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(July, excite public interest at the present immense size, and may be styled the. moment. Aware of the capricious monarch of the Canadian forest." policy of Russia, particularly since the The Upper Canada oak is generally infatuation of the Councils of that considered as superior to that brought Empire has laid it at the feet of Buo- to England from the Baltic, and jutenaparte, Government is making every rior to none but the British in quality, practicable attempt to encourage the The grain of the wood is more open culture of hemp in Canada, where it than that produced in our island, and, seems the soil and climate are per- being softer, is not so durable. The fectly congenial to its nature. These noble and imposing height to which have generally succeeded ; and seve- the oak grows in Canada, and the ral agents, iately sent for this express perpendicular position, with few purpose, have had land assigned them, branches, renders it perfectly conve: and they are required to undertake nient for planks and staves, but it the difficult task of convincing the furnishes little of the timber required native farmers of the advantage they
for knees. This circumstance may, may hereafter derive from a species however, be remedied, by bringing of agriculture with which they were the pine-routs to England, which, acpreviously unacquainted." However,” cording to the opinion of ship-carpen
says Mr.G." as Government has agreed ters, answer the purpose extremely to pay the farnier a price certain per well. Much useful information is ton; and, as this price is more than given in this part of the work, and what he would receive for the wheat Mr. Gray seems to have taken every produced on the land that produced ; opportunity of rendering it almost it is probable the quantity raised in essential for the consultation of the the country in general will increase British trader. The Appendix, be
One circumstance men- sides, contains a list of the duties paytioned by our Author appears worthy able in Canada on importation, under of the consideration of Government : several acts of the British Parliament, at the time the work before us was with others levied by that of the Prowritten, hemp had not been subjected vince, part of wrich expire in 1811. to the payment of tithes; conse- Allowances at the Custom-house. quently the Clergy would feel them- Post-office regulations. Roads and selves impelled to use their influence distances in Canada. List of the Goin preventing its growth. We hope vernors of Canada from the conquest, that this error has ceased to exist, and, with the date of their appointments. if otherwise, that it will be corrected List of the Counties in Lower Canada. without delay. The forests of Canada The number of Representatives in the offer more certain and permanent ad- Provincial Assembly, and the numvantages. In the present instance, ber of Parishes. An account of the neither prejudice nor unfavourable principal articles of Provision and seasons can have the least effect; ex- Lumber imported into his Majesty's perience and judgment in selecting Colonies in the West Indies, in the the various kinds of timber necessary years 1804, 1805, and 1806 ; distinfor building and equipping of ips, guishing each year, each island or is all that is necessary : Nature has colony respectively, and the several profusely spread her gifts before us, countries from which such articles and we have their unlimited use. Mr. were imported. The real value of ExGray informs us, "No part of the ports from England to all parts of productions of Canada is likely to America and the West Iudies (exclubecome of more importance to Bri- sive of the United States) in three tain than the produce of the forests, years, ending-in October 1808. Rcad which consists of an abundance of value of Imports from the United different kinds of wood, fit for the States of America. Real value of purposes of the dock-yard, as well as Exports to the United States of Amefor the use of the house-carpenter rica. Exports from Quebec 1809. and cabinet-maker. The dock-yard The Memorial and Petition of the can be supplied with masts of the Merchants and other Inbabitants of largest size. Some have been brought New Brunswick. Another from the down to Quebec 120 feet in length, Inhabitants of Halifax and Nova Scoand about four feet in diameter. It tia. Address from the Council and is the white pine which arrives at this House of Representatives of New
Brunswick, respecting the Islands in "The war of waters rolling to thy shores,
Passamaquodd y Bay, and the Decla- Where incontrould the vast Atlantic' ration as to the boundaries of the
(raves, river St. Croix. A good Map of As around Skelig's * rocks fierce Ocean North America faces the Title.
And wastes the strand with never-ceasing waves ;
[foul, 6. Erin, a Geographical and Descriptive Or on Rathlint, with many a shipwreck Poem ; 8vo. pp. 112.
