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my watch as long as he lived. He kissed it at the end of
EXPENSE OF LIVING IN PERU. this pleasant compliment, and thrust it into the pocket of his small-clothes. You will take me to be a very great sot
“ It is notorious, that numbers of families and individu.
als have left England and Ireland to establish themselves for saying nothing to all this; and I do not wonder at it. But I confess I was so surprised at this proceeding, that
on different parts of the Continent of Europe, where they the watch was out of sight before I could resolve on what | live in comparative affluence, upon means which, in their I was to do; in fine, I let him go with it, and endeavoured sistence. I have taken considerable pains to enquire into
own country, with difficulty afforded them a decent subto do myself honour from a thing which gave me great mortification ; but it will be my fault if I am trapped again." the prices of every thing concerning the establishment of a Thus far the Countess d'Aunoy—the following adventure family in either of the fine provinces of Cordova, Tucuman, is my own. In the Peninsular war, I became acquainted tion at some future day to persons at home, whose circum.
or Salta, and having in view the object of giving inforna. with a Spanish colonel, whose regiment was in the same
stances might induce them to leave their native land, and brigade as that to which I belonged, and whenever I chanced to praise his horses, or admire any thing belonging to him, of life, I applied only to the most respectable authorities
to adopt another, in the hope of finding an easier enjoyment he always said, with a ' profound reverence,' that it was at my service. Knowing this to be empty compliment on his who, I felt convinced, would not mislead me on the subject
. part, I thought the least I could do, for civility's sake, was
“ It is not considered genteel to talk of one's own riches to make a similar reply on similar occasions. One day, he and, therefore, I shall not state the amount of mine is observed, in the corner of my room, a new sabre, which I pounds, shillings, and pence, younger brothers of the wealth had just received from England, and taking it up, he ex
est families have seldom to boast of their credit at Coutts's pressed his admiration in terms that induced me. with in
but this I say, that the means which in England will not finite politeness, to assure him it was at his service. This
even keep a man's head above water, are sufficient to enable was enough; my blade rises, (as the Countess observes,) him to live in affluent independence in either of the premakes me a profound reverence, and in an instant both
vinces of Cordova, Turuman, or Salta ; where, if so disposed, blades disappeared; but • it will be my fault if I am trap and valuable estate ;-large, because its extent would be
I could, without difficulty, become legal possessor of a large ped again.
from four to five or six leagues ; valuable, because the lard Mr Temple is rather bappy in telling a lively anecdote, is capable of producing every thing that may be desired free a good number of which are sprinkled through his book. it, and because, with the estate would be obtained, at least, Take the subjoined specimen :
fifty bead of borned cattle, as many horses, and of sheep and
goats, any number you would wish to bave; in some cases, AN ADVENTURE ON HORSEBACK.
too, an annual rent of from two to three hundred dollars, “ Before I leave Lagunillas, I shall mention a circum- paid by a tenantry, who become, in fact, the vassals of the stance that rather surprised us all. When we were setting landlord. Such an estate may be purchased here, and its out from the farm-house to a distant lake to shoot, the son price would not exceed £2000 sterling; how it migbt bei of the farmer happened to be at the door on a good stout proved, under propưr management, it is easy to imagine. horse, whose broad back induced me to ask the rider for a With respect to amusement, game of all sorts in abundance seat behind him to the lake; which was readily granted, in the land, tishing in the rivers, lion and tiger hunting in with the observation that the horse was muy soberbio (very the mountains, would afford pastiine to the sportsman; proud.) However, my weight not being exorbitant, and whilst those more industriously inclined would find ample having no intention of offending the animal's pride, I hand- gratification in agricultural pursuits, and no little pleasure ed up my gun, and then mounted behind the saddle, with a in cultivating a garden, in a climate where the rigour of degree of agility too, that rather pleased me, because my winter is unknown, and where flowers succeed flowers companions were