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LOSS OF THE BROOM FIRE-SHIP.

“ Q. And each man with whom you con- “ Several witnesses to character were called. verse would suppose you to belong to the “ Messrs Creevey, Cochrane, and Cobbett, same party to which he himself belongs ? General Ferguson, Mr Grant, Mr Wishart, A. Of course if he did not know me. and Mr Paul Methuen, severally spoke to

" Q. Have you ever conversed with the the Prisoner's character. Prisoner at the Bar? A. I have.

“ The Prisoner being called upon for his “Q. On what occasion ? A. The Prisoner defence, said, he threw himself upon the had made a speech, which I understood as mercy of the Court. He was willing to rean attack on a Great Person, and I told him tract any thing he had ever said-solemnly I thought it was a fine speech.

denied that he had meant any thing disre“Q. What answer did the Prisoner make? spectful to Mr Ponsonby by calling him an A. He said, It was a very fine speech. old woman, and saw nothing in the charac

“Q. Did you make any other observati n? ter of old women that should make it a A. I said, I thought he (the Prisoner) ought matter of reproach to be likened to one of to be Leader ; and asked him, in confidence, that respectable and valuable class of sowhat he thought of Mr Ponsonby, ciety.

" Q. What did he answer? A. He said " The Jury, after a very long deliberation, Mr Ponsonby was an old woman, and ought found the Prisoner Guilty, but recommendto be turned to the right about.

ed him to mercy, on the ground of his hav. “ Cross-examined by Mr Abercrombie.

ing vilified the Prince Regent. But his “ Mr Abercrombie.—Put down your Jury, that he should not transmit this re

Lordship, from the Bench, acquainted the hat, Sir, and answer my questions. “Q. You have had the good fortune, I bra

commendation. He would, however, postlieve, Mr Douglas, to have belonged to

pone passing sentence till the end of the

Sessions." every party in the State ? A. I cannot quite say that I have not been long in The knowledge of naval affairs, dispublic life, but I have been tolerably indis. played in the following account of a criminate in my connexions.

sea-fight, would do credit even to a “Q. You told the Prisoner that you wish secretary of the admiralty. ed to see him Leader ? A. I did.

“ Q. Now I ask you, upon your oath, FAILURE OF THE BUCCANEERS, AND whether you did not tell Mr Vansittart that you thought him a mischievous firebrand?

March 1816. A. I did, but that was last Session.

“Q. Has any inducement been held out to “It is with the liveliest satisfaction that you to inform against the Prisoner ? A. I we announce to the public the failure of the do not understand the question.

above enterprize, and the total destruction “Q. I ask you, upon your oath, whether of the Broom fire-ship, in an action in St you expect any advantage from informing Stephen's Bay, during the night of Wednes. against the Prisoner ? A. (after some day, the 20th instant. This Buccanner expause) I do not

pedition was destined for a coup de main "Q You have no promise or expectation against the royal arsenals in Treasury Harof place or preferment held out to you by bour, which they intended to plunder and the Prosecutor or his friends ? A. I do burn, if they could not keep permanent posnot deny that I have an expectation or pro. session of them. mise.

“ Up to the above-mentioned day the fleet “Q. Then I ask the witness how he dare had proceeded with apparent success, under affirm that he expects no advantage from the command of the Ponsonby flag-ship, an the information he has given ? A. I beg to old hulk fitted up for the occasion : it constate, that I see no inconsistency at all. I sisted principally of the Tierney hired trader, have a promise, but little or no expectation; the Wynne, armed en flute, the Monck, a every body knows that promises of this na- North country collier, the Milton, a heavy ture are not always fulfilled.

lugger, the Curwen tender, the Broom fire"Q. What place were you promised ? A. ship, the Gordon bum-boat, accompanicu Clerk of the Kitchen.

by some other Callcraft. “Q. Was that the place you applied for ? “ On Monday the 18th, they had gained A. No, I wished to be Secretary of State. a considerable advantage over a squadron of

"Q. What answer was made to this wish ? revenue cutters, led by the Vansittart, which A. That there were already sixteen candi. they defeated in Property Roads, by the asdates for Secretaryships of State, (exlusive sistance of a fleet of country ships, whom of Mr B. Gordon, and Mr P. Moore) and they decoyed to their aid by hoisting false that I had no chance.

colours. The Vansittart, however, we are “ Case for the prosecution closed. happy to say, was not much damaged by the

“ The Prisoner attempted to set up an a- action, and though driven to the Straights libi, by the waiter of the Exchequer Coffee for the moment, will soon be refitted in the house, but failed, it being clearly proved London Docks. This partial success seems that he had spoken thirty-two times, on the to have cmboldened the Buccanners, and in night on which he alleged he was absent some degree to have hastened their defeat, from the House.

by relaxing the discipline of the squadron,

They began to disregard the signals of the the Ponsonby, and many quarrels arose

“ TO MR TOBIAS BRANDE, OF BIGMUN. about the future distribution of their cap.

