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passing; as the Chinese contrive to en- lishmen's feelings, to observe the British, tru a sufficient number of them, without superior in number to all the others colresorting to any noisy means, which might lectively: while each individual ship, like frighten or render them shy.

a colossal emblein of the British comFrom Tiger island until we got as far merce, appears to look down with conss the second bar, nothing particular pre- tempt' on the pigmy representatives of sented itself to our view.

the nations that surround her! Opposite this sand, which runs across There is little to be observed of Dane's the river, there is a stupendous pagoda islaud, more than that there is a little vita built on the western bank; it is eight or lage on it facing the roads; while a numten stories high, somewhat pyramnidical, ber of villas, pagodas, and mandarins and full of apertures in each square, seats are seen scattered about on the surseemingly much decorated. We did not, rounding isles; especially near the bankas however, stop to examine it.

of theriver, where there are hoppo houses, Here the scenery begins to assunie an where boats are overhauled, and chops interesting appearance. In the back or permits given by the officers of the ground, high and fantastically shaped customs: they so far respected our penmoontains raise their summits among sant, however, that we were suffered to the clouds; while all round (with very proceed without the smallest molestation, little exception,) to the feet of these I had almost forgotten to mention, that mountains, the ground seems a level ver- it is at. Dane's island that affairs of hodant plain, intersected (as before men- nour are usually settled between European tioned,) with innumerable branches of gentlemen. At Canton, therefore, ia the river, and artificial canals. It is « throw down the gauntlet,” it is ou this last circumstance that renders the necessary to say, “ Dane's island, six ?** scenery so truly picturesque; for a pere -(To be continued.) son can only see that particular branch on which he is sailing: but he beholds For the Monthly Magasine. with amazement a variety of ships, junks,

CRITICAL SURVEY OF LESSING'S WORKS and vessels of every description, gliding as if by the effects of magic, throughi [For Particulors of his Life fee Vol. 19, field, and villages, winding among castles,

p. 569, and Vol. 23, p. 38.] pagodas, and monasteries, sometimes on N running over the list of books which one side of them, sometimes on the other, sailing in an infinite variety of directions, in his work, I mitted by chance a trifling and forming the most whimsical, novel, one, which I with, however, he had and entertaining prospect I ever remem- known. ber to have seen! As we approached You recolleét what troubles in Portugal Wampoa, “ the plot continued to fuccceded to the death of Sebaluxo. thicken," and we could do little else than Cardinal Henry was too old, and too guze with a mixture of pleasure and asto- fuperftitious, and too thort a time in nishment, at the interesting scenes that power, to provide against the dangers of surrounded us : scarcely a word being a difputable fucceßion. Among those spoken in the boat for several miles, so who advanced pretenfions to the vacant completely was each individual's atten- throne was Don Antonio, the only one tion arrested by the passing objects. who made an active reliftauce to the

Wampoa is an anchorage abreast of ufurpation of the king of Spain. This Dane's island, and distant from Canton prince is not reckoned by our author alonr ten or twel e miles. Above this among the kings of Portugal, as is done place no European vessel is permitted to by French and English historians : but proceed, on any account whaterer: iti- facts are carefully collected to make the deed strips of any great draught could illustrious unfortunate known, as he demet go much further up, on account of serves to be, by pofterity. the shallownless of the water. At this Among others, Madame Gillot de anchorage may be seen ships from every Saintonge wrote the life of Don Antonio; great maritime power on the globe, ex- ad her biography is the book which i cepe France, there being none at this wonder not to find among the authorities time fra that country.

of Mr. Gebauer. The second edition, In viewing the various national flags which lies before me, appcared at Adflying on board their respective ships at sterdam in 1690; and the original Paris Wampon, it is highly gratifying to Eng- edition is, I fufpect, not much anterior.

