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tragic fate of his friend, and of the horrors, which Col. Gillespie commanded the that were still prevailing. No time was to principal attack, and evinced his chabe lost; and, therefore, collecting imme: racteristic promptitude, decision, judga diately about a troop of the vineteenth dragoons, and ordering the galloper guns

ment, and personal courage. On the occato follow with all speed, he hastened for- sion of a previous attack on the posiward with the utmost eagerness. So anx

tion of Weltervreeden, ious, iudeed, was he to reach the place, Just as the officers mounted their horses, that he was considerably in advance of his they were all taken suddenly ill, in consemen all the way; and on his appearance, quence of swallowing some deleterious Serjeant Brodie, who had served with him drug, which had been infused into their in St. Domingo, instantly recognized him, coffee, by a Frenchman who kept the house and turning to his drooping comrades, he where they were quartered. The fellow exclaimed, “ If Colonel Gillespie be alive, bad a cup of the same mixture poured he is now at the head of the vineteenth down his throat, though sorely against his dragoons, and God Almighty has sent him will; but this was the only punishment from the West Indies to save our lives in inficted upon him, as the occupation of the the East." It was indeed, in all respects, moment, and other serious concerns, presuch a display of divine goodness, as could vented a further investigation of the atrohardly fail to kindle in the most thought. cious act. less mind a ray of devotional gratitude, while hope was pointing out a prospect of would little edify our readers, but we

The history of seiges and assaults deliverance. Urged on by the noblest of all motives, that of saviug his fellow-crea

think it proper that our pages should tures, the Colonel, regardless of his own contain one evidence of the atrocious safety, and in the face of a furious fire barbarity of the Malays and Arabs at poured upon him from the walls, pushed Palimbang. towards the bastion, where a chain, formed Tremendous battlements, with immense of the soldiers' belts, being let down by gates, leading from one vast area to anothe serjeant, the latter had the indiscrib-ber, received the small party, and preable satisfaction of welcoming a leader sented to them the frightful spectacle of from whom he krew every thing might be human blood, still recking and flowing on expected that energy and perseverance the pavement. The massy gates closed could accomplish. Immediately, on as upon them, and the ensavguined courtsuming the command, the lieutenant-colo- yards through which they passed appeared nel formed the resolution of charging the like a passage to a slaughter-house. mutineers with the bayonet, wbich he car While they were in this dreadful situa. ried into execution, and thus kept them in tion, a Malay, who had passed through check till the arrival of the galloper guns, the crowd, approached the colonel, and when orders were given to blow open the was walking close by his side, when a gate, which being promptly done, the dra- large double-edged kvife was secretly put goons entered, and a short but severe con into his hands by one of his countrymei. fict ensued. The sepoys were encouraged It was a dark, stormy night, and a ray of to make a desperate stand by their offi: lightning, at the very instant when the felcers; but, after losing about six hundred, low was pushing the knife up his loose who were cut in pieces on the spot, the sleeve for concealment, discovered the rest fled in all directions. The standard weapon to the keen eye of the colonel, of Tippoo had been hoisted on the palace who, turning round, had the man seized, soon after the dreadful business commenc. and thus happily frustrated the murderous ed, wbich left no doubt of its being pro- intent. The weapon was found, but the jected with the knowledge of the princes. Malay contrived, by miogling with the

pp. 96-108. crowd, to effect his escape. The long experience of Col. Gillespie The palace exhibited a melancholy mixin the West Indies, was of great utility ture of cruelty and devastation, strpassing to him in the management of his men in that whicis had already met the eie. the East Indies : and this Igave him a

Murder had here been succeeded by rapine; great advantage in prosecuting the at- and while the place was completely rave tack on Java, in which bris conduct sacked, the floors were literaily cloited

with gore. On every side the most woewas conspicuous. The most impor- ful spectacles were to be seen, and they tant operation of the army under the

were rendered still more awfu' by the glare command of Sir Samuel Auchmuty was of the surrounding couflagration, and the storming the lines of Cornelis, in vivid gleams of lightning which flashed

