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Literary Recollections. By the Rev. Richard Warner, himself to be a great proficient. In the evening, therefore
, rubber of penny whist; at which he either was, or beliered F.A.S. &c. Two vols. 8vo. London. Longman, the card-table was prepared. Fortune decreed that be Rees, Orme, and Co. 1830.
should have me for a partner. For a time, I presume, I
committed no heinous breach of the laws of Hoyle ; as the This is a large book made out of small materials. But business of the board of green cloth went on regularly and the Rev. Richard Warner being of a communicative dis- satisfactorily. Ambitious, however, to impress my partner position, no doubt thought it his duty to put into print with an idea of my consummate knowledge of the game, I many things which may have interested himself, but made a finesse. It failed, and we lost the rubber. The which, we fear, will interest no one else. The truth is, Doctor, knitting his mighty brows, inflicted upon me one that Mr Warner's “ Literary Recollections” are necessa
of his Gorgon looks; and most caustically exclaimedrily of a limited nature, for he has not, in the whole course
• Dick, you have all the cunning of a Bath sharper, with
out his skill.' Happily for my re-instatement in his fiof his life, known many literary people, at least people vour, his next hand of cards was a brilliant one. The fea of such eminence as to make their sayings and doings tures of his disturbed physiognomy assumed their natural worthy of being recorded. Some of our readers may arrangement; and in a tone of conciliation be mildly said: perhaps ask—“Who is the Rev. Richard Warner ?" We I acquit you of trickery, Richard : would that I could of can only answer, that he is the Rector of Great Chalfield, stupidity ;-however, I believe your intention was good, and Wilts,—that he is a member of the Dutch Society of that's no mean praise.' "-Vol.'ii. p. 186-8. Sciences at Haerlem,--and that he is the author of the
Whilst it will be obvious from what we have already “ Companion in a Tour round Lymington," of the “South- said, that we have no great idea of the comprehensiveness ampton Guide,” of an “ Abridged Civil and Natural His- of Mr Warner's intellect, it is but fair to add, that he aptory of the Isle of Wight,"of “Hampshire extracted from pears to be an amiable and conscientious man, who would Doomsday Book,” of “ Netley Abbey, a Gothic Story," and not “set down aught in malice,” and if he does no good, of several other works of a similar kind. Mr Warner is will at least do no harm. therefore a very eminent man, and was well entitled to write his own Memoirs. But, moreover, he was acquainted with Dr Parr, and this seems to have been his The Barony. By Miss Anna Maria Porter. 3 rols, great inducement to take up the pen. He knew a good London, Longman, Rees, Orme, and Co. 1830. number of other persons of less notoriety, and has, in the volumes before us, made
CHANGED as all things are in the novel-reading world
since Miss Porter first began to write, there is, neverthe“ A fond attempt to give a deathless lot
less, a numerous class who will hail with pleasure a new To names ignoble, born to be forgot ;"
work of fiction from her pen. We are glad to be able to but Dr Parr was the sun round which he and the other say that they will not be disappointed in “ The Barony." satellites revolved, and for the sake of the Doctor's ac
It is an interesting and well-told story, and, in our opiquaintance, we verily believe that Mr Warner would nion, possesses additional attractions, from being connecthave even sacrificed the honour of ranking as a membered with a part of the national history of Great Britain. of the Dutch Society of Sciences at Haerlem. Neverthe- The tale opens in 1685, and in its progress the scene less, our author's recollections of Dr Parr are, after all, changes from Wales to the Court of James II., introdumeagre and superficial enough, though they are certainly cing us to the principal personages of the time. The histhe best part of his book, seeing that the rest of it is, for tory of Monmouth's rebellion forms a prominent feature the most part, little better than twaddle concerning people of the novel, and the enmity existing between the Cawhom nobody cares one farthing about. We make one
tholics and Protestants is fully developed, and skilfully extract :
made use of, to heighten the effect of the general pietare. We should have been glad to have entered into a fuller
account of this work, but as our space to-day forbids, Many were the days of social delight which I passed in we prefer noticing it briefly, rather than passing it over the company of Dr Parr, whilst he continued in Bath; but altogether. We can assure our readers that they will find one, in particular, remains traced on my memory, in the brightest colours. He had promised to dine at my cottage.
