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inerous sovereigns of Germany. At Cassel | grosschen, or about one shilling, and he it. The bed-places were sorts of recesses, I was informed of a physician at lleidel- had eight tickets, each of which he sold for which are closed during the day by sliding berg, who, in the madness of scientific, or a grosschen. When they were all soid the doors, rather witchcraft experiments, prescribed purchasers threw dice amongst themselves There was a man here who said he was human brains to be taken inwardly as a cure who should have the piece of china. The travelling about the country seeking emfor violent fevers, and he had worked pedlar risked nothing himself, but, by pro-ployment, but who seemed to live wire by something like a wonder on his patients, moting the gambling of the peasantry, he his wits than by work. lle paiul for lui, potaprobably by affecting their imagination. sold his pipes and his cups, and some of toes and straw like the ancient bards, by reAnother celebrated mau had lately adopted them acquired things of which they had no citing songs, poems, and stories. The princithe entrails of cats as a specific for all dis- need. Married women, middle-aged men, pal subjects of his themes were the triumplis, orders. And a public newspaper, while it and some young people, were the principal real and imaginary, of the Prussian armies, announced the death of the chill of a celebrat- gamesters. As they were gambling, the lards the fu:herly care of old Blucher, and the ed physician, also announced his intention and the lasses were roughly playing with crimes of Buonaparte. lle seemed to have of preserving it in his anatomical museum, each other, and the more elderly people collected all that had been written on these along with some more of the issue of his were sitting quietly down to their pipes, their subjects, and quite charmed the landlady and loins who had before died. drams, and a little conversation,
the two maids with his recitals. They were Surely these anecdotes refute, to a The next day, the narrative states, ... they knew, and when they could join with
cloubly pleased when he sang any thing which considerable extent, the opinion in our I stopped for the night at a village called lum. They also has learnt to sing of the precedling quotation, and show that the Perghen, where no other bed than one of heroic deeds of the Prussians, and nothing sciences in Germany are so often oddly straw could be procured. Genthin woull else seemed to give them any pleasure. lle pursued as to stamp upon them a na- have been too short a stage, and Burg was had bought two books, one was called the tional characteristic, if not a character, too far. At the entrance of the village there Triumphis of German Freclom, and the : of absurdity. But we proceed to some
was a toll-bar and house, with a coat of other was extracts from the bulletins of the other illustrations of manners and cus
arms, not royal, painted on that sort of war. Ile had read then so often he knew
shield, fixed to a post, which generally, them both by heart, and could repeat any toms. The traveller is on his way in this country, tells the traveller where portions of them. They had been his great · from Berlin, 30 Jan. 1818, und sells us, he has money to pay. The date of this teachers, and he delighted the people of the
The difficulty I had had during the day to painting was 1602, and the name of the house with many true accounts of Prussian find the road, pre, ented me reaching Bran-owner, with the word noble, adeliche, pre- achievements. Ile was completely in rags, denburg, and made me think it prudent to fixed, was also painted on the shield. It and appeared to have nothing but what was stop at the commencement of night, when I was one of those tolls levied by noblemen given him, yet, for that very reason, because was by no means tired, and where there was on all carriages and horses passing through he knew that the supply of his wants depenno sort of decent accommo:lation to be had their estates, so many of which formerly ded on his giving pleasure to oiliers, he had I had then walked near forty miles, and had exister, and some of which still exist in va- aequired the talent of giving it, and kept his never passed, since I left Spandau, any rions parts of Germany. The people of this hearers not merely amused, but delighteni, thing like a decent public-house or village, nobleman, as the inhabitants of the village all the evening. He made them happy, anıl and I had been unable to procure any thing styled themselves,-for all belonged to him, in spite of his nakedness, and the cold weafor dinner but breari and beer. The house --irere cxempted from any toll when they ther, he was happy himself. While a reciwhere I stopped for the night promised employed their own waggons, but were procation of services is the sonree of one of nothing comfortable, but as the woman said obliged to pay if waggons belonging to other the highest enjoyments of men, nobody I could sleep, there, I resolved to make any people brought any thing to them, The go- seems to be so much injured as those classes self contented. She gave me, on entering, vernment wished to destroy this toll, but the of society, who, having all their wants prosome very bad coffee, and when, at a later landlord said, with a grin of satisfaction, vided for, never feel any necessity to exert hour, I requested something more substan- “ Our nobleman was too strong for it.” the talents to give and receive pleasure, with tial for supper, I was informed there was Mr. Adeliche Beerhern, for such was his title which nature has endowed them. When the nothing but brown bread, bad butter, and and name, seemed a sturdy sort of fellow, females were gone to bed, this miserablenew branly.. I was still more disappointed, who lived on his own property, without go- looking being entertained the man-servant when, on asking to go to bed, I was inform-ing much to court, anii, ivhile he maintains with the history of his amours and his galed I could have no other bed than some this sort of independence, the monarch of lantry, and no daslıing guarıls' oficer, glitstraw strewed in the room where I was Prussia can hardly be called an absolute mo- tering in scarlet and gold, ever boasted of then sitting, which was filled with a great narch. The neur' road to Magileburg, if it more success. This was strange society, if many people who evinced no disposition to were male straight, would pass through the that can be called society, of which an indidepart. There was, at that time of night, estate of this nobleman, but he seemed to vidual is but the silent spectator ; but a nothing better to be got, an:1 I patiently sub- like no such novelties as good roals, and lonely pedestrian has often no choice; it is mitteil.
