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| les, was the son of an eminent London citizen, who had partake of his meal. The little Negro soon reached his
instilled into his mind an early love of gain. On the voy- host, but Lazare not being able to climb, they threw down LIVERPOOL THEATRE,
age, they landed on the main coast of America ; and the several pieces of fish, some raw and others dressed, which,
party having wandered up the country, were attacked he devoured most voraciously.-[With the kind aid of TO THE EDITOR.
by the natives, who slew most of them. Mr. Thomas these generous savages, Lazare contrived to get to Port
Inkle escaped, and throwing himself tired and breathless Spain, and the author thus finishes the story:1–The SIR-Too much praise cannot be given to Mr. Mac. on a little hillock, was discovered in that condition by an reader will be impatient to know how he recompensed eady's performance of Virginius. I do not recollect to Indian maid, who became enamoured of him, hid him the slave who had saved his life: he will naturally folhave ever witnessed an actor who entered more deeply in a neighbouring cave, carefully supplied all his wants, low him in his mind's eye, conducting the faithful Neestibited the finest parental traits some strokes of such his solicitation, abandoned her country and friends, and ilusion! The infamous Lazare being in want of money,
or the most exquisite feelings of his character. He watched over his person day and night, and finally, a gro before a magistrate, to establish his freedom. Vain intelectual fashes of the greatest talent to equal-to went with him to Barbodoes. Mr. Thomas Inkle had a short time after sold this very Negro !--Description upass, almost impossible. Though that heroic forti. scarcely got safe an shore, when he bethought him of of Venezuela, by M. Lavaysse : 1820. ade of soul, that sublimity of feeling, which pervaded the loss of time he had sustained, and the consequent he classic characters of Mr. Kemble remains unrivalled, yet in Me. Macready, we may hope to be requited for loss of money, and, without the least hesitation, he sold
Correspondence. the loss of that great actor. A serious study of the an- his fond and faithful preserver to a Barbadoes planter, cient works of art, (I mean the Greek marbles, &c.) with making use of the poor girl's touching plea, that she their best dramatic poets, cannot be too strongly recom.
TO TAE EDITOR. mended to an actor who desires to excel ; as it will impart
was with child by him, as a reason for saising his de dignified air and suitable grace to any character he mand upon the purchaser.
SIRI observe that in this paper, as well as in the nay have to perform.
This story was founded on a fact, which is to be found Mercury, there are always nuisances of different sorts Your obedient servant, Sept, 22, 1820.
in Digon's History of Barbadoes. It took place in 1647. complained of by your readers, and I am now going to Notwithstanding the general improvement of the world, name one which wants removing as much as any other, we find an instance of depravity, almost as hideous, re opinion, have not effected any reform. I allude to the
but am sorry to observe that your kind insertions, in my TO THE EDITOR,
lated in a recent publication, which has also some fea. improper practice of shopboys putting up their shutters (See a Note to Correspondents.)
tures in it that remind one of the Barbadian atrocity. in a very careless manner : some come running out of | M. Lezare, a native of Provence, and trader of Mar. the shops with them, and when they have struck or
frightened $18.-I have already noticed Mr. Macready's first ap- tinico, in the beginning of the French revolution, but take care, when their notice is too late others draw pearance in Virginius Hje subsequent efforts have since residing at Port Spain, embarked on board a Spa- them upon a roller out of their cellars,
to do which they been more creditable to him; and I could easily select nish launch of the Orinoco, which was to take him to occupy the whole breadth of the parapet, and thus annoy estances in which he spared to a higher degree of ex San Thome de Angostura. He carried a very consider the passengers (and perhaps their master's customers a anticipating I am, however, after a careful review able venture with him, and had a young Negro of 14 and not name a remedy, I propose the following that of all his performances, decidedly
of opinion that his years old as his servant. When the boat arrived at the those who bring their shutters through the shops, bring merits have been grossly over-rated, and that, so far islets of the Orinoco, a Spanish sailor proposed to his them all at once and those who have to draw them out com uniting in himself the perfections of Garrick and comrades to murder Lezare and his Negro, and seize on them up; by which the street passengers would not be John Kemble, Mr. Macready will never make a perman uent stand in any one character, with the performance of the cargo. As all the rest were not so ferocious as the annoyed above a minute or two, instead of more than which the immorta! Kean or Kemble are identified. author of the proposal, it was decided that Lezare should ten,
and less liable to receive insults from the shopboys. That he is in possession of considerable powers of voice, be left on one of those desert islets; and fearing that
W. J. and that he gives particular passages of his author with he might. escape by swimming to some adjacent one, by great energy and truth is admitted; but that he will ever be acknowledged superior to Garrick, Kean or Kemble, the Gouaroouns, they bound him to a cocoa tree-hus
TO THE EDITOR. laich he must be it he possess the perfections of the condemning him to die of hunger. When those monfirst and last-named of those celebrated actors, is an
SIR,-As you have adopted the motto of “Utile it could never have been thought.of by any cool or in what they should do with the young Negro, and it was to it, I beg to suggest to your attention a department of tertina u menstrous, an absurdity so glaring, that sters returned on board the boat, they deliberated on
dulce" for your miscellany, and have generally adhered artial observer, and would most assuredly never have decided that he should be drowned. He was therefore science which you appear to have overlooked : what I een even alluded to by me, if the pages of the Kaleido- thown into the river: they also gave him some blows allude to, Sir, is the Curing and preservation of diffe.
