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723 Instability of Character, exemplified in the Connoisseur. 724 demands the lady's, accomplishments; if she His whole time was spent in a deep con sing, or is skilled in music, in this case templation of the theory of eclipses, till, at the price is greatly enhanced : a thousand, length he was set down as astronomy mada or fifteen hundred pounds, are sometimes | But happening unfortunately to catch cold given for a very lovely woman so highly from too great exposure to the night air, a gifted. Ibid. p. 125..

fever was brought on, which, as it left him, took with it all his intense love of astronomy.

169 90 INSTABILITY OF CHARACTER, EXEMPLIFIED

Next came chemistry. The observatoryı IN THE CONNOISSEUR.

was converted into a laboratory for cthe In a literary society of the town of A

operations of some important analysis, Log composed almost entirely of the young of rather, by analyzation, to discover some both sexes, was a gentleman who had ob

| unknown base. Drugs, bottles, and spirit tained the appellation of Connoisseur, lamps, succeeded the globes, and ranged Whatever was discussed, whether publica- the walls of his apartment. And though tions, painting, or any subject “beneath sir R. Phillips' doctrine of atoms, as he has the sun," he alone had the privilege of owned, often puzzled him, he still continued giving the final decision. Like the touch- | his unwearied course. The whole day was stone of true merit, all shrunk into less than | spent either in producing some wonderful nothingness at his approach.

gas, or in admiring it. But an accidental He was a little man, endowed with combustion, that blew off the top of his great vivacity. From a thick pair of bushy laboratory, and nearly buried him in the eye-brows, bright twinkling eyes took their ruins, effectually put a stop to his mania for quick but piercing glance. Judging by chemistry. the smile that played on his upper lip, a Soon after followed painting. A rare general observer would have set him down collection was obtained from every artist's as a pleasing, good-humoured companion. gallery. Indeed, he formed some designs But from those lips, as from the cannon's of making the tour of Europe, or at least of mouth, were often poured the messengers visiting Rome, for his beloved object. But of destruction. On friend or foe equally he soon forbore,' upon the prudent thought fell the battery of satire, or the cruelty of that “life is uncertain," and death in a wit. He was not beloved; for though his foreign land, “ within the pale" of another expressions often excited the risible muscles, church, would not be desirable. His Guire yet the smile was generally mingled with dos, Titians, and Raphaels were therefore, the apprehension of self-danger. The steps procured for home inspection. It is never, by which he gained the station he holds in known how far he actually proceeded in society as a professed connoisseur, and a this art. The only mementos of his own privileged wit, may be traced in a brief skill are two figures of his ancestors, mins sketch. It

entire armour, to whose heads he had given He was the son of a wealthy gentleman | the covering of immense wigs, and in whose in the neighbourhood; and, learning nothing shoes he had placed buckles. Howevery at home, the father thought he could do no none dispute his abilities in pointing outsi less than send him to college to finish his with amazing celerity, the peculiarities of education. There he loitered out the few every artist, ancient, and modern. Ili He, remaining years of his improvement, in the could immediately discover to whom such same spirit of idleness. Amid the sacred an expression of countenance, belonged, i walks of learning he sauntered in ignorance, such a delineation, or such a style, and, was, sighing for all the honours of fame. But as never behindhand in pointing out the dete fame seemed to be tardy in coming to him, fects of all the paintings he ever beheld.stis full of chagrin, he at length returned home. What it was that gave a fresh turn, to his Here he determined to make a grand extraordinary mind has never been known; struggle for the acquirement of knowledge, but it is certain that about that time mines but with the same confusion of research as ralogy became his favourite pursuit.1 Pits before. First, he studied astronomy, and and mines were dug in all parts of his filled his mind with globes, circles, and estate. Miners were employed to explorer poles. Each room was painted round with the different strata of earth, and give their a the twelve signs of the zodiac, and the reports. They, with reasons best known to ceilings were thickly studded with the con- themselves, supported our discoverer in allo stellations of the heavens. On the top of his opinions. , Pieces of leaden ore, from the house was built an observatory, to time to time, were affirmed to be dug pytu notice and calculate more truly the situation of the earth-yet the bed still remained and and movements of the celestial bodies. -10 a great distance. At length, tired of a pur

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suit which only yielded expense and vexa- began most laboriously to compose his Anb tion, the workmen were sent away in a notations and Dissertations on the three fit of spleen, and the mines again filled up. poets." Volumes upon volumes were writA few stones, and different-coloured earths, ten, and the shelves of his library entirely are all that remain to tell of the depth of filled with his manuscript productions. Wo his trouble.