DY, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES. mured booty. On the evening of the 20th,

" No 5, Bearbinder-lane, as they were standing on under easy sail,

the 3d day of the 4th month. the Methuen, an empty vessel, leading the way, the Broom fire-ship insisted upon run

“ FRIEND TOBIAS,-- Thou hast oftenning in to blow up Fort Regent: the Pontimes enjoined me to send thee some partisonby flagship remonstrated against the at

culars concerning the persons who are called tempt, alleging that they should only lose the Opposition in this country, and whem time by it ; tnat the defences of Fort Re thou rightly considerest as better friends to gent were strong, and they were sure of be the States than any federalist between Blowing repulsed; that it would create an alarm, ing. Fly-Creek and Passamaquoddy Bay. and raise the country people against them ;

That I may be the better enabled to comand that it would be better to wait till they ply with thy injunction, I have posted myhad got possession of Treasury Harbour, self from day to day in the gallery of the and then they might demolish Port Regent Parliament House, and have collected by at their leisure. The Broom, however, re inquiries from others, and my own observa. lying upon her store of combustibles, and ţion, much curious information, of which particularly the quantity of brimstone she I will now, God willing, impart to thee a had taken on board, disobeyed orders, and portion. setting all sail, stood right in upon Fort Re

“ Thou first inquirest what are the numgent, blazing away on all sides. It was bers of the Opposition : of this matter I soun observed, however, that her fire was ill cannot tell thee more, than that I have seen directed, and that more of her shot hit her their numbers vary from three to twentyfriends than the Fort, and the rest of the three or thereabouts.

On the very last fleet therefore hauled off, and stood aloof night I was there, their muster-roll was the froin her, contenting themselves with cheer. strongest, amounting to twenty-one in a ing her as she bore down in her attack.

lump or compact body, and some two or “ The mistake made by the Broom now

three stragglers at the bar. became manifest : a tremendous cannonade

“ As for their persons and appearance, was opened upon her; she tried to munque

which thou requirest me to describe, it may ore to get out again, but failed ; she missed suffice that I tell thee, that they very much stays, and mismanaged her royals, and she resemble an equal number of Members of was snon so dreadfully cut up that she lay Congress. Thou wouldst say that I spoke like a log upon the water. At this time a

from prejudice and partial affection, if I fresh fire was opened upon her flank by the

were to affirm what doth nevertheless apMartello tower on the Banks, supported by pear to me that on the whole they were a detachment from the Saintes, and this not quite so well favoured. completely silenced her.

“They call a short and squattish gentle* The night was now so far advanced as

man of the name of Ponsonby, their Lead. to put an end to the engagement. The er—but my mind misgives me if there be Broom was now seen lying in a pitiable con

not more than one half who are loth to fole dition. Her friends, however, determined low him. The leader is, as verily he ought to make an attempt to get her off, and about to be, a very cautious guide, and rarely five in the afternoon, the Ponsonby sheer propoundeth he any thing which can be hulk, and the Tierney hired trader, accom

contradicted or objected to. There is so panied by the Bennet convict-ship, and the much sameness and discretion in his style, Gordon bum-boat, came down into St. Ste. that I can enable thee to judge of any quanphen's Bay, in order to try to tow her out. tity of it by a small sample. Discoursing The Broom, however, would not answer the of a treaty of peace, quoth the Leader i helm, was found quite unmanageable, and

cannot pronounce any opinion upon this although she seemed to float for a moment, No one has a right, Mr Speaker, to call on

treaty, Mr Speaker, until I have read it. yet a well-directed fire, which was instantly me for an opinion upon this treaty until I poured into her from Castle-Ray, laid her have read it. This treaty cannot be printupon her beam ends again.

" What is now to become of her we have ed and in the hands of Members before no means of guessing ; whether they will Tuesday next at noon—and then, and not attempt to get her under way with a jury until then, Mr Speaker, will I, for one, rigging, or appropriate her to the press we

form my opinion-upon this treaty. I am know not. It seems certain that all the cap

not such a fool as I am generally supposed tains of the other ships would object to her

to be.'

