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wrong. The man gave him his word ANECDOTES OF THE INQUISITION. that he was not Jannie Sword. "O, (The following anecdotes are extracted from but that's naething," said Aedie, “I a letter, dated July 29th 1815, addressed give you my word that you are, and I to us from Italy, by a friend who had think my word's as good as yours ony resided in Spain during the preceding day.” Finally, he told the man, that spring.) if he would not acknowledge that he
“ This season it had not was wrong, and confess that he was rained in Catalonia for six months to Jamie Sword, he would fight him.-gether. The country was burnt up He did so, and got himself severely and parched like an African desert, and thrashed.
peasants were crowding in numerThe following is a copy of a letter, ous groups to the churches, to suppliwritten by Aedie to a great person- cate the mercy of Heaven. The priestage, dated Aberlosk, May 27th, 1806.* hood, with their usual craft and adroite
ness, had observed the signs of the " To George the Third, London,
times, and anticipating that the change Dear Sir,- I went thirty miles on
of the moon in April would probably foot yesterday to pay your taxes, and, produce rain, announced that a proafter all, the bodies would not take cession to the Virgin would take place thein, saying, that I was too late, and that they must now be recovered, with take place : all Barcelona was
on the very day of change. It did
moexpenses, by regular course of law. tion." Ere next morning the rain fell I thought if your Majesty was like in torrentsmand, beholů! a miracle ! me, money would never come wrong -Next day, while it continued to rain, to you, although it were a few days a Spanish
officer was conversing with too late; so I enclose you £27 in notes, and half-a-guinea, which is the amount coffee-house-(for here, as well as over
a lady of his acquaintance in a public of what they charge me for last year, the Continent, the most respectable and fourpence haltpenny over. You
ladies frequent these places as publicly must send me a receipt when the coach comes back, else they will not believe the fashion )--the lady spoke of the
as they do the theatre or opera: such is that I have paid you. Direct to the care of Andrew Wil- sanctity of the priesthood, &c. with
miracle-of the blessed Virgin-of the son, butcher in Hawick. I am, dear Sir, your most humble though quite aware how dangerous it
rapture. The officer, on the contrary, servant,
A*** B****. To the King.
was to controvert such opinions, --stil
ed at her exclamations, and, confiding P.S. - This way of taxing the far. in the honour and discreetness of his mers will never do ; you will see the friend, simply said, ' Surely you do upshot."
not believe it was the Virgin that sent
the rain ! -The lady went to confes It has been reported over all that sion--acknowledged that she had heard country, that this letter reached its such a one speak disrespectfully of destination, and that a receipt was re- the mother of God, without reproyturned in due course of post ; but the ing him--and, in a few hours aftertruth is (and, for the joke's sake, it is wards, the officer was seized in the a great pity it should have been so), public street, and lodged in the Inquithat the singularity of the address sition. We beard no more of him.. caused some friends to open the letter, Mr C., an eminent Spanish and return it, with the money, to the merchant in Barcelona, informed me, owner ; but not before they had taken that at one time having purchased an a copy of it, from which the above is English bible, some of his friends deexactly transcribed.
