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its beauties in detail: but when he fully sensible by the sudden change of viewed it as a whole, he experienced the atmosphere. Bathed as I was in perthe same disappointment in this as
spiration, an extremely cold wind all at
once blew upon me, and caused an instant in other Moorish monuments. Being
chill over my whole frame, the effects of so near the Sierra Nevada, Mr. Sem- which I felt long afterwards. But the sight ple determined to ascend towards of the highest peak, to which I was now so its summit as far as its condition at near, inspired me with fresh courage, and that season the beginning of March] after great exertions I arrived to within would permit his approach; but the
two hundred yards at farthest of perpen
dicular height from the summit. Here all enterprise was attended with consi
farther progress became impossible. I had derable hazard, at least on the se. now got to the end of the ridge on which cond day, when his progress is thus I had proceeded so long, and nearly to described:
its junction with the highest part of the
peak, which rose before me exceedingly " We rose by dawn of day. The morn. steep, and entirely covered with frozen ing was charming, but my companions snow. I endeavoured to make holes with were abivering with cold, although not my stick, and to ascend in a slanting diexceeding that often experienced in En. rection; but having proceeded twenty or gland, on a fine morning in autumn. As thirty paces, and stopping to take breath, soon as the shadow of the peak became on casting my eyes downwards, I was not visible on the snow to the westward we a little alarmed to find, that from the set out. The deep chasm or valley on our moment of leaving the summit of the right led directly to the bottom of the ridge, I had incurred the danger of slippeak, but other chasms from the heights ping down into a tremendous valley on on our left opening into this principal one, one side of it. I almost turned giddy with intersected our path at every interval of the sight. The pieces of frozen snow five or six hundred yards; and occasioned which I had broken off slid down with us infinite trouble in passing them. By astonishing rapidity, and clearly showed degrees the sides and bottoms of these me what my fate must be should I make chasms became covered with snow, frag. a single false step. Having stopped a few ments of broken ice, and rocks smooth with minutes to recover myself, and become the dew frozen on their surface, to which familiarized with the sight of the deep the sun had not yet reached. At length we valley of ice, I retraced my footsteps, and arrived where all traces of vegetation never felt more thankful than when I rewere lost and buried beneath the snow, gained the 'summit of the ridge. I was which extended in every direction to the not before aware, that in so short a dis. summit of the peak. Here my guide, fa. tance I could have incurred so great a tigued and alarmed, would proceed no danger. From this point I was fain to further, but pointed out some broken content myself with the views of the surrocks on the left, called the Heights of rounding mountains, which appeared eveSaint Francisco, at the foot of which he ry where tossed in great confusion, alpromised to watch my progress and await though all apparently connected with, or my return. I ascended now alone, more branching from the high mountain on cautiously and slowly, along the summit which I stood. It did not appear possible of a ridge which appeared to terminate even if provided with proper instruments, at the bottom of the very highest part of to group them under any form, so strangethe peak. Sometimes the surface of the ly did they intersect each other. Towards snow was softened, and I sunk up to the the east, the view was intercepted by the midleg, not without occasional apprehen. peak and its slope in that direction, but sions, until I found myself uniformly stop. on every other side it was a stormy sea ped by a frozen bank beneath. At other of mountains. I was able clearly to dis. times my progress was along so slippery tinguish the mountains which separate a surface, that I proceeded with the ui. the province of Granada from that of Anmost difficulty, being frequently obliged dalusia, those towards the northern parts to break small holes with my stick, and of Murcia, the Sierra of Malaga, and the crawl upon my hands and knees. In this mountains towards Gibraltar. Ön some of manner, however, I surmounted all the these ridges immense white clouds rested neigbouring peaks and ridges of moun. as if immovable; on others dark storms tains, an elevation of which I was made appeared to be brooding, whilst some were in a blaze of sunshine from their mised to write to Fez for passports; bare and stony summits to where they but a tedious delay of three weeks mingled with the plains."