to the friend that was closeted with him - From exploring the structure of the earth, during the perusal of these criticisms! Hour he came at length to its surface, and deter- after hour was the dull lecture continued; mined, by the strictest application, to study nor was it ever concluded, till exhausted Botany. But Linnæus sadly puzzled him; patience compelled the sufferer either to and, moreover, there was so much order and fall asleep, or abruptly leave the room. classification, that, to use his own expres But it is a remarkable peculiarity, that he sion, « it was never made for him." By could never discover aught but blemishes — the gardener's assistance, indeed, he con there was always some deterioration. Beautrived to have a tolerable assortment of ties never struck his eye; for to him all flowers, in which he took no little pride. was but one tarnished surface. Poetry at But not meeting with the just praise and last finished its short career. encouragement of the Horticultural Society, • What has succeeded is merely conjecflowers, their petals, and calices, only re ture; but from the frequent fits of absence newed his chagrin. The gardener was then to which he is subject, and from his conleft to pursue the study by himself.

versation, it is supposed to be metaphysics. Ourhero, half-distracted, wandered among I These pursuits have engendered the most the intricate paths of science, till music, egregious conceit; and, as a consequence, with enchanting charms, fascinated him he thinks himself licensed to attack with the with its-bewitching spell. His mind rested sallies of his wit, all who dare to oppose with long and unsatisfied pleasure upon him. And by thus making a noisy profesthe delightful theory of sounds. Swinging sion in society, though almost entirely ignoweights, musical bells, and Cremona violins, rant of the principles of each science, yet occupied all his time. Delicious harmony, strongly imbuing his phraseology with the whether sleeping or waking, continually, technicalities of his superficial attainments, and never-ceasingly, poured upon his soul. in the eyes of the world he has now “finished But 'a luckless hand-organ, grinding in the his education," and obtained the title of street, at length dissipated all his love for Connoisseur. musie; and Handel, Weber, and Bishop, were left to “discourse” by themselves.

2014beaconsfield. -ide to Blasch Papo Soon after this, succeeded Poetry; Homer, Virgil, and Milton were all read, and deeply

REMARKABLE COINCIDENCES BETWEEN admired. In his opinion, every other author

DREAMS AND FACTS... ; was too despicable to be perused. They WHEN Corder murdered Maria Martin, it contained, he affirmed, either the beauties was publicly avowed, that a dream of of the poetical triumvirate transferred to her mother led to the discovery of her their own pages, or else were replete with body buried in the barn. It is also cermonstrous absurdities. In both cases, time'l tain, that, when this miscreant was tried was ill bestowed in writing or in reading for the offence, no allusion whatever was them. He then began to pay his addresses made to this circumstance by the counsel to the Sacred Nine himself, and woo'"thee on either side; and the motive assigned gentle Poesy with the most extravagant for their silence was, a fear of encouraging affection. Imagination swelling in his brain, superstitious feelings among the lower already fancied his brow

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classes of the people. This, however, furdarwin'd with the wreaths Parnassian laurels nishes no satisfactory reason. If the couninwo yield. 13? ie ! 1. sel for the prosecution supposed that the But it was always bbserved, that the flowers statement or proof of such a circumstance called from these soaring regions invariably as Mrs. Martin's dream would have helped withered when transplanted to his soil. Im- to establish the prisoner's guilt, he negmediately on their removal from their native lected his business by failing to adduce spot, their beauty fled, and they died. Like it, if, on the other hand, the dream had certain exoties, that only grow spontane- been such as would have raised for Corder ously, they could never be forced."- At one particle of scepticism, or gleam of length, gred with the scanty oozings from compassion, in the minds of those who the Castalian fount, and distilling it again, tried him for his life, the prisoner's counsel the poetical harp was thrown aside. it would have been equally culpable to sup

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perstitions of the people ; nor do we | although much against the wish of his wife, imagine that a belief in the preternatural | took his gun with him, for the purpose of origin of dreams would in this country amusing himself with shooting by the way. gain a single convert from the most active When his wife pressed him to leave his use that the most ingenious advocate could gun, he told her there was no danger--that have made of the above poor woman's she had no cause for alarm, as the day prepossession, when it was so naturally had not yet arrived, (alluding to the attributable to the course of her waking ominous warnings of his sudden death.) suspicions.

