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subject, after hearing the conclusion of Mr Laing's Essay, traordinarily attractive. That at Covent Garden is by which is to be read at the next Meeting of the Society; but
our clever friend, Peake, and there are also new operas we may observe, en passant, that Mr Laing appears to have in rehearsal at both theatres. - Madame Vestris has prodone every justice to his theme while illustrating the earlier stages of the fine arts in this country, in spite of the diffi- Juced two or three very successful one-act novelties at culty of communicating interest to the meagre notices which the Olympic; and Mathews has been equally fortunate are all we can now obtain regarding them; and we there. with a new burletta, called “Kind Intentions,” at the fore anticipate much pleasure in tracing this interesting Adelphi; in which he plays the hero as no one else could subject nearer to our own times under the surveillance of play it. It is the production of his son. The new so correct an antiquary.
entertainment to be produced by Mathews and Yates Mr Repp then read an Essay on the probable derivation jointly, at Easter, is also in active preparation, and is of the well-known New Year's formula of congratulation written by Peake ; and on the Wednesdays and Fridays, in this country, “ Hogmanay," “ Troll-a-lay. the Greek derivation, which some philologists have main a Mr W. H. Williams delivers a sort of conjuring lectained so strenuously, and which we have always thought ture here, on the same principle, which we can most a strained and absurd one, Mc Repp, in a very elaborate conscientiously recommend, for the following most suffipaper, to which it is impossible in any abridgement to do cient reasons: Firstly, it is a penance excellently well justice, gave a very satisfactory derivation of these words fitted to the season of Lent; and, secondly, as a preparafrom the old Anglo-Saxon; and it certainly is clear, that if the words are significant in this tongue, that all foreign tory contrast to what is in store for us, it will make Maderivations must at once be given up. Many of our readers thews's Monopologue "stick fiery off indeed.” are, no doubt, aware that the good Elves or Fairies of the At the French Plays at the Haymarket, a Monsieur olden time, who in the Norse and Anglo-Saxon languages Bouffé and a Mademoiselle Jamin are attracting crowdwere called Hogman, changed tbeir abodes, or at least in- ed audiences; and at the Italian Opera, Signor David, clined to change them, Scoticé, to flit, at the end of one year though he has “ a little of the saltness of age” in him, is or the commencement of the next. Nothing could tend so proving that he has once been superexcellent. Miss Pamuch to propitiate these capricious Elves, and thereby induce them to remain during the incoming year in their old
ton is engaged here as a prima donna; and a schism quarters, than the
exclamation or salutation, at this critical amongst the tailors has postponed the long-proinised ballet period, of “ The Elves for ever!" which is the literal trans
of “ Kenilworth.” sation of the Anglo-Saxon Hogman-aye. Troll-a-lay, on the
Peregrine Somerset. other hand, is an imprecation directed against the Trollds, or evil spirits,-in short, wishing them at the bottom of the sea, or literally “ The Trolds to the Sea.” Such is Mr Repp's interpretation of this hitherto mystic formula; and
THE EDINBURGHI DRAMA. it does not require much penetration to see that of all that Two novelties have attracted us to the Theatre since have yet been started, it is most likely to be correct. It has farther one advantage, peculiar, we believe, to itself :
our last publication—" Separation and Reparation,” a the accentuation in the Norse or Anglo-Saxon languages is farce; and “ Fazio,” a revived tragedy. We know not precisely the same as that given to the words by the Scottish what resurrection-man dug up the latter, and carried it people of the present day.
to our dissecting-room in Shakspeare Square, but we owe him little thanks for it. Not that it was by any means
ill acted, or ill got up, (except in what regards the furniTHE LONDON DRAMA.
