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the Mannor Water, a very beautiful, and more and misanthropical disposition, which he is said over, a very fine angling stream, which is made to have had from his birth, had been still more up

of many branches, all discharging themselves soured by harsh treatment, and goaded to madinto its quiet and retired glen from some very ness by the cruel gibes of those who, forgetting steep and lofty surrounding mountains. There that they called themselves Christians, and being are many curious remains, both of British and possessed of the malevolent feelings of devils, Roman origin, to be found here, and it is filled made sport of the affliction with which Almighty with spots associated with the romantic times of God had been pleased to visit their poor neighBorder warfare. Among these are several Peel-bour, he retired into this lonely glen and built towers, each of which has, doubtless, its particular himself a small cottage, very much in the manner legends attached to it. Castle Hill, situated on the described by Sir Walter. This hovel we have top of a steep knoll, is a lofty ruin, the history of which seen, and the only difference between it and the is little known. One of the best preserved morceaux imaginary one on the Mucklestone Moor is, that of this description, is the old shattered tower of David had the good taste to select a spot sheltered Posso, from which the proprietor, Sir John Na- by one or two good trees, which altogether took smyth, Bart., takes his title. It stands prettily upon away that “ghastly" air and effect with which a knoll, the stream of the Mannor dancing past it, Sir Walter wished to envelop his Black Dwarf's and glittering in the sunshine—and its weather- dwelling. David's cot was built on Sir James beaten, war-worn, and shivered form, appears to be Nasmyth's property, without any leave being quite in keeping with the whole scene—and espe- asked or given ; but the Baronet was too goodcially with the misty shapes of Scrape and the natured to give him the smallest disturbance on other high mountains that rise towards the upper that score. We quote the following account of end of the glen. There were a great many timber this most extraordinary character, at some length, trees about this part of the valley, but they were from Mr. Robert Chambers, of Edinburgh, who, cut down a good many years ago, by Sir John a high authority at all times, is the highest posNasmyth's predecessor, and one or two only re- sible in regard to anything connected with his main about the ruin to tell what their companions native county of Peeblesshire :

One of the most interesting remnants of “ His skull, which was of an oblong and rather an the real good old Border times, is that of “the unusual shape, was said to be of such strength that he Thieves' Road,” so called vituperatively by those could strike it with ease through the panel of a door, or tasteless individuals who could not see the ro

the end of a barrel. His laugh is said to have been quite

horrible ; and his screech-owl voice, shrill, uncouth, and mantic effect produced by their cattle being har dissonant, corresponded well with his other peculiarities. ried and driven off by it, by a parcel of English There was nothing very uncommon about his dress. He moss-troopers-its proper name being “ the Moss- usually wore an old slouched hat, when he went abroad; Troopers' Road”-and it served equally well for and when at home a sort of cowl or night-cap. He never the nonce, for the removal and drift of cattle, finlike feet, but always had both feet and legs quite con

wore shoes, being unable to adapt them to his misshapen, whether they were bound southwards from Scot- cealed, and wrapt up with pieces of cloth. He always land, or northwards from England. Although went with a sort of pole, or pike-staff

, considerably taller its vestiges are very imperfect, it may be traced than himself. His habits were, in many respects, sinin a strictly linear direction from the Border, gular, and indicated a mind congenial to its uncouth taover Dollar Law and Scrape, and so crossing the

bernacle. A jealous, misanthropical, and irritable temper

was his prominent characteristic. The sense of his deTweed below Stobo, and running directly north-formity haunted him like a phantom, and the insults and ward ; and doubtless Rob Roy himself knew scorn to which this exposed him, had poisoned his heart every inch of it well.

