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which we commonly put into our own words, we are not aware that pears to be as little worth as the subject upon which it is founded.we ever copied a line from that or any other paper since we came into The author of “ Black-Eyed Susan" has written another drama, call existence as a Journal. As to having “ weekly copied its articles ed “ Sally in our Alley," which has been played with suecoss at the wholesale," the charge is certainly enough to provoke the patience of Surrey. - It appears that Fanny Kemble's third part is not to be con a Job, and, considering the quarter from which it comes, has upon stance in “ King John,” as originally announced, but Euphrasia, is us a peculiar et tu Brute effect. The truth is, the Allas has been re the Tragedy of “ The Grecian Daughter." She appeared in this cently pilfering a little from us witness its unacknowledged quota- character with all due eclat on Monday last. We understand that tion from the Ertrick Shepherd's "Aughteen Hunder and Twanty. she has also changed her mind regarding the acceptance of provincial nine," and also its review of the Provincial Scotsman's “Tour to engagements, and is to visit Dublin, Liverpool, and other places. London, Brussels, and Paris," which, in many sentences, was verba- This being the case, we hope for the pleasure of seeing her here. tim bur own; but, widely quoted as we are glad to see we are, we -A Mr Morley is about to make his debut at Covent Garden in Ros thought it beneath us to take notice of these peccadillos. Little, how sini's Opera of “ La Gazza Ladra,” arranged by Bishop.-A two-act éver, did we expect so unnatural a return for our forbearance on the drama, from the pen of Morton, founded on the escapes of Baran part of Master Atlas. We hope he will soon come to a proper under- Trenck, is in preparation at Covent Garden.-Besides Miss Kembie, standing of the error he has committed ; and if not, we can only say, it appears that Charles Kemble, Macready (who, we are glad to hear, that we hate such paltry squabbling.
is convalescent), Dowton, T. P. Cooke, Miss Kelly, and the Elephant, Paris versus LONDON ; OR, COCKNEYS OUT-COCKNEYED : are an to visit Dublin sooni-Mademoisselle Duchesnois, the celeEPPING HUNT AT A DISCOUNT.–We abridge the following from brated French actress, has, by public letter, signified her retirement an advertisement in the Constitutionnel of the 2d of January :
from the stage.—Liverpool appears to be especially gay at presetzt. He The chase has been esteemed in all ages one of the most noble and sides two T'heatres, they have Ducrow, the Messrs Hermann, Astra enlivening pleasures; but, in great cities, it has become an exclusive nomical Lectures, and a Royal Menagerie. We observe a criticism enjoyment of the privileged classes. Those less favoured by fortune in one of their papers on Miss Jarman, in which the writer says, that must either renounce it altogether, or seek, at a great distance from
she is “ the reverse of beautiful ;" by which we suppose he mens Paris, a doubtful chance of firing a few shots. The “ Compagnie to say that she is ugly, and that her acting is not to be compared to des chasses publiques" aims at bringing this pleasure within the reach
that of Miss Ellen Tree, Vestris, or Foote. We are afraid this witte or every amateur, in its full plenitude, with all possible convenience, has a kind of Royal Menagerie taste. - Miss Jarman attracted to her and in every modification of which it is susceptible. A field of four benefit here last Saturday night one of the most crowded houses of hundred acres, near Courbevoie, a lengue and a half distant from
the season. On the falling of the curtain she was loudly called for, Paris, Affords the public four alleys, which, at all seasons, admit of
and greeted with three rounds of applause. Our Pantomime, which forty-eight sportsmed at once, with an intervening space of 160 paces
has had a very successful run, is now finally withdrawn, the Clown, between each to prevent accidents. Each ticket of admission com.
Mr Taylor, having taken his benefit last night. fers a right to three hours' shooting in one or other of these alleys,
WEEKLY LIST OF PERFORMANCES. which are supplied from preserves capable of furnishing 300,000 head of game annually, and afford the amateur an opportunity of
Jan. 16-22. Oring twenty or thirty shots per hour. Coursing matches will be held SAT.
