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At bis departure, which was a canoni- they would kill him. Mr. Edwards, cal benediction of the good company, however, according to his own account, he appointed a day and hour* to bring was not intimidated by this threat, but his young nephew to see his mistress; strained himself to make the greater which was the very day that he made noise, and in consequence received se his daring attempt.'
veral more blows on the head with the “ The good old gentleman had got mallet, and was stabbed in the belly: up ready to receive his guest, and the this again brought the poor old man to daughter was in her best dress to enter- the ground, where he lay for some time tain her expected lover; when, behold, in so senseless a state, that one of the parson Blood, with three more, came villains pronounced him dead. Edto the jewel-house, all armed with ra- wards had come a little to himself, and pier blades in their canes, and every hearing this, lay quietly, conceiving it one a dagger, and a brace of pocket best to be thought so. The booty was pistols. Two of his companions entered now to be disposed of, and one of them, in with him, on pretence of seeing the named Parrot,* put the orb in his crown, and the third stayed at the door, breeches : Blood held the crown under as if to look after the young lady, a his cloak; and the third was about to jewel of a more charming description, file the sceptre in two, in order that it but in reality as a watch. The daughter, might be placed in a bag brought for who thought it not modest to come down that purpose; but fortunately, the son till she was called, sent the maid to take of Mr. Edwards, who had been in Flana view of the company, and bring a ders with Sir John Talbot, and on his description of her gallant; and the ser- landing in England had obtained leave vant conceiving that he was the intend- to come away, post, to visit his father, ed bridegroom who stayed at the door, happened to arrive whilst this scene was being the youngest of the party, return- acting; and on coming to the door, the ed to soothe the anxiety of her young person that stood centinel asked, with mistress with the idea she had formed whom he would speak? to which he of his person.
answered, that he belonged to the house; « Blood told Mr.Edwards, that they and perceiving the person to be a stran. would not go up stairs till his wife came, ger, told him that if he had any business and desired him to shew his friends the with his father, that he would acquaint crown to pass the time till then; and him with it, and so hastened up stairs they had no sooner entered the room, to salute his friends. This unexpected and the door as usual shut, than a cloak accident spread confusion amongst the was thrown over the old man's head, party, and they instantly decamped and a gag put in his mouth.
with the crown and orb, leaving the 66 Thus secured, they told him, that sceptre yet unfiled. their resolution was to have the crown, “ The aged keeper now raised himglobe, and sceptre; and, if hie would self upon his legs, forced the gag from quietly submit to it, they would spare his mouth, and cried, treason! murder! his life, otherwise he was to expect no which being heard by his daughter, who mercy. He thereupon endeavoured to
was perhaps anxiously expecting far make all the noise he possibly could, to other sounds, ran out and reiterated the be heard above: they then knocked cry. The alarm now became general, him down with a wooden mallet, and and young Edwards and his brother-intold him that, if yet he would lie quietly law, captain Beekman, ran after the cona bey would spare his life, but if not, spirators; whom a warder put himself in upon his next attempt to discover them a position to stop, but Blood discharged
a pistol at him, and he sell, although
unhurt, and the thieves proceeded safely "The ninth of May, between seven and eight o'clock in the morning. The hour, not
to the next post, where one Sill, who *try seasonable for such an interview, W:s 20counted for by the excuse that two friends, saa lie wishid to bring with him to ste the * " He was a silk-dyer in Southwark, and in negalia, were about to leare town early that the rebellion had been a lieutenant under man Thing."
jor-general Harrison." VOL. VII.
and a very
had been a soldier under Cromwell,
Mussulmen Devotion.. stood centinel; but he offered no oppo
(From Richardson's Travels along the sition, and they accordingly passed the
Mediterranean.) drawbridge. Horses were waiting for them at St. Catherine's gate, and as they Next morning, the 27th, we started ran that way, along the tower wharf, again at an early hour, as soon as the they themselves cried out, stop the reisses had got through their prayers. rogues ; by which they passed on un With one of them, this was a very long suspected till captain Beekman over
genetook them. At his head Blood fired rally spent an hour in this exercise another pistol, but missed him, and was every morning, and as much in the seized. “Under the cloak of this daring evening, besides being very punctual in villain was found the crown, and, al- the performance of this duty at the inthough he saw bimself a prisoner, he tervening periods of stated prayer. had yet the impudence to struggle for Certainly he did not pray in secret, comhis prey; and when it was finally muning with his heart, but called aloud, wrested from him, said, it was a gal- with all his might, and repeated the lant attempt, however unsuccessful; it words as fast as his tongue could give was for a crown!
