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that of a mind by no means congenial, either in taste or genius, to Burke's. It was not surprising that the author of turgid phraseology and pompous inanity, frivolous conceits and declamatory rant, should disrelish beauty, sublimity, knowledge, and philosophy.
Burke frequently spent a considerable part of the recess either in visiting Ireland, or different parts of this kingdom. Some years before the period of his life at which I am now arrived (to the best of my recollection in 1785), Mr. Windham and he took a jaunt to Scotland: they rode their own
inundation of verse of the same species, under the signatures of Della Crusca, Anna Matilda, Laura Maria, and others, of whose writings the leading characteristics were reciprocity of extravagant compliment, multiplicity of superfluous epithet, and abundance of melodious nonsense. The vigorous and severe satire of Gifford, by his Maviad, either silenced these versifiers, or gave their talents (such as they were) a different direction. Laura Maria has been of late extremely prolific in democratic and sentimental novels. Sce Anti-Jacobin Review of Walsingham,' August, 1798, and False Friend,' May, 1799.
horses, went by Edinburgh, and proceeded northward to the Highlands. Though Burke, like his friend Johnson, delighted chiefly in the exhibition of the human mind in its constitution and diversity of operations, he also was much delighted with external appearances of nature. Passing through Athol,-a district of Perthshire, watered by the Tay and its tributary rivers, and abounding in picturesque scenery,. variegated from the verdant sweetness of cultivated vallies, and of woods interspersed with streams, and divided by a majestic river, to the bare rocks and heathy mountains of the Grampians, they viewed Dunkeld and Blair, seats of the Duke of Athol, by art and nature wonderfully fitted to gratify a taste for the BEAUTIFUL and SUBLIME. In their way from Dunkeld to Blair, they were very much astonished and delighted with the beautiful villa, parks, and pleasure grounds of Faskaly; one of the most charming seats in Scotland, in which the softness and sweetness of nearest scenery is contrasted and enhanced by the prominent boldness and rude
grandeur of the more distant tremendous waterfalls, woody precipices, hills covered with dingy firs, and o'ertopt by high and heathy mountains. Coming, in their return, to a country inn, they were much struck with the beauty and elegant manners of the landlord's daughters. The father, they found, was a gentleman, the representative of a respectable family, but of small fortune; and that in order to enable him to give his children a good education, to supply the deficiency of his patrimony, he had had recourse to industry. Mr. Burke and Mr. Windham were very much pleased with the conversation of the young ladies; and from the first town they came to, sent them a copy of Cecilia;' a present at once a high compliment to the taste of the young ladies and the genius of the author; and which they prized very highly, coming from such donors. One of the Misses McLaren (that was their name) was soon married to a gentleman in the neighbourhood. The younger, some years after, married a medical gentleman who procured
an appointment in India. The following circumstance is said to have produced the appointment and accelerated the marriage. Mr. Dundas, riding from his hunting seat in Strathern, to visit the Duke of Athol at Blair, stopped at the inn. Accosting Miss McLaren with his usual gallantry, and bestowing high and just praises on her beauty, he said, he was surprized that so fine a girl had not got a husband.' Sir,' replied
my marriage depends upon you.' On me, how so?' There is,' she answered, a young gentleman, to whom I am under promise of marriage as soon as circumstances will permit. He has been in the shipping service of the East India Company, and wishes to procure a settlement in Bengal, as an intimate friend of his, Mr. Dick, married to my eldest sister, is one of the principal surgeons in Calcutta, and would have it in his power very effectually to serve him in his business. Mr. Dundas, having, on inquiry, found that Mr. M'Nabb (the gentleman in question) was a man of merit and professional skill, on his return to Lon
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don sent him permission to go to India. The marriage was concluded: soon after they sailed; and are now established at
Crossing the Tunel, where, near its co: – fluence with the Tay, it forms the beautiful peninsula of Logerait,* the travellers, passing the venerable mansion of Ballechin, proceeded through the winding woods of StrathTay, to Taymouth, the seat of the Earl of Breadalbane, one of the most romantic and grandest scenes in the Highlands. Continuing their route by the banks of LochTay, towards Inverary, they one evening came to an inn, near a church-yard: amusing themselves with reading the inscriptions on the tomb-stones, they were addressed by a gentleman in a clerical habit, who, after some conversation, requested their company to drink tea at the parsonage-house. They
Heretofore a royal seat, and the residence of Robert II. a monarch, like his descendant Charles II. chiefly distinguished for the number of his progeny.