looking on, and, as I thought, with some every month in the year. share of envy, as the sun was very powerful, and the lake “ A library, a great deficit in this country, (although, at some distance. We moved on six yards awkwardly thanks to Mir Ackermann's judicious publications, books enough, the horse, by the motion of his tail, and unsettled are now beginning to le circulated,) would no doubt be gait, exhibiting strong symptoms of displeasure. He is amongst other comforts that would accompany European quiet, I hope,' said 1, in a tone not very expressive of con settlers, who would soon find here as wide a field for spe fidence. • Es muy soberbio,' said my friend. Up and down culation, with as cheering a prospect of success, and cer. went the horse. "Gently, gently,' said l. "No puedo, tainly without any such risk of health, as either in the Eas! I cannot,' said my friend. Higher and lower went the or West Indies, during their brightest fortune-making horse. “Stop! stop!' said I. • No puedo,' said friend. days. All circumstances fairly considered, the prospects, * I shall be off,' said I. • Senor por Dios ! for beaven's sake, in chosen spots of South America, are as inviting to indusdon't squeeze me so tight round the waist !' said my try, with small means, as in any other part of the world. friend. I shall be off, I shall certainly be off!' said I, in " How many masters of families are there in Great Bria a tone louder than was requisite for hearing. Don't squeeze tain, well born, too, existing in embarras-ment and wanit, me so tight, senor mio !' said my friend. Hold on! hold with capitals of five and six thousand pounds? I mention on !' cried my companions. * Es muy soberbio,' said iny these sums merely because either of them is sufficient, in the friend. “Yes, very proud indeed !' said 1, and at the same province of Cordova, Tucuman, or Salta, to purchase ass, instant, a violent plunge and kick aiding my exertions, confort, and independence; in a word, amply sufficient to I sprang out of my seat with twice the agility, though not bestow upon its possessor every luxury that a fertile soil and with half the pleasure, with which I sprang into it. tine climate can afford. All these advantages, I am awart,
“ Scenes of this kind, it is well knowii, afford much more do not ensure to every body the enjoyment of life; that de. entertainment to the spectators than to the performers; I pends upon moral principles, into which I pretend not to shall, therefore, say nothing upou that part of the subject, enter. I have heard something about quoi homines, ic but come to the point which has been my only object in sententiæ,' which is Latin, and the English of it I take to mentioning this circumstance, namely, the age of the horse. be this - There are many persons who would find evey • Pray,' said General Parussien, bow old is that proud-spi-bappiness in South America, and many who would find rited beast of yours?'— I have always understood,' replied none at all!', I am addressing myself only to the former, the young man, 'that he is the age of my father.'-' And and to thein I continue my observations. more than that,' said one of the bystanders. My father is “. With a capital of 25,000 dollars- which, according to past forty,' said the young man, who had himself been ri the present rate of exchange, is not five thousand pounds ding the animal for seventeen years. We were all astonish you may not only double it in a few years,' said an intellied, for the horse was, in appearance, to use an appropriate gent curate to me, in conversation upon this subject, but, phrase, 'as fresh as a four-year-old.' Hot stables, heavy in the meantime, you may rival in living his Emiuence the clothing, excessive feeding, and violent physicking, are the Cardinal Archbishop of 'l'oledo. All the enquiries I made causes no doubt wby we so seldoın hear of their age in Eng upon this subject tended to confirm the curate's observaland, where a horse at little more than wine or ten years oldtion, and mightily roused in my mind a desire to rival his is considered as having •done his work, and, generally speak- Eminence the Cardinal Archbishop, whose splendidly jewele ing, is no longer in esteem."
led hand I had the honour to kiss, and whose comfortable On the important subject of the inducements which
benediction I had the happiness of receiving, at his court in Peru holds out to einigrants, we must not omit to make Madrid, some few years ago.” the following extract from much more that our author We conclude our extracts with our author's account of urges in the same strain :
his first entrance into Potosi:
THE APPROACH TO POTOSI, AND FIRST VIEW OF THE TOWN.
BUT THOU! * The roar, as I advanced, although in no respect im.
