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but an ordinary Russian will be displeased, if one even he respected them. His genius, though, uncultivated for close upon him issued forth the horrid groan; endeavours to gain the good will of his dog. I affronted

and irregular, was original and comprehensive. Ardent amazed, he started up and sprang at the unseen voice, the commandant of this town very highly, by permitting in his wishes, yet calm in his deliberations; daring in fixing with a powerful blow his Toledo steel in the his dog to walk with me one afternoon. He expostu- his purposes, but guarded in his measures; impatient

The blade was fast, and held him to the snut. lated with me very seriously about it. This is not the

of controul, yet capable of strong endurance; adven- At this moment the moon shot a ray that illumined the only instance. I live with a young Russian officer, turous beyond the conception of ordinary men, yet hall, and showed that behind the waving folds, there with whom I came from Irkutsk; no circumstances

wary and considerate, and attentive to all precautions, lay the cause concealed. His sword he left, and to the ever interrupted the harmony between us, but his

he appeared to be formed by nature for achievements turret retraced his steps. When morning came, a dogs. They have done it twice. A pretty little puppy of hardihood and peril.”

welcome crowd greeting, asked him if he had met the he has come to me one day and jumped upon my knee: His letters afford abundant proofs of a sweet dispo- ghost ? “Oh yes,” replied the knight, “dead as a door I patted his head and gave him some bread.

The man

sition ; no man was more unselfish in his dealings, or nail, behind the screen he lies, where my sword has flew at the dog in the utmost rage, and gave him a acted from a more extended sympathy with mankind. pinned him fast; bring the wrenching bar, and we'll blow which broke his leg. The lesson I gave him on No man was more grateful to his benefactors, yet freer haul the disturber out.” With such a leader, and the occasion has almost cured him; I bid him beware

from servility. He was modest, unaffected, and not to broad day to boot, the valiant throng tore down the how he disturbed my peace a third time by this ras.

be daunted by misfortune. His fortitude was of the screen where the sword was fixed; when lo! in a re. cally passion."

finest kind; to great personal courage, an active body, cess, lay the fragments of a chapel organ, and the Upon his return to London he called upon his friend, Sir with an expanse of chest which struck every one at first square wooden trunks, made for hallowed sounds, Joseph Banks, who inquired what were his future inten

sight, he added great presence of mind, an inexhaustible were used as props, to stay the work when the hall was tions. The result was an introduction to the African

patience, a fervent love for his kind, perfect contidence coated round with oak. The wondering clowns now Association ; a society just then formed to encourage in the goodness of man, and of his God. We cannot laughed aloud at the mysterious voice. It was the travellers to explore the interior of Africa. The fol

conclude this article better than with his own words northern blast that found its way through the crannies lowing is an extract from the proceedings of the African his celebrated praise of woman, (written among the of the wall to the groaning pipes, which had alarmed Association; it is written by Mr. Beaufoy, the Secre

snows of Siberia,) which has become so famous for its the country round for a century past.-Gardner's Music tary : great feding and truth :

of Nature, "Sir Joseph Banks, who knew his temper, told him, I have observed among all nations, that the women that he believed he could recommend him to an adven

ornament themselves more than the men; that whereture almost as perilous as one from which he had re

ever found, they are the same kind, civil, obliging, turned, and then communicated to him the wishes of

humane, tender beings ; that they are ever inclined to the Association for discovering the inland countries of be gay and cheersal, timorous and modest. They do

TABLE-TALK. Africa. Ledyard replied, that he had always deter

not hesitate, like men, to perform a hospitable or mined to traverse the Continent of Africa, as soon as

THE ITALIAN BOY. generous action; not haughty, nor arrogant, nor superhe had explored the interior of North America; and as cilious, but full of courtesy, and fond of society ; in

[For the London Journal.] Sir Joseph had offered him a letter of introduction, he dustrious, economical, ingenuous; more liable, in genecame directly to the writer of these memoirs. Before ral, to err than man, but in general, also, more virtuous, derer, Carlo Ferrari, and having walked out in the hope

I had only just beard of the murder of the poor wanI had learned from the note the name and business of my and performing more good actions than he. I never

of removing from my mind the painful feeling such visitor, Iwas struck with the manliness of his person, addressed myself in the language of decency and friendthe breadth his chest, the openness of his countenance, ship, to a woman, whether civilized or savage, without atrocity awakened, I happened to overtake a lad with

an organ and a little box of white mice. I now found and the inquietude his eye. I spread the map of receiving a decent and friendly answer. With man it Africa before him, and tracing a line from Cairo to

any attempt to forget the murder fruitless, and minutely has often been otherwise. In wandering over the

observed the youth before me His eye, deeply sunken Sennaar, and from thence westward in the latitude,

barren plains of inhospitable Denmark, through honest under a dark-lined brow, and his finely marked profile, and supposed direction of the Niger, I told him, that

Sweden, frozen Lapland, rude and churlish Finland, was the route by which I was anxious that Africa might, unprincipled Russia, and the wide spread regions of the

told me from whence he came; be stopped opposite to if possible, be explored. He said, he should think himself wandering Tartar, if hungry, dry, cold, wet, or sick, window, he suddenly fixed bis attention on a drawing :

a print shop, and having scanned the contents of the singularly fortunate to be trusted with the adventure.

woman has ever been friendly to me, and uniformly so ; I asked him when he would set out? * To-morrow

a gleam of pleasure lightened up bis face-his hitherta and to add to this virtue, so worthy of the appellation curled lip melted into a beautiful smile ; a tear, like a morning,' was his answer. I told him that I was of benevolence, these actions have been performed in fountain embosomed in a cave, stood ready to fall, when afraid that we should not be able, in so short a time, to so free and so kind a manner, that, if I was dry, I drank reverently uncovering bis head, he moved his lips as it prepare his instructions, and to procure for him the

the sweet draught, and, if hungry, ate the coarse letters that were requisite ; but that if the Committee morsel, with a double relish."

were in prayer. Gently retiring, and replacing his bat,

he walked on, The object of his thought was a picture should approve of his proposal, all expedition should

of the “ Madonna and Child.” And they have murbe used." Hitherto in all his undertakings, Ledyard had been

dered thy countryman,” thought I, “and he was 'a

stranger. baffled by the most disheartening disappointments; A HAUNTED HOUSE.

