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lages, as they gradually opened to with all the tender anxiety of hope; our view.
but all would not do ; Heaven had At Stilton, we stopped to breakfast. ordained that he should leave me.”. Here the guard and coachman left " What will you take?” said I. “A us, and here our “ honours” were little milk, if they have got any." I desired to remember the above ordered a couple of pint bowls to be mentioned stage-coach appendages. brought, and a couple of rolls, and Every one of us gave each of we breakfasted together. them a shilling, except a very love what is to pay?" said I. ly, handsome young woman, a sola shillings and sixpence, Sir," was the dier's widow, who had lost her hus
Humph !" I exclaimed, band, and was returning home,-she and gave him the money. He hoped gave each of them sixpence, which also that I would remember the was all the money she had left, and waiter, so I threw down sixpence, for which they gave her, in return, to get rid of his importunities; he some very rough and indecent lan- bowed, and, as I thought, appeared guage. The poor forlorn creature to be satisfied. A short time before crept to the kitchen fire, for her the coach was ready to set off, an clothes were still wet with the heavy elderly man, in a light cart, drove rain which had fallen the preceding up, and inquired if a Mrs Beaumont evening : but she had nothing left had come by the coach ? for breakfast; her last shilling had told that she was in the kitchen, and been given to the guard and coach- he entered. “ Where is she?” he man. As she appeared dejected, I cried, as the door opened. She startfollowed her, and sat down to chat ed, at the well-remembered accents ; with her. “Shall you not breakfast it was, yes, it was her dear father, with the other passengers ?”.. “ No, who clasped his long-lost darling Sir.” “ Are you not well ?” “Oh, to his breast. She wept, as she yes! I am only a little low in spirits, fell into his arms; he blessed, and and a little vexed at the unmerited kissed her, called her his dear Mary, treatment I have just now experi- and both of them were soon very enced.” “Have you far to travel ?” happy and composed. “ No, Sir, only fifteen miles; but I As the coach drove away, she leave the coach here, and shall have waved her hand, but in a few seconds to travel that distance, perhaps, on I had lost sight of her; a turn in the foot." “ You appear to be very road hid her from my view,-for the weak.” “Yes, I am weak; I have coach rattled, and we proceeded just crossed the ocean, and I was rapidly on our journey. sick during the whole of the voyage.' said Mr White,“ have you been “ From the circumstance of your boxing Harry?” “No," said I, “I being treated so shamefully by the have had my breakfast in the kitchcoachman, I am afraid you have no “ With the poor woman that money." “No, Sir, I have not; I looked so melancholy?" “ Even so ; gave him the last sixpence I had but the consequence will be, that I left; but I am now so near to my shall have to dine with Duke Humph-, home, that I hope I shall be able to rey, for my finances are getting so struggle through. When in London, low, that I shall soon have pockets to I wrote to my father, begging that let at a low rent.” “Oh! never fear,” he would meet me here, but perhaps said he;" I have as much as will sufa he has not got the letter,-or he may fice for both, till we get home: but be dead, you know, for it is five years was she in distress?” “She was with, since I heard from any of my rela out money ?” “Why, being in distions.” I slipped a crown-piece into tress, and being without money, are her hand, and she gave me a look much the same; but I hope you gave which I shall never forget ; it was a
her as much as was necessary to help look of gratitude which sprung from her forward?” “I did.” “Then thou the soul. “My husband,” said she, art a friend after my own heart," “ was a soldier; he always protected said he," and shalt never want a me from insult, but he died of his guinea, if I have one to give thee." wounds three days after the battle : I now cast my eyes towards the I sat by him, and waited on him coach-box, and observed a very fine
young gentleman, alongside of coach- coachee was all in a bustle to get ee, flogging away, in fine style. hold of the reins, and appeared, as “Who is that gentleman ?” said i, my right hand friend observed, to be to a plain-looking man who sat by quite in a fluster. The passengers iny side ?"
“ It's a farmer's son in were all on the alert, expecting every this neighbourhood, Sir," said he; minute to be upset, and those that “his father was servant to my father, could, put themselves in readiness to when I was a lad at school; but the make a spring. As soon as we are high price of corn and cattle has rived at the bottom of the hill, over lately made gentlemen of many a went the vehicle, and such leaping, beggar's brat beside Master Goslin and such scrambling, and such squal. here.” “ It seems, then, you are ac- ling ensued, as would have frighted quainted with him?"
