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find in books are very false, because written in retirement. When a painter would take a portrait or a landscape, he is always sure to be present, whereas a painter of human life gets away from the object, buries himself in the shade, or basks in the sunshine, and consequently gives either too black or too gay a creature of his imagination, which he calls human life."

"Two Scotch Highlanders were benighted, and lay down to sleep on the side of a mountain. After they had lain a little, one of them got up, but soon returned again. The other asked him, 'What's this, Donald? what have you been about?' Duncan replied, 'I was only bringing a stane to put under my head.' Donald started up and cried, H-g your effeminacy, man! canna ye sleep without a stane aneath your head?


"After the Prince of Prussia had been defeated by the Austrians, the King, who was marching desperate against them, wrote to him thus:- Mon frère, Daun vous a traité comme un petit Ecolier. Il vous a foueté avec des verges. Un homme qui va mourir, n'a rien d'dissimuler.'' MR. BURNET.

"Lord Auchinleck was one of the most firm and indefatigable judges that ever lived. Brown at Utrecht said that he was one of those great beams which are placed here and there to support the edifice of Society." I was present.

"Boswell said that Berkley* reasoned himself out of house and home."

"An unhappy hypochondriack complained that in his gloomy hours he believed himself a fool. A hard-hearted wag was cruel enough to say to him, 'Crede quod habes et habes.""

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Captain Bertie was in one of three English ships who advanced against seven French. The sailors were so overjoyed

* The celebrated Bishop Berkeley, who maintained the non-existence of matter as one of his philosophical opinions.

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at this noble opportunity that they huzzaed and threw their hats overboard, and those who had no hats, their wigs. They fought and beat the French heartily." CAPTAIN BERTIE.*

"If those who have no taste for the fine arts would fairly own it, perhaps it would be better. Mr. Damer and Captain Howe, two true-born Englishmen, were in the great gallery at Florence; they submitted quietly to be shown a few of the pictures, but seeing the gallery so immensely long their impatience burst forth and they tried, for a bet, who should hop first to the end of it." THE HON. MR. HOWE†

"When Boswell came first into Italy, and saw the extreme profligacy of the ladies, he said, 'Italy has been called the garden of Europe, I think it is the Covent Garden."

Churchill, in his abusive poem against Scotland called the 'Prophecy of Famine,' had the following line:

'Far as the eye could reach no tree was seen.'

*The Hon. Peregrine Bertie, third son of Willoughby, third Earl of Abingdon, was born in 1741. He became a captain in the Royal Navy, and was sometime M.P. for Oxford. He died in 1790.

† General the Hon. Sir William Howe led the troops at the battle of Bunker's Hill in 1775, and was subsequently appointed commander of the British forces in America. As an officer he somewhat lacked energy, but he was much esteemed in private life. Captain Howe, mentioned in the anecdote, was Sir William's elder brother, afterwards the celebrated Admiral Earl Howe. Sir William Howe died in 1814.

Charles Churchill, now nearly forgotten, enjoyed considerable reputation as a satirical poet. Bred to the Church, he abandoned the clerical profession and embraced infidelity. He acted honourably in discharging his debts, but was in other respects profligate. He died on the 4th November, 1764, in his thirty-third year. His political satire, referred to in the text, was the most successful of his poetical writings.

Mr. Jamieson, a true Scot, said, ' Faith, I wish I had as many
Churchills to hang upon them as there's trees.""

"Boswell had a travelling box in which he carried his hats and his papers. He was saying one day, 'What connection now have they together?' Replied Mr. Lumisden,* "They have both a connection with your head.""

"An honest Scots sailor who had been wounded in the service took up a public-house at Dundee, and on his sign had his story painted. First he was drawn with both his legs firing away, with this inscription,-Thus I was;' then with one leg, and inscribed, 'Thus I am, the Fortune of war.'


"A young fellow by chance let a china plate fall. His father asked him, 'Pray, sir, what way did you do that?' He

* Andrew Lumsden belonged to an old family in the county of Berwick. After the suppression of the rebellion in 1745 he proceeded to Rome, where he became private secretary to Prince Charles Edward. He latterly returned to Britain, and established his residence at Edinburgh. He published "Remarks on the Antiquities of Rome and its Environs," a pleasing and judicious performance. He died on the 26th December, 1801, aged eighty-one.