« Delia ! some few short years ago, proved in itself, indicated the approach to a town of consi
Yon fountain beard thee breathe a vow; deration. It was no longer an unfrequented solitude, as I
Still sparkling in the sunny glow, had been accustomed to find it. Peasantry, with droves of asses, and Alocks of beautiful llamas, were to be seen passing
With murmuring sound and coustant flow, to and fro; some strolling lazily to the city, laden with
That fount plays on—but Thou ! fruits, vegetables, Indian corn, four, charcoal, firewood,
“ Delia ! a ringlet bright and fair, and other necessaries ; some returning from the market at
That wanton'd o'er thy snowy brow, a brisk pace, after disposing of their burdens, and hastening
In hours of bliss was given; there many leagues into the fruitful valleys of the country to re
Time has not changed a single hair ; new them. Indians, male and female, with poultry, milk, eggs, and sundry commodities for consumption, enlivened
'Tis still the same—but Tnou! the way, and apprized the hungry traveller that, although
“ Delia ! the heart that fondly loved, surrounded by bleak, uncultivated, and uncultivable moun
Loves thee despite thy folly now; tains, he was still in the land of the living.
Though thou hast seen its pang unmoved, "Suddenly appeared before me in the distance a high mountain of a reddish-brown colour, in the shape of a per
In sadness tried-in sorrow proved fect cone, and altogether distinct in its appearance from any
'Tis faithful yet—but Thou!" thing of the kind I had ever seen. There was no mistaking
THE MOTHER'S LAMENT. it: it was that mountain which was made known to the world by the merest accident, by an Indian, who, in pur
“ Where shall I wander, and whither shall I go, suit of a llama up the steep, to save himself from falling, Since o'er my pretty sailor boy the cruel waters flow? caught hold of a shrub, which, being torn from the soil, ex Whom shall I seek for, to be like my dear child, posed a mass of solid silver at the roots; it was that moun- To speak with that sweet voice that choked among the waters tain, incapable of producing even a blade of grass, which wild? yet had attractions sufficient to cause a city to be built at its base, at one time containing a hundred ihousand inha- “ I'll wander through the streamlet, l'll wander o'er the bitants; it was that mountain where hidden treasures have land, withstood the laborious plunder of 250 years, and still re- I'll wander till I reach again the glittering ocean strand; main unexhausted. Having said thus much of the new I'll call to my dear sailor boy across the dreary sea, and striking object before me, I need scarcely add, that it | 'Twas there I parted from him—will he come again to me? was the celebrated mountain of Potosi.
“ Onward I rode, cheered by seeing the beacon which “I'll listen to the murmuring waves that break along the indicated the termination of my journey; not so my jaded
shore, mule; it received no stimulus from that which to me acted And think it is his bounding step who can return no more: as an exhilarating draught. Forty miles upon a road (my I'll watch the cloud's dark shadow that steals upon the sea, mule assured me it was full forty-five) is a wearisome dis- And dream it is his graceful form that steals across to me. tance before breakfast for either man or beast, and mine, every mile I now advanced, gave indubitable evidence of “I'll watch the splendid light that breaks so softly o'er his exhausted strength, yet the means of refreshment was far gravedistant from us both. Patience and perseverance were our
His eyes were blue and sunny bright who sleeps beneath the only solace; and with these two efficacious virtues, I believe in my heart honestly adhered to by both of us, we
I'll fancy 'tis his glance that comes so smiling o'er the sea ; mutually assisted each other-I by alighting to walk up His glance, his voice, his step, alas ! will he return to me ?" biils and steeps, the mule, when I remounted, by jogging on, if the heath happened to be free from rocks and stones;
Not inferior to these are the following verses by Mrs for the approach, even to the Imperial City, is nothing more
" From the top of every eminence that I ascended for « Friend of my youth! we meet again,-
But we'll love each other the better still,
For the sake of those who are gone! a distance.
Old Friend! * The last curve round the base of the silver mountain, For the sake of those who are gone! whose pointed top was now far above my head in a cloudless deep-blue sky, brought me at once upon the town,
« We'll sit in the shade of these old oak-trees, which, with its ruined suburbs, covered a vast extent be And speak of the tried and true; neath me, and in ten minutes more I was at the posthouse
Nor bide our tears, which no one sees, in the centre of it.”
But the friend who is weeping too! We can recommend this work as conveying a distinct
And if our wrath be idly stirr'd and lively account of the present state of a great portion
By a heedless look or tone, of South America.
We'll forget the look, and forgive the word,
For the sake of those who are gone! A Set of Ten Songs and Two Ducts. The Words and
Music by two Sisters. London : J. Power. Edin “ Friend of my youth! we part once more, burgh: Robertson & Co. 1830.
And our paths are distant far !
