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ed by a tempest, and the Griper waited seven | forward, until she effected their escape. Io throw. I lor, who was pursued on a field of ice by a bear, days for the Hecla at the rendezvous in ing them before ber, the little creatures are said to when at a cousiderable distance from assistance
have placed themselves across her path, to receive the preserved his life by throwing duxo an article of Shetland; but the latter suffered so much inpuise; and oben projected some yards in advance, clothing, whenever the bear gained opon him, on damage, as to be compelled to steer direct- they ran onwards until she overtook them, when which it always suspended the pursuit until it bed
they alteroately adjusted themselves for a second examioed it, and thus gare bim time to gaiu some ly for Leith. They are now both at Dept. ibrow.
advance. It this way, by means of bat, jacket, and ford.
Several instances of peculiar sagacity in these a neck-handkerchief, successively cast doun, the
animals have been observed. “ We hear that a vessel fit for the service
progress of the bear was cousiderably retarded, and
A seal, lying on the middle of a large field of ice, ihe sailor escaped from the danger that threatened has already gone into dock, to be made with a hole just before it, was marked out by a bear him in the refuge afforded bim by the vessel. ready for another voyage of discovery next under the ice, and making its way to the hole by
for its prey, and secured by the artifice of diving season.”
wbich the seal was prepared to retreat. The seal,
TO THE EDITOR.
and appeared aboul a minute afterwards, with the
SIR-The following is taken from a Swiss Journal The captain of one of the whalers being anxious and appears to me well adapted for your Literary "I am but a gatherer and disposer of other men's to procure a bear, without wounding the skin, made Mirror; if you think the same, I shall feel obligue stuff."
trial of the stratagem of laying the poose of a rope by your inserting it.
in the snow, and placing a piece of kreng within it. THE GREENLAND BEAR.
A bear, ranging the neighbouring ice, was soon en
ticed to the spot by the smell of burning meat. He In the early part of my life, I once visited Expo (From Captain Scoresby's Arctic Voyages.)
perceived the bait, approached, and seized it in bis land, and, during my abode there, took the typer. mouth; but his foot, ar the same moment, by a jerk tunity of seeing the lakes in Westmoreland, laat of the rope being entaugled in the noose, he pushed for the resemblance they bear to the Swiss sceasy
, The Polar, or Greenland Bear, the sovereign of it off with the adjoining paw, and deliberately retired. It was in the month of August when we approached 'arctic'animals, is powerful and courageous; savage After having eaten the piece he carried away with the vale of the Grassmere. We bad asceeded the and sagacious ; apparently clumsy, yet not inactive
. him, he returned. The nuose, with another piece of bill which overlooks the lake, when the postigne His senses are extremely acute, especially bis sight kreng, being then replaced, he pushed the rope aside stopped the carriage that we might behold its beauty
, and smell. As be traverses extensive fields of ice, and again walked triumphantly off with the kreog: To describe my feelings at this moment would
he mounts the hummocks and looks around for A third time the uoose was laid, but excited to cau- impossible. The calm unrufiled surface of the mer prey, on rearing his bead spuffing the breeze, he Lion by the evident observation of the bear, the which reflected on its unsullied bosom the surrounde perceives the scent of the decayed whale at an im- sailors buried the rope beneath the snow, and laid ing scenery, rendered doubly beautiful by the mense distance. A piece of kreng throwa into a the bait in a deep hole dug in the centre. The hear riegated tints of the trees in their autombal sie fire draws him to a ship from the distance of miles. once more approached, aud the sailors were assured dour, could only be compared to an ingenten The kreng of the whale, however offeosive to others, of their success. But Bruin, more sagacious than mind whose every feeling may be traced on is to him a banquet. 'He seems to be equally at they expected, after souffing about the place for a countenance, and the appearance of the villa at home on the ice as on the land. He is found on few moments, scraped the snow away with his paw, church, with its antique towers, surrounded by fields of ice, above 200 miles from the shore. He threw
the rope aside, and again escaped upburt with majestic pines, and the music of whose bells, water èan swim with the velocity of three miles an hour, bis prize.
by a gentle breeze, anuouuced the celebration di and can accomplish some leagues without much In the month of Jane, 1812, a female bear with rustic wedding, conspired to make the scene erea inconvenience. He dives to a considerable depth, iwo cubs approached the ship 1 commanded, and mure lovely and interesting than my native crester though not very frequently.
