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the large heavy plate glass windows father's sermons. The results of this which required my father's strong arm struggle for fanie were such as would to draw up and let down! The only make the erudite Dr. Kitchener, the drawback to this deligbt was its short renowned Ude, and the more humble duration. Then the awful alighting George Frederick Nutt, hide their diat the hall-door, where the Squire him. minished heads. The glories of the self received us, first consecrating his second course, with such a stimulus, hand with a kiss before he presented it particularly when the rich bachelor to my mother to conduct her to the was one of the party, can hardgreat saloon, and seat her in one of the ly be conceived in these degenerate high-backed and well-stuffed crimson days, when the profusion of sweets damask chairs, which, with their gilt which used to deck the tables of our and ponderous feet protruding for grandsires, are no longer in fashion. wards, were placed in a large and im- flow our eyes widened as the butler posing circle at due distance from the approached the table, tottering under fire-place. Then the dinner itself! the weight of the glass salver, loaded the impatience with which we watched with a pile of jellies and wbipt syllafor the removal of the stewed carp, the bubs,--the truffle emulating Mont Blanc haunch of venison, and the hashed in height and snowy whiteness; the calves bead! even the great silver hen's nest ia flummery; the desert isla epergne, with its glittering store of pen- ands of curds and candy! the still more dent baskets, filled with pickles of evc. admirable floating island, with its barry sort and colour, hardly obtained a leysugar temple, towards which two glance from us: and it was not “ sa- papier maché figures were proceeding, Foury meat which our souls loved;" hand in hand, on a walk made of coour hearts were fixed, and our appe- loured comfits; in short, here were retites prepared for the second course, alized all Belvidera's wildest fancies, for well we knew the joys in reserve. 6 Seas of milk and ships of anber."
At the head of the Squire's establish- How we rejoiced in the success of the ment pas an old housekeeper, a tall maneuvres which had placed us at a portly matron, with dark hair coupled distance from my mother's anxious over a cushion of a foot high, on the eye, snugly sheltered by a good-natur top of which was a fabric of lace, and ed, protuberant old lady, who always muslin and ribon, which would furnish maintained that children could digest materials for a dozen caps of moderate any thing and every thing, and who dimensions. Between this dignified did all in her power to verify her theofemale and the housekeeper of a neigh. ry by our practice ; how dexterously bouring rich bachelor, the most active we avoided seeing the warning finger rivalry prevailed; our friend never held up; what a deaf ear we turned to vent to London, an advantage her an. the short hem which was uttered to tagonist possessed, and by which she call to our recollections the lessons of acquired many new modes of decorat- temperance which had been read to us ing a table ; but these new fangled in the inorning ; how little did we protriumphs (as they were called in the fit by them, and yet how often in the Squire's family) were counterbalanced course of the evening did we tacitly acby our friend's superior invention, and knowledge their wisdom. Of the resource in her own powers, and by a Squire's lady I have a fainter recolleccertain mystical compound called a tion; but I remembered to have heard, quaking pudding, so supereminent in that when married to him she was vefavoar as to be deemed unequalled. ry beautiful, and sacrificed by an avaThis receipt she declared she would ricious father before she was of an age not give to her own sister in her life. to judge of what would constitute ber time, but held out a hope of commu- happiness. She was possessed of connicating it to my mother on her deathe siderable talents and a high spirit; bed, in return for the benefit she con- and had she borne her faculties inore ceived herself to have derived from my meekly, would have been as much es
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teemed as she was admired; but she ful. ' He had a line avenue of walnut