amidst rolling peals of thunder. The de jjor General gave orders that the troops vouring flames, which continued to spread should branch off on each side, and he took destruction, in spite of the rain that poured the lead, thus striving, by his great and down in torrents, had now reached the energetic example, to turn the fortune of outer buildings of the palace, and threat the day. Affairs were at this moment in a encd the quarter where the English party most desperate state; and the resolution of had taken their station. The crackling of the commander to head his troops in perbamboos, resembliog the discharge of son, though perhaps, pot strictly conformmusketry-the tumbling in of burning able to ordinary rules, and common cases, roofs, with a tremendous crash-and the was indispevsibly necessary in that critical pear approach of the fire, added to the sur posture of the assault. The General was rounding danger of a hostile multitude, al. fully aware of the ditficulty which pressed together, gave a fearful aspect to the con upon him : aud though he was as free from dition of our little band, which consisted reproach as from fear, he could not, cononly of seventeen grenadiers, the officers sistent with his sense of professional duty, already mentioned, and a few seamen suffer his troops to bear a greater share of Having carefully recounoitered by torch personal danger than himself. He was of light the interior of the palace-court, and opinion that the fort might be taken by ordered all the avenues, except one, to be assault, and his plan was well digested for barricadoed, Colonel Gillespie placed the that purpose ; but when he saw that the grenadiers at the priocipal entrance, and valour and fortitude of the soldiers with the strictest guard was preserved. Soou whom the attack lay, had suffered an unafter midnight Major Trench, with about fortunate depression, in consequence of the sixty men of the eighty-ninth regiment ar formidable dificulties that were opposed rived; and the remaining part of lhe ad to thein, he resolved to set them an exvance, under Lieutenant-Colonel M‘Leod, ample of impulsive forwardness, in the joined the little garrison early in the morn- hope that their efforts would be crowned ing. Thus, an unprecedented act of daring with success on the coming up of the other enterprise, judiciously conceived, and ra divisions to their support. Obstacles and pidly executed, gained the possession of dangers which appal the courage of others the fort and batteries, defended by two only tended to quicken his spirit, and to stihundred and forty-two pieces of canuon, mulate him to exertious corresponding without the loss of a man.

with his declaration on leaving the batte.

pp. 156-161. ries, “that he would take the fort, or lose His loss, and that ofmany other valua- his life in the attempt." ble officers was occasioned by the deter

This devoted heroism had the effect of mined resistance of the Goorkahlees ; reanimating the troops, who, being thus he fell before the fort of Kalunga Ocaled on, moved forward with alacrity to tober 25, 1814.

make another attempt : but while the Ge. Nothing could surpass the gallantry cheering his men and calling them on,

neral was waving his hat and sword, of the King's Royal Irish (dismounted within a few paces of the wall

, he was Dragoons), who took the lead in the shot through the heart, and instantly exstorm ; but after penetrating to the

pired, wicket of the stockade, they were obliged to retire, for the want of immediate sup- the service, and in a total disregard of his

Thus, in the esuberance of his zeal for port. The troops, however, still continued to maintain their position with cool intre personal safety, fell this exalted and inesti

mable character, a little before twelve pidity, keeping up a heavy though useless o'clock, and when our troops had been fire of musketry: but at length shewing more than an hour within thirty yards of an inclination to retire, positive orders were the walls. sent to hold possession of the stockade until the party could be reinforced. But, this fatal catastrophe, the next senior offi.

All hopes of success being destroyed by uyfortunately for those who had to endure a painful and unequal struggle in this cer, co being made acquainted with it, iin. quarter, the two columus under Major with the guns of the batteries, returued to

mediately ordered a retreat, and the whole, Kelly and Captain Fast, on the other side, the camp. did not hear the signal; and thus the re

pp. 229-233. lief which their presence would have af

The work is written in an interesting forded did not arrive when it was wanted. style, and will fully repay the perusal

From a wicket, before which one of the of the attentive reader. It would have six-pounders had been placed, a heavy fire been more complete if more illustra. was maiotained; to avoid which, the Ma- tive plates had been annexed.

before us, with equal attention to proThe City of the Plugue, and other bability, displays dead carts, church

Poems. By Johu Wilson, Author of yards, graves newly opened, and pits the Isle of Palms. London, Longman for the reception of the multitude. If & Co. 8vo. pp. 229. 10s. 6d. 1816.

subjects of this kind succeed, our bills LUCIEN chose to sing the triumphs and we may expect to see Dropsy, fe- .

of mortality will be ransacked for plots, of the Gout, and the pensive muse of ver, Atrophy, and a long and nameless Henry Kirke White selected Consump-train of bilious and nervous disorders, tion, as the power at whose shrine the crowding round the Muses ; and urging most interesting victims are called too their clainis to distinction amid the suboften to make untimely sacrifice of their youth and genius ; thus chauuting with jects immortalized by the lyre. mournful prescience, a requiem over his conversation between Frankfort and Wil

The City of the Plague opens with a own rare abilities. But all diseases to mot, two naval officers, who are walking which the frame of man is liable, ali

on the banks of the Thames, in the vicalamities which may shake the reason cinity of Westminster Abbey, at the thal gives him pre-eminence in creation, bour of afternoon prayers. No sound all the evils of his wild ainbition, wbich

