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��Among the posterity was to be born eight-and-twenty years later a little girl, destined to become famous as the wife of Thomas Carlyle. 1 What was the hindrance to the ascent ot St. Rule's Tower I could not ascertain. The staircase, which is perfect, has

in no part a modern appearance, but never- theless, it is possible that some of the steps were missing. Saint- Fond, nevertheless, went up it not long after Johnson's visit. Sir Walter Scott, a few years before his death, visiting the ruins, wrote that he had not been strong enough to climb the tower.

"When before did I re- main sitting below when there was a steeple to be ascended ? I sat down on a grave-stone, and recollected the first visit I made to St. Andrews, now thirty-four years ago. What changes in my feelings and my fortunes have since then taken place ! some for the better, many for the worse. I remembered the name I then carved in runic characters on the turf beside the Castle Gate, and I asked why it should still

As we wander among these ancient ruins it is pleasant to think not only on the days when the cathedral stood in all its magnifi- cence, and on those other days when the wild mob raved through it, but also on old Samuel Johnson, wrapped up in contemplation or preaching about retirement, and on Walter Scott resting on a

1 Her descent from Knox is not fully esta- good likelihood of the genealogy." Reminis- blished, though, says Carlyle, "there is really cences by Thomas Carlyle, ii. 103.

2 Lockhart's Life of Scott, ix. 126.


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