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their filthy huts, with a cigar in their mouths, nevertheless, I shall attempt a description. The nature of this journey is more remark. they are happy. Should they be required The foaming river, branching off into different able than any circumstances which attended to do any thing for the passengers, they will channels, formed by huge masses of granito it; and we cannot say that we have derived get up, and shaking the vermin off their laying in its course, ran between two gigantic much information from the story, which is clothes, scratch themselves for a while, and mountains of about one thousand five hundred almost entirely one of personal fatigue, with set about it with all the ill-will of a surly dog feet high, and not more than two hundred out throwing any new light on native manners obeying its master; and their manner of speak. yards distant from each other ; so that to look or scientific subjects. Lieut. Brand crossed ing' is that disgusting, apathetic whine, so up at the summits of either, we had to lay our and re-crossed the continent of South America peculiar to the West Indian Creoles. The heads completely back on our shoulders. Bes by the grand pass of Uspallata, a distance of method of preserving grain in the Pampas is fore us, these tremendous mountains met in above 440 leagues, 308 across the Pampas, very curious; that useful animal, the ox, sup- a point, round which we had just passed, but and 134} the distance of the Cordilleras ; and plies the want of almost every thing. They now appeared as one mountain, closing our he thus sums up his toils :
sow the legs of a whole skin up, and fill it full view in a distance of not more than four or “ I have taken my readers four sea voyages, of corn : it is then triced up to four stakes, five hundred yards; behind was the mighty two journeys across the continent of South with the legs hanging downwards, so that it Cordillera, a mass of snow, appearing to block America, one through the Banda Oriental, has the appearance of an elephant hanging up; up further progress. Thus were we comremained seven weeks at Lima, three in Chili, the top is again covered with hides, which pre-pletely shut up in a den of mighty mountains ; one at Mendoza, eight at Buenos Ayres, one vents the rats getting at it. In stretching a to look up either way, before, behind, right or at Monte Video, and one at Rio de Janeiro, skin to dry, wood is so scarce in many parts of left, excited astonishment, awe, and admirationa travelled upwards of twenty thousand miles by the Pampas that the rib-bones are carefully huge masses of granito that had fallen from sea and land, and brought them back again to preserved to supply its place, and used as pegs the awful heights above, lay scattered about, England within twelve months from the time to fix it in the ground. A child's cradle con. and formed our various shelters for the night. of my starting. Such rapid movements and sists of a sqnare sheep-skin, laced to a small The torrent, which now had beeome very short stay at the different places I touched at, rude frame of wood, and suspended like a scale formidable, rushed down with fury, bounding will, I trust, in some measure apologise for the to a beam or nail in the rancho. The poor and leaping over the rugged rocks which lay heterogeneous manner in which these observa- little parroquets, which are very numerous, in its course, keeping up a continued foam tions have been thrown together, not having and generally made prisoners when caught and roar, close to our wild resting-place. The had sufficient time to modify or arrange them. alive, are sown up in a box of hide with a mules were straying about picking up the Such as they are, with their many imperfec- small round hole cut in it, just large enough scanty shrubs; and our wild, uncoutb-looking tions, if they have afforded any amusement or to let its head out for eating, with scarcely peons were assembled round a fire, under the information to my readers, I am amply repaid room to turn. Its reign in these small prisons lee of a large rock, cooking their unfortunate for all the — trouble, I cannot say, but — plea- is very short, being soon suffocated from its guanaco, which altogether rendered it a scene sure it gave me in noting them down, merely own dirt and want of air; for cleaning them most truly wild and surprising. Here I was to pass away the time as I proceeded on my out they never dream of.”
much astonished, on touching any part of my solitary journey."
