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Sufficiently curious for us to give them in- , The prisoner suffered at Lynne, and sertion here.

his character is thus given us :- All

that knew saw him, must own Harder than thine own native rocks,

Mr. Battiscomb was very much a gentle-
To let the cbarming Sylvia kneel,

man. Not that thin sort of animal that
And not one spark of pity feel;
Harder than senseless stones and stocks ! flutters from tavern to play-house, and
Ye gods ! what showers of pearls she gave ! back again, all his life made of wig and
Wbat precious tears ! enough to save

cravat, without one dram of thought in A bleeding monarch from the grave.

his composition ; but one who has solid

: worth. By every hapless virgin curst ::

His body made a very handWinter blasts not more unkind,

some and creditable tenement for his Deaf as the rugged northern wind;

mind; and 't had been pity it shou'd have. By some Welsh wolf in murders nurs'd.

liv'd in any other." Hust thou eyes / or hast thou none ? Or are they worke thep marble grown?

Here is another instance of the judge's Since marbles weep at Sylvia's moan.

brutality to females. Two persons named

Hewling were among the condemned at
Rebels stiff, and supple slaves,

Taunton, who had two sisters, and they
All the frantic world divide;
One must stoop, and t'other ride ;

hung upon the state coach imploring mere Cringing fools and factious knaves :

i cy at his hands; whereupon the incensed Tho' falling on the loser's part,

magistrate bade his coachman lash their Gently Death arrests my heart,

fingers with his whip. And he moreover And bas in honey dipt his dart.

refused one of these sisters a respite of two Life, farewell ! thou gaudy dream,

days only for her brothers, though she Painted o'er with grief and joys,

offered him one hundred pouads for that Which the next short hour destroys ;

little favour. And drowns them all in Lethe's stream.

The miseries which were inflicted upon
What blest morial would not die,
Might be with me embalmed lye,

for the inhabitants of this county, are conI precious tears from Sylvia's eye!

cluded with an account of a most hor

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rible' sentence of whipping, which was bable : his name is Sir George Jeffreys, pronounced upon one Tutchin, a young who I must say, behaved himself more like man of Hampshire. This fellow appeared a jack-pudding, than with that gravity to a charge of rebellion, under the as which beseems a judge': he was mighty sumed name of Thomas Pitts, and was witty upon the prisoners at the bar; he acquitted for want of evidence. This was very full of his jokes upon people happened at Taunton ; but as Tutchin that came to give evidence, not suffering was a man of Dorset, and was to be pu- them to declare what they had to say it nished in that county, we mention him their own 'way and method, but would in here. Jeffreys soon found out his true terrupt them, because they behaved them name,

and asserted, that “ he was never selves with more gravity than he; and in so far outwitted by a young or old rogue truth, the people were strangely perplexed in his life.” He then tried to fish out of when they were to give in their evidence; Mr. Tutchin the names of some of his but I do not insist upon this, nor upon the confederates, but failed; upon which he late hours he kept up and down our city ; grew furious, and not being able to hang it's said he was every night drinking till him, issued forth the following sentence: two o'clock, or beyond that time, and that " Imprisonment for seven years, and he went to his chamber drunk ; but this once a year to be whipped through all I have only by common fame, for I was the market towns in Dorsetshire; to be not in his company : I bless God I am not fined one hundred marks, and find secu. a man of his principles or behaviour , rity for his good behaviour during life.” but in the mornings he appeared with the This was a blow indeed; and the ladies ‘symptoms of a man that overnight had in court immediately burst into tears'; taken a large cup. But, that which I but Jeffreys called out, Ladies, if you have to say is the complaint of every did but know what a villain this is, as man, especially of them who had any well as I do, you would say that this sen- law-suits. Our chief justice has a very tence is not half bad enough for him." arbitrary power, in appointing the assize And the clerk of the arraigns was so - when he pleases ; and this man has strained much astonished, that he could not help it to the highest point; for whereas we observing upon the number of market were accustomed to have two assizes, the towns in Dorset; he said, that'“ the first about April or May, the latter about sentence reached to whipping about once September; it was this year the middle (as a fortnight, and that Mr. Tutchin was a I. remember,) of August, before we had very young man. "-—Ay, he is a any assize ; and then he dispatched busivery young man, but'an old rogue," re ness so well, that he left half the causes torted the invincible judge ; " and all the untried ; and, to help the matter, has reinterest in England shan't reverse the solved that we shall have no more assizes sentence I have passed on him." Tutchin this year.” himself had that keen regard for his bones, and was so fully sensible of the discipline intended him, that he actually petitioned the King to be hanged with his fellow

