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rying ammunition, and was in advance of them when in the breast, and fell to rise no more. Mr. the engagement commenced.

" The carriers, who were natives of that and the Williams was at the same instant struck adjoining countries, and who had been obtained at Assamacow, more

with a ball in his thigh, and soon became by persuasion than any other means, seeing the Warsaws, their countrymen, making insensible. On his partial recovery, he the best of their way from the field of battle, followed their example, Nearly the whole of the guard, it is

found himself in the hands of an enemy supposed, shared the same fate as most of their bre.

who had inflicted a gash on his neck, in thren, the militia and soldiers. A corporal of the militia, and one or two others, composing part of attempting to cut off his head; but'a chief the escort, arrived at the place of action shortly before its conclusion, and reported that the carriers had interfering, to whom Mr. Williams had been refused to advance any farther with the ammunition,

kind on a former occasion, his life was and that most of them had run away. On this circumstance being reported to Sir Charles, he desired spared; but it was to gaze on the headless to see Mr. Brandon, with whom he was exceedingly angry; and if he had not suddenly disappeared, ei.

trunk of Sir Charles Mac Carthy, and two ther into the woods or to look after the ammunition, of his officers. it is probable, that if Sir Charles had had the means at the moment, he would have put his threat into During his captivity, Mr. Williams was execution, of suspendiog him to a tree. “ The enemy, perceiving that our fire had slackened,

locked up at night in the same room that attempted to cross the river, which at this time had contained the heads of Sir Charles Mac become fordable, and succeeded. They had often attempted it, when the river was swoln by the rains Carthy and his unfortunate associates ; that had fallen, on trees which had been previously which heads, by some peculiar process, felled across to answer as bridges, but they were repulsed with great slaughter.

were so preserved as to appear nearly the "The enemy had despatched a considerable force to encompass our flanks, in order to prevent our re- same as when they were alive. The food treat, and rushed in all directions on our gallant little of Mr. Williams was an allowance of snail. force, who still defended themselves with their bayonets, until they were completely overpowered by soup, both morning and evening, so scanty the myriads, who instantly beheaded nearly every one of those who unfortunately fell into their remorseless

that it could be contained in the palm of hands. The Warsaws, it appeared, had left the field

his hand. When any prisoner was beheadearly in the action. His Excellency, who had himself received several wounds, thus perceiving every ed, Mr. Williams was compelled to sit on thing was lost on his side, retired to where Cudjoe Cheboo, the king of Dinkera, surrounded by his peo.

one side of a large war-drum, while the ple, were bravely fighting.

captive suffered death on the other. In Sir Charles, in joining the king of Dinkera, wished the men to be informed of his intention to retreat; but this state of confinement he continued about peither bugles nor any other instruments were to be had, to give the requisite signal, every man of the

two months, when, the war ending, he was African corps having joined his company in the ac- happily released. While a prisoner, he tion, and it was impossible, from the thick underwood where the men were now overpowered by the had frequent opportunities of observing the enemy and dispersed, to see many yards around, and

discipline of the Ashantee army; and, aca few wounded men only were got together.

“The Brigade Major, who had been wounded, find. cording to his report, the regularity with ing that his Excellency had left the king of Dinkera, followed in the direction which he understood he had which they went through their military taken, and shortly after observed him in a track in evolutions was truly astonishing. They advance. He recognized him by his feathers. Soon after, some musketry was fired in front, and there was however admitted, that in the late engagea general rush back of those who were with him; after which no more was seen of him."-pp. 55 to 62.

ment their loss had been very great.

In a subsequent part of this volume we The colonists, having thus expended all find, that victory changed sides, and that their ammunition, nothing could prevent the Ashantees, sustaining a total discomfithe Ashantees from obtaining over them a ture, purchased peace, on condition of decisive victory, and great were their re- depositing one thousand ounces of gold in joicings on the occasion. But their bar- the Castle of Cape Coast, to be approbarities kept pace with their triumphs. priated to the purchase of ammunition Stragglers were deliberately murdered, and against themselves, in case they should many women belonging to the defeated again commence hostilities.

