An Exposure of the Spy System Pursued in Glasgow, During the Years 1816-17-18-19

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 230 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1833. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... EXPLOITS OF RICHMOND; EXPOSURE OF THE SPY SYSTEM, LETTERS OP ANDREW HARDIE, Sfc. r Let not ambition mock their useful toil, Their homely joys and destiny obscure, Nor grandeur hear, with a disdainful smile, The short and simple annals of the poor. The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r, And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await alike the inevitable hour: The paths of glory lead --but to the grave. Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the fault, If mem'ry o'er their tomb no trophies raise, Where through the long drawn aisle and fretted vault The pealing anthem swells the note of praise. Can story'd urn or animated bust Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath ?-- Can honour's voice provoke the silent dust, Or ftatt'ry soothe the dull cold ear of death! Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire: Hands, that the rod of empire might have sway'd, Or wak'd to ecstacy the living lyre. Gray. We now puplish the following painful but interesting commentary made by Andrew Hardie, in his condemned cell, on the evidence of Nicol Hugh Baird. "The next witness (says Andrew Hardie) that I shall mention, is Mr. Nicol Hugh Baird of the Kilsyth Yeomanry Cavalry, who'actually swore, that he met ten or twelve of us on the road, and that we demanded his arms, and he, in return to our demands, presented his pistol at us, and Said that he would give us the contents of it before he would do so. In the name of common sense, what could tempt this coxcomb to swear to such a Notorious Lie: as this, to face and frighten 'ten or twelve armed men.'* He is worthy of being classed with Sir William Wallace. I am astonished that after such a feat, he did not petition the officer of the Hussars to fight the whole of us on the moor himself. B...

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