The dead mules on the Pampas present a woollen clothing, to find electric sparks fly This is as fair and impartial an account of curious appearance.
out wherever I put my hand : what was the the matter as we could give : it is obvious that “ Many carcasses of these poor drudging cause of this, I am not philosopher enough to much information could not be gathered in animals says the author) strewed our path, know; but my companion informed me, it such a full-gallop expedition ; and as examples just where they had died on the journey ; was by no means extraordinary in dry weather. of the amusement, we shall merely quote a few and it was surprising to see in what a state However, never having heard or seen it before, passages ; premising, that the author is rather of preservation they appeared; the rarefied I take this opportunity of mentioning it; for more inclined to be sentimental and moralising atmosphere, I suppose, having that effect upon I must own it rather surprised me, on going than is usual with naval officers. . The voyage them. Some seemed
as if they had only died to bed, to find fire fly out of my clothes.”. out, and the travelling till we arrive at Men. the previous day. On examining them, the The general track of these passes is about doza (occupying 72 pages), may be skipped skin was, as it were, baked, but adhered to three feet wide, but more or less broken in without loss to the reader; but here we have the bones, leaving a mere skeleton covered parts ; so that not only the mules, but somea retrospect at the natives, &c. that may be with skin, so that I could with ease lift up times the peons tumbled over, and seem to copied.
any one of them in my arms, being so very have escaped destruction, from precipice and Indolence and gambling appear to be their light. This appearance of dead bodies is like-torrent, most miraculously. "Witness the narexisting propensities : the former I am not wise applicable to many parts of the Pampas, rative: astonished at, on account of their very few and also Peru.".
“ The poor animals began stumbling, fall. wants; as long as they have beef, water, and a The preparations for crossing the Andes, ating, and slipping, but not losing their balance, cigar, all are supplied. Living as free and inde- Uspallata, (the last abode of man on the east- slipping on their haunches, at times thirty pendent as the wind, they cannot and will not ern side) consist of laying in charcoal, making or forty feet down the mountain ; all this acknowledge superiority in any fellow-mortal. snow-boots, covering stirrups with 'wool, to time the peons were shouting, roaring, and They are fond of asking questions, but it will prevent the toes from being frost-bitten, pound- whirling their lassoes; at last one mule lost be [is] done with all the air and manners of a ing chaqui, &c. all indispensably necessary its balance, and over he went, rolling and courtier, fearing to give offence; nevertheless, before entering the frozen regions. We add a bounding head over heels, two hundred feet they will expect to be answered with equal picture of one of the first passes.
down the mountain into the torrent beneath, civility. Their ideas are all equality: the “ We now came to the Jaula or Cage, from where he was wbirled and dashed against the humble peon and my lord, would be addressed which the pass has its name, where we took rocks by the velocity of the current, and, much to my astonishment, reached the opposite side with much apparent feeling, lifted up his shoul- the gentleman's horse from him, he was obliged of the river apparently not much injured by ders, and sighed : ' Pobre compañero,' poor to mount up behind the lady, and in that situaits fall, but its services lost to us : presently companion; then, as if stifling a sigh to his tion they entered Lima. Mr. Kelly, the vicethe one with half our provisions lost its hold, memory, lifted up his load, and hastened for consul, was stopped by tivo robbers, who felt over and over he went, all the lassoes flew at ward. Here was reflection for me. I cast my an inclination for his horse, when, in endeahim, when, after bounding all down the moun- eyes first at the blanched corpse, now covered vouring to make his escape from them, they tain, they brought him up just as he reached with snow, then at his companion, then on the fired two shots at him, one of which tore away the torrent, thus saving the poor animal and dreary regions around me, when, finding a tear his coat, and grazed the skin from under his our provisions ; but we lost all our wine, some of sympathy involuntarily starting to my eyes, arm. I went to see the body of a gentleman bread and beef, and a pot for boiling. * I pushed forward, wishing almost to forget I who was dragged from his wife while in bed, Every man took his station, and we crawled had ever seen it."