Night after night destructive tempests “SIX and thirty years of my life, dedi
howl; cated to the public service (if, as an As
Britain thy aid demands in War or Peace; sistant ir a Public School, I have executed With thine her pow'rs diminish or inmy duty faithfully) entitle me to the regard
crease. and esteem of those, to whose education
Whene'er her crimson banners she unfurls, I have in any degree contributed.”
And o'er the globe her vengeful thunder After such a forcible appeal to bis
hurls, Westminster Pupils, we rejoice to
If Plata's food demaud a soldier's toil, see Mr. Smedley's publication ho
Or Asia's plains, or Afric's burning soil,
Where dauntless Abercrombie gobly noured by a numerous and respect
[ley leads; able List of “ Men occupying con
Where Stuart conquers, or where Wellesspicuous situations in the service of Thine with her offspring, liberal as brave, their Country,” both in Church and To vanquish hasten, and exult to save. State.
Nor do the perils of the deep affright, A small but neat Map of Ireland is Where glory hovers O'er Trafalgar's prefixed ; and the design of the Poem height, is taken from Dr. Campbell's “ Poli- And gallant Nelson to his comrades calls, tical Survey of Great Britain ;” who Tells them their duty, then triumphantfalls;
They stand prepard for victory or death, says, * In respect to Ireland, we have more
And cheer the hero at his latest breath." than once observed, that, except Great Ireland is justly celebrated by Mr. Britain, there is not perhaps in the world Smedley for its early and zealous atan island that possesses more natural ad- tachment to Religion; and a proper vantages. The climate, soil, and produc- compliment is paid to “ the Maiden tions of this country re such, as render Queen,” by whose bounty were, it wonderfully commodious to its inhabitants, as furnishing them with all the ne- “ Under one naine, most honour'd, most cessaries, and most of the conveniencies
(rear'd I.” of life, with a large surplus of valuable Twin seats of science in two kingdoms commodities.”
The many natural advantages also On this theme Mr. Smedley very posses sed by Ireland are enumerated ; largely and agreeably expaliates : particularly its safe and capacious “Fair Erin, daughter of the Western Harbours, where Main,
(tain “ A thousand fleets expand their swelling Whose cliffs rise proudly, destin'd to sus- sails $.”
“For a description of the Skelig islands, the reader is referred to Dr. Sinith's Natural and Civil History of the County of Kerry, p. 111; but, as this book is not every where to be met with, the following extract may afford soine entertainment:The great Skelig stands about nine miles W. S. W. from Puslin island. It is a most high and stupendous rock; and the middle part of the island is flat and plain, consisting of about three acres of ground, formerly cultivated. This place is surrounded with high and inaccessible precipices, that hang dreadfully over the sea, which is geverally rough, and roars hideously underneath. There is but one track, and that very narrow, that leads to the top, and this ascent is so difficult and frightful, that few people are hardy enough to attempt it.' Here follows a description of the difficulties which pilgrims experienced in gaining the top.--There are two curiosities on this island : the first, the exquisite workmanship of the cells, or small chapels, built in the antient Roman manner, without cement. The other, the wells of fresh water on the rock." + " Rathlin is an island situate at the Northern extremity of Ireland.”
" Queen Elizabeth founded Trinity-college, Dublin; and gave the statutes by which Trinity-college, Cambridge, is governed.”
$ " When the North-east wind prevails, ships can scarcely make their way rp Channel. In this respect, the harbours of Kinsale and Cork are of infinite advantage to British fleets, not only on account of their seasonable supplies, but (prior to our complete sovereignty of the seas) for their affording protection from the enemy, as well as GENT. MAG, July, 1810.
(July, The following beautiful portrait
“ Can the Muse pass that hospitable will readily be recognized :
Where dwells in peace the mitred Sage, “ Heard ye the Shepherd's legendary Nor give one line of gratitude to praise
tale, Under old Mole, in soft Armulla's dale?
The second father of our antient lays ?
Prelate much honour'd, while the many Saw ye the villagers around hiin throng, Attentive still to hear his rustic song,
To weep o'er Isabel's sequester'd tomb, And Mulla, listuing, stop her native They shall recall thy Hermit's tale of woe, speed,
While real tears for fabled sorrows Pow: To catch the sound of harmless Colin's They shall recall how valiant Douglas reed?
