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Coffin, who volunteered his services on Among the numerous instances, which we obshore. They left Malta early in Septem- || served during our stay at Bengazi, illustrative of ber, and anchored in the harbour of Tri Arab character and prejudices, we may notice poly on the 11th of that month. Circum one which occurred in the skeefa (or entrance. stances prevented their going farther east- || hall) of our house, where a select porty of the ward than Dema, and limited their stay in inhabitants of the town usually assembled themthe Pentapolis, to a much shorter period selves when the weather permitted. On this than they had originally calculated upon; || principal subject of conversation, and the reports

occasion, the women of England formed the notwithstanding which, their researches

of their beauty, which had reached some of our enabled them to accomplish many points visitors, appeared to have made a great impres. of unquestionable interest. They obtained

sion in their favour. One of our party then the plans of towns and places rendered || produced a miniature from his pocket, which interesting by antiquity, and by the rank || chanced to be the resemblance of a very pretty which they hold in the pages of history, || girl; and he roundly asserted, as he handed it of which, previously, we were in possession to the company, that every woman in England of no details; and they made drawings of was as handsome. We have already observed, every object of note which presented it- ll that the subject was a very pretty girl ; and self on the field of their operations. Evi- they who are unacquainted with the force of cusdently, they employed great labour and tom and prejudice, will hardly conceive that an diligence; and, had they been enabled to object so pleasing could be the cause of a mo

ment's alarm. But truth obliges us to add, that undertake excavation on a more exten

the first Arab of our party, who was favoured sive scale, and to bestow more time on

with a sight of the lady in question, started back their inquiries and investigations espe- || in dismay and confusion ; and all his worthy cially with respect to sculpture, architec

countrymen who cast their eyes upon the picture, ture, and painting--the literary and scien withdrew them on the instant, in the greatest tific world would have been yet farther || alarm, exhibiting the strongest symptoms of benefited by their exertions.

astonishment and shame. The fact was, that Altogether, the volume of Messrs. the young lady who had caused so much conBeechey contains twenty-two very in- || fusion, was unluckily painted in a low evening teresting and valuable views, charts, 1) dress ; and her face was only shaded by the plans, &c. We regret that we

luxuriant auburn curls which fell in ringlets neither follow the travellers in their route,

over her forehead and temples. nor even venture upon a synopsis of their

There was nothing, it will be thought, so exantiquarian researches and discoveries, female beauty; and the favoured inhabitants of

tremely alarming in this partial exhibition of · which were prosecuted in a truly classical spirit. Many of their descriptions are

less decorous, and more civilized countries, would

scarcely dream of being shocked at a similar beautiful; their general style is easy, spectacle. But to men who inhabit those regions lucid, and even elegant; and, indepen- of delicacy, where even one eye of a female must dently of what relates to the main objects never be seen stealing out from the sanctuary of of the expedition, their personal adven- || her veil, the sudden apparition of a sparkling tures, and their numerous and striking | pair of those luminaries is not a vision of ordinary illustrations of the Arab character, impart | occurrence. At the same time, the alarm of the to their publication almost the charm of worthy Shekhs assembled, which the bright eyes

The examinations respecting and naked face, as they termed it, of our fair the Gardens of the Hesperides, and the ex countrywoman had so suddenly excited, was in cavated tombs at Cyrene, are points of ex

no way diminished by the heinous exposure of a traordinary interest to the literary, as well

snowy neck and a well-turned pair of shoulders; as to the antiquarian reader; but, unfor

and had they been placed in the situation of tunately, they far exceed all space that Yusuf, when the lovely Zuleika presented herself,

in all her charms, as a suitor for the young Hewe can at present afford for extract. If it should be in our power, of which we

brew's love," or in the more embarrassing di

lemma of the Phrygian shepherd-prince, when are not at present certain, we shall return

three immortal beauties stood revealed before his to the subject in our Supplement. We sight, they could scarcely have felt or expressed now conclude with the relation of a very amusing incident:

• Yusuf and Zuleika are the Mahometan names of Joseph and Potiphar's wife.

can

romance.

more confusion. Every Arab who saw the pic. l) of that time in intimate intercourse with ture actually blushed, and hid his face with his various natives, I have a different opinion hands, exclaiming, “w'Allah harám "_(by of their character, to that given in several heaven 'tis a sin) to look upon such an exposure | printed works." His opinion is extremely of female charms.

favourable to the natives, to whom he Generally, though not in detail, the most grateful attachment, a capability of

ascribes the most amiable virtues, the public had, previously to its publication, all the qualities that can adom the human been in possession of the substance of a

mind. Altogether, Mr. Rickards's informNarrative of an Attempt to reach the lation is of a practical character, and North Pole, in Boats fitted for the Purpose, eminently worthy of the most serious and attached to His Majesty's Ship Hecla, consideration, especially with a view to in the Year 1827; under the command of the approaching expiration of the EastCaptain William Edward Parry, R.N., F.R.S., and Honorary Member of the Im

India Company's charter, and the probable

effect of that event upon the trade and perial Academy of Sciences at St. Peters

commerce of Britain. He fully succeeds, burgh ; illustrated by Plates and Charts.

we think, in establishing these positions : Any ontline, therefore, of the work, that

that the natives of India are not restricted we could offer, would be superfluous ; || to four casts, which neither intermarry but it will afford us pleasure if we find

with each other, nor interfere with each ourselves enabled to take it up again for

other's trade, profession, or calling—that a few illustrative extracts in our Supple

the respective casts are not prohibited mentary sheets. In the interim, we can

from the use of animal food—that they not refrain from making honourable men

are not averse from receiving, ör allowing tion of the plates, exquisitely engraved by their children to receive, European eduEdward Finden, by which the volume is

cation and instruction, even upon religious, embellished. The frontispiece, represent

as well as general and miscellaneous ing the boats off Walden Island in a Snow Storm, is exceedingly spirited and effec- whatever, to the importation and use of

points—that they have no objection, tive; and, in every instance, the object of

European manufactures, &c.—and that, conveying to the spectator a clear and distinct view, is fully accomplished : for

under certain judicious regulations which ainstance, in the departure of the Boats

may be adopted hereafter, the British exfrom Hecla Cove in June, 1827—the Boats

port trade to India may be carried to hauled up for the Night-and Travelling

a great and incalculable extent. After among Hummocks of Ice; the last of || shewing, from official documents, that the

“ value of the exports by private traders which presents a scene almost terrific. The Charts and Plans, also, are very ably | to India alone is more than double the executed. Altogether, the volume is pro- | together; and that the whole of the pri

Company's exports to India and China duced in a handsomeness of style quite

vate trade to India alone exceeds the worthy of its predecessors.

whole of the Company's' trade to India In our Literary and Scientific Intelli- ) and China together, by nearly one million gence of last month (see page 183) we sterling per armum," Mr. Rickards prostated the outline of a then forthcoming ceeds :work, to be entitled “ India, or Facts In the discusions of 1813, I stood almost submitted to illustrate the Character and alone in strenuously asserting that the commera Condition of the Native Inhabitants, with | cial intercourse with India would be, what it is Suggestions for reforming the present Sys

now proved to be, by the opening then concededa tem of Government ; by R. Rickards, Esq." || 1 certainly pretend to no prophetic inspiration ; Part I., “On the Casts of India, and the || but, from my knowledge and experience of the

inhabitants of the east, I do not hesitate again, Alleged Simplicity and Immutability of

as confidently, to affirm, that the present enHindoo Habits," has appeared, and is now

crease is not a tythe of what our trade with before us. It embraces much more than

India will be, if, at the expiration of the present meets the eye in these words. “Having | charter, it be ridden of other restraints, and lived twenty-three years in India," ob- || fairly laid open to the skill and enterprise, and serves Mr. Rickards, “and passed much Il capital of the private merchants of Britain, and

to the natural and unfettered energies of our Essays on Periodical Literature, &c.," offer Indian subjects.

