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was in England he wrote three copies siring to be drawn in his own coun, of it without the assistance of any try dress, the artist replied, that other copy, and without so much as unless he had seen it, or it were delooking to one as his guide in wri- scribed by one who had, he could not ting the others. He would often draw it. Job remarked upon this : laugh at his friend, Mr. Bluett, on “ If you can't draw a dress you never hearing bim say he had forgotten any saw, why do some of you painters thing. He told him, “ that he hard presume to draw God, whom no one ly ever forgot any thing in his life, ever saw ?” Many of his repartees and wondered that any body should.” in company showed him to be a man
There was a happy mixture of the of wit and humour. He expressed a grave and cheerful in his natural disapprobation of Christianity as not temper. His gentle mildness was allowing divorces. It was once obguarded by a proper warmth. To all served to him, that a Christian takes in distress he was kind and compas a wife for better or for worse. Job sionate. He was commonly very replied : “ What, if she prove all pleasant in conversation ; and would
worse ?" every now and then divert the com Though he was a Mahomedan, he pany with some witty turn or agree. did not believe in a sensual paradise, able story, but never to the prejudice nor did he adopt many other ridicuof religion and good manners. It lous and vain traditions, which pass was visible that, notwithstanding his current among the generality of the usual mildness, he had on necessary Turks. He was very constant in his occasions sufficient courage. A sto devotion to God. He called one af. ry which he told showed this. Pass. ternoon on the learned Dr. David ing one day on his way home through Jennings, an eminent dissenting mithe country of the Arabs, with four nister, after the family had dined. It servants and several negroes which was found that he had not broken he had bought, he was attacked by his fast that day. Some pastry was fifteen of the wild Arabs, the com- procured and set before him, but he mon banditti or robbers in those would not partake of it till he had parts. On the sight of this gang, Job retired into another parlour for de. prepared for defence; and, setting votion. He said, that he never prayed one of his servants to watch the ne to Mahomed, nor did he think it law. groes, he, with the other three, stood ful to address any but God himself on his guard. One of his men was in prayer. He was so fixed in the killed in the fight, and Job himself belief of one God, that it was not was run through the leg with a spear. possible to give him any notion of a However, two of the Arabs, together Trinity. A New Testament in his with their captain and two horses own language was put into his hands. being killed, the rest fled, and Job When he had read it, he told Mr. secured his negroes.
Bluett he had “ perused it with a His aversion to pictures of all sorts great deal of care, but could not find was exceedingly great; and with one word in it of three Gods, as some great difficulty was he prevailed on people talk." On all occasions he to sit for his own. He was assured discovered a singular veneration for that pictures were never worshipped the name of God, and never pro. in this country, and his was desired nounced the word Allah without a for no other end but to preserve the peculiar accent, and a remarkable remembrance of him. He at last pause. His notions of God, Provi, tonsented, and it was drawn by Mr. dence, and a future state, were indeed Hoare, who, when the face was finish very just and reasonable. ed, asked in what dress it would be His learning, considering the dismost proper to draw him? Job, de advantages of the place from whence
he came, was far from being con God's care of all his creatures, and temptible. The books in his country, particularly of the remarkable chanamounting to not more than thirty in ges in his own circumstances, all of number, and all on religion, were in which, he piously ascribed to an unArabick and in manuscript. The seen hand. He frequently compared Koran, he said, was originally writ- himself to Joseph. And when he was ten by God himself, not in Arabick, informed that the king of Futa had and God sent it by the angel Gabriel ki a great many of the Mandinto Ababuker before Mahomed's birth. goes on his account, he said with a The angel taught Ababuker to read it; Cood deal of concern : “ If he had and no one can read it but those who been there he would have prevented are instructed after a different man- it; for it was not the Mandingoes, ner from that in which the Arabick but God, who brought him to a is commonly taught.* Job was well strange land." acquainted with the historical part of Job had heard, by vessels from our Bible, and spoke very respect- Gambia, that after captain Pike sail. fully of the good men who are men- ed, his father sent down several tioned in it, particularly of Jesus slaves to purchase his redemption ; Christ, “who,” he said, “was a very and that Sambo, king of Futa, made great prophet, and would have done war upon the Mandingoes, and cut much more good in the world if he off great numbers of them, upon achad not been cut off so soon
count of the injury they had done to wicked Jews, which made it neces his school-fellow. sary for God to send Mahomed to It was an instance of Job's good confirm and improve his doctrine." sense and foresight, that the reason
Job, in his captivity, comforted of his learning from the sailors and himself with reflections on the pro- writing the names of the headlands vidence of God directing all events; on the English coast was, as he told and would,on proper occasions, speak Mr. Bluett : “ That if after his rein conversation justly and devoutly of turn he should meet with any En
glishman in his own country, he * The difference, in Mr. Bluett's opi-' might be able to convince him that nion, depended only upon the pointing he had been in England.” the Arabick, an invention of late date.
