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loud voice, the following five latin words that happened to occur, « Omne bene, non sine pæna.” I believe that the fall of a pio might have been heard while I was performing this mummery, .
“ Having managed with tolerable seriousness, I took up all the articles, stood across the man, and, raising both my arms as high as I could reach, called aloud, * Şimlence !” Then, bending over the body, I held a match in my right hand, the wax taper in my left; and, drawing the cork from the bottle of phosphorus, just above his navel, at the moment I applied the match to light it, as it were froin his body, I began to sing, “ God sive great George, our king.” But, the instant the flame was seen, there was such a yell of " Ah, paw, swaamee, ah, yaw, swaainee,” as completely drowned all my fine singing. Lighting my taper, I proceeded with my work, by melting the sealing-wax and dropping it hot, close abore his navel; but the fellow had not patience to stay for more than two or three good drops of my miraculous wax, before he juinped up and ran away, bellowing and clawing his beliy, without stopping to thank me for his care or answering the calls of others, until he got within the village.
« That the fellow had heard and understood what passed, with my declaration that I possessed a power to draw forth a flame from his body, was evident; and I depended on the sudden attack of the burning wax, on so tender a part, heightened by his own imagination, to overthrow all the obstinacy of trick, and produce some such effect as would satisfy he was not dead. What his particular aim was, it might be difficult to make out.”
Mr. Harriott at thirteen was placed on board a ship of war as a midsbipman; after a long and fatiguing voyage, he was wrecked on his return in sight of his native land, and narrowly escaped destruction. He was at the siege of Havannah, and at the recapture of Newfoundland from the French, was then employed in the Mercantile service, and encountered various difficulties in the Baltic. West Indies and America, residing for a length of time with the North American savages. He next entered into the East India company's service, and passed some time at Madras. On his return to England he married, and lost his wife and child before the expiration of a twelvemonth. He married again, turned farmer, and purchased a sınall Island, which was swallowed up by the
ocean, just as he had with infinite anxiety and toil brought it into a state of lucrative cultivation. His house wa; burnt down a short time previous to this calamity. His second wife died; but not feeling inclined to struggle through life without a helpmate, he took unto himself a third, and with her again embarked for America, where he experienced various vicissitudes which he endured with surprizing fortitude of mind, and combatted with the most determined spirit. He now enjoys his honourable and profitable post of resident magistrate at the Thames police office, and is likely to pass the remainder of his busy and extraordinary life in ease, tranquillity,and comfort. Post tot naufragia portum.
An Authentic Narrative of the Causes which led to the
Death of Major Andre, Adjutant-General of His Majesty's Forces in North America. By Joshua Hett Smith, Esq. Counsellor at Law, late Member of the Convention of the State of New York. 70 which is adied,
a Monody on the Death of Major Andre. By Miss ! Seward. 8vo. 85. Mathews and Leigh. 1808.
The author of this narrative was supposed by the America is to have been an agent of General Arnold, and upon the apprehension of Major Andre, and the escape of Arnold, was arrested and tried on a charge of treason, Cire cumstances, no doubt, were strongly against him ; but, if we credit this relation, and we can see no reason for disputing the author's veracity, he was very innocently engaged in the communications between Andre and the American General. Of this trial, and his defence, Mr. Smith gives a full and particular account; as well as of his escape from America, which was attended with many very interesting circumstances. As soon as it was discovered he had broke prison, the most diligent search was made to discover him. “ Parties, says the author, were sent in different directions from the four roads that led from the jail; but on their return without success, it was concluded, I must be secreted in the town, among the Kiny's friends, who were by far the most numerous and respectable of the inhabitants, On the evening of the third day, before my good protectoress had any hint of the measure, a young lady came hastily to her, and inforined her, that a few hours ago her father's house had been searched, and she heard the party say, they should next take the road where my good friend lived; she in
stantly came to me with the intelligence, and advised my leaving the place where I was for another more secure, which was a hollow between two stacks of chimpies; this I did not approve of, as the place had a suspicious appeara ance, and seemed to ine calculated for a hiding-place.--I therefore observed, that as it was near the evening, I would go out to the woods, and return when dark; I had scarce. ly mentioned my resolution, when the young lady called to her, and said the guards were very near the house;--when instantly snatching up one of the blankets, I stept lightly down the stairs, she following with the other blanket; we heard the tramp of a number of steps in the piazza ;=I immediately made to the back-door, and crept under a small hen-coop; she hastily threw her blanket over it, and, turning round, inet the party coming in at the frontdoor. My protectress being a suspected person, from the reasons I have already mentioned, her house was searched with great care; and the young lady afterwards informed me, that in the very hole where she wished me to secret myself, they thrust their bayonets and pikes; so that had I been there, I inust, inevitably, have been put to death! The house being thoroughly searched, they proceeded to the barn, stables, and even the pig-sty; and passing the hen-coop, under which I was concealed, they were about to take off the blanket, when my protectress exclaimed, « For God's sake do not hurt my poor chickens ;"-on which they went into the house, and I could hear them distinctly charge her with the knowing where I was ; alarmed, lest her fears inight overcome her fortitude, I ininediately crept, out, and made the best of my way to an adjoining wood, under the cover of darkness, which had coinmenced.
