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bows, and chain-pumps clanging, and fredly, the ensign fluttered and va-
whole cataracts of water gusbing nished beneath the dark ocean-I
from them, clear white jets spout could have fancied reluctantly, as if
ing from all the scuppers, fore and it had been drawn down through a
aft. She made the signal to close. It trap-door. The topsails next disap-
was answered. The next, alas ! was peared, the foretopsail sinking fast-
the British ensign, seized, union est; and last of all, the white pennant
down in the main rigging, the signal at the maintopgallant mast head, af-
of the uttermost distress. Still we ter flickering and struggling in the
all bowled along together, but her wind, flew up as if imbued with life,
yards were not squared, nor her sails like a stream of white fire, in the set-
set with her customary precision, ting sun, and was then drawn down
and her lurches became more and into the abyss, and the last vestige of
more sickening, until at length she the Rayo vanished for ever. The
rolled so heavily, that she dipped crew, as if moved by one common
both yardarms alternately in the impulse, gave three cheers.
water, and reeled to and fro like a “The Captain now stood up in his
drunken man.

boat-Men, the Rayo is no more, " What is that splash ?'

but it is my duty to tell you, that al“It was the larboard bow eight- though you are now to be distribueen-pound gun hove overboard, and ted amongst the transports, you watching the rol), the whole broad are still amenable to martial law; I side, one after another, were cast am aware, men, this hint may not be into the sea. The clang of the chain necessary, still it is right you should pumps increased, the water rushed know it. in at one side of the main-deck, and “Our ship, immediately after the out at the other, in absolute cascades frigate's crew had been bestowed, from the ports. At this moment the and the boats got in, hoisted the whole fleet of boats were alongside, Commodore's light, and the followkeeping way with the ship, in the ing morning we fell in with the light breeze. Her maintopsail was Torch, off the east end of Jamaica, hove aback, while the captain's

' voice which, after seeing the transports resounded through the ship.

safe into Kingston, and taking out “« Now, men—all hands — bags, me and my people, bore up through and hammocks-starboard, watch the Gulf, and resumed her cruising the starboard side-larboard, watch ground on the edge of the Gulf the larboard side-no rushing now stream, between 25 and 30 north she will swim this hour to come.' latitude.”

"The bags, and hammocks, and “ And what follows this,” said officers' kits, were handed into the Massa Aaron," for the roll is done ?” boats; the men were told off over the « Oh," said I,“ we then stood away side, as quietly by watches as if at to the northward, and finally resumuster, the officers last. At length med our cruizing ground off Bermuthe first lieutenant came over the da; there is the next log,” said I, side. By this time she was settling chucking another paper book to him. down perceptibly in the water ; the “ Ah,” said Bang; — Scene off Berold captain stood upon the gangway, muda,' •Cruize of the Torch,' and holding by the iron stancheon, and, so forth. All very fine and moving taking off his bat, stood uncovered no doubt, but we shall take them by for a moment, and with the tears and by. But, Thomas, it must bave standing in his eyes,

He then re been a very lamencholy affair that placed it, descended, and took his said evanishing of the Rayo." place in the ship’s launch the last “It was," I answered. man to leave the ship; and there was “Plenty of weeping and blowing little time to spare, for we had scarce of noses amongst her sentimental ly shoved off a few yards, to clear crew," said he. the spars of the wreck, when she

I smiled. “Why, Mr Bang, sailors sended forward, heavily, and sickly, are very incomprehensible beings. on the long swell.—She never rose to After she went down, indeed, for the the opposite heave of the sea, but first five minutes, it was all a lachgradually sank by, the head. The rymose puff and blow.” hull disappeared slowly and digni “ Tom,” said Aaron, “none of your

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would be half smartness, half buf- Bill,' said the man ; 'but may I be foonery ; tell me what took place.” flogged, if I ha'nt forgotten half a