The boat accordingly set off with the party, Through the statement, however, that all of whom appeared to be in high spirits. such a dream did actually occur, we have | On arriving at Rosythe Castle, the boat been favoured with the two following com put to shore, and let out one of the party munications, both of which appear to be who had some business to transact at Inveras well attested, as they are extraordinary keithing. It having been agreed that the in their nature and fulfilment.

boat was to remain till this person's return, Some time during the year 1828, Mr. Mr. Beveridge stepped out, and took his William Beveridge, baker and innkeeper gun with him, in the hope of getting a shot at Charleston limeworks, Fifeshire in Scot as he walked about the shore. On retumland, dreamed, and at the same time ing, he used the gun as a support to assist imagined that he heard a voice intimating him in stepping in, when it suddenly went that he was soon to die, and that in a sud- off, and discharging its contents in his den manner. Having afterwards, at two head, he fell all but lifeless on the spot. different times, been visited by the same Mr. Beveridge had no sooner fallen, than dream and warning voice, he communi. his dog sprung forward, and clasped his cated the matter to his wife, calmly giving legs around his master's body, in which her to understand that he looked upon it position he lay for a short time--looking as a presage that he was soon to be called stedfastly and anxiously towards him, when, away from her. She, however, aware as if to be assured of the extent of the how little dreams deserve to be made the injury his master had suffered, be dipped subject of disquietude, paid very little at- his nose in the blood which was profusely tention to the circumstance. With him it flowing before him, and then bounded off was very different. So powerful an im- to his master's house in Charleston, where pression had the whole affair made on his his appearance and restless manner excited mind, and so firmly was he convinced of no small alarm in the family. Mr. Bevethe idea that he was doomed suddenly ridge was carried home, where he expired to bid an adieu to his family, that he in the course of a few hours. immediately set about making up his books The following dream is still more reand accounts, and arranging his affairs, as markable than the preceding. The gentlea proper preparation for whatever might man to whom it occurred is yet alive, and happen.

many witnesses, to whom he made known But what is still more remarkable, a Mr. the particulars of it, still survive to attest Miller, ship-builder, in Limekilns, had a the reality of his communications. In similar dream regarding the fate of his addition to this, the subject matter of the friend Mr. Beveridge; and such was the visitation corresponded so closely with influence it had on his mind, that he could that of a catastrophe at once so memorable not next morning take breakfast till he had and so shocking as still to be imprinted on gone to Beveridge, and informed him of the mind of every adult in the kingdomwhat had taken place. This corroboration and the dream itself is no less striking of his nocturnal warnings completely con- for the singular conformity of its details firmed him in all his apprehensions as to to those of a contemporaneous tragedy their ominous nature ; still he appeared to which was performed nearly 300 miles conduct himself with his usual cheerfulness, from the person of the dreamer, than anacand attention to business; and it might, countable to those who fancy they can but for what followed, have been forgotten theorize upon dreams, by assuming an by himself, and never recalled to the insight into the ways of Providence, for recollection of his friends, as coupled with its want of every characteristic of a warnhis lamented fate.

ing, so often alleged in explanation of On Tuesday, the 8th of August, a few that faculty :-

1194 of Mr. Beveridge's friends had occasion to In the night of the 11th of May, 1812, go to Inverkeithing Custom-house, when Mr. Williams, of Scorrier-house, near Red. he proposed to accompany them in a boat, | ruth, in Cornwall, awoke his wife, and, which was agreed to. Mr. Beveridge exceedingly agitated, told her that he had

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dreamt he was in the lobby of the House | short, that he never had any thing to do of Commons, and saw a man shoot, with with him, nor had he ever been in the a pistol, a gentleman who had just entered lobby of the house of commons in his the lobby, and who was said to be the life. chancellor ; to which Mrs. Williams natu- At this moinent, Mr. Williams and Mr. rally replied, that it was only a dream, Tucker, still standing, heard a horse gallop and recommended him to be composed, to the door of the house, and immediately and go to sleep as soon as he could. He after, Mr. Michael Williams, of Trevince, did so, but shortly after he again awoke (son of Mr. Williams, of Scorrier,) entered her, and said he had a second time had the room, and said that he had just come the same dream; whereupon she observed from Truro, (from which Scorrier is distant that he had been so much agitated with seven miles,) having seen a gentleman his former dream, that she supposed it there, who had come by that evening's had dwelt on his mind, and again begged mail from town, and who said that he was of him to try to compose himself and go in the lobby of the house of commons on to sleep, which he did. A third time the evening of the 11th, when a man, the same vision was repeated; on which, named Bellingham, had shot Mr. Perce notwithstanding her entreaties that he would val; and that, as it might occasion some lie quiet and endeavour to forget it, he great ministerial changes, and might affect arose, then between one and two o'clock, Mr. Tucker's political friends, he had come and dressed himself. At breakfast the out as fast as he could to make him acdreams were the sole subjects of conver quainted with it, having heard at Truro sation, and in the forenoon Mr. Williams that he had passed through that place in went to Falmouth, where he related the the afternoon on his way to Scorrier. After particulars of them to all of his acquain the astonishment which this intelligence tance whom he met.

