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doubt that the most unremitting vigi- he repeated his expressions about the sevalance was necessary on the part of the ges a second time, and made me say it after governor.
What letters the party at Longwood succeeded in sending off
The following is given as B's. opitsecretly, it were vain to enquire, but ion of Moreau it is known that Count Las Cases was • Moreau,' said he," was an excellent detected in attempting to send to Eng- general of division, but not fit to command land a letter written on silk. When, would divide his army in different positions, in consequence of this, he was removed covering roads, and would not do more from Longwood, B. only disapproved than if he had only 50,000. He did not of the bungling manner in which his know how to profit either by the number attempt was made : adding, “ I am
of his troops, or by their positions. Very
calm and cool in the field, he was mare sorry for it, because people will accuse collected and better able to command in me of having been privy to the plan, the heat of an action than to make dispo and will have a poor opinion of my sitions prior to it. He was often seen understanding, supposing me to have smoking his pipe in battle, Moreau was not consented to so shallow a plot.'
naturally a man of a bad heart; Un bon
vivant, but he had not much character. Afterwards Mr. O'M. adds : He was led away by his wife and another
intriguing Creole.' Napoleon very much concerned about • Massena,' said he,' was a man of suthe treatment which Las Cases suffered, and perior talent. He generally, however, the detention of his own papers. He ob- made bad dispositions previous to a battle; served, that if there had been any plot in and it was not until the dead began to fall L. C's. letter, the governor could have per- about him that he began to act with that ceived it in ten minutes' perusal. That in judgement which he ought to have displayed a few moments he could also see that the before. In the midst of the dying and the campaigns of Italy, &c. contained nothing dead, of balls sweeping away those who treasonable; and that it was contrary to encircled him, then Massena was himself; all law to detain papers belonging to him gave his orders, and made his dispositions (Napoleon). • Perhaps,' said he, he will with the greatest sang froid and judgement. come up here some day, and say that he This is true nobleness of blood. It was has received intimation that a plot to affect truly said of Masséna, that he never began my escape is in agitation. What guaran- to act with judgement until the battle was tee have I, that when I have nearly finished going against him. He was, however, my history, he will not come up and seize the un voleur. He went halves along with the whole of it? It is true that I can keep contractors and commissaries of the army manuscripts in my own room, and with my. I signified to him often, that if he a couple of brace of pistols I can dispatch discontinued his peculations, I would make the first who enters. I must burn the whole him a present of 800,000, or a 1,000,000 of what I have written. It served as an of francs; but he had acquired such a amusement to me in this dismal abode, and habit, that he could not keep his hands might perhaps have been interesting to the from money. On this account he was world; but with this Sicilian catchpole there hated by the soldiers, who mutinied against is no guarantee nor security. He violates him three or four times. However, conevery law, and tramples under foot decency, sidering the circumstances of the times, be politeness, and the common forms of so- was precious; and had not his bright parts ciety. He came up with a savage joy been soiled with the vice of avarice, be bearing from his eyes, because he had an would have been a great man. opportunity of insulting and tormenting us.
The following passage is sufficiently While surrounding the house with his staff, he reminded me of the savages of the South am using :Sea islands, dancing round the prisoners 5th-Had a long conversation with the whom they were going to devour. Tell emperor in his bath. Asked his opinion him,' continued he, what I said about his of the Emperor Alexander, he is a man conduct.' For fear that I should forget, I not to be depended on,' replied Napoleon.
He is the only one of the three, * who has any talent. He is plausible, a great dis
Poetry simulator, very ambitious, and a man who
foible to believe himself skilled in the art of war, and he likes nothing so well as to
TO A BUTTERFLY. be complimented on it, though every thing that originated with himself relative to military operations was ill-judged and absurd. At Tilsit, Alexander and the King of Prussia used frequently to occupy them- Whyflaunts thou thus from flower to flower selves in contriving dresses for dragoons; While every tulip forms a bower debating on what button the crosses of the
Of odorous repose. orders ought to he hung, and such other with wings trimm'd up, and eye askance, fooleries. They fancied themselves on an Thou darts a supercilious glance equality with the best generals in Europe, On “ creeping things,” tho' late perchance because they knew how many rows of but
A sharer in their woes. tons there were on a dragoon's jacket. - What gone! well, while thou hast the power, I could scarcely keep from laughing sometimes, when 1 heard them discussing these 'Tis wisdom to enjoy the hour trifles with as much gravity and ear
Ungall’d by distant cares : nestness as if they were planning an im- For when the chilling showers invade, pending action between 200,000 men.