ture of Fazio's apartment-it really seemed to us that Regent's Park, London, Pritchard seemed rather puzzled when he turned to look
Monday, February 28, 1831. at his crucible, and found nothing but an eighteen-inch Our theatrical amusements being “ curtailed of their terrestrial globe,) but simply that it is a play utterly unfair proportion” by the laws of Lent, we have not only dramatic. The versification is faultless, the imagery two evenings in the week without any plays at all, but gorgeous, but there is an utter want of passion and action on the other four we have had “ toujours perdrix," in the the true ingredients of the drama. Milman's poetry shape of repetitions, so constantly, as to render our cri. | describes passion instead of uttering it. Thus Fazio, tical function almost a sinecure. “Comrades and Friends, when first yielding to Aldabella's lures, is made to say: or Life for Life,” at Covent Garden, was, as we so sagaciously predicted, a mere resuscitation of a very old and
“ Had I been honest, 'twere indeed to fall; very worn-out French original, which was Coburgised
But now 'tis but a step down the declivity." for the minors many years since, and is of that class of The taint upon the narrowest spot of the heart spreads melodramas which escape a speedy dissolution, only be with the rapidity of the pestilence over the whole; but cause the audience cannot yawn and hiss at the same it is the feeling, not the reason, that is poisoned-men do time. The revival of Shakspeare's “ Much Ado About Nothing," with Miss Kemble as Beatrice, has, however,
not argue themselves syllogistically into evil. Again : in some degree made the amende honorable, though we “ Why should we dash the goblet from our lips, tbink that nothing can entirely excuse the managers for Because the dregs may have a smack of bitter ?" patronising any author who could pirate such trumpery. Mr Kemble's Benedick we need not pause to praise, be. When a man resolves to hazard future wretchedness for cause that character has no other adequate representative a present joy, he does not wrap bis meaning up in soundon the London boards, and the whole remainder of the ing words—he sets his teeth, and dashes on in silence. cast, particularly Blanchard and Keeley, as Dogberry and The faults we have now adverted to are the children of Verges, was almost equally effective. Miss Kemble, as false sentiment. The following (and it is a sample of the witty heroine, has very much improved since her the most numerous class in the play) is produced by a first performance, and though, as a whole, it is by no want of sentiment. The old miscr, when dying, speaks means ber best part, yet we have no other tragic actress of his who could play it a tithe so well, if at all. Drury Lane's solitary new attraction has been the
ingots scarcely cold visit of their Majesties, on Tuesday last, to see Sheridan's
From the hot Indies." “ School for Scandal,” and the Pantomime; when the Such a flight is totally out of character, and is a mere house was crowded to the ceiling with a most delighted substitution of violent imagery for passion. Thus much audience, and “God save the King” was sung for a third for the passion of the play. How languid the action, time at half-past Twelve, when the Royal Visitors de- may be easily conceived, when we recall the fact, tbat the parted. Both houses are now busily engaged in prepa-two first acts are occupied with a preliminary review of ring their Easter spectacles, which promise to be ex- the dramatis persona, that we may know distivctly their
several characters and relations, before they are fairly set “ Was ever such a tyrant ?" exclaims the mortified nobleloose to jostle among each other.
“ Rank despotism !" echoes the sympathizing coActors are justly to be pitied, when set to mouth the lonel. The baron mentions, as one of his objections to emphatic sentences of a play, which, like a barrel, rings the match, that his wife's relations are “respectable." loud, in proportion to its emptiness. They are like musi- And the looks of condolence which the two exquisites cians, obliged to perform a piece of concerted music, where interchange are impayable. Miss Jarman has not much to all the parts are set false—the jangling is no fault of do—but what little she has reminds us of a caution we theirs. We refrain, therefore, in justice, from noticing wish to give her. The line of acting into which she has any of them ; except Mason, who performed the short been thrown since she came to Edinburgh, has been part of the Miser with much power and taste ; and Miss chiefly confined to the ladies of modern comedy and meJarman, who, having to sustain the only character in the lo-drama. These sweet creatures are continual repetitions piece susceptible of stage representation, did it all justice. of one tune, consisting of two monotonous notes as ineShe was the very Bianca--the doting jealous woman- vitably following each other as those of the cuckoopure from want of converse with the world—an embo- . lively playfulness—and tender sentiment. To both of died representation of the weakness and strength of pas- these feelings, Miss Jarman can give utterance with more sion. The first spark that struck out from the mono effect than any actress upon the stage, and she changes tonous dulness of the play, and roused the yawning house sparklingly from the one to the other. But let her beware to applause, was her delivery of the passage
lest, from too frequent repetition of this charm, she de
generate into mannerism, or lead the public to believe “ Take heed; we are passionate ; our milk of love
that she can touch no other string. There are mutterDoth turn to wormwood, and that's bitter drinking. If that ye cast us to the winds, the winds
ings abroad-wo know them to be unfounded--but she Will give us their unruly restless nature;
alone can successfully contradict them.
