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But take only a glance of the evils a child grow up with the loss of limbs, which too frequently attend this de- or be ever so much deformed, and structive amusement--this delusive en- walking in the paths of virtue and injoyment. A mere retrospect within tegrity, than I would see one in the the circle of our own acquaintance will most perfect use of those faculties, and prove the fact. How many have curs yet pursuing the course of vice. I ed the hour when they first drank of have, for many years, narrowly watchthis corroding poison! How many who ed those who have moved within once bade fair to be an ornament to my circumscribed sphere of acquaintsociety, have had their minds debased, ance, and I have generally found them their habits vitiated, their happiness to turn out indiscreet, dishonest, or. destroyed—by the indulgence of dan base; the wretched destroyers of their cing! Incitements to the gratification own peace, and the formidable invaof every vicious propensity are here ge- ders of the happiness of all those who nerated. The unseasonable hours when belonged to them: while, on the condancing is carried on, are enough to trary, others who have had prudenco stamp it with eternal infamy. Take a and resolution enough to abandon such view of the individual who participates a scene of iniquity, have candidly conin this excrcise, and who depends upon fessed, that had they remained in the his own exertions for a maintenance ; course which they were pursuing, it and I ask, whether he is competent to must have led to final ruin. I do not say, follow his regular avocations with cre- but that there are some few exceptions dit and integrity, after leaving the dan-to this general principle; but I do afcing room at so late an hour, even ad-firm, from extensive observation, that mitting that he is so circumspect as to the great majority fall into this lamentavoid all alluring temptations ? But able situation. if he falls into the other temptations Look at the vast bulk who attend wbich surround him, (and which more the dancing academies within this frequently happens by far,) what a metropolis, and who were once re. picture of human wretchedness does spectable, virtuous, and healthy, the he present! We all know that an as- delight of all around them ; but now sociation with company under such cir- the frightful spectres of human form cumstances is unavoidable. With some the emaciated and immolated victims you form an acquaintance who are of self-delusion--the cheat of their own above your sphere of life; and to keep | fancy-the murderers of their own exup an equal degree of outward respect istence—the precipitate preparers of ability, dishonesty is a general means their own charnel house: Peruse the resorted to ; while, on the contrary, black and gloomy records of the catathere are others, from whom you can- logue of crimes; trace the history of not be entirely separated, who are sunk the individuals, once respectable, into the lowest state of degradation whose names are inscribed there; and and immorality. Intemperance and you will find the index of their misforevery species of profligacy, in all their tunes generally point to the indulgence diversified forms, are the inseparable of this alluring vice. and wretched companions of such a Were it not for transgressing the life.
necessary limits of your columns; I I might most easily enumerate more might lead you step by step through particularly the stimulants to vice; but all the diversified gradations of human as I am unwilling to draw aside the disgrace and human depravity; and veil whích hangs over the innocent we should find that dancing is suborcheeks of pale-flushed modesty, I shall dinate in no one particular towards the abstain, and let the reader supply the propagation and encouragement of deficiency. All this refers not only to every thing degrading, pernicious, and one sex, but to both. I recollect hear- / fatal.
W M . ing a gentleman once declare, that he Blackfriars-road, Sept. 12, 1821. would rather see his child fall down and break both its legs, than it should ever learn the cursed system of dan
MANUAL OF EPICTETUS. cing. Yes, Sir, and though it may / Mr. Editor. appear repugnant at first to human na- SIR,-Should the following passages ture, I feel not ashamed to echo the in the Enchiridion, or Manual of Epicsame sentiment. Rather would I see tetus, meet with your approbation,
their insertion in the Imperial Maga- / ed am I! But it should be rememzine will oblige
bered, how we are affected in bearing Your's, very respectfully, the same thing concerning others.
“If any person had delivered up Penzance, Aug. 14, 1821.
your body to any one whom he had
met in the way, you would certainly “ Require not things to happen as be angry. And do you feel no shame you wish; but wish them to happen as in delivering up your own mind to be they do happen, and you will go on disconcerted and confounded by any well.
one who happens to give you ill lan“ Remember that you must behave guage. in life as at an entertainment. Is any “Duties are universally measured thing brought round to you ? Put out by relations. Is any one a father? In your hand, and take your share with this are implied, as due, taking care moderation. Does it pass by you ? of him, submitting to him in all things, Do not stop it. Is it not come? Do patiently receiving his reproaches, his not stretch forth your desire towards correction. But he is a bad father. Is it, but wait till it reaches you. Thus your natural tie, then, to a good father? do with regard to children, to a wife, No: but to a father. Is a brother unto public posts, to riches: and you just ? Well, preserve your own situ. will be, some time or other, a worthy ation towards him; consider not what partner.
