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nagers, recommended a friendly adjustinent | last for the season. The performance was lity which has secured, and the taste which of their differences.

Griselda, set by Paer, and admirably sus- has selected them for his noble theatre. The The complaints were of course dropped, tained. Fodor was the patient wife, Mori, experiment of lighting by gas has been and the performers reinstated, except Hol. Lisetta her rival, Crivelli the husband, made here with increased effect, and a man, who either was not offered, or would and Miss Hughes the sister, who joins in chandelier from the centre of the ceiling, not accept of a re-engagement. After this the hard conspiracy to try how far female unquestionably the most beautiful product he played some short time at the Hay- endurance can go Of Fodor's voice we of the arts in its style, and the most brilmarket, and then accepted of an engage- have already given our opinion. If want. liant that we presume has ever shone on ment at the Dublin Theatre. Such was ing the sweetness, mellowness, and expres- fair faces and superb forms; on the splenMr. Holman's success in Dublin, that he sion of an Italian, it is marvellous for a dours of art, or the deeper captivations of purchased from his savings a share in the French voice; and she has contrived not nature. theatre, and divided the management with less strikingly to escape the style of that DRURY-LANE-Has been for the last week Mr. Jones ; but owing to the distracted infinitely unmusical and affected people; equally destitute of novelty and attraction. state of Ireland, in consequence of the re- she is never outrageous, never urges her This ill-fated theatre seems to be fulfilling bellion, being sometimes obliged to per- tones into clamour, or her visage into con- its destinies, and hastening rapidly to that form in the day-time, he soon parted with vulsion,—but seldom degenerates even into transmigration, whence we trust it will his property in the theatre, still continuing the common-place of that contortion spring into a new existence, under a fairer the management, and performing the prin- which the French call a smile; and if she form, and with a more intelligent spirit. cipal characters in tragedy.

has faults, has them all on the side King Richard III. has been varied by In 1798 he married' Jane, youngest of languor and long-windedness, dull graces, Richard Duke of York; and Lilliput and daughter of the Hon. and Rev. Frederic and imitative and chill attempts at expres- Harlequin's Vision have filled up the little Hamilton, of Richmond, Surrey. This sion. Mori, sister of the late leader of views and silly dreams of a mis-managed amiable and accomplished lady died in the ballets, is almost new to the stage, and house. We have not one subject for cri1810. Before this event he relinquished certainly is not without promise. A good ticism, though one or two are promised for all theatrical engagements, and commenced figure, though petite; a flexible voice, next week. agriculturist; but in 1812, he resumed though shrill ; a free manner, though COVENT-GARDEN.-At this theatre Retri. his theatrical profession in America, since sometimes coarse, are among her qualities. bution has reached its sixth night, but does which time he pursued his carcer in that Time will give her additional powers, and not seem to do so much as it deserves. On country, and married a Miss Latimer, late she has talent enough to make her eren Wednesday, the Point of Honour, originally of the Theatre Royal, Brighton, a very now valuable. Doristella, the daughter, played at the Haymarket, was revived here. short time before his death, which took was performed by Miss Tree, a slight and As this piece is well known, we are relieved place at Rockaway, Long Island, in the gentle looking person, with a voice extin- from the necessity of going into the plot, State of New York, on the 24th of August, guished by timidity, but altogether filling which is light and French-fashioned ; Mr. 1817, in the 52d year of his age.

