Page images


Forgave her sin, and changed her lot, Ou, Charity, of virtues first

And raised her up, and bade her go Oh, holy prompting of the heart,

In peace, and taught us all below That bids us choose the better part,

A lesson we have nigh forgot. But most in Heaven's mercy trust!


always with us,” still we find For mercy every night we pray;

These ever-present at our side, We daily ask that Heaven's decree

Yet from our hearts the truth we hide, May lightly fall on us, as we

That we and they are Christian-kind. Our duty to our fellows pay.

Ah, that His light would shine again, But in our daily life we see

To show us where our duty lies, Great Sin that stalks around us still,

And wake compassion in our days And yet we show nor way nor will

Like that which shone from His at Nain! To prove our Christian charity.

Churchman's Family Magazine.
Shall fellow-creatures fall away,
And we put forth no hand to save

From death, and death beyond the grave,
God's images in kindred clay?

The Queen is proud on her throne,

And proud are her maids so fine, Like Cain, we ask that question still - But the proudest lady that ever was known,

“ Our brother's keeper how are we?” Is a little lady of mine, And though we murder not as he,

And oh ! she flouts me, she flouts me! Our Abels by neglect we kill.

And spurns, and scorns, and scouts me! The City's alleys, foul and damp,

Though I drop on my knee and sue for grace, Show sights to give the angels awe,

And beg and beseech with the saddest face, Sad rebels 'gainst the Christian law,

Still ever the same she doubts me.
Defacements of the Almighty stamp ! She is seven by the calendar,
These are our sisters on the earth,

A lily's almost as tall;
Our sisters in the world to come;

But ah ! this little lady's by far Yet our fraternal hearts are dumb,

The proudest lady of all. And feel no pulse of foster-birth.

It's her sport and pleasure to flout me!

To spurn, and scorn, and scout me! We shrug our shoulders when we meet,

But ab ! I've a notion it's nought but play, Our garments gather lest we touch;

And that, say what she will and feign what she We will not own that any such

may, Are more than dust below our feet.

She can't well do without me. We mutter in 'side-whispered talk,

When she rides on her nag, away, “How dreadful is this City's sin !” We-in our wealth of warmth within;

By park, and road, and river,

In a little hat, so jaunty and gay, They — pacing wearily the walk,

Oh ! then she's prouder than ever! With awful eyes, and hungry glare,

And oh ! what faces, what faces ! Still seeking what they may devour, What petulant, pert grimaces ! With more of horror in an hour

Why, the very pony prances and winks, Than we in half a life could bear.

And tosses his head, and plainly thinks Whose is the greater sin, or ours,

He may ape her airs and graces. Or theirs ? We are not tried as they, But at times like a pleasant tune, Whose living deaths from day to day

A sweeter mood o'ertakes her; Make torture of those even hours,

Oh! then she's sunny as skies of June, Which gracious Heaven permits to glide

And all her pride forsakes her. In quiet comfort o'er our heads,

Oh ! she dances around me so fairly ! Who, sleeping soft in downy beds,

Oh ! her laugh rings out so rarely! Regard our easy lot with pride;

Oh ! she coaxes, and nestles, and purrs, and

pries, As if ourselves that lot had made,

In my puzzled face with her two great eyes, Had gained it by our proper skill,

And owns she loves me dearly.
And Heaven had merely to fulfil
The claims consistent with our grade.

Ay, the Queen is proud on her throne,
As if, assured of granted grace,

And proud are her maids so fine; We knew our sins already shriven;

But the proudest lady that ever was known,

Is this little lady of mine.
And, holding heritage in Heaven,
But waited to assume our place.

Good lack ! she flouts me, she flouts me!

She spurns, and scorns, and scouts me! Christians of course, but all our years But ah! I've a notion it's nought but play, Forgetful of our Saviour's law,

And that, say what she will and think what she Who, when the Magdalen He saw

may, Washing His feet with bitter tears,

i She can't well do without me.

