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NORFOLK Naval Column, intended to
Inscription perpetuate the brilliant victories and fame
HORAT. Dom. NELSON, of the gallant Nelson, stands near the middle of the Yarmouth Denes ; and was Quem, acerrimum præ cæteris in militit erected by the contributions of his coun. navali propugnatorem, trymen of Norfolk, under the direction of
Britannia, William Wilkins, esq., architect. The Dum vixit, studiis et honoribus, first stone was laid on the 15th of August, Amissum, luctu prosequebatur, 1817, in the presence of a numerous as. Quem, triumphis in omni regione insig. semblage of persons, by the honourable
nitum, colonel Wodehouse, chairman of the sub. Ob consiliorum constantiam et indomitum committee appointed to execute the work,
fortitudinis ardorem, and was completed in something less than
Orbis Terrarum two years. The order is that of the
Universus reformidabat. Grecian Doric, beautifully fluted, and or
Nelsonum illum Norfolcia, namented above with the names of the Suum esse natalibus, et honestâ prosapia, ships on board of which the hero's flag
et pueritæ institutione, Pas so valorously maintained ; and be. Suum ingenio, moribus, animo gloriatur. neath, with title inscriptions of his most
Tanti nominis Famam celebrated victories. There is a flight of Ære et Saxo perenniorem futuram, steps on each of the four sides of the pe. Concives Norfolciences, sumptibus collatis destal ; the top of which forms a prome. Columnâ extructâ commemorare volueDade round the shaft. The roof is sup
runt. ported by caryatides, surmounted by a
Natus MDCCLVIII. ball and figure of Britannia, finely cast,
Militiam obiit MDCCLXXI. holding a trident and laurel wreath. The Centies fere Quinquagies pugnam cum structure is composed of white Scottish hostibus commisit victor, marble. On the east side of the pedes. inter multa, Aboukiriæ, Aug.MDCCXCVIII tal are the names of the committee, archi. Hafniæ, Apr. MDCCCI. tect, and others, engaged in the building. Trafalgariæ, Oct. Micccv. On the west is the following very elegant Quod supremum tot præclare gestorum inscription in Latin, from the pen of Mr.
facinus Sergeant Frere, descriptive of the birth Patriæ funestâ, sibi dulci et decora and exploits of the renowned admiral.
tner own; they have all passed away, HORATIO LORD NELSON, and in their stead are others perhaps Whom, as her first and proudest cham- more bright and more brilliant, but not pion in naval fight, Britain honoured those with which the eye of a European while living with her favour, has been familiar, and therefore not so
and when lost, with her tears. welcome to his sight. I remember, dur. Of whom, signalized by his triumphs in ing the course of my voyage, when I first
all lands, the whole earth crossed the Equator, I used nightly to stood in awe on account of the tempered watch the stars which from my own firmness of his counsels, and the un.
home I had been accustomed to survey ; daunted ardour of his courage.
I considered them as friends—I had This great man,
learnt to designate them in my childhood, Norfolk
and those friends I had left behind could boasts her own, not only as born there even then observe them as well as myself. of a respectable family, and as there hav. I looked upon them as links, which in a ing received his early education, but manner connected me with home. They her own also in talents, manners, gradually sank near to the horizon and mind.
night by night I saw them less and less, The glory of so great a name, though until at length I looked for them in vain. sure long to outlive all monuments They had disappeared, and then not only of brass and stone,
the air, but even the firmament of heaven his fellow-countrymen of Norfolk, convinced me, that an immense distance have resolved to commemorate by this co- separated me from the country of my lumn, erected by their joint contribu. bisth. The southern celestial hemisphere tions.
is extremely dissimilar to the northern, He was born in the year 1758; not only in the grouping of the stars, but entered on his profession 1771 ;
in its whole character. With us there is and was concerned in nearly 150 naval scarcely a portion of the firmament that is
engagements with the enemy. not studded thickly with stars, but in the Being conqueror, among various other southern hemisphere, there are large tracts occasions,
or spaces of extreme blackness, in which at Aboukir, August 1798 ; no star appears. These black, unlighted at Copenhagen, April 1801 ; spaces give a very peculiar and novel
and at Trafalgar, October, 1805. appearance to the brilliant constellations, Which last victory, the crown of so many whose effect is aided by the darkness. & glorious achievements, he consecrated Amongst the southern constellations, no
by a death equally mournful to one is more beautiful than that called the his country, and honourable Cross of the south, known to all the to himself.
readers of St. Pierre's Paul and Virginia, The column is ascended by an easy titude 13 ; the weather had been cloudy
When I first saw it, we were in about lafight of 217 steps, and the entire height for several nights,
but just before sunset, is 144 feet. BAILIE NICOL JARVIE. of the firmament was visible all night.
the sky brightened, and the full beauty
When the Cross is first seen, it is strongly SPIRIT OF THE
inverted, but it gradually rises in the fir. Public Journals. mament, until it becomes quite erect.
