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and accordingly, our guide lifted up all little well-wigged princes, and forhis voice and spake. He pointed out midable princesses, doubtless very the mariner,—the sea,—the vessel; staring likenesses. Sir James Thornand nothing that I can say will afford hill figures away also himself, in a you an idea of the deep rugged' vigour splendid suit, and enclouded in a wig of his voice. When he came to a word of inestimable curl. with an Rin it,-it rattled in his mouth The sides of the hall have represenlike a loose sail in a stiff wind; and his tations of fluted columns, which, as the laborious expulsion of sound resembled boatswain says, “ you would believe the exertions attendant upon working were carved ;—they are all as smooth a boat against a heavy sea.

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as this wall.” Mrs. Morton engraved lutely adhered to his own mode of pro- a smile upon his copper visage, by exnunciation, which made good havoc amining closely, and very generously with many stout words, that had stood still professing a disbelief;—he drew the storms of other tongues;--but so his willow wand across it, winked at like the monotonous tones of the sea me, and re-assured her that it was was this his delivery of sound, that I “ nothing but painted.” Lord Nelson's could have closed my eyes and fancied car stands in one corner, and when it myself sitting near the mainmast, with is remembered how great were the reall the world of ropes and booms creak- mains which it bore, through a grateing and rattling around me. The pic- ful weeping people, to its last and eterture is a clever picture, but it has all nal cabin, and how glorious was the the hardness and stiffness peculiar to wood of which it was constructed, it is West. The pulpit is not at all suited affecting little to say that it inspires to the purity of the chapel. The ceil- gentle, and proud, and melancholy ing is extremely rich. At the entrance thoughts. there is an inner portico supported on The kitchen, and the dinner room, beautiful columns of white marble, with their homely furniture and peasewhich caught the heart of Agnes, and soup atmosphere, are refreshing to bewas not displeasing to the severer eyes hold, provided you have not allayed of her aunt and myself.

the cravings of your appetite ; and the The Painted Hall faces the chapel, cleanliness observable around is the and is to be sure sufficiently splendid: pleasantest provocative of hunger in -the ceiling is, as a very clever little the world. When we passed through account of Greenwich Hospital re- these rooms, the scouring was going marks, well described by Sir Richard on, and there was a thorough sloppiSteele.

ness apparent over every-thing. The Mr. Flamstead looks down, with bread-room had a delightful wheaten his ingenious discipline, in a way to awe odour, which took my senses mightily. all sublunary objects. The mixture of. Agnes, as she peeped with her pretty gods, rivers, virtues, fame, king, queen, face through the grating at the imprisand Tycho Brahe, is sufficiently va- oned loaves, heaved a sigh as though rious to hit the taste of the most dainty she pitied the confinement of even a admirer of variety. I do not, howev- half-quartern !~so much like a prison er, see in this description any account did this buge pantry look, and so ready of the first pensioner, the original man was her pity for any thing that remindof blue, the Adam of Greenwich Hospi- ed her of a prison. tal, whom death turned out of his wa

We took a survey of the rooms, in terside Paradise :- I see no mention of which were the little cabins of this haphim, although the little stunted boat- py crew, all as smart and neat as the swain pointed him out in the ceiling, peaceful hearts and golden leisure of and dared us to get to any part of the their tenants could make them. Each hall without encountering the eyes of pensioner appeared to have brought this seamen in the shrouds. I think, with him the hammock from his fahowever, in spite of this, that he was vourite vessel; and the clean silence of blind. At the end of the hall are the the long apartments seemed one perportraits of George I. and his family, petual sabbath. On entering,—there

sat our good friend Ball, reading near a cheerful vivacity, and a sprightly the window, with his comely blue legs vein of conversation, quite captivating crossed placidly over each other, and and instructive ; and I am very sincere his bright old eyes twinkling with a in wishing, Russell, that you and I roguish joy peculiar to himself. He could have a cozey dish of tea with did not rise up,-neither did he lay him, and a long chat over the early aside his volume—Robinson Crusoe, governors and the golden days of or Philip Quarll it might be,-but he Greenwich Hospital. looked archly upon us, and answered I have given you, my good friend, a our queries with an honest merriment very imperfect and hasty sketch of this that made me wish myself an old bald- great charity ; but I would not tire headed sailor of some sixty years of you with the minute details, which you age, sitting in a long room at Green- will read in the agreeable and intelliwich Hospital, and answering three in- gent little pamphlet, sold at the hospiquisitive visitors without a care as to tal (a copy of which I now send you.) what queries were put to me. The -We sauntered into the park, and bulittle cabins, or bed-rooms, are small, ried ourselves for some hours in the and decked after the taste of the pro- green solitude of that solemn and peace prietors ;-here you shall see a flamingful retreat. The rich trees, spreading ship,—there a picture of Nelson, done and mingling their ample foliage-the on glass, with desperate blue coats, and soft verdure of the grass—the deep and alarming yellow breeches, and sold by silent dells--the lofty and green emithose foreign pedlars at a price which nences commanding a view of the almost persuades one that they must mighty city, and its spacious living rivhave stolen the colours, or pilfered the er,) all well and wondrously contrasted pictures ready framed and glazed. with the scene we had been witnessing,

