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terprise without the slightest accident. Thus we have overcome a difficulty-have seen one of the grandest features in the creation -have stood on the mountain snows whose imperceptible meltings form rivers of great magnitude : we have seen an almost unbounded view, and with the gratification these afforded we feel ourselves fully satisfied and amply repaid.

Both Mr. Fellowes and Mr. Hawes have printed accounts of their journey for circulation among their friends; but as neither of these can be purchased, we must refer our readers to a very interesting book, entitled a' Narrative of an Ascent to Mont Blanc on the 8th and 9th of August, 1827, by John Auldjo, Esq. of Trinity College, Cambridge, with twenty plates.'

The following splendid and sublime description of Mont Blanc, and the descent of an avalanche, was written among the Alpine scenes it describes. It is copied from the notes to Mr. Wiffen's Julia Alpinula.

'Tis Night,-and Silence with unmoving wings
Broods o'er the sleeping waters; not a sound
Breaks its most breathless hush;—the sweet moon flings
Her pallid lustre on the hills around,
Turning the snows and ices that have crowned
Since Chaos reigned-each vast and searchless height
To beryl, pearl, and silver ;-whilst profound,

In the still waveless lake reflected bright,
And girt with arrowy rays, rests her full orb of light.

Th' eternal mountains momently are peering
Through the blue clouds that mantle them, -on high
Their glittering crests majestically rearing,
More like to children of the infinite sky
Than of the dædal earth :-triumphantly,
Prince of the whirlwind-monarch of the scene-
Mightiest where all are mighty;—from the eye

Of mortal man half hidden by the screen
Of mist that moats his base from Arve's dark, deep ravine,

Stands the magnificent MONTBLANC !-his brow
Scarred by ten thousand thunders ;-most sublime,
Even as though risen from the world below
To watch the progress of Decay ;-by clime,-
Storm-blight-fire-earthquake injured not;-like Time,
Stern chronicler of centuries gone by,
Doomed by an awful fiat still to climb,

Swell, and increase with years incessantly',
Then yield at length to thee, most dread eternity!

Hark! there are sounds of tumult and commotion
Hurtling in murmurs on the distant air,
Like the wild music of a wind-lashed ocean !-
They rage, they gather now ;-yon valley fair
Still sleeps in moonbright loveliness; but there,
Methinks a form of horror I behold
With giant stride descending! 'Tis Despair

Riding the rushing avalanche, now rolled
From its tall cliff-by whom ? what mortal may unfold !

Perchance a gale from fervid Italy
Startled the air-hung thunderer ;-or the tone
Breathed from some hunter's horn,-or it may be
The echoes of the mountain cataract, thrown
Amid its voiceful snows, have thus called down
The overwhelming ruin on the vale ;
Howbeit a mystery to man unknown,

'Twas but some heaven-sent power that did prevail, For an inscrutable end its slumbers to assail.

Madly it bursts along,-even as a river
That gathers strength in its most fierce career;
The black and lofty pines a moment quiver
Before its breath, but as it draws more near
Crash-and are seen no more!-fleet-footed Fear,
Pale as that wbite-robed minister of wrath,
In silent wilderment her face doth rear,

But, baving gazed upon its blight and scathe,
Flies with the wild chamois from its death-dooming path!

A. A. WATTS.

25. -SAINT JAMES. St. James suffered martyrdom under Herod Agrippa in July 44.- For an account of oyster-day, see T.T. for 1827, p. 243.

26.-SAINT ANNE, Mother of the Virgin Mary. Her festival was introduced by the Romish church.

*27. 1654.-REV. THOMAS GATAKER DIED. This learned man was Lecturer of Lincoln's Inn, and Rector of Rotherhithe, in Surrey. The following epigrammatic composition, supposed to be Mr.

· The mountain, according to Saussure, continually increases in magnitude.

