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the joint of the elbow, to the top of the flect on the choice of a profession. To middle finger; equal to twenty-seven him, at this time, nothing appeared inches, and consequently exceeding, by more honourable or more laudable, several inches, the present size of arms than that of a minister. He accordand hands. We shall not find one foot ingly passed through his ecclesiastical in twenty of our modern feet, that will studies, obtained every legal qualifimeasure 12 inches in length. Three of cation, and began to preach. It was these make a yard; but a yard is equi- not long, however, that he continued valent to about four of our diminished in this employment. He soon turned feet; so that we have lost about two his attention to medicine, and became inches in the article of feet.

a physician. Unfortunately, this also, A pace is the measure of five feet. after a season, ceased to charm, and, If we may suppose, without slipping like divinity, was thrown aside. He over the bounds of probability, this then became a lawyer, in which prodistance was but a step for our ances- fession he continued through life. tors, we must allow that they generally A friend of his, who had noticed outstepped us; for there are not many this strange versatility of temper, took persons now, that can step with ease an occasion one day, to inquire into beyond three feet. Perhaps this dis- the reasons of his instability. To this proportion may appear incredible; but inquiry, he received the following we are to remember, that the length of reply. “ When I chose divinity, I a step is in general correspondent with did it because I thought the soul of the size of the person; and also that more importance than the body; but I in the day to which we refer, the action soon found, that men were in general of the femoral muscles was not imped- more concerned about their bodies ed by those vile ligatures, called gar- than their souls, and this discovery inters; that the feet were not cramped duced me to turn physician. Continuwith shoes; and that the toes were spread ing to make my observations, it was like the claws of some animals. We not long before I learned, that, whatmay also suppose, that the Germans ever importance might be attached walked like the Indians, with a spring; either to soul or body, people were and not as we contracted moderns, more intent upon the gratification of who move our legs like the two limbs of their wicked tempers, than they were a compass; the left not venturing to to provide for either. This consideraleave one spot, until the right has tion led me to prefer my last occupataken full possession of another. At tion, that of a lawyer. And I can every step they fell upon the heel, assure you, Sir, that so far from being pressed forward upon the extreme deceived in my calculation, I do not condyles of the phalanx pedis, and think I shall ever change my professprang away by the help of strong and sion again.” elastic toes. If, therefore, we take into consideration the almost gigantic size, the habitual strength of hips, thigh, leg, and foot, their uninjured con- Ir appears from the history of the struction, their unfettered uses, and Inquisition, by Lorentes, that the nupthe peculiarity of gait, the distance tials of Charles II. and the niece of of five feet will not appear beyond their Lewis XIV. were solemnized by an usual exertions. Race-horses have Auto-de-; in which the shrieks and been known to clear 10 or 12 yards at groans of 118 human beings ascended a bound. It would scarcely be more to heaven, in clouds of smoke, from a extravagant for a Welsh Pony or Gen- bed of fire lighted on the altar of intleman-Nag to doubt the truth of this humanity. This was an offering of fact, by measuring the distance by pious gratitude; and was considered their own paces, than for us to suspect an infallible method to cause the God our ancestors incapable of the exploit, of mercy and love to smile propitiously because it exceeds our utmost at- on the marriage. But as no progeny tempts.

appeared to bless the public hopes, multitudes were at a loss to conceive, how an union commencing under such

pious and auspicious presages, could A CERTAIN youth, after having ac- be rendered unfruitful. The cause, quired a good education, began to re- however, was soon discovered. The





Juggernaut of Europe was again hun general scramble between the sexes gry; the fires of the holy Inquisition took place; but the ladies being more were again lighted; and another Auto- active and more successful than their de-fé was celebrated: and, to pre-competitors, picked up nine of them, pare the people for a disappointment, which they instantly secured, and they which even the Inquisitors suspected have carefully transmitted the contents they should not be able to avert, they to their female posterity. were amused with strange calculations on the wrath of the Almighty; and taught to infer, how dreadfully they must have incurred the divine displea- Love, what art thou? 0-Love! who,

To this barbarous farce, the of all mortals, has ever pronounced thy deluded devotees were the more easily glory divine? To give and to teach, to reconciled, from an assurance, that if gladden, to comfort, and to warm,-is these inhuman sacrifices had not been this the whole compase of Love? Or is offered, some unheard-of judgments it the province of Love to forgive and might have been expected to overtake relieve our foes ? to supplicate blessings the nation.

