ePub 版



red, the bear's skin was taken off, and out came a great ing. To generous minds the present moment is one penaked Irishman, who was much delighted with being re- culiarly adapted for placing before us, in a lucid and elostored to manhood. Clothes were inmediately procured for him, and some money collected for his immediate sub- quent narrative, the achievements of the greatest general sistence; but as he had no means of gaining a livelihood of the age, –a man who has done more to maintain his he resolved to enlist in Captain M.Carty's regiment. It is country's honour on many a hard-fought field, than persaid, that in the course of the French Revolution, he em-haps any soldier Great Britain ever produced,—a man braced the cause of liberty, and ultimately rose to a situa- whom his worst enemies respect, and whom they who tion of some importance in the armies of ihe Republic." feel the value of a master mind, in the hour of danger,

We must now conclude with two anecdotes, both of reverence and esteem. No theme could be more grateful which are entertaining :

to a grateful people than the victories it has gained under ANECDOTE OF JOHN HOME, ESQ., AUTHOR OF DOUGLAS.

Wellington ; but Captain Moyle Sherer is as incapable of “There could not be a livelier or more agreeable com- in Campbelton. There is no system, or depth, or spirit

doing justice to it as if he had been all his life a shearer. panion than the author of Douglas; and his merits, as a dramatic author, are well known. By his talents, he was of life in his book. It looks as if it had been clipped early in life introduced into the best company that Sortland out of newspapers, and pinned together with pins, or fastafforded. Claret was at that time the favourite liquor; ened with wafers. The best passage we can find in it and owing to its being admitted into the port of Leith, on is the account of the battle of Assaye, in the East Indies; Spanish instead of French duties, it was cheap, and was and as it must at all times be delightful to our readers, drunk in great quantities. A naval officer, who happened to be stationed in the Frith of Forth, by transnitting in as it is to us, to peruse any tale descriptive of the old formation to the Treasury, put a stop to this illegal advan- glories of old Wellington, we shall extract it entire : tage. The price of claret was so much increased, in conSequence of this additional duty, that many bons vivans were obliged to renounce it, and betake themselves to port; the little army of Wellesley marched on.

“ The camp colours were plucked from the ground, and and, in despair, at one of their convivial meetings, they Light Dragoons, and three regiments of native cavalry

With the 19th applied to their friend John Home, to write some verses expressive of their feelings. He immediately produced the under Colonel Maxwell, the general himself advanced to following:

reconnoitre. The infantry followed. After a march of

about four miles, from an elevated plain in front of their • Bold and erect the Caledonian stood;

right, he beheld the Mahratta camp. A host of nearly Old was his mutton, and his claret good;

50,000 combatants, horse, foot, and artillery, lay strongly Make bim drink port! an English statesman cried ; posted behind the river Kaitna. A smaller stream, called He drank the poison, and bis spirit died.'

the Juah, Aowed past their rear; and its waters joined “ Fortunately, it has since been found by experience, that left, leaving there a vacant peninsulated piece of ground of

those of the Kaitna at a point considerably beyond their port is no poison, and that Caledonian spirit does not depend upon the drinking of claret; but the anecdote is worth the northern bank of the Kaitna.' The infantry lay upon

some space. The line of the enemy ran east and west along preserving, as an instance of the ridiculous prejudices of the left, and all the guns. The position of this wing was former times."

a little retired upon the Juah, having its point d'appui on ANECDOTE OF DAVID WILKIE, ESQ., THE CELEBRATED the village of Assaye, which leaned upon that river. The

right consisted entirely of cavalry. The north bank of the “I happened to dine in company with Mr Wilkie, the Kaitna is high, rocky, and difficult; the front, for the celebrated painter, and, in the course of the conversation, most part, unassailable. asked him How he came to adopt that profession?' I “ Upon his bay Arabian sat Wellesley, just opposite the enquired, : Had your father, or your mother, or any of enemy's right, then distant about a mile and a half, and pour relations, a turn for painting? or what led you to presenting to his view, in one magnificent mass, 30,000 follow that line ?' Upon which Mr Wilkie said, "The horses. The cavalry under Maxwell tormed up their briltruth, Sir John, is, that you made me a painter. ' — How, liant line, and remained steady.,, Wellesley, with rapid I! with astonishment I exclaimed, " I never had the plea- glance, surveyed the ground. From beneath the thick sure of meeting with you before.' To which Mr Wilkie plumes of red horse hair, which drooped over their bronzed replied, 'When you were drawing up the Statistical Ac- cheeks, the manly eyes of the bold 19th dragoons looked on count of Scotland, my father, who was a clergyman in Fife, severely. The general resolved for battle. That this was had much correspondence with you respecting his parish, the calm decision of a consulted judginent, is not probable; in the course of which you sent him a colourel drawing of but there is a tide in the affairs of men ;' be felt it swella soldier, in the uniforin of your Highland Fencible regi-ing in his bosom, and took it at the happy ebb. ment. I was so delighted with the sight, that I was con

