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THE GREEK CHIEFS. Secretary of State for Foreigo Affairs,

This appointment, however, excited (From the News of Lit. & Fash.) against him considerable jealousy in the No. III.-ALEX. MAUROCORDATO. minds of some of the chief of the Morea,

and particularly of Colocotidni, who TAE above-named chief stands de having observed that his (Maurocorservedly bigh iu the estimation of all the dato's) influence with the people became well-wishers of free Greece; since he has, every day greater, professed to look upon from the commencement of his pablic him with suspicion, and did all he could career up to the present period, proved to oppose his whole proceedings. At himself to be one of those really disinter- last, indeed, the patience of Colocotroni ested patriots who have no object at became exhausted, and heopenly menaced heart but the safety and welfare of their Maurocordato with his vengrance, unless country. lo fact, though Maurocordato be instantly quitted the Morea, which belongs to one of those Phanariute families country Colocotroni professed to consider who aspired to the almost sovereign dig- as his property, and that no other chief nity of being Hospodars of the two prin- bad any pretence to interfere in its affairs. cipalities of Wallachia and Moldavia, he circumstances were such at the period has always shewn himself to be entirely now alluded to, that Maurocordato free from that intriguing spirit and those thought it best not to risk an open quarrel, ambitious views which prevail almost and accordingly he retired to Hydra, universally among the Phanariote nobles. where he found a staunch friend in the At the period during which Carazza person of that truly zealous, and firm. was living as a private individual at hearted patriot, John Orlando, one of the Constantinople, he became acquainted Greek Deputies now in London, and of with Maurocordato, and duly appreci- whom we shall have to speak bereafter. . ating his character and talent, he, on hisi Shortly after the period now alluded to, appointment to rank of Hospodar, took Mavrocordato was again called upon to him as his private secretary. When how- take a distinguished part in the struggle ever, Carazza, a few years afterwards, of his country---being appointed Director was obliged to retire from Greece, in con- General of the affairs of Western Greece. sequence of having incurred the dis- On this he again repaired to Missolonghi, pleasure of the Grand Signior, Maurocor. and his name may be considered as in dato followed him to Pisa---the place he some degree connected with the two fixed upon for his residence. Shortly brilliant victories obtained in two sucafter this, the Revolution broke out in cessive campaigns by the incomparable the Morea and the Islands; and the Marco Bazzari, whose loss, in the last of subject of our notice having been these victories, Greece will not soon cease appointed to take charge of some ammu to deplore. nition, &c. which had been purchased Maurocordato, being a man of conwith the money raised in different parts siderable learning and accomplishments, of Europe for the assistance of the Greek. attracts towards him all persons of letters cause, be arrived at Missolonghi early in and education, foreign as well as native, August 1821, when he began to fortify who are now in Greece. Besides which, that place, and has since rendered it one notwithstanding bis active engagement of the greatest importance to the whole in the political affairs of his country, he of Western Greece.

finds time to interest himself in her moral In the first national congress which prosperity also, by establishing national was held at Epidaurus, the talents and schools in various parts,conducted on the knowledge of Maurocordato were dis- Lancastrian principle; being convinced played in the most conspicuous manner; that the true happiness of a people šo inuchi so, indeed, that the choice for depends no less on its moral than its President of the Executive (which was political condition.' then to be determined) fell upon him, It has been sought to be made a charge During the whole year of his presidency, he against the consistency of Maurocordato, discharged the duties of his high office that while he holds a distinguished with the strictest honesty and the most situation in a government which professes unquestioned talent---incontestibly, pro- to consider all the people on an equality, ving, by his whole conduct, that the and to admit no nominal distinctions prosperity of his country, and the success among its own members, he still chooses of her great cause, were the sole objects to retain the title of Prince. It should, in he had in veiw. The year following that justice to this zealous patriot, be stated, of his presidency, he was appointed in reply to this, that the goverument of

AMERICAN PAINTERS, &c. »

which he forms a part does not address bited at Somerset House, is rather a fine by this title; nor does he himself claim sketch, than a finished picture. It is it. In fact, it is nothing more than a Joose, rich, and showy; wauting in firmnominal distinction which foreigners have ness and significance, and verging a conferred upon him.

little on the caricature of broad farce; Upou the whole, it may be safely pro- broad, pencil farce, I mean. For this, nounced that the name of Alexander of course, he is excusable, with Moliere Maurocordato deserves to be cherished by for his anthority. It is a very good his contemporaries, and will unques picture, to be sure, hat not such a pic. tionably be received by posterity, as that tyre as Mr. Newton could have pro. of a wise legislator, and an honest and duced; and, therefore, not such a picture consistent patriot.

as he should have produced for the

annual exhibition. He did himself injus. AMERICAN PAINTERS. tice by it. (From Blackwood's Magazine.)