From The Quarterly Review, that the day would come when I should be A Memoir of the Right Hon. Hugh Elliot. obliged to mix diplomacy with every action of

By the Countess of Minto. Edinburgh, my life? There were moments when, dismissing 1868.

the anxieties caused me by these trickeries, We should be sorry to chill the hopes ! burst out laughing to think that I was director cloud the prospects of a distinguished ing the most important interests in concert with and popular class of public servants, but foreign ambassadors and ministers. Behold me we are afraid that diplomacy has seen

surrounded by the Pope's Nuncio, Monseignor its best days; and that if steam, elec- Marcy Argenteau, Austrian Ambassador ; the

Giraud, Archbishop of Damas; the Count of tricity, and responsible government have English Ambassador, Viscount Stormont ; M. not proved its ruin, they are rapidly ac- de Monecnigo ; and all the other great and petty celerating its decline. An ambassador at a members of the diplomatic body. How sly I corrupt or despotic Court, several days' or was with that Moncenigo, who was sly in everyweeks' journey from his own country, had thing. How reserved I was with Lord Storample scope for the display of tact, insight mont, who phlegmatically tried to win me over into character, knowledge of affairs, and to the interests of England. He was eternally even statesmanship. He had to deal with hanging about me. I could not guess the reafavourites, as well as with ministers of state. son of his tiresome assiduity. At last, one fine He had to humour caprices, and watch for day, he told me that his Court desired to give happy moments — the mollia tempora fandi me proofs of its good-will, that it contemplated - as well as to draw up prototols or dic- offering me an annual present worthy of it tate despatches. Instead of telegraphing tone, “ the woman whom the King of France

and me. "My Lord," I replied, in a severe for instructions, he was obliged to act upon honours with his friendship is rich enough to his own judgment and responsibility on the make presents, and esteems herself sufficiently spur of the occasion, when haply the fate to receive none !”, of kingdoms depended on the success or failure of an intrigue. It was a mistress, A pupil in the Chesterfield school would Madame de Pompadour, irritated by some have avoided such a blunder, and this was contemptuous expressions imprudently let the school in which the most renowned didrop by Frederic the Great, that induced plomatists of the eighteenth century were France to join the combination against him brought up. The Prince de Broglie, who in the Seven Years' War; and many simi- dates (and, we think, a little antedates) the lar instances might be adduced in favour of subversive change in diplomacy from the Voltaire's well-known theory of causation French Revolution, speaks thus of its proin history — that great events are brought fessors or practitioners prior to 1789: – about by small things. When empires were ruled by loose or capricious women, there traits, and their conversation, studded over with

* Their memory was a gallery of living porwere no bounds to the influence which an the most august names, but marked by a disaccomplished and quick-witted man of the creet malignity, resembled that which is often world might exercise; and prior to the carried on in the vestibule about the habitués of French Revolution a Court or Government the château. There is nothing offensive in such controlled by reason, or anything that could a comparison. During a régime under which be called policy, was rather the exception kings represented the entire State, faithful dothan the rule. Many men, in all nations, mestic service without meanness was a natural long for peace,' says Carlyle, speaking of form of patriotism. A large portion of their 1759; but there are Three Women at the wandering lives was also spent in the pursuit of top of the world who do not: their wrath, sensuality and elegance, in sumptuous fêtes, various in quality, is great in quantity, and where they were hosts and guests by turns, disasters do the reverse of appeasing.' wherever they pitched their tents. They gave These three women were Elizabeth of Rus- the signal for pleasure. Strange pastime, it will sia, Maria Theresa, and Madame Pompa- nations. But this judgment would be as super

be said, for the depositaries of the destinies of dour.

ficial as pedantie ; for if their policy was frivo“Ah, my friend ! [writes Madame du Barri] lous, their frivolity was still oftener political who would have told me in my fifteenth year These diversions were but an occasion for en.

