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leave the country; and, aceord- continent, we find our chef-deingly, after being permitted to brigade spending some months at linger a year in Ireland, for the the head-quarters of the army of arrangement of his private affairs, the Meuse and Sambre, but never he embarked with his family for the forgetful of his main purpose, and United States of North America, occupied, from time to time, in where he arrived in June 1795. attempts to corrupt the British

The French government had soldiers and sailors then in the at this time a minister in Phil- prisons of France, with a view to adelphia; and Mr. Tone's first embarking them in his next expeanxiety was to be introduced to dition. He had some success with this person, by his friend Mr. the Irishmen among them; and Hamilton Rowan. Citizen Adet thus describes his methods of dealreceived him kindly, and a nego- ing:tiation touching the scheme of in- “ I know the Irish a little. vading Ireland by a French army When every thing else is ready, was forthwith opened. Mr. Tone let them send in a large quantity of appears to have felt no scruples wine and brandy, a fiddle and some whatever in commencing this French filles, and then, when Pat's treaty. He had given, he says, heart is a little soft with love and no parole to the government that wine, send in two or three proper spared his life.

persons in regimentals, and with He proceeded, therefore, in his green cockades in their hats, to work, consulting, he tells us, at speak to them, of whom I will every step with Dr. Reynolds, Mr. very gladly be one. I think, in Hamilton Rowan, and Mr. James that case, it would not be very Napper. Tandy; and at length hard to persuade him to take a trip being supplied with money by once more to Ireland, just to see Keogh, Russell, and others, in Ire- his people a little."-Such were land, and furnished with a letter to his employments, until the expethe Comité de Salut Public, by dition of Humbert was at length Citizen Adet, he sailed for France, organized.

there to hasten and conclude his The expedition sailed; and we t treaty, and arrived at Havre-de- need not dwell upon the issue. Grace on the 1st of February, Tone was one of those who were 1796. His negotiations proceed : taken, after a desperate resistance, - the obtains a commission as chef- in the Hoche, by the squadron

de-brigade, receives a month's pay under sir John Borlasę Warren ; in advance, and at last the expe- he was recognised the second ditions of Hoche and Humbert are morning after he was put ashore, fitted out.

and sent to Dublin, where he was The result of these expeditions tried, and condemned. Incredible is well known. Tone was with as it may seem, the barrister seems ; the expedition to Bantry Bay, and to have believed he was to escape, the vessel in which he sailed es- after all that he had done, simply caped shipwreck as narrowly as by proving himself to be the bearer any in the fleet, which the extra- of a commission in the service of ordinary hurricane of Christinas, the French republic. He delivered 1796, so providentially dispersed a very flowery declamation upon and ruined. Upon returning to the this head, to which his judges

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ANECDOTES of DR. ADAM FERGUSSON.-(From the Quarterly

Review.) DR. ADAM FERGUSSON, the au- came a strict Pythagorean in his thor of the History of the Roman diet, eating nothing but vegetaRepublic, and distinguished be- bles, and drinking only water or sides as a moral philosopher, was milk. --He survived till the year the son of a clergyman at Log- 1816, when he died in full posgierait, in Athol. He was him- session of his mental faculties, at self destined to the church, took the advanced age of ninety-three. orders, and went as chaplain to The deep interest which he took in the Black Watch, or 42nd High- the eventful war had long seemed land regiment, when that corps to be the main tie that connected was first sent to the continent. him with passing existence; and As the regiment advanced to the the news of Waterloo acted on the battle of Fontenoy, the command- aged patriot as a nunc dimittis. ing officer, sir Robert Monro, was From that hour, the feeling that astonished to see the chaplain at had almost alone given him energy the head of the column, with a decayed, and he avowedly relinbroadsword drawn in his hand. quished all desire for prolonged He desired him to go to the rear life. It is the belief of his family with the surgeons, a proposal which that he might have remained with Adam Fergusson spurned. Sir them much longer, had he desired Robert at length told him that his to do so, and continued the exercommission did not entitle him to cise which had hitherto promoted be present in the post which he his health. Long after his eighhad assumed. “Don my com- tieth year, he was one of the most mission," said the warlike chaplain, striking old men whom it was pos throwing it towards his colonel. sible to look at. His firm step It may be easily supposed that the and ruddy cheek contrasted agreematter was only remembered as a ably and unexpectedly with his good jest ; but the future historian silver locks; and the dress which of Rome shared the honours and he usually wore, much resembling dangers of that dreadful day, that of the Flemish peasant, gave where, according to the account of an air of peculiarity to his whole the French themselves, “ the figure. In his conversation, the Highland furies rushed in upon mixture of original thinking with them with more violence than ever high moral feeling and extensive did a sea driven by a tempest.” learning; his love of country; con

Professor Adam Fergusson's sub- tempt of luxury; and, especially, sequent history is well known. the strong subjection of his pasHe recovered from a decided shock sions and feelings to the dominion of paralysis in the sixtieth year of of his reason, made him, perhaps, his life, from which period he be the most striking example of the

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Stoic philosopher which could be sons as were thought worthy to seen in modern days. His house, approach their circle, and listen to while he continued to reside in their conversation. The place of Edinburgh, was a general point of his residence was an insulated re-union among his friends, par- house, at some distance from the ticularly of a Sunday, where there town, which its visitors (notwithgenerally met, at a hospitable din- standing its internal comforts) ner-party, the most distinguished chose to call, for that reason, literati of the old time who still Kamtschatka. remained, with such young per

ANECDOTES' of Dr. BLACK and Dr. HUTTON(From the same.)