FREDERICK ARNAY. now every thing seemed propitious; he had money at command, and influencial men anxious to forward his In one of the baronial castles of the north, which Affecting proof of a loving disposition.—Three months views. Accordingly, he left London on the thirtieth had been uninhabited for years, there was heard at

before her death,(his wife's,) when she was so afilicted of June. Mr. Beaufoy speaks of the interview he had times such extraordinary noises, as to confirm the

with an asthma thal she could neither walk, stand, sit, with him, just as he was setting off, and adds these opinion among the country people that the place was

or lie, but wbile on a chair, I was obliged to support affecting remarks, as given in Ledyadr's own words :- haunted. In the western tower an old couple were

her head, I told her that she never approached me with"I am accustomed,' said he, in our last conversa- permitted to live, who had been in the service of the out diffusing a ray of pleasure orer the mind, except when tion, ('twas on the morning of his departure for Africa), former lord, but so imbued were they with the super

any little disagreement had happened between us. Sbe 'I am accustomed to hardships. I have known both stitions of the country, that they never went to bed replied, “I can say more than that.

You never aphunger and nakedness to the utmost extremity of hu- without expecting to hear the cries of the disturbed peared in my sight, not even in anger, without that sight man suffering. I have known what it is to have food spirits of the mansion. An old story was current, that giving me pleasure.” I received the dear remark as I given me as charity to a madman; and I have at times an heir apparent had been murdered by an uncle, that

now write it, with tears.--Hutton's Autobingraphy. Huta been obliged to shelter myself under the miseries of he might possess the estate, who, however, after en

ton was a good and clever man, and with allowance for that character, to avoid a heavier calamity. My dis- joying it for a time, was so annoyed by the sounds in the something a little coarse, i man fit to engage the heart tresses have been greater than I have ever owned, or castle, that he retired with an uncasy conscience from

of a seusible and estimable woman ; bilt the compliever will own, to any man. Such evils are terrible to the domain, and died in France.

ment here paid him by his wife, though of the bighest bear; but they never yet had power to turn me from Not many years ago, the property descended to a

description, implies still more merit in berself than in my purpose. If I live, I will faithfully perform, in its branch of the female line, (one of the heroes of Water

him. utmost extent, my engagement to the society; and if loo,) who, nothing daunted, was determined to make Singular Frontispiece to an edition of one of the I perish in the attempt, my honour will still be safe, this castle his place of residence. As the noises were classics, published about fifty years since on the Confor death cancels all bonds.'

a subject of real terror to his tenantry, he formed the tinent. The copper-plate which faces the title-page From Cairo he writes thus to Mr. Jefferson. "At resolution of sleeping in the castle on the night he represents, on one side, Christ upon the cross, and on all events, I shall never want a subject, when it is to took possession, in order to do away these super- the other, a figure of the author, from whose mouth a you I write. I shall never think my letter an indifferent stitious fears. Not a habitable room could be label issues with the following words, “Lord Jesus, one, when it contains the declaration of my gratitude found, except the one occupied by the old gardener in lovest thou me?” His question is thus answered by and my affection for you; and this, notwithstanding the western turret, and he ordered his camp-bed to be another label affixed to the mouth of the figure addresyou thought hard of me for being employed by an set up in that apartment. It was in the autumn, at sed; "Highly famed, excellent, and most learned Rector English Association, which hurt me much while I was nightfall, that he repaired to the gloomy abode, leaving Seger, imperial poet, and well deserving master of the at Paris. You know your own heart, and if my sus- his servant, to his no small comfort, at the village inn; School at Wittenberg: yes, thou knowest that I love picions are groundless, forgive them, since they proceed and after having found everything comfortably provided, thee!!!” This is in similar taste to the portrait of the from the jealousy I have, not to lose the regard you turned the large old rusty key upon the antiquated Spanish grandee, who was represented standing with have in times passed been pleased to honour me with. pair, who took leave of him, to lodge at a farm hard by. his hat in his hand before an image of the Virgin Mary, You are not obliged to esteem me, but I am obliged to It was one of those nights which are checkered with the virgin saying to him, by the like help of a label, esteem you, or to take leave of my senses, and con- occasional gleams of moonshine and darkness, when Cousin, be covered.” front the opinions of the greatest and best characters I the clouds are riding in a high wind. He slept well for

Affecting Association of Ideas.---Poggio has comme. know. If I cannot, therefore, address myself to you the two tirst hours, he was then wakened by a low

morated in his Facetia, Jest-book) a mortifying ex. as a man you regard, I must do it as one that regards mournful sound that ran through the apartments. planation which a noisy declaimer provoked by his you for your own sake, and for the sake of my country, This warned him to be up and accoutred. He descended over-weening vanity. A monk preaching to the popu. which has set me the example."