hard compelled the engineer to make a con a matter of chance with whom he sits down. A travelling inerchant, who so!? earthen siderable circuit to avoid his grounds.
My day's walk was about thirty miles, ware, had taken up his aboʻle in the honse, Of two public-houses, one of which was and the soil, 1 observer, as very generally and had carefully informed all the inhabi- filied by noisy drinking peasants, and light and sandy.
Some forests were passed, tants of the village that he meant, on that the other was quiet,---but at neither of but no inclosures. Where the country was evening, to make a lottery of his merchan- which a bed could be got, -I chose the quiet cultivated, there was no separation between dise, and he hal invited them to come and one, and found the people willing to get me the fields but water courses, and the furrow spend their money with him. Towards any thing the house or the village attorded extended farther than the eye conkl follow it. eight o'clock they had accordingly, young for any supper, which consisted, however, Notwithstanding it was Sunday, many perand old, men, tromen and children, assem- of potatoes and a small piece of veal
. The sons were working, and the girls of the pubbled, and completely filled the room. He room was a large barn sort of place, ex-lic-house continued spinning all the evening, arranged his wares in the most tempting cessively black from sinoke. Two long ta as they listened to the stories or joined in manner, on a large table They consisted bles were placed on two sides of the room, the songs of the ragged man. of enps and saucers, glasses, plates, and pipes, near the walls, against which oaken benches, What I experienced for these two nights, which were neitlier coarse nor inelegant. as seats, were tixed. A large oven and the and on my road, where I could not procure Every one of these articles was put up at the entrance occupied one of the other sides, a bed, and scarcely any thing to eat, may same price, and at its till valne, or at rather and at the fourth side was the door to go into serve as a specimen of ile wealth, or rather more than its full value. The price was eight the kitchen, with a bed-place at each side of poverty, in which his majesty of Prussia's
sulojects live. The reader will remember, | German dominions may, in point of build- every family was buried under its own door that I was not more than seventy miles from ings, be compared to some old fashioned sill, Berlin, that I was on a high road, and that third rate provincial town of Great Britain. Luneberg. At ten o'clock, when the houses of public entertainment harl neither The only building which has the least people should all have gone to bed, I was beds nor any thing to eat. Such is the state claim to the character of elegance, is the rather surprised to see a dozen young men of the dominions of the Great Frederick. palace of the Duke of Cambridge. It was and women, and amongst them the servants
The rights of noble Prussians are also built by a nobleman in the year 1752, and of the house, collected at the door and playexemplified at Exleben, near Magile- Eren this, however, is nothing but a plain and this amusement lasted, with much laugh
afterwards purchased by the government. ing main chaude.* It was a beautiful night, burgh, where
and elegant, though rather a large house. ter, and some very hearty slaps, till midTwo noblemen resides, which was a great The royal palace, which has once been large, night. The last time I hal played at this source of vexation to the inhabitants, who, is partly in ruins. The chapel, the theatre, game was with the family of the public, when the noblemen do not reside among and some other of the old parts remain, and house, at the village of Simplon. I should then, are generally free from all services some new corners are built and building ; the have joined in it here with great pleasure, except a certain rent, either in money or other parts have been burnt or pulled down, but I was not sure that my patience was corn; but when they reside the peasantry and present only a mixture of confusion and equal to the pain inflicted by the hard hands must supply them with horses, carry their ruin." The house in which the ministerial of the peasantry. People who, after a day's harvest in, plough their ground, and must business is conducted, die Regierung"; the labour can thus amuse themselves, and be give them the third goose and the tenth lamb. Parliament House, das landshaftliche Hause, happy, assuredly find a compensation in The people seemed to feel these services as
at present repairing, the library, the Fürsten their own minds for the sterility of the land, a hardship.
