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to hold in contempt. But no species of knowledge should be fhiona, gave the territory called Creevagh, which was his prindespised; and the desire to penetrate the dim obscurities of cipal residence for a time, and which was given him in additime in search of our origin, as well as to speculate upon our tion to other lands wbich O'Donnell's ancestors had previously future prospects, is one of the characteristics which distin- given to O'Sgingin, in reward for his skill in the science guish the human from the lower animals of creation, and which was hereditary to him, namely, history. without which we should have little to boast of over them. Son to Dermot of the three schools was Teige Cam, who
The family of O'Clery, or, as the name is now usually writ- had the three celebrated sons, Tuathal, Gillareagh, and Der. ten, Cleary, and sometimes anglicized Clarke, is not of Tir- It was by them that the stone houses were built in connellian origin, nor of very ancient standing in the country Kilbarron ; for they and their ancestors were the occupants of of the Kinel-Connell race, the present county of Donegal. Kilbarron since the time of Cormac already mentioned, who Their original locality was in Hy-Fiachrach-Aidhne, a dis- came first to Tirconnell; and they were also the occupants of trict comprising the entire of the present diocese of Kilmac- Carrow-na-Caheragh, and Carrownty-clogh of the lands of duagh, in the present county of Galway, and of which their the monastery of Assaroe. To them also belonged (as a gift) ancestors were, for a long period previous to the Anglo-Nor- from O'Donnell
, the quarter of Kildoney, the quarter of Coolman conquest, the hereditary lords or kings. As usual in remur, and the quarter of Drumincrin in Moy-Enné. ancient Irish topographical names, this territory derived its The children of Tuathal, the son of Teige Cam, the son appellation from that of the tribe by whom it was formed into of Dermot of the three schools, were Teige Cam, Giolla a principality, the name Hy-Fiachrach-Aidhne being the Riabhach, Mahon, and William. Teige Cam (the son of tribe name of the descendants of Fiachra, who was the son of Tuathal) left no issue but one daughter, Sheela." Eochy-Moyvaine, King of Ireland in the fourth century. On The preceding extract furnishes us with a very striking the adoption of surnames, however, at the close of the tenth evidence of the regard anciently entertained for learning in century, this tribe having split into several distinct families, Ireland, and of the liberal endowments made for the support of assumed different surnames from their immediate progenitors, its professors. The lands named as belonging to the ollaves and of these families the most eminent were the O'Clerys, of 'T'irconnell are still known by the appellations above given, the O'Heynes, the O'Shaughnessys, the Mac Giolla Kellys, and would at the present day produce a rental little short of and the O'Moghans.
two thousand a-year. Ah! it will be long till learning in The occasion of the first settlement of the O'Clerys at the history and literature of our country be again thus nobly Kilbarron, in the country of Tirconnell, will be best told in the recompensed ! But it may be asked, were these professors of simple statement of his descendants, as given in their genea- old worthy of the liberal patronage thus afforded them-were logical work.
they mindful of the duties imposed upon them in return for it ? “ The English power, that is to say, the power of the we answer, that we think they were, and in support of our Burkes descended from William (Fitz Adelm) the Conque- opinion we adduce the following brief but expressive tributes ror, having become in the ascendant over the descendants of to their memories as recorded by our Annalists :Eochy Breac, the son of Dathi, the son of Fiachra, &c. “ 1492. O'Clery, that is, Teige Cam (or the crooked), ollave several of the latter were separated, and dispersed into various to O'Donnell in science, poetry, and history, a man who had districts, viz, Mac Giolla Kelly went into Western Erris, maintained a house of universal hospitality for the mighty and a branch of the O'Clerys into Hy-awley Mac Fiachrach. and the needy, died, after having subdued the world and the Another branch of them passed into [East] Munster, and devil.” settled in the vicinity of Kilkenny, and another again passed “1512. Tuathal O'Clery, the son of Teige Cam, a man into Breifney O'Reilly, and are there known as the Clan learned in history and poetry—a man who kept a house of Clery.
hospitality generally for rich and poor, died.” After a lapse of time, a wise and intelligent man of the • 1522. This year was killed, besides two of the poets of O'Clerys went from Tir-awley into Tirconnell
. Cormac O'Donnell, Dermot, the son of Teige Cam O'Clery, a man O’Clery was his name, and he was a proficient in both the learned in history and poetry-a man who kept a house of laws, that is, the civil and the canon law. The monks and hospitality universally for the rich and the poor.' learned men of the monastery of St Bernard, called Assaroe ** 1527. O'Clery, that is, Giolla Riabhach, the son of Teige (near Ballyshannon), conceived a great respect and affection Cam, learned in the seiences, in historical knowledge, in for him, on account of his councils, his good morals, his wis- poetry, and in theological reading, a man respected and rich, dom, and his intellect, and they detained him among them for died." a time. He was at this period young and comely.
