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I beg leave to quote these gloomy realities to keep in countenance my Giaour and Corsair.
Note 6, page 104, line 13. And my stern vow and order's laws oppose. The Dervises are in Colleges, and of different orders, as the monks.
Note 7, page 105, line 21. • They seise that dervise ! -seise on Zatanai! Satan.
Note 8, page 106, line 14. He tore his beard, and foaming fled the fight. A common and not very novel effect of Mussulman anger. See Prince Eugene's Memoirs, p. 24. “ The “ Seraskier received a wound in the thigh ; he plucked “ up his beard by the roots, because he was obliged to " quit the field.”
Note 9, page 108, line 5. Brief time had Conrad now to greet Gulnare. Gulnare, a female name; it means, literally, the flower of the Pomegranate.
Note 10, page 116, line 13. . Till even the scaffold echoes with their jest !
In Sir Thomas More, for instance, on the scaffold, and Anne Boleyn in the Tower, when grasping her neck, she remarked, that it " was too slender to trouble the headsman much.” During one part of the French Revolution, it became a fashion to leave some “ mot” as a legacy; and the quantity of facetious last words spoken during that period would form a melancholy jest-book of a considerable size.
· Note 11, page 122, line 6. That closed their murder'd sage's latest day! Socrates drank the hemlock a short time before sunset (the hour of execution), notwithstanding the entreaties of his disciples to wait till the sun went down.
Note 12, page 122, line 18. The queen of night asserts her silent reign. The twilight in Greece is much shorter than in our own country; the days in winter are longer, but in summer of shorter duration.
Note 13, page 122, line last.
The gleaming turret of the gay Kiosk. . The Kiosk is a Turkish summer-house: the palm is without the present walls of Athens, not far from the temple of Theseus, between which and the tree the wall intervenes.—Cephisus' stream is indeed scanty, and Ilissus has no stream at all.
Note 14, page 123, line 10. That frown-where gentler ocean seems to smile. The opening lines as far as section II, have, perhaps, little business here, and were annexed to an unpublished (though printed) poem ; but they were written on the spot in the Spring of 1811, and—I scarce know why—the reader must excuse their appearance here if he can.
Note 15, page 126, line 17. His only bends in seeming o'er his beads. The Comboloio, or Mahometan rosary; the beads are in number ninety-nine.
Note 16, page 144, line 17. And the cold flowers her colder hand contain'd. In the Levant, it is the custom to strew flowers on the bodies of the dead, and in the hands of young persons to place a nosegay.
Note 17, page 147, line last. Link'd with one virtue and a thousand crimes. That the point of honour which is represented in one instance of Conrad's character has not been carried beyond the bounds of probability, may perhaps be in some degree confirmed by the following anecdote of a brother buccaneer in the preseut year, 1814.
Our readers have all seen the account of the enterprise against the pirates of Barrataria ; but few, we believe, were informed of the situation, history, or nature of that establishment. For the information of such as were unacquainted with it, we have procured from a friend the following interesting narrative of the main facts, of which he has personal knowledge, and which cannot fail to interest some of our readers.
Barrataria is a bay, or a narrow arm of the gulf of Mexico : it runs through a rich but very flat country, until it reaches within a mile of the Mississippi river, fifteen miles below the city of New Orleans. The bay has branches almost junumerable, in which persons can lie concealed from the severest scrutiny. It communicates with three lakes which lie on the southwest side, and these, with the lake of the same name, and which lies contiguous to the sea, where there is an island formed by the two arms of this lake and the sea. The east and west points of this island were fortified in the year 1811, by a band of pirates, under the command of one Monsieur La Fitte. A large majority of these outlaws are of that class of the population of the state of Louisiana who fled from the island of St. Domingo during the troubles there, and took refuge in the island of Cuba: and when the last war between France and Spain commenced, they were compelled to leave that island with the short notice of a few days. Without ceremony, they entered the United States, the most of them the State of Louisiana, with all the negroes they had possessed in Cuba. They were notified by the Governor of that State of the clause in the constitution which forbad the importation of slaves; but, at the same time, received the assurance of the Governor that be would obtain, if possible, the approbation of the general Government for their retaining this property.
The Island of Barrataria is situated about lat. 29 deg. 15 min. lon. 92 30, and is as remarkable for its health as for the superior scale and shell fish with which its waters abound. The chief of this horde, like Charles de Moor, had mixed with his many vices some virtues. In the year 1813, this party had, from its turpitude and boldness, claimed the attention of the Governor of Louisiana ; and to break up the establishment, he thought proper to strike at the head. He therefore offered a reward of 500 dollars for the head of Monsieur La Fitte, who was well known to the inhabitants of the city of New Orleans, from his immediate connexion, and his once having been a fencing-master in that city of great reputation, which art he learnt in Buonaparte's army, where he was a Captain. The reward which was offered by the Governor for the head of La Fitte was answered by the offer of a reward from the latter of 15,000 for the head of the Governor. The Governor ordered out a company to march from the city to La Fitte's island, and to burn and destroy all the property, and to bring to the city of New Orleans all his banditti. This
company, under the command of a man who had been the intimate associate of this bold Captain, approached very near to the fortified island, before he saw a man, or heard a sound, until he heard a whistle, not unlike a boatswain's call. Then it was he found himself surrounded by armed men who had emerged from the secret avenues which led into Bayou. Here it was that the modern Charles de Moor developed his few noble traits; for to this man who had come to destroy his life and all that was dear to him, he not only spared his life, but offered him that which would have made the honest sol. dier easy for the remainder of his days, which was indignantly refused. He then, with the approbation of his captor, returned to the city. This circumstance, aud some concomitant events, proved that this band of pirates was not to be taken by land. Our naval force having always been small in that quarter, exertions for the destruction of this illicit establishment could not be expected from them until augmented; for an officer of the navy, with most of the gun-boats on that station, had to retreat from an overwhelming force of La Fitte's. So soon as the augmentation of the navy authorised an attack, one was made ; the overthrow of this banditti has been the result; and now this almost invulnerable point and key to New Orleans is clear of an enemy, it is to be hoped the government will hold it by a strong military force.-From an American Newspaper.
In Noble's continuation of Granger's Biographical Dictionary, there is a singular passage in his account of archbishop Blackbourne, and as in some measure connected with the profession of the hero of the foregoing poem, I cannot resist the temptation of extracting it.
“There is something mysterious in the history and character of Dr. Blackbourne. The former is but im