« A body of the enemy's horse moved out, advanced to stantly drawing copies of it, and that made me a painter.'” within half a mile of the British cavalry, and threw out

skirmishers, who tired a few shots. Some British troopers We shall take an early opportunity of introducing our were ordered to drive back these skirmishers, and all again readers to Sir John Sinclair's second volume, which con- was quiet. The general, observing a spot with a few houses tains his Foreign Correspondence and Reminiscences. beyoud the left of the enemy, where there was probably a

ford, and which he saw they had neglected to guard, resolved to pass the Kaitna at that point; to throw his small

force entire upon that flank; to attack their infantry and Military Memoirs of Field-Marshal the Duke of Welling- guns; and thus to neutralize the presence of their vast

By Captain Moyle Sherer. Vol. I. (B ing cavalry, or compel them to bring it into action under very the First Volume of Dr Lardner's Cabinet Library.) confusing disadvantages, and in a more coufined field. Å London. Longman, Rees, Orme, and Co. 1831.

bright and bold conception.

• The general, bidding Maxwell keep his present ground Pp. 295.

for a time, went back, and brought up the infantry in perThis is a flimsy and unsatisfactory book. The best

With these last, in steady columns he now moved

down upon the river. They marched silent and firm, every thing in it is the vignette on the title-page--a bust of the man in his place. It was to be the triumph of discipline. Duke of Wellington, beautifully engraved by Finden, The courage of the heart was to be aided by the quick eye, from a design by Corbould. Captain Sherer does not the obedient ear, and the keeping calmly in the ranks. 'A 'appear to have brought to his task any of the proper cannonade played upon their line of march as they approachenthusiasm, judgment, or information. He writes an ed the ford: it was distant, and without effect. As they affecte. and inflated style, and with one of the finest passed up out of the river, and the head of the column beroes in the world for a piece of biography, he does little gained the clear ground above, a field battery, within range, more than succeed in making him uninteresting. Surely ment of directing with care the formation of the lines for

opened upon them hotly. It was at this, the anxious mohe must have compiled his 295 pages in a prodigious battle, that the orderly dragoon, riding close to the general, burry, for if he had taken the very slightest pains, he had his skall torn away by a cannon ball

. The borse, feelcould not have avoided making thein more worth reading the relaxed bridle, and collapsing limb of his rider, tell



a-trembling, and kicked and plunged franticly, till he got part of this day's glory to say, that the number of the quit of the corpse. · An incident not worth the notice, but enemy were as ten to one; they had disciplined troops in for the moment of its occurrence, and the trouble it caused the field under European officers, who more than doubled to those immediately near.

the British force; they had a hundred pieces of rannon, “ Under this cannonade General Wellesley formed up which were served with perfect skill, and which the British, his people in three lines; two of infantry, the third of his without the aid of artillery, twice won with the bayonet.” cavalry: which, as soon as the columns had crossed the ford, rode smartly down from their position, and took

In his present volume Captain Sherer brings us down battle station in reserve. As a watching check upon the only to May 1810, at a time when the army of Portugal enemy's right, were left the Mysore horse and some cavalry was concentrated under Massena, and the fate of that of the Peishwah's, which marched with our army; but country and Spain was still uncertain. Perhaps our thou:gh useful here, they could not be ventured in the fight. biographer may improve as he proceeds, and we must say

“ The order of battle being thus skilfully changed, the there is urgent need of it, for the present is but an inaus. infantry of Scindia was compelled to present a new front. picious commencement of Lardver's Cabinet Library, They did so with greater ease than was expected. The line they now formed rested with its right upon the Kaitna, which is intended as a sort of jolly-boat to follow in the and its left upon the village of Assaye and the Juah. The wake of his larger vessel, the "Cabinet Cyclopa dia. front now presented by the enemy was one vast battery, especially towarıls the left, so numerous and weighty were the guns, and so thickly were they disposed immediately, Poems, Sacred and Miscellaneous. By Charles Gilborne near the village.