ANIMALS IMITATE No. II.-Mr. NEWTON, LANGUAGE AND ACTIONS. Portrait and Historical Painter.

Sir William Temple, in his memoirs, MR. Newton, who was born within our relates a story concerning an old parrot, Canadas, is a man of singular and showy belonging to the prince Maurice, that talent. He has been pursuing his pro- readily answered to several questious fessional studies in London for several promiscuously put 19 il. Howeyer years, and begins to be regarded as he singular the fact may appear, he assures deserves. His portraits are bold and us it was told him as such by the Prince well-coloured, but not remarkable for himself. strength of resemblance, or individuality Scaliger tells us that he saw a crow, in of expression. But then, they are good the French King's court, that was taught pictures, and, of the two, it is higher to fly at partridges, or any other fowl, praise even for a portrait painter, to from the falconer's hand. allow that he makes good pictures, than Cardinal Assanio had a parrot that was that he makes good likenesses. It is taught to repeat the Apostle's Creed, easy (comparatively) to make a resem. verbatim, in Latin: and in the court of blance, bat very difficult for any man to Spain there was one that could sing the make, a picture which deserves to be Gamut perfectly. called good. All portrait painters begin In the Roman History an anecdote is, with getting likenesses. Every touch is recorded, the truth of which we have no anxious, particular, and painfully exact; reason to doubt. When the sovereignty and it is, perhaps, a general truth, that of the world was depending between as they improve in the art, they become Cæsar and Antony, a poor man at Rome less anxious about the likeness, and more bred up two crows, and taught them to about the composition, colouring, and pronounce, in their prattling language, a. effect. Thus the early pictures of every salutation to the Emperor ; and, that he great artist will be found remarkable for might be provided against all events, one: their accurate resemblance, and the later of them saluted Cæsar, and the other ones remarkable for every thing else Antony. When Augustus was returning rather than for that quality. Their as the conqueror, this man, with the likenesses fall off as their painting crow on bis hand, met him; and it was improves.

an ingenious and agreeable flattery, to Still however (though the last remarks which Augustus was not insensible, to be have no especial application to Mr. saluted by a crow with the acclamations, Newton), some of this gentleman's por- of victory. He rewarded the novel traits are not only good pictures, but adulator munificently. The neighbour striking likenesses.

of the man, however, having in vain In history, it is hardly fair to judge of essayed to teach the same language to him; for what he has done, though two crows he had destined for this admirable on many accounts, are rather purpose, stung with envy at his happier indications of a temper and feeling which fate, revealed to Augustus that this man are not yet fully disclosed, than fair spė had another crow at his house, with which cimens of what he could produce, were he bad intended to have saluted Antony,' he warmly encouraged. His “ Author bad fortune favoured his party. This and Auditor” is the best that I know of malicious intelligence intercepted the his productions, and a capital thing it bounty of Augustus. is. The last, which was lately exhi Perhaps nothing appears more won.

derful than tbe sight of an unwieldy ation, the object of which was to compel Elephant dancing. The manner of the party who had injured him to the teaching this grave animal so ludicrous repayment of twelve thousand pounds. an action is thus cruelly practised. They The duke's request being granted by the bring a young Elephant upou an iron king, his majesty asked him what conHoor beated underneath ; and play on a nection he had with the man whose musical instrument, while he lifts up his interest he had so warmly espoused. legs, and shifts his feet about, by reason. Not any,' replied the duke; indeed, of the torture of the heat. This fre so far from it, that I Bever saw him in my quently repeated, occasions him to dance life till the other day, when I met him in at the least sound of music.