1583. In this year Turlogh Luineach O'Neal, having at. For a long time previously, O'Sgingin had been the ollave tacked O'Donnell at Drumleen, in revenge of the burning of [chief historian) to the lord of the Kinel-Connell, that is, the Strabane by the latter some time previously, he was defeated O'Donnell ; and it was from Ard-Carne in Moy-Lurg of the by O'Donnell with great loss, and amongst the slain was Dagda that he came into Tirconnell.
“Maelmurry (the son of Dermott, who was son of Mahon, When the Cormac O'Clery of whom we have spoken who was son of Tuathal) O'Clery, the only hostage of O'Neill came into Tirconnell, Niall Garbh, the son of Hugh, the son and the Kenel-Owen, for his father and O'Neill himself had of Donnell Oge, was lord of the country; and O'Sgingin, that been born of the same mother. Maelmurry, on account of is, Matthew, was ollave to him at the time; and there did not his relationship with O'Neill, had been in possession of all then live of children with O'Sgingin, nor yet of his tribe, but O'Neill's wealth, and O'Neill would have given three times an only and beautiful daughter. And this daughter O'Syingin the usual quantity of every kind of property for his ransom, gave as wife to this Cormac, and all he demanded for her if ransomed he could have been ; but he was first mortally as a dower* was, that if ever a son should be born to them, wounded and afterwards drowned by O'Donnell's people, who he should be trained up in the knowledge of literature and were in high spirits, and rejoiced greatly at seeing him thus nistory, as his own family were all extinct in that country ex- cut off.” cept this only daughter. Cormac promised to fulfil this re- “ 1585. Cosnamhach, the son of Cucogry (or Peregrine), quest, and he did so.
who was the son of Dermot, who was the son of Teige Cam A son was born of Cormac and O’Sgingin's daughter, and O'Clery-a rich and flourishing man, who had maintained a he was named Giolla Brighde, in honour and remembrance of house of hospitality at one time in Thomond and another in Giolla Brighde O'Sgingin, his maternal uncle, who was the Tirconnell, died af Fuar-Chosach in Tirconnell, in the lent intended ollave of Tirconnell, but had died some time before, of this year, and was interred under the asylum of God and in the year 1382.
St Bernard, in the monastery of Assaroe." Son to that Giolla Brighde O'Clery was Giolla Riab. This devotion to literature was not, however, a charachach; and son to Giolla Riabhach was Dermot of the three teristic of the O'Clerys in their days of wealth and prosschools, so called because he kept a school for literature, a perity only, but distinguished them with even greater lustre school for history, and a school for poetry. It was to that when reduced to poverty in after times, as will clearly appear Dermot that O'Donnell, that is, Niall, the son of Turlogh an from the facts we have yet to adduce. But as we are sketch
* Tinnscra, in the original—a reward, portion, or dowery-it being the ing their genealogical history, as well as their character, we custom among the Irish as among the Eastern nations, that the husband must previously continue their pedigree from the period of should make a present to his wife's father, or to herself, upon his marriage. their settlement at Kilbarron, to their extinction as profesAs Byron says
sional ollaves, on the ruin of their patrons the O'Donnells, and, “Though this seems odd 'Tis true : the reason is, that the bashaw
for the sake of clearness, we shall give it in a tabular form, Must make a present to his sire-in-law."
1. Cormac O'Clery, the first who settled in Donegal,
2. Giolla Brighde O'Clery.
The motives which actuated the O'Clerys to enter on a work 3. Giolla Riabhach O'Clery.
of such labour as this, are very feelingly and prophetically ex4. Dermot of the three schools.
pressed in the dedication to it by Michael, the superintendant 5. Teige Cam (or the stooped) O'Clery.
of the work. “Judging that should such a compilation be 6. Dermot O'Clery.
neglected at present, or consigned to a future time, a risk 7. Cucogry (or Peregrine) O'Clery.
might be run that the materials for it should never again be 8. Mac Con O'Clery; his brother, Cosnamach, died in brought together,"—and such indeed would have been their 1584.
fate. In the same spirit the O'Clerys compiled their Leabhar 9. Lughaidh (or Lewis) Giolla Brighde, Mac Con Meir- Gabhala, or book of the conquests of Ireland, containing the geach, Cucogry, and Duigen O'Clery.
