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and immediately wrote to her re- their effeminate habits and feelquesting her interference. She ings, is not likely to conciliate sent a note to the pacha, and an them. order was speedily transmitted to Although she refuses, from the his soldiers to set the camels and real or supposed ill treatment of their cargo at liberty.
one or two English travellers, to Lady Stanhope lived at Damas see any of her countrymen, she has eus for twelve months in a hand more than once been their beneface some house in the suburbs; and tor. On one occasion she preoften, when she rode out in her sented a traveller at Damascus with Mameluke dress, the people would two thousand piastres, whose money flock around her in admiration. had failed him in a journey from When on her journey to Pal India.
When an unfortunate myra, she was pursued by a hostile Frenchman, a man of science, was tribe of Arabs for a whole day; shot by some Arabs from behind and on the day when the Palmy- the rocks, as he was sketching a renes hailed her as the queen of scene in some of the mountains in the ruined city, she felt, no doubt, the interior at a considerable disvivid and undissembled pleasure, tance, she was at a great expense being the first lady who had ever in recovering his papers and books achieved such a journey; and her for his relations, and procuring for excellent horsemanship and capa- them every intelligence. bility of enduring fatigue, soon
Her residence in this country made the deserts a home to her. was entirely the effect of accident: The Orientals never speak of her the vessel in which she sailed being but with the highest respect. It shipwrecked on the coast, she was is certain that a belief is enter so much struck with the beauty of tained of her being of the highest the country and climate, as to-re rank: some even say she is a solve to make it her residence. queen. She distributes occasionally Had she foreseen that a few years presents of rich arms to the chiefs; would rob her of her hardihood of and, when an Arab courser is body and daring of mind, and con sent her, frequently rewards the fine her, nervous and dispirited, tô bearer with a thousand piastres. the solitude of Marilius, she surely She is generous, hospitable, and would never
have made it her place undoubtedly, of that superior and of refuge. What"resting-place can commanding mind, which is sure such a spot be for her powerful to gain an ascendancy among the mind, that once took part in Orientals. Yet, it is difficult to the highest councils of the state, discover
any attractions in her pre- during her residence with her uncle, sent way of life at Marilius, The and exercised, it is said, no smali romance and delight of exploring influence on the destinies of Eu the East, and seeing its natives rope ? It was perhaps the total bow down to her, have long since change in her situation caused by given place to timid and secluded the death of that great minister habits and feelings, and the dreams the passing from his society and of superstition. She is, however, confidence to that of other spirits, firmly resolved never to return to who assimilated but little with her her native country; her avowed own masculine and capricious mind contempt for her own sex, and and also her not being on cordial
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terms with many of the members proceeded to confer more decided of her family, joined to her passion marks of sovereignty, but they for enterprise and travel, that led were declined. They speak of her her altogether to withdraw from now with the utmost veneration and. a world whose smiles were now in respect. They also retain another part changed into coldness and in- mark of her bounty, one which, difference. On much of the so- out of regard for her countrymen, ciety in which she then mingled, she might well have spared. The comprising the most talented and great sheik received from hera_ elevated characters of the day, she paper, in her hand-writing, in sometimes takes pleasure in dwell- which she directs him to demand ing in terms either of keen satire a thousand piastres of every traor of unqualified eulogy. Her veller who visits the ruin. The eloquence in conversation is con- sheik never fails to enforce this siderable, when she is animated counsel, and displays the paper, with the subject, though her voice with the addition, that the great is neither very melodious nor femi- lady, the queen, said that the Eng
and when roused, which is lish travellers were rich, and that ut rare,, to anger, it may be said they ought to pay well for the (in the eastern expression) that privilege of seeing Palmyra. This her wrath is terrible.”
enormous tax, which it is imposa : On one of the days of her resi- sible to escape, causes several tra- 1 dence at Palmyra, she gave a kind vellers to leave Syria without see? of fête to the Bedouins. The great ing the finest ruin in the world. sheik, with his tribe of Palmyrene One, indeed, of no small eminence, Arabs, constantly resides at the absolutely refused to pay it, itellruinTheir
habitations are fixed ing the sheik, who drew the man near the great temple; they are date from his bosom, that the great il very well disposed, and civil in lady had no right whatever over! their manners, and their
young his purse, and that she showed women are remarkable, above all little wisdom in leaving such as the other tribes, for their beauty. mandate in his hands. · He passed It was a lovely day, and the youth four days at Palmyra, and wouldi of both sexes, dressed in their gay- have left it as wise as he came, if, est, habiliments, were seated in he had not made a compromises rows on the fragments of the pil- with the chief, and consented toli lars, friezes, and other ruins with pay half the sum. The Arabs,t, which the ground was covered. though they would not personally Her ladyship, in her eastern dress, injure him, did not suffer him to walked among them, addressed leave the hut, and at last placed! them with the utmost affability, some wood and fagets round the and ordered a dollar to be given to walls, and, setting them on fire, each.