the turret stairs with a brilliant light, which, on coming lace, made a most enormous and uncouth noise, by His exertions, under the influence of the Egyptian to the ground floor, cast a gigantic shadow of himself which a good woman, one of his auditors, was so much climate, produced a bilious complaint; to alleviate upon the high embattled walls. Here he stood and affected, that she burst into a flood of tears. The which, he took vitriolic acid; but in so immoderate a listened; when presently a hollow moan ran through preacher, attributing her grief to remorse of conscience, quantity, most probally from mistake, that it caused a the long corridor, and died away. This was followed excited within her by his eloquence, sent for her, and burning and intolerable pain, which terminated in by one of a higher key, a sort of scream, which asked her why she was so piteously affected by his disdeath. The precise day of his death is not known, but directed his footsteps with more certainty to the course. “Holy father," answered the moarner, “I am it happened somewhere about the end of November, spot. Pursuing the sounds, he found himself in a poor widow, and was accustomed to maintain myself 1788. He was then in the thirty-eighth year of his age. the great hall of his ancestors, and vaulting upon by the labor of an ass, which was left me by my late The following description of him, is from the pen of the large oaken table, set down his lamp, and husband. But alas! my poor beast is dead, and your

folding his cloak about him, determined to wait the preaching brought his braying so strongly to my re“To those who have never seen Mr. Ledyard, it may appearance of all that was terrible. The night, which collection, that I could not restrain my grief.” not perhaps, be uninteresting to know that his person,

had been stormy, became suddenly still: the dark though scarcely exceeding the middle size, was remark- flitting clouds had sunk below the horizon, and the ably expressive of activity and strength ; and that his moon insinuated her silvery light through the chinks manners, though unpolished, were neither uncivil nor of the mouldering pile As our hero had spent the

TO CORRESPONDENTS. unpleasing. Little attentive to difference of rank, he morning in the clase, Morpheus came unbidden, and,

We shall commence our promised notice to our friends next seemed to consider all men as his equals, and as such he fell asleep upon the table. His dream was short,

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nicety of question or of creation,-of the intellectual or tants of a newly-discovered island? And to provoke We hare the pleasure of informing the vendors of this visible world, -and having sharpened his eyesight with the poor nose in this manner! and call people's attenJournal in town and country, and all other friends, that another pinch, and put his brain into proper cephalick tion to it! A late physician, whom we had the pleasome obstacles which stood in the way of its hour of pub. condition, discerns it, as it were, microscopically, and sure of knowing, and who had a restless temperament, lication are now removed, and that they can have it in pronounces that there is “more in it than the un- used to amuse us, as he sat pondering in his chair, with any part of the kingilom, at the time most convenient to snuff-taking would suppose.”

taking up a pair of scissors, and delicately poking the them.

We agree with him. The mere fancy of a pinch of tip of his tongue with it,--thus taking delight in the snuff, at this moment, enables us to consider divers borders of an uneasy sensation, for want of a better.

worlds of mistake in the history of man but as so many We have often thought, that a snuff-taker, fond of a A PINCH OF SNUFF.

bubbles, brcaking, or about to break; while the pipe potent snuff, might as well addict himself to the docWill the reader take a pinch of snuff with us? out of which they were blown, assumes all its real tor's scissors; or puncture any other part of his face Reader. With pleasure.

superiority in the hands of the grown smoker,—the with a fork at once. Elegant fork-takers might have Editor. How do you like it?

superiority of peace and quiet over war and childish boxes with little instruments made accordingly, and Reader. Extremely fine! I never saw such snuff. dispute. An atom of good will is worth an emperor's politely offer them to the company to poke their cheeks

Editor. Precisely so. It is of the sort they call In- snuff-box. We happened once to be compelled to with. Or they might hover about the eyes; or occarisible- - or as the French have it, Tabac imaginaire - moot a point of no very friendly sort with a stranger sionally practise some slight scarification. Bleeding is Imaginary snuff. No macuba equals it. The tonquin

whom we never saw before and of whom we knew accounted cephalick. bean has a coarse flavour in comparison. To my think- nothing, but whose appearance in the matter we con. It is curious to see the various modes in which

peoing it has the hue of Titian's orange-colour, and the ceived to be altogether unwarrantable. At one of the ple take snuff. Some do it by little fits and starts, very tip of the scent of sweet-brier.

delicatest of all conjunctures in the question, and when and get over the thing quickly. These are epigramReader. In fact, one may perceive in it just what one he presented himself in his most equivocal light, what matic snuff-takers, who come to the point as fast as pleases, or nothing at all.

should he do, but with the best air in the world, take possible, and to whom the pungency is every thing. Editor. Exactly that.

out a snuff-box, and offer us the philanthropy of a They generally use a sharp and severe snuff,—a sort of Reader. Those who take no snuff whatever, or even pinch? We accepted it with as serious a face as it was essence of pin's points. Others are all urbanity and hate it, may take this and be satisfied. Ladies, nay offered; but secretly the appeal was irresistible. It polished demeanour; they value the style as much as brides, may take it.

was as much as to say—“Questions may be mooted the sensation, and offer the box around them as much Editor. You apprehend the delicacy of it to a nicety. doubts of all sorts entertained-people are thrown into out of dignity as benevolence. Some take snuff irriYou will allow, nevertheless, by virtue of the same strange situations in this world—but abstractedly, what tably, others bashfully, others in a manner as dry as fineness of perception, that even when you discern, is any thing worth compared with a quiet moment, the snuff itself, generally with an economy of the veor chuse to discern, neither hue, scent, nor substance and a resolution to make the best of a perplexity ?" getable; others, with a luxuriance of gesture, and a in it, still there is a very sensible pleasure realized, Ever afterwards, whenever the thought of this dispute lavishness of supply, that announces a moister arti the moment the pinch is offered.

came into our recollection, the bland idea of the snuff- cle, and sheds its superfluous honours over neckcloth Reader. True, the good-will—that which is passing box always closed our account with it; and our goods and coat. Dr. Johnson's was probably a snuff of this between us two now.

will survived, though our perplexity remained also. kind. He used to take it out of his waistcoat-pocket, Editor. You have it—that which loosens the tongues But this is only a small instance of what must have instead of a box. There is a species of long-armed of people in omnibuses, and helps to thaw even the occurred thousands of times in matters of dispute. snuff-taker, that performs the operation in a style of frozen-heartedness of diplomacy.