But we'll meet, when the long day's toil is o'er, Mos Nortox and Mrs Blackwood are the two sisters to In the land where those loved ones are ! whom the public are indebted for this interesting volume. And oh! while yet we linger here, The music is, upon the whole, exceedingly sweet, simple, Each journeying on alone, and ladylike, its general character being that of graceful
Let my name be dear to thy distant ear, plaintiveness. The song entitled “ Chacta's Lament for
For the sake of those who are gone!
Old Friend! Atala," is, however, particularly bold and energetic;—the
For the sake of those who are gone!” modulatiou throughout is good, and the symphonies and accompaniments powerfully written. The words are not We know of no more elegant occupation for the female unworthy of the music. The two following songs are by mind than is afforded by the combination of music and
FOR THE SAKE OF THOSE WHO ARE GONE.
Mrs Norton ;
The Dominie's Legacy. By the Author of " The Secta- arms, our tears mingled, she broke from me after a sob et rian.” In three vols. London. William Kidd. 1830. two, staggered with agitation as she glided off round the
foot of the green mound, leaving me like one in the mids Mr Pickex, the author of this book, is not fortunate of a dream. I stood stock-still for some moments, in the in the names of his works. He is a man, however, of bewilderment of shuddering agitation; then, throwing my- 1 considerable genius, and his writings “have that within self on the soft turf, to recover my feelings, I pondered a which passeth show.” The “ Dominie's Legacy” is a the shortness of those scenes that live longest in our remen
brance, and on the fewness of those illumined pages of the collection of Tales, mostly of Scottish Life, containing a book of life, which are more precious to the heart, and pleasing mixture of pathos and humour, though the for- dearer to the imagination, than all the rest of the dull and mer predominates. We particularly recommend the sto- blotted volume."-Vol. II. p. 41-5. ries entitled, Mary Ogilvie," “ George Wishart," and “ The Rash Marriage.” They are distinguished by se
In a more lively vein is the following amusing sketch veral touches not unworthy of Washington Irving him- of some self. We shall give a specimen both of Mr Picken’s grave
WEST-COUNTRY RADICALS AT DRILL. and gay style,—the grave first :
“ I was conducted out of town with my head full of pa
pular armies, squadrons of pikemen, marching and counts. MARY OGILVIE'S INTERVIEW WITH HER FORMER LOVER ON
marching; and extended lines of a warlike people corering
great part of the country. But when I came to the spot, I “ I stood gazing on her as she confusedly told this story, could see nothing but a straggling crowd, of less than a still holding her hands, and replied, with more of passion hundred persons, most of whom stood talking in groups; than wisdoin, that she needed not be tbus particular in and instead of arms or military appointments, they westly giving me an account of herself, and that the time was
wore aprons before them, and had short tobacco pipes in when she would not have thought of making excuses for their mouths. One group I heard disputing upon wha meeting me in this wood. She lovked at me with surprise were to be their degrees of military rank, viz. whicle of when † had uttered this speech, as well she might; and, them should be ensign, and which should be captain; and withdrawing her hands, she began to say, ' Ay, and I have another was occupied in a strong argument (fur there seen the day, Mr George, when - anil her heart seemed were some of them old soldiers) regarding what was the to fill at her own thoughts.
speediest mode of cutting to pieces a regiment of dragons “ " When what, Mary?" I said, as she paused. “Speak! “A party of about forty were in another part of tbe field, I love to hear you speak as you used long ago.'
formed into a line of Indian file; and were marching and "• When,' she answered, • I would not have needed to halting, and facing about, very much like children playing make excuses for meeting you in any place; and when, if it at soldiers; for, as most of them were to be commissionel had 'seen told me, that ye would hae been absent from the officers, some were talking, some laughing, and now and houns o' Lillybrae for years an' years, and that ye came then some stood still, while one or two ran to a hole in the back without ever asking to see me, or speak to me, as ye hedge, to listen, as they said, if the horsemen were ob used to do,if it were nae mair,' she added, mournfully, ming.' I perceived that except a few determined men, it was • but to gar me greet by talking to me of our happiness generally the youngest and most regardless-looking that when we were bairns, I wadna bae believed them. And if were most forward to be soldiers; and as their disipline ye really like to hear me speak as I did langsyne,' she went allowed perfect liberty and equality, I joined (the better to on, her voice trembling as she spoke, 'what for did ye not make my observations) this sample of physical force;' bus come to Lillybrae and speak to me, George?'