most valuable ancient historical poems preserved in the lanOf these sons, the eldest, Lughaidh, was the most distin- guage; their book of Genealogies; their Reim riograidhe, or guished of the Irish literati of the northern half of Ireland catalogue of kings; and their calendar and genealogies of the in his time, and the principal poetical combatant on the Saints or distinguished ecclesiastics of Ireland. In addition part of the northern bards in the contest with those of the to these, Cucogry, the son of Lewy, wrote the Life of Red southern division, which took place about the commencement Hugh O'Donnell, a work of the greatest value and interest. of the seventeenth century, respecting the claims of the Copies of all these works are now preserved in the library of rival dynasties of the northern and southern divisions of the Royal Irish Academy, and with the exception of two of Ireland to supremacy and renown. The poems written on them, are in the autograph of Cucogry O'Clery, the best this occasion are usually collected into a volume, entitled scribe of the family, or of the Four Masters conjointly. “ Iomarbadh,” or, Contention of the Bards, and were long The preservation of these remains, so essential to our hispopular among the Irish people. He was also the compiler tory, is very interestingly connected with the subsequent of Annals of his Own Times, which the Four Masters used in fortunes of the O'Clery family. their great compilations. As chief of his sept, this Lughaidh, Towards the close of the fatal troubles of the seventeenth or Lewis O’Clery, held the entire of the lands bestowed on century, the O'Clerys, with many other families of Tirconhis ancestors, as well as the herenach lands of the parish of nell, were forced to seek shelter in the wilds of Erris, in Mayo, Kilbarron, as hereditary herenach, till the flight of the north- under the guidance of their natural leader Roger O'Donnell, ern earls in 1607, when they were lost to him and his family the son of Colonel Manus O'Donnell, who was killed at Dunin the general confiscation which followed, and became the gannon in 1646, and ancestor to the present Sir Richard property of the Lord Folliott and the Bishop of Raphoe. He O'Donnell of Newport. Of these O'Clerys, was Cucogry, held those lands, however, till the close of the year 1609, and one of the Four Masters, and senior representative of the name, was selected as one of the “good and lawful men” of the who, carrying with him his books as his chief treasure, becounty, appointed in obedience to a commission to inquire into queathed them to his two sons Dermot and John. How the king's title to the several escheated and forfeited lands in strong this feeling of pride in his books, and his love of learnUlster, and which held an inquisition for this purpose at Lif- ing, continued in the midst of adversities, and even in ford, on the 12th of September 1609. In this inquisition, death, will appear from the following extract from his autowhich furnishes the most valuable information upon the nature graph will, which was made at Curr-na-heilté, near Newport, of ancient Irish tenures, it is stated that "the parish of and which is preserved in one of his works now in the library Kilbarron contains five quarters in all, whereof one quar- of the Academy. It is the first or principal item among his ter is herenach land possessed by the sept of the Cleries bequests:—“ I bequeath the property most dear to me that as herenaches, paying thereout yearlie to the lord busshopp of ever I possessed in this world, namely, my books, to my two Raphoe thirteen shillings four pence Irish per annum, six sons Dermot and Shane (or John.) Let them extract from meathers of butter, and thirty-four meathers of meale; and them, without injuring them, whatever may be necessary to that there is one quarter named Kildoned, in the tenure of the their purpose, and let them be equally seen and used by the said sept of the Cleries, free from any tithes to the busshopp,” children of my brother Cairbre as by themselves; and let them &c. And again, " That there are in the said parishe three instruct them according to the (obliterated.) And I request the quarters of Collumbkillies land, everie quarter conteyninge sixe children of Cairbre to teach and instruct their children. And balliboes in the tenure of Lewe O'Cleerie, to whom the said I command my sons to be loving, friendly, and kind to the chillands were sithence mortgaged for fortie pounds, by the said dren of Cairbre, and to their own children, if they wish that late Earle of Tirconnell unto the said Lewe, who hath paid there God should befriend them in the other world, or prosper them out yearly unto his Majestie, since the late earl's departure, in this, and give them the inheritance of heaven.' four poundes, two muttons, and a pair of gloves, but nothing The injunctions thus solemnly laid on his posterity were to the said busshopp."
faithfully fulfilled. His books were carefully preserved and Cucogry, or Peregrine O'Clery, the son of Lughaidh or studied by his descendants from generation to generation, till, Lewy, and chief of the name, held the half quarter of the lands being brought to Dublin about thirty years since, by John of Coobeg and Dowghill, in the proportion of Monargane, in the O'Clery, the eldest representative of his line, they got into barony of Boylagh and Bannagh, from hollandtide 1631 until the possession of the late Edward O'Reilly, at the sale of May 1632, for which he paid eight pounds sterling per annum whose books and Irish MSS. they were purchased for the to William Farrell, Esq., assignee to the Earl of Annandale, Royal Irish Academy. as appears from an inquisition taken at Lifford on the 25th of This John O'Clery, who still lives, is the fifth in descent May 1632, but “ being a mere Irishman, and not of English from Cucogry, the annalist, who died in 1664; and, like his or British descent or surname," he was dispossessed, and the ancestors, he is a good Irish scribe and scholar. We may lands became forfeited to the king.
