between two Kings of Poetry, I would willingly discharge my mission with
the solemnity that beseems such a business, and naturally it must
flatter my vanity and love of the marvellous, to think that, by means of
a Foreigner whom I have never seen, I might now have access to my native
Sovereign, whom I have so often seen in public and so often wished that
I had claim to see and know in private and near at hand. - Till
Whitsunday I continue to reside here; and shall hope that some time
before that period I may have opportunity to wait on you, and, as my
commission bore, to hand you these memorials in person.
Meanwhile I abide your further orders in this matter; and so, with all
the regard which belongs to one to whom I in common with other millions
owe so much, - I have the honour to be,
Sir, most respectfully your servant, THOMAS CARLYLE.
Besides the _two_ medals specially intended for you, there have come
_four_ more, which I am requested generally to dispose of amongst
"_Wohlwollenden_," Perhaps Mr. Lockhart, whose merits in respect of
German Literature, and just appreciation of this its Patriarch and
Guide, are no secret, will do me the honour to accept of one and direct
me through your means how I am to have it conveyed?
_Translation of the Letter from Goethe_.
Should you see Sir Walter Scott, be so kind as return to him my most
grateful thanks for his dear and cheerful letter, - a letter written in
just that beautiful temper which makes one man feel himself to be worth
something to another. Say, too, that I received his Life of Napoleon,
and have read it this winter - in the evening and at night - with
attention from beginning to end. To me it was full of meaning to observe
how the first novelist of the century took upon himself a task and
business, so apparently foreign to him, and passed under review with
rapid stroke those important events of which it had been our fate to be
eye-witnesses. The division into chapters, embracing masses of
intimately connected events, gives a clearness to the historical
sequence that otherwise might have been only too easily confused, while,
at the same time, the individual events in each chapter are described
with a clearness and a vividness quite invaluable.
I read the work in the original, and the impression it made upon me was
thus free from the disturbing influence of a foreign medium. I found
myself listening to the words of a patriotic Briton, who finds it
impossible to regard the actions of the enemy with a favourable eye, - an
honest citizen this, whose desire is, that while political
considerations shall always receive due weight, the demands of morality
shall never be overlooked; one who, while the enemy is borne along in
his wanton course of good fortune, cannot forbear to point with warning
finger to the inevitable consequences, and in his bitterest disaster can
with difficulty find him worthy of a tear.
The book was in yet another respect of the greatest importance to me, in
that it brought back to my remembrance events through which I had
lived - now showing me much that I had overlooked, now transplanting me
to some unexpected standpoint, thus forcing me to reconsider a question
which I had looked upon as settled, and in a special manner putting me
in a position to pass judgment upon the unfavourable critics of this
book - for these cannot fail - and to estimate at their true value the
objections which are sure to be made from their side. From all this you
will understand how the end of last year could have brought with it no
gift more welcome to me than this book. The work has become to me as it
were a golden net, wherewith I can recover from out the waves of Lethe
the shadowy pictures of my past life, and in that rich draught I am
finding my present employment.
I intend making a few remarks to the same purpose in the next number of
_Kunst und Alterthum_.
* * * * *
 It is much to be regretted that Scott and Carlyle never met. The
probable explanation is that the admirable letter now printed _in
extenso_, coming into a house where there was sickness, and amid the
turmoil of London life, was carefully laid aside for reply at a more
convenient season. This season, unfortunately, never came. Scott did not
return to Scotland until June 3d, and by that time Carlyle had left
Edinburgh and settled at Craigenputtock. He must, however, have seen
Scott subsequently, as he depicts him in the memorable words, "Alas! his
fine Scottish face, with its shaggy honesty and goodness, when we saw it
latterly in the Edinburgh streets, was all worn with care - the joy all
fled from it, and ploughed deep with labour and sorrow."
Mr. Lockhart once said to a friend that he regretted that they had never
met, and gave as a reason the state of Scott's health.
 This purpose Goethe seems to have carried out, for in the
"Chronologie" which is printed in the two-volume edition of his works,
published at Stuttgart 1837 (vol. ii. page 663), the following entry is
found: - "1827. Ueber neuere franz√∂sische Literatur. - Ueber chinesische
Gedichte. - _Ueber das Leben Napoleon's von Walter Scott_."