them utterance. The form and words
of his prayer were the same with those A few stones fell out in the straggle, of the others, but this good man had but nothing considerable was eventually made a vow to repeat certain words of missing. Blood, who was the son of a the prayer a given number of times, blacksmith in Ireland, and who had al- both night and morning. The word ready distinguished himself by several “Rabboni,” for example, answering to atrocious crimes, among which one was our word “ Lord,” he would bind hima nearly successful attempt to hang the self to repçat a hundred or two hundred Duke of Ormond at Tyburn, saved his times, twice a day; and accordingly, life on this occasion by a bold answer. went on in the hearing of all the party, Charles II. examined him in person, and on his knees, sometimes with his and to a question relative to the persons face directed steadily to beaven, at other concerned in the attack on the Duke of times bowing down to the ground, and Ormond, Blood replied, “that he never calling out 6 Rabboni ! Rabboni! Rabwould betray a friend's life, nor deny a boni ! Rabboni ! Rabboni!” &c. as fast guilt in defence of his own. This as he could articulate the words after frankness, added to the confession of a each other, like a school-boy going
design once entertained against the king through his task; not like a man, who, I himself, in which he had been checked praying with the heart, and the under
at the very moment of projected assas- standing also, continues longer on his sination by an awe of majesty,' cap- knees, in the rapture of devotion; whose tivated the good nature of the easy. soul is a flame of fire, enkindled by his Charles. Blood was pardoned, and had Maker, and feeding upon his God, like a pension of 500l. a year bestowed upon Jacob, will not let him go until he bless him in Ireland. Lord Arlington was him. Having settled his accounts with commissioned by the king to state his the word Rabboni, which the telling of pleasure, that the Duke of Ormond his beads enabled him to know when he should drop the prosecution which he had done, he proceeded to dispose of had commenced against this desperate his other vows in a similar manner. ruffian. Lord Arlington was about to “ Allah houakbar!” perhaps, came assign Charles's reasons, when the duke next, “God most great;" and he would stopped him by a memorable reply: go on as with the other, “ Allah houak• If his majesty can forgive Blood's bar! Allah houakbar! Allah houakbar! stealing the crown, he may easily par- Allah houakbar !" &c. repeating them don his attempt upon my life; and if as fast as he could frame his organs to such be his majesty's pleasure, that is a pronounce them. When he had done sufficient reason for me -Your lordship with it, he took up the chorus of anomay spare the rest.'
ther word, “Allah careem, God assist
ing; Allah hedaim, eternal God; Al towers, and walls about Jerusalem, and ham de lelai, glory to God:” or some that the stones of which some of them other word or phrase, or attribute of were constructed were 30 feet long, 15% Jehovah, and repeated it over as many feet broad, seven and a half feet thick, times as he had vowed to do. The usual we are not more astonished at the number of repeating certain words, is strength, and skill, and perseverance by, thirty-three times each; and the Mus- which they were constructed, than sulman's beads are strung accordingly shocked by the relentless and brutal three times thirty-three, with a large di- hostility by which they were shattered viding bead between each division. The and overthrown, and utterly removed usual phrases so repeated, are, “ Allah from our sight. A few gardens still rehouakbar, God most great; Al ham de main on the sloping base of Mount lelai, glory to God; Allah careem, as- Zion, watered from the pool of Siloam; sisting God," &c. To hear this man the gardens of Gethsemane are still in repeat his prayers, hiş variety of un a sort of ruined cultivation; the fences connected tones, running through all the are broken down, and the olive trees notes of the gamut, produced quite a decaying, as if the hand that dressed ludicrous effect; you would say that and fed them were withdrawn; the this man was caricaturing, or making a Mount of Olives stifl retains a languishfarce of devotion ; but, to look at him ing verdure, and nourishes a few of engaged, nothing could be more serious' those trees from which it derives its or devout, or more abstracted from the name; but, all round about Jerusalem, world, than his appearance. All his the general aspect is blighted, and barcountrymen thought well of his devo- ren; the grass is withered; the bare tions, and never manifested the slightest rock looks through the scanty sward, disposition to smile at, or to iwit him and the grain itself, like the staring profor his oddities; on the contrary, they geny of famine, seems in doubt whesaid that he was a rich man, and would ther to come to maturity, or die in the be a great shiekh. So great is their re The vine that was brought from spect for prayer, that raillery on that Egypt is cut off from the midst of tire subject would not be tolerated among land; the vineyards are wasted, the Mussulmans.
