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ASCENT OF MONT BLANC. [John Auldjo, Esq. of Trinity College, Cambridge, started from Charmounix on the 8th of August, 1827, for the purpose of attaining the highest point of Mont Blanc. He was accoupanied by eight guides, four of whom had previously accomplished the hazardous ascent. The following is his account of the conclusion of this undertaking, and of his sensations while on the summit of the mountain.] We crossed a plain of snow which self froin inevitable destruction by rose gently from the Rocher Rouge; stretching out his arms, and by his at the end of it was the only crevice baton by mere chance coming obliquewe had met for some time : it was on the bridge ; otherwise he would deep and wide. One bridge was have slipped through, and all attempts tried, but it gave way.
A little fur- to have saved or raised him out of the ther another was found, over which chasm, would have been impossible. we managed to pass by being drawn The perilous situation he was in was apacross on our backs, on batons placed palling; all ran down to him, and he over it. Two or three managed to was drawn out, but had nearly lost his walk across another, using great care; presence of mind, so greatly had be but, when we had proceeded some been terrified. However, he soon little distance up the acclivity before recovered, and acknowledged his want us, we were surprised by a shrill of precaution, which had very nearly scream, and, on turning, beheld Jean destroyed the pleasure of the underMarie Coutet up to his neck in the taking, when so near its happy consnow covering the crevice. He had clusion. The ascent from this point wandered from the party, and coming was very steep, and the difficulty of to the crack, sought and found the surmounting it was greatly increased; place where the guides had walked for those effects of the rarity of the across, and attempted to follow their atmosphere which we had felt previcourse ; but not taking the proper ously, now became exceedingly opcare to choose their footsteps, had got pressive. I was attacked with a pain about eighteen inches on one side of in my head ; the thirst became inthem, and the consequence was, that tense; the difficulty of breathing when in the centre of the crevice, he much greater. The new symptoms I sunk up to his shoulders, saving him- now experienced were, violent palpi
tation of the heart, a general lassitude leave these rocks, for all my enthusiof the frame, and a very distressing asm was at an end ; the lassitude and sensation of pain in the knees and exhaustion had completely subdued muscles of the thighs, causing weak- my spirit. I was anxious to get to ness of the legs, and rendering it the summit, but I felt as if I should scarcely possible to move them. The never accomplish it, the weariness and “ Derniers Rochers,” or the bighest weakness increasing the moment I atvisible rocks, are merely a small clus- tempted to ascend a few steps ; and I ter of granite pinnacles, projecting was convinced, that in a few minutes about twenty feet out of the snowy I should be quite overcome. mantle which envelopes the summit, induced to proceed by the exhortations and clothes the sides of the mountain. of the guides. We had to climb On reaching these rocks, I was so about one hour to get to the summit; much exhausted that I wished to but this part of the undertaking resleep; but the experienced guides quired a most extraordinary exertion, would not permit it, though all appear. and severe labor it was. From the ed to be suffering more or less under place where the rarity of the air was similar sensations. From those ro- first felt, we had been able to proceed chers we saw that there were many fifteen or twenty steps without halting people on the Breven, watching our to take breath ; but now,
after every progress; among whom we recognised third or fourth, the stoutest, strongest some female forms, a discovery which guide, became exhausted; and it was renewed our courage, and excited us only by resting some seconds, and to still greater efforts than before. turning the face to the north wind, Turning to the side of Italy, a spec- which blew strong and cold, that suftacle was presented of great magnifi- ficient strength could be regained to cence, from the assemblage of the vast take the next two or three paces. and numberless white pyramids which This weakness painfully increased the appeared on the left of the view : difficulty of advancing up the ascent, Mount Rosa, in its surpassing beauty, which became every instant more being the most distant, the Col du steep. Although the sun was shining Géant, and its aiguille, the nearest; on us, I felt extreinely cold on the while all the snow-clad rocks which side exposed to the cutting blast; and lie on each side of the glacier, running the other side of the body being warm, from Mont Blanc down the “ Mer de it increased the shivering; which had Glace," and again up to the “ Jardin,” not quite left me, to such a degree, as added splendid features to the scene. to deprive me alınost of the use of my “ Snow piled on snow; each mass appears
limbs. Some of the guides also were The gathered winter of a thousand years." similarly affected, and even suffered On the south, a blue space showed more than myself; but all were anxwhere the plain of Piedmont lay ; and ious to get on, evincing a resolute defar in the back ground of this, rose termination that was quite wonderful the long chain of the Apennines, and in the state they were in. Their atlofty Alps, forming a coast of the tention to me was marked by a desire Mediterranean, and running thence to render me every possible service, towards the right, meeting the moun while they endeavored to inspire me tains of Savoy. Gilded as they were with the same firmness of which they by the sun, and canopied by a sky al- themselves gave so strong an example. most black, they made up a picture This earnest solicitude which they so grand and awful, that the mind showed, much to their own discomfort could not behold it without fear and and annoyance, to keep my spirits up, astonishment. The impression of so was in vain : I was exhausted—the mighty a prospect cannot be conceiv- sensation of weakness in the legs bad ed or retained. It was with some become excessive-I was nearly chokdifficulty I could be persuaded to ed from the dryness of my throat and
the difficulty of breathing. My eyes Chamounix) and, taking my glass, obwere smarting with inflammation, the served that the party on the Brever reflection from the snow nearly blind- had noticed the accomplishment of ed me, at the same time burning and our undertaking, and were rewarding blistering my face. I had, during the us by waving their hats and handkermorning, as a protection, occasionally chiefs, which salutation we returned. worn a leathern mask, with green eye I noticed, also, that the people in glasses; but latterly I found it op- Chamounix had also collected in conpressive, and wore a veil instead : that siderable numbers on the bridge, also I was now obliged to discard. I watching our progress and success. desired to have a few moments rest, and It was exactly eleven o'clock. The sat down. I besought the guides to wind blew with considerable force. leave me.
