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LINES ON THE DEATH OF THE PRINCESS CHARLOTT
AND HER CHILD.
While Albion's genius weeps the untimely fate Of her belov'd hereditary great, With streaming eyes, while she bedews their urn, And her own fatė, in that of Charlotte mourns ; The muse of freedom, as she marks the blow, That lays the mother and her offspring low; Whispers—“ In pity they are snatch'd from earth, “ And spar'd the pangs attach'd to sovereign birtli. “For, ah! how rarely, in their age or youth “ Are Princes train’d in wisdom and in truth! “ From reason's dawning to the closing grave “ Devoted victims to the courtier slave, “ To sycophants, who kneel before the shrine “Of pomp, prerogative, and Right Divine ! “But ne'er, alas! the wholesome truth impart, “ That a King's strength is in a nation's heart; “ And of all men supremely blest is he “Who rules beloved, amidst a people free !"
TO A VAIN BUT VERY INDIFFERENT ACTOR.
Cries Tag to his friend, “ Bob, were you at Old Drury
Last night, when my Richard so charm'd all the crowd I hope you were present;-if not, I assure ye
Cook, Kemble, nor Kean e'er got plaudits so loud :“ You may smile, but 'tis true, I had peal upon peal
, Such a flattering reception sure never was seen." “ No doubt,” replies Bob, as he turn'd on his heel,
“But the peels must be orange peels, Tag, that you man Liverpool
Friends of my youth! with whom I've trod the way
When day, with all its cares, is o'er;
A region of delight!
And veiled from mortal sight :
TO A TOPER IN LOVE.
'Twixt women and wine, Sir,
Man's lot is to smart, For wine makes his head ache,
And women his heart.
Hither youth and beauty smiling,
Hither bend your footsteps light;
Pleasure wreathes her roses bright;
Steals the soul from earth away ;
Crown'd with many a chaplet gay,
Woos ye to her festive hall ;
Mirth obeys the welcome call;
See, the revel waits for you ;
Sombre, and of doubtful hue.
Turn thy dewy eyes of light;
Chill'd as by the dews of night;
Lifts to thee her sunken eye!
Breathes that grief-recording sigh;
Loveliest daughter of the skies ;
List ! to thee the orphan cries,
Piety, of Heaven born!
Haste, assume thy mortal form ;
Hither each attractive grace;
This, be this your trysting place ;
The triumph sweet of Charity.
LIVERPOOL CRITICS THE BEST OF ALL PUBLIC
TO THE EDITOR SIR,-You lately detected an empirical cotemporary a most laughable blunder, or rather, in utter ignorant the subject on which he condescended to enlighten sapient readers. I allude to the memorable bull of Co lanus drawing his sword wherewith to kill himself. other critic (par nobile fratrum, a few days ago mitted a blunder which is precisely of the same After telling us that Mr. Bedford, as Major Galbraith Rob Roy, was encored in the song “A famous mao Robin Hood,” our critic says, “ In the scene in this gentleman has to wield the poker, we would him to abandon a mode of action which properly down a hiss."
I need not tell your readers that it is the Bal Nichol Jarvie, and not the Major, who brandishes poker, which is intended as a weapon of attack upot Galbraith and his party. This, however, we shall be as we were by the Coriolanus critic, is a mere typograph
This blunder about Major Galbraith appears to fair sample of the major part of the writer's critique other subjects. In the very same article on the drama, are informed that the song of the Death of Abercromk was composed by Mr. Hime, of Liverpool. Nowe lad in the streets who can whistle the “ Huntsm. Chorus," or " Yankee Doodle,” knows that Braham posed“ Abercrombie's Death."
Haying given a specimen of our critic's accuracy dramatic and musical subjects, I shall, by way of cord sion, just observe, that he is equally au fail on medi science. In his thingumbob of the preceding week, o ing at your remarks upon hydrophobia, real or suppos
PUNNING ON ANY SUBJECT.
"—the crystal bar Of Eden moves not."-MOORR.
I had the following passage, which was pointed out to “ Thou art not then of our opinions, friend?" observed served, “ Mr. Romney, these are a most wonderful peobe by Tim Gallipot, our apothecary's youngest ap- the same person, after he had viewed the small appendage ple. Heigho! wicked sinder that I am, would I were prentice :-"The mercurial poison has remained dormant at the back of his head.
like them!”. “ Indeed they are, my friend, a wonderful for twenty years, and has then burst out with great vio- “Why, yes, I much approve of what you are saying, people, and it is an honour to our country, that England leoce." What
, in the name of Galen and Dr. Solomon, but-Heigh ho!—I am”—he was proceeding, I have no may boast of first establishing, encouraging, promoting, does this quack mean by mercurial poison lurking thus in doubt, to inform the worthy Friends, that he was of the and now, more than ever, respecting that amiable, peacethe buman frame? I have heard of mercurial prepara- Methodist persuasion, and that he believed in every thing, able, and most consistent body of professing Christians, tions used to expel obstinate diseases ; but I never before when a tall athletic person entered the room, and com- called Quakers." heard ef the mercurial poison itself remaining dormant in manded the attention of all present. His hair was some. When the cloth was drawn, the president gave
“ The the body. Surely the writer must have dreamed of the what sandy, and rather thin on the fore part of the head; King," upon which one of the Friends observed, “We poista as he lay dormant in bed, while Queen Mab was at to provide for this deficiency, a sprinkling of powder was wish the king's good health and happiness, as much as kes revels, conjuring up the image of Major Galbraith, applied ; the lower part of his face seemed buried in im- thou doest, friend, but we never drink healths.” with his red hot poker in hand, singing Mr. Hime's song mense whiskers, the dog's ears, as they are sometimes called, The cunning Scotchman then rose, and observed, " that of the " Death of Abercrombie !"