looking along their irregular mixture of boys and men, I “ This last sentence was spoken in a tone so affecting, could not help despising myself for my folly in being found and with a look up into my face of such appealing expres- among them. sion, that it smote me to the soul with agonizing convic “You'll be a pretty sort o' a captain, Jock,' said one ta tion of injustice, and even cruelty, to her, and took from his neighbour, 'gaun there marchin' wi' your hau's in your me the power of giving utterance to the excuse which I pouches!' meditated; I hesitated, and stammered. Mary Ogilvie,' “ Deevil sic anither sodger I ever saw !' said an old teiI at length said, 'I cannot now tell you all the rea- litiaman, touching his comrade on the left, whose faults be sons; but believe me, my heart was not in them, Mary. could see in the dark_“Ye set down your feet, man, when I denied myself much, much in not seeing you, at least to ye march, just as ye were treading the treddles; an' year talk of former happier days; but I learned that you were vera head gangs nid nodding, as it ye were following the about to be married to a young man of whom your father shuttle.' approved; and I knew not but that you might have for Od, man,' said the refractory recruit, answering again, gotten me and our early love. And you know, Mary,' Iye're deevelitch strick for a malicious inan! Do ye expect continued, taking both her hands again, and looking into me to be as good at the marching already as a fugleman &
we have other things to do in life than idling a tife-major? and to stick in my back and out my breast. about these bonny woods, picking primroses and reading just like Jock Walker, wi' his bass drum on his wame; be love tales ; for the scenes of early youth are but like a dream, sides, haven't I held up my chin in the air to please you til and pass quickly away, and the feelings may be very differ- my vera een are standin' in my head ?' ent in after years. But my heart assuredly was not in is • Canna ye turn out your taes, man?" reiterated the fault, Mary; I have not forgotten those days, nor this pretty zealous militiaman; '] declare ye hae no more notion o' bauk, nor your lovely blue eyes and golden locks, nor the inarchin' than Tibbie Drabu's hens!' duy when we wandered to the Craigs of Glenvie, nor “ “ I'll tell you what, Jamie Corbie,' said one, speaking You are in tears, Mary; I did not mean to pain you.' to the man behind him, if ye dinna keep your lang legs to
“Oh, George !' said she, while the tears tell fast from yoursell, and haud your brogues aff my heels, I'll kick be her swimming eyes, - how can you speak so to me now, and hind me like a cuddy, that's what I will!' not a word until my very wedding-day! And yet I know you “ But what most diverted me was the happy union of do not mean to pain me; I know your warm heart; but the hardships of war with the luxuries of home, in a fa. you'll be designed for some grand lady, and I never should triotic weaver near me, who, having considerately lighted bis have thought about the like of you.'
short pipe at that of some other, before he commenced driliing, " As I was about to reply, she took her hand from mine, was circumspectly going through his exercise with it iu his and, holding it up before my mouth, exclaimed, •Now, cheek. The word of command was given to face to the dinna speak nne mair to me, George! divna talk to me of left; but the man next to him happening to forget to whichi bygone days; I canna bear it the day, for I'm but a weak of bis sides this military term applied, turned to the right; woman, and I am gaun to be married to a youth ot' my ain in doing which, his nose came in contact with bis comrade's station; and yet-Now, dinna speak!'
pipe, and broke it off at his mouth, and the two valiant al. “ « One word more, Mary,' I said, completely overpower- diers stood facing each other. ed, “and then forget
“ • Deevil's in you! ye hae broken my pipe,' said the • • I canna forget! No, I winna forget !' she exclaimed, one, spitting out the stump of his pipe. with a look of despair. • Farewell, George !' and she tried • • Hang ye, ye hae broken my nose,' said the other, feel to get away.
ing his face with his hand. «. Will you leave me that way, Mary?' I said, almost * • Blast your bletheriu' tongues !' said the militiaman ; calmly: 'It is our last meeting, as remembered lovers,—the "what gars ye speak in the ranks?' very last in this wood.' I drew her to me, she fell into my “The straggling groups behind were now beginning te
form into line beside our corps; and some of them had ac
The Panorama of the Thames, from London to Richmond, tually pike-heads stuck on the ends of sticks; but a sudden alarm took place, and they all began to cock their ears.
exhibiting every olject on both banks of the river, with a Soinething was heard, and, after a few minutes' listening, concise description of the most remarkable places, and a one heard distinctly the clatter of horses' feet, and another general view of London. London. Samuel Leigh. the trumpets of the dreaded horsemen.
