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time to say or do any thing of importance, “ White I was absorbed in these reflec. and fearing every moment to see the hero tions, his majesty was awaked by another whom the eighteenth century had so often very violent fit of coughing, and a dreaddreaded at the head of his armies, and ale ful oppression. As soon as he was able to ways admired, expire before my eyes, and speak, he said, “ This sal ammoniac does in my arms. Those who have been in not afford me any relief: I will take my imminent danger, or in alarming agitation digestive powder. This powder was camof mind, will easily comprehend what I posed of cream of tartar, nitre, and crabs suffered upon this occasion.
eyes. I replied, that it would do very “ The day was remarkably warm; the well : it would open and relieve his belly. sweat ran down my face in torrents; and I He then took his digestive powder; and should certainly, if possible, have perspir. at the same time a great quantity of let. ed blood. Finding myself alone with this ters were brought to him open, which conawfully great prince, surrounded by the tained the replies he had given that mornmost solemn tranquillity, 1 indulged ing to all the dispatches he had received thoughts and reflections which in turns from foreign countries, and from his own distracted me, and inspired me with cour states. These letters were laid upon a age. Sometimes I fixed my eyes upon the table, close to the side of his majesty's king ; sometimes on a superb bust of white easy chair ; and, notwithstanding his exmarble and agate, which stood upon the hausted state and great weakness, he drew chimney-piece opposite to his bed, and them all towards liim, and began to read which brought to my mind that passage of them. I retired soine paces backwards, his Epistle to Marshal Keith, where he as far as the door of the anti-chamber,
while his majesty read all these letters, “ Virtuous Mark Aurelius,
which were probably very short, and with An example for mankind,
a trembling hand afterwards signed them.
When this business was over, I again ad. My hero, and my model.
vanced before his majesty, who said a few “ Without stirring from my place, I ob. words to me respecting his situation ; after served every thing that appeared remark. which he fell asleep, alternately dozing and able in the king, and even in his apart. coughing; but he expectorated a much ment. With his dress, which was a little smaller quantity of blood. Being alone cynical, he had on his left hand two rings, above an hour, with Frederic always asleep, each consisting of a very large single bril. I continued my meditations : but however liant : on the left he wore another ring less terrible this scene might be, it still exhicostly, but which was valuable for a dif- bited something which gave me courage. ferent reason ; it was a green chrysopra 66 If I can extricate myself happily sus from Silesia, which he wore as a me from this painful situation—if I can obmorial of his conquest of that large duchy. tain,' said I, with a kind of enthusiasm, Opposite to the door of the king's apait the confidence of this terrible prince, I shall ment, which was open, I beheld a beauti. be embarrassed with nothing that may hapful portrait of the Emperor Joseph II. It pen to me in the course of my life. 'I appeared that his majesty had caused it to should not be afraid of presenting mybe put in the above position, that he might self before all the great men in the world, never lose sight of so great and cnterpris- and of looking them boldly in the face. ing a monarch.
Sometimes, when the king recollected himAfterwards recovering myself, and re- self, he addressed a few words to me. lie turning to my usual situation, I reflected then had some stools ; the intervals of his on the honour I had in being called as a being awake were longer; his breathing physician to attend the greatest of kings. became freer ; and he told me that his Thinking on the jealousy which this ho. colic had left him. nour would excite in the minds of those “ For four hours I was at this fatiguing who are vexed to see others accomplish that post, when his majesty dismissed me, with glorious end to which they are not able to these words : Return to-morrow morning attain, I said to myself, . If they felt all at half past six.” the uneasiness and all the fears which I now experience, I am certain they would
Here we close at present, but we be far from envying my condition.'
shall probably return with the doctor “I was not, however, apprehensive of to pay the dying monarch another seeing the king expire that day, because visit. he had not the pulse of a dying person, which convinced me that, notwithstanding every unfavourable appearance, the vital
RECOLLECTIONS OF LORD NELSON. strength was not exhausted ; and because I flattered myself that this storm might be A urro without a heart is a very periodical, and consequently more alarm. poor affair. Such, we think, were not ing than dangerous.
