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Literary 3nformation. and praiseworthy part of the world, who

have been born and bred to respeetaITALIAN TRANSLATION OF ble idleness, what terrible straits are SHAKSPEARE.

the lot of those scandalous rogues whom

Fortune has left to shift for themselves!** The last volume of the Italian translation of Shakspeare, by Michele Leoni, full of penitence for the sin of urgent ne

Such was my feeling ejaculation when, recently made its appearance at Verona, cessity, I wended my way to the attorney and has been greatly eulogized by the who had swept together, and, for the foreign critics.

most part, picked up the crumbs which

fell from my father's table. He was a JAMES'S NAVAL HISTORY.

little grizzled sardonic animal, with Mr. James is about to publish a new features which were as bard as his lieart, and improved edition of his Naval His- and fitted their leather jacket so tighttory.

ly, that one would have thought it bad “The Journal of an Exile," descrip- shrunk from washing, or that they had tive of the scenery and manners of the bought it second-hand, and were pretty most interesting parts of France, espe nearly out at the elbows. They were cially among the peasantry, in 2 vols. is completely emblematic of their possesse preparing for publication, and expected or, whose religion it was to make the to appear early in March.

most of every thing, and, amongst the A gentlemani

, long resident in Italy, rest, of the distresses of his particular is about to publish the result of his ob- friends, amongst whom I had the hapservations among the higher orders piness of standing very forward. My there, under the title of “The English business required but little explanatiou, in Italy.” The work is to extend to for I was oppressed by neither rent. 3 vols, and to be ready in April.

rolls nor title-deeds ; and we sat dova “ The Historical and Literary Tour to consider the readiest means of turnof a Foreigner in England and Scot- ing an excellent income for one year inland;" with anecdotes of celebrated to something decent for a few more. persons visited by the author, including My adviser, whose small experienced most of tbe literati of both countries, in eye had twinkled through all the speci2 vols. 8vo. is expected to appear spee- lations of the age, and, at the same time, dily.

had taken a very exact admeasurement

of my capabilities of turning them to Extract from a letter from Paris :- advantage, seemed to be of opinion “ The edition of a · Selection of the that I was fit for nothing on earth. For Works of English classic Authors,' one undertaking I wanted application; printed by Didot, published by Galig- for another I wanted capital." Now," nani, and edited by Mr. Washington said he, “as the first of these deficienIrving, promises to be a good specula- cies are irremediable, we must do what tion. The habit of reading, and even we can to supply the latter. Take my speakiug, English is quite the order of advice.-Insure your life for a few thouthe day; and the work is what you call sands; you will have but little premium in London well got up, and much to pay, for you look as if you would cheaper than the English editions. But live for ever; and from any knowledge every body is surprised that Mr. Irving of your rattle-pated habits and the vashould put himself at the head of such rious chances against you, I will give an enterprise. An American in Paris, you a handsome sum for the iusurance." editing British works, is a sort of ano Necessity required me to acquiesce in maly amounting here to a positive scan the proposal, and I assured the old cordal. Such a life, it is said, is neither morant that there was every likelihood dignified nor patriotie. Que Sir Wal- of my requiting his liberality by the ter Scott publie les Ouvrages des Au most unremitting perseverance in all the teurs Anglais, cela se conçoit, mais evil habits which had procured me his that an American should pass his time 'countenance. We shook hands in muin increasing British fame and enriching tual ill-opinion, and he obligingly rolFrench commerce, cela ne se conçoit unteered to accompany me to an Insu

rance Office, where they were supposed

to estimate the duration of a man's life Spirit of the magazines. to a quarter of an hour and odd seconds.

We arrived a little before the busi

ness hour, and were shown into a large INSURANCE AND ASSURANCE.

room, where we found several more " It is inconceivable to the virtuous spectators waiting ruefully for the ora