Two stars of extreme brilliancy form the THE CROSS OF THE SOUTH.
top and bottom of the Cross, and these
having the same right ascension, the Cross *PERHAPS there is no circumstance which is vertical when it passes the meridian ; more forcibly reminds a European tra so that the time of night may always be veller, when in the southern hemisphere, told by noticing whether it inclines or that he is at an immense distance from not. The natives of the south frequently his native country, than the extraordi. refer to it for this purpose, and amongst nary alteration which he finds in the ap- the Catholics, its holy form renders it an pearance of the heavens, as surveyed upon object of peculiar veneration. Most of a starlight night. Above him, are con our crew had seen it in fornier voyages, stellations of unparalleled beauty and and it was a curious, and by no means brilliancy ; but they are not those which unpleasant, sight to witness the joy with he has been accustomed to contemplate. which they hailed its re-appearance, as if He can no longer observe the bright and it were indeed an old friend. One man glittering groups, which every country of who had been bred a Catholic, immedi. the north designates by some familiar ately fell upon his knees, and muttered name, the stars which may be termed an ejaculation, at the same time devoutly
crossing himself; and several others imi. entitled Specimens of Serious and Sacred tated his example, not indeed from reli. Poetry, consisting of judicious selections gion, but rather it appeared to me as it from the works of our greatest and best, their stubborn hearts were overcome by poets, and biographical sketches of their the solemn stillness and beauty of the lives. A memoir of James Grahame, the scene around them, and the pure feeling author of a sacred poem, The Sabbath, which such sights and such a recognition possesses the charm of exciting the symwere calculated to inspire.
pathy of the reader merely from the plain, National Magazine. unaffected, and sweet simplicity of style
peculiar to the talents of the writer in
sketching the memoir. We have room THE POET AND THE NIGHTINGALE.
only for one little anecdote extracted from A NIGHTINGALE's music was heard in a grove, Where wandered a bard deeply dreaming of love; the life of Grahame, which precedes some His thick-stirring fancies new vigour receive
excellent critical remarks on his writings. From the air's fragrant breath and the stillness It may, however, be observed of this
6 child of song,” that he was extremely Whilst sweetly the strain on his ear rose and fell, diffident of his own powers, and did not He pondered what meaning its language would even to his wife's affectionate sympathy tell.
confide the secret authorship of his princi. Is it passion-born sorrow that prompts the pal poem, The Sabbath, which was pub, soft tale,
lished about two years after their mar. And fain would o'er flint-hearted beanty prevail; riage:Is it joy too abundant, which borrows relief
« On the publication of the anonymous From its foe, and appears with the emblems of grief,
poem it was silently laid on his wife's Is it distance, or presence, or favour, or scorn,
table by the over-sensitive author, tremOr a smile killed by coldness, that dies when 'tis bling before his unconscious and beloved born,
judge. It is related by one of his most Which the minstrel describes iu this eloquent intimate friends, that while he walked strain;
about the room in agitation, Mrs. Gra. Or does dark-brooding jealousy, fond of its chain, hame was led by curiosity to examine the Court even's deep shadows to bear it complain? new work. After a time, she burst out
· As he spake, the bird ceased; when a dryad into enthusiastic admiration of the perTo the dieam-haunted poet, and whispered his
formance, and well knowing her hus.
band's weak side, very naturally added, * Learn, drivelling mortal, the slave of a pen,
Ah! James, if you could produce a That nightingales are not such blockheads as
poem like this !' Longer concealment
was not compatible with the warmth of In love they ne'er whimper, or bluster or whine, affection and sympathy of tastes which And vent not their pains in such jargon as thine.“ form the charm of such a union. The
Asiatic Journal, author of the admired performance was
revealed in the husband. The scene is The Selector,
worth preserving. These were the golden
moments with which poetry sometimes reLITERARY NOTICES OF
wards the sacrifices of its simple votaries.