and murdered in the next room to her : he over as usual, on our hands and knees : the In spite of these dangers, however, the sum had fourteen stabs in his body, and appeared mules then followed, and the most distressing mit of the Cumbre was reached at last. to have made a desperate resistance, for several work began; they got frightened, stumbled, “The day was beantifully clear and fine, chairs were broken, and parts of them covered and slipped, and cut themselves with the hard but high wind, which the rarefied atmosphere with blood and hair. It appears he used them to snow, to that degree, in their efforts to plunge rendered piercingly cold. The thermometer defend himself. Shortly after this, two French through it, that the whole track was covered stood at 34o. On the top is a small flat, but gentlemen were murdered on the Callao road, with blood. Several lost their balance, and the view is still bounded by mountains of and, strange to say, no steps were ever taken went flying down the precipice, till they were eternal snow, where human foot has never to find out the perpetrators of these horrid brought up with astonishing dexterity by the trod.”
crimes; they passed quite unheeded by the lassoes. One poor animal came rolling down, Lieut. Brand did not experience the pena, government, as if nothing had happened: in. head over heels; neither his struggles nor the or difficulty of breathing; and says, “ All I deed it was quite dangerous to walk the Alalassoes could save him; he bounded like a ball felt was great thirst, which I partially allayed meda, or public walk, after dusk, for so many into the torrent, where he rolled round and by eating the snow as I ascended the moun robberies had been committed there during round, in vain struggling to stem its velocity, tain; but, strange to say, instead of allevi. broad daylight. The English and other fo. being dashed against rocks and stones, till he ating, this only irritates it, and it was a long reigners would never ride out excepting in was swept round a point, and I lost all sight time before we got to water, for the want of which parties of five or six, and then they were of him. Another soon followed, but was more we were all very much distressed. - On my always well armed. During my short stay, fortunate than its companion, for he succeeded return across the Andes in December 1827, 1 Lima was visited by several temblores, or in gaining the opposite shore, where, very found the mules frequently stop to breathe, earthquakes, one of which was very severe, much to my astonishment, instead of seeing especially going np the Cumbre, where they and occurred in the evening, when the streets him laying with every bone in its body broken, stopt at every turning of the zig-zag path, were full of people. In my life I never expe. he got up upon its legs, and began browsing as if affected in the lungs, when from expe- rienced a sensation more awful—a noise reamong the rocks: thus we lost the services of rience I found, as Acosta observes, that no sembling thunder was underneath my feetthree. My companion, who had crossed the spur or beating could make them go forward,' the earth shook and trembled—a sickly sensa. Cordillera three times before, once in winter, till they went at their own pleasure : but this tion came over me, and I was nearly knocked had never seen a mule lose its footing, so as is not applicable to the Cumbre, or highest down by men, w en, and children, flying to roll down the mountains.
Sun- parts of the Cordillera only; for in many out of their houses, screaming Temblor, day, 19th, was a very cold morning, ther- places did they stop, as if from an affection temblor !' and running to and fro in all direcmometer at the freezing point, and blowing of the lungs, and not from the labour of climb- tions. Some lay down on their faces ; most a gale of wind. The wild regions of snow ing. The same was the case with many of of the men were kneeling and crossing themwere close to us. We laced on our snow. the peons that would at times walk, for they selves, and praying to their saints for protec. shoes, each man took his load, and we struck would stop and cry, puna! puna !' then tion. Children were clinging to their mothers, at once where nothing, save human beings, mount again; and they appeared also to know and screaming with all their might; the dogs could venture. We soon came to a desperate the spots where they would feel it, if on foot; howled most piteously, and, crouching among descent in the side of a mountain, all snow for they frequently remarked, "Aqui esta the crowd, seemed to ask for protection ; the and hard frozen. Now the labour of man mucha puna' - 'there is much puna here.' horses stood trembling with affright, with commenced. It was with great difficulty the I could only attribute this to there being their riders kneeling by their sides, and the poor peons, being loaded, could keep their mineral in those spots, which might more or birds Auttered about in the air as if their footing ; several slipped down many feet, and less have affected the air, which had some wings were useless. After three successive were all but going into the torrent. One fell influence on the lungs."
shocks, a death-like silence prevailed, and and rolled down a great way, but fortunately, The descent into Chili is almost one grand every one appeared rivetted to the spot where with the assistance of his stick, saved himself slide, so we slip over it, as also through Val- they stood. All heads were uncovered, and from rolling into the torrent, but not until paraiso and Lima, &c., where we find nothing the different attitudes of standing, kneeling, his ancle was dislocated to that degree that worthy of particular reference, save and ex. and laying, impressed me with feelings which he could not rise to walk again ; thus, at first cept, perhaps, the following account of the I think will never be erased from my memory. starting, losing his services, and encumbering latter.