By John Malcolm.
Far sever'd from our native hearth, tion of her attendant's consolation, her convulsive efforts
How sad to droop—and feel the tie to bury herself in the couch upon which she lay, were
That binds us to our place of birth true and unexaggerated bursts of passion. In the scene
Press closer ere we die; between her and Fazio, after he has been adjudged to
When, from the heart as Hope Goth fade, death in consequence of her denunciation, she seemed as We cling more closely to her shade. if, in her agony of remorse, she had shrunk in size. The
That dream of death !-- I've felt it come subsequent scenes—where she humbles herself before Aldabella—where, on parting from her husband, she re
Upon me, on a foreign shore
E'en while the fever-wish for home, mains lifeless, rigid, motionless as a statue—where she
I deem'd to see no more, denounces the beautiful and poisonous cause of all her misery, were at once powerful and beautiful. In the
Wax'd wild—as, in my health's decline,
I sat, amid the Summer's shine, death-scene, she merited peculiar approbation for the good taste she evinced in giving so much more powerfully the expression of mental than physical agony.
The bright and glowing bowers amongThe farce of “ Separation and Reparation" is one after
Green haunts to youth and maiden dear, our own heart. Baron Malamour (Hooper) and Ange
Where sung the birds a pleasant song, lipue (Miss Jarman) have made a love match; but by
Though foreign to my ear ; the laws of the country, every marriage unsanctioned by
And wild-flowers, blooming at my feet, the Grand Duke is null. Malamour's father, being ininis
Breathed forth a fragrance strange but sweet ; ter, takes advantage of this to break the union, and sends his son upon a foreign mission. The disgrace of the old
Where snow-clad bills-a mighty wall statesman soon ensues, and Angelique's aunt, (Mrs
Rear'd-crown'd with many a rocky spire, Nicol,) by bribery and solicitation, obtains a decree from
That midway met the evening's fall,
And kindled in its fire ; the supreme court, ordaining a repetition of the marriage ceremony, in order to restore her niece to her rank in so. But gazing on the scene so grand, ciety. All parties are agreed that a separation shall in- I thought on Albyn's mountain land. mediately ensue. The aunt's lawyer, Von Grotius, (Murray), has made application for a patent of nobility. And fair, familiar faces shone He is interested, as the lawyer employed, in the dissolu
Upon my sleep-in wandering gleams, tion of the marriage-he has a personal pique against With looks of love—to light me on Malamour-and the Grand Duke employs him to pre
Through the dim land of dreams; vent the separation; giving him to know that upon his And voices breathed a music near, success in counteracting it, his claim to a patent of nobi- The sweetest to affection's ear, lity depends. The amusement of the piece is mainly afforded by Murray's perpetual bustle, his invention of one But when the vision'd bliss was flown, scheme as rapidly as another fails, his occasional mo- More drear the haunting thought return'dments of lassitude and dejection, bis hits at all ranks and That, on a distant shore-unknown, stations, and finally, his triumphant exclamation—" I Unmiss'd, and all unmourn'dam the happiest of Barons !" There is also some good by- I should lie down--where none would come play between Malamour and Colonel Esplanade, (Brin- To sigh above the stranger's tomb. dal,) who is charged to march the recusant husband up to the altar. The Grand Duke returns a written answer When heaven is in its summer glow, to Malamour's petition, "the law must have its course.'