Mrs. Grahame, justly proud of her husVEW WORKS.
band's genius, no longer checked its
bent.”—p. 10. In addition to our “ Choice Extracts We earnestly recommend these admi. from New Works,” we intend giving, from rable Specimens of Sacred and Serious time, to time literary notices of important Poetry to every parent and every fanıily, publications, and briefly acquaint our as conveying the most moral and impor. readers of the nature and character of the tant information in a manner the most work from which we extract. We shall fascinating and pleasing. also occasionally allude to the literary noyelties of the week; and in thus preserving CAPTAIN HALL'S INTERVIEW an accurate feature of the general state of
WITH BONAPARTE, literature, we confidently presume we shall add an additional charm to our " MIR
( Concluded from page 87.) ROR of Literature, Amusement, and In. In a few seconds after making this restruction,” while we present our readers mark, Bonaparte asked, with a playful with information both valuable and useful. expression of countenance, as if amused -SPECIMENS OF SACRED AND
with what he was saying, “ Have you ever SERIOUS POETRY.
heard your father speak of me?" I re
plied, instantly, “ Very often." Upon We have lately met with a little work which he said, in a quick, sharp tone,
66 Were you
(What does he say of me?" The man. saying I had not yet visited that country, ner in which this was spoken seemed to he desired to know where I had learned demand an immediate reply, and I said French. I said, from Frenchmen on that I had often heard him express great board various ships of war. admiration of the encouragement he had the prisoner amongst the French," he always given to science while he was em asked, “ or were they your prisoners ?” peror of the French. He laughed and I told him my teachers were French offinodded repeatedly, as if gratified by what cers captured by the ships I had served was said.
in. He then desired me to describe the His next question was, “ Did you ever details of the chase and capture of the hear your father express any desire to see ships we had made prize of ; but soon me ?" I replied that I had heard him seeing that this subject afforded no point often say there was no man alive so well of any interest, he cut it short by asking worth seeing, and that he had strictly en me about the Lyra's
voyage to the Eastern joined me to wait upon him if ever I Seas, from which I was now returning. should have an opportunity. “ Very This topic proved a new and fertile source well,” retorted Bonaparte, “ if he really of interest, and he engaged in it, accord. considers me such a curiosity, and is so ingly, with the most astonishing degree of desirous to see me, why does he not come eagerness. to St. Helena for that purpose ?”. I was The opportunities which his elevated at first at a loss to know whether this station had given Napoleon of obtaining question was put seriously or ironically ; information on almost every subject, and hut as I saw him waiting for an answer, his vast power of rapid and correct obserI said my father had too many occupa- vation, had rendered it a matter of so tions and duties to fix him at home. much difficulty to place before him any “ Has he any public duties? Does he thing totally new, that I considered myfill a public station ?” I told him, None self fortunate in having something to of an official nature; but that he was speak of beyond the mere common-places president of the Royal Society of Edin, of a formal interview. Bonaparte has alburgh, the duties of which claimed a good ways been supposed to have taken a par. deal of his time and attention. This ob- ticular interest in Eastern affairs; and servation gave rise to a series of inquiries from the avidity with which he seemed to respecting the constitution of the society devour the information I gave him about in question. He made me describe the Loo-Choo, China, and the adjacent coun. duties of all the office-bearers, from the tries, it was impossible to doubt the sin. president to the secretary, and the manner cerity of his oriental predilections. А in which scientific papers were brought notion also prevails, if I am not mistaken, before the society's notice. He seemed that his geographical knowledge of those much struck, I thought, and rather distant regions was rather loose a charge amused, with the custom of discussing which, by the way, Bonaparte probably subjects publicly at the meetings in Edin- shares with most people. I was, there burgh. When I told him the number of fore, not a little surprised to discover his members was several hundreds, he shook ideas upon the relative situation of the his head, and said, “ All these cannot countries in the China and Japan seas to surely be men of science !" When he be very distinct and precise. On my had satisfied himself on this topic, he re, naming the island of Loo-Choo to him, verted to the subject of my father, and he shook his head as if he had never heard after seeming to make a calculation, ob- of it before, and made me tell him how it served, “ Your father must, I think, be bore from Canton, and what was the dismy senior by nine or ten years at least tance. He next asked its bearing with nine-but I think ten.
