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either accompanied or followed him; chissel. Foreigners were employed but it is certain, that he remained in by the master-masons in England for this country more than ten years the fabrication of tombs in earlier after that period *.

Notwithstand- times, and the solitary name only of iny, it appears from an authentic an English sculptor (Epiphanius Évedocument, that a plan of a tomb sham) who lived in the reign of James for King Henry VII. with the effi- I. has been rescued from oblivion. gies of himself and Queen, had been Yours, &c.

E. . S. contracted for, to be executed entirely by pative arlists. The influ. ence therefore of Cardioal Wolsey

be may account for the introduction of

of the Maritime expeditions Italians, whose designs might super now eotered upon to the North, they sede the antient Gothic style of sculp- will all ultimately, it is hoped, be fature. As the plan of the Sacelluin, vourable to some important discowhich now iucloses the tomb, is purely veries: and where the object of the architectural, it is probable that the Navigators is scientific, they must effigies and table only were the work have gone out with the universal of Torrigiano, though included in the good wishes of their countryinen. It agreement, still extant, and dated in is, however,worthy of observation, that 1516. Upon the sides of the tomb, Capt. James Burney, who accompanied instead of quaterfoils, arms, and coc. Captain Cook on his two last voyages nizances, are seriptural subjects, in round the world, has given his opinion relievo, within wreaths, a mode of several years ago, in the Philosophical desigo then totally new in England t. Transactions, that the most NorthHenry VII. likewise, agreed with easterly point of Asia known, and the Torrigiano for a monument

most North-westerly of America, were fourth larger than that already made, joined: the presumption therefore is, " for 15001.which was never com that the navigation inust fall several pleted by him, but the design proba degrees short of the Pole. bly transferred to Benedetto da Ro

We propose presenting to our Read. A total departure from the

ers the observations of ihe intelligent Gothic taste was effected by these Captain on this curious subject; deartists, which they superseded by their livered, as it will be seen, long bem

fore these maritime expeditions were This slight historical sketch may, in contemplation. with Mr. Urban's approbation, he continued to the present æra, confin. Memoir on the Geography of the North

Eastern Part of Asia, and on the ing the application of Sculpture in

Question whether Asia and America tirely to Sepulchral subjects. We

are contiguous, or are separated by the have, I think, do evidence that, in

Sea. By Cupt. James Burney, F.R.S. the centuries antecedent to the Re

Read before the Royal Society, formation, we can hoast of any pa

Dec, 11, 1817. tive sculptor, or any Englishman, who “ A belief has prevailed for nearly a could design or complete more than century, that the separation of America the mechanical process of the art, and Asia has been demonstrated by an either iu the foundery or with the actual navigation performed; and it is



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* In 1524, Cardinal Wolsey began a monument for himself at Windsor, upon a plan no less sumptuous than that of Henry VII. Benedetto da Rovezzano, a statuary of Florence, continued to work on it till 1529, and had then received 4250 ducats. Antonio Cavellari is mentioned as guilder in the same instrument. The effigies of the Cardinal was finished, but the other parts were intended to be applied by Henry VIII. as a monument for himself. During the Civil War, the bronze was broken in pieces, and sold by order of Parliament for 6001. Walpole attributes the bronze figure of Henry VIII. at Gorhambury to this artist.

of “ Indenture for an intended tomb for King Henry VII. with Lawrence Ymber, Carver; Humphry Walker, Founder; and Nicholas Ewen, Coppersmith and Gilder.” Harleian MSS. The whole was to cost 12572. Torrigiano, or Torrisany, as be is called, contracted for 10001. but it is supposed, tbat the screen was not in. cluded. The monument of Margaret Countess of Richmond is likewise attributed to bim.


