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and had not time to dig him a deeper he made a blow at me. I arrested his grave, and no way of getting a stouter arm, and cried, “ Jack, you would coffin. It will just do all as well. have been very sorry had you put Poor fellow, it was all the clothes he your intentions into effect.” He cohad for many a day before." I was loured as if ashamed of his violence, shocked at the recital, but Holmes was but remained sullen and silent for a too much intoxicated to pursue the moment, and then left the room. We subject any farther. I called on him never have spoke since. He shortly in the morning, and learned that Ben- after went abroad, and we were thus son had joined as a private soldier in kept from meeting and explaining. this desperate service, under the name On his return, we joined different coof Maberly—that he speedily rose to a teries, and were of different sides in command—was distinguished for do- politics. In fact, I did not see him ing desperate actions, in which he for nearly seven years until last Monseemed quite reckless of life-had, day, when he passed me, with his wife however, been treated with considera -a different person from his early able ingratitude-never was paid a passion, the girl on account of whom dollar--had lost his baggage-was we quarrelled-leaning on his arm. I compelled to part with almost all his looked at him, but he bent down his wearing apparel for subsistence, and eyes, pretending to speak to Mrs Dalhad just made his way to the sea-side, las. So be it. purposing to escape to Jamaica, when Then there was my brother-my he sunk, overcome by hunger and fa- own poor brother, one year younger tigue. He kept the secret of his name than myself. The verdict-commonly till the last moment, when he confided a matter of course-must have been it, and a part of his unhappy history, true in his case. What an inward reto Holmes. Such was the end of Ben- volution that must have been, which son, a man born to high expectations, could have bent that gay and free spirit, of cultivated mind, considerablegenius, that joyous and buoyant soul, to think generous heart, and honourable pur- of self-destruction. But I cannot speak poses.
of poor Arthur. These were my chief Jack Dallas I became acquainted friends, and I lost the last of them with at Brazen Nose. There was a
about ten years ago ; and since that time that I thought I would have died time I know no one, the present comfor him-and, I believe, that his feel pany excepted, for whom I care a farings towards me were equally warm. thing. Perhaps, if they had lived with Ten years ago we were the Damon and me as long as my other companions, I Pythias--the Pylades and Orestes of would have been as careless about our day. Yet I lost him by a jest them, as I am about Will Thomson, He was wooing most desperately a Jack Megget, or my younger brothers. very pretty girl, equal to him in rank, I am often inclined to think, that my but rather meagre in the purse. He feelings towards them are but warmed kept it, however, a profound secret by the remembered fervour of boyhood, from his friends. By accident I found and made romantic by distance of time. it out, and when I next saw him, I I am pretty sure, indeed, that it is so. began to quiz him. He was surprised And, if we could call up Benson innoat the discovery, and very sore at the cent from the mould of South America quizzing. He answered so testily, that -Could restore poor, dear ArthurI proceeded to annoy him. He became make Dallas forget his folly--and let more and more sour, I more and more them live together again in my society, vexatious in my jokes. It was quite I should be speedily indifferent about wrong on my part ; but God knows them too. My mind is as if slumberI meant nothing by it. I did not know ing, quite wrapped up in itself, and that he had just parted with his father, never wakes but to act a part. I rise who had refused all consent to the in the morning, to eat, drink, talkmatch, adding injurious insinuations to say what I do not think, to advoabout the mercenary motives of the cate questions which I care not foryoung lady. Dallas had been defend- to join companions whom I value not, ing her, but in vain ; and then, while to indulge in sensual pleasures which I in this mood, did I choose him as the despise-to waste my hours in trifling butt of my silly witticisms. At last amusements, or more trifling business, something I said-some mere piece of and to retire to my bed perfectly ina nonsense--nettled him so much, that different as to whether I am ever again Vol. XIV.