Lyons. Dublin. William Curry, jun., and Co. 1831. “ The fire was rapid, furious, and terrible in execution ;

12mo. Pp. 118. the British guns, few in number, opened as the line advanced, but were almost on the instant silenced. Their Tuis volume contains many indications of an amiable, gunners dropped fast, and the cattle fell lacerated or killed

but few of a powerful mind. Mr Lyons is one of that beside them. With the fierceness of the struggle, and the numerous class who have enough of the poetical temperafearfuluess of the hazard, the undaunted spirit of the gene

ment to make them rejoice in the weaving together of ral rose. He at once abandoned the guns, and directed an advance with the bayonet. With the main body he soon

verses, but not enough to enable those verses to soar forced and drove the enemy's right, possessing himself of much above mediocrity. We think, on the wbole, it is their guns by a resolute charge.

better for such persons to abstain from publishing. Their “ During this movement, the pickets and 74th regiment poetical effusions will give pleasure to theinselves and were losing men so fast by the fire from Assaye, that a body their friends, in manuscript, but it requires sterner stuff of Mahratta horse, which, hastening to that flank, had

to attract the attention of strangers and the public at moved round the village, charged them, and with severe effect; though the heart or centre of the 74th still held large. Mr Lyons divides his volume into the two heads

We shall give an gallantly together, Maxwell, with bis dragoons, rode of Sacred and Miscellaneous poems. swiftly to their rescue, and spurring bard upon their assail- extract from each. The following is one of the best of ants, drove them, with great slaughter, across the Juah. | the sacred poems : Amid a shower of musketry and grape, this leador and his

OH! STEAL NOT THOU MY FAITH AWAY. cavalry rode on through the enemy's left; the gallant remnant of the pickets and 74th pressed on, and the battle was

" Oh! steal not thou my faith away, already won. The sepoys of the main body possessed in

Nor tempt to doubt the trusting mind, great part the very ground on which the enemy had stood,

Let all that earth can yield decay, and the guns, which he had fought to the last; the gunners,

But leave this heavenly gift behind i in many instances, actually suffering themselves to be baya

Our life is but a meteor gleam, onetted at their posts, in others, lying dead, as it seemei,

Lit up amid surrounding gloom, under their cannon. These sepoys rushed on in pursuit.

A dying lamp, a titul beam, Their officers could not control their elated ardour ; but

Quench'd in the cold and silent tomb. happily the 78th British, upon the left of all this early exultation, stood firm and steady, with unbroken ranks. Å

“ Yet if, as holy men have said, cloud of the enemy's horse hung dark upon the hill above,

There lie beyond that dreary bourne ready to burst, like a torrent, upon the brave confusion, but

Some region where the faithful dead they durst not dash and break, as they must have done, upon

Eternally forget to mourn; that rock.

Welcome the scoff, tbe sword, the chain, “Some of Scindia's routed battalions clustered confusedly

The burning wild, the black abyss,near Assaye, where numbers of the infantry and gunners,

I shrink not from the path of pain, who had cast themselves upon the earth to avoid the subres

Which endeth in a world like this. of the cavalry, by feigning death, started up, and joined them. This body attempted a new forination, again opened

“ But, oh! if all that nerves us here, the guns, and renewed ihe battle.

When grief assails and sorrow stings, “ A large column of the enemy, already in full retreat,

Exist but ju the shadowy sphere rallied at the hopeful sound, turned, and formed again,

Of Fancy's weak imaginings; These the brave Maxwell checked by a gallant charge, and If hopes, though cherislı'd long and deep, in this good service, closed his honourable life. Among

Be cold and baseless mockeries ; the last efforts of a day of efforts, was a second attack of the

Then welcome that eternal sleep, formidable artillery near the village of Assaye. This Gene

Which knoweth not of dreams like these. ral Wellesley led up in person, at the head of the 78th and 7th native cavalry. The enemy tled without awaiting the “ Yet, hush ! thou troubled heart! be still; shock; but as the general was advancing, his horse, struck

Renounce thy vain philosophy ;by a cannon-shot that carried away its ley, fell under him.