ope had not been instrumental in spreading the delu. sia, by inserting the fulsome piece of rant to which I on the head with an oar, but these did not prevent him rent animals." This I find very satisfactorily elucidated Eude, and which first appeared in the London Courier, from diving and swimming to the islet on which his in a late work, entitled "Taxidermy," which being
merely a compilation from other works, I should ima. quarter which I should think must appear somewhat master had been left; fortunately the darkness of the gine you had a full right to make use of. At all events, $u_ Spicions to the respectable editor of the Liverpool Mer- night hindered them from seeing him when he reaclica an attention to this interesting subject will, to my certain The best that can be truly said of Mr. Macready, is the shore. At day-break the title Negro roamed about knowledge, add essentially to the pleasure which many
of my friends feel in the perusal of your interesting themat which I said of him in my last he is a good second the island, and at length discovered his master, whom miscellany. se actor; by which I mean, that he enacts first-rate he supposed to be dead, fastened to the tree, Lazare's Everton, Sept. 9.
A SUBSCRIBER. baracters in a second-rate styles and second rate cha- joy and surprise on-this-unexpected sight of his servant otubaer apthority besides the evidence of ray own eyes, may be readily imagined. The cord which bound him ens, and judgment, I have it in the fact, that out of having been untied, his first expression of gratitude was
Identific Records, en characters in which this actor has appeared, three a positive -promise of liberty to his slave. They next
(Continued from our former papers.) Front de Boeuf, were certainly not above second-rate, and went-in search of some food to satisfy their hunger; but ode of the others was in, a new play, which consequently perceiving traces of human footsteps, Lazare, shivering A new mineral earth has been lately found in Corsica, prevented the possibility of comparison. The remain with fear; spoke to his Negro of people who roast and eat thought to be impregnated with particles of gold. By Ing three were MACBETH, OTHELLO, and RICHARD, men. After mature deliberation, they determined that table services, and it is found to vie in colour and lustre
, in none of which was he able to make a favourable impresaon, when compared with performances of less ce from the certainty in which they were of starving, or of with the finest
vermillion. The name of Corsicarum lebrity than those of Kemble, Kean, and Cooke. It is not being able to escape, they might as well go and has been given to it; it has the property of not disco. tice Mr. Macready, I must make them. “ His mis- heard human voices; and a little after saw men perched, gold, the most purified and refined.
every is performances. up in the trees, in-a-species of nest proportioned to their
A Mr. Durham, of Paris, has invented a mode of G, N: sizes." Come, come,” said a Gouarooun to Lazare, roller over the tympan. A boy, we are told, may ma.
printing by which the pressure is conveyed by an iron looking at him from his roost.“ Heavens !" cried the nage the press. A MODERN INKLE.
the Provencal, who understood Spanish, " they want to The leaves of the elder-tree are often put into the sub. eat us."
“ No, Massa," replied the little Negro, who teraneous paths of moles, to drive them from the garden : Our readers, Joubtless, all recollect the story of Irkle had some knowledge of the English language, they if fruit-trees, flowering shrubs, &c. be whipped with the and Yarico, so simply and pathetically told by Steel in are only calling to us.” The
Gouarooun soon put an green leaves of the elder branches, insects will not attach The 11th No. of the Spectator. Mt. Thomas Inkle, aged end to their anxiety by showing them two large pieces of over rose-buds, and other flowers subject to blights and 20 years, bound to Barbadoes in the good ship the Achil. / fish, and inviting them by signs to climb up the tree and the devastation of catterpillars.
