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No. 157.

CHAMBERS'S EDINBURGH JOURNAL. In addressing our readers at the commencement of a new volume, we are rather complying with a custom which we appear to ourselves to have established, than acting under any immediate desire of communicating with the public. Our way is now so smooth-the success of our little miscellany is so completely ascertained—and so little ever occurs to disturb the happy relation which seems to subsist between it and its readers, that we might perhaps have intermitted this task for a year, without either disadvantage to ourselves, or disappointment to the public. The occasion, however, has occurred, and we have been tempted to seize it, if only for the purpose of conveying some assurance of the continued prosperity of our work, and, consequently, of inspiring in those who approve of its object, renewed hopes of the beneficial influence which so copious and so constant an effusion of moral literature may be expected to have upon society.



to have acquired increased powers of both instruction and entertainment, with views, almost new to us, of the social relations of our race. Unskilled as we may yet be in many departments of knowledge, we find ourselves to be constantly advancing from less to greater things, and at the same time receiving a deeper and deeper sense of the importance of using these to the advantage of our fellow-creatures. therefore venture a humble but earnest hope that this miscellany, through the improving faculties of both its writers and its readers, will be enabled to go on freshening and strengthening, and yet adopt higher purposes and reach more splendid triumphs than any yet contemplated.


All that remains for us to do, is to advert to the INFORMATION FOR THE PEOPLE, which is now concluded in fifty sheets similar to the numbers of the Journal, each in general containing some par ticular department of knowledge, treated in a popular manner. Of this work, eighteen thousand copies at least have been issued of each successive number, and this success we deem in some measure even more agreeable than that of the more widely diffused Journal, as the advantage of a miscellane ous and entertaining character was here entirely wanting. When we mention that each of the sheets contains exactly the same quantity of literary matter as a number of the Library of Useful Knowledge, the public may conceive what an important addition has thus been made to the amount of reading produced by the moderately priced publications. The INFOR. MATION FOR THE PEOPLE, in its new character as a volume, will be comparatively the cheapest work in existence that bears the character of a collection of it forfeit that reputation which, against every disad-treatises. At the price of an ordinary duodecimo, it vantage of form and price, its right-forward good aims presents a series of between forty and fifty volumes have procured for it. The public, indeed, have this for so they may be styled-each constructed with matter, entirely in their own hands, and we consider it the utmost care, and with the advantage of the most impossible that our work should ever be less pure and recent discoveries, and all of them very immediately innocuous than it now is, unless the community shall bearing upon the necessities and uses of the people. suddenly become thoroughly vicious, or the light of reason be withdrawn from ourselves. We think it the more necessary to make this avowal, as it serves to meet the arguments of those who, taking upon system every degrading view of their species, allege that the bulk of the people of even this enlightened land deliberately prefer an immoral and grovelling litera

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While referring to this universality of circulation, it may be worth while to mention, that, to whatever causes the public may attribute it, we have all along seen reason to ascribe, at least its continuance, to a No. 1. VOL. IV.


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In ancient times there were neither clocks nor watches by which time might be measured. The only instrument in use calculated to be of service in this respect was the sun-dial, which appears to have been known in very early times. It was most likely invented by the Egyptians, from whom its use spread among the Chaldeans and Jews, or Hebrews; it being mentioned in the Old Testament, in the book of Isaiah, chapter xxxviii. verse 8., "Behold I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, whereby it is gone down in the dial of Abaz by the sun," and so forth, by which we may learn that the sun-dial was the instrument in use for measuring time at that remote period.

The Greeks became acquainted with the sun-dial from the Jews, and from the Greeks it was derived by the Romans, who were the means of introducing it into the western nations of Europe. The Romans came to a knowledge of the use of dials in a remarkable way. In one of their warlike excursions, they saw one, and carried it off as a part of their spoil, and placed it in the forum of Rome; but it being constructed for a place four degrees different, they found that it could not indicate the true time-a circumstance they had not anticipated, as in these times little or nothing was known of degrees of latitude or longitude. It is probable that they soon rectified the dial to the situation of Rome. Before they thus be came acquainted with sun-dials, they measured time by means of a thing called a clepsydra-a word sig. nifying in Greek, I steal water, the time being reckoned by the dropping of water; and it was the duty of a slave to attend and make a sound at the recurrence of every certain number of drops. Clepsydra were long used in both Greek and Roman courts and assemblies, and, like our sand-glasses, they determined the time which members were permitted to speak.

