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deprived by the Sheerauz government; but that, if he could obtain permission to accompany the mission to Tehran, he had no doubt the respectability this would give him, would render his petition at court, for its restoration, effectual. Very well,” said Dr. Jukes, you shall have that degree of countenance, and may accompany me."
“ Ah!” said he, “but I am so poor, that I have not the means of maintaining myself on the journey." “ Well,” said Dr. Jukes, “we shall manage that too ; you shall eat and live with my people free of all expence.” He expressed great gratitude, and went his way; but returned next day, saying he was very much distressed, for not having a beast of any sort, he should not be able keep up unless he could be furnished with the means of so doing. “Ah!” said Dr. Jukes, " that is impossible; I have no spare cattle, and cannot purchase a horse for you.”. An arrangement was however made, by which the man was to be provided with the use of a horse; and the next day Dr. Jukes told him this, adding, “ you must, however, be ready to-night, as I start from hence this night without fail. Are you not yet content?" No," said the man, “ not quite.” “ What's the matter ?"" Why, I am much distressed ; I am a very poor fellow; I have been obliged to pawn all my clothes, and have not wherewithal to keep me decent in your company." Why, how much do you require to relieve them? What may be the amount of your debt upon them?" " Twenty or twenty-five tomauns,” said he. “0, ho! my friend; and do you really expect me to pay your debts, and carry you free to Tehran into the bargain?” “By the favour of my Lord, who is all goodness.” • No, no! my friend, this is too much ; you must now really shift for yourself.” Had this money been advanced, fresh debts would have appeared; and the more that was done, the more would have appeared to do, until the case became hopeless. It is a perfect specimen of the encroaching character of a Persian.-Fraser's Khorasan.
Death of RODESPIERNE.—The conspirators finding themselves undone, attempted to escape the blows of their enemies by dispatching themselves. Robespierre broke his jaw with a pistol-shot; Lebas followed his example, but with better success ; he killed himself. The younger Robespierre threw himself from the third story, but survived his fall ; Couthon gave himself many strokes with a liesitating hand ; Saint Just awaited his fate; Cofrinhal accused Henriot of cowardice, and threw him from a window into the common sewer, and fled. The conventionalists, however, effected an entrance into the Hotel de Ville, traversed its deserted apartments, seized the conspirators, and conveyed them in triumph to the assembly. Bourdon entered the hall, exclaiming, Victory! Victory! the traitors no longer erist! “ The cowardly Robespierre is there,” said the president ; they are carrying him upon a litter; of course you do not wish him to be brought in ?" No, no," cried they, “it is to the place de la Révolution that he must be carried." He was placed for some time at the committee of general safety before he was transferred to the Conciergerie. There, extended upon a table, with a bloody and disfigured countenance, subjected to the view, to the invectives and curses of the spectators, he beheld the different parties rejoicing over his fall, and upbraiding him with all the crimes he had committed. He displayed great insensibility to the excessive pain which he experienced. He was conducted to the Conciergerie, and was afterwards brought before the revolutionary tribunal, which, on proof of his identity, and that of his accomplices, sent them to the scaffold. On the 28th July, about five o'clock in the evening, he ascended the death-cart, placed between Henriot and Couthon, who were as much mutilated as himself. His head was bound up in a bloody cloth, his face was livid, and his eye almost lifeless. Au immense crowd pressed round the cart, giving the strongest and most noisy demonstrations of joy. They congratulated and embraced one another, they came near to obtain a better view of him, and load him with imprecations. The gens-d'armes pointed him out with their swords. As for himself, he appeared to regard the crowd with pity; Saint Just surveyed it with an uniaoved eye; the rest, to the number of twenty-two, were more cast down. Robespierre was the last who ascended the scaffold: the instant his head fell, the multitude applauded, and the applause lasted for several minutes.-Mignet's History of the French Revolution. MARSHAL SAXE'S MODE OF MAKING Love, AND THE MARGRAVINE OF ANSPACHI'S
MODE OF DESCRIBING IT.
“ Exitus ergo quis est?- Gloria !” “Mademoiselle Chantilly, a favourite actress, was the Marshal's chère amie; she had great personal attractions, and much theatrical merit; but as she was married, she rejected the Marshal's proposal, not that such a circumstance was a general March, 1826.
cause for refusal. Foiled in this attempt, a letter de cachet was obtained, and consent or imprisonment were the only remedies. [Sic in Colburn.] She preferred the former. From whatever cause it arose, no sooner bad he obtained the object of his desires, than he found that nature had deserted him: he resorted to expedients; the remelies proved too powerful, and produced his death, at fifty-four years of age."--"What a pity,” exclaimed the Queen, “ that a De profundis could not be sung for one who had caused so many Te Deurns to be sung
!” The Plague.-A GALLANT PROPERLY PUNISHED FOR RUDENESS.—They were conveying a poor girl, who had fallen ill of the plague, to a pest-house, in one of the pest-coacles. And passing in a narrow lane, Sir Anthony Browne, with his brother and some friends in the coach, met this coach with the curtains drawn close. The brother, being a young man, and believing there might be some lady in it that would not be seen, and the way being narrow, he thrust his head out of his own into her coach, and there saw somebody look very ill, and in a sick dress, and stank mightily ; which the coachman also cried out upon. And presently they came up to some people that stood looking after it, and told our gallants that it was a maid of Mr. Wright's, carried away sick of the plague, which put the young gentleman into a fright, and almost cost him his life.”- Diury of Pepys.