DISTANT VISIBILITY OF MOUNTAINS. Excuse this digression, Mr. Editor, my heart overflows, and I must relieve it. Bue to proceed. No.
To Correspondents. 'The following observations, on the distance at which sooner had I gazed upon her, than I darted like lightning mountains, have been seen, possess considerable in- from the spot, unwilling to trust my eyes with anotber THEATRICAL CRITIQUES..We should as soon think
glance at one who had already made such an inroad Authorities. Dis. in miles. upon my affections. But the mischief, alas ! was ac.
of accomplishing the perpetual motion, or discovering
the long-sought philosopher's stone, as expect by any Himalaya Mountains ......Sir W. Jones.
291 complished, and I might have remained for an age human arrangement to give general satisfaction; we Mount Ararat, from Der.
without experiencing any addition to my present suf- are therefore not at all surprised that we should be as bend... Bruce.
240 ferings. I hurried on at a rapid pace, without knowing earnestly pressed to cuntinue this subject, by one class Mowna Roa, Sandwich Isles
whither I was bending my steps, until I discovered that of readers, as we are solicited by another class, either (55 leagues)...
180 I had knocked at the wrong door, and had actually to suspend our dramatic notices altogether, or to de Chimborazo (47 leagues)...
160 walked into the house of a neighbour, where the family, vote a smaller portion of our columns to a subject Peak of Teneriffe from s.
seated at the dinner table, were eyeing me (as well they which is represented by them as of partial interest Cape of Quanzerota
135 might) with looks of utcer'astonishment. After stam- only.. Estimating the drama highly ourselves, as Dirco from ship's deck......
115 mering out a number of bungling excuses for my un- combining the utile dulci more than almost any other Peak of the Azures .........Don M. Cagigri 126 intentional intrusion, my cheeks at the same time species of recreation, all we can prevail upon ourselves Temabend
100 glowing like a furnace, I made my retreat, and suc. to do for the present, in order to reconcile the com Mount Athos
100 ceeded at last, more by accident than anything else, in tending parties, is to prescribe for the future rather Adam's Peak
95 reaching my own dwelling, which I no sooner entered, more confined limits to the subject; and for this rese Gbauc at the back of Tillichery 94 than I threw myself on the sofa, and endeavoured to
son, we must defer until next week the letter of BRAK Golden Mount, from ship's deck
93 collect my scattered ideas, making use of every effort Pulo Pera, from the top of Penang
Maticus, in order to give place to that of G. N., with 75 in my power to compose myself: but all in vain. The
whom we differ so much in opinion that we cannot The Ghaut at Cape Camoria
73 shaft of Love had struck too deeply into my susceptible suppress the expression of that dissent, lest, as sica Pulo Penang, from ship's deck
53 heart, and bade defiance to every attempt at consolation. is sometimes construed into consent, we should be The last six observations, and that of the Peak of Thus, Mr. Editor, have I candidly stated to you the come identified with opinions so very much is oppe Teneriffe, were made by a writer in the Calcutta circumstances of my deplorable situation, and I beseech, sition to our own. It must be obvious, that interesse Monthly Journal. An example of a brig being
seen in nay, implore you to suggest something or other for my as in former communications of G.N., Mr. Macreaty's Scotland, at the distance of 95 or 100 miles, by Captain relief, or I shall be ultimately obliged to have recourse name is seldom introduced unless accompanied bę ? Cobley, will be found in the Edinburgh Philosophial to that never-failing specific invented by Dean Swift, detracting sneer, very much misplaced when applied Jour. Vol. 1, p. 411.
and so strongly recommended in the 3d number of to a gentleman, who, in the estimation of some who your present series.
are no mean judges, ranks very high in his profession.
In our judgments, confirmed by each visit we have
paid to the theatre, during his engagement here, Mr. A woman, twenty-four years of age, wishing to in.