to see the shining of the sun. Yet, is tions, and bets on me at whist. I had my outside gay, and
my conversation rather than ten thousand pounds be sprightly. Within I generally stag- in singleness of soul, in thoughtlessnate, but sometimes there comes a ness of brain, in honesty of intention, twinge, short indeel, but bitter. Then in solid contented ignorance, such as it is that I am, to all appearance, most Jemmy Musgrove. That I cannot be. volatile, most eager in dissipation; but N'importe. could you lift the covering which Booby as he is, he did hit a string shrouds the secrets of my bosom, you which I thought had lost its vibration would see that, like the inmates of the had become indurated like all my hall of Eblis, my very heart was fire. other feelings. Pish! It is well that í
Ha-ha-ha!-say it again, Jemmy am alone. Surely the claret has made -say it again, man- do not be afraid. me maudlin, and the wine is oozing Ha-ha-ha -too good- too good, out at my eyes. Pish !-What nonupon honour. I was crossed in love! Í sense. Ay, Margaret, it is exactly ten in love. You make me laugh-excuse years ago. I was then twenty, and a my rudeness-ha-ha-ha! No, no, fool. No, not a fool for loving you. By thank God, though I committed fol- Heavens, I have lost my wits to talk lies of various kinds, I escaped that this stuff! the wine has done its office, foolery. I see my prosing has infected and I am maundering. Why did i you, has made you dull. Quick, un- love you ? It was all my own perverse wire the champagne-let usdrivespirits stupidity. I was, am, and ever will into us by its generous tide. We are be, a blockhead, an idiot of the first growing muddy over the claret. I in water. And such a match for her to love ! Banish all gloomy thoughts, be driven into. She certainly should “ A light heart and a thin pair of breeches have let me know more of her intenGoes thorough the world, my brave boys." tions than she did. Indeed !-Why What say you to that? We should should she? Was she to caper after drown all care in the bowl--fie on the my whims, to sacrifice her happiness plebeian word, we should dispel it to my caprices, to my devotions of toby the sparkling bubbles of wine, fit day, and my sulkinesses, or, still worse, to be drank by the gods ; that is your my levities of to-morrow ? No, no, only true philosophy.
Margaret : never-never--never, even
in thought, let me accuse you, model " Let us drink and be merry,
of gentleness, of kindness, of goodness, Dance, laugh, and rejoice, With claret and sherry,
as well as of beauty. I am to blame Theorbo and voice.
myself, and myself alone.
I can see her now, can talk to her “ This changeable world
without passion, can put up with her To our joys is unjust ;
husband, and fondle her children. I All pleasure's uncertain, So down with your dust.
have repressed that emotion, and, in
doing so, all others. With that throb “ In pleasure dispose
lost, went all the rest. I am now a Your pounds, shillings, and pence, mere card in the pack, shuffled about For we all shall be nothing
eternally with the set, but passive and A hundred years hence.”
senseless. I care no more for my neighWhat, not another bottle?-Only bour, than the King of Diamonds cares one more !
-Do not be so obstinate. for him of Clubs. Dear, dear MargaWell, if you must, why, all I can say ret, there is a lock of your hair enis, good night.
closed unknown to you in a little case
which lies over my heart. I seldom He is gone. A kind animal, but a dare to look at it. Let me kiss its aufool, exactly what is called the best burn folds once more, and remember creature in the world. I have that af- the evening I took it. But I am growfection for him that I have for Towler, ing more and more absurd. I drink and I believe his feelings towards me your health then, and retire. are like Towler's, an animal love of
Here's a health to thee, Margaret, one whom he looks up to. An eating,
Here's a health to thee; drinking, good-humoured, good-na- The drinkers are gone, tured varlet, who laughs at my jokes, And I am alone, when I tell him they are to be laughed So here's a health to thee. at, sees things exactly in the light that I see them in, backs me in my asser- Dear, dear Margaret.
ON THE PLUCKLESS SCHOOL OF POLITICS.
Dear Mr North,
as the instruments by which he would Some late events which have demon- carry it through. strated the jobbery of the Whigs, and There are a dozen or two members of the folly of some of the Tories, appear the chivalrous order of W.S., who hold to me worthy of being recorded, for a certain superiority over their brethren. the edification of the present, and ex- You will find that, like the names of ample of all future generations. I am, knights in the Red Book, these heroes myself, sir, an élève of the Pluckless are distinguished by a cross in our School, but my own plucklessness is Edinburgh Almanack. To some of not the result of the same motives these Grand Crosses of the Quill the which influence the rest of my bre- old gentleman addressed himself. Do thren. In the first place, I am a young not imagine that he appeared in the. and nearly feeless advocate, and I am horrors of horns, hoof, and tail; he inclined to think, that if I ventured came in all gentle guise, and, carryopenly to avow the principles of real ing a powder puff in his hands, blew Toryism which I feel in my heart, the a cloud of vanity into their eyes, softfew semi-Tory writers who occasion- ly insinuating that it would be a fine ally send me a sequestration fee of two thing for them to have the exclusive guineas at the beginning of a session, patronage of a chair in our University, for which they expect me to make all and distantly hinting, that if they could the motions in all the cases they may mount one sort of chair, the time might happen to have in Court till the end come when some of them, the said K. of it, would instantly desert me, and G. C.'s, might aspire to another. If encourage some seemingly moderate their body were qualified to teach law, and smooth-speaking Whig. But, se- who should say they were not fit to condly, I happen to have a small spark administer it likewise ? In short, these of modesty in my composition, and gentlemen determined, at the instigawhen I find my seniors at the bar, tion of the devil, in the shape of vaniand the avowed leaders of the Tories ty, to endeavour to get a lectureship in Scotland, succumbing to the Whig of conveyancing, which they had some scribes, I am not bold enough to stand years ago set agoing as a sort of penforward at the head of a sort of forlorn sionary situation for any member of hope, who might give me the slip in their Society who might have parted the very moment of the onset. from his practice, erected into a Profes