As sun-dials were available only while the sun shone, the invention of some kind of instrument which could measure time both during darkness and sunshine, became a matter of anxious research to many reflective persons; but this appears to have been a matter of extraordinary difficulty. Sun-dials for the day, and clepsydræ for the night or cloudy weather, were in use for many centuries after the destruction of the Roman empire and the establishment of Chris. tianity. It is related in an ancient chronicle that Charlemagne, king of France, received a present of a clock from the caliph Haroun Airaschid in the year 809, but on the best investigations it is found that this was only a species of clepsydra, and not a clock with wheels and other mechanism. According to the best authenticated accounts, it appears that we are indebted to the monks of the middle ages for the invention of clocks or time-keepers. These men, who formed the only learned classes of their time, enjoyed consider. able seclusion, free from the necessity of providing for their support; and when not engaged in devotional exercises, they often practised various arts now entirely committed to the hands of the artizan and tradesman. At what precise period clocks were first made by the monks, is not known; but it is ascertained from old chronicles, that such instruments, put in motion by wheels, were made use of in the monasteries in the twelfth century, and that they announced the termination of every hour by strokes on a bell. The hand for marking the time is likewise mentioned in these old records. In the thirteenth century, there is mention made of a clock, given by sultan Saladin to the emperor Frederic II., and which was put in motion by wheels. It not only marked the hours, but also the course of the sun, of the moon, the planets, in the zodiac. Some have concluded that the Saracens must have learned the art of clock-mak

ing from the recluses in Eastern monasteries; but they may have acquired their knowledge from the ex

ercise of genius among themselves; in the present day,
this is a question which it is impossible to settle sa-


where they are made by thousands. Among French watchmakers, Berthoud, Breguet, Chevalier, Courvoisier, Preud'homme, and others, are distinguished. In the fourteenth century, traces of clockwork be- England and France have been active in perfecting come more common. Dante, the Italian poet, parti-the art of horology. The elegant Parisian pendulum cularly mentions clocks. Richard, abbot of St Alban's clocks are well known, in which the art of the sculptor in England, made a clock, in 1326, such as had never is combined with that of the machinist. Elegance, been heard of till then. It not only indicated the course however, is their principal recommendation. It is of the sun and moon, but also the ebb and flow of the much to be regretted that the present watches, even tide. Large clocks on steeples, likewise, were first the finest, have not the finish which gave such great made use of in the fourteenth century. It is thought durability to those of former times. This is particuthat one Jacob Dondi, in Padua, was the first who larly the case with French watches. We speak now made one of this kind; at least his family was called of the better sort of watches; the ordinary ones are after him dell' Orologio. A German, Henry de Wyck, hardly worth the trifling sum which they cost. was celebrated in the same century for a large clock English watches are generally much more substantial which he placed in a tower built by the command of and accurate in their workmanship than those of Charles V. king of France. This clock was preserved France or Geneva; but it must be allowed that a great till 1737. Watches are a much later invention, al- depreciation is taking place in this department of our though it has been alleged that they were known in manufactures. Perfect accuracy in going, is now a the fourteenth century. The more general belief is, rare quality in a new made watch, unless it be of the that they were contrived in 1510 by a person named most expensive kind. The most accurate of all time Peter Hele. Reckoning back from the present era, measurers are chronometers, which are of a peculiar it may reasonably be concluded that clocks were in- construction, and are much employed by navigators. vented about seven hundred, and watches from three in determining the longitude at sea. In general, chro to four hundred years ago, which is a very moderate nometers are much larger than common watches, and antiquity. are hung in gimbals, in boxes six or eight inches square; but there are also many pocket chronometers which, externally, have all the appearance of the bet ter sort of pocket watches, and internally differ from these only in the construction of the balance. balance and hair-spring are the principal agents in regulating the rate of going in a common watch, being to this what the pendulum is to a common clock; and this spring in the former, like the pendulum in the latter, is subject to expansions and contractions under different degrees of heat and cold, which of

The earliest made clocks wanted many of the contrivances which now distinguish these valuable instruments. The first great improvement was the addition of the pendulum, which was invented by Huygens in 1656, and which is of use in regulating the motion of the wheelwork. The doctrine of the pendulum, which belongs to dynamics, or the science of bodies in motion, is one of great importance. A pendulum once put in motion would never cease to oscillate, or swing, were it not for the friction at the point of suspension, and the resistance of the air. Neither of these circumstances can ever be avoided entirely, and have to be provided against by certain The times of the vibrations of the arrangements.


Wooden clocks are made chiefly in the Schwarzwald, or Black Forest, in South Germany, and furnish an important object of manufacture for this mountainous and barren country. It is said that 70,000 of such clocks are made there annually; and great numbers are sent to North and South America, and all over Europe.



who have nothing to employ them, and nothing to fear or to hope; where every wish has only to be expressed to be gratified, and where every command has only to be issued to be obeyed. This malady, for which we have no English name, is entitled by the French ennui-a term now naturalised amongst us.

