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with a set of beaux esprits, among meet his two other volumes of the which old Fontenelle presides. history of the Stuarts. His canHe has no mark of age but wrin- dour and his writing are, in my kles, and a degree of deafness: opinion, superior to any: I don't but when, by sitting near him speak of Robertson's, for I have you make him hear
not yet read it." fails to understand you, and al Accession of Geo. III.-"How ways answers with that liveliness, very happy a death, and how and a sort of prettiness, peculiar luckily timed for him, was that of to himself. He often repeats and the late king!*_taken off at the applies his own and other people's most glorious period of his reign, poetry very agreeably; but only shining with success and glory, occasionally, as it is proper and before even that cloud came over applicable to the subject. He has it, which, had he lived but one day still a great deal of gallantry in longer,t would have been known his turn and in his discourse. He by him, and have grieved him exis pinety-two, and has the cheer- tremely; but he was remarkably fulness, liveliness, and even the well and cheerful the night before, taste and appetite of twenty-two." not otherwise in the morning, and
R. Cumberland 1757.-“We at once, without pain, sickness, have a sensible, modest, well be- or the other inconveniences of a baved young man here, who has death-bed, he barely ceased to be. the seeds of poetry in him. He Happy, happy man! Every one, has wrote some lines on Eastbury I think, seems to be pleased with and its master, which show, that the whole behaviour of our young time and a little cultivation will king; and indeed so much anafenable the soil to produce very fected good nature and propriety good fruit. His name is Cumber- appears in all he does or says, land; he was of Cambridge, and that it cannot but endear him to is a protege of lord Halifax.” all; but whether any thing can
Robertson the historian 1759. long endear a king or an angel “ There is a history of Scotland, in this strange factious country, I chiefly during the reigns of queen can't tell. I have the best opiniMary and her son James, that on imaginable of him,'not from any every one runs mad after; I have thing he does or says just now, but not heard two opinions about it: because I have a moral certainty 'tis wrote by one Robertson, a that he was in his nursery the hoyoung man, and a presbyterian nestest, true, goodnatured child preacher, who has never lived a that ever lived; and you know year out of Scotland; and yet, my old maxim, that qualities they say, his candour and his never change; what the child style are admirable. My friend, was, the man most certainly is, in David Hume, has also just pub- spite of temporary appearances." Jished his two volumes of the Anecdote." In 1742 William history of the Tudors, which will Pulteney, who, a year before, had
* George II. died as he sat at breakfast at Kensington on Saturday morning, 25th Oct.
+ She alludes to the affair at Campen, on the 16th of October, in which the British troops in the allied army suffered a considerable loss. The account arrived in the course of the day on which the king died.
been the most violent and popular “Lord Montford's strange end
I never heard of more cool-
On the death of lord Albemarle supped and played at White's, as in 1755, George the second grant- usual, the night before, but sent ed a pension of 12001. per ann. to a lawyer he made use of, to to his widow, of which transaction come to him the next day at eleven Lady H. gives the following ac- o'clock, having himself business at count:
twelve. The lawyer, with lord “ The king, when he was soli- Montford, read over his will three cited for lady Albemarle and her times, examining very carefully family, readily granted the request, every word, that there might not but said it was hard that a man be any flaw or room left for a who for thirty years past had dispute. He then sealed up the every thing he asked for, which will and the duplicate, putting was every thing that was to be the one into his drawer, and dehad, should at his death, leave siring the lawyer to take care him his whole family to keep, of the other; went immediately adding what he had often said of into his bed-chamber, and behim when alive, that he was un fore the man could take his vaurien aimable.”
papers and get down stairs, lord She continues in the same let- Montford shot himself through ter
VOYAGES AND TRAVELS.