“ of organs peal, or choral symphony" turn the fairest parts of that creation is heard--the clock, with immoveable into a desert, all fade into insignificance

finger, seems compared with the destructive pesti- in the face of day.” Frankfort, fearing

“ to speak of midnight lence, that poisons the very earth for the fate of his mother, affectingly herself, depopulates her cities, and contrasts his feelings at that moment, leaves the few survivors friendless and with what they were when he took forlord. The wild instinctive terrors of leave of her, buoyant in bope. soch a subject accord but ill with the loftier strain of poetry, which ought Did thy sweet evenings die along the Thames

O unrejoicing Sabbath! not of yore, never to dwell with physical evils. It is the emotions of mind, not sufferings of Thus silently! now every sail is furl'd, the body, which the fine arts ought to The oar has dropt from out the rower's hand, delight in delineating. The statue of And on thon flow'st in lifeless majesty, the dying Gladiator would not have ex

River of a desert lately fill'd with joy! cited the admiration of succeeding ages, O'er all that mighty wilderness of stone if the pain arising from his wounds had The air is clear and cloudless as at sea been the predominant feeling expressed Above the gliding ship. All fires are dead, in his attitude, rather than his resiy- | And not one single wreath of smuke ascevde nation to what he deemed an honoura - Above the stillness of the towers and spires. ble death. The dignity of Laocoon, the How idly hangs that arch magnificent, beauty of Niube, find the way to our 'Across the idle river! not a speck bearts, expressly becanse they retain Is seen to move along it. There it langs, the majesty and beauty of form, amidst Still as a rainbow, iu the pathless sky. all their agonising sufferings. Nor

The entrance of an old man of wretchwill Poussia's Plague at Athens, im- ed appearance, who carries in his arms part that pleasure to the observer,

an infant, the sole survivor of his race, which bis exbibitions of classic elegance

suspends this monody. This is one of and romantic scenery universally io

the many images in Mr. Wilson's poems spire.

which harrows up rather than affects Beaumont and Fletcher composed a the soul. Yet there is much fine poe. play having mental derangement for its try in the old man's plaints, and in his theme : all the characters are

description of the overwhelming pro. « Touch'd with a beam of madness." gress of the disorder which had reduced and, of course, the property man is to silence the mighty sound laid under large contributions for shac 4" As of a raging river, day and night kles and chains, straw and tattered gar- Triumphing through the city='twas the voice ments. The spectacle part in the drama of London sleepless in magnificence.” TOL. V. No. 26. Lit. Pan. N. S. Nov. 1.


The second scene introduces an As-cart fearlessly and exultingly, up to trologer, who taking advantage of the the vast pit, which only be had the coudespondency of the people, to turn their rage to approach, requires a degree of credulity to account, pours forth a num firmness of nerve to delineate, which alber of lamentable predictions which most leads the fancy to imagine it sees hasten the death of the susceptible and the writer himself employed in the weak, while he himself, struck with the office. plague sinks in the midst of them. The ihird scene brings before us a beau

In his cast of thought, in his phraseotiful character, in Magdalene, the logy, and manner, Mr. Wilson has eviobject of Frankfort's affection, who like dently copied our early dramatists. As an angel of mercy hovers round the sick he has many of their beauties, we would bed, supports the afflicted, and fearless of pardon bim some of their faults ; but

faults which arise from imitation, redanger to herself, seeks only to disarm death of its terrors to others. She has

quire only to be pointed out, to become travelled from Cumberland, with her

more than doubly offensive, if voluntaparents, to see the Metropolis, they are

rily persisted in afterwards. With the seized with the plague in its very com

poetry of this performance, we should mencement, and she is left alone in the imagine, not the most splenetic critic solitude of the city: entering 'the ca

can find occasion to quarrel. The verthedral, to perform her devotions, she sification is, in general, correct and is followed by a ruffian, who struck with good; the figures are exquisitely beauher piety, relents from his purpose and

tiful; a virtuous train of sentiment permost strangely confesses to her a tissue vades the whole, with a vigour of deof iniquitous practices, which he and scription, where opportunity for it ochis comrades have been guilty of; but curs, which proves that the author which, in this, as well as in some other could do well in some impassioned parts of the poem, would have been things, if he shook off a little of that better cast into shade. History sutti- almost exclusive attachment to still life, ciently vouches for the melancholy fact whence arise so many beanties, and so mathat public calamity has generally been ny defects. The death of Frankfort's moattended with private depravity. The ther, and infant brother, is beautifully state of society in Europe after the described; and the affectionate sailor's plague in 1:346; the famuus four thieves grief, on hearing of the misfortune he of Marseilles, who ransomed their lives

had anticipated, is very affecting. with the secret of their vinegar; the o, is the curse of absence that our love, demoralization to use her own favourite Becomes too sad, too tender, too profound, term, of France, during the bloodiest | Towards all our far-off friends-home we periods of the revolution, the total loss

relurn, of feeling, ihe shameless selfishness, And find them dead for whom we often wept, conspicuous in the inhabitants of all Needlessly wept, when they were in their joy! countries, which have long been ihe

Then goes the broken hearted mariner seat of war, sufficiently attest that there is in human nature so strong an antipa- Around the charmless earth!

