The Scottish Chiefs
By Miss Jane Porter Hardcover
Published by Porter & Coates 1876 no previous edition stated.
Illustrated by F.O.C. Darley
Measures 7.5x5 inches Weighs 1 pound 11 ounces
Condition: Very Good.
Lovely pine green cloth boards with delicate black decoration and text at front and lavish gold and black text and decoration at spine.
A solid clean copy has crisp text and illustrations are bright.
Age spots are forming starting at the margins. The covers are scuffed at edges.
TO THB STANDARD EDITION OF
THE SCOTTISH CHIEFS.
A. D. 1831.
IN seeking to go back, by the traces of recollection, to the period
when the first impression of the heroes which form the story of the
Scottish Chiefs was made on my mind, I am carried so completely into
the scenes of my infancy, that I feel like one of the children old tales
tell of, who, being lost in a wood, tries to find her way home again,
by the possibly preserved track of a few corn seeds she had chanced
to scatter on the ground as she came.
To wander in these memories, has, however, a pleasure of its own;
many pleasant places presenting themselves to stop at, and thence to
review with a sweet sadness, through the long vale of past days, some
distant, lovely scene, under the soul-hallowed twilight of time.—Such
scenes are peopled with beloved forms, living there before our heart's
eye; but, in reality, long removed from us into an eternal paradise.
Born on the border lands of Scotland, my mother, in an early
widowhood, took her children thither1 then almost infants: to bring
them up in good air, and in the future advantage of a good education
at a moderate expense. But in Scotland, it is not the " pastors and
masters" only who educate the people; there is a spirit of wholesome
knowledge in the country, pervading all ranks, which passes from one
to the other like the atmosphere they breathe; and I may truly say,
th*fc } was hardly six years of age when I first heard the names of
William Wallace and Robert Bruce:—not from gentlemen and ladies,
readers of history; but from the maids in the nursery, and the serv
ing-man in the kitchen: the one had their songs of " Wallace wight I"