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other apology than that which we volumes, form a very desirable sup. have hazarded in the commencement plement to their contents. But only of our report.

seven quadrupeds, and four birds, The maps, which accompany these

are delineated in the plates,

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Scott's Marmion, a Supplemental Article. On the subject of this poem, a night at twelve o'clock, in the cenfriend has supplied us with an anec- tre of the rock, and apparently at a dote so remarkable, and so illustra- great depth; probably as deep as the tive, not only of the power of the level of the sea. He observed our poetry, but of the nature of local friend to smile at such a fancy, and reports, that we are convinced our then swore that he had himself re. readers will be pleased with it. The peatedly heard it. As the officer had poet certainly cannot be displeased. mentioned that his old acquaintance

In a voyage, with adverse winds, had received some education, our from Leith to London, this friend friend immediately asked him whewas detained two days at Holy ther he had ever read Marmion. On Island, the scene of the trial and his saying, that he had read it with fate of Constance in that poem. He great pleasure, he was asked if the went ashore with an officer, and ex- midnight bell had ever been heard amined the ruins of the abbey, and by him before that period. “ No," found, on what seemed the site of said he, “ we never till then thought the cavern in which Constance Be- of listening for it.” The whole body verley was tried and immured, a of the invalids agreed in the same small fortress, with a few invalids, tale. They had all heard him read under a barrack serjeant, and one Marmion, and all had ever since company of a regiment of militia. heard the midnight bell, though beThe officer instantly recognised the fore that time they never thought of old serjeant as a soldier who had ser. listening for it. ved under his father, who had also A stronger proof of the impresbeen in the army; and their early sive nature of the poetry cannot easi. acquaintance was easily renewed. ly be imagined; and it may serve to The serjeant then guided the voy- show also by means of what faculty agers through the fortress, which is strange and preternatural sounds are built on a high and steep rock; and usually heard, or sights of that dewhen they were on the highest part scription seen. of the rock, he very gravely said, We meant to have interwoven this that there must be some profound little narrative in our account of the cavern in it, to which, after a long Lady of the Lake; but having acci. search, he had been unable to find dentally omitted it, we thought it the entrance. Our friend asked why too curious, knowing it to be lite. he thought so ? Because, said he, a rally a fact, not to be given to the bell is distinctly heard to ring every publick.

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An Account of the British Settlement of Honduras; with Sketches of the Manners of the

Mosquito Indians, &c. By Capt. Henderson of the 5th West India Regiment. 12mo. pp. 220. price 6s. London, 1809.

CAPTAIN HENDERSON observes of their residence is generally confined to that “opportunities for useful in the period of the ins, after which they vestigation, even amidst the fluctua- totally disappear. There is something re. tions of a military life, are often markably curious and deserving of notice

in the ascent of these birds. As soon as the found singularly favourable: but at dawn appears, they in a body quit their the same time, it is probably to be place of rest, which is usually chosen regretted, that the ability and incli- amidst the rushes of some watery savanna; nation to profit by these advantages, and invariably rise to a certain height in a are not more frequently united.” It compact spiral form, and which at a dis

tance often occasions them to be taken for is certain, that the military of our

an immense column of smoke. This attainnation being often employed in fo- ed, they are then seen separately to disreign expeditions, not only see much

perse in search of food, the occupation of of the world, but by making remarks their day. To those who may have had the on the spot, may collect and com- opportunity of observing the phenomenon municate information peculiarly en

of a water-spout, the similarity of evolution titled to attention. The little work

in the ascent of ihese birds, will be thought before us, is a respectable evidence regularly takes place at sunset, is conduct

surprisingly striking. The descent, which of this; and creditable to the author's ed much in the same way, but with incontalents and diligence, Neither the ceivable rapidity. And the noise which time spent by capt. H. in this settle. accompanies this can only be compared to ment, northe extent of his excursions the falling of an immense torrent, or the into the interiour, from which we

rushing of a violent gust of wind. Indeed, might estimate his opportunities for thousands of these birds are not de

to an observer, it seems wonderful, that observation, are marked in his book. stroyed in being thus propelled to the earth He has divided his work into chap- with such irresistible force.ters; and to each chapter has allotted certain subjects: the geographic

