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69 Independence in Humble Life.--Ancient Coins.
70 will ultimately tend to accelerate that as liberal as he was rich. His alms ruin which he appears most solicitous to were not only bestowed in private, but avert. He has issued a mandate, we he made large donations to such as are informed, declaring that all foreign- applied every day for relief at bis gate. ers taken in arms, under the banners of As liberality has in general more admithe Insurgents, or who shall be found rers than imitators, so the man who guilty of aiding and abetting their cause, possesses wealth or power is rarely at a by supplying them with means to carry loss for sycophants, who offer up their on the war, shall suffer death.
incense at the shrine of adulation. One A mandate of this desperate com- day a friend of Hatemtia, praising his plexion, speaks more than a volume generosity, said, “I think there never could communicate. It is rarely that was a man of a more noble spirit.” the supporters of any cause resort to “I beg your pardon,” returned Hatemsuch dreadful expedients, until they find tia, “ I not long since met a poor felit in a declining state. It is in politics low staggering under a bundle of thorns, as it is in theology ;-the defenceless which he had been cutting for fire-wood. part of every creed is generally guarded Seeing his poverty, I asked him, why, by anathemas.
instead of labouring so hard, he did not This mandate of his Most Catholic go to the gate of Hatemtia for relief? Majesty reminds us of a little story, The poor man replied, “He who can related by one of the ancient classical earn a morsel of bread by his own inwriters, which is nearly as follows: dustry, has no need to be obliged to
When Jove, who was interested in Hatemtia.' This man's mind was truly the concerns of mankind, forsook the noble.” region of nectar, and came down to visit our abode, he travelled for some time incognito, mixing with various TO THE EDITOR OF THE IMPERIAL companies, to learn their opinions, and to gather information. It happened, in one of these excursions, that he fell into
Leeds, March 2, 1819. the company of a countryman, on whom Inclosed is the exact representation elocution had never dispensed its much of two ancient Coins, which I accidencoveted blessings. Thus circumstanced, tally met with some short time since. Jove took the lead in conversation, and Should you, or any of your antiquarian introduced bis observations with such correspondents, have it in their power rapidity, that the countryman had little to favour me with a description of them, more to do than to signify his assent to you will much oblige, yours, &c.
J. P. what was proposed. Jove, however, at length advanced a proposition, which
1 his companion heard without making any reply. This awakened his suspicions, and led him to inquire into the cause of his silence. The countryman replied, that he doubted the propriety of what his unknown companion had asserted. “Do you doubt?” cried Jove, in an angry tone, at the same time throwing off his mask, and assuming his real character :-“ Then I appeal to my thunder, for the truth of what I have advanced.” “ I suspected,” rejoined the countryman, “that you were wrong
They are both copper. No. 2 is conwhen I first withheld my assent; but
cave on the animal side, and convex on now you appeal to your thunder, I the head side. know it. He who is right, does not [We have compared these coins with need the assistance of thunder.”
the plates given in Camden, and in some other works; but cannot find any exact resemblance. In No. 43 of Cam
den there is a tolerable likeness of the HATEMTIA, who was one of the most animal in No. 2, above; but its head wealthy among the Arabians, was bless-faces that of the man, which this does ed with a disposition that rendered him not; and it is less buried in the margin.
INDEPENDENCE IN HUMBLE LIFE.
AN INSTANCE OF INGENIOUS DEPRA
This is nearly the only similitude which is no case so hopeless,” it was intiwe have traced. From any of our mated, “ from which a man, with a readers, who may have turned their little money and good management, may attention to antiquarian researches, we not be extricated. If you have any shall be glad to receive a communica- money, and will follow my direction, I tion, which will meet the inquiries of will engage, for a given sum, to bring our Leeds correspondent.]
you off with honour.”