And earth with beams and blossoms gay,
We feel it doubly hard to go
contents, full of good matter. ---The Harmonicon presents us with For nature woos our stay ;
Memoirs of Dr Calcott and Rodolphe Creutzer,- Articles on the And sadder still, to think the waves
Ecclesiastical Choirs of Great Britain and Ireland,- The Metro.
politan Concert of Ancient Music,-A Foreign Musical Report, Shall part us from our fathers' graves.
and the usual allowance of music and criticism.- The most remarkable thing in Blackwood is, the merited chastisement of a
gentleman who insists upon confounding political feeling with LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
STATE OF EDUCATION IN Greece. There are at present 18 schools
in which the Greek language is taught to 624 pupils, and 25 schools The Albanians, a Dramatic Sketch, with Miscellaneous Pooms, of mutual instruction, with 1786 pupils, in the Morea; 31 schools by George J. Bennett, is announced.
in which the Greek language is taught to 1712 pupils, and 27 In the press, the Records of a Good Man's Life, by the Rey.
schools of mutual instruction, with 3650 pupils, in the islands of Charles B. Taylor.
the Archipelago. Among the insular institutions are the esta. Preparing for publication, a short series of interesting Essays, blishment for orphans and the central school. In continental adapted to the understandings of young persons, on the Evidences of Greece, one school has been established at Lepanto for teaching Natural and Revealed Religion, the Immortality of the Soul, and the the Greek language; and a building, destined to the use of an. great and manifold advantages which have accrued to mankind from other, is erecting at Mesolonghi, Christianity; with the supposed reflections of an Enlightened Heathen
LITERARY REMUNERATION.--A French periodical informs ns, in Judea, in the time of Christ. By Mr R. Ainslie, Writer to the that the contributors to the Edinburgh Review are paid at the rate Signet, Edinburgh, author of the Father's Gift.
of £110 sterling for every printed sheet. Mr Macfadyen of Glasgow announces “Six Songs," chiefly ar.
Theatrical Gossip.-- The Royal Family have visited Drury Lane. ranged to Oriental and foreign airs--the words by R. J. Macgeorge, The entertainments cominanded were “ The School for Scandal," Esq. ; and he has published a pretty song by Mr Black, with music
and “ Davy Jones," a pantomime.---Miss Paton is engaged as by Mr J. R. Macfarlane ; who has also another “coup d'essai" in prima donna at the King's Theatre. There has been an insurrec. the prese, called “ The Letter"-the words by Atkinson.
tion among the tailors of that establishment. The whole arıny of The new production, from the pen of the author of “Vivian
artistes (forty-five in number) made a strike, on being refused an Grey," is to be entitled “ The Young Duke."
advance of wages. Laporte is in despair, and the new ballet of Sir Arthur Brooke's Narrative of his Recent Tour in Spain, and “ Kenilworth" still in the limbo of vanity.--A burletta has been subsequently in Barbary, is on the eve of publication.
produced at the Olyinpic, termed " Taken by Surprise." It has The Third Volume of Messrs Oliver and Boyd's Cabinet Library, been vehemently attacked, and faintly defended. An English ver. devoted to Egypt, is in an advanced state of preparation, although
sion of Boieldieu's " Le Nouveau Seigneur de Village" has been the time of its appearance is not yet definitely fixed. The name produced at the same theatre. Its name is “ Duke for a Day,"of the learned compiler, Dr Russell, is a sufficient warrant that it a good translation, well got up, and well acted. --A new actress will prove an interesting work. It is to be adorned with numer- has made her appearance among the French actors at present per. ous wood-cuts---chietly, illustrative of the architectural remains forming in London, but without any marked success. - The plea of Egypt. To judge by some proofs which have been shown us, between the great and the minor theatres has at last been deter. they exceed in fineness any wood-cuts we have seen. A new edi. mined. The privilege of the English Opera House is restricted to tion of the first volume of this interesting series lies upon our
six months in every year.-In Paris, a piece has been produced at table but was received too late in the week to admit of our no.
the Nouveantés, under the seductive title of Le Cholera Morbus ! ticing it otherwise than by stating here, that it contains full and
It represents all the theatres of Paris as afflicted with an allegori. accurate details of the wrecks of the whalers last year, collected
cal influenza, consequent upon their want of encouragement under at no small expense of labour and money; and likewise the only existing circumstances. Each theatre is represented by an actor authentic information yet published respecting Captain Ross's
or actress, who is made to labour under some disease, supposed to enterprise.
be analogous to its present condition. --Liverpool affords encouJohn Nevay, the author of some pleasing verses which have ap
ragement at once to Ducrow and two theatres. – Vandenhoff is peared in this Journal, has a volume of poems in the press,
engaged to play with Young during his farewell visit to Glasgow We understand that Mr Martin is now engraving two new
-we hope this is also the case here.--Seymour opens his theatre prints_“Satan presiding at the Infernal Council," and "Pande.