_Contents of the Volume of Irish Manuscript referred to_, vol. ii. p.
1. The rudiments of an Irish Grammar and Prosody; the first leaf
2. The Book of _Rights_; giving an account of ye rents and subsidies of
the kings and princes of Ireland. It is said to have (been) written by
Beinin MacSescnen, the Psalmist of Saint Patrick. It is entirely in
verse, except a few sentences of prose taken from ye booke of
3. A short poem giving an account of ye disciples and favourites of St.
4. A poem of Eochy O Flyn's; giving an account of the followers of
Partholan, the first invader of Ireland after the flood.
5. A poem written by Macliag, Brian Boruay's poet Laureat. It gives an
account of the twelve sons of Kennedy, son of Lorcan, Brian's father;
and of ye Dalcassian race in general.
6. A book of annals from the year 976 to 1014, including a good account
of the battle of Clontarf, etc.
7. A collection of Historical poems by different authors, such as O
Dugan, etc., and some extracts, as they seem, from the psalter of
Cashill, written by Cormac-mac-Cuilinan, Archbishop and King of Leath
Mogha, towards the beginning or middle of the ninth century; Cobhach O
Carmon and O Heagusa have their part in these poems. In them are
interspersed many other miscellaneous tracts, among which is one called
Sgeul-an-Erin, but deficient, wherein mention is made of Garbh mac
Stairn, said to be slain by Cuchullin; a treatise explaining the Ogham
manner of writing which is preserved in this book; the privileges of the
several kings and princes of Ireland, in making their tours of the
Kingdom, and taking their seats at the Feis of Tara; and an antient
moral and political poem as an advice to princes and chieftains, other
poems and prophecies, etc., chronological and religious, disposed in no
8. The last will and testament of Cormac-mac-Cuilinan in verse.
9. The various forms of the Ogham.
10. The death of Cuchullin, an antient story interspersed with poems,
which, if collected, would contain the entire substance of the
composition, which is very good (except in one instance) and founded on
11. The bloody revenge of Conall Cearnach for the death of Cuchullin.
This may be considered as the sequel of the preceding story, and of
equal authority and antiquity. It is written in the very same style, and
contains a beautiful elegy on Cuchullin by his wife Eimhir.
12. The death of Cormac Con luings, written in the same style with the
13. The genealogies of all ye principal Irish and Anglo-Norman families
of Ireland to the end.
14. A very good copy of the Cath-Gabhra.
The above table of contents is in the handwriting of Dr. Matthew Young,
late Bishop of Clonfert, a man possessing the highest talents and
learning, and who had been acquainted with the Irish language from his
* * * * *
"_A Former Empress_." - P. 451.
The Church of Santa Maria del Carmine contains relics dear alike to the
romance of democracy and empire. It was from this church that Masaniello
harangued the fickle populace in vain; it was here that he was
despatched by three bandits in the pay of the Duke of Maddaloni; and
here he found an honourable interment during a rapid reflux of popular
favour. In this church, too, lies Conradin the last prince of the great
house of Suabia, with his companion in arms and in death, Frederic, son
of the Margrave of Baden, with pretensions, through his mother, to the
Dukedom of Austria. The features of the medi√¶val building have long
since been obliterated by reconstructions of the 17th and 18th
centuries, while round the tomb of Conradin a tissue of fictions has
been woven by the piety and fondness of after times. The sceptics of
modern research do not, however, forbid us to believe that there may be
an element of truth in the beautiful legend of the visit and
benefactions of Elizabeth Margaret of Bavaria, the widowed mother of
Conradin, erroneously dignified with the title of Empress, to the
resting-place of her son. Her statue in the convent, with a purse in her
hand, seems to attest the tale, which was no doubt related to the
Scottish Poet, and may well have stirred his fancy. What the epitaph was
which he copied we cannot now determine. It is not pretended that the
unhappy lady was buried here, but two inscriptions commemorate the
ferocity of Charles of Anjou, and the vicissitudes of fortune which
befell his victims. One, believed to be of great antiquity, is attached
to a cross or pillar erected at the place of execution. It breathes the
insolence of the conqueror mingled with a barbarous humour embodied in a
play on words - for "Asturis" has a double reference to the kite and to
the place "Astura," at which the fugitive Princes were captured:
"Asturis ungue Leo Pullum rapiens Aquilinum
Hic deplumavit, acephalumque dedit."