he does, but what you are to do. In “ Remember that you are an actor this manner you will find, from the in a drama, of such kind as the author idea of a neighbour, a citizen, a genepleases to make it: if short, of a short ral, the corresponding duties, if you one ; if long, of a long one. If it be accustom yourselves to contemplate his pleasure you should act a poor the several relations. man, a cripple, a governor, or a pri- “Immediately prescribe some chavate person, see that you act it natu- racter and form of behaviour to yourrally. For this is your business, to self, which you may preserve both act well the character assigned you. alone and in company. To choose it, is another's.
“For be assured, that if a person “If you have an earnest desire of be ever so sound himself, yet if his attaining to pbilosophy, prepare your companion be infected, he who conself from the very first to be laughed verses with him will be infected likeat, to be scorned by the multitude, to wise. hear them say, He is returned to us as “ If any person tells you, that such a philosopher all at once! and whence a person speaks ill of you, do not this supercilious look? Now, for your make excuses about what is said of part, do not have a supercilious look you, but answer, “He does not know indeed, but still keep steadily to those my other faults, else he would not have things which appear best to you, as mentioned only these.' one appointed by God to this station. “ If you are struck by the appearFor remember, if you adhere to the ance of any promised pleasure, guard same point, those very persons who at yourself against being hurried away first ridiculed, will afterwards admire by it; but let the affair wait your leiyou: but if you are conquered by them, sure, and procure yourself some delay. you will incur a double ridicule. Then bring to your mind both points
“When a neighbour's boy has had of time; that in which you shall enjoy a slight accident, broken a cup, for the pleasure, and that in which you will instance, we are presently ready to repent and reproach yourself, after say, These are things that will happen. you have enjoyed it: and set before Be assured then, that when your own you, in opposition to these, how you cup likewise is broken, you ought to will rejoice and applaud yourself if be affected just as when another's cup you abstain. And even though it is broken. Transfer this in like man- should appear to you a seasonable ner to other things: Is the child or wife gratification, take heed that its entiof another dead? There is no one who cing, and agreeable, and attractive would not say, “ This is an accident force, may not subdue you; but set in to which human nature is liable.” But opposition to this, how much better it if any one's own children happen to is to be conscious of having gained so die, it is presently, Alas! how wretch- ' great a victory,
“ When you do any thing from a parties will probably be much disapclear judgment that it ought to be pointed in the perusal of these three done, never shun the being seen to do cantos. it, even though the world should make Upon the whole, these three cantos a wrong supposition about it: for if appear a little more free from the poiyou do not act right, shun the action sonous inuendoes which distinguished itself; but if you do, why are you their predecessors: whether this be afraid of those who censure you owing to the publisher's report wrongly?
" That several people take exception “If you have assumed any character At the first two books having too much truth;"> above your strength, you have both made an ill figure in that, and quitted
“ Through needle's eyes it easier for the caone which you might have supported.
mel is “Whtever rules you have delibe- To pass, than those two cantos into families;”. rately proposed to yourself for the con- Together with his lordship's acknowduct of life, abide by them as so many ledgment, that laws, and as if you would be guilty of « Now my lost fancy « falls into the yellow impiety in transgressing any of them: Leaf,' and imagination droops her pinion, and do not regard what any one says | And the last truth which hovers o'er my desk of you, for this, after all, is no con Turns what was once romantio to burlesque.” cern of yours. How long will you de Two things yet appear to be his fer to think yourself worthy of the no- Lordship's abomination, and these he blest improvements, and in no instance seems to continue to bate as cordially to transgress the distinctions of rea- as a good Mussulman does pork ; son? You are no longer a boy, but a marriage and society. We are afraid grown man. If, therefore, you will there is but too good reason for his be negligent, and slothful, and always antipathy to both, which leave him add procrastination to procrastination, buta very inadequate judge of the blesspurpose to purpose, and fix day after ings of either. He long ago wrote that day, in which you will attend to your-" He was the most unfit of men, to herd with self, you will insensibly continue with man.” out proficiency: and living and dying, And this we believe : on the subject persevere in being one of the vulgar. of marriage also, he has often given This instant then think yourself wor- his opinion; he has here again introthy of living as a man grown up, and duced it, and it is “ sour” enough: a proficient. Let whatever appears to “ Tis melancholy, and a fearful sign you to be the best, be to you an invio-. Of human frailty, folly, also crime, lable law. And if any instance of
That love and marriage rarely can combine;
Although they both are born in the same pain or pleasure, or glory or disgrace,
clime. be set before you, remember that now Marriage from love, like vinegar from wineis the combat, now the olympiad comes A sad, sour, sober beverage-by time on, nor can it be put off; and that by Is sharpen'd from its high celestial flavour once being worsted and giving way,
Down to a very homely, household savour.” proficiency is lost; or, by the contra There hath long been a mystery ry, preserved.” .