countering on the pacific territory of a salon, in which give piquảney to private corresponthe midst of songs, flowers, and festivity, the dence or memoirs : that the old school are rival of the eve become the doubtful friend of practically extinct already; and that consethe morning ; to observe him when off his quently a real service to historical and biguard in the whirl of dissipation, and by the ographical literature is rendered by any one charm of private relations to soften the too rude who rescues from oblivion an active and vaconduct, and denden the too clashing contact, ried diplomatic career of the olden time. of public interests. Besides, what ease in sus. Such a career cannot fail to illustrate the taining the weight of the heaviest affairs ! what art in untying the knots! What reserve, exempt annals of the period; and such a career

manners and morals as well as the political from restraint in the laisser-aller of a trifling or animated conversation! What strategy hid- pre-eminently fitted to amuse and instruct

, den under the mask of good-humour ! What is now before us in • A Memoir of the finesse in insinuation! What vivacity in the Right Hon. Hugh Elliot,' by the Countess repartee! Entrusted to these light hands, the of Minto. stormy communication of nations retained to The subject of this memoir was by no the very eve of armed conflict, and resumed on means a model diplomatist. Some of his the very morrow of battle, the character of best as well as his exceptionable qualities graceful amenity befitting the commerce of men were ill-suited to the vocation. He was of high rank and similar education.'*

high-spirited, impulsive, and imprudent, as He adds, with something like a sigh of well as clear-sighted, sagacious, and quickregret:

witted. His self-indulgent habits, with his

incurable irregularity, formed a grave draw“Our generation has seen the wrecks of this back to his imperturbable presence of mind, artificial and brilliant group, to which the Res- his chivalrous courage, his varied acquiretoration of 1815 brought back some days of ments, his ready wit, his powers of convertransitory éclat. The spectacle was curious, sation, and his admitted charm of manner. and I like to recall the memory of it, more es

But if this sort of man occasionally gets pecially now that this product of another age of the world has been buried forever under suc

into difficulties by overstepping the convencessive layers of revolutions.'

tional line, he has also methods of his own

for getting out of them; and his biography, In the course of a valuable paper on besides being the more interesting in itself, • The Diplomatic Service,' Sir Henry Bul- is so much the better adapted for placing in wer plausibly contends that the result of broad relief the peculiarities of the Courts the alteration should be increased care in to which he was successively accredited. the choice of our diplomatic agents, and a His character being of this composite marked improvement in their character : sort, the duty of evolving and portraying

• The affairs which were lispingly discussed it has fortunately been undertaken by a in the lady's chamber are now seriously debated granddaughter who has inherited its brightin the representative assembly; and the secrets est points, is on a par with him in fancy, timidly uttered round the fauteuil of the Minis-feeling, and accomplishments, can follow ter are publicly printed in the daily papers. him in his most discursive flights, and apThe nation is no longer circumscribed within the preciate him in his most erratic moods. limits of a Court. It is necessary, then, that Her materials, independent of family tradidiplomacy should become acquainted with the tions and reminiscences, consist of two nation itself.'

portions or classes of correspondence: the This raises a grave and difficult question first, composed of letters written by or reupon which we are not at present disposed lating to Mr. Elliot; the second, of letters to enter. The sole point to which we wish private and official, written to him at difto direct attention is that the new school ferent periods. These fill several volumes, rarely requiring, will rarely be chosen for, and the nicest discrimination was required the personal qualities which create interest in dealing with them; but not only are the or be frequently placed in circumstances selections made with excellent judgment

'La Diplomatie et Le Droit Nouveau. Par Al- and unimpeachable good taste,- they are bert de Broglie. Paris, 1868.

pointed by reflections, and connected by

additional matter, in a way to give un- | as admiration. Lady Elliot, clever, highbroken continuity to the narrative. Con- spirited, and imaginative, was not, like one sciously, or unconsciously, whilst profess- who filled her place in after years, ing merely to edit “Notes from Minto Man- - Blessed with a temper, whose unclouded ray uscripts,' Lady Minto produced a valuable