also remark, that, though in very humble life, he can boast of The O'Clerys were thus wholly reduced to poverty, but not a pedigree unbroken through fifty-two generations, from to idleness, in the service of their country's literature. It was Eochy-Moyvaine, monarch of Ireland in the fourth century, in this year 1632 that they commenced that series of works and this on historical evidence that the learned could hardly devoted to the preservation of Irish history, which has made venture to question. their names so illustrious, and of which the celebrated annals, To these notices we have only to add, in reference to the called the Annals of the Four Masters, are now the most popus subject of our illustration, that though, from the account larly known. A full account of this great work, written by which we have already given from the O'Clery MS. it might the author of this article, will be found in the Transactions of be supposed that Kilbarron Castle was erected by them in the Royal Irish Academy, and reprinted in the first volume of the sixteenth century, the castle itself bears evidences in the Dublin Penny Journal. The persons concerned in its many parts that it is of much earlier antiquity. The tradicompilation were, first, Teige of the Mountain O'Clery, who, tion of the country, as stated by the author of the Donegal after becoming a Franciscan friar, adopted the name of Michael, Statistical Survey, is, that it was originally erected by O'Sgin2 Maurice O'Mulconary ; 3 Fergus O'Mulconary ; 4 Cucogry, neen or Sgingin; and this tradition is fully verified by an entry the son of Lewy O'Clery; 5 Cucogry O'Duigen ; 6 Con- in the Annals of the Four Masters, which states that Kilbarary O'Clery, the brother of Michael. The work was com- ron Castle was rased to the ground by Donnell, the son of menced in the monastery of Donegal, of which Father Ber- Murtogh O'Connor, in 1390. The probability, therefore, is, nardin O'Clery was guardian, on the 22d of January 1632, that it was re-edified immediately afterwards by Cormac and finished in the same convent on the 10th of August | O'Clery, though houses of stone were not erected within its 1636, the brotherhood supplying the transcribers with the enclosures till a later period. necessary support.
THE TALKING AND TACITURN AGES.
coveries and inventions are unfavourable to speech. What
need to speak, indeed, when almost every thing we may wish AMONG all the enjoyments of life, there was none which our to say or hear of is printed? No occasion to ask our neighgreat lexicographer esteemed superior to a “good talk.' bour questions, or to moot points of any kind with us : the It was to him as the supper of the Gods. He would walk a press answers and discusses them all most satisfactorily. long way for it; and if he attained his end, he would express Printing is driving conversation out of the world. It is renhis highest feelings of satisfaction by saying, “Sir, we had dering it not only superfluous, but impracticable ; for how is a good talk.” What share he took in it himself on such oc- it possible to find time to read all that is given us to read in these casions, it might have been interesting to inquire. That it days, and to go on talking after the old fashion? The thing is was a large one, we may rest assured; but few probably manifestly impossible ; and our own conclusion is, that we are complained of the circumstance—so capital a talker was our hurrying on rapidly to the age of pure taciturnity. When “British Socrates." Yet to a good talk on equal terms, it the sun of this solemn age shall have reached its meridian, will be allowed there should be some reciprocity. To “ha- talking will have passed into the mouths of old women rangue” in company is not to talk fairly. It is a practice, and sucklings, or of merely professional people. We say indeed, common enough in the world ; but if the just rules professional people, because, though conversation in general which ought to prevail in the conversational commonwealth will have become monosyllabic, or be carried on perhaps by be considered, it must be allowed to be a violation of them. signals, without the use of speech at all, we yet think it The formality of the speech is utterly destructive to the highly probable that there will be persons who will occupy freedom of the republic. Reciprocity is its very life and themselves with it as a profession. This will be only a carry soul ; but the speech-maker lays it up at once in a state of ing out of the grand principle of the division of labour ; and suspended animation. Next to the speech-maker, we may their occupation, being followed professionally, will be executed rank as the greatest infringer of these laws the determined
in the very best style, and on the most scientific principles. “argufier,” or disputatious person, who loves an argument Professional talkers will then be engaged for large parties so much that you can advance no proposition that he is not just as singers are now, and will amuse the company with ready immediately to controvert. In the presence of such studiously prepared anecdotes, beautifully executed disquia person, conversation shares the fate of true love, and never sitions, flashes of merriment, repartees, rejoinders, grave recan “run smooth.” There is an appearance of equitableness marks, useful hints, and whatever else can conduce to enterabout this character, that may render him less manifestly tain or instruct—whilst hosts and guests will on their part engrossing than the former ; but his egotism is only a little sit at ease in all the luxury of silence. better concealed, and he invariably achieves the same dis- As to the rules of “good talking” which we began by layagreeable result, namely, to silence every body else, and keep ing down, we are sensible that in a short time they must the field entirely to himself. Of such a person we shall say become quite obsolete. Conversation is even now as the “last with Jacques, "I have been all day to avoid him. He is too rose of summer," and going out very fast indeed. If what
disputable' for my company. I think of as many matters as we have said can be of any use to cheer or improve its declinhe: but I give heaven thanks, and make no boast.”