about this man, which has rendered him an object of peculiar interest.
Voluntarily exiled from his own land, LORD BYRON'S DON JUAN. a fugitive in that country which once
was Greece, yea, and which is Greece Again has the voice of the mighty au- still, notwithstanding the barbarous tocrat of British poets sounded from names by which the moderns have the spot of his voluntary ostracism to parcelled it out, and the mushroom the shores of this, his native country ; ! race that has sprung over the graves long have the admirers of the noble of their forefathers; from that country bard been anxiously expecting the fu- his poetical inspirations have come hiture cantos of Don Juan; and long ther like the awful responses of the have the friends of religion and mo- Delphic oracle: we heard the voice, rality been fearing for what should but were hidden from the pseudo-divicome next in the exquisitely disgust-nity which delivered it. Yet even ing details of this unprofitable, yea, Lord Byron himself may learn in time iniquitous poem. At last it is before that the pungency of his own producthe public, and neither of the above tions will destroy their effect on pa
lates which he has so highly stimu-, ther, and in spite of the remonstrance of lated, and that something more will Haidée, and the dagger of her hero, be necessary to maintain his popula- called in a band of his attendants, rity than the distance between Eng- who presently carried Juan on board, land and Ravenna-yet he has not and bore away with him to Constantionly the poetry of nobility, but the no-nople, and sold him for a slave, leave bility of poetry. And if piety and pa-ing the frantic female to die of a brority had been the blandishments of his ken heart. HereJuan enters upon a new muse, and his native country the soil series of those illicit adventures which of his productions, there are few names his Lordship's peculiar taste can furin the peerage which I should more nish in such variety : the principal have honoured than that of Byron. sultana having fixed her mind on a
The following stanzas are interest paramour, and seeing Juan walk past ing, as connected with the name of | her window to the slave market, reDante ; and have, like many others, solves to obtain him at all events. For little to do with Don Juan :
this purpose she employs an old do“I pass each day where Dante's bones are laid : mestic of“ the third sex," as his Lord
A little cupola, inore neat than solemn, ship says;-Juanis purchased, brought Protects his dust, but reverence here is paid to the palace, and attired by Baba the To the bard's tomb, and not the warrior's
eunuch in a rich female costume, in column: The time must come, when both alike decay'd, order that he may pass unsuspected
The chieftain's trophy, and the poet's volume, | into the presence of the sultana, as a Will sink where lie the songs and wars of earth, young female Frank. With a scene Before Pelides' death, or Homer's birth. connected with this cvent, the canto “ With human blood that column was cemented, and the volume closes.
With human filth that colamn is defil'd; It will not be difficult for those who As if the peasant's coarse contempt were vented To shew his loathing of the spot he soild ;
do not care to read the poem, to divine Thus is the tropby usd, and thus lamented
how these situations are illustrated by Should ever be those blood-hounds, from
his Lordship’s pen, which seems, like whose wild
an enchanter's wand, to summon all Instinct of gore and glory earth has known the facilities of the English language Those sufferings, Dante saw in bell alone.”
