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TOT pressed her fondly to his bosom. My recompense is here, 19 Paintings of butterflies and Rome's out a shot said hem my recompense'is here ! » 2007

Tot Patterns for trimming, Persian stories; i „1*34.c.Our poetical extract shall be of a lively cast also. We 9V7 Soft songs to Julia's cockatoo,... Descatarlton !".

+P85 Fierce odes to Famine and to Slaughter; t. II invite our fair readers, as well as our romantic young

9d1 And autographs of Peince Leboo, men readers, to its perusal :

In 1991

And precipes for Elder Water,

And she was flatter'd worshipp'd, bored

steps were watch'd, her dress was noted;

bi By the Author of Lillian.”.

Her poodle dog was quite adored;

Her sayings were extremely quoted. « Years-years ago-ere yet my dreams,

| She laugh'd, and every heart was glad, Had been of being wise or witty;

As if the taxes were abolish'd ;

11179 Ere I had done with writing themes,

She frown'd, and every Jook was sad,
Or yawn’d o’er this infernal Chitty;
Years– years ago-while all my joy

As if the opera were demolish'd.
Was in my fowlingpiece and filly;

“She smiled on many, just for fun,--
In short, while I was yet a boy,
I fell in love with Laura Lily.

I knew that there was nothing in it;
I was the first, the only one

Her heart had thought of for a minute tot " I saw her at the county ball,

I knew it, for she told me sot je.
There, when the sounds of Aute and fiddle

In phrase which was divinely moulded;
Gave signal sweet in that old hall,

She wrote a charming hand; and, oh!.
Or hands across and down the middle,
Hers was the subtlest spell by far

How sweetly all her notes were folded
Of all that set young hearts romancing,

« Our love was like most other to
She was our queen, our rose, our star;
And then she danced,ob, Heaven! her dancing!

A little glow, a little shiver;12.1 :11...

A rosebud and a pair of gloves, - to 45410 ? ? vef “ Dark was her hair ; her hand was white;

And Fly not yet upon the river ;--07wil !!! -109 Her voice was exquisitely tender;

Some jealousy of someone's heir,l1i4 quia propone for V4 Her eyes were full of liquid light;

Some hopes of dying broken-hearted ; 01 770303 31 --*1948 I never saw a waist so slender;

A miniature, a lock of hair, to e Her every look, her every smile,

The usual vows, and then we parted..
Shot right and left a score of arrows;

“ We parted—months and years roll'a by, is nie *. 'I thought 'twas Venus from her isle, And wonder'd where she'd left her sparrows.

We met again four summers after ;

Our parting was all sob and sight' \" She talk'd of politics or prayers ;

Our meeting was all mirth and laughter;
Of Southey's prose, or Wordsworth's sonnets ;

For, in my heart's most secret cell De on pa Of danglers, or of dancing bears ;

There had been many other lodgers; storile 24191 fr Of battles, or the last new bonnets.

And she was not the Ball-Room's Bellegi talu By candlelight, at twelve o'clock,

But only, Mrs Something Rogers." - do 48122599 To me-it matter'd not a tittle ; If those bright lips had quoted Locke,

Had space permitted, we should have likedi to have I might have thought they murmured Little.

quoted Miss Landon's highly poetical stanzası tabodt

Robert Burns and his Highland Mary; but these and “Through sunny May, through sultry June,

other good things we must leave for the private gratifi No, I loved her with a love eternal;

cation of those who have the good sense to procure for I spoke her praises to the Moon,

themselves a copy of the Literary Souvenir. I will snob I wrote them to the Sunday Journal;

... Hito! My mother laugh'd : I soon found out

ft bo! That ancient ladies have no feeling;

mi iselt My father frown'd: but how should gout

History of the War of Independence in Gr egevib By Find any happiness in kneeling ? :

Thomas Keightley, Esq., Author of “ Fairy Mythe

logy," “ Outlines of History,” &c. Two volumen " She was the daughter of a Dean, if it, Rich, fat, and rather apoplectic;

Vol. 1. (Being Volume LX. of Constable's MigelShe had one brother, just thirteen,

lany.), Edinburgh. 1830,

Bik uyin Whose colour was extremely hectic;