Gataker's, was found among his papers, and which the experienced Christian will well understand :

I thirst for thirstiness; I weep for tears;

Well pleased I am to be displeased thus ;
The only thing I fear is want of fears ;

Suspecting, I am not suspicious;
I cannot choose but live, because I die;
And when I am not dead, how glad am I.
Yet when I am thus glad for sense of pain,

And careful am lest I should careless be,
Then do I grieve for being glad again,

And fear lest carelessness take care from me:
i Amidst these restless thoughts, this rest I find,

For those who rest not here there's rest behind. *29. 1828.DR. CHARLES O'CONOR DIED. Dr. O'Conor was an Irishman, and brother to O'Conor Don, a title or distinction still preserved by the head of that clan or family. Like other young men of the time intended for the Roman Catholic priesthood, he was sent abroad to qualify himself for the vocation, as it is termed, and passed a large portion of the early part of his life at Rome, of which place he always spoke with enthusiasm. It is a custom in Italy, on the admission of any individual into the Roman Catholic church, to forbid him the perusal of some particular work. O'Conor's obedience was tried on Macchiavelli's Principe. He returned to Ireland at the time of the French revolution, and was in Paris just after the downfal of Robespierre. His first introduction to the late Marquess of Buckingham, was for the purpose of arranging and translating the valuable collection of Irish manuscripts in his lordship's possession. He afterwards became domestic chaplain to Lady Buckingham; and on her death, in 1813, remained at Stowe as librarian. He was man of mild and almost timid disposition, liked by every one who knew him, and of extensive information, which, however, it was always necessary to draw out. His manners were a curious compound of Italian and Irish. Although a strict Roman Catholic, he was extremely tolerant in all religious questions. Dr. O'Conor's publications are-Columbanus's Letters, with a Historical Address on the Calamities occasioned by Foreign Influence in the Nomination of Bishops to Irish Sees ; 2 vols. 8vo, 1810, 1813.-Narrative of the most interesting Events in modern Irish History, 8vo, 1812--Bibliotheca MS. Stowensis, 2 vols. 4to, Buckingham, 1818, 1819; which work possesses an excellent index, and is a respectable monument of Dr. O'Conor's extensive reading. His last and most important publication is entitled-Rerum Hibernicarum Scriptores Veteres, in 4 thick vols. 4to, which was privately printed in Buckingham at the expense of the duke. The first volume appeared in 1814; the second, ten years after, in 1824, printed in some of the most beautiful Irish type ever cast; this was followed, in 1825 and 1826, by the third and fourth volumes. The whole of this extens sive work is (except the Irish originals) in Latin. It contains an account of the MSS. written in Irish characters prior to the Danish settlements in Ireland, with fac-similes; of the antiquity of letters in Ireland, and of the Irish pagan year and rathas; of ancient Irish poems quoted by Tigernach in the 11th century; of eclipses recorded in the Irish chronicles, by which the years and successions of the Irish kings of Scotia and Albania are ascertained; Gildas Colman's Irish metrical list of Irish kings, down to the year 1072; an Irish metrical list of the Irish kings of Scotland, written about the year 1053, from the Maguire collection at Stowe, &c. The second volume is chiefly occupied, with the Annals of Innisfallen; the third with the annals of the four Marters; and the fourth with the Ulster Annals.

*1828.-SIR WILLIAM DRUMMOND DIED. He was well known as an author, and a profound and elegant scholar. His first work, in 1794, was ' A Review of the Governments of Sparta and Athens,' large 8vo. At the close of 1795 he was returned to Parliament, on a vacancy in the representation of the borough of St. Mawes, and in the two following Parliaments, which met in 1796 and 1801, he sat for Lostwithiel. At the time of his second election, he was Envoy Extraordinary at the Court of Naples. In 1798 he published, in 8vo, ' The Satires of Persius, translated ;' which happened to appear about the same time as the translation of the same poet by Mr. Gifford, the late editor of The Quarterly Review.' In 1801, being Ambassador to the Ottoman Porte, Mr. Drummond was honoured with the order of the Crescent, which was confirmed by license in the London Gazette, Sept. 8, 1803. In 1805, Sir William published, in 4to, ‘Academical Questions ;' in 1810, in association with Robert Walpole, Esq. • Herculanensia; or, Archæological and Philological Dissertations, containing a MS. found among the ruins of Herculaneum,' 4to; in 1811, 'An Essay on a Punic Inscription found in the Isle of Malta,' royal 4to; in 1818, Odin, a Poem,' 4to; and in 1824,

• Origines; or, Remarks on the Origin of several Empires, States, and Cities,' 2 vols. 8vo. Sir William also printed, but not for sale, a work entitled 'Edipus Judaicus.'

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