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a young man of merit, to whom for- state for the space of three long years, tune was lavish of her favours. In at least they seemed long to Miss Cohis leisure hours he was exposed to ventry, when William received his mingle much in society, and as his license as a preacher. He now there. manners and address were easy and fore thought of redeeming a pledge he engaging, scarcely a week elapsed that had given to the minister of his native did not add to the number of his parish, to make his first public appearfriends. The affections, when divided ance in his pulpit ; and after giving into many channels, cannot run deep due intimation, he departed for the in any, and, probably, for every new parish of , with his best sermon in acquaintance whom William honoured the pocket of his best coat. The acwith his esteem, it required a sacrifice count of his visit spread with telegraof triendship at the expense of love, phic despatch, long before telegraphs and produced some abatement of that were invented, and was known over devotion of soul which accompanies half the county many days before his every true and permanent attachment. arrival. This was another great and At Daisy bank he had seen a simple eventful day for his mother. She favourite of the graces, but here he blessed providence that she had lived beheld the daughters of wealth and of to see the near fulfilment of her most fashion, surrounded with all the gloss anxious wish, and rising a little in her of art, and soon began to waver in his ambition, thought she could now die attachment, and even to regard his en contented, if she should see him settled gagement as little more than a youth- in a living of his own, and be greeted ful frolic. Still this temper of mind by her neighbours with the envied was not attained without many strug- name of grandmother.--As William gles between love and ambition, honour was expected to dine with his parents and interest ; nor could he ever for a on his way to the parsonage, or, as it moment commune with himself, with is called in Scotland, the manse of out feeling remorse for his inconstancy - , great preparations were made and ingratitude. He could not anni for his reception, and for the appeara hilate the conviction, that Miss Co- ance of the whole family at church on ventry was as faithful and worthy as the following Sunday. Mrs Arbuthever, and had she been present to ap- not drew from the family-chest her peal to his senses, it is probable he wedding gown, which had only seen might have been preserved from the the sun twice during thirty summers; crime of apostacy. But these were fits and her husband, for the first time, of reflection and repentance which re- reluctantly applied a brush to his holipetition soon deprived of their poig- day suit, which appeared, from the nancy. The world, the seductive antiquity of its fashion, to have deworld, returned with all its opiates and scended, like the garments of the Swiss, charms, to stifle in his bosom the feels through many successive generations of ings of honour, and obliterate every the Arbuthnots. trace of returning tenderness. After The little church of H- was this he became less punctual in his crowded to the door, perhaps for the correspondence with Miss Coventry, first time, long before the bellman had and in place of anticipating the arrival given the usual signals. Mr Covenof her letters, as he was wont to do, try, though residing in a different he allowed them to be sent slowly to parish, had made a journey thither his lodgings, opened them without with several of his family, for the puranxiety, and read them without in- pose of witnessing the first public apterest. Of all this inconstancy, in- pearance of his friend. In this party gratitude, and neglect, the simple was the amiable Mary, who took a Mary remained a silent, though not greater interest in the event than any unconcerned, spectator. Kind and ge- one, save the preacher, was aware of. nerous by nature, and judging of William, on this occasion, recited a others by herself, she framed a thou, well written discourse with ease and sand excuses for his negligence; and fluency, and impressed his audience when he did condescend to write to with a high opinion of his talents and her, answered him as she had been un- piety. Some of the elder of them, conscious of any abatement in his at. indeed, objected to his gestures and tentions.

pronunciation, which they thought Matters remained in this uncertain Is new fangled" and theatrical; but

they all agreed in thinking him a enslaved it, and the traces of early afclever lad, and a great honour to his fection are not easily effaced from parents. His mother was now over- mind into which the darker passions whelmed with compliments and con- have never entered. gratulations from all quarters, which William bade adieu to Miss Corenshe received with visible marks of pride try, without dropping one word upon and emotion. Mr Coventry waited in which she could rear the superstrarthe church-yard till the congregation ture of hope, and carried with him her had retired, to salute his friend, and peace of mind, as he had formerly care invite him to spend a few days at ried with him her affections. From Daisybank. Mary, who hung in her that hour she became pensive and mosfather's arm, curtsied, blushed, and lancholy, in spite of all her efforts in looked down. She had no well-turn- appear cheerful and happy. She had ed compliment to offer on the occasion, rejected many lovers for the inconbut her eyes expressed something at stant's sake, but that gave her no canparting, which once would have been cern. Her union with him had been sweeter to his soul than the applause long the favourite object of her life, of all the world beside.