was at no pains to conceal her con- large, he made his household saints tempt, this often produced scenes of a gather, shell it, and convey it to the ludicrous kind, though not a little dis- neighbouring town. The day after tressing to their guests. By her cool this dainty operation was finished, he and cutting replies she would some. took them to dine at a neighbouring notimes exasperate him to such a degree, bleman's, with hands which, though that I have heard my mother relate to not “ unwashen,” were of negro blackhave seen him run behind her, and ness. These absurdities by degrees seizing the back of her chair, leap as alienated the neighbourhood from him, high as her shoulder, uttering a succes- and be removed to Hampstead, where sion of oaths, and in his storm of pas. he purchased a handsome house, and sion totally forgetting the Grandisonian amused his evenings by attending to a suavity on which he usually piqued club, the members of which met alterbimself. To these ebullitions she nately at each other's houses. As age would only say, “I wish, my dear, increased, he became more and more you would have a little more consider- under the dominion of bis servants, ation for my employments ; how is it and the old coachman disliking to take possible that I can thread a needle out the sleek-backs at night, he inventwhile you are frisking behind me in ed a shelter for himself in the form of a this extraordinary manner.” It may sentry-box, the frame very slight, covbe supposed how much such a remon- ered with oily paper, and having a litstrance would increase the energy of tle round glass window in front; it was his Highland flings and the torrent of furnished with handles on the inside, his oaths. In the latter years of his and thus protected from the sharp air life, the harmony of our intercourse of the heath, he took his nightly round. was somewhat interrupted by a project But, like Dædalus, his invention proywhich the Squire put in action solely, I ed fatal to him at last, for one windy believe, to create some interest in his night his machine was blows over, and pursuits, having found that his agricul- ere the servant, who carried a lantern tural experiments had ended in vanity before him, could extricate him and set and vexation of spirit. He built a me- him on his legs, the force of his strugthodist chapel in his house, and engag- gles and the power of the wind had ed the services of two or three preach- rolled him into a pool of water by the ers, who were received into his family road side ; by this means he caught so and sat at his table. As they were severe a cold, and received so many men of the most ordinary description, bruises, that a fever ensued, from which and as he had ever a great share of he never recovered. The estate and saving knowledge, he never scrupled mansion-house passed to a distant relato demand their services on the week tion, who immediately disposed of it: day to make hay, carry butter and and no vestige of my whimsical old poultry to market, fetch letters, and neighbour remains but in the recollecmake them active in any department tions which I have now submitted te in which they could be rendered use your perusal.
BY CHARLES LOCKUART, ESQ. THIS rose was once of brilliant hue.
The gist was thine,-the blush that cast And all its leaves were fresh with dew;
Love on the giving fleeted fast; But faded are the sweets it knew,
Both were too beautiful to last, And, like it, let me wither too !
The rose is dead, -the blush is passed! Though its beauties long bave vanisbed,
Like the blush thy love passed over, Yet those beauties still are thine ;
Like the rose 'tis changed and dead, Though its tears have long been banished,
Soon like both will be thy lover, Still, alas ! those tcars are mine!
Since blush, rose, love,-a!) are fled.
Lon. Lit. Ga:.
(Lond. Lit. Gaz.)
FRAGMENTS BY L. E. L.
SONG. Dé speak pot of love
As of that which might be I the love could pass over
I now feel for thee.
Oh speak pot of falsehood,
For it must be thine; I cannot in fancy
Dream of it as mine. I have lived but for one love;
If that were no more, Oh never could new lore
Its likeness restore.
But troubled grew the engle's crest,
And stern and careless his dark eye, And so, regardless of the dove,
I marvelled that she did not fy: Then sudden spread his mighty plumes,
And Aung the helpless dove away; There on the ground, with broken wing,
And soiled and bleeding breast, she lay. Poor silly bird ! if thou hadst down,
Before, this fate had not been thine. I wakened, and I thought how soon
Such fall, such falsehood, might be mind
le it agt so? It is a green and spony place
That silent tomb,
The wild dowers bloom;
Floats on the air;
Its dark things bare:
In the damp stones.
Is it pot fair?
Sueb foulness there.
INDIAN SONG, Founded on a romantic species of Divination
practised by Indian Maidene. To the moonlit waters of the lake
My little bark I gave,
Was the wind that swept the wave.
It was so very fair;
Waved on the languid air:
I planted a young rose,
And at the evening's close.
Amid the boughs abide,
of every bud beside
And from the midnight dew,
My lonely rosebud grew.
