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his ancestors, where he was preparing cipal discoveries made by him during himself to become a monk, but the sud- those interesting tours. In the proseden entry of the French into the “ eter cution of his great designs, he had the nal city," altered the course of his edu- misfortune to experience very many cation, and being destined to travel, he vexatious impediments, which the illhas been a wanderer ever since.

concealed malice and envy of his rival His family not being rich, he was com- explorators attempted, though vainly, to pelled to live upon his own industry, throw in the way of his success; he and' having turned his attention to the feelingly laments these petty artifices of study of Hydraulics, he derived much his fellow-labourers, in the same honoradvantage from it, and it was ultimately able field, and which were happily renthe cause of his going to Egypt.

dered nugatory by his perseverance and In 1803, he arrived in England, and promptitude. soon after married an English lady, we After an absence of twenty years, he believe ; and in 1813, he visited in returned to his native land and the bosom company with Mrs. Belzoni, Portugal, of his family, and shortly after which lie Spain, and Malta, from which latter came to England. place he embarked for Egypt, where he On his arrival in Europe, he found remained from 1815 to 1819. Here he that so many erroneous accounts had had the good fortune (as hé modest been given to the world of his operations terms it) to be the discoverer of many and discoveries in Egypt, that he deter-, remains of antiquity of that primitive mined to publish a narrative of his pronation. He succeeded in opening one of ceedings, and which for the scientific the two famous Pyramids of Ghizeh, as knowledge and deep research it displays, well as many of the tombs of the kings may compete with the best works on the at Thebes. Among the latter, that subject. which has been pronounced by one of In the unfortunate death of M. Belthe most distinguisbed scholars of the zoni, Science has experienced a loss we. age, to be the tomb of Psammuthis, is at fear irreparable; no one was fitter for this moment, the principal, the most the task, and none ever pursued with perfect and splendid monument in that greater ardour the accomplishment of country. The celebrated bust of young his views; he combined the elegance of Memnon, which he brought from Thebes, the gentleman to the acquirements of is now in the British Museum, as is also the scholar; and in private life, he was the beautiful alabaster Sarcophagus, every way amiable. found in one of the tombs of the King. In person M. Belzoni was tall and

Near the second cataract of the Nile, finely formed, with a face expressive of He opened the temple of Ybsambul; great animation. Like most of the natives then made a journey to the coast of the of Italia's fine sky, M. B. was dark, Red Sea, to the fcity of Berenice, and and the better to prosecute his designs, afterwards an excursion in the western he suffered his beard to grow to a great Elloah or Oasis. Next to the promotion length, and on all occasions, assumed the of science, M. Belzoni was induced to Eastern costume. visit Egypt, in consequence of his hav His partiality for this country, and ing received information that an Hydrau- the encouragement (which to the honor lic machine would be of great service in of the nation be it said) he met with that country, which wants only water to here, induced him to present all the moirrigate the fields, to make them produce numents of his persevering labours to at any time of the year.

the English nation, in token of his gratation, we believe, he did not meet with titude for their liberal support. the encouragement he expected; he, We have, therefore, greater cause to therefore, solely devoted his time and lament his premature death; but his talents to the attainment of that in well-earned fame can never die; and the which, as we have shewn, he so ably name of Belzoni will be handed down to succeeded.

posterity with veneration and pride, In his narrative of these journeys, he along with those who by their useful gives a most animated description of the researches lave conferred such benefits wonders that every hour attracted his on society. attention, in order to do justice to which, We purpose at some future time, to give extracts from the work itself, of the prin.

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THE PORTFOLIO. THE HERMIT ABROAD. may be of infinite service to them in

their different walks of life, and that THE POST-OFFICE.

they may learn that, when they consider

themselves as least observed, their pasSpeeds the soft intercourse from soul to soul, And wafts a sigh from Indus to the pole.”

sions may be strongly visible, and calPoPE. . culations may be made, and conjectures

formed, of which they cannot be in the A POST-OFFICE, like a direction-post least aware. or a mile-stone, is passed inattentively A spy (but spies have no hearts and by thousands hourly; those only, who therefore very imperfect minds) might, have direct dealings with this depository if he were divested of his degradation, of commerce, confidence, mutual and discover half the secrets of the town; common place intercourse, secrets, affec but any man gifted with strong percep tions, plans, plots and negociations, tions might delineate the passions, cha. treasons, treaties, and trivial communi. racters and professions of the frequencations, stop to remark the varieties ters of the post-office, as well the depowhich such a spot affords ; but to the sitors as the receivers of letters, and decalm observer of life, to the man who cide from the eagerness or interest, the has leisure and tranquillity, the peace of expectation or trepidation, the craft or the heart and unprejudiced views, the concealment, the ease or indifference of letter-box, the mile-stone, and the road the acting party, whether a miser or an post have more in them than mere wood ambitious one, a speculator or a suitor, and stone. The circulating '

medium of a swindler or a forlorn fair one, a prosa the post-office, affects high and low, perous trifler, or a mere porter of franks rich and poor, foreign and domestic in or letter-packets, dropped the billet, or terests ; its operations are hopeful and enquired for the more or less important fearful to many, and yet how few look epistle ; , not forgetting the author, the attentively on the living drama acted advertiser, the pauper, genuine or predaily at its doors.