The Sergeant's Wife, The Youthful Queen, & Turn Out within the enclosures at stated intervals, and a pack of hounds will Mox. Rob Roy, & The Twelfth Cake. admit of occasionally varying the mode of hunting. The park con
TUES. Paul Pry, William Thompson, & Do. tains, moreover, a preparatory school for beginners, where regular
· Monsieur Mallet,& Before Breakfast. demonstrations will be given, and opportunities afforded of practising
THURS. Do. Do. upon automatons imitating the modes of flying and running peculiar
FRI. to different kinds of game. The grand hunts will be regularly an
Mary Stuart, Rosini, & The Twelfth Cake. nounced in the journals. The extensive resources of the company enable it to promise the public opportunities of hunting the fox, the stag, and the wild bear. Fire-arms and other equipments of the
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. complete sportsman may be hired at the establishment on moderate terms.
The length of our review of Moore's Byron, and also of the Et
trick Shepherd's ainusing tale, preclude the insertion not only of all THE VORACITY OF THE SHARK.
the Advertisements with which we have been favourod, but of many To the Editor of the Edinburgh Literary Journal.
other articles, and make the contents of the present Number less $,- observe, in one of the late Numbers of your entertaining varied than usual. There is variety, however, in being less varied. Journal, some account of the Voracity of the Shark. The case of the
The EDITOR IN HIS SLIPPERS, No. VI. in our next Number,
atter. pocket-book is well known to all West India cruisers, and the other
with which will be given half a sheet of additional is highly probable, from the known propensity of all fishes to snap
As we have not yet had time to lowk into Mr Dunlop's Pamphlet, at any thing dropped into the water, a bit of glittering tin being, as
we hope we do not put “ Proteus" to any inconvenience by keeping you know, an excellent bait for mackerel. But I think the circum
it a day or two longer. We cannot undertake to correct the nsis stance I am about to relate is still more curious. In the early part
takes into which the periodical alluded to by " P." may have fallen, of the Revolutionary War, the Telemachus Cutter, commanded by
on the subject of the Court and Camp of Bonaparte," or on any Lieutenant Crispe, (now Captain,) was ordered with dispatches to
other subject. --We should have read the letter of " Amicus ad aras" the West Indies. On nearing his destination, by a change in the
with greater satisfaction had it been post-paid.
• Richard Cæur-de-Lion” in our next.We do not think the state of the weather, it became necessary to shift the jib, and hands were ordered forward on the bowsprit for that purpose. A flap of the
"Very mournful Ballad” one of its ingenious author's happiest pro
ductions. We shall be glad to receive some poetical contributions sail sent the hat of one of the sailors overboard, and the vessel having considerable headway, it was instantly lost sight of under the bows.
from the author of “The Voice of a Dream,” in which, we think, In the morning, a large shark was seen nearly alongside; the hook
there is very considerable promise.-" The Stranger, a Ballad," and was soon baited, thrown out, and in a few minutes greedily swallow
the Stanzas by “M-e," will not suit us.-In our next Number,
(which we expect will be an exceedingly good one,) many of our ed by the fish, which, after being played about until tired, was brought alongside. A slip noose, on a stout rope's end, was drawn
Poetical Correspondents, whom we need not now particularize, wil
find themselves rescued from oblivion. over his head, hauled taught, and in this way he was hauled on board, where the carpenter stood ready with his axe, to chop off his tail, ful Queen,” the first four lines are the best :
of the “Sonnet to Miss Jarman, after seeing her in the Youthnecessary operation, as a lively fish of ten or twelve feet long will, unless disabled, soon clear the deck of every thing movable, and «Thou art the spirit of a prince's dream; perhaps make work for the Doctor. This being done, the sailors at
Thy queenlike air, bright form, and glapcing eye, tacked him with their knives, and cut off certain portions in conve
Anď steps of proud command, might well beseem nient rounds or slices, which, though dry food, is by no means dis
The daughter of a royal ancestry." liked by men long confined lo salt provision. This is the usual way of treating Massa Shark, and the ceremony was, no doubt, strictly observed in the present instance; but, on opening the stomach to see Edinburgh: Published for the Proprietors, every Saturday Morning, what it contained, the man exclaimed, “ Dmy eyes! what have by CONSTABLE & CO. 19, WATERLOO PLACE; we here - hitter's shop, by Jove !" And here, indeed, we found
Sold also by ROBERTSON & ATNINSON, Glasgow; W. CUARY, entire the identical heavy tarpaulin hat that had fallen overboard the jun. & Co., Dublin; HURST, CHANCE, & Co., Londou; and by day before. I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
all Newsmen, Postmasters, and Clerks of the Road, throughout
the United Kingdom. A CONSTANT READER.
