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hand, the superior manufactures of England, which | Central Hungary is doomed irrevocably to be they would gladly have purchased with their corn, isolated from the commerce of the rest of the wine, hemp, tobacco, wool, &c., were excluded world, and the maxim of the Austrian Bureauby the enormously high tariff which was main- cracy is to be carried out in its full extent, that tained by the government of Vienna, in spite of " Hungary must be stifled in her own fat.” their repeated remonstrances ; while, on the other hand, the coarse and exorbitantly dear manufactures
From the Economist, 8 Sept. of the Austrian provinces were admitted into Hungary at a nominal duty, at the same time that the THE ADHERENCE OF HAMBURG TO THE ZOLLraw Hungarian produce, with which alone they
VEREIN. could make their payments, was loaded with heavy The decision of Hamburg to join the confederdifferential duties. The line of custom-houses ation of German States, under the Berlin constibetween Austria and Hungary was in fact main- tution, must be regarded as one of the most tained for the protection of Austrian wine-growers, important events which has happened since the and the imperial manufacture of tobacco; the pro- commencement of the revolutions of 1848 ; and esduction of tobacco being free in Hungary, whilst pecially so, as this step may be considered the cerin Austria it is a monopoly in the hands of the tain forerunner of the accession of the other Hanse government. After repeated attempts of the Hun- towns, and of the whole of the German states on garian Diet to obtain a more equitable arrange the Baltic, including Hanover. We are not disment, some of the Hungarian Liberals conceived posed to view the result of the struggle in Hamthe plan of reprisals, by which the Austrian gov- burg, as some of our contemporaries do, as any ernment might be brought to terms. To obtain evidence of a reactionary spirit against free trade English manufactures seemed hopeless ; and they in the community, nor even as disadvantageous to therefore resolved, at any rate, to exclude Aus- the advance of that cause which we have so much trian manufactures, except upon the condition that at heart. We know that many persons supported Austria would admit Hungarian raw produce upon the course adopted by Hamburg, with a firm belief moderate terms. Such was the origin and ten- that they were taking the best, if not the only, dency of the Vedegyelet, or Defensive Union, which means which now exists, not only for securing a was formed in 1844, with Count Casimir Batthy- more liberal commercial policy for Germany, but any as president, and Kossuth as director. also for avoiding that hopeless confusion, anarchy,
This view of the case is amply confirmed by and for a time at least, that military despotism, to the proceedings of the Hungarians, as soon as they which the policy and designs of Austria towards obtained, by the concessions of April, 1848, a re- Germany must lead, unless opposed by a firm and sponsible Hungarian ministry. In June of that united government in the north. year Klauzel, the Hungarian minister of com- For our own part, knowing how much the citmerce, sent a note to Baron Krauss, the Austrian izens of Hamburg value the privileges of commerminister of finance, proposing a liberal modificacial freedom, and seeing the important and inflution of the tariff. The answer of the Austrian ential position which they will occupy in the new minister was, that the Austrian government was Germanic Confederation ; and, moreover, having then engaged in a revision of the tariff, and that confidence in the liberal commercial tendencies of its intentions would be communicated to the Hun- those who are now most influential in the councils garian ministry in the month of September. But of Prussia, we cannot but hail this event as the before the month of September arrived, Jellachich best guarantee for the advancement of free trade seized upon the Hungarian seaport of Fiume, and in Germany. The city of Hamburg itself may early in that month invaded the main territory of be called upon to make some concessions of a disHungary.
tasteful kind. A city that has been so long a free It is also matter of notoriety that, in the spring port, will not relinquish those advantages without of this year, Kossuth's government adopted a most much reluctance and regret. But so far as regards liberal commercial tariff, and communicated it to the commerce of Hamburg, the change will be England by an accredited envoy.
much more nominal than at first sight it appears. Such are the facts of the case. It seems hardly Since those days when the advantages of free ports, conceivable that in spite of them an attempt should as places of foreign commerce, were so much valbe made to fix upon the Hungarian liberals the ued, the modern warehousing system has been charge of a narrow and restrictive commercial introduced, by which, so far as regards the great policy.
bulk of foreign trade, every port, whatever duties What the exact nature of “ the very first boon may be payable for consumption, has all the that has been solicited for Hungary” may be, it advantages which free porls alone possessed in foris impossible to say till we receive further details. mer times. Since the bonding system was introHungary, in its full territorial integrity, and with duced into England by Sir Robert Walpole, Lona really independent line of custom-houses, (or don has possessed every advantage as a great absence of them, if it so pleased the Hungarians,) entrepot of trade, and for the re-distribution of forwould indeed be a boon which we do not see the eign produce to neighboring markets, that has been slightest reason to expect. If there be any truth enjoyed by Hamburg. So far as regards its trade in the report, it probably means that a portion of | as a great importer and re-distributor of foreign
LINES ON A DEAD SOLDIER.