Thou'lt hide thy poor diminished head;
And every flower and grassy blade However, I encouraged them in their ar
Shall be bedew'd with tears. gument as I saw it was their weak point. We rode out every day together. The Gadzooks! my little bobbing friend, king of Prussia was un bete, et nous a tel- How merrily thou dost ascend lement ennuye; that Alexander and myself
Amid the liquid sky. frequently galloped away in order to get Thou ducks and dives and mounts in air, rid of him.'
As earth alone were full of care ; At p. 252, B. is represented as de- I would that I thy joys could share, claring that the French Police had
ds I cannot fly. in pay many English spies, some of 'Tis plain, thou little vagrant wight, high quality, among whom there were No thrifty errand shapes thy flight
As devious thou dost rise : many ladies. There was one lady in particular of very high rank, who fur- But hap'ly to some neighb'ring grove
Thou goest, a messenger of love, nished considerable information, and And marv’ling if thyself might prove was sometimes paid so high as 3,0001,
The bappiest of fies, in one month.'
Or goest thou to the peaceful bower He spoke (says Mr. O'M.) in very high or her, who counts each tedious hour terms of Lord Nelson, and indeed attempt
That lengthens out thy stay ; ted to palliate that only stigma to his And every passing sound she hears memory, the execution of Carraccioli ; Awakens all her tender fears, which he attributed entirely to his having Whilst thou, unheedful of her tears, been deceived by that wicked woman,
Vain trifler,-away k. Queen Caroline, through Lady Hamilton, and to the influence which the latter had | While yet I hear thy“ sullen horn," xover him,
O say what hand did thus adorn There may be persons to whom this
That tiny form of thine :
O tell me, if it may be told, may appear a proof of magnanimity, to us, it seems but one proof, among And silken wings be-dropp'd with gold,
Whence came that robe of varied fold, many, of the utter disregard of moral
And those bright eyes so fine. principle in Bonaparte.
Thou wilt not stay,-nor wilt impart Alexander, Francis, and the King of From whence thou cam’st, or what thou art, Prussia,
These surely thou may'st tell
Amid the dancing rays of light
To the magic of smiles it may first owe its Thou lessens on my straining siglit,
birth, And now thou art evanished quite ;-- But the soul of its sweetness is drawn Poor insect farethee well.
out by tears.
TO CORREI ORDINIS.
We ought to have acknowledged sooner our obligations to the writer of the Sketebes,
whose valuable communications fiave given In the miorning of life, when its cares are so much satisfaction to the readers of the unknown,
Melange. We trust he will continue to And its pleasures in all their new lustre favor us with his correspendence."
begin, When we live in a bright-beaming world
Our poetical correspondents are so nuof our own,
merous that we cannot possibly insert one And the light that surrounds us is all tenth part of the productions that are refrom within.
ceived ; and besides, few of thein possess Oh! 'tis not, believe me, in that happy suficient merit to entitle them to a place time
in the Melange. We can love, as in hours of less trans- Verus is a true friend, and we will be rort we may;
happy to hear from him as soon as possible. Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay
Amaro has infused too much acid in his sunny prime, But affection is warmest when these composition.
I he Hermit's Death will appear in our When we see the first charm of our youth pass us by,
From the increasing demand for the Like a leaf on the stream that will never
Melange, some of the early numbers are return;
nearly out of print; we will endeavour to When our cup, which had sparkled with supply their place as soon as we can.
pleasure so high, Now tastes of the other, the dark flow.
ing urn; Then, then is the moment Affection can
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Every Wednesday, by knew ;
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ALSO OF THE FOLLOWING BOOKSELLERS: wçeping skies
Messrs. Ilunter, 23, South Hanorer Street, That call their full spirit of fragrancy Edinburgh; John Hislop, Greenock out.
Jolin Dick, Ayr; Thomas Diek; Paisley So the wild glow of passion may kindle Robert Mathie, Kilmarnock, Malcolm from mirth,
Gyrrte, Port-Glasgow; 1 Cande, Rothen But "tis only in grief true affection ap say James Thomson, Hamilton; and pears;
Dick, Irvine, for recidy money only
cated, and her learning gave her a su
periority which she did not suffer to No. 5.
remain dormant, and to do her justice,
it had been for a long time, in frequent PATIENCE.