The cubs, not attempting to escape, In the middle of the lake is seen a beautıfalsed He may be captured in the water without much were taken alive. These animals, though at first romantically formed and well-wouded, on veido danger; but on the ice, he has such powers of re-evidently very unbappy, became, al length, in some built a collage, the residence of a recluse
, she has sistance at command, that the exprriment is hazarıl- measure reconciled to obeir situation, and, being a hjured the world, and bolds no intercourse wit ous. When pursued and attacked, he always turns tolerably tame, were allowed vccasionally to gu ai rellow-creatures. He had once moved in the fint upon his enemies. If struck with a lance he is apt large about the deck. While the ship was moored circles of society: disappointment ju love, eat the to seize it in his mouth, and either bite it in two, or to a Ave, a few days after they were taken, one ingratitude of a false friend, were the cause of wrest it out of the hand. If shot with a ball, unless of them, having a rope fastened round bis neck, retirement. he is struck in the bead, the beart, or in the shoul. was thrown overboard. It immediately swam to the At the bead of the lake stands Helm Crage, it der, he is enraged rather tban depressed, and falls ice, got upon it and attempted to escape. Finding ing its majestic lead above the neighbouring and with increased power upon his porsuers. When itself, however, detained by the rope, it endeavoured tains. It is formed of one solid rock, and entido shot at a distaace, 'aud able to escape, he has been to disengage itself in the following ingenious way: an appearance of indescribable wildness. Al observed to retire to the sbelter of a hummock, and, near the edge of the Aoe was a crack in the ice
, of a foot of the mountain, lie the remaius of the as if conscious of the styptical effect of cold, apply considerable length, but only 18 inches or 2 feet King of Cumberland. He is buried under an snow with his paws to the wound.
wine, and 3 or 4 feet deep. To this spot the bear mense pile of stones, which were placed abore din Though possessed of courage and great means of returned ; and when on crossing the chasm, the bight after the battle, as his rude mouument. Several defence, be always, unless urged by hunger, retreats of the rope fell into it, he placed himself across the rique swords and armour, similar to those used before men. His general walk is slow and delibe. opeving; then suspending himself by bis hind feet, the Romans, have been discovered here. Hele rate; but when impelled by danger or hunger, he with a leg on each side, be dropt the most part of Cragg is the seat of many a legendary story. proceeds by á galloping step; and upon ice, can bis body into the chasm, and with a foot applied on one of its most remote caverns, there is a rude took easily outrun any man.
each side of the deck, attempted for some minutes raised to the memory of two brothers, who unferta Bears, though they have been known to eat one to push the rope over his head. Finding this scheme vately perished there. Their death was most laut another, are remarkably affectionate to their young ineffectual
, he removed to the main ice, and running table. One of them was attached to an interes in The female, which has generally two at a birth, de- with great impetuosity from the ship, gave a remark? girl in one of the neighbouring valleys, and, in bar fends them with such zeal, and watches over them able pull on the rope, then, going back a few steps, visits to her, was in the habit of crossing this se with such anxiety, that she sometimes falls a sacri- he repeated his jerk.' At length, after repeated at- pendous mountain. He was overtaken by a disky fice to her maternal attachment. A pleasing and tempts to escape this way, every failure of which he which is here very frequent, and in descending
the very extraordinary instance of sagacity in a mother announced by a significant growl, he yielded to his almost perpendicular cliffs, was formed person, who accompanied me in several voy. sullen silence.
covered by his brother after seven days search, and ages to the whale fisheries in the capacity of sur- A bear which was attacked by a boat's crew, in by his side stood bis faithful dog --His brother geou. This bear, with two cubs under its protection, the Spitsbergen sea, made such a formidible resist
. grief was too great 10 bear
. He pined and dirt was pursued across a field of ice, by a party o ence, that it was enabled to climb the side of the The dog did not loug survive them. On the rock
At first sbe seemed to urge the boat, and take possession of it, while the intimidated which fronts this cavern, in rade letters, is engraved young ones to an increase of speed by running be- crew Aed for safety to the water, supportiog them the word “ Friendship." fore them, turuing round and manifesting, by a selves by the gunwale and rings of the boat, until by
Such a combination of interesting events whick peculiar action and voice, her anxiety for their pro- the assistance of another party from the ship, it was
are recorded of this valley, made an impression de gress ; but finding their pursuers gaining apon them, shot as it sat innofensively
on the stern. And with re my mind never to be effaced. The semembraze she carried, or pusbed, or pitched them alternately gard to narrow escapes, I shall only add, that a sail will ever give me pleasure. Adieu,
DESCRIPTION OF BILSTON.
QUAKERS. any of the characters of Shakspeare; ang among Written by a friend of the correspondent, at whose them inay be enuinerated the violent and irrational of extreme poverty and distress to be found than
Among no class in our country are fewer instances request it is inserted.)
alteratin of the original, which thwarts Shaks among those persons denominated ** Friends, or Qua; peare's play in almost all its essential purposes, kers.”