“ The humble Petition of the widows prisoners. It seems that the court felt the and fatherless children in the west of enormity of the chastisement proposed;

England :but all that transpired was,

" Mr. Tat

We, to the number of a thousand chin must wait with patience.” Then the and more, widows, and fatherless childyoung man tried to buy a pardon, but in dren, of the counties of Dorset, Somerset, vain; and then came the small-pox, a

and Devon ; our dear husbands and tenday or two before his first 'lashes were to der fathers having been so tyrannously have taken place, and reduced him so

butcher'd, and some transported ; low, as to occasion a reversal of the sen estates sold from us, and our inheritance tence by Jeffreys himself

cut off by the severe and harsh sentence DELAMERE'S SEVERE CHARGE AGAINST

of George Lord Jeffreys, now, we understand, in the Tower of f. London, a pri

soner; who has lately, we hear, endea". The County for which I serve is .voured to excuse himself from those tyCheshire, which is a County Palatine, rannical and illegal sentences, by laying and we have two judges peculiarly as- it on information by some gentlemen who

signed us by. His Majesty = 'our puisne are known to us to be good Christians, judge I have nothing to say against him, true Protestants, and Englishmen. for he is a very honest man for 'aught Í your poor petitioners, many hundreds of know; but I cannot be silent as to our us, on our knees have begged mercy for chief judge, and I him, because · our dear husbands and tender parents from what I have to say will appear more pro- his cruel hands, but his thirst for blood



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was so great, and his barbarism so cruel, seen ; not a sound was to be heard ; alt that instead of granting mercy for some, nature seemed to repose in sunshine and which were made appear to be innocent, stillness : so that fancy might have deemand petitioned for by the flower of the ed it a scene for angels to alight upon; a gentry of the said counties, he immedi- resting-place between heaven and earth! ately executed; and so barbarously, that A little below the Alpine ridges was a very good gentlewoman at Dorchester, to be seen a streak of brillia!ıt clouds, begging on her knees the life of a worthy which lifted them to an apparent height gentleman, to marry him, and make him far superior to their real elevation, bewilher husband, this vile wretch, having not dering the imagination with an indistinct common civility with him, and laying impression of scenery, that partook of a aside that honour and respect due to å kind of celestial character. What superperson of her worth, told her, Come, I added to the effect was the circumstance know your meaning ; some part of your of a small white cloud, occasionally depetition I will grant, which shall be, that tached from the fleecy girdle, and wafted after he is hanged and quartered, by some gentle breeze along the pure


peaceful atmosphere. and so I will give orders to the sheriff.' There was, however, one spot which These, with many hundred more tyranni- partook of a very different character from cal acts, are ready to be made appear in the rest. No mind endowed even with the the said counties, by honest and credible common sensibilities of our nature, could persons; and therefore your petitioners survey it without emotions of melancholy desire, that the said George Jeffreys, late interest, for it was the grave of multitudes, Lord Chancellor, the vilest of men, may

who were suddenly precipitated into eterbe brought down to the counties aforesaid, nity by the fall of the mountain of where we, the good women in the west, Rossberg ; an event distinctly traceable shall be glad to see him, and give him in the long strip of dusky brown, which another manner of welcome than he had bespoke ruin and desolation ; and exhithere three years since. And your peti- bited, as seen from the Rigi, a striking tioners shall ever pray,” &c.

contrast with the surrounding verdure and
fertility. In travelling towards the town
of Art, we had previously stopped to

examine the effects of the catastrophe, THE FALL OF THE ROSSBERG. and to indulge in those reflections upon By the Rev. F. A. Cox, LL.D.

the uncertainty of life which are always

calculated to benefit the mind, and which From an unpublished tour through France and such a melancholy prospect was calcuSwitzerland, in the year 1818.

lated to inspire.