To you, however, my dear sir, I will sorship in the University. be candid and open ; to you I will dis- The bargain was easily struck ; the close those sentiments which I dare good old gentlemen thought they would not broach at a meeting of the Facul- steal a march on the Whigs by gainty, or even venture to suggest over a ing their most sweet voices in favour bottle of claret, at the table of any of of the measure, inasmuch as the premy employers. To you I will open up sent incumbent on the chair which a little speeimen of Whig jobbery, and they proposed to transport to the Cola will shew you how it has been incu- lege, happened to be a member of that bated and fostered by some old To- deluded faction ; while all the time ries, till the egg burst, and was found little did they suppose that in fact they to be addled. You must know, then, were the dupes of the very party they that Satan, the leader of the Whigs, meant to take in, and that the whole (they cannot fix on a leader for them- affair originated in a party maneuvre selves, so I take the liberty of naming to get another Whig professor forced the father of opposition for them,) Sa- into the University. tan, I say, regretting the trimming that This, as you know better than I do, some of his party had received at your is a part of the present grand scheme hands, my dear Christopher, determi- of the Whigs, to obtain the command ned to lend them a helping hand in and control of all public seminaries, the way of a job, and in order to for- and to exercise their tyranny over all ward the plot, he fixed on a few Tories private ones. They are, and have long been, indefatigable in their exertions the proceeding, viz. their application for this purpose. Witness the jobbery in form to the Town Council, that they about the Lord-Rectorships at Glas- express themselves plainly, proposing gow and Aberdeen, and Jeffrey's grand that Mr Macvey Napier, the present humbug speech at the former Univer- lecturer, shall be the first professor. sity; witness the late affair of the My principal object in addressing Edinburgh Academy, which every bo- you, is to submit the reasons which I dy sees is just a plan to make the To- did not dare, from the fear of starvaries do the Whigs' work. The Sena- tion, to utter in the Faculty, but which tus Academicus of Edinburgh, by the induced me to vote with the majority constant and unremitting exertions of against Mr Cranstoun's motion; and this indefatigable party, is now nearly this I do, because my reasons differ esequally divided, and the importance of sentially from those given by the perthrusting in one oppositionist can only sons who spoke on the question. Bebe thoroughly known to those who an- fore proceeding, however, I think it ticipate the effects of this great scheme, right to mention, that the Lord Prewhich, next to ministerial power, issident informed these ambitious genthe main object of the Whigs. tlemen, that he did not conceive the
I need not tell you that, with their matter was one in which the Court usual cunning, the Whigs kept this was called upon to give an opinion. out of view, and gave the glory of the When the proposal was first laid beproposal entirely to their cat’s paws, fore the Faculty, they were of opinion the Tory commissioners.
that a report of the committee appointAccordingly, a proposal was drawn ed to consider a former proposal of the up, and submitted to the Court of Ses- same sort, made in 1796, should be resion and the Faculty of Advocates. It is printed. This report contained many important to observe what this proposal solid objections against the erection of was. It was not a request that these such a professorship at all. It was held bodies should give the sanction of their that there was no occasion for a diviapprobation generally to the utility of a sion of the subjects of law and conveycourse of lectures on conveyancing, or ancing; that the lectures on the feuto the advantage to be gained by such dal law, the most important branch of course being delivered in the Univers the course of municipal law already sity. No doubt the application was so established in the University, must worded as to lead at first sight to a be- necessarily embrace the leading doclief that this was all that was asked ; trines of conveyancing; while lecand due pains were taken both in the tures on conveyancing would sink into outset, and in the after proceedings in a mere dead letter, unless a complete the Faculty, to keep out of view the course of feudal law were delivered by real nature of the demand. It peeps the lecturer-so that the one chair out, however, even in the very first must necessarily interfere with the application to the Court and Faculty, other. This is a proposition which it and it is truly this: That their chair is impossible to deny; and when it is of conveyancing as at present existing, stated, that it was maintained by Dean together with the gentleman who at of Faculty Henry Erskine, * Mr Adpresent sits in it, should forth with be am Rolland, Mr John Pringle, Mr A. transferred to the University. With- Balfour, Mr Solicitor-General (Blair), out this stipulation the Whigs would Mr G. Fergusson (Lord Hermand,) never have been satisfied, well know- Mr C. Boswell (Lord Balmuto,) Mr ing that if the proposal had been mere- A. F. Tytler (Lord Woodhouselee,) ly prospective, the object of a Whig Mr W. (now Lord) Robertson, and vote in the University would have been Mr D. (now Baron) Hume, I should at best but problematical. According- humbly suppose it was entitled to ly the committee state, that they have some respect, especially as it was unagain resolved to solicit the boon of a animously adopted by the Faculty. University chair for their lectureship. At length, on a reconsideration of this But it is not until the very last step of report, which is a most able one, toge
* It is curious that Mr Erskine's name is kept out of view, and only his title, Dean of Faculty, given in the printed papers.--While Mr Blair's name is given, as well as his title. There is a reason for this.
