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« December” is the month which Grahame's long.cherished and anxious we have read, on the whole, with the wish was to be accomplished, and he most uniform gratification; and on in. left Scotland in spring, 1809, to en: vestigating the cause, we suspect that deavour to obtain episcopal ordina. it arises from the frost-bound earth tion. In the prosecution of this ob. admitting no culture, and therefore ject he met with greater obstacles giving no occasion for admonitions to than he had expected ; and he was farmers and cow-herds.
refused ordination by several bishops, There is an amiable peculiarity for this reason alone, that he had not about Mr Grahame which we ought studied at an English university, He not to omit, and which we do not had at length the good fortune to apthink has been noticed by any of the ply to that learned and excellent precommentators on his writings. The late, Dr Bathurst, bishop of Nore things which have once pleased him, wich, who, having made trial of his never fail to please him when they re- qualifications, and obtained the most cur ; and his having sung the lark or satisfactory evidence of the respectathe redbreast at great length, and in bility of his character, ordained him various places in the Birds of Scot. on Trinity Sunday, May 28th, 1809, land, and the Rural Calendar, is no Though Mr Grahame was known to reason why he should not have the this distinguished character only by pleasure of recognising these familiar his writings, and came to him with friends when he meets them again on out any formal introduction, he rethe daisied leas, and winter hearths of ceived from him the most polite and the Georgics. Robin, indeed, is such friendly attention, for which he was a favourite, that he is sure to run deeply grateful. The good bishop away with him, meet him where he even invited him to remain in his may ; and he describes his confiding diocese. Nothing could exceed his sociality, and his winter song, with as desire to comply with this invitation, unvarying enthusiasm as any child so honourable to both parties ; but could do, who for the first time has the prevalence of agues and intermithad his heart melted over the compas- ting fevers in that district, induced sionate bird which covered with win him most reluctantly to decline it. thered leaves the forsaken Babes of the Mr Grahame and his family resided Wood. We may apply the same re- for several weeks, from this date, in the mark to his favourite wild-flowers. A city of Chester, where he lived in revery beautiful passage in the "April" tirement. Here he was unexpectedly of the Rural Calendar is transplanted visited by a friend from Tweedside, nearly verbatim into the Georgics. who was seated with his family when The following is the close, and we he returned from a walk, bowed down think the concluding image exqui. with rheumatism, and with a countesitely beautiful and tender. Speaking nance expressive of languor and de. of the trout, he says
jection. On entering the room he
stopped short as soon as he cast his Exhausted, soon eyes on the stranger, gazed for a few Ashore he's drawn, and on the mossy bank,
seconds in silence, and at length his Weltering, he dyes the primrose with his blood.
countenance kindling into an expres
sion of satisfaction and joy, he rushed The time new arrived when Mr forward and welcomed him with heart
felt exclamations of delight. They pas. ties of this quiet station. We have sed that and the following day toge- pleasure in extracting the following ther, during which time he expressed interesting anecdote, printed in a peconscientious solicitude about the dis- riodical publication, a short time af. charge of his clerical duties, He also ter his death, in a review of Wilson's reprobated the slovenly practice só Lines sacred to the Memory of James prevalent in the English church, of Grahame. “ The same sentiments clergymen delivering to their people and feelings which caused him to be sermons composed, and even printed, 80 tenderly beloved by his friends, acby others, and he expressed his de- companied him in active duties of life, termination to deliver no sermone and led him to be indefatigable in acts that were not his own.
of charity and benevolence. Mr It was his earnest desire, on ac. Grahame, during his residence at count of his health, to be settled in Durham, had frequently remarked a the south-west of England, and he poor cobler, whom he found constanthad the satisfaction of being invited ly in his little stall labouring diligentto officiate as curate at Shipton Moyne ly for his subsistence. One day, howin Gloucestershire, for a very respec. ever, as he passed along the street, he table young clergyman who was rec. was surprised to see the stall shut up, tor of the parish. He began to ex- and on making enquiry, was informercise his clerical functions here on ed that the poor man was sent to pri. the last Sunday of July, and conti. son for debt. The industrious and nued till the month of March follow. inoffensive habits of this simple me ing, when, for family reasons, he was chanic had interested Mr Grahame's obliged to return to Scotland. Here feelings in his favour, and he went to he remained during the summer, and the jail for the purpose of enquiring was a candidate for supplying a va- into his situation, and procuring, if*. cancy in St George's chapel, York. possible, his release. Here he was place, Edinburgh. Though he was shocked and astonished to meet with admired as a preacher, and much be. Mr Greathead, the celebrated inventloved as a man, owing to particular or of the life boat, who had also been circumstances he was disappointed. put into confinement by his creditors. He was employed as sub-curate to The circumstances of this man's case the chapelry of St Margaret, Durham, made 80 strong an impression on in August, 1810. The church in Grahame's benevolent mind, that he which he officiated was almost desti- soon after preached a warm and intute of an audience when he was ap. dignant sermon against that part of pointed to it, but such was his grow. the English law, which authorises ing popularity, that persons of all unlimited imprisonment for debt, à descriptions flocked thither, and lis- policy which he had always depreca. tened with edification and pleasure to ted as needless and cruel. In this serhis instructions. From this place he mòn he so eloquently pleaded the removed on May-day, 1811, to Sedge. cause of the unfortunate debtors, that field, a parish in the same diocese. Greathead regained his liberty, the This situation was tendered to him poor cobler obtained a considerable by Mr Barrington, the nephew of the subscription, and the preacher himvenerable Bishop of Durham. His self acquired, what was not his obhealth, however, now became so bad ject, unbounded applause.” as to disqualify him for the easy du- The following is an extract from
the last letter written to the friend sermon from the parable of the good who had visited him at Chester. It Samaritan, which obtained from that is dated 24th June, 1811, from Sedge- learned prelate very high commendafield ; and, what is an affecting proof tion. He set out for the north in the of the decayed state of his health, it month of August along with his was without a signature, and was not nephew ; but he was not able to written by his own hand.