The number of white inhabitants cal position of the country, the coast, in the settlement of Honduras is the principal settlements, &c thé about 200; of mulattos and free climate, agricultural resources, soil, blacks, above 500; of negro slaves, animals, and other natural produc- nearly 3000. As our chief supply of tions; the rivers, slaves, pursuits of that elegant cabinet wood, mahogathe settlers, commercial advantages, ny, is from Honduras, we select as &c. The narrative is concise; and a specimen of the work, the capthe geographer, the naturalist, or tain's information on the mode of the philanthropist might desire grea. procuring it. We are interested in ter precision, and completene88, on whatever concerns the material emsundry articles. Capt. H. maintains, ployed in so great a proportion of against Mr. Pennant, that a species our domestick furniture. of antelope is found in this country; it resembles the dorcas, or Barba, “There are two seasons in the year for rian antelope, of Linneus. He also the cutting of mahogany; the first commentions a peculiarity in the swal- mencing shortly after Christmas, or at the

conclusion of what is termed the wet sealow tribe, which deserves notice:

son, the other about the middle of the

year: At such periods all is activity, and “ Myriads of swallows are the occa- the falling of trees, or the trucking out sional inhabitants of Honduras. The time those that have been fallen, form the chief

employments. Some of the wood is rough about twelve feet from the ground, and a squared on the spot, but this part of the stage is erected for the axe-man employed labour is generally suspended until the in levelling it. This to an observer would logs are rafted to the different rivers' appear a labour of much danger; but an mouths. These rafts often consist of more accident rarely happens to the person than two hundred logs, and are floated as engaged in it. The body of the tree, from many hundred miles. When the floods are the dimensions of the wood it furnishes, is unusually rapid, it very frequently happens deemed the most valuable; but for purthat the labour of a season, or perhaps of poses of ornamental kind, the branches or many, is at once destroyed by the break linibs are generally preferred, the grain of ing asunder of a raft, and the whole of these being much closer, and the veins the mahogany being hurried precipitately more rich and variegated. to the sea.

“The mahogany tree is seldom found “ The gangs of negroes employed in in clusters or groups, but single and often this work consist of from ten to fifty eachi; much dispersed; what, therefore, is denofew exceed the latter number. The large minated a inaliogany work, comprehends bodies are commonly divided into several an extent of several miles. The growth of small ones, a plan which it is supposed this tree is considered rapid, but that of greatly facilitates labour.

the logwood much more so, which, it is " Each gang of slaves has one belonging said, attains maturity in five years. to it, who is styled the huntsman. He is “ The log's of mahogany are generally generally selected from the most intelli- brought out by cattle and trucks to the gent of his fellows, and his chief occupa- water side, or to the Barquadier, as it has zion is to search the woods, or as in this been termed in this country, which lias country it is termed, the bush, to find la.

been previously prepared by the foreman bour for the whole. A negro of this de. of the work for their reception. When the scription is often valued at more than five distance is great, this is a labour of infihundred pounds.

nite and tedious difficulty. As soon as a “ About the beginning of August, the sufficient number to form a raft is collecthuntsman is despatched on his errand, and ed, and the waters have gained the neces. if his owner be working on his own ground, sary height, they are singly thrown from this is seldom an employment of much the banks, and require no other aid or delay or difficulty. He cuts his way through guidance than the force of the current to the thickest of the woods to the highest Hoat them to the booms, which are large spots, and climbs the tallest tree he finds, cables placed across the rivers at the dif. from which he minutely surveys the sur- ferent eddies or falls. Here they are once rounding country. At this season, the more collected, each party claiming his leaves of the mahogany tree are invariably own from the general mass, and formed of a yellow reddish hue, and an eye accus- into separate rafts for their final destinatomed to this kind of exercise, can discotion. Sometimes more than a thousand ver, at a great distance, the places where logs together are supported by the booms, the wood is most abundant. He now de. and the catastrophe attendant on their scends, and to these his steps are directed; breaking asunder, which, during extraorand without compass or other guide than dinary floods, often happens, has previ. vhat observation has imprinted on his re. ously been noticed. collection, he never fails to reach the exact “ The mahogany, when disposed of at point to which he aims.

Honduras, produces from sixteen to thirty “ It not unfrequently happens, when the pounds, Jamaica currency, per thousand huntsman has been particularly successful feet.” in finding a large body of wood, that it becomes a contest with his conscience

A single tree has been found to whether he shall disclose the matter to his

contain 12,000 feet superficial; vamaster, or sell it to his neighbour. A liberal equivalent for this breach of fidelity lued at 1,000l. But these advantages being always punctually discharged.

are counterpoised by heavy draw. Those, however, who afford encourage. backs; sạch as, the keep of slaves, ment to such practices, by such impolitick the price of every article of clothtemptation, are perhaps not more mindful ing and provision, all of which are of the old adage than their interest, as

imported (for the colony raises it cannot but indirectly sanction their own slaves to take equal advantage, whenever none) to which may be added, the the opportunity presents itself.

dispersed state of society; for except The mahogany tree is commonly cut at Christmas, the settlers have but

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few enjoyments arising from reci. ment of this dependence is expressed by procal intercourse.

the annual payment of a certain number of

cattle. But neither the Poyers or the We suspect some errour in the rapid growth attributed to the ma

Towkcas possess any thing like the civili

sation of the Mosquito people. Hence unhogany tree; from the general grain questionably the cause and continuance of the superiour kinds of this wood, of their vassalage." we should have thought it of slow growth, rather than rapid.

