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The genius of Mr. Burke was full turn of affairs in Europe, (the act of splendor; it was the reflexion of of his life which has been the most lights from every quarter of the unpopular) ought to vindicate his material and intellectual universe. principles, though the consequences His eyes shot through the depths of of it may arraign his judgment. science and ascertained the wander In our imperfect nature, the supeings, or enlarged the limits of con- riority of one man to another, is nọ jecture. His fancy, rich and bright, more than a partial superiority. One infinite in its va•iety, and intoxicat- towering faculty, in the composition ing with its beauty, furnished copious of an individual, bears down and and striking images, to illustrate casts a shade upon the rest; in conand familiarize the operations of a duct it obstructs their use, as in comreasoning power, otherwise too pro- parison it extinguishes their lustre. found for common apprehension, Mr. Burke's miscarriages in the His eloquence, convincing, persua- world of politics, though not propor. sive, terrible when it assaulted, tioned to the grandeur of his underirresistible when it soothed, digni- tikings, have been more than profied in its rapidity, polished in its portioned to those incurred by ordi. vehemence, diffuse, without being nary men, in the ordinary level of languid, concise, on occasion, with- human character. His fertile mind out being obscure, never failed to nourished every subject on which ho agitate the fiercer, or to interest the thought, into a vast creation, multimilder passions. A spirit of divine form, rich in realities, in images, morality breathed through him; and and in conjectures; much of it fuc however our opinions may differ tuating and fugitive, complex in upon the actual effects of his words its materials, boundless in its dimenand writings, it is no great exercise sions, and new to its author. More of candour to suppose that his inten- secure, but far less elevated, their tions were pure. His immense stores lot, in whom their is little of invenof knowledge, were, in general, tion to suggest, and nothing of imadrawn forth to promote, or to resis gination to delude; whose ideas do some practical object, and he forced not multiply into clogs upon their upon us the necessity of appreciat- judgment, but leave it, through an ing all human intelligence, by the empty region, a free and inglorious good or evil to which it is directed. path! Where these, and such men The sensibility of his heart was ex as these, have to manage only their quisite, and ever alive ; more rapid respective atoms, Mr. Burke, in his than the flights of his imagination luxuriance, had to wield an universe ....infinitely too rapid, and at times, ....and to say that he failed, is to say perhaps, too strong for his reason, that he was not a God. it often turned against the latter, Some weeds of prejudice sprung the strength it occasionally received up with his opinions; a mistof superfrom both. Always engaged in the stition hung over him, which obscura contemplation of mighty objects, he ed important truths, and raised a knew, that although his objects were multitude of illusory forms; his fancy mighty, his instruments must be associated other subjects with these; men. 'In order to make the constic and his zeal committed them, so intution what he could approve, and fected, to the world. The rest of the empire what he wished, he unit- mankind saw truth and falsehood in ed with a parliamentary party, colours less strong than Mr. Burke, which appeared the most respects though perhaps more minutely accuable and effectual means of accom rate. All those whose cold and plishing these ends; but in attempt. shallow mediocrity, was incapable ing to render party his instrument, either of sympathizing with his senhe became himself, for a time, the sibilities, or of fathoming his deducinstrument of party; and his derelic- tions, made his greatness a reproach ţion of that system upon the new to him, and ridiculed his intellect for
being superior to their own. Some In the spring, before fires are philosophers, also, of that malignant discontinued during a calm day, Veschool which affects the absence of suvius itself can scarcely exceed this feeling to disguise its perversion, display of smoke. It is pleasing to joined in a league of abusive contro- observe the black streams which versy ; and madness and despotism issue from the different manufactowere common themes of invective, ries; sometimes darting upwards, against one of the wisest and the while every trifling current gives best of men.
graceful undulation; at others rolUpon the whole we must imputeling in low movements, blending with to Mr. Burke some of the evils we the common air ; when the dreary have suffered,but posterity may reap season of November arrives, and unmixed advantage from his works. the atmosphere is dark and damp, He combined the greatest talents of a change in the wind produces an the greatest men, and his judgment effect dismal and depressing. The was overmatched, not by the abili- smoke sometimes mixes with the ties of others, but by his own. He clouds, and then they assume an roused, by a wound, the sleeping electric appearance. When the sun tyger of Democracy, and provoked, breaks the gh this veil during the and almost justified, his devastations. summer, its beams have a wonderful Had he lived in the most despicable effect on the trees and grass; the age, his genius would have exalted green is brightened inconceivably it; had he lived in the most tranquil beautiful. age, his conduct might have dis London is not without attraction turbed it. He has left a space that on a dark evening; chiefly so in winwill not soon be filled. He describ- ter, when a strong wind prevails. ed a grand, but irregular course; It is then that the innumerable his meridian was more tolerable lights in the shops and streets sendi than his descending ray; but the their rays towards heaven; but heat with which he scorched us will meeting with the smoke, depressed soon be no longer felt, while the by a wet air, they are reflected and light which he diffused will shine multiplied, making an arch of splenupon us forever.