On this occa. party were compelled to throw away their sion, the head of Sir Charles Mac Carthy infants in the woods, that they might assist was among the trophies of the colonists. in carrying plunder for their conquerors. This head had been carried by the king of Of these children, many had their brains Ashantee as a kind of amulet,"enveloped beaten out on the spot, while others were in paper, covered with Arabic characters, doomed to perish with hunger and the in- wrapped in a silk handkerchief, and enclemencies of the weather.

The head was In a subsequent page, we have an ac- afterwards sent to England. count of Sir Charles Mac Carthy's death, From this portion of the work, which is related by Captain Williams, who left the filled with scenes of commotion, tumult, field with him, and was taken prisoner, but danger, ferocity, and death, it is pleasing liberated on the conclusion of the war. to turn to the present state of Sierra Leone, From this statement it appears, that soon which we give in the author's own words : after quitting their dispersed army, they “The population of the colony is about twenty-six fell in with a party of the enemy, who fired,

closed in a tiger's skin.

thousand. Freetown is inhabited by European mer

chants, who have built houses for their stores and and broke one of Sir Charles's arms. Im- residences, Maroons, Nova Scotians, discharged sol.

diers, exiles from Barbadoes, and liberated Africans, mediately after, he received another wound,

who have obtained lots of land in the town.

“Divine service was formerly performed over the jail, and was well attended by the blacks; but lately,

a survey of their public character, and follow in the unfinished new church, in the centre of the them in the various vicissitudes of fortune town, where but few of either Europeaus or blacks attend. The latter have erected several places of

which marked their enterprising career. worship of their own.

Nor is the survey confined to these men, The Maroons deserve credit for the neat little chapel they have erected by subscription among them- their crews, their ships, or their successes. selves.

We are introduced to the numerous tribes of “They had formerly a Methodist preacher, whom they procured from England; but, like most other Indian natives whom they visited, and have Europeans, he did not survive long. There is also a respectable Wesleyan chapel in Settler Town, which an opportunity of inspecting their character is well attended ; and many other private places of worship for dissenters are in different parts of the

and manners, before they were tinctured town, which are supported by contributions from con- with either the virtues or the vices of their gregations consisting principally of liberated Africans and discharged soldiers. Very few of these can even

invaders. In the accounts thus given, many read, and many of the former hardly understand English; and perhaps the preacher, who may be a dis

curious incidents and remarkable discoveries charged soldier or a liberated Africau himself, scarce. enliven the narrations; and, although in moly knows his letters; yet they join heartily in singing psalms, which constitutes the principal part of their dern days our acquaintance with the Indian service. These latter places are open at day-light for tribes is far more extensive and accurate about an hour, and in the evening from six till eight o'clock: the chanting may be heard at a considerable than these early circumnavigators were able distance, and their discordant voices are not a little annoying to the Europeans who happen to reside in either to acquire or furnish, their observathe immediate neighbourhood. On the Lord's day the

tions are replete with interest, wbile their shops are closed, and the sabbath is otherwise religi. ously observed by the coloured population."-p. 193. journals appear to retain all the freshness of

We must now take our leave of this originality, and all the charms of novelty. very interesting work, strongly recommend- It is, however, painful to reflect, that the ing it to the notice of our readers, as a pleasure derived from a perusal of these depository of valuable information, respecto discoveries and adventures, should be nearly ing the causes, disasters, vicissitudes, and all tarnished with crimes of a revolting nature, issues of the Ashantee war, and as furnish- and that robbery, inhumanity, and injustice, ing a compendious account of the present should have been so frequently the compastate of Sierra Leone.

nions of these daring spirits. The keels of

their vessels seem to have left in the ocean, a Review.- Edinburgh Cabinet Library. with blood.

furrow polluted with enormity, and stained 12mo. Vol. V. p. 461. Lives and Voyages of Drake, Cavendish, and Dampier. sponsible for the deeds of injustice which he

The historian, however, is not more reSimpkin, London. 1831.