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I know this lady only by some middling speaks the truth. She may tnost securely poems, and fhould not have thought her be trusted for what relpecis the brother history entitled to much regard, were it of ber grandfather; and this Mr. Genot that the dmws from a peculiar and bauer might have used in the following respectable fource the unpublished Me- patlage : “ In the Azores, especially in moirs of Gomez Vasconcellos de Figue- Tercera, a rumour had been pread that redo. Of this man it is well known King Sebaftian had not been killed, and that he and his brother were ainong the would soon be rettored to his subjects. most faithful adherents of Don Antonio, Atterwards, when Antonio informed But how came these momcu's to the thote of Tercera of the deathrot Ileury, hands of Madaine de Saintonge ?—She and of his elevation, they were content; was his grand-daughter. It isme allow- and although they learnt from their deances are to be made for the loquacity puties the defeat üt' Antonio at Alcanof a Frenchwoman, much contidence tara, and his flight, they remained in may be placed in her opportunities of allegiance to their expected sovereign : information. Allow me then to put especially as Cyprian* of Figueredo, a down a few particulars inferred from this steady adherent of Antonio, encouraged volune, which here and there seem to

this expectation ; and as Pedro Valdes rećiity or complete the statements of and his Spaniards had failed in an atGebauer.

tempt at invalion." Here Mr. Gebauer First, a word or two concerning the is, contrary to his cutiom, very concile; partiality of Madame de Saintonge. The and, what is rare with him, quotes no legitimate birth of Don Antonio is with voucher. At leati, he might have cruited her past a doubt. According to her, Madaine de Saintonge for the chritian the father, Duke Louis of Beja, exprell- name of ligueredo, the bruther of her ly acknowledged in his will that the grandfather. She calls beim Scipio, not mother had been really, though private- Cyprian. He was, the lays, governor ly, married to him. Yet the aulds, that Tcrccra, and had declarid for Antonio, Don Antonio, until his return froin without liliening to the offers inade bim Africa, aiways fupposed himtelf to be by the King of Spain, through the only a natural fou of Duke Louis. If Princess of Eboli Ruy Gomez. Philip this be true, the other cannot. Duke II. was therefore indifpofed against him, Louis died in 1535, thirteen years before and confiscated all bis eitates in PortoAntonio's return from Africa. Can the gal. But the fxpeditiou intrutici to will of bis father have been unknown to Pedro Valdes was not the only one le him for thirteen years? In a word, this rendered fruitless. Valdes, or (as Macircumttance is falfe. Louis may have dame de Saintonge lets correctly calls made Don Antonio his fole heir; but him) Balde, was an opinionated man, that proves little in favour of a legiti- and thought victory could not elcape bian; mate birth. Had this circunstance been but, like fuch people, when put to the attested in the will, the friends of Don proot' he maintained but pooriy the ho Antonio would not have found 10 much

nour of his nation. He was wholly effort necessary to make out a pedigree. routed, and returned with ditgrace and

What this female biftorian says of the confusion to Portugal. Philip had hun death of Cardinal Henry, proves fill taken into custody, and charged hiru more strongly her thoughtlets partiality, with an attack contrary to orders; fo The cardinal died in his 08th year; and that all the interest of his friends was she says herself: Il etait vieur et wę, requifite to intercept punillunent. The c'en decuit etre ajez pour fuire juger year after, a fecond attenupt was made qu'il n'iruit pas loin.' Why not itop on Tercera, with still worfe luccess. Of there? Why inlinuate, belides his age this Mr. Gebauer appears to know 10and his decrepitude, another cause of thing; but Madaine de Saintonge reintes death? Yet flie fays outright, Quelques it thus : The governor Figueredo tad io hi fioriens dijent, que Philippe trouva la few soldiers left, that a less resolute man fecret de l'empecher de languir. Had than he would rather liave thought of an Le but named one such historian, this advantageous capitulation, than of a de might be excusable. Gebaner has not feuce. But nothing could make his ro observed the imputation any where: I folution, and he thought of a firatagem fear, Madame de Saintonge mult incur which fucceeded. He got a number of the reproach of inventing it.

This does her no honour :-it does • This man scenus to have inveated the not therefore follow that the no where fable of Sebastian's being alivı.