Like morning on the misty hill, A field, flowing with blood, black with abandoned cannon, The light of Truth will break on thee. and covered with slain, remained in possession of the Bri

Go_search the prophet's deathless page tish. It was near dark when the firing ceased. That Go-question thou the radiant sky, night Wellesley lay down and slept upon the field of battle. And learn from them, mistaken sage! For a time, this day 'the die had spun doubtful;' but the The glorious words— Thou shalt not die !'” secret impulse which had prompted him to give the battle, From the miscellaneous poems we take one, which we did still, through all its thunder, whisper in his ear, "Victory! The toss and fiery tramp of his favourite Arab consider more spirited than any of the rest : were stilled in death, but the spur of the rider was not cold,

TO A TYRANT. A favouring Providence had shone kind on his bold hopes, “ Thou faithless contemuer of compact and vow, and covered his head in battle. This success involved Shall the wreath of the minstrel encircle tby brow? mighty consequences. Never,' says Dr Southey, 'was Shall he come, like the morn, with the day-spring of fame, any victory gained under so many disadvantages. Superior To enuoble thy meanness and ballow thy shame? arms and discipline have often prevailed against as great a No-the banner may gloomily wave on thy wall, numerical difference, but it would be describing the least | The proud and the lovely may bend in thy hall,

The tribes of the fearless may rush to the field,

much desired! Let us give thanks to God, that he has Where the folds of thy standard are brightly reveal'd; granted us this great honour and advantage. Let us pray But the song of the bard is unpurchased and free,

to him to guide and aid us to conquer the sea and Jand And his chords shall be voiceless, Destroyer ! for thee. wbich we have discovered, and which Christian has never

entered to preach the holy doctrine of the Evangelists. As “ Away!—for thy laurels are blighted and red,

to yourselves, be as you have hitherto been, faithful and All the bloom which they brought from the forest hath true to me, and, by the favour of Christ, you will become fled,

the richest Spaniards that have ever come to the Indies; They are sear'd with the curse of the chainless and brave, you will render the greatest services to your king that ever They are soild with the touch of the dastard and slave; vassal rendered to his lord; and you will have the eternal Thy spirit is dark as the waste of the tomb,

glory and advantage of all that is bere discovered, conquerWhen the midnight had wrapp'd it in tempest and gloom,- ed, and converted to our holy Catholic faith.' Thou hast look'd on the orphan with vengeance and hate, « The Spaniards answered this speech, by embracing Vasco And the prayer of the weak hath been spurn'd at thy gate ; Nunez, and promising to follow him to death. Among Thou hast frown'd on the lowly, and warr'd with the free: them was a priest, named Andres de Vara, who lifted up Go-the wreath of renowu must not blossom for thee." his voice and chanted Te Deum laudamus—the usual an

Mr Lyons must be contented with the praise contained them of Spanish discoverers. The rest, kneeling down, in the first words of his motto on the title-page" sunt joined in the strain with pious enthusiasm and tears of joy; et mihi carmina;” he may safely add, neque adhuc and never did a more sincere oblation rise to the

Deity from

a sanctified altar, than from that wild mountain summit. Varo videor."

It was, indeed, one of the most sublime discoveries that

had yet been made in the New World, and must bave openVoyages and Discoveries of the Companions of Columbus. ed a boundless field of covjecture to the wondering SpaBy Washington Irving. (Being the Family Library, splendid confusion of their thoughts. Was this the great

The imagination delights to picture forth the No. XVIII.) London. John Murray. 1831,

Indian ocean, studded with precious islands, abounding in We are here presented with a good addition to Mr gold, in gems, and spices, and bordered by the gorgeous Irving's Life of Columbus. None of the disciples of that lonely sea, locked up in the embraces of savage, uncultivated

cities and wealthy marts of the East? or was it some great man achieved discoveries equal to bis, and many of continents, and never traversed by a bark, except the light them were actúated by motives inore questionable than | pirogue of the savage? The latter could hardly be the case, the desire to extend our knowledge of the globe on which for the natives had told the Spaniards of golden realms, and we live. To secure the first fruits of the pearl fisheries populous, and powerful, and luxurious nations, upon its of Paria and Cubaga, or to explore the coast of Veragua, shores. Perhaps it might be bordered by various peoples, which Columbus had represented as the Aurea Cherso civilized, in fact, though differing from Europe in their nesus of the ancients, contented the ambition of many of and arts and sciences; who might form, as it were, a world