“ The Barony" worthy of the reputation of Miss Porter, I was aware of his partiality for the society of men younger than himself; and a few friends, far inferior to the Doctor in years, but quite qualified to be his companions, gave him Letters from Nova Scotia; comprising Sketches of a Young the meeting. All was sunshine. Every thing chanced to Country. By Captain W. Moorsom, 520 Light laplease him. The dishes were to his heart's content. The wine fantry. One vol. 8vo. Pp. 371. London. Henry (of which, however, he always drank but little) was old and
Colburn and Richard Bentley. 1830. highly flavoured; and I had provided a large stock of common shag tobacco, which he always chose rather than the We have great objections to a sensible and intelligent most genuine 'cnaster. He had, too, what he preferred to man (and Captain Moorsom is evidently both) throwing all besides, the attention, admiration, and honest open- together the whole of his observations, made during a hearted converse, of sensible young men. before or afterwards in such gallant
spirits. Every puff of long sojourn in an interesting territory, into the form of his pipe was a prelude to a pointed joke, an apt quotation, letters to his friends. In the first place, because the form or a capital story; One of the latter he dwelt upon with of a letter is the worst possible for conveying solid ingreat delight, and related with the most minute particular- struction ; in the second place, because there is a degree ity. Its burden was a bull-baiting, for which practice he of childishness and want of originality in the notion of candidly confessed he had ever a secret, but unconquerable | inscribing each chapter with the name of a fietitious corpredilection. You see,' said he, pulling up his loose coat, respondent, (as appears to be the case in the present in. sleeve above his elbow, and exposing his vast, muscular, and hirsute arm to the gaze of the company, You see that I stance,) conjured up to take an interest in the subject of am a kind of taurine man, and must, therefore, be naturally which it treats; and, in the third place, because such a addicted to the sport.' The baiting had occurred at Cam- procedure gives a book the air of a work of fiction. The bridge, during one of his latter visits to the University. His only countervailing advantage offered by the epistolary anxiety to witness it was uncontrollable ; but, as his per- style is, that it affords scope for much elegant and play. sonal appearance on the arena could not be thought of, he ful matter, which could not, perhaps, be fitly introduced hired a garret near the place of exhibition, disrobed himself in any other way; but Captain Moorsom, though a sagaof his academical dress, put a nightcap on his head, in the lieu of his notorious wig; and thus disguised, enjoyed, from
cious and clear-headed man, is, God wot, far from being the elevated window, his favourite amus:ment, in secrecy
either witty or vivacious. and solitude.
There is, however, much really valuable matter in this “I was well aware the Doctor bad great pleasure in a little work, and it deserves well to be read, as adding ma.
RECOLLECTIONS OF DR PARR.
terially to our knowledge of our North American pos- carry on, secretly and unobservedly, his purposes of grace sessions. It contains full, and apparently accurate, no in a tumultuous world. We have glanced over Mr Neale's tices of the state of society, the mercantile, agricultural, book with much satisfaction. He is a sincere, devout, and manufacturing resources, and the legislative, religi- and impressive writer, and conscientiously determined to ous, and educational institutions of the province of Nova be active and useful in his arduous profession. Scotia. The author's reflections evince a mind well cultivated, and raised above the prejudices with which many of our countrymen mingle among foreigners. He knows Perkin Warbeck ; or, The Court of James the Fourth of likewise to make allowance for circumstances, and does
Scotland. An Historical Romance. By Alexander not, like some others, rail at a new country because it
Campbell. 3 vols. London. A. K. Newman and wants the compactness and finish of an old one. A map, Co. 1830. and two or three clever sketches, are given as illustrations
The literature of Leadenhall Street has of late years to the work.