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oren down from the mountain, and on IV. IIenry was then at Dieppe, and the day of the battle marched then with Don Antonio went to visit hin there; burning matches on their horns among but the kmg did not yet think himself hių trumps.. The Spaniards, who expect- firm enough on his throne to offer troops. ed no refittance, were terrified by the Don Antonio, therefore, returned to apparent number of bis followers, and Ercand, and fiaid there till 1594, made but a confused and neilecwal wihu Henry isnt a message, through his ftand. Two of the Spanith foliatiy tur- an baslador, mat Don Antonio would be vived the carnage: these two were made welcome in 'rance. Ile went by Calais, to draw lots, and the one was frut back and joined the thing ar Chartresi. Henry to Furope with the intelligence.

expreffed willingne's to ferrebn; and However skilfully bigueredo conducted fout word by the lartlai de lition), himself in Tercera, Don Antonio lied that it he chose to be prefent at the coit more for his interest to have to brave a romarion, everything neceffery powd be warrior, and an advifer of lo much le- Combed for his steble accommodafource, inumediately about him

lle feut tron. Don Antoni, en ufed himielt, on for Scipio to France, and recombeded t! e grind of an athmic commit. him to Emanuel de Sylva. Marlame de Po went however in Paris, and was Saintonge complains, that trum iis cii- joined there liv the king: ":flicted a cumfiance fome historians thoud have 1 from the convernment, but obtained inferred diffatisfaction on the part of 01.11 a permition to b rów.

Clermont Don Antonio ; and cites a letter of bis d'Amore? 19 10lated to the comto Pope Gregory XIIl., in which he mand vs the expec. 1191, which Antonio does ample juluice to the b:avery and fi- was to obtain of the kiny: but fate de delity of Scipio l'asconcellos de Figueredo. creed olierwife, and the unfortunate

According to the narrative of Ge- Antonio d ed. bauer, one would imagine that Don An- All this is related by Madame de tonio, after having been compelled to Samtonge, and may ferre as fupplemenquit Portugal, always continued in tary matter to Gebauer. What think France; but Madune de Saintonge in you:

-id llenry ever intend to serve forms us, that he often palled much tine Antonio; or was it the vanity of collectin England. His firit voyage thither was ing one conspicuous perfon more at his coimmediately after his fortunate escape; rovation, which occalioned the invitation? he crolled over from Calais, wbither the What is most remarkable in Madame Enkbans vetiel had brought hin. This de Saintonge, is the account of Don was in the year 1581; and is noticed by Antonio's defcendants. She relates in Camden, and after him by Rapin. llis detail a love-affair wlich Louis, his fecond vilit to England was occasioned grandfon, had in Italy. The lady whoin by the inconveniences to which he was he is that I to bre tin'ly married, cani exposed in France during the troubles of confequcrtly br u other than the Printhe League, by the contrivance of the cels of Monteroe, (with whom, acKing of Spain. It must hare occurred cording to the Histoire Genealogique, lic in the year 1583; and Madaine de Sain- was uniterl;) thouch Nadane de Saintonge relates one remarkable particular, tonge fpeaks of her as a dume Italienne, which flie profeties io have obtained and of no confequence. At that time froin the antograpbic memoirs of Don Don Louis had not made his fubmillion Antonio - Queen Elizabeth," says the, to the Spanish government; for the vice** preilingly invited lim to come to Eng- roy of Naples was very glad to wet por-land; he did so, and was handsomely fellion of his perfon. lle must have rereceived. The queen caused inany of nounced his claims very late; and in kes pobles, in the dress of Nepherds, concurrence with his tiiber, Dan Emato meet and wait on him at Salisbury; nucl, who previoniv turned capuchin. and to allure him that the great thepberdefs of the country would a:ford him For the Month Afagasine. every protection. In all the towns through wbich be passed, rejoicing was inade: 10 that he seemned rather a triomphal than a

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On the death of Ilenry III.' the af- ed by nature, and enriched by art. Apfairs of France aftored a new face; and ley is isnt a short distance from this inde Don Antonio thought he might promifc repository ni' the dearl; a closely covered hiarle.lf the active agiliance of lienry walk leads up an agreeable ascent, which