Many a fierce impulse of hostility must have been potent and elaborate preparation, ending with a sud. Reader. I beg your pardon for a moment, - but is allayed by no greater a movement. Many a one has den activity. But smaller and rounder men sometimes thaw, my dear Sir, the best word you could have cho- been caused by less! The Times of Wednesday con- attempt it. He first puts his head on one side; then sen? Snuff can hardly be said to thaw.

tained some extracts from a petition lately presented stretches forth the arm, with pinch in hand; then Editor. ( Aside. This it is to set readers upon being to the House of Commons on the subject of duelling; brings round his hand, as a snuff-taking elephant critical, and help them to beat their teachers. You are by which it appeared, that people have challenged and might his trunk; and, finally, shakes snuff, head, and right — What shall we say? To dissipate - to scatter killed one another for words about “

geese" and

nose together, in a sudden vehemence of convulsion. to make evaporate? To blow up in a sneeze? “anchovies,” and “a glass of wine.” Nay, one person His eyebrows all the while are lifted up, as if to make Reader. I will leave you to judge of that. was compelled to fight about our very peace-maker,

the more

room for the onset; and when he has Editor. (Aside. His politeness is equal to his cri- a pinch of snuff.” But if so small are the causes of ended, he draws himself back to his perpendicular; ticism. Oh penny, two-penny, and three-halfpenny deadly offence, how often must they not have been re- and generally proclaims the victory he has won over “trash !" You will end in ruining the trade of your moved by the judicious intervention of the pinch itself. the insipidity of the previous moment, by a sniff and a inventors !) My dear reader, I wish I could give you The geese, anchovies, glass of wine and all, might pos- great “Hah!" snuff made of the finest Brazil, in a box of diamond. sibly have been made harmless by a dozen grains of We foresee that this article will be too long for the But good will is the flower of all snuff-taking; and

Havannah. The handful of dust with which the Latin present number. We must finish it in our next. luckily a pinch of that may be taken equally as well poet settles his wars of the bees, was the type of the out of horn, or of invisible wood, as of the gifts pacifying magic of the snuff-box:-of emperors. This is the point I was going to Hi motus animorum, atque hæc certamina tanta,

speak of. The virtues of snuff itself may be doubted; Pulveris exigui jactu compressa quiescent.
but the benevolence of an offered pinch and the gra-

From 18th to 25th of June inclusive.
These movements of high minds, these mortal foes,
titude of an accepted one, are such good things, and
Give but a pinch of dust, and you compose.

MIDSUMMER WITH SHAKSPEARE, snuff-takers have so many occasions of interchanging Yet snuff-taking is an odd custom. If we came sud

Next Tuesday is Midsummer Day. Let us see if we these, that it is a question whether the harm of the denly upon it in a foreign country, it would make us cannot pass it with Shakspeare, by help of his “Midself-indulgence (if any) is not to be allowed for the split our sides with laughter. A grave gentleman takes summer Night's Dream.” What a dream for a fullsake of the social benefit. a little casket out of his pocket, puts a finger and

grown poet, hacknied (as might be supposed) in the A grave question! Let us consider it a little, with thumb in, brings away a pinch of a sort of powder, and ways of the world! Milton, when he conjures up the seriousness becoming snuff-takers, real or ima- then with the most serious air possible, as if he was visions of bridal festivity, calls them ginary. They are a reflecting race; no men know doing one of the most important actions of his life better that every thing is not a trifle which appears to

Such sights as youthful poets dream ; (for even with the most indifferent snuff-takers there be such in uncleared eyes; any more than every thing is a certain look of importance), proceeds to thrust, but Shakspeare was always young. The last play is grand, which is of serious aspect or dimensions. A and keep thrusting it, at his nose! after which he he wrote was Twelfth Night, with Viola in it, snuff-taker looks up at some mighty error, takes his

shakes his head, or his waistcoat, or his nose itself, or lover's play! The Midsummer Night's Dream, with its pinch, and shakes the imposture, like the remnant of all three, in the style of a man who has done his duty, two fond maidens, and its pretty cross-purposes bethe pinch, to atoms, with one 'flesh-quake" of head, and satisfied the most serious claims of his well-being. tween the four lovors, is another of the same kind. No thumb, and indifference. He also looks into some little What should we say to this custom among the inhabi- man could have written it, who had not gone through

all the faith and worship of the passion when young, and who did not retain a capability of it in the goodness of his heart. Shakspeare's genius, like the trees, was always prepared to put forth the youngest and tenderest blossom.