SIR E. BRYDGÉS, K. J. AND ROBERT BLOOMFIELD, PASTORAL POET."
TURNING over, accidentally, that any thing more contemptible in the Censura Literaria for February, the form of ten-syllable lines, cannot I happened to stumble, at p. 91, be penned by a man of common upon some blank verse of Robert sense. I will justify this assertion by Bloomfield's, introduced by a strong
two or three extracts. encomium of sir E. Brydges, K. J. of the critical faculties of sir E. Thou shalt a moral teach to me and mine.
“ Relick of affection, come; Brydges, K. J. I have not a very ex The hand that wound thee smooth is cold and alted notion; and I turned, therefore, spins to the poem itself, there to form my
No more !!!!” own opinion. It is addressed to a This last line is as pure prose as Spindle, once in the possession of ever fell from the pen of sir E. BrydMr. Bloomfield's mother. And much ges, K. J. himself; and it is as pureas I may be inclined to praise the ly bathos as any thing to be found in motive of the verse, yet I do believe, English literature.
“Debility pressed hard around * Hold ! spin no more !!" Grant Heaven, The seat of life, and terrours filled her that purity brain :
Of thought and texture may
assimilate Nor causeless terrours : giants grim and That fragment unto thee,” &c. &c. bold,
This is unintelligible nonsense in Three mighty ones she feared to meet : they came;
some parts ; and in others, it conWinter, Old Age and Poverty, all came !!! veys alarming tidings as to the perThe last had dropped his club."
petual labours of Mr. Bloomfield's What the club of poverty is, Mr brain.-But now, let us hear sir E. Bloomfield, I suppose, can tell me
Brydges, K. J. He introduces the but, as for the three giants, they are
above silliness [I have quoted nearly
the whole of the piece] by saying: quite new. “ When death beheld
“Every one is acquainted with the Her tribulation he fulfilled his task, pastoral poetry of Bloomfield. It is And to her trembling hand and heart at not generally known, with what won
derful power and pathos he can write Cried, SPIN NO MORE!''
blank verse !!!" Here, then, is the moral; and it And he concludes it by adding : appears that dame Bloomfield pos “ There is no reader of English sessed the rare faculty of spinning with poetry who does not recollect Cowher heart as well as her hand ; and per's exquisite lines on his mother's that death came to ease them both. picture. This fragment of BloomHow natural that this last mentioned field's forms a noble companion to gentleman should find her in the ve- them !!! It strikes me to be writry act of spinning. She, as her son ten in a loftier tone, and still more so poetically exclaims,
excellent manner than any of his " She who could spin so well!”. other productions. Let him give new But she was a mighty spinner; for delight and astonishment to the world she spun “through all her days." by a moral and descriptive poem in But now comes the great moral.
blank verse! The spindle was left half full of Let me ask you, sir, who is most “ downy fleece,” and so
pitiable : he who receives such gla66 'Tis the motto of the world!
ring adulation, or he who gives it. We spin vain threads, and dream, and Perhaps the latter. For whether he strive, and die,
bestows it from meanness of spirit, With sillier things than spindles in our or from a wretched imbecility of inhands! !!!"
tellect which disqualifies him for This is, indeed, a pathetick and judging what he writes about, he is a sublime moral; and it serves Mr. equally an object of pity. I do not Bloomfield for a basis whereby to make a transition to his “ spinning" Mr. Brydges, till he was made a
remember any thing so absurd from of verses.
knight. If any of your readers can • Proud of a vast extent of flimsy lines.” give me a new perception, and teach
His case seems desperate, and me to find the meanest degree of nothing but the same gentleman merit in what I have extracted, I who stopped his mother's spindle will unfeignedly thank him. But till will stop his pen ; for thus he says then, my prayer is, that Mr. Bloombimself:
field may ever have such an admirer, “ Then feeling, as I do, resistlessly,
and such an admirer such poets to The bias set upon my soul for verse,
admire. Oh! should old age still find my brain at work,
Sir E. Brydges, K. J. calls Mr. And death, over some poor fragment Bloomfield's prosaick inanity a “comstriding, cry
panion” to Cowper's exquisitely pa
thetick lines on his Mother's Picture. The art that baffles time's tyrannick, I will take Cowper from my shelf,
claim and quote the first dozen lines, and
To quench it) here shines on me still the
same." leave your readers to judge :
Let sir E. Brydges, K. J. confine " Oh that those lips had language! himself to copying the titles of old
Life has passed With me but roughly since I heard thee books, and giving abstracts of their last.
contents, and he will be suitably emThose lips are thine ; thy own sweet ployed : but let him reverence himsmiles I see,
self in future, too much, to write The same that oft, in childhood, solaced such hyperbolical encomiums on so
barren and mean a topick. Voice only fails, else, how distinct they say,
I am, sir, your's, &c. Grieve not my child, chase all thy fears
CASTIGATOR. away.' The meek intelligence of those dear eyes
March 7, 1809. (Blest be the art that can immortalize,
FROM THE LONDON ATHENÆUM.
