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which she may be considered as still more desolate in appearance by torbeing rendered classic ground. rents of rain. We were obliged to conHere, when the sea, beating over

• tinue in the chaise in ascending bills where

travellers almost always alight to relieve the house in which she and her the horses ; and were even constrained to family were lodged, gave presage do the same in passing a frightful preci. of an approaching storm, our pice, where there is neither fence nor heroine would stray along the

ledge; and where a chaise, very lately,

fell over. At this point, a fine mountain shore, unintimidated by wind or scene opened upon us; and a sudden turn rain-gazing on the surge which is of the road discovered the enchanting vale produced by the meeting of the and village of Linmouth, close to the sea, giant waves of the Atlantic, and ves of the Atlantic and and at the base of rocks of tremendous

height, and most exquisitely diversified the confined tides of the Bristol in their colouring. After a long and steep channel, which together falling ascent, we reached the inn where, fortuupon the rocks, give a fine exhi nately, the room we occupy overlooks a bition of the sublimity and beauty:

considerable part of this fine prospect.

This inn stands near the edge of the preof a sea-storm. The scenery of cipice that overba

cipice that overbangs the sea, and seems Lea, in particular, gave rise to to be in the clouds. To-morrow morning the fragment entitled “ Philip,” we are to meet a chaise from Minebead, the first in the Poetical Remains.

at the top of the opposite hill-the ascent

being so steep that chaises rarely come On her return from Ilfracombe, in

across the valley. the May of 1813, a visit was paid "On Thursday morning, finding my to the most romantic part of the cold surprisingly better, and the weather North Devon Coast, about eigh

being finer, I resolved, at least, to see

the valley of rocks : so at half-past five, teen miles east of Ilfracombe,

we set off full speed ; and I was gratified which is thus described in a letter with a hasty sight of it. The scene gives written to her parents.

the idea of gigantic architectural ruins ; “ Here we are at this celebrated part of

and the impression left upon my mind by North Devon ; we arrived yesterday about

the novelty and silent solemnity of this four o'clock, and I think you will pity us

magnificent scene, will not soon be effaced. when I tell you, that from an hour after

We returned to breakfast at the inn, and we left Ilfracoinbe, to the present mo

directly afterwards set off to climb the ment, it has rained incessantly. We cal

opposite hill; attended by a horse with culated upon getting in time enough to

panniers, carrying our luggage. This ramble before evening, and to spend the

walk afforded us an opportunity of seeing whole of this day in exploring the beauties

something of the beauties of the vale of of the place. Instead of all this, we have

Linmouth, which I will not attempt to been obliged to content ourselves with

describe : at the summit of the hill we sitting before a blazing fire, turning over

found our chaise ; and at the end of the an odd volume of the Gentleman's Maga

day reached Taunton; where we staid a zine; Warner's Walk in the Western

day with Mr. — , and the next, set out Counties ; and the Miseries of Human

for Axminster; and found the kindLife; nor is this all, for I awoke yester

est welcome from our dear friends.'"day at Ilfracombe, with every symptom of pp. 127-129. a bad cold, which is now at its height; 80 that I have had no hope of going out,

The second winter passed at even if the weather had cleared up. This lifracombe was employed in is pleasure ! Ann and Isaac have twice writing the admirable tale, afterventured out in the course of the day, and wards published under the title of have taken a hasty view of the valley of rocks, and of the village of Linmouth;

h“ Display,” which can scarcely

Display, which can scarcely and I have had the satisfaction of hearing be read without detecting and a description of what I am within half a correcting the vanity of the humile of, and came on purpose to see. man heart, both in the grave and -However, not to make the worst of our story, I must add, that when we are in the gay. It is interesting to rived within about two miles of Linton, observe the manner in which this a scene of grandeur and beauty opened effort of her pen was composed, upon us wbich alone would repay us for coming. We had travelled several miles " It was her custom, in a solitary ramble over a high, wild, and dreary tract of among the rocks, for half an hour after country ;-giving the idea of travelling breakfast, to seek that pitch of exciteover the world as a planet, and rendered ment, without which she never took up

the pen ; this train of thought was usually her, it appears, the concealment exhausted in two or three hours of writing ; of her opinions on some subjects, after which she enjoyed a social walk; and seldom attempted a second effort: for she which were not calculated to bad now adopted the salutary plan of please all her readers; but her writing in the morning only; to this plan mind was too noble and indepenshe adhered ever after, with only occa- dent to be shackled by the consional exceptions."

