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The servants now took away the plates play of the most distinguished events in which had been placed upon the sideboard, sacred writ. We have the adoration of the whilst Donna Juliana, io Quinchua, seemed shepherds, strictly represented with all their to give particular directions about each of rustic attributes ; we have the Magi and the them. I was curious to learn their destina kings in gorgeous apparel, accompanied by tion, and, being on a footing of the most their respective trains, mounted upon elefriendly intimacy with Donna Juliana and phants, camels, horses, and asses, bearing her father-confessor, my inquiry was an baskets of fruit, and other presents, all jourswered, “to be given to the poor." Every neying to Bethlehem, to pay their homage day in the year, at two o'clock, several pour to the infant Saviour of the world, whose persons attended at the house of La Buena

sacred image is not here to be seen in a Cristiana, and look their seats upon the lowly manger, but in a cradle of pure silver, staircase ; some of them, aware, no doubt, sometimes of pure gold, and the drapery of the lenient disposition of their benefac covered with the most costly jewels. On tress, encroached even to the door of the either side of the cradle, are images of the dining-room, where a scene rather unusual Virgin Mother and her husband Joseph, to a European, certainly to an Englishman, with crowns of gold upon their heads, and and one of interesting curiosity too, was their robes profusely covered with diamonds daily to be seen,—that of a tribe of beggars and pearls, and precious stones. Over the assembled en societé, in a respectable man cradle may be seen, engraved on a plate of sion, eating with silver spoons, out of silver gold, Glory to God on high !” and all plates and dishes, without any watch over round, suspended by means of delicate wires the property, or even a suspicion of its from the ceiling, are angels, cherubim and likely to be missing. In mentioning this seraphim, floating in the air, supposed to be daily charitable distribution – happy con- rejoicing“ with song and choral symphony” trast to “the crumbs from the rich man's at the tidings of peace and good-will to table !" I must not forget to remark, that the The apartment in which this highlyreserved portions of sweetmeats were for the venerated exhibition takes place, is strewed children who accompanied their parents ; a with artificial flowers, and arranged for the trifling observation, perhaps, but it has its accommodation of visitors, who go in parweight in describing the character of the ties, full dressed, from house 10 house, to venerable Lady Bountiful, of Potisi. view them, with every feeling of devotional

obligation.— Ibid. CHRISTMAS-DAY IN POTOSI. For several weeks past, every artist and mechanic of tolerable ingenuity has been

POETHN. employed in making and repairing dolls, images, and figures of sundry kinds; also in setting up and painting altars in every re

THE SLAVE. spectable house; whilst all the females have The burning day was past. The drooping slares, been equally busy in preparing dresses for

With aching stiffness, homeward draged their feet.

I saw the steam arising from their breasts,those dolls, making artificial flowers and

Sad furnaces! all hot with panting life, embroideries, and embellishing the best Whose wretchedness was wrung from every pore.

Onward they moved, in stumbling weakness faint, apartment in their respective houses, for the

Their food to seek, and then their bedless sleep. display of what is here termed el Nicimi From spicy groves and forests of tbe cane, ento, (the birth of Christ,) for which every

Along the rales, and o'er the mountain rocks,

The evening fann'd its coolness fresh and free. family of respectability makes preparation To breaibe such luxury, and soothe my soul, with diligence, anxiety, interest, and fuss, Which felt the heavy ronghness of the chain

That rusted in the bondman's purchased fleshi, scarcely to be exceeded by that which pre

I ventured forth, in lonely upward way. cedes a fancy-ball among our fashionables Before me rose no velvet terrace green, in England. The fanciful display of taste,

But lills on hills, in grim tremendous pile ;

An awful monument where tempests write, the splendour of the dresses, and the variety In channels deep, and lasting as the globe, of costume, are as conspicuous in the one The protests stern of faithful Providence,

'Gainst licensed cruelty and charter'd crime ; case as the other. If we have all the me