a stage coach.'. . What,' replied the But let us not suppose that animals king, bad you never seen him before ? that thus imitate the actions and language How then could you be under that of rational creatures, possess, therefore, obligation to him which you talk of?' in some degree, rationality and mental Oh, Sire!' exclaimed the duke, ' has intelligence : for when an Elephant, for not your majesty perceived that, till he instance, dances to music, it is not from was brought forward, I was supposed to any principles of reason, but from the have been the ngliest man in your concatenation of the two ideas of heat dominions? The exception he has enabled and music, to which custom has habitu- me to make is a very great obligation. ated bim. So a Parrot may answer any The king laughed heartily at the idea. question it is accustomed to hear ; but The joke soon spread, and, after causing this action needs not the aid of reason, much mirth at court, it came at length since it may be effected by an habitual to the ears of the gentleman who had idea of things. Even the inferior ranks given rise to it; but like a man of sense, of animals receive their ideas by the he bore it with good humour, and did not senses. Such and such sounds often suffer it to interfere with his gratitude repeated, and such and such actions to his benefactor, to whom, a few days immediately preceding or immediately after the receipt of his money, he went following those sounds, must necessarily to pay his respects. form a complex idea both of the sound When he arrived at the duke's house, and action; so that, when either such the porter told him that his grace was at action or such sound is repeated, an idea dinner, and could vot be spoken with. of the other must necessarily attend it. The ugly gentleman, however, insisted Thus dogs are taught to fetch and that his name should be announced, carry; and Parrots speak more words assuring the servant that, when the duke, than one together. These words, Poor' knew who it was, he would give iminePoll! for instance, being often repeated diate orders for his admittance; and this together, if one be mentioned, and the proved to be the case. The duke, pleased other left, there must necessarily be an with the opportunity of shewing his idea of the other sound, because custom friends that there existed in the world a and habit link them together. As two man uglier than himself, desired him to words are taught, so may three ; and, if be shown into the room where they were three, why not many! It is thus, by a going to diner. Being accordingly complex idea, the Elephant dances; for introduced, he expatiated with great when he hears music, the idea of the eloquence on the duke's generosity, and - heated floor occasions him to dance.

his own gratitude. The duke's friends The arguments here alleged for the insisted that he should stay dinner, to power which some animals shew in which the duke readily agreed ; and, as imitating our speech and actions, are he was endued with a considerable por-' chiefly drawn from an old Athenian tion of wit, the stranger supported the Mercury.

spirit of the conversation till late in the evening, when the company parted,

highly pleased with their new acquaintTHE ADVANTAGES OF

In short, he returned to his

family, loaded with wealth and honour, UGLINESS.

for which he was solely indebted to his

extreme ugliness! There was likewise an In the reign of Louis XIV, a gentle- officer at Paris, not long since, who never man of Auvergne, who had suffered by eutered an assembly room, but some one the law's delay, was promised speedy or other wbo was playing deep, gave justice by the Duke of who

him a sum of money to leave the place ; brought the gentleman to Versailles, to present him to his majesty, and to order to receive a pension—not annual,

so that he had only to shew his face, in recommend bis case to the royal consider

but daily.

auce.

REMEDIES OR LOVE.

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REMEDIES FOR LOVE. his passion at every hour increased : he

found he could not live out of her preHUET has a very singular observation sence; and he ventured to enter imperon Love, which he exemplifies by an ceptibly into her cabinet. There he Anecdote as singular.

threw himself at her feel, and entreated Love, he says, is not merely a passion her forgiveness. The Princess frowned, of the soul, but it is also a disease of the and condescended to give no other body, like the Fever. It is frequently in answer, than a command to withdraw the blood, and in the mind, which are ter- from her Royal Highness's presence. ribly agitated; and, to be cured, it may The despairing lover exclaimed, that he be treuted as methodically as any other was ready to obey her in every thing but disorder. Great perspirations, and copi- that; that he was resolved in this to disous bleedings, that carry away with the obey her; and that he preferred to die by humour the inflammable spirits, would her hand. In saying this, to give force to purge the blood, calm the emotions, and his eloquence, he presented his naked replace every part in its natural state. sword to the German Princess; who,

The great Condé, having felt a violent perhaps, being little acquainted with the passion for Mademoiselle de Vigean, was Auwers of rhetoric, most cruelly took cunstrained to joiu the army. While his him at his word, and run bim through the absence lasted, his passion was con body. Fortunately his wound did not tinually nourished by the tenderest recol- prove mortal: he was healed of the wound lections of Love, and by an intercourse of at the end of three months, and likewise a continued correspondence, till the con- of his passion, which had flowed away clusion of the campaign, when a dan- with the effusion of blood. gerous sickness brought him to the most imminent danger. To the violence THE LOVER.-Original. of his illness, violent remedies were ap- 'Twas the time when each Evening's shade plied ; and every thing that was most

Shed its dark etherial blue efficacious in physic was given to the O'er the earth—the sky-the wave Prince. He regained his health, but he And bade the sinking Sun adieu. had lost his Love: the great evacuations 'Twas at that time-that gentle honr. had carried away bis passion; and when he When the glaring day had ended, thought himself a Lover, be found he had the lover near the smiling river,

His tale of love to music blended. ceased to love.