Alexander or Cæsar. Such, we are
sure, was not Lord Nelson; and thus and love in which he was so univer. it is that we feel so differently when sally held! We begin with an acwe hear these names, than on the count of his Lordship’s reception at mention of Frederic or Napoleon. A Palermo. hero in Christian times, especially,
66 1799, August. is expected to be quite a pattern of « On the fifth we sailed from Naples, in chivalrous disinterestedness ;
this the Foudroyant, having the king on board, makes the selfishness of the charace and on the 8th reached Palermo, in Sicily. ters last named so much the more hate- On steering into the bay, and before we ful and unnatural. The heathen he anchored, the queen, accompanied by the roes were far more Christian than they. hereditary prince, and three princesses, -Lord Nelson, with all his vanities caine on board to welcome his majesty on and wanderings, had a heart moulded his return, after being restored to his king
dom, and to thank Lord Nelson for being upon the gentlest charities of the the main instrument of his restoration. Gospel. He was misled into some The meeting on the quarter deck of the great faults, both public and pri- Foudroyant, on this occasion, was realvate ; but he was an object of ge- ly a very interesting scene to myself and neral love and interest; and there the other officers. Immediately after the has only been one other death in ship anchored, the royal family, accomour time, not that of a hero, but of panied by Lord Nelson, Sir W. and Lady a young and virtuous woman, which Hamilton, went on shore to church, to rés has been wept with still more genu- stored to them their kingdom. Aug. 13.
turn thanks to the Almighty for having reine and universal tears. There is something very affecting Duke of Bronte in Sicily, with an estate
This day the king created Lord Nelson in conversing with any of Lord Nel- of three thousand pounds Sterling a year. son's old companions in arms. They I saw the title-decds, they were a folio size, venerate his memory, but they love bound in red morocco leather : his Lord it still more, and there is a womanish ship was also presented with a sword richly tenderness seizes them whenever they mounted with diamonds, valued at four speak of him. It is, accordingly, with thousand guincas, which I have frequently much interest that we have just per- had in my hard. Soon after, the coniused a very simple and seaman-like bined fleet of Russians and Turks came journal, with a sight of which we have into the bay from the Levant, and remainbeen favoured, written by a gallant ed a few days, and during their stay, the officer who served in his Lordship's royal family gave Lord Nelson, at the ship when he was at Naples in 1799. palace, a grand entertainment of vocal and
instrumental music, in commemoration of This was perhaps the most question- the battle of the Nile; intended to reflect able part of his life,-his facility was the greatest possible honours on the heroes practised on to the commission of of that proud day. To this entertainment some flagrant violations of public the officers of the Russian and Turkish justice, and he lost himself in pri- fleet were invited, togetber with the officers vate, by his foolish idolatry of Lady of his Lordship's own ship, the Foudroy. Hamilton. These circumstances are
ant, at that time the only English man of not concealed in this narrative ;
war in the bay. After the music was an account, in particular, is given of finished, our attention was called to the the barbarous and disgraceful result balconies and windows of the palace, in of the
violation of that treaty which front of which there was a very grand dishad been entered into by Captain the Nile. The imitation was astonishing:
play of fireworks representing the battle of Foote with the Neapolitan insur- Ships firing broad-side to broad-side, a con. geats, a violation which Lord Nel- tinual roar of cannon, and a constant blaze son consented to, from a very un- of musquetry--the masts and yards of the worthy compliance with the base shipping crashing as they fell—shells flycouncils of a treacherous court: in from the castle of Aboukir--and, final. this and some other incidents we hope ly, the awful and tremendous explosion of to be permitted to lay before our read- the French admiral's ship, L'Orient. To ers on another occasion :-at present this entertainment, the whole noblesse of we shall confine ourselves to a few Palermo and its vicinity assembled, so that anecdotes of very little
the number of people was very great.