her place advantageously. Miss Hughes C. Kemble, who adapted the drama to our Mr. Holman, as an actor, was endowed, is known, and is always the same, except stage from that of Paris, having adhered both by nature and education, with every as she may condescend to change from very closely to his model. The dialogue requisite for attaining the highest perfection time to time the colour of her robe or also is more easy than elegant ; more in the art. He appeared when on the the quantum of her plamage. Crivelli ex- touching than deeply aflicting. Much is stage to be vain of the manly elegance of hibits remarkable taste in his dress. His therefore left to the situation of the parties, his person, but his faults evidently pro- green and gold doublet on Saturday was to the circumstances of the fable, and to cecded from too great a portion of anima- beyond all comparison superior to Miss the exertions of the performers, for effecttion, and exuberance of fancy: In regard-Hughes's jupon, and his boots and cap ing that powerful feeling of the pathetic ing Mr. Holman as a dramatic writer, we might turn proudly on all criticism. We which this play undoubtedly excites in the perceive less to praise. His comic opera have not time to enumerate the triumphs of breasts of the audience. That this busiof Abroad and at Home, persormed at the night; in how many songs Fodor was ness was in able hands at Covent-garden, Covent-garden about the year 1795, was encored, and in how many °Crivelli was we may assure the public, when we state his first piece, and it met with much dc- not; how Mori astonished the house with that the Chevalier de St. Franc was allotted served success; it was originally called the a shake, and how Miss Hughes petrified it to Mr. Young, Durimel to Mr. C. Kemble, King's Bench, but was prohibited under with a hysteric. The Ballet was Ætius Valcour to Mr. Abbott, and Bertha to that title by the Lord Chamberlain. The and Fulcie, a very poor story, degraded Miss O'Neill : Liston played Steinberg, Votary of Wealth, a comedy, appeared into a very poor pantomime. This sin, and Mrs. Fawcit Mrs. 'Melfort. There in 1799 ; its reception was not equal to however, lics on the head of M. Favier, could scarcely be a stronger cast altogether; the opera. In the summer of the same who does the honours of the Ballet. The and the tears of the spectators bore ample year he produced the Red Cross Knights, Corps de Ballet enumerates some able, and testimony to the merits of the actors. being a mutilation, rather than an altera- some very fine performers. Milanie, still Miss O'Neill's Bertha is a delightful estion, of Schiller’s Robbers. In 1800 he unrivalled in her style, and delicate and say. Her grace and sweetness, deepening finished the opera of What a Blunder, tasteful cxccution; Baptiste admirable for into wretchedness, and finally sinking in which excited but little attention. His agility, and wanting nothing for perfect cap- despair; her tenderness and affection, connext piece was a comedy, entitled Love tivation but a face a little more rising towards trasted with the horrors to which she gives the Alarm, which was condemned on the humau; Hullin, a youth, a novelty, aud abandoned when she imagines her husband the first representation. The Gazette Ex- most interesting and saltatory; Toussaint, has suffered an ignominious death, and traordinary was also froin the pen of Mr. clever in the dull detail of kings and consuls; hears, as she supposes, the fatal engines of Holman. “We have not noticed the riots Mademoiselle Le Breton, a short, but ani- his annihilation explode ; the restoration at the American theatre, in which he was mated and active dancer; and last and of her hopes and consequent ecstasies ; are concerned, as they are fully detailed in a most striking: Mademoiselle Copere, a all touched with a perfection of art which preceding Number of the Literary Gazette. I femme magnifique, tall and tragic, with the does seem to be reality. It is justly re

step of a heroine, and the countenance of marked, that the recurrence of similar pas

a sultana. It is difficult to look upon this sions does somewhat weaken the impresTHE DRAMA.

fine assenblage without promising ourselves sions which their first portraiture makes ;

high indulgence for the season, and it would and we could add to this a serious regret King's THEATRE.-This striking place not be perfectly just to turn from it without that the repetition costs this accomplished of publie gratification opened on Saturday giving the proprietor his praise for the lilera- performer 80 fearfu' a waste of strength

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and health. It is not possible but her ex- time; the niece elopes, and the parties are the government of the United States ertions must injure her feminine and lovely married.

has dispatched a force against Amelia form ; for Miss O'Neill has not the art of The dialogue is sprightly, and occasional Island, the pseudo seat of administrahusbanding her resources. Her heavings bursts of loyalty run through the whole. tion to the new Floridan Republic. The are from the heart - her expirations of We are sorry to say that Mr. Denning's breath from the soul. Others imitate, but performance did not partake of the spright-impression upon our minds is, that the she absolutely feels, and the human frame liness. The part of the French courier United States have been got over to the is worn and exhausted by these violent was decidedly the best; the mixture of wishes of the mother country, by the emotions. We trust the Managers will broken English and coarse French was well cession of the Floridas; however inmake it a " Point of Honour" not to repeat managed. The author was flat and unindividuals, or .parties, among the poputhis part too often.

teresting, and although he was travelling lation, may there, as in England, desire The Chevalier de St. Franc is a character with the laudable view of paying his crewell suited to Young's genius : dignified, ditors with the profits arising from the

to espouse the opposite side. gentlemanly, melancholy, impassioned sale of his intended tour, we angur, that if

