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berty of making the above remarks, But although the crazy spirit of Jacowhich are perhaps uncalled for from bite loyalty has filed with the tappis.

hens, there is still nowhere more loyBefore leaving Edinburgh, I must, alty than in Scotland ; and it has only however, in justice to its inhabitants, become more rational with their more give them credit for their good living. moderate potations. Long may they The Scots are in general talked of as hip, hip, hurra to the king's health, a saving, parsimonious people, but I over a bumper of claret ! am sure they are not so in their wines.

During the following week, I went There is not a poor, half-famished upon an expedition with some of my young Lawyer, who can pretend to own family, and about 200 others, to give a dinner, without claret ; and the East Lothian, to visit some friends. idea of only kitchen wines would be The weather was delightful, neither quite shocking

a thing talked of for too hot nor too cold, and I really ena month, and what indeed he could joyed my trip. In our progress through never recover. Now, look at John a field, we run over a couple of la. Bull, who is as rich as you choose; but bourers, who were fast asleep, but they he thinks if he gives you port, you are never saw us, and we thought it a pity very well off!! Reader, can you ex to disturb them. Next day, we met plain this? Perhaps John is sensible a couple of nurserymaids, with chilhis claret is not good, at least in com- dren, who all screamed most furiously parison of the Leith claret. No such at the sight of us. We passed on, thing, John thinks every thing that however, and were out of sight in a belongs to him the very best that can moment. On the third day, for we be !-I think I can expound it-John took our journey very easily, we arri. is a fat, good-humoured fellow, but a ved at our place of rendezvous, which little selfish. He finds black strap, was a large old mansion-house, at the which he certainly has very good, time uninhabited. The muster-roll agrees best with his own stomach, and was called early next morning, and therefore thinks it should do so with our force was found to be about 10,000. his guests. We Scots gentlemen, on The proprietor of the house (or rather the contrary, have been long accustom- he who reckoned himself so,) a large ed to claret, it having been introduced muscular old brown R-t, thanked us during our connexion with France, and for the honour we had done him, and supplied by the smugglers long after for so kindly volunteering to assist him that was at an end; and besides, we in what he considered a great nationa would rather starve a week ourselves, al quarrel. It was arranged that we than not be able to give our friends the should all assemble in fighting order, in very best. John is rich-we are poor, the large dining-room, at nine o'clock and at the same time proud ; and a that evening. Punctually as the old fellow without a fortune, you know, clock tolled that hour, each hole vomita, is always afraid of showing his pover. ed forth her garrison, and in the course ty!! The tax upon French wines is of half an hour we were in full march. very hard upon us ; but we still con- Our first attack, it was determined, trive to carry on in a small way, though should be upon the house of a farmer, the tappit-hens of former days are now who had been most active against us. at an end. Indeed, it is thought by I had the honour of commanding a some, that this tax, which diminish, small party of picked fellows, and of ed the use of claret in Scotland, did feted my services to push on and make more to overturn the old Jacobite spie observations how matters stood. rit of the country, than even the Clan

It was midnight, and all around Act itself.

seemed to be still as death. My heart Haughty and bold the Caledonian stood,

sickened at the sight of horror which Old was his mutton, and his claret good :

was now before me-1500 heads of “Let him drink port,” the crafty states, slaughtered friends, I counted, nailed man cried ;

up along a paling-but vengeance is He drunk the poison, and his spirit died. sweet, and we pushed on.

• I wonder our historian did not notice the dust of Edinburgh, for which it is justly so celebrated. It may, however, be of some service to the eyes of my pedestrian friends, for me to observe, that the dust on the North Bridge, where indeed it is always to be found, is only annoying on that side from which the wind is blowing.-EDITOR.