So plain their import, that the world must know ; tamorphoses of fairy tales and tales of genii, For thickest darkness blazon'd with it rolls, all the heroes and heroines of history and

While thunders speak it, and the bolts of God

Plough it in circles round Jamaica's brow, romance, personified in the enchanting pre Ascending slow, with feet of climbing care, cepts of a fancy-ball, for the purpose of Where chasms open'd like the mouths of bell,

And rugged columns seem'd the props of bearen, mirth and pleasure, we have in the Nici

I gain'd, at length, wild nature's path-rude steps mientos of Potosi, under the grave and By storms and whirlwinds fashion d into stairs, solemn character of religion, and with the

Irregularly winding out of siglit.

It was a region high, where solitude most decorous observances, a fantoccina dis Did reign enthroned, in solemn grandeur robed ;

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TO T, S.C... L, ESQ., CLAPILAM. The grateful heart thanks Hearn, and hear'u's

high King, For all the blessings that this world hestow's,Health, raiment, food--spring's glorious buds, Summer and autumni's fruits or winter's snows:-And then it thanks those who, in life's rough path, Shall help to cause the thorns to disappear, And scatter, or bring near, its smiling flowers :And thus I thank thee,- 1 can offer else Nought, save a prayer to him who giveth all,A prayer, in which I know that others join, That he inay o'er tliee all his blessings shed: May health, and wealth, and peace, be ever thine ! And may thy children be all heart could wishi When old age shall come on thee,-and eternal bliss Tly highest, best reward.

L.

Her canopy, the sky ; her crown, the stars ;
Her veil, the clouds; lrer footstool, vales and seas;
And the soft light nocturnal, but the shade
or her bright saered majesty unseen.

O here, methouglit, might persecuted worth,
In sanctuary safe, seclude itself.
And true it was, an aged Ifrican
Had bither fier for refuge. Injured man !
His rev'rend face was woeful register
of pains and wrongs-remember d in the skies.
He gazed upon the utmost main, to find,
Beside the rising moon, dear lands and forins,
Still brightly pictured by his early love.
Ah, how he felt the distance which he saw !
As if the wide deep sea were in bis breast,
And ev'ry surge swept back his home-bound thoughts
To shores of bondage and a servile dooin.
He turn'd with tasting tierceness to the cliffs.
I saw his spirit's tame blaze out in looks
That would have scorcli'd the tyrant to his core.
He gave a groan so mournful and so deep,
It thrilld the rocks, vibrating through their caves.
And loud and louder inurmurs murmur'd there
Responsively, whilst thus his feelings pourd:-

“Who cares for negro? None. He siglis oppress'd; The white man's pity is botli blind and deaf. When sickness comes, whose love-drops fall for him? Perebance he weeps the smarting tears within ; Who tries to lempt then laughing thro'lis eyes? Ah none! His friends beyond the water sleep. The mountains, woods, the mead sand rivers there, Are fragrant with the powers which o'er them smile. O yes, 'lis so. And some perhaps have died To live with me again ; but 'tis too dark Between us. How can they see me, know me? Is not a change upon my very name? My strength is gone: the tall, the green young treo Is leafless, aged, -shaking o'er the pit. A few more noons, and then this breaking cloud or desh shall pass away; and I shall rise A shining figure, o'er a better land. But will you find me, as the dove finds home ? And will you know me then, my chosen ones? You must, you must; for absent long, and far Remored, I find you, know you-in iny dreams! Delightful so to know !-you knew me when The lightning of my spears blasted the boars, All foaming on the ground. Alas for me! Transformod to men are they ; and I am now, Tbeir hunted lion chain'd, and wounded sore. This skin, 80 polislı'd once, had not a scar: The hungry tiger, in his fying rage, Could never spoil the lustre of its jet. Behold! the scourge was more than liger here.. You knew me when my morning voice awoke The roving tribe that bail'd me as its clief, And bade the cowards in the battle fly. How changed to nothing! now thyvoice must creep, And (like ihese eyes which follow'd conquering In other days,) presume not from the earth! (slalts You saw me free ;-a bounding zebra proud Which strove to leap the wilderness : but now My limbs are brandi'd as another's right!