At home, in France, and, generally His personation of it displayed much taste his writing be no better than his acting, speaking, on the continent, there is and judgment, and it requires little more; they will be little benefited. His sailor literally not a syllable of public news; for except in one or two scenes, there is no was overdone, and we cannot too strongly and even rumour is only busy about room for the deeper emotions. Mr. Charles reprobate the custom of introducing the the terms of expected loans, or antiKemble is a masterly Durimel, and he bore British seaman in that most disgracefully cipated movements of little importance. his share in the distresses of the scene inebriated state too much in use with our with all the efficacy which the high range modern actors. We shall say little of the

The Journal of Ghent has promulof Miss O'Neill's acting demanded. With songs, because we cannot speak in their gated some more trash under the name her he divided the merit and the suffrages favour; but that one, in which Captain of M. Las Cases; but either this fellow of the audience. Nor can any less be said | Warren forms the chorus, is so close a copy has nothing to tell, or the tinie is yet of Abbott's Valcour, except in so far as the of the well known song, the Ladies Diary to come for his expositions. part is more unequal, and, withal, less pro- and Captain Clackit, that we cannot for On Tuesday the Right Hon. George minent. We do not think it could be more bear noticing it.

Rose died at Cuffnells. Many branches chastely yet vigorously sustained than it It was, on the whole, quite as well rewas on this occasion. Steinberg and Mrs. ceived as its merits deserved, and when an- of the public service are deeply indebted Melfort have little room for an exhibition nounced for a repetition, the sense of the to him for improvements; and the navy of talent, but they did the possible. Upon house was most decidedly against it. and the poor have cause to remember the whole, the play was got up to greater

him with gratitude. advantage than it ever before arrived at, and so perfect were the various represen

DIGEST OF POLITICS AND tations of the characters, that it looked as

NEWS.

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. if the part of each had been expressly designed for thein by an author who had ac

The daily papers are so fillerl with curately studied their particular qualifica- subscription lists for Cenotaphs to the tions, and produced what was best contrived Princess Charlotte, the relief of dis

The Congo.-In answer to the inquiries for the manifestation of their abilities. tressed seamen, the extinction of men- of several friends, we beg to state that our

clicity in the metropolis, and the remu- narrative of the Expedition to the Congo On Thursday, after the opera of Ar- neration of Mr. Hone, that were there being confined to the Journal of Captain taxerxes, a new dramatic piece, in one act, any news worth giving, we doubt Tuckey, would close in one other Number, sented for the first time. It is one of those but there is in fact very little to be nounced in our first chapter the death of called Three Miles from Paris, was repre. whether there would be rooin for it; which brings that portion

of the unfortutrilles which, to animadvert on seriously, would be like breaking a butterfly on the told.

nearly every individual concerned. This wheel. The main object of the piece is to The Duke of Wellington remained concluding Number we have delayed, in exhibit Mfr. Denning in a variety of cha- some time at Paris, where it is believed weekly expectation, that the official work racters, probably attempted from a recol important negociations were carried on on this interesting subject, announced by lection of the great success attendant ou under his presidency. These related Mr. Murray, would make its appearanée ; simply this. Motley, (Mr. Denning) ser- and to the contest between Spain lation, and thus consolidate the subject into

The plot (if such it can be called) is to the claims of Prussia against France; then, intending to add the review of the vant to a Colonel in an English regiment, and her Colonies, to accommodate an entire and complete history. falls in love with Louisa (Miss Mathews), which, it seems, the principal European We lament to observe, that accounts the niece of a rich widow (Mrs. Darenport), powers have undertaken a mediation. from Sierra Leone mention the unsucwho keeps a tavern at the distance of three it is lamentable that the struggle cessful return of the exploratory expedimiles from Paris, His great object is a de- should be protracted; desolating a fine tion into the interior from that quarter

. which purpose he assumes the character of a country, and pouring out torrents of the Rio Nunez, when they were stopped

by French courier, an English grenadier, an human blood. The complexion of the the jealons hostility of a native prince, author, and a sailor. The aunt contrives latest intelligence is unfavourable to the and compelled to measure back their steps. always to be present at their interviews, insurgent cause. Mina is asserted to Several of the officers died, though only and 'detects every attempt to deliver the be made prisoner in Mexico; on the one private, out of about 200. The anilove billet, except the last

. The tar, by side of Chili, the royalists are again mals nearly all perished. Captain Campclimbing up the sigu-post, and throwing making head'; in Venezuala the rival bell died two days after reaching Nunez, down his hat, which he requests the aunt to

chiefs have carried their dissensions so pick up, avails hiinself of the opportunity

of fatigue and vexation, having tried every

means in a four-months negociation to obto give the letter to Louisa, who is seated far, that Bollivar has executed General tain permission to prosecute his mission. at an adjoining window.