Macready combines almost every requisite for the duce vomiting, introduced the bandle of a silver fork P.S.Since writing the above, a thought bas just
stage, in a very unusual degree; his conception into her throat, which excited such a strong contraction struck me, that by giving a correct description of my
classical and correct ; his action dignified and graceful of the oesophagus, that the fork was drawn out of her person, the lady in question might retain some recol.
without apparent effort; and, to crown all, his powers hand, and passed into the stomach, where it remained lection of me, and perhaps be inclined to favour my
of voice surpass those of any actor we recollect to bara three months, without occasioning any other inconve- suit. I am a fine-looking well-made man, about 5 feet
heard ; it is sweet and powerful, and, when occasion nieoce than a sense of weight. The prong end of the 11 inches high, dark hair, eyes, and eyebrows, black
requires it, so pathetic, as to affect the audience in an fork would be felt about two inches above the umbi- whiskers and aquiline nose, with rather a melancholy
unusual degree, and to bring tears eren from u, hbo licus: the other extremity appeared to be under the cast of countenance, but nevertheless possessing a fine
are “ unused to the melting mood." liver. After three months bad elapsed, however, pain torid complexion, and just entering into my twentyand vomiting, with progressive emaciation, swelling in fifth year. Had on, at the time of meeting with the We thank Amicus for the anecdotes, and the accompa the garstric region, &c. were developed ; and 229 days fair incognita, a blue coat, drab-coloured crowsers, and nying inquiry. The former shall appear in an early after the accident, M. Cayroche performed the opera. Wellington boots.
number: the latter is not so much in conformity out tion of gastrotomy. An incision, two inches in length,
the plan and spirit of the Kaleidoscope. over the most prominent part of the tumour, laid open he cavity of the abdomen to that extent. The stomach
A LOVER OF THE DRAMA must pardon our freedom was then opened into, and the fork easily extracted. Biographical Notices.
in merely hinting that some little proficiency in read. The wound was properly dressed ; ao sinister accident
ing and writing is, in our judgment, essential to form occurred; and the patient was perfectly recovered by
COLUMBUS. the twentieth day from the operation, nor bas she since
the critic. It may be an old-fashioned notion, but
we cannot divest ourselves of its propriety. that time experienced any inconvenience. • Operation de Gastrotomie ; par M. Cayroche, M.
Perhaps it is not generally known that the bones of the story communicated by P. is very acceptable. D. a Mendes.Vide Journal General de Medicine, for this great man repose in the new Cathedral of the Virgin January, 1820.
Mary, at Havanna, where the following inscription is we have returned the journal of our friend R. but 24 placed :
tain the maxims for early insertion. TO THE EDITOR,
“ The highly distinguished hero, Christopher ColumSIR-I am extremely sorry to perceive by this day's bus, by his singular skill in nautical science, opened to all, POETRY. We have this week laid aside some of car
correspondents offerings in this department; in order Kaleidoscope, your_intention of withdrawing your a way that had, before, been shut against all. He added
to admit some extracts from what we regard as most services as Cupid's BROKER, particularly at this momencous period, when I stand so much in need of your To the three parts of the globe be subjected a fourth, a region of the greatest wealth to Castile and her King- extraordinary compositions, when the circumstances
of the author are taken into consideration. We speak valuable assistance. Mine, Mr. Editor, is one of the
of a'volume of poems by a common sailor, lately pube most lamentable cases that could possibly bave befallen Hispaniola. But, alas! after having explored almost
lished, some of which would scarcely suffer by collany person in my situation. Unlike the inamorata all the Lucayos and Antilles Islands, and returned a
parison with Byron, Moore, or Falconer. of your correspondent, (a young Bachelor) the dear fourth time to Spain, he died at Valadolid, worn out by therefore fearful that I shall find it a difficult task to grief, gout, and toil, on the 18th day of May, 1566. MILES GLORIOSUS next week. convey my sentiments, through the medium of your His body was delivered for keeping, to the Carthusians, instructive miscellany, to the identical fair one. But, of Seville, that it might be conveyed, at a convenient Further favours.--XVII.-A FRIEND.-Z. 0.; and to the statement of my case. It was on Saturday even time, to the metropolitan church of Hispaniola. For
CRITICUS, have been received. ing last, about half-past four o'clock, as I was passing through St. Anne-street, on my way to dinner, that i he had so willed, and it was so done. But now, that was struck with admiration and asconishment at the his bones may no longer lie in ground which is not sight of one of the most lovely forms I ever beheld, Spanish, they have been removed, after a lapse of nearly
Printed, published, and sold walking a few yards Before me. My curiosity was raised to the highest pitch, and I quickened my pace, two centuries, to this new Cathedral of the Virgin
BY EGERTON SMITH AND CO. determined, though perhaps at the expense of good Mary, of immaculaie conception, and duly buried on
'Liverpool Mercury Office. breeding to catch a glimpse, of her features. If my the 17th day of January, 1796. The city of Havanna, Sold also by John Bywater and Co. Pool-lane; Meses attention was before attracted by the beautiful sym- mindful of the merits of so great a man, in relation to Evans, Chegwin and Hall, Castle-street; Mr. Thos. metry of her sylph-like figure, judge what were my sensations on beholding the loveliest expression of coun- herself, and cherishing, at this expected time, his pre- Smith, Paradise-street ; Mr. Warbrick, Public tenance ever cast in the mould of perfection. cious remains, has erected this monument, and con
Library, Lime-street ; Mr. G. P. Day, Newsman,
Dale-street; Mr. Lamb, Hanover-street ; and Me Ab! unhappy Gulielmus! Why didst thou, for a ducted the whole funeral at her own expense. Uuder moment's idle curiosity sacrifice thy peace of mind for the civil administration of Philip Transpalac, and Ver
John Smith, St. James's-road, for ready money only.
