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DIED AT EDINBURGH, ON THE 5TH DAY OF NOVEMBER LAST,
WILLIAM RUSSELL, ESQ. ADVOCATE.
We cannot permit these words to stand in this Magazine unaccompanied by some expression, however poor and inadequate, of the feelings which the event they record has excited in many hearts--and in few, most certainly, more strongly than our own.
The name of Mr William Russell was, and had for many years been, known and honoured in the literary circles of Scotland; but his conduct had been so modest, his modes of life so unobtrusive, that, in so far as we know, his reputation had scarcely travelled beyond his own country, when he was thus cut off in the very prime and vigour of an intellect which could not have been exerted, as he always did exert it, much longer without attracting an abundant share of notice and distinction.
As it is—If his friends should be induced, (as we hope they may be,) to present the world with some collection of Mr Russell's Essays from the periodical works to which he had contributed, there can be no doubt that his name must assume and retain a distinguished place in the political literature of this age. The largeness and comprehension of his views, the sound, solid sense of his reasoning, the vigour of his argument, and the massive energy of his eloquence, would have rendered him a most powerful auxiliary in any cause ; and he never exerted these great talents but for the cause which was and ought to have been dear to him, as a gentleman, a patriot, and a Christian. During the tumult and agitation of the last war, he, then young and friendless, stood forth almost alone in Edinburgh-we might, perhaps, say in Scotland—as the bold and determined friend and defender of those principles which have eventually led to the salvation of this country and her constitution in church and state. He began to write, when all the political writing that anybody heard of in Scotland, was Whig--and nobody had more temptations, if anything could have tempted him, to join that active and then clever party, than he. He understood their views, he feared not their powers, and he laid the foundation of the literary opposition, which has since utterly ruined and annihilated the influence of those who, at that never-to-be-forgotten period, possessed the almost absolute sway of the political press of Scotland, -and who exercised that authority for purposes well worthy of the impudence which alone could have led to its assumption.
In his more mature years, Mr Russell continued to be one of the firmest and most effectual friends of the cause which in Scotland had owed so much to the zeal of his youth ; and among other matters, he was the author of a great many of the best serious political papers that have appeared in these pages.
In History, Politics, and Political Economy, bis attainments were of the first order. He was also thoroughly skilled in the jurisprudence of his country, and being gifted with very superior powers as a speaker, must, but for fortuitous circumstances, have risen to the very head of his profession.
We have never met with a man whose character was more perfectly appreciated among all who had any access to know him. It was impossible for anybody to see much of him, without feeling that every action, and every word of his, were dictated by a heart fraught with every sentiment of honour and kindness. Nothing mean, crooked, or sinister, could endure his presence. There was a purity and dignity in his mind, that never failed to overawe and banish those whoin it did not attract and win. Few men had more personal friends than he ;--and never was any man more uniformly and deeply respected by all who were entitled to consider themselves as his associates,
This gentleman, dying in his 37th year, has left abundant proofs at least, if not any one adequate monument, of his intellectual power. Equally amiable and estimable in every relation of public and private life, he has bequeathed sorrow to all that knew him—and pride to those immediate connexions who can never cease to deplore his loss. It will not be easy to fill up the void that has been created amongst us by the disappearance of William Russell.
Print by James Ballantine and Company, Edinburgh.
Ambrosianæ, Noctes, 231, 585
Calamitous Fires in Edinburgh, 698
Captain Rock Detected, by a Munster
Catholic Association of Ireland, its dan-
gerous tendency, 501
Celebrated female writers, on the works
John Quincey, 308_Aimes Fisher, ib. Chapters on Churchyards. -Chap. III. 215
-Allen Paul, ib.Bozman, Henry -Chap. IV. 317-Chap. V. 468
Coffin, Coleman, Cooper, 427—No. III. ters, remarks on, 395_Religious bene-
drama, 567 – Evans, Everett, 568 gious, 402_Consequences of removing
land, 405–Prodigious increase of Dis-
England defective with regard to orato-
and attainments of, have risen consider neglected, 411_Objections to perform
ably within the last fifty years, 521 ing clerical duties by deputy, 412_Let-
zeal in the English clergy the chief cause
of the indifference of the laity, 551
writings, 162–Her Tragedy of Basil, 67
Continent, letters from the, 555
Controversy, the West Indian, No. IV.