tended, and the hoaxing adventurer The proud man views it not, because quiring if there are no letters for the

my porter, or my agent receives my house of Kite, Vanwind,* and Co. ?--letters ;" the mercantile man waits in and smiling at the self-written important bis counting house for a fortune or a blanks which arrive to bolster up a fallbankruptcy enclosed in the mouth of ing trade, or to give a colouring to a secresy, whose lips, anlike those of bill acceptor, à money scrivener a trafolly, are ever open but speak not; the velling trader, a straw bail, or to the soldier expects a dún or a love-letter, a accomplice and accommodating partner challenge from the drum-major, or a in some nefarious traffic. more fearful attorney's notice; whilst Departing, however, from crime, let the few most feelingly affected, draw us pass to the higher frequenters of the their pains and pleasures, their success post-office. or failure directly from the dumb. limbs “ Are there any letters for Sir Jereof their oracle, or fortune-teller. The miah Juniper ?" said a brazen-faced fat man who sails tranquilly down the distiller, (one of the first whom I obstream of time, and whose correspon served at the letter-office), and who was dence is confined to acts of friendship rolled into the four-fold importance of and to the gentle usages of life, to con an ex-mayor, an address-knight, a magratulations, condolings, orders to ser- gistrate, and the late purchaser of a vants, and directions to men of business, borough. Yes, Sir Jerry,” replied a to advice to a nephew, or a remittance to clerk in office, handing him over a packet a weak brother, may dispassionately addressed to Sir Jeremiah Juniper, stand aloof to view the busy scene of Baronet, M. P. The words “Sir Jere. the mail's arrival, and draw from it re miahoccasioned a swell of conseflections and information; and, although quence; "baronet” was swalloned with I do not identify myself with any cha- complacency; M. P. went down like a racter, I must be permitted to take my matter of right, and drew a smile from station here, and to recount what passed promoted insignificance as he said, before my eyes. I give it to my readers “thank you, young man, there's your because I reaped amusement and in- money. The destroyer of stomachs, struction therefrom: I give it to those and dealer in blue ruin only came to who may become dramatis personce in the scene; because caution and circum.

* The name of Vanwind is common in spection, prudence andi eli į ossession Flanders.

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show who he now was ; that was clear, booksellers' shops, or (the moral essays and his servant went for his letters the which fill a nook in their libraries, until next day.

the moth becomes their only customer. “ Is there a letter directed for Lo “D---n the post,” (at last), thundered renzo Lonsdale ?” enquired a young

out an irritated Exquisite, turning away man of fashionable appearance, but the in disgust from the office, and looking lines of whose countenance bespoke if some unaccommodating agent, fear, anxiety and self accusation ? "For frothy professor of promised services, whom?” replied a coarse voiced fellow, or hard-fisted relative, had deceived who was looking over a bundle of let- him, and left him no resource but uncle ters, and the words “for whom" elec at the corner of the street, to pay his trified the incognito prodigal. It was washer-woman, his perfumer and his obvious to me that this romantic name servant's board wages, whilst his horses was assumed, and that he had changed were, not unlikely, advertised for their his own without an estate, a bequest, or standing at a livery stable. any act of the herald's office; he re I shall now proceed to the depositors ceived a paoket with trembling hand, of communications of divers kinds. and put it in his pocket, as if he re The first billet which I observed gently quired a turn or two in the air, or a dropped into the general receiver was a glass of brandy to give him courage to love-letter: there was nothing dubious break the seal. * Aye, aye,” said I to in the symptoms which characterised its myself, “no money can be raised on nature : the bearer of it was all sympayour moonshine securities ; post-obits, thetic sensibility ; she looked around and wind bills all fail, duns are increas her as if she feared that the tattling ing at your doors, bailiffs are hunting breeze might disclose her lover's name. after your person, you have not five On taking the letter from her bosom, her pounds in your exchequer, and perhaps colour acquired a deeper hue; her eye Still you are in love, and pleased with rain.'