temptible design of aiming to At Marazion, in Cornwall, Miss please all by the sacrifice of imTaylor enjoyed, as she consi- portant truth. There are some dered, new and important advan- minds of so variable a nature, that tages from the acquaintances she they can assume any form at your formed. These were chiefly with service. They are perfect Propersons who were zealously at- teuses : if you are cold, they are tached to the Established Church; a fire to warm you; if you comshe also had the opportunity of wit- plain of heat and faintness, they nessing the exertions of the Wes- become a wind to fan you; and, in leyan Methodists, whose labours in short, they are just almost what this part of the country have been

you please. They are very chaabundant and successful. The ef meleons : they have no fixed comfect, however, of all her observa plexion, but change with every tion and reflection, was, without bi

aspect of the light that shines upon gotry towards others, to confirm them. The following is the reply her own previous views, as at- to the above suggestion : tached to congregational dissent;

"! It is now time to refer to a former

w the opinions and practices of which

letter of yours, respecting certain passages she deliberately considered as in the Essays in Rhyme. It is scarcely most accordant with the represen necessary to say, after having written tations of Holy Scripture. There them, that I do not quite agree with you, being at Marazion no society of disputed subjects. Had that plan been

as to the propriety of total silence, on all her own denomination, she gave always pursued, what would now have proof of her catholicism, by cheer been the state of the world! I am very fully labouring for two years in

far from blaming Mr. Cunningham for

writing the Velvet Cushion ; (his doing the Sunday School connected with

it unfairly is another thing ;) and with the parish church of that place, regard to introducing particular sentionly requesting exemption from ments in works of a general nature, it apteaching the catechism in use in

pears to me one of the best ways of doing the Establishment, which was

it. Who ever blamed Mrs. More for

poking the steeple into almost every page candidly conceded on the part of of her writings ? What happened to Miss those with whom she was thus a Hamilton for making the hero of her novel fellow-labourer.

a dissenter ? or, which is more to my The success of " Display » in purpose, what has been the consequence

of the severe sarcasms of Cowper upon the which is evinced so profound and church and its ministers? The consedelicate a knowledge of the work quence is, indeed, that he is hated by the ings of the human heart, tended to

high church party ; but that does neither

him nor his works any harm. What harm counteract, in some measure, that

did he suffer from the review of his poems diffidence of her own powers, when they first appeared, by our old which she was too much disposed friend the Critical Review, when they said to cherish; and now, at the sug

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This is an attempt to be witty in very gestion of her friends, she began

lame verse?' I grant it is probable that

no proselytes have been gained to any to write her " Essays in Rhyme,”

party by what he wrote ; but who will by which, it is scarcely too much. deny that the diffusion of the liberal senti. to say, she may be regarded as ments that abound in his writings, has the Cowper of the female world.

been of great service to the cause of truth

and moderation ? Do not suppose I am A friend, to whom this manuscript bere placing myself by the side of Cowper : was submitted, recommended to -I am only pleading against the system

of observing a profound silenee on all Where, for instance, you object to passages controverted subjects; in works of a gene- that are simple quotations from the Bible. ral nature.'"'--pp. 154, 155.

Here I can speak quité contidently, in a We truly admire the decided literary view, that the effect of such quotone, and the profound deference tations is good; and that they confer a

dignity on the verse. Where, for instance, to the authority of divine revela- I have introduced, almost literally, those tion, which are exhibited in her passages --' In tby presence is fulness of reply to some criticisms of a dif- joy'-- In my father's house are many ferent kind :

mansions'--I am sure that I am more «« You will not be surprised, and I am

classical than you, in your very ill chosen

* remark upon them. That these expressure you will not be offended, to see in

sions have been quoted a thousand times how few instances I have availed myself of your criticisms, if you reconsider the

by · Lady Huntingdon ;' or " Mr. Hunt

ington,' cannot render them at all less nature of them :--that is, how very few

affecting or sublime; and to call such lanwere merely literary. To that few I paid

guage“ religious cant,' is, in my opinion, every attention ;--inost of them had al. B ready been marked for correction, either

irreligious eant.!"-pp. 155--158. by myself, or other critical friends; but In 1816, while still at Mara. I'was disappointed to find so few of that description; and still more, to find so

zion, were commenced the contrimany relating to matters of opinion, which butions to the Youth's Magazine, you would hardly expect I should give up. which continued for the space of I cannot guess why the very same opi- seven years and which no doubt

y samec opi; seven years, and which, no doubt, nions--or creed, if you please, (for I know that is a word you are particularly greatly promoted the popularity fond of) which were, I believe, expressed

of that valuable little miscellany. with quite as much plainness in Display, About the year 1816, Miss Tayshould offend you so much less there. lor's health began to decline; but You say, indeed, that you have only re, marked upon that style of language which