Tell me, is it respect to Japan and Manilla, by the innot so ?” I answered, that he was very tersection ot' which three lines, in his imanearly correct. Upon which he laughed gination, he appeared to have settled its and turned almost completely round on position pretty accurately, since every obhis heel, nodding his head several times. servation he made afterwards appeared to I did not presume to ask him where the imply a recollection of this particular joke lay, but imagined he was pleased point. For instance, when he spoke of with the correctness of his computation. the probability of the manners and insti. He followed up his inquiries by begging tations of the Loo-Chooans having been to know what number of children my fa- influenced by the interference of other ther had ; and did not quit this branch of countries, he drew correct inferences as the subject till he had obtained a correct far as geographical situation was conlist of the ages and occupation of the cerned. Having settled where the island whole family. He then asked, “ How lay, he cross-questioned me about the inlong were you in France ?" and on my habitants with a closeness—. ) may call it
severity of investigation-which far ex. which we were supplied by these hos. ceeds every thing I have met with in any pitable islanders. other instance. His questions were not I had carried with me, at Count Ber. by any means put at random, but each trand's suggestion, some drawings of the one had some definite reference to that scenery and costume of Loo-Choo and Co. which preceded it or was about to follow. rea, which I found of use in describing I felt in a short time so completely ex
the inhabitants. When we were speakposed to his view, that it would have been ing of Corea, he took one of the drawings impossible to have concealed or qualified from me, and running his eye over the the smallest particular. Such, indeed, different parts, repeated to himself, “ An was the rapidity of his apprehension of old man with a very large hat, and long the subjects which interested him, and white beard, ha !-a long pipe in his the astonishing ease with which he ar. hand-a Chinese mat-a Chinese dress ranged and generalized the few points of a man near him writing—all very good, information I gave him, that he some and distinctly drawn.” He then required times outstripped my narrative, saw the me to tell him where the different parts of conclusion I was coming to before I these dresses were manufactured, and what spoke it, and fairly robbed me of my were the different prices -- questions I story.
could not answer. He wished to be in. Several circumstances, however, respecte formed as to the state of agriculture in ing the Loo-Choo people, surprised even Loo-Choo-whether they ploughed with him a good deal; and I had the satisfac- horses or bullocks—how they managed tion of seeing him more than once com their
crops, and whether or not their fields pletely perplexed, and unable to account were irrigated like those in China, where, for the phenomena which I related. No. as he understood, the system of artificial thing struck him so much as their having watering was carried to a great extent.
“ Point d'armes !” he ex. The climate, the aspect of the country, claimed, “ c'est a dire point de cannons the structure of the houses and boats, the -ils ont des fusils ?”. Not even mus. fashion of their dresses, even to the mi. kets, I replied. " Eh bien donc des nutest particular in the formation of their lances, ou, au moins, des arcs et des straw sandals and tobacco-pouches, occuAleches?” 'I told him they had neither pied his attention. He appeared consider. one nor other. “ Ni poignards ?” cried ably amused at the pertinacity with which he, with increasing vehemence. No, they kept their women out of our sight,
“Mais !" said Bonaparte, clench- but repeatedly expressed himself much ing his fist, and raising his voice to a loud pleased with Captain Maxwell's moderapitch, “ Alais ! sans armes, comment se
tion and good sense in forbearing to urge bat-on ?"
any point upon the natives which was I could only reply, that as far as we disagreeable to them, or contrary to the had been able to discover, they had never laws of their country. He asked many had any wars, but remained in a state of questions respecting the religion of China internal and external peace. “No wars and Loo-Choo, and appeared well aware cried he, with a scornful and incredulous of the striking resemblance between the expression, as if the existence of any people appearance of the Catholic priests and the under the sun without wars was a mon Chinese bonzes; a resemblance which, as strous anomaly.
he remarked, extends to many parts of the In like manner, but without being so religious ceremonies of both. Here, howmuch moved, he seemed to discredit the ever, as he also observed, 'he comparison account 1 gave him of their having no stops, since the bonzes of China exert no money, and of their setting no value upon influence whatsoever over the minds of our silver or gold coins. After hearing the people, and never interfere in their these facts stated, he mused for some time, temporal or eternal concerns. ln Loo muttering to himself, in a low tone, “ Not Choo, where every thing else is so praiseknow the use of money, are careless worthy, the low state of the priesthood is about gold and silver.” Then looking as remarkable as in the neighbouring con. up, he asked, sharply, “ How then did tinent, an anomaly which Bonaparte dwelt you contrive to pay these strangest of all upon for some time without coming to people for the bullocks and other good any satisfactory explanation. things which they seem to have sent on With the exception of a momentary fit board in such quantities :". When I in- of scorn and incredulity when told that formed him that we could not prevail the Loo-Chooans had no wars or weapons upon the people of Loo-Choo to receive of destruction, he was in high good hu. payment of any kind, he expressed great mour while examining me on these topics, surprise at their liberality, and made me The cheerfulness, I may almost call it repeal to him twice the list of things with familiarity, with which he conversed, not