ing years, we shall be amply rewarded; but if we are already There are two words in the English language which really too late, then let it be kept, and in some twenty years more comprise all the rules, laws, and regulations necessary for it may be looked upon as a decided curiosity. " See here the good government of conversation, and these are “bre. what I have found," may somebody“ use the machine to invity," "reciprocity.” If each individual would remember timate, for as to speaking so many words together, nobody when he takes part in conversation that there are others to will do it. “See what I have found in an early number of do so as well as himself, he would necessarily be brief in his the Irish Penny Journal— Rules for good talking !'-well, own performances. And this brevity has many advantages. now, what could that have been? Dear me, what strange Our time is short; our meetings together for conversation habits they must have had in those days !”
X. D. are commonly, like angels' visits, “few and far between,” and in general short; tediousness is the sure destroyer, as brevity is “the soul," of wit, and therefore he that would enliven his hearers, and dispose them to hear him again, should THE JACOBITE RELICS OF IRELAND.-No. I. be above all things "short." It is acting upon the second THE Jacobite relics of England, and to a still greater extent golden line, also, and shows a proper consideration for the those of Scotland, have been given to the world, and are well rights of others. It is doing as a man would
be done by. In deserving of such preservation ; for they reflect no small addition to which, we may observe, that each should listen, light on the character and temperament of the English and if he desire to be listened to—should hear, if he desire to be Scottish people during the last century.
But until the apheard in return.
pearance of Mr Hardiman's Irish Minstrelsy it was hardly Thus these two words “brevity” and “reciprocity” form known that in their political enthusiasm for the fate of a dea concise but plain and simple code upon the subject. Much caying family the Irish people participated with so large a might be said, indeed, in the way of commentary; but com- portion of those of the sister islands, and that it gave birth mentary sometimes tends rather to obscure than to elucidate, to an equal number of poetical effusions in our own countryand in this case is manifestly uncalled for.
but with this difference, that their sentiments are usually It must be remen,bered, however, that these laws can only veiled under an allegorical form, and always in the Irish lanconduce to the improvement and regulation of conversational guage. To Mr Hardiman we are indebted for the preserintercourse, but are wholly inadequate to originate or insure vation of the originals of many of those productions, and also that "good talking” of which the report has come down to for translations of them. These translations are however too
This is an object not to be accomplished by rule. The free to enable the English reader to form any very accurate proverb of the wise man says that "out of the fullness of the idea of the Irish originals, and we are therefore tempted to heart the mouth speaketh;” and we may safely affirm that present a series of these relics to our readers, with translations where there is plenty of matter weighing upon the mind, and of a more literal and faithful description; not limiting our. where it is of a kind that interests the feelings, there will selves to those which have already appeared in Mr Hardiman's be at least no lack of utterance. Under an opposite state of work-as in the specimen which we have selected to comthings, a contrary result may be expected, and cannot, by mence with, which is still popularly sung in Ireland to the any rule of art that we have ever heard of, be contravened. old
melody called “ Kathaleen Ny-Houlahan.” But we must proclaim a truce with this train of observation. We may observe, that the name of the author of this song, We feel that we have been twaddling after the manner of if ever known, is no longer remembered ; but there seems to some of our elder essayists, oblivious of the age in which we be no doubt that the song itself is of Munster origin. actually exist. Who has time to think now of good talking, or of talking at all ?
KATHALEEN NY-HOULAHAN. The age of Johnsonism is departed; and in these days, in- Long they pine in weary woe, the nobles of our land, stead of running after a “good talk," there is nothing which Long they wander to and fro, proscribed, alas! and banned; the people would run more resolutely from. This is the age
Feastless, houseless, altarless, they bear the exile's brand,
But their hope is in the coming-to of Kathaleen Ny-Houlahan of hurry and bustle, and of doing, not talking. It is the age of machinery and iron. We do every thing by mechani
Think her not a ghastly hag, too hideous to be seen, cal contrivance : we print by it, travel by it, count by it, and
Call her not unseemly names, our matchless Kathaleen :
Young she is, and fair she is, and would be crowned a queen, very soon, we expect, we shall talk by it. All our great dis- Were the king's son at home here with Kathalecu Ny-Houlihan!
I would pre
OR THE MISFORTUNES OF CHARLEY MALONE.
