« AnteriorContinuar »
Serra Convent crowned the united bravery of the English and French troops. A few days before this encounter, Colonel Achille Murat, of the Belgian service, and eldest son of the famous general of that name, afterwards king of Naples, joined the expedition. This young officer accompanied Colonel Hodges on the day of the attack; and the manner in which he was recognized by his countrymen seems to have given great pleasure to the English Colonel.
It was singular,' says the latter, to observe the effect wrought on the minds of the French battalion by his name and presence, and the associations connected with them. His costume, which, even to the shape of the cocked hat, was precisely correspondent to that worn by his uncle, the Emperor Napoleon, assisted the strength of the impression; for amongst the French with us, were some old soldiers, who cherished the proud recollection of having served under the banners of the great military chieftain. As soon as they were informed who the colonel was, they flocked around him, and loudly cheered him. Some of the many brilliant feats of his romantic and unfortunate father were recounted by them with hearty good will, and with various incidental compliments to him who stood before them. Both their hearts and his were softened at these recollections, and in the eyes of some few an honest tear was seen to glisten.'
Colonel Hodges mentions, that, during the stay of the Emperor in Oporto, up to his own ultimate departure from it, only one public execution took place. Though the criminal was a notorious offender, having twice attempted to desert to the enemy, yet Dom Pedro could scarcely be prevailed on to confirm the sentence of the court martial, by which the culprit was tried. However, it was ultimately settled that the execution should take place at four o'clock. I happened to be, observes Col. Hodges, riding with his Majesty at the moment when it was known that the sentence was being put into effect--four o'clock in the afternoon. Hearing the clock strike, he turned round, and, addressing an officer of his staff who was near him, said, in Portuguese, and with very evident emotion; "Well, this is the first man who has suffered by the sentence of the law in Portugal under my government. God grant he may
be the last!” In further proof of the sincerity of this feeling on the part of the Emperor, it should be mentioned that owing to the painful impressions which he underwent at this occurrence, he declined attending at a ball given that evening at the quarters of an officer of the foreign brigade, who had, at his Majesty's own suggestion, and on the promise of his presence, invited all the ladies, English, French, and Portuguese; the ball having been unknowingly fixed for the day on which the unfortunate man was shot.
In one of the ensuing engagements which occurred subsequently to this period, the friends of the liberating forces had to deplore the loss of a gallant officer, Major Staunton, who was mortally
wounded. Amongst the particulars which Col. Hodges has, with such a generous recollection of the valour and character of poor Staunton, left upon record concerning him, are some stanzas beautifully written, and which were evidently composed under an impression of a premature fate. The lines will be read, under these circumstances, we are sure, with deep interest.
EN MES NOIRS."
Or come to bless my solemn bed,
The lettered stone,
Alas, not one!
Its sister tone,
Alas, not one!
When I am gone,
Alas, not one!
And life's whole sky looked brightly blue,
Pleased I look on;
Alas, not one!
For gift there's none
Alas, not one! We cannot follow the Colonel through the details of the various encounters which the army had with the Miguelites, and in which were repeated the same blundering and want of system and firmness on the part of the Oporto council, but still the same success, with many minor mistakes, as usual, in the military conduct of some of the leaders. From the plain course of his narrative, however, in one place the Colonel is led into a very justifiable fit of indignation in alluding to an act of the Emperor, which appears to us to be perfectly unaccountable. A report came to Colonel Hodges' ear, that the Emperor, as well as some around him, had,
VOL. IV. (1833) NO. 1.
in reference to a particular engagement between the allied battalions of the French and English and the Miguelites, made some ungracious and totally undeserved animadversions on the conduct of the English and French troops. This was too monstrous to believe, until he inquired of Major Shaw, who told him in the field, on the previous day, that Don Pedro had sent the Marquis de Loule to him to say that" the British battalion were drunk in action," and also, until an officer of high rank and character added that he had heard the Emperor say that the “French had fled and abandoned their position."