moment, indeed, in themselves, but which From the palace we were conducted to the have an interest as being connected himself upon enchanted ground, for the
garden, and here one would have imagined with Lord Nelson, and as illustrate whole place was illuminated with innum. ing, in some degree, the kindness erable lamps disposed in the finest taste. of his nature, and the admiration From tres te tree were extended wreathis
of flowers, from the centre of each of which trophies ; but may that period be far disa lanıp was suspended. Pyramids corre- tant, is the sincere wish of your obedient sponding in number to that of the captains and much obliged servant, Ben. HALLOwho fought at the Nile, and bearing their WELL."-" I remember one circumstance names, were erected, each about twenty- respecting this coffin. While we were layfour feet in height, all hung with lamps. ing at anchor in the bay of Palermo, the At the foot of the garden, on an elevation ship being dressed in colours, their Sicilian of eleren steps, covered with red cloth, majesties, accompanied by Sir W. and stood a large Teniple of Fame thirty feet Lady H. came on board on a visit, and high, covered with paper of gold, and stud- had a wish to see the lower gun deck. Just ded with a thousand lamps : cn the top as their majesties came out of the cabin was a triumphal car, in which stood a fi- to the quarter deck, Lord Nelson stepped gure of the King of Naples. On the upper on one side to me, and said, •T-, run step of the elevation, in front of the tem. down and order up my coffin, place it on ple, stood three figures, representing Lord the after part of the lower deck, and spread Nelson, Sir W. and Lady Hamilton, in a fag over it.' " What flag, my Lord ?" their proper dresses. Over the figure of He answered, " A union flag.' 'I immeLord Nelson, in the centre, was suspended diately ran down, and ordered the coffin a figure of Fame, with a laurel crown in out of his own store-room, and had it plaher hand. Their majesties, accompanied ced on two short boxes abaft the mizenby Lord Nelson, Sir W. and Lady Ha- mast, so that the company, in going round milton, advanced to the foot of the steps. the lower deck, all passed close to it. I The king then ascended to the top, leading saw the tears in the eyes of Lady Hamilhis youngest son Leopold, whom he lifted ton just after passing it, and she appeared up to the figure of Fame, from whose to be speaking about it to his Lordship.” hand the young prince cook the laurel crown, and placed it on the figure of Lord Lord Nelson continued to carry this Nelson. Inside the temple there was also coffin with him in every ship in which a great blaze of lamps, and from the roof he afterwards sailed, and we believe was suspended a large figure of Fame, fly. was buried in it. The following are ing to England with
news of victory in her traits of his characteristic kindness. hand. The night being calm, with an unclouded sky, the ladies had all come here
“ March 1800.-On our arrival at Mal. in their full dresses, so that in every direc. ta, i found the Foudroyant at anchor off tion you saw walking groupes of elegant Saint Paul's bay, and the moment the and beautiful women, sparkling with a profusion of diamonds and embroidery, amid droyant was sent to bring me on board.
Alexander anchored, a boat from the Fou. bands that were playing delightful pieces of while passing
between the two ships, the music, and fountains throwing out pure officer of the boat informed me that Lord water to a great height, through the radi- Keith had proposed that I should go on ance of the lamps with which they were
board the Queen Charlotte on promotion, hung."
viz. as junior lieutenant, and take my This is all very splendid. The in- chance or turn in getting promoted; but cident which we shall next introduce to this proposal Lord Nelson had not concarries us forward, in imagination, to sented. Immediately on my getting from
the boat to the quarter deck, his Lordship a very different scene, more silent
came out of his cabin, shook me by the far, where kings and poets lie.”
hand, and in a friendly manner told me “ Captain Hallowell, of the Swiftsure what had passed, adding that he thouglit 74, one of the ships which fought at the it better that I should remain a full licu. battle of the Nile, having after the engage- tenant with him, than go on board Lord ment picked up the main-mast of I.'Orient, Keith's ship as a junior. To receive such which blew up in the action, out of the a compliment and mark of friendship from mast had a coffin made, and sent it, ac so great and gallant an officer, was in the companied by a letter, on board the Van- highest degree flattering, and I told his guard, as a present to Lord Nelson, who Lordship how much I felt honoured and gratefully received it. It was not painted, obliged by this proof of kindness ; that I but was kept in the natural colour of the was happy in being under his command, wood, having a label on the bottom, in. and had no desire to part from him. Witú side, mentioning from what it was made this answer he seemed pleased, and retirThe following is a copy of Captain Hallo. ing to his cabin, said . Very well. Very well's letter.