302 On the Geography of the North Eastern Partof Asia, &c. [April, distinctly'so admitted in the charts. It whom has been given the denomination is proposed to shew in this memoir, in of Tartars, inhabit the North-eastern the first place, tbat there does not exist extremity of Asia, concerning which a satisfactory proof of such a separation ; Kossak officer, named Atlassow, reportand secondly, that, from peculiarities ed, that between the Kolyma and the which have been observed, there is cause Anadir were two great promontories, to suppose tbe fact to be otherwise ; that which he affirmed could not both be is to say, that Asia and America are con doubled by any vessel, because the West tiguous, and parts of one and the same coast of the first is barred in the sumcontinent. This is not an opinion newly mer by floating ice, and in winter the sea formed, but one which many years ago there is frozen; but at the second, the was impressed on other persons as well sea is clear, without ice.” as on myself, by circumstances wit. Scheuchzer, the translator of nessed when in the sea to the North of Kæmpfer's History of Japan, in an inBering's Strait with Captain Cook, in troduction to his translation, cites some his last voyage.

remarks which had been published con« America, from its first discovery by cerning the Tartars, wherein it was said, the people of Europe, was regarded by the inhabitants of Siberia who live near them as a land wholly distinct from their the river Lena, and along the coast of own native continent, till the failure of the Icy ocean, in their commerce with many attempts to discover a Northern Kamtschatka, commonly go with their passage to India at length suggested the ships round a Suetoi Noss [or sacred possibility that the Old and New World cape), to avoid the Tschelatzki and (as they were then called) formed but Tschuktzki, two fierce and barbarous one continent. The solution of this nations possessed of the North-east point problem, so far as regards a North of Siberia.' On this vague authority eastern navigation to India, has been Scheuchzer concludes, that Asia is not more naturally the business of the Rus contiguous to America. sians than of any other people, as well “- When Mr. Muller first went into on account of the greater facilities pos Siberia, no credited tradition appears to sessed by them for prosecuting the Dis have been there current of the Northcovery, as for the superior benefit they east extremity of Asia having been sailed would derive from a practicable naviga- round. Charts which were made in Sition round their coasts to the Tartarian beria by people inbabiting the coasts of and Indian sea, should such be found. the Icy sea showed uncertainty, and

6. The memorable voyage of Semoen what is to be considered only as an exDeschnew and his companions in 1648, pression of a belief of a great Northby which the Russians first discovered the eastern promontory; for at that part sea East of Kamtschatka (for before that the coast was not defined by any outline, time the river Anadir was supposed to run but left without limitation; whereas into the Icy sea) is the principal cir a more Southern promontory, supposed cumstance which has been admitted as the second from the Kolyma, was clearly proof of a complete separation of Asia delineated in the charts witbout any inand America. It is important to re dication of doubt ; and this last-menmark, that this admission is not so old tioned promontory, it is evident, was as the expedition on which it is founded, the cape which was afterwards seen by by nearly a century; for no certainty of Bering, and to which Captain Cook an absolute navigation having been per gave the name of Cape East, on account formed round a North-eastern promon- of its being the most Eastern land known tory and extremity of Asia was pretended of Asia. In the instructions which were till after the year 1736, when it was in- given by the Czar Peter the Great for ferred by Professor Muller, from some Captain Bering's voyage, the question original writings found at that time in whether Asia and America were contiSiberia, concerning Deschnew's Voyage. guous or separate was regarded as undeBaron de Strahlenberg, wbo had lived termined ; and some Tschuktzki people, many years in Siberia, and whose de- with whom Bering had communication, scription of that country is of earlier informed him that 'their countrymen, date than Muller's publication, says who traded with the Russians on the of the expedition of 1648, that some river Kolyma, always went thither by Russians departed from the river Lena land with their merchandize on sledges, in boats towards the East, and by that drawn by rein-deer, and that they had route discovered Kamtschatka. But it never made the voyage by sea.' was not understood to have been by a “Mr. Muller has acknowledged that, clear navigation round the N. E. of from the perusal of the papers found Asia; for, in a description subsequently concerning the voyage of Deschnew, he written, he says, ' a class of people, to adopted a belief which did not before