fallen into sad disrepute; yet may it boast, with no small
pride, of having once possessed a Mary Ann Radcliffe, a Le Musée Français. Recueil de 343 Planches d'apres les Charlotte Smith, and a Francis Lathom. But the “in
plus beaux Tableaux et les plus belles Statues qui ex gens gloria Teucrorum” is past; and, to parody the words istaient au Louvre, avant 1815. Paris, Publié par A. of Moore, the occasional romance falling still-born from et W. Galignani. Londres, Publié par Joseph Ogle the press, is now the only proof that still it lives. We Robinson.
do not go the length of saying that our countryman Mr
Alexander Campbell is destined to revive its happier days, It is not yet a year since we announced the intended but certainly his “Perkin Warbeck,” had it come from publication of this work, and the whole of the numbers New Burlington instead of Leadenhall Street, would not are already upon our table. This is business-like, and as have disgraced the aspiring publishers of that more classi. it should be." It is, moreover, a much more sensible fa- cal region. He has written a lively story, illustrative of shion of replacing to the French public the loss it sustain- Scottish life and manners some four centuries ago ; and ed by the dismantling of the Louvre, than indulging, like if he has not a mind of a very comprehensive cast, or a the writers in their most popular periodicals, in declama- pencil capable of sketching the bolder outlines of charaction about the injustice of the robbery, when every body ter, he is not without some quickness of perception, and a knows it was but a vindication on the part of the nations reasonable supply of native humour. We have read many of their plundered rights an action dictated alike by re
worse books than “ Perkin Warbeck," and could mention gard to the interests of art as of justice. The present work, being in truth merely a reprint of several writers of historical romances a good deal inferior
to Alexander Campbell. the splendid one issued under Napoleon's auspices, with regard to the merits of which, artists and connoisseurs have long made up their minds, it would be coming be- The Christian Review and Clerical Magazine, No. XIV. hind the fair to enter into a lengthened critique. It is in
London. L. B. Seeley and Son; and R. B. Seeley a high degree worthy of praise and patronage. Viewing it,
and Burnside. April 1830. however, as a test of the present state of engraving in The Dying Franciscan. A Tale founded on facts. LonFrance, we would say that while we recognise in the ac
don. R. B. Seeley and Burnside. 1830. 12mo. curacy and general neatness of the mechanical details, and the average feeling of the beauties of art indicated in the plates, the same respectable powers which the diffusion of
SINFUL men that we are! we confess we had not read education has spread throughout Europe, and occasionally the Christian Review till we received the fourteenth a burst of something more genial, we have to lament the Number. Judging from the specimen before us, we are absence of decided expression, and not unfrequently the now able to say that it appears to be a work of talent presence of a mistiness in the general effect-the conse- and respectability. The writers may, perhaps, be consiquence, it may be, occasionally, of the plate having been dered by some as a little too zealous and fervent in the too long used, but undeniably at times of a weak, unde- doctrines they maintain ; but this is a fault which leans cided, scratchy style of handling the graveur. The sta- to virtue's side.—“ The Dying Franciscan” is an intetues are the least satisfactory part of the work. The en- resting and well-told tale of a religious character, extracted graving is fine, but the drawing uniformly bad. We will from the present Number of the Christian Review, and be bound to produce from the Trustees' Academy here six published separately in a neat shape. of the pupils who could do them decidedly better. The landscapes are in general most successful—and many of them are delightful. On the whole, the work affords as MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE, good a succedaneum for those who have it not in their power to see the originals, as any of the kind we have
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
LETTER FROM A TRAVELLING DUTCHMAN TO HIS CORRES
PONDENT AT HAERLEM.
Sermons on the Dangers and Duties of a Christian. To which are added, Remarks on the Prospects and Present
Edinburgh, May 25, 1830.