Price 6d. ; or Stamped and sent free by post, 10d. Theatrical Gossip.- mew farce, called "The Phrenologists," has just been produced at Covent Garden, fremn the pen of Wadle. It apo Printed by TALLANTYNE & Co. Paul's Work, Canongate.
ther successful or not, our talented friend will be amply rewarded by the consciousness that he has saved a world
of trouble to the Percies, Jamesons, and Chamberses, of Sibylline Leaves. A Collection of the Modern Itinerant a future generation. We believe it is his intention, Minstrelsy of Scotland. Printed by and for Willison should the sale of the book prove sufficient to replace the Glass. Edinburgh. 1830. 4to.
outlay he has made upon it, to lay before the public, ere (Unpublished.)
long, the fruits of his enquiries into the history of the Few persons who have visited the northern metropolis authors of these poems. Having been favoured with a can bave failed to be struck with those itinerant minstrels view of every sheet of the present work as it passed through who charm us at every crossing with their wood-notes the press, we find pleasure in being enabled to present our wild, or, as they are termed in our own Doric dialect, readers with a few specimens of its varied and sparkling 4 timmer tunes." We do not allude at present to that beauties. In this, we doubt not, the public will recoginteresting orator of the Earthen-Mound, who combines nise another proof of the peculiar facilities we possess for 80 felicitously attention to our temporal and spiritual needs, obtaining the earliest and most accurate information rebawling alternately, with equal emphasis, “Shoe-ties, a garding all works of national interest. penny a-pair !" and “ Religious tracts, a ha'p'ny a-piece !"
It may be as well to premise, that these poems are comnor to the lady of the unrivalled fiddle-bow, who charms posed in a peculiar dialect, in regard to the origin of our ears, secure from the interference of the unharmonious which, philologists are by no means agreed. It is perpolice, under the guardian angelship of the Director-Ge- haps rash in us to give an opinion where the greatest general. We speak rather of those last sad remnants of the niuses have confessed themselves at a stand; yet it seems ancient minstrels, of whom the poet tells how sumptu- to us most probable, that as Homer is generally understood ously they fared wandering from regal palace to baronial to have taken, from the various dialects of Greece indifhall, and who still exercise their lofty vocation on our ferently, the word which best suited him at the moment, streets and highways, under the humble designation of so these, our modern bards, have drawn with a large and " ballad-singers." There is something primitive in their lavish hand upon the treasures of every provincial vocastyle of attire; and the rude attempts to add to the pathos bulary from the Land's end to John o' Groats, and from of their minstrelsy, by the adjunct of one or more babes the mouth of the Thames to that of the Shannon. Nay, -begged, borrowed, or stolen carries us back to those in one respect, they have even surpassed the great father simple ages when an excess of refinement had not yet of poetry; for he, with all his daring, shows some remains drawn a broad line of demarcation between the dramatic of a prosaic spirit in his slavish submission to the rules of
and other classes of poetry. They move about, free deni- grammar. * zens of nature, amid our highly artificial state of society,
In opening the book at random, the first poem that like singing birds in the gardens of Versailles; and if they presents itself is an elegy on the fate of the Comet steamdo not, like the blackbirds, occasionally purloin a cherry, boat, worthy of Prior or Shenstone. There is a rude they at least afford invaluable opportunities to the assidu- magnificence in the opening stanza : ous cultivators of the appropriative art.