or stiff-neck collar, reaching nearly to his cheek-bones, as we were honoured by the presence of an illustrious noA friend of mine tells me he could amuse your readers around which a handsome silk handkerchief, à la Belcher, bleman, of the highest rank, whose public, private, and Dot a little by reviewing this reviewer's strictures on the terminated in the best exquisite Bond-street knot. Beneath religious conduct did the highest credit tul himsal, his paintings at our Exhibition; but you will, in all proba- a light drab coat, made in the first hunting-frock fashion, noble kindred, and the country that was blessed with the bility, be by this time heartily sick of the subject. I shall, appeared a pink and white striped waistcoat, with a sham honour of giving him birth,”-“Blarney," observed the therefore, conclude with the ejaculation of a satirical two of blue and red satin, peeping from under at the smiling traveller in a low voice. The Scotchman, howwriter" In the name of common sense, I say, defend us breast, doe-skin small-clothes, white top.boots, gilt spurs, ever, proceeded, "I esteem this, gentlemen, as the proud"from that most intolerable of all cants, the cunt of criti- with a broad-brimmed white hat, and an immense cluster est day of my life, to have the felicity of calling your cismn." - Yours, &c.
FLIBBERTYGIBBET. of gold seals attached to an elegant gold chain, drawn attention tul an exalted character, whose muckle virtues" through the waistcoat button-hole.
-“That's right, my boy, go it again, the fat sow will bear The Bouquet.
Thus equipped he stood before us, rubbing his chin greasing,” exclaimed the traveller, in a voice audible 2 dese here only made a nosegay of culled flowers, and have with the silver handle of a neat horse-whip. All was enough to be heard by the Scotchman, who, applying a Erenght zotking of my own but the thread that ties them."
silence; when, having reconnoitered the company, he pinch of snuff he held between his finger and thumb to MONTAIGNE.
lounged towards the window, seemingly on the best of the nasal organ, with an arch look at the traveller, replied, BRADBURY AND HIS BEAR. terms with himself.
“I dunna ken, Sir, what you mean by the fat soo, but
The whisper immediately ran round, “Who is he? I'm thinking yer ane of the swinish multitude.” The following interesting account of Robert Brad- Where does he come from ?” No one knew: but a This caused a general smile, and the Caledonian proInry, the celebrated Clown, is taken from the last cunning Scotchman, who sat taking snuff by the fire, ceeded, “ As I was saying, before I was interrupted by olame of Ryley's Itinerant in Scotland, now publish- fearful that so fine a man should be thought to be of this gentleman's clish-ma-claver, I look upon this as ane og in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Liverpool, &c. any country but his own, replied, in a low voice, and of the proudest days o' my life, for I am favoured with the
with a significant look, “I ken him, Sirs; I ken him: muckle honour of proposing a toast that I am sure will be As we entered the traveller's room in the Tontine at its his Grace the Duke of Buccleugh.”
drank wi' aw honours-His Grace the Duke of BucGlasgow, four Deat-looking men, in drab or brown coloured “ The devil it is,” exclaimed a traveller who was cast. cleugh!" This was drank by all, the Quaker excepted, esthes
, were engaged in conversation, on the beauties of ing up his accounts at another table, and precipitately and his Grace drank it likewise. A silence ensued, which New Lanark, from whịch they had just returned. Now, placing his books, swatches, &c. in a little green bag, was broken by the following observation of his Grace : wit was Mr. Cheery's intention to visit this most delight-cocked up his quizzing.glass, and began to examine his “Why, what are ye a'ter, my masters? there's a lark ful place, he became interested in the conversation, and Grace from head to foot, with serious attention; but soon, going on amongst ye, I see I'm not fly--but if any one derved to me that it would have been his determination as if some comic thought had struck him, endeavoured, will tip me the office, I have no objection to a lot of fun,
to spend the remainder of his days there, had he not been with some difficulty, to stifle a laugh, and taking up a and whether you give me the part of the Duke or the informed that religious worship was not permitted within newspaper, obviously to avoid being noticed, made no fur- Duchess, I'll fill it to the utmost of my ability." the limits of Mr. Owen's jurisdiction. ther observation.
Astonishment was visible on almost every countenance One of the Friends, for such they proved to be, over- The waiter, who was busied in laying the cloth, had but the smiling' traveller, who, unable to contain himself earing his last words, addressed him as follows: "Thou overheard the Scotchman's assertion with astonishment, any longer, held up his glass, being at the other end of ir mistaken, friend ; real, vital religion is to be met with when his Grace, in a tone of authority, inquired, “ Has the table. • Mr. Bradbury, your health, Sir.” “ Thank mongst the good people at New Lanark as frequently as the man brought my luggage out of the carriage ?"- you, Sir; you are the only person in company who chooses Imaggst any equal number of Christians. They are left “ Yes, my Lord.” “ Give him half-a-crown.” “ It to call me by my right name; but I suppose this is a hoax bo themselves to worship in the way they think best and shall instantly be done, your Grace.”
of my old friend and first manager, who sits upon your at is the best way--does not thou think so, friend ?” At each of these replies, the stranger looked at the right hand.”
