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profession, indeed, all his wit was argu- derstanding by an indefatigable indusment, and each of his delightful illus- try, not commonly annexed to extratrations a material step in his reasoning. ordinary genius; and he kept his mjod To himself it seemed always as if they open for the admission of knowledge were recommended rather for their use by the most unaffected modesty of dethan their beauty. And unquestiona portment. The harmony of his periods, bly they often enabled him to state a and the accuracy of his expressions, ia fine argument, or a nice distinction, not his most uopremeditated speeches, were only in a more striking and pleasing not among the least of his oratorical way, but actually with greater precision accomplishments. In the most rapid than could have been attained by the of his flights, when his tongue could severer forms of reasoning:
scarce keep pace with his thoughts, he “In this extraordinary talent, as well never failed to seize the choicest words as the charming facility of his clo. in the treasury of our language. The quence, and the constant radiance of apt, beautiful, and varied images which good humour and gaiety which encir. constantly decorated his judicial adcled his manner in debate, he bad no dresses, suggested themselves instantarival in his own times, and has yet had neously, and appeared, like the soldiers
That part of eloquence of Cadmus, in complete armour and is now mute,--that honour in abey- array to support the cause of their ance.”
creator, the most remarkable feature of To an able correspondent, we are also whose eloquence was, that it “never indebted for a further communication made him swerve by one hair-breadth on this interesting subject, which ex from the minuter details most benefits presses so well what we should other ting his purpose; for, with matchless wise have attempted to express, that we skill, he rendered the most dazzling gladly substitute it for our own com oratory subservient to the uses of conposition.
summate special pleading, so that bis * The character of Mr. Erskine's prudence and sagacity as an advocate, eloquence bore a strong reseinblance to were as decisive as his speeches were that of his Noble Brother, (Lord Ers- splendid. Mr. Erskine's attainments, kine) but being much less diffusive, it as we have before obs ed, were not was belter calculated to leave a forcible confined to a mere acquaintance with impression : he had the art of concen bis professional duties; he was an ele. Araling his ideas, and presenting them gant classical scholar, and an able inas at ovce in so luminous and irresistible thematician ; and he also possessed a form, as to render his bearers masters many minor accomplishments in great of the view he took of his subject; perfection. His knowledge of music which, however, dry or complex in its was correct, and his execution on the pature, never failed to become enter- violoncello most pleasing. In all the taining and instructive in bis bands; various relations of private life Mr. for, to professional knowledge of the E.'s character was truly estimable, and highest order, he united a most exten the just appreciation of his virtues exsive acquaintance with bistory, litera- tended far beyond the circle of his own ture, and science; and a thorough con family and friends; and it is a well-auversaney with bunian life and moral and thenticated fact, that a writer (or, as political philosophy. The writer of this
we should say, attorney) in a distant article has witnessed, with pleasure and part of Scotland, representing to an astonishment, the widely dillerent eno oppressed and needy tacksman, who had tions excited by the amazing powers applied to bim for advice, the futility of his oratory; fervid and alleciing in of entering into a lawsuit with a wealthy the extremest degree, when the occasion neighbour, baving bimself no means called for it; and no less powerful, in of defending his cause, received for an'opposite circumstances, by the potency swer, “ Ye dinna ken what ye say, of wit and the brilliancy of comic Maister, there's nae a puir man in Scoihumour, which constantly excited shouis land uced to wunt a friend or fear an of laugbter throughout the precincts of enemy while Harry Erskine lives!” the couri,- the mirthful glee even ex How much honour does that simple iending itself to the erminad sages, who sentence convey to the generous and found too much amusemeni in the scene benevolent object of it! He had, to check the fascinating actor of it. indeed, a claim to the affection and He assisted the great powers of his un- respect of all who were within the
knowledge of his extraordinary talents many years of his life, Mr. Erskine had apd more uncommon virtues.