MY DEAR CORRESPONDENT, -From the enclosed letter, State of Parties in the Church of England. By the Rev. Erskine Neale, B.A. London. Hurst, Chance, have forwarded to you from that place, had a proper op
-which you will see is dated Aberdeen, and which I should and Co. 1830. 8vo. Pp. 283.
portunity occurred, you will learn what I have been If we review all the books of sermons which are pub- doing, in the way of business, since I came to Scotland. lished in Scotland—and we make it a rule to do sowe You will receive my packet by Captain Smith, who sails are afraid we must leave the great majority of those which from Leith this afternoon, and as I have an idle half-hour come out in the sister kingdom to shift for themselves. upon my hands before the porter calls, I think I cannot We are, nevertheless, always glad to see or hear of any employ it better than in giving you some account of the new and respectable volume of sermons; for, as in the General Assembly of the Kirk, which always creates a Jewish Temple there was " no sound of hammer, axe, or temporary bustle in Edinburgh at this season of the year. of any tool of iron heard in the house while it was in From the intimate connexion which formerly subsisted building,” so does God, in the same mysterious silence, between our own native country and the Presbyterian
Church of Scotland, you may suppose that I willingly is in London, preaching before the Marquis of Lansdowne availed myself of the present opportunity of witnessing and Sir Robert Peel, and cramming his poor laws down! the proceedings of our western neighbours in their su the capacious throats of our worthy senators and who preme ecclesiastical judicatory.
is there left, with the exception of Lord Moncreiff, who By a lucky accident, I had taken my passage from can either think, speak, or act, in a business-like man Aberdeen in a steam-boat, where I had for my fellow- ner ?” passengers a whole northern synod, bound for the metro Ay, but his lordship is in himself a host,” observed polis. You will probably suppose that I felt somewhat the old gentleman whom I have already mentionedawkward among so many grave divines, but the truth is,
“ Lives there a chief whom Ajax ought to dread, I was the only grave man of the party myself. My com
Ajax, in all the toils of battle bred ?” panions evidently considered themselves as men wbose business it was to enjoy, to the utmost limits which dis- Besides, lads, notoriously moderate as our whole synod is! cretion would permit, their short relaxation from the cares known to be, it must be admitted, between ourselves, that i of their pastoral charge. An excellent breakfast soon fur. among the High there are as talented men as in our own nished a happy occasion for the exercise of their social party. Even in the present Assembly they have Dr Gor-1 talents; and though I had often heard the Aberdonians don, a man who, with a little attention to the forms of praised for the keenness of their wit, I now discovered, business, and with less diffidence in his own powers of for the first time, that they were, or at least deserved to commanding the attention of church courts, might add a be, equally famous for the keenness of their appetite. fresh wreath to the laurels which his pulpit eloquence But though breakfast certainly did last an unconscion has already secured to him. I never heard him speak in able time, it could not last for ever; and the conversation, a church court but once, in the Edinburgh Presbytery, as soon as it ceased to be a reciprocal demand for eggs, rolls, on the Catholic question ; and I have seldom heard, in tea, toast, butter, ham, and salmon, naturally turned upon the Assembly or elsewhere, an abler or more interesting the ensuing General Assembly, and such subjects as would speech." probably come before it for discussion. The characters From the general conversation which ensued, I learnof the Moderator, the principal speakers, and probable ed that Dr Cook was to lead the Moderate party-that leaders, then came under review; and I now discovered, Mr Thomson of Dundee was to order the battle on the from the strong leaning which they showed toward cer- opposite side—that, as the usual place of meeting was untain principles, and the partiality which they manifested dergoing repairs, the Assembly would meet in the Tron for certain individuals, that my friends were moderate-Church-that, with the exception of some cases of heresy, a discovery which affected me with no small astonish- there was to be no business of importance before the vement; but I trust they have better claims to so honour nerable House—that, accordingly, the Assembly would able an epithet in ecclesiastical legislation, than in the en be a dull one—that two young lads, nephews of profesjoyment of creature comforts. On the subject of leaders, sors, were to preach before the Commissioner, (upon the following conversation took place.
which my pot-bellied friend made some joke, which I did “ Will the Moderates, think ye, be satisfied with Dr not very well understand, about the “ popish system of Cook for their leader this year ?” asked a smart young nepotism,”)—that Lord Forbes was an excellent man, and, man, with rosy cheeks, and a well-brushed coat, who what appeared to be contemplated by my fellow-voyagers evidently felt the importance which he was about to as with unmingled satisfaction, that this year there was a sume, in sitting, for the first time, as a legislator of the chance of enjoying his admirable dinners with some dechurch.
