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Brought over L. 38,910 This person, I have led myself to con Anchors,

820 ceive to be a young man, perhaps, over Cables,

1300 anxious to admire himself in print, even Boatswain's stores,

1100 at the expense of his honesty; and had Carpenter's stores,

1690 he stopt with this first imposition, I

should charitably have allowed him to 43,820 escape, but forbearance seems only to

have increased his hardihood, and en.

couraged him in his system of pilferPlagiarism detected.

ing. Now, as I neither choose myMoveat cornicula risuni

self, nor wish your readers to have their “ Furtivis pudata coloribus-," good nature abused, I intend, by means

HOR. of the preceding hints, and those now THERE is a class of men occasion to follow, to prevent Walterus,

or , who neither think nor speak for them- deceit in future. selves, but repeat the thoughts of others, In the Scots Magazine, Sir, for May and thus, for a season, pass current in 1808, p. 314, is inserted a narrative the world as men of no small under- respecting the shipwreck of certain standing. A celebrated author has English people in the year 1569, signed told

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no writer can be fully Y-rRd, with an introducconvicted of imitation, except there is tion, which concludes by telling us, an occurrence of more resemblance that it “ may not be very generally, than can be imagined to have happen- if at all known, to most of your reaed by chance ;" and this may be ad. ders;" that I verily believe he inamitted as a reasonable opinion. I can gined, but as Shakespeare says, very easily conceive, Sir, that a coin- 'Tis a mistake, I doubt." cidence of remarks may occur in differ- At the conclusion of the narrative, ent authors, on various subjects; yet there is introduced a letter from the if one should not only write on the said

WR-d(which we same subject, but at the same time shall admit he really did write and make use of the same words, with ex. compose) wherein he tells us a cock actly the same number of notes and and a bull story about an uncle of his, quotations employed by another, he “ a considerable antiquarian,” who may as reasonably be charged with died at Ramsgate some time ago, and plagiarism, or literary theft.

left to WoRda collection in the Scots Magazine of Sept. of old pamphlets (a volume of Ruddi1807, p. 557, there is published a dis- man's Weekly Magazine, not a shasertation, “ On a certain impropriety dow of doubt,) and, inter alia, the narin the English language," dated 18th rative above alluded to: he then, to August 1807, and signed Walterus : complete the imposition, acquaints us, with the subject discussed I have no that the pamphlet is “ frail," which quarrel ; but I desire, Mr Editor, to alone prevented his “ producing to direct your attention, and that of your you the original;"-—yet, that if you, readers, to the Weekly Magazine for Mr Editor, were doubtful of the facts, 14th Nov. 1771, Vol. XIV. p. 205, he would immediately, by bringing this printed by Wal. Ruddiman, and there aged production forward, “ banish all you will find inserted the same essay, doubts” of its reality and existence.totidem literis, under the signature A.B. This is really too bad. Listen to me, ás that above noticed. With the pre- Sir : In the same volume of Ruddiçeding remarks in view, Walterus must man's Magazine (XIV.) for 26 Dec. be brought in guilty of literary theft, 1771. p. 385. if you will take the

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trouble to look, you will find this ce- certificate of character," which should lebrated narrative of W—Rd, he decline to supply, I pray that you at greater length, and much better will state the description of his notes," expressed, than as altered by him. I and I shall endeavour to point out shall not trespass farther on your pa- whence they are purloined. tience, and that of your readers, by any remarks of mine on this subject, but leave the rest to the discrimination Biographical Sketch of the liste Rev. of any one who will look it over.

DAVID URE. From what you have now read, I lead myself to conclude, Sir, that you THIS Gentleman is a striking exare satisfied of the propriety of inviting ample of the effect of industry the doughty W-Rd to and perseverance, in raising a man to bring forth his proof in due course ; eminence and respectability, in oppoin which, should he fail, one inference sition to difficulties which we should only can be drawn in his case. be apt to pronounce insurmountable.

Under these circumstances, Sir, I He was born of poor but honest paexpect that you will be on your guard rents, in the city of Glasgow. His against the threat of this pseudo au- father was an operative weaver, and thor, who insists on entertaining the trained his son to his own profession. publicwith more communications of But David, who, from his earliest the like sort! Age and debility ope- years, discovered an insatiable thirst rate powerfully against my entering for knowledge, was not to be confined into any literary controversy, and pre- to the obscurity of the mechanical clude me from offering my mite to profession to which fortune seemed to our only national register; yet I can- have fettered him. His father dying not observe silence when a deliberate when he was very young, with the laattempt has been avowed to lower its bour of his hands he maintained himcharacter by such correspondents as self and an aged mother, while he raWR-d, whom I shall now pidly acquired a competent stock of dismiss ; and I recommend him in time classical learning at the Grammar coming to beware practising such tricks, school. He afterwards passed thro’a Lest, when the birds their various co

regular course of study at the Univerlours claim,

sity, where he was always distingaishSiripp'd of his stolen pride, the crow ed by accurate preparation of his va" forlorn

rious lessons. He was so great a fa"Should stand the laughter of the pub- vourite of the celebrated Dr Moore, " lic scorn."

that when he was scolding the other I am, Sir, &c.

lads for negligence, or want of prepa

ration, he used to make him a bowk, Edinburgh, ?