Did he actually dream this dream? We should not have wondered. While Burleigh was dreaming of despatches, and Sir Thomas Gresham of the Exchange, it is far from impossible that Shakspeare might have dreamt of lovers, and woods, and fairies. But at all events the play shews what he thought a fit dream for a night at Midsummer. And we may all partake of his dreams, at least by day, -politicians, merchants, and all. It will do none of us any harm, any more than a country walk, or the sound of the trees near the country houses that we possess, or hope to possess. It refreshes us for our tasks; helps us to remoteness and recreation, at a minute's notice, and in the intervals of our toil; makes the commonest in-door luncheon as if we took it on the grass, by the side of a brook, or in a June hay-field. Let us see how much June and Midsummer we can pick out of his play. Here is a morning by the sea-side, to begin with,— -a picture uniting Claude and Titian. "I," says Oberon the fairy, (and Shakspeare might have said so to)—

I with the morning's love,* have oft made sport,
And, like a forester, the groves may tread,
Even till the eastern gate, all fiery red,
Opening on Neptune with fair blessed beams,
Turns into yellow gold his salt-green streams.


I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, 'Where ox-lips† and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with lush‡ woodbine, With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine.

All these "offices" are to be done in the "third part of a minute." A truly pigmy division of time, without being made too little. An inferior poet might have said the tenth part of a minute; but there are probabilities in Fairy-land as elsewhere; and Shakspeare must stick to truth!


It is Mr. Hazlitt, we think, who has noticed the luxurious effect of the repetition of the rhyme in this passage :

Be kind and courteous to this gentleman;
Hop in his walks, and gambol in his eyes,
Feed him with apricots and dew-berries, ||
With purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries;
The honey-bags steal from the humble bees,
And for night-tapers crop their waxen thighs,
And light them at the fiery glow-worm's eyes,
To have my love to bed, and to arise;
And pluck the wings from painted butterflies,
To fan the moon-beams from his sleeping eyes;
Nod to him, elves, and do him courtesies.

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some of whose verses from an oblivion too well merited
by the prosaicalness and contented mediocrity of the
rest, affords a gratifying proof of the discernment and
justice of the present taste in poetry. We allude chiefly
to his "Address to his Muse," which has been praised
by Mr. Wordsworth and Mr. Lamb, and extracted by
Mr. Hazlitt into his "New Elegant Extracts." Wither
wrote it during an imprisonment occasioned by a poli-
tical satire. An ample memoir of this author has just
appeared in the "Lives of Sacred Poets, by Robert
Aris Wilmott, Esq. of Trinity College, Cambridge ;"* a
work interesting to the curious in poetry for its re-
search, its air of sincerity, and yet at the same time,
the more than justice, the generosity, which it shows
to the very unequal objects of its criticism. Our own
criticism upon it is at all events not hasty, for we have
read every bit of the volume, and will read with equal
attention as many more as Mr. Wilmott chuses to fa-
vour the public with, though he may dwell a little too
much, perhaps, on points important only to book anti-
quaries. So delightful is the sincerity of an amiable
man of taste. The following short extract from the
life of Giles Fletcher, (cousin of Fletcher the dramatist,)
a real poet, though failing with posterity for want of
the power of selecting his thoughts, contains some de-
licate, seasonable touches, truly enjoyed both by poet
and critic, upon three very pleasant things, to wit:-


"THE monosyllabic terminations of the following lines produce (observes Mr. Mr. Wilmott) an inharmonious effect, but the imagery is very rural.

"Tell me, sad Philomel, that yonder sits't
Piping thy songs unto the dancing twig,
And to the water-fall thy music fit'st,

"The picture (continues the critic) of "the snake
sliding with shrinking silence," is one of the happiest
touches of description I have ever seen. It would be
ling of the leaves, and the shrinking stillness that fol-
impossible more vividly to represent the sudden rust-
lows. The idea is partly borrowed from Virgil.

"The following verses upon the "velvet-headed vio-
lets," are equally meritorious in a different manner :
"So let the silver dew but lightly lie

Like little watery worlds, within your azure sky,"
"This image might have dropped from the pencil of
Rubens. Every wanderer in our green lanes on a
spring morning, must have seen these "little watery


verted from idolatry by certain missionaries of the Society of Jesus, and that he was obliged to fly from the vengeance of the Japanese, whose hatred used to be described as particularly virulent against Christianity" in all its forms.

The singularity of this relation, and the apparent simplicity of the stranger's manners, induced the Colonel, and Innes, his regimental chaplain, an unprincipled profligate, to take him under their protection. Psalmanazar accompanied them to England, and was soon after introduced to the Bishop of London, who listened to his account with pity and implicit faith, became his patron, contributed generously towards his support, and rewarded with considerable preferment, the chaplain Innes, who was aware of, and had early detected the cheat, but considered it as a convenient step to patronage.

By favour of the Bishop of Oxford, who proved a warm advocate in his cause, Psalmanazar was enabled to improve himself in his studies, and convenient apartments were provided for him in one of the colleges of that university. To impress his neighbours at this place with proper ideas of his intense and unceasing application, it was his custom to keep lighted candles in his room during the night, and to sleep in an easy chair that his bed-maker, finding his bed untumbled (and not failing to repeat the circumstance)

So let the friendly prickle never dig

Thy watchful breast with wound or small or big,
Whereon thou lean'st; so let the hissirg snake.
Sliding with shrinking silence, never take


Th' unwary foot, while thou perchance hang'st half might not suppose he indulged in so unphilosophical and illiterate a refreshment, as going to bed; he would also occasionally lament the noise and interruptions of certain young men in an adjoining apartment, who preferred the joys of wine and good fellowship, to solitude and midnight studies.

On his return to London, he drew up, at the desire of his ecclesiastic friends, a Version of the Church Catechism, in what he called his native tongue, which was examined by the learned, found regular and grammatical, and pronounced a real language and no counterfeit. By these and other conciliating arts, the supplies of his patrons continued liberal, and he was enabled to lead an idle, and in some instances, when he was thrown off his guard, an extravagant life. The person of our Formosan was far from being attractive, but his qualities, it is said, were thought otherwise by some fashionable ladies, one of whom is reported to have exclaimed, "I positively shall never be easy till Ț have been introduced to this strange man with a hard name, who has fled from Japan, and eats raw mcat."