Piar, and procured the disgrace of He, and another officer, were buried where His master arrives at this juncture of Marino, his quondam associates; and Major Peddie was laid a few months before.

DISCOVERIES IN AFRICA.

old Emperor Vespasian, who was at the , quite clear by six, when a large and broad halo VARIETIES, time in the Theatre Marcellus.

was to be seen; about seven a heavy shower,

which was succeeded by about an hour's star

THE UNLUCKY RESEMBLANCE.- Plato- light, when heavy clouds were formed, and rain AN ANCIENT CROWN DISCOVERED IN

nicus, an old grammarian, writes, in his ensued about nine.-Rain fallen 05 of an inch. SCLAVONIA.-On the 231 of last March, little Essay on the difference of Comedy, Monday, 12–Thermometer from 36 to 44.

Barometer from 29, 94 to 30, 22. in making a road at Mallier, a little village "The masks (in the middle and lower

Wind W. and S. W. 1.-Morning and noon in Sclavonia, as the wife of a soldier named

comedy) were expressly made as carica- very fine, afternoon and evening cloudy.-Rain Gasparowich, was turning up a clod with tures, through fear of the Macedonians and fallen, 025 of an inch. her pickaxe,' she found, about two inches their tyranny, lest by chance there should Tuesday, 13–Thermometer from 45 to 52.

Barometer from 29, 96 to 30, 05. deep under ground, a piece of metal rolled be some resemblance of the Macedonian

Wind S. W.3.-Generally overcast, with rain up, which she took for iron, and threw it sovereigns, and the poet should be punished into the road. At a second stroke she dis- for it.” At the time when the French were in in the evening.-Rain fallen, 1 of an inch. covered the basket-formed vessel ; which, possession of Hamburgh, a new curtain was Wednesday, 14—Thermometer from 39 to 53.

Barometer from 29, 93 to 30, 07. in the opinion of all who have considered put up in the German theatre in that city,

Wind S. W. 3.—Very heavy showers at times, it with attention, is supposed to be a crown.

on which Vice was represented as flying with gusts of S. and S. W. wind till two, when It consists of two parallel circles of strong from triumphant Virtue. Davoust fancied the wind becamne W. but by sun-set the wind gold wire twisted together, which are about that the countenance of Vice bore a like-again changed to S. w... tour inches asunder, and connected by a ness to Napoleon, and obliged the manager,

Latitude 31. 37. 32 N.

Longitude 3,51 W. spiral ornament in this form *. The in-by, his menaces, to have the curtain ore

JOHN ADAMS. side of the crown, shaped like a hat, conpainted !

Edmonton, Middlesex. sists of a braid of the same kind of gold, BLASPHEMOUS FLATTERY.-In one of the which surrounds a net button in the mid-late papers of L'Ermite en Provence, we dle, in rose-shaped braids. The whole find the following passage, which presents

TO CORRESPONDENTS. weighs a little more than 24 ounces. The another instance of the ridiculous and im

Juvenis is thanked for his communication diameter is equal to that of a sinail hat. pious flattery lavished on Buonaparte :

respecting the Alisma Plantago, of which As the workmen's attention was attracted

" M. L'Abbé Aillaud, Professor of Rhe

we trust to arail ourselves fully next week. to this valuable relic, it was soon discovered toric at the Royal College (of Montauban),

Clerus is informed that we decline pubthat the whole mass was gold. By chance in a poem called the Egyptiud, in which lishing his letter. We are old-fushioned a corporal came up, who gave notice of it he had first coinpared his 'hero (whom he enough to think the Capital of the Constito the captain. Immediately on the fol

now compares to nothing) to Jupiter and tutional Pillar as necessary for its beauty lowing morning, the ground in that place to Mars, made, with great taste, a tran- and utility, as the Shaft, or even the Base. was dug up five or six fathoms, and care

a proof fully examined; but nothing farther was Bible, and exclained, addressing Mount ihe Bench of Bishops, and a sneer at Her sition from the Heathen Mythology to the we cannot therefore admit us

of our impartiality,an invective against discovered. Since the 25th of October, Tabor, the crown has been at Vienna, and it is