hof, which is the residence of the Duke of and the disadvantages of their situation. The annexed inscription, on a cottage Clarence, inay be mentioned as decent-look Stade is of some importance to the sovenear Heldesheim, is another trait worth ing places. The manner in which the other reign, from being in the neighbourhood of preserving :
houses are built, even when they are large, that part of the Elbe where he makes people On one of the cottages near the road side with a frame of oak, filled in with bricks, the purchase a permission to sail on its waters. was an inscription admirably appropriate to timber being still seen, gives them a mean | A vessel, which was formerly an English the building," I built not from pride, nor and old fashioned appearance.
gun-brig, and which is the whole naval force from hope, nor fro:n lust, nor from a desire
The town-house is one of those old Gothic, of his majesty's German dominions, is staof ornament, but necessity compelled me or, according to Goethe, German buildings, tioned here to levy the toll, or see the certhereto."
which have so many different corners and tificate that it has been paid in Hamburgh. From this part, walking on towards shapes
, that no one particular shape belongs Ships belonging to Altona and Hainburgh,
to it. In lightness and ornament it is far the inhabitants on the left bank of the Elbe, Hannover, the author says,
inferior to many of the old houses, similar and soine of those on the right bank, with At various places on the road, as I ap to those of Helmstädt, which abound in their own productions, pass toll free, every proached Hannover, I saw new buildings, Hannover, as well as in all the towns of this body else must pay. This is, undoubtedly, and something like decent firm-houses, part of Germany. The fronts of many of the most important toll on water belonging which are marks of prosperity very rarely them are entirely composed of little towers, to Hannover, and it is said to produce, when seen in any part of the Continent. The road extending all the way to the top, and being the expences of collecting it are paid, about from Hildesheiin was good, and soinc hedge- sometimes inartly painted and ornamented 50001. per year. But this is a sealed part of rows, and nice gardiens, and, above all, the with a variety of figures and weathercocks, the management of government, and all G. R.s which ylittered on the toll-houses, they look like gay summer-houses, or small which is known concerning it is mere conand on the road-menders' caps, reminded ine antique castles. A similar mode of building jecture. strongly of England. This was much aug- may be traced in all the old farm-houses,
(To be continued.) menteil on entering the town. The soldiers whose gable ends, and ornaments of wood, were dressed like our own, and I heard the which, in that situation, look natural enough, Poems nerer before printed, written by toilitary music playing for the officers' din- often reminded me of small Gothic chapels. The Roast Beef of Old England.” The general prevalence in this country of
John Gay, author of the Beggar's The towu of Hannover is situated in a flat what is called' Gothic architecture, together Opera, Fables, &c. with a Sketch of his plain, at the rery farthest extremity of the with its prevalence and excellence in Britain ; Life, froin the M.S. of the Rev. Johills and fertile country 1 haid just passed to which country it was carried by the early seph Baller, his nephew. Edited by through, and at the very cominencement of invaders from this part of Germany, make it Henry Lee, author of Poetic Impresthose sandy districts which extend, without probable that it had its origin here, and interruption, from it to the Elbe, the Weser, leave no room to doubt that this fantastical
Two which are added, anci the sea. On the north-west sidle lies a style, irith its multiplicity of ornaments, was
Two New Tales, by the Editor. hill called the Lindenberg, and in its neigh- once the common style of building the farm
London. 1820, 12mo. pp. 147. bourhood the soil is fertile, and the country houses of this part of Germany.
