Mr Croftangry introduces another tale. Together both on the high lawns appeared. Under the opening eyelids of the morn They drove afield. _Elegy on Lycidas_. I have sometimes wondered why all the favourite occupations and pastimes of mankind go to the disturbance of that happy state of tranquillity, that _Otium_, as Horace terms it, which he says is the object of all men's prayers, whether preferred from sea or land; and that the undisturbed repose, of which we are so tenacious, when duty or necessity compels us to abandon it, is precisely what we long to exchange for a state of excitation, as soon as we may prolong it at our own pleasure. Briefly, you have only to say to a man, ``remain at rest,'' and you instantly inspire the love of labour. The sportsman toils like his gamekeeper, the master of the pack takes as severe exercise as his whipper-in, the statesman or politician drudges more than the professional lawyer; and, to come to my own case, the volunteer author subjects himself to the risk of painful criticism, and the assured certainty of mental and manual labour, just as completely as his needy brother, whose necessities compel him to assume the pen. These reflections have been suggested by an annunciation on the part of Janet, ``that the little Gillie-whitefoot was come from the printing-office.'' ``Gillie-blackfoot you should call him, Janet,'' was my response, ``for he is neither more nor less than an imp of the devil, come to torment me for _copy_, for so the printers call a supply of manuscript for the press.'' ``Now, Cot forgie your honour,'' said Janet; ``for it is no like your ainsell to give such names to a faitherless bairn.'' ``I have got nothing else to give him, Janet--- he must wait a little.'' ``Then I have got some breakfast to give the bit gillie,'' said Janet; ``and he can wait by the fireside in the kitchen, till your honour's ready; and cood enough for the like of him, if he was to wait your honour's pleasure all day.'' ``But, Janet,'' said I to my little active superintendent, on her return to the parlour, after having made her hospitable arrangements, ``I begin to find this writing our Chronicles is rather more tiresome than I expected, for here comes this little fellow to ask for manuscript---that is, for something to print---and I have got none to give him.'' ``Your honour can be at nae loss; I have seen you write fast and fast enough; and for subjects, you have the whole Highlands to write about, and I am sure you know a hundred tales better than that about Hamish MacTavish, for it was but about a young cateran and an auld carline, when all's done; and if they had burned the rudas queen for a witch, I am thinking, may be, they would not have tyned their coals---and her to gar her neer-do-weel son shoot a gentleman Cameron! I am third cousin to the Camerons mysell---my blood warms to them---And if you want to write about deserters, I am sure there were deserters enough on the top of Arthur's Seat, when the MacRaas broke out, and on that woful day beside Leith Pier---Ohonari!''--- Here Janet began to weep, and to wipe her eyes with her apron. For my part, the idea I wanted was supplied, but I hesitated to make use of it. Topics, like times, are apt to become common by frequent use. It is only an ass like Justice Shallow, who would pitch upon the overscutched tunes, which the carmen whistled, and try to pass them off as his _fancies_ and his _good-nights_. Now, the Highlands, though formerly a rich mine for original matter, are, as my friend Mrs Bethune Baliol warned me, in some degree worn out by the incessant labour of modern romancers and novelists, who, finding in those remote regions primitive habits and manners, have vainly imagined that the public can never tire of them; and so kilted Highlanders are to be found as frequently, and nearly of as genuine descent, on the shelves of a circulating library, as at a Caledonian ball. Much might have been made at an earlier time out of the history of a Highland regiment, and the singular revolution of ideas which must have taken place in the minds of those who composed it, when exchanging their native bills for the battle-fields of the Continent, and their simple, and sometimes indolent domestic habits for the regular exertions demanded by modern discipline. But the market is forestalled. There is Mrs Grant of Laggan, has drawn the manners, customs, and superstitions of the mountains in their natural unsophisticated state;* and my friend, General Stewart of Garth,* * Letters from the Mountains, 3 vols.---Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders---The Highlanders, and other Poems, &c. * The gallant and amiable author of the History of the Highland Regiments, in whose glorious services his own share had been great, went out Governor of St Lucie in 1828, and died in that island on the I8th of December 1829,---no man more regretted, or perhaps by a wider circle of friends and acquaintance. in giving the real history of the Highland regiments, has rendered any attempt to fill up the sketch with fancy-colouring extremely rash and precarious. Yet I, too, have still a lingering fancy to add a stone to the cairn; and without calling in imagination to aid the impressions of juvenile recollection, I may just attempt to embody one or two scenes illustrative of the Highland character, and which belong peculiarly to the Chronicles of the Canongate, to the greyheaded eld of whom they are as familiar as to Chrystal Croftangry. Yet I will not go back to the days of clanship and claymores. Have at you, gentle reader, with a tale of Two Drovers. An oyster may be crossed in love, says the gentle Tilburina---and a drover may be touched on a point of honour, says the Chronicler of the Canongate.