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na like to be affrontit with her yelly- the lawful offspring of the foreign merhooing afore the King. Howsever, chant's rum-puncheon. I would thereMiss Menie, it maks na odds, a hachle's fore, Miss Menie, be weel pleased to like a clubby foot, made by the hand ken wha it is amang us that would o God, and a' the wealth of Indy take upon them to think me no entiwould ne'er gar Mrs M-Auslan look tled to gang as far ben as the best o' like a leddy—so it's a' ane what she them. But the making o' stepbairns maks choice o', or how ye may make is an auld faut in Greenock; and ye it up, she's sicken a coarse woman.” may mind, when we were in the dan
Miss Menie did not at all controvert cing school, Miss Menie, whatna lasses this opinion, because she foresaw that aye drew the head-tickets to the it would probably lead to beneficial kintra-dances. It gars my corruption consequences to herself; on the con- rise yet to think o' the master's cheattrary, she insinuated that certainly rie.-But it's a real droll tbing, Miss Mrs M'Auslan might have made a Menie, that ye're no marriet, noo when better choice, and that if she had cho- I think how ye were aye obligated to sen a showy trimming, exhibiting at dance wi' a lassie partner at the practithe same time several more expensive sings ; however, I fancy it was a fedum patterns than the one preferred, the o' what was ordained for you ; yet, for dress she had ordered would have been a'that, ye should be thankfu, as ye're a very different thing.
no fash'd in thir bad times wi' a can“And so ye would advise me to take krie gudeman's thrawn temper. Ye'll this ?" replied Mrs Gorogban, fixing take tent, however, that this is my her desiring eyes on the most expen- trimming, and I trust ye'll no disapsive of the selection exhibited. "But point me in getting the things ready ; Miss Mevie returned an evasive answer, for, as every body's on the flichter to calculated, however, to strengthen the see the King, me and Mr Goroghan influence of the beauty of the pattern,
are thinking it will be necessary to for she said that it had been much ad gang off twa three days afore he's exmired by some of the most fashionable peckit ; so ye'll be sure and keep your ladies, and mentioned the names of word, Miss Menie.”—The which Miss several, whom she knew Mrs Goroghan Menie promised to do faithfully, and considered as holding their heads above in time faithfully did. her, who was, in all respects, both of purse and pedigree, their equal. “ But,” subjoined Miss Menie, “ I hae
Paisley Bodies. vera misfortunately got but one suit of Among other extraordinary effects that trimming, and I'm amaist under of the radical distemper which lately a promise to gie the first offer to more raged in the West, was a solemn rethan ape."
solution, on the part of a patriotic band “ Rcady money's ready money, Miss of weavers' wives, to abjure tea and all Menie,” replied Mrs Goroghan, “and other exciseable articles ; in conforye'll just lay by the article for me. mity to which, and actuated by the First come first served-folk in a pub- fine frenzy of the time, they seized lic way shouldna be respecters o' per- their teapots, and marching with them sons, but pleasure a' their customers in procession to the bridge, sacrificed to the best of their ability. I won'er them to the Goddess of Reform, what right has ony body in the toun by dashing them, with uplifted arms of Greenock to set up for being better and an intrepid energy, over into than another-arena we a' working for the river,--and afterwards they ratiour bread ? - I'm sure, Miss Menie, I fied their solemn vows with copious see no more genteelity in a pestle and libations of smuggled whisky. Whemortar, than a tar barrel, and little ther this interesting ceremonial, so afdifference between an ellwand and an fecting to the Chancellor of the Excheelshin—it's no the cloke that maks the quer, took place in Paisley, or in some friar ; and in a touu like ours, where one of its reflective villages, we have we live by our ettling, trade maks us not yet, to our own satisfaction, entirely a'sib to ane another; so that, what ascertained ; but the historical fact e'er fools may think to the contrary, is as certain as that the inhabitants it's very true what I hae heard said, of the venerable town are necessarily that the change wife's gill-stoup is full what Cobbett calls a thinking people. cousin to the spirit dealer's gallon-pot, We say necessarily, for there is no
truth in all philosophy more sure than gravely—"ane o' your principles to that sedentary occupation has a spe- think of joining in the foolerie o’mancial influence on the cogitative fa- worship !” culties of man, disposing all enga- "Na, Tam," cried gabby Jamie, ged in such employment to indulge " there's great need for a revision o' themselves with theoretical opinions; a' our principles, or I'm far wrang ; and the Paisley bodies being in ge- fur ye see trade's grown better, and neral weavers and manufacturers, are, though the House of Commons is neiof course, like all other indoor artizans, ther hue nor hair changed frae what particularly subject to the moral Hatu- it was, things hae come round, the lency of hypothetical ideas. The sen · whilk gars me true that there was sation, therefore, which the news of mair o' the vapour o’a toom stamach, the King's intended visit produced than the reason o'a sound mind, in the among them, was, in many respects, principles o' our job the ither year.” very different from the lively excite- " I'm confoundit," exclaimed Tam, ment of those impulses of royal curio- “ to hear the like o' that doctrine fra sity which moved the bustling, rud- you ! Isna the House of Commons the dy, maritime Greenock folks, to re- rotten carcase o' British liberty? Its solve at once to partake and increase' corruption has increased, is increasing, the festivities prepared in the inetro- and ought to be diminished.” polis for the reception of his Majesty. " I'm no denying that,” replied They pondered well the objects and Jamie ; "a reform in the Commons' policy of the Royal Progress, and the House of Parliament is very necessary; result was as germaine to the premises, but dinna ye think, if ony way could as that recent process of their inge- be devised to persuade the King to nuity, by which they traced the fluc- bide in Scotland, there would be a tuations of trade to the ancient and better chance o' bringing it to a bear. unaltered institutions of King, Lords, ing! for ye ken he would be mair and Commons.