Sweet and mild would look her face, O none so sweet and mild, to sacrifice all and quit Dublin-hallo! what's this ?] Your
cousin Lucy (they say she has three thousand] has suffered
so much from the bad air of the city, that I must endeavour to Sore disgrace it is to see the Arbitress of thrones,
procure her the benefit of a country residence. Vassal to a Sironeen of cold and sapless bones !
fer the town of B. -, if there be a good house to let in it. Bitter anguish wrings our souls-with heavy sighs and groans
Pray let me know as soon as you can, and the rent, and every We wait the Young Deliverer of Kathaleen Ny-Houlahan!
thing about it, &c. &c.—Your attached aunt,
Who shall say now that Charley wasn't a lucky dog, with
a handsome heiress almost thrown into his arms by a dowagerHe, who over sands and waves led Israël along
guardian, with whom he stood as dear Charles ? What numHe, who fed, with heavenly bread, that chosen tribe and throngHe, who stood by Moses, when his foes were fierce and strong
berless opportunities would he not enjoy! Sole protector of May He show forth His might in saving Kathaleen Ny-Houlahan !
two lone women; the one laid up by rheumatism, and fully M. occupied by devotion and card-playing; the other dying for
the want of country air and exercise, and in all probability CAUSE AND EFFECT,
not at all averse to the idea of sharing her delights with a companion. They would be absolutely his own fee-simple
property. Such good fortune was not an every-day affair, and “ WELL,” said Hubert Dillon to me one day, “ did you ever deserved more than every-day exertion to second and secure hear or read of such an unlucky being as that "Charley it. So Charley set about his aunt's commission in earnest, Malone ?"
and before nightfall suceeeded in ferreting a half-pay lieute“ Indeed I did," was my reply; "on the contrary, I look nant and his family out of the best house in the town, to make upon him as one of the most fortunate men in existence.” room for the dowager and her daughter; wrote in reply an
" Tut, tut ! how can you say that, unless it be for the pure account of his doings, with such a list of the amenities of the love of contradiction ?-how long is it ago, I ask you, since he locality as would have added fifty per cent, at least, to its almost broke his neck riding the steeple-chase in Mullagh value if it were to be sold by auction ; and inclosed at the moran ?"
same time a well-authenticated statement of a most extra“ Why, my dear fellow," I rejoined, “I consider him most ordinary cure of rheumatism which had been effected by the miraculously fortunate in not having broken his neck altogether waters of a blessed well in the neighbourhood. on the occasion; he was warned before hand that the horse In due course of time the ladies were domiciled in their couldn't possibly carry him over such a leap; and how he new dwelling, with Charley, of course, for their factotum and escaped so safely, will always remain a puzzle to me.” natural protector. The blessed well began to work a miracle
“Well, I'll give you another instance--the very morning he on the aunt, and the country air would have done as much was to have fought Cornet Bagley, didn't the police catch him, for Lucy if she required it; but deuce a bit of it she wanted ; and get him bound over ?”.
her cheeks were as red and her step as firm as if she had been “And devilish well for him they did, let me tell you, other- | born and bred within the precincts of the parish; and whatwise poor Charley would have been a case for the coroner ever was the cause of her rustication, Charley could swear it before dinner time. The cornet's a dead shot, and you know was not bodily weakness. Ill-natured people said she had been yourself that Charley couldn't hit a turf clamp."
a thought too sweet to an attorney's apprentice in the city, “Did'nt he lose fifty pounds at hazard to George Byrne and that therein lay the secret of her mother's forsaking the last winter in one night?".
delights of Marsh's prescriptions and Gregg's new chapel“Sign's on it, he booked himself against the bones for ever that prudent personage not approving of the connection. If and a day as soon as he got up next morning, and by conse- that be the case, a tough heart had Lucy Bindon, and never quence may be expected to have something to leave to the may it be my lot to make such a faint impression on womanheirs of his body, when he has them.”
kind as was made by that luckless apprentice; for a merrier “Well, talking of heirs : what have you to say to his ma- laugh never rang in the precincts of B. and a brighter trimonial speculations, this last affair particularly--to lose pair of eyes never glittered in its dull, quiet street. But, oh! such a girl and such a fortune by his own confounded blun- that laugh and those eyes, they played the devil entirely with dering. You'll not call that good fortune surely.” But our the heart of her cousin Charley. reminiscences of “ Charley's last,” thus recalled, were too And he was a happy man, as why the deuce should'nt he? much for mortal gravity to bear, and laughter, long, loud, and philandering, morning, noon, and night, with his merry cousin uproarious, cut short the argument, leaving me still however in the fields and in the woods, and at the fireside and by the impressed with the belief, that, only for himself, Charley would piano, not to talk of all the dangerous little reunions on the be a second Fortunatus ; at all events, that he could not justly stairs or in the lobby, until at last the dowager began to announce himself a martyr to the frowns of the goddess. smell a rat, and hint her scruples about the propriety of cousin
In the first place, two uncles, five cousins, and an elder work. In vain did Lucy disclaim all matrimonial intents, and brother of his own, had all stood between him and the family assure her that it was all innocence, mere flirting, a bit of property, worth three hundred a-year, or thereabouts, but fun and no more, upon her word and honour. with an alacrity and good nature quite exemplary to all woman would not be comforted ; she knew, she said, several uncles and cousins under similar circumstances, they all cases of cousins getting married, and somehow or other within a couple of years quitted the scene. Before the last something or other happened to point out the impropriety in of them was sodded, however, Charley took it into his head to each case. In one, both parties died before they were twenty borrow some money, on the chance of his inheritance, at twenty years married_indeed, they were a little oldish and sickly; in per cent. As the aforesaid chance was rather a good one, he another, the gentleman got into debt and ruined himself; in was soon accommodated; but the wax on the bond was scarce another, the lady took to drinking; and in another, sundry cold when he was called to the joy of mourning at the funeral and several smals infants exchanged their cradles for coffins ; of his last impediment. Oh, if he had had but the luck to wait all which terrible examples, however, and their strange and one week !_he was the most unfortunate dog in the world! unusual phenomena, had no effect at all on Charley, for he
Still, matrimony might enable him to retrieve all, and ac- was determined to win his point in spite of all the dowagers cordingly to work he went, and wild work, sure enough, he that ever took snuff, or all the enumerated horrors of their made of it. His last affair in that line, however, being that experience. which fairly convinced him of the unprofitable nature of his After all, though, there were not so many obstacles to enpursuit, and likewise being rather a good thing in its way, is counter in that quarter as at first appeared, there being one the only one which I shall offer in illustration of Charley's luck great recommendation in his favour, inasmuch as he was und Charley's mode of managing it.