The gripe of thieves has squeez'd my boiling blood ; Tbeir bonds of steel have grated on my bones. Yon knew my language :-slav'ry speaks in groans That kind of speech must rise up to the stars. Do you not hear it? bearing, don't you come, With plaintive winds, to sigh around my hut, And soothe me, 'till my eyes close in, to look Upon the thoughts which seem another world ? O'then, I hear you talking brave, and great, And joyful words ! and I am young again! And then, I shout with you a happy shout! I wake-'tis morn ;-and I am yet a slave !"

He ended ; dews fell on his boary locks, As if the list'ning skies wept sympathy. The breeze bad fled; and all the atinosphere Was still and silent as a sepulchre. The night came on with frowns and bodings red, And the Eternal seem'd in thickest clouds, His gleaming sword to brandish fearfully, Maidstone, Jan. 1st, 1831.

J. S.

A FATHER'S LOVE. Ou, who can tell a father's love, when he thinks on

the years His child may number on this earth-this “sorrow.

ing vale of tears," When he thinks on "the ills of life," which be has

passed through, And that perbaps more than all these his child may

suffer too. The ills of life, like wintry clouds, may in succes

sion rise, And damp his spirit, blast his lopes, and dim his

bright blue eyes ; That pale disease, “ chill penury," or even crime, Companions of bis riper years, though not of

infancy. A father's lore,-Oh ! then it leads his thoughts

above yon sky, And to the God of heaven be prays, that, when he's

call's to die, His children, that around him now so joyously ap

pear, May ever find a heavenly Friend, - a leavenly

Father near.

may be

Review.-An Only Son, a Narrative,

by the Author of My Early Days, 12mo. pp. 340. Wesiley and Davis.

London. 1831. Tus narrative, which appears to bear every mark of authenticity, delineates the life and adventures of a wayward young man, who, following his head-strong inclinations, brought upon himself the miseries which a more prudent conduct would have taught him to avoid.

His father, engaged in trade, having acquired a decent competence, spared no expense to give this proud, profligate, and unruly son, a liberal education. To accomplish this, every thing that moderation and prudence could suggest was provided, but the luckless wight wanted profusion and extravagance. His father, a rigid presbyterian, sternly set his face against the follies of the world; but the son, unwilling to bear any restraint, was always longing to whirl in its vortex of dissipation. To all the punctilios of his creed, and the ceremonies of his church, the father rigorously adhered, and used every exertion to induce his son

• Pointing to his back,

to walk in the same paths; but the latter, follow.. The troops, as is usual on suel occasions

stood at " attention." deeming the yoke heavy, the confinement

" When the adjutant had completed bis task, irksome, and the duties enjoined oppressive, the surgeon, with his watch in his hand, advanced used every effort to escape the drudgery, to the triangle. The prisoner was stripped to his and not unfrequently resorted to dishonour. making fast his arms to the halberts. His lower able expedients to accomplish his purposes.

limbs were likewise confined, and folds of cotton

cloth were inserted at the waistband of his trow. Advancing to years of maturity, the pro

sers, that the blood might stream outwards, digal was sent to college, where he spent “One of the drummers, a man of spare bat

sinewy proportions, bared his bairy right arm, his money in profligacy, and contracted

passed the instrument of flagellation through bis debts which his father was bound to dis

fingers, and, retreating some steps to collect his charge. Returning home, his reception force by a rapid advance, awaited the word. I

caught the dread command, and involuntarily was less cordial than he had expected, but

closed my eyes. The first sharp stroke of the lash after some time domestic affairs assumed a resounded simultaneously with the motion. A more favourable aspect, and he received

sympathetic shivering pervaded the ranks like a

gust of wind agitating the forest foliage. from his parent another sum to pursue his “ Attention, soldiers !” cried the adjutant, at the studies and complete his education. But, highest pitch of his boatswain-like voice.