among honester folk than he is in Lon“So he's really coming,” said Ro- Indeed it's my notion, that this bin Orr, advancing towards a batch of jaunting to Ireland, and Ilandover and pale cotton-faced weavers, who were syne to Einbro', looks as he had himstanding on the plainstanes in front of self some thought o'flitting ; and I the Tolbooth, with their hands in their dinna wonder at it, for the Lononers breeches' pockets, and their green bae been made sae het and fou by the duffle aprons tucked aside.
lang residenting o' the Court amang “So they say,” replied clattering them, that they hae forgotten themTam, an eminent member of the Ra- selves, and acted as if the Crown wasdical Association, “and wi' sic a re- na a moveable.--Odsake! 'an he would tinue o' placemen and pensioners as but think o' coming to Paisley, it would ne'er was heard tell o' in a Christian be a glorious job for trade." land."
“ What would he do in Paisley ?" “ Man! I'm blithe to hear that,” said clattering Tam ; “I would like exclaimed auld gash-gabbit Jamie o to ken that." the Sueddan.
“ Ye needna be fear't, Tam," re“ Gordon's Lone, Prussia Street !” plied Robin Orr ; " he'll no come this cried clattering Tam, starting back- way. The Radical exploit has clour't wards, “ blithe to hear o' sic a deluge the character o' Paisley wi’ the King." o' corruption !"
* I'm sure," said Jamie o' the Sned“ Deed am I," said Jamie, “for dan, “that mair's the pity ; for it there will be a skaling of moully pen- would be a prime thing just to get the nies !--I hae amait a mind to tak my benefit for two three days o' the Court foot in my hand, and gang into Em. prodigality; and really if it be true bro' to see't."
that the King keeps away frae the West “And I'm fain too,” added Robin, out o'ony reason o' policy, we should Orr, " to see what sort o' a cork* a endeavour to mak it up wi' him. I'll King really is."
no say that we haena done waur things "I wonder to hear you, Robin," in our time, than to appoint a comreplied clattering Tam, somewhat mittee to gang in to Embro', to behave
"A slang term for master.
in a loyal and dutiful manner, in or- ers o' the community at large, and der to win and wile his Majesty to leave the public part of the show to the gie us a ca’ at Paisley."
magistrates, who are making every proDuring this conversation a consider- per preparation to uphold the characable number of other weaver lads col- ter of the toun.” lected around the orators, and they all, “ The de’il mean them," said clatat this suggestion, testified their ap- tering Tam, “it's at the public exprobation of the proposal, and volun- pense, and be d—d to them." tarily offered a weekly contribution to Ay,” replied the former speaker, defray the expenses of the mission. a little slyly, “ that's true, Tam ; but Clattering Tam, however, resolutely they have a very proper respeck to ecoopposed it, as most derogatory to their nomy, for a' that ; and though they hae character as reformers. But his ani- bired a coach, and got the town arms madversions, instead of producing the painted on the door, and intend to effect intended, only served to streng- figure awa' wi' four horses, the toun then their loyal determination. officers, it's thought, will do bravely for
“ If what we propose," replied Pe- flunkies, without ony more immediate ter Gause, a short, well-set man, who, outlay than getting their yearly scarlet by a certain air of activity in his man- coats a week sooner; for ye ken they ner, and neatness in his dress, com- would hae gotten them ony hoo on pared with the others, indicated that the King's birth day, and that's the he was one of those clever and shrewd twelfth of August. fellows, who, by the exercise of their Clattering Tam, however, was not natural sagacity, rise from the loom in- to be convinced. A thorough and ento the warehouse, and ultimately ani- grained radical, he continued to argue mate the vast machinery of the cot- against the headlong prostration of ton-mills-" If what we propose," principle, with which the others apsaid Peter, was any thing contrary peared, as he said, like the swine posto sound reason, then ye might mak sessed of devils, who committed suicide an objection. But I never heard, by leaping into the sea. But his elothat to pay a proper respek to magis- quence and arguments only excited trates was a dishonourable doing in their mirth; and he was in the end so any man. And isna the name of effectually laughed at, that he slunk King but a short word for chief ma- away, leaving Peter Gauze master of gistrate, or president, or anything ye the street. like to ca' the man that maun hae the “ Lads,” said Peter, looking after casting vote in every community, be Tam, as he was stalking away with long it great or sma'. For my part, I think strides, his hands in his pockets, and it a very sensible hint, for a squad o' his elbows looking out at the holes in us to gang in till Embro' at this time, his sleeves, “ he's wrang-headed ; for and demean ourselves as honest men although it's weel enough for us, and forenent his Majesty ; and though it's the like o' us, in a crack o'er a stoup, to very creditable to you that propose to tease and card matters o' kingly pobe sharers in the lawin, yet it seems licy, yet there's a craft in a' trades; to me that it would be in a better con- and I'm thinking it's as necessary for formity for us no to appear as a de- a man to serve a prenticesbip in the putation, but ilk on his ain pock-neuk; art of law-making, as in the weaving because, as our objek is to give his Ma- o'muslin. For though the King and his jesty an assurance, that it he would Lords and Commons aiblins ken the come west the gait, he would be treat- uses and the ways o' the shuttle and ed wi' a' manner o'respeck and cordi- the treddles, just as we do councils and ality in Paisley, it wouldna look weel, parliaments, they would make a poor considering the natural objection of hand in the practice : and I doubt we the government to committees among would ravel the yairn, and spoil the the people for political purposes, just pirns o' government, were we to medto meet him wi' a deputation ; for it dle wi' them.