“Why, my dear sir, you are aw. pound of negrohead baccy in Dick fully dictatorial; but I will tell you, Catgut's bag.' when the old Rayo clipped out of “* Launch ahoy ! hailed a halfsight, there was not a dry eye in the drunken voice from one of the boats whole fleet. There she goes, the astern of us. Hillo,' responded the dear old beauty,' said one of her coxswain. The poor skipper even crew. “There goes the blessed old pricked up his ears. 'Have you got black b-tch,' quoth another. 'Ah, Dick Catgut's fiddle among ye?' This many a merry night have we had in said Dick Catgut was the corporal of the clever little craft,' quoth a third; marines, and the prime instigator of and there was really a tolerable all the fun amongst tbe men. No, shedding of tears, and squirting of no,' said several voices, 'no fiddle tobacco juice. But the blue ripple here. The hail passed round among had scarcely blown over the glass. the other boats, •No fiddle.' 'I like surface of the sea where she bad would rather lose three days' grog sunk, when the buoyancy of young than have his fiddle mislaid,' quoth hearts, with the prospect of a good the man who pulled the bow oar. furlough amongst the lobster boxes “Why don't you ask Dick himfor a time, seemed to be uppermost self ?' said our coxswain. Alas! poor amongst the men. The officers, I Dick was nowhere to be found; he saw and knew, felt very differ- had been mislaid as well as his fiddle. ently.

He had broken into the spirit room, “My eye!' sung out an old quar- as it turned out, and having got termaster in our boat, perched well drunk, did not come to time when forward with his back against the the frigate sunk. ring in the stem, and his arms cross. “I was here interrupted by a hail ed, after having been busily employ, from the look-out man at the maste ed rummaging in his bag, ‘my eye, head, - Land right-a-head.' what a pity-oh, what a pity !'— . “ Thank God," quoth Bang.

" Come, there is some feeling, “ What does it look like?” said I. genuine, at all events, thought I. “ It makes in low hummocks, sir.

««Why,' said Bill Chesstree, the Now I see houses on the highest captain of the foretop, what is can't one.” be helped, old Fizgig; old Rayo has “ Hurrah, Nassau, New Provigone down, and'--.

dence, ho !" “Old Rayo be d- d, Master

THE REVOLUTION OF GREECE.

PART I.

It is falsely charged upon itself and one or two friends (probably by by this age, in its character of censor looking into the Parks at hours promorum, that effeminacy in a practical pitious to his hypothesis) that horses sense lies either amongst its full. were seldom or ever used for riding; blown faults, or amongst its lurking that, in fact, this accomplishment tendencies. A rich, a polished, a was too boisterous or too perilous refined age, may by mere necessity for the gentle propensities of modern of inference be presumed to be a Britons; and that, by the best acluxurious one; and the usual prin- counts, few men of rank or fashion ciple, by which moves the whole were now seen on horseback. This trivial philosophy which speculates pleasant collection of dreams did upon the character of a particular Doctor Brown solemnly propound age or a particular nation, is first of to the English public, in two octavo all to adopt some one central idea of volumes, under the title of “ An its characteristics, and then without Estimate of the Manners and Prinfurther effort to pursue its integra- ciples of the Times;" and the report tion; that is, having assumed(or, sup- of many who lived in those days pose even, having demonstrated) the assures us, that for a brief period existence of some great influential the book had a prodigious run. In quality in excess sufficient to over- some respects the Doctor's conceits throw the apparent equilibrium de- might seem too startling and exmanded by the common standards travagant; but to balance that, every of a just national character, the spe- nation has some pleasure in being culator then proceeds, as in a matter heartily abused by one of its own of acknowledged right, to push this number; and the English nation has predominant quality into all its con- always had a special delight in being sequences and all its closest affini. alarmed, and in being clearly conties. To give one illustration of vinced, that it is and ought to be on such a case, now perhaps beginning the brink of ruin. With such adto be forgotten: Somewhere about vantages in the worthy Doctor's the year 1755, the once celebrated favour, he might have kept the field Dr Brown, after other little attempts until some newer extravaganza had in literature and paradox, took up made his own obsolete—had not one the conceit that England was ruined ugly turn in political affairs given so at her heart's core by excess of smashing a refutation to his practic luxury and sensual self-indulgence. cal conclusions, and called forth so He had persuaded himself that the sudden a rebound of public feeling ancient activities and energies of the in the very opposite direction, that a country were sapped by long habits bomb-shell descending right through of indolence, and by a morbid ple- the whole impression of his book, thora of enjoyment in every class. could not more summarily bave laid Courage, and the old fiery spirit of a Chancery “ injunction" upon its the people, had gone to wreck with further sale. This arose under the the physical qualities which had brilliant administration of the first sustained them. Even the faults of Mr Pitt; England was suddenly victhe public mind had given way under torious in three quarters of the globe; its new complexion of character; land and sea echoed to the voice of ambition and civil dissension were her triumphs; and the poor Doctor extinct. It was questionable whe- Brown, in the midst of all this hubther a good hearty assault and bat- bub, cut his own throat with his own tery, or a respectable knock-down razor. Whether this dismal catasblow, had been dealt by any man in trophe were exactly due to his morLondon for one or two generations. tification as a baffled visionary, whose The Doctor carried bis reveries so favourite conceit bad suddenly exfar, that he even satisfied himself ploded like a rocket into smoke and

