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at the disposal of the governour. a quotation from this part of the From the old rock, our traveller re book. The plates representing the turned to England by way of Cadiz; dress of the Spaniards in various and he concludes his work with ob- ranks of life, appear to be faithful servations on the political state of and lively delineations. And on the Spain, written with considerable ani- whole, this little volume, though mation and energy. He is of opinion transgressing in the points to which that, with so large a disposable force we have already adverted, will be as we possessed, much more might found equal in interest to the labours have been done to aid the Spaniards of several travellers of the present in their struggle. We regret that day, who came before the publick our limits do not permit us to make with loftier pretensions.
FROM THE MONTHLY REVIEW
Hamlet Travestie; in three Acts, with Annotations by Dr. Johnson, and George Ste
vens, Esq. and other Commentators. 12mo. 38. boards. 1810.
AVAUNT, ye crying philoso. a perusal of it as no bad expedient phers, your sobbing and blubbering for dissipating the effects of Novemwill not do now. “ Take it for all in ber and December fogs; for Ire who all,” it is a poor sort of a pastime; laughs heartily will never be dispoand a good, hearty laugh, which sed to tuck himself up to his bed helps to shake the dust and cob- post, or to throw himself into the webs of melancholy off the heart, is river. That our readers may have a worth a belly-full of it. If we did not taste of this oddly cooked and fanat first altogether relish the idea of tastically garnished Hamlet, we prehaving one of the esteemed trage sent them with the substitute for dies of our divine bard metarnorpho the sublime soliloquy in the first act, sed by low burlesque, we could not beginning, “ O that ihis too, too solid help shaking our old sides when we flesh," &c. which is thus untrage found the thing so well done. Now, dized: gentle reader, think not that our senses are gone to the valley of the
SONG-HAMLET. moon on our making this confession.
[Tune-Derry-down.] Had Shakspeare himself, who was
“ A ducat I'd give if a sure way I knew, a merry grig of the first water, been
How to thaw and resolve my stout flesh alive, he would have delighted in into dew! this very comick travestie of his How happy were I, if no sin were self Hamlet, and have relished the hu slaughter! morous blackguardism by which af. For I'd then throw myself and my cares
in the water. fecting scenes are converted into broad farce. The modern slang is
Derry down, down, down derry down. played off to good effect, both in the “ How weary, how profitless, stale, and dialogue and in the songs, which
how flat, are substituted for the soliloquies;
Seem to me all life's uses, its joys and
all that: and throughout the burlesque is well This world is a garden unweeded; and preserved. We feel ourselves obliged clearly to the author for relieving the or Not worth living for, things rank hold it dinary dullness of our occupation, merely.
Derry doton, &c. by so sprightly a sally: we have re
“ Two months have scarce pass'd since lished his fun; and we recommend dad's death, and my mother,
Like a brute as she is, has just married He's forgotten! oh frailty, thy name sure his brother.
is woman! To wed such a bore,mbut 'tis all too late
Derry down, &c, now, We can't make a silk purse of the ear of “ To marry my uncle! my father's own
brother! Derry down, &c. I'm as much like a lion as one's like the
other. “ So fondly he loved her, I've oft heard It will not by jingo, it can't come to him tell her,
good*If it rains, my dear Gertrude, pray take But break my poor heart-I'd say more if my umbrella.'
I could. When too roughly the winds have beset
Derry down, &c. her, he hath said, My dear, take my Belcher* to tie round We could offer another plate-full your head.'
to the reader, but shall only add:Derry down, &c.
Should you relish this slice, for the good - Why, zounds! she'd hang on him, as of the cook, much as to say,
Pray throw down your money and pur“The longer I love you, the longer I may;'
chase his book, Yet before one could whistle, as I'm a
FROM THE BRITISH CRITICK.
Travels through Lower Canada, and the United States of North America, in the
Years 1806, 1807, and 1808. To which are added, Biographical Notes and Anecdotes of some of the leading Characters in the United States; and of those who have, at various Periods, born a conspicuous Part in the Politicks of that Country. By John Lambert. In three Volumes. 8vo. 11. 118. 6d. With Engravings.