intervened, and the permission, when
received, extended no farther than On leaving Granada, Mr. Semple Tangiers, Sallee, and a few other resolved to change again his mode towns along the coast. of travelling. He had sustained a robbery when in the company of the Wearied with the erasions of the muleteers, ard 'he now took care to Moors, the travellers determined to set out together with a party who confine their journey within narrow were able to protect themselves. limits. They were highly gratified They proceeded to Malaga, and in with the fertile and romantick countheir route discovered the vestiges try around Tetuan; and they were of the Moors in several of the pub- surprised to meet with numbers of lick buildings, but more frequently camels, an animal which they did in the features of the inhabitants. not expect to see so near the conThe continued practice of irrigation fines of Europe. In riding across the afforded also a pleasing example of country from Tetuan to Tangiers, the preservation of Moorish im- they had an opportunity of obsery. provements. From Malaga, Mr.Sem- ing the simple manners of the ple travelled to Gibraltar, whence he Moors in their huts and tents; in determined to cross over to the Bar- which the women were employed bary shore, and attempt a journey to in spinning a coarse kind of thread, Fez. In this expedition he was ac. or in grinding corn between two companied by three of his country- flat stones, while the children were men, sir William Ingilby, Dr. Dar making butter by swinging backwin (the son of Dr. Erasmus Dar- wards and forwards a skinful of milk win) and Mr. Theodore Galton. Suspended from the top of the tent. Since nothing can be done among From Tangiers, the party crossed the Moors without presents, the tra- over to Tarifa in Spain. Short as veliers took with them patterns of this African journey was, Mr. Semcloth of various colours, each suffi- ple recommends a similar excursion cient for a Moorish garment; to to every person who travels in Spain. which they added a tent, a table, and A visit to Tetuan and Tangiers may a stock of utensils for cookery; and, be performed in four or five days, as they were wholly unacquainted and even this transient glance will with the language, they provided suffice to bring under the traveller's themselves with an interpreter. They observation many points of resemcrossed over to Ceuta, and proceed- blance in the customs of the Spaed without interruption as far as Te- niards and the Moors. The armour, tuan; but, on applying for passports the dress, and the riding accoutreto Fez, they found it impossible to ments of both are the same; their remove the suspicions which were houses are formed on the same moconceived by the Moors, in regard del; and the Spanish cookery is evito the object of their journey to the dently of Moorish origin. In both interiour. In vain they urged the countries, the implements of agripleasure which they would enjoy culture are the same, and the profrom the sight of a country and of gress of the art equally slow. manners so different from their own, On returning to Gibraltar, Mr. since the governour and his coun- Semple found the town thronged sellors insisted that men could never with Spaniards, and French refube so foolish as to take so much gees. The cannon, mortars, and bul. trouble for the gratification of niere lets of the Spanish lines had been curiosity. The Moors, however, pro- removed into the fortress, and places!
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.
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 le 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 this 100, too solid help shaking our old sides when we flesh," &c. which is thus untragefound 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 rclished the hu- slaughter! morous blackguardism by which af. For I'd then throw myself and my cares fecting scenes are converted into converted into in the water.
in 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 joy's 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 down, &c. by so sprightly a sally: we have re- creo months have scarce passid sinde 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,---but '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 a sow.
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 $6 Why, zounds! she'd hang on him, as of the cook, much as to say,
Pray throw down your money and purs 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. 11s. 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 faci ed with the country, and its customs lity afforded them. But no sooner and inhabitants. Remaining, there. had they arrived in Canada, than forc, 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 crosso 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 he 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
could not forbear, soon after, disputing Savannah, on foot, and describes
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
find 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
give it into his charge. This the pilot renotices of the more distinguished
fused, and the curé threatened to write to characters of America, &c in these the bishop and have bim excommunicated inore 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
keep it to himself, and not let any of his again returned to Canada, and the
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 our readers the outline of the tra
smile: veller'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
however, suffice, with a proper number of
wooden bowls, trenchers, and spoons, for 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, perbaps, grace the mantlepiece. A clock is friendly fellow. It was not long before we often found in their best apartment, and yound 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 zbany of his whimsical opinions, and de. saints and crucifixes; of the holy virgin clared, that for his own part, he never and her son. An iron stove is generally went to confession, though he allowed his placed in the largest apartment, with a wife and daughters to go.' Women,' says pipe passing through the others into the pc, 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; secessary,they should have a confessor; a table, a dresser, and a few chairs. The !, Herefore, pay him his fees, which is fireplace is wide, and large logs of wood