We neither are, nor ever were, of the number of those Her grandmother, for many a year, ing jons jordan Had fed the pavish with her bounty ..

who raved about the independence of Greece. The preHer second cousin was a peer, 'I 0011

culiar claim to our sympathy urged by the Philhellenist. And Lord Lieutenant of the county.

on the ground that Greece was at one time distinguishna de pensiin ,T,' }

as the seat of letters and the citadel of freedom, teconla " But titles, and the three per cents,

never admit as valid. Such an argument, if indeed argt. And mortgages, and great relations,

ment it may be called, we have always regarded as purerile, And India bonds, and tithes and rents,

and 'rather a theme for the declamation of schoolbors than Oh, what are they to love's sensations !

a 'rational ground for sympathy. The Greeks lost their Black eyes, fair forehead, clustering loeks, Such wealth, such honours, Cupid chooses ;

liberty at an early period of authentic history. Theit He cares as little for the stocks, it!

high intellectual character was soon lost also, and their As Baron Rothschild for the muses.

morals became so utterly degenerate, as to subjeertsen

to the reproach of their barbarian neighbours. iberis « She sketch'd; the vale, the wood, the beach, after their country had been restored to more than its Grew lovelier from her pencil's shading :

former consequence, by Constantine's transferring to thie She botanized; I envied each

East the seat of all but universal empire, they retained Young blossom in her boudoir fading: She warbled Handel ; it was grand

the vices of a degraded and a conquered people, til, after She made the Catalani jealous ;'

a long course of dissension, luxury, treachery, and ców She touch'd the organ, I could stand

ardice, they fell a prey to the arms of the encroaching For hours and hours to blow the bellows.

followers of Mahomet. It is unnecessary to refer to

their national history and character for the last four hun * She kept an album, too, at home,

dred years' ; - even the descent of the modern Greeks from Well tillid with all an album's glories : *

the wise and the brave, who, in ancient times, lokalite

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mans were at one time the lords of the world, and be Ro- vigour to its progress, and success to its events; and, after

their land, is, for the most part, extremely questionable. tion, but we heartily deprecate the iteration of a senseless In short, in the history and character of the Greeks, for anti-patriotic clamour against a ministry whose name nearly two thousand years, there has been less to deserve will ever remain honourably connected with the brightest our regard, or to exeite our admiration, than in the case period of our history; and especially we deprecate the of almost any other people; and we should think the attacks upon the distinguished statesman who, without banditti of the Abruzzi, and the Copts of Egypt, not being responsible for the commencement of the war, gave less entitled to our sympathy than they, since

science bringing it to a glorious conclusion, by his moderation first dawned on the banks of the Nile.

and wisdom, established the peace of Europe upon a solid But though we could not persuade ourselyes to regard foundation, which has secured to us uninterrupted tranthe modern Greeks as demi-gods, or engage in a crusade quillity for the long space of fifteen years. At this able to expel the domineering Turks from the sacred soil of minister, since his melancholy death, it has been the Marathon, we never confounded the cause of the Greeks fashion for every puny whipster” to have a hit-and with the ordinary revolutionary movements of a dis we are only sorry that a gentleman of Mr Keightley's contented people, rising in rebellion against legitimate good sense in other matters, should join in the vulgar cry. government. They were a conquered nation, bound to His own very unnecessary digressions, have provoked this the Turks by no tie of mutual interest, affection, or obli- slight digression of ours. We are, however, much pleased gation : force alone had riveted their chains, and they with the general spirit of Mr Keightley's narrative. We had clearly a right to shake them off, whenever they have no doubt whatever that his little work will be poshould possess the means of effectual resistance. Besides, pular, both because the subject is an interesting one, and with all their degradation, polítical and moral, the Greeks because the work itself is spiritedly and ably written. As were our fellow-Christians, and there was reason to hope, yet, only the first volume has appeared. We shall close that, if once fairly emancipated from the service of their our present notice with two short extracts, as a specimen misbelieving task-masters, a happy regeneration might be of the work. The following is the style in which an etfected by means of a free intercourse with the rest of Eastern pasha issues his orders : civilized Europe. Temporary insurrections, however, do not always prove either a heartfelt rational love of liberty,