* Heigh-ho! we are told, . how are they to be converted waiter with a kind of smiling astonishment, inore particu. As this was undoubtedly applied to me, I arose and Ticbout a preacher ? and how are they to preach unless larly as he bowed to him most obsequiously on leaving the approached the individual, that I might obtain a closer hey are called ?'”
room. This conduct of the waiter's confirmed most of the view of this singular character, when, strange to tell, I "Thou art right, friend, in one sense, but not in company in the Scotchman's opinion, and it was amusing found myself enabled to extricate, from within a wood of Mother; there are many kinds of calls ; one man is called to observe how his countrymen, of whom there were two whiskers, the features of Robert Bradbury, the celebrated offty pounds a year, and he comes slowly; another is in the room, pressed to obtain a seat near his Lordship at Clown, from Drury-lane Theatre, who, the reader will alled to a hundred pounds a year, and he quickens his the table; and the waiter, though pretty nimble, had no recollect, is stated in the second volume of this work, to lea third is called to a thousand pounds a year, and chance in supplying his Grace, for even before they were have made his first appearance under my management, tras running; in fact, this kind of calling is a money called for, pepper, salt, vinegar, mustard, &c. crowded in the Liverpool Theatre, many years ago. Fruiting business, and has nothing to do with the kingdom roupd his plate, like the towers of a besieged castle; best “ What,” continued he, "did you not know me, Mr.
Christ, which is spiritual ; but the true call, which the dishes were handed him, and the old servile coinciding Romney ?" After shaking him by the hand, I plainly postle meant, is a mental feeling, an emotion of the soul, cant, “ Exactly—just so,” were ready for every thing that told him that time and dress had so completely metamorlothed in humility, an inward conviction that we are fell from his gracious lips.
phosed hiin, that till that moment I could not call to mind sessed of a power from above, to communicate glad One of the worthy Quakers (his Lordship happening to his person. idings, not a call to fat benefices, and to appear in dis- sit near a turkey) observed," Friend, I'll thank thee for This was the subject, and justly too, of laughter, for Erone in gowns and big wigs, but spontaneously to breathe a piece of that fowl," upon which Cheery, who sat near the principal part of the company, but it was lost on arth the truth in the spirit of good-will to all mankind, the Quaker, much hurt that proper obeisance was not paid Cheery and one of the Quakers, who were busy discussing Tithout fee and without emolument."
to dignities, observed, in a low voice, “ He's a lord !" the merits of infant baptism; and I was rather surprised Cheery made no reply to this, but, wrapped in astonish- “ Friend,” replied the Quaker, with much urbanity in his to find Cheery had removed his seat to the opposite side hent, rose, and folding his arms, walked slowly to the countenance, “I see thou art unacquainted with our opi. of the table, which he afterwards informed me arose from ther end of the room, apparently in deep meditation, nions and habits of thinking. Friend, we acknowledge his having found that the worthy Friends used no baptism But what was the surprise of the Quakers, when, as Cheery no lord, but the Lord Jesus Christ, and we consider all at all. Stroed from them, they discovered his pig-tail, for pre- titles as frivolous, and worse than useless, except the title I was rather gratified to find that this good man had hously they had looked upon bim as one of their own of a good Christian and an honest man.” Cheery looked not overheard the title of manager applied to me by BradKect
, bis dress and address warranting the conclusion. delighted at these observations, and, turning to me, ob bury, because that would at once bave discovered what I
had long laboured to conceal from him, I mean my pro- f at Portsmouth some years ago, in which he cut so conspi- of his clothes, but tied together in various parts with strin
and in this state he has, by strangers, been mistaken fo fession, to which his prejudice had led him to entertain cuous a figure in the London papers. a most inveterate hatred: not on account of any evil With his usual good nature and few people possessed beggar, and barely escaped being offered their charity. tendency he had perceived arising from it, for he literally morey he entered into a detail of what had happened to pot only once a week, which was always on a Sunda knew nothing about it, never having seen or read a play bim in almost all circuses, amphitheatres, and playhouses for his subsistence, he purchased but three articles (ch in his life, but from the maledictions thundered forth by in England, Ireland, and Scotland, for the last ten years, he always denominated as two necessaries and a luxury the preachers against plays, playhouses, and all those who a full account of which would be by much too prolix for the necessaries, bread and bacon, the luxury, te, visit such places of entertainment, lest that penny should insertion, having already, I fear, wearied the reader's week; and in the fruit season, when his garden pronu
gallong be dropped at the pit door, that they would rather hear patience.
fruit, or when he once or twice a week procured a mea jingle on the pulpit-plate, an almost constant visitor, from The Portsmouth business, however, as it is a fact; car. his neighbours', his half gallon loaf lasted him a day one excuse or another, at Methodist meeting-houses. rying with it considerable interest, I will endeavour to two of the following week; so that in five weeks he
had no more than four half gallon loaves. He was The Friends soon left the room; and as it was rumour. relate as accurately as memory will permit. ed that one of them had tately opened a hosier's shop, it
(To be continued.)
equally abstemious in his other two articles. He frequen
ate with his parishioners; yet for the last ten years was curious to observe with what alacrity two travellers
was but a solitary instance of a person eating with him from Nottingham rose from the table, took up their pat- Biographical Notices.
return, and that a particular friend, who obtained only tern books, and prepared to sally forth ; but the smiling
bit of bread with much difficulty and importunity.
the last fifteen years there was never within his domass rider, who seemed up to every thing, observed, “ Pray,
THE BERKSHIRE MISER.
kind of spirits; no beer, butchers' meat, buster, a gentlemen, don't leave us, but take another glass, and
lard, cheese, or milk, nor any niceties, of which has then hark forward to the Salt market.” The request was REV. MORGAN JONES, LATE CURATE OY BLEWBERRY. particularly fond when they came free of expense, agreed to, when the cunning Scotchman observed, “ May
which he could never find the heart to purchase.
