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rits, and carried bim to the British camp, ,, Somerset. This person had been brought saying, that if taken prisoner he must die, from the West Indies to England by a and he wished to save the life of so brave master, whose name we would, if in our a man, by delivering him to the care of the power, gladly hand down to the execration surgeons of his own nation, who performed of posterity; and falling into bad health, cures beyond the skill of Indians. When I was abandoned by him as an useless artioffered a reward for his kindness he firmly cle of property, and turned into the streets refused it, as he would not sell his good either to die, or to gain a miserable support offices.
by precarious charity. In this destitute
state, almost, it is said, on the point of exELEGANT URBANITY.
piring on the pavement of one of the pubFetelon, Archbishop of Cambray, lic streets of London, Mr. Sharp chanced though inflexible in his religious and moral | 10 see him. He instantly had the poor principles, never failed in accommodating creature removed to St. Bartholomew's suavity so far as higher duties permitted. || Hospital, attended to his wants, and in a The Chevalier Ramsay gives a striking short time had the happiness to see him instance of this amiable politeness. Two restored to health. Mr. Sharp now German poblemen dining with the Arch-clothed him, and procured him comfortable bishop, to testify their high respect, rose employment in the service of a lady. Two from their seats, and stood up when they | years had elapsed, and the story and name drank to his health, according to the cus of the poor negro had almost escaped the tom of their own country. Some young memory of his benefactor, when Mr. Sharp French officers could scarcely repress a received a letter from a person signing burst of laughter at this novelty, and their himself Somerset, confined in the Poultry looks and gestures too plainly indicated Compter, entreating his interference, to the ridicule they did not audibly enunciate. save him from a greater calamity even than The Archbishop turned his eyes upon them the death from which he had before rescued in reproving glances, called for wine, and him. Mr. Sharp iustantly went to the standing, in conformity to the German prison, and found the negro, who in sicketiquette, drank the bealth of the noblesness and misery had been discarded by his who had paid to him a similar compliment. master, sent to prison as a runaway slave. The officers felt, and afterwards acknow- | The excellent patriot went immediately Jedged how admirable was the Arch to the Lord Mayor, Nash, who caused the bishop's bumane adoption of a foreign parties to be brought before him; when, custom, and how intrinsically preferable after a long hearing, the upright magistrate to their assumed superiority over the decided, that the master bad no property strangers.
in the person of the negro in this country,
and gave the negro bis liberty. The THE LATE SIR JAMES GRANT, OF GRANT.
master instantly collared him in the preA lady had sunk a sum of money, for sence of Mr. Sharp and the Lord Mayor, which this chieftain engaged to pay the and insisted on his right to keep him as annuity usual in such cases. In two years his property. Mr. Sharp now claimed the lady died. Sir James understood that the protection of the superior tribuwals ; her sister's family were in distressed cir- caused the master to be arrested ; and excumstances; upon which, with the prompt bibited articles of the peace against him benevolence, and the high honour which for an assault and battery. After various marked all his transactions, the worthy legal proceedings supported by him with Baronet ordered the principal sum to be the most undaunted spirit, the twelve paid to Mrs. and her children.
Judges unanimously concurred in opinion,
that the master had acted criminally. Thus ANECDOTE OF GRANVILLE SHARP.
did Mr. Sharp emancipate for ever the This distinguished philosopher, and race of blacks from a state of slavery while friend to the liberties of mankind, first on British grouod. became known to the public in the case of “ Among the heroes and sages of British a poor and friendless negro of the name of glory," says au eminent Review, "we can think of few whom we should feel a greater, between two poets, Gunnlaug of the serglow of honest pride in claiming as an an- pent tongue and Rafu. They contended for cestor, than the man to whom we owe our the hand of the fair Helga, who, in childpower of repeating with truth,
hood, was betrothed to Gunolaug, whom she “Slaves cannot breathe in England; if ibeir loved, and who since her earliest years had lungs
entertained for her a growing passion. She « Receive our air, that moment they are free: "They touch our country, and their shackles
was daughter to Thorstein the Wise, under fall."
whose auspices the rising genius studied all
the knowledge then in vogue. Gunnlaug HONOUR AMONG THIEVES.