The Colonel, without the delay of a moment, addressed himself to Count de Villa Flor, who not only confirmed the statement of Major Shaw, but who also told Colonel Hodges that he (the Count) had denied to his Majesty the truth of the imputation. The Colonel on this sent a letter to De Villa Flor to be submitted to his Ma. jesty. The latter delivered his message, but could get no other answer from the imperial calumniator, than that he should see Hodges, and explain the matter to him, for that it was all a mistake." The aggrieved party in this case has the candour to acquit Don Pedro of any malicious intention in this matter, and confines his blame on the Emperor merely to the extent, that his Majesty was artlessly betrayed by his base advisers.
These were only a few of the many sources of annoyance, and even of persecution, which both the English and French officers endured from time to time. Even these might have been passed over by men whose enthusiasm in the promotion of a good cause was not to be easily turned aside; but, when Colonel Hodges saw that the half nakedness of his brave followers, and his own earnest importunity for the means of remedying their wants, were unheeded, he could no longer maintain his patience and equanimity, and as but a little drop was wanting now to fill the cup of bitterness which either he must swallow or retire from the army, that drop was speedily supplied by the Emperor, in a manner so seasonable as absolutely to call for the best gratitude of his deep debtor, Col. Hodges! In fact, Don Pedro attempted to put a humiliation upon the Colonel, who, it is scarcely necessary to say, complied with the dictates of his unstained honour, and abandoned the ungrateful and contemptible victim of an infatuated junta.
We have nothing to add, but that the recent unexpected good luck of Don Pedro, has rendered it unnecessary for us to make any observations on the succeeding statements of Colonel Hodges, We only lament the untoward accident which interfered to prevent so gallant a soldier, and a gentleman so accomplished, and who so largely, shared in the perils of the struggle, from sharing as he ought, the fruits which crowned the ultimate victory. As a specimen of impartial history, as a detail of military events, and as a sample of literary excellence, we know of no parallel from any pen of modern times, with the exception of that of Colonel Napier's, the “ Narrative of the Expedition to Portugal.',
want of taste in take the following as par readers to
ormous rat bounces outlehraith shouts,
Bilgi NOT ICE Sbao ni '9d11o engif +Dities an: Pricistov sina baviaalay ko sassoiboyeon
167 003 7W eiat qoottorisierte Dona sdi tu te biet od wsde 111 to bi se mi, yailed ART. XII. Dramatic Scenes, from most favourite characters in the piece,
Real Life. By LADY Morgan. namely, a little lap-dog; and that In 2 vols. London: Saunders Lady Emily is Mr. Sackville's gay and Ottley, 1833.
and beautiful wife, whom Lady Mor
gan pretends to have been a spoiled " in direct contradiction of child of nature and fortune, a London the conclusions which would be drawn leader of ton, &c. It is proper, also, from her experience, by any other to state, that the scenes here describindividual under heaven, takes the ed are only so many appendages to strangè method, which is in palpable the dialogue that is all the time goevidenced before us, of exposing the ing on in a strain which may be terrible state of destitution to which estimated, very fairly, from the her intellectual resources are reduced. samples' now adduced. Satisfied as Because Lady Morgan could not suc to what will be the reader's concluceed with her half English and half sion, we shall abandon all intention of French vagaries with the sound part dwelling further upon this farrago, of the public, notwithstanding her nu "She leads him (her husband) merous efforts for the purpose, she gently to the door, and, putting persuades herself that her failure
shuts it after him.