He says,



prevail, and he regarded it as a second the Czar Peter the Great sent direca discovery. Yet Mr. Muller's own ac. tions to the Governor of Iakutzk to col. count fell very short of warranting a lect information concerning the discocertainty of the manner in which Desch- veries which bad been made. In connew arrived at the Eastern Sea; and sequence of this order, several examithere is an irregularity in it, which is nations and depositions were taken; and perplexing

• Deschnew in the few authentic particulars which are relating his adventures speaks only in- known of the voyage of Deschnew were cidentally of what happened to him by thereby preserved. The most remark

We find no event mentioned till able of the depositions which are cited he bad reached the great cape of the by Mr. Muller, next to what relates to Tschuktzki. His relation, says Mr. the expedition of Deschnew, is one Muller,' begins at this cape. It lies which was made by a person named between the North and North-east, and Nikiphor Malgin, who stated that 'a turns circular towards the river Anadir. merchant named Taras Staduchin, did Opposite to the Cape are two islands, many years before relate to him, the on which were seen men through whose deponent, that be had sailed with ninety lips were run pieces of the teeth of the men in a Kotsche from the river Kolyma sea-horse. With a favourable wind one towards the great cape of the Tschuktzmight sail from here to the Anadir in ki: that not being able to double it, three days and three nights.' .

they had crossed over on foot to the other “ The cape or promontory which is side, where they built other vessels. here described' is evidently the Cape The small breadth of the isthmus at the East in Bering's Strait; and in a sub- part where they crossed, is noticed as sequent part of the account, Descbnew the most remarkable circumstance in is represented to have said that this this deposition. They afterwards proNoss on whicb the vessel of Ankudi. ceeded along the coast round the Kamts

(one of his companions) was chatka Peninsula, till they came to the wrecked, was not the first promontory Penschinska gulf; and, in the short acthat had occurred, to which they had count which is given of this navigation, given the name of Swiætoi Noss.' The is found, expressed in an obseure manword Swiætoi signifies sacred, and is a ner, the first notice obtained by the name suitable to a promontory which Russians of the Kurilski islands. could not be doubled. And this cor “ This is a clearly described passage. responds with the Siberian charts before Besides the expedition of Deschnew, noticed *.

and this of Taras Staduchin, only one “ It is necessary here to explain by other instance is mentioned of any veswhat means the navigators in the Icy sel having gone by sea from the Kolyma sea were enabled to arrive with their ves round the Tschuktzki coast; and this sels at a second promontory, without hav- last mentioned case rests on the authoing sailed round the first. On account of rity of an unauthenticated tradition, the frequency of being inclosed in the purporting that some man bad gone in Icy sea, by the drift ice, it was custo a vessel not larger than a skiff, from the mary to construct vessels in a manner Kolyma to Kamtschatka; and no other that admitted of their being with ease particular is spoken of in the report. taken to pieces ; by which they could be “ This was the state of the informa. carried across the ice to the outer edge, tion obtained concerning the Northand there be put together again. The eastern extremity of Asia, at the time of planks were fastened and kept to the Captain Bering's voyage. The Asiatic timbers only by leat bern straps, in lieu side only of Bering's Strait was discoverof nails or pegs. The construction of ed in that voyage, and the coast of Asia the vessels in which Deschnew and his being there found to take a Western dicompanions went is not specified. Mr. rection, it had the effect of giving an Muller calls them Kotsches. Ba- impression, equal to demonstration, of ron Strahlenberg says they departed a total separation of Asia and America. Eastward from the river Lena in their And after that time, and not before, boats.