H. nounced him to the holy office for (To be continued.)
having such a heretical book in his
possession. He was summoned before * In case our readers should imagine that instantly deliver up the book to the
them, and told, that he must either this curious epistle is a mere coinage of our facetious correspondent, we are enabled, Holy Tribunal, or walk in.:--Mr from undoubted authority, to assure them, C., aware of the consequences of such a that both Aedie and his letter are faithful step, submitted to the other alternative, transcripts from real and existing originals. but begged they would let him have a
EDITOR. Spanish bible in its stead. He told
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them it had cost him five shillings, re- been so long denied, and on the mass minding them at the same time, that of amusement and information which they had only two editions of the bible might be collected, if every one who in Spanish, one of which costs fifteen was any degree interested in his pounds, and the other fifty pounds ster- journey would furnish his notes, howling per copy. They replied, he must ever circumscribed, on the different submitunconditionally,or Hedid towns and countries through which so, gave them his bible, and walked out.” he had passed. The greater propor
tion of our tourists are no doubt careless of what is going on around them, and travel either for the sake of mak
ing the time hang less heavily on their NR EDITOR,
hands, (on account of their having noIn your first Number I observed a thing else to do) or that they may talk communication, being the first of an of having been in such places, and of intended series of a similar nature, having seen certain sights, although from a correspondent, who entitles the situations in which they have been himself a “View-Hunter.” I have placed, and the objects which they often thought it a pity, that the re- may have beheld, are not in anywise marks of tourists, whether descriptive interesting to them, except in as far or meditative, and however rapidly as they form the fashionable topics of sketched, should, during a period like conversation in those circles in which the present, when the travelling mania they are anxious to shine. The obserappears to rage so generally, and with vations of such men would be of little such violence, be entirely lost to the value, and if communicated to the pub- more sober part of the cominunity, lic, would experience an existence as who remain in peace at home, decent- ephemeral as the impression which a ly prosecuting their several avocations, contemplation of the sublimest scenes or, at furthest, be confined to the won- in nature, or the most curious traits dering ears of the friends and relatives of character, made on the minds from of the much-admired traveller. I am which they emanated. aware, that many men have thought But I would fain hope, that there are and written, that we are at present many thousands at this moment jourcompletely overstocked with tours, neying through the land of strangers, journals, sketches, travels, and recol- under different impressions, and with lections, and that the scribbling pro- other views,-men who are careful to pensity of the existing generation is suf- remark the singularities of nature and ficient to deter the more highly gifted of art,--and on whom the wonders of of the sons of men from favouring the this green earth are not bestowed in world with their lucubrations, through vain. The remarks of such men, howthe fear of being associated, in succeed- ever devoid of literary excellence, could ing times, with the flippant ebullitions not fail of being in some degree inof the present day. I have, however, teresting, as affording a view of the long been of opinion, that the uncon- most characteristic traits in the scenery nected observations of the passing tra- and manners of different countries, veller may, sometimes accidentally, and would be amusing from the conthrow light on a subject which has trast which might be observed in the remained in obscurity, notwithstand descriptions of tourists, and in the obing the laboured investigations of the jects which excited attention, accordprofessed tourist'; and the unaffected ing to the peculiar bias of the obsernarrative of a journey, however un- ver's mind, as well as in relation to skilled the author may be in the de- the difference in the impression, which clincacion of character, or the descrip- the same objects produced on the
tion of external seenery, may occasion- mind of different individuals. rally present us with a picture of na- It is probable that most men are in : ture, bearing a closer resemblance to the habit of occasionally writing down
theoriginal than thatwhich more accus- : such ideas as suggest themselves in Iltomed hands have been able to convey. the course of a tour, and particularly ish These observations have been sug- during a first visit to a foreign coun
gested, by reflecting on the vast con- try, when every thing is new, and 1, course of the natives of this country many things are strange. From the Liwho are now travelling on the con- long period which has elapsed since the
tinent of Europe, to which access had Continent was open to the visits of
our countrymen for any length of time, native country: Whatever additions, it is believed that the generality of therefore, might now be made to my those who are at present emigrating travelling memoranda, would be of a from Britain adventure for the first nature painful to myself, and not in time to a foreign land, and, conse- anywise gratifying to your readers, quently, that their minds are in a I mention this circumstance, to acstate of higher excitement,--their im- count, in some degree, for the unconpressions stronger,--and their recol- nected and desultory nature of the sections more vivid, -than will be following pages. found to be the case in the same persons in after years. That much valu
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No I. no one can doubt, from what is already “ Pass we the long, unvarying course, the known and published ; and that much track more is sleeping in journals, soon to Oft trod, that never leaves a trace behind ; be thrown aside and forgotten, may Pass we the calm, the gale, the change, the easily be credited. Want of leisure, And each well known caprice of wave and and the opportunity of cultivating those studies, which enable an author Pass we the joys and sorrows sailors find, to appear before the world with cre- Cooped in their winged sea-girt citaclel ; dit to himself and pleasure to his The foul, the fair, the contrary, the kind, readers, must frequently deter those As breezes rise and fall, and billows swell, who are otherwise both able and will. Till on some jocund mern,-lo, land! and ing to add something to the stock of all is well.”
