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the jealousy of despotism condemns the younger branches
of the royal family of Gondar.” CONTENTS.-No 27.
On examining the book, it does not appear that NOTES: - "Rasselas ” and the Happy Valley, 1 - The Lobo himself even refers to the subject; and his
Origin of Mezzotint Engraving, 2-Pieces from Manu. continuator, the Abbé le Grand, instead of a scripts, No. I., 4-Gabriel D'Emilianne, Ib.- Historical Note on the Coronation Oatb, 5 – The Golden Age -Aristos
Happy Valley, describes only a barren Mount of -The Prophet of Belches “Saints and Sinners!” --A Misery. These are his words:Lacemaker's Song – Prophecy of M. Cazotte - Escheator “In the kingdom of Amhara is Gueron, the famous ship of Munster, 7.
rock on which the sons and brothers of the Emperor QUERIES:- Lord Byron - Welins Calcott - Disembowel.
were confined till their accession to the throne. This ment - Floating Corpses - The Monastery of Kouigsaal - Monogram “A. E. 1." - Muster Rolls, &c. - Nying - A
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two ages."— Voyage to Abyssinia, London, 1735, p. 200. * Good Humour" - Whitmore's Heraldic Proposal, 9. “ The kingdom of Amhara is yet more mountainous QUERIES WITH ANSWERS: - Old Taylor, the Artist
[than that of Tigre). The Abyssins call these steep Printing - Sykes: Thayer, &c. - Soug – Burials at Ken rocks Amba : there are many of them which appear to sington, 11.
the sight like great cities; and one is scarcely convinced, REPLIES: - Aërography, 12 - Noy and Noyes, 13 - The even upon a near view, that one doth not see walls,
Wedding-ring, 14 - William Coddington, 16 – Cigars and towers, and bastions. It was on the barren summit of Secars, 16. - Tamåla and Tamrakuitaka, Sanskrit Words Amba-Guexa that the princes of the blood-royal passed for Tobacco - Douglas Rings: the Douglas Heart, 17
their melancholy life, being guarded by officers who Discovery of an Old Medal, 18 - St. Thomas à Becket
| treated them often with great rigour and severity.”- 1b. Curious Orthographic Fact – Adrian's Address to his Soul - Dido and Eneas - Charles II.'s Flight from Worcester
p. 204. Parish Registers - Tombstone luscriptions - Cave of
“ Anciently the princes who had any right or pretenAdullam - Ceremonial at Induction - The Living Skole- sion to the crown were kept under a strong guard on ton. Claude Ambroise Seurat “The Jackdaw of Rheims"
| Mount Guexon; which custom continued for two hun- Skelp - Marvellous Stories of Sharks -- The Prior's Pas.
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was raised from that prison to the throne. As this king Sobieski - The Cuckoo, &c., 18.
was playing one day with a young prince about eight Notes on Books, &c.
years old, a counsellor that stood by observed to him that this son was very much grown: the child immediately apprehending the meaning of his words, burst
into tears, and lamented that he was grown only to be Notes.
the sooner sent to Guexen. The king, touched at the “RASSELAS” AND THE HAPPY VALLEY.
reply, declared that the royal offspring should be no
more confined in that manner: thus by this accident was It has never been shown, so far as I am aware, an end put to the slavery of the princes of Abyssinia."whence Milton and Johnson' took their descrip Ib. p. 261, cf. 259. . tions of the Happy Valley:
Dr. Johnson perhaps got his account from Tel-
| but I have not any of these, or Ludolph, at hand By Nilus' head, enclosed with shining rock,
to refer to. If there be no historical foundation A whole day's journey high.”.
for the “blissful captivity" which Johnson pic
Paraclise Lost, iv. 280. tunes, it is probable that he followed Milton in It is generally asserted, and taken for granted. / decking the dreary scene of royal imprisonment that Johnson got his account from Lobo. Thus,
with the traditions of “true Paradise." The old in the advertisement to the splendid quarto edi
Hindoo geography unites Africa with the Indian tion of Rasselas, which issued from Ballantyne's
Archipelago; and the Mount Meru of the Hindoo press in the same year with The Lay of the Last
Paradise came to be identified with “ Mount Minstrel* :
| Amara, under the Ethiop line." Thence, Homer “ RASSELAS, Prince of Abyssinia, was composed by
speaks of the Ethiopians as a happy and innocent Dr. Johnson at a period when experience, not less than
race dwelling by the ocean stream, in a Paradise philosophy, had taught him the imperfection of earthly 80 delightful, that the gods often left Olympus to enjoyments. The subject, as well as the scenery of the visit them and share in their festivities. Huet, in romance, has relation to the earlier studies of the author. his treatise De la Situation du Paradis Terrestre, The translator of the 10th Satire of Juvenal must have
speaks of various writers who place Paradise in reflected deeply upon the vanity of human wishes; and in Lobu's History of Abyssinia, which Johnson had also
Africa under the equator, above the Mountains of translated, he found an account of the seclusion to which
the Moon, from which the Nile was said to take
its rise. Tertullian says that, after the Fall, . * Rasselas, by Samuel Johnson, LL.D., with engravings Paradise was girt about with the Torrid Zone, by A. Raimbach, from pictures by R. Smirke. London, called in Scripture a flaming sword, and has been published by W. Miller; the letter-press by James Ballantyne, Edinburgh, 1805. I am under the impression
thus rendered unapproachable ever since, being that Sir W. Scott edited this edition, and wrote the Ad
separated from us and hidden as by a wall of fire. Tertisement or Preface; and I should like to have it
| Huet is referred to by Le Grand in his appendix confirmed or corrected.
to Lobo, p. 207.