REMARKABLE ESCAPE FROM DEATH,
To the Editor of the Athenæum. Si'r,
THE following example of escape by about forty men, he saw this desfrom apparently inevitable death is so perado, armed with a carbine, a brace singular, that I think it deserves to of pistols, a scymetar, and a dagger, be recorded, and cannot but prove issue out of a wood at a short disacceptable to your readers.
tance, at the head of his troop. InIn the attack of Manilla by sir Wil. stigated by a sudden emotion of re. liam Draper, in the year 1762, cap- sentment, Bishop determined to ina tain Richard Bishop, of the marines, flict on this man the just punishment greatly distinguished himself by his of his offences; but being himself intrepidity and professional know. without weapons, he borrowed a pisledge; in consequence of which, he tol from the holsters of the officer was by that general made governour who accompanied him. Thus proof the town and fort of Cavite, the vided, he galloped up to the Malay, principal port in the island of Lu• and presented the pistol to his head. qonia. At this time there was in the The Malay and his followers, conneighbourhood a Malay of extraordic founded at this bold act of a single Dary bulk and strength, and of the man, offered no resistance. The pismost ferocious disposition, who had tol missed fire; on which, Bisliop, formerly worked in the dock yard, striking the Malay with it a violent but had deserted, and having collect- blow on the head, knocked him off ed nearly a hundred men of like cha- his horse. In ihe meanwhile the Enracters with himself,committed every glish troop, hastening to the assist. species of lawless violence on the per- ance of their leader, and concluding sons and property of the peaceable him to be fully equal to cope with inhabitants. For the apprehension his fallen antagonist, pursued the of this man captain Bishop had long banditti, who immediately fled, and offered considerable rewards, but both parties were soon out of sight. without effect; when, one day riding All this was the work only of a few out with a brother officer, attended seconds; during which, Bishop see
ing the Malay stunned on the ground, Bishop, unable to walk, crawled on alighted in order to secure him; or, his hands and knees to his horse, if necessary, to kill him with one of which he found grazing at the dishis own weapons. No sooner, how. tance of a quarter of a mile, near the ever, was he off his horse, than the spot where the contest began. He Malay was on his feet, and began a mounted him with difficulty, and was desperate struggle with his rash as soon afterwards happily joined by his sailant. It was the business of the friends, who had chased their oppoformer merely to employ his own nents into some dangerous passes, offensive weapons; the latter had the and returned, not without solicitude double necessity of defeating their for the fate of their commander, use, and of applying them to his own whom they had so long left. advantage. The Malay was singu The victor carried away the spoils larly strong and active, inured to hard of his enemy, part of which, the scy. labour, and exerting himself in his metar and fatal dagger, the writer of native climale : the Englishman of this letter has more than once seen. much less muscular force, and that The story was first related to him by reduced by long privations, and by captain Bishop himself, and afterthe influence of excessive heat; but wards fully confirmed by the late the disparity was in a considerable de- colonel Flint, who at that time served gree compensated by the energy of an with captain Bishop in the island. invincible mind.
Your readers will naturally look This contest for life continued for with anxiety to the subsequent histoalmost an hour, when at length Bi- ry of this gallant officer; and they shop, almost fainting with fatigue, will learn, with deep regret, that he was thrown on his back, and the was lost on board his majesty's ship Malay, kneeling on him, drew his the Thunderer, commanded by com. dagger, and with all his force aimed modore Walsingham, in the great at his breast the fatal blow. At that hurricane which occurred in the moment Bishop, exerting his last West Indies, in the year 1780. remains of strength, with both hands
I am, sir, averted the point of the dagger as
Your obedient it descended, and changing its direc
Servant, tion, drove it upwards into the throat of the Malay, who immediately fell
P.H. C. down dead upon him.
LAW REPORT. THE following case is perhaps he was looking at some young men unparalleled in the annals of Boivs playing at cricket, he heard a gun go
off, and immediately saw the prisonOn Tuesday, May 16th, Miss Ma- er, Miss Mary York, in a paddock, ry York, a young lady, about 24 divided from the park by a paling, years
of age, was brought by Laven- with a gun in her hand. He, in conder before Mr. Nares, the sitting sequence, went up to the paling, and magistrate, on a charge under the found Henry Parker there speaking Black Act, of a most extraordinary to Miss York, and observing to her nature. Robert Coombe's stated, that that, if she fired the gun off again in on Sunday afternoon, about five such a careless manner, he should o'clock, he was passing through come over the paling and take the Kempton Park, in Sunbury; and as gun from her. He heard her ask