1830. ** The cavalry!-the cavalry!' was exclaimed with terror from one to the other; and, although some talked of re
This is a beautiful and interesting work of art.
The sistance, and some of marching off in regular order, in five panoramic view, which is neatly tolded up in an elegant minutes we were all dispersed, and our great army bad cover, extends to we do not know how many yard in scampered away in different directions.
length, and is about a foot broad. The scenery on both "I happened to go on a little farther on the nearest road, sides is represented as it would appear to the spectator and soon found the cause of this panic. I fell in on my passing up the centre of the river. Every object is disway with a man and an ass, coming from a neighbouring fair; the shoes of the poor animal happening to be loose, tinctly seen, and the minuteness of detail is most commade a clattering on the stones, very terrific to the assem- plete. The view of London, which accompanies the Pabled radical army, and so as greatly to resemble at a distance norama, was sketched from an elevated situation in the the noise of a troop of horse.
Adelphi, and has been ably etched and aqua-tinted. It * As for the alarming and warlike sounds, I saw at once commands, we believe, a larger portion of the metropolis, how they were to be accounted for; this donkey-man hap- and more interesting objects, than can be seen from any other pened to be accompanied from the fair by an honest fiddler; spot. The distance from London to Richmond is tifteen who, in order to beguile the tedious journey, was innocently treating his neighbour and the ass to a spring on his instru- miles, and the stranger who takes the excursion need ment; and which, in the distance, by the dexterity of the only to have this view of the banks of the Thames along musician, must greatly have resembled the warlike sound with him in order to be made as familiar with every obof a trumpet!
ject, as if he had passed up and down every day of his *** To your tents, O Israel! cried the radicals in the field life. We have seen no work of the kind more carefully exat this appalling sound—and every man fled.”
ecuted, or more satisfactory. We look upon Mr Picken as an author of rising reputation, and will be glad to meet with him again ere long.
The Devil's Walk. By Professor Porson. With Illus
trations. By R. Cruikshank. London. Marsh and Cloudesley : a Tale. By the author of " Caleb Williams.” Miller. 1830. 24mo. Pp. 33. In three volumes. London. Henry Colburn and
This is a clever and well-known jeu d'espril, cleverly Richard Bentley. 1830.
illustrated by a few smart caricatures. The full-length Is reading this work, we feel as if we were listening portrait of the devil suggested by the lines,to a voice from another age. Since the time when “ Caleb Williams" and " St Leon" riveted us with their har
“ And backwards and forwards he switches his tail, rowing eloquence, what a variety of schools of novel-wri As a gentleman switches his cane," ters bave, for their day, engrossed the attention of the is excellent. public! And now, when bis peculiar style bas been almost forgotten, the green octogenarian again addresses us unchanged in principle or sentiment, where all has changed MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. around him. The author of Caleb Williams has no eye for the beauties of external nature. He has no percep
THE ABBEY GARDEN; tion of those traits which stamp individual character. The beings who figure in his pages are compounded out of the
THE CONFESSION OF EDWARD WALDEN. abstract elements of thought and feeling, not borrowed from the real world. Yet there is an intensity in God
These deatlıs are such acquainted things with me, win's language, and a profundity in his passion, that in
That yet my heart dissolves not.
FLETCHER- The Maid's Tragedy. vests them with an interest beyond that which attaches to the creations of any other novelist. The charm of his
I have a dark tale to tell the history of my own unstyle consists, not in imagination, for he has none, nor in fortunate and perverted mind; which I would trace onclose reasoning, nor clear insight into character, but in a wards from its commencing changes to that terrible scene
certain fervour which carries us along with him, and which closed the drama of life for me, and filled, to overto bears down all before it. “ Cloudesley” is a tale worthy flowing, the envenomed cup of my sufferings and my sin. of Godwin.