The other lines, in the Church, of more modern date, are conceived in a
humaner spirit, and may possibly be those which touched the heart of the
old worshipper of chivalry.
Ossibvs et memori√¶ Conradini de Stovffen, vltimi ex sva progenie
Svevi√¶ dveis, Conradi Rom. Regis F. et Friderici II, imp. nepotis,
qui cvm Sicili√¶ et Apvli√¶ regna exercitv valido, vti hereditaria
vindicare proposvisset, a Carolo Andegavio I. hvivs nominis rege
Franco c√¶perani in agro Palento victvs et debellatvs extitit,
deniqve captvs cvm Frederico de Asbvrgh vltimo ex linea Avstri√¶
dvce, itineris, ac eivsdem fortvn√¶ sotio, hic cvm aliis (proh
scelvs) a victore rege secvri percvssvs est.
Pivm Neap. coriariorvm collegivm, hvmanarvm miseriarvm memor, loco
in √¶dicvlam redacto, illorvm memoriam ab interitv conservavit.
(For the details of the death of Conradin and the stories connected with
his memory see Summonte, _Storia di Napoli_, vol. ii. Celano, _Notizie
di Napoli Giornata Quarta_, and St. Priest, _Histoire de la Conqu√™te de
Naples_, vol. iii.)
* * * * *
"Mother Goose's Tales," p. 459. _The following note by a distinguished
authority on Nursery Tales, will be read with interest._
"It is unfortunate that Sir Walter Scott did not record in his Diary the
dates of the Neapolitan collection of 'Mother Goose's Tales,' and of the
early French editions with which he was acquainted. He may possibly have
meant Basile's _Lo Cunto de li cunti_ (Naples, 1637-44 and 1645), which
contains some stories analogous to those which Scott mentions. There can
be no doubt, however, that France, not Italy, can claim the shapes of
_Blue Beard_, _The Sleeping Beauty_, _Puss in Boots_, and the other
'Tales of Mother Goose,' which are known best in England. Other forms of
these nursery traditions exist, indeed, not only in Italian, but in most
European and some Asiatic and African languages. But their classical
shape in literature is that which Charles Perrault gave them, in his
_Contes de ma M√®re l'Oie_, of 1697. Among the 'early French editions'
which Sir Walter knew, probably none were older than Dr. Douce's copy of
1707, now in the Bodleian. The British Museum has no early copy. There
was an example of the First Edition sold in the Hamilton sale: another,
or the same, in blue morocco, belonged to Charles Nodier, and is
described in his _M√©langes_. The only specimen in the Public Libraries
of Paris is in the Biblioth√®que Victor Cousin. It is probable that the
'dumpy duodecimo' in the Neapolitan dialect, seen by Scott, was a
translation of Perrault's famous little work. The stories in it, which
are not in the early French editions, may be _L'Adroite Princesse_, by a
lady friend of Perrault's, and _Peau d'Ane_ in prose, a tale which
Perrault told only in verse. These found their way into French and
Flemish editions after 1707. Our earliest English translation seems to
be that of 1729, and the name of 'Mother Goose' does not appear to occur
in English literature before that date. It is probably a translation of
'Ma M√®re l'Oie,' who gave her name to such old wives' fables in France
long before Perrault's time, as the spider, Ananzi, gives his name to
the 'Nancy Stories' of the negroes in the West Indies. Among Scott's
Century of Inventions, unfulfilled projects for literary work, few are
more to be regretted than his intended study of the origin of Popular
Tales, a topic no longer thought 'obnoxious to ridicule.'" - A.L.
DESCENDANTS OF SIR WALTER SCOTT.
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d. Sept. 21, 1832. d. May 14, 1826.
