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on a pretty large scale, represent. nent as large as North America, ing two islands, which bore some which our ignorance has filled only faint resemblance, in their relative with water. In Ludlow's maps noproportions, at least, to Great Bri- thing was still to be seen, in these tain and Ireland. In shape they regions, but water, except in that were widely different, but as to size spot where the transverse parallels there was no scale by which to of the southern tropic and the 150th measure them. From the great degree east longitude intersect each number of subdivisions, and from other. On this spot were Ludlow's signs, which apparently represented islands placed, though without any towns and cities, I was allowed to name or inscription whatever. infer, that the country was at least I needed not to be told that this as extensive as the British isles. spot had never been explored by This map was apparently unfinish- any European voyager, who had ed, for it had no names inscribed published his adventures. What upon it.
authority had Ludlow for fixing a I have just said, my geographical habitable land in this spot? and why knowledge was imperfect. Though did he give us nothing but the I had not enough to draw the out- courses of shores and rivers, and lines of any country by memory, I the scite of towns and villages, withhad still sufficient to recognize what out a name? I had before seen, and to discover As soon as Ludlow had set out up. that none of the larger islands in on his proposed journey of a fortnight, our globe resembled the one before I unlocked his closet, and continued me. Having such and so strong rummaging among these books motives to curiosity, you may easily and maps till night. By that time imagine my sensations on surveying I had turned over every book and this map. Suspecting, as I did, that almost every leaf in this small col. many of Ludlow's intimations al. lection, and did not open the closet luded to a country well known to again till near the end of that pehim, though unknown to others, I riod. Meanwhile I had many rewas, of course, inclined to suppose flections upon this remarkable cirthat this country was now before cumstance. Could Ludlow have me.
intended that I should see this atlas? In search of some clue to this It was the only book that could be mystery, I carefully inspected the styled a manuscript on these shelves, other maps in this collection. In a and it was placed beneath several map of the eastern hemisphere I others, in a situation far from being soon observed the outlines of islands, obvious and forward to the eye or which, though on a scale greatly di. the hand. Was it an oversight in minished, were plainly similar to him to leave it in my way, or could that of the land above described. he have intended to lead my curio
It is well known that the people sity and knowledge a little farther of Europe are strangers to very onwardby this accidental disclosure? nearly one half of the surface of the In either case how was I to regulate globe*. From the south pole up to my future deportment toward him? the equator, it is only the small Was I to speak and act as if this space occupied by southern Africa atlas had escaped my attention or and by South America with which not? I had already, after my first we are acquainted. There is a vast examination of it, placed the volume extent, sufficient to receive a conti- exactly where I found it. On erery
supposition I thought this was the • The reader must be reminded that safest way, and unlocked the closet the incidents of this narrative are sup- a second time, to see that all was posed to have taken place before the precisely in the original order..... voyages of Bougainville and Cook. How was I dismaved and confound-EDITOR.
ed on inspecting the shelves to per
ceive that the atlas was gone. This I drew a lesson of caution from this was a theft, which, from the closet circumstance, which contributed to being under lock and key, and the my future safety. key always in my own pocket, and From this incident I could not but which, from the very nature of the infer Ludlow's unwillingness to let thing stolen, could not be imputed me so far into his geographical seto any of the domestics. After a cret, as well as the certainty of that few moments a suspicion occurred, suspicion, which had very early which was soon changed into cer- been suggested to my thoughts, that tainty by applying to the housekeep- Ludlow's plans of civilization had er, who told me that Ludlow had been carried into practice in some returned, apparently in much haste, unvisited corner of the world. It was the evening of the day on which he strange, however, that he should behad set out upon his journey, and tray himself by such an inadvertency. just after I had left the house, that One who talked so confidently of his he had gone into the room where own powers, to unveil any secret of this closet of books was, and, after mine, and, at the same time, to cona few minutes' stay, came out again ceal his own transactions, had surely and went away. She told me also, committed an unpardonable error that he had made general enquiries in leaving this important document after me, to which she had answer in my way. My reverence, indeed, ed, that she had not seen me during for Ludlow was such, that I some. the day, and supposed that I had times entertained the notion that spent the whole of it abroad. From this seeming oversight was, in truth, this account it was plain, that Lud. a regular contrivance to supply ine low had returned for no other pur- with a knowledge, of which, when pose but to remove this book out of I came maturely to reflect, it was my reach. But if he had a double impossible for me to make any ill key to this door, what should hinder use. There is no use in relating his having access, by the same what would not be believed ; and means, to every other locked up should I publish to the world the place in the house?