• History of the Greek Revolution. Edinburgh : 1833.

By Thomas Gordon, F.R.S.

In two vols. stench, is more than we know. But, shew ourselves rank cowards-yet, at all events, the sole memorial of in spite of so much excellent logic, his hypothesis, which now reminds the facts are otherwise. No age has the English reader that it ever exist- shewn in its young patricians a more ed, is one solitary notice of good- heroic disdain of sedentary ease, humoured satire pointed at it by none in a martial support of liberty Cowper. * And the possibility of or national independence has so gaily such exceeding folly in a man other volunteered upon services the most wise of good sense and judgment, desperate, or shrunk less from marnot depraved by any brain-fever or tyrdom on the field of battle, whenenthusiastic infatuation, is to be found ever there was hope to invite their in the vicious process of reasoning disinterested exertions, or grandeur applied to such estimates: the Doc- enough in the cause to sustain them. tor, having taken up one novel idea Which of us forgets the gallant Melof the national character, proceeded lish, the frank and the generous, who afterwards by no tentative inquiries, reconciled himself so gaily to the or comparison with actual facts loss of a splendid fortune, and from and phenomena of daily experience, the very bosom of luxury suddenly but resolutely developed out of his precipitated himself upon the hardone idea, all that it appeared ana- ships of Peninsular warfare ? Which lytically to involve; and postulated of us forgets the adventurous Lee of audaciously as a solemn fact whatso- Lime, whom a princely estate could ever could be exhibited in any pos. not detain in early youth from courtsible connexion with his one central ing perils in Nubia and Abyssinia, principle, whether in the way of con- nor (immediately upon his return) sequence or of affinity.

from almost wooing death as a voPretty much upon this unhappy lunteer aide-de-camp to the Duke of Brunonian mode of deducing our Wellington at Waterloo ? So again national character, it is a very plau- of Colonel Evans, who, after losing sible speculation, which has been a fine estate long held out to his and will again be chanted, that we, hopes, five times over put himself at being a luxurious nation, must by the head of forlorn hopes. Such cases force of good logical dependency are memorable, and were conspicube liable to many derivative taints ous at the time, from the lustre of and infirmities which ought of neces- wealth and bigla connexions which sity to besiege the blood of nations in surrounded the parties ; but many that predicament. All enterprise thousand others, in which the sacri. and spirit of adventure, all heroism fices of personal ease were less noand courting of danger for its own ticeable from their narrower scale of attractions, ought naturally to lan- splendour, had equal merit for the guish in a generation enervated by cheerfulness with which those sacri. early habits of personal indulgence. fices were made. Doubtless they ought ; à priori, it Here, again, in the person of the seems strictly demonstrable that such author before us, we have another consequences should follow. Upon instance of noble and disinterested the purest forms of inference in heroism, which, from the magnitude Barbara or Celarent, it can be shewn of the sacrifices that it involved, must satisfactorily, that from all our taint- place him in the same class as the ed classes, à fortiori then from our Mellishes and the Lees. This gallant most tainted classes-our men of Scotsman, who was born in 1788, or fashion and of opulent fortunes, no 1789, lost his father in early life. Indescription of animal can possibly beriting from him a good estate in arise but poltroons and fainéans. In Aberdeenshire, and one more consifact, preity generally; under the derable in Jamaica, he found himself, known circumstances of our modern at the close of a long minority, in the English education and of our social possession of a commanding fortune. habits, we ought in obedience to all Under the vigilant care of a sagacious the precognita of our position to mother, Mr Gordon received the very