We were shown into some of the and disposed our hearts to feel brimrooms of state, and were hurried from med with peace and grateful joy, and portrait to portrait in cruel haste. In gently to marvel “ why there was misone room we beheld Captain Spearing, ery in a world so fair !" I shall never the marvellous gentleman that lived forget Mrs. Morton's voice, musical seven days in a coal-pit without food, and eloquent in that blessed place, and and afterwards married and had nine Agnes letting her sweet nature breathe children, as he by his own ingenious itself in unrestrained freedom. We reand entertaining narrative avoucheth. turned to town, and recounted to Mr. The belief among the sailors, however, Morton, late into the night, the wonis, that a Robin Redbreast brought him ders we had seen! food, but I do not altogether side with Forgive this letter of fearful length ; the pensioners in this creed. He look- not often will I so err; but the Mored so well and neat in his light flaxen tons are described, and you will not wig, though upwards of ninety, as I have that description to undergo again. was told, that I had serious thoughts of Miss Prudence had seen Mr. trying a coal-pit myself, and could well the tragedian, and was profoundly penendure the Robin Redbreast's victuals sive: Tom was tired to death, and to survive so well and flourish so mer- slept in his chair a sort of dog-sleep, rily.

learned, I believe, at the strife he had Age, indeed, in this matchless build- been witnessing.-Farewell.-Love to ing, is as verdant and pleasant as youth all the Powells—not forgetting yourelsewhere. You see white hairs in eve- sell, my dear Russell. Yours faithry direction—but no white faces. The fully.

EDWARD HERBERT. venerable chaplain, whom I saw, had

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THE SEA STORM.

Stanzos suggested by the loss of the Earl Moira Packet, August 9, 1821..-The awful circumstances

here alluded to gre taken from a narrative by one of the survivors. JT was not sunshine ; yet the tinted West

White garments float upon the waters there, Told not of storm and danger, and the foan

Useless, and horribly, for they suspend Of wind-toss'd billows was not on the sea ;

The panting form beneath, 'twixt life and death ; The peopled vessel, with her noble vest

And in that agony the sea-doom'd fair of sail and streamer danced merrily

Seem'd clasp'd with grave clothes, ere the strugUpon the Ocean's fase, at if it were her home.

gling breath

Had pass'd away, and life had reach'd its end ! She had gay hearts on board. Some that were wed,

That mother, with her children, how she press'd, The loving and the loved ;-the recent bride,

And hugg'd her babies to the very last; The mother and her children,-all were there,

Struggling with death amidst th' oppressive storm ; That in our heart of hearts are nourished.

Poor thing! the dead alone was at her breast, Oh ! all was joyous then,--the very air

For each lov'd idol, each dear treasured form Was lov'd and wood, that fann'd them thro' the tide.

Was cold & petrified; they could not face the blast! The greetings all were said from those on shore ; Yet still she held them, till she stood herself

The blessing on the voyagers' heads was past ; Like marble statue, breathless ;-whilst her dun

Stretch'd is the vessel towards green Erin's land, And glazed eye, when life was quite, quite med, Yet as she parts dear friends, they breathe once more, Seem'd yet to linger her worldly wealth Scaree heard upon the fast receding strand,

That rested on her arm ;- nor yet was vanished The fond adieu ;-how little dream'd the last ! The mother's firmness, though her cup was full. It freshens now,-the wind is on her bow, The husband and the bride,-they perish'd too, And evening, with its mantle of dark cloud,

Clinging together, in that awful hour; Closeth the ship about. Again the wind

Their flow'ry chain of love is changed now
With deeper, hoarser warning speaks ;-And now To colder links ;--yet though the hue

Starless and black as if with storn combined, I not what 'twas before, the once sworn Tow
Wight bangs o'er all as with a dead man's shroud.

In death supports them with its hallow'd power. Tot she went on her course, and the brisk gale

The youth's arm was around her, cradled there, Seem'd to the anxious but the wing of speed : Her quiet spirit breath'd its latest sigh, Anticipation saw the Island green

While the eye look'd unspoken gratitude ;Approach at every blast,-the wind-flapp'd sail

And ere she touch'd the wave, that maiden fair It did not look upon ; and still unseen

Had pass'd from life away !--when thus subdued, Was sboal and danger,-ill they came indeed!