course affect the speed or rate of the machine; and the methods of correcting this inaccuracy mark the difference between the watch and chronometer. These are very numerous. With British and American napendulum chiefly depend on three circumstances-vigators, chronometers are more common than with the angle by which the heavy body of the pendulum those of any other nation. is removed from the vertical line; second, the length of the pendulum; and, third, the accelerating power of gravity. The principal thing to be attended to is the length. A short pendulum oscillates quickly, a arranging the length must keep in view the situation long pendulum more slowly. But the clockmaker in on the earth's surface where the clock is to be placed; for the pendulum which will suit at one degree of latitude will not answer at another. The reason for this is, that the power of gravity, that is, the unseen power which attracts all things to the earth's surface, acts more strongly at one part than another, from AT the age of twenty-one, the young, gay, and volup the oscillations of the pendulum in such a manner the peculiar shape of the globe, and this power affects tuous Earl of Glenthorn succeeded to the vast posthat the pendulum of a clock must be inade somewhat anxiously looked forward during the, to him, tedious sessions of his family; an event to which he had shorter at the equator than towards the poles. The oscillations of the pendulum have hence served as years of minority. But this consummation of his data whereupon to draw conclusions regarding the hopes and prospects did not relieve the young noblepower of gravity in different parts of the world. The Inan from that dreadful malady to which those are honour of being the inventor of the balance-spring subject, and to which he was already a prey, who are in watches was contested by Huygens and the Eng-in possession of all that there is to desire on earth, lish philosopher Hooke. In order to prevent fric. tion, Facio, a Genevan, invented the method of boring holes in diamonds or rubies for the pivots to revolve in, which was found a great improvement. Thus chronometers had their origin, in which the English have attained great perfection. This nation also invented repeaters. An individual of the name of Barlow first made one, in 1676, for Charles II; and Graham was the inventor of the compensation-pendulum in 1715. This was perfected by Harrison, who formed the pendulum of nine round rods, five of which were of iron and four of brass. With these pendulums the astronomical clocks are still provided, and perfect dependence may be placed in the regularity of their action. Amongst the important inventions of the 18th century, the astronomical clocks of the clergyman Hahn, in Echterdingen, Wurtemburg, deserve to be particularly named. He formed the idea of measuring time in its whole extent. The principal hand in his instrument is that of universal history. This turns on a table, and indicates the principal epochs of history, according to the chronology of the Old Testament, and the great events of future times, according to the calculations of Bengel, founded on the Apocalypse. Its revolution embraces a period of nearly eight thousand years. Another hand on this table marks the year of the century, and makes its circuit in one hundred years. Still more remarkable is the representation of the motions of the planets known at the time of the inventor, and of the systems of Ptolemy and Copernicus. They and their satellites perform their revolutions in exactly the same time as they actually do in the heavens; and these automata not only have the central motion, but their course is also eccentrical and elliptic, like that of the heavenly orbs, and the motion is sometimes slower, sometimes quicker, and even retrograde. This instrument must have been the fruit of deep knowledge, indefatigable research, and the calculations of years. It is much to be regret ted that the limited means of the artist prevented his machine from being better finished, and that he was not acquainted with clock-making in its present advanced state, and with the excellent instruments This story has been condensed from one of Miss Edgeworth's which have been invented since his time. best tales depicting fashionable life, entitled "Ennui." Our ob The country where watches are manufactured inject in giving it in this form and place is to point out the wretched the greatest numbers is French Switzerland, particu- results of idleness, and the value of compulsory industry in imlarly at Geneva, La-Chaux-de Fonds, Locle, &c., proving the mind.

While yet a boy, the earl, who was indulged by a cunning and dishonest guardian in every desire, how. ever wayward or foolish, which his imagination could suggest, and which wealth could gratify, was rendered less life. The bustle and excitation consequent on his miserable by this oppressive vacuity of mind and aimaccession to the entire control of his large possessions, subdued for a time that feeling of apathy and listlessness which in the midst of every luxury and enjoyment was rendering his life miserable. It was, however, but for a time that it had this effect. No sooner had the novelty of his situation worn off, than the demon of ennui seized again upon the unhappy earl, and rendered him more wretched than ever. In vain he had recourse to all the usual expedients with which fashion and folly endeavour to relieve themselves of the burden of time. He associated himself with debauchees, and in their society indulged himself in every species of excess. He mingled with boxers and horse-racers, and finally took to gambling, at which, immensely wealthy as he was, he soon lost such sums, as, together with the robberies of his stewards and servants, whose doings he was too indolent to check, and too easy tempered to punish, greatly embarrassed him, and compelled him to look out for such a matrimonial alliance as should relieve him from his difficulties. In this he succeeded. He married a lady of large fortune; but as money had been the object of the one, and a title that of the other, neither added to their happiness by the connection, which was finally dissolved by the almost inevitable result of such illassorted matches. Lady Glenthoru, shortly after their marriage, eloped with a Captain Crawley, a sort of fac-totum of the earl's-one of those hangers-on who

are often to be found about the houses of the great. These events as they occurred roused the unfortunate earl from that oppressive state of satiety which was the bane of his life; but he as uniformly sunk into the enervating malady when the excitation which they naturally caused had subsided.

Fairly tired at length not only of the reckless course he was pursuing, and of his associates in debauchery, but of England itself, the earl resolved on paying a visit to the Irish estate from which he took his title, namely, Glenthorn, in the hope that the novelty of the scene would afford him some relief from the ennui that oppressed him; and with this view he immediately set out for Ireland, having previously broken up his magnificent establishment at Sherwood Park, one of the family seats in England where he had hitherto


On reaching the castle of Glenthorn, for the first time since he had left it in childhood, the most enthusiastic of the individuals who appeared to welcome him to the ancient halls of his fathers, was his foster-mother Ellinor, a poor but decent woman who lived on the estate, and to whose charge his father had confided the young earl when an infant, with the view, as he said, of bringing him up hardily; and to ensure the greater success in this object, the child was lodged and suckled in the cabin of his foster-mother, with whom he remained until he was two years of age, when he was carried to England. This affectionate creature, on seeing the earl, pushed her way through the crowd of tenants and others who had assembled to welcome his return, and having approached him, exclaimed in ecstacy, 66 Tis himself;" then turning round suddenly to the crowd behind her, "I've seen him," she said, "I've seen him in his own castle; and if it pleases God this minute to take me to himself, I would die with pleasure."

