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that I was glad to volti subito, without tinder enough surely, and enough to having breathed a note of my business.
make one cry. But it's thinking I am, Their very jealousies of one another who is to play it as I pláy it when I'm are quite delectable: they will agree in could under the sod. There's nare the merit of dead musicians; but you (never) a man will be left alive to do it; will find it hard to get from any of them, and it's only crying I am for the honour except the highest, any acknowiedg- of ould Ireland.” ment of the talent of a contemporary.
Could we look into the tuveful heart In this amiable propensity, they are kept of Catalani, is it not likely we should in countenance by the physicians, on the detect some such feeling of compassion shoulders of whose profession appear to for the cause of music, when she (dishave descended the mantle of irrita. tant may be the day ! ) succumbs to bility, whilome worn by the genus of fate ?” poets. Jean Henri, tambour-major, has a vast disdain for Weber; the blower To the Editor of the Portfolio f. Hive. of the Kent bugle scorns the exertions of
The following are at your service. the pianiste ; the man deep in the myste
F.C. N. ries of thorough-bass casts from the altitude of his science a glance of pity
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1684. on the mere finger excellence of the perforiner, who, in turn, derides the airs
The following is a copy of a notice (musical and otherwise) of the knight sent to the vendors and players of cards of the staff.
at the above period : If you wish to see this feeling cari. * That for the better encouragement catured, go to hear an Irish or Scotch of the manufacture of making of playbagpiper. Either of these worthies will ing-cards in England (wherein many tell you, that no doodle sac pfeiff'er of hundred people are employed) by di. the country can venture to play against rection of his Majesty's Letters Patent, bim; or, put them together, and the (pursuant to charters and directions of Celts will fall to deadly combat on the the late King James and King Charles,) respective beauties of their national an office is erected in Silver-street, in melodies. Each indignantly will charge Bloomsbury, for sealing all playing the other, and with justice, of pillaging cards of English make, (which will be the music of Scotland for Ireland, and there first surveyed,) and the frauds vice versa ; and will blow against one practised in the making of English another with as ambitious rivalry as cards may be prevented, and the foreign two opera-singers will exbibit in strain- cards (which are brought in contrary ing up a never-ceasing swell, or tum. to law) may be discovered. The price bling down a cadenza, which you will of all cards will be put upon each pack, sincerely wish may terminate in the in to the end that none under the preferual regions, thence never to return. tence of sealing the cards may sell the The author of Redgauntlet has, in this at dearer rates; and it will particular, well managed the character of thereby appear, that the very best cards wandering Willie, who cannot tell you a shall be sold in London by the last reshort story without taking care to dis. tailer at four-pence the pack, and others parage all other artists in the feat of
at cheaper rates." playing “ Hoopers and Girders," when compared with his grandfather, of whom
FIRST OFFICE, OR MART, FOR SERhe inherited the talent.
My musical readers may scorn my il The Intelligence Office for servants lustration of their propertsities by such was first established under a patent plebeian melodists as pipers ; bui the granted by Charles II. in the year 167). esprit de corps, they may believe me, The patentees had appointed three is the same, high and low. I knew one places where masters, mistress, and serof the heroes of the bagpipe, (a punater vants, might mutually accommodate of my acquaintance used to say, that a themselves opposite the Assurance piper's motto should be dum spiro spe Office, within the Royal Exchange, ro) an Irishman, who never played next door to the Royal Coffee-house, The groves of Biarney without crying Whitehall, and at the Three Cranes, bitterly.
near the Meal-market, Southwark. “What is it ails you, Ned ?" would be asked : " is the tune overcoming SCARCITY OF LIBRARIES FORMERLY IN you ?"
ENGLAND. “ No, indeed, my dear; it is not In the years 1641 to 1660, Mr. Tom. quite that neither, though the tune is linson, with great pains and care, col.
lected together a very good library. turn of the captain, who had succeeded King Charles I. wanting a particular in reaching Sidney, and had immediatepamphlet, and hearing that Tomlinson ly proceeded in a small vessel belonging had it, took coach, and went to his to the colony, for the purpose of relieving house in St. Paul's Church-yard to read his late companions in distress. The it there, and would not borrow it, but whole were embarked, and reached Port gave hiın teri pounds.
Jackson in safety. Mr. Franklin now departed for China; and then took his passage for England ip the Earl Cam
den Indiaman, commanded by captain THE PORTFOLIO.