-In good sooth. the would be as good as telling him that part of common folk, like you and me, we're an organized body that he maun lies in a sma' sphere, and the best thing look to please. Therefore, I say, it we can do, is to act it as weel as we will be a far better compliment for can ; by the wbilk, we'll cause the less those that can afford it, to go in at trouble to those aboon us, and thereby their ain cost, as members and portion- mak them more and more disposed to
slacken the auld laws o' the ancient that they were so long empty_and rugging and riving times ;-and, for hours before the cooks had done their the same reason, it's our own interest part, the ready tables spread their to be respeckfu' towards the King in broad wide bosoms to receive the gorhis personality, for, as a man, his good geous gourmandry of the congratulawill is naturally to be won by kind- tory feasts. ness ; and if he sees us weel behaved At dinner nothing was discussed towards him, he canna but feel in his but the part which Glasgow ought to own breast an inclination to return the take, worthy of herself, on so great compliment. So, without making any an occasion. Some ventured to doubt sprose about enticing him to Paisley, if the town council would be suffiwhich, in my opinion, would be a fool ciently liberal to enable the Lord Prothing, let as many of us as can bear vost to vie with his civic brother of the cost, gang intil Embro', and join Edinburgh; and the general sentiment, the welcome in a rational manner, –
if such should prove to be the case, was, the whilk will no be the less creditable that every man was bound to bear a to us as men or subjects, that it is done part of the expense ; for all were conwi' fore-thought, method, aud temper- cerned, and all would be affected by
the style in which their chief magis
trate, representing, as he did, the Glasgow People.
second commercial city in the universe,
appeared within the beams of the Profound, beartfelt, and universal royal presence. He, they said, is the was the sensation with which the joy- sample of our community, and by his ful news of the King's visit vibrated appearance the quality of the whole lot through the bosoms of his faithful will be valued. A state-coach, horses, lieges in the royal city of Glasgow. and servants, were minor consideraBetween the Cross and Madeira court, tions, things of course ; but it was the from the Exchange to Veracity hall, universal opinion, that his Lordship up the High-street to that monument ought, on no account, to condescend to of oppression, the celebrated Inch- lodge in any hotel.–No; he ought to belly-Bridge-Toll-bar, down the Salt- rent a mansion suitable to the greatmarket, and across the Clyde, and far ness, the rank, and the character of the beyond the Barracks in the east, every city, and order a spacious brass-plate countenance that morning was radi- to be placed on the door, bearing, in ant with unwonted intelligence. The large and magnificent letters, this inProvost and Bailies, and those who sit scription, at full length,-“ THE in council with them, were seen in Right HONOURABLE THE LORD Protheir official sable, adorned with cock- vost of Glasgow.” Some discussion ed hats and golden chains, walking- arose as to whether his Lordship should the plainstones in a magisterial man- or should not keep open table during ner.-Punch-bowls that had not been his presence in Edinburgh ; but this once used since Christmas, were placed suggestion, so becoming the liberal instinctively on the sideboards—lemons public spirit by which all on this joyand limes disappeared, as if by en- ous occasion were then animated, chaotment, from every window where seemed to many impracticable, on ac. they stood exposed for sale—barefoot- count of the vast multitude that thecity ed lasses, with baskets in their arms, would probably pour from every rank hurried to and from the fish and flesh- and profession ; pinety-nine thousand markets ; and to them succeeded fresh nine hundred and ninety-nine was the flocks of other girls, hastening with very lowest estiinate. But, in considerpyes and puddings to the bakers.— ation of that difficulty, it was agreed The King's name, and the plunk of unanimously everywhere, that, alcorks drawn to driuk his health, re- though it might not be expedient to sounded in every house-Ducks and make any minute of council on the hens were instantaneously put to death; subject, in the instructions to be given geese were seen flying in all directions to the Lord Provost, nor that he from the out-stretched hands of their should be enjoined to eat nothing to destroyers; turkies were allured by breakfast but warm curran bun, and handfuls of corn to meet their fate, fresh butter sent out from Harley's the pots exultingly boiled-the jacks dairy, with marmalade, or strawberry whirled in ecstacy-glasses moaned jam on it; yet, if he so pleased, he should be free to support the honour of an occasion, which Bailie Cleland, and reputation of the town, even to in a new edition, is destined to chrothat extent.