"My good Ellinor,” said the earl, touched by her affection, “I hope you will live many a happy year; and if I can contribute

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"Aud himself to speak to me so kind before them all!" interrupted Ellinor. "Oh! this is too much quite too much!" She burst into tears, and hiding her face with her arm, made her way out of the hall. The earl, who was really a generous and noble-minded man, notwithstanding the dissipated life he had led, and the apparent supineness of his character-both more the result of circumstances than of natural disposition now busied himself in improving the condi. tion of his tenantry, and in the discharge generally of the duties of a kind and considerate landlord, on whom the comfort and happiness of some hundreds of persons depended; for his possessions were of great extent. And in the performance of these praise-worthy duties, the earl soon began to take an interest that effectually relieved him from his old complaint, ennui, and restored him to himself.

In dispensing his bounty, which he did with a liberal hand, the earl did not forget his affectionate fostermother Ellinor. He provided her with a neat cottage, and supplied her with every thing that could contribute to her ease and comfort. But there was nothing that the kind-hearted creature prized so much in her new circumstances as the privilege she enjoyed of lighting "his honour's" fire in the mornings, a duty she insisted on discharging, and which, when the earl had asked her on his first arrival what he could do for her, she, in the simplicity of her heart, had named as the most gratifying favour he could confer upon her.

One morning, a considerable time after the earl's arrival at Glenthorn, Ellinor entered his apartment as if for the purpose of kindling a fire as usual, but at a Lauch earlier hour than she was wont to appear. The earl, surprised at this circumstance, turning round in bed, exclaimed, "Ellinor, is it you at this time in the morning?"

"Hush! hush!" said she, shutting the door with great precaution; and then coming on tiptoe close to the earl's bedside, "for the love of God, speak softly, and make no stir to awake them that's asleep near you." Ellinor, whose looks were full of terror and alarm, after searching the apartment to see that no third party was concealed in it, proceeded to inform the earl that a plot had been formed amongst a party of rebels-the country being at that period surcharged with the spirit of revolt-to waylay him on that very night as he took his usual walk on the seashore, and to compel him to be their captain, or, in case of his refusal, to put him to death. All this she said she had learnt from her son Christy, a young man who followed the business of a blacksmith, and who was much employed about the castle. Christy had discovered the secret by concealing himself for an entire night in a cave where the rebels were in the habit of meeting to discuss their designs, and had lost no time in procuring the intelligence to be conveyed to the earl, to whom he was much attached, as well by reason of kindnesses shown to himself, as for his lordship's generosity to his mother.

"You were a very bold fellow, Christy," said the earl to him, at an interview to which he was subsequently summoned, "to hazard yourself in the cave with these villains; if you had been found out in your hiding-place, they would have certainly murdered you."

"True for me," said Christy; "but a man must die some way, please your honour; and where's the way "I would die better? It would have been bad indeed, if I would stay quiet, and let 'em murder you after

all. No, no-Christy O'Donoghoe would not do that, any way."

On receiving intelligence of the designs entertained upon him, the earl instantly sent for his factor Mr M'Leod, a man of great shrewdness, good sense, and integrity, and they together arranged a plan of proceedings to defeat the intentions of the rebels. This plan was to procure a party of disguised yeomen, secretly, and to surprise the conspirators in the cave in the midst of their deliberations. Through the judicious management of all its minor details, which were necessarily numerous and complicated, the enterprise was successful. On that very evening, every one of the rebel party were taken prisoners, and having been previously disarmed, were again thrust into the cave, where, under a strong guard, it was resolved to confine them until they should be marched on the following day to the county jail.

On the morning after the occurrence of the event just related, Ellinor entered the earl's apartment just as he was about to descend to breakfast, in a state of great perturbation. "What new wonders? what new misfortunes now, Ellinor ?" he exclaimed, on perceiving the consternation that was depicted on her coun



"Oh! the worst that could befall me!" said she, wringing her hands; "the worst, the very worst!-to be the death of my own child!" She said with inexpressible horror, "Oh! save him! save him! for the love of heaven, dear, save him! If you don't save him, 'tis I shall be his death." She was in such agony, that she could not explain herself further for some minutes. "It was I gave the information against them all to But how could I ever have thought Owen was one of them? My son, my own son, the unfortunate cratur!" Ellinor then proceeded to state in more explicit terms that her son had been seen amongst the prisoners by one of the military, who had informed her of the circumstance. She then went on imploring the earl to procure the release of the young man. "And this ye can't refuse," she said, "to your old nurse, that carried ye in her arms, and fed ye with her milk, and watch'd over ye many's the long night." "I am sensible of it, I am grateful," interrupted the earl; "but what you ask of me, Ellinor, is impossible. I cannot let him escape; but I will do my utmost. If I let him off just now, I should lose my honour-I should lose my character. You know that I have been accused of favouring the rebels already. It is impossible, therefore, my good Ellinor," added the earl; "urge me no further; ask any thing else, and it shall be granted, but this is impossible.'