Deep in the surge he drown'd bis agony. And soon they came, and terrible, and wild,

Oh ! 'twas a tale of sorrow !--Yet a gleam In covetous destruction they rush'd on ;

of sunshine came to some in that dark day: 'The ship is on the rock ! and they that were

All did not perish ;--lo! upon the sea, Upon her deck but now, when fancy smiled,

Struggling their dangerous passage thro' the streana, Pointing to other dayı, now hug despair ;

Were those who rush'd to succour misery, Life's bours for them are gone,-they cannot reckon

And, for their fellow man, dared that dark, perilous one!

way. It is not as it was ! The veil of fate

All did not perish* !--for that second Ark, Shuts out Hope's light that beam'd so fair before ;

Like a new Saviour, trod the angry wave, The night's pale crescent could not lend her light, , Which, like death's girdle, clasp'd it all around : Nor give one smile to cheer the desolate :

All did not perish in that tempest dark ; And the rock'd bark, all through that dreary night

For like to Noah's dove, that Ark was bound Labor'd upon tbe surge that death and danger bore.

With branch of life th'undeluged few to save.

The ship has found a grave! and those that are, And what a sight did the young Morning bring!

Hear but the bellowing wind ; yet seem to see And what a havock had the dark ness wrought!

Again the struggle, and the desperate press, The son glar'd on them in their agony,

Where death with life but now waged horrid war ; Struggling upon the wave,-whilst some did cling

They stand like blight-marks in the wilderness, Round other corpses, dreadful company !

The storm-scathed branches of a leafless tree. And where the deck was crowded, there was nought!

They live ! but oh ! for ever on each heart There's not a moment passes, but the wave,

Shall be impress'd the horrors of that night; Greedy for hurdan victims, closes o'er

Pregnant with death and terror, the dark scene Some atom of mortality ;--the flood

Its awful warning shall for aye impart : Lach moment opes a wide and greedy grave,

Whilst Gratitude, recalling what hath been, Threatening the tall and gallant ship that stood Adores her rescuing God, and lauds th' Eternal Upon its mighty breast, so proud before !

Migbt

The Earl Moira packet left Liverpool for Ireland, Aug. 8, (two days previous to the landing of the King in that country ) In attempting to tack, the vessel struck on Burboo Bank. After considerable toil, she was got into deep water, but grounded a second time

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CHAP. XII.

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fathoms, over a sand and coral bottom. Accoun! of the Sandwich Islands11 oahoo Several of the King's old vessels are -Customs, c.

hauled upon shore and sheds built over THE Island of Woahoo is by far them: Itis Majesty formerly resided

the most important of the group at this village, but of late years has preof the Sandwich Islands, chiefly on ac- ferred his native place, Owhyhee. count of its excellent harbors and good About four miles to the westward of water. It is in a high state of cultiva- Wyteetee is the village and harbour of tion; and abounds with cattle, hogs, Honorora ; it is the largest on the islsheep, goats, horses, &c. as well as and, as the natives collect from all othvegetables and fruit of every descrip- er parts to be near the shipping. The tion. The ships in those seas general- harbour is known by a deep and rely touch at Owlyhee, and get permis- markable valley over the village, sion from Tameameah, before they can through which the N. E. trade wind

inco the harbour of Woahoo. He blows very strong. The island is sends a confidential man on board to not more than five leagues across at look after the vessel, and keep the na- this part. The best time to get into tives from stealing; and, previous to the harbour is early in the morning, entering the harbour of Ilonorora, they before the wind sets violently in a conmust pay eighty dollars harbour duty, trary direction; the chief generally and twelve dollars to Jolm Ilairbottle, sends a number of large double canoes the pilot. This duty has only lately to tow the ship in, as the entrance of been laid on, on account of the King's the harbour is not more than a quarter brig Taamano, having to pay for her of a mile wide. Small vessels, when anchorage at Macao, when sent there about to enter, rum close to the east with a cargo of sandal wood, in 1816. side of the reef, where hundreds of the Tameameah justly observes, that if his natives are collected, and, by throwing ships have to pay on entering a foreign a rope to them, the ship is pulled up to port, it is but reasonable that foreign the anchorage.—Ships can moor close ships should pay on entering his ports. to the shore, so as to have a stage from There are three close harbours on the thence, and be as safe as if they were south side of Woahoo, between Dia- in the London Docks. A fine round mond-hill and Barber's Point On battery on the S. E. flat, or point, rounding Diamond-hill the village of mounting about sixty guns, protects the Wyteetee appears through large groves village and harbour. The fort occupies of cocoa-nut and bread-fruit trees; it about eight acres of ground; the facing has a most beautiful appearance, the of the wall is stone, about eighteen feet land all round in the highest state of high, and about the same breadth on the cultivation, and the hills covered with top, gradually sloping to make a base of wood; a beautiful plain extending as about thirty feet. It is constructed far as the eye can reach. A reef of of hard clay and dry grass and sand coral runs along the whole course of well cemented together ; on the top of this shore, within a quarter of a mile of this wall are embrasures built of the the beach, on which the sea breaks same materials, without stone ; the guns high; inside this reef there is a passage are mounted all round, and are from for canoes. Ships frequently anchor four to eighteen pounders, the heaviest in the bay, in from sixteen to twenty guns facing the sea. The magazine is