“ Not I, in- a hero, had he been at leisure, but deed : his father lives in the next as every one was busy in taking care village to where I live, but I have of himself, and, as soon as landed, no acquaintance wi' him neither ; in was examining his own limbs, to ashis own opinion, he's a great man, certain if nothing was wrong,-all, but not in mine, as well as many for a season, was hurry and confuother folks ; however, he visits at sion. At length, as no one com. the squire's, and talks loudly at mar- plained, it was concluded that no one ket-dinners, and now and then rides was hurt. Every one next examined ower a poor labourer, as he gallops his clothes, and, except a little dirt, home on his blood-horse, drunk wi' there was no damage done this way, wine." “ But the young man ap
save that Mr Goslin's dandy top-coat pears to be a genteel youth enough.' had received a rent almost the whole
Aye, as you say, he's genteel length of the back; it had, moreenough ; why, he and his sister have over, lost one of the skirts, and a both on 'em been seven years at pocket,—which latter article. hung boarding-school, and you see he is dangling on a bough, like a mole in a finishing his education by learning bush. The inside passengers were in to drive ; and the girl his sister sits, å worse plight than any of us ; for the aye for hours together, in a fine car- os frontis of an Irish gentleman, in peted parlour, wi' mahogany chairs, its way to the ground, coming in and a great huge looking-glass, wi' a contact with Mrs Goslin's nose, had gilt frame, plaistered up again' a opened both sluices, and the blood papered wall, drumming on the black ran down in copious streams; both and white thingums of a pie-hannah, her eyes also were black; so that what and squalling like a tom-cat to the with stir, and the disaster before music, as she calls it. His muther mentioned, she and her son were is i' th' inside the coach, as fine as a obliged to return home; he to refit dancing horse ; but at home she's as for the races, and she to stop at mean as muck, ---she's an owd, girn- home, which, as the adage says, is ing owd, gripe-gutly owd creature, always the best place for good housethat wouldn't give a poor fellow a wives. " Well, Sir," said I to my drink o'small beer, an' he were clam- friend the farmer, as soon as we had ming wi' thirst. But she can spare got under-way again, “and how do money for the lad and her to go to you like to be driven by a dandy Lincoln races wi', and thither it is coachman?" ." Not at all,” said they are now posting." “ They have he, scowling ; " and I assure you, if risen, then, in the world ?" said l. I was a Justice o' Peace, I would
Aye, aye, the goslin has become prevent such doing in future, or I'd a goose, but it's all a casualty; just fine the owners ;-and I should, let so, and nothing more, I assure ye; me tell you, ha' been upon the bench and it cannot last long: why, my long ago, but you see they found out farm is my own, an' it's as big as I was a bit on a Radical. My name is the one he rents,—but set a beggar Smith ; I am fond o' reading Cobon horseback, and away he rides to bet's Register_aye, he's the boy for the devil.”
exposing the Borough-mongers, and I smiled, for at this instant the the Tax-eaters, and the Drones, and horses were galloping down a hill all the rest that have sold themselves as hard as they could clatter, and to the Devil, or the Ministers, which is all one. Yes, he does a world o' his mouth and lips, and writhed till good ; and would, if they would let his words were almost strangled in him, soon set all things to right; I the delivery, thus opened : “ He was believe he'll be i'th' Parliament House certain that we should, before long, before long." "I believe not,” said have rain, for he observed that the I; " and as for the good he does, or barometric tube evidently portended ever will do, why-" “ I think,” that vapour was ascending into the said Mr White, “that he is a great upper regions of the atmosphere; he rascal.”. “ I've heard many a rascal thought, too, that the delightful say so," replied Mr Smith. “ He is a fumes arising from the effluvia exe monstrous liar also," said Mr White, haled from the bean-flowers by the “ I have,” said Mr Smith, “heard solar beams, evidently betokened a many a monstrous liar say so.
." “ Let change in the lower strata of the firus drop the subject, gentlemen, mament; that a junction of these said I; “ every political demagogue phenomena would precipitate the has his admirers, and so has Mr Cob- moisture ; that the particles would bett, some of whom are as coarse in coalesce, and that rain would ultitheir manners as he is in his write mately be produced.” This gentleings."
man, I afterwards discovered, was We dined at Newark, where we the master of a large boarding school had almost a fresh party, our former in that neighbourhood. A young company having fallen off one by man, who, I was informed, was his one, till nobody was left but Mrusher, bawled out, just as we were White and myself.