in Glasgow with the strength of the Belfast circuit, and the Nor. monium," on the same scale as the Belshazzar's Feast.
mans.-dancers of some celebrity. The establishment, we learn, is The lady of one of the dignitaries of the church, recently recei. to wear an entirely new face.--A new national drama is in pre. ved a begging letter addressed as follows: "To the Right Rev. paration at home here, entitled, we believe, “ A Week at Holy. Mother in God, the Bishopess of "! This is better than the rood.” It is said to be from the pen of a lady favourably known in letter received by the Duchess of Northumberland, during the the literary world. The opera of " Don Giovanni" is announced, time his Grace was Viceroy of Ireland, which was addressed, “To
and we learn that one of Cimarosa's is also in preparation. The her Grace the Lady Lieutenant of Ireland."
theatre is looking life-like botlı belind and before the curtain. Our readers found in our last number an announcement of a new edition of Mr Crofton Croker's Killarney Legends, " with
WEEKLY List of PerforMANCES. contributions from Mrs Norton and G. P. R. James, Esq." In re.
FEBRUARY 26_March 4. ference to the contributions from Mr James, we are authorised to make the following statement :-Some time ago, a short poem, by Sat. Cinderella, Separation and Reparation. that gentleman, fell into the hands of the Editor of the Literary Mon,
Man and Wife, Do., $ Free and Easy. Gazette. That gentleman applied for the author's permission to publish it in his journal, which was granted. Mr James was, how.
Fazio, Reparation and Separation, Gilderoy. ever, both surprised and annoyed to find the verses prefaced by a
Wed. Cinderella, & Do. statement of the circumstances under which they were composed, Thurs. Do. & Do. which had not the shadow of a foundation in fact. Mr Croker,
FRI. Do. Do. seeing the verses in the columns of the Literary Gazette, wrote to Mr James, requesting that he would allow him to insert them in the new edition of his “ Legends." Leave was given him to make what use he pleased of them, provided the cock-and-bull story
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. prefixed to them in the paper in which they first appeared, was In our next, A Song by the Ettrick Shepherd; Reviews of the omitted. This is the sum total of Mr James's “contributions” to Marchmont Papers, and of Sketches of Venetian History (in the the new edition of the “Legends."
Family Library); together with the continuation of “the Walehe. PERIODICALS FOR March. The New Monthly contains an amu- ren Expedition," and A NOVELTY. sing quiz upon autobiographies, by Poole, the author of Paul Pry.-- “ H. M. M." wont do." C.” must be contented with the same Fraser has a judicious and able article upon Schiller; a portrait answer,_" The Last of the Maclans" has been recovered, but we of Mrs Norton, less fearfully pathetic than that in the New Monthly have not yet had leisure to peruse it.- We do not know who for February, but sufficiently in the “ sitting for her portrait" “l'Illustre Prélat" is, and we are averse to aid in praising a man style ; and in general much vigour and spirit, but too decidedly in of whose merits we are ignorant.--"2. 2." has poetry about him, imitation of Blackwood.-- We are inclined to opine that the best but he must learn to abjure the cant phrases of versifiers --The article in the Monthly is “ The Merchant's Clerk,"—the “Notes papers enquired after by "0. C." have never come into our of the Month" are as smart as ever. The United Serrice has seve. hands, ral articles that will be perused with eagerness --The Memoir of Marmont, and the account of the military events of last July in Paris, The Battle of Waterloo, in a Letter from a Private Soldier, ERRATA IN OUR LAST.-- In the Review of the Harmonicon, for -A Letter from Gibraltar,--and a Monody upon “ Passed Mid- Rerue Musical, read Musicale,--for stoccato, read stuccato,-fur shipmen."- The Asiatic Journal is, if we may judge by its table of a son gont, read a son goal.