As she stood, with all that filled the habitation of the travelAraþ array, amidst the columns of ler with such clouds of smoke, that i the
e great temple of the sun, the he could neither breathe nor see, sight was picturesque and impos, and was obliged to give way. This ing, and the Bedouins hailed her, injudicious and needless written with the utmost enthusiasm, queen mandate from the noble visitor to of Palmyra, queen of the Desert! the chief, will, no doubt, be handed. and, in their enthusiasm, would have down from sheik, to sheik for many
generations; and travellers for pursued withcager interest and curie centuries to come will be doomed osity, and fills up many a solitary to see the ominous scroll produced, hour both by day and night. The and the thousand piastres demanded, particular star under whose inflawith the comment that it was ence some of her friends have been given to their forefathers by the born, have been mquired after with great lady from beyond the sea. avidity, and one who filled at that
The old Arab soothsayer, or ma- . time a high diplomatic situation in gician, who sometimes visits Maris : the East at a considerable distance, lius, is a singular being ; his appear- told me he was intreated by letter ance, with his long beardand solemn* to communicate what star chanced and venerable aspect, being rather to preside over his birth. equivocal. He either deludes him The tranquil and elevated site self or his patroness, perhaps both, of Marilius, once a monastery, but for his prophecies of oriental gran- now converted into a handsome deur and dominion have, not sel- dwelling, is to be envied on a dom, been willingly received. bright and beautiful night, such a There is little doubt that her rest one as is so often' beheld in the less and romantic mind at times East. The heavenly bodies, shin. dwelt with pleasure on the idea of ing with excessive brilliancy, apa power to be established in the pear almost the only living and
PI East, of which she was to be the awakening objects around.
No. mistress a large fleet was to come human habitation is nigh, the plain from afar to aid this conquest, and and town of Sidon her sceptre was to weigh with equal tance below, and no footstep dares glory to thatof Zenobia who defend- approach the spot, except sent on ed Palmyra: The Arab soothsayer a special embassy or communication. has obtained considerable fame by Indeed, three and his prophecy of the destruction of servants, almost wholly men, are a Aleppol by, an earthquake twelve retinue too formidable to be trifled months before it took place. The with ; and with the numerous stud particulars of this prophecy, and of blood Arabian horses, might the veryt, words in which it was form an escort fit for a pacha couched, have appeared in a reli. These horses have eithér been pur gious publication a few months ago : chased or sent 'as presents they were very emphatic, and full Arab chiefs: a present not un proof denunciations of wrath and tere' fitable to the owner, as the Bedouin ror; and struck a missionary who who brings the courser is rewarded was at Aleppo at the time with all with a douceur of a thousand the force of truth. But superstition piastres. The generosity, indeed, is the frequent weakness of power of lady Hester Stanhope knows no ful minds; the two first literary bounds, and is prodigiously admired characters of the present day be?' by the Arals, among whom it is lieving, it is said, in second sight. considered a cardinal virtue. ExBut the belief in' nativities, or the tremely abstémious in' her own influence of the stars, which is a habits, with a little ten and
ana dry prominent part of the creed of the bread for breakfast, and some
is(sury haps, still more precarious and un- extends) a boiled chicken for din satisfactory. Yet this research is ner, the residence contains a store
of the choicest wines and delicacies they found she had flown, a few for her visitors. With the Arab hours before their arrival, on one sheik she sips coffee and smokes a of her Arab coursers, leaving orders pipe, seated on the carpet, and con- with the housekeeper to receive verses with oriental animation. the visitors with the most attentive The rich arms that are at times hospitality. sent as presents to the various Yet the door that is often closed chiefs, are most acceptable to to the rich and curious, is ever them; they prefer those of Eng- open to the poor and distressed. land to their own manufacture, It would fill many pages to detail but they look cold on them except every generous and noble action of they are embossed in gold or sil- the recluse. The sick are furnished ver. Large chests, full of English with medicine, and the poor and pistols and other arms, richly orna- wretched of the neighbourhood are mented, are sometimes sent to Ma never sent empty away. rilius. One was waiting shipment If it be asked if the Orientals at Alexandria a few months before have derived any benefit from the for the same place, and was to be residence of her ladyship among accompanied by a collection of tea- them, in point of information, or cups and saucers from that port, manners, &c. it may be replied in as the old stock was nearly ex the negative. It was said at one hausted.