[dead; Kilcolman's woods with Colin's carrois
Ere he was 'number'd with the mighty Kilcolman's ruins sad remembrance bring. How Percy, flow'r of knighthood, scorn's Ill-fated swain! what boots it to have
[stain'd field. sung
[phies hung, On Northern bills and Cheviot's bloodOf knights, of dames, of halls with tro
For me, who knew thee in my earlier years, Of tournaments and necromantic pow'rs,
And, sympathising, felt a father's tears, And damsels sleeping in enchanted bow'rs,
And saw that father, in the midst of grief, Fays, giants; gublius, dwarfs of horrid
Seek from Religion and his God reliefmien,
Be mine tiy Christian virtues to record : And all the glories of thy Fairy Queen!
O! be it Heaven's those virtues to reward!” Slow chilling Penury, the Poet's fate,
The following lines are equally And Disappointment, on thy evening
poetical and patriotic: wait,
“ Here Derry, London's friend *, and Hope for the morrow; Evil for the day;
Ulster's pride, [tern side ; To stoop to those who smile but to be.
With battlements adorns Foyle's Westray,
And once majestic oaks with spreading To know of sad dependance all the fears,
shade To court the bounty of reluctant peers ;
Their leafy honours o'er the lake display'd. From barb'rous spoilers not a remnant
But now the nymphs their wonted haunts save,
deplore, Worn down with cares, to sink into the
Hereynian forests are beheld no more : grave.
Frantic with loss, the desolating heir Such were the suff'rings of Eliza's Bard;
The growth of centuries disdains to spare, This, Poesy exalted, thy reward!
Infatuate sets upon a single cast “Flow, Mulla, flow; though Colin be The pride of ancestors for ages past, no more ;
[shore And hears unmov'd the frequent strokes Though Colin's Friend reluctant leave thy resound, To court new smiles, and give his youth. That lay the forest level with the ground. ful sail
Britain, beware! for, should the time arTo all the dangers of Ambition's gale."
When, Heav'n forefend ! nor elm nor oak Mr. Smedley brings to view, by various proofs, the misfortunes brought To Hoat thy sov’reigu thunder o'er the
In glen, or valley, or on mountain steep, upon a Country by Inroads of Savage
deep, Hordes and Invasions ; and introduces Then shalt thou mourn thy wealth-deserted
[coast, several historical anecdotes both of Then must the empire of the sea be lost.” persons and places; amongst which
Mr. Smedley adds, we are particularly delighted to meet “ The flights of humour and of comic with a venerable and much-respected mirth,
[their birth: Friend :
Which Farquhar penn'd, to Derry owe security to those who had made successful captures.-Ann. 1665, several rich prizes, taken from the Dutch, were brought into Kinsale.-1667, Sir Jeremy Smith came into Kinsale with eight men of war and some Dutch prizes of great value; two English East Indiamen, valued at £300,000. and the West India fect of 130 sail
, were preserved in kiusale harbour.-In 1679, the St. David, with twenty East Indiamen, and forty other rich merchantmen, waited for a convoy from England.-In 1678, several rich French prizes were brought in.--In the beginning of May, 1703, the Virginia fleet came into Kinsale. --November 16, 1704, the transport ships from Portugal sailed from Cork.---1705, the homeward-bound Virginia fleet, 72 sail, came into Kinsale harbour, as also, on the 28th, five ships of the line and nine rich East Indiamen. These, among many other ivstances, are sufficient to show the value of these two ports to Great Britain."
* “Many Companies belonging to the Corporation of Loudon have large estates in this part of Ireland.”