dor, against which the houses and steeples appear in strong outlines. I have found the reflection so powerful as to dazzle my sight, and make
the path dark and dangerous. A PICTURESQUE VIEW OF LONDON. general illumination occasions great
Brilliancy. Smoke, so great an enemy to all Let us now view our subject froni' prospects is the everlasting compa- the surrounding country ; and this nion of this great city; yet it is the should be done on a summer mornsmoke of London, emblematic of its ing, before the industrious inhabitmagnificence.
ants begin their labours. The most At times, when the wind changing perfect and delightful prospect is from the west to the east, rolls the from Hamstead-Heath, when the vast volumes of sulphur towards each wind blows strong from the east. other, columns ascend to a great Then it is that the clear bright field height, in some parts bearing a blue of ground, broken into a thousand tinge, in others a flame colour, and grotesque shapes, gives lustre to the in a third, accumulated, and dense, projecting front of Highgate, topped they darken portions of the city, till with verdure, and serving as a first the back rooms require candles. A distance, from which in gradual unresident in London cannot form an dulations the fields retire, till lost in idea of the grand and gloomy scene a blue horizon. Hence, spread be....it must be viewed from the envi. fore you, are numberless objects to Tons.
please the most difficult. The sto
burbs, as advanced guards, meets Fe,* the capital of New Mexico, the eye in all directions, contract- from which he will turn eastwardly ing their fawn-coloured sides with to the Red river; and after explorthe neighbouring trees. Beyond ing the silver mines in its neighbourthem reposes in full majesty the main hood, descend by it into the Misbody, with its mighty queen, whose sisippi, at seventy leagues above N. lofty cupola overlooks her phalanx Orleans. of children, crowned with spires of The party is expected to return various sizes and beauty, protected in July, 1804, after having made the on the south by a chain of hills. most correct observations on the
Much of the external splendor of climate, soil, trees, plants, waters, London, I conceive must have been minerals, mountains and volcanos; lost on the suppression of religious men, beasts, fowls, and fishes: houses. Numerous towers and spires The longitude and latitude is to were destroyed, and those of the be taken in certain points, and “the most venerable character. Several spaces between protracted on a map, attempts to preserve St. John's, in time instead of space,” in the Clerkenwell, and St. Augustine's, manner of Ellicott; see his journal were without success.
ANECDOTE OF GENERAL LEE. OF MAJOR LEWIS'S JOURNAL,
General Lee was remarkably Mr. JEFFERSON having given any slovenly in his dress and manners; official account of the territory of and has often by the meanness of his Louisiana, has thought proper to appearance, been subject to ridicule send his first secretary to know how and insult. He was once attending far that information might be relied general Washington to a place disupon.
tant from the camp....Riding on, he It is said the route of the party will arrived at the house where they be as follows. It will ascend the were to dine, sometime before the Missisippi from the mouth of the rest of the company. He went diOhio, to the falls of St. Anthony, to rectly to the kitchen demanding gain some knowledge of the north- something to eat ; when the cook, ern fur-trade. From thence it will taking him for a servant, told him direct its course south-westwardly, she would give him some victuals in Antil it strikes the Missouri, which, a moment....but he must help her off after taking a peep at the big Indi- with the pot. Thishe complied with ans, and viewing some part of the and sat down to some cold meat Salt Mountain it will ascend to its which she placed before him on the source.
dresser. The girl was remarkably From this point the party will inquisitive about the guests who were proceed south-eastwardly, along the coming, particularly of Lee, who heights that divide the waters of she said she heard was one of the the Missisippi and the Pacific oddest and ugliest men in the world. ocean, noting particularly those that In a few moments she desired the fall into the latter, until it reaches general again to assist her in placthe heads of the river Arkansas. It ing on the pot, and scarcely had he is proposed that some part of the finished, when she requested him to escort shall fall into these waters and float down to the Missisippi,
is in long. W. from Phiwhich they will enter two hundred ladelphia 296 N. lat. 36° and stands on and fifty leagues above N. Orleans. a river which runs into the gulf of The major will proceed on to Santa Mexica.
take the bucket and go to the well. lowed by a kind of discharge whicii Lee made no objections, and began resembled a firing of musketry ; drawing the water. In the mean- after which there was heard a dreadtime general Washington arrived, ful rumbling like the beating of a and an aid-de-camp was dispatched drum. The air was calm and the in search of Lee; whom to his sur- sky serene, except a few clouds, prise he found engaged as above.... such as are frequently observed. But what was the confusion of the The noise proceeded from a small poor girl on hearing the aid-de-camp cloud which had a rectangular form, address the man with whom she had the largest side being in a direction been so familiar, with the title of from east to west. It appeared Excellency!