The economy and parsimony of this curious man were beverage was cold water; and at morning and eveni I ask, why all this bustle amongst you gentlemen of the almost beyond credibility, he having outdone, in many in- weak tea, without milk or sugar. However cold road, when a Quaker is known to set up business ?” stances, the celebrated Élwes, of Marcham. For many weather, he seldom had a fire, except to cook with,
“ I'll tell you, Sir. Travellers are subject to heavy of the last years of his ministerial labours he had no ser that was so small, that it might easily have been hid us losses from roguish customers, in various ways, and when want to attend any of his domestic concerns; and he never a half gallon measure. He has often been seen roving there is a chance of an order from an honest individual, it had even the assistance of a female within his doors for churchyard to pick up bits of stick, or busily lopping
the last twelve years; the offices of housemaid, chamber shrubs or fruit trees, to make this fire, while his e puts a man on the alert to endeavour to obtain it.”
maid, cook, and scullion, and even most part of his wash- house has been crammed with wood and coal, which “ And how do you ken the Quaker is an honest man?” ing and mending were performed by himself; he has been could not prevail upon himself to use. In very cold Feel
“ When did you ever hear of a Quaker being other frequently known to beg needles and thread at some of the he would frequently get by some of his neighbours' tra wise ?” “Very seldom, indeed." "Sir, a Quaker, be farm-houses, to tack together his tattered garments, at warm his shivering limbs, and, when evening came, sides the certainty of your money, gives you less trouble which, from practice, he had become very expert. He to bed for warmıh, but generally without a candle,
was curate of Blewberry upwards of forty-three years; allowed himself only the small bits left of those pron than other people; he tells you at once what he wants, and it will scarcely be credited, that the same hat and coat for divinë service in the church by the parish. Her and what price he will give for your goods, from which he served him for his every-day dress during
the whole of that never known to keep dog, cat, or any other living area never varies, and with him the fair tradesman avoids the period! The brim of the hat had, on one side, (by so and it is certain the whole expenses of his house di numerous contemptible tricks by which many shopkeepers much handling,) been worn off quite to the crown, but, amount to half a crown a week, for the last twenty ya are in the habit of defrauding the manufacturer, such as fields, he Luckily met with an old left-off hat, stuck up for whole of his yearly salary, which never was more than
on coming one day from the hamlet of (pton, across the and, as the fees exceeded that sum, he always sava deducting for pretended short measure; ordering twice as
a scarecrow. He immediately secured the prize, and, pounds per annum. By constantly placing this many goods as they want, in order to choose out of the with some tar twine,
substituted as thread, and a piece of the Funds, and the interest, with about £30 petani lump, and under some frivolous excuse' returning the re- the brim, quite repaired the deficiences of his beloved old more (the rent of two small estates left by some rebeke mainder at the maker's expense. Then the traveller's bill at one, and ever after wore it in common, although the old he, in the course of forty-three years, amassed sayda his inn is not enlarged by being obliged to stuff and cram one was of a russet brown, and the new brim nearly as sand pounds, as his bankers, Messrs. Child and Co. his customer ; for if you invite Aminidab, he tells you Keys, in 1781, was a surtout much the worse for wear; free with the good things of this life; and when
black as jet. His coat, when he first came from Ashton Fleet-street, can testify. In his youthful days be plainly he will not come. Then, again, if you don't call after some time he had it turned inside out, and made up came to Blewberry, he for some time boarded with a pe on the day that payment is due, he remits the money.into a common one. Whenever it became rent or torn, it by the week, and during that time was quite corpule I'll tell you what, Sir, orders at present, in our way, are was as speedily tacked together with his own hands; at but, as soon as he boarded and lived by himself
, bv not difficult to obtain ; but a good and safe customer is found it necessary, he cut pieces off the tail to make good reduced almost to a living skeleton. He was al por
length pieces fell out and were lost, -and as fast as he simony overcame his appetite, so that at last he ba and when I place the name of a Quaker in my order-book, the upper part, until the coat was reduced to a jacket, early riser, being seldom in bed after break of day, it is as valuable to me as Abraham Newland's.”
stuck about with patches of his own applying. In this hat nearly like all other early risers, he enjoyed an excel During this account, the other rider, who had prepared and coat, when at home on working days, he was con- state of health ; so that for the long space of fortyfor departure, was observed sídling towards the door, when stantly decorated, but he never wore it abroad, or before years he omitted preaching only two Sundays. the smiling traveller, whom nothing escaped, in a good-been much vered at the ridicule his grotesque appearance upwards of one thousand sermons; but for the last
His industry was such that he wrote, with his own humoured way took him by the arm; “Come, come, my had excited when seen by those with whom he was not years his hand became tremulous, and he wrote but good Sir, start fair, for I see here will be a race to broad much acquainted. This extraordinary coat (or, more pro- he therefore only made alterations
and additions brim's shop ; but don't you think, gentlemen, you had perly, jacket) is now in the possession of one of the pa. former sermons, and this, generally, on the back better loss up for the chance, than run from hence to the rishioners, and prized as a curiosity. His stockings were marriage licenses or across old letters, as it would Salt market ; it will be disgraceful to see two respectable Scarcely a vestige of the original worsted. He had a great sermons were usually plain and practical, and his fa
washed and mended by himself, and some of them had been nearly death to him to have purchased paper. gentlemen hosiers, from Nottingham, in such a contest store of new shirts which had never been worn; but, for discourses were generally admired; but the fear of through the streets of Glasgow, besides the unpleasantness many years his stock became reduced to one in use ; his noticed, and the dread of expense, was an absolute of the two gentlemen in the same business meeting for the parsimony would not permit him to have this washed more hibition to his sending any thing to the press, althoug first time in the same shop."