The history of Gay's Chair is given pleasant; on the other side the soil is goinerally sandy, and the country fiat. A little
Pictures of Manners will be traced in a preface, and circumstantial proof
. Perhaps the reader may not be acquainted river, called the Leine, divided into two in the subjoined extracts.
with this game, and it may therefore be proper streams, runs through it, but is in general Uelzen, where I dined and slept, is a nice to describe it. A female sits down, one of the so coinpletely built over, that it is not seen little town. Most of the inhabitants were company kneels down, and lays his head in her till the bridge over it is reached. In the enjoying themselves in their summer-houses, lap, so that he can for the moment see nothing. vicinity of the Marstall, or royal stable, and of which there was one in every garden, and He lays one of his hands behind him, flat on his by the palace, it is exposed to view, and there the town is surrounded with gardens. At back, and all those who choose to play give him gives a little beauty to the whole. The the entrance to most of the houses were two smart strokes on this hand, till he guesses w bo town contains 20,000 inhabitants, and is in- stone benches, on some of which people bit him, when the person who is discovered must the old from the new town ; and the former afternoon salutation with every passing but one person stooped down and hid his face in creasing and improving. The Leine divides were scated smoking, who exchanged the take his turn on his knees. In this instance, has as an appendage the Egirlian new town, neighbour. The upright stones at the end the apron of one of the maidens. If I recollect which is the best built and most agrecable of these benches were shaped in an orna- right, there is a good description of this game, part of the whole. There is not one good mented manner, like cominon tombstones, with many of its agreeable et ceteras, as it is street, and but for good-looking houses, and, which they otherwise greatly resembled; played in decent circles in France, in the Heron the whole, the capital of his Majesty's and they disposed me at first to think that mait de la Chausse d’Antin.
LETTER TO A YOUNG LADY.
adduced that the article of furniture in SIRS!
Girls are innocent doves till tboy're fourteen question was undoubtedly the poet's fa
We, the maids of Exon city, vourite easy seat : we should have in- Do humbly offer this petition, The inaids! good laek, the more's the pity! Then sprightly as sparrows till forty are told;
Like parrots they chatter until they're four-score, agined that the strongest evidence was to represent our sad condition;
Then they're birds of ill-omen, and women no the discovery in a secret drawer of the Which once made known, our hope and trust is more." Poems now published. But as the story Four honoured House will do us justice ;
There are only eight or ten other litis curious, we extract its substance.
and goes on to complain of the widows tle pieces ascribed to Gay in this pubAbout twelve years since, it was sold being more successful than the petiti- lication, from which we copy two as amongst some of the effects of the late Mrs. oners in securing husbands.
specimens. Williams, niece of the Rev. Joseph Baller, First you shall hear-But cann't you guess and who by a previous marriage, had been the reason of our sad distress ?
Dear Madam, the wife of the Rev. Hugh Fortescue, of Fil- (Plague on the widows that compel us
I your inercy crave, leigh, near Barnstaple. Both families (the Thus to petition 'bout young fellows !)
For my poor namesake John, your slave, Fortescues and the Ballers) were by marriage But we were saying-you niust know,
Beloid him abject at your feci; nearly related to Gay, whose property was, Tho' blushing we declare our woe,
Now is your triumplı most complete : at his decease (as will afterwards be slown), A maiden was designed by nnture
A helpless victim sec he lies,
Half slain by your all-conquering eyes! equally divided betwixt his sisters, Kathe- A weakly and imperfect creature,
So liable to err or stray, rine Baller and Joanna Fortescue.
Those eyes which like the mid-day sun, Since the period of Mrs. Williams's And then so timorous of sprites, Her wants require a guide, a stay;
None can with safety look upon. death, the chair came into the hands of the She dreads to be alone at nights !