Then," replied Ellinor, with the energy of despair, "your mother has knelt at your feet, and you have denied her prayer."

"My mother!" exclaimed the earl in amazement; "and what was her prayer?" "To save the life of your brother."

"My brother! what do I hear! It is impossible !" "You hear the truth: you hear that I am your lawful mother. Yes, you are my son. You have forced the secret from me which I thought to have carried with me to the grave. And now you know all; and now you know how wicked I have been; and it was all for you-for you that refused me the only thing I ever asked. And it is fit that I should tell you that Christy, poor Christy, who is now slaving at the forge; he that lives, and has lived all his days on potatoes and salt, and is content; he who has the face and the hands so disguised with the smoke and the black, is the true and real Lord Glenthorn; and I shall call upon you to give back to him all that by right is his own."

Having said this, Ellinor departed, but in a short time again returned, and meeting the earl on the great staircase, exclaimed, "It's a mistake! it's all a mistake! Sure Ody's not there at all, nor ever was in


I've seen them all face to face, and my son's not one of them, nor ever was; and I beg your pardon entirely," she whispered, coming close to the earl's "Forgive all I said in my passion, and I'll never say a word more about it to any one living:


the secret shall die with me."

Ellinor was here interrupted by the earl's being called to preside at the precognition of the prisoners, which was about to take place previously to their being conveyed to jail; but this over, he lost no time in seeking another interview with Ellinor, to learn from her all the particulars regarding the extraordinary communication she had made. At this interview she detailed at full length all the contrivances and expedients by which she had succeeded in palm. ing upon the Earl of Glenthorn her own son for that of the rightful heir of his name and possessions. Hav. ing subsequently assured himself of the truth of Ellinor's statements, by irrefragable evidence, which he cautiously and secretly sought out, the earl came to the noble resolution of instantly surrendering every thing to him to whom they rightfully belonged, and with this view he sent for Christy O'Donoghoe, the


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in, stepping fearfully, astonished to find himself in a splendid drawing-room.

"Were you never in this room before, Christy ?" said the earl.

"Never, my lord, plase your honour, barring the day I mended the bolt."

"It is a fine room, is it not, Christy ?" "Troth it is, the finest ever I see, sure enough." "How should you like to have such a room of your own, Christy; and how should you feel if you were master of this great castle ?"

"It's a poor figure I should make, to be sure; I'd rather be at the forge by a great dale. But sure, my lord," continued Christy, changing his voice to a more serious tone, "the horse that I shod for your honour yesterday did not go lame, did he ?-because I was thinking, maybe, it was that made your honour send for me up in the hurry."

"The horse is very well shod, I believe," replied the earl; "but to return to what I was saying. Should you not like to change places with me if you could ?"

"In your honour's place!-I-I would not, my lord; and that's the truth now," said Christy decidedly. "I would not-no offence; your honour bade me to speak the truth. I always thought and knew I was but as I am; not but what, if I was to change with any, it is with you, my lord, I would be proud to change; because, if I was to be a jantleman at all, I'd wish to be of a ra-al good ould family born."

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"You are then what you wish to be," said the earl. "Och," said Christy laughing, and scratching his head, your honour's jesting me about them kings of Ireland, that they say the O'Donoghoes was once : but that's what I never think on."

"But you do not understand me," interrupted the earl; "I am not going back to the kings of Ireland; I mean to tell you that you were born a gentlemannay, I am perfectly serious; listen to me."

"I do, plase your honour, though it is mocking me I know you are; I would be sorry not to take a joke as well as another."

"This is no joke, I repeat," said the earl, and he went on to explain to the amazed blacksmith the whole circumstances of the extraordinary case, in which he was so deeply interested.

"Well, I will tell you what you will do, then," said Christy, after something like conviction had been hammered into him; "say nothing to nobody, but just keep asy on, even as we are, in the name of God, and no more about it: and none need never be the wiser; 'tis so best for us all. A good day to your honour, and I'll go shoe the mare.'

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To this, however, the earl, who had made up his mind to the noble sacrifice he meditated, would by no means consent. He therefore insisted on Christy's taking a month to consider of it, and at the end of that period to wait upon him with his final determination. At the time appointed, Christy again presented himself before the earl. "Well, Christy," said the latter, ". you will be Earl of Glenthorn, I perceive. You are glad now that I did not take you at your word, and that I gave you a month's consideration.”

"Your honour was always considerate; but if I'd wish now to be changing my mind," said he, hesitatingly, and shifting from leg to leg, "it is not upon my own account, any way, but upon my son Johnny's."

"My good friend," said the earl, "no apology is necessary. I should be very unjust if I were offended by your decision, and very mean if, after the declarations I have made, I could for an instant hesitate to restore to you that property which it is your right and your choice to reclaim."