“ We, kaïmakan of the mighty Moreh Valesi Khooror capacity for making a proper use of it when obtained. sheed-pasha, (to whom God grant prosperity and a bappy Such experiments, enthusiastically undertaken and hastily end!) by the advice of our great council, order you, archabandoned, have frequently agitated a country with civil bishops, bishops, coja-bashees, and notables, Rhomæans of war, and ended by riveting the chains which it was their the towns and villages of the Morea, to arise, on receiving object to break. But the late war in Greece was sup- the noble tirinan which we address to you, and to transfer ported by a strong and general feeling of impatience yourselves immediately to our residence at Tripolitža, to under Turkish domination, and a determination, at all which we will grant you, and the contemplation of our

enjoy there the incomparable happiness of the protection hazards, lo relieve themselves from the yoke. They have magnificent power. We enjoin the rayas who live beneath at length nobly earned their independence. A protracted the shadow of the golden wings of our glorious inonarch, struggle of more than seven years has enabled them to instantly to lay down their arms, to give up those which appreciate the strength of their own resources; and we they possess to our voivodes, without raising their heads, trust it has also taught them to attach a proper value to which they are permitted to keep this year, on paying a that freedom which they have secured by many heroic of the enemies

of our holy religion, and of the glorious Khan,

double kharatch, and not giving ear to the seditious discourses exforts : True, that struggle has been marked on both

son of Khan Sultan Mahmoud. Let this be performed sides with too many instances of barbarous cruelty and without delay;-- Feb. 12, (25,) 1821.” breach of faith, but, upon the whole, the Greeks bave done much to wipe away the blot of infainy which for

Our next extract is a tolerably fair specimen of the centuries attached to their name ; and we are now enti- character of the many skirmishes by which the Greek tled to hope, that if their country do not at once assume

patriots distinguished themselves in the course of the that imposing attitude which some enthusiasts have absardly anticipated, it will at least attain, at no very dis “Asammunition was failing in the Turkish camp, Ismael tant period, a respectable place among the second-rate had sent the selictar (sword-bearer) of Mobammed Dramali states of civilized Europe.

to Arta and Prevesa, with directions to collect all the pow. i Mr Keightley has given us a very happy sketch of the der and ball in these towns, and all the public money,


to bring them to the camp. The selictar having performed origin and progress of the war. His narrative is clear his

task, formed a caravan of 130 loaded mules, guarded by and spirited, and as satisfactory as the character and 250 Spahis, and an equal number of Asiatic soldiers, armed limited extent of his materials will probably admit. A with musquetoons. The approach of this caravan baving full

, and perfectly authentic history of the Greek war of been very pompously announced, the intelligence had reachIndependence cannot be expected at the present time,

ed the ears of Nothi Botzaris, and he directed his nephew when, as our author himself observes, a sufficient number

to lie in wait for it, previous to attacking the Five Wells ; of memoires pour servir have not appeared. He has, how- last place, to fortify himself strongly in it, in order to cut off

he charged him, moreover, when he should have taken this ever, done all that can be done under such disadvantages; the cornmunication between Arta and Jannina, and to burn be bas collected such materials as were to be had, and has it to the ground if he should find himself unable to mainmade a judicious use of them, making a proper distinc- tain it. tion between those which seem entitled to credit, and

“ The Turks, having left Arta with their convay, proibose wbich are of more questionable authority: and ceeded over the plains of Amphilochia, amusing themselves, although he cannot be considered as altogether free of according to their usual custom, with galloping and caraprejudice, we have no reason to believe that he has allowed culing their horses. When they came to the defile of Koo

makhades, they began to shout and fire their guns to scare bis partiality to affect his narrative, so far as facts, not

away any robbers who might happen to be there. The opinions are concerned. His enthusiasm for the Greek whole caravan and escort were hardly completely engaged cause is natural for many reasons, and perhaps unavoid in the defile, when they found themselves assailed in front, able, considering the sources information to which he in rear, and in Hank, by Mark Botzaris and his Sooliotes. was limited, the accounts, namely, published by the