nicle as the most brilliant event in all Such is a faint, imperfect, and, in his glowing pages of her eventful hismany respects, inaccurate sketch of tory. the first effects of the loyal enthusiasm But let him not trust too much to which burst forth with such a resound- his own eluquence when he employs ing explosion, from the very heart of the crystalline prism of his genius to the great and gorgeous city of Glas- separate the several component rays of gow. Next day, when the tumults of that glory which so dazzled all the exultation had in some degree subsi- age, but confer with Enobarbus ; for ded, the subject was more deliberate- only the golden barge in which Cleo ly considered. The intended inscrip- patra descended the Cydnus to meet tion on the brass plate was abbreviated Mark Antony, can enter into compato the moderate and elegant simplicity rison with the Provost's state coach. of “The LORD Provost OF GLAS- After the conference, we may then Gow.” No attempt was made to inter- expect to read, how it shone like a fere with the purveyance of his lord- burnished throne, the painels being ship's table ; and, altogether, a judi. yellow painted_Green the liveries of cious spirit governed and ruled the the flunkies, who were so perfumned whole of the municipal and corporate that the winds were love-sick with preparations.
thein-the handles were plated, and Sume doubts arising as to many par
the wheels made the dirt rise up after ticulars with respect to the place and them, as joyous of their whirling. For part which Glasgow would be allowed the Provost he beggar'd all descripto take in the ceremonials, a secret de- tion, as he sat on the back seat, and putation was appointed to proceed to before him two pretty dimpled bailies, Edinburgh, in order to confer with the like smiling Cupids. O rare for Edingrand Fadladeen of the pageants, and burgh ! to receive from him such instructions The set-out from the College was as, in his supreme wisdom, might be worthy of the meteoric splendours of deemed requisite to enable the Provost the Provost. No cost was spared by and Bailies to go through the business the tasteful members of the Senatus with all the dignity and pomp so im- Academicus, to evince their loyalty, periously demanded from personages their knowledge of the world, and endowed, as they were, with such a their orthodox respect for Presbytemost momentous public trust. The de- rian simplicity.—It is true, that their putation having proceeded to the ca- liveries, instead of vulgar cloth, like pital, held profound confabulations on those of the King or the nobility, were the object of their mission, and after- made of sumptuous purple velvet
, wards returned home, on the outside dyed to the right Archiepiscopal hue ; of one of the stage-coaches, to report but the footmen, by appearing in dark the result of these ministerious deli- grey rig-and-furrow worsted stockings, berations.
shewed that this proceeded from no From the moment of their return, carnal regard for any such prelatic a marked change was evident in the vanities. On the contrary, no shirt countenances of all interested in this of hair-cloth discovered beneath the important business; and a dignified papistical vestments of a Cardinal in
was maintained, both with the Vatican, could more effectually respect to the degree of consideration verify his pretensions to be regarded with which Glasgow was to be acknow- as a saint, than did this combination ledged, and also with regard to what of worsted hose with purple and fine her various representatives, of muni- linen, demonstrate the genuine and cipal and corporate authority, were to uncorrupted orthodox bumility of the do when they arrived in Edinburgh. University of Glasgow. In a word,
In the meantime, the preparations in whichever way the preparations in proceeded in the most munificent that classical and manufacturing city spirit-all that could exalt importance could be considered, it must be allowand dignify opulence, every thing, in ed even by the most invidious, that no short, worthy of Glasgow,-and of expense was withheld, and that a rewhat is not Glasgow worthy ?-was markable taste pervaded and predomicongregated to augment the splendour nated over all.