But many of his friends were offended by such conduct; and the critics, and among others, Dr. Douglas, "the scourge of impostors, the terror of quacks," could not rest till their doubts and incredulity were justified. They pointed out various absurdities and many contradictions, in his narrative, as well as in his declarations; he was gradually lowered in the general esteem, his benefactors silently withdrew their support;-the fraud was at length understood; the favour of the public converted, by a natural process, into resentment; and those who had originally given warning against the im posture, did not forget to increase the confusion of their opponents, by ridicule and sarcasm.

The situation of Psalmanazer thus became critical. Detected, and almost deserted, his subsistence was precarious, but having displayed in his assumed character considerable abilities, and having cultivated an extensive acquaintance with a class of men, who have been pronounced the best patrons of literary adventure, he was employed by the booksellers in a periodic pub

GEORGE PSALMANAZAR, a man of learning, of un-
known origin, and subsequently one of the writers em-
ployed in compiling the Universal History, a task
which he appears to have executed with sufficient skill
and fidelity, actually took the pains to invent a lan-
guage, which he wrote and spoke to the satisfaction of
curious enquirers, alleging it to be that of the island
of Formosa, where he pretended to have been born.
This adventurer, who attracted in his time no small
attention, was first noticed by a Col. Lauder, in the
garrison of Sluys, at which place, a wanderer from his
parents and country, and under the pressure of ex-
treme poverty, he had enlisted as a private soldier.
But he industriously and artfully circulated a strange
story that he was a native of the above island, con-

12mo. pp. 363. Parker, West Strand.

The artful conduct of the stranger, in producing and speaking a language, alphabet, and grammar, purely of his own invention, and of his eating raw meat, roots, and herbs, soon rendered him an object of public notice, and occasioned much curious disquisition between many characters of the first rank in church and state The keen-eyed scepticism of the Doctors Halley, Mead, and Woodward, rescued them, however, from the charge of blind credulity, in which many of their respectable contemporaries were involved; these gentie. men had cried down Psalmanazar as an arrant rogue from the beginning.

The most sanguine hopes of the impostor, could he have silenced the accusation of his own heart, appear to have been crowned with success, and he derived liberal contributions from the pity, the curiosity, or the folly of mankind, who considered it their duty as Christians and as men, to protect an unfortunate fugitive, who had suffered in the cause of truth.

Psalmanazar drew up, in Latin, an account of the Island of Formosa, a consistent and entertaining work, which was translated and hurried through the press, had a rapid sale, and is quoted, without suspicion, by Buffon, whilst his adherence to certain singularities in his manners and diet, gathered from popular opinion, o, from books, considerably strengthened the imposition. for the carrying on of which he was eminently qualir fied, by possessing a command of countenance, tempe and recollection, which no perplexity, rough usage, or cross examination, could ruffle or derange.

His memory was, at the same time, so correctly tenacious, that after the exercise of habit, in verbal arrangement, on being desired to translate a long list of English words into the Formosan language, they were marked down without his knowledge, and his credit was considerably corroborated by his correctly fixing the same terms to the same words, three, six, or even twelve months afterwards. In this manner his imposture had been first discovered by Innes, but this disgrace to his cloth suppressed what he knew, and joined in the fraud, from sinister motives.


Jication, and lastly in a Universal History, a considerable ested by accidentally meeting in the course of my he took down a bottle of brandy from a shelf, and urged portion of the ancient part of which was committed to desultory studies, with some notices of another indi. me to drink a dram (zoopgi) with him, assuring me his care.

vidual, so extraordinary in their coincidence of circum- that it was good brandewyn, distilled by himself from . By degrees he became quiet, untalked of, and com- stances as almost “makes me waver in belief, to hold his own peaches. I tasted the spirit, which was paratively respectable, and he privately confessed his opinion with Pythagoras,” for admitting the possibility colourless, with something of the favour of bad whisimposture. He could never be prevailed on to disclose of spiritual transmigration, I should at once say that key; but preferred regaling myself with a cup of tea, his real name and country, (supposed to be the South the mortal frame of the Italian maestro, is but the which had in the meanwhile been prepared and poured of France); he was afraid, he said, of disgracing his temporary tenement of a wandering soul; perhaps, in out for me by the respectable and active-looking dame. family; but the imposition he confessed thoroughly, its primeval state, the animating essence of Orpheus, This tea-water is made by a decoction rather than an adding to his confession all the marks of remorse. but which in the Seventeenth Century inhabited the infusion, of the Chinese leaf, and being diluted with a His repentance was sincere, in the opinion of Dr. body of “Thomas Baltzar, a Lubeckerborne" who in certain proportion of boiling water, without any admix. Johnson, who used to say that the sorrows of Psalma- 1658, at Oxford, Anthony a Wood (according to his ture of milk or sugar, is offered to any visitor who may nazer, in speaking of his deception, were heartfelt, autobiography), “did then and there, to his very great chance to arrive during the heat of the day. A small strong, and energetic, like those of Peter after the astonishment, heare play on the violin. He then saw tin-box, conta ining sugar-candy, is sometimes handed denial of his Saviour, when he went out and wept him run up his fingers to the end of the finger board round with the “tea-water," from which each person bitterly; it was no common grief, arising from blasted of the violin, and run them back insensibly, and all with takes a little bit to keep in his mouth, and thus to hopes, but a real hatred of himself for the crime he alacrity and in very good time, which he nor any in sweeten, in frugal fashion, the beverage, as he swallows had committed, and a dread of that punishment which England saw the like before.” At a subsequent meet- it. During this refreshment, I carried on a tolerably he thought he deserved. His frame on these occasions ing, Baltzar “played to the wonder of all the auditory fluent conversation in broken Dutch with my host, and was shaken and convulsed, his face drowned in tears, and exercising his fingers and instrument several wayes his huisvrouw (housewife); and gratified them by comand his utterance choked with sobs; a spectacle which to the utmost of his power; Wilson, thereupon the municating the most recent information I possessed of no feeling man could behold without emotion, or con- public professor (the greatest judge of music that ever the state of European politics; respecting which, old sider as produced by any thing short of real anguish. was), did, after his humoursome way, stoop downe to Coetzer was very inquisitive.