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INSURANCE AND ABSURANCE,

431 cle to pronounce sentence. In the cen. “ Forty.” tre was a large table, round which, at “ You seem a strong man.” equal distances, were placed certain “ I am the strongest man in Ireland.” little lumps of inoney, which my friend “ But subject to the gout ?" told me were to reward the labours of " No.— The rheumatism — nothing the Inquisition, amongst whom the sur else upon my soul.” plus arising from absentees would like. “What age was your father when he wise be divided. From the keenness died ?'. with which each individual darted upon “Oh, he died young; but then he his share and ogled that of his absent was killed in a row. neighbour, I surmised that some of my “ Have yon any uncles alive?" fellow sufferers would find the day “No: they were all killed in rows against them. They would be examined too.” by eyes capable of penetrating every “ Pray, Sir, do you think of returncrevice of their constitutions, by noses ing to Ireland ?" which could smell a rat a mile off, and " May be I shall, some day or other.” hunt a guinea breast high. How indeed “What security can we have that could plague or pestilence, gout or you are not killed in a row yourself?” gluttony, expect to lurk in its hole un “Oh, never fear! I am the sweetest disturbed when surrounded by a pack of temper in the world, barring when I'm terriers which seemed hungry enough to dining out, which is not often." deyour one another ? Whenever the What, sir, you can drink a little ?" door slammed, and they looked for an “ Three bottles with ease." addition to their cry, they seemed for all • Ay, that is bad. You have a red the world as though they were going to face and look apoplectic. You will, no bark; and if a straggler really entered doubt, go off suddenly.” and seized upon his moiety, the intelli “ Devil a bit. My red face was born gent look of vexation was precisely like with me; and I'll lay a bet I live longer that of a dog who has lost a bone. than any two in the room." When ten or a dozen of these gentry " But three bottles bad assembled, the labours of the day “Never you mind that. I don't mean commenced.

to drink more than a bottle and a half Most of our adventurers for raising in future. Besides I intend to get mar. supplies upon their natural lives, were ried, if I can, and live snug." afflicted with a natural conceit that they A debate arose amongst the directors were by no ineans circumscribed in foun- respecting this gentleman's eligibility. dation for such a project. In vain did the words “ row” and “three bottles.” the Board endeavour to persuade them ran, hurry-scurry, round the table. that they were half dead already. They Every dog bad a snap at them. At last, fought hard for a few more years, swore however, the leader of the pack addresstbat their fathers had been almost im- ed him in a demurring growl, and agreed mortal, and that their whole families that, upon his paying a slight additionbad been as tenacious of life as eels al premium for his irregularities, he themselves. Alas! they were first or should be admitted as a fit subject. dered into an adjoining room, which I It was now my turn to exhibit; but, soon learnt was the condemned cell, and as my friend was handing me forward, then delicately informed that the esta my progress was arrested by the enblishment could have nothing to say to trance of a young lady with an elderly them. Some indeed had the good luek maid-seryant. She was dressed in slight to be reprieved a little longer, but even mourning, was the most sparkling beauthese did not affect a very flattering or ty I had ever seen, and appeared to proadvantageous bargain. One old gen- duce an instantaneous effect, even upon tleman had a large premium to pay for a the stony-bearted directors themselves. totter in his knees; another for an ex The chairman politely requested her to traordinary circumference in the girth; take a seat at tlie table, and immediately and a dowager of high respectability, entered into her business, which seemed who was atlicted with certain undue little more than to show herself and be proportions of width, was fined most entitled to twenty thousand pounds, for exorbitantly. The only customer who which her late husband had insured his met with any thing like satisfaction was life. a gigantic man of Ireland, with whom

(To be continued.) Death, I thought, was likely to have a puzzling contest.

“How old are you, Sir ?" enquired an examiner.

432

THE ESSENCE OF ANECDOTE AND WIT.

Essence of Anecdote and wWlit.

ry; for he has nothing to do with the Foot."

“ Argument for a week, Langhter for a month, and a good Jest for ever."--Shakspeare. THE EMPEROR LEOPOLD. LORD ALVANLY.

The Emperor Leopold, who died in

1704, was most passionately fond of muLord Alyanly was lately at the hos sic, and himself not a contemptible com. pitable residence of Mr. Foley, where,

poser. Finding his end approaching, after dinner, one day, the conversation

and having performed his last religious turned on athletic sports. Lord A. said duties, he ordered his band of musicians something about his leaping; and, being to be admitted to his presence, and contradicted a little, he proposed exhib- calmly expired in the midst of a concert. iting his skill in the gardens. - In the gardens !' said Mr. F: ; 1. know you were famed for taking a Somerset in the

CORRESPONDENTS. gardens; but never heard of your leaping before.—Now, we cannot see the

F. C. N. We are much obliged to wit of this repartee for the lives of us, you for your suggestion, but it is to. and yet every body laughed.-Can any tally inadmissible into a work of this one tell us why ?