going to the coach, I say, does A stage-coach may very properly none o' ye naw nowt ono hat o' be compared to the world at large; mine no where ?" To which anowe breakfast, dine, and sup to- ther of the company replied, " I gether, a few times at most, and then think beloike that's it under th' table part, to meet no more. A few slight i' th' fire nookin, with crown trodden regrets are sometimes felt at the mo- out a' moast." “Aye, and so it is," ment of separation, but in most cases said the other; "the crown's squeezwe look with indifference, and some- ed out, an' its nudged all to pieces times with cold neglect, at the loss I shall be forced, I'm 'feard, to ha' a of our acquaintance, and often do new one." I had almost forgot to not suffer even a sigh to escape us. mention, that, at Newark, we had a
The company here were all of good plain dinner, for which we paid them far superior, in point of dress, three shillings and sixpence each, to those who had left us ; I verily and eighteen-pence for a glass of thought that some of them had port-wine-negus, which made just been of the higher order of gentry, five shillings. At this there was no or, for ought I could tell, some of grumbling, although, I can assare them might be of noble blood, or you, if experience has not already told of ancient family. But I was out you, that, at home, 1, and my wife, in my reckoning; for, when their and eight children--in all, ten of usmouths opened, oh! what a falling can have a much better dinner for off! all the gentry, and all the nobi- that sum. Here again coachee left lity, sunk into sober citizens, and us: Another shilling, "your honour," mere mechanics ;-a lady desired to and another touch of the bat. We be helped to a spoonful of sauce, are always generous when from after that here gentleman had been home, for fear, I suppose, we should sarved." By way of opening, I ob- be taken for low scrubs :-why, if served to a gentleman on my right, you do not blab, you may possibly that it was a fine day. “ Yes, Sir, be taken for an Esquire; at the same said he, giving me á nod, which he time that those of your own street, intended for a bow, " it is a very in your own town, who know you, fine day, very fine indeed, I never only call you Mr Snip, the tailor; saw a more finer day in the whole who is there, then, so paltry, that course of my life.' Wonderful, would not cheerfully pay a shilling, thought I ; but I was relieved from for once in his life, to be elevated to further thought in a hurry; he on the rank of Esquire? The followmy left, having twisted and twined ing recipe will be useful to persons
going to London, or elsewhere: out at all minding what was said, * You must stare,-knit your brows, till we arrived at the Bell Inn, at the - look cross,-never speak except to entrance into Liverpool. The horses order what you want,-use nocivility, were all in a white foam; one of them -strut, swagger, look big ; and then dropt down, and the assistants got every blockhead which you may pieces of hoop-iron to scrape off the chance to meet with will take you sweat, before coachee dared to drive for a great mun.' 'Tis a glorious them through the town, to the Red thing to be mistaken by an ostler, or Lion. An informer in such a case a barber, or a coachman, for a fat would be a meritorious character : a Parson, a country Esquire, or a gen- poor carrier is often fined for whiptleman farmer ; it is pretty much the ping his horse, when he is driving a same as a student being called a solitary cart, or a pot-man for kicklearned man by his washer-woman: ing his donkey ; and all this is very but there are people who are desi- right: but a villanous coachman can rous of being thought to be rich, or insult you with impunity, distress great, by any body; and such peo- the horses, and endanger the lives of ple may every day be met with in the passengers, whenever he pleases; stage-coaches, or in steam-packets, because, perhaps, he has laid a wager or, in fact, any where else: they are, with another rascal of the same frafor the most part, tailors, or drapers, ternity, or that he may swagger or grocers, or shoe-makers-lucky about what he did in the morning, dogs, who have been successful in after he has got drunk in the evenbusiness ; or else they are merchants' ing ; but the society for prosecuting clerks, or a sort of would-be gentry, vice, or for punishing cruelty to the whom nobody owns, or with whom brute creation, are, in this case, deaf no respectable person claims rela- to the calls of humanity, and blind tionship.
