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OLHA, THE WIFE OF IGOR. | blessing will attend that which is to come. But for my see such coveys of boys and girls!—such a fine hand
part, I have long thought the head was growing too big some race too !-young Grecians in beauty. Ah, poor A Sketch from the earliest period of Russian
for the body. Ah! this is a mighty speculative age! I things !- Wby where, in the name of wonder, will this History.
thought the town was big enough before ; but—but per- end !—Why I bave been looking out of Rolly's window IGOR, one of the barbarous princes of ancient haps I am wrong, for us old greybeards, particularly we at them, until the stream of white frocks and straw. Russia, went on from conquest to conquest, from who idle our lives away remote from this great city, are bonnets made my head run round. They are thick as the triumph to triumph, till at last he was beaten and
apt to cherish narrow notions, "Dificilis, querulus, lau- eleven thousand virgins crowding into Claude's picture. killed at Coresto by Maldito, the chief of the dator, temporis.'”
Hey! why! what more yet more of them still! - Why Drewlians. His spirit, however, survived in Olha,
“Why, Doctbor, 'tis best to leave the rising genera- where the deuce is the food to come from to fill the bellies
tion to itself. The world, I am afraid, would not be of such an increasing population! It makes one melanwho, as her son Swatoslaw was not of age, took
much better governed by us cautious old fellows; for, choly to see such a sight. God help the pretty creaupon herself the government of the Russians,
for every wrinkle we have a prejudice. Let them build tares, they will never find employ, I fear. One half when Maldito sent twenty of his people, as his
away, if it keeps them out of mischief, as friend Caleb must eat the other up !- It is impossible-quite imposproxies, to ask her hand in marriage. Olha
was wont to say. Discipulus est prioris posterior dies. sible they can live.' ordered them all to be buried alive ; and immedi- Experience will be more wholesome, and better relished, “ 0, let them alone for that, the pretty innocents, ately after, to excuse this atrocious deed, sent than our advice.
said honest Jack Nixon, who was just popping in at back an ambassador to the Drewlians, with a “Ha-ba-ha!-I am just thinking of a worthy soul Rowlandson's as Mitchell was rolling out— God never message importing that she was not disinclined in his way--a man, Sirs, having as many of the tarts and sends mouths but he sends meat. What, my royal Banto wed their Prince. provided he sent more and cheesecakes of this lise, as bonest Sancho has it, as any quo!' (a nonsensical play upon banker, nsed by this old nobler wooers. The lover was unwise enough to
easy fellow I ever knew. Yes, and he was a great man member of the Beef-steak)— Why, my royal, is it you?
ed -one who thought as you think about population and 'patting him familiarly on his sides Why, my worthy send fifty of his first subjects, who were indeed
these matters, worthy Docthor; a man of weight-of knight of the knife and fork, is this your grace for the well received, but when they entered the bath!
'four and twenty stone at least a sleeping-partner in a good things of this world ? Il faut que tout le monde were burnt to death in it by the Queen's order.'
order. bank. Verily a sleeper, who stood and snored, as Caleb vive, as old Freneh Harry said when he banded his plate Yet cruel as this deed was, even in that barbarous averred, whilst deliberating with his fishmonger which' to liis rival; and live they will, pretty dears, though period, she contrived to excuse it, and sent fresh of the two turbots he would take, the last time he dined they may not get as large a Benjamin's mess as you and ambassadors to Maldito, requesting permission to with him at his hotel. Yes, poor Mitchell—though,, 1, my royal.' visit the grave of her husband, a request that was God knows, he was rich enough, and, as the gossips " Ah, my Jack, and ah, my Johnny, is it you!' said granted by the infatuated lover, who a second say, had neither chick nor child withal to whom to leave the friendly banker. This was another worthy-one of time suffered himself to be deluded. Blinded by his wealth. .
the worthiest that ever trod the stage. Well, my Jack, ber beauty, he received this arch deceiver with : “ Now your sonnetteering poets and polemic authors— ! and well, my Jobnny, well met !-and if you two can open arms and without feeling the least suspicion you sanguine schemists and visionary projectors—your i wedge in bere among all these baskets and rattle-traps, at her numerous retinue, though it consisted en
thinking worthies who live by anticipation-sach may become and take a knife and fork down in Essex, and I
forgiven, if on rainy days they become a little hypochon- will furnish you with night-caps.' tirely of chosen warriors. How little she deserved
| driacal touching to-morrow's mutton. But for your fel- “ I am engaged at the Beef-steak,' said Nixon--' look this noble confidence was quickly shown; when lows who never knew a greater misery than whether to ! at my buttons *.'--'Well, do you come then, my old her hosts were fairly intoxicated, as was too much take bargúndy or claret, or whether the baunch were friend, addressing himself to the Comedian-'none can the custom of those dark times, she fell upon better carved this way or that, to be querulous about be more welcome, You shall bave a bottle of the best, them with all her force, and having murdered five how the many mouths are to be fed, is rather out of the and we will gossip of old times. Rolly has promised to thousand in sacrifice to the manes of her husband, i course of human consistency. Yet amongst these fatling come down-I would bave taken the rogue with me, only effected a retreat to Kiow: here she placed herself shall you hear the loudest and most clamorous bleatings that be is about some new scheme for his old friend at the head of her army, attacked the Drewlians, of NOTHING TO EAT!'