kind; bis poetry is not good enough for

us: we have to apologize for having SIR J. NEWPORT.

mistaken him. In the interininable debate, in the

The “ Wager Won," a tale by J.C.

is well told in the commencement, but House of Commons, which took place on the interminable Irish question, Sir John,

the end is quite obscure and without inwho is not the most good-humoured look.

terest; try again, you will hit the

mark! ing man in the world, declared, with

We have received numerous letters some asperity, that he did not belong to the Orange party:-It would be odd if complaining of “ Luther's Ring” not he did, whispered Mr. Croker-I should

being .continued, and the repetition of rather suspect him of belonging to the

the same anecdotes. From the explaLemons.

nation given two weeks ago, it would seemn, unnecessary to recur to it again;

of the first it was said that it was imMR. SMITH.

possible to continue the tale if the EuMr. Smith, while driving about some

ropean Magazine did not do so. With of the suburbs, observed a commenced respect to the latter, in our absence inscription of Warren's Blacking, which, from town, we intrusted the work to a however, had, as yet, proceeded in the sub-editor, who, not knowing that the chalker's hands no farther than War. anecdotes had already appearod, allowed ren's B.-He need not write any more,

them to remain too long before the error quoth the wit, for every body may pero

could be corrected. ceive the rest is lacking.

An impudent fellow, who signs himself Verar, chose to write us a let

ter couched in all the impurity of St. MR. CALCRAFT.

Giles's, his mother tongue we suppose, What place, asked a gentleman, in relative to the above. If he had read the gallery of the House of Commung, the Number alluded to, le would have the other night, does Mr. Calcraft sit

seen all that he wished to know, and for ? I rather think, was the reply, he rendered therefore his indecent and somes from Chester.

vulgar letter unnecessary.

Jean's " Sketch" will appear as soon

as possible. MISS FOOTE.

W.C., Pacha, Tipple, Philo, LinPuns on Miss Foote are so obvious,

cos, J. B., and Jaco, are rejected. that it is hardly worth while to repeat

Scribbler's is under consideration. them. One may pass muster.

We shall be happy to hear always forget to whom it is attributed. from our excellent Correspondents, Arwhat service,"it_was asked, “is Colo gentine, L. W. L., and T. P. nel Berkeley ? “ Evidently in the Caval

We * In

London:-Printed for William CHARLTON WRIGHT, 65, Paternost er Row,

and may be had of all Booksellers and Newsmen.

The Portfolio,

Comprising
1. THE FLOWERS OF LITERATURE, II. THE SPIRIT OF THE MAGAZINES,

III. THE WONDERS OF NATURE AND ART,
IV. THE ESSENCE OF ANECDOTE AND WIT. V. THE DOMESTIC GUIDE.

VI. THE MECHANICS' ORACLE.

No. CXII.[Or No. Bor] Forming also No. 129 of the HIVE.
LONDON, SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 1825.

[2d. DESTRUCTION OF THE SHIP KENT BY

FIRE.

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contents. Total Loss of the Ship Kent

433 Punisbment in tbe Reigu of Queen EliThirteen in Company

435

zabeth ......
Danish Traditions and Superstitions .... 436 Religious Ceremony in Colombia
Ode to Grimaldi.....................r

437 | Absurd Impressions
On Music ............................

437 Grief Lost ....... Luther's Ring .........................

438 Insurance aud Assurance St. James's Palace

441 Practical Blunder of an Irish Footpad
Chronology for the Year 1824 .......... 441

Robber
What is Woman

442 Literary fecundity
Punishinent of Seamen in the Reign of Correspondents .......................
Charles the Second........

412

442 443 444 444 415

448 448 448

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TOTAL LOSS OF THE SHIP KENT, CAPTAIN COBB, WITH TROOPS

ON BOARD. The Kent East Indiaman, which sail. hold to see whether the rolling of the ed from the Downs about a fortnight vessel had disturbed the stowage, perago, was making her way in the Bay of ceiving that a cask of spirits had burst Biscay on the morning of Tuesday the from its lashings, gave the lamp he had Ist inst., across the heavy swell come in his hand to a seaman to hold while mon in that stormy entrance to the At. he should replace the cask. Unfortulantic, when her progress was arrested nately, in the continued rolling of the by a fatal accident, in latitude about 47 vessel, the man let the lamp fall near deg. 30 min., and longitude 11 deg. 40 the spirits, to which it set fire in a momin. An officer, who was sent into the ment.