This shock happened on October 30th, and us with a load more than we had a man to “ I had been in Lima but a month, when I was registered by many as being the smartest carry. The poor fellow was, from necessity, received orders to return to England. This ever felt without doing damage or causing compelled to crawl his way back to the mules put a check to all those observations which I the loss of lives.-- The depravity of morals at again, for we could do nothing to assist him. was most anxious to make ; but at the time I Lima is proverbial.” From hence nothing but snow was to be seen, left, the country was getting in a dreadful With the author's return to Buenos Ayres and it was truly painful to witness the labour state of alarm. 'Bolivar being expected, had we need not meddle; nor shall we touch upon and continued falling of the poor peons; at thrown all Lima into confusion, and by some a piece of sensibility, in rather a mawkish style, every step sinking up to their knees. As they parties a revolution was hourly expected ; all entitled, the History of Two Brothers. But stopt to take breath, their cries were most dis- capable of bearing arms were enrolled in the as the emperor Pedro and his family of the tressing, being a long-drawn hey! uttered as militia, none excused excepting under the ages Brazils are persons of some interest at preif in the most dreadful agony, at the same of sixteen and above fifty. The preparations sent, we shall conclude with a few sentences time leaning on their sticks for support, which that were making to oppose his entrance, ap- relative to them. At the theatre at Rio he would frequently penetrate so deeply into the peared to lay every thing else aside ; business was present, “ accompanied by his two daughsnow as to throw them flat on their faces, was at a stand, government in suspense, one ters, the Queen of Portugal and the Infanta. which the weight of their loads would bury party scarce knowing how to trust the other; The former is about ten years of age, and the in the snow, and cause them a great struggle armed bodies of banditti were fearlessly infest- latter an interesting little child of six or seven: to get out again. About four p. m. it came ing the public roads, committing murders and they were very plainly dressed, and as they on a heavy mist of snow, and I arrived at the robberies every day with impunity. During sat in their magnificent box in the centre of spot where lay the body of the poor peon that my short stay three murders were committed, the theatre, were to be seen to great advan. had perished" but a few days ago. It was and innumerable robberies. Mrs. Walker, whó tage. The interior of the house is very elepointed out to me by the man that was with kept the inn, was stopped on the Callao road, gant, consisting of four tiers of boxes on each him when he died, who gazed at it a moment, in company with a gentleman, by two robbers, side of the emperor's, which occupies the whole then looking at me in the face, shook his head / who stripped them of every thing, and taking front of the theatre, excepting four small
boxes just above it. The grand entrance to to the proselytizing mania in India, lest it sciousness of sound, than any distinct percepthe pit is underneath it, and it was certainly should endanger our mighty and populous tion; the well-known and peculiar sneeze of most superbly fitted up with chandeliers, pier- eastern dominions, it is enthusiastically re- Montague, however, suddenly aroused some glasses, tables, chairs, &c. having all the plied, that “ the chance of saving one soul is latent and indefinable associations, as she im. appearance of an elegant drawing-room; and worth more than the possession of the whole mediately started up, exclaiming,.' Who is being quite open in front, with the exception empire"-upon which position, we think, a that ? Montague ?' in a tone which instantly of a light gilt railing, they were quite exposed very rational degree of doubt may be enter- brought the nurse and Martha to the bed. to the full view of the audience. Whenever tained; for by losing India, we must forego the side. Mrs. Montague stared wildly around the curtain dropt, the audience stood up, out hopes of enlightening future millions, and doing - Where is he? Let me see him!' uttered of respect to the emperor ; those in the pit infinitely more good in the mature process of in that convulsive tone which informed her facing him, at which time he would always time.
attendants of the violence of a returning pa. rise and come forward with the little queen In the narrative and conduct of the story roxysm, and reached the ears of Montague and child. He wore a plain blue coat, with we have much of trifling minuteness ; and cir- just as he was entering his room.