At this sudden discharge of musketry from all sides, the Greeks themselves, and by their volunteer partisans. But mule-drivers threw themselves on the ground, the solhe is much less excusable when he digresses into ultra others on to Jannina. The Sooliotes, quitting their am

diers, in disorder and consternation, fled, some back to Arta, Liberal speculations about Irish politics, and the character bush, rushed forth and pursued them. The whole convoy 4 Lord Joyerpool's cabinet. For our own part, we are fell into the bands of the victors; the Turks left twentynot fond of volunteering political opinions of any descrip- five men dead, forty wounded, and five prisoners. The


peasants were directed to drive their mules to Sooli ; forty wreath” in which the flowers of Europe and Asia bloom bold palicares escorted them, taking with them the prisoners alternately, heightening, by force of contrast, each other's and the heads of the slain. A party, sent on by Mark Bot charms. The Indian paper too, upon which the book zaris towards the Five Wells, found the khan abandoned

printed, gives it an exquisitely exotic look. The effect by its garrison, and took possession of it.

" Nothi Botzaris, accompanied by a train of women and of English types upon its glossy brown surface, is in children, came down from the mountain to meet the cara- harmony with that half. ludicrous, half-imposing mixture van, for a pecodrome (runner), sent forward by Mark Bot- of British matter-of-fact with Oriental show, which zaris, had inforıned him of his success. He allowed the characterizes every thing connected with the “ wholesale peasants to return home with their mules, without ransom, and retail” Kings of Leadenball Street. Among the and the women, putting the loading of the mules on their

contents, Highland Superstitions" nod responsive to a shoulders, carried it up the mountain. Among the pri- tale of Brama's devotees, (“ The Sage and the Nymph" soners were two beys, two mollas, and a cadi: these were in derision sold to gipsies, for an ass and some tobacco-the

-the best in the book), while Nawal Mhooli Khan spins cadi, as he could tind no purchaser, was set at liberty; the his long yarn side by side with an account of the plague other prisoners were ransomed by the Turks of Paramy- of Milan. The last piece in the volume, “ An Ode of thia.”

Anacreon, literally translated by Mr Harachandra Ghose," We take leave of Mr Keightley and his amusing work into a language which, as far as we can guess, is Sanscrit, for the present, in the hope of meeting him again when is exceedingly to our taste, and we should have quoted it his second volume appears.

for the benefit of our readers, had not our printer unluckily run out of his Devangari characters—a very rare

circumstance in Mr Ballantyne's office. We thought of The Bengal Annual, and Literary Keepsake, for 1831. re-translating into English Mr Harachandra Ghose's Edited by David Lester Richardson. Calcutta. Samuel translation, that we might thus give some idea of his Smith and Co. 1830. 8vo. Pp. 352.

manner, but we find that our Devangari dictionary bas

also most unaccountably fallen aside. This is exactly what a Bengal Annual ought to be On the whole, the contents of this Annual show that English feelings amid Indian scenery. India is a gor- there is a great quantity of literary talent existing in our geous land, and gallant are the deeds, and stupendous the Indian territory. Yet we agree with the able editor, in enterprises, of our island's sons who rule her—but still his preliminary sketch of the literati of British India, she is not their home. In their proudest and happiest that as long as the present system of management in that moments, they tarn their eyes to a little spot of earth, far country is maintained, there can, by no possibility, exist away among the waters—it is there alone that they hope an Anglo-Indian literature. We at the same time add, for repose. The fate of Tantalus was a faint prototype that we hope it never may exist. We are told, and told of theirs, which is to endure toil, and the blight of a sickly truly, that such a state of society as could give birth to climate, in youth, in order that they may be able to spend Indian literature, can only be brought about by “cola a peevish and joyless old age in their native land, sup- nising British India.” We suspect that those who speak rounded by luxuries for which they have no appetite. of colonisation, use the word, like many other wiseacres Little wonder, then, that the Editor prefaced his Annual of the day, without being aware of its full import. A with these dirgelike lines :

colony is a corporate body which, under the protection INTRODUCTORY STANZAS.

of a mother state, settles with a view to cultivate lands “ We have blushing fields of roses bere,

which have never been occupied by any tribe, and thus Where glittering song-birds roam;

to constitute for themselves property in that land. “Bat And Indian lilies sparkle clear

every inch of land in India is property, and property too But they're not the flowers of Home.