The two chemists, Dr. Black est and raciest delicacies, the snails and Dr. Hutton, were particular which were fed in the marble friends, though there was some- quarries of Lucca : the Italians thing extremely opposite in their still hold them in esteem. In external appearance and manner. short, it was determined that sa They were both, indeed, tall and gastronomic experiment should be thin ; but there all personal simi- made at the expense of the snails. larity ended. Dr. "Black spoke The snails were procured, dieted with the English pronunciation, for a time, then stewed for the with punctilious accuracy of ex- benefit of the two philosophers, pression, both in point of manner who had either invited no guest to and matter. His dress was of the their banquet, or found none who same description, regulated,, in relished in prospect the pièce de some small degree, according to résistance. A huge dish of snails the rules which formerly imposed was placed before them, but phia formal and full-dress habit on losophers are but men after alls the members of the medical facul- and the stomachs of both doctors ty. The geologist was the very began to revolt against the proreverse of this. His dress ap- posed experiment. Nevertheless, proached to a quaker's in simplicity; if they looked with disgust on the and his conversation was conducted snails, they retained their awe for in broad phrases, expressed with a each other; so that each, conceivbroad Scotch accent, which often ing the symptoms of internal reheightened the humour of what volt peculiar to himself, began he said. One day the two doctors with infinite exertion to swallow, had held some discourse together in very small quantities, the mess upon the folly of abstaining from which he internally loathed. Dr. feeding on the testaceous creatures Black, at length,," showed the of the land, while those of the sea white feather, but in a very were considered as delicacies. delicate manner, as if to sound the Wherefore not eat snails ? they opinion of his messmate :"Docare well known to be nutritious tor," he said, in his precise and and wholesome even sanative in "quiet manner" Doctor, do you

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ANECDOTES of Dr. ADAM SMITH.-(From the same.) Dr Smiru is well known to constrained to place on her own have been one of the most absent knee, as the only method of semen living. Mr. Mackenzie placed curing it from his most unecoin his hand the beautiful tale of nomical depredations. La Roche, in which he introduces When Dr. Smith was a comMr. David Hume, for the express missioner of the board of Customs, purpose of knowing whether there that board had in their service, as was any thing in it which Mr. porter, a stately person, who, Hume's surviving friends could dressed in a huge scarlet gown or think hurtful to his memory. Dr. cloak, covered with frogs of worsSmith read and highly approved ted lace, and holding in his hand of the MS.; but, on returning it a staff about seven feet high, as to Mr. Mackenzie, only expressed an emblem of his office, used to his surprise that Mr. Hume should mount guard before the Customnever have mentioned the anecdote house when a board was to be to him. When walking in the held. It was the etiquette that, street, Adam had a manner of as each commissioner entered, the talking and laughing to himself, porter should go through a sort which often attracted the notice of salute with his staff of ofand excited the surprise of the fice, resembling that which officers passengers. He used himself to used formerly to perform with mention the ejaculation of an old their spontoon, and then marshal market-woman Hegh, Sirs !" the dignitary to the hall of meetshaking her head as she uttered ing. This ceremony had been it; to which her companion an- perforined before the great Econoswered, having echoed the com- mist perhaps five hundred times : passionate sigh, “and he is well nevertheless, one day, as he was put on too!" expressing their sur- about to enter the Custom-house, prise that a decided lunatic, who, the motions of this janitor seemed from his dress, appeared to be a to have attracted his eye without gentleman, should be permitted to their character or purpose reaching walk abroad. In a private room, his apprehension, and on a sudden his demeanour was equally re- he began to imitate his gestures, markable: one evening, he put an as a recruit does those of his drillelderly maiden lady, who presided sergeant. The porter, having at the tea-table, to sore confusion, drawn up in front of the door, by neglecting utterly her invita- presented' his staff as a soldier does tions to be seated, and walking his musket: the commissioner, round and round the circle, stop- raising his cane, and holding it ping ever and anon to steal a lump with both his hands by the middle, from the sugar-basin, which the returned the salute with the utvenerable spinster was at length most gravity. The inferior officer,

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Ye field flowers ! the gardens eclipse you, 'tis true,
Yet, wildings of Nature, I doat upon you,


waft me to summers of old,
When the earth teem'd around me with fairy delight,
And when daisies and buttercups gladden'd my sight,

Like treasures of silver and gold.

I love you for lulling me back into dreams
Of the blue Highland mountains and echoing streams,

And of broken glades breathing their balm,
While the deer was seen glancing in sunshine remote,
And the deep mellow crush of the wood-pigeon's note

Made music that sweeten'd the calm.

Not a pastoral song has a pleasanter tune
Than ye speak to my heart, little wildings of June:

Of old ruinous castles ye tell,
Where I thought it delightful your beauties to find,
When the magic of Nature first breath'd on my mind,

And your blossoms were part of her spell.

Ey'n now what affections the violet awakes ;
What lov'd little islands, twice seen in their lakes,

Can the wild water-lily restore ;
What landscapes I read in the primrose's looks,
And what pictures of pebbl’d and minnowy brooks

In the vetches that tangled their shore.

Earth's cultureless buds, to my heart ye were dear,
Ere the fever of passion, or ague of fear

Had scathed my existence's bloom;
Once I welcome you more, in life's passionless stage,
With the visions of youth to revisit my age,
And I wish you to grow on my tomb.

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