come on horseback, nor to make the “ It is hard that I am able to write visit by the way to which he had but a very short letter in answer to looked forward. the long and kind one which I recei. He remained for a short time in ved from you. I have been and still Edinburgh, and received from his am excessively ill with severe and al. medical advisers all the aid it was in most unceasing headaches. This ill. their power to give, with assurances ness and my absence from Durham of their expectation of a favourable have stood in the way of the sub- result to his illness. On the 9th of scription for Dr H 's sermons; September he went to Whitehill near I have got only five names, of which Glasgow, where his eldest brother I annex a list. I have a long letter resides. He was very ill from the lying for you which I wrote very time of his arrival, and in vain endeasoon after I saw you in Chester ; the voured to struggle against the oversubject · Evil.' I had got to the powering effects of disease. He soon bottom of the third page, there I after sunk into a kind of stupor ; but laired, and instead of getting forward during the intervals of recollection stopped short, and turned back the rejoiced in the consolations of relibest way I could. I have some gion, and in his broken_slumbers thoughts of taking a trip to Scot. poured forth the pious effusions of land on horseback. If so I will take his soul. We use the language of a
in my way. I feel the dicta. respected friend : “ After his tongue tion of this letter a burden, so I must could no longer give utterance to his conclude. I am, my dear - thoughts, his looks of tenderness and yours, with affectionate regard.” benignity towards the friends who
About this time, a friend eminent surrounded his sick-bed, unequivoin the English law, who was present cally proved that his heart still glowat Durham assizes, deplored to see ed with its accustomed feelings; and Grahame seated for a few moments that the amiable and gentle virtues on the steps of the court-house, appa- which through life adorned his charently as unconscious of the crowd racter, contributed to support and that thronged him, as if he had been sooth him in his latest moments." alone in his own apartment. This The 14th of September, 1811, temporary failure of recollection was brought his sufferings to a close, and one of the symptoms which attended he resigned his soul into the hands of the increasing malady in his head ; his Creator, in the faith and hope of though we believe no immediate danthe Gospel. ger was apprehended from it. A Deep and general was the sorrow very short time before he made the occasioned by the unexpected loss journey to which he alluded in the of this amiable and excellent characabove letter, he is said to have preach. ter. It was not the least painful ed before the Bishop of Durham a circumstance attending his dissolu.
tion, that he expired at a distance The tears which have been shed by from his own family. His mortal friends, relatives, and strangers, bear remains were, however, deposited in the most honourable testimony to his the same grave with those of his be worth. loved parents; and the same spot « Peace to thy soul, thy God thy portion be, which gave him to existence, received And in his presence may I rest with thee!"; him when his body returned to dust.
CAMPAIGNS OF MONTROSE,
TRANSLATED FROM THE GAELIC LANGUAGE.
FThe curious manuscript from which these historical memoirs are extracted, con
tains several Gaelic poems and genealogies, written by the MacVuirichs, hereditary bards or seannachies of a distinguished western chieftain. The following literal version contains many particulars respecting the wars of Montrose, totally unnoticed by our historians, and may be considered, at the same time, as affording an authentic historical document, and a curious specimen of the manners and habits of the Gaelic tribes, recorded by one of their own historians. No attempt has been made to correct the language of the translator, who seems to have been better skilled in the Gaelic language, than capable of transfusing its spirit into the English version.]
“I TREAT here," says the * bard, Donald son of Allan, Captain of “ of what happened in my own time. Clanronald, Laird of Muidart and The first king that reigned in Scot- Uist; John, son of Rodric Macleod land and England, since I remem. More of Harris ; Sir Donald Gorm, ber, was the 1st Charles the son of son of Archibald son of Donald, James of the Stewart line, and these Chief of Slate and Troternish, a are a few of the chiefs or heads of great courtier with King Charles; families existing and cotemporary Niel Macniel of Castle Macniel of with me. Namely, Ronald Og Aranui Bara ; Lauchlan, son of John Balbh Marquiss of Antrim, of Ruta, and son of Finguin of Strath; John the Glinns in Ireland; and + Archi. Garbh, son of Gilcolm of Rarsay; bald Caoch son of Archibald Gruam. John Garbh, son of John Abrach, ach, son of Archibald Dun Marquis Laird of Coll; Murdoch Maclean, of Argyle; Sir Lauchlan Maclean Laird of Lochbui; Donald of Truim, of Duart; John Muidartach, son of son of Angus son of Alexander,
* Niell Mohr MacVuirich.
+ Beheaded after the Restoration.