Can make to-morrow cheerful as to-day." memoir, when, under this title, she printed the substance of the work before us for To a want therefore of home sunshine, it private circulation, in 1862. It now, in its is possible that we may in part ascribe the completed shape, presents a full-length and fact that the letters written from home deal striking portrait of a remarkable member chiefly with news, with politics, or with adof a remarkable race. The very sarcasm vice, while those addressed there by the levelled at the Elliots in the palmy days of absent sons are confined to matters affectWhig patronage, as “The Scotch Greys,' ing their studies and pursuits.' was in some sort a recognition of their tal The two elder brothers, Gilbert and ents and energy.

Hugh, were brought up together. From The Right Honourable Hugh Elliot, who 1762 to 1764 they were under the care of a concluded a distinguished career of public private tutor, Mr. (after Sir Robert) Lisservice as Governor of Madras, was the ton, at Twickenham. Towards the end of second son of Sir Gilbert Elliot, the third 1764 they were placed in a military school baronet, whose family was ennobled in the near Paris, where they had Mirabeau for a person of the fourth baronet of the same schoolfellow, and David Hume, to whom name in 1797.* He was one of five chil- they were specially commended, as a prodren - two brothers, two sisters, and him- tector and friend. At the end of two years self. He was born in 1752, but Lady Minto (1766) they were removed to Edinburgh, has been unable to discover anything mate- where they pursued a multiplicity of studrial relating to him prior to 1762. The first ies, natural and moral philosophy, matheten years are almost a blank; the family matics, chemistry, classics, &c., under the correspondence is entirely silent as to their superintendence of Professor George Studomestic doings. "In none is there any, art, besides taking lessons in drawing, fencallusion to favourite haunts, to gardens or ing and dancing. In 1768 they went to grounds, to dependents or pets, nothing to Oxford and were entered at Christ-church, show affection for home as a place. Strong which was then, as now, the college most in family affection, however, has been ever request for young men of family and forthe characteristic of the race.' Lady Minto tune. Hugh did not keep terms enough to delicately suggests, that, if the unsettled entitle him to a degree, and in 1770 we find life of the parents, divided between Lon- him and his brother at Paris, mixing in that don, Edinburgh, and two or three other society which has been so happily bit off in , places, will not account for the phenom- two sentences by Sydney Smith: • There enon, it is possible that the home itself used to be in Paris, under the ancient rémay not have been of the kind to make gime, a few women of brilliant talents, who itself remembered with unmixed pleasure. violated all the common duties of life, and Sir Gilbert' (she says) “was a grave, gave very pleasant little suppers. Among highly cultivated man, immersed in politics, these supped and sinned Madame d'Espiand, like all fathers of his time, seems to nay, the friend and companion of Rousseau, have inspired his family with as much awe Diderot, Grimm, Holbach, and many other

literary persons of distinction. This was • Long prior to this creation the family had belonged to the Scotch Noblesse de robe. The first the lady who especially attracted Gilbert, baronet (creation of 1700) held the title of Lord and the brothers were favoured guests in Minto as a Lord of Session, and was subsequently the salons of Madame du Deffand, Madame appointed Lord Justice Clerk. The second was Geoffrin, and the rest of the pleasant but also appointed Lord Justice Clerk, and held the same title. The first Earl was successively viceroy wrong'set to which Sydney Smith alludes. of Corsica, envoy-extraordinary to Vienna, presi. Their reception by Horace Walpole, then dent of the Board of Control, and Governor General at Paris, was characteristic: 'As soon as of Bengal. General Elliot, Lord Heathfield, was descended from a common ancestor.