much amusement and gratification to : We have room only to add that nume the reflective and antiquarian reader, rous passages, quoted by Mr. Rickards, // while they are calculated also generally from Bishop Heber's Journal, fully sustain to please. With little of actual novelty, and corroborate that gentleman's repre- || they present considerable information, sentations.

which, scattered through numerous and Almost at the commencement of the expensive works, is not otherwise accesNew Series of LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE,* we sible. The biographical sketch of the had the pleasure of noticing the first || Cliffords of Craven, from the year 1227, to volume of Illustrations of the Public the death of the celebrated Anne, Countess Buildings of London ; with Historical and of Dorset and Pembroke, in the year 1676, Descriptive Accounts of each Edifice ; by is, though borrowed, replete with interest; J. Britton, F.S.A., &c., and A. Pugin, as is that of Sir Philip Sidney and his Architect.About forty-ten more than | sister the Countess of Pembroke, with the first volume embraced-different edi- || critical remarks on their literary producfices are here illustrated, as before, by || tions. Papers on Richard Drummond, of about eighty architectural engravings, in Hawthorden, the Petrarch of Scotlandoutline. We repeat our remark: “ The | the Rev. Richard Hole, author of Arthur, expense of the designs must have been a once well-known poetical romance very great, and the paper and typography | Chaucer, Dunbar, and Burns—contain of the work are, in every respect, com much elegant criticism from the pen of mensurate with the beauty of the plates.” | Dr. Drake ; and, with the Introductory Hitherto, we regret to learn, the patron- | paper, on the Influence of an Early-acage extended to this valuable book has quired Love of Literature—a Biographical not been such in point of profit, as to Notice of Dr. Mason Good—the Character meet the estimates of its proprietors. of Ossian as drawn by the Irish bardsConvinced, however, of its sterling worth, and Milton and Galileoform the remainwe are persuaded that, “ as it becomes ing contents of these volumes. Without more known, it will be more sought for great depth or originality of idea, Dr. by the professional architect, the topo- | Drake is an elegant-minded and truly grapher, and all classes of readers who | amiable man; and to the possessors of seek for accurate elucidations of the new his earlier works, all of which are instinct metropolitan edifices. Amongst those with taste, as well as with the purest edifices here illustrated, we find Mr. benevolence, “Mornings in Spring ” will Greenough's Villa in the Regent's Park; || prove a most agreeable accession. the Roman Catholic Chapel, Moorfields;

Dunwich, a Tale of the Splendid City, Ashburnham House, Westminster; All

in four Cantos ; by James Bird, author of Souls' Church, Langham Place; the

The Vale of Slaughden ; Machin, or the County Fire Office, Regent Street; the

Discovery of Madeira; Cosmo, Duke of University Club House; the Church of All Saints, Poplar; St. Luke's Church; || moirs, and the Exile,” will fully sustain,

Tuscany, a Tragedy; and Poetical MeChelsea ; the College of Physicians, and

In Union Club House ; the Terraces in the

if it exalt not, the fame of its writer. Regent's Park; the Council Office, &c.,

our Contemporary Poets and Writers of in Parliament Street; the Law Courts

, || characterised, and, by copious extract,

Fiction, No. XIII.,* we have so fully House of Lords, &c.,Westminster; the Colosseum, Regent's Park ; Hanover Chapel, || the present occasion, we feel it unneces

illustrated, Mr. Bird's poetry, that, upon Regent Street; Mr. Nash's House, Regent Street; Belgrave Square, Eton Square, subject. Indeed, one or two brief pas

sary to advance a single remark upon the and Mr. Kemp’s Villa, Pimlico.

sages, from the

before

poem Mornings in Spring, or Retrospections,

us, will prove Biographical, Critical, and Historical, by

a better eulogy than any praise, howsoNathan Drake, M.D., H.A.L., Author of

* Vide LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE, vol. iv. ii. page 33.