The narrative of three years and a half, so rich in dis
coveries, could be but flimsily and dryly detailed in our Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Behring's sode-the history of the mutineers of the Bounty, a sub
limited space; we confine ourselves, therefore, to an epiStrait
, to co-operate with the Polar Expeditions per-ject to which Byron's “ Island” has lent additional inteformed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom, under the command of Captain F. W. Beechey, R.N., in the Years almost entirely from the narrative of Adams, who was,
Captain Beechey's account of them is compiled 1825, 26, 27, 28. Published by Authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. 4to. Pp. 742.
at the time the Blossom touched at Pitcairn's Island, the London. Colburn and Bentley. 1831.
only survivor of “ Christian's comrades," and who has
himself since paid the debt of nature. The cause of the Whex Captain Parry sailed in 1824, on his last at- mutiny is thus explained : tempt to discover a North-west Passage, and Captain “ Throughout the voyage, Mr Bligh had repeated misFranklin set out to connect his discoveries at the mouth understandings with the officers, and on several occasions of Coppermine River with the farthest known point on
had given them and the ship's company just reasons for the western side of America, it was anticipated that both complaint. Still, whatever might have been the feelings of
the officers, there was no real discontent among the crew; parties, if 'successful, would reach the open sea in Beh
much less was there any idea of offering violence to their ring's Strait, nearly destitute of provisions. Captain commander'. The ofiicers, it must be admitted, bad inuch Franklin and his companions would, in addition, have inore cause for dissatisfaction tban the seainen, especially been destitate of a conveyance to a place whence they the Master and Mr Christian. The latter was a protege could return to Europe. To obviate these difficulties, of Lieutewept Blight, and unfortunately was under some the Blossom was dispatched, under Captain Beechey, to
obligations to him of a pecuniary nature, of which Bligh await the arrival of the two expeditions. The instruc- tial, excessively annoyed at the share of blame which
frequently reminded him when any difference arose. Christions of the Lords of the Admiralty were, that the Blos- repeatedly fell to his lot, in common with the rest of the som should, after doubling Cape Horn, accurately exa- oflicers, could ill endure the additioual taunt of private mine as many of the islands of the Pacific ocean as they obligations; and in a moment of excitation told his comcould, consistently with the necessity the Captain lay under mander, till sooner or later a day of reckoning would of renebing the rendezvous in Behring's Strait by the 10th arrive.” of July, 1826. In case nothing were heard during that
The addition of a gratuitous insult at last drove Chrissummer of Captains Parry or Franklin, it was to winter tian to desperation. in some port of the Pacific. On returning to its station
" It was one of those beautiful nights'which characterise in 1827, it was directed to call at Owyhce, to enquire the tropical regions, when the mildness of the air and the whether Captain Parry had passed. Having remained stillness of nature dispose the mind to reflection. Christian, in Behring's Strait to as late a period of the autumn as
pondering over bis grievances, considered them so intolera
ble, that any thing appeared preferable to enduring them, the season should be found to admit of, the Blossom was and he determined, as he could not redress thein, that he directed to return to England by the way of Cape Horn. would at least escape from the possibility of their being
Captrin Beechey gives, at the close of his work, the increased. Absence from England, and a long residence following summary of what has been effected by the ex
at Otaheite, where new connexions were formed, weakpedition in the Blossom ;
ened the recollection of his native country, and prepared “ In this voyage, which occupied three years and a half; of the ship
and the serenity of the moment particularly
bis mind for the reception of ideas which the situation we sailed seventy-three thousand miles, and experienced favoured. "His plan, strange as it must appear for a young every vicissitade of climate. It cannot be supposed that a officer to adopt, who was fairly advanced in an honour, service of such duration, and of such an arduous nature, able profession, was to set himself adrift upon a raft, and has been performed without the loss of lives, particularly make his way to the island then in sight. As quick in as our ship's company was, from the commencement, far from robust. I have to lament the loss, in all, of fifteen execution as in design, the raft was soon constructed, varifersons My professional habits bave unqualified me for ous useful articles were got together, and he was on the executing, with satisfaction to myself, the task of author: point of launching it, when a young officer, who afterwards ship, which has devolved upon me as commander of the perished in the Pandora, to whoun Christiau communicaexpedition, and which I would not have undertaken, bad life op so hazardous an expedition, to endeavour to take
ted his intention, recommended him, rather than risk his I not felt confident that the candid public would look more to what has been actually done, than to the mode in which possession of the ship, which he thought would not be very the proceedings have been detailed. In the Appendix I difficult, as many of the ship's company were not well dishave collected as much information as the nature of the posed towards the commander, and would all be very glad work would admit. Besides the interesting matter which
in return to Otaheite, and reside among their friends in it will be found to contain, the expedition has surveyed that islaud. This proposition accorded too well with the alinost every place it touched at, and executed plans of four disposition of Christian's mind, and, hazardous as teen harbours, of which two are new ; of upwards of forty be determined to cooperate with his friend in effecting it, islands, of which six are discoveries ; and of at least six resolving, if he failed, to throw himself into the sea. That hundred miles of coast, one-fifth of which has not before there might be no chance of being saved, he tied a deep-sea been delineated. There have also been executed drawings lead about his neck, and concealed it within his clothes.” and views of headlands, too numerous to appear iu oue
The success of the mutineers, in taking possession of work; and I hope shortly to be able to lay before the public the ship, is already well known. After they had cast off two volumes of natural history.'