Back to the sea, that welters drearily thy to misery, that the heart becomes callous after experiencing a certain de It would be easy to give instances of gree of agony.

Who else could art the the striking beauty of our author's poepart of those furies who track the field try, where the milder affections of the of battle to strip the wounded and the soul are concerned; resignation, love, dying, of their poor remains of shelter contemplation, sympathy, have in him from the pitiless chills of night. But an eloquent interpreter , but we wish to Mr. Wilson dwells upon horrors until confine ourselves chiefly to the points we call in question the sensibility which connected more immediately with the can thus familiarise itself with them. main subject. An old priest, after give The image of an Ideot Negro, grinning ing a heart-rending account to Wihnat from ear to ear, and driving the dead of the breaking out of the disorder, and

i ts rapid progress, deseribes that last asylum of hopeless wretchedness, the Carte des Côtes de Burbarie, 8c. Chart Pest-house.

of the Coasts of Barbary, comprising “ Hither come,

the States of Morocco, Fez, Algiers, The children of despair and poverty,

Tunis, and Tripoli, laid down from the Who baring bosoms yellow with plague spots, latest charts and voyages, with plans of Implore adınittance, and with hollow voice, the principal places and ports; by Et. Do passionately vow their gratitude,

Collin. 6 fr. Treuttel and Wurtz. Paris. If suffer'd to lay down their rending heads

This Chart which recent circumOn the straw pallets—so that skilful men May visit them, even when the wretches say, interesting, is executed with the usua

stances have rendered more particularly,

1 They have no hope.

neatness of this artist's productions. It Tis but two nightz ago I tither went

comprehe’ds the Straits of Gibraltar, To minister the sacrainent, I heard

part of the Spanish Coast, the Sardinian A bideoas din before I reach'd the door,

Islands, Sicily and Malta, the entire And entering i beheld the ghastly patients

coast of Africa from Cape Anguyon Walking tumultuously throughout the room; beyond Santa Cruz in the kingdom of Some seemingly in anger-all the rest,

Morocco, to Tripoli, and the inland lo mate despair, there lay the attendants dead! districts as far as Mount Atlas. The . And thirst bad come upon that pale-faced routes followed by the different travellers crew,

[hands, who have explored those regions are Who gap'd, and made wild motions with their laid down,-and also the most remarkWhen in their parch'd mouths prayers or able geographical points, ancient as well curses died.”

as modern : for the purpose of accuracy

the works of the most celebrated authors The fourth scene in the third act is have been consulted in order to furnish one of the finest, and most characte- an exact knowledge of the situations of ristic, in the poem. It has likewise the shores and interior scites; it appears some attempt at dramatic spectacle ; particularly adapted for military purbut the whole performance, and this | poses : the anchorages on the coasts are scene, especially, suffers from a want of carefully designated. The Plans of incident. It is descriptive throughout; Gibraltar, Ceuta, Oran, Algiers, Tunis, and it concludes with the death of and Tripoli are on a scalc of that magFrankfort and Magdalene; but, the nitude, and with details so particular, as final close differs so little from the inci- to farnish all necessary information redental pauses, that we should not have lating to those places. The Map of discovered our arrival at the conclusion, Gibraltar is sold separately. Price Ifr. had not the poet favoured us with infor- 25 c. mation to that effect : amid so many horrid circumstances as he has accumulated, we are somewhat surprised that Antiquarische Reise, 8c. Antiquarian he should not have taken a hint from

Travels in the Island of Fionia. By R. the practice of the island of Corfu, at

Nyerup. 8vo. Seidelin, Copenhagen. this time; which is to burn whole villages, where the inhabitants have re The intention of the learned Profesceived the infection of the plague. This sor in undertaking this excursion, was usage, properly introduced, would have to throw light on ihose antiquities which made an excellent scenic finish; and with the island of Fionia or Fyen contains. such a flaming spectacle we should not in 1811 and 1812 Professor Vedel Sia have despaired of seeing the piece gain monson had preceded this author in his footing at one of our national theatres, researches, but the objects discovered Dotwithstanding the trilling objection and collected by him had not yet arrived of its baving no other pretension what at the Museum of Antiquities at Copenever to the modish characteristics of hagen. Professor Nyerup first visited drarnatic effect.

Odensee, the capital of the island, where

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