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you would write a criticism upon it, my grovelling reflection ? A certain and then perhaps they might be friend, whose opinion I most highly bound up together; and then says value, came across my thoughts. It I, see how we apples swim down immediately struck me, How will the tide of time : however, it strikes that person scorn me for such pusil. eleven, and I wont begin my book lanimity? I started up, got to the to-night, nor swell this letter to a Court in time, delivered my opinion, volume ; so I will only add my com- and my reasons, more to my own pliments to Mrs. Drummond, and satisfaction than usual : and thank that I always am, with perfect re- God, I am still alive. gard, my Lord, &c. &c. E. MONTAGU.”
“ 15th July
"I am indeed still alive,
and now perfectly well, though LORD KAMES TO MRS. MONTAGU.
weak ; for ever since the former “ Edinburgh, July 8, 1767. date, I have been confined to bed “You treat me cruelly, my friend,
with the illness I mentioned. By
that means I have been forced to in giving me a character among your
put off the principal, or rather the London acquaintance, which I never
only purpose of my letter, which can hope to support. What else
was to lay down measures for reshould have led Lord Lyttelton to judge me such a profound critick of
paying the money you so kindly
have advanced for my commissions. stile ? In short, to preserve my re.
***_ Though I shall always be putation, I must hide myself, and,
proud of Mrs. Montagu's favours, abandon, among others, one of my
yet with my good will, the obligafavourite projects, which was the
tions I owe her should be of a rank passing some time with you at Lon.
' above any that relate to money.don, and studying you while acting
studying you while acting I am, &c. &c. your part in the great world.
Henry Home.” “ But now that I have given a little vent to my spleen, (occasion.
MRS. MONTAGU TO LORD KAMES. ed probably by a cold I have somehow contracted), I find my heart a “Sandleford, July 30, 1767. little lighter. I submit cheerfully "MY LORD. to Mrs Montagu's superiority; and I am sensible, chat the good she “I Am much concerned to hear does me, far outweighs the ill. I that you have been so ill. The go no farther for an example than cause of the orphan, I dare say, this very morning. We are at pres. would always animate you, but as ent deciding the great Douglass cause; your life is valuable to many or. and it is expected, that, in a case of phans, you must not hazard your. such importance, every Judge shall, self too much. along with his opinion, give at least .“ After having convinced the a summary of his reasons. In bed world by many a volume, that you this morning, having been feverish are a perfect master and judge of in the night, I felt myself weak, dis. stile, it is very pleasant that you pirited, and without strengthor iucli. should attribute an opinion of your nation to rise. Why should I kill being so to me. I think your Lord. myself for the sake of others, was ship will have a great deal of plea
sure in reading Lord Lyttelton's bride and bridesgroom are to dine History. You will like to see a with me on the wedding-day in Gothick building by a Roman arch- Hill-street, the 17th of August; so I itect. The story is Gothick, but cannot set out till the 18th or 19th. expressed with majesty, gravity and I shall stay only a day or two in force, without any thing dark or Yorkshire in my way. As your rude, or perplexed and confused. Lordship is in a great hurry to pay
“I suppose that as early as busi, your money, be pleased to order it ness will allow, your Lordship will to be paid to Sir George Colebrook retire to Blair-Drummond. There in Threadneedle-street, and into Mrs. I order you to sit on my bench, and Montagu's account ; Sir George think of me, daily, till I come into honours my bills when I draw upon Northumberland ; and then you are him ; but as he has never received to transfer yourself to Kames, from any money of mine, he knows nothwhence Mrs. Drummond and your ing of me, but that I can spend it. Lordship may easily make me a vis. I had the pleasure of seeing Lady it. My journey to the north is de- Elliot-Murray, the night before she layed a fortnight longer than I in left London; I told her I was very tended, by the marriage of a cousin jealous of her, and desired she would of mine, who desires earnestly that I not coquette with your Lordship; would attend her nuptials ; and but I suppose she will not be so the gentleman who is to marry generous to an absent rival. I beg her, is very importunate with me to my most respectful compliments to attend the ceremony; as he is a Mrs. Drummond ; and am, with great match for my cousin, I do not great regard, my Lord, &c. &c. &c. know how to refuse his request. The
without ascribing to him in their full or office, which he could hardly hope efficiency and just proportion all to keep, if he should dare to accuse those qualities and faculties of heart the people of acting, in a single inand mind, which constitute the char. stance, contrary to their interest or acter of one eminently good and ils their honour. lustriously great.