“ When we set sail from Inverness, The poets who furnish these Pastas and Patons of the
Came to Fort William sound, highway with numerous verse, to which none but their
With seventy men of us on board, i unmatchable cadences are worthy of giving utterance, For Glasgow we was bound.
have in general, with the modesty of true genius, preser As we came through the north seas, ved a strict incognito. They have, moreover, like the
Our loss we did deplore, ostrich abandoning her egg in the desert, or like the in
As we arrived at Kempoch point, spired sibyls of old leaving their vaticinations to be blown
Not far from Gourock shore." about by the wind, intrusted their effusions to the uncertain and necessarily perishable keeping of the slips of The previous voyage is detailed with considerable mitea-paper, on which they are printed. This, however, is nuteness; after which, the poet, in a fit of rapt enthusiwith a view to their being disposed of at a price so low as asm, hurries over the fatal catastrophe in two bold and hitherto to bid defiance to the eager opposition of the So energetic lines : ciety for the Diffusion of Useful and Entertaining Know. “ All hy another steam-boat ledge. It was the similitude to which we have just al Was the cause that we was drowned.” luded that suggested to the ingenious editor of the book He next indulges in a brief and melancholy retrospect of before us the appropriate title of “ Sibylline Leaves.” The the gay hopes, and utter absence of all presages of the imwork is an attempt to present to the public, in a less pe- pending doom, with which they commenced their voyage : rishable form, the best of these wild Rowers, which have hitherto most unaccountably been left to perish by the
“ We little thought when we set out, wayside. The undertaking is one which inspires us with
We was to be no more ; an admiration too deep to find vent in words; and if we
Or be in danger of our lives, may augur from the direction which public taste has re
Not far from Gourock shore." cently taken in the kindred art of sculpture, we entertain He then pours out bis whole soul in a succession of mesanguine hopes of the success of this volume. But whe- lancholy pictures :
“ To see the sailors' bodies
the poet's fancy. If the latter, we think a most delicate Would grieve your heart full sore;
tact is evinced by making him a person of education; a All floating on the wat’ry main,
circumstance which gives an elevation to his character, Not far from Gourock shore.
indispensable in poetry, and which the nature of the adTheir wives and their children small,
ventures he is represented as having been engaged in are Lamenteth to their cost,
scarcely adequate to bestow. The ideal character conOn the twenty-eighth of October,
ferred upon him by this circumstance is, in like manner, When the Comet it was lost.”
amazingly heightened by the skilful introduction of Glas The poet, however, seeks with an admirable and delicate gow in the background, the smoke and essentially the tact to relieve the horrors of the scene, by dexterously chanical character of that city forming a masterly contrast
with his refinement : directing our attention to the happiness of those who were rescued :
“ I was brought up in Glasgow town“ The number of the passengers
A place I know right well-
Brought up by honest parents,
And rear'd most tenderly ;
Till I became a roving blade,
Which proved my destiny." terious grandeur which the author has thrown around We again interrupt the flow of the narrative, to call the the poem, by the doubt as to his own fate which he has reader's attention to a skilful and original musical artifice, created; at one time speaking of himself as one of the to which the very peculiar structure of this verse has been sufferers, and at another as one of those who were saved. rendered subservient. After the word “ town," the tune We are left uncertain whether a human being or a dis-is suddenly interrupted, and the performer speaks the embodied spirit sings in our ears ; a state of dubiety in- line—“ A place I know right well"_which, it will be creased by the alternation of the singular and plural num- observed, rhymes with no other,—then, instead of taking ber in personifying the speaker. There is likewise an up the melody where he broke off, he starts the tune unspeakable charm in the frequent occurrence of these afresh at the words “ Brought up.” Every one must musical words, “ Gourock shore,”-it gives a very echo feel the increase of strength given to the poet's illusion by to the seat where grief is throned. The author concludes this identifying of the songster with the scene ; but only by a declaration which shows him, dead or alive, to be those who have heard can conceive the startling effect most philosophically inclined, inasmuch as he is evidently produced by the interruption. The song proceeds : one who can take warning by experience:
My character being taken down, “ But never in a steam-boat
And I was sent to jail :
At the last Assizes
I then could find no bail.