than once in two or three months, for which he reluctantly was fully capable, being well skilled in the English The competitors paused awhile, and at last agreed to his shirt, that it might not want washing too often, and, of a letter, has been known to deprive him of a
paid a poor woman fourpence. He always slept without Latin languages. The expense of a periny, in the per decide the matter according to their friend's advice. This by that means, be worn out; and he always went without rest ; and yet we must do bim
the justice to acknowl was accordingly done, and the chance was won by the one while it was washed, and very frequently at other that at times pounds did not grieve him. He was traveller who spoke so well in favour of the Quakers, at times. This solitary shirt he mended himself; and as fast lar and liberal subscriber to the Bible, Missionary, which I must confess I was well pleased, for
I have enter supplied it by cutting off the tail; but,' as nothing will conversion of the Jews; and he has more than once
as it required to be patched in the body, he ingeniously other societies for the propagation of the gospel an tained through life a strong predilection in favour of this last for ever, by this constant clipping it unfortunately be generous enough to give a pound or two to assist excellent body of people.
came too short to reach down to his small clothes. This, tressed fellow.creature. Not having seen Bradbury for many years, and enter. Of course, was a sad disaster, and there was some fear lest Although very fond of ale he spent only one sispy taining a high respect for his integrity, industry, and one of the new ones must be brought into use ; but, after on that liquor during the forty-three years he was cu talent, by which he had raised himself from obscurity to
a diligent search, he fortunately found, in one of his draw. of Blewberry; but it must be confessed he ased to pa the highest pitch of eminence, in the way of life he had ers, the top part of a shirt with a frill on, which had, pro- of it too freely, when he could have it without costat
bably, lain by ever since his youthful and more gay days. ten years since, when, being at a neighbour's wedd chosen, I left Cheery, who had taken out his little red This was, with his usual sagacity, tacked by him on the and having taken rather
too much of this favourite bible, and was solacing himself in the 10th chapter of tail of the old
one, with the frilí downwards, and was thus verage, it was noticed and talked of by some of the Nehemiah, and drawing my chair close to Mr. Bradbury, worn by him until the day before he left Blewberry; Lat- sons present. Being hurt by this he made a vow with a strong desire to hear something of bis history, terly his memory became impaired, and he several times more to taste a drop of that or any other strong liq
forgot to change his dress, and has more than once been and his promise he most scrupulously and honestly k during the many years that had elapsed since I first knew seen, at the burial of a corpse, dressed in this ludicrous although so contrary to his natural desires, and expe him, and in particular of the circumstance that took place and curious manner, with scarcely a button on any part to so many temptations.--Devizes Gazelle.
TO THE EDITOR.
Oh, Britain !- lovely island of the free;
THE LIVERPOOL FORUM.
And thy fair daughters! must they fall with yon?
Oh may thy own blue waves, thy guardian surge 1 understand that the author of this work is still very Roll o'er thee at thy falling funeral dirge!
SIR,_Being an admirer of popular discussions, I at young, and that he has not enjoyed the advantages of a regular education. Under such circumstances he is en.
I must confess, however, that after all, his Scotch songs tended, with pleasure, the opening of the Liverpool Forum
come more home to the heart than the very best lines in on the 7th instant. The question for discussion was a tided to every indulgence. I must confess, however, that his English poems. Nothing in its way can be better highly important one, and a good debate was anticipated. the good nature of his readers is stretched to the very ut. than the following:
There would, no doubt, have been a more numerous aumet , and that nothing can sufficiently excuse the careless
A WEE DRAPPIE O'T.
dience, had the question been more generally announced ; Desi gith which some parts of the work are executed; but slibough they are distinguished by a degree of negligence Gray winter stalks lone in the roar o'the blast;
but it could not be expected that a day's notice would Now the sweetness of summer is faded and past,
bring a crowded room. I have, however, often heard it and eccentricity, for which their merit by no means atopes, But sae happy here we'll be in our low hamely cot,
urged, that questions of mere amusement attract larger they are possessed of merit notwithstanding. In some And rejoice 'neath the storm o'er a wee drappie o't. audiences than more important ones. I have too high panges great merit has been displayed, considering the Away thou dark demon oʻsorrow and care!
an opinion of the understandings of my fellow-townsmen euruumstances under which they have been produced. Flee far wi' thy gaunt train o' howling despair,
to give to this assertion a tacit concurrence, because I think Sime, I doubt not, may have opened the book who will For should you dare come here we'll plunge you in the pot,
it cannot be shown by the fact. Be this as it may, I hope Bot be inelined to subscribe to this opinion, for the first and rejoice o'er your fa' wi a wee drappie o't. piece in the volume is by no means the best ; but there Then we'll pledge to the land of the free and the brave,
they will, in future, give it a contradiction by a general are stacy stanzas in the longer poems, and a larger pro- And rejoice in that
freedom for which our fathers fought,
attendance throughout the season, particularly on those The wild land o' heather, the rock, and the wave;
nights when questions of importance are brought forward pation of the songs and shorter pieces, which give yery And sae “here's to their shades” wi' a wee drappie o't. monsiderable promise of future excellence. I do not intend to the cheerers o' life we'll empty this bowl,
for discussion. detain the reader with any lengthened criticism, though we'll pledge them wi' heart, wi
' hand, and wi' soul;
In the commencement of the evening the speakers
appeared rather shy; and as this is frequently the case, I are are many things in the work, which, under other for how cheerless wad the gloom be—how hard wad be our shall take the liberty of suggesting to the gentlemen who cumstances, might have induced me to speak with some lot,
generally take a part in the discussions, the propriety of Ferity, but shall merely lay before them one or two of An’it werena for the dearies, and a wi'drappie o't.