with tears for those who wish evil to But these impious contrivances have us? Or is it the duty of Love, to waste been found insufficient to stifle the our fortune for friends, to die in their voice of nature, in those parts of the service, unknown to them; to grasp world where its accents can be ex- the misery of nations; to carry the pressed and heard. The wary execu- burden of ages; to soar up to heaven; tioners of this detestable tribunal to plunge into the bottomless chasms, have taken the hint; and their un- for groaning mankind's relief; to be happy victims, instead of pouring out entranced with the happy; to groan their groans in flames before the mul- with the hapless, in the darkness of titude, have been doomed to die in night; to be all for all; to live but in dungeons, where the shrieks of agoniz- others, as the heart's blood lives in ing nature can only be heard by those every limb;-is this the standard of whose interest it is to conceal them. love? Speak! answer

me, Love! The last person who publicly perished Thou smilest, art silent ! Thy smile, in the flames, was a woman. She was what tells it me, heaven-born Love? burned at Seville, Nov. 7th, 1783. “I am all in all,-unspeakable, like

Lorentes calculates, that the Inqui- Him! unfathomable, like Him!" sition alone, in the Spanish Peninsula, under the uninterrupted dominion of 45 Grand Inquisitors, has sacrificed

AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETY, LIVER241,000 individuals. Every condemnation is accompanied with a confisca- On Wednesday the 21st instant, purtion of property, and with the dis- suant to public notice, a honour of the whole family of him who of people, amounting, by estimation, suffers. By the late emperor of France, to about 1500, met in the Music Hall, this iniquitous tribunal

was suppress- to celebrate another anniversary of ed; but by the king of Spain its power this philanthropic institution. The has been restored.

chair was taken at twelve o'clock, by General Dirom, who opened the busi

ness of the day in a judicious and The celebrated Buxtorf, in his He- becoming manner. An exceedingly brew Lexicon, chap. 9. page 228, says, well written Report was then read, that the name of Eve is derived from which gave, in ample detail, a perspia word which signifies“ to talk.” On cuous account of the various objects this derivation, and the import of the connected with the parent institution; term, the Rabinical writers have found- occasionally referring to past successes, ed the following fable.-On a certain and also to future anticipations. The occasion, there fell from heaven twelve Ladies' Report was excellently arranlarge baskets, filled in a manner some- ged, and its sentiments were well exwhat like Pandora's box, but with very pressed. different materials. They did not con

The Rev. Mr. Burn, of Birmingham, tain bodily diseases, but an affliction of who represented one of the absent another species.

They were filled Secretaries, and the Rev. Mr. Hughes, with chit-chat. On their descent, a one of the Secretaries of the Parent No. 2.- VOL. I.






Society, then spoke at some length. ten on the subject of Slavery, the inThese were followed by several Minis- terest of the master is the only protecters, some belonging to the Establish- tion of the slave. ment, and others of different denomi- To palliate the traffic, it has somenations, which continued the meeting times been asserted, that, although until nearly five o'clock. A general | slavery still prevails in the United spirit of benevolence seemed to breathe States, the condition of the negroes throughout the whole assembly, with is far more comfortable than that of the out being tarnished by party insinu- peasantry in England. In some cases, ations, or sullied by unmeaning com- this statement may be correct; but of pliment or foolish adulation. A com- slavery in the abstract, it may be said, mon wish for the circulation of the “ Let men paint and disguise thee Bible among heathen nations, appear- however they will, they cannot alter ed to be the grand principle by which thy nature; thou art slavery still." all were actuated, independently of Towards many of these miserable caplocal prejudices or of party distinctives, the cruelties, on which this systions, which always prove detrimental tem of inhumanity is founded, still to harmonious co-operation. A col- prevail in all their rigour. The slave, lection was made at the doors, which, unable to claim any protection from we understand, was handsome, law, finds himself exposed to all the

wanton sallies, and unfeeling caprices, of the petty tyrant, without being able

to obtain any redress. To inflict torTHUNDER.

ture on a slave, is too frequently viewA native of some learning having been ed with an eye of indifference; and questioned on the cause of thunder, those who, from their cradles, have been replied with all the confidence of con- in the habit of witnessing scenes of viction, in the following manner: barbarity, which, as they advanced in