And at the last Assizes
The judge to me did say,
· The Jury has found you guilty, monody; but should he be still alive, (the melancholy
You must go to Botany Bay.' enmity which whisky holds with the lives of this inspired class justifies the doubt we express,) he may be We are quite aware that the reader, rapt by the impegratified by the information, that his elegy has been re tuous flow of the verse, will be apt to think our interjectceived, on various occasions, with the most unbounded ed remarks tedious; but we cannot refrain from pointing applause at the meetings of that erudite and elegant body, out the bold and original turn of expression in the first « The Roast Pig Club of Edinburgh.” Nor need he be two lines of this passage. The intimate acquaintance in the least inclined to fear that the tribute of admiration with the forms of judicial procedure it displays, leading was paid exclusively to the merits of the musician, for us to infer that the poet must have been the hero himthe song was equally successful when warbled in the rich self, or, at the very least, his agent—and the curiosa feliand pathetic tones of C and in the somewhat mono- citas and dignity of the judge's speech. It is from this tonous note of H We have little doubt, should the speech, too, that we are led to infer the date of the poem. poet (notwithstanding our sad foreboding) be still alive, It wants the energy of the present President of the Justhat this gratifying intelligence will meet his eye ;-aticiary Court, and that hurried flow and mixture of genius so delicately attempered, cannot fail to be a reader imagery with which he is wont to bid malefactors, acof the LITERARY JOURNAL.
quitted for want of sufficient evidence, “ remember that The song which next arrests our attention, in turning the eye of Almighty God—and of the Police of Edinover at random the leaves of this fascinating volume, is burgh-is upon them.” We are rather led back by it to not without a subdued tone of pathos running through the the days of the amiable Justice Clerk R-, of triad nowhole ; but, unlike that which we have just been criti- toriety; and there is a gentleness in the mode of procising, it elevates us by the portrait of a buoyant spirit nouncing the prisoner's doom, admirably according with floating in innate gladness upon the billowy waves of the soft soul of that distinguished individual, who did not misfortune. It is entitled, “ The Convict's Farewell," deem it beneath him to shed tears in unison with the de and commences in a strain of delicate moralizing, which jected Pyper, and to console him even from the bench we earnestly recommend to the serious attention of all with the assurance, “ that although he was under the frequenters of the theatre :
disagreeable necessity of pronouncing his banishment from “ Come all you young men of learning,
Scotland, yet he (the culprit) might betake himself to And warning take by me;
England ; that England was not such a bad place, for he I would have you quit night-walking,
(the judge) had been there himself; and that he (the And shun bad company.
judge) would be most happy to give him (the culprit) Leave off your cards and play-houses,
letters of recommendation, whether he should choose to Or else you'll rue the day
continue his then occupation of barber, or resume his preYou'll rue your transportation,
vious one of chaise-driver ; seeing that he (the judge) had When you're going to Botany Bay."
ample experience of his (the culprits) talents for eithe
line of business." These are remembrances of less artiWe are altogether uncertain whether the hero ought ficial times, when an almost patriarchal relation subsisted to be considered as a real being, or merely a creature of between the judge and prisoner. But to our task.
We spare our readers the heart-rending details of the Were it not for the arbitrary manner (already alluded effect produced by his sentence upon the relations of the to) in which these poets borrow, as suits their conveniunfortunate prisoner ; quoting only the simple and pa- ence, from each and all of our island dialects, we should thetic exclamation of his venerable mother,
notice the last rhyme as satisfactorily establishing the London origin of this poem.