gree of comfort, since there would be no late debates. “ I fear we must,” replied his aged neighbour, sbrug On Thursday, I arrived in Edinburgh in time to see ging his shoulders, as if but half pleased with the arrange the Commissioner walk to church. The High Street, ment.
through which he passed, was lined with cavalry—the “ For my own part,” observed a third, with a smile, crowd of people was considerable—the day fine--the “ I can see no great hardship in the case. Dr Cook is an Commissioner's suite gay, and altogether the spectacle impressive and a ready speaker; he is intimately acquaint was rather an imposing one. I did not visit the Assemed with the laws of the church, and with the forms of bly this day, as I bad business to transact with our corchurch courts ; and really, in the absence of Dr Inglis, and respondent B ; and, besides, I was told that the first since the delicate health of our own Dr Mearns pre-week was entirely occupied with preliminary arrangevents him from assuming in the Assembly that attitude ments. On Tuesday, I paid my first visit to this venewhich his high talents and eminent learning would en rable court. Near the pulpit, a handsome throne bad title him to take, I do not see that we could have a better been erected and railed in for the Lord Commissioner, leader."
who represents the King at the sittings of this ecclesiasHere my young friend muttered something about half tical judicatory. The Commissioner's box (as it is called) measures, indecision, pseudo-moderation, and hinted that was crowded with fashionable ladies, and a few gentlePrincipal Macfarlan had a better title than Dr Cook to men in uniform, and a sprinkling of persons who go unthe confidence of the Moderate party.
der the general name of Dandies in this country- among . I grant you,” returned the former speaker, “ the the latter was pointed out to me the Editor of that LiPrincipal is clear-headed, sagacious, honest; but he wants terary Journal, the two first volumes of which our friend the tact to perceive, or the skill to avail himself of those Van der Hooght has lately translated into Dutch. The little accidents which otten give to a debate a character Commissioner himself was absent, owing to the death of materially different from what it originally possessed. a near relation. The area of the church was set apart Besides, his stiffness and pomposity, though they do not for the members of Assembly; the gallery was divided act much to his prejudice upon great occasions, disqualify into two parts, one for students of divinity and preachers him for managing the minor details of business and ordi- the other for strangers ;—of course I took my place in the nary debate.”
latter. I was much amused with the contrast presented "Fortunately, the wild men are much worse off for lead between the church in possession and the church erpectant. ers this year than we are,” remarked a pot-bellied little Among the ministers there was self-complacency, ease, gentleman, who had at length left off coquetting with the and upon the whole decorum ; in the appearance and bone of a broiled fish, which had occupied his attention conduct of the viri candidati, I could perceive curiosity, long after the rest of the company had ceased all offensive restlessness, a decided propensity to disputation and quaroperations.
relling, with a very general disposition to indulge in what “ That is true,” replied another. “ Their great men
is called practical jokes. I happened to be placed near the a "e off the field. Thomson is not a meinber-Chalmers partition between the two galleries, and had the good for
tune to have for my next neighbour, a comely, fresh old who carries my parcel to Leith. So no more at present gentleman, with a smart periwig and copper-headed cane, from yours truly,
HANS BROECK, who appeared to be taking no small interest in the proceedings of his more fortunate brethren below. From To Jahn STEINFORT, this polite old gentleman, who, I understand, is the father Quill Manufacturer, Haerlem, of the “ church expectant,” I learned the name, party, and character of the more eminent members of Assembly. Indeed, I required little information on these points,
A TALE OF THE SEA. thanks to my northern friends' catalogue raisonné of the
By Henry G. Bell. great men of either party,except the being able to identify the principal speakers, and this my new cicerone en
Alone, alone, all, all alone,
Alone on a wide, wide sea ! abled me to do.
And never a saint took pity on “ That gentleman in the gown and bands is the Mode
My soul in agony.