and she could have patiently resigned Ambition, from the beginning, has existence, now that its object was lost been the bane of love. War and peace But she shuddered at the thought of are not more opposite in their nature the shock it would give her affectionate and effects than those rival passions, parents, for the softer feelings of out and the bosom that is agitated with nature are all of one family, and the the cares of the one has little relish tenderest wives have ever been the for the gentle joys of the other. Wil- most dutiful daughters. liam beheld in the person of Miss Co- It was impossible for Mary long to ventry all he had been taught to re, conceal the sorrow which consumi gard as amiable or estimable in woman, her. Her fading cheeks and beart but the recollection of the respect that eyes gave daily indications of what had been shewn him by females of dis her lips refused to utter. Her parent tinction, mixed with exaggerated no became deeply alarmed at these syrup tions of his own merit, made him un toms of indisposition, and anxiously dervalue those simple unobtrusive and unceasingly inquired into the graces he once valued so highly, and cause of her illness; but her only think almost any conquest easy after he answer was, that she felt no pain. had been settled in the rich living of The best physicians were immediately B- , which had been promised him consulted upon her case, who recome. by his patron,

mended change of air and company, On the following day he paid a visit but all these remedies were tried with to Daisybank, and received the most out effect. The poison of disappointcordial welcome from a family who ment had taken deep root in her heart, sympathised almost equally with his and defied the power of medicine. parents in his prospects and advance- Her attendants, when they found ment. During his stay there, he had all their prescriptions ineffectual, kes frequent opportunities of seeing Miss gan to ascribe her malady to its real Coventry alone, but he neglected, or cause, and hinted to her parents their rather avoided them all; and when apprehensions that she had been cross rallied on the subject of marriage, de- ed in love. The good people, thongda claimed on the pleasures of celibacy, greatly surprised at the suggestion, and hinted, with a good deal of in- had too much prudence to treat it sincerity, his intention of living single. with indifference, and they left no Although these speeches were like dag- means untried, consistent with a regers to the mind of her who regretted gard for the feelings of their child, she could not rival him in inconstancy wile from her the important secret and indifference, they produced no At first she endeavoured to evade ther visible alteration in her behaviour inquiries ; but finding it impossible Hers was not one of those minds in to allay their apprehensions without which vanity predominates over every having recourse to dissimulation, she other feeling, and where disappoint- confessed to her mother her attachment is commonly relieved by the ha- ment to William, concealing only the tred or resentment which it excites. promises he had made to her, and Her soul was soft as the passion that every circumstance that imputed to

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him the slightest degree of blame. indulging in the pleasing hope that At the same time she entreated them all would yet be well ; but on their arwith the greatest earnestness, that no rival at Daisybank, they were serioususe might be made of a secret which ly alarmed to hear that Miss Coventry she wished to have carried with her had been considerably worse since her to the grave. This was a hard task father left home. She was now enimposed upon her parents. They felt tirely confined to her chamber, and equally with herself the extreme de- seemed to care for nothing so much as licacy of making the disclosure ; but solitude, and an exemption from the on the other hand, they contemplated trouble of talking. As soon as she nothing but the probable loss of their was informed of the arrival of their child, an event, the bare apprehension visitor, she suspected he had been sent of which filled their minds with the for, and therefore refused to see him ; bitterest anguish. After many anxious but upon being assured by her mother, consultations, Mr Coventry determin- who found deceit in this instance ined, unknown to any but his wife, to dispensable, that his visit was volunpay a visit to William, and ascertain tary and accidental, she at last con his sentiments with regard to his sented to give him an interview. daughter.

On entering the room, which had Upon his arrival at Edinburgh he formerly been the family parlour, be found that his friend had departed William was forcibly struck with the

for the manse of B- , with which contrast it exhibited. Every object he had been recently presented. This seemed to swim before his sight, and event, which in other circumstances it was some moments before he disa would have given him the liveliest covered Miss Coventry, who reclined pleasure, awakened on this occasion upon a sofa at the farther end of the emotions of a contrary nature, as he room. He advanced with a beating

feared it would make his now reverend heart, and grasped the burning hand fotong friend more elevated in his notions, that was extended to meet him. He

and consequently more averse to an pressed it to his lips and wept, and i union with his daughter. He did not, muttered something incoherent of for

however, on that account conceal the giveness and love. He looked doubtreal object of his journey, or endeavour ingly on Mary's face for an answer,

to accomplish his purpose by stratagem but her eye darted no reproach, and this or deceit. He candidly disclosed his her lips uttered no reflection. A faint Tenis daughter's situation and sentiments, blush, that at this moment overspread

requesting of his friend that he would her cheek, seemed a token of return

open to him his mind with equal can- ing strength, and inspired him with Cadour; and added, that although he confidence and hope. It was the last as held wealth to be an improper motive effort of nature,--and ere the blood

in marriage, and hoped that his daugh- could return to its fountain, that founter did not require such a recom- tain had closed for ever. Death apmendation, that in the event of this proached his victim under the disunion, whatever he possessed would guise of sleep, and appeared divested be liberally shared with him.