civilisation; who might have peculiar laws and customs, his immediate followers. Some there were, however, ) of their own, intercommuning by this mighty sea, and carrywho did more ; especially Vasco Nunez de Balboa, whose ing on commerce between their own islands and continents, discovery of the Pacific Ocean forms one of the most but who might exist in total ignorance and independence beautiful and striking incidents in the history of the of the other hemisphere. New World ; and Juan Ponce de Leon, the conqueror

“ Such may naturally have been the ideas suggested by of Porto Rico, and discoverer of Florida. Of all the the sight of this unknown ocean. It was the prevalent be

lief of the Spaniards, however, that they were the first captains and admirals sent out by Spaip to follow up

Christians who had made the discovery.' Vasco Nunez, what Columbus had begun, Vasco Nunez is our favourite; therefore, called upon all present to witness that he took and there are points in his history, that make us pause possession of that sea, its Islands, and surrounding lands, with wonder and admiration at the daring spirit of the in the name of the sovereigns of Castile; and the notary of man who surmounted, by his courage and perseverance, the expedition made a testimonial of the same, to which all so many appalling difficulties ; not the least of which was present, to the number of sixty-seven men, sigued their the piecemeal transportation across the then untraversed

He then caused a fair and tall tree to be cut down, mountains of Darien, of the first European ships that from whence he had first beheld the sea.

and wrought into a cross, which was elevated on the spot

A mound of ploughed the waves of the Pacific. Nunez was a follower

stones was likewise piled up, to serve as a monument; and worthy of Columbus. The most interesting chapter in the names of the Castilian sovereigns were carved on the the whole of the volume before us, is that which describes neighbouring trees. The Indians beheld all these ceremohis

nials and rejoicings in silent wonder; and while they aided

to erect the cross and pile up the wound of stones, marvel“ The day had scarcely dawned, when Vasco Nunez and led exceedingly at the meaning of these monuments, little bis followers set forth from the Indian village, and began thinking that they marked the subjugation of their land. to climb the height. It was a severe and rugged toil for

“ The memorable event here recorded took place on the men so wayworn; but they were filled with new ardour, 26th of September, 1513.” at the idea of the triumphant scene that was so soon to re- The subsequent fate of poor Nunez was most melanpay them for all their hardships.

choly, and, as bis biographer observes, “ might furnish a « About ten o'clock in the morning, they emerged from theme of wonderful interest for a poem or a drama." the thick forests through which they had hitherto struggled, On the whole, Washington Irving has done well in resand arrived at a lofty and airy region of the mountain. The bald sammit alone remained to be ascended; and their cuing from oblivion, and introducing to the acquaintance guides pointed to a moderate eminence, froin which they of the English reader, the names and fortunes of many said the southern sea was visible.

enterprising adventurers, who were fast passing into ne“ Upon this, Vasco Nunez commanded his followers to glect, with the ancient Spanish chroniclers who tell their halt, and that no man should stir from his place. Then, eventful stories. with a palpitating heart, he ascended alone the bare mountain top. On reaching the summit, the long-desired prospect burst upon his view. It was as if a new world were MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. unfolded to him, separated from all hitherto known by this mighty barrier of mountains. Below him extended å vast

A LEGEND OF THE PYRENEES. chans of rock and forest, and green savannas and meandering streams, while at a distance the waters of the promised By the Author of“ An Autumn in Italy.ocean glittered in the morning sun.