Ackerman there, and says he must complete it within an defeated them and then sat down before their 1 “Well, Sirs, Master Caleb was on his way up the hour. You know Rolly's expedition, and so he will come
bill in the Adelphi. to his post at the Society of Arts. | down by the stage.' capital, the siege of which lasted a whole year.
and who should he stumble upon at the corner of James. ". That is the way, keep moving,' said Nixon—' and The besieged, subdued rather by hunger than by
street, just turning round from Rowlandson's, but Master he must mount the stage too,' pointing to the Comedian her arms, sent negociators to capitulate their
Mitchell, the quondam banker, of old Hodsoll's house. — but not the Enfeld Fly, hey, Jack?'-_-No, the old surrender with Olha, who desired nothing more
He had, as asual, been foraging among the multitudinous steady goer, the evening drag at Drury Lane.' The Comethan three doves and three sparrows from each
sketches of that original artist, and held a port-folio dian was to play that night. house, on receiving which she agreed to raise the under bis arm; and as he was preparing to step into his "What, more provision for the convent, bey?' said siege. The Drewlians of course made no objec- cbariot, Caleb accosted him—Well, worthy Sir, what the rattling Nixon, peeping in at the carriage door, where tions to this light tribute ; the doves and sparrows more choice bits—more graphic whimsies, to add to the were stowed a basket of fish, and some jars of sauces were accordingly brought, when Olha ordered collection at Enfield, hey? Well, how fares it with our from Burgess's in the Strand— That's your sort, keep lighted matches to be fixed to each bird, which,
old friend Rolly?' (a familiar term by which the artist is movingbeing then released, immediately flew back to the known to bis ancient cronies )
One leg of matton and two fat geese, eity. In a minute all the houses were in flames,
"Why yes, Mr. Caleb Whitefoord, I go collecting Beans and bacon, ducks and pease ;
on, though I begin to think I have enough already, for I In short, (my royal) you've ev'ry thing to please The Belly. and the few that escaped from the fire were cut to
bave some handreds of his spirited works; but somehow | Well but, 'Squire Mitchell, joking apart, we heard your pieces by order of the forocious Olha.
there is a sort of fascination in these matters, and croaking soliloquy: what are you in a frigbt about? Eat
Bless the man, why will he live so high!--it kills me to
| hæc, hoc, and drink a hujus bumper, as Dean Swift says, climb bis stairs,' holding his ponderous sides. I never to this ingenious young fry. You may live upon your own
go up, Mister Caleb, but I find something new, and am flesh when winter comes, or the devil's in't. StopCHAPTER XI.
tempted to pull my purse-strings. His invention, his steady-be careful, my royal Banquo, we cannot spare humoor, his- his oddity is exhaustless.'
you yet. Take you care how you step, for charity's sake, PROPHECY OF FAMINE.
" Yes,' said Whitefoord, • Master Rolly is never at ! or you'll turn the carriage over, and all the turtle will be
a loss for a subject, and I should not be surprised if se « Verily I cannot get this mighty street ont of my
spoiled.' bead," said the Doctor. " And then there is the new
is taking a bird's-eye view of you and I at this moment, i "Well, Sirs," said the Counsellor, “ they got him in;
and marking us down for game. But it is not his draw the lively party shook hands with him, wished him a pleapark-what do you call it, Mary-le-bone--no, the Re
ings alone ; why he says he has etched as much copper sant ride, and away he drove for Essex. gent's Park: It seems to be an elegant, well-planned
as would sheath a first-rate man-of-war; and I should " Starving population!' exclaimed the witty Comepla e, methinks, and will have a fine effect, no doubt,
think he is not far from the mark in his assertion.
dian-ha-ha-ha-ba! Famine! what a picture of with its villas, and what not, when the shrubs and trees
" Yes,' replied the Banker, .be ought to be rich, famine !--and I wonder we had not a tvach at Warhave shot op a little. But I shall not live to see it, and
for his genius is certainly the most exbaustless, the that's another of his calamities.' I care not; for I remember those fields in their natural,
Then clasping his own rural garb, covered with herds of kine, wben you might
most--the most-No, Mister (aleb, there is no end to sides, added, 0, what a belly-gerent !! stretch across from old Willau's farm there a-top of
him ; he manufactnres his humourous ware with sach «• This is passing strange,' said Whitefoord, watching Portland-street, right away without impediment to Saint
unceasing vigour, that I know not what to compare his the chariot until it got over the horizon of the Adelphi
i prolific fancy to, a.less-unless it be to this increasing bill — Faith, I do not remember to have dined once têteJobn's Wood, where I have gathered blackberries when boy- wbich pretty place, I am sorry to see, these
population.' turning round, as be held the two sides ofà-tête with that really excellent, good-tempered man, brick-and-mortar g ntry have trenched upon. Why,
the door-way to his chariot, and looking with astonish- the Christian Leviathan, for the last ten years, but he bas Ephraim, you metropolitans will have half a day's jour
I ment at the shoals of young folks who were pressing on been brooding on the terror of increasiog population, Dey, if you proceed at this rate, ere you can get a
for admittance to the Society's great rooms. It was on increasing streets, and consequent famine. And yet who
! a day for the delivery of prize medals. mouthful of fresh air. W ere the houses are to find i
adds a better bot supper to a good dinner, or gives you inbabitants, and when inhabited, where so many mouths
"Mercy on us!' said the huge man, did you ever excellent burgundy with a better heart!' ure to find meat, must be found out by those who come
Caleb Whitefoord was Vice-President of the Society for the • John Nixon, a worthy member of the Beef steak Club. ter. Every age must provide for itself, and I hope | Encouragement of Arts, Manufactares, and Commerce.