time she was engaged in instructing As may be imagined, lady Hes- and civilizing a tribe of Bedouins, ter Stanhope is not very popular and that these children of the sun with the few European ladies set- were making rapid improvements. tled in the East. One of them, a In the science of flattery, and a resident at Sidon, asserted that rooted veneration for gold and the those peculiar manners and habits hand that bestows it bountifully, would lose half their charm to these Syrians are equal to any of their possessor, if they ceased to their fellow-creatures; but in all excite notoriety. That she chanced other respects they are, and will be, to reside once for some weeks in as the prophecy was spoken of the same house with her ladyship; them, “a wild and reckless peoand never manifesting the slight- ple, and artful as the father of lies." est curiosity or interest respecting The prince of the Druses received a her, the former became uneasy and Bible with thanks froma missionary displeased, and made many and who visited him, and a few days pointed inquiries who the stranger after sent a body of his troops to
This was a French-woman's plunder one or two Greek monastale, prompted a little, perhaps, by teries. Perfectly tolerant in her envy, though this is the last pas- religious sentiments, and surroundsion the life of the noble recluse ed by at least six or seven different need excite in the bosom of a creeds of Christianity, besides the pretty woman. Indeed, the softer Mussulman and the Druse, her sex are seldom welcome visitors at ladyship shows no 'marked preferthe residence. When a nobleman ence for one more than another ; and his lady, during their eastern were it otherwise, Marilius would travels, went there in the expecta- soon be inundated by Turkish santion of being gratified with an tons, or imauns, Maronite, Greek, interview with its illustrious tenant, or Armenian priests. The mis
sionaries have tried of late to en were Arab ones; at night, and not gage her powerful countenance in till then, they were admitted to an their cause, but in vain. Of the interview with her ladyship, seated cause of the unhappy Greeks she à la Turque, in her Mameluke is a warm and decided supporter; dress, who conversed with perfect and, more than once, she has stepped good-humour, and ridiculed them in between lawless oppression and sometimes for their effeminacies those who were about to become and weaknesses. They were not its victims. Long will the Eng- able to ride the mettled Arab lish name receive additional vene. coursers through mountain roads ration in the East on her account; and passes, over which, without a and were the gates of Marilius but skilful hand, a lady unaccustomed thrown open to the reception of to the country, might well break her countrymen, it would be the her neck. When any illustrious most luxurious resting place, and Turk or Arab showed his bearded her influence the surest safeguard, face and turbaned head before the in the land of the East. Yet the door, the two visitors, so far from strict etiquette preserved there, having their curiosity indulged though unfelt by the stronger, falls with an interview, were bidden to not so lightly on the gentler, sex. confine themselves closely to their Two young ladies were invited, chamber, and not to look through from a former friendship to the the window, lest the follower of father, who was an English gen- the prophet might catch a glimpse tleman, to spend a few weeks at of their features, and the strict etiMarilius. They were delighted at quette of the place be thụs viothe thoughts of so rare a privilege, lated; and they left it with feeland set out with anxious hearts. ings like those of a nun leaving Their reception was most kind and the walls of her monastery. friendly, and the first few days The other residence of lady Stanpassed gaily away; but ungifted hope is called Mar Abbas, and is with the peculiar resources of situated farther in the interior, and their hostess, the hours soon began during the winter is a preferable to move heavily. No amusements, situation to the one near Sidon, no change of scene, often no sound and has more wood to shelter it. but the wind moaning through the When any
prefew trees on the summit of the vails on the coast, she always retires hill. During the greater part of there. the day, the only faces they saw
MEMOIR of the Right Rev. REGINALD HEBER, D. D.
Lord Bishop of Calcutla. REGINALD HEBER was the son From the grammar-school of of the rev. Reginald Heber, of Whitchurch, where he received Marton, in Yorkshire. He was more than the rudiments of his born on the 21st of April, 1783, at classical education, he was sent to Malpas, in Cheshire, a living held Dr. Bristowe, a gentleman who at that time by his father. took pupils near town, and in the