records, than the mirror is for the deformity Besides the three celebrated circumnavi- and blemishes in the countenances which it gators whose names are mentioned in the reflects. In both we expect fidelity, and title-page, this volume contains a condensed

when this is supplied, no further responsiaccount of many others, who visited the bility is required. In this respect the writer American continent, and the oceans which of the volume before us has discharged his surround it, during the early parts of its duty with commendable integrity. history. It also has an immediate reference It is recorded by Abbe Raynal, that, in to those daring piratical adventurers known by the name of Buccaneers. These despe- lions of human beings actually perished.

the conquest of the new world, fifteen milradoes, who, for many years, traversed the To the far greater part of this tremendous American seas, committing depredations on sacrifice, the Spaniards have the dishonour all whom they could conquer, were for a of laying an exclusive claim ; but it would season the terror of every maritime nation be difficult to find, in those days of ferocity, in Europe. Rapine, plunder, inhumanity, an adventurer bringing back from a specucourage, and profligacy, were their distin. lative voyage to America, hands undefiled guishing characteristics. Collected from with robbery, or unstained with blood. among the desperate of all nations, they Among the bad, England may, perhaps, acknowledged no authority but that which have been the best; or, if this title should was cherished among themselves; and never, be disputed, she is most undoubtedly to be perhaps, since the ocean has been navigated regarded as possessing the negative excelby man, has its billows been disgraced with lence, of not being the worst in the world. such a floating banditti.

But while the exploits of these ferocious marauders occupy a portion of this volume,

Review.--The Gem: a Literary Annual and other incidents arrest the reader's atten- for 1832. pp. 276. Marshall. Holborn tion, the lives of Drake, Cavendish, and

Bars. London. Dampier, form the burden of its pages. Of Here is indeed a gem, the sparklings of these celebrated adventurers, the personal which may illumine the gloomiest eve of history is but short. We speedily enter into the dreary winter. In general interest, and

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the talent displayed in its contents, together SONNET ON THE COLOSSAL STATUE OF

MOSES. with the splendour and novelty of its en

By Michael Angelo : Translated from the Italian of gravings, “ the Gem” may vie with the

Zappi, by Sir Aubrey de Vere, proudest of its rivals; and it can boast of “What form, in everlasting marble wrought, having, amongst its sterling contributors, Sits giant-líke, art's poblest triumph, there?

Voice almost trembles on the lip, high thought most of the popular poets and authors of Seems throbbing on that brow of grandeur rare.

"Tis Moses ! lo! that beard of wreathing hair, the day; amongst whom we may enume- And the twin glories from his temples shotrate, Bernard Barton, W. M. Praed, Esq.,

Moses ! but with that yet diviner air,

Upon the mount, from God's own presence caught. the author of “ Lillian;" Dr. Bowring, the Such was he once, when the wave's wild rebound Hon. Mrs. Norton, Miss Agnes Strickland,

Hung o'er him vast-such, when the deathful roar

Of waters closed, at the command of heaven. Miss Emma Roberts, Miss L. H. Sheridan,

And ye, vile crew! once worshippers around

A worthless calf-had it but been before Richard Howitt, Archdeacon Wrangham, A shape like this, almost your crime had been forthe author of the “History of Poland,".

given." Thomas Haynes Bayley, Esq., the author of We should like to gratify our readers, by “May You Like It,” the author of “The giving 'A Fragment of a Ballad, teaching Castilian,” &c. &c.

how Poetry is best paid for;" by the author By way of extract, we cannot do better of “ Lilian ;” but must confine ourselves to than quote the first piece in the volume, an extract from “The Unwilling Bride :" illustrating a splendid plate by Martin, by T. H. Bayley, Esq.: entitled the “ Temptation in the Wilder


By T. H. Bayley, Esq.

“They kneel round the altar,-the organ has ceased, THE TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS. The hands of the lovers are joined by the priest;

That bond, which death only can sever again !
By Bernard Barton.

Which proves ever after life's blessing or bave !