the boat into which Lieutenant Bligh and those of the
crew who adhered to him had been forced, they sailed for and joined Quintal and M‘Coy, who, though glad of his Otaheite. Christian, afraid of detection, resolved to services, received him at first with suspicion. This great make for some more remote island. Eight sailors and acquisition to their force enabled them to bid defiance to six natives determined to follow his fate. Having in the opposite party; and to show their strength, and that vited several of the women on board, under the pretext ridge of mountains within sight of the village, and fired a
they were provided with muskets, they appeared on the of taking leave, the cables were cut, and they were car- volley, which so alarmed the others, that they sent Adams ried off to sea. They steered for Pitcairn's Island. The to say, that if they would kill the black man Menalee, and mountains of that island are difficult of access, with return to the village, they would all be friends again. The passes so narrow as to be easily defended, and caves terms were so far complied with, that Menalee was shot ; affording hiding-places from pursuers. On landing, the but, apprehensive of the sincerity of the remaining blacks,
they refused to return wbile they were alive. ship was burnt, for fear of discovery.
“ Adams says it was not long before the widows of the “A suitable spot of ground for a village was fixed upon, with white men so deeply deplored their loss, that they deterthe exception of which the island was divided into equal mined to revenge their death, and concerted a plan to murportions, but to the exclusion of the poor blacks, who, being der the only two remaining men of colour. Another aconly friends of the seamen, were not considered as entitled count, communicated by the islanders, is, that it was only to the same privileges. Obliged to lend their assistance to
part of a plot formed at the same time that Menalee was the others in order to procure a subsistence, they thus, murdered, which could not be put into execution before. from being their friends, in the course of time became their However this may be, it was equally fatal to the poor slaves. No discontent, however, was manifested, and they blacks. The arrangement was, that Susan should murder willingly assisted in the cultivation of the soil. In clear
one of them, Tetaheite, while he was sleeping by the side ing the space that was allotted to the village, a row of trees
of his favourite; and that Young should at the same inwas left between it and the sea, for the purpose of conceal- stant, upon a signal being given, shoot Nehow. The uning the houses from the observation of any vessels that suspecting Tetabeite retired as usual, and fell by the blow might be passing, and nothing was allowed to be erected
of an axe; the other was looking at Young loading his gun, that might in any way attract attention. Every thing which he supposed was for the purpose of shooting hogs, went on peaceably and prosperously for about two years, and requested bim to put in a good charge, when he received at the expiration of which, Williams, who had the misfor the deadly contents
. The accomplishment of this fatal tune to lose his wife about a month after his arrival, by a scheme was immediately communicated to the two absenfall from a precipice while collecting birds' eggs, became tees, and their return solicited. There were now (October, dissatisfied, and threatened to leave the island in one of the 1793) left upon the island Adams, Young, M.Coy, and boats of the Bounty, unless he had another wite. The
Quintal, ten women, and some children.” Europeans, not willing to part with him on account of his usefulness as armourer, constrained one of the blacks to
The women conducted themselves at first as might bestow his wife upon the applicant. The blacks, out
have been expected--seceded from the society whenever rageous at this second act of flagrant injustice, made they conceived any dissatisfaction, and kept the men in common cause with their companion, and matured a plan bodily fear, by carrying arms along with them. Industry of revenge upon their oppressors. The secret was imparted and general good behaviour continued, however, to into the women, who ingeniously communicated it to the