at the social board, asked his preceptor to After the battle of Culloden, a reward | teach him the form of espousal. Thorstein of thirty thousand pounds was offered to complied, and Gunnlaug craved leave to any one who should discover or deliver up repeat his lesson to Helga. The father the young Pretender. He had then taken | said it was idle sport, but did not forbid it. refuge with the Kennedies, two common
on | The lover pronounced the wedding words thieves, who protected him with fidelity, with precision and solemnity, and named robbed for his support, and often went in his witoesses in the presence of his father, disguise to loveruess, to buy provisions for who with the friends that beheld it, laughhim. A considerable time afterwards, one ed at the playful children. Gunnlaug and of these men, who had resisted the tempt. || Helga pleaded at an after period, that not alion of thirty thousand pounds for a breach | only their love but the vows of their hearts of fidelity, was hanged for stealing a cow confirmed the ceremonial. Rafu, more of the value of thirty shillings!
wealthy than Gunulaug wooed the fair;
and was preferred by her relations, but ANCIENT POINT OF HONOUR Gunnlaug vindicated his prior and legal In Ireland duels were frequent even
claim in bloodshed and death. They before an intercourse with the Anglo. | fought, and both fell in the conflict. It Saxons gave a romantic impulsion to the was then enacted, in the greatest Folkmote jurisprudence of the Scandinavians.- or legislative assembly ever known in Athelstane, the lord of earls, the giver of Ireland, that the trial of right by duel, golden bracelets, the most brilliant of the should be taken away for ever. Saxon warriors, educated his foster-son Haco, in the royal hall; and Haco was the first authentic legislator of the hyper. The Edinburgh newspapers have comborean regions. Duels became the arbi-municated the extraordinary birth of twin tration of equity; and it is remarkable that lions in the northern metropolis, and that a fair plaintiff was not allowed a cham- a nurse of the canine species has extended pion. She must “ defend the right" by to them her fostering cares. We have personal prowess. A strange device was seen a Newfoundland dog adopting two adopted for bringing to a certain degree of young seals in a similar way. Her own equality, a woman appealed by a man. progeny happened to be five weeks old He was planted in a hole dug so deep that when these amphibious creatures were the surface of the ground must rise to his caught in a net. The puppies were regirdle. Thus confined, he stood exposed moved to the house of a friend five miles to the female opponent, who had free distant, and partly by threats, and partly range round and rouud bim, to strike his by earesses from his master, enforced, no bead or body with a thong or string to || doubt, by the uneasiness arising from her which a heavy stone was attached. The milk, Coaxer accepted the seals as nursman was furnished with a club, to defend lings. They seemed lively for the first himself and annoy his adversary; and if, | month, but then evidently drooped. One while attempting to strike, his blows fell | died the fifth week, and the other did not three times to the ground, instead of reach- survive its companion more than thirteen ing the woman, an award of vanquishment days. Their canine adoptive parent long passed against him. The most fatal and bemoaned her loss. memorable duel upon record took place
THE CORRESPONDENCE OF CAROLINE.
along the intercolumviation of the opper Bury, Suffolk, Aug. 6. arches. The service had begun, and the Mar I arrogate to myself, my dear peals of the organ, now high now low, sister, variety in my letters to you? The gave to his ardent imagination no feeble Jast, 1 fear, is dreadfully romantic; and so
picture of the angelic choir, hymning the fully was I aware of this, that I promised praise of their Maker as they winged nearer my next should be from Worcester, or
earth, or again soared to heaven. rather that it should give you some account
The interior of the Cathedral was not at of that place. I have, in imitation of all all in unison with the appearance of its tourists, made notes of what I saw during outer-works, for here the hand of improveour peregrinations, and the annexed ac ment had been suffered to continue its un. count of a Cathedral bas amused me. il holy cleansing till every vestige of traceryhave attempted the style of the author of work, or enamelling, was either clotted Wererley. I tell you that I have attempted with white-wash or covered with paint, it, but do not imagine for a moment that I depriving ancient art of all that was veberthink I bave at all succeeded.