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d. Dec. 15, 1831. d. Jan. 1853, d. Oct. 26, | d. April 29,
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WALTER MARY WINIFRED MARY JOSEPH MICHAEL, ALICE MARY MALCOLM JOSEPH MARGARET MARY
JOSEPH, JOSEPHINE, JOSEPHINE, b. May 25, JOSEPHINE, RAPHAEL, LUCY,
b. April 10, b. June 5, b. March 7, 1878, 1880. b. Oct. 9, b. Oct. 22, b. Dee. 13,
1875. 1876. d. March 12, 1880. 1881. 1883. 1886.
Abbeville, i. 284, 300.
Abbotsford labourers, i. 156.
Abercorn, Lady, ii. 452.
Dr., i. 159; ii. 356,400.
Miss, ii. 281 _n_.
James (afterwards Lord Dunfermline), ii. 326 and _n_.
Lord, i. 24, 25, 109, 225, 226; ii. 4, 5, 86, 89, 124, 314.
Aberdeen, Lord, ii. 63 _n_., 313, 314.
Abud & Son, bill-brokers, London, i. 268; ii. 57 _seq_., 62 _n_., 65, 79.
Academy, Edinburgh, Examination, ii. 4.
Acland, Sir Thomas, ii. 163, 168.
Right Hon. William, Lord Chief Commissioner, i. 140, 203, 209, 323,
357-8, 369; ii. 69, 74, _seq_., 86, 118, 133, 136, 326, 355, 364, 366,
sketch of, i. 86;
at Abbotsford, ii. 95;
Scott's visits to Blair-Adam, i. 215, 246, 403; ii. 207, 308, 336.
Admiral Sir Charles, i. 61, 140, 247, 357, 369; ii. 207, 308, 336.
Sir Frederick, i. 246;
on Byron and the Greeks, 251, 252; ii. 283,462, 474.
John, i. 86 _n_.
Adam's class, High School, Edinburgh, ii. 274.
Addington, Dr., ii. 188.
John, ii. 169, 186, 187.
John L., letters to Heber, ii. 24 and _n_., 25, 169, 273 _n_.
Advocates' Library, plans, i. 122; ii. 84-85.
African travellers, i. 170.
General, ii. 135.
Robert, ii. 257.
Ainsworth, W.H., i. 273.
Airaines, i. 300.
Aitken, John, ii. 426.
Albums, suppression of, i. 1.
Alexander, Emperor, i. 292; ii. 49.
Right Hon. Sir W., Chief Baron of Exchequer, ii. 166.
Mrs., of Ballochmyle, ii. 174.
Algiers, consular establishment at, ii. 437-439.
Thomas, ii. 76.
Sir William, _P_.R.A., i. 45 and _n_., 119, 403; ii. 24 _seq_.;
"Landing of Queen Mary," i. 225.
Allans, the Hay (John Sobieski and Charles Edward Stuart), ii. 296, 299 _n_.
Alloway, Lord, ii. 68 _n_., 212,
_Almacks_, a novel, i. 370.
Alnwick Castle, visit to, ii. 47;
Lady, i. 196.
Lord, ii. 169.
Anderson, Mr. and Mrs., ii. 71.
"Andrea de Ferraras," ii. 460.
Annandale claim, i. 210.
_Anne of Geierstein_, ii. 225, 246, 267.
Anstruther, Philip, i. 405.
Antiquarian Society of Scotland, ii. 74, 289.
Appleby Castle, i. 270.
Sir William, i. 96, 318; ii. 247, 286, 293.
Mr. and Mrs., i. 305, 306 and _n_., 310; ii. 177, 179.
Arden, Misses, ii. 169, 351.
Argyle's stone, ii. 33.
Argyll, John, Duke of, projected life of, ii. 269.
Arkwright, Mrs., ii. 47, 170, 173, 177, 178, 180.
Arniston, old oak room at, ii. 94.
Ashbourne, ii. 152.
Ashestiel visited in 1826, i. 168.
Ashford criminal case, i. 309.
Lord, i. 292.
Mrs., ii. 462, 481.
Ashworth, Mr., ii. 27.
Auchinrath, ii. 220.
Audubon, John James, the ornithologist, i. 343-45, 354 _n_.