As it is, however, the pe“ Oh son, oh son, what have you done,
culiar notions of Scottish geography which the verse exTo be sent to Botany Bay ?”
presses, is perhaps a surer index. The poet, meantime, We know that some critics have objected to this pass- does not disturb our feelings for the lovely and unfortuage, alleging that such a question is unnatural, inasmuch nate victims, by any allusion to the fate of their muras the good woman, having been present at the whole pro- derer, but leaves him to the wide world and his own receedings, must have been quite well aware of the nature morse, merely telling us of his victim and her child : of the charges preferred against her son. To us, how
“ The kist it was wide, ever, it seems that the poet has here shown most satis
And the deals they were narrow, factorily bis deep knowledge of human nature. In the
And this lovely couple 'wild agitation of the moment, the sufferer had forgotten
Lies buried in Yarrow.” every thing. The rest of the poem is composed in a spirit of subdued melancholy, and a manly looking forward to We intended to have stopped here, but a passage which better days:
arrested our attention as we were closing the book, seems “ As we sail'd down the Firth of Forth
worthy of citation and a brief comment. A distinguishThe twenty-first day of May,
ed critic tells us, that there is a mysterious power in the And every ship that we pass'd by,
pomp with which Milton sometimes enumerates a long I heard the sailors say
list of names of places or persons, rendering the bare There goes a ship of handsome lads,
words equivalent to so many pictures. Something of All bound for Botany Bay.
the same kind may be said of the following list of the There is a girl in Glasgow town,
sufferers in a boat some time ago overset at Tarbet, by A girl that I love well,
the Lady of the Lake steam-boat : And if ever I gain my liberty,
“ One Miss Bunting, mild, discreet, With her I mean to dwell
Who did belong to the High Street;
A widow-woman was there also,
Who did belong to the Rottenrow;
A doctor and his wife beside,
Who in Hutcheson-town did abide,
Enjoyed but two months of a married state, although an undercurrent of deep feeling, closely border For in Loch Lomond they met their fate.” ing upon melancholy, may be traced through all the songs,
On the whole, we are of opinion that Mr Glass has yet it is never allowed to degenerate into a maudlin sentimentality. These ballads are strongly characteristic of displayed a degree of taste in the selection of these poems, our people : there is a severity even in their mirth, but that adds an additional leaf to the laurel wreath which they bear grief like men, bending, not crushed, beneath his original compositions have already bound around his
brow. its load. As proofs of this assertion, we need only refer
We think these songs likely to circulate as far
as the British tongue is spoken. The “ Fate of the our readers to the verses entitled “ Jean M‘Callum, executed for child-murder," and “ The Death of Queen Comet” will yet beguile the seaman's night-watch off Jean.”
Spitzbergen, and “ Jean M'Callum" and the “ Convict” The last of these poems to which we intend to allude, awake, by their melodious strains, the echoes of " the must either be a translation from the French, or must long isles of Sydney Cove.” Nor will they prove less have proceeded from the pen of some member of a cele interesting to the antiquaries of future generations, who, brated school of poets, chiefly resident in London. There with this book as a manual, will wander among our de is a spirit of freedom and toleration in its morality, to serted potteries and mouldering glass-houses, guessing at which few Scotchmen have attained. The story is of the uses of long obsolete machinery and enigmatic ruins. the daughter of an eminent merchant in Dumbarton, After long centuries, the love-lorn maiden's tear will who had foolishly listened to the addresses of a neigb- flow for her who lies buried on the banks of the Yarrow-t, bouring squire, loving him “ not wisely, but too well." and the youth's heart beat high to emulate the manly spirit In ber embarrassment, she applies to her lover, who gives of him who sailed down the Frith of Forth, “ all bound her the following sound advice, relative to her father's
for Botany Bay.” affairs :
“ It's go to his coffers,
Narrative of the Discovery of the Fate of La Pérouse ; in-
terspersed with Accounts of the South Sea Islanders.
