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particular care to avoid toll-bars, and has been often known to take a circuitous route of many miles, regardless of every obstacle, the least of which would have stopt the progress of any but himself-and all to save a single three-halfpence. Taxes, too, and the share of the Ministers' stipend, which, being a laird, he is obliged to pay, give him no small uneasiness, and frequently call forth his bitterest invectives. He cannot, by any sort of reasoning, perceive the justice of making him pay a priest whom he never went to hear, nor ever did, excepting a day or two at the time he got his two sons baptized; and he regards this contribution as infinitely more unjust and oppressive than that required by the king. In return for what is paid to the latter, he has his property protected, and his rights, both personal and relative, confirmed and defended; but from the former he has—what? Why, a profession of being his spiritual defender! from which experience has taught him he can reap nothing but disadvantage, as the invisible attacks of his spiritual foes never yet tended to lighten his purse, which the keeping of a mortal champion to repel them has most materially done. These unseen wars of the worthy priest in his behalf, of which he has heard so much, but felt so little, are, according to his view of things, entirely destitute of merit, since undertaken so pragmatically, and merely for the sake of emolument; and what still more confirms his antipathy to a standing army of theological warriors, is the belief that the charity they inculcate is a home drawn argument, levelled at his own pocket along with those of his other demon-beset lay brethren, and alto gether uninfluential with regard to themselves. Were his views upon this subject adopted, the reverend champions would be necessitated either to disband or starve; or, embracing a more heroical fate, turn the point of their spiritual weapons against a more material substance, viz. themselves, and fall with the courage of an ancient Roman, for not a single zecchin would he give for their maintenance or the support of the system. The bitterness of his animosity against them is uniform

and unceasing; and it is a common remark with him, when speaking of his farm, "that were it not for ministers, and devils, and craws," he would find no difficulty in making himself easy and comfortable from its produce.

The most of readers are perfectly aware in what manner the rapacity of ministers and crows may affect the farmer's worldly property; but how devils are to have any detrimental influence over it, is a question they will no doubt look upon as less easy of solution; as, beyond our moral property, the influence of such agents is very seldom dreamt of. The demons here alluded to, however, are not of what may be called the old legitimate stock, but belong to that subordinate class conceived and brought forth by a superstitious imagination, during the darkness of the middle ages, and known by the now-scouted names of elfs, fairies, &c. The family of Glenhowan would present a strange discrepancy of character, were this superstitious notion the only relic of antiquity they had cast behind them; and, happily for their uniformity, they still cling to it with inveterate prejudice. No accident befals them that is not attributed to some supernatural agency; their moral world is crowded with genii, on whom devolve the consequences of every action of their lives; and as, in many instances, the apropos occurrence of some fortuitous event hath lent an air of probability to, and seemed in some measure to justify the harbouring of, such opinions, so, in like manner, the family of Glenhowan have not failed to experience some synchronisms of omens, and their fulfilments also, to demonstrate the truth and reasonableness of their credulity. One or two instances of this I can give, which may be relied on as authentic: They have, during the year, a number of unlucky days, as they term them, when certain ob servances must be kept, with the view of propitiating the invisible beings who are deemed hostile to their interests; and, consequently, to avert the danger from themselves and their effects, with which they believe these gloomy periods of their existence to be pregnant. Upon one of these days, a cow which belonged to them hap

pened to stumble into a ditch that formed the boundary of her pasture, and was unfortunately drowned before any of the family perceived her, -a circumstance which, while it deepened the gloom of their superstition, almost overthrew their sanity, and for a long time rendered them inconsolable for the loss they had sustained.

mountain to the eastward, and lighten with its slanting ray the brawling burn and dewy meadows of the deep vale of Glenhowan, where every blade of grass, bending under the weight of a little globule of humid nourishment, darted back a tingy ray towards the broad-orbed luminary from whence it derived its splendour, and, blended with myriads of others, diffused over the valley a brightness which seemed to those above it an ocean of silver radiance. The lark had forsaken its lowly dozing place, and sprung aloft, to welcome the return of morning, where it was sometimes seen to carol in middle air, or lose itself amid the clouds that were then rolling themselves up the sides of the mountains, and beginning to ascend into heaven; but, beneath, what a contrast!