A bridal like this is a sorrowful sight: “Not in the noise, the tumult, and the crowd,

See! the pale girl is bride to the feeble old knight. 1 Did the Arch-tempter spread his snares for Thee : There he might hope to catch the vain, the proud, Her hand on her husband's arm passively lies, The selfish ; --all who bend the willing knee

And closely she draws her sich veil o'er her eyes. To pageants which the world hath deified ;

Her friends throng around her with accepts of love : Seeking from such their pleasure and their pride. She speaks not-her pale lips inaudibly move.

Her equipage waits,-she is placed by the side
But Thou, who, even in thy tarriance here,

Of her aged companion—a sorrowing bride!
Didst bear about Thee tokens of the high
And holy influence of thy primal sphere,

Again the bells ring, and the moment is come
Stamping thy manhood with Divinity!

For the young heart's worst trial, the last look of home! Who, in the world, wert still not of it-Thou,

They pass from the village-how eagerly still He could not hope, unto its spells would'et bow.

She turns and looks back from the brow of the hill ?

She sees the white cottage-the garden she made, Therefore he sought and found Thee-in the gloom Aud she thinks of her lover, abandoned-betrayed !

Of the vast wilderness, perchance employed In meditating on man's hapless doom;

But who, with arms folded, hath lingered so long, Who but for sin had still in peace enjoyed

To watch the procession, apart from the throng? The bliss of Eden, ere the serpent's thrall

'Tis he! the forsaken! the false one is goneHad wrought our earliest parents' fatal fall.

He turns to his desolate dwelling alone; But vain the tempter's power and art! Though spent.

But happier there, than the doom that awaits With long, lone-fasting, in that desert drear;

The bride who must smile on a being she hates !". Thou, in thy Deity omnipotent, As man--from human crimes and follies clear,

Of the engravings of “the Gem,” MarWert still temptation-proof, from frailty free: He left-and Angels ministered to Thee !

tin's “Temptation in the Wilderness,” Oh! then, as Eden, when by sin defiled,

deserves the first mention. Truly this is a Was Paradise no more, thy presence made

fine production. The startling intricacy A brief Elysium in the desert wild,

And more than sunshine pierced its matted shade; and gloom of the trackless and tangled
Its darkest depths by heavenly hosts were trod,
And the rude wilderness confessed its God ! "

wood—the awful barriers of bare and sky

aspiring rocks—the tomb-like silence sugWe regret exceedingly, that the prose gested by the tree-blasted aspect of the articles, which are most of them excellent, inaccessible solitude,-testify at once, that are all too long for quotation. “ Jane," by the design is the work of the great artist. the Hon. Mrs. Norton, is a vividly pathetic “ Miss Siddons,” by Sir Thomas Lawnarrative. Among the Tales, we may rence, is a beautifully-executed portrait : as name, as superior compositions, “Lady a likeness, we cannot offer our judgment Anne's Bridal; a tale of the Two Churches:”

“ The Broken Pitcher," by Miss Agnes Strickland.

“ The Story of Witherington, engraved by Warren, is a Fiesco :" by the author of “May You composition of sweet and natural simpliLike It." “ A Tale of the Desert :" by city. “Love's Reverie,” by Newton, enJohn Carne, Esq;-and, " Innocent Flirt. graved by Marr, is so lovely a figure, that ation; or, the Rescue of the Inconstant :" it disarms criticism. 6 Private Theaby the author of “The Castilian.”

tricals,” by Farrier, engraved by Duncan, We must content ourselves with another

admirably illustrates its subject. “Touchshort extract or two from the poetry, and stone and Audrey,” by Leslie, engraved by then advert to the engravings which adorn Goodyear, is Shaksperean and characteristic. this attractive bijou :

“The Cottage Emigrants,” is not so much

upon it.