By Chevalier Captain P. Dillon, Member of the LeAnd away with my honey."
gion of Honour, &c. London. Hurst, Chance, and We are immediately told, with a beautiful iteration,
Co. 1829. 2 vols. 8vo. which reminds us of the olden time: “ It's she's gone to his coffers,
One of the most distinguishing characteristics in the Stole a deal of his money,
administration of Queen Elizabeth, was the direct enAnd be's hired a ship,
couragement which she gave to the spirit of discovery, so And away with his honey."
prevalent in England at the commencement of the 16th In a short time, the fiend who had tempted her be- century: While to this auspicious era we must trace the comes, according to the uniform analogy of nature, the foundation of that enlightened philosophy, which, spurninstrument of her punishment, and tosses her overboard, in its wide range the varied circle of science, and un
ing the artificial restraints of schoolmen, comprehended with her child. But hers was to be no common fate :
folded a new and infallible directory to human know“ She sank and she swam,
ledge,-to it also we are to look for those eminent imAnd she swam aye before her,
provements in navigation, which led to enterprises so Until the ship landed
brilliant in themselves, and attended with such beneficial On the banks of the Yarrow-r."
consequences, that they enabled England to emulate, in
some measure, the glory which had accrued to Spain saved Pérouse and his followers, or at least to have asby the previous success of Columbus. Seas and coun certained their ultimate destiny. But the case becomes tries, previously unknown, opened to the view of the widely different when an interval of upwards of thirty English mariner, and were eagerly explored. It was years has taken place,--when there cannot be the rernounder this new impulse that Drake accomplished a task, test prospect of restoring the luckless voyagers themselves, the practicability of which, by Englishmen, had seemed - and when the chance of determining their eventual fate wholly incredible. His feeble squadron, by sailing round is in every respect problematical. And even suppose the the globe, deprived Magellan, the Portuguese discoverer, expedition as successful as possible, what would be the ? of that exclusive admiration which he had enjoyed for real benefit resulting from it? It might gratify a curisixty years without a single rival. During the subse- osity to a certain extent laudable, but conducing to no truly quent reigns, various efforts were made to complete and important end. It might display perseverance, and far-> enlarge those designs, which had been so propitiously titude, and acuteness, on the part of him upder whosen1 commenced under the direction of Elizabeth. This lauda- guidance it had been achieved; but we could only regre. : ble zeal gradually declined about the beginning of the the employment of these talents in such a Quixotical and 17th century, but partially revived under the government profitless service. It might bring an accession of new of George II., when two voyages were performed by Cap-facts, giving rise to interesting conjectures; or might suptains Middleton, More, and Smyth, to discover a north- ply links awanting in the chain of evidence adduced by west passage through Hudson's Bay to the East Indies. former voyagers ; and founding on these, we might have Other two voyages, under Captains Byron, Wallis, and no moral doubt as to the certainty of the event which Carteret, were undertaken by order of his late Majesty, they were intended to substantiate. But still, reverting to who also patronised the efforts of the celebrated Cook. that event itself,—comparing the anxiety displayed in
The labours of the illustrious navigator last named, be proving it, with its intrinsic utility when actually proved, sides conferring numerous advantages on his own country, we could not, though applauding the motive in which it had the effect of exciting other nations to similar underta- originated, forget the insignificancy of the ultimate result. kings. Accordingly, it was at this time that Louis XVI., Without, however, prejudging, by these observations en taking advantage of the re-establishment of peace, deter- the abstract propriety of the expedition, the inherent memined to fit out an expedition to the Southern and Pacific rits of Captain Dillon's work, we shall now give an inOceans, in order to complete what Cook, by his prema- partial analysis of its contents. ture death, was supposed to have left unaccomplished. The circumstances which gave rise to the present for. To secure the success of this enterprise, the command of age are somewhat singular. In September 1813, Capthe vessels was intrusted to M. de la Pérouse, on account tain Dillon was an officer in the Bengal ship, Hunter, of the celebrity of his naval exploits, and his bold and then on a voyage from Calcutta to New South Wales and persevering character. The two frigates, La Boussole other places. While at the Fejee Islands, he discovered and L'Astrolabe, sailed from Brest, in August 1785, and several Europeans, whom he employed in collecting santhe last dispatch from La Pérouse was dated at Botany dal-wood and beche-de-mer. But a misunderstanding Bay, in March 1788. Since that period, no authentic having arisen between the natives and these Europeans tidings of his fate were received ; and, with the view of a general affray occurred, in which they were all killed furnishing these, the present work is laid before the pub- except Captain Dillon himself, a Prussian, named Martin lic.