we were equipped,' writes Hugh, we

waited on Mr. Walpole, who seems to be to his military knowledge, made valuable as dry and cold a kind of gentleman as ever friends, and left the best possible impression I saw. He cleared up a little when he of his disposition and accomplishments. heard that we had some French acquain- | At that time, remarks Lady Minto, his love tance, and did not depend entirely upon for the profession of arms amounted to a him for introduction. In the same letter passion, and, resolved to gratify it at all he describes their visit to Madame de hazards, he proceeded from Vienna to WarBoufflers, whom they found at her studies saw to place his sword at the disposal of in her bedchamber, and were told by ber, Stanislaus Augustus, King of Poland, whose after talking about English and Scotch au- Court is truly described as then the most thors, that, if she had time, she would set brilliant and dissipated in Europe, although about translating Adam Smith's Moral his dominions were overrun by the armies Sentiments,' giving as a reason, il a des of three great Powers, and both throne and idées si justes de la sympathie.'

monarchy were tottering to their fall

. In the autumn of 1770 Hugh, instead of Considering the heroic efforts and terrible returning to Oxford with his brother, pro- sacrifices of the Poles so repeatedly renewed ceeded to Metz, where a camp had been since their cause has been utterly hopeless, formed for the instruction of the Duc de it is a fair subject of speculation why they Chartres, to study military tactics; for his were incapable of striking a bold blow for chosen profession was the army, and the their independence, when, although gravely compulsory change of destination was the threatened, it was still unshaken and entire. first and greatest disappointment of his life. In September, 1772, Hugh Elliot writes to In strict keeping with the practice of this his father: period, Scott describes Waverly, as joining I have met with a very favourable reception his regiment a captain, the intervening here. The King's person and manner are striksteps of cornet and lieutenant being over- ingly engaging and manly. I never was so leapt without difficulty;' and Hugh Elliot moved with any scene as with the first aspect of expected to begin active service in the this Court. Remorse or despair get the better command of a company. So early as 1762, of the forced cheerfulness with which they enbeing then in his tenth year, he had been deavour to veil the approach of ruin, slavery, nominated to an ensigncy in a newly-raised and oppression. But these only prompt them regiment by the colonel, General Scott, to complaints; not one man is bold enough to and in accordance with the usual privilege draw his sword in the common cause. All the or (more correctly speaking) traditional blood that has been shed in the numberless conabuse, his time would have counted from federations was only the consequence of private the date of the commission, and his promo- piques and jealousies, fomented by the intrigues

. tion have gone on precisely as if he had never been absent from his duties. It is a the King (the last time I was with him) that he

• I could not help expressing my surprise to curious circumstance connected with this did not raise his standard in some part of the nomination that it was denounced by kingdom, as I was sure, from my own feelings, Wilkes in the famous No. 45 of the North that he would soon have an army of volunteers, Briton.' Whether on account of the re-able at least to defend his person from danger. sulting notoriety, or from an unwonted im- He took me by the hand, and said, “ Ab ! mon pulse of public virtue, or some less justifi- cher Elliot, nous ne sommes pas des Anglais." able and more occult motive, Lord Barring- He is now reduced to the greatest distress, as ton, Secretary of War when Hugh proposed his revenues are entirely in the hands of his to join, refused to ratify the appointment, enemies : he has hardly wherewithal to pay bis and the utmost degree of favour that could household servants, much less an army.' be obtained for him was the nominal rank Leaving this degenerate monarch and deof captain, which it was hoped would enable voted race to their fate, he looks about for him to enter a foreign army with advan- the place where fighting was most likely to tage. In this, too, he was disappointed; be had, which just then happened to be and it is strange that he and his friends Moldavia, where a Russian army was conshould have been so imperfectly acquainted fronted by the Turks; but, hostilities being with the rules of the Austrian service as to deferred by the unexpected prolongation suppose that they would or could he set of an armistice, he took a trip to Constantiaside in favour of a young foreigner, be his nople, much to the displeasure of his father, personal recommendations what they might. who, naturally enough, complained of in

Although he failed in his main object of stability of purpose and want of self-conentering the Austrian army with rank, he trol, and enjoined an immediate return to had every reason to congratulate himself on England. To this Hugh respectfully but his visit to Vienna, where he added largely.I most positively demurred. It would be, be

« EelmineJätka »