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wife. I am not so rich as Cræsus, but I hope, in future, I shall be more on nor am I stingy with what I have, but my guard, as it had nearly cost me the I wish to have things managed rightly, semblance of authority which I had so as in some measure to make both endeavoured to retain. Unfortunately, ends meet, as they call it.
she discovered the risible muscles of I will just give you an idea of my my countenance gathering into a beloved's management. First, when smile; but whether from a consciouswe were married, she made a pudding ness that she had merited what she that lasted (from its enormous size) condemned, or from a design to adnearly a week ; although ourselves and monish me that I was deficient in the the maid constituted the whole of the rules of politeness and good breeding, family. It would take an acre of I know not; but I well recollect, that ground, I believe, to supply her with I received from her such a frown as vegetables, every thing is upon such will not hastily be forgotten, and such a large scale ; and to her variety in an one as I hope never more to raise. nick-knacks there is scarcely any end. From the observations which I have It puts one in mind of what history made, I presume, Mr. Editor, that you says of Mark Antony's kitchen when can easily guess my situation, and in Egypt, where a person saw six wild enter into my feelings; and should I boars roasting at one time, and that be so happy as to excite your sympaonly for a repast for himself and Cleo-thy, I hope one great end of my writpatra. But these articles I should ing will be answered. I wish to live have deemed unworthy of notice, were in peace with one whom I sincerely they not connected with others of a love ; and yet, the price at which I more serious aspect, which drain my have hitherto been doomed to purpurse, and threaten us with ruin. We chase it, is more than my purse can hiave a large house, of which we make well afford. In this dilemma, my only little further use than to employ ser- hopes lie in an appeal to you. vants to keep it clean. Every room, l I do not attribute the evils of which however, must have its due proportion I complain to any bad disposition in of furniture ; and throughout the week my wife, but to the manner in which the sound of the scrubbing-brush is she received her domestic education. constantly to be heard. We have Were servants perhaps to attend to beds, in which no one ever slept; and economy more than they do, in their carpets, on which none besides the masters concerns, they would ulti: servants scarcely ever tread. With mately benefit themselves, in gaining constant polishing, several of our tables or keeping good habits. and chairs have caught the rickets. Our As my wife is a constant reader of fire-irons are polished too highly to be the Imperial Magazine, I am not withtouched; and the shining gridiron is out hopes that something of this kind suspended in a large kitchen, to con- may do her good; but then, I must not vince spectators that it was never laid let her know that I had any band in it. upon the coals.
Upon the whole, we live very happily In the laying in of provisions, my together; but there is a point, beyond dearest is equally profuse. · In these which, it would not be prudent, per articles, quantity and variety strive for haps, for me (though ever so indale mastery, and I am at a loss to know to gent) to give way. To give the reins which I should assign the pre-emi-) entirely out of my own hands, will not pence. I have occasionally ventured do. Masters in their own houses, to hint that this mode of conduct is all men ought to be, but then, susceptible of some amendment; but their sovereignty should be used in I am instantly silenced with this re- | such an agreeable manner. that while mark, that I know nothing about house | bringing about their own designs, keeping, and that she is sorry to find whatever they may be, their partners I have no better taste.
shall appear to reform themselves. The dress of my good lady corresponds Far be it from me to intimate, that any with her other extravagances. To harshness should be used with bonnets, caps, furbelows, flounces, and ladies ; I consider them in the 118 ribands, there is scarcely' any end. I rather of good watches, 'which only I one day happened to smile, when the want the regulator to be altered a no milliner's girl brought home her box, / tle, to put all to rights." and began to unload her gaudy cargo;! It must be obvious to every one,
that unless a person regulate his ex- studding sails, and all her stay-sails, penditure by his income, so as to live and the sea was running very high. In within it, rain, or something equally this situation I saw your son going bad, must ensue. What would be ex- astern, I immediately wore the ship travagance, perhaps, in a person of on the other tack, while the men took limited means, would be but just ex- in all our light sails, and reefed the penditure with a person of a larger top-sails, for it was blowing too heavy property.
to bring the ship on a wind but with * What I wish is, that my beloved double-reefed top-sails. In a few mirib may see that there are others who nutes we lost sight of him; but as soon appear at least to think on these sub as possible I tacked the ship and jects the same as I do, which will stood on a wind, and in about forty have no inconsiderable effect in bring minutes I saw him again from our ing about a reformation in her con main top-mast head a long way to
windward. We made every signal By inserting this, with any correc- possible, but it appeared that he saw tions you may think necessary, you none. He was sitting on the thaught, will do me a real service; but should a little above the middle in water. We your endeavours to serve me fail of passed under his lee about one mile. success, I am afraid I must be content He said, that when he saw this, he beto be what I have styled myself, gan to think we had not seen him. We A Henpecked Husband. stood on until we lost sight of him a
second time, in order to make sure of AN AFFECTING INCIDENT.
