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(bareing his breast) : here is the hatchet, in his History of America, that he died at take it and strike.” They answered his Valladolid, on the 20th of May, 1506, harangue with one united voice,“

we making no mention of the place of his will not, we cannot, we want you here, interment. And is silent about any Epifor if age has taken your strength, it has taph on his tomb. Another writer speaks left your wisdom and experience.” as to his being interred in the Cathedral of

Seville, where a monument was erected to

his memory, with this inscription : The sensation created by the late inemo

" To Castile and Leon Columbus has given rable Naval Victory, in the Harbour of a New World." Navarino, has made us take a glance at the Leading us to suppose his information was pages of History, where we find the following curious circumstances relative to the of a work, by an Old Writer, bearing

correct, but on looking into the pages town, and its bay,—where the combined date 1652,"containing an account of the powers of England, France, and Russia, took signal vengeance on the Turks made of this great navigator, and his Epi

City of Seville, the following mention is for their late dishonourable conduct. First, we find, according to

taph:classic lore,

*«. At this place resteth the body of that Navarino, under the ancient name of Pylus, was the birth-place of the vener; the New World, with this Epitaph on his

Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of able cad experienced Nestor, who sailed

tomb :with ninety ships against Troy. Secondly, we find, that the bay was the scene of I, Christopher Columbus, whom the land action as far back as June, 1246, when a Of Genoa first brought forth, first took in hand fleet was taken in the harbour belonging to

(I know not by what deity incited)

To scull the western waves, and was delighted the Turks under Selista Bassa, destined for To find such coasts as were unknown before, the Seige of Candia ; and again we find, The event was good, for I descried the shore that the Venetians who were masters of the

Of the New World, that it might learn to obey, town of Navarino by conquest, had it Philip, which o'er the Spanish, should bear

sway ; retaken from them by their enemy the And yet I greater matters left behind, Turks in 1499. Thirdly, the day of For men of mure means, and a braver mind.” the month on which the above victory was obtained, namely the twenty first of October, was the anniversary of the battle of Salamis, when the invading army of Mr. Thomas DIBDIN, the Lopez de Xerxes was defeated by the Greeks, and Vega of England, in his pleasant Remion which the celebrated Greek Trajic ' niscences, observes, that had he been poet Euripides was born; and lastly, the tempted to have written an Epitaph on his attack which has added another laurel to friend Michael Kelly, the eminent comthe honour of British valour was made on poser and vocalist, he should have written the eve of the anniversary of the glorious as follows:Victory of Trafalgar, which closed the eventful career of our beloved countryman Here lies (and you seldom have met with his

like, Lord Nelson.

For simple sincerity) good natured Mike :

His rich native humours, his purse, heart, and SQUARE TOED SHOES.

table, In the reign of Queen Mary, square toed

With genuine welcome, he gave you while shoes were in fashion, and worn of such

No sycophant he, as true candour must vouch, a prodigious breadth, that a proclamation Though without any disinclination to Crouch, was made, interdicting their being worn by

To those who were “ pleased to be pleased,"

few would bring any person above six inches square.

More talent for rational mirth; let him sing,

Say, mimic, or blunder, he kept up the ball; COLUMBUS'S EPITAPH.

Was severe upon none, unaffected to all :

He pleased by a manner completely his own, READERS must be quite lost in conjec- The theatre, festival, cottage, or throne; ture, when they attempt to form any

Placed high on a sixpenny seat, none so low opinion as to which is the correct Epitaph, But cried - Bravo Mike Kelly!" or next would that was engraved on the tomb of the To see Michael where rank with philanthropy celebrated Christopher Columbus, the dis

reign'd coverer of the New World, when they You'd find io invite him his king not disdain'd. find that Historians and Biographers, Though puritan zeal Mike's profession should

curse, record inscriptions so very different, Dr. Such self-esteemed betters than him may Robertson from his extensive reading and research we think would have been as For tranquil, nay cheerful, to death he resign'd

him, likely as any writer to have been near the

When he left many saints, and more sinners truth, and we find that he merely observes

behind him,


able ;

prove worse ;

Diary and Chronology.

