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[2177] not rapid, but gliding along like a rivulet through a green meadow, giving and taking a thousand little beauties not absolutely required to give his story due relief, but each, in itself, a separate boon.

I admired, too, his urbanity; so opposite to the rapid, slang, Vivian-Greyish style, current in the literary conversation of the day. ‘Sixty years since,’ men had time to do things better and more gracefully.


With Dr. Chalmers we passed a couple of hours. He is old now, but still full of vigor and fire. We had an opportunity of hearing a fine burst of indignant eloquence from him. ‘I shall blush to my very bones,’ said he, ‘if the Chaarrch,’ (sound these two rrs with as much burr as possible, and you will get an idea of his mode of pronouncing that unweariable word,) ‘if the Chaarrch yield to the storm.’ He alluded to the outcry now raised by the Abolitionists against the Free Church, whose motto is, ‘Send back the money;’ i. e., the money taken from the American slaveholders. Dr. C felt, that if they did not yield from conviction, they must not to assault. His manner in speaking of this gave me a hint of the nature of his eloquence. He seldom. preaches now.

A Scottish gentleman told me the following story:— Burns, still only in the dawn of his celebrity, was invited to dine with one of the neighboring so-called gentry, unhappily quite void of true gentle blood. On arriving, he found his plate set in the servants' room. After dinner, he was invited into a room where guests

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