who Mr Keith left Scotland on the 26th “ expressed to his ministers the unea- of March 1742 ; be rode post, but, “ finess that he felt at Lord Stair's fatigued with that mode of travelling, “ difficulties in money-matters--one he got into a stage-coach about Hunt

ington, and by that conveyance reach- in a dispute with the Prince of Conti; ed London,

and some other princes of the blood, Dr Pringle, Professor of Ethics in about a point of ceremony and place, the Unirersity of Edinburgh, was ap- a dispute interesting at the moment. pointed to exanıine candidates for the While mens minds were agitated by degree of Master of Arts, 23d Febru- this controversy of place, Mr Parsons, ary and 30th March 1742; this ap- a page, with arch simplicity, put the pears from the records of the Univer- question which Sir John bas taken lity, and is inconsistent with the jour- the trouble of repeating ; and that ney to London—it is probable that he Lord Stair,“ stepping out of the continued to read lectures until Sum- “coach, paid respect to the religion mer : he was appointed Physician Ge. “ of the country in which he was, and neral to the hospitals abroad on the “ kneeled in a very dirty Street,” is what 24th of Aurruft 1742.

would not have been expected from a Sir L. Dundas, relided at London British Ambassador, and especially from when Lord Stair arrived there in 1742. such an Ambassador as Lord Stair!

With respect to the coffee-house I have only to add, that the contet anecdoie, which is introduced with an about place happened in the year apology, it may be remarked, that 1716; that Colonel Young was born on Lord Mark. Ker addresfed his com- the 25th of February 1703, and that panion by the name of Stair. This he could hardly have been Master of brings down the anecdote to 1707, Horse to Lord Stair at the age of thirwhen that title descended to Lord teen. It follows, that Sir John must Star. He was then not a thoughtless have heard that well-known anecdote high-spirited boy, but a man of thirty- from some other person than Col. Young. four, and a General Officer. Lord The other anecdote, as to Lewis Mark Ker, or Lord Stair, might have XIV. is also well-known, but it would desired the inquisitive stranger to be run better thus : In the reign of silent, or to leave the room ; but it Charles II. the Duke of Buckingham seems hardly consistent with their went Ambassador to France. Lewis known character for courtesy and cour- the XIV. on a certain occasion, desiage, to suppose that they thould have red the Duke to go into his coach; agreed to throw the dice for the ho- the Duke hesitated, and stood back; nour of fighting a stranger who never the King stept in, shut the door, and, meant to insult them.

with elegant ambiguity, said, “ Entre The next anecdote is well known, “ vous et moi M. le Duc, il n'y a tho', as is the fate of most anecdotes, “point de façon.” He made a like it has been told different ways. My experiment on Lord Stair, but he account of it is this : Lord Stair, as found him a better bred man than the British Ambassador, became engaged courtly Buckingham.

Account of the Hunting Excursions of Afoph Ul Doulah, Vizier of the Moyul

Empire, and Nabob of Oude. By W. Blane Eja; wlo attended these Excurs frons in 1785 and 1786.

HE Vizier, Afoph ul Doulah, makes a circuit of country from four

always sets out upon his annu- to fix hundred miles, always bending al hunting-party as soon as the cold his course towards the skirts of the season is well set in ; that is, about northern mountains, where the counthe beginning of December; and he try, being wild and uncultivated, is stays out till the heats, about the be- the most proper for game. ginning of March, force him back a. When he marches, he takes with gain. During this time, he generally him, not only his household and Zenina, but all his Court, and a great part


The animals he carries for sport are of the inhabitants of his capital. Be- dogs, principally greyhounds, of which lides the immediate attendance about he has about three hundred-hawks, his person, in the various capacities of of various kinds, at least two hundred Rhidmisgars, Fralhes, Chobdars, Har- —a few trained leopards, called Cheecaras, Mcwatics, &a which may a- tads, for catching deer-and to this moudi to about two thousand, he is at- lift I may add a great many markstended in camp by five or fix hundred men, whose profesfion is to shoot deer, horse, and seveial battalions of regular and fowlers who provide game ; for sepoys, with their field-pieces. He there are none of the natives of India takes with him about four or five who have any idea of shooting game. hundred elephants; of these some are with small shot, or of hunting with broke in for riding, some for fighting, low hounds. He is also furnished fome carry baggage, and the rest are with nets of various kinds, fome for reserved for clearing the jungles and quail, and others very large, for fifhforests of the game : of the first kind, ing, which are carried along with him there are always twenty or thirty rea- upon elephants, attended by fishermen, dy caparisoned, with Howdals and A- so as to be always ready to be thrown marys, that attend close behind the one into any river or lake he may meet he rides upon himself, that he may with on the march. change occasionally to any of them he Besides this catalogue for the sport, likes; or he sometimes permits foine he carries with him every article of of his attendants to ride upon them. luxury or pleasure ; even ice is tranHe has with him about five or six sported along with him to cool his hundred sumpter horses, a great many water, and make ices; and a great of which are always led ready faddled many carts are loaded with the Ganges Dear him ; many of them are beautiful water, which is esteemed the best and Persian horses, and some of them of lightest in India, for his drink. The the Arabian breed; but he feldom fruits of the season, and fresh vegerides any of them. Of wheel-carri- tables, are sent to him daily from his ages, there are a great many of the gardens to whatever distance he may country fashion drawn by bullocks, go, by laid bearers, stationed upon the principally for the accommodation of road at the distance of every ten miles, the women ; besides which, he has and in this manner convey whatever with him a couple of English chaises, is sent by them at the rate of four a buggy or two, and sometimes a cha- miles an hour, night and day. Beriot; but all these, like the horses, are sides the fighting elephants, which I merely for show, and never used ; in- have mentioned, he has with him deed, he feldom uses any other con- fighting antelopes, fighting buffaloes, veyance but an elephant, or sometimes, and fighting rams, in great numbers : when fatigued or indisposed, a palan- and, lastly, of the feathered kind (bequin, of which several attend him. fides hawks), he carries with him fe

The arms he carries with him are a veral hundred pigeons, fome fighting vast number of matchlocks—a great cocks, and an endless variety of nightmany English pieces of various kinds ingales, parrots, minos, &c. all of pistols (of which he is very fond,) a which are carried along with his tents, great number, perhaps forty or fifty pairs What I have hitherto enumerated -bows and arrows--besides swords, are the appendages of the Nabob perfabres, and daggers innumerable. One fonally; belides which, there is a large or more of all these different kinds of public Bazar, or, in other words, a arms he generally has upon the ele- noving town, attends his camp, con phant with him, and a great many listing of shopkeepers and artificers of more are carried in readiness by his all kinds, money-changers, dancing attendants.


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