The farmer and his family were dition was arranged to attack one of fast asleep, totally unconscious of the the human species, (a kind of twomischief which was plotted against legged monster,) whose profession, I them. The surly watch-dog gave now am told, was to make war upon us, and then a growl; but I ascertained and who had been the chief assistant he was chained, so little attention was of the farmer we had just visited. I paid to him. Our first attack was on do detest a tall, lean, lank, pale-faced the hen-house. Chickens, young tur- ill-looking man about fifty, who is keys, geese,&c.—every thing was swept dressed in dirty old buckskin breeches, away, and a few bones and feathers an old washed-out jane frock-cut coat, alone remained to show the slaughter and a mole-skin waistcoat, (or, monster which had taken place. The pigeon- of cruelty ! one sometimes even made house was next visited, then the dairy; of the skins of our countrymen,) esand the cheese, milk, and cream, in a pecially if he has a kind of spear walkmoment disappeared. Every thing ing stick, and be followed by three or which could not be eaten was destroy- four little mongrel curs. He is sure ed. Here some of our fellows, however, to be a R-t-Catcher,* as you, my seemed to forget themselves, and were reader, would call him. Many a friend so overcome by the quantities they had have I seen demolished by his cantrips consumed, that we were forced to leave -many lose a leg, and many die in them to their fate, which I have no agony in their own houses, from the doubt was not a pleasant one, as they vile food he prepared for us. But any of course fell into the hands of the in- thing is better than to be taken pri. furiated enemy. An attack upon the soner by one of these vile vermin, for sleeping rooms of the cottage was now they will think nothing of skinning meditated; but I was most happy that you alive, or of burning you to death it was voted first to destroy the wheat, over a candle. And, Mr Human. as I fear some of the younger children Reader, (if this ever reaches the eyes must have fallen victims to the un- of one,) besides ridding you of us, governable rage of our troops. Ample (which they really don't try to do,) justice was, however, done to the they will ease you of plenty more; for wheat, and every thing else we could I never saw one of those gentry who find. We suddenly caine upon two was not also by profession a thief ! cats, but they fled in dismay at the This expedition, however, I could not sight of our numbers. A retreat was join, as I was anxious not to disapat last sounded-day began to dawn, point the party with whom I had and we marched at a slow pace back agreed to go to Holland. I therefore to our castle. Above 1000 never re- made the best of my way back to Leith, turned, and most probably fell victims which I accomplished without diffito their excesses.

culty, as a friend procured me a seat Two days were necessary to recruit in a bay cart. our stomachs, and then another expe


We set sail in a few days with a or brigs of war, I shall not try them fair wind down the Frith, and soon in a hurry again. It is a shame for left the Bass and the May behind us. the Admiralty to risk people's lives in I must confess, I was a little afraid, them. I believe I was the only living when, for the first time, I was out of thing that remained to tell the fate of sight of land. It is a dismal thought to the last I was in. The eating (a point have nothing but sea and sky around, of some little consideration) in the and only a frail plank between us and merchantmen is always good. On board the fathomless depths of ocean. This them, we have likewise fewer human was my first voyage; but many a day enemies; and the men-of-war's men and month and year have I spent on are rather troublesome. They are too the water since that time. I have knowing for us, and never think of tried all vessels, but certainly prefer giving any quarter. the merchantmen. As for their sloops I was a little squeamish or so for

** Muricidus" of the Romans.Editor.

the first day, but nothing like some of species in the whole house ; I how. our passengers. The great secret I ever, found plenty traces of them, and have always found, is to eat plenty, therefore conjectured they had gone and drink a little brandy; that is on some expedition. At the house of much better than all your quack re the consul, Mr Ferrier, (who was a ceipts.

Scotsman,) I found many friends, to We had a dog on board, but he was whom I had introductions, and I can a lazy mangy fellow, and gave us lite assure my reader I was most liberally tle trouble. The wind continued fa- and hospitably entertained. vourable, and on the sixth evening, Upon the whole, there did not apthe lights of Goëree and Helvoetsluis pear much to be seen in the town. were visible. Some of the passengers The inhabitants seemed more an eatleft us at the latter town; but I mere ing and drinking sort of people than ly went ashore and took a rapid look any thing else. Their ferries through of the streets, and of the guard-ship, the town are a very great nuisance, as which was in the Dock in the centre one cannot always have a doit about of the town, and returned to the smack them; and a surly brown Dutch ras. by the Captain's boat. I saw rather cal at one time had the impudence to a curious scene on board the man-of- stop me till I had to borrow from a war. Some of her men had been en- friend. The statue of Erasmus is a gaged in a row the previous night, and shabby concern. were sentenced to be flogged. After We made several excursions into being stripped, they seemed to dip the neighbouring country, sometimes each man in the water before com- on foot, but we generally went in their mencing the more disagreeable part track boats, or “ Trekschuiten," as of the operation. If I had not been they choose to call them—“ Roef," in such a hurry, I should certainly in which we always found tolerably have made bold to have carried a bisa clean and comfortable; and we visitcuit to a poor little midshipman, who ed various of the Lust-Huises, or was condemned to remain twelve hours country villas of the Burghers, where at the mast-head for some nonsense or excellent tables are always kept, I war other, and who looked most miserably rant. Among other places, I paid a cold.