†The Rev. James Ramsay, one of the earliest opponents of the slave trade, was born at Fraserburgh in 1733. A surgeon in the Royal Navy, he incurred a serious accident, and thereafter abandoned his profession and took orders. For some time he held two livings at St. Christopher's, worth £700 a year. He returned to England in 1781, and became vicar of Teston in Kent. His work against the slave trade appeared in 1786. He died on the 20th July, 1789. The Rev. John Willison ministered at Dundee from 1716 till his death, which took place in May, 1750. An eminent theologian, his numerous writings found a ready acceptance, and have been frequently reprinted. Mr. Willison was a leader in the Church courts; he was much esteemed for his urbanity.

very gravely took up another, and let it fall in the same manner: "That way, sir.'" COLONEL EDMONSTOUNE." *

“A very big man said he intended often to have spoke in the House of Commons. 'I wish you had, sir,' said Matthew Henderson; for if you had not been heard, you would at least have been seen.' CAPT. KEITH STUART.

P. 1. "April.-My father said to me, 'I am much pleased with your conduct in every respect.' After all my anxiety while abroad, here is the most perfect approbation and calm of mind. I never felt such sollid (sic) happiness. But I feel I am not so happy with this approbation and this calm as I expected to be. Alas! such is the condition of humanity, that we are not allowed here the perfect enjoyment of the satisfaction which arises even from worth. But why do I say alas! when I really look upon this life merely as a transient state ?

P. 2. “I must stay at Auchinleck. I have there just the kind of complaining proper for me. All must complain, and I more than most of my fellow-creatures.

P. 3. “A man is but in proportion to the impressions which his power makes. I see there is variety of powers."

"Saturday, April 19th.-This morning my worthy father wak'd me early and told me of the sudden death of my Lord Justice Clerk (Lord Minto),† and repeated with a calm solemnity,

'Trahimur sævo rapiente fato.'

* Colonel Archibald Edmonstone, of Duntreath, created a baronet in 1774, was in 1761 elected M.P. for the county of Dumbarton and the Ayr burghs. He died in July, 1807.

+ Sir Gilbert Elliot, of Minto, Bart., Lord Justice Clerk, died at Minto, Roxburghshire, on the 16th April, 1766, aged seventy-three. His father, who bore the same Christian name, was the first baronet of Minto, and a senator of the College of Justice. His grandson was created Earl of Minto.

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"A modern man of taste found fault with the avenues at Auchinleck, and said he wished to see stragling trees. I wish, said Boswell, 'I could see stragling fools in this world.""

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Boswell said that business itself helps a man on just as the chaise going down a hill helps on the horse which is in the shafts. 'When,' said he, 'I think of the fatigues of the law I tremble. But when I have once get on the harnessing of a Process, away I go without difficulty. This is just; let a man never despond as to anything, let him be yok'd, and no fear.'"

"When Boswell observed that the Lords of Session were often inattentive, he said he wished he had liberty to speak to the bench as one speaks to a company, where if any one whom one wishes to attend appears to be absent, one can rouse him by directing the discourse particularly to him. 'So,' said Boswell, 'I would say, "My Lord Sagely, your lordship must surely agree," &c.; "But besides, my Lord Doubtfull, it appears," &c.'"

"Boswell had a great aversion to the law, but forced himself to enter upon that laborious profession in compliance with the anxious desire of his father, for whom he had the greatest regard. After putting on the gown, he said with great good humour to his brother advocates, 'Gentlemen, I am prest into the service here; but I have observed that a prest man, either by sea or land, after a little time does just as well as a volunteer.'" "Lord Auchinleck said the great point for a judge is to conduct a cause with safety and expedition, like a skillfull pilot. The Agents always endeavour to keep a cause afloat. But I keep my eye upon the haven, and the moment I have got him fairly in order I give one hearty push, and there he's landed.""

"Boswell said when we see a man of eminence we desire nothing more than to be of his acquaintance; we then wish to have him as a companion; and when we have attained that we are impatient till we gain a superiority over him. Such is the restless progress of man!

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