with fierce and bitter feelings, which, from other points This accidental allusion to Sir Walter Scott's in his character, do not appear to have been more largely

infused into his original temperament than that of his hero reminds us that the valley of the Mannor fellow-men. He detested children, on account of their Water is rendered peculiarly interesting by the propensity to insult and persecute him. To strangers he circumstance of its having been the residence, was generally reserved, crabbed, and surly; and though in the beginning of the present century, of David he by no means refused assistance or charity, he seldom Ritchie, the original dwarf, whose form and his either expressed or exhibited much gratitude ; even to

wards persons who had been his greatest benefactors, tory suggested to Sir Walter his imaginary cha- and who possessed the greatest share of his good-will, he racter of the Black Dwarf, Canny Elshie. Sir frequently displayed much caprice and jealousy. A lady, Walter Scott tells us, in his introduction to one of who had known him from his infancy, says, that although the late editions of the work, “ that the personal Davie showed as much respect and attachment to her

father's family as it was in his nature to show to any, yet description of Elshender, of Mucklestane-moor, they were always obliged to be very cautious in their dehas been generally allowed to be a tolerably exact portment towards him. One day, having gone to visit and unexaggerated portrait of David, of Mannor him with another lady, he took them through his garden, Water.

He was not quite three feet and a half and was showing them, with much pride and good humour, high, since he could stand upright in the door of all his rich and tastefully assorted borders, when they his mansion, which was just that height.” For somewhat injured by caterpillars. Davie, observing one of

happened to stop near a plot of cabbages, which had been our part, we cannot help thinking that the charac- the ladies smile, instantly assumed his savage scowling ter of the real David will be found more interest- aspect, rushed among the cabbages, and dashed them to ing than that of the ideal Elshender. He was the pieces with his Ként, exclaiming. I hate the worms, for

they mock me!' son of a slate quartier in Tweeddale—was bred old acquaintance of his, very unintentionally gave

Another lady, likewise a friend and as a brush-maker in Edinburgh-travelled into Davie mortal offence, on a similiar occasion. Throwing various parts-and, after that naturally morose back his jealous glance, as he was ushering her into his

garden, he fancied he observed her spit and exclaimed was found to have hoarded about twenty pounds, with great ferocity, Am I a toad, woman! that ye spit a habit very consistent with his disposition ; for at me ?-that ye spit at me ?' and, without listening to wealth is power, and power was what David any answer or excuse, drove her out of his garden, with imprecations and insult. When irritated by persons for Ritchie desired to possess, as a compensation for whom he entertained little respect, his misanthropy dis- his exclusion from human society." played itself in words, and sometimes in actions, of still It was in the autumn of 1797 that Sir Walter greater rudeness ; and he used, on such occasions, the most Scott first saw this most extraordinary character. unusual and singularly savage imprecations and threats.”

He was then on a visit to his friend, Dr. Adam This strange ferocity was balanced, as Sir Ferguson, the justly-celebrated philosopher and Walter tells us, by a wonderful admiration for the historian, who then resided at the mansion-house beauties of nature, not only as manifested by his of Halyards, in the beautiful and retired vale of great love for flowers ; but “the soft sweep of the Mannor. We may easily imagine the keenness green hill, the bubbling of a clear fountain, or the with which such a man as Sir Walter Scott would complexities of a wild thicket, were scenes on proceed to scrutinize and analyze, and fully to which he often gazed for hours, and, as he said, possess himself of all the points of a character with inexpressible delight.” It was, perhaps, for of physique and morale so very uncommon as were this reason, that he was fond of Shenstone's Pas- those of “Bowed Davie Ritchie.” The poet tells torals, and some parts of “ Paradise Lost.” | us that “Dr. Ferguson considered him as a man The author has heard his most unmusical voice of a powerful capacity, and original ideas, but repeat the celebrated description of paradise, whose mind was off its just bias, by a predomiwhich he seemed fully to appreciate.