The serout star or mark of distinction of any sort, cumstances are related, which we could not vant placed the light on the table and rewith white trowsers and shoes; and but for the have supposed it possible any one would con- tired." For Montague to attempt to undress gentlemen in waiting never sitting down or sider worth mentioning in conversation, far in his distracted state, or that he could have coming forward, it was impossible to distin- less of committing to paper, printing, and pub- any rest, was utterly impossible, and he reguish one from the other. The weather being lishing. For example
turned to the landing of the stairs irresolute very warm, he used a plain white fan during “ Miss Beauchamp's horse suddenly stumbled what to do. And again he heard Mrs. Monthe whole of the opera, which, by the by, and fell, the strap of her stirrup breaking at tague's voice incoherently raving, and quite is customary among the gentlemen in South the same instant. The poor animal rose with distinctly some of the sentences, such as, 'Yes, America. The queen is a very pretty little out his rider having sustained any injury; but I know he is in that prison why then do you girl, with flaxen hair, and remarkably fair. Mr. Montague coming up at this moment, not open the door? Let me in--open the door She was dressed quite like a little old maid, and seeing that one of his knees was cut, im- -I must see him !”-Poor Mr. M. runs out of very plain, wearing a prim close cottage bon mediately dismounted, and politely offered his the house, and lies in the fields ;-and in the net. The pretty infanta was the gayest of services to Henry, who was assisting his sister morning Mr. Beauchamp informed Dr. M. that them all, being dressed just like an English to dismount. He then begged Miss Beau.“ Montague had literally passed the night in the child of the same age, with petticoat-trowsers champ would accept his horse to ride home, open air, and of all that had taken place. The and sash, her bright flaxen hair flowing in assuring her that it was perfectly safe and doctor said he should certainly recommend him long ringlets over her shoulders. The emperor quiet, his own sister having frequently tried to go to bed till dinner-time; and when Mr, is a handsome young man, about thirty years him.' As they were seven or eight miles from Montague was at breakfast, as he looked ex. of age, with very dark hair and large whiskers. the vale where Mrs. Howard resided, Mr. tremely ill, and scarcely ate any thing, Dr. M, He is not very particular with respect to eti- Beauchamp felt in a sad dilemma, not wishing, expressed his fear that he was not well; and quette, for he was talking promiscuously to if possible, that Marcella should avail herself advised a warm bed, which he very reluctantly the ladies and gentlemen in the boxes on each of Mr. Montague's offer, and began making consented to have prepared.” side of him, and they appeared to be very some blundering excuses; that the stirrup was We can hardly imagine that stuff of this familiar with him : he is frequently to be seen broken-regretting that his own horse would not sort can produce any good effect; or that it is driving about the town in his tilbury, or riding carry a lady. The difficulty about the stirrup likely to make converts to the cause espoused on horseback, in plain clothes, with only one it was soon recollected could very easily be by the writer, who seems, however, to be a servant: a vast contrast this to his mother, obviated by taking off one of the gentleman's. well-meaning person, with more of anxiety and the dowager queen of Portugal, who never It was then settled that Miss Beauchamp good intentions to promote what she considers appeared in public without the greatest pa- should accept Mr. Montague's horse, on con- to be right, than of judgment and ability to rade, and whoever passed her carriage, be dition that he would mount Henry's, while he effect any change. 3. There never was (we they who they might, were obliged to kneel could lead the poor maimed animal to a farrier, are told) a period in the annals of the world, down, if it were ever so dirty. The emperor who lived scarcely a mile from the spot." when só striking a contrast and difference is a very active man, being up every morning This is melancholy trifling for a serious appeared manifest between the kingdom of by five o'clock. At six he may always be or any other kind of writer; but to be very Christ and of the wicked one, as at this moseen publicly bathing amongst the town's particular is the author's forte; for when a ment. It is said, that the police officers who people, at the small island of Cobres, on which married lady is indisposed, and her husband have been stationed at the doors of some places is a small fort opposite the palace stairs, from