Thalia, though she blush at many a page, Where peasantry neglected bide the storm, Mourns her lost state when Farquhar quits And to their wants their habitation form. the stage,
Where day's pale gleam with difficulty Sees Duiness re-assume her leaden reign,
[roll; Till Sheridan shall bavish her again.” From the same crevice see black vapours
A squalid race behold, froin terror mute, The First Part of the Poem ends
With hunger clam'rous, huddled with the with a prophetic address from King
brute, Alfred to Érin, his native country ;
Nurtur'd in ignorance, and sunk in sloth, which, passing through the glories of These heirs of Penury, allied to both, . Elizabethan triumphs, thus concludes: Feed with and imitate whate'er they see “O!'waft me to those happier days of In these associates of their misery. peace,
Their distant lord knows nothing, nothing When feuds and groundless jealousies
sees, Then if the Gaul's fell treachery prevail,
Suffers no steward to disturb his ease, And dastard Europe in her duty fail;
No province of its gold untimely drain'd, If Erin, whom each novelty beguiles,
No tenant of his last best hope distrain'd. Deluded listen to the serpent's wiles,
" Back to your homes, ye triflers, haste Britain alone shall from her caring height
away! See the storm lour, nor tremble at the Palæmon's cultur'd boundaries survey ; sight;
See in their master's presence, doubly Shall bid her pilot boldly seize the helm,
[rest; And guide the tow'ring vessel of the realn'.
Stout youth employ'd, see feeble age at Westward, with swelling sail, she makes
Their flocks increasing, dreary wastes im
prov'd, The flag of Union eager to display: Palæmon equal with themselves belov'd. She rolls her thunder O'er Rebellion's When thus contrasted with your own diswaves,
tress, And hapless Erin from destruction saves. Ye view these sons of humbler happiness, Hence sister isles shall to Time's latest
If e'er the godlike wish pervade the heart, hour,
Such plans to try, such blessings to im.. Regardless of a restless tyrant's pow'r,
[filow Nor meaniy yield, nor fearfully despair, Check not the impulse; let your booty But equal perils, equal triumphs share.”
Full, plenteous, as your native rivers go: The Second Part describes “ Lough If health the salutary draft demand, Allen, the Source of the River Seek Mallow's waters in your native land;
Or Connel, in whose spring old fables Shannon, the grand feature of the Inland Part of
(race.” Erin, dividing it
The noble blood of Boriom's slaughter'd inio East and West the Places of note on its Banks and its Neigh- Thankful for the pleasure we have bourhood, and the Historical Sub- received from the perusal of this jects alluding to them a Descrip- Poem, we shall introduce Mr. Smed. tion of an Irish Fair, &c.—the Beau- ley in propriú personâ : ties and Advantages of the Shannon
“ Mute is the tongue of Erin's tuneful enurierated - its present State de
King, sciibed, ad fuiure Glory announced.”
Cold is the hand that swept the silver And thie Poem concludes with a De
string ; scription of the Lake of Killarney, But, while lis harp remains, it still reand an Irish Wake.
calls Here again the Author's laudable Terrific measures in resounding halls; Patriotism breaks forth :
War, tumult, shouts of triumph, dying “ Had I a Prophet's voice, I might re
Love's playful strains, and Pity's melting The native Lord to his deserted hall, Six valiant sons around their Monarch Here might send back those wanderers, stood,
[good; who roam
(home, Of chieftains first, and best among the In search of happiness, best found at As the light chords he swept with magic Iz it for health to Bladud's springs ye skill,
[will : haste,
He mov'd their warring passions at his Your wealth in pamper'd luxury to waste ? Rude though himself, each faithful kern Or where light Fashion, with her rotries,
[courts? Th' exalted virtues of departed sires. In balls, in banquetings, and crowded Feats of the brave he sung-the robber The rich domain forsaken or forgot,
Dane, The park, the castle! the sequester'd spot Invading foemen, friends in battle slain ;
60 Review of New Publications.--Index Indicatorius. [July, Shame and disgrace the coward's certain L'HILOMATHES is too ludicrous. meed,
Our Country Correspondent's BALANCE Eternal bliss to those who nobly bleed. shall be paid to the Society in Craven“ If bap'y l, without a Muse of fire,
His Letter was so far advanced Have dar'd io touch the chords of Erin's in the press, that it could only be corlyre,
rected, not wholly omitted. Have faintly sung of desolated) woods, Veritas asks whether there is any fund Meads, mountains, lakes, and their pro- in London for Clergymen's Widows, withlific floods,
out their husbands having been subscri. The weakness of the Bard in pity spare; bers ? ---Answer. There are many, which Few well describe high-sounding deeds of may be solicited as gifts, but none that
can be claimed as maller of right. Yet if, fond hope! the verse successful A Son of the late Mr. Beckwith, Editor prove,
of “Fragmenta Antiquitatis," and neAdding one convert to his country's love, phew of the late Mr. Thomas Beckwith, of Erin no more shall at her lot repine, York, F. A. S. possesses a complete MS But with the oak her hallow'd grass en- copy of Domesday Book so far as relates twine,
to that County, with a good Index, tranAnd formi (more envied than thy laurel, scribed from one formerly belonging to Rome!)