His other nant degree of self-love and self-opinion, galled studies were of a different cast, chiefly polemical. by the sense of ridicule and contempt, and avengHe never went to the parish Church, and was ing itself upon society, in idea at least, by a therefore suspected of entertaining heterodox gloomy misanthropy." opinions, though his objection was probably to Perhaps we ought to apologise for having dwelt the concourse of spectators, to whom he must so long on what we may perhaps best call the have exposed his unseemly deformity. He spoke natural history of this most extraordinary speciof a future state with intense feeling, and even men of the animal man. But, unformed and miswith tears. He expressed disgust at the idea of shapen as he came from the hands of his Great his remains being mixed with the common rub- Creator, so far as his earthly frame was conbish, as he called it, of the churchyard ; and se- cerned, we have no reason to believe, nor is there lected, with his usual taste, a beautiful and wild any evidence to show, that the deformities of his spot in the glen where he had his hermitage, in mind were produced in him at his birth. On the which to take his last repose. He changed his contrary, those few redeeming points in his mind, however, and was finally interred in the character that continued to break out at times, common burial-ground of Mannor Parish. David like glints of the sun, on his own peaceful Ritchie affected to frequent solitary scenes, espe- | Mannor Water, may fairly lead us to the concially such as were supposed to be haunted, and clusion, that, but for those dem in human valued himself upon his courage in doing so. At shape--or perhaps we should in charity rather say, heart he was superstitious, and planted many those darkly ignorant creatures—who, forgetting towans (mountain ash-trees) around his hut, as a the great goodness of God towards themselves, certain defence against necromancy. For the in constructing them perfectly, poured out taunts same reason, doubtless, he desired rowan-trees to and vituperation upon him whom their Creator be set about his grave. His only living fa- had less blessed, for those very deformities which Fourites were a dog and a cat, to which he was he might, in his own good pleasure, have assigned particularly attached ; and his bees, which he to them-Davie Ritchie's miserable tenement of treated with great care. He took a sister latterly clay might have been tenanted by a soul filled with to live with him, in a hut built at one end of his the kindliest and most benevolent charities of own—but he never once permitted her to enter human nature. How dreadfully have they inhis door, the extreme minutenes, of which formed curred the displeasure of the Divine Being! a strange contrast to that of his sister. “She What have they not to answer for! And may we was weak in intellect, but not deformed in person ; not fairly believe that poor Davy will be judged simple, or rather silly, but not, like her brother, with an especial mercy! How beautiful is the sullen or bizarre. David was never affectionate glimpse we have of his soul panting after another to her; it was not in his nature, but he endured and a better world ! her. He maintained himself and her by the pro- There are several sweet places of residence on duce of their garden and bee-hives ; and latterly, this Mannor Water ; and that of Barns, immethey had a small allowance from the parish. Be- diately above its junction with the Tweed, is sides, a bag was suspended in the mill for David of considerable extent, and surrounded by wellRitchie's benefit; and those who were carrying grown plantations. home a meldar of meal seldom failed to add a We now come to what we consider the most gowpen, or handful, to the alms-bag of the deformed romantic and most interesting spot, in regard to cripple. In short, David had no occasion for the picturesque, that we have yet met with, in all money, save to purchase snuff, his only luxury, in these upland districts of the river Twood—thatmarwhich he indulged himself liberally. When he row pass between the under and the upper parts died, in the beginning of the present century, he of Tweeddale, which is defended by Neidpath