The first concern of honest Christy was to provide

suitably for his foster-brother after he should have yielded up the title and possessions of Glenthorn; but all that the latter would accept, though pressingly requested by his intended successor "just to put down on a bit of paper what he'd wish to keep," was L.300 per annum for himself, added to the following stipu lation, namely, that the annuity which he had gedivorce from her, should be continued; that the house nerously settled on Lady Glenthorn on obtaining a should be secured to her rent-free for life; and that he had built for Ellinor, and the land belonging to it, all his debts should be paid. Having made this arrangement, to the great vexation of Christy, who earnestly begged that he would at least make the hundreds thousands, and accept of Sherwood Park as a residence, the earl in due legal form made a surrender of all, claim upon the hereditary property of Glenthorn, and immediately afterwards proceeded to Dublin, with the view of following out a resolution which he had already adopted. That resolution was to betake himself to the study of the law, in order to fit him for its exercise as a profession, and as a means of subsistence. On arriving at Dublin, he who had lived all his life in palaces, surrounded with every luxury which wealth can command, took up his abode in the humble lodgings of a poor widow to whom he had been recommended, and here soon found himself involved in all the mean and petty cares associated with narrow circumstances.

For a short time this extraordinary change in his condition, and the striking contrast which it presented to his former splendour, reduced Mr Donoghoe-for he had now assumed his original name-to a state of despondency; but it was only for a short time that it had this effect. There was an energy in his character, a strength of mind of which he himself had not been pre

viously aware, and which adversity now brought into full play. He rose superior to circumstances, and determined, in place of permitting himself to fall a victim to them, to become their conqueror, by industry and perseverance, in acquiring a knowledge of the profession by which he meant to earn his future livelihood.

In accordance with this noble resolution, he immediately commenced an arduous course of reading, to which he not only devoted the day, but also a large portion of the night, and was soon rewarded for his industry by a feeling of satisfaction with his own conduct, and by an accession of happiness, arising from an active and honourable employment, to which he had been an entire stranger whilst Earl of Glenthorn. He who had before felt every exertion of mind, however slight, an intolerable punishment, now delighted in exercising the thinking and reasoning faculties with which nature had endowed him. The power of motive, too, lightened his labour, and effectually relieved him from that ennui which had embittered his previous life, and rendered all his possessions valueless.

On completing his terms in Ireland, Mr Donoghoe removed to London to finish his legal education in the Temple; and here he perseveringly followed out the rigid course of study which he had so manfully entered on in Dublin, and the result was commensurate with the means employed to attain it. He acquired a complete theoretical knowledge of his profession, which, added to his natural talents, and these were of a very high order, left no doubt of his future success.

When he had finished his terms at the Temple, Mr Donoghoe returned to Dublin, and commenced his career as a practising lawyer. On his first circuit his earnings amounted only to two guineas; but small as this sum was, he received it with delight, as an earnest of better things to come; for amongst other useful lessons which experience had now taught him, was the important one that pleasure to be enjoyed must be earned. For some time Mr Donoghoe's gains were trifling; but during this time, though winning little money, he was fast gaining a reputation as a sound and able lawyer; and an opportunity at length presented itself, which enabled him to break down the very slender barrier that now interposed between him and an extensive practice. A counsel who had been employed in an important case was suddenly taken ill, and Mr Donoghoe, who was known to have studied the question closely, was called upon by the judge, with the consent of the attornies and other counsel, to supply his place. Mr Donoghoe accepted the invitation, and spoke with an eloquence


and ability that excited the highest admiration of the When he had concluded, a buzz of thanks and applause rose around him. The cause was gained, and from that moment he was looked upon as one of the most promising lawyers at the Irish bar. He had therefore now, by the mere force of his own talents, combined with an extraordinary degree of perseverance and reso

lution, and by the exercise of his natural faculties, fairly

surmounted all the difficulties and disadvantages of his singular position. He had been thrown on his own resources, and these he had found sufficient, unaided by either wealth or rank, to conduct him to both riches and honours, while he had the additional happiness of thinking that the acquisition of these would be the work of his own hands-the proudest and most gratifying of

all reflections.

Amongst the influential friends whom Mr Donoghoe

was in the habit of visiting at this period, was Lord Y-
a nobleman possessed of every good quality which can
adorn human nature, and who took the warmest interest
in the fortunes of Mr Donoghoe. Here the latter was
introduced to a Miss Delamere, a young lady of amiable
disposition, of great good sense and beauty, and who was,
by a singular coincidence, in so far as regarded their
meeting, heir-at-law to the Glenthorn estate. An in-
timacy followed the introduction, which soon afterwards
ended in the marriage of the parties.

singular position. He had been thrown on his own re-
sources, and these he had found sufficient, unaided by
either wealth or rank, to conduct him to both riches and
honours, and that by the proudest and most gratifying