Majesty. Our venerable Queen has set not doubted but that this curiosity will be “0, Thabor! ébloui de ta gloire suprême,

an example to all Wives and Mothers in delivered to the Imperial Treasury or Tu vis sur ton Sommet, triompher Dieu lui- these realms, which it would be happy for Museuin.

même,

society, were common to her subjects, and Tu devais voir encore, pour combler tes destins, with miserable unauthenticated scandal ve The Dog MIME.-Who has not heard Triompher à tes pieds, le plus grand des humains.” | have nothing to do; further than this, of the celebrated piece called The Forest of Bondy, and of the applause which the de L**. Your famous apostrophe, Cod slanders about the parsimonious hubits of

“Go and hang yourself, M. le Marquis perhaps, that we have known asserted dog of bo’Aubry has obtained in Paris, Lon- created you, and reposed himself,' is in- this august Personage, to be distinctly the don, Vienna, Munich, Dresden, Berlin, terior to this triumph of Mount Tabor, reverse of fucts, and have heard charges of Leipsig, Cassel, &c. ? There is nothing which, after having beheld God in his

an opposite nature, founded on the most linew under the sun : see what Plutarch

beral and generous actions.

With regard glory, has seen, to complete its destiny, the relates-le solertia animalium !

greatest of mortuls triumph at its teet.- to our being serere on Bishop Watson, I must not pass over an example of S'his is what may be called a delicate eulo- merely because he was a Whig ; ve take canine ingenuity of which I was witness at

his own word for it that he was no such Rome. A miine, who performed a com

thing, * and presume to rely on the general plicated piece, in which there were inany

impartiality of our publication as a proof, characters, had a dog with him, which

that though ice deliver our opinions freely, made all kinds of gesticulations necessary

when political matter is so mixed up for the representation. He afforded a strik

METEOROLOGICAL JOURNAL. work with literature, as to render it imposing proof of his talents, after taking poison, January 8, Thursday.

sible for us to avoid it altogether, we are ulwhich was to produce sleep and then death.

Thermometer from 36 to 43. terly exempt from party prejudice, and take He took the bread in which the poison was

Barometer from 30, 21 to 30, 40. a broader basis for our vieurs than either given him, and, after he had eaten it, he for the season.-Rain fallen, 025 of an inch.

Wind W. by N. and W. by S. I.-A fine day Whig or Tory rould approve in a partisan. pretended to tremble, to stagger, and to Friday, 9-Thermometer from 31 to 49.

Kate was too late. Shall appear next become giddy; and then he stretched him

Barometer from 30, 26 to 30, 10.

week, with several Communications in the self out as if dead, and let himself be Wind S. and S. by W. 1.—Generally overcast,

same predicament. pulled and dragged along as the progress and very close, with rain at times. of the piece required. When, from the Saturday, 10—Thermometer from 46 to 53. * “ The Whigs had power for a moment; they dialogue and action, he saw that the mo

Barometer from 30,00 to 29, 39. quarrelled amongst themselves, and thereby lost ment was come, he began to move himself Wind S. by W. 1.-Generally overcast, but the King's confidence, lost the people's confiby degrces, as if he awoke out of a pro- about noon the sun appeared... Gnats were flying

ence, and lost their power for ever; or, to found sleep, raised his head, and looked about this morning.-Rain fallen, 05 of an inch. speak inore philosophically, there was neither

Whiggism or Toryism left; excess of riches, about him; he then approached the per- Sunday, 11- Therinometer from 46 to 51.

Barometer from 30, 00 to 23, 81. and excess of taxes, combined with excess of son required by his part, and evinced his

Wind S. and S. by W. 1.-The morning beavily luxury, had introduced universal Selfism.See joy by his caresses, to the great astonish- overcast; a misty rain about noon; in the Anecdotes of Dr. Watson's Life. ment of all the spectators, and even of the afternoon the clouds dispersed quickly, became

Bensley and Sons, Bolt Court, Fleet Street.

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THE IMPERIAL TOURISTS. the eastern pier. We were witnesses The question whether the landing in

of the difficulty of the entrance. A England would have been possible, has Remarks UPON ENGLAND, ertracted ship that could not make it with the been frequently discussed, and answer

from the Journal of Their Imperial wind, was forced to put back into the ed both in the negative and the affirHighnesses the Archdukes John and open sea.

mative. So much is certain, that it Lewis of Austria.