Castle. Throughout all the various changes right, presenting the concave of the half moon, which this country has undergone, this must they thus form, to the Castle of Neidpath and its have always been one of its most beautiful scenes ; accompaniments. These consist of a little flat and, striking as it now is, we have reason to think semicircular haugh, from behind which rises a that it never was seen under circumstances so steep bank of considerable height, grassy in most disadvantageous at any former period of its parts, but terminating to the west, where it faces history, save, indeed, at the very time when the the first curve of the stream in a bluff and sometimber had been recently demolished. This sad what craggy head, on the summit of which slaughter was comunitted by the last Duke of the castle rises in all its grandeur. The approach Queensberry, (old Q, as he was called,) by whose to it is from the east, by beautiful ranges of artiorders the whole of the magnificent wood that ficial terraces, one rising above the other all the grew here was cut down. The greatest part of way back to the road, whence the northern nait was of the noblest description, and the beeches tural enclosures of the defile rise steep and abwere especially talked of as being very remark- rupt. These terraces were, doubtless, kept in able. But what did that old living automaton, trim order during the more peaceful periods of its old Q, care for this bonny sylvan scene in Peebles- history ; but now they and the gardens are little shire, which, perhaps, his eyes had never looked more than merely traceable. Nay, the old tower upon, or, if he had seen it, what was it to him ?- itself may indeed be said to be now more than the latter part of whose useless life was spent in half ruinous and hardly habitable. sitting in a sort of semi-animate state on his ter- We have searched in vain, even in old Pennerace in front of his house, near Hyde Park Corner, cuick, as well as in our friend, Mr. Robert Chamtrying to vivify himself in the rays of the sun, bers, for any certain account of the period when and gloating through his large opera-glass on the Neidpath Castle was built. All the old Doctor lovely forms and faces that filled the open carriages, tells us is, that it was anciently called the Castle or cantered along on horseback, in their way to and of Peebles. We may guess at its antiquity from from the Park! Alas! how often is poor Nature de- the fact, that it was originally a seat of the powerformed and disfigured by the want of the master's ful Frasers, Lords of Oliver Castle ; and we have eye and arresting hand! and how often by the mas already stated that the last of their line conter having no eye for her beauties: as well as by quered the English in 1303, near Roslin, in three the dire necessities created by extravagance! There pitched battles in one day. It affords one of the are few parts of the Tweed that are calculated to largest and most formidable specimens of the simple excite so many interesting associations in a mind tower--that is, of course, leaving unnoticed the usual at all open to romantic speculations as this pass. smaller external defences—that may be anywhere At all periods of the history of the country it must seen. The walls are eleven feet thick, and built with have been important—and the stirring scenes of the ancient indestructlble cement which is so well interest, of ambush, of skirmish, of gallant de- known to have been used in all such erections ; fence, and of ruthless plunder, that must have and so solid was the texture of the masonry, that, taken place here, both before the formidable previous to 1775, a staircase was cut with perfect stronghold of Neidpath was built, and after that impunity out of the thickness of the wall

. An event, would be found to equal the number of the examination of all the curious passages

and apartleaves that once grew upon the trees of its woods, ments of this romantic stronghold will be found which old Q. annihilated, if we could only unrol extremely interesting to all persons who, like us, them from the depths of oblivion, into which they are fond of such investigations. For our part, we have fallen. With such views as these, we must never shall forget the excitement produced in our confess our astonishment that our friend, Sir minds by that of the day on which we first saw it. Walter Scott, should have published his two At the top of the south-western angle of the large tomes of “ Border Antiquities,” and given Tower, a large mass of the masonry had fallen, no niche in the work to Neidpath Castle.

and laid open a chamber roofed with a Gothic The river Tweed, which has for some distance arch of stone, from the centre of which swung, viabove this point had a rather wide and open brating with every heavy gustof wind, an enormous country on both its banks, here enters and iron ring. To what strange and wild horrors did entirely occupies the bottom of ravine this not awaken the fancy? We confessthatit made guarded by high precipitous rocky steeps on a strong impression on our minds, and we afterwards either side, but especially on the left, along contrived to turn it to tolerable account in one of which the modern road has been cut with our fictions. What powerful people must these so much difficulty, as may enable us to judge Frasers have been whilst in possession of such a what the Pass was in the olden time, before any key as Neidpath was to their extensive country, such road existed. These banks are now covered which lay between it and Oliver Castle, over with thriving timber, planted, we believe, by the which they possessed the most despotic control : present proprietor, the Earl of Wemyss, who, There are some fine subjects for the artist in this at old Q’s death, succeeded to this property, pass; and one view which opens downwards together with the Earldom of March. After towards Peebles, and the more distant country, is clearing the narrow part of the pass, the river extremely rich. Peebles stands about a mile and its southern banks make a bold sweep to the below Neidpath.

(To be continued.)



The Pilgrimage : How God was found of Him that To English readers the most original part of the volume

sought Him not ; or, Rationalism in the Bud, the will be that which unfolds the views that at present are Blade, and the Ear, a Tale for our Times translated making progress in America, which threaten to overrun from the German of C. A. Wildenhahn, by Mrs. Germany, and which, by many of those who entertain Stanley Carr. Post octavo, pp. 404. Edinburgh : them, are hailed as the precursor of a new and greater Oliver and Boyd.