WE have read these volumes gether. Strange to say, the governwith considerable interest, and have ment had not one single acre of clear received from the perusal much and land to give them; they were comimportant information. The author, pelled to dance attendance at the a very intelligent man, and well executive council room, for five qualified for the inquiries, the re- months together, before they result of which his volumes commu ceived compensation in any form. nicate, accompanied a near relation In this interval the farmers and artito Canada, to accomplish, under the ficers whom they carried out with sanction of government, the cultiva- them, were seduced from their sertion of hemp. An undertaking often vice, or corrupted by idleness, and recommended, but never yet suc- the bad example of the lower order cessfully performed. The individuals of Europeans at Quebeck. The oriconcerned embarked on their voyage, ginal design thus proving abortive, full of the most flattering hopes the author thought that he could and expectations. They were to re not employ his time better, than to ceive from the Canadian govern- avail himself of the opportunity bement 150 acres of clear land, have fore him, to make himself acquainttheir expenses paid, and every facied with the country, and its customis lity afforded them. But no sooner and inhabitants. Remaining, therebad they arrived in Canada, than fore, for some time at Quebeck, he these bright prospects vanished alto- afterwards proceeded up the river to
A handkerchief so called from Belcher the boxer,
Montreal. From Montreal he cross. only justice. But for myself, I consider it ed lake Champlain, and, entering the
all as a mere farce; and it must be so, territories of the American govern
since the women say that they only tell
the priests a part, and conceal the rest.' A ment, pursued his journey to New
few years ago, the pilot picked up an En. York. At this place le continued for glish bible, which had been thrown ashore a considerable time, and then em. from the wreck of a ship. As he under. barhed for Charleston, in South Ca- stood the language, he read it through, rulina. From Charleston he visited and it opened his eyes so much, that he Savannalı, on foot, and describes could not forbear, soon after, disputing
with his curé upon certain points of reliNew Georgia with some minute.
gion. The latter was much surprised to ness; returning to New York, he ind him so knowing, and inquired how went from thence to Boston. To the he had obtained his information; upon description of this place, its man which the old man showed him the bible. ners, commerce, and inhabitants, he The priest declared it was not a fit book subjoins some lively biographical for him to read, and desired he would notices of the more distinguished fused, and the curé threatened to write to
give it into his charge. This the pilot recharacters of America, &c in these the bishop and have him excommunicated znore recent times, namely, of Jeffer as a heretick. But finding that neither son, Madison, Burr, general Hamil. threats, nor entreaties, had any effect, he lon, Paine, &c. &c From Boston he was necessitated to request that he would again returned to Canada, and the keep it to himself, and not let any of his
neighbours know that he had such a conclusion of the third volume leaves book. The old pilot declared, that he conthe traveller at Montreal.
sidered the finding of that bible tbe hapWe really know no book of the piest event of his life, in consequence of kind which gives so circumstantial the comfort and consolation which he and so satisfactory an account of the derived from perusing it.” vol. i. p. 11. British settlements, and of the Uni. ted States of America, from the coast
The following account of the doof Labrador to the gulph of Florida. mestick manners of the Habitans, Having said this, and placed before will hard y be perused without a
smile: our readers the outline of the trareller's route, it becomes a point of
“ The furniture of the Habitans, is plain justice to introduce a few specimens and simple, and most commonly of their of the amusement and information own workmanship. A few wooden
chairs which may be expected.