I prayed Julien Devouas- I was too much worn out to remain sard to go to the summit with them, there long, or to examine the scene and allow me to remain where I was, around me. The sun shone brilliantly that by the time they returned, I on every peak of snow I could see ; might be refreshed to commence the hardly any mist hung over the valleys; descent. I told them I had seen none was on the mountains; the enough ; I used every argument in object of my ambition and my toil my power to induce them to grant my was gained ; yet the reward of my danrequest. Their only answer was that gers and fatigues could hardly produce they would carry me,
exhausted enjoyment enough to gratify me for a they were, to the summit, rather than few moments. The mind was as esthat I should not get to it : that if they hausted as the body, and I turned with could not carry, they would drag me. indifference from the view which I Being unable to resist I became pas- had endured so much to behold, and sive, and two of the least exhausted throwing myself on the snow, behind forced me up some distance, each a small mound which formed the hightaking an arm. I found that this est point, and sheltered me from the eased me, and I then went on more wind, in a few seconds I was soundwillingly, when one of them devised a ly buried in sleep, surrounded by plan which proved of most essential the guides, who were all seeking reservice. Two of them went up in pose, which neither the burning rays advance about fourteen paces, and of the sun, nor the piercing cold of fixed themselves on the snow; a long the snow, could prevent or disturb. rope was fastened round my chest, and In this state I remained a quarter of the other end to them.
As soon as an hour, when I was roused to survey they were seated, I commenced as the mighty picture beneath. I found cending, taking very long strides, and myself much relieved, but still had doing so with quickness, pulling the a slight shivering. The pain in the rope in; they also, while I thus ex- legs had ceased, as well as the headerted myself, pulled me towards them, ach, but the thirst remained. The so that I was partly drawn up, and pulse was very quick, and the difficulpartly ran up, using a zig-zag direc- ty of breathing great, but not so option : and the amusement derived pressive as it had been. Having from this process kept us in better placed my thermometer on my baton, humor than we were before. I was in a position in which it might be as less fatigued, and felt the effects of much in shade as possible, I went to the air less by this process, than by the highest point to observe my friends the slow pace in which I had hitherto on the Breven and in Chamounix once attempted to ascend. I had taken more, but was summoned immediately very little notice of the progress we to a repast ; and willingly I obeyed were thus making, when I suddenly the call, for I felt as if I had a good found myself on the summit. I has- appetite. Some bread and roasted tened to the highest point towards chicken were produced, but I could
not swallow the slightest morsel ; even was very unpleasant and painful while the tase of the food created a nausea it lasted, and frightened some of the and disgust. One or two guides ate guides. A very small quantity was a very little ; the rest could not at- sufficient to satisfy our thirst, for nine tempt to do so. I had provided a of us were perfectly satisfied with the bottle of champaigne, being desirous contents of one bottle, and happily its to see how this wine would be affect- unpleasant effects were of short duraed by the rarity of the air. I also tion. The most peculiar sensation wished to drink to the prosperity of which all have felt who have gained the inhabitants of the world below this great height, arises from the awme, for I could believe that there ful stillness which reigns almost unwere no human beings so elevated as broken even by the voice of those we were at that moment. The wire speaking to one another, for its feeble being removed, and the string cut, the sound can hardly be heard. It weighs cork flew out to a great distance, but deeply upon the mind, with a power, the noise could hardly be heard. The the effect of which it is impossible to wine rolled out in the most luxuriant describe. I also experienced the foam, frothing to the very last drop, sensation of lightness of body, of and we all drank of it with zest. which Captain Sherwill has given a But not three minutes had elapsed, description in the following words : when repentance and pain followed ; “ It appeared as if I could have passfor the rapid escape of the fixed air ed the blade of a knife under the sole which it still contained, produced a of my shoes, or between them and the choking and stilling sensation, which ice on which I stood !”