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opens at length on a lovely lawn, at the ing woods. Beds of the most luxuriant extent of which is seated the house; which shrubs, with wide extent, scatter pertume has no imposing air of grandeur, but an and richness on the scene. Groups of inviting appearance of repose and com- magpilicent and venerable elms, throw fort. The lawn is richly skirted with a rich shade around the opposite front; trees of all growtlis, froin fine elms to while beneath their unbrageous canolow twisted bushy oaks, feathered down pics, seats of various forms and sizes into the grass, and uniting with it: it opens vite the delighted luiterer to linger till to the sea forty feet above high-water the last sunbeain warns him to depart. mark. This height is a stecp bank, en. One of our evraptured party exclained, tirely covered with luxuriant wood, of that it was the spot where one might various sorts. Sumachy laurustinus, and fancy wood-nymphs and fairies met, to other beautiful shrubs, are mixed with hold their revels. From this sheltered oak and hazel; and over their tutted tops, and lovely lawn, various walks lead to the view falls directly on the waves, inur- different parts of the grounds. We soon muring at your feet. Walks sweetly crossed a carriage road, and entered :: sheltered, wind il.ough this rich foliage, spacious turt-walk, richly ornarpented and afford to pausing meditation a deli- with tall shrubs. This leads to a cottage cious retrea: - no sound but the dashing singularly beautiful; and through a simwave meets the car'; and no ohject but the ple arcade at one end, a fine view of the ocean stealing through the solemn glooi, ocean is afforded. The pillars which arrests the eye.

support this, are formed of saplings St. Johu's, the seat of Edward Simeon, nailed to a piece of wood, which at a esq. is the favourite haunt most visited small distance produce the effect of froin Ryde. The grounds are extensive, futed columnos : round these the tea-tree and agreeably diversified ; amidst its fine flings its flexile shools, and twining woods, Taste has, with her magic wand, honey-suckles intermingle their sweets. created a Paradise. On each side the At the back of the cottage there is a gate by which you enter, is a beautiful recess, wlinse thatched roof sweeps and interesting cottage. The low, pro- over a rustic seat, enclosed by a simple jecting thatch, which forms a porch, is lattice of unpeeled branches; round these, supported by pillars of elm, not stripped twining shrubs bloom in lavish luxury; a of its bark: round these the clyinatis lovely little sloping lawn fronts the seat, hangs its purple bells, climbs the roof, bounded by bedges of sweet-briar; below and lines the simple arcade before the this, rising woods ineet the eye, and bedoor; on each side of which rustic chairs yond thein is a fine view of the occan. are placed, and over one of these a pair Winding through a corn-field, we enter of turtle-doves (which are natives of the the coppice, whose sequestered and shady Island) have found a shelter. A labourer walks lead in different directions in tbe and his wife inhabit one of these beautiful Marino, an elegant castellated building cottages: the other opens into a little ele- near the coast. A little gallery orer the gant room with painted floor-clothi, table arched gate-way leads to an apartment and chairs. Sinple shelves, suspended boy whose Gothic windows open on the sea; a ribbon, are enriched with a few interest- here the liberal owner permits tea-paring volumes; and this roonis, with a bene- ties to be accommodated, and once a volent hospitality, dedicated to strangers. week a band of music attents in the The sweet-scented white clymatis creeps neighbouring wood." The grand view of over the window, and mingles its teathery the ocean in front, the traoquil gloom of clusters with its purple relative on the the woods behind, the yentle rippling of roof. A deep shade of wood shelters these lovely retreats, through which a winding avenue slowly leads to scenes of

# It is much to be regretted that the varied and more enlirened beauty. The owner of this terrestrial Paradise, who with ground gradually rises, and the shade oi- musual liter:lity tas studinusly provided ininishes, till tiom a considerable emic for the gratification of stratigers, skoule linee

teinptec! to any violation of the sabbath, live nence a charming view of the ocean

the addition of music on that day. The bursts upon the sight; as you proceed, nurubers wluch it ussenibles, and the minithe grounds are more ornamenter, and viulity which it induces, are not likely ta the shrubs more luxuriant. The unos contribute to sanctity of manuers; and the tentatious mansion is finely situated on injunction, "Remember the sabbath-dar ta an eminence, commanding extensire keep it holy," issues from an authority, which views of the sea, while the intervening no man, bwrver elevated or distinguished, siupes are richly orituneuted with many can disegurd with impunity.

the waves on the shore, the seclusion first religious establishment in the Island, and stiliness of the place, all couspire to

is said to have been here. Sandown), a give an air of soothing solvinmity to the short distance further, has a considerable SeDe'. Those who have taste and feel fort, built by Henry VIII.: it is kept in iny, must bid adieu to St. John's with repair, and well manned. Hunilating Peyzet, and “cast many a lungmg, line proofs on the imperfect state oven of ciyerling look bebind."

