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LITERARY SELECTIONS

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RETROSPECT.

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BIOGRAPHICAL

ANECDOTES AND CHARACTERS.

MEMOIRS OF THE EARL OF CHARLEMONT DURING HIS TRAVELS.

[From MR. HARDY'S LIFE OF THIS NOBLEMAN.]

" I TIS lordship left Turin op “companion of his travels. His

11 Tuesday, October 27th, “countenance was benign, his figure 1748, on his way to Rome, by Bo- “ tall, and remarkably large and corlogna. He remained that winter at " pulent. He was well kuown and Rome and Naples, but in the subse- “esteemed by men of rank, and let. quent April be, with Mr. Francis "ters too, in England, particularly Pierpont Burton, Mr. Scott, Mr. Dal- “ Sterne, who highly valued and ton, and Mr. Murphy, sailed from “ esteemed him.” Leghorn, on their voyage to Consian “ Mr. Dalton went with Lord stantinople, and the East.-Mr. Pier. Charlemont as his draughtsman. It pont Burton, afterwards Lord Co- has been stated to me, that as an nyngham, was, on lois return to Ire- artist he was miserable, but exact Jand, member for the county of and faishtul: and that his etchings Clare. He was beloved by every of religious ceremonies, and customs one whoknew him; avd Lord Charles of the Turks, with explanations, moni, by wbom, in the course of though indifferonily executed, are their trarcly, he is always fimiliarly remarkably clear and satisfactory. called, Frank Burton, having occa- Murpliy has been already mentioned. sion to inention bim particularly at « On uie 61b of May, 1749," sais Constantinople, sas's, that he was Lord Charlemont, “ we approached "rndowed by nature with every en- the city of Messina, having securely “ dearing faculty which could re!. passed the poeticil dangers of Scrila “ der a frieod a niable; wich every and Charybdis. We were exceed" perfection of heart wbici consti. llig'y siruck with the beauty and “tutes the best, and surest founda magnificence of wis city, when " tion for friendship, and secures its viewed from the sea. The sun was “ dura jon; the dear, and agreeable newly rinen, and richly illuminated

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a splendid theatre of palaces, Occu- Leghorn, a place perfectly unsuspying the space of a luli mile, which pected of contagion, they began to is regularly built round one-half of be a little more familiar. Our bills that beautiful, and extensive bason of health were now produce!, and of clear and unruffed water, which found to be perfect, and we were deforms a harbour at all times commo- sired to entera sort of house, or square dious and safe. Between the inag- cottage, erected for ihe purpose of nificent ciescent, or semicircle, and further examination. As soon as we the water, is a level space, at least had all crowded into this wretched ore hunured tect in breadth, bounded inclosure, a bar of wood was pat on che side by the buildings, and on across the dovr, at about three feet the other, by a handsome parapet of in height from the floor, and we hewn stone, opening regularly into were ordered to sbow cur health, and several wbaris for the convenience agility, by leaping over this bar, a of landing. The palaces are all ex feat which was ea-ily, and merrily actly similar, and the governor's pa- performed by all of us, Burton only lace, a building of considerable ex- excepted, whos: corpulent unwieltent and grandeur, stands alone at diness was ill adapted to i he exercise one extremity. The entrance into of leaping, and had well nigh prethe city, which extends itscif behind vented his getting pratick.- Atter tbis superb quay, is through poble several ineffectual trials, and some and spacious arches, placed at pro- oa lis, his efforts were, at length atper, and regular intervals, and torm. rended with success, and we now ing a most striking part of the ge- proceeded to the last probation, beneral plan. O posite to ibe quay, ing ordered to strike ourselves vioand near the entrance into the port, lently on our groins, and on the stands the citadel, a fortress of con- insertion of our shoulders, being the siderable strengib, and masive mag. parts of the body wbich are liable to nificence, wbich, with the castle of pestilential tumours. Here also nay St, Salvadore, another suong fortif- friend Burton was not a little emcation in view, adds greatly to the barrassed; for, though perfectly free beauty of the prospeci.

from the plague, and, at that time, "A boat was now sent alongside from any other disorder, bis groin of our ship to inform us, that till we was by no means in a situation to had passed a :roper examination by the bear any rough treatment." officers of health, appointed for that “ Such was our wbimsical proba. purpose, we must not enter the city; tion, which, as may easily be imaand a naked and uninhabited part of gincd, afforded us no small enterthe beach, at a considerable distance, tainment. But our merriment was was pointed out to lis, wbere alone of short duration, giving way, as we could be permitted to land. In soon as we had intered the city, to obedience to these directions, getting ideas of a nature opposile indeed. into our boat, we rowed on sbore, and Here every thing we saw induced here we were detained above three us not only to escase, but to applaud hours, before any one came near us. that caution, which bad detained us At length the officers approached, so long, and given us so much troqkeeping, however, a due distance, ble. Every object iod plainly indi. and examined us respecting the port cated the miseries which had been from whence we had taken our de lately felt. This noble city, not loog varture, which being found to be since one of the finest in the world,

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