And it must be told now, if it is ever to be unfolded; for
the aberrations by which my intellect is daily more and Pisxock's Catechisus.— The Geography of the British blindness of the spirit, compared with which the death of
more fearfully shaken, warn me to expect that dismal Empire. England, Scotland, and Ireland. In three
the body is enviable. Parts. London. Whittaker, Treacher, and Co. 1830.
From my earliest boyhood, I was deeply and silently The above little works are a continuation of that use thoughtful—enthusiastic, imaginative, reflective; I showful and praiseworthy series of publications, which go ed no outward sign of my internal restlessness; the subunder the general title of “ Pinnock's Catechisms.” The dued and calm tone of my manners deceived even those who style in which the present volumes are got up, is a de- might have known me better ; and I was early considered cided improvement on their predecessors. As we are in as possessed of a cold heart and a sluggish fancy-as a clined to think that these “ Geographies” will be found solitary book-worm, a being who held no fellow-feeling extremely useful in schools and elsewhere, we shall take with ordinary life, and nourished no aspirations after its the trouble to copy the heads of the different chapters enjoyments. They guessed not that my perceptions, actfrom one of them, which will give a tolerable idea of the ing with difficulty on an inanimate frame and inexpreswhole.“ Situation-Extent and Boundaries-Divi. sive features, were yet vivid, even to painfulness, while sions-Surface of the Country-- Mountains-Rivers— present, and stored up in a faithful memory as the subLakes-Minerals--Shores—Climate and Vegetable Projects of long and intense reflection. And it was in retlecductions_Cities and Towns-Manufactures and Trade tion chiefly that, from early youth, I enjoyed life. Slow -Institutions and Public Works—Islands." Each Part my ideas of present objects were not; but they were the contains a small but neat and correct map, an engraved images of shadows, compared with the pictures which vignette, and numerous woodcuts of the most remarkable my imagination afterwards formed from them. I have places of each country.
mixed among happy groups, and been asked, with won.
der, why I showed so little interest in the general glad- the same roof,—made sole companions in the retirement ness ; while they knew not that I retired from it only of a country mansion-house,—and turned loose on each to call it up before my fancy with added splendour, and other, with no bar but the observation of a kind, weak to live succeeding hours and days in musings tinged with uncle, and the censure of a simple book-exhausted tutor, the spirit of those few hours of rejoicing ; they knew between my hatred and bis scorn. The consequences not that such moments were fresh in my soul with ten were natural. My cousin was capricious and tyrannical ; fold radiance, after they had vanished from more thought- and I, his junior in age, and his inferior in bodily less spirits, without leaving a vestige or an effect.
strength, was the victim of his humours in those hours But, as with the good of my life, so was it with the when we were left to ourselves ; while in the family, his evil. My moments of happiness were indescribably frank and showy address gave him an easy advantage orer heightened by my turn of mind ; but my hours of misery my melancholy and reserve. Those sentiments of mine, were so likewise. The young are incapable of struggling which had till now been, at worst, but transient fits of with the unhappiness of life, and wisely is it ordered that aversion, matured into a stern and settled hatred. And they should feel it but little ; and when in manhood, the his feelings towards me changed too : he continued to take conviction of human sorrow springs up along with reflec- a malicious pleasure in insolently tormenting that sensi. tion in the mind, the soul has acquired strength for resist- tive spirit whose motions his dull heart at once understood ance, and, in the ardour of the mighty conflict, half for- not and despised ; but he quickly perceived my loathing ** gets the misery against which it strives. To me was for him, and began to add a deeper feeling to his contempt; given the knowledge of manhood with the weakness and till, by degrees, he entertained an enmity as cordial, though incapacity of the boy. I need not say that the gift was not so bitter, as mine. It could not last; I was rapidly fatal. Mental disquietudes, or outward sufferings and in- forgetting every aim and every distress in the one overjuries, which, to others of my age, would have appeared powering passion of hate,-the one diabolical pursuit of re. the merest trifles, or been forgotten as quickly as they venge; he was the poison-tree of my life, which blasted arose, formed to my mind subjects of meditation, I will my every hope and affection ;-would it have been wonnot say how long; and of necessity continued, while thus derful if I had tried to tear the fatal plant up by the very ruminated upon, to increase in apparent magnitude and roots ? I bebeld the precipice over which i hung, and, aggravation.