Revived a little at the prospect of a release, though only promised by a fellow-prisoner, the young criminal lis
tened with much attention; and began The age in which we live, though dis- to inquire, on what foundation he could tinguished for many other striking pecu- rest his hopes ? “ This is a point,” reliarities, is rendered remarkable for plied his instructor, “ which I will not active benevolence, for a dillusion of reveal. Your business is to secure the light, an increase of pauperism, and certain payment of the money on your for melancholy instances of moral de- acquittal; to plead not guilty at the pravity. To prevent, in some degree, bar; and, when discharged, to provide the vices from becoming contagious, for your own safety: the rest of the many salutary regulations have been business you are to leave with me."proposed, respecting the distribution of Shocked at the ide of pleading not criminals in our common gaols; and not guilty, in a case which he knew to be a few have been introduced, through so ciear, the young man hesitated to which the juvenile oflender is prevented follow the advice given; since his only from growing hardened in his iniquities, hopes of a mitigation of punishment by associating with such veterans in arose from a consciousness of his peniguilt as nothing can reclaim. The neces- tence, and the compassion of his prosesity of these measures may be gathered cutors. “ Unless you will consent from the following anecdote, which to boldly to plead not guilty,” replied the many of our readers may appear per- veteran, I will have nothing to do fectly new.
with you; and you will inevitably be A man, who had committed a rob- hanged.”—The hope of life being too bery, attended with some peculiar cir- strong for the voice of conscience, the cumstances of aggravation, was taken young man consented to plead not into custody, and consigned to the com- guilty; and their affairs were soon ar'mon gaol, to take his trial at the ensuing ranged. assizes. As this was his first offence, “ You have now," said the instruche felt all the degradation and horror of tor, “ nothing more to do, than to make his situation, which an awakened con- me acquainted with every minute cirscience could impart. Giving way to cumstance connected with the robbery. serious reflections, and anticipating his Give me the time, the place, the light, approaching destiny, he became so much the company, the dress, the conversadejected, that his conduct excited the tion, with all the minute particulars of attention of his fellow-prisoners; who, which you have any recollection.” The being greater proficients in vice than young man again hesitated, being unhimself, amused themselves with his willing to put his life into the hands of weakness; and, regardless of their own a villain, who had refused to confide condition, sported with his approaching in him even the secret of his own fate.
eseape. This hesitation, however, was One among them, however, in whom soon overcome, when he was informed, art, impudence, and criminality, had that “ without it he must die on the combined, took an occasion more gallows; and that, even if this effort to gravely to reprimand his melancholy save him proved ineffectual, he could companion, on account of his dejec- but be hanged at last.” tion; assuring him, that unless he turned Their affairs having reached this crihis attention to the means of eluding jus- sis, they retired to some corner, where tice, the consequences would be serious. the young man communicated every He was informed in reply by the young circumstance of the robbery which he offender, that he had no hope of escaping, recollected. This, by repetition, was the evidence being strong and pointed soon impressed upon the mind of his against him; and that his own conscience companion; who, by questions and obdirected him to plead guilty. “ There servations, continued to increase his
73 Ingenious Depravity.--A Living Mammoth in America. 74 stock of information, until the day of and to all present, to be particularly trial arrived, which was to bring his careful how they swore away the life of ingenuity to the test.
an innocent person under a delusive The young man was first arraigned ; train of appearances. and, contrary to the expectation of his On hearing this unexpected stateprosecutor and of most present, who ment, the Court was much confused; had been informed of his penitence, the witnesses looked upon each other pleaded not guilty. The evidences with astonishment; the prosecutor was were then examined, and the facts were visibly agitated; and even the judge substantiated in the most unequivocal was confounded. Recovering, howmanner. The prisoner had no defence ever, from their surprise, the Judge, to make; and the only thing which was after some observations, ordered the now wanting to ratify his dooin, was the prisoner to be acquitted, and set at awful sentence of the Judge, which he liberty. In the meanwhile, the selfevery moment expected to hear pro- convicted felon was remanded, while nounced.