crease, until a new cause of trouble was introduced. Love white men in a song, of which the words w Why does black man sharpen axe ?-to kill white man. The had been the first-whisky was the second. instant Christian became aware of the plot, he seized his “ It unfortunately happened that M'Coy had been emgun, and went in search of the blacks, but with a view only ployed in a distillery in Scotland ; and being very much of showing them that their plot was discovered ; and thus, addicted to liquor, he tried an experiment with the teeby timely interference, to prevent the execution of it. He root, and on the 20th April, 1798, succeeded in producing a met one of them (Ohoo) at a little distance from the village, bottle of ardent spirits." This success induced his compataxed him with the conspiracy, and, in order to intimidate nion, Mathew Quintal, to alter his kettle into a still,' a him, discharged his gun, which he had humanely loaded contrivance which unfortunately succeeded too well, as freonly with powder. Ohoo, imagining that the bullet had quent intoxication was the consequence, with M.Coy in missed its object, derided his unskilfulness, and fled into the particular, upon whom it at length produced fits of deliwoods, followed by his accomplice, Talaloo, who had been rium, in one of which he threw himself from a cliff, and deprived of his wife. The remaining blacks, finding their was killed. The melancholy fate of this man created so plot discovered, purchased pardon, by promising to murder forcible an impression on the remaining few, that they their accomplices, who had Hed, which they afterwards resolved never again to taste spirits; and Adams has, I performed by an act of the most odious treachery. Ohoo believe, to this day kept his vow. was betrayed and murdered by his own nephew; and “ About 1799, Quintal lost his wife by a fall from the
Talaloo, after an ineffectual attempt made upon him with cliff, while in search of birds' eggs. He grew discontented, poison, fell by the hands of his friend and his wife—the and, though there were several disposable women on the very woman on whose account all the disturbances began, island, and he had already experienced the fatal effects of a and whose injuries Talaloo thought he was revenging in similar demand, nothing could satisty him but the wite of common with his own."
one of his companions. Of course neither of them felt inThe tranquillity thus restored was preserved for about clined to accede, and he sought an opportunity of putting
them both to death. two years, at the end of which the blacks were again irri
He was fortunately foiled in his tated by the ill-treatment they received from Quintal and Young, having no doubt he would follow up his resolution,
first attempt, but swore he would repeat it. Adams and M'Coy, two of the sailors. The plot was this time better came to the conclusion that their lives were not safe, and laid, and issued in the murder of Christian and four more that they were justitied in putting him to death, which they of the Englishmen, the reduction of Adams—who was did with an axe." severely wounded—and one of his companions, to servi- The subsequent history of this colony is of a more tude, and the flight of Quintal and M.Coy, the causers of pleasing character. the mischief. The reign of the men of colour was, how
“ Adams and Young were now the sole survivors out of ever, of short duration.
fifteen males who landed on the island. They were both, “ The party in the village lived in tolerable tranquillity and more particularly Young, of a serious turn of mind. for about a week; at the expiration of which, the men of Since Christian's decease, church service had been regularly colour began to quarrel about the right of choosing the read every Sunday. They now, however, resolved to have women whose husbands had been killed; which ended in morning and evening family prayers, to add afternoon serMenalee's shooting Timoa, as he sat by the side of Young's vice to the duty of the Sabbath, and to train up their childwife, accompanying her sony with the flute. Timoa, not ren, and those of their late unfortunate companions, in piety dying immediately, Menalee reloaded, and deliberately dis- and virtue. In the execution of this resolve, Young's educapatched him by a second discharge. Ile afterwards attack- tion enabled him to be of the greatest assistance. An asılıed Tetaheite, who was condoling with Young's wife for matic complaint, under which he had for some time labourthe loss of her favourite black, and would have murdered ed, terminated his existence about a year atter the death of him also, but for the interference of the women. Afraid Quintal, and Adams was left the sole survivor of the unfor*y remain longer in the village, he escaped to the mountains, tunate and misguided mutineers of the Bounty,