produce, Hamburg, by means of the bonding sys- the latter place in 1810, I was led by curiosity to tem, will preserve all the advantages which she see what they came for, and found that it was to now possesses, and this applies to at least seven bury the dead prisoners, as a great mortality pre eighths of her trade.
vailed on board these ships. It must not be forgotten, that although the mer- I was present when one of these large boats full chants of Hamburg have hitherto enjoyed the of naked bodies (lying like logs of wood, one upon great facilities of importing and warehousing for another) arrived at the beach. The bodies were eign produce and manufactures of every descrip- rolled over the gunwale of the boat into the sea, tion, upon payment of a merely nominal duty, yet and then dragged on shore with a boat-hook, and that more than seven eighths of all the goods so thrown into a hole dug in the sand above high-water imported, were for the consumption of neighbor- mark, previous to which, Spanish children would ing countries, and the greatest portion by far for throw handfuls of sand into their mouths, and otherthat of the German states which form the new wise insult them. I could not look on the bodies Zollverein ; and, therefore, although they met with of these unfortunate strangers, buried by their eneno impediment from import duties at Hamburg, mies in this disgusting way, without some queries yet they were, nevertheless, exposed to them in a arising in my mind as to what were their names, more aggravated and inconvenient form, when they who their relations, friends, &c. reached the Prussian frontier. Those goods only This occurrence was afterwards brought to my which were consumed within the very limited recollection on reading the following lines by the state of Hamburg, escaped the burden of customs late Mr. Malcolm, (42d regiment,) as applicable to duties. Seven eighths of the Hamburg trade has what I had witnessed, though not intended by him really been subjected to customs duties hitherto, for that particular occasion :and levied in a shape at once both irksome and uncertain ; much more so than if collected at the place of importation.
Wreck of a soldier passed away,
Thou form without a name ; No one can entertain the slightest doubt that the adherence of Hamburg to the Zollverein, will
Which thought and felt but yesterday,
And dreamt of future fame. greatly extend the influence of the free trade party in the Germanic Confederation, and will thereby
Stripped of thy garments, who shall guess lead to important modifications of the general
Thy rank, thy lineage, and race ? tariff, which will be of infinitely greater impor
Of haughty chieftain holding sway,
Or lowlier destined to obey. tance to the commerce of Hamburg, and of those countries intimately connected with Germany by trade, than any concession which the citizens of
Though from that head, late towering high, Hamburg will be called upon to make, in adopting
The waving plume is torn,
And low in dust that form doth lie, the constitution of Berlin ; while the adoption of Dishonored and forlorn; the bonding system will place them in exactly the
Yet death's dark shadow cannot hide same position with regard to their trade with other ports of the North of Europe in which they at
The graver characters of pride,
That on the lip and brow reveal present stand. Their great trade, however, is Ger
The impress of the spirit's seal.
Lives there a mother to deplore, on the frontier, exposed to the harassing competi
The son she ne'er shall see, tion of smugglers, if they can, as we have no
Or maiden on some distant shore, doubt they will, succeed in materially reducing To break her heart for thee? those duties, paying them at the place of importation, but not until they are required to be for
These unfortunate men considered their being warded for consumption, we shall regard the confined on board of ship as an infringement of the change as a great step in advance for the commer- terms by which they had surrendered, and availing cial freedom of Germany. We shall have occa- themselves of a gale of wind in their favor, they sion again to return to this important subject.
mastered the Spanish guards, cut the cables of the
vessels, that they might be driven across the bay to From the United Service Magazine.
the Trocadero, then occupied by their countrymen FRENCH PRISONERS ON BOARD THE SPANISH blockading Cadiz. Supposing the vessels to have
drifted by the wind, our gun-boats were ordered to PRISON SHIPS IN THE BAY OF CADIZ, 1810.
their assistance, but when alongside they were FROM THE NOTE-BOOK OF CAPTAIN J. F., ROYAL HOS- saluted with cold shot (on board as ballast) thrown PITAL, CHELSEA.
by the prisoners into the boats, upon which, orders When the French army of General Dupont sur- were given to our men-of-war to fire into the prison rendered to the Spaniards at the battle of Baylen, ships ; accordingly, a heavy fire was directed upon in 1808, both men and officers were sent on board the vessels, also from Fort Puntales; however, one of old Spanish men-of-war, fitted up as prison ships succeeded and grounded near the Trocadero. The in the harbor of Cadiz. As large boats from these prisoners in it were liberated by their countrymen, vessels came frequently to the sandy beach between who brought down boats from Puerto Real for that Cadiz and Fort Puntales, while I was stationed at purpose.