Startled, I cast a glance in the direction of thə unfortunately, having become intimate with

sufferer. Stroke after stroke descended on his a dissolute young gentleman in the neigh. muscular frame with frightful precision and rapi.

dity. Each left a track as if cut by a surgeon's bourhood, who had obtained a commission

knife; yet not a moan betrayed the agonies of in the army, instead of going to college, he nature-not a breath, even when the thongs, soaked set out on adventure, under the patronage of

with the crimson stream, seemed to pass reluct. ant

from the raw and gory surface. his wealthy and wild companion, enlisted for “ I could sustain the sight of the barbarons a soldier, embarked for the continent, be spectacle no longer ; my heart grew sick, my brain came an officer, and entered on those scenes

began to swim-I reeled, and fell forward on the

sward, which form the subsequent part of this * Attention!' vociferated the adjutant. Such volume.

a trifling incident was not allowed to interfere with

the routine of discipline ; I was suffered to remain From these numerous and varied inci

unassisted until the rigour of martial law had been dents which are rendered interesting by the

fully satisfied.

" Lawrence was borne to the hospital, nevehorror of their details, we select the follow

baving linched throughout thecourse of his excrur ing paragraphs, exhibiting in frightful co ciating ordeal. On his recovery, he rejoined the lours the severity of military discipline and

corps. Both in body and mind be had undergone

a revolution. He, whose capacious chest, erect the brutality of war.

neck, and well-set shoulders, gave him a manliness - "The only person I had seen after our arriva

of deportment unimprorable by drill, was bent and in Portugal, whom I could distinguisb as having

gathered up as if he had grown old before bis met before, was a private soldier named Edward

time. Unlike the majority of those wbo have en. Lawrence, the son of a small farmer residing a

dured corporal punishment, the sense of degradamile or two from Thorncroft. Lawrence was a

tion urged him into no course of self-abandonment. fine-looking young man, wild and thoughtless it is

He declined the customary allowance of wine ; was true, but free from any marked irregularities of

silent, reserved, solitary ; scrupulous in the perconduct. He served in our light company, and I

sorinance of his duty, shunning familiarity with was indebted to biin for various little attentions

former intimates, and avoiding the formation of which, in the chances of campaigning, even an

new friendships. individual of his humble grade will occasionally

" About six months afterwards, on the eve of the have it in his power to bestow. Coming from iny

battle of Albuera, Lawrence and bis enemy Ste.

pliens were sent on a recruiting party among the own county, it was natural that I should take an interest in him, as he did in me.

hills. In a beavy fog they were separated from “ Lawrence had sustained, as he conceivedl,

their companions. The next morning, when every unmerited prorocation from a corporal named

one was expected to be at his post, they were still Stephens, who, being of an overbearing disposi.

missing. The obstinate field was dearly won : in tion, by bis subsequent bebaviour rather aggra.

bearing off the wounded, the body of the corporal vated than allayed his resentment. It chanced that

was discovered lying in a grassy hollow.. His left Lawrence, making merry with some of his asso

arm had been shattered by a musket-ball, and he ciates, neglected the regular call of duty. Stephens,

was distigured by repeated stabs of a bayonet, the unfortunately the instrument of his arrest, chose

least of which was sufficient to bave ensured the in the discharge of liis functions to indulge in an

mortality of a giant. It was supposed he bad fallen offensive remark. To this the reply was a blow.

a victim to the vengeance of the sugitive soldier. The unhappy offender was doomed to enlure the

"For above a year conjecture busied itself in punishment of contempt of discipline, inebriety,

vain concerning the fate of the presumed assassin. and insubordination. It is needless to enumerate

It was the current belief he bad deserted to the the circumstances connected with his trial. The

foe. At the battle of Salamanca, there appeared infiction of three hundred lashes was the miti.

among our skirmishers, a man whose desperate gated sentence of the court-martial.