able or artist-like. The exterior facing improved as it had been, was yet broken by
many a massive angle and threw its depth THE CATHEDRAL-A FRAGMENT. of architecture into broad shadows; but
The exterior of the building to which the interior exhibited one sheet of white, be now bent bis steps, exhibited nothing chilly and cold to the eye of the painter, particular with any other elevation of the and possessing but few attractions to the fifteenth century; it was massive and lover of architectural beauty. The engrand, and erected upon circular, or Saxon riched statue, which at one time showed its arches: on each side the north entrance | vermillion and gold, was now covered with were unoccupied niches, except by two a lucid white. All the beauty of curtain, projecting bases, which probably once of capital, of frieze, every interstice was held the effigies of two boly men. Its' 6lled with ochreous mortar, hard as its cancellated window above the entrance, of, original cement. Still, however, the beaua later date, was robbed of much of its tiful proportions of the building were unornamental work, but whether by the distinguishable; these were as they were hand of time, or the more ruthless haud of left by the great architect Walstan, and modern improvement, it was now too late the elliptic arches, whether intended to bear to decide. Ivy filled up many of the the resemblance of enarching trees, or as ebasms which the destroyer had made, and realizing any other figure of older tinies, wound itself about till it had coiled round or any theory presumed by architects of some column, and not being able to climb 'modern time, they lifted his soul to those bigher, it waved in the air, stopping here regions which the association of Grecian and there about the architrave, surmount or Roman dome could never form to his ing the battlemeats, and playing a thous imagination. and fancies between the tabernacle-work The monuments which lined the aisles of till it attracted the eye to the magnificent' the nave, contained but few that harmonspire of the building, round which the ized with the place; recumbent Bishops, chough and the crow played their airy in the act of conferring a blessing, and redgambols. The striking and overwhelming cross Knights, were not seen here in mul. heat of the outward air receiving a check titudes; but a few modern personifications from the worarified air of the building, of graces and virtues of moderu date shockcaused the perspiration wbich was seated ed the eye, as did pimping mural slabs, on his brow to turn chilly, while he un- mustard-pot vases, and blubbering infants, covered his bead to enter the building ;' the great work of Roubiliac, adorned the but soon a more congenial breeze played side of one entrance into the choir ; but he along the nave, and ever and anon poured was disgraced in the other by effigies which art must 'ever disown. Carriers of snug alderman's clerk, who put up his stone showed here many a spoilt block of hair as he took his seat-each accommomarble, but the divine hand of a Chantry || dating himself to what he deemed most was wanting to give a charm to modern | becoming. Nor were peculiar characters statuary; had he been employed we should wanting. There was the dressed-out beau, not have seen wounded beroes falling into formed to attract maiden's hearts on the the arms of ladies whose names were un. one hand, and the poor parish driveller known to us: here lay, for an example, on the other; the one demanding atten. the mitred Abbot and whimpled dame, tion by a thousand fashionable airs—the dismembered occasionally, it is true, by other, by repeating his responses louder, John Bullish idiotcy or Vandalism ; and and with more affected piety, than the here lay Timothy Jackson, shouldering rest; the one pulled up his collar twenty some venerable dean; there lay the parson times-the other threw up his eyes to and the clerk, or their ladies, surmounted heaven, and as often waved bis palsied. by golden Aames or blubbering cherubs. hands. But T was interrupted in his
The choir, which he now entered, was contemplations. The service at the altar of the grandest proportion, injured as it was about to comnience: the procession of was by the modern stalls of Henry VIII. ; | the few prebendaries, preceded by the while its altarpiece, of Roman design, | verger, marched to the full swell of the laughed to scorn all attempts at rendering organ, wbich T- almost wondered had it Gothic, and showed the miserable taste ever given place to the nasal twang; and which had intruded here with unpro- || be fancied, as he beheld the well-bred and fessional hand. Its window, however, was rosy choristers, that he had, like many trumpery; but the pulpit of stone showed
of his sect, condemned ceremonies which with how idle a tale we had branded those they had never beheld, or which, perhaps, monks as drones in the hive, who, indeed, | found no upison in their minds. as such, had executed this building.
The vicar.choral, who chaunted the serT
was a Dissenter, but yet a man vice, was a veteran in bis art; he was fat of taste, and could not prevent bis eyes and healthy-looking, though thirty years from wandering during a religious exercise of hard duty had worn his frame. Disciforeign to his creed; yet he felt a subdued || pline had not appeared to check his ecstacy as the monkish chaunt ran along growth, and cheerfulness kept him from the passages of the cathedral: and when declining: pious hope lighted up bis his heart whispered that the Alcocks, the countenance. Time had thinned his flowWykehams, and the Islifs were the founding locks, for they lay scattered on bis ers of such piles, his conscience, half- forehead; and proved, if not a crown of church, half-dissenter, promised to inquire glory, one of venerableness. When the further into all this, if the architects of sermon was ended, T- declared that these times, the sculptors, the illuminators if he felt not all that devout warmth for of missals, these physicians, and authors, the establishment that others did, he had were buried in all that sloth which non- no objection for the future to attend that conformists had painted them.
