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time he would have made himself the was,” said he, " in Genoa with Massena. Dauphin.
Thirty-five thousand Austrians blockaded us by land, and the English fleet by sea.
The inhabitants were starving. Alutiny The early friend and patron of Opie, was ready to break forth. We had fed Peter Pindar, so often had the laugh on the most disgusting food ; and the against Opie, without his being able to re- garrison, consisting of twelve thousand taliate, that one day hearing Wolcot say men, was worn out with service and fahe had been at a meeting of the friends of mine. Nothing could exceed the strict. the people at Copenhagen house, and that ness of the blockade, and frequently the he was apprehensive of being a marked British ships came so close that they man in consequence, and showing at the threw shells into the port. I saw infants same time considerable nervousness on expire from hunger, not having been able the occasion, the painter thought it a to draw nourishment from the dried up good opportunity for taking his revenge. sources of the mothers' bosoms. Massena Government was on the look-out for cer- was firm, but he saw his situation was tain suspected characters at the time, and well nigh hopeless, and were he certain the newspapers teemed with accounts of of not receiving relief, would willingly arrests. One evening Opie called upon spare further misery by a surrender. Wolcot, and advised him to take care,
Courier after courier made vain attempts for government had its
eye upon him ; to pass the enemy, but both by water and Wolcot was alarmed. The next evening land, they failed to effect a communicaOpie and a friend, disguised with great tion with Buonaparte, or to convey to him coats and slouch hats (as officers then the desperate situation of the garrison. dressed) took their station opposite the Massena one day thus addressed me. doctor's lodging about dusk. They soon Our lives depend on a communication saw him eye them with alarm from his with the first consul. We can subsist a window, and Opie going away, leaving certain number of days and no longerhis companion, stripped off his disguise, try your best.'- I set out,' said Monsieur and knocking at the door of the house, L- -my informant, believing that entered and sought the poet, whom he to hold out even so long as the General found it a great tremour, which it was said was impossible.'— Tell the first not his business to lessen. “ What had consul,' said Massena, that we have ever I best do ?” asked Wolcot. 66 Get into beaten and foiled our enemies even in a the country, my dear fe'low,” said Opie; state of famine and misery, there are
fly at once; there are two cursed run- nine of their colours.'—He pointed at ners now about your house. I saw them them with a sort of theatrical motion of and know them well.” “ But how shall the body, and an air of triumph that had I get out ?" said the doctor in alarm, an effect upon my young and ardent feel “ without being observed ? See, one of ings. I shall never forget it. It was the them is gone !" Perhaps coming to first time he ever spoke to me. I caught knock at the door,” said Opie, “and in- portion of his enthusiasm, and declared quire for you-get out at the back win. my determination to try my fortune. In dow, I will assist you." Accordingly out the dead of a gloomy night, I succeeded at the back-window got the doctor, and in getting beyond the enemy's lines, passdisappeared ; nor was he heard of for a ing on all-fours close to a sentinel ; and fortnight, having flown down to Windsor, by a circuitous route, I ultimately reached and got into an obscure lodging, perhaps Lausanne, where Buonaparte then was. shrewdly thinking no one would suspect ? How long can the General hold out ?' his flying towards head-quarters on such he asked me hastily. I told him what an occasion. Opie and his friend spread Massena had said, but that I did not abroad the story; and the doctor, which conceive it possible. " But he will,” said was very rarely the case, had for once the the first consul; • very well. By the worst of it.
26 Prairial I shall have beaten the enemy,
and Genoa will be free.' At this mo. BUONAPAKTE-MASSENA.
ment, Buonaparte was at Lausanne, he An incident not worth reciting here, had to pass the Alps by St. Bernard, the brought me acquainted with the indivi.