Our author seems to think these From capt. H.'s visit to the Mos. savages tolerably happy. Their counquito Indians, we learn that

try is pleasant and fertile. Never.

theless, we find among them murder " This nation cannot number at the ut. and treason; for “ the late king most more than 1500 or 2000 men capable George was murdered, and his death of using arms. Immediately contiguous to it are two other tribes, called the Poyers Stephen;" we find discontent and

attributed very openly to his brother and the Towkcas. These people are more numerous, and considered much more envy; and the messengers who carry enterprising and brave, although they are the king's commands, carry also his tributary to the former, and have been so from time immemorial. The acknowledg

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FROM THE BRITISH CRITICK. The Minstrel; or, the Progress of Genius. In continuation of the Poem left unfinished

by Dr. Beattie. Book the Third. 4to. pp. 31. 68. 1808. WE seize on this specimen, which chance has restored to our observa. Silent and dark, save when the moon ap.

“ 'Twas on a night most suited to his soul, tion, lest it should again be over.

peared looked and forgotten. Arduous as the Thro shadowy clouds at intervals to roll, task is, of continuing an approved And half the scene with partial lustre poem, this author is by no means cleared; unsuccessful in it; and the modest Save that the stillness of the air was

cheered manner in which he presents it to

By waters pouring from the heights above; the publick, renders his work the

Save that by fits the ocean's voice was more interesting. “ Notwithstanding heard, the encouragement given him by his With sudden gusts of wind that stirred friends, he is,” he declares, “ very diffident of success with the pub

And rose and fell again, like tender sigbs

of love. lick. He therefore offers his poem in its present unfinished state, not

“Soothed by the scene, he traced the as a pledge for its completion, but

straggling course that he may find, in the manner of Of a small stream, which from the distant its reception, a touchstone by which steep to ascertain its real merit.” Though

Of hills descending, poured its rocky force, unknown to the author, we would

With many an eddying whirl and foamy

leap, willingly stand among the friends

Through a dark, narrow valley, to the deep. who encourage him to proceed. He Shunned was the dell by every earthly writes with purity and elegance, and wight, we see no deficiency of poetick ta- Where ghosts and wicked elves were said lent of any kind, which should pre

to keep; vent his concluding the tale with

True, 'twas a haunted spot; for Edwin's success. The following passage will Oft loved to linger there, and there the

sprite probably induce many of our readers

muse invite." to judge as we do.

p. 24.

SPIRIT OF THE MAGAZINES.

TO THE EDITOR OF THE UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE.

ANNOTATIONS ON SHAKSPEARE: SIR,

BEING about to publish an over several verses without meeting edition of Shakspeare, I shall feel any thing to change in them. An edi. happy by your circulating the follow- tor who does not find, must make ing specimen. The work is nearly faults. ready for the press, and waits but for the last hand being applied to a

“ And you embrace the occasion to de. prefatory essay, proving that Rey- part.” nolds approaches as near to Plautus, And you'd embrace the ocean to depart. ås Dimond does to Shakspeare, and This I alter at my peril. that Sheffington would write better plays if he had any knowledge of the “ We'll make our leisures to attend on drama.

your's.”

I really see no mighty impropriMERCHANT OF VENICE.

ety in this; the bard means:We'll Act 1st.

make our leisures to attend on your * Your mind is tossing on the ocean." leisures !!!"

The folly of editors in overlooking this nonsense would be truly won

My wind cooling my broth,

Would blow me to an ague.” derful, if any human folly were wonderful.

This is stark-staring fatuity. Ana Your mind is crossing of the ocean.

tonio is thinking of his vessels, and

Salarino therefore, takes this mode " Do overpeer the petty traffickers.”

of arousing him from his lethargy.

It should be thus: The whole sentence evinces that our author meaned to describe the

My wind, cooling my broth, pride of the Argosies. I therefore,

Would blow me to the Hague, without hesitation, prefer

where, it may be supposed, the ves.

sels were riding at anchor. Do overbear the petty traffickers.

-But at dinner time “ My ventures are not in one bottom I pray you have a mind where we must trusted."

meet." My ventures are not in one bottom

A simple alteration illuminates thrusted.

the profound darkness of these lines. I have no other reason for alter

But at 'dinner time ing this, than that I have passed I pray you baye a bind that we must eat:

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