(now sir Nathaniel) Dance. On their homeward voyage, the India fleet (coin
posed entirely of merchant ships, of LONDON, MARCH 26, 1825. which the Camden was commodore)
were attacked by a French squadron, THE COMPILATION OF THE under the celebrated admiral Lipois, in INDEX AND THE EXAMINA. a ship of eighty guns, who was com
pletely repulsed, and actually compelled TION OF NUMEROUS PA
to retreat. PERS OF OUR CORRESPON. On his arrival in England, Mr. FrankDENTS COMPELS THE EDI.
lin joined the Bellerophon, and was in
that ship in the memorable battle of TOR TO TRESPASS UPON Trafalgar, when his brare captain THE PATIENCE
the year 1807, he was appointed lieu-
under Sir Sydney Smith, for the protecCONVERSAZIONE.
Brazil, particularly at Rio Janeiro, where the court of Lisbon had esta.
blished themselves after their emigraGeography.
tion. The Bedford had among her crew
a clever and very respectable set of CAPTAIN FRANKLIN.
performers, some of whom would hare
done no discredit to the boards of a This gallant and enterprising officer London theatre; and we have frequententered the service of his country in the ly witnessed the worthy lieutenaut enyear 1800, and served on board the Po- joying the amusement with that quiet lyphemus at the battle of Copenhagen, satisfaction for which he was remarkafought in the following year. He was ble. After remaining in the Brazils early initiated in the scientific pursuits between three and four years, the Bed. of discovery under captain Flinders, ford returned home, and was attached in the Investigator and Porpoise, em to the North Sea station ; but, when ployed in surveying the islands of the
the rupture took place with America, Southern Ocean, particularly the coasts she was immediately destined for those of New Holland. The latter ship was shores, and, we believe, carried the flag unfortunately wrecked upon a coral of Sir Pulteney Malcolm. Here Mr. reef, about 340 leagues to the north- Franklin highly distinguished himself ward of Port Jackson; and the crew on several occasions, particularly in the were almost miraculously preserved on capture and destruction of the guna dry sand-bank. Soon after the dis- boats, before the attack upon New Oraster, the captain left them in an open leans, at which place he was incessantboat, to endeavour to reach the British ly engaged, with a party of seamen, settlement.
For two months, those during the whole of the operations, to who were left behind endured very se. the great satisfaction of the commander. vere privation s : and the anxiety of in-chief. Previous to the peace, he was their ininds may libetter conceived appointed to the Forth, and from seni. than described. It was on this occasion ority became her first lieutenant; but, that Mr. Franklin first displayed the at the cessation of hostilities, the ship germ of those eminent qualities for was paid off. which he has since become so peculiar Mr. Franklin remained unemployed ly distinguished. At the expiration of till the year 1817, when a spirit of enthis time, they were happily rescued terprise was awakened for farther disfrom their perilous situation, by the re. coveries in the north, and Mr. Franklip
was appointed to the command of the mild manners, and clever in bis proTrent, under the immediate orders of fession as a surveyor: his observations Capt. Buchan, for the purpose of explor. have at all times been particularly coring the polar regious, and endeavouring rect, and may be relied on with safety. to discover a passage from the Atlantic to Captain Franklin unites the best feel. the Pacific, The ships sailed in the ings of the heart with a high sense of early part of 1818, and returned in the public duty. autumn of the same year. In the April We have now to record the relay. following, lieutenant Franklin took the choly event which has occurred since command of a party destined for a land bis departure, and which, though exexpedition to explore the north coast of pected, will, we have no doubt, fall America. This party consisted (besides heavily upon the gallant captain while the lieutenant) of Mr. Back, Mr. Hep- traversing those shores, far, far, from burn, and several nen of different na his native land. For some considerations. They landed in Hudson's Bay, ble time Mrs. Franklin has been labourat York factory, where every prepara. ing under severe indisposition, which tion was made, and thence proceeded increased as the time for separation to Fort Chepawayan, (the place where drew near. Still, with that firmness Mackenzie set out,) where they were which so strongly marked her characjoined by Dr. Richardson, and the un ter, she would not consent that her husfortunate Mr. Hood, with a party of In- band should relinquish his design, and dians. On the 18th of July, 1820, they she appeared calmly resigned to an set out ; and, after navigating the lakes eternal farewell, as very faint shadows in canoes, descended the Slave River by of hope (if, indeed, there were any at Mackenzie's route, and soon reached all) appeared of their meeting again the establishments upon the Slave Lake. on this side of the grave. Tenderly atHere, taking some copper ludians for tached, and both eminently gifted in guides, they were induced to abandon scientific and literary pursuits, their their first intention of reaching the coast union was a union of miud: but the by Mackenzie's river, and tried a new stroke of death has severed the bond. route, not only to the eastward of Mack. Mrs. Franklin departed this life on enzie, but also of Hearne. They attain. Tuesday evening, February 22nd, a ed the Polar Sea in latitude 87deg. week after the captain had quitted Lon48min., and longitude 115deg. 37min. don, and five days from the time of his W., and coasted along its shores in leaving England. This lady was the their canoes, upwards of 500 miles to daughter of the late Mr. Porden, an ar. the eastward. The disasters attendaut chitect of considerable ability, and has on the return of the expedition, which left, with the esteem and affection of all proved fatal to so many concerned in it, who knew her, a pleasing memorial to are admirably related by captain Frank- the public in her literary productions. lin, (he was promoted during his ab. “The Veils ; or, Triumph of Constan. sence,) and ably detailed in his “ Nar. cy," was published about ten years rative of a journey to the Shores of the since, and is highly to be admired for Polar Sea." Hard, indeed, must be uniting poetic beauty with scientific the heart that does not comuniserate research, and valuable information. In their sufferings. Captain F. returned 1818, she sent forth “the Arctic Expeto England in October, 1922, a mere dition, a pleasing production, which shadow of his former self. When he must have been highly gratifying to the first disembarked on his return home, he enterprising adventurers. In June, 1822, was so emaciated as scarcely to be re- her “Caur de Lion; or the Third cognised. Shortly afterward he was Crusade," appeared. It will be needpromoted to post rank.