Tbe members wore buttons impressed with grid wons.
press my desire, that you would endeavour to supply | That is another matter,' said the King, and broke off some of those proofs which the author complains he has the conversation.
not been able to give for want of room. This, I conceive, ! On the following day, when the review was over, he SHORT-HAND.
you might do, by inserting in your columns a series of sent for Lieutenant — , who appeared, trembling, TO THE EDITOR,
extracts from the Poetry of the “ Augustan Age,” which recollecting his Majesty's anger on the preceding day SIR, I bave examined with some care the specimen
care the specimen would not only be an excellent accompaniment to that But Frederick said to him, in a mild tone, Why did of short-hand which you have received from your intelli- | paper ; but, I have no doubt; would give satisfaction to | not you attend when I called you yesterday?! gent correspondent who writes under the signature of
many of your readers. The works of our modern poets The Lieutenant shrugged his shoulders in silence. Stenographus. I am, however, decidedly of opinion are published in such an expensive form, as to render it 'Why, I only wanted t that bis mode of writing is, in respect to neatness, and,
utterly impossible for many, who are capable of relishing Captain; to which rank I now promote you.' I doubt not, of legibility, inferior to that of Molineux.
their beauties, to obtain them. Amongst these I class The system of the latter gentleman has been with much myself, and speaking from my own feelings I should say,
THE DRAMA. propriety, I think, introduced into a great number of
that a selection of this kind would be invaluable. If you schools of high respectability, to the exclusion of every should think the plan worthy of your adoption, I bave no
MANCHESTER DRAMATIC REGISTER. doubt but many of your correspondents, who bave it in other; and, I must repeat, is so very generally adopted. that I moch question whether a publication according to
their power, would furnish you with materials for carrying | Saturday, Sept. 14, 1822.—She would and she would any other system would be well received; wbile I am
it into effect, provided your own resources are not suffi- not: with İnkle and Yarico. fully persuaded that some well chosen works, written in
cient. With every desire for the continued success of Saturday, 21.-A Wonder: with Brother and Sister. Molineur's characters, would, in a very short time,
your literary labours,—I remain, yoar constant reader,
J. L. amply remanerate the enterprize which might produce
Stockport, Sept. 24th, 1822. I cannot help smiling at the ease with which Mr. James
CONCERT or VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, affects to bave anticipated my suggestion. I have made
UNDER the immediate Patronage of Col. TEESDALL, it to my friends a number of years since ; and, I am, I TO THE EDITOR,
and the OFFICERS of the King's FIRST DRACOOL believe the first person who ever brought it before the
SIR,- If any of your numerous correspondents can furpublic. I wish Mr. James, however, much success in
GUARDS ; together with the BOROUGHREBVB and CONSTABLE
of MANCHESTER his undertaking, though, I think he has not shewn much!
nish me with a definition of the following queries, they On MONDAY the 7th of Oct, next, MASTER MINAS! judgment in his selection of a work for the purpose. . will oblige, your's, &c.
(just completing his eighth year) will have the honour to make
Q. It may be well for me to add, that I am not, as you,
Liverpool, Sept. 16th, 1822.
his Second Public Appearance in Manchester, in the Ol
ASSEMBLY Rooms, BROWN-STREET, which have been beat Sir, can testify, interested, in any respect, in the prefer Why are some people so strongly fortified against the fied for the occasion, and will be well heated : on which occasia
he will play several admired Airs, with Variations, &c., espres. ence I have given to Molineux's system, or in any opinion influence of the passions, as pot to shed tears for their own
ly arranged and dedicated to him ; accompanied on the Piese which I have expressed upon this subject.
misfortunes ; por, by sympatby, for the misfortunes of by Mr. BENNETT.-By particular desire, Mr. NORTOS, Nuk A SHORT-HAND WRITER. others; and are people in general who apparently possess Master to the Band, will play several admired Airs, with varie Sept. 25th, 1822. sensibility, void of pity and humanity?
tions, composed by himself.-Miss M. HAMMERSLEY, Mr. bu
ERWOOD (who has most kindly offered his gratuitous service, Is hope, or fear, the greatest spar to action ?
Messrs. CARTLELGR and BARLOW, will sing several scop
Glees, and favourite Melodies. TO THE EDITOR,
When the mind is oppressed with extreme sorrow, why COL. TRASDALE having in the most handsome manner grastal is the afllicted person inclined to sleep? as the depression
misted person inclined to sleep? as the depression the attendance of the military band, containing some of the SIR, 1 followed the directions contained in a former of the vital powers should rather obstruct so peaceful an
finest instrumental performers, several SYMPHONIES frem
Cherubini and Rossini, together with other admire.1 pieces, number of your paper for the construction of a barometer, exercise.
be performed during the course of the evening. The whole being but I found on experiment that it did not answer the de
under the immediate superintendance of Mr. NORTON sired effect; for at the time when the mercury was very
The doors will open at half past six, and the performance in low, during cold and rainy weather, the surface remained | TO THE EDITOR,
commence at seven.-Tickets, price four shillings each, may te
had of Messrs. Beale, St. Mary's Gate : Townsend, Deange quite concave, an indication, according to your corres- Sir. In the second volame of Phillips's History of Wilkinson, Piccadilly ; Bancks and Co., St. Ann's Square, D. pondent's statement, of fair weather. I should be obliged
and P. Jacksons, and Jobo Ford, Market-street; and at the | Cultivated Vegetables," there is the following remark
Cultivated if he would farnar me with the principle on which he
Ofice, where particulars of the evening's performances may upon parsley.
be obtained. supposed it to act, as, in my opinion, it forms a thermo
Parsley, when rubbed against a glass goblet or tummeter rather than a barometer. The heat of the external
bler, will break it; the cause of this phenomenon is not air would, I think, expand the air in the phial, and, there
TO CORRESPONDENTS. known.' fore, the water would be expelled from it in drops; and
Can any of your numerous readers give me a satisfacin cold weather, the internal air being compressed, the tory explanation of this curious ~ phenomenon."
We shall feel obliged to J. B. M. for his promised " Essay it concave surface would ensge.