BYRON. general information, from attempting We are at last safe at Rotterdam, to benefit those who may afterwards after a long and boisterous passage. I pursue a similar course.
must confess I left Hamburgh with Whoever contributes to the exten- regret, although my heart is not bound sion of knowledge, or the diffusion of to it by many dear ties, and I have, the means by which it is either com- moreover, the prospect of visiting counmunicated or acquired, confers an ob- tries entirely new to me, some of which ligation on society, and deserves well I have long been anxious to see, and, of mankind. I would therefore re- till lately, without a hope of my wish commend, as a measure well worthy of being ever accomplished. When one your attention, to collect the notes, or leaves a place where they have been journals, of such of your friends and happy, a feeling of sorrow is experiacquaintances as have recently vi- enced similar to that at bidding faresited, or may be now visiting, the well to an old friend. There is a meContinent, as it is probable, that in lancholy pleasure in retracing the hapmost of them, though written with- py moments we have spent with each, out an idea of their ever being expos- and a kind of foreboding that perhaps ed to the public eye, there may be we may never meet again ; but should found occasional sources of amuse- I live a hundred years, I shall never ment and information.
forget the kindness of Mr M. and his Having recently travelled, though interesting family. somewhat too rapidly, through some Rotterdam is a pleasant and cheerparts of the Continent, I feel inclined ful town ; at least, every one who is to follow up the example of the “View- fortunate enough to enjoy fine weaHunter,” by furnishing you with a ther, and who lodges in the Boomjies, few brief sketches of some of the must think so. The name last mencountries through which I passed. tioned, which is not sufficiently beauThey remain entirely in the form in tiful to require repetition, is that of which they were drawn up at the time, the main street, and a very fine one and I have, at present, neither lei- it is. It consists of a single row of sure nor inclination to revise them. handsome houses, many of them very My leisure is interrupted by the ful- large and elegant, built by the side of filment of higher duties, and my a broad navigable branch of the river inclination somewhat damped, by re- Meuse, which is here affected by the flecting on the death of a most ami- tide, and enlivened by the constant able young man, with whom I tra- going up and coming down of num; velled in the capacity of tutor, and berless vessels from all countries, and whose bad health was the mournful of every shape and size. Between the cause of my quitting, for a time, my houses and the river side, there is a
row of old trees bordering the outer- places very smooth. There are numeedge of the causeway; and beneath rous bridges over the canals ; in some these, during the fine evenings of sum- quarters, however, there are none, and mer, there is an immense concourse there the communication is kept up of people constantly assembled to en- by what are called doit-boats, which joy the fresh breeze from the river, constantly ply from sunrise to sunset, and admire the dexterity and skill of and convey the passengers across for the helmsmen in directing their ves- the reasonable sum of one doit, or the sels through the currents. This street eighth part of a penny. Every thing may be about a mile in length, stretch- here is lively and in motion, except the ing throughout its whole extent along canals, which are sluggish, and in very the side of the river; it is also suffi- hot weather must emit a disagreeable ciently broad, and is always kept odour. It is on this account chiefly clean. There is, however, no regular that I should prefer the street before pavement or foot-way to walk upon in mentioned, as the constantly returnwet weather. The side of the street, ing tide, and natural current of the next to the houses, is paved with bricks, river, prevent any approach to stagnawhich are smooth on their surface, tion in the waters of that neighbourand neatly disposed, but on these hood. it is in vain to walk, because the. In this city, I believe, there are few steps leading to the principal door of works of art, at least I was not so fortueach house project towards the cause- nate as to discover any. It is the birthway, and intersect this side-path every place of Erasmus, in honour of whose ten or twelve yards. The houses are memory the magistrates erected a remarkably clean, as well on the out- statue of brass, in an open part of the side as in the interior. The public town. He is represented with a book rooms are for the most part furnished in his hand, rather larger than life, with mirrors, which project from the and clothed in a doctorial gown. No base of the window, on the outside, notice of this sort has been taken of towards the street,-by means of which, Bayle, the sceptic of Rotterdam, who those who are seated near the windows unfortunately had involved himself in have a view of every thing which may some contentions with the church ; be going on in that part of the street and from the acts of the consistory of to which their back is turned. This, the Walloon congregation of RotterI believe, is customary throughout Hol- dam, prefixed to the Historical and land and the Netherlands.
Critical Dictionary, it would seem Most of the other streets in Rotterdam that Le Page, and some other of the are double, that is, have a canal in Dutch Ecclesiastics, were apt to desthe centre, with a row of houses and a pise the profane virtues of sincerity causeway on each side,—and the cause- and moderation. I was informed that way is for the most part on the side the public library contained the orinext to the canal, bordered with fine ginal drawings, or rather sketches, by trees, which add much to the appear- Rubens, of the Luxembourg gallery. ance of the whole, and, particularly There are many churches in Rotterduring moonlight, produce a beautiful dam, some of them handsome, and for effect. The streets are usually crowd- all sects in religion-Catholics, Presa ed with porters, sailors, and men of byterians, Episcopalians, and Jews. business, all in a state of activity. The Jews are very numerous. A Jewa
I was amused by the appearance of ish girl and a young boy passed une the horses, whose shoes are terminated der my windows every day, and sereby three long points, on which they naded' for half an hour. The girl's rest, and which give the appearance of voice was the most mellow and full their being mounted upon pattens. toned I ever heard, and the boy's was They are used in conveying the smal- clear and sonorous.