with twig or rush bottoms, and two or The following anecdote, in the three deal tables, are placed in each room, beginning of the first volume, intro- and are seldom very ornamental; they, duces no feeble argument in vindi- wooden bowls, trenchers, and spoons, for
however, suffice, with a proper number of cation of the plan pursued by the the use of the family at meals. A press, British and Foreign Bible Society: and two or three large chests, contain
their wearing apparel, and other property. “Our pilot, Louis Le Clair, was an old, A buffet in one corner, contains their French Canadian, possessed, like the rest small display of cups, saucers, glasses, of his countrymen, of a tolerable opinion and teapots, while a few broken sets may of himselt; yet was a good humoured, perhaps, grace the mantlepiece. A clock is friendly fellow. It was not long before we often found in their best apartment, and yuund that his predilection for the clergy the sides of the room are ornamented is not excessive. He entertained us with with little pictures, or waxen images of zwany of his whimsical opinions, and de. saints and crucifixes; of the holy virgin cured, that for his own part, he never and her son. An iron stove is generally sent to confession, though he allowed bis placed in the largest apartment, with a wife and daughters to go. Women,' says pipe passing through the others into the }<,' can never be liappy until they let out chimney. The kitchen displays very little their secrets, and on that account it is more than kettles of soup; tureens of milk; necessary ,they should have a confessor; a table, a dresser, and a few chairs. The !, therefore, pay hjm his fees, which is fireplace is wide, and large logs of wood
are placed on old fashioned, iron dogs. A debauch when they go to market with wooden crane supports the large kettle of their commodities. I have seen in the Upsoup, which is for ever on the fire. per Town market-place, at Quebeck, a
“Their chief article of food is pork, as father and his son both drunk. The young fat as they can procure it. They all keep one, however, was not so bad but that a great number of swine, which they fat. he was sensible of the impropriety: so he ten to their liking. Peas-soup, with a small tumbled the old man out of the spirit shop, quantity of pork boiled in it, constitutes into the street, and endeavoured to force their breakfast, dinner, and supper, day him into the berlin, to carry him home. after day, with very little alteration, ex The old fellow, however, pulled his son cept what is occasioned by a few sausa down by the hair, and began to belabour ges, and puddings made of the entrails, him with his fist, uttering ten thousand when a hog is killed; or during lent, when sacrés and brs upon his undutiful fish and vegetables only will suffice. They head. The young man could not extricate are extremely fond of thick, sour milk, himself, and being pretty much in that and will often treat themselves with a state which is called crying drunk,” he dish of it, after their pork. Milk, soup, began to weep, calling out at the same and other spoon meat, are eaten out of a time: 'Ah my father, you do not know me'! general dish, each taking a spoonful after 'My God you do not know me'! The tears the other. Knives and forks are seldom in ran down his cheeks, though as much, request.
most likely, from the blows, and tugs of “ The old people will sometimes treat the hair which he received, as from the themselves with tea or coffee; in which idea of his father not knowing him. His case, they generally have to boil their exclamations, however, caused the old water in the fryingpan; for it rarely hap- man to weep with him, and the scene be. pens that they have a teakettle in the
came truly ludicrous; for the old fellow house. An anecdote is related of a gentle would not let go his hold, but continued man, who was travelling on the road to his curses, his blows, and his tears, until Montreal several years ago, when tea was the son was assisted by some other Habialmost unknown to the Habitans, and tans, who forced the father into the berlin; when accommodation on the road was upon which the young man got in, and even worse than it is now; he carried with drove him home. him his provisions, and, among the rest, “ Very few of the country people who he had a pound of tea. On bis arrival at frequent the markets in the towns, return one of the post houses in the evening, he home sober, and in wintertime, when there told the mistress of the house, to make is not room for more than one cariole on the him some tea, and gave her the parcel for road, without plunging the horse four or that purpose. In the mean time, the wo five feet deep in snow, these people, baman spread out her plates and dishes, ving lost their usual politeness by intoxiknives, and forks, upon the table, and the cation, do not feel inclined to make way gentleman took his meat and loaf out of for the gentry in carioles, and will often the basket (for tea, without something run their sleighs aboard, and upset them." more substantial, is poor fare when travel. P. 158. ling, and I always found, in such cases, that a beefsteak, or a slice of cold meat, The following anecdotes are relawas a considerable improvement to the ted at p. 388 and p. 424. tea-table.) After waiting a longer time than the gentleman thought necessary to “Our guide, a Cree, whose spirits bad make a cup of tea, the woman came into visibly begun to droop- ever since we en: the room; but how shall I describe his as. tered the defiles of the mountains, was last tonishment, when he beheld the whole night presented by Mr.
with some pound of tea nicely boiled, and spread out rum, to keep him hearty in the cause. on a dish, with a lump of burier in the upon this he made shift to get drunk with ' middle! the good woman had boiled it all his wife. Tbis morning he complained
in the chauderon, and was placing it on the that his head and stomach were out of ortable as a fine dish of greens, to accompany der, and asked for a little medicine, which ihe gentleman's cold beef.