AGENTS FOR DUBLIN: and thou must submit to thy face with patience and dij, and during the military command of Luodovico de Messrs. J. K. Johnson & Co. No. 1, Eden Quas, Lower resignation. las Casas."
wore a broad skirted fustian coat, per- | all kinds of sport that required either pa.
plexed with half a hundred pockets ; a pair tience or adroitness, and had not angled "I en but a gatherer and disposer of other men's of stout shoes, and leathern gaiters ; a bas- above half an hour, before I had completely stug."
WOTTON. ket slung on one side for fish ; a patent satisfied the sentiment,” and convinced
rod; a landing net, and a score of other myself of the truth of Izaak Walton's opiTHE SKETCH BOOK
inconveniences, only to be found in the nion, that angling is something like poetry, true anglers's armoury.
Thus harnessed a man must be born to it. I hooked myself Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
for the field, he was as great a matter of instead of the fish ; tangled my line in every
stare and wonderment among the country tree; lost my bait ; broke my rod; until I No. XXII.
folk, who had never seen a regular angler, gave up the attempt in despair, and passed
as was the steel-clad hero of La Mancha the day under the trees, reading old Izaak; THE ANGLER.
among the goatherds of the Sierra Morena. satisfied that it was his fascinating vein of
Our first essay was along a mountain honest simplicity and rural feeling that This day, dame Nature seemed in love,
brook, among the highlands of the Hudson; had bewitched me, and not the passion for The lusty sap began to move,
a most unfortunate place for the execution angling. My companions, however, were Fresh juice did stir th'embracing vines, of those piscatory tactics which had been more persevering in their delusion. I have And birds had drawn their valentines.
invented along the velvet margins of quiet them at this moment before my eyes, stealThe jealous trout that low did lie, Rose at a well dissembled flie,
English rivulets. It was one of those wilding along the border of the brook, where it There stood my friend, with patient skill,
streams that lavish, among our romantic lay open to the day, or was merely fringed Attending of his trembling quill.
solitudes, unheeded beauties, enough to fill by shrubs and bushes. I see the bittern Sir H. Wotton.
the sketch-book of a hunter of the pic-rising with hollow scream as they break in
turesque. Sometimes it would leap down upon his rarely invaded haunt; the kingIt is said that raany an unlucky urchin is rocky shelves, making small cascades, over fisher watching them suspiciously from his induced to run away from his family, and which the trees threw their broad balancing dry tree that overhangs the deep black betake himself to a seafaring life, from sprays, and long nameless weeds hung in mill-pond, in the gorge of the kills; the reading the history of Robinson Crusoe ; fringes from the impending banks, dripping tortoise letting himself slip sideways from and I suspect that, in like manner, many with diamond drops. Sometimes it would off the stone or log on which he is sunning of those worthy gentlemen, who are given brawl and fret along a ravine in the matted himself; and the panic-struck frog plumpto haunt the sides of pastoral streams with shade of a forest, filling it with murmurs; sing in headlong as they approach, and angle rods in hand, may trace the origin of and after this termagant career, would steal spreading an alarm throughout the watery their passion to the seductive pages of ho-forth into open day with the most placid world around. nest Izaak Walton. I recollect studying demure face imaginable; as I have seen I recollect also, that, after toiling and his “Complete Angler" several years since, some pestilent shrew of a housewife, after watching and creeping about for the greater in with a knot of friends in Ame- filling her home with uproar and ill humour, part of a day, with scarcely any success, in rica, and moreover that we were all com- come dimpling out of doors, swimming and spite of all our admirable apparatus, a lubpletely bitten with the angling mania. It curtseying, and smiling upon all the world, berly country urchin came down from the Was early in the year ; but as soon as the
How smoothly would this vagrant brook hills with a rod made from a branch of a Feather was auspicious, and that the spring glide, at such times, through some bosom tree; a few yards of twine; and, as heaven began to melt into the verge of summer, 1 of green meadow land among the moun- shall help me! I believe a crooked pin for He took rod in hand and sallied into the tains ; where the quiet was only interrupted a hook, baited with a vile earth worm, and ountry, as stark mad as was ever Don by the occasional tinkling of a bell from in half an hour caught more fish than we Quixote from reading books of chivalry.