been the victim of ill health, but the “With a mind that was superior to native sweetness of his temper remained fear and incapable of corruption, re. unclouded, and during the painfully gulated by undeviating principles of protracted sufferings of his last illness integrity and uniformity, elevated in the language of complaint was never adversity as in prosperity, neither sub- heard to escape his lips, por the shadow dued by pleasure into effeminacy, nor of discontent seen to cloud his counsunk into dejection by distress ;-in tenavce! “Nothing in his life became situation of his life was he ashamed or him, like tbe leaving it," be looked afraid of discharging his duty, but con. patiently forward to the termination of stant to tbc God whom he worshipped his painful existence, and received with he evinced his confidence in the faith mild complacency the intelligence of he professed, by his actions; to his his danger, while the ease and happiness friends he was faithful, to his enemies of those, whose felicity through life generous, ever ready to sacrifice bis had been his primary consideration, was Jittle private interests and pleasures to never absent from his thoughts. It is what he conceived to be the public said that Swift, after having written welfare, or to the domestic felicity of that celebrated satire on mankind, Gul. those around him. In the words of an liver's Travels, exclaimed whilst inedieloquent writer he was “a man to tating on the rare virtues of bis friend choose for a superior, to trust as a Arbuthnot. “Oh! were there ten Arfriend, and to love as a brother : the buthnots in the world, I would burn my ardency of his efforts to promote the book."-It is difficult to contemplate happiness of his fellow creatures was a such a character as Mr. Erskipe's withprominent feature in his character; bis out a similar sentiment, without feeling very faults bad their origin in the ex that were there many Erskines one cessive confidence of too liberal a spirit, should learn to think better of magthe uncircumscribed beneficence of too kind. The general voice placed him, warm a heart. It has been remarked while living, bigh among the illustrious of a distinguished actor, that be was characters of the present age; may the less to be envied whilst receiving the humble memorial the author is giving meed of universal applause than at the to the public, preserve his name onhead of his own table: the observation blemished by mis representation till some may justly be applied to Mr. E. 1o no more equal peu shall hand it down to sphere was the lustre of his talents more posterity, as a bright example of what conspicuous, while the unaffected grace great usefulness extraordivary talents and suavity of his manners, the beni - may prove to society when under the volent smile that illumined his intelli direciion of sound judgnient, incor. gent countenance in the exercise of the ruplible integrity, and enlarged philan. hospitalities of the social board, ren- thropy.” dered indeed a meeting at his house “n Mr. Erskine died, on the sth of Oct. feast of reason and a flow of soul.” Jast, at his seat of Ammondell, a trausIn person Mr. E. was above the middle fer to him from Lord Buchau's estate of size, well proportioned but slender; his Kirkhill, M'est-Lothian, about twentyfeatures were all character and most one years ago, as an occasional retreat strikingly expressive of the rare quali from the fatigues of his profession. To ties of his mind. In carly life his car him the noble Earl, who we hope will riage was remarkably graceful-digni- accept our grateful acknowledgments fied and impressive as occasiou required for supplying us with the dates and it; in manoer he was gentle, playful, several particulars in the life of his and unassuming, and so persuasive was lamented brother, has with singular his address that he never failed to felicity applied the language of the attract attention, and by the spell of Roman orator: Mibi quidem frater irresistible fascination to fix, and un meus, quanquam nunc ereptus, vivet chain it. His voice was pouerful and tamen, semperque vivet: virtutem eniin melodious, hisenunciation uncommonly amavi illius fratris, quæ extincta non accurate and distinct, and there was a est. Nec mihi soli versatur ante oculos, peculiar grace in his ullerance wbich qui illan semper in manibus babeo, sed enhanced the value of all he said, and etiam posteris erit clara et insignis! engraved the remembrance of it inde. Equidem ex omnibus rebus, quas mihi libly on the minds of his hearers. For aut fortuna aut talura tribuit, nihil
babui, quod cum amicitia fratris mei cheeks, advised her, in an under-tone, possim comparare."
to rise every morning by six o'clock, On the death of his first lady, in 1804, and when the weather permitted, to let he married Mrs. Turnbull, the widow a long walk be the prelude to her breakof — Turnbull, Esq. and the daugh- fast. ter of a Mr. Munro, of Edinburgh. To such an extent has the fashion for This amiable and respected lady survives keeping late hours arisen, that if any him: by her he has left no issue, but of our ancestors were doomed to revisit two sons and daughters of his former the earth, they would be completely at a union. The eldest son, who succeeds loss, and find great difficulty in accomoto his estate, and is now the presuinp- dating themselves to the caprices of tive heir of the ancient Earldom of their fashionable descendants. They Buchan), married in 1811, the eldest would begin to think of retiring to rest daughter of the late Sir Charles Shipley. just as the day was opening its routive One of Mr. E.'s daughters is the wife of pleasure, and the supper of one would of Colonel Callender, and the other of barely precede the breakfast of the Doctor Smith, a distinguished ornament other. of the medical profession.
The only recommendation the modern The benevolence and hospitality of custom bas over the ancient, that Mr. Erskine were inconsistent with the where a man once lived to a good old amassing of a large fortune, and we
age, he now
rops in his prime : and understand that, comparatively speak- the season of youth is scarcely entered ing, he left behind far less of wealth into, when it is attended with all the than of honour to his descendants. It maladies and inconveniences of old age. is a circumstance worth mentioning I was led into this train of thinking among the slighter notices which we by a circumstance not very usual among have to add to this sketch, that the us, but which I attributed to our visit molto of the family of Buchan, which to the theatre the precerding evening, has produced in the same generation so for it was ten o'clock before the breakcelebrated a Lawyer in Scotland, as well fast table was properly attended. One as a Lord Chancellor of England, should of my cousins immediately prepared our be “ Judge Nought.”