into his Protean stanzas ; some of I shall conclude these desultory re- / which are as stiff and unbending as the marks by an imperfect sketch of the oak, and others as sweet as Hyblean subjects of these three cantos of Don honey, but it is the honey of the acoJuan, not supposing that my animad- nite, dulcet on the lip-but bitterness versions will have any influence upon and poison in his belly that receives those who have read, or intend to read the poem; yet I marvel how any modest maiden or virtuous matron can allow herself to read it, and not impugn her own innocence: such a cage Review.-Collections for a Topogruof unclean birds it is impossible to turn phical and Historical Account of Bosinto the imagination, but they must ton, and the Hundred of Skirbeck in leave a trace or a taint on the heart. the County of Lincoln, with Engra
The second canto (before published) vings, by Pishey Thomson. 8vo. pp. left Juan the hero, in the arms of Hai 460. London. Longman, Hurst, Rees, dée, the princess of an island which Orme and Brown; and Baldwin, Craher father seems to have held in fee dock, and Joy, Paternoster-row; Nisimple by virtue of his piratical prow chols and Son, Parliament-street'; ess; and who was out on a cruise Major, Skinner-street; Symco, Ayrwhen Juan was shipwrecked on his street, Piccadilly, &c. 1820. shore. The third canto unfolds the return of this “ lawyer of the deep ;” | his daughter having concluded him | Boston is a large commercial borough lost at sea, was in the thick of her re- town of Lincolnshire in England. It vel with her paramour, bis domestics, stands in that division of the county &c. when Lambro entered his own called Holland, and is nearly surhouse ; the old pirate choaks the risings rounded by the fens, the greater part of his resentment, which nevertheless of which having been inclosed and burns fiercely within hiin, till he pre- | drained, is now appropriated to arable sently surprised the young couple toge- and meadow lands.
Previously to this great underta-1 In tracing the progress of Boston king, Boston had lost much of its po- from the Norman invasion to the prepulation and trade, but this event has sent time, Mr. Thompson has recordrenovated the place. It stands on the ed the various incidents which have banks of the Witham, which dischar marked and diversified its history. ges its waters into the sea, about five Many of these are rendered remarkmiles east of the town. Here is a able by their singularity; and it is commodious, well-frequented haven; pleasing to observe throughout the and formerly an extensive trade was whole, the visible influence of appacarried on in the exportation of wool, rently secret causes, operating to prowhich being prohibited, the merchants duce those vicissitudes, which the proemployed their capitals in other gress of time displays to the observer's branches'of commerce; in consequence eye. of which, the town has considerably The ancient state of Boston exhibits increased in opulence, trade, and po | many singular curiosities; among pulation. It is now one of the most | which the establishment of several reconsiderable towns and ports in the ligious houses, the manner in which county of Lincoln.
their internal concerns were regulated, Boston is a place of great antiquity. I and the superstitious practices to According to Bede, its former name which they gave rise, are not the least was Botolph, from St. Botolph, a Sax remarkable. Of the guilds, charters, on, who founded a monastery here, and chantries, the author has taken and thus gave origin to the town; but special notice: and its ancient and other writers assert, that the Romans stately church has been honoured with had a station here ; and they exhibit a minute description. stones and urns that were dug out of In a commercial view, Boston has the ruins in 1716, in support of their been exposed to a variety of changes. opinion. So early as the reign of Hen- Of these the author takes particular ry I. a man named Henry Chamber-notice ; marking the dates of its prilain, with some accomplices, disgui- rileges, and mercantile revolutions, sed in the habits of monks, set the and recording the imposts, clogs, and town on fire in several places, that impediments, which retarded its proshe might have an opportunity of plun- perity, and more than once reduced it dering the inhabitants. Chamber- to the eve of ruin. lain was taken and executed, but he' The account given of the river Witrefused to impeach his associates. ham, and its swans and fisheries, Such is the generally received history cannot but prove interesting to all of this town, to which the volume be-/ who are acquainted with the district fore us refers.
| through which the water runs; and the Mr. Thomson, however, in prosecu- historical observations which are made ting his work, is not guided by the on the adjacent fens, plainly prove, uncertain light of compion opinion. that through every age they have been He examines the records of remote an deemed of importance. tiquity, avails himself of the aids Of the sea banks of Richmond fee which contemporary and preceding of honour, of public buildings, places antiquarians and historians furnish, of worship and of amusement, chariand finally, gives to his readers the re- table institutions, library, public gaol, sult of his investigations. This result, and seminaries of instruction, the auwith respect to the remote origin of thor gives a sufficiently detailed acthe town, conducts us back to the days count. To this he has added various of the Romans, and he adduces many observations on the commercial imbranches of evidence to give confirm portance and prosperity of the town, ation to his decision. In collecting as well as taken a survey of its envithe evidence leading to this result, the rons, adverting to its accommodations, author has exercised much industry, its charities, and to the literary chaperseverance, and research, so that racters who have adorned Boston with scarcely a source of information is left their names. urexamined. Many curious docu- In this collection, the families that ments are also introduced ; and the have been renowned for wealth and various branches are enlivened by power, hold a distinguished rank, anecdotes which characterize the ages Some of these have long since become in which they are reported to have oc- extinct; but others still retain, in the curred.