Scarcely do we recollect among these social Sarely the curse of the Almighty is upon the land of his magic poetry. 'Mr. Vandenbuff, thougla luis which demoralizes the individual, and produces such
which obstruct his plut, and deaden the influence communities one instance of that absolute indolence Si tie modern Job must have incited the cupidity of part sutters from ibe causes which are here men- distress in his family, as not unfrequently renders life, a our mortal enemy, and the eternal Deity bave given pued, bad less of the interpolated trash to repeat burden to its members. If we look for the reasons why leave to visit bım with fire and smoke, and wake iban most of the characters. This was most fortu- this class of persons are generally in better circumstan, kis paradise a desert.
baie fur bim, as his taste is more effectually excit ces than others of their fellow-citizens, we shall find Like the burning mountain of the Persian poet, cc, iu proportion to the strengils and beanty of the them in their persevering industry, and that spirit of all is fire. The bills blaze in countless volcanoes, language. It is to the eredie of his understanding rious living. To the former, in particular, may be atand the valleys vomit fire and fame. It is the thai he failed in the substituted rabt, and that he tributed their success as merchants, mechanics, and far. <Valley of the Shadow of Death" realised. All is
was quite successful in all the lofry passages of the mers. Industry, in every calling or profession, is requidease, turbid, and sombre,
The rays of the sun scarce penetrate the mantle wrgwal. His voice is of a defective character, both site to advancement. With the importance of this moral of rapours wbich overspreads the earth. Its geoice!
18 10 strengib and depth of tone. If the great size virtue the Quakers are early impressed in youth; it
of the theatie be taken into consideration, it will makes a part of their education, and becomes in life warmth is spent upon the clouded atmosphere, aod
not be imputed to him as a fixult, that 10 most of habitual. "It is earnestly to be wished that we could see it comes over us in gusts, like the pent-up blasts of the level passages he failed to impart the fullest their industry and economy in every domestic circle. a furnace. We iubale a poisonous gas; the lungs etiect of wbich they are capable. He was decidedly Then would much of that pecuniary distress, in which comes parched; hectic overspreads the frame; and excellent, however, in those which result from the many are involved, disappear from among us, by the
absence of one of its greatest causes. feeliae, consumption, and asthma are the recruiting of rage were full of deep pathos, and his curses ou
more dire aud heartfelt emotions, His first bursts ificers of Death, whose banners are spread abroad, Goneril were delivered with a frankness of baftled in Hertfordshire, lately left by will the following sums to
The late Mrs. Jasper Leigh Goodwin, of Hoddesdon, od carry off thousands and tens of thousands.
With night come thicker horrors. That which dignation terribly natural. His irrepressible grief the undermentioned benevolent institutions :
To the Clergy Orphan Society..................£500 found and see nought but fires upon fires, is 10 the audience, without waiting for the sanction of
To the Bristol Infirmary. rack the mind's recollection to the visitation of God
To the Asylum for Deaf & Dumb, Kent-road, 300 ipon the lands of Sudom and Gomorrah; while
To the Asylum for Indigent Blind, Bristol... 300 rom the very blaze around Aashes the conviction, display of mental agony, as some of the effect should
bave been reserved for the distress wbich precedes To the College for Clergyman's Widows, Blm. 500 hat this too is a land of sin and iniquity.
To the Stranger's Friend Society, Bristol...... 200 Tu venture within these regions of the damned; he conclusion. His voice wants more modulation;
To the Asylum for Poor Orphan Girls, Bristol 200 a listen to the reverberations and sullen biss of the it was too much convulsed and broken in the stormy
To the Marine Hospital, London team boilers; the monotonous fall of the hammer, passages, and too weak ani indifferent in the calm
Mendicity Society, London........................ nd the low crackling of the irou ore; to bear the
Some of his delivery in both instances was anguage of imprecations of the cylops of the place; powerful. The address to ihe elements, and the mad
On Sunday last, in Lambrigg, near this town, Mr stread upon the burning land which hlazes under cooversation with Edgar, may be specified as ex. Nathan Whitehead, aged 105 ; "he retained his faculties ar feet; to pass the faming mouths of the furnaces, amples. His deportment was in strict coufurinity till within a few hours of his dissolution, and always dere streams of fire rush, like fallen spirits, from with the character throughout, and his figure and took a part in the reaping-field, except the present hare Leir prison-house to expand in air, and visit once appearance were sufficiently regal and imposing. vest.-Kendal Chronicle, October 7. zain the scene of their inortal probation and eternal Upon the whole, the performance was a spirited x}: 10 view all this with apathy or indifference; effort, abounding in proofs of sound judgment and
A curious wager for £5, has recently been decided >> suffer these impressious to escape uprecorded on a refined laste, the few drawbacks upon it being the at Mr. Scott's, the Six-bells, Dove-court, Lombarda
A baker undertook to stand upon one leg for he mind, were to confess a soul alive only to self result of accident or negligence, and by no means sterest and gratification, but dead to every sense attributable to defective sense or accomplishments three successive hours, without either resting it on the of what is beautiful and harmonious in oature.