MAGNIFICENT COPY OF THE KORAN.—Returning from my ride, I went to see an imaumzadeh, the only piece of antiquity in Cochoon; and, in truth, it would not merit notice at all, except upon one account. There are still preserved there, though in a very careless manner, some leaves that belonged to a koran of the most magnificent dimensions, perhaps, of any in the world, the history of which is not less remarkable than its size is extraordinary. It was written by Boi Sanghor Meerza, the son of Shah Rokh, and grandson of the great Timoor, and laid by him upon the grave of that mighty conqueror at Samarkand; from whence it was most sacrilegiously taken by the soldiery of Nahomed Khan, grandfather of the present Eelkhaneh, who accompared Nadir Shah in his expedition to Toorkistān: the soldiers broke it up, and each took what leaves he chose to carry, as tokens of his triumph, back to his own country. Meer Goonah Kban, the son, collected about sixty of them, and placed them in this imaumzadeh, where they lie upon a shelf quite neglected and covered with dust. These leaves are formed of a thick wire wove paper, evidently made for the purpose, and when opened out, measure from ten to twelve feet long, by seven or eight broad; the letters are beautifully formed, as if they had each been made by a single stroke of a gigantic pen. The nooktas, or vowel points, as well as the marginal and other omaments, are emblazoned in azure and gold; but few of the leaves are perfect, having been mutilated for the sake of the ornaments, or the blank paper of the immense margin.---Fruser's Khorusun.
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The PLAGUE OF ATHENS, AND THE PLAGUE OF London.—Thucydides has recorded several instances of the unusual laxity of principle at Athens, occasioned by the plague, particularly the fact, that when any persons had erected a pile for burning their dead, other persons would come and set fire to it for the purpose of burning their dead ; or, if they found it already lighted, would fing the corpse, which they were bear. ing, upon the pile, and away. The annals of the plague of London furnish examples of a kind of atrocious hardihood, equally characteristic of the people and the age, and yet more flagitious than any mentioned by Thucydides. “ Feb. 12, 1666. Comes Mr. Cæsar, my boy's late master, whom I have not seen since the plague before, but he hath been in Westminster all this while very well; and tells me, in the height of it. how bold people there were, to go in sport to one another's burials; and in spite, teo, ill people would breathe in the faces (out of their windows) of well people going by." — Diary of Pepys.--[Bad as the democratic Athenians were rendered by their disasters, they must yield the palm of iniquity to our own dear monarchical ancestors, when exposed to a similar trial.]
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Draw, archers ! draw your arrows to the head ! The incidents and opinions described in this paper are not fictitious: they are the genuine production of a “Genuine Yankee,” who for more than two years (the greater part of which time he lived in the very heart of the British metropolis, occupied there in the study of British character, but going forth on every side in search of truth, and pursuing it with zeal whenever it appeared with a new shape) contrived to keep a record of his peculiar notions about all that he saw, and all that he heard of there—all that was new to him, or much out of the common way, that is.
He may have been deceived—he may be deceived now; but he persuaded himself that he was impartial; for he had no prejudice (none that he knew of) against the people of this country, when he arrived here, whatever he might have against the people of other countries; no bad idea of British character; and he spared neither trouble nor cost in what he has the courage to say was, indeed, a search after truth; and yet, were he to publish now what he believed then, of this people and of their character, it would be a mischievous libel on both; and were he to publish now, a work which he began to prepare for the press of America, about a twelvemonth after his arrival here, (at a period when he was charged by his countrymen with partiality to whatever was British, it would appear to be little better than a tissue of absurdity and mistake.
Before the writer left America, that is, before I left America, for I have no idea of mincing the matter now, I had the reputation there of being well acquainted
with England, with English History, with English habits, and with English men, as they are now, and as they have been hitherto, up from the period when their poetry, the language of the heart, began to wear a positive shape, and their law, the language of the head, perhaps any thing but a positive shape; when poetry began to be understood every where, and law became a puzzle and a mystery. Such, indeed, was the notion that other people had of me, and of my acquaintance with all the chief writers of, and the best books about England, that I was continually asked what more I could hope to know of this country and of this people by coming here to see for myself,' as I termed it. And such was the notion that I had of APRIL, 1826.