The qualities of Mr. Ames's heart Mr. Ames's imagination was un- were not less amiable than the facul. commonly vigorous, and such was its ties of his mind were respectable. versatility, that he was equally capa. All the gentle, and all the severe ble of brightening the beautiful to virtues thronged to his bosom, and its most brilliant lustre, and darken- dwelt and worshipped there, as if ing the sublime to its most tremen- his bosom had been their temple dous gloom. Nor was his sagacity and their home. His benevolence less acute than his imagination was was unwearied and indefatigable ; vigorous. Mr. Ames was not easily his friendship was ardent, constant, or often deceived ; for, though far and sincere ; his temperance was from regarding the conduct of others rigid to a degree little short of auswith that sullen and malignant sus. terity ; and the integrity (it was inpicion, which too often assumes the deed incorruptible) of Mr. Ames name and shape of prudent circum- would not have been endangered, if, spection, he seldom permitted his vi. as they did not and could not, the gilance to wink, he never suffered his other constituents of his character caution to sleep. Mr. Ames's judg- had allowed him to aspire to power ment seemed to arise as an inevita or grovel for wealth. ble result from his intellectual energy The effect of such qualities of and perspicacity. It was at once heart was natural ; and Mr. Ames ready and correct. His ratiocina. was not merely an exemplar of filial tion, though not confined to the affection, of conjugal attachment, of moods and figures, was predicated fraternal forbearance and forgive. on the rules and actions of the sound. ness, of parental tenderness and est and purest logick ; and though, providence ; he was more and bet. in consequence of his warmth of fan. ter ; in his conduct, Mr. Ames was cy, which delighted to luxuriate in all a living evidence of the divine origthe pride and pomp of poetry and elo. inal of christianity. quence, his reasoning sometimes appeared embarrassed and involved yet his arguments were, with few
MADAME DE GENLIS. exceptions, so arranged and conduct. ed, that the inferred conclusion Madame de Genlis is one of the seemed necessarily to follow from most voluminous and successful writthe premises assumed.
ers of the present day. In the year The consequence of such facul. 1806, she published a volume, enti. ties of miod seemed necessary, and tled Les Souvenirs de Félicie L***, Mr. Ames became not only an ele. which was followed by a second in gant scholar, an accurate lawyer, 1807. They consist of anecdotes, and an orator almost without a su- interspersed with reflections, of cele. periour, and infinitely above every brated persons in France, towards rival, but a statesman, who, relying the close of the reign of Louis 15th, on his own unborrowed opinions, dis- and during that of his successors, ined to take or to hold any place and will probably be continued by
her for some years later. I have he been bled ? No, answered they. been much amused in perusing this Well then ! he replied, he is a dead work, and have translated the fol. man ; and he spoke true.” lowing for the Anthology.