He was eothusiastically applauded throughout. At ground, or reclining against the other leg. He perMaskind are but murderers; they have murdered the falling of the curtain Mr. C. Kemble came for formed the arduous task with apparent ease, and next
day was able to pursue his usual occupation. About the beautiful ideal of Nature, and her bowels strew ward to announce the performance for Monday £5 more was collected for him. the land, while the vultures of gain glut their night, but the audience drowned bis voice with caviags after her bidden stores, to furnish keener cries of “Vandenboti!" The latter gentleman came
That rare and interesting mineral, the native hydrate zests for destroying, and accumulated means for forward after a few minutes had elapsed; the greater magnesiu, which has been found only at Hoboken, in latraction.
past of the pit rose, and stauding on the seats New Jersey, had recently been discovered by Dr. HibWould they but see how this deep diving after saluted hini with acclamations, waving their bais bert in the island of Shetland. ross entails misery, ruin, and destruction on the and hundkerchiefs. Silence being restored, be annunan race: would they but see how man becomes Hounced king Lear for repetition, and retired demoralized; how his frame aliers, till be is scarce amidst the same tumultuous approbation with
Correspondence. laman; buw bis mind gets callous to every impres which be bad been received. 101 of religion, seeking po bigher rationality than
TO THE EDITOR. * The London critics will find themselves mistaken curses and imprecations, but lies buried under a pass of corruption, like the ore he seeks, darkling, on this point. a its native mines: Ob! would they but see all
SIR - Jo reply to your correspondent C. R bis, they would for ever stop the mouths of their
I beg to observe, with regard to bis first question'
Miscellanies. aferus, which, like the Hell of Daute, should have,
that people, having lost any ibing, will look in places eritten at their entrances, “Whoso entereth here,
where they bave no idea of finding it, (after having bagdoneth hope.”
looked in places where ibey bad any an idea it might be,) but if they gave themselves time for reflection,
they might be sure that the dust article could not Brama.
Recently, a horse in harness, just returned from the possibly be there. The second question is of a more
country, started from the door of its owner, Mr. Roofe, complex nature, and admits of being taken in dis. IR. VANDENHOFF'S FIRST APPEARANCE of Colchester, at full speed, up the High-street, passing ferent ways. First, if a person yoes io seek a thing
the Angel, towards the top of the town. When near (as exprersed in the question), we must, suppose IN LONDON,
Mr. Wallis's, it got upon the flat pavement, upset an ihat he is not sure of finding it, and, therefore,
apple stall, and dashed the gig to atoms against the cannot properly be said to go for it: bot 'if á Our Liverpool readers will be gratified by the portico of the New Corn Exchange; continued its career thing is left at any certain place, where he has nollowing article, which is copied from the Globe of with the shafts along the portico, crossed the top of thing to do but go and receive it, then he certainly be 11tb inst. At Covent Garden on Saturday night was pre-open, and, in a moment, the horse, shafts and all, no doubt as to where the article may be foand.
door of Mr. Baker, veterinary surgeon, which flew goes for the article, and not to seek it, there being enter the tragedy of King Lear, in order 10 iotro. went down the passage into the kitchen, to the great Thus, the difference between going for a thing, and Euce Mr. Vandenhoff, a gentleman of great pro- alarm of Mr. Baker's family. Fortunately no one was going to seek a thing is, that one is a certainly, and - ncial fame in his profession, to a London audi- hurt. A boy was thrown down, but received no injury. the other an upcertainty. Yours, &c. uce. The difficultiis attending such a perform. 1 Chelmsford Chronicle..
EXTRAORDINARY VISIT OF A HORSE TO THE
KITCHEN OF A VETERINARY SURGEON.
ibusiasm of soul, which carries away, as a torrent, demanded to see the lad.-The cook, for such was the
both the poet and his reader. His reasoning is calm, occupation of this terrific monster, then held him up by TO THE EDITOR.
eloquent, and convincing, rather than noisy and his feet. He appeared to be about fourteen years of age, SIR-In a letter from your correspondent
OB-than rapid succession. Habitually of a melancholy village where he found several hundreds of the natives SERVER, about the Coke at the Liverpool Gass- disposition, tbis temperament pervades the whole
of seated in a circle, with a quantity of coomery (a sort of works, another important consideration occurs to his poetry; of which, when you have read a few body of the youth. In this company were shown to hin, which he wishes may be added in a
pages, you become acquainted, intimately acquaint him the parents of the child, expecting to share in the POSTSCRIPT.
