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from the treachery of the press, and the inadequacy of the law. He listened to me, methought, with the spirit of some belted knight; regarded the plan as a subterfuge, unworthy, and most probably inoperative, and concluded, with putting it upon the score of natural justice, reciprocal right, and becoming courtesy between nations using a common language. On this occasion alone, was there a touch in his manner of the ancient Bruce, which seemed as if when chafed it could easily have taken the tone and bearing of that haughty baron.

“Proud was his tone, but calm; his

eye
Had that compelling dignity;
His mien, that bearing haught and high,
Which common spirits fear."

Such, however, was far from his usual manner, which was all kindness, gentleness and courtesy. But I have already elsewhere given this picture.*

Where Scott has dwelt is classic ground. His earlier residence was at Ashiesteel, about six miles above Abbotsford, where the Ettrick forest borders upon the Tweed, and gave the scene of several of his romances. It is more picturesque than his later residence, but less strongly associated with a name which now gives an interest above beauty. Abbotsford was the spot of an early choice.

“Here have I thought [said he] 'twere sweet to dwell
And rear again the chaplain's cell,
And deem each hour to musing given
A step upon the road to heaven."

In 1811 he became the purchaser of it. There was then, he

* This alludes to a letter addressed by the author, to the editor of the New-York American, November 19, 1832, on the news of Sir Walter's death.

looks with confidence for a faithful portraiture of one whom he knew so well and loved so much.

And in conclusion, let me ask, what tribute shall we, my fellow-citizens, pay to him to whose genius we owe so much? Monument we can erect none; his works are his monument, all else will crumble; but may we not by some national act of justice in reference to those works,* redeem a debt which in honor we long have owed, but which in sorrow alone we now can pay, and make the name and claims of Scott, the foundation of a wiser and more liberal policy towards the literature of our common language? It is due to England by reciprocity; it is due to ourselves by an enlightened selfinterest; and to crown all, it was the suggestion of one who was himself the soul of honor, and whose memory we now seek to embalm.

* That the author may not himself be charged with a tardy acknowledgment of a rightful claim, would state, that this proposition, with the grounds of it, were immediately, upon his return in January 1831, laid before the departments of the government, to which he considered the subject belonged ; and also communicated to the chairman of the committee of congress, on the subject of patent rights; but their report had already been made, and it was deemed unadvisable to attempt at so late a period so important an alteration in its principle. Col. Coll. Dec. 8, 1832.

looks with confidence for a faithful portraiture of one whom he knew so well and loved so much.

And in conclusion, let me ask, what tribute shall we, my fellow-citizens, pay to him to whose genius we owe so much? Monument we can erect none; his works are his monument, all else will crumble; but may we not by some national act of justice in reference to those works,* redeem a debt which in honor we long have owed, but which in sorrow alone we now can pay, and make the name and claims of Scott, the foundation of a wiser and more liberal policy towards the literature of our common language? It is due to England by reciprocity; it is due to ourselves by an enlightened selfinterest; and to crown all, it was the suggestion of one who was himself the soul of honor, and whose memory we now seek to embalm.

* That the author may not himself be charged with a tardy acknowledgment of a rightful claim, he would state, that this proposition, with the grounds of it, were immediately, upon his return in January 1831, laid before the departments of the government, to which he considered the subject belonged ; and also communicated to the chairman of the committee of congress, on the subject of patent rights; but their report had already been made, and it was deemed unadvisable to attempt at so late a period so important an alteration in its principle. Col. Coll. Dec. 8, 1832.

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