hedges are taken away; and the graves of the ancient dead are open and ten
antless. How is the gold become dim; Modern Jerusalem.
and every thing that was pleasant to
the eye withdrawn. Jerusalem has (From the same.)
heard the voice of David and Solomon, It is a tantalizing circumstance, how- of prophets and aposties, and he who ever, for the traveller who wishes to re spake as man nevěr spake has taught cognize in his walks the site of particu- in 'hier synagogues and in her streets. lar buildings, or the scenes of memora- Before her legislators, her poets, and ble events, that the greater part of the her aposties, those of all other countries objects mentioned in the description, became dumb, and cast down their both of the inspired and Jewish histori- crowns, as unworthy to stand in their an, are entirely removed, and 'razed presence.
Once she was rich in every from their foundation, without leaving a blessing; victorious over all her enesingle trace or name behind to point mies; and resting in peace,
every out where they stood. Not an ancient man sitting under his own vine, and tower, or gate, or wall, or hardly even under his own fig-tree, with none to a stone remains. The foundations are disturb, or to make him afraid. not only broken up, but every fragment But we must turn to consider the of which they were composed is swept Jerusalem that now is. away, and the spectator looks upon the and Syria it is universally called Gouts bare rock with hardly a sprinkling of or Koudes, which means holy, and is earth to point out her gardens of plea- still a respectable good looking town; sure, or groves of idolatrous devotion. it is of an irregular shape, approaching And when we consider the palaces, and nearest to that of a square; it is sur
rounded by a high embattled wall, Scoresby's Discovery. which, generally speaking, is built of Captain Scoresby, in a recent voyage the common stone of the country, which in the ship Baffin, has made some inis a compact line-stone. It has six teresting discoveries on the long-lost gates, one of which looks to the west, eastern coast of Greenland, in sight of and is called the gate of Yaffa, or Beth- which he remained three months. He lehem, because the road to these places has surveyed the coast from lat.69 to 75, passes through it; two look to the comprising an extent of coast, with its north, one is called the gate of Sham, indentations, of about 800 miles. He or Damascus, the other the gate of He- has discovered several very extensive rod; the fourth gate looks to the east, inlets, which were ascertained to peneor the valley of Jehoshaphat, and is țrate upwards of 60 miles beyond the called St. Stephen's gate, because here outer line of the coast, and were with the protomartyr was stoned to death; out any visible termination. From vait is close by the temple, or mosque of rious circumstances, he is of opinion, Omar, and leads to the gardens of Geth- that this country, bitherto deemed a semane and the Mount of Olives, Beth- continent, consists of a vast assemblage any, Jericho, and all the east of Jerusa- of islands, and that some of the inlets lem; the fourth gate leads into the communicate directly with Baffin's Bay. temple, or haram schereeff, which was He landed on various parts of the coast, formerly called the church of the pre- and explored several of the bays, where sentation, because the Virgin Mary is he found frequent traces of inhabitants, supposed to have entered by this gate to with evident marks of their buts having present her Son, oùr blessed Saviour, in, been recently occupied. He also disco the temple. On account of a turn in vered a considerable hamlet of deserted the wall, this gate, though in the east huts, among which were many graves. wall of the city, looks to the south, to- He has brought home with him a conwards Mount Zion; near to this there siderable collection of animal,vegetable, is another gate, which is small, not ad- and mineral productions from this remitting either horses or carriages, of mote region, and has constructed a which last, however, there is none in chart, from actual observations, of an Jerusalem, and from the wall resuming immense tract of this coast, which he its former direction looks to the east, it states to have been hitherto so erroneis called Dung-gate. The last is called ously laid down, that only three points Zion-gate, or the gate of the prophet could be recognized, and that the error David; it looks to the south, and is in in the longitude in these instances was that part of the wall which passes over no less than 15 degrees. An extensive Mount Zion, and runs between the portion of this coast has been denomibrook Kedron, or valley of Jehosha. nated Liverpool; and some of its bays phat, on the east, and the deep ravinę and promontories have been named in called the valley of the Son of Hinpom; honour of several inhabitants of that on the west, leaving about two thirds of town. Christ. Observer, Oct. 1822. Mount Zion on the south, or outside of the walls, it is nearly opposite to the