asks the doctor how she is, and if he may see of fashionable resort, have made very extrawhence he starts in his boat, undresses before her, the worthy doctor replies — “ Not yet, ordinary and loud remarks, on observing the every body, and jumps into the water, swim- certainly; but I hope Mrs. M. is better. amazing risks which many ladies hazard in ming amongst hundreds of others that are There are since yesterday some favourable running under, and between, the poles of carconstantly there about that hour, it being the symptoms, but the delirium still continues, riages, even through the mud and wet, to obpublic bathing-place of Rio de Janeiro.” though the paroxysms are neither so violent tain admittance ; such as. They won't do
nor so frequent; and the fever is much that to get into church to-morrow. Surely, Marcella ; or, the Missionary Abroad and at abated since a crisis has taken place which I the devil is come down amongst us, knowing
Home : containing Sketches and Incidents had expected, by which your hopes, Mr. Mon- he hath but a short time!' &c. &c. Were from Life. 2 vols. 12mo. London, 1828. tague, must be disappointed.” An interview is, Wisdom herself to utter her voice in the Hatchard and Son.
nevertheless, brought about, in spite of this pro- streets, who would regard ? The man who A TALE of the religious cast, in which, we hibition ; and, though apparently very gravely cried wo, wo to Jerusalem,' was disrepresume, a little fiction is mixed for the sake told, we cannot help fancying the anecdote is garded, and yet it was no false prophecy or of connexion, though the incidents, such as meant to be facetious, if not ludicrous. alarm.”_The causes of all this iniquity, the they are, are copied from reality. The princi. “ As a servant was lighting Mr. Montague writer attributes to parents," who, after their pal characters that figure on the canvass consist to his room, in his way to which he had to pass children are educated, instead of sending or of what are called serious people ; and they that of Mrs. Montague, he thought he heard a taking them to church, allow them to spend are set forth, both by words and deeds, as the low moan, and could not help involuntarily the sabbath in going out with Sunday news. disciples of methodism, and the strenuous pro- starting, and at the instant a current of air, papers, and even hawking them in the streets ; moters of missionary labours. Marcella, how- added to his cold, suddenly caused him to sneeze holding horses for gentlemen who have no ever, marries a sceptic; and it is not till he ere he was aware, or had time to repress it. grooms; selling sticks and fruit at stalls, &c. dies, and leaves her a widow with one child, He hoped, however, it had not been echoed to &c." that she meets with a more congenial mind the interior of the apartment, and began to On of the most characteristic traits of the and a happier match. With every disposition ascend the stairs. Mrs. Montague's nerves, hero, wl is a model of piety, is that of leaving to applaud the benevolent efforts made by however, were in that state of irritability that, his distressed friend in goal, in order not to many virtuous persons to enlighten the igno- as the doctor had said, the least movement neglect a missionary meeting.
" He would rant, and ameliorate the condition of their agitated her;' and as Montague passed her not have heeded leaving his own affairs, though species, we must say that this work, in our door, the room being very quiet, and herself at really requiring his personal attendance, but opinjon, carries the principle too far-it ad. the moment completely awake, she first heard felt that the claims which the Missionary Sovocates a zealot passion, rather than a Chris- a slight noise near ; but from the weakness of ciety had upon him was his first duty. The jian duty. Thus, when an objection is made her head, it was more susceptibility or con-demands of friendship were, undoubtedly, very
urgent, and his own inclination and feelings are of a species we would most cordially en. “ Heliogabolus is said to have calculated strongly impelled him to their fulfilment. It courage ; a diary as it were of thoughts, the size of Rome from ten thousand pounds was true, he might return in time for the marked down in thinking, some most just, weight of cobwebs amassed within it. Mr. meeting ; but how would his mind be pre-others erroneous, some sophisms, but evidently Colquhoun and the Reports of the Police and pared for the solemnity, and his thoughts dis- the production of no common-place mind. We Mendicity Committees have furnished us with tracted, by the trying scenes in which he will select a few of the shorter examples of similar materials for estimating the grandeur should in all probability be engaged ? He what are among the best specimens.