IGNOTUS. A HINT -Ir « The Gleaner" will pick np only what we lere,
we shall not interfere with bis barmless prerogative.-Bu when he tbrusts his hand into our sheaves, and presones erd to gather what we bave fairly heaped up into oor barns, it
our duty to put a check upon his temerity, and bid him make TO THE EDITOR,
ANECDOTE OF FREDERICK THE GREAT.
up his little handful without infringing on his neighbour's pt SIR.--Works of genias, which were formerly only to
sessions. be had in bulky folios or expensive quartos, are now re- At a review in Silesia, Frederick the Great desired | The Tale with which our present number is opened, is of rather duced to a small compass, and sold at a low price. They | General Von T - to send bim an officer who might
an extraordinary length for a weekly publication; but be
conld not prevail upon ourselves to divide an article of ad are thus, bappily, placed within the reach of studious transmit the directions which the King should chose to
powerful and possessing interest.-In consequence, we e persons in every rank iv society. Of the works of Locke, give during the review. The general selected Lieutenant obliged to deler several valuable communications. Bacon, Barrow, and other celebrated writers, we have Von - wbom the King ordered to remain in his We have inserted the letter of " J. L.thongh we cannot conce now pocket editions.
suite. During the review Frederick gave bim several in opinion with the writer.-To do any thing like justice to be I am surprized that, in the rage which has for some messages, which the Lieutenant delivered in so inacca Poetry of the Augustan Age, would require a publication very
different from the Iris. We shall be glad to hear from J.L time esisted for publishing small and cheap editions of rate a manner that great confusion arose. The King,
again. our best authors, the Diversions of Purley, by Mr. Horne who perceived this, became extremely angry, and, with
We have received the packet which “ Agabas" bas obligieety Tooke, should have been so long overlooked. On the his lifted cratch, galloped towards the Lieutenant, call
sent us.--He will receive a letter on the subject from em subject of which it treats, this work is, apquestionably, ing to him in a rough voice to stop. But the latter en Liverpool Agents. the most masterly that this, or any other country, bas deavoured to escape by flight a correction which would The letter for "The Clnb," has been forwarded agreeable to produced. I presume that the period, for the exclusive have rendered him incapable of serving any longer in the wishes of the writer. possession of the copy-right, the only bar to publication, the army.
R. W. is requested to pay the postage of his future commande has expired.
When the review was finished, Frederick said to Ge cations.
neral Von T- ,. What a stupid officer was that you
ERRATUM.-In the Advertisemeut of the New Jerusalem Library quite wrong. You could not bave chosen a more ig- for Booth Street, read Bootle-Street. TO THE EDITOR,
norant person. SIR,-Allow me to congratulate you on the success Pardon me, your Majesty,' replied the General, I
Manchester : Printed, Published, and Sold, which bas hitherto attended your interesting publication, could not expect that he would conduct himself so
prietors, HENRY SMITH & BROTHERS, St. Ann's and to express my approbation of the judgment you bave | awkwardly. He is one of the best officers in my regi- Souare.' to whom all Communications for the Edit displayed in the selection of articles for the amusement ment, and is not deficient either in knowledge, good (post paid) must be addressed. and instruction of your readers. Amongst these I liave sense, or presence of mind. I can account for his mis
AGENTS. read with mach pleasure, the paper entitled “The Augas- takes by only one circumstance, which, it is true, I Ardwick, R. Harwood. T Livornool, E. Willmer & tan Age in England;" although, I conceive there are should not have overlooked. He has this very morning
Maccl field, J. Swipnertos
Oldham, W. Lambert. some positions in it, the correctuess of which will not be received the tidings of the death of his mother. As an
Bury, R. Hellawell; J. Kay. Preston, L. Clarke. readily admitted. - My object, however, is not to attempt affectionate son, this news must have affected him so Derby. Richardson & Handford. Rochale. M. Lancashire
Leeds, J. Heaton. a refutation of any of those positions ; but merely to ex- I much that be lost all calm recollection.'
Stockport, T Claye.
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which my father used to give to the reverend sons bare perusal of the work that caused it. The conof the church, I could amaze them by hedging tinual appearance of the good and bad angels, to
in some quotation from the Cassandra of Lyco-exercise their powers of persuasion on the unhappy RECOLLECTIONS.
phron, or the Dyonisiaca of Nonnus, and pro- Faustus; his internal and heart-rending struggles,
cure the appellation of the learned boy! What or, as they may be termed, his agony and bloody PERHAPS some of the most agreeable moments delightful visions of young hope then presented sweat; the exaltation which he feels, and the n the mind of a scholar, are those spent in the themselves, never, alas! to be realized!
consciousness of his own super-human power, and retrospection of early studies,-in recalling the
which but lifts him on high for a while, like the
Quas premit atra dies et funere mersit acerbo. hours which first opened upon him the treasures
waves of a troubled sea, to sink him to the lowest of learning,-in tracing back his acquaintance
One subject, which at that time formed the abyss of misery; and the last scene of agonized with a book to its first commencement in his
ment in his principal part of my study, and for which I still and maddened humanity,-had so deep an impresyouth, and in seeking, in associations of thought,
feel a partiality, which only grows stronger by a sion upon my feelings, that I have not at this time
d superadded lapse of time, was the old English drama. At forgotten their intensity. I have since read the value, with which a volume is frequently en
that time, the productions of our early dramatists Faustus of Goëthe, but whether it be from the hanced, from the soft and infused light of ther
did not excite as much attention as they do at influence of temporary associations, or from the days. For myself, I can only say, that, when
present, and Mr. Lamb's specimens had not been real inequality of the work, I must say, that it did seated at home in my library, and in a contem
the means of introducing them to public notice: not operate upon me in any thing like the same plative humour, it is in such speculations that I
I therefore feel some degree of pride in having, powerful degree ; and I cannot but think, that the most delight,-it is then
as I may truly say, been the first to discover the love adventure which is there introduced, has the
inexhaustible mine of literary riches, which was effect of dissipating the peculiar, strange, and A thousand pleasures do me bless,
concealed in their truly exquisite compositions. extraordinary interest which the fate of Faustus And crown my soul with happiness,
The first circumstance which drew my attention excites; it throws more of the appearance of
to this class of writers I well remember, and if earthliness upon the doomed and devoted subject as I fly back to that period when, uncramped by your readers will excuse the egotism which occurs of the prince of hell. In Marlowe the mind is the restraint of any particular study, and unres- in such frequent reference to myself, I will simply kept more closely to the hero of the drama; trained by the fetters of academical regimen, the state it. .