strong fortress of Bar, the Tesin, and the dual who was despatched by Massena to Po, swollen by the melting of the snow Napoleon during the siege of Genoa in -in short, what to my mind and those 1800, to give him information of his dis- of any other man, were obstacles no skill tressed situation. It was long before the could surmount in the time. Feeling for downfall of the Emperor, that the circum- the misery of the garrison, I ventured to stance was told me by this officer, then say, • General Consul, you have heretoemployed in the army of Italy. 66 I fore made us familiar with miracles, but
I fear for the truth of your prediction that esteem) to st, or rather lie for him, as Genoa will have fallen.' –He replied, the dying hero ; at the same time throw That is my affair, sir ; you may retire.' ing himself on the ground, he began , The prediction of this extraordinary man die, as Mr. W. related it, in 30 true, so was correct. I saw Massena and his at- dignified, and so affecting a manner, that tenuated garrison set free within the time the painter interrupted him with—" My named by Buonaparte ; and how they sub. dear Mr. Garrick, I am fully sensible of sisted, is as great a miracle to me even at your kind intentions ; but so far from the this moment, as the passage of the Alps assistance you offer being likely to serve by the then first consul."
it would do me the greatest injury.”
-"Eh! eh !” said Garrick, “how ? ADMIRAL SIR EDWARD BULLER.
how?"_" Why, my dear Sir! were it The late admiral Sir Edward Buller to be known, when I exhibited my picwas a very kind man and a good officer, ture, that you had done all this for me, whom no one accused of being too lenient whatever merit it might possess would be in discipline. Captain Corbet, who was attributed to you.”—Autobiography of killed in the Africaine frigate, near the Thomas Dibdin. Isle of France, last war, was notorious on board ship as a naval despot. When the
THE WOUDEN WALLS OF IREAfricaine lay in Plymouth Sound, and
LAND. Corbet was appointed to her, the crew showed symptoms of discontent, and did At one of those large convivial parties not at all relish the idea of having him which distinguished the table of major for a commander, Admiral Young, who Hobart, when he was secretary in Irethen commanded at Plymouth, ordered land, amongst the usual loyal toasts, two heavy vessels to lie near the Africaine, “ The wooden walls of England” being in case mutiny should openly appear, só given, -Sir John Hamilton in his turn, far was the dissatisfaction carried among gave “the wooden walls of Ireland !” the crew.
One day at table, Corbet, sit. This toast being quite new to us all, he ting near Sir Edward Buller, said, “ The was asked for an explanation; upon service will not be good for anything which, filling a bumper, he very gravely until captains can flog their lieutenants if stood up, and, bowing to the marquess needful, as well as the ship's company ;
of Waterford and several country gentle. absolute power over all in the ship is the men, who commanded county regiments, thing.” “Why, then,” said Sir Edward he said, “My lords and gentlemen! Buller, “ admirals must in justice have I have the pleasure of giving you the the power of flogging captains—have a wooden walls of Ireland—the colonels of care, Corbet, and don't come under
militia orders, for I won't spare you !” lbid. So broad but so good-humoured a jeu
d'esprit, excited great merriment; the
truth was forgotten in the jocularity, but THE TANNER.
the epithet did not perish. I saw only A BERMONDSEY tanner would often engage one grave countenance in the room, and In a long tête-à-tête with his dame,
that belonged to the late marquess of While trotting to town in the Kennington stage, Waterford, who was tủe proudest egotist About giving their villa a name.
I ever met with. He had a tremendous A neighbour, thus hearing the skin-dresser talk, squint- -nor was there anything preposStole out, half an hour after dark,
sessing in the residue of his features to Pick'd up in the roadway a fragment of chalk,
atone for that deformity. Nothing can And wrote on the palings—« Hide Park !"
better exemplify his lordship's opinion of Ibid.
himself and others, than an observation
I heard him make at lord Portarlington's
degree of comparison between two per
sons, he was at a loss for a climax. “At LITERARY NOTICES OF
length, however, he luckily hit on one,
" That man was, (said the marquess,)
lord Ranelagh !"_Sir Jonah BarringGARRICK AND WEST THE
ton's Personal Sketches of his own Times. PAINTER WHEN Mr. West was about to paint the death of General Wolfe, Mr. Garrick call.