own metropolis. Only the dirt is then told Beauchamp exactly how he was situ- “ A mother should give her children a super. moral. ated, and regretted that it should so happen fluity of enthusiasm, that after they have lost "• A man's errors are what renders him that a paramount duty prevented his accom- all they will lose on mixing with the world, amiable,' says Goethe, in the last number of panying him to Wales. Beauchamp assured enough may still remain to prompt and support his Journal on Art, that is, in his seventySir Claudius, that, however great the conso- them through great actions. A cloak should seventh year. I said one day to a girl of lation would have been to him, it must now, be of three-pile, to keep its gloss in wear. fourteen : If you were but as good as your from the knowledge of that circumstance, be “ The best criterion of an enlarged mind, brother !' « Well !' she replied, with somecompletely alloyed by the consciousness of an next to the performance of great actions, is thing of a bashful sullenness, I don't care. undue sacrifice."
You would not be so fond of me, if I was.' Thus an act of absolute charity was neglected, “ Fickleness is in women of the world the “ I love to gaze on a breaking wave. It is an act of cruel hard-heartedness committed fault most likely to result from their situation the only thing in natyre which is most beauti. and the excuse, the performance of a show-part in society. The weaknesses which they know ful in the moment of its dissolution. at a public exhibition,-as if a man's mind are the most severely condemned, and the good Seeking is not always the way to find ; or would not be better attuned to his Maker's qualities which they feel to be most highly Altamira would have found a husband long service after he had helped his suffering fellow. valued, in the female character, by our sex as ago. creature. Away with such vile and selfish so- well as their own, have alike a tendency to “ A great man commonly disappoints those phistications ! they never will accelerate the render them generally obliging, to the exclu. who visit him. They are on the look-out for Millenium which the writer declares to be sion, so far as nature will permit, of strong and his thundering and lightning, and he speaks rapidly approaching.
durable, unmixed, uncountenanced attachment about common things much like other people;
to individuals. Well ! we deserve no better of nay, sometimes he may even be seen laughing. Guesses at Truth. By Two Brothers. 2 vols. them. And after all, the flame is only smo- He proportions his exertions to his excitements:
12mo. London, 1828. J. Duncan. thered by society, not extinguished : give it having been accustomed to converse with deep It is a singular fact, but no less strange than free ventilation, and it will blaze.
and lofty thoughts, it is not to be expected that true, how little general reflection there is in “ Poetry is to philosophy what the sabbath he will flare or sparkle in ordinary chit-chat. the world: we should say people were too is to the rest of the week.
One sees no pebbles glittering at the bottom busy to think, were it not that the idle are “ It is well for us that we are born babies in of the Atlantic. ever the most thoughtless. The great mass intellect. Could we understand and reflect up- “ The tower of Babel could never have been of mankind may be divided into two classes, on one half of what most mothers at that time built in a mountainous country: nature there both of whose habits are alike inimical to say and do to us, we should draw conclusions awes and defies rivalry. much reflection. First, people of little or no in favour of our own importance which would “ The worst thing of all is a new church. feeling, to whom " sufficient for the day is the render us insupportable for years. Happy the I love to say my prayers in a place where my evil thereof," who follow the path of gain or of boy whose mother is tired of talking nonsense fathers and forefathers have prayed. It may ambition, content to fix the view on its end, to him before he is old enough to know the be idleness and vanity to think so, but some without pausing to calculate their steps, and sense of it!