Pitcairn's Island. mosque which is built over the sepul It appears from the public papers, chre of David. The longest wall is that, on the 8th of March, 1819, capt. that which faces this, and is on the Arthur, of the American whale ship north side of the city; it runs between (Russel) touched at the above island, the valley of Gihon on the west, and where he found about 50 inhabitants, the valley of Jehoshaphat on the east. descended froin the mutineers, who I walked round the city, on the outside seized capt. Bligh's ship, the Bounty, of the wall, in an hour and twenty when at the distance of three or four. minutes, and Lady Belmore fode round miles from the shore; they were boardit, on her ass, in an hour and a quarter, ed by the crew of a boat from the island, and the whole circumference as mea- who were renjarkably interesting young sured by Maundrell, a most accurate men. Bread and butter were set before traveller, is two miles and a half. them, but they refused to eat, alleging
that it was their fast-day, but being that they were not the first possessors much importuned to eat, they partook, of Pitcairn's Island. It is, however, though slightly, but not till after they certain, that the aborigines left it at no had implored a blessing. And after recent period, as the trees growing on their repast was finished, a hymn and the house spots eould not have arrived prayer was preferred with great devo- to their present size in less than 100 tional propriety. Their boat needing years, perhaps 500. The land is high, repair, was taken on deck, and com- and may be seen 12 or 15 leagues-its pleted before the next morning to their coast free of dangerswinds variable great satisfaction.
which makes it easy to lie off and on; After landing on the isļand, capt. the town is situate on the north side of Arthur, and others, ascended a high the island, rather nearest the west end bill, assisted by a young man named the houses may be seen three or four Robert Young. They then met with leagues off by a ship coming from the the venerable governor; John Adams, north. who was attended by most of the wo The different names of the islanders men and children of the island, and are-Adams, Christian, sen. Christian, were welcomed to their shores in the jun. Young, Quintrall, and M-Kay. mustartless yet dignified manner. They Pitcairn's Island, ļat. 25. 3. S. by acwere then invited to the village, and a count, 26.41.; long. 130. 22.W. by acdinner was prepared for them, consist- count, 128. 52.-Ilenderson's Island ing of pigs, fowls, yams, and plantains. lies E. N. E. from Pitcairn's, 100 miles. A blessing was asked, and thanks re Ląt. 34. 26. long. 138. 30.W.-Evang. turned in an impressive manner. Mag. Nov. 1822.
At night they were provided with beds, and, in the morning at seven, a Destruction of Churches. plentiful breakfast was provided for A church was burnt in the month of them. At dinner also they were equally June last, in the parish of Grue, in the well provided for. In the afternoon, district of Hedemark, in Norway, by about three, they took an affectionate which many persons have come to a leave of their friends, and returned to melancholy end. The church was of the ship, well pleased with their enter- wood, and smeared over with tar, so tainment.
that the whole edifice was in flames in Before we leave Pitcairn's Island, it a few minutes. Several hundred perwill not be improper to make a few ob- sons who were in it at the time, rushed servations. The time and manner of its to the door, whence a press was caused colonization are to most general read- which stopped the way: the people ers well known. John Adams, and six then ran to the windows, and though
are all that is left of they were high, leaped through them the Bounty. Forty-nine have been out of the burning building. The clerborn on the island, two of whom are gyman, who was in the pulpit, chose dead, which leaves 53 persons on the this shorter way, and saved his life by island, now all in good health without a hazardous leap: but above 100 pera single exception. There are about 11 sons, who could not make their escape, active young men, who are ready and perished in the flames. The fire was willing at all times to assist a ship's occasioned by the çarelessness of the crew in procuring wood and water, or sexton, an old man, who had fot used any thing else the island affords. John due caution with the fire kept for lightAdams assures us, and, from what we ing the tapers on the altar. ourselves saw, we have no reason to On the 17th of October the superb disbelieve him, that the island was in- church of St. Peter, at Venice, was habited before themselves, but at what struck by lightning. In one moment the period it is difficult to conjecture. They cupola was in flames, and tell in with a found, after their arrival, many places dreadful crash. The whole edifice was where houses had stood,burying-places, reduced to a heap of ruins. This church, and images representing a human next to the celebrated one of St. Mark, bgure, with other indubitable marks, was the finest at Venice.