COLERIDGE. rator, Dr Singer, a good man and an orthodox. The old fellow with the powdered head and wrinkled forehead, is I sailed from the Thames in a merchant brig for JaPrincipal Macfarlan ; 'gad, sir, he's the man that ought to maica. I was the only passenger ; and before I had been lead the Assembly. That fat good-looking gentleman is many days on board, it struck me that there was someDr Meiklejohn, a shrewd man and a pleasant. I have thing odd both about the captain and crew. They had dined with him. That is the Solicitor-General, the young all very bad expressions of countenance; and when I fellow with the silver chain and eye-glass_clever fellow happened to be upon deck, I frequently observed that - I'm told he makes three thousand a-year. There is they collected in groups, and seemed to carry on in whisLord Moncreiff in the Moderator's box—he is an honour pers a mysterious kind of conversation, with which I to the Scottish bar and bench—his father was a minister, could not help thinking that I was myself in some way old Sir Harry, as worthy a man as ever lived. The ve connected. The captain, in particular, was a dark-looknerable gentleman beside him is old Dr Lamont, who ing man, with a very ugly meaning in his large bright preached before the King. Ah! there is Dr Cook—'gad, eyes. He seldom spoke, except in monosyllables, and he is getting fat on his professorship; I wish they would then the tones of his voice almost startled me. He and make me a professor-You see he is pulling down his I had beds in the same cabin ; but I soon discovered that waistcoat; that's a sign he is going to speak : I knew a he never slept. Whenever I happened to look across man who used on such occasions to pull up the waistband from my own berth towards his, I could see, by the dim of his breeches, and it was a good plan, for it commanded light of a lamp that burned upon the table all night, his attention-Hush ! Cook is going to give us a speech." large eyes glaring full upon me, with a most unnatural
For the present, however, I was disappointed; the kind of intelligence in them. I am not of a timid dispoDoctor merely rose to make some uninteresting remark sition, but I confess I did not feel altogether comfortable. about the appointment of a committee, and immediately We had favourable winds, however, and ran across the sat down. My friend, therefore, resumed his communi- Atlantic without any thing remarkable occurring. cations.
On the evening of the twenty-fifth day, I was told that “ Yonder is Dr Gordon, with his fine bald head—a ca- the land we saw, about fifteen miles to leeward, was that pital study for the phrenologists—od, phrenology's a queer of the island of St Domingo, and that, the breeze conthing after all. There's Burns of Paisley—him with the tinuing, we might expect to reach Kingston in little more spectacles. Ah ha! yonder is Andrew Thomson him- than eight-and-forty hours. I retired to rest between ten self, sitting under the gallery, and hiding his curly head and eleven, with a lighter heart than I had done for some bebind the pillar—he is the cock of the club—capital time before; and with the prospect of so soon again meetpreacher—best speaker of them all—pity he is not a mem- ing several of my oldest and best friends, I speedily found ber this year. Look at that tall old gentleman standing myself locked in the embraces of slumber, and busily ocin the passage, that is John Inglis, the ablest man in the cupied in the ideal world of dreams. Hour after hour church. Yonder mild-looking gentleman is Henry Grey, past unnoted by, and daylight was shining full into my who has the clever wife-Anglicanus, you know. The cabin before I again opened my eyes. The sun had been other gentleman with the gold spectacles
long up, but was not visible. It was one of those calm The sudden pause in my cicerone's speech made me grey days which, in this climate, commonly predict some turn round my head, when I observed the old beau ar-change of weather. There was that stillness on board ranging the folds of his neckcloth with one hand, while the ship which almost always accompanies a calm ; for with the other he was gracefully managing his eye-glass, when sailors have nothing to do, they are the last people which he directed toward the Commissioner's box, where in the world who will do any thing. I did not hear a a fashionable party of young ladies had newly arrived. step over head, and even the steward and cabin-boys I The grin of delight which illumined my old friend's coun- supposed had fallen asleep; for though I called pretty tenance, convinced me that in him the fair sex had a most lustily for my breakfast, not a soul came near me. devoted admirer. While he was thus engaged, wreath- at length, and having performed my toilet with all coning his face into smiles, and adjusting the curls of his venient speed, I got upon deck. I was somewhat suryellow wig, I endeavoured, but in vain, to call back his prised at not seeing a single hand either fore or aft. The attention to the less inviting physiognomies which had very helm was deserted. I went forward to the steerage, excited my own curiosity in the body of the house, and but it was empty, and so was every hammock it containwhich still remained undescribed. You might as well ed! My pulse began to beat more quickly; I became have tried to withdraw Narcissus from his fountain, or alarmed and uneasy. I called aloud, but no one answerendeavoured to divert the attention of Actæon from Diana ed me. I looked into the hold, but no living thing was and her nymphs, as attempted to give the eye-glass of my to be seen ; nay, what struck me as peculiarly odd, there enamoured companion a new direction.