motionless all the time the phenoThe mug fell from her hands, and menon lasted. But the vapour of dropping on her knees, she began which it was composed was projecte crying for pardon ; when Lee, who ed momentarily from the different was ever ready to see the impropri- sides by the effect of the successive ety of his own conduct, but never explosions. This cloud was about willing to change it, gave her a half a league to the north-north-east crown, ani turning to the aid-de- of the town of Laigle: It was at a camp, observed...." you see, young great elevation in the atmosphere, man, the adv.intage of a fine coat.... for the inhabitants of two hamlets a the man of consequence is indebted league distant from each other saw to it for respect; neither virtue nor it at the same time above their heads. abilities, without it, will make him In the whole canton over which this look like a gentleman."
cloud hovered a hissing noise like that of a stone discharged from a sling was heard and a multitude of
mineral masses exactly similar to ACCOUNT OF A FIRE BALL. these distingnished by the name of
meteoric stones were seen to fall at C. Biet, member of the national the same time. institute, in a letter to the French The district in which the stones minister of the interior, dated July fell forms an elliptical extent of about 20, 1803, gives a detailed account two leagues and an half in length of his inquiries, &co respecting a fire and nearly one in breadth, the greatball which fell in the neighbourhood est dimensions being in a direction of Laigle. From this the following from south-east to north-west, formdescription of the phenomenon is ing a declination of about twentydeduced.
two degrees. This direction which On Tuesday, April 26, 1802, the meteor must have followed is about one in the afternoon, the wea- exactly that of the magnetic meri. ther being serene, there was observ- dian; which is a remarkable result. ed from Goen, Paint-Audemer, and The largest of these stones fell at the environs of Alençon, Falaise, the south-east extremity of the large and Verneuil, a fiery globe of a very axis of the ellipse; the middle sized brilliant splendor, which moved in ones fell in the centre, and the smallthe atmosphere with great rapi- est at the other extremity. It theredity.
by appears that the largest fell first, Some moments after there was as might naturally be supposed. heard at Laigle, and in the environs The largest of all those which fell of that city to the extent of more weigh seventeen and an half pounds. than thirty leagties in every direc- The smallest I saw weigh about two tion a violent explosion, which lasted gros, which is the thousandth part five or six minutes.
of the former. The number that At first there were three or four fell is certainly above two or three reports like those of a cannon, fol- thousand.
In this account I have confined duced to ; and Matilda promised to myself to a simple relation of facts; herhelf a pleasing amusement in my I have endeavoured to view them astonishment at the vastness and as any other person would have ceaseless business of the metropodone, and I have employed every lis. care to present them with exact “ But fear not," said she, “ my ness. · I leave to the sagacity of Henry will be your Cicerone, he will philosophers the numerous conse. be your friend, and you, I am sure quences that may be deduced from you will love my Henry!" them; and I shall consider myself * And who,” exclaimed I, “ is happy if they find that I have suc- Henry?" ceeded in placing beyond a doubt “ Good heavens," returned Ma. the most astonishing phenomenon tilda, “ do you not kuew that I mean ever observed by man,
my cousin, ord Villars, who is soon to be my husband?”
How I looked, I know not, but Matilda sufficiently comprehended all that passed in my heart. After
a few minutes pause, she left me to At Ensisheim, in Germany, there solitude and reflection. What a is a mass of stone, of the weight of night did I pass! but I was capable upwards of two hundred pounds, of forming my resolution. I appear. called the Thunder Stone, and is ed the next day thoughtful and pengenerally supposed to have fallen sive, but firm. I neither sought nor from the atmosphere. It is of an avoided Matilda: I had determined oval form, and a rugged aspect..... to suffer in silence, and she, who In the year 1800, a piece of this wished, as I flatter myself, to premass was analyzed by Professor Bar- serve for a friend, the man who had thold, who observed that its texture been so presumptuous as to think of was so loose, that it could easily be loving her, assisted my endeavours separated by a knife, and reduced by the continued mildness of her to a greyish blue powder. It was in- manners towards me. She affected termixed with insulated and irregu- not to have penetrated my secret, lar crystals of pyrites, which in some but retained, as much as possible, parts appeared like small veins..... her former sweet and easy confiFrom the analysis, this stone ap
dence. peared to contain, of sulpher, 0.02;
The short time that remained iron 0.2; magnesia, 0.14 ; alumine, previous to our exchanging rural 0.27 ; lime, 0.202; and of silex, 0.42. shades for dusty streets, was insuf
ficient to bring me into a temper of mind fit to see and be introduced to lord Villars; and I suffered more than language can describe, when
an elegant young man, of a most (Concluded from page 310.) prepossessing countenance, in the
most graceful manner, thanked me The autumn was advancing fast for the service I had rendered his ....already the late leaves lingered uncle, and bespoke my friendship in on the trees, as if reluctant to lose exchange for his own, adding, that their faint hold of life; already occa.
his Matilda's account of me had dissional storms of sleet and rain de posed his heart to love me. formed the fair face of nature, and
Oh had I but known of her endebarred the lady Matilda from her gagenient! that certainly would have frequent wanderings, and lord Er- secured my young and innocent nolf talked of removing to London. heart from feeling the fatal passion Our conversations now ran on the that will now quit it but with life! new world I was about to be intro. Nor will it be long that I shall con.
HISTORY OF PHILIP DELLWYN.