visit to the village of Broek, where Mynheer is certainly a strange fate there is such an affectation of cleanli. bottomed animal after all. His pipe ness, that I remember seeing a poor never seems to be out of his mouth, little boy sent to the Rasping-Huis nor his hands out of his pockets. The for a month, for merely in a corner pilots who came on board, with their attempting 2. P.!!!* We stayed two very little hats, their immense wide days with an old rich Mynheer, who short breeches, and large wooden shoes, had large dairy at Gouda ; but his surprised me not a little. The Dutch cheese was very salt to my taste, and get the credit of being very cleanly, it certainly made me drink far too but I cannot say much as to that, in much of his Schiedam gin, which was their persons at least. The Bad Huis, quite to my fancy. or Bath Hotel, which is on the Büom A party were intending, I found, to Keys, the best street in Rotterdam, was make a trip along the Rhine ; so I recommended to me as the only one thought I could not do better than join a gentleman could go to, and there ac- it. We went by the Hague, Häarlem, cordingly I and four of the passengers and Amsterdam. With the last, I was took up our quarters. They all im- much disappointed. They say it conmediately ordered hot baths ; but I tains 200,000 human inhabitants, but contented myself with a cold one, it has not even a tolerable hotel. The which I found very agreeable, after famous Häarlem tulip gardens, I of being cooped up as we had been, course visited, particularly those of They had the bill of fare brought to Van Eeden. I wonder what the fools them. I went to the pantry myself could see in tulips, who gave 10,000 and chose what I thought best. By guilders for one root. The organ is the by, it was curious enough that I certainly very fine; but it nearly crackdid not find a single gentleman of my ed the drum of my ears.

." 11. P." so written in the original MS. The Editor cannot comprehend what is meant!!_Eniror.

It was a few miles from Häarlem When at Amsterdam, I was nearly that I was surprised with the sight of carried off to Archangel, which would, Mynheer Woodenblok passing me on at the time, have been rather a bore foot at the rate of eighteen miles an indeed. After a grand let-off, given hour. A few days before, I had left by a rich burgo-master, to which my him at Rotterdam a happy comfort- friends got me a special invitation, I able-looking fellow. He was now pale incautiously exceeded in the curaçoa, and care-worn, and evidently much of which I did not at all then know confused. But I had just a glimpse the strength. The vessel put to sea, of him, for he passed me like a shot. and I had enough to do to secure my Every body knows the story of poor retreat in the pilot boat. From Ama Mynheer Wöodenblok. Some years sterdam we proceeded in a curious before he was thrown from the dili- large diligence to Utrecht, and from gence, and had his leg so shattered, that to Cologne. We had twelve (huthat amputation was necessary. He man) passengers inside, who smoked had, however, perfectly recovered his the whole time without intermission. health, and was universally esteemed I, as well as all my species, are most one of the richest and happiest men partial to perfumes, and I did not of Rotterdam. In an evil hour, he therefore fail to visit the representawas attracted by an advertisement of tive of Signior Jean Marie Farina in M. Tournevoult, a most ingenious me- his shop, No. 4568, à la rue haute à chanic, who had just, he thought, Cologne. Nothing struck me partie brought to perfection his admirable in- cularly in this town of Cologne. The vention of artificial legs. Poor Wood- streets are very narrow, and seemed enblok was easily persuaded to order dull enough. To be sure, the princione. Only two days before, it had pal one, which is said to be a German been fitted on for the first time. After league in length, is rather fine. The walking about, he called at the shop old convent of the Ladies of St Ursula, to suggest a slight alteration. Tourne- is curious at least. They shew you voult appeared merely to have tighten- in it the bones of 11,000 virgins, who ed a screw nail; but the effect was they say were murdered by the Huns instantaneous - Woodenblok rushed at the time of their invasion, when they down stairs—the streets were cleared destroyed the town. I might easily before him—he loudly called for as- have had a taste of them; but I had sistance, but nobody could come up no fancy for such antiquated old with him. At last in his agony, he maids. In the Cathedral, or Dom, as laid hold of the railing of Mynheer they call it, you see the tomb of the Schelderman's house. It stopped him three famous Kings of Cologne, and for a moment, and then yielding to the gold and silver chests which conhis grasp, he dragged it along with tain the bones of the Holy Engelberth. him. Tournevoult's house was on the I don't think, in the whole town, bank of the Schic Canal, which, it will there is any thing else worth the troue be recollected, is straight in the direc- ble of looking at. The Hotel “ Le tion of Häarlem. Woodenblok having Prince Charles," I found tolerably completely lost all command of his comfortable: There is a good French leg, was entirely at its mercy. Nei- cook, but he is a saucy fellow. ther canal, nor wall, nor tree, nor It was in the trenches of Cologne, house rendered him the slightest as- that I first saw prisoners working out sistance, for nothing could oppose bis of doors in chains. They looked poor headlong course. Poor fellow, I never miserable creatures. All of them were saw him again. Towards the end of dressed in dirty yellow, and were the following day, I believe, exhaust- chained in couples, the most desperate ed nature gave up the struggle. But having likewise chains to their feet. his limb, vigorous as ever, still insisted Finding a detachment just setting on performing its office, and continued out to join the Grand Allied Army, I to stalk along with its ghastly burden. thought, as a true Briton, I could do I am told his withering bones may yet no less than accompany it, and prebe met with in the wilds of Germany; vailed upon all our party to do the and indeed they must continue their same. rapid march till the end of time, as Every body knows, that the French their speed is so completely beyond nation, seized with the same wild des the reach of mortals !