ed, with the author, who introduces you to himself horrid feast. After reasoning with them for about half The Coke is bought at the Gass-works by poor in the most pleasing maover; unfolds the feelings an hour on the inhumanity and wickedness of their epeople, who get it at a cheaper rate, and as a sub- that animate, and the troubles that distress him ; duct, he prevailed upon them to give up the boy to be atitute for coal: and amongst the various ways of and long before you bave perused the volume, you interred, and thus prevented them from consummating conveying it home, the method above described is become not merely the reader of his poetry, but the the most cruel, unnatural, and diabolical act of which one adopted. Another danger arising from the use coofidential friend of Cowper. His style is smooth human nature is capable. of the coke, which ihese pour people and all persons and copious, without that fire and animation, which should be acquainted with, is, that unless the room is now so much admired, and yet engages the To Correspondents. where the coke is burat is thorougbly ventilated fancy, while it cultivates the taste of the reader; valess there is a free draught for the fumes arising bis similes, which are used very sparingly, are jusi from the burning cokevery serious consequences and beautiful; and never was author freer from HOUSELESS POOR. As we have reason to believe that may ensue.' Persons of an asthmatical constitution bombast. When he exclaims
there are destitute beings to be found wandering our
streets at this season, who have no means of procuring and young childrea ought, especially, to avoid an Oh! for a lodge in some vast wilderness,
shelter from the inclemency of the weather, we hope atmosphere so impregnated: and if any one should Some boundless contiguity of shade,
to meet the co-operation and countenance of our bi be so unfortunte or imprudent as to go to bed in an Where rumour of oppression and deceit,
benevolent and active townsmen, in the imati apartment not well ventilated, were coke is burning,
Of unsuccessful or successful war, they may go to sleep, not to wake again in this
Might never reach me more !
establishment of a refuge for such sufferers, on the
nomical and effectual plan, which was so suctată world.
For I am sick
resorted to during several of the last winters
. We it is evident that this is no rhetorical flourishing. shall be happy to communicate with those who feel such was the language of his heart. Indeed, through interested upon the subject, whom we shall be reply
the wbole of his poetry, the feeling of sickness at the to meet any day, at our office, between the houn di TO THE EDITORSMITH. vices and follies of the world runs; and to the la.
twelve and two. bitual, yet pleasing melancholy of the author, we SUR, -Oy sumtoimes reeds that ere youg noose- are perhaps indebted for the most beautiful parts of Miss M'AVOY'S WONDERFOL TOUCH!-Dr
. Rex: payper o'thoyne wi sick a kweer oeame, wic in moy his poetry. And, whatever may be the opinion of WICK, in his recent work on the miraculous powend moynde thees inwented thoysel, kawse az 'ow oy be world at large, this “morbid sensibility” as they
the late Miss M'Avoy, has not treated his increduktor konga foynde it ith bigg dixnary, and eye nose theres term it, is infinitely preferable to tbe boisterous and
antagonists with much ceremony. We agree with no K in Latto, wic meaks mea suspeact az how its oufeeling gaiety, which is only to be purchased by
FAIRPLAY, that his book is fair game; and we pers Wellsh, and oye opes thee'o tell un deckst weak wot plunging headlong into folly aud vice.
pose at an early day to take such notice of it, ** thee means boy it.
conceive it deserves ; at the same time, avoring ca. Cowper appears to have been enthusiastically at. readiness to hear both sides of the question. We er But oyse goiu to tell thee, Measter Kallideuscope, tached to the country. Some of his most beautiful ticipate some interest in the pursuit of a subjar thatt oyse meade hup moy moyode to kum out, turps of thought are occasioned by rural objects. which we thought had been set for ever at rest ; b may be yu dozent no wot oy meuns by kummin Such is his description of the village bells:
there are, it seems, learned men, besides Goldsmith's owt, but its wot the pleyer foak caw the furst toyme How soft the music of those village bells,
pedagogue, of whom it may be said, a yong backtur hacks. Oize desprit clivir, as you Tolling at intervals upon the ear,
“ For, e'en though vanquish'd, they could argue stil." mun think wheu oy says that oise too yards and a In cadence sweet ; now dying all away, kwarter eye, aod a full formd mon in all shcaps, Now pealing loud again, and louder still;
FRENCH CRITICISM.-When we commenced the subtubby shure oye bin a bit pokoeed, tho' oyse no need Clear and sonorous as the gale comes on.
ject, we did not anticipate that so numerous a first o knocks, for mi hed was batterd to a hure puddin With easy force it opens all the cells
progeny would arise from “ Mon père et ma mere." last peet boy a red hot pigg driver, bekawse eye
Where Memory slept; wherever I have heard We should have introduced GUILLAUME, and W. tripped mysel over sum of his live bakon, and shure
A kindred melody, the scene recurs,
our readers this week, had we not alrcady devoted a as sixpence eye nearly bounst ith Dry Dock, where
And with it, all its pleasures and its pains.
column or two to original criticism. We shall, ther eye mit ha bio drowut you do. Moy kuzzen Kate Your reader cannot fail to notice the powerful since we wrote the foregoing paragraph, we bare *
fore, keep back the reply to J. B.J. until
peri pred sais as ow eye skwints, bult dunna you beleever; ideas which these lines present, of bells heard at a ceived further letters on this same subject; be est sbees a swindzjin loyar. Now eye nose as ow u distance. When Cow per tries sarcasm, it is of the signed S. and the other S. M. kan sett me ou moy leggs if you'll only pitch mee most generous kind; never degenerating into scur. in a guve word to ibe hammatuer foke, as eyes toud rility or invective, aud always aimed at characters Y. Z.'s original commentary on the works of Menter there a daseat sett, and oyse sbure to suck seed in well deserving it.