• Vide

page 191.

ever warm, that we could offer. Mr. || Then rose the thought of dreary night and Bird, in his Prefatory Notice, says

dayHowever we may feel inclined to discredit Long, lingering horror anguish, lone decay— some of the traditionary accounts which we have Heart-burning thirst-the tongue of fire_the received of the pristine grandeur of Dunwich,

flame the antiquity of its foundation, and the subse- of wasting hungerstill the same—the same quent establishment of its consequence, are cer

The hopeless longing for the soft pure airtain. Srow, in his Chronicle, thus describes

The bed of earth- the flesh-worm crawling it :-“ Dunwich in ancient time, was a city, had

there brazen gates, fifty-two churches, chapels, re

The choking gasp the short and fluttering ligious houses, and hospitals ; a king's palace, a

breathbishop's seat, a mayor's mansion, and a mint."

The last sad hour of life-the first of death ! Of all its former magnificence, the encroach- | Another night !—and still no suecour nigh, ments of the sea have spared only a few moulder

No ray of hope—no solace—but to die ! ing relics ; these, however, are interesting me

In vain her faltering voice repeated oft morials of its fallen greatness, which still

Her father's name while harsh, as though they

scoffed “ Plead haughtily for glories gone."

At pain and woe, the hollow echoes rung Upon this antiquarian foundation, un Their solemn peal, in mockery of her tongue ! favourable as it may seem to the fancy

With many other passages, marked as of the muse, Mr. Bird has had the skill to

beauties, we would willingly give the raise a pleasing superstructure, a tale of

whole of the “ Conclusion;" but space, love and arms, aided by much beautiful and even powerful description. The scene equally with time, is beyond our comis laid at Dunwich, in the reign of Henry | mand, and we must therefore be content

with the closing apostrophe :II., when De Bellemont, Earl of Leicester,

Still Donewyc! still, on thy exalted cliff joined Prince Henry against his father,

I love to pause, to mark the passing skiff and ravaged the eastern coast of the

With white and glittering sail, glide softly by, island, with an army of three thousand While Ocean smiles beneath the summer sky, Flemings. The notes abound with curi- || And whispering breezes from the waveless sea ous historical and antiquarian information. Come with soft murmurs, while the cheerly bee From the poem, itself, previously to its | Sings her bass song amid the blossomed heath :appearance, we were enabled to give, in || From thy bold heights, upon the sea beneath the poetical department of LA BELLE | Oft have I gazed in hours thus calmly bright, ASSEMBLEE,* some lines upon the Ocean, Rapt in a heaven of unalloyed delight ! which would not suffer from comparison | Scene of my joy !-dear object of my song !with Lord Byron's or Barry Cornwall's I love thy haunts, and I have loved them long. celebrated lines upon the same subject. | Farewell !—farewell—the Bard who sings of

thee That passage finely contrasts with the fol

Will soon be all that withering Man must be, lowing-a tribute to earth's best, love

Low in the dust !-within the silent grave, liest, and most beloved of blessings :

No more to hear the murmuring of thy wave, That hallowed sphere, a woman's heart, contains No more—no more of thee, and thine to tell, Empires of feeling, and the rich domains Thou dear, though wild, and lonely spot ! Where love, disporting in his sunniest hours,

-Farewell !
Breathes his sweet incense o'er ambrosial flowers;
A woman's heart !—that gem, divinely set

Upon such verses, what panegyric could In native gold—that peerless amulet,

we pronounce ? Which, firmly linked to love's electric chain,

By the readers of LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE, Connects the worlds of transport and of pain.

whose pages have so often been enriched

by the effusions of Mrs. Cornwell Baron Bertha, the heroine, is accidentally en

Wilson's pen,

that lady's Cypress closed in a dungeon :

Wreathwill be perused with the lively In dumb despair she trembling stood—the interest which the nature of its contents hue

is calculated to excite. Domestic afflicOf death was on her cheek-cold, clammy dew Came o'er her brow—and every limb with fear

tion has given that sweetly mournful tone Shook, like the asp-leaf, frailest of the year ;

to her lyre, which cannot fail of awaken

ing sympathy in every congenial breast. • Vide page 118 of the present volume. Her Elegiac Poems are the spontaneous No. 41.-Vol. VII.