the lazy cattle among the clover, or the had had nibbles throughout the day! One of our party had equalled the Don sound of a woodcutter's axe from the neigh- But above all, I recollect the "good, hothe fullness of his equipments; being bouring forest.
nest, wholesome, hungry" repast, which we sired cap-a-pie for the enterprize. He For my part, I was always a bungler at ousness to the encreasing and sparing of
made under a beech tree just by a spring your money only, but principally for your He had been much of a rambler in his of pure sweet water that stole out of the solace and to cause the helth of your body day; and had passed some years of his side of a hill; and how, when it was over, and specyally of your soule." *
youth in America, particularly in Savannah, one of the party read old Izaak Walton's I thought that I could perceive in the where he had entered into trade and had some scene with the milkmaid, while I lay on the veteran angler before me an exemplification been ruined by the indiscretion of a partner. kg grass and built castles in a bright pile of of what I had read; and there was a cheerful He had afterwards experienced many ups me clouds, until I fell asleep. All this may contentedness in his looks that quite drew and downs in life, until he got into the my appear like mere egotism, yet I cannot re- me towards him. I could not but remark navy, where his leg was carried away by a pena frain from uttering these recollections, the gallant manner in which he stumped cannon ball, at the battle of Camperdown, fais which are passing like a strain of music from one part of the brook to another ; This was the only stroke of really good forover my mind and have been called up by waving his rod in the air, to keep the line tune he had ever experienced, for it go an agreeable scene which I witnessed not from dragging on the ground, or catching him a pension, which, together with some long since.
among the bushes; and the adroitness with small paternal property, brought hin in a In a morning's stroll along the banks of which he would throw his fly to any parti- revenue of nearly forty pounds. On this the Alun, a beautiful little stream which cular place; sometimes skimming it lightly he retired to his native village, where he flows down from the Welsh hills and throws along a little rapid ; sometimes cast it into lived quietly and independently, and deitself into the Dee, my attention was at- one of those dark holes made by a twisted voted the remainder of his life to the “20tracted to a group seated on the margin. root or overhanging bank, in which the ble art of angling." On approaching, I foupd it to consist of a large trout are apt to lurk. In the mean- I found that he had read Izaak Walton veteran angler and two rustic disciples. while he was giving instructions to his two attentively, and he seemed to have imbibed The former was an old fellow with a wooden disciples;showing them the manner in which all his simple frankness and prevalent good leg, with clothes very much but very care- they should handle their rods, fix their humour. Though he had been sorely bufa fully patched, betokening poverty, honestly dies, and play them along the surface of the feted about the world, he was satisfied that come by, and decently maintained. His stream. The scenę brought to my mind the world, in itself, was good and beautiful face bore the marks of former storms, but the instructions of the sage Piscator to his Though he had been as roughly used in die present fair weather ; its furrows had been scholar. The country around was of that ferent countries as a poor sheep, that is worn into an habitual smile ; his iron-grey pastoral kind which Walton is fond of de- fleeced by every hedge and thicket
, yet he locks hung about his cars, and he had scribing. It was a part of the great plain spoke of every nation with candour and altogether the good-humoured air of a of Cheshire, close by the beautiful vale of kindness, appearing to look only on the constitutional philosopher, who was dis-Gessford, and just where the inferior good side of things; and above all, he is posed to take the world as it went. One Welsh hills begin to swell up from among almost the only man I had ever met with of his companions was a ragged wight, with fresh sweet-smelling meadows. The day, who had been an unfortunate adventures the skulking look of an arrant poacher, too, like that recorded in his work, was in America, and had honesty and magnaniand I'll warrant could find his way to mild and sunshiny; with now and then a mity enough, to take the fault to his owa any gentleman's fish-pond in the neigh-soft dropping shower, that sowed the whole door, and not to curse the country. The bourhood in the darkest night. The other earth with diamonds.