I WOULD NOT LIVE ALWAY.
ensures its popularity.–Also, History of the Na
TIONAL CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY. By J. F. CorkWe find the following poem in the Christian Intelligencer, given as the original version of the hymn in the ran, Esq.--- Also, a Literal Prose TRANSLATION
of Dante's INFERNO. By John A. Carlyle, M. D. prayer-book :
For people who cannot read Italian, and yet wish I would not live alway, live alway below! to know this great poem, such a translation is far Oh no, I'll not linger when bidden to go;
better than a versified paraphrase. From the same The days of our pilgrimage granted us here, house we have: Mr. Seymour's MORNINGS AMONG Áre enough for life's woes, full enough for its The JESUITS AT Rome : being notes of conversacheer.
tions held with certain Jesuits on the subject of Would I shrink from the path which the prophets religion in the city of Rome. We have marked of God,
for the Living Age a full review of this interesting Apostles and martyrs, so joyously trod?
work. PicturES OF THE VIRGIN AND HER Son, by While brethren and friends are all hastening home, Charles Beecher : with an Introductory Essay by Like a spirit unblest o'er the earth would I roam?' Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe. This is an original
work. SCENES WHERE THE TEMPTER HAS TriI would not live alway—I ask not to stay Where storm after storm rises dark o'er the way ;
Messrs. Phillips, Sampson 4 Co. have sent us Where seeking for peace, we but hover around, Like the patriarch's bird, and no resting is found ; land, and the first number of a new issue of Shak
the 2d volume of their good edition of Hume's EngWhere Hope, when she paints her gay bow in the air,
speare, in very large type, and on thick, white Leaves its brilliance to fade in the night of despair ; paper. This number consists of The TEMPEST. And joy's fleeting angel ne'er sheds a glad ray,
Messrs. Munroe & Company have sent The CanSave the gleam of the plunge that bears him away. Celestial Empire. By Osmond Tiffany, Jr. A
ton CHINESE, or the American's Sojourn in the I would not live alway, thus fettered by sin ;
handsome volume. Temptation without and corruption within ; Mr. Geo. P. Putnam has published, in excellent In a moment of strength if I sever the chain, shape, Bulwer & Forbes ON THE WATER CURE. Scarce the victory 's mine, e'er I’m captive again. Edited, with additional matter, by Roland S. HoughE'en the rapture of pardon is mingled with fears, ton, A. M., M. D. And the cup of thanksgiving with penitent tears ; The festival trump calls for jubilant songs,
Lamartine's New History.—With a promptAnd my spirit her own Miserere prolongs. ness quite unequalled, the new History by Lamar
tine has been translated, and well translated, and I would not live alway—no, welcome the tomb ! published in this city. The American edition thus Immortality's lamp burns there bright ʼmid the takes the lead of any English edition, while the gloom ;
and ease of its style is such as will not be There, too, is the pillow where Christ bowed his improved upon, if a translation should be attempted
in London, as was promised. The translation has Oh, soft are the slumbers of that holy bed ! been very carefully made by Messrs. Francis A. And then the glad dawn soon to follow that night, Durivage and Wm. S. Chase, of Boston. When the sunrise of glory shall beam on my sight; There are few persons who did not follow with When the full matin song, as the sleepers arise wonder Lamartine's career during the first three To shout in the morning, shall peal through the nths of last year's French revolution. In a skies.
large measure then, he must have owed the popWho, who would live alway? away from his God, ularity which gave him his position to the deserved Away from yon heaven, that blissful abode,
success of his History of the Girondists. It was Where the rivers of pleasure flow o'er the bright which he was so great a part in 1848, should be
natural therefore that his history of the events of plains, And the noontide of glory eternally reigns ;
awaited as uniting claims to interest which seldom Where the saints of all ages in harmony meet,
meet; for one of the first authors of the time, who Their Saviour and brethren transported to greet;
has shown himself one of the first men of the time, While the songs of salvation unceasingly roll,
here resumes his pen to write his own history. It And the smile of the Lord is the feast of the soul.
will be called egotistical. But it could hardly fail
to be so. If Cromwell had written an account of That heavenly music! what is it I hear?
some of the more stirring days of the protectorate, The notes of the harps ring sweet on the ear;
or if Jefferson had left on record the discussions of And see, soft unfolding, those portals of gold ! the committee who reported the declaration of indeThe King, all arrayed in his beauty, behold. pendence, such narratives would have been as egoO give me, I give me the wings of a dove! tistical. It would have been absurd for Lamartine Let me hasten my flight to those mansions above; to fail to write this sequel to his other work, simply Ay, 't is now that my soul on swift pinions would because he, of all men, knew most of what transsoar,
pired in the period of which he writes. And in ecstasy bid earth adieu evermore.