The valley, once rich and fertile, but Amidst all the magnificence of Swit. now partly filled up with huge and scatzerland, there is nothing to surpass the tered fragments of earth, stretched along grandeur of the scenery which encircles from the southern extremity of the Lake the summit of the Rigi, called the Rigi of Zug to that of the Lake of Lowertz, a Culm. This mountain, situated near the distance of five or six miles. On one side, Lake of Lucerne, is not, however, so and in immediate proximity, the Rigi remarkable for its elevation, as for the ascends to the height of about four singularity and advantage of its position. thousand three hundred and fifty-six feet You might imagine that the Creator of all above the level of the Lake of Lucerne; things had thrown up a standing-place for on the other, the Ruffiberg, or Rossberg, the intelligent admirers of his works, in (more familiarly called the Rouffi) rises the centre of a vast amphitheatre, which to about three thousand five hundred and is a kind of world in miniature, where sixteen. Both these masses belong to a beauty and sublimity occur in endless chain of mountains, which, geologically diversities, in continued alternations, and considered, seem to have been formed of in eternal rivalry. From this point the the fragments or debris, and rolled flints spectator contemplates on the one side, of the primitive mountains, which, being beneath his feet, the lakes and less moun- mingled with sand, or gravel and calcatainous regions of Switzerland, stretching reous sediment, have formed these conlike a map to the far distant horizon; and glomerations which are technically deon the other a semi-circle of the Alps, nominated pudding-stone. In the neighwith their mighty breadth and snow- bourhood they are commonly called covered peaks. The day which had been Nagelfue, because they assume the apdevoted to the ascent of the Rigi, was one pearance of a cement stuck all over with 'of perfect serenity and clearness. Over the heads of nails. It is obvious that from all the azure skies not a cloud was to be the nature of their formation, these masses

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can acquire no great solidity, and must substituted in their stead by the falling be easily operated upon by the external and rolling fragments. The Lake of elements, or by internal forces.

Lowertz was suddenly raised above its Little, if any doubt, can be entertained banks, by the displacing of a considerable that the Rigi and the Rossberg, were ori- portion of its waters; while houses and ginally one mass, which was torn asunder villages, with their peaceable inhabitants, by some convulsion of nature, accom- woods, meadows, pasturages, all disappanied probably by an irruption of waters peared at once! The consternation which from the south. Convincing proofs of seized upon the whole country, and the - this pristine union were visible before the immediate and agitated search of surviving last catastrophe, both in the colour and friends after parents, children, brothers, the direction of the rocky masses ; and it sisters, and neighbours, can neither be should seem that even the whole valley of described nor forgotten. The laughing Art, now covered with verdure, woods, valley became at once, and for ever, a and orchards, formerly constituted a part gloomy sepulchre ! of the Lake of Zug. The distance from It has been supposed, and with great Art to the village of Goldau, reckoning probability, that the immediate cause of in the continental way, is about half an this calamity was long in preparation, by hour; whence was a distinct view of the the gradual accumulation of water and Lake of Lowertz, with its two beautiful rubbish in the interior of the mountain. islands. The valley then enlarges, and This at length burst forth in a torrent of by travelling southward, you reach Bus- mingled mud and stone, which oversingen; thence coming round to Lowertz, whelmed every thing in its course, and the road is frequently shaded with noble rushed into the Lake of Lowertz; while trees, the cottages decorated with vines, the woods and pastures on the surface and the whole of this Arcadia with suddenly sank into the unoccupied chasm. pastoral simplicity. Ruin, however, has This opinion derives support from the continually been at work this favoured statement of some shepherds, published at region. An old manuscript mentions the Schwytz, in which they speak of having village of Röthen, which was built on that discovered a cavern, at a considerable part of the Rossberg from which the height up the mountain, the small opening portion of the mountain was separated of which was suddenly enlarged into the in the last catastrophe, and which was form of a prodigious arch. They add, destroyed by similar means.

that a collection of water was found within Near the summit of the Rossberg was it, the extent of which they could neither a solitary thatched cottage (chaumière), explore nor fathom. At a greater elevation the inhabitant of which was alarmed by were several holes, into which, if a stone an unusual noise in the mountain, about were thrown, there was found no rever-, two o'clock in the afternoon of September beration; plainly indicating that the 20, 1806. Superstitiously attributing it mountain was perforated in this manner to some malignant deinon, he immediately to an unascertainable depth. ran to Art for a clergyman to appease the The extent of the mischief cannot, perevil spirit. During his absence the mo- haps, be fully determined. The villages ment of the explosion rapidly approached. of Goldau and Busingen, with the hamlet His wife in the meanti:ne happily escaped of Hueloch, were covered with ruin; the with her infant child in her arms, terrified same may be reported of the greater part by the repeated crushing sounds she heard, of the village of Lowertz ; while the which were followed by the falling of loosened fragments rolled upon Unter stones and fragments of rock. In a mo and Ober-Röthen, and swept away a ment the cottage was swept away. Tra- multitude of isolated habitations and vellers, who were proceeding from Ober buildings in the plain. The waters of the Art to Goldau, observed the top of the Lake of Lowertz, being forced in the Rossberg in a state of agitation, while its opposite direction to the descending mass, trees and orchards appeared as if shook by endangered the village of Seven, on the some giant hand. The whole forest of other side of the lake, and even destroyed Goldau was speedily overthrown with a a few houses. On the little islet was tremendous crash. It was now five o'clock. found a vast accumulation of wrecks; The rapidity and force with which large and in the village of Steinen a quantity masses of stone were driven to great of fish had been driven with the waves, distances can scarcely be imagined; we and floated about the streets. calculated that some, of no inconsiderable It has been calculated that nearly one magnitude, were propelled least an thousand persons suffered by this conEnglish mile, or perhaps half a league. vulsion of nature, which was rendered Entire hills were thrown down, and others more melancholy by the sudden and sur

prising manner of its occurrence. Several Yon mould'ring turret's time-worn form,