THE YOUNGER BURKE. ed on him, and offered from a wish to The Irish catholics had conceived a wonserve the artist, whom he held in high derfullv high opinion of Mr. Edmund
Burke's assistance and abilities. Because England unsuccessful, and the matter he was a clever man himself, they con. dropped. ceived his son must needs be so too; and It being observed by some member, a deputation was sent over to induce that the sergeant-at-arms should have young Mr. Burke to come to Ireland, for stopped the man at the back-door, Sir the purpose of superintending the pro- Boyle Roche very justly asked the hogress of their bills of Emancipation in nourable gentleman—" how could the the Irish Parliament; and, to bear his sergeant-at-arms stop him in the rear, expenses, a sum of £2,000 was voted. whilst he was catching him in the front ? Mr. Keogh, of Dublin, a very sensible Did he think the sergeant-at-arms could man, who had retired from trade, was be, like a bird, in two places at once ?"extremely active upon this occasion. Ibid.
The bills were introduced and resisted ; a petition had been prepared by Burke ; and, being considered neither well-timed HOMAGE TO GREAT MEN. nor well.worded, certain even of the I REMEMBER, when a boy, following warmest Catholic supporters declined to John Palmer and Charles Bannister all present it.
the way from Goodman's-fields to CoventYoung Burke, either totally ignorant garden, merely for the pleasure of being of parliamentary rules, or supposing that
near such men ; and though the “ drunk. in a disturbed country like Ireland they ard might make them gods,” I don't would be dispensed with, (especially in
think the feeling was unnatural. favour of a son of the great Burke,) determined he would present the petition
Autobiography of Thomas Dibdin. himself ;—not at the bar, but in the body of the house! Accordingly, he descended
MRS. JORDAN'S DELIGHT IN from the gallery, walked into the house
THE STAGE. with a long roll of parchment under his arm, and had arrived near the treasury. I HAVE seen her, as she called it, on a bench when a general cry of “privilege! cruise, that is, at a provincial theatre
-A stranger in the house !” arose from (Liverpool); having gone over once from all quarters, and checked the progress of Dublin for that purpose ; she was not the intruder ; but when the speaker, in then in high spirits ; indeed her tone, in his loud and dignified tone, called out this respect, was not uniform ; in the " sergeant-at-arms, do your duty !" it mornings she usually seemed depressed ; seemed to echo like thunder in Burke's at noon she went to rehearsal-came home ears ; he felt the awkwardness of his situ. fatigued, dined at three, and then reclined ation, and ran towards the bar. Here he in her chamber till it was time to dress was met by the sergeant-at-arms with a for the performance. She generally went drawn sword, -- retracing his steps, he was to the theatre low-spirited. stopped by the clerk ; and the sergeant I once accompanied Mrs. Jordan to the gaining on him, with a feeling of trepi. green-room at Liverpool ; Mrs. Alsop dation he commenced actual fight. The and her old maid assiduously attended door-keepers at the corridor now joined her. She went thither languid and apin the pursuit; but at length, after an parently reluctant ; but in a quarter a excellent chase, (the members all keeping an hour her very nature seemed to undergo their seats,) he forced through the enemy a metamorphosis ; the sudden change of behind the speaker's chair, and escaped her manner appeared to me, in fact, nearly no doubt, to his great satisfaction. Strong miraculous ; she walked spiritedly across
were immediately proposed ; the stage two or three times, as if to messengers despatched in all quarters to measure its extent ; and the moment her arrest him ; very few knew who he was ; foot touched the scenic boards, her spirit when Lord Norbury, (with that vivacious seemed to be regenerated ; she cheered promptness which he always possessed,) up, hummed an air, stepped light and on its being observed that no such trans- quick, and every symptom of depression action had ever occurred before,-ex- vanished ! The comic eye and cordia claimed, “ I found the very same incident laugh returned upon their enchanting some few days back in the cross-readings mistress, and announced that she felt of the columns of a newspaper.