Here he pauseth, and raising his ever being again brought forward in the line spectacles with his hand, and poising them of battle.

dexterously on his forehead, he looketh steaFearing the Broughamites to weep

dily at the Speaker for some moments. over these personal attacks on their callest him) hath more weight, I think,

16 Whitbread (not Whitebread, as thou gentle idol, we direct their attention than the Leader. He is a very boisterous to a mild and simple letter from an and lengthy speaker, and strongly remind. American quaker :

eth me of Bully Pycroft of Kentucky, whom

nity

thou knowest, though he is inferior to Py- “ There is also a Mr I. Grant, a swaggercroft in taste and elegance.

ing man, but in my mind a vapid speaker. “ There is a man of the name of Tierney, He seemeth well contented with himself, one not of many words, but who appeareth but on this and other matters holding strange to me mighty shrewd and sensible. I will doctrines, wherein he standeth alone. wager a dollar that that is an honest man,' “ I have heard many questions put very said 1, one evening, to my neighbours in genteelly by a Mr Bennet, an honourable the gallery ; upon which they all cried who is in my mind mighty well bred, • done,' and laughed very heartily: I know though he disfigureth himself by wearing a not why.

green wig. He is attentive to business, and “ These three, together with a small Ba- hath lately discovered a mistake of three ronet from Ireland, of a most cantanckerous farthings in an account of thirty millions : turn, and a Member from Scotland, chiefly but he somewhat surprised me by calling remarkable for his silken small-clothes and the Sceretary at War (the Munro of this hose, call they "the great guns.'

country) his hononrabls friend and a very " I will now speak to thee of some of the infamous man, in the same breath. smaller fry, who, nevertheless, consider “ He hath a brother elder in years, but themselves just as big as their betters, and less in stature than hersell, who rarely walk up to their seats in the Parliament speaketh, the which I attribute to his hav. House with huge bundles of papers under ing held an important office of the state, their arms, with great solemnity.

which hath taught him to be wise and keep “ I must first tell thee of my friend, Mr silence. I know not more of his office, than Will Martin, with whom I have formed an that the insignia thereof consisted of a staff acquaintance, and in whose company I take or stick many feet longer than him who great delight. I dined with him at the bore it. chophouse last Wednesday, and, to say the “ I must not forget the mention of Sir truth, found him a man after my own kid. Charles Monck, whom I reckon a merry ney. As a public speaker, he is chiefly no. and facetious jester. He hath kept the ticed for a strange habit, that whenever he whole House in a state of merriment upopeneth his mouth, he taketh that opportu. wards of three quarters of an hour, by readof closing his eyes.

ing an ancient missal respecting something á There is one Mr Gordon, a middle which he called the Order of the Bath. He aged gentleman with a grave visage, who was, however, despite of his jests, grievous hath an appropriate but

unseemly cogno- ly disposed to blame an addition of forty men, which, as thou wilt probably shew marks to the salary of a deputy messenger, my letter to thy wife, I will impart to thee which he said was a violation of the constiin a postscript

tution, and a discharge of the subjects of “ I must not forget a dainty young gen. the realm from their allegiance ; and such tleman of the name of Lambton, who de- is the wretched state of the finances of this claimeth in a very peculiar style. I know country, that this worthy country Member not whether there be more of oil in his de protested he did not know where the forty portment, or of vinegar in his tongue. I marks were to come from. must indulge thee from my memorandum Lastly, let me name to thee a youngbook with a specimen of this youth. Speak. ster, who hath been mistaken for a wit in ing one day of the Congress and the Rings foreign parts, by the name of North Doug. at Vienna, saith he_ What, Sir! shall a las.- He seemeth to belong to no party, and club of congregated cannibals feed on the yet willing to belong to all. He is a forcarcasses of unoffending Europe ? What, ward and frequent speaker-remarkable for Sir! shall his Majesty's Ministers, a set of a graceful inclination of the upper part of profligate and perjured swindlers, retain his body, in advance of the lower, and their seats in the Cabinet when they ought speaketh, I suspect, (after the manner of an to be drawn and quartered without a trial ! ancient) with pebbles in his mouth. He As for Lord Castlereagh, Sir, I thank my hath a strange" custom, when speaking, of God three times a-day that the noble and holding his hat in one hand, and smoothing unsullied blood of the Lambtons is not pol. the felt of it with the other, the which made luted by any admixture with that of the me at the first entertain a ludicrous notion plebeian Stewarts.' Thou must admit that that he was recommending the hat to the these are hard words, and yet delivered he Speaker, and exhorting him to purchase it. them with so much composure and good. “I must now bid thee farewell, but I humour, and to all outward appearance so have much more to communicate thee. little moved was he by the spirit, that I Thy friend, EZEKIAL GRUBB." eonjecture he was by no means in earnest, but perchance a secret partisan of the Mi. We conclude our extracts from this nistry: the more so as Mr Chancellor Van- amusing volume, with some geogra. declamation ; and Friend Martin whispered phical intelligence, which, in the preme, that the jackanapes," as merrily he sent age of discovery, cannot fail to be called him, • did his own party more harm highly interesting to all : than good.'