bravery was productive of astonishment even in “ On a bleak morning of December, the whole of

the hurry and confusion of an engagement. Ap. the division was under arms at the village of

parently bullet-proof, be approached close to the Barcas. A hollow square was formed, in the

French columns, and, taking deliberate aim at the centre of which three balberts were planted triall.

officers, shot several in succession, as an expert gularly in the ground, having their steel tops

marksman would bring down the branchers in a locked' together. Beside them stood my ill-fated

rookery. He was crushed at last beneath a charge acquaintance, attended by the agents of military

of cavalry, from which he made no effort to escape. justice. He was muttled in his great coat ; and

Some of the spectators of his daring, bad him conwhile the adjutant read aloud the award of the

veyed to the rear. He was dead; and it was court-martial, be neither declined his head, nor

known from papers on his person, as well as by looked to the right or left, but apparently fortified

living testimony, that the mangled corpse was the bis powers of endurance for that which was to

sad remains of Edward Lawrence."- p. 197.

From the preceding scene, at which the powder. One of his ears was cut off, and thrust heart sickens and humanity revolts, we

into his mouth. In a garret recess for the storage

of fruit, two seinale servants were hidden, who now turn to another view of human depra could scarcely be persuaded they had nothing to vity, as consummated by the demon of

fear. Having flown thither at the approach of the war in the storming of Ciudad Rodrigo. jury nor insult. They came to the room, where I

ferocious intruders, they had suffered neither inHaving entered the breach and become lingered over an object, unconscious, alas! of my masters of the place, the author thus pro

commiseration, and, in accents half choaked by

sobs, called upon Donna Clara! I pointed to the ceeds :

alcove where the heart-broken lady had Aung her

self on the bleeding corpse of her grey-haired “ Setting restraint at defiance, the soldiers, iin. father. She, too, might have had a sheltering pelled by the brutish frenzy created in minds desti. place, could her filial piety have permitted her to tute of moral courage, when recently escaped remain there when her high-spirited sire feebly from the perils of strife, gave a loose to the direst strove to repel the violators of his hearth. passions which crime and ignorance have pamper. * Master of a few Spanish phrases, I used them ed, to emulate the tiends. Dispersed in parties of in addressing some words of comfort to the ill-starfrom four to thirty, they butcbered the distracted red girl. They were to her as the songs of the stragglers of the llying garrison ! plundered the summer bird, carolled in despair. Her sole return houses of the unhappy citizens, ransacked their was a faintly recurring plaint, that seemed to say, cellars, and, effacing by intoxication the last ves. 'Let my soul de part iu peace! tiges of humanity, sallied forth yelling and raven. “ I motioned to her attendants to separate her ing like wild beasts, holding an infernal carnival from the beloved source of her unutterable sorrow. of riot, burning, violation, and massacre.