there is a kind of environing circle around him, mind was left to traverse the wide domain of liter- Passing one vacation in the country with an old which seems to cut off all hopes of assistance or ature, and seek amusement in perpetual variety; maiden lady, a distant relation, when I was yet escape. The very farcical means themselves have dipping into the driest, and welcoming the most very young, among the treasures which her libra- the effect of deepening the horror of the story. unpromising topics. With what renewed gusto ry, none of the most capacious, by the bye, afford- The burlesque is like the laugh of a maniac, did I range over the contents of a well-fed library ; | ed, I by chance met with an old copy of Marlowe's resounding in the Golgotha, or place of sculls. from Rabelais to the fathers, and from Coriate's Doctor Faustus, a personage whose name had no This dreadful supremacy is only misery carried to crudities to the suins of Aquinas and the theolo- small attraction to me, from the eager interest an unnatural pitch, and appears, like Luke's iron gical works of Boethius! With what keenness of with which, in my younger days, I had devoured crown, made to burn the temples on which it antiquarianism did I turn over the dusty volumes the adventures of his most extraordinary life and reposes. Marlowe has been called no poet, but of Holinshed and Stowe, or linger over the un exit. I immediately took possession of it, and if there be poetry more surpassingly beautiful than couth cuts and thrilling details of Fox's and carried it with me, for my own private reading, the address of Faustus to Helena, and the noble Clarke's Martyrology! How I delighted to im- | into a small room, which was a kind of sanctum concluding chorus, which almost puts one in mind merse myself in “all such reading as was never sanctorum, and from which I excluded, without of the best of the Grecian dramatic writers, I have read,” and neglect the more common and cus mercy, the profane inmates of the house. This never had the luck to meet with it. tomary paths of every day reading for the huge little room, which I remember with feelings of
| From the delight which I received in the perusal folios and quartos, which the sons of this degen-fondness and affection, is still present to my mind's erate age can hardly lift, for the miracles of in- eye: well do I recollect its antique casements and
of this old drama, I was naturally led to seek for
others of the same kind. I got possession of dustry which our forefathers have achieved! How the view it presented into the thickset shrubbery happy was I when only a boy of fifteen, if I could or labyrinth, in which I used to construct my for
Dodsley's collection of plays, and went through get into a corner with Hooker's Ecclesiastical tifications and retreats, when I assumed the part,
them with a most laudable diligence. The most
tedious and tiresome of them all did not serve to Polity, or Sir Walter Raleigh's History, and and no mean part did I think it then, of the Cap
dispirit my resolution ; and at the age which I then pounce upon the contents as a kite pounces upon tain of Banditti. The soft green hue of the trees, sparrow! The writers of the Augustan age I forming a pleasing contrast to the neat and unsul
was, I cannot help giving myself some credit for left to the perusal of others, for they were read lied whiteness of the wainscotting, and the kind of
such an exertion. After all this, it is perhaps
needless to say, that what formed the amusement by every body, solacing myself, instead, with the faëry prospect, which was visible through the
The of my boyhood, has continued till the present poetry of Claudian, Ausonius, Sidonius Apolli boughs of a large oak, which overshadowed this iaris; and Prudentius, and the prose of Aulus part of the building, I never can forget. To hear
hour a source of unintermitted pleasure. Gellius, Macrobius, and Ammianus Marcellinus. the wind gently rustling through the waving bran Your readers will perhaps excuse these egotistiTo me the productions of declining Rome were ches, “the swallow twittering from her straw cal details, and impute them to the chartered nore valuable than the glories of her zenith. built shed,”-it was irresistibly touching! Alas! | garrulity of old age. To be able to forget the preHow refreshing to my view were those bulky and now that that room and mansion are the property sent in the past, is a principle which nothing endless tomes of commentaries, which the era of of another, I can almost say to it
earthly can outweigh; and those trains of feeling he Scaligers and Casaubons poured forth! The
which call forth delight in one, may strike a sym
o Domas antiqua quam dispari dominaris domina. ext of a writer, without its due modicum of an
pathetic chord in the heart of another, and recal notation, was to me as arid and ungrateful as a But pardon me for this digression-young as I distant prospects which look from afar, like the plain without a tree. The fathers were my boon was, I was able to perceive that the Faustus of sun-gilt pinnacles and steeples of some magnifiCompanions, through them I ranged from Hermes Marlowe was a little different from the account of cent city. Happy shall I be, if any thing which I o Saxon Bede, passing ever and anon from the his exploits, which had formerly attracted my have here written may serve to lead to retrospects, pure latinity of Sulpitius Severus, to the sharp attention. There was a something of undefined which will always certainly be productive of pleaind caustic epistles of St. Isidore, and the hard and breathless interest attached to it, which seized sure, and, as such, cannot but be conducive to ind imbrowned quaintness of Tertullian. How a firm hold on my mind, and communicated to it good. ight of heart was I, if at some of those dinners | a kind of excitement, which did not cease with the
| voice, if he could tell where that great mechanic outside, and the nephew followed her, as soon as came from.
he thought he could do so without impropriety. No. XVIII.- FRIDAY, SEPT. 27, 1822.