" At this glorious prospect, Vasco Nunez sank upon his Whoever has visited the picturesque scenery of the knees, and poured out thanks to God for being the first Pyrenees, must allow that the epithet of la belle France, European to whom it was given to make that great disco- which our lively neighbours, with characteristic national very. He then called his people to ascend: · Behold, my friends,' said he, that glorious sigbt, which we have so

Constable's Miscellany, Vol. 38.



vanity, bestow on their native land, though not applicable turesque ruin on the pinnacle of an eminence on the to it as a whole, justly appertains to a part.

right, is called La Tour des Anglés, once the residence of Bagneres, situated in one of the finest valleys of the the barons of that title. Upper Pyrenees, is resorted to, chiefly in the autumn, “ When the crusade, which proved fatal to St Louis, from Barrèges and Cauterets, famed for the marvellous and to so many gallant knights, was about to leave the properties of their mineral waters. Many inhabitants of shores of France for the Holy Land, the Marquis of crowded cities derive enjoyment at these pleasing retreats, Benac, who had been only a few months married to a in the stillness and tranquil grandeur of the beautiful young and beautiful lady, thought that his religion and valley of Campaus, classically termed the Vale of Tempe, i his honour imposed on him the sacred duty of participawhere they inhale the invigorating breezes from the Picting in the glorious perils of the East, notwithstanding du Midi, or contemplate the glittering summits of the his previously well-earned military fame, and recent nupwild mountain scenery, dark pine forests, and sublime tials. The Marquis told his fair spouse, when about to cascades. A more distant ride is the fertile valley of set off for Palestine, that if she received no tidings of him Ossun, its verdant meadows watered by the Gave, and for seven years, she might avail herself of the privilege of varied by a succession of stately chateaux and massy grey marrying again, on condition that the young and hand. ruins, overshadowed by extensive woods ; every baronial some Baron des Anglés-already too much esteemed by castle having its legend, like those on the banks of the the Marchioness, to be viewed with a very friendly eye by Rhine, and “the dark-rolling Danube.”

her husband-was not selected in his place. The lady I remember, some years ago, in the month of October, not only promised never to renew her marriage vows, but taking an excursion, accompanied by a friend, and at- even added, that if she should be induced to alter her intended by a guide, to the Breche de Roland, and the ma- tention, the Seigneur des Anglés would certainly not be jestic amphitheatre of rocks, which forms the bold natural the happy man of her choice. Thus re-assured, the brave barrier that separates France from Spain. We were knight took an affectionate leave of his lovely companion, overtaken by one of those violent storms so common in who had scarcely wiped the tears from her eyes, when that wild romantic region, where only deep ravines and she forgot her promise ; and the Baron's visits became frightful precipices are seen on every side. We entered rather too frequent at the castle. a village church, as much for the sake of shelter--for we “ In the meantime, the valiant crusader, more favourwere neither armed with patience nor umbrellas-as to ed by Mars than Venus, distinguished himself in many see the skulls of half-a-dozen Templars, which have battles against the infidels, but had the misfortune to be ornamented an equal number of niches in it ever since taken prisoner at Damietta, and his glorious career was the feudal ages, when the entire surrounding district closed by a long captivity. Seven years thus elapsed, and belonged to the knights of that powerful and licentious the Marchioness, either forgetting, or wishing to forget, order. Being little skilled in the science of phrenology, the injunctions of her absent lord, prepared to give her our examination of the crania was soon over ;—not so the hand to his rival ; but an extraordinary incident occurred, rain, which fell in torrents; and never were two unlucky which raised an unlooked-for obstacle to their happiness. wights more completely saturated than we were, before “ The Devil, who never sleeps, appeared to the warrior we reached the miserable auberge at Gavernie, worse in his dungeon, announcing the agreeable intelligence of than Horace's “Hospitio modico." We found a party of the projected union ; adding, however, a tempting proswarthy Spanish contrabandistas already in possession, posal, to transport the Marquis to his own castle before some of whom were smoking cigars by the kitchen fire, and the consummation of the marriage, on the trilling condiothers were busy unloading their mules. Ascertaining that tion of obtaining (by voluntary cession) control over his their cargo consisted of grapes, we soon became purchasers, soul. and they proved the most delicious I ever tasted. It * My soul,' exclaimed the Christian knight, belongs must, however, be allowed, that the brawny Arragonese to God!' seemed as little regardless about the price of the osten- • Your heart, then ?' sible objects of their traffic as we did—the real one being " That belongs to my king and country; but I will of a much more hazardous nature, which they were pre- give you my supper, which is now before me untouched.' paring to smuggle across the mountain passes.