T. saying, 30th Sept. 1808. P.S. Since writing the preceding

David Ure

He sits secure, expose, I begin to suspect that you al

He'll ne'er be find by Dr Moure. so, have smelt a rat ; as in your notice to correspondents, in the Magazine He generally laboured the greatest for October, I observe that this iinpos- part of the night, and while his hands tor W-R-d has been furnishing were throwing the shuttle, his eye you with more “ damning stuff," but would be intent on Virgil, Homer, or inconsequence of doubts having arisen some ancient author. He early disin your mind as to the authenticity, covered a strong propensity to invesyou have wisely called on him for “a tigate antiquities and natural curiosi

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ties. So strong did this thirst burn byterian chapel. He was afterwards within him, that he has been known, employed by Sir John Sinclair in exeduring the Christmas holy - days at cuting the first sketch of the AgriculCollege, to walk all the way to the tural surveys of the counties of Roxtop of Benlomond, when the ground burgh, Dunbarton, and Kinross. He was covered with snow, or to some also superintended the publication of inore distant place, where he expected several of the last volumes, and drew to see something curious. His first up the general indices of the Statistiproject was to discover the perperual cal Account of Scotland. He surmotion, and the philosopher's stone, veyed, and drew up accounts of pawhich had not then ceased to occupy rishes, where such could not otherwise the thoughts even of men of science. be procured. Dr Moore, whom he consulted on Wbcther travelling to gratify his these projects, put them out of his own curiosity, or to execute any conihead, by telling him—" David, we mission, it was always on foot. Tho? have got a sufficient perpetual motion short of stature, he enjoyed a sound in you; and industry and perseve- constitution, and a vigorous structure rance are the true philosopher's stone, of body. He often carried bread and because, tho' they should not produce cheese in his pocket, and enjoyed his gold, they will produce what can be repast beside the cooling springexchanged for gold.”

When his circumstances could afford During his attendance on Divinity, it, he would repair to the village alehe acted some time as assistant to the house, and enjoy his favourite lusury, schoolmaster of Stewarton, in Air- a glass of ale. His great coat was furshire, and afterwards taught a sub- nished with a large pocket, in which scription school in the neighbourhood he stowed such minerals, or other cuof Dunbarton. After he obtained li- riosities, as had attracted his notice.cence, he was appointed assistant to He carried a tin-box for stowing curithe late Rev. Mr Connel, minister of ous plants; a large cudgel, armed Kilbride, with a salary of ten pounds with steel, so as to serve both as a a-year, and his maintenance. Yet, spade and pick-axe ; a few small chis. with this slender pittance, he conti- sels, and other tools; a blow-pipe, with nued to relieve, if not wholly to sup- its appurtenances ; a small liquid cheport, his aged mother. It was here mical apparatus ; optical instruments

, he brought to light that curious body &c. &c. so that his friends used to of facts concerning the mineral strata, call him a walking shop, or laboratoand other matters, which he published ry. In this way he braved all weain the history of the parishes of Kil-thers, and heat or cold, wet or dry, bride and Rutherglen. He also made seemed equally indifferent to him. He several practical discoveries, from was a patient observer, and accurate which that district continues to derive describer of nature. His descriptions considerable benefit. He was promi- were always taken down on the spot, sed the succession to that church, and in a hieroglyphical species of short the whole parish expected him as hand, invented by himself, and which, their minister ; but they were depri- it is to be regretted, no one else but ved of him by some petticoat in- himself understood. trigues, unnecessary here to detail. The . He possessed a strong and vigorous instant' he heard of his disappoint. mind, which adversity could neither ment, that he might not stand in the subdue, nor prosperity elate He had way of a harmonious settlement, he an uninterrupted fow of good humour, set off to Newcastle on foot, where he and his good nature was so invincible, acted some time as assistant in a Pres that the plots and conspiracies of his

friends

his pains.

friends to make him angry, by telling sentence of death for the murder of staries concerning ridiculous mistakes her own child, to be execute on her he had committed, or laughable situa- in the Grass-market the first Weduestions into which he had been brought, day of September next. She is a marnever proved successful. He would ried woman, and had unluckily differlaugh as heartily at the story as any ed with and eloped from her husband of the company, and only set them for some years past. right in some points of fact, which September 3. Yesterday Margaret nerally tended to heighten the ridi- Dickson suffered in the Grass-market, cule.

pursuant to the sentence emitted against In 1796, Lord Buchan, with an ho- her for the murder of her own child. nourable attention to genius, piesented She was cut down some time after him to the church of Uphall, in Linlith- thrown over, and put into a bier, in gowshire. He did not, however, enjoy order to be transported to Musselburgh, this preferment above two years, when to be buried with her people. A sols he died of a dropsy. His Lordship cau- dier in Kirk's regiment, observing that sed him to be interred in his own bu- the executioner had left a part of the rying ground, with the following in- halter upon the gallows after cutting scription :

the woman down, jumped upon the

ladder, seiz'd the rope, and fell a unD. Ure, A. D. In hac Ecclesia rite repo, noosing it with his teeth; which his situs, morbo acerbo Hydrop. diu vexat. animam denique reflavit, et Deo reddidit his cane, and severely drubb’d him for

serjeant perceiving, fell upon him with die Martij xxvii. A. D. M.DCCXCVIII, et hic sepul. fuit.