The old gentleman read to the passengers, se- | He introduced himself to her with those common. veral times over, a beautiful paragraph in one of place topics which are usual on these occasions
Mr. Canning's recent speeches, in which that “ the day had been fine,”-“ the night air was Smooth went our boat npop the summer seas,
distinguished orator has made a very eloquent becoming cool,” with some other remarks upon Leaving (for so it seemed) the world behind,
allusion to the power of steam, as applied to na- which there could not be a contrariety of opinion Its sonuds of mingled uproar: we reclined
vigation. “Steam,” he exclaimed,“ that new | The young lady said she expected to meet her Upon the sanny deck, heard bat the breeze
and mighty power, new, at least, in the applica- sister and family, whom she particularly des. Tbat o'er us whispering pass'd, or idly played
tion of its might, which walks the water, like a With the blith flag aloft. A woodland scene
cribed. Our young friend was sure he had come On either side drew its slope line of green,
giant rejoicing in his course; stemming alike the with them in the steam-packet from Liverpool, And hung the water's shining edge with shade.
tempest and the tide ; accelerating intercourse, and believed they set off in the first vessel that
shortening distances, creating, as it were, unex- went to Manchester. Her brother-in-law, she BOWLES.
pected neighbourhoods, and new combinations of said, was a lusty gentleman in a drab top coatAFTER an absence, however short, an individual social and commercial relation : and giving to the That was precisely the person our friend had seen. usually returns with pleasure to his family and fickleness of winds, and the faithlessness of waves, | Her sister resembled herself in person. He per. friends. When from home he always looks back the certainty and steadiness of a highway upon ceived a striking resemblance, with a slight difto some object of affection, for the want of which the land.”
ference in favour of his companion.—They had a no novelty can long compensate. The bustle
It was observed that all the passengers looked servant girl, she said, and three small children.and variety of strange places, and strange per
with much respect upon our worthy friend, The young man said there could be no doubt of sons, may for a while engross his thoughts, and though he recurred so often to the same subject ; | the identity of the persons.—The old gentleman enable him to forget those whom he has left be- and that they listened to him with the greatest | then came into the cabin, and was appealed to on hind: but these new scenes and changes soon lose patience, while he expatiated to them very | the occasion. He confirmed all that his nephew much of their influence, and the traveller feels
learnedly upon the scientific principles of the had said : for he had conversed much with the that those delights are feeble and transient which he
steam-engine, a subject with respect to which party alluded to. The persons, ages, manners, cannot share with persons who are at a distance. few of them felt any interest, or desired any in- and dresses of the children, were just the same The beautiful lines which Dr. Goldsmith addressed formation.
The gentleman had informed the President, to his brother have, under these circumstances,
There were on board a gentleman and lady with that a principal motive for taking the excursion been deeply felt by many.
three small children, who very much excited the by sea, was the hope of benefit to the children, “ Where'er I roam, whatever realms I see,
notice of the old gentleman. He conversed with who had the hooping-cough. The young lady shook My heart untravelled fondly turns to tliee.”
them, at different intervals ; and repeatedly re- her head,—“it could not be them.” Here was the
marked to his companion, that they appeared so first instance of dissimilitude. The nephew The preceding observations were suggested by very comfortable, that he regretted he had not wished he had had the hooping-cough himself rather an excursion which the schoolmaster and his ne- brought Mary and the young ones. “ If they than it had disturbed the expectations of the lady. phew lately made to Liverpool. The old gen- were around me," said our worthy friend, “I Other circumstances of difference were then merileman, whenever he felt particularly interested should, indeed, have nothing to wish for." | tioned, and it was agreed that the young lady's with any occurrence, lamented that Mary and the The nephew spent his time principally among conclusion was just, " it could not be them.” children were not there to witness it; and when the ladies. When assisting one of them to get “ You here see,” said the old gentleman, turning his nephew, who is a young man destitute of those over an obstacle which lay in her way upon the gravely to his nephew, “ the danger of judging ties which might have rendered him particularly vessel, the President, who is very solicitous for hastily from circumstantial evidence; and I hope impatient to return, pressed the old gentleman to his nephew's welfare, had the gratification to hear you will recollect the fact you have just witnessed, stop another day, as they could do so without another lady ask her friend, in a whisper, if she when you are called upon to decide upon similar much inconvenience, the proposal was perempto- did not think he was quite the gentleman.
grounds." rily rejected, with the remark, “ You know that The President was rather disappointed to find The vessel now came in view of Dr. White's your aunt will expect me to-night.”
that he could not procure a conveyance by land Hermitage, which is too well known to require It is intended to notice in the present paper from Runcorn to Manchester. He and his ne- any description. Various conjectures were made only a few circumstances which occurred during phew, after having spent about two hours in by the passengers respecting the person who is the return of our travellers. In a future commu- Runcorn, and the neighbourhood, had no alter said to have passed some years in this place, nication we may perhaps detail some particulars native but to submit to the dull and tardy con secluded completely from all intercourse with his respecting other parts of the excursion, which veyance of the canal packet.
species. “ of the late Dr. White," said the Presiwe shall be the better enabled to do, as we have The acquaintance which our travellers haddent, “I shall always speak with respect, for 1 been promised the loan of the journal which our formed in the passage from Liverpool, had availed entertained a high opinion of his professional excellent friend kept during his absence.
themselves of the first packet. The persons at talents : but I cannot persuade myself, that this The President and his nephew had been sol the best end in the last vessel, consisted of only trial of the change which solitary existence promuch delighted with the Steam-packet, that, one party. Their manners appeared at first a duces in human nature, did much credit to his notwithstanding some inducement to the contrary, little stiff and repulsive; and, though the young judgment. Much of the effect produced would, they determined to return from Liverpool by member soon entered into conversation with them, manifestly, depend upon circumstances. A low, water. The former was very particular in his | it was some time before the old gentleman thought uneducated clown, with little activity of mind, enquiries respecting the construction of the fit to obtrude himself.