“ The Marquis's Satanic ally consented, placed him on During six-and-thirty hours of mist and perpetual his black shoulders, and darted off through the air, at a rain, without a gleam of sunshine, to enliven us, my quicker rate than ever Mercury carried the messages of companion and I, having exhausted every topic of con- Jupiter. versation, were beginning to give way to the English “ Our two lovers, equally anxious to have the ceremony malady of ennui, Anglicé, blue devils, when we were performed, had prepared a splendid banquet, and invited aroused by the chattering of a loquacious French woman, many guests for the occasion, the most important of whom the mother of our host, who, with all the garrulity of age, was the Bishop of Tarbes, who had already arrived, and told us an interminable story about Madame la Dauphine was proceeding to the chapel, in order to bestow the and her suite, who had honoured this same auberge with Episcopal sanction, when the Syrian warrior was set a compulsory residence of a day the preceding summer, down from his aerial voyage at the door of his own castle. assuring us that we had the felicity of inhabiting the But such was the length of his beard, disfigured features, identical room where that illustrious lady bad slept on and altered appearance, from suffering and imprisonment, that ever-memorable occasion. Being desirous of ob- that even the menials in the hall repulsed their old mastaining some local information, I discovered that the old ter. He insisted, however, on being brought before his dame was versed in legendary lore, and as she seemed faithless wife, and succeeded just before her wishes were too bappy to secure a couple of willing listeners, we were crowned at the altar. favoured with the following tradition, which she related Madam,' he said, in a voice of thunder, ' here is on with much circumlocution :

half of your wedding-ring ; have you preserved the “ When you passed through the valley of Ossun,” said other?' the old lady, “ you must have remarked the inbabitants Upon this the Marquis was instantly recognised by of the town of the same name, for they have ever been all; his old dog died at his feet, and his steed neighed in the distinguished from their neighbours by the singularity of stable. The bishop, whose services were thus rendered their dress, manners, and language. The chateau which unnecessary, mounted his mule and rode off. The baron crowns the summit of a hill on the left, coming from made an unceremonious retreat, forgetting in his hurry Pau, formerly belonged to the noble family of Benac, to congratulate the unwelcome guest on his safe return one of the most ancient in Bearn, allied by marriage to from the wars. But no one enjoyed the festive board the illustrious houses of Noailles and Elbeuf: the pic- more than the crusader, particularly as he was conscious


the feast bad not been destined for him; and, in the ex- works, which have not yet arrived; but it will open cess of his generosity, he threw a flask of old vilandric immediately. The catalogue, which we have seen, proover his shoulder to his cloven-footed assistant, to wash mises highly. There are in all twenty-nine pictures, down the supper he had left for him in the dungeon at mostly by eminent masters, among whom are Vandy ke, Damietta.

Titian, Paris Bordone, Sebastian del Piombo, Woovermans, “ You may believe this or not as you please," said our Gaspar Poussin, Tintoretto, Michael Angelo, Carravagio, Gavernie hostess, observing an incredulous smile on our and Georgione. All the paintings have been purchased countenances, “but I can assure you that I have actually by the Institution, and are to form the commencement seen the Marquis de Benac's helmet and spurs in the of a national public Gallery. In reference to the Royal mairie of Tarbes, where they remain to this day, for the Institution, we may further remark, that it was with sinbrave Marquis deposited them himself in the church of cere pleasure we lately learned that Mr Francis Grant the Cordeliers of that town, on his return from the Holy had been chosen a director. An artist himself, be may Land.” So convincing a proof of her veracity, of course, be of vital use in teaching that body what they owe to dispelled all doubt from our minds on the subject. artists. We should like to see more artists amongst

them; and, in particular, we cannot fancy why the Rev. NEWS OF THE FINE ARTS.

Mr Thomson has not long ago been elected. Such an We have seen a good many of the paintings preparing office is certainly as compatible with the clerical characfor the Exhibition of the Scottish Academy, and would ter as those of president of a curling-club, or judge at a have no fear of its being more than usually brilliant, but cattle-show,-offices which we know to be most ably and for one circumstance. We do not know who are at pre- efficiently filled by some of his professional brethren. sent the members of the hanging committee, but we know that those of last year discharged their duty in a bungling and inefficient manner. There were many excellent paint

ΤΑ ΣΠΟΡΑΔΗΝ, , ings in the Exhibition, which, from the manner they were OR MISCELLANEOUS NOTICES OF ANTIQUITY, APOTHEGMS, hung, were entirely without effect; and we remember