1.- A Journal of a Voyage of will, we doubt not, be fully success
Discorery, in his Majesty's ships ful, if ever man is destined to prove Hecla and Griper, in the years by experiment, the practicability 1819 and 1820, by Alerander of a north western passage through Fisher, Surgeon, R. N.
the Polar seas. Our first extract 2.-Journal of a Voyage for the Dis- shall be taken from Mr. Fisher's
covery af a North-west Passage, narrative of the landing on an from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
island in Lancaster's Straits. Performed in the years 1819 and
Saturday, 28.--"A boat was sent 1820; in H. M. S. Hecla and this forenoon to an island to make Griper, under the orders of observations for determining the William Edward Parry, R. Ň. variation of the compass, which, F. R. S. and commander of the somewhat to our surprise, was expedition.
found to have changed from west
to east, or, in other words, it exN a subject
ceeded 180°, if
a powerful interest, it is not to be tinued." In consequence of the wondered at, that public curiosity sluggish manner in which the demanded very speedy- and that compasses traversed, and the obour adventurers should issue, ra servations being made very near ther hasty publications. Mr. Fish- noon, when the sun moved slow er is advantageously known by his in azimuth, the result of these voyage in the Alceste, and by his observations were, as might be natural talents and scientific en- expected, rather wide of one dowments. His volume is written another, for the first set of aziin a rough, unpolished style, but it muths I took gave the variation contains a plain, intelligible repre- 167° E.; the next set 168o E.; sentation of the chiefcircumstances and the third and last set 169o E.: of the voyage; and could only lose the magnetic dip, or vertical inany portion of its interest, through clination of the dipping-needle, being somewhat superseded by at this place was 88° 27'. The the more official and better writ. place where these observations ten work of captain Parry-a were made we found to be in gentleman eminently qualified for latitude 75° 9' N., and longitude, the enterprise, which, to a certain by chronometer, 103° 50' W. The extent he has already accom tide was flowing when we landed, plished, and which, in the more and, during the four hours we recent voyage he has undertaken, were on shore, it rose only sixteen
inches; the flood came from the beach, however, there were
were here probably on a summer been exposed to the weather at excursion. Those inclined to give least one winter. Whether the these ruins greater antiquity, may cloven tracts we saw were chiefly consider them as one of the rest- those of the musk-oxen, or reining-places of the Esquimaux in deer, it is impossible to say; but their emigration from Asia to if we were to judge from the numGreenland; for, according to the ber of deer's horns we saw, we tradition of the Greenlanders should be inclined to consider themselves, their forefathers came them as being principally those originally from the westward. of the latter animal. It would But be this as it may, it does not appear that bears also frequent at all appear to me that the ruins this land occasionally; for we we have seen to-day are likely to found two or three of their skulls, be one of the stations occupied at and their tracts were pretty nuthat remote period, more espe merous along the beach. On the cially as a more probable way of sand hillocks along the shore, accounting for them may be as there were immense numbers of signed to a party of the Esquimaux small sea-shells of the Venus having visited these islands during kind, which had unquestionably some of their excursions from the been carried there by some anicoast of America; for we know, mals, for they were considerably from Hearne's Account, that that beyond the tide-mark. continent is inhabited by these “ From all these circumstances, people nearly opposite to where then, it is very evident that this
island is frequented occasionally Although we are left in doubt by different kinds of animals, alas to what time this island was though we had not the good forvisited by man, we have very un tune of seeing any of them." equivocal proofs of its being re December žl was a day among cently inhabited by different ani the memorabilia,
its mals, for we found numerous entry in the journal. tracts of what we supposed to be “ This being our shortest day, rein-deer, some of them apparently or, more properly speaking, the very lately made; and several of day on which the sun is farthest their horns, and small portions of from us, several of the officers their hair were found in different went out on the ice at noon with places where they had been lying. books to determine whether it was We had an equally good proof of possible to read by the twilight; this place being frequented by and surprising, as it may appear, Musk-oxen (Bos Moschatus, Lin.), yet we found that the smallest for we found the skeleton of one print could be read by it. The in a perfect state, except that the book that I took was a small bones of the legs were separated (pocket) Common Prayer Book, from the rest, most probably
by (which was the smallest print I some carnivorous animal. The could find) and, by facing it toskull and horns were perfectly wards the south, I could read it entire; but from the appearance very distinctly. As the portion of of the horns, and indeed of the it that presented itself by chance bones in general, they must have on this occasion contains a good
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