would perhaps, rapidly degenerate towards the steam-packets, and spent much of his time in When they arrived at Altringham, they had an state of a savage; but a person of some educaconversation with the engineer. He paid inuch addition to their number. The first who joined tion and mental vigour, might reflect with intenattention to the paddles, which, he remarked, them was a young man, of rather emaciated appear-sity, and speak with elegance, while alone, a5 might produce a far greater effect could they be ance, who, as he was walking slowly towards the well as in the midst of society. None but a brute made to fall perpendicularly into the water. The packet, called loudly to a person from the inn to would, under the circumstances proposed, offer man who attended the engine, appeared at first to send the bottle of rum on board immediately. I himself for the project. A change in such a man wish to pass for a person of much information on Fortunately he chose the worst end of the boat, could not be for the worse. The scheme was these subjects, and answered many questions and they saw him no more. “ Perhaps," said the idle, and if really tried was not, as might have which were put to him, with great confidence ; | President with a sigh, “we see in that young man, been foreseen, productive of any useful result. but when he found that our friend required, in whose air and dress indicate respectable connec- As the evening was fine, the President left the many cases, more explicit explanations than he | tions, the blasted hopes of indulgent
tions, the blasted hopes of indulgent parents.” | cabin several times to amuse himself by looking was able to furnish, and heard the old gentleman The old gentleman then turned round, and in his at the stars; but his nephew declined all invitadesire his nephew to calculate the force of the usual attentive and graceful manner, assisted a | tions to do so, thinking he saw something more engine from the data which had just been given young lady to get into the packet. The nephew brilliant and interesting in the eyes of the hur him, the fellow looked at the President with looked wistfully at the fair stranger when she stranger. some surprise, and paid much deference to him was coming on board, and seemed to lament that The passengers were obliged to leave the packet during the rest of the voyage. When the old he could not, for the moment, change places at the new bridge, as something was the matter gentleman went to another part of the packet, with his uncle
with the canal, which prevented them from pro. the cngineer hurried up to his nephew, and, tap- The young lady went directly into the cabin, ceeding, as usual, to' Knott Mill. This accl
him on the shoulder, asked him, in a low ) though the rest of the passengers were on the dental circumstance, which some of the passen
gers considered to be an unpleasant disaster, was , ciples and construction of a Monochromatic Lamp, for this hamlet it was hot and sultry, and the air swarmed particularly gratifying to our young friend, as it illuminating objects with a homogeneous flame, which the with musquitoes. afforded him, jointly with his uncle, the oppor
author succeeded in constructing, after many unsuccess- Capt. Scoresby has made a large collection of plants tunity of escorting the young lady into town.
ful attempts. By illuminating microscopio objects with and of minerals, especially of rocks : he has also
this lamp, a distinctness and perfection of vision was brought some zoological specimens. Animals of the When they were taking leave of the lady, our
obtained, which extends widely the power of the micro-bigher orders were rare in that country; but he shot a young friend might have said something senti
scope, and enables it to detect delicate structures, and white bare, and caught an animal of the genus mus with mental on the occasion ; but he was overawed by
minule organizations, which are beyond the reach of ob- | a short tail. the presence of his uncle ; and he, perhaps, servation when common light is employed. The author The bigh degree of interest which Captain Scoresby's silently cherished the hope that he might have pointed out the application of this lamp to various pur- discoveries in this quarter must excite, will, I trast, some future opportunity.
poses, both practical and scientific, and particularly to induce him to publish his journal, which, according to While the President and his nephew were going the measurement of minute optical phenomena, such as his invariable laudable custom, is kept with great care. home together, the old gentleman bestowed upon those of refractive powers, double refraction, and polar- To you who know the enterprising genius and philosothe fair stranger, some very high praises, which
ization, and the phenomena of periodical colours. As phic spirit of Capt. Scoresby, bis success will cause he, more scrupulous perhaps, in this respect than
the yellow light discharged from this lamp bas an inva- much more pleasure than surprise. When we see how his companion, would have deemed it improper
riable character, the measures of these and other pheno- much he has accomplished without any other means than to utter in the presence of the person who was
mena, taken in such a light by different philosophers, that of a private individual engaged in an arduous and
may now be referred to as an upchangeable standard, and anxious occupation, we cannot help regretting that the the subject of them.
they will also have the advantage of being made in the government of this great commercial country bas not most luminous rays of the spectrum, and of being refer seized the opportunity of employing the individual atten
able to rays that have nearly a mean refrangibility. The tion and talents of Capt. Scoresby in prosecuting his SCRAPIANA,NO, X.
author likewise pointed out the manner in which the pris- researches, no less conducive to the advancement of
I am, dear Sir, yours, very faithfully,
THOMAS STEWART TRAILL. has a separate and independent existence in the solar
spectrum. Knowledge (1) Humane (2) Divine (3) Specu
LITERARY NOTICES. lative (4) Practical (5) Acquired (6) Ingrafted, as ye notions of morality.
NOTICE OF capt. SCORESBY's VOYAGE TO GREENLAND. The long promised periodical work from Pisa is nearly King' Williain, ornament of England, died
By T. S. Traill, M.D.
ready for publication. Lord Byron's chief (but not his March 8. isa rica
only) share in it, is the · Vision of Judgment,' which is
a quiz upon the laureate's extraordinary poem under that Knowledge is no burden.