• Yes. herself moving in her proper element. terday a petition was presented to the Her attachment to the practice of her pro, House of Commons—it fortunately missed fession, in fact, exceeding anything I fire, and the villain ran off.""
could conceive.- Sir Jonah Barrington'a It was impossible to withstand this Sketches of his own Times. sally, which put the house in a moment into good humour. Burke returned to
LIFE OF FRENCH MILITARY below the horizon only to impart an air OFFICERS.
of calmness and solemnity to every thing, I know not, from my soul, how the offi.
from the luxuriant richness of glow which cers of a French regiment contrive to kill overspreads the face of the heavens ! time. They are no Mortinets, and dis
The smallest sounds are then audible cipline hangs as loose on them as do their
at a considerable distance; and I used to uniforms. Drink they do not, and few
hear distinctly all that was going forward of them know half as well as our subal.
on the opposite shore at Fugleness, which, terns the difference between plain Medoc during summer, made no impression on
As winter advanced, all appear. and first-rate Lafitte. They have neither race-horses, game-cocks, nor bull-dogs; little settlement were lost. Even the Lap
ances of the former life and bustle of the on which to stake a month's pay; and save dominos, or in superlative quarters,
landers were less frequent in their visits ; billiards, they have games neither of skill
and every thing seemed lying torpid, to
await the return of the sun. The turf on nor chance. They are either such good canaille, or else taken for granted to be
the battery, being the only level spot free so, that chateaus and society around,
from rocks, was generally much resorted
to during summer; and the view it com. empty as are the first, and scant as is the
manded enabled the merchants to look latter, are quite preserved against their admittance. And how, in short, they do
out for vessels, and discern the state of contrive to live, would be quite beyond tirely to myself throughout the day.
the weather. I now had it almost enthe conception of many of our military đandies. They are, however, a grown and
Sometimes I amused myself with my good-natured race of schoolboys, brethren, rifle, in firing at the large flocks of eider and comrades, in every sense of the word, ducks, which became every day more
fearless. Now and then, though very without any of the cat-o'-nine-tails austerity of our field-officers, when address rarely, a solitary seal made its appear ing an inferior in rank. Then have they
ance in the bay ; and I sometimes saw a no vying in coxcombry or expense, in single guillemot, or awk
The cold during the remainder of my naught, in fact, save address at their weapon, and forwardness in the field stay at Hammerfest was never great upon Historiettes, or Tales of Continental any occasion, and the thermometer seldom Life.
many degrees below the freezing point.
As soon as evening set in, a thousand
dancing lights would now play mysteri. AN ARCTIC WINTER.
ously through the sky, as if intended by It was now the middle of November ; Providence to cheer the hours of darkness the weather was delightful, and had as- by their mild and beautiful coruscations. sumed that calm and settled appearance Sometimes the aurora would form a splen. which it generally maintains throughout did arch across the heavens of pale lamthe winter. It is true the snow had de- bent flame, running with inconceivable serted us, but how could I regret its loss, velocity, and resembling the spiral mo. when I considered the singular beauty of tions of a serpent, which the eye could the scene its disappearance had produced ? clearly distinguish. Then it would sud. The merchants, having little to do in the denly disappear, and the veil of night be winter season, are not early risers ; and once more diffused around; when, as at ten o'clock not a soul is visible, unless quick as the flash of a star, the immense by chance some solitary individual, with ethereal space would be overspread with his hands in his deep pockets, rubbing fire, assuming quite a different form, and his eyes, and shrugging up his shoulders covering the heavens with sheets of thin at being obliged to quit his warm feather. silvery light, wasted quickly along, like bed, begins his daily task of visiting his thin strata of cloud before the wind. shop and the different warehouses. The Sometimes narrow streaks of flame would view from the small battery at Hammer- shoot with inconceivable velocity, trafeet, whither I usually directed my steps versing in a few seconds the immense before breakfast, was singularly interest. concave of the heavens, and disappearing ing at that hour, from the extraordinary beneath the south-eastern horizon. Ocvariety of the tints on the horizon, caused casionally a broad mass of light would by the progress of the sun just beneath it, suddenly be seen in the zenith, which and the clear light of the moon in another would descend towards the earth in the quarter of the firmament. There are few form of a beautiful continuous radiated who can withstand the exhilarating effects circle, and in an instant vanish. of a fine frosty morning ; but how greatly The northern lights are most frequent is the beauty of winter heightened in high when the weather is calm ; yet I never northern latitudes, where the sun creeps