To you (oh: take it in good part) late Mr. Clarke, of High-street, Barnstaple, Say what she will, do what she can,
He gave the maid-hood of his heart,
Untouch'd by any former love; and it was sold, with the rest of his house-Her heart still gravitates to man;
Sure some compassion this might move; hold furniture, by public auction. The edi- From whence 'tis evident as light
His heart, which ne'er before was sway'd, tor happening to be then in Devonshire, That marriage is a woman's right;
You like a cullender have inade, heard of the above circumstance, and anx- And therefore 'tis prodigious hard
And 'less your power and mercy's cqual, ious to ascertain the particulars, applied to To be of such a right debarred :
Indeed, dear ma'am, I dread the sequel; the auctioneer, who informed him that the Yet we, poor souls, cann't have the freedom
For love, beyond all other ills, chair had been sold to a person of the name To get good husbands, tho' we need 'em :
Despises juleps, drops, and pills. of Symonds, to whom the editor immediately Them Machiavels in petticoats ! The widows, Sirs ! -Their art denotes
If wedlock may be deemed a pleasure, went, saw the chair, and afterwards purchas
You cann't too soon possess the treasure ! ed it: orders were given that it should be The relief prayed for is a troop of Consider then the loss of time, sent to the house of Mr. Crook, a cabinet- beaus, or the personal devotion of the And snateh the roses in their prime; maker in the saine street, to be repaired; Members for the good of their country. As a young cat torments a mouse :
Teaze not the man who'll grace your house, who, on removing the drawers, discorered of the shorter poems, some may be Seeming regardless of the prize, the manuscripts from which the principal original and unknown to the public (at Puss slily turns aside her eyes;
The following extract from Mr. Crook's least we have no recollection of them); Por, snap: she brings him back again ! letter to a gentleman who made enquiries on but there are others which are familiar Again the panting wretch she mumbler, the subject, will, it is presumed, be satisfac- to us, and probably to many of our Again she tosses him, and tumbles ! tory: - The chair was bought at an auction readers. Dame Doleful's Dobbin eat
But have you, madam, never seen, by Mr. Symonds of this town, from whose ing the grinding-stone, is in this predi- When in the wall a hole hath been, house it came to mine. I was desired to re-cament ; and the following verses, en- The pris'ner seize a lucky winte; pair it, and on taking out the drawer in front, titled "' Comparisons," we have heard And in a trice hath slipp'd within it, back part of the chair, a concealed drawer, sung, nearly verbatim, as a song.
To purr and claw and make a fuss? ingeniously fastened with a sinall wooden A lamb and a lion-a fox and an ass,
Pardon, I pray, the facts I state, bolt. Those who have lately had possession Resemble mankind, as it were in a glass ; Nor think I mean t'insinuate of the chair never knew of this concealed Males are harmless as lambs 'till they're four. Your captive mouse will run away, drawer ; it was full of manuscript papers,
teen years old,
And you the part of puss must play! some of which appeared to have slipped over, And 'till they are forty, as lions are bold; 0, no such thing! what I fear inost, as I found them stuck in the bottom or scat As foxes they're cunning 'till three-score and ten, Is, that the mouse, thus plagued and tost,
Should by such usage be quite wasted, of the chair. A respectable tradesman of Then, silly as asses, no longer are men. this town was present when I made the dis A dove and a sparrow-a parrot and crow,
Before one morsel has been lasted;
For what are all such tricks at last, covery. The owner of the chair was imme- The life of a woman most aptly will show;
But schemes to heighten the repast : diately sent for, and the whole of the papers Girls innocent doves are 'till fourteen years old, Or what avails it thus to treat, safely delivered into his hands.-I am, &c.' And chirrup like sparrows, till forty are told; There is also a fac simile of Gay's Like parrots they'll prate 'till they're three-score And take him when there's nought to cat?
Rather than hazard such mishap, and ten,
Entice him kindly to the trap : hand-writing; and the editor assures us And as crows often croak, so do most old vo
You won't, I trust, the thought disparage, that the longest poem, “ The Ladies' MEN!
I mean, dear ma'am, the trap of marriage! Petition,” is printed nearly verbatim We add the version we have men A trap, I'm sure, he cann't withstanı, from a MS. in this character, which is tioned, as a proof that if this jeu d'esprit If you but lay the bait-your hand! decidedly that of the bard. He says he be really Gay's, it is not a novelty.
As I've his welfare much at heart,
Don't blame me that I take his part; is not aware of its having been before
An ape and a lion-a fox and an ass,
He my companion was, and chearful, published; but we are inclined to doubt May show how the lives of mankind do pass ; And not of any female feari'ul, whether any of the pieces in this volume They are all of them apes till the age of fourteen, He joked at love, or scem'd to doubt it, have not been either entirely or partially Then bold as lions till forty they're seen; And laughed at those who talk'd about it: communicated to the world.