Augmentation cases of stipend, ii. 345.
Austen's, Miss, novels, i. 155; ii. 37.
Aylesbury, ii. 156, 157.
Ayton, Miss, prima donna of the Italian Opera, ii. 90.
Baillie, Charles, afterwards Lord Jerviswoode, ii. 85 _n_., 358.
Mrs. Charles, Mellerstain, ii. 109.
Joanna, i. 150, 303; ii. 78, 162, 265 _n_., 273 _n_., 408 and _n_.;
tragedy and witchcraft, 10.
Bainbridge, George, of Liverpool, i. 190, 233, 252, 262, 338, 381, 382,
384, 390; ii. 9, 39, 53.
'Balaam,' i. 184 and _n_.
Balcaskie Manor-house, i. 404.
Balfour of Balbirnie, ii. 232.
Charles, ii. 368.
Ballantyne & Co., i. 51-53;
stop payment, 83;
liabilities, 99 _n_., ii. 160.
Alexander, i. 192; ii. 14, 149, 258, 299, 312;
skill as a violinist, i. 398;
assumed as a partner, ii. 237.
James, meeting with Cadell and Constable, i. 13;
calls at Castle Street, 57;
dinner and guests, 58;
on Scott's style, 75, 81, 83;
on _Devorgoil_, 95, 96;
'False Delicacy,' 99;
as "Tom Tell-truth," recollections of _Lord of the Isles_, 128;
_Malachi_, 130, 132;
opinion of _Woodstock_, 167;
press corrections, 174, 191;
'roars for chivalry,' 222;
opinion on _Napoleon_, 239, 251;
at Abbotsford, 263-264;
_Napoleon_, 374, 398;
on _Bride of Lammermoor_ and _Legend of Montrose_, 408, 409 _n_.;
prospect, ii. 4;
_The Drovers_, 11;
commercial disasters, 12 _n._;
_Chronicles_, 14, 81, 90, 112;
at Abbotsford, 15, 356-357 _n_., 395;
the copyrights, 38;
Scott's consideration for, 106;
on "Ossianic" character, 122, 158;
Scott's handwriting, 204;
wife's illness and death, 234-236;
names his trustees, 238, 240, 266, 267;
letter from Scott, 270, 272, 312, 315;
visit to Prestonpans, 340;
objects to a new epistle from Malachi, 357;
approves of an amanuensis, 371;
a motto wanted, 374.
Ballingray, ii. 209, 338.
Baluty Mount, ii. 440.
Bankes, William, i. 12 and _n_., 306, 309; ii. 173 _n_.
Bank of Scotland, ii. 244.
Banking Club of Scotland, ii. 246.
Bank-note business, i. 144.
Bannatyne Club, i. 350, 351, 370; ii. 77, 89, 121, 237, 314, 338.
_Bannatyne, George, Memorial of_, ii. 87 and _n_.
Sir Wm, M'Leod, ii. 129.
_Barham, The_, ii. 414 _seq_.
Barnard Castle, ii. 197.
Barranco, ii. 465.
Barrington, Mrs., ii. 47.
Barrow, Sir John, i. 21, 381; ii. 427.
Earl, i. 362 _n_.; ii. 51, 172.
Lady, i. 306.
Colonel Seymour, ii. 445, 446.
Bauchland, ii. 14.
Bayes in the _Rehearsal_, i. 205 and _n_.
_Beacon_ newspaper, i. 323 and _n_.
Beard's _Judgments_, ii. 79.
Beauclerk, Lady Charlotte, i. 18, 19.
Beaumont and Fletcher's _Lover's Progress_, i. 46.
Beaumont, Sir George, i. 111;
anecdote of, with Wordsworth, 334;
Beauvais Cathedral, i. 285.
Bedford, Duke and Duchess of, ii. 73.
Belhaven, Lord and Lady, ii. 133.
Bell, Mr., London, ii. 170.
Mr., ii. 225, 226.
George, ii. 73, 238.
Miss E., of Coldstream, ii. 139 and _n_.
Miss Jane, of North Shields, i. 101; ii. 2-3.
