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Mr Holman gives a most interesting account of the manners and customs of the Russians; their buildings, shipping, commerce, &c. Being obliged to leave Moscow, his mind was soon seriously occupied with various reflections : “my situation,” says he,

was now one of extreme novelty, and my feelings corresponded with its peculiarity. I was engaged under circumstances of unusual occurrence, in a solitary journey of several thousand miles, through a country, perhaps the wildest on the face of the earth, and whose inhabitants were scarcely yet accounted within the pale of civilization, with no other attendant than a rude Tartar postilion, to whose language my ear was wholly unaccustomed; and yet I was supported by a feeling of happy confidence, with a calm resignation to all the inconveniences and risks of my arduous undertaking; nay, I even derived a real inward gratification, in the prospect of retirement from the eternal round of pleasure and social enjoyments, in which I had been participating, to a degree of satiety that began to be oppressive. Again and again I interested myself, by contrasting my voluntary exile, with the constrained banishment of the numerous unfortunate wretches, who have been known to languish away in the inhospitable wilds I was about to traverse, the remnant of a protracted existence; aggravated by an eternal separation from all the blessings that they have deemed most dear to them in life.” Having passed through Poland, Prussia, Hanover, &c. our author ultimately landed at Hull, on the 24th of June, 1824, after an absence of two years and one day from his native country.

cabinet, without saying a word, I took him to the bust of the Emperor, by Orlovskii; after feeling it a short time, he exclaimed, “This is the bust of the Emperor Alexander. It ought to be observed, that he had previously examined a bust of his imperial majesty, in which, as he remarked, the forehead was more covered with hair; he also very justly observed, that the right ear was more perfect than the left, in the bust by Orlovskii. Mr. Holman also recognized the busts of Peter the Great, Catherine II. Suvarof, &c.

Soinin's Russian Journal.

In January, 1827, Mr. Holman visited Lichfield, and seemed greatly interested with the various objects which that ancient city presented to his notice; but more particularly with the beautiful monument by Chantry, so deservedly deemed one of the brightest ornaments of the cathedral, and which he examined with great attention. His accurate taste and critical judgment, respecting the delicacies of sculpture, excited general admiration and surprise.

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Holman's Travels, London, 1825.

MR. NELSON,

THE BLIND PROFESSOR.

In the remains of the late Reverend D. Edmund Griffin, of New York, there is a very interesting account of a blind gentleman, named Nelson. This accomplished scholar was the classical professor in Rutger's College, New Jersey, and is mentioned by the learned editor of Griffin's Memoirs in the following passage. " At the

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of fourteen, Master Griffin was placed at a school just then rising into great celebrity. This was kept in the city of New York, by Mr. Nelson, distinguished at that time as the Blind Teacher, but afterwards more widely known as the learned classical professor, in Rutger's College, New Jersey. The mention of his name recalls to the writer, who was his college class-mate, the merits of this singular man; and as death has now turned his misfortune into ani instructive lesson, he may be permitted to dwell for a moment upon his eventful story. The life of Mr. Nelson was a striking exemplification of that resolution which conquers fortune. Total blindness, after a long and gradual advance, came upon him about his twentieth year, when terminating his college

It found him poor, and left him, to all appearance, both pennyless and wretched, with two sisters to maintain ; without money, without friends, without a profession, and without sight. Under such an accumulation of griefs, most minds would have sunk, but with him it was otherwise ; at all times proud and resolute, his spirit rose at once, into what might well be termed, a fierceness of independence,

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and he resolved within himself to be indebted for support to no exertions but his own. His classical education, which, owing to his feeble vision, had been necessarily imperfect, he now determined to complete; and immediately entered upon the apparently hopeless task, with a view to fit himself as a teacher of youth. He instructed his sisters in the pronunciation of Greek and Latin, and employed one or other constantly, in the task of reading aloud to him the classics usually taught in the schools. A naturally faithful memory, , spurred on by such strong excitement, performed its oft-repeated miracles, and in a space of time incredibly short, he became master of their contents, even to the minutest points of critical reading. In illustration of this, the author remembers on one occasion, that a dispute having arisen between Mr. N. and the Classical Professor of the College, as to the construction of a passage in Virgil, from which his students were reciting, the Professor appealed to the circumstance of a comma in the sentence, as conclusive of the question. "True,' said Mr. N., colouring with strong emotion ; 'but permit me to observe,' said ne, turning his sightless eyeballs towards the book he held in his hand, that, in my Heyne's edition, it is a colon, and not a comma.'

“At this period, a gentleman, who incidentally became acquainted with his history, in a feeling somewhat between pity and confidence, placed his two sons under his charge, with a view to enable him to try the experiment of teaching. A few months' trial was sufficient; he then fearlessly appeared before the public, and at once challenged a comparison with the

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best established classical schools in the city.* The novelty and boldness of the attempt attracted general attention ; the lofty confidence he displayed in himself excited respect; and soon, bis untiring assiduity, his real knowledge, and a burning zeal, which, knowing no bounds in his own devotion to his scholars, awakened somewhat of a corresponding spirit in their minds, completed the conquest. His reputation spread daily; scholars flocked to him in crowds; competition sunk before him; and, in the course of a few years, he found himself in the enjoyment of an income superior to that of any college patronage in the United States, with, to him, the infinitely higher gratification of having risen above the pity of the world, and fought his own blind way to honourable

* Sir Kenelm Digby mentions a blind man who lived in his house, and was preceptor to his sons, the loss of whose sight seemed to be overpaid by his other abilities. He could beat the cleverest chess players, and would play at cards and tables, as well as most men; and likewise at bowls, shuttleboard, and other games, wherein one would imagine a clear sight to be absolutely requisite. When he taught his scholars to declaim, represent a tragedy, or the like, he knew, by their voice, whether they stood up or sat down, and all the different gestures and situations of their bodies; so that they behaved themselves before him with the same propriety as if he had seep them perfectly. He could feel in his body, and chiefly in his head, (as he himself affirmed,) a certain effect, whereby he knew when the sun was up, and could discern a clear from a cloudy day. That he frequently told without being mistaken, when, for trial's sake, he was lodged in a close chamber, into which the sunshine had no admittance, nor did any body come to him, to give notice of the state of the weather.

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