He is certainly a most attractive narrator. And we cannot but congratulate ourselves that his agree
able though of course hasty narrative, is given to NEW BOOKS AND REPRINTS. us in the form in which we have it ; for this will Absence from our post has caused us to neglect prove itself a standard English history. some of the parcels from publishers :
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From the Dublin University Magazine. tember, 1730, was the eldest son of Robert Keith, MEMOIR OF SIR ROBERT MURRAY KEITH, K. B.* who was for some time ambassador at the courts This is the memoir of an upright diplomatist, line of the Keiths of Craig, in Kincardineshire.
of Vienna and St. Petersburg, and of the ancient a character which we are disposed to hope is not His mother was a daughter of Sir William Cunaltogether so rare as many think; at all events, ningham of Caprington, a family in which there the work before us shows that there once lived an envoy who, with a sound judgment and a perfect Sir Robert Keith Dick Cunningham of Preston
were two baronetcies, both now represented by acquaintance with his position, combined the directness of a soldier, and the honor of a true
field, near Edinburgh. Robert Murray's brother knight. The character of Keith is developed by of Jamaica ; and his sister was Mrs. Anne Murray
was Sir Basil Keith, who died in 1777, governor the most satisfactory of all methods, the exhibition
Keith, the friend of Walter Scott, and ose of his own letters, together with those of his correspondents, and in this manner laid open to the engaging character the novelist, as he himself light of day, it commends itself unfailingly to our Bethune Baliol, in the “ Chronicles of the Canon
tells, endeavored to portray under that of Mrs. admiration and esteem. In his private relations he was exceedingly amiable. Although possessed gate.”. Keith was early thrown upon the world. of but a moderate fortune, he saved little from his His father's duties kept him much abroad, and at emoluments as ambassador, conceiving that it was
the early age of eleven he lost his admirable his duty to maintain, by a generous expenditure, his family ascribe much of the tenderness and del
mother, to whose training, even up to that period, the dignities of his station ; and not only was his
icacy of feeling which marked his character. He personal honor unquestioned, but, what we wish could be said of every minister in every land, in but at sixteen was removed to an academy in Lon
was for a time at the High School of Edinburgh, all his transactions he never sought to sap the integrity of others. His simple answer to an in- for the army, as in a letter of this date to his un
don, with, apparently, the object of being prepared quiry respecting the secret-service money placed at his disposal was , that in the twenty-five years dur-cle, Sir Robert Dick, he says~"My present
studies ing which he had been employed in various mis
are, riding the great horse, fencing, French, sions, he had never charged a shilling to the account
fortification, music, and drawing." He seems,
however, to have been well-instructed in the clasof government for secret service. The
correspondence embraces letters from the celebrities of the sics, as he was, in after life, enabled to make use day: from Frederick the Great of Prussia ; from of Latin as a means of intercourse in parts of Euthat Admirable Crichton of real life, whom even rope where he could not easily have availed himWalpole praised, Marshal Conway; from the too- modern languages were, at that time, quite un
self of any other tongue. His acquirements in famous Duchess of Kingston ; from Mr. Brad
usual. French he wrote and spoke like a native, shaw, treasurer of the navy, and afterwards one of the lords of the admiralty; and from other House and he was almost equally conversant with Dutch,
German, and Italian. These acquisitions attest of Commons' men and habitués of the clubs. The story of the memoir is not devoid of interest, but
that early diligence, without which distinctions its other points of interest are almost absorbed by whole of his polyglot store, as we find him sub
are not often gained ; nor did they embrace the the stirring circumstances connected with the Danish revolution of 1772, when the life and rep leaving school he obtained a commission in a
sequently alluding to his “ten tongues.” On utation of the young Queen Caroline, sister of George III., were endangered by a successful con
Highland regiment in the Dutch service, known spiracy and a court intrigue, and when Keith came there until he was two-and-twenty, when the corps
by the name of the “ Scotch-Dutch," and remained forward to her rescue,
After having graduated in the
Scotch-Dutch as a captain, he transferred his ser
vices to one of the German states, with the object It was a proud and happy hour for our ambassador, of improving himself in military science. Whatwhen, having dared the authorities of Denmark to ever knowledge he then acquired was dearly purtouch a hair of her head, he led the injured prin-chased by the hardships and privations to which cess through the halls of Hamlet's Castle,t and he was exposed. The allowances were so insuffiplaced her in security.
cient that there was not enough of fuel, and the Robert Murray Keith, born on the 20th of Sep- necessity which Keith was under of keeping guard *" Memoir and Correspondence of Sir Robert Murray over his store of firewood, during the depth of a Keith, K. B." Edited by Mrs. Gillespie Smyth. 2 vols. severe winter, brought on in him, we are told, a 8vo. London: Colburn. 1849. + The Castle of Cronenburgh, near Elsinore, supposed
habit of somnambulism. Keith served in an active to be the scene of Shakspeare's tragedy.
campaign under Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick, 13