Belsches, Miss W., afterwards Lady Forbes, i. 404 _n_.; ii. 55.
Beresford, Lord, ii. 230.
Admiral Sir John, ii. 43 and _n_.
Berlingas, ii. 431.
Bernadotte, i. 385.
Berri, Duchess of, i. 296.
Bessborough, Lord, ii. 50.
Bethell, Dr., Bishop of Gloucester, ii. 47.
_Bevis of Hampton_, ii. 460.
Big bow-wow strain, i. 61, 155.
Binning, Lord and Lady, ii. 78, 86.
Birmingham, i. 313.
Bishop, Dr., i. 408.
"Bizarro, death of," ii. 476.
Black, A. & C., publishers, ii. 108 _n_.
Captain, R.N., i. 405.
Black, Dr., account of David Hume's last illness, ii. 4-5.
_Blade Dwarf_, scene of the, ii. 306 _n_.
Black-fishing Court at Selkirk, ii. 357.
Blackwood, William, and _Malachi_, _i_. 130, 179, 222, 233.
Blackwood's _Magazine_, ii. 266, 386 _n_.
Captain, ii. 396.
Sir U. Hunter, ii. 236.
Colonel, and Mrs. Hunter, ii. 233, 236, 238, 239.
Blair-Adam, i. 246;
meetings of Blair-Adam Club, i. 215, 403; ii. 207;
12th anniversary, 308;
Blakeney, Mr., tutor to the Duke of Buccleuch, i. 321.
Blomfield, Bishop, i. 26; ii. 163.
Bloomfield, Lord, i. 411.
Boaden's, James, the Garrick papers, ii. 83 _n_.
_Bonaparte_, See _Napoleon_.
Bonnechose, Emile de, i. 287.
_Bonnie Dundee_, air of, i. 60, 64, 65.
Bonnington, Mr., at Kenilworth, ii. 153 _n_.
Bonnymoor conflict, ii. 435.
Boothby, Sir William, i. 51.
Borgo, Count Pozzo di, i. 266, 286, 289, 297.
Borthwick Castle, ii. 92-93.
Borthwicks of Crookston, i. 359, 395.
Sir Alexander, duel with Stuart of Dunearn, i. 58 and _n_.;
James, i. 58 _n_.
Bothwell Castle, ii. 192 _n_.
Boufflers, Madame de, i. 299 and _n_.
Boulogne, i. 300.
Bourgoin, Mademoiselle, a French actress, i. 287.
Bourmont, General, ii, 438.
Boutourlin's Moscow Campaign, i. 318.
Bouverie, Mr., the English Commissioner, ii. 212.
Boyd, Mr., Broadmeadows, i. 242.
Boyd, Walter, of Boyd, Benfield & Co., ii. 166, 167 and _n_.
Boyle, Eight Hon. David, Lord Justice-Clerk, i. 10, 14, 27, 57, 109,
409; ii. 124, 229, 314.
Brabazon, Lady Theodosia, ii. 72.
Bradford, Sir Thomas, i. 264; ii. 334.
Brahan Castle, ii. 203 _n_.
_Brambletye House_, i. 273 and _n_.
Bran, Scott's deerhound, ii. 372 _n_.
Braxfield, Lord, i. 27 _n_.
Brewer's _Merry Devil_, ii. 10 and _n_.
Brewster, Dr. (afterwards Sir David), and Mrs., i. 233 and _n_., 241;
ii. 2, 25, 50, 53, 146, 259, 260, 275, 279, 371.
_Bride of Lammermoor_, letter from William Clerk, ii. 300 _n_.
Bridge, Mr., the jeweller, ii. 175.
Brinkley, Dr. John, Bishop of Cloyne, ii. 290.
Brisbane, Sir Thomas M., i. 249 and _n_., 318; ii. 8.
Bristol riots, ii. 419 _n_., 435 and _n_.
Brocque, Monsieur, of Montpelier, i. 148.
Brougham, Lord, ii. 205, 414.
Brown's _Selkirkshire_ quoted, i. 356; ii. 358 _n_.
Brown, Launcelot, ii. 47.
Brown, Misses, of George Square, Edinburgh, ii. 35, 72.