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will still continue ane goode instrument for the ad. vanceing ther of the king's service, for which, and all your former loyal carriages, be confident you shall find the effects of his ma’s favour, as they can be witnessed you by your very faithful friende, MONTROSE'

The other is,

" For the Laird of Col.

“ Petty, 17th April, 1646. “SIR,– Having occasion to write to your fields, I cannot be forgetful of your willingness and good affection to his Majesty's service. I acknowledge to you, and thank you heartily for it, assuring, that in what lies in my power, you shall find the good. Meanwhile, I shall expect that you will continue your loyal endeavours, in wishing those slack people that are about you, to appear more obedient than they do, and loyal in their prince's service ; whereby I assure you, you shall find me ever your faithful friend, MONTROSE." (

I found some uncouth lines on the death of the present laird's father, entitled “Nature's Elegy upon the Death of Donald Maclean of Col.” They are not worth insertion. I shall only give what is called his Epitaph, which Dr. Johnson said “ was not so

very bad.”

“ Nature's minion, Virtue's wonder,

Art's corrective here lyes under." I asked, what “ Art's corrective” meant. “Why, Sir,” said he, “ that the laird was so exquisite, that he set Art right, when she was wrong."

I found several letters to the late Col, from my

(1) It is observable, that men of the first rank spelt very ill in the last century. In the first of these letters I have pre served the original spelling.

father's old companion at Paris, Sir Hector M‘Lean, one of which was written at the time of settling the colony in Georgia. It dissuades Col from letting people go there, and assures him there will soon be an opportunity of employing them better at home.() Hence it appears that emigration from the Highlands, though not in such numbers at a time as of late, has always been practised. Dr. Johnson observed, that “The lairds, instead of improving their country, diminished their people."

There are several districts of sandy desert in Col. There are forty-eight lochs of fresh water ; but many of them are very sniall

- mere pools. About one half of them, however, have trout and eel. There is a great number of horses in the island, mostly of a small size. Being overstocked, they sell some in Tir-yi, and on the main land. Their black cattle, which are chiefly rough-haired, are reckoned remarkably good. The climate being very mild in winter, they never put their beasts in any house. The lakes are never frozen so as to bear a man; and snow never lies above a few hours. They have a good many sheep, which they eat mostly themselves, and sell but a few. They have goats in several places. There are no foxes ; no serpents, toads, or frogs, nor any venomous creature. They have otters and mice here; but had no rats till lately that an American vessel brought them. There is a rabbit-warren on the north-east of the island, belonging to the Duke of Argyle. Young

(1) This

was obviously written in expectation of the rebellion of 5.-C.

Col intends to get some hares, of which there are none at present. There are no black-cock, muir fowl, nor partridges; but there are snipe, wild-duck, wild-geese, and swans, in winter; wild-pigeons, plover, and great numbers of starlings; of which I shot some, and found them pretty good eating. Woodcocks come hither, though there is not a tree upon the island. There are no rivers in Col; but only some brooks, in which there is a great variety of fish. In the whole island there are but three hills, and none of them considerable, for a Highland country. The people are very industrious. Every man can tan. They get oak, and birch-bark, and lime, from the main land. Some have pits ; but they commonly use tubs. I saw brogues very well tanned; and every man can make them. They all make candles of the tallow of their beasts, both moulded and dipped; and they all make oil of the livers of fish. The little fish called cuddies produce

They sell some oil out of the island, and they use it much for light in their houses, in little iron lamps, most of which they have from: England ; but of late their own blacksmith makes them. He is a good workman"; but he has no employment in shoeing horses, for they all go unshod here, except some of a better kind belonging to young Col, which were now in Mull. There are two carpenters in Col; but most of the inhabitants can do something as boat-carpenters. They can all dye. Heath is used for yellow; and for red, a moss which grows on stones. They make broad-cloth, and tartan, and linen, of their own wool and flax,

a great deal.

sufficient for their own use; as also stockings. Their bonnets come from the main land. Hardware and several small articles are brought annually from Greenock, and sold in the only shop in the island, which is kept near the house, or rather hut, used for public worship, there being no church in the island. The inhabitants of Col have increased considerably within these thirty years, as appears from the parish registers. There are but three considerable tacksmen on Col's part of the island : the rest is let to small tenants, some of whom pay so low a rent as four, three, or even two guineas. The highest is seven pounds, paid by a farmer, whose son goes yearly on foot to Aberdeen for education, and in summer returns, and acts as a schoolmaster in Col. Dr. Johnson said, “ There is something noble in a young man's walking two hundred miles and back again every year for the sake of learning."

This day a number of people came to Col, with complaints of each other's trespasses. Corneck, to prevent their being troublesome, told them that the lawyer from Edinburgh was here, and if they did not agree, he would take them to task. They were alarmed at this ; said, they had never been used to go to law, and hoped Col would settle matters himself. In the evening Corneck left us.

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Col. Blenheim. Tenants and Landlords.London

and Pekin. Superstitions. Coarse Manners. Bustle not necessary to Despatch. Oats. - Mull. Addison. French Ana. · Racine. Corneille. Molière. Fenelon. — Voltaire.- Bossuet. Massillon. Bourdaloue. A Printing House. Erse Poetry. Music. Reception of Travellers. Spence. Miss Maclean. Account of Mull. Ulva. Second Sight. Mercheta Mulierum. Inch-Kenneth. Sir Allan Maclean. Sunday Reading. Dr. Campbell. Drinking. Verses on Inch-Kenneth. - Young Col's good Qualities. Solander. - Burke. Johnson's Intrepidity. Singular Customs. French Credulity.


Saturday, Oct. 9. — As, in our present confinew ment, any thing that had even the name of curious was an object of attention, I proposed that Col should show me the great stone, mentioned in a former page, as having been thrown by a giant to the top of a mountain. Dr. Johnson, who did not like to be left alone, said he would accompany us as far as riding was practicable. We ascended a part of the hill on horseback, and Col and I scrambled


the rest. A servant held our horses, and Dr. Johnson placed himself on the ground, with his back against a large fragment of rock. The wind being high, he let down the cocks of his hat, and tied it with his handkerchief under his chin.

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