exercise, for she passed her leisure Patience is one of those minor vir- hours in reading various books which tues, which are seldom thought wor- were issued by one of these Pedestina thy of practice, and to which but little arian stationers who perambulate the merit is ever attributed. Its general country, and deal out their stock of prevalence, would indeed animate the Divinity, History, and Science in sixworld to peace and happiness, but penny worths. often when it is individually exercised, The advantages which Education the world is apt to attribute this very had conferred on the widow, however virtue to want of spirit, and what much valued by others, were peculiarought to appear beautiful in all eyes, ly so by herself, and indeed, in her is not unfrequently a source of aver- particular situation in life, was as much sion.
esteemed and as highly praised by the Pat Ryan was as kind hearted an gentlemen as beauty is wont to be, in Irishman as ever lived, and was im- à nobler circle. The idol of her ported in 1816, with about two hun- sphere, votaries came from every quardred of his countrymen, a short time ter, invited by the fame of those taafter a subscription had commenced lents, which for themselves they were for the benefit of the poor of this city. destined never to acquire. Above He lodged in the house of a widow, three unsuccessful admirers had alwhose husband also having come from ready been obliged to hide their dithe “ dear country," this circumstance minished heads; and when Pat Ryan secured for Pat a kindlier reception first sought her love she very scornthan he expected, and altho' she was fully rejected him, as únworthy an neither handsome nor agreeable, he honor to which a weaver and two comforted himself by the recollection schoolmasters had unsuccessfully asof a Bank receipt for Twenty pounds, pired. The Irishman's heart however which, on the first night of his arrival
, is the heart for the ladies. After a had beer ostentatiously exhibited to protracted season of warm and ardent him The widow haid benq well.edu- gourtship, she was at last prevailed en
to give her hand with her heart in it like the Thorn of Glastonbury, which to Pats bied o woto A.
only blossoms amidst the storms of It were long to tell of the Scotch winter, rose above every opposition and Irish fare, which graced the festive and finally triumphed. But we beg board on the marriage night ; or how now to return to our story. A fleet the merry dance was kept up till a late had been appointed to sail from Cork hour, or where the happy couple pre- on a particular day, which was now posed to spend the honey moon. It is rapidly approaching. The vessel of sufficient to state, that in a few weeks Pat Ryan was amongst the last of the the happiness of our hero was com- Lighters which it was thought could plete, when the receipt was taken to at this time be dispatehed. After the bank, and the money applied to the having cleared the Broomielaw, Pat purchase of a share in a Lighter, which navigated her most successfully almost at that time was employed to carry goods to the Point house, when a sudden on the river. To the command of breeze unexpectedly filled the sail, and this vessel Ryan was appointed. His the sheet not having been properly thrifty wife speedily perceived that a fastened, in a moment the vessel luffed residence on board, would not only up and lay high and dry on the bank. enable her to live more economically! Never were greater exertions used but would also procure for her the so- than by our Hero on this occasion.ciety of her husband at all times and He lowered the sail and hoisted it.seasons; and accordingly she establish- His wife and he ran from the one side ed her domicile in the vessel. of the Lighter to the other, but the
The voyage from Glasgow to Gree- vessel was too deep engaged in the nock was, at that time, generally per- study of Mineralogy to be interrupted formed in eight days, and we notice on that account. With her keel bu
this, merely to remark the extraordinary ried in the mud, there she lay. Such improvement which has since taken a situation had no doubt its trials and place on the river navigation. For temptations; and it is disagreeable te this we are indebted to one individual; be obliged to state, that at this time and if ever gratitude had her abode in Pat indulged in such a volley of oaths the mercantile bosom s if ever honor as never had the banks of Clyde was awarded by a commercial commu- echoed before. Mrs. Ryan then innity, such gratitude, and such honor terfered and very properly reminded is due to that man, who amidst all the her husband of the patience of Job, difficulties offered to him, nobly tri- stating it was also his duty to exerumphed—who in his little parlour, eise it. Bat Pat apologised for his without influence or patronage, first behaviour by saying " That he begontrived that conveyance by means " lieved the ship master she talked of, of which, England, Scotland, and Ire was civil enough when he had sea
land have so wonderfullyapproximated. « room, but by St. Patrick he would 76
It is indeed with infinite pleasure we have spaken like other folks if he here pay this tribute to the talents, « had been high and dry in a Glas
and with gratitude acknowledge the “gow Gabbart.digas advantages, as members of the community, we have received from thc ad- THE STOUT GENTLEMAN. mirable invention, and successful -efforts of Henry Bell. His unassisted
4 Stage Coach Romance. genius overcame every obstacle, and It was a crainy Saturday. in sha