And then my bark I made
In tbe banana's shade,
From my own hive, whose bees
And on young myrtle trees. And in the bark that taper stood,
Hung with a wreath of green,
Sat like a fairy queen.
Around the lighted flame,
Upon Camdeo's name.
The bark moved slowly on;
Yet like a thought 'twas gone.
Yet wbat could I expect?
And when was love aot wreck'd ? - L.E.L.
THE DREAM. Farewell! and yet bow may I teoch
My heart to say Farewell to thee? My first young love, the light, the hope,
The breath, the soul of life to me!
1 had last night a strange wild dream,
The very emblem of my love, I saw a stately eagle's wing
Become the refuge for a dove.
had for a while most tenderly
The eagle cherisbed bis guest; And never had the dove a bome
Of happiness like that fond breast. It sus a sight for love to see
Tluat baughty and that gentle bird, Careasing and carest, so soft
The mingling murmurs from them beard.
LATE VOYAGES AND TRAVELS.
. (Lond. Lit. Gaz.) MR. BULLOCK'S TRAVELS AND ACQUISITIONS ÎN Mexico. SCHOOLED by great practice and himself of the political situation of the
experience in many of the arts and country, which opened channels jealousciences, eminently informed on sub- sy had dammed up since the conquests jects of natural philosophy, possessed by Spain, obtained possession of early of a mind peculiarly ardent and inqui. manuscripts and other records of the sitive, and indefatigable in exertion and most remarkable kind, and apparently research, we are not acquainted with of the highest antiquarian value. Of any man who has established so legiti- some of these things it shall be our mate a claim to the universal populari- “ hint to speak.” ty which confesses him (from Indus to It is now 300 years since the discothe Pole) than our friend Mr. William very of Mexico by the Spaniards, yet, Bullock. His exhibitions, of various owing to the narrow policy of the conand interesting kinds, have made him querors (who completely succeeded in known to the young, whom he has so shutting out the knowledge of this pleasantly instructed; while his skill most splendid portion of the pew has made him the intimate of the learn- world from the rest of Europe, the aced, both at home and abroad, who counts of its ancient inhabitants and have found their advantage in consult- their metropolis (the scene of the extraing his intelligence.
ordinary feats of Cortez and MontezuWe were gratified when we heard of ma,) as well as of the present city of the return of such a person from Mexi- Mexico, though the most regular and co, after a sojourn in that country ; be- beautiful in existence, are to the present cause we thence anticipated the oppor- day but vague and obscure. The laws tunity of acquiring a more effectual, just, of the land doomed every stranger and comprehensive idea of the state of found in the territory to death ; and the Spanish (if longer Spanish) America, difficulty of access by its ports, situated than from all the books of travels (ex- in theGulf,aided this barbarous system; cellent though some of them are) which so much so indeed that Mexico had never, we had ever read on the subject. We we believe, been visited by any Englishawaited, therefore, with some impa- man of science, till the opportunity, oftience for the arrival of his imports. fered on the expulsion of the Spaniards, We have now seen the most of them ; was promptly and happily seized by and we will venture to say, that as we the enterprizing individual whose name have not been, so neither will the Brit- heads this notice. The disposition of ish public be, disappointed.
his former unrivalled zoological collecSuch an account as we can give of tion had left Mr. Bullock at liberty to these Mexican products will, we flatter pursue new projects ; and he sailed for ourselves, occupy a page as interesting Mexico in 1822, accompanied by his as any we could present; and though son as draughtsman. Having comwe cannot remember a tithe of the cu- pletely succeeded in his object, he reriosities which attracted us, we trustcently returned in his Majesty's ship there may be enough unforgotten to Phaeton, having, through the favour merit the attention of our readers, and assistance of the existing Govern
Mr. Bullock spent six months in ment, been enabled to bring with him Mexico; visited the capital and many the treasures, which we have mentionprincipal cities, and, with his usual zealed in a summary way. These will and assiduity, climbed volcanoes and elucidate the state of the country, and pyramids, drew landscapes and tem- its ancient population, before the disples, exumed ancient images and uncovery of America: and also its preniched long-established gods; collected sent situation, its city, arts, manufacminerals, birds, natural productions, tures, commerce, natural productions, costumes, works of native arts and man- &c. &c. With this view, Mr. B. is ufactures ; and, beyond all, availing now busily arranging them for exhibition in the spring; and he appears to torch thistle, three feet in thickness, have every material that can assist the and thirty feet high, is seen with its mashistorian, the man of science, the natu- sy stem, covered with flowers and fruits. ralise and the merchant.