&c. are also very welcome, and shall appear D a'm let alone.
Liverpool, December, 1820.
There can be no question upon the point alluded to by!
Y. Z. who, be it understood, is not the correspondent Boy way of rekkommendashon, eye sarvd four
whose physiological paper appears
this day's Kyeres in the Local Millisha.
leidoscope. Mr.Leigh, a missionary recently returned to England, We particularly request that the translator of the ling relates the following story of cannibalism, which oc
entitled THE SCHOOLMASTER, would inform us HORÆ OTIOSÆ. curred during his residence of six weeks at New Zealand:
who the writer is. There can be no objection, “ One day, while Mr. Leigh was walking on the beach,
presume, as no unauthorised use shall be made of the
by a great number of people on a reighbouring hill. Next week, or the following week, we purpose to attend
to the favours of Henricus-COADE LAMBETICOWPER. told that they were roasting a lad, and had assembled to
H.-J.M.G.-A.-J. H. and a FRIEND. Although Cowper has acquired great celebrity to ascertain the truth
of this appalling relation. Being The CONNOISSEUR is suitable enough for our colusi
eat him, he immediately proceeded to the place, in order and many admirers, it has been by far different arrived at the village where the people were collected, he of selections. means from those made use of by the popular poets asked to see the boy. The natives appeared much agi. who preceded him, or by those who now captivate tated at his presence, and particularly at his request, as The HAPPY Pain is under consideration. the world. He ajmed not at popularity; bis poems if conscious of their guilt; and it was only after a very are evidently the production of a man, more anxious urgent solicitation that they directed him towards a large we have already corrected the mis-statement noticed by to amuse his intimate friends, and himself, than to fire at some distance, where they said he would find
A WARM ADMIRER, and shall refer him to the nutscaptivate the mass of mankind. His feelings
appear bloody spot on which the head of this unhappy victim
him. As he was going to the place, he passed by the ber of the paper in our next. to have been those of a man with whom the opinion had been cut off; and on approaching the fire,
he was of the world weigbed but little · He does not aim not a little startled at the sudden appearance of a savage
Printed, published, and sold at dazzling the reader by the brilliancy of his looking man, of gigantic stature, entirely naked, and
BY EGERTON SMITH AND CO. tboughts, or the lively turn of his imagination ; armed with an axe. Mr. Leig. , though somewhat inaad he neither felt, nor aimed at inspiring that en- timidated, manifested no symptoms of fear, but boldly
Liverpool Mercury Ofice.
ing the saerits of the different schools, or admiring the speared in an English dress. I shall bave occasion to beauties of their varied specimens ?
mention others in my future letters. For the present, ON COLLECTING PRINTS.
The portfolio is the proper accompaniment of the Sir, I conclude, and subscribe myself an admirer of
a fund of gratification and delight to those who are
not participating in the game, more especially to the De mine to bless the more mechanic skill,
younger branches of society, whose minds, although Literature, Criticism, &c. That stamps, renews, and multiplies at will, And cheaply circulates through distant climes,
apparently on the pursuit of pleasure only, thus imbibe The fairest relics of the purest times.
instruction and cultivate their taste, while they appear Rogers.