Among other lest barrel or parcel from one house to songs she sung the Tyrolese song of another, and the clattering of their liberty, in a manner which I never hoofs produces a singular noise. The heard before equalled. They avoided, particular shape of the shoe is probably in some degree, the frequent repetition intended to prevent their slipping on of the same notes and words which the streets, which, from the constant renders the English version rather conveyance of goods upon sledges, or monotonous, and infused into it a wild carts without wheels, are in many spirit, and a pathos which would have - VOL.I.
honoured even the echoes of the Tyrol. dress, I fear I shall be guilty of many I understand that the music of the mistakes and inaccuracies, if I comsynagogue is very fine, though I un- mence with so difficult and unaccusfortunately had not an opportunity of tomed an object. Nevertheless, with hearing it.
the full conviction that what I am now With regard to the dress and gene- writing will never fall into the hands ral appearance of the inhabitants, such of any Dutch lady, who, severe in of the higher classes as I have seen are youthful and rotund beauty, might very similar to the Scotch and English. expose my ignorance to the world, I The head-dress of the ladies, however, shall briefly state my ideas on the subis usually more highly ornamented, ject. In the first place, then, I am of and seems to partake in some measure opinion, that immediately upon the. of the French fashion.
head there is a small hood or cap, probDuring my short stay here, I took a ably made of linen and bordered with walk into the country, and was am- broad lace, which lies close upon the ply repaid for my trouble by the a- forehead, and depends upon the back musement which it afforded me. The of the neck, where it is fastened by appearance of the middle and lower means of a small curl, or twist of the ranks, particularly at some distance hair, and gold bodkins. The most from any considerable town, is enter- characteristic feature of this head-dress, *taining beyond all description. The however, consists of a broad semicirsight of any little girl of six or seven cular piece of gold, which embraces years old, attired in her Sunday's cos- the hinder part of the head, and tertume, is quite sufficient to excite one's minates in golden knobs or plates, of laughter for a month. Slie moves about the size of a halfpenny at both within the massy folds of some ap- temples. Near the ear, this singular parentiy antiquated gown, and beneath appendage is deflected for an inch or îhe far-spreading brims of a prodigious two, and at the extremity of this dlestraw bonnet, with the grave deport- flexion there are usually suspended ment of a woman of seventy years of large and richly worked ear-rings, of age ; and with this appearance, every gold, silver, mother of pearl, &c. varylook and every gesture corresponds. ing in splendour and magnificence acDuring a short excursion in one of the cording to the wealth and importance Dutch stage-coaches, many of which of the bearer. Such parts of the head are furnished with three rows of seats as are not secured by this metallic covin the interior, I found myself seated ering, are adorned with patches of behind a venerable old lady, who seem- black or coloured silks ; and over the ed so far declined into the vale of years, whole, there is imposed a cap of lace that she was obliged to hold the arm and cambric, beautifully intermingled, of an elderly domestic who sat beside through the interstices and open stitchher. On arriving at our destination, ing of which, the golden ornament and I of course offered my arm to assist coloured substances which border it her feeble and emaciated frame in de- are distinctly visible. Sometimes, inscending from the vehicle. My at- stead of the golden plates over each tention was first excited by the infan- temple, there are black patches of a tine beauty of the little hand which substance resembling leather, but of was presented to me; and you may the nature of these I do not mean at judge of my surprise, when, on raising present to hazard a decided opinion. my head, instead of the wrinkled vis- Besides what I have stated, there are, age of a superannuated woman, I be- no doubt, many accessories of lesser held the smiling countenance of a rosy import, but what I have detailed are child, with bright blue eyes and beau- the more prominent and striking chatiful flaxen hair.
racters. The head-dress certainly forms the In regard to the golden ornament most singular part of a Dutch country- before mentioned, the vulgar proverb woman's attire. This is, for the most must be kept in mind, that it is not part, not inelegant, and is frequently all gold which glitters. That piece of very rich and costly. It consists of dress, among the poorer people, is different substances, and variously either gilt, or made of silver. The shaped and modified, according to the wealthier classes, howeter, have it of taste of the individual. Having never fine gold, sometimes" riehly carved attempted the description of a female and ornamented with precious stones.