having an arrangement amongst themselves by which each, passages which, in my opinion, are most worthy of Few, few and short are the joys that we know, notice. Thro'chi: dark dreary struggle of sorrow and woe;
in turn, may commence the debate. This plan, besides The author's chief taste is evidently in Lyric poetry, Oh! there's friendship, there's love, and a wi' drappie o't. But still some heavenly gleam Illumes the lowly cot,
preventing one or two speakers from appearing too con& there is more nerve, and infinitely more originality in
spicuously, as well as equalizing the debate, would always Strange, that a man who can write such lines as these secure an early commencement. However, after th songs in the Scottish dialect, than in all the rest of the should so far mistake his own talents
, as to waste his time discussion had begun, it was so well maintained, that The following piece has much in it , to my mind, and dissipate his genius
feeble imita- a gentleman who had not had an opportunity of defending the spirit of Burns in his happiest moments :
tions of the most careless parts of Don Juan. There are," the pilot who weathered the storm,” moved an adjournDRINK, DRINK ROUN'.
no doubt, single lines of considerable beauty in these imi. ment, which was carried nom. con, Ye lightsome hearts o'glee and fạn, tations, but an indulgence in such writing must do in.
The debate was renewed yesterday evening by the genSince Youth and Joy are met together, calculable injury to a poet in the author's situation.
tleman who had moved its adjournment. He eloquently WEU laugh at time and rising sun: Ik's cauld in heart wha here wad swither ;
However great the original power of the author's mind defended the “heaven-born minister," and was supported So drink, drink roun'. may be, he will never attain to a just and permanent fame in his line of argument by three other speakers. There Yelightsome heart of honoured eld,
without serious and laborious cultiyation. It may not all were two speakers for Mr. Fox, and one for Mr. Canning : Come join wi' us in mirthfu' glory;
be seen, and the crowd may wonder at, and extol the and, after a vigorous and eloquent discussion, the question Your boary head makes you more dear, Klug four auld sang-cell your auld story,
poet the more for wbat they may believe to be his indolence. was put to the vote, when it was carried in favour of Mr. And drink, drink roun'. But in silence, and in solitude, and in those hours even Fox.-The audience was most respectable, and more Fast, fast the leaves fa' frae the tree,
when the minds of all others are at rest from their ordinary numerous than on the preceding evening. Yet mony springs the tree can number ; labours, he is strengthening his powers, he is reading the
While on the subject of the Liverpool Forum, I canAnt just ae wee short spring hae we
characters of men in all their infinite varities, he is register. not refrain from bearing testimony to the correct prinThep catch life's dew-drops 'ere ye slumber,
And drink, &c.
ing in the tablets of his heart all the innumerable beauties ciples upon which this laudable institution was conducted Wha, wha can here be sad or wae,
of the visible creation, and refining his taste, invigora. during the last season. Having frequently attended it, When &' that's dear is our already;
ting his feelings, and enriching and correcting his imagi- I had every opportunity of judging of its utility. The Seit Beauty's glance, and Freedom's ray,
nation. Let the author look around him among his questions brought forward for discussion, when not of a W hearts and hands to guard then ready,
contemporaries, and he will see how many men, un- very serious nature, were such as blended instruction with Then drink, &c.
questionably his superiors in talents, from indulging in amusement; and the handsome support it received from Then fill each glass, and pledge them well,
those habits of negligence which perhaps they esteem the numerous and highly respectable audiences augured most And pour itwia holy feeling: Here's to their shades wha fighting fell,
evidence, no less than the privilege of genius, have failed favourably for recommencement this season. Indeed, it, XL Scotia's land o'freedom pealing.
in the race of life, and lost the crown which was once must be admitted by every impartial person, who viewed
Oh drink, &c. almost within their grasp. He will see, too, how many its proceedings during the last season, that it did credit de bamper mair-ae toast I'll gle,
who with, at first, far less prospects, have outstripped to its conductor as well as to the gentlemen who parLet's warmly pledge it a' thegither
them in this career, and are enjoying the well-earned ticipated in its discussions. There were no vain and bu harpes - our loves !-our liberty! Oh whar's the coward heart wad swither,
reward of a life of honourable labour, the praises of the visionary ideas promulgated; no doctrines advanced but To drink, drink roun'.
living, and the sure earnests of immortality. I need such as might receive the support of every friend to mora. Of the longer pieces, The Wish, and The Mariner's scarcely say more; if this is not a sufficient lesson, Ility. In fine, virtue was supported, and vice rebuked.