his indictment was preparing, with orAt this eventful crisis, an unusual ders to appear and take his trial on the stir was heard among the prisoners who ensuing day, for the offence which he had not yet been brought to trial. On had thus voluntarily acknowledged. making inquiry into the cause of this On being brought to the bar, when disorder, one of them desired that the the usual que of Guilty or not Court might be informed, that he had Guilty, was put, to the utter amazement something of importance to communi- of all present, he pleaded not Guilty. cate on the present occasion; and The astonishment which this excited, desired that he might be brought to the was scarcely less than that which his bar before sentence was pronounced on previous confession had produced. He the prisoner then on his trial. The was then reminded of the transactions intelligence being conmunicated, he of yesterday, and admonished not to was ordered to appear, and to state what indulge fallacious hopes of escaping jus. he knew relative to the affair then under tice through the mere indulgence of consideration. This was just what he pleading, which the lenity of the laws wanted; and, having obtained liberty, allowed to persons who were accused of he addressed the Court in nearly the offences. following language:
Nothing, however, could intimidate “ It is with the utmost shame that him, or induce him to alter his resoluI acknowledge myself to have been, tion. He still persisted that he was not through a considerable portion of my guilty; adding, when addressing himlife, a most abandoned character. But self to the Judge, “ If you please, my my career of wickedness is now brought Lord, your own gaoler shall prove my nearly to an end; for I expect, very innocence.” On being asked to exshortiy, to forfeit my life to the violated plain himself, he replied, If you order laws of my country. But, bad as I the gaol-keeper to look over his books, have been, I cannot think of permitting he will find that I was in gaol when this an innocent man to die for a crime of robbery was committed.” On searchwhich I have been guilty. I am the ing the books, it was accordingly discoperson who committed the robbery, for vered that he had actually been lodged which the prisoner is now arraigned; in gaol on the day preceding that of the and am the only person who ought to robbery, and his acquittal was the suffer for it. And to prove to the satis- inevitable consequence.Of the issue faction of the Court that my confession of his trial for his own offence, no acis true, I will relate all the circumstan- count has been preserved. ces connected with the robbery." Having said this, he began a history of the whole transaction, and entered into all the minute particulars of the time, place, manner, and conversation, &c. It appears, according to some accounts with which the prosecutor and his wit- lately received from the interior of the nesses were well acquainted, and ap- United States, bordering on the Missispealed to them in their turns respec- sippi, that the whole of this gigantic tively for the truth of his declarations. race of quadrupeds is not yet extinct; And finally, concluded his account, with one having been recently seen in the a serious admonition to the witnesses, remote deserts stretching on the north
LIVING MAMMOTH IN AMERICA.
west quarter of the American continent. of divine love; and when it has boiled If these accounts are to be credited, sufficiently, pour it out into the dish of the Mammoth is not carnivorous, but discretion, and mix it up with thankslives chiefly on a particular shrub, which giving. Then sup it up with the spoon grows plentifully in the districts where of compunction, and wipe thy mouth it has taken up its abode. It is repre- with the towel of confession. Thus shalt sented as never lying down to take rest, thou wipe away and evacuate the multibut as reclining against convenient trees, tude of thy sins,' Paleogr. Græc. where it finds repose. The Mammoth p. 507. which is said to have been lately seen, (Not one word of the blood of atoneis reported to be about fifteen feet ment!) high, and in other respects nearly proportionable. It has no horns, is appa
ANECDOTE. rently inoffensive, is covered with remarkably long hair, and rather bears a DURING the latter years of Mr. Pitt, resemblance in appearance to the wild when the demon of war was ravaging boar, than to the elephant.
the continent of Europe, and even threatening the inhabitants of this country with its tremendous scourge, the
leading members of a certain corporaTAKEN PROM The descRIPTION OF tion made an offer to raise a volunteer MOUNT ATHOS, AND
corps, on condition that Mr. Pitt would give them an assurance, that they should
never be called to leave the country. Αδελφος της απελθών εις Ιατρον, ηρώτησεν | To this offer and request, he gave the αυτον κ. τ. λ.
following humorous reply : “I will A CERTAIN brother went to a physician, engage that they shall not leave the and asked him, whether he knew of any country, except in case of an invasion!” medicine by which sin could be cured?
- The physician answered him and said, “ Yes, brother: know and hear that one of miraculous power may be found. This celebrated rock, which, deriving Go, and take the root of spiritual pover- | all its importance from being associated ty, and the flowers, of humility, the leaves with the name of Telemachus, was of patience, and the branches of prayer; thought, till lately, to have had no existmix them together, and pound them in ence but in the fictions of the poets, the mortar of obedience. Add to them and the eloquence of Fenelon, is said to a spoonful of holy thoughts; afterwards have been actually discovered. Its situput them in the saucepan of conscience, ation is stated to be in latitude 38 deand water them with the drops of flow- grees 12 minutes south, and in longiing tears. Then kindle under it the fire tude 22 degrees east of London.