“ We know very well that it is an years, they have been accustomed to angel, but so small in stature, that he augment, appear insensible to the finer cannot be seen in the air. He has, emotions of the heart, which display however, the power of conducting the one of the brightest ornaments of huclouds of the Mediterranean into Abys- man nature. By any one who gives sinia; and when the wickedness of credit to the following instance of crumen is at its height, he makes his elty, these reflections cannot be thought voice to be heard, which is a voice of to partake of severity. It is extracted menace and reproach. And, as a from Fearon's Narrative of a Journey proof that he has also the disposal of through North America ; recently made, punishment, he opens a little way the and printed during the last year.gate of heaven, whence darts out the * À few minutes before dinner, my lightning But as the clemency of attention was excited by the piteous God is infinite, his wrath is never car- cries of a human voice, accompanied ried further in Upper Egypt.”

with the loud cracking of a whip. Following the sound, I found that it issued from a log-barn, the door of

which was fastened. Peeping through A more unnatural association can the logs, I perceived the bar-keeper of hardly be imagined, than an American the inn, to which this barn belonged, presents to the world, when, with one together with a stout man, more than hand, he signs the Act of Independence, six feet high, who was a colonel, and and with the other, brandishes the whip a negro boy, about fourteen years of over his terrified slaves. The former age. The boy, being stripped naked, has frequently been held forth in all the was receiving the lashes of these monsglowing colours which language could ters, who relieved each other in the impart, to excite the admiration of use of the horsewhip. The poor boy Europe; while the latter has, with fell down several times on his knees, equal care, been concealed from obser- begging and praying that they would vation, The condition of the negro is not kill him, and assuring them, that truly pitiable; and, perhaps, there is he would do any thing they would aptoo much truth in the concession of point: but this produced no cessation Bryan Edwards, Esq. ; namely, that in their exercise. At length, Mr. after an which has been said and writ- | Lawes, the innkeeper, reached the



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spot, and directed the valiant colonel,, head and towering pride, like virgin and his humane employer, the bar- gold, resemble the abode of angels ; keeper, to desist ; informing them, that Ummerapoora, the great government the boy's refusal to cut wood was in obe- seat of the mighty sovereign, in magdience to his (Mr. L's.) direction. Col- nificence and splendour, such as the onel - coldly replied, that “he did blessed spirits in celestial regions not know what the Niggar had done ; enjoy, luminous as the sun, and emitbut that as the bar-keeper had re- ting fire like the gleams of lightning ; quested his assistance to whip Cæsar, the golden throne, whose minarets rehe, of course, had lent a hand; this semble those of angels; the seat and being no more than he should have ex- foundation of majesty, whose powerpected Mr. Lawes to do for him under ful influence gives protection to the similar circumstances.”

weak; the sovereign of the red and At dinner, when the treatment of white elephants ; lord of earth, air, this negro-boy became the subject of and justice; this monarch has raised conversation, the company, consisting the golden foot of confidence; and his chiefly of Americans, sanctioned the orders, rapid as the rays of lightning, deed with their decided approbation. are obeyed !” The landlord, indeed, expressed some regret on the occasion; but it was not a regret which arose from the inhuma- When the late Dr. Moore was in nity that had been practised; but Paris, in the course of his travels, he merely from the adventitious circum

one day found a lady of quality, whom stance, that the Niggar was not his he had been in the habit of visiting,

He had been left under his manifesting much ill humour, and evicare by a friend, and he did not like to dently betraying great agitation of see his friend's property injured.”

mind. Dr. Moore, who had never “ Such treatment of their wretched before beheld her in such a state of slaves,” Mr. Fearon assures his read

confusion, suspected that some serious ers, is common in Kentucky; while calamity had taken place, and, with in the eastern and older States, the much sympathetic feeling, inquired oppression of all persons of colour is into the occasion of her perturbation. intolerably grievous.”

The lady, who felt the cause of her vexation in all its magnitude, instantly returned the following reply. “Why, my dear Sir, I yesterday sent Madame

la Comtesse de ~, the politest mes“The great, the magnificent and pow- sage in the world, begging to have the erful, eminent, and of authority,