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Caris.

“ GEOGRAPHICAL INTELLIGENCE. “ The island of Francisco, called by the “ The Friendless Islands.

natives Boor-dee-too. This island is no

thing but a mountain, and is very barren April 11, 1816. and unproductive. It derived its first name “ A vessel just arrived round about from from Jacobine Monk, who was the first mis. New Holland has brought an account of sionary in those parts : he came round Cape this interesting cluster of islands, which had Horn, and as long as a communication on hitherto been little noticed by former cir- that side remained, the island was pretty cumnavigators. By some they have been well supplied ; since that has been cut off, mistaken for the Ladrones, but these are the people have been obliged to betake now ascertained to be exactly the antipodes themselves to bunting ; but, from want of of England, and to lie precisely opposite to early habit, are but awkward in that purthe Cape of Good Hope. The following suit. They are an extremely disorderly are the most remarkable of the group : and turbulent race, though mild in their

Twaddle Poon-son-boo. the principal of manners and appearance. An old and the cluster, is very flat and uninteresting, Strange account of this island is to be found but it is one of the richest of the whole, in the Harleian Miscellany. having an annual revenue of £4000 of our Yan-kce, supposed by some to be money, which it derives from its dexterity Behring's island, is evidently peopled by a in catching a species of Great Seal separate race, who have, as the name im.

" Teer-nee, or Juggler's Island.--The ports, the strongest affinity to the Americharacter of this varies so much according to These are the ugliest race of the the side on which it is seen, that those who whole, and the sounds they utter, as lanhave viewed it only on one side would hard- guage, are hardly articulate. ly know it again when they approach it on

Hoo-too-shoo-poo-coc-a-too-hub-bub-boo, the other. The people are a shrewd, cun or the island of Coarsc Broom, which, it ning race, famous for their expertness in seems, is the meaning of this long and legerdemain. They are, however, much strange name. A most singular instance of distzusted by their neighbours, and it is a mirage was observed on first approaching proverb in these islands, when they wish to this island ; its great promontory, or, in the express strongly the hopelessness of a search, sailors' language, its ness or nose, appeared to say, . You might as well look for truth to vibrate from one side to the other in a in Teernec,' just as we talk of looking for a manner which the captain of the vessel needle in Hyde-Park.

could only compare to the waving of an cle“ Taffee Wyn-nel. This is a most dis- phant's snout.' This island is extremely mal island, being much infested with screeche mountainous in its interior: it is subject to owls, and the discordant noise perpetually the most violent tornadoes; but it is remarkproduced it by these birds, combined with able, that frequent as these storms of wind the hoarse croaking of a number of ravens, and thunder are, they are never accompawho also infest it, remind one of fabulous nied by a single flash of lightning. The stories of the stymphalides and harpies, people are the most rude and rough of any Mariners are recommended, when coming of these tribes, and are indeed little better near it, to adopt (though for a contrary rea than intelligent baboons, whom they much son) the precaution of Ulysses, and to stuff resemble in face and shape: they are exe their ears with cotton while they remain in ceedingly mischievous ; and they are little its neighbourhood. There is such a surf liked by the other islanders. With many breaks on its harbour-mouth, that one can of their neighbours they are in a state of seldom approach it without being covered perpetual war, and they have an old and

deadly feud with the new Hollanders. " Pawlo, or Booby's Island. The in. They do not venture indeed openly to athabitants of this are a singular race. They tack such formidable opponents, but lose no are very low in the scale of intellectual be. opportunity of making an incursion upon ings, but yet have all the vanity of an in. the Hollanders when they think they can telligent people. They are so little to be do so unperceived and with impunity. depended upon, that they will address you “ Bum-mee may easily be distinguished one day as a friend, and attack you the next by its spherical, lumpish form, and

the ab. as an enemy. Strangers are advised to have sence of any prominent features. The naas little to do with these people as possible; tives are supposed to be descended from. and from their extreme dulness, the scanti. some Hottentot emigration, as the distinness of their resources, and captious temper, guishing mark of that race is plainly to be there is little inducement to hold any inter recognised in the countenance of these course with them—and indeed their sole islanders: they also resemble the Hottensupport is derived from petty war :-their tots in this, that they seldom make their hair is short and curly-their features with appearance in public without smearing out the least expression—their countenances themselves all over with butter. very grave and unmeaning, and they dress “ Jon-nee, called by the Portuguese Porthemselves very gaudily with a profusion of to Novo, or Wasp's Islet, is full of the irparrots' feathers. This contrast of solem. ritable and mischievous insects from which nity and foppery is very ridiculous. it derives its name. This little island is.