Among the multitude of their evil genii, corncrakes have the misfortune to be one, its cry being looked upon as a certain indication of death to some one of the family, from its having once been heard a little before the demise of the present laird's father. His widow fell badly some time after; and, during her illness, a corncrake was one morning heard to tune its pipes in an adjoining cornfield, at a very short distance from the house; and had Death, even in all the terror of Milton's prosopopæia, entered her dwelling, and, before their eyes, struck his dart into the bosom of their mother, the weeping inmates could not have been thrilled with deeper horror than that which curdled their blood at this unwelcome sound. Convinced of its being the death-call of their mother, they immediately gave way to lamentation; and, actuated by the absurd belief that, to drive from their ground the ominous harbinger might perhaps avert her fate, the daughters rushed out, armed with long sticks, like so many female maniacs at an ancient Bacchanalia, and spread themselves through the field from whence the sound proceeded, thrashing the corn in all directions, which was then knee-height, and dripping with dew, in order, if possible, to dislodge their enemy.

The daughters of Glenhowan, regardless of all these beauties, with their long loose hair sometimes hanging over their faces in matted ringlets, like the tatters of a coachman's mop, or, at the least puff of wind, thrown backwards in wild disorder, and streaming over their shoulders, so as to impart to them the exact resemblance of Discord preceding the chariot of Mars! They were running with the most frantic gestures through the long corn, that drenched them with wet, and at times almost overthrew them in their progress; laying about them with their sticks, and frequently uttering the word "Whish!" with great vehemence, the shrill and searching sound of which ascended to the shepherds above them, who stalked off with a smile, imagining that all this bustle had been occasioned merely by the trifling circumstance of some of their Some shepherds, who, from the hens going astray. Their exertions neighbouring hills, happened to per- had at least the effect of silencing ceive this strange, and, to them, un- for a while the corncrake's noise; accountable scene, speak of it as one but not, alas! of averting the fate of in which were combined many cir- their mother, who died in a short cumstances, both of a sublime and time after, and thus fairly establishtruly ridiculous nature. The sun, ed the corncrake's reputation for mathough a while risen, was only be- lignity towards them, and insight ginning to peer over the summit of a into futurity. (To be concluded in our next.)


Sermons and Charges by T. F. Middleton, D.D. Lord Bishop of Calcutta, with Memoirs of his Life; by H. K. Bonney, D.D. Archdeacon of Bedford, are in the press.

Dr Johnson is preparing a second edition, with illustrative cases, of Dr Coindet's Observations on the remarkable Effects of Iodine in Bronchocle and Scrofula.

Mr J. W. Brayley is preparing a copious work of Londiniana, or Anecdotes of the Streets, Buildings, and remarkable Scites, in and near London, Historical, Antiquarian, and Biographical. It will extend to five elegant small volumes, and be illustrated by an immense number of engravings.

Dr Busby, whose connexion with the musical world has been of fifty years standing, will speedily publish three volumes of original, or scarce and curious Anecdotes of Music and Musicians, English and Foreign, and of all ages as well as his own. It will be embellished with portraits and other engravings, and of course be a great acquisition to our present scanty musical library.

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Journal of the Sieges of the Madras Army in the Years 1817, 1818, and 1819, with observations on the System, according to which such operations have usually been conducted in India, and a statement of the improvements that appear necessary; by E. Lake, Ensign of the Hon. East India Company's Madras Engineers, with an Atlas of explanatory plates, are nearly ready for publication.

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A Guide to the Lord's Table, in the Catechetical Form; to which are added, an Address to Applicants for Admission to it, and some meditations to assist their devotions, is preparing for publication; by the Rev. Henry Belfrage, D.D.

Shortly will be published, the Life and Administration of Cardinal Wolsey, by J. Galt, Esq.; third edition, greatly improved.

Dr Dawson, of Sunderland, is about to publish a new System of the Practice of Physic, together with an original Nosology, which embraces Physiology and Morbid Anatomy.

Speedily will be published, a new and elegant work, entitled a History and Description of the Ancient Town and Borough of Colchester, in Essex; illustrated with engravings, executed in the first manner. It will be published in one volume, of which there will be editions in royal octavo and royal duodecimo.

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