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valet who has lived in noble families, by coaxing some accomplished houseand has a tolerable memory, will see maid to help him-his Reminiscences how easy a thing it is to become an will earn him deathless glory, and a author; and, by writing-if he has place, in the Temple of Fame, only 80 far profited by the charity schools inferior to that of Mr.*Kelly. as to be able to write and, if not,
THE DYING BARD TO HIS FRIEND.
Dear R, I'm going—I'm dished—it is plain,
My pills are all swallowed, my draughts are all taken,
So you see that there's nothing can now sare my bacon.
way: However, I'll see, as my course
I shall take a sly peep at the moon as I
Some think the thing serious- s--some deem it a jest
Then, leaving the inoon, midst the comets I'll steer,
By the stars I shall pass; and be sure, when I'm there,
That, when properly tainted, shed light from on high:
And cut up in small pieces to garnish the sky. Of this I can judge—but it's said they preside
O'er the fortunes of some, from the first to the last; From the birth to the tomb they still govern or guide,
Through the struggles of life— till these struggles are past. I know not how true this old doctrine may be,
Such airy vagaries were never my care ;
Was one of most villainous aspect, I'll swear.
Let your answer come soon, for the chances are many,
A COMMON CASE.
THE HERMIT IN IRELAND.-NO. VII.
dren of Frailty) feelingly expresses FRIENDLY Reader,-I am one of it, those wayward creatures, who, dis
• What's done we fairly may compute, regarding the sneers of the heartless
But never what's resisted.' cynic, or the denunciations of the gloomy misanthrope, can venture, Let us learn, then, to be indulgent even in our own evil days, to think in our mode of judging ; let us be favourably of poor huinan nature. gentle in our censuring and not Of course, like all other prejudiced pronounce the final sentence of persons, I feel gratified by every harshness until all the circumthing that accords with my own pe- stances come clearly and unsuspiculiar notions; and, consequently, ciously before us. irritated by any thing to the con- It is in this spirit that I should trary. An act of passing generosity, like strangers, particularly those reor a trait of simple philanthropy, siding at a distance, to decide upon affords me, at all times, a heartfelt the conduct and the character of my delight; but a detected instance of ill-treated and calumniated countrytreachery, cruelty, or selfishness, men-I mean the Irish peasantry. presses upon my spirits with weight This measure of simple equity has peculiarly painful. Probably those never been conceded to them they who are the more immediate suffer- have been, før years, the easy victim's ers feel not more keenly on these of misrepresentation-sufferers from occasions than I do. Such things partial exaggeration-and those who come as a sort of withering blast were sedulous in blazoning forth over the hopes that I had been pre-. their excesses were at all times stuviously forming of mankind; they dious to conceal from the world the operate as the uprooters of long- causes which produced such melancherished predilections-amiable, it choly effects. Alany of the wretchmay be admitted, though probably ed characters in question have, no grounded in weakness. Where in- doubt, committed serious offences ; stances of depravity occur, I am in but some of these, though not easily general eager to trace the details : justified, may be readily palliated. and it gives me a melancholy sort of Glaring injustice, continued oppresconsolation when I can discover any sion, and bitter insult, will sometimes circumstance that can arise in the drive men of the best disposition to shape of palliation, any feature that deeds of desperation. The peasantcan serve as a mitigation, not of the ry of Ireland have had their wrongspunishment, but of the guilt in, they have had their provocations ; curred; something to show that the and, when we speak of their faults, ill-fated criminal is not entirely lost let this be kept in remembrance. to feeling, to shame, and to religion. The little history which follows I imagine there are few cases of this was gathered during a late ramble. kind, in which some such redeeming The case of the sufferer is a melanfeature may not be found ; and this choly, but, I am afraid, a common should teach all of uș, if possible, to one. avoid hasty and indiscriminate condemnation. When we hear of men In the entire barony of Monabeg who stand charged with great and there was not, for many years, a glaring transgressions, let us pause man who was more lamented at his before we make them out as wretches death than Charley Russell—one abandoned by Heaven, and lost to who was better spoken of at his every hope of amendment. We wake, or whose funeral was more know not the motives, the secret numerously attended. He was born spring of action, „we saw not the in the barony. Through the course struggles that may have agitated the of a long life he had conducted himspirit of the culprit. As the poet self with fairness and respectability; (and he was himself one of the chil. and, though for some years past he
had been evidently in declining cir- nuity, which always secured him from cumstances, it did not at all dimi- the apprehension of absolute want; nish the friendship or attachment of in addition to this, his landlord, in his neighbours : he had many chil- consideration of his past punctuadren, for he was twice married, but lity, did not feel disposed to press two only survived him-William, a him too closely for the arrears of young man of two-and-twenty, and rent; but, immediately after his Mary, a lovely girl, now turned of death, the case appeared completely nineteen. William was a lad of an altered. William received a letter excellent disposition ; his education, claiming the amount of the arrears, too, had been something better than with the half-year's rent just due, that of the farmers' sons in general, and threatening, in the event of nonfor it was intended, at one period, payment, to sell off the farm, and to have fixed him in business in the issue an ejectinent. There was no inetropolis. He had an old relative, alternative--the stock was quietly who had been, for many years, disposed of, the farm given up; the book-keeper in an eminent mercan- annuity, of course, ended with the tile house there ; and this old man life of the possessor; and the children gave the father great encourage- of Charley Russell were thus, at an ment with regard to William : he early period of life, thrown upon the continually repeated in his letters, world in a state of absolute destitu• I'll make a man of him ; but, first tion. of all, he must be a good clerk.' Mary, after many struggles, was
Thus far all was well ;--the lad compelled to go to service; she prodevoted himself to his .studies—he cured an employment in the family learned all which the master at of a neighbour, a Mr. Burke, one of Monaheg was able to teach him-- those whom the people in that quar• arithmetic, book-keeping, by sin. ter style Gentlemen Farmers. Wilgle and double entry, mensuration, liam, as yet unwilling to sink into a navigation, and the use of the globes:' mere day-labourer, took the thought he got also. a little smattering of of commencing as a schoolmaster Latin, but it was little indeed. in the dwelling of his old teacher, Thus accomplished, he set out with who was but lately dead. This was, a beating heart for Dublin. He probably, the very best step he could waited upon his old cousin, who mp- have taken under the circumstances ; pointed the next morning for his he was generally known, and, what examination.