(why is it not finished?) are perhaps the best; and despair of his future progress, and my advice and my Seeing, then, that such were its proceedings, it could ter the Great is decidedly the worst. The Scene by praises have been worse than useless. But, before I con not but draw together most respectable audiences; and I brunlight has also merit, although the description is over clude, let me at least direct his eyes to the history of one am confident that it does not require “the second sight"
great man, the greatest of them all, in which he will find to perceive that it will still be more warmly supported Icetoot omit two stadzas from the extract on Britain, abundant evidence of the truth of what I have stated, throughout the present season. lach certainly exhibit no ordinary powers is
and have insisted upon : to one whose first work scarcely It requires but little argument to show the utility of the Thou'lt die and wither, Britain ! and be laid
gave greater promise of excellence than his own; but who, Liverpool Forum ; for, besides being an ornament to the Within the very earth where thou hast grown;
by steady labour and severe mental exercise, has long since town, it must be admitted, that it is calculated to expand But thou'lt be mourned as the mighty dead,
merited, and acquired the first place among the poets of the mind by a habit of thinking and reflecting ; that it And when that soaring, haughty spirits flown, Scotland. If he desires to hold a like place in the estima. must necessarily stimulate speakers to the acquirement Twill stalk o'er earth, for 'sis her soul-it filed
tion of his country, and to leave behind him at least one of knowledge, which would at all times be of service to From Babylon, Greece, Tyre, Rome. Ospirit lone!
great work, to be an inheritance for ever to her and to them; and when a collision of sentiment occurs, (which wandering Cain! whom next wilt thou possess ? What nation make a Rome in fearful mightiness?
her children, let him study the writings, and strive to must always happen to form a good debate,) ideas and imitate the example, of Walter Scott.
arguments are elicited which do credit to the speakers,
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but which would have lain dormant, had they not been , Ormskirk, celebrated for potatoes ; females, cloaked' and LIVERPOOL MUSICAL FESTIVAL brought forth by public discussion : and last, though not hooded, bring produce from Woolton, grimy Highton, The fashionable Public are respectfully informed, thi least, it is a place which will always afford rational amuse- uncouth Prescot, picturesque Childwall, and Halewood, the SHOP, No. 69, CHURCH-STREET, will be OPENED on Thu ment combined with instruction.
famous for plums, and perseveringly recommending their JEWELLERY and FANCY GOODS, purchased with en Moreover, under a comparatively free Government like various delicacies to the elbowing crowd of Dicky Sams, Paris, many of them (Pearl Suits, Combs, Tiaras, and ot our own, such places as the Liverpool Forum are par. (" half bull-dog, half game-cock, and a little bit of the head ornaments, &c.) selected expressly for the presents ticularly useful. In this country it is well known that a devil incarnate;") of Yankee captains, with their high-be favourably inspected, and be an introduction to their s man, with talents, may rise to some of the highest offices crowned hats, black gloves, and coats after the fashion of cessful career in Liverpool. in the state ; and what place is so well calculated to Anno Domini eighteen hundred and twenty; not forgetting develop and mature such talents as a popular debating the psalm-singing weaving Boltoner, and Manchesterian, Boat Races.-We are pleased to find that, during society ? It was in such a place that the splendid with his coat covered with cotton fuz; whilst your first festival week, we shall be gratified with that most innot talents of a Pitt, a Curran, and a Canning, first burst rate merchant, who stands A 1 under the Goree Piazzas, not specify particulars, as we should incur the adverd forth ; and many eminent living statesmen, who now or the broker, who is a tip-topper “on the flags," are here ment duty; but we may state that the contending par “fret their hour” upon the great political stage of Britain, unnoticed; for here they sell not, neither do they buy, will start from George's Dock Pierhead at high water, introduced themselves into public life by means of such except it be a penn'orth of pears. Who is that carrying row round a boat moored off Tranmere-slip. places. By exercising their minds on the various topics all before her, for whom market-keepers make way, and brought forward for discussion, they acquired a fluency who meets with civility even from those ladies who sell
METEOROLOGICAL DIARY. of speech, and a correctness of thinking, which afterwards best fish and speak the plainest English ? That is Mrs.
[From the Liverpool Courier.] rendered them capable of taking a conspicuous part in Jones, of the King's Arms; and there is Mr. Lynn, of the most of those questions which have been, and still are, Waterloo, and Mr. Radley, of the Adelphi, par nobile
Night. morning ring Day. at doon. connected with the interests and welfare of this great fratrum, men nobly emulating each other in the science nation.
of cookery, equally skilled in turtle soup and cunning in Sept. In conclusion, Mr. Editor, I have to state, that the ices; then pass under review many of lesser note, heads of above observations are written in order to excite the atten. institutions, infirmaries, poorhouses, schools; and, lastly,
N.W. Drizzling tion of my fellow-townsmen, (particularly the younger ladies with large families and heavy purses, having the portion of them,) to this very laudable institution ; and I reputation of being good marketers, a reputation which
ol N.W. Rain. would particularly impress upon them the necessity of their husbands find costly enough. Every thing is here supporting it with their talents, and not suffer themselves to tempt every body, from a round of beef to a dead sea
12th, Six, a.m. heavy rain till noon.
17th, Seven, a.m. rain. to be surpassed, either in knowledge or eloquence, by gull. You may provision an East Indiaman, or buy a
18th, Six, a.m. heavy rain. London, Dublin, or Edinburgh.-Yours, &c.
rat-trap, or a cream cheese, or an owl. “ Do you want A FRIEND TO FREE DISCUSSION. any grapes, or peaches, or pears?" "No." “Do you To Correspondents. Liverpool, Sept. 15, 1827.
want a wife ?” added a pert. I was so shocked at such an
sellers; but not finding much room there, I slipped into
Hull for two cork collar jackets, to be used in case of my favourite nook among the pigeon fanciers, a sedate gency by Mr. Green and another gentleman who por
ascending with him in his balloon this very day (No The following clever jeu d'esprit is transcribed from the and calculating set, who have as many whims as a Aorist.
