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his absence on his ordination, a wit of the court being asked where he was gone, malignantly answered, to make his first communion at Chanteloup, near Triel. It was Mafsillon who had the weakness to consecrate him
'On Easter day, after his promotion to the cardinalfhip, his eminence, who awakened later than usual, began to swear against his servants for allowing him to sleep so long on a day that he ought to say mafs. They made haste to drefs him; and when he was ready, Dubois called a secretary, and forgot to go to say mass, or even to hear it.
Of a very irascible temper, nothing appeased him but coolness. It was necefsary to let his anger be over and then to answer him. One evening that his people forgot to give him a pullet to supper, which he used to eat quite alone, he got into a very great rage. His officer told him calmly that he had eaten it, but that if he chose they should put another to the spit. His firm afsertion persuaded him that he was not hungry.
• When cardinal Dubois was declared prime minister, the court loaded him with sarcasms and ridicules. But the most severe pleasantry was that of the count de Nocé, who told the regent, your royal highness may do with him what you please; but you never can make him an honest man. He was banished next day. It was in vain the countefs du Tort reproached the duke of Orleans for that mean complaisance : It was only after the death of the cardinal that he wrote to his friend,-The beast is dead; I expect you this eyening at the royal palace to supper.
It is very singular that the regent should have loaded with favours and dignities the person whom no body else could suffer, and whose death he himself wished for, that he should have taken into the council, him with whom the dukes and mareschals of France would not associate. He must have been a statesman, despicable as he was. To be at the height of greatness he only wanted the blue ribbon of the Beaux esprits. The French academy gave it him; and Fontenelle, the philosopher Fontenelle! assured him, in his discourse in the name of his brethren, that the titles he brought them appeared to them greater than all others.
• Praises, as well as honours, distressed the cardinal, who, never having tasted the pleasures of humanity, and always experienced the torments of ambition, said at last; I wish I were at Paris in my fifth year. with a governess and five hundred crowns of rent. This confefsion is the best lefson and the best remedy to give to those magnificent slaves who have the fever of kings.
'Death relieved him sooner than he wifhed from the weight of greatnefs. He had a great deal to suffer in his last illness, both from surgeons and his conscience. The church could have given him some consolation, but he lost his time in getting information about the ceremony which ought to be observed in administering to a cardinal.
'His mausoleum in the church of St Honoré, at Paris, is one of the masterpieces of the young Costou, Et didicere, ut nos, marmora falsa loqui.
'Services were rendered him every where, but he had no funeral sermon any where. This cardinal died on the 10th August 1723, aged sixty-seven years."
A VOYAGE TO THE HEBRIDES.
JULY 26. Sailed from Stornaway at one o'clock P. M. and reached the harbour of Tenera by six or seven o'clock; all hands to the fishing lines, and plenty of haddocks, whitings, and codlings, caught by the crews of the vessels.
July 27. Breakfasted with Mr Morison at Tenera. This is one of several islands in the mouth of Lochbroom, of small extent. Mr Morison has built here a very good dwelling house, a large house for curing red herrings, a fhed for boats; building a quay of considerable extent. He has cultivated some fields near his house, and carries on the herring fishery with skill and afsiduity; it is to be hoped, with the succefs he deserves. He has several vefsels belonging to himself; but the want of a custom-house is a sad drawback. His island is a feu from the trustees of the annexed estates, part of the estate of lord Cromarty.
Sailed in the forenoon up the loch, about seven miles, to isle Martin, this is also a small island in the Foch, feued by the trustees. Here Mr Woodhouse of Liverpool has built a house for curing red herrings,. 100 feet long, and a house for his overseer, who resides constantly on the spot. There is also here a
collector and comptroller of customs, but it is not a port from whence bufses can clear out for the fifheries. Mr Woodhouse buys the fifh of the country people for five chillings the thousand. Has some boats and nets of his own. On this, and a small island adjoining, the people belonging to the work are allowed to settle and to cultivate the land, rent free. Their industry is surprising. There may be about fifty of them, most industrious beings; they fish for Mr Woodhouse in the season, wages 1 s. in summer, 8 d. in winter ;-could have any number of them; but generally sends to the main land for extra hands. Mr Woodhouse could cure 7000 barrels of herrings, each containing from 600, to 800, in a year; Mr Morison and Mr Mackenzie of Tenera, as many; but these last generally cure white herrings.
Visited Ulapole, some miles nearer the bottom of the loch. This is the spot already surveyed by Mr Beaufoy. Here letters were left by that gentleman for the committee. The spot is a remarkable one. In the midst of the most mountainous country of Scotland, Ulapole runs out into Lochbroom, forming a peninsula, which almost intersects the loch, and contains upwards of 200 acres of flat land, some of it already cultivated, all capable of cultivation. A lime quarry, and plenty of mofs, on the rising ground of the farm, and plenty of stone every where; a fresh water river runs through the peninsula, and a small brook also runs half way through it. Here are the ruins of an ancient chapel, and for the first time since leaving Turloifk, large fine afh trees presented themselves to view; a grateful sight to a party who were.
almost all planters of trees, and fond of them. Some said a small island called Sandornee, in the mouth of Lochbroom, would be a station preferable to Ulapole. But it was afserted with truth, that the fhoals of herrings always push down to the lower end of these sea lochs, particularly of Lochbroom; and that the fishers of cod might go to Sandornee, and remain there during the cod season in tents or huts, as the fishers of Stornaway leave that place to go to the fishing grounds. This decided the committee in preferring Ulapole. Within the peninsula is a fine deep harbour, proof of all weathers.-Returned to the vessels at Tenera.
July 28. Crofsed Lochbroom in the boats, walked cross the country of Coigaht, about three miles, afoot. Got into country boats, rowed about six miles to the bottom of Loch Inver in Afsynte, in the county of Sutherland. This is a fine harbour, about. two miles indented into the land; herrings here, and a great ling fishery near to it. Here Mr Donald Rofs has built a good house and curing-house for red herrings; a fine situation for a fishing station. The land round about, rugged but improveable. Some romantic mountains near this; one called the Sugar Loaf, from its resemblance to a sugar loaf, is of a great height. Attended part of our way back by Mr Rofs in an isle of Man fishing boat, decked and well adapted to that businefs.
Mr Rofs was asked the value of the furniture in a Highland tenant's house; nobody, he said, could tell better than him, for he had been heir to many of. them; he gave the people meal upon trust in the fa