enlarged and sparkled; she seemed to

breathe all she felt into every fold of This enquirer was followed by a fel the envelope ; she read the address as if low who carried Cocker, not merely at the name was dear to her, and, lastly, his fingers' ends, but in every line of let it fall from her taper fingers, with a bis features ; he seemed almost to cal. grace which was designed to give an adculate how he could spare shoe leather ditional charm to every line which it in crossing the pavement, or how he contained. * Credulous fair one!" said could get the weather-gage of a fellow I to myself. 66 Alas! how uncertain is traveller on life's foot-path, so as to the return which thou mayst meet with save his own coat and hat from a cloud for all this tenderness and truth; how of dust, or a drop of rain, by running probable it is that thou art only corresunder his lee. “ What letters are there ponding with some gay seducer, and refor the house?" quoth he hastily; and, turning genuine affection and artless exon receiving half-a-dozen, he eagerly pression for the cold, hackneyed promibroke the seals, and seemed to chuckle ses of a betrayer.” at their contents, as if he would have Meek and mild-eyed, gently moving, read. “ Took in Nobs and Co. finely and hopeless in appearance, another fewith the hardware; got off the damaged male approached the aperture, and degoods safe to the continent; the dubious posited a lengthy epistle in its deep bill of exchange is paid; and poor Dicky

There was so much cross-writDupe safe in the sheriff's stone jug; all ing and lines surpassing the seal, that it taken in, in different ways, and the firm must have been a volume in itself. A snug and thriving.

heart transfixed by an arrow was the To this character succeeded a man re impression, and the writing was faint duced in circumstances, who (with a and taper, ---not so the damsel's waist. sigh) demanded if there was nothing ad The history was visible: the tone of dressed to C. D., (seedy enough in ap- upbraiding filled the whole paper, and parel). • Nothing !” A florid appeal that tone came too late. Her written to feeling (probably) thrown away; evidence was but an ex post facto statequondam friends and acquaintances all ment which had lost its season of sucfalse; the bait had doubtless failed, and cess. Sweet sufferer! to no one couldst a tale of real distress had lain for days thou trust this ta of sorrow, but to on the tables of the wealthy and great, thine own trembling hand, and the odds but had been as little noticed as the are fearfully against thee, that all thy gilded New Testaments, the fixtures of appeals to conscience, all thy bringings

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THE PORTFOLIO.

61 back to remembrance, thy retracing the a deformed, disappointed old maid, or a scenery of love, groves, bowers and so widow weary of her weeds, with conlitary paths, echoes and murmuring sols, navy bonds, long annuities, &c. streams, moon-light wanderings, deep &c.!” exclaimed the other. Yes,' shades and plighted vows will avail thee muttered I to myself, “you are a rare nothing, for he who could desert thee couple, equally bent upon mischief, thus will leave thy letter unanswered. and on deceiving either sex; the poor It is too late, it is too late !

tutor will stand a bad chance of being Patience and long suffering in manly paid, and the advertiser will either ruin form paced after the fair forlorn one.

some half idiot, or meet with diamond The bearer of the next packet was a

cut diamond in return for bis schemes." man of trading appearance, but of a cast

Let me now advise the frequenters of which implied the world went not well

the post-office to recollect that observers with him ; that onest endeavours met

may watch their motions, and that a not with corresponding success; that

malevolent one might follow up obser-' bad debts. a large fainily, the want of

vations even to detection. This hint capital, reduced by both, kept him ever

may be useful to timid lovers and disasbackward in fortune's

lists; that a wish pointed enquirers, to pining expectancy to keep square with mankind, and a re

and to self-blinded consequence; seluctance to resort to coercion, to fraud,

crecy is the seal of all letters, circumto usury, or to double dealing, fettered spection ought to guide the pen of every his operations, whilst the more enter

writer, in whatever line he or she may prising and lucky passed him by. Like correspond. Let all descriptions put Sysiphus, he was ever rolling the

this to their own breast, and they will weighty mass to the mountain's point,

have no cause to reject this advice, but it as often revolved back upon him,

from and left his endeavours to be resumed

THE HERMIT ABROAD. again. He shook his licad as he put the packet into the office, addressed to lords, honourables and M. P.'s, to privi

VARIETIES. leged great ones at home, and to dash ing fashionables abroad. “It is about

LUCRETIA. twenty to one but all these applications The famous Roman matron, was the will not produce the price of the writing daughter of Lucretius, and the wife of paper, said I to myself, for I easily Collatinus, and the cause of the revolufound him out: he was a Dun, the credi tion of Rome from a monarchy to a retor is often unjustly stigmatised by the public. Her husband being at the siege name, and I must confess that this was of Ardes, a conversation took place bethe first time I ever saw one of that des tween him and the three sons of 'Tarquin, cription in an amiable point of view. respecting the prudence and fidelity of

