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das Agull: as, which, as well as the morning, which is by no means so freFrench appellation des Aiguilles, is de quent as in the evening, the failors have fcriptive of its form, and would rightly a saying, as the Devil's Tower is al. be translated Needle Cape.
most contiguous to the Table-land, that On approaching the Cape, a very the old gentleman is going to breakfast; remarkable eminence may in clear in the middle of the day, that he is goweather be discovered at a considerable ing to dinner; and, if in the evening, diftance; and is called the Table- that the cloth is spread for supper. mountain from its appearance, as it Table-mountain rises about three thouterminates in a flat horizontal surface, sand five hundred and fixty-seven feet from which the face of the rock de- above the level of the sea ; the Devil's scends almoft perpendicularly. In the Tower about three thousand three hunmild or summer season, which com- dred and fixty eight; and the Lion's mences in September and continues till Head iwo thousand seven hundred and March, the Table Land or Mountain fixty four. In the neighbourhood of is sometimes suddenly capped with a the latter lies Conftantia, a diftrict conwhite cloud, by some called the spread- fisting of two farms, wherein the fa. ing of the table cloch. When this mous wines of that name are produced. cloud seems to roll down the feep face The above-described high lands form of the mountain, it is a fure indication a kind of amphitheatre about the Ta. of an approaching gale of wind from ble valley, where the Cape town stands. the south east; which generally blows This is fituated at the bottom of the with great violence, and sometimes middle height, or Table-mountain ; continues a day or more, but in com- and almost in the centre of the Tablemon is of short duration. On the first bay, so called from that mountain.appearance of this cloud, the ships in This bay, it is observed in Philips's Table Bay begin to prepare for it, by voyage, cannot properly be called striking yards and top malts, and ma a port, being by no means a station of king every thing as fnug as posible. fecurity; it is exposed to all the vio- A little to the westward of the Table lence of the winds, which set into it Land, divided by a small valley, stands, from the sea ; and is far from fuffion the right hand fide of Table bay, a ciently secured from those which blow sound hill, called the Sugar-loaf; and from the land. The gufts which deby many the Lion's Head, as there is scend from the summit of Table-mouna continuance from it continuous to the tain are sufficient to force ships from fea, called the Lion's Rump; and their anchors, and even violently to when you take a general view of the annoy persons on the shore, by destroy whole, it very much resembles that ing any tenis or other temporary edianimal with his head erect. The Su- fices which may be eredied, and raising gar-loafor Lion's Head, and the Lion's clouds of fine dust, which produce very Rump, have each a flag-ftaff on them, troublesome effects.
A gale of this by which the approach of lips is made kind, from the south-east, blew for known to the governor, particularfing three days successively when Captain their number, nation, and the quarter Cook lay here in his first voyage ; at from which they come. To the east- which time, he infoms us, the Refoluward, separated by a small chalm from tion was the only ship in the harbour the Table-land, ftands Charles's Mount, that had not dragged her anchors
. well known by the appellation of che The storms from the sea are still more Devil's Tower, or Devis Head; and formidable ; so much so, that ships have fo called from the violent gufts of wind frequently been driven by them from supposed to issue from it when it par- their anchorage, and wrecked at the takes of the cap that covers the Table- head of the Bay. But thefe accidents land, thouyh these guits are nothing happen chiefly in the quaade Mouflon, more than a degree
of force the wind or winter months, from May 14 to the acquires in coming through the chafm. same day of August ; during which When the phenomenon appears in the time few thips venture to anchor here.
called Simon's Bay."