created had a little subsided, Mr. Williams On the following day Mr. Tucker, of described most particularly the appearance Trematon Castle, accompanied by his wife, and dress of the man that he saw, in his a daughter of Mr. Williams, went to Scor-dream, fire the pistol, as he had before rier-house, on a visit, and arrived about done of Mr. Perceval. dusk. Immediately after the first saluta- About six weeks after, Mr. Williams, tions on their entering the parlour, where having business in town, went, accompawere Mr., Mrs., and Miss Williams, Mr. nied by a friend, to the house of commons, Williams began to relate to Mr. Tucker where, as has been already observed, he the circumstance of his dreams, and Mrs. had never before been. Immediately that W. observed to her daughter, Mrs. T. he came to the steps at the entrance of the laughingly, that her father could not even | lobby, he said, “This place is as distinctly suffer Mr. Tucker to be seated, before he within my recollection, in my dream, as told him of his nocturnal visitation. On any room in my house; and he made hearing the statement, Mr. Tucker ob- the same observation when he entered the served, that it would do very well for a lobby. He then pointed out the exact dream to have the chancellor in the lobby spot where Bellingham stood when he of the House of Commons, but that he fired, and which Mr. Perceval bad reached would not be found there in reality. Mr. when he was struck by the ball, also Tucker then asked what sort of a man he where and how he fell. The dress, both appeared to be, when Mr. Williams des of Mr. Perceval and Bellingham, agreed cribed him minutely: to which Mr. Tucker with the description given by Mr. Wil. replied, "Your description is not at all liams, even to the most minute particulars. that of the chancellor, but is certainly very exactly that of Mr. Perceval, the chancellor of the exchequer; and although he has

CLEARNESS AND SIMPLICITY OF ARRANGEbeen to me the greatest enemy I have ever

MENT, A GREAT ASSISTANCE TO THE met with through life, for a supposed cause,

MEMORY. which had no foundation in truth (or words | “I don't know, (said a gentleman to the to that effect,) I should be exceedingly late Rev. Andrew Fuller,) how it is that I sorry indeed to hear of his being assassi can remember your sermous better than nated, or of any injury of the kind hap- those of any other minister, but such is pening to him. Mr. Tucker then inquired the fact.”. of Mr. Williams if he had ever seen Mr. “I cannot tell, (replied Mr. Fuller,) Perceval, and was told that he had never unless it be owing to simplicity of arrangeseen him, nor hail ever written to him, ment; I pay particular attention to this either on public or private business-in part of composition, always placing itinar

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together that are related to each other, and ; THE DYING CHRISTIAN.
that naturally follow each other insuccession.
For instance, (added he,) suppose I were

"To die is gain." St. Paul.

VOCE 10 to say to my servant, Betty, you must go

Now his earthly course is run, and buy some butter, and starch, and

Life is closing on his view ; el cream, and soap, and tea, and blue, and

Like the evening's setting sun,

Like the fading rainbow's hue, sugar, and cakes.'. Betty would say, Loh,

Gloriously he yields his breath, master! I shall never be able to remember

But he is not lost in death. .. i all these. But suppose I were to say,

View his mildly beaming eye,

View the smile upon his cheek; *Betty, you know your mistress is going

Not a murmur, not a sigh, to have some friends to tea to-morrow,

Dares his peacefulness to break. and that you are going to wash the day

Calm as ocean, when at rest,

Not a billow on its breast pu following; and that for the tea party, you

Nether objects heeds be not, will want tea, and sugar, and cream, and

Earth has lost her every cha cakes, and butter; and for the washing

All her pomp is now forgot,

Hush'd in peace her every storm. you will want soap, and starch, and blue;

Lo! before his wond'ring eyes, Betty would instantly reply, “Yes, master,

Scenes of beck’ning glory rise.
I can remember them all very well."470

Scarce the body's mouldering walls
R.B.HTI

Hold the spirit in her cell;
Vavia pindah

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Glory hastens, glory calls,

In eternal bliss to dwell.
Hope attends, to lead her flight

To the spotless stores of light.
1. POETRY.

Soft-the final breath has flown,

Heavenly minstrelsies begin ; "TIS SWEET TO BE WITH GOD.

Now the gates are open thrown:

Now the spirit enters in, i 'Tis sweet to be with God, when morn

Hark! the welcome chorus Alies
Glows with her rosy charms;

Through the regions of the skies."
When the young bun-beams light the dew,

Gloriously the warrior dies,
And sport a thousand foring.

Fired with patriotic zeal;

Heedless of his kindred ties, 'Tis sweet to be with God, when noon Inspires the tepid air ;

Struggling for his country's weal What time the languid tlocks demand,

Ready when bis country calls,

In his brightest moment falls,
The rippling brook to share.

Hallowed is the poet's name, ' A "Tis sweet to be with God, when eve

By a nation's love enshrin'd:
Cheers with the cooling breeze,

Fadeless is the poet's fame.

I 3 1 When sinking Phoebus paints the skies,

Unforgotten, unconfin'd.

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Brighter than the poet's fame;696 A A silent world entombs.

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