TO THE EDITOR. to be merely enjoying an amusement. Referring more Sin-Since the lamented dispersion of the celebrated immediately to the use of prints, it may be justly said Lection of our enlightened townaman, Mr. Roscoe, that they afford instruction to youth from the lively SIR,- If my health and leisure will perkus often been a subject of regret with me, that in impression they make on the imagination; the lessons mit me, and, above all, if the approbation Bepulent and liberal town of Liverpool, so tew, 80 they offer are quicker, stronger, and of longer duration I few individuals are to be found who possess col- than those given by words. If you wish 'a child to
readers should encourage me, it is sians of Engravings. It appears to me, Sir, that learn effectually any event of history, amuse him by my present intention to offer them a brief bere wealth abounds, and where taste and a liberal the representation of that event, explaining to him the critical analysis of some of the less-known mouragement of the arts and literature are acknow. subject, and he will rarely ever forget the effect made plays of Marlow, Ford, and Massingerkged to exist, a fondness for the works of the en. upon his youthful mind by the characters of those who iver must erist also. I can therefore only attribute are actors in the scene. Prints also furnisb to old
However unequal I feel myself to this task, great coldness and neglect with wbich the finest age an agreeable amusement, by recaling ideas and I yet am somewhat confident, that the actions of this kind treated, even by the ad- events which time had effaced from the memory. beauty of the quotations from these celefrers of the arts in general, here, to the diff. They represent to us distant transactions as if they brated authors, will make ample amends for &y, or supposed difficulty, of making a systematic were before our eyes; they bring home to us the most masgement of their specimens. This difficulty early remote countries, and make them as familiar as our the many imperfections in its execution. roseats itself to those who intend to form collections, own; we profit by and enjoy the beauties of these But should it, notwithstanding, be received td I most fully allow that it offers no trifling obstacle countries
, which otherwise we could have no know- kindly, I shall be abundantly recompensed y their progress; for, without arrangement, the pos- ledge of. They make us cotemporary with the greatest for my labour, and shall implore the gentle wor of a collection of prints, instead of a creasure, men of former ages, with whom, from their exact an incumbrance, and instead of enjoying the de- resemblance, we seem to live. Had the ancients pos- reader to apply to me, if he can do so with ku and advantages of regularity, he suffers all the sessed the advantages of engraving, we sbould have justice, the benevolent maxim of Horace. tations of confusion. It is my wish, Sir, through been familiar, by means of prints, with all their beau
Non ego paucis e medium of your interesting miscellany, to offer a tiful and curious possessions: the temples and palaces
Offendar maculis, quas aut incuria fudit, remarks on the facility of arranging a collection; of which so much is said in bistory, the so much
Aut humana parum cavit natura. & if, by so doing, I can induce some of my fellow boasted monuments, the labours of the Egyptians, the yasmen to become collectors, or can give to those Greeks, and the Romans, of which description gives us
Y. Z. to possess collections any useful hints as to their ar- but a faint idea. Those most celebrated statues, of igement, my purpose is answered.
which the sad reliques are, at this day, at once the ad. Before I proceed in my attempt, allow me to offer a miration and regret of all connoiseurs : in short, all the
The age of Elizabeth was the golden era words on the advantage and pleasure of collecting marvelous works of antiquity would have been trans- of our literature: it was the age of ShakInts.
mitted to posterity, and thus we should bave become speare, Ford, Marlow, Beaumont and Looking at the satisfaction of possessing a collection the inheritors of their riches.
Fletcher, and Massinger : names that have prints, it is surprising that we have found so few Nothing is more proper to form aur taste than prints: shed a lustre over the dramatic literature of ha have turned their inclinations that way. A they give us a feeling for the firie arts; they help us to fowledge of them is easily acquired; and as their a knowledge of pictures (of this more hereafter); in England, which that of no other age or nge in the arto embraces subjects of so many different short, there is no one, of whatever age, country, or sca
country has ever" yet' attained. But with ods, they readily become objects of interest and tion he may be, who may not derive instruction and them its glorious sun has set, and it has lity.
amusement from the productions of the graver, which Wich wliat delight will a cultivated mind of any age, bave so multiplied to the present bour, as to afford to only now and then arisen since, to illume us of either sex, turn over the contents of a well- us almost every species of knowledge.
with a faint, partial, and glimmering light Tanged portfolio ? Can the hours of relaxation, I am indebted, Sir, for several of these observations, Their immediate successors, departing from Borded to a man engaged in the ardent pursuit of as well as for much valuable information on the subject such models, and conforming to the meri Smmerce, or the mental fatigues of the learned pro- of prints, to the pen of M. Huber, the able author of ssions, be more rationally occupied than in observing Notices générales," and of the < Manuel des arts et tricious taste and licentious manners o. & progres of are from the earliest ages, compar- Ides amateurs," works, which I lament bave not yet apo their times, have derived the principal inte
rest of their dramas from dark and intricate
Yon hanging cliff that glasses ter, it would be uncandid not to mentios plots, unnatural incidents; and, what is more
His rugged forehead in the neighbouring lake.
his chief defect-a defect which deforms to be deplored, from gross ribaldry and of. Or in this awful succession of images :
the dramas of most of his cotemporaries
, fensive obscenity. But it is in the vivid
If she refuse,
and even of Shakspeare himself: I mean sketches of passion, in the lucid illustration
The Stygian damps breeding infectious airs,
the introduction of obscene characters into
The mandrake's shrieks, the basilisk's killing eye, of human character, in the tender display
The dreadful lightning that docs crush the bones,
The prevailing taste of the of pathos, and in the language of the human And never singe the skin, shall not appear
times may certainly be alleged as an exheart, that the dramatic writers above men- Less fatal to her, than my zeal made hot
cuse for the practice ; and Massinger wrote mentioned have erected monuments which
With love unto my gods.