Our fleet, arriving later, lay perfeâly than elegant. But this is by no means usmolefted as long as it was necessary the case with the bed-rooms or upper for it to remain in this station.-Falfe. apartments; which are very barely and bay, on the south-east side of the Cape, il furnished. The streets are rough, is more secure than Table-bay during uneven, and unpaved. But many of the prevalence of the north west winds, the houses have a space flagged before but still less so in strong gales from the the door; and others have trees plantfouth-east. It is, however, less fre- ed before them, which form a pleasant quented, being twenty-four miles of thade, and give an agreeable air to the very heavy road diftant from Capetown, streets. whence almost all necessaries muft be The only landing place is at the east procured. The most sheltered part of end of the town, where there is a False bay is a recess on the welt fide, wooden quay running some paces into
the sea, with several cranes on it for The latest and most particular as well the convenience of loading and unloadas apparently the most just account of ing the scots that come alung fide. the Cape town, concerning which voy. To this place excellent water is conagers had differed very much from veyed by pipes, which makes the wa. one another in their representations, is tering of Chips both easy and expedithat given by Mr. While in his Jour- tious. Close to the quay, on the left nal of a Voyage to New South Wales. hand, stands the castle and principal From the tipping, he observes, the fortress ; a strong extensive work, havtown appears pleasantly situated, but ing excellent accommodations for the at the same time small, a deception that troops, and for many of the civil ofarises from its being built in a valley ficers belonging to the company. with such ftupendous mountains direct. Within the
gates the company have ly behind it. On landing, however, their principal' stores, which are spayou are surprifed, and agreeably dif- cious as well as convenient. This fort appointed, io find it not only extensive, covers and defends the east part
of the but well buile, and in a good stile ; the town and harbour, as Amsterdam fort freers spacious, and intersecting each does the west part. The latter, which other at right angles with great preci- has been built fince Commodore Johnfion. This exactness in the formation flon's expedition, and whereon both of the streets, when viewed from the French and Dutch judgment have been Table land, is observed to be very united to render is effectual and strong, great. The houses in general are built is admirably planned and calculated to of stone, cemented together with a glu- annoy and harrafs thips coming into the tinous kind of earth which serves as bay. Some smaller detached fortificamostar, and afterwards neaily plastered tions extend along the coast, both to and white washed with lime. As to the ealt and west, and make landing, their height, they do not in common ex- which was not the case before the laie ceed two stories, on account of the vio- war, hazardous and difficult, lence of the wind, which at some sea. word, Cape.rown is at this time fortiSons of the year blows with great fied with Itrength, regularity, and ftrength and fury. For the same rea judgment. fon thatch has been usually preferred The governor's house is delightfully to files or shingles ; but the bad effects ficuated, nearly in the cenire of an exthat have proceeded from this mode tenfive garden, the property of the when fires happen, has induced the in- Dutch Eart-Intia company, usefully habitants in all their new buildings to planted, and at the same time elegantly give the preference to flates and tiles. laid out. The governor's family make The lower parts of the houles, accord- what use they please of the produce of ing to the custom of the Dutch nation, the garden, which is various and abunare not only uncommonly neat and dant: but the original intention of the clean in appearance, but they are really company in appropriating fo extenfive fo; and the furniture is rather rich a piece of ground to this purpose was,
that their hospital, which is generally fixteen, and sometimes eighteen, in one pretty full when their ships arrive after of the teams; when the roads are long voyages, may be well supplied heavy, they sometimes, though rarely, with fruits and vegetables, and like yoke twenty ; all which the Hottentots, wise that their ships may receive a simi- Malays, and Cape llaves, have in the lar supply. This garden is as public as most perfect subjection and obedience. St. James's Park; and for its hand- One of these fellows places himself on fome, pleasant, and well-Thaded, walks, the fore part of the waggon, or, when is much frequented by persons of every loaded, on the top of the load, and with description, but particularly, by the a tremendous long whip, which from fashionable and gay. At the upper its fize he is obliged to hold in both end of the principal walk is a small his hands, manages these creatures space walled in for the purpose of con- with inexpreffible address. When he fining fome large ostriches and a few finds expedition needless, he can make deer; and a little to the right of this is them keep whatever pace he chooses, a small menagery, in which the com- either troi or gallop (a gait performed pany have half a dozen wild animals, or kept up with disticulty by European and about the same number of curious oxen), and that with as much ease as if birds.