From the last number of the “ Annals of Philosophy.”
title, though some other characters, of rather more imKing Jam. free of ye Cloathworkers company.
portance than Mr. S. are also very freely handled in it. King Cha. 1. of ye company of Merchant-Taylors, King Charles 2. of ye Grocer's Company. 1
In particular, a deceased royal personage, regarding (To the Editor of the Annals of Philosophy.)
whom every species of cant has been exhausted by alKing James dyed ye seventh of Septemb. 1701, Dear Sir, : Liverpool, Sept. 20, 1822. most every party, is treated not much better ; which will interred at St. Germains by ye Queen mother. The importance of the following communication will, I
be a bone for the loyal and pious critics to pick. Shelley Kings of Eng. Pallaces-Whitehal, Hampton think, induce you, even thus late, to give it a place in
is said to have left two or three articles, which will apCourt, Greenwich, Richmond, Oatlands, Ock the next number of the Annals.
pear in the first number, and Mr. Leigh Hunt has a few ing, Westminster, Winsor, Guilford, Ken The Baffin, the ship of our friend Capt. Scoresby,
prose pieces, descriptive and speculative, somewhat in sington.-Prince of Wales, Ludlow-castle, jun. arrived here on the 19th inst. from Greenland with
the style of his · Indicator.' An account of Pisa-a city Royston, Theobalds, St. James', Eltham, 195 tons of blubber, the produce of nine whales. The
abounding in beauty and delightful associations, and unBafiin obtained her cargo principally near the east coast of Farnham, Woodstock, Petworth.
accountably neglected by the writers of travels, is spoOlder West Greenland, which has been also named Lost
ken of as one of the most attractive articles. Knowledge augmented
Greenland, from the long period in which it was invisible | Lord Byron's forthcoming new tragedy is said to be 1 By intuition.
to Europeans. Within sight of this interesting country, founded on a Swedish story. Mrs. Cockle, a lady of *2 By historical narration.
Capt. Scoresby remained for three months, and in the well-known talents, wrote a tragedy on the same sub3 By revelation.
intervals of the fishery employed himself in making ob ject a few years ago, which was accepted, and even 4 By discursive argumentation.
servations on the geography and natural history of this under rehearsal at the late Drury Lane Theatre, but the
bitherto almost unkpown country. The result I underKnowledge right requireth three things;
fire at that place prevented its representation. stand is a real survey of the coast from lat. 75o N. down 1 Clearness of apprehension.
Messrs. Colburn and Co. in conjunction with Bosto 69o, comprising an extent (reckoning the various in2 Solidity of judgment.
sange and Co. have contracted for the purchase of the dentations and sipuosities observed) of about 800 miles ! 3 Fidelity of retention.
genuine Memoirs of Napoleon. They are editing by The coast visited by Capt. Scoresby is a continuation
the Count de Montholon, and the most undoubted proofs Knowledge corrupted four ways
toward the north of that on which were planted the anma 1 Contemned by Ignorance. cient colonies from
of their anthenticity will be given.—The first two Iceland, the fate of which is still
volumes are to appear in French and English, in a few veiled in such deep obscurity. ir 2 Wantoness in Curiosity.
Capt. $. discovered several very extensive inlets ;
weeks. 3 Uncertainty, in- Opinion.
some of them indeed, it was ascertained, penetrate at Miss Benger's Memoirs of the life of Mary Queen of *** 4 Contradiction in Error.
least 60 miles within the general cat of the coast, and Scots is in great forwardness. Keri and Cetib are Terms and Notes whereby ye
even then were without any visible termination. From An Account of Colombia, with portraits of some of
the number and extent of these inlets ; from the direcvarious lections of ye antient copies of ye He
the leading men in that new State, is announced for tion which some of them pursue ; and from the many isbrew Bible are deciphered and discovered.
publication. Jands with which the coast is flanked, Capt. Scoresby Four Keys in ye hands of God only, not given believes the whole country to be a vast assemblage of
Mr. J. Britton is preparing for publication an Histo
rical and Descriptive Account of Fopthill Abbey, with either to Angell or Cherubim, (Jewish Antiqu.) | islands; and he bas grounds for concluding, that some
Genealogical memoranda relating to the ancestors of its El Clavis pluviæ.
of the inlets are passages communicating with Baffin's
Bay! 2 Clavis cibationis.
present owner. Also Topographical Notices of Fonthill Bat this is not all. 3 Clavis sepulchrorum.
Gifford, and Fonthill Bisbop, illustrated by a series of
The general form of the land was 4 Clavis sterilitatis.
found to be so very unlike what is represented in our | engravings of the Abbey and its scenery.
maritime charts, that oply three places laid down could A Treatise on Conchology, in which the Lindaan SysKab, our quart, commonly so computed.
be recognised ; and the error in the longitude of these, tem is adhered to, and the Species that differ in form, according to most of the charts, was no less than 15 | &c. are put into divisions.
A System of General Anatomy. By W. Wallace, SCIENCE, ETC.
Capt. Scoresby landed on various parts of the coast, M. R. I. A. Lecturer on Anatomy and Surgery,
and in some of the bays; and on each visit to the shore &c. &c. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF
discovered traces of inhabitants ; some of them ap. The Essays of Elia, in one volume small 8vo. 14.650.. EDINBURGH.
parently recent. In one place he met with a copsider- A Treatise on Dislocations and Fractures of Joints. APRIL 15. A paper by Dr. BREWSTER was read, able hamlet of deserted buts, among which were many | By Sir Astley Cooper, Bart. F. R. S. 4to with plates. entitled, “ Description of a Monochromatic Lamp, witb graves. About this place he obtained many fragments of An Inquiry into the Action of Mercury on the Living observations on the Composition of different Flames, as the domestic and fishing atensils of the inbabitants. | Body. By Joseph Swan, Esq. modified by reflection, Refraction and Combustion.”- Though the weather at sea was generally cold, the ther- Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Mrs. Catharine The chief object of this paper was to describe the prin- mometer being about 38° or 400 Fahr. on the hills near Cappe, of York.