was nothing in the hold at all, except a cask or two of But luckily my attention was now arrested by a very fresh water, though I had been given to understand that animated debate upon some semi-arian doctrines which the vessel had a full and valuable cargo on board. I went have of late been making a noise in this country. The back to the cabin; neither captain nor mate was there. I particular subject was the somewhat abstruse doctrine of opened the door of every cupboard and closet, but it was the peccability of Christ's human nature, and you will in vain. Conviction of the truth, though at first its very find the speeches and proceedings upon the whole case conception almost bewildered me, inevitably forced itself faithfully reported in the Observer newspaper, which I on my mind ;-I was the only human being in the ship. send you.
I am interrupted by the arrival of the porter | During the night she had been purposely abandoned by
her crew, and I was left alone to the mercy of the waves. endure it much longer. Let no man talk of solitude, On the previous evening land had been visible at the dis- as long as he can see around him fields, and trees, and tance of five or six leagues, but now, having drifted out mountains. All these hold communion with his spirit, of my course, it was nowhere to be discovered.
and as they vary their garb according to the season, the My feelings can neither be imagined nor described. I can read in them lessons of wisdom and improvement was perfectly ignorant of all nautical affairs, and conse- But on the wide and changeless ocean, where hama quently had not the most distant idea of what ought to be sympathies exist not, and where the very element seem done. But this was, perhaps, hardly to be regretted ; for of a nature uncongenial to ours, there, where the eye however great my skill had been, what could a single can see nothing but rolling waters, and the ear catch ne person have done in the guidance and management of so sound but that of the breaking wave, there speak of selilarge a vessel? Had a boat been left, I should instantly tude, there feel its horrors, feel your affections stagtant have intrusted myself to it, and, though at a venture, en- within you, and your mental capabilities mouldering away deavoured to steer in some particular direction ; but we into nothingness. Look at the sun, the clouds, the stars, had only two originally, and they had both been taken and ask, in the frenzy of despair, why you are the only away. I could find no loose timber, of which to make a created thing curst with the curse of speech ? raft, for even a raft I should have considered myself safer One night the thunder walked through the air ; but on than where I was. There is something that the hu- its peals were welcome to me, for they sounded like the man mind cannot bear to dwell upon, in the idea that it voice of an unseen giant. The waning moon looked has lost its power over inert matter, and that all its in- dimly down through the snatches of the hurrying clouds, tellectual energies must succumb to the mere blind cbance and the lurid lightning flashed far and wide below, as if which governs an inanimate mass. I was alone in a in mockery of the pale light of the melancholy wanderer great floating castle, to which seemed to be left the power of heaven. There was alternate gloom and brightness. of determining whither it would carry me, and what in the gloom was heard the savage roaring of the thonfate it would assign me. The very bulk of my prison der-laden winds ; in the brightness was seen the tortured made me the more helpless ; besides, I soon discovered ocean heaving in convulsions, and flinging its spray in that it was, in the sea-phrase, water-logged, and, no doubt, impotent wrath far up into the dark concave. Sucts abandoned under the belief that it was speedily to sink. scenes had become familiar to me, and had almost lost I would have given any thing for the merest little cock- their terrors. My crazy ship went tumbling on, and I boat with a single oar, for I should have been compara had lashed myself to the remnant of one of her masts, tively my own master on the wide ocean.