Two merry blades histled the dun as their wives. At length they all agreed they hastily popped their productions to take a ride to Rome to see how their into the letter-box; they both laughed respective ladies were employed. The immoderately, as they lounged off arm in daughters-in-law of Tarquin were inarm, and I was just calculating what dulging themselves with all manner of their characters and productions were, luxuries; but Lucretia, surrounded by and had set down one for a hoaxer, and her maids, was busily employed in the other for a wild spendthrift, either needle-work. It was therefore admitted humbugging a credulous mother or aunt, that her conduct was the most commendor making up a tale of marvel and misery able, and they returned to the camp. to raise the wind, when I overheard Sextus, the eldest, came again to Rome their conversation which led to the fol a few days after, and calling on Lucrelowing discovery; namely, that the one tia, was treated with all the civility due was forwarding an advertisement for a to his rank. After supper he was conwife, and that the other was writing to ducted to the chamber where he was to an honest curate, his former tutor, and repose. pretending to be arrested for fifty pounds, At a time that he supposed all the in order to obtain this sim from the cre family were asleep, he took a sword in dulity of a simple, virtuous, and un his hand, went to Lucretia's apartment, worldly man. “ Poor old Tupto will and practised every art to subdue her nibble to a certainty, he will swallow virtue. Finding all his artifices used the bait," said the one. “ What lots of less, he threatened, that after having fun we shall have, besides the chance of killed her, he would kill a slave and

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lay the body by her's, and then spread flower that may be blasted in a moment.
a report, that, having found them in It is always in your power to make a
the act of adultery, he had slain them friend by smiles : what a folly then to
both. Terrified at this horrid menace, make an enemy by frowns !
the lady yielded, and the monster re When you have an opportunity to
turned to the camp. Lucretia, the next praise, do it with all your heart.
day, sent for her father and her husband, When you are forced to blame, appear
to whom she related the horrid circum at least, to do it with reluctance.
stances that had occurred. In vain they Make it a rule to please all, and never
endeavoured to console her, for instant- appear insensible to any desire of plea-
ly drawing forth a dagger, she plunged sing or obeying you, however awkward-
it into her breast. Lucretia's death ly it may be executed.
occasioned the liberty of the Romans, If you are disposed to be pettish or
who, excited by Brutus, expelled the insolent, it is better to exercise your
Tarquins from their city. This happened ill humours on your dog, your cat, or
509, B.C.

your femme de chambre, than on your

friends. ADVICE TO YOUNG UNMARRIED

If you would preserve beauty, rise

early. LADIES.

If you would preserve esteem, be

gentle. If you have blue eyes you need not If you would obtain power be condelanguish.

scending. If black eyes you need not leer.

If you would live happy, endeavour to If you have pretty feet, there is no promote the happiness of others. necessity to wear short petticoats.

If you are doubtful as to that point, there can be no harm in letting them be

A REMARKABLE INSTANCE OF long.

HUMANITY. If you have good teeth do not laugh.

If you have bad ones, do not laugh less A native of Holland, who from his than occasion may fairly justify.

early youth, had lived a rural life in the If you have pretty hands and arms, Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope, there can be no objection to your play- happened to be on horseback on the ing on the lute, if you play well.

coast, at the very point of time that a If you are disposed to be clumsy, vessel was shipwrecked by a dreadful work tapestry.

tempest; the greatest part of the crew If you have a bad voice, rather speak perished in the waves ; the remainder in a low tone.

were struggling with death on the shat: If you have the finest voice in the tered planks that still floated on the surworld, never speak in a high tone. face of the water: no boat could be If you dance well, dance but seldom.

sent out in such a dreadful storm for If you dance ill, never dance at all. the deliverance of these poor people ;

If you sing well, make no previous the intrepid and humane Hollander underExcuses.

took to save them ; he blew some brandy If you sing indifferently, hesitate not into the nostrils of his horse, and fixing a moment when you are asked ; for himself firmly in his stirrups, he plunged few people are judges of singing, but into the sea, and gaining the wreck, every one is sensible of a desire to brought back to the shore two men of the please.

crew, each of whom held by one of his If in conversation you think a person boots. In this manner he went and rewrong, rather hint a difference of opinion turned seven times, and thus saved fourthan offer a contradiction.

teen of the passengers. But the eighth If you discover a person to be telling time (and here the generous heart will an absolute falsehood, unless it is partic- almost fail) on his return, a rapid and ularly injurious, let it pass in silence; immense surge overset his horse: the for it is not worth your while to make heroic rider lost his seat, and was swalany one your eneiny, by proving him or lowed up with the two unfortunate vicher a liar.

tims he was endeavouring to snatch Never touch the sore place in any from death. What exit could be more one's character; for be assured whoever glorious than that of this generous man? you are, that you have a sore place in We celebrate the chiefs who expire in your owl.rand a young woman is a the fields of battle, among the victims

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