They could not comply without the application of “ Passing through a narrow street with two force, bordering upon violence. Bidding them de. Scottish serjeants, I heard the slıriek of a female. sist, I signitied a desire that they should procure Looking up, we saw at an open lattice, by the some animating restorative. A flask of wine was light of a lamp she bore, a girl about sixteen, her brought. The serjeants withdrew. One of the bair and dress disordered, the expression of her women held the lamp: the otlier gently elevated olive countenance marked by anguish and extreme her mistress's head. Kneeling by the couch in the terror. A savage in scarlet uniforin dragged her alcove, I poured a little of the liquor into a glass, backward, accompanying the act with the vilest applied it to her lips, then took it away, nntil i execrations in English. We entered the court. bad concealed my uniform beneath the torn inantilla yard, where the band of rapine had spared us the * AMiction, thou bast long been my yoke-fellow ! necessity of forcing a passage. My companions Thou bast sinitten to the core of my being with a were humane, conscientious men, with the reso. frequent and a heavy hand ; but I hless an all-wise, Juteness that in military life almost invariably ac an all-merciful God, who tries that he may temper coinpanies these qualities. Armel for whatever us, that I have not a second time been doomed to might ensue, they kept steadily by me, until we witness aught so crushing to the soul, so overarrived at a sort of corridor, from the extremity of whelming in woe, as the situation of the young which issued the tones of the same feminine voice, creature over whom I watched on the baleful midimploring mercy, in the Spanish tongue. Springe night of our victory! ing forward, my foot slipped in a pool of blood. * She had battled with a might exceeding her Before I could recover, the door of the apartment sex's strength, against nameless indignities, and whither we were lurrying, opened, and two sol. she bore the marks of the conflict. Her maiden diers of my own company discliarged their muskets attire was rent into sbapelessness; ber brow was at us, slightly wounding one of the gallant Scots. bruised and swollen; her abundant hair, almost Intemperance had blinded the ruftans, and frus. preternaturally black, streained wildly over her trated their murderous intentions-We felled them bosom, revealing iu its interstices fresh waving to the ground, and penetrated into the chamber. streaks of crimson, which contirmed the tale of There I had a bair-breadth escape from falling, ultra-barbarian outrage ; her cheek bad borrowed by the fury of another of the desperadoes. Parry, the same fatal hue from the neck of her slaughtering his bayonet, which he aimed at my brease, I ed parent, to whom, in her insensibility, she clung, could not prevent it taking a less dangerous course, with love strong as death.' Daughter of Spain, and lacerating my left cheek, nearly from the lip well was it for thy sire that he was gone from a to the eye. The gash, though frightful, threaten. polluted world ; well was it for him to whom thou ed no consequences more serious than an ugly wouldst lave down in thy desolateness, that his scar. Surgical knowledge enabled me to perceive place was filled by a stranger to his wounded dove ; this, as well as to apply the remedies within reach. one wbo, though devoted as a brother, could better It was a light matter, compared to the accumu bear up under the bitter ministrations of that lated wretchedness visible around me.

hour! " The room wherein we stood had been devoted " Through the means adopted, she gave token to the festivities of a retired family of moderate of revival. Her hand had retained a small gold fortune. It contained the remnants of those de. cross, and she raised it to her lips. The clourled cent elegancies that properly appertain to the lids were slowly expanded from her large dark 'strangers' apartment' in a dwelling of the iniddle eyes. A low agonizing inoan followed, Ihasten. class. Mutilated pictures, and fragn:ents of ex. ed to present the wine. In the act, the mantilla pensive mirrors, strewed the floor, which was un. fell from the arm that conveyed the glass.-Appal. carpeted, and formed of different kinds of wood, lingly she sharieked, --became convulsed, -passed curiously tesselated. An ebony cabinet, doubtless froin' fit to fit,-expired.--I called the serjeants, a venerable heir-loom, had suffered as if froin the . We are here! they answered. • Spurn these stroke of a sledge. Its contents, consisting of monsters, bound as they are, into the court-yard; household documents and touching domestic me. remain in the house until morning-I must bence.' morials, were scattered about at random. An - It will be dangerous, sir, to venture into the antique sideboard lay overturned ; a torn mantilla streets to night-consider your wound.'_ It may drooped on a sofa, ripped, and stained with wine. be 80-I wish it may; help me to clear the pagThe white drapery, on which tingers steeped in sage-I do not feel a wound!'-I plunged into the gore had left their traces, bung raggedly from the darkness. The black ensigns of the Almighty's walls. Pinjoning our prisoners, we barricadoed the wrath were unfurled over the earth, of which all doors against intrusion, and proceeded to offer all lovely and holy things had taken an eternal fare. tbe assistance and consolation in our power to the well, and resigned it to the dominion of demons. inmates of the desecrated mansion.

There was to be no future resurrection of the " On investigation, the serjeants found the dead morning. Thus spoke my tempestuous emotions. body of a domestic, whose susil and dagger showed But morning came at last; and its grey eye saw that he bad fought for the roof that covered him. me, like a shipwrecked mariner, pacing mournfully His beard had been burnt in derision with gun. near the gate of St. Jago."-p. 223.