DISSECTION OF A CLASSIC POEM. AKIN to the well-known good fortune of having had a father born before one, is the advantage of having been an author a few hundred years ago. It was then much easier to obtain a respectable literary reputation; and, moreover, living at a time when authors were few, he who did succeed made such an impression on his age, was so much spoken of in all kinds of contemporary records, that, even though his works might


cease to be read, his name could never afterwards be
obliterated. It is thus that many names are as fami-
liar in our ears as household words, and are handed
down by us with traditionary veneration to our chil
dren, while the writings of the individuals who bore
influence of their intellects has long since ceased.
them remain entombed in libraries, and the active
But there are some more provoking cases than this.
We have old authors, whose writings are greatly in-
ferior to those of the present day, and indeed neither
possess any claim upon our sympathies nor are quali-
fied to instruct us, forced by prescriptive usage
general use, especially among the young, who, it may
be observed, are wilfully surrounded by their elders
with all kinds of obsolete absurdities, and receive the
parting blessing of every expiring prejudice as if the
human mind were fated to encounter all its worst dif-
ficulties when it was least able to struggle with them.
Meditating lately on this point, it occurred to us that
the actual merits of some of those ancients, who so
a good end might be served by a rigid inquiry into
overshadow and bear down "us youth;" and as it
happened that we were a good deal troubled at one
time with Virgil, and still bear a peculiar kind of
grudge against him, we resolved that upon him, and
particularly upon his celebrated heroic poem, should
our vengeance fall. Of course it is not in our power
to criticise in this place the diction of the Eneid; but
we shall do our best to give our unlettered readers a
notion of what constitutes the action of the poem,
which no one will deny to be an equally important
matter, and one with which the reason of the reader
has much more to do.

had stuck. The Trojans then get ashore on the coast of Lybia, but in a very distressed condition.

Venus, the goddess of beauty, who is represented as the mother of Eneas, now comes in tears before her father Jupiter, and complains of the mischief which his spouse was working against her son; in counteraction, too, she alleged, of a heavenly decree formerly issued in favour of Eneas. Jupiter consoles his fair daughter, and sends his messenger Mercury to procure a. favourable reception for Æneas at the court of Carthage. Venus then puts on the disguise of a huntress, and throws herself in the way of her son, as he wanders with his friend Achates on the Lybian coast. She represents herself as a member of the Carthaginian community, recently planted in the neighbourhood by Dido, a Tyrian princess, who had fled from her native city in consequence of the murder of her husband by her brother Pygmalion. To this princess she desires him to go with his com she envelopes them in a cloud impervans to mortal panion, and, to prevent all obstruction by the way, eyes. At the same time, and by the same supernatural direction, his Trojans approach the town, where all are welcomed with the greatest hospitality by Queen Dido. In sober historic truth, Dido (or rather Elissa, which was her real name) lived three hundred years after the presumed era of the fabulous Eneas, and, what may be new to some of our readers, stood in the relation of aunt to the Jezebel of scripture; but an anachronism like this, though it could not be tolerated in modern fiction, forms but a trifling objection where supernatural agency is called upon to develope almost every event. The Carthaginian queen gives the Trojans a grand feast, during which she fondles Ascanius, the son of Eneas, in her lap. Venus, however, who foresaw this little occurrence, had taken care to substitute for Ascanius, her emissary Cupid, the god of love, who takes the opportunity to inspire the queen with an ardent passion for the Trojan hero. At the close of the feast, Dido requests her guest to give a relation of all his adventures up to the period

of his arrival in her dominions.