CUSTOMS, ANECDOTES, &c. more than one instance in which individuals whom we know to possess a just and delicate sensibility to the beau

By William Tennant. ties of art, left the rooms under the impression that there I HAVE not heard of a more ingenious argument prowas scarcely a good picture in them. Another misfor- posed for the exercise of unanimity and good agreement, tune of last year's exhibition was the quantity of trash than that made use of by the pinguid orator of Byzantium admitted, lowering its character, and, at the same time, among his divided fellow-citizens. The forum of Byover-crowding the walls. As, however, we are not certain zantium was raging with faction; the good-humoured whether the power of admission and rejection rests in the orator ascended the tribune, and addressed the people in same committee to whom are intrusted the care of hang- the following strain :-“ Fellow-citizens, ye behold how ing the pictures, and as we are unwilling to attribute un- fat I am !”-looking down upon his sleek, capon-lined deserved blame, we pass over this subject at present. Our rotundity of abdomen; " yet fat as I am," continued he, object is to impress upon the hanging committee of this “my wife is still fatter; nevertheless, fat though we year, the importance of their duties, and their heavy re- both be, we both sleep in one bed, and that merely because sponsibility. It is an unfortunate circumstance that none we agree; were we to differ, the whole house could not but an artist can know what pictures may be safely hung contain us !" Dear each other, and that suspicions, not always unjustified, necessarily attach to one who is himself an exhibi- One of the most extravagant and unseemly entertain

We do not revert to the past, but if we find such ments introduced after dinner for the amusement of pictures as those which we have seen in the ateliers of guests, was that practised at the court of a certain king Simpson, Lauder, Gordon, and Thomson, (we hope, of Thrace, and recorded by an Greek writer. The though we are not certain, that the last will exhibit,) hung Greeks, it is true, had odd enough amusements after so as not to tell in the exhibition, we propose to speak dining ; such as the performances of quacks, and miracleout, and that seriously.

men, who swallowed and vomited fire, and danced on The system recently adopted by the Board of Trustees their heads upon the points of poniards and scimitars. is liberal and praiseworthy. Besides being, as formerly, But the Thracian amusement possesses more originality open for two hours in the evening to the students, the and extravagance. It was called The Game of Hanging. public are now admitted three days in every week by an They attached a strong cord with a noose to the top of order, which may be procured at the Board's office, No. the chamber-ceiling. Into this noose one of the guests, 81, George Street. Artists are admitted to draw from alternately as his turn came, or by lot as his chance fell, the casts every Friday, upon procuring a season ticket thrust his head, supporting his feet at the same time on a from the Secretary, Mr Skene of Rubislaw. The Insti- large voluble stone, set for the purpose of his elevation ; be tation has also thrown open its library of engravings to held, at the same time, bis drawn sword in his hand, the inspection of the public. We rejoice to see such un- ready for the terrible exigence. When his head was equivocal proofs of the awakening of a liberal spirit; and adjusted into the noose, another of the guests approached it is in no captious mood, but solely from our anxiety to and kicked from under him the voluble stone, so that his parge away every taint of the old leaven, that we advert body was left to swing suspended on the cord. If he to the fact, that some of the Directors have been heard to had sufficient presence of mind, and steadiness of nerve, complain, that, now the gallery was opened, the artists during this suspension, he cut the cord and saved himdid not attend. This is not at all unlikely, for a very self; if he could not do so, he was allowed to swing on simple reason—that sufficient pains were not taken to and agitate himself to death—the company all the while announce the change in the Board's management of its enjoying with laughter his convulsions and strainings to gallery. And even though it had been made more gene-extricate himself. — Barbarous and unnatural as such an rally known, we were quite prepared to expect that some entertainment may be deemed in our modern conceptions, time must elapse before the majority of our artists be- it is nevertheless in accordance with the manners of the came aware of the full worth of the boon that has been barbarians who practised it; but how shall we apologize conferred upon them. Those who set themselves up to for that polished people, our so much-admired Romans, foster infant art and science, must not be testy because whose young poblemen, after their bacchanalian dinners, they make slow progress.

were at times wont to introduce a pair or two of gladiaThe exhibition of ancient paintings in the building on tors, who fought in their presence till one of two of the the Mound, is only delayed on account of some expected parties fell gasping in blood at their feet, while bursto


[ocr errors]
« 上一頁繼續 »