which is very minutely subdivided. If they who hold Home !' Home! how many in vain

this language mean that British subjects ought to be al. Shall sigh for thy blessings once again.

lowed to purchase and hold lands in India, only one re“ We would strike the lyre with bolder hand,

mark need be made with regard to such a proposal. In But when we woo its tone,

every instaoce where the white European race bas settled To tell somne tale of this far land,

among any of the other races of men, their co-existence It murmurs of our own.

has been found impossible. The aborigines have gradually

disappeared. Were India now governed by native princess “ Fondly we gaze upon the west,

and did they know the interest of their people, it would As sunset dies away;

be their duty to prevent the settlement of white men. For theo-those lands we love the best, Smile in the noon's glad ray.

The same duty is laid upon the Company which has

come in their place, and ought to be the more strictly “ Night comes and the jackal's dreary yell

attended to, as the executive power which is at present Salutes the rising moon;

in the bands of the wbites, adds fearfully to the strength The death-fog creeps along the fell,

of that caste. And cloaks the wide lagoon. “ Shuddering we turn from such a scene, To seek a fever'd sleep;

The Water Witch ; or, the Skimmer of the Seas. A Tale. We dream of home and wake between

By the Author of the Borderers, &c. In three rols. Those happy dreams to weep.

London. Colburn and Bentley. 1830. “ Perhaps bright eyes may scan these tales,

Mr Cooper, in this work, makes the rather hazardous Where honeysuckle weaves

attempt to create a heroic character out of the abipro Cool bowers-while violet-scented gales

mising materiel of a mere dealer in contraband gouds. Of Play o'er our Indian leaves.

the success which has attended his efforts, the reader will “ Then—where our flowers less sweetly bloom,

be better able to judge after perusing a short suinthary Our gems less brightly shine,

of bis story. It is but justice, however, to our adthar Think, Beauty--think, 'tis Exile's gloom

to remark, that from this summary are excluded many of Lies dark upon the line.

the charms which the skilful involvement of the plot " Home! Home! there, there alone

communicates to the novel. The minstrel's harp gives all its tone.

The scene of the story is the great estuary at the mouth In strict accordance with the feelings expressed in these of the Hudson; the time, is the commencement of the verses, the editor has, to use his own words, “twined a 18th century. A naval officer in the British service had


His poverty



been induced, during the reign of one of the last Stuarts, herself off as the Skimmer of the Seas, the commander of to retire, in consequence of unjust treatment, to private the far-famed Water Witch--the names by which her life, and ultimately to leave his country,

guardian and his vessel are known. Jealousy, as well rendered the adoption of some profession necessary; and, as duty, impel Ludlow to the pursuit of the contrabandist; viewing himself as expatriated by the injustice of the and the greater part of the novel is occupied by a succes

government, whilst he was careless of obtaining the right sion of chases, in which the free-trader mistifies, eludes, the of citizenship in a new country, he commenced trader and outsails the cruiser, always returning, after making

independent of any pational connexion, and regardless of his escape, to the point from which he started, in order the commercial laws of any state. He had with him an to ensure the acknowledgment of his ward by the alderonly daughter, arrived at the years of womanhood, and The tale is wound up by a general explanation of an orphan boy, the son of a deceased friend, whom he all mysteries, and the union of " la belle Barberie" and had taught to call him father. On one occasion, pro the gallant captain. But Eudora refusing to part with jecting a voyaye attended by circumstances of unusual him who has so long protected her, they sail away todanger, he confided his daughter to the hospitality of one gether, and are never more heard of. of the wealthy Dutch families of New York. One of Many of the characters in this novel are, taking them the sons of this family falls in love with the fair stranger, as individual sketches, admirably conceived. The alderand prevails on her to consent to a secret and rather man, the sailing-master in the cruiser, an old and faithirregular marriage. Not daring to acknowledge to the ful attendant of " la belle Barberie," and the Skimmer world a connexion of so questionable a character, he un of the Seas himself, are splendid and masterly portraits. generously allows his wife to depart with her father on The Water Witch, too, is a most beautiful contrast to his return ; she, on her part, fearing to confess, to a the ship of the Red Rover. She carries no hostile equipparent so proud and stern, and so soured with mankind, ment,- light, beautiful, and tricksome, she rides on the wbat had taken place. The natural consequences of the waves like a witch's egg-shell, and slips from the grasp alliance she had so rashly formed, betray, in time, her of her pursuers like an eel.