ther with an answer by the Knights braical formula, which, when known, Commissioners, the Faculty met to enables the calculator to answer proexpress their opinion on this matter. blems beyond the reach of the ordiThe real proposition before them was nary arithmetician; (but he did not this, That the Society of Writers to say why this trick, which, when known, the Signet should have the exclusive makes the matter so plain, could not patronage of a professorship of law in be taught by the lecturer on Scots law the University ; that the professor as well as by a separate professor). should be eligible only from the body Then he gave us a fine tirade upon of Writers to the Signet; and that the baseness and degradation of allowthe present lecturer should be the first ing politics to interfere with the matprofessor. This, I say, was the real ter, and concluded with moving the proposal. Mr Cranstoun was the per- two propositions already quoted, in the son selected to support it; and surely following words :no one could have come forward for "1. That the Institution of a Course of the purpose with so good a chance of Lectures on Conveyancing, is calculated to success. The high estimation in which improve the system of Legal Education in he is so justly held by all his brethren, this country, and thereby to produce recreated a prepossession in his favour. sults beneficial to the community. His mild, and yet manly eloquence,
“ 2. That the benefits of such a Course had its due effect, and, I doubt not, would be more extensive, if a Chair in the blinded many of his hearers to the real University were obtained for the Lecturer.” object in view, and increased the num- Then we had an assertion from the bers of the minority. But his motion professor of Scots law, that he would was of a very different nature from the not lose a shilling by the affair. Whereal proposal of the Writers. He mo- ther he meant by this, that he was not ved, that a set of lectures on convey- afraid of interference of the courses, or ancing is a very good and useful thingthat he was undaunted by the talents and that it might be still more bene- of the intended lecturer, I know not. ficial if a chair in the University were Perhaps he wishes to be relieved of the obtained for the lecturer. This, you trouble of delivering the feudal lecsee, is quite safe and general. Many tures, or perhaps he thinks that many a one might agree in these proposi- students, upon measuring the talents tions, who would deny the propriety of the two professors, will not be drawn of giving the Writers the exclusive from his class by the delivery of anelection and eligibility, and who might other set of lectures on the same subhave still stronger objections to the ap- ject. pointment of any man already elected. The Tories who spoke, stuck fast
But I wish to give you an idea of to the reasons given in the old report, some of the reasons urged by Mr Cran- with one exception. One gentleman stoun in defence of his motion. I do declared, that he never would consent not pretend to give you his words, to yield the right of the Faculty to which were certainly, to my mind, the patronage of all professorships of much more effective than his argu- law, which were or might be estaments. In the firsi place, he made some blished. Here I agree with him. The most unnecessary observations on the Faculty were the original and only importance of conveyancing as a branch authorized teachers of law. Every of law, and upon the advantages to be one acquainted with the early history derived from methodical study of it. of our courts, knows that these WriNobody disputes that it is a useful ters to the Signet were not originally branch of legal knowledge. But the even practitioners in our courts, exquestion is, whetherit cannot be taught cept in so far as their signature was by the professor of law already appoint- required to those judicial steps which ed? Mr Cranstoun went on to tell us, necessarily pass the King's Signet. The that no lawyer of ten years standing was original agents were the servants (as fit to understand a progress of titles. they were termed) of Advocates; young That he himself, when a progress was men destined for the bar, whose legal sent to him for an opinion, used to education consisted in attendance in feel a cold sweat break out upon him; the chambers of some counsel, and but then he informed us, that the se- who derived their right of agenting cret of unravelling such a progress is all causes, as it is now termed, from the a knack. He compared it to an alge- necessity of waiting upon their in