ritual and those ceremonies, which had The cathedral was now nearly full: its been composed by the best of men, and inmates, it is true, were not so numerous cherished by their worthy descendants. as he had seen them in the extra-parochial chapels in London, but there were many both of poor and rich. The dignitaries of So much, my dear Margaret, for my the college, with their wives and families, profound literary exercise: it is, at least, formed the principal part of the congrega. | better than entertaining you with those tion; their servants and dependants, the || éguremens of the heart, or such other fol. poorer. There was the countryman, in his lies of your sister; who yet subscribes her. clean frock, who smoothed down his hair self, your's, most affectionately, as he entered; and there was also the
SKETCHES OF PUBLIC CHARACTERS.
THE LATE MR. CURRAN.
professional occupations, and one half of Ix bis political relations Mr. Curran was the night in the House of Commons, and not viodictive. The prominent and decid- the other in the convivial meetings of the ed part which he took in public affairs, || leaders of bis party, he re-appeared on the necessarily involved him in many enmities succeeding morning in the courts, as fresh which the condition of the times, and the for the ensuing labours of the day as if he nature of the questions at issue, inflamed
had spent the interval in renovating sleep. into the highest state of exasperation; but | There were, in his more ordinary habits, as soon as the first fever of passion and many similar indications that his frame indignation had subsided, he evinced a
was, as it were, overcharged with life. In more forgiving disposition than he found || his conversation his fancy generally beamong his opponents. In his latter years
came more brilliant as the night advanced. he spoke of the injuries which he had sus.
He retired to bed with reluctance; and his tained from Lord Clare and many others, | friends often remarke 1, that he was seldom with a degree of moderation which could so eloquent and fascinating as after he had scarce have been expected from a person
risen from his chair, momentarily about to of his quick and ardent temperament.
depart, but still lingering and delighting A few days before his death, Mr.Curran them—indulgens animo, pes tardus erat. strolled into the Poets' Corner, in West- || One reason why his frame required so little minster Abbey. As he contemplated the may be, that his sleep was generally most monuments he became deeply affected by profound, and uninterrupted by dreams. the spectacle of mortality on every side, | The latter circumstance he often regretted, and for the moment dismissing every
for he was inclined to think that the throng barsler feeling, gave up his mind to the of fantastic ideas which present themselves solenın reflections which the scene was
in dreams, miglit, if carefully attended to, calculated to inspire.-" The holy influ
have supplied him with new sources of ence of the spot," to adopt the words of an || poetic imagery. illustrious countryman of his in relating
In bis diet he was constitutionally temthis circumstance, “ had so subdued him, perate; he ate little, and was extremely that he began to weep."—While he was in
indifferent regarding the quality of his fare. this softened mood, he observed at a little
From his attachment to the pleasures of distance his old antagonist Dr. Duigenan. convivial society, he was supposed to bave Mr. Curran, considering that they were
been addicted to wine; but the fact was, both to be soon beyond the possibility that a very small quantity excited him; of further conteution, and that no place and whenever he drank to any excess (as could be more suited for the exchange of was sometimes the case in large companies) mutual forgiveness, approached, and affec- it was rather mechanically and from ipattionately offered him his hand.—“ I shall tention than from choice. When left to never take Mr. Curran's hand,” replied the his natural propensities he was almost as Doctor, and abruptly turned away.
temperate in this respect as in his food. One of his great peculiarities was, that
At his own table he was hospitable and in the most trivial things he was particular.
unceremonious. In every trausaction of He did not sit in his chair like other persons,
common life he disliked and despised the he was perpetually changing his position, affectation of state. His maxim was, that throwing himself into attitudes of thinking, the festive board should be a little repuband betraying, by the incessant play of lic, where the host, having previously proshifting expressions on his countenance,
vided whatever was necessary for the gethat there was something within which
neral interest, should appear with no was impatient of repose.
greater privileges or responsibilities than a During the more active period of his life guest. he frequently sacrificed a night's rest with From the same distaste to show, he was impurity. After passing the day in his l always remarkable for the plaiuness, and Ne. 145.-Vol. XXIII.