neither counsellor nor attorney, in embryo or in esse; from the A letter, directed in female fashion, was banded to him one members of both which learned and respectable professions morning by the postmaster of B- - the town contiguous the defunct Mr Bindon had received in his day so many unw which lay his mansion; thus ran its contents, with the neighbourly offices, that his relict conceived it a sacred duty commentary of the reader :
to the dead to hate the aforesaid with all the hatred of which " Dear Charles-[has she the tin, I wonder?] a severe a stiff-necked Irish dowager was capable; and, then, he was attack of rheumatism (pooh! it's from my aunt Bindon--hum her own flesh and blood, and who had such a good right to -ay-Marsh's prescriptions Mr Gregg's new chapel –have Lucy and her three thousand ? or who would be so much
Still the poor
benefited by it ? and when Lucy liked him, why should she, would put it in the penny-post last night, but I was the dowager, gainsay it, and so on until all her objections cursedly tired, that, hang me if I ever thought of it; and so, evaporated, and at last she became as anxious for the match to redeem my pledge, I have come to place it in your hands, as if she had come down on purpose to promote it. But, Miss Bindon having some reason best known to herself for Lucy–oh woman! woman! she did not wish to get married wishing it should reach you to-day.” at all—couldn't think of quitting her own dear mamma; of “ Miss Bindon, did you say?" exclaimed the young man, course, if mamma insisted, she would obey, but, 'deed and looking very much like a personage who had been wakened word, she'd much rather not. In short, she exhibited to the out of a dream. wondering eyes of her bothered lover as pretty a piece of co- “Yes, sir, Miss Lucy Bindon," answered Charley, and to quetry as ever baulked a gentleman on the highroad to his prevent mistakes he added with rather a significant tone, desires. Things, however, went on promising enough, for and a young lady, by the bye, in whom I take a very esCharley found it impossible to despair with so much odds in pecial interest. You understand me?" his favour, particularly while the lady was as frank and merry ** Oh! perfectly,” stammered the young man in answer.
And thus, between laughing and quarrelling, the “Somebody told me she was going to be married.” month of February arrived, in which Mrs B. and her future “I don't know how that may be, sir,” said Charley, with a son-in-law intended the marriage should take place, if Lucy's sort of simpering consciousness; "but this at least I can say, consent could be won in any form. Charley, for the purpose that he'll be a devilish lucky man who gets her." of raising the wind for the occasion, had arranged to send a “Yes,” responded Mr Edward Fitzgerald, with a bitter horse to Dublin to be sold, and some whim seized him to ride sigh ; "she is in truth a beautiful girl. Such animation !" the animal himself, and be present at the sale. The day be. "And such a fine fortune !" continued Charley, rubbing his fore he was to depart, he intimated his intention to his beloved, hands with triumph. inquiring if she had any commands.
Amiable, excellent, fascinating !" said the doleful Mr Going to ride to Dublin !” exclaimed the astonished Lucy. Fitzgerald ; and a pause ensued of most lugubrious silence, “ Seventy miles at the least. Why, man, you have such a during which his eyes were fastened on the letter, seemingly happy knack of blundering that you'll most certainly lose unconscious of the presence of its bearer. your way. Good bye, Charley; I'll never see your face again.” “ Excuse me,” said Charley at last; "you are impatient to
Tut!" rejoined Charley indignantly, how could I miss read it, so I'll be off. Good morning." my way when there's a milestone on every inch of the road The young man rose with all the amiability he could sumfrom this to Dublin ?"
mon, and quitted the apartment with him to show him the “ Not on every inch, Charley,” continued the provoking way. girl, "only on every mile ; but I always give you leave to • Thunder and turf, sir!" ejaculated Charley; "is it out on speak twice, you know. Well, and when do you expect to the skylight you want to send me ?" And, certainly, the reach Dublin, please the milestones ?".
direction in which the gentleman pointed would have led to “ I shall set off to-morrow morning," answered he, a little some such exit. sulkily, " and I'll be in Dublin the evening after.”