less for us to say more of these and mi. Last spring, a party was sent out to nor efforts of a highly cultivated mind, prepare for another expedition, to be as we make no doubt they have been undertaken in the present year; and and will be generally read. supplies have been regularly laid in by Some of the daily papers have unthem, in the route to Great Bear Lake. wisely attributed her death to separaThere are, perhaps, no men in existence ting from her husband, and a dread of better capable of performing the desired the dangers he had to undergo. This task than those who are engaged in it. was by no means the case. Captain Franklin, cool, precise, and Mrs. Franklin's wish for the captain to persevering ; Mr. Back, ardent, active, persevere ; and, though tenderness guiand daring; Dr. Richardson, strongly ded her heart, she was too noble in attached to science, discerning and en spirit to be governed by unpromising during ; Mr. Kendall, a young officer, prospects. starting into life, of amiable disposition,
“ November.-Topaz-Fidelity in
“ December.-Tourquoize or Mala. Selections from New Books.
hite.-The most brilliant success and
happiness in every circumstance of life; PORTUGUESE SUPERSTITIONS.
the turquoise has also the property of (From Mrs. Baillie's Lisbon.) securing triendly regard : hence, the old The Portuguese, both in the bigher saying, that he who possesses a tur. and lower classes, are superstitiously quoize will always be sure of friends." prone to a belief in omens, lucky and unlucky days, divination by cards, re. ligious miracles, &c. &c. although every
ANECDOTES OF GENERAL BO.
LIVAR. idea of the possibility of the re-appearance of departed spirits seems gene. 6 BOLIVAR is a good swimmer,an ele. rally scoffed at and denied. The tone gant dancer, and fond of music: he is of their minds is rarely liigh and intel very pleasant companion at table; vei. lectual, and therefore the gross and ther smokes nor takes snuff, nor does he puerile nature of their superstitions ever taste spirits. He endeavours to ought not to create surprise.
check the flattery with which he is not Among other superstitions to which unfrequently assailed. At a ball which this nation is addicted, I may be for. he gave, a lady rendered herself very given for relating the following, as its conspicuous by loading him with obseelegance of fancy almost, redeems its quious and importunately fulsome adu. absurdity. Every individual is sup- lation. Bolivar at length said to ber, posed to be born under the influence of in a mild but firin tone: Madam, I bad some particular destiny or fate, which it previously been informed of your cha. is impossible for him to avoid. The racter, and now I perceive it myself. month of his nativity bas a mysterious Believe me, a servile spirit recommends connection with one of the known pre. itself to no one, and in a lady is highly cious stones, and when a person wishes to be despised." to make the object of his affection an “ The following affords some highly acceptable present, a ring is invariably characteristic traits :- At a magnificent given, composed of the jewel by which public divner given to Bolivar at Bogo. the fate of ihat object is imagined to be ia, one of the company, when called determined or described. For instance, upon for a toast, gave-- Should at any a woman is born in January; her ring tiine a monarchial government be estamust therefore be a jacynth or a garnet, blished in Colombia, may the liberator, for these stems belong to that peculiar Simon Bolivar, be the Emperor.' A month of the year, and express constan- high-spirited public character, Senor cy and fidelity. I saw a list of them, Pepe Paris, then requested permission which a lady allowed me to copy, viz.: to give a toast, which being acceded to,
“ January.-Jacynih or Garnel. he filled his glass, and exclaiming-. Constancy and fidelity in every engage. Should Bolivar, at any future period, ment.
allow himself to be declared Emperor, “February.- Amethyst. This month may bis blood flow from his heart in the and stone preserves mortals from strong same manner as tbe wine now does passions, and ensures them peace of from my glass,'-he poured the wine out mind.
of his glass upon the floor. Bolivar im“ March.-Bloodstone.-Courage, and mediately sprang from his chair, ran to success in daugers and hazardous en Senor Paris, and, most warmly embracterprizes.
ing him, exclaimed, 'If such feelings as * April.--Sapphire or diamond. those declared by this honorable man Repentance and innocence.
shall always animate the breasts of the * May.--Emerald.--Success in love. sons of Colombia, her liberty and inde.