September 8. Tho' the country a-
H. M.
David Buchaniæ Comes in Test.

round this city be now fully apprised

of the strange and surprising fate of F. C.

Margaret Dickson, who on WednesPulvis et Umbra Sumus.

day last was hang'd in the Grass-marEdinr. Dec. 1806.

J. Headrick. ket for the murder of her own child;

yet, to satisfie the curiosity of such as may have heard of this uncommon

event, and perhaps are not yet conCurious Account of the hanging and vinced of the verity thereof; and also, recovery of MARGARET Dicksox. to inform such of our readers as live at For the Scots Magazine.

a greater distance, and probably have

not at all heard of it; we have been MOST of the readers of the Scots advis'd to publish the following short

Magazine have probably heard Narrative thereof, viz. of " ill kangit Magsy Dickson ;" but “ After this unfortunate creature few perhaps have seen any authentic " had been cut down by the executionaccount of the particulars of her sin

er, and put into a cart to be carried gular adventure. Such may be grati- “ to Musselburgh there to be interred; fied by the following extracts from the

on the way thither, the people who Caledonian Mercury for 1724, in which " attended the corpse, stopping some the circumstances are fully detailed :

“ time at Pepper-mill to refresh themEdinburgh, August 6. 1724. On Monday last Janet * Dickson received

selves, were alarmed by one in the company, who affirm'd that he felt

motion in the chest ; where* This appears to be a misnomer, 3s

upon

it was immediately broke up on every other occasion she is called “ by her friends, who then caused

open a vein, and give her some spi

Amic. I. T.

some

Margaret.
Dec. 1808.

“ rits,

“rits, which had such effect, that they Account of Dr Bell's System of “ hoped the event would soon answer

EDUCATION. their endeavours, She was that “ night carried to Musselburgh, and HE Educationchiefly “ so far recovered before next day, designed for the benefit of the “ that she both sate up and spoke to children of the Poor, and," which " the company. She is at present in has appeared under different shapes in “ her brother's house at Musselburgh, this country," originated in the Mili" in perfect health and judgment, tary Male Orphan Asylum founded " and has been visited by almost every at Madras in the year 1789; being “ body here, high and low. She has introduced by the Rev. Dr. Andrew “ had a great deal of money given her, Beli, a native of Scotland, and formerly " by those who have seen her, and se- British Chaplain of the Precedency “ veral others have sent her money at Madras, and was transplanted ito * from this place."

England in the year 1797, a ben 'Tis thought the stir and motion of it was partially adopted with good the cart whereon she lay, provok'd the success in the oldest charity school in circulation of the blood, and conti London, that of Aldgate, and in sebuted greatly to her recovery. veral parts of the kingdom, and is now

We hear that on Sunday last the established at the parochial schools Reverend Mi Willianuson had a very of White - Chapel and of Lambeth, pretty sermon at his parish church of and at the Royal Military Asylum, Inverask, suitable to the occasion, Chelsea. Its inventor thus writes of whereat she was present, and a very it: “to render simple, easy, pleasant, numerous auditory, and that frequent expeditious, and economical, the acmention was made of the resurrection quisition of the rudiments of letters, of Lazarus from the dead.

and of morality and religion, are the September 10. People continue to leading objects of elementary educathrong out for Musselburgh, to see tion ;-to expedite the progress. of the woman mentioned in our last education at the same rate of punishWhat was said in that paper, anent the ment to the scholar, of labour to the Reverend Mr Williamson's having master, and of expence to the parent spoke of the resurrection of Lazarus as heretofore, were an acquisition to a from the dead, was insert by misinfor- school not to be slighted; still more mation, for that he did not in the least could this be effected at a reduced descend to particulars, much less speak rate of punishment, or of labour, or of of Lazarus ; what was spoke that way, expence. But to unite all these advanwas by the people in the church. tages is the great desideratum in edhe yard.

çation. It is accordingly the aim of October 15. Tuesday last the fa- this essay to combine in happy union mous Margaret Dickson (who so can- the progress and amusement of the nily outwitted John Dalgleish in the scholar, the ease and gratiñcation of Grass-market) came to town - from the master, and the interest and saMusselburgh. Peoples curiosity was tisfaction of the paieut, Such is the such, to see a hanged woman appear proximate object of the system ; ils in the surrets again, that she'd infalli- ultimate object, the ultimate object or bly been rode down or stifled in the end of all education, is to make good crowd, but that she got into the house scholars, good men, good subjects, and of John Hood, (one of the keepers of good christians. In other words, the tolbooth, and a Gospel Helation to promote the temporal and spiriof hers) who conveyed her off by a tual welfare of the pupils. To astain back-door.

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