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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

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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

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. 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 prominent part of the creed of the bread for breakfast, and some

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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 missionaries 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


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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

year 1800, was admitted of Bražen- during this tour, the principal nose college, Oxford. He came to scenes among which Dr. Clark had the l'university not an accurate travelled in 1800, and which form Greek or Latin scholar, but with the subjects of his first volume, a very extensive range of informa- published in 1810. In the preface tion, and an insatiable thirst after to that volume, the learned and knowledge. He knew very little justly-admired traveller acknowof the art of writing Latin verses ; ledges great obligations “to the yet, as this was the only mode of rev. Reginald Heber," for: ff the distinguishing himself, in his first valuable manuscript journal, which year at college, he applied his afforded the extracts given in the mind to Latin hexameters; and, on notes." Besides "Mr. Heber's his first attempt, in 1802, obtained habitual accuracy, his zealous attenthe university prize; the subject tion to which appears in every was 6 Carmen Seculare." He statement,” Dr. Clark mentions subsequently directed his attention “ the statistical information, which to English poetry, which he com- stamps a peculiar value on his posed at first with great difficulty. observations,” and “has enriched In 1803 the subject given for the volume by communications the English verse was “ Palestine.” author himself was incompetent to Upon this theme Mr. Heber wrote, supply;"? especially, "concerning and with signal success.

the state of peasants in Russia.” 01 Mr. Heber then applied himself Dr. Clark adds“ a further acknowtơ the higher classics and to mathe- ledgment, for some beautiful draw. matics, in which he made con- ings, engraved in this volume.” 118 siderable progress. In 1805, he It does not appear when Mr. took his degree of B. A. and imme- Heber returned from the continent. diately after tried his powers in In 1808 he took his degree of A.M. English composition, and gained at Oxford. The next year appeared the prize for the English Essay; from the press his poem “ Europe, the subject, “ The Sense of Ho- Lines on the present War". This nourFrom Brazen-nose college poem professes to be a review of he was elected to a fellowship at the general politics of Europe, with All-Souls, and, soon after, went a wish to avoid, as much as possiabroad. The continent, at that ble, subjects purely English. The time, afforded but small choice for subject which predominates is, in the an English traveller; and those glorious struggle which has drawn scenes, which, as a scholar, he the attention and sympathy of all would probably have preferred to mankind to Spain.” tin! Visit, were not then accessible. He Having returned to England, was, therefore, obliged to content and been presented to the family himself with Germany, Russia, and living of Hodnet, he married the Crimea; and how closely he Amelia, daughter of Dr. Shipley, could observe, and how perspicu- the late dean of St. Asaph, and fously impart his observations, ap- thenceforward willingly devoted pears from the notes in Dr. Clarke's himself to the enjoyment of those travels in the latter countries, ex- domestic charities, which no one tracted from Mr. Heber's MS. was better fitted to promote, and journal. This 1.03

to the discharge of those unobtruMr. Heber and his friend visited, sive duties, which fill up the life of

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is to be prepared for captain Parrying the long-desired pole, and re-
early in the ensuing spring; and turning to the Hecla at Cloven
n that yessel he is to proceed to Cliff. Dogs or reindeer (the
“Cloven Cliff,” in Spitzbergen, in preferable for drawing the sledges,
lat. 79 degrees 52 minutes (or when necessary, but the latter
about 600 miles from the pole), better for food, in case of accident
which he is expected to reach to- or detention) are to be taken on
wards the end of May. From this the expedition. It is known that
point he will depart with two the summer temperature is far from
vessels, which are capable of being being severe; there is perpetual
used either as boats or sledges, as light, with the sun continually
water or ice is found to prevail. above the horizon; and he knows,
They are to be built of light, tough, from experience, that the men on
and flexible materials, with cover- such occasions

always very ings of leather and oil-cloth; the healthy. During his absence, the latter convertible into sails. Two boats of the ship are to be engaged officers and ten men are to be ap- in exploring the eastern side of pointed to each, with provisions for Spitzbergen; and the officers and ninety-two days, which, if they men of science in making philoonly travelled on the average sophical experiments with the pen. thirteen miles per day, and met dulum, on magnetism and meteorowith no insurmountable obstacles, logy, in natural history, &c.

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Gut ini Dr. Jamieson has observed, nental parts of America and that that the four Arctic Expeditions, in the plains and hollows of this viz. that under captain Ross, and land were deposited the secondary the three under captain Parry, limestones, sandstones, gypsum, and afford the following general facts coal, and upon these again the terand inferences :-1. That the re- tiary rocks. 3. That, after the gions explored abound in primitive deposition of these secondary and and transition rocks; and that, al- tertiary rocks, the land appears to though the secondary rocks occupy have been broken up, and reduced considerable tracts, still their ex- either suddenly or by degrees, or tent is more limited than that of partly by sudden and

violent action, the older formations; that the al- and partly by the long-continued luvial deposites are not extensive; agency of the atmosphere and the that true or modern volcanic rocks, ocean, into its present insular and were nowhere met with ; and that peninsular förın; and that, consethe only traces of tertiary strata quently, the secondary and tertiary were found sandstones and formations were formerly, in those clays connected with the secondary regions, more extensively distritraps of Baffin's Bay. 2. That the buted than they are at present: primitive and transition islands 4. That, previously to the deposiwere, in all probability, at one time tion of the coal formation, as that connected together, and formed a of Melville island, the transition continuous mass with the conti- and primitive hills and plains sup

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