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outpourings of a deeply-wounded heart, arising from an elegant arrangement of yet pervaded by a spirit of the purest this important part of the costume; prereligion and piety. We refrain from quo ceded by a history of the cravat, from its tation, as the chief contents of this volume ) origin to the present time; and remarks have already appeared in different pe on its influence on society in general.” Ah ! riodical works—with many of its gems exclaims our animated and profound hisour own pages have been graced; but we torian, “ L'art de mettre sa Cravate est must be permitted to notice a passage in à l'homme du monde ce que l'art de donner its preface. “ I cannot,” Mrs. Wilson ob- || à diner est à l'homme d'etat !” How inserves, “ but be amazed at the deliberate dispensably important, then, must be the charge, proceeding lately from a critical knowledge and practice of this elevated art, work of respectability, that my writings the possession of which is learnedly traced have generally an immoral tendency.back at least as far as the Romans; while Our surprise at so unfounded a charge, is we are assured, with an equal display of not less than that of the author. The || erudition, “ that the collar of the ancient productions of this lady have been, if we Persians, Egyptians, and Greeks, was the know aught of virtue, uniformly distin- | origin of the stock of the present day.” guished, not only by grace, elegance, and || Though he treats of colours, as well as of tenderness, but by their inculcation of every forms, Mr. Le Blanc, as we infer from his domestic, moral, and religious duty. portrait, and in accordance with his name,

Vivid sketches of the wild scenery || chiefly patronises white cravats. Mr. Le around the Cape of Good Hope, with ani Blanc is the very Ude of his art. And mated descriptions of the animal and | why should not Cravat-tying, as well as vegetable tribes peculiar to the trackless | Cookery, have its Schoolsay, its Univerdeserts of Caffer Land, will be found in sities—and its Professorships? The sub“ Ephemerides, or Occasional Poems, writ-ject, we trust, will not be lost sight of by ten in Scotland and South Africa, by the directors of the new Cockney College. Thomas Pringle.Many of the poems written in the last-mentioned country

NEW MUSIC. were published in Mr. Thompson's va New Analysis of Music, in which is deluable and interesting work, “ Travels veloped a Theory of Melody, Harmony, and Adventures in Southern Africa,” and Modulation, in perfect Accordance whence they were transferred to the with the Facts, observable in the Compepages of numerous periodicals, and, sitions of all the Great Masters. By from their beauty, they have become D. C. Hewitt. familiar to most readers. Of those writ This is a little work, consisting of about ten in Scotland, many, as their author sixty pages of explanatory letter-press, informs us, were published as far back as besides some beautiful specimens from the year 1817. Collectively, they form a the great masters of music, to prove his very attractive volume. Appended are theory. It reminds the reader of the new some valuable notes, illustrative of the system of Galileo relating to astronomy, character and present condition of the || which, when first promulgated, surprised native tribes of Southern Africa.

the world by its novelty and boldness; As belles must have beaux, and as belles || but yet failed to convince the world of its love to see their beaux well dressed, it truth, until Sir Isaac Newton felt the force seems perfectly fair, that LA BELLE As- of its simplicity, and by that key unlocked SEMBLEE, a work expressly devoted to the the whole mystery of the starry heavens. fair, should take due cognisance of The Mr. Hewitt's theory, with regard to the Art of Tying the Cravat, by H. Le Blanc, | principles of music, seems to be equally E8q., with Explanatory Plates, and a Por- || simple ; and we can but hope, for the sake trait of the Author !” In this little volume, || of anticipated perfection, in the sweetest as its elaborate and copiously-descriptive | of all arts, that some Newton of sound title page

informs us, the sublime art is will be found to assert its being true ; “demonstrated in sixteen lessons, including and so we may boast a parallel discovery thirty-two different styles ; forming a pocket || in the harmony of music, and of the manual, and exemplifying the advantage spheres !

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