his being drifted under our lee against
we returned. The following extract is from a letter “In about fifteen minutes we saw written by Mr. William Coomb, cap- him from the mast head. I then came tain of an American ship called the down, keeping him in sight, until by Felicity, to Mr. B. Banks, captain of degrees I got on deck, when we got an English trading brig; giving an ac- all our lee side manned with running count of the narrow escape of Mr. | bowlines. I then put my second mate William Banks, son of Captain Baker at the helm, with orders to mind no Banks, who, in the summer of 1806, further instructions than what I was sailed with Captain Coomb from Li- then going to deliver, not even of your verpool to Charleston. The letter is son himself. I saw plainly, that if we dated, Glasgow, October 19th, 1807. | missed him that time, it would all be
over. “ DEAR SIR,
“ The sea was still continuing to “YOURs of the 16th inst. I have this run very high ; but when I found that moment received, and I will with plea- I could fetch him, I ordered the mate sure give you every information rela- to bear down on him, and take the tive to your amiable son.
boat on the lee cat-head, and then “ In the morning, before we made clap his helm a lee; by so doing we the land of Charleston, he was on deck had time to catch him from the fore with myself, going to take a double to the mizzen shrouds, which we foraltitude, as the sun had been obscured tunately did by one of the running for several days, and our reckoning bow-lines being put over his head and was out. He went into the boat round his body. The end of this rope which was suspended over our stern, was secured ; and it broke the fishing to do something to the ropes, when, line with which he had made himself on twisting one of the bolts, it broke, fast, it being in the boat when she dragging with it some of the timbers. | broke adrift.” The boat, on falling, received a sudden “ Adieu, I will send you another jerk, which carried away the stern; letter in two or three days, when, with the young man on board, “Yours, with love, having both bow and stern torn out,
" gratitude, and esteem, it fell into the water, and, instantly
“ Wm. Coomb." filling, it was left by the ship. At that ume we were going away with the Mr. William Banks, at the time the Wind quarterly, blowing a strong gale; above accident happened, was about the ship was under her three top-gal- sixteen years of age. He was in this ·lant sails, lower and forc-top-mast perilous situation about two hours and
forty minues. Towards the end of the | 1661, was seen before in the same orbit, year 1806, he sailed to the coast of and under the same circumstances, in Africa, on board an American ship, the year 1522, which gives its period to called the Kitty, and, after an illness be 129 years; and that very remarkof three days, died under an awning able comet (1680) is shewn to be the on the ship's deck, on the 23d of Feb. same with that which appeared in the 1807.
year 1106, its period being 575 years.
The number of comets is very much
greater than that of the planets which OBSERVATIONS ON COMETS.
move in the vicinity of the sun. From
the reports of former historians, as (From Nicholson's Natural Philosophy.) well as from the observations of late
years, it is ascertained that more He says, Besides the seven primary than 450 have been seen previous to planets and their moons, there are the year 1771 ; and when the attenother bodies that revolve round the tion of astronomers was called to this sun, and claim peculiar distinction on object, by the expectation of the reseveral accounts. These are called turn of the comet of 1759, no fewer Comets, and they appear occasionally than seven were seen in the course of in every part of the heavens, their mo- seven years. From this circumstance, tion being formed in very long ellipses, and the probability that all the comets whose lower focus is in or very near recorded in ancient history were of to the sun. By observations of paral- considerable magnitude, the number lax it is found, that at their first ap- is far beyond any estimation which we pearance they are nearer to us than can make. Jupiter; whence it is concluded, that But the number of comets whose they are most commonly less than that orbits are settled with sufficient accuplanet, for if they were as large as racy to ascertain their identity when Saturn they would be seen as far off. they may appear again, is no more
When comets arrive within a cer- than 59, reckoning as late as the year tain distance of the sun, they emit a 1771. fume or vapour, which is called the Their motions in the heavens are not tail. This shows that they contain a all in the order of the signs, or direct portion of matter more rare and vola- like those of the planets; but the numtile than any on the earth; for the tail ber whose motion is retrograde, is begins to appear while they are in a nearly equal to that of those whose higher, and consequently colder region motion is direct. than Mars. The tail is always directed After what has been said, we may to that part of the heavens which is infer, that if comets are habitable, they directly opposite to the sun, and is must be possessed by creatures very greater after the comet has passed its different from any we have been used perihelium than at its approach. to behold. There may be, however,
That part of a comet's orbit which other uses, for which it is probable comes under our observation, is so they may have been formed; the mat. small in proportion to the whole, that ter which composes their tails must in most it does not differ from a para- | fall in process of time to the sun, or bola by quantities that observation the nearest planet that may pass can distinguish; for which reason, the through it, where it may supply, der dimensions of their orbits and periodi- fects, and answer purposes wh! cal times, cannot be determined from our total ignorance of its properties a single appearance with any degree scarcely allows us even to conjecture. of exactness. But from the re-appearance of comets after long intervals of time, in the same region of the hea