h she now derived increasing comrefers to a party; not to a principle; but fort from her religious principles ; on the contrary, I found not a single note and the natural pensiveness of her upon those few passages in which I write temperament, whichi disposed her as a Dissenter. If you mean to call reli

i to look too much on the dark gious sentiment purty, I shall not dispute the term with you. Christianity has had side, yielded more to the influence a great many ill names from its com- of a mature judgment. mencement, to this day. But they have In 1817, the doubts she had never done it the least harm, nor ever will. Do you think I would condemn you for Previously entertained on her per

previously entertained of her perusing a prayer-book, or kneeling at an sonal religion were happily disaltar-for going under water; or even pelled, and she rejoiced in the salfor wearing a broad brim ? No. But as vation of the Redeemer. She now I would not make my creed narrower than within that of the Bible. so I dare not make it publicly professed her faith in the wider. There is no other name under Dospel, by complying with the

Gospel, by complying with the heaven, whereby we must be saved :'-- appointment of Jesus in reference • He that believes shall be saved; he that to the commemoration of his believes not shall be damned. This is all

death, « Do this in remembrance

tooth I would contend for, and all, I think, that I have contended for, as essential, and of me,” which she had not the if it is to this you object, I fear not boldly courage to do before ; and her to say that you are wrong. And my heart's

honoured father had the happiness desire and prayer is, that you may be led,

of receiving such a daughter as a as many a confident opposer has been, to what I must still maintain to be the member of the Christian church only place--the feet of Jesus.'

at Ongar, in Essex, under his pasI think your prejudice--may I say toral care. Her account of this your party spirit (for never does party

y event, in a letter to her sister, a spirit show itself so openly, or speak so narrowly as when it embraces the sceptical few months after it occurred, is creed) has got the better of your good too interesting and important to taste, in the present instance: your taste be omitted. We are not suris good, when left to its free exercise ; but nricod at some of our pritinol bres

ut prised at some of our critical brein several of your criticisms I scruple not to say you have, under the influence of thren treating the religious exother feelings, betrayed a very bad one. perience of the subject of this me

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moir as they have done-it would it demanded some kind of pubnot suit their taste—a stranger in licity, to which she was peculitermeddleth not therewith. The arly averse, evinced, in a conspiaccount is the following:

cuious manner, the triumph of

principle over habits and feelings “« My mother told you of any having joined the church. You may have sup

too diffident and retiring even for posed that I was frightened into it, by my

her own sex. complaint; but I feel thankful that this Her health still continuing to de. was not the case; for it was not till after cline, Miss Taylor was prevented I had consulted Mr. Clyne, that I felt any

from entering on some literary proalarm about it; uor had I before, any idea, of its being of a formidable kind. jects, which had previously engaged My mind, all the summer, bad been much her thoughts, and, besides the pain the state it has been in for years past, pers above mentioned, she wrote that is, unable to apply the offer of the

only the work executed conjointly Gospel to myself ; and all confusion and . perplexity, when I attempted to do so. by herself and mother, in the form of One evening, (about three weeks before correspondence between a mother going to London for advice,) wbile alone

and her daughter at school, and in my room, and thinking on the subject,

: a few of the pieces in the Poetical I saw, by an instantaneous light, that God would, for Christ's sake, forgive my

Remains. She was now unexsins :- the effect was so powerful that I pectedly placed in circumstances was almost dissolved by it. I was un which, in the depressed state of speakably happy; I believed that had I

her health, contributed to agitate died that moment I should have been safe. Though the strength of the emotion soon

her mind, and to call into the abated, the effect in a great degree re. fullest exercise that submission to mained. A fortnight afterwards, I told the will of God, which is the last Isaac what had taken place, and he urged

attainment of nature renovated by me to be proposed immediately to the church. It was in this state I went to divine grace. She distinctly antiLondon; and when I heard what was to cipated a fatal termination to the me wholly unexpected, I could not but disease which had so long been

making inroads on her constitumost kind and timely preparation for what, but a few weeks before, would have over

tion, and, in a letter to her sister, whelmed me with consternation and dis- affectingly remarks, “ it requires tress. As it was, I heard it with great much to extinguish utterly the ulcomposure ; and my spirits did not at timate hope of recovery ;”-a senall sink till after I returned home. Since then I have had many desponding hours,

timent which proceeded not so from the fear of death. The happiness Í much, probably, from the fear of enjoyed for a short time has given place to death, as the lingering love of a hope, which, though faint, secures me life from distress.'"-pp. 164–166.