Then cunning as foxes till thrce-score and ten, But hear him as a child now inutter,
And then they are asscs and no more inen. Like one that's lost it: bread and butter! The Petition is addressed to the House
A dore and a sparrow-a parrot and crow, Since thoughts of you tirst filled his head, of Commons, and commences
The life of a woman most aptly may show; llis heart as heavy is as lead,
And if, dear ma'am, you don't befriend him, tition of Gen. Gorgaud's narrative of spirit of the campaign, and even to the Love's fatal power will surely end him.
the campaign of mvcccxv, written at most simple rules of war, as to remain “But fearing this may be intrusion,
St. Helena, and published in London in a position with the defiles of the l'll bring my subject to conchision,
in 1818. (See Literary Gazette for forest of Soignes in his rear, rendering Berging you will not mock his sighing, And keep him thas whole years a dying! 1818, p. 740.)
retreat (if he was beat) impossible," • Whole years !'—Excuse my frecly speaking, This then is the nature of a book he returned from wandering about like Such torture, why a month-aweek in ?
pretended to be directly derived from a troubled spirit, and entered his tent, Caress, or kill him quite in one day, Obliging thus your servant,
the ex-emperor, and intended to serve “ full of satisfaction at the great error Joux Gay. for a very memorable part of the his- which the opposite leader had commit
tory of France. Knowing, as we hap- ted, and very much chagrined that the TO MY CHAIR.
pen to know, that Madame Monthelon bad weather hindered him from proThon faithul vassal to my wayward will! Thou patient midwife to my labouring skill!
did, about nine months ago, send over titing by it." The morning, however, My pen and ink's choice cell! my paper’s pillow! for O:Meara, a MS. of some kind, we began to clear up, and the clated NaThon steady friend, e'en were thy master mellow! imagined it not improbable that this poleon perceived some
“ faint rays My seat!-- visit not the proud St. Siephen; should be the same in print ; but after from that sun which before its setting St. Stephen knows not me-so we are even.
reading it, it seems impossible to en was to witness the destruction of the A seat, obtained not by a threat or bribe ; But free, uninfluenced by an intluenced tribe:
tertain for an instant the idea that Na- English army; the British oligarchy Thou'rt my inheritance --} boast no other; poleon had any hand in so ludicrous would then te overthrown ; France My throne unique for thou hast not a brother. and contemptible an imposition, or would rise from this day more glorious,
Surrounded by my friends, secure from foes, that it is any thing but an impudent more powerful, and more grand than By thee upbeld, I calmly seek repose.
compilation, founded on, or rather re-ever.” Of course, it was necessary to Soothed by thy comfort, my ideas spreadAerial forms assemble round inv head!
composing, Gorgaud's volume, and got beat the English first, and this, accordTitles and hononrs court me in the air! up for paltry purposes, by some of the ing to these accounts, was most effeci proof that I've been building castles there! literary understrappers of the exile, or tually done, notw'thstanding Bulow Days, months, and years I've musing sat in of his friends in Europe.
arrived with 30,000 men in the forenoon. thee,
This being our opinion of the work, | The Prussian corps was opposed by And when grown pettislı, thou nc'er answered'at
we shall content ourselves with refer. 10,000 men under Loban, and the rest A quality this is, so rarely seen,
ring to our review of Gorgaud, every of the French, some 59,000 strong, were "Twould be a jewel might adorn a queen. word in which applies to his copyist; quite enow to thrash90,000 British. Well,
Mý study thou!—my favourite resting place, and very shortly treating our readers the British were completely defeated, My tabernacle where I pray for grace! with a few of the strong points in the and fled in crowds (en foule), and what Ny spouse! for in thy arms I oft recline,
new Editor. And hope, tho' pleas'd with progeny of thine,
is more astonishing, “ all the fugitives, That no base offspring ever may be mine. Chapter 11. sets out by inforining us English, Belgian, German, who had
that during the night of the 17th, the been subred by the cavalry, ran towards Of the two tales added by the editor, Empereur issued every necessary order Brussells !" At four o'clock, the victory in order to make out a book of tolerable for the morrow's battle, though every would have been speedily decided, but proportions, we shall inerely say, that thing indicated that it would not take for Bulow's powerful diversion, which it
place. Hail it not been for the left took till 5 o'clock to repulse. The agreeable.
wing's being retarded three hours, the victory was now complete; the English
campaign would have been crowned by had abandoned the entire field of battle Alémoires pour servir à l'Histoire de the annihilation of the Anglo Dutch between La llaye-Sainte and Mont
Irance en 1815. Avec le Plan de la ariny the day before. But as this had Saint-Jean ; and the French cavalry Butaille de Mont-Saint-Jeun. A Pa
not happened, that Wellington and charged amid shouts of triumph, and cut ris. 1820. 8vo. pp. 336.