The father, indignant at the notion that any Still, with all these recommendations, we must say man should feel otherwise than proud to proclaim her as that there is a want of originality and of pervading depth bis wife, resplves that the young Dutchman shall never of feeling in the texture of the story. The involvement know he has a child. The injured woman soon after of the plot is an arbitrary decree of the author-it does died, intrusting her daughter to her father's care, who, not seem to spring necessarily from the workings of haafter a lapse of years, died in his turn, surrendering the man passions. With one or two exceptions, the characguardianship of his grandchild to the young man whom ters are not native to the localities in which they are he bad educated, and whom we have already mentioned. placed, and do not bear their stamp upon them. The

At the time the story of the novel commences, this great charm of this novel--as in others of the author's youth, now arrived at the years of confirmed maubood, best—unquestionably derives itself from his unequalled is lying off Sandy Hook, waiting for an opportunity to conversance with the power and presence of the great waters slip in, unnoticed by the queen's cruiser, at anchor in from the magical sway he exercises over the spirits of the the roads. Since the death of his patron, his wealth sea. This is a department of literature wbich he has struck has increased so as to enable him to deal only in the most out for himself, and in which he knows no equal. He costly goods. Cargoes of such a nature being of small places us in the midst of the tempest-he. hurries us bulk, he has found it for bis advantage to perform his along in the chase—he realises the sea-fight with intenvoyages in an extremely light and slender vessel, whose sity and truth, which no other has ever been able to give. swiftness, aided by his own daring and adroitness, enables We are most anxious that he should cultivate to the

him to bid defiance to all pursuit. The orphan girl, left utmost this extraordinary power, Let him only seek to 1

to his care, he bas attentively educated; but, being pressed people his water-borne palaces with beings as real as his by circumstances, he can at present afford her no fitter elements. Let him be on the waters what Sir Walter is home than bis vessel ;—seeing the inconveniences to which on the land. The great author we have just named has she is there exposed, he has resolved, notwithstanding the hung out the flag of defiance on board his “ Pirate;"—let prohibition of her grandfather, to deliver her into the hands the true “ Rover” stand to his guns, and beat the freshof her natural protector, with whom he has kept up a water sailor back to the shore. We want no more senclose intercourse. In order to baffle the servants of the timental, voluptuous gentlemen. We want the reality. customs, he has been in the habit of playing off some Let bis heroes be as enthusiastic as the old French buclegerdemain tricks upon them, of which he has, at the canneer, who vowed eternal hatred to the Spaniards for same time, availed himself to secure a more complete in their cruelties to the Indians ;--let them be as alive to Hluence over his superstitious crew, It may be farther the beauties of nature as Dampierre : but let them be mentioned, that his own taste, and, still more, the pre true human beings—rough as the element they live upon sence of his ward, have caused the brigantine to be fitted —not altogether made up of conscience and tender heart up in a manner at once luxurious and elegant.

-not all alumni of Harvard and Yale. Old Alderman von Staats had at this time living with As a specimen of the novel, we give the account of the him a pretty niece, “ la belle Barberie,” for whose good free-trader slipping out of the cruiser's clutches under graces a sturdy scion of an old Dutch stock, and Ludlow, the cover of a thunder gust. Ludlow has been out in the captain of the cruiser already mentioned, were stoutly his boat reconnoitring the mysterious image under the contending. This tended to keep the queen's ship in a bowsprit of the Water Witch : proximity to the alderman's residence, which was fa

“A single dash of the waters was heard, and the yawl yourable peither to the objects of the free-trader nor his

was already twenty feet from the mysterious image. Then customer, :, Bat, confident in his good bark, his own ad

followed a desperate struggle to regain the cruiser, ere the deess, and doubly anxious for his cargo and his ward, he gust should strike her. The sulley murmur of the wind, manages to run into the land, in despite of the sharp eyes rushing through the rigging of the ship, was audible some that are on the look out for him. Fearing “ la belle time before they reached her side ; and the struggles between Barberie" may be a hinderance to the daughter's recogni- the fabric and the elements were at moments so evident, as ition by her father, Von Staats, he carries her off ; but to cause the young commander to fear he would be too late.