Boulogne contains 13,000 inhabit- would have encountered great obstacles. These remarkable extracts from the ants. The town is irregularly built, on The embarkation could not have taken Journal of two Travellers, who were the slope of the hills, on the right bank place unperceived; the vessels must in the most favourable situation for of the Lianne. The houses are built have gone out of the port one after anseeing every thing, even in a rapid of a greyish stone, which, together with other, placed themselves in a line in journey, and whose talent for observa- the dry neighbouring hills, gives it a the road to attempt the passage, durtion, and sound judgment, derived the gloomy and mournful appearance. ing which they must have resisted the greatest possible advantage from the Trade and fishing are the chief employ- English fleet, to land afterwards on a tour, are particularly rich in remarks ment of the inhabitants; the herring rocky coast. Whoever knows the adrelative to our agriculture, manufac- fishery is very considerable, and brings vantages which a large ship has at sea tures, and all the branches of industry ; in, as we were assured, a million and a over small vessels, cannot doubt the and it affords us great pleasure that half of francs annually. It is carried issue of the battle. To this must be the LITERARY Gazette should enjoy on in the channel, along the English | added, that days on which there is no priority in laying so interesting a paper coast.

Packet-boats sail for Dover wind, are rare; and that such a one before the British public.

daily; and this passage is preferred to inust have been chosen to deprive the that from Calais.

British fleet in some measure of its adOn our arrival (says the traveller The remains of Napoleon's Camp are vantages; lastly, the passage on who keeps the journal) on the 21st of still visible. On the east coast of the stormy day, in open vessels, would have October, 1815, at Boulogne, we took harbour are fortifications and batteries, been difficult. up our abode at the Hotel d'Angleterre. which cover each other, and from which From all these considerations it apOur irst business was to inquire after this coast obtained the name of the iron pears, that only a kind of miracle could the captain of the royal yacht which coast. On the northern extreme emi- have rendered the landing in England was intended for our passage. The nence of Boulogne was placed the prin possible; and what immense difficulties yacht lay in the road, and our departure cipal telegraph, which communicated would have occurred in the country was fixed for the next morning; but a with others along the coast. The itself! Of these no one can form an storm arose during the night, which scaffolding for the pyramid, which was accurate idea who has not seen and obliged the vessels to leave the road. to be erected, is still standing. Napo- examined England. This, however, is Thus we found ourselves obliged to put leon reviewed his troops on the beach. not the place to enter into particulars off our departure for a day, which we The western hills are fortified. On on this subject. employed in viewing the environs. both sides are redoubts, which, at high If the ruin of England was Napo

The port is formed by the little river water, are washed all round by the leon's object in this enterprise, he Lianne, and a newly dug basin. Two waves : they are of stone, and are wholly fajled in attaining it, because dams, or moles, extend into the sea; erected in many places along the coast. the extraordinary armaments to which the eastern one is prolonged by an arm Napoleon had the basin dug, and every he compelled his adversary, proved fatal to a wooden battery, resting on piles, thing here is his work. Yet notwith-to himself in Portugal and Spain. It and on the western is a battery close to standing all these works, it is still diffi seems as if he had felt the obstacles to the dam.

cult to enter or go out of the harbour; the execution of his plan, as he eagerly The steep coast is formed by a line it may be easily imagined, therefore, seized an opportunity to employ his of hills, the chalky strata of which are how much time it would have taken forces in another quarter, where he quite visible. A sand-bank extends into for so many vessels to go out singly might reasonably expect better success. the sea, and this circumstance made All the flat-bottomed boats were built There were several packet-boats in the prolongation of the two stone piers in the port and the river, where they the harbour, two of which sailed at noon necessary, to facilitate the passage out, remained: two hundred thousand men with a favourable wind. We envied and to prevent the entrance from being encamped on the heights. Of all these their swelling sails, while etiquette choaked up

mighty preparations, the only vestiges obliged us to wait for our yacht. At At low water the vessels lie on dry now left, are the remains of the fortifi- length, at four o'clock, it appeared in ground. A sand-bank is above the cations, the works of the harbour, the road; but the captain would not water for an extent of above two which are not kept in repair, and a sail till the next morning, because the hundred toises. The women at this couple of half rotten flat-bottomed boats. wind had become stormy, and because, time collect shells upon it. The high | This is all that remains of that vast un as he said, he had received orders to tide brings the water to the height of dertaking, which cost France above land us at Dover by day-light. fourteen feet in the port, and against three hundred millions of livres !

October 22. The fine morning proVOL. II.

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