Having reached the wood, I was involved in doubt what course to take; to go back did not seem prudent, as un my return, some soldiers might be left as a guard; it now began to rain, and fortunately a large hollow tree afforded me a shelter from its rage. A variety of conficting pase sions agitated my mind; for that very night a person was to come and bring me clothing, and take me part of my way to New York, upwards of eighty miles. To omit profiting by this chance, I knew, would be imprudent; and the person I expected had promised to assist me, and possessed my most unlimited confidence. At length it occurred to me that the lady, from whose house I had just escaped, had a relation about five miles distant: I knew
him to be a kind, friendly man, to whom I could commit myself with safety. Thither, therefore, I determined to proceed; and when in the main road, I thought I could easily reach his house. I travelled all night ; it rained during the whole time; and my feet being tender, from the distressing and unusual state in which I was placed, I made but little progress, especially along a slaty and rocky country. When I had walked a considerable distance I halted, intending to wait for the dawn of day; thus advancing slowly, I seated myself on a rock, faint, fatigued, and lacerated with briars, and passed my time in lamenting the hard fate which my civility to a stranger had intailed upon me.
« On the approac hof day I saw something like a house, and the appearance of light; I advanced towards it :-the reader will here again form some faint idea of my sensations, when I found the spot was near the gibbet, and the house I had discerned the jail, from whence I had escaped in the dark. I had lost my road, and in my bewildered state of mind, had the whole night been wandering back again, over the same ground !! Afficted, dismayed, and almost exhausted, I had no other alternative than to return to the place from whence I had last escaped_and now gave up all for lost! It was, however, fortunate that I had not far to go, the day-light rapidly advanced; and I omitted no time in regaining the good woman's house, having the main road before me; and being equally fortunate in not meeting a single traveller, or my forlorn appearance must have attracted notice, and perhaps have led to a discovery.
“ I observed, on my approach, that there was light in the house, and once more assuming courage, fortified by hope, I ventured to tap gently at a window from whence the light appeared, and, in a minute, the door was opened for my reception. My female friend informed me, that the party, who had been there the preceding day, were not satisfied with their first search, but insisted on making another by candle-light, which they did, and even commanded her to open every closet, chest, and trunk, declaring their authority to confine her, ainless she declared where I was,--and that one of them even went again to the chicken-coop, under which I had been concealed, and thrust his bayonet into various parts of it. She said it was well I overheard the conversation, and resolved to withdraw; and she consoled me by saying, I
now had nothing to fear, as they had gone away pero fectly satisfied, I mentioned my attempt to reach the residence of her relation for shelter, and I had the pleasure to learn that there I should have been safe; but it was providential that I missed my way, for a large party of Continental troops were encamped not far from his house, and I must have passed them before I could arrive at it.
« Combining all these circumstances, which appeared so providential, I was led, independent of the fatigue I had just passed through, to take some rest in my former birth, with renewed ground to encourage hope,
“ My friend had promised to be with me the following night, but when that came I was sorely disappointed. Through a chink in the place of my retreat, I could see the inembers of the court, judge, jury, and all, pass and repass; and, indeed, I was every moment in dread of being discovered, and brought back to my old quarters. In this situation I continued, however, five days, under the most painful apprehensions. I
“ However opinions may vary as to the justice of Washington, in executing Major André as a spy, the public - will peruse with strong interest, a Narrative of the causes which led to his Death, from the pen of the gentleman, who was commissioned to conduct the unfortunate Major from the Vulture to the interview, which he had with General Arnold, at Mr. Smith's house. The two officers were alone the greater part of the day. Towards the evening Arnold came to my house, and. proposed that I should convey Mr. Anderson back to the Vulture, which had nearly regained her former situation; he saw, however, froin the state of sickness under which I then laboured, with a fit of the ague upon ine, that I was unable to gratify him; on which he proposed my accompanying him part of his way on his return to New York, by land, as soon as my health would permit, on the removal of the ague fit; to which I made no ob jection, as, when better, it would be in my way to visit and bring my family home from Fish Kill, being obliged to cross the river for that purpose. He soon after returned, and told me a difficulty bad occurred, of which he was not before apprised ; for that Anderson had come on shore in a military dress, which he had borrowed, from pride or vanity, from an Officer of his acquaintance at New York: that as it would be impossible.