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Escaping with life, but with an enfeebled their kindred departments, which Bertha frame, and emaciated constitution, this has suffered to pass over in silence. On graceless prodigal, having killed his friend poetry, morals, and religion, the uncle of in a duel, at last finds his way to England, this young lady is always both able and where he learns that his father, having ready to furnish much useful information. grown despondent at his misconduct, neg It cannot, however, be supposed that lected his business, and sunk into poverty, these volumes enter very deeply into the had become a bankrupt, and died almost subjects of which they treat. For this, they of a broken heart. Struck with these dis are far too numerous and too brief. They asters, and smarting under his own cala- imbody the results of investigations pursued mities, he retired into Wales, to spend the by others, and teach the reader to take adremnant of his days in penitence, and to vantage of tasks which the laborious and publish to the world, this well-written, but scientific among mankind have already perpainful narrative of An Only Son.

formed.

Of the manners and customs which pre

vail among the various tribes of mankind, Review.-Bertha's Visit to her Uncle in from the savage state, to that of civilization

England, in three Vols. 12mo. pp. 303, and refinement, we find some pleasing and 306, 303. Murray, London. 1831.

interesting accounts. The productions of To the inquiries of the reader, Of what various climates, which adininister to the do these volumes treat ? the reply would be wants of man and of the inferior animals, thought vague, equivocal, and indefinite, are so disposed as to arrest the attention, were we to answer, of almost every thing. and furnish topics for the most beneficial Such, however, is their diversified character, reflections. In all the apparatus of nature, that we are scarcely indebted to hyperbole the operations of a superintending Provifor the appellation thus universally applied. dence are distinctly seen; and he that can From this declaration few perhaps will pass them byłunheeded, must possess either withhold their assent, when they are in a dull understanding, or an unfeeling heart. formed, that every page in the three volumes To enter deeply into any of these remerits a distinct title, by exhibiting a suc searches would be inconsistent with the cession of variety, drawn either from the nature and character of this work. It is empire of nature or the productions of art. designed for the amusement and instruction

The plan of this amusing and very useful of the young; and in few books, now in cirwork, may be stated in a few words. culation, have these points been so happily Bertha, having spent her years of childhood blended; and fewer still have been enliva at Rio Janeiro, is sent to pay a visit to her ened with so much interesting variely. It uncle in England. Of her voyage, obser- has no stories, but many historical extracts, vations, interviews, conversations, and in- full of life and vigour; no artificial anecquiries, she keeps a regular journal, from dotes, but multitudes of facts that are equally which the contents of these volumes are pre- entertaining; no tinsel ornaments, which sumed to be extracted, and transmitted to dazzle with a meretricious glare, but phenoher friends in South America.

mena drawn from nature and art, at the Very different from those trifling publi- sight of which, fiction is compelled to hide cations which employ fiction to please the her diminished head. imagination of folly, and to rock ignorance We have been so much delighted with in its cradle to repose, Bertha's visit to her these volumes, that we regret others of a uncle seems to have been paid for some similar character and tendency are not more valuable purpose ;

and the information numerous. They contain novelty supplied which she has procured, being of a sterling by nature, without the inventions of proscharacter, is deserving of general attention tituted ingenuity. The field into which on each side of the Atlantic.

Bertha has entered is too ample to be On the vegetable and animal tribes of speedily exhausted, and too rich in genuine creation, as they appear in various parts of materials to send her a begging to romance. the earth, either in a wild, a cultivated, or a Intellectual health and vigour run through domesticated state, many judicious obser- all her pages. She breathes an uncontavations are made. The outlines of science, minated atmosphere, and the simple franatural and experimental philosophy, ma grance of nature accompanies all her steps. chinery, the arts in their various branches, The Hygeia of morals imparts an Orient including agriculture, architecture, and do- colouring to the simplicity of truth, which mestic economy, occupy prominent features will retain its freshness until art and wickin these volumes; nor will it be easy to edness can muster power sufficient to renmention a single topic in either these, or der utility and nature contemptible.

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