Blucher should have taken advan-down all opposition. Buonaparte obWriting this notice at an early period tage of the night to traverse the forest served that their movement was neverof the week, we presume that before it of Soignes, and united their forces in theless an hour too early, but that appears on the day of our publication, front of Brussels, which they might which was done must be supported. an English version of these Memoires have accomplished by 9 o'clock in the They kill officers who were slain before, will have come forth, as a work of that morning, and thus rendered the situation and do such wonders as never were kind has been advertised for the 3d of the French army very delicate. Buo- heard of in former battles-yet it is uninstant. The usual puffs have preced- naparte, it seems, was at 1 o'clock lucky that the reserve should have thus ed, and among others a paragraph stat- strongly engaged on these grand engageil, even to finish the contest ; for ing that the Duke of Wellington has thoughts (fort preoccupé de ces grandes at 70'clock...“ the victory was gained , declared that no one but Buonaparte pensées), and so determined to believe 69,050 Frenchmen had conquered could have given this account of the nothing but what he had anticipated | 120,000 men. Joy was in every gesBattle of Waterloo ; ...upon which we ought to be done, that it was long ture, hope in everyheart !” [La victoire have simply to remark, that if the Duke before scouts, prisoners, and deserters étoit gagnée ; soixante-neuf mille of Wellington said so, he contradicted could force him to alter his opinion, Français avoient battu cent vingt mille in the most direct manner every sylla- and believe that the English were ac- hommes. La joie étoit sur toutes les ble of his own official dispatches de- tuellement, not running away. When figures, et l'espoir dans tous les cours). tailing the battle!! We may also ob- he could no longer doubt the fact, that Follows a tirade against Grouchy for serve, that other persons inight have Wellington had committed a blunder so remaining at Gembloux and Wavres, made out a similar story, since in fact monstrous, contrary to the interests instead of hastening to Waterloo, where, it is neither more nor less than a repe- of his party and country, to the general if what we have quoted had been true,
he was not much wanted ; and then an in Count Fleury's Memoirs (see our in Spain, and his refusal of the crown of that account of the arrival of Blucher with last Number) pour servir à l'Histoire de kingdom, on the renunciation of Charles IV.
Copies of the Letters of Charles and Ferdinand, 31,000 men, and opening a communi- la Vie privée, &c. Count Fleury, from
relating to the conspiracy of the latter against cation between Buloiv, who was in full the official returns, states the French his father. The hitherto secret motives of the retreat, and the left of the English, army which entered the Netherlands at marriage of the author with the daughter of the whose commander was reduced to de- 117,850 men ; yet he too allows only Empress Josephine, and their subsequent mu
tual agreement to a separation. spair, at 6 o'clock. Some of the sixty-seren thousand to be present at which occurred on the separation of the Emperor French regiments began to retire, but this battle, and only 50,000 engaged. Napoleon and the Empress Josephine. Buonaparte put himself at the head of Nobody knows where, except the corps Early genealogy of the Buonapartes.-An imthe guard, and at the same time told of Grouchy, the other 50,000 were. portant letter from the Duc de Cadore, explainthem a lie to sustain them, namely that The allies had, according to Fleury, ing the intentions of the Einperor with regard to Grouchy had arrived. The English | 140,000 men in action, which is only France and Russia, to accommodate with Engare again defeated, and are to be entire- 11,000 short by Mr. O'Meara's account. land; and a variety of anecdotes of the Author, ly broken by the next charge, when Count Fleury, thongh he gives every ad- of Napoleon, and of his family, &c. &c.
The relative situation of the Author, and his Blucher reaches La llaye and over- vantage to his countrymen, and allows throws the French who defend it. From them to throw their opponents into dis- this a very interesting book; and we readily be,
acknowledged candour and probity, must render this village, though Blucher had not order, does not completely defeat the lieve the assurance of the parties, that its anlight to have taken it, the horrid cry English during the whole day; Mr. nouncement has already excited a strong senyaof“ Saure qui peut" is heard, and uni- O'Meara has them routed and 'annihi- tion, both at home and abroad.] versal consternation and rout ensue. It lated four times ! Count Fleury only was dark, or the troops would have falls into the common French mistake,
THE PERCY ANECDOTES, been able to sce the Emperor, and that that when an arıny is passive, when not would have rallied them: nothing charging with huzzas and cries, when under this title, have appeared, and
Two neat little half-crown volumes, could be done, and pole-mêle is the displaying bottom rather than gallantry, monthly numbers in succession are anorder or rather, disorder, of the night. it has the worst of the field-he is un- nounced. The anecdotes are judiciousNever a French
worse acquainted with the sturdy British qua.. ly selected, and the compilation is beaten.