Egyptian Tomb. vens, and moving in the same curve, MR. EDITOR. it is decided that they revolve about In this age of indefatigable research, the sun in very eccentric ellipses, be- and ingenuity of invention, subsero ing governed throughout by the same vient to the elucidation of its objeci; law of describing equal areas in equal when our imaginations are conveyer times, which is found to take place in back to the very uttermost verge the inferior part of their orbits. antiquity, by contemplating, as
The comet that appeared in the year were, amidst the silent repository
kings, the vast magnitude and design with a bas-relief, representing an oval, of whose gigantic palaces, temples, in which is sculptured a scarabæus or and mausoleums, the mind can scarcely beetle, and the figure of a man, with fathom, we are led into a train of me- the head of a hawk : on each side of lancholy reflections at the colossal this emblem are two figures, in the act strivings to perpetuate to the latest of adoration. We then descend along posterity their existence, and their each corridor, staircase, entrance hall, almost indissoluble works. This surely and different excavations, each named is a theme to call forth all the energies by Mr. B. as it struck his imagination, of the philosopher and the historian. till we arrive at the sacred depositum
I was led into the above, and a train of the king, Psammis ;* and more fully of similar reflections, after visiting to illustrate and convey an idea of this the Egyptian tomb in Piccadilly, the singular place, a model of the alabaster other day, which, though it did not Sarcophagust is placed in the saloon, perfectly gratify my most sanguine as Mr. B. names this inner chamber. expectations, yet viewed as the in- After viewing the model, which gives tention of the projector was, to con- a pleasing, and I have no doubt, as vey some faint ideas of the extraor- far as ingenuity could accomplish, a dinary sepulchre itself, which for its correct idea of the place itself, we great beauty and grandeur of orna- proceed to several cases of Egyptian ment, executed in the very infancy of antiquities, well worthy the attention the arts, is surely deserving our of the antiquary and the scholar, to warmest commendations. My pre elucidate the history and the antiquisent intention is, to convey to those ties of that extraordinary portion of who have not either leisure or oppor the globe. The collection is rich in tunity of viewing the mimic resem fragments, bigbly embellished with blance, some slight idea of the whole. hieroglyphics, mummies, curious speFrom the confined nature of the pre-cimens of idols, of fine workmanship mises, we are at once ushered into the and brilliancy of colours, of which solemn assembly of deities and kings, several of porcelain are particularly surrounded by all their symbolical beautiful. There are also some of and mythological designations; but scarabai of basalt and verde-antico; we are the next moment instructed one of a square form, used by the by the attendant guide to proceed kings of Egypt, and worn as an ornaabove, to survey first the model of the ment on their breasts. Some fragwhole, presenting to the view a pleas- ments of terra cotta, and lacrymatoing representation, in miniature, ofries, also appear, together with vathe entire formation of this stupen rious figures of alabaster, and plates dous catacomb; then we commence at of the same substance, supposed to the Entrance Partats, which Belzonie have been used for religious cereobserves, are generally surmounted monies; likewise vases and fragments
* This was the room in which Mr. B. found bird over her head : according to the Egyptian hiinself, after he had passed through the small mythology, she was the nurse of the children aperture in the painted wall, spoken of in his of Osiris and Isis. The dress of Osiris is publication, and to this apartment he gave the almost entirely white, which, Plutarch says, name of Entrance Hall. " Its dimensions are was the usual colour of his attire, though some27 ft. by 25 ft. 11 in.; and the pillars are 4 ft. times it was black. The whole tablet is sursquare. Immediately in front of the door, as mounted by the winged globe, accompanied by you enter, is the finest painted group of the the inscription which is scarcely ever wanting, whole sepulchre, consisting of four figures, when this tutelary genius is introduced, whose and representing the reception of some distin- name seems to be indicated by a bent bar, with guished personage, by Osiris, the great divinity a hand. The other characters appear to mean, of the Egyptians An explanation of the subject the Sacred Father of the protecting powers, of this group, will serve as a specimen of the living unalterable, reigning and ministering. manner in which these curious pictures have + 'The Sarcophagus is of oriental alabaster, been interpreted by the eminent scholar to nine feet five inches long, and three feet seven whom he is indebted for the Appendix to the inches wide, its thickness is only two inches, second edition of his Travels. Osiris is seated and it is semi-transparent when a light is placed on the throne of state, supported by pillars or in the inside. It is minutely sculptured within feet: he holds a book in each hand, and in the and without, with several hundred figures, lelt a flail, also king Psammis, with his name which do not exceed two inches in height, and on his belt, is presented to him by the Egyp represent, it may be supposed, the whole of tian Apollo, Argeris, who has the head of a | the funeral procession and ceremonies, relatbawk: behind Osiris, is a female figare, pro- | ing to the deceased, united with several embably the goddess Buto, with a cage, and a blems, &c.