The foot of Ludlow touched the deck of the Coquette at finding her generously disposed to yield her claims to the

the instant the weight of the squall fell upon her sails. He right awner, be engages her to farther his schemes, and

no longer thought of any interest but that of the moment, Iestores ber to her wucle's house. In the meantime, for, with all the feelings of a seaman, his mind was now Eudora (the free-trader's ward) has been encountered in full of bis ship. male attire by Captain Ludlow, upon whom she passes *** Let run every thing ! shouted the ready officer, in a


voice that made itself heard above the roar of the windo y Forget-Me-Not a Christmas, Nero Yeur's

, and Birth• Claé down, and hånd! Away aloft, you' topinen! lay day Present for 1831.' Edited by Frederick Sboberl, out! pull away!'

Loudon. R. Ackermann. “ These orders were given in rapid succession, and with

THE Forget-me-not, which is the oldest of all the out a trumpet, for the young man could at need speak loud as the tempest. They were succeeded by one of those ex- Annuals, and which now appears before the public for citing and fearful minutes that are so familiar to mariners. the finth time, is not so 'good this season as it was last. Each man was intent on his duty, while the elements Among the engravings, of which there are thirteen, there worked their will around him, as madly as if the hand by are only three which strike us as at all remarkable. The which they are ordinarly restrained was for ever removerl. first of these-Queen Esther, from a painting by MartinThe bay was a sheet of foam, while the rushing of the gust is as gorgeous and as unmeaning as Martin's paintings resembled the dull rumbling of a thousand chariots. The ship yielded to the pressure, until the water was seen generally are ;---the second, The Cat's-Paw, by Graves, gushing through her lee scuppers; and her tall line of after Landseer—is one of the cleverest of the latter artist's masts inclined towards the plane of the bay, as if the end productions, representing a monkey forcing, with the most of the yards were about to dip into the water. But this wicked gravity, a cat's paw down upon a beated oren, was no more than the first submission to the shock. The wbile the poor cat yells in agony, ball to the astouishwell-moulded fabric recovered its balance, and struggled ment and half to the amusement of a couple of kittens through its element, as if conscious that there was security who look demurely on ;-the third—the Boa Ghaut, only in motion. Ludlow glanced his eye to leeward. The opening of the cove was favourably situated, and he caught engraved by Finden, after Westaltz is a magnificent Indian a glimpse of the spars of the brigantine rocking violently scene, represented in a manner which reflects much credit in the squall.' He spoke to demand if the anchors were on both artists. The rest, we regret to say, are mediocre clear, and then he was heard shouting again from his sta- enough ; and we especially wonder that such poor things tion in the weather gang-way

as The False One, and The Painter Puzzled, should have .** Hard-a-weather!'

been admitted into the Forget-me-not. 1021 "The first efforts of the cruiser to obey her helm, stripped

As to the literary contents, or wbat it is now fashionas she was of canvass, were laboured and slow; but when her head began to fall off, the driving scud 'was scarce able to call the letter-press, there is great inequality of swifter than her motion. At that moment the sluices of merit. The best things are'a" Sea Stry” by the Bttrick the cloud opened, and a torrent of rain mingled in the Shepherd,—an amusing Sketch by Richard Thomson, the uproar, and added to the confusion. Nothing was now ingenious and clever author of the "Chronicles of Lenvisible but the lines of the falling water, and the sheet of don Bridge,"_“ The Sacrifice, an Indian Tale," by Cap white foam througb which the ship was glancing.

tain M‘Naghten-" The Painter of Pisa," by Derwent " Here is the land, sir,' bellowed Trysail, from a cat- Conway, and “ The Death of Charles First," by Miss head, where he stood, resembling some venerable sea-god,

Mitford. dripping with his native element; we are passing it like

The poetry, on the whole, is particularly ina race-horse!'