to our taste. “The Asinelli Tower, Bo. the author had omitted. It is a valuable logna,” by Bonnington, engraved by body of practical divinity; but the merits Cooke, evinces the excellences of the of Christ, and the efficacy of his atonement, former artist. “Cologne,” by Stanfield, can alone furnish a permanent foundation engraved by Kernot, embodies an archi- for this admirable superstructure. tectural and marine grouping, with admir- The intrinsic excellences of this work are, able figures, in the exquisite style of that however, too well known to require any reinimitable artist. “ The Corsair," illus- commendation. From their first appeartrative of Lord Byron's poem, is a bold ance, the subjects of this volume have been and original design. “ The Rescue of the always held in high esteem, and no appreInconstant,” by Cooper, engraved by hension can be entertained that their value Rolls, presents us with one of the painter's will be diminished in the eyes of posterity. matchless horses; though we dislike the figures. “The Only Daughter," -- which, to the Temptation in the Wilderness,"

Divines of the Church of we deem the sweetest engraving in the

England, with a Life of each Author, whole volume.

and a Summary of each Discourse. To conclude: This fourth appearance of

With Notes, 8c., by the Rev. T. S. “the Gem," in no way belies the promise

Hughes, Vol. XVIII. Hall's Conof its preceding volumes. The editor de

templations, Vol. I. pp. 452. Valpy, serves no slight commendation for the taste

London, 1831. and skill with which he has selected and The memoir of Bishop Hall, which occu. arranged the different articles. We wish pies about sixty pages, is rendered partithe proprietor ample remuneration; and cularly interesting by the vicissitudes and hope “ the Gem” will have that extensive sufferings which it was his lot to endure, circulation, to which, by its interest and and by the amiable and pious spirit which worth, it is veritably entitled.

he uniformly manifested under the severest

privations and disasters. It furnishes an Review.—Divines of the Church of Eng- tion, that they who will live godly in Christ

awful comment on the language of inspiraland, wilh a Life of each Author, and a

Jesus shall suffer persecution. Of this the Summary of each Discourse. By the Rev. T. S. Hughes. Vol. XVII. Jeremy

pious author sustained an ample share,

but he also enjoyed the blessing proTaylor, D.D. Vol. V. 8vo. pp. 600.

nounced on those who are persecuted for Valpy. London. 1831.

righteousness' sake. This volume concludes the works of this Bishop Hall was at once distinguished celebrated divine, of whom England may for exalted piety, elegance of taste, high be proud, and the establishment may ho- classical attainments, and a profound un. courably boast. It includes his celebrated derstanding. This rare association, accomtreatise on “Holy Living and Dying,” in panied with an undeviating attachment to which we are at a loss whether most to truth, exposed him to the vengeance of the venerate the christian or to admire the man. papal party, who could neither subdue his Unhappily, the instances are less numerous integrity, nor rival his mental acquirements, than could be wished, in which talents of nor imitate his moral virtues. the superlative order, and piety of the most The biographical sketch prefixed to this exalted character, meet together in the same volume delineates both the man and the individual. Many, however, of this descrip- times in which he lived ; and the contemtion may be found, and in this list we plations which follow, illustrate and confirm gladly place the name of Jeremy Taylor. all that we had been taught to expect.

By some pious individuals, indeed, this Who can read the annexed paragraph work has been treated with no small degree without admiration ? of coldness, as being too legal, too much

" Paradise was made for man, yet there I see devoted to the duties of religion, too minute the serpent ; what marvel is it, if my corruption in expatiating on the injunction of precepts,

find the serpent in my closet, in my table, in my

bed, when our holy parents found him in the and paying too little regard to the sublime midst of Paradise! No sooner is he entered, but and evangelical doctrines of the gospel. It

he tempteth: he can no more be idle than harmless.