a trying was still better, generally liked. He scene for William.
With two or was a good accountant, wrote a fine three crooked questions in compound hand, and was an excellent English interest he was sorely puzzled ;- scholar. The result was such as he conquered them, however ; but in night have been anticipated; he met book-keeping the old man had no with the warmest encouragement: equal; and, when William declared his school was crowded his hours himself unable to master a few hard fully occupied-and, if he could matters which he proposed, he lost have prevailed on his patrons to be all temper:
• Go home, sir,' said he, regular in their payments, he might to your father; tell him I cannot have been quite comfortable; as it recommend you to any friend of was, he should not have felt disposed mine; and, indeed, I don't think you to complain. are fit for business.
As to your
He was enabled to clothe and supteacher, he is but an idiot. Good port himself, and this, as matters morning to you.' Such was their stood with him, was no trifling conparting: the old man died soon after, sideration; he was anxious, however, and William, giving up all thoughts to do something more than this ;of trade, remained to assist his fa- not that he felt a wish for accumuther as a farmer.
lating money; on this point he was The death of the latter produced a quite a philosopher; but there was serious, and rather a sudden, altera- one for whose sake he wished to be tion in the projects of the son. The independent. He had been, for many old man had possessed a small an- years, fondly attached to Catherine Vol. 1.--No, 10.
Wilson, the only daughter of a small now regretted her past conduct. Wilfarmer, who lived not far from the liam, on recovering, prepared at once village of Monabeg. Catherine, al- to move homewards; he returned, though handsome, was a prudent and was warmly received; every one and steady girl, her beauty had not welcomed him, and appeared glad to spoiled her. She liked William be- see him. He re-opened his school; and, yond any other ; but she agreed with in a short time, found himself nearly her father in thinking that one with as much occupied as ever. The father a fortune like hers (for she had thir- of Catherine was but lately deadty pounds, and a good feather bed) she was now at her own disposal ; could hardly consent to marry a and, whatever she might formerly young man who was quite pennyless. have thought, she now felt disposed She expressed the same sentiment to reward the affectionate constancy to William himself; and he, how- of her lover. After some necessary ever he might blame her for the delays they were married, and Wilwant of affection, could not but liam removed his school to the barn commend her prudence. His case
of his late father-in-law. An old man, now nearly hopeless; as a follower of Wilson's, assisted him in schoolmaster he could never make tilling the little farm, so that with money; and, unless he could pro- soine care he was enabled to attend cure some situation in which he to both pursuits. could advance himself, he saw that A few happy years passed on, and he inust for ever resign the idea of two beautiful boys crowned the loves being united to Catherine Wilson. of William and his Catherine. They His thoughts naturally turned to felt easy and contented; they were Dublin, and thither at once he de- not rich, nor could they be said to feel termined to proceed. To this deter- the pressure of poverty. Two bad mination another melancholy feel- seasons, however, succeeding each ing now urged him. His sister, other, made the farm, for some time, his beloved Mary, had been weak rather a losing concern: the rent was enough to listen to the oaths and the made up with some trouble, but the promises of young Burke ;-she had county taxes and the tithes - came yielded to his importunities, and hardly and heavily on them; the latsoon experienced the fate that at- ter were the property of a gentleman tends all those who, like her, are lost who reside: principally in England. to virtue. She was neglected by him; His collector, however, was always and, after striving for a time to con- on the spot, and he was rigour itself, ceal her shame, she at length took re- in exacting the full amount of his fuge in a poor hovel, where she died . claim. He was not so scrupulous, in giving birth to a child, who was not however, with regard to his own paydestined to survive her. To poor ments. From mismanagement or exWilliam this was the most cutting travagance, he became embarrassed; blow of all. Filled with shame and and, finally, had recourse to the Ingrief, he at once broke up his school; solvent Act. and, after taking a hasty leave of Ca- The poor farmers now fancied they therine, and a few other friends, he had done with him as a collector ; but set off for the metropolis.
in this they were sadly mistaken. Here, however, he was unsuccess- After procuring his discharge, lie apful; nothiny offered that seemed peared once more among them loaded likely to answer him; and, after lin- with processes, and ready to drive or gering on for several weeks in hopes distrain.
Some refused paying him of doing some good, he saw his money as he was an insolvent; but many of nearly all gone, and his health se- them, and, among the rest, William riously impaired. His uneasiness and Russell, was frightened into complianxiety brought on a fever, from
ance. They were soon made sensible which he narrowly escaped with his of their error. A new collector was aplife. At home, the story ran that he pointed, and notice was given that no was dead and buried : every one la- allowance could be made to those who mented his fate; and even Catherine were weak enough to have paid their Wilson, in her feeling of pity for him, tithes to the insolvent. This was a