lest I should be swept from the deck as every thing else As long as the daylight continued, my situation, though had been already. Again the moon looked down for an sufficiently solitary, was not so dismal. Light is com- instant, again the lightning gushed from the clouds panionable, and seems to be the natural element of the Good God! a vessel, with all her sails set, bounded past human soul. But the sun had scarcely set, ere I per- me, and I heard the cries of human beings. Another ceived that the waters were not long to continue unruf- gleam of moonshine,- she was still there! Another blaze fled. The sails, almost all of which were set, and which of lightning —she was gone --down-down into the I found it quite impossible to take in, or even to reef, no gulf for ever! longer hung motionless by the side of the masts, but, for The storm passed away, and I was still safe. The some time, kept fapping incessantly like the wings of a wind was in the north, and the ship sailed on. One mighty bird, and then becoming steadily filled, carried | morning I came upon deck; it was clear, though cold, the ship along with them, I knew not where. Twilight and the sea at some little distance seemed peopled with darkened into night; the moon came out of the sea like islands. How my heart bounded! I was approaching a spectre-wan and vapoury—surrounded by a dark as-them! Shipwreck-death was all I desired, provided I semblage of murky clouds. Stronger and stronger grew met it in an attempt to make the land. I came nearer the wind. The waves, as they went careering by, left the islands.—Heaven and earth! they were islands of in their tract a broad gleam of foam, that gave to the dark ice! Where was I? I had been sailing south ;-Hai sea an unnatural whiteness. I stood at the stern, with I got within the antarctic circle ? Ice-nothing but ice. the useless helm in my hand, and almost believed that Huge mountains of dreary ice. the whole was a horrible dream, from which, if I did not
" I was the first that ever burst speedily awake, I might never awake with reason unim
Into that silent sea !" paired. The storm increased ; the vessel, from the quantity of canvass she carried, was tossed like a toy from I know not how it was, but I sailed far in among those wave to wave. At length, the foremast snapt, and, with frozen fields. The wind at length shifted, and my course all its sails and cordage, fell overboard ;-it was lost was altered. I retraced part of my way, and went more among the billows in an instant.
to the east. One night I was in bed, and my vessel was Day returned, but the storm did not abate. The wind drifting as usual where it pleased. Suddenly it struck was for a while north-west, which blew me back nearly against something with a violent shock and crash. I upon the course I had already sailed, but afterwards, rushed upon deck ; the ship was going to pieces. It seem. shifting several points, it became nearly due north, so that ed to have come upon a reef of rocks. It was calm, and I conjectured it was carrying me along the coast of South I was a good swimmer. I threw myself into the sea, and America, though that coast was nowhere visible. For reaching some of the more prominent heights, I scrambled several days the hurricane continued, and every moment up upon them, and waited till daylight should discover seemed to bring along with it the promise of destruction; to me my situation. It came soon enough ; I was on! but though the ship was now in the most miserable con- the highest peak of two or three insulated rocks, nos a dition, its planks still held together, and I still continued hundred yards in circumference altogether, that rose up to exist.
from the fathomless depths of the southern ocean till Day after day, week after week, and, were I to judge they reached a little above its surface. Water-nothing by my own feelings, I should say year after year, passed but water, could be seen around. Here, then, on this anon, and I still continued rolling about in my dismasted known rock, which no human eye but mine had ever seen hulk, sometimes with fair, and sometimes with foul | before, it was to be my lot to die. I wonder I did na weather, either in the Atlantic or Pacific ocean, I knew grow mad at once. I recollect that I lost all belief in not which. There were, luckily, provisions enough on my personal identity. I could not conceive it possible board, such as they were, to have supported me, I should that I was the same being who had once so keenly eshave thought, for any length of time; but existence was joyed all the pleasures of social and civilized life ;-wbe becoming too painful to me to admit of my being able to had loved and hated, who had laughed and wept, whe