Also, maize of extraordinary fertility There is an elaborate panoramic and rich colours, and above sixty gourds drawing of the magnificent capital of in all the varieties of form which fancy New Spain, taken from the top of the could suggest. cathedral. It comprehends the whole To models of these and many others, of the celebrated valley of Mexico, the Mr. Bullock has added specimens of all lakes of Tezcuco and Chalco, and the the productions that could be preserved great pyramid of St. Juan de Teote- in their natural state; and has brought chan, the snow-capped volcanoes of with him (to enrich the Flora of EngPepocatepti, &c. There are also per- land) a large collection of living plants, spective views of the same city; of and seeds of the rarest and most beauPuebla de los Angelos (containing 70 tiful flowers. These are now commitor 80,000 souls, and rich in public ted to British earth, and as their habitat buildings;)* of Xalappa ;t of Vera was principally the table-land to the Cruz (now no more ;) of the most cel- north of Mexico, a temperate and conebrated mountains and volcanoes; of genial climate, it may reasonably be the most beautiful landscapes ; of the hoped that their cultivation with us will most striking subjects of natural histo- be successful, and that in a few years ry; of agricultural instruments; and in we may not only see them naturalized, short, of whatever belongs to the exter- but extensively adorning our gardens mal forms of the country and people. and shrubberies. · But what affords a more perfect no. In natural history, his collection of tion of Mexico is a series of models, in preserved specimens seems to be as nufull size as well as in little, of the fruits merous, new, and interesting as in bota. and vegetable productions. We never ny. Of nearly two hundred species of approached any thing so like the idea birds, the greater number are undescribof a tropical climate as these give at ed!! Many of these are humming ane glance. The doubted hand tree, birds of exquisite plumage and surpasswith its fruit resembling the human ing brilliancy ; resembling the glitterhand; the gigantic and clustering ing and dazzling products of the mines shapes of the palms, bananas, plain. round which they fly. Of these, Mr. tains, paupaws, avocatas, annonas, and B. had, at one time, seventy alive in one hundreds of others whose forms are to. cage, and studied closely their motions tally unknown to us, render credible the and habits. veriest stories of travellers, and when The fishes of Mexico and its coasts seen in their true forms and proportions, are also little known. Mr. B. has preexcite an astonishment which descrip- served a great variety, very singular in tions and pictures cannot create. A form and beautiful in colour. His catawhite gourd, like a bludgeon two feet logue embraces between two and three long, may be instanced as one plant hundred species. which struck us particularly; and we Mr. B. also brought with him several also remarked strings of a nameless living animals, but they have not borne fruit resembling our ropes of onions, but our climate ; they are new, or little four or five feet in length, and more known in Europe. Among these are closely studded with cherry or plum- the Acolottl, or Wild Dog of Mexico; looking berries. Prodigious cactus, a miniature species of dog, scarcely the which with us yield no fruit, are here of size of a rat, which burrows in the the size of mis-shaped hair bottoms, mountains, in the neighbourhood of and set round the edges with a scarlet Durangon ;* a new species of Deer, fruit like our largest pears; and the Armadillos, Currassows, Flamingos,
• It has the richest churches perhaps in the world. * Among his stuffed animals are, a frog of the Ĩ rieb, that is some the rails are of massy silver, as this dog, much less than the frog. On looking at thick as a man's lcg.
them together, one fancies that the reptile could Ĩ
easily swallow the quadruped.