who honour of her company this day at is above the reach of praise, the mag-dinner; and behold, the horrid woman, nanimous Maha Rajah, who in excel- with a rudeness or ignorance of life lence and virtue exceeds all the rajahs without example, sends me word that in the world ; whose ancestors sprang she accepts my invitation !” from the sun, and who is celebrated throughout the earth ; lord of the gold and silver mines, of the mines of rubies, PROFOUND PENETRATION. sapphires, and all precious stones, and THERE are few books, containing who, without labour or trouble, can observations on distinguished characextraet whatever is desirable or use- ters, which have lately made their apful; who is the master of all things, pearance in the world, more justly the mighty monarch of many towns ; celebrated than “ Madame de Stael's lord of all the sea-ports; by whom all Considerations on the Events of the creation, whether great or small, near French Revolution.” Her habits of or distant, is equally esteemed, and intimacy with exalted personages, dear as the flesh and blood of his gave her, indeed, an opportunity of golden breast ; who listens to the pe- observing displays of intellect, and of titions of all, and supports the dignity profound penetration, which few have and respect of every class of men; possessed; and her luminous remarks who is the most excellent lord, before plainly tell us, that she well knew how whom the rulers of other countries to take every advantage of her situacontinually come to pay their due and tion.---Bernadotte, she considered as a respectful homage; whose elevated ruler of consummate prudence and



peculiar sagacity; and his conduct, from the shore, and immediately turnwhen he abstained from active opera- ed on her beam ends. The captain, in tions at particular seasons, such as he hopes that she would recover her promanifested in March, 1814, she ascribes per position, and that the people on to a sound and enlightened view of board might be saved from the peril of the interests of Sweden and France ; their situation, ordered her masts to be although many others, who only saw cut away. But every effort proved in the fact, without being able to com- vain. Her hull remained immoveably prehend the reasons by which he was fixed on the rock; and after continuguided, attributed his inactivity to an ing in this state all night, and part of instability of disposition, or an inten- the next day, she divided asunder, tion to deceive. To confirm the truth and became a perfect wreck. The of her own opinion, she has related quarter deck and the cabin being the following anecdote :

separated from the other parts, the “When news was brought him that pumps and stores were washed out, the French had entered Moscow, the and nothing but a scene of horror preenvoys of the different powers, who sented itself. Many of the sailors at were then in his palace at Stockholm, this instant jumped overboard, under were thunderstruck: he alone declared the delusive hope of being able to firmly, that, from the date of this swim on shore, although the land was event, the campaign was lost to the fifteen miles distant. Several of these conquerors; and, addressing himself were almost immediately drowned, to the Austrian Envoy, at a time when alongside of the wreck. One boat, the troops of that power still formed a however, and only one, remained; and part of the army of Napoleon, “ You in this the captain and a few men promay,” said he, write to the Emperor, ceeded on shore, to seek assistance, that Napoleon is lost, although the and to procure some fresh water. Just capture of Moscow seems the greatest at this time, your cousin jumped into exploit in his military career.” I was the sea, and soon caught hold on one near him when he expressed himself of the pumps, that was floating near in this way, and did not, I confess, the wreck; and not long afterwards put entire faith in his predictions. But reached one of the masts, that had his profound knowledge of the art of drifted to a considerable distance, war, disclosed to him an event at that where it remained stationary, on actime least expected by others.” count of the rigging which was entan

gled among the craggy rocks at the

bottom. On perceiving that the mast SLAVE-SHIP WRECKED,

could make no approaches towards the Extract from a private letter, giving shore, he again quitted his station, an account of a shipwreck near the after having rested some time, and island of Cuba, not long before the swam towards a part of the wreck, Slave Trade was abolished.

on which he espied four men. This “ Your cousin Richard has lately fragment, which proved to be the main arrived from a disastrous voyage, in a grating, he at length reached with most pitiable condition, having lost all extreme difficulty, and was nearly exhis clothes and his watch; and his life hausted when he joined his companions seems to have been preserved by a mi- in misfortune. T'he wind was favourraculous interposition of Providence. able; and they were driven to land in

“ On the middle passage from the about four hours. But the part of the coast of Africa to Barbadoes, the ship island on which they landed being unhad an engagement with an English cultivated and uninhabited, no assistcutter, and many broadsides were ex- ance was to be procured; so that they changed before they discovered their were compelled to subsist seven days mutual mistake. The ship, however, on grass, on the leaves of trees, and on did not receive any considerable da- some candles that occasionally washed mage in this encounter; but one man ashore from the wreck. They were had his arm shot off. This was only then providentially picked up by a the beginning of their misfortunes. Spanish schooner, and taken to the On proceeding from Barbadoes to the Havannah. From this place, the capHavannah, the ship, having 250 slaves tain, and three others only, reached on board, struck on a sunken rock, off Liverpool : all the slaves, except one the coast of Cuba, about five leagues woman, perished.”

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