lad that was receiving his instructions was a tall. awkward, country lad, with a
I spon, fell into conversation with the old learnt was the son and heir apparent efa lounging gait, and apparently somewhat of angler, and was so much entertained, that, fat old widow who kept the village ind, and a rustic beau. The old man was busied under pretext of regeiving instruetions in and of course a youth of some expectative
, examining the maw of a trout which he had his art, I kept company with him almost and much courted by the idle, gentleman jnst killed, to discover by its contents what the whole day; wandering along the banks like personages of the place. In taking insects were seasonable for bait; and was of the stream, and listening to his talk. He him under his care, therefore, the old mal lecturing on the subject to his companions, was very communicative, having all the easy had probably an eye to a privileged corner who appeared to listen with infinito defe- garrity of cheerful old age ; and I fancy in the tap-room, and an occsional cup of
I have a kind feeling towards all was a little flattered by having an opportu- cheerful ale free of expense. “ brothers of the angle,” ever since I read nity of displaying his piscatory lore; for
There is certainly somewhat in angling, Izaak Walton. They are men, he affirms, who does not like now and then to play the if we could forget, which anglers are apt to of' a “ mild, sweet and peaceable spirit;" sage?
do, the cruelties and tortures inflicted on and my esteem for them has been encreased
worms and insects, that tends to produce : since I met with an old « Trelyse of fish- * From this same treatise, it would appear that ang-gentleness of spirit, and a pure serenity of ing with the Angle,” in which are set forth ling is a more Industrious and devout employment than mind. As the English are methodical even
it is generally considered.-—" For when ye purpose many of the maxims of their inoffensive
in their recreations, and are the most sciengo on fraternity. “Take good hede,” sayth this greatlye many persons wich you, which might let you tific of sportsmen, it has been reduced honest little tretyse, “ that in going about of your game. And that ye may serve God devoutly in among them to perfect rule and systema your disportes ye open no man's gates but sayinge effectually your customable prayers. And thus Indeed it is an amusement peculiarly adaplı
doying, ye shall eschew and also avoyde many vices, as that ye shet them again. Also ye shall not ydlenes, which is principall cause to induce man to
ed to the mild and highly cultivated scenery use this forsayd crafti disport for no covet- many other vices, as is right well knbwn.” of England, where every roughness has
zen softened away from the landscape. sed with kitchen herbs, and adorned with a How comforting it is to see a cheerful
is delightful to saunter along those limpid few flowers. The whole front of the cot- and contented old age ; and to behold a Teams which wander, like veins of silver, tage was overrun with a honeysuckle. On poor fellow, like this, after being tempest arough the bosom of this beautiful coun. the top was a ship for a weathercock. The tost through life, safely moored in a snug 7; leading one through a diversity of interior was fitted up in a truly nautical and quiet harbour in the evening of his
mall home scenery; sometimes winding style, his ideas of comfort and convenience days. His happiness, however, sprung it rough ornamented grounds ; sometimes having been acquired on the birth-deck of from within himself, and was independent bsimming along through rich pasturage, a man-of-war. A hainmock was slung from of external circumstances; for he had shere the fresh green is mingled with sweet the ceiling, which, in the day-time was that inexhaustible good nature, which is the
melling flowers ; sometimes venturing in lashed up so as to take but little room. most precious gift of heaven; spreading $5ght of villages and hamlets ; and then run- From the centre of the chamber hung a itself like oil over the troubled sex of des ping capriciously away into shady retire- model of a ship of his own workmanship. thought, and keeping the mind smooth and o zments. The sweetness and serenity of na-Two or three chairs, a table, and a large equable in the roughest weather. de ture, and the quiet watchfulness of the sport, sea chest, formed the principal moveables. On inquiring further about him, I learnt est, i gradually bring on pleasant fits of musing ; About the walls were stuck up naval bal- that he was a universal favourite in the vilof which are now and then agreeably inter- lads, such as Admiral Hosier's Ghost, All lage, and the oracle of the tap-room'; where erupted by the song of a bird; the distant in the Downs, and Tom Bowling, inter- he delighted the rustics with his songs, and,