JANUARY the First Month of the Year, is named from Janus the two-faced god, to whom it was sacred, Juno being its tutelar divinity, according to the Romans, the artificers of which country, (Rome,) were desirous on the first day of this month to commence such works as they contemplated the completion of within the course of the Year. According to Verstegan's Restitution of decayed Intelligence, the Saxon's called this month “ Wolfmonat,” or Wolf-month"; from the wolves, the inhabitants of our ancient forests, impelled by hunger and the inclemency of the season, being wont to prowl for food to the terror of human nature. The Saxons also called this month Aefter Yule, from following after Christmas, or Yule-tide.






Jan. 1. Tues.

Jan. 1. According to the Romans this day was sacred New Yrs Day.

to Janus, god of gates and avenues, to Juno, Circumcision.

Jupiter, and Esculapius the god of Physic. St. Fulgentius, William the Conqueror crowned King at WestSt. Mochua

minster, 1067, after the battle of Hastings, St. Fanchea

Harold the Danish Monarch being slain.
(Ir. Saints.) Sir John Hotham and his son beheaded, 1645.
Holliday at the Norfolk Town, Virginia, United States,
Pub Offices.

destroyed by the British forces 1776.
Sun rises 5m. Violent Storm in Denmark, which blew down
after 8, sets

the steeple of the great church, & numbers 55m after 3.

of houses, and tore up entire forests, 1515. High Water at The Greeks being master of the Morea, threw Lond. Brid.

off the Turkish Yoke, and declared the Morn. 24m.

independence of the Greek Nation, 1822. aft. 1. Aftn. Union of Great Britain with Ireland, 1801.

48m aft. 1. St. Macarius of Alexandria, A. D. 394. - 2 Wed. St. Macarius, 2 St. Adalard, grandson of Charles Martel. and St Ada

Born 754, died 827. lard.

Ovid the Latin Poet, born at Sulmo, and died
Full moon 56m

A. D. 17, ÆT 60 years.
aft. 5 morn. Livy the Historian died the same year.
Venus an even

This day was considered by the Romans an star until 27

unfortunate day. July

French troops evacuated Koningsburg, 1813. Jup. a morn do Dr. John Mason Good, M. D. died 1827. till 29 Aug.

ÆT 62, author and editor of several works, Sun sets 4m.

and principal contributor to the Pantalogia. before 4.

St. Genevieve, born at Nanterre, 422, and 3 Thurs St. Genevieve 3 died on this day 512, ÆT 90. Patroness of

Departure of Lord Castlereagh to the Head Paris.

Quarters of the Allied Powers to treat for

Peace, 1814.
St. P. Balsam St. Rumon, according to Butler, was a
St. Titus, St

Bishop, but when born, and of what nation, 4 Fri. Gregory, sul 4 is unknown. He is said to have consecrated

Rigobert, St a Monastery, built by Ordgar, Count of

Sun rises 4m. Roger Ascham, latin secretary to Queen
after 8

Elizabeth, died 1568, ÆT 53. 5 Sat. Saint Simeon

5 St. Simeon Stylites is noticed by Butler as a Stylites.

man that astonished the whole Roman Sun rises 3m.

Empire by his Mortifications, he was after 8-sets

buried at Antioch. Great Miracles were 3-before 4.

wrought at his sepulture. The Eve of the Epiphany; in Germany the

custom of electing of Kings by the bean. Death of HRH. the Duke of York 1827 ÆT 63 Edward the Confessor died 1066, ÆT 65, the first King of England that touched for the evil