he was driving horses. They likewife There are two churches in the town; manage horses with the same dexterity; one large, plain, and unadorned, for and, to fee one of them driving three, the Calvinils, the prevailing fect; and four, five, and sometimes fix, pair, in a smaller one for the Lutherans. The hand, with one of these long whips, hospital, which is large and extensive, would make the most compleie master is filcated at the upper end of the town, of the whipin England cul a despicable close to the company's garden : where figure. Carriages are not very numethe convalescents the benefit of a rous at the Cape, as the inhabitants in wholesome pure air, perfumed with the general travel in covered waggons, exhalation of a great variety of rich which better fuit the roughness of the fruit trees, aromatic shrubs, and odo- country. The governor and fome few rous plants and flowers; and likewise of the principal people keep coaches, have ibe use of every production of it. which are a good dale in the Englila Besides their hospital, the Dutch ftile, and always drawn by fix horses
. East India company have feveral other The inhabitants of the Cape, though public buildings, which tend to im- in their persons large, ftout, and athleprove the appearance of the town. tic, have not all ihat phlegm about The two principal of these are, the sta- them which is the characteristic of bles and a houfe for their flaves. The Dutchmen in general. The physical former is a handsome range of build- influence of climate may in some de. ings, capable of containing an incredi- gree account for this; for it is well ble number of horses. Those they known that in all southern latitudes the have at the Cape are small, fpirited, temper and disposition of the people are and full of life. The latter is a buildi- more gay, and that they are more ining of confiderable extent, where the clined to luxury and amusements of Ilaves, both male and female, have fe- every kind, than the inhabitants of the parare apartments, in a very comfort. northern hemisphere. The ladies are able ftile to reside in after the farigues lively, goud natured, and familiar; and toil of the day; and there are le- and from a peculiar gay turn, they adveral officers placed over them, who mit of liberies that would be thought have commodious apartments, and treat reprchensible in England, though perthem humanely.
haps they as teldom overleap the The heavy drafi-work about the bounds of viriue as the women of other Cape is mollly performed by oxen; countries. which
here brought to an uncom M. Vaillant says, “ The men appear mon degree of usefulnels and docility. to be in gencral well made, and the It is not uncommon 10 lte fuurieen, women preity. Almost all the ladies
play on the harpsichord; this is their 'is often carried so far, that I have fole accomplishment. They love fing. heard fome of the inhabitants fay, they ing, and are remarkably fond of danc- had much rather be taken by the Enging; on this account it is rare not 10 lith, than owe their safety io the arms lee several balls every week. The of- of the French, nasion." These cir. ficers of the thips which touch here, cumstances, to which we may give full and which lie some time in the roads, credit as they are related by a Frenchoften afford them an opportunity of in- man, may have made the late conqueft dulging in this pleasure.
of this place by the English a more easy Å ftranger is astonished to find nei. atchievement. See p. 561 of our last ther a coffee-honse nor a cavern in a December Magazine. place at which so many strangers arrive; but one may procure lodgings in every Sentimental Journey from Dorfet-Street private house. The usual charge for to Merrion-Square. A Shandean Sketch bed and board is a dollar a day; which by Valentine Vagary. is dear enough, when we consider the cheapdess of the productions of the country. Fish are very abundant at the Cape. Among those moft eftrem
T wets apace—but no matter. In ed, the principal are the rooman, a red a hower of rain, we meet with so ilk found in the bay of Faiso; and the many as much besprinkled as ourselves, klepvis
, which has no scales, and which to keep us in countenance, that we feel is caught on the rocks bordering the not our comfortless fituation-It is just lea: the steenbraafen, the stompneus, the fame in things of more importance. and some others. These excellene filh But this is a gloomy reflection, and I make a confpicuous figure at every hate all gloomy things. good table.' Oifters are very rare here,
COLONNADE OF THE PARLIAMENT and none are found any where but in the bay of Falso. Eels bowever are ftill more uncommon.