Reformation than that of Luther. As the most reconIt is no disparagement to the “ Pilgrimage'' to say

dite specimen of the work which we can hit upon, we that it is a religious novel. So is the “Pilgrim's Progress"

therefore select the first dangerous conversation of the of Bunyan a religious novel, abounding in the finest sceptical student with his congenial pupil. elements of poetic romance ; so indeed is the “ Paradise “Thus," said Vollbrecht, who had just concluded a Lost." But although these great examples did not exist,

history of the Reformation, coupled with comments on

its beneficial influence on the world at large, “thus we the world of the nineteenth century has, even in its most

see in Luther the long-desired dawn of a new and brighter serious section, pretty well got over its prejudice against day. I say the dawn, for the day itself is even yet not novels, whether religious or secular ; and the frame-work everywhere fully come." of a story is now as freely adopted to convey warnings,

What do you mean by that, Mr. Vollbrecht ?'' asked

Caroline. to inculcate moral lessons, and to insinuate all sorts of termed a light of the Gospel, and even in his days, as you

“I think I have generally heard Luther doctrines, as the more grave prescribed modes of giving yourself lately told me, the Lutherans boasted of no instruction, as the ancient ponderous Treatise or formal longer sitting in darkness and the shadow of death, but of Homily. Romanism, Puseyism, Socialism, Political being enliglatened with the true light, and living in the

day of salvation." Economy, each and all employ the favourite medium to

• Assuredly, Miss Caroline,” replied he ; “but the render their teachings palatable to the wide and general sun must stand at high noon, before the day can be conaudience which they seek to interest. Here the designed sidered as in its full brightness. Permit me--and yet object is to set forth evangelical doctrines in opposition this does not properly belong to a lesson in history, and to, or rather as the antidote of the modern rationalism

your father's

“And why not?” interrupted Caroline, impetuously. which is understood to be so extensively diffused in Pro- Of what consequence is it in what exact order, or time, testant Germany and the Swiss Cantons.

wisdom is obtained ? True knowledge is always in place, The story is of the most simple construction ; Frederick and suits to every time ; and as to my father—I am

aware indeed that he did not expect direct religious inVollbrecht, a young student of great abilities, and a pure struction from you-but then, Mr. Vollbrecht, it appears and virtuous character, is, nevertheles, deeply tainted to me that religion is a subject which must necessarily be with the sceptical, if not positively infidel opinions of indirectly interwoven in every branch of knowledge or “ Young Germany." As a pupil he has the daughter well be carried on without at least showing what is the

science, consequently that historical instruction cannot and only child of a very wealthy old merchant, a religious teacher's belief. Besides—this is after all but a little man; whose opinions are strictly evangelical. In the love whim of iny father's :—my dear good papa cannot imagine of bold investigation and in rash self-confidence, Voll- any other times or any other youth than just his own brecht found a kindred spirit in the young Caroline things is in fact an unextinguishable law of our nature.

times and his own young days ; and yet, progress in all Werner ; yet theirs is not an Abelard and Heloise story- If then, Mr. Vollbrecht, you do not consider yourself enand the student finds a gentler maiden whoso meekness, titled to make me a degrading exception to this law of amiability, and piety tend to win him back from danger- do hope I possess, and yet an unscasonable, I could almost

advancement, I entreat you may go on.

Wings to fly I ous speculations, and lead him at last to embrace the

say an inoculated dread forbids my preparing them for pure faith recommended to him by the life and death of fight.” his excellent mother, and of all who were wise and worthy Thus called on, I must obey,” replied the tutor. in the circle of his friends. The history of Caroline, rich, risen day of truth and wisdom. Jesus, the Sage of

We have just spoken figuratively of the dawn and the vain, and ambitious, exemplifies, on the contrary, the Nazareth, was unquestionably such a light of the world, evil tendency of the sceptical opinions imbibed in her and called himself so. He brought freedom to the slaves youth. A main instrument in the recovery or conver- of the Law ; and in overthrowing blind obedience to a sion of Frederick is a Swiss pastor, who, with his family written law, he proclaimed at once the dignity and the group and his flock, forms a series of charming Oberlin mental powers.