the late Dr. Burton, of York, which is A wreath to decorate the Poet's tomb." perfectly useless (because unintelligible)
to himself ; but might be regarded as a INDEX INDICATORIUS.
help to an Antiquary in his Topographical WE have not been inattentive to G. researches, and a great curiosity by others. W. L.'s second hint respecting a Portrait The MS, may be seen at Mr. Carpenter's, of our worthy friend Mr. Gouch. An at- Bookseller, S14, Holborn. tempt has been made ; but, we are sorry In Rees's Cyclopædia, art. Flute, it is to say, has not succeeded.
asserted, on the authority of Mr. CastilWe have long witnessed and admired lon, that the Flutes of the Antients were the talents and the meritorious exertions of sounded by a Reed ; and that there were Mr. Dibdin; were present at the first re- two sorts of thein, in one of which the presentation of “The Padlock;" have Reed was visible, as in our Hautboy, but listened to his Ballads at Ranelagh ; and concealed m the other. This is directly applanded his Tyrtæan Elegies in Leices. contrary to the opinion of Dr. Burney. ter Fields : and, with such sentiments, If any gentleman would consult Berlin cannot possibly have an inclination in the Memoirs 1774, vol. V. and give an abridge slightest degree either to injure the Veteran ment of Mr. Castilion's proofs, he would Minstrel or to wounci his feelings. We oblige the Writer of this article, who is allude to an article in our last, p. 499, engaged in preparing for the press a work which states (in the words of a very respec- on Acoustics, C. J. S. table Provincial Newspaper) that the late M. C. Po-R asks for a method of deMi Havard assisted Mr. Dibdin in bis stroying the large grey snails which infest “Bystander,” and wrote some of his po. cellars, and other damp situations. pular songs.
But we have since Mr. Dib. To A. B. who asks, whether Sir FRANdiu's own authori'y for stating, that “nei- cis Burdert had the privilege of frankmg ther Mr. Havard nor any other person but letters when confined in the Tower; we himself wrote A SINGLE SONG of all those answer, that he doubtless had, as the productions which have been published House gave no order to the contrary. under bis naine."
The FOREIGN Coin sent from Ipswich We are sorry that A CONSTANT READER is too trifling to be worth engraving. should have had the trouble of sen ling a S. K.'s miserable Scralches would not second copy of his letter. The first was be worth using, even if they were genuine. under ensideration; but, though equally Nor do we wish for any DRAWINGS that enemies to imposition with himself, we are not good, and well authenticated. really cannot consider the case he states K. (from Woodville Lodge) is received, to be within that description. He coin- But we do not recollect the Coin. plains, that a certain Bookseller demands We do not by any means think our2s. 61. for a single Number of the Gentle- selves obliged to give Reasons to any man's Magazine for 1806 (now become Anonymous Correspondents, for omitting, scarce); and supposes that the same per- or even not acknowledging, articles that son w.vuld not buy a Number of that year are wholly useless. Nor can we undertake even at a price 25 per cent less Perhaps not. to return them, as they are in general sent But the cases are very different, between back to the Post Office. a Tradesman's selling a scarce article Mr. Hamper's View 'of BEACONSFIELD which a Customer actually wants--and CHURCH, Bucks, in our next; with a Plan buying on speculation what he himself of the London BOTANIC GARDEN; HORAdoes not want, and might never sell. Tio; &c. &c.