“M. de - is extremely avari. “ I am very fond of M. de Fla- cious. Not having kept house durhault: he unites to the most perfect ing the summer, his ice-house was civility an original character. Here quite full in the month of January, is a trait which paints him. The the butler asked him what should Countess of - has, as every one be done with all the ice? Why, anknows, a great deal of pride and swered he, let it be given to the very little politeness. One evening poor. This was the first act of she arrived at a card party of the charity he ever did.” late queen's, after the game had “Some singular instances of ego. commenced : the Countess of - tism are told of a M. de Laitre, who would have a place at the top of the died a few years since ; the followcircle : she advanced, got up there, ing in my opinion surpasses all the and stopped to sit down, but did rest : not find any stool. M. de Flahault, “ M. de Laitre was the friend of standing in the opening of one of Madame de B ; and during one the windows, saw her embarrassment, winter, having given himself up to and very obligingly drew a stool the dissipation of the world, he was from under a marble table, which a long time without seeing her, he placed behind her : the Countess though he knew she was ill. looked at him, did not thank him. When he came to see her, he nor even salute him, and sat down. found her sitting up in an easy chair. A moment after another lady ar. She reproached him with his abrived, they all rose up ; during this sence, adding that she had been con. movement, M. de Flahault drew stantly unwell, and had suffered away softly the stool which he had the greatest pain. But how long given her, and replaced it under the have you been sick, asked M. de table. The Countess wishing to seat Laitre-For six weeks-Good God, herself again, made a strange over. six weeks, how time passes !" throw; but the ladies who were at “ This same M. de Laitre one her side caught her, and softened day related the following story. the fall; when on her feet again, You know how much I love S- : she turned round saying, but who I was hunting with him yesterday, took away my chair? It was me, his horse stumbled and fell over upmadam, answered M. de Flahault on him : I flew to his relief. I was coldly : I had the honour of offering excessively alarmed. I disengaged it to you, and, as it did not appear S- from under his horse ; he had to give you any pleasure, I took it no wound, but he was frightfully away.”
pale ; I saw he was going to faint. “M. de Schomberg related to me. Fortunately I always carry with me a singular fact of Chirac, the famous a little phial of brandy; I drew it physician. Chirac was far gone in from my pocket, and I swallowed the sickness of which he died; after it, for I felt as if I should faint mysome days of delirium, he partially self. Thus, during an emotion of recovered his senses ; all of a sud. lively pity, this man discovered the den he felt his own pulse : I have most profound egotism." been called too late, cried he ; has - Madame possesses more egotism than any woman of my ac- on horseback at the door of the quaintance. She has a disorder that king's carriage who was going to obliges her to pass more than half Choisi. It had rained, and M. de her time in bed ; but which does Nedonchel, trotting in the mud, not prevent her receiving a great spattered the king, who, putting his deal of company. The other day a head out of the window, said to him, number of visitors arrived at the same M. de Nedonchel, you muddy me : time ; Madame was in bed ; yes, Sire, in the English fashion, an. they complained of the coldness of swered M. de Nechondel, with a her chamber. How, said she, is it very satisfied air, who, instead of the very cold then ? They assured her word *crotter, had understood trotter. that it froze hard: she then rang the The king, without knowing the bell precipitately : they were de- mistake, was content with putting lighted, thinking she was going to up the glass, saying with great good. call for some wood; no such thing : ness, Well! this is rather a strong trait bring me, said she, a counterpane of of the Anglomania” eiderdown. After giving this order, she spoke about other subjects.”
“ M. de Nedonchel is a great Crotter signifies to muddy, trotter te Anglomanist. Yesterday he was trot.
SKETCH OF THE LITERARY INSTITUTIONS OF EDIN.
In a sketch, it would be impos. They were originally constructed sible to give a minute account of on so small a scale, and their plaa the different literary institutions of was found so unsuitable to the subEdinburgh, or to pursue to any sequent prosperous state of the collength the various remarks which lege, that it was deemed necessary objects of this description + aturally some years ago to erect a new build. suggest to the mind. The college, ing for the accommodation of the however, being the most extensive professors and students. A suband important of these institutions scription was accordingly opened, a seems to require a more particular part of the old structure was remov. attention ; and, I trust, a few ob. ed, and the erection of a new one servations upon its present state and commenced, under the directions of system of education will not be Mr. Adam, as an architect. The found uninteresting.
plan, however, was so extensive, and The university of Edinburgh was so many unforeseen obstacle s occurestablished in the year 1582, by a red to its execution, that, not withroyal charter from King James VI. standing the large amount of the and from that period to the present subscription, and a subsequent royal has been progressively advancing in donation of 10,0001. the greater its reputation as a school of litera. part of the building still remains in ture and science. The buildings an unfinished state, and will continconnected with this institution are ue so, unless some considerable assist. situated in the Old Town, on the ance is afforded by parliament for its most southerly of the three ridges. completion. At present the coilege