I do not see him in any other tree; he knew there will readily be admitted, that on these latter was no danger in the rest ! I see him at the tree topics, many leading truths, which might forbidden. How true a serpent is he in every point ; have been amplified to great advantage, are

in his insinuation to the place, in his choice of the

tree, in his assault to the woman, in his plausiblebut transiently touched. At the same time, ness of speech to avoid terror, in his question to it is but fair to state, that nothing is incul

move doubt, in his reply to work distrust, in his cated which the serious reader could wish

protestation of safety, in his suggestion to envy and discontent, in his promise of gain."-p. 53.

of time. It travels from the sun to the earth in

REVIEW. - The Cabinet Cyclopedia, con- we have just hinted, the history of Poland

ducted by Dionysius Lardner, LL.D., is filled with occurrences of the most lively &c. &c. &c. Optics, by David Brewster, interest, through all the stages of its eventLLD. ác. Vol. XIX. 12mo. pp. 393. ful passage on the stream of time. The Longman, London. 1831.

occurrences and revolutions of this ill-fated It will be almost needless to say, that this people are traced in this volume with an volume is purely scientific; but though we

able hand, and its pages are enlivened with may add, that it is in some degree divested numerous anecdotes of its sovereigns, heroes, of technicalities, yet it is better adapted for armies, public characters, and leading men. those who have a tolerable acquaintance The reader who seeks for a compendious with light and vision, than for such as are

history of Poland will be sure to find it in seeking some knowledge of elementary prin- the twentieth volume of Lardner's Cabinet ciples. Many diagrams are scattered through Cyclopedia. its pages, to elucidate the phenomena described, but they do not appear to be ex- Review.- Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopedia, ceedingly abstruse, or difficult to be under

Vol. XXI. Biography, Vol. 1. Emistood. This volume contains many striking pecu

nent British Statesmen, 12mo. pp. 360.

Longman, London. 1831. liarities relative to light, colour, and vision, On opening this volume, we were surprised which the reader will peruse with admiration bordering on amazement. Some of four men, namely, Sir Thomas More,

to find that it contained the lives of only these we would gladly insert, but our limits

Cardinal Wolsey, Archbishop Cranmer, will not grant permission. For the following short paragraph, room, however, must

and William Cecil, Lord Burleigh. If this be made; but for all besides, we must refer

commencement is to be received as a speto the volume.

cimen of what is to follow, the anxious

reader may feelingly inquire, To how Extraordinary Velocity of Light. Light moves with a velocity of 192,500 miles in a second

many volumes will this biography of emi

nent British statesmen extend ?" seven minutes and a half. It moves tlırough a From the portentous load which may space equal to the circumference of our globe in the eighth part of a second, a flight which the

thus be fairly apprehended, the preface is swiftest bird could not perforin in less than three by no means calculated to relieve the reader.

In this we are told, that “the literary con

tributors being persons who cannot be Review.-Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopedia, dictated to, nor required to modify the Vol. XX. History of Poland. 12mo. expression of their opinions, so as to adapt Longman, London. 1831. them to the views of others, the editor will

not hold himself responsible for the various There is, perhaps, no nation on the face of political and literary opinions which may the earth, which at this moment excites so be found in this series.' much general interest and sympathy as Biography is at all times an attractive that of Poland. Long excluded froin the species of composition, and the interest list of kingdoms, by the overwhelming which it excites is always increased when power of Russian despotism, the Poles the character delineated has filled some have lately made a noble effort to regain station of importance, either to his country their former independence. But the struggle or to his fellow-species.

Such public has been unsuccessful; and they once more stations the individuals memorized in this clank their chains in the ears of Europe, volume have undoubtedly filled; and a and renew their groans under the tyranny record of their services is nothing more of their oppressors,

than a tribute of respect which they have In this eventful struggle, though pitied a right to claim. But if “ this series is by the surrounding states, not one came intended to include the lives of the most forth to lend them the least assistance. If considerable persons who have appeared in good wishes could have overruled their the political history of these countries, from fortune or their fate, Warsaw would still the reign of Henry the Eighth, inclusive, to have been the capital of an independent the present time,” as we are informed in people, and the ferocious hordes of their the preface; and if four memorials will fill barbarous conquerors would have been one volume, as in the case before us-most roving among the icebergs and mountains libraries will require additional shelves. of snow, which are emblematic of their These lives are well written, and furnish unfeeling hearts.

much amusing as well as instructive matter. Independently of the vicissitudes at which To every lover of biography, this volume


pp. 344.

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