few admirals would have acted as his Lord. “ Swiftsure, 23d May 1799. ship did in this case, for had he sent me " MY LORD. Herewith I send you a
on board the Queen Charlotte, according coffin made of part of L’Orient's main. to Lord Kekh's offer, it would have made mast, that when you are tired of this life, room for another of his followers to be. you may be buried in one of your own come first lieutenant. The secretary aftere
wards told me in confidence, that his Lord. hurried leave of his Lordship, and immeship said to him, '
Tshall not leave diately proceeded to join the ship to which this ship, till he goes out of her a captain ;' I was appointed. I shall mention, before and this accordingly happened about three ! conclude, one or two more slight traits of months after.”
this great man. On February 18, 1800, The Queen Charlotte was burnt,
when the Foudroyant was in chase of Le with the greater part of her crew,
Genereux, 74, I was standing by his Lordshortly afterwards, so that Lord Nel- Captain Sir Edward Berry was on his right.
ship's left hand on the larboard gangway, son's kind interference on this occa- We had fired the two foremost guns on the sion had much the appearance of a larboard side of the lower gun-deck at the Providential interposition, and the enemy, and were just drawing up on his officer whose journal we are quoting starboard quarter, when he fired his broadpiously feels it in that light. We side, and hauled down his colours. His may, perhaps, hereafter give our read- Lordship turned to me, and said, . What' ers his striking picture of the confila- do you think of that fellow ?' I answered, gration of that ship. In the mean that I thought he had acted very humanetime, to proceed with his anecdotes of ly, for, had he persisted till we had got Lord Nelson.
fairly along-side, it must have caused a
dreadful slaughter aboard him. Very “ Having arrived at Malta, we anchor= true,' replied his Lordship, but he ought ed in Marsa Sirocco Bay, where we found to have sent us into a harbour,' meaning lying at anchor H. M. ship Culloden, of that he onght to have fought till he had 74 guns, Captain Sir Thomas Trowbridge, disabled us in our masts and rigging. On one of the best seamen and most zealous another occasion, speaking of Le Genereux, officers in his Majesty's navy, and one of &c. &c. his Lordship said, ' A man should Lord Nelson's most tried and beloved always fight when an opportunity offered, friends. His sound advice had been of use as it happened but seldom.' I 'add only to his Lordship on many occasions, and one other little anecdote. By a law of might have been of more, for he did not Malta, no cotton can be exported until ma- , conceal from him his sentiments respecting nufactured into some kind of cloth, &c. the Neapolitan court, and particularly Lady While we lay at anchor off La Valette, a Hamilton. I know that Sir Thomas Trowe man came off with a few handsome white bridge detested her, and was grieved to see figured bed-covers for sale ; some of them his dear friend so infatuated. I have rea were fringed, others plain. They were all son to think that he said a great deal to carried into Lord Nelson's cabin, when they Lord Nelson on this head during their pre were bought up by his Lordship, Sir W. sent meeting. While we remained in this and Lady Hamilton, and some other offi. bay, his Lordship, Sir W. and Lady Ha
cers and ladies. I sent money to purchase milton, resided at the Palace of St Anto. a fringed cover, but they were all disposed nie, with Captain Sir Alexander Ball, who of. His Lordship, on finding this, immeacted on shore as governor of the island, diately said, “Let
Thave mine, and and was in a manner idolized by the Mal. I will take a plain one.' This was done
On the 21st of May 1800 we sailed accordingly; the quilt is still in my posfrom this bay, Sir W. and Lady Hamilton session, and, as may be supposed, I set a having returned on board. We left the value on it far above its intrinsic worth." Culloden at anchor in the bay, but Sir
This last trait almost reminds us of a Thomas came on board in his barge, and accompanied us for a considerable distance, much finer anecdote of Sir Philip Sydand, after parting, I saw Lord Nelson ney, which is too well known to be rewalking backward and forward on the peated. The circumstances, indeed, are quarter-deck, very much affected, the tears very different, but the character of flowing down his cheeks, which he endea- mind is the same. Nelson had quite voured in vain to conceal. He was part- as little selfishness as Sydney, and, ing with one who had often nobly support. therefore, he is a hero of the same ed him in the day of battle. Next day class, the only species of that producLord Nelson sent for me into the cabin, tion which we have any wish to see and put into my hand a sealed packet, directed Captain
— on board the Fou: indigenous in the British soil. droyant * I took occasion to express my sincere gratitude for all his acts of kindness to me, and the happiness I felt in receiving
THE RUNAWAY. my first commission from his Lordship’s (Continued from last Number, p. 231.) own hand personally. How, indeed, could I feel otherwise than honoured in receiving such a distinction conferred upon me by Poor Dick ! he gladly would have fled, the greatest warrior of the age? I took a But weariness his strength subdu'd;
He cried, and hung his foolish head
With fear and shame, he hung his head, And led him to their tatter'd tent;
“ The young knave's better fed than
taught; To cut and carve he did not stand, But tooth and nail to work he went.