THE LATE HENRY NEELE.
The melancholy details of Mr. and, as the faults, therefore, which Neele's death were given at large in we may discover in him, cannot affect the newspapers of the day, and we his memory or wound the feelings of have no wish to dwell on so painful a his surviving friends, we shall make subject. The evidence of insanity no apology for pointing them out as produced on the inquest was abun- friendly hints to that numerous and dantly sufficient, though little light interesting class of which he was an was thrown upon the causes that led unfortunate member. to the state of mind which preceded It is commonly said by those who his suicide. Indeed, there seems no wish to express a general sentiment of reason to suppose that there was any admiration for a writer, subject to a thing peculiar in the case of Mr. large qualification, that he had much Neele. Private distresses, (except genius but no taste. In nine cases imaginary ones,) so far as we can out of ten, we think this phrase conlearn, had no concern in his aberra- tai.is a very imperfect explanation of tions. He was esteemed, loved, and what the actual defect in the mind outwardly prosperous. His history is spoken of is, or even of the meaning that of a class ; and it is in the peru- which the speaker intends to convey ; sal of his writings, not in the report of and, what is worse, the use of it leads an inquest, that we may expect to to very dangerous practical consefind the key to anything mysterious quences. in bis life.
The world conceiving that the geWe think we can trace the unfortu- nius of such men is answerable for all nate turn which his inind took to pe- their excesses, and that they want culiarities in the constitution of that another faculty to rein it in, naturally mind, arising from circumstances in a becomes impatient and disregardful of great measure independent of himself; a faculty which has so little power of
self-management. And the men quiring that force and expression of themselves, on the other hand, con- which it was capable. His talent, scious that the faculty within them is genius, or whatever it may be called, a good faculty, and most good when existed in loose, detached fragments ; most energetic, as naturally learn to it is nowhere fixed and concentrated. trample on all the commonplace criti- He was capable of striking out very cisms upon their style and thoughts, fine sparks, of sending off a successto the reasonableness of which, nerer- ful cracker, or, even now and then, a theless, their conscience more than tolerable rocket; but to keep alive a half assents, because they are built steady, unflickering, Vestal flame in upon an hypothesis of which they his mind, which should guide others cannot for a moment acknowledge the by its light, and refresh himself by its justice.
warmth-for this he was insufficient. But, if either of these parties could He never can express an entire feeling. be made to feel that these men, so far He is obliged to cut it into portions, from needing a new faculty to check and give us a morsel at a time. His what are called the fights of genius, views, in his lectures especially, somedo, on the contrary, most especially times appear too strongly expounded, want a power which shall give them and often set in phrases which the greater strength of wing, and which critics would condemn for being too shall enable them to fly further,—that, rash and unusual ; but a moment's rewhen they have obtained this power, flection convinces us, that the strength instead of becoming less daring, they only exceeds because it is not kept will become infinitely more daring, – up, and that the phrases are only foolin a word, that they require it chiefly hardy because they rushed to the batbecause their genius, instead of being tle without friends, like-armed," to too strong, is deficient in impetus and support them in flank or rear. This momentum :—if we could make this indicates a want, not of taste, but of doctrine prevalent, the public might that logical power which outwardly abandon that morbid distrust and ab- forms a writer's thoughts into a comhorrence of all high endowments position, wherein all the parts bear a which is so mischievous to those who perfect relation to each other, and to possess them, and so much more mis- the whole ; that composition itself chievous to itself; and the persons being only the type and expression of we have been speaking of, instead of that inward coherency and subordinaholding cheap all hints for the cultiva- tion which exists between all the tion of their minds, would be urged parts of the mind from which those to value them by that very disposition thoughts have issued. This quality which has hitherto resisted them as (of which those formal persons in our plots for its own destruction. day who think that logic consists in
Now, that this is literally and truly the eternal use of syllogistic forms the case, we want no other evidence and dilemmas, and in the careful exthan the writings of Henry Neele, one clusion of everything that gives life of those authors who would be most
or energy to a style, know just as hastily dismissed with the sentence, much as grammarians do of language
, that he was a man of considerable that is to say, less than any other genius, but scarcely any taste. In the portion of mankind)—this quality, teeth of this dictum we will take up- which never has been prevalent, and on us to affirm, that every error to be never could be prevalent but in an found in his writings, (and, as
age when the imagination and feelings shall show presently, there was the
were highly cultivated, -as, otherwise, tie of a common parentage between it would have nothing to work upon, these and the misfortunes of his life,) is to be seen manifested in the highest arose, not from his genius being too perfection in the writings of the old little restrained, but from its never ac- English poets and divines.