Upon the whole, Psalmanazer appears to have been Baltzar's feet, to see whether he had a Huff-on, that is The domicile of my hospitable neighbours, in which a clever, weak, and not bad-hearted man, whose vanity beyond the parts of man.” The sensation created here to say, whether he was a Devil or not, because he acted we were thus seated, was not calculated to suggest any

ideas of peculiar comfort of an Englishman. It was supported him in his falsehood till he got tired of it, by Paganini's first appearance among “the greatest somewhat of the size and appearance of an old and who then took extreme pity on himself and so was judges of music that ever was,” is so well known, and fashioned Scotch barn. The walls were thick and subdrowned in tears. The best point about him, and corresponds so completely with honest Anthony's nar- stantially built, of strong adhesive clay, a material, which shews his nature to have been good in the main, words, but whether the mysterious incarnation of of mortar for brick making, and raised in successive

rative, that any further comment were a waste of which being well prepared or tempered, in the manner was his being able to sit down quietly and earn an melody, in question, brought with him “airs from layers, soon acquires, in this dry climate, a great degree honest living.

heaven, or blasts from hell,” most assuredly it is very of hardness, and is considered scarcely inferior, in point fortunate for the corporeal covering at present worn by of durability, to burned brick. These walls, which were him, that Auto da fés are no longer in fashion.

about nine feet high, and tolerably smooth and straight, MODERN ANTIQUES. Our correspondent may be right, to a certain extent,

had been plastered over within and without, with a in saying that “there is nothing new under the sun;" composition of sand and cow-dung; and this being

afteravards well white-washed with a sort of pipe-clay, but he will allow that it is difficult to say how far old

or with lime made of burned shells, the whole had a (From the Common Place Book of a bookish Comedian.)

genius may not revive with new variations; and surely very clean and light appearance. “There is nothing new under the sun." it is a fine thing to have it back again at all. One of The roof was neatly thatched, with a species of hard

rushes, which are considered much more durable and My motto is nearly“ as old as the hills," yet in spite the very delights we feel in the playing of Paganini, less apt to catch fire than straw. There was no ceiling of proverbial wisdom, and the march of intellect; John arises from reflecting that the wonderful things one under the roof, but the rafters over head were hung Bull still retains all his inordinate passion for novelties, hears about the ancient Greek music are possibly real- with a motley assemblage of several sorts of implements and eagerly welcomes every supposed rarity with his usual cuckoo cry, “wonderful, wonderful! and most

ized in his “magic shell.” The sun itself, under which and provisions, such as hunting apparatus, dried flesh wonderful wonderful !! and yet again wonderful!!! and there is nothing new, is a fine thing. We are glad of of various kinds of game, large whips of rhinoceros and

hippopotamus hide (termed Sjamboks), leopard and after that out of all whooping !!!!.” In reality, however, its shining, though our ancestors had it in the times of lion skins, ostrich eggs and feathers, dried fruit, strings most modern marvels, are merely reproduced, or reimOrpheus and Solomon.

of onions, rolls of tobacco, bamboos for whip handles, ported objects of ancient popularity, and the fashiona

calabashes, and a variety of other articles. A large ble plandits of to-day, only echo the acclamations

pile of fine home-made soap graced the top of a parbestowed by the children of Cockeney on similar exhi

tition wall. bitions some centuries past. Public shows of animal THE READER DOMESTICATED WITH THE

The house was divided into three apartments; the sagacity are to be traced from very remote antiquity. OLD DUTCH COLONISTS AT THE CAPE one in which we were seated, (called the voorhuis) It is asserted by classical authority that the effeminate


(forehouse) opened immediately from the air, and in the Sybarites taught their horses to tread a measure “in

apartment in which the family always sit, eat, and regraceful motion to harmonious sounds," and even We always wish, when we give an extract in the" Lon- ceive visitors. A private room (slaap kamer), (sleeping elephants were displayed on the tight rope imperial don Journal,to give one of as complete a character as

chambers) formed at either end of this hall, by partitiRome. Zoological exercises are of early record in Britain.