of his usual pains and terrors. On hearing of the situation of Miss William retired from this scene of Coventry, William became penetrated unutterable anguish, and for a long with the deepest rernorse ; and being period was overwhelmed with the aware that his affection for her was deepest melancholy and remorse. But rather stifled than estranged, he de- time gradually softened and subdued clared his willingness to make her his his sorrow, and I trust perfected his wife. These words operated like a repentance. He is since married and charm upon the drooping spirits of wealthy, and is regarded by the world the father ; who embraced his friend as an individual eminently respectable with ardour, and besought him im- and happy. But, amidst all his commediately to accompany him home, forts, there are moments when he that they might lose no time in mak- would exchange his identity with the ing a communication, which he fondly meanest slave that breathes, and rehoped would have a similar effect gards himself as the murderer of upon the spirits of his daughter. Mary Coventry.

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pointed lieutenant-colonel of the Earlliam Cleland, Esq. one of the Commisof Angus' regiment, called the Came- sioners of the Customs in Scotland, and ronian regiment, from being chiefly author of the Prefatory Letter to the composed of levies raised among that Dunciad. This person is also menstaunch and zealous sect; and shortly tioned by some of the annotators on after, in August 1689, he was killed Pope, as having been the supposed ori

at the head of this corps, while they ginal of Will Honeycomb. He died in ** manfully and successfully defended 1741, leaving a son, who, falling into T 2 = the church-yard of Dunkeld against utter licentiousness and extreme pover:T I: a superior force of Highlanders. Ofty, prostituted his pen to the compo

this well-fought and desperate con- sition of indecent and infamous works.

lict, a minute and accurate account is There is a story of some English peer I given in the subjoined Narrative, having allowed this wretched man a

T with which we have been furnished pension, on the express condition that 2 from a private repository, and which he should never more prostitute his IP seems to have been the authentic offi- talents to such purposes,-Cleland

cial account of the affair then issued having alleged that want had reduced 1 to the public. In a MS. account of him to this deplorable resource. It IC his fight, written by one of the of- is said to have been a law-lord who

'ficers engaged in it, (which we have thus bought him off from the service

een in another private collection, and of immorality, and that his attention - which agrees in every material point was excited towards him by a proseis with that subjoined) the force which cution on the above account.

r ame down under the Jacobite gene- Colonel Cleland's Poetical Works were 4 al, Cannan, to attack the Cameronians published in 1697, a few years after his

sn the church-yard, is described as death. They are comprised in a small c onsisting of “3 troops of horse,-a duodecimo volume, which is very

-battalion of foot armed w! helmit and scarce, and has never been reprinted. - brese, sword and targe,--then a bat- It commences with a wild rhapsody, stalion of firelocks,--then a 3d battalion entitled, “Hollo, my Fancie,' which,

with 4 ledder cannons ;" which, with in the opinion of a very competent -some other troops also brought down, judge, displays considerable imagina

rare said to have amounted altogether tion.* This is followed by 'A Mock F to about 4000 men.

Poem upon the Expedition of the HighOf Cleland's personal character it land Host, who came to destroy the is not possible to form any very accu- Western Shires in winter 1678. It rate estimate, from the little we know seems to be a rough, and probably a of his history, or even froin his works, juvenile, imitation of Hudibras. It is which almost entirely consist of scoff- of considerable length, and begins as ing, or indignant satires, against the sy- follows: -cophantish prelates and savage perse- « When Saturn shakes his frostie feathers : cutors who had proscribed his friends

When Russia garments are rough leathers; and ruined his country. The late Dr When Dutch Ďames over Stoves do chatter; · Leyden had a great-grandfather, who When men dry-shoo'd traverse the water : was a soldier, or non-commissioned When Popish partie invocats officer, in the Cameronian regiment, Both Saints and Angels ; when their pats, and he used to mention a tradition,

While they want weights of Air and Earth, that Cleland's gaiety of manners was

May be repay'd with Water's birth : ...

It was not long from that time when rather offensive to the more austere

The chas'd and tossed Western men, part of his followers. He appears to Were dissipat at Pictland fells have been a man of a strong mind and By Devils, Drummonds, and Dalzells : steady principles, with perhaps no When veals for rarities are sold, small portion of the acrimony and And when young Ladies catcheth cold; coarseness of those evil times infused This season sure works strange effects, into a disposition naturally generous Upon their naked breasts and necks : and liberal. He was, what perhaps

But pardon me, it is ill breeding

To touch the modes of ladies' cleeding, some may suppose extraordinary for

Hence I'll not do the like again, the times and transactions in which

Tho' they wear nothing but their skin. he lived and acted,-heroic, without intolerance; and a staunch Covenant • Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, vol er, without being fanatical.

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