repast, while I, as usual, retailed the We do not remember having seen contents of a newspaper, which always any portraits of Mr. Erskine, (though forms a principal feature in the econono doubt such exist), but about three my of the tea table, and dealt out to years ago there was a marble bust of my fair hearers no inconsiderable quanvim iu the Exhibition of the Royal tity of accidents, offences, births, &e. Academy, by Mr. Turnerelli, which was &c. Politics we seldom admit, as my an excellent Kkeness, and will now pre- aunt agrees with me, that they are not serve to his friends and to posterity an by any means suitable for a female. admirable image of this distinguished Maria, on the contrary (though I often individual.
suspect she argues only for the sake of
teasing), sticks up for the honour of HISTORY OF PETER PLIANT.
her sex, and contends that a woman bas
as much ability, and would acquit her(Continued from page $03.)
self with as much eclat, in affairs of im1
T was a very favorite maxim of my portance, as a man, if her education
father's, " that nothing contributed was at all directed that way. At breakso much to the destruction of health fast she renewed her opinion. as slothful habits." It was often a mat so you really think, that you would beter of astonishment to him, how so come a legal or judicial character very many of his fellow-creatures could idle well," observed l; “methinks you away half the morning in their dressing. would cut a pretty figure in your robe rooms, while he was enjoying the beau of office, and concealing those auburn ties of nature, and at the same time locks under the formal curls of a vere. establishing his health. Once, indeed, rable wig:" " O, as for the vig," inter1 beard him express his pity of a young rupted she, laughing, “if you please, gentleman who had the temerity lo ex I'll dispense with it, and though I am claim in his presence, that he had never aware it is of some consequence in the seen the sun rise; and on being asked character, aud indeed very often forms by a lady what was the best composition the only qualification of the wearer, for inparting a rosy colour to ber I think my decision would be just as
good without it."
“ This is all very fine nifested itself in all their actions, that no doubt,” said Lovisa ; “but tell me, I esteemed this iatroduction as a happy when you are maintaining order out of event. doors, who is to preserve it within ? I For a short time after dinner, me Touch doubt whether your husband will were deprived of the company of Mr. apply himself to the needle you must M. and his son, who retired io finish the neglect, and to the various duties of daily affairs of the counting-house ; acthe mistress of a family, which would cident also called Mrs Manning away sit as ridiculous on him as the assump- for a few moments and left me alone tion of a legal or judicial character with her daughter. Now, though I am would upon you.”
not afraid of being left alone with a When you get into an argument with young and beautiful woman, yet I must a woman (without any disrespect to the confess I felt a'little embarrassment, as sex), he must be cunning who can come my acquaintance with Miss M. was so off entirely victorious ; there are so short; but her unaffected manners and many shifts and changes a woman knows lady-likedeportment soon relieved that, how to resort to, that when you think and our conversation took such a lively you have fairly caught your antagonist, and animated strain, that I fell truir she pops out quexpeciedly in another sorry when we were interrupted, and place and obliges you to renew your ef ardently wished for a recurrence of the forts, till you are exhausted. Such I same circumstance. During the whole found to be the case, and therefore soon day, indeed, she had conducted herself silenced my fair disputant by adverting with so much ease and that generosis af. to the lateness of ihe bour, so that an fability inseparable froin good breeding, end was put to the breakfast and argu- that my eyes would unconsciously fix meat together.
themselves upon her chair, and iny ears I had fully intended to have paid stood alive at every remark she was Mr. Plausible a visit in the course of about to make. Once or twice I was the morning, but soou after breakfast prevented from answering by admira. my cousin Louisa requested me to pay tion, but what my tongue failed of era visit for her to a friend of her's in the
pressing my eyes told for me. There city, who had just arrived in town. Al is a language, indeed, universal in all ways willing to oblige the ladies, I set countries, understood by all pations, * forward to my destination,
and practised by every sex, age, and The family to whom I was going, was quality, which often conveys stronger that of a very respectable merchant, impressions than words can possibly do. and a friend of my father's in early I mean the language of the eyes. From youth. Seclusion in the country had the prattling infant, who, with a look of weakened the ties of social intercourse; anxious uncertainty, hegs the gilded toy and it was so long since we had met, from the hands of an affectionate parent, that I had not the slightest recollection to the parent himself, whose features esof any of them. On my arrival there, press the delight he receives froin the and announcing myself, I was received insinuating prattle of his little one. But with many expressions of regard; and at no age does this prevail to a greater having communicated my business they degree, than when we give up our hearts insisted on my remaining there till even to the impression of a suster passion, ing. There was so much frankness and aud pour out our whole souls in a few good-nature in the invitation that I ac- euraptured glances, which tell the secret cepted it, and the day passed very plea. that we seek to conceal. santly. During my visit, I had an op. I do not mean lo say that this lailer portunity of conversing a great deal was the case with me, but I certainly with Mr. Manning, in whom I found the felt a very strange sensation, and it was just trader and the honourable mer with some difficulty I could bring mychant, a character that cannotheesteem- self to say " Good night," and leave ed too highly, and of wbich this coun the comfortable circle which I could try cannot be too proud. Mrs. M. was a have staid repeating till morning dawa. sensible kind-hearted woman, and did Questions afler questions greeted me the bonours of her table with a spirit on my return, wbich I found some diffiworthy of her husband. They had but culty in answering; however, I suctwo children, who were the exact coun ceeded in salisfying them, and began in torpart of their parents, George and my turn to question them.