was given him; but finding it did him nei“Milk and water is the usual drink of ther good nor harm, he called his wife to the females and younger part of the fami- liim, where he was sitting amidst vis at a ly. Rum is, however, the cordial balm large fire we had made to warm ourselves. which relieves the men from their cares She readily came: he asked her if shellur and anxieties. They are passionately fond a sharp ilint; and upon hier replying
stic of this pernicious liquor, and often have it had not, he broke ow, and mixe z kancet VOL. V.
of it, with which he opened a vein in his dered about among the shrubs and under. wife's arm, she assisting him with great wood of the forest, wringing their hands, good will. Having drawn about a pint of and crying most bitterly at their melanblood from her, in a wooden bowl, to our choly situation. Their clothes were nearly astonishment, he applied it to his mouth, torn off their backs; their hair hung in a quite warm, and drank it oft: then he dishevelled manner upon their necks; and mixed the blood that adhered to the ves. the fruit which in the morning they had sel, with water, by way of cleansing the picked with rapture, they now loathed and bowl, and also drank that off. While I was detested. In this wretched condition they considering the savageness of this action, wandered till nearly dark, when they one of our men, with indignation, ex came up to a small hut; their hearts beat claimed to our guide: 'I have eaten and high at the sight; but it was empty! They smoked with thee, but henceforward thou were, however, glad to take refuge in it and I shall not smoke and eat together. for the night, to shelter them from the What, drink warm from the vein, the heavy dews of the forest, which were blood of thy wife!'—'Oh, my friend, then rising. They collected a quantity of said the Indian, have I done wrong? leaves, with which they made a bed, and when I find my stomach out of order, the lay down: but they could not sleep; and warm blood of my wife, in good health, spent the night in unavailing tears and rerefreshes the whole of my body, and puts proaches at their own carelessness. They me to rights: in return, when she is not however at times endeavoured to console well, I draw blood from my arm; she each other with the hope that people drinks it; and it gives her life: all our na would be despatched by Mr. Montour, in tion do the same, and they all know it to search of them. The next morning, there. be a good medicine.' P.388.
fore, they wisely kept within the hut, or “ It is a dangerous experiment to wan went out only to gather fruit to satisfy the der carelessly in the woods in Canada, cravings of appetite; and that which the without a guide, or a sufficient acquaint- evening before they had loathed as the ance with the paths; and instances have cause of their misfortune, now became the occurred, of people perishing even within means of preserving their lives. Towards a small distance of their own habitations. the close of the day, they heard the In. A few years ago, two young ladies who dian yell in the woods, but were afraid were on a visit at the house of Mr. Nicho. to call out, or stir from the hut, not knowlas Montonr, formerly of the North west ing whether they might be sent in search Company, and who then resided at Point of them, or were a party of strange Indu Lac, near Three Rivers, strolled into dians, into whose hands they did not like the woods at the back of the house, one to trust themselves. morning after breakfast, for the purpose “ A second night was passed in the of regaling themselves with the strawber. same forlorn state; though singular as it ries and other fruit which grew abundant. may appear, one of them became more ly there, and were then in great perfec- composed, and, in some measure, even tion. One of them had an amusing no. reconciled to her situation; which, deplovel in her hand, which she read to the rable as it was, and uncertain when they other; and so interested were they with might be relieved from it, she regarded the story, and the scenery around them, as a romantick adventure, and the followthat they never night of returning ing morning, with great composure, staid dinner. In this manner they strolled de- in the hut, and read her novel: the other lightfully along, sometimes wrapt up in gave herself up to despair, and sat upon the charins of the novel, and at other the bed of leaves, crying and bewailing times stopping to gather the fruit which her unhappy fate. In this state they were lay luxuriantly scattered beneath their discovered about noon, by a party of Infeot, or hung in clusters over their heads; dians, who had been sent out after them, when the declining sun at length warned and whose yell had been heard by the them that it was late in the afternoon. young ladies the preceding evening. Their They now began to think of returning, joy at being relieved from such an alarmbut unfortunately they had wandered from ing situation, may be more easily con the path, and knew not which way to go. ceived than described, and was only The sun, which, an hour before might equalled by the pleasure which their re. hare afforded them some assistance, was turn gave to Mr Montour and his family, now obscured by the lofty trees of the who had almost given them up as lost, forest; and as the evening closed in, they having been absent nearly three days, found themselves yet more bewildered. and wandered several miles from the
“ In the most distracted state they wan- house." P. 423.