vilized society, here crowd on the sight. Einstead had been mentioned to us The eye is ottended by those nurseries of as worthy uitention: this is a small numbet, ignorance and ferocity-barracks; and

thic mind is wresteu tioin its tranquillity « Far shelter'd in a glide oscure;'' by the gleaming firelock, and the discorit is sliect!; embosomed in woods. Vear dant unum. Near the store a number of the humvie church stands the parsonage, huts formed of the soil, are crected for a beautifully secluderl cottage: it is al- the soldiers' wives; these buildings, with most covered with jessamine and honey- all their wretched accompanime ts, suga suckles, which meet the sloping thatch, gest the idea of a Hutechiot setirement. aud embower iis little windows. А That man should e' or be transformed glass door opens trom the front into a into a machine for expediting human Tule garden, on

whosc beds bloom murder, is a melancholy and awful conbushes of myrtle which scarcely lose a sideration; but that this execrable proleat even in winter: over the door is a fession should be carried on ansidst all simple tablet, peeping from amongst that is beautiul and sublimc in nature, surrounding shribs, on which is inscribed, is its offensive to taste, as it is obvious « Contentment is wealth."

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is ite cottage of the once celebrated Jobn Contiguous to the garden, is a field bound- Wilkes. li is finely situated, the bay of ed by langig woods, througlı the natural Siundovin sweeping just below its winarches of which, the ocean peeps opon dows. The plantations and storubheries zhe sigillo Aneitt sinple walk leials to a were once ornamented with pavilions, garrien formed on the descending chiit, and gav with ilowers. A memorial to done which a tight of stone steps con- Churchill was erected here, atter a model ducta tu the beach. The continued wood ut' Virgil's tomb at Naples. The shrube runs along the coast, separating the gar- berics are now toru in pieces, the wood dentrom the occan. The imiting wicket destroyed, the house shut up, torlorn, and opening on the siwre, sometnes leais desolate. On miceung a woman amidst water-parties to lani bere; and the bene- the wild, I asked her what had done all voleilt occupier of this peaceful abode, this: she replieil, “the soldiers, ma'nm, is obliging esough to perunt them to dine the soldiers; they ttar every thing to under a spacious yew-tree, near the pieces;" and with an excluination too house. I had inagined that babitutious sacred for the occasion, added “what comprising su my beauties, existed flowers there wur!'' only in the imaginations of the writers of It is scarcely possible to conceive riction: it was a juistake; the Isle of within twenty miles, a ride which comWight atvrds many such, and Dinstead prehends such variety, beauty, qualeur, p.songue is amongst the number, and sublimity, as that between Ryde

Steep-alill was now the place of our and Vitaan. Tine bold views of the sea, destination; and we ascended our vehicle, lotty chitis, rich plots of ground covered Bu bed with trope, w see new beauties, witii ripe harvesis, and longing woods and enjoy nes pickures. The Priory ornamenting the deep slopes, tom an the seat of Juilge Grnse) is the tirst obe eier-chars, ever-changing variety. ject to delniu the traveller. The grounds .it Shanida. Chine, the sublune part of are on a unuud scale, and enrichica with the scenery Co. Mences.

This is an inne searce ghiribs and trees. Fruin ditteret mense cl. sm, tormed by some awtui conopenings in ile walhs, lery fine vievs of vulsion of nature. The height of the the sea are a fordel; and a large reci at clifts at its opening on the style, is at anchor withnı our sight, uicatly enriched least two hundrat and seveuty kit: the this scene. Un cuituing the Priory, talle sliping vindmy sı'ns of this strissile roul become buy interestiniy, rowantic, are richly cuvi ed with a variety of tocaye, and vnried. Su Helen's is a lovely point: which cc .ceals its termina 100. On the little bauniet is situated on a fie diferent edges of wc disperted rock, are clil, the harbour at the bottom. We two cottages, lich have a very pict:nex! piles through Brading, a small mar- resque etiect, whether beheld from ita e kel-luwa, ancient in its appearance. The or below; these highten the novelly mi

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