"Oh! pardon me,” exclaimed the other, covered with con“ Humph! this is the eleventh, that will be the thirteenth. fusion ; "I really forgot-your way is down stairs, not up.' Yes; it will just do. Well, Charley, I believe I will entrust “ All right-all right," chuckled Charley to himself as he you with a letter; but you must promise and vow that you will sprang down, taking a flight at each bound ; "this is some put it into the penny-post the very evening you arrive, or I'll fellow that she used to care for before she saw me ; and dow, not give it to you; for it must be delivered the morning after, to have every thing fair and straight, the gipsy has sent him or the Lord knows what would happen.”
his dismissal in form. Poor devil! he seems disposed to take “ You needn't be afraid, Lucy," answered her beau ; "you it to heart very much. Right-right! Best to be off with know very well”
the old love before you be on with the new, as the song “Oh! to be sure I do," exclaimed she, interrupting him. says. I declare I like her the better for it; and to save the “ I declare I was very near forgetting all that. This evening, poor fellow's feelings, she never even hinted to me what the then, I'll send the letter over to you; and now good-bye, and letter was about." And laying this flattering unction to his go get ready."
soul, he went about his business in the best of good humour With the help of the milestones, as Lucy said, he arrived with himself and all the world besides. in Dublin on the evening he proposed, and having left his • Well, Charley,” said Lucy to him on his return to the steed at Dycer's, and seen him carefully made-up, proceeded country, "I know beforehand you forgot all about my letter ; to the Hibernian, discussed his dinner and a couple of tum- so give it back to me, if you have not lost it. I should not blers, and then, for the poor fellow was terribly tired, sank like my billet-doux to remain with the rest of your good ininto a slumber, and finally rose into a snore, from which he tentions ; give it back to me now, like a good fellow, and I'll was aroused by the waiter recommending him to adjourn to forgive you. It's not your fault, but your misfortune." his room; a piece of advice which Charley very gratefully "I am happy to tell you,"answered he," that all your forefollowed. Next morning, Lucy's letter rose in judgment bodings have proved groundless; and I'm sure, Lucy, that, against him ; there was only one way to atone for his neglect, giddy and careless as you may pretend to be, it will give you and that was, to deliver it personally, no matter at what satisfaction to know that I perfectly approve of your controuble or inconvenience. So, hastily dressing himself, he duct.” took the letter out of his valise, and examined the direction. Lucy, a little puzzled by this gratifying intimation, received He had his misgivings; it bore for its superscription the name it in silence, making a low curtsey in reply, as in duty bound. Edward Fitzgerald, Esq, whose place of abode it indicated “Yes, Lucy," continued he, “it has made you dearer than was number something in Dominick Street. He could not help ever to me.' asking himself what business had Lucy-his Lucy-corres- “Will you allow me to ask you one question, Mr Charles ponding with any male member of the human family whatever. Malone?" demanded the puzzled lady, “and pray be intelligible Still, as any assertion of his rights in that particular would if possible in your reply. Did you put my letter in the pennybe rather premature at present, he determined to execute the post ?" commission faithfuliy, since he had undertaken it; but as soon as she became Mrs Malone, if he'd let such a thing occur I thought as much—and pray what have you done with again, then might he, Charley, be eternally doomed to a place it?" that shall be nameless.
“ You will understand all my allusions,” replied Charley On reaching the domicile of Mr Fitzgerald, and inquiring tenderly, “when I tell you I delivered it myself into the hands if he was at home, our friend was ushered into the presence of of this Mr Fitzgerald.' a most alarmingly spruce young gentleman, six feet high in “What! but he didn't know who you were, did he?" exhis stockings, handsome enough to be a handsome man, and claimed she, in utter dismay. with a head of hair that awfully contrasted with the rather "I rather think he guessed," was the sly reply ; "and from carroty wisp which lay between Charley and high heaven. To the manner in which he spoke of you, I was able to guess him, on questioning him fully as to his identity, he delivered something too; but you needn't blush now; we'll say no me te the letter, and likewise the speech which he had been com- about it. Such things will occur in the best regulated faniposing on the subject all the morning.
lies.” “ This letter, sir," quoth Charley, “was entrusted to my Spoke of me!" said Lucy, in a low and frightened tone; care by a very pretty girl, to whoin I pledged myself that I “ and had you the assurance to mention my name?"