The flames spread; attempts VOL. IV.

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were made to smuther them by wet The Cambria, å vessel of little mor blankets and hammocks, but all was in than 200 tons, was previously sufficient. vain, and they soon assumed an aspect ly filled, having goods in her hold, and so tremendous, as to shew that it would about 50 persons in passengers and be impossible to subdue them.

ship's company. How great then must At this moment of despair the man at have been the pressure and confusion the mast-head exclaimed that a sail was caused by an influx which carried the in sight; guns were fired, and a signal total on board to more than 600! The of distress hoisted. The gale, however, progress of the fire in the Kent had was so heavy, that it was for some time been so rapid, as to prevent the sufferers doubtful whether the strange vessel from saving any clothes, except what perceived the signals, or was likely to was on their persons, and both officers: turn aside from her course, but this pain- and soldiers were thus ill-prepared to ful suspense was soon removed by her encounter the wet and cold of the deck: approach. The boats of the Kent were The cabin and the tween-decks (thë now got out and placed, not alongside, space for the steerage passengers) were on account of the flames and the danger thus crowded beyond measure, and most of staying the boats, but a-head and a fortunate it was that the wind continued stern. In the latter many got out from favourable for the return of the Cambria ihe cabin-windows, but the chief part to an English port. She reached Fala were let down from the bow-sprit into mouth in 48 hours after quitting the the boat a-head, the men sliding down wreck, and was landing her unfortunate by a rope, while the soldiers' wives were inmates, many of them half clothed, ou lowered into the boat slung three toge- Friday morning, at the date of our cors ther.

respondent's letter. The fire had burst out about ten

“ Messrs. Wm. Broad and Sons, o'clock, and about twelve the signal of

Agent to Lloyd's. distress had been perceived by the “ Brig Cambria, Falmouth, March 4, 1923. strange sail, which proved to be the " Gentlemen—You are aware of my Cambria, Cook, outward-bound to Mex. leaving this port on the 24th ult. with ico, with a number of mining workmen passengers and goods to Mexico, and I and a cargo of mining machinery, ship beg to acquaint you of my return here ped by the Anglo Mexican Company. It this morning at i, A. M. under the fola was at twoo'clock that the Cambria re- lowing circumstances:ceived the first boat load of passengers, “On Tuesday last, the Ist inst. being consisting chiefly of ladies and children, then in latitude 47. 30., and longitude half clothed, and pale with fright and 9. 45., lying to with a strong gale from fatigue. The whole afternoon was

the westward, under a close reefed main passed in exertions on board the one top-sail, we discovered a large sail to vessel in sending off the sufferers, and in the westward, and on approaching the other in receiving them. The Cam- found her to have a signal flying of disbria had amongst her passengers seve- tress, which induced me inmediately to ral stout workinen, who took their sta- render every assistance in my power, tion at the ship's side, and were indefa- and on nearing found her to be on fire. tigable in hoisting the poor sufferers on About 3, P. M. being then on her bow, board, so that, out of 612 persons in the we succeeded in getting the first boat Kent, no less than 547 were safe in the from the vessel, which proved to be the Cambria before midnight. The remain- Honourable Company's ship Kent, der (85 in number) were lost, chiefly in Captain Cobb, of 1400 tons, for Bengal getting out and in of the boats, the swell and China, with troops and passengers, of the sea being very great all the time. amounting, with the crew, to 637 souls. The Captain of the Kent was the last From three to about eight, P. M. the man to leave her. She blew up at a few boats were constantly employed in minutes before two o'clock on Wednes- bringing the people to the Cambria, and day morning.

succeeded in saving 301 officers, nonIt may naturally be asked how the commissioned officers, and privates of vessel could keep so long together amid the 31st regiment, 46 women, and 48 so destructive a conflagration? She children, appertaining to ditto; 19 male could not have kept together two hours, and female private passengers, and Caphad not the officers, to avoid one danger, tain Cobb, and 139 of the crew, amount. encountered another, by opening the ing in all to 551. The flames now be ports and letting in the water, when she coming exceedingly fierce, I could not shipped such heavy seas as to become urge the sailors again returning to the water-logged, which of course prevent- ship, nor deemn it at all pradent, for the ed her burning downwards.

preservation of the lives already on

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