of alabaster, and tomb-stones, from conjecture and theories, plunging us the mummy pits at Gournou, richly still farther into the depths of baseless covered with hieroglyphics; also se speculations, without advancing one veral vases containing the bowels of step towards the development of truth. mummies; idols of wood; a most But, alas! that is for ever closed. beautiful head of black basalt from Ages have buried amidst the desolaSais, in high preservation, represent- tion of empires, the key to their mysing the bust of a negro, finely sculptur- terious language. ed, and rendered singularly striking Having thus gratified our curiosity by a vein of a dun colour running by the survey of these early relics, across the forehead, which the inge- we descend to the inspection of those nuity of the artist appears to have superb paintings in relief, copied from had in view, in order to its embellish- the tomb, and various parts adjacent, ment. There are also ancient shoes, arranged in the order of the different and ropes made of the leaves of the compartments, as nearly resembling palm-tree ; tresses of bair in a state of the original positions as the confined wonderful preservation; two fine spe-space will admit. Those selected for cimens of mummies; one is that of exhibition, are chosen for their beauty an Egyptian priest, remarkable for the of design, and their exact counterparts singular position and bending of the of the original workmanship, for which arms, which appear to be that of ado- we are indebted to the indefatigable ration; the other was opened a short zeal and perseverance of Mr. B. in time since in England; “ It is more taking wax impressions of the most perfect (observes Mr. B.) than any prominent for beauty and design, of of those I unfolded in Egypt, during the great assemblage of gods, deities, six years' research.” The box out of triumphs, sacrifices, &c. &c. displayed which it was taken, is richly covered in the tomb of Psammis. In the with hieroglyphics finely painted. centre of so much attraction, the mind Amongst the great variety of the col- naturally becomes embarrassed for a lection, is a portion of the original subject to fix upon for reflection; bere tomb of Psammis, which had fallen then, on the left of the entrance, is one off from the wall, sufficient to give an peculiarly striking: I mean four figures idea of the infinite diversity and in- represented in the procession of capgenuity of the ancient Egyptian ar- tives. They are Israelites: no one tists.
can mistake them; and here I am led But by far the most valuable speci- to remark the striking similarity bemen of Egyptian antiquities, is a ma-tween the ancient Jews, and those of nuscript of papyrus, said to be the the present day. The same contour of largest known, measuring twenty-three visage, short thick neck, black bushy feet in length, in the most perfect beards, peculiarly arched eye-brows, state of preservation, the character quick penetrating and inquisitive eye, beautifully, and, to all appearance, in short, the first glance of those elaborately executed. This, were it figures must strike the most superficial possible to decipher it, would at once observer, that they are designed to open to us a door through which all personify the seed of Abraham, and their magical illusion of character evidently to grace the triumph of their might be viewed unencumbered by conqueror. Numerous other casts
Psammis, one of the most powerful of colours, wearing large circular ear-rings, having Egyptian kings, whose father Pharaoh-Necho / white petticoats, supported by a belt over their is recorded in Holy Writ, as leading captive shoulder : and next in order march four white into his dominions Jehoahaz the brother of men, with smaller beards and curled whiskers, Jehoakim, king of Judah and Jerusalem. | bearing double spreading plumes on their
The most remarkable feature (says Mr. B.) heads; tattooed, and wearing robes or manof the whole embellishments of the Catacomb, tles, spotted like the skins of wild beasts. Mr. consists of a procession of captives; which B. considers the red men as Egyptians, the will be seen on the left, immediately as you black-bearded men as Jews, and the tattooed enter the chamber on the lower tier, or com- as Persians; and these conjectures seem 10 partment of the wall :-Before a hawk-headed accord remarkably well with the history of the divinity, are four red men, with white kirtles; times concerned for Necho, the father then four white men, with black beards, and Psammis, whose tomb this is supposed to DE, with a simple white fillet round their black l is known, both from sacred history and ir hair, wearing striped fringed kirtles. Before | Herodotus, to have had wars with the Jews these are four negroes, with hair of different and with the Babylonians; and Herode