* " The inestimable Estimate of Brown."

amplest advantages of a finished edu- surprise, as a fact at that time unexcation, studying first at the Univer- plained and mysterious; but the sity of Aberdeen, and afterwards for simple explanation of this mystery two years at Oxford; whilst he had was, that Mr Gordon had been previously enjoyed as a boy the be- brought to the very brink of the nefits of a private tutor from Oxford. grave by a contagious fever, at TriWhatever might be the immediate polizza, and that his native air was result from this careful tuition, Mr found essential to his restoration. Gordon has since completed his own Subsequently, however, he returned, education in the most comprehensive and rendered the most powerful sermanner, and has carried his accom- vices to Greece, until the war was plishments as a linguist, to a point of brought to a close, as much almost rare excellence. Sweden and Por- by Turkish exhaustion, as by the tugal excepted, we understand that armed interference of the three great he has personally visited every coun- conquerors of Navarino. try in Europe. He has travelled also in Asiatic Turkey, in Persia, and in « The Government of Greece to the Barbary. From this personal resi SIGNOR GORDON, a man worthy of dence in foreign countries, we un all admiration, and a friend of the derstand that Mr Gordon has obtain Grecians, Health and prosperity. ed an absolute mastery over certain modern languages, especially the “ It was not possible, most excelFrench, the Italian, the modern lent sir, nor was it a thing endurable Greek, and the Turkish.. Not con- to the descendants of the Grecians, tent, however, with this extensive that they should be deprived any education, in a literary sense, Mr longer of those imprescriptible rights Gordon thought proper to prepare which belong to the inheritance of himself for the part which he medi. their birth-rights which a barbarian tated in public life, by a second, or of a foreign soil, an antichristian tymilitary education, in two separate rant, issuing from the depths of Asia, services;- first, in the British, where seized upon with a robber's hand, he served in the Greys, and in the and lawlessly trampling under foot, 43d regiment; and subsequently, du- administered up to this time the af. ring the campaign of 1813, as a cap- fairs of Greece, after his own lust tain on the Russian staff.

and will. Needs it was that we, Thus brilliantly accomplished for sooner or later, shattering this iron conferring lustre and benefit upon and heavy sceptre, should recover, any cause which he might adopt at the price of life itself, (if that were amongst the many revolutionary found necessary) our patrimonial hemovements then continually emer- ritage, that thus our people might ging in Southern Europe, he finally again be gathered to the family of carried the whole weight of his great free and self-legislating states. Motalents, prudence, and energy, toge- ving, then, under such impulses, the ther with the unlimited command of people of Greece advanced with one his purse, to the service of Greece heart, and perfect unanimity of counin her heroic struggle with the Sul- cil, against an oppressive despotism, tan. At what point his services and putting their hands to an enterprise his countenance were appreciated beset with difficulties, and hard inby the ruling persons in Greece, will deed to be achieved, yet, in our prebe best collected from the accompa- sent circumstances, if any one thing nying letter, translated from the ori. in this life, most indispensable. This, ginal, in modern Greek, addressed then, is the second year which we to bim by the Provisional Govern- are passing since we have begun to ment of Greece, in 1822. It will be move in this glorious contest, once seen that this official document no- again struggling, to all appearance, tices with great sorrow Mr Gordon's upon unequal terms, but grasping absence from Greece, and with some our enterprise with the right hand

* Mr Gordon is privately known to be the translator of the work written by a Turkish minister, “ Tchebi Effendi,” published in the Appendix to Wilkinson's WalJachia ; and frequently referred to by the Quarterly Review, in its notices of Oriental affairs.

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