on the Wharf Bank. The vessel soon filled, and the pump was plied, but with no effect. The waves brought the vessel on her broadside. All who were able got on the shrouds, and clung (men, women, and children) till from exhaustion they began to drop, and were overwhelmed. One wave carried off from ten to fifteen at once. The Holyake life-boat saved about thirty, many, in a dying state. The number of persons on board is not exactly known ; fifty are supposed to be saved, and sixty perished. The captain (who was among the first that perisbed), and the greater part of the crew, it is said, were intoxicated

under ground and well secured ; and here for many years. It is covered in the middle of the fort stands á flag- with goats, rabbits, and hogs, belonging staff, on which the island colours are to him. At the head of the inlet is a displayed, consisting of a union jack, run of very fine fresh water, and prowith a red and blue stripe for each isl- visions are cheap and plentiful. There and. Round the fag-staff are the are many divers employed here, diving chiefs' houses, and barracks for the for the pearl oysters, which are found soldiers. The strictest discipline is ob- in great plenty. We saved them much served; the guard relieved very r-gu- trouble and labour by presenting the larly in the night, and the word “ All King with an oyster dredge we had on is well,” sung out in English every ten board, with which Tameameah was minutes! The Americans supply them highly delighted. The reef, or flat, with powder and stores, for which they extends from this inlet to Barber's get sandal wood, rope, hogs, vegetables, Point which is about eight miles to the &c. The village consists of about 300 westward, and from thence several houses regularly built, those of the chiefs miles to sea in a S. W. direction. being larger and fenced in. Each Round Barber's Point to the north is family must have three houses, one to the bay and village of Y-eni; and a sleep in, one for the men to eat in, and little farther to the N. W. stands the one for the women,—the sexes not be- village of Y-rooa; on the west end of ing allowed to eat together. Cocoa- the island is the village and bay of Wynut, bread fruit, and castor-oil-nut trees, mea. There are no harbours on the form delicious shades, between the vil- N. E. side of the island, and only two lage and a range of mountains which large villages. As I before observed, runs along the island in a N. W. and the women are not allowed to enter the S.E. direction. The ground is laid out in men's eating-houses, or even to appear beautiful square patches, where the tar- on the inside of the fence, on pain of row grows, round which they plant sugar death. Neither men nor women are canes and Indian corn. They have allowed to eat in the sleeping-houses; also a number of fine fish ponds, in the women are prohibited from eating which they keep mullet and a fish they pork, cocoa-nuts, bananas, plantains, call avaa. On the N. W. side of the and many other things, which are used harbour is a fresh-water river, where a as offerings to the gods, and it is conship’s long boat can go up about two sidered a profanation ifa woman should miles and fill the water-casks in the touch any thing so offered. They are boat. About three miles to westward not even allowed to touch any thing of Honorora is a second harbour, easier that goes inside of the men's eating of access and superior to the other in house; they have their own vessels to every respect, except the want of a eat and drink out of; and they must watering place. There are but few have a separate fire, at which to cook farmers' and fishermen's houses herea- their victuals; the men's fire being bouts, and for this reason, it is not fre- called yahee taboo, or prohibited fire, quented ; in fact, few ships know any from which they cannot even light thing of it. About six miles to the their pipes, though both young and old westward of this harbour, is Wy Mo- are very fond of smoking tobacco. ma, or Pearl Water. This inlet ex- There are several morais, or churches tends about five leagues up the country in the village, and at new moon the in a northerly direction; it is about priests, chiefs and hikanees enter them four miles across in the widest part, with offerings of hogs, plantains, and and at the entrance about half a mile. cocoa-nuts, which they set before the There is not more than fifteen feet of wooden images. The place is fenced water on the bar or reef at high water, in, and have pieces of white flags flying and inside from six to eighteen fathoms on the fences. They remain in the mud and sand. There is an island morai three nights and two days at new about two miles in circumference in the moon, beginning at sun set and ending midále of this inlet, belonging to Mr. at sun rise, feasting on roast hogs, and Maning, a Spaniard, who has been praying all the time. On the first

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