histle of the peasant ; or perhaps the mingled with pictures of sea fights, among like Sindbad, astonished them with his sto2. vagary of some fish, leaping out of the still which the battle of Camperdown held a ries of strange lands, and shipwrecks, and
water, and skimming transiently about its distinguished place. The mantle-piece was sea-fights. He was much noticed too by Et glassy surface. “When I would beget decorated with sea shells; over which hung gentlemen sportsmen of the neighbourhood ;
Content,” says Izaak Walton, “and in- a quadrant, flanked by two wood-cuts of had taught several of them the art of angcrease confidence in the power and wisdom most bitter looking naval commanders. His ling; and was privileged visitor to their and providence of Almighty God, I will implements for angling were carefully dis- kitchens. The whole tenor of his life was alk the meadows by some gliding stream, posed' on nails and looks about the room. quiet and inoffensive, being principally 2.ad there contemplate the lilies that take On a shelf was arranged his library, con- passed about the neighbouring streams when so care, and those very, many other little taining a work on angling, much worn'; a' the weather and season were favourable ; at lasing creatures that are not only created, bible covered with canvas ; an odd volume other times he employed himself at home, but fed (man knows not how) by the good or two of voyages ; a nautical almanack; preparing his fishing tackle for the next a ess of the God of Nature, and therefore and a book of songs.
campaign, or manufacturing rods, nets, and trust in him."
His family consisted of a large black cat flies for his patrons and pupils among the : - I cannot forbear to give another quota-with one eye, and a parroť which he had gentry.
tion from one of those ancient champions caught and tamed, and educated himself, in He was a regular attendant at church on of angling which breathes the same inno- the course of one of his voyages ; and which Sundays, though he generally fell asleep cent and happy spirit:
uttered a variety of sea phrases with the during the sermon. He had made it his • Let me lire harmlessly, and near the brink
hoarse brattling tone of a veteran boat- particular request that when he died he Of Trent of Avon have a dwelling-place;
swain. The establishment reminded me should be buried in a green spot, which he Where I'may see my quill, or cork, down sink, of that of the renowned Robinson Crusoe ; could see from his seat in church, and
With eager bite of pike, or bleak, or dace; And on the world and my Creator think :
it was kept in neat order, every thing being which he had marked out ever since he was Whilst some men strive ill-gotten goods tembrace; "stowed away with the regularity of a a boy, and had often thought of when far And others spend their time in base excess
ship of war; and he informed me that he from home on the raging sea, in danger of Of wine, or worse, in war or wantonness:
« scowred the deck every morning, and being food for fishes; it was the spot where Letthem that will, these pastimes still pursue, swept it between meals."
his father and mother had been buried. And on such pleasing fancies feed their fill;
I found him seated on a bench before the have done, for I fear that my reader is So I the fields and meadows green may view, Aad daily by fresh rivers walk at will,
door, smoking his pipe in the soft evening growing weary; but I could not refrain Among the daisies and the violets blue,
sunshine. His cat was purring soberly on from drawing the picture of this worthy Red hyacinth and yellow daffodil. J. Davors. the threshold, and his parrot describing brother of the angle;" who has made me
On parting with the old angler I enquir- some strange evolutions in an iron ring that more than ever in love with the theory, ed after his place of abode, and happening swung in the centre of his cage. He had though I fear I shall never be adroit in the to be in the neighbourhood of the village a been angling all day, and gave me a history practice of his art : and I will conclude this few evenings afterwards, I had the curiosity of his sport with as much minuteness as a rambling sketch, in the words of honest to seek him out. I found him living in a general would talk over a campaign; being Izaak Walton, by craving the blessing of small cottage, containing only one room, particularly animated in relating the manner St. Peter's master upon my reader, “ and
a perfect curiosity in its method and in which he had taken a large trout, which arrangement. It was on the skirts of the had completely tasked all his skill and wari- upon all that are true lovers of virtue ; and vil
age, on a green bank, a little back from ness, and which he had sent as a trophy to dare trust in his providence; and be quiet ; the road, with a small garden in front, stock-mine hostess of the Inn,
and go a angling."