existence of islands in the space alThis suggestion made me start lotted by Ludlow's maps to these with terror. Of so obvious a means incognitæ, what would the world for possessing a knowledge of every answer? That whether the space thing under his roof, I had never described was sea or land was of no been till this moment aware. Such importance. That the moral and is the infatuation which lays our political condition of its inhabitants most secret thoughts open to the was the only topic worthy of rational world's scrutiny. We are frequently curiosity. Since I had gained no inin most danger when we deem our. formation upon this point; since I selves most safe, and our fortress is had nothing to disclose but vain and taken sometimes through a point, fantastic surmises ; I might as well whose weakness nothing, it should be ignorant of every thing. Thus, seem, but the blindest stupidity could from secretly condemping Ludlow's overlook.
imprudence, I gradually passed to My terrors, indeed, quickly sub- admiration of his policy. This dissided when I came to recollect that covery had no other effect than to there was nothing in any closet or stimulate my curiosity ; to keep up cabinet of mine which could possibly my zeal to prosecute the journey throw light upon subjects which I I had commenced under his auspices. desired to keep in the dark. The I had hitherto formed a resolution more carefully I inspected my own to stop where I was in Ludlow's condrawers, and the more I reflected fidence : to wait till the success on the character of Ludlow, as I should be ascertained of my projects had known it, the less reason did with respect to Mrs. Benington, bethere appear in my suspicions; but fore I made any new advance in the
perilous and mysterious road into into certainty. Even my own lips which he had led my steps. But, cannot confirm it, since who will be. before this tedious fortnight had lieve my testimony? elapsed, I was grown extremely By such illusions was I fortified in impatient for an interview, and had my desperate resolution. Ludlow nearly resolved to undertake what. returned at the time appointed. He ever obligation he should lay upon informed me that Mrs. Benington me.
expected me next morning. She This obligation was indeed a was ready to depart for her country heavy one, since it included the con- residence, where she proposed to fession of my vocal powers. In it. spend the ensuing summer, and self the confession was little. To would carry me along with her. In possess this faculty was neither lau- consequence of this arrangement, he dable nor culpable, nor had it been said, many months would elapse beexercised in a way which I should fore he should see me again. You be very much ashamed to acknow- will indeed, continued he, be pretty ledge. It had led me into many in. much shut up from all society. Your sincerities and artifices, which, books and your new friend will be though not justifiable by any creed, your chief, if not only companions. was entitled to some excuse, on the Her life is not a social one, because score of youthful ardour and temeri- she has formed extravagant notions ty. The true difficulty in the way of the importance of lonely worship of these confessions was the not have and devout solitude. Much of her ing made them already. Ludlow time will be spent in meditation uphad iong been entitled to this confi- on pious books in her closet. Some dence, and, though the existence of of it in long solitary rides in her this power was venial or wholly in- coach, for the sake of exercise. nocent, the obstinate concealment of Little will remain for eating and it was a different matter, and would sleeping, so that unless you can precertainly expose me to suspicion and vail upon her to violate her ordinary rebuke. But what was the alterna- rules for your sake, you will be left tive? To conceal it. To incur pretty much to yourself. You will those dreadful punishments award- have the more time to reflect upon ed against treason in this particular. what has hitherto been the theme of Ludlow's menaces still rung in my our conversations. You can come ears, and appalled my heart. How to town when you want to see me. should I be able to shun them? By I shall generally be found in these concealing from every one what I apartments. concealed from him ? How was my In the present state of my mind, concealment of such a faculty to be though impatient to see Mrs. Besuspected or proved ? Unless I be- nington, I was still more impatient trayed myself, who could betray to remove the veil between Ludlow me?
and myself. After some pause, I In this state of mind, I resolved ventured to enquire if there was to confess myself to Ludlow in the any impediment to my advancement way that he required, reserving only in the road he had already pointed the secret of this faculty. Awful, out to my curiosity and ambition. indeed, said I, is the crisis of my He replied, with great solemnity, fate. If Ludlow's declarations are that I was already acquainted with true, a horrid catastrophe awaits the next step to be taken in this me: but as fast as my resolutions road. If I was prepared to make were shaken, they were confirmed him my confessor, as to the past, the anew by the recollection-Who can present, and the future, without exbetray me but myself? If I deny, ception or condition, but what arose who is there can prove? Suspicion from defect of memory, he was wil. can never light upon the truth. If ling to receive my confession. it does, it can never be converted I declared myself ready to do so. I need not, he returned, remind Alections as of the greatest importyou of the consequences of conceal- ance. It is therefore by erudition ment or deceit. I have already alone that such a one can enlarge dwelt upon these consequences. As the narrow circle in which his ge. to the past, you have already told nius is confined. me, perhaps, all that is of any moment to know. It is in relation to the future that caution will be chiefly
EPIGRAM ON THE SCOTS. necessary. Hitherto your actions have been nearly indifferent to the
Dr. Johnson's prejudices against ends of your future existence. Con.