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THE RIGHT HONOURABLE ductions ;) and the character of Mr. Can-
GEORGE CANNING. ning, political and literary, as summed

up by his biographer.
From the recent published Memoirs of-
the Life of the Right Honourable George DUEL OP MR. CANNING, AND LORD
Canning, which has been ascribed to
the pen of Dr. Styles, we give a few “We have now arrived at the period when
extracts. Though considerable care and it is our painful task to record a transaction
assiduity has been used in the compilation which reflects no honour on the parties con-
of these volumes, little more has been done cerned, except that they proceeded to their
than might have been effected by a recur- meditated work of mutual destruction with
rence to the public press, from the time a cool and determined courage; the one
Mr. Canning first entered parliament. Feel- thirsting for revenge, the other most willing
ing confident that most of our readers must to render satisfaction. Good God! the
be tolerably conversant with the birth, satisfaction of inflicting or receiving the
parentage and authorship of this great man, direst injury that one human being can
from the many sketches of his life, that experience from the hands of another !
were published before, and at the time of We refer to the duel which took place
his death, we shall confine ourselves to the between Lord Castlereagh, and Mr. Can-
reverend author's account of the duel, and ning.
how occasioned, which took place between Duelling is a barbarous relic of other
Lord Castlereagh and Mr. Canning, on the times, and ought long ago to have vanish-
21st Sept. 1809; the anecdote of Mr. C.'s ed with wager of battle, to which it is nearly
benevolence; the Epitaph on the Mar- allied, and the other ferocities of a half
quis of Anglesea’s leg, which we insert for civilized state. It is little to the credit of
the purpose of correcting the error that has our boasted improvement in manners, that
arisen by the jeu d'esprit being attributed the pettiest quarrels are now terminated by
to Mr. Canning, when the author of it was a deliberate act of murder, which involves,
a Mr. Gaspey, (a gentleman known to the in many instances, the double guilt of
literary world as the author of several revenge and suicide ; or it is avoided by a
novels, and other able miscellaneous pro- shuffling meanness, which creeps through

2-SATURDAY, Jan. 19, 1828.

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an affront, destitute altogether of that noble a personal affront, and to sacrifice one's
magnanimity which either forgives or dis- country because we have quarrelled with a
dains retaliation, from a sense of conscious friend, or provoked an enemy, is a base-
rectitude, and the fear of offending Al. ness for which nothing can atone.
mighty God. We feel, indeed, that on As to the affair of honour, which had
this, and many other points, professed nearly deprived the country in one mo-
Christians are practical atheists; and that ment of two members of parliament, and
to urge upon them the dictates of Christian- the cabinet of its most important ministers,
ity, and the obligation of the divine law, it seems to us, in the one case, to have been
would be only to expose both ourselves and precipitated by blinded rage, and to have
their religion to the utmost derision and been yielded to in the other merely because
contempt. If every instance where the it was demanded ;-perhaps the severe
lives of the murderers who meet to con- law of custom left no alternative. In high
summate a duel are put in jeopardy in- life, as it is called, if a man is challenged,
volves a high degree of moral guilt, this he must fight. The question, then, to be
guilt must be deeply aggravated where the answered is, whether Lord Castleagh was
parties occupy stations of great responsi- justified, according to the usage of society,
bility. Parents and husbands live not for in this particular, in calling out his right
themselves only, but for those who depend honourable antagonist.

For our
upon thein, and to whose comfort and hap- parts, we are so dull and unapprehensive,
piness their continuance in this world seems that we cannot perceive that the noble lord's
to be indispensable. When, in addition to honour was at all wounded in the matter
these natural relations, there are annexed of his complaint. That his feelings were
thosewhich involve the prosperity of nations irritated, and that, mortified to the quick,
-when the individuals sustain the weight he wanted some victim on which to wreak
of empire, and have duties to perform that indignation which he was noi then
which embrace the entire circles of society, prepared to vent upon himself, we can
such men are bound by the most sacred easily imagine. But it does not appear to
considerations to live for that community us that his charge of duplicity against his
which has intrusted its interests to their colleague is at all made out. The head and
hands. To stake a nation's weal against front of Mr. Canning's offending was sim-


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ply, that instead of communicating imme- family, which were numerous,