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countrymen, had for long been endea- ground with great intrepidity, and the vouring to humble and crush the battle was long, and loud, and fierce. whole nations of the Continent. The The conflict raged with doubtful isspirit of freedom had now, however, sue for many hours. Quarter was neia begun to arise, and the French, in their ther given nor taken, and the field was turn, found themselves attacked on all everywhere dyed with blood. About sides. The detachment with which I three in the morning, the French made marched, consisted of 80,000. As we a desperate effort by bringing up the had little baggage, having crossed the best and bravest of their whole army. Rhine, we proceeded rapidly through The French general led this furious a dull uninteresting country. On the attack in person. Undismayed by the morning following the 5th'night, we dreadful slaughter around them, they had scarcely begun to enjoy a refresh- struggled on with fearful shouts, over ing slumber, when there was a call to ground, now slippery with blood, now arms. Our light troops, who were in almost impassable with accumulated advance, had come unexpectedly upon heaps of dead. Our light troops, who the enemies' sentries, and immediately were acting as skirmishers, gave way fell back upon the main body. From before them. They were now within a prisoner or two they had taken, we ten yards of us. We were no longer learnt that we were close upon thegrand to be restrained.—The word, to charge, French army, amounting, by the low- was given. At that moment, the rising est accounts, to 300,000,000 fighting sun broke through the clouds, and R-ts! The Allies lay three miles off'; darted a ray of glory on the advancing but not a moment was to be lost; and army. The onset . was irresistible ; we luckily effected a junction, almost and indeed the enemy, exhausted and before ourarrival had been well known dispirited by their previous exertions, in the French camp. The Allied Army now scarcelyeven attempted resistance. did not exceed 200,000,000, of whom The first line was soon thrown back, not above 180,000 were British. Both and mingled with the second in hope armies had long been suffering the exe less confusion. On every side the tremity of famine. The Commissary French fled in the utmost dismayGeneral of each army, and the whole In vain their commander endeavoured commissariat, had already been devour to restore the day; it was too late. ed, after pleading in vain, how unex- All attempts at regularity were abanpectedly the supplies had been cut off doned, and their corps of every deby irresistible human force.

scription were mingled and blended I must attempt a short description together in one tide of flight, which no of that memorable battle, which, as is one any longer either attempted to well known, decided the fate of Eu, guide or restrain. rope.

Such was this memorable battle, ** The signal was no sooner given than which annibilated the hopes of France, the Allies, without waiting the attack and put an end to that convulsive of the French, rushed in upon their struggle, which so long shook Europe ranks with desperate rapidity, as if -nay, even the earth itself, to its cenwholly regardless of safety. The tre. Since the deluge, never was there French considered this first step of the such a slaughter. The field was liAllies to be the result of madness, and terally soaked with blood, and in many were more inclined to despise them as places masses of seventy or eighty dead maniacs than oppose them as soldiers. bodies were to be found heaped above However, they were quickly undecei« each other, just as they had fallen in ved. It had never before been the cus- the struggle of death. The slaughter tom of the Allies to run on with this at Attila's battle of Chalons was only headlong valour, but pinching hunger estimated at 460,000, but that number added fury to their courage, and com- was nothing in comparison of those paring the number of their own forces who fell on this bloody field. The with that of the enemy, and expecting loss of the French alone exceeded victory only from desperate valour, 156,000,000. That of the Allies was they determined to break through the little more than half that number !! enemies' ranks, or fall in the attempt. As I do not intend to attempt any The French, however, stood their history of the war, of which so many

* As to this battle I can pretend to say nothing. --Editori

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