A MEDICINE USEFUL TO THE SOUL,
TRANSLATED FROM THE GREEK INTO ENGLISH,
ROCK OF TELEMACHUS.
The neat Amount of Duty on Paper, paid into the E.xchequer for the years under,
and Drawback obtained in England, ending 5th January each year.
Year. Duty puid in Duty for England and Drawback for
25,206 1812-13 366,931 34,500 401,431 23,117 1813-14 | 385,218
28,600 413,818 27,785 1814-15 389,870 24,305 414,175
27,415 1815-16 439,215 32,450 471,665 25,324 1316-17 406,039 37,300 443,339 21,510 1817-18 375,269 40,000 415,269 20,568 1818-19 | 440,644
46,200 486,844 22,106
Return of Mr. Brown from St. Domingo.
MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCE. RETURN | inclined to establish schools, he seemed OF MR. BROWN FROM ST. DOMINGO.
exceedingly glad ; and informed them,
that nothing would give him more satisOn the evening of Sunday, March 14th, faction, than to facilitate any measures 1819, the Rev. Mr. Brown, who had which could be adopted for the instrucbeen sent as a missionary by the Wes- tion of the rising generation. He also leyan Methodists, about two years since, intimated, that it had long been his wish to the Island of St. Domingo, landed to place a school under the immediate at Liverpool, being driven from that auspices of government; and that he island by a storm of persecution. was happy to find men from England,
It appears, that some time previous to fully qualified for this important underMr. Brown's embarkation from this taking. country, a gentleman, who was at Port- Having obtained the sanction of the au-Prince, presented a Bible to one president, the missionaries found no difof the more respectable inhabitants of ficulty in procuring that of the subordithat place. From the favourable man- nate powers. They therefore immener in which this present was received, diately hired a room, and began to and from a train of concurring circum- preach in the French language. Their stances, he was inclined to think, that congregations at first were very diminua propitious opportunity presented itself tive; but after some months, the hearers for the establishment of a mission in the so increased, that they found it necesrepublican part of this large and popu- sary to provide another house. This lous island. His representations being was accordingly done; and it was not laid before the Missionary Committee, long before it became nearly filled with the opening appeared providential; and regular and attentive hearers. In the Mr. Brown, and Mr. Cats his colleague, meanwhile, the school, which had no embarked accordingly, and reached the connexion whatever with the mission, place of their destination in safety. was established at the expense of go.
On their arrival, they were received vernment, and placed under the care with much politeness by the inhabitants; of the missionaries, who introduced the and, although their prospects of success mode of instruction which had been inin the establishment of a mission were vented by Lancaster. not equal to their expectations, they During the life of Petion, his word discovered nothing to deter them from was kept inviolably. The protection attempting to accomplish the great ob- he had promised shielded them from ject of their undertaking. Being in a every outrage ; and about thirty memforeign land, and under the dominion of bers had been formed into a society, a power which had originated in the while the prospects of considerable adisland among its swarthy inhabitants, ditions appeared more and more conspithey thought it prudent to proceed with cuous every day. But the race of this the utmost caution, lest any advantage man was nearly run.
About twelve might be taken of their indiscretion, months since he paid the debt of nature, which should ultimately prove detrimen- and a person named Boyer succeeded tal to their cause.
him in his office. Petion at this time was president of As preaching had now been establishthe government; and as no application ed both in Port-au-Prince, and in some had been personally made to him, a let- adjacent parts, Mr. Brown thought it ter was immediately written, stating the necessary to introduce, if possible, an. occasion of their coming, together with other missionary, as the attendance on the object which they had in view, and the school, and the supplying of every soliciting his sanction and protection. place with preaching, furnished more This letter was kindly received; and the work than two persons could convenireply which he returned expressed his ently accomplish. To obtain liberty opinion in terms of unqualified appro- for a third missionary, an application bation, accompanied with promises of was made to President Boyer; who, in support and favour, couched in the lan- reply, gave his full consent to the meaguage of grateful sensibility. The letter sure which had been proposed. This was written with much dignified sim- was in the month of June, 1818; and plicity; and contained a full and une- lis letter was immediately forwarded to quivocal answer to every question which England. required his attention.
It was not long, however, before On finding that the missionaries were affairs appeared to assume a less plea