Busbart, and one of the ship's company. The survivors, How far Captain Dillon's narrative is complete, shall sailing from the Fejees, afterwards arrived at Tucopia be immediately considered. But in the meantime we Island. Here the Prussian and his wife, with a lascar may observe, that the subject itself is sufficiently hack- whom they brought with them, were landed, and the Hunneyed, and incapable, we suspect, from its very nature, and ter proceeded on her voyage. In May 1826, Captain especially from the length of time which has elapsed, of Dillon, with his own ship, again came to Tucopia, and being fully or satisfactorily explained. Any opinion on learnt that his old companions in danger were still alive. the point, is at best conjectural. Unless it can be esta- He accidentally observed that the lascar had an old silblished, that by performing a voyage of this description, ver sword-guard, which he willingly sold. On examisome improvement is also to be effected in geographical ning it, Captain Dillon thought he saw the initials of Pé science and nautical astronomy,—or some fresh wonders rouse, and his suspicions being confirmed by seeing other are to be revealed to the naturalist,--or some new light artieles of French manufacture, he asked the islanders thrown on the manners and customs of tribes hitherto how these articles were procured. They said that the imperfectly described,—we cannot help regarding it as natives of Mannicola, from whom they were obtained, chimerical and absurd. The voyage of Dentrecasteaux, stated to them, that many years ago two ships had arundertaken three years after receiving the last intelligence rived at their island ; and that these ships being afterfrom Pérouse, in the words of the unfortunate Louis, not wards driven ashore, the articles were saved from the merely “preséntoit une occasion de perfectionner la de- wreck. This statement induced Captain Dillon to sail scription du globe, et d'accroitre les connoisances humaines,” for Mannicola, but his provisions being exhausted, he abbut was calculated to subserve the most humane and phi- ruptly returned to Calcutta. He, however, commenced lanthropic purposes. That the weight of public affairs a correspondence with the Bengal Government, under should not have occasioned indifference to individual ca whose command the present voyage was performed. lamity, and that such an expedition should have been fit We certainly expected that the narrative of Captain ted out during the bustle and ferment of a mighty revo Dillon would, among the numerous books of royages lution in political feeling, was honourable to the National now so generally published, have presented peculiar Assembly of France. Even then, however, there could and indisputable claims to public attention. We, at all have been little hope for the safety of the ships. Their events, conceived that his statement of facts would be loss seemed certain. But better hopes were justly enter- instructive, and capable of elucidating the main design tained as to the crew, who, although shipwrecked, might of his expedition. Captain Dillon, however, has thonght very probably have effected a landing on some of those proper to extend his work to a most inordinate length, numerous islands which abound in the Southern and Pa- and to introduce details uninteresting in themselves, and cific Oceans. There are many instances recorded of es of no conceivable utility. Indeed, the principal part of the capes, under circumstances far more unfavourable. We first volume, after reciting his letters to the Bengal Govern repeat, therefore, that the voyage of Dentrecasteaux, ment, is filled with an account of certain private quarrels though perhaps somewhat too long delayed, was highly between our author and a Dr Tytler, a sort of mad docproper; and had it been conducted with greater deci- tor, who accompanied the Captain on his expedition, and sion and more activity, could not have failed either to have which terminated in a prosecution before the Supreme