As the event, which society has After this, she engaged more much reason to lament, drew nigh, actively than ever in acts of Chris- her religious feelings, which, tian charity ; such as, a working through the native delicacy and society of ladies for the benefit timidity of her mind, were long of the poor, and in constant and covered with the veil of reserve, sedulous attention to the duties of assumed a more full and distinct a Sabbath-school teacher, an em- expression. After remarking that ployment which one day will be the doubts of her personal salvafound to out-shine all the gaieties tion, which were wont to disquiet of the party, or the assembly. her mind, originated chiefly from One afternoon in the week she de- the high standard she had set bevoted to the instruction of her fore herself of the requirements of Sunday-scholars in writing and Christianity, her biographer thus arithmetic. She also promoted proceeds :the objects of the Bible Society,

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a clear apprehension; but she had long mother, “ I am now quite happy believed that, from the want of a suffi. ciently explicit, particular, and authoritative exposition of the law of Christ, as

i bear.” The following is the acgiven to us in His discourses, and in the count of her last moments :preceptive parts of the epistles, the Gospel

- When carried up stairs on Monday is extensively and fatally abused in the

night, she, for the first time, allowed her professedly christian world; and she trem

sister to do every thing for her. She passed bled lest the flatteries of self-love should

the night quietly; but in the morning felt delude her into a similar presumption.

herself unable to rise as usual :-about " It will be seen, from her letters, with

ten o'clock ber brother read a Psalm, how much pleasure she listened to those

and prayed with her. Soon afterwards preachers with whom the great doctrine

she was placed in an easy chair by the of salvation through the sacrifice of Christ

bed side. About the same time one of is the principal subject ; and who, follow

her brothers arrived from London :-- to ing the example of the apostles, make the

him she spoke with the most emphatic freest offer of this salvation to their hearers.

earnestuess, professing, very distinctly, But still, she listened, with jealousy, to

the ground of her own hope, and the deep the glad tidings thus proclaimed, unless

sense she then had of the reality and imconstantly accompanied with a fearless,

portance of eternal things. Her voice distinct, and uncompromising exposition

was now deep and hollow her eye glazed, of the parallel truth, that every one

and the dews of death were on her features ; shall receive, according to his works.'

. but her recollection was perfect, and her. Her frequent expressions were such as

soul full of feeling. While thus sitting these- I have no doubt as to the way of

up, and surrounded by her family, in a salvation :--it lies upon the surface of the

loud, but interrupted voice,' she saidScriptores; and appeals with the force

: . Though I walk through the valley of the of truth to every heart that is humbled by

shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for the conviction of personal guilt: but those



Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff who shall receive the benefit of this free

they comfort me.' salvation, and who shall be accounted

• Soon afterwards she repeated, with worthy to stand before the throne,' are the same emphasis, the verse of Dr. those who, on earth, are meet for heaven, by being truly like Christ :-and am I are the mass of those of whom we are "Jesus to thy dear faithful band accustomed to think well--are they like My naked soul I trust; Christ?

And my flesh waits for thy command .“ Entertaining such views, my sister To drop into the dust.' was often distressed with the apprehension

Repeating with intense fervoor the wordsthat there are indeed ( few who shall be saved ;' and not being able to class herself

Jesus to thee-my naked soulamong the few whose eminent holiness of My naked soul I trust.' temper, and of life, and whose abounding

." Being then placed in bed, all withlabours in the Lord, distinguish them,

drew but her sister; with whom she conbeyond doubt, as the disciples of Christ,

versed some time, giving her several parshe was long unable to admit the comfort

ticular directions, with great clearness. of assured hope."--fp. 176--178.

She then requested that every thing in That blessed hope, however, it the room might be put in the most exact was her happiness, in the sequel, order: after this she lay tranquilly, an in a considerable degree to enjoy.

hour or two; seeming to suffer only from

the laborious heaving of the chest : and Accidental exposure to cold, in

in reply to a question to that effect, said consequence of protracting an in she was quite comfortable.' terview with some intimate friends " In the afternoon she observed her in London, which it was known

brother to be writing a letter : she in

quired to whom : being told it was to must prove the last, produced

Mrs. Gilbert (who, with Mr. Gilbert, was general rheumatic pains, and the then on her way to Ongar) she gave her rapid prostration of strength. As opinion as to the best way of ensuring her the closing scene approached, her

sister's meeting the letter, so as, if possi

ble, to hasten her arrival. She had just conversation “ frequently con- before said _Well, I don't think now I tained expressions of an humble shall see Ann again :--I feel I am dying and growing trust in the power fast.' and grace of the Saviour;" and,

" From this time she did not again

speak so as to be understood; but seemed on the Sabbath evening previous

sensible, till about five o'clock, when a to her decease, she said to her change took place :-her breathing be

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