to these unwarrantable proceedings. At "Doncaster we had a fresh I have twice crossed the Atlantic coachman-another shilling went; Ocean, and I do positively aver, that, but I took notice that two passen- in a good ship, there is not half the gers, of the above gentlemanly de- danger, in such a voyage, that there scription, no doubt, gave coachee, is in a journey from London to Lithe one two shillings and sixpence, verpool by a stage-coach. And as and the other three shillings. i have to impositions, except among Corn been credibly informed, that it is Jews and MILLERS, no such imposivery common for a single coachman tion is any where to be met with, as to inake three hundred pounds a.year. that which is every day practised At Leeds we had another coachman, upon travellers, by inn-keepers, and another guard, one shilling and coach-proprietors, and their undersixpence more ;-here, because we lings of every description. I shall would not take supper at one o'clock only further observe, that, in the in the morning, the landlord was evening of the day after our arrival, an vexed, and would not let us have a opposition coachman drove against bottle of wine : when I asked for a a lamp-post, by which piece of carebottle of port,
we do not sell wine,” lessness the coach was nearly dashed was the reply. At Manchester, ano- to pieces, and five passengers nearly ther coachman-another shilling. killed; one woman had her jawOur last stage was from St. Helen's bone broken, another had a leg and to Liverpool, a distance of twelve an arm broken, and a man had bis miles, which we ran in ten minutes head terribly crushed. The coachless than an hour; the coachman man ran away, and by so doing, left flogged, and the horses were at full the proprietors at full liberty to say stretch every inch of the way. I was that they had ordered him to be terrified for the consequences that careful; this decampment he judged, might ensue; Mr White grew pale no doubt, would be a sufficient apothrough fear, and told the fellow that logy to public feeling, and an atonehe would apply to a Magistrate; ment more than sufficient to the poor but he continued to cut away, with unfortunate mangled passengers !
A TREATISE ON THE LAW OF BILLS OF EXCHANGE, PROMISSORY NOTES,
AND LETTERS OF CREDIT, IN SCOTLAND*. Treatises upon particular departments of the municipal law have been multiplied astonishingly of late, to the grief and dismay of small practitioners, who are ambitious of a complete collection. Such a collection strikes the vulgar eye as a type of professional eminence, and, in that respect, is of great utility to the owner ; but the expense of forming it is vastly oppressive, and hence it is that the clamour against the multitude of law-publications is exclusively confined to a very small and insignificant circle of the learned brotherhood. Doubtless, such treatises may be propagated to an endless and intolerable amount. Judges in this country are law-makers, and occasionally, perhaps, law-breakers ; smashing an old Act of Parliament with about as much remorse as a squirrel feels in cracking a filbert; and they being, after all, but “mortal men,” (as one of their number once modestly observed to a rustic who was overpowered by awe in his godlike presence, their notions of right and expediency, “the moral fitness of things," as Philosopher Square has it, and so forth, must fluctuate more or less with the opinions of the age, and bear the faint impress of its spirit. A considerable number of years ago, it was held good that a guardian should expend his ward's money in rout and wassail, as the excellent means of strengthening the link which connects the higher and lower orders. The Lord Chancellor, however, opined differently, thinking there was no call for introducing Epicurism into the social system; and it therefore was not left to Time to correct the highly philosophical decision. But since steel links instead of golden ones have come into fashion, it may safely be predicated, that no such decision would have been pronounced at the present day. This is an exemplification of what we propose to remark,-namely, that, not to the originating of new cases alone, but partly to the instability of the human judgment, is it owing that our Supreme Courts are continually giving out new decisions, thick as the leaves in Valombrosa. These float for a time like the ova of fish upon the surface of Chinese rivers, which the careful fisherman collects, and preserves in ponds until they become portly and saleable salmon. In the same way does the Collector of Decisions drag the Courts for the spawn of the intellect,-hatches them into life and palpable entities,-and marshals them in the stately and phalanx-like form of a treatise or commentary.
In the extensive vineyard of the law, there is not a more invaluable labourer than the collector. His labour is not simply productive, in the common acceptation of that term, but productive of incalculable benefits to the whole community. A book which professes to embrace the whole system of law, however lucidly it may explain general principles and analogies, must, of necessity, be defective, in marking all the perpetually occurring peculiarities and exceptions, and the various modifications which rules must undergo in practice, when brought into collision with others no less sacred and valuable. Such a book, Erskine's Institutes for example, is of indispensable use to the neophyte, who derives from it a clear and unbroken view of the system, which is spread out before him like the face of a country upon a scientifically constructed map; but, like that map, it is not descriptive of numberless minute solecisms and phenomena, which the student ought carefully to investigate ; and hence, every practitioner must have experienced, that it is of little value to him in solving the doubts and difficulties
• A Treatise on the Law of Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, and Letters of Credit, in Scotland. By William Glen. Second Edition, corrected and greatly en. larged, including the most important decisions in Scotland and England, brought down to the present period; by a Member of the College of Justice. Printed for Oliver & Boyd, and Bell & Bradfute, Edinburgh. Smith & Son, and Robertson & Atkinson, Glasgow; and G. & W. B. Whittaker, and Charles Hunter, London, 1824.