saw them more vivid than on one occa
sion, wnen there was a orisk wind from the gull tribe in numbers almost equalthe south-east, which, though it directly ling their prey below. The loud deep met the aurora, that was running with notes of the larger fowl, joined with the great swiftness from the opposite quarter, shrill screams of the others, produce a did not appear in any way to affect its very extraordinary and deafening concert. motions, these continuing in a narrow Part of these swim boldly among the fish, steady stream of light. The altitude of pecking at them; and when a small one the aurora on this particular occasion shows itself, they strike upon it, and bear seemed trifling, in appearance certainly it aloft. Sometimes when on the wing not exceeding a quarter of a mile; the they pounce suddenly upon a fish, the light it afforded, at the same time, being unexpected size of which so greatly exvery considerable, and clearly illumining ceeds their strength, that they are quickly surrounding objects. I invariably ob- compelled to let go their hold. When served that the aurora proceeded in the the shoal enters the square formed by the first instance from the north-west, and it boats, nothing is to be seen but the heads generally disappeared in the south-east. and tails of the fish, which are forced out During the opportunities 1 had of ob- of the water by the great pressure of the serving it while at Hammerfest, it con- shoal below. The capture is then pretty stantly rose from the northern extremity certain ; and when the boatmen judge of the island of Söroe, to which part of they are over the centre, the corner lines the horizon I was accustomed to direct are quickly pulled in, and the net is my attention when I watched its appear. drawn up. The quantity of fish some
This was generally that of faint times taken in one haul is so great, that irregular gleams of light, rising aloft be- the whole of the boats are completely hind the mountains, and at first frequently loaded, and 200 vogs (8,000 lbs.) weight exhibiting an exact resemblance of the are taken at one fishing. The weather reflection of a distant fire. They gene- should be perfectly calm and still, as, rally mounted up toward the zenith, rarely when there is any wind, the fishermen are keeping low in the horizon, and afterwards prevented from ascertaining the direction assuming an inconceivable variety of form of the sey; but when the surface is and diversity of motion, of which it is too smooth, if the shoal should be suddenly difficult for an inanimate description to alarmed, the direction it takes is readily convey an idea.—A Winter in Lapland discoverable from the transparency of the THE SEY FISHERY.
The quantity of fish is indeed almost
incredible, five or six large shoals being IMMENSE shoals of the sey, or coal-fish, often seen within a short distance. The having been seen in different parts of the time they remain at the surface is not straits chiefly about the island of Slojöen, long, suddenly descending, and reappearI accompanied Mr. Ackermand and his ing in a few minutes in another direction, boats for the purpose of fishing. The in pursuit of their food. In this manner sey-fishery is one of the most lucrative they are brought continually to the surbranches of the Finmark trade, and is face, and enable the fishermen to avail thus followed. A shoal having been themselves so favourably of it. The ad found, to which the fishermen are easily vantage of the sey-fishery may be condirected by the cries of the sea-fowl hó- ceived, when the Russians eagerly give vering round, which may be heard at the in exchange a vog, (40lbs.) of flour for distance of some miles, four boats with five vogs of sey, in the state in which they three men in each follow it, provided with are caught. They salt the fish themselves, a large square net. On approaching it, and take thein to the White Sea and the the direction in which it is moving is adjoining coasts. noticed ; and rowing quickly a-head of The Finmarker, on the contrary, sets it, the net is extended on the surface, and no value upon the sey-fish as an article then let down to a certain depth, to enable of food, and never touches it except when the leaders of the shoal to pass with ease,
no other fresh fish is to be had. The and prevent their being alarmed, in which only part of the sey valuable to him is event the whole turn aside. When the the liver, which is extremely rich in oil, nets, thus sunk, the boats row to a certain and supplies him with a great part of distance and lie to, as waiting the ap. what is annually exported from Finmark, proach of the fish, they forming a com
Ibid. plete square, each holding a long rope
: attached to the net. The approach of the shoal is a curious spectacle, as it extends THE LAPLANDER AND BRUIN. itself frequently for a quarter of a mile, In attacking the larger animals, such as blackening the surface, and followed by bears, the Laplander experiences consider