how God seems to be nearer in a building who would deem it but lost time to observe “ Since the generality of persons act from where he has long been more immediately what may lie on the road-side. Secondly, impulse, and not from principle, men are nei present. There is an odour of sanctity breathpeople of too muchvery acute feelings are ther so good nor so bad as we are apt to ima- ing about an old church : the worn stones are generally accompanied by vivid imagination- gine them.
hallowed by the feet which have trod, and the half their pleasures and pains are unreal, and Beauty is perfection unmodified by a pre- knees which have knelt, on them : so much in too rapid in their progress for analysis : more-dominating expression.
it has been changed by time, that it is become over, in such temperaments one object drives " The progress of knowledge is slow, like more like a house not made with hands: no out another ; and as fast travelling precludes the march of the sun. We cannot see him body now living can make any thing like it ; much observation of a country, so, in like man- moving, but after a time we may perceive that its architect is forgotten—it is the work not of ner, variety and keenness of impressions are at he has moved onward.
a man but of an age. A new church, on the entire variance with deep thought. It is in “ Too much is seldom enough. Pumping contrary, was built by such a man, fitted up the small class between these two, perhaps, that after your bucket runs over prevents its keep by such another: every thing about it is so the quality of reflection is to be found, and ing full.
neat and so modern ; it is almost as smart as but few are the numbers. Amid the immense “ The mind is like a trunk : if well packed, a theatre : there was no such thing five years variety of books which, spread out, would it holds almost every thing; if ill packed, next ago, and what has been so short-lived can more than cover half our globe, how small a to nothing.
never seem to have any permanent reason proportion do the works devoted to the mere “ We hurry through life fearful, as it would for its existence, or indeed to have any thing observation of mental workings bear to those of seem, of looking back, lest we should be turned, permanent about it; and instead of the odour every other kind! Scarcely a leaf, shell, reptile, like Lot's wife, into pillars of salt. And, alas ! of sanctity, one finds only the smell of paint. or insect, whose minutest history has not been if we did look back, very often we should see It has no atmosphere of prayer; it is not a gathered; the distant corners of the earth have nothing but the blackened and smouldering treasure-house of the dead. My feelings on been ransacked, the very sun, moon, and stars, ruins of our vices, the smoking Sodom and this subject I should have conceived would peered into for knowledge ;—while that which, Gomorrah of the heart.
have been almost universal, had not an Amenevertheless, is the source of our all, the mind “ Many persons seem to keep their hearts rican gentleman once expressed to me his in its daily bearings, has been the most ne. in their eyes : you come into both together, surprise, that we let our churches in England, glected. To what important truths does a and so you go out of them.
especially the cathedrals, grow so old and moment's consideration on the ordinary in. “ The history of philosophy is the history dirty. He had seen the minsters of York cidents of life lead us ! Passing through of a game at cat’s cradle. One theory is taken and Lincoln, and assured me that, if they Hyde Park the other morning, on one side off; and then the taker off holds out a second stood in America, the outside of them would cuirass and bayonet flashing in the sun, a to you, of the same thread, and very like the be white-washed every ten years; such being body of troops were exercising, the crimson first, although not quite the same. According the American way of shewing their reverence riband on each breast bearing a medal, the to the skill of the players, the game lasts for the house of God. How far his statement reward for the destruction of thousands; while through more or fewer changes : but mostly is correct, I know not. A nation of yesterday on the other hand was the apparatus of the the string at length gets entangled, and you may perhaps be destitute of sympathy with the Humane Society, whose reward for saving a must begin afresh, or give over; jor at best day before: but we in England, I trust, should life is also a medal. Surely, more frequent the cat's cradle comes back again, and you as soon think of white-washing Helvellyn.” notice of such inconsistencies would in time have never a cat to put into it.
Accurate and feeling, the passages quoted lead also to the thought of remedy. The “Men harm others by their doods, them. above are favourable specimens: there are volumes which havo occasioned these remarks solves by their thoughts.
many others which we should be inclined to