She public, who, then motions Mr. Galbraith to instead of being able to relish the chair, and, taking another, places noble repasts of Parisian ' luxuries' herself exactly opposite, and rawhich she had prepared for them, ther close to him. Galbraith holds she now finds would be better pleased his 'hat in both hands, at which Biwith the potatoes and salt with which jou makes two or three attempts ; but, she was previously too familiar to re- failing in these, the dog seats himself spect them. The purpose of these before a wooden box, standing in the scenes, we presume, is to ridicule corner of the 1 room. Mr. Galbraith English families who go to Ireland, eyes him with a shy look. Bijou ocand to illustrate, for the thousandth casionally snarls and snapsy at the and one time, the cruelty of the tithe box. system and the middle-men, and the "He(Galbraith rises with caution, ex-prejudices of the Sassanachs, &c. and appears to watch something in
movement. Lady Emily springs upon the fastidious taste, the spirit of hap at the box, which upsets, and an enpy selection, which Lady Morgan has
Lady Emimade, for the very 'edifying scenes which she has collected in these vo and claps his hands; and Bijou, barklumes. The Mr. Galbraith mention- ing loudly, gives chace. The rat ed below, it should be understood, is shews great sport. Lady Emily bethe manager of an Irish estate, which comes almost hysterical, a Galbraith is just entered upon by the Honour gets frightened. Bijou is outrageous. able Mr. Sackville, an English com The rat escapes through a hole in the moner of the first class; that Bijou wainscot.' Bijou stands at «fault. is the name of one of Lady Morgan's Lady Emily now, laughs violently.
Isis L 2 de
him o out, som
Galbraith leans against the book-case, has been extorted to shew the neceswiping his face, and unconscious that sity of speedy legistative interference. his coiffure au naturel has escaped The following are amongst the prinfrom its moorings in the course of cipal abuses which formed the subthe chace. Bijou, with mischievous jects of the committee's inquiries, look in his bright little eyes, has car The jurisdiction of corporations is ried the wig under the table, where defective in some cases, in consehe is busy dressing it after his most quence of the town having been exapproved fashion. At this point the tended beyond the limits of the andoor opens. A group, alarmed by cient borough; and in other cases, it the previous noise, rush in; Lady is objectionable, from extending to Julia, in the full dress of Lady Isa places that are distant, and more probella Sackville, Lord Fitzroy, and perly falling within the jurisdiction of Clarence Herbert, in the cut velvet county magistrates, suits,' bag-wigs, and swords of Mr. The principle which prevails, of a Fitzgerald Sackville, and Justine fol small portion of corporators choosing lowing, with an antique dress on her those who are to be associated with arm, for Lady Emily. A general them in power, and, generally, for life, burst' of loud, vociferous, and conti is felt to be a great grievance. The nued laughter; Galbraith alone pre tendency of this principle is to mainserving his gravity, as he fans him tain an exclusive system, to uphold self with his hat.'
local, political, and religious party feelings; and is destructive of that
confidence which ought always to be Art. XIII.--Report from the Se reposed in those who are entrusted
lect Committee on Municipal Cor with controul, judicial or otherwise, porations. Printed by order of over their fellow-citizens. the House. 1833.
One of the consequences of this
system of close election has been, We have before us the report of a that publicity has been rarely given parliamentary committee, which has to the amount and application of the but recently concluded its inquiries funds belonging to the different corinto the very important subject of porations. corporation abuses throughout the The powers vested in corporation, country.
When we consider how for the administration of justice, both much the highest interests of these criminal and civil, are various and exkingdoms are involved by the acts of tensive. In some cases the choice of such local governments as corpora
recorders has been, both in practice tions must certainly be allowed to be, and in principle, highly creditable to we need not offer any apology for has the corporations; in other cases, retening to announce the satisfactory corders have been chosen of unexintelligence,' that some considerable ceptionable character, but selected improvement is likely to be shortly rather on account of their rank and introduced into these institutions. We station, than from a regard to their perceive, by an examination of the fitness to discharge the duties of the contents of this document, that the office. The way in which the juries evidence which it contains was ex are summoned seems to be left too clusively supplied by corporate offi much to the discretion of the parties cers. But, justified as we should be whose duty it is to summon them. in suspecting the character of such There are no regular lists of those liwitnesses, under the circumstances, able to serve on, juries, and there is still, even from them, quite enough no controut over the discretion of the