I must, however, stand under this one muft go a great many leagues from huge colonnade, or I shall be wet to the the Cape. Partridges of different ikin–Every thing is good for something. kinds, smaller or larger, and more or less delicious than those of Europe, are
THE INVALID. found here ; but ihe quail and the snipe “ Does your honour want a coach ?" do not differ from ours. They are ne- said a lame man in a soldier's coat, ver seen here but in their passage. with a familiarity that told me he
Strangers were generally well receiv- thought we might be of service to each ed at the Cape by those who were in other. I nodded assent, and away he the company's service, and by some hopped off, into College-Street, with others who are private people ; but the the expedition of a lapwing; bawling English were always adored, either on all the way-Coach coach ! coach! account of the fimilarity between the coach! coach ! till he was quite out of manners of the owo nations, or of their fight. very much affecting to be generous. He returned, in a few minutes, flowIt an undoubted fact, thai, when- ly, and with well-feigned concern. He ever they arrived, every one was eager had wearied himself, and was hoarse to offer them lodging. In less than with bawling; it was warm, and his tight days every thing became Englith throat quite parched : he was the most in the house upon which they had fixed unfortunate tellow in the world; he their choice; and the master, the milo had not got (wo-pence the whole daytress, and even their children, soon af- yet he had done his beft; but there was fumed their manners. “Of all nations,” no coach to be got for love oré money ; says Vaillant, " the French are the and how could he help it? leaft esteemed; the citizens, above all, His rhetorick was too powerful. cannot endure them; and this hatred “There, my brave fellow for a brave Hib. Mag Jan. 1796.
To find game,
one I doubt not you have been—is a the glass. The fellow ftood holdfhilling to repay your endeavours." ing his hat in the rain. He tapped at
As he took the monty, his counten. ine window, I let it partly down.ance brightened for a moment ;
his Tell your companion, who sent you," features then affumed an aspect of dis. said I, " that he may, if he pleases, tant respect, and he made me three or give you half what I gave
; which, four of his best bows.
I dare say, he will never do. But you In what regiment did you ferve, are a couple of well-matched rascals, honest foldier;" laid I, as he was re- and I leave you to deal together! treating; " and in what engagement Coachman, drive on!" He tid lo and wounded ?"
I soon ceared to hear the curfes of the " An please your honour,” said he, disappointed confederate. «'I scorn' to tell any gentleman a lye. I never forved his majesty in all my
British Theatre. I am a poor smuggler, and got ham. ftringed by a confounded dog of a dra
Otober 19, 1795. goon, as I was asliding our caplain to land a few things in Rush.
MR: COOPER, who had only per. I was sorry I had given the rascal a
formed in the country, appeared filling - Yet," said an instantane. the first time at Covent Garden in the ous reflection,
" has he not suffered character of Hamlet. In this part the abundantly for his offence? He would late Mr. Henderson displayed' his 12. have ferved you if he could, and why lenis to an admiring public, and the Thould he lose his reward ?".
same was chosen by Mr. Kemble for
his first effay on the London stage. To THE CONTŁDERATE.
bosh shefe gentlemen the choice was Presently, a ragged fellow made his favourable, and they each the wed the appearance.
He walked inice by me. force of their minds in conceiving the "Shall I call your honour a coach ?" character, and their powers to exhibit said he, on palling me the third time. it with propriety and effect. The pre“ I believe I can gee you one in a mi. fent candidate, Mr. Cooper, has been nute or two."
let's successful. His person, counte. " You may !” said I; and away he dance, and voice, promised more than went, but with less expedition than his he had ability to execuie. His action, disabled predeceffor. He knew well deportment, and pronunciation, were enough where to go, and proceeded in many parts exceptionable; and he very quietly about the malter-There is appeared rather to repeat what he had always leajt noise where most business is been taught, than to enter into the done.
character with feeling. He would eviThese fellows have confederated dently have lhewn more prudence in together,” said I ;.. and I will endea. selecting fome other part for his first vour to be even with one of them, at appearance.
20.] The Dependent, a Comedy, by A coach, in some what lets than a Mr. Cumberland, was aded the first quarter of an hour, drove up leisurely, time at Drury Lane. The fuccefs this and my new friend jumped off from the gentleman has lately experienced in his box As he opened the door, he told dramatic efforts, should have imposed me how luckily he had met with one on him inore caution than he has thewo coach up in Aungier Strect: that he in obtruding this hafty abortion on the had taken a fine dance in the rain; but public. It had little plot, incident, or he was determined 10 gel me one, and originality of character, to recommend had promised the coachman fixpence it; the methodist preacher being adopia more than his fare.
ed from Ezekiel Daw in his own no I made no reply-but the instant hevel of " Henry." Infipidity seemed to had closed the door, bade the coach pervade every scene; and though the man drive to my house, and drew up performers exerted themselves in it