“ June.-Agate.---Long life and pendence can never be in danger.""health.
[The British volunteers who joined him “ July.-Cornelian or ruby.--The are now almost all dead: of four or five forgetfulness of the evils springing from thousand men, not a hundred remaios.}-friendship or love.
Captain Cochrane's Travels in Co.“ August. - Sardonyx. — Conjugal lombia fidelity.
“ September. Chrysolile. Preserves froin or cures folly.
“ October.---Acquamarine or Opal, -Misfortune and hope.
GIULIO, A TALE.
in impenetrable inystery. Nothing was
paine by which she was then generally GIULIO, A TALE.
designated; all were anxious to consult
her, while few could muster courage to AN IMPROVISATION
enter her dwelling: On approaching BONAPARTE, during the first year it, some were seized with a horror such after he ascended the imperial throne, as a fatal presentiment could justify, was in the habit of passing such eve and Bed as though strongly repulsed by pings as he could spare from business, an invisible hand; in such cases they in the apartments of the Empress. were never tempted to return, Harassed by the fatigues of the day, he “ Camillo, a young Roman nobleman, would throw bimself on a sofa, and resolved to explore the abode of the Sithere, devoured by his ambitious pro- byl, and engaged his intimate friend jects, would lose himself in a gloomy Giulio as his companion in the entersilence, which no one had the boldness prise ; the latter, being of an irresolutę to disturb. But sometimes he would and timid temper, at first declined the give the reins to his ardent imagination proposal: it was not that the reports and to his taste for the marvellous—or, current, respecting the dangers to be to speak more justly, to tbat necessity encountered on entering the dwelling for producing effect, which was, per- of the Sibyl, caused him to hesitate, hapë, his predominant feeling; and be but Giuliu shuddered at the thought of would then recite histories which were an unveiled Future : nevertheless the almost always terrible, and which never request of Camillo decided him, On failed to bear the impress of his cha- the day appointed they departed togeracter. The ladies in waiting profited ther. On arriving at the door, it opened, by these narrations of the Emperor, and as of itself: the two friends entered it is from the repetition of one of them without pausing,—they wandered over (Madame de R.) that the following many apartments, meeting no one, till anecdote has been described. “ Never," at length they found themselves in a said that lady, “ did Bonaparte appear gallery terminated by a black curtain, to me more extraordinary than during above which was inscribed—“ If ye his recital of the story of Giulio. Car- would discover your destiny, pass this ried away by his subject, he traversed curlain,-bul, first, pray! the apartinent,-his voice varied with “Giulio was agitaied: he threw himhis characters-he seemed to multiply self upon his knees involuntarily and himself, and the terror he inspired was unconsciously. Was he already within unaffected." To excite alarm iu bis the grasp of this mysterious power! A audience was delightful to him, and few moments passed, and the two young nothing gratified him so highly as the men raised the curtain, drew their expression of horror which marked the swords, and entered the sanctuary. A countenances of those who surrounded female approached them :--she him. Madame de R. comunitted to pa young-she was perhaps even handper the anecdote of Giulio the night on some; but her aspect detied examinawhich she heard it related, and shortly tion: the ghastly fixedness of death, afterwards imparted it to one of her strangely combined with the mutability friends, M. Guizot, to whom we are of life and its passions, formed its exindebted for its communication.
pression. It is beyond the scope of “A mysterious heing, who pretended words to define or describe those suto unravel the secrets of the future, pernatural beings, who, no doubt, iuhad appeared at Rome. The sex of this babit regions where the language of being was a matter of dispute: some there man is unknown. Giulio, startled by were, who, in relating the strange pre her aspect, turned aside; Camillo cast dictions they had received, spoke of it down his eyes. The Sibyi demanded as bearing the form and feaiures of a their business, and Camilo explained woman; whilst others declared they to her the motives of tbeir visit. She had been confounded by the appearance
did not listen to him, her attention of a bideous monster. This oracle resi- seemed solely occupied by Giulio ; she ded in one of the suburbs, where she in was agitated, she shuddered, she extenhabited a deserted palace, sufficiently ded one hand towards him, as though guarded from the curiosity of the populo
to seize him, and suddenly drew back. Jace by superstition and dread. No one Camillo entreated her to reveal to him could ascertain the period of her arrival; his destiny, --she consented, and Giulio and, in short, whatever related to the retired. After a short conference, Caexistence of this individual, was wrapt millo sought his friend, whom he found