THE LOVER'S SONG. On this anecdote it is to be observed, that the fact is well authenticated; and, Beams shine oa 'the river-stars shine in the

Lady of beauty, the hour is nigh“. however the reader may feel himself in skyclined to turn Wit on this occasion, its' And, Love fairer than either, shines bright in

thine eye.veracity cannot in the least be injured.

'I hen baste thee here, ere the coming day But it must be confessed that evacua Chases beams, stars,—and thy lover

away. tions may not always have on a despairing

This is the land of sipiles and love,

And this is the hour for Lovers made : lover the same happy effect. When we

Lady! though Cupid on wings doth move, would explain the mechanism of the Time flies as swiftly and cannot be stayed ! human passions,' observes an ingenious Then haste thee !-then baste, thee; my sleed's

hard bywriter, the observations must be multi.

O‘er the river' we'll swim-o'er the mountain : plied. This fact, then, does not tend to

we'll fly! shew that the same remedies will cure Thou bast, "No," on thy “lip"-but there's

“Yes" in thine eye!"every Lover, but that they did cure the Prince de Condé.

One look to your mirror-one more to your

beart, There is, however, another species of Ere from the balls of your Sire we quickly evacuation, not less efficacious, for a de

depart: spairing swain, which will probably

This is the hour for smiles and love,

Let us away!-let us away! amuse the reader.

Lady! young Cupid on wings doth move, A German gentleman burned with an And tiine flies as swiftly, and will not atnorous flame for a German Princess.

stay !" She was not insensible to a reciprocal The maiden leaps to her lover's arms ,passion; and to have him about her per. Now swift they fly—all danger's pasi :

The stream they cross--the bank they reach : son, without giving scandal, she created Ah, no!, who meets them on the beach ? him her General. They lived some time " Whence fly ye !-stop-1 charge ye, stay! much pleased with each other, but the What maiden's this ye bear away? Princess became fickle, and the General My sister! traitress-recreant now; grew jealous. “He made very sharp re

Turu-I'll stamp villain on your brow." monstrances; and the Princess, "who"Foo), give me way, unloose my rein; wished to be free, gave him his congè, Nay then that thrust-alas, poor youth,

I'll not my sword with thy blood staia : and he was constrained to quit her. But I've bouglit thy sister dear in sooth."-L.

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No. XLVIII:-THE HUSBAND. What taketh away the life ! even Death.

ECCLES. XXXI. 27.: Remember that Death will not be long in coming

ECCLES. xiv. 12.
Lo! husband fond ! the tyrant Death,

The worst of all life's foes,
In prime of youth, to call thee hence,

The dreaded summon blows.
Reflect thou, then, amid thy course,

" While it is call'd to-day,"
That thou art lastning to thy end,
With unperceiv'd decay.

Prom an old translation or

AN ANECDOTE.

tion ?" said the clergyman, "A deed, A CLERGYMAN, about to be translated." Sir," said she, simpering, there's money! to another charge, when making his ave in your parish that's no sae weel beuk... valedictory visit among his parishioners, learned as me, and you make use of mony; entered a farm bouse, and was most : kittle words that they capna understand." courteously received by Margaret, in the

".1 must say I am surprised at that absence of her husband. She expressed charge, Margaret,” replied the preacher ; her most unfeigned regret at his depar. " for I have made it my study to preach ture, and paid him many compliments in such language as any person of on his orthodoxy, or, as she expressed ordinary capacity

might readily: compreit, his sound gospel, and also for his

hend." “Now, there's you at your zeal and unremitted diligence in feeding crank language, again, Sir !" cried Marhis flock; concluding her compliments by gavet: capacity and comprehend ! saying, that she had only one objection wha' but scholars can ken words like to him as a minister. “And will you

thae?” have the goodness to state that objec

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