The second and third books of the Eneid are occupied by this relation, which comprehends as many ab how the city of Troy was taken, after a ten years' siege, surdities as any other part of the poem. Eneas tells by the stratagem of a wooden horse, containing warriors, being introduced through the walls; a story full of superstitious absurdities, and in point of fact totally incredible. The hero was himself informed of the fate of the city by the ghost of Hector, which appears to him in his sleep, and after assuring him that lands, brings him the statues of the gods from the he should become the founder of a new Troy in other temple, to be carried away by him and reinstated in that settlement. He escapes through the burning and In the first place, there is not one word of truth, ravaged streets, with his father Anchises on his back, and hardly any trace of even natural probability, in and his son Ascanius led in his hand; but Creusa, his the narrative of the Eneid. The object of the poem wife, who walked by his side, was lost by the way, was to give the most agreeable shape to the self-flatterand perished. He then builds a fleet, and with a con ing fables which the Romans cherished respecting their altar, and wishing to overshade it with green boughs, siderable party arrives in Thrace. Here erecting an origin as a nation; as if some poet of the present day he pulls up a tree, and to his horror sees blood gush were to attempt to compose a volume of fine heroics from the wounded ground. While wondering at this out of those exploded chronicles which trace the Bri- prodigy, he is informed by a voice that the blood is tish to the Roman Brutus, and represent the Scottish that of his brother-in-law Polydore, who had been monarchy as founded in the time of Alexander the murdered and buried here. After atoning for his Great. No existing author could now make such an unintentional offence by the erection of a tomb over attempt, because the people know those chronicles to the spot, he sails to Delos, and asks the oracle of that be false, and would not care for the subject-matter of island what place the gods had appointed for his habi them although they were true; but the Romans in the tation. By a mistake of the oracle's answer, he setdays of Virgil were ignorant enough to feel pride by tles in Crete; but his household gods give him the In the meantime, Glenthorn castle was one continued a lying account of their origin, and, strange to say, scene of riot and vulgar dissipation. Poor Christy, as we true sense of the response in a dream, and he immewe, though capable of despising such nonsense in re-diately sets sail for Italy. Landing upon the Stroshall still call him, the best natured and most generous fellow in the world, had not sufficient prudence or strength ference to ourselves, are still prostrate in veneration|phades in the Ionian sea, the Trojans attempt to make of mind to conduct his own family; his wife filled the of the nonsense of the Romans. The poem opens with a dinner out of the native flocks, but, when preparing castle with tribes of her vagabond relations, and was hima profession on the part of the poet to sing the adven- to fall to, are invaded by a flight of loathsome superself carried every night to bed in a state of helpless intures of the hero Eneas, in the course of his voyage natural creatures called harpies, with the faces of toxication; and to add to poor Christy's unhappiness, his from Troy, after its destruction by the Greeks, to the women and the bodies of birds, which steal their meat. son "Johnny," for whose sake he had submitted to the shores of Italy, where he was destined to form those setAfter a vain attempt to repel these unwelcome visitors misfortune of becoming an earl, had, while in drink, set tlements from which the Romans derived their origin. by the sword, Eneas is informed by one of them, fire to the curtains of his bed, and perished in the flames Fictitious as this person and all his adventures were, that, for his making war on the harpies, he and his which ultimately consumed the whole castle, Unable they might have perhaps formed the material of a longer to bear with the miseries of his situation, Christy poem which should please the imagination, and even companions should hereafter experience such famine wrote to Mr Donoghoe, who had now assumed the name improve the moral faculties of the reader. as would cause them to eat their very dishes. He But ficof Delamere as inore euphonious, to inform him of what next touches at Chaonia, where he finds another party had happened. This letter, which was throughout highly lity which the Eneid has not. tion, to be in any case tolerable, must have probabi- of Trojans settled under the government of a Trojan characteristic of the writer, thus concluded-"I write this At the very begin- prince, and from the latter, who is also a priest, reto beg you, being married, of which I give you joy, to ning, a fabulous deity called Juno, represented as the ceives some prophetic information respecting his fuMiss Delamere, that is the hare-at-law, will take possesqueen of heaven, and as a personage of very savage ture voyages. In sailing for the Italian shore, he sion of all immediately, for I am as good as dead, and will and revengeful temper, comes forward as the direc- sees on the coast of Sicily a troop of Cyclops, colossal give no hindrance. I will go back to my forge, and, by tress of the whole series of events. Being anxious to giants with one eye each, who endeavour to destroy the help of God, forget at my work what has passed; patronise a new African settlement called Carthage, his fleet. His father Anchises dies and is buried in and as to my wife, she may go to her own kith and kin, and learning that this was decreed to be eventually Sicily. The narrative then concludes with an alluif she will not abide by me. I shall not trouble her long; overthrown by a race derived from Troy-remember-sion to his being driven by a tempest upon the coast may the blessing of God attend you, and come to reigning, moreover, that the Trojan Paris had insulted her of Africa, where he now was. over us again, when you will find me, as heretofore, your by preferring the beauty of Venus to her own-fell loyal foster-brother, CHRISTY DONOGHOE." Juno repairs to Eolus, the god of the winds, whom 'Glenthorn castle is now rebuilding," adds Mr Dela- she requests to raise such a tempest in the Meditermere to the memoir which he all but concludes with the ranean as will be sure to destroy the fleet of Eneas; letter above quoted, "and when it is finished, and when for which service she promises him one of her maids I return thither, I will, if it should be desired by the pub- of honour as a wife. lic, give a faithful account of my feelings. I flatter myThe deity immediately hurls a lance at the cave in which he keeps his winds, and lets self that I shall not relapse into indolence; my understanding has been cultivated; I have acquired a taste for them forth through the rent, so that in a very short literature; and the example of Lord Y while a dreadful tempest arises, by which one ship is - convinces me that a man may at once be rich and noble, and active and sunk and the rest dispersed. Neptune, however, the happy." god of the sea, hears in his residence at the bottom the uproar that is going on above, and, indignant at an unauthorised storm, scolds the winds and smooths the ocean, and is even so kind as to send a few Tritons to push the vessels off the sandbanks on which they

He had therefore now, by the mere force of his own talents, combined with extraordinary industry and perseverance, and by the exercise of his natural faculties, fairly surmounted all the difficulties and disadvantages of his

Dido is next represented as suffering under a consuming passion for the Trojan stranger, which Juno becomes anxious to see indulged, as it promises to detain Æneas from his course, and to make her favoured Lybia, instead of Italy, the seat of that universal empire of which the Trojan was destined to be the founder. She therefore co-operates with her rival Venus to bring about a match between the pair, and for this purpose contrives a stratagem, which we cannot permit ourselves to describe. Eneas, lost to all recollection of his high destiny, now sits down idly in Carthage, and seems inclined to go no farther, when a neighbouring king, Iarbas, who had sought the hand of Dido in vain, takes it upon him through spite to acquaint Jupiter with what was going on, and

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