“ We have Eliza. So much real benevolence ma had a personage here," said my aunt,
A SELECT COLLECTION OF FUGITIVE PIECES.
ROYAL SUCCESSION TO THE THRONE OF
" that will rather astonish you. was settled by 12 and 13 William 111. orher than your Steward, Mr. Somers, She is the common ancestor, through who came to town this afternoon on bu whom alone the Crown of Great Britaja siness of importance, which relates to cap descend. This is the last limitation you."
“Indeed ; and did he say what it made by act of Parliament. The Prin
" No; for finding you absent, cess Sophia dying before Queen Anne, he went directly to his brother's house, the iuberitance, thus limited,
descended promising to call early to-morrow, and on her son and heir King George the leit no further message.” “ This is First: and having, on the death of strangę,” thought I, but the morning Queen Anne, takea effect in bis person, will clear up the mystery; so good from George the First it descended to bis night." I sought my pillow, where I late Majesty, King George the Second, soon lost all thought of business, and And from him to his grandson and heir, dreamed of Eliza Manning.
our present Gracious Monarch, George (To be continued.)
The following is, we believe, a list
of all the descendants now living of THE REPOSITORY.
the Electress Sophia, to whose issue,
being Protestants, the succession is li. No. XLV.
nited ; they are arranged in the legal
order of succession; annexed are their “ The mind of man not being capable of Jespective ages ; and the relationsbip of
having many ideas under view at once, each to the head of the brancb through it was necessary to have a REPOSITORY 10 which they derive their title, is marked lay up those ideas." -Locke,
by letters signifying son, graudson, great grandson, daughter, grand-daughter, &c. : as some individuals derive by more
than one title, they are enumerated as THE The death of the Princess Charlotte often as their rights occur, a reference
of Wales having disappointed the being made to their former place :national bope of a lineal order of succession to the Crown through the Prince 1. Descendants of George III. eldest Regeut, eldest male-issue of his Ma Son of Frederick Prince of Wales, jesty, it becomes a matter of great po. who wu8 great grandson of the Eleclitical interest to take a short review of Iress Sophia. the present condition of the Royal f'a.
Ages. mily of Englaud, and, therein, to reflect i George Prince Regent, S. 55 a moment upou what may be the pro 2 Frederick Duke of York, s. 54 bable course and order of the descent 3 Will. Hen. Duke of Clarence, S. 52 of the Crown of Great Britain.
4 Edward Duke of Kent, S. 50 It is known to every reader of Eng. 5 Ernest Duke of Cumberland, S. 46 lish history that, towards the end of the 6 Augustus Duke of Sussex, S. 44 reign of William the Third, upon the 7 Adolphus Duke of Cambridge, S. 43 impending extinction of the protestant 8 Charlotte of England, Queen posterity of King Charles the First, it Dowager of Wurtemberg, D. 31 became necessary to have recourse to 9 Augusta of Englaud, D.
49 the descendants of James the First, the 10 Elizabeth of England, D....... fatber of that Prince. The throne up. 11 Mary of England, Duchess of on the accession of King William, be
Gloucester, D. ing lipited to Protestauts, the Princess 12 Sophia of England, D......... 40 Sophia, Electress, and Duchess Dowa.
II. Descenda:11s of WILLIAN HENRY, ger of Hanover, was fixed upon as the root of a royal stock. The Princess
Duke of Glouc, sier, younger son of
Frederick Prince of W'ulés. Sopbia was the youngest daughter of Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia, who was 13 William Duke of Gloucester, S. 41 the daughter of James the First. This 14 Sophia of Gloucester, D....... 44 Privcess was the nearest of the ancient blood royal
, who was not incapacitated III. Descendants of Augusta of Enge by professing the Popish religion. On land, Duchess of Brunswick, elder her, therefore, and the heirs of her body, Daughter of Frederick Prince of being Protestauls, the remainder of the Wales (she died 1813]. Crowu, expectant on the death of King 15 Charles Duke of Brunswick, G.S. 13 William and Qreer Arne, without issue, 16 William of Brunswick, G.S..... 12