Descbnew was believed to have per"11 the beginning of the 18th century, formed the whole of his voyage from the

Kolyma to the Anadir by sea. * It may be objected to this inference, Many reports had circulated in Si. that another cape in the ley sea, al- beria of the existence of Northern lands though it has been sailed round, bears in the Icy sea ; but persons sent purnevertheless the name of Swiætoi Noss; posely to examine, had not found laud, but it may naturally te imagined that which much discredited the reports. A the name was given before the difficulty chart in which a Northern land was had been surmounted.

marked was however published at Pe.


tersburg about the 'year 1626, by a the land being found to run far North, Colonel Schestakow, of the Jakutzk and their provision, being expended, Kossaks, a man of great ability as well Paulutzki was obliged to relinquish the as enterprise. Neither Schestakow nor attempt. his chart, however, are favourably no " Such was the state of the informaticed by Mr. Muller, who was in general tion which had been obtained, when a candid historian. On Schestakow's Captain Cook arrived in the sea of chart, the North land was marked with Kamtschatka. Of three passages said the name of the Large Country. M. de to bave been accomplished from the Icy Lisle gave credit to Schestakow's map

sea to the Eastern sea, the manner of for the Large Country, which he makes performing the voyage is distinctly ex-appear on his own chart as a part of pressed only in one; and that is specie America, extending Westward beyond fied to have been by crossing an isthmus, the Kolyma.

and not by sailing round a promontory.“ Between the years 1734 and 1739, [To be concluded in our next.] three expeditions were undertaken to ascertain the limits of Asia to the North

Mr. URBAN, Leicester, April 10. and North-east, from which no advantage was reaped, and they were attended I reply to the question proposed

by Clericus, p. 194, I beg to obtress and misery. These undertakings serve,that I am not aware of any power show that the boundary of Asia was not being given to a Surrogate by the then regarded as ascertained. In 1764, Act of the 1st Jac. c. 11*, to grant a a chart was sent from Siberia to Peters licence in the case he mentions. The búrg, which again showed a continu Act certainly excepts a person, siation of the American continent stretch- tuated as your Correspondent has deing far to the West, and opposite to the scribed, from its penalties; but does Siberian coast of the Icy sea.

not interfere with the general law “ Between the years 1760 and 1765, which existed before it, and by wbich no less than four attempts were made

every second marriage, celebrated by one and the same individual, a Rus

during the existence of a former marsian merchant, named Shalaurof, to sail from the Icy sea round the North- riage, was merely void t; it leaves east of Asia. In the last of these al

this law precisely as it found it; and tempts this enterprising and persevering therefore if a party coming within man perished, for neither himself nor

the exceptions of the Act, marry a any of his people ever returned.

second time, bis second marriage « The information which was obtained will be just as void as if the Act had in the first three attempts of Shalaurof, never been made, provided the first is simply, that he arrived at an island marriage were not dissolved at the , which he named Sabedei, and beyond it . time of such second marriage. This sailed into a bay of the Continent, which being the case, I cannot see how any he named Tschaoon Bay, which was Surrogate can properly or legally estimated to be distant about 70 leagues grant a licence to an applicant comto the East from the entrance, of the

jpg under the exceptions referred to. river Kolyma. Here were found habita

The Church surely should not lend her tions and people.

"Tschaoon Bay ran deep into the land authority in a case where such an inSouthward and Eastward, and probably dulgence would be contrary to her it was from this place that Taras Sta

Canons ; besides, how could any appli. ducbin crossed over to the Eastern sea.

cant of the above description make Northward from Tschaoon Bay, the coast

the usual affidavit? Could be safely took something of a Westerly direction.

swear himself to be a widower? The most advanced part of the land I am not aware that the questiou bas seen, was a high mountain far off to been ever regularly argued, and it is the North-east, Shalaurof being then one apon which a difference of opi. to the North of the island Sabedei. pion may arise. Were I a Surrogate,

“ Among the attempts to determine I should refer the applicant to the the North-eastern limits of Asia, is to

Registrar's Office. be reckoned the march of a small Kos

Yours, &c. J. STOCKDALE HARDY. sak army under the command of a Captaio Paulutzki, which, after traversing the Tschuktzki country, from the gulf * This Act has been since explained of Anadir to the Icy sea, marehed along and amended by the Statute 35 Geo. the shore Eastward, with intention to JII, c. 67. trace round the North-east coast; but + 3 Inst. 88.

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