Our correspondent says, in a postscript, “Should they Mercury, at the personal request of several of our readers. A little lower were an ambiguous knot of mortals, with a
be inland, it is not improbable that we may visit shabby-genteel air, and ancient top-boots, whom I recog. pool, from whence Mr. Green will ascend on the Fed TO THE EDITOR.
nised for cockers, at a glance, their hands in their pockets, day in the Festival week." Our correspondent de Sir,—It is Saturday morning, and eleven o'clock, and and brandy blossoms on their noses. At last I got amongst
mention the hour of the ascent from Hall, but I All Liverpool and his wife are on the tramp for St. John's those hermaphrodites in the north-west corner, of fishy
ascertain it before our publication is put to press, Market, that parallelogram of plenty, that concentration notoriety, the crack corps of the market, who signalize
that our readers may be on the look out, should they of all the kitchen gardens for ten miles round, that temple themselves on lifting Tuesdays, gin-bibbers, and speakers
be in a quarter likely to bring the balloon into our
bourhood. By the Hull Rockingham of Saturday without steeple, dedicated to the god Belly; for there is of their minds, and women curious in oaths. One of them
we find that Mr. Green purposes ascending at four 01 to be found every thing tempting to human appetite, from had rapped out an oath, of most appalling sublimity, just aristocratic seakale to plebeian onion, from the glorious under the right ear of an old Evangelical lady, who was
W. R.'s critique will be found in this day's Kaleidoscope pine apple (pine from being pined for) to the unchristian carried out fainting, such a shock had her sensitive nerves
we shall be careful to attend to his request; but we black-pudding. The spirit of traffic sits astride the clock, experienced. Look down avenue six. “Heavens! what a The Legend of Saint Maughold shall be inserted to the
promise that the critique shall appear also in the More and with a smile surveys his worshippers below. As you studding-sail bonnet, what bright eyes, what a brilliant Kaleidoscope. mount the flight of steps, as quickly as the crowd and the complexion she has !" “ Hush! push on,” cries my If Patronus remain in the same mind until next week baskets will permit, your ears are stunned with one loud, Orestes. One piece of advice I feel myself called on to
shall specify some of the defects in his essay; howen unremitting, universal roar, sent up by haggling, bargainbestow upon my fair townswomen, which is, not to look
we do not covet the task, we shall pause until we hes making thousands ; for, as was said above, All Liverpool so cross and so sharperish when they are making a pur.
ther from him. In the meantime, candour compels is buying his dinner, and half of Lancashire, two-thirds chase, as it destroys the effect of their beauty, and leaves
say that he appears to possess that over-confidence
own talents which is an almost insurmountable of of Cheshire, and a slip of Wales are selling it to him; an unfavourable impression, and not to be too close, too
to eminence in any pursuit. odours of fruit and fumes of fish, scents of flowers and screwing; for if any body of people earn money with Justitia need be under no apprehensions that we shallre smells of cheese, at once puzzle the astonished nose; and greater trouble than another, it is market people. Let
the clumsy bait to which he alludes. We know well a whilst your eye glances from pretty faces to bunches of them recollect that a few pence, more or less, is nothing
what the bungling angler would be at; but he win turnips, from nonpareils to no better-than-they-ought-to-to them, but that it is a very serious affair to these country CHEES—We have been obliged to postpone until next
even a nibble from us. be's, a jargonel melts in your mouth, or oysters are sub- people, who are made happy, and who communicate hap- the continuation of our chess studies. mitted to your remorseless gulp. So great is the crowd, piness to many a cottage fire-side, if their “stuff" fetches LIVERPOOL Fancy Ball-We hope the writer of the 20 dreadful the noise, and so many gentlemen there who à fair remunerating price ; and let them remember that sketch of St. John's Market will see this week's Kaleidd ought to be somewhere else, that the ladies would not money so bestowed is more beneficial than twice the sum as we wish to hint to him that he ought, by all meal miss it for the world, and the place altogether is so dis- given in ostentatious subscription to charities, or eleemosy
attend our Fancy Ball, he appears to us to be Agreeable, that they dress as smartly as their wardrobe nary shillings to importunate and idle mendicants.
men, the most likely to describe it with spirit and ef will permit. In this spot are gathered together the high
3. W. S. is informed that we shall next week avall our
About one o'clock the market becomes less crowded, of a portion of his favours. and lofty one from Abercrombie-square, (for our west end and is a less interesting spectacle ; but at night, when PHRENOLOGY.—The letter of Amicus Justitia on this e is east-north-east) with one footman and four carriers ; lighted up with a hundred gas lights, the effect is more is unavoidably postponed this week, but it shall posit then comes unquestionable Rodney-street, with bonnet à la and more striking, and the avenues are again crowded with
appear in our next. windmill, as the Morning Herald says; then respectable purchasers of an inferior class, artisans, apprentices, small The solution, dated Church-street, to the query of the Mount-pleasant, and doubtful Clarence-street, carrying her housekeepers, and others of more questionable note. Broad
specting the gallons of brandy, shall appear in our ne own basket; then Circus-street, about which there is no allusion, coarse joke, and horse fun, are bandied about,
We have received the communications of B.-T. P. doubt at all; lastly Strand-street, wrapped up closely in and parties of little pilferers commit petty depredations on
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J.D.C.WW.W.Mand Arthur. indispensible shawl. On the other hand are gathered fruit baskets, with a dexterity above their years, till eleven together the cultivator, from the barren cape of Cheshire, o'clock, when the gates are shut, and this article must Printed, published, and sold, cuery Tuesday, by E. Sa Onungife Liverpool ; the farmer, from the sandy Alats of draw to a close.
is and Co., Clarendon-buildings, Marshall-street.