Mr. diately to the noble lord what, from a Canning said to the veteran, “Why do younger man than his lordship, might have you not send the boy to sea ?”'“ How can been deemed by him an arrogant assump. I afford that ?" replied the lieutenant ; " I tion of superiority, Mr. Canning conferred assure you, sir, it is with difficulty I find with the head of the administration on the the means of filling out their jackets ; subject ; he tendered his own resignation, would to God I could send him to sea !" which that noble person refused to accept, " And then,” said Mr. Canning, “ of and he consented to remain in office only what profession are your daughters, how on condition that the Duke of Portland, and do they employ themselves ?-one, Í the elder members of the cabinet, would is grown up. Why, sir, this eldest girl take upon themselves the delicate task of is astonishingly clever at her needle, and inducing Lord Castlereagh to exchange the I should like to have her sent to some war department for another more suited to dress-maker's.” The stranger guest departhis talents, and for which he was better ed; but in a few days the boy was sent qualified. This the parties to whom the for, fitted out as a midshipman, and is now affair was intrusted neglected to do, and a lieutenant; the girl was provided with by a breach of confidence, on whom the situation suited to her talents, with a chargeable it is not known, Lord Castle. lady in Pall Mall, and is since respectably reagh was informed that Mr. Canning bad married. The whole expense was defrayed demanded his dismission. On this slight by their generous morning guest, and the and insufficient ground the noble lord tears of this veteran's family follow him to immediately wrote to Mr. Canning, in the the grave.” moment of feverish irritation, and while the failure of the expedition to the Scheldt,

EPITAPH ON THE MARQUIS OF like a fiery viper, was gnawing upon his

ANGLESEA'S LEG, heart. But for the agitation of his mind,

Here rests and let no saucy Knave, his lordship must have perceived, that Mr. Canning had only exercised his right of To learn that mouldering in the grave

Presume to sneer and laugh, acting with whom he pleased, and that, in • Is laid a British Calf! tendering his resignation, in order that he For he who writes these lines is sure might leave the noble lord in full possession That those who read the whole, of his power, the responsibility of which will find such laugh was premature,

For here, too, lies a sole. he was no longer willing to share with him, he had thrown the onus of his dismission

And here five little ones repose,

Twin born with other five, upon his superiors in the cabinet, who, as

Unheeded by their brother toes, they had determined to retain Mr. Canning, Who all are now alive. and to dismiss the minister at war, ought A leg and foot-to speak more plainto have charged themselves with the whole Rest here, of one commanding, transaction, without betraying the confi- Who, though his wits he might retain,

Lost half his understanding. dence, which would not have been reposed in them, had they simply permitted him And when the guns, with thunder fraught,

Pour'd ballets thick as hail, to retire."

Could only in this way be taught BENEVOLENCE OF MR. CANNING.

To give the foe leg bail. “Mr. Canning's whole life bore ample And now in England, just as gay testimony to his benevolence. He was As in the battle brave, eminently distinguished by the charities of Goes to the ront, review, or play, human nature, and was perpetually diffus

With one foot in the grave. ing happiness around the circle in which Fortune in vain here show'd her spite, he moved. No man could be more alive

For he will still be found, to appeals made to his compassion. By Should England's sons engage in fight, his humane interference, he saved the life of one of the Cato-street conspirators. It But fortune's pardon I must beg: is said that, being on a visit at his friend's And when she lopp'd the hero's leg, house, Mr. Ellis, now Lord Seaford, at She did not seek his h-arm ; Seaford, in taking one of his early morning And but indulged a harmless whim, walks, he was caught in a very violent Since he could walk with one, squall, when he was invited into the signal she saw two legs were lost on him

Who never meant to run, house on Beachy Head, occupied by a lieutenant in the navy, where every civility was paid him as a stranger, then wholly unknown to the inmates. Mr. Canning, It was at the close of his public career, while taking his homely breakfast under that he became the legislator of experience this hospitable roof, amused himself with --not the puny and trammelled experience noticing the younger branches of the of a statesman by trade, who trembles at


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