lity, and cannot appreciate a species of handsomely got up. Each number is Such is the sum total of this farcical bravery unknown to his countrymen :
devoted to illustrate a particular quality history of the battle of Waterloo. Hours but O'Meara has no such excuse for his sta:d for nothing in time, and figures false colouring and fabrications; an and Humanity are the subjects of the
or virtue : thus, for example, Eloquence for nothing in calculation. 69,000 to officer once in our service, and one first two, and Heroism, Generosity, 120,000 is said to be as 1 to 2 ; Blucher of a raliant people, he ought to have Enterprize, &c. of those which are prois asserted to be reduced from 90,000 known, that to endure is as much the
mised. As a specimen of the work we to 40,000 men by the battle of Ligny, characteristic of our warriors as to in
select a few extracts. where 30,000 were destroyed and flict; and to bear (in the pugilistic 20,000 dispersed on the Meuse, yet he phrase) punishment, as sure a sign of
George 1.-During the siege of fort St. comes up with above 60,000 men, be- courage, and as certain a presage of unfortunate as to lose both his legs by a
Philip, a young lieutenant of marines was so sides leaving a strong corps to divert victory, 'as the most spirited offensive chain shot. In this miserable and lielpless Grouchy : finally, the French were as hostility. Far be it from us to deny condition he was conveyed to Jingland, and 2 men to 5, and carried all before them the valour and conduct of the enemy. a memorial of his case presented to un lotill į past 8 o'clock, when, contrary to Never did French soldiers display more
nourable board ; but nothing more than all the rules of war and evidence, they devotion and heroism than at Waterloo half-pay could be obtained. Major Manson took to their heels and continued flying - but they were fairly vanquished, and had the poor lieutenant conducted to court, from the enemy they had beaten till the day has yet to come in the annals of posted in the anti-room, and supported by
on a public day, in his uniform ; where, they were nearly all cut to pieces ! war, when there will be any ground for two of his brother oflicers, he cried out as the And so ends this “sacl eventful histo- the silly boast, that, man to man, they king was passing to the drawing room,
· Bery” of disaster in spite of victory on are superior to Britons; and still less, hold, great sire, a man who refuses to bend the one side, and triumph in spite of that as one to two they have any
his kvee to you; he has lost both in your blundering on the other ; of the hap- chance of victory.
service.” The king, struck no less by the piest results of ignorance, and the most
singularity of his address, than by the me
lancholy object before hiin, stopped, and grievous disappointment of superior in [This seems the era for reviving the name of telligence ; of every thing succeeding Buonaparte in books, if not in battles :-A MS: hastily demanded what had been done for
him. with those who did every thing wrong ; this country, and is already in the hands of a
“ Half-pay,” replied the lieutenant, said to be of undoubted authenticity, has reached
* and please your majesty.” · Fye, fve, and nothing succeeding with those who translator, so as to be very shortly published, on't,” said the king, shaking his head;
but did every thing right. So blind is fate! both in English and in the original French. It let me see you again next levee day.” The
Were any further proof wanted to is cutitled “ Documents Historiques et Reflexions lieutenant did not fail to appear, when he reshow that this rhodomontade was a
sur le Gouvernement de la Hollande, par Louis Bu- ceived from the immediate hands of royalty,
onaparte, Er-Roi de Hollande." weak invention of the O'Meara school,
a present of five hundred pounds, and an
This work, we are inforined by the publishers, annuity of two hundred pounds a year for and one of a set of misrepresentations (a house of the highest respectability contains life. to confound the facts of Waterloo; or if every event relating to the politicalor financial si
Friendless Candidates.- The Prince de possible for any portion of it to be de- tuation of Holland, from the commencement of the
reign of Louis until the close of his government. Montbarey presented a list of the young genrived from Buonaparte, that his Worship Sketches of the invasion of Italy, and Expedition tlemen who were candidates for the vacant ought to have been a native of Gascony in Brypt--in both of which the author was pre- places in the military school of Louis XTI. rather than of Corsica ; it is to be found sent. Relations of most of the important events of France In this list were a great number