. Casar bears testimony to the skill of the Aborigines possible, msomething that comes home to the greatest The floor, which though only of clay appeared unin managing their coursers when he first invaded the number of people's feelings, and that comprises within commonly smooth and hard, i found, on enquiry, had island, and Mr. Suktt in his “ Sports and Pastimes” has its limits an entire and satisfactory account of what it been formed of ant-heaps, which being pounded into copied from an M.S. the fourteenth century, in the Bodleian collection, several curious sketches of horse

undertakes to describe. We are particularly anxious dust, and then watered and well stamped, assume a display, with various others, one representing a cock

that this should be the case, when the extract is long; consistency of great tenacity. In making these floors, dancing on stilts to the music of a pipe and tabor, and and such we conceive to be the character of the however, care must be taken to use only such ant-hills

as have been broken up and plundered by the ant-eater, another

, a hare standing on his hind legs whilst beating following domestic picture, from Mr. Pringle's African and consequently deserted by the surviving insects the latter instrument. At a later period, Ben Jonson, Sketches,—a book that has lately issued from the shop otherwise, in spite of all your pounding, you may find also, enumerates among the amusements of Bartholo. mew Fair, “ The Hare o' th' Taber” and a company of of one who publishes nothing that is not worthy of you have planted two or three troublesome colonies

beneath your feet. This floor is carefully washed over dogs that danced the morris. From the same minute reception.—Mr. Moxon.

every morning with water mixed with fresh cow -dung, painter of manners and customs, it appears that the On riding up to the place, which consisted of three or in order to keep it cool and free from vermin-espe“ Industrious Fleas" now “all alive" in Regent Street, four thatched houses, and a few reed cabins (hartebeest cially fleas, which are apt to become an intolerable pest are not original in their achievements, for Lovewit, in huisjes) inhabited by the Hottentot dependents, we in such mansions. “The Alchemist” of 1610, mentions among the "curio- were encountered by a host of some twenty or thirty The house was lighted by four square windows ir. sities" then to be seen in London “the fleas that ruri dogs, which had been lying about in the shade of the front, one in each of the bed-rooms, and two in the at tilt upon a table." In the present age, the quadru- huts, and now started up around us, open-mouthed, voorhuis ; and also by the door, which appeared to be peds trained by Ducrow, though they may do every with a prodigious clamour, as is generally the case at shut only during the night. The door consisted of thing but speak, will never equal in fame, Bankes's every farm-house on the approach of strangers. In reeds, rudely fastened on a wicker frame, and was fixed celebrated bay borse, Morocco, so frequently alluded to daylight, these growling guardians usually confine to the door-post by thongs of hullock's hide. The by Shakspeare and his poetic brethren of the Eliza- themselves to a mere noisy demonstration; but at windows were without glass, and were closed at night, bethian era; nor will the name of Ducrow himself, night, it is often a matter of no small peril to approach each with an untanned quagge-skin. There was neither though the daring of his unrivalled equestrian feats, a farm-house, for many of these animals are both fierce

stove nor chimney in any part of the dwelling-house; might lead a spectator to imagine he bore "a charmed and powerful, and will not hesitate to attack a stranger, but the operations of cooking were performed in a small life,” descend to posterity with the singular honours if, in their eyes, he has the ill luck to appear in any circular hut of clay and reeds, which stood in front of that closed the career of Bankes and his learned steed

way suspicious. The barking of the dogs brought out it. The furniture of the sitting-room consisted of a at Rome, where the skill of Morocco in arithmetic, Arend Coetzer, one of the farmer's sons, from the couple of wooden tables, and a few chairs, stools, and daneing, dice playing, and other accomplishments (some principal dwelling-house, a frank young fellow who waggon chests; an immense churn, into which all the not very decorous), aroused the horrors of superstition had previously visited us at at Glen-Lynden. Seeing milk saved from the sucking calves, was daily poured to such a degree, that both the master and his docile us thus beset, he came instantly to our help against the and churned every morning; a large iron pot for boiling pupil were, as rare Ben” records in one of his canine rabble, whom he discomfited with great vigour soup, two or three wooden pitchers, hooped with brass, epigrams, “burned for one witch” by command from by hurling at them a few of the half-gnawed bones and and very brightly scoured ; a cupboard, exhibiting the the Pope, who decided that the wonders witnessed bullocks horns which were lying about the place. The family service of wooden bowls and trenchers, pewter must be effected by too familiar an acquaintance with young boor was rejoiced to see me, and introduced me tureens, brandy fiasks, with a goodly array in phials of a certain personage unmentionable to "ears polite.” to his mother and sisters—a quiet looking matron, and Dutch quack medicines. A tea-vase and brass teaOf biped prodigies, I presume, the most remarkable now two bashful girls, who now made their appearance from kettle, heated by a chafing dish, which with a set of extant, is the musical magician, who when he first the house. My companion was already known to Dutch tea-cups, and a large brass-clasped Dutch bible, drew bow in Britain, was shrewdly suspected of prac- them. “Wil mynheer afzadel ?" (“Will the gentle- occupied a small table at which the mistress of the tising, like poor Bankes, "arts inhibited and out of man unsaddle?") was the first enquiry. I readily house presided, --completed the inventory. The bedwarrant." Indeed, a poet not unknown to fame, agreed, intending indeed, though it was still early in rooms, in which I more than once slept on future ocopenly sang, scarce seven days since of this “observed the afternoon, to spend the night in this place, with casions were furnished each with one or more large of all observers"

the view of becoming better acquainted with our rustic bed-steads, or stretchers, without posts or curtains, but The ntmost seem'd, neighbours.

provided with good feather beds, spread on elastic To ferble or to melancholy eyes,

On entering the house, I found that the old boor had frames, woven with thongs of bullock's hide, like a One that had parted with his soul for pride,

not risen from his afternoon nap or siesta, a habit cane-bottomed chair. And in the sable secret liy'd forlorn."

which is generally prevalent throughout the colony. In a corner of the hall, part of the carcase of a sheep With these surmises respecting the unearthly powers

He was not long, however, in making his appearance; was suspended from a beam; and I was informed that of Paganini floating in my memory, I was much inters and after shaking hands with a sort of gruff beartiness, two sheep, and sometimes more, were daily slaughtered

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