with moody resolution, I forced myself from its brink. And my intercourse with my youthful companions was In my sixteenth year, I abandoned my home, and cast exposed to one cause of mischief, which gave the tinishing myself into the vast arena of the world, helpless, friend. stroke to the tottering fabric of my peace. The body was less-almost hopeless. in league with the spirit-an enfeebled body with a dis And yet, for the first time, I was not altogether untempered mind. And it is superfluous to tell with what happy. A weight was taken from my breast; I was in painful frequency I felt my bodily inferiority in the bois thrown among new associates who saw not all my wenke terous sports and constant contentions of boyhood. Un nesses, and therefore more readily pardoned those which popular from my retired habits, despised for my miserable were visible ; and even Colville I for a time forgot, es and puny frame, and insulted and triumphed over on ac cept to hope that his blighting influence might never count of both, I was too proud to stoop beneath oppression. more shed desolation on my path. And fortune gradually I resisted it to the last, with a bitter consciousness that favoured me in a worldly view; a line of life was opened resistance was wholly in vain. The effect produced on to me to which I could never have dreamed of aspiring, me by years so marked was melancholy indeed. They My life for some years was indeed wild, eccentric, and did not break my spirit; they could not !—but they adventurous, but I rose in rank and estimation; and, at clouded it with a sad mixture of stubbornness and dejec- length, proudly felt myself not useless por alone. My tion. I would not be misunderstood ; I was no misan- body improved along with my mind; and when, seren thrope. I early saw the difference between the characters years after my flight, I returned to my country, with of others and my own; and that those injuries and slights perves strung by war and travel, and a countenance emwhich appeared to me so heavy, were received by them browned by the winterless heats of the East, few could with the same indifference with which they inflicted them. have traced in the robust man of three-and-twenty, the From the heart I pardoned their thoughtlessness, while weakly shrinking boy who had been so shunned and so I felt that it rendered me most unhappy; and, had the despised. I had now acquired a character of decision and evil stopped here, the progress of advancing years might hardihood, while my habits of rumination and loneliness have worn away those dark traces from my heart. But had been mellowed down into a calm and gentle thoughtthis was not to be.
fulness, which I found was considered both excusable and I have said I was no misanthrope ; it is the truth. I pleasing. On this part of my story I must be brief
. I felt dislike to no human being; to none-save one ; and met and loved one, of whom I will not speak. Alas! I him I found that I could not but hate. He had crossed, dare not ! and I had reason to hope for her favour, when he had baffled me, he had insulted me from the earliest a rival appeared and was quickly successful. It was Colperiod, when I was sensible to love or hatred ;—and he ville : and to this day I believe that he presented himhad his reward. Heaven is my witness, that, even yet, self solely with the malignant design of thwarting and I strove long and anxiously not to hate him. I brooded, triumphing over me. There succeeded a period fearful it is true, over my injuries, for it was not in my nature to my recollection, a chaos of tierce regrets and gloomy not to do so ; but while my blood boiled to think on them, apathy. I was again thrown back from that placidity it was my ardent wish to persuade myself that he him- which I had through so much labour attained, into a self never viewed them under the aspect which they pre- state of mind black and joyless as that from which I had sented to me; that they partook of the levity which per- formerly extricated myself. After a few more years, vaded his whole character; and were nothing more than wandering, aimless and uncheered, my mind again bethe wantonness of youthful excitation, eager to exercise came more quiet; and, home-sick, I turned my steps power, and unscrupulous as to the objects on which it once more to the cold island regions of the north, now infell. And I could assuredly have so warded off the deed a melancholy man, but still with much of the good gloomy emotions which infested me, if I had been exposed of my character unextinguished, and, as I too fondly to my enemy only at intervals; if I had enjoyed but mo- hoped, even purified and strengthened. I knew not how ments of repose from his persecutions, to which I could irretrievably my moral system had been shattered, till the have looked forward for comfort, and which might have injury was shown by that fatal event, which formed the been employed in endeavours to subdue my heart. But catastrophe of my struggle against guilt and destiny, and this I had not long. Colville was my cousin ; and we to the recital of which I now summon up all my remainwere still boys when we were placed, both orpbans, under ing vigour of resolution.