Her soft and trembling beams illume, g ntlemen and ladies of distinction, who

She smiles amidst the coming storm, were at the instant crossing the bridge of

Aud brightens froin surrounding gloom. Goldau, perished; while some of their companions, who had preceded them only Now the fleet-footed fairies lave a short distance, were saved. One or Their spotless limbs in pearly dew,

Or sit beside the lucid wave, two remarkable escapes have been narra

Or deck the scene that Spencer drew, ted, which there is reason to believe are authentic.

On some gay fow'rets emerald stem, A scrvant at the village of Busingen, Percharce their magic feet alight'; fled into a barn: but the place of refuge

Whose silvery sandals bear a gem,

Dropt from the starry sphere of night, soon afterwards became a perfect wreck. Providentially a beam was impeded by a

Or sprightly, o'er the spiral grass, fragment of rock, and thrown over his

With giddy graceful ease they glide ; head in a slanting direction, so as to A dew-drop is their looking-glass, afford him an effectual protection from

Their mirror is the sleeping tide. ezen the slightest injury. An infant at

When morning opes her cloudless eye, the breast was caught and borne along

The fairies seek their mossy cell; the surface of the agitated lake, till it was There in soft smiling slumbers lie, safely deposited in the neighbouring mea Till waken'd by the evening bell. dow. Some persons went from Lowertz to

The Forgct Me Not. extricate, if possible, a servant girl from a most perilous situation, in consequence of the house in which she dwelt being overwhelmed with the torrent of mingled mud REMINISCENCES OF DRS. JOHNand stone. She had separated and re SON AND GOLDSMITH. turned from the fugitive family, witn whom she was attempting to effect her Ar the Literary Club held at the botescape, to search for one of the children tom of St. James Street, which was attenthat was missing. At the moment of en. ded by most of the literary, and some of tering the house, it seemed to be swept the political characters of the then period, along with great rapidity; and scarcely at one of the dinners of the club, when had she reached the apartment where she was present Drs. Johnson and Goldsmith, hoped to find the object of her pursuit, Edmund Burke, Mr. Richard Burke, Dr. ere she found herself in darkness, and, to Percy, and a numerous company. It was her owu apprehensions, sinking as into a remarked by one of the party that there deep chasm. The voice of the child was was an offensive smell in the room, and he distinctly heard, but she was incapable of thought it must proceed from some dog stirring from the place to afford assistance.' that was under the table ; but Mr. Burke, Concluding that all was lost, she told the with a smile, turned to me, and said, “ Í child it was the end of the world, that all rather fear it is from the beef-steak pie aid was impossible, and nothing remained that is opposite to us, the crust of which but patiently and submissively to wait for is made with some very bad butter, that death. During this conversation they comes from my country.” Just at that heard, indistinctly, the sound of the even inoment Dr. Johnson sent his plate for ing bell at the village of Steinen, which some of it, and Burke helped him to very in some degree inspired the hope of deli- little, which he soon dispatched, and verance. Throughout the whole night, returned his plate for more ; Burke with however, they numbered every hour, out thought exclaimed, “I am glad that which successively was deemed their last, you are able so well to relish this beeftill, at the break of day, her master, who steak-pie.”. Johnson, not at all pleased had come to search for his wife, but only that what he ate should ever be noticed, to find her a stiffened corpse buried in immediately retorted, “ There is a time of the mud, was enabled to extricate both life, Sir, when a man requires the repair servant and child from their imminent of a table.” danger.- From the Amulet.

Before dinner was finished, Mr. Garrick came in full-dressed, 'made many apologies for being so much later than he

intended, but he had been unexpectedly FAIRY GAMBOLS.

detained at the House of Lords, and Lord

Camden had absolutely insisted upon set-
Night's silver lamp ascends the skies, ting him down at the door of the hotel in

By myriad splendid stars impearld,
And bids her midnight beauties rise,

his own carriage. Johnson said nothing, To light and charm a wearied world.

but he looked a volume.

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