the Scots were strong, but his sarfessions of the past are required, be
casms were always witty. From cause they are an earnest of the fu.
a couplet in Dr. Donne's works it ture character and conduct. Have
should seem that Johnson was not you then-but this is too abrupt.
rupt. singular in his antipathy. Take an hour to reflect and deliber. ate. Go by yourself ; take yourself Had Cain been Scot, God would have to severe task, and make up your
chang'd his doom, mind with a full, entire, and unfail. Nor forc'd him wander, but confin'd ing resolution ; for the moment in him home. which you assume this new obligation will make you a new being. Perdition or felicity will hang upon that moment.
DIDEROT. This conversation was late in the evening. After I had consented to Diderot thinks it ridiculous to say postpone this subject, we parted, he “the more heads the better coun. telling me that he would leave his sel," because nothing is more comchamber door open, and as soon as mon than heads, and nothing more my mind was made up I might come rare than good advice. Was Adrian to him.
to be blamed for causing to be inTo be continued.
scribed on his tomb-stone, “ It was the great number of physicians that killed the emperor"?
For the Literary Magazine.
Teach me, ye nine, to sing of tea,
Of grateful green, of black bohea:
Hark the water softly singing,
How again it bubbles o'er; TRISTRAM SHANDY has, Quickly, John, the kettle bring in, with some pleasantry, compared the
Water in the tea-pot pour. body and the soul to a coat and its
The bread and butter thinly slice, lining ; if you rumple the one, you
Oh spread it delicately nice; rumple the other.
Let the toast be crisp and crumpling,
The rolls as doughy as a dumpling.
Then eating, sipping, snuffing up the
stream, He that never reads sees in the We chat, and 'midst a motley chaos world only himself. As he has no seem, idea of what has been thought by Of cups and saucers, butter, bread, and others, he considers all his own re
VERSATILITY OF THE MOB. liance on the many fascinations
which the ancient poets described Many writers have painted the in the golden age, and our more weakness and fickleness of a mob in modern ones of Arcadian countries. vivid colours, but few have done it We have no sort of proof that such with more energy and fidelity than an age ever existed. If these were the Roman satirist. No sooner was men without vice, these were men Sejanus thrown from the elevation without knowledge, since they have in which they viewed him with awe been able to transmit to us no reand admiration, than their love was cords of their felicity. A writer, turned into hatred, their praises in- of whom I regret I recollect so litto curses.
tle, acutely asks, who were those men
that lived in such innocence? The - Sed quid
first man who was born killed the Turba remi? sequitur fortunam, ut sem second. When did the times of per, et odit
simplicity begin ? Damnatos : idem populus, si et urci Those who wish to riot in all the tusco
luxuriance of description may inFlavisset, si oppressa foret secura senec
dulge their taste in Seneca, Ep. xc, tus Principis, hac ipsa Sejanum diceret horâ
or in almost any of the tribe of mo
dern pastoral writers. Augustum.
JUV. Sat. x. v. 72.
The version of Mr. Gifford does not
FEMALE DRESS. disgrace the original.
The ladies of the present day are But
very ambitious to exhibit the GreWhat think the people of their favou cian head-dress. But perhaps they rite's fate?
are ignorant that other parts of They follow fortune as of old, and hate their dress are no less ancient. HoWith their whole souls, the victim of race says of a belle of the isle of the state, &c.
Coos, that she was clothed so thinly, that her dress was almost transpa.
Cois tibi pæne videre est, Velleius Paterculus, who, in a ful
Ut nudam. some strain of panegyric, draws a most honourable character to Tiberius, one of the most cruel ty rants
AUTHORS. which ever disgraced the Roman government, mentions, as worthy of A precept of Scaurus might be atparticular remark, the modesty with tended to with great advantage hy which he attended trials, not as a many orators of the present day. Non judge, or a prince, but as a private minus magnam virtutem 088€ scire person. The fact is, that he always desinere, quam scire dicere. It is said, before judgment was pronoun- as essential a virtue in oratory to ced, “ If I were to decide, it should know when to stop, as to chuse a be so.”
Nor is it less necessary to the au
thor to know where to leave off GOLDEN AGES.
writing. Fond of his employment,
and too confident of his own powers, I implicitly believe the position, he makes no allowance for the that man is born to do evil, as the strength of genius, or the imbecility sparks fly upwards. So cypical am of age. This remark is fortified by I, that I place not the slightest re- the opinion of Quintilian. He ad.
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