with spray.

are.

very arid and unproductive, and the people proportion to their ignorance ; they have are a diminutive and dwindled race, very many pretended prophets among them, to mischievous and passionate, as all dwarfs whose predictions they listen with the ut

most avidity, and they never seem to place “ Ben-nee-too is the Botany-Bay of the less implicit confidence in the last new proFriendless Islands : the shores are covered phecy, because they have seen all former with a light foam, which is the only subsist ones falsified by events :-Religion, properence of the natives. Naturalists have not ly speaking, they have none; and as to yet determined what this curious substance their morals and manners, the less that is (if substance it can be called) is : in look it said about them the better. They have, resembles the froth of small beer.

however, some singular notions of a former .Kur-wee-nee, or the Hermit's Island. and future state. They believe that their The inhabitants call themselves Christian ; race formerly occupied some pleasant seats but if good morals are requisite for that de on the other side of a large table or moun signation, they are said to have but little tain, which is in sight of their present apretensions to the name. They are a tall, bodes : that they were driven out of them swarthy, ill-favoured race; tolerably skil. for some misdeeds by the Great Breath, ful in agriculture, and particularly in grow at the secret instigation of their evil genius ing rapeseed.

Mumbo-Jumbo, whom they represent as an Craf-cal-lee.-The inhabitants of this elderly figure, with flowing white curls and island have a general resemblance to those dark bushy eyebrows, clothed all in black, of Pacolo ; they are indeed somewhat more and seated upon a fiery red throne, in shape intelligent, and their disposition to chance somewhat resembling a great woolpack; and arises not from imbecillity of intellect, as they fondly cherish a hope, encouraged by with the latter, but from a very careful cal. the predictions of their prophets, that some culation of their own interests: they are day or other, when they shall have under. great observers of the weather, and shift gone sufficient penance in their present hatheir places according to the appearances of bitations, they are to be restored to those the sky. Those of Pacolo, on the contrary, happy seats. But the most intelligent afickle as they are in other respects, never mong them secretly ridicule this expecta. change their old seats. It is related that tion; and are well aware, that however these two islands were formerly very close such a notion may keep alive the hope and to one another; but that Craf-cal-lee, which promise of amendments, little real improveis a kind of Australasiatic Delos, has lately ment is to be expected from tribes, which shifted to a position, whence, as tradition rate so very low in the scale of intellect and goes, it had before moved.

manners. “ There is a remarkable island, to which the natives have given the name of Rat-tee, So much for the prose of this amusor New-comer, but which our sailors, in ing little volume-we shall give some compliment to the Purser, called Donglass specimens of the poetry in an early Island. It is said to have but recently Number. Some of the verses are exmade its appearance in this group, and is supposed to be a volcanic creation : this hy. ceedingly lively—even biting. We pothesis is confirmed by the general striated venture to assert, that the Whigs in appearance of the surface, and by the con. general will pretend never to have tinuance, even at present, of a constant e. heard of this volume at all, --while, ruption. It has hitherto been entirely un. perhaps some of the more sagacious settled ; several parties have tried it, but will maintain, that we have given fanone have quite ventured to trust themselves bricated extracts from an imaginary to it, for fear it should suddenly disappear

book. from under them, like the island which

It is only a few weeks back

appeared some years ago in the neighbourhood since they ventured to doubt the exof the Azores. It produces no vegetable istence of Dr Morris of Aberystwith, but scurvy-grass.

and attributed to one of our reviewing • There are various others of smaller brethren the composition of " Peter's note, making in all the number of about Letters to his Kinsfolk.” It is very forty or fifty.

well to speak thus—but let any one of « The government of these islands is a

the Somnambulists who haunt ConFederal Republic, of which Twaddls Poon. son-boo is the nominal head; but in point stable's Magazine, try to play off a of fact, they all set up pretty much for trick of that kind, and he will find themselves, and they seem to have no great how much easier it is to review a book relish for any regular government at all: than to write one. But now for the like all savages, the people are credulous in King of the Cockneys !

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