different, and has, indeed, been contributed, for the most See your bows clear!' shouted back the captain. part, by persons whose names we have a sort of dim se Ready, sir, ready.'

collection of having seen in Anouals before, but certainly *** Ludlow motioned to the men at the wheel to bringthe nowhere else under the sun. We have a host of such ship to the wind; and when her way was sufficiently dead amiable writers as Mrs Perring, Charles Bickmore, Esq. ened, two ponderous anchors dropped, at another signal, the Rev. Richard Polwhele, (ovidently a great creature) into the water. The vast fabric was not checked without H. F. Chorley, Esq., Miss S. E. Hatfield, (quite a geto;} a further and tremendous struggle. the restraint, the ship swung head to wind, and fathom Captain Longmore, Miss Susanna 'Strickland, (* wery after fathom of the enormous ropes was extracted by surges great creature, who writes, we observe, in all the Annuals, so violent, as to cause the hull to quiver to its centre. But Nicholas Michell, Esq., George Downes, A.M., MN the first lieutenant and Trysail were no novices in their Abdy, (another gem,) Henry Brandreth, Jun. Esq., Miss duty, and, in less than a minute, they had secured the ves Mary Anne Cursham, (a striking poetess,) Mrs Ekza sel steadily at her anchors. was performed, officers and crew stood looking at each Walker, (a sweet composer,) and, though last not least, I. other, like men who had just made a hazardous and fearful F. Hollings, Esq. (Heaven bless him!) experirnent. The view again opened, and objects on the

O, fond attempt to give a deathless lot ***?"! land became visible, through the still falling rain. The

To names ignoble, born to be forgot !" change was like that froin night to day. Men, who had passed their lives on the sea, drew long and relieving breaths, Yet all these ladies and gentlemen no doubt consider conscious that the danger was happily passed. As the more themselves splendid individuals, and distribute ou an pressing interest of their own situation abated, they remem- average eight copies each of the Forget-me-not among bered the object of their search. All eyes were turned in their friends and admirers. Loath should we be to break quest of the 'smuggler, but, by some inexplicable means, he into their dream of bliss, were it not that we hold Dr haul disappeared.

“* The Skimmer of the Seas !" and "What has become Frederick Shoberl responsible for their somniferousness, of the brigantine?' were exclainations that the discipline of and are afraid that the magnetic sleep into which he lulls a royal cruiser could not repress. They were repeated by them may be attended with dangerous consequences. We a hundred mouths, while twice as many eyes sought to find fear that they may get possessed with visions of glory; the heautiful fabric. All looked in vain. The spot where and that Miss S. E. Hatfield, or the Rev. Richard Pola the Water Witch had su lately lain was vacaut, and no ves-whele, may die in the erroneous belief that their names tive of her wreck lined the shores of the cove. During the will descend to all posterity, although the unquestionable time the ship was bending her sails, and preparing to enter fact is, that they will not live one hour longer than those cove, no one had leisure to look for the

stranger; and of Captain Longmore or Mrs Eliza Walker, If .. after the vessel had anchored, until that moment, it was not possible to see her length on any side of them. There Hollings, Esq. has a moment's better chance than Charles, was still a depse mass of falling water moving sea-ward, Bickmore, Esq., it can only be because Hollings has collie but the curious and auxious eyes of Ludlow made fruitless mitted just one contribution, whereas the unfortunate efforts to penetrate its secrets. Once, indeed, more than Charles Bickinore has been tempted to do two. And as.. an hour after the gust had reached his own ship, and when for thee, Miss Mary Anne Cursham, much do we wish. the ocean in the ofling was clear and calm, he thought he that thou wert married either to H. F. Chorley erd could distinguish, far to seaward, the delicate tracing of a vessel's spars, drawn against the horizon, without any can

Nicholas Michell. Has not the celebrated Mrs Bow', vass set. But a second look did not assure him of the truth ditch become the no less celebrated Mrs Lee? and wby of the conjecture.”

may not the effulgence of a Cursham be absorbed inte,

that of a Chorley or a Nicholas ? Why not follow the Take him for all in all, Cooper will ever rank among example of Mrs Abdy? She is already a wife, and, ker; the best novel-writers of the age...1

maiden name is forgotten for ever.

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