for bread as well as fame. But it is surely will never perish. In these qualifications In the construction of his plots he is often not less astonishing that a poet who could combined, Shakspeare is himself alone.- confused, and sometimes extravagant. But unfold with such delicate taste the new If the others, however, are far outstripped as this fault bas been overlooked in Shak. hidden springs of action, who could pele by him, they are each of them possessed of speare, it may surely be pardoned in Mas- trate into the bowers of pure and innocent peculiar and varied excellencies, which singer. In defiance of the well-known pre-love, and paint with so gentle a penciis place them far above the dramatic poets of cept of Horace, he is perhaps too fond of ravishments and delights, could so far da France, and which rank them with the no- crowding his scenes with a variety of per part from his natural delicacy of taste u to blest models of antiquity. Beaumont and sons, and in this respect he may be said to draw such obscene characters as Hercias Fletcher are remarkable for wit, humour, fall short of the more studiously correct and Spuogius—characters that “ bluz de and classical imagery: Ford, for sweetness, dramatists of our times. But it is doubtful grace and flush of modesty,” and that have pathos, and melody of versification: Mar- whether easy irregularity in the plot, and neither wit, humour, nor nature to recor low, for vivid expression of passion : and varied profuseness in the characters, are not mend them. But it is the lot of humane Massinger for purity of language, elevation to be preferred to exact observance of the to be imperfect, and it is at least refresting of sentiment, and correct delineation of critical rules of the ancients, and to correct to turn from such disgusting wretches character. Massinger, in my estimation, sameness and scantiness in the dramatis per- those scenes in which his various beach deserves to be ranked next to Shakspeare. sonæ. The former are more delightful to burst forth in their full Justre, and of whid I shall, therefore, endeavour to give a slight the taste, the latter to the understanding. I shall endeavour to give my reader a tas sketch of his character as a writer, and then His incidents are often extravagant and un- in the following selections from the traget proceed to make some extracts from one of natural ; such as racks, tortures, and execu- of the Virgin Martyr. his tragedies.
tions. His employment of dæmons and This drama is designed to record It was Massinger's good fortune to have evil spirits as agents, is also faulty: they triumphs of Christianity. Theophilus received a liberal education ; and to this tend to break up the delusion in the mind zealous persecutor of the Christians, under we are indebted for the beautiful allusions of the reader or spectator, an never fail to Dioclesian, has two daughters, Calista asf which adorn, and for the noble sentiments shock or disgust him. In this respect he Christeta, who are sent to convert to Po which enrich his dramas. He is the poet of is greatly inferior to Shakspeare; to whose ganism, Dorothea the Virgin Martyr. sentiment, rather than of passion. If he genius alone it was left to revel in the re- is under sentence of death, but with a pak generally fails, however, in the delineation gions of fancy, and to create an order of mise of pardon if she abjure her relique of the storms of the human heart, he is beings, endowed with the most poetical and embrace Paganism. By her eloquna always happy in the description of its qualities. Massinger's style has all the however, they are themselves converted gentler agitations : pathetic in his pictures characteristics of that of the age of Eliza- Christianity. Calista, Christeta, and Dora of its sorrows, and tender in those of its beth : diffuse without weakness, nervous thea suffer death. But the latter has pret loves, he possesses, to a great extent, the without roughness, copious without profuse- viously inspired with a violent passion power of exciting the interests, and meltingness, smooth without feebleness, and po- Antoninus, a young soldier, and son the hearts of his readers. In his develop- lished without study. In versification he is the Governor of Cæsarea. His conversion ment of character, he displays much nice varied, majestic, and melodious; as in the and death soon follow. Artemia, the datga discrimination, is seldom inconsistent, and following beautiful passage:
ter of the Emperor, is at first enamoure maintains a correct keeping throughout.
If you love valour,
of Antoninus, but afterwards marries His pictures of natural objects are fresh, As 'tis a kingly virtue, seek it out,
Cæsar Maximinus. Tlieophilus is like a glowing, and striking; and although he has And cherish it in a king ; there it shines brightest, converted by a vision sent down from Her
And yields the bravest lustre. Look on Epire, nothing to be compared with “the moon
A prince in whom it is incorporate;
ven, by Dorothea, light sweetly sleeping on a bank," with
And let it not disgrace him that he was
minor incidents, the chief interest of the “jocund day standing tiptoe on the misty O'ercome by Cæsar; it was victory
drama hinges. mountain's top," or with the “mole cinque, To stand so long against him: had you seen him,
The play opens with the triumphantera How in one bloody scene he did discharge spotted like the crimson drops i'the bottom
of Dioclesian into Cæsarea, with the bine
The parts of a commander and a soldier, of a cowslip,” of Shakspeare, he often
Wise in direction, bold in execution ;
of Epire, Pontus, and Macedon, prisuo paints, in a few words, what would require You would have said, great Cæsar's self excepted, But I have room only for part of this nole as many lines in a poet of less genius. As The world yields not his equal.
The Emperor thus addresses to in the following charming picture:
In this sketch of his character as a wri- captives :
On these and a fer