Conversations of Lord Byron, review of
Letter on the same subject by an old
Letter from Mr Southey concerning, 712
of, raised by the Catholics, 495
Corn Markets, 121, 356, 483, 610, 728
Deaths, 127, 367, 488, 615, 734
Devil's Elixir, review of, 55
land, remarks on, 395
Edinburgh, great fires in, 698
English clergy, absence of zeal in them one Letter from one of the Humes, 657
great cause of the indifference of the from Mr Southey, in answer to an
Lord Byron," 712
guished female authors, No. I. 162 of the John Bull Magazine, 115 To
left-handed fiddler, 528_Christmas ca ster Review, 222_To the same, on the
last Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews,
of Mr Mullion to the leading poets
of the agem No. I. To Bryan W. Proc.
from the Vicarage-No. I. 548
Liberal system, remarks on the origin and
motives of the, 442-Its consequences as
they affect this country, 448__ The sys-
concerning the difference in the, 387 grand principle is to value men and
and dangerous character, 455
of the, No. I. 179-No. II. 438
M'Crie, Dr, review of his Life of Andrew
Magalotti on the Scotch School of Meta-
Magic lay of the one horse chay, the, 440
-Chap. XIII., 328–Attack of a Da-
in the life of, 456
Maxims of Sir Morgan ODoherty, Part
North, 67—Part of an article by, 69 Medwin, Captain, review of his Converse
the same subject, 536_Letter of Mr
cations, on the reciprocal influence of Melville, Andrew, review of MCrie's Life
ragement of, 136
Men and Women, brief hypothesis con-
advancement and diffusion of, 26 Modern history of Italy, remarks on Mr
Mother's lament for her son, the, 33
on Medwin's Conversations of Lord Music, a satire, review of, 183
Naval proinotions, 364
New Christmas Carol, 680
Noctes Ambrosianæ, XVI., No. 231. Publications, monthly list of new ones, 118,
352, 604, 725
Fine arts generally neglected by the tions, and intellectual progress, 518
-On the auto-biography of Edmund
“ The Valiant Scot,” founded on the On American writers, 304, 415, 560
story of Sir William Wallace, 672 -On the Church of England and the
Henderson the historian, 1-Maxims of, 442--On an angry article in the North
334_His Farewell to Scotland, 598 American Review, 474-On the con-
duct of the Roman Catholics at Bible
Society meetings, 491-On the recipro.
of the leading features of, 74—Policy of tions, and the intellectual progress of
Of music, a satire, 183_-Of Miss Lan.
gress, or their reciprocal influence, 518 194_Of M-Crie's Life of Andrew Mel
Mother's Lament for her Son, 33-Let. -Of Goetz von Berlichingen, a tragedy,
ib.-Farewell to Twenty-Four, 681 Shepherd's cot, the, 385
II. On money, 34-Whether foreign or Songs by Mr Mullion, 589, 596, 600
people of the United States, 91
Esq., No. III., 45e No. IV., 658 Summary View of America, by an English.
-Modes and conveniences of travelling,
Domestic life, ib. Spirit of conversa. Twilight, 473
tional character, 651-Conclusion, ib. 682
ciation, 540_Lord Belgrave's letter to
Wines, ancient and modern, remarks on
Wonderful passage in the life of Mansic
-No. XVII., 222_No. XVIII., 294 Works preparing for publication, 117, 350,
INDEX TO BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS.
Hawthorn, 126 Macleod, 615
Hislop, 734 Maxwell, 488
Cunningham, 733 Hogarth, 734 Menzies, 488
Hope, 615, ib. Miller, 488
Dawson, 365 Hunter, 734, ib. Montagu, 365
Morrison, 365, ib.
Napier, 733, ib.
Dunlop, 734 Kenney, 488
Ogilvy, 126, 614
Kinnear, 365, 488 Oliver, 734
Elphinstone, 733 Kintore, 126 Orleans, 365
Krim Ghery, 365 Pasley, 733
Fraser, 365, ib. 488, Leslie, 126, 365 Ralston, 614
Lindsay, 126 Rattray, 488
Lockhart, 614 Richardson, 488
Ross, 365, 614
M'Grigor, 365 Sanders, 615
Mackay, 126 Sands, 126
Greenock, 734 Mackenzie,
126, Schenley, 126
365, 614, 734 Scott, 188, 734, ib.