task of man to consist in a rational development of his

Hence his declaration, Heaven is not pictures. There are many other characters in the without but within you,' and thereby he gave back to manstory, of which, as of course, the good and innocent, and kind that spiritual freedom, and those inalienable rights, also the penitent transgressors, become at last evangeli- which, though originally bestowed by God, bad been cal Christians. Even the Countess Caroline-who had

wrested from them by the tyranny of individuals of their

own species. Hence, too, he refrained from perpetuating long mingled, as the object of devoted admiration, in the his doctrines by writing, but preferred implanting them as sceptical circles of Paris, and with the freedom claimed

a free seed in the hearts of men. But human kind could by a very rich, beautiful, and independent widow, had disciples began to imprison their Master's doctrine in the

not endure the bright and dazzling light. Even his own chosen her brilliant society, and organised her Swiss villa fetters of written language, and hence we know not how after the model of Ferney or Coppet—came at last to own much belongs to them, how little perhaps emanated from to the repentant man who had first led her young thoughts him.

When afterwards the Church was elevated from a astray, “ You are in the right, my dear instructor ; with heathen slave to the dignity of a Christian Queen, she

sought to rule over earthly, as she had dominated over out genuine Christian piety, there can be no true happi- heavenly things, and so to the written word came to be ness even in this life."

added the soi-disant inheritance of the spoken word


«God puts,'

Tradition. That was a time of darkness, and of the views, and consequently opposite ones to my father. You shadow of death, which spread over the whole civilized can understand, therefore, Mr. Vollbrecht, that to spare world, in which, while the letter reigned sole and undis- his feelings I have been compelled very early to keep my turbed, the spirit was dead, and was intended to remain sentiments on such subjects to myself. But what then do 80. But after from time to time individual flashes had, you understand by Christ being the atonement for our in various countries, illuminated the night which wrapped sins ?'' mankind, the true dawn of a better day broke at length I confess,' replied Vollbrecht, " that I would much in the Sage of Wittenberg. It is Luther's infinite merit, rather be excused answering such questions." that he first of all removed the slavery of the letter. “No, no! dear Mr. Vollbrecht,'' cried Caroline, with But he could not do all he desired. He sought to have an eagerness of tone and a flashing cye, which spoke this given back the spirit instead of the letter, but he only gave question to be precisely the one which lay nearest her the spirit of the letter. Our task is, therefore, to return heart, “ leave me not thus standing in the outer porch of to that liberty which the Sage of Nazareth preached, when the temple of wisdom, Consider, continued she, in a he taught his followers to 'worship God in spirit and in voice of entreaty, “consider that the happiness of my

future life depends on your candour.” “And how can that be done?'' asked Caroline.

“ Well then,' replied the young man,

“ remember resumed Vollbrecht, "to make use what I give you is only my conviction, and, as you will of a Bible expression— God puts his Law in our hearts, soon perceive, somewhat different from the doctrine openly and writes it in our minds.' A worshipping of God is preached in our church. Reflect, therefore, I beseech in fact only possible in a spiritual sens? : wherefore, who- you, on what you ask of me. I would very unwillingly cver directs himself, that is his soul, towards God, and rob you of a belief which in the eyes of your father' retains a perpetual consciousness of the unity of his " Leave that out of sight, if you please," interrupted spirit with the original Divine Spirit, worships God in Caroline, impatiently. “You little dream, perhaps, how spirit and in truth.'"

very nearly, as it appears to me, my convictions already “ But,” objected Caroline, “ I have always considered approach to yours, and how sincerely I shall bless the an humble subjection of ourselves to the omnipotence | hour which removes the oppressive fetters of an inherent and majesty of God as necessary to the idea of worship.' timidity from my soul. Speak freely, then, I beseoch