So, sirrah ! all your friends are fled.”
“ No, not my friends,” poor Dick reply'd, A half pluck'd chicken and a crust
“ They kept me sore against my will, Fish'd from the kettle on the fire ;
To leave them I have often try'd, Folks are not nice when eat they must,
But they confind and held me still. And little salt or sauce require.
“ My father is an honest man, As he devour'd this dainty mess,
And if I had not been a fool,
“ So, then you're not a gypsy lad : Then in his drink a drug they threw,
Here, Peter ! wash and make him clean; That cast him into torpid rest,
Perhaps, poor boy, he's not so bad, While round the female Gypsies drew,
If he speaks truth, it will be seen." And soon the sleeper was undressid. Well scrubb'd and cleans'd, his whole
some skin His wholesome skin with dextrous dye A dingy yellow now became;
Once more assumed its native hue, His hair close shorn, clos'd up one eye,
The patch remov’d, his eyes were seen, None could have guess'd him for the
A goodly pair, of glossy blue.
The cast-off of his worship’s heir,
He stood before the Justice chair.
Refresh'd with bread, and cheese, and ale,
And kindness, earnestly he sought “ Good little boy, you learn our art:
To tell the magistrate his tale, No good, no victual—dat's our way ;
How by the gypsies he was caught.Of what you catch you have a part His father's home, his uncle John, So you must learn the gins to lay."
Their cottage standing near the mill,Now roosts are robb'd, and
But where? why near the market town; For the wild rabbit and the hare ;
What was it call'd ? he could not tell. For birds he now must spread the net, What county ? Dicky did not know, Himself entangled in the snare.
Had never heard, so could not say: How oft he thinks of friends and home!
“ Poor lad ! suppose you let him go How oft regrets his follies past !
With me, your Worship ? he's a stray," Making resolves for time to come, Said Sergeant Kite, “ he's young but When he escapes their toils at last.
stout; And now the gang, from long success
And as we range the country round Grown bold, all punishment deride ;
He'll beat a drum, and in our route From less to more, foolhardiness
His parents may perchance be found. Ev'n the Justice 'self defy'd.
Half willingly, the squire consents,
Not knowing better what to do ;
The boy appear'd consenting too.
“ Cheer up, my buck! here take some
drink, Cocks, hens, and chickens spread alarm Your father has a farm you say, The servants rous'd, with fork and flail
Well, you may meet, when least you Come pouring down in such a swarm,
think, Nor art nor arms can ought avail. Mean time you on the drum shall play." The flying host are far away,
Behold his drum, a pond'rous load So panic-struck, though late so bold; For him to bear ! from town to town; Poor Dick is seiz'd where snug he lay, How often on the dusty road
With him they left the bag to hold. To rest, and cry, he sets it down. Detain'd and watch'd till morning light, Or while in winter quarters taught Bound hand and foot the culprit lay ;
The various beats of measur'à noise, Sure never was so long a night,
The school-room rising to his thought, Sure never rose so dark a day.
Oh how he envied aŭ the boys !