It is true," continued the teacher, somewhat dog- you.' matically, “ a timid self-distrusting being places bis wor- “ The church teaches,” began Vollbrecht, “that the ship in humility and abasement ; but the fully emanci- justice of God could not leave the sins of man unpunished, pated soul has a presentiment of that equality of essence and yet that the best of humankind is so sinful as to renwhich binds him to the Godhead, and his worship of God der it impossible for the Divine Being to bestow happiis, properly speaking, a clear perception of his relation- ness upon him. By necessary sequence, that the whole ship to the Divinity, a joyful pride that earth and heaven human race was eternally shut out from happiness. That are essentially one.

in this state of things, Christ came forward as Mediator, Caroline drew a long deep breath. Her eyes bent on atoning with his innocent blood for the sins of man, and vacancy, seemed to indicate that the mental eye was thus satisfying the claims of Divine justice, and thereby searching every corner of its prison-house to attain a opening heaven to all believers. You see, Miss Caroline, clear insight into the mysticism whose high sounding that God is in this doctrine judged of in a very carnal words presented a dazzling jugglery to her mind under manner, and you will perhaps feel that a substitution the name of reason.

in the moral government of God is highly unwortby of “Mr. Vollbrecht," at last began she, “you unveil to the Deity. The true reconciliation of the human race me a land towards which I have for years gazed with with God consists in the re-awakened consciousness that almost hopeless longing, and which ever, even in its sha- we are of divine origin, and that heaven, not earth, is dowy indistinctness, seemed attractively fair, and calm, our home; and this reconciliation is attainable by us, and peaceful. But answer me one question. I ought without the personal intervention of Christ." to partake next Sunday along with my father of the holy " And in what light, then, do you regard the partaking Communion. I must honestly own to you that I have of the sacred supper?" asked his cager listener, evidently hitherto done so without deriving any benefit whatever much pleased with the sentiments just expressed. to my mind, and I am unable to conceive what the Church really intended to accomplish by the ceremony.

But we cannot go farther into these novel tenets; and It is difficult for me to conceal these feelings from my

have already intimated that master and scholar were father, before whom I am conscious of playing a hypo- finally led, among other doubts, to doubt of their own critical part, although affection for him alone has taught self-sufficient wisdom, and, in lowliness and humility, to me to keep silence. Answer me then candidly and ho-hearken to other teachings. We ought to add that, nestly, Mr. Vollbrecht, what do you think of Christ ?"

Vollbrecht suffered a slight smile to pass over his fea- merely as a work of entertainment, The Pilgrimage" tures, and it were hard to say whether it was elicited by possesses many attractions. the question, the questioner, or the reply he purposed to give ; which, after a short pause, was as follows :

Glimpses of the Old World ; or, Excursions on the “Jesus of Nazareth is called the Christ, that is, the Continent and Great Britain. By the late Rer. John King, (or anointed one), because he founded a spiritual A. Clark, D.D. Fourth Edition. London: S. Bagster kingdom, and freed the world from spiritual thraldom. In the place of the slavish fear of God, he taught the & Sons, 1847. spiritual unity of man with the Deity, and placed this in This work, we believe, has had an extensive circulathe most striking light, by depicting God as a father, and tion in America. all mankind as his children. In the place of selfishness, chosen. By the term Old World, one is apt to imagine

The title does not seem happily love of rule, and narrow-minded sectarianism, he substituted that love which ought to bind man to man with that it relates to antediluvian or pagan times, to a period out distinction of rank or station ; and he removed the anterior to the middle ages, or at least to an era so refear entertained of death as a state of dull repose, by substituting the doctrine of the continued activity of the im- volumes, in reality, embody the account of an American

mote as to be only attractive to the antiquarian. The two mortal spirit. It is possible that some other sage posterior to Jesus of Nazareth would have expressed this Episcopal clergyman's visit to some of the principal cities foreboding of the human soul with equal decision, but as of Europe, and especially of his tour in England and the Galilean Prophet actually did so, ho is become to us Scotland, so late as 1837 and 1838, and are interesting the light of the world, and a model for iraitation."

" Very well,” said Caroline, “all that has passed from the scenes and circumstances described, as well as more or less distinctly through my owu mind already. from the freshness and eloquence of the author's style. My earlier instructors likewise held pretty much the same Dr. Clark's object in coming to Europe was the recovery

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